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Overview:
  • Estimated trophy difficulty: 4/10 (Platinum Difficulty Poll)
  • Offline trophies: 49 (38, 7, 3, 1)
  • Online trophies: 0
  • Approximate amount of time to platinum: 120-140 Hours (Estimated Time to Platinum)
  • Minimum number of playthroughs: 2
  • Number of missable trophies: Numerous (refer to the guide below)
  • Glitched trophies: 0
  • Does difficulty affect trophies?: No
 

Introduction:

Of all the games in this day and age of video games that really needed a remake, Persona 3 is one of them. And by remake, we mean a proper remake.

Persona 3 Reload is effectively the original Persona 3 story (which is perhaps one of the best Persona stories), that plays a bit like Persona 4 Golden, with the visuals of Persona 5 (with a load of its new mechanics too).

And the best bit with Persona 3 Reload is that there’s all new content (from Linked Episodes and Monad Doors) and a reworked and less grindy Tartarus, to fully-voiced Social Links and some expanded story bits with Strega. It’s the very definition of an excellent remake. And the list isn’t bad either.

 

Walkthrough:

Now, first of all, let’s start with the great news. In P3R there is no luck based fusion accident trophy! Woo! In fact, the whole list is infinitely easier than most Persona lists - and is 1,000 times easier than Persona 3 Portable. And that’s down to a few reasons:

  • No 100% Persona Compendium trophy (which we do actually enjoy, usually);
  • No trophy for defeating Elizabeth;
  • No Margaret trophy either.

So, without those 3 trophies, the game is actually a fairly easy platinum. That said, you will still need to defeat the Reaper, but the truth is Persona 3 Reload’s version of the Reaper is infinitely easier than it was in Persona 3 Portable too. 

Also, while we said easy, it should be noted that it’s still as time consuming as previous games, thanks to the trademark “Max out all Social Links” trophy (i.e. A Legacy of Friendships trophy_gold.png). That, along with the Peak Performance trophy_silver.png trophy effectively means that you’ll need 2 playthroughs (especially if you want to see all the new content, like the Linked Episodes, which will take up in-game time, but are totally worth it on your first playthrough).
 

Playthrough 1 - Main playthrough

So, let’s talk about your first playthrough, then, which should be the playthrough where you essentially enjoy what Persona 3 Reload has to offer. And by that, I mean, you get to do what you want, without sticking to a strict schedule of events. 

So, we’d recommend doing all the aforementioned Linked Episodes (you get a new Persona to fuse for doing them too), doing your favourite Social Links and generally spending time building up your Social Stats. You’ll have enough time to do that and more.

The only thing that I do need to mention that are kind of easy to miss is the following:

  • Make sure you use Shinjiro Aragaki’s Theurgy in September/October when he joins the team.
  • Accept 5 invitations to hang out.
  • And be a pacifist on the 31st December.

Do all that, make sure you make out all your Social Stats, and you should naturally get all but one of the trophies - which we’ve broken down into categories below, so you can easily track them.

Story Trophies

** = Missable

Tartarus Trophies

School Life Trophies

Velvet Room Trophies

 

Playthrough 2 - All Social Links Playthrough

In your first playthrough, you should have all but one of the trophies, then, with that trophy being A Legacy of Friendships trophy_gold.png (Maxed out all Social Links), meaning that this runthrough is all about that. That means in this playthrough you should neglect everything that doesn’t work towards this trophy. So, no dates with romance interests, no Linked Episodes, nothing.

Everything in this playthrough should be about Social Links. In the guide for A Legacy of Friendships trophy_gold.png we’ve prepared your basis for this playthrough to make sure you get everything. We've prepared a monster in-depth day-by-day guide to guarantee you this achievement, so do check that out here:

Depending on whether you fast-forward the text in this playthrough will depend on how long it takes you. Thankfully though, in Persona 3 Reload (unlike Persona 3 Portable), the main character’s player level carries over to New Game Plus, so you should be able to blitz through Tartarus in a fraction of the time it took you originally (and thanks to the new Great Door mechanic, you can drag your teammates up to your level too).

 

Conclusion:

And there we have it, folks, perhaps one of the easier Persona lists in quite some time - which is actually par for the course when it comes to P Studio with iterative versions of previous games, because if you cast your mind back, Persona 5 Royal’s trophy list was infinitely easier than Persona 5’s was.

While it will still take a good 100+ hours to get the platinum, you won’t have to intricately prepare for some tough boss fights like you had to do in Persona 3 Portable. In all though, it’s an enjoyable list, and more importantly, it’s a bloody good remake!

Persona 3 Reload Trophy Guide

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  • Acquired all trophies.

    Get all 48 Persona 3 Reload trophies and you will indeed become the most remarkable guest, and have a lovely platinum to show for it. 
  • Obtained 10 Major Arcana during Shuffle Time.

    When you trigger a One More (by targeting a weakness or landing a crit) during a fight with Shadows in Tartarus, you can get a Shuffle Time card game at the end of the fight, to choose a bonus reward - if you end the fight with an All-Out Attack, you’re guaranteed one.

    A short way into the game you’ll learn about Major Arcanas, which are a new mechanic introduced in Persona 3 Reload. Major Arcana cards are extra special cards you can pick up during Shuffle Time that give you great temporary Tartarus boosts or permanent rewards. They can give you the valuable Homunculus, a bonus XP boost for every battle in your current Tartarus visit, they can boost your All-Out Attack damage temporarily, boost your Personas stats, and so on.

    The best way to get Major Arcana cards to appear is to take on rare enemies (red flaming Shadows) and take down Monad Door bosses - if you end with an All-Out Attack, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get one.

    Get 10 of these Major Arcana cards (cumulative) and you'll unlock ‘The Fool's Journey’ trophy.
  • Invited Elizabeth to your room.

    On Sunday, May 10th, you’ll be able to start completing requests for rewards from Elizabeth, who stands outside the Velvet Room door in Paulownia Mall - you can also accept and hand them in when she’s stood next to the door in Tartarus too.

    After certain milestones of completed requests (or completing certain quests, we couldn’t quite work this one out), Elizabeth will ask you to accompany her to a variety of different locations. There are 5 events in all. All tied to request milestones, and the requests themselves. 

    The first request to show her around Paulownia Mall which took place after our 14th request. The Iwatodai Station visit popped after our 30th request; the Naganaki Shrine was around 45 completed requests; and the Gekkoukan High was around 67 completed requests.

    The final one, which is tied to this trophy, became available for us after clearing 81 requests, and after the event has finished, you’ll not only get the Tyrant’s Horn, which allows you to fuse Lucifer, but you’ll also unlock the ‘Distinguished Visitor’ trophy too.

    For more assistance with Elizbeth and her requests, check out our Persona 3 Reload: All Elizabeth requests and how to complete them guide.

  • Aced an exam.

    Throughout the school year you’ll come across exam weeks, where instead of spending the week chasing Shadows and building Social Links, you’ll just be putting into practice everything you learned in the school term. There are 4 exam periods you’ll have to contend with: middle of May, middle of July, middle of October and the middle of December.

    While you won’t be able to finish top of your class for the May midterms, you can easily achieve that come the finals that take place in July. 

    In order to finish top of your class, you need to raise your Academics Social Stat to 6, as well as getting all the answers correct in a specific set of exams. If you do that, a few days later you’ll get the results and you’ll be top of the class, and unlock the aptly named ‘Top of the Class’ trophy. Make sure to speak to Mitsuru for your reward too, as she’ll give you a batch of Incense cards, to help boost your (or your teammates’) Persona skills.

    If you need the answers to the exam week questions, and all the other classroom questions, then check out our Persona 3 Reload: All Exam Answers and Classroom Answers guide.
  • Maxed out all Social Links.

    Persona 3 Reload is a bit of an anomaly when it comes to Persona trophy lists. There’s no Persona fusion accident trophy (yay), there’s no Persona Compendium trophy (boo), but there’s one thing that’s always present: the max out all Social Links trophy.

    Now, when it comes to the original Persona 3, because of a lack of evening Social Links, and there being 18 daytime Social Links, it was notoriously difficult to do all Social Links in one run. 

    However, thanks to the slightly reworked Social Links in Persona 3 Reload, and the fact that you can now help advance limbo Social Links (that aren’t at the level up stage) in the evenings is a life saver. And that’s even including the new Aigis Social Link in January.

    So, with a bit of planning, and an understanding of all the mechanics, you should be good, as long as you don’t waste too much time. If you're looking for a day-to-day max Social Link guide, then head through the link below. However, if you're looking for more general tips and assistance, then carry on past the link. How you do it is entirely up to you.

    As is always the case, save this for your second playthrough (when you’ve maxed out all your Social Stats) and take heed of this advice, and you should be good:

    • As is always the case, have a Persona of the same arcana with you to get a boost (i.e. if you're doing Yuko, have a Strength Persona with you, and so on).
    • School days should be exclusively saved for school friends.
    • The week off before exams is when you focus on your non-school friend Social Links (Maiko, Maya, the Elderly Couple, and so on).
    • Don't do Sunday dates with friends unless a.) You have a school friend Social Link in limbo (and not ready to rank up); and b.) You've literally got nothing else to do.
    • As of June 16th, you'll be able to do activities on some nights in the dorm with squadmates, which will not only unlock Combat Characteristics, but will also give you a +1 boost in their respective Social Link.
    • Similarly, from November 15th, you can buy Dating Site Notes from the Informant in Club Escapade, for 3,000 yen which gives a +2 to a Social Link of your choosing.
    • On days when you have no Social Links, visit the Naganaki Shrine and get relationship fortunes on relationships not ready to level up.
    • If you mess up a Social Link, through dialogue choices or choose the wrong Social Link on the wrong day, make use of the new Rewind function to retry that day.
    • During special events (like Christmas Eve), you can actually turn down any invites and just resume the day as normal and work on Social Links.
    • Be aware that some months are pretty much complete write-offs. For example, August is during the school holidays, and that will be chock full of various events that will eat up a considerable amount of time.
    • Mitsuru’s Social Link can be worked on during the week before exams.
    • And finally, walking Koromaru can mean bumps for other Social Links while out on your walk i.e. you can bump into Kenji while walking the dog, or you can go with another teammate and get a boost there. If you do go on a walk and don’t get the desired teammate/encounter, then take advantage of the Rewind function.

    And then, on top of that, in order to assist with this trophy we’ve prepared a ton of supplementary guides, which can be found here:

  • Unlocked all Social Links.

    There are 21 Social Links in Persona 3 Reload - the same as the original, plus one extra (belonging to Aigis). So, in order to start all 21, you’re going to need to a.) first continue the game into January and chase after the true ending (Aigis’ Social Link starts on January 8th); and b.) progress certain Social Links to certain levels to unlock other Social Links.

    Those in question that you need to level up to discover other Social Links are:

    1. Temperance Social Link - Reach rank 3 of the Hierophant Social Link to learn about this Social Link.
    2. Justice Social Link - Joining the Student Council (Emperor Social Link) and then speaking to Chihiro 5 times outside the Student Council Room starts this link.
    3. Strength Social Link) - Offer to walk home together with Yuko after reaching level 2 of the Chariot Social Link, eventually she’ll agree.
    4. Devil Social Link - Reach Rank 4 in Hermit Social Link to learn about the Devil Social Link.
    5. Sun Social Link - Get the Hanged Social Link to level 3 to trigger Akinari to appear at the Shrine on Sundays
    6. Tower Social Link - When you reach Strength level 4 or Chariot level 3, speak to Yuko who will mention a monk at the nightclub.
    7. Moon Social Link - Get Kenji (Magician) to at least rank 3 and then speak to him in class, around September 22nd, to learn about the Moon Social Link.
    We have a full rundown in our Persona 3 Reload - Social Link Start Dates guide if you need more details on which Social Links you can start and when. But basically, start all 21 Social Links and you’ll unlock the ‘People Person’ trophy.
  • Nurtured a romance.

    As is always the case with Persona games, in Persona 3 Reload you can “romance” a number of different characters. This is done by not only spending time with them, but generally being supportive and nice.

    Relationships happen towards the end of the Social Link, and you’ll always get a pop up saying something like, “be careful, choose your words wisely” when you’re on the brink of getting into a relationship and nurturing a romance. For instance, with Yuko, the Team Manager, this will happen as soon as you’ve ranked up her Social Link to level 9. Once you do, you’ll be out at Chagall Coffee and you’ll have the choice of saying “I love you” or saying you like her as a friend.

    Confess your love and the ‘That Special Someone’ trophy will unlock. It doesn’t matter who this is with (you can romance Yuko, Chihiro, Fuuka, Yukari, Mitsuru, Aigis… and even Elizabeth, kind of), and yes, you can date all of them at the same time if you like.
  • Maxed out one Social Link.

    Story-related, cannot miss.

    There are 22 Social Links in Persona 3 Reload - like the original game - and of those 22, 3 of them are tied to the story. So, yes, that makes the ‘Unbreakable Link’ trophy unmissable - which you’ll unlock automatically on Wednesday 4th November (if you haven’t done so already). 

    That said, you will need to max out all 22 in one playthrough for A Legacy of Friendships trophy_gold.png, so do bear that in mind for your second playthrough.

  • Obtained 10 Personas during Shuffle Time.

    If you land a One More during a fight with Shadows while in Tartarus in Persona 3 Reload, there's a possibility that at the end of a fight you can trigger a “Shuffle” - if you end the fight with an All-Out Attack you are guaranteed to get a Shuffle.

    The Shuffle segment of Persona 3 Reload has always been a staple of the various Persona 3 games and allows you to pick from one of a few cards to give you end-of-fight bonuses. These bonuses range from more XP from the fight to more money. There will be the odd occasion, though, that you can select Personas to add to your crew of fighters.

    To unlock ‘The Power of Choice’ trophy you'll need to choose 10 Personas during Shuffle, which you'll want to do with new Personas anyway, as it's the best way to fill out your Persona Compendium.
  • Performed a Shift.

    This is technically story-related and unmissable, as it serves as part of the tutorial part of the game, but basically, when you get to the 6th floor of Tartarus in Thebel, you’ll get taught the “Shift” mechanic - which to Persona veterans is basically P3R’s “Baton Pass.”

    A Shift allows you to pass the turn onto another party member when you hit a weakness and trigger a “One More.” This is a handy way to down all the enemies who have different elemental weaknesses in one turn, meaning you’ll be able to perform more “All Out Attacks.” Once you’ve performed your first shift, this trophy will unlock.

  • Used all teammates' Theurgy.

    **Missable**

    On the 13th June, you’ll get introduced to one of Persona 3 Reload’s new mechanics: Theurgy attacks, which are, effectively, signature/special moves that you can unleash after you’ve filled your Theurgy gauge.

    Now, while it’s not possible to miss teammates in Persona 3 Reload - they join the team automatically - there is one specific instance of a team member temporarily joining the team. You need to make sure you use their Theurgy before they leave the team, then. Thus, making this trophy missable.

    I am, of course, talking about Shinjiro Aragaki, who joins the team on September 2nd for a couple of months. 

    So, in order to unlock ‘The Strength of our Hearts’ trophy, make sure you’ve used all your teammates’ Theurgy abilities. Those teammates being:

    • Yukari
    • Yunpei
    • Akihiko
    • Mitsuru
    • Fuuka
    • Koromaru
    • Ken
    • Shinjiro

    Do all 8 and you’re golden.

  • Rescued a missing person.

    On June 18th, Elizabeth will call you on your cell phone and ask you to come see her. When you do (which is automatic, by the way, and not optional), she’ll tell you about some missing people who have stumbled into Tartarus and need rescuing.

    The first of the three missing persons (that can be rescued before the third Full Moon event) will be Ayako Yoshimoto, who can be found between floors “48-53” (specifically 50F) before the deadline of July 6th. So, make your way into Tartarus and make your way to the 50th floor, where you’ll find Ayako. As soon as you escort her to the entrance, the ‘Extracurricular Excellence’ trophy will unlock.

    A few things to note here: firstly, I’d wait until after June 26th, and that way you can rescue all 3 missing persons at once (Kenjiro Tsutsumi & Yoshimi Miyama too), all of which need to be saved before July 6th. And secondly, don’t forget to go to the police station after to collect your reward.

    For a full list of Persona 3 Reload’s missing persons and their rewards, check out our supplementary guide through the link.

  • Dealt over 999 damage in a single attack (All-Out Attacks excluded).

    While this might seem like a daunting prospect when you’re dealing 50-100 damage in the lower floors of Tartarus, this is actually quite easily attainable, but you do need to set yourself up for it.

    We achieved this against the Lovers boss during the July 7th Full Moon event. Luckily, we’d played the original enough to know that the first battle was just the appetiser, and as a result, we built up all our Theurgy attacks and saved them for the final showcase against the Lovers boss.

    So, what we did was this:

    • Used Fuuka’s Theurgy move to buff the entire party (accuracy, attack and defence)
    • Then, we used Mitsuru’s Rakunda spell to drop the Lovers’ defences.
    • Before finally using Yunpei’s Theurgy attack against the Lovers boss.

    This landed a hit that did around 1,100 total damage (at level 27). If that doesn’t work for you, the key to this is to basically: debuff the enemy’s defence, buff your attack, and then unleash your signature attack to unlock the ‘Get a Load of Those Numbers!’ trophy.

    There’ll be plenty of opportunities to do this throughout Tartarus too, and by the end of the game we’d done this multiple times, so don’t sweat it too much.

  • Initiated 50 Chance Encounters.

    While you make your way through the many, many, many floors of Tartarus, you’ll face off against Shadows galore. There are a few ways to approach Shadows: you can run at them head on; you can have them attack you (giving them the advantage) and you can attack them unsuspectingly from behind (giving you the advantage).

    Once you’ve “initiated” 50 Chance Encounters with Shadows by hitting them from behind, you’ll unlock the ‘Shrouded Assassin’ trophy.

    Incidentally, if you unlock the Ambush mechanic and fully upgrade it, by reading the Club Escapade’s Informant’s Security Site Note, Assassin Site Note and Ninja Fansite Note (available November 15th), you’ll be able to trigger Chance Encounters by hitting enemies head on - this is definitely worth investing in when it appears later on in the game.

  • Defeated a rare, golden enemy.

    While on the 12th floor of Tartarus, still in Thebel, Mitsuri mentions there being a rare enemy on this floor - this rare enemy is the series staple, the golden hand, Wealth Hand.

    At first the Wealth Hand will run away, but you’ll be able to follow it down a passageway and corner it, thus allowing you to kill it. Just hammer it with melee attacks and eventually you’ll get the best of him and unlock ‘The Thrill of the Hunt’ trophy.

    For future reference, the best way to take down the rare golden Hands as you make your way up Tartarus, is to either a.) Try to inflict Shock, so the next attack is a critical; b.) Try to inflict Freeze, so the next attack is also critical; or c.) Use Rebellion or the like, to raise your crit chance. Then, when it's down, you can All-Out Attack it to deadly effect.

  • Performed 50 All-Out Attacks.

    The key to success in all Persona games is to perform All-Out Attacks. You can perform All-Out Attacks once you've downed all the enemies you're facing off against - you down an enemy by either triggering their weakness or landing a critical attack.

    When all the enemies are down, you can hit the cross.png button to perform an All-Out Attack. That said, if the person you're attacking with has a status ailment, they won’t be able to initiate an All-Out Attack. On top of that, if another party member has a status ailment, but the character who downs the last character does not, you can still perform an attack without them, but it will do less damage than a full strength All-Out Attack, obviously.

    Simply perform 50 All-Out Attacks and the ‘Making the Dream Work’ trophy will unlock.
  • Discovered and conquered 10 Monad doors.

    New to Persona 3 in Persona 3 Reload are what P Studio calls “Monad Doors.” Monad Doors are effectively tough boss rooms that can be found within Tartarus. Heading into one and defeating the tough-ish bosses will grant you access to the two treasure chests at the back of the internal structure, which usually contain crafting materials like gems and base materials for the game’s weapon crafting.

    You’ll do your first one on the 80th floor, and get a tutorial/introduction of sorts, but as of that point, you’re on your own for these entirely optional doorways. 

    You’ll usually find one every 3-5 floors (we hit our 10th on the 131st floor), and once you’ve found and cleared your 10th, you’ll unlock the ‘Glimpse of the Depths’ trophy.

  • Opened 50 treasure chests.

    As you make your way through Tartarus you'll stumble upon a whole host of different treasure chests. There are your bog standard chests that you can open as soon as you stumble upon them; there are the rarer ones that Mitsuru or Fuuka will point out; and then you have the locked chests that require Twilight Fragments to unlock them.

    Simply open 50 treasure chests of any variety and the ‘Briefcase Burglar’ trophy is all yours.
  • Used a total of 50 Twilight Fragments.

    Twilight Fragments in Persona 3 Reload are brand new to the series, and are one of the new tweaks to the original Persona 3 games.

    Twilight Fragments are effectively chest keys, although some of these specially locked chests will require more than one Twilight Fragment to open them.

    In the early months of Persona 3 Reload you’ll find these twinkling fragments all over Tatsumi Port Island. You can find them by benches, on the roof of the dorms, and so on. These are finite supplies though. In order to get your hand on enough of them to open all the treasure chests, you’ll need to complete Social Links and certain requests for Elizabeth, as well as find cats in Tartarus. Yes, cats.

    From May 10th, Elizabeth will start rewarding you with Twilight Fragments for Social Links - don’t worry, they’re backdated, so if you’ve done 10 before May 10th, you’ll get a nice healthy batch of them on May 10th. This will give you a steady supply of them moving forwards.

    Once you’ve used 50 Twilight Fragments on chests, you’ll unlock the ‘Shattered Plumes’ trophy. We’ve prepared a couple of supplementary guides too, that a.) reveal the best places to get Twilight Fragments; and also, b.) where you can find the ones dotted around town.

  • Encountered a Dark Zone in Tartarus.

    As you trek through Tartarus’ 250+ floors, on occasion you’ll come across a floor shrouded in darkness called the Dark Zone. These floors have limited visibility - not just for you, but for Shadows too - and have objects you can destroy to get Twilight Fragments.

    While you’ll encounter one on the 121st floor - in a tutorial of sorts - this won’t count towards this trophy. You’ll just have to keep climbing Tartarus until you encounter one. It took us 170 floors until we hit our first one outside of the tutorial, and this was actually a floor we’d already been to (we exited via a teleporter to save at the entrance, and then when we went back, it was shrouded in darkness).

    Encounter your first Dark Zone outside of the tutorial, and ‘The Horror of the Shade’ trophy is all yours.
  • Defeated the Reaper.

    Good news, folks. The Reaper boss fight in Persona 3 Reload is more akin to Persona 5 Royal’s Reaper boss fight than it is to Persona 3 Portable’s (which was bloody tricky).

    That's not to say it's easy - it's not - but it relies less on luck and preparation than it was way back when. The key aspects are:

    • Make sure you're at least level 80 before attempting this boss fight - the higher the level, the better.
    • Have a healer (Yukari) with Amrita Shower.
    • Have all your Theurgy gauges maxed.
    • Have Ambush ready to unleash.
    • Pop Sylphid Aura before you go into battle.

    So, in order to get the Reaper to spawn, just stay still (or on the same floor) for around 4 minutes. You'll get a heads-up from Fuuka before it spawns as well as when it spawns too. 

    When it spawns, bolt straight for it, using the aforementioned Ambush attack (to guarantee you the first move and advantage in the fight), which is when you want to pop all 5 Theurgy attacks (with Fuuka going first to bolster your party).

    In terms of the Reaper itself, it has no weaknesses or resistances, has a good 20,000 plus health, and will most certainly attack your party weaknesses. On top of that, it's going to inflict Fear (which can make party members run away if you don't deal with it) as well as Confusion (which will waste your turns).

    If you defeat the Reaper, you'll not only get the Bloody Button (which is for one of Persona 3 Reload Elizabeth requests) but you'll also get a whopping 400,000+ XP as well as the ‘Reaper Reaped’ trophy.

    If you need more assistance, we've prepared a more in-depth guide for that to assist further:

  • Performed a Dyad Fusion.

    A Dyad Fusion in Persona 3 Reload is essentially your bog standard Persona fusion where you select one Persona to fuse with another Persona. 

    While in the Velvet Room, speak to Igor about fusing Personas, and then go to Fusion, and then Dyad Fusion.

    In a Dyad Fusion you first need to select a Persona, and then select another Persona to fuse with it. Once you've accepted the fuse and fused the new Persona, ‘The First of Many’ trophy will pop.

  • Performed a fusion with three or more Personas.

    To unlock the ‘Fusion Artisan’ trophy you need to head to the Velvet Room and speak with Igor about fusing a Persona. 

    Once you've selected Fuse Persona, go to Fusion and then Special Fusion. In that menu you'll find all the game's three or more Persona fusions - and you’ll unlock more as you progress.

    The first one you'll be able to perform is at level 15. If you have an Angel, Silky and Unicorn (either on you, or in your Compendium), you'll then be able to fuse Fortuna.

    Perform one of these special fusions and the ‘Fusion Artisan’ trophy will be all yours.

  • Obtained an item from a Persona Conception.

    In Persona 3 Portable, when you'd level up certain Personas who have a jewel item symbol on their stats card, you'd get a skill card. However, in Persona 3 Reload, that system has been tweaked somewhat. 

    Now, when you level up a special Persona who houses an item in Persona 3 Reload, you’ll unlock special items that can be used to buy some of the game’s ultimate weapons from Mayoido Antiques and the like.

    For instance, once you’ve found an Ergotite Chunk in Tartarus, you can trade that along with 5 Garnets and 2 Soul Sea Drops to create Yukari’s powerful mid-game Calamity Bow - that has an attack power of 260 and has a medium chance of inflicting a random ailment. In fact, most of the game’s legendary weapons and key items will require the item from a Persona Conception (as the game calls it).

    To get the ‘Birthday Present' trophy, though, you simply need to find a Persona with an item, and then raise them enough levels until you unlock it. You don’t need to make an ultimate weapon, you just need to get their item. If you’ve stacked out some Social Links to level 10, then fusing lower level Personas of that arcana is very likely to get the item without you doing all too much, so not too much trouble for this one, in truth.

  • Fused Messiah.

    Messiah is the highest level Persona you can fuse in Persona 3 Reload (as it was in the original). You will unlock the ability to fuse Messiah once you've maxed out the Judgement Social Link (the Nyx Annihilation Team) when you reach the relative top of Tartarus (floor 256). That means, then, that yes, you will need to be on the path to the good ending for this one - which you should do every time, to be fair.

    To fuse Messiah, you need to be level 93, and fuse together Thanatos with Orpheus, to create the main character’s ultimate and true Persona, Messiah. While Orpheus is your starting Persona, to fuse Thanatos, you’ll need to fuse the following:

    • Pisaca
    • Pale Rider (Special Fusion)
    • Loa
    • Samuel
    • Mot
    • Alice (Special Fusion)

    Fuse all those to create Thanatos, and then fuse it with an Orpheus to get Messiah and the ‘Path to Salvation’ trophy is all yours.

  • Triggered a skill change during fusion.

    While in the Velvet Room in Persona 3 Reload, when you are fusing multiple Personas together (I say multiple, but this usually only happens with 2 in our experience), there’ll be a chance that a change can occur in the fusion.

    No, we’re not talking about a fusion accident (thankfully), we’re talking about skills changing. The good news with this is that it’s your choice whether you accept them or not, and this isn’t forced upon you like the fusion accident is.

    This is great, because I’m not sure I’ve ever had a good outcome from accepting a skill change, in truth. In short, what it does is completely change the skill. And when I say completely, I mean completely. This isn’t a case of upgrading a Zio to a Zionga, Oh no, this could turn a Zio into an Invigorate 1 or a Resist Confuse.

    So, do this once, get the ‘Tempting Fate’ trophy, and then never do it again. Unless it’s offering to change skills that are useless for that Persona.
  • Harvested a crop that you grew with a teammate.

    On June 16th, Mitsuru will give you a tour of the dormitory… which seems rather redundant, considering you’ve been living there for more than a few months by this point. However, it’s anything but redundant!

    It’s here where you’ll learn a few more things that you can do to spend your evenings wisely, like cooking, reading, watching DVDs and gardening with teammates. Perhaps the best of them all, is that you can garden with teammates, and when you do, it boosts the productivity of your veggie garden.

    For instance, if you buy the Soul Spinach Sprouts from Rafflesia for 1,200 yen and plant them on your own, you’ll get 3 items that restore 30 SP to 1 ally (really helpful items if you want to do a block of Tartarus in one sitting), but if you do them with Aigis and/or Fuuka as well, you’ll get a bumper crop.

    On top of your original batch, if you do it with Aigis, you get 2 x Leafy Soul Spinach, which restores 30 SP to all allies; and if you do it with Fuuka, you get 2 x Large Soul Spinach, which restores 50 SP to 1 ally. If you do it with both, you get the lot!

    So, when you see an opportunity to speak to Fuuka or Aigis at the bottom of the stairs, and have already planted some crops, then agree to let them help. Not only will you get a bumper harvest, but you’ll also get the ‘Eat Your Veggies, Peas!’ trophy too.

    For more assistance on Persona 3 Reload's gardening and where to get seedlings, head through the link to our supplementary guide.
  • Earned over a total of 50,000 yen from part-time jobs.

    On your first playthrough money might be a little hard to come by early on. So, taking one of the game's part-time jobs is a sure fire way to not only earn some decent cash, but also you'll be able to earn yourself some nice Social Stat boosts.

    On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings you can work at Chagall Cafe in Paulownia Mall and not only earn 2,500 yen per shift, but you can also earn +1 Charm and +1 Courage. You'll also sometimes get a cash bonus depending on how busy the cafe is.

    Alternatively, on days you have off from school, you can work at the Screen Shot Movie Theater in Port Island Station and earn 5,000 yen a shift. On top of that, you'll also get +1 Courage and +1 Academics too.

    And finally, you can also work at Be Blue V when it opens on July 22nd. Here you can earn 3,500 yen (Monday to Friday, during the day) and boost Charm and Academics (both +1).

    So, simply attend enough days of work to amass 50,000 yen and ‘The Grind Mindset’ trophy will unlock.

  • Maxed out one Social Stat.

    There are three Social Stats in Persona 3 Reload: Academics, Courage and Charm. These Social Stats will dictate what you’re able to do around town, whether that’s join certain clubs or start Social Links with various characters.

    There are numerous ways to raise your Social Stats, whether that’s doing well at school, eating certain foods, working at various part-time jobs, and so on. Once one of those Social Stats reaches level 6, you’ll max it out and thus unlock the ‘Specialist’ trophy.

    The easiest one to max out is your Courage, as both Charm and Academics seem to have a much higher threshold per level - especially Academics. As for the best way to raise Social Stats and the various ways (and times) you can do it, check out our Persona 3 Reload: Best way to raise Social Stats guide.

  • Maxed out all Social Stats.

    As we mentioned in the Specialist trophy_bronze.png trophy, Persona 3 Reload has 3 core Social Stat skills: Academics, Courage and Charm. These 3 Social Stats gatekeeper a number of areas and various events throughout the game, like getting into Club Escapade, or starting a Social Link with Mitsuru. In order to get the ‘Peak Performance’ trophy, then, you need to max out all of the 3 Social Stats i.e. get them all to level 6.

    This is no easy feat, and will require some pretty intense dedication - especially when the temptation of Social Links are there to vie for your time. That said, we were all maxed out by the middle of August (during Summer School), leaving us the rest of the year to concentrate on Social Links. As we said in the intro, though, it’s nigh on impossible without a day-by-day guide to do all Social Links and max out your Social Stats in one playthrough, and it’s not worth the stress, in truth. So, as we said, use the first playthrough to concentrate on your Social Skills.

    If you’re looking for the best way to max them out? Well, as long as you’re getting 2 Social Skill points per activity, your time is being spent wisely. If you have enough money you can visit Wakatsu Kitchen (+2 Academics), Hagakure Ramen (+2 Charm) and take on Wilduck Burger’s Mystery Burger challenge at night (+2 Courage). Alternatively, you can use the Arcade in Paulownia Mall to boost whatever you need.

    If you want to earn money and get Social Stat points, then work at the Screen Shot Movie Theater (on days off), the Chagall Cafe (on Mon-Weds) and Be Blue V in the daytime during the holidays. All three of those give you 2 Social Stat points (+1 in two disciplines).

    For more assistance on what to do, when to do it, how much it costs, and also other ways to boost the Social Stats quickly, check out our Persona 3 Reload: Best way to level up Social Stats guide.

  • Spent an evening in the dorm with a teammate.

    When you return to the dorm on June 16th, Mitsuru will give you a proper tour of the dorms - better late than never, I suppose! This short sequence will unlock various activities around the dormitory that you can do with your squadmates. 

    From June 16th, then, you’ll be able to read manga with Junpei (boosts Courage); watch a DVD with Yukari (boosts Charm); cook with Mitsuru and grow veggies with Fuutaba, and so much more. 

    Do this once and you’ll not only get the benefits from the task you’re performing, but you’ll also unlock the ‘Dorm Life’ trophy. Do this multiple times per teammate, and you can even unlock one of Persona 3 Reload’s Combat Characteristics for them, which can significantly improve their combat effectiveness.

  • Ordered from a secret menu at the Iwatodai strip mall at night.

    If you head to the Iwatodai Strip Mall on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday nights, and then head to the second floor and go to Wakatsu Kitchen, you'll be able to access the special menu.

    The secret menu will allow you to buy the Seafood Full Course dish for 900 yen. While it gives you the same +2 Academics bonus that the Prodigy Platter does for more money, you'll at least get the ‘Gourmand’ trophy out of it. So, not a bad trade off, in all.

  • Nursed a cat back to full health.

    When you get into July, specifically around July 9th, our blue clad Velvet Room hostess, Elizabeth, will have yet another batch of requests for you to complete. After speaking to her down the back alley in the Paulownia Mall after July 9th, you'll be able to accept request #42, titled, “Please feed the cat.”

    In order to feed the cat, you first need cat food. So, firstly, head over to Aohige Pharmacy in Paulownia Mall and buy 4 x Super Cat Food for 700 yen each. Yes, 4.

    Then, when you have that, head on over to the Port Island Station, specifically to the Station Outskirts, where you’ll find a “Weak Cat.”

    Give the cat one of your Super Cat Foods, and then return on 3 other separate days to do exactly the same. Once you've fed the cat 4 times, the cat will be satisfied and on the mend, thankfully. Once he's satisfied, the ‘Benevolent Purrfactor’ will unlock.

    It should be noted that you can only feed the cat once you have accepted the request from Elizabeth.

    For help on this request and more, check out our Persona 3 Reload: All Elizabeth requests and how to complete them guide.

  • Accepted an invitation to hang out five times.

    On Sundays (and days off), before the day kicks off your character will sit on the edge of his bed and text messages will fly in. These text messages will be from friends who want to hangout. Accept 5 of these requests and you’ll unlock the ‘In High Demand’ trophy.

    Incidentally, if the person messages you is the person you are dating, this is the only place to give gifts out.

    It’s also recommended to do this on your first playthrough, because for the most-part, these events are pretty useless if your Social Link is ready to rank up (as you can’t rank up during a hang out).

  • Unlocked access to the remaining Major Arcana.

    On the 91st floor of Tartarus, after you’ve fought the boss, instead of heading up the stairs to the border level (level 92), head to the right and you’ll come across another Monad Door - this one, however, is known as a Monad Passage (Elizabeth will give you a request when you’ve beaten your first Monad Door on the 80th floor).

    To get access to the remaining Major Arcana (with you getting other Major Arcana tarot cards from the in-game Full Moon bosses), you need to beat the two bosses in the Monad Passage. 

    Once you have, you’ll be able to open the chest at the end of the short level, which rewards you with two things:

    • Temperance Tarot - which adds the Temperance Major Arcana card during Shuffle Time. The Temperance Card will increase the next Academics, Courage or Charm activity the next time you perform that activity.
    • Book of Samech - which will increase the number of Major Arcana cards you can get in one day (i.e. one trip to Tartarus).

    On top of that, you’ll also unlock the ‘Beyond the Darkness’ trophy. So, win-win-win.

  • Unlocked a teammate's Combat Characteristic.

    New to Persona 3 in Persona 3 Reload are the Theurgy attacks, which are signature attacks that can be unleashed when you’ve filled a character’s Theurgy gauge. Also new to Persona 3 thanks to Reload are evening events at the student dorms that are introduced on Tuesday 16th June. While they’re not necessarily linked… bear with us, and we’ll get to why they are…

    These evening events involve doing an activity with a teammate. They can be cooking in the kitchen, watching a DVD, reading a book or gardening with a friend. If you do enough of these activities with one person (like watching 3 DVDs with Yukari), you’ll unlock a “Combat Characteristic” - which is a bonus passive effect that, in the case of Yukari, directly ties into her Theurgy skill.

    So, for instance… Yukari fills her Theurgy gauge quicker when she performs healing actions. With the Combat Characteristic for watching 3 DVDs with her (or cooking 3 times), she becomes a “Healing Master,” and as a result it reduces the SP cost of recovery skills to 50% of their normal cost. Thus, meaning it takes less SP to boost her Theurgy gauge.

    Of course, the effects of each character’s Combat Characteristics differs from each character to the next, but this becomes essential for making Yukari incredibly more efficient.

    Simply unlock one Combat Characteristic and the ‘Through Thick and Thin’ trophy is all yours. As is a powerful ally trait. Not bad, eh?

    For a list of all of Persona 3 Reload’s Combat Characteristics and how to unlock them, head through the link to our guide on that.

  • Acquired every Twilight Fragment in town.

    P Studio decided to do away with chest keys in Persona 3 Reload and replace them with something called Twilight Fragments, and without them, you won’t be able to open the super rare chests you’ll find in Tartarus.

    These twinkling items are rewards for progressing Social Links, completing some of Elizabeth’s requests, they can also be found in Tartarus, are rewards for saving cats (yes, you read that right) and finally, they can be found around town.

    Now, the importance of those found around town can’t be overstated, as they’ll be your only source of Twilight Fragments early on in the game (and for the first month or so). 

    You’ll be able to start collecting the majority of these from April 21st, when you get proper freedom in Tatsumi Port Island. I say the majority, as a few will depend on story advancements, like the one on the Gekkoukan school roof, and the one on the dormitory roof.

    These shiny, twinkling lights can be found all over town, and can be tricky to see sometimes. So much so, we’ve prepared a guide to make sure you can get them all:

    Grab every Twilight Fragment around town and the ‘Eagle Eye’ trophy is all yours.

 

Secret trophies

  • Obtained Orpheus.

    Story-related, cannot miss.

    On Thursday 9th April, when you get back to the dorm, your main character will finally awaken to his persona, Orpheus, while on the roof of the dorm, during what will later be known as the game’s first proper “Full Moon” event.

  • Joined the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad.

    Story-related, cannot miss.

    On Saturday 18th April, in the evening, you’ll have to head up to the 4th floor of the dorm, where you’ll speak to Shuji Ikutsuki and the rest of the dorm’s inhabitants. There, you’ll agree to join SEES (the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad) and this trophy will unlock.
  • Defeated the Priestess.

    Story-related, cannot miss.

    On Saturday 9th May, you’ll partake in your first proper Full Moon event (second, technically), where you and SEES will head to the nearby monorail station to deal with a particularly nasty shadow, the Priestess. Reach the end of the train and defeat the Priestess before the time runs out and this trophy is all yours.
  • Defeated the Empress and Emperor.

    Story-related, cannot miss.

    On Monday 8th June, the third Full Moon event will kick off, and you will have you enter Tartarus looking for a missing student, Fuuka Yamagishi. While you will eventually find Fuuka, you'll also find a ton of trouble in the Empress and Emperor bosses.

    The key to beating the Emperor and Empress is to use Fuuka’s scan ability on both Shadows, and then targeting the weaknesses of them. When both are down, perform an All-Out Attack, and then rinse and repeat.

    If you find yourself unlucky with the RNG and getting a Pierce vulnerable boss with no Pierce abilities/weapons, then just Guard until they perform a Paradigm Shift.

    Defeat both the Empress and Emperor and the ‘Empowered Protector’ trophy is all yours - as is the services of Fuuka Yamagishi.
  • Defeated the Hierophant and the Lovers.

    Story-related, cannot miss.

    On Tuesday 7th July, the fourth Full Moon event will take place, with you and the SEES team making your way down to the hotel district to chase down another large Shadow signal.

    This is one of the more involving Full Moon events so far, as you have to trek through the Champs de Fleurs, hot on the tails of another of the 12. What transpires is that the first boss, the Hierophant, isn’t alone. And once you’ve taken it down, as well as the other Lovers boss, you’ll unlock the ‘Never Toy with Matters of the Heart’ trophy and the Full Moon event will be complete.
  • Defeated the Chariot and Justice.

    Story-related, cannot miss.

    During the fifth Full Moon event, this one taking place on August 6th, you’ll make your way underground in pursuit of this latest Shadow. There, you’ll find both Chariot and Justice, two fairly tanky bosses. 

    The key to this boss fight, though, is easier than it was in Persona 3 Portable (or FES). Here, all you need to do is just use a Theurgy attack to unlink the two bosses when they combine - and every time they do so - and then kill them both in the same turn. As soon as you’ve kissed the pair goodnight, the ‘Armor Disarmed’ trophy is all yours.
  • Defeated the Hermit.

    Story-related, cannot miss.

    On September 5th, you’ll partake in the sixth Full Moon event, where you and SEES will head down to Paulownia Mall to chase after another strong Shadow of the arcana.

    Of all the Full Moon bosses so far, this is perhaps the easiest. If you’re going in with Yukari and Aigis, this might be trickier - as it’s an electric-type boss and those two have electricity weaknesses. It’s possible with both of them in your party, to be fair, as I write this after having just done it with that pair, but if that’s the case, this enemy gets two attacks every turn because it triggers a One More by targeting the weaknesses to electricity you have in your party.

    To defeat the Hermit, just save up your Theurgy attacks for when it’s charging and you’ll make quick work of this chump and unlock the ‘Dodging Lightning’ trophy.
  • Defeated Fortune and Strength.

    Story-related, cannot miss.

    On October 4th, the seventh Full Moon event will get underway, this time with you heading to Port Island Station to take on Fortune and Strength - perhaps one of the more ingenious boss battles when this game first came out, thanks to the roulette wheel of fortune. 

    Take down Strength, then take down Fortune, and once Fortune has taken their last breath, the ‘Twist of Fate’ trophy is all yours. 

    May the luck be with you! Literally!

  • Defeated the Hanged Man.

    Story-related, cannot miss.

    On Tuesday 3rd November, you’ll enter the eighth and final Full Moon event. This time you’ll be heading to the Moonlight Bridge to take down the final Shadow, but of course, you need to get past Strega first.

    For the Strega fight, focus your attention on Jin first, as he’s the weaker of the two to take down, and will stop their coordinated attacks. As long as you’re around a level 55 here, they shouldn’t pose you too much of an issue.

    The key to defeating the Hanged Man itself, is to take down the Statues first, which allows you to attack the main Shadow. Because of the Shift function, this fight is a hell of a lot easier than in Persona 3 Portable. Each of the Statues has a weakness: one is weak to pierce, another is weak to electricity and the last one is weak to ice. Hit their weakness, All-Out Attack, and then rinse and repeat until you’ve taken out all 3. 

    When the Hanged Man is down, go on the offensive - if you have Theurgy attacks, this is the time to use them. The Hanged Man has no weaknesses, but it does repel dark, has resistance to strike damage and nullifies fire, so don’t use them. After a few rounds with the Hanged Man, he’ll summon more Statues whose resistances change (one was weak to wind, another strike and the last one fire for us in the second round). This process repeats until the Hanged Man is nearly dead, basically, with the resistances changing for the Statues on every new summon.

    A few things to note:

    • When his health drops below a certain point, he’ll then cast a spell to give him more actions per turn (Grim Transcendance).
    • If he concentrates, get everyone to Guard.
    • When his health gets even lower, he’ll summon one statue, who is infinitely more powerful than the other 3 combined. This Statue is resistant to everything, so try and inflict Freeze or Shock, to get a crit on your next turn - there is a slim chance of this happening, to be fair, so just try to whittle down its health bar otherwise. The Statue will spam Megidola, so just have Yukari (or your healer) on healing duty every turn. Don’t give into the temptation to use any Theurgy attacks here. Save them for the Hanged Man itself.
    • And finally, if he casts Tetrakan and Provoke, cure the person with Rage before their turn, otherwise they’re a goner.
    And that’s it. Beat the Hanged Man and the ‘A Sense of Finality’ trophy is all yours.
  • Sealed Nyx.

    Story-related, missable.

    In order to make it to the good ending, and unlocking both this and From Shadows into Light trophy_silver.png, you need to make the correct choice on December 31st. That choice is, of course, to choose to save Ryoji, and not kill him. The only way to face Nyx, and thus seal it, is to make it to the top of Tartarus for January 31st, and that’s only possible if you’re a pacifist.

    Then, when you’re at the top of Tartarus, after having beaten the proper endgame boss, Nyx Avatar, you’ll face off against Nyx itself in a scripted boss battle. 

    After a few rounds, and after the main character is energised, you’ll be able to cast the Persona ability, Great Seal, which will not only unlock ‘The Great Seal’ trophy, but will also bring to a close Persona 3 Reload’s main story - well, except the epilogue.
  • Watched the good ending.

    Story-related, missable.

    As we said in The Great Seal trophy_bronze.png trophy guide, in order to get this and that aforementioned trophy, you need to choose to be a pacifist on December 31st, and choose not to kill Ryoji. At that point you’ll head into January, with the main task to fight Nyx on January 31st at the top of Tartarus.

    Once you’ve battled and defeated Nyx, you’ll be thrown back into the open-world for some story-related shenanigans in an epilogue of sorts. It’s at this point of that game that you’ll get to check in with your Social Links, and see out the school year. After a hell of a lot of story and some lengthy credit scenes, you’ll be presented with a post-credits scene, which once finished, will unlock the ‘From Shadows into Light’ trophy. 

    Congrats, you saw the best (and happy) ending.

  • Awakened all teammates' ultimate Personas.

    Story-related, cannot miss.

    On December 30th, in the evening, you’ll have a team meeting of sorts to welcome back Aigis. It’s during this exchange that Aigis will awaken her new ultimate Persona, Athena. 

    Awakening Aigis’ ultimate Persona will be the last teammate who does so, and as soon as she’s done that, the ‘A Newfound Strength’ trophy will unlock.

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Persona 3 Reload Trophy GUIDE FAQ

  • What is the estimated trophy difficulty for Persona 3 Reload?
    The estimated trophy difficulty for Persona 3 Reload is 4/10.
  • How many offline trophies are there in Persona 3 Reload?
    There are 49 offline trophies in Persona 3 Reload.
  • How many online trophies are there in Persona 3 Reload?
    There are 0 online trophies in Persona 3 Reload.
  • How long does it take to get the platinum in Persona 3 Reload?
    The estimated time to get a platinum in Persona 3 Reload is 120-140 hours.
  • How many playthroughs is needed to get a platinum in Persona 3 Reload?
    2.
  • How many missable trophies are there in Persona 3 Reload?
    There are Numerous (refer to the guide) missable trophies in Persona 3 Reload.
  • Does difficulty affect trophies in Persona 3 Reload?
    Difficulty does not affect trophies in Persona 3 Reload.
  • Are there any unobtainable/glitched trophies in Persona 3 Reload?
    There are no unobtainable/glitched trophies in Persona 3 Reload.

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