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

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.

Major ArcanaEdit

0. Fool Arcana (or Jester Arcana in Persona 4 Golden)
I. Magician Arcana
II. Priestess Arcana
III. Empress Arcana
IV. Emperor Arcana
V. Hierophant Arcana
VI. Lovers Arcana
VII. Chariot Arcana
VIII. Strength Arcana/Justice Arcana
IX. Hermit Arcana
X. Fortune Arcana
XI. Justice Arcana/Strength Arcana (or Hunger Arcana in Persona 4 Golden and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax)
XII. Hanged Man Arcana
XIII. Death Arcana
XIV. Temperance Arcana
XV. Devil Arcana
XVI. Tower Arcana
XVII. Star Arcana
XVIII. Moon Arcana
XIX. Sun Arcana
XX. Judgement Arcana (or Aeon Arcana in Persona 3 FES and Persona 4 Golden)
XXI. The World Arcana (or The Universe Arcana in Persona 3)

In Persona and Persona 2, Strength and Justice Arcana are VIII and XI respectively, this is swapped in Persona 3 and subsequent installments.

Minor ArcanaEdit

Persona 2Edit

Personas from the minor Arcana are featured in these games via persona 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 and list of Persona 2: Eternal Punishment Personas.

Persona 3 / FESEdit

Cups - Which restores the party's health if drawn (amount depends on number)
Wands or Staves - Which grant bonus points if drawn (amount depends on number)
Pentacles or Coins - Which grants bonus Yen if drawn (amount depends on number)
Swords - Which grants the player a random weapon (power depends on number)

Persona 4 GoldenEdit

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

Inexistent Arcana Edit

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)

TriviaEdit

Gallery Edit

 
Art652 2
From the Arcana of Fool to Fortune
 
Art662 2
From the Arcana of Strength to World


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