The life of a Phantom Thief is pretty simple. Find someone corrupt, invade their Pesrona palace, and steal their treasure to change their heart. The treasure itself depends entirely on the person whose heart is changed. There is one thing that will never change — it will constantly shine bright — and that is Koh-i-Noor.
In this case, I don’t mean the diamond, but the treasure demon. Bringing in high amounts of money and experience, the Persona series always ensures treasure demons are worth the fight — if you can defeat them before they flee.
Welcome to a Koh-i-Noor Persona 5 Guide.
Each franchise entry always designs the treasure demons unique to the specific entry. The Persona 5 Game is the only place you will see this demon shine, and I think that adds to its uniqueness. Every treasure demon represents something valuable in our world. These designs fit perfectly into the theme of the game itself.
Named after the largest cut diamond in the world, Koh-i-Noor means “mountain of light” in Hindi. If a diamond weighs in at 105.6 Carats, I think it deserves a title like that. Koh-i-Noor rests in the Priestess Arcana under our scholar, Makoto Nijima. Falling to the 3rd spot of the persona pool behind Silky and Apsaras.
The developers nailed the demons to match the theme of the game. As a thief, you are looking for the next big score. What better way to do that than to have your very own piece of royalty? Koh-i-Noor looks exactly like the other treasure demons in the game, a ghost resting on top of a valuable object.
This object is none other than the royal crown that Queen Elizabeth wears. I won’t lie; Koh-i-Noor, as well as the other treasure demons, have an eerie look to them. Pretty sure it has to do with their swirling vortex yellow eyes, but can you blame me?
I can confirm with a broken heart that this treasure demon’s location is not sitting on an old British woman’s head. Koh-i-Noor can instead be found first in the Palace of Okumura. This serves essentially as the halfway point of the game. Once it is gone, Koh-i-Noor will appear on the Path of Adyeshach in mementos, which by this time feels like a gathering hub for demons.
When you first hunt treasure demons in a palace, they blend in as objects you can break. You have a better chance of encountering him when security is alert. Would you get attacked by everything in sight? Yes, but high risk, high reward. Mementos have a similar feature of having a better chance at a Koh-i-Noor encounter.
Whenever the weather is terrible from rain or pollen, it makes the enemies strong in mementos. Well, that also brings the treasure demons out more. Be warned, just because it’s easier to find does not mean it will be easy to recruit.
Treasure demons are formidable in the sense they resist almost everything. If you don’t defeat or make them fall (like you would attack the weakness), they will run off, and you have to wait a bit until a respawn. Typically fleeing will occur if the fight goes longer than four turns, but I got you. We will get them in two, if not on the first turn.
This is where the base game and Royal differ. The base game Koh-i-Noor has no known weakness, but there is a skill you get early that helps. “Lucky Punch” is a skill that does very little damage but has a high critical rate. Other skills that have high critical rates exist, but Morgana has Lucky Punch when you first meet anyway. Use this move, and the treasure will be yours in no time.
In Royal, things are much easier. Koh-i-Noor has a weakness to gunshots, so any gun attack will do just fine. Treasure demons are great because they join the party automatically, eliminating the entire negotiation process. Make sure you have the space in the Persona pool. I told you if you believe and have a little faith in me I’d get the job done for you.
Regular Encounter Stats
- Level – 25
- Health – 600
- SP– 180
- Strength – 25
- Magic – 25
- Endurance – 24
- Agility – 25
- Luck – 25
- Rewards – 15,000 Yen, Life Stone, & Soul Drop
- Negotiation Drops – Muscle Drink(P5) & Makajam(P5)
Koh-i-Noor the Persona
Knowing a treasure demon’s type doesn’t help much since there isn’t a negotiation process. They are still Persona and have feelings too, and in both the base game and Royal, their type is gloomy. If I was only here for boosting other Personas and getting itemized, I’d be sad too. Then again, is getting itemized such a bad thing? Executing Koh-i-Noor in the electric chair gives us the Koh-i-Noor accessory.
The character wielding it gets a plus 2 in all stats and gifts them the power to resist getting instantly killed by a bless attack. If executed during the fusion alarm grants the players with Koh-i-Noor R. Essentially the same thing, but advanced, plus 3 to all stats, adding a Bless Amp to the character. That sounds pretty solid in my eyes.
Now to get into another nifty feature added in Persona 5 Royal, traits. Persona traits are handy because they give you a passive skill without taking a slot up. Our lovely crown has three, all of which are great.
First is a Rare Antibody, which reduces the susceptibility to all ailments. Second, we have Bloodstained Eyes, which increases allies’ evasion against enemies with ailment inflictions. Last but not least is Crisis Control.
This is probably my favorite one, reduce the damage taken when attacked with weakness. As treasure demons, their use in the party can vary. In battle, they are only convenient defensively.
All the skills are designed to avoid attacks and make you resistant. Your physical attacks are put to the test here. I have never tried that because I love using magic in all my JRPGs. Here’s the list of Koh-i-Noor’s skills.
- Level 0 – Dodge Fire
- Level 0 – Dodge Ice
- Level 0 – Dodge Elec
- Level 0 – Dodge Wind
- Level 0 – Dodge Psy
- Level 0 – Dodge Nuke
- Level 0 – Dodge Bless
- Level 0 – Dodge Curse
That is the best part about the treasure demons.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Can you fuse Koh-i-Noor?
Answer: Not necessarily. You can fuse Koh-i-Noor into another for a stat boost of that Persona, but there is no way to make a Koh-i-Noor of your own.
Question: Is it easier to get Koh-i-Noor in the Palace or Mementos?
Answer: It is all about your preference. I like to try and find them while in the palace because I look for everything on my way to the treasure. Mementos you are not on a timeline and can explore at your leisure. Watch out for Reapers out there.
Question: Can Koh-i-Noor learn combat skills?
Answer: I have never tried it before, but I don’t believe it can. Treasure demons in this game are mostly used as a form of boosting levels for other Personas in your party. Other than that, all their skills and traits are about avoiding conflict instead of pursuing it.
Koh-i-noor Persona 5 Guide: Final Thoughts
I love the treasure demons throughout this franchise because money always seems to be an issue with me. In Persona 4/P4G, you would encounter more than one at a time. That was the best way to grind EXP and get a load of money at the same time.
The treasure demons in Persona 5/P5R are more useful to your actual Personas since they give you a huge EXP boost. In my personal opinion, I love them more in this game than in previous installments.
The designs and how they match the theme of the game is just something so little but stands out in a big way.
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