The Scrutiny's main apparatus is shaped like a cross with a wide, pentagonal spike on the bottom arm. There are three more wide spikes on the other three arms, the ones sporting flat tips. The top spike is connected to the side ones small, angular pieces of metal that are silver on the outer edges and black or dark brown on the inner ones. The edges of the upper three spikes are orange, while the spikes themselves are white. The bottom spike is black or dark brown, and its edges are white. Most of the main shield is the same dark brown or black color as the bottom spike, with the exception of an elongated symbol in the center. The symbol is shaped like a long spike with concave side edges. It is red with a white outline.
A scrutiny is a close, careful examination or study.
When swung, the Scrutiny leaves an orange aura in its trace. Upon pressing once, Vexen swings and thrusts forward. on the second pressing of , Vexen swings it back around him, tosses it up at a 45° angle and then slams it down to the ground in front of him. When Vexen casts a spell, he holds the Scrutiny above his head.
The air combo is similar, in the way Vexen throws it about. He thrusts the Scrutiny in an upward motion in front of him on the first , then in the second , he throws it a few feet above him and then slams it a couple feet in front of him face down.