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Guide on How to Defeat Throbbing King of Desire Mara in Persona 5 Strikers
Throbbing King of Desire Mara is the sixth Powerful Shadow mini-boss enemy the Phantom Thieves must defeat in Persona 5 Strikers (or Persona 5 Scramble). The mini-boss is encountered at Okinawa’s Jail, a Metaverse version of Okinawa, the second-largest city of Okinawa Prefecture in Japan. This shadow can only be encountered when Powerful Shadow Requests are made available by Lavenza starting on 8/24.
|All Powerful Shadows||Okinawa 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.
|“An Ebon God Descends”||Fratricidal Destroyer Seth||Seth||Sendai Jail||Main Story|
|“The Hound of Hades Howls”||Guard Dog of Hades Cerberus||Cerberus||Osaka Jail||Main Story|
|“Make the Way for the Frozen King”||Monarch of Snow King Frost||King Frost||Sapporo Jail||Main Story|
|“Halt the Strutting Little Imp”||Fallen Snowman Black Frost||Black Frost||Shibuya Jail||Main Story|
|“Dragon Slayer Enters the Fray”||Brilliant Dragonslayer Siegfried||Siegfried||Kyoto Jail||Main Story|
|“The Writhing Nightmare Rising”||Throbbing King of Desire Mara||Mara||Okinawa Jail||Main Story|
|“Angel of Contracts Descends”||Shadow of God Metatron||Metatron||Tree of Knowledge||Post-Game|
|“Knocking on Death’s Door”||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.|
Throbbing King of Desire Mara Information
Here is a breakdown of the mini-boss’ stats, strengths and weaknesses, and skills:
Throbbing King of Desire Mara Stats
|Target Date||August 28th (8/28)|
|Recommended Level||Level 65 or higher|
|Recommended Party Members||Joker, Skull, Fox, and Noir|
|EXP Rewards||13,000 exp (Main Story)|
|Yen Rewards||50,700 yen (Main Story)|
|Other Rewards||Carnal King’s Wheel Fusion Item, Wolf Great Sword Weapon x1|
Throbbing King of Desire Mara Strengths and Weaknesses
Throbbing King of Desire Mara Skills
|One-shot Kill||Severe Gun damage to a narrow range. High Critical Rate.|
|Maragidyne||Heavy Fire damage to a wide range. Rare chance of Burn.|
|Maeigaon||Heavy Curse damage to a wide range.|
|Charge||Next physical attack inflicts 1.5x damage.|
|Defense Master||Automatic Rakukaja on user at start of battle.|
|God’s Hand||Colossal Physical damage to a narrow range.|
|Firm Stance||Half damage taken by sacrificing evasion.|
Throbbing King of Desire Mara Party Build
Here is our recommended party member setup against the boss. You can choose other party members except for Panther, Queen, and Sophie.
|Joker||Arsene||Damage: Psio/Psiodyne or Mapsio/Mapsiodyne (Psy), Zionga/Ziodyne or Mazionga/Maziodyne (Elec), Bufula/Bufudyne or Mabufula/Mabufudyne (Ice)||Has access to Psychokinesis, Electricity, and 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, Dekunda, Debilitate|
|Skull||Captain Kidd||Damage: Megaton Raid or Deathbound (Phys), Zionga/Ziodyne or Mazionga/Maziodyne (Elec)||Has access to Physical and Electricity skills that Mara does not have resistances against. Inflicts Critical Hits and Shock status ailment on Mara that causes it to take increased damage from Physical attacks. Can use a buff skill like Matarukaja to boost allies attack power in battle.|
|Buff: Tarukaja or Matarukaja, Charge|
|Fox||Goemon||Damage: Tempest Slash or Myriad Slashes (Phys), Bufula or Bufudyne (Ice)||Has access to Physical and Ice skills that Mara does not have resistances against. Inflicts Critical Hits and Freeze status ailment on Mara that causes it to take increased damage from Physical 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), Psio/Psiodyne or Mapsio/Mapsiodyne (Psy)||Has access to Psychokinesis skills that Mara is weak against. Has access to Physical skills that Mara does not have resistances against. Also, Physical attacks from Noir can deal Technical damage to Mara when afflicted with Shock or 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|
|Persona Compendium||Phantom Thieves Battle Ratings|
Throbbing King of Desire Mara 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, 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 Mara. 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).
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), Skull, and Fox. 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.
Dodge Gun and Fire Attacks
Keep evading Gun attacks and Fire attacks from Mara. Otherwise, your character or party member may end up in Dizzy status. In addition, getting susceptible for upcoming technical damage from the boss.
Use Psy Attacks
Mara is weak to Psy attacks which Noir 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.
Deal Critical Hits using Phys Attacks
Furthermore, you can use physical attacks from Skull’s Captain Kidd or Fox’s Goemon . Physical Attacks includes Deathbound, Megaton Raid, Myriad Slashes, Tempest Slash and etc. Just make sure that the party is healed consistently by Joker’s healer Personas.
Cure Inflicted Ailments
If a party member got inflicted with a mental ailment such as 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.
Capitalize on Terrain Gimmicks
If Mara is beside a pile of debris or hanging scaffolding, you can use a Phantom Dash to deal additional physical damage to the boss.
Unleash Showtime Attacks
While engaging Mara, 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.
Throbbing King of Desire Mara Boss Video
Here is a boss fight video against Mara. The battle is already timestamped so you no longer need to browse through the whole video:
|← Brilliant Dragonslayer Siegfried||Shadow of God Metatron →|
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||-|