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Persona 4 Golden: Yosuke Hanamura Social Link Guide

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  • Yosuke's Social Link Battle Perks
  • How To Rank Up Yosuke's Social Link
  • Non-Ranking Hangouts With Yosuke

A Persona game would be nothing without a solid team of sidekicks, and your first pal in Persona 4 Golden, Yosuke Hanamura, is definitely one of them. Covering the Magician arcana for Persona 4 and Persona 4 Golden, Yosuke is the clumsy, quirky son of the local Junes owners who tries (and fails) to play the ladies’ man.

And while he does definitely make a solid addition to any combat team, Yosuke’s social link is rather amusing. His entry into The Investigation Team might have been motivated by flirtation and lust, but his inclusion in it is absolutely pivotal.

This article may contain spoilers for Persona 4 Golden.

Yosuke's Social Link Battle Perks

Yosuke's social link covers your Magician arcana and begins automatically with the progression of the story on 4/16. This is the day after he awakens to Jiraya – once he has his Persona, he's on your team for real.

In addition to the heartwarming moments you share, ranking up Yosuke's social link will give him, like the other members of the Investigation Team, a new set of skills he can use in battle. Only the members of the Investigation Team offer perks for getting closer to them, but the new abilities they receive are pivotal to your gameplay in dungeons.

Your teammates (outside Rise, since her role is different) unlock the same set of skills at the same ranks to power up your dungeon-crawling.

Yosuke’s Persona 4 Golden Social Link Unlocks

Rank

Ability

Description

1

Assist

Yosuke can wake an ally that's been knocked down.

3

Follow Up

Yosuke might perform a follow-up attack.

5

Recover

Yosuke can cure ailments during a fight.

7

Endure

Yosuke may endure a blow that would otherwise be fatal.

9

Protect

Yosuke may take a fatal blow in Yu's place, saving his life.

10 (Max)

Second Awakening

Transforms Jiraya into Susano-o, Yosuke's ultimate Persona

As a member of the Investigation Team, Yosuke can also learn new skills that he otherwise wouldn't have if you invited him to join you for a bike ride.

The opportunity to do this begins at the end of August. The rides consume a time slot, but Yosuke and the other members of the Team can each learn five new skills through these means.

How To Rank Up Yosuke's Social Link

When you’ve earned enough affinity points with Yosuke, he’ll progress one rank in his social link.

Though he won’t rank up during every hangout, there are reliable ways to progress your social links faster: bring a Persona of the matching arcana when you hang out with a social link.

For Yosuke, that’s the Magician, so be sure to have one on you when you spend time with him. You earn one bonus affinity point just for having a matching Persona, so be sure to take advantage of the additional benefits!

Yosuke’s Social Link, Rank 1

Dialogue

Your Response

Points Earned With A Matching Persona

Points Earned Without A Matching Persona

"There's no way the police can do it… Who'd believe that the murderer kills people by throwing them into the TV?"

"It has to be us."

"I want to keep my word too."

"Let's bring an end to this."

"You do it."

Yosuke’s Social Link, Rank 2

Yosuke will learn the Trafuri S. Link Skill after this scene.

Dialogue

Your Response

Points Earned With A Matching Persona

Points Earned Without A Matching Persona

"Sorry about that. You know me, I'm infamous around here."

"It must be tough."

3

2

"You're bragging about it?"

"Why are you infamous?"

2

1

Yosuke’s Social Link, Rank 3

Dialogue

Your Response

Points Earned With A Matching Persona

Points Earned Without A Matching Persona

"Wait a minute… Am I starting to sound like Teddie?"

"He's sounding like you too."

"Teddie's cute."

2

1

"Hmm, you're looking hairier."

3

3

"Looks like someone got my address. I get a lot of spam."

"You don't block them?"

"Why not change addresses?"

"Eh, what can you do."

Yosuke’s Social Link, Rank 4

Yosuke will learn the Dekaja S. Link Skill after this scene.

Dialogue

Your Response

Points Earned With A Matching Persona

Points Earned Without A Matching Persona

"Phew, I'm beat… I'm not the complaints department…"

"That must be hard."

"Don't strain yourself."

"You're incredible."

3

2

"I have to do what I can…"

"That's the spirit!"

2

1

"Don't get too excited."

"What can you do…?"

​​

Yosuke’s Social Link, Rank 5

Dialogue

Your Response

Points Earned With A Matching Persona

Points Earned Without A Matching Persona

"So…? You keep the goods under your futon?"

"Of course."

3

2

"Huh?"

3

2

"What, don't you?"

2

1

"So, you ever invited a girl in here?"

"I have."

2

1

"I haven't."

"I will soon."

3

2

Yosuke’s Social Link, Rank 6

Yosuke will learn the Auto-Sukukaja S. Link Skill after this scene.

Dialogue

Your Response

Points Earned With A Matching Persona

Points Earned Without A Matching Persona

"But hey, I'm glad you were there! Thanks."

"No problem."

3

2

"Tell me next time!"

2

1

"It was fun."

3

2

"So… there's no need to bother with outsiders."

"You're right."

2

1

"Man, you're mature."

3

2

"No need to hold back…"

Yosuke’s Social Link, Rank 7

Dialogue

Your Response

Points Earned With A Matching Persona

Points Earned Without A Matching Persona

(Snooty Student) "We heard so from her! She may have acted that way, but…"

"Shut up!"

"Calm down, man…" (Requires Rank 3 Understanding)

"I feel bad for Saki-senpai." (Requires Rank 3 Expression)

"I just blurted out a buncha crap, huh?"

"You were just upset."

3

2

"Feel better now?"

3

2

"I know how it is."

3

2

Yosuke’s Social Link, Rank 8

Yosuke will learn the Diarama S. Link Skill after this scene.

Dialogue

Your Response

Points Earned With A Matching Persona

Points Earned Without A Matching Persona

"Because of her… I started to think maybe this town wasn't all that bad. But then…"

"She dumped you?"

"She died?"

"I'm sorry… Saki-senpai. I'm sorry… (Protagonist)."

"Just take it slow."

"I understand…"

"Don't apologize."

"(Protagonist)… I think I'm all cried out…"

Pat his head.

Hug him.

Leave him be.

Yosuke’s Social Link, Rank 9

Dialogue

Your Response

Points Earned With A Matching Persona

Points Earned Without A Matching Persona

"……"

"Cheer up."

3

2

"Still sad about Saki-senpai?"

"Be a man. Stand up straight."

"Just being born, living your life… Before you know it, you're already special to someone."

"You're right."

3

2

"That's not true."

"I don't get it."

Yosuke’s Social Link, Rank 10

Yosuke will learn the Evade Elec S. Link Skill after this scene.

Dialogue

Your Response

Points Earned With A Matching Persona

Points Earned Without A Matching Persona

"I like you for that, and I'm proud of you… But I guess I was jealous at the same time."

"I didn't know."

"It can't be helped."

"'I guess?'"

"So c'mon…"

"All right, but you hit me first."

"Then let's get equal!"

Non-Ranking Hangouts With Yosuke

Beginning on 4/19, you're able to sneak out at nighttime when Dojima isn't home, and doing so will allow you to meet up with one of your social links. They can't actually rank up at night, but these meet-ups serve as an additional chance to earn affinity with them, making it easier and more likely that you'll rank up the next time you see them during the day.

In addition to earning extra affinity, your social links will also give you items following these nighttime scenes..

4/19 Nighttime Hangout

Dialogue

Your Response

Points Earned With A Matching Persona

Points Earned Without A Matching Persona

"Well, let me know if you find yourself bored. If you don't mind having me around, I'll hang out with you whenever you want."

"Thanks."

2

1

"I can manage on my own."

"Where do you go for fun?"

2

1

On this evening, you'll receive one of the following:

  • Quelorie Mate
  • The Natural
  • Cough Drop

5/3 Nighttime Hangout

Dialogue

Your Response

Points Earned With A Matching Persona

Points Earned Without A Matching Persona

"Nnnngh, another exhausting day. I was dealing with complaints all day…"

"At Junes?"

"Sounds tough."

2

1

"Didn't you get off early…?"

"Well, better this than sitting around bored. I can't get my mind off certain things whenever I have a spare moment…"

"Like Saki-senpai?"

"Certain things?"

"That must be tough."

On this evening, you'll receive one of the following:

  • Quelorie Mate
  • Red Bean Cornet
  • Caramel Drop

5/20 Nighttime Hangout

Dialogue

Your Response

Points Earned With A Matching Persona

Points Earned Without A Matching Persona

"Oh, not that it tastes bad or anything. The texture's a little strange, but it really grows on you."

"That sounds good."

3

2

"I know what you mean."

3

3

"What kind of texture does it have?"

On this evening, you'll receive one of the following:

  • Mouthwash
  • Dokudami Tea
  • Mochi Anpan

6/7 Nighttime Hangout

Dialogue

Your Response

Points Earned With A Matching Persona

Points Earned Without A Matching Persona

"The part-timers slack off on it, saying it's too much trouble, so I end up having to do it myself."

"You get the short end of the stick."

2

1

"Why don't you tell them off?"

"You're Clean Lantern."

2

1

On this evening, you'll receive Royal Jelly.

Earning Extra Affinity With Yosuke

Additionally, you can earn a bonus affinity point for Yosuke on 6/22 by recommending ganmodoki when prompted.

Your affinity earned here will only be one point by default. However, if you have a Persona of the Magician arcana, you'll earn two points instead.

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