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Shin Megami Tensei 5 is a pretty challenging game. Not only are regular encounters brutal, but bosses are almost tailored made to be a thorn in your deific side. This naturally leads many to grind to overcome the game’s challenge.

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Levelling up makes sense, as doing so unlocks new abilities, new demons, and all manner of handy advantages in combat. It’s not very effective, however. Thankfully, there is a simple solution to all of this: Demon Statues.

What Are Demon Statues

SMT5 Eligor Demon Statue

Demon Statues are the petrified remains of mighty demons who died during the great battle that took place across Da’at. Players can find them hidden around each main area, and, by synthesising their incredible magical potential, can turn them in EXP for their demons.


Interacting with a Demon Statue will instantly level up every demon in your party, making levelling up much easier. Bearing in mind, Demon’s level up much slower than Nahobino by design, this is a very handy way to gain quick bursts of power.

Do note, however, Demon Statues do not level up Nahobino.

Should You Use Demon Statues Early?

SMT5 Demon Statue asking whether Nahobino wants to absorb its power

Shin Megami Tensei 5 doesn’t necessarily require grinding to get through. The game has multiple systems dedicated to power growth, and frankly, none of them are linked to pumping levels into your demons.

That being said, if you want to buff up your party, you have two options:

  1. Wait until the end game and use all the Demon Statues to rapidly power up your desired team
  2. Use them when you find them and keep your early game parties as strong as possible.

Honestly, there is no wrong answer here, but saving Demon Statues will certainly make the final stretch that little bit easier. You could, theoretically, gain 18 levels on all your late-game demons.

Where To Find All The Demon Statues

SMT5 Ose Demon Statue

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