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Persona 5 Makoto guide

If Persona 5’s Makoto is still a mystery to you, you’ve come to the right place, as we discuss her personality, skills, romance, and more.

Persona 5's Makoto in her school uniform, outlined in white and drop-shadowed on a red PT background

Persona 5’s Makoto is perhaps one of the most misunderstood characters in the entire game. There’s more to her than meets the eye, which is why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to put together this guide, so we can give you more of an insight into this enigmatic character.

Furthermore, if you want to learn more about the other heroes in this world, you can check out our guides to Persona 5’s Joker, Persona 5’s Futaba, Persona 5’s Morgana, Persona 5’s Yusuke, and Persona 5’s Ann next.

Anyway, onto everything you need to know about Persona 5’s Makoto.

Persona 5 Makoto: Makoto as Queen on a motorbike in Persona 5 Strikers.

Who is Persona 5’s Makoto?

Makoto is a third-year student at Shujin Academy, where she serves as the student council president. She’s the younger sister of detective Sae Niijima, who just so happens to be investigating the Phantom Thieves of Hearts. To begin with, she’s an enemy of the vigilante group, though this isn’t strictly her own choice, and in the end, Makoto does become a member of the ragtag team.

What is Makoto’s personality?

From the outside, people perceive Makoto to be cold, aloof, arrogant, selfish, and somewhat vindictive, especially since many people, including Ann, believe she overlooks the behavior of an abusive teacher, though this isn’t really the case. In actuality, she’s a caring individual who cares about justice, and, as the student president, she’s actually a powerless pawn. She despises the atrocious behavior Suguru Kamoshida displays.

At heart, Makoto is a good and kind person, though make no mistake, she can be bossy and certainly boasts an authoritative aura that demands respect, even if people such as her sister rarely give it.

Persona 5 Makoto loading screen

How do I romance Makoto?

If Makoto sounds like your kind of girl, you might want to know how to pursue a relationship with her. For starters, you need to progress the game up until palace three, as it does take a while before Makoto makes her mark on the story. Once you complete the Bank of Gluttony, you get access to Makoto’s social link.

While someone like Ann is attracted to kindness, Makoto values knowledge, so you must achieve rank three in this attribute to further your relationship with her. Studying is the best way to do this. Then, you need to not only reach rank six for her social link, but max out charm.

Then, as with any virtual girl, you need a ready supply of gifts to show her you care, so make sure you pick up things like designer perfume, all-purpose vitamins, a flower basket, book covers, and a heart necklace. All of these are sure to win you a few brownie points. After you lavish her with luxuries, it’s time to help her broaden her horizons. You should aid Makoto so she can get a better understanding of those around her.

After all of this, you just need to remain cool and calm around her. Continue to spend time with Makoto, and make it clear to her that you are, and that you’re going nowhere. Eventually, once you reach rank 10 with her social link, you enter a romance with her.

Persona 5 Makoto: Makoto in her Phantom Thieves outfit on a red background with her name in mismatched newspaper lettering.

What are Makoto’s skills?

In combat, Makoto likes to get up close and personal with her knuckle dusters, but she’s equally happy in ranged combat through the use of her revolver. Besides this, Makoto uses her supreme intelligence to her advantage, which also makes her a great strategist.

What games does Makoto appear in?

Makoto appears in the following other games from inside and outside the Persona franchise:

  • Persona 5 Royal
  • Persona 5 Strikers
  • Persona 5 Tactica
  • Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
  • Chain Chronicle
  • Puyo Puyo!! Quest
  • Catherine: Full Body
  • BanG Dream! Girls Band Party
  • Kyoutou Kotoba RPG
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Identity V
  • Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag and Integral Factor
  • AFK Arena
  • Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
  • NieR Reincarnation

There you have it, everything you need to know about Persona 5’s Makoto. If you’re after something else to play, our best Switch RPGs list has some great suggestions.