Persona 3 – Tips and Tricks for Getting Started

Before you play the Persona 3 game, you will definitely want to know these simple but useful tips and tricks. If you have any tips feel free to share with us!

Things to Know Before Playing

Version Differences

  • Persona 3: FES is on the PS2, has 3D environments, and a grindy second campaign called The Answer.
  • Persona 3 Portable is on the PSP, and has a female main character option and several balance changes, including being able to directly control your party.
  • Play Persona 3 Portable if you can, but FES is still worth playing.

Combat

  • Beginner is easy, Easy is normal, Normal is hard, Hard is for series veterans, Maniacs is for obsessives.
  • Don’t grind your old Personas up, fuse new ones.
  • You’re the only one who can change Personas, so keep yourself versatile.
  • The equipment tax is high, so don’t bother trying to keep everyone completely even.
  • Akihiko, Yukari, and Junpei each have at least one required boss fight.
  • Do Elizabeth/Theodore’s requests, they’re a good test on how you’re doing, power-wise.

Social/Story

  • Don’t bother trying to do everything, don’t use a guide, don’t spoil yourself.
  • Focus on non-party links during school, there’s a lengthy vacation in the middle of the game.
  • If you make plans, don’t cancel them.
  • Don’t neglect any of your contacts.
  • Carry a matching Persona when you do a social link. It doesn’t have to be equipped, just one of your options.

Male MC

  • If you’re dating multiple girls, be very careful, as they can catch you on dates with each other.
  • Don’t hug her.

Female MC

  • Exception on the ‘no guide’ tip, it’s really easily to accidentally lock yourself out of Akihiko’s romantic path.
  • You have very little time with the Moon and Wheel of Fortune S-Links. Either drop everything for them, or accept you won’t max them out.