The protagonist of Persona 4 Golden chatting with Ayane Matsunaga, a member of the school band, in the high school music room.

Persona 4 Golden: Ayane Matsunaga Complete Social Link Guide

Bring this shy student out of her shell to boost your power over the Sun Arcana.

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Key Takeaway

The Sun Social Link is shared between Yumi Ozawa and Ayane Matsunaga. Who you’ll bond with during your playthrough depends on whether you join the Drama Club or the School Band. Selecting the School Band will trigger a friendship with Ayane.

You can trigger the Sun Social Link with Ayane as early as April 25 by chatting with her on the first floor of the Practice Building.

Ayane can be romanced by selecting the correct response during the Rank 8 hangout. Reaching Max Rank with her enables you to fuse the Persona Asura.

Choosing to join the School Band in Persona 4 Golden will trigger the beginning of your Social Link with the timid Ayane Matsunaga, who someday dreams of becoming a star musician. Spending time with her will boost the Sun Arcana, allowing you to fuse more powerful Personas.

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    About the Sun Social Link

    The Sun Social Link is shared between Yumi Ozawa and Ayane Matsunaga, and you’ll need to choose which girl you’d like to spend time with during your playthrough. If you choose the School Band, you’ll establish the Sun Social Link with Ayane. Choosing the Drama Club will begin the Sun Social Link with Yumi instead.

    A member of the Yasogami Symphonic Band, Ayane plays the trombone despite having little musical talent. She hopes to become an accomplished musician someday, but must first face her fear of performing in front of an audience. As you spend more time with Ayane over the course of the game, she becomes stronger, coming out of her shell and making more of an effort to stand in the spotlight.

    You can start the Sun Social Link by talking with Ayane as early as April 25. She can be found on the first floor of the Practice Building at Yasogami High School.

    Tip
    Going to band practice can increase your Expression skill.

    Sun Hangout Conversations

    When choosing to hang out with Ayane, you’ll sometimes have the chance to select your dialogue. Choosing the correct options can help boost your friendship more quickly, and equipping a Persona of the Sun Arcana will grant bonus affinity, further increasing the points you can receive.

    The protagonist of Persona 4 Golden and Ayane practicing their musical instruments at the Samegawa Flood Plain.

    Below, you can find all possible dialogue choices and the number of points you’ll receive for each.

    Rank 1

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    Band captain: "So, (protagonist), have any experience with musical instruments?"•I play all the time.
    •Some...
    •Never played in my life.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "Do you have any questions, Senpai?"•Where does the club play?
    •Is there any drama here?
    •Do you have a boyfriend?
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    >Cleanup looks like a big task for just one person...•Help out
    •Watch
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0

    Rank 2

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "I wish I had as much talent as you."•Effort is what matters.
    •You do have talent.
    •Maybe you should give up.
    •2
    •3
    •0
    •1
    •2
    •0
    >Cleanup looks like a big task for just one person...•Help out
    •Watch
    •3
    •2
    •2
    •1

    Rank 3

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "I think I'll stick around and practice. I was out so long, I didn't even touch my trombone."•You want me to help?
    •Forget about it today.
    •2
    •3
    •2
    •3
    "...Not that I'll be in it, but still..."•You don't want to go?
    •They won't let you go?
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "Because there are lots of other things I can do for the club. Scheduling, accounting, cleaning up..."•That's a great attitude.
    •Is that what you want?
    •2
    •0
    •1
    •0

    Rank 4

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "Shoot...I still can't play the part I was messing up last time."•Can you practice at home?
    •Can it wait until tomorrow?
    •Why don't you give up?
    •0
    •0
    •3
    •0
    •0
    •3
    "It'd be nice to be able to play outside, but I'd embarrass myself if I went alone..."•Outside?
    •Want me to help out?
    •Alright, follow me!
    •0
    •3
    •3
    •0
    •3
    •3
    "Oh...I'm distracting you from your own practice, aren't I..."•Yep.
    •No, you're not.
    •Just hang in there.
    •0
    •3
    •2
    •0
    •3
    •2

    Rank 5

    The protagonist of Persona 4 Golden and Ayane Matsunaga, a member of the school band, standing outside Okina Station.
    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    >As the others leave, Ayane stays engrossed in her practice...•Talk to her
    •Leave her alone
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "I can't...I can't do it..."•Don't worry, you can do it!
    •But who else is there?
    •It's okay to mess up.
    •3
    •0
    •3
    •2
    •0
    •3

    Rank 6

    There are no dialogue options during the Rank 6 hangout.

    Rank 7

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    >The other members are remaining silent...•Stick up for Ayane
    •Keep quiet
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    >Ayane is weeping...•Comfort her
    •Pat her on the head
    •Hold her
    •0
    •0
    •3
    •0
    •0
    •3

    Rank 8

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    >What should you do...?•Reveal your feelings for her
    •Change the subject
    •Romance route
    •Friendship route
    •Romance route
    •Friendship route

    Rank 9 (Friendship)

    There are no dialogue options during the Rank 9 hangout on the Friendship route.

    Rank 9 (Romantic)

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    >Ayane looks at the ground nervously.•Wanna go grab some food?
    •Wanna go out and have fun?
    •Wanna come to my house?
    •3
    •3
    •3
    •3
    •3
    •3

    Max Rank

    Note
    Upon reaching Max Rank with Ayane, you’ll receive a Handmade Ticket as a gift. This will enable you to fuse the Persona Asura.

    The are no dialogue options during the Max Rank hangout.


    Ayane Matsunaga is an often-forgotten character in Persona 4 Golden, despite her Social Link story being so widely relatable. The challenges faced by the huge cast of characters in this acclaimed JRPG are one of its most engaging aspects, and if you’ve skimmed over Ayane in the past, it may be worth spending time with her during your next playthrough.

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