Myrmecoleon's official artwork

Myrmecoleon (ミルメコレオ, Mirumekoreo)?, also known as Myrmecolion, is a demon in the series.


Myrmecoleon is an animal from Medieval bestiaries, also referenced in some sources as a Formicaleon, Formicaleun or Mirmicioleon.

There are two interpretations of what a Myrmecoleon is. In one version, the ant-lion is so called because it is the "lion of ants," a large ant or small animal that hides in the dust and kills ants. In the other version, it is a beast that is the result of a mating between a lion and an ant. It has the face of a lion and the body of an ant, with each part having its appropriate nature. Because the lion part will only eat meat and the ant part can only digest grain, the ant-lion starves.

The ant-lion story may come from a mistranslation of a word in the Septuagint version of the Old Testament, from the book of Job. The word in Hebrew is lajisch, an uncommon word for lion, which in other translations of Job is rendered as either lion or tiger; in the Septuagint it is translated as mermecolion, ant-lion.



Shin Megami Tensei: Strange JourneyEdit

"A beast with the front of a lion and the back of an ant. It is the result of a lion and ant mating, but because the lion part eats meat and the ant part eats vegetables, it will die of starvation. It was born from a mistranslation of the Bible."
—Strange Journey compendium

Shin Megami Tensei IVEdit

Myrmecolion appears in the 2nd and 3rd stratums of Naraku. It can teach Flynn the Patra and Life Drain skills through its Demon Whisper.

Shin Megami Tensei IV ApocalypseEdit

Myrmecolion appears in Kasumigaseki. It can teach the Tarunda, Frenzied Chomp, Patra and Wind Breath skills through its Demon Whisper. Myrmecolion benefits from learning Physical, Force, healing and support skills.

Devil Survivor 2Edit

"A monster whose front half is a lion and rear half is an ant.
It is said to be born when a male lion impregnates an ant egg. Because its father is carnivorous and its mother herbivorous, it eats nothing and dies of starvation. It was apparently a mistranslation of "old lion" in the Book of Job that gave rise to this strange creature."
—Devil Survivor 2 compendium

Known as Myrmecolion.


Shin Megami Tensei: Strange JourneyEdit

Race Alignment Level HP MP
Strength 19
Magic 12
Vitality 15
Agility 14
Luck 16
Vermin Dark-Neutral 22 202
Attack Type Physical Gun Fire Ice Electricity Wind Expel Curse Almighty
Single foe/1/Physical/None - - - Weak - - - - -
Poison Paralyze Stone Strain Sleep Charm Mute Fear Bomb Rage
- - - Weak - - Weak - - -
Natural Skills
Strandi Shooting Spree
D-Source Skills
Shooting Spree Mutudi Life Bonus
Item Drops
Vermin Abdomen Life Stone Bead

Shin Megami Tensei IVEdit

Race Level HP MP
Strength 11
Dexterity 10
Magic 9
Agility 9
Luck 8
Vermin 3 123 23
Physical Phys Gun Gun Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- - - - Weak - - -
Ailment Resistance Weak: Panic
Normal Attack Physical, one hit, one enemy
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Patra 5 MP Removes sleep, panic and bind from one ally. Innate
Life Drain 5 MP Drains small amount of HP from one foe. 4

Shin Megami Tensei IV ApocalypseEdit

Race Level HP MP
Strength 31
Dexterity 48
Magic 26
Agility 37
Luck 32
Vermin 29 293 110
Physical Phys Gun Gun Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- Weak - - Weak Resist - -
Ailment Resistance Weak:Panic
Normal Attack Phys x1, 1 enemy
Skill Affinities Physical Physical +2 · Force Force +2 · Healing Healing +1 · Support Support +1 · Electricity Electricity -3 · Gun Gun -4
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Tarunda 25 MP Debuffs all foes' physical attack/magical attack power by 1 level. Innate
Frenzied Chomp 6 MP Weak physical damage to one foe. Inflicts Poison/Bind/Charm. Innate
Patra 6 MP Removes sleep, panic, bind, charm, mute and daze from one ally. 30
Wind Breath 21 MP 1 to 4 hits of weak force damage to multiple foes. 31

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil SummonerEdit

Race Level HP MP St In Ma Ag Lu
Vermin 30 159 81 11 5 7 7 10
15 0-2 Wild 82 56 74 55 16 24
List of Skills
Spiral Bite Panic Voice Sukukaja

Devil Children Black/Red/White BookEdit

Class Type Race Level HP MP Exp
King Earth Yoma 25 265 118 263
Attack Guard Magic M Guard Speed Luck
24 22 19 20 19 20
List of Skills
Skill Element Cost Effect
Magna Earth 5 MP Light damage to one foe.
Venom Claw Moon 10 HP Light damage to one foe. Inflicts Poison.
Sukunda Moon 5 MP Lowers Luck for all foes.
Magunda Moon 5 MP Lowers M Guard for all foes.
Riberama Sun 4 MP Raises enemy encounter rate.
Magnus Earth 10 MP Heavy damage to one foe.

Devil Survivor 2Edit

Race Level HP MP
Strength 22
Magic 15
Vitality 10
Agility 19
Beast 50 336
Racial / Auto Skill Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Curse Curse
Free Leap - Resist - - Weak -
Command Skills
Piercing Hit *
Passive Skills
Drain Hit
List of Auction Skills
Life Drain * Agidyne *
Life Stream * Pierce *


Myrmecoleon from Devil Summoner
Artwork from Devil Children Red/Black Book.
Myrmecoleon's portrait in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
Myrmecolion Devil Survivor 2 (Top Screen)
Myrmecolion in Devil Survivor 2
Myrmecoleon Card
Sprite from Card Summoner

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