Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance - Skill Potential Guide

A guide on the Skill Potential mechanic in Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance (SMT 5: Vengeance, SMT5V). Included are basic information on Skill Potential, effects on skill power, how to enhance Skill Potential values, Skil Potential and Essences, and other useful tips and 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).

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance (SMT 5: Vengeance, SMT5V) - Skill Potential Guide

Skill Potential Guide for Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance (SMT 5: Vengeance) (SMT 5: Vengeance)

Shin Megami Tensei V - Skill Potential Guide

What is Skill Potential?

Skill Potential is a gameplay mechanic in Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance (SMT 5: Vengeance) which affects the power of various types of skills in battle. In general terms, skill types that align with the protagonist’s (Nahobino) or demon allies’ affinities will usually become more powerful, while skill types that correspond to a character’s weaknesses will be weaker. You can view each character’s Skill Potential values at the upper right corner of the stats screen.

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Skill Name Modifiers

When a skill is being enhanced by a character’s natural affinities, it will have a “+” and a numerical value at the end. Skills that are weakened because of the character’s weaknesses, meanwhile, have a “-“.

As an example, the demon Archangel has a Fire Skill Potential of +1. Therefore, any Fire skills that he has or will learn will have the “+1” modifier at the end of its name (e.g., Agilao +1, Maragi +1).

Skill Potential values are fixed for all demon allies while the protagonist’s can be enhanced by acquiring certain Miracles from Sophia in the World of Shadows.

Increasing the Protagonist’s Skill Potential

Purchase Miracles from Sophia in the World of Shadows

As mentioned, the protagonist (Nahobino) is the only character in the game who can alter his Skill Potential values by acquiring Miracles using Glory. This allows you to build his set of skills freely according to your preferences, eventually gaining favorable values for all types of skills.

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Miracles that Boost Skill Potential

Below is a list of all Miracles that increase the protagonist’s Skill Potential value and required Glory to purchase.

Miracle Effect Glory Needed
Ailment Mastery I Boost Nahobino’s Ailment skill potential by 1 rank. 40 Glory
Ailment Mastery II Boost Nahobino’s Ailment skill potential by 2 ranks. 55 Glory
Ailment Mastery V Boost Nahobino’s Ailment skill potential by 5 ranks. 140 Glory
Almighty Mastery I Boost Nahobino’s Almighty skill potential by 1 rank. 120 Glory
Almighty Mastery II Boost Nahobino’s Almighty skill potential by 2 ranks. 160 Glory
Almighty Mastery III Boost Nahobino’s Almighty skill potential by 3 ranks. 200 Glory
Almighty Mastery IV Boost Nahobino’s Almighty skill potential by4 ranks. 300 Glory
Dark Mastery I Increases Nahobino’s Dark skill potential by 1 rank. 50 Glory
Dark Mastery II Increases Nahobino’s Dark skill potential by 3 ranks. 80 Glory
Dark Mastery V Increases Nahobino’s Dark skill potential by 5 ranks. 160 Glory
Elec Mastery I Increases Nahobino’s Electricity skill potential by 1 rank. 50 Glory
Fire Mastery I Increases Nahobino’s Fire skill potential by 1 rank. 50 Glory
Force Mastery I Increases Nahobino’s Force skill potential by 1 rank. 50 Glory
Healing Mastery I Increases Nahobino’s Recovery skill potential by 1 rank. 60 Glory
Ice Mastery I Increases Nahobino’s Ice skill potential by 1 rank. 50 Glory
Light Mastery I Increases Nahobino’s Light skill potential by 1 rank. 50 Glory
Light Mastery II Increases Nahobino’s Light skill potential by 2 ranks. 80 Glory
Light Mastery V Increases Nahobino’s Light skill potential by 5 ranks. 160 Glory
Phys Mastery I Increases Nahobino’s Physical skill potential by 1 rank. 120 Glory
Phys Mastery II Increases Nahobino’s Physical skill potential by 2 ranks. 160 Glory
Support Mastery I Increases Nahobino’s Support skill potential by 1 rank. 60 Glory

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Magatsuhi Skills Are Not Affected

Magatsuhi Skills are unique among other skill types in that Skill Potentials do not affect their power. There are currently no Miracles you can purchase to increase the power of Magatsuhi Skills (to be confirmed).

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Using Demon Essences (Essence Fusion)

Skill Potential directly ties in with the process of using Demon Essences as the latter allows you to transfer certain skills to the protagonist or any ally demon. Naturally, you will want to acquire skills that you have positive (+) Skill Potential values instead of those with negative (-) values.

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