An ultimate Persona (最強ペルソナ, Saikyou Perusona)? (or advanced Persona (後期ペルソナ, Kouki Perusona)?) is a Persona formed when an individual takes up a resolution in their heart. The Persona is usually one of the strongest Personas the user can summon.
- Megami Ibunroku Persona
- Persona 2: Innocent Sin
- Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
- Persona 3 / FES / Portable
- Persona 4 / Golden
- Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
- Persona 5 / Royal
- Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
Megami Ibunroku Persona
The ultimate Personas are fused by adding certain Totems to fusions that result in a Persona whose Arcana is the same as the ultimate Persona's Arcana, and can only be equipped by the character they belong to. The totems are gained towards the end of the game, though the exact method depends on the route.
|Protagonist||Emperor||Amen Ra||62||Rosetta Stone|
|Maki Sonomura||Priestess||Verdandi||61||Pasque Flower|
|Kei Nanjo||Judgement||Yamaoka||60||Amber Glasses|
|Masao Inaba||Chariot||Susano-o||59||Purified Water|
|Yukino Mayuzumi||Empress||Durga||57||Bisonskin Drums|
|Yuka Ayase||Magician||Frey||59||Stuffed Deer|
|Eriko Kirishima||Judgement||Michael||62||Judgement Contract|
|Hidehiko Uesugi||Justice||Tyr||54||Victorian Rune|
|Reiji Kido||Death||Mot||58||Babylonian Coffin|
In the Snow Queen route, the protagonist has to trade Ambrosia gained from defeating the Tower bosses with Raiho during the final dungeon. If the harder towers are completed before the easier ones, more Ambrosia will be given.
Most of the ultimate Personas are gained after defeating Joker in the Caracol if the party found the corresponding mask at Mt. Iwato (the Red Eagle Mask for Apollo, the Yellow Owl Mask for Hades, the Pink Azas Mask for Venus and the Blue Swan Mask for Artemis).
Apollo, Venus and Hades are all weak to Darkness initially. The weakness will be removed and replaced with immunity against Darkness once the player has equipped the correlated Persona to finish the battle against their reverse counterparts in Leo Temple, Taurus Temple and Scorpio Temple respectively.
Yukino retains Durga as her ultimate Persona, which is obtained if she comes to terms with Shunsuke Fujii's death and stays with Tatsuya's party at the Caracol. Jun Kurosu's ultimate Persona is Chronos, obtained by mutating Hermes once it reaches maximum rank and has gone through the Aquarius Temple's boss fight with him equipped.
|Tatsuya Suou||53||Apollo||Obtain the Red Eagle Mask on Mt. Iwato, then defeat Joker|
(equip during Leo Temple boss fight to gain Null Dark)
|Eikichi Mishina||57||Hades||Obtain the Yellow Owl Mask on Mt. Iwato, then defeat Joker|
(equip during Scorpio Temple boss fight to gain Null Dark)
|Lisa Silverman||57||Venus||Obtain the Pink Azas Mask on Mt. Iwato, then defeat Joker|
(equip during Taurus Temple boss fight to gain Null Dark)
|Maya Amano||51||Artemis||Obtain the Blue Swan Mask on Mt. Iwato, then defeat Joker|
|Yukino Mayuzumi||44||Durga||Accept Fujii's death and stay with the party|
|Jun Kurosu||57||Chronos||Equip Hermes during the Aquarius Temple boss fight,|
then mutate at MAX Rank
Except for Tatsuya who has already obtained his ultimate Persona, Apollo, from the beginning of the story, all other characters' ultimate Personas require the party to obtain the Material Cards from Mt. Iwato and then summon them in the Velvet Room manually. This gives party the the freedom to apply a magic card and stat boost card during the summoning. The ultimate Personas in Eternal Punishment are slightly less powerful and useful skill-wise than in Innocent Sin, but consume less SP.
|Tarot cards||Material card|
|Maya Amano||63||Artemis||Moon (252)||Silver Bow||Mt. Iwato|
|Ulala Serizawa||62||Asteria||Star (248)||Ortyx|
|Katsuya Suou||63||Hyperion||Justice (189)||Ancient Sun|
|Baofu||61||Prometheus||Hanged Man (244)||Bronze Ring|
|Eriko Kirishima||76||Gabriel||Judgement (304)||Lily||EX Dungeon 2-A|
|Kei Nanjo||75||Yamaoka||Hierophant (225)||Amber Eyeglasses||EX Dungeon 2-C|
The ultimate Personas are evolved forms of the initial Personas gained throughout the story, based on their operator's character development. Following a story-specific prompt, each character individually experiences a personal resolution, which brings about the metamorphosis of their initial Persona into their ultimate Persona. The ultimate Personas are listed below in order of metamorphosis.
|Akihiko Sanada||Caesar||Death of Shinjiro Aragaki||To face everything head-on|
|Ken Amada||Kala-Nemi||Death of Shinjiro Aragaki (and failure to exact revenge)||To live for his mother and Shinjiro|
|Fuuka Yamagishi||Juno||Natsuki Moriyama transferring schools||To protect those she is connected with|
|Yukari Takeba||Isis||Receiving her father's true message||To fulfill her father's wishes by fighting against the Dark Hour|
|Mitsuru Kirijo||Artemisia||Death of her father||To carry on her father's legacy|
|Junpei Iori||Trismegistus||Death of Chidori Yoshino and fusion of Hermes and Medea||To live for Chidori|
|Aigis||Athena||Choosing her own purpose||To "live" and decide her own fate|
|Protagonist||Izanagi-no-Okami||Unlock True Ending*|
|Yosuke Hanamura||Susano-o||Max out S.Link Magician|
|Chie Satonaka||Suzuka Gongen||Max out S.Link Chariot|
|Yukiko Amagi||Amaterasu||Max out S.Link Priestess|
|Kanji Tatsumi||Rokuten Maou||Max out S.Link Emperor|
|Rise Kujikawa||Kanzeon||Max out S.Link Lovers|
|Teddie||Kamui||Max out S.Link Star|
|Naoto Shirogane||Yamato Takeru||Max out S.Link Fortune|
- The protagonist gains his own ultimate Persona, Izanagi-no-Okami, automatically during the final battle in the True Ending, but it cannot be used in normal gameplay until a certain fusion is performed on a New Game Plus file.
Persona 4 Golden offers new ultimate Personas for every character (except for the protagonist, who still gains Izanagi-no-Okami during the final battle in the True Ending, which can only be used in normal gameplay upon fusion in New Game Plus). Unlocking these Personas grants the respective Persona a unique ultimate skill. To unlock these ultimate Personas, the protagonist must first max out the corresponding teammate's Social Link, and then speak with them for another Social Link meeting at any point after 1/10 to evolve their Persona further.
|Protagonist||Izanagi-no-Okami||Unlock True Ending||Myriad Truths|
|Yosuke Hanamura||Takehaya Susano-o||Max Magician Social Link, speak after 1/10||Youthful Wind|
|Chie Satonaka||Haraedo-no-Okami||Max Chariot Social Link, speak after 1/10||Dragon Hustle|
|Yukiko Amagi||Sumeo-Okami||Max Priestess Social Link, speak after 1/10||Burning Petals|
|Kanji Tatsumi||Takeji Zaiten||Max Emperor Social Link, speak after 1/10||The Man's Way|
|Rise Kujikawa||Kouzeon||Max Lovers Social Link, speak after 1/10||Complete Analysis|
|Teddie||Kamui-Moshiri||Max Star Social Link, speak after 1/10||Kamui Miracle|
|Naoto Shirogane||Yamato Sumeragi||Max Fortune Social Link, speak after 1/10||Shield of Justice|
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
All ultimate Personas from Persona 3 and Persona 4 are revisited in Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. When both protagonists reach a Level 55, Margaret will make a request challenging only the protagonists to a fight. When emerging victorious, Margaret notes that a change has occurred within the both of them, with Orpheus transfiguring into Messiah, and Izanagi transfiguring into Izanagi-no-Okami. Margaret states that due to the power of the two wild cards coming together and facing a battle to the death, the protagonists will obtain even greater power, and because the wild card has extended to their companions, their Personas will be able to evolve as well if their level is at a certain point (Level 55 or higher). Shinjiro and Koromaru ask Margaret if it is possible for their Personas to remain the same so that they can never forget what they have done, or failed to do; Margaret tells them that if they focus on keeping their same Persona, it should be possible for them to stay the same while they gain new power.
On evolution, most Personas gain a new resistance. The two protagonists get the most out of the evolution due to resisting most attacks and shedding a weakness. In addition to new resistances, an ultimate Persona learns a unique skill that fills in the unused 4th slot in their skill set.
|P4 hero||Izanagi-no-Okami||Heat Riser|
|Yukari Takeba||Isis||Tornado Boost|
|Junpei Iori||Trismegistus||Golden Gemini|
|Akihiko Sanada||Caesar||Conqueror Title|
|Ken Amada||Kala-Nemi||Target Boost|
|Shinjiro Aragaki||Castor||Whirlwind Swing|
|Yosuke Hanamura||Susano-o||Death Needle|
|Chie Satonaka||Suzuka Gongen||Furious Fists|
|Yukiko Amagi||Amaterasu||Inferno Boost|
|Kanji Tatsumi||Rokuten Maou||Uprising|
|Naoto Shirogane||Yamato Takeru||Powerhouse|
|Rise Kujikawa||Kanzeon||Into the Void|
The ultimate Personas, like in Persona 4, are evolved forms of the initial Personas gained through maxing out the party member's Confidant relationship. All of the evolved Personas are described as trickster deities in-game.
Gameplay wise, ultimate Personas null whatever element their normal forms were previously resistant to, all the while gaining a resistance towards another element. They also gain an evade skill towards the element they are weak against, lowering their changes of being downed. The only exception to this is the protagonist's ultimate Persona, which Drains Curse and Nulls Bless while being resistant to all other attacks (except Almighty).
|Protagonist||Satanael||Unlock True Ending|
|Morgana||Mercurius||Max out Magician Confidant|
|Ryuji Sakamoto||Seiten Taisei||Max out Chariot Confidant|
|Ann Takamaki||Hecate||Max out Lovers Confidant|
|Yusuke Kitagawa||Kamu Susano-o||Max out Emperor Confidant|
|Makoto Niijima||Anat||Max out Priestess Confidant|
|Futaba Sakura||Prometheus||Max out Hermit Confidant|
|Haru Okumura||Astarte||Max out Empress Confidant|
Persona 5 Royal, like Persona 4 Golden before, offers third tier Personas. During the process of ascending into the third tier, both first and second tier forms of that Phantom Thief's Persona fuse together. All third tier Personas are named after either the original names of the fictional characters their initial Personas represent or the historical basis for the same.
In order to trigger the evolution of any of the party member's third-tier personas bar Morgana, Akechi and Sumire, their confidants must be maxed and the protagonist must be invited to their homes for a talk during specific dates, starting with Ann Takamaki during January 13. (Morgana's will automatically awaken on January 10.) During that meeting, they will all apologize for falling in the illusion of escapism and lament failing to protect the protagonist when his life is at stake before swearing to him that they will deal with the grief and move forward, awakening their third tier persona by fusing their initial and ultimates.
Both Akechi and Sumire's second-tier Personas will evolve on February 2nd, but due to the fixed schedule for that day, they can only be viewed and used on February 3rd, where combat is last available. This applies to New Game Plus as well.
Sumire will awaken her third-tier Persona during the day if her Confidant is fully maxed, after thanking the protagonist for his aid, and Akechi, if the conditions for the True Ending have been fulfilled, will awaken to his Persona if the protagonist refuses to accept Maruki's final offer.
Gameplay wise, most third tier Personas possess the same defensive abilities as their ultimate Personas. The exceptions are the protagonist, whose third tier Persona has same resistances as his initial one and weaknesses minus one, and Akechi and Sumire, who are respectively granted resistance to Psychokinesis and Nuclear skills. Unlocking their third tier Persona will also grant each party member an Ex Skill.
|Protagonist||Raoul*||Phantom Show||Inflict Sleep (high odds) to all foes.|
|Morgana||Diego||Miracle Rush||Medium Physical damage to all foes. High critical rate.|
|Ryuji Sakamoto||William||Fighting Spirit||Multiply party's next Physical attack damage by 2.5.|
|Ann Takamaki||Celestine||High Energy||Multiply party's next Magic attack damage by 2.5.|
|Yusuke Kitagawa||Gorokichi||Hyakka Ryouran||Increase party's Attack, Defense and Agility for 3 turns.|
|Makoto Niijima||Agnes||Checkmate||Decrease all foes' Attack, Defense and Agility for 3 turns.|
|Futaba Sakura||Al Azif||Ultimate Support||Fully restore HP and cure all ailments of party except for special status.|
|Haru Okumura||Lucy||Life Wall||Erect a shield on all allies to repel 1 (non-Almighty) attack.|
|Goro Akechi||Hereward||Rebellion Blade||Colossal Almighty damage to 1 foe. Stronger against downed targets.|
|Sumire Yoshizawa||Ella||Masquerade||Severe physical damage to one foe two times.|
In Royal, both Akechi and Sumire also receive second-tier ultimate Personas. Akechi is a unique case since his second-tier Persona is technically an alternate initial Persona, but is treated as an ultimate Persona for the sake of gameplay.
Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
All ultimate Personas from Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona 5 appear in Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth. Special Screenings number 42 through 45 each yield a Sooty Film on completion, which the player brings to Elizabeth to initiate a fight with one of the Velvet Room attendants. When the player completes all four fights, all four protagonists will obtain their ultimate Personas. Everyone else's Personas will be able to evolve as well if they reach level 55; for party members already above that threshold, the evolution takes place the next time they level up. Shinjiro, Koromaru and Akechi are exceptions, and will instead have a powered-up version of their Personas.
On evolution, a character's Persona will gain new resistances. The protagonists stand the most to gain from this evolution, as their ultimate Personas shed most of their weaknesses and resist multiple elements. Akihiko, Ken, Kanji, Naoto, and the P5 cast will upgrade their innate resistance into an immunity; Akechi also loses his weakness to Curse in the process, while Naoto gains a resistance to Fire. Shinjiro and Koromaru will not change their resistances or weaknesses on evolution.
Each character's Persona has a unique skill that isn't learned by anyone else. When their Personas evolve to their ultimate form, that skill will automatically upgrade to a stronger version. If that unique skill was deleted or never learned, the player can have the upgraded unique skill overwrite any of the Persona's other skills. The Navigators do not learn any new skills on evolution - instead, two of their in-battle support skills will have their costs reduced by 1.