How to upgrade Personas in Persona 5:

You've spent hours completing quests in hopes of getting more XP to level up, but it just isn't working. Are you doing something wrong, or is this your farming strategy? While you can leave leveling up to the natural path quests give you, it's certainly handy to get some extra experience points or XP. However, going the "farming" route or doing tasks for the express reason of gaining extra experience points isn't as obvious as earning them naturally through quests.

If you need actionable strategies to leverage XP effectively, you've come to the right place. Keep reading to learn more about the different methods to improve your Personas. These methods apply to Persona 5/Royal regardless of platform.

How to evolve personas quickly in Persona 5

Leveling up Personas is incredibly handy when trying to accomplish something like taking on a boss, but sometimes current levels just aren't enough. While Personas can lend you their power, the ability to harness that power well is in your hands; and to do this you will need some extra points.

Think of it this way: leveling up serves as insurance, especially against powerful enemies, like those in the endgame. Like any insurance, you may hope never to need it, but it doesn't hurt to have it.

Now is the time to discuss the specific upgrade methods. As mentioned above, to upgrade Personas, you can opt for the equipment of the Persona you want to upgrade in Metaverse turn-based battles, opt for Personas growth skills, as well as use the gallows.


Combat experience is one of the most obvious ways to level up in P5. The level difference affects the experience you receive after a battle. The higher the enemy's level compared to yours, the more XP you will get after winning a fight and vice versa.

It's also important to note that Persona 5 uses player levels to calculate damage proportionally to enemy level. Considering Persona levels will yield more wins and therefore more experience. Battles are a simple path recommended for your first playthrough, but only until late game. One enemy worthy of combat is the Reaper.

Fight the Reaper

When going into battle, you can opt for the following as it gives a lot of experience: defeat many Reapers deep within Mementos. Luckily, players can get there early.

To hunt the Reaper, you need to go to Mementos during flu season. During flu season, shadows will die after three turns when the "Despair" status is applied, including the Reaper.

To successfully defeat the Reaper, follow these steps:

  1. Once you are inside Mementos, wait 2-5 minutes in real time. Standing still is the necessary “ritual” that summons the Reaper for you to fight against.
  2. Make sure the Reaper has the "Despair" status applied.
  3. Let the Reaper attack first. This way he will attack once per turn and not multiple times.
  4. Survive for three turns.
  5. After defeating the Reaper, you need to change locations to find it.

Once the fight begins, it is essential to survive three rounds. To survive this battle, you can use strategies like healing with Morgana or building a proper defense beforehand.

Three is the magic number when hunting Reapers, as surviving three rounds will grant you an automatic victory against them, garnering a huge amount of XP as well as a possible 'God Pillar' drop. The drop will help win future battles with greater ease. You will also receive a Rebel Trophy after defeating your first Reaper.

Additional tips related to combat:

The 9-star rank trust relationship will allow you to leave a battle instantly. This relationship can come in handy when fighting strategically to farm XP. For example, it allows you to walk away from the Reaper and fight until it has Despair status. Whatever your choice, make good use of the opportunities offered by Mementos!

Additionally, keep in mind that the Persona you have equipped at the end of the battle will be the one that will receive the XP. XP will also transfer to a Persona that has Growth Skills, another method for the power-hungry!

Growth skills

Another way to level up Personas is to focus on growth skill cards. These cards allow Personas to receive XP even if they are not used or equipped for combat. While the Growth 1 and 2 skill cards grant a certain percentage of XP even when the Personas aren't being used in combat, the ones to focus on are the Growth 3 cards. These cards gain your Personas all the normal XP and not just the percentage of it.

One way to get the Growth 3 skill card is to use Itemization on "Izanagi Picaro". It's best to reserve the Growth Skills method, for example, to upgrade your secondary, weak, and low-level Personas when needed.


Finally, a widely preferred method of improving your Persona is by using Gallows in the Velvet Room. The gallows will allow you to control which stats increase, while the growth skills do not provide this ability. The Potency "Reinforcement" offer consists of letting a Persona consume another, allowing him to gain more power. Strengthening a Persona will require the sacrifice of another of your Personas. The higher the level of sacrificial Personas, the higher its output level will be compared to the empowered Persona. There are XP bonuses for fusing the same type of Persona.

A Gallows trick that every player should know how to apply starts with the following assumption:

Assuming you have enough money, use the gallows first to give your Persona some experience. Those unfamiliar with the trick may think there's nothing else to do with the gallows for a day in the game, which is fortuitously untrue!

Check out these steps to bypass the gallows cooldown:

  1. After using the gallows, you can save the Persona in question to the compendium.
  2. Once the registration is complete, you must remove it from the Persona inventory.
  3. After deleting it from your inventory, access the compendium again to redeem the Persona. In this way, it is possible to bypass the time lock of the gallows.

Additionally, strengthening via Gallows allows random inheritance of one of the sacrificed Personas skills. Therefore, remember to save the game beforehand in case you get an unwanted skill. "Saving scum" or reloading saves until you get the desired result is generally frowned upon in the gaming community, but it's not technically wrong.

You also need to make sure you have enough money for the gallows, as the point rate is faster than the point spend rate. In other words, you will eventually run out of money before you run out of points.

Additional FAQ

How can I improve characters without potency?

As mentioned above, the main alternative to the gallows is combat. There are two combat approaches: the direct approach and the indirect approach.

The live is simple: it's about bringing the Personas into battle. The indirect relates to the use of growth skills, but combat also encompasses them, as skills require combat to be applied. When going for the skill-based approach, having strong Personas for battle will ensure that weaker ones with growth skills receive XP.

What happens when you merge 2 Personas in P5?

Fusion is fundamental to becoming stronger. Merging is not random; its specifics vary from Persona to Persona and their current characteristics. Arcane Strength Ranking and Igor unlock fusion techniques. When you merge two Personas, the merge can be either a "base merge" or a "reinforcement".

“Basic Fusions”«  create another Persona, but there are too many types due to the vast combinations. Nevertheless, it is possible to predict them with precision. When merging, the level that matters is only the base level (or the lowest possible level) instead of the current level. Therefore, the level of the new Persona will be the average of the merged Personas.

As for the arcana, each pair of arcana creates either a specific arcana or nothing at all. It is also possible to predict the results accurately by taking into account the levels of Personas and their type. Therefore, it is essential to consult fusion maps for accurate predictions.

On the other hand, empowerment allows one Persona to consume another Persona, allowing them to gain more power and randomly inherit one of the other Persona's skills. It is possible to do this only once per day per Persona using the Velvet Room. You will get more EXP from higher level Personas and bonus EXP for fusing the same type of Persona. Keep in mind to have enough money as the point rate is faster than the spend rate.

As a side note, when you fuse three or more Personas, the resulting Personas result from advanced fusions, creating specific and strong Personas.

Why settle for less when you can have more level

Upgrading Personas can be done in several ways. The method chosen depends on player preference and sometimes objective convenience, which may vary throughout the long game offered by P5. In other words, it's up to the player's "personality" to make the choices.

Which leveling method did you find the most convenient? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

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