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Persona 5 Royal: Maruki (Councillor) confidant choices & unlock guide

Persona 5 Royal adds a lot of new stuff to the already-brilliant world of Persona 5, and one of the most significant new additions are some confidant cooperation relationships that let you get to know new characters - like Takuto Maruki, the school counsellor who has the appropriate new arcana of The Councillor.

Getting to know Maruki will unlock hot new abilities and skills in battle, plus open up a deep new relationship you very well might want to experience as part of your P5R journey. Time is always limited in Persona, however - but with this guide, you should be able to max out the relationship quickly and efficiently, which leaves you more time to get to know the other new character, Kasumi.

If you need more assistance with the rest of the game’s eclectic cast, check out our full Persona 5 & Royal Confidant Relationship & Cooperation guide, plus our Persona 5 & Royal Gift Guide

Takuto Maruki Confidant Cooperation Relationship Guide - The Councillor

On this page we feature every single confidant rank and conversation choice for the Persona 5 Royal exclusive relationship you can build with Takuto Maruki. We’ve tried to present it in as spoiler-free a way as we possibly can while keeping it useful.

Any conversation choices not listed here are such because they have no material impact on your relationship. Beyond that, the numbers next to each answer show how many points are added to the hidden XP value that determines when exactly each confidant cooperation relationship levels up to the next rank. 

For the record, the numbers shown represent the increases when you hang out with Maruki when you have a persona of Maruki’s arcana - The Councillor - on your person. Doing this gives you some bonus points - so always have a relevant Persona on you; that goes for all confidant cooperations.  

  • Once unlocked, you’ll be able to see Takuto Maruki on Monday and Friday daytimes. He’s your school councillor, and so he’ll be found in the school building, of course. 
  • The Maruki confidant relationship will kick off on May 13. 
  • You won’t be able to go beyond Rank 5 until after September 19.
  • Finally, you must progress to Rank 9 before November 17 if you want to reach Rank 10. This unlocks the new semester added to P5R, unlocking a lot of new content, but is also key if you want to get the game's true ending.

Rank 1:

  • You’ll meet Takuto Maruki through the natural progression of P5R’s story - he’ll show up and meet you to kick off the confidant relationship on 5/13. None of the conversation choices here matter.
  • Unlocks +5 SP, plus an item.

Rank 2:

Impactful Conversation Choices for this Rank:

  • Choice 1: 
    • Option 1 (“We made a deal.”) +2
    • Option 2: (“I’m a little nervous.”) +2
  • Choice 3: (“But it all sounds right.” +3
  • Choice 5: (“Well, okay.”) +2
  • Unlocks +5 SP & 1x Non-Static Gum item.

Unlocks Detox X - a passive ability that means when you’re given a negative status ailment, you have a chance to heal it right away.

Rank 3:

Impactful conversation choices for this rank:

  • Choice 1: 
    • Option 1 ("So they have, huh?") +2 
    • Option 3 (“Thanks to you, probably.”) +2
  • Choice 2: 
    • Option 1 Of course.") +2
    • Option 2 ("Yeah, for our deal.") +2
  • Choice 3: Any
  • Choice 4: 
    • Option 1 ("That one seems necessary.") +2 
    • Option 2 (“It’s a seed for new loves.”)
  • Choice 5: Both give +2
  • Bonus Phone Call: Option 1 (“Good work over there.”) +2

Unlocks +5 SP & 1x Jagariko item. Unlocks Flow, which can give you the Charge and Concentrate buffs at the start of battles at random.

Rank 4

Impactful conversation choices for this rank:

  • Choice 2: 
    • Option 1 ("I know, right…?") +3 
    • Option 3 ("Talk about a reward.") +2
  • Choice 3: 
    • Option 3 ("Is that what you’re researching?") +3 
    • Option 1 ("That’d be great.") +2
  • Choice 5: Both give +2
  • Choice 6: Option 1 ("That sounds fun.") +3
  • Bonus Phone Call: 
    • Option 1 ("I feel completely fine.") +2 
    • Option 2 ("It’s part of our deal, so...") +2

Unlocks +5 SP & 1x Happy Pop item.

Rank 5:

Impactful conversation choices for this rank:

  • Choice 1: (“This looks great”) +3
  • Choice 3: (“You know, you’re right.”) +3
  • Choice 4: (“Hey, as long as it tastes good.”) +2
  • Choice 5: (“I guess so.”) +2
  • Bonus Phone Call: (“I really don’t mind.”) +2

Unlocks +5 SP & 1x Donut Worry item. Unlocks Mindfulness, another passive skill that has the chance to restore some SP when your SP is low.

Rank 6:

Reminder: You won’t be able to go beyond Rank 5 until after September 19. Impactful conversation choices for this rank:

  • Choice 1:
    • Option 1 (“You wanted to talk?”) +2
    • Option 2 (“We’ve got curry too.”) +2
  • Choice 2: Option 1 (“I can do that.”) +2
  • Choice 3: All add +1
  • Choice 4: Option 3 (“So give up.”) +2
  • Choice 5 & Choice 6: All are +1
  • Bonus Phone Call:
    • Option 1 (“Calm down.”) +2
    • Option 2 (“What’s going on.”) +2

Rank 7:

Impactful conversation choices for this rank:

  • All conversation choices in this confidant rank up are +3 - you can simply pick whatever choices you like to proceed to the next rank at maximum efficiency!

Unlocks Quick Flow ability. Unlocks +5 SP & 1x Phantom Wafers item.

Rank 8 :

Impactful conversation choices for this rank:

  • Choice 1: 
    • Option 2 (“What do you mean?”) +3
    • Option 1 (“I’m good on cookies, thanks.”) +2
  • Choice 2: 
    • Option 1 (“Ooh, really?”) +3
    • Option 2 (“Can you afford that?”) +2
    • Option 3 (“Sorry, I prefer sushi.”) +2
  • Choice 3: 
    • Option 1 (“Thanks for the food!”) +3
    • Option 3: (“This is quite the spread.”) +2
  • Choice 4: 
    • Option 3 (“We’ve made a deal.”) +3
    • Option 1 (“I’m a student.”) +2
  • Choice 5: Both are +3
  • Choice 6: 
    • Option 1 (“I sure do.”) +2
    • Option 2 (“Let’s celebrate.”) +2
  • Bonus Phone Call: (“He’s a good friend.”) +2

Rank 9

Impactful conversation choices for this rank:

  • Choice 2: 
    • Option 1 (“Kind of sad...”) +3
    • Option 2: (“Is our deal over?”) +2
    • Option 3: (“Well… take care of yourself.”) +2

Rank up unlocks +5 SP & 1x Fulfiller item. Unlocks the Detox DX ability, raising the effectiveness and chance of Detox X (Maruki’s rank 2 confidant ability) occurring at random.

Rank 9 → 10:

This rank will occur naturally through story progress so long as you have reached Rank 9 before November 17.

Impactful conversation choices for this rank:

  • None! Just enjoy the ride.

Unlocks the Wakefulness ability, which improves the recovery of SP you get from the Mindfulness ability unlocked at Rank 5. 

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