- "What good is it to learn the truth...? You want me to throw away my worthless self-satisfaction in exchange for eternal suffering and despair!? I don't need it...I don't need any of it! What's wrong with turning a blind eye to suffering?! I don't want a truth full of pain! I want a peaceful lie! "
- —Kusumi-no-Okami, Persona 4: Golden
Kusumi-no-Okami (クスミノオオカミ) is a new boss in Persona 4 Golden.
Kusumi-no-Okami is probably based on the male Japanese god Kusubi, who is more formally known as Kumano-Kusubi (Susano-o was saying farewell to Amaterasu, the two gods were exchanging their treasures in a vowing ceremony. Amaterasu used Susano-o's Totsuka-no-Tsurugi sword to give birth to the three goddesses known as Munakata-San-Jojin collectively. Susanoo received Yasakani-no-Magatama bead from Amaterasu, bit it and blew out the fragments which gave birth to five or six gods, and the last of them was Kumano-Kusubi.) in Kojiki and Kumano-Kusuhi (熊野櫲樟日命) or other variations in Nihon Shoki. When
Marie transforms into Kusumi-no-Okami after the fog takes control of her, which has her voice change into a deeper version of Izanami's voice. She despairs and wishes to deny the truth in all its form along with everything else, while wishing to embrace peaceful lies and blissful ignorance. Marie's ego struggles for control during the battle itself and her power to absorb the fog has also gone out of control, sucking anything in that's around her regardless if it's fog or not. The party defeating Kusumi-no-Okami's true form results in the destruction of the fog she had absorbed and returns her back to her human form.
Before fighting Kusumi-no-Okami, the player will face Marie. Similar to Shadow Rise, this battle cannot be won no matter what the player does. However, the player will only need to lower her health by about 1/3 (or more depending on difficulty setting). Then the battle will end after a certain number of turns, which will initiate when she uses "Shield of Denial", which is the same as Nyx Avatar of Persona 3's Moonless Gown, which will repel all attacks, including Almighty. However, unlike the battle with Shadow Rise, the player will not recover HP and SP prior to the next battle. Due to Hollow Forest's ability to halve your SP after every battle, your SP will still be halved after the battle with Marie.
When fighting Kusumi-no-Okami, note that all attacks (excluding Almighty) will be repelled, making her near invincible. However, this defense can be negated through the use of an "[Element] Break" skill, or the use of an "(Element) Break" item the player can find in the "Hollow Forest".
The battle itself is simple and straightforward. However, since physical attacks are quite useless in this battle, it is recommended that the player avoid Personas that rely on Physical-type attacks, as well as Chie and Kanji, whose Personas focus on Physical skills rather than Magic skills. It is also highly recommended that the player gather items that restore SP, since it will be the key to ending this battle efficiently.
- The music that plays in the battle against Kusumi-no-Okami is the Reincarnation version of I'll Face Myself -Battle-.
|Storyline||Shadow Yosuke - Shadow Chie - Shadow Yukiko - Shadow Kanji - Shadow Rise - Shadow Teddie - Shadow Mitsuo - Shadow Naoto - Kunino-sagiri - Tohru Adachi & Magatsu-Izanagi - Ameno-sagiri - Kusumi-no-Okami* - Izanami - Izanami-no-Okami|
|Sub||Avenger Knight - Daring Gigas - Amorous Snake - Killing Hand - Dominating Machine - World Balance - Chaos Fuzz - Envious Giant - Neo Minotaur - Sleeping Table|
|Post Dungeon Completion||Contrarian King - Intolerant Officer - Momentary Child - Escapist Soldier - Extreme Vessel - Lost Okina|
|Other||Margaret - The Reaper|