Get rich quick with these tips and tricks for making hard cash.
Even in the RPG world of Yakuza: Like A Dragon, having lots of money definitely helps. While at no point will you need to be flush with cash to progress through the main story, it's useful to have some to make your missions easier.
Your personal funds are represented by the amount of yen that Ichiban and friends have on hand. They can use this to buy helpful items, new gear, and take part in certain activities. Unfortunately, shops can charge quite a lot for weapons and equipment, and grinding for money can take a while. That being said, there are multiple things you can do to get rich quickly.
Almost everything you can do in the game will give you cash in some way. However, some activities are more profitable than others, and certain others can be quite tedious. That being said, it's helpful to grind the most profitable ones as often as you can, while making sure to deposit surplus cash at the ATM to avoid losing it in battle.
After completing Chapter 6, you'll gain access to a series of sewers that function as a dungeon. Made up of multiple levels, the dungeon hides a lot of loot, gear, and high-level enemies to beat up for good money. This can be a very lucrative venture, but it's also quite high risk.
Not only is it difficult to get through the dungeon, but you'll need to go quite deep before you start making some real money. Make sure your characters are high enough levels and experienced in their job skills.
As you make your way through the game, you'll eventually gain access to a new activity called Part-Time Hero. From the menu, you can select one of several categories, with tasks to complete ranging from gathering items to defeating certain enemies. However, some of the fastest and most rewarding are the S.O.S. tasks that appear periodically as you play.
They're marked on the map by the Hero icon with an exclamation mark next to it. They typically ask you to fight a group of enemies, for rewards of up to tens of thousands of yen. Don't be caught off-guard, though, as S.O.S. enemies are usually quite high level — so prepare accordingly.
As you meet characters during the adventure, you'll get the chance to bond with them at the base location, Survive Bar. Their Bond stat is represented by a pink meter, that builds as you travel with and do activities with them. Once it hits the lock on the meter, talk to the character in the Survive Bar to hear the next part of their story, called a Drink Link.
Just before reaching Bond Level 5 (the maximum), the character will ask for your help to resolve their situation. This tends to involve fighting, but can result in hundreds of thousands of yen, in addition to getting closer to your teammates.
Like any true RPG, there are tons of optional tasks to complete, which will appear as you progress through the story. They're marked by white dialogue boxes on the map, and will usually trigger upon your approach.
While the quests can vary in difficulty and length, it's worthwhile doing them for several reasons: They boost Ichiban's Personality, provide EXP, reward you with new gear and even Poundmates, and can also net you a fair amount of yen.
One of the bigger side quests in the game involves Ichiban's decision to save a failing business, which is coincidentally named Ichiban Confections. When at the office, Ichiban needs to manage employees, investments, and board meetings, in order to raise the value of the company — while ensuring that it keeps making a profit.
Though the company money is separate from Ichiban's personal funds, there is money to be made. After several periods of opening for business, Ichiban and his employees will need to attend a Shareholders Meeting to ensure that the company is doing well. Succeed in satisfying the investors, and not only will your company's value improve significantly, but you'll also get a nice yen reward for doing so well.
In an obvious but amusing Pokemon parody, there is a professor who has dedicated his time to studying all the different types of enemies (Sujimon) you'll fight. He asks you to find as many as you can, and gives you a device to record them. While many Sujimon are easily found wandering the streets, some are much rarer.
However, a telltale sign of a rare Sujimon is that they frequently appear on the map as lone enemies. Though they tend to be stronger than most, it's worth taking them down — not only to record their data, but also because they have a good chance to drop thousands of yen on defeat.
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