Ikebukuro Barricade

Ikebukuro's entrance in Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE

Ikebukuro (池袋) is a location in the series.


Ikebukuro, a part of Toshima ward, is a large commercial and entertainment district of Tokyo, Japan. It is the location of the Toshima ward offices, Ikebukuro station and several extremely large department stores.

At the center of Ikebukuro is the train and subway station, a huge urban gathering shared by the JR East lines, the Seibu Ikebukuro Line and the Tōbu Tōjō Line. It is one of the main commuter hubs in the western Yamanote area of Tokyo. Ikebukuro Station is the second busiest station in Japan, second only to Shinjuku Station.



Megami Tensei II

In Ikebukuro, there is a sculpture referred to as the Devil's Mouth that contains the Mercury Pillar. When the protagonist attempts to grab the pillar, it chops his arm off, leaving him unable to battle or use his COMP. He'll also take damage with every step. By going to the Cybernetic Lab in Ginza, he'll get a new robotic arm that will allow him to take the Mercury Pillar, as well as allow him to hold more demons. The Deva Cult and Apollyon capture Hiroko and take her here, and after the hero saves Hiroko by defeating Apollyon, the latter drops an Inverted Cross.

Shin Megami Tensei

Ikebukuro is occupied by the Ring of Gaea. The Chaos Hero tells the protagonist not to go there, saying that if they do they will get arrested, taken to Sugamo Prison and tried by Yama. However, it is necessary to go to Ikebukuro to advance the storyline.

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne

Ikebukuro is where the Mantra Army Headquarters is located. The Mantra demons and their leader, Gozu-Tennoh, are the rivals of Hikawa's Assembly of Nihilo. Later in the game the Mantra HQ is where the Reason of Yosuga is born.



  • Basement - Repulse Bell & Beads(x2)

Mantra Headquarters:

  • Basement Prison - Mamudo Rock & Gaea Magatama
  • 2nd Floor - Chakra Pot
  • 3rd Floor - Bead & Power Incense
  • Top Floor - 3,000 Macca & Attract Pipe
  • West Wing of Ikebukuro (past the Mantra HQ) - Candelabrum of Eternity (Defeat Daisoujou)

Note: The bold items can only be obtained during a full Kagutsuchi phase in treasure chests.

Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE

Ikebukuro is one of the largest maps in Imagine, divided into multiple separate areas and even featuring quests that allow players to transport to different sections of the map. It is also the only region in the game that does not use the Macca currency, instead relying on Kreuz, which is dropped by demons in the zone or can be traded in to the yagiya merchants in the area.

Ikebukuro's southern area is connected with Shinjuku Babel and blocked off by a barricade players can only pass by paying the punks that govern the region rubies or scarlet stones. Spawns are mostly flood calling variant demons and vary according to the time of day. This area connects to eastern Ikebukuro and the cemetery map, Zoushigiya. Zoushigiya also features different spawns according to the time of day and an instanced center where Ghede appears as a boss. The cemetery connects to Ichigaya.

The eastern section of Ikebukuro is primarily full of buildings. Mobs in this region are punks and demons contracted to them. This region connects to Chinatown, which is the location of the Golden Ark Casino.

Shin Megami Tensei IV

The area has been closed off by a powerful barrier of fire made by the foreign demon Xi Wangmu, which the Ring of Gaea is attempting to destroy to remove her. The demon rules the area as the Empress of Ikebukuro and has eaten many humans there. The prentice Samurai, using the Jirae Talisman, break down Xi Wangmu's barrier and enter Ikebukuro on their way to the Juraku Bookstore while searching for the Black Samurai.

In order to reach the area of the bookstore, Flynn and his companions must defeat Xi Wangmu to release the barriers blocking access to areas of Ikebukuro. After entering her Domain and confronting the demon, she proves herself to be almost invincible, shrugging off damage from the Samurai as if it was nothing. The Ring of Gaea members and Kaga join in on the confrontation, only to be devoured in short order. However, this proves to be Xi Wangmu's undoing, as the Gaeans continue to attack her from within her body, weakening her enough for the Samurai to defeat her.

After her defeat, Flynn is able to access the east entrance area of Ikebukuro. Past the poisonous muck flooding much of the area, the Samurai will enter another Domain with a fixed layout. After taking their revenge on the Lilim Horde found within, the Samurai press further onward into the Domain, finding the Black Samurai in a room further back. She'll converse with the prentice Samurai shortly before surrendering to them, with Flynn's responses affecting his alignment.

In Infernal Tokyo, King Kenji is said to have slain Xi Wangmu before she ever managed to establish a foothold in Ikebukuro.

Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse

After having disabled the Tokugawa Mandala and returning to Kinshicho to check on Asahi, Nanashi will receive an alert that Shesha has indeed been resurrected and is attacking Ikebukuro. They just journey through the poisonous areas to climb onto the overpass where Shesha awaits the party.

Devil Survivor

Ikebukuro is where the party encounters Midori Komaki on the first day of the lockdown, and later on the 4th day rescue her from an angry mob. Ikebukuro is also the location of Eikokuji, a shrine dedicated to Nyorin Kannon, where Bishamon makes his stand against the party on the 7th day. In Overclocked, on Yuzu's 8th day route, if the party agrees to aid the Devas in repairing the barrier to the demon world, they must defend Gin from demons as he and Take-Mikazuchi restore the barrier.

Persona 5

Ikebukuro is where the protagonist can spend time in a planetarium. The place is unlocked in July 29th at latest when Yuuki Mishima invites him there.


Shin Megami Tensei IV

Race Demon Lvl HP MP Physics Gun Fire Ice Elec Force Light Dark ST DX MA AG LU
Human Gaea Man 12 182 40 Rs Rs 19 17 13 15 12
Wood Shan Xiao 14 199 45 Rs 22 19 15 17 14
Flight Gu Huo Niao 16 107 117 Rp Wk Rs 17 19 24 16 22
Raptor Moh Shuvuu 17 111 122 Wk Wk Rs 17 19 25 16 23
Drake Bai Suzhen 23 136 149 Wk Nu 23 25 33 21 30
Yoma Karasu Tengu 24 208 107 Rp Wk Wk Nu 27 25 25 33 27
Beast Inugami 25 214 109 Rp Wk Wk Nu 28 26 26 34 28
Nymph Senri 25 144 158 Wk Dr Wk 24 27 35 23 33
Wilder Nue 26 298 67 Wk Dr Wk 37 32 25 29 24
Femme Yuki Jyorou 29 160 178 Wk Dr 28 31 40 26 37
Flight Tuofei 29 239 121 Wk Rp 32 29 29 39 32
Horde Imperial Guard 30 642 289 Rs Rs Dr Nu Nu 52 47 39 43 37
Raptor Zhen 31 340 76 Rs 34 31 31 41 34

Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse

Race Demon Lvl HP MP Physics Gun Fire Ice Elec Force Light Dark ST DX MA AG LU
Beast Hsing-Hsing 48 420 171 Rs Rs Wk 69 41 29 67 59
Ghost Ghoul 49 419 204 Wk Wk Nu 63 39 54 59 60
Jaki Grendel 50 1,092 152 Rs Wk Wk 83 46 32 39 41
Wilder Catoblepas 52 844 196 Rs Wk 77 42 61 50 61
Beast Orthrus 52 744 156 Nu Wk Rs 77 39 59 68 43
Fairy Vivian 52 469 303 Wk Nu Nu Wk 33 44 79 46 61
Night Wild Hunt 53 615 209 Wk Rs 48 79 40 55 51
Spirit Pisaca 54 593 222 Wk Nu Wk Rs 67 52 43 75 66
Horde Jaki Horde 51 2,117 304 Rs Rs Wk Wk Wk 86 56 43 59 67


  • The Devil's Mouth is inspired by the Bocca della Verità, a carving in Rome that is said to cut off the arm of a liar.


Concept artwork of Ikebukuro in Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE
Ikebukuro Zoushigiya
Zoushigiya Cemetery in Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE
Ikebukuro Chinatown
Ikebukuro's Chinatown in Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE
Ikebukuro Casino
Ikebukuro's Golden Ark Casino in Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.