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Type (大属性, Daizokusei)? and Subtype (属性, Zokusei)? are a type of classification in early Persona games and the Devil Children series.

AppearancesEdit

ProfileEdit

Megami Ibunroku PersonaEdit

Both types and subtypes come in opposing pairs and have an effect on fusion. If the Spell Cards being fused belong to demons of the same type, the resulting Persona will have +5 to its highest stat and +20 to its magical defense. On the other hand, if their types oppose each other a fusion accident is more likely to occur.

A Persona's type and subtype determine which spells it can inherit via fusion. If the Persona is of the Light type, it won't be able to learn any Death spell and Dark Personas cannot learn any Expel spell. While the Element-Force pair by itself won't apply any kind of inheritance restriction, their subtypes will. For example, Sati is Light-Fire, meaning she can't inherit any Death or Ice spells. Jack Frost is Element-Ice so he can't learn Fire spells. Vidofnir is Element-Bless and thus has no restrictions.

In addition to influencing fusion, a Persona or demon's type and subtype may determine its strengths and weaknesses. They will possibly resist their type and be weak to its opposite. Furthermore, they may especially resist their subtype (draining, nullifying or repelling it) and be weak to its opposite.

For example, Ganesha is Element-Wind, meaning it resists Element and is weak to Force. Since he is of the Wind subtype, Ganesha especially resists Wind (in this case by repelling it) and is weak to Earth. The resistance to Earth from its type and weakness from its subtype cancel each other out so Ganesha takes neutral damage from Earth.

There are, however, demons and Personas who are exceptions to this rule. Some of those exceptions apply to entire Orders but others only to specific subjects. For example, the entire Grave Order is of the Force type, but they are weak to both Element and Force. And despite all of the Flight Order demons being Element-Wind, some of them resist Blast while others don't.

The PlayStation release uses all caps English names for the Types and Subtypes, which were left as-is in Revelations: Persona. The PSP port, however, uses Japanese names.

Persona 2Edit

In Persona 2, a Persona's type restricts which skills it can learn from Skill Cards while a demon's type has no gameplay function and merely reflects their resistances and weaknesses. Despite being localized as "types", the Japanese version uses the same term as the "subtypes" from Megami Ibunroku Persona.

Devil ChildrenEdit

Localized as Element in DemiKids, a demon's type indicates their resistances and weaknesses.

Black/Red/White Book takes inspiration from the Chinese philosophical concept of Wuxing, which assign five elements as the foundation of everything in the universe and natural phenomena. Those elements are Fire (Agi), Earth (Magna), Metal (Zio), Water (Bufu), and Wood (Zan). The elemental affinities of the types are based on the "cycle of destruction" aspect of the doctrine. In addition to Wuxing, the game also has two additional types based on the concept of Yin and yang: Sun (Hama, buffs, and healing) and Moon (Mudo, debuffs, and ailments).

DemiKids changed the system for a more traditional elemental system like the ones used in most RPGs.

Types and SubtypesEdit

Megami Ibunroku PersonaEdit

TypesEdit

  • The opposing pairs are: Element-Force and Light-Dark.
Type Subtypes
PSP Revelations
Element
精霊
ELEMENTAL Fire, Ice, Wind, Earth
Force
物理
PHYSICAL Electric, Nuclear, Gravity, Blast
Light
神聖
HOLYLIGHT Expel, Miracle, Prayer, Bless
Dark
暗黒
EVILDARK Death, Curse, Nerve, Occult

SubtypesEdit

  • The opposing pairs are: Fire-Ice, Wind-Earth, Electric-Nuclear, and Gravity-Blast.
Subtype
PSP Revelations
Fire
火炎
IGNIS
Ice
氷結
AQUA
Wind
疾風
AIR
Earth
地震
TERRA
Subtype
PSP Revelations
Electric
電撃
PHOTON
Nuclear
核熱
GREWON
Gravity
重力
GRAVITON
Blast
衝撃
WEAKBOSON
Subtype
PSP Revelations
Expel
破魔
EXORCISM
Miracle
奇跡
WONDER
Bless
祝福
BLESS
Prayer
天啓
SIGN
Subtype
PSP Revelations
Death
呪殺
CURSE
Curse
降魔
NECROMANCY
Nerve
神経
NERVE
Occult
覚醒
AWAKE

Devil ChildrenEdit

Black/Red/White BookEdit

Type Resist Weak
Sun
Moon -
Moon
Sun
Fire
Metal Water
Water
Fire Earth
Earth
Water Wood
Wood
Earth Metal
Metal
Wood Fire

DemiKids & Fire/Ice BookEdit

Type Super Resist Resist Weak Super Weak
Light
Light - Dark
Dark
Dark Light
Fire
Fire Earth, Elec Water, Wind Ice
Ice
Ice Water, Wind Earth, Elec Fire
Water
Water Earth, Ice Fire, Wind Elec
Thunder
Elec Fire, Wind Earth, Ice Water
Earth
Earth Fire, Water Elec, Ice Wind
Wind
Wind Elec, Ice Fire, Water Earth


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