In Persona 5, skill cards are special items that can be obtained in a number of ways. Named after spells, Skill Cards allow any Joker’s Persona to learn skills that they cannot learn by leveling up alone. Although you cannot convert all skills to skill cards, this guide will cover skills that can be converted to skill cards in Persona 5 / Royal, regardless of platform.
How to get skill cards in Persona 5
To unlock Skill Cards in Persona 5, you will have to go to the second Palace and get the Confidant contract from Yusuke Kitagawa. You can only use an ability card once, although it is possible to have multiple copies of the same ability cards at the same time. Not all Skills are available as Skill Cards, and only the protagonist’s Personas can be customized through Skill Cards.
You receive skill cards by defeating enemies, opening chests, sacrificing specific People in the Velvet Room (items) through Yusuke’s abilities, and completing side quests.
However, you need blank cards to get skill cards by running in the velvet room. A blank card is required for each sacrifice. You can get blank cards by defeating enemies and opening chests.
The following subsections will cover the different ways you can get skill cards and blank cards.
Free Skill Card DLC
You can download the free Skill Cards DLC pack called “Skill Card set” for P5 and P5 Royal. Includes one of each basic ability, such as Agi, Garu, Psy, Dia, Kouha, Tarukaja, Bufu, Frei, Zio, Eiha, Rakukaja, Sukukaja, and three blank cards.
Buy Jose’s blank cards
Buying blank cards at a retail store called “Jose’s Shop” is another way to go. He appears randomly in Mementos, but the map will indicate his arrival with a scene of him driving near the Phantom Thieves. You can check its position on the map. Therefore, your mobile store is only accessible once you reach it.
You can find skill cards and blank cards in chests. Once you unlock a palace maps and pass a chest, it will show up on the map. Make sure to check all the chests in a palace if you are going hunting. Note that of all the chests you can find in Persona 5, 23 are locked.
Other ways to get skill cards
Random thefts and application rewards can also produce blank cards. In addition to getting skill cards as a rare drop from enemies, you can force them to hand you skill cards.
How to use skill cards in Persona 5
You can use the skill cards on one of the protagonist’s Personas. Check out these steps to use one:
- Open the item menu.
- Choose a skill card from the menu.
- Use the chosen Card on the Person.
How to use blank skill cards in Persona 5
This section will cover how to turn your Blank Cards into usable Skill Cards using the breakdown and Yusuke’s abilities.
Breakdown: Person 5
People can be broken down to make skill or equipment cards in the velvet room. The electric chair in the room can only be used once a day in P5; however, you can use it several times a day in P5 Royal.
To convert, you will need a Person and base material. As a general note, the base materials are Black Kogatana for detailing on melee weapons, Black Robe for armor, Model Gun for weapons, Black Rock for accessories. Finally, the blank card is for breaking People down into skill cards.
You can find the base materials in the Metaverse and in the real world. When you are in the real world, you can get them through Amazing Commodities in Tanaka or in select stores. In the Metaverse, materials can come from open chests, defeated enemies, or Joseph’s Store.
Detail: Real Unique Mechanics from Persona 5
The following is exclusive to Persona 5 Royal.
A detailed Person will create stronger Skill Cards than usual when classifying during an Alarm. So if you are playing P5 Royal, you must get your end game gear when the alarm goes off.
Note that during an alarm, the probability of failure will also be higher, which means that you may not get any items. Therefore, you must save your game before using the power chair during an alarm.
Double your skill cards through Yusuke in Persona 5
You can double the skill cards you already own by converting blank cards to skill cards through Yusuke Kitagawa. This feature is thanks to Yusuke’s “Rookie Duplication”, “Expert Duration” and “Master Duplication” Confidant abilities.
These skills allow Yusuke to paint skill cards on blank cards. At the beginning of his Confidant, Yusuke will learn the “Rookie Duplication” process for skill cards, making it easy to access. However, you will need to reach Yusuke’s Confidant Rank 5 to unlock “Adept Duplication” and Rank 7 to unlock Master Duplication. The former allows Yusuke to paint skill cards onto blank cards for medium-level abilities, while the latter is for high-level abilities.
Yusuke will duplicate Skill Cards for free. To replicate a card, you must give it to Yusuke along with a blank card. You can get the completed Cards back by talking to Yusuke after the duplication process is complete, but this process takes at least a day to complete.
A temporary downside is that you can’t duplicate mid-to-high skill cards right away, as you’ll need to advance Yusuke’s confidant rank to 5 and 7 first.
Double your skill cards in Persona 5 Royal
Yusuke’s Confidant abilities are different in P5 Royal. In this version, Yusuke can copy any skill card at rank 1 using “Card Duplication”, regardless of the card’s level.
At Rank 5, Yusuke will learn “Card Making.” This ability allows you to copy a previously copied Skill Card again without the need for a Blank Card.
Finally, Yusuke learns “Live Painting” at Rank 7. Live Painting allows him to instantly create a skill card once a day with the perks that come with card duplication and card creation.
As a side note, you can ask Yusuke to make skill cards while you infiltrate, but only when you are talking to him in a safe room.
How to use skill cards on party members in Persona 5
Only the Joker’s Personas can learn skills using pitchfork, skill cards, and more. Members of your party (Confidants) cannot learn new skills with the same methods. Your allies will only acquire skills that they have by default. These abilities will be unlocked when allies automatically level up their confidant rank.
You can go to church to use the confessional for an ally’s Persona so that he can relearn an old skill. This mechanic is accessible only to your Confidant’s People.
Increase the level of confidants
If you need a confidant’s rank to increase faster to unlock specific skills or abilities, you can explore the following tips:
- Match a Persona Arcane: When spending time with a Confidant, you must use a Persona with a matching Arcane from this Confidant to get bonus points for rewarding dialogue choices.
- Social Stats: Maximizing your social stats helps level up your Confidants. For example, you take part in the hamburger challenge at the “Big Band Burger Restaurant” to increase your Confidant level and get social statistics. Also, choose the correct dialog options when talking to Confidants to increase engagement.
- Chihaya Mifune: Level up to Rank 7 to use her affinity reading, giving an affinity point for a chosen Confidant.
- Giving Gifts: You can level up confidants through gifts. Unlike previous games, you can now give gifts to a Confidant regardless of gender. It is possible to get gifts in real world stores.
- Time Management: You must prioritize increasing your Confidant levels when you are out of Palacios. This means ignoring things like part-time jobs, as there are more effective ways to make money in the game. You can also save some time by finding your route to a palace treasure room in one day.
Memories of improvement and endurance
Using Yusuke is a sure way to get skill cards that you already have. But have you been watching for a specific ability that one of your characters has for a while? You can opt for the Velvet Room to manually turn the Persona into a new Skill Card that you’ve never had before. While Yusuke cannot intervene in a ranking process, he can duplicate the newly obtained skill card, making it easy to upgrade.
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