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 Please be advised that the PDF is outdated now, but still contains information for the whole game.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.

Some weapons/armour have "symbols" which indicate the effect it has. When you synthesise a weapon with an "Empty" symbol with a weapon which has an effect symbol, the weapon takes that effect. For example, synthesising a sword with an empty symbol with the Matsukaze sword (which has the "Endurance" symbol) will fill the empty symbol of the base weapon with the "Endurance" effect from the Matsukaze symbol. This is good for customising weapons/armour to give it the effects you want.

Above is an example of a sword with a symbol

Above is an example of a sword that had an empty symbol and was synthesised with a sword with an effect symbol

Below are the symbols in the game:

Enhancement (Red)
Comrade

In the battle dungeon, the corporal's soldier ability is enhanced

Equipment that has it

Swords: Himetsuru Hitomoji, Otenta
Greatswords: Yagyu Greatsword

Growth

Increases Experience acquisition

Equipment that has it

Swords: Dojisetsu
Pistols: Dragon Hawk
Spears: Gorinsai
Armour: Flower Design Headband

Spirit

Makes it easier to fill the heat gauge

Equipment that has it

Swords: Sendai Kanemaru, Masamune
Pistols: Meikyo, Nichirin
Spears: Houten Spear
Armour: Symbol of Fighting Spirit

Accumulate

Fire a charged shot when you hold down the square button

Equipment that has it

Pistols: Heart Beat, Soul Beat

Attribute

Enhances the effect of attribute attacks (blue symbols). For pistols, it enhances the effect of special attribute bullets

Equipment that has it

Pistols: Sakurabana, Shidarezakura
Spears:
Large Brush

Multi

The more enemies you are fighting, the more powerful your attacks become

Equipment that has it

Swords: Senninsetsu
Greatswords: Large Saw

Speed

Enhances rapid firing speed

Equipment that has it

Pistols: Kazekumo, Kogarashi, Hayate
Cannon: Mechanical Cannon

Blink

Enhances rapid firing speed a lot

Equipment that has it

Pistols: Tsujikaze

Two

Fires 2 bullets with each shot

Equipment that has it

Pistols: Double Strike, Double Flash

Attack

Increases Hand-to-Hand Fighting Style attack power by 30%

Equipment that has it

Armour: Iron Gauntlet, War Fist Sarashi

Extreme

Increases Hand-to-Hand Fighting Style attack power by 50%

Equipment that has it

Armour: Enraged Position

Drunk

Attack power and heat actions are enhanced when intoxicated

Equipment that has it

Armour: Red Headband

Grab

Makes it difficult for enemies to break free from your hold

Equipment that has it

Armour: Symbol of Super Strength

Enthusiast

Attack power increases as health decreases

Equipment that has it

Armour: Symbol of Adversity

Special

Reduces heat gauge consumption when using special techniques

Equipment that has it

Armour: Symbol of the Divine Dragon

Smash

Makes it easier to break an enemy's guard

Equipment that has it

Swords: Tepposetsu, Higesetsu, Onimaru
Pistols: Sword Crasher, Spirit Smasher
Greatswords: Large Hammer, Tenchisai

Aim

Makes it easier to hit enemies from a distance

Equipment that has it

Pistols: Peashooter

Profit

Enemies are more likely to drop items

Equipment that has it

Swords: Golden Sword
Pistols: Golden Gun

War

The heat gauge automatically fills

Equipment that has it

Armour: War God Amulet

Pilgrimage

The effects of praying at shrines are doubled

Equipment that has it

Armour: Double-Pilgrimage Talisman

Dharma

Increases Dharma acquisition

Equipment that has it

Armour: Dharma Hood

Modification (Green)
Blow

Enemies are blown away when you hit with a big attack

Equipment that has it

Swords: Kijo Moji, Hidari Moji
Spears:
Choukipaiko, Kagerosetsu
Cannon: Country Destroyer
Armour: Reppu

Penetration

Bullets penetrate armour

Equipment that has it

Pistols: Armor Breaker, Raging Bullet

Thorn

Bestows the Blade attribute onto hand-to-hand attacks
(hand-to-hand attacks are treated as if they are sword attacks)

Equipment that has it

Armour: Concealed Blade

Encounter

Increases enemy encounter rate

Equipment that has it

Armour: Koi Amulet

Calm

Stops the heat gauge from rising

Equipment that has it

Armour: Heijoshin Towel

Tiger

Changes the circle attack function
(a special combo attack)

Equipment that has it

Swords: Torasetsu

Flower

Changes the circle attack function
(a special combo attack)

Equipment that has it

Swords: Kiku Hitomoji

Lineage

Changes the circle attack function
(a special combo attack)

Equipment that has it

Swords: Ujishige

Dragon

Slashing attacks cause a big wave

Equipment that has it

Swords: Yumeryusai

Attribute (Blue)
Rust

Makes it easier to break enemy armour

Equipment that has it

Swords: Suijinsetsu, Murasame

Fire

Fire attacks

Equipment that has it

Swords: Shiranuhi, Okanehira
Greatswords: Bonbori
Cannon: Fenghuang

Wind

When attacking, surrounding enemies are blown away

Equipment that has it

Swords: Sakurafubuki, Morning Storm
Spears:
White Dragon
Greatswords: Decorative Hagoita

Electric

Electric attacks

Equipment that has it

Swords: Hotarumaru, Kaminarusetsu
Spears: Electric Stinger
Cannon: Electromagnetic Cannon

Light

Stuns enemies with light

Equipment that has it

Swords: Tenkomaru, Mikazuki Munechika, Shining Konnyaku, Sohaya no Tsurugi

Poison

Poison attacks

Equipment that has it

Swords: Juzumaru, Futsunotama
Armour: Snake

Enchantment

Absorb enemy health when you attack

Equipment that has it

Swords: Tokagemaru, Muramasa, Hanamori
Pistols: Non-Flying Bird, Spring in Full Bloom
Greatswords: Nenekirimaru

Protection (Yellow)
Bullet

Enables you to defend against guns

Equipment that has it

Armour: Sacred Tree Gauntlet

Blade

Enables you to defend against bladed weapons

Equipment that has it

Armour: Steel Gauntlet

Safeguard

Increases resistance to attribute attacks

Equipment that has it

Armour: Hakuou, Divine Raiment

Reciprocation

Some of the damage you receive is bounced back against the opponent

Equipment that has it

Spears: Large Chikuwa
Armour:
Purgatory, Thorny Spider

Sword

Reduces the damage you receive from sword attacks

Equipment that has it

Armour: Blade-Proof Breastplate

Gun

Reduces the damage you receive from gun attacks

Equipment that has it

Armour: Gun Reflect

Extinguish

Fire has no effect

Equipment that has it

Armour: Fireman's Breastplate

Medicine

Poison has no effect

Equipment that has it

Armour: Medical Herb Sarashi

Awareness

Never become dizzy

Equipment that has it

Armour: Embroidery Headband

Stillness

Health restores when you stand still

Equipment that has it

Armour: God Charm

Endurance

Reduces the amount of damage you receive

Equipment that has it

Swords: Matsukaze, Kogitsunemaru, Kogarasumaru, Lion King
Pistols: Nio, Kongo
Greatswords: Battleaxe
Armour: Brawler's Sarashi, Symbol of Will Power

Sober

Increases the speed at which you sober up

Equipment that has it

Armour: Sobering Hood

Pot

Alerts you to pot locations with a sound

Equipment that has it

Armour: Pot Sound Opportunity

Money

You gain money as you walk around

Equipment that has it

Armour: Gion Hood, Ebisu Hat

Invitation

Substory locations are indicated on the map

Equipment that has it

Armour: Inviting Hat

Enemy

Reveals enemy locations on the map

Equipment that has it

Armour: Rogue's Kabuto

Danger

Heat gauge automatically rises when you are at critical health

Equipment that has it

Armour: Haisui Talisman