The Phantom Thieves have returned in Persona 5 Strikers. The new game in the Persona series isn’t pulling any punches either. There may not be a fully-fledged RPG here, but there’s still tons of depth. Of course, there’s much more frantic combat this time around. You will want to use this guide to learn some helpful tips to survive this new adventure.
Combat and Healing Explained
Combat is designed to be difficult and fast. You will need to learn what to do to handle the challenges this game throws at you. The combat isn’t turn-based and that means you need to be on top of staying alive and keeping the DPS flowing.
The Basics of Combat
Having the right kind of Personas is key. There are many different combinations you can use in the various Jails in the game. As you find new Masks, make sure to check them out and see if you like them. For the ones you really like, you can upgrade them. Make sure to pay special attention to the abilities within your roster as well. Check out our guide for the making and fusing of new Personas for help with that.
Make sure to level up your characters as equally as possible. Keeping your party somewhat fresh can also help increase your enjoyment. This is also a good time to check and upgrade gear, if you have the cash.
How to heal in Persona 5 Strikers
SP-based Auto-Recover will allow party members to heal your troops by consuming a small amount of SP. Use this for clutch healing in fights by holding down on the D-pad. Futaba also has a new ability called Moral Support that can heal as well. You will also want to have plenty of lots of HP and SP recovery items on hand as well. When you go into the various shopping districts, be sure to stock up on healing and support items, as well as a bunch of cooking ingredients.
There are situations where you need to conserve SP though, so it’s better to use healing items. You should focus on healing items that you make yourself as a primary means of keeping in the fight. You will want to head back through old areas to farm for things like recipes. The cooking in this game is a great way to make healing items.
Some Bond skills will give you a chance to recover health. Ambusher and Oracle Recovery are your best options for this approach.
Farming is OK
The normal RPG mechanics are somewhat at play here, despite this not being an RPG. The story has certain beats you need to hit, and that means doing a lot of backtracking and talking to NPCs. But missing stuff sucks, and it helps to be able to go back for something you missed.
So can you return to get items you missed? Unfortunately, the answer is no, if you miss something before you leave, you cannot go back to the area. While you can revisit Jails, you cannot go back and redo old quests. The game is setup to be very linear, and that means a very forward progression system.
Jails are this game’s version of dungeons and include some of the toughest fights in the game. You will need to grind a bit to get leveled up for the tougher challenges. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and revisit Jails to get some gear. This is helpful for getting drops, as well as a torrent of money to buy new gear with.
You will want to focus on getting plenty of Personas and gear, as they can help in later fights. Always try to find new Masks and Ability Cards for your rosters. Having a ton of different options with buffs and debuffs for certain fights is great. This is one of the reasons you want to keep checking stats and swapping out party members to check for new stuff.