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Shadow Yosuke

"You just came because you thought it sounded like a good time! What else is there to do out in this shithole?"
—Shadow Yosuke to Yosuke

Shadow Yosuke is the first Shadow boss in Persona 4.



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Shadow Yosuke

Shadow Yosuke

Shadow Yosuke appears in the ruins of the Midnight Channel's version of Saki Konishi's family store, openly stating Yosuke Hanamura's motives in joining the Protagonist were purely self-gratification and indulgement in something new and exciting. He also dismissed the death of Saki as Yosuke's excuse for the excursion into the Channel, an unimportant event that led to something far more interesting. Yosuke's rage at the Shadow's words led him to deny it, prompting the Shadow to power itself up and try to kill him.


Shadow Yosuke appears as an animated frog with a whimsical body on top, an allusion of a proverb "frog in the well". Yosuke's Shadow represents his animosity toward living in a confined country town, as well as his wish for something of interest to happen. Shadow Yosuke, like the rest of the shadows to come, represents the reverse of his Arcana, the Magician. The reversed Magician represents one with power, but who is cruel and misuses that power. Shadow Yosuke has the power of insight into Yosuke's motives, but uses that power to mock and humiliate him. Upon transformation, it also tries to destroy the protagonist with its new strength, describing him as "(something) that bores me". 

Similarities between Jiraiya and Shadow YosukeEdit

  • Shadow Yosuke's (SY) toad eyes and Jiraiya's Ears
  • SY's human eyes and Jiraiya's eyes
  • SY's toad mouth and Jiraiya's V-shaped section near his neck.
  • SY's human's scarf and Jiraiya's scarf
  • The camouflage pattern seen on SY's toad body appears at the end of Jiraiya's pants and sleeves.


Arcana Level HP SP St Ma En Ag Lu
Magician 3 300 200 3 4 5 5 3
Physical Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Almighty EXP Yen
Resist - - Weak - Null Null - 138 500
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Wind of Oblivion Deals light wind damage to one foe.
Power Charge Next physical attack will be 250% greater in power.

Arcana Level HP SP St Ma En Ag Lu
Magician 3 300 200 3 4 5 5 3
Physical Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Almighty EXP Yen
- - - Weak - Null Null - 100 3,000
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Wind of Oblivion Deals light wind damage to one foe.
Power Charge Next physical attack will be 250% greater in power.


The fight with Shadow Yosuke is designed to teach the player about Guarding, and Shadow Yosuke always performs actions in this cycle: Wind of Oblivion → Power Charge → Attack → Guard. Simply guard whenever he Power Charges or Guards so that the player takes less damage from his physical attacks and don't grant him an extra turn when he uses Wind of Oblivion. The rest of the fight is easily handled due to Shadow Yosuke's weakness to Zio.

Battle Quotes Edit

Persona 4Edit

  • "I am a shadow... The true self... I'll crush everything that bores me... Starting with you!" (Battle Opening)
  • "Get out of my sight!" (Using Wind of Oblivion)
  • "Outta the way!" (Using Wind of Oblivion)
  • "What an eyesore!" (Using Power Charge)
  • "Get outta my face!" (Using Power Charge)
  • "What did I say!?" (Using Power Charge)
  • "How long can you survive this?" (After using Power Charge)
  • "Pain in the ass!" (Recovering from Knock Down)
  • "Dammit, don't underestimate me!" (Recovering from Knock Down)
  • "That's not gonna work!" (Recovering from Knock Down)
  • "Heh, that's it...? Boring..." (After HP is reduced by a certain amount)
  • "You're getting to be a real pain... Alright, I'm gonna crush you with everything I've got!" (After HP is reduced even more)
  • "What a freaking pain in the ass! Get out of my way!"
  • "Hah! That all you got? Boring!"
  • "You're going down!"
  • "So, you want me to get serious?" (unused)
  • "I'm coming after you with everything I got! Hope you're ready!"
  • "You dick! You're seriously pissing me off!" (unused)
  • "Your attacks are nothing!" (unused)
  • "Hah! What's the matter? You still wanna fight?" (unused)
  • "It's about time you get crushed!" (unused)
  • "Let's end this!"
  • "Dammit... I... I..." (unused defeated line)
  • "Damn you to Hell!" (Upon Defeat)
  • "This can't be!" (Upon Defeat)

Persona 4 Arena UltimaxEdit

  • "The pain! Everything sucks! Everything's so boring! I'll destroy them all!"
  • "I'll trash everything boring!"
  • "Hahaha! More! I need more thrills!"


  • "Everything's a bore! and it'd be the same even if this place wasn't around, right!?"
  • "Heh, you're so weak! Bonds? Psh, dont make me laugh!"
  • "You're still acting like a fool? Face it: this is reality!"
  • "Ugh, what a bore. If I can't be the hero, then nothing's worth it!"'
  • "Let everything fall into even more chaos! Then I'll shine even brighter!"
  • VS Yu Narukami: "Hahahahaha! I've been waiting to catch you off guard! Yeah, you heard me... partner!"
  • VS Yosuke Hanamura: "Dithering around like that is so you! I'll take over from here on!"


Persona 4
Persona 4 shadow yosuke
Early Concept Art for Shadow Yosuke
Concept art for Shadow Yosuke boss
Persona 4 (manga)
Shadow Yosuke manga
Shadow Yosuke appears in the manga adaption
Shadow Yosuke Form
Shadow Yosuke Boss in the manga adaption
Persona 4: The Animation
Shadow Yosuke in Persona 4 The Animation
Shadow Yosuke Boss In Persona 4 The Animation
Shadow Yosuke appears in P4A
Shadow Yosuke's appearance in P4A
Persona 4 Visualive
Visualive Yosuke's Shadow
Yosuke confronting his shadow in Persona 4 Visualive
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Shadow Yosuke P4A Ultimax Artwork
Shadow Yosuke in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
P4AU Shadow Yosuke render
Shadow Yosuke render in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

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