The Persona series has held on as one of the more popular modern JRPG series’ for a while now, but, with the release of Persona 5, the franchise reached new audiences. Plenty of new fans flooded in, and, with the Persona 5 making some gameplay changes, it seems like now is the perfect time to get into the series.
One of the most important aspects of the game is fusing personas to bring with you in battle. Good players will have a diverse roster of personas ready for any situation. There are plenty you can go for, but only a select few that are really good in terms of usability. Here they are.
Shiki-Ouji is a very good persona to have for the earlier stages of the game. You can fuse it at level 21, and it’ll certainly get you through some tough battles as you progress through the first several weeks.
Shiki-Ouji is a good persona to have early on for a few reasons; he blocks gun, physical, and curse attacks, which can come in handy when you least expect it. What’s more is that his weakness, nuclear, is something you’re not likely to get hit with at that point in the game.
Cybele is an incredibly powerful persona that’s good to have on hand at all times. Like Shiki-Ouji, she’s weak to nuclear attacks. And, while they’re a bit more common later on in the game, you should have a more diverse party so you can choose your battles more carefully.
Cybele is great for players who want to assume the role of healer. She has various healing and revival moves that will more often than not save your party from some pretty inconvenient attacks.
8 Black Frost
The evil version of Atlus’ mascot character Jack Frost, Black Frost is always a useful persona to fuse, regardless of which game you’re talking about. One of the more powerful personas of the Fool Arcana, you’ll have to wait a while before you can get your hands on him.
He doesn’t have any weaknesses, which is a great start. Plus, he reflects Fire and Curse, absorbs Ice, and blocks nuclear. Get Ice Amp and Freeze Boost on him and you’re set.
Though she may not look like it, Alice is actually a pretty tough customer. One of the strongest personas of the Death Arcana, she’ll come in handy plenty if you choose to fuse her.
Though weak to Bless moves, she’s resistant to psychic and nuclear moves, which is certainly helpful. Alice is best used for insta-kill moves and boasts a pretty high magic stat that you can boost with Concentrate whenever you feel it’s necessary.
Another powerful member of the Fool Arcana, Vishnu is a persona you’ll definitely want for the late game. There are ways around his weakness to fire, and the pros certainly outweigh the cons here.
The best way to use Vishnu is to load him up with Magarudyne, Wind Amp, and Repel Fire. That way you can focus on what he’s best at while making up for his weaknesses.
A powerful member of the Judgement Arcana, Trumpeter has been a go-to persona for a while now. Looking back at Persona 3 onwards, most go for this fusion once it’s made available. With no weaknesses and the ability to reflect electric and bless attacks, you can see why this is.
Trumpeter has some really useful auto moves, namely Life Aid, which recovers 85 HP and SP after battle. He’s also great for debuffing and will end up supporting your party more than you think.
Michael is hands-down one of the best personas you can get in the game. It’ll take some level grinding and some work put towards getting him, but, in the end, you’ll be better off during the last couple boss fights with him.
Michael isn’t weak to anything and can block curse while resisting gun attacks. He has some insanely powerful attacks as well, with moves like Cosmic Flare, Megidolaon, and Divined Judgement being able to mess opponents up real good. The only major downside is, as previously mentioned, you won't be getting your hands on him until you're a significant way through the game.
In P5, Satan is the ultimate Persona of the Judgement Arcana. You can only get him once the Judgement Arcana is completed, but boy is it worth the effort.
Again, there are no weaknesses here, so there's nothing at all to worry about. Satan has some wicked auto moves and some incredibly powerful attacks that will make boss fights way easier than they should be. There should be no doubt in your mind about fusing this persona.
Yoshitsune is an advanced fusion in the game. The recipe for him is only unlocked once Rank 5 of the Strength confidant is completed. It’s a pretty solid trade-off, as it’ll become much more useful to you later on in the game.
A good chunk of his moves are auto, which will undoubtedly help you out during battle. Getting in Ziodyne and Elec Amp will turn him into a pretty solid killing machine and should help take out a good deal of you opponents.
This next one is kind of the best persona in the game by default. Satanael is the ultimate persona of the protagonist and is given to you at the very end of the game. You can fuse him yourself, but only in NG+.
Doing so isn’t easy, as you’ll need a number of high-level personas to fuse, and you'll have to be at level 95 as well. But all that effort is worth it, as he’ll end up making battles a little too easy for players.