Money is making waves in Ijincho, and it is something you will need if you want to make progress Yakuza: Like a dragon. Fortunately, we’ve found plenty of ways to get this money flowing.
Before we tell you how to make as much yen as possible, let’s go over some of the reasons why you will absolutely need it. Obviously, since this is an RPG, you’ll need it for a lot of equipment and healing items, but there are also some more specific things to keep an eye out for.
A key element of the game is improve Ichiban’s personality traits, and one of the best ways to do it is that Professional exams at Ounubara. These tests aren’t cheap, however, and range from 10,000 yen to 100,000 yen to even try to pass. There are 21 tests available to the player and they will be one of the things you want to do asap to improve Ichiban’s stats.
Another new element of yakuza is that Poundmates systemwhat the game essentially calls summoning. Unlike other RPGs that require MP or one-time consumables to summon, Like A Dragon requires you to spend money every time you want to call for help. These aren’t too expensive, admittedly, but some of the best cost 1 million yen per pop. Help ain’t cheap, you know.
One of the side stories in the late game introduces you to a secret black market vendor. This dealer has some extremely expensive guns for your group to invest in as they have some pretty good stats. There are better weapons in the game, but these are the best you can buy. The cheapest weapon there is 450,000 yen, with most weapons costing around 1 million each.
Speaking of sub-stories, there are quite a few of them that you will need to invest some money in to move forward. Two of them are asking for a million yen each, but one of them is actually asking for 22 million for the romance workshop. This is incredibly difficult and requires you to grind some of these methods.
Finally, the one spending you absolutely cannot avoid comes from chapter 12 of the main story, where your task is to raise 3 million yen to make progress. That’s a lot of money even at this point in the game, and if you want to see through history you have to find the yen somehow.
So now that you know why you are going to need a lot of money, let’s talk about it how to do it.
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Yakuza: Like a dragon – how to make money
One of the earliest ways to make quick money is on the Business Management side mission, where you try to get Ichiban confections through the ranks. Every time you add a certain number of positions to the company, Ichiban receives an Executive Reward that can easily make you hundreds of thousands. Once you have completed a few rounds of the mini-game, you will progress easily and make tons of money.
Unfortunately, the best and most reliable way to make money doesn’t unlock until late in the game. Chapter 12 gives you access to the Sotenbori Battle Arena, a 30-story battle arena that offers massive cash rewards every time you clear a floor. You get the same money no matter how many times you repeat the arena, so all you have to do is work this out to make millions with ease. It’s not very difficult either, as only the last ten floors offer a major challenge. In addition to money, you also get incredibly powerful equipment.
In Chapter 3, you can delete a sub-story that unlocks the Benten Pawn Shop for Ichiban and the gang. While there aren’t many items that sell for a lot, it’s a good idea to sell your unused gear as often as possible. There are also two items that are dropped at the end of Chapter 11 that you can sell at the pawn shop for a pretty big profit, the luxury Swiss watch and the luxury Italian ring. You can’t miss these items or do anything else with them so be sure to resell them.
Chapter 5 shows you the side quests of the Part-Time Heroes series, many of which offer over 10,000 yen to complete and can be as easy as defeating a few enemies. Two of these in particular are incredibly good quick money making opportunities, with a cash reward of 2 million yen each. One of them is the “Please find my cat” quest, and the other is that Find Kappa Statue. Complete this as early as you can for an easy 4 million yen.
As in other yakuza games, Like A Dragon has a casino that you can try and play your way to riches. The casino is located on Breakwater Drive near Chinatown, which is hidden in a toilet. Talk to the guy guarding it on Style Level 4 and he will tell you to go to the final booth. Do this to find the hidden casino and try your luck.
It might sound like an obvious solution to the money problem, but one really easy way is to walk around Ijincho and fight off as many random encounters as you can. At the start of the game these won’t offer much, but the further you go, the more money you get for each battle. These encounters aren’t usually very difficult either, so it’s easy money anywhere. The sub-stories are also a fantastic way to raise money, as almost all of them offer a cash reward once you beat the final battle associated with them. They’re not big earners, but with 52 of them, it’s a pretty consistent way of making money.