Part 203: 12/24: Deadly SinsPart 192: 12/24: Deadly Sins
Music: Blood of Villain
This is crazy! Its like a building!
It was already huge back when it was the Holy Grail !
The administrator must guide mankind toward proper development. And now that the foolishness of man has been proven, it is the administrators duty to purge them.
You kidding!? This is just some kinda rigged game you started!
The foolish masses merely spread indolent thoughts and force the progress of society backward. If left to humanity, the world would slowly meet its demise. Rehabilitation is impossible now.
That doesnt mean humans are evil though!
Indeed. There are many upstanding citizens. However, they merely take the sole path before them. The act of making decisions is accompanied by nothing but pain. Even if a cliff of ruin lie ahead, these lemmings would march on without a second thought
If this is all for the sake of humanity, wouldnt being beaten by humans satisfy you?
I am the entity which governs this world. Its future depends wholly on my leadership. Those who dare defy this natural order shall be met with punishment raining down from the heavens.
Rgh ! That things on a totally different level!
Can we defeat something like him?
What bigger target could there be for the Phantom Thieves to tackle?
(smiling) Although its still way too big for my liking.
All right, Ill give the navigation everything Ive got!
We can do this if we all work together!
Lets take him down!
Crowning our glory by defeating a god Now that is true art.
We basically just gotta beat that thing, right!?
Im so glad I was able to be a part of your team
Well put. Lets finish this.
Boss: God of Control, Yaldabaoth
A note about this song: for some weird-ass reason, its official spelling is Jaldabaoth, which is wrong. This extends even to the iTunes release of the soundtrack with changed names for some of the songs. More recent titles have fixed this misspelling, but its still really odd.
Also: I keep waffling back and forth on it, but I just dont think this song is very good!
No tolerance, no mercy.
That quote is from the wiki, which I guess Ill trust because my only guess for what he was saying before I read it was No providence, no mess.
...You shall perish.
Right on. We got this. How tough can he really be, after all?
Ah geez thats a lotta health
Yaldabaoths main attack is Arrow of Light, which is a powerful single-target Almighty attack. Yaldabaoth only gets one turn though, which is fortunate for us though also rather suspicious. Whatve you got up your sleeve?
Still a ton of health (15000, to be precise), but were chipping away at it. As youll notice, though, Yaldy takes a good deal less damage than the Grail.
Also every time we attack him, he shouts some bullshit like PERISH. or BOW DOWN. or STOP, YOU FOOLS. Its great.
The insanity of mankind shall bring forth the demise
A mechanical arm suddenly appears.
Dont let your guard down until we know what it does!
You okay there, Maaku? Youve got the Pepé Le Pew eyes.
Oh shit, Maaku was too busy masturbating to take his turn. Hate when that happens.
Lust is a special ailment that cannot be purified with skills or items. Its basically identical to Fear in that it causes you to lose turns, though without the chance to flee (which wouldnt have activated anyway because this is a boss fight). Again, we cant get rid of it, so well just have to put up with its effects for now. Thankfully, itll wear off after a single turn.
Oh shit, another one!?
The fraudulence of mankind shall bring forth ruin
Oh hey, its just Madarames lame painting gimmick. Get your own boss mechanics!
So, if you cant tell yet, were going to go through all the sins in order, each one corresponding with a different mechanic. Yaldys basically Kevin Spacey, but in hindsight more human-like and less of an unfeeling predatory sociopath.
Thanks for the charge, Futaba! The great thing about her charge move is that it gives you both Charge and Concentrate, meaning that you can unleash a charged Physical/Gun and a charged magic attack on two consecutive turns.
Anyway, lets guard with Maaku so we dont get fucked up while were weak.
The attachments Yaldy summons only have 1500 health. We want to get rid of them as soon as we can, because every one he has summoned is another turn he can take.
The Gun of Execution can also use Capital Punishment (shoot one ally) or Shoot Up (shoot three allies). Every one of these attachments also repels two damage types. The gun repels Gun (duh) and Wind.
Gospel just deals damage to one ally. The Bell of Declaration can also use Frail Law (lowers the partys Defense) or Tough Law (raises the Defense of Yaldabaoth and his attachments). It repels Fire and Psychokinesis.
Maakus free of the Vanity effect, so lets take down the bell.
The selfishness of mankind shall bring forth ruin
He may keep switching up his moves! Lets be careful!
Well, lets take a look at the damage
OH MY GOD
Yeah, lets just guard for this turn
As you can see, the Sword of Conviction repels Electricity.
It also uses Wind Cutter to damage one ally and Sword of Judgment to damage all of them, as shown.
The sword also repels Physical, how fun! That means that Ryuji is totally incapable of damaging it without using bullets!
Anyway, lets get rid of that annoying sword.
You have no chance to survive make your time.
The passion of mankind shall bring forth ruin
Oh no a book how terrifying
Wrath is basically just Rage, but with a fun twist. It keeps the standard Attack way up, Defense way down aspect, but you get to choose your actions instead of being forced to melee a random target.
Lets see how much this Atomic Flare does to this fucking book under the effect of Wrath.
Dammit. So, yeah, the Book of Commandments repels Nuclear and Ice.
It can also use Wrath of God to attack an ally, or Agidyne or Bufudyne.
Cool it, Futaba. Its about to wear off.
Wait, the guns back!?
So yeah, eventually Yaldy will resummon his defeated attachments with half health. He also adds a new twist to their repertoire
The fixation of mankind shall bring forth ruin
Uhh thats just Hunger. Its not even a special Hunger, either, you can purify that shit off her immediately! What, could you not figure out a real mechanic for Greed?
Yaldabaoth also possesses Dekaja and Dekunda, in case you thought you could actually count on buffs and debuffs. Im not saying dont use them, Im just saying this dude is gonna make it really annoying for you.
And now the bells back.
The resentment of mankind shall bring forth ruin
What does Envy do ? Well nothing, in this take. To see the consequences of Envy, lets switch over to my second recording:
Say, Makotos looking a little starved for SP, lets take care of that.
There we go, good as new!
Fuck, dude! (That was charged, for the record, Maakus not throwing out 400 damage melees regularly)
So, Envys effect causes the afflicted party member to attack another party member if they receive support from a third party member. This support can come in many forms: healing, buffs, you name it.
But now we need healing, so lets take care of it.
Wait, what? Apparently, Envy also activates even if your support is multi-target, which really doesnt make sense because theyre supposed to be getting jealous that theyre not receiving attention or whatever.
Anyway, back to the first take.
And now we have to deal with the book again.
The ingratitude of mankind shall bring forth ruin
Prides effect is invoking some kind of counterattack if you attack during the turn its used. In this take Im smart enough to avoid doing that, so lets head back to the alternate:
So, attacking while Pride is active will cause your SP to be drained. Notably, an attack that kills the book will not proc this counterattack.
Well head back to the original take, but thats all the sins! I mean, I get not doing Akechis Emptiness, but there should really have been something for Sloth. You included Vanity but not Sloth? Weak. Just throw Sleep out there, unless youre worried that inflicting an ailment that heals you isnt in the spirit of this, whatever. Its also really weird because it means the sword doesnt get a second ability.
Anyway, we spend the counter turn buffing and charging.
I also give Maaku Tetrakarn, which is hella stupid. Yaldabaoth doesnt have any Physical or Gun attacks; according to this presumably-datamined stat chart I found for him on the wiki, his Strength is a paltry 28. The only Physical or Gun attacks in this entire fight are courtesy of the sword and the gun, but theyre immune to the element they use so Tetrakarn is pointless. Makarakarn doesnt fare much better, either. Most of the magic attacks here are Almighty, which doesnt get reflected by Makarakarn, and the only applicable spells that do get cast are Agidyne and Bufudyne from the book, one of which it is also immune to.
Anyway, we can attack now.
If we take too long Yaldy can still whip out his attachments without new abilities.
Weve been holding on to these Somas all game, lets use one just for the hell of it.
That hit the spot.
Oh hey, were almost done! Yaldy probably doesnt have any tricks left, so I suppose were home fre--
You have no means of escape, humans.
As you pass through the gates of destruction
Well, that dont look good.
Some kind of insane attacks coming! Watch out!
We have two turns to prepare for this, but this game has been really inconsistent about that so theres no real way of knowing it. What Im pretty sure the game wants you to do here is kill as many of the attachments as fast as you possibly can. Of the four times Ive fought this boss, Ive tried that three times, and its never worked out for me. Either I kill some, get wrecked by the attack and get saved by Final Guard, or I fuck them up so hard the boss dies before even using the attack.
On this attempt, I decided that I would just say Fuck it and guard it out like a coward.
And once more.
Wow, that was rough. I maybe shoulda killed some of them things, huh? Oh well. Sorry you almost died, Haru. Lets just finish this.
Backstreets back, all right.
Fools opposing a god !
*screams of anguish*