"Man, what're you going on about? I've been making my own way on muscle alone since I was born. Talk is cheap. So c'mon, man, let's get to comparin' our strength! Both of my arms might be gone, but I ain't sunk so low that I'd let a human get the best of me!"
Take-Minakata-no-kami (kanji: 建御名方神), is one of the sons of Okuninushi. When the Amatsu decided to increase their influence on the earth, they sent Take-Mikazuchi to conquer Take-Minakata. They had the first sumo match which Take-Mikazuchi won. Take-Minakata then had his arms cut and fled to Suwa, where he married a Suwa goddess, Yasakatome, and became the guardian god. The local legend believed the cracking phenomenon on the icy Lake Suwa in every winter to be the "Passage of God" (御神渡り, Omiwatari, scientifically the result of pressure ridge). Take-Minakata leaves his temple via the frozen lake to the opposite bank to meet the goddess.
"Origin: Japan. A wild god and the son of Ookuninushi. He wouldn't reliquish Ashihara no Nakatsukuni to Amaterasu until the very end. Take-Mikazuchi defeated him and he was confined to Suwa. There are legends at Suwa of him defeating the dragon god of the lake to rule the area."
"In Japanese lore, he fought Take-Mikazuchi for control of Japan and lost. He is revered as the god of hunting."
—Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey compendium
Takeminakata begins appearing once the protagonist gains the Enemy Search A app, which allows them to detect hidden enemies. Takeminakata can be found throughout Sector Antlia and Sector Bootes and at that point in the game can be a tangible threat, both for his level and heavy Physical attacks. He will generally target the protagonist and if faced during a New Moon, will continually use Zan-Ei for boosted damage.
"A Japanese god of war, hunting and fertility. He fought Take-Mikazuchi for control of Japan and lost. He escaped to Suwa, but was prohibited to leave since."
—Persona 5 background
Take-Minakata can be found in Kaneshiro's Palace as a Shadow, with the title of Defeated Avenger. He can be encountered in the 3rd Vault area. He will attack using Mazionga and will target anyone who becomes Shocked with Assault Dive relentlessly.
Since his appearance in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, his design has never been switched for an older one nor has he gotten a redesign. He is the favorite demon of Kazuma Kaneko as evidenced in a Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne interview.
Initially Minkata's 3D model has him wearing shoes without shin guards possibly because it has fewer details than bare feet for modeling. This has been updated in Persona 5 to be more faithful to the source illustration.