Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a role-playing video game which is the eighth main release in the Yakuza series. In contrast to the previous Yakuza games that focused on the life of Kazuma Kiryu, a man trying to lead a normal life following his removal from the Tojo Clan, this game instead introduces a new protagonist named Ichiban Kasuga. After being imprisoned for 18 years, Ichiban goes on a personal quest to become a hero. Yakuza Like A Dragon is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC. Take a look at our tips to get help in the game.
When you begin Yakuza: Like A Dragon you will only have a couple of Fast Travel points unlocked. To activate and use the rest, you will need to travel throughout the map on foot and look for taxis on the street. When you interact with a taxi in any given location you will open up that area's Fast Travel access. Try to unlock as many Fast Travel points as possible as doing so will not only make getting around faster it will also help make completing the side missions later easier.
Once you have earned some cash it is recommended that you visit the Ounabara Vocational School on the corner of Daikokuten Street and Breakwater Drive, in East Jinnai Station. Here you will be able to improve Kasuga's personality traits which will help him in combat and his love life as the effectiveness of certain skills scale off certain personality traits. All you have to do is pay a fee and answer some questions on various topics that include math, sports, and Yakuza trivia. Don't be tempted by the expensive tools which you can purchase to help you get the questions correct, instead save your yen by saving before every test. That way if you fail you can always reload.
Frequently Visit the Survive Bar
Bonds are the progression levels for each one of your party members in Yakuza: Like a Dragon and it is important that you continually level them up so they have the maximum Bond level with Kasuga. To raise the Bond level of your allies you need to sit down and have a chat with them over a drink at your hideout Survive Bar. Frequently visiting the Survive Bar will also enable you to find out more about each character's backstory and earn them more XP when they are not fighting with you. Activities that increase Bonds include karaoke, dining, party chat, Seagull Cinema, Cabarets, and gifts.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon will not make any recommendations about your gear so it is important that you pay attention to your loadout and make sure you always have the latest and best gear equipped. Having the newest gear means higher stats and better survivability. Never stop spending the money you earn on the latest armour and weapons from shops around the city. There is no benefit saving the money and then pointlessly losing half of what you are carrying when you die.
Whenever Kasuga is taken down in Yakuza: Like a Dragon he will lose half of the yen he's carrying at that moment. There is no reason to be carrying large sums of money about as you can deposit the cash you are carrying at ATMs which can be found in stores like Poppo. You can withdraw the cash whenever you like and you can always check your balance by looking at the Passbook item in the 'Valuables' section of your inventory.
Remember that if you so happen to run into a roving street gang that is a much higher level than Kasuga they will more than likely defeat him. When this happens the street gang will take half of Kasuga's money. When you consider that the Auto-Save in Yakuza: Like a Dragon is only triggered when Kasuga has been beaten you realise the importance of manually saving often as you progress through the game.
The Arena in Yakuza: Like a Dragon will become unlocked during Chapter 12 and it functions similarly to a lot of arenas in other JRPGs. You basically enter the battlegrounds, fight a wave of enemies, and collect your rewards. If you continually play the arena for an hour or two the XP you earn will allow you to increase your average party level up by 10 or so which will help you considerably when you face the story-related bosses who are difficult to defeat from here on out.
At the start of Chapter 12, you will be aksed to pay 3 million yen to progress the story so make sure you are saving up your yen ahead of Chapter 12. You can visit the pawn shop an sell off any excess weapons, armour, and other loot that you don√Ę¬?¬?t need to stock up on some yen. The watch you recieved at the end of Chapter 11 will fetch you 1 million yen when you sell it and completing the 'Part Time Here' quest 'Kature The Kappa' will award you 2 million yen. Another way to make money quickly is to visit the casino and play some blackjack.
In Yakuza: Like a Dragon you will be able to gain EXP boosts at certain restaurants by ordering the correct set menu. For example, if you head to Yoronotaki on N Isezaki Road you will be able to purchase three combo meals there that stack and give you an EXP boost for your next three battles. The items you need to purchase in a single transaction are:
- Sashimi Platter (5 items) + Edamame + Draft Beer (Medium)
- Handpicked Vinegar Mackerel + Skewer Platter + Bakuhai (Whisky + Beer)
- Stir-Fried Bean Sprouts + Salted Yakisoba (with Sichuan Chili Oil) + Gyokuro Green Tea Shochu
The total will come to ¬•4,540 and although this is a lot early on in the game you will soon be making enough money to afford these dishes frequently.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a tough game to survive and having a strong set of armour and a decent weapon will not always be enough. It is recommended that you stock up on energy potions such as Tauriner, Staminan Royale and Toughness. These recovery items can be purchased in many stores, rewarded by defeating enemies, and earned by finishing substories. Make sure you also stock up on Sandwhich and Sushi Sets.
Although Yakuza: Like a Dragon has an Auto-Save system it is recommended that you do manual saves before big expenditures in order to reload your game if things go wrong. For example, the Ounabara Vocational School which you can access from Chapter 4 has a Trivia test which costs ¬•100,000 to take which will enable you to quickly level up your social stats. If you mess it up and you have saved the game you can simply reload your game and take the test again and save ¬•100,000.
Keep an eye out for NPCs that do not have any signs on top of their heads that are standing behind a table with kitchen items. If you come across one of these NPCs make sure you go and talk to them. When you do so they will give you a health item for free.
As with previous games in the Yakuza series you should always pay attention to your surroundings during a fight as the game allows you to use objects in the environment to deal a large amount of damage to your enemies. To use these environmental items which includes things like chairs and beer crates you just need to make sure the item is situated between you and your enemy when you attack. When you do so you will automatically perform a contextual maneuver with the object.
Make sure you prioritize the well being of Kasuga above all else. If your teammates go down you can revive them with a First Aid Kit or with a handful of revival skills, whereas if Kasuga goes down the game is over. It is therefore essential that Kasuga is prepared to take a big hit before he engages in combat with enemies, especially bosses. If you do get taken down during the game you have the option of either paying a hefty fee to restart the fight or loading back to your last save. If you stay on Kasuga's Hero job path, you will unlock a skill called Peerless Resolve at rank 16. This recovers some of Kasuga's HP and gives him a buff that lets him survive one fatal hit.
As you progress through Yakuza: Like a Dragon you will find that upgrades, weapons, and even eating will start to deplete your savings. One way in which you can keep them topped up is through the Treasure Hunt skill which is one of the first mechanics the game teaches you. What you simply have to do is find a vending machine or a pile of trash and stand next to it. If you then press the Square (PlayStation) or X (Xbox) button on your controller you will search for 'treasure'.
Most of the time you will only find ¬•10 or ¬•100 coins but there is always the possibility that you will hit the jackpot which will result in a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum plate which once you unlock the Benten Pawn Shop on Misaki Street you will be able to trade these in for a decent amount of coi..
Make sure you do all the substories in Yakuza: Like a Dragon as some of them will open up key mechanics when you complete them. They will also unlock most of the Like a Dragon's Poundmates summons for use in battle. Substories unlock throughout Yakuza: Like a Dragon's main story progression, some will be revealed on the map with a speech bubble icon on chapters 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12 and 15. A grey speech bubble icon indicates an all-new substory that you will be starting for the first time, while a blue speech bubble represents a continuation of an existing substory. Some can substories can carry over across multiple chapters.