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All about Persona 5’s Yusuke

Meet Persona 5’s Yusuke, the mysterious artist, with our guide that dives into his personality, skills, and how he fits into the story.

Persona 5 Yusuke: Yusuke from Dancing in Starlight drop-shadowed on a red PT background

If there’s one thing Persona 5 has, it’s enigmatic characters that beg you to learn more about them. One of these is Persona 5’s Yusuke, a high school student with an immense passion for art. Of course, there’s a bit more to him than that, which is why in our Yusuke guide, we take a deep dive into his psyche, so we can tell you what this character is all about, how he fares in combat, and more.

If you want to know more about Persona 5’s Joker, check out our guide. We also take a look at other members of the cast with our Persona 5 Morgana, Persona 5 Ann, Persona 5 Makoto, and Persona 5 Futaba content. Or, to learn more about other people from this JRPG universe, check out our Persona 5 characters list.

Anyway, here’s all you need to know about Persona 5’s Yusuke.

Persona 5 Yusuke loading screen

Who is Persona 5’s Yusuke?

Yusuke Kitagawa is a student at Kosei High School, where he has a focus on the arts. He’s not a founding member of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, but he soon joins the ragtag group after he discovers the unfortunate truth of his upbringing. You see, the famous painter Ichiryusai Madarame raised Yusuke as the poor boy’s mother died when he was three. For the longest time, he believed that Madarame did all he could for him, especially as his guardian became his art tutor.

Unfortunately, Madarame has an ulterior motive for his involvement in Yusuke’s upbringing, and that’s to exhibit his artwork with the young man’s name. Not only that, but the man is incredibly abusive and neglectful. The Phantom Thieves of Hearts give Yusuke the chance to pave his own way as Fox, and in essence, take his life back.

What is Yusuke’s personality?

It goes without saying that art encompasses who Yusuke is, though this makes him a very perceptive individual, albeit quite eccentric, if you ask us, his quirks add to his unique charm. Furthermore, Yusuke is one of the more level-headed members of the team, and never succumbs to fear or nerves, mainly because he doesn’t see the point, and we have to respect that.

However, by nature, he’s quite a stern individual, which makes him appear somewhat cold and aloof should people display behaviors he disapproves of, which happens quite frequently if we’re honest.

Persona 5's Yusuke painting

What are Yusuke’s skills?

Besides his fabulous artistic capabilities, Yusuke favors katanas and assault rifles when it comes to combat, feels safe to say he likes the bigger things in life, but equally, it might just be because katanas are cool, and assault rifles get the job done.

Yusuke’s Persona is Goemon, based on Ishikawa Goemon, a famous Japanese outlaw. The figure became known as a sort of ‘Robin Hood’, having stories passed down through generations. The element associated with this Persona is Bufu, also known as ice. Goemon has a mostly physical moveset, however. Yusuke packs the biggest punch out of all the Phantom Thieves due to having the highest physical stat on top of Goemon’s moves.

While we’re on the topic of skills, let’s look at Yusuke’s confidant arcana. He signifies the Emperor and can unlock some pretty handy talents as you rank up his confidant level, like the duplication of skill cards of all levels.

What games does Yusuke appear in?

Yusuke appears in the following games:

  • Persona 5
  • Persona 5 Royal
  • Persona 5 Strikers
  • Persona 5 Tactica
  • Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
  • Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight
  • Lord of Vermilion Re:3
  • Chain Chronicle
  • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
  • Granblue Fantasy
  • Puyo Puyo!! Quest
  • Identity V
  • Catherine: Full Body
  • Kyoutou Kotoba RPG
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Star Ocean: Anamnesis
  • Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag
  • Sword Art Online: Integral Factor
  • NieR Reincarnation

There you have it, everything you need to know about Persona 5’s Yusuke. Check out his other appearances in our Persona 5 Tactica review and Persona 5 Strikers Switch review. We also have a list of the best anime games, if you’re after something to play right now.