Persona: The Complete Canon Timeline

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The Persona series includes many main games as well as several spin-offs for the more modern games. Thanks to the real-world calendar in many main games, it is clear when the games take place.

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All Persona games are set in the same universe, with the spin-off games clearly linked to their respective games. Because many spin-offs impact the timeline and canon, it can be difficult to understand how each game is connected.

*****This article contains spoilers for the Persona spinoff games *****

Persona main timeline

Persona 4 All Out Attack Screen with Yu, Yukiko, Chie and Yosuke

The main Persona games all take place in the calendar year in which they were published. The earlier games may not be as clear as they don’t follow the later game’s calendar format, but there is a clear schedule for all the main games. While many of these games have later updated re-releases, the The schedule for the game remains the same.

main game

When it takes place

Revelations Persona


Persona 2 Innocent Sin/Eternal Punishment


Persona 3/The Answer


Persona 4


Persona 5


Timeline of the Persona spinoff

Images from Persona Q2, Arena Ultimax and Persona 5 Strikers

As for the spinoff games, it may be a little less clear when they take place, as many of them involve magic from the Velvet Room. bringing together different groups even though they existed at different times, such as the Q games or dance games. By existing in another dimension outside of regular time, these characters are are able to interact during the main events of their respective games, despite them being many years apart.

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Spinoff game

When it takes place

Persona 3 Dancing/Persona 5 Dancing

A night in a dream world during the later events of Persona 3 and Persona 5

Persona Q: Shadows of the Labyrinth

During the later events of Persona 3 and Persona 4.

Persona Q2: New cinema maze

During the later events of Persona 3, Persona 4 and Persona 5.

Persona 4: Arena Ultimax

In May 2012, A a few months after the main events of Persona 4.

Persona 4: Dancing All Night

A a few months after the events of Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, back in 2012 but during an unspecified month.

Persona 5 Strikers

Summer 2017, just one a few months after the events of Persona 5.

Which games are canon

Igor welcomes you to the Velvet Room

While all of the main games are clearly canon and do not interact except for a few Easter eggs, the spinoff games can be a bit more chaotic, with many characters interacting even though their games are years apart. Some games are much clearer, with Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is a clear sequel to Persona 4 and Persona 3. show SEES is now acting as a shadow agent. However, Persona 4 Dancing All Night takes place after Arena Ultimax does not mention the events of Arena Ultimax, even though both are canon.

Persona 5 Strikers is a clear sequel to Persona 5with no mention of any other games other than Persona 5. Both the Q games and Persona 3 & 5 Dancing are all considered canon. but the The character’s memories are erased at the end of each of these games. Keep them in canon without affecting the timeline. All of these matches take place during the main events of their respective games Use the magic of Velvet Room to connect the different groups and bring them together. While they are canon, the memory is erased renders these games virtually unnecessary to understanding the larger time frame of the series.

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