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There are five important character statistics in Persona 4:

  1. Understanding
  2. Knowledge
  3. Courage
  4. Expression
  5. Diligence

Out of these five stats, only four of them need to be maxed out. Knowledge, Courage, Expression and Understanding are crucial for day-to-day activity opportunities. Diligence is important, but it does not necessarily need to be maxed out.

Stat Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
Courage Average Reliable Brave Daring Heroic
Knowledge Informed Broad Expert Professor Sage
Expression Rough Eloquent Persuasive Touching Enthralling
Understanding Basic Kindly Generous Motherly Saintly
Diligence Callow Persistent Strong Thorough Rock Solid

Upgrading stats[edit]

Benefits[edit]

Courage
  1. It helps establish the Moon Arcana S.Link.
  2. Naoto's S.Link can only begin after you max out Courage.
  3. Ability to make bolder answers to other characters.
Knowledge
  1. Get high or top marks on exams.
  2. Begin Margaret's S.Link.
  3. Naoto's S.Link can only begin after you max out Knowledge.
Expression
  1. Leveling up in the Hierophant and Justice S.Link.
Understanding
  1. It helps establish the Hang-Man S.Link.
  2. The Tower social link can only begin after you max out Understanding.
Diligence
  1. Ability to fish more times per day.
  2. Apply to work for the janitor job.
  3. Apply to work folding cranes.

Methods[edit]

Courage
  1. Working part time at the hospital.
  2. Eating the special ramen from Aiya's on rainy days.
  3. Reading The Great Man on your sofa.
  4. Reading Forever Macho on your sofa.
  5. Reading Guide to Pests on your sofa.
  6. Eating rotten food from the fridge.
  7. Defeating the bonus bosses at dungeons.
  8. Reading Man of History on your sofa.
  9. Reading Man-God on your sofa.
Knowledge
  1. Reading The O-Cha Way on your sofa.
  2. Studying at your desk at night.
  3. Reading The Divine Way on your sofa.
  4. Reading The Gentle Way on your sofa.
  5. Studying at the Library after school.
  6. Reading Who am I? on your sofa.
  7. Reading The Punk's Way on your sofa.
  8. Paying attention during lessons at school.
  9. Reading Guide to Pests on your sofa.
  10. Giving the right answer to questions in class.
  11. Reading The Noodle Way on your sofa.
  12. Eating special ramen at Aiya's on rainy days
  13. Reading Fun with Numbers on your sofa.
Expression
  1. Reading The Noodle Way on your sofa.
  2. Working as a tutor.
  3. Reading The Gentle Way on your sofa.
  4. Working as a translator.
  5. Reading The Punk's Way on your sofa.
  6. Going to culture club after school.
  7. Reading The O-Cha Way on your sofa.
  8. Giving the right answers in class.
  9. Reading The Divine Way on your sofa.
Understanding
  1. Reading Off Today on your sofa.
  2. Reading Riddlemania on your sofa.
  3. Working part-time at folding origami.
  4. Reading Witch Detective on your sofa.
  5. Eating special ramen at Aiya's on rainy days.
  6. Reading Short on Cash on your sofa.
  7. Reading Sensei's Friends on your sofa.
  8. Working at the daycare after school.
  9. Reading Changing Careers on your sofa.
Diligence
  1. Reading Witch Detective on your sofa.
  2. Eating special ramen at Aiya's on rainy days.
  3. Reading Fun with Numbers on your sofa.
  4. Working part time at folding envelopes.
  5. Reading Riddlemania on your sofa.
  6. Reading Who am I? on your sofa.
  7. Going to the sports club.