These Are the Best Confidant Choices for Maruki in Persona 5 Royal

The Councillor Arcana is new to Persona 5 Royal, but the basics remain the same. Rank them up fast!

Persona 5 Royal introduces Takuto Maruki: the new Confidant for the Councillor Arcana. He is, appropriately enough, a school councilor. And he adds some interesting layers to your friends in the main campaign! Outside of that, he’s also a powerful ally that introduces some useful new passives. Not to mention he raises your maximum SP and hands out healing items. Persona 5 players coming back to Royal for their second or third playthrough will definitely want to meet him. And if you’re just playing the game for the first time, his help will still make your battles much easier! That’s why we’ve provided a guide to the most efficient dialogue with Maruki in Persona 5 Royal, so you can level up your Councillor Personas with ease.

Bear in mind that this guide assumes you go to see Maruki with a Councillor Persona already equipped. That will award you more efficient progress for every dialogue option. You can learn all about that (plus a lot more) in our Persona 5 Royal tips guide. For now, let’s take a look at the best dialogue choices for Maruki.

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Takuto Maruki is a new character and Confidant in Persona 5 Royal. As such, you might not even know where or when to find him! That’s okay. The game does a pretty good job of telegraphing his arrival. Just to be safe, though, know that he’s found at Shujin Academy just outside the councilor’s office. Like most character’s, he’s only available on certain days — specifically most Mondays and Fridays during the day. You also unlock a fast travel spot directly to his office once Maruki becomes a factor (on May 13 of the first year).

Maruki has a couple special quirks to him that most NPCs don’t, too. Your progress with him will be artificially gated to Rank 5 until late in the summer. You can only go from Rank 6 to Rank 9 between Sept. 19 and Nov. 17. And you must get him to Rank 9 by Nov. 17 — that is if you want to complete his quest line. Otherwise the Confidant will be closed to  you.

Maruki Conversation 1, Rank 0 → 1 – Persona 5 Royal Councillor Arcana

The first conversation with Maruki works like most of the others in Persona 5 Royal. None of your choices actually do anything. You’ll speak to him and automatically raise his level to Rank 1 without any trouble. From then on out, though, make sure to bring a Persona with the Councillor Arcana for best results.

Maruki Conversation 2, Rank 1 → 2 – Persona 5 Royal Councillor Arcana

  1. Option one or option two — either works.
  2. Doesn’t matter.
  3. “But it all sounds right.”
  4. Doesn’t matter.
  5. “Well, okay.”

Maruki Conversation 3, Rank 2 → 3 – Persona 5 Royal Councillor Arcana

  1. Option one or option three — either works.
  2. Option one or option two — either works.
  3. Doesn’t matter.
  4. Option one or option three — either works.
  5. Option one or option two — either works.
  6. “Good work over there.”

Maruki Conversation 4, Rank 3 → 4 – Persona 5 Royal Councillor Arcana

  1. Doesn’t matter.
  2. “I know, right…?”
  3. “Is that what you’re researching?”
  4. Doesn’t matter.
  5. Option one or option two — either works.
  6. “That sounds fun.”
  7. Option one or option two — either works.

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Maruki Conversation 5, Rank 4 → 5 – Persona 5 Royal Councillor Arcana

  1. “This looks great”
  2. Doesn’t matter.
  3. “You know, you’re right.”
  4. Option one or option two — either works.
  5. “I guess so.”
  6. Option one or option three — either works.

Maruki Conversation 6, Rank 5 → 6 (Available 9/19) – Persona 5 Royal Councillor Arcana

  1. Option one or option two — either works.
  2. “I can do that.”
  3. Any choice works!
  4.  “So give up.”
  5. Any choice works!
  6. Any choice works!
  7. Option one or option two — either works.

Maruki Conversation 7, Rank 6 → 7 – Persona 5 Royal Councillor Arcana

All choices during this conversation grant the maximum number of points. Simply choose whatever you feels right to you. You’ll get a boatload of progress towards the next rank regardless!

Maruki Conversation 8, Rank 7 → 8 – Persona 5 Royal Councillor Arcana

  1. “What do you mean?”
  2. “Ooh, really?”
  3. “Thanks for the food!”
  4. “We’ve made a deal.”
  5. Option one or option two — either works.
  6. Option one or option two — either works.
  7. “He’s a good friend.”

Maruki Conversation 9, Rank 8 → 9 (Complete Before 11/17) – Persona 5 Royal Councillor Arcana

  1. Doesn’t matter.
  2. “Kind of sad…”

Maruki Conversation 10, Rank 9 → 10 – Persona 5 Royal Councillor Arcana

This conversation occurs automatically as part of the story if you got to Rank 9 before the specified date. Don’t worry about answering the questions correctly, either! Rank 10 is the highest a Confidant can go in Persona 5 Royal. So you’re all set. Just pick whatever dialogue choices feel appropriate to you and enjoy where the story takes you.

Thanks for reading, Phantom Thieves!

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