Build Guide: Best Demi-fiend Stat Builds | Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne (SMT Nocturne)

This is a build guide detailing the best Demi-fiend stat builds for Shin Megami Tensei III HD Remaster (SMT Nocturne) for the Switch, PS4, and Steam! Read on to learn about the best Demi-fiend stat builds and how to build him, for your playthrough!

How to Build the Demi-fiend


The Demi-fiend is the most important character in a player's party. If he dies, it's game over. Here are ways to build your Demi-fiend into the strong protagonist he was meant to be.


Getting Marogareh Magatama

The Demi-fiend can have a variety of different builds since he is the only unit in the game that can use Magatamas.

Magatamas give him different stats boosts while also giving him the chance to learn many new skills.

Picking the right Magatama is crucial for building a strong Demi-fiend. For a list of Magatamas, their effects, and learnable skills, refer to our Magatama page.

List of Magatama


Demi-fiend Stats Page
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Stats are also very important to building a powerful Demi-Fiend. Different stat priorities will be featured in the builds below.

Make sure to take note of which stats are important to the type of damage/magic you want your Demi-fiend to be using. Use our helpful stat guides to know what each of them do!

Stat Guides
What Does Strength (Str) Do What Does Magic (Mag) Do
What Does Vitality (Vit) Do What Does Agility (Agi) Do
What Does Luck (Lck) Do

It is also important to note that the max stat available for each stat is 40. Having 40 Strength and equipping a Strength-boosting magatama will not increase your strength further. Therefore, it is suggested to leave at least 10 extra stat up slots to your stats and increase your other stats instead.


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The learning system for skills in SMT3 is very punishing. While the Demi-Fiend can learn many skills, he can only ever keep 8 of them at a time.

If players have all 8 skill slots occupied, they will be asked to discard one skill in order to learn a new one.

Caution: Skills that have been discarded cannot be re-learned! Make sure to read what each new skill does before deciding to discard your other skills. Refer to our list of skills for more details!

List of Skills

Best Stats to Increase

A common question asked when building the Demi-Fiend is what is the best stat to raise for him. However, this stat hierarchy is for combat purposes only. Some stats require certain value to unlock doors in the Kalpa area.

High Tier
(Raise When Possible)
Strength, Vitality
(Can Be Raised After Maxing High Tier Stats)
Mag, Agility

Demi-fiend Best Builds

Demi-fiend Builds

Here are our current best builds for the Demi-fiend. We will update this page as we gain newer and more powerful skills in SMT3, so stay tuned!

Demi-Fiend Builds Directory
Early-Game Build Strength Glass Cannon

Early-Game Build

Build Overview
Magatama Kamudo
Skills Focus
Heat Wave
Stat Priority
High Strength (Str), Vitality (Vit)
Medium Agility (Agi), Magic (Mag)
Low Luck (Lck)

This build prioritizes Phys. damage and Vit. so that the Demi-fiend can dish out damage while still surviving combat encounters.

Kamudo has its strength in Phys., a bonus to the early game Demi-fiend as your first Magatama imparts Phys. skills.

The thing to really remember is to add a few magic ablities to this build like Heat Wave or Ice Breath. This makes your party ready to face new combat encounters, as other types of damage can be handled by your demons.

Strength Glass Cannon

Build Overview
Magatama Kamudo
Skills Focus
Heat Wave
Mind's Eye
Stat Priority
High Strength (Str), Agility (Agi)
Medium Vitality (Vit)
Low Magic (Mag), Luck (Lck)

Prove your strength to the Mantra demons with this build. Prioritize Str. to boost Phys. damage to absurd levels and Agi. to keep you hitting first and missing less.

Since Vitality is kept as medium priority for stats, the Counter Skill will be useful as it can give you chances to hit back when damaged. Remember, keep the damage up and recruit demons who have healing skills to help the Demi-fiend survive.

This build will carry well into the late game as more and more of the Demi-fiend's signature skills will be Phys. skills.

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