Social Links are special bonds formed between the Protagonist and other characters in the game. Forming these bonds will allow you to gain more power when Fusing Personas, gain new Skills, gain new abilities in battle, and even enter Relationships!
Persona 4 Golden has a handful of Social Links available for you to level up and benefit from. Each Link can grow up to ten ranks, and the main party members can be met once more during the newly-added Winter Event. There are also a few new Social Links in Golden that were not in the original PS2 game.
Ranking Up a Social Link
It’s easy to realize spending time with other characters will increase a Social Link, but it’s actually a bit more complex than that.
There is a hidden meter in the game that counts for each rank up. Selecting a specific answer while spending time with a character will add points from 0-3 to this unseen meter. Having a Persona of the same Arcana will double those points as well, which is why you should always carry a Persona of the same Arcana when building a relationship quickly. For example: If you have a Priestess Persona while spending time with Yukiko, you can get double the points during the conversation. You can find these correct answers on each Arcana’s page.
If you want to spend time with a character, and the game says something like, “Your relationship is ready to become closer,” you’ll rank up no matter what, but you might not progress as far into the next rank as much as you could by giving the perfect answers. In other words, it won’t affect that rank you’ll be getting then and there, but for the next rank, you might have to spend time rather than getting a rank-up the next time you meet-up with that Social Link.
However, getting questions to rank up a social link isn’t always available. Sometimes a character can be found wandering around town, instead of at their usual spots. If you see them around town, spending time with them will most likely increase the friendship meter, but it won’t increase the rank. Only if the character has a “!” above their head can the rank possibly increase.
Social Links with Party Members
When a party member’s Social Link increases a rank, they will gain new skills and abilities in battle. The skills and abilities differ between party members. See each party member’s page, or the Arcana’s page, for specifics.
Just like real life, you can enter Intimate Relationships with the girls in Inaba. After obtaining a high enough Social Link with each girl, you will be given special options when spending time with them. The game should give a sort of warning before choosing the option to enter a relationship or stay friends. The first time you enter a relationship, you will earn A Special Lady trophy.
It’s possible to enter more than one relationship in a game, but that could come back to bite you in the behind when Valentine’s Day or Christmas comes rolling around.
Listed below will be the name of the person or group of the Social link, the Arcana type they favor, the location(s) they are found, and the earliest date you can start the social link. There are a total of 24 Arcana that translate to Social Links. Some are represented by a person or by multiple persons, while some are story-related and not represented by an actual being.
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Yosuke Hanamura|Magician|4/16|Classroom Building 2F of Yasogami High School; Shopping District, North near Konishi Liquor; or Junes Department Store.
Investigation Team|Fool|4/17|Starts and progresses with the story.
Chie Satonaka|Chariot|4/18|Roof of Yasogami High School; or Central Shopping District, South
Marie|Aeon|4/18|Take out of Velvet Room by speaking with Dwellers; or Shopping District, South in front of Velvet Room.
Fellow Athletes: Kou Ichijo or Daisuke Nagase|Strength|4/19 – Join Basketball or Soccer Club|Field of Yasogami High School (Emergency Exit) on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays when not raining; or speak with the two on 2F Yasogami High School. On days off, Shopping District, North.
Eri Minami|Temperance|4/23 – Need high Understanding|Work at Daycare on Mondays, Fridays, or Saturdays.
Yumi Ozawa or Ayane Matsunaga|Sun|4/25 – Join Drama or Band Club|Practice Building 1F of Yasogami High School on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays. Unlike Strength, only one of these two will be friends.
Nanako Dojima|Justice|5/3|Living room of Dojima Residence.
Dojima|Hierophant|5/6 (Earliest)|Living room of Dojima Residence on select nights.
Adachi|Jester|5/13 (Earliest)|Junes Department Store or Central Shopping District, South at the gas station.
Yukiko Amagi|Priestess|5/17|Classroom Building 1F of Yasogami High School, or Shopping District, South.
Margaret|Empress|After Knowledge reaches Expert rank on or after 5/20|The Velvet Room.
Sayoko Uehara|Devil|Work at Hospital on or after 5/25|Work at Hospital on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday nights.
Shu Nakajima|Tower|5/25 – Tutor part-time job|Work as a Tutor on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturday Nights.
Kanji Tatsumi|Emperor|6/11, Start link by talking to a girl in front of the stairs on Classroom Building 2F|Practice Building 1F of Yasogami High School, or Shopping District, North.
Naoki Konishi|Hanged Man|6/20 (Earliest) – Talk with him three times after 6/8 with Rank 3 Understanding to establish link. He will not have a “!” above his head the first and second time. |Classroom Building 1F of Yasogami High School, then Shopping District, North by Konishi Liquor Store at beginning of the week.
Teddie|Star|6/24|Starts and progresses with story.
Rise Kujikawa|Lovers|7/23|Classroom Building 1F of Yasogami High School, or Shopping District, South.
Naoto Shirogane|Fortune|10/23, talk to “Man in Black” at Shopping District, North, then talk to Naoto.|Classroom Building 1F of Yasogami High School, or Shopping District, South.
Ai Ebihara|Moon|Rank 4 on Strength S.Link. Talk to on Classroom Building 1F near lockers. Need high Courage.|She will ask you to ditch school in the afternoon from time to time, or you can find her near lockers of Classroom Building 1F.
Hisano Kuroda|Death|Rank 4 on Devil S.Link|Samegawa Flood Plain Riverbank on Sundays or Holidays.
Seekers of Truth|Judgement|12/3|Starts and progresses with the story.