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Pithos is a pseudo-Persona in Persona 5 Strikers. Gameplay-wise, it is the initial Persona of Sophia; story-wise, it is a precursor to her true Persona, Pandora.

History

A pithos is a large ceramic jar used by certain ancient civilizations that bordered the Mediterranean during the Neolithic, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. It was primarily used to store liquids, such as wine and oil, or food, such as grain. Some pithoi were also used for rituals and burials.

According to the ancient Greek poet Hesiod's Theogony, Pandora's box was originally a large jar, a pithos. The shift in object is attributed with the 16th-century humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam, who erroneously mistook the Greek pithos (storage jar) as the Greek pyxis (small box) when he translated Hesiod's original story into Latin.

In Greek mythology, Pandora's box is said to have contained all the evils of mankind, such as death and disease. Pandora, or her husband Epimetheus in some variants, opened the box and released all the evils, except for one, into the world. The one item that did not escape and remained within the box was hope which in some depictions was treated as the worst evil of all.

Appearances

Profile

Persona 5 Strikers

Sophia summons Pithos to fight Shadows alongside the Phantom Thieves, in an attempt to mimic how a Persona functions. It specializes in Bless skills, as well as healing and defense debuff.

Later, in order to render herself immune from her misguided creator Kuon Ichinose's attempted brainwashing and attempts to reform her, Sophia receives an awakening, turning Pithos into its true form, Pandora. Pandora is awakened exactly like any other Persona (migraines, followed by the user ripping their mask in severe pain) and grants Sophia newfound strength, giving her the ability to learn the skill Makougaon. The only other Persona that naturally learns this skill is the post-game Persona Metatron.

Stats

Persona 5 Strikers

Arcana Level
Strength 2
Magic 5
Endurance 4
Agility 6
Luck 4
- 1
Inherit Reflects Absorbs Block Resists Weak
Bless - - - Bless Curse
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Kouha 8 SP Light Bless damage to a narrow range. Innate
Rakunda 12 SP Temporarily decrease defense for an area of foes. Innate
Dia 6 SP Restore slight amount of HP of 1 ally. 2
Makouha 10 SP Light Bless damage to a wide range. 12
Media 14 SP Restore slight amount of HP of party. 14
Bless Boost Auto Strengthen (non-insta-death) Bless attacks by 25%. 16
Tetraja 6 SP A barrier that nullifies an insta-kill once for one ally. 19
Recarm 24 SP Revive 1 ally with 50% HP. 21
Kouga 14 SP Medium Bless damage to a narrow range. 23
Diarama 16 SP Restore Medium amount of HP of 1 ally. 26
Divine Grace Auto Effects of healing magic are increased by 50%. 32
Mediarama 32 SP Restore Medium amount of HP of party. 35
Makouga 16 SP Medium Bless damage to a wide range. 40
Marakunda 24 SP Decrease defense of foes in a wide range for a certain period of time. 43
Bless Amp Auto Strengthen (non-insta-death) Bless attacks by 50%. 46
Kougaon 24 SP Heavy Bless damage to a narrow range. 48
Combo Attacks
Combo Attack Button Input Skills
C4 P5R PS4 S.pngP5R PS4 S.pngP5R PS4 S.pngP5R PS4 T.png Kougaon Heavy Bless damage to a narrow range.
Makougaon Heavy Bless damage to a wide range.
Midair C2 While in the air P5R PS4 S.pngP5R PS4 T.png Kougaon Heavy Bless damage to a narrow range.

Arcana Level
Strength 58
Magic 75
Endurance 65
Agility 74
Luck 64
- 99
Inherit Reflects Absorbs Block Resists Weak
Bless - - - Bless Curse
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Kouha 8 SP Light Bless damage to a narrow range. Innate
Rakunda 12 SP Temporarily decrease defense for an area of foes. Innate
Dia 6 SP Restore slight amount of HP of 1 ally. 2
Makouha 10 SP Light Bless damage to a wide range. 12
Media 14 SP Restore slight amount of HP of party. 14
Bless Boost Auto Strengthen (non-insta-death) Bless attacks by 25%. 16
Tetraja 6 SP A barrier that nullifies an insta-kill once for one ally. 19
Recarm 24 SP Revive 1 ally with 50% HP. 21
Kouga 14 SP Medium Bless damage to a narrow range. 23
Diarama 16 SP Restore Medium amount of HP of 1 ally. 26
Divine Grace Auto Effects of healing magic are increased by 50%. 32
Mediarama 32 SP Restore Medium amount of HP of party. 35
Makouga 16 SP Medium Bless damage to a wide range. 40
Marakunda 24 SP Decrease defense of foes in a wide range for a certain period of time. 43
Bless Amp Auto Strengthen (non-insta-death) Bless attacks by 50%. 46
Kougaon 24 SP Heavy Bless damage to a narrow range. 48
Combo Attacks
Combo Attack Button Input Skills
C4 P5R PS4 S.pngP5R PS4 S.pngP5R PS4 S.pngP5R PS4 T.png Kougaon Heavy Bless damage to a narrow range.
Makougaon Heavy Bless damage to a wide range.
Midair C2 While in the air P5R PS4 S.pngP5R PS4 T.png Kougaon Heavy Bless damage to a narrow range.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Pithos represents Ichinose's discarding of Sophia, after she asked her what a heart is. Pithos represents the "hope" Ichinose trapped after shutting Sophia down and giving Madicce the Artificial Intelligence EMMA instead, an AI which has no comprehension of the human heart and operates merely on logic.
  • Similar to Aigis, another artificially created entity, Pithos is similar to Palladion in the sense that it does not represent a Mythlogical figure, but instead an item related to that figure, and later awakening to that figure as a Persona, with Pallas Athena and Pandora specifically.
  • Pithos is the first player-controlled entity in the series to lack an Arcana, though races and inexistent Arcana have featured in earlier titles.
  • All of Pithos' skills have a question mark behind it, representing how it is not actually a Persona and how its skills are perhaps only mimicking what a Persona does. (For example, "Dia?," "Kouga?" etc.) They are removed when it awakens into Pandora.
  • In Strikers's initial storyboard, Pithos is labeled as "Funnel," a reference to fictional Newtype weapons used in the Mobile Suit Gundam anime franchise that are similar in shape and motion to Pithos' form.[1]

References


Fool Arsène - High Pixie - Legion - Bugs - Black Frost
Magician Zorro - Jack-o'-Lantern - Jack Frost - Queen Mab
Priestess Johanna - Silky - Kikuri-Hime - Sarasvati
Empress Milady - Lamia - Kali
Emperor Goemon - Setanta - Eligor - Okuninushi - King Frost
Hierophant Berith - Unicorn - Forneus
Lovers Carmen - Pixie - Ame-no-Uzume
Chariot Captain Kidd - Slime - Shiisa - Cerberus - Thor
Justice Archangel - Principality - Dominion - Metatron
Hermit Necronomicon - Bicorn - Arahabaki - Naga - Kurama Tengu
Fortune Fortuna - Norn
Strength Valkyrie - Siegfried
Hanged Man Hua Po - Orthrus - Hecatoncheires
Death Mokoi - Pisaca - Mot - Alice
Temperance Mitra - Koppa Tengu - Raja Naga
Devil Lilim - Andras - Nebiros
Tower Seth - Mara - Yoshitsune
Star Kaiwan - Neko Shogun - Cu Chulainn - Lucifer
Moon Succubus - Black Ooze - Mothman - Lilith
Sun Mithras - Ganesha - Yatagarasu
Judgement Trumpeter - Abaddon
Hope Pithos - Pandora
Apostle Valjean
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