Status effects are conditions that affects a character or demon during battle. These effects are mostly negative, and while many are volatile and wear off at the end of battle, some will persist while exploring field areas. Some demons are naturally resistant to status effects, either to the associated skill type or to ailments in general (Anti-Ailment).

Some skills, such as Eternal Rest, will cause instant death to targets under a specific ailment. Also exact effects may vary slightly between games.

Recurring[edit | edit source]

A list of status effects that appeared in almost all titles in the series:

Name Effect
Freeze Prevents any action in battle. Usually caused by ice skills and generally only lasts for one turn. In later games, attacking a frozen enemy is guaranteed to cause a critical hit.
Shock Prevents any action in battle. Usually caused by electricity skills and generally only lasts for one turn. In later games, attacking a shocked enemy is guaranteed to cause a critical hit.
Poison Depletes health at the end of each turn, often persisting on the field. Typically removed by Posumudi or Dis-Poison.
Paralyze Paralyzed characters are unable to move. Unlike Shock, this often persists for more than one turn. Typically removed by Paraladi or Dis-Paralyze.
Stun Stunned characters have lowered agility and defense. Typically removed by Paraladi or Dis-Stun.
Confused Confused characters become indecisive and may either attack a random enemy, do nothing or flee in a panic.
Charm Character begins attacking their own allies or cast healing spells on the enemies. Typically removed with Charmdi or Dis-Charm.
Stone Prevents the target from moving. This persists even on the field and is treated as similar to being dead. In most games, if the protagonist is petrified, it is game over. In some games, Force spells will shatter a petrified opponent.
Sleep Prevents any action in battle. Character loses a turn. In some games, sleeping characters restore some of their HP and MP.
KO Can no longer participate in battle. In most games, if the protagonist dies, it is game over. Can only be recovered with Recarm spells.

Uncommon[edit | edit source]

A list of status effects that appeared in some titles in the series:

Name Effect Appearance(s)
Bind Prevents any action from a unit. Majin Tensei II: Spiral Nemesis
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne
Bomb Bomb is implanted in party member. When those inflicted with this status are hit, they explode, dealing damage to the entire party. Defending will prevent damage. In the Devil Children series, only the character inflicted with Bomb is hurt when hit by Fire attacks.

Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
Devil Children series

Happy Overjoyed and may not attack. Shin Megami Tensei
Megami Ibunroku Persona
Devil Children series
Rage Attack is increased, but the afflicted will attack anyone other than themselves as if they were Charmed. In the Persona series, Rage lowers the afflicted's defense and agility. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
Persona 3
Persona 4
Persona 5
Down Character may get their turn skipped and takes more damage from their elemental weakness. Persona 3
Persona 4
Persona 5
Hungry Hungry characters will become indecisive. On their turn, they will either not take action and receive a small amount of Almighty damage or attack an ally. In Avatar Tuner, only curable by the Song of Grace. DDS: Avatar Tuner
Persona 5

Game Specific[edit | edit source]

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne[edit | edit source]

Name Effect
Fly Renders the afflicted target with weakness to Expel attacks. Only caused by Baal Avatar's Bael's Bane ability. Wears off after battle.

Shin Megami Tensei IV[edit | edit source]

Name Effect
Sick Reduces affected character's outgoing damage by 25%, its evasion to 0 and increases damage taken by 25%. At the end of a turn with a party holding this character, there's a 5% chance that another character will be infected. Can be cured with Dis-Poison or Posumudi skill.
Lost Flynn or Nanashi cannot summon the affected demon and is forced to reunite with said demon through an encounter.
Brand DLC only. Reduces HP and MP recovery to 1 point. Can't be cured, but wears off randomly or automatically after battle.

Majin Tensei II: Spiral Nemesis[edit | edit source]

Name Effect
Close Prevents a unit from using their magic. Represented by kissing and hearts when inflicted by skills.

Devil Summoner[edit | edit source]

Name Effect
Mirror Affected character cannot move, takes increased damage from physical attacks but reflects all magic.
Card Affected character cannot move, takes increased damage from Fire attacks, and decreased damage from physical attacks.

Megami Ibunroku Persona[edit | edit source]

Name Effect
Guilt Randomly-selected actions cannot be performed.
Blind Hit rate and evasion dropped.
Sick Loses HP at the end of the turn and when walking around.
Works like Poison, but Sick is considered a different ailment in-game.
Cloak Cannot be directly targeted by single-target attacks.
Defense lowered and cannot summon Persona.
Puppet Allows controlling a K.O-ed ally.
Puppet can attack and use items, but cannot summon Persona.
Beast Buffs all stats. Amount varies depending on the current moon phase.

Persona 5 / Royal[edit | edit source]

Name Effect
Despair Drains SP every turn, cannot move.
Dies/Faints after 3 turns have passed.
Mouse Form Cannot move, damage taken increased.

Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner[edit | edit source]

Name Effect
Ache After a successful hunt, the character that just ate might get affected by a stomach ache. Occasionally inflicted as a side effect from eating a Moldy Roll. This prevents the character from gaining any AP after the battle. Allies also won't get any AP from the consumed monster, if AP sharing skills are set. Cured by Dis-Ache and Achedi and prevented from infliction via successful hunt by Iron Stomach.
Bat Reduces all stats and makes the affected character weak to Force. Wears off over time or when battle ends.

Devil Survivor[edit | edit source]

Name Effect
Egg When the team holding the affected character has their next turn, the affected character takes a large amount of Almighty damage and a Maggot is summoned next to them. Only inflicted by Belzeboul and his minions' Spawn attack.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Status Icons[edit | edit source]

Shin Megami Tensei
 
Frozen Status SMT.png
Frozen
 
Shock Status SMT.png
Shock
 
Poison Status SMT.png
Poison
 
Stunned Status SMT.png
Stunned
 
Charmed Status SMT.png
Charmed
 
Stone Status SMT.png
Stone
 
Sleep Status SMT.png
Sleep
 
Bind Status SMT.png
Bind
 
Curse Status SMT.png
Curse
 
Fly Status SMT.png
Fly
 
Frog Status SMT.png
Frog
 
Low HP Status SMT.png
Low
 
Mute Status SMT.png
Mute
 
Normal Status SMT.png
Normal
 
Panic Status SMT.png
Panic
 
Happy Status SMT.png
Happy
 
Dead Status SMT.png
KO
Shin Megami Tensei IV
 
PoisonIcon SMTIV.png
Poison
 
CharmIcon SMTIV.png
Charm
 
SleepIcon SMTIV.png
Sleep
 
SickIcon SMTIV.png
Sick
 
BindIcon SMTIV.png
Bind
 
LostIcon SMTIV.png
Lost
 
PanicIcon SMTIV.png
Panic
 
SealIcon SMTIV.png
Seal
 
StunIcon SMTIV.png
Daze
 
KOIcon SMTIV.png
KO
Megami Ibunroku Persona
 
Happy Icon P1.png
Happy
 
Freeze Icon P1.png
Freeze
 
Shock Icon P1.png
Shock
 
Panic Icon P1.png
Panic
 
Charm Icon P1.png
Charm
 
Bind Icon P1.png
Bind
 
Sleep Icon P1.png
Sleep
 
Unlucky Icon P1.png
Unlucky
 
Mute Icon P1.png
Mute
 
Guilt Icon P1.png
Guilt
 
Blind Icon P1.png
Blind
 
Terror Icon P1.png
Fear
 
Poison Icon P1.png
Poison
 
Paralyze Icon P1.png
Paralyze
 
Stone Icon P1.png
Stone
 
Sick Icon P1.png
Sick
 
Cloak Icon P1.png
Cloak
 
Fury Icon P1.png
Fury
 
Puppet Icon P1.png
Puppet
 
Berserk Icon P1.png
Berserk
 
Counter Icon P1.png
Counter
 
Beast Icon P1.png
Beast
Persona 2: Innocent Sin
 
Charm Icon IS.png
Charm
 
Mute Icon IS.png
Mute
 
Panic Icon IS.png
Panic
 
Possession Icon IS.png
Possession
 
Freeze Icon IS.png
Freeze
 
Fury Icon IS.png
Fury
 
Illusion Icon IS.png
Illusion
 
Poison Icon IS.png
Poison
 
Shock Icon IS.png
Shock
 
Sleep Icon IS.png
Sleep
 
Dying Icon IS.png
Dying
 
KO Icon P1.png
KO
Persona Q
 
Sleep Icon PQ.png
Sleep
 
Panic Icon PQ.png
Panic
 
Paralyze Icon PQ.png
Paralyze
 
Poison Icon PQ.png
Poison
 
Curse Icon PQ.png
Curse
 
Petrification Icon PQ.png
Petrification
 
Strength Bind Icon PQ.png
Strength Bind
 
Magic Bind Icon PQ.png
Magic Bind
 
Agility Bind Icon PQ.png
Agility Bind
 
Down Icon PQ.png
Down
 
KO Icon PQ.png
KO


See Also[edit | edit source]


Franchise-wide
Demon - Magic (Fusion Spell) - Battle Stats - Damage - Accuracy - Experience - Level - Element - Extra Skills - Critical - Status effects - Macca - Yen - Magnetite - Incense - Alignment - Moon Phase System - Demon Summoning Program (COMP) - Cathedral of Shadows (Fusion - Skill Inheritance - Accidents / Special / Three-demon / Sacrificial / Sword) - Demonic Compendium - Evolution - Special conversation - Rag's Jewelry - Code Breaker - Turn Press - New Game Plus - Ultimate Boss - Streetpass - Password - Difficulty - Skill Mutation - Energy Drain
Shin Megami Tensei series
Terminal - Guardian (if...) - RTS (NINE) - Magatama (3) - Reason (3) - EX Missions (SJ) - Challenge Quest (4) - Whisper event (4) - Smirk (4) - Barrier (4) - Partners (4A)
Devil Summoner series
Loyalty - Personality - Mystic Change - Nemechi (SH) - Case Files (RKKA)
Majin Tensei series
Rank - Affinity (2) - Arcana (Ronde)
Persona series
Shadows / Personas (Initial / Prime / Ultimate / Ancestor / Reverse / Sub) - Skill Card - Totem (1) - Type/Subtype (1+2) - Affinity (1+2) - Rank (1+2) - Mystic Change (1+2+5) - One More (3-5) - Growth Rate (1+2) - Unknown Power (1+EP) - Personality (1+2, 5) - Material Card (2) - Mutation (2) - All-Out Attack (Cut-in) - Heart Item (3) - Shuffle Time (3+4) - Daily Life (3-5) - Calendar (3-5) - Social Stats (3-5) - Social Link (3+4) - Tactics (3-5) - Requests (3-5;Q+Q2) - Arcana Chance (4) - Forecasts (Fusion / Weather) (4+5) - Guard (3P+4+5) - Boost (Q+Q2) - Power Spot (Q+Q2) - F.O.E (Q+Q2) - Confidant (5) - Technical (5) Treasure Demon (5) - Party Switch (5) - Disaster Shadow (5R) - Fusion alarm (5R) - Persona Traits (5R) - Third Eye (5)
Devil Children series
Trainer - Bank - BattleNet - Relic Fusion - Power Fusion - Powers
Digital Devil Saga series
Berserk Mode (2)
Devil Survivor series
Devil Auction - Extra Turn Battle - Skill Crack - Titles (DSO / DS2 / RB) - Fate System (2) - Add-On (2)
Other
Equip Type (GMT:TM) - Class Change (TMS♯FE) - Topic System (TMS♯FE) - Side Quests (TMS♯FE) - Ad-lib Performance (TMS♯FE) - Session (TMS♯FE) - Dual Arts (TMS♯FE)
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