Sometimes felt like I was babysitting a bunch of high-maintenance teenage drama queens.
Didn't you used to moderate the forums?
Anyway, I'm not up to the fiends yet (I WOULD have been but I've been out of town for like three days), but I will say that being a Megaten game, leveling is probably not useful.
The only SMT-related game I powerleveled in was Persona 1, because I didn't grasp the ideas of "elemental weakness matter!" and "you should really fuse new personas dawg." I mean I literaly only fused new personas for most of the characters before Deva Yuga. I'm not sure how I did that.
btw gen is your copy of DS2 running better now at all?
then promptly lost half my money in Tento Forest because I walked into a dark area and kept falling over.
Have a demon cast "light up." Another guy later on tells you this in the forest.
If you lost a huge amount of money, just reload. There's a dragon's den right before the dark area, so...
No idea about the fiends, though.
As for the nekomata, just get something that's strong against mind/nerve. Or press R2 to make your demons invisible/call them to you and run like hell when Marin Kirin is being cast.