Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance - Gameplay Features

A breakdown of returning, reworked, and new gameplay features in Shin Megami Tensei V (SMT5), including an overview of each feature available in the game.

Shin Megami Tensei V - Gameplay Features

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Shin Megami Tensei V - Gameplay Features

Here is a breakdown of game features, both returning and new features, in Shin Megami Tensei V (SMT 5). Shin Megami Tensei V shares similar elements from previous Shin Megami Tensei and Persona titles while having its own new and unique gameplay systems as well.

Here is a quick rundown of SMT V’s unique gameplay features. More features will be added so stay tuned!

Returning Features

Game Difficulties

Similar to the Nintendo Switch version release of SMT 3: Nocturne, SMT 5 will also release Safety Difficulty Mode. It is for players who wish to enjoy the game’s main story without having to worry about challenging encounters.

Game Difficulty Guide

Moon Phase System

Shin Megami Tensei V - Returning Features Moon Phase System

Among the returning features when it comes to exploration is the return of the Moon Phase System. This non-menu-based system has twelve (12) phases and it changes by how many steps the player Protagonist has made by moving around dungeons or large areas. Each phase affects multiple facets of the game such as battles, recruitment, fusion, and others.

In SMT 3: Nocturne, this system is present while in SMT 4: Apocalypse it was implemented differently and does not affect the mechanics of the game. For SMT 5, the Moon Phase System will return and function similar to SMT 3: Nocturne.

Moon Phase System Guide

Returning Demons

Demons from previous SMT titles will turn up again as allies and foes in Shin Megami Tensei V. Some of those demons that appeared in Persona 5, Persona 5 Royal, and Persona 5 Strikers series will be also carried over to the game.

Demonic Compendium

Reworked Features

Skill Types

Shin Megami Tensei V - Reworked Features Skill Types

When it comes to demon skills, SMT V did some changes to some skill types. One of which is Physical skills. These skills will no longer consume the user HP but rather MP. SMT Liberation Dx2, a mobile RPG game from the same franchise also shares this mechanic.

In addition, Expel and Curse skills are renamed to Light and Dark skills. Some skills under these skill types namely Hama- and Mudo- skills can now deal regular elemental damage along with the instant death chance.

Ailment skills appear simplified in SMT V and some terminologies resemble those from Persona games. The distinction between Status Ailment (Poison) and Mental Ailment (Sleep, Mute, Charm) skills no longer apply since both are under the same Ailment category.

Likewise, Recovery skills that cure ailments were also changed. There are no longer specific skills that cure a specific ailment. This time Patra and Me Patra can cure all ailment skills.

Skill Types Guide

Skill Potentials

Shin Megami Tensei V - Shin Megami Tensei V - Reworked Features Skill Potential Skill Affinities

In addition to changes in Skill Types, another skill mechanic from SMT 4: Apocalypse will carry over in SMT 5. These are called Skill Potentials and they refer to skill-type boosts unique to each demon. They were previously called Skill Affinities in SMT 4: Apocalypse.

Skill Potential Guide

Both Nahobino and his demon allies can utilize this mechanic. However, they must acquire Essence from other demons in order to implement this transfer of skills and affinities.

Essences Guide

Reworked Demons

SMT 4 and SMT 4 Apocalypse demons like Adramelech, Artemis, Idun, Cleopatra, Anahita, Demeter, and Mephisto will debut into their newest Unreal Engine 4 forms. These demons did not also debut in recent Persona games.

Demonic Compendium

New Features

Open-World Exploration

Shin Megami Tensei V - New Features Da'at New Open World Exploration

Likewise, exploration in Shin Megami Tensei has drastically changed. It now features a first-person perspective similar to modern JRPGs. Previously, SMT titles feature a birds-eye view exploration. In SMT 5, you can explore certain locations or habitats within Da’at with fewer restrictions.

You can see demons roaming around as well as mining points to gather items. While exploring the world of Da’at, the Moon Phase System will be active as an exploration mechanic.

New Ailment Skill, Illusion

Going back to Ailment skills, there is a new Illusion status added to SMT V. It appears that a target inflicted with this ailment will lose hit points or accuracy during battle.

All Ailment Skills

Magatsuhi Skills

Shin Megami Tensei V - New Features Magatsuhi Skills

New skills are introduced along with other skill types. One of which is Magatsuhi skills. Magatsuhi skills are strong race-based skills that do not cost MP but rather a full Magatsuhi gauge to execute. They do not count as a new attribute such as Physical, Fire, Ice, and etc. Rather they count an amplified skill under a certain skill type.

All Magatsuhi Skills

Miracle Skills

Miracles are also unique passive skills that boost certain stats or quality of Nahobino and his demon allies. It functions similarly to Persona 5 Strikers’ Bond Skills.

All Miracle Skills

In order to activate them, you must acquire Glory points from side quests and other activities. Speak to Sophia at the World of Shadows and select a Miracle skill to activate.

World of Shadows Guide

New Demons

In every new Shin Megami Tensei title, there are new demons that you will face, fuse, or recruit. Likewise, there will be new demons that will debut based on mythological figures and creatures such as Amanozako, Fionn mac Cumhail, Hayataro, and Manananggal.

Demonic Compendium

Other Strategy Guides

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Human Characters

▼All SMT V: Vengeance Human Characters
Shin Megami Tensei V - Protagonist Nahobino Character ProfileProtagonist Shin Megami Tensei V - Tao Isonokami Character ProfileTao Isonokami
Shin Megami Tensei V - Yuzuru Atsuta Character ProfileYuzuru Atsuta Shin Megami Tensei V - Ichiro Dazai Character ProfileIchiro Dazai
Shin Megami Tensei V - Miyazu Atsuta Character ProfileMiyazu Atsuta Shin Megami Tensei V - Miyazu Atsuta Character ProfileSahori Itsukishima
Shin Megami Tensei V - Yoko Hiromine DemonYoko Hiromine*

Demon Characters

▼All SMT V: Vengeance Demon Characters
Shin Megami Tensei V - Aogami Character ProfileAogami Shin Megami Tensei V - Sophia Character ProfileSophia
Shin Megami Tensei V - Gustave Character ProfileGustave Shin Megami Tensei V - Amanozako Character ProfileAmanozako
Shin Megami Tensei V - Fionn mac Cumhaill Finn McCool Character ProfileFionn mac Cumhaill Shin Megami Tensei V - Lahmu Character ProfileLahmu

Bethel Faction Characters

▼All SMT V: Vengeance Bethel Faction Characters
Shin Megami Tensei V - Hayao Koshimizu Character ProfileHayao Koshimizu Shin Megami Tensei V - Hayataro Character ProfileHayataro
Shin Megami Tensei V - Abdiel Character ProfileAbdiel Shin Megami Tensei V - Mastema DemonMastema*
Shin Megami Tensei V - Zeus Character ProfileZeus Shin Megami Tensei V - Khonsu Character ProfileKhonsu
Shin Megami Tensei V - Vasuki Character ProfileVasuki Shin Megami Tensei V - Odin Character ProfileOdin

Yakumo Faction Characters

▼All SMT V: Vengeance Yakumo Faction Characters
Shin Megami Tensei V - Shohei Yakumo Character ProfileShohei Yakumo Shin Megami Tensei V - Nuwa Character ProfileNuwa

Qadištu Faction Characters

▼All SMT V: Vengeance Qadištu Faction Characters
Shin Megami Tensei V - Lilith (Qadistu) DemonLilith* Shin Megami Tensei V - Naamah DemonNaamah*
Shin Megami Tensei V - Eisheth Zenunim DemonEisheth Zenunim* Shin Megami Tensei V - Agrat bat Mahlat DemonAgrat bat Mahlat*

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance Recommended Article List

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Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance Game Guides

▼All SMT V: Vengeance Game Guides
Main Quest Walkthroughs Boss Guides
Subquests Walkthroughs Characters
Strategy Guides Demonic Compendium
Demon Skills Godborn Difficulty
All Ending Routes Canon of Vengeance Route
Post-Game Unlockables New Game Plus Unlockables
Abscess Locations Miman Locations
Taliman Locations Amalgam Locations
Demon Statue Locations Periapt Locations
Aogami Husk Locations Trophies and Achievements

Beginner Guides

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Basic Information

▼All SMT V: Vengeance Basic Information
Pre-Order Bonuses Game Editions
DLC List and Information Game Difficulty
Game Controls Gameplay Features and Changes
Permanent Events and Missables Save Data Transfer Bonuses
PC System Requirements and Specs Platform and System Differences
How Long to Beat Metacritic Reviews
Differences with Persona Games Differences with SMT Games
Tips for Beginners -

Strategy Guides

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Useful Information

▼All SMT V: Vengeance Useful Information
Post-Game Unlockables New Game Plus Unlockables
Endings Routes Guide Canon of Vengeance Route Guide
Fast Leveling Guide Money Farming Guide
Glory Farming Guide Incense Farming Guide
Sutra Farming Guide Battle System Guide
Virtual Trainer Battle Guide -

Tier List Guides

▼All SMT V: Vengeance Tier List Guides
Best Nahobino Stat Builds Best Nahobino Skill Builds
Best Miracle Skills to Learn Best Demons to Fuse and Recruit
Best Party Setups and Members Best Demons for Early-Game
Best Demons for Mid-Game Best Demons for Late-Game

How-to Guides

▼All SMT V: Vengeance How-to Guides
Should You Get Apsaras or Leanan Sidhe How to Get the Secret Fourth Ending
How to Increase Demon Stock How to Get Fusion Accidents
How to Defeat Mitama Demons How to Unlock Virtual Trainer Battle
How to Fuse the Best Demons (Max Stat Bonuses) How to Unlock Godborn Difficulty
How to Unlock Satan Secret Boss Fight How to Unlock Lucifer Demon Fusion

Nahobino Guides

▼All SMT V: Vengeance Nahobino Guides
Stats Guide Attributes Guide
Skill Types Guide Status Effects Guide
Magatsuhi Skills Guide Skill Potential Guide
Essences Guide Moon Phase System Guide
Relic Items Guide Nahobino Forms Guide

Demon Guides

▼All SMT V: Vengeance Demon Guides
World of Shadows Guide Cadaver's Hollow Guide
Demon Fusion Table Guide Demon Negotiation Guide
Mitama Demons Guide Unlockable Demons List
Special Fusions List Special Conversations List
Demon Navigator Guide Guest Characters Guide
Magatsuhi Demon Guide Demon Haunt Guide
Original Mode Virtual Trainer Battles List Challenge Mode Virtual Trainer Battles List
SMT V: Vengeance Strategy Guides

Collectible Guides

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General Collectibles

▼All SMT V: Vengeance General Collectibles
Mimans List Talismans List
Demon Statues List Abscesses List
Amalgams List Periapts List
Aogami Husks List Cirronup Fox Demons List
Demon Navigators List -

Map Collectibles by Region

▼All SMT V: Vengeance Collectibles by Region
Minato Map Collectibles List Shinagawa Map Collectible List
Chiyoda Map Collectible List Shinjuku Map Collectible List
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Game Database

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General Database

▼All SMT V: Vengeance General Database
Items List Demon Skills List
Bosses List Demons List

Item Database

▼All SMT V: Vengeance Item Database
Battle Items List Boost Items List
Dungeon Items List Essence Items List
Relic Items List Key Items List
SMT V: Vengeance Items List and Effects

Demon Skill Database

▼All SMT V: Vengeance Demon Skills
Physical Skills List Magic Skills List
Instant Death Skills List Ailment Skills List
Recovery Skills List Support Skills List
Passive Skills List Magatsuhi Skills List
Miracle Skills List -
SMT V: Vengeance Demon Skills List and Effects

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