An awful lot of the meat of Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal is about the series' ever-colorful cast of characters and getting to know them - so much so that it's woven very intricately into the gameplay systems of each title in the series. Many characters have deep relationships that develop over time through player choice and conversation options - which is why we have an extremely detailed and in-depth Persona 5 & Royal Confidant relationship and cooperation guide, which covers everything you could imagine about getting to know all of these unique characters.
While most of the characters have relationships where you have to spend time with them and talk to them to get to know them and one has you solving Persona fusing puzzles, there are a handful of characters whose confidant relationships level up automatically, in step with certain events in the story. We cover three of those characters on this page of the guide: Igor of the Fool Arcana, Morgana of the Magician Arcana and Sae of the Justice Arcana. Naturally, that means none of these characters need to be given presents, so they're not featured on our P5 Gift Guide.
If you're playing vanilla Persona 5, Goro Akechi of the Justice Arcana also levels up automatically. In Persona 5 Royal, Akechi has a fully-fledged, choice-based confidant cooperation story all of his own.
The other three remain the same, however. While this trio has no choices to worry about, you might want to know on what dates their cooperation confidant relationship with Joker levels up, or simply know what skills each rank unlocks - so we've listed each below. Some may find these to be minor spoilers, so beware.
Igor Confidant Cooperation Relationship Guide - Fool (Le Mat)
- Automatically on 4/12.
- Unlocks Wild Talk ability, allowing for negotiation with Shadows during a Hold Up.
- Unlocks Arcana Burst, gifting Bonus EXP to Persona of this Arcana based on this Confidant's rank.
- Automatically after you infiltrate the first palace.
- Unlocks Third Eye ability, letting you see things more clearly with L1/L2.
- Automatically on 5/5.
- Unlocks Power Stock ability, increasing your Persona stock to 8.
- After the second palace
- Automatically on 6/11.
- Unlocks Super Stock ability, increasing your Persona stock to 10.
- After the fourth palace.
- Unlocks High Arcana Burst ability, granting further bonus EXP based on Confidant rank.
- Automatically on 8/22.
- Automatically on 8/31.
- Unlocks the Ultra Stock ability, increasing your Persona stock to 12.
- Automatically on 10/11.
- Automatically on 12/24.
- Unlocks the Max Arcana Burst, greatly raising bonus EXP for Fool Persona fusion.
Morgana Confidant Cooperation Relationship Guide - Magician (Le Bateleur - I)
- Automatically on 4/15.
- Unlocks Infiltration Tools ability, allowing you to spend time in your room crafting infiltration tools like lockpicks.
- Automatically after you steal your first treasure.
- Unlocks Baton Pass ability, letting you pass Morgana's turn to other Baton Pass users after a 1 More.
- Automatically after you raid your second palace.
- Unlocks the Follow Up ability, where Morgana has a chance to perform a follow-up attack after Joker.
- Automatically on 6/20
- Unlocks the Kitty Talk ability, giving Morgana the chance to step in and rescue a failed demon negotiation.
- Automatically after the third palace.
- Unlocks the Pickpocket ability, which gives you the chance to obtain an item with landed melee attacks.
- Automatically on 7/25.
- Unlocks the Ace Tools ability, which lets you craft all types of infiltration tools.
- Automatically on 8/29.
- Unlocks the Harisen Recovery ability, which gives Morgana the chance to step in and heal status ailments on party members when in the party.
- Automatically on 9/17.
- Unlocks the Endure ability, giving Morgana a chance to withstand a blow that would usually kill.
- After the fifth palace.
- Unlocks the Protect ability, giving Morgana the ability to shield Joker from an attack that would be fatal.
- Automatically on 11/23.
- Unlocks Second Awakening, evolving Morgana's Persona to its final form.
Judgement (Le Judgement) - Sae Niijima Confidant Cooperation Relationship Guide
- Automatically on 7/9
- Unlocks automatically on 7/24.
- Automatically on 8/22.
- Unlocks as part of the story on 9/23.
- Automatically on 10/12.
- Unlocks on 10/28.
Rank 7, 8, 9 & 10
- Automatically on 11/20.
- Unlocks True Judgement.