Any player familiar with the SMT series, or indeed its spin offs, will be familiar with the Almighty series of spells. These are skills that essentially ignore the resistances of your opponent, and end up functioning like a form of guaranteed damage in battle. They’re still influenced by enemy statistics, but there’s no need to worry about checking for resistance or weakness; just throw it out, confident that it’ll land and cause no press turn issues whatsoever. True fans of the series will understand however, that outside of hoovering up random battles with odd resistances, they’re not all that useful until the very late game. SMT 5 is no different in this regard, and when the late game powerhouse skills can all be learned by a vastly more powerful protagonist, we’ve only managed to find three demons that are actually worth your while throughout.
As noted, the early and mid game of SMT 5 really doesn’t require a great deal of Almighty coverage, and besides you don’t need us to tell you how to find the occasional Megido spell if you want it, so we’ve waited all the way to the late game before giving you a single recommendation. Thankfully Lilith doesn’t disappoint when you get there, featuring as it does some very powerful stats, spells and a passive all in one.
First up is the expected Megidola, which is essentially the ‘medium’ Almighty skill that hits every enemy for good damage. This is backed up by Lilith eventually learning Energy Drain, which is a skill that absorbs the opponents HP and MP, which is more useful than you might imagine in a pinch. All of this is boosted further by the Almighty Pleroma passive skill, which boosts Almighty damage by 20%. SMT 5 isn’t the kind of game that’ll just let you blast out every regular battle with a single Almighty spell, but this is the first glimpse of something resembling it, and it’ll be pretty valuable to keep around for awkward battles.
- Innately knows the medium Almighty spell Megidola.
- Learns Almighty Pleroma at level 70, which boosts Almighty damage by 20%.
- Learns Energy Drain at level 71, which absorbs both HP and MP from your target.
- Lilith has a very high Magic stat for its level.
2. Huang Long
Three things must first be understood before we tell you more about Huang Long. Firstly, you are going to have to do a fair bit of questing to unlock it, which includes defeating it. Secondly, it’s a fantastic demon in a big variety of ways, including healing and buffing alongside Almighty. Thirdly and finally… It only actually has one skill that deals Almighty damage. Yes, you’re going to have to do a little more work with this one, but it’s definitely worthwhile.
Megidolaon, which is probably the most infamous of Almighty skills, is already known by Huang Long, so you’ll immediately be able to dole out good damage to entire groups of enemies. After a few levels it’s followed up with the Almighty Pleroma passive, which increases that particular damage by 20%. Outside of this is the small matter of some of the best skills in the game, namely Luster Candy and Fierce Roar. What we have here then, is a canvas on which to paint your ideal Almighty demon, replete with a huge +5 Affinity to reduce costs, and some awesome bonus skills for when damage isn’t required.
- Innately knows Megidolaon, the heavy damage group Almighty spell.
- Learns Almighty Pleroma at level 80, which boosts Almighty damage by 20%.
- Also learns Luster Candy and Fierce Roar, which are fantastic skills despite not being Almighty.
- Has a huge +5 Almighty Affinity, which combined with the passive makes this an ideal demon to build a monstrous supportive Almighty demon.
- Balanced statistics mean that it’ll deal slightly less damage, but be much more survivable.
Yes his constituent components are story locked, and yes you’re going to have to wait until the absolute end game to unlock it, but Metatron is the absolute pinnacle of Almighty damage available outside of the protagonist. It has the highest affinity possible, an apocalyptically high magic stat and access to a wonderful and ridiculous unique Almighty skill that truly dissolves your opponents.
Firstly and rather predictably, Megidolaon is known by Metatron, so you’re not going to struggle to deal damage to the entire enemy team. You should completely ignore this however, in favour of its unique Almighty skill, Fires of Sinai. This is an attack that hits multiple opponents from 3 to 7 times, and whilst it might be tempting to look at the guaranteed damage of Megidolaon, this skill only requires two of its hits to deal more damage to one target. If it hits a single target all 7 times, this is the equivalent of more than 3 Megidolaon casts, and it costs a third less MP to cast! This is an absolutely huge beast of an Almighty skill, and the fact that Metatron is also the only other demon outside of the super boss to learn High Almighty Pleroma truly pushes it over the edge.
- Innately knows the unique Almighty skill, Fires of Sinai. This hits multiple, or indeed one target 3 to 7 times for big damage, totalling some absolutely massive numbers to your opponents.
- Innately knows Megidolaon, the heavy damage Almighty skill.
- Learns High Almighty Pleroma at level 98. This is the only demon outside of the super boss that has access to this!
- Huge Magic stat and +6 Almighty Affinity.
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