Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne (SMT Nocturne)

How to Beat Matador: Matador Weakness and Strategies

How to Beat Matador
This is a guide to Matador, a boss in Shin Megami Tensei III HD Remaster (SMT Nocturne) for the Nintendo Switch, Steam, and PS4. Read on to know how to beat Matador, Matador's weaknesses, and best strategies against this boss!

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Matador Pre-Battle Guide

Only Fought in the Maniax/ Chronicles DLCs

To fight Matador, you must have played the Maniax or Chronicles Version of the game. They're DLC content that adds new characters, several optional bosses, and a new dungeon required for a certain ending!

List of DLC and Pricing

Recommended Magatama Hifumi Magatama
Recommended Level 18 or higher

Where to Find Matador

Matador can be found in the Great Underpass of Ginza, just after exiting the door guarded by the Manikin Gatekeeper (A).

Once inside the tunnels, go past the frightened Manikin and prompts will appear stating that the menorah is acting up. If players choose to continue, this will trigger the Matador boss battle.


None, but Phys attacks can go a long way in damaging Matador.

Activating strong Physical or Magic attacks can help you inflict damage on Matador. He will utilize Force skills most of the time, so take advantage of this and equip Demi-Fiend with Hifumi Magatama and bring along demons that can Null or Absorb Force.


Matador gets two turns, and more often than not, he will always buff himself before striking. He utilizes Force and Phys attacks, and drains Force attacks.

Best Demons to Use Against Matador

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How to Beat Matador

Be Cautious with Using Debuffs

Matador has Dekunda which negates your Debuffs on him. It is fine to debuff Matador but you shouldn't overinvest or Matador will simply cancel it all out in a single turn.

Buff Allies Before Attacks

Do this especially with Phys Skills. Use a buff like Focus before using a Phys attack. This allows you to maximize your damage output in the short turns you get.

Fuse an Ame-no-Uzume


Ame-no-Uzume possesses Media which will be useful in keeping everyone in your party's HP up, and she can Null Force attacks which will cut off Matador’s turns.

How to Fuse Ame-no-Uzume

Fuse Pixie and Angel

To Fuse an Ame-no-Uzume, you have to fuse a Fairy and Divine Demon or a Fairy and Holy Demon. At this stage of the game, Pixie and Angel are one of the easiest demons to get with these races so we highly recommend fusing these two to get a demon with Media.

Detailed Fusion Chart

Bring Along Demons That Can Block Force

Since Matador utilizes Force attacks, it is best to bring along demons that can Null or Absorb Force.

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4 Anonymousalmost 2 years

I found that the level 20 demon with a spear is REALLY good

3 Anonymousalmost 3 years

Matador will appear in both DLC version, not just Maniax. However he doesnt appear in the vanilla without the DLC


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