This article is about the Shadow. For the Arcana, see Emperor Arcana.

The Arcana Emperor is one of two Shadows that appears during the third Full Moon Operation (June 8th) alongside Arcana Empress in Persona 3.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Profile[edit | edit source]

Persona 3[edit | edit source]

Arcana Emperor holding Mitsuru.

During the third Full Moon Operation (June 8), the Arcana Empress and the Arcana Emperor are the two Shadows that attack Yukari and Mitsuru. By the time Akihiko, Junpei, and the protagonist or female protagonist return to the first floor of Tartarus with Fuuka, the girls have been defeated because they haven't been able to exploit a consistent weakness. Fortunately, Fuuka's Persona, Lucia, turns out to be able to sense Shadow weaknesses, allowing Akihiko, Junpei, and the protagonist to fight the Shadows. The Arcana Emperor is a tall Shadow that carries a rather small sword. On its torso is a large red cross, and its arms are long and almost floppy, with small tassels at the end of its "sleeves". It has no neck or head, only a floating Emperor mask, identifiable by its signature purple color and spiked top.

The Emperor is weak to magic and Immune to all physical attacks, which is the reverse of the Empress which is immune to all magic but weak to all physical attacks. However, it can change it with "Paradigm Shift" just like the Empress next to him. Just like all other bosses, both Shadows are constantly immune to light or darkness attacks.

Stats[edit | edit source]

The battle with the Empress and Emperor serve to demonstrate Fuuka's scanning abilities. Be sure to scan them after every time Paradigm Shift is used to determine the new weakness(es) and resistance(s).

Arcana Level HP SP
Strength --
Magic --
Endurance --
Agility --
Luck --
Emperor 16 700
??
Slash Strike Pierce Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Almi
Null Null Null Weak Weak Weak Weak Null Null -
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Swift Strike Deals light Strike damage to all foes. (1-3 hits)
Fatal End Deals medium Slash damage to one foe.
Paradigm Shift Changes elemental weaknesses.

Arcana Level HP SP
Strength --
Magic --
Endurance --
Agility --
Luck --
Emperor 65 6500
??
Slash Strike Pierce Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Almi
Null Null Null Weak Weak Weak Weak Null Null -
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Vorpal Blade Deals heavy Slash damage to all foes. (1.5x "Great" condition bonus)
God's Hand Deals severe Strike damage to one foe.
Power Charge Doubles physical damage dealt next turn. (2.5x damage)
Paradigm Shift Changes elemental weaknesses.

Interpretation[edit | edit source]

As all Shadows appearing on Full Moon nights, its appearance and behavior are based on Tarot cards from the Major Arcana in the reverse position. It has the appearance of a large entity covered in armor fitted for a knight, it has a large chest with a large cross imprinted on it and a short sword, the emperor mask replaces his head.

As this is the Reversed version of the Emperor Arcana, it represents the dark qualities of the Arcana. The Emperor represents authority, the strong will of a king and the masculine side of the two genders, the Reverse version however is represented as weak willed, corrupt and rigid. This is represented by the fact the Arcana Emperor has a large chest and fights alongside the Arcana Empress — it gloats of its power and superiority, yet it cannot fight without help. The small sword it uses also represents the weak will of someone irresponsible or one who doesn't make the right decisions as a leader. All of its movements are also very stiff, as if it forces every action out.

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P3 Bosses
Guardians Venus Eagle (3) - Dancing Hand (3) - Rampage Drive - Crying Table (3) - Change Relic - Golden Beetle (3) - Intrepid Knight - Furious Gigas (3) - Fanatic Tower - Magical Magus (3) - Natural Dancer - Arcane Turret (3) - Sleeping Table - Hell Knight (3) - Mythical Gigas - Judgement Sword (3) - Stasis Giant (3) - Phantom King - Royal Dancer (3) - Reckoning Dice - Noble Seeker (3) - Carnal Snake (3) - World Balance - Fierce Cyclops (3) - Jotun of Grief
Arcana Arcana Priestess - Arcana Emperor and Arcana Empress - Arcana Hierophant - Arcana Lovers - Arcana Chariot and Arcana Justice - Arcana Hermit - Arcana Fortune and Arcana Strength - Arcana Hanged Man - Death
Other Takaya Sakaki and Hypnos - Jin Shirato and Moros - Chidori Yoshino and Medea - Reaper - Elizabeth
P3P Exclusive Theodore - Margaret
P3 FES Bosses
Guardians Immortal Gigas + Visceral Maya (3) - Brilliant Cyclops - Death Castle + El Dorado Beast (2) - Harem Dancer + Merciless Maya (2) - Judgement Sword + Ice Raven + Brave Wheel - Primitive Idol + Shouting Tiara + Wrathful Book - Wondrous Magus + Crying Table + Cowardly Maya - Neo Minotaur - Spastic Turret + Slaughter Drive (2) - Conceited Maya - Rebellious Cyclops + Acheron Seeker (2) - Tenjin Musha + Kaiden Musha + Onnen Musha
Other Metis and Psyche - ??? - Akihiko Sanada and Caesar + Ken Amada and Kala-Nemi - Junpei Iori and Trismegistus + Koromaru and Cerberus - Yukari Takeba and Isis + Mitsuru Kirijo and Artemisia - Erebus
Major Arcana
0. Fool Arcana - I. Magician Arcana - 1(E). Councillor Arcana - II. Priestess Arcana - III. Empress Arcana - IV. Emperor Arcana - V. Hierophant Arcana - V(T). Priest Arcana - VI. Lovers Arcana - VII. Chariot Arcana - VIII. Strength Arcana/Justice Arcana - IX. Hermit Arcana - X. Fortune Arcana - XI. Justice Arcana/Strength Arcana - XI(T). Hunger Arcana - XII. Hanged Man Arcana - XIII. Death Arcana - XIV. Temperance Arcana - XV. Devil Arcana - XVI. Tower Arcana - XVII. Star Arcana - XVIII. Moon Arcana - XIX. Sun Arcana - XX. Judgement Arcana - XX(T). Aeon Arcana - XXI. World Arcana - XXI(T). Universe Arcana - (VS) Faith Arcana - (VS) Hope Arcana
Minor Arcana
Suit of Coins - Suit of Cups - Suit of Swords - Suit of Wands
Shadow Arcana
I. Arcana Magician - II. Arcana Priestess - III. Arcana Empress - IV. Arcana Emperor - V. Arcana Hierophant - VI. Arcana Lovers - VII. Arcana Chariot - VIII. Arcana Justice - IX. Arcana Hermit - X. Arcana Fortune - XI. Arcana Strength - XII. Arcana Hanged Man - XIII. Death
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