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Guide on How to Defeat Surt in Shin Megami Tensei V
Surt is a main story boss enemy faced by the Protagonist or Nahobino in Shin Megami Tensei V (SMT 5). The demon is encountered at Da’at’s Chiyoda Region.
How to face Surt
In order to face Surt in battle, continue playing the main story and reach the Chiyoda Region. From the Awajicho Leyline Fount, enter the wall of flames and trigger a cutscene. After the cutscene, battle the boss automatically. Make sure to save your game before the boss fight.
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Surt Boss Information
Here is a breakdown of the boss’ stats, strengths and weaknesses, and skills:
|Boss Type||Main Story Boss|
|Recommended Level||Level 49 or higher|
|Recommended Party Members||Artemis, Black Frost, Sarasvati, or any ally demons.|
|Macca Rewards||7,080 Macca|
|Other Rewards||Magic Mirror x1|
Surt Strength and Weaknesses
|Heat Wave +4||Weak Physical attack to all foes.|
|Fire Dracostrike +6||Medium Fire Strength-based attack to 1 foe.|
|Maragidyne +6||Heavy Fire attack to all foes.|
|Ragnarok +6||Medium 2-5 Fire attack to random foes.|
|Dekunda||Negates status debuff effects on all allies.|
|Counter||Chance to counter Strength-based attacks with Phys attack.|
|Agilao +6||Medium Fire attack to 1 foe.|
|Maragi +6||Weak Fire attack to all foes.|
|Omagatoki: Critical||All attacks, including magical attacks, will become Critical hits for all allies for 1 turn.|
Surt 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.
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 Ice skills
Make sure to import Ice 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 Ice 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 and Fire skills
With the Divine Amalgamation Miracle, Nahobino can implant new resistances from essences. Add to Nahobino resistances that can Reflect/Absorb/Void/Resist Physical and Fire skills.
Pick ally demons that can counter Phys and Fire skills
Bring party members can innately Reflect/Absorb/Void/Resist Physical and Fire 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 and Ice skills
Similarly, add demons to your active party that can use Physical and Ice 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.
Surt 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. Since the boss will keep on using its Dekunda skill, cast -nda debuffs again to impede the boss in battle.
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.
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 Ice skills against Surt
Surt is weak against Ice 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 Ice Dracostrike, cast Charge/Donum Gladi instead to boost the damage.
Use Phys skills against Surt
Surt 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.
Surt Boss Video
Here is a boss fight video against Surt. The battle is already timestamped so you no longer need to browse through the whole video:
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