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Guide on How to Defeat Chimera in Shin Megami Tensei V
How to face Chimera
In order to face Chimera in battle, start the subquest: “The Horn of Plenty”. From the Otemachi Leyline Fount, head north to speak to Demeter again. Take note that you must clear the subquest: “The Tyrant of Tennozu” first to start this subquest. Accept the request and proceed to Ginza Leyline Fount. Drop down to the lower area and look for a roaming Chimera. Make sure to save your game before the boss fight.
Chimera Boss Information
Here is a breakdown of the boss’ stats, strengths and weaknesses, and skills:
|Boss Type||Optional Boss (Subquest)|
|Recommended Level||Level 50 or higher|
|Recommended Party Members||Yoshitsune, Setanta, Oberon, or any ally demons.|
|Macca Rewards||1,840 Macca|
|Other Rewards||Horn of Plenty x1 and Megami Talisman x1|
Chimera Strength and Weaknesses
|Frenzied Chomp +3||Medium Physical attack to 1 foe. Chance of inflicting Poison/Confusion/Charm.|
|Severing Bite +3||Heavy Physical attack to 1 foe. Greater effect if Critical hit.|
|Maragion +2||Medium Fire attack to all foes.|
|Ziodyne +3||Heavy Electricity attack to 1 foe.|
|Omagatoki: Critical||All attacks, including magical attacks, will become Critical hits for all allies for 1 turn.|
Chimera 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. Also, don’t forget Ailment recovery items such as Amrita Soda.
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 skills
Make sure to import Force 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 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, Fire, and Elec skills
With the Divine Amalgamation Miracle, Nahobino can implant new resistances from essences. Add to Nahobino resistances that can Reflect/Absorb/Void/Resist Physical, Fire, and Electricity skills.
Pick ally demons that can counter Phys, Fire, and Elec skills
Bring party members can innately Reflect/Absorb/Void/Resist Physical, Fire, and Electricity 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 Physical and Force skills
Similarly, add demons to your active party that can use Physical and Force 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.
Chimera Boss Strategies
Here is a breakdown of the battle strategies against the boss:
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.
Land debuffs on the boss while leaving some MP for offense and recovery. Debuffs are in the form of attack power decrease (Tarunda), defense power decrease (Rakunda), and hit/evasion power decrease (Sukunda). In addition to these Support skills, you can utilize skills from other types such as Fang Breaker (Tarunda), Pierce Armor (Rakunda), Toxic Spray (Rakunda), and Blinding Strike (Sukunda) to cast similar effects. These debuffs can be accessed by Nahobino and any demons in your party.
Prioritize on landing Sukunda first. Followed by Tarunda and Rakunda.
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 Poison Ailment to Chimera
Chimera is susceptible to an Ailment such as Poison. While the boss is suffering from the Ailment, take advantage by resuming your debuff and buff placements. Skills such as Toxic Sting, Blight, Frenzied Chomp, and Poisma/Toxic Cloud can inflict this Ailment against the boss. You can also use Poison items to inflict the same effects if you and your ally demons don’t have them during the 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 the enemy’s upcoming attack. You can prioritize voiding Fire 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 Chimera
Chimera 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 Chimera
Chimera 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.
Chimera Boss Video
Here is a boss fight video against Chimera (Faced the boss after clearing half of Shinagawa main story and higher-level bosses). The battle is already timestamped so you no longer need to browse through the whole video:
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