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Persona 5 Royal tips: 9 things you need to know before you get started

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Persona 5 Royal It’s a huge JRPG where your free time is valuable as you can only do so much in one day. Between managing friends (aka Confidants) and exploring dungeons, the game has tons of different aspects to play.

Now that the game has been released outside of PlayStation consoles, we’ve listed below some tips we wish we knew before we dived into the critically acclaimed JRPG.

Check your surroundings for free stats

There are many things around you that will passively raise your stats in no time, you just have to keep an eye on them. Whether you’re completing a puzzle left in the cafe or giving a plant some fertilizer, you’ll want to interact with the various things around you to make sure you’re making the most of your time.

Keep books and DVDs on you for even more statistics

There are many nights when you can’t leave Leblanc, but you can still read books and watch DVDs on these nights. You should go to the DVD and bookstore in Shibuya and buy something to earn stat points even if you can’t get out of the cafe.

All Confidentials are useful, not just your party members

While it can be tempting to ignore some characters who aren’t Ghost Thief, you need to rank up as many people as they can give you useful abilities.

For example, shogi player Hifumi Togo gives you the ability to change your party members mid-battle, teacher Sadayo Kawakami lets you read during class, and doctor Tae Takemi gives you access to special medicine items.

A black, white, and red UI showing the Joker's relationship with doctor Tae Takemi

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Be sure to focus on these three characters for the true ending.

To reach the “true ending”, the most complete version of the game, you need to make sure you reach certain Confidant ranks with three specific characters on specific dates. Don’t forget to spend time with Takuto Maruki (Assembly), Goro Akechi (Justice) and Kasumi Yoshizawa (Faith) until mid-November.

Diversify your contacts and don’t be afraid to fuse them

You should have enough Contacts to cover a variety of different elements, especially those that are not in your party members. Since you can change your Persona once per turn, you can easily take advantage of enemy weaknesses.

However, instead of using the same people forever, you should also combine your Personas as you level up. When a Persona has no new skills to learn, it’s usually a sign that you need to combine it with a stronger skill.

Don’t forget to save your contacts after leveling them.

All Personas you collect are automatically added to a summary, where you can re-summon them for a fee. However, the build can’t keep up with your leveling retroactively, so if you want to get rid of a Persona you’re using and restart later, you must first save it to the build in the Velvet Chamber. Signing up costs nothing, so you should make it a habit to do so before unloading or fusing your Personas.

A red, black and white UI menu in the very blue Velvet Chamber prompts the player to Save Contacts

Image: Atlus/Sega via polygon

Make the most of your time in Palaces and Memories

After leaving a palace or Mementos, you cannot do anything else for the rest of the night (unless you max out Kawakami’s Confidential rank). To avoid wasting a day, make sure you don’t venture into any of these places until you’re completely ready to explore. This means you have your Mementos requests in order, stock up on healing items and everything else you might need, as you shouldn’t leave until you’re completely gone before you fight a ton of bad guys.

Keep your eyes peeled for special weather conditions

Weather affects many things in the game, such as stat gains, things you can buy in stores, and shadows in Mementos. Rainy nights will allow you to gain more charm from the hammam or knowledge by studying at Leblanc or the restaurant.

Special weather conditions are great for Mementos as some types of weather will weaken the shadows. For example, if there is a “pollen alert,” the shadows in Mementos will be more lethargic and tired.

Don’t stress about completing everything

Technically there is time to do everything, but to do it you will have to follow a fairly rigorous and excellent schedule. Doing this can be a slog so if this is your first game person 5 (in any form), we recommend that you do what you want and get it at your own pace.