With a huge open-world, tonnes of activities to carry out, there is always room for being hopelessly lost and overwhelmed at the beginning which is where our Yakuza Kiwami 2 Beginners Guide comes in.
Being a game that will not explain you everything on the get-go with its complicated presentation, you may find our Yakuza Kiwami 2 Guide useful for starting out in the game when it comes to upgrading your skills, earning money, substories, minigames, etc.
Yakuza Kiwami 2 Beginners Guide
In a game filled with colorful characters, let us talk about the main one: Kazuma Kiryu.
How the main protagonist performs in combat, conversations and possible relationships all depend on one of his five attributes: Strength, Agility, Gust, Attraction, and Skill.
The best way to upgrading these skills remains fighting through hordes of criminals and underworld thugs but you could carry out almost any activity in the game’s world and be rewarded experience for upgrading these skills.
Furthermore, you can apply boosts or multipliers like Boost EXP Gain to increase the rate at which you level up your attributes.
If you feel like you may want to earn the XP in a more fun way, head to a vending machine and grab a C.C Lemon or a Boss Rainbow Mountain to earn free XP.
Moreover, eating at restaurants also award you with some good XP; just make sure you are not eating after you have crossed the limit which is shown by the stomach icon.
As far as other ways of earning experience points are concerned, you can carry out substories which side quests that let you in on the additional lore as well.
Use the Substory Finder tool in the stats menu to display the locations of these side missions on your map. Lastly, you can play the Clan creator mini-game to bag a decent amount of XP.
Combat and Skills
Regarding skills, there is a lot to invest in to ensure that Kiryu performs at the best of his ability in combat.
These include the attributes: health, defense and heat gauge. These are vital to survive in battle and deal devastating damage to the enemies once you fill up your heat gauge and perform special moves.
Contrary to the previous entries, the mechanics introduced in this game allow you to charge special attacks while you are moving.
So holding down on the Square or Triangle button will charge up certain moves which you can unleash without having to sacrifice your movement for. This will allow the combat scenarios to become easier to handle and a lot flashier visually.
More weapons and heat actions can be acquired from the Ebisu Pawn Shop in order to maximize damage in combat. Accompanied with every weapon, you can allow equipment to boost the attack or defensive attributes even higher.
This equipment can be collected hidden around the world in lockers or via rewards from fights and missions.
If you have a special bond with a weapon that does the job for you, you can stick to it for a while if you like. Even when it gets damaged and obsolete, do not worry. Simply head to the Kamiyama Works to get the weapons repaired to be used again.
Increase Base Stats
You are able to invest the XP that you earn into the base stats of Kiryu. This can be done on the first page of your Stats menu.Improve the attack and heat gauge first so that you are able to deal more damage.
If you don’t invest in your base stats then you will face a lot of trouble trying to take down you foes. Do it every once in a while until you’ve reached Kiryu’s stat limit.
Story missions and substories both carry opportunities to earn money.
Additionally, just like with XP drinks, you can consume the Sengoku Coffee or the BOSS Light Sugar that let you earn a higher amount of Yen each time you encounter someone in a fight. So fight until you drop!
For something a little less violent, you can choose to attend a mini-game especially one like the Cabaret Club which, if you get the hang of, you will make enough fans to watch your performances.
This will net you a huge amount of cash every time you perform at the club. To go a step further to maximizing income, upgrade your Club Hustler level often.
We hope that you will find our Yakuza Kiwami 2 Beginners Guide helpful. If there is anything else that you would like to add, let us know in the comments section below!