Here are eight tips and tricks to help you get started with Persona 3 Portable, a remastered version of Persona 3 released on January 19, 2023.
Eight tips and tricks to help you get started in Persona 3 Portable
Always analyze enemies
All attacks in Persona 3 Portable are associated with a specific element, and enemies and party members have affinities or weaknesses that can be exploited. Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your opponent is crucial for success. You can do so by requesting Mitsuru to analyze enemies. Party members act autonomously, but AI-controlled characters are informed by analysis to avoid strengths and exploit weaknesses.
Disable party AI
Party members choose their own actions by default, which can be frustrating at times. This can be changed by entering a battle and going to the battle screen’s tactics menu. A list of your party members with different command sets will appear here. You can change the default setting of “Act Freely” to “Direct Commands,” which allows you to choose the actions of each party member during combat.
Duplicate skill cards
When you gain a skill card, you can duplicate it by bringing it to the Inari at Naganaki Shrine. Return to the Shrine on the fifth day to obtain duplicated cards, as duplication takes several days. Utilize this duplication to obtain additional copies of any powerful skill cards you like, allowing you to use them as often as you like.
Focus on non-party social links
Prioritize non-party-member social connections. During a significant portion of the game’s vacation, you will not encounter the vast majority of school-based characters. If you wish to hear all of their tales, you should attempt to do so before your vacation begins.
Get to boss floors in Tartarus ASAP
Each floor containing a boss has an unlockable teleporter that allows you to quickly reach the Tartarus lobby. Once unlocked, you can return to the floors and grind for experience and personas as much as you want, but if you die before unlocking a teleporter, you must restart from the last teleporter you unlocked.
Split the party
In Tartarus, you can order your party to split up and investigate different floors. There are two types of commands: prioritize defeating shadows, or prioritize exploration. The use of these commands can speed up the process of advancing through the many floors and reduce the number of enemies in the area. The submenu is where you’ll be able to issue these commands (F on PC, X on Xbox, and Square on PlayStation).
Stock up on Yawn-B-Gone
By engaging in certain activities, the protagonist and other members of the party can become tired. If they reach the tired status, party members must rest for a few days, and your main character may not benefit from activities such as studying and may even miss attacks in Tartarus.
Using the Yawn-B-Gone item is the most effective way to remove this status. Each week, you may purchase three of these from the school’s store. On Saturdays, the store will restock. Remember that the school store will be closed during the summer months, and be sure to stock up weekly.
Take advantage of quick saves
Quick save is one of the new features introduced in P3P, allowing you to save whenever you desire. Use it liberally, but remember that you can only load your most recent quick save.