"No one can escape time, it delivers us all to the same end. You can't plug your ears and cover your eyes."
—Pharos to the protagonist, Persona 3

Pharos is an important figure revolving the events of Persona 3.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Design[edit | edit source]

Pharos appears to be a young boy with short faded black hair, blue eyes and a pale complexion. He has a mole under his left eye, and wears black-and-white striped pajamas with sandals. The black-and-white stripes evoke a prisoner uniform, likely symbolizing Pharos being imprisoned within the protagonist.

In the manga adaption, Pharos' appearance changed and he bears a strong resemblance to Minato. 

Personality[edit | edit source]

Pharos is lonesome and curious. He initially suffers from amnesia, and doesn't introduce himself by name until June. He seems to know about the Dark Hour, Tartarus, Shadows, the large Shadows that appear every Full Moon (which, when defeated, will restore his memories and the knowledge of his true role as Nyx's Appriser), "the Fall." In the female protagonist's route, he seems to have a little affection and attachment to her.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Persona 3[edit | edit source]

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Persona 3 Movie 2 - Yukari and Mitsuru English

Meeting Pharos at Iwatodai Dormitory.

Pharos is an important figure in Persona 3. Appearing as a young child, he is first seen upon the arrival of the protagonist in the dorm, where he gives the protagonist a contract, prompting him to sign his name. It is later revealed that the contract that Pharos had the protagonist sign allows the protagonist to access the Velvet Room, with his reasons and purpose unknown. He is shown to have a certain understanding towards the Shadows, and upon the protagonist's first attempt of summoning his Persona, Pharos can be seen smiling in front of the protagonist, encouraging him to fire the Evoker.

Pharos is shown to be residing within the protagonist's psyche, where he shows up only within the period of the Dark Hour. Pharos can only be heard and seen by the protagonist. Pharos constantly speaks of "the Fall," and often reveals vague hints of the Dark Hour's nature, along with the "ordeals" every full moon. At one point Pharos requests the protagonist to be his friend, allowing the protagonist to forge the Death Social Link.

As SEES destroys the Shadows that appear during Full Moons, Pharos slowly regains parts of his memories. It is not until the destruction of the final Shadow that Pharos' memory is fully restored and he is reminded of his role. He shows up the next morning, where he bids farewell to the protagonist, saying that it is time for their parting and that he would treasure the conversations and memories they've created.

Pharos' nature is later revealed. In the year 1999, when the experiment utilizing Shadows being conducted by the Kirijo Group was interrupted by Eiichiro Takeba, Death was forcefully ripped apart from his components, and escaped towards the Moonlight Bridge. Once there, Aigis, the last remaining anti-Shadow weapon that survived Death's rampage, engaged the Shadow. However, even in an incomplete state, Death's potential was far greater than Aigis anticipated. In an act of desperation, Aigis sealed Death into a young boy, using him as a vessel to keep Death from re-bonding with his counterparts. The young boy, who lost his parents to a 'car accident' caused by Aigis and Death's battle, is the protagonist.

Inside the protagonist, Death slowly assumed a human form, as well as subconsciously bringing the protagonist to Port Island, the place where Death was born. With the "emotions" and "feelings" the protagonist bestowed towards Pharos, he would later assume the form of an individual person, Ryoji Mochizuki after leaving the protagonist's psyche.

Persona 3 Em[edit | edit source]

In Persona 3 Em, Pharos briefly appears as a figure that is seen by the protagonist, but later disappears when another person draws near. When the protagonist looks into a window, Pharos replaces his reflection. Oddly, this occurs during the daytime, outside of the Dark Hour.

He is also encountered before the final boss fight with Arche-Orpheus, where he appears to taunt the player.

Social Link[edit | edit source]

Main article: Social Link/Pharos

Pharos represents the Death Social Link. Unique from other Social Links, it automatically ranks up from time to time, regardless of whether the protagonist visits Tartarus or not (Pharos can only be interacted with during the Dark Hour). By defeating the Hanged Man Shadow, the final ordeal of the Full Moon, the Death Social Link will automatically maximize itself, bestowing the protagonist the ultimate Persona of the Social Link, Thanatos. Pharos does not grant the protagonist any item upon completing the Social Link, and the Social Link skips upward in rank four times.

In the female protagonist's Social Link in Persona 3 Portable, Pharos shows some affection for her whenever in conversation, with Pharos at times calling her "my dearest" before leaving. This is also said by Ryoji for the last time before leaving if the female protagonist lets him live on the December 31st decision and has maxed out Ryoji's Fortune Arcana Social Link as lovers.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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Concept art
 
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Different views of Pharos
 
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Pharos welcomes the protagonist
Persona 3 (Manga)
 
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Pharos's physical appearance changed after leaving Minato's psyche
Persona 3 The Movie
 
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Illustration countdown of Spring of Birth
 
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"Go on."
 
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Pharos visited Makoto during the Dark Hour in September
Persona 3: the Weird Masquerade
 
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Pharos as he appears in Persona 3: the Weird Masquerade -Ao no Kakusei-
 
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Pharos as he appears in Persona 3: the Weird Masquerade -Gunjou no Meikyuu-
 
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Pharos as he appears in Persona 3: the Weird Masquerade -Souen no Kesshou-

In Other Languages[edit | edit source]

Language Title
Flag of the United States English Pharos
Flag of Japan Japanese ファルロス (Farurosu)
Flag of South Korea Korean 파를로스 (Paleulloseu)

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Pharos, like Ryoji, shares the same English and Japanese voice actor with the male protagonist.


Characters
Playable Male Protagonist - Female Protagonist - Yukari Takeba - Junpei Iori - Akihiko Sanada - Mitsuru Kirijo - Fuuka Yamagishi - Aigis - Koromaru - Ken Amada - Shinjiro Aragaki - Metis
Social Link Kenji Tomochika - Hidetoshi Odagiri - Bunkichi and Mitsuko - Kazushi Miyamoto - Chihiro Fushimi - Isako Toriumi - Keisuke Hiraga - Yuko Nishiwaki - Maiko Oohashi - Pharos - Bebe - President Tanaka - Mutatsu - Mamoru Hayase - Nozomi Suemitsu - Akinari Kamiki - Rio Iwasaki - Saori Hasegawa - Ryoji Mochizuki
Major Igor - Elizabeth - Theodore - Shuji Ikutsuki - Officer Kurosawa - Takaya Sakaki - Jin Shirato - Chidori Yoshino - Takeharu Kirijo - Kouetsu Kirijo - Eiichiro Takeba - Natsuki Moriyama - Nyx - Erebus - Margaret
Minor Kiyoshi Sakuma - Mr. Edogawa - Mr. Ekoda - Ms. Miyahara - Mrs. Terauchi - Kikuno Saikawa - Yuu Kimijima - Souta Aizawa - Kyouka Sayama
Cameo Yukiko Amagi - Noriko Kashiwagi - Man Drinking Alone
Location
Port Island Gekkoukan High School - Paulownia Mall - Iwatodai Station - Port Island Station - Naganaki Shrine - Dorm - Moonlight Bridge - Velvet Room
Tartarus Blocks: Thebel - Arqa - Yabbashah - Tziah - Harabah - Adamah - Monad Depths
Abyss of Time Malebolge - Cocytus - Caina - Antenora - Ptolomea - Judecca - Empyrean
Other Kyoto
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack (JP / US / FES / Portable) - Bonus CD - Burn My Dread -Reincarnation- - Spring of Birth OST - Midsummer Knight's Dream OST - Falling Down OST - Winter Of Rebirth OST - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album
Songs "Burn My Dread" - "Aria of the Soul" - "Want To Be Close" - "When the Moon Reaches for the Stars" - "Iwatodai Dorm" - "Mass Destruction" - "Deep Breath Deep Breath" - "Deep Mentality" - "Changing Seasons" - "Current Net Price Tanaka" - "Battle Hymn of the Soul" - "Kimi no Kioku" - "P3 FES" - "Mass Destruction -P3fes version-" - "Heartful Cry" - "Brand New Days" - "Soul Phrase" - "A Way of Life" - "Time" - "Wiping All Out" - "More Than One Heart" - "Fate is In Our Hands" - "One Single Word" - "One Hand, One Heartbeat" - "One Determination" - "Sound of the Beast" - "Storm for a Butterfly" - "Light in Starless Sky" - "My Testimony" - "Self Redemption"
Archives
Terminology Persona (Initial / Prime / Ultimate) - Persona User - Shadow - Wild Card - Evoker - Tactics - All-Out Attack - Shuffle Time - Dark Hour - Moon Phase System - Full Moon Operations - SEES - Kirijo Group - Nanjo Group - Strega - Artificial Persona User - Suppressants - Apathy Syndrome - The Fall - Death - Who's Who - Phoenix Ranger Featherman R - Plume of Dusk - Daily Life
Lists Arcana - Personas (P3 - FES - P) - Shadows - Bosses (P3 - FES) - Skills - Items (Heart Items) - Status Effects - Tanaka's Amazing Commodities - Elizabeth's Requests - Activities - Calendar
Other Media
Games FES - Portable - Dancing in Moonlight
Productions The Movie - The Movie: Escape from the Dark Hour - the Weird Masquerade: -Ao no Kakusei- / -Gunjou no Meikyuu- / -Souen no Kesshou- / -Ai no Seiyaku- / -Hekikuu no Kanata e- - Persona Stalker Club - 「PERSORA AWARDS」 - PERSORA AWARDS 2 - Persora -The Golden Best-
Drama CDs A Certain Day of Summer - Daylight / Moonlight - Character Drama CD Vol. 1 / Vol. 2 / Vol. 3 / Vol. 4 / Vol. 5 - New Moon / Full Moon - Portable Vol. 1 / Vol. 2
Publications Manga - Shadow Cry - Owari no Kakera - Alternative Heart - Velvet Blue - Persona Magazine
Mobile Games The Night Before - Social - Escape - Illust Puzzle - Broken Shadow - Aegis: The First Mission - Qix - Chaining Soul - Em
Events Music Live 2008 - Music Live 2009 - Music Tour 2010 - Music Live 2012 - Music Fes 2013 - Music Box 2014 - Super Live 2015 - Livehouse Tour 2015 - Super Live 2017 - Super Live 2019
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