Persona 5 Strikers is only a few weeks away, so it’s time to rally the Phantom Thieves together for one last adventure. Developed by Omega Force and P-Studio, Strikers is a radically different style of game than the smash-hit JRPG Persona 5. Combat is no-longer turn-based, but a mix of the army smashing battles of the Dynasty Warriors franchise and the strategic combos of Final Fantasy VII: Remake. Unfortunately, Persona 5 fans will quickly notice that there is no Confidant system in Strikers. Instead, players will need to focus on increasing their Bond Level.
This system rewards players with Bond Points which can be spent on various Bond passive skills and buffs that will alleviate some stress during difficult encounters. However, you will need to spend these Bond Points wisely, because they aren’t as easily acquired as money, items, or general experience. Here’s how to increase your Bond Level and earn additional points!
How to Get Bond Points
The only way to get Bond Points in Persona 5 Strikers is by increasing your overall Bond Level. Every time you fill-up the Bond Level gauge in the top right corner, you’ll earn a set amount of Bond Points. The amount you earn entirely depends on what Bond Level you are. For example, you will only start earning 3-4 at the beginning, while reaching around 20 nets you over 7 points a rank. You cannot directly purchase Bond Points and these cannot be obtained through any action inside a Jail.
How to Increase Your Bond Level
There are a few different ways to increase your Bond Level, but the easiest is simply by playing the game. Before we go into more detail, here’s a quick look at what activities give you Bond XP.
- Various Story Moments
- Completing Specific Requests
- Hanging out with Phantom Thieves when they ask you too
- Cooking a meal for the first time
Throughout Strikers, you’ll hit various story moments where the game just gives you a boost of Bond XP. It’s rarely a ton but over the course of a 40-60 hour game these nuggets of experience can quickly build up. Another method of gaining Bond experience is by completing specific Requests or interacting with the various Phantom Thieves. Every time you enter a new city you’ll be given time to explore that town during key moments. I always recommend talking to any of your party members as they will sometimes reward you with experience, items, or even a new Request. Make sure to always go visit them when they ask via Joker’s phone.
Another great way to raise your Bond Level is by cooking food. Whenever you make a meal for the first time, one of the Phantom Thieves will want to share it with you. This will give you a small dialogue exchange before you’re rewarded with a hearty amount of XP. Remember, this will happen every time you make a new meal, so make sure to use at least each recipe once. You’ll also want to keep an eye on your Requests since quite a few will reward a lot of Bond XP. These are typically tied to specific Phantom Thieves quests or killing the Jail boss again. There are also Requests that will “Raise the Bond Skill Cap,” which means the level of your Bond skill levels can go higher when this is unlocked.
While it’s not nearly as deep as the Confidant system, it’s critical you don’t ignore your Bond Level. This will make your