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"I wish I could've done something before it got so bad..."
—Tao Isonokami, Shin Megami Tensei V

Tao Isonokami is a character in Shin Megami Tensei V. She is a student at Jouin High School and one of the protagonist's classmates living in Tokyo.

Appearances[]

Design[]

Tao is a young woman with black hair and gray eyes. She wears a variation of the Jouin High School uniform.

Personality[]

Tao is kindhearted, caring and has a sixth sense since she was little.

Profile[]

Shin Megami Tensei V[]

"Once cherished as the Saint of Bethel, Tao Isonokami was forced to watch helplessly as a close friend perished before her eyes. At that moment, the voice of a higher being spoke unto her, awakening the goddess within.
Even after her divine transfiguration, she appears to have retained her memories. However, she has cast off her former personality, and no longer acts as she once did as a human."
—Panagia Tao's lore, Shin Megami Tensei V

Tao Isonokami is a friend of the protagonist at school of same year. She is a member of the school lacrosse club. She is friendly and caring. She possessed a sixth sense ever since she was little, and since then has worked for the Japanese branch of Bethel; everyone there calls her "the Saint." She supports the protagonist and his friends when they join Bethel.

According to Tao, she had strange dreams recently, where she keeps hearing a distant voice, as if they're calling out to her, but she wakes up once they get close. These are implied to be higher beings, attempting to reveal the truth of her role and have her become a goddess.

Tao is close friends with Sahori Itsukishima, a former lacrosse club member like her, but had to leave after an accident, leaving some girls with a grudge for her strictness, causing them to constantly bully her. This causes her to make a deal with the demon Lahmu, as she wished her two bullies would disappear. Tao attempts to dissuade Sahori from hurting others, but she doesn’t listen to reason and has Lahmu murder her two bullies. However, he decides to kidnap Sahori because she was in his debt. So Tao accompanies the protagonist to Shinagawa to locate her.

Almost instantly after Bethel's rescue mission on Jouin Academy's kidnapped students, Tao will heal the protagonist's party each time after battle, as well as revive any fallen demons. This is only temporary, as after Lahmu is defeated, she will no longer be available for automatic healing.

After encountering her and Lahmu in Da'at, Tao attempts to reach out to her to no avail. Following Lahmu's defeat at the hands of the protagonist, Tao tries once more to approach Sahori, only for her faith to be betrayed, as Lahmu has possessed her body. In his attempts to kill Tao, the protagonist and Aogami shield her from the tentacles but are fatally stabbed, undoing their fusion as a Nahobino, laying on the floor drenched in Magatsuhi. Lahmu then stabs Tao who falls to the ground, lamenting how powerless she was to save Sahori and the two girls that were bullying her. Just then, Tao hears a mysterious voice and finds herself in a higher plane of reality, awakening her mysterious latent power. She offers her life to revive the protagonist and Aogami, but fades away afterwards and is presumed dead. The protagonist puts Lahmu's plans to a close by slaying him and Sahori.

However, after Bethel disbands, Tao calls out to the protagonist, who is astonished to hear her familiar voice. She tells him to meet her at the rooftop of the dorm. The protagonist exclaims surprise at her survival as she was assumed to have died. She explains that while she did in fact die as a human, she had awoken to her power as a Saint and was reborn as a goddess, now following her role to guide the Nahobino to the Throne of Creation. She decides to assist the protagonist in reclaiming the throne and teleports him to Da'at to accomplish their mission.

Tao then can be used as a party member up until a certain point in the game, depending on the alignment path the protagonist chooses. Upon arriving at the Empyrean, Tao will briefly transform into her final goddess state. If the protagonist chooses to destroy the Throne of Creation, Tao will immediately leave him, as the goddess has no intention to aid one who's against creation. In the other two ending routes Tao will remain in the protagonist's party without incident. If Tao does leave, she will reappear once more if the protagonist was informed by Nuwa of another alternative, in which she asks him to reconsider his option. If at this point the protagonist chooses to create a world for humanity only, Tao will gladly assist in the task despite being aware that she would no longer exist. In every ending path Tao will finally leave the party for good once the protagonist takes out his competition to the throne, right before the prompt for the final confrontation against Lucifer.

The human Tao can be seen in the "world for humanity only" ending conversing with her friends.

Due to her plot relevance, Tao can never be carried over to New Game Plus. While her information can be recorded in the Compendium, she can never be re-summoned. She will only be regained in a repeat run by reaching the Taito area of Da'at, but her stats will be reset when she joins the protagonist then. While she travels with the protagonist, she will occupy a slot in his roster, and cannot be fused off or dismissed (but can be customized with Essence Fusion, Sutras, and Incense), though pursuing the Neutral path endings will cause Tao to remove herself from the party once the Nahobino reaches the Empyrean. Tao also does not have an Essence unlike the other playable demons.

Vengeance[]

Tao has a larger role in the new story for Canon of Vengeance, in which she serves as one of the deuteragonists along with Yoko Hiromine. While the story progresses in mostly the same way at the start, her interactions with Yoko change Tao's mind regarding how to help Sahori overcome her problem with bullying. Determined to do anything for Sahori, Tao tries to kill the bullies herself, before breaking down crying. Seeing Tao try her best for her, Sahori changes her mind. Unlike in the original story, Lahmu does not kill Tao or Sahori. Instead, as Sahori rejected Lahmu at the last moment, she initially survives the encounter only to be killed by Lilith alongside Tao, who impales both of them as they are embracing each other using the serpent she carries around. Sahori will remain dead as in the original game, but a mysterious being will revive Tao shortly after.

Tao will travel alongside the protagonist and Yoko for much of the game, constantly giving her point of view about what is happening in the story and about the choices the player makes in certain sub-quests. The three of them work together to stop the Qadištu, who are killing humans to steal their Magatsuhi, and also to prevent Mastema from turning more humans into salt. However, Tao is killed a second time when the Qadištu take the Nahobino as a sacrifice to revive Tiamat.

After awakening as a Goddess of Creation, Tao will return and join the party as a demon of the Panagia race, right after defeating Abdiel in Shakan. However, this time her personality won't be as robotic as it was in the story of the Canon of Creation. In addition, certain side-quests would heavily imply that Tao had Amaterasu's Knowledge, but her status as Goddess of Creation overwhelmed Amaterasu, and preventing Bethel from completing a Proto-fiend based on her.

When the party arrives to the Empyrean, Tao will speak to the main character, explaining that she still feels like Tao Isonokami. She says that even if her personality should have been erased by her awakening as a Goddess of Creation, the strong determination that was born in her as a result of her journey with the main character and Yoko kept the original Tao alive. She will tell him that she understands that this world needs to be remade as the original Creator God has made a world of oppression in which humans are meant to suffer. Believing in the main character, Tao will suggest that they work together to create a new world where nobody is rejected and everyone's dreams can come true, and promises to stay by the main character's side until they accomplish it, as she acknowledges it will be a hard task because everyone is different and has their own wishes.

In the Law-Vengeance route, when the party steps foot into the Throne Room, they will be interrupted and challenged by Yoko Hiromine, who has also awakened as a Goddess of Creation. Yoko first takes control of Tiamat, then sacrifices herself to summon Tehom. Afterwards, the party will challenge Lucifer to a final battle and claim the throne. In the epilogue, everything will be restored back as it used to be. The protagonist presumably sacrifices his existence to become a god that can grant any wish and all other side characters were revived. As they leave the classroom, human Tao will turn around and feel a presence behind her, but see nothing. With Tao gone, Goddess Tao will appear in the corner of the classroom, looking at them with a smile on her face.

In the Chaos-Vengenance route, Tao will still remain with the Nahobino, but only up until reaching the Throne Room where he will reject her in place of Yoko when she arrives to interfere. Disappointed on the protagonist's rejection she prepares to fight him and Yoko, but Mastema will arrive to fight in her place. From this point on, she will permanently leave the party and is replaced by Yoko. Mastema initially fights the Nahobino and Yoko by controlling Tiamat, then fighting alone. Once the party returns to the throne room, she and Goko will express disappointment and leave the protagonist to challenge Lucifer, as it is now certain that the universe will be wiped out and begin anew.

Stats[]

Shin Magami Tensei V[]

Race Level HP MP
Strength 20
Vitality 44
Magic 62
Agility 38
Luck 49
Panagia 60 308 355
Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- - - - - Null Weak
Ailment Resistance Null:Charm
Skill Potential
Physical
Phys
Fire
Fire
Ice
Ice
Electricity
Elec
Force
Force
Light
Light
Dark
Dark
Almighty
Almi.
Ailment
Ailm.
Healing
Heal.
Support
Supp.
-5 - - - - +5 -5 +4 - +3 +3
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Light of Order 150 MP (Unique) Moderate HP recovery for all allies. Cancels debuffs and raises all stats 1 tier for 3 turns. Innate
Hamaon 25 MP Heavy Light attack to 1 foe. Chance of instakill when striking weakness. Innate
Megidola 70 MP Heavy Almighty attack to all foes. Innate
Matarunda 30 MP Lowers Attack of all foes by 1 rank for 3 turns. Innate
Mahamaon 40 MP Heavy Light attack to all foes. Chance of instakill when striking weakness. 61
Mana Aid Auto Recover MP after a battle. 62
Null Dark Auto Nullifies Dark skills. 64


Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance[]

Jouin High School/Shinagawa[]

Race Level HP MP
Strength 11
Vitality 16
Magic 23
Agility 17
Luck 20
Human 20 95 130
Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- - - - - Resist Weak
Ailment Resistance Resist: Charm
Skill Potential
Physical
Phys
Fire
Fire
Ice
Ice
Electricity
Elec
Force
Force
Light
Light
Dark
Dark
Almighty
Almi.
Ailment
Ailm.
Healing
Heal.
Support
Supp.
-3 - - - - +3 -3 - - +2 +2
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Saint's Prayer Auto When an ally is returned to stock, removes all status conditions from it. Innate Skill
Mahama 25 MP Weak Light attack to all foes. Chance of instakill when striking weakness. Innate
Media 30 MP Slight HP recovery to all allies. Innate
Recarm 20 MP Revive one ally with half HP. Innate
Marakukaja 30 MP Raises Defense of all allies by 1 rank for 3 turns. Innate
Light Mana Aid Auto Recover a little MP after a battle. 24
Masukukaja 30 MP Raises Accuracy/Evasion of all allies by 1 rank for 3 turns. 30


Shinjuku[]

Race Level HP MP
Strength 20
Vitality 43
Magic 38
Agility 40
Luck 48
Human 37 165 202
Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- - - - - Null Weak
Ailment Resistance Resist:Charm
Skill Potential
Physical
Phys
Fire
Fire
Ice
Ice
Electricity
Elec
Force
Force
Light
Light
Dark
Dark
Almighty
Almi.
Ailment
Ailm.
Healing
Heal.
Support
Supp.
-3 - - - - +4 -3 +2 - +2 +2
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Saint's Prayer Auto When an ally is returned to stock, removes all status conditions from it. Innate Skill
Mahamaon 40 MP Heavy Light attack to all foes. Chance of instakill when striking weakness. Innate
Mediarama 60 MP Moderate HP recovery to all allies. Innate
Samarecarm 60 MP Revive one ally with full HP. Innate
Marakukaja 30 MP Raises Defense of all allies by 1 rank for 3 turns. Innate
Mana Aid Auto Recover MP after a battle. Innate
Masukukaja 30 MP Raises Accuracy/Evasion of all allies by 1 rank for 3 turns. Innate
Megidola 70 MP Heavy Almighty attack to all foes. 41
Matarunda 30 MP Lowers Attack of all foes by 1 rank for 3 turns. 45


Demon[]

Race Level HP MP
Strength 20
Vitality 44
Magic 62
Agility 38
Luck 49
Panagia 60 308 355
Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- - - - - Null Weak
Ailment Resistance Resist:Poison, Confusion
Null: Charm
Skill Potential
Physical
Phys
Fire
Fire
Ice
Ice
Electricity
Elec
Force
Force
Light
Light
Dark
Dark
Almighty
Almi.
Ailment
Ailm.
Healing
Heal.
Support
Supp.
-3 - - - - +5 -3 +4 - +3 +3
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Saint's Prayer Auto When an ally is returned to stock, removes all status conditions from it. Innate Skill
Light of Order 150 MP (Unique) Moderate HP recovery for all allies. Cancels debuffs and raises all stats 1 tier for 3 turns. Innate
Samarecarm 60 MP Revive one ally with full HP. Innate
Mahamaon 40 MP Heavy Light attack to all foes. Chance of instakill when striking weakness. Innate
Megidola 70 MP Heavy Almighty attack to all foes. Innate
Matarunda 30 MP Lowers Attack of all foes by 1 rank for 3 turns. Innate
Mana Aid Auto Recover MP after a battle. Innate
Hamabarion 55 MP Severe Light attack to 1 foe. Chance of instakill when striking weakness. 62
Null Dark Auto Nullifies Dark skills.


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Etymology[]

Isonokami (磯野上*)? means "above the rocky seashore." It is also the name of the Isonokami Shrine (石上神宮*)? where enshrines the godly swords Ame no Ohabari (Aramasa) and Futsu-no-Mitama. Tao (多緒*)? means "many cords."

In Other Languages[]

Language Title
Flag of Japan Japanese 磯野上 タオ
Flag of South Korea Korean 이소노카미 타오
Flag of Hong KongFlag of the Republic of China Traditional Chinese 磯野上 多緒


Shin Megami Tensei V - Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance
Characters
Main Characters Nahobino - Aogami - Tao Isonokami - Yuzuru Atsuta - Ichiro Dazai - Yoko Hiromine
Supporting Characters Sophia - Gustave - Goko - Amanozako - Fionn mac Cumhaill - Miyazu Atsuta - Hayao Koshimizu - Sahori Itsukishima - Shohei Yakumo - Nuwa - Mastema - Demi-fiend - Artemis - Cleopatra - Mephisto
Antagonists Bethel: Abdiel - Khonsu - Vasuki - Zeus - Odin - Shiva
Qadištu: Lilith - Naamah - Eisheth - Agrat
Others: Lahmu - Tiamat - Mastema - Tehom - Lucifer
Locations
Tokyo Jouin High School - Shinagawa Station - Takanawa Tunnel - Jozoji
Da'at Minato - Shinagawa - Chiyoda - Taito - Demon King's Castle - Temple of Eternity - Empyrean - Tree of Knowledge
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack - Premium Edition Soundtrack
Songs N/A
Archives
Terminology Nahobino - Bethel - Knowledge - Magatsuhi - Qadištu - Shekinah Glory - Demon Summoning Program - Conception - Armageddon
Mechanics Demon - Press Turn - Moon Phase System - Alignment‎ - Negotiation (Dialogue) - Encounters - Fusion - Race and species - Difficulty
Skill Potential - Magatsuhi Skills - Essence - Glory - Miracles - Menorah
World of Shadows - Cadaver's Hollow - Miman - Treasure Boxes - Vending Machines - Demon Statues - Abscess - Magatsuhi Crystals - Leyline Fount - Terminal - Gifts - Search Points
Lists Bosses - Skills - Items - Status Changes - Quests - Demons (Vengeance)
Other Script - Updates - Trophies - Steam Profile Items
Other Media
Promotion Daily Demon (Vengeance) - News
TGS 2021
Other Demon Colosseum - Merchandise
Recruitable
Avatar Makami - Anubis - Barong
Avian Feng Huang - Jatayu - Thunderbird - Zhuque - Yatagarasu - Garuda
Beast Cait Sith - Inugami - Nekomata - Orthrus - Orobas - Loup-garou - Cerberus
Brute Daemon - Azumi - Ippon-Datara - Oni - Shiki-Ouji - Kin-Ki - Sui-Ki - Fuu-Ki - Ongyo-Ki
Deity Thoth - Horus - Atavaka - Khonsu - Mitra - Odin - Khonsu Ra - Zeus - Vishnu - Baal
Divine Angel - Archangel - Principality - Power - Dominion - Throne
Dragon Xuanwu - Quetzalcoatl - Qing Long - Ananta - Huang Long
Drake Aitvaras - Basilisk - Hydra - Fafnir - Seth - Vasuki
Element Erthys - Aeros - Aquans - Flaemis
Fairy Pixie - High Pixie - Jack-o'-Lantern - Jack Frost - Kelpie - Setanta - Silky - Oberon - Titania
Fallen Andras - Berith - Forneus - Eligor - Ose - Flauros - Decarabia - Nebiros - Adramelech - Abdiel
Femme Mermaid - Leanan Sidhe - Manananggal - Yaksini - Lamia - Dakini - Clotho - Lachesis - Cleopatra - Atropos - Rangda - Kali
Fiend Matador - Daisoujou - Hell Biker - Alice - White Rider - Red Rider - Black Rider - Pale Rider - Mother Harlot - Trumpeter
Foul Slime - Legion - Black Ooze
Fury Dionysus - Chernobog - Mot - Zaou-Gongen - Asura - Shiva
Genma Kurama Tengu - Hanuman - Cu Chulainn - Fionn mac Cumhaill - Amanozako
Haunt Preta - Obariyon - Poltergeist - Pisaca - Kumbhanda
Herald Melchizedek - Camael - Sraosha - Abdiel - Uriel - Raphael - Gabriel - Sandalphon - Michael - Metatron
Holy Shiisaa - Chironnup - Hayataro - Baihu - Chimera
Jaki Turdak - Rakshasa - Loa - Macabre - Hecatoncheires
Jirae Kodama - Tsuchigumo - Sudama - Kaya-no-Hime - Koropokkur - Hua Po - Narcissus
Kishin Attis - Zouchouten - Koumokuten - Jikokuten - Bishamonten - Thor
Kunitsu Take-Minakata - Sukuna-Hikona - Oyamatsumi - Kushinada-Hime - Okuninushi - Arahabaki
Lady Kikuri-Hime - Hariti - Isis - Cybele - Ishtar - Skadi - Alilat - Inanna - Danu - Nuwa - Nuwa
Megami Fortuna - Ame-no-Uzume - Anahita - Parvati - Artemis - Idun - Sarasvati - Scathach - Norn - Lakshmi - Demeter - Maria
Night Sandman - Mokoi - Incubus - Lilim - Succubus - Black Frost - Kaiwan - Queen Medb - Lilith
Raptor Onmoraki - Zhen - Muu Shuwuu - Anzu
Snake Naga - Raja Naga - Yurlungur - Yamata-no-Orochi
Tyrant King Frost - Belphegor - Moloch - Loki - Surt - Mara - Abaddon - Arioch - Mithras - Mephisto - Amon - Chi You - Belial - Beelzebub
Vile Baphomet - Mishaguji - Lahmu - Pazuzu - Girimekhala - Mada
Wargod Neko Shogun - Yoshitsune - Ganesha - Siegfried - Futsunushi
Wilder Bicorn - Bugs - Mothman - Nue
Yoma Mandrake - Agathion - Apsaras - Koppa Tengu - Valkyrie
Panagia Tao
Enemy Only
Meta Shohei Yakumo
Matter Lucifer
Mitama Saki Mitama - Kusi Mitama - Ara Mitama - Nigi Mitama
Nahobino Abdiel - Tsukuyomi - Nuwa
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