This article is about the Arcana. For the Shadow, see Arcana Hermit.

The Hermit Arcana (隠者?) is a recurring Arcana in the Persona series.


"The Arcana is the means by which all is revealed...
It requires great courage to look at oneself honestly, and forge one's own path...
—Nyx Avatar, Persona 3

Portrayed as an old man in a dark place or cave, holding up a lantern, the Hermit is associated with wisdom, introspection, solitude, retreat and philosophical searches.

Gameplay-wise, the Personas of the Hermit Arcana are commonly Personas excelling in Mental-Ailment skills. Mythological figures associated with the Hermit Arcana are usually hermits themselves, or are otherwise figures or deities that exist and operate behind the scenes.

Similarly, Hermit Arcana characters share the commonality of placing themselves in situations that hide them from the public eye. Hermit individuals hide away from others or act in more supportive roles rather than putting themselves in the spotlight.


List of PersonasEdit

Megami Ibunroku PersonaEdit

The player can guarantee a fusion accident resulting in a Hermit Arcana persona by starting from a "hard reset" (as in, not already mid-game and loading a save or selecting "Return to Title") and performing a White Fusion after taking exactly 840 steps in an area where no enemies will attack, such as the Mikage Sun Mall.

Persona Level
PSP Revelations
Fuutai Hellcat 16
Aonbarr Stalios 25
Byakko * Frost 39

Persona 2Edit

Innocent SinEdit

Persona Level
Nekomata 14
Marshal Tianpeng 22
Gullinbursti 28
Byakko 33
Genbu 40
Kinich Ahau 56

Eternal PunishmentEdit

Persona Level
Nekomata 14
Tenhou Gensui 22
Grinbulsti 28
Byakko 33
Genbu 40
Kinich Ahau 56
Tishtoriya 71

Persona 3Edit

The Hermit Arcana Social Link is represented by the online-player "Maya" ("Y-ko" in the Japanese Version). The protagonist can initiate the Social Link during the Golden Week, where Junpei Iori gives the protagonist the online game of Innocent Sin Online.

The Hermit Arcana Social Link can only be interacted during Holidays, and only during Mornings via examining the protagonist's desk in his room. Through the protagonist's interaction with "Maya", he helps her to cope up with her stress in her job. Should the protagonist manages to advance the Hermit Arcana Social Link to Lv. 4 or above, the protagonist may also gain access to the Devil Arcana Social Link.

Innocent Sin Online announces its servers will be permanently shut down. "Maya" thanks the protagonist for all his help and draws a message for him in the sand, which he takes a screenshot of and uploads to his phone as wallpaper. The max Social Link gives access to the Ultimate Form of the Hermit Arcana, Arahabaki, "the aboriginal god."

In the epilogue, "Maya" is revealed to be the homeroom teacher of the protagonist.

The Hermit is also the Persona Arcana of Jin Shirato, member of Strega.

Persona Level
Moros Persona of Jin Shirato
Yomotsu-Shikome 9
Naga 17
Lamia 25
Taraka 32
Kurama Tengu 41
Nebiros 50
Arahabaki 54


The Hermit Arcana remains mostly the same as Persona 3, with the addition of two more Personas. Some of the Personas' levels have been altered due to the additions.

Persona Level
Moros Persona of Jin Shirato
Yomotsu-Shikome 9
Naga 17
Lamia 25
Mothman 32
Taraka 38
Kurama Tengu 44
Nebiros 50
Kumbhanda 56
Arahabaki 60


If the player chooses the female protagonist, the Hermit Social Link is represented by Saori Hasegawa, and is started on May 8th when the female protagonist chooses to join either the health or library committee.

Persona 4Edit

See Also: Fox#Ema Requests

The Hermit Arcana Social Link is represented by Fox in Persona 4. The Social Link is automatically initiated during the storyline during the protagonist' visit to the Tatsuhime Shrine. Unique from other Social Links, the Social Link can only be advanced when the protagonist accepts the Ema Requests from Shrine and completes the request. The requests can be accepted regardless of the weather and does not takes up the whole day; but reporting back to the Fox will take up the whole day.

Depending on how high the Hermit Arcana Social Link is advanced to, the protagonist may also receive discounts of restoring HP & SP from Fox during the Investigation Team's investigations in the Midnight Channel.

Completing the Social Link bestows the protagonist the Ultimate Form of the Hermit Arcana, Ongyo-Ki.

Persona Level
Forneus 6
Ippon-Datara 17
Lamia 26
Mothman 33
Hitokoto-Nushi 41
Kurama Tengu 48
Nidhoggr 55
Nebiros 63
Arahabaki 73
Ongyo-Ki 82

Persona Q: Shadow of the LabyrinthEdit

Persona Level
Azumi 3
Ippon-Datara 13
Nue 20
Mothman 25
Hitokotonusi 34
Kurama Tengu 40
Niddhog 49
Nebiros 55
Arahabaki 62
Ongyo-Ki 71

Persona 5Edit

The Hermit Arcana is represented by the Confidant with Futaba Sakura, which ranks up since August 31st as the protagonist interacts with her. This Confidant unlocks various support abilities for Futaba as it ranks up.

As the Confidant reaches maximum Futaba's Persona, Necronomicon, will transmogrify into Prometheus. Completing the Hermit Arcana Confidant will also bestow the ultimate form of the Arcana, Ongyo-Ki.

Persona Level
NecronomiconInitial Persona of Futaba Sakura
PrometheusUltimate Persona of Futaba Sakura
Kurama Tengu 56
Ongyo-Ki 75

List of DemonsEdit

Persona 2Edit

Innocent SinEdit

Persona Level
Ratatoskr 4
Nekomata 14
Cwn Annwn 28
Catoblepas 42
Kinich Ahau 56

Eternal PunishmentEdit

Persona Level
Ratatoskr 4
Nekomata 14
Kun Anun 27
Catoblepas 42
Kinich Ahau 56
Apaosha 68

Card DesignsEdit

Hermit IS
Persona 2
Persona 3 FES
P5 Hermit Arcana
Persona 5

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