Persona 5 Royal - Goro Akechi, the Justice Confidant (Confidant Abilities and Guide)


Overview and guide about Goro Akechi, the Justice Confidant or Social Link, in Persona 5 Royal. Included also are the confidant's availability, abilities, and dialogue choices.

Persona 5 Royal - Goro Akechi, the Justice, Confidant Abilities and Guide

Goro Akechi, the Justice Confidant in Persona 5 Royal

Persona 5 Royal - Goro Akechi, the Justice, Confidant Abilities and Guide

A high school student with a keen sense of detail, Goro is widely known as “The Second Advent of the Detective Prince.” Although he appears quite popular, there is a darker side to Goro. His past haunts him, his mother having committed suicide and his father having abandoned him. Growing up, he was a loner, unable to befriend anyone. These circumstances fueled Goro’s longing to become a detective.

Despite his past, Goro feels a sense of fulfillment by joining up with the Phantom Thieves of Hearts. This grants him a glimpse of the happiness he has been longing for. Goro still feels bothered as there are still some conflicts within him, though.

His character is possibly inspired by Kogoro Akechi, a fictional detective created by the Japanese writer Ranpo Edogawa. This might also branch out as inspiration from Sherlock Holmes.


Persona 5 Royal - Goro Akechi, the Justice, Confidant Abilities and Guide

Goro’s alter ego is Crow, an identity he assumed to confront the Phantom Thieves after initially being at odds with their methods of helping society. His outfit has an overall regal design which makes him resemble a prince with a red mask. Crow’s weapons of choice are a laser sword and pistol. His persona is Robin Hood, who specializes in almighty, bless, and curse skills. Robin Hood is likely based on the legendary medieval outlaw known for his creed to “steal from the rich and give to the poor.”

Persona 5 Royal Confidant List and Recruitment Guide

Unlocking Akechi

Goro Akechi is unlocked automatically in the story. After maxing out his confidant level, you can summon Metatron.

Persona 5 Royal Confidant Availability

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Persona 5 Confidant Availability

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Persona 5 Royal Justice Confidant Abilities

Rank Name Effect Date
2 Sleuthing Instinct Chance to reveal one enemy affinity at the start of battle.
  • On 6/25
4 Sleuthing Mastery Chance to reveal all of one enemy’s affinities at the start of battle.
  • On 7/19
6 Baton Touch Allows you to pass your turn over to other Baton Pass users after a 1 More.
Follow Up Chance to perform a follow-up attack if Joker’s attack does not down the enemy.
Detective Talk Chance to step in after Shadow negotiation fails, allowing a retry.
7 Harisen Recovery Chance to cure status ailments inflicted upon party members.
10 Endure Can withstand a fatal blow and will have 1 HP remaining (only triggers once per battle).
Protect Takes a fatal blow directed at the protagonist (only triggers once per battle).

Persona 5 Justice Confidant Abilities

Rank Name Effect Date
1 6/10
2 7/25
3 8/28
4 10/24
5 10/26
6 Baton Touch Allows you to pass your turn over to other Baton Pass users after a 1 More. 10/29
Follow Up Chance to perform a follow-up attack if Joker’s attack does not down the enemy.
Detective Talk Chance to step in after Shadow negotiation fails, allowing a retry.
Harisen Recovery Chance to cure status ailments inflicted upon party members.
7 Clear Niijima Palace, 11/19
8 Answer Sae’s Questions Correctly, 11/20
9 Encounter Akechi in Shido Palace
10 Defeat the boss ‘Akechi Goro’ inside Shido Palace

Dialogue Guide (Persona 5 Royal)

Rank Dialogue Choices Effects
2 1st Choice:

  • “You always seem so busy.” +2

3rd Choice:

  • All choices are +2

5th Choice:

  • “I see a lot of things.” +3
  • All other choices are +2


  • “As rivals?” +2
  • Unlocks Sleuthing Instinct
3 2nd Choice:

  • “Should’ve figured.” +3
  • “Your life must be so hard.” +2


  • “Wasn’t it fun?” +2
  • Requires Rank 3 in Knowledge and Charm.
4 2nd Choice:

  • “Now this is my kind of club.” +3
  • “Do they have coffee?” +2

3rd Choice:

  • “Any recommendations?” +3
  • “Anything’s fine by me.” +2

4th Choice:

  • “It’s a great place.” +2

6th Choice:

  • “All I need is curry.” +2
  • All other choices are +3


  • “I kinda get it.” +2
  • Unlocks Sleuthing Mastery
  • Unlocks Jazz Jin club in Kichijoji.
5 2nd Choice:

  • “Are you used to gunplay?” +2

3rd Choice:

  • “You wanted to be a hero?” +3
  • “Very interesting.” +2

Phone (P5R Only):

  • All choices are +2
6 1st Choice:

  • “A while, huh.” +3
  • “So relaxing…” +2

2nd Choice:

  • “You’ve been through a lot.” +2

3rd Choice:

  • “Are YOU okay?” +2
  • Al other choices are +3

4th Choice:

  • “Same.” +3
  • “Guess I win.” +2

5th Choice:

  • All choices are +2

6th Choice:

  • “I think you’re right.” +3
  • “Can I put my clothes on?” +2


  • “My bad, I guess.” +2
  • Appears on 9/3 in LeBlanc. (P5R only)
7 1st Choice:

  • “That’s why it’s so fun.” +3

4th Choice:

  • “I couldn’t let myself lose.” +3

Follow up:

  • “You’re my rival.”
  • Appears on 11/2, and requires Rank 4 in Knowledge. You also need to win against Akechi to rank up his confidant. (P5R Only)
  • Unlocks Harisen Recovery (P5R Only)

6th Choice:

  • “I definitely wouldn’t lose.” +3

7th Choice:

  • “Really hate losing, don’t you?” +2
  • “Same here.” +1

Follow up:

  • “I accept.”
9 Story progression
10 Story progression
  • Unlocks Endure (P5R Only)
  • Unlocks Protect (P5R Only)

Invited Event Guide (Exam Study and Holidays)

Invitations are sent by Akechi a night before the scheduled event by phone text. If you confirm to attend that night, you will have a bonus confidant boost. Furthermore, make sure that you have a persona under these arcana when interacting together with Akechi during these events

  • Devil Arcana
Event Dialogue Choices Effects
7/29 (Shinagawa) 1st Choice:

  • “It’s a nice place.” +3
7/29 3rd Choice:

  • All choices are +0
Devil Confidant +2
7/29 4th Choice:

  • “It’s nothing bad.” +2
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  1. Rank 7, after the “Follow up” question of “You’re my rival.”: the 3 choices are “Do I?”, “I don’t know.”, and “We’re rivals, aren’t we?”. The “We’re rivals, aren’t we?” gives +2 with arcana.

  2. Currently playing P5R, and at Rank 3 you get an ability called “Smooth Talk” : “If negotiation with a god-like shadow fails, you can try again.”

    These forums/guides are totally incorrect.

  3. Please Specify that in Rank 8 in Royal, you must choose “I accept” to unlock Hereward. It can be a real hassle if you are trying to get all third-tier personas and missed that one choice

  4. For the third choice, make sure to select “If you like” in response to Ohya for +3 Devil points; the other two responses award only +2 or +0 points.

    For the fourth choice, choose either “What of it” or “It’s nothing bad”, either of which award +2 Justice points. The last one awards nothing.

    If these guides are all based on the Japanese version (and apparently done by someone not fluent in Japanese but relying on Google translate), then they should REALLY be revised for English, otherwise this is kind of pointless.

  5. Got a text from Akechi for what would have been rank 2 -> 3 on 6/29 but I went with Ryuji to investigate. Name says it all. (Royal btw)

  6. These guides are all really bad. Numerous lines in every single confidant guide posted on this site are nowhere to be seen in the game. They need to be edited and updated terribly. Not visiting this site anymore.