Persona 4 Golden Guide


Books can be acquired by buying them from the Yomenaido Bookstore in the Shopping District, South or earning them with quests or events.

Read an entire Book to increase a given Stat permanently. Each book can have between two and five chapters. Only one chapter can be read at a time, unless you have already read “Hyperspeed Reading.” That book will allow you to read two chapters at a time. Reading will pass the time from afternoon to evening, or evening to the next day.

Reading all books will unlock the Reader King Accessory. This is an accessory that increases the Magic stat by 10.

The Book List below is in order of when they first become available. The Books that require a Strength Rank, and the Summer Festival Book, must be obtained on that date and only on that date!

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The Ramen Way|N/A|Knowledge & Expression|Aiya’s Restaurant, Eat 8 Bowls
The Lovely Man|1200|Courage|Book Store, April 20th
Expert Study Methods|2800|Increases: Knowledge when studying|Book Store, April 20th
Beginner Fishing|1600|Able to fish more|Book Store, April 20th
Off Today|1500|Understanding|Book Store, May 6th
Office Work Manual|2800|Increases: Diligence when creating envelopes|Book Store, May 6th
Easy Origami|3000|Increases: Understanding when folding Origami|Book Store, May 20th
English Made Easy|3200|Increases: Expression when translating|Book Store, May 20th
The Gentle Way|N/A|Knowledge & Expression|Book Store, Quest 18
Witch Detective|N/A|Understanding & Diligence|May 29th, Strength Rank 1-3.
The Punk’s Way|N/A|Knowledge & Expression|Book Store, Quest 20
Forever Macho|1200|Courage|Book Store, June 11th
100 Ghost Stories|3400|Courage|Book Store, June 11th
Catching Bugs|1800|Catch more bugs|Book Store, June 11th
Short on Cash|1500|Understanding|Book Store, June 28th
Expert Fishing|4800|Boost reeling speed|Book Store, June 28th
Guide to Pests|N/A|Knowledge & Courage|Book Store, Quest 34
Man of History|1200|Courage|Book Store, July 15th
Home Gardening|3600|Speed vegetable harvest by one day|Book Store, July 15th
Poly-land|N/A|Knowledge & Diligence|July 17th, Need Strength Rank 4 or 7+ (if Basketball) in your room on the 15th. See events below.
Changing Careers|1500|Understanding|Book Store, August 4th
Hyperspeed Reading|9800|Read two chapters in one time frame|Book Store, August 4th
Picross Rules!|N/A|Understanding & Diligence|Book Store, Quest 40
The O-Cha Way|N/A|Knowledge & Expression|August 10th, Strength Rank 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, or 9 for Basketball. Any Rank for Soccer.
The Divine Way|N/A|Knowledge & Expression|Summer Festival, August 21st
Man-God|1200|Courage|Book Store, August 24th
Food Fight!|4200|Boost the effects of eating Chinese food|Book Store, August 24th
Sensei’s Friend|1500|Understanding|Book Store, September 20th
Who Am I?|N/A|Knowledge & Diligence|Book Store, Quest 45
Farewell to Man|1200|Courage|Book Store, October 12th
The Final Lesson|1500|Understanding|Book Store, November 1st
World Class Bugs|4800|Catch more bugs|Book Store, November 1st

Event-Related Books

The three Strength event-related books are absolutely miss-able if you are on the Basketball team, so pay close attention. If you are on the Soccer team, don’t worry– you’ll be fine. Make sure to save the day before each book will become available. You may have to select the appropriate response to obtain the book during an outing.

  • The Witch Detective requires Strength rank of 3 or less on May 29th (5/29). Note: Make sure you rescue Kanji before this date or you won’t get the book.
  • Poly-land requires Strength rank of 4 on July 15th (7/15). It may be possible with Rank 8 as well. Go to your room on this day with a rank of 4 to receive a call from Kou for a study date on the upcoming Sunday. Say you’re allergic to Algebra as a response to get the book.
  • The O-Cha Way requires Strength rank of 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, or 9 on August 10th (8/10) if you’re on the Basketball Team. You cannot get this book with Strength rank of 5 or 6 if your Social Link is Kou. Daisuke/Soccer Team can be any Strength rank to receive the book.

These last two books are not quite as restrictive as the previous three, but you still need to pay attention to get them.

  • The Divine Way received during the Summer Festival on August 21st (8/21).
  • The Ramen Way received only after eating at Aiya’s restaurant eight times.