Persona 5 tips. Based on my mistakes. Seems like I suck even in cyber social life. : (
1) Be a Bookworm
Books are incredible ways to power-up social stats, in addition to unlocking new locations or quick travels. You wouldn’t get the opportunity to read very often, but you certainly do not want to be without a book when these occasions come.
Always have one unread book checked out from the school library with you. You can also pick up books at different locations, or buy some from the bookstore at the start of Shibuya Central Street. The summary, be the nerdy student who always carries a library of reading materials everywhere. Be aware that the library and book shop progressively introduce new titles too.
2) Palaces Takes Several Days to Clear
Palaces need at least three days to clear. Even if you could rampage your way from start to end in one run, you’d still need to send calling cards and re-infiltrate the palace on another day to complete the story arc.
On top of certain story arcs requiring multiple visits to the palaces.
In short, don’t leave everything till the deadline. You don’t want to be caught in the situation of being unable to restock your inventory or level-up because you have no days! My suggestion is to do it ASAP within the time frame given.
3) Check the Calendar
Events like examinations could massively disrupt your schedule, because they remove choice of activities during those days and requires specific actions in order to reap maximum benefit. Prepare for them adequately by always checking your calendar. On the bright side, the game doesn’t inflict important deadlines during these important days, so you do not have to worry about that.
4) Get to Work!
For some reason, I was adverse to part-timing (LOL), till I discovered they provide social skills boosts. Later, I realised you also need to work in order to advance certain confidant ranks.
Set aside time for arubaito regularly. Aim also to do different ones. Like how it’s portrayed in Animes, the diligent student who part-times regularly always ends up the better boy. There are lots of benefits to be reaped here.
5) Have a Backup Healer
This is more of a strategy thing, which you can ignore if you’re that good a player. SP depletes really quickly in Palaces and Mementos. One way to limit this is to place a secondary healer in the backup team. I.E., this secondary healer performs healing outside of combat. Understandably, this is not always possible for various reasons. In which case, you might like to consider making Joker the primary healer, just so as to put aside another one.
6) Don’t Splurge Every Yen on Gear
Like I would for other RPGs, I headed immediately to the shop after each Palace visit to upgrade gear. Twice, my team then wore their flashy new purchases for 48 hours, before finding equivalent or better ones in Mementos.
I even found the same thing. Bah!
Tip. Don’t be so quick to buy after earning cash from Palaces. Give Mementos a run first. Gear is very expensive in Persona 5. You seriously do not want to waste your money that way.
7) Don’t Neglect Mementos
Mementos is the P3 Tartarus-like, free-roaming dungeon of Persona 5. Its gloomy tunnels might turn off those who dislike hard-core dungeon crawling. But please, don’t ignore Mementos.
It’s a wonderful place to grind, be it for money or gear or personas. Going through Mementos is also faster than expected since you’re driving in Morgana Bus. Suggestion, give Mementos a run before hitting a palace. It make things way easier subsequently.
8) Don’t Enter Palaces or Mementos without Lockpicks
Locked chests offer superior inventory and even gear. It really sucks if you come across one and cannot open it.
This is especially so for Mementos, which overall, feels to have more locked chests. (Try re-visiting levels)
My suggestion, bring at least four with you. Note that the time to make these wouldn’t be wasted too, since you gain proficiency points.
9) You Don’t Need to Kill Everything and Anything
Like all dungeon crawlers, you’d regularly encounter the situation of combat not exactly being a breeze, but not worthwhile for experience too. You know, when combat becomes a draggy sequence of hitting the weak spots and so on. When this happens, demand cash from enemies instead of slaughtering them. You’d be surprised how much money you can get. Actually, I found this the best way to gain cash.
10) Have a Proper Mix of Elemental Skills
Veteran Persona and Shin Megami Tensei players know this. The right mix of elemental skills is a game-breaker. Do not enter dungeons with a skewed elemental mix of spells.
The game makes it easy for you in this. Your companions have distinctive affinities. Whatever is missing, use Joker i.e. the Wild Card to supplement. In turn, this means you need to be mindful during fusion and inheritance of spells. The worst fusion mistake to make is to end up with a set of personas with the same family of elemental spells.
Suggestion: Make element sets at night to supplement whatever you are missing. You gain proficiency in the process!
Additional suggestion: Don’t simply aim for hold ups; this doesn’t work well with physics resistant enemies. Instead, use the right follow-up spells. A bewildered enemy will really have a bad day if you follow up with a psychic blast.
11) Be Mindful of Arcana When Fusing
Fusing personas with arcanas you have confidants for not only gives you experience boosts, possession of these personas also improves your social interactions. With so much to do in Persona 5, you truly need to maximise every activity.
Correspondingly, you should also schedule your social interactions based on the personas you are holding. This calculative move takes some fun out of the game; maybe you just wanna hang out with Ryuji all the time. But if you want to achieve a splendid end-game build …
12) Return Your Rental DVDs, or Not
I shuddered when I realised I was late in returning my DVDs. (Happens a lot for me in real life). After which I moaned at the late fee quoted.
And then I discovered, there’s such a thing as waiving.
Don’t make it a habit though! Dropping by the DVD shop doesn’t expend time; do it when you head to the gear store. Anyway, it pays to regularly check out the DVD store and WATCH those DVDs you rent. Like books and movies, they are a flexible, convenient way to boost lacking social stats.
13) Train! Juice Up! Yeah!
Like work, I avoid training and the Shibuya juice shop for over twenty hours into Persona 5. It changed after I discovered training boosts your HP.
And juice helps you to juice up …
In short, be a healthy young man! Exercise regularly and eat healthily! You are going to need all the boosts you can get with latter palaces and bosses.
14) Take Note of Special Days and Conditions
Morgana would remind you endlessly about this when entering Mementos. Weather could make your Mementos run really easy. Likewise, studying on rainy days provides better boosts, and so on.
In addition, shops also retail special items, or provide discounts, on certain days and timing. Whatever’s sold might not feel worthwhile early in the game. But you bet game-breakers would spring up in latter story arcs.
15) The Most Important of All Persona 5 Tips. Focus! But Don’t Get Obsessive
I think the best part about Persona games is that they offer such a unique blend of fantasy and reality. The reality part requires you to plan carefully if you want the most out of the game. But seriously, there’s no need to be obsessive.
I mean, how many perfect students are there in Japan? In the world? Were you a perfect student?
To put it in another way, have fun! Don’t be too harsh on yourself if you need to cramp before exams because you forgot about them. In my opinion, this is actually the best part of the game. Facing your weaknesses, remember, is the first step to having a real persona.