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"You still will not fall? You are truly the embodiment of filth. Nonetheless... just as darkness is pierced by light, your defeat is part of the natural order of things. Now learn of the humans' filth and its powerlessness before my light!"
—Merkabah's second form in Shin Megami Tensei IV

Merkabah (メルカバー, Merukabā)? is a demon in the series.

HistoryEdit

The throne chariot of God. It is a four wheel vehicle driven by the chayot which are living creatures with four wings and four faces. According to Ezekiel it is a chariot made of many angels driven by the "likeness of man." Merkabah is made of many Ophanim, Seraphim and Chayots.

AppearancesEdit

ProfileEdit

In the Shin Megami Tensei IV duology, Merkabah is depicted extremely arrogant, condescending and overzealous, going as far as calling the people of Tokyo "filth." He is an omnicidal maniac who obsesses in cleansing all of Tokyo with the Yamato Perpetual Reactor even if it would mean he and his follower's demise, believing that cleansing them will ascend them to a higher existence. In Apocalypse this is made worse, since he denounces anyone who does not agree with him or his version of Law as filth and even openly turns on his associates when they betray him in favor of humanity. He also has no regard to his actual followers and has no qualms deceiving them, for he still sees them as Tokyo filth and plans on killing all of them if he ever got his way.

Much like his counterpart Lucifer, he is also an ideological supremacist and simply believes that anyone who does not believe in Law shouldn't deserve to exist, albeit unlike his Chaos counterpart who often plays a facade of nobility, Merkabah constantly goes ranting about how vile and abhorrent his adversaries are, usually outright insulting them as "filth" in a repetitive fashion. His ideology supremacist tendencies are further displayed when a majority of his ranks are consisted of Abrahamic angels, while Law forces had traditionally accepted pagan entities in their ranks.

Shin Megami Tensei IVEdit

"I am the Lord's chariot...the seraph Merkabah. Foolish ones who churlishly refuse the hand of salvation that the lord has extended to you...I shall reduce you to ash for the sake of a new millennium of order."
—Merkabah in first form during confrontation in Neutral Route

After the events of the Monochrome Forest in the Law Path, Jonathan and Flynn awaken at the new Cocoon of Shene Duque and are greeted by the four archangels, who call the place the new Mikado Castle. They are informed of Lucifer's return and of how the Yamato Perpetual Reactor has been turned on, releasing hordes of demons upon Tokyo, who would seek to break free through the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado.

Unwilling to allow this, the four have sealed Naraku; but they lack the power to strike against Lucifer. To reach the necessary power to do so, they ask one of the two prentices to fuse with them to summon the Chariot of God, Merkabah, a being powerful enough to fight Lucifer himself. Though Jonathan is horrified at the archangels' plans of annihilating Tokyo and at the fact that whoever enters the fusion will be killed in all but name, the prospect of ensuring Mikado's safety and stability for all eternity is enough to convince him to enter martyrdom by sacrificing himself to Uriel, Raphael, Gabriel and Michael, summoning Merkabah.

In the Law route, Flynn and Merkabah defeat Lucifer to prevent further corruption of the people of Mikado. After that, Merkabah overloads the Yamato Perpetual Reactor to destroy Tokyo with a black hole, killing both himself and Flynn in the process to purge their own taint. In the Chaos route, Flynn and Lucifer defeat Merkabah in order to overthrow the Millennium Kingdom. In the Neutral route, it is revealed Merkabah is created from the Great Spirit of Goodwill which is being used by the angels to blindly preserve. Flynn and Isabeau team up and kill Merkabah to retrieve the Great Spirit of Goodwill in order to reawaken Masakado to his full form.

Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse Edit

"Sometimes called the "heavenly chariot" or the "throne of God." Described as having four faces and four wings in Ezekiel. There is also a form of meditation that invokes Merkabah used to connect to a higher realm. The ritual is quite dangerous, so caution is advised"
Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse compendium
Jonathan had agreed to enter martyrdom, and sacrificed himself to the archangels, leading to Merkabah descending down into the world; and began the war against Lucifer. Their conflict reaches even Tokyo. This later changes with the appearance of Krishna, the leader of the Divine Powers. Krishna claims that he is here to save humanity, in exchange for them offering their souls. Merkabah and Lucifer rebuke him by saying that humanity is their property, and reluctantly form an alliance to deal with the group of polytheistic gods. Merkabah promises that he will unleash elite Samurai known as "Warriors of Light" into Tokyo, each of them chosen in the name of god, with the fleet's captain being Gaston.

Merkabah then appears in Armageddon standing off against Lucifer in front of the Yamato Perpetual Reactor. He appears as highly arrogant and looks down on anyone who opposes him, going as far as repeatedly calling all of his resistances "filth". Despite his threats, his tone of speech did not show any form of malice. He also promises his Tokyo followers a peaceful life above the firmament in Mikado if he ever won; in reality, he was deceiving them and he planned on killing them instantly with the Yamato Perpetual Reactor should he ever win. Despite his general ignorance and aloof attitude, just like Lucifer he treats "Flynn" (Who is actually impersonated by Shesha) as if he were Shesha instead of Flynn, even calling him out as the "False Messiah."

He then offers Nanashi the option to join him. Joining Merkabah will result in a confrontation with Lucifer, followed by a bad ending. If he doesn't, as a last ditch attempt he would call Gaston to kill Nanashi with Michael's Spear, but Gaston betrays him by breaking the spear and awakening, causing intrigue upon the Samurais. Leaving no options, he will then attack the party. Lucifer will offer Nanashi to join his cause after he slays Merkabah. Refusal will result in a confrontation with Lucifer as well, and the party may progress further into the next sequence of events once Lucifer was slain as well. Should Nanashi accept Lucifer's offer, it will result in another bad ending.

If Nanashi accepts Merkabah's offer, all of Nanashi's partners and Dagda will desert and Lucifer will confront Merkabah and Nanashi. No allies will join the fight alongside Lucifer alongside Nanashi save for Merkabah. If Lucifer is defeated this way, Merkabah will order Nanashi to activate the Yamato Perpetual Reactor, which he does obediently and it destroys all of Tokyo, taking himself and Nanashi down alongside it. The Eastern Kingdom of Mikado is restored to a new age of peace, but Flynn remains confronting the Gods and Jonathan comments that he must be dealt with later on.

It is eventually revealed that Merkabah, along with Lucifer, are actually two halves of the being known as Satan. Created for the purpose of serving YHVH, Satan split its essence into two beings for the purpose of starting a pointless war in order to keep its creator in power. However, Satan grew to doubt God, and upon learning that the Great Will created Nanashi and Flynn as saviors, he decides to test them in combat. In the Anarchy Ending, Satan helps the two kill YHVH, despite knowing it would mean his end. In the Peace Ending, Satan restores life to Jonathan and Walter, long enough for them to defeat YHVH.

Merkabah, along with Lucifer, can be fused in the Cathedral of Shadows as a New Game Plus demon.

StatsEdit

Shin Megami Tensei IVEdit

Race Level HP MP
Strength --
Dexterity --
Magic --
Agility --
Luck --
Herald 70 ? ?
Physical Phys Gun Gun Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- - - - - - Null Null
Ailment Resistance Null: all
Normal Attack
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Judgement Light 80% instantly kills all foes. Light-type.
Holy Wrath Medium almighty damage to all foes. Chaos target takes 50% more damage.
Tetrakarn Bestows physical/gun-repelling shields for one turn to all allies.
Does not protect Merkabah himself.
Makarakarn Bestows magic-repelling shields for one turn to all allies.
Does not protect Merkabah himself.

Only Form 2 can use Hexagram & Shalt Not Resist.

Race Level HP MP
Strength 114
Dexterity 125
Magic 100
Agility 159
Luck 150
Herald 99 6000 / 9000
Physical Phys Gun Gun Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- - - - - - Null -
Ailment Resistance Poison/Panic/Sleep/Bind/Sick
Normal Attack Turn Icon 3
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Chariot Medium almighty damage and Sukunda to all foes.
Deadly Wind Severe force damage and 1% lost to all foes.
Thunder Reign Severe elec damage to all foes.
Riot Gun Severe gun damage to one foe.
Shalt Not Resist 2 hits of mega almighty damage and Rakunda to multiple foes.
Luster Candy Buffs party's attack, defense and agility by 1 level.
Hexagram 100% almighty instant kill to one foe.
Dekaja Negates all stat buffs from all foes.
Concentrate Multiplies user's next magical damage by 2.5.

Shin Megami Tensei IV ApocalypseEdit

Race Level HP MP
Strength --
Dexterity --
Magic --
Agility --
Luck --
Herald 75 ? ?
Physical Phys Gun Gun Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- - - - - - Drain Weak
Ailment Resistance Null:Mute, Resist:Poison/Panic/Sleep/Bind/Charm
Normal Attack Phys x1, 1 enemy Turn Icon 3
Related quest [Tgt] ! Armageddon
Skill Affinities Gun Gun +6 · Electricity Electricity +6 · Force Force +6 · Light Light +6 · Almighty Almighty +5 · Dark Dark -6
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Chariot 60 MP Medium almighty damage and Sukunda to all foes.
Riot Gun 30 MP Severe gun damage to one foe. Smirk +Pierce Gun
Thunder Reign 70 MP Severe elec damage to all foes.
Deadly Wind 40 MP Severe force damage to one foe. Smirk +Force Pierce
Luster Candy 80 MP Buffs party's attack, defense and agility by 1 level.
Hexagram - 100% almighty instant kill to one foe.
Shalt Not Resist - 2 hits of mega almighty damage and Rakunda to multiple foes.

Race Level HP MP
Strength 117
Dexterity 155
Magic 140
Agility 115
Luck 111
Herald 99 926 403
Physical Phys Gun Gun Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- - - - - - Drain Weak
Ailment Resistance Null:Mute, Resist:Poison/Panic/Sleep/Bind/Charm
Normal Attack Phys x1, 1 enemy
Skill Affinities Gun Gun +6 · Electricity Electricity +6 · Force Force +6 · Light Light +6 · Almighty Almighty +5 · Dark Dark -6
Special fusion Herald Seraph + Divine Cherub + Divine Throne
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Chariot 60 MP Medium almighty damage and Sukunda to all foes. Innate
Riot Gun 30 MP Severe gun damage to one foe. Smirk +Pierce Gun Innate
Thunder Reign 70 MP Severe elec damage to all foes. Innate
Deadly Wind 40 MP Severe force damage to one foe. Smirk +Force Pierce Innate

Devil Children Black/Red/White BookEdit

MerkabahPS
Class Type Race Level HP MP Exp
General Moon Divine 46 490 222 890
Attack Guard Magic M Guard Speed Luck
42 41 44 43 40 40
List of Skills
Skill Element Cost Effect
Zanma Wood 10 MP Heavy damage to one foe.
Pulinpa Moon 6 MP Inflicts Confusion on one foe.
Makafuji Moon 6 MP Inflicts Mute on one foe.
Tarunda Moon 5 MP Lowers Attack for all foes.
Dekaja Moon 8 MP Removes buffs for all foes.
Poison Blade Moon 25 HP Medium damage to one foe. Inflicts Poison.


GalleryEdit

 
Merkabah
Official artwork from Devil Children Red/Black Book.
 
Merkabah1stform
Merkabah's first form in Shin Megami Tensei IV
 
Merkabah2ndform
Merkabah's second form in Shin Megami Tensei IV.
 
Merkabah1
Merkabah's first form in-game.
 
Merkabah2
Merkabah's second form in-game.

TriviaEdit

  • Merkabah in the Shin Megami Tensei IV duology has a feminine form and breasts, however he has a masculine voice and is referred as male in-game.

Appearances in Other MediaEdit

  • Brave Frontier: Playable Unit
  • Last Chronicle: Playable Unit alongside Jonathan.
Brave Frontier
 
Merkabah Brave Frontier
Merkabah as he appears in Brave Frontier
Last Chronicle
 
Last Chronicle’ Card Illustrations of Jonathan and Merkabah
Last Chronicle Card Illustrations of Merkabah and Jonathan
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