So I've breezed through this game up until the battle with Io and Daichi, I've found it much easier than Devil Survivor 1 but I seem to be stuck because of my lack of usable characters. I beat Hinako and Jungo and even Shiva, but my fate with both of them is only 3 so I cannot recruit them. My fate with Daichi is also 3 so I wont be able to recruit him either.
Anyways, I am able to beat Daichi and Io in my first set of turns using Evil Flow and Matchless, but it's the other enemies that end up destroying me. I have good demons and good stats, but I can only battle with MC and AO, which seems to be the problem. After this battle I will also only be able to recruit Io, Fumi, Makato, and Keita (with only Fumi and Keita being truly useful). But it seems I won't be able to make it through this path because I screwed up the fate system. I want to do AO's route, but it seems nearly impossible. Does anyone have any hints to beating Daichi and Io's battle with only MC and AO? Luckily I have an extra save right before I chose the path, but I would prefer to do AO's first...
Anyways here's my team:
MC LV 55:
w/ Dragon Python and Kishin Zouchouten
AO LV 55:
w/ Hero Jeanne d'Arc and Deity Osiris