This is the Abridged Walkthrough for Persona 4 Golden. If you’re playing the original Persona 4, you may notice some discrepancies. The guide will help you get through the game, tell you when Quests become available, and inform you of the things that need to be done with the bare necessities. It will not force you to make any decisions unless you are trying to get the true ending.
All dungeons must be cleared between a set of dates. The walkthrough page before the dungeon’s page will give information that’s available up to the final day the dungeon must be completed.
Since the information is so consolidated, it’s best not to scroll down to avoid spoilers. Spoilers have been kept to a minimum, but they will be present in some form or another.
- Starting the Game
- New Kid in Town
- Former Konishi Liquors
- First Disappearance
- Yukiko’s Castle
- Second Disappearance
- Steamy Bathhouse
- Third Disappearance
- Marukyu Striptease
- Murderer Revealed
- Void Quest
- Fourth Disappearance
- Secret Laboratory
- Back on the Case
- Seekers of Truth
- Magatsu Inaba
- End Game
- Hollow Forest (Optional, Requires Max Aeon S.Link)
- Yomotsu Hirasaka
However story-driven Persona 4 Golden is, a good chunk of the game comes from dungeon crawling.
Dungeons, for the most part, are randomly generated. This means that the layout of each floor and the monsters you find are placed when you enter the floor. There are some exceptions to this; per-determined floor layouts and mini-bosses will be discussed in the Walkthrough section.
You will find a map at the bottom left corner of the display. This auto-populates as you move throughout each floor of the dungeon, making backtracking and seeing what is ahead easy. You can pull up the entire floor map by pressing start.
Each dungeon must be completed to progress in the plot. There are certain time restrictions for the dungeons, which are also discussed in the walkthrough section. After completing a dungeon, you can come back at any time to grind for experience, money, loot, Personas, or to complete Side Quests.
Every dungeon will have Shadows in it. These are the main monsters of each game. Walk to them and swing your weapon to initiate a battle. For more info, see the Combat section.
Treasure Chests can be found in each Dungeon, as well. Regular colored Treasure Chests can easily be opened, but a shadow may or may not be inside and attack before getting the Item. Golden Treasure Chests, on the other hand, must be opened up with Treasure Chest Keys that are obtained from Shuffle Time or various Side Quests. Shadows will never be inside Golden Treasure Chests.
After Rise Kujikawa joins the party, increasing her Social Link and adding special skills will allow you to see both Treasure and Enemies on the map before filling in the map.
New Game Plus
After completing Persona 4 one time, you will be able to play it again under a New Game Plus. Simply save the game after the credits roll, then load the last save file. You will start the game from the beginning, but several attributes will carry over including:
- Play Time
- Social Qualities
- Max Social Link Key Items
- Persona Compendium
- Persona Compendium Discounts
- 12 Persona Slots
- Skill Cards in Velvet Room
- Equipment at Daidara Metalworks
- If you wish to start from scratch, choose New Game instead of loading the New Game Plus save file.
The difficulty settings can also be adjusted at any time in the setting menu while playing a New Game Plus.