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Yukari summoning Io
Io

Io as she appears in Persona 3

Io (イオ?) is a Persona in the series.

HistoryEdit

According to Greek mythology, Io was the priestess to Hera, wife of the thunder god Zeus. Zeus took a liking on her, and to avoid detection from his jealous wife, he shrouded the place where he seduced Io with clouds. Naturally, Hera was suspicious of the cloud's formation as well as Zeus' apparent absence from Mount Olympus. When she descended, she found Zeus as a white cloud alongside a beautiful heifer. Hera knew full well that the heifer was Io, turned by Zeus, and to trap him Hera demanded Zeus the heifer as a present. Zeus had no choice but to present heifer Io to Hera, who set the multiple-eyed giant Argus Panoptes to guard her. Zeus then sent Hermes to lull Argus to sleep, and in that moment set Io free, where she roamed all the way to Egypt.

AppearancesEdit

ProfileEdit

Persona 3Edit

Io is the initial Persona of Yukari Takeba. It awakens not long before the Protagonist's Persona. It evolves into Isis.

StatsEdit

Persona 3Edit

Arcana Level
Strength 1
Magic 3
Endurance 2
Agility 1
Luck 3
Lovers 1
Inherit Reflects Absorbs Block Resists Weak
n/a - - - Wind Electricity
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Dia 4 SP Slightly restores 1 ally's HP. Innate
Patra 3 SP Dispels Panic, Fear, and Distress (1 ally). 4
Garu 3 SP Deals light Wind damage to one foe. 5
Charmdi 5 SP Dispels Charm (1 ally). 16
Magaru 6 SP Deals light Wind damage to all foes. 21
Media 8 SP Slightly restores party's HP. 22
Diarama 8 SP Moderately restores 1 ally's HP. 25
Recarm 20 SP Revives an ally, restoring 50% of HP. 28
Garula 6 SP Deals medium Wind damage to one foe. 32
Me Patra 6 SP Dispels Panic, Fear, and Distress (party). 36
Mediarama 16 SP Moderately restores party's HP. 43
Magarula 12 SP Deals medium Wind damage to all foes. 46


Persona Q: Shadow of the LabyrinthEdit

Arcana Level
Strength 5
Magic 10
Endurance 6
Agility 6
Luck 5
Lovers 1
Reflects Absorbs Void Resists Weak
- - - Wind Elec
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Dia 6 SP Slight HP restore. (1 ally) Innate
Garu 8 SP A light Wind attack. (1 enemy) 2
Media 12 SP Slight HP restore. (Party) 10
Garula 28 SP A medium Wind attack. (1 enemy) 15
Diarama 18 SP Moderate HP restore. (1 ally) 19
Mediarama 24 SP Moderate HP restore. (Party) 33
Garudyne 46 SP A heavy Wind attack. (1 enemy) 40
Diarahan 36 SP Full HP restore. (1 ally) 50
Mediarahan 42 SP Full HP restore. (Party) 55

Arcana Level
Strength 62
Magic 99
Endurance 56
Agility 63
Luck 50
Lovers 99
Reflects Absorbs Void Resists Weak
- - - Wind Elec
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Garudyne 46 SP A heavy Wind attack. (1 enemy) 40
Diarahan 36 SP Full HP restore. (1 ally) 50
Mediarahan 42 SP Full HP restore. (Party) 55

GalleryEdit

 
P3 Io Concept
Concept artwork of Io
 
Psn yukari01
Concept anime sketch of Io in Persona 3 The Movie
 
Io anime concept artwork
Concept anime artwork of Io in Persona 3 The Movie
 
P3M concept art of Io
Io's Persona 3 The Movie concept design
 
Io in batlle
Io in battle against Arcana Hermit
 
Io in manga adaption
Io appears in Persona 3 Manga
 
Evoker4
Yukari Takeba summoning Io
 
Io in P3 Movie
Io appears in Persona 3 The Movie
 
PQ manga P3 side Io
Io in Side P3

TriviaEdit

  • As Yukari's initial persona Io's history and actions mimic Yukari's own, both were saddled with heavy burdens inadvertently caused by their fathers, were severely punished for their fathers crimes, were abandoned, found themselves at a crossroads in the middle of their journeys but ultimately found it within themselves to continue marching forward and finally fix the problems left for them. Io also shares loose ties to Yukari's ultimate persona Isis as she found the answers she needed in Egypt the birthplace of Isis mythology.
  • Io's appearance with her eyes closed and bound to the heifer foreshadows Yukari's own feelings and desire to forget and look away from her past, but like Io she is still bound to her past and can never truly move on until she finds the answers she seeks. In a literal sense Io's depiction is a reference to the actually myth she was derived from were the god Zeus transformed her into a cow in other to disguise her from his wife Hera.
  • Io and Hathor (the wife of Isis' son Horus) coincidentally share the same cow motif.
  • The Zodiac sign Taurus can be seen between the nostrils of the "heifer", indicating Io's association with the constellation.
  • Yukari is a Libra, not Taurus. But another party member in the Persona series of the Lovers Arcana, Lisa Silverman, is indeed a Taurus.
  • Io appears as a palette swap for Tomoe Gozen when Chie Satonaka is using her Yukari palette.
  • In Persona 3 The Movie: Winter of Rebirth, Yukari has a nightmare of Io trying to kill her.

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