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Persona 4 Golden - Beginner Tips - No Spoilers


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I really like this game and so wished I had such tips, without the fear of spoilers when I started. I am playing on hard, and these tips for now are in no specific order, I will keep adding as I think up of more:


  1. Make it a habit to save often, there are save locations in various places. Sometimes you do not like something you chose in a dialog, or just wasted time doing something, you can reload without losing much.
  2. Play with headphones on, story is no fun without immersion.
  3. Don't buy anything from the TV station. Its usually rubbish, but buy the fish.
  4. This is like a 100+ hr game, so be warned. It is quite enjoyable though and time passes fast.


  1. Level up social skills of your party members first, the higher the level the more they will help out more in battle, whereas if you leveled up other non-party characters all they do is improve your bonus when fusing.
  2. Focus a bit more on "courage" stat early on than you normally would, reason being its mandatory to choose certain dialog options, whereas AFAIK other skills are not.
  3. Read books, also read certain books early to get the most benefit, like "expert studying" or "ghost stories" before working at the hospital.
  4. Do not sleep, until you have done everything else possible for the day.
  5. If at midday someone comes and asks you to spend time with them, say you will consider it, that gives you the option to choose who to spend time with that day.
  6. Different friends hang out in different places, roof, shopping place, superstore etc. That is where you will find them most of the time.
  7. Rainy days are good for indoor activities, such as the clubs or studying.
  8. Look at the job board in shopping district, new jobs appear there, they are not just for money, they will introduce you to new people.
  9. Watch every movie, with every party member. Its a good way of boosting their stats.
  10. Get the answers in on the spot tests/exams correct, they mean something, google if you have to.
  11. Making a sandwich at home, even though it takes time, is a good way of boosting a social link & stat.
  12. Ease off on the social links just before the exams, Ace the exams, then due to your popularity your buddies will get closer and be easier to level up.


  1. Do not battle every day, I only do it only when needed, and for a single day, that way you get the max days to do everything else as soon as your done battling. You will need some SP potions to do everything in a day. Buy some SODA from the vending machines, and grow some tomatoes, they give plenty early on.
  2. Battle on the first possible day to accomplish your mission. That way you de-risk yourself, and have plenty of time left.
  3. Know how many floors a dungeon has, its usually around 10.
  4. Change all party tactics to manual. Having full control of the party make you die less.
  5. Do not die, some of all of your progress since the last save will be lost.
  6. If you want to quit playing then you can just put your VITA in standby or if you want to save, just use GOHO-M at the start of a dungeon floor, which will transport you outside, where you can save then can resume back from the floor you were o, but don't go back to floor 1 then save, as this will mean you will start again from where you were, i.e. from floor 1.
  7. Do not get attached to your Personas, after some time they will no longer learn anything new and will stay weak, creating new Persona using fusion is the way the game is meant to be played to keep your edge in battle.
  8. Always hit monsters from behind, wait till they turn their back then strike, that gets you an extra turn, which may be the difference between win and die. If a monster spots you and gives chase, just run away far enough to they forget about you, then get em from behind.
  9. Up to mid-game, you need to be versed in enemy weaknesses, Google em. That is the fastest way of taking enemies down and not dying.
  10. Always try to get a free-hit, by using an attack the enemy is weak to you knock them down, that gives you a free turn and by getting free turns, you can pretty much take out most enemies in your first turn. Remember though, if one of your party is weak to an enemy attack they will get knocked down, and the enemy will also get free turn, so if you know that in advance, then making that member defend is a good idea. But do not "guard" unless you need to.
  11. Try and take em out quick, some enemies will blow up, and kill all your party if left for long.
  12. Move systematically, look at the map, cover all the area and get all the loot.
  13. Aim for "shuffle time", you get bonuses if you kill off enemies quick enough without much loss. You can get free stuff, don't choose money, you will have lots later.
  14. SP is most critical in higher difficulties, and its what keeps you going. Use it wisely. Basically you know its time to quit when your SP is finished, you can use items to recover but they are rare early on, so do not waste it, i.e. use it for damage dealing, not for things others could do for you.
  15. Do not use SP / HP potions when you do not need em. For example, you have a 100 SP potion, and you use it when you have lost 50 SP, you will regret it badly.
  16. Heal after battles, use a certain party member, or items to heal before the next battle. Sometimes opening a chest will start a battle... and, never, ever, go ahead with battling if it says something like "you have a bad feeling, go ahead?" when opening a chest. You will die.
  17. You can change your persona once per battle. That way you have access to like 16 skills (from 2 personas), its a good idea to have a few skills of varying types, like one for electric, one for wind etc. That way you can knock down most enemies on your first turn, that gives the best return.
  18. Fuse personas, that gives you more powerful versions, its kind of a requirement to not die. 
  19. Use "search mode" when fusing new personas, pick one at your level, with the least weaknesses and most strengths, then choose a variant of that which allows you to get the most "slots" (in pink) in which you can carry forward your skills from the merged personas. Then pick the best skills to carry forward as you will now lose the merged personas. 
  20. Monsters which look similar usually have the same weakness.
  21. Boss fights are on the last floor, after the big doors. Do not go in until you are ready.
  22. If you lose to a boss you can return to the start of the floor, just before the fight. But that does not mean rush in, as you may take 30 minutes to fight then lose, wasting all that time.
  23. Bosses usually do not have weaknesses, which means they take a long time and effort to kill, make sure you are fully healed before a boss fight.
  24. Its a good idea to save the game, then face the boss, find out what kind of attacks it does, then quit, reload the save, and make a persona that is strong against those attacks. Don't check up on the boss before you face it as it will spoil the story.
  25. Once unlocked, check out the 4/5/6 way persona fusions, AFAIK they don't show up in search, and can be incredibly powerful in beating bosses.
  26. Sell all your loot to the guy in town, he will craft new powerful items.
  27. "All out attacks", aim for these by knocking down every enemy in a turn. If all or most of the enemies are the same type, use a multi-enemy attack, if all enemies get knocked down it means they -all- take damage from the all out attack, which means they will die faster. You can essentially get 4 turns by doing this, i.e. hit the monster from behind to get a free turn, then turn each turn into 2 by knocking down the enemies.
  28. Its better to use one or two main personas with a variety of skills than 10 with a good skill each, because using 2 will allow them to level much faster and be more efficient in battle.
  29. "Regenerate 2" skill can be good to have to regenerate a little SP each turn.
  30. Power-up skills are good to use, they say they do double damage next turn, but from experience its usually more than double.
  31. Be cautious in battle, think about survival, last thing you want to do is start again.
  32. When you find stairs to the next floor, don't take them until you have fully explored the floor, you will miss goodies.
  33. Red monsters are more difficult than black ones, be extra wary not be caught off-guard.
  34. Level up in another dungeon, sometimes your party is not high level enough, do not start your dungeon again, instead exit, then go to the previous dungeon, and train on the high floors.
  35. Register your personas before fusing them, in case you need to recall them later.
  36. Looking from the side gives a farther field of view, weirdly, that can sometimes allow you to see the position of a monster.
  37. Always kill the "hands", they give loads of XP.
  38. Hands are usually strong against everything apart from physical attacks. So only use those, but check they may be weak to other types.
  39. Focus on one hand at a time, they are very tough and run away almost all of the time if allowed enough time. Killing one is better than hurting both and letting them run away.
  40. Chase the hands and hit them from behind, if you spot another monster while chasing, always prefer the hand since it won't come back if you go for the other monster.

More to come...

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