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Datsue-Ba is a demon in the series.

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Datsue-Ba (奪衣婆*)? is a Japanese demoness who looks like a hag. She robs the clothes of the dead before they cross the Sanzu River to Yomi, the netherworld. The sins of the dead souls are determined by the weight of their clothes, much like the role of Anubis in Egyptian myth.

Appearances

Profile

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne

"A demoness in Japanese mythology. She rips the clothes off those crossing the river Sanzu who don't have the money to pay the boat fare. She then hangs them on the tree Enryou-ju to weigh their sin."
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne profile

Datsue-Ba is an NPC resident of the Shinjuku Medical Center Annex and will tell the Demi-fiend's fortune when prompted. She also appears in Shibuya, commenting on the hangout area being called a club. Datsue-Ba will also appear as an enemy in random encounters in Shibuya and Ginza.

Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE

"A monster appearing in Japanese legends. She appears as an old woman with a piercing gaze that makes even the innocent tremble.
In Japanese folklore, when people die, they must cross the Sanzu River to reach the afterlife. Datsue-Ba sits on the edge of this river and tears off the clothes of the dead as they arrive. She then hangs them on a tree to measure the weight of their sins. How far the tree bends determines where they are allowed to cross the river.
She is sometimes described as the wife of Yama, king of the dead."
Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE compendium

Datsue-Ba can be contracted during the day in Ueno and in most cars of the Old Tokyo Metro instance. She appears alongside Kikuri-Hime when she acts as a boss in Old Ichigaya Camp's bronze-level instance.

Stats

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne

Race Level HP MP
Strength --
Magic --
Vitality --
Agility --
Luck --
Femme 7 72
45
Reflects Absorbs Void Resists Weak
- - Mind/Nerve - Electricity
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect
Shibaboo 5 MP 65% bind to one foe. Nerve-type.
Needle Rush none Medium physical damage to one foe.
Dormina 9 MP 30% sleep to all foes. Mind-type.

Race Level HP MP
Strength 4
Magic 8
Vitality 5
Agility 4
Luck 6
Femme 7 72
45
Reflects Absorbs Void Resists Weak
- - Mind/Nerve - Electricity
Obtainable Normal recruit or fusion
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Needle Rush 10% HP Medium physical damage to one foe. Innate
Shibaboo 5 MP 65% bind to one foe. Nerve-type. Innate
Haggle Interrupt Requests target to lower bribe cost. 8
Bufu 3 MP Small ice damage and 20% freeze to one foe. 9
Patra 5 MP Removes bind, sleep or panic from one ally. 10
Dormina 9 MP 30% sleep to all foes. Mind-type. 11

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In Other Languages

Language Name
Flag of the United States English Datsue-Ba
Flag of Japan Japanese ダツエバ (Datsueba)
Flag of France French Datsue-Ba
Flag of Italy Italian Datsue-Ba
Flag of Germany German Datsue-Ba
Flag of Spain Spanish Datsue-Ba

Trivia

  • The tall stick worn on Datsue-ba's forehead is known as "itatoba" (板塔婆) or "sotoba" (卒塔婆), a kind of wooden grave post commonly seen in Buddhist graveyards in Japan. It is modeled after the stupa, the mound which preserves the remains of Gautama Buddha. Text on itatoba is commonly written in Siddhaṃ script.


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