Having written about the very best party members in Persona 3 Portable, we thought it best to put the remainder of the cast to rights, and the best way to do this is to form a tier list! Here we can summarise our thoughts, especially when such a divide exists between the members, and put into words exactly why. For reference we will not include Fuuka, because unlike something like Persona Q2, you really don’t have a choice. Anyway, let’s get into the action!
- Protagonist (Male)
- Protagonist (Female)
Honestly, we were tempted to put the female protagonist in a separate tier above, mainly thanks to the increased content within P3P on their route, however we felt it best to solely consider performance in battle. In this regard, they are both the same, which is to say that they’re head and shoulders above the other party members.
Having access to the entire compendium of persona, and indeed a huge selection of skill cards, means that your protagonist becomes the multitool of the party, adapting to both the situation and your choice of other party members. Not only does this make them by far the best party member going, but it also provides them with the highest possible ceiling for any requirement, be it damage dealing, reduction or indeed healing. It might sound trite, given that the protagonist is pretty much always the best in Persona titles, but it rings as true here as anywhere else.
Given what we’ve detailed above – that the Protagonist is the malleable glue for any party – what we’re looking for from the additional party members is that they bring something very valuable to the party, or preferably more than one thing. This will allow said Protagonist to focus on other aspects of battle, thus optimising their synergy.
To that end, our Great Tier features characters that provide multiple unique benefits. Akihiko, for example, provides a full and perfect selection of debuff skills, good amounts of Elec damage and some single target heals. Mitsuru provides the largest amount of magic damage of any party member, thanks to her Mind Charge and Ice Amp, and Yukari is the most available and best healer. In the end, all of these characters essentially remove the necessity of more than one vital component from the protagonist, allowing them to shine in other ways.
We’ll preface this tier by saying that there are no really, really bad options for party members in Persona 3 Portable. This in itself is actually quite unusual for an RPG game, after all most games tend to have a character that is purposefully weak, either to make building them up a game-long mission, or to reflect their personality. Think Donnel from Fire Emblem: Awakening, or Momori from TMS:FE; potential is there but needs some work, none of which is true here.
The best way we could describe this tier is to say that they bring a little less than the others. Where someone like Akihiko brings great Elec skills, Debuffs and even some useful single target heals, Junpei only brings some good physical attacks and weak Fire damage. Similarly, Yukari brings powerful Wind attacks and a huge selection of useful healing skills, and whilst Ken does eventually bring the same healing skills, his remaining physical and bless skills are much less useful.
Those active in this tier then, are likely to increase the requirements on your protagonist, because they have to plug more gaps. They are capable of doing so, because that’s kind of the point of the protagonist, but spreading them too thinly leaves less time to optimise for certain things. A protagonist that does not need to care about healing or buffing for example, can focus entirely on damage, meaning your quest for skill cards and fusions can be directed accordingly.
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