Ishin

Story

Text Walkthrough
Cutscenes

Side Content

Substories
Friendship
Wanted Men
Another Life

Combat

Battle System
Abilities
Heat Actions
Training
Arena
Battle Dungeon
Soldier Cards
Ultimate Battles

Completion

Mini-Games
Shops & Restaurants
Blacksmith
Symbols
Weapons
Armour
Items
Dharma & Virya
Dharma Exchange
Completion

Other

Maps
Lottery
Trophies
Controls
Menu & Options

Ishin

Story

Text Walkthrough Cutscenes

Side Content

Substories Friendship Wanted Men Another Life

Combat

Battle System Abilities Heat Actions Training Arena Battle Dungeon Soldier Cards Ultimate Battles

Completion

Mini-Games Shops & Restaurants Blacksmith Symbols Weapons Armour Items Dharma & Virya Dharma Exchange Completion

Other

Maps Lottery Trophies Controls Menu & Options

RYU GA GOTOKU ISHIN

Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin (released in Japan in February 2014) is a spin-off game set at the end of the Edo period of Japanese history (known as the Bakumatsu period), a period when the Tokugawa Shogunate came to an end and imperial rule was restored (Meiji Restoration).

Sakamoto Ryoma is living undercover, with a false identity, as "Saito Hajime" in Kyoto. One year earlier, on the eve of the coup d'├ętat of Tosa, Ryoma's foster father, the man who raised him, was murdered before his eyes. The only lead he had to discover who the killer was is that he used the Tennen Rishin style of fighting. This is a style used by the Shinsengumi, so Ryoma infiltrates their ranks, becoming captain of the 3rd Shinsengumi unit, in attempt to find the killer.

Big thanks to Kevin Debrabandere for creating a PDF for the entire Ishin guide. You can download the PDF version of the guide here. Please be advised that the PDF is outdated now, but still contains information for the whole game.

This guide is for the original (2014) release of Ishin. The information contained within may not necessarily be accurate for the 2023 "Like a Dragon: Ishin" remake.

Go to Yamabuki in Gion to hang out with Konno Anna, the courtesan in Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin. It costs you 1 Ryo per visit.

The system works completely different to the previous games: The multiple choice responses make no difference. There's no "hearts" of "affection gauge" or anything. You also don't even order drinks or food like you did in previous games. The main focus of the courtesan system this time is on mini-games you can play with her. Keep visiting her to build the friendship gauge.

Drinking Contest

This mini-game is simple - don't let the cup get too high and don't let it get too low (for those of you who played the main series games, it's basically the same as the massage parlour system). Repeatedly press circle to raise and repeatedly press X to lower. The higher up on the gauge you are, the quicker Ryoma drinks. When Ryoma starts getting drunk (will indicate on the screen), you need to lower it down to below the line near the bottom to help reduce the intoxication.

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Simply press either square, circle or X for rock, paper or scissors before time runs out. You can press triangle to use "Mind's Eye", which slows things down, letting you see what she choses, making it easier to win.

So long as there is time remaining, you can change your selection. You can cheat if you want by pressing the Playstation button near the end, just as the two of you are about to put out your hands, so you can see what she has chosen and switch to the one that beats it (works like "mind's eye" but instead of slowing down it completely pauses it, but you're not supposed to do it - like I said this is cheating, but if you don't mind doing that then it's easy to win)

Nursing

You control Ryoma at the bottom of the screen and can only go left and right. The objective is to destroy 3 of those flying heart things (they take quite a lot of hits to destroy). You cannot let the falling text touch you or you lose a life. You can shoot the text with square and you can use your bomb (destroys all text on the screen) with triangle. You can also hold down the square button to unleash a powerful shot.

After completing all 3 mini-games, you get the "Ascend to the Heavens Like a Dragon" trophy. Also, next time you go in to spend time with her you get several options:

Drinking Game Only
Rock, Paper, Scissors Game Only
Nursing Game Only
Normal play
(play through everything in order)

When selecting a game, you get a choice of 3 difficulties, with the top being easiest and bottom being hardest.

Nothing special happens as you build up the friendship gauge; you just keep playing with her and it will eventually max out.