An early COMP carried by the protagonist in Shin Megami Tensei

A COMP, also known as an Arm Terminal, is a device commonly featured in the Megami Tensei franchise. It refers to the portable computer which many characters have used in order to communicate with, transport, and summon demonic entities using the Demon Summoning Program. It is one of the most common elements to appear in Megami Tensei games.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Profile[edit | edit source]

Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei novels[edit | edit source]

Akemi Nakajima carries a small hand-held computer with him at all times, which he uses to summon Cerberus at any time. Charles Feed also carries a similar device.

Megami Tensei II[edit | edit source]

The COMP serves the same purpose as it does in other games. Pazuzu also uses it as a means of communicating with the hero. The amount of demons the COMP can hold is increased once the hero's missing arm is replaced with a cybernetic one.

Shin Megami Tensei[edit | edit source]

The protagonist carries a COMP which he uses to communicate with demons. It houses the Demon Summoning Program designed by Stephen. Stephen later upgrades the protagonist's computer so that it can store more demons.

Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE[edit | edit source]

Each player character in Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE carries a COMP. In the start of the game, the player can choose between two models. Snakeman upgrades the player's COMP once they become a Devil Buster.

COMPs in IMAGINE can also come in a variety of vanity forms such as bracelets, glasses, rings, umbrellas, knuckle guards, gloves, digital books, and PDAs. These have unique summoning animations and are usually acquired through the cashshop or in-game events.

Shin Megami Tensei IV[edit | edit source]

Flynn wearing the COMP on his left arm.

"A bracer worn by Mikado's Samurai. It functions a lot like smartphones, complete with Demon Summoning Program and map navigation. And like the phones Hunters use, Gauntlets also have onboard AI support.

Gauntlets are installed with the "Burroughs" operating system. She provides various support features essential to Samurai."
Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse Notes, entry - "Gauntlet"

The COMP returns in Shin Megami Tensei IV in the form of a gauntlet. Those who are to be tested whether they will become Samurai or not must pass the Gauntlet Rite. 

All Gauntlets come with an assistant interface avatar called Burroughs, who is often referred to as a fairy. Burroughs guides Gauntlet users through demon data, application usage, navigation, among other functions within the limits of the Gauntlet's internal database. Mido aids with fusion and compendium data.

Gauntlet users can also learn active skills from well-raised contract demons via the "Demon Whisper" ritual. The Hunters of Tokyo and the Ashura-kai use smartphones to summon demons. The Demonicas seen in the game are armor worn by the Counter-Demon Force and it is noted that the vambrace on the Demonicas resemble the Gauntlets used by the Samurai.

Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse[edit | edit source]

"A hand-held computer and cell phone that is capable of running a variety of applications.

- Calls
- Send/Receive Emails & Texts
- Creating Documents
- Managing Info (schedules, addresses, etc)
- Camera
- Clock
- Calculator

Additional functions can be added by installing new apps. For Hunters, these apps are included by default:
- Quest Management
- Skill Management
- Item Management
- Party Management
- Demon Summoning Program
- Cathedral of Shadows
- Demon Analysis
- Report Missing People
- Various Databases"
Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalpyse Notes, entry - "Smartphone"

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner[edit | edit source]

The Devil Summoner Kyouji Kuzunoha comes equipped with heavily modified gun that has been integrated with a compact COMP system. The hybrid device is known as a "GUMP", which is a shortened term for Gun-COMP. Aside from its obvious purpose, it still functions like a regular gun.

Sid Davis uses a COMP modeled after a bible.

The GUMP in the opening intro of Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner
The GUMP as seen in Soul Hackers
The Gumps seen in detail

Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers[edit | edit source]

The GUMP reprises its role as the main demon utility device and primary sidearm, but has undergone a few cosmetic and functional improvements over time. Its use is now widespread among the majority of the active Devil Summoners.

Aside from the GUMP, there are also COMPs modeled after guitars, parasols, saxophones, and brass knuckles.

Shin Megami Tensei Trading Card: Card Summoner[edit | edit source]

Card Summoner has the Arm Comp, which keeps track of the player's money and Victory Battle trading cards. The GUMP also appears in the game.

Devil Survivor[edit | edit source]

COMPs (short for Communication Players) bear a striking resemblance to the Nintendo DS (Nintendo 3DS in the 3DS remake). They were initially advertised as gaming consoles which allowed for web browsing, email and international online gaming. Its commercial tag line was "Play with people around the world!"

Naoya gave the protagonist and his friends specially designed COMPs to survive the Tokyo Lockdown. Aside from the Demon Summoning Program, a secondary application called the "Harmonizer" tunes to the wavelengths of humans, making attacks effective against demons while lessening the damage taken from them. The Harmonizer affects all humans and demons that are within range of the COMP.

COMP users came to be known as "Demon Tamers". The first time the Demon Summoning Program is initiated, a demon will emerge whose strength is proportionate to that of the user. A contract will not be forged until the tamer defeats said demon. Latter demons are obtained by participating in an online auction using Macca for purchase and contract enactment.

The COMP's battery life is limited; since electricity was cut off in the lockdown area, the only way to keep a COMP functional is by charging it with a hand-crank dynamo. This was the main concern that the party had in the beginning. They received one such device from Keisuke.

If the COMP runs out of battery power or breaks, a Demon Tamer loses their demon contracts and in turn will also make them vulnerable to demon attacks due to the disengagement of the mind link to the Harmonizer. The Demon Summoning Program can also go rampant, creating portals for demons to freely emerge from.

Devil Survivor 2[edit | edit source]

The COMPs in Devil Survivor 2 are actually cell phones that have downloaded a demon summoning app, created by the Anguished One. Unlike the COMPs in the first Devil Survivor, these COMPs do not have much inhibitions at all aside from the fact that when destroyed, the Demon Tamers relinquish control of his or her demons.

Similar Devices[edit | edit source]

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey[edit | edit source]

Main article: Demonica

Persona 2: Innocent Sin (PSP)[edit | edit source]

Though Demon Summoning programs do not play a role in the main story, COMP-like devices are prominent in the Climax Theater quest, Persona Thief. The main antagonist, Tamaizu Nirasawa, claimed to have created and placed a Demon Summoning program into a handheld computer, reminiscent of the original COMP created by Akemi Nakajima. One of the other major characters in this quest, Haruo Weyland, summons demons from an effects panel on his guitar called the "Infectious Groove", a reference to Carol J and his guitar GUMP.

The Devil Children series[edit | edit source]

The Devil Children use devices called Devil Risers, which are gun-shaped computers used for carrying and summoning demons. In addition, Devil Children carry a personal computer called a Vinecom, which aids in organizing information and sorting demons. Later in the story, protagonists often obtain the King Riser, which works as a second Devil Riser compatible with stronger demons.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

The COMP's old design as it appears in Shin Megami Tensei
The old goggle of the COMP as it appears in Shin Megami Tensei
The COMP's old design as it appears in Shin Megami Tensei II
The old goggles of the COMP as it appears in Shin Megami Tensei II
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The "handheld computer" as seen in Shin Megami Tensei: if...
Some of the COMP designs in Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE
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The Devil Riser as it appears in Devil Children Fire/Ice Book
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The King Riser as it appears in Devil Children Fire/Ice Book
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The Vinecom as it appears in Devil Children Fire/Ice Book
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The Arm Comp as it appears in Card Summoner
The GUMP as it appears in Card Summoner
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Shin Megami Tensei IV costumes with Gauntlets in Persona 5

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In Persona 3, the player needs a "portable game system" to fulfill one of Elizabeth's Requests. While the item itself is referred to as the "Handheld Game", Junpei states that the system is called the COMPstation Portable, clearly referencing this device (as well as the real-life PlayStation Portable). He says he can give the player his old model since he got the redesigned one.
  • In the murder mystery visual novel game Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair the player can collect a set of collectable items called Monokuma Dolls in each island (five dolls in each), in one of the islands the player can find a set of five Monokuma Dolls wearing the COMP device.

Appearances in Other Media[edit | edit source]

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Monokuma wearing a COMP

Demon - Magic (Fusion Spell) - Battle Stats - Damage - Experience - Level - Element - Extra Skills - Critical - Status effects - Macca - Yen - Magnetite - Incense - Alignment - Moon Phase System - Demon Summoning Program (COMP) - Cathedral of Shadows (Fusion - Skill Inheritance - Accidents / Special / Three-demon / Sacrificial / Sword) - Demonic Compendium - Evolution - Special conversation - Rag's Jewelry - Code Breaker - Turn Press - New Game Plus - Ultimate Boss - Streetpass - Password - Difficulty - Skill Mutation
Shin Megami Tensei series
Terminal - Guardian (if...) - RTS (NINE) - Magatama (3) - Reason (3) - EX Missions (SJ) - Challenge Quest (4) - Whisper event (4) - Smirk (4) - Barrier (4) - Partners (4A)
Devil Summoner series
Loyalty - Personality - Mystic Change - Nemechi (SH) - Case Files (RKKA)
Majin Tensei series
Rank - Affinity (2) - Arcana (Ronde)
Persona series
Shadows / Personas (Initial / Prime / Ultimate / Ancestor / Reverse / Sub) - Skill Card - Totem (1) - Type/Subtype (1+2) - Affinity (1+2) - Rank (1+2) - Mystic Change (1+2+5) - One More (3-5) - Growth Rate (1+2) - Unknown Power (1+EP) - Personality (1+2, 5) - Material Card (2) - Mutation (2) - All-Out Attack (Cut-in) - Heart Item (3) - Shuffle Time (3+4) - Daily Life (3-5) - Calendar (3-5) - Social Stats (3-5) - Social Link (3+4) - Tactics (3-5) - Requests (3-5;Q+Q2) - Arcana Chance (4) - Forecasts (Fusion / Weather) (4+5) - Guard (3P+4+5) - Boost (Q+Q2) - Power Spot (Q+Q2) - F.O.E (Q+Q2) - Confidant (5) - Technical (5) Treasure Demon (5) - Party Switch (5) - Disaster Shadow (5R) - Fusion alarm (5R) - Persona Traits (5R) - Third Eye (5)
Devil Children series
Trainer - Bank - BattleNet - Relic Fusion - Power Fusion - Powers
Digital Devil Saga series
Berserk Mode (2)
Devil Survivor series
Devil Auction - Extra Turn Battle - Skill Crack - Titles (DSO / DS2 / RB) - Fate System (2) - Add-On (2)
Equip Type (GMT:TM) - Class Change (TMS♯FE) - Topic System (TMS♯FE) - Side Quests (TMS♯FE) - Ad-lib Performance (TMS♯FE) - Session (TMS♯FE) - Dual Arts (TMS♯FE)
Kyūyaku Megami Tensei
Playable Protagonist - Partner - Friend - Orthrus - Atlas - Naga - Cerberus - Sword Knight - Baal - Lucifer - Ahura Mazda
Non-Playable Pazuzu - Hiroko - Mora - Mr. Suzuki - Bael - Masakado - Asmodeus - Izanagi - Belial - Izanami - Moloch - Belphegor - Mitra - Astaroth - Beelzebub - YHVH
Devil Busters Micon - Tower of Daedalus
Tokyo Keihin Shelter No. 3 - Haneda - Shinagawa - Ariake - Shiba - Tokyo Tower - Roppongi - Shibuya - Ginza - Ginza Underpass - Korakuen - Ikebukuro - Ueno - Shinjuku - Nakano - Intelligence Building - Island of Dreams - Zaratan - Bael's Castle - Ground Zero - Suzuki Company Ltd.
Expanse Valley of Despair - Fields of Lunacy - Lands of Rage - Forest of Confusion - Mountain of Horror - Remote Island - Lucifer's Temple
Other River Styx - Hades - Garbage Mountain
Terminology Great Cataclysm - Order of Messiah - Deva Cult - Devil Busters - Demon Summoning Program (COMP / Magnetite) - Cathedral of Shadows (Fusion / Three-demon fusion) - Terminal - Rag's Jewelry - Code Breaker - Sabbath - Seven Pillars of Solomon
Archives Demons - Bosses - Items - Skills
Playable Characters Protagonist - Heroine - Law Hero - Chaos Hero - Pascal
Non-Playable Characters Stephen - Ozawa - Yuriko - Old Man - Gotou - Ambassador Thorman - En no Ozuno - Louis Cyphre
Locations Tokyo - Kichijoji - Shinjuku - Ichigaya - Diamond Realm - Shibuya - Roppongi - Ginza Underpass - Ginza - Tokyo Tower - Shinagawa - Ikebukuro - Ueno - Tokyo Destinyland - Basilica - River Styx
Terminology Terminal - Alignment - Ring of Gaea - Order of Messiah - Great Cataclysm - Sword fusion - Four Heavenly Kings
Soundtracks Shin Megami Tensei Sound Collection
Archives Demons - Bosses - Skills - Items
Playable Characters Aleph/Hawk - Hiroko - Beth - Cerberus - Lucifer - Satan
Non-Playable Characters Okamoto - Gimmel - Zayin - Stephen - Haneda - Daleth - Red Bear - Madam - Hanada - The Center's Bishop - The Four Elders - Mekata - Puck - Hanoun - Mutant Elder - Hiruko - Taira no Masakado - Siren - Petersen - Michael - Raphael - Uriel - Gabriel - Fake YHVH - Seth - Virocana - Ozawa - Gotou - Gemori - Astaroth (Ishtar / Ashtar) - Kuzuryu - YHVH
Locations Tokyo Millennium - Underworld - Expanse - Eden - Diamond Realm - River Styx
Terminology Millennium Kingdom - Great Cataclysm - Order of Messiah - Ring of Gaea - Terminal - Sword fusion - Identification Program - Summon Doll - Seven Pillars of Solomon - Sabbath - Abaddon's Innards - Megiddo Arc
Content Demons - Bosses - Skills - Items
Main Flynn - Isabeau - Jonathan - Walter - Burroughs
Supporting Hope - Issachar - Gabby - Hugo - K - Tayama - Kaga - Hikaru - Fujiwara - Skins - Stephen - Black Samurai - The White - Kiyoharu - Akira - Kenji - Aquila - Ahazuya Mikado - Charon - Mido - Minako - Lucifer - Merkabah - Masakado - Terminal Guardian - Gina - Stan - Al-mi'raj - Asuma - Ys
Locations Eastern Kingdom of Mikado - Mikado Castle - Naraku - Kiccigiorgi - Tokyo - Ueno - Chiyoda - Shinjuku - Ikebukuro - Kagome Tower - Shibuya - Roppongi - Ginza - Tsukiji Hongwanji - Midtown - Reverse Hills - Camp Ichigaya - Blasted Tokyo - Pluto Castle - Infernal Tokyo - Monochrome Forest - Tokyo Bay - Minami Sunamachi - Purgatorium - Lucifer Palace - River Styx
Organizations Samurai - Hunter Association - Ashura-kai - Ring of Gaea - National Defense Divinities - Counter Demon Force
Terminology COMP - Gauntlet Rite - Turn Press Battle - Smirk - Domain - Horde - Terminal - Cathedral of Shadows - Red Pill - Hunter - Yamato Perpetual Reactor - Whisper event - Demonoid - Neurisher - Cocoon - Streetpass
Lists Demons (Evolutions - Special Fusions) - Bosses - Skills - Items - Apps - Quests - Translations
Other Media
Games Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse
Production Original Soundtrack
Publication DEMONIC GENE - -Prayers- - Artbook
Playable Protagonist - Kyouji Kuzunoha - Rei Reiho
Non-Playable Redman - Kumiko Hatano - Charon - Mary Kisaragi - Dr. Victor - Hideo Momochi - "T-Shirt" Isono - Professor Azuma - Madame Ginko - Chen Jianmin - Colonel Cooper Smith - Mayor Fujiwara - Dr. Thrill - DB Busters

Takashi - Sid Davis - Atsushi Nakagome - Tenzan Tendou - Seichii Yamashiro - Inaruna
Asahi Azuma's House - Casa Inui - Hikawa Shrine
Seaside Park Hospital - Public Library - Museum
Mount Kasagi Mount Kasagi - Kitayama University - Chuang Kasagi
Yarai Amusement Park - Yaraiginza - Kuzunoha Detective Agency - Toa TV Station - Radio Tower - Chinatown
Hibari Hills Kumiko's House - Tenzan Tendou's Mansion
Chuo Police Station - New City Hall - Evil Forest - Inaruna's Tomb
Other Fake Astral Plane - Avīci Hell - Sewer - Alien Dimension - River Styx
Soundtracks Sound File - Special Box Premium Music CD
Terminology Personality - Loyalty - Mystic Change - Alien Dimension - Dolly Kadmon
Lists Demons - Bosses - Skills - Items
Playable Protagonist - Urabe Kouichirou - Nemissa - Zeed - Judah Singh - Naomi - Frost Five
Spookies Hitomi Tono - Spooky - Lunch - Six - Yū-ichi
Phantom Society Finnegan - Carol J - Mayone - Nishi - Kadokura - Shemyaza - Satanael
Other Kinap - Protagonist's Father - Protagonist's Mother - Tomoko - Dr. Victor - Mary - Muramasa - Dr. Thrill - Moowis - Rei Reiho - Winpe - Lunch's Father - Juggler - Sukeroku - Madame Ginko - Erika - Romero - Malsum - Manitou
Extra Dungeon Inui - Sid Davis - "Kyouji Kuzunoha" - Raidou Kuzunoha the XIV - Gouto-Douji - Raido Kuzunoha the XIV - Goto-Douji - Soulless God Oumagatsu
Shibahama South Parking Garage - Hotel Goumaden - Shibahama Core - EL-115
Nikamimon Algon NS Building - Algon Main Building - Amami Monolith - Nikamimon Ruins - Primate Intelligence Lab
Akenedai Astro Museum - Akane Mall
Amami Bay Bay Warehouses - Amami Airport - Amami Float - Sea Ark
Yurashima Leon Automotive Plant - Yurashima Depot - Algon Microelectronics - Amami Bypass
Paradigm X Pet Shop - VR Art Museum - VR Haunted Mansion - VR Park
Bonus Dungeons Corridor of Time - Extra Dungeon
Terminology Devil Summoner - Dark Summoner - GUMP - Spookies - Algon Soft - Phantom Society - Nemechi - Loyalty - Personality - Sword Fusion - Mystic Change - Vision Quest - Carrier
Lists Demons - Bosses - Skills - Items - Software - Ailments - Minor Characters
Other Media
Games Intruder - New Generation
Various Original Soundtrack - Nightmare of the Butterfly - Demon Compendium Second Collection
Songs #X
Overclocked - Manga
Playable Characters Protagonist - Atsuro Kihara - Yuzu Tanikawa - Naoya - Amane Kuzuryu - Keisuke Takagi - Midori Komaki - Mari Mochizuki - Kaido - Black Frost - Gin - Misaki Izuna
Non-Playable Characters Haru - Shomonkai Founder - Gigolo - Yasuyuki Honda - Shoji - Azuma - Commander Fushimi - Beldr - Jezebel - Belzaboul - Belberith - Metatron - Okuninushi
Locations Shibuya - Aoyama - Roppongi - Ikebukuro - Akasaka Tunnel - Omotesando - Shinjuku - Akihabara - Nagata-Cho - Shiba Park - Ueno - Kudanshita - Asakusa - Kanda
Music Devil Survivor OST Remix - Reset - Soul Survive
Terminology Extra Turn Battle - COMPs - Shomonkai - Tokyo Lockdown - Demon Summoning Program - Laplace Mail - Death Clock - King of Bel - Devil Auction - Skill Crack - Racial Skill - Auto Skill - Demon World - Four Devas
Archives Demons (DeSu - DSO) - Skills (DeSu - DSO) - Status Ailments - Titles - Endings
Record Breaker - The Animation - Thursday 23:54
Playable Protagonist - Daichi Shijima - Io Nitta - Yuzuru Akie - Hinako Kujou - Keita Wakui - Airi Ban - Jungo Torii - Fumi Kanno - Makoto Sako - Otome Yanagiya - Yamato Hotsuin - Ronaldo Kuriki - Anguished One - Miyako Hotsuin
Non-Playable Tico (Male / Female) - Dera-Deka - Koharu - Jungo's Cat - Polaris - Canopus
Tokyo Tokyo Tower - Sunset Blvd - Diet Building - Akasaka Palace - Cine City Plaza - Sky Tower - Karamachi - Terminal - Bugeikan Arena - Central Gate - Sengakuji - Eikokuji
Osaka Tsuutenkaku - Main Branch (JP's) - Festival Gate - Bickman - Ebisu Bridge - Sankyu Line
Nagoya TV Tower - Planetarium - Gold Clock - Centering Park - Nagoya Branch (JP's) - Parking Garage
Other Fukuoka Tenjin - Sapporo - Akasha Stratum - Stake Terminal - Providence
Terminology Extra Turn Battle - Demon Tamers - Devil Auction - Fate System - JP's - Nicaea β ver. - Septentriones - Racial Skill - Auto Skill - Skill Crack - Demon Summoning App - Add-On - Dragon Stream - Terminal - Administrator - Akashic Record - Void - Triangulum - Astrolabe
Lists Demons - Skills - Ailments - Titles (RB)- Translations
Other Media
Songs "Mugen no Sekai" - "Take Your Way" - "Be"
Publications -Show Your Free Will- - The Animation Manga - Cetus's Prequel
Mobile Games The Extra World
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