Guide and Tips for Like a Dragon Ishin: Friendships and Shops

In Like a Dragon Ishin, Ryoma can establish friendships with a variety of service providers located throughout the city. This guide will provide information on where to find these individuals, how to develop relationships with them, and the rewards that await for doing so.

This guide will cover the most important information regarding establishing Friendships with service providers, including where to find them and what actions are required to deepen your bond. We will also outline the rewards you can expect for maxing out your Friendship with each available person.

  • Important information regarding establishing Friendships
  • Utamaruya Owner
  • Umai Udon Owner
  • Maijo-sensei
  • Shinto Priest
  • Akari
  • Hanamaru Udon Employee
  • Anna
  • Mahjong House Residents
  • Shogi Parlor Owner
  • Cho-Han Dealer
  • Chicken Race Receptionist
  • Ichikura Owner
  • Sushi Zanmai Chef
  • Fukufuku Pub Owner
  • Ecchudo Apothecary
  • Uji Tea Parlor Girl
  • Don Quijote Employee
  • Ebisu Pawnbroker
  • Kasuga Okami
  • Kitchen Aoba Chef
  • Greengrocer
  • Rakugai Arms Dealer
  • Palanquin Bearer
  • Momokawa Brothers

Important Information Regarding Establishing Friendships

Friendships can be established with service workers by using their services, such as shopping or dining at their establishment. Once you have done so, you must repeat this action until your Friendship is maxed out. Some Friendships can be started by completing a side quest, while others may require you to bring them specific items or defend them in battle.

You can find information on available Friendships in the Diligence Records menu, specifically in the Friendships (Shops) tab.

There are a total of 24 Friendships available, and it may be worth waiting until the postgame to complete them all due to the reward for beating the main story being 200 ryo. Some Bonds can be quite expensive, such as shops or dance school, but they are still worth pursuing during gameplay as they provide a good source of Virtue, which can be used to increase inventory capacity, purchase items from the Shinto Priest, acquire better fishing rods, or expand your farm in Another Life.

Here are some of the most useful Friendships:

  1. Palanquin Bearer – maxing out this Friendship unlocks fast travel to Mukurogai (the boat east of the Teradaya Inn in Fukushima).
  2. Ecchudo Apothecary – maxing out this Friendship rewards you with a Longevity Pill, the best healing item in the game. It will also be added to the Apothecary’s wares (at the price of 8,000 mon).
  3. Arms Dealer – maxing out this Friendship rewards you with a rare crafting item and unlocks new purchasable weapons.
  4. Cho-Han Dealer – maxing out this Friendship unlocks an easy money-making method. You can now bet much more cash (10 ryo) and thus earn much more as well. There’s no big risk involved either, as you can save the game outside of combat at any time.

Maxing out your first Friendship will unlock the bronze trophy Making a Difference, while maxing them all out will unlock the silver trophy Everybody Loves Ryoma.

Utamaruya Owner

The Utamaruya Owner is situated in the Fushimi district’s northern part, near the gate to Rakugai district, on the North Fushimi Ichibangai street. To start building up friendship with the owner, talk to him and sing a song. After completing the song, he will ask you to befriend him. Singing a song every time you visit him will increase the Friendship bar. It is recommended to say goodbye to him after every song rather than extending the session. At some point, you will need to perform very well to impress the music gatekeepers. Choose an easier song like Baka Mitai. On your next visit, you will have to battle several enemies to prove your point. You will be rewarded with 1,500 Virtue and a Phoenix Feather.

Umai Udon is located in the middle of the Fushimi district on the Fushimi Ichibangai street. To build friendship with the owner, talk to him and enjoy one of his meals. After that, he will try to befriend you. After developing the relationship a bit, you will unlock a mini-game in which you need to serve customers. You must memorize button combinations and input them within the time limit. Getting high scores will fill out the meter quickly. At the end of the questline, you will be rewarded with 1,500 Virtue.

Head to the Nichibuza dance school in the north-eastern part of Rakunai, on Kawaramachi Street, to build friendship with Maijo-sensei. Before building up the Friendship, you need to complete the #1 Nichibuza’s Newest Fan side quest located near the dance school. It requires you to defeat a thug menacing the owner. After completing the quest, agree to a dance lesson and complete it to establish a Friendship with Maijo. You must dance to some more songs to fill the Friendship bar. At some point, you will be asked to participate in a competition. Winning the competition involves passing a hard-level dance. On succeeding, you will max out the Friendship, and you will be rewarded with 1,500 Virtue and Solid Wood.

The Shinto Priest is located in the northwestern part of the Rakunai District, in a temple on Karasuma Street. Before establishing Friendship, you need to unlock the priest’s shop by spending 500 Virtue at a shrine. Once you have done that, purchase a couple of his cheapest items each visit. At the end of the questline, you need to chase a thief. If you ever lose track of the thief, you will have a minute to search five possible hiding spots. Finding the villain completes the Friendship. You will be rewarded with 1,500 Virtue and a reputation increase.

Akari is located in the Fushimi district.

Located in the northwestern part of the Rakunai District, Akari can be found in a temple on Karasuma Street. Starting from Chapter 4, you can talk to her once a day to build up your Friendship level. After each conversation, it’s recommended to go to sleep. Luckily, there’s a palanquin nearby to quickly get back to your hideout. Akari will eventually ask for medicine, and giving her some will reward you with 1,500 Virtue and her Omusubi.

The Hanamaru Udon Employee can be found in the middle of the Rakunai district on East Shijo Street. Eating his meals will easily max out your Friendship level. One of the visits will treat you to his specialty, which will then become purchasable during subsequent visits. Completing the Friendship will reward you with 1,500 Virtue.

Anna can be found in Gion at a place called Yamabuki. First, talk to her boss at the front desk. Playing the three available mini-games with Anna will fill up your Friendship bar. You must sleep in your hideout after each visit. Completing the Friendship will reward you with 1,500 Virtue and the bronze Like a Dragon in Heaven trophy.

The Mahjong House Residents are located in the southwestern part of the Mukurogai district at the Mahjong Spot on the Mukurogai First Floor street. You must have maxed your Friendship with the Palanquin Bearer to access this location. After playing your first game, play some more games and leave the building. Each time you get near the door, a cutscene will trigger until eventually, you can leave unimpeded. Return to the Mahjong Spot after sleeping to be invited to the Advanced Table. Playing one more game will reward you with 1,500 Virtue and a Charming Doll.

The Shogi Parlor Owner is located in the Shogi Parlor on Shinmeicho Street in the south-central part of the Rakunai district. After playing a game, the Receptionist will talk to you. Each subsequent game will fill up your Friendship bar, and the entire questline can be completed in a single visit without needing to sleep in-between.

After a while, you will be challenged to play a game against a specific adversary, which will complete your Friendship regardless of the outcome. You will receive 1,500 Virtue and a Tear of the Dragon as a reward.

The Cho-Han Dealer can be found at the Gambling Den in Rakugai, on Sannocho Street, right next to the palanquin. You must locate her at the back of the premises where the most players are. Once you’ve played a game with her and attempt to exit the building, she will converse with you. Subsequent matches raise the Friendship bar, which is best achieved by finishing after a single round. Eventually, the stakes will be raised to 10 ryo, and the Friendship will be completed, rewarding you with 1,500 Virtue. If you win the game, you will receive an additional prize.

You can find the Chicken Race Receptionist in the western part of the Rakugai district, at the Chicken Racing parlor on Umekojicho Street. Irrespective of how well you perform in the eccentric contests, you will establish a Friendship with the receptionist, and each race will fill up the bar. You don’t need to sleep between visits, but it’s best to finish after a single race to accelerate the process. At the end, he will ask you to bet on the Wondercrest or the Tosan Pride, and you will be rewarded with 1,500 Virtue and a Broken Compass.

The Ichikura Owner is located in the middle of the Fushimi district, in the Ichikura General Goods store on the Fushimi Ichibangai Street. Keep making purchases until you have to chase a particular man. Catching him will complete the Friendship, and you will receive 1,500 Virtue and a Crystal.

The Sushi Zanmai Chef is located in the northern part of the Rakunai district, in Sushi Zanmai on Kawamarachi Street. Eat sushi at his restaurant until he invites you for a special treat. After sleeping and returning, the Friendship will be completed, and you will receive 1,500 Virtue.

The Fukufuku Pub Owner is located in the middle of the Fushimi district, in the Fukufuku Pub on Fushimi Ichibangai Street. Keep purchasing his products until you complete the Friendship, and you will receive 1,500 Virtue and Nada Refined Sake.

The Ecchudo Apothecary is located in the northern part of the Rakunai district, in Ecchudo Pharmacy on Kawamarachi Street.

To deepen the Friendship with the owner, you will have to test his medicine after talking to him. Though it is an unfavorable way, keep testing his invention until it succeeds, and you will need to sleep after each time. After the last test, you will receive 1,500 Virtue and a Longevity Pill, which is the best healing item in the game and fully restores your HP and Heat. You can purchase the pills at the Apothecary for 8,000 mon from now on.

The Uji Tea Parlor Girl is situated in the western part of the Rakugai District at the Uji Tea Parlor on West Umekojicho street. Purchase her products until you need to help her out by defeating an enemy in combat, and solving the problem will complete the Friendship, rewarding you with 1,500 Virtue.

The Don Quijote Employee can be found in the middle of the Rakunai district, in the Don Quijote store on Shijo Street. Keep making purchases, and the more items you buy at once, the faster the meter will fill up. When he tells you he doesn’t have change, go outside, then left, help the customer, and return to the shopkeeper. You’ll be rewarded with a Gold Plate and 1,500 Virtue Points.

The Ebisu Pawnbroker is located in the eastern part of Rakunai in the Ebisu Pawn Rakunai shop on East Shijo Street. You can deepen your Friendship with him by buying or selling goods and keep doing this until he asks you a favor – finding the right customer. After finding the customer on Shinmeicho Street, return to Ebisu Pawn Rakunai to complete the Friendship and receive a Platinum Chunk and 1,500 Virtue.

The Kasuga Okami can be found in the middle of the Gion District in the Kasuga restaurant. Order food and drink until you’re tasked with dealing with a rather troublesome fellow and you’ll be rewarded with 1,500 Virtue and a Fine Silk Fabric.

The Kitchen Aoba Chef is situated in the south part of the Gion district in the Kitchen Aoba restaurant. Order food and drink until you fill out his Friendship bar. Midway through the process, you’ll be treated to a special meal of your choice, and at the end, you’ll be rewarded with 1,500 Virtue.

The Greengrocer is located in the middle of the Fushimi district on Fushimi Ichibangai Street. Purchase goods from the store to deepen the Friendship, and you’ll be rewarded with 1,500 Virtue when the Friendship bar is full.

To complete the Friendship with the vegetable seller, buy vegetables from him until he requests 10 carrots. You will receive 1,500 Virtue and Sturdy Lumber. He also gives free vegetables during the questline. The Rakugai Arms Dealer can be found on West Umekojicho Street in the eastern part of the Rakugai district. Purchase one item per visit until the bar is maxed out to receive 1,500 Virtue and a Dragon Fang. You will also have access to the dealer’s exclusive offers. Palanquins can be found all over the city, but you will likely encounter them first in the southwestern part of the Fushimi district. Use their services until you are attacked by thugs, defeat them to complete the Friendship. As a reward, you can now fast travel to Rakugai and receive 1,500 Virtue. The Momokawa Brothers are located on East Shijo Street in the Shippoku Momokawa restaurant in the eastern part of the Rakunai district. Eat enough meals to trigger a contest and make your choice to receive 1,500 Virtue and a Broken Compass.

FAQ

1. What is the importance of friendships in Like a Dragon Ishin?

In Like a Dragon Ishin, friendships play a crucial role in the game’s story and mechanics. Building strong relationships with other characters can unlock special abilities and bonuses in battles. Additionally, the game’s sub-stories often revolve around helping friends in need, and completing these sub-stories can also provide valuable rewards.

2. How do you improve your friendships in Like a Dragon Ishin?

There are several ways to improve your friendships in Like a Dragon Ishin. One way is to spend time with characters outside of battles, by visiting shops or participating in activities together. Another way is to give gifts to characters, which can increase their affinity towards you. Finally, completing sub-stories that involve specific characters can also improve your relationship with them.

3. What are some of the shops you can visit in Like a Dragon Ishin?

Like a Dragon Ishin features a variety of shops that players can visit throughout the game. These include weapon shops, which sell new weapons and upgrades for your character, and item shops, which sell healing items and other useful items for battles. There are also shops that sell food and drinks, which can provide temporary boosts to your character’s stats.

4. How do you unlock new shops in Like a Dragon Ishin?

New shops can be unlocked by completing certain sub-stories or by reaching certain milestones in the game’s story. For example, completing a sub-story that involves a specific character may unlock a new shop that they own. Additionally, some shops may only become available after reaching a certain chapter in the main story.

5. What are some tips for managing your money in Like a Dragon Ishin’s shops?

Money management is important in Like a Dragon Ishin’s shops, as some items can be quite expensive. One tip is to prioritize buying weapons and upgrades for your character, as these can provide a significant boost in battles. Additionally, it’s a good idea to sell any unused or unnecessary items to free up inventory space and earn some extra cash. Finally, it’s important to keep an eye on the prices of items in different shops, as some may offer better deals than others.

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