Persona 5 Royal: Makoto Niijima (Priestess) Confidant Guide

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Makoto Niijima, of the Priestess Arcana, is a romanceable Confidant in the game Persona 5 Royal. This guide will cover all you need to know about her Confidant, such as the benefits that you will get by leveling up her confidant, the right things to say to get her to rank up faster, and the gifts that she likes the most. 

Next to the responses are numbers, those numbers represent the number of music notes that will appear over Makoto’s head, the more music notes the more likely that she will rank up faster.

Makoto Niijima Benefits

  • Rank 1: Shadow Calculus – This allows you to see skills and potential item drops on the analysis screen
  • Rank 3:  Black Belt Talk – If negotiation with a martial-arts Shadow fails, you can try again.
  • Rank 4: Follow Up – Chance to perform a follow-up attack if Joker’s attack does not down the enemy.
  • Rank 5: Harison Recovery – Chance to cure status ailments inflicted upon party members.
  • Rank 7: Shadow Factorization – This allows you to see Null, Repel, and Drain when highlighting a target in battle. 
  • Rank 8: Endure – Chance to withstand an otherwise fatal attack with 1 HP remaining
  • Rank 9: Protect – Chance to shield Joker from an otherwise fatal attack

MAX: Second Awakening – Transforms her Persona into a Mythological Trickster.

MAX ROYAL: Third Awakening – Fuse with Mythological Trickster, awakening its true power. (You have to max out the confidant and hang out with Makoto in January)

Makoto Niijima Rank 1 (Level 3 Knowledge Required)

Follow Up:

  • Let’s go again sometime +2
  • It’s a new you +1
  • The red-light district next +3

Makoto Niijima Rank 2

Response 1:

  • You’re very well informed +2
  • Have you ever been here? +0
  • Stay close to me +0

Response 2:

  • You should have known better +2
  • That was dangerous +3
  • You get flustered easily, huh? +0


Response 3:

  • Why is it called a salon? +0
  • What kind of place is that? +0

Follow Up:

  • Couldn’t agree more +2
  • He just wouldn’t give up +0
  • Let’s actually go in next time +0

Makoto Niijima Rank 3

Response 1:

  • You have the wrong idea +2
  • So what if we were together? +0
  • It’s none of your business +0

Response 2:

  • Don’t let it get to you +2
  • You can change +3
  • Beep boop +0

Follow Up:

  • Sounds like you two get along +2
  • Buchimaru-kun? +0
  • Okay, calm down +0

Makoto Niijima Rank 4

Response 1:

  • That’s unlike you +2
  • Is Thieves work distracting you? +0
  • I’m sure you did better than me +0

Response 2:

  • Eiko? +0
  • …Who? +0

Response 3:

  • Don’t you have goals? +0
  • What about college? +0
  • What do you mean? +0

Response 4:

  • Why do you use it? +3
  • That’s adorable +2
  • That’s not very ladylike… +0

Response 5: 

  • Do you still want to pursue it? +0
  • I like a woman in uniform +2
  • It’s an amazing goal +3

Makoto Niijima Rank 5

Response 1: 

  • Are you jealous of them? +0
  • That’s annoying +2 
  • He sounds suspicious +3

Response 2:

  • I got this +3
  • Why do I have to do it? +0
  • Only if I can take it seriously +2

Follow Up:

  • Fist! Of! Justice! +0
  • Report him to the police +0
  • Try to reach out to her +2

Makoto Niijima Rank 6 (Max level Charm Required)

Response 1: 

  • We just started +2
  • We’re fighting right now +0
  • Love comes in many forms +3

Response 2:

  • Don’t be so pushy +0
  • Back off +0
  • Here, have my number instead +0

Response 3: 

  • No, you’re being considerate +0
  • You worry too much +0
  • Maybe a little +0

Follow Up:

  • Tell him you’re on a date +2
  • You’re allowed to ignore him +0
  • Fire the same thing back +0

Makoto Niijima Rank 7

Response 1:

  • Do you think he likes you? +0
  • Does Eiko know about this? +0

Response 2:

  • Probably a little +0
  • You watch too many soap operas +0
  • He’s definitely suspicious +0

Response 3:

  • Who was their leader? +0
  • What gang was it? +0

Response 4:

  • That’s a horrible story +3
  • Was it tough without him? +2
  • He was a noble man +3

Response 5: 

  • That’s admirable +3
  • I’m sure he was happy +3

Response 6:

  • Do you have an answer? +2
  • You can figure that out now +2

Response 7:

  • I’m game if you are +2
  • What are you going to say? +0
  • Refuse her, please +2

Follow Up:

  • Of course… +2
  • I guess so +0
  • It’s a role I always hoped for +2

Makoto Niijima Rank 8

Response 1:

  • He says that to all his girls +2
  • That’s how he ropes you in +2
  • I’m not sure +0

Response 2:

  • Absolutely +3
  • What are we going to do? +2
  • Eh, she deserves him +2

Makoto Niijima Rank 9

Response 1:

  • Get away from her! +3
  • Your fight’s with me +3
  • I’m calling the cops +3

Response 2:

  • We should get out of here +2
  • Follow me +2

Response 3:

  • It looked like it hurt +0
  • That was the right move +2
  • You really smacked her +0

Response 4:

  • I’m a regular here +3
  • It’s a popular meeting spot +3
  • Not as much as you +2

Response 5:

  • You will find someone someday +3 (END)
  • I’ll be your study partner +0 (ROMANCE)

Response 6:

  • I do +3 (ROMANCE)
  • That’s not what I meant +0

Follow Up:

  • I’d do anything for you +2
  • Were you scared? +0
  • No big deal +2

Makoto Niijima Rank MAX (Romance)

Response 1: 

  • That’s incredible +2
  • Your slap worked wonders +0
  • I’m so relieved +0

Response 2:

  • Are you stressing over exams? +2
  • Back to studying? +0
  • For your sister? +0

Response 3:

  • Police commissioner? +0
  • That sounds difficult +2
  • Why did you choose that? +0

Response 4:

  • What an admirable goal +3
  • That’s an amazing dream +2
  • Your father would be proud +3

Response 5: 

  • Haha, yeah +0
  • It’s not funny at all +0
  • Just be careful, OK? +2

Response 6:

  • What’s wrong? +0
  • Do you want to study? +0

Makoto Niijima Favorite Gifts

Black Mug:

  • +2
  • Shinjuku ¥1800

Classical Hits:

  • +2
  • Underground Mall ¥3000

All-purpose Vitamins: 

  • +2
  • Shibuya ¥4500

Super Noisey Alarm Clock (Persona 5 Royal Only):

  • +2
  • Shibuya Underground Mall ¥12000

Book Cover:

  • +3 (Persona 5)
  • +2 (Persona 5 Royal)
  • Underground Mall ¥3000

Flower Basket:

  • +3 (Persona 5)
  • +2 (Persona 5 Royal)
  • Shinjuku at Night ¥2400

Mini Cactus:

  • +3 (Persona 5)
  • +2 (Persona 5 Royal)
  • Underground Mall ¥1600

Fountain Pen:

  • +3 (Persona 5)
  • +2 (Persona 5 Royal)
  • Shinjuku ¥8000

Designer Perfume:

  • +3
  • Underground Mall ¥7800
  • Unique reaction

Motorbike Figure:

  • +3 
  • Akihabara ¥3600
  • Unique reaction

Heart Ring:

  • +3
  • Romance only
  • Underground Mall ¥88,000

Heart Necklace:

  • +3
  • Romance only
  • Underground Mall ¥68,000

Rose Bouquet:

  • +3 (Persona 5)
  • +2 (Persona 5 Royal)
  • Romance only
  • Shinjuku at Night ¥2400

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Persona 5 Royal

  • Release Date: March 31, 2020
    • - 31 December 2020 (PlayStation 4)
  • Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X
  • Genre(s): Adventure, RPG