Persona 5 Royal - Makoto Niijima, the Priestess Confidant (Confidant Abilities and Guide)

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

Persona 5 Royal - Makoto Niijima, the Priestess, Confidant Abilities and Guide

Makoto Niijima, the Priestess Confidant in Persona 5 Royal

Makoto Niijima is a fellow member of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts. As the wielder of the persona, Johanna, she works alongside them with her healing and nuclear skills. Unlike most portrayed by the Priestess Arcana, she is brutal in both her combat and her driving style.

Persona 5 Royal - Makoto Niijima, the Priestess, Confidant Abilities and Guide

Despite her brutal way of fighting, Makoto does have a compassionate side. This comes out when she is acting as student council president of Shujin Academy. However, she also hopes to no longer burden her sister, Sae Niijima.

Queen

Persona 5 Royal - Makoto Niijima and Haru Okumura Showtime Attack

As a Phantom Thief, Makoto’s code name is Queen. She wears pitch-black clothing adorned with spikes. Her body suit has pads covering her shoulders and knees, a leather breastplate, and a pair of boots.  Queen is armed with a Tekko for close quarters and revolvers for ranged combat.

Makoto represents the Priestess confidant, and her persona, Johanna makes use of Nuke skills. Queen’s persona is a reference to Pope Joan, the tale of a woman who became a pope in the middle ages.

Persona 5 Royal Confidant List and Recruitment Guide

Unlocking Makoto (Both Versions)

You can unlock Makoto by heading to the student council office after school. She can alternatively be found at Shujin’s school gate or the Aoyama subway. After you max out the Priestess Confidant, you can summon Cybele.

Confidant Availability (Both Versions)

Day Period
Monday Day ()
Night ()
Tuesday Day ()
Night ()
Wednesday Day ()
Night ()
Thursday Day ()
Night ()
Friday Day ()
Night ()
Saturday Day ()
Night ()
Sunday Day ()
Night ()
Rainy Day ()
Night ()

Persona 5 Royal Priestess Confidant Abilities 

Rank Name Effects
1 Shadow Calculus Allows you to see skills and potential item drops on the analysis screen.
2 Baton Pass Allows you to pass your turn over to other Baton Pass users after a 1 More.
3 Black Belt Talk If negotiation with a martial arts-using Shadow fails, you can try again.
4 Follow Up Chance to perform a follow-up attack if Joker’s attack does not down the enemy.
5
6 Harisen Recovery Chance to cure status ailments inflicted upon party members.
7 Shadow Factorization Allows you to see Null, Repel, and Drain when highlighting a target in a battle.
8 Endure Chance to withstand an otherwise fatal attack with 1 HP remaining. This can be done once per battle.
9 Protect Chance to shield Joker from an otherwise fatal attack. This can be done once per battle.
10 Second Awakening Transforms her Persona, Johanna, into Anat.
11 Third Awakening Transforms her Persona, Anat, into, Agnes.

Confidant Boost Values

Here is a breakdown of the confidant boost music notes the Protagonist will acquire during confidant rank up events. If you bring a Priestess Arcana persona or not, some dialogue choices only grant a maximum of +♪♪♪ confidant boost. While other dialogue choices will have a fixed +♫ confidant boost.

No Boost

Rank Confidant Boost Total notes
(♪)
0-1 0
1-2 1st Choice: +♪
2nd Choice: +♪♪
Phone: +♪
4
2-3 1st Choice: +♪
2nd Choice: +♪♪
Phone: +♪
4
3-4 1st Choice: +♪
4th Choice: +♪♪
5th Choice: +♪♪
5
4-5 1st Choice: +♪♪
2nd Choice: +♪♪
Phone: +♪
5
5-6 1st Choice: +♪♪
Phone: +♪
3
6-7 4th Choice: +♪♪♪(♫)
5th Choice: +♪♪♪(♫)
6th Choice: +♪
7th Choice: +♪
Phone: +♪
9
7-8 1st Choice: +♪
2nd Choice: +♪♪
3
8-9 1st Choice: +♪♪
2nd Choice: +♪
3rd Choice: +♪
4th Choice: +♪♪♪(♫)
5th Choice: +♪♪ / 6th Choice (Romance): +♪♪♪(♫)
Phone: +♪ / Phone (Romance): +♪
If you get points from 5th choice: 7+2+1=10

If you skipped 5th, and got points from 6th choice (Romance): 7+3+1=11

9-Max 1st Choice: +♪
2nd Choice: +♪
3rd Choice: +♪
4th Choice: +♪♪♪(♫)
5th Choice (Friendship): +♪♪
6th Choice (Friendship): +♪
5th Choice (Romance): +♪
If Friendship: 6+3=9

If Romance: 6+1=7

With Boost from Priestess Arcana

Make sure that you have a persona under the Priestess Arcana when interacting with the Makoto to maximize gains.

Rank Confidant Boost Total notes
(♪)
0-1 0
1-2 1st Choice: +♪♪
2nd Choice: +♪♪♪
Phone: +♪♪
7
2-3 1st Choice: +♪♪
2nd Choice: +♪♪♪
Phone: +♪♪
7
3-4 1st Choice: +♪♪
4th Choice: +♪♪♪
5th Choice: +♪♪♪
8
4-5 1st Choice: +♪♪♪
2nd Choice: +♪♪♪
Phone: +♪♪
8
5-6 1st Choice: +♪♪♪
Phone: +♪♪
5
6-7 4th Choice: +♪♪♪(♫)
5th Choice: +♪♪♪(♫)
6th Choice: +♪♪
7th Choice: +♪♪
Phone: +♪♪
12
7-8 1st Choice: +♪♪
2nd Choice: +♪♪♪
5
8-9 1st Choice: +♪♪♪
2nd Choice: +♪♪
3rd Choice: +♪♪
4th Choice: +♪♪♪(♫)
5th Choice: +♪♪♪ / 6th Choice (Romance): +♪♪♪(♫)
Phone: +♪♪ / Phone (Romance): +♪♪
Whether or not you get ♪♪♪ from either the 5th or 6th Choice, the total is: 15
9-Max 1st Choice: +♪♪
2nd Choice: +♪♪
3rd Choice: +♪♪
4th Choice: +♪♪♪(♫)
5th Choice (Friendship): +♪♪♪ / 5th Choice (Romance): +♪♪
6th Choice (Friendship): +♪♪
If Friendship: 9+3+2=14

If Romance: 9+2=11

Confidant Rank Up Dialogue Choices

Make sure that you have a persona under the Priestess Arcana when interacting with the Makoto to maximize gains.

Rank Dialogue Effects
1 Approach Makoto in front of the Student Council Office once you clear Kaneshiro Palace.
  • Rank 3 Knowledge required
  • Unlocks Shadow Calculus (see potential drops of enemies on the Analyze screen)
2 1st Choice:

  • “You’re very well informed.” +2

2nd Choice:

  • “That was dangerous.” +2

3rd Choice:

  • All choices are +0

Phone (P5R):

  • “Couldn’t agree more” +1*
  • Unlocks Baton Pass (allows passing your turn over to other Baton Pass users after a 1 More.)
3 1st Choice:

  • “You have the wrong idea.” +1

2nd Choice:

  • “You can change.” +3
  • “Don’t let it get to you.” +2

Phone (P5R):

  • “Sounds like you two get along.”  +1*
  •  Unlocks Brainiac Talk (gives Makoto the chance to step in and rescue a failed shadow negotiation)
4 1st Choice:

  • “That’s unlike you.” +2

2nd Choice:

  • All choices are +0

3rd Choice:

  • All choices are +0

4th Choice:

  • “Why do you use it?” +2
  •  “That’s adorable.” +2

5th Choice:

  • “It’s an amazing goal.” +2
  • “I like a woman in uniform.” +2
  •  Unlocks Follow Up (gives Makoto the chance to attack an enemy after Joker as a follow-up)
5 1st Choice:

  • “He sounds suspicious.” +2
  • “That’s annoying.” +2

2nd Choice:

  • “I got this.” +3
  • “Only if I can take it seriously.” +2

Phone (P5R):

  • “Try to reach out to her.” +2*
6 1st Choice:

  • “Love comes in many forms.” +3
  • “We just started.” +2

2nd Choice:

  • All choices are +0

3rd Choice:

  • All choices are +0

Phone (P5R):

  • “Tell him you’re on a date.” +2*
  • Rank 5 Charm (Debonair) required
  • Unlocks Harisen Recovery (gives Makoto the chance to step in and heal status ailments of the party)
7 1st Choice:

  • All choices are +0

2nd Choice:

  • All choices are +0

3rd Choice:

  • All choices are +0

4th Choice:

  • “That’s a horrible story.” +3
  •  “He was a noble man.” +3
  • “Was it tough without him??” +2

5th Choice:

  • All choices are +3

6th Choice:

  • All choices are +2

7th Choice:

  • “I’m game if you are.” +2
  • “Refuse her, please.” +2

Phone (P5R):

  • “Of course.” +2
  • “It’s the role I always hoped for.” +2*
  •  Unlocks Shadow Factorization (tells you if an attack will be effective or not while targeting)
8 1st Choice:

  • “He says that to all his girls.” +2
  • “That’s how he ropes you in.” +2

2nd Choice:

  • “Absolutely.” +3
  • “Only if I can take it seriously.” +2
  • “Eh, she deserves him.” +2
  • Unlocks Endure (gives Makoto a chance to withstand a killing blow)
9 1st Choice:

  • All choices are +3

2nd Choice:

  • All choices are +2

3rd Choice:

  • “That was the right move.” +3

4th Choice:

  • “I’m a regular here.” +3
  • “It’s a popular meeting spot.” +3
  • “Not as much as you.” +2

5th Choice:

  • Friendship – “You’ll find someone someday.” +3
  • Romance – “I’ll be your study partner.” +0

6th Choice:

  • Romance – “I do.” +3
  • Friendship – “That’s not what I meant.”+0

Phone (P5R):

  • Romance – “I’d do anything for you.”+2 
  • Friendship “No big deal.” +2
  • Friendship – “It’s cheap.” (Choice 1) +2
  • Head to Shinjuku to look around for info on Tsukasa.
  • Find men with speech bubbles to interact with.
  • Ask them if they know Tsukasa.
  • Afterwards, you’ll talk to the lady.
  • Unlocks Protect (gives Makoto the ability to shield Joker from a fatal attack)
  • Note that this cooperation will cost you a day and night activity.
10 (Friendship) 1st Choice:

  • “That’s incredible.” +2

2nd Choice:

  • “Are you stressing over exams.” +3

3rd Choice:

  • “That sounds difficult.” +3

4th Choice:

  • “What an admirable goal.” +3
  • “That’s an amazing dream.” +2
  • “Your father would be proud.” +3

5th Choice:

  • “Maybe a little bit.” +2
  • “We went through so much…” +3

6th Choice:

  • “Just be careful, OK?” +2
  • Unlocks Second Awakening (evolves Makoto’s persona, Johanna, into its awakened form, Anat)
10 (Romance) 1st Choice:

  • “That’s incredible.” +2

2nd Choice:

  • “Are you stressing over exams.” +3

3rd Choice:

  • “That sounds difficult.” +3

4th Choice:

  • “What an admirable goal.” +3
  • “That’s an amazing dream.” +2
  • “Your father would be proud.” +3

5th Choice:

  • “Just be careful, OK?” +3
  • “We went through so much…” +3

6th Choice:

  • All choices are +0
  • Unlocks Second Awakening (evolves Makoto’s persona, Johanna, into its awakened form, Anat)

Confidant Hangout Dialogue Choices

Make sure that you have a persona under the Priestess Arcana when interacting with Makoto to maximize gains.

Hangout Area Dialogue Choices Effects
Hawaii Trip 1st Choice:

  • All choices are +3

2nd Choice:

  • “Yeah, sometimes.” +3
  • Not Really”+3
  • “It Depends.” +2

3rd Choice:

  • “It’s been fun.” +2

4th Choice:

  • All choices are +3

5th Choice:

  • All choices are +0
Ogikubo
  • All choices are +3
Suidobashi 3rd Choice:

  • “To the amusement park.” +3
  • Acquire Gi-Nyant Doll
Harajuku
  • “Not really” +3
Tsukishima
  • All choices are +3
Chinatown  1st Choice:

  • “Raw spring roll?” +3

2nd Choice:

  • “Let’s look around.” +2
  • Acquire Shumai Cushion
Odaiba Seaside Park
  • “It’s strange / This is nice and quiet” +3
Giant Ferris Wheel
  • All choices are +3
My Room
  • “That was unexpected.” +3
Destiny Land 1st Choice:

  • “Looks good.” +3

2nd Choice:

  • All choices are +3
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12 Comments

  1. This guide does not say when she becomes available or under what conditions. Could it please be updated with this information?

  2. (evolves Makoto’s Persona into its ultimate form, Cybele)
    Anat is Makoto’s Ultimate, Cybele is the highest ranking priestess persona unlocked from getting Makoto’s Confidant rank to ten. Probably just a typo, since this information is correct everywhere else in the guide.