Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight

Welcome to the walkthrough for Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight. This guide will help you attain all 42 trophies with the least amount of fuss.

You'll need to clear each song in the game on at least one difficulty to unlock the last difficulty. You'll also need to unlock and view every character's Social Events, which are unlocked by hitting milestones on a variety of tasks. Some will come naturally as you play, like getting Brilliants on a number of songs or unlocking modifiers. The rest will come by changing your costume and accessories on each song. Score is not important, and you can turn on any number of Support modifiers you desire in order to make songs easier.

There are no Online trophies, only Offline. There are some free DLC songs and costumes, along with paid DLC options. But none of these are necessary to 100% the game. At a minimum, you will need to play a song to completion 70 times. But hopefully, with good planning, that will be all that you need.

As this is a Music and Rhythm game you’re going to need a decent amount of rhythm skills in order to play the game. However there are not too many songs to learn, and a good amount of them are remixes, so you should be able to learn the songs after a while.

The biggest tip I can give you in regards to this game is the following:

Take breaks.

This game is a bit of a visual nightmare. There are constant, contrasting colors flying across the screen. Compared to playing Persona 4: Dancing All Night on the Vita, this game actually becomes more difficult to play on a larger screen because your eyes need to keep following the notes, and it can get straining pretty easily.

There are two types of songs in the game. Most will have a character on screen performing the dance. The other will be a music video or something that's more intensely choreographed. You'll be able to tell what is which when you select a song. The former will show a character, the latter will show a square image. The goal is to limit how many of these music video songs we play, as they do not count for a few Social Events.

Every time you play a song using a character, you MUST change their costume and as many accessories as possible.

Once you start the game, go to the DANCING menu. This will play out a cutscene. At the end of the cutscene, you'll receive new outfits, automatically unlocking IRL Debut:

IRL Debut

Obtained a costume.

IRL Debut
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Next, go through and play through all of the Tutorials. After the first Tutorial, you'll unlock Better Safe than Sorry:

Better Safe than Sorry

Played a tutorial.

Better Safe than Sorry
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Aside from that, doing all the tutorials will unlock the 'Gauge automatically fills' on scratch notes, and the Challenge modifier: 'Gauge is still depleted for MISSes during fever'. All modifiers need to be unlocked over time.

Now that the tutorial is finished, go ahead and start the Dancing. You'll get introduced to the characters, and unlocked a trophy for seeing your first Social Event:

Just Another Day

Watched a Social event.

Just Another Day
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With that done, start the first level: "Mass Destruction ("P3" + "P3P" ver.) on Easy difficulty. Do not change the main dancer, but change the Costume Settings as much as possible. Do this for every song. For now, you can only change the outfit and hair. More will unlock over time. Do your best to beat the song without missing any of the beats. As the easiest song, this is the best chance to do it. Miss no beats, and you'll unlock:

The Usurper of Rankings

Earned the highest possible grade on a stage (KING CRAZY).

The Usurper of Rankings
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For beating the level, you'll also unlock:

Welcome to the Club

Cleared a stage.

Welcome to the Club
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If you have unlocked any Social Events, watch them immediately. Always watch these Events when they unlock.

Start the next song "When the Moon Reaches for the Stars". This time, go to the Custom Settings and change the Note Speed to 1. Complete the level. This unlocks the Challenge modifier "Notes are super-slow".

Start the next song "Soul Phrase". Change the Note Speed to 7. Complete the level, and do not hit any 'Scratch' notes. This unlocks the Challenge modifier "Notes are super-fast", and the Support modifier "Automatic PERFECT on scratch notes".

Start "Wiping All Out (ATLUS Kozuka Remix). Change the Note Speed to anything besides 4. This unlocks the Challenge modifier "Note speed fluctuates."

At this point, continue playing through the songs on Easy difficulty. Do your best to get at least a "BRILLIANT" rating on every song you play. Ken's Social Events require 47 Brilliant ratings total, and Aigis requires 20,000 Perfect notes to be hit.

As you play through the songs in order, changing costumes with each character, you'll naturally unlock:

An Exclusive Stylist

Changed costumes and played a stage with each of the members of SEES (excluding Koromaru and Shinjiro).

An Exclusive Stylist
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I Couldn't Help It...

Unlocked all ???s in Collection.

I Couldn't Help It...
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As you keep watching Social Events, you'll earn:

The Leader's Demeanor

Watched 20 Social events.

The Leader's Demeanor
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The last song you'll play on Easy will be "Burn My Dread". This will earn you:

The Time for Challenge Has Come

Unlocked the highest difficulty level (ALL NIGHT).

The Time for Challenge Has Come
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Now that All Night difficulty has been unlocked, time for a bit of fun. Go to All Night Difficulty, and play "Mass Destruction (Tetsuya Kobayashi Remix). Don't hit any notes. The goal is to fail the song in ten seconds. This will unlock the challenge modifier "Game Over with combo break", and unlock:

If you haven't yet earned:

Going into Orgia Mode

Beat your own high score.

Going into Orgia Mode
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by now, then go back to Easy difficulty, and select a song you didn't get Brilliant on. Simply get a better score to unlock that trophy. Even when replaying a song you've already beaten, remember to change your costumes, hair, accessories, and so on. By now you should have the ability to select a favorite outfit. Do so by pressing the Touchscreen button, and you'll unlock:

Personalized Fashion

Registered a costume as a Favorite.

Personalized Fashion
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When you have the ability to change eye and hair color, change everything in the character at once, and start a song, you'll unlock:

Who Even Are You?

Started a stage with a different hairstyle, two accessories, colored contacts, and a colored wig.

Who Even Are You?
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Watch the replay of that song to earn:

Let's Do It Again!

Watched a replay.

Let's Do It Again!
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By now hopefully, you should also have unlocked enough Social Events to watch Elizabeth's last Social Event. View it to unlock:

The Party Never Stops

Made Elle-P's ball a success.

The Party Never Stops
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The Selfish Producer

Had Elle-P join the ball.

The Selfish Producer
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As you've gone through all the songs on Easy, now you need to play a few specific songs on specific difficulties in order to unlock character-specific trophies. You only need to clear these, so you can use all the support modifiers you want. But keep the characters and supports the same.

Complete on Normal:

A Way of Life (ATLUS Kitajoh Remix)
Light the Fire Up in the Night DARK HOUR + MIDNIGHT (sasakure.UK Remix)
Aria of the Soul (T.komine Remix)
Deep Breath Deep Breath (Yuu Miyake Remix)
Mass Destruction (Tetsuya Kobayashi Remix)
When The Moon’s Reaching Out Stars
When The Moon’s Reaching Out Stars (Hideki Naganuma Remix)

Complete on Hard:

When The Moon’s Reaching Out Stars (Hideki Naganuma Remix)
Deep Mentality (Lotus Juice Remix)
Burn My Dread (Novoiski Remix)
Soul Phrase
Wiping All Out (ATLUS Kozuka Remix)

Complete on All Night:

Soul Phrase
Time (ATLUS Kitajoh Remix)
Brand New Days (Yuyoyuppe Remix)
Deep Mentality (Lotus Juice Remix)
Mass Destruction (Tetsuya Kobayashi Remix)

Doing these, you will have unlocked:

Can't Say "I Don't Care" Now

Watched every possible dance for the P3 Protagonist (Makoto Yuki).

Can't Say I Don't Care Now
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The Dancing Anti-Shadow Weapon

Watched every possible dance for Aigis.

The Dancing Anti-Shadow Weapon
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The Dependable Classmates

Cleared the stages where Yukari and Junpei dance together.

The Dependable Classmates
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The Difficulty of Communication

Cleared the stages where Fuuka and Ken dance together.

The Difficulty of Communication
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The Veteran Pair

Cleared the stages where Akihiko and Mitsuru dance together.

The Veteran Pair
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Doing these songs should also net you:
Full Bloom Fever

Watched 40 different Fever Time dances.

Full Bloom Fever
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If you haven't unlocked it yet, just keep playing different songs on more difficulties and it will unlock

Pick a song on Normal difficulty you haven't played yet, and play it with either "Notes Fade In" or "Notes Fade Out" challenge modifier on. This will unlock the "Note Speeds Waver" challenge modifier.
Play another song with that challenge modifier on, and it'll unlock "Not Paths Waver".
Play a different song with the challenge modifier "Notes are Reversed", and that will unlock the "Notes are Random" challenge modifier.
Play yet a different song with three support modifiers on, and that will unlock the "Gauge fills more slowly" support modifier.
Ideally, this will now have unlocked every Support and Challenge modifier, except for possibly "Notes are invisible" from Akihiko's final support.

Play a song, and change the 'Hype Gauge' difficulty modifier in the Custom settings to unlock:

As Long As You're Groovin'

Cleared a stage after changing Hype Gauge difficulty in Custom.

As Long As You're Groovin'
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Clear a song with both "GOOD ratings won't break combos" and "Game Over with combo break" enabled to unlock:

Carrot and Stick Approach

Cleared a stage with both "GOOD ratings won't break combos" and "Game Over with combo break" enabled.

Carrot and Stick Approach
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Start a song on All Night difficulty, with at least 10 challenge modifiers to unlock the next trophy. You don't have to finish the song. You probably won't.

Chance Encounter with the Final Boss

Started a stage on ALL NIGHT difficulty with 10 or more Challenge modifiers enabled.

Chance Encounter with the Final Boss
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Clear a song on Hard difficulty with all the Support modifiers on to unlock:

Committed to the Result

Cleared a stage on HARD or harder with all Support modifiers enabled.

Committed to the Result
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And with all the supports, you should be able to hit at least half the perfects to get:

Innate Ability

Cleared a stage on HARD or harder and earned a PERFECT rating on at least half of the Notes.

Innate Ability
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Clear a song with both "Note paths waver" and "Note speed fluctuates" enabled to unlock:

The Unhittable Pitch

Cleared a stage with both "Note paths waver" and "Note speed fluctuates" enabled.

The Unhittable Pitch
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Lastly, clear a stage with 5 Challenge and 5 Support modifiers simultaneously enabled, to unlock:

Unstoppable Force, Immovable Object

Cleared a stage with 5 Challenge and 5 Support modifiers simultaneously enabled.

Unstoppable Force, Immovable Object
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At this point, all that should be left are various achievements for unlocking all items and seeing everybody's social events. When you unlock the 5th social event, you get access to 6, 7, and 8. Playing the 6th of any character should net you:

The Crib Visit

Explored a friend's room.

The Crib Visit
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The important thing about these social events is after the event, you have the chance to walk around the room. Each level, except Elle-P, will have a card hidden in it. You need to find all of the cards in order to unlock all the costumes, accessories, and modifiers, and to unlock the last trophies.

The cards are as follows:

Yukari6On the bulletin boardAccessory: Stylish Glasses set #2
Yukari7Inside the paper bags next to the bedAccessory: Bunny Headband
Yukari8Behind the deskCostume: High-Cut Armour (Red)
Junpei6Among the magazines on the floorAccessory: 70s Sunglasses set #2
Junpei7On one of the bedpostsAccessory: Jagariko Mask
Junpei8On top of the TVAccessory: Headdress
Akihiko6Under the exercise machine in the corner (press X to crouch)Accessory: Sunglasses set #2
Akihiko7Inside the book next to the TVAccessory: Monkey Headband
Akihiko8In the shelf under the topmost speaker (press X to crouch, and look up)Accessory: Live Lobster
Mitsuru6On one of the vanity’s legsAccessory: Stylish Glasses set #3
Mitsuru7On the shower’s ceilingAccessory: Towel Head
Mitsuru8On the side of the table near the TV (press X to crouch)Costume: High-Cut Armour (Black)
Fuuka6Inside one of the flowerpotsAccessory: Stylish Glasses set #4
Fuuka7Under the shelf above the sink (press X to crouch)Accessory: Cat Headband
Fuuka8Inside the cardboard box (press X to crouch)Costume: High-Cut Armour (Green)
Aigis6On a crate behind a shellAccessory: Sunglasses set #3
Aigis7On a box near the blue displayAccessory: Chinese Mask
Aigis8On one of the school uniformsAccessory: Demonica Mask
Ken6On the side of the closetAccessory: 70s Sunglasses set #3
Ken7Inside the hamster cageAccessory: Round Cheeks
Ken8On the ceilingAccessory: Buchimaru-kun

Collecting all of these cards should net you:

Searchin' the Premises

Obtained 5 rewards from Elle-P's card search.

Searchin' the Premises
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Koromaru's Rival

Obtained all rewards from Elle-P's card search.

Koromaru's Rival
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Getting the Shiny Things

Obtained half of all the accessories.

Getting the Shiny Things
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The Dancing Jeweler

Obtained all of the accessories.

The Dancing Jeweler
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The One Who Gathered the Glasses

Obtained all the pairs of glasses.

The One Who Gathered the Glasses
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It Won't Fit in my Wardrobe!

Obtained half of all the costumes.

It Won't Fit in my Wardrobe!
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Fashion Monster

Obtained all the costumes.

Fashion Monster
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Best Buds

Explored all the guys' rooms.

Best Buds
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Naturally Popular

Explored all the girls' rooms.

Naturally Popular
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If it was the last one you needed, Akihiko's last support should also grant you-

Down to the Bone

Unlocked all Custom modifiers.

Down to the Bone
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It's Gotta Be You

Watched all Social events.

It's Gotta Be You
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-for watching all social events.

With that done, you should now have every other trophy in the game, unlocking:

Dancing in Moonlight

Obtained all trophies.

Dancing in Moonlight
Platinum

Enjoy that sweet sweet platinum, and I'll likely see you with a very, very similar walkthrough for P5Dancing.

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