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Asura

Asura as seen in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey.

Asura, also known as Asura Oh (アスラおう?) is a demon in the series.

HistoryEdit

Asuras are entities that take on varying roles in the Asian religions.

In the old Vedic religion, they were simply gods of moral/social phenomenon who regularly competed with the Devas, who were gods of natural phenomenon.

In Hinduism, they are fanatical, demon-like entities associated with carnal and materialistic pleasures, and often thirsted for violence, opposed to the more peace-inclined Devas. There are many kings and rulers of the Asura, but the Megami Tensei series' Asura Lord is based on Virocana, the king of the asuras who, alongside Indra, searched for the secret of enlightenment.

In Buddhism, they are the lowest rank of deities and are jealous gods addicted to various malign passions, while said to be one of the four unhappy births, being representative of a human being incapable of peace and always angered with the world, while also seeking strife and violence. In Japanese Buddhism, they are demigods, or semi-blessed beings. Powerful protectors of Buddhism, yet fierce and quarrelsome, they are partly good and partly evil, like humans. Their realm is believed to be a world of strife said to be located on the ocean floor. Some say Ashura was an Indian royal who converted to Buddhism. In other traditions, Ashura was a sun goddess who was feared for bringing droughts. The leaders of the Asuras were called Asurinda or Asurendra ("Asura Lord"). The principal leaders are Vemacritin (also called Vepacitti), Rahu (also called Veroca, Verocana, or Virocana), and Paharada. The appearance of the Megami Tensei series' Asura is most likely based on the Japanese Buddhist depiction of the Asuras.

However, in Zoroastrianism, Asura is known as Ahura, and are depicted as the forces of good, led by Ahura Mazda. In fact, the Indo-Iranians, the term asura (or in this case ahura) originally referred to divine beings on par with the gods. After the Aryans went their separate ways from the Iranians, the asuras came to be seen as rival gods, eventually even demonic. The struggle between the devas and the asuras possibly reflects the conflict between the tribes who worshiped a pantheon led by the god Indra and the tribes who worshiped the gods called the asuras.

AppearancesEdit

ProfileEdit

Megami Tensei IIEdit

Near the end of the final dungeon, the hero and his party encounter Asura. If the hero recruited Lucifer, Asura is turned back into Ahura Mazda, his true form and joins the party. Otherwise, he will fight the hero.

Shin Megami TenseiEdit

As the one responsible in leading the forces of the Ring of Gaea in order to intervene in God's summoning on the Basilica and bringing forth a world of freedom under the demons (and, for some, a world of survival of the fittest), Asura stands in his chambers located on the heart of the last floor basement of the Basilica as the last enemy and final boss fight the protagonist must face on Law and Neutral alignments; while serving as a non-playable ally if he is Chaos aligned, providing aid in the attainment of the "Devil Ring"--a valuable item needed for the final showdown against Michael to become available. In contrast to this, Asura's own throne room is inaccessible unless the player have the "Angel Ring" in his possession, but only if he follows the Law route. No item is required in the Neutral path.

He poses as the leader of the Gaean army that have taken control of the inferior part of the Basilica, and serves as the most powerful servant of Lucifer on Earth, guiding his demon generals on the complete obliteration of the Messian faction alongside the Chaos Hero and his female partner Rie.

After encountering the hero, Asura mocks him. Stating that "to have betrayed one who cared about [him] (referring to the Chaos Hero) in order to follow the orders of one who has done nothing for [him]", he is truly a "shining example of a servant of God". With that said, Asura proceeds to engage the heroes in the final battle, where he is slain and the balance of the world finally restored.

It is interesting to note that, according to him, he is actually Ahura Mazda, cursed by God to be the demon Asura.

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange JourneyEdit

"A violent group of demons in Hindu lore. They were very powerful and caused the gods great trouble. They are a strict group and attack anyone who runs counter to their ideals. They were originally gods of light who were worshiped in Persia. The Zoroastrian god Ahura Mazda was one of them."
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Compendium

Asura appears as the violent demon lord of Sector Delphinus, initially as a mass of Formless demons scattered through Delphinus. These could possess crew members and manifest a form of violent insanity until Zelenin and the Protagonist intervened using special energy guns to drive the demons away. The fleeting demons began coalescing in giant hives around Delphinus' higher levels. When a sizable number of them had been destroyed, they gathered in a giant stone statue of Asura, recreating their massive form.

Asura is a violent demon who seeks to "polish" the human spirit by having it devolve into a state of savage barbarism. Fittingly, his signature attack is Asura Roga, an attack that leads the targets to develop the Rage ailment, which causes them to mindlessly attack any target in the battlefield: themselves, the enemy, or their own allies. After being destroyed, he leaves behind his rare forma and Delphinus' Rosetta.

Asura later returns in Sector Fornax, in which he appears as an invisible demon which can hurt the Protagonist with impunity unless he has the upgraded Enemy Search program. Upon being discovered, he manifests a Formless demon to attack while he hurries to Fornax' basements to shed his shape and assume his true form - Asherah.

Shin Megami Tensei IVEdit

Asura appears in the Challenge Quest, Samurai and Hunters United. He has been attacking humans in the region and this has lead Nozomi to make a Quest for aid to fight him in the Jouhoku region. He appears as a red foe on the map. Arrogant and prideful, he tells Flynn to know his place as a human and that he'll send him to the land of the dead. As his body starts to crumble at the end of the battle, he expresses his surprise at being defeated by a human.

Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha Vs King AbaddonEdit

"The king of India's Asura tribe, known as Maha Virocana. In Buddhism, he is known as The Great Sun God. As the god of light and fire, Asura is said to have the power to lead the entire universe to good."
Gouma-Den Devil Chart

Asura appears as an optional boss in Raidou Kuzunoha Vs King Abaddon. Provided that the player has completed all other quests by the Yatagarasu and provided that Raidou's alignment is Lawful, the case file "A critical request" shall open up for the player in Chapter 7.

The player must go through the Akarana Corridor to find Asura. Asura will explain that he wishes to leave to go to an alternate space-time where the forces of Chaos have waged war upon God. He explains that his current form as Dainichi Nyorai is not his true form and that he is Ahura Mazda. Raidou must choose if he dares to challenge Asura and then after the fight he must decide Asura's fate. As the player, you can choose to allow Asura to go join the armies of Chaos so that he may pursue his desire in once again becoming Ahura Mazda or to have him return to being Dainichi Nyorai.

Gouto will comment about the potential ramifications Raidou's decision could have on their world.

Persona 3Edit

"The king of Asura in Hindu myth. His name is Maha Vairocana (One Who Shines On All). In Buddhism, he is known as Dainichi Nyorai."
Persona 3 Compendium

Asura is the ultimate Persona of the Sun Arcana. He can only be summoned after completing the Akinari Kamiki Social Link. A hexagon spread with the Personas Yatagarasu, QuetzalcoatlJatayu, Horus, Suparna and Vishnu is required to obtain him. He is the only Persona that learns the passive skill Unshaken Will, which grants the user immunity to all ailments except poison. The skill itself can be passed on to other Personas and is available as a Skill Card in Persona 3 Portable.

FES / PortableEdit

"Divine weapon made from a holy bone."
—Vajra Description

Asura can be fused with any kind of Nihil weapon to obtain Vajra, a Knife-type weapon with an attack value of 450 and a hit rate of 100. It boosts all stats by +10.

Persona 4Edit

Asura is the ultimate persona of the Sun Arcana. He is only available after completing either the Ayane Matsunaga Social Link and receiving the Handmade Ticket from her or completing the Yumi Ozawa Social Link and receiving the Annotated Script depending on whether you chose the Drama Club or Music club for your cultural activity. Much like in Persona 3 he is the only persona that learns Unshaken Will, which nullifies all mental ailments (doesn't cover Silence, Poison, Dizzy or Exhustion). Like the majority of skills exclusive to certain Personas Unshaken Will cannot be passed on to other Personas, making Asura the only Persona that can possibly nullify all ailments if the appropriate nulls are fused onto him.

Digital Devil Saga seriesEdit

Asura does not actually appear in both games, but as a demon title given to the boss demons initially "tuned" in the virtual battlefield, Junkyard, because the digital world is constructed under the "Asura Project" for selecting battle AI. In the second game, another group of demons which initially tuned in the "real world" is classified as "Yaksa" in contrast to the Asura demons. Even though many demons exit the Junkyard to the "upper realms", they still retain the Asura title during boss battles, such as Agni and Hayagriva.

In the novel Quantum Devil Saga, all "High Atmas", which are unique to individuals and stronger compared to the "Lesser Atmas", are classified as either "Asura" in the game. This explains the reason that most non-boss or lesser-boss Atmas use the generic species titles instead of "Asura" to denote their lesser status.

Devil Survivor 2Edit

"A violent group of demons in Hindu lore. They are very powerful and caused the gods much grief.
They are a strict group who attacks anyone that runs counter to their ideals. They were originally gods of light who were worshipped in Persia. The Zoroastrian god Ahura Mazda was one of them.
"
Devil Survivor 2 Compendium

Asura is unlocked by reaching Fate rank 3 with the Anguished One. It is also the strongest member of the Deity race.

StatsEdit

Megami TenseiEdit

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Race Level HP EXP Macca MAG
Vile 62 1517 255 255 80
Strength Intelligence Hit Agility Defense Location
19 18 19 20 19 [[Infini Palace]]
List of Skills
Curse 2 Maragidyne Pulinpa


Megami Tensei IIEdit

Asura Megami Tensei II
Race Level HP MP
Vile 100 1203
Formations CP Macca Item Drops
1 200 3200 -
Stamina Intelligence Attack Agility Defense Luck
24 28 34 25 26 13
List of Skills
Zandyne Mediarahan Tentarafoo


Shin Megami TenseiEdit

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Race Alignment Level HP MP MAG
Tenma Chaos 110 10000 400 2200
NOH Strength Intelligence Magic Vitality Agility Luck
5-8 40 36 38 40 30 38
Attack Hit Defense Evasion MPower MEffect Drop
221 40 136 35 43 41
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Megidolaon Heavy Almighty attack, all enemies
Maragion Moderate Fire damage, all enemies
Diarama Moderate HP recovery, one ally


Shin Megami Tensei: Strange JourneyEdit

Level Race Alignment HP MP ST MA AG VI LC
42 Tyrant Dark-Chaos 370 197 28 29 27 31 26
Attack Type Physical Gun Fire Ice Elec Wind Expel Curse Almighty
Single Foe/1/Physical/None - - Reflect Weak - Reflect Strong Strong -
Poison Paralyze Stone Strain Sleep Charm Mute Fear Bomb Rage
100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Natural Skills
Maragion Binding Cry Deathbound
D-Source Skills
Agidyne Phys Boost Fire Boost
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Shin Megami Tensei IVEdit

As a bossEdit

Race Level HP MP ST DX MA AG LU
Fury 30 1944 878 52 47 39 43 37
Physical Phys Gun Gun Fire Fire Ice Ice Elec Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
Resist Null Repel Weak - Null Resist Resist
Ailment resistance Resist: Poison, Panic, Sleep, Bind, Sick
Normal attack ?
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Maragion Medium Fire damage to all enemies.
Javelin Rain Medium Physical damage to all enemies


As an allyEdit

Race Level HP MP ST DX MA AG LU
Fury 43 501 99 61 54 43 49 40
Physical Phys Gun Gun Fire Fire Ice Ice Elec Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
Resist - Repel Weak - - Resist Resist
Ailment resistance None
Normal attack Physical, 1-3 hits, one enemy
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Titanomachia 30 MP Heavy Physical damage to all enemies, has a high critical rate/low hit rate Innate
Maragion 20 MP Medium Fire damage to all enemies Innate
Null Gun Auto Nullifies Gun attacks 44
Phys Pleroma Auto Strengthens Physical attacks by 25% 45
Required quest Samurai and Hunters United


Last BibleEdit

Ashura LB
Level HP MP Endurance
85 1800 255 29
Intelligence Strength Speed Luck
25 29 29 23
List of Skills
Heal 3 Impact 2


Majin TenseiEdit

Race Level HP MP Movement Move Type Attack Type
Deity 77 790 763 7 Flat
Strength Magic Technique Defense Agility Luck CP
28 28 25 23 7 5 33
List of Skills
Mazio Mazionga


Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King AbaddonEdit

A Critical RequestEdit

Level Order HP ST MA VI LU Conversation Investigation
80 Pyro 20000 40 32 25 12 - -
Resists Block Absorbs Weak Frail
- Gun, Fire, Ice, Elec Death Force -
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Rush 24 MAG Light Phys dmg, dash attack +Dizzy(Low) -
Maragidyne 28 MAG Heavy Fire dmg to an area. Stun: Long -
Tetrakarn 40 MAG Reflect Phys attacks for a short time. All allies -
Marin Karin 16 MAG Light Mind dmg to an area. +Charm(Med) -


As a fusable demonEdit

Level Order HP ST MA VI LU Conversation Investigation
75 Pyro 774 26 30 22 16 Brainwash Ignite
Resists Block Absorbs Weak Frail
Phys, Elec, Force Gun, Death Fire - -
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Maragidyne 28 MAG Heavy Fire dmg to an area. Sunt: Long -
Tetrakarn 40 MAG Reflect Phys attacks for a short time. All allies. 76
Flare Slash 110 MAG Ultra Fire dmg to all. Stun: Short Type: Blade 77
Agni's Blessing Max Loyalty Boosts all stats by 3 -


Persona 3Edit

Level Arcana St Ma En Ag Lu
85 Sun 62 60 58 56 57
Inherit Resists Block Absorbs Reflects Weak
Fire - - Fire Light Dark
Skill Card Unshaken Will (Lv ?)
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Agidyne 12 SP Inflicts a Large amount of Fire damage. 1 foe. Innate
Akasha Arts 19% HP Inflicts a Large amount of Strike damage 2x. All foes. Innate
Unshaken Will Passive Blocks all status ailments except Poison. Innate
Tetrakarn 55 SP Repel 1 Slash, Strike, or Pierce attack. All allies. 87
Megidolaon 85 SP Inflicts Large amount of Almighty damage. All foes. 88
Spell Master Passive Halves SP cost for all Magic skills. 91


Persona 4Edit

Level Arcana ST MA EN AG LU
86 Sun 59 57 51 50 48
Inherit Resists Block Absorbs Reflects Weak
Fire Ice Fire, Light - - Wind
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Maragidyne 22 SP Inflicts a Large amount of Fire damage. All foes. Innate
Primal Force 22% HP Inflicts a Severe amount of Physical damage. 1 foe. Innate
Marakukaja 24 SP Increases Defense for 3 turns. All allies. Innate
Mahamaon 34 SP 40% chance of instant death from Light. All foes. 88
High Counter Passive 20% chance of repelling Physical attacks 89
Spell Master Passive Halves SP cost for Magic skills 90
Unshaken Will Passive Prevents Rage, Fear, Confusion, Silence and Enervation 92


Devil SurvivorEdit

Level Race HP MP ST MA VI AG
71 Deity 736 184 25 21 21 20
Racial/Auto Skill DeSu2 Physical Icon Phys DeSu2 Fire Icon Fire DeSu2 Ice Icon Ice DeSu2 Elec Icon Elec DeSu2 Force Icon Force Curse DESU2 Mystic
Awakening - Absorb - Resist - -
Command Skills
Megidolaon - -
Passive Skills
- - -
"Didst thou call me, Asura the deity? Let me spew fire over this war-ridden world..."
"I shall entrust thee with my power... Hear my wish: Take over the world...!"


Devil Survivor OverclockedEdit

Level Race HP MP ST MA VI AG
80 Deity 824 206 28 23 23 22
Racial/Auto Skill DeSu2 Physical Icon Phys DeSu2 Fire Icon Fire DeSu2 Ice Icon Ice DeSu2 Elec Icon Elec DeSu2 Force Icon Force Curse DESU2 Mystic
Awakening - Absorb - Resist - -
Command Skills
Megidolaon - -
Passive Skills
- - -
"Didst thou call me, Asura the deity? Let me spew fire over this war-ridden world..."
"I shall entrust thee with my power... Hear my wish: Take over the world...!"


Devil Survivor 2Edit

Level Race HP MP ST MA VI AG
77 Deity 800 200 27 23 23 20
Racial/Auto Skill DeSu2 Physical Icon Phys DeSu2 Fire Icon Fire DeSu2 Ice Icon Ice DeSu2 Elec Icon Elec DeSu2 Force Icon Force Curse DESU2 Curse
Enlightenment -- Absorb -- Resist -- --
Command Skills
Megidolaon Inferno* --
Passive Skills
-- -- --
"I am known as Deity Asura. Canst thou control my kind?"
"How wilt thou reshape the power of my kind? We shall see."


GalleryEdit

 
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Asura Oh's Shin Megami Tensei concept art by Kazuma Kaneko
 
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Asura in Kyūyaku Megami Tensei (Megami Tensei)
 
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Asura in Kyuyaku Megami Tensei (Megami Tensei II)
 
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Asura in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
 
LB3 Asura
Asura in Last Bible III
 
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Asura's game sprite in Majin Tensei
 
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Asura as he appears in Devil Survivor
 
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Asura as seen in Devil Survivor 2

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