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Persona 5 Guide: Confidant Choices & Unlocks for Devil, Tower & Star - Ichiko, Shinya & Hifumi

When it comes down to it the Persona series is ultimately about the relationships between people and Persona 5 is no different. Those relationships naturally have an impact on the RPG systems of the game, and who you spend your time with and what you say to them actually becomes vitally important in your quest to save the world.

The staple system that drives this side of Persona was known in previous games as S-Links - but here, they're called cooperations with characters known to you as confidants. As these relationships grow they unlock all-new skills and more powerful Persona for Persona fusing, so it's very important indeed to spend your time wisely and say the right things. Here, we guide you through three of those relationships.

Persona 5 Confidant Cooperations / Social Links - How They Work

In Persona how you spend each day is important, and so you'll want to try to boost your relationships as far as possible as quickly as possible. Below we list all the decisions you can make in conversation for three Arcana - Devil (Ichiko), Tower (Shinya) and Star (Hifumi), listing the best-result options for boosting your relationships.

When you see numbers like +3 this is an indication of how many points your relationship is growing by. The numbers listed are based off the result when you carry a Persona of the same Arcana with you, which gives additional points. Make sure you carry a matching Persona in your stock when hanging out with people. Some may regard parts of this page as having minor spoilers, so beware.

For all the other Persona Arcana, be sure to check out our Confidant & Cooperations Guide Hub or visit the individual pages:

Devil (Le Diable - XV) - Ichiko Ohya Confidant Cooperation Relationship Guide

  • Ohya is always found at night in the Crossroads Bar in Shinjuku. She's only there at night since the bar isn't open in the day. She's almost always drunk. 
  • If you want to impress Ohya with a gift, she likes Cameras and Fans.

Rank 1:

  • Once you gain access to Shinjuku, visit the Crossroads bar and talk to her. You'll have met her earlier in the story at this point.
  • Unlocks Rumor-filled Scoop, which means Palace Alert levels won't increase so quickly and will decrease a little overnight.

Rank 2:

  • Impactful Conversation Choices for this Rank:
    • Choice 1: "Mishima might..." +2
    • Choice 3: "It's for the article." +2
  • Bonus: Charm Up

Rank 3:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "You shouldn't make assumptions." +2
    • Choice 4: "Was she falsely accused?" +2
  • Bonus: Charm Up

Rank 4

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 2: Both worth +2
  • Grants the Shocking Scoop ability, which improves the effect of Rumor-filled scoop.
  • Bonus: Charm Up

Rank 5:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 4: "That's unforgivable." +3 / "That sounds like defamation." +2
  • Bonus: Charm Up

Rank 6:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 2: "He must not like you." +2
    • Choice 3: "You should trust in her." +2
    • Choice 4: "You're a great journalist." +2 / "That's the spirit." +2
  • Bonus: Charm Up

Rank 7:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 2: "Let's think of another way." +3 / "Don't let him provoke you." +3 / "Calm down." +2
    • Choice 3: "You're charming as you are." +3 / "You should work on that." +2
  • Unlocks Outrageous Scoop, improving the effects of Rumor-filled Scoop further still.
  • Bonus: Charm Up

Rank 8:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "You seem tired." +2
    • After this a sidequest / request for Mementos is unlocked: Fighting for Truth in Journalism.
    • Complete the Fighting for Truth in Journalism sidequest, then return to Ichiko to rank up.
  • Bonus: Charm Up

Rank 9:

  • This is the point when a romance with Ichiko Ohya becomes available.
  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 2: "You're not giving up, are you?" +2
    • Choice 3: "I can't leave you." +3 / "I want to help." +3
    • Choice 5:
      • Romance - "I took it seriously."
      • Friendship - "I didn't take it seriously."
    • Choice 5:
      • Romance - "I love you, Ichiko."
      • Friendship - "I'm just kidding."

Rank 10:

  • Any choices you make will be irrelevant, since this is the max rank.
  • Unlocks Legendary Scoop, eliminating Palace security level increases.

Tower (XVI) - Shinya Oda Confidant Cooperation Relationship Guide

  • Shinya can be found hanging out around the Shibuya Arcade in the afternoon once school is over.

Rank 1:

  • On 9/4 Mishima will text you details about a new side quest, Winners Don't Use Cheats. Pursue this sidequest - through the course of the sidequest you will meet Shinya, the Tower Arcana cooperation.
  • Unlocks Down Shot, an ability that lets you spend an entire magazine to guarantee a knock down on an enemy.
  • Bonus: Kindness Up

Rank 2:

  • Impactful Conversation Choices for this Rank:
    • Choice 1: "Don't compare me to you." +3 / "Sorry." +2
    • Choice 2: "What a rude employee." +2
    • Choice 3: "Do you admire them?" +2
    • Choice 4: "So do I." +3 / "I'll let them know." +3
  • Unlocks Bullet Hail, which gives you a chance to enter a gun all-out-attack after an ambush.
  • Bonus: Kindness Up

Rank 3:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 2: "That's the spirit." +2
  • Unlocks Warning Shot, a way to frighten enemies with a threat during demon negotiations to get them to your side.
  • Bonus: Kindness Up

Rank 4

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "Dr. Takemi will help." +2
    • Choice 2: "You seem happy." +3 / "You're so kind." +2 / "Why free?" +2
  • Bonus: Kindness Up

Rank 5:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "Yeah, you tell him!" +2
    • Choice 2: "Get your revenge." +2
  • Unlocks Ammo Pouch, boosting your maximum bullet capacity for each weapon.
  • Bonus: Kindness Up

Rank 6:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 3: "I believe in you." +3 / "That's good." +2
    • Choice 4: "Not at all." +3
  • Unlocks Cheap Shot, reducing the bullets required for a Down Shot.
  • Bonus: Kindness Up

Rank 7:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • None! That was easy.
  • Bonus: Kindness Up

Rank 8:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "No, she's not." +2 / "Is that what you think?" +2
    • Choice 2: "I believe in them" +3 / "It'll all work out." +2
    • After this a sidequest / request for Mementos is unlocked: A Mother's Aggression.
  • Unlocks Electric Slug, boosting the damage inflicted by Bullet Hail.
  • Bonus: Kindness Up

Rank 9:

  • To initiate this rank you must have completed the A Mother's Aggression side quest.
  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "I'm glad to hear that." +3 / "Thank the Phantom Thieves." +2
    • Choice 2: "It means you've matured." +3 / "No, that makes sense." +3 / "A little bit, yeah." +2
    • Choice 3: "He wants to win at all costs."

Rank 10:

  • Any choices you make will be irrelevant, since this is the max rank.
  • Unlocks Oda Special, allowing Joker's attacks to ignore resistances to hit resistant enemies.

Star (XVIII) - Hifumi Togo Confidant Cooperation Relationship Guide

  • Hifumi Togo is found in the church at Kanda, and an in-game event will point you her way, though going there is optional. She's there at night.
  • If you want to give Hifumi a gift, get her a fountain pen, book cover or fan.

Rank 1:

  • After 6/25, visit Kanda Church and talk to the girl towards the front. To start the cooperation you'll need at least rank 3 (suave) charm, otherwise she'll just ignore you.
  • Unlocks Koma Sabaki, which lets you swap out party members on the fly mid-battle whenever it's Joker's turn.

Rank 2:

  • Impactful Conversation Choices for this Rank:
    • Choice 1: "That's interesting." +2
    • Choice 3: "But you don't want to, right?" +2
  • Bonus: Knowledge Up

Rank 3:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "Describes you perfectly." +2
    • Choice 2: "Having a difficult time?" +2
  • Unlocks Uchikomi, giving your non-present allies a chance to drop in for an extra attack after an enemy is downed.
  • Bonus: Knowledge Up

Rank 4

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "I didn't mind." +2 / "Must've been the katsu curry." +2
    • Choice 2: "They're cool." +2
  • Bonus: Knowledge Up
  • Unlocks the Book Town location.

Rank 5:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "She's scary." +2
    • Choice 2: "You should stop then." +2
  • Unlocks Kakoi Kuzushi, which allows you to attempt to escape from battle even when enemies have you surrounded.
  • Bonus: Knowledge Up

Rank 6:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "Is that frustrating?" +2
    • Choice 2: "Do what you love." +2 / "Do you still like shogi?" +2
  • Bonus: Knowledge Up
  • Unlocks the Sky Tower Location.

Rank 7:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "It may all come down to luck." +3 / "That's almost a relief." +2
    • Choice 2: "I believe in you." +3 / "Give it your all." +2
  • Unlocks Narikin, a chance to get double money if you win the battle in one full party turn after an ambush.
  • Bonus: Knowledge Up

Rank 8:

  • Requires rank 5 (erudite) knowledge.
  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 2: "That won't work." +2
    • After this a sidequest / request for Mementos is unlocked: Upstaging the Stage Mother.
  • Complete the Upstaging the Stage Mother sidequest, then return to Hifumi:
    • Choice 1: "I'm glad her heart changed." +3 / "Maybe..." +2
  • Bonus: Knowledge Up

Rank 9:

  • This is the point when a romance with Hifumi Togo becomes available.
  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "A very queenly decision." +3
    • Choice 2:
      • Romance - "I want to stay by your side."
      • Friendship - "I want to become stronger."
    • Choice 3:
      • Romance - "I want us to date."
      • Friendship - "We'll be friends forever."
  • Unlocks Touryou, removing the need to wait before you can escape from battle.

Rank 10:

  • Any choices you make will be irrelevant, since this is the max rank.
  • Unlocks Togo System, allowing you to switch in and out party members during any party member's turn.

 

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