Like previous games in the series, Persona 5 has a New Game + mode, which unlocks after you finish the game. It allows you to carry over multiple things that you unlocked during your previous playthrough into a fresh run. Essentially, you can start a new story with a bunch of bonuses. In this guide, we'll detail all aspects of New Game + in Persona 5.
How to start New Game + in Persona 5
As mentioned, you'll need to finish the game in order to unlock New Game +. After the credits have rolled and you've seen the ending, the game will ask whether you want to save your 'Clear Data'.
Make sure to save this Clear Data onto a save slot of your choice - but be aware that overwriting the last save that you made during gameplay will mean that you can no longer go back to it.
Once you've saved your Clear Data, you'll return to the main menu. From here, simply select Load Game, and then choose to load your Clear Data.
Next, you'll be asked whether you want to carry over your progress into a new game. Select yes and you'll go straight into New Game +.
What carries over into New Game + in Persona 5?
Here's what carries over in Persona 5's New Game +:
- Social Stats
These are the five statistics that you build up outside of battle. They include Knowledge, Guts, Proficiency, Kindness, and Charm. In New Game +, all of your progress in these areas carries forward, meaning that if you managed to max all of them out, you won't have to spend time growing your stats in your New Game + playthrough. This gives you more time to build social links and partake in other activities.
- Persona Compendium
All of the personas that you unlocked during your playthrough will carry over into New Game +. As long as you have the money to do so, you can re-summon them from the Velvet Room.
- Skill Cards
Any Skill Cards that you found during your playthrough will carry over into New Game +. Skill Cards can be given to any persona in order to have them learn that Skill Card's skill.
All melee weapons, ranged weapons, armour, and accessories that were either equipped or in your inventory when you finished your playthrough will carry into New Game +.
All of the money you had left at the end of your playthrough will carry over into New Game +.
Your playtime will carry over into New Game +. For example, if your playthrough took 100 hours and you save after spending 5 hours in New Game +, your playtime will read as 105 hours.
- Special Items
You'll carry over any special items into New Game +. These include the items that social link characters give you at the end of the game, which bestow specific abilities.
Can you change the difficulty level in New Game +?
Yes, you can change Persona 5's difficulty level when starting New Game +, regardless of the difficulty setting you chose during your previous playthrough. Once the story has started and you're in the interrogation room, you'll once again be given the option of choosing the difficulty level.
Do enemy levels scale in New Game +?
No, the strength of enemies doesn't increase in Persona 5's New Game +. This means that if you choose to carry over all of your powerful equipment from your previous playthrough, you'll probably find that early battles are much easier because your party members are that much stronger. If you're looking for more of a challenge during your New Game + playthough, consider choosing a higher difficulty level.
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