The Phantom Thieves regularly change their hideouts, starting from Shujin's rooftop and ending at Café Leblanc. Before the party enters either a Palace or Mementos, they all gather at the hideout to plan their ventures accordingly. This includes viewing requests, holding a strategy meeting to discuss their current circumstances, and accessing the Metaverse, either to infiltrate a Palace or to explore Mementos. Calling cards are also sent from a hideout once everyone is in agreement. If a calling card is sent, the heist will take place the following day.
Going to a hideout does not advance time, and the protagonist may leave at any point without committing to anything. They may also access the menu to equip items and view stats, or use the network feature to consult the Thieves Guild and view what other players have done on that date.
Persona 5 Royal
In Persona 5 Royal, the role of the hideout does not change, although summoning the group to the hideout after a certain date will automatically unlock a specific Showtime between two party members.
The hideout's use in Café Leblanc is continued throughout the third semester.
The only instance of entering the Metaverse by choice (i.e. not through a cutscene after sending a calling card), outside of the hideout takes place in Royal on January 11, when the protagonist meets with Goro Akechi in Odaiba to enter Maruki's Palace on their own. The protagonist is allowed to leave the area to purchase items from either Untouchable or Takemi Medical Clinic, similar to the hideout, but unlike it, he is not permitted to freely roam the city, and must report to Akechi to initiate the exploration.
Persona 5 Strikers
While in Shibuya, the Phantom Thieves continue to meet at Café Leblanc prior to infiltrating the Metaverse, but once they begin traveling across the country their hideout shifts to the retro camper that doubles as their transportation. The bar that Zenkichi keeps for his own personal use also doubles as a temporary hideout while the Phantom Thieves are being hunted by Public Security.
The functions of the hideout are similar to its use in Persona 5, allowing the party to access the Jails, send Calling Cards, hold strategy meetings, and view and take on Requests. In addition, the Phantom Thieves can also buy supplies from Sophia's Shop, and the protagonist can cook or go to the Velvet Room to fuse new Personas. During certain story events, such as discovering the Trauma Cell, the hideout will also allow the party to "Go to Destination" to progress the story. Once the Thieves have finished their business in a given city, they can meet at the hideout to advance to their next destination.
List of Hideouts
Persona 5 / Royal
- Shujin Academy Rooftop
- Shibuya; Teikyu Building Accessway
- Yongen-Jaya; Café Leblanc attic (7/25)
- Yongen-Jaya; Café Leblanc
Persona 5 Strikers
- Café Leblanc (Shibuya only)
- Camping Van (After clearing the Shibuya Jail)
- Outside the Psientific Laboratory (Okinawa only)
- Zenkichi's hideout (Kyoto only)