Moon Phase System Guide
The Moon Phase system is the constantly changing state of the game world in Shin Megami Tensei V (SMT 5) which affects elements both in and out of combat. You can check the current Moon Phase by looking at the upper left corner of the screen while exploring the map or when battling enemies in the game.
Below are elements confirmed to be influenced by the Moon Phase in Shin Megami Tensei V.
- Behavior of enemy demons during battle.
- Conversation outcomes during Demon Negotiation.
The Moon Phase cycles through a total of 16 moon phases. It begins at the New Moon state. Once the Moon has undergone 4 phases, the Moon state will reach a Half Moon. After 4 more phases (resulting in a total of 8), a Full Moon state occurs. From this point, the Moon Phase will start to “power down” by going through 8 more phases, ending in a New Moon state once again to complete the entire 16-phase cycle.
Note that the Moon Phase progresses when you are exploring the field and during battle which can create both advantageous and disadvantageous situations in the game.
Treasure Chest Items (to be confirmed)
It is expected that opening certain chests during a Full Moon phase increases the chance of getting rare items, similar to the mechanic found in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne. More information on this will be added when the game comes out.