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Arahabaki Will Keep You Protected in SMT V

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SMT V Arahabaki

Atlus revealed Arahabaki as the latest Shin Megami Tensei V demon. He is the 24th recruitable demon featured in the daily video series. Atlus continues to upload short trailers introducing players to the game’s roster leading up to its release on November 12, 2021.

The narrator describes Arahabaki in SMT V as a symbol of treachery. This came to be due to a demon named Nagasunehiko who worshipped Arahabaki. Nagasunehiko was an enemy of the mythical first emperor of Japan, Emperor Jinmu. Therefore, the Emperor forbade people from worshipping Arahabaki for a long time.

Arahabaki’s design in SMT V is influenced by traditional Japanese figurines from the late Jomon period called Dogu. Even some of Arahabaki’s skills take inspiration from these figures; we can see he uses Tetrakarn in the trailer to protect the protagonist. However, Arahabaki is not without offensive skills. The video also shows Mudoon listed, and he even uses Megioda on the lot of his enemies.

By SMT V‘s release date, the video series will have over 200 trailers. Here are back-links to the 20 most recent demons.

  1. Angel
  2. Daimon
  3. Mermaid
  4. Mandrake
  5. Arioch
  6. Kumbhanda
  7. Feng Huang
  8. Inugami
  9. Turdak
  10. Fafnir
  11. Mothman
  12. Lilim
  13. Futsunushi
  14. Sraosha
  15. Xuan Wu
  16. Uriel
  17. Orobas
  18. Girimehkala
  19. Horus
  20. Rangda

Shin Megami Tensei V will launch exclusively on Nintendo Switch worldwide on November 12, 2021, while Japan will get the game one day sooner. The next SMT V demon teased during the Arahabaki trailer appears to be Moloch of the Tyrant race.

Oni Dino
Oni Dino is a Japanese-English translator, localization editor, and podcaster. He has several video game credits and regularly translates columns from Masahiro Sakurai and Shigeru Miyamoto. When not knee-deep in a JRPG and wishing games had more environmental story-telling, he's attending industry events and interviewing creative auteurs to share their stories.