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Lucifer, as seen in Shin Megami Tensei. Artwork by Kazuma Kaneko

"Can't you see that death lies in wait on your path, ready to consume all hope...? "
—Lucifer while facing him in Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor

Lucifer (ルシファー, Rushifaa), is an important recurring figure in the Shin Megami Tensei series. He is often seen as a noble, charismatic demon, and represents the 'Chaos' alignment. In the Persona franchise, Lucifer appears as a high-level Persona, capable of being summoned only once players reach a high level.

History

"A fallen angel of Judeo-Christian lore whose name signifies "Morning Star." Primarily known for defying God, but also worshipped as a bringer of light to mankind."
—Compendium Info (Helel)
"A fallen angel, and the lord of demons in Judeo-Christian lore. His pride led him to revolt against God, taking a third of the heavenly host with him. He now waits for a second chance to challenge God."
—Compendium Info (Lucifer)

Lucifer (Hebrew — הילל, Helel) is a prominent figure in the various Religions, with his most infamous act being rebelling against God and subsequently falling from grace. The name Lucifer is derived from earlier Latin proses and poetry; lux, lucis, "light", and ferre, "to bear, bring", symbolizing his role as the "Morning Star" and a high-ranking angel serving God prior his fall from grace.

The reason for Lucifer's rebellion differs from interpretation to interpretation, however, three most accepted reasons fall in a refusal to bow down to mankind upon its creation, disagreement about God's plan of salvation, or sinful pride in aspiring to overthrow his creator and become ruler of Heaven himself.

Curiously, while many interpretations depict Lucifer taking the name of Satan after his fall from grace, Lucifer and Satan are portrayed as two distinct characters, and Lucifer himself is never addressed as Satan throughout the Shin Megami Tensei series; Instead, he is only addressed by his name, Lucifer, or to some extent, the Great Demon or King of Dark (魔王 - Maoh lit. Demon King in the Japanese Version).

While many depict him as an evil figure, the demon designer of Shin Megami Tensei series Kazuma Kaneko has gone on record as saying that Lucifer is not inherently evil, but rather, a figure that tempts and tests the Protagonists throughout the games, and depending on the player's decisions, he can either be a great ally or a sinister foe. In Lucifer's design, Kazuma Kaneko also mentioned that, according to one theory, Lucifer is depicted as a beautiful angel with 12 wings, but in-game he assumes the form of a demon with 6 wings. In the first two games, he appears as an angel with 6 wings, so combining them represents the 12 wings. Furthermore, he shows his power through the many forms he can assume (an old man, a gentleman, a woman, a child, an angel, and a demon). Kazuma Kaneko also expressed that there will be a time when he will reveal his true form, a combination of all his other forms, to the player.

Appearances

Profile

Shin Megami Tensei

Lucifer is representative of the Chaos alignment, which associates itself with freedom and war. The protagonist can choose the Chaos alignment for freedom of choice, thoughts and actions. However, this freedom can lead to a vast amount of suffering and anarchy, leading the world into a primal state of unsuppressed vice and survival of the fittest.

Lucifer later took the name of Louis Cyphre (a pseudonym of 'Lucifer'). The protagonist finds him after the Great Destruction, where Louis Cyphre observes the protagonist's actions. He hints at a much greater knowledge of what is happening, and seems to befriend many demons quite easily.

At the end of the Chaos alignment path Lucifer appears in his true form to offer his congratulations to the protagonist for defeating the God of Law and resurrecting the olden gods, but warns that the "true enemy" still exists.

Shin Megami Tensei II

In Shin Megami Tensei II, Lucifer is a well-respected figure amongst Demons. He is detested by YHVH and angels and he hates them in return. Lucifer represents the Chaos Path, where emotions are upheld over cold logic, in 'purpose justifies the means'.

Throughout the game, Lucifer is aware that Aleph is part of the Messiah project, and thus, many demons under his command would assault Aleph. As the game progresses, Lucifer became intrigued by Aleph's ability to defy God, and wonders if he is the incarnation of Satan, the one who would judge them all. However, Lucifer was later disappointed to learn that Aleph isn't Satan, though Lucifer himself could sense the imminent signs of Satan's coming.

Since Satan was sent by YHVH to cleanse the demon world, Lucifer, as the lord of the demonic world could not bear to see it's destruction. He offers Aleph an alliance, and decides to face Satan and finish their battle once and for all. Should Aleph choose the Chaos Alignment path, Lucifer will join him in order to help protect the denizens of the world from Satan's judgment.

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne

Lucifer plays an important role in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, where he takes the form of a blond child and an old man. They are accompanied by an Old Nurse, and a young woman dressed in black mourner's garb respectively. Assuming the form of a child, Lucifer is first seen in Shinjuku Hospital, where he was intrigued by the protagonist, however, he disappears after the protagonist approaches him. After the Conception, in order to allow the protagonist to survive in a now demon-ridden world, he dropped the Magatama into the protagonist's forehead, allowing the insect to merge with the protagonist and transform him into the legendary Hito-Shura. As the story unveils, Lucifer would assume the form of either an old man or the child, giving hints about the nature of the Conception, and God himself.

Lucifer would play different roles depending on the Hito-Shura's actions and the path he chose. In the Neutral path, Lucifer himself was reminisced by the protagonist's decisions, as Lucifer himself walks his own path and chooses his own decisions before and after his fall from grace. However, he warns and advises the protagonist to keep his demonic powers, as one day, the "true enemy" will come after him, just as he will for Lucifer himself.

In the updated release of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, titled Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne Maniax, Lucifer takes a more important role, where it is revealed that he resides deep inside the Deep World of Amala. He first drags the Hito-Shura to the Labyrinth of Amala, where he gives the Hito-Shura the Candelabrum of Sovereignty. It is later revealed that not only was the Hito-Shura given a Candelabra, but also other demons known as the Fiends. Lucifer would later employ Dante, a demon slayer, to kill all the demons possessing a Candelabra, including the Hito-Shura. His plan is finally revealed when the Hito-Shura ventures into the final Kalpa of the Deep World Amala — Lucifer is planning to create a powerful demon, strong enough to lead the legions of Chaos in a final battle against God. By giving each of them a Candelabrum, Lucifer plans to see who would reign supreme amongst demons and fiends.

An extra ending, accessible only by completing the Labrynth of Amala unlocks the sixth ending and True Demon path. After defeating Kagutsuchi, the two entities appear and tell the Hito-Shura that he succeeded in breaking the cycle of destruction and rebirth, and thus, time itself is dead. The universe has been reverted to its initial state of primordial chaos, along with all other worlds being finally freed from the grasp of God. However, the blond child and the old man also tell the Hito-Shura that God is furious with the Hito-Shura's actions, and he is forever cursed. Lucifer comforts the Hito-Shura with the fact that he doesn't have to worry, as even if the God would curse him, the demon race and Lucifer himself would bless him. The blond child and the old man proceeds to tell the Hito-Shura that he needs to test the Hito-Shura's limits, and the two entities fuse together and assume the form of Lucifer, challenging the Hito-Shura to a battle.

Interestingly, despite not being named in the game, the old man and the child, both resemble Louis Cyphre in the form of a child and an old man, respectively.

Persona 2: Innocent Sin

Lucifer appears as a Persona of the Devil Arcana in Persona 2: Innocent Sin. Being the ultimate Persona of the Devil Arcana available throughout the game, Lucifer is only available to summon once player has reached Lv. 94. Lucifer, along with Satan, grants the most powerful fusion raid, Alpha and Omega, which instantly destroys all foes regardless of their affinities, including bosses.

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

Lucifer returns as the ultimate persona of the Devil Arcana in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment. His material card can be purchased in the Mu Continent for 50,000 coins, once Nate has left the party. Once again, Lucifer, along with Satan, is one of the most powerful personae in the game, capable only of being summoned once the player reaches Lv. 94.

Persona 3

In Persona 3, Lucifer is the highest level Persona of the Star Arcana. He is available to be summoned if the player has completed the Rival Athlete Social Link. He appears in his angelic form from before his fall from grace. The strongest Fusion Spell, Armageddon, which requires Lucifer and Satan to execute may be a reference to Lucifer opposing Satan's Judgement in Shin Megami Tensei II.

Persona 3: FES

Lucifer appears as a persona of the Judgement Arcana, where he assumes the form of a fallen angel in the updated re-release of Persona 3, titled Persona 3: FES. Angelic Lucifer, however, is renamed "Lucifel" (ルシフェル, Rushiferu.) For the NTSC (North American) release, Helel, the Hebrew name of Lucifer, was used instead. The strongest 1-handed sword, "Lucifer's Blade" (Holy-Grail Lucifer in the Japanese version) can also only acquired by fusing Lucifer via the Weapon Fusion system. The strongest fusion spell, Armageddon, however still requires the angelic Helel and Satan to execute.

You can get Helel by fusing Messiah and Susano-o in the Velvet Room

Persona 4

Helel returns as the Ultimate Form of the Star Arcana in Persona 4. He can be summoned once the Star Arcana Social Link maxes out itself. However, as the Star Arcana powers up automatically as the story progresses, the Protagonist must first unlock the Normal Ending instead of triggering the Bad Ending. In the Normal Ending events, the Protagonist eventually helps Teddie to find his true self and his identity, in which the Protagonist creates an everlasting bond with him, maxing out the Star Arcana and bestowing the form of Helel ("Lucifel" in the original/Japanese game; see the Persona 3: FES section above)

The demonic Lucifer, on the other hand appears as the Ultimate Form of the Judgement Arcana. Similar to Helel, as the Judgement Arcana powers up as the story progresses, the Protagonist must unlock the Normal Ending to gain access to the Judgement Arcana Social Link. Upon defeating the final boss of the Normal Ending, the Judgement Arcana maxes out, and bestows the Protagonist the form of Lucifer.

Lucifer's fusion prerequisite requires Ananta, Anubis, Trumpeter, Michael, Satan and Metatron to perform a hexagon-spread fusion in the Velvet Room. Lucifer holds the highest fusion prerequisite Level in Persona 4, in which the Protagonist must reach Lv. 93 before summoning Lucifer, ranking above even Izanagi-no-Okami.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor

Lucifer appears as a bonus boss in New Game+. Meeting with him is optional, and the location is the hidden event Fallen Morning Star in Nagata-cho at 12:00 on the final day (he does not appear on Yuzu Tanikawa's route).

Lucifer's appearance is nearly identical to that of Shin Megami Tensei II. He immediately reveals himself to be responsible for a good deal of the plot, saying that while he has no interest in winning the Throne of Bel, he sent Belzaboul to help Belberith. Lucifer also says he only gave him (it's hard to tell if Lucifer is referring to Belzaboul or Belberith) power because he was bored. He only fights because "You look fun", and immediately recognizes the Protagonist and claims to be "your true father, the one watching your future".

Lucifer's viewpoint is rather interesting, as he constantly claims that the future for the Protagonist holds only death, and believes that the party is only powerful when desperate (after saying this, he summons demons). He considers the fight a "banquet". He becomes more serious at the end of the first phase, saying that while God gave light and blessings, he will only give hatred and flame.

Lucifer will only ever take one action when his turn on the grid comes around: casting the unique spell Megidoladyne, which hits all player parties for massive almighty damage. Because it is so powerful, the fight is nearly impossible if fought with parties averaging below level 90. Even then, the multiple phases and other demons make for the game's hardest battle.

Defeating Lucifer unlocks the Lucifer fusion, which requires Metatron and Loki.

Stats

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne

Level Race HP MP STR MGC VIT AGL LCK
N/A Devil 65,535 65,535 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Strong Void Drains Repels Weak
All (takes only 25% of all total damage) Expel/Curse/Death/Nerve/Mind N/A N/A N/A
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Invalid skill name of "Wicked Light". You may correct the skill name or modify module:Skills/SMT3 if needed.<includeonly></includeonly>
Dekaja 10 MP Removes all buffs from all foes.
Dekunda 10 MP Removes all debuffs from all allies.
Diarama 7 MP Greatly restores one ally's HP.
Megidola 37 MP Heavy almighty damage to all foes.
Prominence 30 MP Heavy fire damage to random foes.
Glacial Blast 25 MP Heavy ice damage and 15% freeze to random foes.
Megidolaon 50 MP Mega almighty damage to all foes.
High King - Heavy almighty damage and 100% bind to all foes.
Root of Evil - Random effect to all foes:
  • Remaining HP reduced by 1/2 (40%);
  • Remaining HP reduced by 3/4 (20%);
  • Remaining HP reduced by 9/10 (10%);
  • Inflicts mute (10%);
  • Inflicts poison (10%);
  • Inflicts stun (10%).


Persona 2: Innocent Sin

P2-Lucifer
Arcana LevelTypeReturns °
Devil 99 None Vice Gun
Traits Arrogant, Gloomy, Wise
SP Cost Atk Def MAtk MDef STR VIT TEC AGI LUC
66 362 269 253 257 82 81 87 80 77
Reflect Absorb Void Strong Weak
None None None Physical None
List of Skills
Rank Skill Effect
1 Megidolaonn Inflicts huge Almighty damage to all enemies.
Invalid skill name of "Judgment of Darkness". You may correct the skill name or modify module:Skills/P2EP if needed.<includeonly></includeonly>
3 Omega Cluster Renders enemies Unconscious, starting with the weakest. * [Dark-element]
4 Chaos Element Inflicts damage (depends on the level of the caster) to all enemies. *
5 Another Dimension Renders all enemies Unconscious. (40% chance) [Non-elemental]
6 Photon Cannon Inflicts large Attack damage to all enemies.
Unique Fusion Spells
Fusion Effect Order/Skill
Invalid skill name of "War In Hell". You may correct the skill name or modify module:Skills/P2EP if needed.<includeonly></includeonly>
Armageddon Destroys all enemies.
Works all bosses except the ultimate boss.
1. Omega Cluster - Lucifer
2. Alpha Blaster - Satan


Persona 3

Level Arcana St Ma En Ag Lu
88 Star 64 65 61 57 58
Inherit Resists Block Absorbs Reflects Weak
Light Slash/Strike/Pierce Dark None None Ice
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Primal Force 21% HP Deals severe Pierce damage to one foe. Innate
Morning Star 80 SP Deals massive Almighty damage to all foes. 91
Absorb Slash Passive Drains damage from Slash attacks. 92
Spell Master Passive Halves SP cost for magic skills. 93
Victory Cry Passive Fully restores HP and SP after battle. 93
Fusion Spell *
Fusion Cost Effect Prerequisite
Armageddon 100% SP Deals ultimate damage to all foes (9999). Helel * + Satan


Persona 3: FES

Helel

Level Arcana St Ma En Ag Lu
88 Star 64 63 61 57 58
Inherit Resists Block Absorbs Reflects Weak
Light Slash/Strike/Pierce Light None None Ice
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Primal Force 21% HP Deals severe Pierce damage to one foe. Innate
Morning Star 80 SP Deals massive Almighty damage to all foes. 91
Absorb Slash Passive Drains damage from Slash attacks. 92
Spell Master Passive Halves SP cost for magic skills. 93
Salvation 60 SP Fully restores party's HP. Cures ailments. 94
Fusion Spell *
Fusion Cost Effect Prerequisite
Armageddon 100% SP Deals ultimate damage to all foes (9999). Helel * + Satan


Lucifer

Level Arcana St Ma En Ag Lu
89 Judgement 65 68 64 52 52
Inherit Resists Block Absorbs Reflects Weak
Dark Slash/Strike/Pierce Electricity None Dark Ice
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Maziodyne 32 SP Deals heavy Elec damage / Shocks all foes. (8% chance) Innate
Brave Blade 20% HP Deals severe Slash damage to one foe. Innate
Megidolaon 85 SP Deals severe Almighty damage to all foes. 91
Spell Master Passive Halves SP cost for magic skills. 93
Victory Cry Passive Fully restores HP and SP after battle. 93


Persona 4

Helel

Level Arcana St Ma En Ag Lu
87 Star 56 57 56 49 50
Inherit Resists Block Absorbs Reflects Weak
Light/Fire Physical Fire/Light/Dark N/A N/A Wind
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Megidolaon 60 SP Deals severe Almighty damage to all foes. Innate
Maragidyne 22 SP Deals heavy Fire damage to all foes. Innate
God's Hand 22% HP Deals severe Phys damage to 1 foe. Innate
Salvation 40 SP Fully restores party's HP. Cures ailments. 88
Insta-Heal Passive Recovers from ailments in 1 turn. 89
Repel Light Passive Repels Light attacks. 90
Repel Wind Passive Repels Wind attacks. 91
Arms Master Passive Halves HP cost for physical skills. 92
Morning Star 72 SP Deals massive Almighty damage to all foes. 94

Lucifer

Level Arcana St Ma En Ag Lu
93 Judgement 62 69 61 52 51
Inherit Resists Block Absorbs Reflects Weak
Light/Dark Physical Dark N/A N/A Light
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Bufudyne 12 SP Deals heavy Ice damage to 1 foe. Innate
Brave Blade 20% HP Deals severe Phys damage to 1 foe. Innate
Mind Charge 15 SP Next magical attack will be 250% greater in power. Innate
Ice Amp Passive Strengthens Ice attacks by 50%. 94
Spell Master Passive Halves SP cost for magic skills. 95
Repel Light Passive Repels Light attacks. 96
Absorb Elec Passive Absorbs damage from Elec attacks. 98
Victory Cry Passive Recover full HP and SP after a successful battle. 99


Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor

In addition to the phase descriptions, he uses an attack called Megidoladyne when taking his turn on the grid (it can't be used when attacking) every turn after he's first attacked. During Phase 1, if a character is in front of him, he will attack it (after phase 1, he only uses Megidoladyne on the grid and lets the player initiate all fights.

Phase 1

Level Race HP MP ST MA VI AG
99 Tyrant  ???  ??? 29 30 28 28
Racial/Auto Skill DeSu2 Physical Icon Phys DeSu2 Fire Icon Fire DeSu2 Ice Icon Ice DeSu2 Elec Icon Elec DeSu2 Force Icon Force Curse DESU2 Mystic
Tyranny
Command Skills
Maragidyne Mabufudyne Mighty Hit
Passive Skills
Attack All Phys Jump Pierce


Phase 2

Level Race HP MP ST MA VI AG
99 Tyrant  ???  ??? 29 30 28 28
Racial/Auto Skill DeSu2 Physical Icon Phys DeSu2 Fire Icon Fire DeSu2 Ice Icon Ice DeSu2 Elec Icon Elec DeSu2 Force Icon Force Curse DESU2 Mystic
Tyranny
Command Skills
Megidolaon Mighty Hit Hassohappa
Passive Skills
Attack All Phys Jump Dragon Eye

Phase 3

Level Race HP MP ST MA VI AG
99 Tyrant  ???  ??? 29 30 28 28
Racial/Auto Skill DeSu2 Physical Icon Phys DeSu2 Fire Icon Fire DeSu2 Ice Icon Ice DeSu2 Elec Icon Elec DeSu2 Force Icon Force Curse DESU2 Mystic
Tyranny
Command Skills
Megidolaon Drain Maziodyne
Passive Skills
Attack All Elec Jump Dragon Eye

Fusion

Level Race HP MP ST MA VI AG
99 Tyrant 999 532 29 30 28 28
Racial/Auto Skill DeSu2 Physical Icon Phys DeSu2 Fire Icon Fire DeSu2 Ice Icon Ice DeSu2 Elec Icon Elec DeSu2 Force Icon Force Curse DESU2 Mystic
Tyranny
Command Skills
None None None
Passive Skills
None None None
"My name is Lucifer the Tyrant, bringer of light. I've awaited this day, my children..."
"Good, oh fallen son of man. Toy with life. Destroy and create. That is to be God."


Skills

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children Red/Black Book

Skill Effect Level Cost
Agilao 10 MP
Dark Spear 5 HP
Bakunetsu no Tsume 35 HP
Mahabufu 18 MP
Mahajio 18 MP
Mahamagna 18 MP


Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children White Book

Skill Effect Level Cost
Agilao 10 MP
Dark Spear 5 HP
Bakunetsu no Tsume 35 HP
Mahabufu 18 MP
Mahajio 18 MP
Mahamagna 18 MP


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