Persona 3 Reload is a remake of the beloved RPG Persona 3, the game that introduced the school life-demon fighting hybrid social simulator system we all know and love. The combined systems can be fairly tricky or overwhelming if you view them from the wrong angle. So, when the original is topping 80 hours of playtime, we thought it would be pertinent to hit you all with some tips and tricks to help you make the most of your school life.
Abuse Skill Cards
Early into the game, you’ll get access to the Inari shrine, which will let you duplicate one skill card per day. Use it every day you can. Having an extra element or ailment on a persona can mean the difference between life and death in a clutch moment, so why not take advantage of the free resources to duplicate those cards?
Don’t conserve those cards either; just put them on a Persona you might use whenever you’re about to get into some fights. As you progress, you’ll get access to more and more powerful cards to duplicate, so there’s no reason to hang onto that stray Holy Arrow, Tentarafoo, or Garula when you could find a way to have it back you up, preventing a death.
No Reason To Conserve Theurgy
As you progress into the game, you’ll also get access to ‘Theurgy.’ Theurgy are powerful super attacks that can be used when a meter near the character icons is filled. Now, a fairly normal player might want to conserve it for bosses or emergencies when it matters most.
I say, pop those moves out whenever you can reasonably use them. The Theurgy gauges charge fairly quickly, but if you want to make sure you have enough meter for an upcoming floor boss in Tartarus, there’s an extra thing you can do.
Theurgy doesn’t seem to fill based on the enemy you’re fighting, so you can go for broke against the weakest enemies to safely refill the meter before major opponents.
Some Easy Great Fusion Spells
In Persona 3, you had access to fusion spells. These nifty little things allowed the protagonist to summon two Personas at once for a powerful or fun skill. In Persona 3 Reload, however, things have been swapped around, and the fusion spells are now Theurgies. This means that fusion spells that were luck-based or came with drawbacks have been scrapped.
This means there are fewer of them, but make sure not to miss out on grabbing all of the Jacks as soon as possible. Jack Frost, Pyro Jack (Jack O’ Lanturn), King Frost, and Black Frost.
Jack Frost and Pyro Jack will net you the Jack Brothers fusion spell, which has less damage output than other Theurgies with its medium damage scaling, but the extremely high knockdown chance means you’ll be able to follow it up with an all-out attack if it doesn’t kill and guarantee shuffle time for extra rewards in most encounters.
King Frost and Black Frost will give you, King and I, a heavy-damage area-of-effect theurgy. This puts it in line with Akihiko’s but with ice instead of electricity.
These two fusion spells will last you practically the whole game. But do make sure to experiment so you can find your favourite.
Two Personality Traits
Party members have a selection of new nighttime events, reading together, watching TV, gardening, cooking together, etc. If you hang out with them, the character will eventually acquire a ‘personality trait.’ This trait includes a passive skill, as well as a character-specific method to boost their theurgy gauge faster.
When you next talk to this character, it may tell you they won’t acquire another ability. This may not be entirely true. It simply means they won’t acquire a new ability from this specific activity. Each party member can acquire two personality upgrades, with the second one buffing the previous. The second one will be gained through a different activity.
This is just your warning not to be misled by the ‘the character won’t learn another skill’ warning. You don’t want to find out there’s actually more until 75% of the way through the game.
Take Your Time And Relax
Persona 3 is a game about learning to live. Making the most of the time you have.
Whilst you have a wide array of character stories to delve into with a limited time to complete all of them, completing all of them in a single playthrough is a difficult and daunting task. And you shouldn’t try to.
Trying to force yourself to get 100% will make for an unenjoyable and stressful experience. Unless your idea of having a fun time is to bust out the spreadsheets, note down all the times, go through your calendar, and plan ahead yourself, don’t do it.
The character stories of Persona 3 add to the experience of the overall story by accentuating the themes, and seeing just how far you can go is part of the fun. Hang out with who you like, uncover the secrets of those around you, and look stuff up on the web later. Burn your dread.
Persona 3 Reload is now available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Windows, and Steam.
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