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Guide on How to Defeat Heavenly Punisher Archangel in Persona 5 Strikers
Heavenly Punisher Archangel is the eighth and final Dire Shadow mini-boss enemy the Phantom Thieves must defeat in Persona 5 Strikers (or Persona 5 Scramble). The mini-boss is encountered at the Tree of Knowledge jail when the player starts clearing the Post-Game requests. You will not encounter this Dire Shadow when finishing the main story of the game for the first time.
|All Dire Shadows||Tree of Knowledge|
Clear All Dire Shadows
Below is a list of all Dire Shadows in the game. The Archangel Dire Shadow is locked in the Post-Game so you need to clear the main story first. We recommended defeating Dire Shadows when you already unlocked Wolf as a party member in the game.
|Killer Teddy Bear||Bugbear||Bunkamachi West, Shibuya Jail||Main Story|
|Snake King||Raja Naga||West Garden, Sendai Jail||Main Story|
|Harlot of Desire||Lilith||Clocktower Northwest, Sapporo Jail||Main Story|
|Wandering Reviver||Nebiros||Lab North, Okinawa Jail||Main Story|
|Sun’s Emissary||Yatagarasu||Enter Path of Fortune, Kyoto Jail||Main Story|
|War-Hungry Horseman||Eligor||Mt. Chasiro, Osaka Jail||Main Story|
|Dark Sun||Mithras||Near the entrance, Jail of the Abyss||Main Story|
|Heavenly Punisher||Archangel||Path of Yearning, Tree of Knowledge||Post-Game|
|Post-Game Guide||Post-Game Walkthrough|
|Trophy||How to Unlock|
|Who Dares Wins||Defeat a Dire Shadow.|
|The Most Daring of All||Defeat all Dire Shadows.|
Heavenly Punisher Archangel Information
Here is a breakdown of the mini-boss’ stats, strengths and weaknesses, and skills:
Heavenly Punisher Archangel Stats
|Target Date||August 28th (8/28) (Post-Game)|
|Recommended Level||Level 70 or higher|
|Recommended Party Members||Joker, Mona, Queen, and Noir|
|EXP Rewards||10,000 exp (Post-Game)|
|Yen Rewards||39,000 yen (Post-Game)|
|Other Rewards||Hachiman Belt x1 (+Reduce Phys Dmg (Medium)), Random Skill Card x1|
Heavenly Punisher Archangel Strengths and Weaknesses
Heavenly Punisher Archangel Skills
|Vajra Blast||Medium Physical damage to a wide range.|
|Makouha||Light Bless damage to a wide range.|
|Dazzler||High chance of inflicting Dizzy to a narrow range.|
|Giant Slice||Medium Physical damage to a narrow range.|
|Hama||Small chance of instantly killing a narrow range. Bless-type.|
Heavenly Punisher Archangel Party Build
Here is our recommended party member setup against the boss. You can choose other party members except for Sophie.
|Joker||Arsene||Damage: Garudyne or Magarudyne (Wind), Freidyne or Mafreidyne (Nuke), Psiodyne or Mapsiodyne (Psy)||Has access to Wind, Nuclear, and Psychokinesis skills from other Personas obtained or fused. Can also play the role of healer, buff caster, and debuff caster. Can use Tetraja to nullify instant death
|Recovery: Diarahan or Mediarahan, Recarm or Samercarm, Amrita Drop or Amrita Shower|
|Buff: Matarukaja, Marakukaja, Masukukaja, Dekaja, Tetraja, Heat Riser, Charge, Concentrate|
|Debuff: Tarunda, Rakunda, Sukunda, Debilitate|
|Mona||Zorro||Damage: Dormin Rush (Phys), Garudyne or Magarudyne (Wind)||Has access to Wind skills that Archangel is weak against. Has access to Physical skills that Archangel does not have resistances against. Can use a debuff skill like Masukunda to reduce the enemy evasion/critical evasion. Can also use healing skills.|
|Recovery: Diarahan or Mediarahan, Recarm or Samercarm|
|Queen||Johanna||Damage: Sledgehammer or Flash Bomb (Phys), Freidyne or Mafreidyne (Nuke)||Has access to Nuclear skills that Archangel is weak against. Has access to Physical skills that Archangel does not have resistances against. Can use a buff skill like Marakukaja to boost allies defense power in battle. Can also use healing skills.|
|Recovery: Diarahan or Mediarahan|
|Buff: Rakukaja or Marakukaja|
|Noir||Milady||Damage: Hysterical Slap (Phys), Triple Down or Riot Gun (Gun), Psiodyne or Mapsiodyne (Psy)||Has access to Psychokinesis skills that Archangel is weak against. Has access to Physical and Gun skills that Archangel does not have resistances against. Can use an all-in-one buff skill like Heat Riser to boost an ally in battle. Can also use Amrita Drop to cure allies when inflicted with Status and Mental Ailments.|
|Recovery: Amrita Drop or Amrita Shower|
|Buff: Heat Riser|
|Persona Compendium||Phantom Thieves Battle Ratings|
Heavenly Punisher Archangel Strategies
Here is a breakdown of the battle strategies against the mini-boss:
Carry SP Recovery Items
Before engaging the boss, bring a stock of HP and SP recovery items. These items can be bought from accessible vending machines, food stands, stores, and restaurants. You can also buy ingredients from Sophia’s Shop and other real-world stores. Then, cook these ingredients for additional HP and SP items through Joker’s Kitchen.
Start the battle by landing multiple debuffs on Archangel. Debuffs can be in the form of attack power decrease (Tarunda), defense power decrease (Rakunda), and evasion/critical evasion power decrease (Sukunda). These debuffs can be accessed by Joker (from Arsene and other Personas) and Mona. Another option is by using Debilitate for an all-in-one debuff. This special debuff can be accessed by Joker (from other Personas).
Follow-up the debuffs with party members buffs. Buffs can be in the form of attack power increase (Tarukaja or Matarukaja), defense power increase (Rakukaja or Marakukaja), and evasion/critical evasion increase (Sukukaja or Masukukaja). These buffs can be accessed by Joker (from other Personas), Queen, and Noir. Another option is by using Heat Riser for an all-in-one buff. This special buff can be accessed by Joker (from other Personas) and Noir.
Alternatively, your party can consume kitchen dishes with bonus party buff effects. This is helpful when your party members run out of SP during battle. These dishes include Miso Ramen, Seafood Bowl, Goat Soup, Goya Chanpuru, Kushikatsu, and Osaka Sushi.
Use Wind, Psy, and Nuke Attacks
Archangel is weak against Wind, Psychokinesis, and Nuclear attacks so a composition with Mona, Queen, and Noir is a must. Continue on using elemental attacks in order to break the shields and stagger the boss. Make use of narrow range elemental skills if you’re close and wide range elemental skills if you’re far from the boss.
Dodge Instant Death Attacks
Observe the upcoming attacks of the boss and check whether it is about to use Instant Death skill such as Hama. You can counter it by moving to another spot or by casting the special support skill, Tetraja, to all of your party members. This special buff can be accessed by Joker (from other Personas).
Cure Inflicted Ailments
By any chance that a party member got inflicted with Status Effects like Dizzy, make sure that you have access to a Status Recovery skill called Amrita Drop or Amrita Shower to cure it. You can also use Status recovery items to remove the Mental Ailment if available. Status Recovery skills can be accessed by Joker (from other Personas) and Noir.
Unleash Showtime Attacks
While engaging Archangel, you may build up your Showtime gauge. When it’s available, unleash the Showtime attack against the boss. If Joker’s Showtime attack is available, make sure he has the right Persona that can capitalize on the weakness of the boss. Also, there is a consumable item that will quickly boost your Showtime gauge build up so feel free to use it against the boss.
Heavenly Punisher Archangel Boss Video
Here is a boss fight video against Archangel. The battle is already timestamped so you no longer need to browse through the whole video:
|← Dark Sun Mithras||All Dire Shadows →|
All Jail Monarchs
|Shibuya Jail Monarch||Sendai Jail Monarch||Sapporo Jail Monarch|
|Kyoto Jail Monarch||Osaka Jail Monarch||Jail of the Abyss Accomplice|
|False God Demiurge||-||-|
|Shibuya Jail Lock Keeper||Sendai Jail Lock Keeper||Sapporo Jail Lock Keeper|
|Okinawa Jail Lock Keeper||Osaka Jail Lock Keeper||-|
|Fratricidal Destroyer Seth||Guard Dog of Hades Cerberus||Monarch of Snow King Frost|
|Fallen Snowman Black Frost||Brilliant Dragonslayer Siegfried||Throbbing King of Desire Mara|
|Shadow of God Metatron||Reaper Secret Boss||-|
|Killer Teddy Bear Bugbear||Snake King Raja Naga||Harlot of Desire Lilith|
|Wandering Reviver Nebiros||Sun's Emissary Yatagarasu||War-Hungry Horseman Eligor|
|Dark Sun Mithras||Heavenly Punisher Archangel||-|