There’s only one week left to go before Persona 4 Arena Ultimax releases for American players to step back into the ring, and all along the way Atlus has been releasing various character trailers to build up hype. The newest batch of trailers works to nearly complete the roster by taking a look at Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3‘s Mitsuru and Elizabeth, as well as Persona 4‘s Teddie.
Starting things off is my personal favorite character from the series, Mitsuru Kirijo. In Persona 4 Arena Ultimax and it’s predecessor, she serves as the game’s charge character, a character type that requires holding a direction then pressing the opposite (such as holding Back then pressing Forward and an attack button) as opposed to the usual quartercircle-input specials in the game. Learning to be able to charge mid-combo, while not too difficult to grasp at first, is very much essential to effectively playing her. She can use her Persona, Artemisia, to freeze the opponent, leaving the opponent wide open to some killer combos if they don’t break out. Mitsuru’s trailer is actually a little different from most of the others. For characters with Shadow forms playable, the Shadow is just teased at the very end. However the trailer shows off a very chilling combo from Shadow Mitsuru that hits for devastating damage. It’s been known in the Japanese circuit for Ultimax that the Shadow Frenzy mechanic makes Shadow Mitsuru one of the better Shadow forms in the game, and this trailer holds that flag up high.
For trailers that follow the more traditional type of putting the primary focus on the normal version of a character other than a brief end-trailer Shadow tease (or no Shadow teaser at all if they have none), there’s Elizabeth and Teddie videos as well. Elizabeth is a character very reliant on her Persona, Thanatos, to put pressure on her opponents in combat. Thanatos is capable of using attacks of all of the main elements and status effects, and can use its sword for some powerful non-elemental attacks too. Elizabeth can force herself into Awakening state through one of her supers, and it’s much more essential in this game to keep that in mind than the previous installment since her special attacks all are modified in this state. If Thanatos gets Persona-broken then Elizabeth is in a rough spot for a little while, as she has very few effective defensive options as is and removing Thanatos takes away many of her good offensive ones too. Elizabeth players need to be mindful of when they send Thanatos out, too many unwise attacks can cost her the round. Rounding the group out is Teddie with his Persona, Kintoki-Douji. Teddie has a more animated feel to him to watch than the rest of the cast, mainly due to how wacky some of his attacks can be. Kintoki-Douji can throw a tomahawk missile at the opponent for one of his supers, but can also drop items for Teddie and the opponent to interact with for various effects mid-fight. For those who play as Faust in the Guilty Gear series, Teddie may be worth checking out because of the item mechanic, though Teddie’s items follow a specific order unlike Faust’s random drops. All three Persona 4 Arena Ultimax trailers can be viewed below.