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Sacrificial fusion (イケニエ合体?) is a feature of fusion in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth and Persona 5.

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Shin Megami Tensei III: NocturneEdit

Sacrificial fusion can only be performed during Kagutsuchi's full phase. In a normal two-demon fusion, the resultant demon is always at a fixed level regardless of how much the ingredient demons have advanced. By adding a third demon which acts as a "sacrifice," the resultant demon will inherit more skills from all three participants and 1.5 times experience the sacrifice has accumulated, and possibly start at a higher level than its base level. This also means the resultant demon will not gain any exp. bonus from a newly contracted demon used as a sacrifice. If the demon created from sacrificial fusion receives experience, this bonus can be stacked if the said demon is used as a sacrifice in the next sacrificial fusion.

The drawbacks of this fusion are twofold:

  1. The resultant demon could gain too much experience, making it surpass the Demifiend's level. This will prevent the fusion's successful execution.
  2. Since fusion accidents have a higher chance to happen at Full Kagutsuchi phase, the result will fail more often, but this can be offset by saving the game before performing the fusion.

Some special fusion recipes require specific participants and/or sacrifices; some may not demand a specific ingredient, but the rule of experience bonus still applies.

Persona Q: Shadow of the LabyrinthEdit

Sacrificial fusion returns in Persona Q, available after entering the 3rd floor of Group Date Cafe. This time, two Personas are chosen as sacrifices to give EXP to another, with certain ones leaving behind Materials needed to create items and equipment. The Persona receiving the EXP doesn't change, however. If the receiving Persona is of the same Arcana as one or both of the Personas being sacrificed, the experience it receives is increased, by a small amount if only one is of the same Arcana but more than doubled if both sacrifices are.

Expand to see the Personas which leave behind materials when sacrificed and the equipment for which they are required.

Persona Level Material Result
Pixie 2 Pixie Wing Pixie Knife
Oni 17 Club Shard Oni ni Kanabou
Nue 20 Nue Claw Shishio
Matador 22 Matador Sword Bloody Estoc
King Frost 25 King Snowball Frost Cannon
Orochi 26 Orochi Tail Kusanagi no Tsurugi
Succubus 29 Lust Pheromone Pink Shot
Pyro Jack 32 Black Lantern Lantern Shield
Genbu 35 Genbu Shell Genbu Greaves
Seiryu 40 Seiru Scale Quinlong Yanyue
Suzaku 48 Suzaku Plume Suzaku Feather
Skadi 50 Skadi's Shard Ichibal
Kartikeya 52 Skanda's Wing Peacock Tail
Jinn 53 Lamp Shard Magical Gun
Cybele 58 Cybele Hair Sabazios
Kingu 60 Broken Tablet Destiny Tablet
Byakko 61 Byakko Claw Byakko Reisou
Seiten Taisei 61 Huaguo's Rock Reigan Greaves
Masakado 67 Masakado Shard Masakado's Katana
Seth 70 Claw Shard Claw of Revenge
Michael 71 Michael Shard Deus Xiphos
Loki 72 Trickster Karma Fimbulvetr
Vishnu 72 Vishnu Shard Nandaka
Alilat 75 Goddess Obsidian Kokuseki Senjin
Scathach 76 Broken Spear Gae Bolg
Yoshitsune 76 Yoshitsune Shard Usumidori
Satan 77 Opposer's Wing Megido Gun
Shiva 82 Destroyer's Rage Pashupata
Metatron 82 Seraph Wing Metatronius
Beelzebub 84 Fly Shard Corpse Rod
Asura 86 Asura Bone Vajra
Chi You 87 Chi You Shard Quintessence Bow
Zeus 91 Fearsome Shard Fearsome Armor
Fearsome Gown
Fearsome Dog-Suit
Fearsome V-Suit
Fearsome Robe

Persona 5Edit

Sacrificial Fusion exists in the form of the Gallows, and is unlocked on June 21st in the Velvet Room. Two Personas are selected to perform it, and the second is sacrificed to bestow its experience to the first. There is also a multiplier to the experience bestowed based on the Confidant rank of the first Persona's Arcana; if uninitiated, there is only a 1x multiplier to the experience received, while a maxed Confidant gives a 3x multiplier.

If the protagonist sacrifices a Persona of a matching Arcana, there is a 1.5x multiplier to the experience gain; using a Treasure Demon instead bestows a 3x multiplier. Using a Treasure Demon of a matching Arcana will instead give a 5x multiplier to the experience. These multipliers are also cumulative, so a Treasure Demon of a matching Arcana with a maxed-out Confidant offers a total of 15x the experience of the sacrificed Treasure Demon.

At the same time, the first Persona will inherit one random skill from the sacrificed Persona; the skill it can inherit is also restricted by its inheritance type, and duplicates will never appear. For instance, Arsene, who can never inherit Physical, Gun, Bless or Recovery skills through fusion, will also never inherit such skills from the Gallows. This can be used to manipulate the chance of a desired skill being passed on from the sacrifice.

A Persona can only be empowered through use of the Gallows once per day. However, a workaround exists: registering, deleting (either through itemization, fusion or sacrifice) and resummoning the Persona will allow the protagonist to empower it again through the Gallows. While this method is costly, it is one way the protagonist can quickly level up their favorite Persona, on top of having more control over which stats get increased from leveling up.

TriviaEdit

  • During the animation of sacrificial fusion in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, the sacrifice is dissolved along with the effect of the Mudo spell.
  • In Persona 5, the sacrifice is "hanged" instead of being decapitated by guillotine as with the ingredients in normal fusion.


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