"Understand that there is no point in living. Cry, that there is no answer! Where there is darkness, there are shadows. I, myself, am all of you humans!"
—Nyarlathotep, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

Nyarlathotep (ニャルラトホテプ, Nyaruratohotepu)? is a demon in the series.

History[edit | edit source]

Nyarlathotep was known to many as The Crawling Chaos, The God of a Thousand Forms, The Dweller in Darkness, The Faceless God, The Floating Horror, The Haunter of the Dark or many others, is an Outer God in the Cthulhu Mythos. He is the spawn of Azathoth. Like many of the well known Old Ones, he was created by H. P. Lovecraft.

Nyarlathotep differs from the other deities in the Mythos in a number of ways. Most of the Outer Gods are exiled to the stars, like Yog-Sothoth and Azathoth, and most of the Great Old Ones are sleeping and dreaming like Cthulhu; Nyarlathotep, however, is active and frequently walks the Earth, actively seeking to agitate the universe into madness, woe, and discord. He has been known as a manipulative, charismatic and cruel entity who enjoy bringing chaos to the many worlds he walks. He has "a thousand" other forms and manifestations, most reputed to be quite horrific and sanity-blasting.

While the other Mythos gods are often described as mindless or unfathomable, rather than truly malevolent, Nyarlathotep delights in cruelty, he is deceptive and manipulative, deceiving the antagonists of the mythos into believing he could grant them power (which he did at the cost of nearly losing their humanity) and manipulating them into becoming his pawns and even cultivates followers and uses propaganda to achieve his goals.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Profile[edit | edit source]

Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE[edit | edit source]

Nyarlathotep appears as a special field boss in Nakano. During a Full Moon, if the player is holding a Shining Trapezohedron and approaches the tree at the southern central area, a Fiery Three-Eyed Nyarlathotep boss will appear along with several Nightmare Black Oozes. Should Nyarlathotep and the Black Oozes be defeated before the Full Moon ends, there is a rare chance that a second, more powerful Crawling Chaos Nyarlathotep will appear to take their place, who is accompanied with several other, smaller Crawling Chaos Nyarlathotep. This boss will drop a Crown Shard when defeated, which can be traded with the Junk Collector in Souhonzan for Nyarlathotep's plug-in, Crawling Confusion.

Persona series[edit | edit source]

In the Persona series, he is symbolic of the destructive potential of Carl Jung's collective unconscious and actively seeks to agitate the universe into madness, woe, and discord.

In the series, he is given a prominent plot role, known as The Crawling Chaos, as the counterbalance to Philemon in the Persona series. Unlike Philemon, Nyarlathotep is able to operate in the outside world and take an active role. Throughout the series he employs the use of Shadow Selves of characters to accomplish his goals. Shadow versions of Tatsuya Suou, Lisa Silverman, Eikichi Mishina, Maya Amano and Yukino Mayuzumi appear as bosses in Innocent Sin thanks to rumors. In Eternal Punishment, Maya Amano, Katsuya Suou, Ulala Serizawa, and Baofu all have Shadows Selves which attack the party as bosses in pairs. Nyarlathotep is also capable of appearing as anyone he chooses. It is revealed in Eternal Punishment that he is represented by a black butterfly.

Megami Ibunroku Persona[edit | edit source]

Nyarlathotep is the "persona" of Takahisa Kandori. After Kandori is defeated by the protagonist and his friends, Nyarlathotep forcibly enters Kandori's body and transforms him into God Kandori, saying he will grant him the power he seeks. Retroactively, Nyarlathotep has been mentioned to have engineered the whole incident with the intention of giving the humans a chance to destroy all of reality, allowing him to win his bet with Philemon.

An alternate form of Nyarlathotep can be fused in the Velvet Room by adding the "Faceless Mask" totem, dropped by God Kandori, to a fusion with a Tower Arcana Persona result. Nyarlathotep has "Worst" affinity with every party member except for Reiji Kido, Kandori's half-brother.

Persona 2 Duology[edit | edit source]

Nyarlathotep is the main antagonist of the Persona 2 duology. An extremely manipulative, charismatic and cruel entity born from the human consciousness, he and Philemon are acting on a bet to see if humanity will become enlightened or ultimately destroy itself. In order to rig things in his favor to end humanity, he gave Sumaru City the ability to spread Rumors which are events that would become true when being spread by people, effectively allowing him to alter reality as he wishes. He is assisted by an organization in each part of the duology, being the corrupted child playgroup Masked Circle in Innocent Sin and the political group New World Order in Eternal Punishment. In either case, his final goal is complete and utter world destruction, which he deliberately advances the progress of in order to display to Philemon that people will ultimately guide themselves to their own ruin.

Persona 2: Innocent Sin[edit | edit source]

He appears as Jun Kurosu's late father (Akinari Kashihara), and the Fuhrer, whom was supposedly revived by rumors. Due to his charisma and self confidence compared with his real counterpart, he acts as an ideal substitute parent for Jun. His goal in this game is to fulfill the Oracle of Maia to guide humanity to destruction, which he orders his Masked Circle and Last Battalion servants to fulfill regardless of cost.

He serves as the game's final boss in the form of the Great Father (グレートファーザー, Gurēto Fāzā)?, a fusion of the main cast's fathers. The Great Father's arms and legs are each a particular character's father; Lisa Silverman's father (Steven Silverman) is the left arm, Maya Amano's (Masataka Amano) is the right arm, Eikichi Mishina's (Kankichi Mishina) is the left leg, and Jun Kurosu's Akinari Kashihara is the left leg. The head takes the shape of fake Akinari Kashihara based on Jun's delusions.

After the fight, he uses Maya Okamura to stab and kill Maya Amano with the Spear of Longinus, killing her and fulfilling the Oracle of Maia. This causes the earth to stop rotating with Xibalba being the last vestige of humanity alive, rendering him victorious. However, his victory was undone when Philemon erases the party's memories and creates the Eternal Punishment reality, resetting the events as if they never happened. However, Suou refused to forget the events in the old timeline due to refusing to kill his shadow, allowing Nyarlathotep to have the chance to repeat the same events again.

He is voiced by Jin Yamanoi (Japanese; for both versions of Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment) and Tom Wyner (English) in Eternal Punishment. Patrick Seitz, however, voices him in English in the PSP version of Innocent Sin.

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment[edit | edit source]

Nyarlathotep fulfills the same role as he did in Innocent Sin. While he does not restore Tatsuya Sudou's memories of the events from the previous game, he does talk to him and tease him with comments intended to spark the general idea of the same events in Sudou's addled mind, so he would be driven to repeat them in the Other Side. He appears before the party as Tatsuya Suou. It is revealed later that the Time Count is Nyarlathotep in disguise.

Nyarlathotep is described as the destructive side of Humanity's collective unconscious, and as such, the living embodiment of Mankind's collective evil; every thought, action or feeling that derives in experiencing the desire to bring harm to others or oneself in any form fuels Nyarlathotep's existence. His reason for providing the human race with the means to drive itself to destruction is given as a bet between him and Philemon, who holds that they instead will ascend to a greater destiny.

Because of his past defeat in Innocent Sin, he took the opening Tatsuya Suou provided him with when he refused to abandon his memories of the Other Side, implementing a new plan to let Mankind destroy itself, and branded Tatsuya with a mark to remind him that he doesn't have much time before the Other Side comes back.

He continues similar schemes trying to annihilate humanity by engineering people's thoughts, but this time he uses the New World Order, a group of corrupt politicians to act as his servants. He spread the unearthing of the mummy of a fabricated tyrant known as Kiyotada Sumaru who via kotodama, supposedly told the New World Order to extract Kegare from people and insert them into the earth's core, which will result in the earth dragons arising from it and they will destroy the world out of rage. In order to fulfill the prophecy, Nyarlathotep turns Tatsuya Sudou into the JOKER, a contract killer, and uses Chizuru Ishigami to spread a mystical infection on anyone who called him that will result in the host turning into a bloodthirsty maniac. The New World Order then extracts Kegare from the Jokers and fill the earth's core with them, causing the destruction of the world while they board the Ameno Torifune to utopia.

In the end, a new group, formed by Tatsuya, Maya, Baofu, Tatsuya's brother Katsuya Suou, and Ulala Serizawa again stood against him and his plans of extermination. After the defeat of Kiyotada Sumaru, the Ameno Torifune is thrown into the collective unconsciousness and the party climbs the Monado Mandala to confront him. Despite unleashing his true forms against the party, he was defeated once again. Following his second defeat, he was banished to parts unknown, eradicating the power of Rumors and allowing Philemon to win the bet. He wasn't destroyed forever, though, because he is an undeniable, indelible presence in Humanity's heart, and may still return.

In Tatsuya's new scenario in the remake, Shiori Miyashiro's self is shattered into Trapezohedrons; Nyarlathotep's avatar, The Faceless God, seizes the last of the eleven stones, the one containing Shiori's shadow, and confronted Tatsuya and his group in the Kadath Mandala. Upon his defeat, he tells the party that soon they'll meet the real him in the flesh and is forced to leave behind not only Shiori's Trapezohedron, but also Randolph Carter's Trapezohedron of Emotion. Unlike the Nyarlathotep from the main story, The Faceless God appears as how Nyarlathotep is depicted in the traditional Shin Megami Tensei games.

Persona: Tsumi to Batsu[edit | edit source]

It is revealed in the last chapter that Rago is an avatar of Nyarlathotep.

Devil Survivor Overclocked[edit | edit source]

"A god of the Cthulhu mythos. He came to Earth in ancient times from outer space and is known as the Crawling Chaos. He acts as a proxy to his masters such as Azathoth, who have no intelligence to make their desires manifest in our world. Because he can assume various forms, he is known as a faceless god. He is particularly known as the Haunter of the Dark, and he seems to have other guises on Earth as well."
Devil Survivor Overclocked Compendium

Known as Nyalatotep. In the 8th day, God vs Hero, Nyarlathotep is one of Naoya's demons when he appears to help during the final battle against Okuninushi.

Devil Survivor 2[edit | edit source]

Nyarlathotep appears as the strongest member of the Vile race.

The Animation[edit | edit source]

Nyarlathotep's name appears as the name of 8th layer in JP's Alaozar Firewall System.


Stats[edit | edit source]

Shin Megami Tensei II[edit | edit source]

Nyarlathotep SMT2.PNG
Race Alignment Level HP MP
Vile Dark-Law 53 750 161
CP NOA ATK ACC DEF EVA M.ATK M.EFC
113 1 144 96 132 95 16 15
St 19
In 12
Ma 13
Vi 13
Ag 12
Lu 4
Drop Diamond Inherit Fire
Swd Gun Fir Ice Elc For Nrv Exp Crs Mgc Bnd Rsh Hnd Leg Fly Alm
1.5× 1.5× ½Rf ½Rf ½Rf ½Rf ½Rf ½Rf ½Rf ½Rf ½Rf 1.5× 1.5× 1.5× 1.5× -
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect
Zanma 5 MP Medium force damage to a single foe.
Mazanma 7 MP Medium force damage to a group of foes.
Tetrakarn 6 MP Shields against Physical attacks for one turn, all allies.
Recarm 12 MP Revives with 1/4 HP, one ally.
Stun Claw 5% HP Light Punch attack to 2 foes. Inflicts Bind.
Suck 5% HP Inflicts light damage to an enemy, user takes half inflicted damage.


Shin Megami Tensei: if...[edit | edit source]

Nyarlathotep if.GIF
Race Alignment Level HP MP
Vile Dark-Law 55 896 186
CP NOA ATK ACC DEF EVA M.ATK M.EFC
74 1 152 101 148 99 16 15
St 21
In 12
Ma 13
Vi 19
Ag 12
Lu 9
Drop Diamond Inherit Curse
Resistances Reflects magic.
Swd Gun Fir Ice Elc For Nrv Exp Crs Mgc Bnd Rsh Hnd Leg Fly Alm
1.5× 1.5× ½Rf ½Rf ½Rf ½Rf ½Rf ½Rf ½Rf ½Rf ½Rf 1.5× 1.5× 1.5× - -
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect
Mazanma 7 MP Medium Force damage to all foes.
Tetrakarn 6 MP Shields against Physical attacks for one turn, all allies.
Recarm 19 MP Revives with 1/4 HP, one ally.
Suck 5% HP Light damage to an enemy, user recovers half inflicted damage.
Stun Claw 5% HP Light Punch damage to two foes. Inflicts Bind.
Dark Breath 12 MP Raises all allies' defense and magic.


Shin Megami Tensei NINE[edit | edit source]

DDS9 Nyarlathotep.png
Race Alignment Level HP MP
Vile Dark-Law 54 534 224
CP NOA ATK ACC DEF EVA M.ATK M.EFC
- - - - - - -
St 21
In 12
Ma 13
Vi 19
Ag 12
Lu 9
List of Skills
Chaotic Darkness Poison Claw Dark Judgement
Megidola Tetrakarn Teleport


Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE[edit | edit source]

Nyarlathotep Imagine.jpg
Race Alignment Level HP MP Growth Inherit St Ma Vi In Sp Lu
Vile Law 86 779 521 Master Peorth Magic 66 120 53 78 56 42
Force Slot Close Long Spell Support P.Def M.Def Critical Crt.Def
2 69 64 99 68 33 34 5 35
Features Magic Torrent, Nerve Wield, Mind Induct, Great Wit (Mitama: Shapeless God) See also [1]
Default Skills
Skill Cost Effect
Magic Shot - Deals magic affinity damage to a single target.
Fog Breath 12% HP Deals magic affinity damage to all enemies in front of user and inflicts muddle (70%).
Anti-Demon Stance 2 MP User enters a guard stance, decreasing damage taken from attack
and spin moves. Slows enemy's recovery from attacks.
Megido 20 MP Deals almighty damage to a single target.
Petra Eyes 10 MP A magic affinity skill that inflicts stone (85%) on a single target.
Hell's Eyes 5 MP Deals death damage to a single target.
Tetrakarn 10 MP Reflects the next physical attack the user receives.
Gale Force 2 MP User enters a dodge stance, negating the next enemy shot or rapid move
and inflicting the stun ailment (100%).


Megami Ibunroku Persona[edit | edit source]

Nyarlathotep MIP.png
Arcana Type Subtype Level SP cost Totem Returns °
Tower Dark Curse 66 29 Faceless Mask Ebon Rope Tablet
MAtk MDef
Strength 65
Vitality 60
Dexterity 36
Agility 31
Luck 52
190 155
Affinity Reiji
1h 2h Sp Ax Wp Th Ar Fs HG MG SG Ri Te Ru
14 14 14 14 14 14 14 Nu Nu Nu Nu - -
Fi Ic Wi Er El Nc Bl Gr Ex Mi De Cu Nr ???
- - - - - - - - 1.5× Dr 24 Nu 14
List of Skills
Rank Skill Effect
1 Slumpa Inflicts Unlucky status (area)
3 Mudoon Death damage/Instant Angel kill (area)
4 Decover No HP recovery for 3 turns (1 foe)
5 Shibaboo Inflicts Bind status (area)
7 Outoma 25% chance to escape battle
8 Thunder Kick Light Tech damage (1 foe)

Order Type Subtype Level HP SP Drops
- Normal Normal 0 0 0 -
MAtk MDef
Strength 0
Vitality 0
Dexterity 0
Agility 0
Luck 0
0 0
Traits None
1h 2h Sp Ax Wp Th Ar Fs HG MG SG Ri Te Ru
- - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Fi Ic Wi Er El Nc Bl Gr Ex Mi De Cu Nr ???
- - - - - - - - - - - - - -
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Fog Breath Medium Nerve damage+Blind (area)
Stone Claw Light Tech damage+Petrify (1 foe)

Persona 2: Innocent Sin[edit | edit source]

Try and surpass your father!
Arcana Type Level HP Normal Drop Rare Drop
- None 65 13308 - -
Traits No Personality
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 57
Vitality 52
Dexterity 58
Agility 53
Luck 51
250 240 170 171
Sw Rn Sk Th Hv Fi Wt Wi Er Ic El Nc Li Dk Al Nr Mn
- - - - - - - - - - - - Nu Nu - Nu Nu
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Despairing Dream Enemies will take damage to their SP instead of HP (duration unknown).
Megidolaon Deal high Almighty damage to all enemies.
Firestorm Deal high Fire damage to all enemies.

Arcana Type Level HP Normal Drop Rare Drop
- None 63 5000 - -
Traits No Personality
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 52
Vitality 48
Dexterity 55
Agility 49
Luck 47
230 222 160 161
Sw Rn Sk Th Hv Fi Wt Wi Er Ic El Nc Li Dk Al Nr Mn
- - - - - - - - - - - - Nu Nu - Nu Nu
List of Skills
Skill Effect
High Pressure Deal medium Almighty damage to all enemies.
Reminiscence Wave Deal high non-elemental damage to all enemies; causes Sleep status for Maya Amano.

Arcana Type Level HP Normal Drop Rare Drop
- Earth 63 5000 - -
Traits No Personality
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 52
Vitality 48
Dexterity 55
Agility 49
Luck 47
230 222 160 161
Sw Rn Sk Th Hv Fi Wt Wi Er Ic El Nc Li Dk Al Nr Mn
- - - - - - - - - - - - Nu Nu - Nu Nu
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Earth's Anger Deal high Earth damage to all enemies.
Seals Raid Deal instant Havoc kill to all enemies. (30% chance)

Arcana Type Level HP Normal Drop Rare Drop
- Wind 63 5000 - -
Traits No Personality
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 52
Vitality 48
Dexterity 55
Agility 49
Luck 47
230 222 160 161
Sw Rn Sk Th Hv Fi Wt Wi Er Ic El Nc Li Dk Al Nr Mn
- - - - - - - - - - - - Nu Nu - Nu Nu
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Hurricane Deal high Wind damage to all enemies.
Delusion Channeling Deal heavy non-elemental damage to one enemy; causes Charm status for Jun Kurosu.

Arcana Type Level HP Normal Drop Rare Drop
- Water 63 5000 - -
Traits No Personality
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 52
Vitality 48
Dexterity 55
Agility 49
Luck 47
230 222 160 161
Sw Rn Sk Th Hv Fi Wt Wi Er Ic El Nc Li Dk Al Nr Mn
- - - - - - - - - - - - Nu Nu - Nu Nu
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Fear Torrent Deal high Water damage to all enemies.
Master 18 Deal low non-elemental damage to one enemy 18 times.

Try and surpass your father!
Arcana Type Level HP Normal Drop Rare Drop
- None 65 13308 - -
Traits No Personality
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 57
Vitality 52
Dexterity 58
Agility 53
Luck 51
175 192 119 136
Sw Rn Sk Th Hv Fi Wt Wi Er Ic El Nc Li Dk Al Nr Mn
- - - - - - - - - - - - Nu Nu - Nu Nu
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Despairing Dream Enemies will take damage to their SP instead of HP (duration unknown).
Megidolaon Deal high Almighty damage to all enemies.
Firestorm Deal high Fire damage to all enemies.

Arcana Type Level HP Normal Drop Rare Drop
- None 63 5000 - -
Traits No Personality
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 52
Vitality 48
Dexterity 55
Agility 49
Luck 47
161 177 112 128
Sw Rn Sk Th Hv Fi Wt Wi Er Ic El Nc Li Dk Al Nr Mn
- - - - - - - - - - - - Nu Nu - Nu Nu
List of Skills
Skill Effect
High Pressure Deal medium Almighty damage to all enemies.
Reminiscence Wave Deal high non-elemental damage to all enemies; causes Sleep status for Maya Amano.

Arcana Type Level HP Normal Drop Rare Drop
- Earth 63 5000 - -
Traits No Personality
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 52
Vitality 48
Dexterity 55
Agility 49
Luck 47
161 177 112 128
Sw Rn Sk Th Hv Fi Wt Wi Er Ic El Nc Li Dk Al Nr Mn
- - - - - - - - - - - - Nu Nu - Nu Nu
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Earth's Anger Deal high Earth damage to all enemies.
Seals Raid Deal instant Havoc kill to all enemies. (30% chance)

Arcana Type Level HP Normal Drop Rare Drop
- Wind 63 5000 - -
Traits No Personality
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 52
Vitality 48
Dexterity 55
Agility 49
Luck 47
161 177 112 128
Sw Rn Sk Th Hv Fi Wt Wi Er Ic El Nc Li Dk Al Nr Mn
- - - - - - - - - - - - Nu Nu - Nu Nu
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Hurricane Deal high Wind damage to all enemies.
Delusion Channeling Deal heavy non-elemental damage to one enemy; causes Charm status for Jun Kurosu.

Arcana Type Level HP Normal Drop Rare Drop
- Water 63 5000 - -
Traits No Personality
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 52
Vitality 48
Dexterity 55
Agility 49
Luck 47
161 177 112 128
Sw Rn Sk Th Hv Fi Wt Wi Er Ic El Nc Li Dk Al Nr Mn
- - - - - - - - - - - - Nu Nu - Nu Nu
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Fear Torrent Deal high Water damage to all enemies.
Master 18 Deal low non-elemental damage to one enemy 18 times.

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment[edit | edit source]

  • Fought if the player does not restore Lisa and Eikichi's memories.
Why did you come here? Heh... to spout gibberish?
Arcana Type Level HP Normal Drop Rare Drop
- None 77 8160 - -
Traits None
Crawling Chaos, one of Nyarlathotep's embodiments.
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 67
Vitality 64
Technique 60
Agility 66
Luck 62
288 282 182 182
Sw Sh Sk Th Ak Fi Wt Wi Er Ic Ln Nc Ho Dk Al Nr Mn
- - - - - - - - - - - Nu - Nu Nu
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Megidolaonn Inflicts huge Almighty damage to all enemies.
Unperishable Black Halves all enemies' HP.
Shadow Kill Inflicts large Throw damage to all enemies.

  • Fought if the player restores either Lisa or Eikichi's memories.
Why did you come here? Heh... to spout gibberish?
Arcana Type Level HP Normal Drop Rare Drop
- None 80 8800 - -
Traits None
Crawling Chaos, one of Nyarlathotep's embodiments.
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 69
Vitality 65
Technique 66
Agility 67
Luck 64
298 290 196 198
Sw Sh Sk Th Ak Fi Wt Wi Er Ic Ln Nc Ho Dk Al Nr Mn
- - - - - - - - - - - - Nu - Nu Nu
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Unperishable Black Halves all enemies' HP.
Guard Punish Inflicts huge Almighty damage to all enemies. Defending targets take twice the damage.
Shadow Kill Inflicts large Throw damage to all enemies.

  • Fought if the player restores both Lisa and Eikichi's memories.
Why did you come here? Heh... to spout gibberish?
Arcana Type Level HP Normal Drop Rare Drop
- None 82 9560 - -
Traits None
Crawling Chaos, one of Nyarlathotep's embodiments.
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 67
Vitality 69
Technique 70
Agility 66
Luck 67
298 302 206 210
Sw Sh Sk Th Ak Fi Wt Wi Er Ic Ln Nc Ho Dk Al Nr Mn
- - - - - - - - - - - - - Nu Nu Nu Nu
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Omega Cluster Renders enemies Unconscious, starting with the weakest. * [Dark-element]
Unperishable Black Halves all enemies' HP.
Guard Punish Inflicts huge Almighty damage to all enemies. Defending targets take twice the damage.
Shadow Kill Inflicts large Throw damage to all enemies.

Are you afraid? No one can escape the shadows!
Arcana Type Level HP Normal Drop Rare Drop
- None 99 18000 - -
Traits None
A mass of gods with 1000 names and faces at the center of space.
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 84
Vitality 80
Technique 83
Agility 85
Luck 75
366 358 245 248
Sw Sh Sk Th Ak Fi Wt Wi Er Ic Ln Nc Ho Dk Al Nr Mn
- - - - - - - - - - - - - Nu - Nu Nu
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Chaos Element Inflicts damage (depends on the level of the caster) to all enemies. *
Wheel of Time Inflicts huge Almighty damage to all enemies. Becomes 10% stronger after each use.
Crawling Chaos Huge Almighty damage + Mute effect to all enemies. (56% chance)
Shadow Kill Inflicts large Throw damage to all enemies.
Wheel of Fortune Seals the ability of changing Personas for all foes during eight turns.
Transient Ripple Nullifies enemy buffs, shields, and regeneration.

Arcana Type Level HP Normal Drop Rare Drop
- None 99 14000 - -
Traits None
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 70
Vitality 70
Technique 70
Agility 50
Luck 50
309 309 219 210
Sw Sh Sk Th Ak Fi Wt Wi Er Ic Ln Nc Ho Dk Al Nr Mn
- - - - - - - - - - - - - Dr - Nu Nu
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Crawling Chaos Huge Almighty damage + Mute effect to all enemies. (56% chance)
Wheel of Fortune Seals the ability of changing Personas for all foes during eight turns.
Asteroid Bomb Inflicts huge Almighty damage to all enemies.
Trial of Darkness Large Dark damage + Unconscious effect to all enemies. (50% chance)
Transient Ripple Nullifies enemy buffs, shields, and regeneration.
Armageddon R Annihilates all enemies. Only used if the player attempts to use Armageddon.

Devil Survivor[edit | edit source]

Race Level HP MP
Strength 26
Magic 19
Vitality 16
Agility 22
Vile 66 410
170
Racial / Auto Skill Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Mystic Mystic
Chaos Wave - Resist Resist Resist Resist Resist
Passive Skills
Mana Aid
HE WITHOUT POWER, LEAD ME, LEAD US TO PLEASURE. I AM NYALATOTEP THE VILE…
HUMAN... THY DESIRE IS TO FUSE ME, IS IT NOT? INTERESTING... I SHALL ALWAYS BE WATCHING…

Race Level HP MP
Strength 30
Magic 22
Vitality 19
Agility 23
Vile 78 485
300
Racial / Auto Skill Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Mystic Mystic
Chaos Wave - Resist Resist Resist Resist Resist
Passive Skills
Mana Aid
HE WITHOUT POWER, LEAD ME, LEAD US TO PLEASURE. I AM NYALATOTEP THE VILE…
HUMAN... THY DESIRE IS TO FUSE ME, IS IT NOT? INTERESTING... I SHALL ALWAYS BE WATCHING…

Devil Survivor 2[edit | edit source]

Race Level HP MP
Strength 30
Magic 22
Vitality 19
Agility 25
Vile 80 495
336
Racial / Auto Skill Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Curse Curse
Chaos Breath - Resist Resist Resist Resist Resist
Passive Skills
Mana Aid
I am chaos, the no-faced. Vile Nyarlathotep. I am beyond space and time...
I am chaos, no-faced. Therefore my faces are infinite.


Battle Quotes[edit | edit source]

Persona 2: Innocent Sin[edit | edit source]

  • "It is a father's nature to be the ultimate obstacle to his child. Very well... reach for your future with all your strength!" (Start of Great Father battle)
  • "Now, what will you do?" (Physical attack)
  • "Ahahahaha!" (Physical attack)
  • "Do you fear your father?" (Megidolaon)
  • "Heed your father's call!" (Firestorm/Despairing Dream)
  • "Prepare yourselves!" (Earth's Anger)
  • "Maya!" (High Pressure)
  • "Eikichi!" (Fear Torrent)
  • "Jun..." (Hurricane)
  • "Call me Papa." (Delusion Channeling)
  • "I hope you find happiness." (Reminiscence Wave, spoken by Maya's father)
  • "Do as I say!" (Master 18, spoken by Eikichi's father)
  • "You are Japanese!" (Seals Raid, spoken by Lisa's Father)
  • "Stop this!" (Taking damage)
  • "You've killed me..." (Defeat)
  • "Incredible. I have witnessed the powers you have fostered. Well done." (Battle End) 

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment[edit | edit source]

  • "Understand that there is no point in living! Cry, that there is no answer! Where there is darkness, there are shadows! I, myself, am all of you humans!!" (Final Battle)
  • "Why did you come here? Heh... to spout gibberish?" (Contact of Moon Howler)
  • "What's wrong?" (Normal Attack)
  • "Contradiction, contradiction!" (Megidolaon)
  • "Weak..." (Unperishable Black)
  • "Perish!" (Wheel of Time)
  • "Fuhahahahaha! This is! Splendid! You are the first to see this form! Die with my highest praise!" (Start of Crawling Chaos Battle)
  • "Are you afraid? No one can ever escape the shadows!" (Contact of Crawling Chaos)
  • "You cannot escape the wheel of fate!" (Escape ~ 1st Form)
  • "There is no escape...!" (Escape ~ 2nd Form)
  • "You will all die!" (Crawling Chaos [Skill] ~ 2nd Form)
  • "You're all DEAD!" (Transient Ripple ~ 2nd Form)
  • "This is your fate!" (Wheel of Fortune)
  • "I won't accept it!" (Contact ~ 2nd Form)
  • "Impossible...!" (Defeat ~ 2nd Form)
  • "Heheheh...Punishment..." (Player is Defeated)

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Non-Persona
 
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Nyarlathotep as he appears in Devil Survivor
 
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Nyarlathotep as seen in Devil Survivor 2
 
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Nyarlathotep's sprite in Shin Megami Tensei II
Persona
 
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Sprite of Nyarlathotep as Takahisa Kandori's Persona in Megami Ibunroku Persona
 
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Nyarlathotep as he appears in the Megami Ibunroku Persona manga
Persona 2: Innocent Sin
 
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Nyarlathotep in the guise of Akinari Kashihara.
 
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Nyarlathotep/Kashihara's second portrait.
 
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Portrait of Nyarlathotep as Akinari Kashihara.
 
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Nyarlathotep's taunting portrait.
 
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Portrait of Nyarlathotep as Masataka Amano.
 
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Portrait of Nyarlathotep as the Fuhrer.
 
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Joker's Persona, "Joker-Nyarlathotep".
 
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Great Father, Nyarlathotep fuses with the fathers of the main characters in Innocent Sin.
Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
 
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Nyarlathotep disguised as the Time Count
 
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Nyarlathotep as Takahisa Kandori's Persona in Eternal Punishment
 
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Nyarlathotep's Moon Howler form.
 
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Nyarlathotep's Crawling Chaos form.
 
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Nyarlathotep in the guise of Tatsuya Suou to the right of a tearful Maya Amano.
 
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Nyarlathotep's Faceless God avatar in Tatsuya's Additional Scenario

Music[edit | edit source]

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False Kashihara from Persona 2: Innocent Sin (PSX) OST

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Persona 2 IS and EP - Final Battle

Final Battle from Persona 2: Innocent Sin (PSX) OST

Nyarlathotep in Persona 2 duology has a musical theme titled False Kashihara (偽橿原) which shares the same motif with Philemon's. The arrangement uses eerie pads, stronger tom drum and human scream sound effect with strong reverberation.

The final battle theme against Nyarlathotep in both Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment continues to develop the same motif which shares the same choir phrases in the opening movie music and Order of the Holy Lance battle theme from the Innocent Sin OST.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Nyarlathotep's original character design, first seen in Shin Megami Tensei II, is actually a composite character based on several different monsters from Lovecraft's writings. Its dark, featureless gaunt and featureless appearance with bat wings, resembles The Haunter of the Dark, one of Nyarlathotep's "1000 Masks". The pincer-like hands and spiny crown might reference the Mi-Go: crablike, winged fungoid aliens with a mass of feelers in place of a head first appearing in The Whisperer In Darkness. His black, winged body makes him look like the Night Gaunts which appear in The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath.
    • The design of the Moon Howler boss in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment is a reference to one of his avatars in the Cthulhu Mythos, specifically his avatar The Howler in the Dark. Similarly, the Faceless God form that originated from Shin Megami Tensei II may be a reference to the avatar The Wailing Writher.
  • Shadow Aigis' intro for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax shows her with a black butterfly, Nyarlathotep's symbol. Despite this, he has no role in the story.
  • The broken Buddha statue on Kandori's Persona-Nyarlathotep in Eternal Punishment is identical to the intact Buddha face that appears as the body of God Kandori in Megami Ibunroku Persona.
  • The fact that Nyarlathotep is the only known character to disguise as a Persona deliberately to manipulate a main antagonist (Kandori in the first Persona and Jun Kurosu / Joker in Innocent Sin) references his roles in the Cthulhu Mythos universe; while the other Mythos gods are often described as mindless or unfathomable, rather than truly malevolent, Nyarlathotep delights in cruelty, is deceptive and manipulative - deceiving the antagonists into believing he could grant them power (which he did at the cost of nearly losing their humanity) and manipulating them into becoming his pawns - and even cultivates followers and uses propaganda to achieve his goals - using rumors, Wang Long fortune-telling, Sumaru TV (broadcasting Wang Long), and the Masked Circle (Innocent Sin) / Tenchu Army (Eternal Punishment) to ultimately destroy the world around Sumaru City.
    • Additionally, Nyarlathotep's nature to offer deals with humans for power in exchange for their bodies reflects one of his forms in the Cthulhu Mythos, namely the Black Demon. It would appear to distraught cultists and offer them unimaginable power for the permission to enter their body, but would never follow up on his end of the deal.
  • The Malevolent Entity in the Persona 4 Arena games is easily mistaken with Nyarlathotep before his true identity was revealed due to both sharing a tendency to manipulate others' emotions into achieving their goals (although Kagutsuchi was only able to manipulate someone by personally contacting them), their lack of regard to their surrogates/subjects such as Minazuki or Labrys, their ability to manifest Shadow Selves out of nowhere and their goal of complete and utter world destruction. Therefore, prior to the release of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, fans speculated that the Malevolent Entity was in fact Nyarlathotep.
  • Nyarlathotep disguising as the Time Count is similar to Yaldabaoth impersonating as Igor in Persona 5, as both are final bosses that appear as vital service providers in the game, and provide the services as a part of their plan.
  • Nyarlathotep's form of summoning in games of the series, most notably Persona 2: Eternal Punishment's additional Tatsuya's Scenario is a direct reference to the Cthulhu Mythos. In the mythos, the Shining Trapezohedron is an ornate stone used to contain Nyarlathotep's Haunter of the Dark avatar, usually driving those who have it mad.

See also[edit | edit source]

Megami Ibunroku Persona - Shin Megami Tensei: Persona - Manga - Shadow Maze
Characters
Playable Protagonist - Maki Sonomura - Masao Inaba - Kei Nanjo - Yukino Mayuzumi - Hidehiko Uesugi - Eriko Kirishima - Yuka Ayase - Reiji Kido
Non-Playable Philemon - Igor - Takahisa Kandori - Saeko Takami - Takashi Hanya - Principal Ooishi - Tadashi Satomi - Tamaki Uchida - Kenta Yokouchi - Tsutomu Kurouri - Chisato Kasai - Yosuke Naito - Yamaoka - Setsuko Sonomura - Takeda - Mai - Aki - Pandora - Kumi Hirose - Michiko Matsudaira - Yuriko Yamamoto - Tomomi Fujimori - Night Queen - Trish - Natsumi Yoshino - Yuko Himeno - Katsue Kaneda - Doctor Nicholai - Kazuya Toudou - Nishida - Mariko Yabe - Maria
Locations
General Mikage-cho - St. Hermelin High School - Mikage Hospital - Sennen Mannen-Do - Judgement 1999
SEBEC Route Police Station - SEBEC - Subway - Black Market - Lost Forest - Mana Castle - Haunted Mansion - Deva Yuga - Alaya Cavern - Avidya World - Mikage Ruins
Snow Queen Quest Ice Castle - Hypnos Tower - Nemesis Tower - Thanatos Tower - Devil's Peak
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack & Arrange Album (Complete Recording Edition) - Original Soundtrack (PSP) - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album
Songs "Dream of Butterfly" - "Voice" - "Satomi Tadashi Drugstore Song" - "School Days" - "Let the Butterflies Spread Until the Dawn" - "A Lone Prayer" - "Bloody Destiny" - "Deva Yuga (Arranged Version)"
Archives
Terminology Persona (Initial / Ultimate) - Persona User - Velvet Room - Agastya Tree - Moon Phase System - Sea of Souls - Type/Subtype - Affinity - Rank - Totem - Unknown Power - Mystic Change - Personality - DEVA System - Nanjo Group - Demon Mirror - Snow Queen Mask - Code Breaker - Fusion (Fusion Theory) - Ideal Self - Growth Rate
Lists Arcana - Personas - Demons - Bosses - Skills - Items - Status Changes
Major Characters
Playable Tatsuya Suou - Maya Amano - Lisa Silverman - Eikichi Mishina - Yukino Mayuzumi - Jun Kurosu
Non-Playable Philemon - Nyarlathotep - Joker
Minor Characters
Plot Relevant Maya Okamura - Akinari Kashihara - Shunsuke Fujii - Katsuya Suou - Ulala Serizawa - Daisuke Todoroki (Kyouji Kuzunoha) - Head Monk - Maki Sonomura - Kei Nanjo - Eriko Kirishima - Hidehiko Uesugi - Reiji Kido - Tamaki Uchida - Tadashi Satomi - Trish - Noriko Katayama
Masked Circle Tatsuya Sudou - Ginji Sasaki - Anna Yoshizaka - Junko Kurosu - Shadow Tatsuya - Shadow Maya - Shadow Lisa - Shadow Eikichi - Shadow Yukino - Ixquic - Hiroki Sugimoto - Takashi Hanya - Yasuo Inoe - Youichi Makimura
Last Battalion Fuhrer - Order of the Holy Lance
Velvet Room Igor - Nameless - Belladonna - Demon Painter
Rumormongers Kenta Yokouchi - Baofu - Chika Ueda - Sumaru Genie
Shop Time Count - Garcon Soejima - Kankichi Mishina
Climax Theater Motoko Mitsugi - Naozumi Kariyazaki - Musubu Torikiri - Akari Torikiri - Rose Futaba - Minato - Umiko Shiyama - Persephone - Tamaizu Nirasawa - Haruo Weyland - Kushiel
Locations
Sumaru City Seven Sisters High School - Club Zodiac - Kasugayama High School - Air Raid Shelter - Mu Continent - Giga Macho - Aoba Park - Smile Hirasaka - GOLD - Aerospace Museum - Mt. Iwato - Mt. Katatsumuri - Caracol - Aquarius Temple - Taurus Temple - Scorpio Temple - Leo Temple - Silver River - Xibalba - Abandoned Factory - Climax Theater
Music
Albums Original Soundtracks - The Errors of Their Youth - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album
Songs "Kimi no Tonari" - "Joker" - "Satomi Tadashi Drugstore Song" - "Unbreakable Tie"
Archives
Terminology Persona (Initial / Prime / Ultimate / Reverse) - Persona User - Cards (Tarot / Material / Skill / Incense) - Mystic Change - Affinity - Mutation - Ideal Energy - In Lak'ech - Oracle of Maia - Spear of Destiny - Muses - Phoenix Ranger Featherman R - Shadow Self - Ambrosia - "Infectious Groove" - Crystal Skull - Ideal Self - Growth Rate - Rumor
Lists Arcana - Personas - Demons - Bosses - Skills (Fusion Spells) - Items - Rumors - Restaurants
Other Media
Productions Lost Memories - Innocent Sin Novel - Persona: Tsumi To Batsu
Major Characters
Playable Maya Amano - Tatsuya Suou - Katsuya Suou - Ulala Serizawa - Baofu - Kei Nanjo - Eriko Kirishima
Non-Playable Philemon - Nyarlathotep - Anna Yoshizaka - JOKER/Tatsuya Sudou - Tatsuzou Sudou - Takahisa Kandori - Chizuru Ishigami - Metal Trio
Minor Characters
Plot Relevant Maya Okamura - X series robots - Yukino Mayuzumi - Eikichi Mishina - Lisa Silverman - Jun Kashihara - Reiji Kido - Daisuke Todoroki (Kyouji Kuzunoha) - Tamaki Uchida - Takashi Hanya - Youichi Makimura - Ginji Sasaki - Suou's father - Trish - Noriko Katayama - General Sugawara
Velvet Room Igor - Nameless - Belladonna - Demon Painter
Rumormongers Kenta Yokouchi - Chika Ueda
Shop Time Count - Garcon Soejima
Shadow Selves Shadow Maya - Shadow Katsuya - Shadow Baofu - Shadow Ulala
Tatsuya's Scenario Lieutenant General Zula - Shiori Miyashiro - Chandraputra - Kouji Nakamura
Locations
Sumaru City Kasugayama High School - The Seedy CD - Mu Continent - Seven Sisters High School - Mt. Mifune - Sanitarium - Sky Museum - GOLD - Club Zodiac - Aoba Park - Padparcha - Sewers - Laboratory - Sumaru TV - Smile Mall - Factory - Nichirinmaru - Undersea Ruins - Mt. Iwato - Subway Tunnel - Ameno Torifune - Sumaru Castle - Monado Mandala - Bomb Shelter - Extra Dungeon
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack (PSX / PSP) - Punitive Dance - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album
Songs "Change Your Way" - "Satomi Tadashi Drugstore Song"
Archives
Terminology Persona (Initial / Prime / Ultimate / Reverse) - Persona User - Cards (Tarot / Material / Skill / Incense) - Mystic Change - Affinity - Mutation - Unknown Power - JOKER Infection (Artificial Persona) - Kegare - Other Side - Nanjo Group - Trapezohedron - Muses - New World Order - Tien Tao Lien - Shadow Self - Tatsuya's Scenario - DEVA System - Growth Rate - Rumor
Lists Arcana - Personas - Demons - Bosses - Skills (Fusion Spells) - Items - Rumors - Restaurants
Other Media
Productions Infinity Mask - Eternal Punishment Novel - Persona: Tsumi To Batsu
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