Persona 5 Confidant Guide - How to Max Out Your Social Links

How to level up in the best way possible. Use this guide to learn the ins and outs of Confidants and Social Links.

In this Persona 5 Confidant guide, we'll walk you through the entire Confidant Social Link system of the game, so you know how to max out Social Links with all the weird and wonderful characters throughout the game.

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Persona 5 Confidant Guide

In this Persona 5 condidant guide and Persona 5 social link guide, we'll have tips and tricks on how to get your best friends to stick by your side throughout Persona 5, as well as ordering them by each individual character, and key ability.

Outside of completing Palaces, it's important to keep on top of your Social Links/Confidants, not just because you get an extra experience boost because you fuse a persona of that certain Arcana, but also because after you reach a certain point these Social Links provide great upgrades outside of battle. These abilities can range from anything between a discount at shops, to freeing up an extra segment of your day.

Persona 5 Social Links Guide

Certain Arcanas are advanced automatically through the story, so you don't need to worry about those. Additionally, we'd recommend that you hold a Persona of that certain Arcana when leveling them up. You'll want to make sure to grab a wide range of Personas of each Arcana by registering every one you capture in the Velvet Room, ensuring that you can pay a fee to get them back when you want to focus on levelling a Persona 5 Social Link up, as they provide a healthy boost.

The Fool - Igor

This Arcana will level up automatically as you progress through the story.

Magician - Morgana

This Arcana will level up automatically as you progress through the story.

Priestess - Makoto Nijima

Available from: 6/25

Makoto is found in the Afternoon, either outside of the Shujin Academy gate, or in front of the Student Council Office in School. After you reach rank 5 with this Arcana, you will need to attain Rank 5 in Charm to proceed further.

Empress- Haru Okumura

Available from: 10/31

After the available date, Haru will appear on the Shujin Academy rooftop in the afternoon. Though, to trigger this Social Link, you'll need your Proficiency maxed out at Rank 5. However, this investment is incredibly useful, as her skills will help a lot in battle.

Key Abilities

  • Rank 1: You'll be able to grow Vegetables to use in battle that completely restore 1 ally's SP or 100SP to every party member in battle.
  • Rank 5: This will reduce the number of days it takes to cultivate and prepare vegetables.

Emperor - Yusuke Kitagawa

Available From: 6/14

Yusuke is found in the afternoon in the Underground Street in Shibuya. To advance past Social Link rank 5, you'll need to get your Proficiency to at least Rank 4.

Key Abilities

  • Rank 1: Card - Yusuke will be able to craft low level skill cards.
  • Rank 5: You'll be able to craft mid level skill cards.
  • Rank 7: You'll be able to craft high level skill cards.

Heirophant - Sojiro Sakura

Available From: 4/20

Sojiro Sakura is a bit more difficult. You'll find him in the evenings at Cafe Leblanc. First of all, you'll need to clear Futaba's dungeon in the game to get past Rank 4 in this Social Link. Then, you'll need to get to Kindness Rank 5 to go to Social Link Rank 6. Next, you'll need to dive into the Mementos Dungeon to get past Rank 8.

Key Abilities

  • Rank 2: Make Coffee in Leblanc, which restores 50SP to one Party Member.
  • Rank 4: Make Curry in Leblanc, which also lets you restore 50SP to your entire Party out of battle.
  • Rank 6: The Coffee you brew will restore more SP.
  • Rank 9: The Curry you make will restore even more SP to your entire Party out of battle.
  • Rank 10: The Curry you make will restore a huge amount of SP outside of battle.

Lovers - Ann Takamaki

Available From : 4/15

You'll need to get to Rank 2 in Kindness to trigger this social link, but from there it's all plain sailing, with no other Rank requirements later down the line. Easy Peasy!

Chariot - Ryuji Sakamoto

Available From: 4/12

Ryuji is another really easy Social Link to max out, and he's found in the afternoon outside Shujin Classroom or at Shibuya Arcade. He doesn't have any notable abilities, so don't worry about taking your time with this one.

Justice - Goro Akechi

Available From: 6/10

This Arcana will level up automatically as you progress through the story.

Hermit - Futaba Sakura

Available From: 8/31

To trigger this Persona 5 Social Link, you'll need Rank 4 in Kindness. Futaba's Social Link is incredibly useful to level up, as you'll be able to unlock some great abilities. Though, to progress after Rank 6 in her Social Link, you'll need to complete a Mementos Mission.

Key Abilities

  • Rank 1: Receive Healing
  • Rank 2: Get the entire floor map of the Mementos Dungeon as soon as you enter.
  • Rank 4: Turn the situation around when cornered by an enemy & activate a Hold Up.
  • Rank 6: Receive SP Recovery
  • Rank 7: Treasure has a higher chance of respawning.
  • Rank 9: Rotate out a Party Member for another after they have fallen.
  • Rank 10: Stop attacks that could kill a party member.

Chihaya Mifune

Available From: 6/22

Chihaya is an incredibly costly Social Link to Rank Up. Firstly, you'll need to spend 5,000 Yen on a fortune telling session, then you'll need to spend a further 100,000 Yen for her special stone. After that, you'll need to complete a Mementos mission to trigger this Social Link. However, her abilities will help in the long run. She can always be found in Shinjuku at night.

Key Abilities

  • Rank 1: Gain additional attribute points of your choosing (Cost: 5,000 Yen).
  • Rank 3: Get more money after using All-Out attacks in battle.
  • Rank 5: View the next ability of a Social Link character of your choosing (Cost: 5,000 Yen).
  • Rank 7: Get points in a Social Link with a character of your choice (Cost: 5,000 Yen).
  • Rank 10: View all Social Link abilities of a character of your choice.

Strength - Caroline & Justine

Available From: 5/18

Caroline and Justine's Social Link is pretty simple, all you need to do is go into the Velvet Room and fuse a specific Persona of their choice. Once you level up, you'll be able to gain further abilities in Persona fusion.

Key Abilities

  • Rank 1: Fuse 3 Personas Together
  • Rank 3: Put Personas in Solitary Confinement, which makes them lose their weaknesses after a certain amount of time.
  • Rank 5: Unlock a wider variety of Persona Fusions.
  • Rank 8: Personas in Solitary Confinement gain additional resistance skills.
  • Rank 10: Pay to fuse Personas that are higher level than you.

Hanged Man - Munehisa Iwai

Available From: 5/6

Iwai's Social Link is pretty difficult to get into, even though it unlocks so early into the game. You'll need Rank 4 in Guts to even unlock this one. You will also need a Rank 5 in courage to get past Rank 6 in this Social Link with Iwai. Additionally, you'll need to complete a Mementos mission in order to get past Rank 7.

Key Abilities

  • Rank 5: Get a shopping discount at the store.

Death - Tae Takemi

Available From: 4/15

Tae Takemi's Social Link is pretty key in the early game, as it gives you access to powerful HP and SP restorative items, which let you clear Palaces and Mementos quickly. You will need Rank 2 in Guts to unlock it, Rank 4 in Charm to get past Rank 6 and complete a Mementos Mission to get past Rank 7, but it’s well worth it.

Key Abilities

  • Rank 1: Unlock Medicine at the Clinic.
  • Rank 3: Unlock Additional Medicine at the Clinic.
  • Rank 5: Unlock Additional Medicine at the Clinic.
  • Rank 7: Unlock a Discount at the Clinic.
  • Rank 10: Unlock Additional Medicine at the Clinic.

Temperance - Sadayo Kawakami

Available From: 5/24

To unlock Sadayo Kawakami's Social Link, you'll need Rank 2 in Guts to call her after going through certain story events. After that, it’s plain sailing, but you'll need to spend 5,000 Yen every time you see her. At Rank 7, you will need to complete a special Mementos mission.

Key Abilities

  • Rank 1: You'll be able to skip her classes.
  • Rank 3: She will be able to prepare Coffee or do Laundry for you. (Cost: 5,000 Yen)
  • Rank 5: You will be able to skip all classes.
  • Rank 7: Sadayo will be able to prepare infiltration tools and also prepare Curry at Leblanc.
  • Rank 10: Unlock the ability to still explore during the evening after going to the Metaverse.

The Devil - Oya Ichiko

Available From:6/18

Oya's Social Link doesn't really unlock much, unless you're constantly getting alerted in Dungeon Palaces. There are no real requirements to go through this Social Link, aside from a Mementos Mission you'll need to complete to get past Rank 7.

Key Abilities

  • Rank 1: Your alert level drops quicker in Palaces.
  • Rank 4: Your alert level drops even quicker in Palaces.
  • Rank 7: Your alert level drops even quicker in Palaces.
  • Rank 10: Your alert level will never grow, even when spotted by shadows.

Tower - Shinya Oda

Available From: 9/4

To unlock Shinya Oda's social link, you'll need to complete a short quest. First of all, you need to identify a criminal in Shibuya's Arcade, then fight his shadow in Mementos. After that, you'll need to talk to Futaba in Yongenjaya. Then you'll need to go back to the arcade in Shibuya and talk to Shinya to unlock the Social Link. Shinya's abilities mainly consist of assisting you with guns in battle.

Star - Hifumi Togo

Available From: 6/25

To unlock this Social Link, you'll need Rank 2 in the Emperor Arcana in addition to a Rank 3 in Charm to initiate this Social Link. Additionally, you'll be able to get a knowledge point every time you spend time with her. To advance to Rank 7 in her Social Link, you'll need Rank 5 in Knowledge, and to get past Rank 7, you'll need to complete a special Mementos mission. She does have very useful abilities, so it’s well worth pursuing Hifume Togo's Social Link.

Key Abilities

  • Rank 1: You'll be able to switch out an active party member for another in your protagonist's turn.
  • Rank 3: When you knock down an enemy, you'll be able to follow up with a reserve party member.
  • Rank 5: Escape after being cornered by an enemy.
  • Rank 7: Double the money you receive in battle.
  • Rank 9: Gain the ability to instantly run from battle.
  • Rank 10: Switch between active and reserve party member instantly.

Moon - Yuki Mishima

Available From: 5/6

Yuki's Social Link is another incredibly useful one, and definitely worth levelling up early on in the game. To get past Rank 3, you'll need to complete a Mementos mission. After that, you'll need to complete another Mementos mission to get to Rank 4.

Key Abilities

  • Rank 1: Reserve Party Members receive EXP out of battle.
  • Rank 3: Gain more EXP in battle.
  • Rank 5: Reserve members gain even more EXP during battle.
  • Rank 7: Gain even more EXP in battle.
  • Rank 10: Reserve members gain an equal amount of EXP to active members.

Sun - Toranosuke Yoshida

Available From: 5/6

Yoshida's Social Link is unlocked by taking a part-time job in Shibuya. After going there twice, approach Toranosuke Yoshida outside Shibuya Station and say you're interested in politics. After that, talk to him a day after. After that, it's plain sailing from there.

Key Abilities

  • Rank 2: Extort money from Shadows multiple times.
  • Rank 3: Occasionally get large amounts of money from Shadows.
  • Rank 5: Increases the chances of getting rare items from Demon Negotiations
  • Rank 8: Occasionally, Personas will join you automatically during a negotiation.
  • Rank 10: Capture Personas that are a higher level than you.

Judgement - Sae Nijima

Available From: 7/9

This Arcana will level up automatically as you progress through the story.

The World

Available From: N/A

This Arcana will level up automatically as you progress through the story.

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This brings to a close our complete Persona 5 Confidant guide, so all you need to do now is to prioritise which Social Links you want to focus on first, and which ones you'd rather leave until a bit later in the game.

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