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Guide on How to Defeat Black Rider in Shin Megami Tensei V
How to Unlock Black Rider Boss Fight
In order to face Black Rider in battle, start the subquest: “Return of the True Demon”. From the Akihabara Electric Town Leyline Fount, head southwest to the building rooftops and go northeast to find a rooftop with a portal. You must defeat Black Rider first before you find the portal. Make sure to save your game before the boss fight.
Black Rider Boss Information
Here is a breakdown of the boss’ stats, strengths and weaknesses, and skills:
Black Rider and Legion Details
|Boss Type||Optional Boss (DLC Subquest)|
|Recommended Level||Level 52 or higher|
|Recommended Party Members||Cu Chulainn, Titania, Oberon, or any ally demons.|
|Macca Rewards||9,950 Macca|
|Other Rewards||Black Rider Demon Fusion, Large Glory Crystal x1, Stamina Balm x1, Ice Sutra x1|
Black Rider Stats
Black Rider Strengths and Weaknesses
Legion Strengths and Weaknesses
Black Rider Skills
|Soul Divide +5||Severe Almighty attack to all foes. Chance of inflicting Seal/Mute. Low Accuracy. (Unique)|
|Glacial Blast +7||Medium 2-5 Ice attacks to random foes.|
|Megidolaon +5||Severe Almighty attack to all foes.|
|Dekaja +1||Negates status buff effects on all foes.|
|Call Souls||Summons a demon.|
|Omagatoki: Critical||All attacks, including magical attacks, will become Critical hits for all allies for 1 turn.|
|Tetrakarn||Reflects Phys attack once for 1 ally for 1 turn.|
|Matarukaja||Raises Attack of all allies by 1 rank for 3 turns.|
|Heat Wave||Weak Physical attack to all foes.|
|Omagatoki: Critical||All attacks, including magical attacks, will become Critical hits for all allies for 1 turn.|
Black Rider Boss Setup
Here is a breakdown of the battle preparation against the boss:
Carry HP and MP recovery items
Before engaging the boss, bring HP and MP recovery items in case your party runs out of HP and MP during battle.
Max your Magatsuhi Gauge
In addition, make sure that your Magatsuhi gauge is already maxed. Having it maxed prior to battle is helpful in setting up your offense. Also, having a Miracle skill, Magatsuhi Wellspring, will provide your party HP and MP recovery at the start of your party’s turn.
Assign Nahobino Force, Elec, and Light skills
Make sure to import Force, Electricity, and Light skills if you can in order to exploit the weakness of the boss. Otherwise, you can rely on your ally demons to have those skills for you. To add, complement your offense with strong Physical skills like Aramasa/Wrath Tempest and/or with strength-based elemental skills such as Wind/Storm/White Dracostrike.
Furthermore, put in Support and Passive skills to boost damage if there are still skill slots remaining. Recovery skills are optional if your active party members do not have these skills. This is to sustain the party during battle.
Attach resistances to Nahobino that nullify Phys and Ice skills
With the Divine Amalgamation Miracle, Nahobino can implant new resistances from essences. Add to Nahobino resistances that can Reflect/Absorb/Void/Resist Physical and Ice skills.
Pick ally demons that can counter Phys and Ice skills
Bring party members can innately Reflect/Absorb/Void/Resist Physical and Ice skills, if possible. If you can’t, make it a point that their weaknesses are covered during battle. Options include using Block skills or consuming Dampener items.
Add demons that can use Phys, Force, Elec, and Light skills
Similarly, add demons to your active party that can use Physical, Force, Electricity, and Light skills. If they don’t have access to those skills, utilize Essence Fusion to grab those skills from demon essences. Preferably, implant these skills to demons with skill potential on those skill types.
Legion Boss Strategies
Here is a breakdown of the battle strategies against the mini-bosses:
Pass action to support demons
If you start the battle with Nahobino and don’t have access to debuff/buff Support skills, make use of the Press Turn System and pass your turn to demon allies that can use debuff Support skills.
Start with Elec and Light skill users
Assign to Nahobino party members that can deal single-target Electricity and single-target Light damage. Preferably those who have their own buff skills at their disposal.
Land debuffs on the boss while leaving some MP for offense and recovery. Debuffs are in the form of attack power decrease (Tarunda/Matarunda), defense power decrease (Rakunda/Marakunda), and hit/evasion power decrease (Sukunda/Masukunda). These debuffs can be accessed by Nahobino and any demons in your party.
Prioritize on landing Sukunda/Masukunda first. Followed by Tarunda/Matarunda and Rakunda/Marakunda. Since the boss will keep on using its Matarukaja skill, cast Dekaja or -nda debuffs again to impede the bosses in battle.
Cast buffs on your party members as well. Buffs can be in the form of attack power increase (Tarukaja/Matarukaja), defense power increase (Rakukaja/Marakukaja), and hit/evasion power increase (Sukukaja/Masukukaja). These buffs can be accessed by Nahobino and any demons in your party.
Prioritize on landing Sukukaja/Masukukaja first. Followed by Rakukaja/Marakukaja and Tarukaja/Matarukaja. You may also use Charge/Donum Gladi and Concentrate/Donum Magici buffs to boost your party’s damage even further if available.
Inflict Any Ailment to Legion
Legion has no direct weakness to any Ailment but it can still be inflicted by chance. Especially when the caster or user of an Ailment skill has a higher Luck stat than the target. Choose any Ailment such as Sleep, Seal/Mute, Confusion/Panic, and etc. You can also use Ailment items to inflict the same effects if you and your ally demons don’t have them during the battle.
Use Elec and Light skills against Legion
Legion is weak against Electricity and Light skills which Nahobino and his ally demons can capitalize on. The damage will be higher if the party is buffed with Tarukaja/Matarukaja and Concentrate/Donum Magici.
If you are setting up for Storm/White Dracostrike, cast Charge/Donum Gladi instead to boost the damage.
Use Phys skills against Legion
Legion does not have resistance against Physical skills so add party members that specialize in this skill type. The damage will be higher if the party is buffed with Tarukaja/Matarukaja and Charge/Donum Gladi. This is to maximize the damage potential of your Physical attacks.
Black Rider Boss Strategies
Here is a breakdown of the battle strategies against the boss:
Switch party members to Force skill users
After defeating Legion switch your damage dealers to Force skill users. Preferably those who have their own buff skills at their disposal.
Land debuffs again
Start landing debuffs against Black Rider. Prioritize on landing Sukunda first. Followed by Tarunda and Rakunda.
Cast buffs again
Cast buffs on your party members again in order to boost your newly summoned ally demons.
You may also use Charge/Donum Gladi and Concentrate/Donum Magici buffs to boost your party’s damage even further if available. Since the boss will keep on using its Dekaja skill, cast -kaja buffs again to boost your party’s capabilities in battle.
Use Block skills or Dampener items to void enemy skills
Before using a Magatsuhi skill in your next turn, you can use a Block skill or a Dampener item to nullify an enemy’s upcoming attack. You can prioritize voiding Ice since the boss has a multi-target skill on it. Once the attack misses, it will consume an additional press turn resulting in fewer actions. Take note that you can only block one affinity or element per turn and it is not stackable.
Activate Magatsuhi skill
Unleash the Magatsuhi skill such as Omagatoki: Critical to boost your damage even further. Make sure to use it once debuffs and buffs are already set. Activate the Magatsuhi skill on Nahobino’s turn and you will have up to 8 possible actions against the boss.
If you already unlocked the Race Transcendence Miracle skill, you can also use other Magatsuhi skills held by other party members.
Use Force skills against Black Rider
Black Rider is weak against Force skills which Nahobino and his ally demons can capitalize on. The damage will be higher if the party is buffed with Tarukaja/Matarukaja and Concentrate/Donum Magici.
If you are setting up for Wind Dracostrike, cast Charge/Donum Gladi instead to boost the damage.
Use Phys skills against Black Rider
Black Rider does not have resistance against Physical skills so add party members that specialize in this skill type. The damage will be higher if the party is buffed with Tarukaja/Matarukaja and Charge/Donum Gladi. This is to maximize the damage potential of your Physical attacks.
Keep the party’s HP sustained by using healing skills. Especially when other party members are getting overwhelmed by enemy damage.
Black Rider Boss Video
Here is a boss fight video against Black Rider. The battle is already timestamped so you no longer need to browse through the whole video:
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