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Moloch in SMT V Won’t Take Any Bull From Any Demon

SMT V Moloch Molech

Atlus introduced Moloch as its latest demon in Shin Megami Tensei V. Part of the Tyrant race, he is the 25th recruitable demon featured in the daily video series. Atlus continues to spotlight the game’s gods and monsters leading up to its November 2021 release.

There is a lot to unpack with this week’s demon. The narrator describes Moloch in SMT V as a god of fire, worshipped in Canaan. The land of Canaan was a region in the Ancient Near East corresponding to modern Iraq, southwest Iran, Kuwait, northeastern Syria, and southeast Turkey. Scholars believe the Canaanites placed a bronze statue of a man with a bull’s head on his altar, which housed the god’s body. Additionally, the narrator states Moloch’s name appears in the Bible, calling him a heathenous pagan god.

The towering bull demon can use Agidyne, Masukunda, and a neutral attack not yet officially localized: Squash. The SMT V spotlight video shows Moloch using both offensive skills to obliterate his foes.

Since the video series will ultimately have over 200 trailers by the game’s release, we will provide recaps to the 20 most recent demons below.

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

Shin Megami Tensei V will release exclusively on Nintendo Switch in Japan on November 11, 2021. The title will launch worldwide the following day on November 12, 2021. The 26th SMT V demon silhouetted at the end of the Moloch trailer is undoubtably Preta of the Haunt 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.