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"Furthermore, by using Essences obtained from demons, you can transform you and your allies' skills and affinities."
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A compilation of essences.

Essence (写せ身, Utsusemi)? is a mechanic in Shin Megami Tensei V. They are described as the "copied, astral form" of a demon's abilities.

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Essences generally represent the titular demon's regular properties in the shape of special consumable items (for instance, "Agathion's Essence.") This includes all of their skills and affinities. Essences are the base subject of Essence Fusion, a process accessed within the Apothesis tab.

Essences can be used to modify the skill set of either the protagonist or any ally demons, and even let the protagonist himself the ability to modify his affinity chart. Although skills can be handpicked, letting the party member inherit any skills as pleased, the chart can only be copied in its entirely, which includes weaknesses.

The ability to implement skills is greatly restricted at first, and will need the "Art of Essences" Miracles to unlock the skill pool. Without the miracles, only the demons' innate skills as of their recruitment can be unlocked, with each Art of Essences unlocking the skills they can unlock by leveling up once. The maximum is 3 levels, in which case all skills will be unlocked.

Demons are able to give their own Essences in battle after leveling up and quests, and they can also be found in Treasure Chests and Search Points. Cornered demons in the wild will offer their Essence once a certain Miracle is purchased.

There are also certain Essences of entities that cannot be recruited as party members. There are multiple variants of Aogami, all of which grant their own sets of skills, in addition to the unique skills exclusive to the Nahobino race, or for the party, can only be taught by the protagonist. All unique skills are innate, and as such do not require any additional Miracles to be learned.

Additionally, in the "Return of the True Demon" DLC, the Demi-fiend also has an Essence of his own, that will be dropped upon defeating him.


Characters
Playable Protagonist
Other Aogami - Sophia - Gustave - Goko
Amanozako - Fionn mac Cumhaill - Lahmu - Lucifer
Tao Isonokami - Yuzuru Atsuta - Ichiro Dazai - Miyazu Atsuta - Hayao Koshimizu - Sahori Itsukishima
Abdiel - Khonsu - Vasuki - Zeus - Odin - Shiva
Shohei Yakumo - Nuwa
Demi-fiend - Artemis - Cleopatra - Mephisto
Locations
Tokyo Jouin High School - Shinagawa Station - Takanawa Tunnel - Jozoji
Da'at Minato - Shinagawa - Chiyoda - Taito - Demon King's Castle - Temple of Eternity - Empyrean - Tree of Knowledge
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack
Songs N/A
Archives
Terminology Nahobino - Bethel - Knowledge - Magatsuhi - Shekinah Glory - Demon Summoning Program - Conception
Mechanics Demon - Press Turn - Moon Phase System - Alignment‎ - Negotiation (Dialogue) - Encounters - Fusion - Race and species - Difficulty
Skill Potential - Magatsuhi Skills - Essence - Glory - Miracles - Menorah
World of Shadows - Cadaver's Hollow - Miman - Treasure Boxes - Vending Machines - Demon Statues - Abscess - Magatsuhi Crystals - Leyline Fount - Terminal - Gifts
Lists Bosses - Skills - Items - Status Changes - Quests - Demons
Other Script - Updates
Other Media
Promotion Daily Demon - News
TGS 2021
Other Demon Colosseum - Merchandise
General
Dungeon - Combat - Turn - Action - Level - Experience - Party - Stats - Skills - Items - Equipment - Melee Attack - Ranged Attack - Damage - Guard - Escape - Accuracy - Critical - Multi-hit - Insta-Kill - Ailments - Drops - Encounter - Random Encounters - Symbol Encounters - Ambush - Difficulty
Franchise-wide
Demon - Magic (Fusion Spell) - Affinities - Unique skills - Extra Skills - 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 - Negotiation (Special conversation) - Rag's Jewelry - Code Breaker - Press Turn - New Game Plus - Ultimate boss - Streetpass - Password - Skill Mutation - Energy Drain - Party Talks
Shin Megami Tensei series
Terminal - Guardian (if...) - Tactical Battle (NINE) - Capacity (NINE) - RTS (NINE) - Reinforcements (NINE) - Race Shift (NINE) - Modules (NINE) - Magatama (3) - Reason (3) - Demon Co-Op (SJ) - EX Missions (SJ) - Challenge Quest (4) - Skill Potential (4/A-5) - Smirk (4) - Barrier (4) - Partners (4A) - Jade Dagger (4A) - Magatsuhi Skills (5) - Essence (5) - Glory (5) - Miracles (5) - Demon Statues (5) - Abscess (5)
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) - Follow Up - 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) - Boost (Q+Q2) - Power Spot (Q+Q2) - F.O.E (Q+Q2) - Confidant (5) - Technical (5+5S) Treasure Demon (5+5S) - Party Switch (5+5S) - Disaster Shadow (5R) - Fusion alarm (5R) - Persona Traits (5R) - Third Eye (5+5S) - Master Arts (5S) - BOND (5S) - Persona Points (5S)
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)
Other
Equip Type (GMT:TM) - Skill Systems (GMT:TM) - Sword Exchange (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)
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