The Maya (マーヤ, Mahya) shadows resemble black blobs with arms and a mask sticking out. They are similar to the Arcana Magician, only smaller and with less arms. They wear a mask on their "face" in the middle of their body. The very first enemy the protagonist encounters is of this type. The Maya type is presumably the 'base' Shadow, and transmogrifies into other Shadows as seen in Persona 4, where they transform into Hablerie shadows in a cutscene. However, they do not appear as enemies in the said game. Their arcana spans from the Magician to the Hanged Man.
- Cowardly Maya (Magician)
- Merciless Maya (Priestess)
- Frivolous Maya (Empress)
- Haughty Maya (Emperor)
- Indolent Maya (Hierophant)
- Insidious Maya (Lovers)
- Ill-Fated Maya (Chariot)
- Bigoted Maya (Justice)
- Desirous Maya (Hermit)
- Imprudent Maya (Fortune)
- Visceral Maya (Strength)
- Devious Maya (Hanged Man)
- Conceited Maya (The Answer)
Hand-type shadows appear as disembodied hands that uses its fingers as legs/arms and the wrist part as its head. The latter part houses its mask. Many of them appears as rare 'golden' Shadows that are hard to find, engage, and sometimes, defeat. They drop Coins which can be sold for high prices, and in FES they also drop Nihil weapons. A few of Elizabeth's requests require the protagonist to hunt down and obtain a Medal from each rare versions of these Hands.
Table-type shadows appear as a table wearing a mask somewhere on its tablecloth. The table type references the table shown on the Magician card in the Rider-Waite Tarot set, with the minor arcanas' symbols floating above it. This is likely the reason that they are always of the Magician arcana.
Magus-type shadows appear as sorcerers that wear jester-like caps with two giant, hands wrapped around their form. Their arcana mask covers their face and they typically cast powerful magic.
Tiara-type shadows appear as floating tiaras that are attached to a mask and "hair".
Book-type shadows are similar to Tiara-type shadows, however they are larger and they wear globe like crowns. A book can be seen floating within this crown.
Idol-type Shadows appear as women sitting on a reversed pyramid, their hands in a meditative pose and their faces covered by Priestess masks. Sometimes there will be a glyph or rune sticking out the back of the pyramid.
Eagle-type Shadows appear as avian creatures with a rich plume around their necks - at the center lies their 'head' and the mask.
Relic-type Shadows appear as a motherly statue holding a baby. The relic's body opens like an iron maiden, revealing a stained-glass like interior. The mask appears on the mother's 'face'.
Mother-type shadows appear as a woman clad in only a fur robe reclining in a fancy love seat. They wear their mask over their face and covering over their heads.
Beetle-type shadows appear as large scarabs with a single horn. While the insect appears to have its own eyes and face below the horn, the mask is placed at the tip of the horn. They seem to have wings, although they can't fly.
Knight-type shadows appear as knights in armor holding a lance in one hand, while sitting astride floating horse armor. Their mask hovers where the front of their face would be.
A towering fortress with two elephant legs. Its mask it located at the top of the structure, and attacks via cannons located through windows in its body.
Twin-type shadows appear as two humanoid shadows linked together by a number of rods stuck through their bodies. Each twin's face is hidden behind their arcana mask.
The Tower is three rotating heads stacked upon one another, each one wearing a miter. The top head wears the arcana mask, and appears to be the smallest of the three respectively.
The Sigil Shadows appear as wizards surrounded by a cube-like barrier that appears to be made out of sheets of paper.
Cupid-type shadows appear as the typical cherub with wings, complete with bow and arrow.
Dancer shadows appear as a headless couple slow dancing in place. They hold a fencing sword which they use for attacks. Above their head floats a heart upon which their arcana mask can be seen.
Snake Shadows appear as a snake hybrid pended with Mars and Venus symbols to its neck. Its mask can be seen at the top of its head.
The Wheel Shadows appear as wheels with a lion-like head. Spikes are coming from the center of each wheel. The lion head is the mask.
Drive-type Shadows appear as humanoid machines with multiple legs fixed into two wheels and lances or swords protruding sideways for arms. They wear their arcana mask over their face. The first tower guardian that fights alone is of this type.
The Turret Shadows appear as large, armored tanks, a reference to the fact that the Japanese name for "The Chariot", sensha (戦車), is also the word for "battle tank". Their mask is on the top of their turret.
- Arcane Turret
- Scarlet Turret
- Wicked Turret
- Hallowed Turret
- Berserk Turret (The Answer)
- Spastic Turret (The Answer)
The Balance is an active scale of justice, with the mask located directly in the center.
The Sword Shadows are large swords being carried by a singular stone arm rising from the ground.
The Giant is a stone golem armed with a broad sword, and scale. They are the mixture of both the Balance and Sword in dealing strong physical, and elemental damage.
Raven-type shadows appear as a hovering raven holding a lantern in its talons. Their arcana mask can be seen on their breast.
Poltergeist shadows that appear with its upper torso spinning. It covers itself with a long cape and has a lantern where its stomach would be. Their Arcana mask covers their face.
- Phantom Mage
- Phantom Master
- Phantom Lord
- Phantom King (190th Floor Guardian)
- Phantom Hero (The Answer)
Five floating eyes held by invisible bats, and a floating head. Only shows its true form when attacking or in pain.
One or multiple configurations of dice floating in mid-air. The roll of its dice depicts its desired move.
The Sand Shadows appear as hourglasses with limbs, surrounded by a ring. Their mask is on the top of the hourglass.
Beast-type shadows appear as a lion chained to ball and chain. Their arcana mask is on the metal ball as opposed to the beast itself.
Gigas' are metal giants sporting wrestling speedos. Their mask is worn on the upper part of their face, just above the mouth. They bear a resemblance to the wrestler Hulk Hogan.
The Musha Shadows appear as samurai. The mask is incorporated with the Musha Shadow's head. They are typically weak to Light and/or Darkness skills.
Hanged Man ArcanaEdit
Minotaur-type shadows appear as towering minotaurs in shackles.
Humanoid like ogres chained upside down to a gigantic wheel. They are able to spin ferociously in order to strike.
- Fierce Cyclops
- Mighty Cyclops
- Mad Cyclops
- Chaos Cyclops
- Brilliant Cyclops (The Answer)
- Rebellious Cyclops (The Answer)
An obese abomination with six hands. It is shackled to a rocking horse that it mounts. Its form is based on the Jotunn of Norse mythology, which were said to be large, gluttonous, and malformed beings.
Golden ShadowsEditThe Golden Shadows are unique shadows that flee if they see any party members. They can also teleport away. They wait for the player to move once or twice, and then flee from battle. They drop valuable coins which can be sold at the mall. In Persona 3 FES, Golden Shadows primarily drop Nihil Weapons. Elizabeth requests that the protagonist hunt down medals which are dropped by each Golden Shadow while her quest is active.
The golden shadows have a maxed Agility and Luck stat, which may cause party members to stumble and fall down if attacking physically. Using physical or magical skills, or bows/guns, to attack can avoid this problem. Physical skills also benefit from higher critical rates than attacking normally.
Full Moon ShadowsEdit
These enemies are the fragments of Death that escaped following the sealing of Thanatos into the protagonist. They appear at every full moon, seeking to return to the Death sealed into the protagonist. SEES is manipulated into killing all of them.
- Arcana Magician
- Arcana Priestess
- Arcana Emperor
- Arcana Empress
- Arcana Hierophant
- Arcana Lovers
- Arcana Chariot
- Arcana Justice
- Arcana Hermit
- Arcana Fortune
- Arcana Strength
- Arcana Hanged Man
Nyx, Mother of all ShadowsEdit