Yakuza: Like a Dragon (also referred to as Yakuza 7) isn’t like any Yakuza game before it. This latest entry in the long-running Sega series is a love letter to the JRPG genre infused with the same criminal underworld skulduggery and thick wedges of weird side content fans have come to expect.
As Thomas points out in our review, Yakuza: Like a Dragon isn’t some cobbled together homage to turn-based roleplaying games. It stands on its own as strong surprise instalment in the Yakuza series with a cast of compelling characters and some fun, engaging battle mechanics.
With the game now available on PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S (a PS5 worldwide release is coming in March 2021), we’ve put together some handy guides to help you and Ichiban on your way to ruling the streets of Yokohama. Read below for more information on how to find collectables in Yakuza: Like a Dragon, master each job skill, increase character bonds, and bag some quick XP.
Here we discuss the best methods and techniques for earning experience points to level up your characters. This covers the best places to grind as well as which items and gear can help score you as much XP as possible.
The Yakuza series is well known for its repertoire of mini-games. Between completing missions and beating down Yokohama’s more unsavoury crowds, you can partake in a number of fun side activities. From SEGA arcade classics to running your own cabaret club, here’s an in-depth breakdown.
One of the optional quests in Yakuza 7 will have you searching for 10 Kappa statues. These creepy looking monuments are scattered around Yokohama – snapping photos of all 10 is a great way to earn some money fast. This guides includes every location with images to help guide you.
Somewhat similar to the Kappa statues quest, you can have Ichiban and his party scouring the game for 9 missing felines. Here’s every location, each one tagged with a handy screenshot.
As you progress through Yakuza’s story, you will recruit more characters to your party. Each of them has their own role to play in the game’s story and – as in the Persona series – you can increase your friendship bond with them for special perks. Here’s everything you need to know about how bonds work in how to increase them using the most efficient techniques.
One thing we love about this Yakuza game – and JRPGs in general – is the job system. This allows you to change a character’s profession and thereby change their combat role with different commands and abilities. However, each member of your party has a starting job unique to them – this guide gives you a deep dive on these jobs and their attached skills.
Some jobs in Yakuza: Like a Dragon are gender-specific roles. Here you can view all the jobs available for characters Kasuga, Nanba, Adachi, Joon-gi, and Zhao.
The last of our Yakuza job guides hones in on characters Saeko and Eri, detailing the jobs available to both characters.
For more on Yakuza: Like a Dragon, our resident series expert Alan has ranked every mainline Yakuza game in the series. Which entry do you think comes out on top?