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Persona 4 Golden Kanji Skills & Best Build

This Persona 4 Golden Kanji Build Guide will teach you which skills are worth keeping on Kanji and which you should forget in Persona 4 Golden.

If you’re playing Persona 4 Golden, now available on Steam, you’re going to want to know which of Kanji’s skills are worthwhile and which ones you can feel comfortable forgetting. You’re only allowed to keep 8 skills on any given character, so you’ll want to know which Persona 4 Golden Kanji skills are really worthwhile.

This Persona 4 Golden Kanji Build guide will teach you just that. It will also list all the possible skills the Kanji is capable of learning so you have everything you need in order to customize it to your own liking.

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The Build – Persona 4 Golden Kanji Skills

By the end of the game, the build you’re going to most likely want on Kanji, out of all his normal leveling skills, his available social link skills and his optional bike skills, is this:

Primal ForceRegenerate 3
Power ChargeElec Boost
MaziodyneElec Amp
MatarukajaEvade Wind

In Persona 4 Golden Kanji has a lot of flexibility in his build, but ultimately I think this is what your best bet is.

Some people take both Vile Assault and Primal Force because if any enemy is knocked down, Vile Assault does more damage. Still, it’s not strictly necessary, especially since you’ll mostly be using these physical nukes on bosses and bosses won’t give you the opportunity to get the Vile Assault bonus damage.

You really don’t need both Ziodyne and Maziodyne on Kanji. I’d suggest you pick one or the other, though you’re certainly welcome to forego Regenerate 3 to keep both available. Like Chie, you mostly use Kanji’s spells to hit weaknesses for the knockdown and little else.

Elec Amp and Elec Boost also aren’t strictly necessary, because taking all of Kanji’s electric spells and boosts takes up 4 slots and makes him a mediocre mage at best. However, Kanji doesn’t have too many must have skills so you have room to keep them.

You could easily replace Elec Boost/Amp with Vile Assault and Fast Heal and you’d barely notice one way or another. The reason I keep them is because you’ll cast Maziodyne/Ziodyne much, much more often than you’d cast Vile Assault or see the effects of Fast Heal.

If you have the time, you could also replace Regenerate 3 with Mediarama if you so desired in order to give Kanji some healing utility, although I don’t think it’s worthwhile.

Leveling Skills – Persona 4 Golden Kanji Skills

Here are the skills that Kanji learns as he levels up:

NameLevel LearnedDescription
MazioDefaultMinor electric damage to all enemies
ZiongaDefaultMedium electric damage to one enemy
RakukajaDefaultIncreases Defense for one ally
Kill RushDefaultMinor physical damage to one enemy 1-3 times
Regenerate 1DefaultRestores 2% health every round
Elec Boost27+25% Electric Damage
Fatal End34Medium physical damage to one enemy
Cruel Attack38Medium physical damage to one enemy, bonus damage if enemy is knocked down
Mazionga40Medium electric damage to all enemies
Torrent Shot44Medium physical damage to one enemy 2-3 times
Elec Break48Reduces electric resistance for one enemy
Ziodyne54Heavy electric damage to one enemy
Vile Assault58Heavy physical damage to one enemy, bonus damage if enemy is knocked down
Matarukaja60Increases Defense for all allies
Maziodyne67Heavy electric damage to all enemies
Primal Force73Severe physical damage to one enemy
Elec Amp75+50% Electric Damage

Social Link Skills – Persona 4 Golden Kanji Skills

These are the skills that Kanji can learn as he increases his social link (Emperor).

NameSocial Link RankDescription
Dizzy Boost2Increases chance of inflicting Dizzy
Masukunda4Reduces Accuracy/Evasion for all enemies
Power Charge6Next physical attack deals 2.5x damage
Regenerate 38Restores 6% health every round
Evade Wind10Triple evasion chance against wind attacks

Bike Skills – Persona 4 Golden Kanji Skills

These are the Bike Skills available to Kanji in Persona 4 Golden. For more information on Bike Skills, check the Persona 4 Golden Bike Skills Guide.

NameBike RidesDescription
Media1Minor healing for all allies
Atom Smasher2Medium physical damage to all enemies 1-2 times, chance of inflicting Fear
Blue Wall3Increases electric resistance for one ally
Fast Heal4Status ailments last half as long
Mediarama5Medium healing for all allies

For Kanji, these skills not that great. Fast Heal is a nice little bonus skill that you might want to grab if you really, really have no way to spend your afternoon on days when Kanji is available for a bike ride. You could make an argument that Mediarama increases Kanji’s versatility, and if you are really trying to optimize Kanji specifically, there might be a spot for it, but in general it’s not worth going out of your way to get.

Unique Skill – Persona 4 Golden Kanji Skills

Each character’s unique skill is earned when they receive their 3rd Tier Persona. This happens in January when you spend an afternoon hanging out with a party member that has already achieved its 2nd Tier Persona by reaching their level 10 Social Link.

Kanji’s unique skill is The Man’s Way, which inflicts Dizzy and Down on all enemies. It’s not terribly useful and I would argue that it’s not even worthy of a spot in Kanji’s skillset. Still, it can be kind of an easy way to get an all out attack and kill those magical hands, but by the time you get it, you probably already have Yoshitsune and kill those hands in 1-2 rounds anyway.

That about covers it when it comes to the Persona 4 Golden Kanji Build Guide. Be sure to check out the Games Section and the Main Page for more game guides, and click here for more content related to Persona 4 Golden.


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