Dio Brando ★ Video Games

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A summary of Dio Brando's history and movesets in video games.

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Heritage for the Future (Arcade/PS1/Dreamcast)

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DIO from Stardust Crusaders appears as 2 fighters in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future, Evil Incarnate/Shadow DIO and, simply, DIO.

This is the only official JoJo game to feature Isshin Chiba as DIO's voice actor, who would be replaced by Takehito Koyasu in the future. As this game was released before the Stardust Crusaders anime, the colors for both DIO and The World are originals, although, rather coincidentally, the default costume for DIO's boss form happens to match the exact colors of anime DIO of the same costume.

Evil Incarnate / Shadow DIO

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Evil Incarnate DIO (邪悪の化身ディオ Ja'aku no Keshin DIO), or "Shadow DIO" in the English localization, is the form DIO takes for most of Part 3 while waiting for his body to completely assimilate. To reflect this, his moveset involves mainly open-hand light and heavy attacks (which ties into how weak the left side of his body was if Dio happens to have his animations be performed when facing right).

The World in this form, is also depicted as a faint-and-clear silhouette.

Costumes

Moveset and Gameplay

In the game where Active Stands are prevalent, Shadow DIO is a passive Stand User. He can deal a lot of damage with full offensive attacks without an Active Stand via a solid amount of frame-traps and pseudo-disjointed pokes with his silhouette-version of The World, even though he lacks the more defensive and utility-type traits of having an active Stand. He also has a counter-reversal move, a reference to his encounter with Hol Horse, that helps this playstyle to be more effective, which can be used either for offense as a reversal punisher, or defense when DIO himself is under pressure.

While not shown in the manga or anime in earlier chapters, Shadow DIO is capable of throwing knives. These knives, while not too fast for up-close combat, can push enemies further back and gives him a semblance of anti-air defense. The angle of the knives can be varied (straight forward or in a fanned-spread either upward or forward, and he can throw knives twice. The first knife throw has a large amount of hitstun and can be used to ease into combos, though either version is meant to control a certain range of space.

His eyebeam projectile can be charged to an incredibly powerful and unblockable level, sometimes causing a Stand Crash in one hit. But like his normal form, it can easily be ducked under.

His Stand attacks are effective as surprises, and capable of juggling and/or short bread-and-butter combo finishers. Combined with his own attacks, he deals a lot of damage in a short time, more so within The World, when he stops time.

His Super Combo, "Punishment", deals heavy damage if it connects. However, it cannot be incorporated into combos easily and works better as an out-of-pressure reversal or a frame trap. His other Super Combo, called "Charisma", takes two levels of power, but the buds coming out of his hair are unblockable and home in on the enemy. The slow start-up animation of this move requires it to be a part of the combo, in order to perform the move without being interrupted by the enemy's attacks (or to be used during the opponent's wakeup to lock them down more effectively).

Trivia

Wang Chan Idle.png
If Shadow DIO is transformed by Alessi's Stand, he will transform into Wang Chan carrying Dio's severed head in a jar from the final few chapters of Phantom Blood.

DIO

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This is the appearance DIO takes for the final chapters of Stardust Crusaders. A majority of his "open-handed" attacks are now properly clenched into fists (his light and hard attacks), signifying his better control over the body. The World is also fully revealed.

This DIO comes with 2 different versions, one being a playable 'Greatest High' DIO, and the other being a boss DIO.

In the Story Mode, DIO will wear his jacket for the first round in the final battle against him, and his abilities will be limited. Upon being defeated once, he will shed his jacket and declare it to be the final round, regardless of how many rounds the player sets.


Costumes


Moveset and Gameplay

His moveset now resembles Jotaro's, with a few touches of his own. In contrast to Jotaro, DIO is more effective with his Stand on. His Stand combos are effective at dealing a lot of damage to the enemy in a short time. As such, DIO specializes in quick disposal of an enemy.

His Blazing Strikes can be manipulated to hit low, where the enemy must guard low. This makes his attacks unpredictable, keeping opponents on their toes. His Space Ripper Stingy Eyes attacks, now with different commands, are now completely unblockable, though the animation is notably slower and lack any ability to cause a Stand Crash right off.

His Road Roller, though weak in JoJo's Venture, now deals greater damage in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. His Chi no Shoukan (Bloody Summoning), added in the second game, requires the enemy to be hit before he sucks their blood. The scene when he connects with the move is considerably graphic, with a cutscreen of the enemy's face being punctured by DIO's fingers.

While he does have considerable damaging potential, he does have handicaps; His super moves cannot be integrated into combos in such a way that they will chain together. However, his super moves have a degree of invincibility, which increase his effectiveness in close-quarter battles, even when predictable. DIO players tend to rely on frame traps or mistakes from the enemy to inflict damage. To be able to use him well, DIO players must have the reflexes to perform their super moves at the right moment and often with right judgement.

His The World - Time Stop is particularly deadly at 10 levels of power. He can deploy a lot of knives (particularly the Active Stand version of the Super Move) repeatedly, especially point blank on the enemy, and perform Road Roller before the power gauge goes below level 1. If the enemy is big in size, the more the enemy will take damage from the knives. It is a gamble though to successfully perform The World against a human player, but the damage it inflicts is worth the effort.

His time stop ability can be foiled by attacks that bring total invincibility to its user, Vanilla Ice being one such character. True to the manga and anime, Jotaro also can usurp the timestop from DIO if he does his own timestop command in the right moment.

Trivia

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If DIO is hit by Alessi's Stand, he will turn into Nukesaku.

Phantom Blood (PS2)

Multiple different versions of Dio appear in the game, reflecting the events of the original story. Although two iterations can be used in 77 Rings Knights Mode, most of his playable variations are exclusive to Dio Mode, a mode where the player follows the story through Dio's perspective.

PS2 Boxing Dio Render.png
The first stage of Dio Mode has the player taking control of Dio during his boxing match with Jonathan Joestar. Dio's moves parallel Jonathan's, save for his unique dodging style and automatic counter if he is hit while guarding.
Dio Brando (Boxing)
Commands
Name
Japanese
PS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Square.png
Booth Boxing
ブースボクシング
PS Triangle.png
Left Body Blow
左ボディ
PS Square.pngPS Triangle.png
Right Upper
右アッパー
PS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Triangle.png
Left Upper
左アッパー
Running PS Square.png
Dashing Right Straight
ダッシュ右ストレート
Running PS Triangle.png
Dashing Left Body Blow
ダッシュ左ボディ
PS Circle.png
Ducking
ダッキング
PS Circle.pngPS Circle.png
Ducking & Sway
ダッキング&スウェー

Available Stages: Dio Mode 01

PS2 Young Dio Render 1.png

PS2 Young Dio Render 2.png

The second and third Dio Mode fights pit Dio against Erina's bullies and a furious Jonathan respectively. It is implied by the former fight's title, Increase Your Minions! (子分を増やせ!), that Dio impresses the bullies by defeating them, causing them to accompany him to his confrontation with Erina Pendleton.
Dio Brando (Young)
Commands
Name
Japanese
PS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Square.png
Booth Boxing
ブースボクシング
PS Triangle.png
Elbow Smash
エルボースマッシュ
PS Square.pngPS Triangle.png
Dog Kick
犬蹴り
PS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Triangle.png
Downward Hook
打ち下ろしフック
Running PS Square.png
Middle Kick
ミドルキック
Running PS Triangle.png
Upward Kick
蹴り上げ
PS Circle.png
Ducking
ダッキング
PS Circle.pngPS Circle.png
Ducking & Sway
ダッキング&スウェー

Available Stages: Dio Mode 02, 03

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PS2 Experiment Outfit Dio Render.png

The fourth fight in Dio Mode sees an adult Dio take on Jonathan in an attempt to prevent him from taking George's poisoned medicine. Dio's moveset has changed in the seven years since his last fight: his combo has increased in length, giving him an additional move. In the fifth Dio Mode battle, this version of Dio takes on a vampiric vagrant after using the Stone Mask on him.
Dio Brando (Adult)
Commands
Name
Japanese
PS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Square.png
Normal Combo
通常コンボ
PS Triangle.png
Elbow Smash
エルボースマッシュ
PS Square.pngPS Triangle.png
Knee Attack
ニーアタック
PS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Triangle.png
Right Hook
右フック
PS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Triangle.png
Roundhouse Kick
回し蹴り
Running PS Square.png
Dashing Right Hook
ダッシュ右フック
Running PS Triangle.png
Dashing Left Upper
ダッシュ左アッパー
PS Circle.png
Sway
スウェー
PS Circle.pngPS Circle.png
Sway & Ducking
スウェー&ダッキング

Available Stages: Dio Mode 04, 05

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PS2 Shirtless Dio Render.png

After becoming a vampire, Dio's moveset changes greatly: Dio can now drain an opponent's health via his Charge Move, his dodge changes once more, and he gains the ability to counter enemy attacks. This form of Dio fights Jonathan with and without his spear in the sixth and seventh Dio Mode fights; the eighth and ninth fights pit him against Jack the Ripper and an onslaught of zombified knights respectively.
Dio Brando (Vampire)
Commands
Name
Japanese
PS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Square.png
Vampire Combo
バンパイアコンボ
PS Triangle.png
Vampire Elbow
バンパイアエルボー
PS Square.pngPS Triangle.png
Vampire Knee
バンパイアニー
PS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Triangle.png
Vampire Blade
バンパイアブレード
PS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Triangle.png
Vampire Back Kick
バンパイアソバット
Running PS Square.png
Vampire Hook
バンパイアフック
Running PS Triangle.png
Vampire Upper
バンパイアアッパー
PS Circle.png
Back Step
バックステップ
PS Circle.png during damage
Ineffective
効かんな
PS R1.png (LV0-3)
UREEYYY!!
UREEYYY!!

Available Stages: Dio Mode 06, 07, 08, 09

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PS2 Dio Brando Render 2.png

PS2 Father Styx Dio Render.png

Dio reaches his most powerful form at Dio Mode's tenth fight, acquiring his signature freezing technique and changing nearly his entire moveset to incorporate it. In addition to his ice-based moves, Dio also unlocks the Space Ripper Stingy Eyes technique. Notably, this version of Dio is the only character to have two different portraits in the same outfit and status.

After defeating the undead Bruford and Tarkus in the tenth Dio Mode fight, Dio faces the three 77 Rings champions in the eleventh, followed by Doobie and Dio's own zombie chimeras in the twelfth; Zeppeli and a hammer-wielding Speedwagon confront Dio in the thirteenth fight, and the three Ripple Warriors fight Dio in the fourteenth. The fifteenth stage of Dio Mode sees Dio engaging in a climactic battle with Jonathan, who is accompanied by Speedwagon. This form of Dio can also be unlocked in 77 Rings Knights Mode.

In the secret alternate version of Chapter 23, Dio grafts his head onto Father Styx's body during his final battle with Jonathan; this version of Dio is identical to his previous form moveset-wise, and is non-playable.

Dio Brando
Commands
Name
Japanese
PS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Square.png
Normal Combo
通常コンボ
PS Triangle.png
Freezing Wave
冷凍波
PS Square.pngPS Triangle.png
Knee Blast
ニーブラスト
PS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Triangle.png
Ice Cutter
アイスカッター
PS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Triangle.png
Cold Disk
コールドディスク
PS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Triangle.png
Useless, Useless!
無駄無駄ァーッ!
Running PS Square.png
Dash Strike
ダッシュストライク
Running PS Triangle.png
Freeze Touch
フリーズタッチ
PS Circle.png
Back Step
バックステップ
PS Circle.png during damage
Mega Crush
メガクラッシュ
PS R1.png (LV0)
Stingy Eyes
スティンギーアイズ
PS R1.png (LV1-3)
Absolute Zero
絶対零度

Available Stages: Dio Mode 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
  • 77 Rings Knights Mode: Living Corpses
PS2 Wang Chan Dio Render.png
The sixteenth and final battle in Dio Mode has the player take control of Wang Chan as he holds Dio's head; the two must defeat Jonathan while fighting off Father Styx and two policemen. While holding Dio, Wang Chan's moves are mostly replaced by various forms of Dio's Space Ripper Stingy Eyes. This form of Wang Chan can be unlocked in 77 Rings Knights Mode after Dio Mode is cleared.
Wang Chan w/ Dio
Commands
Name
Japanese
PS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Square.png
Normal Combo
通常コンボ
PS Triangle.png
Stingy Eyes
スティンギーアイズ
PS Square.pngPS Triangle.png
Vertical Fly Eyes
バーチカルフライアイズ
PS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Triangle.png
Mega Stingy Eyes
メガスティンギーアイズ
PS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Triangle.png
High Spinning Eyes
ハイスピニングアイズ
PS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Square.pngPS Triangle.png
Giga Stingy Eyes
ギガスティンギーアイズ
Running PS Square.png
Running Claw Thrust
走爪突
Running PS Triangle.png
Running Claw Sweep
走爪払
PS Circle.png
Back Step
バックステップ
PS Circle.png during damage
Mega Crush
メガクラッシュ
PS R1.png (LV0)
Taunt
挑発
PS R1.png (LV1-3)
Stingy Eyes
スティンギーアイズ

Available Stages: Dio Mode 16
  • 77 Rings Knights Mode: Living Corpses

All-Star Battle (PS3)

Dio appears in this PS3 fighting game as two separate fighters; the first being "Dio Brando" from Part 1 Phantom Blood, and the second being "DIO", from Part 3 Stardust Crusaders. This marks him as one of only three characters with two incarnations in the game, the others being Young/Old Joseph Joestar and Original/Kosaku Yoshikage Kira.

Vampire characters (Dio Brando, DIO and Vanilla Ice) and Pillar Men characters (WamuuEsidisi and Kars) can't fight on stages that contain sunlight. To play on those stages they need to be equipped with the Red Stone of Aja on the character select screen, which is unlocked by beating their respective parts in Story Mode.

Dio Brando (Part 1)

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Dio Brando from Phantom Blood uses the rare Vampirism Style as part of his moveset, which allows him to follow up on any number of his skills with attacks that let him steal small amounts of his opponent's health or even Heart Heat Gauge.

This is also the first piece of JoJo media to feature Takehito Koyasu as Dio's Japanese voice actor, replacing all of his other voices prior. Since this casting decision, Takehito has remained as Dio's voice actor for the anime adaptation, as well as future, related games like Eyes of Heaven and All-Star Battle R.

Costumes

Moveset

Dio has 900 HP. His moveset mostly comprises the vampiric feats he had done in the original manga.

Dio falls into the "rushdown" archetype of character, wielding high-speed mobility and a healthy mix of unblockable attacks, command throws, and high-low mix-up attacks to maintain an overwhelming offensive against a defending foe. His aggressive playstyle is compounded by his ability to freely cancel many of his skills into his dedicated Super Jump, rendering many maneuvers safe that would otherwise leave him vulnerable. Dio also has multiple ways to chain into his signature Vampirism-style abilities while attacking to rapidly take both his opponent's health or Heart Heat for himself. His HHA is a very valuable asset, dealing all of its damage in a single hit and striking at all ranges, allowing him to readily punish unwise actions regardless of distance and potentially inflict massive Counter Hit damage in the process.

Dio's core weaknesses are lower-than-average health to offset his Vampiric powers, as well as the potency of his aggression being affected by his foe's own familiarity with him. Without proper handling, placing him in high-risk combat scenarios can lead to massive amounts of health lost, and even with his Super Jump ability there are always gaps in his offense that a savvy opponent can exploit. Because of these, he must not make himself too predictable in order to continue taking the advantage of his formidable offensive potential.

As a whole, Dio is a extremely tricky, aggressive, close-ranged fighter. He holds the means to repeatedly assault his foe from multiple angles with few obvious openings for counterattack, and exert constant pressure until he finally bypasses their defense. Using his great maneuverability, he ultimately aims to get within melee range of his opponent and then continuously force them to guess how to properly defend against his physical onslaught.

Style/Specials/Etc
You worthless primate!
ASBDPad2.png then ASBDPad7.png/ASBDPad8.png/ASBDPad9.png ON GROUND

A 'Super Jump' skill. Dio bounds higher into the air than normal, a move that can be used to evade attacks. Any skills marked with a diamond () can be seamlessly chain into this ability, allowing Dio to quickly cancel them into the leap for both offensive and defensive purposes.

Aerial Chain Beat
ASBL.png or ASBM.png or ASBH.png IN AIR OK

While in mid-air, Dio can chain his aerial normal attacks together in order of increasing power, much like any other character could on the ground. This ability synergizes with "You worthless primate!", allowing Dio to freely finish aerial combos canceled from his Super Jump with said normal attacks.

Punch right through you!
ASBDPad6.png + ASBH.png ON GROUND

Dio lunges forward and delivers a downwards strike that hits twice and knocks the opponent down. The second hit is a middle attack that cannot be blocked crouching. A command normal that can chain into any of Dio's skills. (Comboable)

Throw
You impudent fool!
2 ATK buttons at close range or ASBT.png ON GROUND

Dio grabs the opponent by the neck with one hand, strangling them, then forcefully throws them away.

Special Moves
Vaporizing Freeze [] []
ASBDPad2.pngASBDPad1.pngASBDPad4.png + ASBL.png/ASBM.png ON GROUND

After a brief start-up period, Dio freezes his leg and strikes the opponent, freezing their body and leaving them vulnerable. The attack performed is dependent on the button inputted. (Comboable)

  • Light (ASBL.png): Dio delivers a high knee, and the attack becomes a middle attack that cannot be blocked crouching.
  • Medium (ASBM.png): Dio delivers a shin kick, and the attack becomes a low attack that cannot be blocked standing.
Frozen in your tracks! []
ASBDPad2.pngASBDPad1.pngASBDPad4.png + ASBH.png ON GROUND

A counter. Dio mockingly gestures the opponent toward him, and if struck with a non-Throw/HHA/GHA melee attack in that moment, he will use a frozen hand to intercept the hit, freezing their body and leaving them vulnerable. (Comboable)

KUA! []
ASBDPad2.pngASBDPad3.pngASBDPad6.png + ASBL.png/ASBM.png/ASBH.png ON GROUND

Dio quickly delivers a high spinning kick. This skill has a follow-up attack. (Flash Cancel comboable)

5 or 6 broken ribs! []
(After "KUA!") ASBDPad2.pngASBDPad3.pngASBDPad6.png + ASBL.png/ASBM.png/ASBH.png ON GROUND

Dio delivers two alternating knee strikes, staggering the opponent. This skill has two possible follow-up attacks. (Flash Cancel comboable)

Think you can beat the great Dio?! [] []
(After "5 or 6 broken ribs!") ASBDPad2.pngASBDPad3.pngASBDPad6.png + ASBL.png/ASBM.png/ASBH.png ON GROUND

Dio finishes his assault by reaching forward with a frozen hand. If he grabs the opponent, he freezes them before uppercutting them high into the air with his other hand. (Flash Cancel comboable)

WRYYY!! [] []
(After "5 or 6 broken ribs!") ASBDPad2.pngASBDPad1.pngASBDPad4.png + ASBL.png/ASBM.png/ASBH.png ON GROUND

Dio finishes his assault by performing a downwards double-hand slam, knocking the opponent to the ground hard enough for them to bounce. This move has a slower start-up period, but is a middle attack that cannot be blocked crouching. (Flash Cancel comboable)

You weakling!
(After ability) ASBS.png ON GROUND

This attack can only be used after any skill marked with a star () connects. Dio follows up on his previous skill by plunging his fingers into his opponent and draining their blood, stealing their health.

MUDA, MUDA, MUDA!
(After ability) ASBDPad2.pngASBDPad3.pngASBDPad6.png + ASBS.png ON GROUND

This attack can only be used after any skill marked with a star () connects. Dio follows up on his previous skill by plunging his fingers into his opponent and draining their blood, syphoning roughly ~1/3 of a bar of their Heart Heat.

I'll suck you dry!
ASBDPad4.pngASBDPad1.pngASBDPad2.pngASBDPad3.pngASBDPad6.png + ASBS.png ON GROUND

Dio lunges forward and stabs with his fingers. If his attack connects, he will lift the opponent up into the air and begin draining their blood, stealing their health.

Heart Heat Attack / Great Heat Attack
Space Ripper Stingy Eyes
ASBDPad2.pngASBDPad3.pngASBDPad6.png + 2 ATK Buttons ON GROUND

Reassuring his opponent that they won't feel a thing, Dio suddenly fires high-pressure fluid from his eyes in a single-hitting, beam-like attack that will hit at all ranges instantly.
As a successful Counter Hit doubles the damage of only a single initial hit, the damage increase to this HHA is massive compared to most other attacks in the game. Coupled with the attack's speed and range, it becomes an excellent tool for retaliation and punishment.
If this HHA is used to K.O. Jonathan, a special animation will play where Jonathan futilely tries to block the beams and whispers "Erina..." as he falls.

A cruel death awaits you!
ASBDPad2.pngASBDPad3.pngASBDPad6.png + 3 ATK Buttons, or ASBG.png ON GROUND

Dio lets out a shrill "WRYYY!!" and viciously dives forward with freezing arms outstretched. If he successfully connects with the opponent, they are suddenly completely frozen over in his grasp. He will grin and mock them for their weakness, before pummeling them ruthlessly with a barrage of punches and knee strikes, then unleashing an uppercut that launches them high into the air. Inviting them to oblivion, Dio finishes the attack by rapidly smashing his fists together to catch them as they fall, shattering their frozen body to pieces while maniacally chuckling.

Trivia

Part 1 Dio, after performing his Space Ripper Stingy Eyes HHA, rears backward much like both versions of DIO did in Heritage for the Future.

DIO (Part 3)

DIO ASB.png

DIO from Stardust Crusaders is now of the Stand Style, wielding The World which he can turn "on/off", changing movesets, as well as having access to the Stand Rush ability returning from the Capcom game, Heritage for the Future, being able to attack in conjunction with his Stand.

As with his Part 1 iteration, this DIO is also voiced by Takehito Koyasu for the first time.

Costumes


DIO's Special Costume B is from JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE OVER HEAVEN, a light novel written by Nisio Isin with illustrations drawn by Hirohiko Araki, and released as part of the special JoJo 25th anniversary project "VS JOJO".

Moveset

DIO has 840 HP.

During combat, he can use a multitude of different attacks that were featured in Stardust Crusaders. The World possesses great utility, allowing DIO to effectively battle from most ranges, primarily midrange. Many of his moves utilize his Stand's ability and power to deliver surprise attacks and break through defenses with unblockable moves. Even in the absence of his Stand, DIO by himself has an above-average set of abilities that can still effectively counter a predictable offense, and even steal his opponent's health as per his vampire powers.

His control over time provides uniquely powerful options; not only within his characteristic time stop that leaves the opponent completely at his mercy, but also with the ability to escape combos at the cost of Heart Heat. This way, if DIO has enough Heart Heat, he can both force his opponent to approach and challenge him with the threat of him stopping time, and simultaneously keep them cautious when actually attacking him, as certain combos on their part cannot be guaranteed.

True to his character, DIO is a versatile and complex fighter, wielding an impressive variety of abilities and skills, and thus boasting many options for not only offensive but also defensive purposes. Overall, he builds upon a balanced, jack-of-all-trades character archetype, and suffers from no crippling weaknesses other than a high learning curve. Aside from characters simply considered better than him, DIO's only other natural enemy is none other than Jotaro, as Jotaro has specific means of countering DIO exclusive to him alone.

Style/Specials/Etc
Stand On/Off
ASBS.png ON GROUND

DIO can summon or dismiss The World, altering his available abilities.

Time, stop!
ASBDPad2.pngx2 + ASBS.png ON GROUND (requires 1.5 stocks of HH)

If DIO has a minimum of one and a half stocks of the Heart Heat Gauge, he can use his signature Stand ability "Time, stop!". If the activating three-second animation plays uninterrupted, DIO will stop time for 3.4 ~ 6.9 seconds depending on how much of the HHG he has. All animations, including the HHG flame and the countdown on the battle timer, will temporarily cease, and the opponent is frozen in place and completely unable to act. Damage dealt to the opponent that is not a Throw, "I'll give you one chance", "Oh, this suits me well!", HHA, or GHA is reduced, but the opponent is otherwise absolutely vulnerable. When the ability ends and time resumes, the opponent will suffer all damage dealt to them at once.
Any knives thrown using "And one more just in case!" or DIO's HHA hang in the air, notably doing more damage if they hit the opponent after time resumes than if they were to have connected immediately. He may use his HHA or GHA with impunity if he has enough of the HHG left to do so. DIO is even capable of hitting opponents that were down when the ability was activated, 'resetting' them into a standing position once hit. The ability is best used with normal attacks in mind in order to deal the most damage within the stopped time, as they execute quickly and their damage reduction within stopped time is insubstantial.
If DIO's Throw, the attack variation of "I'll give you one chance", "Oh, this suits me well!", HHA, or GHA is used, time will immediately resume with the HHG drained to zero.
If fighting against Jotaro or himself, DIO can use this ability to move within the other fighter's stopped time, and may even outlast his opponent if their HHG runs out first.

An absolute end
ASBDPad2.pngx2 + ASBH.png (Stand Off only) ON GROUND WHEN DOWNED

This skill can only be used when the opponent is down. DIO pulls out a sign and brings it down on them. Assuming the opponent gets up in time, this skill is still a middle attack that must be blocked standing.

So close!
(When hit) ASBDPad4.pngASBDPad6.png + ASBH.png (requires 2 stocks of HH) ON GROUND

A combo-breaking skill that can only be used once DIO is hit by any non-Throw/HHA/GHA, or any attack that does not down or send him flying upon the first hit. DIO instantly stops time to escape, suddenly reappearing to the side of where he previously was in relation to the opponent (similar in effect to a Stylish Evade). Its activation consumes two stocks of the Heart Heat Gauge and 35% of the Guard Gauge in return for completely breaking out of an opponent's attack or combo, and functions in the exact same manner as Diavolo's "Such futility!" counter.

Special Moves (Stand Off)
"Right in front of me?!"
ASBDPad2.pngASBDPad1.pngASBDPad4.png + ASBL.png/ASBM.png/ASBH.png ON GROUND

Using its power, The World suddenly appears to strike the opponent. The resulting attack is dependent on the attack button inputted.

  • Light (ASBL.png) - The World delivers an uppercut in front of DIO, knocking the opponent off their feet. This doubles as an anti-air attack. (Flash Cancel comboable)
  • Medium (ASBM.png) - The World appears a distance forward and delivers a downwards punch, knocking the opponent straight to the ground to down them.
  • Heavy (ASBH.png) - The World appears a distance forward, close to the ground, and delivers a low punch, knocking the opponent off their feet. This version of the attack is a low attack that must be blocked crouching. (Flash Cancel comboable)
I'll give you one chance
ASBDPad6.pngASBDPad2.pngASBDPad3.png + ASBL.png/ASBM.png/ASBH.png ON GROUND

DIO swaggers toward the opponent before stopping to pose. The effect of the skill is dependent on the attack button inputted.

  • Light (ASBL.png) - DIO gains super armor while walking, allowing him to shrug off non-Throw/HHA/GHA attacks while simultaneously approaching them. Once he begins walking, he may cancel this variation into any of his other specials.
  • Medium (ASBM.png) - DIO will automatically perform a Stylish Evade if the opponent strikes him. This can only happen during a small window of his walking length, otherwise he is vulnerable.
  • Heavy (ASBH.png) - If he makes contact with the opponent, DIO will uppercut them into the air as an unblockable Throw. (Flash Cancel comboable)
"He's... gone!"
ASBDPad2.pngASBDPad3.pngASBDPad6.png + ASBL.png/ASBM.png/ASBH.png ON GROUND

DIO raises his finger before suddenly stopping time and reappearing a distance forward to deliver an upward smack. The attack button inputted determines DIO's distance. If Heavy (ASBH.png) is inputted, the move instead becomes a feint, with DIO flashing but without actually moving from his spot, and able to act instantly.
If "Time, stop!" is active, DIO does not flash forward and instead delivers the attack from a stationary position. (Flash Cancel comboable)

Oh, this suits me well!
ASBDPad4.pngASBDPad2.pngASBDPad1.png + ASBL.png/ASBM.png/ASBH.png (rapidly tap to drain more health) ON GROUND

DIO swings at the opponent open-handed. If he connects, he'll knock them to the ground, plunge his fingers into them, and drain their blood, stealing a moderate amount of health.

This is the greatest 'high'!
Passive effect after "Oh, this suits me well!" ON GROUND

If "Oh, this suits me well!" is performed on any member of the Joestar lineage from the original timeline: Jonathan, Joseph, Jotaro, Josuke 4, Giorno, or Jolyne, DIO will jab his finger into his head and twist it as he laughs maniacally, automatically granting him half a bar of his HHG. This ability can only occur once the entire match.

And one more just in case!
ASBDPad4.pngASBDPad6.png + ASBL.png/ASBM.png/ASBH.png ON GROUND

DIO summons The World to quickly throw a knife straight forward. The attack button inputted determines the speed of the knife.

Special Moves (Stand On)
MUDA MUDA MUDA MUDA!
ASBDPad2.pngASBDPad3.pngASBDPad6.png + ASBL.png/ASBM.png/ASBH.png ON GROUND

The World rushes forward with a barrage of punches, advancing on the opponent and knocking them down. The attack button inputted determines the distance the Stand travels. This ability can initiate Rush Mode. (Flash Cancel comboable)

My Stand's full power!
ASBDPad2.pngASBDPad3.pngASBDPad6.png + ASBL.png/ASBM.png/ASBH.png IN AIR OK

While in midair, The World rapidly punches downward, finishing with an upward kick that sends the opponent high into the air. The first punch is a middle attack that must be blocked standing. A Stand Rush skill that DIO can disconnect from to freely act while it is executing.

This is...The World!
ASBDPad2.pngASBDPad1.pngASBDPad4.png + ASBL.png/ASBM.png/ASBH.png ON GROUND

After a brief delay, The World delivers a potent punch that sends the opponent flying into the stage wall if successful.

  • Medium (ASBM.png) - DIO and his Stand reappear a short distance forward by stopping time before delivering the attack, and the punch becomes unblockable.
  • Heavy (ASBH.png) - DIO and his Stand reappear a larger distance forward by stopping time before delivering the attack, and the punch becomes unblockable.

If "Time, stop!" is active, neither DIO nor The World move forward and instead deliver the attack from a stationary position.

Throw
What just happened?
2 ATK buttons at close range or ASBT.png ON GROUND

The World picks the opponent up by the neck and briefly stops time. When time resumes, the opponent has been punched through the abdomen and is sent flying.

Heart Heat Attack / Great Heat Attack
Scared, are we?
ASBDPad2.pngASBDPad3.pngASBDPad6.png + 2 ATK Buttons ON GROUND

DIO tauntingly points out how pale his opponent has gotten and performs a roundhouse kick sliding forward. If the kick connects, the opponent is sent flying into the air as DIO stops time and throws 48 knives that surround them at most angles, before resuming time and letting them get skewered.
If "Time, stop!" is active, the HHA will change to simply DIO and The World both launching a multitude of knives in a fanning wave, but deal less damage. If quick enough, the HHA can be performed twice during stopped time if DIO's Heart Heat Gauge has three stocks, ultimately dealing more damage than the HHA's original version, but only if the knives strike after time resumes instead of immediately due to the damage reduction effect of stopped time.
This HHA bears similarity to Shadow DIO's "Checkmate" super from the Capcom game.

This is a road roller!
ASBDPad2.pngASBDPad3.pngASBDPad6.png + 3 ATK Buttons, or ASBG.png ON GROUND

DIO confidently sends The World out to attack with a heavy punch. If the Stand successfully strikes the victim, DIO will stop time, jump high into the air and off-screen, and bring the infamous road roller down on his victim. He then elbows the vehicle repeatedly, heavily denting it in the process, before jumping off and resuming time, thus allowing the damaged vehicle to explode while it is still crushing his opponent. If the same move is done against Jotaro, he summons Star Platinum to try to punch the roller away.
If Jotaro specifically inputs his "I stopped time..." ability over the course of the GHA, a special animation will play where DIO is blindsided by Jotaro stopping time and reappearing behind him, before the two clash and break away from each other. While this doesn't negate the full damage of the whole attack, it does negate the damage of the road roller's explosion, making the GHA deal less than half of its total damage. DIO and Jotaro are also left at opposite ends of the arena, rather than DIO holding the advantageous position of his opponent being left downed and close to him after the attack.

Trivia

All-Star Battle R (Various)

Takehito Koyasu returns as the voice actor for both characters, having voiced them in both All-Star Battle and the various anime adaptations. Like with the rest of the cast, most - if not all - voicelines were re-recorded, and new ones were added.

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Dio Brando (Phantom Blood)

Weakling, weakling!![1] (貧弱貧弱ゥ!!Hinjaku hinjaku~!!)

This section requires expansion.

Dio Brando (ディオ・ブランドー Dio Burandō) was confirmed for All-Star Battle R during the game's initial announcement trailer[2] alongside the majority of All-Star Battle's original roster. As the game's official launch approaches, he is yet to have been accessible for players to test.

Although his moveset remains fundamentally the same as his from All-Star Battle, a few tweaks have been made to both balance the character and fit him into the overall gameplay changes that All-Star Battle R brought along.

Additionally, like the rest of the roster currently featured in the anime adaptation of their Part, Dio, by default, sports the outfit that he wears in the Phantom Blood anime adaptation.

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DIO (Stardust Crusaders)

Useless, useless, useless, useless, useless, useless, useless, useless, useless, useless, useless, useless, useleeeess![3] (無駄無駄無駄無駄無駄無駄無駄無駄無駄無駄無駄無駄無駄ァーーーッ!Muda muda muda muda muda muda muda muda muda muda muda muda muda~~!)
—DIO's Stand Cry

This section requires expansion.

DIO was confirmed for All-Star Battle R during the announcement trailer[2]. He is one of the four characters playable in the game's Early Access Demo alongside Jonathan Joestar, Jotaro Kujo, and Jolyne Cujoh.

Although his moveset remains fundamentally the same as his from All-Star Battle, a few tweaks have been made to both balance the character and fit him into the overall gameplay changes that All-Star Battle R brought.

Additionally, like the rest of the roster currently featured in the anime adaptation of their Part, DIO, by default, sports the outfit that he wears in the Stardust Crusaders anime adaptation. The most significant alteration to his appearance are colors of his clothes and Stand to match the anime.

Moveset Changes

DIO uses the Stand Battle Style, fighting foes with The World.

The following movelist only includes DIO's new and updated moves from All-Star Battle R. For the rest of his moveset, see his All-Star Battle section.

New Moves
Assist System
Assault Assist
ON GROUND

A two-stock assist. DIO appears and summons The World to deliver a potent unblockable body blow, stopping time and reappearing a distance forward.

Reversal Assist
ON GROUND

DIO flies in, striking the opponent back with The World's fist before taunting and disappearing again with a snap of his fingers.

Updated Moves
Specials
Time, stop!

  • This special now executes drastically slower, giving DIO's opponent more time to interrupt him and making it more difficult to successfully stop time.
An absolute end

  • This command normal can now be performed regardless if the opponent is down or not.
  • Rather than delivering a hard knockdown against a standing opponent, the attack now knocks them off their feet in a launching attack.
Skills
"Right in front of me?!"
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  • The input for this skill has been changed, replacing the input for "He's... gone!".
  • The Medium input (ASBM.png) now delivers a soft knockdown instead of a hard knockdown, allowing the opponent to Down Evade.
I'll give you one chance
ASBDPad2.pngASBDPad2.png + ASBL.png/ASBM.png/ASBH.png
  • The input for this skill has been changed, simplifying the execution required to perform it.
  • The move is now simply a moving counter, automatically triggering "He's... gone!" upon being struck by a non-Throw/HHA/GHA attack. This change also keeps this Medium version (ASBM.png) of this skill from becoming redundant with the new universal Stylish Guard mechanic.
  • The duration and travel distance of the attack is now affected by the attack button inputted in descending order, with Heavy (ASBH.png) input allowing DIO to act near-instantly.
  • DIO can now fully act again the moment he stops to pose, greatly reducing this skill's recovery period.
"He's... gone!"

  • This skill is no longer a manual input, and now only activates automatically when "I'll give you one chance" is triggered.
  • DIO now teleports to the opponent's other side before delivering the strike.
  • The attack now launches the opponent upwards, allowing DIO the ability to begin a combo from it.
Oh, this suits me well!
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  • The input for this skill has been changed, and the attack is now an unblockable command throw.
  • The distance DIO shifts forward is now determined by the attack button inputted.
And one more just in case!

  • This skill is now special-cancelable, allowing DIO to chain into other skills. This also includes into itself, granting the ability to continuously throw knives at a rapid rate.
MUDA MUDA MUDA MUDA!

  • The attack now knocks the opponent off their feet instead of delivering a hard knockdown.
My Stand's full power!

  • The attack now launches the opponent higher.
This is... The World!

  • All versions of this skill are unblockable, which now includes the Light version (ASBL.png).
  • The attack no longer sends the opponent flying into the stage wall, now only dealing high knockback.

Eyes of Heaven (PS3/PS4)

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Dio Brando

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Dio Brando of Phantom Blood was confirmed for Eyes of Heaven alongside Iggy, N'Doul and Old Joseph Joestar.

He is of the Vampire style. As such, a number of his abilities allow him to not only drain his opponents' health, but also to enter a Vampiric Power-Up Mode, boosting his movement speed and attack damage, among other things. All damage to him aside from Ripple-based will become "white damage", that can be healed over time, and inversely, Dio will take more damage from Ripple-based attacks.

With the release of the Phantom Blood anime, his costume is completely different to that of All-Star Battle, replacing his primarily yellow color-scheme with a redder look. Additionally, Takehito Koyasu reprises his voice acting role from All-Star Battle, having also voiced Dio in the anime.

Costumes

Moveset

Style/Specials/etc
Style Action - Behold this magnificent power!

Dio grabs the opponent and siphons their blood to restore his own health, an ability that can be easily incorporated into many of his combos. Successfully landing this attack will enter Dio into Vampiric Power-Up Mode. The skill will have no cooldown if Dio is already in Vampiric Power-Up Mode.

Vaporizing Freeze

While Vampiric Power-Up Mode is active, Dio gains the ability to freeze opponents if he guards just before a non-projectile/DHA attack hits. This leaves them open to follow up attacks.

You Won't Feel a Thing!

Dio fires off Space Ripper Stingy Eyes, sending opponents reeling if it hits. If Vampiric Power-Up Mode is active, the execution speed and distance of the attack is increased, and opponents hit are instead left crumpling and open to further attack.

WRYYYYY!

Dio clasps his hands together then charges forward. If he connects with an opponent, he will lift them by the neck and drain their health, entering Vampiric Power-Up Mode if it is not already active. He will drain more health if the activating button is rapidly pressed. If Vampiric Power-Up Mode is active, the attack becomes unblockable and Dio will cover more distance.

Weak! WEAK!

Dio performs alternating knee kicks that knock opponents into the air before leaping, allowing him to continue his combo from the air. The brief pause that occurs upon his landing from the initial attack can be cancelled with a jump. If Vampiric Power-Up Mode is active, Dio receives super armor (unflinching to opponents' attack) during the attack, and will execute the follow-up leap quicker.

MUDA MUDA MUDA!

Dio performs a single, slow knee kick, freezing opponents hit and leaving them vulnerable to further attack. If Vampiric Power-Up Mode is active, the attack will execute quicker.

EX - You Won't Feel a Thing!

The skill gains the benefits of Vampiric Power-Up Mode whether or not it is actually active. It will also execute quicker, and Dio is granted complete invincibility during the attack.

EX - WRYYYYY!

The attack executes quicker and Dio's charging distance is increased further. He is also able to drain an even larger amount of health.

Traits
A fall from this height is nothing to me!

Dio is able to walk on certain walls and columns around the stage, granting him the ability to reach different areas of stages without needing to travel the conventional routes, or simply avoid attacks. Holding this activating button will allow him to climb higher, and he is able to attack from his vantage points.

I shall live for centuries... for eternity!

When Dio's health hits zero for the first time, if his partner is still alive, he will momentarily rise and fire Space Ripper Stingy Eyes one more time at the closest opponent before being Retired, dealing considerable damage.

Dual Heat Attacks
Solo - A cruel death awaits you!

It works the same as his Great Heat Attack in All-Star Battle.

With DIO (Part 3) - The Sickest and the Strongest

Dio freezes the opponent and attempts to unleash Space Ripper Stingy Eyes, quickly interrupted by DIO stopping time and pummeling them with The World into the air. DIO resumes time to allow Dio to fire off the attack, tilting his head to the side to avoid getting hit and watches as the beams obliterate the frozen opponent.

JoJolities

  • Prepare to be frozen in your tracks!: Dio must connect "MUDA MUDA MUDA!" 3 times. (200 Points)
  • Do you remember how many breads you have eaten in your life?: Dio must connect his Style Action 5 times. (200 Points)
  • I, Dio, will kill you!: Dio must Retire an opponent. (300 Points)
  • I reject my humanity!: Dio must retain a Vampiric Power-Up Mode for 20 counts of the battle timer. (500 Points)
  • You thought you stood a chance?: Dio must win within 50 counts of the battle timer. (800 Points)

Tournament

Dio Brando is paired with Joseph Joestar (Part 2) in the Eyes of Heaven Tournament, defeating Caesar Zeppeli and Shigekiyo Yangu in the first round, but eliminated by Kars and Pet Shop in the second.

Trivia

He has special dialogue when teamed up with Jonathan in his Dual Heat Attack, where both, while showing great disdain for the other, reluctantly accept each other as partners.

DIO

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DIO of Stardust Crusaders was confirmed for Eyes of Heaven alongside Vanilla Ice. He appears as one of the 6 playable characters in the game's second demo.

He is both a Stand User and a Vampire. As a Vampire, he is able to steal opponents' health. All damage to him aside from Ripple-based will become "white damage", that can be healed over time, and inversely, DIO will take more damage from Ripple-based attacks. As a Stand User, DIO is one of many characters with wildly varied abilities that grant him uniqueness in battle.

Unlike All-Star Battle, DIO now sports default colors to match the Stardust Crusaders anime adaptation, most noticeably wearing a black shirt rather than his previously green one. Also, like the Part 3 anime, Takehito Koyasu reprises his role as DIO's voice actor from All-Star Battle.

Costumes

This section requires expansion. Some costumes are missing from the below gallery and require adding.

Moveset

Style/Specials/etc
Style Action - Stop, time!

After a short period of vulnerability, DIO stops time for five whole seconds, rivaling the time stop of THE WORLD Diego. His partner and opponents are unable to move, and he is able to initiate any action or attack with impunity. However, other time-stopping characters may activate their own ability to enter DIO's stopped time. This ability's cooldown is equal to 40 counts of the battle timer, making it the longest cooldown of any ability in the game.

A special variation of "Stop, time!" becomes available under specific conditions, causing the camera to dramatically zoom into DIO as he stops time while the battle pauses completely, thus providing him impunity when activating it.

  • DIO must first successfully land "Oh, this suits me well!" a total of six times over the course of the battle. Performing it on any of the Joestar lineage fulfills four instances at once.
  • DIO must perform a combo route of Normal > Powerful Attack on an opponent (i.e. the universal knockdown attack).
  • "Stop, time!" must be immediately initiated following the knockdown hit.
Oh, this suits me well!

DIO, from a combo, knocks an opponent to the ground, plunges his fingers into them, and start draining their blood. He absorbs a small amount of their health to replenish his own.

This is the greatest high!

If Oh, this suits me well! is performed on any of the Joestar lineage (Jonathan, Joseph, Jotaro, Josuke 4, Giorno, Jolyne; Does not work on Johnny Joestar and Josuke 8), DIO will follow-up by jabbing his finger into his head and twisting it as he laughs maniacally. This grants him a point of the Dual Heat Gauge, and restores his stamina as well as his Flash Burst if it is on cooldown. This action will only happen once the entire battle.

This is... The World!

Through stopping time, The World instantly appears in front of opponents in range to strike them with an overhead punch. If time is stopped, The World will instead fly forward to deliver a punch to the abdomen.

MUDAMUDAMUDAMUDA!

The World attacks by rapidly punching 12 times while advancing forward, the last hit sending opponents flying.

He's gone!

DIO raises his finger before stopping time and reappearing a distance in the direction the movement stick is held. If no direction is being inputted, DIO will simply "teleport" backwards. He is able to cancel into a Normal Attack once the skill succeeds. If time is stopped, DIO will simply perform an invincible Sidestep.

There's no escape!

DIO and The World throw five knives straight forward, or straight at their target if locked on. If time is stopped, they will freeze in mid-air after traveling some distance. This will also cause the skill to execute quicker, allow DIO to recover form using it faster, and boost the cooldown speed.

EX - There's no escape!

The knives fly faster and have increased range. They will now leave opponents crumpling, and temporarily slow their movement speed afterward.

EX - This is... The World!

The skill executes quicker, DIO recovers from using it faster, and the range of The World is increased.

Dual Heat Attacks
Solo - THE WORLD!

DIO walks calmly and intimidatingly towards the opponent, and tells them to feast their eyes on his power while he's seemingly about to attack them. He suddenly stops time to appear behind his target as they're frozen by fear, then summons The World to punch through them with enough power to send them flying.

With Dio (Part 1) - The Sickest and the Strongest

Dio freezes the opponent and attempts to unleash Space Ripper Stingy Eyes, quickly interrupted by DIO stopping time and pummeling them with The World into the air. DIO resumes time to allow Dio to fire off the attack, tilting his head to the side to avoid getting hit and watches as the beams obliterate the frozen opponent.

With Giorno - Surpassing Existence!

DIO summons The World to batter the opponent, before being joined by Giorno and Gold Experience. After exchanging looks, both of them yell out their shared Stand Cry in unison and attack their target with steadily increasing power, before delivering a combined powerful strike that sends the opponent reeling.

With New Moon Pucci - Rulers of Time and Gravity

This DHA is only available with Pucci using Made in Heaven. DIO stops time and throws a barrage of knives. As time resumes, Pucci speeds up the knives' flight using Made in Heaven to make them hit their target with more power. Pucci then uses MiH's power to allow DIO the ability to get close to the enemy with extreme haste and deliver a singular punch that launches them off.

JoJolities

  • It's only fitting that I finish you off with The World's true power!: DIO must use his Style Action. (200 Points)
  • WRYYAAAAA!: DIO must connect a Powerful Attack as the third step in a mid-air combo. (200 Points)
  • Heh heh heh! I knew you'd never be able to match The World's power and precision!: DIO must connect "MUDAMUDAMUDAMUDA!" five times. (300 Points)
  • Idiot...: DIO must connect "This is... The World!" 3 times. (500 Points)
  • You haven't even noticed that you're dead.: DIO must land a Dual Heat Attack while time is stopped. (800 Points)

Tournament

DIO is paired with Jonathan in the Eyes of Heaven Tournament, defeating Will Anthonio Zeppeli and Koichi Hirose in the first round and Wamuu and N'Doul in the second. In the semifinals, they defeated Mariah and Esidisi in the first round, but were eliminated by Kars and Pet Shop in the second.

In the semifinals, DIO is introduced in another team, paired with Jotaro. They defeat Mariah and Esidisi in the first round, but were eliminated by Jolyne Cujoh and Gyro Zeppeli in the second.

Trivia

When paired with Jonathan during his Dual Heat Attack: While Jonathan agrees to fight with DIO for the battle only, DIO notes that such a statement only proves that they are the same person.

Relationships in Eyes of Heaven

(The information below derives from a Video Game not written by Araki. As such, it may not be considered canon.)

  • Giorno Giovanna: Intrigued that he had a son with such capabilities, he acknowledges Giorno's power if he wins. He has no problems fighting alongside him, as evidenced by their combined attack.
  • Mariah: DIO shows absolute faith in Mariah's abilities.
  • Will Zeppeli: While their relationship is essentially the same as in the manga, when Zeppeli encounters DIO from Stardust Crusaders, he will state that Dio seems even eviler and wonders if the Stone Mask is responsible, while DIO believes Zeppeli is even less of a threat than before since he acquired The World.
  • Kars, Esidisi and Wamuu: Dio recognizes each of them as Pillar Men and seeks to kill them. Kars says he isn't half bad for a vampire and would make a fine pawn, Esidisi sees him as a lowly vampire fit for nothing more than food, and Wamuu views himself as Dio's master while being intrigued by his Vaporizing Freeze, an ability which he had never seen before.

Diamond Records (Android/iOS)

Dio appears in Diamond Records as a playable character with various different iterations, ranging from Dio Brando in Phantom Blood, to multiple versions of DIO in Stardust Crusaders. Additionally, his severed head appears as part of Wang Chan's moveset.

Dio Brando (Phantom Blood)

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Dio Brando
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Dio Brando's Phantom Blood iteration is playable in both the Action Battle and Tactical Battle game modes. He has three unlockable statues of both the 'Solitary' and 'Fighting Spirit' types, ranging from 5 stars to 6 stars.

Dio's moveset in both game modes is comprised of various attacks inspired by his abilities in the anime. As a vampire, Dio constantly regenerates health, but has a weakness to attacks from ripple users. Playing as Dio will force any outdoor stages to take place at night time.

Dio also appears as a severed head in Wang Chan's moveset.

Moveset
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Dio's basic attack string is a combination of up to five various attacks comprising of very basic strikes. In Tactical Battle, this is cut down to only three hits.
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Dio strikes the opponent with his fingers and sucks the energy out of them.
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Dio delivers a barrage of strikes with his bare hands, and ends the attack with one heavy horizontal strike. (Unlockable)
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(Counter) If Dio is hit while this SP is activated, he will freeze the surrounding area, and destroy the ice, damaging any opponents caught in the frozen area. This attack is inspired by Dio's counterattack against Dire's Thunder Cross Split Attack in the anime.
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Dio touches the ground and creates a large ice barricade that affects any amount of opponents that come in contact with it. In Tactical Battle, it will hit all opponents present on the stage. (Unlockable)
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Dio strikes an opponent with his palm, and a medium sized barricade of ice grows from behind the opponent which will hurt anyone behind them, and then proceeds to do a second strike with his other hand that knocks over the opponent and destroys the ice. This attack replaces SP Skill 1 in Dio's 'Fighting Spirit' Type 6 star statue.
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In the cutscene, Dio delivers a brief speech. When the cutscene ends, Dio attacks using his Space Ripper Stingy Eyes and moves his head briefly from right to left. In Action Battle, this attack has a very long range across the stage, while in Tactical Battle it hits all of the opponents present on the stage.

DIO (Stardust Crusaders)

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DIO
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DIO's Stardust Crusaders iteration is playable in both the Action Battle and Tactical Battle game modes. He has two 'Fighting Spirit' type statues, one 5 star and one 6 star. DIO's moveset in both game modes is comprised of various attacks inspired by his abilities in the anime, using his stand The World. As a vampire, DIO constantly regenerates health, but has a weakness to attacks from ripple users. Playing as DIO will force any outdoor stages to take place at night time.

Moveset
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DIO's basic attack string is a combination of up to five various basic strikes from The World. In Tactical Battle, this is cut down to only three hits.
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The World delivers a powerful punch that can knock back opponents.
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DIO stops the time and throws a handful of knives. Time resumes and the knives are sent out as a powerful projectile. (Unlockable)
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The World punches the opponent, stops the time, and unleashes a barrage of punches before resuming the time.
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DIO uses The World to stop time for a short period, letting him run freely around opponents and attack them as they are frozen in their tracks. In Tactical Battle, this is used to give DIO a few free turns, as well as allowing him to ignore any of the opponent's active counters. (Unlockable)
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DIO throws a knife and stops the time. In the cutscene, DIO uses The World to throw lots of knives at the opponent. When time resumes, the opponent is surrounded by knives that fly towards them.

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DIO ~This is the Greatest High!~
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DIO's awakened form from Stardust Crusaders is playable in both the Action Battle and Tactical Battle game modes. He has two statues of the 'Fighting Spirit' and 'Solitary' types, ranging from 5 stars to 6 stars. DIO's moveset in both game modes is comprised of various attacks inspired by his abilities in the anime, using his stand The World. As a vampire, DIO constantly regenerates health, but has a weakness to attacks from ripple users. Playing as DIO will force any outdoor stages to take place at night time.

Moveset
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DIO's basic attack string is a combination of up to five various basic strikes from The World, as well as striking with his hand to suck the life force from his opponents. In Tactical Battle, this is cut down to only three hits.
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DIO uses The World to stop time for a short period, letting him run freely around opponents and attack them as they are frozen in their tracks. In Tactical Battle, this is used to give DIO a few free turns, as well as allowing him to ignore any of the opponent's active counters.
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DIO lunges at the opponent with a road sign.(Unlockable)
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The World stops time and unleashes a barrage of punches. DIO finishes the attack by throwing a knife and resuming the time.
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DIO summons the car of Wilson Phillips to run over opponents. (Unlockable)
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The World stops time and unleashes a barrage of punches, followed by a punch and a kick, and then a second barrage before the time resumes. This attack replaces SP Skill 1 in Awakened DIO's 6 star statue.
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DIO uses The World to kick the opponent, before he stops the time and crushes the opponent with his iconic Road Roller, dealing damage in a large area of effect. The attack ends with the road roller exploding.

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DIO ~My Hands Have Already Struck!~
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DIO's early Stardust Crusaders is playable in both the Action Battle and Tactical Battle game modes. He has one 'Tactical' type 6 star statue. DIO's moveset in both game modes is comprised of various attacks inspired by his abilities in the anime, as well as including nods to his moveset in Heritage for the Future. He uses knives, vampiric abilities, and even briefly brings out The World. As a vampire, DIO constantly regenerates health, but has a weakness to attacks from ripple users. Playing as DIO will force any outdoor stages to take place at night time.

Moveset
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DIO's basic attack string is a combination of up to five basic strikes with his hands. In Tactical Battle, this is cut down to only three hits.
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DIO throws three bundles of knives at his opponents, flying in different directions. In Tactical Battle, he only throws one.
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DIO blasts his opponents with his Space Ripper Stingy Eyes. (Unlockable)
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DIO strikes his opponent using Flesh Buds from his hair, which deal an additional hit of damage after the opponent falls to the ground.
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Vines emerge from the ground surrounding DIO similar to those of Holy's Stand, capturing and damaging nearby opponents. (Unlockable)
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DIO reads from a book and "teleports" behind the nearest opponent where he strikes them with The World. In Tactical Battle, he teleports in front of the targeted opponent instead.

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DIO ~There is no Escape!~
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DIO ~There is no Escape!~ is playable in the Tactical Battle game mode. He has one 'Fighting Spirit' type 6 star statue. DIO's moveset is comprised of various attacks inspired by his abilities in the anime, using his stand The World. As a vampire, DIO regenerates health every turn, but has a weakness to attacks from ripple users. Playing as DIO will force any outdoor stages to take place at night time.

Moveset
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DIO's basic attack string is a combination of three basic strikes from The World.
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The World delivers a strong punch that penetrates the opponent.
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DIO stops the time and throws a handful of knives. Time resumes and the knives are sent out as a powerful projectile. (Unlockable)
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The World kicks the opponent, punches them, and then lunges at them in the final hit.
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DIO uses The World to stop time for a few turns, allowing him room to attack and ignore all of the opponent's active counters. Unlike other time stop skills, he also gets a self buff while this is active. (Unlockable)
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DIO uses The World to stop the time, as he jumps into the air. DIO flies towards the opponent and The World unleashes a powerful chop attack before time resumes.

JoJo's Pitter-Patter Pop! (Android/iOS)

Phantom Blood

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Dio

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Vampire Transcending Humanity ver.
Rarity: PPPGR.png
Max Power: 1601 (Lvl 50) / 2771 (Lvl 80)
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Skill: Vaporization Freezing Technique
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Replaces random panels with Dio panels
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Skill Lv 1
# of Replaced Panels: 8
Cooldown: 85
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Skill Lv 2
# of Replaced Panels: 11
Cooldown: 85
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Skill Lv 3
# of Replaced Panels: 11
Cooldown: 80
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Skill Lv 4
# of Replaced Panels: 14
Cooldown: 80
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Skill Lv 5
# of Replaced Panels: 14
Cooldown: 75
Dio
Type: EX
Availability: Awakening
Date: August 12, 2020 - September 2, 2021
EX
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Cost: 0
After making a 5x5 or bigger, replaces all Dio Brando panels with intensified panels (once per battle).

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Dio

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Tyrant Who Leads the Dead ver.
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Max Power: 1640 (Lvl 50) / 2840 (Lvl 80)
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Skill Lv 1
# of Erased Panels: 6
Cooldown: 75
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Skill Lv 2
# of Erased Panels: 10
Cooldown: 75
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Skill Lv 3
# of Erased Panels: 10
Cooldown: 70
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Skill Lv 4
# of Erased Panels: 14
Cooldown: 70
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Skill Lv 5
# of Erased Panels: 14
Cooldown: 65
Dio
Type: EX
Availability: Awakening
Date: April 9, 2021 - September 2, 2021
Tyrant Who Leads the Dead ver.
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Cost: 0
After erasing 12 block panels, enhances 4 random panels.

Stardust Crusaders

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DIO

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Ability to Dominate The World ver.
Rarity: PPPGR.png
Max Power: 1601 (Lvl 50) / 2771 (Lvl 80)
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Skill: The World
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Stops the timer for some seconds


During this period, matched panels will remain frozen in place and then all of the matched panels will erase at the end
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Skill Lv 1
Effect Duration (in seconds): 3
Cooldown: 120
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Skill Lv 2
Effect Duration (in seconds): 6
Cooldown: 120
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Skill Lv 3
Effect Duration (in seconds): 6
Cooldown: 110
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Skill Lv 4
Effect Duration (in seconds): 9
Cooldown: 110
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Skill Lv 5
Effect Duration (in seconds): 9
Cooldown: 100
DIO
Type: EX
Availability: Awakening
Date: August 12, 2020 - September 2, 2021
Ability to Dominate The World ver.
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Cost: 0
After clearing 80 panels, replaces 2 random panels with enhanced DIO panels.

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The Greatest High ver.
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Max Power: 1703 (Lvl 50) / 2963 (Lvl 80)
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Skill: Muda Muda Muda Muda
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Stops time for a few seconds and lets you erase any panel, except DIO panels, by tapping on them

Afterwards, he erases the panels with the longest connection (4 or more panels connected) and then enhances random panels, excluding partner panels

There's no Skill Gauge increase during the activation and the Stand Up Gauge increase is 0.75
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Skill Lv 1
Effect Duration (in seconds): 3
Cooldown: 105
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Skill Lv 2
Effect Duration (in seconds): 6
Cooldown: 105
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Skill Lv 3
Effect Duration (in seconds): 6
Cooldown: 95
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Skill Lv 4
Effect Duration (in seconds): 9
Cooldown: 95
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Skill Lv 5
Effect Duration (in seconds): 9
Cooldown: 75
DIO
Type: EX
Availability: Awakening
Date: February 27, 2021 - September 2, 2021
Requires: DIO: The Greatest High ver.
The Greatest High ver.
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Cost: 0
When skill gauge fills 90% twice, intensified panels will appear for 3 seconds (up to 5 times per battle).

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Evil Presence ver.
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Max Power: 1802 (Lvl 50) / 3092 (Lvl 80)
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Skill Lv 1
# of Replaced Panels: 6
Cooldown: 80
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Skill Lv 2
# of Replaced Panels: 8
Cooldown: 80
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Skill Lv 3
# of Replaced Panels: 8
Cooldown: 70
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Skill Lv 4
# of Replaced Panels: 12
Cooldown: 70
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Skill Lv 5
# of Replaced Panels: 12
Cooldown: 60
DIO
Type: EX
Availability: Awakening
Date: September 25, 2020 - September 2, 2021
Evil Presence ver.
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Cost: 0
20% skill gauge increase after 300,000+ damage is dealt from the Stand Up attack (up to 5 times per battle).

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DIO

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Alone in Stopped Time ver.
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Max Power: 1802 (Lvl 50) / 3092 (Lvl 80)
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Skill: I surpassed everything
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Stops the timer. During that period the panel matching speed and damage are increased. The stopped time is extended for each match. At the end, random panels are replaced with Enhanced DIO panels according to the number of matches. There’s no Skill Gauge increase during the activation and the Stand Up Gauge increase is 0.8.
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Skill Lv 1
Effect Duration (in seconds): 2.5
Cooldown: 100
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Skill Lv 2
Effect Duration (in seconds): 3
Cooldown: 100
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Skill Lv 3
Effect Duration (in seconds): 3
Cooldown: 95
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Skill Lv 4
Effect Duration (in seconds): 4
Cooldown: 95
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Skill Lv 5
Effect Duration (in seconds): 4
Cooldown: 85
DIO
Type: EX
Availability: Awakening
Date: July 9, 2021 - September 2, 2021
Alone in Stopped Time ver.
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Cost: 0
After filling his Skill Gauge 90% twice, Intensified Panels will appear for 3 seconds (up to 5 times per battle).

Cult Jump (GB)

DIO appears as one of the ten characters from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise in the game.

Jump Super Stars (Nintendo DS)

DIO is one of the many playable characters in Jump Super Stars. He can only be unlocked after clearing the game once.

He has three potential "battle panel" formations: a 4-block, a 5-block and a 6-block. All three have his characteristic "MUDAMUDA!" stream of punches as one special attack. His other special attack varies depending on the formation: With the 4-block, it's "The World, Circle of Knives", with the 5-block it's "The World, Road Roller" and with the 6-block, it's "The World, Time Stop". He also features in two "support panels" - the 2-block "Eye-Crushing Kick" and the 3-block "WRYAAAAA!" - and one "help panel" which renders the player's battle character immune from damage for a short period of time.

In terms of playing style, he is best for long-range attacks and uses a combination of punches and kicks. The World gives him a longer range than most characters, but at the cost of his speed. Dio is able to drains an opponent's health in close quarters (via sticking his fingers in their neck) and transfers it to himself. He can use "Space Ripper Stingy Eyes" as a regular attack, and has an aerial move which involves throwing knives.

Interestingly, he receives a power boost when his "battle panels" are placed beside those of Hao Asakura from Shaman King and/or Papillion from Busou Renkin. He is also able to perform a special tag-team attack with Sasuke Uchiha from Naruto called "Sharingan World", whereby DIO's homing daggers and Sasuke's shuriken slice through all enemies on the screen.

Jump Ultimate Stars (Nintendo DS)

DIO returns in the Jump Super Stars' sequel, Jump Ultimate Stars and retains his previous playing style.

In the game, DIO can receive a power boost when his panel is placed beside Giorno (whom asks if DIO is one person with two bodies), Jonathan (who mocks him with his iconic line "MUDAMUDA!") and Taizo from Taizo Mote King Saga (whom asks if DIO remembers how many pairs of underwear he had worn to date, parodying Dio's classic line).

DIO also provides an ally boost to Freeza from Dragon Ball Z (he asks Freeza if he also seeks for immortality) and Dr. Mashirito from DR.Slump (he asks if Mashirito has his ideology; after winning comes world domination, a goal shared by both villains).

J-Stars Victory Vs (PS3/PS4/PS Vita)

Aside from being mentioned by Jonathan only once in Story Mode, he does not appear in any form in the game. However, hidden data was found in the game for him and Jotaro as playable characters (alongside other Weekly Shonen Jump characters Yoh and Dai, from Shaman King and Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibōken respectively).

Jump Force (PS4/Xbox One/Nintendo Switch/PC)

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DIO of Stardust Crusaders was officially revealed for Jump Force alongside Jotaro Kujo on February 1, 2019.

As DIO's official voice actor since 2013, Takehito Koyasu voices DIO in this game as well.

Unlike most other JoJo games published by Bandai Namco since All-Star Battle, DIO here has a brand new model to fit with the rest of the game's artstyle. Much of his moveset in Jump Force also appears to be originally animated, with few noticeable similarities between it and his Eyes of Heaven moveset, for example. Unlike Jotaro's appearance in this same game, DIO does wear the same color-scheme as in the Stardust Crusaders anime.

Moveset

Basic Moves
Throw

The opponent is thrown into the air and punched by The World as DIO faces them.

Skills
Useless, Useless

The World does a volley of punches on the opponent before ending with a left hook.

Checkmate

The World appears in front of DIO and throws knives at the opponent.

Blend

The World punches the opponent allowing DIO to grab them and suck their blood before knocking them away.

The World

DIO summons The World and punches the opponent. He then jumps off-screen, coming back down onto the opponent with a road roller. He then smashes the road roller and opponent with a MUDA barrage, jumping off before it explodes.

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Stardust Crusaders DIO appears in the game's opening during a scene where Giorno Giovanna looks at the picture of his father in his wallet, replicating the action taken in an early chapter of Vento Aureo.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (SFC)

DIO will sporadically appear throughout the game to taunt the heroes and comment on what tarot cards have been chosen for them. He appears as the final boss of the game and, unlike the manga, the entire Joestar group is pitted against him (this includes Jotaro, Joseph, Polnareff, Kakyoin and the then-meant-to-be-deceased Avdol and Iggy.) He primarily uses his Stand, The World, and its time stop ability to deal major damage to the player characters. However, he has the glaring weakness of taking much more damage from attacks dealt by Jotaro within his own stopped time.

Stardust Shooters (Android/IOS)

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DIO appears as one of the several Part 1 and Part 3 characters who possess a Metal Strike, with several different appearances.

For his Part 1 variations, his younger self's Finish Move attacks the opponent with a punch followed by a fingerprint (mimicking the same finishing blow he dealt to Jonathan in their first fight), while his vampire versions attack the opponent with his fingers while sucking their blood.

For his Part 3 variations, his Shadow DIO Finish Move makes him attack the opponent with his hair, while his normal version attacks the opponent with his Stand's "MUDAMUDAMUDA!" rush.

By being the greatest villain in the game, his Metal Strikers are naturally the hardest ones to obtain in the game, usually requiring special conditions and tasks to be earned.

Last Survivor (Arcade)

DIO was one of the characters first confirmed during the game's announcement.

A second version of the character name DIO (Greatest High ver.) (DIO (最高にハイ) DIO (Saikyou ni Hai)) was announced on March 11, 2021, and added to the game on March 17.

DIO
Skill Name
Button
Description
Release Level
Muda Rush
R2 (Repeat)
Consecutive Normal Punches
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A Glimpse of Power
R1 (Hold)
Teleport a certain distance forward. Press and Hold R1 to display destination marker and release to move.
Level 2
Vampiric Healing
Passive
Health Gauge will recover automatically.
Level 3
Stand ON (Summon Stand)
L2 (Hold)
Stand will remain out. Attack speed increases.
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The World
L1
Can only be used once per game. Stops time for a few seconds.
Level 5

Character Difficulty: ★ ★ ★
Type: Short-Range
DIO (Greatest High ver.)
Skill Name
Button
Description
Release Level
WRYYY Rush
R2 (Repeat)
Consecutive Normal Punches
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A Glimpse of Power
R1 (Hold)
Teleport a certain distance forward. Press and Hold R1 to display destination marker and release to move.
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Ruthless Bloodsucking
X (Hold)
Sucks the blood of incapacitated enemies and restores health. Jumping power and dashing speed increases for a period of time.
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Stand ON (Summon Stand)
L2 (Hold)
Stand will remain out. Attack speed increases.
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Road Roller
L1
Can only be used once per game. Drops a Road Roller from the sky and crushes the enemy. Causes significant damage.
Level 6

Character Difficulty: ★ ★ ★
Type: Short-Range

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