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How to Beat Red Rider

This is a guide to Red Rider, 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 Red Rider, Red Rider's weaknesses, and best strategies against this boss!

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Red Rider Pre-Battle Guide

Only Fought in the Maniax/ Chronicles DLCs

To fight Red Rider, 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 Geis or Ankh
Recommended Level 45 or higher

Where to Find Red Rider

Red Rider can be found after using the Amala Link to travel to the Great Under pass of Ginza.

He can be found in the hallway in front of the save room. After a few prompts, players will be telported to the Red Rider boss battle.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Weaknesses

Weaknesses
None, but Phys Attacks can go a long way.

Red Rider does not have any Elemental weakness, however, using Phys Attacks is good for dealing damage.

Strengths

Attacks Phys, Force, Elec
Void Force, Elec, Light, Dark, Ailments
Support Dekunda, Dragon Eye, Call Soldier

Red Rider will mainly use Phys, Elec, and Force Attacks, so we recommend bringing along demons that can block these types of attacks. Likewise, Red Rider can Void Force, Elec, Light, Dark, and Ailment skills, so don't use these types of attacks as you will only be wasting your turn.

Red Rider has three Support skills including Dekunda which negates your Debuffs on it, Dragon Eye that grants Red Rider four extra turns, and Call Soldier which Red Rider uses to summon Power demons.

Best Demons to Use Against Red Rider

Best Demons to Use
Arahabaki iconArahabaki Valkyrie iconValkyrie Sarutahiko iconSarutahiko
Koppa Tengu iconKoppa Tengu Karasu Tengu iconKarasu Tengu Daisoujou iconDaisoujou
Hell Biker iconHell Biker Zhuque iconZhuque Amaterasu iconAmaterasu

How to Beat Red Rider

Fuse an Amaterasu

Amaterasu can void Light attacks which is useful against the summoned Powers' Hama skill, likewise, she also has Tetrakarn which can enable your entire party to repel Phys attacks.

You can fuse an Amaterasu via Sacrificial Fusion with these following demons:

List of Required Demons
Demon 1 Yatagarasu
Demon 2 Take-Mikazuchi
Sacrifice Ame-no-Uzume

Fusion Chart and Fusion Calculator Guide

Fuse a Daisoujou

Daisoujou can repel Light attacks which is useful against the summoned Powers' Hama skill, likewise it also has Meditation, an invincible Almighty attack that drains a foe's HP and MP, and Tarukaja which can raise a party's Phys damage output.

You can fuse a Daisoujou via Deathstone Fusion with these following requirements:

List of Fusion Requirements
Fuse Any Demons That Result In: Night
Moon Phase 5/8, 6/8, 7/8, Full Moon
Stone Deathstone

Fuse a Hell Biker

Hell Biker can Null Light and Drain Force attacks which are especially advantageous against all foes' attack types. Likewise, Hell Biker can also be a valuable damage dealer in this fight especially with skills such as Hell Spin a multi-target Phys attack, and Hell Burner, a multi-target Fire attack.

List of Fusion Requirements
Fuse Any Demons That Result In: Fairy
Moon Phase Half Moon, 5/8, 6/8, 7/8
Stone Deathstone

Use an Attack Mirror or Tetrakarn to Repel Red Rider's Phys Attacks

tetrakarn

Red Rider utilizes Phys attacks, so we highly recommend using an Attack Mirror or activating Tetrakarn to Repel Red Rider's Phys attacks to cut off its turns and, at the same time, reflecting the damage onto Red Rider.

You may obtain an Attack Mirror in Rag's Jewelry.

Rag's Jewelry Shop

Use a Magic Mirror or Makarakarn to Repel All Foes' Magic Attacks

magic mirror

All Foes in this fight utilize Magic attacks, so we highly recommend using a Magic Mirror or activating Makarakarn to Repel all foes' Magic attacks to cut off their turns and, at the same time, reflecting the damage onto them.

You may obtain a Magic Mirror in Rag's Jewelry.

Focus Your Attacks on Red Rider

focus on red rider

Ignore the Power demons Red Rider summons at the beginning of the battle, as Red Rider will just summon them back even after killing the summoned demons. Take Red Rider out as soon as possible as it is the main priority target.

Always Dedicate a Turn to Raise Your Party's Defense / Evasion Rate Against Power's Hama

The summoned Power demons utilize Hama. If you cannot block Light nor have demons that can, we highly suggest always dedicating a turn to raise your party's defense or evasion rate, especially against Hama to avert the chances of an Instakill happening. Power demons could target anyone in your party, and if the unlucky ally does not block Light, they will surely die.

Prioritize Cutting Off Red Rider's Turns After Dragon Eye

dragon eye

Dragon Eye grants Red Rider four extra turns. When it activates this, prioritize cutting off its turns by countering its attacks and then switch up your strategy accordingly.

No Resistance Against Phys Attacks

Phys Attack

Red Rider has no resistance against Phys Attacks, so don't hesitate to use these types of attacks on it.

No Resistance Against Magic Attacks Except for Light, Dark, and Ailments

Red RIder Voids Force, Elec, Light, Dark, and Ailments. However, be comfortable using other elemental Magic attacks as Red Rider cannot block or counter these.

Don't Overinvest in Debuffing

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

Use Tarunda or War Cry to lower its Phys/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 its chance of dodging your attacks.

Buff Your Attacks

tarukaja

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.

Use a buff like Makakaja before using a Magic skill. This allows you to maximize your Magic Attack's damage output in the short turns you get.

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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