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"Welcome to the Promised Land."
—EMMA before teleporting the party into the Jail, Persona 5 Strikers

Jail of the Abyss is a location in Persona 5 Strikers. It is the bottom area of the Jail in Tokyo Tower, ran by EMMA after Akira Konoe's defeat.

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Right before the Phantom Thieves can return home from their long vacation from Yokohama, Sophia reports a massive Jail spanning all over Tokyo before she can plan a route back to Yongen-Jaya.

Zenkichi phones the protagonist the same time Sophia detects the unknown Jail, telling him that EMMA became impossible to stop and fired itself back up, despite Konoe's assistance in shutting down its services. True to his word, when Ryuji tried to activate EMMA, she responds to his queries, alerting the party that something is amiss. Sophia also reports Tokyo Tower being the center of the massive Jail encompassing Tokyo. Hearing that a full-scale Metaverse distortion is again on the rise, the party rushes to Tokyo Tower with Zenkichi.

When the party finally arrives, they see hordes of people can be seen flocking towards Tokyo Tower (where EMMA's servers are housed) while chanting deranged pleas for EMMA to "save them" and "grant them the one true answer." EMMA sends the party into the Metaverse autonomously, to an area resembling the Depths of Mementos. The Jail of the Abyss has roots akin to those of a massive tree jutting out from the metallic exterior. Boxes resembling the one where Sophia manifested from can be seen stacked around the Jail as walls, and multiple Jail Cells encompass the passageways, connecting to a massive central Jail Tower.

Encroaching into the central Jail tower, the party encounters what was the EMMA application; a godly being known as the "Ark of the Covenant," taking the form of a giant golden box with a sun mark on its center, connected by blood-red veins resembling those from the Holy Grail. However, she doesn't attack, instead briefly welcomes the party to the "promised land" with glee and vanishes instantly. This is followed by Kuon Ichinose arriving to the Jail, being given a "special role" from EMMA.

However, before she can perform this "special role" (aka removing the Phantom Thieves for EMMA), she explains everything that happened up to this point, exposing herself as the de facto culprit. While Konoe seems like the mastermind behind everything, in reality, EMMA was just using him and she doesn't need to always follow his orders; Ichinose just sold EMMA to him in hopes of him spreading EMMA towards the public. Secondly, in order to grant the Desires, EMMA changes the hearts of the public because this was the most effective way to grant the desires. Ubukata and Konoe did not grant the EMMA application the ability to change hearts -- Ichinose was the one who granted it this function, while the two gave it the knowledge to execute such acts. The way that EMMA does it was to replace all inappropriate Desires with correct Desires (explaining how the Monarch's victims develop obsessive behavior over the Monarch). After Madicce made EMMA a famous concierge app, Ichinose also monitored the Jails to see how EMMA will develop, and that's when she encountered the Phantom Thieves. While the Phantom Thieves arrived to Sendai and Ichinose was in the same beef tongue shop by coincidence, Ichinose already knew who the intruders are courtesy of her monitoring the Jails to witness the growth of her creation and that the teenagers barely even attempt to cover their tracks.

The Jail-related incidents instigated from Konoe were also revealed to be separate events to EMMA's awakening; Ichinose already programmed her to awaken and grant humanity's desires upon her creation. Instead, it collects desires to engineer its evolution through daily use of the application. Finally, EMMA only awakened to the public's desires of having somebody to guide them through a golden age, explaining why it was capable of firing back up and granting those desires.

After Ichinose finishes her talk, the Phantom Thieves conclude that her actions are just brainwashing spoken in a high-and-mighty way. When Sophia questioned Ichinose if the people she "saved" were even happy to begin with, she becomes noticeably angered and announces her plans to exterminate the Phantom Thieves. She then tells the party that Sophia is just a useless prototype of EMMA and proves it by brainwashing her to attack the Phantom Thieves, only to be snapped out automatically after a brief fight because she refuses to do it for long. Sophia fatigues and drops off a cliff before Ichinose summons a weapon taking the form of a massive diamond-shaped laser gun while dropping off her guise, telling the Phantom Thieves that she was just faking emotions back then and she was actually a "heartless doll" (that she was unable to feel empathy) before blasting them off to the same cliff as well.

When the party manages to scale back up to Ichinose, she was surprised that they came back. The Phantom Thieves question if she ever considers this Mementos-like Jail was an ultimate realization of happiness, yet Ichinose insists that this is salvation to the weak and the downtrodden, before sending a massive horde of Shadows to buy time for her weapon to recharge. Although the diamond recharges at the end of that fight, Sophia suddenly awakes and rushes back to block the laser with Pithos and steps in to convince her mother that she was in the wrong.

She reveals her past to the Phantom Thieves; she was actually a lonely and outcast woman who was treated as a freak because of her disturbingly extreme stoicism; she never cried or shown any emotions even after her parents died, and she just closes herself off in her laboratory most of the time without responding to any queries, almost like a "doll." Slowly, Ichinose began to doubt if she was even human to begin with, and created Sophia in hopes of understanding if she was in the wrong or right. The first command Ichinose gave to her first AI daughter was "Become humanity's companion." However, Sophia managed to anger Ichinose with the question "What is a Heart?" right upon creation, causing her to ditch the application in a fit of rage and proceeding to work on EMMA, who was only capable of understanding human desires and granting them. However, due to her discounting of "the heart" or emotions upon creating the would-be monstrosity, she couldn't process any desires other than people asking it for advice, and thus ignorantly concluding that humanity desires her guidance and nothing else. Courtesy of this, Sophia also only knew that she was supposed to be humanity's friend, and was not implanted with any other memory.

Ichinose tries to brainwash Sophia again, but to no avail, since she just snaps off the commands by remembering the names of her other Phantom Thieves. Shortly after several fruitless attempts by Ichinose to brainwash her, Sophia clutches her head in pain and her mask displays the words "PANDORA" before cracking, and Pithos assembles themselves into their true form, Pandora. Seeing Sophia awaken and vehemently denying that she is in the wrong, Ichinose sends out a Hecatoncheir as a last ditch attempt to recharge her red diamond but fails and was defeated for good. Sophia steps in to talk Ichinose out of her misguided altruism and she cries for the first time.

However, the Jail itself is not removed, and EMMA announces in a frequency that only Sophia can hear, that a god will soon descend into the world and save humanity. With some help from Ryuji, Ichinose was convinced to genuinely become an ally of the Phantom Thieves for real. The party returns to the surface as the abnormalities reach a climax and the Metaverse merges with the real world once again.

Treasure

Treasure Type Location
Owazamono Yusuke weapon Lock Lv 3 Treasure chest - Path to the Abyss
Valkyrie Robe Female protector Lock Lv 3 Treasure chest - Depths of the Abyss
Lullaby Skill Card Treasure chest - Depths of the Abyss

Gear

Updated gear available while exploring the Jail of the Abyss.

Weapon User Attack Effect Location
Pro Parrying Dagger Protagonist 244 En +2/Ag +2 Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥39,400)
Misericorde Protagonist 272 - Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥46,400)
Grand Presser Ryuji 246 - Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥37,800)
Super Megaton Rod Ryuji 272 - Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥43,600)
Bright Sword Morgana 240 - Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥35,600)
Answerer Morgana 264 - Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥41,800)
Cosmic Sword S Morgana 296 +30 SP Defeat the Fallen Snowman in the "Halt the Strutting Little Imp" request
Blood Storm Sophia 238 - Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥37,600)
Singularity Sophia 260 - Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥41,200)
Chain Whip Ann 238 - Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥38,400)
Bone Eater Whip Ann 264 +Fear (low) Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥44,600)
Master's Iai Katana Yusuke 248 +Forget (low) Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥37,200)
Red Demon Blade Yusuke 274 - Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥45,000)
Owazamono Yusuke 280 Ag +2 Lock Lv 3 Treasure chest - Path to the Abyss
Sanction Makoto 244 - Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥39,200)
Sabazios S Makoto 270 +Critical up (low) Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥45,600)
Celtis Haru 254 - Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥36,400)
Amazon Axe Haru 276 St +2 Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥42,000)
Litania Zenkichi 248 +Null Dizzy Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥38,000)
Annihilator Zenkichi 274 - Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥44,800)
Lifeless Slayer Zenkichi 280 +Null Fear Lock Lv 3 Treasure chest - Kyoto Jail, Shrine Gate Corridor

Protector User Defense Effect Location
Silver Vest Unisex 204 +20 HP Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥33,600)
Titanium Corset Females 206 +25 HP Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥35,200)
Sublime Collar Cats 210 +25 SP Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥31,600)
Karna's Robe Males 214 +Reduce Phys dmg (low) Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥35,600)
Soul Vest Unisex 230 +20 SP Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥38,600)
Haten Robe Females 232 Ma +3 Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥40,400)
Nekomata Coat Cats 236 Ag +3 Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥36,600)
Demon's Jacket Males 240 St +2 Sophia's Shop, Yokohama on 8/28 (¥40,600)
Valkyrie Robe Females 242 +Auto-Tarukaja Lock Lv 3 Treasure chest - Depths of the Abyss

Accessory Effect Location
Ann's Bracelet +Reduce Fire dmg (high) Talk to Ann in Ocean View Park, Yokohama on 8/28
Filled Sketchbook +Reduce Ice dmg (high) Talk to Yusuke in Ocean View Park, Yokohama on 8/28
Featherman Mask +Reduce Elec dmg (high) Talk to Ryuji in Ocean View Park, Yokohama on 8/28
Phantom Scarf +Reduce Wind dmg (high) Talk to Morgana in Ocean View Park, Yokohama on 8/28
Haru's Teaspoon +Reduce Psy dmg (high) Talk to Haru in Ocean View Park, Yokohama on 8/28
Phantom Keychain +Reduce Nuke dmg (high) Talk to Makoto in Ocean View Park, Yokohama on 8/28
Custom Gloves +Reduce Bless dmg (high) Talk to Morgana in Ocean View Park, Yokohama on 8/28
Futaba's Charm +ST gauge rate up (very high) Talk to Futaba in Ocean View Park, Yokohama on 8/28
Vitality Sash +30 HP Sophia's Shop, complete "A Thief's Challenge: Wolf, Pt. 2" request (¥32,000)
Soul Choker +30 SP Sophia's Shop, complete "A Thief's Challenge: Wolf, Pt. 2" request (¥32,000)
Berserk Anklet St +4 Sophia's Shop, complete "A Thief's Challenge: Wolf, Pt. 2" request (¥32,000)
Druid Amulet Ma +4 Sophia's Shop, complete "A Thief's Challenge: Wolf, Pt. 2" request (¥32,000)
Armada Belt En +4 Sophia's Shop, complete "A Thief's Challenge: Wolf, Pt. 2" request (¥32,000)
Cheater Socks Ag +4 Sophia's Shop, complete "A Thief's Challenge: Wolf, Pt. 2" request (¥32,000)
Feng Shui Charm Lu +4 Sophia's Shop, complete "A Thief's Challenge: Wolf, Pt. 2" request (¥32,000)
Charm Sticker +ST gauge rate up (med) Sophia's Shop, complete "A Thief's Challenge: Wolf, Pt. 2" request (¥32,000)

Enemies

Normal Enemies

Minibosses

Bosses

Bonus Boss

Gallery

Notes

  • The party will be unable to return to the real world to resupply for the entirety of the Jail of the Abyss. Any purchases for new equipment and items must be done prior to departing for the Jail from Yokohama.
  • While the party can speak with Futaba at any time to rest and heal within the Depths of the Abyss, doing so will cause all of the Shadows in the area to respawn, and there are no shortcuts in the map (forcing the party to re-fight all of the Shadows between her and Ichinose's room).


Characters
Playable Protagonist - Morgana - Ryuji Sakamoto - Ann Takamaki - Yusuke Kitagawa - Makoto Niijima - Futaba Sakura - Haru Okumura - Sophia - Zenkichi Hasegawa
Major Targets Alice Hiiragi - Ango Natsume - Mariko Hyodo - Akane Hasegawa - Akira Konoe - Kuon Ichinose - EMMA / False God Demiurge
Other Lavenza - Sojiro Sakura - Miyako Kaburagi - Shuzo Ubukata‎‎ - Jyun Owada - Aoi Hasegawa - Sae Niijima - Akane's Joker
Locations
Japan Yongen-Jaya (Café Leblanc) - Shibuya - Sendai - Sapporo - Okinawa - Kyoto - Osaka - Tokyo (Tokyo Tower)
Akasaka Mitsuke - Aoyama-Itchome (Shujin Academy) - Ogikubo - Fukuoka - Yokohama
Jail Shibuya Jail - Sendai Jail - Sapporo Jail - Okinawa Jail - Kyoto Jail - Osaka Jail - Jail of the Abyss - Tree of Knowledge
Other Velvet Room
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack
Songs "You Are Stronger" - "Daredevil" - "Life Will Change" - "What You Wish For" - "Axe to Grind" - "Counter Strike" - "Beneath the Mask" - "Last Surprise" - "Rivers in the Desert" - "Towards a Dream"
Archives & Terminology
Story Persona - Persona User - Shadow - Shadow Self (Monarch) - Treasure Demon - I am thou - Cognition - P. A. D. - Metaverse - Metaverse Navigator - Mask - Wild Card - Phantom Thieves of Hearts - Madicce - Antisocial Force - Police - Calling Card - Change of Heart - General Public - Seven Deadly Sins - Zephyrman
Summer Trip Calendar - Yen - Cooking - Hideout - Shrine
Vendors Shops - Vending Machines - Sophia's Shop - Big Bang Burger
Phantom Life Requests - Third Eye - Security Level - Shadows - Bosses - Lock Keeper - Dire Shadows
Battle Items - Skills - Combo Attacks - Master Arts - Party - Battle Stats - Damage - Accuracy - Experience - Level - Difficulty - Status Changes - Element - Navigator - Party Switch - Baton Pass - One More - Critical - Technical - Follow Up - Protect - Harisen Recovery - Endure - Cut-in - All-Out Attack - Showtime - BOND - Game Over
Velvet Room List of Personas - Fusion - Arcana - Persona Points
System Trophies - Patches and Updates - New Game Plus - Cutscenes
Development
Corporate Atlus Co., Ltd. - Koei Tecmo Games Co., Ltd. - Omega Force
Personnel Daisuke Kaneda - Shigenori Soejima - Atsushi Kitajoh - Lyn Inaizumi - Lotus Juice
Other Media
Events Persona Super Live 2019
Miscellaneous Merchandise
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