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Shin Megami Tensei IV
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Daniel Chaviers
First Published: 05-07-2014 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 21-05-2020 / 17:58 GMT
Version: 1.0 (????) 06-06-2020 / 17:19 GMT

Shin Megami Tensei IV Guide

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Kiccigiorgi & Naraku

Capture the Black Samurai (Part 1)

Local Demon Bestiary

**Demon** **Level** **Scout?** **Race** **Weaknesses**
Apsaras 8 Yes Nymph Fire
Dwarf 4 Yes Jirae Force
Formorian 7 Yes Night Fire
Grudge Horde 5 No Horde Fire, Light
Knocker 8 Yes Jirae Electric
Samurai Zombie 4 No Undead Fire, Light
Samurai Zombie 5 No Undead Fire, Light
Vodyanik 6 Yes Yoma Force
Wicker Man 8 Yes Spirit Fire, Light, Electric


In this area, you may want to consider speaking with the Wicker Man or the Vodyanik in an attempt to scout them to your side. In doing so, you'll find that you can't speak with them. This should trigger Burroughs to make an app called Demolingual, which will allow you to do so for 20 App Points. Yes, there's an app for even that.

This quest sounds straightforward on paper, but first you need to descend the entirety of Naraku to even properly begin it. Now where did we leave our supplies again?

After having gotten the quest form K's Tavern, prepare at Q's and B's as needed, then proceed into Naraku. Proceed down to the 3rd Stratum and to the end where you encountered the domain previously. Beyond there is the forbidden 4th Stratum.

4th Stratum

If you head southeast, you'll notice a sign reading, "Beware the hazards of falling." Further southeast, you can find a ladder; look down to climb onto it. At the bottom, head eastward and up the next ladder. Go northeast to find another, then look to the west when up there for a Red Earring that you should equip immediately.

Turn around to find a 1-Star Jewelry , then go back down the two ladders. Head south from there, although be prepared to be ambushed from demons below the bridge. On the other side, you may encounter Wu Kong, too - see Capture the Berserker for more details.

Meanwhile, continue southeast and through the waterfall to find a chest containing the Key to Naraku .

Backtrack to the 1st Stratum now for a little detour.

1st Stratum

Get into the first room past the door that brings you there (when going in ), and enter the door on the left, now possible with the key. On the other side, open the chest for a Revival Leaf and go south to find a hole going straight back to the 4th Stratum.

4th Stratum

The Key to Naraku is crucial to exiting the dungeon, so grab it ASAP!

You'll arrive back on the ledge where you found that Red Earring earlier. Descend the two ladders again and head south across the bridge. On the plateau on the other side, go west to the broken bridge and jump west across it.

Here, circle to the northwest corner and look up to reach another ledge. There, you'll find a chest containing a Bufala Stone (item that hits all enemies with a medium-powered Ice attack) and a pile of crystals with a 1-Star Jewelry inside.

Return downstairs and head south, through the waterfall, and you'll be ambushed by demons. Continue south and along the path to the 5th Stratum.

5th Stratum

Here, head northward. If you're still chasing down Wu Kong, defeat him in the clearing. Nearby should be a chest containing a Revival Leaf , so snatch it and the 2-Star Jewelry to the west. Examine the door to the north and read it - "Those who serve God Almighty: Thou shalt not proceed beyond this door."

Heh, who's gonna stop m-- Oh. Burroughs detects a strong demon ahead. Opt to go ahead. Within, heal and save as needed before fighting the boss further north.

Boss: Minotaur

**Level** **Race** **Weakness** **Resistance** **Nullifies**
14 Beast Ice N/A Fire, Light, Dark

That's some cool music thar. coughs Anyways, this is the first enemy that can actually move three times per turn, so, with its high resilience, defeating it quickly is all the more pertinent. Notably, it knows War Cry, which ironically lowers your offensive and defensive stats.

He can also use a multi-target and multi-hit attack together in Labrys Strike - it could KO one person if focused on them, but that's all chance. Your offense shouldn't be much different from that when fighting Wu Kong. Freeze his butt off when you can, but now you can also liberally abuse physicals and other attacks.

Honestly, Wu Kong was harder than this - you shouldn't have much of a problem here if you beat him. Moves that can inflict statuses (Dream Punch for Sleep, for example) are good ideas to use a bunch here as well; even though they probably won't inflict it, there's still a chance.

During the fight, there are several questions given to you. For the first, respond with "We are determined to win". This was a test at your determination; as a result, your attack is raised!

A second question asked is whether the samurai have limits; respond "Indeed not" and the beast will be disheartened at the prospect of his first defeat in 1,500 years since Aquila's triumph, lowering the demon's accuracy.

As a note, your alignment goes down by five points after this boss.

After the battle, you'll find yourself at a fork in the path. Use the branch on the left and go along it, collecting a 1-Star Jewelry on the way. Go north and along the path to the next stratum.

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    5 July 2014
  • Last Updated
    21 May 2020
  • Guide Author
    Daniel Chaviers

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