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"So mother sent you here... I thought she might have. Still, I don't want to go back! Never! Why...? ...Because I'm scared. Yeah, that's right. I'm scared of my mother. Well, Mother's very kind, but... It's just that... She's just way too out there! Like she doesn't belong in this Universe! I used to be six kids! But Mother hugged us all together, and we got merged into one person. Who has that kind of power!? That's just not right! Look... Once, she accidently cut off somebody's head, and then she just replaced it with an elephant's head. My entire family is messed up! And that's why I got scared, and ran away. ...I know Mother said she wanted to apologize to me, but I know that it's not really her fault."
—Kartikeya, Shin Megami Tensei IV.

Kartikeya's official art.

Kartikeya (カルティケーヤ?) is a recurring demon in the series.


Kartikeya, the second son of Lord Shiva and Parvati or Shakti, is known by many names. These Include Subramaniam, Sanmukha, Shadanana, Skanda and Guha. In the southern states of India, Kartikeya is a popular deity and is better known as Murugan. He is an embodiment of perfection, a brave leader of God's forces, and a war god, who was created to destroy the demons, representing the negative tendencies in human beings. Kartikeya's other name, Shadanana, which means ‘one with six heads’ corresponds to the five senses and the mind. The six heads also stand for his virtues and enables him to see in all the directions - an important attribute that ensures that he counters all kinds of blows that can hit him. The war imagery and the six heads of Kartikeya indicates that if humans wish to lead themselves efficiently through the battle of life, they must always be alert lest they are shown the wrong path by crafty people with the six demonic vices: kaama (sex), krodha (anger), lobha (greed), moha (passion), mada (ego) and matsarya (jealousy). Kartikeya carries in one hand a spear and his other hand is always blessing devotees. His vehicle is a peacock, a pious bird that grips a serpent with its feet, which symbolizes the ego and desires of people. The peacock represents the destroyer of harmful habits and the conqueror of sensual desires. The symbolism of Kartikeya thus points to the ways and means of reaching perfection in life.



Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINEEdit

Kartikeya acts as one of the two chaos field bosses tied to the Invoke system and will appear in Ueno once every hour during weeks when the Chaos alignment dominates the system. After obtaining the Peacock Feather he drops, he can be fused by a special double-fusion of Parvati and Zouchouten.

Shin Megami Tensei IVEdit

Kartikeya appears in the New Game Plus Challenge Quest, Escape from Philanthropy. He has left Parvati's side and is hanging out at Shinjuku - East Entrance Main Street in the world Infernal Tokyo. He has lost his mind and must be defeated to calm him down. After taking a certain amount of damage he flees to Shinjuku - National Park. He goes back to East Entrance Main Street after fleeing the second time. He is defeated in the third battle and comes to his senses, surprised by how violent Flynn is.

He states he has no intention of going back to his mother Parvati due to her sheer alienness. He also reveals he is scared of her, telling of how he used to be six kids until his mother hugged them all and merged them into one. Kartikeya also mentions a time where she accidentally cut off a man's head and replaced it with a elephant's. He considers his entire family to be messed up and it's for that reason that he got scared and ran from them. He decides to go home one last time to talk to Parvati about everything before officially going off on his own, thanking Flynn before leaving, while also realizing his current form isn't bad since he became able to reach speeds he never could before.

Persona 3 FESEdit

"A Hindu god of war, also known as Skanda and Murugan. He rides upon a peacock called Paravani, with a bow and arrow drawn. He commands the army of the gods, and defeated the forces of Asura."
—Persona 3 Compendium

Kartikeya is an exclusive Persona added in the updated re-release ''Persona 3 FES''. He is available to be summoned once the Protagonist completes one of Elizabeth's dating requests and reaches Lv. 70 or above.


Fusing Kartikeya with a Nihil Weapon will produce Vel Vel Muruga, the ultimate naginata weapon for the Female Protagonist. It is supposed to represent the spear "Vel of Murugan" that Kartikeya used to defeat the inner Asuras and releases the soul from transmigration. The "Vel vel" is also used as a chant for Kartikeya's devotees, which is believed to bestow strength and grace from him.

Persona 4Edit

Kartikeya returns as the Persona of the Star Arcana in Persona 4. He is available to be summoned once the Protagonist reaches Lv.67 or above.

Persona Q: Shadow of the LabyrinthEdit

A fragment of Kartikeya - Skanda's Wing, obtained by using it as a fusion sacrifice - is one of the materials required to make Yukiko's ultimate weapon.

Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner 2Edit

Kartikeya appears as a boss in Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner 2. During the Embryon's search of the Airport, a Karma Soldier officer bars their path. He states that he is impressed that Asura AI were able to break free of Jenna Angel's control and transforms into Kartikeya to engage the party.

The fight with Kartikeya itself isn't that taxing except for one skill, Vivid Gust, which gives Kartikeya a huge boost in evasion. Every miss costs the party two turns and the skill remains active until Kartikeya is hit. The peacock's feathers will be spread as a visual reminder while he is in this state.

The most effective way to counter Vivid Gust is to repel his own attacks which he cannot dodge regardless of his evasion boost. Kartikeya's first action in each turn follows the order of force skill, electric skill, physical skill and Vivid Gust (always immediately followed by Taunt) and repeats. If Vivid Gust is already in effect, the pattern of Vivid Gust simply starts with Taunt. When Kartikeya's HP becomes more critical, he will use his unique attack, Myriad Spears, which deals heavy physical damage to all enemies. When his damage figure appears red and his next pattern is going to begin with physical skill, the player can safely spend an Attack Mirror so he will be killed by his own attack, especially after all player characters' defense are lowered by his Taunt spell.

Devil Survivor 2Edit

"A Hindu god of war, also known as Skanda and Murugan.
He rides upon a peacock called Paravani, with bow and arrow drawn. He commands the army of the gods, and defeated the forces of Asura.
Devil Survivor 2 Compendium


Shin Megami Tensei: Strange JourneyEdit

Race Alignment Level HP MP
Strength 45
Magic 41
Vitality 41
Agility 55
Luck 43
Fury Light-Chaos 70 580
Attack Type Physical Gun Fire Ice Electricity Wind Expel Curse Almighty
Single Foe/1/Physical/None Null - - - - - Null Strong -
Poison Paralyze Stone Strain Sleep Charm Mute Fear Bomb Rage
- - - - - - - - - -
Natural Skills
Luster Candy Charge Heaven's Bow
D-Source Skills
Luster Candy Charge Gun Amp

Shin Megami Tensei IVEdit

Race Level HP MP
Strength 86
Dexterity 78
Magic 78
Agility 103
Luck 86
Fury 80 630 283
Physical Phys Gun Gun Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- Null - - - - Null Resist
Ailment Resistance -
Normal Attack Phys x1 hit, 1 enemy
Required quest Escape from Philanthropy (NG+)
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Heaven's Bow 26 MP Heavy gun damage to all foes. Innate
Luster Candy 50 MP Buffs party's attack, defense and agility by 1 level. Innate
Repel Gun Auto Reflects gun damage. 81
Haste Lesson Auto Boosts agility stat by 20 points. 82

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil SummonerEdit

Race Level HP MP St In Ma Ag Lu
Fury 63 580 272 25 11 14 28 7
103 2-4 Wild 176 129 146 125 33 50
List of Skills
Blight Mass Genocide Cauterizing Fist

Devil Summoner: Soul HackersEdit

Kartikeya DSSH
Race Level HP MP St In Ma En Ag Lu
Fury 59 573 214 23 10 14 11 28 7
12 937 Wild 164 92 156 91 123 34
Reflects Absorbs Void Resists Weak
- - Fire, Expel - Ice
List of Skills
Pyroclastic Tempest Atom Slicer

Persona 3 FESEdit

Arcana Level
Strength 52
Magic 44
Endurance 42
Agility 53
Luck 43
Star 70
Inherit Reflects Absorbs Block Resists Weak
Pierce - - Electricity Pierce Fire/Dark
Skill Card Absorb Elec (LV.77)
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Myriad Arrows 19% HP Deals medium Pierce damage to all foes. (1-2 hits) Innate
Masukukaja 12 SP Increases party's Hit/Evasion rate. Innate
Maziodyne 32 SP Deals heavy Elec damage / Shocks all foes. (8% chance) 72
High Counter Passive Counter physical attacks (high odds). (50% chance) 73
Absorb Elec Passive Drains damage from Elec attacks. 75
Primal Force 21% HP Deals severe Pierce damage to one foe. 77

Persona 4Edit

Arcana Level
Strength 47
Magic 39
Endurance 40
Agility 44
Luck 38
Star 67
Inherit Reflects Absorbs Block Resists Weak
Electricity Electricity - - - -
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Maziodyne 22 SP Deals heavy Elec damage to all foes. Innate
Auto-Mataru Passive Party begins the battle with Matarukaja. Innate
High Counter Passive 20% chance of reflecting Phys attacks. 68
Myriad Arrows 22% HP Deals heavy Phys damage to all foes 1x to 3x. 69
Growth 2 Passive Persona gains 1/2 EXP while inactive. 70
Primal Force 20% HP Deals severe Phys damage to 1 foe. 75

Persona Q: Shadow of the LabyrinthEdit

Arcana Level HP + SP + Inherit Extract Fragment
Star 52 123 31 - Bloody Vanguard Skanda's Wing
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Bloody Vanguard Passive When user attacks, allies deal more damage to that enemy that turn. Innate
Bolt Link 48 HP A light Cut + Elec attack. (1 enemy) [Link damage with allies' attacks] Innate
Triple Link Passive Raise damage dealt with first hit and number of Links. 53
Forked Spear Passive Medium chance of another attack after regular attack. 54
Golden Link Passive Link damage raises with Link number. [No effect if only 1 Link] 55
Life Aid Passive [Navi] 20% HP restore at the end of battle. (Party) 56
Critical Eye 28 SP Raise critical hit rate for 3 turns. 57

Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner 2Edit

Race Level HP MP Drops
Yaksa 50 3800 - Malachite
Reflects Absorbs Void Resists Weak
- - Earth, Ailments, Death, Expel - Gun
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Mazanma Medium force damage on all foes.
Mazionga Medium electric damage and shock on all foes.
Chi Blast Medium physical damage on all foes. High critical rate
Taunt Reduces defense and buffs physical power by 2 levels of all foes.
Power Charge Multiplies next physical attack damage of caster by 2.5.
Tempest Medium force damage on random foes.
Jupiter's Fury Medium electric damage and shock on random foes.
Myriad Spears Heavy physical damage on all foes.
Tarukaja Buffs physical power by 1 level of party.
Makakaja Buffs magical power by 1 level of party.
Maziodyne Heavy electric damage and shock on all foes.
Mazandyne Heavy force damage on all foes.
Vivid Gust Reduces hit-rate of all incoming attacks by 1/5 until user receives damage.

Devil Survivor 2Edit

Race Level HP MP
Strength 19
Magic 15
Vitality 12
Agility 26
Omega 56 428
Racial / Auto Skill Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Curse Curse
Asura Destiny - Null - Repel - Resist
Command Skills
Multi-Strike Megido *
Passive Skills
Attack All *
I'm the Omega Kartikeya, and I'm a war god so lets get our damn war on!
I'll say it one more time: I'm a war god. So don't make me into some weak demon.


As it appears in Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE
Kartikeya Card
Kartikeya as he appears in Card Summoner
Kartikeya Devil Survivor 2 (Top Screen)
Kartikeya as she appears in Devil Survivor 2

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