Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance - Lady Ishtar Boss Guide (Level 52)

Boss guide on how to defeat Lady Ishtar in Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance (SMT 5: Vengeance, SMT5V). This includes the boss enemy's strengths and weaknesses, stats and skills, and recommended battle strategies. Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance (2024) was released last June 14, 2024, and is now playable on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (via Steam and Microsoft Windows).

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Guide on How to Defeat Lady Ishtar in Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance (SMT5V)

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance (SMT 5: Vengeance, SMT5V) - How to Defeat Ishtar Boss Guide

Lady Ishtar is a main story boss enemy faced by the Protagonist or Nahobino in Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance (SMT 5: Vengeance, SMT5V). The demon is encountered at Da’at’s Chiyoda Region.

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How to face Lady Ishtar

In order to face Lady Ishtar in battle, continue playing the main story and reach the Chiyoda Region. From the Tokyo Station Leyline Fount, proceed to the Tokyo Station entrance and trigger a cutscene. Take note that you need to disable seven Magatsuhi devices within Chiyoda region prior to the battle. Getting the terminals disabled will diminish the strength of the boss. Otherwise, you will face the boss in full power in terms of having eight Press Turns per turn as well as having a lethal Electricity skill, Dreadful Gleam, that ignores through Elec resistances. After the cutscene, battle the boss automatically. Make sure to save your game before the boss fight.

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Lady Ishtar Boss Information

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

Lady Ishtar Details

Boss Type Main Story Boss
Recommended Level Level 52 or higher
Recommended Party Members Setanta, Macabre, Oberon, or any ally demons.
Macca Rewards 7,960 Macca
Other Rewards Chakra Pot x1

Lady Ishtar Stats

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SMT V: Vengeance Ishtar Demon Stats and Skills

Lady Ishtar Strength and Weaknesses

Shin Megami Tensei V - Physical Demon Skill IconPhysical Shin Megami Tensei V - Fire Demon Skill IconFire Shin Megami Tensei V - Ice Demon Skill IconIce Shin Megami Tensei V - Electricity Demon Skill IconElectricity
Void
Shin Megami Tensei V - Force Wind Demon Skill IconForce Shin Megami Tensei V - Light Demon Skill IconLight Shin Megami Tensei V - Dark Demon Skill IconDark Shin Megami Tensei V - Ailment Demon Skill IconAilment
Weak Void Weak Resist

Lady Ishtar Skills

Skill Skill Effect
Shin Megami Tensei V - Electricity Demon Skill IconDreadful Gleam +2 Heavy Electricity attack to all foes. Ignores affinity and pierces through. Chance of inflicting Seal. (Unique)
Shin Megami Tensei V - Electricity Demon Skill IconZiodyne +2 Heavy Electricity attack to 1 foe.
Shin Megami Tensei V - Electricity Demon Skill IconMazionga +2 Medium Electricity attack to all foes.
Shin Megami Tensei V - Light Demon Skill IconHamaon +3 Heavy Light attack to 1 foe. Chance of instakill when striking weakness.
Shin Megami Tensei V - Light Demon Skill IconMahamaon +3 Heavy Light attack to all foes. Chance of instakill when striking weakness.
Shin Megami Tensei V - Ailment Demon Skill IconSexy Dance Chance of inflicting Charm to all foes.
Shin Megami Tensei V - Recovery Demon Skill IconDiarama +2 Moderate HP recovery to 1 ally.
Shin Megami Tensei V - Support Demon Skill IconMarakunda +2 Lowers Defense of all foes by 1 rank for 3 turns.
Shin Megami Tensei V - Support Demon Skill IconOmagatoki: Critical All attacks, including magical attacks, will become Critical hits for all allies for 1 turn.

Lady Ishtar Boss Setup

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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 and Dark skills.

Make sure to import Force and Dark 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/Black 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 Elec and Light skills.

With the Divine Amalgamation Miracle, Nahobino can implant new resistances from essences. Add to Nahobino resistances that can Reflect/Absorb/Void/Resist Electricity and Light skills.

Pick ally demons that can counter Elec and Light skills.

Bring party members can innately Reflect/Absorb/Void/Resist Electricity and Light 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, and Dark skills.

Similarly, add demons to your active party that can use Physical, Force, and Dark 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.

Lady Ishtar Boss Strategies

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Here is a breakdown of the battle strategies against the boss:

Pass Regular Turn 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.

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance (SMT 5: Vengeance, SMT5V) - Ishtar Land Debuffs

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.

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance (SMT 5: Vengeance, SMT5V) - Ishtar Cast Buffs

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.

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance (SMT 5: Vengeance, SMT5V) - Ishtar Cast Charge

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. Since the boss will keep on using its Marakunda skill, cast -kaja buffs again to boost your party’s capabilities in battle.

Cure Seal/Mute and Charm Ailments inflicted to the party.

If a party member got inflicted with an Ailment such as Seal/Mute or Charm, make sure that you have access to Ailment recovery skills such as Patra or Me Patra to cure it. You can also use status recovery items such as Amrita Soda to remove them if available. Ailment recovery skills can be accessed by Nahobino and any demons in your party.

Use Block skills or Dampener items to void enemy skills.

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance (SMT 5: Vengeance, SMT5V) - Ishtar Use Block 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 Light and Electricity 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.

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance (SMT 5: Vengeance, SMT5V) - Ishtar Activate Magatsuhi

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 and Dark skills against Lady Ishtar.

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance (SMT 5: Vengeance, SMT5V) - Ishtar Use Dark Skills

Lady Ishtar is weak against Force and Dark 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/Black Dracostrike, cast Charge/Donum Gladi instead to boost the damage.

Use Phys skills against Lady Ishtar.

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance (SMT 5: Vengeance, SMT5V) - Ishtar Use Physical Skills

Lady Ishtar 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.

Heal allies.

Keep the party’s HP sustained by using healing skills. Especially when other party members are getting overwhelmed by enemy damage.

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