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This article is about the demon named "Maria". For the character in Megami Ibunroku Persona: Ikū no Tō Hen that's also "The Destroyer", see Maria (Megami Ibunroku Persona: Ikū no Tō Hen).

Maria is a demon in the series.

History[]

Maria, known as the Virgin Mary, the Madonna, Myrhiàm or Maryam, is the central female figure in Christianity and many other Abrahamic faiths, she was a first-century Jewish woman living in the province of Galilee, wife to Joseph and mother of Jesus Christ, the messiah for Christians and a great prophet for Muslims.

She is said in the Gospel and the Quran to have followed her son Jesus in his preachings, being an example of goodness and piety.

In both Christianity and Islam, Maria is said to have conceived Jesus with the miraculous intervention of God, through the holy spirit (only for Christians, as Muslims do not believe in the holy trinity) after being visited by the archangel Gabriel, while maintaining her virginity. Because of this she is honored as the mother of God (theotokos in Greek) by Christians and as the greatest of all women in Islam.

Catholicism is the branch of Christianity and the Abrahamic faiths that focuses the most on Maria, where she is said to have inspired Jesus' first miracle at the marriage at Cana, and later bore witness to his death on the cross and resurrection three days later, she also received the holy spirit in the form of a flame during the Pentecost and became a leading figure among Jesus' apostles.

Catholics believe that Maria didn't permanently die, but rather ascended directly to Heaven at the end of her life, where she became the Regina Coeli queen of the heavens, ruler of all saints and angels.

Despite her important role, she isn't worshiped as a goddess, but rather honored as a great saint, and many today claim to have received miracles and visions from her.

In the Divine Comedy, the three books by Dante Alighieri that depicts the Catholic view of the afterlife in the middle ages, and a great inspiration for the Megami Tensei franchise, she is said to reside in the Candida Rosa (Italian for "white rose") a realm within the highest sphere of Heaven, the Primum Mobile, from where she intervenes to save Dante Alighieri's soul, allowing him to travel through the three realms of the afterlife.

In some Apocryphal texts, she is said to have been protected by the archangel Aniel.

Appearances[]

Profile[]

Shin Megami Tensei NINE[]

Maria is an artificial goddess who rules over the Idea Space. She was created by the messians because they were tired of waiting for the messiah promised by God to save them. Eventually she decides to release the people in Idea Space and succeeds with the protagonist's help in the Law route.

After taking a certain amount of damage each time, parts of her body will break off and spawn other demons for reinforcements (the lion spawns Cerberus, the eagle spawns Gryphon, the ox spawns Nandi, the fish spawns Mizuchi, and the Tyrannosaur spawns Yamata no Orochi).

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux[]

Maria is the boss of the Sixth Sphere of the Womb of Grief. When the protagonist finds and challenges her, she is overjoyed to learn that he is strong enough to make it this far, but also warns that he will need to best her in combat to gain the final Fruit.

Maria's fight takes a different pace compared to the bosses before her. She carries a wide variety of attacks, having Maragidyne, Maziodyne, Magarudyne and Mahamaon, which makes it difficult to effectively fend off all her attacks. Furious Strike is also a Physical attack that hits the whole party. The focus of her moveset is Expel, though, as she carries a couple of moves that force party members to become weak to it for two turns: Purifying Light affects one party member, and Consuming Light affects the whole party. To defend against this, bring along several Tetraja Stones to nullify her next Mahamaon until her Light skills wear off.

Her other unique skill is Innocent Prayer, which works like Silent Prayer but also restores 623 HP to her. Unlike other instances of Silent Prayer or similar skills on bosses before, Maria will use Innocent Prayer when she's at -2 at any debuff or when your party is at +2 at any buff. Thus, keeping the party at +1 and Maria at -1 will ensure she never uses this skill. One can take advantage of her AI by constantly applying a strong debuff (War Cry, Acid Breath, Fog Breath) to cause her to constantly spam Innocent Prayer while the rest of the party keeps getting Co-Op attacks off her weakness. This strategy will only work if the rest of the party can out damage her healing.

Maria surrenders the Sixth Fruit after her defeat, and becomes available as a special fusion requiring Black Maria and Pallas Athena. She also leaves behind the Halo forma, which forms the Double Scoop Sub-App, allowing D-Sources to contain two bonus skills instead of one.

Shin Megami Tensei V[]

"The maternal figure of Christianity.
Gabriel informed her that she was to be the mother of Jesus. Some sects revere her as Virgin Mary, but other denominations do not focus on her."
Shin Megami Tensei V lore

Maria can be found in the Empyrean, where she laments the end of the current world along with her current role. The protagonist must obtain the Seed of Life from Sophia, which requires them to have filled out 75% of the Demonic Compendium. When spoken to her with it in their possession, she realizes that they are to be the ruler of the next world, she decides to test them and gives one of the following quests depending on their position:

  • If the protagonist chooses to recreate the world to save Tokyo, she gives the quest "The Wrathful Queen" and transforms into Inanna.
  • If the protagonist chooses to uphold the Creator's will, she gives the quest "The Compassionate Queen" and fights as normal.
  • If the protagonist chooses to destroy the throne, she gives the quest "The Noble Queen" and transforms into Danu.

Defeating her or the demon she transforms to completes the quest and also unlocks them for fusion.

Persona 5 Royal[]

"The maternal figure of Christianity. Gabriel informed her that she was to be the mother of Jesus. Some sects revere her as Virgin Mary, but other denominations do not focus on her."
Persona 5 Royal Background

Maria is the ultimate Persona of the Faith Arcana, and can only be obtained from fusion after completing the Faith Confidant with Sumire Yoshizawa. When itemized via Electric Chair execution in the Velvet Room, she offers the Spiral Heal Charm accessory, which allows whoever wears this accessory the ability to cast Mediarahan. However, when itemized with the fusion alarm sounding, Maria offers the Rosary of Purity accessory, which allows whoever wears this accessory the ability to cast Holy Benevolence.

Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2[]

"The maternal figure of Christianity. Gabriel informed her that she was to be the mother of Jesus, and gave birth to him in the land of Bethlehem. Originally human, some sects revere her as the Virgin Mary for giving birth to the Son of God. Following the death of Jesus, the course of her earthly life was deemed complete where she would be assumed body and soul into heavenly glory. Gabriel bestowed upon her a white lily when she conceived her son in recognition of her purity."
Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2 compendium

Stats[]

Shin Megami Tensei NINE[]

Race Alignment Level
Kou Sojin Light-Law 99
HP MP MAG
5,000 -
ATK ACC NOA DEF EVA M.ATK M.EFC M.DEF
- - - - - - -
St --
In --
Ma --
Vi --
Ag --
Lu --
List of Skills
Trinity Divine Light Immaculate Light
Megido Fire Water Wall Bufudyne


Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux[]

Race Alignment Level HP MP
Strength 45
Magic 61
Vitality 43
Agility 47
Luck 48
Megami Light-Law 68 8,000
Attack Type Physical Gun Fire Ice Electricity Wind Expel Curse Almighty
Single Foe/1/Physical/None Resist Resist - Weak - Null Null Null -
Poison Paralyze Stone Strain Sleep Charm Mute Fear Bomb Rage
- - - - Null - - - - -
List of Skills
Furious Strike Maragidyne Maziodyne
Magarudyne Hamaon Mahamaon
Innocent Prayer Purifying Light Consuming Light
Concentrate Lullaby Eternal Rest

Race Alignment Level HP MP
Strength 43
Magic 57
Vitality 42
Agility 47
Luck 48
Megami Light-Law 74 595
349
Attack Type Physical Gun Fire Ice Electricity Wind Expel Curse Almighty
Single Foe/1/Physical/None Strong - - Weak - Null Null Null -
Poison Paralyze Stone Strain Sleep Charm Mute Fear Bomb Rage
- - - - Null - - - - -
Natural Skills
Mahamaon Salvation Luster Candy
D-Source Skills
Salvation Judgment Light Silent Prayer
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Shin Megami Tensei V[]

Race Level HP MP
Strength 34
Vitality 46
Magic 80
Agility 61
Luck 74
Megami 83 424 485
Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- - - Weak Drain Null Resist
Ailment Resistance Null:Sleep
Skill Potential
Physical
Phys
Fire
Fire
Ice
Ice
Electricity
Elec
Force
Force
Light
Light
Dark
Dark
Almighty
Almi.
Ailment
Ailm.
Healing
Heal.
Support
Supp.
-3 - - -5 +4 +4 -5 - - +4 +2
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Floral Gust 60 MP 2~5 Medium Force attacks to multiple foes. Innate
Mahamabarion 80 MP Severe Light attack to all foes. Chance of instakill when striking weakness. Innate
Diamrita 30 MP Moderate HP recovery and cures status ailments for 1 ally. Innate
Samarecarm 60 MP Revive one ally with full HP. Innate
High Heal Pleroma Auto Greatly increases Healing magic effects. 84
Mediarahan 150 MP Full HP recovery to all allies. 85
Luster Candy 150 MP Raises all stats of all allies by 1 rank for 3 turns. 86
Eternal Prayer Magatsuhi Full HP recovery, ailment and/or death recovery for all allies. Talisman


Persona 5 Royal[]

I am Maria. Please, allow me to become your mask
so that I may guard your compassionate heart.
Arcana Level
Strength 52
Magic 66
Endurance 53
Agility 54
Luck 61
Faith 93
Inherit Reflects Absorbs Block Resists Weak
? - Bless Wind Electric Fire
Persona Trait Ave Maria: Reduce cost of Support skills by 75%.
Electric chair execution Spiral Heal Charm (normal); Rosary of Purity (fusion alarm)
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Invigorate 3 Passive Restore 7 SP each turn in battle. Innate
Salvation 48 SP Fully restore HP of party and cure all non-special ailments. Innate
Holy Benevolence 27 SP Revive party with all HP recovered. Innate
Heat Riser 30 SP Increase Attack/Defense/Agility of 1 ally for 3 turns. 94
Holy Embrace Passive Restore 25% of max HP each turn in battle. 96
Angelic Grace Passive Double evasion rate against all attacks except Hama/Mudo/Almighty. 97
Holy Whisper Passive Restore 15% of max HP & 15 SP each turn in battle. 98


Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2[]

Dx2 Maria Icon.jpg
Race Rarity Grade HP
6★ Stats
Strength 91
Magic 219
Vitality 175
Agility 150
Luck 152
Megami ★★★★★ 95 1192
Phys ATK Phys DEF Mag ATK Mag DEF See Also
521 568 789 632 [1]
Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
Resist - - - Null Null Resist
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Archetype
Salvation 9 MP Heals All Party Members with 95 power. Cures all status aliments. (3 uses) Innate
Stella Maris Auto +50% to max HP. Becomes immune to all status ailments. Adds Null Mortal. While the one with this skill is alive, all party members will receive the following effect: Increases naturally recovered MP by 1 MP. Innate
Miracle of Fatima Auto

When a party member (including self) is downed: Removes revive ban from allies. Increases ATK, DEF and EV/AC of all party members by 20%, and Heals all party members (Power: 80). (1 turn)

If party member is downed at end of enemy turn: Revives all party members with 100% HP. (This can only be activated once per battle.) This Chain Effect will not activate when your party is wiped out.

Innate
Megidolaon 8 MP Inflicts Almighty (Magic) damage with 120 power on All Enemies. Aragami
(Awaken)
Great Idea Auto +20 to St, Ma, Vi, Ag and Lu. Aragami
(Gacha)
Goddess' Embrace 7 MP Revives a single party member with 100% HP, and casts Barrier on them. Protector
(Awaken)
Epitome of Hardiness Auto +20% to max HP. +20% to HP Healing skill effectiveness. Protector
(Gacha)
Recovery Amp Auto +25% to Healing skill effectiveness. Psychic
(Awaken)
Heal Survivor Auto +20% to Healing skill effectiveness, and HP stops at 1 HP upon receiving the first killing blow. Psychic
(Gacha)
Drain Light Auto Adds Light Drain. Elementalist
(Awaken)
Epitome of Fortitude Auto +20% to max HP, -50% to Critical hit rate of damage received. Elementalist
(Gacha)


Gallery[]

In Other Languages[]

Language Name
Flag of the United States English Maria
Flag of Japan Japanese マリア (Maria)
Flag of France French Marie
Flag of Italy Italian Maria
Flag of Germany German Maria
Flag of Spain Spanish María

Trivia[]

  • Maria's human form, depicted while holding golden chains, is probably inspired by the "Madonna della Catena" (Italian for "our Lady of the Chain"), a title ascribed to Maria as the protector of slaves and prisoners.
  • Maria's "statue" design very likely takes inspiration from the Basílica de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain. This choice was likely influenced by the fact that the architect was a fervent devotee of the virgin Mary.
  • The animals that compose her marble body are all derived from Christian symbology:
    • The lion, the hawk and the bull are part of the "tetramorph," an allegorical figure for the four evangelists and represent the angelic order of cherubim.
    • The fish is a symbol used by christians during the spread of their religion in the Roman Empire, it had various meanings, such as baptism, some apostles being fishermen, and the Greek word for fish "Ichtys" was used as an acrostic for the name of Jesus.
    • The tyrannosaurus rex at the bottom of the statue may refer to Satan, who is at times depicted as a snake or dragon being stepped upon by Maria, symbolizing the victory of good over evil.
    • While hard to see in the front, the snake on the back of Maria may refer to the serpent that tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden, symbolizing temptation, or the triumph over thereof. Mary bears the title of New Eve (Nuova Eva) contrasting Eve as a woman that inadvertently took part in Adam's and mankind's fall, Mary intentionally took part in mankind's salvation together with Jesus Christ.
    • Also on the back are three trilobites.
  • Maria's main body is surrounded by a "mandorla," an almond shaped halo used in early Christian art to represent heavenly apparitions, especially of Jesus and Mary.
  • Maria is on the Monument of Goddess Booster Pack for the Digital Devil Story Card Game.


Characters
Playable Kei Azuma
Major Characters Baraki / Sumire - Mubiora / Miranda - Ferris - Tsuzumi - Seri - Naitou - Emi - Hayashi - Stephen - Sophia - Sariel - Adam & Eve - Maria - Lucifer - Yaldabaoth
Locations
Idea Space Tokyo Shibuya - Akihabara - Shinjuku - Kichijoji - Shinagawa - Ikebukuro - Roppongi - Ueno - Harajuku
Ring of Gaea Dragon Palace - Gaean Space
The Expanse Gehenna Castle
??? Paradise
Archives
Terminology Order of Messiah - Idea Space - Ring of Gaea - Debuggers - Central Administration Bureau - Neo Messiah - Navi
Mechanics Modules - Race Shift - Capacity - Reinforcements - RTS - Resistance Level - Cancel
Lists Demons - Bosses - Skills - Combos - RTS Missions - Items - Cosmetics
Development
Corporate Atlus Co., Ltd. - Nex Entertainment
Personnel Kazunori Sakai - Yasuomi Umetsu - Kazuma Kaneko
Other Media
Published Hinotama Game Comic Anthology
Recruitable
Avatar Makami - Anubis - Barong
Avian Feng Huang - Jatayu - Thunderbird - Zhuque - Yatagarasu - Garuda
Beast Cait Sith - Inugami - Nekomata - Orthrus - Orobas - Loup-garou - Cerberus
Brute Daemon - Azumi - Ippon-Datara - Oni - Shiki-Ouji - Kin-Ki - Sui-Ki - Fuu-Ki - Ongyo-Ki
Deity Thoth - Horus - Atavaka - Khonsu - Mitra - Odin - Khonsu Ra - Zeus - Vishnu - Baal
Divine Angel - Archangel - Principality - Power - Dominion - Throne
Dragon Xuanwu - Quetzalcoatl - Qing Long - Ananta - Huang Long
Drake Aitvaras - Basilisk - Hydra - Fafnir - Seth - Vasuki
Element Erthys - Aeros - Aquans - Flaemis
Fairy Pixie - High Pixie - Jack-o'-Lantern - Jack Frost - Kelpie - Setanta - Silky - Oberon - Titania
Fallen Andras - Berith - Forneus - Eligor - Ose - Flauros - Decarabia - Nebiros - Adramelech - Abdiel
Femme Mermaid - Leanan Sidhe - Manananggal - Yaksini - Lamia - Dakini - Clotho - Lachesis - Cleopatra - Atropos - Rangda - Kali
Fiend Matador - Daisoujou - Hell Biker - Alice - White Rider - Red Rider - Black Rider - Pale Rider - Mother Harlot - Trumpeter
Foul Slime - Legion - Black Ooze
Fury Dionysus - Chernobog - Mot - Zaou-Gongen - Asura - Shiva
Genma Kurama Tengu - Hanuman - Cu Chulainn - Fionn mac Cumhaill - Amanozako
Haunt Preta - Obariyon - Poltergeist - Pisaca - Kumbhanda
Herald Melchizedek - Camael - Sraosha - Abdiel - Uriel - Raphael - Gabriel - Sandalphon - Michael - Metatron
Holy Shiisaa - Chironnup - Hayataro - Baihu - Chimera
Jaki Turdak - Rakshasa - Loa - Macabre - Hecatoncheires
Jirae Kodama - Tsuchigumo - Sudama - Kaya-no-Hime - Koropokkur - Hua Po - Narcissus
Kishin Attis - Zouchouten - Koumokuten - Jikokuten - Bishamonten - Thor
Kunitsu Take-Minakata - Sukuna-Hikona - Oyamatsumi - Kushinada-Hime - Okuninushi - Arahabaki
Lady Kikuri-Hime - Hariti - Isis - Cybele - Ishtar - Skadi - Alilat - Inanna - Danu - Nuwa - Nuwa
Megami Fortuna - Ame-no-Uzume - Anahita - Parvati - Artemis - Idun - Sarasvati - Scathach - Norn - Lakshmi - Demeter - Maria
Night Sandman - Mokoi - Incubus - Lilim - Succubus - Black Frost - Kaiwan - Queen Medb - Lilith
Raptor Onmoraki - Zhen - Muu Shuwuu - Anzu
Snake Naga - Raja Naga - Yurlungur - Yamata-no-Orochi
Tyrant King Frost - Belphegor - Moloch - Loki - Surt - Mara - Abaddon - Arioch - Mithras - Mephisto - Amon - Chi You - Beelzebub - Belial
Vile Baphomet - Mishaguji - Lahmu - Pazuzu - Girimekhala - Mada
Wargod Neko Shogun - Yoshitsune - Ganesha - Siegfried - Futsunushi
Wilder Bicorn - Bugs - Mothman - Nue
Yoma Mandrake - Agathion - Apsaras - Koppa Tengu - Valkyrie
Panagia Tao
Enemy Only
Meta Shohei Yakumo
Matter Lucifer
Mitama Saki Mitama - Kusi Mitama - Ara Mitama - Nigi Mitama
Nahobino Abdiel - Tsukuyomi - Nuwa
Fool Arsène - Obariyon - Orpheus (F) - Orpheus Picaro (F) - High Pixie - Izanagi - Izanagi Picaro - Orpheus - Orpheus Picaro - Legion - Ose - Bugs - Crystal Skull - Black Frost - Raoul - Vishnu - Satanael
Magician Zorro - Mercurius - Diego - Jack-o'-Lantern - Cait Sith - Jack Frost - Nekomata - Sandman - Choronzon - Queen Mab - Rangda - Forneus - Surt - Futsunushi
Priestess Johanna - Anat - Agnes - Silky - Apsaras - Koh-i-Noor - Isis - Kikuri-Hime - Sarasvati - Skadi - Scathach - Cybele
Empress Milady - Astarte - Lucy - Queen's Necklace - Yaksini - Lamia - Hariti - Dakini - Titania - Kali - Alilat - Mother Harlot
Emperor Goemon - Kamu Susano-o - Gorokichi - Regent - Eligor - Setanta - Thoth - Barong - King Frost - Oberon - Baal - Odin
Hierophant Berith - Orobas - Anzu - Daisoujou - Mishaguji - Bishamonten - Kohryu
Lovers Carmen - Hecate - Célestine - Pixie - Saki Mitama - Ame-no-Uzume - Leanan Sidhe - Kushinada - Narcissus - Parvati - Raphael - Ishtar
Chariot Captain Kidd - Seiten Taisei - William - Agathion - Slime - Shiki-Ouji - Kin-Ki - Ara Mitama - White Rider - Athena - Athena Picaro - Cerberus - Thor - Chi You
Justice Robin Hood - Loki - Hereward - Angel - Archangel - Principality - Power - Melchizedek - Dominion - Throne - Uriel - Metatron
Hermit Necronomicon - Prometheus - Al Azif - Bicorn - Koropokguru - Ippon-Datara - Sudama - Naga - Kurama Tengu - Arahabaki - Kumbhanda - Koumokuten - Loa - Fafnir - Ongyo-Ki
Fortune Stone of Scone - Clotho - Ariadne - Lachesis - Atropos - Ariadne Picaro - Fortuna - Norn - Asterius - Asterius Picaro - Lakshmi
Strength Kelpie - Shiisaa - Oni - Rakshasa - Orlov - Zouchouten - Valkyrie - Hanuman - Chimera - Zaou-Gongen
Hanged Man Hua Po - Inugami - Orthrus - Take-Minakata - Emperor's Amulet - Hecatoncheires - Jatayu - Moloch - Macabre - Attis
Death Mandrake - Mokoi - Matador - Nue - Pisaca - Hell Biker - Hope Diamond - Pale Rider - Chernobog - Thanatos - Thanatos Picaro - Mot - Alice
Temperance Genbu - Koppa Tengu - Makami - Jikokuten - Mitra - Byakko - Raja Naga - Gabriel - Ardha
Devil Incubus - Flauros - Andras - Lilim - Pazuzu - Baphomet - Nebiros - Belial - Beelzebub
Tower Belphegor - Red Rider - Magatsu-Izanagi - Magatsu-Izanagi Picaro - Seth - Black Rider - Mara - Yoshitsune - Mada
Star Kodama - Fuu-Ki - Neko Shogun - Kaiwan - Garuda - Vasuki - Sraosha - Hastur - Lucifer
Moon Succubus - Onmoraki - Kaguya - Black Ooze - Sui-Ki - Kaguya Picaro - Mothman - Girimehkala - Tsukiyomi - Tsukiyomi Picaro - Lilith - Byakhee - Sandalphon
Sun Suzaku - Thunderbird - Mithras - Yurlungur - Horus - Ganesha - Quetzalcoatl - Asura
Judgement Anubis - Trumpeter - Yamata-no-Orochi - Abaddon - Messiah - Shiva - Michael - Messiah Picaro - Satan
Faith Cendrillon - Vanadis - Ella - Phoenix - Tam Lin - Unicorn - Okuninushi - Orichalcum - Atavaka - Cu Chulainn - Siegfried - Maria
Councillor Azathoth - Adam Kadmon - Kushi Mitama - Nigi Mitama - Decarabia - Ananta - Yatagarasu - Seiryu - Dionysus - Vohu Manah
World Izanagi-no-Okami - Izanagi-no-Okami Picaro
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