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Full Moon Operations are the major and main turn of events in the Persona 3 series. Full Moon Operations occur once a month during every full moon. In this event, one or two unusually strong shadows will appear. Also, during this day, the protagonist or female protagonist can't do anything after school or in the evening and must go back to the dorm. The Velvet Room is inaccessible and in order to prevent a softlock, the game will not allow the protagonist to save it during a Full Moon Operation. The exception is the one on January 31st, as it instead locks the protagonist in Tartarus until they complete it. These battles have a significant standard level. If the full moon drops on Sundays or holidays, the protagonist or female protagonist must stay at the dorms. After completing each Full Moon Operation, new areas will open in Tartarus, although the party will be fatigued and cannot access them on the next day after the operation.

Full Moon BattlesEdit

Enemy's Name Arcana Appearance Location Standard Level
Magician Magician April 9 Dorm's Rooftop ??
Priestess Priestess May 9 Monorail 8
Empress Empress June 8 Tartarus' Entrance 15
Emperor Emperor June 8 Tartarus' Entrance 15
Hierophant Hierophant July 7 Shirakawa Boulevard 21
Lovers Lovers July 7 Shirakawa Boulevard 21
Chariot Chariot August 6 Underground Bunker 32
Justice Justice August 6 Underground Bunker 32
Hermit Hermit September 5 Paulownia Mall, Club Escapade 40
Fortune Fortune October 4 Iwatodai Station 56
Strength Strength October 4 Iwatodai Station 56
Jin Shirato Hermit November 3, January 31 Moonlight Bridge, Tartarus 53, 74
Takaya Sakaki Fortune November 3, January 31 Moonlight Bridge, Tartarus 53, 75
Hanged Man Hanged Man November 3 Moonlight Bridge 63
Nyx Avatar 0-XIII January 31 Top of Tartarus 85

TriviaEdit

  • The full moon on December 2nd is not meant for battle. The same applies to the full moon on December 31st.
  • The protagonists are free during December 2nd, December 31st and January 31st, even though the three of them fall on the full moon.
  • On Full Moon Operations, the protagonist will default to "Good" status, regardless of their previous status.
  • The Greater Shadow, Magician, is the only Shadow that the party doesn't fight with. Magician is killed in a cutscene by Death.
  • The battle leading up to and with the Arcana Priestess is the only one that has a time limit: 8 minutes.
  • Nyx Avatar can shift through multiple Arcanas. It has been shown to shift from Fool through Death.
  • Although full moons always occurred once a month, 2 full moons fall in December. This is known as a blue moon. This is actually not an uncommon event in reality.


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