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Choosing Lilim or Principality in SMT V seems like a big choice, but you can have both.

Shin Megami Tensei V: Choose Lilim or Principality?

Choosing Lilim or Principality in SMT V seems like a big choice, but you can have both.
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If you’re wondering whether to pick Lilim or Principality in Shin Megami Tensei V, take heart. The choice here is easier than it was in Minato when you chose between Apsaras and Leanan Sidhe, and you have a chance to recruit one of the demons almost immediately after.

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Still, there’s a clear winner if you only take time to join with one of the demons, and it’ll make a big difference in your upcoming boss fight.

Choose Lilith or Principality in SMT V?

Depending on how you explore, you’ll likely run into Lilith first. There’s a group of them behind the destroyed train tracks near the Container Yard, and the leader tells you they want to visit the human world. Not for nefarious reasons, mind — at least, that’s what they say. If you want to help the Lilim, you’ll need to track down Principality in the Container Yard a little ways further on.

Once you get there, Principality gives you the chance to help them instead by defeating the Lilim who are surely up to no good.

As with the first such quest, choosing one bars you from picking the other. The Shinegawa boss uses dark and ice magic, which Principality and Lilim are weak to, respectively, but your choice actually matters a bit less here than you might expect.

Recruit Principality in SMT V

We recommend siding with Principality and defeating the Lilim for a few reasons. Lilim has two weaknesses, light and ice, which are easier to exploit than Principality’s sole weakness to dark. Once you reach the Fairy Village, you’ll run into Lilim up in the hills anyway and can recruit her then. Principality’s multi-target light spell will also be a big boon in the near future.

It’s a good idea to do so as well. Lilim eventually learns Dark Resist, which you can pass on to another demon via fusion. If you obtain the Lilim essence, you can also remove the Nahobino’s natural weakness to dark, which we strongly recommend doing before the Shinegawa boss fight.

That’s all you need to know about whether to choose Lilim or Principality in SMT V, but make sure to check out our other Shin Megami Tensei V guides for more tips.

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Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.