Persona 5, like its predecessors in the Persona series, is riddled with mysteries. It begins with the protagonist, Joker, attempting to figure out how to stay in school when a power-hungry gym teacher wants him out, and progresses to the Phantom Thieves confronting a god who has infiltrated their ranks from the most unexpected of sources.
Persona 5 Royal’s updated re-release added to the mystery by introducing Jose, a new character linked to the game’s long dungeon Mementos.
While the new additions to Persona 5 Royal’s plot were mostly wrapped up neatly by the end, Jose and his true identity were left hanging, leading players to speculate that he may be related to upcoming Persona games and may reappear in Persona 6 or other future titles. Jose appears as a young boy eager to learn more about humanity.
Throughout the Mementos dungeon, he challenges the player to collect flowers and stamps. Flowers can be traded for various items, whereas stamps allow the player to reshape Mementos after each battle to gain more experience points, money, or items. If the player collects enough stamps, Jose will challenge the player to a boss battle at the bottom of Mementos; he is quite high level and difficult to defeat.
Unfortunately, nothing else is explained about Jose, even when he is fought, as he simply thanks the player for giving him a new experience. This has prompted fans to speculate on Jose’s possible origins and role in future games.
However, in this article, we will go through everything we know about Jose, his shop and what you can get from it, and some speculations about his future. If you are interested in any of that, make sure to keep on reading!
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Who Is Jose In Persona 5 Royal?
Jose is a brand-new NPC in Persona 5 Royal. He exchanges useful items and services for flowers and stamps obtained from the public’s cognitive dungeon. Jose is an unusual character in that his presence in the game isn’t particularly important to the plot, but he appears to have a very rich backstory going on behind the scenes.
While the Phantom Thieves use their Personas to seek justice, Jose quietly studies the human heart in the background. Jose’s role in Persona 5 Royal is similar to that of other characters such as Sophia from Persona 5 Strikers, but the open-ended nature of his story and the cosmic questions that he raises could indicate that Atlus plans to reuse him in a future game. He could play a variety of pivotal roles in Persona 6.
First of all, we will talk about Jose’s shop, his appearance and what you can obtain from him. You can read all of that below.
Jose’s Shop In Persona 5 Royal
Jose does not appear at the start of the game. You encounter him on 5/7 during normal story progression. When you interact with him, you are also given an overview of his services and shops. To later encounter or interact with him, you have to visit Mementos. You can only encounter him there and then use his services in the following steps:
- A mark will appear on the map when he appears. A cutscene will precede his appearance, and his location will be marked on the map.
- After speaking with Jose, he will request that you gather some flowers. In exchange, Jose will open a shop selling status ailments and SP recovery items.
- He will also request that you collect some stamps. Look for stamp podiums scattered throughout mementos and approach one to obtain stamps. Deliver the stamps, and he will allow you to change certain aspects of Mementos.
Jose will offer many useful items and services after collecting various items. More items will be available for purchase as you progress through the mementos levels. Additionally, as you unlock a new Mementos path, previously sold out items will resupply.
You can trade multiple items with Jose. The following is a list of tradable items:
|Black Knife||Material||Electric chair itemization material.||30|
|Black Gun||Material||Electric chair itemization material.||30|
|Black Stone||Material||Electric chair itemization material.||30|
|Black Robe||Material||Electric chair itemization material.||30|
|Blank Card||Material||Electric chair skill card material.||15|
|Forget Vial S||Item||High chance of inflicting Forget on an enemy.||30|
|Forget Vial L||Item||Medium chance of inflicting Forget on all enemies.||40|
|Dizzy Vial S||Item||High chance of inflicting Dizzy on an enemy.||30|
|Dizzy Vial L||Item||Medium chance of inflicting Dizzy on all enemies.||40|
|Sleep Vial S||Item||High chance of inflicting Sleep on an enemy.||30|
|Sleep Vial L||Item||Medium chance of inflicting Sleep on all enemies,||40|
|Fear Vial S||Item||High chance of inflicting Fear on an enemy.||65|
|Fear Vial L||Item||Medium chance of inflicting Fear on all enemies.||70|
|Brainwash Vial S||Item||High chance of inflicting Brainwash on an enemy.||70|
|Brainwash Vial L||Item||Medium chance of inflicting Brainwash on all enemies.||90|
|Confuse Vial S||Item||High chance of inflicting Confuse on an enemy.||65|
|Confuse Vial L||Item||Medium chance of inflicting Confuse on all enemies.||70|
|Despair Vial S||Item||High chance of inflicting Despair on an enemy.||100|
|Soul Drop||SP||Restores 10 SP to one ally.||15|
|Eye drop S||30|
|Snuff Soul||SP||Restores 50 SP to one ally||75|
|Energy Kit S||SP||Restores 20% of SP for all allies (only in the safe room).||80|
|Energy Kit L||SP||Restores 40% of SP for all allies (only in the safe room).||210|
|Rasetsu’s Tag||Battle||Increase attack power of all allies for 3 turns.||70|
|Kongou’s Tag||Battle||Increase defense of all allies for 3 turns.||70|
|Idaten’s Tag||Battle||Increase agility of all allies for 3 turns.||70|
|Strength Incense||Incense||Raises the strength of a persona under lockdown by 1.||80|
|Magic Incense||Incense||Raises the magic of a persona under lockdown by 1.||80|
|Endurance Incense||Incense||Raises the endurance of a persona under lockdown by 1.||80|
|Agility Incense||Incense||Raises the agility of a persona under lockdown by 1.||80|
|Luck Incense||Incense||Raises the luck of a persona under lockdown by 1.||80|
|Additional Will Seed||Will Seed||Can be bought in case you missed getting all three similar Will Seed in a cognitive palace.||400|
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What Can You Get By Collecting Stamps For Jose In Persona 5 Royal?
Aside from items, you can get Cognition changes for the price of stamps. Jose gives you a Stamp Book to store stamps on 6/4.
These are found in mementos and can be exchanged for points that can be used to activate special effects such as money, experience, and item effect upgrades. Delegate points and select which effect to boost. Find a way to optimize point distribution to make your investigation easier. Select “Ask for Change” to complete your selection.
You have the option of using flowers to reset delegated points. Keep in mind that resetting higher delegated points will cost you more flowers.
Next, we will talk about what kind of character Jose is, and what to expect of him in the future for the Persona series.
What Do We Know About Jose In Persona 5 Royal?
Jose is an unusual character in such a way that his presence in the game isn’t particularly important to the plot, but he appears to have a very rich backstory going on behind the scenes. While the Phantom Thieves use their Personas to seek justice, Jose quietly studies the human heart in the background.
Jose’s role in Persona 5 Royal is similar to that of other characters such as Sophia from Persona 5 Strikers, but the open-ended nature of his story and the cosmic questions that he raises could indicate that Atlus plans to reuse him in a future game. He could play a variety of pivotal roles in Persona 6.
Following are some solid speculations and things about Jose you should know about.
1. Jose In Persona 5 Royal:
Despite hints that he’s working for someone, Jose’s role is pretty static for the majority of Persona 5 Royal. He simply follows the Phantom Thieves as they slowly delve into the world’s depths, collecting more and more flowers, after introducing himself as a merchant from Mementos and giving Joker the stone that enables Showtimes.
Jose’s story takes a turn in the third semester of Persona 5 Royal. Jose finally expresses his frustration with his lack of understanding of human nature, and only manages to overcome it with the assistance of the Phantom Thieves.
However, Persona 5 Royal hints that Jose is hiding a lot more than he lets on. If players defeat him during the third semester, Jose will explicitly mention his master, implying that many supernatural entities are watching what humanity does.
Longtime Persona fans will recall a variety of supernatural entities, such as Philemon, who populate the Shadow world and affect humanity directly or indirectly, but Persona hasn’t focused on these entities as much recently, preferring more grounded narratives. As a result, Jose’s remarks seem significant.
Overall, Jose has a limited character arc that serves primarily to hint at the true scope of Persona lore. His mission to study humanity appears to be only the beginning of his significant work, whatever it may be.
While Atlus does not usually reuse characters between games, it is possible that Jose will play a different role in a future Persona game. Atlus could tie Persona 5 Royal into Persona 6 while still making Jose feel like his own character by giving him a more dynamic role that makes better use of his position as a supernatural being.
2. Hinting At Return Of Philemon:
One of the few details provided about Jose is that he is studying humanity as a result of a “promise” he made to a “certain person.” Fans suspect that this person is Philemon, the mysterious leader of the Velvet Room in the original Persona game.
Philemon appeared as a recurring character in both the first Persona game and the Persona 2 duology; through his assistant Igor, he assisted Persona users in growing in strength. Philemon has not appeared in person since then, though the presence of his symbol – blue butterflies – in later Persona games suggests that he is still keeping an eye on the characters.
Jose could possibly be used to reintroduce Philemon in Persona 6 or other future games. Philemon was inspired by a Carl Jung archetype, specifically the “wise guide.” Jose could represent another archetype, the Child, who represents curiosity, innocence, and change.
Philemon, who cares for and guides humanity, could easily be the one who assigned Jose the task of researching humanity. He could be training Jose to be his replacement, as he hasn’t been able to interact with humans in several games. Alternatively, Philemon could make a full comeback in the following game, with Jose acting as his apprentice or assistant, as Igor once did.
3. Igor’s Replacement:
If Philemon is the person Jose promised to learn about humanity for, this could be to make him Igor’s eventual replacement. In Persona 5, “Igor” was revealed to be a false disguise for Persona 5’s original final boss Yaldabaoth, a god of control who wished to rule humanity and gave Joker false advice throughout his journey rather than serving as a true mentor.
Although the real Igor was revealed to be alive at the end of Persona 5 Royal, he may have decided to retire after his ordeal. This would be especially poignant given the death of Igor’s Japanese voice actor, Isamu Tanonaka, in 2010, which influenced the development of the “false Igor” plot. Jose, who is young and enthusiastic, would be an excellent replacement for Igor and could easily lead the Velvet Room for the next few games.
Because of their great power and desire to help humanity, Igor and Philemon run the Velvet Room. In addition to his curiosity about the Joker and the Phantom Thieves, Jose demonstrates great strength during his optional boss battle. Even though he lacks access to a Persona, Jose can cause significant physical and Almighty damage with his trusty car and “special fireworks.”
He can also attack with every element in the game while also confusing all party members. Jose’s battle is regarded as one of Persona 5 Royal’s most difficult boss fights, with the climactic Persona track “Rivers in the Desert” serving as background music. This is definitely a showing worthy of a future Velvet Room leader.
4. Velvet Room Attendant:
If Jose is not Igor’s replacement or the future leader of the Velvet Room, he could be one of the Attendants who work in the mysterious room and assist the protagonist.
Since Persona 2, each Persona game has featured attendants who help Philemon and Igor fuse and enhance Personas. Caroline and Justine, twin attendants in Persona 5, later fuse into a single attendant named Lavenza to assist Joker through the events of Royal’s newly added third semester.
Some fans believe Jose was created to accompany Goro Akechi, the Joker’s rival who also possesses the Wild Card power. Jose has the pale hair and yellow eyes typically associated with Velvet Room attendants, but he lacks a name derived from Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, which may call this theory into question.
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Jose In Persona 6:
The Persona franchise occasionally provides players with a supernatural companion to help them navigate the Persona world, and Jose could fill that role for Persona 6’s protagonists.
Jose may have unlocked his own Persona by the time the next game rolls around, allowing him to teach Persona usage to the human characters. If Jose is still working for some other mysterious being, he may assign missions and objectives to the protagonists, encouraging them to assist his master while pursuing their own goals.
Alternatively, Jose could become a villain in Persona 6. Persona games typically lead up to battles with godlike figures from the Persona world, and Persona 6 is likely to follow suit, though its secret antagonist may be present throughout the game rather than revealing itself at the end.
Jose may be friendly with the Phantom Thieves, but he could be serving an entity that is simply biding its time and learning more about humanity with Jose’s assistance before striking. The antagonist in the next Persona game could use Jose as a pawn to challenge or endanger the Persona 6 cast throughout the game, even if he does so with good intentions.
Active, impactful roles like these would go a long way toward making Jose feel more fleshed out and distinct in Persona 6, but no matter how drastically Atlus changes him, the game’s relationship to Persona 5 Royal must be considered. By including him, Atlus would permanently bind them together.
Persona 6 could benefit from a subtle tie-in with the Persona 5 series of games, but relying too heavily on Persona 5 Royal would limit Persona 6’s ability to stand on its own. If Persona 6 is intended to be an independent game, as most mainline Persona games are, it must reinvent Jose while only lightly referencing his previous role.
Overall, it’s difficult to say whether Jose has a good chance of becoming a major character in Persona 6. His appearance in Persona 5 Royal appears to be a setup for a future storyline, but whether he’ll be at the center of that storyline remains to be seen, as it could interfere with Persona 6’s distinct identity.
Instead of emphasizing Jose, Atlus may choose to emphasize his master, whoever that may be. Because that character plays no significant role in Persona 5 Royal, Persona 6 could easily make use of Jose’s master without relying too heavily on Royal’s coattails.
It is unlikely that fans will learn anything more about Jose until Persona 6 or other future titles are released. Atlus has confirmed that Persona 6 is in development, but it has yet to be officially revealed, despite the ongoing celebration of the series’ 25th anniversary.
Fans hope that when Persona 6 – or another Persona 5 spinoff – is released, the biggest mystery of Persona 5 Royal will be solved and the true nature of Jose revealed.