The Awakened Persona!
In the game of Persona, each playable characters awaken into a new form. In their awakened state, they gain new abilities and also increased stats to let them deal more damage in combat. When their Confidant/Social Link is maxed out, their potential is fully realized. Some persona don’t evolve. But the incoming trend is that they do evolve. Each member of the Phantom Thieves have evolved forms of their persona towards the course of the game.
Owner: Yusuke Kitagawa
Initial Form: Goemon
Susano-o made his appearance in several Shin Megami Tensei games. But his most popular appearance is in Persona 4 as the evolved persona of Yosuke Hanamura. However, unlike Yosuke’s persona, Susano-o in Persona 5 is similar to that of Yosuke’s persona save for an additional elemental skill. As the emperor arcana, Susano-o sticks out due to his utilizing of wind and ice attacks.
Owner: Ryuji Sakamoto
Initial Persona: Captain Kidd
Seiten Taisei, initially, appeared to be one of the personas that were not included in the roster. However, Seiten Taisei now makes his appearance as Captain Kidd’s evolution. As one of the strongest persona in the Chariot Arcana, he relies on a variety of physical attacks that strike all shadows on the field. His original design appeared that to be of a monkey in a robe. But, the latest design for Seiten Taisei gives him a more metal-rock theme similar to his owner.
Owner: Makoto Nijima
Initial Persona: Johanna
Anat is Makoto’s awakened after completing the Priestess arcana. The beauty of her persona is her wide range of magic and healing skills which can tip the scales in battle. While her initial persona, Johanna, was the pope, Anat is the goddess of fertility and sexuality. When using Anat, Makoto doesn’t really ride Anat the same as Johanna.
Anat is one of the few persona to display the new element found in Persona 5: the nuclear element. Because of her new attribute, Also, Anat doesn’t inflict status damage. But Nuclear spells gain a Technical bonus against enemies that are burned, frozen, or shocked. As the priestess Arcana, she also has healing spells. But unique to her predecessors, she has two physical attacks (credits to Spiriah for the information!).Because of her specialized move set, Anat may not be beginner friendly at first. However, her abilities as a persona are still worth exploring.
Owner: Haru Okumura
Initial Persona: Milady
Astarte is the goddess known for fertility, love, and war. In Greece, Astarte is known as Aphrodite. In Abrahamic lore, she is known as Ashtoreth. To the Canaanites, she is the fertility goddess and the productive power of nature itself. As the Empress Arcana, Astarte balances between inflincting conditions, physical attacks, and magical attacks.
Initial Persona: Zorro
In his initial form, Zorro looks bulkier in comparison to Mercurius. The persona Mercurius is another name for the god, Hermes. The trickster god still retains the caudeceus staff and the feathers, symbolizing his speed. As the son of a titan and of a god, Mercurius is actually only a demi-god. However, his craftiness and wit is what allowed him to ascend to the same ranks as the god. Hailed as the gods’ messenger, Mercurius takes pride in his speed to go wherever he pleases.
Because he’s one of the Magician persona, he also has a variety debuff skills. These skills such as Masukunda and other skills can help in keeping control of the battle. Because of his speed, Mercurius often allows Morgana to strike first. When he does, it allows the player to have a control over the battle.
Owner: Ann Tamaki
Initial Persona: Carmen
Upon awakening, Carmen transforms into Hecate. Hecate is the goddess of the underworld and the awakened form of the Lovers Arcana persona. Commonly known as the other personality of Artemis in Greek mythology, Hecate is the goddess of witchcraft. When she appears, she wears a dominatrix outfit with dog heads. Being the guardian of the underworld, Hecate is often associated with Hades. She stands also as the goddess of ice and one of the few that Cerberus will obey in other lores.
However, Hecate here wields fire magic. Her spells often involve dealing heavy damage using Agidyne and Incineration. She also has healing magic such as Diarahan. True to her nature as the goddess of witchcraft, Hecate prides herself in the variety of magic spells she can launch at an opponent.
Owner: Sakura Futaba
Initial Persona: Necronomicon
Because of Prometheus’ knowledge and wit, it’s fitting that he becomes the evolved form of Necronomicon. In Greek mythology, Prometheus angered the gods because of his ability to outwit them. In fact, his name itself means “fore-thought” which is how he outwitted the gods. Not only did he steal the gift of fire from Zeus but, he also knew the secret of how Zeus would fall. Thus, Zeus asked his son Hercules to set him free.
As the Awakened Persona of Futaba, Prometheus provides her eyes and ears everywhere. She can analyze opponents and also figure out their weaknesses. While fighting, Futaba can provide valuable information that can turn the battle to your favour easily.
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