Persona 5: Ryuji (Chariot) confidant choices & unlock guide

Ultimately, Persona 5 and Persona 5 The Royal is all about friendship - and Joker's right-hand man and partner in crime is Ryuji Sakamoto, the first true friend he makes after arriving in his new home. In the shadowy world of Persona, Ryuji is linked to the arcana of the Chariot, which of course thus has an impact on battles.

The better you know Ryuji, the more skills and options you'll have open to you when he's in your party and otherwise - and so you'll probably want to get to know him well as quickly as possible. In this guide we go in-depth with a list of every optional conversation answer and choice that can have an impact on your relationship at every rank - and if you make the right choices, you'll therefore advance your friendship quickly towards that elusive Rank 10 cooperation.

For help with characters beyond Ryuji, make sure you check out our detailed Persona 5 Confident guide that lists conversation choices, skills and unlocks for every character. 


Ryuji Sakamoto Confidant Cooperation Relationship Guide - Chariot (Le Chariot - VII)

Below you'll find a list of every rank and every conversation choice that can improve your relationship with Ryuji to level up the Chariot arcana more quickly. The +1, +2 and +3 numbers you see indicate how many 'points' are added to the secret stat that controls when your confidant cooperation relationship levels up - the more the better. These point totals are accurate for if you have a Chariot Persona in your current Persona stock - you'll need to be carrying a Chariot Persona in your party to get the full advance, as that gives you a little bonus.

Ryuji has some conversation choices, including phone conversations, that are Persona 5 Royal only. These are denoated with (P5R) - and other than these, this guide is correct for the standard edition of the game. Any choices not listed in this guide have no material impact on your relationship - so don't worry about those ones and just pick whichever you prefer.

  • Ryuji is found in your school after school. On days off he'll be found in the arcade if he's available. Her's available in the daytime all week, and day and night on rainy days. 

Rank 1:

  • On 4/12 as part of the story your cooperation with Ryuji will begin. 
  • All the choices are irrelevant to your rank progression.
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Rank 2:

  • Impactful Conversation Choices for this Rank:
    • Choice 1: "You seem pretty excited." +3 / "I'm counting on you." +3 / " with what?" +2
    • Choice 3: Both give +2
    • Phone Call (P5R): All +2
  • Unlocks Baton Pass ability, letting you pass Ryuji's turn to other Baton Pass users in battle after a 1 More.

Rank 3:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "Let's not fight." +2
    • Choice 2: "Calm down, Ryuji." +3 / "Just endure it." +2
    • Phone Call (P5R): "I can't exactly blame you." +2
  • Unlocks the Follow Up ability, giving Ryuji the chance to attack an enemy after Joker as a follow-up.

Rank 4

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "Are you worried about him?" +3
    • Choice 2: "I know how you feel." +3 / "But you're doing great." +3 / "It's not so bad." +2
    • Choice 2 (P5R): "It's not over, Ryuji." +3 / "Here are my friends" +3
  • Unlocks the Punk Talk ability, giving Ryuji the chance to step in and rescue a failed demon negotiation.
  • Unlocks the Ogikubo Ramen location.

Rank 5:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "Protein powder?" +3 / "A towel?" +2 
    • Choice 2: "You seem conflicted." +2 / "Do you want to rejoin?" +2
    • Choice 3: "So he's an asshole?" +3 / "So he's short?." +2
    • Phone Call (P5R): "Don't worry. I gotcha." +2

Rank 6:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "We can train at my place." +3  /  "Let's stay here." +2 / "How about Protein Lovers?" +2
    • Choice 2: "You guys should trust Nakaoka." +3 / "There is no time for arguing." +3
    • Choice 3: "Absolutely." +3 / "More or less." +3
    • Phone Call (P5R): "So he should've punched back?" +2
  • Unlocks the Harisen Recovery ability, which gives Ryuji the chance to step in and heal status ailments on party members when in the party.
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Rank 7:

  • Ryuji will text you to initiate this rank naturally. Agree to meet him.
  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "Let's talk to Takeishi." +3
    • Choice 2: "I think it's cool, Ryuji." +3 / "Wait, what?" +2
  • Grants the Insta-kill ability, which gives Ryuji the chance to instantly win a battle after an ambush. Becomes more likely the weaker an enemy is.

Rank 8:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 2: All give +3
    • Choice 3: "All I did was watch." +3 / "Are you gonna pay me back?" +2
    • Choice 4: All give +3
    • Phone Call (P5R): "So. Case closed?" +2
  • Unlocks the Endure ability, giving Ryuji a chance to withstand a blow in combat that would usually kill.

Rank 9:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "Are you satisfied now?" +3 / "Not running?" +2
    • Choice 2: "Don't do it." +3 / "What did you say?" +2 / "Do you have any time for that?" +2
    • Choice 3: All give +3
    • Choice 4: "I agree." +2
    • Phone Call (P5R): "Congratulations." +2 / "Better watch out for them." +2
  • Unlocks the Protect ability, giving Ann the ability to shield Joker from an attack that would be fatal.

Rank 10:

  • Any choices you make will be irrelevant, since this is the max rank.
  • Unlocks Chi You for fusion.
  • Unlocks Second Awakening, evolving Makoto's Persona to its final form, Seiten Taisei.
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