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Portrayal of Masakado in Shin Megami Tensei II, Artwork by Kazuma Kaneko

Masakado (マサカド), his full name being Taira no Masakado, is a recurring character and demon in the series.

HistoryEdit

Taira no Masakado was a samurai during the Heian period in Japan. He led a small but thriving rebellion to capture three provinces - Hitachi, Shimotsuke and Kouzuke - now known as the Kanto region's Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma prefectures respectively. As a response to the rebellious member of the Taira clan, the Kyoto central government at the time announced the bounty on his head. At the Battle of Kojima occurring eastward of Kanto, Masakado was killed by Fujiwara no Hidesato and Taira no Sadamori, his cousin. His head was brought to Kyoto, and later to Edo where it was buried. Here he is regarded by the locals as a demigod, and a belief persists that the conditions of his shrine dictates the fortune of the metropolis.

AppearancesEdit

ProfileEdit

Megami Tensei IIEdit

Once braving the Ginza Underpass and slaying the zealous guardian of Ground Zero, with all of the Seven Pillars of Solomon gathered, Masakado makes his debut appearance as guardian of Tokyo and giant disembodied head. He teleports the hero and the Partner to the center island of the Expanse. If the hero has made an alliance with Lucifer, Masakado will grant him his helmet.

Shin Megami TenseiEdit

After the great flood, the player can visit the dwelling place of Masakado on a solitary island, if they are following the Neutral path. He laments the destruction of Tokyo between the warring factions, and bestows his sword to the player.

Shin Megami Tensei IIEdit

Masakado is first mentioned upon Aleph's arrival to Roppongi, where he is greeted by a servant, Hiruko. According to Hiruko, the general's body is currently torn to six-pieces as he fell victim to the internal conflict between the Yamato Gods. Thus, Hiruko requests Aleph to break the seals sealing the six pieces of the corpse, and retrieve them so Masakado can be resurrected.

Upon retrieving all of the body pieces, Hiruko will then prompt Aleph to fuse them all and resurrect him at the Jakyo Manor. However, as Aleph only retrieved Masakado's corpse, but not his soul, the fusion of the body parts creates the soulless form of Masakado. Hiruko later informs Aleph that the general's soul is crucial to fully resurrect him, and reveals that he actually holds it. Congratulating Aleph for his efforts in retrieving Masakado's body parts, Hiruko grants the soul to Aleph, allowing the fusion master to fuse Masakado's soul to his body, fully resurrecting him.

As a token of gratitude for resurrecting him, Masakado grants Aleph the Sun Pillar and Katana of Masakado, and helps Aleph to break the lock in the Sealed Cave. There, Aleph must then free the Amatsukami clan sealed inside. Masakado later informs Aleph that due to his recent awakening, his powers are not fully healed yet, and thus needs rest for to recover his strength, bidding him farewell.

In the Neutral route, Katana of Masakado later helps Aleph in banishing the guard demons guarding Lucifer's Castle Kether.

Shin Megami Tensei III: NocturneEdit

Masakado makes a cameo appearance in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne. If the Demi-fiend manages to collect all of the 24 Magatama scattered around the Vortex World, the minister of the Cathedral of Shadows will give the Demi-fiend the "Lord's Blade", advising him to visit the grave of Masakado with the sword in his possession. Upon examining the gravestone, the blade will react, and the Demi-fiend will find himself teleported to the Bandou Shrine.

After lowering the pillars and defeating all four Devas, the Demi-fiend can finally approach Masakado, who proceeds to question the Demi-fiend's purpose. Regardless of the answer, Masakado will impart his power to the Demi-fiend in the form of the Magatama Masakados. It is all he can do since he cannot exist in the world outside.

Masakado also tells the Demi-fiend that regardless of what kind of world Tokyo would turn out to be, it is still Tokyo. As the current bearer of his power, the Demi-fiend will now protect Tokyo in Masakado's stead however the Demi-fiend sees fit. If the player re-enters and speaks to Masakado again, the general will encourage the Demi-fiend to journey forth and conquer the multiverse and further prompts him to choose how he best feels Tokyo should be protected.

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange JourneyEdit

"A general who declared himself the new emperor of Japan, but fell to Hidesato Fujiwara and Sadamori Taira. He was enshrined to quell his spirit, and later became known as the protector god of Kanto."
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Compendium

Masakado is obtained via a special fusion of Zouchouten, Koumokuten, Jikokuten, Bishamonten, and Hachiman.

Shin Megami Tensei IVEdit

"A general who declared himself the new emperor of Japan, but fell to Hidesato Fujiwara and Sadamori Taira. He was enshrined to quell his spirit, and later became known as the protector god of Kanto. According to the Otogizoshi, he was over 210 cm tall, had a body made of metal, and had two pupils in his left eye. However, he had a weakness: his temple was still made of flesh."
Shin Megami Tensei IV Profile

Masakado is a key figure in the story and is central to the Neutral route. His sword is carried by Skins, who cannot unsheathe it. On Neutral Skins will pass down the sword to the player when the latter speaks Masakado's name and is able to unsheathe the sword. Masakado became the ceiling over Tokyo to prevent God's wrath from destroying the city, and whatever little of his power remained after creating the Firmament was sealed away in Ginza. By drawing the sword in front of the monolith there, Masakado's soul is awakened once again. Masakado greets Flynn by name, noting that he has been reincarnated.

In the neutral route Masakado attempts to remove the Firmament above Tokyo, but is unable to do so without the Three Great Spirits of Hope, Goodwill, and Spite which grant him power since most of his own is still in the ceiling. Flynn is tasked with retrieving them: the Great Spirit of Hope must be recreated by giving hope to the people of Tokyo by becoming Champion and is initially the only one needed until Masakado learned the other two had become the Demon Lord and God's Chariot.

The Great Spirit of Goodwill became Merkabah and the Great Spirit of Spite became Lucifer, both of whom seek to become the hopes of the people and now go against the spirit of Hope which they both are supposed to support. Upon collecting Goodwill, Isabeau evacuates the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado to allow Masakado to remove the Firmament. Once Spite has been obtained both are fed to the deity, he fuses with the Firmament and returns to his true form, destroying Mikado and returning the sky and sunlight to Tokyo.

Masakado's ShadowEdit

"The body double of Taira no Masakado, which appears in the Otogizoshi. It is said there were seven doubles, or perhaps seven total with the real one included. This number comes from Myoken worship. In the Otogizoshi, the doubles were created from straw dolls, but there are legends which say the doubles were vassals who sacrificed themselves for their lord."
—Masakado's Shadow Profile

In the "For the Past... For the Future" DLC, it is revealed by Stephen that Flynn's former self accompanied Masakado to defend Tokyo from the ICBM attack 25 years ago. Masakado took the form of a gigantic being to become the shield, but by doing so he went berserk and threatened to destroy Tokyo. Flynn was sent back in time to help control the raging god, but had no choice but to attack Masakado until he came to his senses.

The grueling battle was timed, as time grew short as the missile approached Tokyo, leaving only ten turns to defeat Masakado. After his defeat, he moans about how he lost control of the good and evil within him, and only Flynn's hopes have restored his true self. He promises to protect Tokyo and Flynn's hope as his body then steadily falls down and covers the entirety of Tokyo, becoming the Firmament. His back was later used by the angels to construct what would become the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado.

Masakado communicates a final time with Flynn, telling him humanity has been protected, but still must endure good and evil in the eternal battle of law against chaos, and thanks him for giving all humans the gift of hope, saying that as long as there is hope, the Goddess shall never die. He then grants Flynn his Shadow's data, allowing him to summon it as a demon in battle.

Devil Summoner: Soul HackersEdit

"A general who declared himself the new emperor of Japan, but fell to Hidesato Fujiwara and Sadamori Taira. He was enshrined to quell his spirit, and later became known as the protector god of Kanto. According to the Otogizoshi, he stood over 6'10", had a head, arms, and legs of gold, and had two pupils in his left eye. His body was made of iron, but his temple was his only weak spot."
Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers 3DS Compendium

Masakado can be obtained if Zeed is level 80 or above and fused with Hachiman during a new moon.

Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King AbaddonEdit

"A general who declared himself the new emperor of Japan, but fell to Hidesato Fujiwara and Sadamori Taira. After death, he was enshrined to quell his spirit, and later became known as the protector god of Kanto."
—Gouma-Den Devil Chart

Masakado will only be available on New Game Plus after completing 103% of the case files in the game; this requires completing the Chaos Path and beating the New Game Plus ones given by Louis Cyphre you get from the Chaos playthrough. A man named Soma will be near the Narumi Detective Agency and gives the case file.

Masakado is on the 999th floor in the Confinement Chamber. The anger and rage that fuels him will soon make it possible for him to be free. He is joined in battle by an Impostor Masakado, who is weak against all four elements. A new Impostor spawns after each defeat but only so many times. Masakado uses the bad luck roulette greatly to his advantage. Among the many things the roulette will use against Raidou is to reflect all damage on Masakado, reducing Raidou's stats to 1, null all elements but almighty, kill all summoned demons, etc. Using Luck Locusts will cancel these effects. After a certain amount of damage Masakado will randomly teleport around three spots on the field and will use one of his attacks after teleporting.

After his HP has dropped to zero he will stop moving, Raidou must then negotiate with him to end the battle. After the battle it is revealed that Souma is Masakado and he thanks Raidou for defeating his hatred, which had run amok thanks to the negative energy influencing the capital. Raidou's rewards is the Blaze Steel and the ability to fuse Masakado. Masakado can be fought more if Raidou wishes to get more Blaze Steels.

Persona 3 / FESEdit

Masakado appears as a Persona of the Tower Arcana in Persona 3. He can only be summoned by obtaining the key item Masakados, which can only be obtained by completing all of Elizabeth's Persona Fusion requests. In reference towards his role in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, Masakado's fusion prerequisite requires the protagonist of perform a cross-spread fusion consists of Zouchouten, Komokuten, Jikokuten, and Bishamonten in the Velvet Room. Masakado also grants the equipment Masakado's Hair, which heightens the occurrences of evading physical attacks.

In Persona 3 FES, the strongest two-hand sword, Katana of Masakado can also be obtained by fusing Masakado with a Nihil weapon in the Antique Shop via the Weapon Fusion system. The item itself is from #52.

Persona 4Edit

Masakado returns as a Persona of the Tower Arcana in Persona 4. He can be summoned once the protagonist reaches Lv 69 or above and by fusing the appropriate Persona.

Devil Survivor 2Edit

"A general who declared himself the new emperor of Japan, but fell to Hidesato Fujiwara and Sadamori Taira. He was enshrined to quell his spirit, and later became known as the protector god of Kanto."
Devil Survivor 2 Compendium

Masakado appears as the strongest member of the Hero race. He can only be obtained by fusing Amaterasu and Yoshitsune.

Tokyo RevelationEdit

Kojiro Souma is the reincarnation of Masakado, both Gagyson and a secret order that watches him fear his awakening as it will not only foil Ose's revival, but also lead to great destruction across the earth. Later, in order to save Kojiro's life the young witch Kyoko reincarnates him. Masakado then defeats the demons threatening to kill his brother and Cerberus, and together with Cerberus faces off against Ose. Though easily beating Ose, thanks to letting his guard down Ose knocks Cerberus out and catches Masakado, but is able to free himself and continue fighting Ose. After Akito Kobayashi reincarnates Saki as Konohana Sakuya, Masakado defeats Ose for good by unleashing an attack that incinerates him completely. Exhausted from the fight, he is caught by Konohana Sakuya as he falls and turns back into Kojiro.

StatsEdit

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange JourneyEdit

Level Race Alignment HP MP ST MA AG VI LC
92 Zealot Dark-Neutral 742 417 62 64 58 55 57
Attack Type Physical Gun Fire Ice Elec Wind Expel Curse Almighty
N/A Strong 100% Strong Strong Strong Strong Null Null 100%
Poison Paralyze Stone Strain Sleep Charm Mute Fear Bomb Rage
- - - - - - - - - -
Natural Skills
Occult Flash Fleeting Rain Enduring Soul
D-Source Skills
Victory Cry Occult Flash Enduring Soul
Password
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Shin Megami Tensei IVEdit

MasakadoEdit

Race Level HP MP ST DX MA AG LU
Fury 73 581 261 79 79 79 79 79
Physical Phys Gun Gun Fire Fire Ice Ice Elec Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- - Resist Resist Resist Resist Null Null
Ailment resistance -
Normal attack Phys x2-3 hits, 1 enemy
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Enduring Soul Auto Revive from KO once per battle with full HP Innate
Myriad Arrows 30 MP 2-4 weak Gun attacks, Multi-enemies Innate
Judgement 45 MP Almighty attack, extra damage to Neutral targets, all enemies 75
Occult Flash 30 MP Medium Phys attack, chance of inflicting Instant Death, all enemies 77
Required quest The Great Spirit of Hope


Shadow form (boss)Edit

Race Level HP MP ST DX MA AG LU
Fury 99 18000 8101 163 163 163 163 163
Physical Phys Gun Gun Fire Fire Ice Ice Elec Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
Drain Drain Drain Drain Drain Drain Null Null
Other resistance Resist: Almighty
Normal attack Phys x1 hit, 1 enemy Turn icons 6
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Curse Thy Enemy Heavy Almighty attack, inflicts enemy weakness, all enemies.
Can be countered by smirk.
Pierce Gun Attacks pierce and nullify the enemy's Gun Drain/Null/Resistance
Guardian's Eye Adds 3 Press Turn Icons
Silent Prayer Negates all stat bonuses and penalties from everyone universally.
Charge Doubles next Physical or Gun attack damage.
Heaven's Bow Heavy Gun attack, all enemies.
Conquerer Spirit 2 hits Physical attack, all enemies
Concentrate Doubles next magical attack damage.
Mazandyne Heavy Force attack, inflicts Lost (1% chance), all enemies.
Homeland Song 2~3 hits heavy Almighty damage, multiple enemies.
Related quest For the Past... For the Future (DLC)


  • At the beginning of every Masakado's turn, he is scripted to use "Move Slowly", "Aim Carefully" then "Prayer" or "Clench Fist" in a sequence. These moves do nothing but waste his turn icons, so virtually he only has 3 turn icons.

Shadow form (ally)Edit

Race Level HP MP ST DX MA AG LU
Fury 83 651 292 89 89 89 89 89
Physical Phys Gun Gun Fire Fire Ice Ice Elec Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
Drain Drain (Drain) - - - Null Null
Ailment resistance -
Normal attack Phys x1 hit, 1 enemy
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Curse Thy Enemy 80 MP Heavy Almighty attack, Inflicts enemy weakness, all enemies. Innate
Pierce Gun Auto Attacks pierce and nullify the enemy's Gun Drain/Null/Resistance Innate
Drain Fire Auto Drains Fire attacks Innate
Drain Ice Auto Drains Ice attacks 84
Drain Elec Auto Drains Elec attacks 85
Drain Force Auto Drains Force attacks 86
Guardian's Eye 255 MP Adds 3 Press Turn Icons 99
Special fusion Masakado + Oumitsunu + Amaterasu + Hachiman
Required quest For the Past... For the Future (DLC)


Devil Summoner: Soul HackersEdit

Masakado DSSH
Race Level HP MP CP MAG Summon
General 81 814 322 8 638
Strength Intelligence Magic Endurance Agility Luck
22 20 20 20 20 20
Personality Phys Attack Phys Hit Mgc Attack Mgc Hit Base Defense Avoid
Wild 206 133 188 60 218 131
Resist Void Absorb Reflect Weak
- Expel, Death, Nerve, Mind - - -
List of Skills
Necro Dogma Demon Yell Heavenly Wrath
Atom Slicer Hell Strike -


Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King AbaddonEdit

Guardian of the CapitalEdit

Level Order HP ST MA VI LU Conversation Investigation
85 General 38000 40 36 35 21
Resists Block Absorbs Weak Frail
Fire, Ice, Elec, Wind Gun
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Grudge Sword None Massive Damage. Drains Raidou's MAG if it hits Demons or Raidou. -
Flying Head None Chases after Raidou. Inflicts Random Status ailment and stuns target for 8 seconds if it hits. -
Megido None Heavy Almighty dmg to an area -


As a fusable demonEdit

Level Order HP ST MA VI LU Conversation Investigation
78 Fury 838 36 18 29 14 Brainwash
Resists Block Absorbs Weak Frail
Ice, Elec, Force Phys, Gun Death
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Hellfire 38 MAG Sever Piercing Fire dmg. Stun: Extreme -
Tarukajaon 32 MAG Raises Phys attack until battle ends. All allies 79
Skeptic Crush 110 MAG Ultra Death dmg to all. Stun: Short Type: Axe 80
Capital's Fury Max Loyalty High chance of countering all dmg taken. -
Use Force Investigation Skill Use brute strength to crush the target. -


Persona 3/FESEdit

Level Arcana St Ma En Ag Lu
73 Tower 56 42 52 49 45
Inherit Resists Block Absorbs Reflects Weak
Dark - Slash - Dark -
Heart Item Masakado's Hair
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Tempest Slash 13% HP Inflicts a moderate amount of Slash damage up to 3 times to one enemy. Innate
Marakunda 12 SP Lowers all enemies' Defense for 3 turns. Innate
Power Charge 15 SP The next Slash, Strike, Pierce, or Almighty physical attack will be 2.5 times greater in power. Self. Innate
Magarudyne 24 SP Inflicts a large amount of Wind damage to all enemies. 75
Myriad Arrows 19% HP Inflicts a moderate amount of Pierce damage up to 3 times to all enemies. 76
Arms Master Passive Halves the HP cost for physical attack skills. 79


Persona 4Edit

Level Arcana ST MA EN AG LU
69 Tower 51 32 45 46 40
Inherit Resists Block Absorbs Reflects Weak
Light - Phys/Fire - - Elec/Dark
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Mahamaon 34 SP 40% chance of instant death from the power of Light to all enemies. Innate
Tempest Slash 15% HP Inflicts a large amount of Physical damage up to twice on one enemy. Innate
Myriad Arrows 22% HP Inflicts a large amount of Physical damage up to three times on all enemies. 71
Hama Boost Passive Light-based attacks are 1.5 times more effective. 73
Arms Master Passive Halves the HP cost for physical attack skills. 74
Enduring Soul Passive Survive being knocked Unconscious once per battle with all HP restored. 76


Devil Survivor 2Edit

Level Race HP MP ST MA VI AG
82 Hero 731 254 26 24 24 24
Racial/Auto Skill DeSu2 Physical Icon Phys DeSu2 Fire Icon Fire DeSu2 Ice Icon Ice DeSu2 Elec Icon Elec DeSu2 Force Icon Force Curse DESU2 Curse
Hero's Proof Resist -- -- Resist Resist Resist
Command Skills
-- -- --
Passive Skills
Anti-All* -- --
"I am the Hero Masakado! Let us overthrow the government and claim the Emperor's throne!"
"My form may change, but my will shall remain strong. Now on to the unknown!"


GalleryEdit

 
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Artwork of Soulless Masakado from Shin Megami Tensei II
 
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Masakado as he appears in Shin Megami Tensei IV
 
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Artwork of Masakado from Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers
 
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Sprite of Masakado from the iOS version of Shin Megami Tensei
 
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Sprite of Soulless Masakado from Shin Megami Tensei II
 
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Sprite of Masakado from Shin Megami Tensei II
 
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Sprite of Masakado from Shin Megami Tensei: if...
 
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Model of Masakado from Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne
 
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Masakado as he appears in Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon
 
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Masakado as seen in Devil Survivor 2
 
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Masakado as he appears in Card Summoner
 
Masakado and Cerberus
Masakado in Tokyo Revelation

TriviaEdit

  • Masakado, in all series' continuity, is also more often associated with the recurring item Masakados.


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