Persona 5 Royal
"The legendary Saxon who opposed the Normans during the conquest of England in the 11th century. Said to have been the basis for tales of Robin Hood. Called "Hereward the Wake" for his watchfulness."
- During Rank 7 of Akechi's Confidant, choose "You're my rival."
- During Rank 8 of Akechi's Confidant, win against him in battle then choose "I accept."
- After securing the Treasure route to Shido's Palace, choose "I want to keep our promise."
- On the path to the true ending, Akechi will meet with the protagonist on the evening of 2/2. Choose "We're stopping Maruki." This will then cause Akechi's Persona to transform into Hereward.
Hereward learns a unique skill upon its evolution from Loki, Rebellion Blade (反逆の刄, Hangyaku no Yaiba)?, which deals colossal Almighty damage to a single target and deals bonus damage to enemies that are knocked down.
Due to the unique unlocking conditions of this Persona, it is impossible to use him or view his entry in the compendium prior to February 3rd, where combat is last available. This applies even for New Game Plus. Furthermore, unlike other teammates, since Akechi has disappeared, his stats and information, and therefore Hereward's entry as well, cannot be viewed on March 14th and March 19th.
Persona 5 Royal
- In a similar vein to how Robin Hood's design was largely inspired by comic book hero Superman, Hereward's design may have been inspired by Batman, hence the black armor and the bat wing-like protrusions on the back of his head. This may be an allusion to Akechi's role in the third semester, symbolizing his transformation from a seemingly-altruistic hero to a feared warrior seeking to see through his own personal justice. It also can be seen as a visual combination of Robin Hood and Loki, incorporating the bow and weapon of the former and the dark aesthetics of the latter.
- Hereward is one of only two third-tier Personas that can be unlocked as a scripted event during the story, rather than a Confidant scene. The other is Morgana's Diego.
- Hereward is unique among third-tier Personas in Royal, as he is not fused through the combination of the first and second tier forms of a single Persona, but rather from two standalone Personas; Loki and Robin Hood.
- Hereward's Awakening is the only third tier Persona awakening that is fully voiced.