Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne (SMT Nocturne)

How to Beat Specter (3rd Encounter): Specter Weakness and Strategies

How to Beat Specter (3rd Encounter)

This is a guide to Specter (3rd Encounter), 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 Specter, Specter's weaknesses, and best strategies against this boss!

Other Specter Battles
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Specter Pre-Battle Guide

Recommended Magatama Gaea, Vimana, or Kamurogi
Recommended Level 60 or higher

Strengths and Weaknesses


None, but Phys Attacks can go a long way.

Specter does not have any elemental weakness, however, using Phys attacks is useful for dealing damage.


Attacks Almighty
Reflect Magic
Void Light, Dark, Nerve, Mind, Last Resort
Support Gathering, Dekaja

Specter utilizes Last Resort, a heavy Almighty attack that cannot be blocked or dodged. Specter reflects all Magic attacks, as well as, void Light, Dark, Nerve, Mind skills, and Last Resort, so never use these types of attacks as you'll only be wasting your turn.

In that sense, we highly recommend summoning your demons that have the highest Str and Vit stats, to survive Last Resort and to deal the most damage you can with Phys attacks.

Specter also has two support skills including Gathering which it uses to replicate 5 more Specters only at the start of battle and 1 more Specter as the battle progresses, and Dekaja which cancels out all debuffs in one turn.

Best Demons to Use Against Specter

Best Demons to Use
Oni iconOni Yomotsu-Ikusa iconYomotsu-Ikusa Titan iconTitan
Kali iconKali Rangda iconRangda Ongkhot iconOngkhot
Qitian Dasheng iconQitian Dasheng Beidou Xingjun iconBeidou Xingjun Fuu-Ki iconFuu-Ki
Kin-Ki iconKin-Ki Sui-Ki iconSui-Ki Ongyo-Ki iconOngyo-Ki

How to Beat Specter

Buff Your 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.

Use Multi-Target Phys Attacks When You Can


As much as possible, you want to keep this fight short to avoid getting hit with Last Resort. Use multi-target Phys attacks to damage all Specters in one go.

Bring Demons That Have the Highest Str and Vit in Your Roster

last resort

We highly recommend summoning your demons that have the highest Str and Vit stats, to survive Last Resort and to deal the most damage you can with Phys attacks, as you cannot block or dodge Last Resort nor can you use Magic attacks on Specter.

Don't Overinvest in Debuffing

Specter has Dekaja which cancels out all debuffs in one turn. It is fine to debuff Specter, but don't overinvest!

Use Rakunda to lower their defense, to make them more vulnerable to your attacks. Alternatively, you can use Fog Breath or Sukunda as these debuffs will decrease their chance of dodging your attacks.

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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