Even in the RPG world of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, having a lot of money definitely helps. Although you will by no means need a lot of money to complete the main story, having it is useful to make it easier to complete tasks.
Your personal funds are represented by the number of yen held by Ichiban and his friends. They can use them to buy useful items, new gear, and participate in certain activities. Unfortunately, you can buy a lot of weapons and equipment in shops, and it can take a long time to get money. However, there are several ways to get rich quick.
Activities that bring money
Almost everything you can do in the game will bring you money in one way or another. However, some activities are more profitable than others, and some can be quite tedious. Therefore, it is useful to complete the most profitable tasks as often as possible, and to hand over excess cash to an ATM so as not to lose it in battle.
Yokohama Underground Dungeon
After completing chapter 6, you will gain access to a series of sewer pipes that function as a dungeon. Consisting of several levels, the dungeon hides a lot of loot, equipment, and high-level enemies that can be beaten for good money. This can be a very profitable venture, but also quite risky.
Not only is it difficult to get through the dungeon, you will have to go quite a deep way before you start earning real money. Make sure your characters are of a high enough level and are proficient in their professional skills.
Part time hero
As you progress through the game, you will gain access to a new activity called “Part Time Hero”. In the menu, you can choose from several categories in which you have to complete various tasks – from collecting items to defeating certain enemies. However, the fastest and most rewarding are the SOS missions, which appear periodically as the game progresses.
They are marked on the map with a hero icon with an exclamation point. As a rule, they offer to fight with a group of enemies for a reward of up to tens of thousands of yen. However, don’t take yourself by surprise, as SOS enemies are usually quite high level, so prepare accordingly.
As you meet characters during the adventure, you will have the opportunity to get close to them at the base location, the Survive bar. Their connection stat is represented by a pink meter that grows as you travel with them and take actions with them. Once he hits the meter, talk to the Sim in the Survive Bar to hear the next part of his story called Drink Link.
Just before reaching the 5th level of connections (maximum), the character will ask you to help him resolve his situation. It usually involves fighting, but you can get hundreds of thousands of yen as a result, as well as getting close to your teammates.
Completing side quests
As in any real role-playing game, there are many optional tasks that will appear as you progress through the story. They are indicated by white dialog boxes on the map and usually trigger when you approach.
While quests can vary in difficulty and length, they are worth completing for several reasons: They level up Ichiban’s personality, give experience, reward you with new equipment, and even comrades can earn you a fair amount of yen.
One of the main side quests in the game involves Ichiban’s decision to save a failing business, which is coincidentally called Ichiban Confections. While in the office, Ichiban needs to manage employees, investments, and board meetings to add value to the company – while at the same time ensuring it continues to make a profit.
Although the company’s money is separate from Ichiban’s personal funds, there is money to be made from it. Several periods after the opening of the business, Ichiban and his employees will need to attend a shareholder meeting to ensure that the company is doing well. If you succeed in satisfying investors, not only will your company’s value increase significantly, but you will also receive a nice reward in yen.
Hunting for rare sujimons
The obvious but funny Pokemon spoof features a professor who has dedicated his time to learning about all the different types of enemies you’ll have to fight. He asks you to find as many enemies as you can and gives you a device to record them. While many sujimon are easy to find while wandering the streets, some are much rarer.
However, a sign of a rare sujimon is that it often appears on the map as lone enemies. Although they are generally stronger than most others, they are worth destroying – not only to record their data, but also because they have a good chance of getting thousands of yen when defeated.