Rag's Jewlery, more commonly referred to as "Rag's Shop", has made several appearances across the Megami Tensei series over the past two decades, despite only appearing in a single stateside release. Rag's Jewelry provides an alternative means to resource and demon acquirement, in addition to occasionally supplying weapons and armory, in exchange for precious gemstones (in lieu of the traditional currency, Macca). Behind the counter appears the eponymous Rag, a beady eyed humanoid of unknown origins whose unexplained fascination with gemstones presumably prompted the foundation of this curious business.
The lower level elements seem to be manifestations of those described in Aristotle's On Generation and Corruption, while the more advanced elementals are derived from the works of Paracelsus.
Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei
Rag can be found in several areas of the original Megami Tensei, initially appearing in the Vallhala region. The player may trade in an Amethyst for one of four curious rewards.
|Dragon Mustache||Restores full health to the party.|
|Thunderbolt||Inflicts a set amount of damage upon the party.|
|Ares Necklace||An incredibly heavy (albeit stylish) necklace, named for the Greek God of War.|
|Magatama||A comma-shaped bead, supposedly of religious importance.|
Rag's sprite in Kyuuyaku Megami Tensei was changed to closer resemble his three-eyed appearance in Megami Tensei II.
Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei II
Rag appears once more in the 1990 sequel Megami Tensei II, offering a number of consumables in exchange for precious gemstones.
Shin Megami Tensei
Rag's Jewelry is only accessible after completing the Kongokai, following the destruction of Tokyo by way of nuclear bombardment, located in a small building outside the Shinjuku area. It may be unlikely that the player will have converted his/her Yen to Macca at this point, though that should be of little consequence, considering Rags deals exclusively in precious gems and stones. Shin Megami Tensei also marked the first appearance of purchasable elementals in addition to the usual slew of consumables, a practice that would remain in place for the duration of the series.
The lower level elementals are indeed all palette swaps of the Flaemis sprite, despite having unique concept art developed for each of them.
Shin Megami Tensei II
Rag is back in the second installment of the Shin Megami Tensei series. He runs his business out of various landmarks scattered around Tokyo, offering very much the same service as in the first game. A pair of ornamental Maneki-neko are placed on both sides of the shop.
Shin Megami Tensei: If...
Rag has set up shop in the World of Sloth in the 1994 spin-off, Shin Megami Tensei: If..., offering a temporary reprieve to the denizens from their unending labor.
Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne
Rag makes his latest and perhaps final appearance in Shin Megami tensei: Nocturne, sporting an interior loosely based on his previous appearance in Shin Megami Tensei: If... This time he's situated to the right of the Cathedral of Shadows in Ginza.
Rag has expanded his inventory to include demons of the Mitama clan, aspects of the human soul in the Shinto religion. Mitama can be created by fusing together two lower-level elementals. During fusion with a Mitama a demon will keep it's original form and skill set while receiving a sizable boost to two individual status points in the process.
|Attack Mirror||Repels Physical attacks for the entire party, single use.||Opal x1, Turquoise x1|
|Magic Mirror||Repels Magical attacks for the entire party, single use.||Opal x1, Onyx x1|
|Attract Pipe||Increases the odds of enemy encounter until New Kagutsuchi.||Coral x1, Turquoise x1|
|Repulsive Ball||Lowers the odds of enemy encounter until New Kagutsuchi.||Pearl x1|
|Chakra Pot||Restores full MP to a single target.||Garnet x1, Coral x1|
|Great Chakra||Restores full MP to the entire party.||Diamond x1|
|Bead Chain||Restores full health to the entire party.||Aquamarine x3|
|Dekaja Rock||Nullifies the effects of "-kaja" spells on all enemies.||Garnet x1, Coral x1|
|Tetraja Rock||Nullifies Expel/Death affinity spells for the entire party, single use.||Garnet x1, Aquamarine x1|
|Megido Rock||Mid Almighty damage inflicted upon all enemies.||Ruby x1|
|Megidola Rock||Heavy Almighty damage inflicted upon all enemies.||Ruby x2|
|Pot of Death||Reduces all enemies health to one.||Emerald x1, Coral x1|
|Smoke Ball||Instantly escapes from battle.||Onyx x1, Aquamarine x1|
|Balm of Rising||Revives an ally with full health.||Pearl x1|
|Soma Droplet||Greatly resores HP/MP to a single target.||Amethyst x1|
Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible III
Rag can be found in a number of villages across the strange, pseudo-19th century world of Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible III, sporting a minuscule appearance and carrying a large sack from which an assortment of colorful jewels seem to be spilling out.
Rag appears once more in the 1995 SRPG Another Bible, filling the role of an unassuming item vendor.
Rag's Shop is available after clearing the 7th scenario in Majin Tensei. Gems may be exchanged for a special set of equipment, while an assortment of demons are available for purchase with a combination of Macca and gemstones.
|Aura Armor||Emerald x1, Garnet x1, Pearl x1|
|Aura Helmet||Saphire x1, Turquoise x1, Opal|
|Aura Gloves||Onyx x1, Topaz x1, Ruby x1|
|Aura Boots||Amethyst x1, Aquamarine x1, Diamond x1|
Majin Tensei II: Spiral Nemesis
Rag's shop returns in Majin Tensei II, marked on the overworld by a large, red jewel. Gemstones may be exchanged for various pieces of equipment, as well as a cadre of elementals, as per usual.