When it comes to Persona 5, there are so many different new features that were added to the series. Among them, one of the less utilized and more obscure mechanics is the treasure demons that we will cover in our Persona 5 treasure demons guide.
The treasure demons are a special breed of Personas that are crucial to certain players who consider themselves Compendium enthusiasts and completionists out there. Unfortunately, they are also among the most frustrating demons to encounter. That’s where our Persona 5 treasure demons guide comes into play.
What Are Persona 5 Treasure Demons?
For starters, Persona 5 contains hundreds of demons or Personas, as this series likes to call them, that you can collect and use in battle. Most of them are based on mythology, religion, and folklore from the real world.
That said, there are some brand new types of Personas that are introduced in Persona 5 known as treasure demons. What’s unique about these is that none of them are featured in previous entries in the series, or its mothership series, Shin Megami Tensei.
The treasure demons in Persona 5 embody the Phantom Thief nature of the group, emphasizing the idea in these games that your party is stealing treasure in the dungeons that you visit.
The treasure demons have a shiny and valuable look to them and also have names that are based around expensive materials, royal status, and the like. Since they are considered Personas, this means that you can recruit them and add them to your party like every other Persona you encounter.
Unfortunately, recruiting a treasure demon is easier said than done. That is where we come in as we will break down how to best encounter these elusive creatures and make the most of the times that you do meet up with them.
Full List of Persona 5 Treasure Demons
In total, there are nine treasure demons that you can encounter in the first two Persona 5 games. However, one of them is exclusive to Persona 5 Royal. You can find the full list of the nine treasure demons below:
- Queen’s Necklace
- Stone of Scone
- Emperor’s Amulet
- Hope Diamond
- Crystal Skull
- Orichalcum (exclusive to Persona 5 Royal)
There is a third game in the Persona 5 sub-series of games and that is Persona 5 Strikers. This spin-off action RPG title, which is a direct sequel to the original storyline in 5, has its own set of treasure demons for players to collect.
The treasure demons in Persona 5 Strikers completely differ from the other two games in design, name, and even how you go about finding them. You can find the full list of the eight treasure demons from that title below:
- Precious Pink
- Diabolus Jewel
- Frozen Blood
- Apple of Rage
- Amulet of Heroes
- Abyssal Bezoar
- Sacrificial Offering
Where to Find Each Treasure Demon
Each of the treasure demons in the game is found in different dungeons, Palaces, and Jails throughout the games. For the most part, there is a single treasure demon type that you can encounter in every dungeon that you visit, so don’t bother trying to look for more than one type in the same area.
Most of the treasure demons can be found in each of the Palaces if you’re playing Persona 5/Royal, or Jails if you’re playing Strikers, but some are found in optional areas, too.
Furthermore, given that some are found in dungeons that are much later in that game’s respective storyline, this means that they differ in levels as well when you encounter them. This is worth keeping in mind since you do not want to be under-leveled for these rare fights.
Here are the Persona locations of all of the treasure demons that you can find in both Persona 5 and Royal, plus the levels that they are when you encounter them:
- Regent – Level 10: Madarame’s Palace, Mementos Path of Qimranut, Mementos Path of Aiyatsbus, Mementos Path of Chemdah
- Queen’s Necklace – Level 15: Kaneshiro’s Palace, Mementos Path of Kaitul
- Stone of Scone – Level 20: Futaba’s Palace, Mementos Path of Akzeriyyuth
- Koh-i-Noor – Level 25: Okumura’s Palace, Mementos Path of Adyeshach
- Orlov – Level 30: Nijima’s Palace, Mementos Path of Sheriruth
- Emperor’s Amulet – Level 35: Shido’s Palace, Mementos Path of Sheriruth (only available here after finishing the Shido’s Palace dungeon)
- Hope Diamond – Level 40: Mementos Depths of Mementos, Mementos Path of Da’at (this area is exclusive to Persona 5 Royal)
- Crystal Skull – Level 50: Mementos Path of Sheriruth (after completing Shido’s Palace), Mementos Qliphoth World, Mementos Path of Da’at (Persona 5 Royal exclusive location)
- Orichalcum – Level 60: Maruki’s Palace (Persona 5 Royal exclusive)
When it comes to Persona 5 Strikers, here are the locations of the eight treasure demons in that game and what level they are in battle:
- Precious Pink – Level 18: Shibuya Jail
- Diabolus Jewel – Level 27: Sendai Jail
- Frozen Blood – Level 38: Sapporo
- Vanitas – Level 42: Okinawa
- Apple of Rage – Level 47: Kyoto
- Amulet of Heroes – Level 59: Osaka
- Abyssal Bezoar – Level 62: Abyss
- Sacrificial Offering – Level 64: Tree of Knowledge
How to Encounter Treasure Demons
The tricky part about the Persona 5 treasure demons is actually finding them. They are quite rare and difficult to find most of the time, especially if you do not know how to make them spawn in dungeons.
For Persona 5 and Royal, they can only be encountered once you have reached Madarame’s Palace and starting from May 18th in the game. From that point, you can start finding them in both the Palaces and Mementos.
The treasure demons cannot be encountered like normal Personas in dungeons by just walking around and attacking any demons that you see. They are not normally a rare spawn that is found in the typical groups of Personas.
Instead, there are some specific methods that you must follow in order to get a treasure demon to appear, and, even then, the rates are fairly low for it to happen. The two basic ways to find a treasure demon are to open up treasure chests and break apart objects.
Treasure chests can be found around the dungeons and are usually indicated by a marker that will appear on your minimap for the area. Opening them up will sometimes spawn a treasure demon that you can fight.
On the other hand, the other option is to break open any objects that you come across. These can be vases, boxes, containers, and more that vary from Palace to Palace. Simply press the corresponding button that appears when you are near the object to destroy it.
Normally, this is for obtaining random items, but there is also a chance that you can spawn a treasure demon on the map at the same time. Both of these methods are the best ones for having a slim possibility of finding one of these elusive Personas.
Once you encounter one, it is easy to notice it among the other Personas since they are indicated by a special diamond shape. Like the other Personas, chase after it and attack it to initiate a battle.
The difference is while other shadows might attack you on sight, the diamond-shaped treasure demons will immediately run away from you once they appear, which can add in some extra frustration.
However, the story is a bit different when it comes to Persona 5 Strikers. While they also appear as diamonds that you chase down and attack, the method of encountering them is different.
They do not seem to appear from opening up treasure chests or breaking apart objects, but just show up randomly in dungeons. There is a small chance of encountering one randomly on the map, so it will take some patience and possible grinding to find a treasure demon in Strikers.
Tips for Increasing the Rate
While Persona 5 Strikers players will mostly be sore out of luck when it comes to increasing the rate of finding a treasure demon, players in the base Persona 5 and Royal versions do have a couple of options at their disposal.
Given how rare these Personas are, there are, thankfully, a couple of ways that you can increase the rate of encountering one in dungeons. First up, there is an infiltration item that you are able to use.
Before entering a Palace, there are infiltration items that you can craft and use to boost certain aspects of the dungeon experience. One of these is the Treasure Trap item.
Crafting requires several materials: three Plant Balm, two Silk Yarn, and one Cork Bark to make a single one. It is worth the effort, though, as it will increase the chances of encountering a treasure demon.
Unfortunately, you have to progress a considerable amount into the story before you can start crafting this item so that you will be without this method for much of the game.
The other method, which is a bit more surefire, is to enter Mementos on days that there is bad weather, such as a storm or during the pollen season. On these days, there will be much higher chances of finding a treasure demon in the optional dungeon.
For Persona 5 Strikers, there is only one way to increase the rate of treasure demons, and that is by obtaining the bond ability known as Treasure Hunter. This is the sole method of increasing the chances of finding treasure demons in the Jails, so it is a highly recommended unlock as soon as you can get it.
How to Defeat or Recruit Treasure Demons
Once you finally encounter a treasure demon, chase it down, and enter the battle, the real fun begins. From here, there are two main objectives that you should have: either defeating the enemy or recruiting it.
Defeating the enemy is the easier of the two, but recruiting it is what you should be doing most of the time. Unfortunately, it is quite difficult due to the nature of the treasure demons, especially for Persona 5’s base game.
The general idea is that the treasure demons are very challenging to defeat due to their breadth of resistance to elemental abilities and their general lack of weaknesses.
That said, they are not impossible to beat in battle, but this does mean that recruiting them is much harder to accomplish. In Persona 5 and Royal, recruiting a demon means negotiating with them when they are knocked down.
It is pretty easy to knock down most Personas since it means just using their weakness against them in battle or nailing a critical hit. The problem with this is that most of the treasure demons have no weaknesses at all in Persona 5.
With no weaknesses, this means that you have no guaranteed method of knocking them down. Instead, you will have to rely on some more luck-based moves to make it work.
To make matters worse, the treasure demon will flee from the battle after a few turns have passed, so you have a limited amount of time to knock it down. The first possibility is to land a critical hit using a melee or gun attack.
There are skills that have higher chances of landing a critical hit, which, if you can do that, will knock the enemy down and allow you to recruit them instantly.
That said, there is a lot of luck involved there, which is not great when time is not on your side. Instead, the better option in Persona 5 is to bond with the Confidant, Shinya Oda, to unlock the Down Shot skill.
This skill uses up all of the gun bullets that you have in order to automatically knock down the Persona. This can be used to quickly knock down a treasure demon with a guaranteed chance and then recruit it.
Treasure Demon Rewards
Defeating a treasure demon in battle will grant you rewards while recruiting it will add it to your party and Compendium. If you are just after the rewards, you can defeat the enemy and earn some goodies in the process if you’re playing Strikers.
As the treasure demon name implies, negotiating with them is worth the effort as it will grant you items like skill cards and money. In addition, you are able to recruit the enemy to your party, which is important for a number of factors.
If you are a completionist, you will need to capture all of the treasure demons to fill out the full list of Personas. Furthermore, they can be fused with others to make new Personas, which makes them even more crucial.
That said, treasure demons cannot be used in battle like other Personas for skills, so they are only really there as fusion material. It is best to recruit them, register them in the Compendium, and then fuse them with others to make a more useful Persona.
In Persona 5 Strikers, though, you cannot recruit a treasure demon, so you can only defeat them. In return, you will receive a good amount of experience, money, and items.
Since Strikers is an action-based game, battles with the treasure demons have a time limit that is shown to the player. Defeat them in the time allotted to you and you will receive the rewards.
Treasure Demon Differences Between Persona 5 Games
There are a few differences between how the treasure demons work, depending on the game that you are playing. Persona 5 Strikers is definitely its own unique situation with totally different demons, rewards, and ways of defeating them.
However, there are some key differences between the original Persona 5 and its Royal enhanced version as well. For one, the treasure demons are easier to defeat in Royal than they are in Persona 5.
As mentioned earlier, the treasure demons in Persona 5 do not have a weakness and are quite difficult to knockdown. However, Royal introduces a weakness for every single treasure demon in exchange for stronger resistances for physical and gun attacks and no items given in exchange for negotiations.
All the player has to do is use that weakness against them, and they can knock them down with ease. Here are the weaknesses for each of the treasure demons in Persona 5 Royal, so you can recruit them without any problems:
- Regent: Nuke
- Queen’s Necklace: Psychic
- Stone of Scone: Fire
- Koh-i-Noor: Gun
- Orlov: Curse
- Emperor’s Amulet: Electric
- Hope Diamond: Ice
- Crystal Skull: Wind
- Orichalcum: Bless
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What should I do with treasure demons?
Answer: There are a couple of purposes for the treasure demons in the Persona 5 games, as previously mentioned, so it really comes down to the goal you have and what game you’re playing.
In the case of the original Persona 5 as well as its expanded Royal version, the main objective will be to capture the treasure demons to add them to your compendium. If you wish to complete the Compendium (and receive any PlayStation Trophies for it), this part is necessary.
Otherwise, the player will want to hunt down and defeat the treasure demon in order to receive the various rewards associated with it. There is a fair amount of XP, money, and items like skill cards that players can receive. This is also the main purpose for the treasure demons in Persona 5 Strikers where you cannot capture them.
Question: How do treasure demons work Persona 5?
Answer: As mentioned above in greater detail, the general idea for the treasure demons in the Persona 5 games is to offer players the chance to find rare and valuable demons that are extremely difficult to encounter.
For the most part, the best ways to find a treasure demon in these games is to open up chests that you find in the various Palaces that you do and to break apart any objects that you find around.
The objects part, in particular, might seem like a rather annoying task at times due to it not yielding great rewards, but the increased chances of finding the treasure demons make it worth it.
Once you find one of these treasure demons, the goal is to take them down in battle or recruit them. If you want just the experience and items in Persona 5 Strikers, take it down, and you’re good to go. If you want to add it to your party in Persona 5/Royal, though, you’ll need to knock it down using a critical attack or its weakness.
Question: How do you get treasure demons?
Answer: As already mentioned, you can get treasure demons in both Persona 5 and Royal by breaking apart any items that you find around the map. Palaces have urns, containers, and other objects that you bust open.
Simply press the attack button when you see one, and you will break it apart to receive an item and a chance of a treasure demon to spawn in front of you. Alternatively, you can find one by opening up treasure chests that you find.
If you wish to increase your chances of finding a treasure demon on the map, your best bet is to use one of the special items to increase the rate or enter Mementos whenever the weather is bad.
For Persona 5 Strikers, unlock the Treasure Hunter bond ability to increase chances of randomly finding a treasure demon in the Jails.
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