Ai Ebihara coldly rejecting a boy in Persona 4 Golden.

Persona 4 Golden: Ai Ebihara Complete Social Link Guide

Bad attitude aside, increase your power over the Moon Arcana by spending time with the fashionable Ai.

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Key Takeaway

Ai’s Social Link, the Moon, can be triggered as early as May 13. To do so, you must:

  • Reach Rank 4 of the Strength Arcana Social Link by spending time with either Kou or Daisuke
  • Trigger a flag by chatting with Ai after school anytime on or after April 27
  • Have Rank 3 (Brave) Courage

Reaching Max Rank will enable you to fuse Sandalphon.

Getting to know your teammates is vital, but spending time with other supporting characters can also boost your strength on the battlefield. Improving your Social Link with fellow Yasogami High student Ai Ebihara in Persona 4 Golden will increase your ability to fuse Personas of the Moon Arcana.

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    About the Moon Social Link

    A second-year student at Yasogami High, Ai Ebihara acts as a sports team manager despite her obvious disinterest in basketball and soccer. Materialistic and rude, she can often be seen talking down to her many admirers.

    She even insults them if they don’t live up to her extremely high standards. Underneath this facade, however, she is actually a shy girl who fears rejection. Ai often chooses to scare people away rather than risk being hurt.

    Depending on your choice of sports club, Ai will reveal that she has a crush on Kou Ichijo or Daisuke Nagase.

    You can trigger Ai’s Social Link as early as May 13. Prior to this, you must reach Rank 4 of the Strength Arcana Social Link by spending time with either Kou or Daisuke.

    You’ll also need to trigger a flag by chatting with Ai after school anytime on or after April 27. Rank 3 (Brave) Courage is required to properly begin the Moon Social Link.

    On school days, Ai can be found on the first floor of Yasogami High School. This spot isn’t far from your classroom.

    Can Ai Be Romanced? (False Lovers Vs. True Romance)

    Yes, it is possible to engage in an actual romance with Ai. However, to do so, you must be careful not to agree to date her during her Rank 6 hangout. This will trigger the ‘False Lovers’ path, which will lead to Ai later asking you to just be friends. This makes it impossible to truly romance Ai at Rank 10.

    Moon Hangout Conversations

    During the time spent with Ai, choosing specific dialogue options will boost your friendship more quickly. Below, you can find all possible dialogue choices, as well as the number of points you’ll receive for each option.

    Equipping a Persona of the Moon Arcana when speaking with Ai will grant bonus affinity. As a result, this boosts the points you receive for correct dialogue choices.

    Ai apologizing to the protagonist on the school roof in Persona 4 Golden.
    Warning
    Be extremely careful when selecting your responses when spending time with Ai. Selecting the wrong dialogue options can reverse the Social Link. Additionally, choosing “We need time apart” during the Rank 9 hangout will break the Social Link entirely, making it impossible to reach Max Rank.

    Rank 1

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "Hey, you wanna ditch class? Don't worry, we'll be back before the last bell."•Sure, why not?
    •Not really...
    •Proceed
    •Leave
    •Proceed
    •Leave
    "Just knowing everyone else is still stuck at school studying makes it feel great to be out here."•It's okay once in a while.
    •You shouldn't ditch class.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    >Ai only seems to be concerned about her own shopping...•This is boring...
    •Alright, I'll come.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    >Ai paid for everything with a gold card...•Got money to burn?
    •...Whose card is that?
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0

    Rank 2

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "Hmm, doesn't look like they've gotten anything new in. I already have all this..."•Why do you buy so much...?
    •We'll have to come back.
    •Stop complaining.
    •0
    •3
    •0
    •0
    •2
    •0
    "Buy me an ice latte."•Sure.
    •Buy it yourself.
    •Let's split one.
    •0
    •3
    •2
    •0
    •2
    •1
    "They should get rid of all salespeople and put in vending machines. Press a button, and out come your clothes."•Sounds like a good idea.
    •That'd be kind of boring.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0

    Rank 3

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "What should we do instead?"•Come shopping with me.
    •Let's just chill.
    •Why are we here again...?
    •3
    •3
    •0
    •2
    •2
    •0
    "Looking at it from your perspective, I'd say you got pretty lucky."•I appreciate it.
    •Not exactly...
    •0
    •3
    •0
    •2
    >Ai rejected him without a second thought...•Can't you be nice?
    •You coulda talked to him...
    •That was downright cruel...
    •Are looks everything?
    •0
    •0
    •Reverses Social Link
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •Reverses Social Link
    •0

    Rank 4

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    >The conversation is getting more and more vulgar...•Stop them
    •Ignore them
    •3 (Strength)
    •0
    •2 (Strength)
    •0
    "......"•...Did you hear them?
    •Let's go.
    •0
    •3
    •0
    •2

    Rank 5

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "Th-Thank you for that, last time..."•What are you talking about?
    •You're welcome.
    •I didn't do much.
    •3
    •0
    •0
    •2
    •0
    •0
    "Do you think maybe I'm his type? O-Or do you think he hates...people like me?"•He probably does.
    •Have a little confidence.
    •I wouldn't know.
    •......
    •0
    •3
    •0
    •3
    •0
    •2
    •0
    •2
    "All I need you to do is...ask him what's his type. That's it."•No problem.
    •Not gonna happen!
    •0
    •Reverses Social Link
    •0
    •Reverses Social Link

    Rank 6

    Ai Ebihara teasing the protagonist about dating on the school roof.
    Warning
    If you want to romance Ai, do not select “I’ll be your boyfriend” during this conversation. This will lock you into the False Lovers path and make it impossible to romance Ai at Rank 10.
    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "But if I can't be loved, then...Then what's the point!?"•Try to calm down.
    •Come over here...
    •I'll hear you out.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "It's not like I have any other redeeming qualities..."•You're still young.
    •He just doesn't know you.
    •I'll yell at him later.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "Haha, just kidding..."•I'll be your boyfriend.
    •......
    •False Lovers
    •0
    •False Lovers
    •0
    "Hey...Why don't you and I just go out?"•Sounds good.
    •Are you sure about that?
    •False Lovers
    •0
    •False Lovers
    •0

    Rank 7

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "I'm sorry. I don't mean to keep making you hang out with me..."•I don't mind.
    •About time you said it.
    •3
    •0
    •2
    •0
    "I wonder why..."•Because we're friends.
    •You have a crush on me.
    •Because I'm special to you.
    •3
    •3
    •3
    •2
    •2
    •2

    Rank 8

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "He was just...a normal, good guy. I guess what I felt was kind of a fleeting thing."•Happens all the time.
    •You can be so cruel.
    •Are you okay with that?
    •3
    •3
    •0
    •2
    •2
    •0

    Rank 9

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    >Things don't look good...You feel Ai is in danger.•Help her
    •See what happens
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "Uh...Sorry, was that unnecessary?"•Thank you.
    •Are you alright?
    •That was reckless of you...
    •3
    •0
    •3
    •2
    •0
    •2

    Max Rank

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    >What will you do...?•Accept her
    •Reject her
    •Lovers
    •Platonic
    •Lovers
    •Platonic
    Note
    Once you reach Max Rank with Ai, she’ll give you a Compact as a gift. This will enable you to fuse Sandalphon, a powerful Persona.

    The many characters you can pass the time witheven those outside your close circle of friends—have their own unique backstories and personalities. Reaching the Max Rank Social Link in Persona 4 Golden with Ai Ebihara will make it possible to fuse even more powerful Personas of the Moon Arcana. Furthermore, it will enrich your gameplay experience from a narrative perspective.

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