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Democalypse is a fortnightly event in which factions compete against one another by defeating Calamities (boss demons with extremely high HP, shared across faction members), in three areas across Tokyo.


Each Democalypse event is divided into three phases: Before Cull, During Cull, and After Cull.

In the Before Cull phase, faction leaders will choose one of three available areas to target: Shinjuku, Akihabara or Odaiba. Each of these areas corresponds to an elemental weakness that is shared across all enemy demons in that area. In this phase, players may do simulated practice battles.

In the During Cull phase, players are able to fight their faction's selected Calamity twice each day. Each battle requires that players prepare a team of 6 unique demons, divided into sub-teams of 3: One sub-team to use elemental All Targets All Targets (also known as AoE, area-of-effect) attacks against a horde of demons, and the other sub-team to use elemental Single Target Single Target (ST) attacks against the Calamity boss. Once a demon has been used in a battle, it cannot be used in a Democalypse battle until the next day. This means players must prepare 12 unique demons, to be used across 2 daily battles.

In the After Cull phase, faction and player rankings are displayed, and rewards are distributed.


Democalypse is a team effort, and 1 person not participating drags everybody down a lot.

If you are going to be absent please make sure to inform your clan as to minimize drama from lack of participation. The Democ system will unfortunately not allow clan leaders to see detailed stats, meaning that players can troll by not participating, bringing everybody down coins not only in the overall score if you get knocked down from a percentage tier, but downed bosses as well. Accountability is the most desired trait if you are a player looking to join a high end Democ clan above sheer account power level.


During the Horde wave of a battle, players score in the form of a bonus multiplier. The multiplier increases based on damage done, and how many times the elemental weakness of enemy demons is exploited. During the boss wave, all damage done to the Calamity is multiplied by this bonus multiplier, and is added to the total score.

In-depth multiplier explanation

  • You start off with 1.0 base multiplier
    • On day two and three, the base multiplier will be increased based on your faction's participation bonus. The maximum increase is by 0.8 points for at least 20 participants, netting you a 1.8 base multiplier.
Bonus Required participants
0.1 1
0.2 5
0.4 10
0.6 15
0.8 20
  • You get 0.1 per weakness hit (max 0.4 per spell), and 0.05 per 1% of the horde's HP
    • a maximum of 4.8 for 12 skill uses, in addition to the multiplier rewarded for any damage you do
    • The Prelim Horde demon is actually coded as 4 separate demons. Weakness hit is capped at 0.1 per demon per spell. This means skills like Ashura, Dragon Blade and MahaLantine will only give +0.4, despite hitting weakness more than once.
      • This also makes Random Targets Random Targets attacks bad for Prelim, since if you hit the same demon twice, you will not gain multiplier from the second hit.
  • You can gain additional multiplier by using specific demons:
    • Demons like Agni.jpg Agni, Ym.jpg Ym, and Anzu.jpg Anzu can increase your multiplier due to their passive's additional hits.
    • Demons like Mot.jpg Mot and Masakado A.jpg Masakado A can increase your multiplier due to gaining extra press turns.
    • Flauros.jpg Flauros is unique in that his chain effects all come from separate skills (Iron Fist chains into Hell Leopard, which further chains into his Panel 2 Bonus). This allows him to farm an absurd amount of multiplier, since he can bypass the "only once per skill" limitation on weaknesses hit bonus.


Democalypse has 7 Calamities, each based on a different weakness. These cycle with the following order:

  1. Phys Phys
  2. Force Force
  3. Fire Fire
  4. Dark Dark
  5. Elec Elec
  6. Ice Ice
  7. Light Light

Each Democalypse season uses a "sliding window" of 3 elements, continuing from the last season.

  • For example: If a season has Dark Dark, Elec Elec, and Ice Ice weaknesses, then the next season will have Light Light, Phys Phys, and Force Force weaknesses.
  • Akihabara will use the first item of the window, Shinjuku will use the second, and Odaiba will use the third.

Three areas are available: Akihabara, Shinjuku, and Odaiba. One of these areas per season will be a "Bonus Area", cycling with the following order:

  1. Akihabara
  2. Shinjuku
  3. Odaiba

Therefore, there are 21 possible season layouts. Seasons cycle through these variants in the following order:

  • Bonus areas are written in BOLD and have a star (★)
Variant Akihabara Shinjuku Odaiba
1 Phys Phys ★ Force Force Fire Fire
2 Dark Dark Elec Elec ★ Ice Ice
3 Light Light Phys Phys Force Force ★
4 Fire Fire ★ Dark Dark Elec Elec
5 Ice Ice Light Light ★ Phys Phys
6 Force Force Fire Fire Dark Dark ★
7 Elec Elec ★ Ice Ice Light Light
8 Phys Phys Force Force ★ Fire Fire
9 Dark Dark Elec Elec Ice Ice ★
10 Light Light ★ Phys Phys Force Force
11 Fire Fire Dark Dark ★ Elec Elec
12 Ice Ice Light Light Phys Phys ★
13 Force Force ★ Fire Fire Dark Dark
14 Elec Elec Ice Ice ★ Light Light
15 Phys Phys Force Force Fire Fire ★
16 Dark Dark ★ Elec Elec Ice Ice
17 Light Light Phys Phys ★ Force Force
18 Fire Fire Dark Dark Elec Elec ★
19 Ice Ice ★ Light Light Phys Phys
20 Force Force Fire Fire ★ Dark Dark
21 Elec Elec Ice Ice Light Light ★

Area Information

Phys Phys
Horde Calamity
Hathor.jpg Hathor Tsukuyomi.jpg Tsukuyomi
Skills Skills
Amrita Maragi
Zan Mabufu
Zionga Mazan
Meposumudi Mazio
- Affinity Shift: Phys
Notes Notes
- -
Fire Fire
Horde Calamity
Makara.jpg Makara Mastema.jpg Mastema
Skills Skills
Makara Break Mabufula
Bufu Rakukaja
Rakukaja Mabufu
Null Weak Affinity Shift: Fire
Notes Notes
Uses Rakukaja Uses Rakukaja
Ice Ice
Horde Calamity
Ammut.jpg Ammut Seraph.jpg Seraph
Skills Skills
Rebellion Maragion
Agi Tarunda
Madness Nails Maragi
Agility Amp II Affinity Shift: Ice
Notes Notes
- Uses Tarunda
Elec Elec
Horde Calamity
Unicorn.jpg Unicorn Zaou-Gongen.jpg Zaou-Gongen
Skills Skills
Zan Mazanma
Null Charm Force Boost
Mazan Mazan
Bufudyne Affinity Shift: Elec
Notes Notes
- -
Force Force
Horde Calamity
Kresnik.jpg Kresnik Mother Harlot.jpg Mother Harlot
Skills Skills
Sukunda Mazionga
Null Elec Elec Boost
Zio Mazio
Mana Aid Affinity Shift: Force
Notes Notes
Uses Sukunda -
Light Light
Horde Calamity
Baphomet.jpg Baphomet Black Frost.jpg Black Frost
Skills Skills
Mamudo Mamudoon
Life Drain Mabufula
Mudo Mamudo
Mana Gain Affinity Shift: Light
Notes Notes
- -
Dark Dark
Horde Calamity
Ares.jpg Ares Quetzalcoatl.jpg Quetzalcoatl
Skills Skills
Herculean Strike Mahamaon
Counter Mazanma
Hama Mahama
Dekunda Affinity Shift: Dark
Notes Notes
Uses Dekunda -

"Affinity Shift: <Element>: Becomes Weak against <Element>. -70% to all (including Almighty Almighty) attack damage received excluding <Element>. -100% to Critical hit rate of damage received."

  • Note: "Affinity Shift: Phys Phys" is the only one of these that does NOT have the crit rate reduction.


  • You earn two kinds of rewards:
    • Based on your faction's placement on the rankings
    • and based on your personal placement on the rankings
Faction Ranking Rewards Faction Ranking Rewards (BONUS AREA)
Top Icon Gems.png Gems Icon Democalypse Coins.png Demo Coins Icon Mag.png Magnetite Top Icon Gems.png Gems Icon Democalypse Coins.png Demo Coins Icon Mag.png Magnetite
0.1% - 3.0% 300 250 500,000 0.1% - 3.0% 450 375 750,000
3.1% - 10.0% 250 200 150,000 3.1% - 10.0% 375 300 225,000
10.1% - 40.0% 250 150 50,000 10.1% - 40.0% 375 225 75,000
40.1% - 70.0% 200 100 30,000 40.1% - 70.0% 300 150 45,000
70.1% - 100.0% 200 50 10,000 70.1% - 100.0% 300 75 15,000
Top Icon Yasaka Magatama.png Yasaka Magatama 1★ Prize Cube (Personal) Icon Kasane Magatama.png Kasane Magatama
0.1% - 3.0% 10 10 1
3.1% - 10.0% 8 5 1
10.1% - 40.0% 8 1 -
40.1% - 70.0% 6 - -
70.1% - 100.0% 6 - -
Prize Cube (Personal) can contain
Icon Kasane Magatama.png Kasane Magatama 1
Icon Blank Genome.png Blank Genome 1
Icon Skill Extraction File.png Skill Extraction File 2
Icon Yasaka Magatama.png Yasaka Magatama 2★ 2
Icon Macca.png Macca 100,000
Icon Macca.png Macca 50,000

In addition to the distributed rewards, a participation reward of 20 gems is given to players every time they participate in a Democalypse battle. A reward of 10 Democalypse Coins is also given to all faction members each time the faction defeats a Calamity.

Participation Reward (up to 2 times daily) Icon Gems.png Gems x20
Vanquish Reward Icon Democalypse Coins.png Demo Coins x10

Democalypse Coins

Coins can be exchanged in the Cull shop for a variety of prizes, including Seraph and Norn, their spirits, their transcend stones, Absolute Summon Files and Ultimate Summon Files.

Exchange Lineup Icon Democalypse Coins.png Democalypse Coin cost Cap
Clear Seraph.jpg Seraph (1st time) × 1 1,500 1
Clear Seraph.jpg Seraph (2nd time and after) × 1 2,000 No cap
Icon Spirit.png Seraph Spirit × 5 25 No cap
Icon Transcend Stone.png Seraph Transcend Stone × 1 100 94
Clear Norn.jpg Norn (1st time) × 1 1,500 1
Clear Norn.jpg Norn (2nd time and after) × 1 2,000 No cap
Icon Spirit.png Norn Spirit × 5 25 No cap
Icon Transcend Stone.png Norn Transcend Stone × 1 100 94
Icon Absolute Summon File.png Absolute Summon File × 1 1,000 No cap
Icon Ultimate Summon File.png Ultimate Summon File × 1 100 No cap


  • The Spirits and Transcend Stones are available after exchanging the first copy of each demon.
  • The Spirits initially display a limit of 120 trades. However, after 120 trades this limit is removed and the price stays the same. So the spirits are effectively unlimited.
  • Redeeming 600 spirits to reach panel 3 costs a total of 3,000 coins - this is much cheaper than redeeming dupes of Seraph/Norn to spiritize.


Past (and future) rankings can be found on its own wiki page: Democalypse Ranking


This section is intended to provide in-depth information on how to build demons and teams for Democalypse.

AI Behavior

You cannot control your demons during Democalypse - they will act on their own according to the Democalypse AI. This AI tends to be very hungry for immediate damage, instead of prioritizing buffing itself first.

Democalypse AI behavior can be summarized as follows:

  • Skills that deal damage as their base effect (before chain effects) - The AI is most likely to use these kinds of skills. Chain effects are not considered in this decision.
    • For example, the AI will think Demonsbane is just a buffing skill since that's its base effect, even though the chain effect is a Phys Phys attack.
  • Debuffs - These will never be used, because they do not deal immediate damage.
  • Single-stat buffs (Tarukaja, Sukukaja) - These will never be used, because they do not deal immediate damage.
    • Double- or Triple-stat buffs - There are ways to force the AI to use them: see Manual Buffing in the Buffs section below.
  • Good Status Effects (Icon Charge.png Charge, Icon Concentrate.png Concentrate, Icon Critical.png Rebellion) - These will never be used, because they do not deal immediate damage.

Other important notes

Some quick rules to remember when building teams:

  • MP cost doesn't matter - Your demons recover 10 MP each time they act, so the MP cost of their skills is completely irrelevant. Divine Brands' set bonus is therefore useless: focus on DPS sets like War, Spell, Lost, or Destruct instead.
  • Ailments don't work - Neither Prelim nor Boss can be inflicted with ailments. Passives or chain effects that rely on ailments therefore won't trigger.
  • Kills don't exist in this mode - Even when the enemy's HP bar is emptied, they'll still stick around for you to hit them, until you're out of turns. Passives or chain effects which trigger off a kill won't work here.
  • Off-element attacks are heavily discouraged against Boss - Any attack that doesn't match the Boss's weakness deals 70% less damage (Almighty Almighty also gets reduced).
    • BUT Prelim doesn't punish off-element attacks - If your demons can deal absurd enough damage, being on-element for Prelim might not even be required. A prime example of this is Hachiman.jpg Hachiman, whose damage output with physical teammates is through the roof in all prelims. However, note that all teammates will need to crit consistently for efficient press turn usage.
  • Crit Rate Reduction - All Bosses except the Phys Phys Boss apply -100% to Critical hit rate of damage received. Prelim does NOT reduce crit rate, though!
  • You need 12 unique demons for a single element of Democalypse. No dupes! - You cannot, for example, run a Titania on your first set of 6 and a second Titania on your second set of 6 for the same element. That's not allowed.
  • Prelim lasts 2 turns, Boss lasts 3 turns - This is important when bringing demons that have a use limit on their skills. You don't want them to run out!
  • Regarding Archetypes:
    • Purple Purple tends to be preferred - This archetype often grants damage-boosting passive skills, increasing your demon's damage potential.
    • Red Red's attack skills are sometimes good - Sometimes this gives a better attack skill than those innate to your demon. In a few cases, you can even get an attack skill of a completely different element, potentially giving that demon an alternate role in that element.
    • Yellow Yellow is usually for buffs, whether dual/triple or automatic - As described in the "AI Behavior" section above, the AI will not cast buffs unless it's a dual/triple buff AND you specifically manipulate the AI to force the buffs to be cast. Sometimes Yellow has automatic buffs such as Auto-Taruka, Auto-Rakunda, Tar Flexi, or Rak Flexi, which will work without AI manipulation.
    • Teal Teal is generally not helpful - The enemies don't deal significant damage, even if they hit your weaknesses and get extra turns. Your awaken slot is much better spent on something that will increase damage.
      • Small note: technically Repels can reflect damage at the boss for a tiny bit of extra score, but this isn't enough of a score boost to make Teal worthwhile.
    • Clear Clear - The skills on Clear vary widely, but generally you're looking for something like what Purple Purple or Red Red can provide (damage-boost passives, high-power attacks, etc).


With the addition of Bonus Areas, a lot of factions will tackle every single element and switch between them every week. With 12 Demons needed per element and 6 non-Phys elements, that would be 72 different demons specialized for each element. Not only is it basically impossible for Beginners to build enough demons for each element this way, it will also be fairly wasteful since the personal returns are low compared to the required investments.
Therefore it is usually a good idea to invest in a group of Generalist type demons first, that only need minimal investment like a transfer of a skill of the appropriate type and element, to perform well. This way you can save resources like Mitama, Evolving materials or Magnetite.
Generalists are the first demons you should focus on building for Democalypse.
A good guideline is to have around 6 or more generalists to vastly decrease the initial investment to prepare for an element. Once you have enough left over resources you can start optimizing your teams by slowly switching out the lower performing generalists with more specialized demons.

Tier Demons
Icon ATK Buff.png Taruka Effects

NyarlathotepP2.jpgArdhaP2.jpgVishnu A.jpgYama.jpgAnanta.jpg

Icon DEF Debuff.png Rakunda Effects

LuciferP4.jpgAnantaP4.jpgVishnu A.jpgAgni.jpgYama.jpgGaruda.jpgPale Rider.jpgHresvelgr.jpg

Press Turn/Useful Aura

Zeus.jpgSabaoth.jpgMot.jpgMasakado A.jpgNyarlathotep.jpgYamaP4.jpgSchierkeP3.jpg



Tier Demons
Icon ATK Buff.png Taruka Effects


Icon DEF Debuff.png Rakunda Effects

Beelzebub☆.jpgVishnu A.jpgP4Mot.jpgLuciferP4.jpg3CUrielP2.jpgAnantaP4.jpgAbaddon A.jpg

Manual Buffing

Ishtar.jpgHuang Long.jpgVishnu.jpgBarong.jpg

Press Turn/Useful Aura

Zeus.jpgSabaoth.jpgP3Mot.jpgVishnu A.jpgSeraph.jpgSchierkeP3.jpgMichaelP4.jpg



Generalist Notes

General Notes:

  • Multi-element mages: Quetzalcoatl.jpg Quetzalcoatl and Schierke.jpg Schierke (for Prelim), as well as Atropos.jpg Atropos (for Boss) all have innate access to a variety of elemental attacks as well as damage-boosting panels, allowing you to use them on several elements with minimal investment, should you lack better options or the resources to develop them.
  • Manual Buffers: Ishtar.jpg Ishtar, Yellow Yellow Huang Long.jpg Huang Long, Yellow Yellow Vishnu.jpg Vishnu and Barong.jpg Barong (see Manual Buffing in the Buffs section below for more details). Other options like Yellow Yellow Wu Kong.jpg Wu Kong and Yellow Yellow Zhong Kui.jpg Zhong Kui exist but their low MAG stat makes their use in other elements less reliable. Ishtar in particular can provide a full Luster Candy + Debilitate combo with Mesopotamian Star, while her very high MAG makes her not worthless in terms of damage dealing. Her low AGI stat may be an issue if you want to fine-tune turn order in your party, though.
  • AnantaP4.jpg Ananta Panel 4: The 1-turn Debilitate activates on the enemy turn, or you can trigger it early if an ally receives any form of healing, including life steal and chain effects. This means you can trigger it with skills such as Seth.jpg Seth's Ouas or Huang Di.jpg Huang Di's panel 3, rather than using up a turn on a standard healing skill.
  • Anubis.jpg Anubis and Titania.jpg Titania panels: For their primary elements (Dark Dark for Anubis and Elec Elec for Titania), go to panel 3 for the 10% damage boost. For other elements though, only unlock panel 2 for the +50 MATK.
  • Mot.jpg Mot: He very much wants Purple Purple's Life Surge, so it's easier to force his AI to cast buffs (Make sure to transfer Luster Candy, War Dance, or Blood Rush onto him). General rule of thumb: If Mot is Panel 3 then use him in the Boss Phase, otherwise use him in Prelim.
  • TrumpeterP4.jpg Trumpeter Panel 4: will get a 50% buff to damage dealt to enemies under Icon Gloom.png Gloom, as well as apply said effect on all enemies at the start of his team's turn. This could potentially make Nyarlathotep.jpg Nyarlathotep viable in the Boss wave, and/or allow elemental physical attackers a chance to land critical hits.
  • Vishnu A.jpg Vishnu A: can, through Nirvana, provide one more Press Turn Icon per turn. This, in combination with Mot.jpg Mot, gives incredible turn generation power. Since there is no current way to make him cast Nirvana for his first move, then cast an elemental transfer attack, it's best to not transfer any attack skills to him, to ensure he casts Nirvana every time. This means he will do almost no damage to non-Light Light calamities (except Dark Dark, where he can do some proper damage due to God of Ubiquity at the start of the turn), so you will need an incredibly strong unit as your main DPS to make up for what is basically dead weight in terms of damage, such as Adramelech.jpg Adramelech for Fire Fire, Vasuki.jpg Vasuki for Ice Ice, etc.

Prelim Notes:

  • Hachiman.jpg Hachiman Prelim: He can dish out absurd damage when paired with physical demons - not just the Phys element, any attack that can crit or miss. This damage potential is so high that he can dominate every single element's prelim.
  • Mahakala.jpg Mahakala Prelim: While normally one of the best Fire Fire Boss demons, The Great Darkness will provide him with automatic Icon Concentrate.png Concentrate on the second turn, letting him unleash a very strong attack regardless of element, paired with Merciless Blow in Purple Purple.
  • Nyarlathotep.jpg Nyarlathotep Prelim: As long as he's alive, Nyarlathotep will boost the entire party's magic damage by 25% towards enemies affected by Icon Gloom.png Gloom, which he will apply at the beginning of the first turn. This means that Nyarlathotep will apply Icon Gloom.png Gloom during the Prelim phase but NOT the Boss phase. Using him with one strong magic attacker (for example, Baal.jpg Baal on Force Force) in addition to Masakado A.jpg Masakado A with a magic All Targets All Targets attack (so no Rending <element>) of the corresponding element will allow you to get large amounts of multiplier.

Boss Notes:

  • Beelzebub☆.jpg Beelzebub☆ Boss: He requires that your party attack first for King of Hell to apply Atk up/Def down. Normally speed is not an issue, but something to keep in mind when your faction is able to reach a high Calamity level.
  • Elohim.jpg Elohim Boss: He has 65% (20% from Light of Elohim 25% from Godly Power in Purple Purple archetype and 20% from a Merciless Blow transfer) before panels, which add another 45%, for a total of 110% extra magic damage on any element on top of a top 3 MAG stat, making him the best generalist unit in terms of raw damage.
  • MichaelP4.jpg Michael Panel 4: will boost the damage of all other Divine/Herald demons by 15%, letting you slot him in along with Uriel.jpg Uriel and a third Angel of your choice for a increased damage and buff control. Also, try to avoid having Michael in Red Red, as Thunderclap does less damage to boss than Soul Judgement would.
  • Seraph.jpg Seraph Boss: He will boost allies' damage by 10% when hitting a weak point, 5% more when panel 2 and 10% more when panel 3, for a total of +25% damage to all allies. This, in addition to his high MAGIC stat and passive skills, make him supremely useful for all elements.

Damage Optimization

This section will try to explain ways to increase your damage using a very simplified way of looking at the damage formula that breaks it down to the parts you can influence the most with how you set up your teams and demons.
For the full non simplified damage formula check out: Formulas

DAMAGE = Offensive-stat * Skill-Power * (1+(Damage Boosts/100)) * Buffs

Offensive Stats

The offensive stat a demon uses will usually be either Phys ATK (to deal physical damage) or Mag ATK (to deal magic damage). There are some exceptions, though:

  • Some demons might use Phys ATK to deal magic damage (example: Susano-o.jpg Susano-o), or Mag ATK to do physical damage (example: Tokisada.jpg Tokisada). Be sure to check the skill description!
  • Phys DEF is used for Earthquake or Muscle Punch, as well as some demons' unique attacks (examples: Mozgus.jpg Mozgus, Longinus.jpg Longinus)
  • Mag DEF is used for some demons' unique attacks (examples: Amon.jpg Amon)
  • HP is used for some demons' unique attacks (examples: Arioch.jpg Arioch, Gozu-Tennoh.jpg Gozu-Tennoh), Thus far, this is limited to only 30% of their HP.
  • Surt.jpg Surt's Fire Ragnarok uses Mag ATK, as well as 20% of his Phys ATK.

Base stats are dependent on a demon's stats (STR, MAG, VIT) and their level.

PATK = STR * 2.1 + LVL * 5.6 + 50
MATK = MAG * 2.1 + LVL * 5.6 + 50
PDEF = VIT * 1.1 + STR * 0.5 + LVL * 5.6 + 50
MDEF = VIT * 1.1 + MAG * 0.5 + LVL * 5.6 + 50
HP = VIT * 4.7 + LVL * 7.4

This means the most basic way to increase a demons damage is the obvious way of awakening your demons and leveling them to 50.

From Personal testing, damage increase from a higher base stat scales linearly. This means that damage dealt increases by less percent for each additional point of Magic or Strength the higher the stat already is, meaning percentage-based damage transfers are generally better for demons unless they have a really low base stat.

  • In other words: %-based damage boosts are better than adding a flat +X to STR or MAG.

Offensive stats can also be increased through Panels by a flat amount (usually Panel-2 on most demons).


The main way to increase your demons stats after they are fully leveled and awakened is Brands. In general, a well-branded demon will deal 3 times or more damage compared to an unbranded one during Democalypse.
For information on how to Brand your demons and specifics for Brand stats refer to this: Brands

The following is a quick reference table to evaluate the quality of your PAtk and MAtk brand sets.
For most demons every [8 Flat]-bonus will be about equal to a [1 %]-bonus on your brands.

  • Note: when calculating your stats from brands, percentages are applied first, and flat bonuses are applied at the end.
  • So for example, if we have 500 MAtk with +80% MAtk and +100 MAtk, the calculation will be: 500 * (1.8) + 100 = 1000 MATK
Brand % Flat Set Bonuses in %
Optimal 95- 200- 30
Good 75-95 100-200 20-30
Usable 60-75 0-100 20
Bad -60 0 0-20

Brand Management

Assembling a decent full brand set for Democalypse is already hard enough, even more so 12 or possibly 72. Therefore it is much more ideal to make 6 Brand Sets each for Phys Atk and Mag Atk, and use the "switch brand" function to move them between your teams and between elements depending on Democalypse. Doing this requires a large administrative overhead, but will increase your scores significantly, and decrease farming time as well.

Steps to proper brand management:

  • Assemble at least 6 brand sets for both Magic Atk and Phys Atk. You might need to make additional ones for demons with special brand requirements (Surt.jpg Surt, Gogmagog.jpg Gogmagog) and for demons you are using to cast Buffs
  • Organize your teams in such a way that you can quickly look up from who you have to switch brands to whom. For example: a spreadsheet with notes of who is currently holding each brand set.
  • Run a simulation before every actual run to make sure you didn't mess up one of your brand switch-ups.

Skill Power

The Base Power of the attack skill your demon will use is a large factor in determining the final damage value.

  • Unique skills frequently have higher Base Power than transferable skills, so demons with Unique Skills for the specific element and stage of Democalypse are always preferred.
  • If you don't have access to higher-power transferable skills, you should instead use demons with those skills innately when possible, even if they are theoretically lower when it comes to maximum possible damage - it's better to have the skill in some form than to not have it at all. Plus, having the skill innately means you have another slot for a damage-boosting passive.

Random Targets Random Targets skills should generally be avoided when the option for normal Single Target Single Target skills exists for the Boss phase, since they are worse than the best Single Target Single Target options on average (~165 BP vs 180 BP) and they will lead to a much larger variation in scores (Damage range for Single Target Single Target 95% - 105% vs Random Targets Random Targets ~60% - ~140%)

Transferable skill availability depends on the Element, Base Power and type of the attack move.

  • Click each skill's name in the tables below for their availability details.

The most-consistent way to get good transferable skills for specific elements, is by buying Genome Cubes from the Icon Battle Points.png Duel Point exchange shop for that element.

  • In worst-case, a cube can give you a Tier 3 magic Single Target Single Target skill (Tier 4 for Phys Phys), or a Tier 2 magic All Targets All Targets skill (Tier 4 for Phys Phys).
  • In best-case, a cube can give you a Tier 4 magic Single Target Single Target skill (Tier 5 for Phys Phys), or a Tier 3 magic All Targets All Targets skill (Tier 5 for Phys Phys).
  • These cubes will sometimes give "Ma-dyne H" versions of skills. These cost 1 more MP than the normal Ma-dyne versions. Since MP cost does not matter in Democalypse, Ma-dyne and Ma-dyne H skills are functionally the same.
Single Target Single Target
  • Tier 4 - 180 BP: Usually only available as Gacha skills from 5★ demons, or as the transferable of banner-exclusive demons. (Exceptions: Dark Hell Gaze and Light Thunderclap as Wu Kong.jpg Wu Kong's Gacha skills)
  • Tier 3 - 160 BP: Available as transfers from fusible 4★s. Force Zandyne (from Loki.jpg Loki) and Dark Mudodyne (from Beelzebub.jpg Beelzebub) are more expensive to obtain via fusion than others.
  • Tier 2 - 140 BP: The lowest you should go, and even then only if you have no resources to spare. Obtainable as transfer skills from 2★s available in the compendium.
Single Target Single Target skills
Element Tier 2
(140 BP)
Tier 3
(160 BP)
Tier 4
(180 BP)
Fire Fire Agilao Agidyne Trisagion
Ice Ice Bufula Bufudyne Ice Age
Elec Elec Zionga Ziodyne Thunder Reign
Force Force Zanma Zandyne Killing Wind
Light Light Hamaon Hamadyne Thunderclap
Dark Dark Mudoon Mudodyne Hell Gaze

Phys Phys skills have an additional 5th tier:

Single TargetPhys Single Target Phys skills
Element Tier 2
(140 BP)
Tier 3
(160 BP)
Tier 4
(180 BP)
Tier 5
(200 BP)
Phys Phys Fatal Sword Berserker God Megaton Raid God's Hand

Phys Phys also has a separate set of skills with different base power and +30% critical rate:

  • Note: these skills have a 0.95 accuracy modifier, instead of the usual 1.0.
Single TargetPhys Single Target Phys skills (crit bonus)
Element Tier 2
(135 BP)
Tier 3
(155 BP)
Phys Phys Oni-Kagura Mortal Jihad
All Targets All Targets
  • Tier 4 - 130 BP: Only available in the monthly Icon Battle Points.png Duel Point exchange shop, or by ranking in at least Diamond 1 at the end of a PvP week.
  • Tier 3 - 120 BP: Rare as gacha skills on various demons, or as transferable skills on 5★ demons. It is possible to obtain equivalent versions to these skills ("Ma-dyne H") by ranking in at least Gold 1 at the end of a PvP week. (Exception: Phys Hades Blast as Ose.jpg Ose's innate transfer skill)
  • Tier 2 - 100 BP: Similar availability to Tier 3, except some elements also have easily-fusible sources (Phys Phys - Ares.jpg Ares, Ice Ice - Tiamat.jpg Tiamat, Elec Elec - Tlaltecuhtli.jpg Tlaltecuhtli, Force Force - Jikokuten.jpg Jikokuten)
  • Tier 1 - 80 BP: Obtainable as transfer skills from 2★ or 3★s available in the compendium.
All Targets All Targets skills
Element Tier 1
(80 BP)
Tier 2
(100 BP)
Tier 3
(120 BP)
Tier 4
(130 BP)
Fire Fire Maragi Maragion Maragidyne Maragibarion
Ice Ice Mabufu Mabufula Mabufudyne Mabufubarion
Elec Elec Mazio Mazionga Maziodyne Maziobarion
Force Force Mazan Mazanma Mazandyne Mazanbarion
Light Light Mahama Mahamaon Mahamadyne Mahamabarion
Dark Dark Mamudo Mamudoon Mamudodyne Mamudobarion

Phys Phys skills have different power for Tier 4, and an additional 5th Tier:

  • Note: these skills have a 0.9 accuracy modifier, instead of the usual 1.0.
All TargetsPhys All Targets Phys skills
Element Tier 1
(80 BP)
Tier 2
(100 BP)
Tier 3
(120 BP)
Tier 4
(140 BP)
Tier 5
(160 BP)
Phys Phys Mow Down Herculean Strike Hades Blast Vorpal Blade Gigantomachia

Phys Phys also has a separate set of skills with different base power and +30% critical rate:

  • Note: these skills have a 0.85 accuracy modifier, instead of the usual 1.0.
All TargetsPhys All Targets Phys skills (crit bonus)
Element Tier 1
(85 BP)
Tier 2
(105 BP)
Tier 3
(125 BP)
Phys Phys Heat Wave Megaton Press Titanomachia
Special Case: Rending and Slash

For certain Physical-Attack-focused generalists, such as Masakado A.jpg Masakado A, Zeus.jpg Zeus, or Fariedone.jpg Fariedone, participating in other elements would normally mean having to use a matching-element magic transfer skill. This would then use their weaker MATK stat, letting their stronger PATK stat go to waste.

However, the "Rending" and "Slash" series of skills deal PATK-based elemental damage. By transferring these to PATK-focused generalists, they can perform at their full potential regardless of element.

Rending and Slash Icon Skill Genome.png skill genomes can only be obtained from events, usually as ranking rewards. Very-high ranks tend to get a specific skill depending on the event, while lower ranks get a box that awards a random Rending/Slash skill when opened.

Elemental Physical skills
Element Rending
All Targets All Targets
(90 BP)
Single Target Single Target
(120 BP)
Fire Fire Rending Fire Fire Slash
Ice Ice Rending Ice Ice Slash
Elec Elec Rending Thunder Thunder Slash
Force Force Rending Wind Wind Slash
Light Light Rending White White Slash
Dark Dark Rending Black Black Slash
Special Case: high-tier Random Targets Random Targets

Earlier, it was stated that Random-Targets skills are best avoided for their low power. However, these high-tier ones are an exception.

With 60 base power per hit and 3-4 hits possible, high-tier Random has a damage potential of 180-240 BP when against a single target (i.e. Democ Boss). This means even the worst case of 3 hits is at least equal to tier 4 Single Target Single Target skills such as Dark Hell Gaze (180 BP). In that sense, high-tier Random skills are a straight upgrade in the context of Democalypse Boss.

High-tier Random-Targets skills are available in the monthly Icon Battle Points.png Duel Point exchange shop, or by ranking in at least Diamond 1 at the end of a PvP week.

High-tier Random Targets Random Targets skills
Element Skill
(180~240 BP)
Fire Fire Fiery Soul Prison
Ice Ice Frozen World
Elec Elec Thunderous Advent
Force Force Turbulent Advent
Light Light Divine Massacre
Dark Dark Eternal Hell

Damage Boosts

Damage Boosts refers to anything that mentions a %-increase towards damage. These can come from the following sources:

  • Skill Levels
  • Skills
  • Panels
  • Team Boosts from unique skills

All of these percentage boosts are added together and then multiplied with the original damage, therefore leveling a skill until it gives 20% increased damage is the exact same as transferring Merciless Blow when it comes to damage for Democalypse.

Damage Transfers
Usage 10% 15% 20% 25% 30%
Element specific
  • <Element> Boost
  • <Element> Prana
  • <Element> Accele
  • <Element> Slowda
  • <Element> Survivor
  • <Element> Vital
  • <Element> Avoid
  • <Element> Debuff
  • Elemental Cycle (Fire/Ice/Elec/Force)
  • Epitome of Carnage (Phys)
  • <Element> Amp
  • <Element> Enhancement
Single Target Single Target - - -
All Targets All Targets,
Random Targets Random Targets
- - -
Universal - -
Physical Attacks* - - -
Magical Attacks - - - -
  • Of note for this list is that the Physical Attacks row is not strictly talking about attacks using Phys Phys element, but instead Physical attacks, meaning attacks that can crit and miss.


Buffs and Debuffs are one of the most essential ways to further increase your damage.

Here are some example buff situations you might see in Democalypse, and their effects on damage calculations:

Effect on you Effect on foe Combined effect
Icon ATK Buff.png Attack up - +20% to damage you deal
- Icon DEF Debuff.png Defense down +20% to damage you deal
Icon ATK Buff.png Attack up Icon DEF Debuff.png Defense down +40% to damage you deal
Icon ATK Debuff.png Attack down - -20% to damage you deal
- Icon DEF Buff.png Defense up -20% to damage you deal
Icon ATK Buff.png Attack up Icon DEF Buff.png Defense up No change to damage dealt
Icon ATK Debuff.png Attack down Icon DEF Debuff.png Defense down No change to damage dealt

Since you are unable to give manual commands to your team during Democalypse, the process of obtaining buffs is frequently a bit more involved.


The most effective way to obtain buffs during the Prelim phase is by using Icon ATK Buff.png Auto-Taruka and Icon DEF Debuff.png Auto-Rakunda. These skills are only rarely obtainable as transferable skills, therefore the easiest way to integrate them into your teams is by using demons with those skills innately.


During Prelim, you usually do not want to use Press Turns for anything but casting All Targets All Targets skills to maximize the Weakness multiplier, and since the damage multiplier has a Maximum anyway. Therefore, actively casting buffs or using Single Target Single Target or Random Targets Random Targets skills to obtain buffs is not advised.


There are two essential differences to consider between the Boss and Horde waves when it comes to buffs.

  • 1. Auto-skills of any type do not activate on Boss waves. This is true for any skill that uses the words "at the beginning of the 1st turn", which also means Auto-Rebellion for example will not work. On the other hand, skills that activate at the beginning of a boss battle like Moment of Fate or Lord of the Abyss will work.
  • 2. It is not necessary for every attack to exploit the weakness of the opponent for the highest possible score. While it is still optimal to use demons that apply buffs/debuffs as part of their skills (i.e Susano-o.jpg Susano-o, Panel 3 VasukiP3.jpg Vasuki, etc) it is still possible to make a demon's AI actively use its turn to cast a buff skill.

Manual Buffing/Teching:

While it is impossible to get a demon to cast any debuff skill (Rakunda, Acid Breath, War Cry, Debilitate, Offensive Cry) it is possible to get the demon AI to cast a buff skill as long as a few conditions are met.

These conditions are:

  1. The buff has to increase at least one other stat aside from Attack (Defense, Ev/Acc). This means skills like War Dance, Blood Rush, Luster Candy, Barong Dance are viable for Manual Buffing.
  2. Demon AI has to be changed to Support using an Icon Tendency Selector.png AI tendency selector from the Icon Karma.png Karma shop.
  3. The demon casting the buff has to be below a certain offensive stat threshold. This threshold varies depending on the attack skill the demon uses to attack, their HP (higher HP = higher threshold) and how many things their buff increases (Luster Candy has a higher threshold than War Dance for example). Depending on how much extra HP the demon gets from brands (Life set bonus, +HP%), panels, or skills, the thresholds are somewhere around:
    • War Dance / Blood Rush : 1000-1500
    • Luster Candy-type buff : 1500-1800
    • Ishtar.jpg Ishtar's Almighty Mesopotamian Star has a slightly-higher threshold than Luster Candy-type buffs.
    • These thresholds can usually be met by using Life Brands with PAtk/MAtk% primaries. If the threshold isn't met, try HP% primaries until it's met.
  4. The demon casting the buff should go second. This is not a requirement, but otherwise you will have suboptimal Press Turn usage (buff would use one whole Press Turn instead of only half a Press Turn), making you lose out on a solid amount of damage.
    • Lead or Trail brands can help to adjust team ordering, if the agility gaps between the demons are too large.
    • Exception: Panel 3 P3Mot.jpg Mot wants to go last, so his two allies get to use the extra press turns to attack.

Using a demon for Manual Buffing will give higher returns the harder the other demons in the team hit, because increasing the damage of your hardest hitters will frequently give higher returns than just using a third mediocre damage dealer.

Demons that are commonly used for manual buffing are: Ishtar.jpg Ishtar, Abaddon A.jpg Abaddon A, Panel 3 P3Mot.jpg Mot, Agni.jpg Agni

  • Mot.jpg Mot: It's recommended to make his Archetype Purple Purple, so Life Surge's HP boost raises his offensive stat threshold.

Demons in the chart below can be used for manual buffing without a buff skill transfer. They're also fusible, making them very accessible:

Fusible Manual Buffers
Icon ATK Buff.pngIcon DEF Buff.png War Dance Cerberus.jpgVishnu.jpg
Icon ATK Buff.pngIcon EVAC Buff.png Blood Rush

Wu Kong.jpgZhong Kui.jpg

Icon ATK Buff.pngIcon DEF Buff.pngIcon EVAC Buff.png Luster Candy-type

Huang Long.jpgBarong.jpg

Icon ATK Buff.pngIcon DEF Buff.pngIcon EVAC Buff.pngIcon ATK Debuff.pngIcon DEF Debuff.pngIcon EVAC Debuff.png Invasion-type



  • Barong.jpg Barong and Ishtar.jpg Ishtar can provide buffs in any color, but all other demons in the chart above must be Yellow Yellow to have an innate buff.
  • Additional non-fusible options: Yellow Yellow Rama.jpg Rama, Party Pixie.jpg Party Pixie

Solar Skills

Another thing to consider are the "Solar" skills, Solar Prosperity and Solar Downfall. These basically work like one-turn versions of Auto-skills, except that they are activated at the start of every wave, allowing them to be used even on the boss wave. This opens up some specialized applications for these types of skills:

Solar Prosperity (1-turn Icon ATK Buff.png Taruka + Icon EVAC Buff.png Sukukaja)

  • For Ice Ice Boss, this effectively neutralizes the boss's Icon ATK Debuff.png Tarunda without requiring a manual buffer, making it strictly superior in that specific case.

Solar Downfall (1-turn Icon DEF Debuff.png Rakunda + Icon EVAC Debuff.png Sukunda)

  • For Fire Fire Boss, this effectively neutralizes the Boss's Icon DEF Buff.png Rakukaja.

Element Specific

This section will try to provide rankings for damage potential and things to look out for on each element.


  • Tiers are generally sorted from Left > Right
  • These lists are not fully complete, meaning not every possible demon will be included. Instead the focus is on only ranking each notable gacha demon, most usable fusible 5★s and at least 3x 4★s and 3x 3★s
  • For demons without an innate skill of the appropriate type and element (considering base kit and archetypes), the highest-tier transferable skill is assumed for the evaluation.
  • Ratings can vary slightly depending on investment. Investment consists of Transfers/Panels/Skill-Levels/Mitama/Demon-Level/Archetype. Gaps between tiers are generally larger than gaps within tiers.
  • The primary ranking criteria is maximum damage potential, though ease of investment, minimum damage, average damage and utility (providing boosts to other demons) are also factored in. While most of these were determined through testing and calculations, it is still possible for some of these ratings to have a margin of error.

General Tier Explanation:

  • Utility Demons: These demons are in general used to provide buffs for your team either through manual buffing or through Unique Skills. You generally want to have a maximum of one Utility Demon per team. The major exception is Panel 3 P3Mot.jpg Mot, who can still be paired with demons that already generate buffs themselves (Susano-o.jpg Susano-o, Tokisada.jpg Tokisada, Panel 3 P3Mahakala.jpg Mahakala) just for the extra turns.
    • Icon ATK Buff.png Taruka effects: Demons who can buff the team's ATK passively, or through their unique attacks.
    • Icon DEF Debuff.png Rakunda effects: Demons who can debuff the enemy's DEF passively, or through their unique attacks.
  • Press Turn/Useful Aura: These demons provide some utility that lets the team do more damage, such as: more press turns, team-wide damage-up aura, bonus hits.
  • Tier 0-X: Ranking of general damage potential for assorted demons. The lower the tier number the better. Tier 0 are the most outstanding demons that you should always use as long as you are able to.
  • Filler: Demons that usually have an attack move or boost for the corresponding element. These are not worth investing into heavily - they should only be used to fill up slots if you have no other options.
  • Panel 3-, 3xHerald- and 3xLady-: These prefixes apply to the demon listed immediately after them, to denote special rankings under specific circumstances.
    • Panel 3 denotes having Spirit Panel 3 of the demon in question completed. Similar rules apply to Panel 1, Panel 2, or Panel 4.
    • 3xHerald requires that all demons in the team that the demon is used in are from the Divine or Herald race.
    • 3xLady requires that all demons in the team that the demon is used in are from the Femme or Lady race.

Phys Phys

Phys Phys Prelim
Tier Demons
Icon ATK Buff.png Taruka Effects

FutsunushiP2.jpgAsura Lord.jpgFariedone.jpgMeliodas.jpgZhong Kui.jpgNergal.jpgOrochi.jpgFenrir.jpg

Icon DEF Debuff.png Rakunda Effects

Asura Lord.jpgFariedone.jpgMeliodasP2.jpg

Press Turn/Useful Aura

Zeus.jpgMasakado A.jpgMot.jpgOdin A.jpgFutsunushi.jpgAsura Lord.jpgFariedone.jpgGriffith.jpgSeraph.jpgP3ZG.jpgAstarothP2.jpgKartikeya.jpg

Tier 0

Hachiman.jpgOdin A.jpgFutsunushi.jpgAsura Lord.jpgMeliodas.jpgBerserker Guts.jpgSeraph.jpgP2Flauros.jpgChi You.jpg

Tier 1

Astaroth.jpgMasakado.jpgShiva.jpgHuang Di.jpgGuts.jpgDante☆.jpgMozgus.jpg

Tier 2

Gogmagog.jpgJack the Ripper.jpgFlauros.jpgP1Motoko.jpgSiegfried.jpgSeth.jpgOdin.jpgThor.jpg


Wu Kong.jpgHanuman.jpgMatador.jpgKoumokuten.jpgOse.jpgScathach.jpg

Phys Phys Boss
Tier Demons
Icon ATK Buff.png Taruka Effects


Icon DEF Debuff.png Rakunda Effects

Fariedone.jpgMeliodasP2.jpgBeelzebub☆.jpgBatou.jpgOse Hallel.jpgP4Mot.jpgLuciferP4.jpgAbaddon A.jpg

Press Turn/Useful Aura

Zeus.jpgLonginus.jpgP3Mot.jpgOdin A.jpgFutsunushi.jpgP3ZG.jpgLanling Wang.jpgFariedone.jpgKartikeya.jpg

Tier 0

P3Mara.jpgOse Hallel.jpgOdin A.jpg

Tier 1

Astaroth.jpgYoshitsune.jpgKali.jpgSusano-o A.jpgP2Flauros.jpgBatou.jpgArdha.jpgAsura.jpgLanling Wang.jpgChi You.jpg

Tier 2

Asura Lord.jpgGuan Yu.jpgCu Chulainn.jpgCu Chulainn A.jpg

Tier 3

Susano-o.jpgSeth.jpgMara.jpgShiva.jpgZaou-Gongen.jpgGogmagog.jpgTitan.jpgSiegfried.jpgSkull Knight.jpg



Phys Phys Notes

General Notes:

  • Team Restrictions: You cannot use both Masakado.jpg Masakado and Masakado A.jpg Masakado A. Even if one is on prelim and the other is on boss, or if one is in team 1 and the other is in team 2 - it's still not allowed.
  • Missing: Physical attacks have the possibility of missing. This needs to be taken into account, because a miss will be disastrous during either part and vastly hurt your score. If during simulations you notice one of your demons repeatedly missing, even if you have to decrease the damage for additional accuracy it will be worth it for the sake of consistency. Ways to increase a demon's accuracy are Brands or skill transfers like Good Aim or Great Aim.
  • Crits: Physical attack type skills have the chance to land a critical hit which is 1.5x the normal damage of the attack, which is a significant difference. The physical boss is the only one without innate crit resistance, making it possible to land critical hits without Icon Critical.png Rebellion effects. This leads to a large damage variance depending on how often your teams manage to score critical hits. Therefore demons that can minimize this variance are scored slightly higher. Some examples:
  • Futsunushi.jpg Futsunushi and Panel 3 P3ZG.jpg Zaou-Gongen: Futsunushi and Zaou-Gongen is a really strong pairing - due to team-wide Icon Critical.png Might from Futsu's skill, Gongen doesn't need to carry Auto-Rebellion, nor does he need to be first in battle to achieve his infinite crit chain. They also make Gigantomachia Kali.jpg Kali and Cu Chulainn A.jpg Cu Chulainn A viable prelim opitions (Kali receiving a maximum +80% damage total if in Icon Critical.png Might and Cu Chu A due to his turn 2 Icon Charge.png Charge).

Prelim Notes:

  • Flauros.jpg Flauros Prelim: Due to Hell Leopard, Flauros will usually produce +0.5 Weakness multiplier per activation of Iron Fist. With Spirit Panel 2 there is an additional increase from +0.1 to +0.3 to each Iron Fist, depending on how many different "parts" of the Horde are hit. Probabilities for this: +0.1 = 6.25%; +0.2 = 56.25%; +0.3 = 37.5% (assumption: each hit is equally likely to hit different parts; please correct if wrong)
  • Jack the Ripper.jpg Jack the Ripper Prelim: His unique ability Terror of London will hit Random Targets Random Targets 1-3 times at the start of prelim, providing +0.1 extra multiplier per hit. On the other hand his base stats and innate skills are fairly bad for Democalypse meaning his damage potential is fairly low.
  • Seraph.jpg Seraph Prelim: Due to his on Weakness Damage Aura, he can immensely increase your prelim score. However, because of his lackluster Strength he often runs Earthquake. Recall that Earthquake scales off of PDef, so he'll likely need a specialized brand set.

Boss Notes:

  • Odin A.jpg Odin A Boss: He can't set up Icon Zenith.png Zenith during the boss phase, meaning his damage boost aura won't trigger without help. Consider pairing him with a Zenith caster, such as Fariedone.jpg Fariedone.

Fire Fire

Fire Fire Prelim
Tier Demons
Icon ATK Buff.png Taruka Effects


Icon DEF Debuff.png Rakunda Effects

3CUrielP2.jpgAgni.jpgLuciferP4.jpgSurt A.jpgQuetzalcoatl A.jpgSchierke.jpgAdramelechP2.jpgYama.jpgGaruda.jpgPale Rider.jpgHresvelgr.jpg

Press Turn/Useful Aura

Zeus.jpgSabaoth.jpgMot.jpgMasakado A.jpgMithras.jpgMoloch.jpgNyarlathotep.jpgYamaP4.jpgSeraph.jpgCybele.jpgSchierkeP3.jpgMichaelP4.jpg

Tier 0

Hachiman.jpgSurt A.jpgBelial.jpgAdramelech.jpgQuetzalcoatl A.jpgMithras.jpgHinokagutsuchi.jpgNyarlathotep.jpgAgni.jpgCybele.jpg

Tier 1


Tier 2



Amaterasu.jpgKikuri-Hime.jpgTlaltecuhtli.jpgPele.jpgEfreet.jpgHua Po.jpg

Fire Fire Boss
Tier Demons
Icon ATK Buff.png Taruka Effects


Icon DEF Debuff.png Rakunda Effects

Elohim.jpgMahakala.jpgSurt A.jpg3CUrielP2.jpgP4Mot.jpgLuciferP4.jpgAgni.jpgAbaddon A.jpgQuetzalcoatl A.jpg

Press Turn/Useful Aura

Zeus.jpgSabaoth.jpgP3Mot.jpgVishnu A.jpgMithras.jpgMoloch.jpgSeraph.jpgCybele.jpgSchierkeP3.jpgMichaelP4.jpgVairocana.jpg

Tier 0

Mahakala.jpgElohim.jpgMada.jpgAdramelech.jpgCerberus A.jpgSurt A.jpgMithras.jpgHinokagutsuchi.jpgSurt.jpgSeraph.jpg

Tier 1

Cybele.jpgIndrajit.jpgQuetzalcoatl A.jpgAtropos.jpgPrometheus.jpgAzazel.jpgAmon.jpgAmaterasu.jpg

Tier 2



Kikuri-Hime.jpgLoki.jpgTlaltecuhtli.jpgAzrael.jpgAsherah.jpgHua Po.jpgZouchouten.jpgPele.jpg

Fire Fire Notes

General Notes:

Prelim Notes:

  • Prelim Icon DEF Buff.png Rakukaja: Similar to the Boss the first move the Makara Horde will cast is Rakukaja. This means if you want to maximize damage you will need to apply a Icon DEF Debuff.png Rakunda effect during the second turn even if your team has an Auto-Rakunda. Efficient ways to do this:
  • Atropos.jpg Atropos Prelim: Atropos' unique skill Passionate Rage can give up to +0.8 additional multiplier if used in an all Lady and/or Femme team. The highest potential team for this would be Kikuri-Hime.jpg Kikuri-Hime, Cybele.jpg Cybele and Atropos, though even with large investment it might be hard for this team to fully clear the bar.
  • Zaou-Gongen.jpg Zaou-Gongen Prelim: Rending Fire is a consideration over his innate Maragidyne, letting ZG use his better strength stat as well as letting him crit. If he's panel 3, then this can also lead into Icon Critical.png Rebellion-looping, helping teammates that use physical Fire spells. However, Rending Fire is an event-only genome, so if you don't have it, then stick with the magic build.

Boss Notes:

  • Azazel.jpg Azazel Boss: Due to Democalypse bosses' innate Critical Chance reduction, Guillotine Blaze will crit probably around 1 in 3 uses, even with investment into crit% through transfers and brands. Thus it might be better to transfer Trisagion for Boss, when using him.
  • Cerberus A.jpg Cerberus A Boss: Even with the innate Democalypse Bosses' Critical Chance Reduction, Cerberus A can reach up to 160% crit chance without brands, this thanks to the boost level 2 and panel 3, making him reliably crit.
  • Surt.jpg Surt's Ragnarok: While Ragnarok gets additional scaling from PAtk, the primary stat you need to focus on with your Brands is still MAtk. PAtk% should be in his terts, if possible.
  • Vairocana.jpg Vairocana Boss: Radiant Mantra can remove the boss's Icon DEF Buff.png Rakukaja at the start of the second turn allowing you to stay at neutral buffs.
  • Zaou-Gongen.jpg Zaou-Gongen Boss: Fire Slash doesn't work as well as you might think, due to the boss's crit rate reduction. By extension, ZG isn't going to be able to Icon Critical.png Rebellion-loop the team, since he can't land his first crit. Since Auto-Rebellion doesn't work on boss wave, it can't solve this problem.

Ice Ice

Ice Ice Prelim
Tier Demons
Icon ATK Buff.png Taruka Effects


Icon DEF Debuff.png Rakunda Effects

LuciferP4.jpgAgni.jpgAnantaP4.jpgKing Frost.jpgYama.jpgGaruda.jpgPale Rider.jpgHresvelgr.jpg

Press Turn/Useful Aura

Zeus.jpgSabaoth.jpgMot.jpgMasakado A.jpgNyarlathotep.jpgYamaP4.jpgSchierkeP3.jpgRahabP2.jpg

Tier 0

Hachiman.jpgRahab.jpgRamaP4.jpgEchidna.jpgBlack Frost.jpgNyarlathotep.jpg

Tier 1

Mahakala.jpgLuciferP4.jpgYm.jpgArdha.jpgBlack Rider.jpgBeiji-Weng.jpgRama.jpgKing Frost.jpg

Tier 2



Schierke.jpgHel.jpgSarasvati.jpgTiamat.jpgGui Xian.jpgSilky.jpg

Ice Ice Boss
Tier Demons
Icon ATK Buff.png Taruka Effects


Icon DEF Debuff.png Rakunda Effects

VasukiP3.jpgBeelzebub☆.jpg3CUrielP2.jpgP4Mot.jpgLuciferP4.jpgAnantaP4.jpgAbaddon A.jpgAgni.jpg

Press Turn/Useful Aura

Zeus.jpgSabaoth.jpgAnahitaP2.jpgP3Mot.jpgSeraph.jpgFrost Ace.jpgSchierkeP3.jpgRahabP2.jpgMichaelP4.jpg

Tier 0

Anahita.jpgRahab.jpgVasuki.jpgFrost Ace.jpg

Tier 1

Seraph.jpgIndrajit.jpgAtropos.jpgBlack Rider.jpgYm.jpgIzanami.jpgBlack Frost.jpgCybele.jpgAnubis.jpgTitania.jpg

Tier 2

Mastema.jpgKing Frost.jpgBeiji-Weng.jpgTiamat.jpgGui Xian.jpgHresvelgr.jpg



Ice Ice Notes

Boss Notes:

  • Boss Icon ATK Debuff.png Tarunda: The very first move the boss will use is Tarunda. After that no matter what he will not cast it again. Ways to deal with this in descending order of effectiveness:
  • Anahita.jpg Anahita: will buff magic damage to the entire party when under Bulwark. Since Bulwark expires after 1 turn, Panel 2 is necessary to recast it every turn, and thus maintain the buff. (Frost Ace.jpg Frost Ace's Vengeful Frost Fist is a physical move and thus won't benefit from this)
  • King Frost.jpg King Frost Boss: If your team already has a way of applying Icon DEF Debuff.png Defense down, using Red Red Archetype will be more optimal. Otherwise, you will want him to cast Cold World except if your other two demons are very weak.
  • Mastema.jpg Mastema's Archetype: It is assumed that he's Red Red for Ice Age. Panel 2 can add +100 MATK, but otherwise his panels will not help with Ice damage.
  • Rahab.jpg Rahab Boss: He grants himself Icon Critical.png Might when anyone on his team hits a weak point, letting him bypass the boss's crit rate reduction. Ideally, Rahab should go second or third to ensure he has Might ready for every attack.
  • Vairocana.jpg Vairocana Boss: Radiant Mantra can remove the boss's Icon ATK Debuff.png Tarunda at the start of the second turn allowing you to stay at neutral buffs.

Elec Elec

Elec Elec Prelim
Tier Demons
Icon ATK Buff.png Taruka Effects


Icon DEF Debuff.png Rakunda Effects

Botis.jpgLuciferP4.jpgAnantaP4.jpgAgni.jpgYama.jpgGaruda.jpgPale Rider.jpgHresvelgr.jpg

Press Turn/Useful Aura

Zeus.jpgSabaoth.jpgMot.jpgMasakado A.jpgBotis.jpgOdin A.jpgNyarlathotep.jpgYamaP4.jpgIzanami.jpgSchierkeP3.jpg

Tier 0

Hachiman.jpgOdin A.jpgNero☆.jpgZeus.jpgAnat.jpgNyarlathotep.jpgElohim.jpgBotis.jpg

Tier 1


Tier 2




Elec Elec Boss
Tier Demons
Icon ATK Buff.png Taruka Effects


Icon DEF Debuff.png Rakunda Effects

Botis.jpgVritra.jpgBeelzebub☆.jpg3CUrielP2.jpgP4Mot.jpgLuciferP4.jpgAnantaP4.jpgAbaddon A.jpgAgni.jpg

Press Turn/Useful Aura

Zeus.jpgSabaoth.jpgP3Mot.jpgBotis.jpgOdin A.jpgSeraph.jpgIzanami.jpgSchierkeP3.jpgMichaelP4.jpgAnielP3.jpgCthulhu.jpg

Tier 0

Zeus.jpgOdin A.jpgThor.jpgThor A.jpgBotis.jpgVritra.jpgIndrajit.jpgSamyaza.jpg

Tier 1


Tier 2



White Rider.jpgLoki.jpgSphinx.jpgDominion.jpgBaihu.jpg

Elec Elec Notes

General Notes:

  • Team Restrictions: You cannot use both Nero☆.jpg Nero☆ and the regular 4★ Nero.jpg Nero. Even if one is on prelim and the other is on boss, or if one is in team 1 and the other is in team 2 - it's still not allowed.
  • Atropos.jpg Atropos: Atropos' unique skill Passionate Rage can give up to +0.8 additional multiplier if used in an all Lady and/or Femme team.
  • Nero☆.jpg Nero☆'s Overture: After the first cast it becomes equivalent to a 180 Skill power All Targets All Targets move, because of the Icon Concentrate.png Concentrate effect. This means if Nero☆ is used for Boss, usually it will be better to NOT use Red Red Archetype (Ziodyne).

Boss Notes:

  • Cthulhu.jpg Cthulhu: can apply Icon Gloom.png Gloom on the Boss to help Thor A.jpg Thor A crit despite the innate crit reduction of Boss phase.
  • Odin A.jpg Odin A Boss: He can't set up Icon Zenith.png Zenith during the boss phase, meaning his damage boost aura won't trigger without help. Consider pairing him with a Zenith caster, such as Fariedone.jpg Fariedone. If the Zenith caster uses physical attacks, consider transferring Thunder Slash onto them.

Force Force

Force Force Prelim
Tier Demons
Icon ATK Buff.png Taruka Effects


Icon DEF Debuff.png Rakunda Effects

LuciferP4.jpgAnantaP4.jpgPale Rider.jpgAgni.jpgYama.jpgGaruda.jpgHresvelgr.jpg

Press Turn/Useful Aura

Zeus.jpgSabaoth.jpgMot.jpgMasakado A.jpgNyarlathotep.jpgYamaP4.jpgBaal.jpgSchierkeP3.jpg

Tier 0

Hachiman.jpgKogaP2.jpgNyarlathotep.jpgBaal.jpgCu Chulainn A.jpg

Tier 1

Mahakala.jpgElohim.jpgLuciferP4.jpgRamaP4.jpgTrumpeterP4.jpgArdha.jpgPale Rider.jpgCu Chulainn.jpg

Tier 2




Force Force Boss
Tier Demons
Icon ATK Buff.png Taruka Effects


Icon DEF Debuff.png Rakunda Effects

Garuda A P2.jpgBeelzebub☆.jpg3CUrielP2.jpgP4Mot.jpgAnantaP4.jpgAbaddon A.jpgCthulhuP2.jpg

Press Turn/Useful Aura


Tier 0

Garuda A.jpgSusano-o.jpgSamyaza.jpg

Tier 1

Seth.jpgMahamayuri.jpgElohim.jpgRaphael.jpgKogaP2.jpgSeraph.jpgBaal.jpgIndrajit.jpgPale Rider.jpg

Tier 2

Atropos.jpgLakshmi.jpgSonic.jpgOberon.jpgIzanami.jpgCybele.jpgAnubis.jpgTitania.jpgCu Chulainn.jpg

Tier 3

Long.jpgCu Chulainn A.jpgGaruda.jpg



Force Force Notes

General Notes:

  • Baal.jpg Baal: When considering whether you should use Baal for the Boss or Prelim stage, this will depend on the demon taking his place in the opposite phase. Additionally, it matters how your Baal is built, Red Red Baal for example is usually stronger for Boss.
  • Koga Saburo.jpg Koga Saburo: needs panel 2 to be used reliably, on account of Soaring Blades having only 3 uses without it, which is not enough for either Prelim or Boss phases. In addition, the maximum amount of Soaring Blades charges is 6, just enough for Boss phase, which makes him incompatible with demons who can increase the number of Press Turns.

Boss Notes:

  • Cthulhu.jpg Cthulhu: can apply Icon Gloom.png Gloom on Boss phase, helping demons like Koga Saburo.jpg Koga Saburo and Seth.jpg Seth to land critical hits despite the crit reduction innate to Bosses.
  • Oberon.jpg Oberon: Red Red Oberon presents a gamble with Twister, as it can have 110, 165, or 220 power based on RNG, compared to Zandyne's consistent 160 power. If you prefer Zandyne's consistency, use a different color.

Light Light

Light Light Prelim
Tier Demons
Icon ATK Buff.png Taruka Effects

NyarlathotepP2.jpgVishnu A.jpgArdhaP2.jpgYama.jpgAnanta.jpg

Icon DEF Debuff.png Rakunda Effects

LuciferP4.jpgVishnu A.jpgAnantaP4.jpgAgni.jpgYama.jpgGaruda.jpgPale Rider.jpgHresvelgr.jpg

Press Turn/Useful Aura

Zeus.jpgVishnu A.jpgSabaoth.jpgMot.jpgMasakado A.jpgMithras.jpgNyarlathotep.jpgYamaP4.jpgOkuninushi.jpgBaldur.jpg

Tier 0

Hachiman.jpgMastema.jpgGabriel.jpgVishnu A.jpgMithras.jpgOkuninushi.jpgNyarlathotep.jpg

Tier 1


Tier 2




Light Light Boss
Tier Demons
Icon ATK Buff.png Taruka Effects

Okuninushi.jpgSukuna-Hikona.jpgTokisada.jpgBeelzebub☆.jpg3CUriel.jpgFlauros Hallel.jpgNorn.jpg

Icon DEF Debuff.png Rakunda Effects

Vishnu A.jpgOkuninushi.jpgBeelzebub☆.jpg3CUrielP2.jpgAbaddon A.jpgP4Mot.jpgLuciferP4.jpg

Press Turn/Useful Aura

Zeus.jpgLonginus.jpgP3Mot.jpgVishnu A.jpgSabaoth.jpgMithras.jpgSeraph.jpgOkuninushi.jpgMichaelP4.jpgBaldur.jpg

Tier 0


Tier 1

3CGabriel.jpgElohim.jpgAniel.jpgIndrajit.jpgFlauros Hallel.jpgRaphael.jpgIshtar.jpg

Tier 2



White Rider.jpgSleipnir.jpgDantalian.jpgJeanne d'Arc.jpgPrincipality.jpgSandalphon.jpgHorus.jpg

Light Light Notes

General Notes:

  • Light is pretty straightforward. Mainly you will have to test where to apply Archangel synergies if you have them.
  • Where you use Vishnu A.jpg Vishnu A will depend on the rest of your teams, but he should be most effective on a boss team with Tokisada.jpg Tokisada and Mot.jpg Mot, to complement Tokisada's Icon ATK Buff.png Atk buff while not interrupting any Archangel synergies.

Dark Dark

Dark Dark Prelim
Tier Demons
Icon ATK Buff.png Taruka Effects


Icon DEF Debuff.png Rakunda Effects

LuciferP4.jpgAnantaP4.jpgAgni.jpgYama.jpgGuedhe.jpgGaruda.jpgPale Rider.jpgHresvelgr.jpg

Press Turn/Useful Aura

Zeus.jpgSabaoth.jpgMot.jpgMasakado A.jpgYamaP4.jpgNyarlathotep.jpgIzanami.jpgLucifuge.jpg

Tier 0


Tier 1


Tier 2

Lucifuge.jpgIshtar.jpgLucifer.jpgLilith A.jpgBlack Frost.jpgLilith.jpgBeelzebub.jpgPazuzu.jpg



Dark Dark Boss
Tier Demons
Icon ATK Buff.png Taruka Effects


Icon DEF Debuff.png Rakunda Effects

Cernunnos.jpgBeelzebub☆.jpg3CUrielP2.jpgP4Mot.jpgLuciferP4.jpgAnantaP4.jpgAbaddon A.jpgAgni.jpg

Press Turn/Useful Aura

Zeus.jpgTiamat A.jpgSabaoth.jpgP3Mot.jpgSeraph.jpgGuedhe.jpgIzanami.jpgLucifuge.jpgMichaelP4.jpg

Tier 0

Tezcatlipoca.jpgAliceP4.jpgTiamat A.jpgIzanami.jpgHecate.jpgCernunnos.jpgSeraph.jpg

Tier 1


Tier 2

Lucifuge.jpgLilith A.jpgCybele.jpgTitania.jpgAlice A.jpgBlack Frost.jpgIxtab.jpgAzrael.jpg



Dark Dark Notes

General Notes:

  • Team Restrictions:
    • You cannot use both Lilith.jpg Lilith and Lilith A.jpg Lilith A. Even if one is on prelim and the other is on boss, or if one is in team 1 and the other is in team 2 - it's still not allowed.
    • You also cannot use both Beelzebub.jpg Beelzebub and Beelzebub☆.jpg Beelzebub☆.
    • You also cannot use both Alice.jpg Alice and Alice A.jpg Alice A.
  • Lucifuge.jpg Lucifuge: He provides a 10% damage aura to all Tyrants (20% if panel 3). This synergizes well with several demons, such as Lucifer.jpg Lucifer, Beelzebub.jpg Beelzebub, Beelzebub☆.jpg Beelzebub☆, Hecate.jpg Hecate, and Abaddon A.jpg Abaddon A.
    • His skill Light Devourer also heals himself, which can then activate Panel 4 Ananta's Debilitate in boss phase.

Prelim Notes:

  • Prelim Dekunda: The Ares Horde will use Dekunda as its first move, if they are debuffed in some way. Demons that can reapply Icon DEF Debuff.png Rakunda currently is Agni.jpg Agni and P4 LuciferP4.jpg Lucifer
    • Beelzebub.jpg Beelzebub + Panel 4 Ananta.jpg Ananta works as well: Beelzebub's Gluttony has a healing effect, so it will trigger Ananta's Debilitate.

Boss Notes:

  • Guedhe.jpg Guedhe Boss: His skill Dark Gift has 100% crit rate by default, and it inflicts Icon Gloom.png Gloom (+20% crit rate). With investment into Glee brands, he should be able to crit the boss consistently.
    • His 25% damage boost aura on Gloomed foes only applies to physical attacks (as in, attacks that can crit or miss). Consider pairing him with dark physical attackers, such as Lilith A.jpg Lilith A or Tiamat A.jpg Tiamat A, to make use of this.
  • Lilith A.jpg Lilith A Boss: With panels 1 and 2, Temptation reaches 120% crit chance (without considering transfers or brands), helping her overcome the boss phase's 100% crit rate reduction.

Team Composition

This section will give specific builds for some common teams and strategies as well as explain some of the ratings of the more commonly appearing demons in the previous section.
One major general guideline is that you will want to have your stronger Prelim team paired with your stronger Boss team. If you want to optimize your teams you can not get around running a lot of simulations and adjusting your teams based on those results.

Extra Press Turns

There are a few demons that have the ability to give your team extra Press Turns, which is incredibly valuable. Since usually there are demons for every element that deal way more damage than the others (examples: Garuda A for Force Boss, Quetzalcoatl A.jpg Quetzalcoatl A for Fire Prelim) giving these demons more opportunities to attack will vastly outweigh just using another mediocre damage dealer.


  • Harmonious Death gives an extra Press Turn and increases all of Mot's damage
  • Spirit Panel 3 gives another Press Turn on your third turn, which allows for a total of 2 extra Press Turns in Boss Phase
  • General rule of thumb: If Mot is Panel 3 use him on the Boss Phase, otherwise use him on Prelim.
P3 Mot Boss Team (Example Elec)
ArchPurple.png Indrajit.jpg Indrajit
ArchPurple.png Thor.jpg Thor
ArchPurple.png Mot.jpg Mot
Luster Candy
Thunder Reign
Manual Buffing Brands
P3 unlocked, going last/3rd

Above is a generic example of what a Boss team using Panel 3 Mot looks like. Always use the two heaviest hitters you own in the first two slots of this team. To quickly identify those you can reference the ranking section above. By setting your team up this way you can ensure that your heaviest hitters get what's equivalent to a full fourth round of attacks while also getting the damage increase from buffs, which means on average around +33% to your total score.

Mot's Luster Candy can also be either War Dance or Blood Rush for manual buffing. His Thunder Reign can also be any other Single Target Single Target or Random Targets Random Targets skill and has to be exchanged for a skill of the appropriate element for the other elements.

Masakado A.jpgMasakado A:

  • Guardian of the East gives an extra Press Turn.
  • Due to the introduction of the new Elemental physical skills, Hero Masakado is no longer held back by his poor Magic stat and the constant need of Magic based All Targets All Targets attacks.
  • if you lack any of the Elemental All Targets All Targets Physical skills, Butcher and his Panel 1 allow him to not be completely useless in the damage area during Prelim slightly compensating for his low Magic stat
  • Because of his high Agility you will need to use Lead Brands, Agility Mitama or high Agility Demons so they can go before him to fully utilize the extra Press Turn


Uriel.jpg Uriel has the ability through both his Panel 2 and his unique skill God's Fire to provide full offensive buffs to your entire team in the Boss phase, if combined with two more Herald or Divine demons. Full offensive buffs are a significant bonus (40% score increase) that would even make slightly suboptimal team compositions better than ones consisting of mainly higher tier demons.

Thankfully Seraph.jpg Seraph, which is usually within the top 3 best demons for all elements, is also a Herald demon and almost every element also has very good Herald and Divine demon options for the third slot, Panel 4 MichaelP4.jpg Michael being usually the best option since he grants all Herald/Divines a 15% boost to their damage.

Generalist Archangel Boss Team
ArchPurple.png Uriel.jpg Uriel
Ideally P2 unlocked
ArchClear.png Seraph.jpg Seraph
ArchTeal.png Michael.jpg Michael
P4 unlocked

Above is a generic example of a Generalist Archangel Boss Team. For each of those demons you will have to transfer a Single Target Single Target attack skill of the appropriate element. Other than that, transfers, brands, and everything else can be focused on maximizing their individual damage.

The following table lists some options for the 3rd slot in the Archangel team for each element, in descending order of maximum potential:

Element Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
Fire Fire P4 MichaelP4.jpg Michael Metatron.jpg Metatron Azrael.jpg Azrael
Ice Ice P4 MichaelP4.jpg Michael Metatron.jpg Metatron Red Red Mastema.jpg Mastema
Elec Elec Gabriel.jpg Gabriel Aniel.jpg Aniel Red Red Dominion.jpg Dominion
Force Force Raphael.jpg Raphael P4 MichaelP4.jpg Michael Sandalphon.jpg Sandalphon
Light Light P4 MichaelP4.jpg Michael P3 AnielP3.jpg Aniel or Michael.jpg Michael Any Divine/Herald
Dark Dark P4 MichaelP4.jpg Michael Red Red Azrael.jpg Azrael Metatron.jpg Metatron

Generic Boss Team

This is a generic boss phase team example. An optimal Boss team generally should consist of two main damage dealers and a Utility demon that provides some form of support (usually Buffs).

Basic Boss Team
ArchPurple.png Izanami.jpg Izanami
ArchPurple.png Abaddon A.jpg Abaddon A
Luster Candy
Life, Lead
Wants to go second in turn order
ArchPurple.png Anubis.jpg Anubis

Every single demon of course has to get a transfer of a skill of the appropriate element. In this team Abaddon A would fill the role of Utility demon and can of course be replaced with any other demon that could fill that role. Similarly Anubis and Izanami can be replaced with any other strong damage dealers.

See also

Quest Areas
Permanent Content StoryDx2 QuestsAlter-WorldAura Gate (1, 2, SP)
Farming Quests Strange SignalBrands of SinWanted
Recurring Events EclipseHell's ParkAdventKiwamiTokyo AbyssTake Back TokyoDemon Alliance Invasion
Competitive DemocalypseD2 DuelBattle Tower