Maitreya (ミロク, Miroku)? is a demon in the series.
A Buddha from Buddhist lore, Maitreya will be the fifth Buddha to appear before the people during a time where great disaster has influenced the earth and the people no longer practice Buddhism.
- Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne: Author of the Miroku Scripture
- Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse: Deity Race, Boss
Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse
- "Also known as Maitreya Bodhisattva. Said to be the successor to the current Buddha. Name means "loving-kindness". Currently resides in the Tusita Heaven. Will become Buddha in 5,670,000,000 years, during which he will lead many to salvation."
- —Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse compendium
Maitreya is one of the leaders of the Divine Powers. A master of sealing magic and a ruthless pragmatist, Maitreya defeated the Yuriko obsessed Gaeans and converted the strong members to their cause in Tsukiji Konganji, forcing the weak into Ginza while Odin recruited the gods of different faiths across Tokyo. He takes Asahi hostage during their planned kidnapping of Flynn in front of Masakado's stone slab, threatening to kill her and knowing Flynn is too weak hearted to let a human die before him. He is later seen in the planned assault on Tsukiji, where he knocks back Toki after Krishna becomes bored of the fighting.
Together with his Buddhist subordinates he reactivates the Tokugawa Mandala Domain to force humanity to embrace salvation and release Tokyo of the influence of foreign demons. He fights the group after Inanna Remnant is beaten in the fifth temple, where he meets his own death but warns that he will return through Inanna and Toki. He keeps his word in the Cosmic Egg, where his soul is placed within Inanna by Krishna to revive him. His revival allows him to reclaim his original power as a Buddha by becoming Mitra-Buddha.
Maitreya has a strong distaste for attachments of any kind, loathing any and all forms of it, especially those who cling to others. Despite this attitude many of his actions are contradictory from aiding the Divine Powers and making humanity dependent on them for salvation, to working together in order to hold back and defeat enemies capable of stopping them. Voiced by Michiko Kaiden in Japanese and Evan Smith in english.
During the battle after breaking the Tokugawa Mandala, Maitreya will attack mostly with Physical attacks, but will also use Bufudyne to exploit a weakness if a party member is weak to Ice skills. He will also occassionally use Dekaja to remove the party's stat buffs. Maitreya will also occassionally use Makajamaon to prevent the party from using skills. For most options to his questions, he will gain a boost equivalent to one casting of Tarukaja and Makakaja. Additionally, if his weakness is hit during the effects of Enlightenment, he will gain a boost equivalent to Luster Candy as well. Having access to the Dekaja skill or Dekaja Stones will reduce the threat he poses.
|"Wield the light of self, the light of dharma. Depend not on others, but only on yourself and dharma. Do you not agree that you should leave the dead weight you call "friends" behind and fight alone?"|
|Save your partner||Nanashi attacks Maitreya for normal damage|
Assist Gauge increases
|Betray your partner and attack both||Nanashi attacks Maitreya for 2x normal damage|
Assist Gauge decreases
|"I know how you've been branded a traitor by the people of Tokyo... Why, then, do you persist? What are you fighting for?"|
|For the people of Tokyo||Maitreya +Tarukaja/Makakaja|
|For myself||Toki deflects attack aimed at Nanashi, counterattacks for normal damage|
Toki will attack each turn before assigned partner
|Ignore him||Maitreya +Tarukaja/Makakaja|
Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse
- 'Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse's story is a warped allegory for The Fool's Journey. Maitreya represents the Strength Arcana, as he tries to guide Nanashi to value personal inner strength over dependence upon others.