Marie sitting in the Velvet Room beside Margaret and Igor in Persona 4 Golden.

Persona 4 Golden: Marie Complete Social Link Guide

Don't neglect your relationship with this grumpy girl if you want to gain access to the true final dungeon.

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Key Takeaway

Marie’s Social Link can be triggered as early as April 18 by visiting the Velvet Room and selecting the options “Check on Dwellers” and “Listen to Marie’s Request.”

You must reach Max Rank with Marie by the time you defeat Adachi and Ameno-sagiri to unlock the Hollow Forest dungeon and all subsequent dialogue and cutscenes. The deadline to defeat both is December 24, meaning that you must complete the Social Link by December 23.

Additionally, reaching Max Rank enables you to fuse the powerful Persona Kaguya.

Marie is a mysterious character often found in the Velvet Room. She represents the Aeon Arcana, and maxing out your Social Link with Marie in Persona 4 Golden allows you to create powerful new Personas. Doing so also unlocks story events you won’t want to miss.

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    About the Aeon Social Link

    Shy and incredibly naive about how the world works after losing her memories, Marie appears to be intensely awkward and unfriendly when you first meet her. However, after spending more time with Marie, you learn that her rudeness is used to keep people away as she struggles with many insecurities.

    When visiting the Velvet Room during your playthrough, you’ll often find Marie sitting beside Igor, as she is one of the Room’s assistants. Occasionally, you’ll also find some of Marie’s poems on the floor of the Velvet Room. Many of which deal with tough subjects like depression and the meaning of life.

    Marie is standing next to the protagonist of Persona 4 Golden as well as Chie and Yukiko in front of Okina Station.

    It’s possible to begin Marie’s Social Link, the Aeon, as early as April 18. To do so, visit the Velvet Room and select the option “Check on Dwellers,” followed by “Listen to Marie’s Request.”

    Marie can be found outside the entrance to the Velvet Room in the Central Shopping District when you’re not busy with an investigation.

    Warning
    As soon as you defeat Adachi and Ameno-sagiri, it will become impossible to progress the Aeon Social Link further. The deadline to defeat both is December 24. This means that you must complete the Social Link by December 23. If you don’t max out the Aeon Social Link in time, you’ll skip to the end of the game.

    Maxing out the Social Link in time unlocks a new dungeon: the Hollow Forest. Doing so also gives you access to many new cutscenes and dialogue detailing Marie’s past.

    Aeon Hangout Conversations

    Each time you hang out with Marie, you’ll be able to choose from a select number of dialogue responses to move the conversation forward. Saying the right thing will boost your friendship more quickly, and having a Persona of the Aeon Arcana equipped will grant bonus points.

    Marie talking to the protagonist within his room in Persona 4 Golden.

    Below, we’ve included all possible dialogue options, as well as the point values for each.

    Rank 1

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "Y'know...I feel weird. It's like...nostalgic, for the smell and all."•Nostalgic?
    •What smell?
    •Because it's the countryside.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "...You can't eat without money?"•Want me to pay for it?
    •We can come back later.
    •You're kidding me, right?
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    Yosuke: "What? What's going on here? Who's this!?"•She's an acquaintance.
    •She's a friend.
    •She's my little sister.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "...Is that okay?"•There's no reason to decline.
    •You should reserve yourself.
    •That's great.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "Hey, why's it called 'steak,' anyway? Is it short for something?"•It's short for "Beefsteak."
    •It's short for "Steak-out."
    •It's short for "Steaaaaaaaaak."
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "...Your 'partner' is a funny person."•That he is.
    •He's just my friend.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "Are there any other places we can go?"•I'll show you around.
    •You should go home now...
    •Are you asking me to take you?
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0

    Rank 2

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    Chie: "Who's this girl? She's so cute."•An acquaintance.
    •A friend.
    •This is Marie.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "Maybe...Can you turn it to 'StarScandalz'?"•So you DO want one.
    •Can you even watch it in that room?
    •What kind of show is that...?
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "Hey...Do you think I was ever like that?"•Of course.
    •You don't remember?
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "She also gave me the name 'Marie'... It'd be hard to get around without a name."•That must be rough.
    •You're kidding me, right?
    •You can't remember anything?
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "But...I don't know why, but this town is familiar to me."•Did you live here before?
    •Do you remember anything else?
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0

    Rank 3

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "Hey, what do you do in the city?"•Play around.
    •People-watch.
    •There's nothing to do.
    •3
    •3
    •3
    •2
    •2
    •2
    Yukiko: "Chie, they might already have plans of their own. Don't just assume they can come along at a moment's notice."•I don't mind.
    •If you want to.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    >Chie is holding a green shirt...
    •I don't know.
    •I think it's good.
    •That's green, you know.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    >Yukiko has a crimson skirt in her hands...•I don't know.
    •I think it's good.
    •That's an eye-catching color.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    Chie: "Why don't we all go together, then? The four of us!"•Of course.
    •If you want to.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    Chie: "Well...I don't really know. The meaning of friendship...? Hmmm..."•There's meaning.
    •You'll know once you have one.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "Huh...? Me too?"•Let's hurry.
    •You're not going?
    •It'll sell out.
    •3
    •3
    •3
    •2
    •2
    •2

    Rank 4

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "You don't get tired of it?"•It's fun.
    •It's pretty much my duty.
    •I skip it sometimes.
    •3
    •3
    •0
    •1
    •1
    •0
    Yosuke: "What are you guys doing? Out on a stroll?"•I'm showing her the school.
    •Come with us.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "...I don't get it. Do Green and Red do that, too?"•Of course.
    •You spend youth with everyone.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "Face yourself..."•Let it go.
    •Let's spend our youths.
    •Wondering about your "true self?"
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0

    Rank 5

    You cannot reach Rank 5 until July 24.

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    Kanji: "O...Old-timer!?"•I see what you mean.
    •Kanji isn't that old.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "I heard about her from Margaret. 'Someone even I can't handle.'"•It's not quite like that.
    •That's about right.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    Yosuke: "What did you just say...?"•Sub-buttle.
    •Subtle.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "...I wanna be like that."•I'll help.
    •How?
    •Good luck.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0

    Rank 6

    You must spend additional time with Marie before you’ll be able to reach Rank 6. One quick hangout after reaching Rank 5 is sufficient to unlock Rank 6.

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "So about my memories...What do you think I should do?"•Are there any clues?
    •I don't know.
    •First, meditate.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "...Will this help?"•It's made of bamboo.
    •Is it sold somewhere?
    •3
    •3
    •3
    •3
    >What store here might deal in old combs like that...?•Tatsumi Textiles
    •Marukyu Tofu
    •Junes
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    Rise: "Huh? Wait...Don't tell me the two of you are on a date..."•It's not like that.
    •We have business here.
    •Of course it's a date.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    Kanji: "So, what do you want from me? You need me to figure out where this thing came from?"•Can you?
    •Anything will help.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    >Marie grimaces...•Do you remember something?
    •Does your stomach hurt?
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0

    Rank 7

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "The lady at the store said this comb was something special."•She said it was old.
    •She never saw anything like it.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "...That doesn't make sense. What are they going to use them for?"•They're works of art.
    •They're antiques.
    •3
    •3
    •3
    •3
    >Who around here would know about art and antiques...?•Old Man Daidara
    •Old Lady Shiroku
    •Aiya Owner
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    Teddie: "Ooooh! Looks like I've stumbled across a big scoop...Well? Welllll?"•It's not like that.
    •And you two?
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    Yukiko: "What are you two doing here? Oh...Shopping, I guess?"•At this store?
    •We're doing some research.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    Yukiko: "This is a very unique comb. What about it?"•We want to learn about it.
    •Do you know anything about it?
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    >Marie looks like she's in pain...•Are you all right?
    •Don't strain yourself.
    •Do you remember something?
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "Something pops up...then just disappears! Just when I had it...!"•Calm down.
    •Let's try again.
    •Take it easy.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0

    Rank 8

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "*sigh*"
    •Does your head hurt again?
    •What about the comb?
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "There's no point in trying to look for any answers, and in the end I couldn't figure anything out anyway."•Don't give up.
    •Are you giving up?
    •Coward.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0

    Rank 9

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "I had fun then. Take me there again sometime, okay?"•You remember.
    •I thought you forgot.
    •That's a memory.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "Hey, can we make more? More memories..."•I'll help.
    •It's up to you.
    •Don't forget 'em.
    •3
    •3
    •3
    •2
    •2
    •2
    "...Why?"•Because I love you.
    •Because you're my friend.
    •Romance route*
    •Friendship route
    •Romance route*
    •Friendship route
    *"...I won't believe just words."•Hug her
    •Don't hug her
    •Romance route
    •Friendship route
    •Romance route
    •Friendship route

    Max Rank

    You need to hang out with Marie one additional time after achieving Rank 9 to unlock the Max Rank hangout.

    Marie standing in a strange, dark space, talking to the protagonist in a dream in Persona 4 Golden.
    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "I wouldn't have been able to do that on my own. I only realized that because of you."•I'm not hearing a "thank you."
    •It was fun.
    •0
    •3
    •0
    •3
    Note
    Upon reaching Max Rank with Marie, you’ll receive an Old Bamboo Comb as a gift. This item enables you to summon the powerful Persona Kaguya.

    While hanging out with all of your friends and acquaintances—like Naoto Shirogane and Rise Kujikawa—can help you to become more powerful in Persona 4 Golden, the Social Link for Marie is particularly important. Failing to prioritize spending time with her and not reaching Max Rank soon enough causes you to miss a huge chunk of gameplay and unique dialogue. As such, be sure to visit the Velvet Room every once in a while to pull her out of her shell!

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