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

"What the hell!? ...Is this the friggin' boss?"
—Junpei Iori viewing the monster

The Arcana Priestess (プリーステス) is the first boss fight in Persona 3. It is fought on the second Full Moon Operation on May 9th.

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Persona 3 - Full Moon 1 Boss Priestess

Priestess boss.

During the second full moon (May 9th) after the arrival of the protagonist, Mitsuru Kirijo detects a powerful shadow outside of Tartarus and quickly dispatches the protagonist, Yukari Takeba and Junpei Iori to the monorail in Iwatodai Station.

After reaching the monorail's end they find a huge Shadow that has taken over the monorail, but after defeating it the monorail won't stop, leaving the protagonist to use the brakes manually, saving both Yukari and Junpei.

There is a time limit of 8 real-life minutes for the team to both reach it from the 3rd to last cabin and defeat it at the end of the monorail. Therefore, it is not advised for the player to take too much time at the Shadows in front of it or stay idle in the cabins, or they might end up having not enough time to defeat the boss. In harder difficulties, the time to cross the train and defeat the Priestess becomes shorter.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Arcana Level HP SP
Strength 10
Magic 10
Endurance 10
Agility 10
Luck 10
Priestess 10 300
200
Slash Strike Pierce Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Almi
- - - - Reflect - - Null Null -
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Assault Dive Deals light Strike damage to one foe.
Bufu Deals light Ice damage / Freezes one foe. (10% chance)
Mabufu Deals light Ice damage / Freezes all foes. (8% chance)
Pulinpa Makes 1 foe Panic. (25% chance)
Marin Karin Charms 1 foe. (25% chance)
Summon Summons a Muttering Tiara.

Arcana Level HP SP
Strength --
Magic --
Endurance --
Agility --
Luck --
Priestess 60 5000
?
Slash Strike Pierce Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Almi
- - - - Reflect - - Null Null -
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Primal Force Deals severe Pierce damage to one foe.
Bufudyne Deals heavy Ice damage / Freezes one foe. (10% chance)
Mabufudyne Deals heavy Ice damage / Freezes all foes. (8% chance)
Summon Summons a Muttering Tiara.

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 young woman wearing only the bottom half of a dress, her whole body is covered in either white or black, with the letters B and J on her breasts. Her hair looks like scrolls with text written on it, which are stuck to the wall not allowing anyone to pass. She wears a red, butterfly-like eyemask on her face, indicating her Priestess arcana. She herself sits inside the train on the floor with her legs spread out. She also seems to be abnormally tall at full height, even when compared to other Shadows.

As this is the Reversed version of the Priestess Arcana, it represents the dark side of the Arcana, very much like Shadow Yukiko. The Priestess means someone with knowledge and wisdom, yet the reversed version of it means someone unable to use that knowledge or someone not able to make decisions. Thus instead of confidently standing like the priestess does in the upright position, it instead lays on the ground sloppily.

The B and J on her breasts are taken directly from the Tarot card, they represent Boaz and Jachin, two copper pillars, which stood in the porch of Solomon's Temple. Notice how the Arcana Priestess summons two Muttering Tiaras during battle to aid her.

The Arcana Priestess takes over the train and attempts to cause a collision with another train. This is based around the conflict of intellect and instinct the card represents, which is shown with the Black and White coloration of the Shadow.

Also worthy to note, even after the Arcana Priestess is defeated the train still has to be stopped. Upon completing this, the protagonist is asked by the rest of the team how he knew which lever to use. To which he can either reply that he used his instinct or he took a lucky guess. Replying that it was instinct gives a much more positive response from the rest of the team as powerful instincts is an energy of the High Priestess card in the upright position.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

 
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Arcana Priestess in Persona 3 Portable
 
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Movie concept artwork of Arcana Priestess
 
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Arcana Priestess's Persona 3 The Movie concept design
 
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Arcana Priestess in Persona 3 The Movie
 
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Arcana Priestess as she appears in the Persona 3 manga.
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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