This list is still a work in progress…
With Shin Megami Tensei 5 coming for Nintendo Switch this November, it’s high time we count down the demons slowly being revealed for the game.
After years of inactivity about the game, we are now bombarded with tons of new information about the upcoming sequel featuring high school students, demon summoning, different pathways leading to law, chaos, or otherwise, and a lexicon of mythical creatures to summon. Let’s focus on the latter for now since the other stuff seems to be kept mum until the game’s release date.
Here’s a feature and guide about Shin Megami Tensei 5’s list of demons. We’ll spotlight the new additions & past demons with brand-new designs, followed by recurring demons from the previous Shin Megami Tensei/Persona games. We’ll go from the latest to the earliest for your viewing convenience.
New Demons/Redesigned Demons
#1. Jack Frost
Atlus’ mascot. A frost spirit that appears in winter. It has a body made up of ice and snow, and disappears when spring arrives. Contrary to its cute appearance, it has a fearsome nature, freezing people by spitting out cold air, smiling all the while. It uses its signature skill, Jack Bufula (medium Ice damage to one enemy, lowers Defense by one stage), while Ice Breath, Ice Block (currently unknown effect), Tarukaja, and another -kaja are listed.
A Japanese goddess believed to be the origin of tengu and amanojaku. It is said that she was born when Susano-o vomited built-up ferocious spirit from his body. When enraged, she can break any weapon, no matter how sharp, with her fangs.
#3. Fionn Mac CumHaill (Genma)
A hero of Celtic myth. Leader of the Fianna. While training under a druid priest, he was ordered to cook the Salmon of Knowledge and gained wisdom after licking his thumb which was covered in the salmon’s fat. His unique skill is a physical attack called Mac an Luinn.
#4. Angel (Divine)
Among God’s servants, they are the closest in nature to humans. They watch over individuals and warn those who stray from the path. Its unique skill, “Blessing,” heals all allies. It also has Hama, a Holy spell that deals damage and also instant-kills if it hits an enemy’s Holy weakness.
#5. Daemon (Brute)
A lesser demon that hasn’t received a name. Low ranking demons like this are given the generic term “daemon.” It is also the basis of the word “demon,” devils found in Christianity. Its unique skill is “Rend Asunder” which hits an enemy 4 times, but has low accuracy.
#6. Mermaid (Femme)
Half-woman, half-fish creatures of the ocean. Their male counterparts are called “Mermen”. Legend says they use their voice to charm men, causing them to crash their ships. Mermaids are regarded as unlucky omens by men of the sea and are a sign of a bad catch or devastating storms.
#45. Hayataro (Holy)
A spirit dog raised in Kozenji, a temple in Nagano, the legend of his eradication of monsters remains. After the battle, the monsters were destroyed, but he was also injured, and passed away in front of the high priest.
He uses several unique skills here – Carnage Fang (heavy Phys damage on one enemy; power increases when it criticals), “Watch Me” (draw enemies’ attention to him and increases accuracy/evasion greatly for 3 turns), and Sun’s Radiance (medium heal and aliment cleanse on one ally). Phys Block is also listed as one of its passive skills.
A witch from Siquijor of the Philippines. She can separate her upper and lower halves, fly with bat wings growing from out of her back, and attacks people, draining their blood.
She uses her unique skill, Sanguine Drain (weak Almighty damage which drains HP from one enemy; lowers Attack by one stage for 3 turns). She can learn/use Zanma, Venom Hunt, and Zionga.
#82. Loup-Garou (Beast)
A type of werewolf from France. During the day, they take the shape of a human, but at night, they turn into a werewolf and attack people. It’s said that once one has become a Loup-garou, there is no way to turn back into a human.
He uses his unique skill, Souffle D’éclair (severe Elec damage on one enemy).
Recurring Demons From Past Games
A harvest goddess that appears in Sumerian myth, her name means “Lady of Heaven.” She also has an aspect as a god who eliminates foreign enemies, her power is such that even male gods fled like bats. She made her debut in Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse.
Skills she uses include Raging Lightning, Debilitate, Megidolaon, Raging Hellfire, Raging Blizzard, Raging Tempest, and Will of Battle.
#83. Attis (Kishin)
A god of resurrection of Phyrigia, the origin of Asia Minor. He is fated to offer himself to the earth mother goddess Cybele by sacrificing himself for the salvation of the people, being killed and reviving, being worshipped as a saviour god.
Skills it uses include Recarm, Heat Wave, Agilao, Venom Chaser, Maragi, and Omagatoki: Pierce.
#81. Raphael (Herald)
One of the four Archangels at the pinnacle of angel hierarchy. His name means “healer.” He guards the Tree of Life, paired with the Tree of Knowledge, in the Garden of Eden.
Skills Raphael can use include Mediarahan, Mazanbarion, Hamabarion, Makajamaon, Me Patra, and God’s Great Shield.
#80. Seth (Drake)
An evil god of Egyptian mythology, he was originally a chief god worshipped in the Upper Egypt region. He murdered his brother Osiris as part of his plot and became the ruler of the gods, but was defeated by Osiris’s son Horus.
Skills Seth can use include Ziobarion, Tentarafoo, Madness Nails, Mazandyne, Lightning Dracostrike, and Critical Aura.
#79. Thunderbird (Avian)
A large spirit bird and heavenly spirit that appears in Native American mythology. Resembling an eagle, it is said to live high in the sky. Its cry and flaps of its wings are thunder, and the light that comes from its eyes are lightning flashes.
Skills it can use include Concentrate, Megido, Mazionga, Zionga, Masukunda, and “Cursed Poison Spray” (ailment Magatsuhi Skill).
#78. Bishamonten (Kishin)
A guardian deity of Buddhism and one of the Four Heavenly Kings. The Eight Legions are in his clan, receives orders from Taishakuten, and guards the North. Because Prince Shotoku prayed to him for victory, he garnered popularity from warriors as a god of battle.
Skills he can use include Agidyne, Matarukaja, Deathbound, Piercing Strike, and Omagatoki: Pierce.
#77. Ananta (Dragon)
A world serpent of Indian myth, he appears at the beginning and end of the world. On the endless sea of milk on which Ananta stands, Vishnu sleeps above him, and when he wakes, the creation of the world began.
Skills Ananta can use include Lightning Dracostrike, Maziodyne, Mabufudyne, Purple Smoke, and Ice Dracostrike.
#76. Agathion (Yoma)
A familiar used by humans, it is a spirit with no physical body. It only appears in the middle of the day. It is mainly sealed within vases or bottles, but can also be sealed within rings, magic squares, and amulets.
Can use Sukunda, Zio, Dustma, and Omagatoki: Aptitude.
#75. Bugbear (Wilder)
A type of goblin that appears in English folklore. It has the appearance of a human covered in hair, and is synonymous with nightmares and monsters that appear at night.
#74. Kushinada-Hime (Kunitsu)
A goddess of Japanese mythology. She was born as the youngest of eight sisters, but lost all her sisters as sacrifices to Yamata-no-Orochi. She was about to be sacrificed herself, but she was saved by Susano-o, who arrived to slay Yamata-no-Orochi, and later became his wife.
Skills she can use include Marakukaja, Mediarama, Mahamaon, Dekaja, Magic Donum, and Mazanma.
#73. Apsaras (Yoma)
A water spirit of Indian myth. Her name means “one who moves in water.” She takes the appearance of a young, voluptuous woman, and is used as an example of worldly desires preventing the fulfillment of asceticism.
Can learn and initially use Bufu, Mabufu, Mazan, and Dia.
#72. Flaemis (Element)
#71. Anubis (Avatar)
A god of Egyptian myth with a jackal’s head, he guides the dead. In the “Court of Osiris” where the souls of the dead are judged, he carries out the duty of deciding whether the dead are able to go to heaven by weighing their hearts.
Can use and learn White Dracostrike, Megido, Mahamaon, Mamudoon, Black Dracostrike, Agidyne, Mediarama, and Omagatoki: Accuracy.
#70. Fortuna (Megami)
The Roman goddess of good fortune. She presides over the wheel of fate. She was originally a goddess who brought about the fertility and propagation of livestock and grain. She is also the equivalent of the Greek goddess Tyche.
#69. Berith (Fallen)
One of the 72 demons of the Lesser Key of Solomon, he is a fearsome lord riding a large horse. Of the 72 demons, he is a particularly high ranking lord, and will suddenly burn to death those lacking in courtesy.
Uses Maragi and Armor Piercer.
#68. Gabriel (Herald)
One of the four Archangels at the pinnacle of angel hierarchy, her name means “Supervisor.” She is also an angel of the Annunciation who notified the Virgin Mary of her conception. Among angels, only Gabriel is not sexually neutral but female in some interpretations.
Uses Mahamabarion, Ice Age, Diamrita, and Samarecarm.
#67. Vishnu (Deity)
A god of creation in Indian mythology and one of the three chief gods. He presides over the preservation of the universe and is a high god of Hinduism. When a crisis befalls Earth, he uses an incarnation called an Avatar and appears.
Uses Mediarahan, Mahamabarion, Mamudobarion, and Mudobarion.
#66. Orthrus (Beast)
A large two-headed dog and brother of Cerberus that appears in Greek myth. He guarded the pasture of the monster Geryon and was an extremely capable guard dog, but was killed in one strike by the hero Heracles.
#65. Byakko (Holy)
One of the “Four Holy Beasts” frequently mentioned in Chinese myth and thought. It governs the direction of West, the season of Autumn, and Wuxing of Metal. The king of beasts in ancient China was the tiger, and Baihu stands at the pinnacle.
Uses Mazionga, Lightning Dracostrike, Damascus Claw, Mist Rush, and Sukunda.
#64. Naga (Snake)
Half-human, half-snakes who were seen as the deification of cobras in Indian myth. They govern over regeneration and rebirth. They live in havens in rivers, lakes, and oceans, and when they aren’t fighting, they constantly sing and dance.
Uses Pierce Strike, Mazio, and Heat Wave.
#63. Hanuman (Genma)
A hero of Indian mythology. He is capable of transforming into anything as well as flying. He is referenced in the epic poem “Ramayana” for his many feats.
#62. Hariti (Lady)
A goddess known as “Kishibojin.” She is worshipped as a goddess who watches over the development of children. She used to be a wicked ogress who ate human children, but she was admonished by Buddha and became a benevolent goddess, eating pomegranates instead of children.
Uses Masukukaja, Lullaby, Hysterical Slap, Mamudoon, Makajamaon, Diarama, and Matarukaja.
#61. Neko Shogun
A Taoist god with impressive abilities of prediction. He has a cat’s head on a human body, and had an imperial court in the former Chinese territory of Annan, where Vietnam is currently located.
Uses Dia, Sukunda, Lunge, and Heat Wave.
#60. Yamato-no-Orochi (Snake)
A gigantic dragon with eight heads and eight tails that appears in the Kojiki. It had eaten young women as sacrifices every year, but was killed by being sliced apart by Susano-o’s sword when it was drunk as part of a trap.
#59. Asura (Fury)
Ferocious, god-like entities of Indian mythology. They are said to have immense physical and magical powers that troubled that gods many a time. Asuras are also strict, and if they encounter someone who opposes their ideals, they will mercilessly attack them.
#58. Power (Divine)
#57. Lachesis (Femme)
One of the three Moirae Sisters said to have been entrusted by the chief gods with the control of fate in Greek myth. She measures the thread that Clotho has spun and determines its length. Its length is the length of one’s life.
Uses Makajamaon, Masukukaja, Matarukaja, Magic Donum, and Omagatoki: No Cost.
#56. Alilat (Lady)
An ancient Arabic mother goddess. She was worshipped as a four-sided black stone pillar in Kaaba. Along with her son, Dushara, the god of mountains and stars, she gathered the worship of desert nomads.
#55. Cait Sith
Cat fairies who live in the Scottish Highlands, they possess kingdoms within deserted houses. With green eyes shining with intelligence, they are able to understand human speech.
#54. Melchizedek (Herald)
An angel who is the “saviour of angels” in the Gnostic sect of Christianity. He was born from the goddess Sophia. He is mentioned in the Bible as Melchizedek, the king of righteousness.
#53. Pixie (Fairy)
A small fairy that lives in southwest England. She has a cheerful, trick-loving personality. In general, she’s a good fairy who also helps out with farmwork.
She uses Zan, Rakakuja, Dia, and Patra.
#52. Basilisk (Drake)
A winged, wicked dragon said to live in northern Africa. Possessing a crest resembling a crown, its name means “king of snakes.” Its breath and glare are powerfully venomous, killing humans and animals instantly.
Skills it uses include Poison Breath, Venom Chaser, Ice Dracostrike, Matarukaja, and Big Bang.
#51. Eligor (Fallen)
One of the 72 demons of the Lesser Key of Solomon. He appears as a knight. He has the power to see future events and is knowledgeable about war.
Uses Maragion, Fire Dracostrike, Dark Sword, and Blight.
#50. Shiisaa (Holy)
A holy beast that protects homes from all evil and grants good luck. Its appearance resembles that of a guardian lion-dog, but it is actually designed after a lion.
It uses Rakunda, Mazio, Chomp, and Omagatoki: Critical.
#49. Chironnupu (Holy)
The Ainu word for “fox.” It is a divine beast that conveys omens of disaster to the Ainu. It howls loudly from mountains, letting people know that calamity is drawing near. SMT veterans may remember this demon from Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, since it’s used by party member Hallelujah.
Skills it uses include Vigilant Cheer, Kitsunebi Apto/Rain, Hama, Mabufu, and Light/Holy Block.
#48. Anahita (Megami)
A goddess of Zoroastrianism and Persian myth who governs over rivers and bodies of water. She is described as a noble and beautiful maiden, but at the same time depicted as a goddess of war riding a four-horse chariot to defeat demons and tyrants. Made her debut in SMT IV: Apocalypse and SMT Strange Journey Redux.
Skills she uses include Hellish Spurt, Diarama, Rakunda, and Matarunda.
#44. Legion (Foul)
A group of evil spirits noted for saying “for we are many” in the Gospel of Mark of the Bible. The origin of its name was used in Rome at the time as a military term meaning “regiment,” or an infantry with a structure of 5000 men.
Skills it uses include Rakunda, Poison Breath, Mamudo, and Mudo.
#43. Narcissus (Jirae)
A flower god of Greek myth known for loving himself, his appearance changed into that of a narcissus. He was originally an extremely beautiful young man, but was cursed to only being able to fall in love with his own reflection from a pool of water.
Skills it uses include Sexy Dance, Wind Breath, Tentarafoo, and Omagatoki: Sanko.
#42. Erthys (Element)
An earth elemental spirit. One of the four classical elements that all matter in the world is composed of and a low-level body of energy. According to Aristotle, it possesses the phases of “cold” and “dry” to promote decomposition and is a basic element that brings about destruction.
Skills it uses include Zio, Masukunda, Fog, and Dustma.
#41. Thor (Kishin)
The god of lightning and good harvests in Norse myth. He boasts a lively and honest personality as well as unparalleled strength. His iron hammer, Mjolnir, always crushes his enemies and returns to him no matter where he throws it and symbolizes a lightning strike.
Uses Hell Thrust, Maziodyne, Megaton Press, Muscle Punch, and Omagatoki: Pierce.
#40: Archangel (Divine)
A lesser angel placed eighth in the hierarchy of angels. He carries out the duty of conveying God’s will to humans. He is also a heavenly warrior and leads the forces of heaven in the fight against the forces of darkness.
Skills it uses include Agilao, Hama, Charge, Heat Wave, Wind Breath, Tarunda, and Critical Slash.