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Jiraiya, as seen in Shin Megami Tensei II

Jiraiya (ジライヤ, Jiraiya) is a demon in the series.


Jiraiya (児雷也) is a character from Japanese folklore. He is a ninja who uses shapeshifting magic to morph into a gigantic toad.



Persona 4Edit

Jiraiya is the initial Persona for Yosuke Hanamura. It is first seen when the Protagonist and Yosuke enters the Midnight Channel one more time to investigate the death cause of Saki Konishi, a senior student of the Protagonist and Yosuke in Yasogami High School.

Entering the Midnight Channel, Teddie brought them towards an area similar to the Central Shopping District. This area, called Twisted Shopping District, manifests the inner thoughts of Saki Konishi. When Yosuke hears of how Saki had been feeling when she worked at Junes, he could not help feeling guilty. This prompted the appearance of an "Other Yosuke" - which is Yosuke's Shadow.

The Shadow then mocks Yosuke's purpose of coming to the Midnight Channel, revealing that he is only coming for the thrill of exploring the new world. The Shadow also reveals that Yosuke never saw Saki Konishi nor the others as friends, but rather things to escape his insecurities of being alone, and the fact that the Shadow knows this is because he is Yosuke. Yosuke repeatedly denies the Shadow's claims, telling him that the Shadow isn't him.

The Shadow taunts Yosuke to say it again, that he isn't the Shadow, in which Yosuke gives in. Fueled by Yosuke's exclamation, the Shadow transforms into his standalone ego, and attacks the party. The protagonist summons his Persona and defeats the Shadow. With the encouragement of the Protagonist and Teddie, Yosuke then accepts that the Shadow is who he is, and the Shadow transfigures into Yosuke's own Persona, Jiraiya.

It is noted that Shadow Yosuke is nicknamed Dark Jiraiya in the Persona 4 Art Book.

Persona 4 ArenaEdit

Jiraiya once again returns as Yosuke Hanamura's Persona. It is the only Persona in the game that is capable of using Garu skills, not counting Thanatos.

BlazBlue Radio WorldEdit

Jiraiya appears alongside Yosuke in an episode of the BlazBlue radio show "Bururaji", for a special promotion of Persona 4: Arena and Persona 4: The Golden.


Shin Megami Tensei IIEdit

Race Alignment Level HP MP CP
Gaean Neutral-Chaos 15 78 26 0
Strength Intelligence Magic Stamina Agility Luck
7 6 4 6 8 3
NOH Attack Hit Defense Avoid MPower MEffect Drop
1-2 44 32 42 32 5 7 Hinoki Wooden Sword
Resistances Resist: Phys/Light
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Spin Slash
Jump Kick
Bodhisattva's Palm
Dharma Kaeshi Consecutive sword attack to multiple foes.

Persona 4Edit

Level Arcana ST MA EN AG LU
4 Magician 5 3 3 5 4
Inherit Resists Block Absorbs Reflects Weak
N/A Wind - - - Electricity
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Garu 4 SP Light Wind damage. 1 foe. Innate
Bash 6% HP Small Physical damage. 1 foe. Innate
Dia 3 SP Recovers small amount of HP. 1 ally. Innate
Sukukaja 12 SP Increases Agility for 3 turns. 1 ally. 6
Dekaja 10 SP Removes buffs. All foes. 10
Sonic Punch 8% HP Small Physical damage. 1 foe. 14
Magaru 10 SP Light Wind damage. All foes. 18
Tentarafoo 12 SP 25% chance of inflicting Confusion status. All foes. 23
Garula 8 SP Moderate Wind damage. 1 foe. 29
Diarama 6 SP Recovers a moderate amount of HP. 1 ally. 34
Magarula 16 SP Moderate Wind damage. All foes. 40
Wind Boost Passive Increases Wind damage output 25% 44
Wind Break 15 SP Nullifies Wind resistance for 3 turns. 1 foe. 49
Garudyne 12 SP Large Wind damage. 1 foe. 53
Masukukaja 24 SP Increases Agility for 3 turns. All allies. 60
Magarudyne 22 SP Large Wind damage. All foes. 64
Brave Blade 20% HP Large Physical damage. 1 foe. 69
Wind Amp Passive Increases Wind damage output 50% 73


Design originating from Persona 4
Concept Artwork of Yosuke's Shadow
Persona 4 Jiraiya
Jiraiya Concept Art from Persona 4
Concept sprite of Jiraya
Concept Artwork for Persona 4 Arena.
Persona 4 jiraiya
Jiraiya in Persona 4 The Animation
Persona 4 manga Jiraiya
Jiraiya in the Persona 4 Manga
Yosuke's shadow reborn as Persona
Jiraiya appears in Persona 4 The Animation
Jiraiya after being summoned
Jiraya in P4GA
Jiraiya in Persona 4 The Golden Animation
Jiraiya, alongside Yosuke and Tsubaki in Bururaji
Jiriya sprite
Jiriya sprite
Jiraiya P4AM
Jiraiya as it appears in Persona 4 Arena manga.


  • During a segment of the Persona Stalker Club broadcast, the Persona team explained that Jiraiya's eyes in his Persona 4 design are the dots beneath the shuriken on his face.
  • The Persona 4 Jiraiya was designed after what Yosuke's version of a superhero.

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