Part 46: 6/7: Regrettably, A Mementos UpdatePart 45: 6/7: Regrettably, A Mementos Update
This is going to be a Mementos day, because we needed to do that eventually, I guess.
Music: Beneath the Mask -Rain (Instrumental Version)
This intel is on a sadistic student. It sounds like shes been treating a particular male student as a slave against his will. For example, shell give him degrading orders, or berate him in public
So shes acting like a dominatrix to a guy who doesnt want that Thats horrible. I think well need to whip her heart instead, OK?
Very well. I will go along with this.
No objections, right? Mm were good to go if youre OK with it. Thats a unanimous decision! OK, all thats left now is to take down the target in Mementos!
Anon: Cmon, more sacrifices!
Anon: Its just a coincidence
Anon: thieves are the bad ones
Anon: plz get all the bad guys
Anon: Whats he gonna be hit w/?
Anon: Petty criminals? Pointless
Anon: Vigilante justice is wrong.
Anon: Too elaborate for a prank
Anon: Target more losers!
Anon: SERIOUSLY??? LOL
Anon: This sites still up? Lol
Anon: Whatre they after?
Anon: Art theft? ROFLMAOOOO
Anon: Yeah, keep it going!
Mostly fine, but...
Anon: madarame epic fail, rofl
Anon: you guys believe this? Kek
I want to die.
At the moment, our target count in Mementos is 2. Well, lets go.
Really? It seems the same to--
Whats this ?
It looks like the places we can go has expanded again. Its because we made Madarames Palace disappear, right?
Most likely. ...I think.
You seem rather uncertain. How far does this Mementos run anyway?
Uhhh Its huge! ...Extremely.
Youre always so vague when it comes to the important stuff. Its like hes kinda flaky as our chief of operations. Dont you want him to try a bit harder too?
I dont fully understand, but Mementos and the Palaces are related to each other, correct? Then all we must do is continue changing the hearts of evildoers to ascertain its full expanse. I dont believe theres a need to quarrel over it.
I mean, you did say it changes every time we come in.
Remember, the layout changes every time we change floors. Also, apparently the rain will make the Shadows more dangerous, but the game never explains in what capacity. Based on what Ive looked up, it increases the chance of rare enemies and Treasure Demons appearing, as well as the spawn rate of chests.
Yeah. And just as I expected, the path ahead is still open. All right, time to check it out!
While Qimranut is a distortion of the Hebrew word Chomranut, meaning materialism, Aiyatsbus comes from the phrase Ee-yatsivut, meaning instability.
Oh Cautiousness is good, but lets not linger in one area for too long, OK? In Mementos, theres a certain Shadow thats far stronger than the rest Wed have no chance against it.
Wha--!? Are you for real!? You shoulda told us that from the start!
If you move through Mementos at any appreciable speed whatsoever youll never run into The Reaper. Its not even like Persona 3 where there were special floors where hed spawn faster, it just takes a number of minutes for him to spawn, to the point where you can easily avoid him. I went through the entire game without once encountering The Reaper.
Anyway, this is the start of our money grind. We have about 42,000 yen at the moment. We need about 200,000 by even a rather conservative estimate. No, really. All thats barely going to last us until the next Palace.
This is what it looks like when Yoshidas Rank 3 procs, by the way.
Because Im a damn fool, I decide to waste all my SP grinding in Aiyatsbus instead of the block we just unlocked. See that money amount? Thats decent for this block, but depending on the enemy in the next block I could be getting 3-6 times more per pull. Using Yoshidas Rank 2, I can get up to about 3,000 yen up to four or five times in a row on some enemies. Even better, they dont die in two hits in the next block, so I can do that multiple times.
And then theres the RNG, which hates you. The amount of money you get is supposedly based on the enemy and your Personas Luck stat, but even when picking Personas specifically for that, sometimes you just get crap like this. Also, this is with a proc on Yoshidas Rank 3 ability. I finally understand why people suggested leaving him at Rank 2, because his Rank 3 is terrible. Remember how I said when Rank 3 procced it gave you more money but ended the battle? Forget the more money part, because sometimes it just gives you way less! I would legitimately have been better off just killing the enemies because you get far more from killing them than this.
All this is to say, I fucked up big time and wasted a bunch of time and SP on scrub enemies that give you garbage.
Meanwhile, this is Yoshidas Rank 2. Its much handier.
Eventually, though, you can ask too much and the enemies will get mad and attack you.
Mementos is different. While other Palaces exist because of just one person, this ones from the public. From that perspective, itd take more than a few intruders to make a mark on the security level. Youd have to do something so bad that the entire public sees you as an enemy. So be careful, OK, Skull?
Hey, shut up!
While exploring Mementos, members of the party will occasionally spout out little lines, and other party members will respond to them. Its cute.
Huh ? Those are Theyre people right?
Well, Id say theyre most likely Shadows...
Whatre Shadows doin here? Its not like theyre gonna be catchin a train or--
I-It stopped ?
They got in...
Hey Wheres that go?
If I had to guess Id say into the deepest part of Mementos.
What? This place seriously dont make any sense
Isnt it a waiting room? I didnt expect thered be one here too...
It looks like well be able to use this to take a break. Make sure to utilize it well, Joker.
Mm It seems like this is some kind of safe zone separate from the other areas.
Even Mementos has safe rooms, of course, and you can do anything in them you could normally do.
Well, yeah Even I can see that. I mean, just look at the place.
Woah, Takama-- Uh, Panther. Youre really into this!
What could this mean ?
Probably that were nearing the end of the block.
Remember that request Mishima just gave us about the sadist? Thats a boss that guards the end of the Mementos block. Once we defeat it, we can progress onwards. Pretty much all the blocks have bosses like this at the end once you progress far enough in the game to reveal them. We could take them on now, or we could circle back to the second floor of Aiyatsbus and take on the bully that we got the request for a month ago and we never did anything about. Whoops!
Oh my god!
We also open a locked chest to find this garbage, a Balm of Life. Not only do we get three of these with that free DLC item pack, we can just buy items that serve the exact same function.
Eventually, we enter the distortion.
This guys bullyin is really bad. From what I hear, its mostly blackmail, takin money from people, that kinda thing.
If we dont make him have a change of heart, his bullying might get even worse.
Thats no reason! Hows it their fault when you dont give em any choice, huh?
Youre the lowest of the low. Bullying people weaker than you, knowing they cant fight back!
The hell!? Youre all ganging up on me, too! Are you Phantom Thieves some kind of gang!? Protectors of justice, my ass! Dont act high and mighty with me when you dont know anything!
Youre the one who doesnt know anything! Lets get em!
Music: Keeper of Lust
This miniboss is pretty simple.
It can inflict fear, which is no big deal.
It also likes to use Lucky Punch to score cheap crits and follow them up with Stomach Blow, which inflicts Hunger.
We could defeat it easily, or we could attempt to gain even more money another way. See, about half of the Mementos minibosses are vulnerable to Confuse. And, if you remember way back to the list of status effects, one of the effects of Confuse is that it causes the affected character to throw away money. See where Im going with this?
What we do is use Pulinpa (high chance of Confuse), hope it hits, and if it does, we get a free 8,000 yen if it doesnt choose to throw away an item or do nothing instead. Unfortunately, Confuse wears off 2-3 turns later, and even spamming Pulinpa every turn we get, without a skill like Confuse Boost, were lucky to hit at all. We cant do this forever, either, because we dont have any SP Adhesive 3s to let us regenerate SP. Were best off taking what we do get and moving forward instead of trying fruitlessly to get as much as we can from this one enemy. And remember, the amount you get is based on your Personas Luck stat and the amount of money the enemy gives upon defeat. The reason this works so well in the first place is that as minibosses, they give substantial amounts of money when killed. In case youre wondering, yes, this does mean that the money rewards from this strategy will grow exponentially as the game goes on! This is probably the best, easiest way to get money in the game, though were attempting this at pretty much the worst possible time (it gets substantially easier when our party learns specific skills), in case my paltry return of only about 16,000 yen seems rather low.
Music: Sunset Bridge
What are you talkin about?
If I dont go after him, Im the one whos gonna get bullied! I cant take it, I just cant!
Oh, I get it now. Theres an even bigger bullyordering this guy aroundwhos behind all this.
Hey! Didnt you just say its peoples own fault for not standin up for themselves?
Thats er Please, help me!
Thank you! Oh, thank you, you wonderful phantom thieves!
This guy Fickle fellow, isnt he?
Im counting on you You guys promised.
Fine, but you better apologize to those people you bullied!
We get a single Protein. Lame.
Now that weve taken down that Shadow, we can progress further through Mishimas Confidant. Oh joy.
From here, we need to return to the gate and take down the new Shadow.
She really seems like a sadist...
Shes calling someone her slave and ordering him around, right?
In a way, shes denying his existence. I certainly wouldnt want to be a victim of that.
Lets go talk to her.
Its cause you made some guy your slave! Thats all kinds of wrong right there.
Thats what he wants! He worships me more than any god, you know.
Uh I dont know where to begin to explain how youre wrong...
I beat him and I hurt him, and he sees it as a sign of our love and friendship! Hes so happy!
You are so delusional.
Im pretty, and my grades are good! Its my right to order people around! Ill start by giving orders to you pigs! Lick my shoes, peasants!
Music: Keeper of Lust
Shimizu starts by using Oni-Kagura, which fucks us up pretty good.
After a round of attacking, shell boost her Attack and then Charge up, which is our cue to take her down quick.
Music: Sunset Bridge
I could never stand that...
Why did you start treating him like that?
He just kept going along with it, so I misunderstood and thought I could do anything I wanted Actually, I wanted to be more than friends with him.
More than friends? You mean like as a boyfriend!?
Yes. I had a crush on him, but then I got possessive. Those feelings went out of control...
Be careful that you dont make things worse for yourself than they already are...
We get a Whip Sword, a new weapon for Ann.
And theres that request down.
The door opens now.
Whoa, we did it!
This is because more people believe in us now, right?
That has to be it. Now then, lets get in there!
And so we enter Chemdah, meaning desire.
Looks like itll be a new area from here on. Im starting to understand how this place works...
Yes It is quite a marvel to find the subway system down here.
Uh, Earth to Yusuke! Its always been like that!
This isnt an important shot, but Zorro spawned facing backwards for some reason and its weird.
The last floor had seven areas, but the one before that only had two, right?
I suppose it varies, depending upon the location...
Guess that means it aint easy to tell how much of a floor we got left to cover, huh?
Thats right. We wont know how many areas are on a floor until we make it to the end. But judging by the vibe Im getting from the Shadows this floor isnt any smaller than the last.
The first image here is a normal gain, while the second is a Yoshida Rank 3 proc. As you can see, both are much more lucrative than their counterparts from the last block.
But theres also new dangers. If we push too hard...
...additional enemies may spawn.
After nearly getting steamrolled by this Nue, we decide weve had enough fun for the day.
We made it to the next safe room, which means its about time to head home, because Id rather save my SP items for the real Palace.
We end the day with 158,000 yen, with about 38,000 of that coming from Aiyatsbus (not counting the 12,000 we got from Shadow Shimizu) and 56,000 coming from Chemdah, which goes to prove how much better an idea it would have been to grind there instead, considering how much less time and SP we spent down there. Were still well under what we need, but we have enough assorted junk to sell to Untouchable to get us to about 193,000 or so, which is acceptable if not perfect. Well have to make do.
Music: Beneath the Mask
Complaints about the authenticity of artwork are flooding in from buyers after the Madarame debacle. It seems this scandal will continue to cause confusion in the art world for some time.
The people who bought art from Madarame should have accepted the truth about him by now
Next time, well hopefully do something actually interesting, because fuck money grinding.