Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Players Share Q&A For Newcomers

By Sato . May 16, 2014 . 5:32pm


Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth has characters from Persona 3 and 4, but the gameplay is closer to that of the Etrian Odyssey series. As a result, there will probably be many Persona fans playing the genre for the first time. Dengeki put together a Q&A to help answer questions people might have about the game.


The information below comes from Dengeki’s recent playthrough of the game, and was put together to help answer some of the most common questions they got from people who are new to Persona, dungeon crawlers, and some from players who got to briefly play Persona Q during recent events.


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Q: I’m curious about the characters, but the world of Persona Q seems pretty difficult…

A: The game has plenty of explanations, and the new characters who have lost their memories will also have plenty of questions themselves, which will help you out.



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Q: So there are two protagonists, one from P3 and another from P4. Which one should I pick?

A: The story will connect [between the two of them], so you can pick whichever one you prefer.


Q: There seem to be all kinds of difficulty [settings]; which one should I pick?

A: For beginners, “Safety,” which is full of privileges is recommended. In addition to getting more experience, you can retry after losing a battle.


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Q: There are a lot of splendid voice actors in the game. How much do they speak?

A: Main events and cut-scenes are a given, but they also speak during various parts of the game.



Q: I was told that we can “make our own maps” while exploring the labyrinth. I’m not sure if I’m too confident in being able to do so properly…

A: There’s an auto-mapping feature, so let’s use that!



Q: While exploring the labyrinth, I was attacked by fish and round-shaped enemies. Are these what you call “Shadows”?

A: Yes, there are different types of Shadows.


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Q: The “Personas” that the protagonists call out during battle are really awesome! By the way, what exactly is a Persona?

A: They are the embodiment of the strength of one’s heart.


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Q: Persona skills are useful, but it’s harsh that they use up SP and HP. Is there anything we can do about that?

A: By hitting an enemy’s weakness, you’ll activate a “Boost status,” which will allow you to attack on your next turn without using any SP or HP.


Q: It’s really cute when characters speak among each other during battle! How can we make them do that more?

A: It could help out if you team up characters who are from the same school, or ones that look like they’d get along together.


Q: Once I got back from the labyrinth, I noticed that I didn’t have any money. I can’t buy any items or recover. What should I do?

A: The Shadows you defeat drop materials. Let’s try selling those.


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Q: As I advanced through the story, I gained more characters I could put into my party. Do you have any pointers for putting parties together?

A: Keep the front and back rows in mind, and choose the members you’d like. The more elemental attributes and weaknesses you can cover, the better.



Q: When should I use Leader Skills?

A: You’ll be getting plenty of those, so feel free to use them generously.


Q: The labyrinths are really huge and I can’t find a good time to return. What would be a good time for that?

A: When you enter new areas or if your SP and HP gets low, please don’t hesitate to return.


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Q: How should I select my Sub-Personas?

A: It’s best to have a party that can have skills that cover all the elemental attributes. And let’s not forget about heals!


Q: Getting new Personas through the Persona Fusion system is really fun! Which skills are best to have inherited?

A: It depends on your play-style, but buffs and resistances can be really helpful.


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Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will be released this fall in North America.

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  • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

    Q: The labyrinths are really huge and I can’t find a good time to return. What would be a good time for that?

    A: When you enter new areas or if your SP and HP gets low, please don’t hesitate to return.


    • gk2012

      You never played Etrian Odyssey before?

      …or you know, Persona 3 and 4?

    • revenent hell

      Yeah, its kind of hard to tell whether you mean this in a ” Is this questions for real” way (as in is this really a question that needed to be asked) or if you mean it in terms of ” I have not played this type of game before and have no idea what the hell they are talking about” way…

      I kind of assumed you meant it as a ” Is this question/answer for real” way.

  • revenent hell

    Ok so, these questions are from people with no experience with persona or dungeon crawlers…….

    But wouldn’t it have been more informative to people to have folks that have experience with the games ask questions?

    I mean honestly most of them are so silly in a way… ” What Character should I pick?” I mean come on is it not obvious the one you like the best? Even if its just based on looks?

    Or ” When should I leave a dungeon level?” I would think it would be obvious that when you run out of HP/MP/ You just want to return so you return….

    Most of these questions sound so…. Like from a person who has never played any game before

    • I don’t think there’s anything wrong with asking if you (generally speaking) need prior knowledge of the two games if you want to be able to play this game. However, I do agree with everything else.

      • revenent hell

        Oh, I don’t have issues with those questions because if you don’t know about a game its always nice to get knowledge from someone who knows about it. (history or gameplay wise)

        Its really the rest that I take issue with since I think if a person is asking questions they should have at least played a videogame or two before asking a ya’ know?

        And for some of them to be the “Highest” asked………Blows me mind

    • Samsara09

      The questons do seem stupid,but I think it is sweet to cater to them,since they can be converted into new fans of the series.

      • revenent hell

        This is true but kind of like I said below I think if a person is inquiring on a game they should have at least played some form of video game before…….Some of these questions seem like the person asking has never encountered one before and for “that” to be the highest asked question by folks to be published rubs me the wrong way.

        If they want to teach a person who has never played a videogame how to do so by all means go for it but I kind of think they should have just used questions and answers that where relevant to this game or game type and not ones that are pretty much standard for all games.

        • Samsara09

          People usually get the most complicated things but miss on the basics,the easiest and the most important.

          They could have used their questions better,I understand what you say.I once got screwed by a situation like this.But that was in school,this is just a video game.I think that,if they had fun,this is all that matters.Besides,this event was specifically made to cater to the novices,i thinl.

          • revenent hell

            Whelp I agree with ya’ completely there.
            But I still think it wasn’t catered to novices so much as the completely unknowing about any game….. Which still is amusing/irking to me.
            Though it was a good idea to do overall I think, though I hope in future if they do a similar thing they are more particular about the question and answers they use.

        • Jadfish

          Persona is huge in Japan. So huge in fact, that people who have never played games before have heard about it.
          Now, these people watch the anime of Persona 4 and maybe the Persona 3 movie. THEN they find the most popular handheld on the market (3DS) and then they get the game that contains both casts of the series they like (nothing came before Persona 3 appearantly).

          Bam, new fans are born. Just in time for Persona 5

          • revenent hell

            I like your rational …I even smiled no less!
            And actually the first Persona happens to be my favorite :( Forgotten gems I tell ya’…
            Actually P3 &P4 are kind of my least favorite games from the Persona line, not saying they are bad because I do/did enjoy them but unlike some others I have never been compelled to do a second play through of those two.

    • Fen Y

      Questions from people already familiar with these mechanics are pretty useless. This is catering to Persona fans unused to harder dungeon crawls, so obviously it’d ease them in.

      Most of these questions aren’t stupid when seen in that light.

      The character pick question especially is answered wrong both by you and the FAQ :P

      • revenent hell

        I disagree, I happen to think a person should pick a character, if indeed a choice is given, that appeals to them whether it be because of aesthetics or because of that characters stats , play style or whatever stands out that makes a person like the character. Its fairly safe to say a persons fun will be greatly reduced, if not rendered non existent, if for some reason they dislike the character they are using no matter what might be the reason why.

        And yes some of the questions are stupid even if some of these people never played a Persona or dungeon crawler game. Anyone who has ever played even one type of video game should by all rights know the time to leave an area, level or what have you is when you no longer have whatever is necessary to continue on whether it be HP,MP, Bullets or whatever. That shouldn’t need to be a question or at a minimum it shouldn’t have been one of the most asked, common sense with any videogame should dictate at least that much.

        I just happen to think people who have had experience with dungeon crawlers or Persona games would have asked far better questions in relation to the game in my opinion

  • Q: Persona skills are useful, but it’s harsh that they use up SP and HP. Is there anything we can do about that?

    A: By hitting an enemy’s weakness, you’ll activate a “Boost status,” which will allow you to attack on your next turn without using any SP or HP.

    This sounds like it could be end-game breaking.

    • AuraGuyChris

      Or it turns on you and then the game will break YOU.

      • machomuu

        In true SMT fashion.

    • Jero

      Not really, end-game bosses probably won’t have a weakness you can exploit, also what are 40 HP when you’re over 1000 or something.

      • Fen Y

        End Game bosses likely will have a weakness to exploit, it’s an Etrian game. Etrian bosses can also be affected by Status Effects, among other things.

    • Samsara09

      Don’t underestimate Atlus,if they put something game-breaking you should consider it both a blessing and a curse.

      A blessing because atlus’s games aren’t easy.Having a trump like this is always good.
      but ironically,the enemies can also use them.That is why you must master the weakness is a “curse”,one can say.

      • MrTyrant

        I overstimate them with SMT IV, which was hard at the beggining, everything else until the end was a walk in the park. Not couting dlc bosses. Smirk system was broken as hell I took fully advantage of it.

        In this case you won’t spend hp/sp with an extra status and the best way of making this really useful would be making enemies extra durable to save items.

    • notentirelythere

      It’s basically the Press-Turn/OneMore of this game, so I can’t imagine anything about it breaking the game in the same way as the previous systems (except Grinning in SMTIV which made battle momentum swing even more wildly than before, but that game was sloppy for SMT).

  • revenent hell

    Unrelated : Persona 4 Arena Ultimax pre orders are up for the USA….

    Though I think I am going to hold off. I actually played the first ” Arena” game just for the story bits and since that’s a quick run through I am going to wait till it drops in price this time

    • Kaetsu

      They teased a collector’s edition will be revealed at E3 so I’ll wait until then before I pre order.

      • revenent hell

        …….. Ok… I am such a sucker for a collectors Edition…..
        And here I thought I would be saving some money….. Thank you for dashing hopes on my thrifty self (depending upon “what” this mystery LE might contain if given)

  • Adrian Duran

    They are the embodiment of the strength of one’s heart.

    So basically a stand?

    • Buitronthecrazy .

      yes, they out admitted that the idea of personas was based off stands

      • Morningstar

        Now I know why ZA WARDO isn’t the card used for the endgame stuff

        • PragmaticSoul

          Izanagi-no-Okami was technically The World

    • hng qtr

      Prepare for universal reset in Persona 6.

  • So cute >3‹. No but seriously I need this game.

  • Makoto Yuki

    and to think we have to wait for almost 5 more month to have this in US…

  • Tom_Phoenix

    “As a result, there will probably be many Persona fans playing the genre for the first time.”

    …But both Persona games and Etrian Odyssey games are dungeon crawlers. Granted, there are still significant differences between the two, but the basic concept behind both series is the same. Persona Q is basically a slightly different Persona game.

    • LordHyper

      Though EO is a first-person dungeon crawler, and the perspective difference is apparently different enough for some weebs to jump ship.

  • 하세요

    This certainly will be an experience for me. It’ll be my first EO styled dungeon crawler, but I’ve heard great things about EO (my money is focused elsewhere so I cannot tap into outside of a demo) so I’m looking forward to it. The map system looks intimidating though.

    • Postnjam

      There are demos of EO4 and EO untold, try those and get used to it,

  • Jero

    Drawing maps is super, super fun. I love it, one step then draw, another step, draw, 3 steps, draw! Found something suspicious? Draw, a door? Oh my good, i’m already drawing it. Haha. I don’t know why I love it so much, it doesn’t really sound good.

    • Shane Guidaboni

      It’s the feeling of completing something and making progress that makes you feel so good.

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    Welp another walkthrough heavy game

  • CozyAndWarm

    Huh, hopefully if they felt the need to make a Q&A then they didn’t dumb down the typical EO difficulty for the Persona fans, like they did for SMT.

  • DeadLineDance

    Here’s a better question: if party members can equip Sub-Personas and use them instead of their initial Persona, what is the difference between party members in this game? I mean, I’m used to Personas determining stats, so it seems like they’d have to be “blank slates” with maybe different HP and SP counts. EO veterans halp plz.

    • ManSizeSextet

      Their individual stats/main Personas/inherent strengths and weaknesses. When sub-classing was introduced in EO, certain class combinations made more sense than others, so I’m assuming you’d want to think along that lines when you choose sub-Personas for your party members.

      • DeadLineDance

        So they’ll have individual stats separate from the Personas, and they won’t swap Personas entirely, rather they’ll have a main and a sub? OK, that makes more sense, thanks! I think I’ll look up how “sub-classing” in EO works, then…

        • ManSizeSextet

          Yeah, they’ll always have their default Personas with them and the subs as augments to that. The sub-Personas from what I can tell gives HP and SP boosts and skills. But they don’t seem to have individual stats themselves. If you want to read up more about EO sub-classing, it’ll be useful to know that they are only in EOIII/IV (Untold has the Grimoire stone system which is similar but a little flimsy) and IV’s sub-classing is a bit more restrictive than III’s which can be more easily abused.

          • DeadLineDance

            Awesome. Cannot WAIT to play with combinations now.

  • otakumike

    I was interested in this game but I just can’t stand EO’s gameplay style. It’s a shame but I may skip out on this one, rather depressing.

    • Satori Satya

      Don’t get depressed. You don’t have to adapt to anything. There is nothing wrong with playing it safe and sticking with what you like.

      You can always find another game to get into. There are a lot of them around.

      As for me, I’ve never played EO games before the 3DS came into the scene. Now I love them, despite never being interested in the DS versions.

      Fortunately, I was able to adapt to the new (new for me) gameplay. Lucky me. Good luck.

  • Roger

    This game sounds like something to attract Persona fans and new players to EO games.

    I don’t mind, though, really like both series. Hopefully we’ll see na EOV sooner or later.

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