Yosuke Hanamura, a wind-aligned character in Persona 4 Golden representing the Magician arcana.

Persona 4 Golden: Yosuke Hanamura Complete Social Link Guide

While he may be a klutz, getting closer to this wind-user can help turn the tide on the battlefield.

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Key Takeaway

Yosuke’s Social Link, the Magician, is the first to begin in Persona 4 Golden and unlocks automatically on April 16. His Persona, Jiraya, wields wind-based attacks, and maxing out his Social Link will enable you to fuse the Persona Mada.

In Persona 4 Golden, deepening your relationship with your friends is just as important as leveling up in a more traditional sense. Increasing your Social Link with your classmates, including the ditzy but loyal Yosuke Hanamura, can make a huge difference when battling fearsome foes inside the TV.

Table Of Contents

    About the Magician Social Link

    Like the protagonist in Persona 4 Golden, Yosuke Hanamura moved from a big city to the quaint countryside when his father was asked to manage the Junes branch in Inaba. Despite his clumsiness, he quickly becomes a valuable ally, loyal to a fault, and always ready to stick it to the bad guys. The honorary second-in-command of the Investigation Team, his reasoning and deduction skills are second to none.

    Yosuke commands the Magician Social Link and his Persona wields the power of wind. His Social Link begins automatically on April 16, making his the first Social Link to be obtained.

    The protagonist meeting Yosuke Hanamura in Persona 4 Golden.

    During school days, Yosuke can be found on the second floor of Yasogami High School. On days off, he hangs out near the elevators at Junes.

    Starting on April 19, you can sneak out of the house at night as long as Ryotaro Dojima isn’t home. While it’s not possible to advance a Social Link at night, it can be progressed to the next rank the following day. Hanging out with friends in the Central Shopping District at night will also reward you with an item.

    Magician Social Link Skills

    Each time you progress Yosuke’s Social Link, he’ll learn new skills in battle. Many of these abilities are necessary during later battles, especially on higher difficulties. Be sure to prioritize your friends as much as you prioritize training in the TV World!

    Below, we’ve compiled a list of unlocks for each Social Link level.

    RankAbilityDescription
    1AssistCan now wake up a knocked-down ally during battle.
    2TrafuriPersona gets to learn the Trafuri skill.
    3Follow UpCan now perform a follow-up attack during battle.
    4DekajaPersona gets to learn the Dekaja skill.
    5RecoverCan now cure severe ailments during battle.
    6Auto-SukukajaPersona gets to learn the Auto-Sukukaja skill.
    7EndureCan now endure a mortal blow during battle.
    8DiaramaPersona gets to learn the Diarama skill.
    9ProtectCan now take a mortal blow for you in battle.
    MAXSecond Awakening
    __
    Evade Electric
    Transforms Persona.
    ___
    Persona gets to learn the Evade Elec skill.

    Magician Hangout Conversations

    When spending time with Yosuke, selecting certain dialogue choices cause your friendship to deepen more quickly. Below, we’ve included every possible dialogue choice, along with the number of points you’ll receive for choosing each option.

    Yosuke in Persona 4 Golden showing his other side: a bolder personality that speaks very directly.
    Tip
    Make sure to have a Persona of the Magician Arcana equipped when spending time with Yosuke. This grants bonus affinity, allowing you to earn additional points for some correct dialogue responses.

    Rank 1

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "There's no way the police can do it...who'd believe that the murderer kills people by throwing them into the TV?"•It has to be us.
    •I want to keep my word too.
    •Let's bring an end to this.
    •You do it.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0

    Rank 2

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "Sorry about that. You know me, I'm infamous around here."•It must be tough.
    •You're bragging about it?
    •Why are you infamous?
    •3
    •0
    •2
    •2
    •0
    •1

    Rank 3

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "Wait a minute...am I starting to sound like Teddie?"•He's sounding like you too.
    •Teddie's cute.
    •Hmm, you're looking hairier.
    •0
    •2
    •3
    •0
    •1
    •3
    "Looks like someone got my address. I get a lot of spam."•You don't block them?
    •Why not change addresses?
    •Eh, what can you do.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0

    Rank 4

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "Phew, I'm beat...I'm not the complaints department..."•That must be hard.
    •Don't strain yourself.
    •You're incredible.
    •0
    •0
    •3
    •0
    •0
    •2
    "I have to do what I can..."•That's the spirit!
    •Don't get too excited.
    •What can you do...?
    •2
    •0
    •0
    •1
    •0
    •0

    Rank 5

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "So...? You keep the goods under your futon?"•Of course.
    •Huh?
    •What, don't you?
    •3
    •3
    •2
    •2
    •2
    •1
    "So, you ever invited a girl in here?"•I have.
    •I haven't.
    •I will soon.
    •2
    •0
    •3
    •1
    •0
    •2

    Rank 6

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "But hey, I'm glad you were there! Thanks."•No problem.
    •Tell me next time!
    •It was fun.
    •3
    •2
    •3
    •2
    •1
    •2
    "So...there's no need to bother with outsiders."•You're right.
    •Man, you're mature.
    •No need to hold back...
    •2
    •3
    •0
    •1
    •2
    •0

    Rank 7

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    Snooty student: "We heard so from her! She may have acted that way, but..."•Shut up!
    •Calm down, man...
    •I feel bad for Saki-senpai.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "I just blurted out a buncha crap, huh?"•You were just upset.
    •Feel better now?
    •I know how it is.
    •3
    •3
    •3
    •2
    •2
    •2

    Rank 8

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "Because of her...I started to think maybe this town wasn't all that bad. But then..."•She dumped you?
    •She died?
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "I'm sorry...Saki-senpai. I'm sorry... (protagonist)."•Just take it slow.
    •I understand...
    •Don't apologize.
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "(Protagonist)...I think I'm all cried out..."•Pat his head
    •Hug him
    •Leave him be
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0

    Rank 9

    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "......"•Cheer up.
    •Still sad about Saki-senpai?
    •Be a man. Stand up straight.
    •3
    •0
    •0
    •2
    •0
    •0
    "Just being born, living your life...Before you know it, you're already special to someone."•You're right.
    •That's not true.
    •I don't get it.
    •3
    •0
    •0
    •3
    •0
    •0

    Max Rank

    The protagonist having an emotional moment with Yosuke in Persona 4 Golden.
    DialoguePossible ResponsesPoints WITH Matching PersonaPoints WITHOUT Matching Persona
    "I like you for that, and I'm proud of you...But I guess I was jealous at the same time."•I didn't know.
    •It can't be helped.
    •'I guess?'
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0
    "So c'mon..."•All right, but you hit me first.
    •Then let's get equal!
    •0
    •0
    •0
    •0

    The friendships you make in Persona 4 Golden are unforgettable and cement this JRPG as one of the all-time greats. If you want to quickly impress the not-so-studious Yosuke during your playthrough, try answering all of your teacher’s questions correctly by using our handy guide.

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