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


The Emperor Arcana (皇帝?) is a recurring Arcana in the Persona series.


"The Arcana is the means by which all is revealed...
Only courage in the face of doubt can lead one to the answer..."
—Nyx Avatar, Persona 3

In tarot readings, the Emperor symbolizes the desire to control one's surroundings, and its appearance could suggest that one is trying too hard to achieve this, possibly causing trouble for others; some elements in life are just not controllable.

Gameplay-wise, the Personas of the Emperor Arcana are Personas typically excelling in lightning-based and physical attacks; these Personas are almost always kings or emperor figures, but may simply be important male figures and deities. Typically, the king of a mythological pantheon is of the Emperor Arcana.

Within the Persona universe, characters of the Emperor Arcana are often male leaders or father figures (or both). Often times, the Emperor character is troubled by something very personal and doesn't know how to deal with it.


List of Personas

Megami Ibunroku Persona

The Emperor Arcana is represented by the Protagonist.

Persona Level
PSP Revelations
Seimen Kongou Starion 5 (Initial Persona of the Protagonist)
Airgetlam Pawn 12
Brahma * Brax 23
Marduk Ug 34
Odin Odin 43
Baal Bard 55
Amen-Ra * Ra 62 (Ultimate Persona of the Protagonist)
Vishnu * Ashura 86

Persona 2

Innocent Sin

Persona Level
Airgetlam 9
Marduk 28
Baal 37
Huracan 49
Indra 50
Odin * 55
Vishnu * 86

Eternal Punishment

Persona Level
Airgetlam 9
Marduk 28
Baal 37
Hurakan 45
Indra 52
Odin * 65
Lugh 72
Vishnu * 86

Persona 3

The Emperor Arcana is represented by Hidetoshi Odagiri, from Gekkoukan High School's Student Council.

The social link for this Arcana can be started on April 27 when the Protagonist talks to Ms. Toriumi about joining the student council. Council meetings are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Upon completing the Social Link, the protagonist gains access to the ultimate form of the Emperor Arcana, Odin, "the Storm God."

The Emperor Arcana is also the Persona Arcana of Akihiko Sanada, the member of SEES.

Persona Level
Polydeuces Initial Persona of Akihiko Sanada
Caesar Ultimate Persona of Akihiko Sanada
Forneus 7
Oberon 15
Take-Mikazuchi 24
King Frost 30
Raja Naga 36
Kingu 46
Barong 52
Odin 57

Persona 4

The Emperor Arcana is represented by Kanji Tatsumi, who goes to the same school as the protagonist. Kanji is introduced partway through the game as a first-year student who often gets into fights and into trouble with the local law enforcement. As the protagonist attends the social link, Kanji reveals that he enjoys sewing and other crafts but has kept those interests hidden because of peer pressure. Kanji lost his father early in life and has since struggled to understand what it means to "be a man." Later in the social link, he meets a young boy whose whole family takes a liking to Kanji's hand-sewn dolls. This experience eventually gives him the confidence to accept his strengths and interests despite public opinion. Rather, instead of letting people say what they want, Kanji will work towards making sure he is properly understood.

Kanji's initial Persona is Take-Mikazuchi. At the maximum social link, Take-Mikazuchi transforms into its ultimate form, Rokuten Maoh.

Leveling the Emperor Arcana up to Lv. 3 allows Kanji to learn his distinct follow-up move, Atomic Press. This attack strikes all enemies with a high percentage of dealing critical damage, which results in a Down status and the potential for an All-Out Attack. The follow-up move occurs at random and only after the protagonist has rendered a separate target Down first (and at least one other target is not currently Down).

In Persona 4 Golden, Kanji can unlock a third-tier persona: Takeji Zaiten. This is done by initiating Social Link meeting at any point after 1/10 if the Emperor Arcana is at Rank 10. ​​​​

Persona Level
Take-Mikazuchi Initial Persona of Kanji Tatsumi
Rokuten Maoh Ultimate Persona of Kanji Tatsumi
Takeji Zaiten Third-tier Persona of the Kanji Tatsumi
Oberon 12
King Frost 22
Setanta 34
Okuninushi 41
Thoth 45
Pabilsag 51
Barong 65
Odin 74

Persona 4 Arena

The Emperor Arcana is represented by Kanji Tatsumi and Akihiko Sanada, and their Personas, Take-Mikazuchi and Caesar.

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

Persona Level
Polydeuces Akihiko Sanada's Initial Persona
Caesar Akihiko Sanada's Ultimate Persona
Take-Mikazuchi Kanji Tatsumi's Initial Persona
Rokuten Maoh Kanji Tatsumi's Ultimate Persona
Oberon 9
Setanta 18
King Frost 25
Oukuninushi 34
Thoth 41
Pabilsag 46
Kingu 60
Barong 65
Odin 72

Persona 5

The Emperor Arcana is represented by the Confidant with Yusuke Kitagawa, which ranks up as the protagonist interacts with him. This Confidant unlocks Skill Card duplication and various team member skills for Yusuke as it ranks up.

As the Confidant reaches maximum Yusuke's Persona, Goemon, will transmogrify into Kamu Susano-O. Completing the Emperor Arcana Confidant will also bestow the ultimate form of the Arcana, Odin.

In Persona 5 Royal, if the Emperor Arcana confidant is maxed out and the protagonist chooses to reject the false reality during the events of the third semester, Yusuke Kitagawa will unlock his third tier Persona: Gorokichi, but fusing Goemon and Kamu Susano-O.

Persona Level
Goemon Initial Persona of Yusuke Kitagawa
Kamu Susano-O Ultimate Persona of Yusuke Kitagawa
Gorokichi Third-tier Persona of Yusuke Kitagawa
Regent 10
Eligor 16
Setanta 28
Thoth 36
Okuninushi 44
Barong 52
King Frost 61
Oberon 66
Baal 75
Odin 82

Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth

Persona Level
Goemon Yusuke Kitagawa's Initial Persona
Take-Mikazuchi Kanji Tatsumi's Initial Persona
Polydeuces Akihiko Sanada's Initial Persona
Kamu Susano-O Yusuke Kitagawa's Ultimate Persona
Rokuten Maoh Kanji Tatsumi's Ultimate Persona
Caesar Akihiko Sanada's Ultimate Persona
Anzu 4
Oberon 10
Power 18
Okuninushi 25
King Frost 34
Thoth 44
Ganesha 51
Barong 58
Baal 65
Odin 71
Huang Di ° 89

List of Demons

Persona 2

Innocent Sin

Persona Level
Odin 55

Eternal Punishment

Persona Level
Odin 65

Card Designs

Emperor IS.png
Persona 2
Persona 3 FES
P5 Emperor arcana cooperation.png
Persona 5

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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