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Surviving The Dark: A Persona Q General Guide

Persona Q is one amazing role playing game (we gave it a near perfect score). With a stellar cast of charming characters, an awesome soundtrack that is an aural treat, addictive combat that is challenging, yet ultimately rewarding — it’s not to be missed if you are a fan of role playing games.

Image Credit: GameSpot
The well-animated cutscenes (Image Credit: GameSpot)

If you have already bought the game and are playing it this very moment, here are some general tips to be mindful of as you try to figure out and fight your way through the game’s tough dungeons.

Save Often

It goes without saying that Persona Q’s enemies are no pushovers. Even on Normal difficulty, there were numerous occasions when my party was decimated because I was simply underleveled and unprepared to face some of the tougher enemies. Hours of progress could have been lost, and that is simply not fun at all. Never underestimate the game’s enemies.

Every FOE Encounter Can Be Avoided

Image Credit: Nintendo Enthusiast
FOE’s are best avoided, only if your team is strong enough (Image Credit: Nintendo Enthusiast)

The ever present FOE’s can be a pain to deal with, as some not only pursue you relentlessly, but block your path and whittle down your health with alarming ease. But they can be avoided with careful planning and forethought. Don’t just rush to the next floor: think, learn the moving patterns of the FOE, and you will do just fine.

Complete Elizabeth’s Requests

Solving Elizabeth's request will help your characters level up faster (Image Credit: Gematsu)
Solving Elizabeth’s requests will help your characters level up faster (Image Credit: Gematsu)

Completing requests are a great way to gain invaluable experience, as they benefit not only party members who completed said request, but also your entire team. Since requests are varied and fun to solve, repetition doesn’t become a factor. If anything, I looked forward to completing them.

Fuse Different Personas

Naoto summons a persona (Image Credit: Wikia)
Naoto summons a persona (Image Credit: Wikia)

Personas are a manifestation of a person’s personality. They can be summoned during battles, and grant the player the means with which to attack opponents and offer support to party members. In the game, personas can also be fused with one another to create even better personas. By actively fusing, personas can pass key abilities and traits, making battles more manageable. Experiment with different pairings, and you will find effective Personas that offer the most synergy and balance for your team.

Draw Your Own Map Diligently

Drawing maps will help you navigate around the complex dungeons (Image Credit: GameFaqs)
Drawing maps will help you navigate around the complex dungeons (Image Credit: GameFaqs)

The map drawing feature of Persona Q is one neat addition, and one that you will be using constantly (unless you turn on auto-draw). It is generally a good idea to record every clue the game throws at you, as the puzzles and movement of the FOE’s get tougher with each dungeon. The map also has an auto-movement function that lets your characters walk in a continuous loop, which is good for leveling. This is only recommended when you feel confident enough to tackle a dungeon without breaking a sweat. You can leave the game running for a couple of hours and build up some experience points!

Test Out Different Party Formations

Finding the right balance between party members is key (Image Credit: Operation Rainfall)
Finding the right balance between party members is key (Image Credit: Operation Rainfall)

Having a good mixture of close combat and ranged members is essential. As each member is tied to a particular element — be it electric, fire, wind or ice — it is a good idea to keep a varied team that can counter the enemies’ weaknesses and vice versa. Don’t be afraid to try out an unconventional team as it could surprise you with its results.

Fight Fight Fight

Enemies come in all shapes and forms (Image Credit: Shack News)
Enemies come in all shapes and forms (Image Credit: Shack News)

Fighting enemies often will yield precious experience points that will help level up your characters. Rather than run away from a fight, embrace them, and revel in the sheer joy of eliminating the enemy. As more enemies are defeated, key spoils that are dropped from defeating them can be used to create better weapons, accessories and also items that will give your team a fighting chance against tougher adversaries.

So there you have it, some general tips that will help you through the game. Are there any tips that you would like to share or stuff that we have missed out on? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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