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"I will become a Samurai... I'm definitely going to be a Samurai... A Samurai and a Luxuror at that..."
—Issachar, Shin Megami Tensei IV

Issachar is a character from Shin Megami Tensei IV.

Appearances

Personality

Although the same age, Issachar has always acted like a big brother to Flynn and is his best friend. More than anything, he is determined to become a Samurai not just to rise in status, but to also protect the people he holds dear.

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Shin Megami Tensei IV

Issachar was born in the village of Kiccigiorgi and is the childhood friend of Flynn.

At the start of the game, Flynn is woken up and led by Issachar to Mikado Castle seeking the location where the Gauntlet Rite will be held, hoping to become a Samurai and rise up from his Casualry status. However, the results were not favorable for him and he could only watch as his friend assumes the position that he was dreaming of for so long. Dejected, Issachar remains in Mikado Castle for several days.

Flynn meets him again by Lake Mikado after accompanying Jonathan and Walter to buy some bread for breakfast while on holiday. The encounter is awkward and brief, with Issachar trying his best to be happy for his friend while dealing with his own frustration. He declines their offer to eat together as he has to return to Kiccigiorgi and tend the fields.

During the demon attack in Kiccigiorgi in which the Samurai were tasked to guide the fleeing villagers out of Kiccigiorgi Forest, Issachar is mentioned to have never returned from several rescued villagers. Issachar is seen again in the deeper section of the forest. Having read books given out by the "Black Samurai," he has developed severe contempt over the disparity between the two castes and scoffs at how the samurai are just tools for the Luxurors.

The knowledge from the book coupled with his anger over these realizations and deep-seated bitterness over failing the Rite made Issachar decide to embrace the demonic. He is then fought as a boss.

During the course of the battle, the demon-possessed Issachar will ask Flynn what the latter considers to be his current caste. Depending on the answer, Issachar's combat turn will either end instantly, increase by 2 half Press Turns, or continue on if he was ignored. When low on HP, he will implore Flynn to strike him down and end his misery. Depending on whether Flynn decides to strike him down or attempts to spare him, his comrade's reactions will change, with Walter yelling at him for his "kindness" in trying to spare someone who is suffering with Jonathan backing Flynn's choice, or leave Jonathan wondering if there was any other way to ease his pain besides death. His final words are asking Flynn to become a magnificent Samurai and change the rotten world.

Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse

During the infiltration of the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado, Nanashi is presented with the opportunity to explore the castle town and the areas around it. Should he choose to venture to Lake Mikado, he is given the option to take a nap by the lakeside. Upon doing so, a brief memory of the peaceful days spent between Issachar and Flynn will be heard in Nanashi's dream.

After being woken up by Asahi, Nanashi discovers that he is now holding a fish hook. Upon noticing it, the spirit of Issachar is heard, wearily imploring Nanashi to deliver it to Flynn.

Close to the ends of the Bonds route, Nanashi offers the Fishing Hook to Flynn. Recognizing it from his deceased friend, Flynn humbly thanks Nanashi for the reminder and vows to continue on for the sake of his late childhood friend.

Close to the end of the Anarchy route, Nanashi can offer the Fishing Hook to Flynn. But as he is resurrected as a servant of Dagda and Nanashi, he thinks that the Fishing Hook is pointless. The hook is then discarded by Nanashi, never to be seen again.

Stats

Race Level HP MP
Strength 26
Dexterity 26
Magic 26
Agility 26
Luck 26
Undead 13 564
Physical Phys Gun Gun Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- - - - - - Resist Resist
Ailment Resistance Resist: Poison, Panic, Sleep, Bind, Sick
Normal Attack Phys x1, 1 enemy Turn Icon 2
Drop Agilao Stone
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Bouncing Claw 1 to 3 hits of weak physical damage to one foe.
Dream Fist Weak physical damage and 70% sleep to one foe.
Critical Wave Weak physical damage to all foes. High critical but low accuracy.
Fog Breath Debuffs all foes' attack and agility by 1 level.


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Etymology

From the Book of Genesis, Issachar is the 9th son of Jacob, the ancestor of the tribes of Israel, and his first wife, Leah. Issachar succeeded part of his father's legacies and derived his own tribe of Israelite.


Characters
Main Flynn - Isabeau - Jonathan - Walter - Burroughs
Supporting Hope - Issachar - Gabby - Navarre - Hugo - K - Tayama - Kaga - Hikaru - Fujiwara - Skins - Stephen - Black Samurai - The White - Kiyoharu - Akira - Kenji - Aquila - Ahazuya Mikado - Charon - Mido - Minako - Lucifer - Merkabah - Masakado - Terminal Guardian - Gina - Stan - Al-mi'raj - Asuma - Nicola - Ys
Setting
Locations Eastern Kingdom of Mikado - Mikado Castle - Naraku - Kiccigiorgi - Tokyo - Ueno - Chiyoda - Shinjuku - Ikebukuro - Kagome Tower - Shibuya - Roppongi - Ginza - Tsukiji Hongwanji - Midtown - Reverse Hills - Camp Ichigaya - Blasted Tokyo - Pluto Castle - Infernal Tokyo - Monochrome Forest - Tokyo Bay - Minami Sunamachi - Purgatorium - Lucifer Palace - River Styx
Organizations Samurai - Hunter Association - Ashura-kai - Ring of Gaea - National Defense Divinities - Counter Demon Force
Archives
Terminology COMP - Gauntlet Rite - Turn Press Battle - Smirk - Domain - Horde - Terminal - Cathedral of Shadows - Red Pill - Hunter - Yamato Perpetual Reactor - Whisper event - Demonoid - Neurisher - Cocoon - Streetpass
Lists Demons (Evolutions - Special Fusions) - Bosses - Skills - Items - Apps - Quests - Translations
Other Media
Games Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse
Production Original Soundtrack
Publication DEMONIC GENE - -Prayers- - Artbook
Events Shin Megami Tensei Online Live 2021: Reason of Music
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