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Messiah

Messiah, as seen in Persona 3.

Messiah (メサイア?) is a Persona in the series.

HistoryEdit

"Appears before Judgment Day to save the virtuous. He is a universal figure, appearing in myth around the world. Many stories involve his death and rebirth."
Compendium Info

The term Messiah is prominent within the world's religions, especially in the Abrahamic religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam. A Messiah is regarded as the savior of mankind and would bring them salvation near to the end of days, although opinions between who the messiah refers to differs between religions. The most common opinion in the West is the Christian one, which holds that the Messiah is Jesus of Nazareth. In fact, one could argue that the large object situated behind the Messiah Persona's back is a reference to Jesus, as is his mechanized body, which would be a reference to his body being so heavily mutilated during his Crucifixion.

Other Messiah figures have appeared in both history and myth, and people have placed their hopes in them for salvation. Buddha is a notable one.

Fusing Messiah requires fusing Orpheus and Thanatos.

AppearancesEdit

ProfileEdit

Persona 3Edit

Messiah is the highest-level Persona in Persona 3. It is the final Persona of the Judgement Arcana, which can only be accessed by venturing to the final level of Tartarus. Messiah can only be obtained by fusing Orpheus and Thanatos in the Velvet Room once the protagonist reaches Lv. 90 or above.

During the ending credits, Messiah can be seen inside the protagonist's silhouette, indicating that Messiah is his "true" Ultimate Persona (which is also an allusion to the protagonists' role to the story).

Unlike other Personas, Messiah is capable of producing more than one type of item:

  • Armor of Light
  • Shoes of Light
  • Aura Dog Suit
  • Aigis Armor v.0 (Soul of Athena in FES)
  • Aigis Legs v.0 (Swan Legs in FES)
  • Omnipotent Orb (1% chance).

These items are the strongest equipment in the game.

The AnswerEdit

Aigis can summon Messiah once she has reached Lv. 90 or above in the playable epilogue of Persona 3 FES, titled The Answer. As The Answer cancels the Social Link system, maximizing the Judgement Arcana is not necessary for fusion. However, Messiah's fusion still requires the fusion of Orpheus and Thanatos, as was the case for the protagonist.

Lord of Vermillion Re: 2Edit

Messiah appears alongside Izanagi, Thanatos and Pallas Athena as one of the Personas featured in Lord of Vermillion Re: 2. Messiah appears as Aigis EXO's persona and enables Aigis to use Orgia Mode EX, which greatly enhances her stats and enables her to use Megido Fire EX as her normal ability.

StatsEdit

Persona 3Edit

Level Arcana St Ma En Ag Lu
90 Judgement 63 62 60 62 63
Inherit Resists Block Absorbs Reflects Weak
Light/Dark - - - Light Dark
Heart Item Armor of Light, Shoes of Light, Aigis Armor v.0, Aigis Legs v.0, Aura Dog Suit,
Omnipotent Orb (1%)
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Megidolaon 85 SP Inflict severe Almighty damage upon all enemies. Innate
Salvation 50 SP Removes status ailments and fully restores party's HP Innate
Regenerate 3 Passive Restores a bit of HP every turn. 93
Invigorate 3 Passive Restores a bit of SP every turn. 94
Absorb Pierce Passive Absorb Pierce attacks. 95


FES / PortableEdit

Level Arcana St Ma En Ag Lu
90 Judgement 63 62 60 62 63
Inherit Resists Block Absorbs Reflects Weak
Light/Dark Fire/Ice/Electricity/Wind - - Light Dark
Heart Item Armor of Light, Shoes of Light, Soul of Athena, Swan Legs, Aura Dog Suit,
Omnipotent Orb (1%) [also Aigis Armor v.8, Aigis Legs v.8 in "The Answer"]
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Megidolaon 85 SP Inflicts severe Almighty damage upon all enemies. Innate
Regenerate 3 Passive Restores a bit of HP every turn. Innate
God's Hand 14% HP Inflicts severe Strike damage upon one enemy. Innate
Salvation 60 SP Removes status ailments and fully restores party's HP. 93
Invigorate 3 Passive Restores a bit of SP every turn. 94
Absorb Pierce Passive Absorb Pierce attacks. 95
Enduring Soul Passive Restores all HP upon death once per battle. 97
Magic Skill Up Passive Increases all magic damage dealt (including almighty). 98


Persona Q: Shadow of the LabyrinthEdit

Level Arcana St Ma En Ag Lu
Inherit World Inherit Inherit Inherit Inherit Inherit
Resists Block Absorbs Reflects Weak
Fire, Ice, Elec, Wind Light - - Dark
List of Skills
Skill Effect


GalleryEdit

 
Messiah-Concept
Concept artwork of Messiah.
 
Messiah -P3 Compendium-
Messiah in the Persona 3 Compendium.

TriviaEdit

  • Messiah's face strongly resembles the face of the protagonist's initial Persona, Orpheus, and is holding several coffin lids on a chain, which resembles the coffin cape of Thanatos. Orpheus and Thanatos are required for Messiah's fusion, and these resemblances likely reference that.
  • While Messiah is the Ultimate Persona of the Protagonist, he doesn't have any "special" skills, like Odin's Thunder Reign, Alice's Die For Me!, or Daisoujou's Samsara. To make up for this, Persona 3 Portable introduced a special skill unique to Messiah called "Magic Skill Up". This skill (unable to be inherited by other Personas) enhances all Spell-based attacks by 50%, making Messiah the strongest Spell-user in the game. It also makes his Megidolaon stronger than the standard Morning Star, though Morning Star may be fused onto Messiah for the strongest Almighty attack in the game (sans Armageddon). Additionally, with proper inheritance or through the use of skill cards, you can stack Boost + Amp + Magic Skill Up to have the ultimate single-target Elemental Spell.
  • The only anti-physical skill Messiah learns is Absorb Pierce, instead of Slash or Strike. This might refer to Jesus in western religion: as after Jesus died on the cross, a soldier named Longinus pierced his body with a spear (spear weapons are categorized into piercing attacks in Persona 3). Messiah's Passive Ability Enduring Soul may also refer to when Jesus resurrected himself three days after his death.

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