Persona 4 Golden: Dojima (Hierophant) social link choices & unlock guide

Just as in its successor, the father figure in Persona 4 Golden represents the Hierophant Arcana - that’s the Ryotaro Dojima social link, your chance to get closer to your adoptive father figure and a small-town cop in the game.

Progressing through the Dojima social link will teach you more about him and the house in which you live, and goes hand-in-hand with the s-link of Nanako, his daughter. It also unlocks bonuses related to the Hierophant Arcana, of course.

Be sure to check out our Persona 4 Golden Social Link conversation choices guide for full instructions on advancing every s-link in the game.

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Ryotaro Dojima S-Link Guide - Hierophant

On this page we’ve got a level of detail that detective Dojima would be proud of. We’ve got every single rank-impacting dialogue option that appears as part of the Dojima social link, advice that will help you to level up this s-link quickly.

Social links in P4G rank up based on a hidden experience stat, and talking to characters in the right way can earn bonus points to get you those rank ups more quickly. This page lists all of the rank-raising dialogue options in the Dojima social link so you can maximize your gains each time you hang out with him.

The numbers presented represent the increase you’ll get when you have a Hierophant Persona on your person, which increases the bonus further still. Any choices not listed offer no bonus points.

  • The social link with Dojima automatically begins on 6 May.
  • Dojima can be hung out with on any night time, but only when he’s actually at home in your house. This is often determined by your progress in dungeons - finishing dungeons early often frees Dojima up for days at a time. 
  • However, balance this with Nanako’s social link, as when Dojima is available she isn’t, and the reverse.
  • Dojima's s-link can sometimes get bonus points from doing gardening, if you're tempted.

Rank 1 > 2:

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Level 2 Expression is required to start this social link rank-up. Choices that impact your relationship this rank:

  • So… what have you been doing after school?
    • “Working.” +3
    • “Hanging with friends.” +2
  • But it’s not as if we have much in common… except for the murders.
    • “Tell me about yourself.” +3
    • Not good at talking?” +2
  • You’re more like a very young brother to me than a son.
    • “That’s stretching it.” +3
    • “Should I call you big bro?” +3

Rank 2 > 3:

Choices that impact your relationship this rank:

  • When is always, huh…?
    • Any Answer.
  • Plus… I’m not fit to be her family.
    • “Fit or not, you’re family.” +3
    • “I don’t get it.” +3

Rank 3 > 4:

You need to have a Level 3 Expression stat to initiate this rank up. Choices that impact your relationship this rank:

  • All we’ve got is instant, though. How do you take it?
    • “Black.” +3
    • “With cream.” +3
    • “Cream and sugar.” +3
    • “Surprise me.” +3
  • Go watch TV with Nanako. I’ll bring it to you when it’s ready.
    • “You don’t have to do that.” +3
    • “Thank you.” +2

Rank 4 > 5:

This Dojima social link rank up requires Level 4 Expression. Choices that impact your relationship this rank:

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  • Oh… sorry, I wasn’t talking about you.
    • “Can I help?” +3
    • “Working at home.” +2
  • It’s late. Go to sleep.
    • “Are you okay?” +3
    • “But Nanako?” +3
    • “What was that about?” +2

Rank 5 > 6:

Choices that impact your relationship this rank:

  • Let’s stop there.
    • “Then let’s go outside.” +3
    • “Let’s not.” +2
    • “Even if it’s about family?” +2
  • I don’t need a private life to do that. ...Nanako will understand.
    • Any Choice

Rank 6 > 7:

Choices that impact your relationship this rank:

  • I can do that any time.
    • “This is more important, huh?” +2

Rank 7 > 8:

Choices that impact your relationship this rank:

  • Sorry, but my hands are full here.
    • “Want some coffee?” +3
  • Do you understand why?
    • “Because you’re a coward.” +3 (Level 5 Courage required)
    • “Because of Nanako.” +2
    • “Because her killer’s loose.” +2
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Rank 8 > 9:

Choices that impact your relationship this rank:

  • Er… Sorry about making you go along with this today.
    • “It was fun.” +3
    • “I don’t mind.” +2
      • “Ask me next time.” +2
  • That’s why I used revenge as an excuse to spend time away from her...
    • “Was it hard?” +3
    • “You’ve stopped running?” +3
    • “Do you regret it now?” +2

Rank 9 > 10:

Choices that impact your relationship this rank:

  • This is your personal mug. Write your name on it later.
    • “Thank you.” +3
    • “My name? That’s okay.” +3
    • “What am I using now?” +2
  • Take care of Nanako.
    • “Go get ‘em.” +3
    • “Be careful.” +3
    • “Leave it to me.” +3

Maxing out your s-link with Ryotaro Dojima unlocks the Coffee Mug key item, which in turn unlocks persona fusion of Kohryu. 

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