The Yakuza games are quite expansive despite their relatively condensed maps. There’s so much to do and explore and Yakuza: Like a Dragon is no different. In fact, the seventh entry in the legendary Japanese mafia story-driven series foregoes Kamurocho and adds a bigger map based on Isezaki Ijincho in Yokohama. In this bigger, fiercer world you’ll need all the help you can get to make due. In this Yakuza: Like a Dragon tips and tricks guide, we’ve got the goods.
Free Recovery by Resting
Being a member of the Yakuza comes with a lot of occupational hazards, including regular beatings from various thugs. What’s worse is that Yakuza: Like a Dragon doesn’t automatically recover your HP and MP after fights are over. You either need to eat at a restaurant or purchase recovery items. But what if you’re short on cash or just plain stingy? You can make use of the game’s two resting points, either the Yokohama starting point or bar Survive, to rest up for free and recover all of your HP and MP in the process.
Skills Outside of Battle
Using your hard-earned skills during Yakuza: Like a Dragon’s fierce battles is one always important. There are, however, some skills you can use outside of combat to help you either recover health or perform other important actions. Take Nanba’s Healing Powder as an example. This can be used to quickly heal individual members of your team, which can save you a trip to the resting spot and cash. Explore other skills you can use outside of combat and see what you can learn.
Hunting for Treasure
Ichiban, the protagonist of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, is having it rough. He’s been cast away from his mafia family and that means he’s got to fend for himself. That means going about the city looking for money anywhere he can find it, even under vending machines. Don’t underestimate this method, though. It may not be the get rich quick way you’re looking for but spending time to hunt for treasure wherever available will net you a nice stash of cash over time.
Develop Your Bonds
Once you unlock bar Survive in the 4th chapter, you’ll gain access to an important mechanic in Yakuza: Like a Dragon: the ability to develop your bonds with your teammates. The deeper the bonds you develop, the better their performance in combat. You can do a number of things to get better acquainted with your friends, including chatting with them at Survive. You’ll eventually need to do this regardless of the other methods you use so be sure to check back with them at the bar when the game doesn’t let you progress any other way.
That’s going to do it for this part of our Yakuza: Like a Dragon tips and tricks guide. Head over to part 2 of this guide to learn a few more tricks that will surely make you the king of Yokohama.