Persona 5: Ichiko Ohya (Devil) confidant choices, romance & unlock guide

Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal let you get to know a wide variety of characters, and one of the most unique relationships is the Ichiko Ohya confidant cooperation - a journalist and reporter who can most often be found propping up a bar that you, as an underage student, really shouldn't be visiting. Ohya represents the Devil arcana in the Velvet Room and in persona creation - we'll let you decide what that says about her personality.

On this page, we help you navigate your relationship to Ohya so you can max out your confidant cooperation relationship with her as quickly as possible, therefore opening up the various bonuses she can offer and also allowing you to choose her as your choice of romanceable character if she's your type. The advantage of this is simple: time is limited in Persona, so you want to do stuff quickly so you have time to spare for other things.

If you need the same sort of help with other confidant characters in the game, check out our full Persona 5 Confidant guide which covers every character, choice and rank

Making the right decisions in the Ohya confidant relationship can lead to a romance, or simply unlock neat bonuses.

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

Here's every conversation you can have with the devilish Ichiko Ohya, plus everything you can say to speed up that relationship leveling up. The numbers represent the increase you'll get towards ranking up, and are based on the bonus you get when also carrying with you a Persona of Ohya's arcana (Devil), so make sure you do that. There's a bit of an age gap, but you can also pursue a romance relationship with Ohya if you want. 

  • 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 for a start, but you can find a full list of ideal presents on our complete Confidant Gift Guide

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:

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  • Impactful Conversation Choices for this Rank:
    • Choice 1: "Mishima might..." +2
    • Choice 3: "It's for the article." +2
  • Bonus: Charm Up
  • Unlocks the Rumor-filled Scoop aility, which reduces the security increases in palaces.

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
    • Phone Call (P5R): "Leave it to me." +2 / "That was our deal." +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
    • Phone Call (P5R): "I don't mind it." +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
    • Phone Call (P5R): "I'll dig up some more for you." +2
  • Bonus: Charm Up

Rank 7:

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  • 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
    • Phone Call (P5R): "That's the spirit." +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 in Mementos, then return to Ichiko to rank up.
    • Choices in dialogue don't matter, other than the phone call. The last (non phone call) option gives +3 to all choices.
    • Phone Call (P5R): "Good luck." +2 / "Be careful." +2
  • Bonus: Charm Up

Rank 9 [Romance Point]:

  • 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 6 (only if "I took it seriously"):
      • Romance - "I love you, Ichiko."
      • Friendship - "I'm just kidding."
    • Phone Call (P5R if romanced): "I wanted to hear your voice." +2 / "Please don't dump me." +2

Rank 10:

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