Shin Megami Tensei V Cheats and Tips
Shin Megami Tensei V Essences | What are they?
One of the new features of Shin Megami Tensei V is the different Essences you can collect. Essence is a part of a demon’s strength that you can collect and use to augment the skills or proficiencies of the Protagonist or demons. For example, in the early game if you want the Protagonist to have a healing skill and you happen to have a Pixie Essence you can take the Dia skill from the Pixie essence and apply it to the Protagonist. Using Essences you can even give fire skills to demons that might normally only learn water or support skills.
The use of Essences does add some challenge to the game that you need to obtain these essences, through befriending the demon or finding the essence, but the reward is that you can create an entirely flexible build for your Protagonist or demon allies.
You can obtain Essences by picking them up in the field, they can be given to you by demons, and they can be purchased from the store at the Leyline.
Shin Megami Tensei V Miracles | What are they?
Miracles act as additional skills and abilities that can be used to not only power up the Protagonist and Party through flat stat boosts but also give additional effects. The range of these Miracle abilities is pretty incredible too. Some abilities allow you to charge up your Magatsuhi Gauge faster, some allow you to recharge HP and MP per turn of battle, and it’s also through Miracles that you can impart more skills through fusion and expand the limit of your party. As you explore the Netherworld and destroy the Abscesses covering the map you’ll unlock more Miracles to purchase in the World of Shadows.
How to earn EXP/Macca/Glory quickly in Shin Megami Tensei V
Obviously, you can earn Macca and Glory through the above methods, and experience by defeating enemies and progressing through the game but there are also special enemies called Mitama that have a low rate to spawn that if you successfully kill them before they flee will earn you items to boost your EXP, Macca, or Glory. If you want to find out how to encounter more Mitama and how to ensure you defeat them before they run away then check out our Shin Megami Tensei V Mitama Battle Guide.
Tip: It’s faster to fuse than to level up your demons
A big part of Shin Megami Tensei V is the recruitment of demons, leveling them up, and fusing them to create more powerful demons. Each demon only has the ability to learn a few attacks through level up before only its stats will increase. By fusing together demons you can take the best attacks from them individually and turn them into a demon that isn’t just more powerful but also one that has more potential to learn attacks and grow further. When fusing demons they can also come out a much higher level. Doing this is recommended if you find your current team just isn’t making the cut in tough battles.
Tip: Be sure to return to areas when you’re stronger
Through your journey you’ll come across a number of powerful enemies. These will be much larger, normally standing on their own, and will have a larger icon on the mini-map. These demons will start at level 30+ even when you’re only level 10-15 so be sure to avoid them for the time being. Returning to them when you’re strong enough to fight them will net you a variety of items including Glory Crystals and high amounts of Macca and Experience.