"...SHE WHO WAS BORN FROM CURSED BLOOD... TURNEST THY BLADE ON ME...? THOUGH IT BE AGES SINCE LAST I FOUGHT, I STILL SHALL NOT LOSE TO THEE..."
—Apsu, Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers

Apsu is a demon appearing in the series.

History[edit | edit source]

In Babylonian and Akkadian myth, Apsu, also known as Abzu or Apzu, is the primordial deity of the watery abyss and the deification of the vast primordial fresh water beneath the earth that serves as the source of all lakes, rivers, springs, streams and wells. He is the source of knowledge and was the lover of Tiamat, the primal goddess of the salt water, and together they created the gods in Mesopotamian mythology. His Sumerian counterpart is known as Engur.

In the Babylonian creation epic, the Enûma Elish, he was a primal being made of fresh water and a lover to Tiamat, a creature of salt water. Abzu could not quell the noise of the younger gods or their children. He colluded with his vizier Mummu to silence the gods and allow Tiamat to rest, after Tiamat rejected the idea. This resulted in the birth of the younger gods, who later murder Apsu in order to usurp his lordship of the universe.

He is also the name for fresh water from underground aquifers which was given a religious fertilizing quality in Sumerian and Akkadian mythology. Lakes, springs, rivers, wells and other sources of fresh water were thought to draw their water from the abzu.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Profile[edit | edit source]

Shin Megami Tensei IV[edit | edit source]

"A Mesopotamian god of the deep waters.
Apsu existed since the birth of time and is depicted as a freshwater sea. He is the source of knowledge and made the lands fertile. His fresh water mixed with that of Tiamat, the deification of the chaotic salt waters, and from there the main gods were born."
Shin Megami Tensei IV compendium

Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse[edit | edit source]

Revived by Inanna, Apsu is a required boss in the Cosmic Egg.

Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers[edit | edit source]

Apsu is one of the two ancient demons inhabiting the ruins beneath Nikamimon, the other being Tiamat. Their presence interfered with the Phantom Society's plans of installing Manitou at the site, so Vice-Minister Nishi hired Naomi to eliminate one of the demons to make room.

During the associated Vision Quest, the player must choose whether Naomi eliminates Tiamat or Apsu. If Apsu is confronted, upon his defeat he curses Naomi and kills her as he dies. The god's power is later absorbed by Manitou, which gives it strong physical attacks but a vulnerability to magical attacks.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Shin Megami Tensei IV[edit | edit source]

Race Level HP MP
Strength 70
Dexterity 78
Magic 101
Agility 66
Luck 93
Deity 75 399 387
Physical Phys Gun Gun Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- - Weak Repel - - - Null
Ailment Resistance None
Normal Attack Phys x1, 1 Enemy
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Titanomachia 30 MP Heavy physical damage to all foes. High critical but low accuracy. Innate
Life Aid Auto Recovers HP moderately after victory. Innate
Mabufudyne 32 MP Heavy ice damage to all foes. 76


Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse[edit | edit source]

Race Level HP MP
Strength 54
Dexterity 71
Magic 122
Agility 80
Luck 97
Deity 82 510 420
Physical Phys Gun Gun Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- - - Repel Weak - - Resist
Ailment Resistance None
Normal Attack Phys x1, 1 enemy
Skill Affinities Physical Physical +3 · Ice Ice +5 · Electricity Electricity -3 · Healing Healing -2
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Ice Age 40 MP Severe ice damage to one foe. Smirk +Ice Pierce Innate
Victory Cry Auto Recovers HP and MP fully after victory. Innate
Titanomachia 35 MP Heavy physical damage to all foes. High critical but low accuracy. 83
Smile Charge 50 MP Bestows the user with smirk. Cannot be used if the user has ailment(s). 84
Repel Fire Auto Reflects fire damage. 85


Ronde[edit | edit source]

Race Level HP MP Mv Range Mv Type Atk Range Arcana
Shin Akuma 30 293 153 5 Ground 1 Quake, Spell
St Ma In Ag Lu Atk P.Def M.Def
20 5 5 7 8 170 70 45
Equipment Neck Item -
Slash Strike Ranged Fire Ice Elec Light Dark Almi
D - A C H C B C C


Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers[edit | edit source]

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Race Level HP MP St In Ma En Ag Lu
Godly 74 11119 178 25 16 19 24 9 12
P.ATK P.HIT B.DEF AVD M.ATK M.HIT
198 118 212 117 173 50
Reflects Absorbs Void Resists Weak
- - Expel, Death, Mind, Nerve, Curse Phys Magic
List of Skills
Megaton Press Frenzy Tackle
Squash


Gallery[edit | edit source]

 
Apsu Card Summoner.GIF
Apsu as it appears in Card Summoner
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