Persona 5 Royal tips: 9 things to know before you start

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Persona 5 Royal is a gigantic JRPG where your free time is valuable because you can only do so many things in a day. Between managing friends (aka Confidants) and exploring dungeons, there are tons of different aspects of the game to juggle.

Now that the game is releasing outside of PlayStation consoles, we’ve listed some tips below that we’d like to know before we jump into the critically acclaimed JRPG.


Check things around you for free stats

There are plenty of things to do around you that will passively increase your stats without wasting time, you just need to be on the lookout. Whether it’s completing a crossword left at the coffee shop or giving a plant some fertilizer, you’ll want to interact with the various things around you to make sure you’re getting the most out of your time.

Keep books and DVDs on you for even more stats

There are many nights you can’t leave Leblanc, but you can still read books and watch DVDs on those nights. You should head to the Shibuya DVD and Bookstore and pick up some stuff so you can earn stat points even when you can’t leave the cafe.

All confidants are useful, not just your party members

While it might be tempting to ignore some of the non-Phantom Thief characters, you should rank up as many as you can because they’ll give you useful abilities.

For example, shogi player Hifumi Togo gives you the ability to swap party members mid-battle, Professor Sadayo Kawakami lets you read books during class, and Doctor Tae Takemi will give you access to items. special medical.

Image: Atlus/Sega via Polygon

For the real ending, be sure to focus on these three characters

You must make sure to reach certain Confidant ranks with three specific characters on specific dates in order to access the “true ending” of the game, which is the most complete version. Be sure to hang out with Takuto Maruki (Counsellor), Goro Akechi (Justice), and Kasumi Yoshizawa (Faith) by mid-November.

Diversify your personas and don’t be afraid to merge them

You should have enough Personas to cover a variety of different items, especially ones that your party members don’t have. Since you can swap out your Persona once per turn, you can easily exploit enemy weaknesses.

That being said, you should also merge your Personas as you level up rather than using the same ones forever. Once a Persona has no more new skills to learn, it’s usually a sign that you need to merge it into a stronger one.

Don’t forget to save your personas after leveling them

Any Personas you collect are automatically added to a Compendium where you can re-summon them for a fee. However, the Compendium won’t retroactively track your upgrade, so if you want to get rid of a Persona you’ve used and re-summon it later, you’ll need to save it to the Velvet Room Compendium first. Registration costs nothing, so you should get into the habit of doing so before you drop or merge your Personas.

A red, black, and white UI menu in the very blue Velvet Room, prompting the player to register Personas

Image: Atlus/Sega via Polygon

Make the most of your time at the Palaces and Souvenirs

Once you leave a Palace or Memories, you can’t do anything else for the rest of the night (unless you max out Kawakami’s Confidant Rank). To avoid wasting a day, make sure you don’t enter any of these places until you’re ready to explore. This means you have your souvenir requests in order, stored healing items, and anything else you might need before you fight a ton of baddies, because you shouldn’t leave until you’re completely done.

Keep your eyes peeled for special weather conditions

Weather affects many things in the game, such as stat gains, things you can buy from shops, and shadows in souvenirs. Rainy nights will allow you to get more charm from the public baths or knowledge by studying at Leblanc or in the restaurant.

Special weather conditions are ideal for memories, as certain types of weather weaken shadows. For example, if there is a “pollen warning”, the shadows in the memories will be more lethargic and tired.

Don’t worry about finishing everything

There’s technically time to do everything, but you’ll have to follow a pretty rigorous and honed schedule to do it. Doing this can be tedious work, so if this is your first time reading personas 5 (in any form), we recommend that you do what you want and do it at your own pace.

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