How To Beat Azrael in Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse

Published on September 20th, 2016 by Gervais D.

Azrael is a level 67 angel of the Herald race. You will have to fight him in Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse during the Infiltrate Mikado quest. Before you fight him, you must fight off two hordes of angels (without saving in between).

Azrael in Shin Megami Tensei 4: Apocalypse

Preparing before the battle :

Azrael’s primary element skill is fire, therefore armor that has resistance or nulls fire skills will be extremely useful to you during your battle with him. At S’s Blacksmith in Mikado, you can purchase the Red Jinbaori with Macca. The Red Jinbaori nulls fire and light skills.

Azrael’s weakness in Shin Megami Tensei 4: Apocalypse

Azrael is weak to ice skills, blocks light skills and has resistance to physical, dark and fire skills.

He uses the following skills during battle :

  • Agidyne (heavy fire attack)
  • Tetrakarn (repels physical attacks for 1 turn)
  • Makarakarn (repels magic attacks for 1 turn)
  • Blink of Death (dark skill, decreases target’s defense)
  • Mamudoon (dark skill, all enemies)
  • Debuff (not sure name is accurate, but removes enemy stats)

It’s pointless to try to increase your stats while battling Azrael. He can use his debuff skill to reset your stats to their original numbers. Instead, it’s better to hit him with powerful ice skills to get the extra turns.

After injuring him a bit, he will ask his first question where you have choices to answer. He claims how he will let your friends leave the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado if you offer your soul to him in exchange.

You have the following choices to choose from :

  • Offer your soul (puts you to sleep / Azrael DEF increases)
  • Keep your soul
  • Ignore him and keep attacking (free attack / his attack power increases)

After damaging him further, he will call upon support to weaken you and your party. You will have three choices to choose from again, however, this time the choices may not factor in to the battle itself :

  • Defeat Azrael’s lackeys
  • Attack Azrael himself
  • Surrender

Battle decisions with Azrael

The first two options will be failures, however, I chose them to read what happens in the dialogue.

Hallelujah joins the battle :

The third time you’re given choices to choose from is when Hallelujah asks you to trust him. In my playthrough, I chose to trust him and he ended up damaging Azrael enough to take away around 500 of his HP from one single attack.

After Hallelujah’s attack, continue hitting him with ice skills to finish him off.

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About Gervais D.

Gervais laughs at a difficult RPG while it takes its last breath as he conquers it. He's been gaming since the NES and loves to relax at the beach.