- Persona 3 Reload may contain a hidden Pokemon reference, specifically a Sandygast callback.
- One attentive fan has realized that the Naganaki Shrine contains a sand mount that looks extremely similar to the Generation 7 Pokemon.
- While some Pokemon fans expressed skepticism about that theory, the absence of such a mound in the original Persona 3 makes it less likely that the model’s resemblance to Sandygast is a coincidence.
Persona 3 Reload might be hiding an obscure Pokemon reference in the form of a Sandygast callback, according to one eagle-eyed player. While that would hardly be the first Easter egg based on another media franchise that found its way to an Atlus game, the discovery of this potential Persona 3 Reload reference has sparked a debate among some Pokemon fans regarding its authenticity.
Atlus’s remake of the third numbered Persona installment was released to widespread fan adoration and critical acclaim on February 2. Much like the 2006 original, Persona 3 Reload is a fairly long game, so it’s plausible that at least some of its secrets are still waiting to be discovered mere days following its release.
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Persona 3 Reload Naganaki Shrine Might Hide a Sandygast Reference
Be that as it may, one of those secrets might have just been discovered by Reddit user Frosty_Training_3229, who recently stumbled on a curiously shaped sand mount while exploring the Naganaki Shrine. Upon closer inspection, the player started suspecting that the mound was actually a subtle reference to the Pokemon Sandygast, a seventh-generation creature originally debuted in Pokemon Sun and Moon back in 2016.
And while nearly two thousand people have promptly voted to send this discovery to the front page of the main Pokemon subreddit, not everyone agreed with Frosty_Training_3229’s theory. Some fans have hence posited that Sandygast boasts such a generic design that nearly any pile of sand with a small shovel sticking out of it could be a reference to it. However, they argued that was decisively not the case because such imagery is common across countless media, including manga and anime that heavily inspired the Persona series.
Faced with those arguments, Frosty_Training_3229 went through the trouble of hunting down a screenshot of the Naganaki Shrine from the original Persona 3. The image proved that while the 2006 game did feature a sand mount in that same spot, it was vastly different from the one found in the remake and did not, in fact, resemble Sandygast. Since one of Atlus developers went through the trouble of adding a sand shovel and a tunnel-like hole to the mound, this discovery made the player even more convinced that they have indeed stumbled on an obscure Sandygast Easter egg.
Whatever the case may be, a Persona game referencing Pokemon would be far from an unprecedented move for Atlus. After all, there were several Pokemon Easter eggs in Persona 5 alone, including one humorous dialogue option with Morgana and another one-liner from Futaba.
Persona 3 Reload
Persona 3 Reload is a remake of Atlus’ beloved 2006 JRPG. Featuring updated visuals and quality-of-life improvements, Reload brings Persona 3 to the modern age in style.
Blending social sim sections with dungeon crawling, monster catching, and turn-based combat, Persona 3 Reload finds a group of high school students investigating the Dark Hour, a short period that exists between days.
- February 2, 2024
- M For Mature 17+ Due To Blood, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Violence
- How Long To Beat
- 50 Hours