The conservation of your SP is a key skill in any Persona game. In almost every title in the series the early game will be punctuated by long dungeon crawls, each of which introduce new and varied systems to the player, of which most drain your SP supply. Royal introduced the Will Seeds of course, and you can do your best to mete out your usage of spells, but eventually you’re going to run low on resources. All is not lost however, because we’ve put together 5 of our favourite ways to ensure your SP keeps flowing and your spells keep flying.
Vending Machine Drinks
Our first SP tip is one that you’re likely to know, but it’s entirely worth reiterating. There are vending machines all over the place in Persona 5 Royal, and for the most part they sell health restoration drinks that are nowhere near good enough. Some of these machines are special however, because they sell some basic SP restoration drinks, Arginade and Water of Rebirth. As you can see these only restore 5 SP, and the machines will only stock two of these per week, but when you’re starved of SP after a long dungeon grind, these could make all the difference.
You can find these drinks in the Courtyard of Shujin Academy, the Gigolo Arcade and near the Bath House in Yongen-Jaya. They can also be found later on in both the Shinjuku and Akihabara areas, though by this time they’re outclassed by some better items.
Negotiate with Enemies
The ability to negotiate with enemies is introduced very early on in Persona 5 Royal, opening up a plethora of options to choose from when they’re at your mercy. Collecting Persona and money is great and all, but what about demanding items? Contrary to popular opinion, it’s not just weak health restoration items and grubby clothing that they give up. Sometimes, if you’re very lucky and cross all of your fingers, they can give up SP restoration items.
In the early game the best you’ll get is a Soul Drop, which will restore 10 SP to a character, and whilst that doesn’t sound like a great deal, it might make all the difference. Additionally, whilst we too get a little annoyed when they give up weak healing items, these are in effect saving you SP by reducing the healing you need to do. We’re not advocating that you always demand items, but it’s certainly worth giving it a try every so often, you might get lucky.
Prioritise Gun Attacks
On balance, we’re really not sure how much we enjoyed the Gun Ammo change between Persona 5 and Royal. For reference, in the original title your stack of ammunition was not restored after each battle, rather it would only be restocked when you left the palace completely. As such it was considered a rare commodity that must be conserved, drip fed through the dungeon dive, hoping they last until the end. The advent of Royal however, and the complete restock after every battle, changes everything.
As you might imagine, having the ability to spam these bullets with reckless abandon means that you’re able to abuse enemy weaknesses whenever you want, which in turn lightens the load on your SP pool. No need to use expensive spells if you can blow your bullets every battle, right? Of course, it’s not quite that simple, but learning to rely on these a little more can help stretch your SP that little bit further.
Work on Death Arcana
When first encountering the Persona series we made the mistake of neglecting our confidants. Coming from other, less social RPG games we headed straight for the nearest dungeon and got our grind on, assuming that levels and our infallible game IQ would carry us through. How wrong we were. In Persona 5 Royal your confidants can make a massive difference in a variety of ways, combat included, and one of the most important in this regard is Tae Takemi, the Death Arcana confidant.
Initially she’ll sell you all manner of healing items, but if you continue to visit her and progress her to level 5, she’ll begin to sell accessories. Of these accessories, the SP Adhesives are the main event, of which there are three. Depending how much you’re willing to spend, you’ll be able to restore 3, 5 or 7 SP per round. As you might imagine, grabbing some of these at your earliest opportunity will make a big difference.
Jose’s Mementos Shop
Our final SP tip is another thing changed, or rather added, during the upgrade to Royal. Jose is an NPC that travels around the Mementos dungeon who, for some nonsensical reason, want you collect both flowers and stamps for him. Thankfully he’s willing to reward you for doing so, by providing buffs for your journey through the dungeon and items in exchange for flowers. It’s the latter that we want to focus on here, because whilst Jose’s stock will often chop and change, he’ll always have some form of SP restoration available. Depending on your progression he’ll stock different things, but we’d definitely recommend you take some time to collect flowers and grab a load of Soul Drops and Stamina Kits in the early game.