I've been lurking this forum since I started this game. It's my first SMT game and I've chosen to play on Hard (something I regretted quite frequently in the mid-game).
Anyway, I'm rolling with Yukiko (of whom I'm in love, both IG and IRL), Teddie and Yosuke. I'm in the December dungeon and everything is going pretty well.
I did have a rough moment in the two previous dungeons but mostly because I was underlvl. I beat Naoto while being lv.50 and got to Heaven's Boss around 54. At that point, I did some grinding mostly to reach Mediarahan on Yukiko. That was the first time I used Light/Dark skills with the MC and I was surprised that the things actually work. And I was using the weakest spells for them. It made the leveling quite easy. At the same time, I was raping everything with the -dyne spells so I had to wonder :
Why is everyone putting such an emphasis on buff spells ? I have two of them on Teddie which I never used and never felt like I should. I probably have some on Yosuke too and same there. Actually Yosuke was more useful for me for Makajam (and Tentarafoo for a while) than anything else. I don't get the hype around him either. I'm regretting not taking Kanji over him.
Anyway I'm asking this question because I'm fast heading towards the end and I'm gonna be building a final skill set.
On a related note, does the Defense score influence the damage taken by elemental or only by physical ?