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How to Beat Surt

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

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Surt Pre-Battle Guide

Recommended Magatama Gehenna or Shiranui
Recommended Level 80 or higher

Strengths and Weaknesses


None, but Magic attacks can go a long way

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


Attacks Fire, Phys
Absorb Fire
Void Light, Dark, Ailments
Resist Phys
Support/Passive Dekunda, Retaliate, Beast Eye

Surt utilizes both single-target and multi-target Fire and Phys attacks. We highly recommend bringing along demons that can block these types of attacks.

Surt absorbs Fire and voids Light, Dark, and Ailment skills, so never use these types of attacks as you'll only be wasting your turn. Likewise, it resists Phys but is not highly resistant to this type of attack, however, we do not recommend using Phys as Surt has Retaliate.

Surt also has two Support skills including Dekunda and Beast Eye which grants it two extra turns.

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How to Beat Surt

Avoid Using Phys Attacks

We do not recommend using Phys attack as much, since Surt has Retaliate which enables Surt to counterattack when physically attacked.

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

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Surt can block Fire, 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

Don't Overinvest in Debuffing

It is fine to debuff Surt but don't overinvest as Surt has Dekunda which can negate all debuffs in a single turn.

Use Tarunda, Debilitate, 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.

Use an Attack Mirror or Tetrakarn


Surt utilizes both single-target and multi-target Phys attacks, so we highly recommend using an Attack Mirror or Tetrakarn to repel Surt's Phys attacks to cut off its turns and, at the same time, reflecting the damage onto Surt.

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

Rag's Jewelry Shop

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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