Persona 5 Fusion Guide: Most of Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal’s confidant cooperation relationships level up through hanging out and spending time with the character in question, but one cooperation is very different: that for the strength arcana, the Twin Wardens Caroline and Justine, the jailers in this prison-themed iteration of The Velvet Room.
Persona 5 provides no shortage of ways to spend your time, but there’s one feature in these games that many players often ignore: Persona fusion. Its surface fusion seems complicated, unrewarding, and unnecessary, but mastering persona fusion can give you an edge both in and out of battle. Whether you want to advance the Twin Wardens social link or fuse the best personas for war, these persona fusion tips will get you fusing like a pro in no time.
How Fusion Works (And How It Doesn’t Work)
The basic idea is this: Take two weak Personas, and combine them to make a far stronger Persona.
Now, this does come with a caveat: You are unable to fuse Personas that have a higher level than you are currently. This means that you may have to pick and choose what you want to do — or, if you are patient, you can hold off on fusing two Personas until you are a higher level.
Arcana Burst: Getting Around the Restrictions
However, there is a neat way around the leveling restriction. Each Persona belongs to a specific Arcana type. These correlate to your confidence. For example, Ryuji is the Chariot confidant. As such, he is linked to other Personas with the Chariot Arcana.
If you create a Persona with the same Arcana as a confidant, you will gain an Arcana Burst. This is essentially a massive explosion of experience bestowed upon the new Persona after it is created. Each time you level up a Confidant, you will increase the potential Arcana Bursts in future fusions.
Notice how we wrote after above? If you are level 10 and create a new level 10 Persona with a massive Arcana Burst, Persona could end up at level 12 or 13. Even better: You will still be able to use them, despite being a lower level.
Persona 5 Fusion Guide
Persona Stats and Leveling Up
Personas also all come with their own unique set of stats:
- Strength determines how much physical damage you deal.
- Magic determines how much spell damage you deal.
- Endurance determines how much damage you take from enemy attacks.
- Agility determines how quickly you attack (turn order).
- Luck is used for your random roles (like critical strike, enemy misses, and being affected by negative statuses.)
Every time a Persona levels up, their stats increase as well. As such, ever use fusion to create higher-level Personas. If you use the same Persona in battle every time, they will receive plenty of experience. However, they will most likely still fall behind new fusions. Don’t get attached. Keep fusing.
Fusion and Persona Skills
Finally, when the Personas area fused, they will inherit specific skills from their parents. Depending on the level of the Persona and how powerful it is, you will be able to choose from just one or several skills to bring over. This will allow you to place skills on Personas that should otherwise never gain that ability on their own.
Fusion requires a little bit of experimentation, but when used properly, it has staggering potential.
Persona 5 Persona Fusion Basics
- While Personas used infusion will be lost, you can repurchase any previously registered Persona by selecting the Register / Summon option in the Velvet Room, then selecting View / Summon. Press R1, then triangle to quickly sort the list by level and price to summon.
- You cannot hold more than one each Persona type at a time. Multiple Personas of the same Arcana are refined.
- Generally speaking, a Persona created through fusion will be stronger than a “natural” Persona found in the wild. This is because fused Personas can inherit the abilities of your choosing. That said, it’s still worth picking up “natural” Personas from battles to use as fusion fodder.
- You can only fuse Personas that have base-level similar to or lower than MC’s current level. Yep, even if you have the proper components, you can’t make a Persona at a higher level than your own. (Unless you manage to Max the Strength Confidant Link.)
- Be sure to register Personas in the compendium each time you visit the Velvet Room. That way, you can preserve any EXP growth or new skills learned.
- Be careful when registering “natural” duplicates of Personas you’ve created through fusion in the past. Make sure to compare these before merely selecting the “Register All” option. Why wear off-the-rack when you can have custom-made?
Persona Fusion: Planning For Palaces
- Personas can gain levels and skills just like party members, but not so quickly that it’s worth keeping them forever. Plan to do some new fusions when starting a new palace or when you plan to send a calling card to take on a Palace boss.
- At any given time, most of the Personas you plan to use in battle should be around MC’s current level. It’s okay to keep one or two low-level ones around for Confidant Links.
- Aim to hold a variety of Personas equipped to MC at all times, ideally one element. There’s no point in having three Personas with Zio-based magic, especially if one of your other party members also has it. Adjust your setup to complement, not overlap your party, especially in the early game when you can’t hold very many Personas.
- It’s worth fusing some new Personas in the Velvet Room any time you do a lengthy Palace or Momentos run. If you’ve gained two or more levels, check out the new fusion opportunities that may have opened up.
- After you complete a lengthy Palace or Momentos run, we recommend spending several days focusing on Confidant Links and other daily life activities. Then, right before you’re ready to head back into battle, you can enjoy the added EXP boosts from strengthening several Arcana.
Persona fusion in Persona 5 oughtn’t to be daunting. Just follow these steps and don’t expect to get the best result every time.
As the game it frequently tells you, “Take your time,” and you’ll be fine. Share your valuable thoughts and suggestions in the comment box section below.