To say that Characters are plentiful in Persona Q2 is a bit of an understatement. There are huge amounts on offer, each hailing from a previous title in the series. Members of SEES, the Investigation Team and the Phantom Thieves all rub shoulders in a rather unique take on the Etrian Odyssey style of first person dungeon crawling. Your party member choices however, are much more limited: You can only take five characters into the dungeon with you at a time, not counting supporting roles, so you’ll have to narrow your vision quite significantly. That’s where our Tier List comes in. Etrian games aren’t exactly known for their ease, so picking a group of duds is likely to land you in trouble. Luckily we’re here to give you a little guidance. The following list is based on our experience and a fair bit of opinion, so your choices might end up differing, but that’s the point surely?
Firstly, some players will likely note the lack of a certain robotic team member – we’ll get to that don’t worry. Otherwise you’ll note that these five choices are those that we’ve committed to a full article previously, in which we detail the absolute Top 5 characters in the game. It should be no surprise to see them rise to the top here then.
They are the absolute cream of the crop for us. Whether it’s Kanji’s unbelievable damage soaking skills from the front line, or Mitsuru’s ability to completely decimate enemies with elemental skills, each of them have proven that they stand out in the crowd. In building teams like this – ‘Etrian’ style games – it often comes down to finding the options that just slot together and feel right for you. In this regard, we found that our particular combination of five is left wanting for nothing: Healing is covered, physical damage is plentiful, magical damage and binds are in control – it’s all good. It even covers representatives from every Persona game.
We mentioned a certain character that was missing in S Tier: Aegis. Firstly, we’ll concede that she’s a fantastic character in Persona Q2, and she’s perfectly capable of doing everything she did in the original, but we just couldn’t bring ourselves to use her when another equally capable tank is on offer. She had her time in the limelight and admittedly saved our back sides plenty in Q, so we let her rest in the sequel.
The rest of A Tier are all perfectly viable characters, ready and able to join your team and do a very good job. Ken is excellent from the back row, a marked improvement on his time in the original, and you can still get a great deal of physical damage from the Chie and Junpei, they just didn’t quite reach the heady heights of our S Tier choices. We’ve given them 4.5 stars for a reason – they get very close, probably due to Atlus placing more emphasis on balance in this title, just not quite.
There is another notable step down: Naoto. She’s still a very good caster, and she’s retained most of her statistical prowess in Q2, but the nerf bat was taken to the Dark & Light insta-kill spells and as such, she’s not quite an S Tier party member any more. Still good, perfectly usable, but not quite top of the top.
Our B Tier essentially consists of characters that just didn’t quite fit. We’ve seen plenty of users on forums and comment sections that made these guys work, and we can certainly understand the theories as to how, but they really didn’t mix well with our play style. We’re all about attrition, lasting as long as we can during our dungeon jaunts and setting up big damage spikes on bosses, but we couldn’t quite get these lot working.
Ann for example, feels quite useful very early on. She has some useful spells and functioned as an early healer, but once the party expands she began to be outclassed. Similarly we really tried to make Yusuke work, but he had tremendous accuracy issues and failed to really make an impression in the front row, especially compared to the competition there.
You can, of course, make any of these characters work. Persona Q2 has been re-balanced and it’s easier than ever to make your choice of party members function together, but we really struggled with these here in B Tier, so you may find you have to work a little harder to squeeze some good performance out of them.