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Exterior of Niijima's Palace.

Niijima's Palace, also known as the Casino of Envy, is a location in Persona 5. It is the Palace of Sae Niijima.

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Persona 5Edit

  • Background Music: "The Whims of Fate" (listen here)
  • Available: October 29
  • Deadline: November 20 (Search warrant of the suspected Phantom Thieves)
  • Owner: Sae Niijima
  • Location: Courthouse
  • Keyword: Casino

At the beginning of the game, the protagonist is shown infiltrating a casino and when spotted by an apparently human security guard it transforms into a Shadow. When the protagonist tears off its mask, it erupts and takes the form of Moloch. The protagonist kills it and escapes by shattering a glass window, where the alarm set off and he was outnumbered and arrested by real police standing near the casino. He is then brought to the police station to be interrogated by Sae, where he testifies the events that form the majority of this game to her.

Later in the game, it is revealed to be the Palace of Sae Niijima, born from the pain of losing her father and her distorted disdain towards the current jurisdiction system. Sae was forced to become independent while supporting her younger sister, Makoto Niijima. In her profession, she faced much adversity from a corrupt political system and the need to be an agent of justice, forcing her to rig every case she is involved to her favor at all costs. The Phantom Thieves have to infiltrate it in order to prevent them from being framed for the murder of Kunikazu Okumura under the instructions of Goro Akechi. Unlike previous Palaces, all Cognitive existences in this Palace appear as normal people, as she does not think of others in a distorted manner.

The Palace appears as a casino that is heavily rigged by complex rigging mechanisms in favor of the house, symbolizing Sae's desire to rig every case into her favor. It is guarded by Shadows resembling security guards holding champagne bottles and bunny girl waitresses. Before the upper floors of the Palace can be reached, 100 thousand coins have to be earned to obtain a member's card, which is impossible without neutralizing the rigging mechanisms. After this is done, the member's floor is still reserved and is impossible to enter, so Akechi offers them to attend one of Sae's court cases so they can infiltrate it. 100 thousand coins are required to proceed to the manager's floor. The member's floor features a house of darkness with no easily accessible exit along with an arena that only allows the protagonist to enter but constantly pits him against multiple enemies. When they made 100 thousand coins, Shadow Sae increases the number of coins required by tenfold in order to impede the party's progress, but Akechi secretly loaned that amount using a coin card that Futaba supposedly told him to throw away, allowing the party to locate the treasure in the manager's floor.

The Phantom Thieves send a calling card to Sae and she is instantly placed on standby. When they enter the Palace one last time, she fights them on top of the casino, at first challenging them to a rigged roulette, but when that was exposed, she transforms into Leviathan and directly attacks them, but was defeated. The party successfully persuades Shadow Sae to assist them, but hordes of real policemen appear in the Palace and the protagonist uses himself as bait to be arrested while his teammates formulate a plan to expose Akechi and get around him. Under Futaba Sakura's instruction, the protagonist stalls Sae long enough for her to be instructed by him to show his bugged phone to Akechi and secretly puts him into the Palace, where he assassinates a cognitive copy of the protagonist instead. Unbeknown to the Conspiracy, they all believed that the protagonist was dead, putting the other Phantom Thieves into a temporary state of despair. With the protagonist's death averted, Sae transports him to Cafe Leblanc where they expose Shido as the mastermind.

If the protagonist sold out his teammates or confidants in the interrogation in return for reducing his penalty and has confirmed that he has made the right choices, Sae will promise him that she will do so, but Akechi appears in the interrogation room and executes his plan successfully. The protagonist is then found dead and imprisoned in the Velvet Room for eternity.

WalkthroughEdit

Lockpicks needed: 3 Note: If one wishes to save money at the Airsoft Shop, the armor with the highest defense rating for Morgana at this point is in one of the locked chests in the Palace. The second best weapon for the protagonist is also available from a normal chest.

The party begins the initial exploration of Sae Niijima's Palace on October 29th. Following the meeting at the entrance, head forward and to the right to climb the stairs. Jump across the roof and enter the door along the path.

Once inside the interior of the Palace, the Phantom Thieves' clothes will change and a short scene will commence. Afterward, jump across the fixtures to the southeast end of an area to reach an air duct to crawl through. After reaching the other side, the party will be confronted by Shadow Sae, who will want them to speak with them. Shadow Sae will tell the party where the treasure is during the conversation, and then leave via an elevator. From here, the party must find their way up to her again.

There is a chest at the southeast end of this area that contains a Feng Shui Charm along with a Safe Room on the south side of the room, across from the elevator. Interacting with the elevator will reveal that a members card is needed to use it. Following this, a Shadow will appear to challenge the party, and Akechi will show off his Persona in battle. Afterward, the party will leave the Palace.

The party can begin unrestricted exploration of Niijima's Palace on the following day. Once inside, head back to the room with the elevator. There will be Shadows patrolling the floor now. The party should head for the door at the southwest corner of the area next to enter the Staff Passageway.

Staff PassagewayEdit

Go through the door and follow the corridor as it heads to the north and then through some obstacles to the east to reach a treasure chest in the northeast corner. Open the chest to get the Heaven Ring. Now follow the corridor to the west. Near the southeast end of the floor, the party will notice a locked door that requires a keycard to proceed through. A door just north of this leads into a room with another treasure chest containing Seedy Gear. Head directly north to reach another Safe Room. To the south and to the east from here and up the stairs is a glowing red Shadow. The party can approach it directly or climb the containers to the north and enter an air duct to bypass it for now. If the party chooses to open the door behind it from the other end, they will ambush the Shadow to initiate the battle. The Shadow will need to be dealt with in order to obtain its Security Keycard, however. From here, the party can head to the barred door they passed to the southwest to unlock it and collect some breakable object items or continue onwards.

Following the passage north, the party comes across a door being guarded by two Shadows. The party can either attack them head on or find another way. The Security Keycard will also unlock the door before them, allowing access to an air duct that leads into the room they're guarding. Inside the room is another large red Shadow and computer systems. Defeating the Shadow will make it drop a Member's Card, which Futaba will initialize at the terminals for use. She will also produce a Casino Map which reveals more of the area. The party can either take the new air vent out or unlock one of the main doors out to the hallway again. The two Shadows that were guarding the door will be gone.

A room to the south in the hallway only leads to a surveillance room where guests are monitored and no items. Follow the hallway to the northeast to proceed. The locked door at the end of the hallway leads back to the upper area of the main casino floor. Save at the Safe Room and use the main elevator to reach the next area.

Members Floor LobbyEdit

The first door to the southwest leads into a new Safe Room for the party to use. Now speak to the cashier at the south end of the area. The party will receive a Members Floor Map and be informed that the card for the next area is a prize available for 50,000 coins. From here, they can decide which area to enter next. Heading southeast takes the party into the dice game area.

Dice Game AreaEdit

Head north to find an open air duct which leads into another Staff Passageway.

Staff PassagewayEdit

Head to the room with the yellow door in the middle of the area on the map to find a treasure chest that contains a Black Robe. Now take the stairs at the north end of the area and follow the hallway down some stairs to the next section of the area. Follow the hall on the lower floor and stay south to find another Safe Room. The stairs to the north only lead to a long hallway with a couple of breakable objects, so keep south and go through the door at the end of the hallway. Continue following the next hallway to find a barred door with no card reader. There is an air duct to enter the room on the opposite side. The treasure chest in this room contains a Parrying Dagger for the protagonist. The door at the end of the hall leads to the back rooms of the Dice Game Area.

Dice Game AreaEdit

Heading straight ahead will put the party into a battle with the Wandering Reviver, Nebiros. Nebiros can use Brain Jack to Frenzy the majority of the party, try to heal this as soon as possible. Following the battle, the party will rig one of the game rooms in their favor, while all the others will have fair odds. Head for the room marked with the exclamation point. Select the between 11 and 18 option for all four games. Not head back towards the entrance of the Dice Game Area and a cutscene will play, resulting in the party obtaining even more coins. Now the party plans to enter the Slots Room.

Slot RoomEdit

The party will be forced into a battle with the Life-draining Spirit Kumbhanda upon entering the Slot Room. They will try to use Wage War to infuriate the party before attacking them with Physical attacks. After they are defeated, move forward into the area. There is a control terminal on the left that glows blue using Third Eye. Inspect it to have it marked on the map. Now head north and through the door. Follow the long hallway up the stairs until it descends down some stairs to the east and head into the caged room. There is another control terminal here that will be marked on the map.

Heading back to the branch split at the start of the area, take the staircase up next to the sealed door. Follow the upstairs hallway around and back down, then head south and east through the door to find a treasure chest behind some large crates. Open the chest to receive Smokestained Armor. There is also a control panel here that will be marked on the map. Now follow the hallway back north and to the east to unlock the sealed door and mark another control terminal on the map. Now head into the western door to reach the main hall of the Slot Room. Move to examine the large slot machine at the west end of the area.

The party can find a chest on top of some slot machines at the south side of the upstairs area. Opening it lets the party obtain a Ghillie Vest. On the north side is a control terminal that the party needs to access to proceed forward. Futaba will state the party will need to find a red and green control terminal. The red control terminal is the one near the entrance to the slot room. The green control panel is where the treasure chest behind the large crates was at the south end of the central area. From here, the protagonist can choose to head straight to the giant slot machine or explore the area more.

At the giant slot machine, the party will win the required coins and be given the option to head straight for the lobby to redeem them or explore the area more. The party must redeem 50,000 coins for the High Limit Card to proceed further into the Palace. After purchasing the card, there will be a Shadow guarding the elevator entrance. Save at the Safe Room, then challenge them to proceed. The party will face the Final Measurer, Norn.

Upon reaching the High Limit Floor, the party will be forced to leave until they make Sae recognize their "reservation" by being allowed into a court room during proceedings with her. Leave the Palace for the real world when ready.

After the court room scene, the party will head directly to the Palace. Go up to the high limits floor.

High Limit LobbyEdit

Check in at the front desk to receive 1,000 coins and the High Limit Floor Map. Then head to the door indicated in the cutscene. Investigate the scale bridge and authentication device nearby to learn that the Bridge of Judgment must be activated by 100,000 coins. Open the nearby locked chest to receive a Bead Chain and Sapphire, then head back down into the lobby. There is a new Safe Room at the far north end of the area. Save and then continue onward.

House of DarknessEdit

The door to the east leads into the Battle Arena, but there's an entrance fee of 10,000 coins. This leaves the House of Darkness to the west as the only available route open to the party at the moment. The entrance fee is 1,000 coins, with a 10,000 coin payout. Pop into the Safe Room immediately to the south after the introduction scene, then continue onward.

Once inside, the hallways will be nearly pitch black with Shadows roaming about. If the party is spotted by a Shadow, a spotlight will light up the area just light enough to strike them without being blindsided. The minimap will also not update as the party moves around. There is only one hallway leading to a locked door. After a short scene, the party can enter an air duct to proceed forward. After dropping down, a door immediately to the south leads two a long hallway with two patrolling Shadows and a treasure chest containing a Fortress Belt. Now head back to the dropdown area and follow the hall until it splits into two paths. The lefthand path leads into a room containing a treasure chest with a Balm of Life inside. The righthand path eventually leads into another room with a barred door and a lit fixture to climb onto.

Climbing onto the fixture leads into an air vent. Once out of the air vent, a door to the north leads to a long hallway with a split. The righthand path here leads to the locked door that was next to the original air vent in the area. The lefthand path leads to a room with a treasure chest containing a Model Gun.

Going back to the split at the air vent, the western door leads into a lit area with a locked treasure chest containing a Morose Collar, Topaz and Magic Ointment. The door to the southeast leads back into the darkened maze, near the lit climbable fixture. The door to the west leads into a long hallway, where a Shadow will block the way forward, making it necessary to find an alternate route.

The door immediately visible to the south is barred from the other side, making it necessary to crawl through a nearby air vent further down on the same wall. After going through, unlock the door if desired, then follow the hallway through to the exit door. The hallway is one relatively straightforward path, with jumps up and down to skip some parts of the route. There is a locked treasure chest in this hallway that contains a Soma and Sapphire. Once through the hallway, the protagonist can interact with a keypad on the opposite wall to retract the wall of cards in the hallway. Afterward, proceed west through the next door.

Following the hallway west, the Shadow from earlier can be seen waiting at the end of the area. The party can divert into a Safe Room to the south before engaging them without a issue. Save the game and meet the Shadow. The Shadow will transform into the Snake King, Raja Naga, upon being confronted by the party. Raja Naga will alternate between using Concentrate and Mazionga to attack the party. After the Shadow is defeated, the party can skip back to the lobby area or explore the area more. There is one breakable object in the encounter area where the Shadow was, but otherwise, there is nothing else at the end of the area.

Battle ArenaEdit

Back in the High Limit Lobby, head for the Battle Arena doors. In the Battle Arena area, there is a new Safe Room to save at. Now check in at the front counter to have the protagonist enter "one-on-one" battles in the arena. Once ready, interact with the gate and proceed forward into the arena area from the hallway.

The first battle will be against two Auspicious Pachyderms. Psy skills will upend them for extra turns. The second battle will be against three Dancing Witches. Electricity and Bless skills will hit their weakness, but they cannot be targeted by Physical, Gun, Fire or Curse skills; the former two will repel damage back at the protagonist.

The last battle will be against the Thunder Emperor, Thor. Thor will alternate by using Charge and Concentrate skills, with an extra turn between each to prepare for his attack. Switching to a Persona that will Repel Physical and letting the protagonist take the hit will inflict a great deal of damage on Thor. Personas that Repel Electricity will have no additional effect, as Thor will Nullify the counter damage. Girimehkala and Rangda can be used to Repel the Physical damage, but Rangda is weak to Electricity attacks.

After the battle, the party will receive the 100,000 coin payout and be able to activate the Bridge of Judgment to reach the next area. Following a scene where Shadow Sae attempts to deny their progress again, the party will outsmart her thanks to Akechi's planning, being able to lower the bridge despite Shadow Sae's amended requirement of 1,000,000 coins. After lowering the bridge, the party can continue forward. Additionally, there are some items available at the High Limit Lobby counter if the protagonist wishes to purchase them. The desk has a Golden Beam weapon for Akechi (1,200 coins), Tyche Charm accessory (400 coins) and Despair Charm accessory (400 coins) available for purchase. The protagonist can also backtrack to the Members Floor Lobby to purchase a Soma (350 coins) and Bead Chain (120 coins).

Once the path to the Treasure has been secured, the party can opt to leave the Palace or continue exploring. There is nothing else in the room with the Treasure and the door at the top of the stairs is locked. Once ready with any necessary preparations, leave the Palace when desired.

The Calling Card will automatically be sent on November 18th, leaving the protagonist free to do what they wish until then. Upon returning to the Palace, head to where the treasure was located. A door will unlock leading upstairs to another elevator. The protagonist will be prompted to confirm using it to go upwards, as this leads to the boss encounter.

After the boss encounter, the protagonist is required to escape the Palace alone and will fight the Moloch Shadow seen at the tutorial of the game at the end of the catwalk. Once he defeats it, a cutscene will play and a prompt to save the game will appear. Save the game as the upcoming interrogation events might lead to a bad ending if the wrong choices are made.

TreasureEdit

The true form of Shadow Sae's Treasure is never shown. Before the Treasure is materialized, Makoto expects its true form to be their father's investigation notebook, symbolizing Sae's grudge over their father's death in the line of duty. It was never stolen, so Sae and her Shadow can be used to outmaneuver Akechi. In order to further the Phantom Thieves' plans, Ryuji hands over an empty suitcase to the protagonist in order to trick Akechi into believing that they are genuinely reforming Sae's heart.

List of EnemiesEdit

Shadow Lv Arcana Personality Affinity
Melee Icon P5 Ranged Icon P5 Fire Icon P5 Ice Icon P5 Elec Icon P5 Wind Icon P5 Psy Icon P5 Nuclear Icon P5 Light Icon P5 Dark Icon P5 Almighty Icon P5
Ose 42 Fool Upbeat - - St - - - - - Wk Nu 20
Unicorn 39 Hierophant Timid - - - Nu - - St - Nu Wk 20
Kikuri-Hime 40 Priestess Gloomy - - Wk - - Nu - - St - 20
Valkyrie 44 Strength Irritable - St - - - - - - Nu - 20
Queen Mab 43 Magician Gloomy - - Nu - St Wk - - - - 20
Ganesha 53 Sun Upbeat St - - - - Dr Wk - - - 20
Power 41 Justice Irritable - Wk - - - St - - Nu Wk 20
Kumbhanda 42 Hermit Irritable - - Nu Wk - - - - - St 20
Kushinada-Hime 42 Lovers Upbeat - - - - - - - Wk Rf - 20
Norn 52 Fortune Upbeat - - - St - Dr - - - - 20
Skadi 55 Priestess Timid - - - Rf - - - - - Nu 20
Rangda 48 Magician Gloomy Rf Rf Nu - Wk - - - Wk Nu 20
Orlov 30 Strength Upbeat St Nu Nu Nu - Nu Nu Nu Nu Nu

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Bosses Edit

Shadow Lv Arcana Affinity
Melee Icon P5 Ranged Icon P5 Fire Icon P5 Ice Icon P5 Elec Icon P5 Wind Icon P5 Psy Icon P5 Nuclear Icon P5 Light Icon P5 Dark Icon P5


Ose

(Goro's Awakening)

45 St St St St St St St St - Nu

Nebiros

54 - - - - - Wk St - - Rf
Kumbhanda 42 - - Dr - - - - Wk Nu Rf
Norn 52 - - St - - Dr - - St St

Raja Naga

55 - - - - Nu - - - - -
Ganesha 52 St - - - - Dr Wk - - -
Rangda 48 Rf Rf Nu - Wk - - - Wk Nu
Thor 53 - - - - Dr - - - - -

Sae Niijima

(Normal Shadow)

52 - - - - - - - - - -


Leviathan

(Sae Niijima)

53 - - - - - - - - - -

Moloch  (After Shadow Sae)

60 - - Rf Wk St St Dr - - Nu

MusicEdit

Niijima's Palace plays the background music "The Whims of Fate". The lyrics could be interpreted as hypnotizing the gamblers into gambling.

Gallery Edit

 
Niijima Palace
Inside of Niijima's Palace

Trivia Edit

  • Niijima's Palace design is likely based on Sultry Lounge from Persona 4: Dancing All Night.
  • Niijima's Palace is the only Palace in the game that does not play another BGM once the Thieves enter its depths. It is also the only Palace to play a BGM with lyrics.
  • If the party secures the treasure route way before the November 19th, the game will automatically send the calling card on November 18th and forcefully throw the party into Niijima's Palace the next day, regardless of completion date prior to the deadline. This is in order to sync the events with the aftermath of the heist, which includes a split ending route.