Shin Megami Tensei 5 Boss Fight Guide: How To Exploit Their Weaknesses

This guide is still under development.

Shin Megami Tensei 5 is out now for Nintendo Switch, and unlike its Persona cousin, this RPG will relentlessly kick your ass time and again if you don’t master its combat system and its demon fusion/essence fusion mechanics quick. The game’s bosses will be your stonewall of progress, challenging you with hard-hitting attacks and making you build a party-specific to counter said stonewall.

Luckily, we’re here to help. This boss guide will be touching on the main story’s many fights, so there will be spoilers. You’ve been warned.

Hydra (Drake)

This is the first major boss of the game, residing near Tokyo Tower. It’s pretty tough if you aren’t prepared for it.

Hydra Stats

Skills

Frenzy +3: medium Physical attack on all foes. Activates when Hydra is near death.
Toxic Breath: Medium Dark attack on all foes. Chance of inflicting Poison.
Fire Breath +3: Weak 2-5 Fire attacks to random foes.

Weaknesses: Ice

Immune: Fire

Protip: Build a team that can block Dark and Fire attacks. After some Miracle buffs and upgrades, use the Daemon Essence fuse on your main character to give him Fire and Dark protection. For Ice attacks, the Mermaid’s unique ice attack can help get you some turns.


Nuwa

You’ll fight this new demon as the game’s second boss, in the Tokyo Diet building. She makes Hydra look like a joke in comparison. She has a super-powerful Magatsuhi gauge attack called Sacrifice of Clay that will annihilate your party.

Nuwa Stats

Skills

Sacrifice of Clay +7: Heavy Force attack to all foes. Lowers target’s Attack/Defense by 1 rank for 3 turns.
Zanma +7: Medium Force attack to 1 foe.
Mazioi +3: Weak Electric attack to all foes.

Weakness: Fire

Immune: Electric, Dark

Repel: Force

Protip: Buy as many Force Dampeners from Gustave (the creepy shopkeeper from your save point). This will cancel out the Sacrifice of Clay attack as soon as her meter is filled up to activate the skill. Get your main character to level 20 or above so that he can get demons to fuse for Jack-o’-Lantern.

Aitvaras is also a good demon to have since its unique skill is an Agi spell with a chance to inflict the Mirage status effect. Resistance and immunity-wise, demons like Shiisaa can help nullify Nuwa’s attacks. If you’re feeling lucky, get Fortuna on your team since she can nullify Force attacks but is vulnerable to Electric.


Loup-Garou

The third boss fight that many players may have trouble with. This wolf’s at the Container Yard and can be a pain if you do not have the proper party to deal with it. Loup-Garou has big damage physical attacks, a painful single target Electric attack, and a buff that gives it a guaranteed critical that will not miss.

Loup-Garou Stats

Skills

Souffle D’eclair +2: Severe Electric attack to 1 foe.
Fang Breaker +3: Weak Physical attack to 1 foe. Lowers target’s attack by 1 rank for 3 turns.
Damascus Claw +3: 2-3 medium Physical attacks to 1 foe.
Axel Claw +3: 2-4 medium Physical attacks to random foes.
Critical Aura: Next Strength-based attack will be 100% accurate and a guaranteed critical.

Weaknesses: Ice, Light

Resist: Fire

Immune: Electric

Protip: Build a party that has Ice and Light skills to exploit Loup-Garou’s weakness (like Jack Frost’s Bufula), as well as have attack-lowering skills like Rakunda and accuracy-lowering skills like Sukunda. Bring Electric Dampeners to nullify the wolf’s Souffle D’eclair attack when you see it charging up Magatsuhi.

You want to debuff the wolf’s attack strength and hit rate so that you get more turns. If you can somehow level up to level 29 at this point in the game, you can gain access to the demon Shiki-Ouji who is resistant to physical attacks and has Light skills. You’ll also want Oni in your team, then make him use Taunt to get Loup-Garou to target him for all attacks.


Fionn Mac Cumhaill

You’ll fight this handsome warrior at Mitatebashi. He has quite the physical arsenal, as well as at a Maragion all-targeting fire attack that only unleashes as a Magatsuhi attack, so at least you know it’s coming.

Fionn Stats

Skills:

Mac an Lain +5: Severe Physical attack to 1 foe. Greater effect if it’s a Critical Hit.
Dark Sword +5: 2 Medium attacks to 1 foe. Chance of inflicting Seal.
Pierce Armor +5: Weak Physical attack to 1 foe. Lowers target’s Defense by 1 rank for 3 turns.
Bufula +3: Medium Ice attacks to 1 foe.
Maragion +4: Medium Fire attack to all foes (Magatsuhi Attack)
Tarukaja: Raises Attack of 1 ally by 1 rank for 3 turns.

Weaknesses: Electric

Resist: Fire, Light

Protip: Bring in demons like Mothman and Lilim as they have Electric attacks to hamper Fionn with. Cironnup is a good choice as it can resist most of Fionn’s attacks and use Blinding Strike to lower Fionn’s Accuracy/Evasion. Also, give Nahobino resistance to Physical attacks to give yourself a fighting chance.

Generally, you want to lower Fionn’s Accuracy to make him miss and lose turns.


Lahmu

Not the early scuffle with him, but the true fight at the end of the second world in Shinagawa Station. This abomination is a multi-target boss, since it has a head and tentacles for you to deal with. This is also a two-parter fight, meaning you’ll need to have some demons on reserve to switch to since the initial ones in your party will have run out of mana and not have the skills to deal with the boss’ second form and its new weaknesses.

Lahmu Phase 1 Stats

Skills

Babylon Curse: Weak Almighty attack to 1 foe. Inflicts Mud.
Bufula +3: Medium Ice attack to 1 foe.
Zionga: Medium Electric attack to 1 foe.
Mudo +3: Weak Dark attack to 1 foe. Chance of instakill when striking weakness.
Charge: Greatly increases the damage of the next physical attack performed by all allies

Weakness: Force, Light

Resistance: Fire, Ice

Immune: Dark

Protip: All of Lahmu’s attacks are single-target skills. Lahmu’s biggest damaging skill is Babylon Curse; it restores each Lahmu Tentacle that isn’t dead yet and inflicts Mud (which subtracts one turn from your total turns for the round). Mazanma and Wind Breath skills on demons are best against Lahmu and its Tentacles. Also, give your main character the Manananggal essence which protects him from Dark attacks.

This is only one phase of the fight, so prepare demons for the second part as well before approaching this major boss battle.

Lahmu Phase 2 Stats

Skills:

Silt of Ruin +2: Medium Almighty attack to all foes. Lowers target’s Accuracy/Evasion by 1 rank for 3 turns.
Mudoon +3: Heavy Dark attack to 1 foe. Chance of instakill when striking weakness.
Bufula +3: Medium Ice attack to 1 foe.
Purple Smoke 2: Weak 3 Physical attacks to 1 foe. Hits harder when target is Confused.
Tentarafoo +3: Chance of inflicting Confusion to all foes.
Mazionga: Medium Electric attack to all foes.

Weakness: Fire

Resistance: Ice, Force

Immune: Dark

Protip: You’ll need to switch out some of your demons to combat this version of Lahmu, since your initial demons may be out of mana. Silt of Ruin not only hurts, but also lowers Accuracy and Evasion. All of Lahmu’s spells here hit pretty hard, but at least Mud isn’t an issue.

You’ll need to have strength and accuracy debuffs on hand, while also getting some Agi spells ready. A demon like Parvati can help keep your party health pretty high thanks to her Media, Bowl of Hygieia, and Heal Pleroma skills.


Shohei Yakumo

The man who represents Chaos alongside Nuwa will fight you in Akihabara. And yes, he’s pretty tough with his all-targeting Physical attacks. Just make sure you and your party are at least level 46 before attempting this fight.

Shohei Yakumo Stats

Skills:

Galvanic Slash +2: Heavy Electric Strength-based attack to 1 foe.
Mazionga +2: Medium Electric attack to all foes.
Fatal Sword +3: Medium Physical attack to 1 foe. High chance of Critical.
Deathbound +3: Medium Physical attack to all foes.
Tarukaja: Raises Attack of 1 ally by 1 rank for 3 turns.
Dekaja: Negates status buff effects on all foes.
Mist Rush +3: 2 to 4 medium Physical attacks to random foes. Chance of inflicting Mirage.
Omagatoki: Critical: Magatsuhi Skill. All attacks will become Critical hits for all allies for 1 turn.

Weakness: Dark

Resistance: Physical, Electric, all ailments

Protip: Bring Electric Dampeners to the fight, as well as bestow Physical/Electric resistance to your main character. While you’re at it, give him Taunt, since your party members may not be able to withstand Yakumo’s Physical onslaught and will need you to draw fire. Kannabi Veil (via Aogami Type-5’s essence) is also useful since it reduces damage from Yakumo’s all-target skills.

Roster-wise, you should recruit demons like Parvati (healer with +4 Recovery, Bowl of Hygieia, & Media), Idun, Macabre, Black Frost, Anubis, and Alice. The latter two have Dark spells they can cast to exploit Yakumo’s weakness. Alice may have high requirements for fusion (she’s a Special Fusion), but she’s worth it for the long run.


Surt

Located in Awajicho. Pretty big and tough.

Surt Stats

Skills:

Heat Wave: Weak Physical attack to all foes.
Fire Dracostrike: Medium Fire Strength-based attack to 1 foe.
Maragidyne: Heavy Fire attack to all foes (Magatsuhi Attack).
Ragnarok: Medium 2~5 Fire attacks to random foes.
Dekunda: Negates status debuff effects on all allies.
Counter: Chance to counter Strength-based attacks with a  heavy Physical attack.
Agilao: Medium Fire attack to 1 foe.
Maragi: Weak Fire attack to all foes.
Omagatoki: Critical: Magatsuhi Skill. All attacks will become Critical hits for all allies for 1 turn.

Weakness: Ice

Absorbs: Fire

Protip: Bring demons who can absorb or is immune to Fire attacks. The best demons to bring to this fight are Black Frost and Qing Long, who can cast Ice spells and do not have weakness to Fire. Any support healer you have who has Bowl of Hygieia (via fusion using Parvati) would be helpful. Also, make sure to use any essence that gives your main character some way to absorb/repel/nullify Fire.


Ishtar

Found in Tokyo Station. Make sure you’re packing Force and Dark for this one.

Ishtar Stats

Skills:

Dreadful Gleam: Heavy Electric attack to all foes. Ignores affinity and pierces through. Chance of infliction Seal.
Ziodyne: Heavy Electric attack to 1 foe.
Mazionga: Medium Electric attack to all foes.
Hamaon: Heavy Light attack to 1 foe. Can instakill those weak to Light.
Mahamaon: Heavy Light attack to all foes. Can instakill those weak to Light.
Sexy Dance: Chance of inflicting Charm to all foes.
Diarama: Moderate HP recovery to 1 ally.
Marakunda: Lowers Defense of all foes by 1 rank for 3 turns.
Omagatoki: Critical: Magatsuhi Skilil. All attacks will become Critical hits for all allies for 1 turn.

Weakness: Force, Dark

Blocks: Electric, Light

Protip: Bring demons with Force and Dark attack like Anubis and Mishaguji. If you can fuse for Lamu, go do that as this demon has nice Dark skills and high stats. Dominion is also a nice demon to have in this fight to tank and absorb Ishtar’s attacks.


Chernobog

Hey look, it’s old mushroom head with the sword! Found in Castle: 2nd Stratum.

Chernobog Stats

Skills:

Dark Sword: 2 Medium attacks to 1 foe. Chance to inflict Seal.
Blight: 2 to 4 weak Physical attacks to random foes. Chance of inflicting Poison.
Toxic Spray: Chance of inflicting Poison to 1 foe and lowers Defense by 1 rank for 3 turns.
Fang Breaker: Weak Physical attack to 1 foe. Lowers target’s Attack by 1 rank for 3 turns.
Pierce Armor: Weak Physical attack to 1 foe. Lowers target’s Defense by 1 rank for 3 turns.
Blinding Strike: Weak Physical attack to 1 foe. Lowers target’s Accuracy/Evasion by 1 rank for 3 turns.
Mamudoon: Heavy Dark attack to all foes. Chance of instakill when striking weakness.

Weakness: Light

Block: Dark

Protips: You can use some of the same demons from the Ishtar fight like Anubis and Dominion. For attacks, you can use Yoshitsune who has Physical resistance and Retaliate to sort out Chernobog’s Physical attacks.


Arioch

Big fat winged demon boy here can be fought in the Castle: Audience Chamber area.

Arioch Stats

Skills

Brave Blade: Heavy Physical attack to 1 foe. High chance of Critical.
Mighty Cleave: Heavy Physical attack to 1 foe. Low accuracy, but hits are always Critical.
Bufudyne: Heavy Ice attack to 1 foe.
Hades Blast: Heavy Physical attack to all foes.
Mabufudyne: Heavy Ice attack to all foes. (Magatsuhi Skill)

Weakness: Electric

Resist: Ice, Force, Dark

Protip: Arioch will summon 2 Decarabias to assist him. You’ll need a team that has Electric and Light since Arioch is weak to the former element while Decarabia is weak to the latter. Bring in demons like Kin-Ki, Nue, and Ose to bring in the Electric pain, while having Kushinada-Hime as support. Bring Ice Dampeners for added protection. Give your main character Ice Resistance too.


Abdiel

You’ll fight this cool angel in the later bits of the story at the Tokyo Diet Building.

Abdiel Stats

Skills

Light’s Descent: Severe Light attack to all foes. Chance of instakill when striking weakness.
Pierce Armor: Weak Physical attack to 1 foe, lowers defense for 3 turns.
Dark Sword: 2 Medium attacks to 1 foe. Chance of inflicting Seal.
Myriad Slashes: 5 weak Physical attacks to 1 foe. Low accuracy.
Agidyne: Heavy Fire attack to 1 foe.
Maragidyne: Heavy Fire attack to all foes. Magatsuhi Attack.
Mighty Cleave: Heavy Physical attack to 1 foe. Low accuracy, but hits are always critical.

Weakness: Dark

Reflect: Light

Resist: Electric, Force

Protip: Give your main character resistance to Light, and Counter/Retaliate. Abdiel also only attacks Nahobino, so you’ll need those aforementioned skills and a support demon to keep him alive. You’re also better off bringing a demon that has Taunt to divert attention away from your main character. Demons with Dark attacks and resistance to Light will help in this fight; a demon who can cast Tetrakarn is also useful since it can cast it on Nahobino to reflect Abdiel’s attacks.

Also, bring Fire Dampeners to nullify Abdiel’s Magatsuhi attack.


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