Which Party Members Should You Use For Each Palace In Persona 5 Royal?

Dungeons are known as palaces in Persona 5 Royal, with the ruler of each having “distorted desires” that lead them down truly vile paths. But as the game goes on and the enemies become stronger and more varied, you’ll do well to rotate party setups to maximize your efficiency inside, meaning you’ll need to know which party is best for each palace in P5R.


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We know it’s easy to fall into a pattern with your party, but smart variation can make palaces even smoother than before. To find the best team for each palace in P5R, we’ve got you covered.

Updated on July 17, 2023: Trying to pick the best party members for each dungeon in Persona 5 Royal? We’ve circled back to our Party Setup guide to give our tables a little makeover – we want our party recommendations to shine, so an organized list of what makes them the best pick is the least we can do. Good luck with your infiltration!

This guide contains major spoilers for the gameplay of Persona 5 Royal, both the primary story and the third semester bonus content.

We’ve opted out of covering Kamoshida’s Castle for this guide, as the party is set for that dungeon.

Updated on April 8, 2023 by Gabrielle Castania: Trying to pin down the best party members for each palace in Persona 5 Royal can be tough, especially as your roster of Phantom Thieves expands. We’ve given our guide to the best team in Persona 5 Royal a fresh coat of paint with new tables, photos, and more to ensure you’ve got the best team for each palace in Persona 5 Royal.


Best Party For Madarame’s Palace

ryuji, yusuke, and ann in front of madarame's palace for the persona 5 best team for madarame

Madarame’s Palace is interesting in that you don’t have access to your new party member, Yusuke Kitagawa, until you’re halfway through it. After Yusuke joins the Phantom Thieves, the best party for Madarame’s Palace becomes Ann, Ryuji, and Yusuke.

This palace also establishes a trend in Persona 5 that the current palace plays into the newest party member’s strengths — so naturally, it plays well into Yusuke’s strengths.

Best Party For Madarame’s Palace

Party Member

Strength for Madarame’s Museum

Yusuke

Ice magic that has a chance to inflict freeze to enemies


Many shadows ahead are weak to his ice magic

Ryuji

Good physical skills that do a lot of damage without consuming SP


Many shadows ahead are weak to his electric magic

Ann

Primary healer


A few shadows are weak to her fire magic


Debuffing enemies, which will be of huge help during the Madarame boss fight

Best Party For Kaneshiro’s Palace

morgana, ryuji, and makoto in front of kaneshiro's bank palace as the best team persona 5 royal for kaneshiro

Kaneshiro’s Bank of Gluttony introduces a true powerhouse of a party member in Makoto Niijima. With her nuclear skills, which were new to Persona 5, Makoto makes a great addition to the team, especially here.

Round out the party with Morgana and Ryuji for the easiest time in Kaneshiro’s Bank.

Best Party For Kaneshiro’s Palace

Party Member

Strength for Kaneshiro’s Bank

Makoto

Nuclear magic, which is one of the primary weaknesses of the shadows in Kaneshiro’s Bank Palace


Her nuclear skills can deal bonus damage to burned shadows


Good physical attacks


Backup healer

Morgana

Primary healer


Lucky Punch has a higher chance of landing critical hits, which is helpful for shadows without weaknesses

Ryuji

Good physical skills to conserve his SP as needed


Many shadows ahead are weak to his electric magic


Electric moves have a chance to inflict shock

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Best Party For Futaba’s Palace

yusuke, morgana, and makoto in front of futaba's palace as the best team persona 5 royal for futaba

Things start to get tough in Futaba’s Palace as there are many enemies that have few to no weaknesses, and additionally, this is your longest palace to this point.

There is a lot of elemental coverage that you’re able to handle on your own with Joker’s stock of Personas, so the best team for versatility in the rest of your coverage would be Morgana, Makoto, and Yusuke.

Best Party For Futaba’s Palace

Party Member

Strength for Futaba’s Pyramid

Makoto

Nuclear magic to exploit the bevy of shadows weak to nuclear in the palace


Buff moves to increase party members’ defense


Physical skills that cost HP instead, should her nuclear magic not work

Yusuke

Ice magic is pivotal to have against certain enemies inside the Pyramid


Buff moves to increase the party’s evasiveness

Morgana

Healer (full-party and individual moves)

Best Party For Okumura’s Palace

haru, morgana, and makoto in an open area of okumura's space port palace as the persona 5 best team for okumura

Okumura’s Spaceport is far from most players’ favorite palace in Persona 5 Royal, due in large part to how complicated and unforgiving it can be if you’re under-prepared, but Haru Okumura joining the team gives access to your final type of magic – Psio.

Truly, all party members may be tough here on account of the wide spread of affinities, the length of the palace, and some rather cruel mini-bosses that all lead to a timed final boss fight against Shadow Okumura.

For the easiest time, we’d suggest bringing Haru, Makoto, and Morgana.

Best Party For Okumura’s Palace

Party Member

Strength for Okumura’s Spaceport

Haru

Psio magic is strong against several of the shadows ahead


Her grenade launcher is a multi-target physical attack that does not consume HP or SP

Makoto

Nuclear attacks are usually pretty effective against enemies that repel physical attacks


Remove debuffs to keep the party in optimal shape

Morgana

Wind magic can help against the cardholder robots


Healing magic is something of a must in a palace this long

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Best Party For Sae’s Palace

akechi, ann, and makoto in front of sae niijima's casino palace as the persona 5 royal best party members for sae best party for niijima

Finally, you’re about to finish circling back to the beginning of the story and will catch up with the present day once you finish Sae’s Casino.

Goro Akechi has joined the Phantom Thieves for this infiltration, and his skills are of great help in the fights ahead. Just try not to think of all the stuff that’s happened with him so far…

Colorful, bright, and jam-packed with tough shadows and difficult mini-games, your best bet for party members for Sae’s casino are Akechi, Makoto, and Ann.

Best Party For Niijima’s Palace

Party Member

Strength for Sae’s Casino

Akechi

Both light and dark attacks are in Akechi’s roster, and plenty of the shadows in the palace are weak to one, if not both of these elements


Few weaknesses of his own


Decent physical damage output if you’re low on SP

Makoto

Though there aren’t many shadows weak to it, her nuclear magic can come in handy in a pinch, especially when coupled with Ann’s fire magic


Removing debuffs from the party during battle


Backup healer

Ann

Primary healer (she’ll certainly have multi-target healing spells by now) Her fire magic is becoming quite strong Lower the enemy’s attack stat with her debuff moves

Best Party For Shido’s Palace

haru, ryuji, and makoto in front of shido's cruiseliner palace as the persona 5 best team for shido

As the game’s primary antagonist to now, Shido’s Palace might be a frustrating one, but it’s oh-so satisfying to finally finish.

This is a palace that will absolutely test both your endurance and patience as you make your way through not only as human Phantom Thieves, but, interestingly enough, sometimes also as mice.

Calling on old faithful teammates for the slog ahead, we went with Ryuji, Haru, and Makoto.

Best Party For Shido’s Palace

Party Member

Strength for Shido’s Cruiseliner

Ryuji

His electric magic that can inflict shock goes a far way in the palace


His physical attacks will be some of the best by this point in the game


Buffs that increase the party’s attack

Haru

Psio magic is effective against a wide swath of shadows here


Her grenade launcher is a massive help for tough physical enemies

Makoto

Primary healer


Buffs that increase the party’s defense

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Best Party For The Depths Of Mementos

yusuke, ann, and makoto in front of a subway car in mementos as the best team persona 5 royal depths of mementos

The final palace of the main Persona 5 game is also the toughest, as you have to clear it all in one day.

Everything you learned in the game will be put to the test, so it should be no surprise that part of the challenge comes from optimizing the party.

For The Depths, we brought Ann, Yusuke, and Makoto.

Best Party For The Depths Of Mementos

Party Member

Strength for The Depths

Ann

Many shadows are weak to her impressive fire magic


Backup healing capabilities, should anything happen to Makoto

Yusuke

His ice magic can handle a large portion of the shadows ahead


His physical damage has gotten much better, making him a viable striker

Makoto

Primary healer


Buffs that increase the party’s defense


Plenty of good nuclear magic if she needs to go on the offensive as well

Best Party For Maruki’s Palace

akechi, sumire, kasumi, and makoto in front of maruki's lab, the third semester bonus dungeon in persona 5 royal, as the best team persona 5 royal for maruki

Exclusive to Persona 5 Royal and requiring some specific steps throughout the course of P5R to unlock, the final palace belongs to Dr. Maruki.

With everything on the line here in the final dungeon of the game, we recommend bringing Sumire, Akechi, and Makoto along for the ride.

Best Party For Maruki’s Palace

Party Member

Strength for Maruki’s Laboratory

Sumire

She has better bless magic than Akechi, with access to Makougaon


Backup healer

Akechi

Relegate Akechi to dark magic, now that Sumire can tackle all things bless


His dark magic has gotten better since the last time you fought with him


His Debilitate skill can severely lower foes’ attack, defense, and agility

Makoto

Primary healer


Buffs that increase the party’s defense


Plenty of good nuclear magic and physical attacks if she needs to go on the offensive as well

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