"What good is it to learn the truth...? You want me to throw away my worthless self-satisfaction in exchange for eternal suffering and despair!? I don't need it...I don't need any of it! What's wrong with turning a blind eye to suffering?! I don't want a truth full of pain! I want a peaceful lie! "
—Kusumi-no-Okami, Persona 4 Golden

Kusumi-no-Okami (クスミノオオカミ, Kusumi no Ookami)? is a boss in Persona 4 Golden.

History[edit | edit source]

Kusumi-no-Okami is probably based on the male Japanese god Kusubi, who is more formally known as Kumano-Kusubi (熊野久須毘命) in Kojiki and Kumano-Kusuhi (熊野櫲樟日命) or other variations in Nihon Shoki. When Susano-o was saying farewell to Amaterasu, the two gods were exchanging their treasures in a vowing ceremony. Amaterasu used Susano-o's Totsuka-no-Tsurugi to give birth to the three goddesses known as Munakata-San-Jojin collectively. Susano-O received Yasakani-no-Magatama from Amaterasu, bit it and blew out the fragments which gave birth to five or six gods, and the last of them was Kumano-Kusubi.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Profile[edit | edit source]

Persona 4 Golden[edit | edit source]

Kusumi-no-Okami is the true form of Marie. In the Hollow Forest, Marie transforms into Kusumi-no-Okami after the fog takes control of her, which has her voice change into a deeper version of Izanami's voice. She despairs and wishes to deny the truth in all its form along with everything else, while wishing to embrace peaceful lies and blissful ignorance. If the protagonist does not pursue the true ending route, Kusumi-no-Okami will be the final boss of the game.

Kusumi-no-Okami resembles a sinister, pitch black female figure that has flaming red eyes and no other facial features. What seems to be scale-like armor or paper covers her breasts, waist and thighs, and she also dons a long, red robe-like cape. She is always kneeling with both legs and when idle, she holds her face with her hands. She also attacks by bashing the floor repeatedly with her fists, as if she were in distress.

Marie's ego struggles for control during the battle itself and her power to absorb the fog has also gone out of control, sucking anything in that's around her regardless if it's fog or not. The party defeating Kusumi-no-Okami's true form results in the destruction of the fog she had absorbed and returns her back to her human form.

Kusumi-no-Okami still remains inside Marie as of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, as Marie transforms into Kusumi during her instant kill attack.

The Golden Animation[edit | edit source]

In Episode 10, Kusumi-no-Okami sucks out all of the Investigation Team's energy, including their Personas, leaving them powerless and defeated. Kusumi-no-Okami is the only boss to have defeated the Investigation Team.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Persona 4 Golden[edit | edit source]

Arcana Level HP SP
Strength 55
Magic 19
Endurance 30
Agility 63
Luck 74
Aeon 77 5000
Phys Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Almi
Strong - - - - Repel Repel -
EXP Yen Normal Drop Rare Drop
0 0 - -
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Hot Lightning Inflicts heavy almighty damage and Dizzy on two enemies
Megidolaon Deals severe Almighty damage to all foes.
Mind Charge Next magical attack will be 250% greater in power.
Alienation Wall Reflects all Phys attacks.
Shell of Denial Repels all attacks except Phys. Deals 7 damage to user instead if used by anyone but Marie

Arcana Level HP SP
Strength 55
Magic 25
Endurance 10
Agility 63
Luck 74
Aeon 77 8000
Phys Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Almi
Repel Repel Repel Repel Repel Repel Repel -
EXP Yen Normal Drop Rare Drop
0 0 - -
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Shake Off Inflicts medium physical damage to all enemies
Maragidyne Deals heavy Fire damage to all foes.
Mabufudyne Deals heavy Ice damage to all foes.
Maziodyne Deals heavy Elec damage to all foes.
Magarudyne Deals heavy Wind damage to all foes.
Run Amok Inflicts light almighty damage on all enemies
Hot Lightning Inflicts heavy almighty damage and Dizzy on two enemies
Draining Fog Drains 50 SP from all enemies and inflicts light damage on user.
Enclosure Shell Nullifies all attacks until the Cape is removed
Cry of Denial Nullifies all stat decreases and inflicts Silence on two enemies

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Before fighting Kusumi-no-Okami, the player will face Marie. Similar to Shadow Rise, this battle cannot be won no matter what the player does. However, the player will only need to lower her health by about 1/3 (or more depending on difficulty setting). Then the battle will end after a certain number of turns, which will initiate when she uses "Shield of Denial", which is the same as Nyx Avatar of Persona 3's Moonless Gown, which will repel all attacks, including Almighty. Even if the player depletes her health by using [Element] Break skills or items, the outcome will always be the same. However, unlike the battle with Shadow Rise, the player will not recover HP and SP prior to the next battle. Due to Hollow Forest's ability to halve your SP after every battle, your SP will still be halved after the battle with Marie.

When fighting Kusumi-no-Okami, note that all attacks (excluding Almighty) will be repelled, making her near invincible. However, this defense can be negated through the use of an "[Element] Break" skill, or the use of an "[Element] Break" item the player can find in the Hollow Forest.

The battle itself is simple and straightforward. However, since physical attacks are quite useless in this battle, it is recommended that the player avoid Personas that rely on Physical-type attacks, as well as Chie and Kanji, whose Personas focus on Physical skills rather than Magic skills. It is also highly recommended that the player gather items that restore SP, since it will be the key to ending this battle efficiently.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Marie as Kusumi-no-Okami
Marie boss
Kusumi-no-Okami in P4GA.jpg
Kusumi-no-Okami in Persona 4 The Golden Animation
A close up of Kusumi-no-Okami.jpg
Close up of Kusumi-no-Okami
Izanagi no Okami in P4GA.jpg
Kusumi-no-Okami being attacked by Izanagi-no-Okami
Marie Instant Kill.png
Kusumi-no-Okami in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Storyline Shadow Yosuke - Shadow Chie - Shadow Yukiko - Shadow Kanji - Shadow Rise - Shadow Teddie - Shadow Mitsuo - Shadow Naoto - Kunino-sagiri - Tohru Adachi & Magatsu-Izanagi - Ameno-sagiri - Kusumi-no-Okami * - Izanami - Izanami-no-Okami
Sub Avenger Knight - Daring Gigas - Amorous Snake - Killing Hand - Dominating Machine - World Balance - Chaos Fuzz - Envious Giant - Neo Minotaur - Sleeping Table
Extra Contrarian King - Intolerant Officer - Momentary Child - Escapist Soldier - Extreme Vessel - Lost Okina
Other Margaret - Reaper
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