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Dire Shadows (剛魔, Gouma)? is an umbrella term for a group of powerful Shadows in Persona 5 Strikers.

Overview

Dire Shadows are optional, powerful Shadows that haunt the Jails, requiring heavy firepower in order to take down, with one Dire Shadow being found in each Jail.

Out of combat, they resemble the various sealed Shadows that cover the Jails' security system that the Phantom Thieves of Hearts fight, with clear distinctions:

  • Their bodies are larger than the ones seen in typical circumstances, and are wrapped in light blue electric sparks.
  • They ignore their surroundings. They don't move nor do they react to the Phantom Thieves if ever approached; they stand in place until they are attacked by the party.
  • They are usually located in places where the Phantom Thieves have a hard time to use Phantom Dashes effectively, if at all.

In combat, they resemble specific Shadows but colored almost completely black with glowing yellow eyes, and are tremendously strong and incredibly resilient, with different skill sets and elemental affinities compared to their normal counterparts.

When defeated in standard save files, Dire Shadows drop a stat-boosting accessory, and do not respawn afterwards. If defeated in New Game Plus save files on Merciless Difficulty, each one will drop the most powerful weapon for one of the party members except for the protagonist, whose ultimate weapon lies elsewhere. Dire Shadows additionally respawn on New Game+ save files while on Merciless difficulty after defeat.

Defeating all Dire Shadows once also awards the "Who Dares Wins" and "The Most Daring of All" Trophies on the PlayStation 4 version of the game.

List of Dire Shadows

Shibuya Jail - Killer Teddy Bear

Arcana Level HP Stagger Gauge
Strength --
Magic --
Endurance --
Agility --
Luck --
- ?? ??
4
Phys Gun Fire Ice Elec Wind Psy Nuke Bless Curse Almi
- - - - Weak Weak Drain Drain - Weak -
EXP Yen Battle Drop Negotiation Items
8,820 (Main Story) 15,960 (Main Story) Tyche Charm (Main Story)
Eckesachs (NG+/Merciless)
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List of Skills
Skill Effect
Bloodbath Medium Physical damage to a wide range. Low chance of Fear.
God's Hand Colossal Physical damage to a narrow range.
Mapsio Medium Psy damage to a wide range. Technical dmg: Mental ailment.
Psiodyne Heavy Psy damage to an area of foes. Technical dmg: Mental ailment.
Mafreidyne Heavy Nuclear damage to a wide range. Technical dmg: Burn/Freeze/Shock.

The Dire Shadow of the Shibuya Jail can be found in Bunkamachi, looking at the doorway of the Prison Keep's main entrance. It resembles the standard Guard Shadows when out of combat.

As this Dire Shadow not only drains Nuclear and Psychokinetic skills but uses them as well, it is ill-advised to put Makoto and Haru in the active party.

When defeated under normal circumstances, this Dire Shadow drops the Tyche Charm accessory, which boosts the wearer's Luck stat by 10. When defeated in NG+ save files on Merciless difficulty, this Dire Shadow drops Eckesachs, the ultimate weapon for Morgana.

Sendai Jail - Snake King

Arcana Level HP Stagger Gauge
Strength --
Magic --
Endurance --
Agility --
Luck --
- ?? ??
4
Phys Gun Fire Ice Elec Wind Psy Nuke Bless Curse Almi
- - Weak Weak Drain Drain - - Weak - -
EXP Yen Battle Drop Negotiation Items
8.960 (Main Story) 15,960 (Main Story) Gaia Belt (Main Story)
Ukonvasaras (NG+/Merciless)
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List of Skills
Skill Effect
Swift Strike Light Physical damage to a wide range 3x to 4x.
Mazionga Medium Elec damage to a wide area of foes. Rare chance of Shock.
Thunder Reign Severe Elec damage to an area of foe. Rare chance of Shock.
Magarudyne Heavy Wind damage to a wide range. Technical dmg: Burn.

The Dire Shadow of the Sendai Jail can be found in West Garden, further past the Rain Shrine facing the street. It resembles the Commander Shadow guards when out of combat.

As this Dire Shadow not only drains Wind and Electricity skills but uses them as well, it is recommended to avoid putting Morgana and Ryuji in the active party.

When defeated under normal circumstances, the Snake King drops the Gaia Belt accessory, which boosts the wearer's Endurance stat by 10. When defeated in NG+ save files on Merciless difficulty, it will drop Ukonvasara, the ultimate weapon for Ryuji.

Sapporo Jail - Harlot of Desire

Arcana Level HP Stagger Gauge
Strength --
Magic --
Endurance --
Agility --
Luck --
- ?? ??
4
Phys Gun Fire Ice Elec Wind Psy Nuke Bless Curse Almi
- - Drain Drain Drain Drain Weak Weak Weak Weak -
EXP Yen Battle Drop Negotiation Items
9,100 (Main Story) 16,344 (Main Story) Wizard Amulet (Main Story)
Sea of Stars Whip (NG+/Merciless)
-
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Agidyne Heavy Fire damage to an area of foes. Rare chance of Burn.
Bufudyne Heavy Ice damage to an area of foes. Rare chance of Freeze.
Zionga Medium Elec damage to an area of foe. Rare chance of Shock.
Magarudyne Heavy Wind damage to a wide range. Technical dmg: Burn.
Spirit Drain Drain SP from one foe. Almighty-type.
Nocturnal Flash Medium chance of Dizzy to a wide area of foes.

The Dire Shadow of the Sapporo Jail can be found in the Sapporo Clocktower, on the crossroad in the northwest part of the map. It resembles the Soldier Shadow guards when out of combat.

As this Dire Shadow drains a grand total of 4 different elemental skill sets, it is better advised to put Haru, Makoto, and Sophia on the active team. It also summons a snowstorm when engaged, though the only effect it has is "merely" halving visibility, going away upon its defeat.

When defeated under normal circumstances, this Dire Shadow drops the Wizard Amulet accessory, which boosts the wearer's Magic stat by 10. When defeated in NG+ save files on Merciless difficulty, this Dire Shadow drops the Sea of Stars Whip, the ultimate weapon for Ann.

Okinawa Jail - Wandering Reviver

Arcana Level HP Stagger Gauge
Strength --
Magic --
Endurance --
Agility --
Luck --
- ?? ??
4
Phys Gun Fire Ice Elec Wind Psy Nuke Bless Curse Almi
- - Weak - Weak Weak - - Drain Drain -
EXP Yen Battle Drop Negotiation Items
9,380 (Main Story) 29,560 (Main Story) Atlas Anklet (Main Story)
Ame-no-Habakiri (NG+/Merciless)
-
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Bloodbath Medium Physical damage to a wide range. Low chance of Fear.
Brain Buster Heavy Physical damage to a wide range. Low chance of Brainwash.
Hamaon Medium chance of insta-kill to an area of foes. Bless-type.
Maeiga Medium Curse damage to a wide area of foes.
Eigaon Heavy Curse damage to an area of foes.
Mamudoon Medium chance of insta-kill to a wide area of foes. Curse-type.
Life Leech Drains 150 HP from 1 foe.

The Dire Shadow of the Okinawa Jail can be found in the lower right corner mapwise of the Storage Area, in close proximity to the Lab: North Checkpoint. It resembles the Soldier Shadow guards when out of combat.

As this Dire Shadow is equipped with both insta-kill Skills for both Bless and Curse, it is best advised to put on Life Pocketbooks on Ann, Morgana and Ryuji to nullify the chances of getting killed by Hama or Mudo, with the accessory being an uncommon drop from defeated enemies from the Sendai Jail, while Joker uses a Persona that can nullify Bless and Curse attacks, to ensure one doesn't burn through one too many reviving items or wasting SP with Recarm/Samarecarm.

When defeated under normal circumstances, this Dire Shadow drops the Atlas Anklet accessory, which boosts the wearer's Strength stat by 10. When defeated in NG+ save files on Merciless difficulty, this Dire Shadow drops Ame-no-Habakiri, the ultimate weapon for Yusuke.

Kyoto Jail - Sun's Emissary

Arcana Level HP Stagger Gauge
Strength --
Magic --
Endurance --
Agility --
Luck --
- ?? ??
4
Phys Gun Fire Ice Elec Wind Psy Nuke Bless Curse Almi
- - Weak Weak Drain Drain - Weak - - -
EXP Yen Battle Drop Negotiation Items
9,520 (Main Story) 25,344 (Main Story) Skanda Socks (Main Story)
Royal Touch (NG+/Merciless)
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List of Skills
Skill Effect
Zionga Medium Elec damage to an area of foe. Rare chance of Shock.
Maziodyne Heavy Elec damage to a wide area of foes. Rare chance of Shock.
Magarula Medium Wind damage to a wide range. Technical dmg: Burn.
Garudyne Heavy Wind damage to an area of foes. Technical dmg: Burn.
Panta Rhei Severe Wind damage to an area of foes. Technical dmg: Burn.

The Dire Shadow of the Kyoto Jail can be found in the Mother Fox Shrine area. It resembles the Drone Shadow guards when out of combat.

Like with the Sendai Dire Shadow, this Dire Shadow is equipped with both Wind and Electric skills and can drain them too, so Morgana and Ryuji should hang back. Unlike other Jails, this Dire Shadow is placed in an arena riffed with opportunities for Phantom Dash attacks.

When defeated under normal circumstances, this Dire Shadow drops the Skanda Socks accessory, which boosts the wearer's Speed stat by 10. When defeated in NG+ save files on Merciless difficulty, this Dire Shadow drops Royal Touch, the ultimate weapon for Makoto.

Osaka Jail - War-Hungry Horseman

Arcana Level HP Stagger Gauge
Strength --
Magic --
Endurance --
Agility --
Luck --
- ?? ??
4
Phys Gun Fire Ice Elec Wind Psy Nuke Bless Curse Almi
- - Drain Drain Weak - - - Weak Weak -
EXP Yen Battle Drop Negotiation Items
9,800 (Main Story) 27,072 (Main Story) Roland Medal (Main Story)
Parashu (NG+/Merciless)
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List of Skills
Skill Effect
Lunge Light Physical damage to a narrow range.
Vorpal Blade Severe Physical damage to a wide range.
Gigantomachia Colossal Physical damage to a wide range.
Maragidyne Heavy Fire damage to a wide area of foes. Rare chance of Burn.
Mabufudyne Heavy Ice damage to a wide area of foes. Rare chance of Freeze.
Tarukaja Temporarily increase attack power for one ally.

The Dire Shadow of the Osaka Jail can be found in Mt. Mashirao, not far from a replenishing chest and the Prison Keep. It resembles the Hound Shadow guards when out of combat.

Like with the Sapporo Dire Shadow, this Dire Shadow is equipped with both Fire and Ice skills and can drain them too, so Ann and Yusuke should hang back, though it doesn't drain Electricity and Wind. Unlike other Jails, this Dire Shadow is placed in an area with opportunities for Psychokinetic-charged Phantom Dash attacks, making mental ailments key here. That being said, this Dire Shadow is a mostly Physical-oriented one, using its elemental spells more as a way to shake off Thieves that get too close.

When defeated under normal circumstances, this Dire Shadow drops the Roland Medal accessory, which boosts all of the wearer's stats by 5. When defeated in NG+ save files on Merciless difficulty, this Dire Shadow drops Parashu, the ultimate weapon for Haru.

Jail of the Abyss - Dark Sun

Arcana Level HP Stagger Gauge
Strength --
Magic --
Endurance --
Agility --
Luck --
- ?? ??
4
Phys Gun Fire Ice Elec Wind Psy Nuke Bless Curse Almi
- - - Weak - - Drain Drain Weak Weak -
EXP Yen Battle Drop Negotiation Items
9,940 (Main Story) 36,120 (Main Story) Star Sticker (Main Story)
Elpis (NG+/Merciless)
-
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Tempest Slash Miniscule Physical damage to a narrow range 3x to 5x.
Vicious Strike Medium Physical damage to a wide range.
Mapsiodyne Heavy Psy damage to a wide range. Technical dmg: Mental ailment.
Mafreila Medium Nuclear damage to a wide range. Technical dmg: Burn/Freeze/Shock.
Freidyne Heavy Nuclear damage to an area of foes. Technical dmg: Burn/Freeze/Shock.

The Dire Shadow of the Jail of the Abyss can be found not too terribly far from the main entrance of the Jail, appearing after the Tree of Knowledge appears, due to the initial inability to leave the Jail. It resembles the Commander Shadow guards when out of combat.

Like with the Shibuya Dire Shadow, this Dire Shadow is equipped with both Nuclear and Psychokinetic skills and can drain them too, so Makoto and Haru should hang back. Unlike other Jails, this Dire Shadow is placed in an area with opportunities for Phantom Dash attacks.

When defeated under normal circumstances, this Dire Shadow drops the Star Sticker accessory, which has a very high Showtime Gauge bolster rate. When defeated in NG+ save files on Merciless difficulty, this Dire Shadow drops Elpis, the ultimate weapon for Sophia.

Tree of Knowledge - Heavenly Punisher

Arcana Level HP Stagger Gauge
Strength --
Magic --
Endurance --
Agility --
Luck --
- ?? ??
4
Phys Gun Fire Ice Elec Wind Psy Nuke Bless Curse Almi
- - - Weak - - Weak Weak Drain Drain -
EXP Yen Battle Drop Negotiation Items
10,000 (Main Story) 39,000 (Main Story) Hachiman Belt (Main Story)
Curtana (NG+/Merciless)
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List of Skills
Skill Effect
Giant Slice Medium Physical damage to a narrow range.
Oni-Kagura Medium Physical damage to a wide range. Low chance of Rage.
Megaton Raid Severe Physical damage to a narrow range.
Makougaon Heavy Bless damage to a wide range.
Maeigaon Heavy Curse damage to a wide area of foes.

The Dire Shadow of the Tree of Knowledge, the final Dire Shadow, can be found just a stone's throw away from the Path of Yearning Checkpoint, close to the Path of Surrender entrance, and appears after leaving the Jail once the final Calling Card is sent. It resembles the Torturer Shadow guards when out of combat.

Like with the Okinawa Dire Shadow, this Dire Shadow is equipped with both Bless and Curse skills and can drain them too, so have Sophia hang back. Unlike the Okinawa Dire Shadow, it doesn't have any of the insta-kill skills, though like its kin from Osaka, it is a largely Physical-oriented foe.

When defeated under normal circumstances, this Dire Shadow drops the Hachiman Belt accessory, which has a medium chance of reducing any Physical damage. When defeated in NG+ save files on Merciless difficulty, this Dire Shadow drops Curtana, the ultimate weapon for Zenkichi.

Characters
Playable Protagonist - Morgana - Ryuji Sakamoto - Ann Takamaki - Yusuke Kitagawa - Makoto Niijima - Futaba Sakura - Haru Okumura - Sophia - Zenkichi Hasegawa
Major Targets Alice Hiiragi - Ango Natsume - Mariko Hyodo - Akane Hasegawa - Akira Konoe - Kuon Ichinose - EMMA / False God Demiurge
Other Lavenza - Sojiro Sakura - Miyako Kaburagi - Shuzo Ubukata‎‎ - Jyun Owada - Aoi Hasegawa - Sae Niijima - Akane's Joker
Locations
Japan Yongen-Jaya (Café Leblanc) - Shibuya - Sendai - Sapporo - Okinawa - Kyoto - Osaka - Tokyo (Tokyo Tower)
Akasaka Mitsuke - Aoyama-Itchome (Shujin Academy) - Ogikubo - Fukuoka - Yokohama
Jail Shibuya Jail - Sendai Jail - Sapporo Jail - Okinawa Jail - Kyoto Jail - Osaka Jail - Jail of the Abyss - Tree of Knowledge
Other Velvet Room
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack
Songs "You Are Stronger" - "Daredevil" - "Life Will Change" - "What You Wish For" - "Axe to Grind" - "Counter Strike" - "Beneath the Mask" - "Last Surprise" - "Rivers in the Desert" - "Towards a Dream"
Archives & Terminology
Story Persona - Persona User - Shadow - Shadow Self (Monarch) - Treasure Demon - I am thou - Cognition - P. A. D. - Metaverse - Metaverse Navigator - Mask - Wild Card - Phantom Thieves of Hearts - Madicce - Antisocial Force - Police - Calling Card - Change of Heart - General Public - Seven Deadly Sins - Zephyrman
Summer Trip Calendar - Yen - Cooking - Hideout - Shrine
Vendors Shops - Vending Machines - Sophia's Shop - Big Bang Burger
Phantom Life Requests - Third Eye - Security Level - Shadows - Bosses - Lock Keeper - Dire Shadows
Battle Items - Skills - Combo Attacks - Master Arts - Party - Battle Stats - Damage - Accuracy - Experience - Level - Difficulty - Status Changes - Element - Navigator - Party Switch - Baton Pass - One More - Critical - Technical - Follow Up - Protect - Harisen Recovery - Endure - Cut-in - All-Out Attack - Showtime - BOND - Game Over
Velvet Room List of Personas - Fusion - Arcana - Persona Points
System Trophies - Patches and Updates - New Game Plus - Cutscenes
Development
Corporate Atlus Co., Ltd. - Koei Tecmo Games Co., Ltd. - Omega Force
Personnel Daisuke Kaneda - Shigenori Soejima - Atsushi Kitajoh - Lyn Inaizumi - Lotus Juice
Other Media
Events Persona Super Live 2019
Miscellaneous Merchandise
Storyline Mad Rabbit Alice - Nightmare Dragon Ango - Snow Empress Mariko - Akane's Joker - Akira the Hero - Kuon Ichinose (Sophia - Hecantoncheires) - False God Demiurge (EMMA)
Sub Bicorn - Pixie - Archangel - Silky - Mokoi - Succubus - Jack O' Lantern - High Pixie - Lamia - Orthrus - Eligor - Pisaca - Jack Frost - Lilim - Mothman - Setanta - Mithras - Kaiwan - Principality - Shiisaa - Hecantoncheires - Okuninushi - Neko Shogun - Kurama Tengu - Ganesha - Naga - Sarasvati - Valkyrie - Fortuna - Raja Naga - Norn - Thor - Bugs - Mot - Abaddon - Kali & Dominion - Metatron
Dire Shadows Bugs - Raja Naga - Lilith - Nebiros - Yatagarasu - Eligor - Mithras - Archangel
Lock Keeper School Bully - Natsume's Editor - Callous City Employee/Councilman - Warden - Konoe's Father
Requests Seth - Cerberus - King Frost - Black Frost - Siegfried - Mara - Metatron - Reaper
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