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The Awakened Persona!
In Persona 5, each member of the Phantom Thieves’ Persona can awaken into a new form. Awakening allows them to gain new abilities and increased stats to let them deal more damage in combat. Persona evolve when the protagonist reaches rank 10 in that party member’s Social Link.
Owner: Yusuke Kitagawa
Initial Form: Goemon
Susano-o made has appeared in several Shin Megami Tensei games. But his most popular appearance is in Persona 4 as the evolved persona of Yosuke Hanamura. Susano-o in Persona 5 is similar to that of Yosuke’s persona save for an additional elemental skill. In Persona 5, Susano-o utilizes both wind and ice spells.
Owner: Ryuji Sakamoto
Initial Persona: Captain Kidd
Seiten Taisei didn’t initially appear in the roster. He now, however, 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 Persona after completing the Priestess Arcana. The beauty of her persona is her wide range of magic and healing skills which can completely swing battles. While her initial persona, Johanna, was the pope, Anat is the goddess of fertility and sexuality. Makoto doesn’t ride Anat as she did Johanna in battle.
Anat is one of the few persona to display the new element found in Persona 5: Nuke. Anat doesn’t inflict status damage. Instead, nuclear spells gain a technical bonus against enemies that are burned, frozen, or shocked. Unique to her predecessors, she has two physical attacks. 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 of fertility, love, and war. In Greece, Astarte was known as Aphrodite. In Abrahamic lore, she was known as Ashtoreth. To the Canaanites, she was the fertility goddess and the productive power of nature itself. As the Empress Arcana, Astarte balances between inflicting conditions, physical attacks, and magical attacks.
Initial Persona: Zorro
In his initial form, Zorro looks bulkier than Mercurius. The persona Mercurius is another name for the god Hermes. The trickster god still retains the staff and feathers that symbolize his speed. Hailed as the gods’ messenger, Mercurius takes pride in his speed which allows him to go wherever he pleases.
Because he’s one of the Magician persona, he also has a variety of 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 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 Carmen. 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 also stands as the goddess of ice and one of the few that Cerberus will obey in other lore.
However, Hecate here wields fire magic. Her spells often involve dealing heavy damage through Agidyne and Incineration. She also has healing magic like 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 “forethought,” 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.
As the Awakened Persona of Futaba, Prometheus provides eyes and ears everywhere. Futaba can analyze opponents and also figure out their weaknesses. While fighting, she can also provide valuable information that can turn the battle to your favour quickly.
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