How Your Gear Affects You In Shin Megami Tensei IV

By Spencer . May 20, 2013 . 1:40am

Flynn (that’s the default name for the protagonist in Shin Megami Tensei IV) can equip different weapons and armor. The sword Flynn uses does a slash attack when you’re on the field. Dengeki reports, if you switch to a spear and Flynn lunges forward with a thrust.


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Armor does more than make Flynn look like a soldier or a knight. The clothes you choose affects Flynn’s five stats – strength, technique, demon, speed, and luck. Technology affects gun attacks and skill. There are four kinds of armor in Shin Megami Tensei IV. Helmets can boost your status, HP or MP. Upper body armor cam boost resistance, HP, or MP. Lower body armor can increase your status, HP or MP. Accessories increase HP, MP or have other special effects.


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Shin Megami Tensei IV comes out May 23 in Japan and on July 16 in North America.

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  • AkuLord3

    I was wondering how armors work in the game, nice to finally know

  • domonkun

    But the big question is…

    What will the cardboard armor do!?

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  • Lubulos

    It’s like my hype has no end.
    By the way, different weapons have a different attack radius? Or it’s just the animation that differs, but the hitboxes are the same?

    • Pombar

      In Persona 3 FES, equipping a different weapon meant your on-field attack to initiate battles had different timings, radius, range, etc and so was a tactical consideration when choosing what kind of weapon to equip. I suspect this may be true for this game as well.

      • Kibbitz

        Let me confirm your suspicions to be true. Switched from a Sword to a Spear, I have more reach but the way they evaluate the hit boxes means that Spear is not an obvious better advantage.

  • Herok♞

    I love how one stat is just Demon, I wonder if this is what determines which you can and can’t equip instead of levels.

    • Sakurairo

      I think that was mistranslated. This is the 魔 stat, which is the kanji for “demon”, however this kanji can also be thought of as “magic” in several instances. This is especially true in JRPGs, where it is often used as a kind of shorthand for 魔法 (magic) or 魔力 (magical power), like MAG or DEX abbreviations may appear in a character stat menu in English versions.

      • Herok♞

        Well that makes more sense then.

  • Chris Yuen

    So it’s not just a sword slash? Cool. Can’t help but compare it to Persona 3 FES’ MC who can wield a two handed sword/one handed sword/bow/spear/hammer/boxing gloves(correct me if I’m wrong) etc to trigger enemy encounters.

    • Pockystix

      it would’ve been nice if there was a FeMC

      naginata represent

    • Tom_Phoenix

      I just hope they take steps to balance it in this game. In P3 FES, the weapon selection mechanic was prone to abuse, since you could use a bow to get first strike (almost) every time. That’s the reason why it was removed in P3P.

  • shuyai

    so will it have japanese voice or not?

    • Hraesvelgr


    • amagidyne

      The Japanese version will.

    • Haseyo

      Atlus does a fine job with English voices, so I’m glad it’s not in Japanese.

  • Pockystix

    so far, most of the outfits are pretty silly.

    I dunno if that bothers me, or if I’m totally ok with it lol

  • Ren

    Those stats seem pretty high for the low levels. Also, Spencer, I believe that demon stat is actually the magic stat, considering in JRPGs, 魔 is usually shorthand for 魔法, not 悪魔, and every Atlus game has used the 魔 stat for magic.

  • Keima88

    I hope for costumes that come from other shin megami tensei franchises . Like the bunny like hoodie from the main character in DS2 and the school uniforms from persona.

    Bunny hoodie effects = increase movement speed, Hare of Inaba get bonus and Alice will come after you wether that a good thing or bad you will find out soon…

    • Perhaps as DLC?

      lol, don’t think IdolMaster or Hatsune Miku will come in :P

  • Hope I can equip axes just because.

  • ChiffonCake

    I wonder if we’ll be able to get a Demonica…

    • Zeik56

      It’s already confirmed there’s a demonica suit in the game for the MC.

  • Hinataharem

    I want metal gear.

    Or guilty gear.

    Maybe my gear I can use in times of war

  • Exkaiser

    He’s named Samurai Goroh in the screenshots at the bottom, like the F-Zero character. I can dig it!

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