Yakuza: Like a Dragon Bonds Guide – Drink Links Answers, Table Talks, & Bond Levels

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One of the best parts of Yakuza: Like a Dragon being a JRPG is that you’re never alone in your travels. This doesn’t involve just fights, but also activities, minigames, and hitting bars. The game connects all of this with Bonds, which are progression levels for each one of your party members. In this guide we’ll go through all the ways you can increase them, as well as the Personality bonuses from each Drink Link.

How to Unlock Bonds – Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Unlocking Bonds is tied to the main story so you’ll need to progress until at least Chapter 4. At one point the party will visit Survive Bar for the first time, and you’ll be able to strengthen your relationship with your friends from that point onwards. As we have said on our tips guide, we strongly recommend you to unlock this as soon as possible to make the most out of the feature.

Activities That Increase Bonds

There’s a lot to see and experience in Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and luckily, almost everything can be done either in a group or with someone at Ichiban’s side. We have listed all the shared activities we’ve found so far below:

  • Battles: After Bonds become available, all fights will grant five experience points each time to all party members.
  • Karaoke: Singing songs at Survive Bar grants points towards the group’s bonds, but it depends on the track – Ichiban’s song affects everyone, while individual songs may affect one or two characters at a time.
  • Dining: There’s several spots where you and the group can rest for a while and enjoy some katsu curry. These opportunities are great for bonding – choosing the right menu combinations will open up a Table Talk sequence, in which certain characters will talk about something in particular and gain more Bond points. Lastly, the entire party will also recover HP and MP when you do this, so it’s definitely one of the best ways to cover as much ground as possible with only a couple thousand yen.
  • Party Chat: As the group is roaming around town, certain locations will trigger Party Chats, which are short dialogues between the characters. Always play these out and just walk around until they finish so they are not interrupted. Triggering a battle will skip them, but actions like Treasure Hunt in vending machines won’t. If anything, you can return to the starting place and trigger them again, and you can listen to all of them again by choosing “Tell a Story” to the bartender in Survive Bar.
  • Seagull Cinema: Ichiban can invite a party member to the movie theater. Doing so will always give a number of Bond points, which vary depending on how much they’ve liked the movie.
  • Cabarets: Another way to increase the Bound Gauge with male characters is by taking them to the nearest cabaret. The women of the group will remain inactive until the activity is over, however. There’s a 3,000 yen entry fee per person, with additional costs when you request a hostess, as well as food and drinks. Although they have a steep cost, these are really short activities that grant a lot of Bond points. In addition, all party members (both active and inactive) will fully recover HP and MP.
  • Gifts: If you’ve been investing time into Gardening, it’s likely that you’ll have enough ingredients to craft gifts. These also provide Bond points, and can be given to eligible party members in Survive Bar.

Drink Links Answers – Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Drink Links are vital to increase your Bonds. Once you have gained enough experience, you will notice a lock on top of the Bond experience bar – this means that the character won’t be receiving any more points. In order to unlock it, you’ll have to talk to them in Survive Bar, and trigger their substories.

These are usually divided in five instances (one for each level up to five), and some characters will require you to progress through the main story to deepen your relationship with them. Most instances are similar – a dialogue will take place involving multiple choice questions. Depending on the answer you pick, Ichiban will receive points toward a Personality stat. As a reward for everyone else, each Bond level will have characters gaining more experience when they find themselves outside of the party. In addition, some Jobs require certain Bond levels in order to choose them, so always try to visit Survive Bar once a Drink Link becomes available.

Here’s a list of all the choices we have found so far, which will be updated over time:

Adachi Drink Links

Level 0 to 1

  • “I’d rather just make my own” grants Charisma
  • “Yeah, but I’d be upfront about it” grants Confidence
  • “A good drink’s worth a little debt” grants Kindness

Level 1 to 2

  • “Man, that’s some real commitment” grants Passion
  • “You’re like Daddy-Long-Legs” grants Intellect
  • “Maybe we should get you a suit” grants Style

Level 2 to 3

  • “Just gonna have to make some money!” grants Passion
  • “I’d tell the kid I’m broke” grants Confidence
  • “I can lend you some cash” grants Kindness

Level 3 to 4

  • “Yamada’s lackey” grants Charisma
  • “Yamada’s secretary” grants Intellect
  • “Yamada’s stylist” grants Style

Level 4 to 5

This is the last Bond level with Adachi. There’s no multiple choice question here – just expect a fight against a level 19 enemy. Once that’s handled, Adachi will be able to use the skill Tag Team: Nelson Strike.

Nanba Drink Links

Level 0 to 1

  • “I won’t just listen and nod” grants Kindness
  • “Just say what’s on your mind!” grants Passion
  • “Welcome to Kasuga’s Counseling Corner!” grants Charisma

And then:

  • “Stay calm and let things play out” grants Intellect
  • “What’s done is done” grants Confidence
  • “Just say an angel drank it” grants Style

Level 1 to 2

  • “Maybe he’ll just let you off the hook” grants Confidence
  • “I’ll help you pay off your debt” grants Kindness
  • “Just pay it off in installments” grants Intellect

Level 2 to 3

  • “Don’t worry, you’re younger than you look” grants Charisma
  • “Age is only a number” grants Passion
  • “You can still be a player” grants Style

Level 3 to 4

  • “Pie-throwing contest” grants Charisma
  • “We’re giving you a cocktail party” grants Style
  • “Sorry, top secret” grants Intellect

Level 4 to 5

This is the last Bond level with Nanba. There’s no multiple choice question here – just expect a fight against three level 20 enemies. Once that’s handled, Nanba will be able to use the skill Tag Team: Heat Buster.

Saeko Drink Links

Level 0 to 1

  • “I’m here to listen, Sa-chan” grants Kindness
  • “Well, it’s not like you gotta entertain me” grants Passion
  • “I’m all about boring stories!” grants Charisma

Level 1 to 2

  • “It’s about the club, huh?” grants Intellect
  • “It’s about a boyfriend, right?” grants Confidence
  • “It’s about your hair, isn’t it?” grants Style

Level 2 to 3

  • “I’m sure she’ll understand” grants Kindness
  • “Leave Nanoha to me!” grants Passion
  • “I think it depends on how you say it” grants Intellect

Level 3 to 4

  • “Let’s just find her someone better!” grants Charisma
  • “Could always wait for winter to roll around” grants Confidence
  • “A little herbal tea goes a long way” grants Style

Level 4 to 5

This is the last Bond level with Saeko. There’s no multiple choice question here – just expect a fight against a group of level 19 to 21 enemies. Finish them off, watch the cutscene, and Saeko will be able to use the skill Tag Team: Bombardier Bash.

Joon-gi Han Drink Links

Level 0 to 1

  • “You’re worth too much experience!” grants Charisma
  • “Slimes… that run away…” grants Confidence
  • “Should gone with ‘Maverick’” grants Style

Level 1 to 2

  • “Thanks for the heads-up” grants Kindness
  • “What are friends for?” grants Passion
  • “I’ll be on the lookout” grants Intellect

Level 2 to 3

  • “How did you imitate him!?” grants Charisma
  • “You guys ever share any dirty jokes?” grants Confidence
  • “Did he dress as sharp as you?” grants Style

Level 3 to 4

  • “Welp, drinks on me, then” grants Kindness
  • “It’s not over yet!” grants Passion
  • “You sure look calm” grants Intellect

Level 4 to 5

This is the last Bond level with Joon-gi Han. There’s no multiple choice question here – just expect a fight against a group of level 36 to 39 enemies. Finish them off, watch the following cutscenes, and Joon-gi Han will be able to use the skill Tag Team: Terrorizing Trample.

Eri Drink Links

Keep in mind that, unlike the rest of your party members, Eri’s bond level will only increase by hitting certain milestones in Ichiban Confections.

Level 0 to 1

  • He had a handsome face like mine? grants Style
  • He had big, poofy hair like this? grants Charisma
  • He had an amazing personality? grants Kindness

Level 1 to 2

Reach Rank 50 Management Mode.

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Level 0 to 1

  • “I’ve got your back either way” grants Kindness
  • “You’re not the type” grants Passion
  • “I try not to judge off looks” grants Intellect

Level 1 to 2

  • “You should see me when I strip down” grants Charisma
  • “You’d know if they were a yakuza” grants Style
  • “People are more than meets the eye” grants Intellect
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