Persona Evaluation Guide by Alessar

Version: .6 | Updated: 02/08/05 | Printable Version

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment 
"Persona Evaluation Guide"
Version: 0.6 (February 8, 2005)
by Alessar  
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This remains a work in progress. I apologize for the long delay in its 
completion, but I felt that the earliest levels were the most critical to get 
people started. At this point, I will be completing the guide without the 
benefit of a recent play through and will be unable to give as much advice in 
regards to hints about good personae to use on certain bosses. However, 
having been told that my critique is the "American Idol" of the Megaten 
world, I could not hold off any longer. ;)

Feel free to send me your comments on the sections that are complete already, 
and I hope you will find this useful.

I.   Introduction
     A. Persona Basics
        1. Summoning for Beginners
        2. Activating a Persona
        3. Ranking Up
     B. Mutation and Modification
        1. Mutation Events
        2. Which Personae Can Modify?
     C. Customizing Personae
     D. Starting Play
        1. Seven Sisters High
        2. Your First Trip to the Velvet Room
        3. Mount Mifune 
II.  Persona Rankings
     A. Starting Personae
     B. Personae: Level 1 to 13
     C. Personae: Level 14 to 26
     D. Personae: Level 27 to 35
     E. Personae: Level 36 to 50
     F. Personae: Level 51 to 69
     G. Personae: Level 70 to 99
     H. Fool Personae
III. Optimized Groups [pending]
     A. Any Four Elementals
     B. The Ancestors
     C. Ultimate Personae
     D. Pantheon Lists
IV.  Tips & Tricks 
V.   Credits & Thanks

I. Introduction
     Persona 2 is a fabulous game, but there are so many Personae to choose 
from that it can be a bit overwhelming. When I played Revelations: Persona, 
Victar's Persona Rankings FAQ was a useful tool for me. Not only did it rate 
the Personae, he gave his reasoning and his advice. This is not a 
comprehensive list of every Persona's parameters and spells, and what it can 
be returned for. If you want to look up that information, consult 
Archaeopteryx's amazingly complete FAQ. (I used it as a reference when 
writing this in fact.) This is also not a walkthrough. I am also not going to 
be giving a great deal of situation-specific advice; I will make a few 
suggestions, but for complete strategies, consult Sasoriza's boss strategies 
      Rather, this is a list by level of the Personae I've played (which is 
most of them), and my comments about them. The choices reflect my playing 
style, and your results may vary. I will endeavor to not put spoilery 
information in this FAQ, but there will be some. Specifically, I will be 
giving out some details on how the Persona system works, I will occasionally 
mention hidden information about Personae (such as what a given Persona gives 
you when you return it at Rank 8), and I may refer to specific dungeons and 
bosses in general terms. I'm going to start by summarizing how the Persona 
system works, clarifing a few details and giving some advice on how to 
optimize your use of Personae.

A. Persona Basics 
1. Summoning for Beginners
     Summoning Personae is really quite simple. You just pick the Persona, 
spend the appropriate Tarot cards for it in the Velvet room, and Igor summons 
it. The only limits are your stock of Tarot cards and your level: you can't 
summon a Persona that's more than 5 levels higher than your highest party 
member. As you should know from the game documentation, you get tarot cards 
by contacting the "demons" you encounter in dungeons. An interested demon 
will give a number of tarot cards of its class. It is important to know that 
not every type of Persona has a corresponding demon. Many of the classes of 
Persona can only be summoned by taking blank or "Free Tarot" cards to the 
Velvet room and having them converted into the appropriate kind of tarot. You 
get free tarot cards by making a demon happy and then signing a contract, and 
then on subsequent encounters when you make the demon interested, it will 
give you cards of its class and some free tarot in addition.
     The reason for the level limit on summoning is that, theoretically, a 
Persona that is too powerful for its user might 'possess' the user. So Igor 
won't summon high-level Personae for you. However, this is a plot element and 
not a game mechanic. If you somehow come into ownership of a Persona that is 
more than 5 levels above your party, it's perfectly fine to use it.
      A few Personae require a rare object to summon them, called a material 
card. Once that material card is used, you will not get it back (for 
instance, from returning the Persona once its reached rank 8), which means 
that you only get one chance to summon that Persona. (There are a few 
material cards that are gained by returning another Persona at rank 8 or 
which are bought, but the best ones are gained from unique demons or item 
boxes in dungeons.)

2. Activating a Persona
     When a character activates (i.e., equips or junctions it) a Persona 
there are three effects. First the character's attributes are averaged with 
the Persona's. Secondly, the character gains whatever defense properties that 
Persona has, for instance, "Strong against Earth, Weak against Wind." The 
third effect is that each Persona contributes a certain permanent attribute 
boost at level up. Since you can only specify how Maya Amano's attribute 
points are spent, paying attention to Persona's attribute boosts is essential 
to have some control over those other characters.
     Keep in mind that you can freely change Personae during combat (unless 
the character is out of your control, berserk for instance; and there is one 
boss in the game who can prevent Persona switching). While some of the 
Personae do seem to have serious vulnerabilities, you can switch them off if 
enemies with those attacks come into play. I prefer to pick Personae with 
strong defenses, but sometimes you don't have a choice.

3. Ranking Up
     The level of a given Persona never changes. Depending on how high that 
level is, the Persona's starting attributes will be higher. Their spell 
assortment (in theory!) will also contain more potent spells and special 
moves. However, due to the game system, some spells will be useful at every 
level, and other spells won't be as useful as they could be depending on your 
characters' stats and attributes.
     Personae instead "rank up" from being used in combat and using their 
special abilities. Most abilities give 1 point toward ranking; healing and 
support spells give 2 points of this special "experience." Each Persona has a 
specific rank-up pattern; some gain ranks at an even rate, some rank up 
quickly at the beginning and slow down to a crawl in the end; others rank up 
quickly, slow down, and speed up again later. Unfortunately, the only source 
for this information is in the deluxe strategy guide published in Japan and 
will not be available. If I happen to mention something like, "this persona 
took a long time to rank up," this is am referring to. For the most part, 
they all even out, but there are a couple that are just very slow levellers. 
If you notice a great deal of variation in how quickly your Personae rank up, 
now you'll understand why.

B. Mutation and Modification 
1. Mutation Events
     In Persona 1, after a Persona gained all its spells, it was usually 
ready to be recycled at the Velvet Room. That's not necessarily the case in 
this game. As you will know from the game manual, it is possible to cast 
"fusion spells" by combining the right spells in the right sequence in 
battle. Honestly, it's a lot easier than it sounds. Whenever you end a fight 
(the end of the whole fight) with a fusion spell, there is a chance that one 
of the Personae involved in that spell may "mutate." There are several 
possible results from mutation. The most common are "Two Ranks Up" and 
"Parameters Increased." Two Ranks is self-explanatory. A Persona of first 
through 6th rank may get this effect. In the case of Parameters, the Persona 
gets +1 to every attribute, similarly to leveling up. There is no specific 
limitation on how many times you can get this mutation; I have personally 
taken more than one Persona to 99 in every attribute this way. Consequently, 
a lower-level Persona can remain useful if its attributes continue to 
increase to stay on a par with new, higher-level Personae. Eventually, 
because its spells are just not top-grade, it will become obsolete; but this 
mutation process helps extend the usefulness of the Persona. I find this 
particularly useful on Personae that I am keeping for defensive purposes. 
(After all, it does no good to be strong against earth if the Persona is 
lowering the character's TEC score, and subsequently, spell defense!)
     Another not uncommon result of mutation is to learn a hidden spell. 
Every Persona (except for a handful of very special Personae called the 
"ancestors") has one specific hidden spell which can be unlocked by mutation. 
Another similar effect is "Unknown Power Awakened." This is a secret power 
which may function when the host is near-death. It's a matter of luck and 
compatibility (discussed a bit later) if it activates. Personally, though 
I've had several Personae gain this power, I've never seen it happen.
     The final possible result of mutation is that the Persona may gain the 
power of Modification. What that means is that you can take the Persona to 
the Velvet Room and turn it into another, completely different Persona. The 
option "Mutation" will appear on the menu. (Unfortunately they mixed the 
terminology there so sometimes when people say "mutation" they mean any of 
the mutation events, and sometimes they mean the actual transformation only.

2. Which Personae Can Modify?
     Every Persona can gain modification ability EXCEPT: any starter Persona 
other than Maia; any Fortune class Persona; any Persona summoned with the use 
of a Material Card; and the very highest-level Personae (level 73 and up).  
The way it works is that Personae with this power mutate into a "minor 
arcana" Persona that are categorized using the tarot suites of rods, cups, 
swords, and pentacles instead of "major arcana" types such as magician, 
tower, and moon. All viable Personae of a given level range have the 
potential to mutate into the same Persona, however, you can't have two of the 
same Persona so once one has mutated, it won't let another do so. For 
instance, all Personae of up to level 12 that gain modification ability would 
become "CUP Matsuo-sama." However, level 13-16 Personae may become "ROD 
Hotei" and level 17-19 Personae can become "PENTACLE Fukurokuju." The 
progression continues like that up to level 72. However, there are 
     First, there is a small chance that any modification can be a "dud" 
resulting in a level 2 Poltergeist. Fortunately, since you can't have two of 
the same Persona, keeping a Poltergeist in stock in the velvet room the 
entire game will prevent this. Seriously, even if you never play the 
Poltergeist, summon it once and store it.
     Second, a very few Personae can become another major arcana Persona. For 
the most part, it is just a case of having very good luck, because when most 
of these Personae modify, there's about an 85% chance they'll become the 
usual minor arcana Persona, but about a 15% chance that they'll become their 
secret other self. There are also a couple Personae that require a plot 
action of some kind to come into play. They don't use the percentage chance 
listed above, you either have achieved the special requirement or you 
     Finally, another factor that affects mutation rate is the characters' 
compatibility with their Personae. Different party members have different 
levels of compatibility for the various classes of Personae and this will 
result in an adjustment to the cost of using them, and the chance of 
mutation. Some characters can't use certain Personae; this is called 
incompatibility. For others, the SP cost may be increased, this is called bad 
compatibility. Many will work fine for the character, and have the listed SP 
cost. This is normal or average compatibility. But other classes will give 
the character a reduction in SP cost. This is called good compatibility. And 
for some, while they appear to have good compatibility, the Persons will have 
an increased mutation rate too. This is called best compatibility and the 
only way to tell it is by observation or consulting the FAQ. Note that all 
the characters start with a Persona for which they have best compatibility. 
One of the advantages of the Minor Arcana Personae is that they have at least 
good compatibility with every character. Luck is also a factor in getting 

C. Customizing Personae
     There are two things that can be added to any summoned Persona: A spell 
card, and an incense card. (Actual incenses are used to boost the characters' 
attributes.) A spell card can only be used on a Persona if its not in 
conflict with its nature. For instance, you can't put a water spell like 
Aques on a Persona with an affinity to fire. Affinity is actually denoted by 
a little square icon in the Personae screen, it's not just what kind of 
spells the Persona has. For instance, if the Persona you are summoning has 
some fire spells but is not fire aspected (not uncommon for an earth or holy 
Persona), you can go ahead and add a water spell if you want.
     Adding spells to your summoned Personae is extremely important in the 
long-term. Even the weakest spell could complete a powerful fusion; A Persona 
may be very good but not have any potential to combine with the other 
Personae in the party. Judicious use of a spell card will allow it to engage 
in fusion and possibly increase in power. Of course, you'll need to know 
which spells are used for a fusion, but I leave you to find that information 
out yourself, either in game play or by consulting a general FAQ. I will give 
you the tip that while any two earth, air, fire, or water spells creates a 
high-damage single creature attack, any two lightning, ice, or nuclear spells 
creates a moderate-damage all creatures attack. Consequently, often when I am 
at a loss for what to do with two Personae, I'll give each an ice or 
lightning spell because I know I can get a good fusion out of them relatively 
cheaply. (I had "Bufu" spell cards all over the place by the end of the game 
even though I frequently used them!)
     The second thing you can do is add an incense card. This gives +10 to 
one attribute or +5 to all attributes. Incense cards aren't essential, how 
you use them is up to you. The first time I played the game, Maya's TEC 
attribute started to seriously outstrip ANY Persona she equipped, so I 
started putting TEC incenses on all her Personae so that her score wouldn't 
be lowered as much. You can use the cards in other ways. For instance, if you 
have a slow character, give their Persona an incense to boost agility. Or if 
you have a strong character, you can give their Persona a strength incense so 
they are even more potent with physical attack spells or regular attacks. 
Remember, you can increase any Persona's attributes by both ranking it up and 
mutating it, the incenses are strictly enhancements, not requirements.

D.  Starting Play
     The following is a Mini-Walkthrough for the first two dungeons of the 
game. It is intended just to explain to you how you should be using the 
system and to put you on the right track. There are no navigational 
instructions, just a general description of how play should proceed. I have 
endeavored to not have this be spoilery content. Here are a couple of general 
play tips:
* You can exit most normal dungeons and come back to them. There are a few 
that are in remote locations that you can't, however, derelict buildings in 
the city can be left and resumed.
* You can never re-enter a normal dungeon once it is completed. There is one 
optional side dungeon you can keep re-entering. It is there to let you re-
encounter demons you missed for purposes of getting Tarot cards.
* The skill "Hula of Misfortune" appears to do no damage. In actuality, it 
roughly HALVES your current money
* When discussing Personae defenses, the term 'attack' refers to physical 
moves of the tackling variety. It was a bad name choice as it can obviously 
be confused with the basic Attack command and term. Weakness to attack is not 
weakness to all physical blows, just the attack sub-type. 
1. Seven Sisters High
     Approximately the first 40 minutes of the game features no fighting. 
After a plot event your characters gain their powers, and the the actual 
gameplay begins. You will be in Seven Sisters High, which is a GREAT starter 
dungeon. You can save anytime you want except during battle, so be sure to do 
so as soon as you get control of your characters. The first encounter you 
have will be a preset tutorial in demon negotiation. After that, bad luck 
could get you killed in your first real encounter. 
     At the very start of the game, your characters will be fragile, and your 
Personae won't help too much yet. You will level up with just a few 
experience points, though, and the difference will be even more dramatic when 
the Personae begin to rank up. When you start, just use each Persona's first 
attack power, focus on one demon at a time until you've won the encounter. 
After Maia manifests her Aqua power, you can cast the Stone Rise fusion spell 
(detailed in the manual) by casting spells in the order: water (aqua), fire 
(agi), earth (magna). Start doing that, just Stone Rise everything that moves 
(unless you hit something resistant to it) until the Personae start really 
ranking up. With luck, you will get some mutation effects and increase in 
power even more. You need to find a key to the 4th floor, where there's a 
boss fight waiting for you. Don't rush it. After Seven Sisters, you'll gain a 
4th permanent party member, who will enter play at Eighth level, so that 
should tell that the designers expect you to be close to that. So go ahead 
and poke around. Experiment a bit, there are other fusion spells the starter 
Personae can cast; you should learn the use of their powers. Definitely rank 
up the Personae until Maia gets Media (or Me Dia if you break up the 
syllables as they do on the spell card for it) so that you can cure everyone 
for about 30 hp at the same time.
     Contact some demons. In fact, try to make contracts with a few that you 
are encountering commonly. Most of the demons in Seven Sisters are fairly 
easy to persuade. You can get some valuable starting items too, like ball of 
return, but mostly focus on getting some Tarot and quite a few Free (blank) 
tarot. The low-level demons in this area won't give you many cards (3-5 if I 
recall right), but rest assured that it will be easier later on as demons 
start to give you 10, 20, 40, 80 cards at once. Try to get a dozen or so of 
each type of card that has demons running around, try to get a few dozen free 
tarot if you have the patience. It will be well worth it having them at the 
end of the dungeon.
     By the time you go to the end boss, your characters should be at least 
sixth level, and have their Personae ranked up to about 6th rank as well. If 
you were lucky, you may have gotten some "two ranks up" mutations; my Maia 
was 8th rank at that point and had gained her hidden spell but that's really 
a case of my Personal luck. Since you cannot return to this nice starter 
dungeon with its free healing, so be sure to get all your stuff squared away 
before fighting the boss. And remember, save before you enter the room with 
the boss! :)

2. Your First Trip to the Velvet Room 
     Once Baofu joins your party, you can visit the Velvet Room for the first 
time; since he's 8th level, you can summon at least up to 13th level 
Personae. But don't overlook a few low-level Personae that can be quite 
useful. It should have been no problem to gain at least 8 Lovers and 8 Devil 
cards. Summon Pixie and Poltergeist. Additionally, if you have at least 27 
Free Tarot, convert them to Emperor Class (a type for which there is no demon 
you can get cards from) and summon Airget Lam. If you have another 20 free 
tarot, I recommend summoning Temperance Harpie (there are Temperance demons, 
I just don't think there are any in that first dungeon, but its worth 
spending the cards now to have extra Personae.) At this point in the game, 
you probably don't have enough money to buy spell cards, but don't worry, 
they'll be available soon enough. 

3. Mount Mifune
     The second dungeon is in the form of a maze-like path up the mountain. 
Of the enemies here, quite a few use physical/shot attacks and quite a few 
use magic/air attacks. Once Maia has reached rank 8, I recommend you put 
Harpie on Maya; if she takes too much damage from earth or shot attacks 
(Harpie's weaknesses) swap in Maia and heal. Maya and Ulala both have "best" 
compatibility with her, so she's likely mutate a lot on either of them. She's 
not that great otherwise, but she is a perfect candidate to modify into CUP 
Matsuo-sama because her return item is worthless. You can continue to use the 
starter Personae or not as you like. I recommend putting Airget Lam on 
Katsuya every time he's about to level so that he gets some TEC; otherwise 
the computer doesn't seem to put points into his TEC until his strength is in 
the high twenties. Poltergeist will work well on Baofu, and Pixie on Ulala. 
Find the earth fusion that can be cast with this selection, experiment a bit. 
If you're lucky, you might even get a few spell cards in encounters... 
Finally, a little before you get to the back of the sanitarium, there'll be a 
shrine hidden off into the woods (a few screens back). This shrine to 
Junnosuke Kuroda is the first step to unlocking the Ancestral Personae, 
however, getting the right cards to use them on your first play can be 
tricky. If you want to start unlocking them, stuff the donation box until 
it's full and won't accept any more money. But again, if you don't have 
enough money to do that, you can get these rare Personae on the replay.  
There will be another Velvet Room right inside the building at the end of the 
trail, so build up some more cards in preparation of that. It's time to 
supplement the starting Personae with backup...go ahead and look in part two 
to see my suggestions about that.

II. Persona Rankings.
     These listing are sorted by level, in level ranges that I thought made 
good break points. There's no "right" amount of leveling up, everyone has 
their own play style. But it does seem the game designers expect your 
characters to be around the level of the demons they will encounter by the 
end of a dungeon, so I have tried to roughly pick ranges that encompass every 
few dungeons. Additionally, when you first gain access to the Velvet Room, 
Baofu's starting level guarantees you'll be able to summon at least up to 
level 13, so that's the level range of the first section. The next level 
range is based on the next character to join; the range becomes guesswork 
after that.
     I played around with ideas for formatting these entries but couldn't 
really top Victar's. I wasn't going to bother with the defense info, but it's 
one of the first things I look at in picking a Persona, so I've gone ahead 
and put it in here. The format used in the listings below is:

Level - ARCANUM (Persona type) - Name 
Defense information. Affinity. 
~Any special notes about compatibility, creation, or Mythos membership
     Detailed commentary. 
* Overall rating (5 * scale) and short comment.

     I take a lot of factors into consideration when I assign a rating, and 
not all of them have equal weight. The Persona's defensive status is a big 
factor, what it protects against is generally weighted more heavily than what 
it's vulnerable to. The reason for this is I'm trying to focus on the useful 
aspects of the Personae; and basically, if a Persona is weak against some 
kind of attack, you can switch off to a different one. However, being strong 
versus several kinds of attacks is a real benefit. Still, if a Persona's 
vulnerabilities outweigh its defenses, it's a strike against it.
     Another major factor is the spell selection. I do look at what the 
"hidden" spell is, and weigh the spells for being both appropriate for its 
level and a useful mix overall. Ability to engage in both common and rare 
fusion spells can be a heavily weighted factor. By common spells I mean the 
basic elemental attack fusions; by rare, I mean fusions that require spells 
which only a few Personae possess. Additionally, there are unique fusions, 
which require specific Personae with specific spells, or at least specific 
rare spells. Most unique fusions require three to five members of a given 
mythological pantheon operating together; unfortunately, the Personae 
involved are often spread across a very large level range, which means that 
unless you invest time in "buffing up" the lower level members, they're going 
to be a burden to drag around. Still, not all of the combos are like that and 
a few of them are resoundingly potent.
      Lesser factors include attributes, both the starting statistics and the 
attribute that a bonus is given to at level up; and the item the Persona can 
be returned for at rank 8.

Scale Explantion:

       - No stars. Completely worthless Persona. 
     * - A sub-par Persona. Weak or terribly average with nothing  
         to recommend it. 
    ** - An average Persona. Probably needs a spell card to be useful, or  
         has limited usefulness, such as being good only for an item. 
   *** - A good Persona. Exact usefulness may vary with game play, but  
         generally worthwhile. 
  **** - Top-notch, useful, powerful, and capable of being used for many  
         levels in the game. 
 ***** - One of the most powerful and useful Personae in the game.  
         There are only a few.

A. Starter Personae 
     The starter Personae are not particularly potent, but then, they are 
very low level. One thing that's interesting is that the number of fusions 
you can achieve with them (especially if all 4 of them have unlocked their 
hidden spell) is quite high. Though Maia is technically a non-elemental 
Persona, she has a water attack spell, and therefore all 4 elements are 
represented in this set. Thus, you can cast all four elemental "boost" 
fusions (which have 3 different elements combining into 1 single attack) with 
them, as well as a few other attack and status fusions.

1 STAR Callisto 
Strong against Earth; Weak against Wind. Affinity: Earth 
~Usable only by Ulala
     Though you will find enemies with wind attacks early on, her 
vulnerability won't be too much of a detriment. At the lower power level of 
the start of the game, the increase in damage won't be very high, perhaps an 
extra 10 hp. In fact, if Ulala's TEC is raised, thus raising her SDF, the 
vulnerability can be compensated for. Her earth attacks are useful against 
those same wind-aspected monsters, and if you encounter earth monsters, her 
Zan (non-elemental damage) is very handy. Her hidden spell is mafui (silence) 
-- nothing special; I would advise that as soon as you rank her up to 8, move 
on to another Persona and switch back when you need to use her earth spells 
in fusion. 
** Decent for such a low-level Persona, but not memorable

1 JUSTICE Helios 
Voids Fire; Weak against Water. Affinity: Fire 
~Usable only by Katsuya
     Helios is rather neutral towards most enemies you'll face early on. 
There are a few that are strong with respect to fire but not many. His final 
spell is Maha Agi, which attacks an entire group, and which begins a whole 
series of fusion spells that use the formula fire, earth, maha agi___; of 
course, you need another Persona which can use at least Agi to do so. ** 
Decent for such a low-level Persona, but not memorable

3 MOON Maia 
Voids Holy, Darkness, Mind/Nerve. Affinity: None  
~Usable only by Maya
     Maia is mostly about healing, but she can attack with holy and water 
spells. Her Multidimension doesn't have a high success rate, but notice its 
category: "(Special) Type: None." Multidimension does not count as either 
magic or physical, so it can be used on demons that void and reflect magic!! 
This makes it one of the most powerful spells in the entire game, not that 
you'll appreciate it at such a low level. (Look for fusions that have the 
same definition; they're rare, and extremely powerful). Maia ignores holy and 
dark spells, which have instant kill potential, and she's also immune to 
mind/nerve spells such as sleep and confuse, which is very handy. Whenever 
the party is in trouble, switching Maya back to Maia will probably save the 
day because she's so defensively powerful and has so much recovery power. Her 
SP cost is low; you would do well to keep Maia around until 20th level so you 
can heal out of combat cheaply.
     If you play Maya "in character" (kind and forgiving), after a certain 
plot event you may be able to gain the ability to modify to a higher-level 
version of Maia, Maia Custom.
*** One of the most valuable Personae in the game; do not Return it under any 

6 HANGED MAN Odysseus 
Voids Wind, Lightning. Affinity: Wind 
~Usable only by Baofu
     Odysseus' defenses will be useful going up Mount Mifune. However his 
attacks aren't going to be that useful either. If you get very lucky, a 
mutation will unlock his soothing melody spell (healing spell usable in 
combat only, but stronger than Media). Soothing Melody fuses with 3 other 
certain spells to create a very powerful status attack on all opponents (one 
that has an almost 100% effective rate.) If you get Soothing Melody, 
Odysseus' usefulness basically doubles. If you choose not to put Airget Lam 
on Katsuya, put him on Baofu instead as a good replacement for this one.
* Pretty weak for a starting Persona, though the hidden spell is extra good. 
I think they should have made him more balanced though.

B. Other Personae Level 1 to 13 
     As noted above, when you gain your fourth party member, he'll be at 
level 8 which means that you will be able to summon Personae up to 13th level 
right after finishing the first dungeon, Seven Sisters high. This next 
section of Personae is pretty wide, but they will probably be what's 
available for the second through fourth dungeons. 

2 LOVERS Pixie 
Strong against Wind, Weak against Earth. Affinity: Wind
     Pixie is a great asset. She starts with a healing spell and gains wind 
and lightning attacks. Kotoludi cures possessed status, and you will probably 
encounter some demons with this annoying attack early on. Her rank 8 spell is 
Meggido, which inflicts moderate non-elemental damage to all enemies 
(multiple groups). Meggido is not normally found on Personae of under 35th 
level! It will take Pixie a while to rank up to 8, but it will be worth it. 
Her attributes start quite low, however, as she ranks up her Luck will 
increase abnormally. At rank 8, Pixie always has a 99 luck. Put Pixie on 
Ulala and try to get her to mutate a few times so that her stats improve. 
She's going to be useful for quite a while. As the lowest level (and thus 
cheapest SP) Persona in the game, many players like to summon Pixie later in 
the game and give her the strongest healing spell available (Mediarahan, full 
heal of the whole party) which they can then use for about 2 SP.
*** An unusually potent Persona worth putting some effort in to developing.

2 DEVIL Poltergeist 
Voids Darkness, Weak against Holy. Affinity: None
     His attack spells are pretty rudimentary, mostly earth which makes him 
useful against air creatures as he's got no specific vulnerability to air; he 
can cure poisoning at rank 2, which is handy. Otherwise there's not much to 
recommend him, though he would work well with Callisto. (Special) Keep 
Poltergeist in stock the entire game to prevent dud mutations.
** otherwise.

Strong against Sword, Attack; Weak against Earth, Shot. Affinity: Wind
     Harpie is not that great a Persona. Going up Mount Mifune, she can be a 
liability in several instances. The main reason I recommend her is that she's 
a good choice for a Persona to turn into CUP Matsuo-sama, which is a very 
good Persona. She does have pretty good attack spells, which will let her do 
fusions with Pixie. She's highly compatible with Maya, who tends to rank Maia 
up to 8 rather quickly. And her return item is merely 10 Free Tarot, so she's 
easy to mutate and not going to be missed. Finally, her attribute is Luck, 
which is not so common in Personae that the women tend to use.
** A strong candidate for Modification otherwise not that special.

9 EMPEROR Airget Lam 
Strong against Earth; Weak against Wind. Affinity: Earth
     Airget Lam is the lowest level Persona to boost Technique at level up. 
His starting attributes are good, and his earth attacks are reasonably 
useful. He will work well with Poltergeist or Callisto in dropping rocks on 
demons. The computer tends to not spend attribute points on the men's TEC 
scores early on. Airget Lam is the only way you can correct that. He's 
technically more compatible with Baofu than Katsuya, but Baofu already should 
have a compatible Persona in Poltergeist (which Katsuya won't work well 
with), so I recommend him for Katsuya.
*** A useful Persona with a good mix of benefits

11 LOVERS Robin Goodfellow 
Strong against Earth; Weak against Wind. Affinity: Earth
     This Persona is very similar to Airget Lam, except it's two levels 
higher and its good spells aren't quite as readily available. Also, while 
Airget Lam gets bonus points for being a Technique booster, Robin loses 
points for being an Agility booster. The computer always focuses on Agility 
for Ulala, she really doesn't need to ever have an agility-boosting Persona 
on. If you really want another earth Persona, for fusions perhaps, it would 
be OK. But I personally would use Callisto instead and save my cards.
* A pale copy of a good Persona

12 STRENGTH Ryume 
Strong against Ice, Lightning, Nuclear; Weak against Attack, Strike. 
Affinity: Water 
~Member of the Saiyuki group
     Ryume is a good Persona, but he costs too much to summon before Mount 
Mifune so I didn't recommend him in my mini-walkthrough. Once you're at the 
top though, you might want to summon him before entering the asylum. His 
water and ice attacks will let him help in a few fusions. If a monster has 
dropped a Bufu card for you by the time you summon Ryume, you should 
seriously consider using that card on another new Persona so that it and 
Ryume can do an ice fusion together. He is vulnerable to two forms of 
physical attack, but I think shot is more common so he's not too bad.
      [Note that 'attack' is a subtype of physical attack (it should have 
been named 'tackle' in my opinion, to avoid confusion) and Ryume is only 
vulnerable to that subtype and strike, not to all melee attacks.]
     I would recommend adding a Dia or MeDia spell to him, but you should 
have Maia and Pixie available for that. His Poismudi and Kotuludi are going 
to be very useful for quite a while, and his hidden spell is Recarm, which 
raises a fallen party member in combat.
     Ryume can participate in a unique fusion; however, the spell in this 
case is not that great.
**** It might not be obvious, but this is a very strong recovery Persona with 
some useful attacks.

12 STAR Kimnara 
Voids Fire; Weak against Water. Affinity: Fire
     Kimnara is a fun Persona. His fire attacks are strong, and you get Maha 
Agi fairly early. His soothing melody is a stronger healing spell than MeDia, 
though it can only be used during a fight. He is the first Persona to get 
Trafuri, which is the escape combat spell. It's quite rare, and you can 
return a rank 8 Kimnara for a Trafuri card. Kimnara's defenses are definitely 
useful in the third and even fourth dungeons. Could be a lifesaver in the 
third boss fight.
*** A good basic Persona with a rare return item, uncommon spells, and useful 
defenses. Definitely worth summoning, but probably not keeping. You may, in 
fact, summon him repeatedly throughout the game to get his return item as 
it's the most expensive spell card there is!

12 CUP Matsuo-sama 
Absorbs Water; Weak against Fire. Affinity: Water 
~Requires: Mutation from another level 1-12 Persona
     Like most minor arcana Personae, he's extremely useful. He starts with 
Maha Aqua, which will allow certain water fusions. His most useful spells 
though are de kaja (which cancels various attribute boosting spells), wall of 
water (which protects the entire party completely from water attacks), and 
refresh ring (which cures all status ailments on one character). Matsuo-sama 
is a good Persona but will really come into his own in the fifth dungeon. 
[Note that I count the trail up Mount Mifune and the Asylum atop it together 
as the second dungeon.] You will be using higher level Personae by then, but 
his powers will be very handy. Therefore, build him up when you get the 
chance, and be sure to have him with the party then. Finally, as a CUP, 
Matsuo-sama is at least good compatibility with everyone.
*** A very worthwhile defensive Persona, tailor-made to protect you against a 
certain boss.

13 SUN Surya 
Reflects Fire; Weak against Water. Affinity: Fire
     Surya is a pretty useful Persona; he's not so focused as many others 
are. He has maha agi, but he also has maha garu. His spiral shot is useful as 
a physical attack. He has good flexibility and he makes a logical partner to 
combine in fusion spells with Kimnara, but he could also cast fusions with 
Maia, Pixie, and others. He will be very good against the third boss, and is 
also a likely candidate to modify into ROD Hotei.
*** An attack Persona with unusual flexibility

C. Personae level 14 to 26 
This is a pretty broad range, and it covers Personae for the next few 
dungeons. You will eventually be getting a fifth character, and when you do 
you should be able to summon Personae up to about 26th level. In general, I'm 
assuming that these Personae will be in use up to either the Science Lab or 
the TV Station. 

Voids Mind/Nerve. Affinity: None 
~Member of the Saiyuki group
     Genjo's ability to ignore mind and nerve magic could be very useful, 
especially in the fourth dungeon. His lack of affinity allows you to add a 
spell of any element, which is good because his innate selection is quite 
mediocre and doesn't lend to fusing.
     Genjo is one of a few Personae which can participate in a fusion spell 
unique to it and members of its mythic pantheon; however, the spell in this 
case is not that great.
* A useful defense, not really much to this Persona otherwise 

14 HERMIT Nekomata 
Reflects Mind/Nerve. Affinity: None
     Nekomata is quite a tricky character. She reflects mind and nerve 
spells, and like Genjo, has no affinity to limit her when adding a spell. She 
does have air, almighty, and status attacks already, which is not a bad 
selection. Her return item is an ok weapon for Ulala that may inflict Charm 
*** Useful defenses, ok spells. A fixer-upper Persona but good.

15 EMPRESS Arianrhod 
Strong against Physical; Weak against Magic. Affinity: Wind
     Arianrhod is an unusual Persona; she's an air Persona but she has no 
wind attacks. She does have zio, the first lightning spell, but that's about 
it. She does have a useful power which will be invaluable against the boss of 
the fourth dungeon: Wall of Air. Once cast, the party gains the status: Voids 
Wind. (Note: Wall spells do not stack; the last one cast takes precedence.) 
She's the lowest-level Persona to have a spell such as this. Her weakness 
against magic is not really a liability at the beginning of the game; her 
stats are quite even and basically anyone with a decent Tec won't notice much 
extra damage. Her resistance to all physical, however, will noticeably help. 
She really could use an extra spell added onto her though; either a wind 
attack or ice (to fuse with Ryume) might be good.
*** A lifesaver against the fourth boss; a good defensive Persona overall.

15 CHARIOT Minotaur 
Strong against Physical; Weak against Magic. Affinity: Earth
     This isn't a very useful Persona. His ability to soak physical attacks 
might come in handy, but the Persona is weak in general; unlike Arianrhod, he 
really IS vulnerable to magic and in general. He has the generally useful 
defensive spell wall of earth, but I don't believe you'll need it. His attack 
spells are physical, and aren't that good, really. Kotoludi is a useful spell 
but other, far more utilitary Personae around this level have it. I would 
recommend skipping this one.
* The only use I can see for this Persona is swapping it in to resist strong 
physical attacks. Maybe.

16 ROD Hotei 
Voids Fire; Reflects Nuclear; Weak against Water. Affinity: Fire 
~Requires: Mutation from another level 13-16 Persona
      I usually mutate Sun Surya but you could use another Persona. He starts 
with a fire spell capable of completing a fusion, he gains the ever-useful 
Estoma in the middle of his spell progression, and his hidden spell is 
Recarm. He also has holy, nuke, and throw attacks thus making him diverse and 
quite useful. Even if you're about to put aside Personae of the mid-teen 
levels when you get him, he's strong enough to keep around and use for a 
while, and his universal compatibility makes him available to any party 
member that needs a fire Persona.
*** A very useful fire Persona

16 MAGICIAN Tengu 
Voids Wind; Weak against Earth. Affinity: Wind
     Tengu is a very strong Persona for its level. It starts off with a good 
group wind attack, gains an Almighty group attack, has Wall of Air which can 
protect your whole party, and even has Recarm, thus making him a must for the 
fourth boss fight if you don't have Arianrhod. Another good factor is that he 
gives a TEC bonus; while TEC will become more common shortly, it's still rare 
around this level. He very similar in power to Hotei, actually, but with 
different spells.
*** Very useful air Persona

17 JUDGEMENT Phaleg 
Voids Holy; Weak against Darkness. Affinity: Water
     Phaleg is not that great. He does gain water spells, but while Tengu and 
Hotei are starting with Maha Agi and Maha Garu, Phaleg is starting with Aqua 
and gaining Maha Aqua (which makes the original spell-slot a waste really) 
several ranks later. And that's comparatively weak; even gaining Aques at 
rank 8 doesn't make up for it. He is a good candidate for being converted 
into Pentacle Fukurokuju, though, as his return item is worthless and he does 
have enough innate spell power to participate in a common water fusion. I had 
a hard time mutating him though, even on Ellen who should have best 
compatibility with him. It's sad really; misnamed as Deva, Phaleg was 
probably the most useful low-level Persona in the first game.
* Worth mutating and that's about it.

Voids Water; Strong against Attack, Sword; Weak against Earth, Fire, Shot
     Shax has both ice and lightning attacks (two each, a waste of spells 
basically), thus making him a natural to pair with Personae like Ryume and 
Arianrhod. His other attributes are not outstanding, and shot vulnerability 
is bad in general.
** An ok Persona, but another candidate for a hopefully quick mutation into 
Pentacle Fukurokuju.

18 STAR Iris 
Absorbs Earth; Weak against Wind. Affinity: Earth 
~Requires: Material Card - Flash of Colors
     Iris is a potent Persona. If you haven't let go of Maia yet, now's the 
time to do so (well don't RETURN her, just try out Iris on Maya!). Iris's 
healing power is quite similar, and her attack strength is Earth. Sadly, she 
has the fairly typical mix of a weak single-target attack spell, a weak group 
attack spell, and a medium single-target attack spell of the same element. 
This leaves her sadly lacking in diversity, but still very useful in the 
fourth dungeon. And, the ability to absorb an element is very useful. I would 
definitely invest a spell card in Iris; if you've gained a Frei card, and you 
could do so in the fourth dungeon, I would use it on her. It would give her 
an atypical attack that really complements her, and she could cast nuke 
fusions with Hotei or Hel. Iris will work well on either Maya or Ulala. Trust 
me, Nuke fusions rock.
*** Useful Persona, fairly strong and with a few tricks available.

18 LOVERS Jack Frost 
Absorbs Ice; Voids Water; Weak against Fire. Affinity: Water
     Jack Frost might actually be so cute he's worth summoning for no other 
reason. That's good, because there isn't much reason to summon him otherwise. 
At his level I don't think you'll be encountering too much that uses water 
attacks, but you will encounter several things with Fire. He has few spells, 
though he's hiding an extra spell: Atomic Bufula. If you spread a rumor, this 
spell will appear, and it can fuse uniquely, however, it's pathetically weak 
on its own. (Not that you can get the other component for about ten 
levels...) He does have a high rate of Persona-talk with his own kind and 
Jack O'Lantern, but Lovers cards aren't that hard to get. Summon him for 
nostalgia, or if you want to see his rare spell, pass otherwise. He could be 
very useful in the fifth boss fight, though I would expect you to have 
stronger Personae by then.
** Adorable but not very useful. Ho!

Strong against: Sword, Attack; Weak against Shot, Earth. Affinity: Wind
     For a physically-oriented Persona, Fearal is not that great. Weak 
against shot is, in my opinion, a fairly serious vulnerability to have as 
most of the human enemies you encounter will have strong shot attacks. Her 
weakness against Earth is mitigated by gaining the spell Wall of Earth at 
rank 8, but her other moves are not that special in general. At least she 
starts with Maha Garu, which will definitely let you participate in a fusion 
spell with her. If you summon her, adding a healing or assistance spell could 
increase her usefulness dramatically.
** Fairly weak, but not completely useless.

20 HIEROPHANT Aizen Myouou Voids Earth, Darkness, Holy. Affinity: Earth 
~Usable only by Nate.
     Aizen Myouou is one of the best starting Personae. He has excellent 
defenses and a range of attacks (holy, earth, and physical). With a lucky 
mutation he'll manifest Maka Kaja, which is the magic attack boosting spell. 
His return item isn't great, so go ahead and have Nate use him a lot and 
increase his power with some mutations.
*** A good overall Persona. A shame he's pre-summoned and only usable by 

20 PENTACLE Fukurokujo Reflects Earth; Weak against Wind. Affinity: Earth
~Must be mutated from another level 17-19 Persona.
     You will want Fukurokujo, if for no other reason than to return him at 
rank 8 for a Lucky Source. This accessory, if equipped at level up, grants an 
extra +1 to Luck. Fukurokujo has a mix of healing (including status recovery) 
and earth attacks; nothing really special but nothing really bad either and 
useful to have all in one place.
**** A decent healing Persona with some attack power, and the source of a 
rare and precious item. 

20 MOON Pariker 
Voids Physical (except Sword), Weak against Holy, Sword. Affinity: None
     Pariker really only has one thing going for her, and that's voiding most 
Physical. Her spell selection is on the weak side. Be careful of her 
** Useful to resist damage from physical attacks - if you encounter any that 
are that dangerous. 

20 FOOL Sarutobe Sasuki [See Fool section.]
**** It's a FOOL, they pretty much all rock. But you might want to save your 
card...they're very rare and this one's not essential. 

21 SUN Kinich Kakmo 
Voids Fire; Strong against Attack, Sword; Weak against Earth, Shot, Water. 
Affinity: Fire
     This Persona has a lot of vulnerabilities, and I don't think its 
resistances make up for it. Sword attacks are not exactly rare, but they're 
not really common either. Fire Breath attack does level-based damage (based 
on the summoner, not it) so this Persona has some flexibility there, but its 
spells overall are just typical. It does return for an Anti-force card (which 
teaches a Persona the spell Tetrakarn which bestows Reflect Physical for one 
attack) and that can be useful but it's not the only source for that card.
** A mediocre Persona; the return item could be useful but you have options. 

21 STRENGTH Otohime 
Absorbs Water; Weak against Fire. Affinity: Water
     Another mediocre Persona. The low 20s seem to be filled with them. She 
has Throw, Healing, Water, and Status attacks which is a pretty flexible 
assortment. Her ability to absorb water is a notch above the typical for a 
Persona that's weak against Fire. If you need a water Persona, you could do 
worse. (You could also do better). Keep in mind that if you want her throw 
attacks to do any reasonable damage, put her on someone strong, like Katsuya.
*** A fairly typical water Persona. Good to have healing in this arcanum, and 
absorbing water is a plus.

22 DEATH Hel 
Voids Darkness, Holy. Affinity: None
     Meet the Swiss Army knife of low-level Personae. Meet the first Persona 
to be granted a 5 star rating. Hel has an attack spell of every type except 
Almighty, Holy and Lightning. (Water, in the form of the all-attacking Acid 
Rain spell, is gained by mutation). She has no weaknesses and ignores the 
instant kill attacks (as well as simple damage) of Holy and Darkness. She can 
participate in a huge number of fusions. This is a Persona you can plan on 
keeping and using for the next 10, 15 or even 20 levels. Feel free to add an 
incense card to her if you have it, she'll be with you a while. Since Baofu 
will likely be the one using her, I would recommend an AGI card to compensate 
for his slow speed. Also, you should use a spell card on her, something 
that's going to be worth your while. I wouldn't bother adding another attack, 
she has so many already. Rather, consider this is a Persona that can leap 
into most attacks. She will probably mutate a lot too. I recommend you add a 
support spell (if you have it) such as Maka Kaja, or a recovery spell like 
Mediarama or maybe even Trafuri so that if your party is mostly wiped out by 
a holy or dark attack, you can still successfully flee. When the dust clears, 
Hel will be there to pick up the pieces and dish out punishment. Oh, and if 
Hel gets the mutation ability ... don't bother.
***** Summon this Persona, she's incredibly useful.

22 HERMIT Tenhou Gensui 
Voids Earth; Weak against Wind. Affinity: Earth
     After the amazing usefulness of Hel, we're back to another mediocre, 1- 
note Persona. His earth spells are not so useful (Magna and Magnus, no "maha" 
in there) and he uses sword attacks. His best spell is probably Raku Kaja 
(physical defense up), and that's not all that great.
** Pretty mediocre. 

23 STAR Gandharva 
Absorbs Fire; Weak against Water. Affinity: Fire
     Gandharva is similar in power and disposition to Otohime. His ability to 
actually absorb Fire is potentially useful. His fire attacks aren't 
particularly fuseable. He does learn a healing move, but it's his last move.
** Absorbing Fire is his great strength. Doesn't stand out otherwise.

Voids Fire, Holy; Weak against Darkness, Ice, Water. Affinity: Wind Usable 
only by Ellen.
     Nike sucks. She's vulnerable to the main attacks you'll be encountering 
in the very first dungeon you'll have her in. Seriously, you'll see Ellen get 
killed again and again if you leave Nike on her. She starts with Maha Garu, 
which is not that great for when you'll have her. It's replaced at rank 8 by 
Maha Garula but it'll be an uphill struggle to get there. Her holy and status 
powers are of so-so usefulness in the meantime.
* If you have something else Ellen can use, perhaps Nemesis, get rid of her 
right away. Nike almost got a - rating from me, I think she's a slow to rank-
up Persona on top of her other problems, but I can't remember that clearly.

23 HIEROPHANT Umayado no Ouji 
Reflects Shot, Throw. Affinity: None 
~A member of the Saiyuki group (I think)
     Umayado is a pretty handy Persona. He has two extremely useful spells: 
Estoma (which reduces encounters) and Trafuri (which escapes from them). His 
ability to reflect Shot could be handy in a lot of places (more so in Nate's 
route than Ellen's). His other powers are pretty sucky - if you need him just 
for his 2 good spells, put a spell card on him too. Since he has no affinity, 
you can pick anything you'd like. Maha Agionn might be good.
*** Not essential, but useful if you need Estoma and Trafuri

24 HANGED MAN Kabanda 
Voids Water; Weak against Fire. Affinity: Water
     Kabanda's best move is Wall of Water, however his spell progression 
overall is pretty bad. He starts with Aqua, which is ludicrous for a 24th 
level Persona, then gains Aques at rank 4, which is the spell he ought to 
have started with. Select this Persona to protect your party against water 
attacks (useful in the sewers on Nate's route) but adding a spell is almost 
essential. Perhaps an ice attack would be good. If you're lucky he'll modify 
into ROD Nankyoku Roujin.
** A redundant assortment of spells. If he didn't have wall of water, this 
would be a * Persona. 

24 TOWER Kanaloa 
Voids Darkness, Holy, Water. Affinity: Water
     Of the three water Personae in this level range, Kanaloa is head and 
shoulders above the other two. His resistances are superior, his spells are 
not merely water attacks but also throw and darkness. His mutation spell, 
Transfixion, is fairly rare and somewhat powerful. He also possesses a Rumor 
spell, Wonderful Aques, which is part of a unique fusion. On top of all that, 
he has Media, which while weak, is still useful.
*** This is the best water Persona in the low 20s

24 SWORD Kanshou 
Voids Attack, Sword. Affinity: Wind 
~Requires: mutation from another Persona level 20-24
     Kanshou is all about sword attacks. He has several different sword 
techniques, plus the ability to increase the attack power and agility of 
party members. If you want a strong physical attack Persona, Kanshou's not 
bad for its level. However, I don't think you really need one that much. If 
he had more defensive powers, such as voiding darkness, or if you could add a 
spell, this Persona would be much more useful. As it is, its somewhat 
** A well-focused Persona, unfortunately an unneeded one.

25 JUSTICE Mars 
Strong against Fire; Weak against Water. Affinity: Fire
     Expect to summon this Persona. Mars is the origin of the Strength Source 
item, which, like the Lucky source, grants an extra attribute point at level 
up. Fortunately, Mars is not exactly a bad Persona. He has fire, sword, and 
holy attacks, as well as Media. Media is always handy, even if its just used 
for some out of combat healing. (Remember though, healing spells help a 
Persona rank up faster...) His mutation spell, Fire Storm, is pretty potent. 
You might be tempted to add a spell to him, since he doesn't have the 
terminal spell for a fusion, but since you're probably going to return him 
for his item ASAP, its not worth it unless you've got lots of extra spell 
cards (poisma or something like that perhaps; or a maha garu spell to 
increase flexibility in fusions).
*** A reasonable, self-contained package, easy to level up and return

26 LOVERS Jack O'Lantern 
Absorbs Fire; Weak against Water. Affinity: Fire
     Jack O' Lantern is a bit more useful than his icy counterpart. His spell 
progression is a bit strange, but he can participate in fusions reasonably 
well. I personally had stupendous luck with his mutations with Ulala, and he 
not only ranked up incredibly quickly, he massively increased in power. Jack 
is also hiding a rumor spell: Dynamic Agilao. His Devil's Smile spell is 
fairly rare and can be used in a fairly rare fusion (though the other spells 
needed are a bit higher level so you'd need to keep him around for quite a 
while to unlock it). Absorbing fire helps put him ahead of Mars in quality. 
*** A strong fire Persona. 

26 EMPRESS Nemesis 
Voids Mind, Nerve. Affinity: None
     Nemesis is a very strong neutral Persona. She has no particular 
vulnerabilities, and she's immune to those annoying status attacks that take 
your characters out of your control; it might be worth your while to keep her 
around just to resist them. If you've levelled up enough to summon her for 
the fifth dungeon, she will be a great asset. Though she has both a water and 
an ice spell, you can add any element you wish to her. I chose Maha Agionn, 
making her potent against both fire and water enemies but you could as easily 
add an air or earth spell. She also has shot, darkness, and healing moves. 
(She's like a slightly weakened version of Maia Custom.) She would work well 
on any of the women, and if you can summon her, I'd seriously consider 
replacing Nike on Ellen with Nemesis. Because she is immune to mind and nerve 
spells you could also increse her recovery powers and make her a healer.
**** Very flexible Persona with rare defensive capabilities.

D. Personae level 27 to 35
This is a much smaller range of Personae than the last set, but I estimate 
these are the Personae you'll tap for the next dungeon or two. In general, 
they are noticeably better than what you had available in the low 20s and the 
next group after this features members who could specifically be usable a few 
dungeons further along in the game, so I split the list at 35.

27 CHARIOT Taranis 
Strong against Physical, Weak against Magic. Affinity: Wind
     Taranis is a fairly mediocre Persona. He does have the spell Killer 
Wind, which targets all enemies. While it won't complete a fusion as Maha 
Garula would, it's a stronger spell so it will enhance other fusions it is a 
part of. His physical attacks are fairly weak, disappointing really. He'd be 
a good candidate to mutate into ROD Nankyoku Roujin as he has just enough 
spells to easily participate in fusions; he would also be useful to have in 
case you run into heavy physical attacks.
** Not too useful. Good mutation candidate, defenses quite so-so.

27 PRIESTESS Tensen Nyan Nyan 
Reflects Mind/Nerve. Affinity: None
     Tensen Nyan Nyan is a status effect-oriented Persona. Consequently, 
she's fairly weak in combat as the status attacks generally have only a small 
chance of affecting a foe. Her final normal spell is Medirama, and her 
mutation spell is Recarm. If you are able to get her to rank 8 and unlock 
that mutation spell, she could be a fairly strong support Persona. However, I 
had a hard time ranking her up. I think she has one of the slowest rank-up 
patterns in the game. If you're going to use her, put a primo attack spell on 
her, something that will complete a mutation like a Maha spell of the second 
power level or freila or something like that, and hope for a 2-rank up 
*** Potentially a good support Persona, she is a bit of a fixer-upper 

28 HERMIT Grinbulsti 
Resists Physical; Weak against Mind/Nerve. [Check these attributes]
     Grinbulsti is one of the worst Personae I've seen in terms of defense. I 
believe that his Resists Physical is a half-strength version of Strong 
against Physical, so it's not too great. And his weakness? If there's any 
status attack used on you, you WILL succumb. His spells are really not useful 
either. However, his return item is a material card which allows you to 
summon another Persona, so I do recommend you summon him and use the cheesy 
quick rank-up trick: Place a Dia card on him, (yes, DIA), go to Kasu High, 
get into a fight with some very low-level demons. Set combat to auto, have 
everyone defend, and have the person with Grinbulsti just cast Dia until they 
run out of spell points. Since healing spells rank you faster than combat 
spells, this is the quickest and safest way to go.
* Worth only for his return item, or he would be a -

28 EMPORER Marduk 
Voids Fire; Weak against Water. Affinity: Fire
     Marduk's a decent elemental Persona. He's actually not quite as good 
with fire as Jack O' Lantern is, but he has Posumudi (Antidote/cure poison) 
which is always useful, and Straight Slash. His mutation spell is Freila, 
which helps a lot. Finally, his return item is the Agility Source (though you 
can get it another way too). Most of the male characters suffer for Agility, 
so this is a great source for them.
*** Pretty typical 1-note Persona, but a good return item and no really bad 

28 ROD Nankyoku Roujin 
Strong against Magic; Weak against Physical 
~Requires: mutation from another Persona level 25-27
     Nankyoku Roujin has several different fire attacks and some status 
powers. He has two noteworthy spells. The first is Pine Bamboo Plum. The name 
refers to certain trees revered in Japanese culture, but the spell is a very 
strong healing move. It randomly heals every party member for some amount of 
damage, usually 1-250 points. That makes it potentially more potent than 
Medirama. His mutation spell is Summon Spirit, which is the silence all 
spell. It's also the spell that fuses with all rumor spells, and fairly rare. 
There are only about a half-dozen Personae which can learn this spell, and 
Nankyoku Roujin is the first of them.
**** Good fire Persona with special healing and fusion powers. Worth making a 
point of getting.

29 STRENGTH Kerepres 
Strong against Ice, Lightning, Nuclear; Weak against Attack, Strike. 
Affinity: Water
     Kerepres has physical, water, and ice attacks, which is a fairly good 
mix. Acid Rain, Blizzard Breath, and Wing Beat attack all your opponents. 
They're potentially very useful - but watch out for demons that reflect them, 
especially since they effect all.
** Average Persona. Good candidate to try to mutate into Yebisu. It's 
interesting that she resists all three of the secondary element types.

Strong against All. Affinity: Earth 
~Requires: Material Card Yuiga Dokuson
     Shaka is a very powerful Persona. His defenses are great. Note that 
being strong against all subsumes Void: Dark/Holy. Shaka's attacks are Holy 
and Lightning based. He also has Mafui and Recarm. His mutation spell is 
Refresh Ring (very useful in general!). Put a potent spell of your choice on 
him, possibly a strong healing spell, or an elemental attack of your choice.
**** A very good all-around Persona.

30 STAR Kenren Taishou 
Absorbs Ice; Voids Water; Weak against Fire 
~Member of Gensomaden Saiyuki
     With a mix of strong water attacks and Maha Mudo, Kenren Taishou will 
probably serve you well. His Tetraja is useful, and his mutation spell is 
Wall of Water. A very good water Persona. 
*** Above average water Persona.

31 WORLD Demeter 
Voids Darkness, Holy. Affinity: None 
     Demeter's got an odd bag of moves but I've always found her useful. 
Diarama's not the greatest healing spell, but it's better than nothing and 
it's good for ranking with. Ninety Nine Needles, Marin Karin, Maha Magnus and 
Magdyne are all fusion components. You could enhance her usefulness with 
another attack, probably water, almighty (zanma perhaps) or a nuclear spell, 
depending on your other Personae. As an extra bonus, she gives a Tec bonus, 
and Katsuya will probably be her main user and in need of such by now. A kaja 
spell might also be useful. Also, she hides a rumor spell.
*** A nice overall earth Persona, I think of her as being somewhat defensive 
but I think that's just the way I play her.

31 MOON Maia Custom 
Voids Darkness, Holy, Mind/Nerve. Affinity: None 
~Requires: Mutation from MOON Maia. Useable only by Maya
     Before I analyze Maia Custom, let me explain that a great deal of her 
usefulness comes from getting her much earlier than you would be able to 
summon her, when your characters are perhaps as low as 13th level. 
Consequently, her powers are all abnormally strong when your party first gets 
her, but are actually fairly typical for her level.
      Still, Maia Custom's defenses are pretty much top-notch. Only "Strong 
Against Everything" is better, really. Hama is the same as the starting 
Persona, and now it's a ludicriously weak spell. It should have been replaced 
with Mahanma in my opinion. Invitation to Sleep is a new move, it's somewhat 
useful. Scratch gives her a basic physical attack (and I always like a 
Persona to have one off-type move for versatility's sake). Aqua is replaced 
with Maha Aques, and its fusion was probably a huge help to you when you got 
it. Like Maia, she has Multidimension as her final spell. In case you didn't 
read the earlier entry, notice that its category is "(Special) Type: None." 
This means taht Multidimension does not count as magic and can be used on 
demons that void and reflect magic!! (You'll be encountering some of those 
annoying things by this level... :) This makes it one of the most powerful 
spells in the entire game, even if the success rate isn't high. I don't know 
if Maya's LUC (or perhaps TEC) affects its success, but I suspect that one of 
them do because I brought Maia Custom out again at the end of the game and my 
success rate was at least four out of five with it.
**** Maia Custom's mutation spell is Recarm, thus, along with her defensive 
statuses and Medirama, she's a 1-woman revive and restore system. 

32 JUDGMENT Melchisedec 
Reflects Holy; Weak against Darkness. Affinity: None
     I'm surprised this isn't categorized as a Wind Persona, it has quite a 
few Wind moves, plus some sword and holy. I suppose the angel nature makes it 
a holy (and therefore a "none" affinity) Persona. Sadly, it's a 'weak angel' 
and is easily dispatched by dark, though it reflects holy. However, that's 
pretty useless: most things with holy attacks void them, just like this 
Persona. I'd pass on summoning Melchisedec and just get a more generic wind 
Persona if I were you.
** Average moves, poor defenses... not worth bothering with.

32 PENTACLE Yebisu 
Strong against Magic; Weak against Physical. Affinity: Earth
     All of the pentacles are good, Yebisu is a favorite among Persona 2 fans 
for being one of the best of its level and its arcanum. It starts with 
Diarama, which is good for healing one person who definitely needs reliable 
healing, but also gets Pine Bamboo Plum (which despite the variability, 
really does usually heal quite a bit). Yebisu has Maka Kaja and Raku Kaja, 
which you would expect to pretty much cement it in the role of 
support/healing. However, at rank 7 it gets Rock Fall, which is an 
Earth/attack all spell, and very good for fusion attacks, and at rank 8 it 
gets Summon Spirit.
**** Wonderful healing Persona with useful (if specialized) attack fusion 

33 HERMIT Byakko 
Voids Ice, Water; Weak against Fire. Affinity: Water 
~Unusual Compatibility: At least Good compatibility with all characters!  
Member of Shiijin Tenchishou set
        Byakko is a special case among Personae. By himself, he's fairly 
weak, but he has some extra factors going for him. First of all, he can 
participate in not one but TWO special fusions with other members of his 
pantheon - and unlike several other such spells, these are both GOOD fusions. 
Secondly, he's unusually compatible, this is probably to encourage you to use 
him in those full-pantheon fusions (though he'll mutate best for Maya and 
Ulala). The spells he needs for those fusions are Wall of Water and any water 
attack spell. His best water spell is Acid Rain, but since the rest of his 
pantheon is a bit higher level, it would be to your advantage to put the 
strongest water attack spell possible on him (Torrent card to give him Maha 
Aquadyne if possible). Since this pantheon has one Persona of each element, 
my general advice for elemental sets applies (see section III.A).
     Anyway, on with the main analysis. Byakku learns only 5 spells but each 
is distinctive. One physical attack, Suku Kaja (which enhances speed), one 
water attack, one ice attack, and Wall of Water. A very good mix, it's just 
that the spells are somewhat weak. Blizzard Breath attacks all, but its power 
is level-based so it might not be so good at first, but if you keep him 
around it will equalize things some. Acid Rain also attacks all, but the 
damage is relatively low. His mutation spell is Absolute Zero, which isn't 
really much better than Blizzard Breath. Still, he's fairly easy to mutate. 
If you add Maha Aquadyne he should power-up quite quickly, and any of the 
party can use him. His defenses are also a bit better than typical for a 
water Persona. 
(Special), *** if considered normally. 

33 SUN Heimdal 
Reflects Lightning; Voids Wind; Weak against Earth. Affinity: Wind 
~Member of the Ragnarok Combatants
     Heimdal's a pretty versatile Persona. If you want a Wind Persona, I'd 
definitely pick Heimdal over Melchesdic. He has a couple of ice attacks along 
with Maha Garula (good for triggering fusions) and Killer Wind (his mutation 
spell, better for boosting air fusions when he doesn't need to complete 
them). Soothing Melody's not a very strong healing move, but as previously 
mentioned it's a component to some good status attack fusions. Add any spell 
you find useful to him; you'll probably find yourself doing ice+ice fusions 
with him and Byakko. Heimdal can particpate in a pantheon-specific fusion, 
though it's not a great one.
**** Solid Persona, unusual mix of wind and ice (ice being more common on 
water Personae). 

34 MAGICIAN Agrippa
Strong against Magic; Weak against Physical. Affinity: Fire
     Agrippa's sort of a fill-in Persona. He has a good mix of abilities, but 
nothing spectacular. His best spell is probably Megido, and his mutation 
spell is Summon Spirit. With darkness, almighty, and fire attacks, he can 
help with several fusions though can't complete any. Once Summon Spirit 
unlocks, he may be a bit more useful. Still, I suspect you're mostly going to 
have him cast Megido to chew up your opponents. It's a VERY nice change to 
have a fire Persona that's NOT weak against water though.
*** An ok fire Persona, Jack of all trades, master of none.

Reflects Lighting; Voids Wind; Weak against Earth. Affinity: Wind
     Sif has the same defensive properties as Heimdall. However, her powers 
are mostly lightning and status-related. You may find yourself actually 
adding Maha Garula or the like to her, otherwise she's likely only going to 
be doing lightning+lightning fusions. Also, Sif is definitely one of the 
Personaes that takes quite a while to rank up. You'll really appreciate any 
mutation/two ranks up that you get. Her spells Tetraja, Diarama, and Kotoludi 
will come in handy. Despite being Thor's wife in Norse mythology, she is NOT 
a part of the Ragnarock pathenon fusion.
*** Add an air spell, useful support Persona in general.

35 CHARIOT Seiten Taisei 
Voids Fire; Weak against Water
     Seiten Taisei starts out with Maha Agionn, and that's a Good Thing, as 
he's able to cast powerful fusions right at the start. His kotoludi might be 
useful (especially if you don't have Sif). He has two physical attacks, not 
bad. His mutation spell is Killer Wind, which gives him a second element. 
Sama Kaja boosts spell defense; not a critical spell but useful. Megido is a 
very strong almighty spell. I consider him a fairly strong Persona, but I 
don't find him a candidate for adding another spell. I wouldn't bother adding 
another elemental attack spell because he has fire, air, and almighty 
already; I wouldn't add another status curing or support spell to him, and 
physical attacks aren't an option. If you were desperate to have another 
element, maybe lightning, sure, go ahead, add a zionga or freila to him if 
that's what you need. But don't go out of your way to put a spell on him.
*** Very useful mix of spells in a fire Persona.

35 FOOL Tenjiku Tokubei
**** It's a FOOL, they pretty much all rock. But you might want to save your 
card...they're very rare and this one's not essential.

E. Personae level 36 to 50 
This part of the game seems to be where the differences in play style really 
start to become apparent. Some people really leap forward in the levels, 
while others start to use use Estoma or focus on negotiation. Consequently, 
people tackle the next several dungeons at a lot of different levels. By now, 
you should be developing good resources (in terms of Tarot cards and spell 
card selection). Hopefully, you're mastering the trick of summoning Personae 
in useful sets. The Personae in this range represent a new level of power, 
and consequently, any Persona that has spells typical for this level is going 
to be pretty good. Furthermore, this is the point where this guide becomes 
more from memory than from recently-taken notes. 

36 CUP Galahad *** 
36 TOWER Loki ** 
36 EMPRESS Seioubo ** 
37 EMPEROR Baal *** 
37 TEMPERANCE Stuparideth * 
38 STAR Heinir ***/**** 
38 JUSTICE Nata ***/**** 
38 WORLD Njord **** 
39 DEVIL Surt *** 
39 HIEROPHANT Yama *** 
40 HERMIT Genbu *** 
40 PENTACLE Peri *** 
41 HANGED MAN Barbatos ** 
41 PRIESTESS Parvati *** 
42 TOWER Aeshma *** 
42 LOVERS Vivian **/*** 
43 CHARIOT Susano ** 
43 STRENGTH Takshaka * 
44 DEATH Ankou **** 
44 JUSTICE Gundari Myouou ** 
44 ROD Nodens *** 
45 EMPORER Hurakan ** 
46 SUN Il-Dana special 
47 DEATH Charon * 
47 MOON Succubus **** 
48 JUDGEMENT Armati * 
48 SWORD Chu Chulainn ***/**** 
48 EMPRESS Rinok *** 
49 MAGICIAN Abe no Seimei ****+special 
50 CHARIOT Ares *** 
50 TOWER Seeker *** 
50 FOOL Tobi Katou special

F. Personae level 51 to 69 
51 FORTUNE Cerberus
51 MOON Tsukuyomi
51 PRIESTESS Izanami
52 CUP Bacchus
52 EMPORER Indra
52 JUSTICE Skanda
54 MOON Maihime Amano SPECIAL
54 WORLD Mucalinda
55 FOOL Junnoske Kuroda SPECIAL
55 MAGICIAN Manana
56 HERMIT Kinich Ahau
56 SWORD Arthur
57 HANGED MAN Adramelech
58 SUN Tatsunoshin Suou SPECIAL
58 WORLD Seiryu
59 CHARIOT Mahakala
59 JUSTICE Bishamonten
60 ROD Quetzalcoatl
60 STAR Valkyrie
61 DEVIL Beelzebub
62 TOWER Hastur
62 WORLD Uruboros
64 PENTACLE Sarasvati
64 PRIESTESS Scathach
65 FOOL Fuuma Kotaru
65 FORTUNE Verdandi
66 FORTUNE Skuld
66 STAR Hanuman
68 CUP Dagda
68 STRENGTH Wong Long
68 TOWER Seth
69 JUDGEMENT Amurtart
69 MAGICIAN Rangda

G. Personae level 70 to 99 
70 FORTUNE Fenrir
70 STAR Fariedone
71 HERMIT Tishtoriya
71 PRIESTESS Lakshmi
72 SWORD Futsuno Mitama
73 MOON Nannar
73 SUN Virocana
74 DEATH Mot
74 JUSTICE Pallas Athena
76 JUDGEMENT Gabriel
77 FORTUNE Gyokukoujoutei
80 LOVERS Alice
83 JUDGEMENT Michael
85 CHARIOT Shiva
86 EMPORER Vishnu
88 WORLD Shokuin
90 HANGED MAN Azazel
99 DEVIL Lucifer

H. FOOL Personae

III. Optimized Groups
A. Any Four Elementals
     When creating a matched set of 4 Personae of different elements, always 
add Earth to Water (and vice-versa) and Fire to Air (and vice-versa), and 
preferably make the add-on spell a Maha version. That guarantees that you'll 
always have 2 of the same element, one a terminal spell, and at least 1 of 
the element necessary to link them. 

B. Ancestors
     These three Personae are the returned ancestors Maya and the Suou 
brothers, along with one of the characters from Innocent Sin who appears only 
as a supporting NPC in this game. The ancestors each have only two moves, one 
starter and one gained at rank 8. However, they have a fusion move with their 
rank 8 moves that almost insta-kills the boss of the dungeon their 
requirements come from. 
54 MOON Maihime Amano
55 FOOL Junnoske Kuroda
58 SUN Tatsunoshin Suou

C. Ultimate Personae
     These personae are high-level character specific Personae. You can use 
them as your end-game Personae, though there are some more powerful ones in 
the game. Overall, they're pretty good and the main party's set have a group 
fusion move.
61 HANGED MAN Prometheus 
62 STAR Astria 
62 SUN Apollo 
63 JUSTICE Hyperion 
63 MOON Artemis 

IV. Tips & Tricks 
Quick Rankup Trick:
     If you need to rank up a low level persona, and you are past the point 
where you would consider it possibly useful, do not despair. I discovered 
something while trying to rank up Kimnara so that I could return him for a 
cheap Escape card when I was very high level. If you do a fusion using a 
persona that's significantly lower level than the person using it, that 
persona will get gobs of extra rank up points. And I mean, do a fusion --> 
gain a rank. Or two. I experimented and found out how many levels it needed 
to be, and I can't remember the exact amount now, but it's about 30 or 40 
which is actually not too bad. Still, it's only likely you'll be doing this 
for a handful of Personae.

V. Credits & Thanks

     Thanks go to Dollies, for posting her game play diary and thus helping 
me get through the game the first time; Archaeopteryx, for writing a massive 
FAQ and being a great answer guy on the Gamfaqs board; Hyral (aka Yushiro) 
for providing some sanity-saving info on the boards as well; Sasoriza for 
tackling fight strategies and being a real booster of the game; Beans for 
giving me another reason to work on this; and the GameFAQs board in general 
for being helpful and supportive. 
     I also have to give some credit to the people on the SMT: Nocturne board 
who nagged me into doing this. Valorous and ... ?