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Persona 3 Reload: Junpei, Akihiko social link, linked episode details

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Persona 3 Reload has lots of social links to work through but how do party members like Junpei, Akihiko, Junpei, and Shinjiro fit into it? They technically don’t, but those who want more character development for the male party members can still find it in the game with Persona 3 Reload’s new date-sensitive linked episodes.

Social links remain the bread and butter of modern Persona games but those who didn’t play the original Persona 3 will be a bit surprised. While both 4 and 5 had a social link set aside for each party member, that’s not the case in Persona 3 where players can’t hang out with half the team.

While much of the discussion surrounding Persona 3 Reload has been what’s not in the game and what’s being held back for DLC, there are a fair few things that have been added. Among them is a social link alternative for Junpei, Akihiko, Ken, Shinjiro, and Koromaru here’s how it works, when you can do it, and what you actually get from it.

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Junpei, Akihiko, Ken, Koromaru, and Shinjiro don’t have social links in Persona 3 Reload, and instead have “linked episodes” that take their place. These function similar to social links as the player opts into spending a block of time doing them and they have a story that advances in a sequential fashion. 

They do not, however, have prerequisites for starting or advancing them outside of being tied to specific dates. Each character only has five events, but the fact that each one happens on a specific date better intertwines them with the main story. Hangouts with Junpei, Akihiko, Ken, Koromaru, and Shinjiro do not have “correct” dialog choices, as players do not have to improve their relationship with the characters to advance their stories.

Linked episodes also confer an immediate benefit to the player. These social link alternatives improve the combat prowess of Junpei, Akihiko, Ken, Koromaru, and Shinjiro, or they provide a social stat boost to the player. As with social links, seeing them through to the end gives the player access to a new Persona they can create via fusion.

All Persona 3 Reload linked episodes dates, rewards

Each linked episode takes place on a specific date during daytime hours. Almost all of them will advance time.

Here’s every linked episode’s date and reward:

CharacterDateReward
Junpei 15/12Hermes St +3
Akihiko 15/29Max HP +5
Akihiko 27/24Items
Junpei 28/9Charm +1
Koromaru 18/22Charm +1
Koromaru 29/4Courage +1
Koromaru 39/8Agility +3
Ken 19/8Academics +1
Koromaru 49/9Courage +1
Shinjiro 1*9/11Courage +1
Shinjiro 29/13Charm +1
Shinjiro 39/14Academics +1
Shinjiro 4*9/15None
Shinjiro 49/16Courage +1
Ken 29/16Courage +1
Akihiko 310/9Charm +1
Shinjiro 510/28Unlocks Hell Biker persona
Junpei 3**11/7Academics +1
Ken 311/10Charm +1
Akihiko 412/12Max SP +3
Junpei 412/19Courage +1
Ken 412/22Max SP +3
Akihiko 51/4Unocks Horus persona
Koromaru 51/5Unlocks Byakko persona
Junpei 51/15Unlocks Surt persona
Ken 51/19Unlocks Michael persona

*- Player talks with Mitsuru to activate event

**- Tied to a time-sensitive story event, player is strongly encouraged to do immediately

Players have multiple opportunities to activate a linked event in most cases, but they don’t last forever. In general, it’s best to do them immediately as they come up.

There’s still plentiful missable content, but these are different from social links in that they are more closely associated with key story events. As such, Persona 3 Reload players should make sure to prioritize these linked episodes with Junpei, Akihiko, Ken, Koromaru, and Shinjiro ahead of social links and most efforts to advance social stats. Those who are desperate to see fully realized social links with male party members can do so, but they’ll have to pick up Persona 3 Portable or hope that its content makes it into Reload via a stealth DLC drop.

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Written by Steven Rondina

Steven Rondina has been playing video games since he was a toddler and appreciates every genre out there. He has earned the platinum trophy in every Soulsborne game, is regularly Master Ball-ranked on the competitive Pokemon ladder, and has spent thousands of hours missing shots on Dust 2. His work has previously been featured by Bleacher Report and The Washington Post, and he was an Assistant Editor at WIN.gg. You can follow him on Twitter / X at @srondina.

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