Shin Megami Tensei V Anahita: How To Defeat The Anahita Boss

Shin Megami Tensei V Anahita: How To Defeat The Anahita Boss
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Jaimie Ditchfield


6th Dec 2021 19:20

The Shin Megami Tensei V Anahita boss fight is typical of JRPGs, which are notorious for their inclusion of optional boss fights. While exploring the ruins of Tokyo, there will be moments where you might decide to tackle various challenges to grind for experience or items. Although there are a plethora of opportunities to do this in Shin Megami Tensei V, one optional boss is available early on in the adventure called Anahita. This demon can be encountered after completing the first part of “The Cursed Mermaid” side quest, so here’s everything you need to know about the Shin Megami Tensei V Anahita boss fight.

Shin Megami Tensei V Anahita Location

Anahita in SMTV
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Firstly, you will want to make your way over to the Onarimon Leyline crossing, before heading south into the canyon-like area. There will be a sand dune on your travels, so simply drop down and head forward to eventually find Anahita. However, you will need to make sure that you’ve defeated Pazuzu during The Cursed Mermaid side quest to access this fight.

Shin Megami Tensei V Anahita Boss Fight Guide

Shin Megami Tensei V Anahita Boss Fight Guide
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By the time you reach the Anahita fight, you should be somewhat familiar with your skills and how the gameplay of SMTV works. Essentially, you’ll want to focus on buffs and debuffs to maximise your damage output.

Additionally, you’ll want to take advantage of Anahita’s weaknesses to receive more opportunities to deal extra attacks. SMTV rewards players who take the initiative in the battle, but will easily punish you if you’re careless, so make sure you come properly equipped.

Now that you’ve arrived at Anahita, make sure you bring suitable demons into the battle. For instance, you will want to use Fire and Lightning skills, so make sure you use demons with skills such as Agi and Zio. However, try to avoid demons that are weak to ice and light attacks, as Anahita has access to Hellish Spurt, a medium ice attack that deals damage to the entire party, and Mahama, which does the same thing but instead deals weak light damage.

Luckily for you, the protagonist comes equipped with Zio at the beginning of the game, so you should have no trouble exploiting Anahita’s weaknesses. However, make sure to use skills such as Rakunda, Sukunda, and Tarunda to debuff Anahita’s Defense, Hit/Evasion Rate, and Attack.

In terms of your level, try to grind up to somewhere between the 18-21 mark, as Anahita will be encountered at level 20. It might be worth tracking down some Mitamas in SMTV to get some opportunities to level up fast, or grinding levels by defeating nearby enemies. If you’re wanting some demon recommendations, Mermaid comes highly suggested as she blocks Ice Damage, and Angel, who blocks light attacks.

Shin Megami Tensei V Anahita Weakness And Resistance

In SMTV, Anahita is weak to Fire and Lightning, but can absorb ice attacks to recover HP, and block any incoming light attacks. With that in mind, try to exploit Anahita’s weaknesses to delay its chances of dealing significant damage against your party. If you’re unsure and want to have the necessary information in-game, use a spyglass to anaylse its strengths and weaknesses.

That’s everything you need to know about the Anahita boss fight in SMTV. If successful, you should receive two ice gems and hopefully, a significant amount of experience points to level up. Also, make sure to keep exploring the map to find more optional bosses later on in the adventure. 

Want some more SMTV help? Check out our guide on the Shin Megami Tensei V Moon Phases and how they work.


Jaimie is a freelance writer who can't seem to shut up about Nintendo games. In addition to studying Games Journalism and PR for three years, he is persistent in spreading his love for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Since finishing his degree, Jaimie's work has been published on Nintendo Enthusiast and Zelda Universe.