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Shin Megami Tensei IV is the fourth numbered game of the Shin Megami Tensei series developed by Atlus for the Nintendo 3DS.

This is the first mainline game in the series to be numbered since Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne which released 10 years prior and the true successor of the series.

The game focuses on Flynn and a group of samurai who were choosen by the gauntlet to protect the civilians of the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado against the demon threats behind the towering walls.

A follow-up to the game, titled Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse, was released on February 10, 2016 in Japan, September 20, 2016 for North America and October 30th, 2016 in Europe and Australia.


Shin Megami Tensei IV was first revealed by Atlus on May 29th, 2012 in the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu along with the announcement that a first trailer for the game would be included in all releases of Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers for the 3DS.

Shin Megami Tensei 4 battle press icon

The Press Turn battle system returns in SMT4.

The game was developed by Atlus's internal Team Maniax and directed by Kazuyuki Yamai who previously worked on the Maniax edition of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne and the Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha games. Eiji Ishida, the art director of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey has returned for this game as well. For the first time in the series, character and demon designs were not handled by Kazuma Kaneko, who instead provided story concepts. Instead, Masayuki Doi designed the characters while various artists related to Tokusatsu media were tasked with the demons. The music is composed by Ryota Kozuka, who also worked on the opening of the 3DS release of Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers.[5]

Consumer software chief Naoto Hiraoka explained that Shin Megami Tensei IV will feature a proper evolution of the series' mechanics and its gameplay along with a battle system that will retain influence from past titles. As such, Ishida noted that the feeling of wandering and surviving in a chaotic world has been improved extremely and the world is said to feel even more "desolate" than before. Furthermore, it was explained that the game includes approximately 400 demons - the highest number in the whole series.

Shin Megami Tensei IV is also the first game in the main series to feature full voice acting.

A new trailer was shown on September 17th, 2012, providing a first look at in-game graphics and the new characters and demons that will be featured in the game. An expanded version of said trailer was also shown at the Tokyo Game Show 2012. The Nintendo Direct broadcast from February 21st, 2013 included a new trailer for the Shin Megami Tensei IV that detailed various gameplay elements and included some new event scenes.


Shin Megami Tensei IV reintroduces the Press Turn system after its absence in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey and features a third-person exploration system similar to Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne.

Shin Megami Tensei IV also features the first instance of the following gameplay mechanics in the series:

  • Smirk status, which is triggered by Press Turn advantages and bestows several offensive bonuses.
  • Engaging enemies via physical contact rather than through random encounters, as well as the ability to attack enemies in the overworld to start the battle with an Ambush.
  • In addition to three demons, the party may include a guest character who is controlled by an AI instead of by the player. The guest character will be random (Isabeau, Jonathan and Walter) before certain events and before alignment lock.


After having a prophetic dream where he is told he will change the world, Flynn, a lowly Casualry living in the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado, attends the Gauntlet Rite, the country's coming-of-age ceremony, with his childhood friend Issachar. The Gauntlet Rite will determine if they are chosen to become Samurai, an elite army tasked with protecting Mikado from the demons coming from the caves of Naraku. Flynn is selected while Issachar is not, and he is given a Gauntlet, containing the navigator app Burroughs and demon-fusing app Mido. Flynn becomes acquainted with Walter, Jonathan, Isabeau, and Navarre, who were also chosen during the same ritual, and begins training with them. Out of disdain for Flynn and Walter being Casualries, as well as Jonathan and Isabeau sympathizing with them even as Luxurors, Navarre attempts humiliate and endanger the former by feigning a demon attack, only to become caught in the demon's Domain. After Flynn rescues him, he becomes traumatized and drops out of the Samurai.

Meanwhile, books are being distributed around Mikado, with rumors of some citizens holding Sabbaths to summon demons in the Kiccigiorgi Forest. One night, the forest catches on fire, and while rescuing survivors, the Samurai find Issachar turning into a demon, having realized the disparity between Mikado's caste system after reading the books coupled with his resentment of failing the Gauntlet Rite. Flynn and the Samurai are forced to fight him until he dies. The Samurai learn that the Black Samurai was the person distributing the books and that they were turning humans into demons. Hugo, Gabby, and the monastery assigns the Samurai with the task of capturing the Black Samurai, believing that she may have escaped through Naraku. The Samurai traverse through Naraku past any point they were previously allowed, only to find themselves in Tokyo, known to them as the land of the "Unclean Ones." There, they discover that Tokyo is sealed in a dome, keeping the city in eternal night, while Mikado is the land that rests above the dome.

As the Samurai search for the Black Samurai in the demon-infested Tokyo, they learn that she has escaped to Ikebukuro through a tip from Hikaru. Meanwhile, they encounter two factions in Tokyo among the demons: the Ashura-kai, a yakuza group led by Tayama attempting to co-exist with demons by having them consume Red Pills instead of humans; and a cult called the Ring of Gaea, who is in a power struggle with the demons and the Ashura-kai. The Samurai personally witness a territorial fight from Kaga, a Ring of Gaea member who dies while getting revenge on a demon. At the same time, a group called the Counter-Demon Force, led by Fujiwara, act as Tokyo's equivalent of the Samurai in Mikado to protect humans. Once the Samurai reach the Juraku Bookstore in Ikebukuro, they find the Black Samurai and she surrenders, allowing them to arrest her.

In Mikado, the citizens celebrate the Black Samurai's defeat by holding a public execution. Upon unmasking her, everyone is shocked to find that she has the same face as Gabby. The Black Samurai reveals the books distributed to the citizens were plain books with no magic, and that the knowledge within them had turned the citizens into demons after they learned the truth. After she is executed, Gabby enlists the Samurai to help her rescue three men trapped in Kagome Tower. After the Samurai complete the mission, they learn that, while they were away, the Black Samurai suddenly came back to life and fled to Tokyo again. This time, Samurai are ordered to kill her, but they are suddenly given a mission from Tayama, the leader of the Ashura-kai, who orders them to kill a demon affecting his business. After they do so, he puts out a hit for Yuriko, the leader of the Ring of Gaea.

The Samurai travel to Tsukiji Hongwanji to infiltrate the Ring of Gaea's temple, but they do not find her. As they leave, the Black Samurai appears, revealing herself to be Yuriko as well as the demon Lilith. Walter finds himself agreeing with Lilith about creating a society where demons and humans can be equals regardless of status and becomes curious when she taunts them about their ignorance. He stops Jonathan from killing her, after which she suggests they should inspect Tayama's secret facility under the Roppongi Hills building before deciding which was the "true evil." Walter runs off to investigate, and Hikaru directs him to Fujiwara.

After catching up to Walter, the Samurai meet Fujiwara and Skins, who reveal they are familiar with Mikado and hope to emigrate there with several others as the demon attacks are getting stronger. Fujiwara assists the Samurai with finding the facility by telling them to access it through Midtown, which leads them to Reverse Hills. There, the Samurai are horrified to learn that Tayama has children kidnapped and groomed from a young age to eventually have their brain neurotransmitters be harvested as ingredients for the Red Pills.

After defeating a demon and returning to Tayama, the Samurai are summoned back to Mikado to meet with Gabby at Shene Duque. Gabby reveals her true identity as Gabriel, and the three men she had asked the Samurai to rescue are the other Archangels. She explains that 25 years ago (1500 years in Mikado's time), when the demons began invading Tokyo, a dome was formed above the city and several humans chosen by God were transported with a cocoon to live there. To stop the demons again for good, the Archangels plan on waging war by destroying Tokyo. In addition, they also begin purging any demonic influence from Mikado, including citizens who have read books, as well as overthrowing King Ahazuya Mikado. They also deny entry to Fujiwara and his group.

When the Samurai set off on their mission, Walter loses trust in the Archangels and compares their actions to Tayama's, believing that the demons are needed to restructure the world. On the other hand, Jonathan remains loyal to the Archangels and insists that Lilith must be killed. Meanwhile, Isabeau becomes conflicted; she opposes the demons, but she also cannot fully support the Archangels, as they are only interested in protecting their own instead of all of humankind. While she withdraws from the mission, Flynn has the choice of accompanying Walter to seek advice from Lilith or Jonathan to kill her. Regardless of his decision, they learn that Lilith wants to secure the Yamato Perpetual Reactor, a device that Tayama controls in Camp Ichigaya, which not only provides electricity to Tokyo but is also an inter-dimensional portal that can allow more demons into Tokyo.

Once the three arrive Camp Ichigaya and the Yamato Perpetual Reactor is activated, it takes them through the Expanse to two alternate versions of Tokyo: Blasted Tokyo, where the angels have won the war and destroyed Tokyo, leaving the humans who were not chosen by God to be poisoned by Pluto as per His will; and Infernal Tokyo, where demons have won the war and ruled by Kenji, who gives all humans the choice to become Demonoids or Neurishers. Both versions of Tokyo have Akira, who in Blasted Tokyo, desires chaos in his world to inspire others to fight back; and, in Infernal Tokyo, wants to maintain order among the demons. Flynn, Walter, and Jonathan defeat both Pluto and Kenji and use the Yamato Perpetual Reactor to travel both times. After passing through the Expanse with Kenji's defeat, Flynn is transported to meeting The White, who give him the choice of destroying the entire universe after witnessing how the world will always be in conflict regardless of choosing law or chaos.


If Flynn accepts the White's proposal, the game ends prematurely with the Nihilism ending, where he destroys the Yamato Perpetual Reactor and causes a black hole to form, swallowing and destroying the universe.

If he refuses, the game will continue on the path of alignment determined through the choices made throughout the game.

  • Law: Flynn wakes up to Jonathan and Gabriel in the Monochrome Forest and kills all four members of the White. As the war begins, the Archangels plan on using the Yamato Perpetual Reactor to destroy Tokyo, and Jonathan sacrifices himself to merge with them to become Merkabah, God's chariot. As they approach Camp Ichigaya, Isabeau attempts to stop them, but when she is defeated, she commits suicide. Flynn and Merkabah face Lucifer (who has merged with Walter) and defeat him. Afterwards, Merkabah uses the Yamato Perpetual Reactor to create a black hole that swallows up Tokyo and themselves, as they have been in too much contact with sin. In Mikado, Flynn is remembered as a hero, and a statue of him replaces the broken statue of Aquila at the Aquila Statue Plaza; however, the people of Mikado never learn the truth behind his sacrifice and live in ignorance.
  • Chaos: Flynn wakes up to Walter and Hikaru (who is revealed to be Lucifer) in the Monochrome Forest and kills all four members of the White. As the war begins, Lucifer plans on going to Mikado to fight the angels, and Walter sacrifices himself to merge with him. As they approach the Sky Tower, Isabeau attempts to stop them, but when she is defeated, she commits suicide. Flynn and Lucifer face Merkabah (who has merged with Jonathan) and defeat him. Afterwards, while Tokyo is ravaged and in a state of perpetual war, Hikaru suggests Flynn become its new king to rule them.
  • Neutral: Flynn wakes up to Stephen in the Monochrome Forest and kills all four members of the White. Stephen tells Flynn that the little girl he encountered in his first domain is the goddess of Tokyo, and in order to revive her and save the people of Tokyo, he must destroy the dome separating Tokyo and Mikado. Stephen also tells him that Flynn's past self had sacrificed himself with Masakado to create the dome during the previous war. As the war begins, Flynn reunites with Isabeau and summons Masakado using his katana from Skins. In order to regain his original form, Masakado gives Flynn a chalice to fill with the hope of the people of Tokyo. Flynn does so by defeating Merkabah and Lucifer as well as uniting the people of Mikado with the people of Tokyo. Masakado then destroys the dome and Mikado. Afterwards, the goddess, revealed to be Burroughs, thanks Flynn and restores Tokyo to its former glory.


Main article: List of Shin Megami Tensei IV Characters
Shin Megami Tensei IV Main Cast

The main cast of Shin Megami Tensei IV.

  • Flynn (フリン ): The protagonist of the game. An 18-year-old young man living in the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado. He is a member of the demon-exterminating samurai. His name can be changed by the player.
  • Isabeau (イザボー): The lone lady among the samurai, she is a veracious young woman with a strong mind. Isabeau represents the Neutral alignment.
  • Jonathan (ヨナタン): Gentle nature and of good upbringing, Jonathan acts as an intermediary between friends of individual samurai. Jonathan represents the Law alignment.
  • Walter (ワルター): A passionate young man with bad behavior. Walter represents the Chaos alignment.
  • Navarre (ナバール): He is highly energetic and has a strong sense of elitism.
  • Hope (ホープ): The leader of the samurai.
  • Issachar (イサカル): One of Flynn's childhood friends. He acts like an older brother to him.
  • Stephen (スティーヴン): A mysterious man in a wheelchair.

Special Edition


In Japan, Atlus released a Limited Edition Nintendo 3DS LL themed after the game along with a Sound and Art Collection book.

North America

In North America, Atlus released a Limited Edition for $49.99, includes:

  • Shin Megami Tensei Music Collection CD
  • Strategy Guide by Prima for starters
  • Collectible Slipcase

Additionally, depending on the store the game was preordered, the game will include free DLC, these stores include:

  • Amazon: Prime Coat
  • GameStop: Auric Armor
  • EB Games (Canada only): Power Hoodie

Downloadable Content

Shin Megami Tensei IV contains various DLC. Following March 27, 2023 all DLC will be unable to purchase. Additionally, the Auric Armor, Prime Coat, and Power Hoodie were only available through preorder bonuses and cannot be accessed without the use of modding or emulation.


  • Visage Pack: Free DLC. Three Delivery Challenge Quests, each with an add-on-exclusive head look as reward (Fighting Spirit, Strange Grease, Magical Glasses).
  • White Samurai Apparel: $0.99. Was available for free during the first month of release.[6] Three Delivery Challenge Quests, each with an armor piece of the add-on-exclusive White Samurai set as reward.
  • Symbolic Equipment: $0.99. Three Delivery Challenge Quests, each with an armor piece of the add-on-exclusive Freedom Armor set as a reward.
  • Snake Scale Equipment: $1.49. Three Delivery Challenge Quests, each with an armor piece of the add-on-exclusive Deity Scales set as reward. Resembles Koga Saburo.
  • Overlord Equipment: $1.49. Three Delivery Challenge quests with an armor piece of the add-on-exclusive Overlord set as reward. Resembles Asmodeus.
  • Radiant Equipment: $1.49. Three Delivery Challenge Quests, each with an armor piece of the add-on-exclusive Traje de Luces set as reward. Resembles Lucifer.
  • Auric Armor: A preorder bonus for GameStop customers.
  • Prime Coat: A preorder bonus for Amazon customers.
  • Power Hoodie: A preorder bonus for Power Hoodie.


  • Experience of the Afterlife: $1.99. This add-on exclusive Challenge Quest lets you collect bonus experience-giving items for the protagonist and your demons. You can also unlock Fairy Oread for fusion.
  • Underworld Money-Maker: $2.99. This add-on-exclusive Challenge Quest lets you collect items with high resale value. You can also unlock Beast Asterius for fusion.
  • Death Has Its Applications: $2.99. This add-on-exclusive Challenge Quest lets you collect bonus App Point-giving items. You can also unlock Fiend Plasma for fusion.


The following Downloadable Content contains plot details relating to the main story, and are advised to be attempted after completing such.

  • Clipped Wings 1: $2.49. An add-on-exclusive Challenge Quest to defeat the Archangels Uriel and Raphael. Completing this quest lets you fuse Herald Uriel and Herald Raphael.
  • Clipped Wings 2: $2.49. An add-on-exclusive Challenge Quest to defeat the Archangels Gabriel and Michael. Completing this quest lets you fuse Herald Gabriel and Herald Michael.
  • Ancient One of the Sun: $2.49. An add-on-exclusive Challenge Quest to defeat the Ancient of Days. Completing this quest lets you fuse the Godly Ancient of Days.
  • The Eternal Youth: $2.49. An add-on-exclusive Challenge Quest to defeat Sanat Kumara. Completing this quest lets you fuse Chaos Sanat.
  • For the Past... For the Future: $2.99. An add-on-exclusive Challenge Quest to defeat Masakado. Completing this quest lets you fuse Fury Masakado's Shadow.



The Movie


  • Many of the names in the game may be references to the film Ladyhawke, as the names Isabeau, Navarre, and Aquila are all featured names of the film.
  • According to composer Ryota Kozuka in a QnA for the release of Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance, the music of Shin Megami Tensei IV takes a lot of influence from 80's music as a way to make fit the theme of the game[7].


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Main Flynn - Isabeau - Jonathan - Walter - Burroughs
Supporting Hope - Issachar - Gabby - Navarre - Hugo - K - Tayama - Kaga - Hikaru - Fujiwara - Skins - Mastema - Stephen - Black Samurai - The White - Kiyoharu - Akira - Kenji - Aquila - Ahazuya Mikado - Charon - Mido - Lucifer - Merkabah - Masakado
Minor Terminal Guardian - Nozomi - Minako
Adaptations Gina - Stan - Al-mi'raj - Asuma - Nicola - Ys
Locations Eastern Kingdom of Mikado - Mikado Castle - Naraku - Kiccigiorgi - Tokyo - Ueno - Chiyoda - Shinjuku - Ikebukuro - Kagome Tower - Shibuya - Roppongi - Ginza - Tsukiji Hongwanji - Midtown - Reverse Hills - Camp Ichigaya - Blasted Tokyo - Pluto Castle - Infernal Tokyo - Monochrome Forest - Tokyo Bay - Minami Sunamachi - Purgatorium - Lucifer Palace - River Styx
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