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This mask here is called a Persona. It is a symbol of loyalty to Master Wizeman.
~ Reala, NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams.

The Persona Masks are acessories introduced in NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams which give Nightmarens unique abilities. Wearing them also symbolizes loyalty to Wizeman.

Characters Personas

Reala's Persona.

Both NiGHTS and Reala have a Persona Mask of their own. It is not known if these Personas grant powers or are simply cosmetic. NiGHTS' Persona is gold with a red gem in the center which bears a resemblance to the ruby on NiGHTS' chest and two blue feathers sticking up in the center above the jewel. Reala's Persona is gold with a "vine" like pattern and a pink jewel in the center which bears a resemblance to the gem on Reala's chest. The edges are trimmed with black feathers and there are three spikes poking up from above the jewel.

NiGHTS' Persona.

Both NiGHTS and Reala are intended to wear their Personas all times to show their loyalty to Wizeman. As Reala is very loyal to his creator, he is always wearing his. NiGHTS' on the other hand, rarely uses their's. In fact, they have only appeared with it twice in Journey of Dreams, first wearing it in Crystal Castle, but simply to show off for Helen and later wearing it by force after being captured by Wizeman in all of the endings.

Abilities Personas

In Journey of Dreams, there are three unlockable Personas which transform NiGHTS and give them special abilities.

Dolphin Persona

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The Dolphin Persona transforms NiGHTS into a Dolphin and gives them the ability to swim underwater. This Persona is unlocked in Will's story by beating all of the Pure Valley's missions and in Helen's story by beating all of the Aqua Garden's missions. During the Wizeman boss battle in Journey of Dreams, the player will need to use this mask to reach Wizeman when the latter attacks with water tornados.

Rocket Persona

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The Rocket Persona transforms NiGHTS into a Rocket and allows them to blast off at full speed. However, it drains the drill dash meter much faster. This Persona is unlocked in Will's story by beating all of the Lost Park's missions and in Helen's story by beating all of the Crystal Castle's missions. This Persona is mainly effective during the second fight with Cerberus to reach the middle head quickly. During the Wizeman boss battle in Journey of Dreams, the player will need to use this mask to reach Wizeman when the latter attacks with Meteors and clones of himself.

Dragon Persona

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The Dragon Persona transforms NiGHTS into a Dragon. It gives them resistence to wind as well as a stronger drill dash. NiGHTS is also capable of staying still in midair in this form. This Persona is unlocked in Will's story by beating all of the Delight City's missions and in Helen's story by beating all of the Memory Forest's missions. During the Wizeman boss battle in Journey of Dreams, the player will need to use this mask to reach Wizeman when the latter attacks with giant fireballs.

Other Appearances

Reala is always wearing his Persona in Sega Superstars Tennis, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and in the Nightmare Zone DLC from Sonic Lost World as well as in the Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man crossover comic book, Worlds Unite.

The three Persona Masks from Journey of Dreams (Dolphin, Rocket and Dragon) also make a small appearance in the NiGHTS-themed slot machine, NiGHTS Dream Wheel, in the game's flying bonus mode.[1][2][3]

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Trivia

  • In early 2007, there were rumors that NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams would be ported to the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 or that a new game tittled NiGHTS - Twilight Adventure would be developed for the mentioned consoles. The game would feature three exclusive masks called "Cloud", "Eagle" and "Magnet". However, the rumor came during the beginning of Journey of Dreams development and more news about it never came, meaning that this was either a false rumor or that the idea was disconsidered.[4]
  • The gems on both NiGHTS' and Reala's respective Personas look very similar to their respective gems on their chests.
  • Ever since Journey of Dreams, Reala has never appeared without his Persona mask, with the only exception being in games where he appears in his NiGHTS into Dreams design.
    • However, by hacking the Journey of Dreams game files, it's possible to find a model of Reala without his Persona.
    • NiGHTS on the other hand, has only ever appeared with their persona in Journey of Dreams.
  • The Personas were inspired by the Persona Archetype from Carl Jung's works about human's subconscious.[5]

References

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