Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne (SMT Nocturne)

How to Beat Kin-Ki: Kin-Ki Weakness and Strategies

How to Beat Kin-Ki

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

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Kin-Ki Pre-Battle Guide

Recommended Magatama Kamudo or Gaea
Recommended Level 35 or higher

Where to Find Kin-Ki

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Kin-Ki can be found on the left side of B4 of Ikebukuro Tunnel.

The path to his area is littered with damage-inducing floors, so make sure to bring a Float Ball or cast a Liftoma skill.

Strengths and Weaknesses


None, but Magic attacks can go a long way.

Kin-Ki does not have any elemental weakness, however, using Magic attacks is good for dealing damage.


Attacks Phys
Void Light, Dark, Ailments
Resist Phys
Support Tarukaja, Rakukaja, Tarunda, Rakunda, Dekunda, Beast Eye

Kin-Ki will mainly use single-target and multi-taget Phys Attacks, so we recommend bringing along demons that can block this type of attack. Likewise, Kin-Ki can Void Light, Dark, and Ailment skills, so don't use these types of attacks as you will only be wasting your turn.

Kin-Ki has six Support skills including Dekunda which negates your Debuffs on it, Beast Eye that grants Kin-Ki four extra turns, Rakunda which decreases foes' defense, Tarunda which decreases foes' Attack and Magic damage output, Rakukaja which buffs its defense, and Tarukaja which buffs Kin-Ki Phys attacks.

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How to Beat Kin-Ki

Use an Attack Mirror or Tetrakarn to Repel Its Phys Attacks


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

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

Rag's Jewelry Shop

Don't Overinvest in Debuffing

Kin-Ki has Dekunda which negates your Debuffs on it. It is fine to debuff Kin-Ki but you shouldn't overinvest or Kin-Ki 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.

Don't Overinvest in Buffing Your Attacks


You can still buff your party's attacks, however, take note that Kin-Ki has Tarunda which decreases foes' Attack and Magic damage output.

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.

Use Magic Attacks Except for Light, Dark, and Ailments

Magic Attack

Kin-Ki Voids Light, Dark, and Ailments. However, be comfortable using other elemental Magic attacks as Kin-Ki cannot block or counter these.

Refrain From Resorting to Phys Attacks

Kin-Ki is highly resistant to Phys attacks, so we suggest keeping the use of Phys attacks to a minimum.

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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