Persona 5: Makoto (Priestess) confidant choices & unlock guide

While in Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal you'll be spending a lot of time taking down criminals and forcing them to have a change of heart, the Persona series is of course all about the relationships we have and the bonds we make - and P5 is no different. As such, you'll spend a lot of that limited in-game calendar getting to know other members of your crew, including the talented Makoto Niijima, who holds the Arcana of La Papesse (II) - The Priestess.

On this page, we break down every single conversation you have with Makoto as part of her confidant relationship - known in this game as a co-operation, and perhaps known to PS2-era Persona fans as Social Links or S-Links. With this guide you'll know what effect everything you have a choice to say to Makoto at each rank will have on your relationship, plus understand when you unlock skills through your co-operation and what they do. This might be more important to you than some others, since you Makoto is a romanceable co-operation.

If you want assistance with the other characters in the game, check out our full Persona 5 Confident guide for all conversation choices, romance options, gifts and skill unlocks.


Makoto Niijima Confidant Cooperation Relationship Guide - Priestess (La Papesse - II)

Here's every single rank, every choice that actually gives you points towards your relationship, and every single unlock you'll reveal as you progress your relationship with Makoto. Plus, we make clear when you're advancing the relationship to be a full romance relationship, if that's what you want.

The +1, +2 and +3 'points totals' you see next to the effective answers for each conversation choice refer to how many 'points' get added to your confidant relationship. Any choices not listed are irrelevant; you can pick anything, as they'll all either add nothing or the same to your relationship. This is an invisible stat, but the more points, the more quickly you'll rank up, freeing up time to do other things. 

The phone calls that are listed are for Persona 5 Royal only; while this guide is correct to the original game's confidant cooperation relationship, the phone calls are not in that game. Remember, you'll only gain the full benefit of these answers if you have a Persona of Makoto's Arcana - that's Priestess - in Joker's current stock when you're hanging out with her. Always keep a relevant Persona on-hand, as that awards point bonuses, too.

  • Makoto can most often be found during the day in front of the Student Council Office inside your school, or hanging outside the gates. She's available in the daytime on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and is available day and night on rainy days.
  • To impress Makoto with gifts for extra cooperation points, give items like the Mini Cactus, Fountain Pen or Book Cover. She likes a lot more than this, though - check out our Persona 5 Gift Guide for the full list.

Rank 1:

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  • After clearing the Bank Palace dungeon in the story, find Makoto in front of the Student Council Office at school. 
  • Rank 3 (Scholarly) Knowledge is required.
  • Unlocks Shadow Calculus ability, allowing you to see the skills and potential drops from enemies on the analyse screen.
  • Impactful Conversation Choices for this Rank:
    • Post-Rank 1: "Let's go again sometime." +3 / "The red-light district next?" +3

Rank 2:

  • Impactful Conversation Choices for this Rank:
    • Choice 1: "You're very well informed." +2
    • Choice 2: "That was dangerous." +3  /  "You should have known better." +2
    • Choice 3: Any
    • Phone Conversation (P5R): "Couldn't agree more." +1
  • Unlocks Baton Pass ability, letting you pass Makoto's turn to other Baton Pass users in battle after a 1 More.

Rank 3:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "You have the wrong idea." +2
    • Choice 2: "You can change." +3  /  "Don't let it get to you." +2
    • Phone Call (P5R): "Sounds like you two get along." +2
  • Unlocks the Brainiac Talk ability, giving Makoto the chance to step in and rescue a failed demon negotiation.

Rank 4:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "That's unlike you." +2
    • Choice 4: "Why do you use it?" +3  /  "That's adorable." +2
    • Choice 5: "That's an amazing goal." +3  /  "I like a woman in uniform." +2
  • Unlocks the Follow Up ability, giving Makoto the chance to attack an enemy after Joker as a follow-up.

Rank 5:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "He sounds suspicious." +3  /  "That's annoying." +2
    • Choice 2: "I got this." +3  /  "Only if I can take it seriously." +2
    • Phone Call (P5R): "Try to reach out to her." +2

Rank 6:

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  • Requires rank 5 (max) charm.
  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "Love comes in many forms." +3  /  "We just started." +2
    • Phone Call (P5R): "Tell him you're on a date." +2
  • Unlocks the Harisen Recovery ability, which gives Makoto 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 4: "That's a horrible story." +3  /  "He was a noble man." +3  /  "Was it tough without him?" +2
    • Choice 5: All result in +3
    • Choice 6: All result in +2
    • Choice 7: "I'm game if you are." +2 / "Refuse her, please." +2
    • Phone Call (P5R): "Of course." +2 / "It's the role I always hoped for." +2
  • Unlocks the Shadow Factorization ability, which tells you if an attack will be effective or not while targeting.

Rank 8:

  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: "He says that to all the girls." +2  /  "That's how he ropes you in." +2
    • Choice 2: "Absolutely." +3  /  "What are you going to do?" +2  /  "Eh, she deserves him." +2
  • Unlocks the Endure ability, giving Makoto a chance to withstand a blow in combat that would usually kill.

Rank 9:

  • This is the point when a romance with Makoto Niijima becomes available.
  • In order to start this rank, you'll need information on the host, Tsukasa. Get this by going to Shinjuku - there's a man outside the bookstore. Talk to him twice.
  • Impactful conversation choices for this rank:
    • Choice 1: All result in +3
    • Choice 2: All result in +2
    • Choice 3: "That was the right move." +2
    • Choice 4: "I'm a regular here." +3  /  "It's a popular meeting spot." +3  /  "Not as much as you." +2
    • Choice 5:
      • Friendship - "You'll find someone someday." +3  
      • Romance - "I'll be your study partner."
    • Choice 6 (only if "I'll be your study partner." selected):
      • Romance - "I do."  +3
      • Friendship - "That's not what I meant."
    • Phone Call (P5R if not romanced): "I'd do anything for you." +2
    • Phone Call (P5R if romanced): "No problem at all." +2 / "No big deal." +2
  • Unlocks the Protect ability, giving Makoto 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 Cybele for fusion.
  • Unlocks Second Awakening, evolving Makoto's Persona to its second form, Anat.
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