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Bayonetta 3 (Switch): all the updates (latest: Ver. 1.2.0)

On this page, you will find all there is to know about the various updates for Bayonetta 3 on Nintendo Switch (originally released on October 28th 2022 in Europe, North America, and Japan)!

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Bayonetta 3 – Ver. 1.2.0

  • Release date: January 10th 2022 (North America) / January 11th 2022 (Europe, Japan)
  • Patch notes:
Combat Adjustments
  • Adjusted Viola’s activation window for “Block” and activation conditions for Witch Time.
    • Block activation window added after releasing Block (during the release animation).
    • Added an additional animation when Witch Time takes effect, making its activation easier to realize.
    • The allotted duration of Witch Time, and its activation window have been lengthened.
    • Now, when block is activated when player is attacked, player will receive damage effect, but block will succeed and activate Witch Time.
    • Now, combo can continue (with Dodge Offset) when player uses Block to activate Witch Time.
    • If the Block input is used repeatedly, the granted Witch Time duration will decrease.
  • Adjustments made to prevent Viola’s evasive input and Cheshire’s summoning input from activating Assault Slave while maintaining invincibility if they are used in rapid succession.
  • Weapons “Simoon”, “Tartarus” and Viola’s Charge Attacks can now continue to hold charge, even if dodged or blocked.
  • Wink Slave can now be activated from the combos “PKP” and “PKK” for the weapons “G-Pillar”, “Dead End Express” and “Cassiopeia”.
  • When equipping the accessories “Infernal Communicator” and “Pulley’s Butterfly” to summon Devils and Butterflies, it is now possible to cancel the summoning motion by dodging or blocking.

The following Niflheim stage conditions were changed to lower the difficulty:

Niflheim Stage Changed Conditions
Chapter 2 Verse 5(Casual to Expert) 120 second time limit changed to 150 second time limit
Chapter 3 Verse 4(Casual to Expert) Two lives increased to three lives
Chapter 5 Verse 2 (Casual to Expert) 150 second time limit changed to 180 second time limit
Chapter 6 Verse 8 (Casual to Expert) Two lives increased to three lives
Chapter 9 Verse 8 (Casual to Expert) 60 second time limit changed to 80 second time limit
Chapter 10 Verse 1 (Casual to Expert) 140 second time limit changed to 160 second time limit
Chapter 12 Verse 5 (Casual to Expert) One life increased to two lives
Game Modes
  • Conditions for obtaining the “Tricolored Keys” needed to unseal the “Old Picture Book” have been made easier.
    • “Tricolored Keys” will be automatically available on the chapter select screen once it becomes possible to access the “Gates of Hell”.
  • Even if the player already has access to the Gates of Hell, or has already obtained one or two keys, they will automatically obtain the remaining keys when going to the chapter select screen after applying the update.
Other Changes
  • Adjustments have been made to the Golem Treasure Chests found in stages.
    • Time limits have been increased, and difficulty has been lowered.
    • Golem Chest fragmenting animation can now be fast-forwarded with the B-button.
  • Adjustments have been made to reduce situations with poor camera visibility.
  • Adjusted game balance.
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed a bug in Verse 5 of Chapter 7 that prevented progress when certain actions were performed while controlling Cheshire.
  • Fixed a problem with the accessory “Hymn of Durga” in which its effect was not being applied to some attacks.
  • Fixed an issue where using Alruna’s “Bondage Whip (P or K long press)” skill in certain situations would cause the enemies to to die instantly.
  • Fixed an issue where the weapons using “Crow Within” (J long press)” with “Scarborough Fair” and “Love is Blue” would cause player to move forward significantly under certain conditions.
  • Fixed an issue where Bayonetta’s animations would not play correctly when switching weapons immediately after using the “Crow Within (J long press)” with the weapons “Scarborough Fair” and “Love is Blue”.
  • Fixed a bug that caused “Black Pearl Rain (Rotate L stick + S)” for Infernal Demon “Kraken” to trigger “Wink Slave” with abnormally high attack power.
  • Fixed a bug that caused “Devil Rodin” to be stuck for a time when using “After Burner Kick (↑K in midair)” continuously, immediately after rising up with a prior “After Burner Kick (J・K)”.
  • Fixed a bug in which Viola’s Assault Slave was able to summon Infernal Demons in “Infernal Demon-prohibited areas”.
  • Fixed an error in the hand symbol seen in Cutie J’s transformation sequence viewable in Side Chapter.
  • Fixed other issues to make the game more enjoyable to play.
  • Additional notes: none.
  • Source: Nintendo

Bayonetta 3 – Ver. 1.1.0

  • Release date: October 27th 2022 (North America, Europe, Japan)
  • Patch notes:
Game Modes
  • Added some additional scenes for Naive Angel Mode, which decreases depictions of violence and nudity.
  • Additionally, Naive Angel Mode can now be enabled by players upon beginning the game.
    • This mode can be enabled after starting the game as well by going to OPTIONS, then Screen Display. This mode cannot, however, be enabled from the OPTIONS menu during chapter play. It can be changed from the Title Screen, or from OPTIONS in CHAPTER MENU.
  • With Online Rankings, players can now upload their scores and times.
    • Upload Method
      • When on the chapter results screen, press the + Button.
      • Select CHAPTER MENU, then Online Rankings, choose a chapter you have cleared, select a difficulty, then press the + Button.
      • Select CHAPTER MENU, then Play History, choose a chapter you have cleared, then press the + Button.
  • In accordance with the Online Rankings, if a player had a score or time above the “Platinum” rating before the updated data was applied, the score or time will be revised to match the base value of the “Platinum” rating.
  • The “Total Time” for each chapter will be modified if the time is faster than a specific base value.
  • Adjusted game balance.
  • Fixed several other issues to improve the gameplay experience.
  • Additional notes: this update is required in order to use the online features of the game.
  • Source: Nintendo

Bayonetta 3 – Ver. 1.0.0

  • Release date: October 21st 2022 (North America, Europe, Japan)
  • Patch notes:

No patch notes available, as this is the base version of the game.

  • Additional notes: none.
  • Source: game

How to download updates for Bayonetta 3 for the Nintendo Switch?

To download the updates for Bayonetta 3, you have three options:

  • let the console do its thing if you have automatic downloads activated, and didn’t completely turn it off

If not…

  • try to launch the game from the Home Menu while being connected to the internet. You should get a prompt when doing so: simply follow the instructions on screen;


  • select the game > press either + or – to go to the Options page > select Software update > select Via the Internet.

To check that you have the latest version installed, simply select the game on the Home Menu, and press – or + to go to the Options: the version number is displayed just below the game title.


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