Yakuza: Like a Dragon - Job System

Overview and guide about jobs in Yakuza: Like a Dragon on PS5 and PS4, including their mechanics, benefits, and how to level them in the game.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon - Job System

Yakuza: Like a Dragon Jobs Guide

Jobs in Yakuza: Like a Dragon refers occupations available for each playable character have in the game. Each character can sign-up from a growing list of available jobs as the player progresses through the game. In addition, each profession offers a set of stat bonuses and unique skills that the player can capitalize when engaging battles.

Choose a job that suits your character

When deciding for the next job your character will take, make sure that it complements the nature of your character in battle. For example, if you’re picking out a new job for Ichiban Kasuga, choose a job that will boost his physical fighter capabilities.

All Character Guides

Leveling up jobs

Each job has a level that you need to develop. In order to maximize the job’s benefits, you need to gain experience from battles. As you raise your job level, you also obtain new skills.

Battle System Guide

To increase the gains of job experience, make sure to wear accessories

Changing jobs

During Chapter 5, you can visit the Hello Work office in order to job change. Keep in mind that you need to reach the required personality stats and base level in order change a job.

Job Change Guide List of Jobs

Some techniques are locked to a job but if you rank up the job level of your previous job to the max, you will be able to carry over extreme skills.

Job Recommendations for Beginners

Below are our recommendations of jobs for certain playable characters in the game. For an in-depth list of best jobs for all characters, read our list best jobs below:

All Best Jobs

Recommended Early Game Jobs

1) Foreman

Job Conditions (Kasuga)
  • Base level 1 or higher
  • Cheer power stat level 3 or higher

Once available, send Ichiban Kasuga to this open job. He can acquire a skill “Development Crash” that can be used during your adventure phase. You can acquire a skill called “Pioneer Crash” by continually destroying walls. In addition, you can access the Dark Merchant store where you can buy rare items.

Foreman Job Guide

2) Idol (Female only)

Job Conditions (Saeko)
  • Base level 15 or higher
Job Conditions (Eri)
  • Base level 1 or higher

The Idol job serves as the healer of your party. Not only this job can recover lost HP but also cure status effects of a single ally or the whole party. When mid game arrives, party members will leave temporarily and there will be a shortage of a healer. Make sure that your assigned party member already unlocked this job as early as possible.

Idol Job Guide

Only female characters can change jobs to idols namely Saeko and Eri.

Recommended Mid Game Jobs

1) Enforcer

Recommended Characters
Yakuza: Like a Dragon - Ichiban KasugaIchiban Kasuga Yakuza: Like a Dragon - Koichi AdachiKoichi Adachi

Enforcer jobs can learn high-powered lightning attacks such as “Hang-Up” and “Extreme Electromagnetic Storm”. This job can handle both physical and magical attributes and can exploit enemies with weakness to lightning.

Enforcer Job Guide

This job recommended to Ichiban Kasuga to complement his high HP pool. Also, to Koichi Adachi in order to attach him with attribute attacks.

2) Host and Hostess

Recommended Characters
Yakuza: Like a Dragon - Ichiban KasugaIchiban Kasuga Yakuza: Like a Dragon - Saeko MukuodaSaeko Mukuoda
Yakuza: Like a Dragon - Eri KamatakiEri Kamataki

Taking the Hostess job can equip the character with water extreme skills and magic. Since the later bosses will become resistant to physical attacks, sign-up your party members with jobs that can access elemental attributes like this one.

Hostess Job Guide

Ichiban Kasuga can career change to a Host since he is a very flexible party member. You can also sign-up your two female party members for this job. We suggest signing-up only one a female party member that didn’t change job yet to an Idol.

Host Job Guide

Job Limitations

A character’s overall battle performance is not only determined by their base level but by their job status and job level also. If you keep on changing jobs while you progress the game, you may not be able to unlock extreme skills that can help you in defeating stronger enemies.

While doing the main story, keep at most two accessible jobs together with your main job. Aim to develop a job where you can learn the character-specific extreme skills. Then, make sure that the new job can complement your previous job’s extreme skills.

Other Strategy Guides

Yakuza: Like a Dragon - Strategy Guides

Getting Started

▼Getting Started
Game Editions Game Controls Game Difficulty
Permanent Events Beginner's Guide Personality Stats
Job System Substories Part-time Hero
Battle System Status Effects -

Personality Stats

▼Personality Stat Guides
Passion Guide Confidence Guide Charisma Guide
Kindness Guide Intellect Guide Style Guide


▼Collectible Guides
All Honk-Honk Locations All Sujimon Locations All Girlfriend Events

Useful Guides

▼Useful Guides
Trophies Best Weapons Best Armor
Best Jobs Best Job Skills Best Parties
Best Employees All Vocational Exam Answers All Drink Links Answers
Leveling Guide Money Farming Guide Job Change Guide
Bonds Guide Poundmates Guide Gardening Guide
How to Get Eggs How to Get Pocket Tissues How to Get Amulet of Kishimojin
Final Millennium Tower Guide Post-Game Unlockables -

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  1. I think that the one piece that is lacking from this article is the fact that levelling “secondary” jobs between chapters is a great way to smooth out the difficulty curve if people are having difficulties. This is especially true once the dungeons become available. I try to keep all my players’ jobs trained up to at least half the level of my main jobs. One full run through of the Yokohama sewers is enough to level almost any job up to level 15.

    This is important as the character skills as well as the levelling bonuses are a huge help. For example, I had some major issues getting my team past some end game bosses, and it was taking a long time levelling my main jobs. Instead of grinding 2 hours for a couple of job levels, one 30 to 45 minute run through of the Yokohama dungeon got me at least one new character skill and three stats boosts taking a job from level 1 to 15. Using job EXP items as well as Kiwami drinks when encountering Invested Vagabonds made this a breeze.