Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - SP Recovery Guide

Guide on SP Recovery in Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal, including ways how to optimize SP usage and sustain SP levels in the game.

Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - SP Recovery Guide

Guide on SP Usage and Recovery

A party’s SP supply is very essential in accomplishing heists and mission requests. Without it, the Phantom Thieves cannot use skills that can defeat shadows and mini-bosses encountered at cognitive palaces and Mementos.

In this guide. we will breakdown different ways on how to use SP effectively. Also, how to sustain a party’s SP supply as well as increase its gauge. This includes strategies that can be done both in the real word and the metaverse.

How to Optimize SP Consumption

Here are important tips on how to minimize usage of your party members SP while in the metaverse.

1) Make of Use Single-Target Skills

When facing at least two enemies, we suggest using single-target physical or elemental skills.

Multi-target skills costs more than double the SP consumed of Single-target skills. For example, Garu (a single-target light wind skill) consumes 3 SP while Magaru (a multi-target light wind skill) costs  for 8 SP. If your party is facing two shadows sharing the same wind weakness, use Garu twice instead.

2) Prioritize Physical and Gun Attacks over Elemental Attacks

If you party encounters a group of shadows that have Physical and Gun weaknesses, focus on exploiting them. However, check on their persona data if they have passives that can cover those weaknesses.

Using Physical and Gun skills will not cost SP. Physical skills will consume HP instead and so requires healing from time to time. Almost all of enemy personas do not have physical weakness but if you see them having low HP, you can use physical attacks or skills instead to finish them off.

Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Using Gun Attacks

As for Gun skills, they consume bullets but they run out if you don’t have a reserve ammo in stock. If you have more than two enemies with Gun weaknesses, use Panther’s sub-machine gun to spray enemies with bullets.

In Persona 5 Royal, this issue of replenishing ammo is already resolved. You would still run out of ammo if you used them during a battle but they will be replenished in your next battle. This time, the concern would be upgrading you party’s gun weapons to have more ammo.

3) Capitalize on Baton Pass, All-Out Attacks, and Showtime Attacks

These battle mechanics are very helpful for the party since it does not require SP to execute them while facing shadows.

Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Baton Pass Rank 2

Baton Pass is command where you obtain a bonus turn by exploiting an enemy’s weakness or performing critical hits. Instead of spamming skills that targets an enemy’s weakness, you can command a party member to use his/her own elemental skill to also exploit the weakness. This helps in balancing the SP consumption among party members.

Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Penguin Sniper Darts Mini-Game

In Persona 5 Royal, you no longer need to rank up the confidant level of your party members in order to access Baton Pass. They are already innate for each party member and they now have different ranks. The higher the rank, the more damage boost a party member receives together with bonus HP and SP recovery. Increase each member’s rank by playing darts with them in the real world.

Information on Baton Pass Ranks

An All-Out Attack is an optional battle command that can executed when all enemies are knocked down in battle. It is the active party’s finishing move to clear out the remaining enemies in battle. Every All-Out Attack has a victory cutscene and it is unique per party member. The cutscene is dependent on which party member scored the final knock down and initiated the “Hold Up”.

Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Futaba Sakura (Oracle) All-Out Attack Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - "Kasumi" Yoshizawa (Violet) All-Out Attack

In Persona 5 Royal,  Oracle can now perform her victory cutscene by hijacking the party’s All-Out Attack. Also, the new party member, “Kasumi”, also has her own victory cutscene and screen.

Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Makoto and Haru Showtime Attack

Showtime Attacks are exclusive to Persona 5 Royal. They are combination attacks between two current members of the Phantom Thieves. These attacks are unlocked at different points of the story between to Phantom Thief members and are considered Almighty attacks. Use to Showtime Attacks to finish off remaining enemies and defeat mini-bosses or bosses.

Information on Showtime Attacks

4) Get Familiar with Status Ailments and Infliction

Status ailments are essential, especially when dealing with enemies with high HP and strong magic resistances. Using these will lessen the consumption of middle and high tier elemental skills.

Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Mot Status Ailment or Status Infliction

Inflict certain status ailments to enemy shadows in order to nullify their capacity to fight back. This gives your party an opportunity to recover and follow-up with a Technical Attack or Damage.

Information on Status Ailments

5) Integrate Technical Attacks in your Battle Style

Technical Attacks are strong follow-up attacks performed against enemies afflicted with a status ailment.

Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Mot Technical Attack or Damage

Technical Attacks can be triggered by:

  • Hitting a sleeping or burned target with Wind skills
  • Hitting a frozen or shocked enemy with Physical attacks or skills
  • Hitting a frozen, burned, or shocked enemy with Nuclear / Nuke skills
  • Hitting afflicted targets with mental ailments (Confuse, Fear, Despair, Rage, or Brainwash) with Psychokinesis / Psy skills
  • Hit a sleeping or dizzied target any with any type of attack or skill

Some shadows that are hit with Technical Attacks or Technical Damage will be knocked down. This gives your party an opportunity to follow-up with an All-Out Attack or Showtime Attack.

How to Sustain the Party’s SP Levels

There are a lot of ways of maintaining your party’s SP gauge. Most can be done in the preemptively in the real world before going to the metaverse. Remember, that they require a lot of money.

1) Buy SP Recovery Items

Stocking on SP items is very essential early game since you don’t have access to SP recovery accessories yet that can maintain your party’s SP bar. Remember that you can only store up 99 pieces of the same item.

Visit all vending machines and shops in Tokyo that sells SP items every week. This costs a certain amount of money so sell unused equipment or items to Iwai at the Untouchables Airsoft Shop. Items prices for SP recovery items vary per location. When the Protagonist already bought the items, come back to the same spots next week, starting on Monday.

Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - Vending Machine SP Recovery Items

When it comes to Vending Machines, they are located in major districts in Tokyo. Here are the SP Items that you can purchase from vending machines:

Name of SP Item Item Effect Purchase Price Where to Purchase
Arginade Restores 5 SP to one ally ¥100 / ¥300 Vending Machines
(Yongen-jaya, Shibuya, Aoyama-Itchome, Shinjuku, Akihabara, and Kichijoji)
Water of Rebirth

Bear in mind that there are some vending machines that will become temporarily unavailable. This occurs during a Heat Wave and Tropical Night special weather.

Vending Machine Locations

2) Acquiring SP Recovery Items

Apart from purchasing SP items, you can also acquire them both in the metaverse and in the real world. When it comes to the metaverse, SP items can be obtained from treasure chests placed all across cognitive palaces and mementos. In addition, they can also be acquired from enemy shadows by random chance when they are successfully inflicted with a confusion status ailment skill, Pulinpa.

Here are the SP Items that you can get from the metaverse:

Name of SP Item Item Effect How to Acquire
Soul Drop Restores 10 SP to one ally Items and Enemy Shadows (Cognitive Palaces and Mementos)
Snuff Soul Restores 50 SP to one ally
Chewing Soul Restores 100 SP to one ally
Soul Food Fully restores SP to one ally

In the real world, there are story events that will make you obtain SP Items. These SP items include:

Name of SP Item Item Effect How to Acquire
Makoto Donuts Restores 100 SP to one ally  10/26 post-festival party hang out.
Sakura Amezaiku
Ann Cream Puffs
Sadayo Taiyaki
Ryuji Dog
Ohya’s Chocolate Fully restores SP to one ally 2/14 Valentine’s Day hang out.
Takemi’s Chocolate
Sadayo’s Chocolate
Hifumi’s Chocolate
Chihaya’s Chocolate
Futaba’s Chocolate
Ann’s Chocolate
Makoto’s Chocolate
Haru’s Chocolate
Sojiro’s Chocolate Restores 10 SP to one ally Given to you by Sojiro on 2/15 if you have at least two lovers.
Ryuji’s Chocolate Given to you by Ryuji if you don’t respond on 2/13.

3) Creating SP Recovery Items

Creating SP regen items requires the player ranking up their Hierophant Confidant and Empress Confidant. The higher the confidant level of each confidant the more SP item creation options the player can access.

Here are the SP Items that you can create through the two confidants:

Name of SP Item Item Effect How to Acquire
Leblanc Coffee Restores 30 SP to one ally Rank up Sojiro Sakura – Hierophant Confidant Rank Up: 1 → 2
(Make coffee at LeBlanc or have Kawakami make curry.)
Master Coffee Restores 100 SP to one ally Rank up Sojiro Sakura – Hierophant Confidant Rank Up: 5 → 6
(Make coffee at LeBlanc)
Decent Curry Restores 20 SP to all allies, including non-combatants Rank up Sojiro Sakura – Hierophant Confidant Rank Up: 3 → 4
(Make a curry during hangouts with Sojiro’s or have Kawakami make curry.)
Fire Curry Restores 20 SP to all allies, including non-combatants Rank up Sojiro Sakura – Hierophant Confidant Rank Up: 3 → 4
(Make a curry during hangouts with Sojiro’s but not follow his directions.)
Leblanc Curry Restores 30 SP to all allies Rank up Sojiro Sakura – Hierophant Confidant Rank Up: 8 → 9
(Make coffee at LeBlanc)
Master Curry Restores 100 SP to all allies Rank up Sojiro Sakura – Hierophant Confidant Rank Up: 9 → 10
(Make coffee at LeBlanc)
Sun Tomato Restores 100 SP to all allies Rank up Haru Okumura – Empress Confidant Rank Up: 1 → 2
(Visit Haru at Shujin Academy rooftop)
Moonlight Carrot Fully restores SP to one ally Rank up Haru Okumura – Empress Confidant Rank Up: 1 → 2
(Visit Haru at Shujin Academy rooftop)
Sojiro Sakura – Hierophant Confidant Haru Okumura – Empress Confidant

Purchase SP Recovery Accessories

Once you attain Tae Takemi’s Death Confidant at rank 5, she will give you access to buying her medical supplies which include SP recovery accessories.

Persona 5 / Persona 5 Royal - SP Adhesives

The more expensive the accessory is, the higher the rate of SP restoration it gives during battle. Instead of buying them immediately, we suggest ranking up her confidant to level 7 in order to acquire her 50% discount.

There are three kinds of SP recovery accessories that you can purchase:

SP Accessory Item Effect Purchase Price Where to Purchase
SP Adhesive 1 An adhesive that gradually restores SP.
(Recover 3 SP each turn in battle.)
¥40,000 / ¥20,000 Takemi Medica Clinic
(Yongen-jaya Backstreets)
SP Adhesive 2 An adhesive that gradually restores SP.
(Recover 5 SP each turn in battle.)
¥80,000 / ¥40,000
SP Adhesive 3 An adhesive that gradually restores SP.
(Recover 7 SP each turn in battle.)
¥100,000 / ¥50,000

Tae Takemi – Death Confidant 

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