"I will grab your departing spirit and crush it... Along with your illusions of eternal life!"
—Orcus, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey

Orcus is a demon in the series.

History[edit | edit source]

Orcus is a sometimes malevolent god of death and one of the gods of the roman underworld in Roman mythology. He is also known as the punisher of broken oaths and so is the Roman equivalent to the Greek god Horkos. He was more equivalent to the Roman Pluto than to the Greek Hades. He's daring but violent, and will massacre enemy troops in order to eat them. He also sometimes appears as a giant dragon with fangs of iron.

A terrifying portrait of this deity was portrayed in paintings on the walls and tombs of the Etruscan tombs as a hairy, bearded giant. He was later given the same status as the Roman Pluto and Dis Pater, rulers of the underworld.

Orcus is also said to have inspired Orcs, a race of pig-like men who frequently appear in modern fantasy.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Profile[edit | edit source]

In the series, the early design Orcus appears as a grotesque pig-headed creature which is fitting due to orcs appearing as pig-like men.

Shin Megami Tensei[edit | edit source]

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"Origin: Italy. A malevolent Roman god. He is one of the gods of the underworld, and has a pig's head and bat wings. He's daring but violent, and will massacre enemy troops in order to eat them. He sometimes appears as a giant dragon with fangs of iron."
Shin Megami Tensei A-Mode DDS Dictionary

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey[edit | edit source]

See: Horkos

Shin Megami Tensei IV[edit | edit source]

Orcus is the subject of the Challenge Quest The Secret to Durable Clothing. He can be found by heading north of Ueno and taking the river crossing across to the Minami Senju region. Despite the quest description, Orcus can rarely be encountered throughout the desert region west of the Minami Senju area as well. Collecting one Orcus Blood from defeating Orcus and delivering it will complete the quest and unlock the Soldier Enma body armor in Ueno's shop.

Orcus later appears as a normal enemy in Camp Ichigaya. He can teach Flynn the Mamudoon, Energy Drain and Tetrakarn skills through his Demon Whisper.

Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse[edit | edit source]

"A death demon of Etruscan lore. A terrifying portrait of this demon was painted on the walls and tombs of the Etruscans. He was later given the same status as the Roman Pluto and Dis Pater, rulers of the underworld."
Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse compendium

Orcus can be found in Minami Sunamachi. He can teach Nanashi the Mamudoon, War Cry and Tetrakarn skills through his Demon Whisper. Orcus benefits from learning Darkness, support and Force skills.

Devil Survivor 2[edit | edit source]

"A god of death originating in Greco-Roman lore.
In those days, he was depicted as a demon with the head of a pig, most likely because sacrifices to him commonly used pigs."
Devil Survivor 2 compendium

Orcus appears in Fumi Kanno's team when she is an enemy on Tuesday.

In the Animation, Orcus is Joe's main demon.

Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2[edit | edit source]

"The god whose name was said to refer to the very underworld itself in Roman mythology. His huge and intimidating stature is often depicted in ancient Roman murals. However, he later was often associated with other Greek gods as time went on."
Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 Demonic Compendium

Battle[edit | edit source]

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey[edit | edit source]

"I will not stop until I have sipped on a chalice of your blood!"
—Orcus before engaging the player

Since Orcus is the reborn form of Horkos, their battles are also similar. Orcus uses the same attack pattern and has the same weaknesses, but has more resistances. Orcus retains Horkos' unique moveset but some moves now have upgrades. Chomp is now changed to Taking a Bite but still retains its properties of being a Life Drain-esque attack. Grocery Run still summons a single Katakirauwa although now each Katakirauwa summoned is at level 46.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Shin Megami Tensei[edit | edit source]

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Race Alignment Level HP MP
Vile Dark-Law 66 707 141
CP NOA ATK ACC DEF EVA M.ATK M.EFC
35 2 153 23 61 16 23 15
St 34
In 12
Ma 21
Vi 14
Ag 14
Lu 10
Resistances Resists Nerve and Bind. Drop Pentagram
Swd Gun Fir Ice Elc For Nrv Exp Crs Mgc Bnd Chg Dex Ndl Alm
- 48 - 48 68 - 28 Nu Nu 68 28 68 - 28 -
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect
Agilao 7 MP Attacks one enemy with strong flames.
Makatraja 6 MP Blocks enemy magic attacks for one turn.
Shibaboo 3 MP Binds multiple enemies. (Bind-type)


Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey[edit | edit source]

Race Alignment Level HP MP
Strength 41
Magic 41
Vitality 38
Agility 35
Luck 38
Reaper Dark-Neutral 51 2400
Attack Type Physical Gun Fire Ice Electricity Wind Expel Curse Almighty
Single Foe/1/Physical/None Strong Strong Weak Strong Weak - Null Null -
Poison Paralyze Stone Strain Sleep Charm Mute Fear Bomb Rage
- - - - - - - - - -
List of Skills
Stun Claw Taking a Bite Air Dive
Grocery Run Binge Eating Dekaja
Dekunda Silent Prayer

Race Alignment Level HP MP
Strength 38
Magic 33
Vitality 39
Agility 34
Luck 36
Reaper Dark-Neutral 55 472
244
Attack Type Physical Gun Fire Ice Electricity Wind Expel Curse Almighty
Single Foe/1/Physical/None Strong Strong Weak Strong Weak - - Null -
Poison Paralyze Stone Strain Sleep Charm Mute Fear Bomb Rage
- - - - - - - - - -
Natural Skills
Energy Drain Mortal Jihad Hades Blast
D-Source Skills
Mortal Jihad Life Surge Mana Surge

Shin Megami Tensei IV[edit | edit source]

Race Level HP MP
Strength 70
Dexterity 62
Magic 49
Agility 56
Luck 46
Reaper 50 567 112
Physical Phys Gun Gun Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
Resist - Weak Resist Weak Null - Null
Ailment Resistance None
Normal Attack Phys x1, 1 enemy
Drop Orcus Blood
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Mamudoon 30 MP 55% instantly kills all foes. Dark-type. Innate
Energy Drain 10 MP Drains small amount of HP and MP from one foe. 51
Tetrakarn 50 MP Bestows physical/gun-repelling shields for one turn to all allies. 52


Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse[edit | edit source]

Race Level HP MP
Strength 70
Dexterity 46
Magic 78
Agility 31
Luck 62
Reaper 50 501 275
Physical Phys Gun Gun Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
Resist - Weak Resist Weak Null - Null
Ailment Resistance None
Normal Attack Phys x1, 1 enemy
Skill Affinities Dark Dark +3 · Support Support +3 · Force Force +2 · Fire Fire -3 · Electricity Electricity -5
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Mamudoon 28 MP Heavy dark damage to all foes. Smirk +55% instant death Innate
War Cry 65 MP Debuffs all foes' attack and defense by 1 level. 51
Tetrakarn 50 MP Bestows physical/gun-repelling shields for one turn to all allies. 52


Majin Tensei[edit | edit source]

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Race Level HP MP Mv Range Mv Type Atk Type CP
Vile 37 365 110 6 Flat Paralysis 0
Strength Magic Technique Defense Agility Luck
15 11 13 15 7 5
Magic Skills
Skill Cost Power Range Target Effect
Agi 6 MP 15 2 Single Light Fire damage
Maragion 28 MP 56 2 Multi Heavy Fire damage


Devil Survivor[edit | edit source]

Race Level HP MP
Strength 18
Magic 3
Vitality 12
Agility 5
Vile 22 204
50
Racial / Auto Skill Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Mystic Mystic
Chaos Wave Weak - Resist Resist - Resist
Command Skills
Brutal Hit
I am Orcus the Vile. In war, we shall dine on souls and dance to the scent of blood!
You're using me to gain more power? Hmhmhm... So be it. I accept this proposal.


Devil Survivor 2[edit | edit source]

Race Level HP MP
Strength 18
Magic 3
Vitality 12
Agility 6
Vile 23 210
52
Racial / Auto Skill Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Curse Curse
Chaos Wave Weak - Resist Resist - Resist
Command Skills
Brutal Hit
I'm Orcus the Vile. Sure, I look like a pig, but I'm still a god of death.
If you're gonna fuse me, can you find me a suitable partner?


Gallery[edit | edit source]

 
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Orcus' design originating from Shin Megami Tensei, given to Horkos in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
 
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Orcus' redesign in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey.
 
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Orcus in Devil Survivor 2 The Animation
 
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Orcus as he appears in Devil Survivor
 
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Orcus as he appears in Devil Survivor 2
 
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Orcus appears in Devil Survivor The Animation
 
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Orcus in Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Orcus typically has a "pig" design, but this was given to Horkos, Orcus' Grecian counterpart, due to plot related reasons in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey.
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