Persona 5 Royal - Shadow Madarame (Azazel) Boss Guide

Boss guide for Shadow Madarame (Azazel) in Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal. This includes the boss enemy's stats and skills, recommended party level and skills, and battle strategies.

Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Shadow Madarame (Azazel) Boss Guide

Guide on How to Defeat Shadow Madarame (Azazel)

Shadow Madarame is the second boss the Phantom Thieves will face both in Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal. The boss is encountered at the end of their mission at Madarame Palace.

Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Madarame Palace Shadow Madarame Boss Battle

Shadow Madarame has two forms. The first form consists of four picture frames and while the second one is the boss’s main body. The picture frames can be annoying to put down, but the main body isn’t so bad. However, if you don’t take down the main body fast enough, he can regenerate back to his painting form.

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Boss Information

Here is a breakdown of the boss’ strengths and weaknesses, stats, and skills.

Boss Strengths and Weakness

Each part possesses the same stat distributions but varies in the attributes they drain. The mouth drains Physical and Gun attacks, the eyes drain Fire, Ice, Electric, and Wind attacks, and the nose drains the remaining attributes.

Painter’s Eye (Left and Right)

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Drain Drain Drain Drain
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Painter’s Nose

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Painter’s Mouth

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Drain Drain
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Ersatz Fury (Red)

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Strong Repel Weak Repel
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Ersatz Joy (Yellow)

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Strong Repel Repel Weak
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Ersatz Sorrow (Blue)

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Strong Weak Repel Repel
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Ersatz Mirth (Green)

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Strong Repel Weak Repel
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Shadow Madarame

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Boss Stats

Painter’s Eye (Left and Right)

Level 18
HP 300
SP 280
Strength 15
Magic 12
Endurance 12
Agility 10
Luck 10
EXP Rewards
Yen Rewards

Painter’s Nose

Level 18
HP 300
SP 280
Strength 15
Magic 12
Endurance 12
Agility 10
Luck 10
EXP Rewards
Yen Rewards

Painter’s Mouth

Level 18
HP 300
SP 280
Strength 15
Magic 12
Endurance 12
Agility 10
Luck 10
EXP Rewards
Yen Rewards

Ersatz Fury (Red)

Level 18
HP 250
SP
Strength
Magic
Endurance
Agility
Luck
EXP Rewards
Yen Rewards

Ersatz Joy (Yellow)

Level 18
HP 250
SP
Strength
Magic
Endurance
Agility
Luck
EXP Rewards
Yen Rewards

Ersatz Sorrow (Blue)

Level 18
HP 250
SP
Strength
Magic
Endurance
Agility
Luck
EXP Rewards
Yen Rewards

Ersatz Mirth (Green)

Level 18
HP 250
SP
Strength
Magic
Endurance
Agility
Luck
EXP Rewards
Yen Rewards

Shadow Madarame

Level 18
HP 1,800 (P5)
2,400 (P5R)
SP 1,800 (P5)
Strength 5
Magic 5
Endurance 9
Agility 5
Luck 5
EXP Rewards 1,200
Yen Rewards 12,000

Boss Skills

Painter’s Eye Skills (Left and Right)

Skill Name Skill Effect
Tarukaja Buff attack power of 1 ally for 3 turns.
Rakunda Debuff defense of 1 foe for 3 turns.
The Artist’s Grace Inflict weaknesses to all affinities to 1 foe for 1 turn.
Restore Revive one part with 1/4 HP recovered.

Painter’s Nose

Skill Name Skill Effect
Flame Dance Medium fire damage to 1 foe.
Silent Snowscape Medium ice damage to 1 foe.
Thunderclap Medium electric damage to 1 foe.
Maelstrom Medium wind damage to 1 foe.
The Artist’s Grace Inflict weaknesses to all affinities to 1 foe for 1 turn.
Restore Revive one part with 1/4 HP recovered.

Painter’s Mouth

Skill Name Skill Effect
Bite Medium Physical damage to 1 foe.
The Artist’s Grace Inflict weaknesses to all affinities to 1 foe for 1 turn.
Restore Revive one part with 1/4 HP recovered.

Ersatz Fury (Red)

Skill Name Skill Effect
Agi Light Fire damage to 1 foe.

Ersatz Joy (Yellow)

Skill Name Skill Effect
Zio Light Electric damage to 1 foe.

Ersatz Sorrow (Blue)

Skill Name Skill Effect
Bufu  Light Ice damage to 1 foe.

Ersatz Mirth (Green)

Skill Name Skill Effect
Garu Light Wind damage to 1 foe.

Shadow Madarame

Skill Name Skill Effect
Madara-Megido Light Almighty damage to all foes.

Party Setup and Recommendations

Here is a breakdown of recommendations for the party before facing the boss.

Recommended Setup

This is the current capacity of each party member:

Party Member Damage Healing Cure Buffs Debuffs Reflect
Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - ProtagonistJoker () () () () () ()
Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Ryuji SakamotoSkull () () () () () ()
Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - MorganaMona () () () () () ()
Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Ann TakamakiPanther () () () () () ()
Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Yusuke KitagawaFox () () () () () ()

For this boss battle, we can only have one party setup against the boss:

  • Front-Heavy Party – consists of Joker, Skull, Fox, and Mona.
  • Balanced Party – consists of Joker, Panther, Skull/Fox, and Mona.
  • Buff/Debuff-Heavy Party – consists of Joker, Panther, Skull, and Fox

Joker, Panther, Skull, and Fox’s roles are to apply buff/debuffs and heavy damage against Shadow Madarame. Mona will still be the party’s primary healer while also dealing additional damage to the boss.

Recommended Party Level

We recommend having all party members at level 22 to be able to unlock essential attacks or skills. You can farm experience by repetitively fighting shadows in the treasure hall area. The shadows are stationed mostly on the second floor of the treasure hall.

Recommended Attacks and Skills

Here are our recommended skills for the boss battle against Shadow Madarame. You are not limited to these skills, especially with Joker.

Party Member Persona Recommended Skill Effect
Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - ProtagonistJoker Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Arsene PersonaArsene
and other
Personas
Masukunda Decrease all foes’ Agility for 3 turns
Marakunda Decrease all foes’ Defense for 3 turns
Frei Light Nuclear damage to 1 foe
“All Element Attacks” Deal an element-based attack to 1 foe or multiple foes
“Any Healing Skills” Provide restoration of HP
Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Ryuji SakamotoSkull Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Captain Kidd PersonaCaptain Kidd Tarukaja Increase 1 ally’s Attack power for 3 turns
Rampage Light Physical damage to all foes 1x to 3x
Zio Light Electric damage to 1 foe
Mazio Light Electric damage to all foes
Agi/Garu/Bufu/Frei accessory (P5R only) Light Fire/Wind/Ice/Nuke damage to 1 foe
Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - MorganaMona Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Zorro PersonaZorro Garu Light Wind damage to 1 foe
Magaru Light Wind damage to all foes
Dia Slightly restore 1 ally’s HP
Media Slight restore party’s HP
Zio/Agi/Bufu/Frei accessory (P5R only) Light Electric/Fire/Ice/Nuke damage to 1 foe
Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Ann TakamakiPanther Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Carmen PersonaCarmen Tarunda Decrease 1 foe’s Defense for 3 turns
Agi Light Fire damage to 1 foe
Maragi Light Fire damage to all foes
Dia Slightly restore 1 ally’s HP
Dormina Inflict Sleep (high odds) to 1 foe
Zio/Garu/Bufu/Frei accessory (P5R only) Light Electric/Wind/Ice/Nuke damage to 1 foe
Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Yusuke KitagawaFox Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Goemon PersonaGoemon Sukukaja Buff agility of 1 ally for 3 turns
Bufu Light Wind damage to 1 foe
Mabufu Light Ice damage to all foes.
Vicious Strike Deal medium Phys damage to all foes.
Zio/Agi/Garu/Frei accessory (P5R only) Light Electric/Fire/Wind/Nuke damage to 1 foe

Boss Strategies

Here is a breakdown of the battle strategies against boss. This applies to both Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal unless otherwise specified.

Debuff Parts of Madarame’s Painting Form

At the start of the battle, land debuffs to different parts of Madarame’s painting form. His painting form comprised of several parts and each can use a variety of elemental spells. You can start off with Joker’s Marakunda skill if available (can be accessed from Orobas).

Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Madarame Palace Shadow Madarame Boss Battle

When one part is defeated, he can restore it with 25% HP. When he does so, immediately kill the newly restored body part. His mouth can be a bit of a pest, as it will bite a target every now and then. To make things worse, the mouth heals whenever hit by physical attacks whereas the eyes heal if hit with magic attacks.

Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Madarame Palace Shadow Madarame Boss Battle

Apply Tarunda or Sukunda to the Painter’s Mouth first. Then, to the Painter’s Nose and Painter’s Eyes. While applying these debuffs, make sure your party member’s HP is secured with Dia or Media. Next to debuffs and heals are buffs to your party members. Make use of Ryuji’s Tarukaja and Yusuke’s Sukukaja to buff your party.

Use Physical Attacks to Painter’s Eyes and Painter’s Nose

Defeat the Painter’s Eyes and Painter’s Nose by using physical attacks.

Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Madarame Palace Shadow Madarame Boss Battle

You can also use elemental-based attacks but make sure they will hit the right part. Although not his weakness, Madarame’s painting form suffers greatly from Nuke attacks. Make sure that these parts are defeated before putting your focus on the Painter’s Mouth.

Use Magic Attacks to Painter’s Mouth

Once the Painter’s Eyes and Painter’s Nose are defeated, focus your attention on the Painter’s Mouth.

Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Madarame Palace Shadow Madarame Boss Battle

You are free to use any magic-based attacks, including Nuke attacks (can be accessed from Suzaku or Makami). Make sure that your party is well healed to keep your party sustained from its Bite attack.

Debuff and Attack Shadow Madarame (Persona 5 Only)

After defeating the different parts of Shadow Madarame’s painting form, he will revert back to his shadow form. When he’s in this form, the phase starts with an all-out attack.

Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Madarame Palace Shadow Madarame Boss Battle

Cast Rakunda to Shadow Madarame while Ann can swap between Agi and Tarunda on him.

Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Madarame Palace Shadow Madarame Boss Battle

Make Yusuke, Ryuji, or Morgana use their physical attacks. The boss will cast a multi-target Almighty attack now and then, but it shouldn’t be that damaging as long as he’s affected by Rakunda and Tarunda.

Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Madarame Palace Shadow Madarame Boss Battle

If you don’t kill him in one turn, he’ll go back to his painting form. If you beat him in this shadow form, then he won’t have a chance to use Artist’s Grace.

Focus on Defeating Madarame’s Counterfeits First (Persona 5 Royal only)

Instead of facing Shadow Madarame alone, he will summon four counterfeits that will help him in battle.

Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Madarame Palace Shadow Madarame Boss Battle

These counterfeits have a single elemental affinity ranging between Electric, Fire, Ice, and Wind. Use single-target magic attacks that will exploit their weaknesses while taking advantage of the Baton Pass mechanic.

Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Madarame Palace Shadow Madarame Boss Battle

If there is more than one counterfeit with the same elemental weakness, you can use multi-target magic attacks instead. However, don’t use multi-target attacks with a present counterfeit that will drain or repel the damage back to your party member.

Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Madarame Palace Shadow Madarame Boss Battle

Until the original Shadow Madarame is defeated, he will keep on summoning his elemental counterfeits. The type of counterfeit appearing after defeating the first ones in battle is random. However, they appear more than once so this is an opportunity for your party to capitalize.  Lastly, whenever Shadow Madarame summons his counterfeit, he becomes progressively weaker in battle.

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9 Comments

  1. This was a hard battle for me. I don’t think I was set up for it well with Personas, and I had nothing to revive KO’d allies. I was having Morgana use Media every turn, but that alone wasn’t enough and I had to retry several times. When I started having Fox raise everyone’s evasion, along with Morgana healing, and just have MC and Ann beat the stuffing out of it, it finally came together, but that evasion was major! Thanks for this! Other guides did not help at all!

    • Same I beat it on hard at level 17, and boy did rampage come in handy. I downed all three arts besides mouth in 2 turns and mouth was easy as well. It wasn’t that bad but it was difficult at times when the mouth got a crit and OHK’d members.

    • Quite true but for those new to the mechanics of Persona 5, they might have a hard time. Since they added a few things that old players may be more familiar with. :))

  2. This guide fails to mention he cant bring his face parts back to life if you try to kill them off one by one. Has wind, fire, lightning aoe spells, attack buff, and a debuff which makes one of your party members weak to all elements. This is also technically a 4 stage battle not 2 as once he goes into his human for you can only take off half of his health before he goes back into his painting form and you have do whittle that down again. If you work on cancelling his debuffs it drags the battle out and requires quite a bit of healing. If you dont cancel his debuffs out he can attack 3 times his every turn. Make sure you have tons of healing whether its items or magic and make sure you can revive a party member once or twice.

    • He can revive his face parts if you try to kill them one by one, it happened to me several times. It’s no big issue as long as you immediately kill the revived part again though.