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"A bond made with another person. Getting to know others is the key to strengthening your Personas."
Persona 3 FES Dictionary Entry

Social Links, also known as S. Links and known as Community (コミュニティ?) in the Japanese versions and often abbreviated as "Commu" (コミュ?), are an important gameplay mechanic that appears in Persona 3 and Persona 4. They were replaced with Confidants in Persona 5.

Each Social Link represents a single Arcana, and raising a particular Social Link increases the experience bonus the protagonists receive when they fuse Personas of that Arcana. By completing a Social Link, it unlocks the ultimate Persona of that Arcana. Social Links can, however, be reversed if players do not spend time with the respective people holding the Link, end up booking two holiday invitations on one day, or gave an improper answer during their conversations. The reverse effect will also continue to last until the protagonist reconciles with them. At some point a Social Link can even be broken, prohibiting the protagonist from fusing Personas from the respective Arcana.

AppearancesEdit

RoleEdit

Persona 3Edit

The Social Link system was first introduced in Persona 3. The whole purpose of the Social Link at this point was to give considerable amounts of experience to newly-fused Personas and unlock new ones.

PortableEdit

Social links in Portable function in the same manner as Persona 3 with some new additions based on the system in Persona 4. Like Persona 4, the protagonist's team members can gain special abilities, such as taking a mortal blow, follow-up attacks and a chance to survive a fatal attack once per fight. However, unlike Persona 4, these abilities are automatically earned for all members when the player ranks up the Fool Social Link (which is automatic throughout the game), rather than from each individual party member's Social Link events.

Persona 4Edit

"Bonds of people is the true power."
Persona 4 The Animation ending (Beauty of Destiny)

Social Links play a larger role in Persona 4, where the protagonist's Social Links with his friends are directly related to their battle factor. For example, a level one Magician Arcana Social Link allows Yosuke Hanamura to take a mortal blow for the protagonist that would normally kill him. Maxing out the Magician Arcana Social Link evolves Yosuke's initial persona, Jiraiya to Susano-O, granting improved elemental resistances.

Margaret advises the protagonist to balance his time of venturing into the Midnight Channel with his spending time with his friends, as Social Links are what create the protagonist's "World." Later, the Social Links created by the protagonist with others play an important role in the "True Ending" route.

GoldenEdit

In Golden, S.Links with teammates also give new skills to the Persona of that teammate when the link reaches some certain level (2,4,6 etc), and some functions of the S.Link are moved to higher levels (e.g., taking a mortal blow is moved to level 7; doing so for the protagonist is moved to level 9).

List of Social LinksEdit

  • Italics indicate a Social Link that upgrades automatically via story progression.
  • Bold indicates a Social Link with a party member.

Persona 3Edit

Arcana Name Social Link Person(s) Memento
0. Fool SEES Social Link SEES -
I. Magician Classmate Social Link Kenji Tomochika Handmade Choker
II.

Priestess

Fuuka Yamagishi Social Link

Fuuka Yamagishi Headphones
III. Empress Mitsuru Kirijo Social Link Mitsuru Kirijo Motorcycle Key
IV. Emperor

Student Council Social Link

Hidetoshi Odagiri Cheap Lighter
V. Hierophant

Old Couple Social Link

Bunkichi and Mitsuko Kitamura Persimmon Fruit
VI. Lovers Yukari Takeba Social Link Yukari Takeba Yukari's Strap
VII. Chariot

(Kendo/Swim/Track) Social Link

Kazushi Miyamoto Sports Tape
VIII. Justice

Treasurer Social Link

Chihiro Fushimi Manga
IX. Hermit Online Game Social Link Maya Screenshot Data
X. Fortune

(Art/Music/Photography) Club Social Link

Keisuke Hiraga Award Letter
XI. Strength

Team Manager Social Link

Yuko Nishiwaki Kids' Letter
XII. Hanged Man

Girl at the Shrine Social Link

Maiko Oohashi Bead Ring
XIII. Death Mysterious Boy Social Link Pharos -
XIV. Temperance

Transfer Student Social Link

Andre Laurent Jean "Bebe" Geraux Money Pouch
XV. Devil Businessman Social Link President Tanaka Thank-you Letter
XVI. Tower Unusual Monk Social Link Mutatsu Reserve Tag
XVII. Star Rival Athlete Social Link Mamoru Hayase Car Key
XVIII. Moon Gourmet King Social Link Nozomi Suemitsu Gourmet License
XIX. Sun

Dying Young Man Social Link

Akinari Kamiki Worn Notebook
XX. Judgement Nyx Annihilation Team Social Link SEES -
XX. Aeon Aigis Social Link Aigis

 (FES and Portable only)

Charred Screw

PortableEdit

The male protagonist's Social Links are still the same as to the PS2 versions of the game; only the female protagonist's Social Links are listed here:

Arcana Name Social Link Person(s) Memento Ultimate Persona
0. Fool SEES Social Link Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad - Susano-o, the Raging God
I. Magician

Junpei Iori Social Link

Junpei Iori Pig Key Holder Surt, the Inferno God
II. Priestess Fuuka Yamagishi Social Link Fuuka Yamagishi Headphones Scathach, The Teacher
III. Empress Mitsuru Kirijo Social Link Mitsuru Kirijo Motorcycle Key Alilat, the Ancient Goddess
IV. Emperor

Student Council Social Link

Hidetoshi Odagiri Cheap Lighter Odin, the Storm God
V. Hierophant

Old Couple Social Link

Bunkichi and Mitsuko Kitamura Persimmon Fruit Kohryu, Guardian of Nature
VI. Lovers Yukari Takeba Social Link Yukari Takeba Yukari's Strap Cybele, the Earth Mother
VII. Chariot

(Tennis/Volleyball) Social Link

Rio Iwasaki Annotated Guide Thor, the Mighty God of Thunder
VIII. Justice Ken Amada Social Link Ken Amada Silver Key Melchizedek, the King of Justice
IX. Hermit (Health Committee/Librarian) Social Link Saori Hasegawa PA Recording Arahabaki, the Aboriginal God
X. Fortune Ryoji Mochizuki Social Link Ryoji Mochizuki Faint Glow Ring Norn, the Three Goddesses of Fate
XI. Strength Koromaru Social Link Koromaru Dirty Collar Siegfried, the Bearer of Victory
XII. Hanged Man

Girl at the Shrine Social Link

Maiko Oohashi Bead Ring Attis, the God of Sacrifice
XIII. Death Mysterious Boy Social Link Pharos - Thanatos, the Bringer of Death
XIV. Temperance

Transfer Student Social Link

Andre Laurent Jean "Bebe" Geraux Money Pouch Yurlungur, Governor of the Heavens
XV. Devil Businessman Social Link President Tanaka Thank-you Letter Beelzebub, Lord of Hell
XVI. Tower Unusual Monk Social Link Mutatsu Reserve Tag Chi You, the Warrior King
XVII. Star Akihiko Sanada Social Link Akihiko Sanada Rabbit Doll Helel, the One Who Holds Up Light
XVIII. Moon Shinjiro Aragaki Social Link Shinjiro Aragaki Leather Watch Sandalphon, the Angel That Conveys Prayers
XIX. Sun

Dying Young Man Social Link

Akinari Kamiki Worn Notebook Asura, the Grand Being
XX. Judgement Nyx Annihilation Team Social Link Nyx Annihilation Team - Messiah, the Savior
XX. Aeon Aigis Social Link Aigis Charred Screw Metatron, Attendant to the Infinite

Persona 4Edit

Arcana Name Social Link Person(s) Memento Ultimate Persona
0. Fool Investigation Team Social Link Investigation Team - Loki, the Shape-Shifter.
I. Magician Yosuke Hanamura Social Link Yosuke Hanamura Buddy's Bandage Mada, the Intoxicator.
II. Priestess Yukiko Amagi Social Link Yukiko Amagi Shrine Charm Scathach, the Mentor.
III. Empress Margaret Social Link Margaret Spiral Brooch Isis, the Mother of Reincarnation.
IV. Emperor Kanji Tatsumi Social Link Kanji Tatsumi Cute Strap Odin, the God of Storms.
V. Hierophant Ryotaro Dojima Social Link Ryotaro Dojima Coffee Mug Kohryu, the Almighty Guardian.
VI. Lovers Rise Kujikawa Social Link Rise Kujikawa Signed Photo Ishtar, the Goddess of Love.
VII. Chariot Chie Satonaka Social Link Chie Satonaka Wristbands Futsunushi, the Divine Sword.
VIII. Justice Nanako Dojima Social Link Nanako Dojima Family Picture Sraosha, the Scourge of Evil.
IX. Hermit Fox Social Link Fox Gratitude Ema Ongyo-Ki, the Shadow Dweller.
X. Fortune Naoto Shirogane Social Link Naoto Shirogane Detective Badge Norn, the Triple Godhead of Fate.
XI. Strength Fellow Athletes Social Link Kou Ichijo and Daisuke Nagase Letter to Kou or Spike Brush Zaou-Gongen, the One who Demands Surrender.
XII. Hanged Man Saki's Brother Social Link Naoki Konishi Junes Receipt Attis, the God of Sacrifice.
XIII. Death Old Lady Social Link Hisano Kuroda Old Fountain Pen Mahakala, the King of Darkness.
XIV. Temperance Young Mother Social Link Eri Minami Clover Bookmark Vishnu, the Preserver of the World.
XV. Devil Nurse Social Link Sayoko Uehara Hospital ID Beelzebub, the Prince of Lies.
XVI. Tower Tutored Student Social Link Shu Nakajima Test Results Shiva, the God of Destruction.
XVII. Star Teddie Social Link Teddie - Helel, the Light Bearer.
XVIII. Moon Ai Ebihara Social Link Ai Ebihara Compact Sandalphon, the Angel of Prayer.
XIX. Sun Yumi Ozawa Social Link or Ayane Matsunaga Social Link Yumi Ozawa or Ayane Matsunaga Annotated Script or Handmade Ticket Asura, the Highest of the High.
XX. Judgement Seekers of Truth Social Link Seekers of Truth - Lucifer, the Rebel King of Hell.

GoldenEdit

The Social Links in Golden remain the same, except for the addition of 2 new Links:

Arcana Name Social Link Person(s) Memento Ultimate Persona
0./XI. Jester/Hunger Tohru Adachi Social Link Tohru Adachi Adachi's Number/Adachi's Letter. Magatsu-Izanagi, the Tempter of the Void.
XX. Aeon Marie Social Link Marie Old Bamboo Comb Kaguya, the Moonlit Night's Visitor.

GalleryEdit

 
Art652 2
From the Arcana of Fool to Fortune
 
Art662 2
From the Arcana of Strength to World
 
Arcanas P3
All Arcanas from Persona 3 FES

TriviaEdit

P3 FES Marriage Certificate

An image of a marriage certificate in the game's files.

  • Some Social Links in the Persona series can be viewed as a romance mechanic for some players.
  • In Persona 3, unused files in the game indicate that it is intended to be possible for the protagonist to marry a Social Link character that they are having a relationship with using a marriage certificate. This feature is removed in the final game.
  • In Tarot readings, the Death card is seen as a turning point in the deck, because all Arcana that appear after it feature celestial symbols. This superiority of the other Arcana, starting with Temperance, appears in Persona 3, where every Social Link of these Arcana can be initiated after a "flag" given by another Social Link character or by a special event revolving around another Social Link: Temperance-Hierophant, Devil-Hermit, Tower-Strength, Star-Chariot, Moon-Magician, Sun-Hanged Man.


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