How To Beat Grendel in Shin Megami Tensei IV

Published on August 8th, 2013 by Gervais D.

Grendel might be one of the toughest enemies who you might fight in Shin Megami Tensei IV. The second time I entered battle with him, I was at level 36, and he still kicked my butt. It took a long battle and a lot of demon’s deaths to finish him off. Before, I used a one hit KO skill. Yeah, I was that desperate, however, at that time there was no possible way of defeating him and I refused to lose a large chunk of my Macca with each defeat.

Grendel - Shin Megami Tensei IV
( Photo of what Grendel looks like in Shin Megami Tensei IV )

How to find Grendel in Shin Megami Tensei IV

Grendel is located at the Jujo Base which is north of Ikebukuro. See the map below :

Where is Grendel in Shin Megami Tensei IV
( Screenshot: This map shows you where Grendel is located in Shin Megami Tensei IV )

How To Beat Grendel in Shin Megami Tensei IV

What is Grendel weak against in the game?

Grendel has no weaknesses in Shin Megami Tensei IV. However, force and fire element attacks did the most damage against him when I battled with him. Still, it’s not enough to guarantee a win. Physical and gun element attacks did the least damage.

Strategies to defeat Grendel

One Hit KO Skills

You can try your luck with some one hit KO skills.

Decrease Grendel’s stats, increase your party’s stats, and finish him off

Another way to defeat Grendel is by using skills that decreases Grendel’s stats, while using other skills to increase your party’s stats. For example, War Cry decreased both Grendel’s attack and defense, which was pretty useful. However, Grendel has the ability to increase his own defense, so it’s recommended not to target this one stat alone.

Constantly increasing your party’s evade rate is also a good idea. If Grendel’s first attack doesn’t get in contact with one of your demons or the main character, he loses his second chance of attacking. That goes a long way because Grendel’s attacks are very dangerous, especially when his HP is getting low. When his HP is getting low, he uses his more powerful skills that has the possibility of doing 800 points of damage to HP.

When I defeated him, I had demons that had the ability to summon more demons from my party, to the battlefield. It was easy to replace a fallen demon. This is useful because Grendel took out over 6 demons from my party. I started the battle with demons that had a large amount of HP. They also knew moves to decrease Grendel’s stats. Having a skill stone is also useful because your protagonist’s MP will get low.

Reward for defeating Grendel = SDF Equipment (relic).

Note: Players can battle with Grendel multiple times in the game. It is optional to battle against him, however, the SDF Equipment reward is required to complete one of the side quests in the game. SDF Equipment is a relic.

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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.