Persona 5 can be one of the hardest JRPGs around, but it is solely based on what you do as a player. The Personas you use, the difficulty option you’re playing on, and how much time you devote to grinding can all determine whether or not you have a hard time with Persona 5. One of the defining factors in this regard is your team makeup and who you use. In this case, I’ve come up with the Persona 5 best team composition.
There are two parts to the Persona 5 best team composition: the first being the party members you use in the battles and the other being the different Personas you equip. Both are essential to succeeding in this game from start to finish.
They also determine how easy or difficult each Palace dungeon and boss battle will be. Thankfully, I have a cheat sheet for you to reference below with this Persona 5 best team composition guide.
Bottom Line Up Front
There is no one size fits all best team that you should use throughout the entire journey of Persona 5, at least on your first playthrough. The game changes so much in its meta and enemies with each dungeon that you complete, making it so that you have to stay flexible and ever-changing. For that reason, I find that there is a better team for each of the Palaces in the game. But they may not be the same for future Palaces, due to how resistances, levels, and enemies shake out.
Persona 5 Best Team Composition Overview
Unlike some of the other JRPGs out there, the Persona series complicates matters further by having two different party factors to consider. In a game series like Pokemon, for instance, you have your six creatures to worry about and that’s it.
In a game like the Final Fantasy series, you have some party members to put into your starting lineup and that’s it. But in Persona, you have both of these. You have the creatures known as Personas that Joker can equip, with literally hundreds to choose from.
But then you can have up to four party members in the battle team at once. These two together have to be juggled and considered carefully to do your best in the story of Persona 5. This is also where a lot of players struggle sometimes when playing this game for the first time.
They may not switch out Personas often enough to keep up with the changing meta with the higher-level enemies in each new dungeon. Or they may only like a couple of characters and choose to use them, but this could cause them some issues in the long run due to their weaknesses. Here’s what you need to know about both sides of this.
How to Choose Party Members
For starters, when it comes to determining the best team composition for your current section in Persona 5, you need first to figure out your party members. You can have up to four party members in your team at any one time that will battle it out together.
Thankfully, each of the other Phantom Thieves members only has one Persona to worry about at any one time, so you are just choosing based on their steady stats. What you want to keep in mind are the weaknesses and resistances that the person has.
In general, whenever a new Palace arrives and a new party member joins the group, chances are that they are going to be great for the road ahead. It is almost like the game gives you a little bit of a hint in this regard. As for the other two members to join that new character and Joker, it is up to you.
Some players will determine who to pick based for their team based on if they are at a higher level than the other party members. This isn’t a smart move, either. It is better to grind levels for a lower-level but more effective party member than to stick with the same old team for the whole game.
If that person is resistant to most enemies in a Palace, their lower level won’t hurt them that much.
How to Choose Persona
On the other hand, there is the Persona situation. As you likely already know, Joker is a wild card Persona user. This means that he can freely switch Personas at will. You can gain new Persona by negotiating with them in battle after downing them or fusing them in the Velvet Room.
In general, Joker is meant to switch Personas quite often. This is why he has this power. This isn’t Pokemon where you find your core team and stick with them for the duration of the game. Instead, Joker should be fluid and always change the Personas that he is holding to keep up with the current level in the new Palaces.
This is a similar situation to the party members, too. You want to consider the weaknesses that each Persona you have has and have that help to determine which one to use for defensive reasons in the dungeon. In addition, though, there is another factor to figure out, and that is your skills.
Personas have different skills and some might be more effective in certain dungeons than others. If a dungeon is full of enemies weak to psychic attacks, you’ll want to find one of the few Personas that naturally learn this elemental type.
When it comes to creating the best team, here are a few miscellaneous tips that I have for you that can make it easier as well:
- As mentioned, always be changing. When you enter a new dungeon, be ready to start switching out your current Personas for new ones.
- In addition, you know you need a new Persona when it reaches the final level of learning new skills. You should change it up soon after this and transfer over some of the skills it learned to a new Persona.
- The Palace rulers are the key to determining the best team for each dungeon. The trash mobs you face while exploring the dungeon don’t matter all that much, but the bosses do as they are the actual challenge.
- Rank up the Mishima Confidant ranks as soon as you can. This will grant experience to all party members, even the ones in reserve. This will reduce the amount of level grinding you’ll need to do when switching out party members.
Best Team Guidelines
When coming up with the best team composition for Persona 5, on your first playthrough, you won’t find that a single team will carry you through the entire game. In fact, the best team in Persona 5 is the one that is always changing and adapting to the changing meta.
What works in one Palace won’t work in another. As such, I have broken down the best team composition for each of the nine main Palaces you’ll visit in the Persona 5 story, including the new Palace that arrives in Persona 5 Royal.
This way, you’ll know exactly who to use for each step of your journey to the end credits. This is helpful for newcomers and veterans alike, and I made sure to not include anything too crazy. These are all Personas and characters that are simple enough to acquire and use that will get the job done in the most efficient way possible.
Better yet, for every Persona that I recommend to you for each dungeon, I will even give you the recipe to make them or which dungeon to find them in. This way, you will have the complete picture of how to make the best team composition in Persona 5 from start to finish. Let’s get started.
Persona 5 Best Team Composition for Kamoshida’s Palace
Let’s begin with the very first Palace you take on in Persona 5: Kamoshida’s Palace. What is interesting about this one is that it is a tutorial of sorts in a way since you are heavily restricted in every way possible here. There aren’t many Personas you have access to, both through negotiation and fusion, and there aren’t many Phantom Thieves, either.
In fact, there are only four characters in your party, which is the max number anyways. So, there is no reason not to use all four of them in this dungeon. Here they are below:
- Joker (of course)
- Ann Takamaki
- Ryuji Sakamoto
You have no option other than them in the first dungeon, so that part is taken care of. However, the issue of which Personas to use is another story. There are some options, but most of them aren’t terrific Personas. This is due to the fact that the starting Personas simply aren’t fantastic in the first place. As such, you need a few different ones to cover your offensive and recovery capabilities.
Here are three Personas you should consider using in this first Palace dungeon as you try to take down Kamoshida that will cover your bases. In addition, I’ll note how to make or acquire these Personas:
- Arsene: This is your starting Persona. You don’t have to do anything except acquire him. He will do you well in this dungeon, but only here.
- Angel: The benefit of Angel is the best healing character at this point in the game due to her strong offensive skills, too. You can fuse her together using Arsene and Succubus as the most straightforward possible version.
- Berith: This level nine Persona is found later in the Kamoshida dungeon. He has some of the strongest physical attacks at this point in the game, which makes him useful in the boss fight. You can either negotiate with him in a battle or fuse him using Jack-o-Lantern and Incubus.
Best Team: Madarame’s Palace
Persona 5 opens up a bit more in the second dungeon, Madarame’s Palace. You now have a new party member, so you’ll need to consider which character to have on your team. In addition, there are more Personas than ever before, so you’ll need to determine which one works best for this dungeon.
Here are the party members you should use for most of Madarame’s Palace:
- Joker (as always)
- Yusuke Kitagawa (new party member introduced in this arc)
Morgana is the only one out in this case due to the fact that he uses wind elemental skills, and that isn’t something that the final boss of this dungeon is weak to. However, the other three party members will work well here due to being able to take advantage of some weaknesses in the boss fight.
There are more options when it comes to the Personas to add to your team in this dungeon to make the best team. Here are the three best Personas to use in this dungeon. Keep in mind that you should be getting rid of all of the Personas you used in Kamoshida’s Palace over the course of your exploration:
- Ame-no-Uzume: This is the go-to Persona for this dungeon. Her sole weakness is fine in this dungeon, and she drains all fire. In addition, she has the best healing skills at this point in the game. This is a must-have. Get her through fusing Cait Sith and Succubus together.
- Leanan Sidhe: This is one of the best magically-focused Personas you’ll find in the game at this point. Her powerful magic skills will help in the Madarame fight as the various parts of it won’t be able to resist her skills. Get through fusing Koropokkur and Nekomata.
- Oni: This is the best physical attacking Persona that will decimate the boss with its powerful attacks. It helps, too, that it has two resistances that will help you out in that battle, too. Get Oni by fusing together Koppa Tengu and Sudama.
Kaneshiro’s Palace is the third main dungeon in the story and where things start to heat up. Of course, you have a new party member and plenty of new Personas to deal with. Your options are starting to shape into the flexible nature that the rest of the game has, which is where it gets confusing.
Thankfully, I’ll simplify it for you. Here is the best team of party members you should use for the duration of this dungeon:
- Makoto Niijima (new playable character, decently solid for this dungeon)
- Ryuji or Morgana
Whatever you do, don’t ever use Yusuke in this dungeon. His weakness to fire is detrimental in pretty much every dungeon from here on out, except for the one that is tied to his story. Sorry, Yusuke fans.
On the other hand, we have the three best Personas for you to use in this dungeon. Some of the Personas from the last Palace might be somewhat useful here, but you should still move on when you can. This will keep you having the best possible skills to keep up in the final boss battle of this Palace. Here are the three Personas you should use and how to get them:
- Jikokuten: Like another Persona further down on this recommendation list, Jikokuten benefits from the strong resistance it to physical attacks. This is great, plus it has some of the best offensive skills you’ll find. You can fuse for him using Ame-no-Uzume and Matador.
- Orthrus: This is one of the easier Personas to get during this Palace. It is beneficial for being immune to fire elemental attacks, which will help during most of this Palace and the boss fight. You don’t have to fuse for Orthrus, as you often find him in the battles.
- Rakshasa: If you are struggling with the Kaneshiro boss fight, this is the Persona to use. It has the best resistance out of all of the Personas you’ve met up until now and it has some decently solid attacks to boot. You can find it in the battles in this dungeon and recruit it.
The fourth Palace in Persona 5 is Futaba’s Palace. This is one of the most beautiful and confusing dungeons you’ll find in the game. The enemies here are pretty powerful, and the final boss fight at the end is somewhat challenging but not too bad. Mainly the exploration is the problem here.
In general, your team composition options for the party members is mostly stuck in place due to the fact that you only have the same options as the last Palace. Here are the characters you should use in the battles:
You could use Yusuke here, but he isn’t great once again. Ryuji is a strict no-no here, as he will be decimated, so it is time for him to get some rest after three straight dungeons finally. When it comes to Personas, you really want to pick between the three below carefully. They are mighty and well worth getting for exploring this formidable Palace.
- Isis: Isis has some decent resistances that will somewhat help in this dungeon, but the main benefit for her comes from her strong magical bless skills and her intense healing capabilities. Fuse her together using Jack Frost and Kodama.
- Principality: This is one of the more substantial options since Principality isn’t going to be taken down quickly by the boss or other enemies. It is also the best when it comes to healing powers in this Palace. Fuse it using Kusi Mitama and Orobas.
- Tam Lin: This is by far the single best Persona in this dungeon. You honestly don’t need any other Persona here other than Tam Lin. It is super overpowered for this point in the game with its unbelievable resistance and physical attacks. Get it by fusing together Cait Sith, High Pixie, and Leanan Sidhe through a triple fusion.
We are starting to get into the second half of Persona 5 at this point. This is one of the toughest Palaces in the game, mainly due to its challenging boss fight at the end, which many consider quite unfair. As such, you want to stick entirely close to the team composition below:
- Haru Okumura (the new party member who, yes, needs to beat up her father)
- Ryuji or Makoto (I prefer the former here)
Regarding the Persona choice you use here, you need to be extra careful and only pick the ones below. Anything else, and you are liable to have one of the worst times of your life.
- Arahabaki: This is one of the best defensive Personas in this dungeon, and it has some nice status ailment attacks. Get it through negotiation in this dungeon.
- Girimekhala: The usefulness of this Persona is in its resistance, which will repel back all physical and gun attacks plus resist fire. In addition, it has some intense status ailments and area-of-effect attacks. Get it by fusing Ara Mitama and Kaiwan.
- White Rider: This is by far the best Persona for you to use in this dungeon and boss fight at the end for its widespread powerful skills. Get it through fusing Pisaca and Lilim together.
The next Palace you’ll enter is one of the funnest and not necessarily that challenging of a dungeon. You’ll gain a new member here once more, who will be quite helpful in this dungeon. Here are the party members that you should use for the duration of your time here:
- Goro Akechi (your new party member in this dungeon) or Makoto
When it comes to Persona, you have plenty of options at this point in time, especially at your higher level. Here are three Personas that you should add to your team for this Palace:
- Hecatoncheires: Resistance-wise, it is relatively standard with its few resistances. What makes it stand out, though, is that it is possibly the most potent physical attacker you’ll find at this point in the game. You can fuse it using Orpheus and Lamia.
- Jatayu: Jatayu has a decent set of resistances that you’ll have to deal with and will help in this fight. It also has some of the more vital magical skills that will help in this dungeon. You can fuse it using Power and Yurlungur.
- Queen Mab: This is one of the best Personas that I used all the way until the end of the game once. The single weakness becomes void rather quickly, and she has an incredible magical elemental range. Fuse her using Isis and Ariadne.
The second-to-last Palace in the main story of Persona 5 isn’t so much hard as it is annoying with its exploration. You can play fast and loose somewhat with your team here, but the recommendation is the following party members:
- Morgana or Ryuji
This is a tough boss fight since you don’t have too many options to work with, so the Persona recommendations don’t matter as much so long as you bring your best companions. That said, here are three of the best at this point:
- Izanagi-no-Okami: One of the DLC Personas and one of the best in this game. Fuse together using this guide.
- Odin: Unbelievable resistance and extremely powerful. Fuse this using Alilat and Cybele.
- Yoshitsune: One of the best Personas in the entire game. This will serve you well until the end of the game. Max out four of the Confidants (which isn’t too hard at this point) and then fuse together the ultimate Personas you unlock from Hanged Man, Chariot, Lovers, and Hermit.
Persona 5 Main Story Final Palace
The final Palace of Persona 5 isn’t too different from the previous one. If you were able to win in that dungeon, you should be able to win here, too. This is another flexible one where you are free to use whatever characters you want. Here are the recommendations, though:
- Yusuke or Morgana (yes, believe it or not, Yusuke returns at last)
When it comes to the Personas that you should use in combat, it doesn’t change at all from the last recommendation. You should still use the following:
Persona 5 Royal Third Semester Palace Team
When it comes to the third semester and the final Palace in Persona 5 Royal, you should be nearing the max level at this point in time. You should be able to make almost every Persona in the game, minus the one or two that require a second playthrough.
This is the most formidable challenge in the entire JRPG, and you need the two extra party members for this fight. Here is the recommended team:
- Goro Akechi
- Morgana, Ann, Ryuji, or Makoto (it’s honestly up to you on this one)
When it comes to the Personas that you should use in this final dungeon, you can use the ones above, and you’ll be totally fine. That said, here are some of the best Personas to use:
- Yoshitsune (same as before)
- Alice: One of the best endgame Personas and extremely powerful. It only requires Belial and Nebiros to make her.
- Lucifer: One of the best endgame Personas in the entire adventure. Fuse by maxing out Hifumi Togo’s Confidant and using the required Personas set.
Question: Is it okay to fuse Arsene in Persona 5?
Answer: Yes, it is totally fine to fuse Arsene into another Persona in Persona 5. In fact, you should be doing this unless you are trying to complete some unique challenge, like beating the whole game with only Arsene. What I do recommend, though, is to level up Arsene until he learns all skills before fusing and then save him in the Compendium for resummoning later.
Question: Who is the strongest character in Persona 5?
Answer: In terms of party members in the Phantom Thieves, the most robust character in Persona 5 is between Goro Akechi and Kasumi Yoshizawa. These two final party members have some of the best coverage and skills you’ll find in the entire game. Kasumi is exceptionally extraordinary for her offensive and recovery skills alike.
Question: Who is the best romance in Persona 5?
Answer: The best romance in Persona 5 is going to be subjective to your preferences. That said, the best romance for Joker, in particular, seems to be Kasumi Yoshizawa in Persona 5 Royal. The way their story is written and how her character is seems to fit Joker better than anyone else. She feels like the canon romance, even though this is unconfirmed for now.
How to Fuse the Best Persona in Persona 5
Coming up with the best team composition in Persona 5 is challenging, as you can see above, since you pretty much need nine different best teams for each dungeon in the game. This makes it complicated since there isn’t a solid overall answer that will solve every dungeon in the game. Or, well, there isn’t one when it comes to your first playthrough, at least.
On your second playthrough of Persona 5 and beyond, though, there is a certain Persona that you can fuse together that will make your job a whole lot easier. That Persona is the best one in the game: Satanael.
The ultimate Persona for Joker is one of the best in the entire JRPG. Its resistances and skills are unmatched, making it viable for every single Palace and boss fight in the game with almost no exception. You do still have to worry about party members, though.
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