ByRob Harris, writer at Creators.co
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Rob Harris

In Persona 5 hanging out with characters is the best way to rank up your level in each arcana type, which in turn bestows buffs during combat and grants access to new abilities. In this part of our confidant and cooperation we'll show you the best, quickest way to improve your relationship with Haru Okumura and increase the Empress Social Link rank.

Haru and her Empress Abilities become available on 10/31. She is a romance option and you can find her on the school rooftop on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

Note: To initiate this confidant you'll need to have a Kindness rating of at least 3.

'Persona 5': All Empress Abilities Unlocked

  • Vegetable Harvest: Allows you to grow vegetables on the school roof.
  • Baton Touch: Allows you to pass your turn over to other Baton Pass users after a 1 more.
  • Follow-up Attack: Chance to do a Follow-Up attack when the protagonist knocks down an enemy.
  • Celebrity Talk: Restart negotiation with a Shadow if it fails.
  • Seed Improvement: Vegetable Harvest now produces one extra vegetable.
  • Harisen Recovery: Cure status ailments on Party Members.
  • Soil Improvement: Vegetable Harvest now takes less time.
  • Endure: Chance to withstand an otherwise fatal attack with 1 HP remaining.
  • Covering: When an enemy attacks the main character's weakness, Haru can opt to take the hit instead.
  • Ultimate Awakening: Haru's Persona will evolve to its ultimate form.

'Persona 5' Confidants & Cooperations Guide: Quickest Way To Rank Up

  • As with previous Persona games, social interactions are best initiated with a persona of the same arcana type equipped. This will ensure you're given bonus affinity points with the confidant in question, though note that this does not apply to Fool, Magician, Strength, Moon, Sun, Justice and Judgment arcana links.
  • Praying at the Meiji Jingumae Shrine (unlocked at 8/6) can boost your confidant relationship, even when the character isn't available to hang out with. Bear in mind that this costs money and time.
  • While exploring you can always hit R1 to bring up the prefectures map. Pressing square over any location will show you every cooperation opportunity (if any) currently available there.
'Persona 5' [Credit: Atlus]
'Persona 5' [Credit: Atlus]

Haru Okumura Empress Walkthrough Guide: Best Conversation Choices & How To Romance

In order to maximise your Empress confidant rank, or initiate a romantic relationship with Haru, you'll need to know how to talk to her—selecting the correct conversation response is key to ranking up your confidant social link, unlocking abilities and reaching max level faster.

Recommended Gift: Vase, can be bought at the Shibuya Underground Mall.

Empress (Haru) Rank 1

This rank is acquired automatically after talking to Haru on the school roof for the first time.

Empress (Haru) Rank 2

Note: Dexterity/Transcendent Proficiency must be Rank 5

  • Choice 1:

“Are you opening a cafe?” / “Are you starting a farm?” (+3 for either)

  • Choice 2:

“He sounds suspicious.”

  • Choice 3:

“This is a complex issue.”

Empress (Haru) Rank 3

  • Choice 1:

“Not yet.”

  • Choice 2:

“I don’t want to go with you.”

  • Choice 3:

“It’ll be okay, I promise.” / “They won’t find out.” (+3 for either)

Empress (Haru) Rank 4

  • Choice 1:

“That’s pricey.” / “It must be amazing.” (+3 for either)

  • Choice 2:

+3 for all

  • Choice 3:

+3 for all

  • Choice 4:

“Let’s ask him.”

  • Choice 5:

“I’m not really sure.”

Empress (Haru) Rank 5

  • Choice 1:

“Somebody’s telling the truth.” / “Trust no one.” (+3 for either)

  • Choice 2:

“There has to be another way.”

  • Choice 3:

“That doesn’t matter now.” / “I don’t think so.” (+3 for either)

Empress (Haru) Rank 6

  • Choice 1:

“That’s fascinating.” / “You’re so studious.” / “Can you make some for me?” (+3 for all)

  • Choice 2:

“I had no idea.”

  • Choice 3:

“That would be bad.” / “Black like coffee?” (+3 for either)

  • Choice 5:

“Be strong, Haru.”

Empress (Haru) Rank 7

  • Choice 2:

“That sounds really tough…” / “What do you want to do?” (+3 for either)

  • Choice 3:

+3 for all

  • Choice 4:

+3 for all

Empress (Haru) Rank 8

  • Choice 1:

“The soil?”

  • Choice 2:

+3 for all

  • Choice 3:

+3 for all

Empress (Haru) Rank 9 - Romance Available

  • Choice 1:

+3 for all

  • Choice 2:

“You’re very welcome.” / “You did amazing.” (+3 for either)

  • Choice 4:

“I like you too, Haru.” (Romance commitment)

“He saw us as good friends.” (Friendship commitment)

Empress (Haru) Rank 10

You have reached max level with this Social Link.

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