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"The Arcana is the means by which all is revealed..."
—Nyx Avatar, Persona 3

The Arcana are the different classes of Tarot Cards. They are a major thematic element of the Persona series.

The Arcana are divided into the Major Arcana (22 unique cards) and the Minor Arcana (four suits of 14 cards each, not unlike those of traditional playing cards). The Minor Arcana appear in rare events in the Persona 2 duology, only in shuffle in Persona 3 and not at all in Persona 4 with the exception of Persona 4 Golden.

"Arcana" is properly the plural form, the singular being "Arcanum", but in the Persona series "Arcana" is used for both singular and plural.

Major ArcanaEdit

In the Persona series, the Personas' Arcana are functionally equivalent to demon races. According to the Persona World guide, each Arcana in Megami Ibunroku Persona equals a specific race, however these racial equivalences were not kept in Persona 3 onwards.

NumberArcanaP1 & 2 RaceP3 S. LinkP4 S. LinkP5 Confidant
0FoolNational Spirit (民霊, Minrei)?SEESInvestigation TeamIgor
IMagicianGenmaKenji Tomochika
Junpei Iori1
Yosuke HanamuraMorgana
IIPriestessMegamiFuuka YamagishiYukiko AmagiMakoto Niijima
IIIEmpressLadyMitsuru KirijoMargaretHaru Okumura
IVEmperorDeityHidetoshi OdagiriKanji TatsumiYusuke Kitagawa
VHierophantKishinBunkichi and MitsukoRyotaro DojimaSojiro Sakura
VILoversFairyYukari TakebaRise KujikawaAnn Takamaki
VIIChariotFuryKazushi Miyamoto
Rio Iwasaki1
Chie SatonakaRyuji Sakamoto
VIII2JusticeWargodChihiro Fushimi
Ken Amada1
Nanako DojimaGoro Akechi
IXHermitHoly"Maya"
Saori Hasegawa1
FoxFutaba Sakura
XFortuneBeastKeisuke Hiraga
Ryoji Mochizuki1
Naoto ShiroganeChihaya Mifune
XI2StrengthSnakeYuko Nishiwaki
Koromaru1
Kou Ichijo or
Daisuke Nagase
Caroline and Justine
Hunger3 - -Tohru Adachi -
XIIHanged ManFallenMaiko OohashiNaoki KonishiMunehisa Iwai
XIIIDeathReaperPharosHisano KurodaTae Takemi
XIVTemperanceAvatarAndre Laurent Jean GerauxEri MinamiSadayo Kawakami
XVDevilTyrantPresident TanakaSayoko UeharaIchiko Ohya
XVITowerVileMutatsuShu NakajimaShinya Oda
XVIIStarYomaMamoru Hayase
Akihiko Sanada1
TeddieHifumi Togo
XVIIIMoonNightNozomi Suemitsu
Shinjiro Aragaki1
Ai EbiharaYuuki Mishima
XIXSunAvianAkinari KamikiYumi Ozawa or
Ayane Matsunaga
Toranosuke Yoshida
XXJudgementHeraldNyx Annihilation TeamSeekers of TruthSae Niijima
Aeon -Aigis4Marie5 -
XXIWorldDragon - - -
Universe - - - -
  • 1 In Persona 3 Portable, female route only.
  • 2 In Persona and Persona 2, Strength and Justice Arcana are VIII and XI respectively, this is swapped in Persona 3 and subsequent installments.
  • 3 In Persona 4 Golden only. Initially called Jester Arcana, numbered 0.
  • 4 In Persona 3 FES and Persona 3 Portable only.
  • 5 In Persona 4 Golden only.

Minor ArcanaEdit

Persona 2Edit

Personas from the minor Arcana are featured in these games via mutation only. These personas cannot be summoned normally in Velvet Room nor their tarot cards ever exist. See List of Persona 2: Innocent Sin Personas#Minor Arcana and List of Persona 2: Eternal Punishment Personas#Minor Arcana.

Persona 3Edit

The Minor Arcana cards appear during Shuffle Time and grant the player various effects depending on which card is chosen:

Cups - Restores the protagonist's or party's health if drawn (amount depends on number)
Wands or Staves - Grants bonus experience or stats if drawn (amount depends on number)
Pentacles or Coins - Grants bonus Yen if drawn (amount depends on number)
Swords - Grants the player a random weapon (power depends on number)

Persona 4 GoldenEdit

The Minor Arcana cards are featured in the remake of Persona 4 for the PlayStation Vita. The Minor Arcana cards have the same effects as in Persona 3, except for the Swords Cards, which give the player Skill Cards instead of weapons.

Inexistent ArcanaEdit

In the Persona 2 games, due to the way the contact system is built, all enemies are classified under an Arcana. However, some of those aren't present in the tarot deck, being more akin to races. However, the game does acknowledge them as such and refers to them by "Arcana". They are:

Reich (Nazi in the PlayStation release)
Machine
Leo
Aquarius
Scorpio
Taurus
Rumor
Human
Zombie (misspelled as Zonbie in Eternal Punishment)
Dummy

TriviaEdit

  • As of Persona 5, the Temperance and Tower Arcana are the only major arcana to have never been represented by any playable character.

GalleryEdit

 
Fool-0
Fool Arcana
 
Magician-0
Magician Arcana
 
Priestess-0
Priestess Arcana
 
Empress-0
Empress Arcana
 
Emperor-0
Emperor Arcana
 
Hierophant-0
Hierophant Arcana
 
Lovers-0
Lovers Arcana
 
Chariot-0
Chariot Arcana
 
Justice-0
Justice Arcana
 
Hermit-0
Hermit Arcana
 
Fortune-0
Fortune Arcana
 
Strength-0
Strength Arcana
 
Hanged Man
Hanged Man Arcana
 
Death-0
Death Arcana
 
Temperance-0
Temperance Arcana
 
Devil-0
Devil Arcana
 
Tower-0
Tower Arcana
 
Star-0
Star Arcana
 
Moon-0
Moon Arcana
 
Sun-0
Sun Arcana
 
Judgement
Judgement Arcana
 
World-0
World Arcana
 
Jester
Jester Arcana
 
Hunger
Hunger Arcana
 
Aeon-0
Aeon Arcana

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