Tips for Surviving Persona 4 The Golden

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Tips for Surviving Persona 4 The Golden

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This particular playthrough I've been focusing intently on getting all the books read at night, and it's made the game much easier. Not only do they increase social stats, but some of them will improve how quickly social stats increase. It's the best investment you can make in the early game to save time later.
 

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I always found trying to clear dungeons on the first day that you are able too a fun challenge... then generally giving the screen a blank look as I realise I've failed for the tenth time trying to beat the annoying sub-boss. In other words generally try to get as far as you can in a dungeon on your first expedition into one. Although be warned, unless you have a certain item you need to use the little floating blue spectral butterfly checkpoints to get out of dodge, I mean, dungeons.

Oh and regularly dump the rubbish that you gather from enemies in the sales bin at the weapon shop, it will unlock new and usually stronger weapons and equipment you can buy for your characters. But make sure you're not dumping any side quest items by mistake or you could be in the annoying situation where you have to revisit old dungeons just to farm for particular items.

TRIAL OF THE DRAGON!

Edit: Also on your first playthrough you don't necessarily have to max your Social Links with everyone but should definitely try to get all your Courage, Understanding, etc. stats up to max by the end as it will speed along Social Links in New Game+. Additionally there is always the chance there may be Social Links you can't get access to due to your stats in the first playthrough that will then open up in the second one. Oh and go for all the Love routes. It ends up with some pretty funny dates and dialogue pieces.
 

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Every time I hear about this game I curse the fact that it is only out for the Vita. I simply can't justify buying a Vita for one game however. Guess I am stuck with the OG PS2 version :(

At least Chie doesn't sound awful in my version :)
 

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Fappy said:
Every time I hear about this game I curse the fact that it is only out for the Vita. I simply can't justify buying a Vita for one game however. Guess I am stuck with the OG PS2 version :(

At least Chie doesn't sound awful in my version :)
I rationalize that Chie was always supposed to be as over the top and whiny as her new voice actress portrays her. It does kind of fit the dialogue a little better.
 

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OK, here is my tip:
1. Max out Tower social link;
2. Get to level 75;
3. Fuse Yoshitsune with Arms Master skill.
4. ???
5. Profit.
 

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Fappy said:
Every time I hear about this game I curse the fact that it is only out for the Vita. I simply can't justify buying a Vita for one game however. Guess I am stuck with the OG PS2 version :(

At least Chie doesn't sound awful in my version :)
Well, you could make do with the PS2 version.
 

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VMK said:
OK, here is my tip:
1. Max out Tower social link;
2. Get to level 75;
3. Fuse Yoshitsune with Arms Master skill.
4. ???
5. Profit.
Yeah, it's ridiculous how powerful Hassou Tobi skill is.
 

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Carrying a persona with an arcana that matches with the social link you're trying to raise is also helpful to get the most affection points.
 

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Fappy said:
Every time I hear about this game I curse the fact that it is only out for the Vita. I simply can't justify buying a Vita for one game however. Guess I am stuck with the OG PS2 version :(

At least Chie doesn't sound awful in my version :)
I never played Persona 4 on PS2, and to be honest, i think Chie's voice in P4G is freaking perfect.
 

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dont do magatsu inaba on the first day though it'll skip q bunch of days if you d




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I find the story and characters in these games really interesting and cool, but I hate the grind! It's just the most blatant act of padding I've yet come across. I can't stand it! >.<
 

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RedMagic said:
Carrying a persona with an arcana that matches with the social link you're trying to raise is also helpful to get the most affection points.
This is an extremely good tip.

Say you're trying to raise your Social Link rank with Yosuke. Since his arcana is the Magician, your active Persona should also be a Magician. Do this, and your rank will increase faster.

Remember, you can generally only raise one rank a day, so increasing the rate of rank ups, even if it only speeds it up one day, is a massive boost.
 

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IllumInaTIma said:
Fappy said:
Every time I hear about this game I curse the fact that it is only out for the Vita. I simply can't justify buying a Vita for one game however. Guess I am stuck with the OG PS2 version :(

At least Chie doesn't sound awful in my version :)
I never played Persona 4 on PS2, and to be honest, i think Chie's voice in P4G is freaking perfect.
They changed the voice actors? That's... odd... I loved the original VAs.
 

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Mcoffey said:
I find the story and characters in these games really interesting and cool, but I hate the grind! It's just the most blatant act of padding I've yet come across. I can't stand it! >.<
So long as you don't skip fights in dungeons, and then go back and do the optional dungeons (which you should for the weapons at the end anyway), you should rarely, if ever, need to "grind." You'll end up doing a lot of fighting, yes, but that is a big portion of the game, after all. :)

You can speed that up a bit by letting your squadmates "Act Freely", and/or putting fights on automatic by hitting the triangle button. That's a great way to tear through easier dungeons that you're running through for a second time and don't really need to be overly mindful about watching your health or SP.
 

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Haven't the Skill Cards and changes to Shuffle Time made the whole game incredibly broken combat balance wise? What do you need "survival tips" for?
 

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I finally have a Vita and this is gonna be my very first Persona game, and from the sounds of it, I'm gonna be busy. I'm one of those players that will do everything and will go after every single thing in a game, so my OCD-ness for that will be happy.
 

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PedroSteckecilo said:
IllumInaTIma said:
Fappy said:
Every time I hear about this game I curse the fact that it is only out for the Vita. I simply can't justify buying a Vita for one game however. Guess I am stuck with the OG PS2 version :(

At least Chie doesn't sound awful in my version :)
I never played Persona 4 on PS2, and to be honest, i think Chie's voice in P4G is freaking perfect.
They changed the voice actors? That's... odd... I loved the original VAs.
The way I understand it Teddie and Chie's original voice actors didn't return for the new scenes so they had to re-record all of their dialogue with new actors.

Susan Arendt said:
Well, you could make do with the PS2 version.
Btw, did the new battle theme get stuck in your head like the original did? That's the only bit from your original review that sticks out in my mind :p
 

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I remember P4 being incredibly easy. Still, tips are always nice.
It's a real shame the game had such an abysmal main plot. Otherwise it would have been amazing, but now it's just great.
 

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Fappy said:
Every time I hear about this game I curse the fact that it is only out for the Vita. I simply can't justify buying a Vita for one game however. Guess I am stuck with the OG PS2 version :(

At least Chie doesn't sound awful in my version :)
Honestly chies new VO is waaaaay better IMO, maybe because I heard the new one first but the old one just sounds wrong. Like they don't fit chie at all, didn't get the sense of energetic personality from the old one that the new one gives off.
 

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First playthrough: Spend a lot of time focusing on maxing all five of your social stats and get as many Personae registered in the Compendium as possible.

Second playthrough: Focus on maxing social links, you should raise one link per day (if available), if it's raining, do an activity that will help you with links (seeing the fox, riding the motorcycle, etc.) Remember some links have deadlines (Jester, Aeon, Empress).
 

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Leemaster777 said:
RedMagic said:
Carrying a persona with an arcana that matches with the social link you're trying to raise is also helpful to get the most affection points.
This is an extremely good tip.

Say you're trying to raise your Social Link rank with Yosuke. Since his arcana is the Magician, your active Persona should also be a Magician. Do this, and your rank will increase faster.

Remember, you can generally only raise one rank a day, so increasing the rate of rank ups, even if it only speeds it up one day, is a massive boost.
When you say 'active' do you mean persona that you're currently equipped?
 

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OuendanCyrus said:
First playthrough: Spend a lot of time focusing on maxing all five of your social stats and get as many Personae registered in the Compendium as possible.

Second playthrough: Focus on maxing social links, you should raise one link per day (if available), if it's raining, do an activity that will help you with links (seeing the fox, riding the motorcycle, etc.) Remember some links have deadlines (Jester, Aeon, Empress).
Yep, was gonna say those two things exactly. A few other tips for the uninitiated.

1. Look up how to unlock the fishing activity, because it doesn't do a good job pushing you in the right direction at all. You'll completely miss it unless you know what you're doing.

2. Save. Save Often. Have multiple saves scattered throughout the game, because you can easily miss something. This game doesn't hold your hand, and doesn't auto-save anywhere. It'll ask, but that's about it.

3. Read. The. Exposition. This game has a lot of story and a lot of information it throws at you... and it's all important. Listen to it all at least the first time around, or by the end you'll have no clue what's going on.

4. You will cry. That's normal. Embrace it.
 

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mysecondlife said:
Leemaster777 said:
RedMagic said:
Carrying a persona with an arcana that matches with the social link you're trying to raise is also helpful to get the most affection points.
This is an extremely good tip.

Say you're trying to raise your Social Link rank with Yosuke. Since his arcana is the Magician, your active Persona should also be a Magician. Do this, and your rank will increase faster.

Remember, you can generally only raise one rank a day, so increasing the rate of rank ups, even if it only speeds it up one day, is a massive boost.
When you say 'active' do you mean persona that you're currently equipped?
Actually, no. It's not that specific... it just has to be one of the persona you're carrying around with you. It doesn't have to be assigned for it to work.
 

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What do you get with 'New Game+' in this version? All items, stats, and social links as they were at the end?
 

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Quiotu said:
OuendanCyrus said:
First playthrough: Spend a lot of time focusing on maxing all five of your social stats and get as many Personae registered in the Compendium as possible.

Second playthrough: Focus on maxing social links, you should raise one link per day (if available), if it's raining, do an activity that will help you with links (seeing the fox, riding the motorcycle, etc.) Remember some links have deadlines (Jester, Aeon, Empress).
Yep, was gonna say those two things exactly. A few other tips for the uninitiated.

1. Look up how to unlock the fishing activity, because it doesn't do a good job pushing you in the right direction at all. You'll completely miss it unless you know what you're doing.

2. Save. Save Often. Have multiple saves scattered throughout the game, because you can easily miss something. This game doesn't hold your hand, and doesn't auto-save anywhere. It'll ask, but that's about it.

3. Read. The. Exposition. This game has a lot of story and a lot of information it throws at you... and it's all important. Listen to it all at least the first time around, or by the end you'll have no clue what's going on.

4. You will cry. That's normal. Embrace it.
Great tip on the fishing. I actually had "have multiple saves" on the first draft of this, but figured that was just good gaming advice anyway. :)
 

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Susan Arendt said:
Quiotu said:
OuendanCyrus said:
First playthrough: Spend a lot of time focusing on maxing all five of your social stats and get as many Personae registered in the Compendium as possible.

Second playthrough: Focus on maxing social links, you should raise one link per day (if available), if it's raining, do an activity that will help you with links (seeing the fox, riding the motorcycle, etc.) Remember some links have deadlines (Jester, Aeon, Empress).
Yep, was gonna say those two things exactly. A few other tips for the uninitiated.

1. Look up how to unlock the fishing activity, because it doesn't do a good job pushing you in the right direction at all. You'll completely miss it unless you know what you're doing.

2. Save. Save Often. Have multiple saves scattered throughout the game, because you can easily miss something. This game doesn't hold your hand, and doesn't auto-save anywhere. It'll ask, but that's about it.

3. Read. The. Exposition. This game has a lot of story and a lot of information it throws at you... and it's all important. Listen to it all at least the first time around, or by the end you'll have no clue what's going on.

4. You will cry. That's normal. Embrace it.
Great tip on the fishing. I actually had "have multiple saves" on the first draft of this, but figured that was just good gaming advice anyway. :)
Granted us seasoned gamers who've played enough RPGs know how the old school system works, but some of the new blood might not be aware of just how unfair these traditional RPGs can be. Much like the Contrarian King in Persona 4, it's a rite of passage for these types of game. Getting your ass kicked after several hours of grinding and not saving, yelling obscenities at the screen... you are now officially a man/woman. ;)

BTW, Slinky says hi. I'm the guy that showed you the corgi picture during the live podcat of the Escapist Expo, if you remember that. One of the rare times I wasn't lurking.
 

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kiri2tsubasa said:
What do you get with 'New Game+' in this version? All items, stats, and social links as they were at the end?
If it's like P4 you get your Persona Database, and you traits(Courage, Understanding etc), and money kept. Everything else resets to basics which is your level, social links, and inventory.

If they changed to back to the way P3 did it, then the only thing that would reset would be your Social Links.


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Reading this makes me really, really want to play the game, any version.

I think my sister has a PS2 around somehwere, and I've friends who own a vita and never use it. Now I just need to get a copy of the game.
 

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Quiotu said:
mysecondlife said:
Leemaster777 said:
RedMagic said:
Carrying a persona with an arcana that matches with the social link you're trying to raise is also helpful to get the most affection points.
This is an extremely good tip.

Say you're trying to raise your Social Link rank with Yosuke. Since his arcana is the Magician, your active Persona should also be a Magician. Do this, and your rank will increase faster.

Remember, you can generally only raise one rank a day, so increasing the rate of rank ups, even if it only speeds it up one day, is a massive boost.
When you say 'active' do you mean persona that you're currently equipped?
Actually, no. It's not that specific... it just has to be one of the persona you're carrying around with you. It doesn't have to be assigned for it to work.
Ah thanks. How about the quantity of persona?. For example, would having 2 Magician persona have greater affect with Yosuke?
 

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Does anybody here know if Persona 4 golden has a new difficulty mode, like p3p had maniacs or something like that?
 

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DrunkenMonkey said:
Does anybody here know if Persona 4 golden has a new difficulty mode, like p3p had maniacs or something like that?
It has the very hard difficuly
 

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My tips are mainly about preparing your party. This is a game that you NEED to prepare for.

First off, weaknesses and resistances are really important. Not everything has a weakness, though, and many enemies will specifically target your weaknesses. Watch your weaknesses, as they can cripple you. In addition, keep as many different elements on you as possible at all times.

Secondly, learn which party members to use. Learn who works well together and who can be a liability. However, train all of your party members and know when to swap them out for others. Your party may work for a given dungeon's enemies, but it might not work for the boss. Don't be afraid to back off and acknowledge when you're unprepared.

Thirdly, buffs and debuffs, including buff/debuff cancelling skills and Mind/Power Charge, are awesome. They can make or break your boss fights because they actually have a significant effect on your stats.

Fourth, pay attention to your party's skills. Don't bother wasting a skill slot on a skill that you MIGHT use. However, some skills are just... better than others. Learn what works and what doesn't, and don't be afraid to do some research online. Learn what to do to make your party as efficient and as powerful as possible. It's not exactly rocket science; once you have a new party member, look at a skill list online and determine from there what would be best in terms of skills for them.

Fifth, complete dungeons in a single day if possible. Time is a valuable resource, and the only time you should really need to exit the dungeon hub is early on when you don't have an way to restore SP. However, when you can restore SP, don't ever exit the dungeon hub until you have completed what you're there for, which is usually beating a new dungeon.


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werewolfsfury said:
DrunkenMonkey said:
Does anybody here know if Persona 4 golden has a new difficulty mode, like p3p had maniacs or something like that?
It has the very hard difficuly

Thank you good sir, that just made my day. Here comes some virtual flagellation
 

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Korten12 said:
Fappy said:
Every time I hear about this game I curse the fact that it is only out for the Vita. I simply can't justify buying a Vita for one game however. Guess I am stuck with the OG PS2 version :(

At least Chie doesn't sound awful in my version :)
Honestly chies new VO is waaaaay better IMO, maybe because I heard the new one first but the old one just sounds wrong. Like they don't fit chie at all, didn't get the sense of energetic personality from the old one that the new one gives off.
I agree with that assessment, to be honest. To me, the new VA sounded more lively, younger, and bubblier, which I felt suited the personality Chie was displaying a lot better than the original VA.

OT: Sound advice, apart from doing the quests (I doubt I actually completed even half of them) I did follow that through my first play-through, despite not really knowing anything about the game beforehand. :D
 

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mysecondlife said:
Quiotu said:
mysecondlife said:
Leemaster777 said:
RedMagic said:
Carrying a persona with an arcana that matches with the social link you're trying to raise is also helpful to get the most affection points.
This is an extremely good tip.

Say you're trying to raise your Social Link rank with Yosuke. Since his arcana is the Magician, your active Persona should also be a Magician. Do this, and your rank will increase faster.

Remember, you can generally only raise one rank a day, so increasing the rate of rank ups, even if it only speeds it up one day, is a massive boost.
When you say 'active' do you mean persona that you're currently equipped?
Actually, no. It's not that specific... it just has to be one of the persona you're carrying around with you. It doesn't have to be assigned for it to work.
Ah thanks. How about the quantity of persona?. For example, would having 2 Magician persona have greater affect with Yosuke?
That'd be nice, but no. Only one is needed, and more doesn't enhance anything further. Personas tend to be pretty expensive to create, especially later on the game, so having one of every arcana until really late in the game tends to be how people make it work. You have to pick and choose early in the game, because you're limited to some 8 personas until you reach certain level caps. Also some s.links will level automatically or don't require a similar persona to help. Hermit, Fool, Judgement, Empress, Death, and Star arcanas don't need any personas to level each time.
 

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Here is my tip!

Fuse Yoshitune (Tower) and make sure he has Power Charge and level him up until he has Hassou Tobi! Hassou Tobi+Power Charge=Insane Damage.

I am almost finished, I am glad for the extra time so I can finish off my social links (Especially the fox, his ones take a while)
 

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kiri2tsubasa said:
What do you get with 'New Game+' in this version? All items, stats, and social links as they were at the end?
If you get the good ending the game is extended by around 4 or 5 in game months.

EDIT: Oh and around lvl 50 fuse Black Frost, level him up so he gets Agidyne and get a fire damage booster.
Nets you around 2k fire damage early, pretty good way of beating especially hard bosses.
 

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OuendanCyrus said:
First playthrough: Spend a lot of time focusing on maxing all five of your social stats and get as many Personae registered in the Compendium as possible.

Second playthrough: Focus on maxing social links, you should raise one link per day (if available), if it's raining, do an activity that will help you with links (seeing the fox, riding the motorcycle, etc.) Remember some links have deadlines (Jester, Aeon, Empress).
Wait... Jester? I know that Aeon is this new girl (forgot her name), but what is Jester social link?
 

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PedroSteckecilo said:
IllumInaTIma said:
Fappy said:
Every time I hear about this game I curse the fact that it is only out for the Vita. I simply can't justify buying a Vita for one game however. Guess I am stuck with the OG PS2 version :(

At least Chie doesn't sound awful in my version :)
I never played Persona 4 on PS2, and to be honest, i think Chie's voice in P4G is freaking perfect.
They changed the voice actors? That's... odd... I loved the original VAs.
Yeah the old VA didn't want to come back so they brought in a new one, Erin Fitzgerald, who does the part just as well if not better. She's still Chie and that's all I need :p
 

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VMK said:
OuendanCyrus said:
First playthrough: Spend a lot of time focusing on maxing all five of your social stats and get as many Personae registered in the Compendium as possible.

Second playthrough: Focus on maxing social links, you should raise one link per day (if available), if it's raining, do an activity that will help you with links (seeing the fox, riding the motorcycle, etc.) Remember some links have deadlines (Jester, Aeon, Empress).
Wait... Jester? I know that Aeon is this new girl (forgot her name), but what is Jester social link?
Jester is a new social link for Adachi, it can lead to a new bad ending.
 

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TizzytheTormentor said:
Here is my tip!

Fuse Yoshitune (Tower) and make sure he has Power Charge and level him up until he has Hassou Tobi! Hassou Tobi+Power Charge=Insane Damage.

I am almost finished, I am glad for the extra time so I can finish off my social links (Especially the fox, his ones take a while)
Here's my tip!

Get Metatron, have him inherit Null Physical, Null Wind, and Null Dark, then level him up to 89.

Congratulations! You are now invulnerable to EVERY ATTACK IN THE GAME. Except Almighty attacks, but how many enemies use that aside from bosses? And even then, most of them don't anyway.
 

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Dragoon said:
Jester is a new social link for Adachi, it can lead to a new bad ending.
Well I'll be taken by the collectors if it is not another reason to by this game.

SomeLameStuff said:
Here's my tip!

Get Metatron, have him inherit Null Physical, Null Wind, and Null Dark, then level him up to 89.

Congratulations! You are now invulnerable to EVERY ATTACK IN THE GAME. Except Almighty attacks, but how many enemies use that aside from bosses? And even then, most of them don't anyway.
Or you could fight Death for multiple times during new game+ and get a ring, that nullifies all damage, exept for almighty, plus the best armor and weapons for the team.
 

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VMK said:
Or you could fight Death for multiple times during new game+ and get a ring, that nullifies all damage, exept for almighty, plus the best armor and weapons for the team.
The Omnipotent Orb has a 1% chance of dropping. Invulnerable Metatron is a much more reliable option, seeing as you don't keep items between playthroughs anyway.
 

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My best advice for playing a persona is game is try to finds what each character will expect from you, those are the best responses. As an example, joke with the Magician/bro arcana, in P4's case Yousuke. Some of the voice options don't make sense at all and this is the only way I found any success.
 

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SomeLameStuff said:
TizzytheTormentor said:
Here is my tip!

Fuse Yoshitune (Tower) and make sure he has Power Charge and level him up until he has Hassou Tobi! Hassou Tobi+Power Charge=Insane Damage.

I am almost finished, I am glad for the extra time so I can finish off my social links (Especially the fox, his ones take a while)
Here's my tip!

Get Metatron, have him inherit Null Physical, Null Wind, and Null Dark, then level him up to 89.

Congratulations! You are now invulnerable to EVERY ATTACK IN THE GAME. Except Almighty attacks, but how many enemies use that aside from bosses? And even then, most of them don't anyway.
Better yet, make Helel and have Victory Cry and Morning Star learned and watch as you barely put any effort into fights!

With Rise's new abilites, you won't die easily anyway (she saves you from death if her social link is high enough)
 

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TizzytheTormentor said:
Better yet, make Helel and have Victory Cry and Morning Star learned and watch as you barely put any effort into fights!

With Rise's new abilites, you won't die easily anyway (she saves you from death if her social link is high enough)
Ha! Have you tried Naoto's rank 3 Persona skill? Blocks absolutely EVERYTHING! Yes, including Almighty!

Or I could be remembering that wrong...
 

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So from all these posts I should try Persona 4 even though I have never played a Persona game before?
 

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SomeLameStuff said:
TizzytheTormentor said:
Better yet, make Helel and have Victory Cry and Morning Star learned and watch as you barely put any effort into fights!

With Rise's new abilites, you won't die easily anyway (she saves you from death if her social link is high enough)
Ha! Have you tried Naoto's rank 3 Persona skill? Blocks absolutely EVERYTHING! Yes, including Almighty!

Or I could be remembering that wrong...
But it costs an assload of SP, so It isn't practical for many fights...

Chie's rank 3 abilty is heat riser to all party members!
 

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Azurian said:
So from all these posts I should try Persona 4 even though I have never played a Persona game before?
Yes, it is a fantastic starting point, Persona 1+2 are never mentioned and while there is are heavy references to 3 (visiting locations there) It is nothing major (you don't need to play 3 at all to get the plot, it is a new adventure)

By all means, play Persona 4!
 

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TizzytheTormentor said:
Azurian said:
So from all these posts I should try Persona 4 even though I have never played a Persona game before?
Yes, it is a fantastic starting point, Persona 1+2 are never mentioned and while there is are heavy references to 3 (visiting locations there) It is nothing major (you don't need to play 3 at all to get the plot, it is a new adventure)

By all means, play Persona 4!
I find the pretty subtle nods to Persona that they put in Persona 3 to be both interesting and amusing.


While there is a very slight interaction between Persona 3 and Persona 4, you don't actually have to play Persona 3 to enjoy Persona 4.

It's not like when Vincent(from Catherine) shows up in Persona 3 Portable.
 

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I always found trying to clear dungeons on the first day that you are able too a fun challenge... then generally giving the screen a blank look as I realise I've failed for the tenth time trying to beat the annoying sub-boss. In other words generally try to get as far as you can in a dungeon on your first expedition into one. Although be warned, unless you have a certain item you need to use the little floating blue spectral butterfly checkpoints to get out of dodge, I mean, dungeons.
Little pro-tip, when you are going after the killer, DO NOT DO THE DUNGEON ON THE FIRST DAY. I'm not sure if this is still the same for Golden (I haven't finished playing through it yet) but when you finally finished that dungeon on the PS2, the game instantly jumps you to the ending, regardless of how many days were left and how many links you needed to max.

I'm not exactly sure if this article is necessary though, Persona 4 Golden is easy, like, really easy, all you have to do to beat the game is keep picking the stat and skill increase cards and you can practically breeze through the entire game, I'm nearing the end game and I've never even switched out Izanagi, because I never had to, by the time I got persona's that were decent (which is pretty early) Izanagi already had more stats then they did, currently he's got almost double the stats of the next best persona I can equip, and I haven't even been grinding, you beat a dungeon once, then again to beat the optional boss, and as long as you pick those increase cards, the game is over.
I'm a little surprised you didn't talk about the cards in your tips, like the one that instantly gives you a level up, or the one that upgrades an okay skill to a great skill, use it enough and that tiny slash turns into God's hand.

One thing I am curious about, why do you call it "The Golden"? This is the only place I've seen where it's called that, normally it's just "Golden".
 

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Azurian said:
So from all these posts I should try Persona 4 even though I have never played a Persona game before?
Yes, Persona 4 is a standalone game, it has very little connection only one of the previous games, (in that 2 characters make cameos) and that's about it.
 

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Something else about New Game+ this time around it'll let you change each aspect of the difficulty, letting you alter enemy strength, player strength, exp and money gain and whether or not you can restart from the floor start or outright retry a battle if you lose.

Maxing out exp gain is nice since it'll let you actually get to use Izanagi no Okami before the final dungeon without having to go to easy or very easy and keeping up enemy damage output.

Overall, portability really works in favor of the SMT games, just do a couple fights here and there throughout the day no more having to sit down in front of the tv and hope you find a save point before you have to head out. And as much as I'd love to see more in development I can't help but also want Nocturne and DDS to see Vita entries as well for that reason.

Another thing, max out teammate social links before the end of december. Doing so will unlock third tier persona for them that have additional resistances and a new move. Chie and Yukiko's in particular are pretty ridiculous since Chie's gains a party-wide Heat Riser while Yukiko gets what's basically a multi-target Ragnarok.

Then, for fans of her but found her somewhat useless in the original, Naoto now learns all single target dyne spells, Heat Riser, Megidola and Mind Charge if you max out her link and take her out on a few bike rides. Combine that with the chakra ring and you have a dungeon crawling monster.
 

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So here's a question that I actually don't know the answer to: What do you think is better, leveling a few Social Links up all the way, or doing a little bit on all (or most) of them?

You certainly have time to max out at least a few, but you can't get them all (well, you likely can, but that would rather force you to play a very specific way).

It may be as much a matter of taste as anything, but was wondering what you guys thought.
 

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Susan Arendt said:
So here's a question that I actually don't know the answer to: What do you think is better, leveling a few Social Links up all the way, or doing a little bit on all (or most) of them?
The only social links you really "must" max from a gameplay perspective would be the active party members you are using (including your party support member) and the Aeon s.link. So a total of 5 that you should max out no matter what for gameplay reasons.

In contrast, the s.link impact on fusing persona is not game breaking -- all it does is save you a few levels grind with that persona -- so having a few ranks in every s.link is not a huge benefit. Whether you choose to spread out among all the s.links or focus on maxing fewer mostly boils down to whether you want to see a bit of every side story or all of a few of them (and whether you plan to do a second play through or not). Almost every s.link comes with a story arc so not maxing one out tends to leave you hanging from the story-telling perspective.

And yes, it is possible to do a max s.link in a single play through (and you even get a trophy for it), but it's much easier to do as part of a second play through since your personal stats (courage, etc.) carry over.
 

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I think given the option between the two I'd choose to max out specific ones over having decent levels in everything.

I tend to clear a dungeon in one day of the in-game calendar(barring Yukiko's which is a minimum of two days) and rarely hold onto any one persona for more than a few levels, and never really long enough to level them up to make up for the difference a higher social link rank would give so it's nice to have those extra levels on them.

Now if only Hassou-tobi were inheritable or in a skill card, I'd love to fuse it down to Izanagi and be able to keep him for a whole run.

Ideally looking at a ridiculously pumped up version of his skill set.

Thunder Reign/Ziodyne
Absorb Wind
Spell Master
Hassou Tobi
Power Charge
Arms Master
Heat Riser/Debilitate
Victory Cry
 

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Susan Arendt said:
So here's a question that I actually don't know the answer to: What do you think is better, leveling a few Social Links up all the way, or doing a little bit on all (or most) of them?

You certainly have time to max out at least a few, but you can't get them all (well, you likely can, but that would rather force you to play a very specific way).

It may be as much a matter of taste as anything, but was wondering what you guys thought.
I will say, no matter who you max. Always max Rise in Golden. The bonuses you get from her social link is crucial and really useful.

But for the most part... Max who you are going to use for your main party, and then begin to branch out and do everyone else's social links.
 

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Warachia said:
Nile McMorrow said:
One thing I am curious about, why do you call it "The Golden"? This is the only place I've seen where it's called that, normally it's just "Golden".
It's both, technically, depending on which screen you look at in the game. Most people say "Golden," and I really should, too, but I'm perverse and stubborn. :)