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Persona 5 Guide: Confidant Choices & Unlocks for Empress, Emperor & Hierophant - Haru, Yusuke, Sojiro

Persona 5 makes great use of series traditions such as the social link mechanic, though in this game it's known as something different: Confidants and their Cooperations. Each confidant functions in much the same way as before despite the name change: getting to know them better will level up the relationship and give you access to more EXP bonuses when fusing Persona, plus other bonus skills.

Each confidant relationship is a fairly complex set of choices that grow as you get to know the character better, and if you want to maximize your time in Tokyo you might want a little hand. We're here to help - so relax.

Persona 5 Confidant Cooperations / Social Links - How They Work

Time limitations and the pressing duties of both being a high school student and a phantom thief mean that you need to plan out your Persona 5 days carefully, and one great way to earn back a little more time is by making sure you maximize each day spent with your confidants on their cooperation stories. On this page we list the conversation choices you can make for the Empress (Haru), Emperor (Yusuke) and Hierophant (Sojiro) cooperation confidant relationships.

This'll help you to make the most of your time. Numbers such as +3 and +2 represent the growth your relationship will get from each answer, and are based off the gain when you're carrying a Persona of the same Arcana with you, since that gives a bonus - always carry a matching Persona when grinding out a particular confidant cooperation! 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:

Empress (Limperatrice - III) - Haru Okumura Confidant Cooperation Relationship Guide

  • Haru is usually found on the rooftop of the school after school. She's not available on Sunday or when it rains.

Rank 1:

  • After 10/30, find and chat to her on the school rooftop. On Sundays, she hangs out at the school gates. (Go home, girl!) 
  • Unlocks Cultivation, which allows you to grow vegetables on the roof.

Rank 2:

  • Requires Rank 5 (Transcendent) Proficiency.
  • Impactful Conversation Choices for this Rank:
    • Choice 1: "Are you opening a cafe?" +3 / "Are you starting a farm?" +3 / "You like coffee?" +2
    • Choice 2: "He sounds suspicious." +2
    • Choice 3: "This is a complex issue." +3 / "You might be wrong." +2 / "Maybe you should fire him." +2
  • Unlocks Baton Pass ability, letting you pass Haru's turn to other Baton Pass users in battle after a 1 More.

Rank 3:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 3: "Not yet." +3 / "I have." +2 / "Too many times to count." +2
    • Choice 2: "I don't want to go with you." +2
    • Choice 1: "It'll be okay, I promise." +3 / "They won't find out." +3 / "A phantom thief wouldn't worry." +2
  • Unlocks the Follow Up ability, giving Haru the chance to attack an enemy after Joker as a follow-up.

Rank 4:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "That's pricey." +3 / "It must be amazing." +3
    • Choice 2: All give +3
    • Choice 3: All give +3
    • Choice 4: "Let's ask him." +3
    • Choice 5: "I'm not really sure." +3
  • Unlocks the Celeb Talk ability, giving Haru the chance to step in on a failed demon negotiation.

Rank 5:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "Somebody's telling the truth." +3 / "Trust no one." +3
    • Choice 2: "There has to be another way." +3
    • Choice 3: "That doesn't matter now." +3 / "I don't think so." +3
  • Unlocks Selective Breeding, which improves vegetable crop outcome.

Rank 6:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "That's fascinating." +3 / "You're so studious." +3 / "Can you make some for me?" +3
    • Choice 2: "I had no idea." +3
    • Choice 3: "That would be bad." +3 / "Black like coffee?" +3
    • Choice 5: "Be strong, Haru." +3
  • Unlocks the Harisen Recovery ability, which gives Haru the chance to step in and heal status ailments on party members when in the party.

Rank 7:

  • [This rank is translated from Japanese - we haven't reached it in English yet.]
  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 2: "That sounds really tough..." +3 / "What do you want to do?" +3
    • Choice 3: All are +3
    • Choice 4: Both are +3
  • Unlocks the Soil Improvement ability, which reduces the time a crop takes to grow.

Rank 8:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "The soil?" +3
    • Choice 2: All are +3
    • Choice 3: All are +3
  • Unlocks the Endure ability, giving Makoto a chance to withstand a blow in combat that would usually kill.

Rank 9:

  • [This rank is translated from Japanese - we haven't reached it in English yet.]
  • This is the point when a romance with Haru Okumura becomes available.
  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 2: All are +3
    • Choice 3: "You're very welcome." +3 / "You did amazing." +3
    • Choice 4: 
      • Relationship - "I like you too, Haru."
      • Friendship - "He saw us as good friends."
  • Unlocks the Protect ability, giving Haru 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 Second Awakening, evolving Haru's Persona to its final form.

Emperor (L'Empereur - IV) - Yusuke Kitagawa Confidant Cooperation Relationship Guide

  • Yusuke is usually found after school in the day in the Shibuya Station Underground Walkway.

Rank 1:

  • On 6/18 there will be an umissable event with Yusuke. Talk to him at the train station's underground passageway afterwards.  
  • Unlocks Novice Duplication, a skill that allows Yusuke to produce low-level skill cards for you. These can be used to teach your Persona moves.

Rank 2:

  • Impactful Conversation Choices for this Rank:
    • Choice 1: "It's novel." +2 / "It's enigmatic." +2
    • Choice 2: "I can't wait." +3 / "I hope you're right." +3
  • Unlocks Baton Pass ability, letting you pass Yusuke's turn to other Baton Pass users in battle after a 1 More.

Rank 3:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "Don't let it bother you." +2
    • Choice 3: "This isn't like you." +3 / "You're really giving up?" +2
    • Choice 4: Both give +2
  • Unlocks the Follow Up ability, giving Yusuke the chance to attack an enemy after Joker as a follow-up.
  • Unlocks the Ueno Museum location.

Rank 4:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "Why are we in a boat?" +2 / "I should bring a girl here." +2
    • Choice 2: "Love comes in all forms." +3 / "Maybe you should train more." +2
  • Unlocks the Artist Talk ability, giving Yusuke the chance to step in on a failed demon negotiation.
  • Unlocks the Inokashira Park location.

Rank 5:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "Do you want me to strip?" +3 / "I dunno if I can do it..." +2
    • Choice 2: "I'm sure you will." +3 / "It doesn't look like it." +3 / "Do you want to give up?" +2
  • Unlocks the Adept Duplication skill, which allows Yusuke to create medium-level skill cards on your request.
  • Unlocks the Kanda Church location.

Rank 6:

  • Requires rank 4 Proficiency.
  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "It feels nostalgic." +2
  • Unlocks the Harisen Recovery ability, which gives Yusuke the chance to step in and heal status ailments on party members when in the party.

Rank 7:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "What do you mean?" +2
    • Choice 2: "The truth is within you." +3
  • Unlocks the Master Duplication ability, which allows Yusuke to create skill cards for high-end skills..

Rank 8:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "It has to be Ann." +2
    • Choice 2: "You've really grown, Yusuke." +3
  • Unlocks the Endure ability, giving Yusuke a chance to withstand a blow in combat that would usually kill.

Rank 9:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "Her love for her son." +3 / "The pain of separation." +3
    • Choice 2: "You've really changed, Yusuke." +3
  • Unlocks the Protect ability, giving Yusuke 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 Second Awakening, evolving Makoto's Persona to its final form.

Hierophant (Le Pape - V) - Sojiro Sakura Confidant Cooperation Relationship Guide

Sojiro Sakura is found in LeBlanc Cafe, your home, at night.

Rank 1:

  • As the story progresses, you'll unlock the ability to befriend Sojiro.   

Rank 2:

  • Impactful Conversation Choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "Making coffee." +2
    • Choice 2: "That guy seemed suspicious." +2
    • Choice 3: "I want the ladies to love me." +2
  • Unlocks Coffee Basics, a new ability that lets you create a coffee item that can restore SP in battle using LeBlanc's coffee brewing facilities.
  • Kindness +3.

Rank 3:

  • Before you start this rank, you'll have to make coffee with Sojiro once. Afterwards, you'll be able to talk further.
  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "Medium-fine." +2
    • Choice 3: "Is it trouble?" +2

Rank 4:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "Tell me more." +3
    • Choice 2: "Call Sojiro's phone." +3
  • Unlocks the Leblanc Curry ability - this skill lets ytou create a curry item that can restore SP using LeBlanc's kitchen.
  • Kindness +3

Rank 5:

  • Available only after 8/22.
  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "I think I'm addicted!" +3 / "It wasn't bad." +2
    • Choice 2: "She wasn't normal, huh?" +3 / "She was like Futaba?" +2
    • Choice 3: "It really paid off in the end." +2
  • Kindness +3

Rank 6:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "To each his own." +2
    • Choice 2: "Shut your mouth." +3 / "You're wrong." +2
    • Choice 3: "Saving Futaba was no mistake." +2
  • Unlocks the Coffee Mastery ability, enhancing your coffee-making ability to allow for better items.
  • Kindness +3

Rank 7:

  • Requires rank 5 (angelic) kindness.
  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "You might be right." +2
  • Kindness +3

Rank 8:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "Something with curry." +3 / "You want my suggestion?" +2
    • Choice 2: "I was just protecting Futaba." +2
  • Unlocks the Mementos Mission Request: "The Money-Grubbing Uncle. Futaba and Sojiro Cooperations locked until this is complete.

Rank 9:

  • You must complete "The Money-Grubbing Uncle" sidequest in order to start this rank.
  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "It's great." +3 / "It's a bit of a nag." +2
    • Choice 2: "You have a great daughter." +3 / "Congrats." +3
  • Unlocks the Curry Tips skill, which enhances the quality of the curry you can make.

Rank 10:

  • Any choices you make will be irrelevant, since this is the max rank.
  • Unlocks the Kanda Church location. 
  • Unlocks Curry Mastery, making the curry you make fantastic at restoring your whole party's SP.
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