Natures are something new to the Shin Megami Tensei franchise and they feel like a completely natural addition to the series. They serve many functions, and they are all related to improving the skills and stats of your protagonist and your demons.
What Are Essences? – Shin Megami Tensei
Basically, Essence contains the skills and affections of the demon. In terms of game mechanics, this means their skills, their elemental attributes, and their status resistance. These are used in the World of Shadows’ Apotheosis function, which can be accessed from any Leyline Foundation.
There are two things that you can use Essences:
- Learning skills.
- Inheriting affinities.
Learn Essence Skills
Both your character and your demons in Shin Megami Tensei 5 can learn a demon’s skills by combining them with Essence. To do this, you must select the member from whom you want to inherit the skills first. You will then be presented with a list of their Essences currently in possession. You can press X to see what skills they can teach in the process.
Some of these skills will be grayed out and cannot be learned. To unlock these skills, it’ll require you to learn the Magic of Essence Arts.
Some skills are unique to one demon and cannot be learned by others – for example, The Mermaid’s Stormcaller Song.
Once you’ve selected an Essence and a party member to merge with it, you’ll arrive at the skill selection screen. In the Skill Pool will be all the currently known skills of the team member and all the skills that Elite can impart.
Move all your desired skills to the Skills list on the right and press Y when you’re done. This will consume Essence.
Inherit Essence Affinities
This functionality must first be unlocked by learning the Divine Mixed Miracle, which is made available very early in the game. Second, only the main character can inherit the predestined relationship.
This process works just like to skill learning. You simply select your main character and then select the Storyline that you want to inherit the relationships with, then select “Relationships” when selected.
The confirmation screen will show you the changes to your elemental attributes and status resistance. The new weakness will show up in red and the new resistance will show up in green. This process will also consume Essence in Shin Megami Tensei 5, making it unavailable for learning skills. Use this to your advantage once you know the what kind of elements and status effects that upcoming bosses.
Essences Locations – Shin Megami Tensei
There are several sources of Essence.
- Randomly encountered demons may have a very small chance to drop their own Essence.
- The demons in your party can reward you with their Essence upon leveling up.
- Once you’ve defeated the first boss, the Essence will be available for purchase at Cadaver’s Hollow. This selection will expand as the game progresses in the future.
- Some quests that you completed will reward you with an Essence.
- Some chests contain Essences.
- Once you have learned the Death Miracle Aura III, you may have a chance to request Demon Essence from them during the chat.