Everyone just wants a chance at true love, right? There’s not a single gamer who knows this better than those who play the Persona games. Shin Megami Tensei either had a streak of brilliance or a streak of cruelty when they decided certain characters in Persona 3, Persona 4 and Persona 5 could be romanced, leaving it up to the discretion of the player who they chose. When it comes to being an in-game harem or a protag with a heart of gold, the choice is ours.
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So who, then, is the best girl or guy in Persona 3? Depending on the choice of protagonist, players have access to several romance options in Persona 3, with the best of the bunch being mentioned below. Regardless of what choice players make, there’s no denying that the writing for each romance option is pretty solid and will reward any player who decides to invest their valuable free time into leveling their Social Links and forming memorable romantic relationships with them.
Updated on January 2, 2023, by Ritwik Mitra: Persona 3 Portable has finally left the annals of exclusivity that it was stuck in for the longest time, with a PSP being the only feasible way to check this game out. Now, with the release of this game on all major platforms, more and more people will be able to enjoy the first Persona game that includes life simulation mechanics. There are several things that players can do during the free-time sections of Persona 3 Portable, and players can spend hours upon hours doing everything from upgrading their social stats to forming valuable bonds with other people.
Of course, these bonds can be of a romantic variety as well. In fact, there are several female characters in the game that players can get involved with in Persona 3 Portable, with the vast majority of them being an absolute blast to interact with. If that wasn’t good enough as is, then the female protagonist also gets her fair share of unique romances with the many male characters in the game as well! Keeping this in mind, here are all of the romances in Persona 3 Portable.
Chariot (Original Release), Aeon (P3P & FES)
Emperor (Original Release & FES), Star (P3P)
Hierophant (Original Release & FES), Moon (P3P)
- Arcana: Empress
- Social Link Start: November 21st Onwards (Max Academics, Get the highest Score In An Exam)
- Unlocks: Alilat (84)
Everyone loves Mitsuru, especially because of how calm, collected, and graceful she can be even when facing off against a ton of adversity. If she didn’t get you in the actual Persona game, then she likely got you with her awesome dance attire in the rhythm games to follow.
She’s one of the first major characters the protag interacts with, and her leadership, devotion, and Empress Arcana attributes make her a no-brainer when it comes to romance. While top-notch grades are the price to pay for a chance with her, it proves to be well worth it and likely one of the most popular maxed-out social ranks in the game.
- Arcana: Lovers
- Social Link Start: July 24th Onwards
- Unlocks: Cybele (68)
She’s sweet, innocent, and adorable, and also the first person the protag comes into contact with in Persona 3. Yukari is responsible for the Lover’s Arcana, not unlike Ann in Persona 5. She’s one of the first friends that players have along with Junpei in Persona 3, and they both make a pretty strong impression and stick with players all the way till the very end of the game.
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With very much the same vibe, the protag has the option to max out her Social Link, which will require players to max out their Charm stats. Understandably, these things go hand in hand… after all, Yukari won’t date just anyone. However, all this investment in Charm will be worth it once players become close to this great character from Persona 3.
- Arcana: Priestess
- Social Link Start: June 15th (Portable), June 19th (FES)
- Unlocks: Scathach (64)
Fuuka is an interesting character. Not only is her design the most visually intriguing, but her romance route is a bit of a humorous one. Fuuka requires a full Courage stat max-out, mainly because the real challenge lies in the protag having to eat her cooking.
This isn’t a skill she’s great at and this, interestingly enough, mirrors one method of maxing out ‘Guts’ in Persona 5 by completing the Big Bang Burger challenge. What is it with these games and needing the courage to eat massive amounts of food? Regardless, the somewhat humorous nature of this romance itself makes it well worth the investment… not to mention the various bonuses that can be attained from leveling up her Social Link in the game.
- Arcana: Strength
- Social Link Start: Ask Her To Walk Home Twice After Joining A Sports Club
- Unlocks: Siegfried (55)
Where sports are concerned, Yuko is the top star athlete. Where strength is concerned, Yuko is also your girl. She’s responsible for the Strength Arcana which is, surprisingly, not all that difficult to max out.
With no prerequisites beforehand, players will find it easy to max out a Social Link with Yuko and from there will have the option to proceed as a romantic interest. Regardless of this fact, maxing out her Social Link is extremely helpful in the game.
- Arcana: Justice
- Social Link Start: May 28th (Must Be Spoken To 3 Times Before)
- Unlocks: Melchizedek (59)
What can be said about Chihiro? As totes cute as she is, she’s incredibly socially awkward around boys and gets flustered and nervous. Her Social Link, while not as important as the others, is pretty easy to max out as well.
Since she’s the student council treasurer, it makes sense that the player would need to pass a round of questions before having full access to her Social Link. Upon providing three correct answers, she’s then available throughout the entire game with no additional limitations. The fact that she makes a special appearance in Persona 4 as well shows just how beloved this character is.
- Arcana: Chariot (Original Release), Aeon (P3P & FES)
- Social Link Start: January 8th Onwards
- Unlocks: Metatron (87)
While it’s true that Aegis isn’t technically considered to be part of the romance ring that the Persona series is known for, her route does end romantically. As confusing as that is, it’s her robotic origin that prevents her from feeling jealousy when the protag ranks up with another female character.
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Additionally, some Social Link characters don’t react at all when they hear of the protag spending time with Aegis, for the same reason. Regardless, it’s tough to max out her Social Link because it does appear fairly late in the game, but the story does point to some romantic feelings toward her anyway. She’s also one of the most important characters in the series and actually becomes the protagonist herself in The Journey, an epilogue chapter only present in the FES version.
- Arcana: N/A
- Social Link Start: Accept Velvet Room Requests
- Unlocks: Kartikeya (70)
Elizabeth plays an important role in the player’s journey throughout Persona 3, serving as the main Velvet Room attendant. She is also a romance option for the male MC, though it is worth noting that she isn’t technically a Social Link.
Players can progress through her story by completing the myriad of requests she has available. Completing each one gets the player a certain reward. The completion of Elizabeth’s final dating request, available on December 12th in the game, allows the player to fuse Kartikeya. She’s also a hidden boss that players can fight against, but keep in mind that the protagonist needs to be along for this encounter… and the fight itself is devilishly hard!
- Arcana: Fortune
- Social Link Start: November 9th Onwards
- Unlocks: Norn (62)
In Persona 3 Portable, players were given the option to choose the route of a female protag. This opened up an entirely new world, including the option to romance male characters. Of those characters is Ryoji, whose story ends in tragedy no matter which route the player takes.
With that being said, his storyline is one of the most emotional, earning him a top place on our list. Despite this, the player has just under two months in-game to max out his Social Link as much as possible.
- Arcana: Temperance
- Social Link Start: May 29th (Academics 2 or Higher)
- Unlocks: Byakko (56), Yurlunger (64)
Bebe’s Social Link is accessible by both male and female MCs. While he’s not technically a romance option for either, the end of his link in the female MC’s route reveals a fondness not apparent in the male MC’s.
Once the player completes Bebe’s Social Link, he moves back to France due to familial circumstances. At the end of the female MC’s Social Link, she will receive a letter from Bebe, telling her of his feelings for her. So while the romance isn’t pursuable in-game, it’s still written into the link.
- Arcana: Emperor (Original Release & FES), Star (P3P)
- Social Link Start: May 24th (Charm 4 or Higher)
- Unlocks: Helel (88)
Akihiko is a bit of a challenge as well, only because his Social Link requires a higher Charm level as well as correct responses during his dialogues.
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He represents the Star Arcana, so players may find it worth leveling him up as much as possible. Whether or not to take on a romance with Akihiko is another story, as his social rank must be at a level nine, at least, in order to do so.
- Arcana: Hierophant (Original Release & FES), Moon (P3P)
- Social Link Start: September 7th Onwards
- Unlocks: Sandalphon (74)
The female protag route is filled with challenges, mainly consisting of nearly unrealistic time frames. While it’s possible to max out Shinjiro and make it to his romance link, the player must do so on the three days he’s available, in a span of roughly one month.
His arcana is the Moon, which also proves worthy. In fact, each arcana that the male characters are associated with within Persona 3 Portable are quite valuable, so time management is key.
- Arcana: Justice (P3P)
- Social Link Start: September 1st (Max Courage)
- Unlocks: Melchizedek (59)
Ken plays an important role in the original Persona 3, but his character is expanded upon considerably in Portable. Ken is given a Social Link in the female MC route, occupying the Justice arcane link instead of Chihiro.
Like most of the male SEES members, Ken is a possible romance option in Portable. Ken’s Social Link really provides some much-needed insight into his past and how that affected him going into the events of the game.
- Arcana: N/A
- Social Link Start: Accept Velvet Room Requests
- Unlocks: Kartikeya (70)
The opposite character of Theo would be Elizabeth, who is also nodded to romantically in Persona 3. The reality of Theo’s Social Link is that, similar to Elizabeth, he requires completed side quests in order for the relationship between him and the protag to improve.
By completing his requests, the protag will grow closer to Theo. This seems a bit odd considering most Persona games that came before didn’t allow as much independent interaction between the Velvet Room characters and the protag, at least not to a point of being this personal.
Persona 3 is available on the PS2 and PlayStation Portable. It is launching on PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X on January 19, 2023.
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