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"A bond made with another person. Getting to know others is the key to strengthening your Personas."
Persona 3 FES Dictionary Entry

Social Links, known as Community (コミュニティ?) in the Japanese versions and often abbreviated as "Commu" (コミュ?), are an important gameplay mechanic that appears in the later Persona games. Each Social Link represents a single Arcana, and raising a particular Social Link increases the experience bonus the protagonists receive when they fuse personas of that Arcana. By completing a Social Link, it unlocks the ultimate persona of that Arcana. Social Links can, however, be reversed if players do not spend time with the respective people holding the Link, end up booking two holiday invitations on one day, or gave an improper answer during their conversations. The reverse effect will also continue to last until the protagonist reconciles with them. At some point a Social Link can even be broken, prohibiting the protagonist from fusing personas from the respective Arcana.

AppearancesEdit

RoleEdit

Persona 3Edit

The Social Link system was first introduced in Persona 3. The whole purpose of the Social Link at this point was to give considerable amounts of experience to newly-fused persona and unlock new ones.

PortableEdit

Social links in Portable function in the same manner as Persona 3 with some new additions based on the system in Persona 4. Like Persona 4, the protagonist's team members can gain special abilities, such as taking a mortal blow, follow-up attacks, and a chance to survive a fatal attack once per fight. However, unlike Persona 4, these abilities are automatically earned for all members when the player ranks up the Fool Social Link (which is automatic throughout the game), rather than from each individual party member's Social Link events.

Persona 4Edit

Social Links play a larger role in Persona 4, where the protagonist's Social Links with his friends are directly related to their battle factor. For example, a level one Magician Arcana Social Link allows Yosuke Hanamura to take a mortal blow for the protagonist that would normally kill him. Maxing out the Magician Arcana Social Link evolves Yosuke's initial persona, Jiraiya to Susano-O, granting improved elemental resistances.

Margaret advises the protagonist to balance his time of venturing into the Midnight Channel with his spending time with his friends, as Social Links are what create the protagonist's 'World'. Later, the Social Links created by the protagonist with others play an important role in the "True Ending" route.

GoldenEdit

In Golden, S.Links with teammates also give new skills to the persona of that teammate when the link reaches some certain level (2,4,6 etc), and some functions of the S.Link are moved to higher levels (e.g., taking mortal blow is moved to level 7).

List of Social LinksEdit

  • Italics indicate a Social Link that upgrades automatically via story progression.
  • Bold indicates a Social Link with a party member.

Persona 3Edit

Arcana Name Social Link Person(s)
0. Fool SEES Social Link SEES
I. Magician Classmate Social Link Kenji Tomochika
II.

Priestess

Fuuka Yamagishi Social Link

Fuuka Yamagishi
III. Empress

Mitsuru Kirijo Social Link

Mitsuru Kirijo
IV. Emperor

Student Council Social Link

Hidetoshi Odagiri
V. Hierophant

Old Couple Social Link

Bunkichi and Mitsuko Kitamura
VI. Lovers

Yukari Takeba Social Link

Yukari Takeba
VII. Chariot

(Kendo/Swim/Track) Social Link

Kazushi Miyamoto
VIII. Justice

Treasurer Social Link

Chihiro Fushimi
IX. Hermit Online Game Social Link Maya
X. Fortune

(Art/Music/Photography) Club Social Link

Keisuke Hiraga
XI. Strength

Team Manager Social Link

Yuko Nishiwaki
XII. Hanged Man

Girl at the Shrine Social Link

Maiko Oohashi
XIII. Death Mysterious Boy Social Link Pharos
XIV. Temperance

Transfer Student Social Link

Andre Laurent Jean "Bebe" Geraux
XV. Devil Businessman Social Link President Tanaka
XVI. Tower Unusual Monk Social Link Mutatsu
XVII. Star Rival Athlete Social Link Mamoru Hayase
XVIII. Moon Gourmet King Social Link Nozomi Suemitsu
XIX. Sun

Dying Young Man Social Link

Akinari Kamiki
XX. Judgement

Nyx Annihilation Team Social Link

SEES
XX. Aeon Aigis Social Link Aigis

 (FES and Portable only)

PortableEdit

The Male Protagonist's Social Links are still the same as to the PS2 versions of the game; only the Female Protagonist's Social Links are listed here:

Arcana Name Social Link Person(s) Memento Ultimate Persona
0. Fool

SEES Social Link

Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad - Susano-o, the raging god
I. Magician

Junpei Iori Social Link

Junpei Iori Pig Key Holder Surt, the inferno god
II. Priestess

Fuuka Yamagishi Social Link

Fuuka Yamagishi Headphones Scathach, The Teacher
III. Empress

Mitsuru Kirijo Social Link

Mitsuru Kirijo Motorcycle Key Alilat

, the ancient goddess

IV. Emperor

Student Council Social Link

Hidetoshi Odagiri Cheap Lighter Odin, the Storm God
V. Hierophant

Old Couple Social Link

Bunkichi and Mitsuko Kitamura Persimmon Fruit Kohryu, Guardian of Nature
VI. Lovers

Yukari Takeba Social Link

Yukari Takeba Yukari's Strap Cybele

, the Earth Mother

VII. Chariot

(Tennis/Volleyball) Social Link

Rio Iwasaki Annotated Guide Thor
VIII. Justice Ken Amada Social Link Ken Amada Silver Key Melchizedek

, the king of justice

IX. Hermit (Health Committee/Librarian) Social Link Saori Hasegawa PA Recording Arahabaki, the aboriginal god
X. Fortune Ryoji Mochizuki Social Link Ryoji Mochizuki Faint Glow Ring Norn, the three goddesses of fate
XI. Strength Koromaru Social Link Koromaru Dirty Collar Siegfried, the Bearer of Victory
XII. Hanged Man

Girl at the Shrine Social Link

Maiko Oohashi Bead Ring Attis, the god of sacrifice
XIII. Death Mysterious Boy Social Link Pharos - Thanatos
XIV. Temperance

Transfer Student Social Link

Andre Laurent Jean "Bebe" Geraux Money Pouch Yurlungur, governor of the heavens
XV. Devil Businessman Social Link President Tanaka Thank-you Letter Beelzebub, Lord of Hell
XVI. Tower Unusual Monk Social Link Mutatsu Reserve Tag Chi You, the warrior king
XVII. Star Akihiko Sanada Social Link Akihiko Sanada Rabbit Doll Helel, the one who holds up light
XVIII. Moon Shinjiro Aragaki Social Link

Shinjiro Aragaki

Leather Watch Sandalphon, the angel that conveys prayers
XIX. Sun

Dying Young Man Social Link

Akinari Kamiki Worn Notebook Asura, the grand being
XX. Judgement

Nyx Annihilation Team Social Link

Nyx Annihilation Team

- Messiah, the savior
XX. Aeon Aigis Social Link Aigis Charred Screw Metatron, attendant to the infinite

Persona 4Edit

Arcana Name Person(s)
0. Fool Investigation Team
I. Magician Yosuke Hanamura
II. Priestess Yukiko Amagi
III. Empress Margaret
IV. Emperor Kanji Tatsumi
V. Hierophant Ryotaro Dojima
VI. Lovers Rise Kujikawa
VII. Chariot Chie Satonaka
VIII. Justice Nanako Dojima
IX. Hermit Fox
X. Fortune Naoto Shirogane
XI. Strength Kou Ichijo or Daisuke Nagase (Fellow Athletes)
XII. Hanged Man Naoki Konishi (Saki's Brother)
XIII. Death Hisano Kuroda (Old Lady)
XIV. Temperance Eri Minami (Young Mother)
XV. Devil Sayoko Uehara (Nurse)
XVI. Tower Shu Nakajima (Tutored Student)
XVII. Star Teddie
XVIII. Moon Ai Ebihara
XIX. Sun Yumi Ozawa or Ayane Matsunaga
XX. Judgement Seekers of Truth

GoldenEdit

The Social Links in Golden remain the same, except for the addition of 2 new Links:

GalleryEdit

 
Art652 2
From the Arcana of Fool to Fortune
 
Art662 2
From the Arcana of Strength to World
 
Arcanas P3
All Arcanas from Persona 3 FES

TriviaEdit

  • The Social Links in the Persona series can be viewed as a romance mechanic for some players.
  • In Tarot readings, the Death card is seen as a turning point in the deck, because all Arcana that appear after it feature celestial symbols. This superiority of the other Arcana, starting with Temperance, appears in Persona 3, where every Social Link of these Arcana can be initiated after a "flag" given by another Social Link character or by a special event revolving around another Social Link: Temperance-Hierophant, Devil-Hermit, Tower-Strength, Star-Chariot, Moon-Magician, Sun-Hanged Man.


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