A how-to guide for succeeding at running Ichiban Confections during the Yakuza: Like A Dragon Management Mode mini-game.
During Chapter 5 in Yakuza: Like A Dragon, the party meets Eri Kamataki; the owner of Ichiban Confections. As you come to learn, the business is struggling so Ichi offers to help out. Aside from the first little bit that is mandatory as part of the unmissable Substory 15, the mini-game is entirely optional.
While Management Mode is optional, I would recommend it for a few reasons:
- Progressing from the beginning to the end of the mini-game will net you a substantial amount of cash; easily enough to get you a ways into the story. Once you attain Rank 1, you can collect a lump sum of ¥3,000,000 for only a few minutes of next to no work.
- You unlock Eri Kamataki as a party member that comes with the exclusive Clerk job. If you get her right away while still in Chapter 5, she will start collecting level and job experience earlier even when idle and make the next few chapters significantly easier.
- You unlock a pretty powerful skill for Ichi that targets all enemies at a cost of 200 MP.
That said, I could see why some people might decide to skip it entirely:
- The mini-game is sparse on a guide or tutorial aside from a very brief introduction early on. There’s a lot going on and very little is explained very well.
- It is very time-consuming to reach Rank 1 and will definitely start to feel grindy towards the end.
Management Mode DLC
Additionally, a question I see come up quite frequently is “Do I need the Management Mode Set?”
Short answer: No.
Long answer: Having the Ultra-Rare (UR) employees will certainly speed things along for you, between their higher business operation skills and shareholder meeting stats. But even owning the DLC, you’ll still have to pay the employees daily and they are really expensive when just starting out. I didn’t start using them until I had a third location up and running, otherwise the staff costs would have ate up most of my daily revenue. They definitely made short work of the shareholder meetings too; so much so that I always managed to satisfy all shareholders which means the biggest boost to share prices and made ascending the ranks quicker than without. I never felt like I was ever in danger of missing any of Nick’s timed goals. If that as a stand-alone DLC is worth $10 USD to you then by all means pick it up. But don’t feel like it is absolutely necessary as it only helps make things easier/faster than they would be otherwise.
|Property Name||Sales Volume||Maintenance Expense||Gross Profit||Profitability Ranking|
|Coin Laundry Muto||681560||-150000||531560||50|
|Mahjong Club Ling||855910||-200000||655910||48|
|Yamashita Assembly Hall No. 1||1005530||-220000||Gross Profit||Profitability Ranking|
|Property Name||Sales Volume||Maintenance Expense||785530||42|
|Jibika Picture Gallery||1673830||-280000||1393830||36|
|Ryusei Stage Theatre||1549000||-175000||1374000||37|
|Fairytale Pinky Rabbit||1384710||-268000||1116710||40|
|Shochu Specialty Imokko-chan||6212960||-555000||5657960||30|
|Mansaku Tokiwa Fortunetelling||6024790||-100000||5924790||29|
|Akebi Capsule Hotel||3810170||-850000||2960170||33|
|PDCA Trading Company||40152740||-8000000||32152740||11|
|Takumi Architectural Design||35120020||-2250000||32870020||10|
|Earth Shop WESN||32866810||-3150000||29716810||14|
|Grande Blu Marino||41903930||-3950000||37953930||7|
|Industrial Hall Building||34450960||-2900000||31550960||12|
|Maltese Gull Tower||33705610||-4200000||29505610||15|
Using the property list provided, I’d recommend running Ichiban Confections (since it can never be sold) along with any stores that have the highest profitability ranking you currently have unlocked, provided you can satisfy the stat requirements to maximize their revenue. Near the end of the game, that would be:
- Ichiban Confections
- Mirai Tower
- Jinnai Stadium
- Red Park
- Media Barter
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