While it originally just began as a spin-off for Shin Megami Tensei, the Persona series has evolved into one of the most successful JRPG franchises of our time, finding great exposure in both the Japanese and western audiences.
Even more ironic is the fact Persona has had spin-offs of its own, which is truly amazing and showcases its popularity because that is how it originally started too.
Persona 5 is the latest main entry in the series and has seen many updated versions and ports since its original release in 2016. The gameplay is rich with features and different things to do and spans dozens of hours as you play through the game’s story and side quests.
Since the game is so large, it’s only natural that it takes a while to figure out what are the best Personas to use in combat.
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What Are The Best Personas to Use In Persona 5?
Here’s a list of the 10 best Personas to go for in Persona 5 to save you time! So, let’s get started.
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Shiki-Ouji is a Chariot Arcana type Persona which is one of the best options that you can acquire in the early parts of the game, and one of the best Personas in general.
It’s extremely reliable and consistently useful throughout the entire game and you can keep it around even when you gain more powerful ones in time.
It has null attributes to damages that are physical, blessed, or cursed, and has a high upgrade path which makes it a good Persona to be loyal to.
Don’t be fooled by her appearance, Alice is one of the strongest Personas in the Death Arcana type, and is based on the popular character we have all been introduced to since our childhood.
She has great power-up potential for her abilities which includes support skills, can be temporarily invulnerable, and repels curse damage.
The icing on the cake is her Insta-kill abilities which generally deal a lot of damage and can also deliver critical hits.
Messiah belongs to the Judge Arcana type of Personas and is a part of the free DLCs available for Persona 5 Royal.
It has great healing and passive abilities which can be used as support skills and can be made invulnerable as well like Alice.
Additionally, Messiah has a very strong passive ability called Enduring Soul which can recover all of the player’s HP, and its support skills allow him to heal all party members as well. If all of that wasn’t enough, Messiah can also drain curse damage support skills which can be a life-saver.
Trumpeter is one of the most well-known Judge Arcana type Personas and is mainly useful for defense purposes. It has no weakness to damage, can use an Almighty attack, and it can learn very useful support skills.
One of its auto moves, Life Aid, can recover as much as 85 HP and SP which is a great help for you in challenging situations.
You can’t unlock Satan unless you complete the Judgement Arena, but getting him should be a goal for anyone who doesn’t mind the grind because he is the ultimate Persona that you can find in the Judgment Arcana type.
There are no real weaknesses to Satan but it does have some very powerful and deadly attacks that can greatly damage your opponents without much effort.
A Moon Arcana type Persona, Kaguya can deal a very great deal of magical damage to its opponents and is also accessible quite early on in the game – which adds to the appeal.
One of the best things about Kaguya is the fact its abilities cost low SP but still deal high damage, and it’s very upgradeable so you won’t have to worry about dropping it, rather keeping it for the long game is very helpful.
Fafnir was a popular Persona in Persona 2 but did not return until Persona 5. While only accessible in the late-game period of gameplay, it can still be very useful without needing to be taken into New Game +. It can absorb fire and nuclear skills, repel physical and gun attacks and even resist the electric element.
And on top of all of that, it has a base strength stat of 61 and a magic stat of 55 which makes it one of the best Personas that you can have on your team.
One look at Maria and you can tell that it’s not just your average Persona. She is the ultimate Persona of the Faith Arcana type and is achievable in the late-game periods of gameplay.
She is often referred to as the best healer of the game and has the ability to fully revive all members of the party, and can restore its own HP and SP more than once as well. The fact its base level is 93 does not help much with subtlety, as that’s a great number to have by your side.
It’s debatable whether Yoshitsune deserves the number 1 or 2 spots, but one thing everyone can easily agree on is that he has the strongest physical damage in his abilities.
Being a Tower Arcana Persona, he has an advanced fusion that can be gained by maxing your Strength confidant, and if you pair him with the right support skills, he’s a force to be reckoned with.
A good deal of his moves are auto, so that will further add to the usefulness to your team, and Yoshitsune can repel bless and electric damage and does not have many weaknesses, and you can further enhance his effectiveness by using the Arms Master support skill.
Satanael is the final Persona that Joker can unlock and is considered the awakened form of Arsene, so it’s no surprise that it is only available at the end.
Belonging to the Fool Arcana type of Personas, he is available by default by the end of the game and has insanely damaging Almighty attacks, is an undeniably great counter to almost all damage types, can fully heal its SP and HP stats after defeating enemies, and can increase 50% damage to all damage types – which is an extremely powerful tool to have by your side.
Satanael is mainly seen as someone you should always have with you in New Game+ and eventually, you will be able to use it before the end of the game as well.
However, fusing him requires you to be on level 95 and you will need several high-level Personas which you will need to fuse to obtain him. But once you do, Satanael is the number 1 Persona in the game and most battles will become too easy for you, while the harder battles will give you a better chance to play more offensively which is entertaining.
That’s it for our list of the top 10 best Personas to go for in Persona 5! We hope you found your perfect Persona on this list, and keep in mind that they can be obtained in different parts of the game, so you can definitely move onto a better one at a later time.
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