Shin Megami Tensei V News Vol. 2 introduces new characters, stat / skill building features – Gematsu


Atlus introduced new characters and stat / skill building features for Shin Megami Tensei V during the second volume of its Shin Megami Tensei V News program.


Hello, it’s time for Shin Megami Tensei V News. This show Atlus will deliver information regarding Shin Megami Tensei V, a Nintendo Switch exclusive RPG launching November 11th, 2021. I am your host, Chiaki Matsuzawa.

Here are today’s Shin Megami Tensei V News topics:

  • New Characters (Vol. 2)
  • New Stat / Skill Building Features to Survive Da’at

Let’s begin the show.

New Characters (Vol. 2)

Have you had a chance to catch the latest, third trailer released last week? If you haven’t, be sure to check it out via our official website. Let’s start off by watching the following clip.

  • Shohei Yakumo (voiced by Tomokazu Sugita) – “I thought you’d be cleaning up the stragglers… but he looks like no angel I’ve seen.” A mysterious man who stands in the way of the protagonist as he advances through Da’at. “Take solace in our meeting, boy. I’ll make your death a painless one.” He has labeled himself as “he who hunts all demons.” “Maybe then you’ll see the truth.” His motives and true colors remain unknown, but he seems to work alongside Nuwa, a demon. “See gods and demons alike fighting over humanity… and Tokyo caught in the crossfire.”
  • Nuwa, Lady (voiced by Ayana Taketatsu) – A goddess that appears in Chinese mythology. “Are you part of the reinforcements sent by Bethel? The man beside me is Yakumo…” She’s worked alongside Yakumo since he was young to fulfill a certain goal. “I suppose one could say he is my other half. The angels that infested this area are now dead.” She suddenly appears before the protagonist, and attacks. “And I daresay they could use some company.”
  • Abdiel, Archangel & Bethel’s Deputy Angel Commander (voiced by Romi Park) – An angel who oversees Bethel’s headquarters. “Am I to understand you went against the Condemnation?” Stern and uncompromising, she eradicates anyone who threatens the order of Bethel through sheer force. “Answer, boy. Bethel will have no mercy for one who violates the will of God.” She’s fervently devoted to God and is committed to defending his order at all costs. “It is a duty I am sure you will continue to perform.”

The protagonist will come across a number of mysterious humans and demons on this journey… But what exactly are their ultimate motives? All across Da’at, the conflict between gods and demons intensifies even further. What future will await Tokyo…?

You just watched the introduction of the new characters. It’s exciting to imagine how the story will develop further.

Next, we will introduce new stat/skill building features for the protagonist.

Let’s take a look.

New Stat / Skill-Building Features to Survive Da’at

As you explore Da’at, you will come across Essences, spiritual entities embedded with the power of demons. >> The protagonist obtained Hua Po’s Essence.

—The protagonist obtained Agathion’s Essence.

Essences are infused with the skills and affinities of that specific demon.

—[Select: Essence Fusion]

By fusing them with the protagonist, you can customize his skills and affinities to your liking.

—Sophia: What power do you wish this Essence to bestow? [Select: Skills]

By fusing them with the protagonist, you can customize his skills and affinities to your liking.

—[Essence: Koppa Tengu]

—Sophia: Is this what you wish for? [Select: Force Block]

—Sophia: What power do you wish this Essence to bestow? [Select: Affinities]

—[Essence: Hua Po] [Fire: Null, Ice: Weak]

—Sophia: Is this what you wish for? [Select: Yes]

—On-Screen: You can even fuse them with your demon allies to tailor their skills too!

—Sophia: Is this what you wish for? [Select: Bufu +1]

—[Jack-O’-Lantern: Maharagi +5]

Using Essences, you can gain an advantage by customizing the protagonist’s build to fit your strategic needs.

—[Cironnup: Bufu +1]

In addition, by fulfilling certain conditions in Da’at, you can also obtain Glory, a manifestation of god’s dignity.

—The protagonist gained 50 Glory!

—[Select: Learn Miracles]

When you visit the World of Shadows, you can spend Glory to learn Miracles. Miracles are said to be powerful abilities that alter the laws of nature.

—Sophia: You wish to learn “Enhanced Summon”? [Select: Yes]</em.

Enhanced Summon: Demon allies summoned in battle will have a random stat raised by one rank, and they encompass skills that assist you during battle, affect negotiation outcomes, fusions, skill potentials, and even stat-building.

Pacification: If a demon’s mood sours mid-negotiation, they may forgive you.

Unforgotten Memories: Newly fused demons will gain EXP based on the stats of the demons fused.

—Manannangal: You’re looking at the Femme Manananggal. A pleasure, I’m sure…

Strengthen the protagonist by collecting Glories and learning Miracles, and prepare for your battles with formidable demons.

—Sophia: You wish to learn “Almighty Mastery I”? [Select: Yes]

—[Protagonist: Megidola +5]

You just learned about Essences, Glory, and Miracles, the game’s all-new stat-building features. It seems these features will make the gameplay even more compelling.

User Questions

Here at Shin Megami Tensei V News, we are always accepting messages from our viewers. We’ve been highlighting a few of them at the bottom of the screen. For this next segment, I’d like to read one out loud.

We received the following message from @Nine.

“Is it possible to fast forward the special effects for skills during battle?”

Yes, in the game you will be able to shorten the attack animations during battle. You can configure this feature in your options menu, and choose to keep it “always on”, “on only when holding the A button”, or “always off.” You can also fast-forward enemy skills as well, aside from a few exceptions. We also have an “auto-play” feature which will automatically repeat a standard attack. Be careful using this feature when going up against Girimekhala.

Please continue to send along your messages and questions. Tweet your questions with the hashtag #AskSMT5! We look forward to hearing from you!

Related News

And now, we would like to share some related news. Let’s take a look.

  • Shin Megami Tensei V now available for pre-order! Check out the purchasing guide for the latest info regarding retail exclusive items and packages.
  • “Demon Colosseum” website, now live! Participate and have fun by challenging the champion!
  • Check out Nobuyuki Shiota’s writing column: “Shin Megami Tensei V and the Journey to the World of Mythology,” only on!
  • Shin Megami Tensei Lottery product line up, now revealed!
  • Shin Megami Tensei V Nintendo Switch accessories releasing November 11, in partnership with Keys Factory.

That concludes our related announcements.


It is now time to say farewell.

All the information we shared today will be updated on our official website. Please be sure to check it out, along with our latest trailer.

Here at Shin Megami Tensei V News, we plan to periodically deliver the latest information about the game.

The next program is scheduled for late September. We will see you again then.

Until next time!

Shin Megami Tensei V is due out for Switch on November 11 in Japan and November 12 worldwide. Read more about the game here and here. Watch the latest trailer here.

Watch the full program below.

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