How to Beat Kaiwan: Kaiwan Weakness and Strategies | Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne (SMT Nocturne)

How to Beat Kaiwan
This is a guide to Kaiwan, 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 Kaiwan, Kaiwan's weaknesses, and best strategies against this boss!

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Kaiwan Pre-Battle Guide

Recommended Magatama Kamudo Magatama
Recommended Level 25 or higher

Strengths and Weaknesses



Kaiwan is weak to Light attacks. Exploit this weakness as much as you can to secure more turns for your party, and possibly, instakill it.


Attacks Almighty, Dark Instakill
Void Magic, Death, Ailments
Resist Curse, Mind, Nerve

Kaiwan uses Almighty and Dark Instakill skills, so we highly advise you to raise your party's evasion rate with a skill like Sukukaja.

Likewise, Kaiwan can Void Elemental Magic attacks, so go for Phys attacks. Kaiwan can also Resist Curse, Mind, and Nerve, so keep it to a minimum when using these attacks.

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How to Beat Kaiwan

Use Multi-Target Phys Attacks


There will be three Kaiwans during this battle, so try to use multi-target Phys Attacks to deal damage on all Kaiwan and end this fight quicker.

Buff Phys Attacks


Use a buff like Focus or Tarukaja before using a Phys attack. This allows you to maximize your Phys Attack's damage output in the short turns you get.

Dedicate At Least One Turn to Raise Party's Evasion Rate


Kaiwan uses Almighty and Dark Instakill skills, so we highly advise you to raise your party's evasion rate with a skill like Sukukaja.

Avoid Using Elemental Magic


Kaiwan can Void Elemental Skills, so we highly advise avoiding using these types of attacks as Kaiwan will just simply block them.

Dedicate At Least One Turn For a Debuff

Use War Cry to lower its Magic Attacks. You will take less damage if you debuff its attacks. Use Rakunda to lower its defense, to make it more vulnerable to your attacks.

Alternatively, you can use Fog Breath or Sukunda as these debuffs will decrease Kaiwan’s chance of dodging your attacks.

Have At Least One Dedicated Healer in Your Party

Summon demons that have Dia or Media so your party can restore HP as you move along the battle. This will be ideal especially in situations wherein you have no available Recovery items on hand.

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