How to Use Yu Narukami in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

Having been developed by Arc System Works, a studio that is generally known for excellent yet complex 2D fighting game, it shouldn’t surprise anybody that Persona 4 Arena Ultimax can be a very difficult game to get into, featuring a huge number of interconnected mechanics.

As such, characters can also be quite complex, and picking the wrong one as you are starting out to learn the game can definitely put you off. Unless you pick Yu Narukami, one of the best characters for beginners that is a solid choice even for more advanced players.

Here’s everything you need to know about the character and how to play him effectively.


Yu Narukami, main character of the original Persona 4, returns in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax to deal with yet another crisis that threatens the world. Being the main character, and the one that most newcomers will pick right after starting the game, he has clearly been designed to allow players of all skill levels to learn the game without feeling overwhelmed.

All Yu Narukami Special Attacks

Normal Skill Attacks

  • Zio – D, DF, D, F+ C or D
  • Swift Strike – D, DB, B + C or D
  • Raging Lion – D, DB, B + A or B
  • Heroic Bravery – D, DF, F + A or B

SP Skills

  • Ziodyne D, DF, F twice + C or D
  • Lightning Flash D, DF, F twice + A or B
  • Cross Slash (Awakened Only) D, DB. B twice + C or D
  • Thunder God Dange (Awakened Only) D, DB, B twice + A and B
  • Myriad Thrust (Instant Kill) D, D, D + C and D

How to Play Yu Narukami

Like most fighting games main characters, Yu Narukami is good at a lot of different things, but he is a master of none. His normals are great for controlling space, his regular special attacks can be used in a variety of situations like keeping the opponent away with Zio, closing the gap with Swift Strike or force mix-ups with Raging Lion (a special move with seven different versions!). His Persona attacks are quite good as well, but Yu doesn’t rely too much on them to be good, so he still has a fighting chance if he loses access to it.

Like for the regular Special Attacks, Yu Narukami’s SP Skills are quite versatile and can be used in a variety of situations. Ziodyne is great for zoning, and Cross Slash and Thudner God Dance, which can only be performed while in Awakened State, are great ways to end combos while dealing massive damage.

At the end of the end, Yu Narukami is a jack-of-all-trades that is master of none, but his solid moveset makes him viable at all levels of play. Learn to use Raging Lion to mix-up the opponent while close, and you will become a force to be reckoned with.

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