Whereas Persona 5 Royal could be your first introduction to the Persona series and Shin Megami Tensei overall, you learn early on the importance of memories. Morgana, your faithful cat companion, transforms into a bus and takes you and your team through an inverted version of the Tokyo subway. Because that’s of course what happens in this JRPG.
New floors of memories unlock as you progress through the palaces, and it’s a good idea to keep up to date with your requests. In them, you encounter ghost versions of the people whose hearts you’re trying to change, like mini-palace fights.
The requests you’ll receive range from cake rides to appropriate challenges, helping out everyone from strangers around Tokyo to personal friends. We would like to take a look at some of the requests that remained with us even after we changed the heart of Japan.
ten End Boyfriend Abuse
You won’t meet Chihaya Mifune until you unlock Shinjuku, and even then you’ll have to spend a lot of money and talk to her multiple times before she unlocks as a Confidant. When she does, you’ll have the task of visiting Mementos to arrest her client’s boyfriend who isn’t exactly nice to her partner.
Defeating him with Psio attacks changes his heart about the relationship, much to Chihaya’s surprised delight. At max rank, it will allow you to preview Confidant abilities. Sure, there’s the internet for that, but for an info-only game, his quest is a must.
9 Fighting for truth in journalism
Ichiko Ohya, the salacious reporter, appears several times, but she’s not a necessary confidante to level up. At maximum, its ability impairs palace security, dropping it to zero overnight if you do the palace for multiple days.
But either way, his story is compelling: your demand for mementos from him involves changing his editor’s heart, so that he stops hiding the truth in his journalism. It is weak to wind, absorbs electricity, and completely blocks psio, nuclear, and blessing. He better help Ohya tell the story she needs to tell, even if it means sullying the name of the super powerful Masahiro Shido in the process.
8 Shady business in the shadows
Munehisa Iwai is a badass – he’s the former yakuza who owns the armory, and you’ll need to have Level 4 Courage before you can even attempt a friendly conversation.
Once you get to know him, however, you’ll learn that he has an adopted son named Kaoru, and his brother has him on a barrel (if you’ll forgive me the pun) doing weapon upgrades ladles for international shipping. Head to Mementos for a direct fight with the brother to spare Iwai. Increasing his confidence level allows for better gun customizations, with special quality customizable weapons being his maximum confidence gift to you.
seven A mother’s assault
You meet Shinya Oda while investigating a cheater who sucks the fun out of arcade games in Shibuya. You can’t beat the cheater in Mementos the first time because, of course, he cheats here too. You head to the arcade to seek training from Oda, the shooter’s wunderkind.
His mother, however, isn’t so cool – she’s the real bully in Shinya’s life and threatens to call the cops if you don’t leave her son alone. Change his heart into Mementos with fire attacks and you can max out Shinya’s Confidant. At its highest level, it causes your pistol attacks to ignore resistances, hitting your enemies regardless.
6 A teacher maid to suffer
Your relationship with your high school teacher is… interesting. Let’s forget for a second that she can date a college student and focus on her confidant – you can befriend her when you find out she has a side hustle as “Becky” the maid.
The reason for his concert is a bit sad, to have money extorted from the family of one of his former students who died. It’s up to you to change their hearts in Mementos, where the female is weak to Fire and the male is weak to Psio. Defeating them allows her to focus on teaching full-time, but at her maximum confidant she will still come to the White to “massage” the protagonist after a palace, allowing for additional nighttime activity that day.
5 Outclass the scene mother
With Level 3 Charm, you can introduce yourself to Hifumi Togo, which you can find at Kanda Church. Whether you go out with her is up to you, but she’s worth exploiting regardless, as her final ability is too good not to have, especially as you move forward after Christmas.
She discovers that her mother has arranged her Shogi matches in order to make her the champion. Hifumi can’t stand up to her, so the protagonist heads to Mementos to change her heart. Her weakness is Bless, and she blocks or resists most other types of elemental attacks. However, if you defeat her and Max Hifumi’s Confidant, she will allow your party members to retreat mid-battle, which is great when they’re really hurt.
4 wrong medicine
Your Confidant rank with Tae Takemi, the doctor who runs the Yongen-Jaya Clinic, is beneficial for many reasons. You encounter her early, which makes her easy to max out, and it’s advisable to do so as her store inventory only gets better with each rank.
Unfortunately, not everyone appreciates his medical prowess. The chief of staff at her old hospital messed up one of her drug trials but blamed her for it, tarnishing her reputation, so you’re responsible for going to Mementos to change her heart. You can seduce her too – don’t think about how much older she is.
3 Demystify the psychic
We find Chihaya Mifune on this request, but this time, it’s personal. Eventually, his progress in divination catches the attention of his superiors, whose motives are completely corrupted. You have already spent ¥100,000 to get to know her, and you learn that Fukurai, the president, is the one behind the fake stones sold by Chihaya.
So you go to Mementos to change his heart, because no one should have to waste that kind of money on a fake product. Once he’s defeated with ice attacks, Chihaya not only appreciates the help, but you even get your money back.
2 The Money-Hungry Uncle
Although this request is for Futaba, you will need to unlock it through Sojiro as part of the Hierophant Confidant. This request is unique in that you go it alone, without your group to support you. But when someone risks Futaba’s comfort and stability, there’s not much the protagonist wouldn’t do to help.
Her ghost uncle, who abused her before handing her over to Sojiro in exchange for money, has no weaknesses, but at least bringing in a Persona that takes physical damage well should help. Also, confuse it and Psio attacks will hit regardless of how tight it is. Make sure your health is good and shake it to finally help bring peace to Futaba and Sojiro.
1 Most of what improves Mishima’s Confidant Ranking
Persona fans seem to be divided over your goofy and passionate follower, Yuuki Mishima: he’s either a good boy who just wants to help, or a whiny pain in the ass. Say what you will about him, but he’s been the source of more than a dozen memento requests, many of which contribute to his Confidant rank.
We gave him the top spot because he’s a very useful confidant to level up, especially if you’re changing your party between palaces. At full rank, it will also give you the option to have idle party members waiting outside to gain EXP. Also, most of the requests he gives you lend to his Confidant rank anyway. A good source of quests, AND a useful ability? Thanks Mishima.
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