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Persona 4 Golden: Daisuke/Kou Social Link Guide

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Social links in Persona 4 Golden are relatively straightforward until you get to your Strength arcana. Here, you’ll have a choice in who represents this arcana, decided by which sports team you’re interested in joining.

Daisuke Nagase is the captain of the Soccer Team, while Kou Ichijo leads the Basketball Team, and together, they’re referred to as Fellow Athletes. Both increase your Strength social link, and their sport boosts a social skill. Choose your sport, choose your boy, and make some friends. Here’s our guide to Kou and Daisuke’s Strength social link in Persona 4 Golden.

This article may contain spoilers for Persona 4 Golden.

Should You Choose The Basketball Or Soccer Sports Club?

Sports clubs are an extracurricular at Yasogami High that Yu is able to join as early as 4/19. On this day, head to the Faculty Office on the first floor of the Classroom Building at Yasogami High, where you’ll speak to Mr. Mooroka about the sports clubs.

After hearing his explanations, go down toward the end of the first-floor hall over by the emergency exit. Here, you’ll have the choice between sports teams.

Daisuke and Kou are close friends, so you’ll spend time with them both regardless of which club you join. However, you’re only able to join one sports club per playthrough.

If you’d like to experience the other sports club and spend time with the other captain, you’ll need to play Persona 4 Golden again.

While you’ll level the Strength arcana regardless of which team you join, there are pros and cons to each team.

  • Basketball with Kou ranks your Strength arcana up quicker, requiring fewer affinity points per rank. Players tend to think Kou has the more interesting story between the two, but pursuing it makes it easy to miss three of Persona 4 Golden’s collectible books.
  • Soccer with Daisuke takes longer to complete but is more straightforward, without requiring certain ranks with your social link to unlock the three books tied to the Strength arcana.

Which team you choose is ultimately left to preference, as participating in either will progress your Strength social link.

Basketball: Kou’s Persona 4 Golden Social Link

Kou's Persona 4 Golden Social Link, Rank 1

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(PE Teacher) "Here, why don't you say something to the team?"

"Hi…"

"Nice to meet you."

"I'm your new captain."

"…You've played before, right?"

"I used to play all the time."

"A little."

"Nope, never."

Kou's Persona 4 Golden Social Link, Rank 2

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"Hey (Protagonist), Aiya or Junes? You decide."

"Aiya."

3

3

"Junes."

3

3

"Let's go home."

2

1

"Well, I do like me some sweets…"

"I'm jealous."

2

1

"Not happy about it?"

"Sounds like a pain…"

"You like sweets, (Protagonist)? Want me to get you some, too?"

"Sure."

2

1

"That's okay."

2

1

Kou's Persona 4 Golden Social Link, Rank 3

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(Daisuke) "…I want you to help him out."

"What do you mean?"

"Just tell me how."

3

3

(Daisuke) "She calls it 'barbaric.'"

"That sucks."

"But it's just a sport…"

2

1

"I can see that."

2

1

(Daisuke) "So… I want you to help him out."

"Easier said than done…"

"Leave it to me."

3

3

"What can I do?"

2

1

Kou's Persona 4 Golden Social Link, Rank 4

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"Just the other day I was greeting people at one of those high society gatherings. Can you imagine? Me, at one of those things?"

"It's hard to imagine."

2

1

"I can see that."

2

1

Kou tries to sound cheerful…

"That's good for you."

2

1

"Cheer up, man."

2

1

"……"

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Kou's Persona 4 Golden Social Link, Rank 5

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"Hey. Practice over already?"

"It's been over for hours."

"You've got some nerve…"

3

2

"Something wrong?"

2

2

"But me, I'm feeling like I've sunk to the bottom of the ocean."

"Get a grip, man."

"You just need a rest."

2

2

"Let's go do something fun."

3

2

Kou's Persona 4 Golden Social Link, Rank 6

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(Daisuke)"Hey, (Protagonist), what's his problem? Is he sick or something?"

"You could say that…"

"It's something else."

(Daisuke) "Right?"

"You're right."

3

2

"A real game? Impossible…"

3

2

"We gotta save Kou."

2

2

(Daisuke) "I got some dirt on a bunch of other guys too, so we should have no problem getting together a full team."

"You're quite a strategist."

2

2

"Isn't that blackmail…?"

2

2

"What about yourself?"

2

2

Kou's Persona 4 Golden Social Link, Rank 7

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"Should I just leave?"

"You're thinking too much."

"Did they say anything?"

"Yeah, the orphanage."

"What for?"

"Planning to run away?"

"I was thinking maybe I'd ask about my real parents."

"And once you know?"

"You going to meet them?"

"I'll go with you."

Kou's Persona 4 Golden Social Link, Rank 8

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(Daisuke) "I'm kinda worried…"

"About what?"

"Let's catch up to him."

3

3

"What are you two doing here?"

"You alright?"

3

3

"Find anything out?"

3

3

"I have no one…"

"That's not true."

"What do you mean?"

Kou's Persona 4 Golden Social Link, Rank 9

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"And now that I don't have to wear that mask anymore… I guess it's time to step off the stage."

"You're going to leave?"

"What do you mean?"

"Don't jump to conclusions."

3

2

"…What do you think?"

"It was stored well?"

"The letter was swapped?"

"It was written recently?"

3

2

"How 'bout you? Wanna go for a dip?"

"No way."

"I better get home."

Kou's Persona 4 Golden Social Link, Rank 10 (Max)

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"Studying, lessons, and all that crap… I think I'm gonna keep doing it all."

"Isn't that a bit much?"

"You can do it, man."

(Daisuke) "D-Dude… We can't take this…"

Return it to Kou

Accept it

Bonus Scenes With Kou

Additionally, you're able to hang out with Kou twice when sneaking out of the house at night when your uncle, Ryotaro Dojima, is busy with work. Kou is the only one of the two Fellow Athletes with scenes during this stretch of time.

4/25 Nighttime Hangout

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"How hard do you think we should be practicing? If you think we're not doing enough, I can adjust it."

"Bring it on."

3

2

"Let's not overdo it."

2

1

"I prefer taking it easy."

Kou gives you some Blue Cheese Chips after this scene.

5/2 Nighttime Hangout

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"To jump from that to murder! That's a big difference."

"It’s a quiet town."

2

1

"Did they find the cat?"

3

2

"It's better off peaceful."

Kou gives you a Mini Cornet after this scene.

Soccer: Daisuke’s Persona 4 Golden Social Link

Daisuke's Persona 4 Golden Social Link, Rank 1

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(PE Teacher) "Here, why don't you say something to the team?"

"Hi…"

"Nice to meet you."

"I'm your new captain."

(Kou) "You played much soccer before, (Protagonist)?"

"Plenty."

"A little."

"Not even once."

Daisuke's Persona 4 Golden Social Link, Rank 2

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(Soccer Player) "Hey, (Protagonist). Tear down the goals and clean up before you leave, alright?"

"Got it." (Raises Understanding)

"Why should I?"

"Still, it went pretty fast with three people."

"Thanks for the help."

3

2

"I didn't ask you to do it."

Daisuke's Persona 4 Golden Social Link, Rank 3

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Rank 3 of Daisuke's social link does not feature any dialogue options

Daisuke's Persona 4 Golden Social Link, Rank 4

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"Whatever… Girls are a pain in the ass, right, (Protagonist)?"

"Right on."

2

1

"That's not true."

"Quit showing off."

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Daisuke's Persona 4 Golden Social Link, Rank 5

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Kou is also beaming like it's all thanks to him…

"Thanks, guys…"

3

2

"I'm just getting warmed up."

3

2

Daisuke's Persona 4 Golden Social Link, Rank 6

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(Kou) "I have to do some family stuff today, though. Would next time be okay?"

"No problem."

2

1

"Anything for you guys." (Requires Rank 4 Understanding)

3

3

"Long as it's not a hassle…"

Daisuke's Persona 4 Golden Social Link, Rank 7

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"I have to do the class record today, so don't wait up for me."

"If you say so."

"It's okay, I'll wait."

(Kou) "Tell you what, we'll talk over mapo rice. My treat!"

"Sounds good."

3

2

"You treated last time."

(Kou) "You think it could be related…?"

"Could be…"

3

2

"Maybe not…"

"What are we talking about?"

(Kou) "What do you think?"

"We've got a problem."

3

2

"It's Daisuke's problem."

Kou is looking at you expectantly…

"Count me in."

3

2

"Count me out."

Daisuke's Persona 4 Golden Social Link, Rank 8

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Their quarrel starts to escalate…

Stop them

3

2

Stay quiet and watch

Provoke them

"You got that!? It's MY life! You guys have nothing to do with it!"

"Yes we do!"

"……"

(Kou) "You can be pretty sincere when you want to, Daisuke."

"That's his charm."

3

3

"You think?"

Daisuke's Persona 4 Golden Social Link, Rank 9

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"I wonder if she's as stuck in the past as I am…"

"Could be."

3

3

"Doubt it."

"I don't know."

3

3

Daisuke's Persona 4 Golden Social Link, Rank 10 (Max)

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Rank 10 (Max) of Daisuke's social link does not feature any dialogue options

Daisuke, unlike Kou, does not have any additional scenes while Yu is sneaking out at night in April and May.

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