Shin Megami Tensei V: Negotiating with Demons -Game Guide

Shin Megami Tensei V: Negotiating with Demons -Game Guide

 In Shin Megami Tensei V, you have the option to recruit enemy demons to join your team. You will then have to go through the compulsory phase of negotiations in order to convince them to fight alongside you. Many factors can influence the outcome of negotiations. Here is everything you need to know in order to help you during your recruitments.

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First of all, you should know that it is only possible to recruit the demons that you encounter during a classic fight . If you try to talk to a boss or demon from a scripted encounter, you will get a message telling you that the demon is not in the mood to talk. It is also not possible to recruit demons whose level is higher than that of your main character . Finally, you cannot negotiate with a demon who is already in your team (in the field or in reserve) because if you try to chat with him, he will give you an item or money, and the fight will end. That being said, there are no more race restrictions unlike previous games: you can trade with any demon, regardless of race.

Negotiations almost always follow the following pattern: First, the demon will ask you two questions, and your answers determine whether the negotiations continue or not. Unfortunately, unlike Persona 5 for example, there is no miracle recipe for successful negotiation, and the amount of randomness involved in finding the right answer is significant. That being said, the negotiations aren't completely hit and miss like in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster, either . You can indeed help yourself with the way of speaking of the demon to have a clue concerning the correct answer.

For example, if a female demon speaks tendentiously , the correct answer is likely to be one that fits the demon's game. On the contrary, if you are chatting with a demon of the Barbarian or Beast race, they will probably appreciate a harsh, violent response more.. However, this is not an exact science and it is to be expected that sometimes demons will end negotiations even if the answer makes sense. Note that you don't have to find the two best answers to both questions, or even just one. Out of the three answers, there is usually a correct answer, a mixed answer, and one answer that annoys him so much that the negotiations will end immediately. As long as you don't come across the hated answer, you can move on to the second phase.

During this second phase of negotiations, the demon will ask you to give him something . In normal cases there are two requests, sometimes three and it can be an item, health, MP, or money.If you can't give him what he asks of you, you can tell him “I don't have any”, and the demon will ask you for something else. If you still don't have what they're asking for, they'll likely end the negotiations. On the other hand, if you don't want to give him what he asks of you, you can choose “You don't need this”. There, it's a bit of Russian roulette: the demon can take it badly and attack you just like asking for something else. Again, the demon's character can give a clue to his reaction without being an exact science. If the demon is more playful or calm, this answer will not upset him. For others, you shouldn't be too surprised if they attack you.

In any case, it is necessary to donate something in order to recruit a demon, so there is no point in being clawless, especially since they don't ask for much most of the time. It is still advisable not to be afraid to refuse requests from demons who demand powerful and / or rare items or worse, which ask for all your Maccas. For HP and MP, you can usually recover them quite easily, so be generous. Sometimes the demons may also offer to compare a certain statistic . If yours is superior, then it will join you.


Fortunately, there are a few tips to help make the negotiations less hit and miss in your favor. The first is to recruit when the moon is close to a new phase (2/8 or 3/8) or a full moon.(6/8 or 7/8). When this is the case, a message saying that the demon is in a good mood will appear when you try to speak to him and he will not ask you any questions and will directly ask for a single gift to join you. Be careful, near a new moon does not just mean when the moon is at 3/8. The moon must be in the descending phase, that is to say that it is approaching the new moon (ex: it goes from phase 4/8 to 3/8), and not from the full moon. Likewise for the full moon effect, it is necessary to be during the ascending phase.

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