The Womb of Grief, known as the Wailing Womb (嘆きの胎, Nageki no Tai)? in the Japanese version, is a dungeon in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux. It is an optional dungeon much like the Labyrinth of Amala of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, featuring a slew of new bosses tied to its completion.
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey ReduxEdit
After being killed by Alex in Sector Bootes, the protagonist awakens in the Womb of Grief, with Demeter standing before him. She entrusts him with the mission of gathering the Fruits, each one guarded by a strong demon on each floor of the Womb of Grief. Clearing all floors of the dungeon is mandatory to accessing the new endings in Strange Journey Redux.
The Womb of Grief is separated into seven floors: The Ingress, where the protagonist begins, and six Spheres that descend further in as the protagonist progresses through it. Enemies that can be found in each sphere roughly corresponds to each sector of the Schwarzwelt, starting with Sector Bootes in the Ingress and progressing down to Horologium for the Sixth Sphere.
In the Third Sphere, the protagonist has another unfortunate encounter with Alex, and is forced to traverse the Sphere while trying to avoid running into her. Alex manifests as an abnormal Enemy Search signal, appearing only up to 2 squares away from the protagonist's current location. Running into her automatically triggers battle, and the protagonist has to retreat to break away. If the player manages to defeat her here, she will only stop appearing at that very spot, but can still serve as a roadblock in the rest of the floor.
At the end of the Third Sphere, Alex has already beaten the protagonist to its guardian - Amon, and after a long battle, she has defeated him and taken his Fruit. The protagonist battles her, and she is forced to retreat due to damage sustained to her Demonica from her previous battle. Demeter is annoyed at the loss of the Third Fruit, but urges the protagonist to continue gathering the rest of the Fruits.
After the player finishes the Third Sphere, Demeter informs him that the Wardens have begun to manifest. Consisting of Isis, Volvo, Cybele, Anat, and Kali, the Wardens appear in any of the Spheres that the player has completed as a unique Enemy Search that triggers up to two squares away from the player's location. Unlike other Enemy Searches, walking into that tile will immediately begin combat, but as a lifeline to the unprepared, the player has a guaranteed escape during battle. Defeating one Warden will cause the next one to start spawning in a similar fashion, and this continues until Kali's defeat, which completes their associated EX Mission.
In the center of the Sixth Sphere, behind Maria's chamber, lies a door that is closely guarded by Demeter, who turns the protagonist away if he tries to access it. After agreeing with Alex to use the Cosmic Fruits to change the future, Louisa Ferre unlocks the door, allowing the player to see what is beyond - The Three Wise Men's room, and a portal leading into the Empyrean Ascent.
The Sixth Sphere has an elevator that leads all the way back up to the rear of the Ingress, and has a path leading to the very center of the floor. A boss rush machine can be accessed there on a New Game Plus, allowing the player to re-fight each of the floor bosses and the new final boss of Redux. Amon can only be fought in the boss rush if, in a previous playthrough, the player has completed the Womb of Grief but declined the path to one of the new alignment endings.
Enemies marked with an asterisk are new demons that are not found as random encounters in the rest of the Schwarzwelt. They also drop their own forma.
|Characters||Protagonist - Gore - Jimenez - Zelenin - Arthur - Alex - George - Captain Jack (& Jack's Squad) - Ryan - Bugaboo - Mastema - Anthony - Dent - Norris - Kato - Williams - Muccino - Irving - Chen - Terry - MacCleary - Mia - Gekko - Blair - Zoe - Maebe - Wolf - Tyler - Mackie - Mike - Dawson - Keema - McClane - Louisa Ferre - The Three Wise Men - Mem Aleph|
|Locations||Red Sprite - Sector Antlia - Sector Bootes - Sector Carina - Sector Delphinus - Sector Eridanus - Sector Fornax - Jack's Squad HQ - Sector Grus - Sector Horologium - Womb of Grief - Empyrean Ascent|
|Terminology||Schwarzwelt - Demonica - Demon Summoning Program - Delphinus Parasite - Magnetite - Macca - Moon Phase System - Cosmic Egg|
|Lists||Demons - Bosses - Skills - Forma - Equipment - Items - Apps - Extra Missions|
|Music||Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Original Soundtrack|