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Guide on How to Defeat Guard Dog of Hades Cerberus
Cerberus is the second Powerful Shadow mini-boss enemy the Phantom Thieves must defeat in Persona 5 Strikers (or Persona 5 Scramble). The mini-boss is encountered at Osaka’s Jail, a metaverse version of Osaka, the capital city of Osaka Prefecture in Japan’s Kansai Region. This shadow can only be encountered when Powerful Shadow requests are made available by Lavenza starting on 8/24.
|All Powerful Shadows||Osaka’s Jail|
Clear All Powerful Shadow Requests
Below is a list of requests that unlocks the Reaper secret boss battle. The Metatron request is locked in the post-game also so you need to clear the main story first. We recommended defeating Powerful Shadows when you already unlocked Wolf as a party member in the game.
|Request||Powerful Shadow||Persona Boss||Location||Availability|
|“An Ebon God Descends”||Fratricidal Destroyer||Seth||Sendai Jail||Base Game|
|“The Hound of Hades Howls”||Guard Dog of Hades||Cerberus||Osaka Jail||Base Game|
|“Make the Way for the Frozen King”||Monarch of Snow||King Frost||Sapporo Jail||Base Game|
|“Halt the Strutting Little Imp”||Fallen Snowman||Black Frost||Shibuya Jail||Base Game|
|“Dragon Slayer Enters the Fray”||Brilliant Dragonslayer||Siegfried||Kyoto Jail||Base Game|
|“The Writhing Nightmare Rising”||Throbbing King of Desire||Mara||Okinawa Jail||Base Game|
|“Angel of Contracts Descends”||Shadow of God||Metatron||Tree of Knowledge||Post-Game|
|“Knocking on Death’s Door”||Reaper||Reaper||Okinawa Jail||Post-Game|
|Post-Game Guide||Post-Game Walkthrough|
|Trophy||How to Unlock|
|A Helping Hand||Clear a request.|
|Those Who Heed the Call||Clear 50 requests.|
Guard Dog of Hades Cerberus Information
Here is a breakdown of the mini-boss’ stats, strengths and weaknesses, and skills:
Guard Dog of Hades Cerberus Stats
|Recommended Level||Level 50 or higher|
|EXP Rewards||10,500 exp (Base Game)|
|Yen Rewards||40,950 yen (Base Game)|
|Other Rewards||Collar of Hell Fusion Item (Cerberus Persona Fusion), HP Recovery Item x1, Status Recovery Item x1|
Guard Dog of Hades Cerberus Strength and Weaknesses
Guard Dog of Hades Cerberus Skills
|Megaton Raid||Severe Physical damage to a narrow range.|
|Agidyne||Heavy Fire damage to a narrow range. Rare chance of Burn.|
|Matarukaja||Buff party attack power for a certain period of time.|
|Speed Master||Automatic Sukukaja on user at start of battle.|
|Enduring Soul||Survive one fatal blow with HP fully recovered.|
|Fire Amp||Strengthen Fire attacks by 50%.|
|Inferno||Severe Fire damage to a narrow range. Rare chance of Burn.|
*Boss attacks are based from the Persona version of the boss. To be updated if needed.
Guard Dog of Hades Cerberus Party Build
Here is our recommended party member setup against the boss. You can choose other party members except for Panther and Queen.
|Joker||Arsene||Damage: Bufula/Bufudyne or Mabufula/Mabufudyne (Ice)||Has access to Ice skills from other Personas obtained or fused. Can also play the role of healer, buff caster, and debuff caster. Can use Amrita Drop to cure allies when inflicted with status and mental ailments.|
|Recovery: Diarama/Diarahan or Mediarama/Mediarahan, Recarm or Samercarm, Amrita Drop or Amrita Shower|
|Buff: Matarukaja, Marakukaja, Masukukaja, Dekaja, Heat Riser, Charge, Concentrate|
|Debuff: Tarunda, Rakunda, Sukunda, Debilitate|
|Fox||Goemon||Damage: Tempest Slash or Myriad Slashes (Phys), Bufula/Bufudyne or Mabufula/Mabufudyne (Ice)||Has access to Ice skills that Cerberus is weak against. Has access to Physical skills that Cerberus does not have resistances against. Inflicts Freeze status ailment on Cerberus that causes it to take increased damage from Physical and Gun attacks. Can use a buff skill like Masukukaja to boost allies evasion/critical evasion in battle.|
|Buff: Sukukaja or Masukukaja|
|Noir||Milady||Damage: Hysterical Slap (Phys), Triple Down or One-shot Kill (Gun), Psio/Psiodyne or Mapsio/Mapsiodyne (Psy)||Has access to Physical, Gun, and Psychokinesis skills that Cerberus does not have resistances against. Also, Physical and Gun attacks from Noir can deal Technical damage to Cerberus when afflicted with Freeze status ailment. 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|
|Wolf||Valjean||Damage: Deathbound (Phys), Triple Down or One-shot Kill (Gun), Megido/Megidola (Almighty)||Has access to Physical, Gun, and Almighty skills that Cerberus does not have resistances against. Also, Physical and Gun attacks from Wolf can deal Technical damage to Cerberus when afflicted with Freeze status ailment. Can use an all-in-one buff skill like Heat Riser to boost an ally in battle. Similarly, Wolf can cast an all-in-one debuff skill like Debilitate to decrease enemy attack power, defense power, and evasion/critical evasion in battle.|
|Buff: Tarukaja, Rakukaja, Sukukaja, Heat Riser|
|Debuff: Dekaja, Debilitate|
Guard Dog of Hades Cerberus Strategies
Here is a breakdown of the battle strategies against the mini-boss:
Carry HP and 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, store, 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 Cerberus. 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). Another option is by using Debilitate for an all-in-one debuff. This special debuff can be accessed by Joker (from other Personas) and Wolf.
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), Fox, Noir, and Wolf. Another option is by using Heat Riser for an all-in-one buff. This special buff can be accessed by Joker (from other Personas), Noir, and Wolf.
Cure Inflicted Ailments
If a party member got inflicted with an ailment such as Burn or 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 status or mental ailment if available. Status Recovery skills can be accessed by Joker (from other Personas) and Noir.
If left unchecked, Cerberus’s next attack will deal technical damage and knock out the afflicted party member.
Use Ice Attacks
Cerberus is weak to Ice attacks which Fox and Joker can capitalize. 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.
Capitalize on Terrain Gimmicks
If Cerberus is beside the floating orbs, you can use a Phantom Dash to deal additional Psy damage to the boss.
Deal Technical Damage using Phys, Gun, and Nuke Attacks
When the boss is inflicted with a status ailment such as Freeze, deal technical damage by using Physical, Gun, and Nuclear attacks. Switch between Joker, Fox, Noir, and Wolf to avoid running out of HP.
Unleash Showtime Attacks
While engaging Cerberus, 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.
|← Seth Powerful Shadow||King Frost Powerful Shadow →|
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 Teddybear 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||-|