Persona 5 Royal Confidant List and Recruitment Guide (2022) (2023)

The Persona 5 Royal Confidants are one of the main features of the game. Not only are you able to explore their interesting character backgrounds, but you’re also able to gain certain perks that they offer that could assist you in Person 5 Royal’s combat encounters. In this guide, we’ll show you how to recruit every confidant in Persona 5 Royal.

Here are all the Persona 5 Confidants you can recruit:

  • Ryuji Sakamoto: Chariot
  • Morgana: Magician
  • Ann Takamaki: Lovers
  • Igor: Fool
  • Caroline and Justine: Strength
  • Sojiro Sakura: Heirophant
  • Tae Takemi: Death
  • Yuuki Mishima: Moon
  • Yusuke Kitagawa: Emperor
  • Toranosuke Yoshida: Sun
  • Sadayo Kawami: Temperance
  • Makoto Niijima: Priestess
  • Futaba Sakura: Hermit
  • Hifumi Togo: Star
  • Ichiko Ohya: Devil
  • Chihaya Mifune: Fortune
  • Goro Akechi: Justice
  • Sae Niijima: Judgment
  • Haru Okumura: Empress
  • Munehisa Iwai: Hanged Man
  • Shinya Oda: Tower
  • Kasumi Yoshizawa: Faith
  • Takuto Maruki: Councillor

There are a total of 23 Confidants in the game. Each Confidant in Persona 5 Royal is associated with a certain Arcana. By hanging out with Confidants, your affection with them will increase and that comes with several perks. The most obvious that they all share the ability to provide bonus experience points if the Persona you’re fusing shares the same Arcana type with them.

Other than that, Confidants also give you certain perks. Perks such as the ability to negotiate with Shadows better, discounts on medical supplies, and even switch party members. So it’s always in your best interest to level up your friendship with the Persona 5 Royal Confidants.

In Persona 5 Royal, there are 3 new Confidants added. Several other Confidants have also been changed a bit from their original portrayal such as Akechi who is now an optional Confidant to rank up instead of his Confidant level being ranked up automatically as part of the story.

Keep reading for a more in-depth guide of Persona 5 Royal Confidants.

Ryuji Sakamoto Confidant Guide

  • Arcana: Chariot
  • How to Recruit: Recruited automatically as part of the main story
  • Where to Find: Can be found in the hallway just outside of the 2nd floor where you classroom is. If the school is closed, he can be found in the Arcade in Shibuya.

Ryuji Sakamoto is a the school’s resident troublemaker. But beneath his tough exterior, he has a firm loyalty to his friends and a good sense of right and wrong. Ryuji is technically the very first ally you have and it’s hard to imagine the Phantom Thieves ever forming without him.

As a former member of the track and field club, befriending Ryuji gives you benefits in being less noticeable when dashing through dungeons. But he is very useful as he can immediately let you kill enemies who are at a much lower level than you by dashing through them.

Ann Takamaki Confidant Guide

  • Arcana: Lovers
  • How to Recruit: Recruited automatically as part of the main story
  • Where to Find: Can be found in the Shibuya Underground Mall near the accessory shop during daytime or afternoon.
  • Romance option.

Ann Takamaki is one of the founding members of the Phantom Thieves. She only has one friend in Shujin Academy and is considered rather aloof by her peers. Don’t let the cold exterior fool you, she’s actually a big goofball who cares deeply for her friends. During her free time, she models for fashion magazines which only catch Kamoshida’s eye.

Despite Ann’s bad acting skills, she can help you better negotiate with Shadows in battle. Increasing her Confidant level gives you several perks in battle as Ann is capable of cancelling attacks from Shadows.

Morgana Confidant Guide

  • Arcana: Magician
  • How to Recruit: Recruited automatically as part of the main story
  • Where to Find: Morgana is always with you and his Confidant Rank will rank up automatically.

Morgana is the first one to show you the ropes of being a Phantom Thief. Despite his feline appearance, he hates being called a cat and has quarreled with Ryuji over this several times. Morgana may have a bit of an ego but he is a loyal companion.

Morgana’s Confidant Rank will increase automatically as the story progresses. He’ll teach you how to craft useful tools on your free time to help in heists.

Yusuke Kitagawa Confidant Guide

  • Arcana: Emperor
  • How to Recruit: Recruited automatically as part of the main story
  • Where to Find: Can be found next to the drink stand in the Underground Walkway during daytime or afternoon.

Yusuke Kitagawa is the resident starving artist who comes off as quite a bit eccentric. There is a deep sense of passion for the artistic world that lives inside of him which goes as far as to give Yusuke the ability to duplicate skill cards. As you progress your Confidant level with Yusuke, he’ll have several perks in battle that make him a formidable fighter.

Makoto Niijima Confidant Guide

  • Arcana: Priestess
  • How to Recruit: Recruited automatically as part of the main story
  • Where to Find: On the third floor of Shujin Academy next to the library during daytime/afternoon. She can be found just hanging outside of the school’s gates if there is no school.
  • Romance option.

Makoto Niijima is your model school student. She’s smart, she’s the president of the student council, and she’s incredibly conflicted with her sense of justice. Makoto can come off as antagonistic at first, but only because of the people she defers to.

Makoto is a tactician who gives you an insight to enemy information such as their stats or potentially items drops. She also gives you advice on the strengths and weaknesses of enemies. Level up her Confidant and she’ll give get various bonuses in battle.

Futaba Sakura Confidant Guide

  • Arcana: Hermit
  • How to Recruit: Recruited automatically as part of the main story
  • Where to Find: Outside of Leblanc during daytime/afternoon.
  • Romance option.

Futaba Sakura is well known for having improbable hacking skills. Not so much social skills though as this delicate wallflower goes above and beyond to not interact with others she’s not familiar with. After being recruited into the Phantom Thieves, Futaba takes the place of the gang’s overseer giving you important buffs and information during the fight.

Futaba can randomly give you stat bonuses which are too good to pass up. This can be potentially life saving in certain tough fights.

Haru Okumura Confidant Guide

  • Arcana: Empress
  • How to Recruit: Recruited automatically as part of the main story
  • Where to Find: Can be found on the Shujin Academy rooftop.
  • Romance option.

Haru Okumura is the heiress to a big food conglomerate who’s shady practices puts her at odds with her own flesh and blood. Haru has the temperament of a proper lady but she’s often in the background despite her status. Increase your Confidant rank with her and she’ll provide additional bonuses in combat.

Haru is also an expert in growing vegetables. Which is a personal hobby of hers that she does on the school roof. She’ll even let you plant some which give you added benefits.

Goro Akechi Confidant Guide

  • Arcana: Justice
  • How to Recruit: Recruited automatically as part of the main story
  • Where to Find: Can be found in front of the sports bar located in Kichijoji during nighttime.

Goro Akechi is the famous police golden boy of Tokyo. He’s a popular celebrity who’s famous for solving cases the police couldn’t handle. However he’s hiding more than meets the eye and he’ll occasionally let his hair down once you defrost the exterior.

Unlike in the original Persona 5, Royal lets you increase your Confidant rank with Akechi on your own time. Before, his Confidant rank increased automatically as the story progressed. Akechi can give you an insight to enemy strengths and weaknesses you’re not privy to due to his insightful nature.

Kasumi Yoshizawa Confidant Guide

  • Arcana: Faith
  • How to Recruit: Recruited automatically as part of the main story
  • Where to Find: Can be found in Kichijoji during daytime/afternoon near the Velvet Room.
  • Romance option.

Kasumi Yoshizawa is a straight A honor student and prodigy gymnast. She’s quite sporty and always seems driven to compete. However you may notice that unlike other Confidants her Confidant rank ends at Rank 5, which about only halfway. How mysterious.

Kasumi is a rhythmic gymnast and can teach you how to escape from being ambushed. She also teaches you how to use the grappling hook for long ranged ambushes.

Takuto Maruki Confidant Guide

  • Arcana: Councillor
  • How to Recruit: Recruited automatically as part of the main story
  • Where to Find: Can be found in the ground floor of the practice building on the weekdays.

Takuto Maruki is one of the coolest school councilors you’ll ever meet. Unlike most of the apathetic Shujin faculty, Maruki truly cares for the students giving them legitimate advice. Increase your Confidant Rank with him and he’ll teach you how to snap out of status ailments during combat.

If you want to see the Persona 5 Royal third semester, it’s important that you rank up Takuto Maruki’s Confidant rank to Level 9 by November 18th. It’ll automatically become Rank 10 afterwards.

Caroline and Justine Confidant Guide

  • Arcana: Strength
  • How to Recruit: Recruited automatically as part of the main story
  • Where to Find: Inside the Velvet Room
  • Romanceable: Sort of?

Caroline and Justine are the two wardens who are usually seen with Igor in the Velvet Room. They can be rather bratty and a bit harsh on you but they do give some really good perks that allows you to fuse stronger Personas. Caroline and Justine can unlock fusion recipes that have more than just two Personas, unlock the Persona Detainment feature in the Velvet Room which unlock any hidden skill a Persona might have, and they’ll let you fuse Persona who are higher level than you if you’re willing pay up.

Now Caroline and Justine aren’t ordinary Confidants. For one, you don’t rank their Arcana up by hanging out with them. Your Confidant rank increases by presenting them with Personas who have a certain skill upon their request. Don’t confuse this for your ability to hang out with them by showing them the human world.

Igor Confidant Guide

  • Arcana: Fool
  • How to Recruit: Recruited automatically as part of the main story
  • Where to Find: Inside the Velvet Room

Igor Confidant Confidant Benefits

  • Unlocks Persona fusions
  • Increases the number of Persona you can carry
  • Unlocks the Third Eye ability
  • Unlocks negotiation with Shadows for recruitment, money, or items

Sae Niijima Confidant Guide

  • Arcana: Judgment
  • How to Recruit: Recruited automatically as part of the main story
  • Where to Find: Automatically found by progressing the story

Sae Niijima Confidant Benefits

  • No benefits

Sojiro Sakura Confidant Guide

  • Arcana: Hierophant
  • How to Recruit: Recruited automatically as part of the main story
  • Where to Find: Inside the Leblanc bar during nighttime.

Sojiro Sakura Confidant Benefits

  • Let’s you make coffee and curry that restores SP in dungeons.

Tae Takemi Confidant Guide

  • Arcana: Death
  • How to Recruit: Recruited automatically as part of the main story
  • Where to Find: In the clinic in front of the abandoned theatre in Yongen during daytime.
  • Romance option.

Tae Takemi Confidant Benefits

  • Unlocks new medicine and healing items in the clinic.
  • Discounted healing items.

Yuuki Mishima Confidant Guide

  • Arcana: Moon
  • How to Recruit: Recruited automatically as part of the main story. To increase his Confidant rank, you need to complete the Mementos requests he gives you.
  • Where to Find: Mishima can be found in the Shibuya Central Street during nighttime. However he will later transfer to Akibahara at nighttime as well.

Yuuki Mishima Confidant Benefits

  • Let’s party members who aren’t in the main group still gain experience.
  • Unlocks new Mementos requests.
  • Can increase experience points gained from battle.

Toranosuke Yoshida Confidant Guide

  • Arcana: Sun
  • How to Recruit: Can be recruited by talking to him at nighttime in the Shibuya Square. You’ll then have to take a part time job at the beef bowl shop for a couple of times until he interacts with you.
  • Where to Find: Can be found in the Shibuya Square giving speeches.

Toranosuke Yoshida Confidant Benefits

  • Lets you recruit Shadows that are higher than your current level.
  • Better negotiation with Shadows and a higher rate of success in asking for money.

Sadayo Kawakami Confidant Guide

  • Arcana: Temperance
  • How to Recruit: Can be recruited by progressing the story.
  • Where to Find: Use the payphone in the Leblanc cafe to call her during nighttime.
  • Romance option.

Sadayo Kawakami Confidant Benefits

  • Gives you free time during her classes allowing you to study and increase your Knowledge or craft infiltration tools which saves you extra time.
  • Can do chores such as cooking, cleaning, washing laundry, or crafting infiltration tools.
  • Can give you a massage which lets you go out at night even if you explored the Mementos.

Hifumi Togo Confidant Guide

  • Arcana: Star
  • How to Recruit: You need to talk to her at the Church during nighttime. You won’t be able to get her as a Confidant until your Charm is high enough.
  • Where to Find: Can be found in the Church during nighttime.
  • Romance option.

Hifumi Togo Confidant Benefits

  • Unlocks new strategy in battle such as swapping out party members during a fight and follow up attacks.

Ichiko Ohya Confidant Guide

  • Arcana: Devil
  • How to Recruit: Automatically recruited as the story progresses.
  • Where to Find: Can be found at the Crossroad’s Bar in Shinjuku during nighttime.
  • Romance option.

Ichiko Ohya Confidant Benefits

  • Can lower security levels in Palaces.

Chihaya Mifune Confidant Guide

  • Arcana: Fortune
  • How to Recruit: Go to Shinjuku during nighttime after hearing rumors of a fortune teller. You need to pay her 50,000 yen before you can unlock her Confidant guide.
  • Where to Find: Can be found on the road at Shinjuku by the fortune telling stand during nighttime.
  • Romance option.

Chihaya Mifune Confidant Benefits

  • Can give several bonuses such as increase to social stats, chances for other Confidant to rank up quicker, and more money drops after battles.
  • Can increase the likelihood of a fusion alarm happening in the Velvet Room allowing you to create powerful Personas at random.

Munehisa Iwai Confidant Guide

  • Arcana: Hanged Man
  • How to Recruit: You need your Guts to be level 3 to ask him about the gun you found.
  • Where to Find: Can be found in his store during Nighttime. While you can interact with him during daytime/afternoon, it’s only to buy and sell equipment.

Munehisa Iwai Confidant Benefits

  • Can let you improve ranged weapons by unlocking his firearm customization.

Shinya Oda Confidant Guide

  • Arcana: Tower
  • How to Unlock: You need to recruit Futaba to the Phantom Thieves first before you can meet with him at the Arcade in Shibuya.
  • Where to Find: Can be found in the Arcade during daytime.

Shinya Oda Confidant Benefits

  • Gives you new techniques and benefits to your firearms during combat.

That’s our Persona 5 Royal Confidant List and Recruitment Guide. We hope this article was informative. For more on Persona 5 Royal, you’re already in the right place.

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If you’re curious to see which Persona 5 Royal Confidants are the best, this Youtube video from LarryLurr made a tier list of which give you the best perks.


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