Persona 3 first came out in July of 2006 and is largely credited for sparking the series’ popularity outside of Japan. With a few different versions out there, your experience with the game will differ slightly, depending on which you played through. One thing that’s more or less the same is the Social Link mechanic the game introduced. Social Links serve as a way to gain access to stronger personas throughout the game but also double as a dating sim mechanic as well.
Between the male and female MC, Persona 3 has quite a few romanceable characters. In the end, though, who you romance depends on you. The means in doing so can be a little tough to figure out on your own sometimes, so why not get a little help along the way? Here’s a comprehensive guide to every possible romance in Persona 3.
Bebe’s Social Link is of the Temperance arcana. He usually waits in front of the protagonist’s classroom and is available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. This is a pretty straightforward Social Link with not all that much to do aside from putting in the time and avoiding a reversal. In that case, Bebe can still be found, though you’ll find him in front of the Home Economics room instead.
12 Yuko Nishiwaki
Yuko is first introduced as the team manager of whichever athletic club you choose. She represents the Strength arcane and is a great early game Social Link to pursue, as she doesn’t require any additional social stats to initiate.
Her link starts once you’ve attended your athletic club a handful of times and it’s pretty self-explanatory from then on. Maxing out her Social Link, regardless of romance, will give you access to Siegfried. That’s more than worth the effort.
11 Chihiro Fushimi
Chihiro is an easy character to root for, regardless of whether or not you’re aiming to complete her Social Link. She’s the Student Council Treasurer, and thus can be found next to its entrance.
In order to start her Social Link, you have to talk to her three times and give the correct answers. Those are; “I want to talk," “I'm male," and “Hello,” followed by “Let's walk home together." Once things kick off she can be found every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
10 Ryoji Mochizuki
Ryoji’s Social Link is a bit of a rare case given that it’s an automatic one. Ryoji represents the Fortune Arcana for the female MC and has his link start on November 9th. The player has until December 31st to really max out the link. This only happens if the player decides to let Ryoji live. Regardless of how you handle it, this isn’t going to be a happy ending.
The secondary Velvet Room attendant, and the female MC’s alternative to Elizabeth, Theodore often gets overlook despite being a canon character. Just like with Elizabeth, you can “date” Theodore by taking him out and fulfilling his requests. It’s a little unorthodox when compared to the other Social Links in the game, but offers a nice change of pace.
Just like Theodore, Elizabeth isn’t technically a Social Link but can still be interacted with in more or less the same fashion. Elizabeth gives the player side quests. Upon completing them, their bond improves.
Players are rewarded by receiving special items that can help with fusing certain rare personas as well. Elizabeth has way more of a hands-on Social Link than any of the other girls. It’s a little more challenging to see through but worth the effort.
7 Ken Amada
Though technically a romance option for the female MC, Ken’s is more of a one-sided affection given his age. Taking up the Justice Arcana, Ken is available Tuesday and Thursday in the evenings and is only accessible from September 1st onwards.
In order to start his Social Link, the MC will have to have her courage maxed out, as Ken is too shy to approach her on his own.
6 Fuuka Yamagishi
Fukka’s Social Link is of the Priestess Arcana and is available starting June 19th. Players eager to start Fuuka’s Social Link will first have to put time into maxing out their courage. The reason? Fuuka is a terrible cook. The MC needs “badass” courage just to stomach it.
At one point in her Social Link, the dialogue choices will start to open up for a more romantic relationship. It’s up to you from there on.
5 Shinjiro Aragaki
One great thing about the female MC is how her route expanded on certain characters backgrounds and personalities. Shinji is one of the benefactors of that. His Social Link represents the Moon Arcana and is only available from September 7th to October 4th. So, those wanting to max out his link will have to do so in a relatively short amount of time. He’s available on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, so you’ll need to make use of pretty much all those days.
Initially not datable in the original Persona 3, Aigis represented the Aeon Arcana from FES onwards. Aigis is a special Social Link for a few reasons. She’s only made available fairly late in the game and thus gives the player little time to max out her link. She requires no social stat prerequisites in order to get things started, and won’t get mad if the protagonists date someone else. Additionally, she and Elizabeth’s Social Links are the only two that end romantically regardless of player choice.
3 Akihiko Sanada
In the female MC route, Akihiko represents the Star Arcana, and his Social Link is only made available from May 25th onwards. In order to kick things off, the MC must have 4 charm or higher, which may not be possible in that amount of time—at least not if you’re not prioritizing it over everything else.
The romantic route is unlocked at Rank 9, though players must answer various dialogue choices correctly leading up to that point throughout the Social Kink.
2 Yukari Takeba
Yukari is the first main cast member players are introduced to, but those interested in starting her Social Link have to wait a decent while until being able to access it.
Yukari represents the Lovers Arcana and is available from July 24th onwards. Players wanting to date Yukari will have to max out their charm beforehand.
1 Mitsuru Kirijo
Mitsuru’s Social Link isn’t all that hard to access with one exception. Mitsuru represents the Empress Arcana and is only available late in the game. Players can start her Social Link on November 20th.
While that seems like a long wait, it’s a necessary one. Mitsuru will only give you the time of day if you’ve maxed out your academics. If you’re working on your first playthrough, that can be a long process to go through.