Become the Boss – Yakuza Like a Dragon Trophy Guide

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Yakuza: Like a Dragon introduced a new turn-based combat system to the Yakuza series. The game’s combat is heavily inspired by a mix of classic and modern JRPG titles, which brings systems like jobs, levels, and party members to the Yakuza experience that fans have come to expect.

This means that getting the game’s platinum trophy takes some grinding, but there is plenty of great content to love along the way.

Key Info Up Front

  • Genre: JRPG
  • Number of Playthroughs: 1
  • Number of Trophies: 62
  • Difficulty Rating: 7/10
  • Estimated Completion Time: Approximately 90 hours

Walkthrough: Step One: The Story

The first step toward getting the platinum trophy is completing the main storyline. The story is split into 15 chapters that each have an associated trophy. As you play through the story, you may have to grind occasionally to overcome boss fights, but most of the story can be played smoothly.

To do this, you can either do random encounters, or you can complete whatever side content interests you that you’ve found so far. However, I don’t recommend doing all of the side content right away, as features that are unlocked after finishing the story make completing them much easier later.

If you need to grind many levels, the best place to do so is in the battle arena that you will unlock during Chapter 12 of the story. The battle arena allows you to go through battles much faster than having to find encounters or complete quests, so it cuts down on a lot of the extra time grinding.

It is also important to note that nothing is missable throughout the game, so you don’t need to look out for anything or consult a guide along the way. I recommend playing through the story as naturally as possible so that you get a genuine experience playing through it without a guide.

As you go through the story, however, you should make sure to swap out any party members with whom you reach maximum bond level or any jobs in which you reach maximum level. This will save you some grinding later in your playthrough and ensure you are playing as efficiently as possible.

Trophies in this Step

Yakuza Like a Dragon Trophy Guide. On a Rope Trophy
  • For the Family
  • Rock Bottom
  • Heroes and Villains
  • Soap on a Rope
  • Awakening Dragon
  • Professional
  • Smoked
  • Treasure Displeasure
  • Ignition
  • Master of Trades
  • Rising Dragon
  • Three Spiders
  • The Statesman
  • I Wanna Be the Very Best
  • Time to Talk
  • Like a Dragon
  • Illuminations
  • The Dragon Stirs
  • End of an Era
  • Fate of Our Fathers
  • Gear Fanatic
  • The Torch is Passed
  • Thank You

Step Two: Premium Adventure

Once you wrap up the game’s main storyline, your save will be converted to a mode known as Premium Adventure. This mode allows players to roam freely around the city and wrap up any content they missed up to this point.

I highly recommend waiting for this part of the playthrough to tackle most of the side content, as Premium Adventure unlocks a few features that help you do so.

Mainly, it allows you to change what time of day it is, saving you from having to wait or go to some regions of the map at particular times. So, while there are no trophies in this step, it is during this step that you should complete the following ones.

Step Three: Bond Levels

Yakuza Like a Dragon Friends with Familiar Faces Trophy

Increasing your bond with your party members is the same for each one. As you play with party members in battles, eat food, or trigger dialogue while walking around the map, their bond gauge will increase. However, their gauges start with a lock on them that prevents you from leveling it up all the way.

Keep an eye on each party member’s gauge so that when the bar reaches it, you can go and get it removed and finish leveling up your bond with them.

To do so, you’ll need to head to the bar called Survive. You can talk to all of your party members and initiate dialogues that unlock their bond gauges. Every party member’s bond level can be increased to level 5, so you’ll need to do this five times with each party member in the game.

When you go to unlock their bond gauges the final time, you’ll also be given a personal objective of theirs that you have to complete after talking with them.

While this process is not very complicated,, it takes a reasonable amount of time. For that reason, you should frequently check the bond level of your party members so that you can unlock their gauges or swap them out to ensure you never waste any bond experience on a party member that it won’t do anything for.

Trophies in this Step

  • Friends in the Gang
  • Friends in Low Places
  • Friends with Familiar Faces
  • Friends on the Force
  • Friends Like Sisters
  • Friends From Work
  • Food for Thought

Step Four: Level Grinding and Side Activities

As you’re focusing on leveling up the bond levels of your party members, you’ll also want to work on grinding to max level and completing all of the game’s side activities. This covers a range of activities and side interactions that are scattered throughout the game’s map.

During this process, you’ll also want to make sure that you are swapping between jobs as you get them to max rank so that you can get all seven maxed out along the way.

How you decide to go through this step is ultimately up to you. I prefer, however, to start at one section of the map and complete all of the side activities nearby, slowly making my way across the entire map. You can find more information about each side activity and trophy in the individual trophy descriptions below.

Trophies in this Step

Yakuza Like a Dragon Stories to Live Trophy
  • Stories to Tell
  • Fight on the Sidewalk!
  • Stories to Live
  • Honk-Honk Hero
  • Stories of the Streets
  • Playing with Fire
  • A New Legend
  • Sleep Sheep Slapper
  • A New Hero
  • Can Quest Hero
  • Ryu Ga Gotoku
  • Pop the Cork
  • Sound Character
  • Certified Genius
  • Super Human
  • Man About Town
  • Job Hopper
  • Aggressive Executive
  • Life Experiences
  • Presidential Power
  • Career Counseling
  • New Digs!
  • Jack of All Trades
  • Make That Money
  • Romance of the 10 Pieces
  • Heir to the Legend
  • Romancing the Forge
  • Pound It
  • Gear Fanatic
  • Gotta Catch ‘Em All
  • Gear Hoarder

Step Five: The Final Dungeons

The last step of your playthrough is completing the final two dungeons in the game. The first is the Millenium Tower, and the second is the True Final millennium Tower.

The first dungeon requires you to be around level 80, but before attempting the final dungeon, you should reach max level. For information on the dungeons and how to prepare for them, check their trophy descriptions below.

Trophies in this Step

Yakuza Like a Dragon Fulfiller of Dreams Trophy
  • Fulfiller of Dreams
  • Victory of the Millennium


Story Trophies

  • For the Family – Bronze – Chapter 1
  • Rock Bottom – Bronze – Chapter 2
  • Heroes and Villains – Bronze – Chapter 3
  • Soap on a Rope – Bronze – Chapter 4
  • Smoked – Bronze – Chapter 5
  • Ignition – Bronze – Chapter 6
  • Three Spiders – Bronze – Chapter 7
  • The Statesman – Bronze – Chapter 8
  • Time to Talk – Bronze – Chapter 9
  • Illuminations – Bronze – Chapter 10
  • The Dragon Stirs – Bronze – Chapter 11
  • End of an Era – Bronze – Chapter 12
  • Fate of Our Fathers – Bronze – Chapter 13
  • The Torch is Passed – Bronze – Chapter 14
  • Thank You – Silver – Chapter 15
  • Treasure Displeasure – Bronze – Chapter 6

Stories to Tell

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: You will get this trophy after finishing ten substories.
  • Tips: See Stories of the Streets.

Stories to Live

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: You will get this trophy after finishing 20 substories.
  • Tips: See Stories of the Streets

Stories of the Streets

Yakuza Like a Dragon Stories of the Streets Trophy
  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: You will unlock this one once you finish 40 substories.
  • Tips: You do not have to finish all substories in the game, but only 40 of the 52. Luckily, they are easy to find as they are marked on the in-game map with an icon that resembles two conversation bubbles layered on top of each other. To start a substory, go to that icon and talk with the NPC you find there.

Friends in Low Places

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: This trophy is for reaching the maximum bond level with Nanba.
  • Tips: See step three above.

Friends on the Force

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: This trophy is earned by getting your bond with Adachi to the maximum level.
  • Tips: See step three above.

Friends Like Sisters

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: You will get this trophy to pop once your bond level with Saeko reaches maximum.
  • Tips: See step three above.

Friends with Familiar Faces

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: Getting Joon-gi Han’s bond with you to max level unlocks this trophy.
  • Tips: See step three above.

Friends in the Gang

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: This trophy pops once Zhao’s bond level reaches the max level.
  • Tips: See step three above.

Friends from Work

Yakuza Like a Dragon Friends from Work Trophy
  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: Friends From Work is for getting your bond level with Eri as high as possible.
  • Tips: Eri’s bond level works slightly differently than your other party members because the bond increases with your progress in the Ichiban Holdings company.

Food for Thought

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: This trophy is unlocked by watching at least 20 table talk cutscenes.
  • Tips: Table talk cutscenes have a chance to occur when ordering food at a restaurant with your party members in Ijincho. You will likely get this trophy out of the way while working on increasing the bond levels of your party members.

A New Legend

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: You can unlock this trophy by reaching the Senior Hero rank in Part-time Hero.
  • Tips: See A New Hero below.

A New Hero

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: A New Hero is unlocked by reaching Executive Hero rank in Part-time Hero.
  • Tips: You will unlock the Part-time Hero side activity. You will open this through a mandatory substory in Chapter five, after which you will have access to the activity’s numerous missions. You don’t have to do all of them for the mode’s two trophies, but you’ll have to do enough to get 300 stars to reach the Executive Hero rank.

Awakening Dragon

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: Awakening Dragon is for reaching base level ten.

Rising Dragon

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: Rising Dragon is for reaching base level thirty.

Like a Dragon

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: You will unlock this trophy when you reach base level 50.

Ryu Ga Gotoku

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: This trophy is for getting your base level to 70.

Sound Character

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: Sound Character is for getting one of Kasuga’s stats to the maximum level of 10.
  • Tips: See Super Human below.

Super Human

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: You can get this trophy by raising all six of Kasuga’s stats to the maximum level of 10.
  • Tips: There are a few different methods of leveling Kasuga’s stats, like buying books and confident choices during personality events with your party members. I recommend getting most of the levels required for this trophy, however, by using the Vocational School.

Job Hopper

Yakuza Like a Dragon Job Hopper Trophy
  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: Job Hopper is for equipping three different jobs other than your starting job.

Life Experiences

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: This trophy is for equipping eight different jobs other than the one you start with.

Career Counseling

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: Career Counseling is unlocked by winning a battle with four party members that all have jobs different from the ones they start with.


  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: You will get this trophy once you get a single job to the max rank.

Master of Trades

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: You will have this trophy pop once you have three jobs at the max rank.

Jack of All Trades

  • Rarity: Silver
  • Description: To get this trophy to unlock, get seven jobs to the max level of 30.

Romance of the 10 Pieces

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: This trophy is for crafting or strengthening ten items at the Romance Workshop.

Romancing the Forge

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: This trophy is for fully upgrading the Romance Workshop.
  • Tips: The Romance Workshop is unlocked during chapter six, and once it is, you’ll need to donate a total of 22,200,000 Yen to upgrade it and unlock all of its potential fully.

Gear Fanatic

Gear Fanatic trophy
  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: Gear Fanatic is for getting a total of 100 pieces of gear.

Gear Hoarder

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: You must collect at least 200 gear pieces to get this trophy.
  • Tips: You will easily get this one out of the way without trying during your playthrough.

I Wanna Be the Very Best

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: This trophy is for entering at least 100 Sujimon.
  • Tips: See Gotta Catch ‘Em All below.

Gotta Catch ‘Em All

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: You will get this trophy once you enter 200 Sujimon into the Sujidex.
  • Tips: Sujimon is a term for the types of enemies you face throughout the game, with more than 250 total. During chapter four, you will get the ability to enter them into the Sujidex, so make sure to enter every new enemy you come across as you play once you can avoid having to grind for this trophy.

Pound It

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: Pound It is for using a Poundmate 30 times.

Heir to the Legend

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: You can unlock this trophy by finishing the Sotenbori Battle Arena.
  • Tips: The battle arena is divided into thirty levels to battle through,, each covering a range of enemy levels. The highest enemy level in the battle arena is 60, so if you’re at least level 55, you shouldn’t have a hard time going through the entire order. It also is possible to leave and come back, so don’t be afraid to back out if you realize that you can’t make it past a certain level.

Fulfiller of Dreams

  • Rarity: Silver
  • Description: This trophy is unlocked by finishing the Millennium Tower dungeon.
  • Tips: This dungeon is on the more accessible side, especially if you’ve completed all of the side content in the game already. However, you don’t have to wait until then and shouldn’t have a problem making your way through the Millennium Tower if you’re at least level 70.

Make That Money

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: You will have to get 10 billion Yen through the Ichiban Confectionary business to get this trophy.
  • Tips: See Presidential Power below.

New Digs!

New Digs! trophy
  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: This trophy will unlock once you move Ichiban’s Confectionary into its newer office.
  • Tips: See Presidential Power below.

Presidential Power

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: You will get this trophy once Ichiban’s Confectionary becomes the most profitable company in Yokohama.
  • Tips: You will get access to Ichiban’s Confectionary minigame during chapter five. To make it the most profitable company in town, you have to manage various employees, businesses, properties, and debts throughout the minigame. Luckily, getting the trophies associated with the mode is not very difficult and mostly just takes some time to get used to how the minigame works. Just focus on staying profitable, expanding, and keeping your shareholders happy, and you will get all of the minigame’s trophies out of the way in no time.

Aggressive Executive

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: Aggressive Executive is earned by buying at least ten companies.
  • Tips: See Presidential Power above.

Man about Town

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: This trophy is for playing ten unique minigames throughout your playthrough.
  • Tips: You will likely get this trophy just by playing naturally, as there are tons of minigames spread throughout the entire game.

Certified Genius

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: Certified Genius is for getting at least ten certificates from the vocational school.
  • Tips: To get a certificate at the vocational school, you have to pass one of its 21 different exams. Each exam is comprised of five questions that are randomly selected from ten possible options. To pass each exam, you have to get at least three of the questions correct, which is easy considering how basic the exams are. However, you should also note that you will have 30 seconds for each question, that the game cannot be paused during an exam, and that you have to pay a handsome sum to attempt them.

Pop the Cork

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: You get this trophy after finishing all ten Dragon Kart races.
  • Tips: You first unlock the Dragon Kart races during chapter four and start them by going to the top of Ijincho and talking to the receptionist you find there.

Can Quest Hero

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: Can Quest Hero is for finishing all three levels of the Can Quest minigame introduced during chapter three.

Sleep Sheep Slapper

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: To get this trophy, you must watch all ten theater movies without letting your character fall asleep during them.

Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire trophy
  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: You will get this trophy unlocked after you enter a romance with two of the six women in the game.

Honk-Honk Hero

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: You unlock this trophy after finding five NPCs that will honk-honk you.
  • Tips: The spawn rate of all five NPCs for this trophy is meager, so once you’re ready to attempt to get it to make sure you steel yourself for it taking a while. You also need to pay each of them up to 100,000 Yen to honk-honk you, which is ridiculous. The five NPCs and their spawn locations are:
    • Girl – Just to the south of the bar named Survive – 10,000 Yen
    • Princess – In the alley to the north of the batting center – 30,000 Yen
    • Lady – By the entrance to the tunnel that leads to the subway by Wette Kitchen – 50,000 Yen
    • Woman – In the alley just to the north of Sotenbori’s lowest taxi station – 50,000 Yen
    • Man – Behind Sunlight Palace after completing chapter 11 – 100,000 Yen

Fight on the Sidewalk!

  • Rarity: Bronze
  • Description: You can get this trophy by having someone in a battle get hit by a car

Victory of the Millennium

  • Rarity: Gold
  • Description: You will get this trophy by finishing the True Final Millennium Tower, which acts as the game’s final dungeon.
  • Tips: This dungeon works similarly to the Millennium Tower but with more difficult enemies. The first step to attempting this dungeon is finding your optimal party and getting each character and their chosen job up to level 99. However, you should also get their other jobs as high as possible as this will give you permanent stat buffs that you can benefit from. You also will need to gather plenty of healing items, stat boosts, and resources to use Poundmates, and you should be able to execute Perfect Blocks very consistently.


Question: Is Yakuza: Like a Dragon Open World?

Answer: Yes, the game is an open world with plenty of minigames and side activities to find while exploring. However, its map is split up into different sections.

Question: Is Yakuza: Like a Dragon a Good Starting Point for the Series?

Answer: Yes, Yakuza: Like a Dragon works well as the first game for newcomers to the series because it mixes up the series’ combat mechanics while keeping many of the series’ aspects that fans love.

Question: How Long does it Take to Finish Yakuza: Like a Dragon?

Answer: If you are only playing Yakuza: Like a Dragon, you can expect the game to take around 45 hours, while getting its platinum trophy takes about 95 hours for most players.


Getting this game’s platinum trophy is difficult because of how long it takes. There is a lot of grinding required to overcome its most significant challenges.

Still, the game has a lot of charm, quirky interactions, funny moments, and engaging mechanics to reward players for the time that they invest in it. So, even if you’ve never played a Yakuza game before, you can find a lot to love during your journey to the platinum trophy.

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