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Insta-Kill (即死効果, Sokushi kouka)? is a special battle attribute in the series.

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Insta-Kill refers to the ability to instantly kill enemies in spite of their HP. It is generally possible to do so via the Light and Dark type Hama and Mudo skills. These are always based around chance, so if those skills fail, nothing will happen. The odds of success are generally determined by the Luck stat of both the user and the target.

Enemies that resist Light or Dark can reduce their chances of being instantly killed, whereas weaknesses increase it. Bosses are generally immune to instant death.

In Megami Ibunroku Persona, Hama and Mudo only have an instant-kill chance against Undead and Divine enemies respectively, only inflicting damage otherwise. The spell Deathtika always has an instant-kill chance, and is of the separate Curse element.

In Persona 4 and Persona 5, Foul Breath and Stagnant Air also make the respective targets more susceptible to instant death skills.

In both Digital Devil Saga games, only Mudo has an instant-kill chance, while Hama only inflicts fractional damage.

In Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army, Mudo instead halves the target's HP, but in Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon, it once again inflicts instant death. Hama is absent in both games.

In Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE, only the higher-tier Hama and Mudo spells (Hamaon, Mahamaon, Mudoon, and Mamudoon) carry an instant kill chance.

In Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse, Hama and Mudo inflict damage and only carry an instant kill chance if the user is Smirking.

In Shin Megami Tensei V, the Hama and Mudo line of skills has been turned to deal offensive damage, but has a chance to instantly kill enemies that are weak to Light or Dark. There are certain Dark skills, particularly Profaned Land and Toxic Breath that can only Poison enemies, but cannot instantly kill them.

In Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2, Insta-Kill is known as Mortal. Since the Hama and Mudo lines of skills deal damage with no additional effects, it isn't associated with any particular element.

Instant kill skills are completely absent from the Majin Tensei and Devil Survivor series, due to their tactical nature.

List of skills[]

Recurring[]

Skill Effect Games
Hama Expel-type insta-kill on 1 enemy Most
Mahama Expel-type insta-kill on multiple enemies Most
Hamaon Expel-type insta-kill on 1 enemy Most
Mahamaon Expel-type insta-kill on multiple enemies Most
Bright Judgement Expel-type insta-kill on all enemies Shin Megami Tensei NINE

Megami Ibunroku Persona
Persona 2: Innocent Sin
Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

Judgement Light Expel-type insta-kill on all enemies Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey

Shin Megami Tensei IV
Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse

Samsara Expel-type insta-kill on all enemies

Exclusive to Daisoujou

Persona 3

Persona 4
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
Persona 5
Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth

God's Bow Guaranteed Expel-type insta-kill on 1 enemy

Exclusive to White Rider

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne
Shin Megami Tensei IV:Apocalypse

Shin Megami Tensei V

Shin Megami Tensei: Dx2 Liberation

Mudo Death-type insta-kill on 1 enemy Most
Mamudo Death-type insta kill on multiple enemies Most
Mudoon Death-type insta-kill on 1 enemy Most
Mamudoon Death-type insta-kill on multiple enemies Most
Hell Eyes Death-type insta-kill on 1 enemy Shin Megami Tensei II

[[Shin Megami Tensei: if...
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne
Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner

Dark Verdict Death-type insta-kill on all enemies Shin Megami Tensei NINE

Megami Ibunroku Persona
Persona 2: Innocent Sin
Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

Die For Me! Death-type insta-kill on all enemies

Exclusive to Alice

Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
Shin Megami Tensei IV
Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse
Shin Megami Tensei V
Persona 3
Persona 4
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
Persona 5
Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
Persona 5 Strikers
Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2

Door of Hades Heavy Almighty damage + Death-type insta-kill on all enemies

Exclusive to Thanatos and Thanatos Picaro

Persona 5

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
Persona Q2: New Cinema Laberynth

Omega Cluster Death-type insta-kill on 1 enemy every turn Megami Ibunroku Persona

Persona 2

Death Flies Severe Almighty damage + guaranteed Death-type insta kill on all enemies

Exclusive to Beelzebub

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne

Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE
Shin Megami Tensei V
Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner
Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner 2

Eternal Rest Mind-type insta-kill on all sleeping enemies Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
Shin Megami Tensei IV
Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse
Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers

Occult Flash Moderate physical damage + insta-kill on all enemies Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
Shin Megami Tensei IV
Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse
Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2

Cold World Medium Ice damage+insta-kill to all enemies Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey

Shin Megami Tensei IV
Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse

Pralaya Varies Persona 2

Persona 3
Persona 4
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
Persona 5
Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth

Evil Melody Varies Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne

Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse
Shin Megami Tensei V

Shin Megami Tensei[]

Skill Effect
Death Road Death-type insta-kill on 1 enemy

Shin Megami Tensei II[]

Skill Effect
God's Judgement Non-elemental insta-kill on 1 enemy.

Used by Satan.

Mouth of God Non-elemental insta-kill on 1 enemy with the lowest Intelligence.

Used by YHWH.

Shin Megami Tensei: if...[]

Skill Effect
Mega Strike Slash-type severe damage + insta-kill on random enemies
Large Beheading Tech-type medium damage + insta-kill on 1 enemy
Sol Cluster Death-type insta-kill on 1 enemy

Shin Megami Tensei NINE[]

Skill Effect
Eat Whole Tech/Death-type insta-kill on 1 enemy
Snipe Shot Gun/Death-type insta-kill on 1 enemy
Deadly Needle Thrown/Expel-type insta-kill on 1 enemy
Rending Arrows Thrown/Expel-type insta-kill on all enemies
Glacial Blast Ice-type damage + Expel-type insta-kill on all enemies
Violet Flash Elec-type damage + Expel-type insta-kill on all enemies

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne[]

Skill Effect
Pestilence Almighty-type damage + insta-kill on all Poisoned enemies

Exclusive to Pale Rider

Stinger Heavy Almighty-type damage + insta-kill on 1 enemy.

Exclusive to Dante

Tekisatsu Heavy Amighty-type damage + insta-kill on 1 enemy

Exclusive to Raidou

Hell's Call Almighty-type insta-kill on 1 enemy

Used by Ahriman on those who violate his rules.

Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE[]

Skill Effect
Shining Eye Death damage to 1 enemy+insta-kill or Stone

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey[]

Skill Effect
Headshot Medium Gun damage+insta-kill to 1 enemy
Horn of Fate Expel or Death-type insta-kill to all enemies or allies (random)

Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse[]

Skill Effect
Loyalty Slash Heavy physical damage+guaranteed insta-kill during Smirk

Exclusive to Hagen

Dazzle Ray Severe Expel-type damage+guaranteed insta-kill during Smirk

Exclusive to Cleopatra

Blink of Death Heavy Death-type damage+Rakunda+guaranteed insta-kill during Smirk

Exclusive to Azrael

Dark Grudge Heavy Death-type damage+guaranteed insta-kill during Smirk

Exclusive to Izanami

Fear Darkness Severe Death-type damage+guaranteed insta-kill during Smirk

Exclusive to Mephisto

Shin Megami Tensei V[]

Skill Effect
White Dracostrike Strength-based Expel damage+insta-kill when striking weakness on 1 enemy
Hamabarion Severe Expel damage + insta-kill when striking weakness on 1 enemy
Mahamabarion Severe Expel damage +insta-kill when striking weakness on all enemies
Light's Descent Severe Expel damage +insta-kill when striking weakness on all enemies

Exclusive to Abdiel

Black Dracostrike Strength-based Death damage+insta-kill when striking weakness on 1 enemy
Mudobarion Severe Death damage+insta-kill when striking weakness on 1 enemy
Mamudobarion Severe Death damage+insta-kill when striking weakness on all enemies
Fallen Destroyer Severe Death damage+insta-kill when striking weakness on all enemies

Exclusive to Abdiel (Nahobino)

Walpurgisnacht Severe Death damage+insta-kill when striking weakness on 1 enemy

Exclusive to Mephisto

Chaotic Will Halves Press Turn count and can insta-kill

Exclusive to Demi-Fiend

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner[]

Skill Effect
Bamboo Slice Slash-type attack which either reduces HP in 20%, or insta-kills (1 front row enemy)
Critical Slash Slash-type attack which either reduces HP by 30% or insta-kills (1 front row enemy)
Diablo de Corps Rush-type attack which either reduces HP by 40% and inflicts Shock, or insta-kills (1 front row enemy)

Used by Gargantua 8 and David

Eat Whole Rush-type attack which either reduces HP by 25%, or insta-kills (1 front row enemy with the lowest Strength)

Used only by Ammut and Taowu as enemies.

Gouge Rush-type medium damage + insta-kill on 1 front row enemy with the lowest Luck

Used only by Yamata-no-Orochi, Rahu, and Taotie as enemies.

Volcanicker Elec-type insta-kill on all enemies

Used by Orgone Ghost

7 Shooting Stars Death-type insta-kill on 7 random enemies

Used by Hokuto Seikun

Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers[]

Skill Effect
Violet Flash Expel-type insta-kill on the front row of enemies
Radiance Expel-type insta-kill on one row of enemies
Morning Curse Death-type insta-kill on 1 enemy
Yabusame Shot Almighty-type insta-kill on 1 Marked enemy.
Ice Crush Almighty-type insta-kill on 1 Frozen enemy.
Nice Short Almighty-type insta-kill on 1 Shocked enemy.

Used by Beelzebub.

Megami Ibunroku Persona[]

Skill Effect
Deathtika Curse-type insta-kill on 1 enemy

Persona 2 duology[]

Skill Effect
Power Slash Slash-type insta-kill on 1 enemy

Innocent Sin-exclusive

Guillotine Fake Slash-type damage + insta-kill on all enemies

Exclusive to Azazel

Pralaya Slash-type insta-kill on 1-3 random enemies

Exclusive to Shiva

Sharpshoot Gun-type insta-kill on 1 enemy
Vice Shot Gun-type insta-kill on 1 enemy

Exclusive to Shadow Katsuya

Pressure Point Strike-type insta-kill on 1 enemy
Pressure Needle Thrown-type insta-kill on 1 enemy
Skewer Havoc-type insta-kill on 1 enemy (only in Eternal Punishment)
Seals Raid Havoc-type insta-kill on all enemies

Exclusive to Great Father's right arm

Megalo Fire Fire-type insta-kill to all enemies

Fire skill+Almighty attack skill+Firestorm

Maelstrom Water-type insta-kill to all enemies

Water skill+Almighty attack skill+Fear Torrent

Maelstrom Guaranteed Water-type insta-kill to all enemies

Exclusive to Cthulhu

Nightmare Storm Wind-type insta-kill on all enemies

Wind skill+Almighty attack skill+Hurricane

Hellish Desert Earth-type insta-kill on all enemies

Earth skill+Almighty attack skill+Earth's Anger

Nirvana Expel-type insta-kill on all enemies
Holy Sword Expel-type insta-kill + heavy non-elemental damage on all enemies

Exclusive to Angel Joker

Light Smasher Slash damage + Expel-type insta-kill on 1 enemy

Expel skill+Straight Slash

Cursed Name Death-type insta-kill on all enemies
Medusa's Eye Death-type (non-elemental on Eternal Punishment) insta-kill on 1 enemy

Enemy-exclusive

Dark Saber Slash damage + Death-type insta-kill on 1 enemy

Death skill+Straight Slash

Bloody Divorce Heavy Water Damage+Death-type insta kill on all enemies

Used by Metal Eikichi

Kamikaze Non-elemental insta-kill on user and 1 enemy

Enemy-exclusive

Omni Dimension Non-elemental insta-kill on 1 enemy
Dark Dimension Non-elemental insta-kill on 1 enemy

Exclusive to Shadow Maya

Another Dimension Non-elemental insta-kill on all enemies
Atomic Breakdown Non-elemental insta-kill on 1 enemy (guaranteed in Innocent Sin)

Fire skill+Water skill+Zanma

Black Hole Non-elemental insta-kill on all enemies

Wind skill+Death skill+Gryva

Death's Roulette Non-elemental insta-kill on 1 random unit from the side with lowest average luck

Expel skill+Death skill

Low-End Breaker Non-elemental insta-kill on 1 enemy with the lowest level (Innocent Sin), or unit with the lowest level (Eternal Punishment)

Expel skill+Zanma

Gin'nunga Gap Non-elemental insta-kill on all enemies and allies, except the casters

Fire skill+Ice skill+Earth's Anger

Norn's Blink One possible effect is a non-elemental insta-kill on all enemies

Skuld's Hieroglyphein+Verdandi's Bright Judgement+Urd's Dark Verdict

Trimurti Guaranteed non-elemental insta-kill on all enemies

In Eternal Punishment, it also fully recovers party's HP. Shiva's Thunderous Fury+Vishnu's Megidolaon+Brahma's Alpha Blaster

Armageddon Guaranteed non-elemental insta-kill on all enemies. Ignores boss immunity.

Lucifer's Omega Cluster+Satan's Alpha Blaster

Armageddon R Guaranteed non-elemental insta-kill on all enemies.

Used by Philemon, Umr At-tawil, and Faceless God as response against Armageddon

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth[]

Skill Effect
Death Needle Heavy Stab damage + insta-kill to 1 enemy

Exclusive to Susano-O

Digital Devil Saga duology[]

Skill Effect
Millenia Curse Death-type insta-kill to all enemies

Mudo skill+Mudo skill+Mudo skill

Devil Feast Hunt-type insta-kill to 1 enemy
Ingest Hunt-type insta-kill to 1 enemy
Great Feast Hunt-type insta-kill to all enemies
Last Meal Hunt-type insta-kill to all enemies
Full Banquet Hunt-type insta-kill to 1 enemy. Higher chance during MAX Solar Noise
New Banquet Hunt-type insta-kill to 1 enemy. Higher chance during MIN Solar Nose
Vengeance Counterattacks with Hunt-type insta-kill
Calm Death Nerve-type insta-kill to all Sleeping enemies
Conviction Heavy physical damage to all enemies and insta-kill to Muted enemies

Enemy-exclusive combo (Raja Naga+Naga+Naga)

Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2[]

Skill Effect
Guillotine Blaze Piercing Fire damage to 1 foe+insta-kill. Ignores Endure

Exclusive to Azazel

Be My Friend Almighty fractiona damage+insta-kill

Exclusive to Alice

List of items[]

Item Effect Game(s)
Segaki Rice Expel-type insta-kill on 2 enemies (SMT)

Insta-kill on all Evil Spirits (SMT II)

Expel-type insta-kill on 1 front row enemy (SH)

Casts Hamaon (P4)

Shin Megami Tensei

Shin Megami Tensei II

Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers

Persona 4

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth

Ascension Stone Expel-type insta-kill on 2 enemies Shin Megami Tensei If...
Holy Water Expel-type insta-kill on 3-5 enemies Shin Megami Tensei
Soul Return Expel-type insta-kill on all enemies Shin Megami Tensei
GND Exorciser Expel-type insta-kill on all enemies Giten Megami Tensei
GND Holy Water Bullet Expel-type insta-kill on all enemies Giten Megami Tensei
Vajra Bell Expel-type insta-kill on all enemies. Reusable. Giten Megami Tensei
Pomegranate Bell Expel-type insta-kill on all enemies. Reusable Giten Megami Tensei
Hama Stone Casts Hama Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse
Mahama Stone Casts Mahama Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey

Shin Megami Tensei IV

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse

Holy Writ Tablet Casts Mahama Megami Ibunroku: Persona
Hamaon Stone Casts Hamaon Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse
Bead of Holiness Casts Hamaon Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
Sacramental Bread Casts Hamaon Persona 5
Holy Shroud Casts Mahamaon Persona 5 Royal
Dianxue Zhen Death-type insta-kill on 1 front row enemy Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers
Kodoku Plate Death-type insta-kill on 2 enemies Shin Megami Tensei

Shin Megami Tensei II

Giten Megami Tensei

Cursed Wooden Horse Death-type insta-kill on 2 enemies Shin Megami Tensei If...
Cursed Needle Death-type insta-kill on 3-5 enemies Shin Megami Tensei

Shin Megami Tensei II

Shin Megami Tensei If...

GND Malice Death-type insta-kill on all enemies Giten Megami Tensei
Dark Veil Death-type insta-kill on all enemies Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner

Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner 2

Al Azif Death-type insta-kill on all enemies. Reusable Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner 2
Murder Rock Death-type insta-kill on all enemies. Reusable Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner 2
Mudo Stone Casts Mudo Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse
Mamudo Stone Casts Mamudo Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey

Shin Megami Tensei IV

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse

Doggerel Tablet Casts Mamudo Megami Ibunroku: Persona
Mudoon Stone Casts Mudoon Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse
Bead of Darkness Casts Mudoon Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
Cursed Paper Casts Mudoon Persona 4

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth

Straw Doll Casts Mudoon Persona 5
Ouija Board Casts Mamuoon Persona 5 Royal
Ebon Rope Tablet Casts Deathtika Megami Ibunroku: Persona
Falsehood Tablet Casts Omega Cluster Megami Ibunroku: Persona
Tenketsujin Non-elemental Insta-kill on 1 enemy Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner
Hand Grenade Havoc-type insta-kill on all enemies Giten Megami Tensei
Fit Stone/Full Moon Light/Igniter Non-elemental insta-kill on all enemies.

Only usable during full moon.

Giten Megami Tensei


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