"Over a thousand and five hundred years have passed since I formed the pact with my master... You are either truly skilled or fools indeed to ignore his warning. I will dine on your blood that wishes to mingle with the Unclean!"
—Minotaur, Shin Megami Tensei IV
Minotaur or Minotauros (ミノタウロス, Minotaurosu)? is a demon in the series.
The Minotaur is a beast of Greek myth, part bull and part man. He was kept by King Minos in a labyrinth created by the great Greek engineer, Daedalus. Every year, Athens was forced to send tribute to King Minos in the form of sacrifices to the Minotaur. This continued until the hero Theseus slayed the mighty beast after entering the labyrinth where the monster was and used the Ariadne Thread to recover his way home. In some tellings, the Minotaur is given the personal name Asterion.
A demon who made a pact with King Aquila of the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado 1,500 years ago. His task is to kill those who go too deep into Naraku and attempt to go to the Unclean Ones' country. He will be impressed with the strength of the Samurai as the battle goes on or unimpressed depending on Flynn's choices, which will either decrease his strength or Flynn's. After being defeated he will apologize to his dead master as their pact ends with his death, but believes they can entrust the future to the prentice Samurai.
"You seem to have some skill... But it pales in comparison to what my master Aquila was capable of. Do you genuinely believe it will be enough to triumph over me?"
"We'll give it our best."
"We are determined to win."
"Nngh... Have I met my match...? Do the Samurai have no limits...?"
"Far from it."
As the Minotaur's attacks can heavily damage multiple party members, bringing a demon such as Leanan Sidhe or Fortuna with the Media skill can benefit Flynn during the battle. The Knocker and Fomorian demons in the area can be used to fuse a Spriggan with the Bufu skill, allowing it to hit the Minotaur's weakness while it resists physical attacks as well as provide extra defense if Knocker learns Rakukaja before being fused. One other demon that resists physical attacks at this point would be Lham Dearg, provided that one has the patience to level them up. Minotaur will use War Cry only once at the start of the battle. If Walter is the current active companion, he may use Agi, which can possibly bestow the Smirk status to the Minotaur when it is blocked.
Once his health gets very low, he will start using Oni-Kagura and Charge. Finishing him off as quickly as possible is highly recommended, as these moves make him very dangerous.
If Flynn has reached level 15 before fighting the Minotaur, he may also fuse a Jack Frost to increase potential damage with its Bufula skill.