Persona 5 Strikers is the title I have been looking forward to the most all month, so I’ve spent quite a bit of time playing it since it dropped on Monday. And there are a few things I’ve learned about how to get the most out of the game.
The game does a pretty good job of easing you into the new combat system, but it also leaves some things unsaid — and that’s where I come in.
Follow these few tips and it will help you enjoy this fantastic game without frustration.
Leave the dungeon regularly
Your SP will drain faster in Persona 5 Strikers than in previous games, so you’re going to run out of it fairly quickly if you’re not careful. There are also far fewer items that restore SP. Run out of juice and you’ll be stuck with no more spells or magical healing, which can make boss fights far more difficult than they should be.
But the biggest change in dungeon difficulty in Persona 5 Strikers is that there is no longer a penalty to leaving early. In Persona 5, leaving the dungeon advanced time to the next day, forcing you to balance exploration with your desire to hang out with Makoto (Funny way to spell Futaba – Ed.) some more.
In Strikers, all exploration happens in a single day, meaning that you can come and go as much as you like. And with leaving replenishing your SP completely, you should do so often to keep your team topped up, saving your SP items for when you’re in the middle of a tough fight.
Explore New Towns
Another big change to Persona 5 Strikers is that the team are hitting the road, beating down corrupted adults all across Japan. When you reach new locations, be sure to explore them as much as possible. Talk to everyone. Listen in on conversations. Check every statue and landmark you can find.
Doing so will sometimes net you a free item, or a piece of equipment — or even a recipe to cook. Money is quite scarce in the early levels without grinding for a few hours, so anything you can get for free you’re going to want. Make doubly sure that you find every member of the Phantom Thieves in the town. They’re most likely to give you something good.
Invest in the Bondmaker skill
As you advance through the story and progress through the Jails, Persona 5 Strikers’ version of Palaces, you’ll earn Bond Points which you can use to upgrade your party. Some give them a permanent buff to health or SP. Some let them extend their combos. All of the upgrades are useful, but one you’ll want to invest in early on is the Bondmaker skill. It gives you a bonus to the Bond Points you earn, making it easier to purchase more expensive and powerful upgrades.
Dropping a few ranks into Bondmaker early on will save you some serious headaches later on since you can’t just grind for Bond Points like you can XP or money. You’ll get them fairly regularly but only when the story advances, so getting more at a time will be very helpful.
Unlock the Master Arts
You’ll want to spend a little bit of time grinding with each member of the Phantom Thieves, especially in the earlier Jails where the enemies are a bit more straightforward. Not only will it put you in good stead when you do advance the story and get faced with bigger and more outlandishly designed challenges, it will allow you to unlock each character’s Master Arts earlier.
Master Arts are unique skills and abilities that unlock as you use a character more. Some will extend combos while others remove ammo restrictions or increase damage. Getting everyone to at least their middle tier Master Arts while still in the first Jail will put you in good stead to survive some of the challenges that come a bit later on in the game.
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