Shin Megami Tensei V Return of the True Demon Quest Guide

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Shin Megami Tensei V Return of the True Demon Quest Guide

November 10, 2021

By: Andrew Stretch

More Info About This Game
Developer
Atlus
Publisher
Sega
Platforms
Nintendo Switch
Release Date
November 11, 2021 (Calendar)
Genre
RPG, Adventure
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Shin Megami Tensei V is out and if you bought the Digital Deluxe edition or have been eyeing the DLC packs a certain quest might have caught your attention. The DLC pack contains the optional quest Return of the True Demon. As the name suggests this questline will have you fighting demons familiar to those of you who have already played Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne. In this Shin Megami Tensei V Return of the True Demon Quest Guide we'll go through each of the demons you need to face, where to find them, and give some pointers on how to take care of them. This quest leads up to the hardest battle of the game against SMT III Protagonist, the Demi-Fiend.

After reaching the World of Shadows for the first time after returning you'll get the Menorah of Knowledge, and important item from SMT III. After that Aogami will prompt you that there are more items like the Menorah and that he will mark them on your map for you. They're accompanied by powerful demons though.


Demon Fight #1 - Matador

Location: Da'at: Minato
East of the Tamachi Leyline

That's right, lets start off with what might have been one of the worst fights of SMT III. 

 
 

Shin Megami Tensei V Return of the True Demon - Matador

Boss information

Matador Lv. 24

Weak to Electricity
Immune to Force
Resistant to Light and Dark
Uses Force attacks

Matador will work to raise his evasion stat making it difficult to even hit him. Focus on using electricity attacks for high damage.

For defeating Matador you earn the Menorah of Foundation, you can also now create a Matador through fusion


Demon Fight #2 - Daisoujou

Location: Da'at: Shinagawa
East of Tennozu leyline, you'd need to climb up to find it

 
 

Shin Megami Tensei V Return of the True Demon - Daisoujou

Boss Information

Daisoujou lv. 30

Weak to fire
Immune to light and dark
Uses light, dark, and almighty attacks
If you're weak to light or dark there's a chance to instakill

He will mostly use his almighty attack unless he gets to low health. He will then start launching his instakill attacks. It's recommended to get him to mid health and then use skill to make all attacks critical hits and try to finish him off as fast as possible so he doesn't get a chance 

 

For defeating Daisoujou you earn the Menorah of Eternity, you can now create him through fusion


Demon Fight #3 - Hell Biker

Location: Da'at: Shinagawa - Konan 3rd Block
Head west and then south from the Konan Leyline. You'll see the purple lightning on the top of a broken overpass. Circle clockwise around the fallen buildings to get to it.

Shin Megami Tensei V Return of the True Demon - Hell Biker

Boss Information

Hell Biker lv 36

Weak to Ice
Resists light and dark
Immune to fire and force
Uses physical, force, and fire attacks

He will happily cast Dekunda on you nullifying all buffs so focus on hitting him hard. When he starts building up magatsuhi use a barrier item on the force attack.

For defeating hell Biker you'll earn the Menorah of Dignity, you'll also be able to summon him 


Demon Fight #4 - White Rider

Location: Da'at: Chiyoda
From the Ginza Leyline, you'll find it down the hill to the North
Unlock Requirement: After meeting the horsemen at the end of the fight against Surt in Da'at: Chiyoda this battle will appear

Shin Megami Tensei V Return of the True Demon - White Rider

Boss Information

White Rider Lv 43

Weak to Electricity
Resists Light and Dark
Reflects Fire
Uses Light and Fire attacks, can also summon reinforcements in the form of Dominion Lv. 40

The White Rider will try to maintain his reinforcements. They can cast extremely frustrating abilities like putting up a magic barrier on the White Rider invalidating a lot of your powerful attacks. These angels are weak to Dark and Force attacks so make sure to take care of them quickly.

For defeating White Rider you'll earn the Menorah of Compassion, you'll also be able to summon him


Demon Fight #5 - Red Rider

Location: Da'at: Chiyoda
From the Nohonbashi Leyline head East until you can circle south as the path heads up the mountains.
Unlock Requirement: After meeting the horsemen at the end of the fight against Surt in Da'at: Chiyoda this battle will appear.

Shin Megami Tensei V Return of the True Demon - Red Rider

Boss Information

Red Rider lv 47

Weak to Ice
Resists Light and Dark
Reflects Electricity
Absorbs Force
Uses Electricity and Force attacks. The Red Rider will also summon his own reinforcements in the form of Power lv 45.

The Red Rider will try to maintain his reinforcements. These soldiers will try to attack the party with Physical and Light attacks. They're weak to Force and Dark but make sure you don't do any attacks that hit all enemies because Red Rider is strong to those. This battle is about selectively attacking.

For defeating Red Rider you'll earn the Menorah of Insight, you'll also be able to summon him


Demon Fight #6 - Black Rider

Location: Da'at: Chiyoda
From the Akihabara Electric Town Leyline head up the pathway to the South-West and circle counter-clockwise along the rooftops back to where you fought the Abcess of this area. 
Unlock Requirement: After meeting the horsemen at the end of the fight against Surt in Da'at: Chiyoda.

Shin Megami Tensei V Return of the True Demon - Black Rider

Boss Information

Black Rider Lv 52

Weak to Force
Resists Light and Dark
Reflects Ice
Uses Almighty and Ice attacks. The Black Rider will also summon his own reinforcements in the form of Legion Lv. 50

The Black Rider will try to maintain his reinforcements. The Legion will set up Physical reflects on the Black Rider so you'll be wanting to focus on magic for this fight. The Legion themselves are weak to Electricity and Light attacks but are immune to Dark. 

For defeating Black Rider you'll earn the Menorah of Wisdom, you'll also be able to summon him


Demon Fight #7 - Pale Rider

Location: Da'at: Chiyoda
From the Tokyo Station Leyline head as far South-West as you can go to find this battle
Unlock Requirement: Fight and defeat the White Rider, Red Rider, and Black Rider.

Shin Megami Tensei V Return of the True Demon - Pale Rider

Boss Information

Pale Rider lv 57

Weak to Fire
Resists Light and Dark
Immune to Ice
Uses Physical and Ice attacks. The Pale Rider will also summon his own reinforcements in the form of Loa Lv 54. The Pale Rider can also remove any buffs you place on yourself.

Much like the other fights the Pale Rider enjoys company. Don't bother buffing yourself as it will immediately get remove. The Loa are weak to Light and resist Dark. They'll attempt to poison you so prepare cleansing items or take them out asap. 

For defeating Pale Rider you'll earn the Menorah of Majesty, you'll also be able to summon him


Demon Fight #8 - Mother Harlot

Location: Da'at: Taito
From the Ueno Leyline travel directly North over the train tracks and into the park for the next fight.
Unlock Requirement: After defeating the Pale Rider return to the World of Shadows to briefly be told you're doing a good job.

Shin Megami Tensei V Return of the True Demon - Mother Harlot

Boss Information

Mother Harlot lv 64

Weak to Force
Resists Fire, Light, and Dark
Reflects Physical
Absorbs Electricity
Uses Almighty, Electric, and Fire attacks

Already reflecting Physical makes this battle tough. Make sure you're got a team that can work within the very strict confines of this fight. If you can't quite find the right assortment of skills remember there's always Force Gems that you can pick up from the shop. Even if they don't do as much damage their ability to Crit and prolong your turn is incredibly important.

For defeating Mother Harlot you'll earn the Menorah of Beauty, you'll also be able to summon him


Demon Fight #9 - Trumpeter

Location: Da'at: Taito
Head South and then West from the Shinobazu Pond
Unlock Requirement: Defeat Mother Harlot

Shin Megami Tensei V Return of the True Demon - Trumpeter

Boss Information

Trumpeter Lv. 73

Weak to nothing
Resists Fire, Ice, Electricity, and Force
Immune to Light and Dark
Uses every type of elemental attack including Allmight

If the last battle was about being very specific in your magic selection the Trumpeter is all about getting out the heavy physical hits. Getting Crits to prolong your turn will be extra hard this battle, I recommend pre-charging your Magatsuhi meter and coming in with an Omagatoki: Critical to really lay out some heavy damage. All of his attacks hit all of your party at once, while this is a major nuisance as long as you have the immunity of every damage type across your party you'll be able to always force him to be blocked and only attack once.

For defeating Trumpeter you'll earn the Menorah of Glory, you'll also be able to summon him


Demon Fight #10 - Demi-Fiend

Location: Hall of Chaos
Unlock Requirement: Return to the World of Shadows after defeating the Trumpeter and a Leyline to the Hall of Chaos will be opened. 

Shin Megami Tensei V Return of the True Demon - Demi-Fiend

Boss Information

Demi-Fiend Lv. 99

Weak to nothing
Resists Physical, Fire, Ice, Electricity, Force, Light, and Dark
Uses Physical attacks mostly but also has an almighty attack and the ability to heal his whole party.

To start the battle Demi-Fiend will summon his own team of allies. These are a Pixie Lv 90, Girimekhala Lv. 90, and a Cu Chulainn Lv. 90. Demi-Fiend tried to incapacitate as much of your team as possible by inflicting status effects that will lock away all abilities other than strike. It's very important to have a healer in your party that can not only keep feeding everyone health but also can cure these status ailments. It's also very recommended to purchase a Withered Goat that gives the Protagonist full health after the first time he might die. A team that is primarily resistant, or immune to physical damage is highly recommended. The battles you've been facing up until this point are child's play compared to this fight, expect to die a few times as you continue to refine your strategy.

For defeating Demi-Fiend you'll earn the Demi-Fiend Essence and complete the Return of the True Demon King quest

 

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