In NEO: The World Ends With You, character stats are improved in a rather peculiar way. Instead of getting automatic improvements upon level up, you need to eat food that can be purchased from the game’s many restaurants.
Not all food in the game is the same, however, as they grant different stat improvements, and some items are considerably better than others to improve stats quickly. Continue reading to learn more about them.
(From this point, there could be some spoilers for some late-game events and characters, so avoid reading if you haven’t completed the story)
Best Food to Eat in NEO: The World Ends With You
Boosting HP should be low on your priority list, as it is the only stat that is improved automatically upon level up. If this natural HP growth is not enough for you, you should look into eating the Grilled Alligator from SBY BBQ in Tipsy Tose Hall. This food grants a +28 bonus, the highest in the game. Some food from Donburi Town in Center Street also improves HP +12, so it is a good choice as well.
Improving ATK means being able to dispatch Noise more quickly. The best food to improve this stat is the Spicy Miso Ramen, which can be purchased from Suzu Slurpz in Dogenzaka. This food improves ATK by 9 points.
Improving DEF allows you to take less damage in combat, which is extremely important in the late game and at high difficulty levels. The best food to improve this stat is the Roasted Tuna Head, which can be purchased by SBY BBQ in Tipsy Tose Hall. This food boosts DEF by 18 points.
Boosting Style allows your characters to activate Threads’ special abilities. The best food to eat to improve this stat is the Ladies’ Night Parfait, which is sold by Udagawa Parfait in Udagawa Backstreets. This food grants a permanent +9 increase.