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Fishing is a minigame in Persona 4 and Persona 5.



Persona 4[]

Fishing the Samegawa in Persona 4.

The protagonist is able to spend his time by fishing at the Samegawa Flood Plain. He can gain access to the mini-game by talking to the old man facing the riverbed from May 1st onward. If the protagonist tells him he enjoys fishing, he'll be given ten fish bait as a starter, and teaches him the technique of fishing.

The protagonist's Diligence Social Stat plays an important role during the fishing mini-game, as his Diligence level determines how many fishing attempts he can do, with a maximum of 5. Fishing also takes up the whole Afternoon or Evening, depending on the time. Fishing requires bait, which can be obtained from cooking meals at the kitchen or from the housewife outside Dojima's Residence. More bait may also be obtained by trading with the old man, with the fish required varying by month.

To fish, the "O" button should be pressed whenever the fish hook sinks, and continue mashing the "O" button to bring it in. The fish will generate different vibration intensities of the controller before pulling on the line: the lightest pulses will be from the Red Goldfish, Amber Seema, or Inaba Trout. Moderate pulses will be generated by the Genji Ayu and Huge Fish. And the largest, unmistakable pulse will be generated by the Guardian. If looking for a particular fish, the "O" button can be pressed before the float sinks to try again, without wasting bait or fishing attempts. Larger types of fish will randomly generate another button to be pressed during the catch, indicated by a prompt on the screen.

Different types of fish appear depending on the weather as well as the month. Chances of larger fishes appearing are higher on rainy days.

Name Effect Weather Month
Red Goldfish Heals 10 HP of an ally Sunny, Cloudy, Rainy From April onwards
Genji Ayu Heals 25 HP of an ally Sunny, Cloudy, Rainy From April onwards
Amber Seema Heals 50 HP of an ally Sunny, Cloudy, Rainy From April onwards
Inaba Trout Heals 100 HP of an ally Sunny, Cloudy, Rainy From April onwards
Huge Fish Heals 200 HP of an ally Cloudy, Rainy From August onwards
Guardian* Recovers SP of an ally Cloudy, Rainy -


  • The Guardian can only be caught with the Angler Fish set obtained from the old man during "Quest 48".

Persona 4 Golden[]

Capturing the Hachiro Octopus at Shichiri Beach

Elements such as Diligence, baits and button presses are retained in Golden, albeit with several changes. The protagonist does not need to enter a quest to get a fishing rod, instead he may obtain a River Rod from the old man by presenting him with a hook. This hook can be obtained by talking to the Shiroku hostess and giving her a gem from the Midnight Channel and a Tatsuhime Ladybug from the shrine.

Baits now come in the form of bread crumbs and bugs. These baits determine the type of fish that can be caught. Bread crumbs are received from the Shiroku hostess by exchanging them with a Tatsuhime Ladybug, while bugs can be caught at the shrine with the bug catching net. These fishes may then be exchanged for gems with the Lady in White at the shrine.

To fish, the protagonist should select their bait, then press the "O" button whenever the fish hook sinks. One bait may attract two different types of fish, but the type of fish it would reel in can be determined by looking at the ripples. For example, strong white ripples indicate a Guardian. Weather conditions also determine the type of fish, with stronger ones appear in rainy conditions.

Pressing the "O" button will generate a multicolored gauge of blue, yellow, orange and red. A cursor slides along the gauge, and the protagonist must aim to hold the "O" button over the blue bar to reel the fish in. Holding the button on other colors will reset the reeling, and holding the button on red will result in failure.

Name Effect Bait 1 Bait 2
Red Goldfish Restores 10 SP to an ally. Bread Crumbs -
Genji Ayu Restores 25 HP to an ally. Bread Crumbs Tatsuhime Ladybug
Amber Seema Restores 50 HP to an ally. Tatsuhime Ladybug Yaso Locust
Inaba Trout Restores 100 HP to an ally. Yaso Locust Meiou Cricket
Huge Fish Restores all of one ally's HP. Meiou Cricket Inaba Jewel Bug
Guardian Restores all of one ally's SP. Inaba Jewel Bug -

The protagonist is also able to fish at Shichiri Beach, provided he has unlocked the location by "Taking a Long Ride" on his scooter 3 times, and has caught the River Guardian from the Samegawa Flood Plain, allowing him to receive the Deep-Sea Rod by talking to the old man. Quest 15: The Shichiri Beach Guardian can be unlocked from granting a quest from the Fox.

Name Effect Bait 1 Bait 2
Hachiro Octopus Recovers 10 SP of an ally Daimyo Grasshopper Heike Stag Beetle
Meguro Tuna Heals all HP of an ally Heike Stag Beetle Genji Beetle
Sea Guardian Recovers all SP of an ally Genji Beetle -

Persona 5[]



Fishing in Ichigaya in Persona 5.

The fishing pond takes place in Ichigaya, which needs to be unlocked by reading the book "Fishpond Spotter." Otherwise, Ryuji Sakamoto will invite the protagonist to visit on July 6th.

When the protagonist travels to Ichigaya, he'll need to pay ¥3,000 to fish during the day. However, there is a discount during the evening, costing ¥1,000 yen instead. Once he pays, he'll also be granted with 7 Small Boiles.

When the protagonist starts fishing, he'll have to choose the bait he wishes to use: depending on the size, the protagonist will be able to reel in different types of fish. Afterwards, the protagonist will have to shift the direction of their casting, before having to time the power of his throw he wishes to use, which determines the distance. The protagonist is able to start the process over at any time.

The number of attempts the protagonist has at fishing per session is 2 by default, and is further boosted by the rank of his Proficiency Social Stat (Rank + 2). Successfully reeling in a fish rewards him with a single point of Proficiency. The protagonist is also limited to how many times he can fail reeling in. If he does so too many times, he'll no longer be able to fish for the rest of the session. However, he can expand that number by buying stronger fishing rods.

If the protagonist has gone fishing at least once, he'll be able to buy the book Essence of Fishing. Reading it will unlock his Third Eye while fishing. Using it helps the protagonist determine which fish will grant him more points.

Catching fish grants the protagonist points according to the type and size of their catch. Sometimes, fish may be tagged for double the points. Those points can be used to buy more bait and fishing rods. On nights with rainy weather, tagged fish are more common.

The rarest fish, the Ichigaya Guardian, functions differently from normal catches. To catch it, the protagonist's Proficiency stat needs to be Rank 5. The Guardian also spawns depending on the weather and time: normally, it will appear during the protagonist's last reeling attempt, but if it's a rainy night, it will spawn at the beginning.

In New Game+, the fishing rod upgrades can be carried over, although the points earned cannot be.

Item Effect Price
Medium Boile Medium fish 60 pt
Large Boile Large fish 250 pt
Top-class Boile Any Fish 400 pt
Casual Rod Fishing can fail 3 times 300 pt
Powerful Rod Fishing can fail 4 times 2,000 pt
Miracle Rod Fishing can fail 5 times 10,000 pt
Black Robe Transmutate 6,000 pt
Black Rock Transmutate 6,000 pt
Shock Charm A charm that protects against electrocution.
[+Null Shock]
30,000 pt
Soul Vest Unisex armor
+20 SP
100,000 pt

Boilie Fish Size Reward
Small Benikin <10cm 20 pt
=10cm 30 pt
>10cm 40 pt
Sarabuna <15cm 30 pt
=15cm 40 pt
>15cm 50 pt
Miyabitanago <20cm 40 pt
=20cm 50 pt
>20cm 60 pt
Medium Nanairomasu <30cm 100 pt
=30cm 150 pt
>30cm 200 pt
White Carp <40cm 200 pt
=40cm 250 pt
>40cm 300 pt
Otakaramasu <50cm 300 pt
=50cm 350 pt
>50cm 400 pt
Large Delish Bitterling <50cm 600 pt
=50cm 700 pt
>50cm 800 pt
Musou Bee <80cm 800 pt
=80cm 1000 pt
>80cm 1200 pt
Top-Class Ichigaya Guardian <120cm 4500 pt
=120cm 5000 pt
>120cm 5500 pt

Persona 5 Royal[]

In Persona 5 Royal, a new rod, the Hi-Tech Rod, has been added, which allows the protagonist to fail at fishing 6 times. It costs 28,000 points.

The Ichigaya Guardian is no longer lured by the Top-class Boile: instead, the protagonist needs to buy Suspicious Boile for 1,200 points, which can only lure the Ichigaya Guardian, alongside a new kind of Guardian, the Ichigaya Kingpin.

To catch the Guardian, the protagonist's Proficiency stat now needs to be Rank 4 or higher, as for the Kingpin, it needs to be Rank 5.

If the weather is normal, both the Guardian and Kingpin will spawn during the 7th attempt after catching 6 fish in a row. However, despite the Guardian being able to be caught on Rank 4, this method still requires the protagonist's Proficiency to be maxed out, as he wouldn't have enough tries to pull it off.

If it's evening and the weather is rainy, snowy or there's a weather warning, both fishes will spawn on the first turn. On Rank 4 Proficiency, it is the only viable method to catch the Guardian.

In the third semester, the chance for fish to have tags is greatly increased.

Item Effect Price
Medium Boile Medium fish 60 pt
Large Boile Large fish 250 pt
Top-class Boile Any Fish 400 pt
Suspicious Boile Any Fish 1,200 pt
Casual Rod Fishing can fail 3 times 300 pt
Powerful Rod Fishing can fail 4 times 2,000 pt
Miracle Rod Fishing can fail 5 times 10,000 pt
Hi-Tech Rod Fishing can fail 6 times 28,000 pt
Weakener Spray Disinfectant that weakens bacteria. Lowers Attack of all foes for 3 turns. 500 pt
Black Robe Transmutate 6,000 pt
Lure Keychain Fortified Moxy 6,000 pt
Umi Sachihiko's Belt Auto-Mataru 30,000 pt
Fish God's Badge Ali Dance 100,000 pt

Playable Protagonist - Yosuke Hanamura - Chie Satonaka - Yukiko Amagi - Kanji Tatsumi - Rise Kujikawa - Teddie - Naoto Shirogane
Social Link Margaret - Nanako Dojima - Ryotaro Dojima - Naoki Konishi - Kou Ichijo - Daisuke Nagase - Hisano Kuroda - Sayoko Uehara - Yumi Ozawa - Ayane Matsunaga - Ai Ebihara - Fox - Shu Nakajima - Eri Minami - Marie - Tohru Adachi
Major Igor - Mayumi Yamano - Misuzu Hiiragi - Saki Konishi - Mitsuo Kubo - Hanako Ohtani - Kinshiro Morooka - Noriko Kashiwagi - Taro Namatame - Old Lady Shiroku - Master Daidara - Minoru Inoue - Yuuta Minami - Kaneko - Aika Nakamura - President Tanaka - Chihiro Fushimi - Mr. Edogawa - Kanami Mashita - Moel Gas Station Attendant
Major enemies Shadow Yosuke - Shadow Chie - Shadow Yukiko - Shadow Kanji - Shadow Rise - Shadow Teddie - Shadow Mitsuo - Shadow Naoto - Kunino-sagiri - Ameno-sagiri - Kusumi-no-Okami - Izanami
Inaba Central Shopping District - Dojima Residence - Junes Department Store - Samegawa Flood Plain - Velvet Room - Yasogami High School
Midnight Channel Twisted Shopping District - Yukiko's Castle - Steamy Bathhouse - Marukyu Striptease - Void Quest - Secret Laboratory - Heaven - Magatsu Inaba - Hollow Forest - Yomotsu Hirasaka
Other Okina City - Shichiri Beach - Midnight Trivia Miracle Quiz - Tatsumi Port Island (Gekkoukan High School - Club Escapade - Iwatodai Station)
Albums Original Soundtrack (Persona 4 / Golden) - Never More -Reincarnation- - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album
Songs "Studio Backlot/Backside of the TV" - "Heartbeat, Heartbreak" - "Heaven" - "Never More" - "Pursuing My True Self" - "Aria of the Soul" - "Reach Out To The Truth" - "I'll Face Myself" - "Signs of Love" - "Someone Else's Man" - "Your Affection" - "P3 FES" - "Sky's The Limit" - "Beauty of Destiny" - "True Story" - "Key Plus Words" - "The Way of Memories" - "True Feelings" - "Shadow World" - "Time To Make History" - "SNOWFLAKES" - "We Are One and All" - "Time For True Revelation" - "Falling into Right Places" - "Alone in this World" - "Koisuru Meitantei" - "Dazzling Smile" - "Ying Yang" - "Ain't Nobody Can Hold Me Down" - "Just Like The Wind"
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Lists Arcana - Personas - Shadows - Skills - Items (Vending Machines) - Requests - Status Changes - Activities - Calendar - Golden Trophies - The Animation / Golden Animation Episodes - Patches and Updates
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Other Media
Games Golden - Arena - Arena Ultimax - Dancing All Night
Productions The Animation / -The Factor of Hope- / The Golden Animation - Visualive / the Evolution - Persona Stalker Club - 「PERSORA AWARDS」 - PERSORA AWARDS 2 - PERSORA AWARDS 3 - Persora -The Golden Best- - Persona VS
Publications Manga - The Magician - Dengeki Comic Anthology (the Animation / The Golden / The Golden Animation) - Kiri no Amnesia - Your Affection - Persona x Detective Naoto (manga) - Yasoinaba Case File - Persona Magazine
Drama CDs Persona 4 (Vol.1 / Vol.2 / Vol.3) - Persona 4 The Animation (Vol.1 / Vol.2) - Persona 4 Golden (Vol.1 / Vol.2)
Mobile Games The Card Battle - Colors - Persona 4: The Slot - Persona 4 the Pachinko
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20th Anniversary Festival - 25th Anniversary - 25th FES
Miscellaneous Merchandise
Playable Protagonist - Morgana - Ryuji Sakamoto - Ann Takamaki - Yusuke Kitagawa - Makoto Niijima - Futaba Sakura - Haru Okumura - Goro Akechi - Sumire Yoshizawa
Confidant Igor - Sojiro Sakura - Chihaya Mifune - Munehisa Iwai - Tae Takemi - Sadayo Kawakami - Ichiko Ohya - Shinya Oda - Hifumi Togo - Yuuki Mishima - Toranosuke Yoshida - Caroline & Justine - Sae Niijima - Takuto Maruki
Major Targets Suguru Kamoshida - Ichiryusai Madarame - Junya Kaneshiro - Shadow Futaba - Kunikazu Okumura - Masayoshi Shido - Holy Grail / Yaldabaoth - Azathoth / Adam Kadmon
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Tokyo Yongen-Jaya (Café Leblanc) - Shibuya - Aoyama-Itchome (Shujin Academy) - Shinjuku - Akihabara - Kichijoji - Ogikubo - Inokashira Park - Tsukishima - Akasaka Mitsuke - Suidobashi - Odaiba Seaside Park - Ichigaya - Ikebukuro - Ginza - Harajuku - Meiji Shrine - Jinbocho - Miura Beach - Maihama (Tokyo Destinyland) - Kanda - Roppongi - Ueno - Asakusa - Chinatown - Nagatacho - Shinagawa - Nakano - Kosei High School
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Other Velvet Room - Hawaii - Thieves Den
Albums Original Soundtrack (Persona 5 / Royal (JP / EN))
Songs "Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There" - "Life Will Change" - "Beneath the Mask" - "Last Surprise" - "Rivers in the Desert" - "The Whims of Fate" - "Tokyo Daylight" - "Hoshi To Bokura To" - "Break In To Break Out" - "Infinity" - "Dark Sun..." - "Autonomy" - "Found a Light" - "IT'S TOO LATE" - "Colors Flying High" - "Take Over" - "He's a Trickster☆" - "I Believe" - "No More What Ifs" - "Throw Away Your Mask" - "Bokura no Hikari (Our Light)"
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Vendors Shops: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Vending Machines - Takemi Medical Clinic - Untouchable - Jose's Shop - Home Shopping Program - Tanaka's Shady Commodities - Military Vending Machine
Phantom Life Mementos Requests - Third Eye - Security Level - Search Objects - Treasure Chests - Treasure Demon - Safe Room - Thieves Guild - List of Shadows - List of Bosses - Skill Card - Will Seeds - Deviations
Battle Items: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Skills: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Difficulty - Status Changes - Weaknesses - Traits - Navigator - Tactics - Guard - Follow Up - Harisen Recovery - Endure - Protect - Pickpocket - Party Switch - Baton Pass - One More - Critical - Technical - Showtime - Cut-in - All-Out Attack - Hold Up - Personality - Drops - Game Over - Disaster Shadow
Velvet Room List of Personas: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Fusion - Special Fusion - Hanging - Lockdown - Electric Chair - Arcana - Skill Inheritance - Fusion Accident - Fusion alarm - Challenge Battle
System Trophies: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Cutscenes - New Game Plus - Patches and Updates
Unused Content: (Persona 5 / Royal)
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Personnel Katsura Hashino - Shigenori Soejima - Shoji Meguro - Lyn Inaizumi - Atsushi Kitajoh - Ryota Kozuka - Kenichi Tsuchiya - Toshiki Konishi - Kazuhisa Wada - Lotus Juice
Other Media
Games Royal - Dancing in Starlight - Strikers
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Events Super Live 2015 - Super Live 2017 - Super Live 2019 - TGS 2021 - 25th Anniversary Symphonic Concert
20th Anniversary Festival - 25th Anniversary - 25th FES
Take Tokyo Tower - E3 2016 - Morgana's Report
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