Soul Hackers 2 is a spin-off title in the Shin Megami Tensei series, a franchise known for tough battles, negotiations with demonic entities, and cool post-apocalyptic aesthetics. While Soul Hackers 2 deviates quite a bit from the formula, this new entry in the series retains many of the fan-favorite staples. If you’re looking to hit the ground running, we’ve got a list of beginner tips to get you started in Soul Hackers 2.
Difficulty levels make a world of difference
There are three difficulties to choose from in Soul Hackers 2: Easy, Normal, and Hard. We recommend playing on Normal for the perfect balance of difficulty, but if you find the game a bit difficult, you can play on Easy. Easy grants infinite revives in encounters, allowing you to get through tough fights at your leisure. Normal, on the other hand, only gives you a limited number of revival items, and refills need to be located in-game. Hard, of course, removes all of that, giving you the true demon slaying experience.
learn the pairing
The Shin Megami Tensei games feature a system of weaknesses and resistances similar to that of Pokémon, but raised to a much higher degree. Enemies can be weak, neutral, resistant, immune, or drain an attack. This includes all attacks, even sword slashes and shots. While you won’t know an enemy’s affinity until you try it, there are items and buffs that can randomly show you an affinity. However, once you’ve discovered an affinity, it will be permanently unlocked for future battles, excluding bosses of course.
If you hit an opponent’s weak spot, you will summon demons at the bottom of the arena, adding them to what is called a “demon stack”. Once it has exhausted its turns, all summoned demons on the stack perform a “Saturday” that deals bonus damage to all enemies in battle. The more demons you summon, the greater the damage.
Bond with your team equally
Throughout the game, you will have the opportunity to bond with your teammates by telling them something you like or inviting them to a drink at the bar. This increases your Soul Points with that party member, and is very important for building.
Higher soul points allow access to the lower floors of the corresponding Soul Matrix dungeon, which in turn unlocks passive abilities that are very powerful for each member of the team. As an example, Milady can unlock an ability called Assassin’s Steps, which doubles Ringo’s movement speed in dungeons. It is worth unlocking right away.
Don’t get carried away by focusing on a single party member – access to the Soul Matrix is also locked based on story progression, so if you focus all your points on one teammate, you could be hurting the potential of combat from your other teammates. If you see a golden apple around your teammates portrait every time you check their soul point totals, that means they can unlock a new ability.
Update your COMP often
Once you have unlocked COMP Smith, you will have access to the main way to power up your team. By finding specific materials, you can improve your COMP’s attack stats, add passive abilities, and even unlock higher tiers of affinity, allowing you to equip stronger Mystiques.
If you need help locating a specific material, COMP Smith allows you to search for the required material and will direct you to where to find the item in question. However, if you haven’t unlocked a specific dungeon yet, it will remain blank. Some items, like Magnetite Mass, are unlocked as part of story progression and also randomly from Demon Recon, so spend them wisely.
To locate materials more easily, find the demon you need to hunt in the Enemies submenu and follow it. This adds a unique icon above the demon on the field, allowing you to skip over demons you don’t need to fight.
After you have progressed far enough in the story, head to the Circus to find a girl standing in front of the big top. She will allow you to trade lower ranked Mystiques and buy new ones. This is important, as having the right mystique equipped can increase damage by over 30%.
Other random tips
Always go out of your way to talk to your demons on the field. Demon Recon gives you free materials (including rare ones!), demon trade attempts, and even HP/SP restoration.
Don’t be afraid to swing your sword at Risky Enemies. They may not be knocked down, but they will briefly stagger, giving you time to escape. Risky enemies are very difficult to deal with, so always come prepared with an escape plan (Trafuri Bomb is a good option).
Merge your demons once you start to get over them seriously. A good rule of thumb is that if you’re four or more levels above your demon, it’s time to fuse them into something stronger. Next, adjust your Mystiques, as your new demon may have different abilities.
Written by Junior Miyai on behalf of GLHF.