Persona 5 Royal Hifumi confidant guide: Star choices, romance, unlock & gifts

Of all the confidants in Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal, Hifumi Togo is perhaps one of the most curious to get to know - because this classmate of Joker and the others was almost a phantom thief herself, but during development she was downgraded to an NPC that you can also build a meaningful relationship with. In the velvet room, she's representative of the Star arcana. 

Hifumi is still a romanceable character, however, and in this guide we'll teach you how to romance her - or at the very least take your friendship to the limit. This page lists every conversation and every choice within those conversations and the impact those choices have on your relationships - so by following it, you can max out your confidant cooperation quickly and effectively.

If you're done with Hifumi, be sure to look at out Persona 5 Confidant guide for the same level of detail for every other cooperation character in the game. 

The Hifumi Togo confidant relationship can also lead to a romance - or you can keep it platonic.

Hifumi Togo Confidant Cooperation Guide - Star (XVIII)

The below headings and bullet points list every confidant rank with Hifumi, plus all of the choices you can make that impact the relationship. If a conversation option isn't listed, it has no effect, and the numbers next to the answers listed reveal how many 'points' each adds to the invisible EXP-style stat that determines your confidant rank with Hifumi.

Remember that all of the points values below are based on what you'd earn if you have a Persona of the relevant arcana - in this case Star - on your person, in Joker's inventory when hanging out with Hifumi. Make sure you always have one to hand.

  • Location & Days Hifumi is available: 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.
  • Hifumi Gift: If you want to give Hifumi a gift, some good initial ideas are a fountain pen, book cover or fan, as detailed in our brief Hifumi Gifts list below. More present options are listed in our full Persona 5 Gift Guide.
  • Hanging out with Hifumi will increase your Knowledge social stat, which is a nice added bonus.

Rank 1:

  • You'll need to have completed the Kaneshiro's Bank heist. 
  • 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.

Impactful Conversation Choices for this Rank:

  • Would you like to exchange IDs with me? There's no obligation, of course...
    • Option 3: "Lucky me." +3
    • Option 1: "Sure." +2
    • Option 2: "I guess we can." +2

Rank 2:

Impactful Conversation Choices for this Rank:

  • It's as if I assume the role of a queen of a kingdom.
    • Option 1: "That's interesting." +2
  • Um, well, I'm doing a photoshoot for one...
    • Option 3: "But you don't want to, right?" +2

Bonus: Knowledge Social Stat Increased

Rank 3:

Impactful conversation choices for this rank:

  • Did you see it...? It was called 'The Venus of Shogi'...
    • Option 1: "Describes you perfectly." +2
  • It's as if she wants to be the manager of a celebrity.
    • Option 2: "Having a difficult time?" +2
  • Phone Call (P5R): How can I teach you properly when I’m this distressed...?
    • Option 1: "Bring it on." +2

Unlocks Uchikomi, giving your non-present allies a chance to drop in for an extra attack after an enemy is downed. Also increases your Knowledge Social Stat.

Rank 4

Impactful conversation choices for this rank:

  • She's my senior... I defeated her in a recent title match.
    • Option 1: "I didn't mind." +2
    • Option 3: "Must've been the katsu curry." +2
  • What do you think about them?
    • Option 2: "They're cool." +2
  • Phone Call (P5R): Really, I would be delighted to do this again.​​​​​​​
    • Option 1: "I'd love to." +2
    • Option 3: "Where shall we go next?" +2

Unlocks the Book Town location, and provides another boost to your Knowledge stat.

Rank 5:

Impactful conversation choices for this rank:

  • I apologize. That must have been quite a shock.
    • Option 2: "She's scary." +2
  • But it's honestly quite difficult for me.
    • Option 2: "You should stop then." +2
  • Phone Call (P5R): She didn't mean to offend you at all. I hope you'll accept my apology in her place.
    • Option 2: "You've got a lot to deal with." +2

Unlocks Kakoi Kuzushi, which allows you to attempt to escape from battle even when enemies have you surrounded. Also raises your Knowledge stat.

Rank 6:

Impactful conversation choices for this rank:

  • So now she's even more insistent on having me do more TV and magazine interviews than before...
    • Option 2: "Is that frustrating?" +2
  • Maybe I should stop playing shogi and just get a job... That way, my family won't get hurt again...
    • Option 3: "Do what you love." +2
    • Option 1: "Do you still like shogi?" +2
  • Phone Call (P5R): Considering how good a listener you are, I mean.
    • Option 2: "You're imagining things." +2

Unlocks the Sky Tower Location if you've never visited it before, and as ever boosts your Knowledge.

Rank 7:

Impactful conversation choices for this rank:

  • ..I confess I am a bit scared, though.
    • Option 3: "It may all come down to luck." +3
    • Option 1: "That's almost a relief." +2
  • I have to show them what I'm made of!
    • Option 2: "I believe in you." +3
    • Option 1: "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. Raises your Knowledge stat, too.

Rank 8:

Requires rank 5 (erudite) knowledge. Impactful conversation choices for this rank:

  • That way, I can use the weekly magazine's popularity against them and instantly become famous.
    • ​​​​Option 1: "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 to continue this rank:

  • Perhaps they eavesdropped on our conversation?
    • Option 3: "I'm glad her heart changed." +3
    • Option 1: "Maybe..." +2

Bonus: Knowledge Up

Rank 9 [Romance Point]:

This is the point when a romance with Hifumi Togo becomes available. Impactful conversation choices for this rank:

  • I'm going to win... with these very hands.
    • Option 1: "Give it all you got." +2
  • I didn't want to hurt the pieces any longer..
    • Option 3: "A very queenly decision." +3
  • ...So this is goodbye.
    • Friendship - Option 1: "I want to become stronger."
    • Romance - Option 2: "I want to stay by your side."
  • Choice 3 (if "I want to stay by your side." selected):
    • Romance - Option 1: "I want us to date."
    • Friendship - Option 2: "We'll be friends forever."
  • Phone Call (P5R if not romanced): Any choice +2
  • Phone Call (P5R if romanced): Any choice +2

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.
  • Unlocks Lucifer for fusion.

Best gifts for Hifumi in Persona 5 Royal

An image of Hifumi receiving a gift. Giving gifts is a fast way to level up the Persona 5 Royal Hifumi confidant relationship.

A key part of this Persona 5 Hifumi Confidant guide is a look at what gifts Hifumi enjoys, as giving gifts is an absolutely key way to improving the confidant relationships in the game. While we have a separate Persona 5 Gifts guide that features much more detail, we figured it was prudent to list a few of the most effective gifts here on the confidant guide - to save you a click and time, if you just want to know the absolute best presents to hand over.

Like every character, Hifumi has specific tastes you must try to satisfy with your gifts. Here's some of the strongest present options:

  • Incense Set: This item from the Shibuya Underground Mall will give your Hifumi confidant relationship a +3 boost.
  • Sakura Fan: Hand this to Hifumi for a +3 boost and some unique dialogue. You can grab the fan in the Underground Mall.
  • Black Mug: This is the cheapest +3 item for Hifumi, and can be nabbed in Shinjuku.
  • Fountain Pen: Boy, these gifts all play into Hifumi being a bit of a nerd, don't they? Hand this over for a +3 boost.
  • Rose Bouquet: If you're in a romance, this is the romantic gift to give. You can get it in Shinjuku at Night.