Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne (SMT Nocturne)

How to Beat Dante (2nd Encounter - Third Kalpa): Dante Weakness and Strategies

How to Beat Dante (2nd Encounter)

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

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Dante Pre-Battle Guide

Only Fought in the Maniax DLC

To fight Dante, 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

Where to Find Dante

Third Kalpa - B4

Dante is located at B4 in the Third Kalpa of Labyrinth of Amala. The boss fight can be triggered after operating all switches and getting down to B4.

Recommended Magatama and Level

Recommended Magatama Hifumi or Vimana
Recommended Level 60 or higher

Strengths and Weaknesses


None, but both Phys and Magic Attacks can go a long way.

Dante does not have any elemental weakness, however, using both Phys and Magic Attacks is useful for dealing damage.


Attacks Almighty, Phys, Force, Elec
Void Light, Dark, Ailments
Resist Phys, Magic
Support Provoke, Holy Star

Dante utilizes Almighty attacks that cannot be blocked or countered, however, raising your party's defense/evasion rate can help with dodging the attacks. Likewise, Dante uses Phys, Force, and Elec skills, so we recommend summoning demons that can block these types of attacks.

Dante can void Light, Dark, and Ailment skills so never use these types of attacks as you'll only be wasting your turn. Dance can also resist both Phys and Magic attacks but he is not totally immune to them so, be comfortable using these types of attacks against him.

He also has two Support skills including Provoke which buffs his Phys attacks and lowers your party's defense, and Holy Star which removes all debuffs on him in a single turn.

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How to Beat Dante

Raise Your Defense/Evasion Rate Against Almighty Attacks (Showtime and Stinger)


While Dante's Almighty attacks cannot be blocked or countered, raising your party's defense/evasion rate can help with dodging the attacks and prevent an instakill from happening.

Not Totally Immune to Phys Attacks

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While Dante can resist Phys attacks, he is not totally immune to them, so don't hesitate to use Phys attacks on him.

Not Totally Immune to Magic Attacks Except for Light, Dark, and Ailments

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Dante Voids Light, Dark, and Ailments skills, but be comfortable using other elemental Magic attacks as Dante cannot block or counter these.

Don't Overinvest in Debuffing

Dante possesses Holy Star that can cancel out all debuffs on a single turn. It is fine to debuff Dante but you shouldn't overinvest or he will simply cancel all debuffs out in a single turn.

Use Buffs for 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.

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 an Attack Mirror or Tetrakarn to Repel Phys Attacks


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

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

Rag's Jewelry Shop

Use a Magic Mirror or Makarakarn to Repel Magic Attacks

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Dante has Force and Elec attacks, so we highly recommend using a Magic Mirror or activating Makarakarn to Repel his Magic attacks to cut off his turns and, at the same time, reflecting the damage onto him.

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

Have At Least One Dedicated Healer in Your Party

Summon demons that have Dia, Media, or the skill's other variants, 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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