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Persona 5 Platinum Trophy Guide

Usually game series get mundane after so many titles but Atlus pretty much took Persona 5 to a new level and refined it so much it’s worth a second playthrough. So here is a guide on how to get the Platinum trophy while you’re at it.

The trophies are pretty much similar to Persona 4 Golden but might actually be easier thanks to new features like skill bonuses you get from Confidants, the new name for social links in Persona 5.

You’ll need a minimum of 2 playthroughs for the platinum trophy since some of the conditions can only be satisfied then.

Note:
This guide was written based on my own translations of the Japanese game and not the official English translations.

2017.03.28 Update
Since the English version seems to be leaked to some people before the official release date, I’m slowly updating this guide to use the official trophy translations.

2017.04.04 Update
Game officially out in the West today. Hurrah! Now updated all trophy, book and request names with the official English names.

2017.04.05 Update
Added some tips on raising social stats.


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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Starter Guide & A Look Back at FFXI from 10 Years Ago

When I played the original FFXIV, it was horrible. The menus were a mess and there wasn’t much of a social element any more.

Now the remake “Realm Reborn”, despite the nasty launch where “early access” was pretty much voided, everything is made much smoother. Having played the original FFXI over 10 years ago the game is also much, much easier and less laborious for an MMORPG in comparison. It is much more casual.

In a way, it’s much like World of Warcraft in the sense that you don’t need to wait for parties to level up, which is good news for Damage Dealers (DD, or DPS) since they usually have the hardest time finding parties. There is a Duty Finder that automatically pairs you up with other players from other servers so it’s quite quick rather than constantly shouting to arrange your own local party.

At Camp Overlook.

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Guide to Becoming IdolM@ster – The Second

Yes, I know. 3 years late but better late than never. Had this written up long ago but never made the time to finish off the edit since there’s little chance of any English speakers importing this ^^;

Anyway, 120 hours of IdolM@ster 2 on the PS3 and got the platinum trophy. Looks and plays much better than the PSP game which only let you manage one idol.

Despite its appearance that seems to be directed a “moe” fans, it’s actually a very fun management sim with a mish-mash of mini games to increase your idol’s visual appeal, dance moves, vocals. Then you have to spend time to increase your idols popularity while keeping the fans happy nationwide to sell more singles, win awards and out compete your rivals.

It’s not easy balancing it all in a limited number of weeks (turns).

So here is a guide to beating the game with full S rank (Hyper Mode). The conditions for scoring an S rank in each of the following factors are…

  • Group Image Label – Level 16
  • High Score – 65,000 pts
  • Number of Singles Sold – 5.5 million
  • Highest Chart Position – No. 1
  • No. of Retries – 0
  • Academy Awards – All Regions and Idol Academy Award (5 million fans, top 20)

IdolM@ster 2

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Persona 4 Golden – Platinum Trophy Guide

Happy New Year, Readers!

Hope you’ve enjoyed your holidays. Me? I’ve been enjoying my import copy of Persona 4 Golden. Pretty late but I didn’t decide to get a PS Vita until I ran out of decent JRPGs on the PS3 ^^;

I’ve got quite a few things to say about the PS Vita’s design (mostly bad things) but that’s another story. It was probably a combination of Gravity Daze/Rush and having an updated copy of Persona 4 that gave me the extra push towards buying one.

Anyway, I thought I’d share the notes I made while looking up various guides. It’s pretty much impossible to get a platinum without some guide. Here are some pointers on how to obtain the platinum trophy for this game which still plays brilliantly despite being 4 years old.

Persona 4 Golden - Platinum Trophy

First Playthrough

Level all your “human stats” as they’ll also be carried over to your second playthrough. For myself, I decided to max out Mari and Adachi’s new social links since they were new content so I got those trophies first playthrough.

Since you’ll be busy level grinding be sure to keep asking Rise for advice to hear 250 lines from her for the “Hardcore Rise Fan” bronze trophy. Maximising her social link helps as she will automatically analyse enemies at the start of and during battles. What counts as different lines? She can say, “There are x number of enemies” or “X has been x” etc so switch between party members. I got mine in the new dungeon towards the end of the game.

It’s also best if you focused on collecting and reading all books for this first run. Yes, READ! If you don’t finish reading them, it doesn’t count. Don’t know why this is bronze when it’s actually missable and requires a lot of time to collect. You don’t really need to start reading until August 4th which is when you get the speed reading book that helps you read 2 chapters at a time so up until then you can work on your social links. Getting the books read this playthrough means you don’t have to wait until August before maxing out the basketball/soccer club members for the second playthrough.

Most books can be bought from the shop but some are via quests and social link events. DO NOT level Kouji/Ken (Sports) to Rank 4 or higher before August or you’ll miss the following 3 books that they give you when agree to hangout with them over the phone!

  • 5/29
    Choose “I’ll Take It” to get the “Witch Detective”
  • 7/15
    Go to your room at night, accept invite -> 7/17, Choose “Can’t do” to get “Fun with Numbers”
  • 8/10
    Accept the invite and choose “I’ll have it” to get “The O-Cha Way”

Quests you need to get the others are…

  • #18, book exchange for “The Youdou”
    You should have got the White Peach from Teddy(Kuma) at Yukiko’s Castle
  • #20, feed the cat to get “The Gaidou”
    You can either fish or get fish from Tanaka Net TV
  • #34, get hard boots to get “Pest Book”
    Sauna, 5F-8F. Dancing Hands… They’re pink and come with muscle guys. Quite rare. Took 2 hours to get 5 skin drops. Sell at the shop and buy the hard boots. They’re a weapon for Chie.
  • #40, Get a nice plate to get “I Love Puzzles!”
    Rise 9F. Lightning and Wind Balances. Not as hard to encounter and collect as the Dancing Hands. Get 3 pretty saucers then go back to hand them over.
  • #45, Remember book contents “Know A Lot book”
    Questions about the books you’ve read – Answers “Effectiveness of skill”, “Witch Doctor Comes With Illustrations”, “1 Insect on Page 2”, “Me”

There is also one book “The Noodle Way” that you can only get by eating at Aika 8 times. Eating there raises your social stats so it’s another reason why you should focus on maxing out social stats and reading all books first.

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