In Persona 5 Royal, time is limited. Without using a step-by-step guide, it’s nearly impossible to 100% the game in one go, as almost every action you take will make time pass.
However, Persona 5 Royal — an expanded version of Persona 5 that hit PlayStation in 2020 and everywhere else in 2022 — includes some new methods to raise your stats without having to waste time.
Below, we list out ways to increase your stats without wasting time (some of which are from the original game, too).
Buy books and read them during down time
Once you have money to burn, start buying books and reading them during downtime on the train. You can also borrow books from the school’s library. After you rank Kawakami (Temperance) to social link 5, you’ll get opportunities to read during class as well.
Books reward multitudes of different stats, and some books even unlock advanced minigame techniques.
Grab the juice from the Shibuya Underground Walkway every Sunday
Every Sunday, the juice stand in the Shibuya Underground Walkway has a special stat-raising drink to buy for 5,000 yen. You should buy it every week — even if the stat it raises is maxed out — or else a new drink won’t be in stock the next week.
Feed your plant
After cleaning up the attic (an activity that doesn’t make time pass), you’ll unearth a houseplant from the mess. Every 16 days, you can tend to the plant using nutrients you buy from the flower shops. Make sure to tend to the plant before you go on whatever nightly excursion you plan on doing.
Feeding it Bio Nutrients (from the Shibuya Underground Mall) will net you two Kindness points, while feeding it Mega Fertilizer (from the Shinjuku flower shop) will give you three Kindness points.
Answer the school questions correctly
This one is obvious, but make sure to answer the classroom questions correctly for a free Knowledge point.
Fill out the crosswords
Sometimes when you come home to Leblanc, there will be a magazine on the back table. Interact with it to fill out the crossword puzzle, which will reward you with a free Knowledge point.
Keep your eyes out for TV trivia
On specific evenings, the TV in Leblanc will have a trivia show that you can answer to get another free Knowledge point. There isn’t too much of a visual tell for this one — the TV does display a trivia-like image, but there isn’t a question every time this is on screen. You’ll just need to check in with the TV.