Persona are the creatures this series spotlights! Use them to battle shadows in the shadow world, or keep them alongside the Protagonist to help max out Social Links. Each main character has their own Persona that will be “reborn” to a newer, stronger Persona once their Social Link is maxed out. The Protagonist can use a wide variety of Persona.
The very first Persona – Izanagi – will be given to the player. All other Persona must be obtained after battle through Shuffle Time or by Fusing Persona together in the Velvet Room. Once a Persona is accepted into the Protagonist’s heart by selecting their card, it will be automatically added to the Persona Compendium. The Protagonist can hold up to 12 Persona at a time. If there is no more room for a new Persona, one can be dismissed to accept the new creature. The amount of Persona the Protagonist can hold depends on their level.
All of the personas stand as representatives for one of 24 different Arcanum. The name of these Arcanum do not necessarily have any bearing on which Personas are categorized within them, however, there are some commonalities within groupings.
Each Arcana is tied to a Social Link. Improve the Social Link to get an EXP Boost when fusing Persona of the same Arcana. For example: Yosuke is the Magician arcana. If his Social Link is rank 8, all Persona that are fused together and become a Persona of the magician arcana will level up 8 times.
The Arcana also represents which Persona can be fused together. Only certain arcana can fuse with certain arcana. See the fusion table in the picture below.
Igor will allow you to Fuse Personas in The Velvet Room. Present him with either two or three cards to create one new Persona. At a certain point within the game, Igor will allow you to fuse four, five, or six Personas into one, called Cross-, Pentagonal-, and Hexagonal-fusion, respectively. Unlike the fusion with two or three cards, only select Persona can be used in advanced fusion to create specific Persona.
However, as concrete as the options may appear, Fusion is not an absolute process. An “accident” can happen. When a fusion accident occurs, you will not fuse the Persona you might have been anticipated, so be sure to save your game before you fiddle around. The first time an accident occurs, you receive the The Nose Doesn’t Always Know trophy.
Searching for Fusions
If you don’t wish to mix and match the cards you have to find the right Persona, you can choose the “Search” option in the Fuse menu to find the right Persona you wish to create. Only the Personas that can be created from the cards you have will be in this menu.
Before fusing, you can check the Fusion Forecast in the Fuse menu of the Velvet Room. The Fusion Forecast shows bonuses that will be granted to newly-fused Personas. Sometimes a requirement must be met before this bonus is given, and sometimes it will be given to all Personas. Only the current day and the next day will be shown in the forecast at any given time.
The Persona Compendium is list of all Personas you have collected. After obtaining a Persona from a Shuffle Time, it will be automatically registered here. Persona can also be manually registered by speaking with Margaret in the Velvet Room. Registering a Persona will allow you to recall that Persona with the same stats, levels, and skills at a later date, even if you already fused the Persona into another Persona. However, doing so will cost Money. The higher the level, the more Yen you must spend.
Each Persona has their own status screen. The screen will show their affinity to the eight different Elements.
Each of the elements can have one of five effects on a Persona and the character currently holding the Persona. These effects are:
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Damage is reduced|Damage does nothing|Damage restores HP|Damage is shot back at attacker|Damage does extra, and knocks down
Not only are affinities changed for the player holding the Persona, but so are their stats.
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Strength|Indicates the effectiveness of a Persona’s Physical Skills.
Magic|Indicates the effectiveness of a Persona’s Magic Skills and Magic Defense.
Endurance|Indicates the effectiveness of a Persona’s Physical Defense.
Agility|Affects a Persona’s Hit and Evasion rates.
Luck|Affects the possibility of a Persona performing Critical Hits and other things.
Each Persona can learn a total of eight skills. More skills can be taught as a Persona levels up. Each of your friends’ Persona can also gain a new skill at select Social Link ranks.
Additionally, Skill Cards can be picked up during Shuffle Time in a dungeon. A Skill Card will allow you to teach the Persona belonging to the Protagonist a single attack. The skill will be semi-random when obtained from Shuffle Time, though better skills will show up in later dungeons. Give a Skill Card to Marie to register it in the Skill Library. Doing so will allow you to buy that particular Skill Card at any time. Using a Skill Card will consume the item, so make sure it’s registered before using!
Skill Cards can also be obtained from a Persona’s current skills if the attack has a card icon. Drive to Chagall Cafe in Okina City with that Persona equipped and pay 5,000 Yen for some coffee. At the end of the day, you’ll receive a skill card from the equipped Persona if the skill has a card icon.
From time to time, you may find a friend near the Gas Station in the Central Shopping District during the day. They won’t have an exclamation mark above their head, but you can still talk and spend the day with them. Doing so should take you to a hot spring.
There will be two options available while at the Hot Spring, each with their own purpose:
Talk about memories: This option will allow your friend’s Persona to relearn an older, forgotten Skill.
Talk about the future: This option will allow your friend’s Persona to learn a new Skill. These skills are bonus skills that cannot be learned through leveling up.
Persona in Alphabetical Order
Here is a list of all Persona available in Persona 4 Golden in Alphabetical Order. There are a total of 206 Persona, not including the Persona unique to the other characters. All must be obtained to complete the Persona Compendium and earn a Trophy.