This article is about the DLC demon in Shin Megami Tensei IV and the Persona of Shadow Labrys. For the unnamed Minotaur in Naraku, see Minotaur.

Asterius, known as Asterios in the Japanese version, is a demon in the series.

History[edit | edit source]

Asterion, alternatively called Asterios or Asterius, is a name given to two figures in Greek mythology.

The first Asterion was a sacred king of Crete whose wife Europa was seduced by Zeus when he assumed the form of the Cretan bull, producing Minos. He is the son of Tectamus and an unnamed daughter of Cretheus. His father sailed to Crete and became the ruler of the island. Asterion inherited the throne from his father and he was the king of Crete at the time and married Europa, who was abducted by Zeus, becoming the stepfather of her sons by Zeus. Asterion brought up his stepsons, one of them being Minos and when he died childless, Minos took the throne and "banished" his brothers.

The second Asterion was in fact the Minotaur, star at the center of the labyrinth on Cretan coins, the son of Minos's wife fathered by the Cretan Bull as punishment for Minos not sacrificing it in Poseidon's honor. "Minotaur" is simply a name of Hellenic coining to describe his Cretan symbolism, since "Minotaur" is a portmanteau of Minos and taûros, the Greek word for bull.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Profile[edit | edit source]

Shin Megami Tensei IV[edit | edit source]

"The name of the minotaur in Greek lore, meaning "starry."
Poseidon, god of the sea, created a special bull as a gift to King Minos of Creta so that he could sacrifice the animal as an offering to the god. But its beauty was such that Minos kept it for himself and sacrificed a normal bull instead. Angered at this attempt to deceive him, Poseidon caused Minos' wife Pasiphae to fall in love with the bull. As a result, the bull-headed Asterius was born."
Shin Megami Tensei IV compendium

Asterius is obtainable in the DLC quest "Money Makes the Underworld Turn." A man in the only room on the map offers his fusion data in exchange for Golden Jet x10. He is a palette swap of the Minotaur. Asterius can be summoned through a special fusion of Morax, Raiju and Halphas. He can teach Flynn the Megaton Press and Charge skills through his Demon Whisper.

Persona 4 Arena[edit | edit source]

Asterius is an extension of Shadow Labrys that takes the form of a large humanoid only partially coming out of the ground, surrounded by flames, with a bull's skull for a head, and several chains restraining it to the ground. It is implied Asterius is a true Persona due to Shadow Labrys having developed an ego separate from the true Labrys.

Persona 5[edit | edit source]

"A Persona of another story. Due to a curse on his mother Pasiphae, he was born a bull-headed monster. Locked away in the labyrinth as the Minotaur, he wielded a double-sided axe."
Persona 5 Compendium

Asterius can be added to the Persona Compendium as DLC. Like the other Personas, he is available in two different versions: a default version and an upgraded variation called "Asterius Picaro." Both versions have access to Titanomachia, which is the strongest ability other than its Instant Kill from Persona 4 Arena. Asterius appears to have Shadow Labrys' traits, as while it is willing to be the protagonist's persona, it warns that if he lets down his guard, it will crush him, similar to the relationship between Labrys and her Shadow Self.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Shin Megami Tensei IV[edit | edit source]

Race Level HP MP
Strength 40
Dexterity 35
Magic 28
Agility 32
Luck 27
Beast 26 341 67
Physical Phys Gun Gun Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- Resist Resist Resist Resist Resist Weak Weak
Ailment Resistance Weak:Poison/Panic/Sleep/Bind/Sick
Normal Attack Phys x1, 1 enemy
Required quest Money Makes the Underworld Turn (DLC)
Special fusion Tyrant Morax + Wilder Raiju + Fallen Halphas
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Megaton Press 21 MP Medium physical damage to all foes. High critical but low accuracy. Innate
Phys Pleroma Auto Boosts physical attack by 25%. Innate
Charge 9 MP Multiplies user's next physical or gun damage by 2.5. 27
Life Gain Auto Increases max HP by 20%. 28
Resist Phys Auto Reduces physical damage. 29


Persona 5[edit | edit source]

Hahahaha! I am Asterius! Become your mask...? *chuckle* Very well,
but if you let your guard drop, I shall crush you!
Arcana Level
Strength 43
Magic 43
Endurance 32
Agility 32
Luck 25
Fortune 56
Inherit Reflects Absorbs Block Resists Weak
Almighty - - Curse Fire, Psy Ice
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Titanomachia 54 SP Severe Fire damage to all foes. High chance of Fear. Innate
Maragidyne 22 SP Heavy Fire damage to all foes. Rare chance of Burn. Innate
Burn Boost Auto Enhance chance of inflicting Burn status. Innate
Auto-Mataru Auto Automatic Matarukaja on party at start of battle. 57
Fire Amp Auto Strengthen Fire attacks by 50%. 59
Tetrakarn 36 SP Erect shield on 1 ally to repel 1 Physical/Gun attack. 60
Gigantomachia 25% HP Colossal Physical damage to all foes. 62

Arcana Level
Strength 46
Magic 46
Endurance 36
Agility 36
Luck 29
Fortune 62
Inherit Reflects Absorbs Block Resists Weak
Almighty - - Curse Fire, Psy Ice
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Titanomachia 54 SP Severe Fire damage to all foes. High chance of Fear. Innate
Maragidyne 22 SP Heavy Fire damage to all foes. Rare chance of Burn. Innate
Burn Boost Auto Enhance chance of inflicting Burn status. Innate
Auto-Masuku Auto Automatic Masukukaja on party at start of battle. 63
Fire Amp Auto Strengthen Fire attacks by 50%. 65
Makarakarn 36 SP Erect shield on 1 ally to repel 1 magical attack. 66
Gigantomachia 25% HP Colossal Physical damage to all foes. 68

Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth[edit | edit source]

Arcana Level HP + SP + Type Extract
Fortune 80 195 32 Physical God's Hand
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
God's Hand 85 HP Severe Phys attack. (1 enemy) Stronger in Boost. Innate
Brutal Arm Passive High chance to add splash effect on single-target attack skills. Innate
Regenerate 3 Passive Greatly restore HP at the end of the turn. Innate
Immunity Buffer Passive High chance of nullifying Phys attacks. 81
Endure Passive Survive one lethal attack with 1 HP instead of being KOed. 82
Fury Order 44 SP Triple physical attack for next hit. Lasts 3 turns. (Party) 83

Arcana Level HP + SP + Type Extract
Fortune 82 200 28 Physical Primal Force
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Primal Force 66 HP 2 heavy Phys attacks. (1 enemy) Stronger in Boost. Innate
Myriad Arrows 85 HP 6-8 heavy Phys attacks. (1 enemy) Stronger in Boost. Innate
Brutal Arm Passive High chance to add splash effect on single-target attack skills. Innate
Shura Instincts Passive High chance of Shura Tensei when battle starts. 83
Power Genius Passive Increase St by 4. 84
Fury Order 44 SP Triple physical attack for next hit. Lasts 3 turns. (Party) 85

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