Expel Icon IS Expel (破魔, Hama)?, also known as Light, is a spell type in the series and the most reoccurring line of Light Skills. Like its dark counterpart, Death, Expel skills tend to focus on inflicting instant death, though exceptions do exist.

Expel spells still count as defeating enemies in most respects; unlike comparable spells in some other games, one will earn full experience and money for opponents defeated using these spells.

General spellsEdit

Hama is the general spell for the Expel element in the series, though its power, number of targets and accuracy change depending on the game:

  • In Shin Megami Tensei, Shin Megami Tensei II and Shin Megami Tensei: if..., the spells differ in the number of targets.
  • In the Devil Children series, they inflict damage like normal spells.
  • In the Digital Devil Saga series, the spells reduce the enemy's current HP by an specific percentage. Humans (both party members and enemies) are immune to Expel (even under Berserk Mode).
  • In Megami Ibunroku Persona, Hama spells deal damage equal to a certain amount of the enemy's maximum HP and inflict the same amount of damage at the end of every turn, with the amount being determined by the target's resistance to it (100% for Grave Demons, 50% for weakness and 12.5% for neutral damage). Kouha spells deal normal damage and reduce the enemy's current HP by a certain percentage at the end of every turn, using the same percentages as Hama spells. The Expel "ailment" cannot be cured and affects the character until the end of the battle or the character dies and is revived.
  • In Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse, Expel skills do regular damage, but will instantly kill enemies during Smirk. If a boss is targeted by a Expel skill from a character with Smirk, it will do regular damage instead of instantly killing it.
  • In the other games, Expel spells deal instant-kill and differ in both accuracy and number of targets.
  • Expel skills are always in some way or other automatically blocked by bosses, in order to prevent them from being used to instantly kill the bosses. In games where the only Light damaging skills are Expel skills such as in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey and Persona 3, all bosses will have an innate void against Light.

The following table is relevant to Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne and all games released afterwards except for the Digital Devil Saga series.

Name Japanese/Romaji Power Target
Hama ハマ/ハンマ
Low odds fatal 1 enemy
Mahama マハンマ
Low odds fatal All enemies
Hamaon ハマオン
High odds fatal 1 enemy
Mahamaon マハンマオン
High odds fatal All enemies

Specific spellsEdit

Name Power Target
Judgement Light
Very high odds of Fatal All enemies
Violet Flash Medium 1 enemy
Radiance Heavy All enemies

Game SpecificEdit

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne specificEdit

  • Holy Wrath deals almighty damage to enemies of the opposite alignment as the caster.
  • The skill "Godly Light" is only available to Amaterasu.
  • The skill "Starlight" is only available to Kurama Tengu.
  • The skill "God's Bow" is only available to White Rider.
Name Power Target
Thunderclap Halves HP 1 enemy
Holy Wrath Halves HP All enemies
Godly Light 80% HP damage All enemies
Starlight Medium All enemies
God's Bow 100% Fatal 1 enemy

Megami Ibunroku Persona and Persona 5 specificEdit

  • "Kouha" (コウハ*)? is Japanese for "Light Wave" (光波, Kōha)?, in contrast to Eiha (Shadow Wave).
  • All offensive Expel skills in Persona 5 are instead classified as "Bless" type, not to be confused with the curative skills classified as Bless type in Megami Ibunroku Persona.
Name Power Target Appearance
Kouha Light 1 enemy P1 & P5
Kouga Medium 1 enemy P5
Kougaon Heavy 1 enemy P5
Baikouha Medium Area P1
Makouha Heavy/Light All enemies P1 & P5
Makouga Medium All enemies P5
Makougaon Heavy All enemies P5

Persona 2 series specificEdit

  • Hieroglyphein is the Egyptian holy glyph, which originally appeared in Megami Ibunroku Persona as a nonelemental spell.
Name Power Target
Light Medium All enemies
Nirvana Medium All enemies
Bright Judgement Heavy + fatal All enemies
Alpha Blaster Special, persistent damage All enemies
Hieroglyphein Special All enemies
Nova Kaiser Extremely Heavy One enemy
Bloody Honeymoon Extremely Heavy+Confuse All enemies
Cross Fortune Extremely Heavy+Ailments All enemies
Foamy Lover Extremely Heavy+Charm All enemies
Crescent Mirror Extremely Heavy+Freeze All enemies

Digital Devil Saga series specificEdit

  • Xanadu might be picked from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem Kubla Khan, a legendary palace.
  • Seraphic Lore is a reference to the celestial beings of that order.
Name Power Target
Damnation Reduces HP by 80% (high odds). * All enemies
Punishment Reduces HP by 80% (high odds). * All enemies
Xanadu Heavy damage. All enemies
Seraph Lore Reduces HP by 80% with 100% accuracy. All enemies

Giten Megami Tensei specificEdit

Name Subtype Power Target
Harihara Hama Weak All enemies, wide
Holy Lights COMP ??? Up to 6 enemies, wide
Expel Arrow Arrow ??? One enemy, focused


Game Icons
Expel Icon P1
Megami Ibunroku Persona
Expel Icon IS
Persona 2: Innocent Sin
Light Icon P3P
Persona 3 Portable
Light Icon PQ
Persona Q
TMS Light Icon
Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE

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