Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne (SMT Nocturne)

How to Beat Black Frost: Black Frost Weakness and Strategies

How to Beat Black Frost

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

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Black Frost Pre-Battle Guide

Recommended Magatama Anathema
Recommended Level 70 or higher

Where to Find Black Frost

Kabukicho Prison 5F

Black Frost is located in the room you've previously battled Mizuchi at Kabukicho Prison 5F.

Strengths and Weaknesses


None, but Magic and Almighty attacks can go a long way

Black Frost does not have any elemental weakness, however, using both Magic and Almighty attacks is useful for dealing damage.


Attacks Ice, Dark, Phys
Reflect Fire, Dark, Ailments
Void Light
Absorb Ice
Resist Phys
Support Diarama

Black Frost utilizes both single-target and multi-target Ice attacks, and multi-target Dark and Phys attacks. We recommend summoning demons that can block these attacks, especially Dark, as Black Frost pulls out its Dark attack randomly.

Black Frost reflects Fire, Dark, and Ailments skills, voids Light, absorbs Ice, and is highly resistant to Phys attacks, so don't use these types of attacks as you'll only be wasting your turn. Use Almighty skills and Magic attacks except for Fire, Dark, Ailments, Light, and Ice to deal damage.

The enemy also has a Support skill, Diarama, which greatly restores its HP.

Best Demons to Use Against Black Frost

Best Demons to Use
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How to Beat Black Frost

Keep This Fight as Short as Possible


The longer this fight goes on, the more it favors Black Frost, as it has Diarama which greatly restores its HP. You'll be using up more resources as this fight drags on, which is not always a good situation to be in.

We also recommend summoning demons that have the highest following stats: Mag or Vit.

Use Magic Attacks Except for Fire, Ice, Light, Dark, and Ailments

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Black Frost can block Fire, Ice, Light, Dark, and Ailments, but get comfortable using other elemental skills as it cannot block or counter these.

Buff Your Magic Attacks


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.

Best Buff and Debuff Skills

Debuff Black Frost


Use Tarunda or War Cry to lower enemies' Phys/Magic Attacks. You will take less damage if you debuff their attacks. 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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