In Persona 5 Social Stats increase based on your actions and how you choose to spend your free time.
Unlike EXP which increases when fighting Shadows and exploring dungeons, these slowly increase one-by-one depending on which characters you interact with, or food or media you consume on your limited timetable, and in turn increase your effectiveness in battle.
While it's usually possible to do more or less anything at any time, some activities can provide more benefit if done at particular times, so it's important to understand how they work.
It should be noted Persona 5 Royal Social Stats have some new activities to take advantage of, if you're looking for those.
Otherwise, if you need help for other parts of this game, consult our Persona 5 guide and walkthrough.
Why Social Stats are important in Persona 5
You'll find that some of your Confidants and Social Links will require a particular level in one of your overworld stats to progress past Rank 5, and the Untouchables shop has some better gear for sale one you've got enough Guts to ask about it, so increasing the stats you need effectively will be important.
They're not the only way to do it, but they're consistent so if you need a little boost you can always rely on at least one being available at any given time.
Best ways to increase Knowledge, Guts, Proficiency, Kindness, Charm in Persona 5
Guts Increasing your Guts can be achieved by visiting Tae Takami and participating in her medical trials, by ordering coffee at the Shibuya Diner, or taking part in the Big Bang Burger Bar challenge after the 6th of May.
Charm can be increased by taking a bath in the bathhouse, and if you save that for a Monday or Thursday you'll gain 3 points of charm instead of 2. The Shibuya Diner will start serving Frui-Tea when the heatwave hits in August, and that will earn you a point of Charm (in addition to two or three points of Knowledge).
Doing well in your Exams can also grant Charm, but you'll need to have ranked up your Knowledge first - your score is partly based on how well you answered the questions, but also partly on your base Knowledge score.
The easiest way to gain a steady amount of Knowledge is just by answering questions correctly in class - of which we have a list of test answers to help with - and you can also gain a point every Wednesday by answering the question on the TV quiz show in Leblanc.
Drinking coffee or Frui-Tea in Shibuya Diner earns two points, but if you do it on a rainy day you'll earn three.
Crafting in your room will earn two or three Proficiency points - the exact amount is random, but the higher your Proficiency skill the more likely you are to get the extra point.
Taking the part time job at the Beef Bowl in Shibuya not only earns proficiency, but also pays reasonably well, or you can try your luck at the Batting Cages but there's no guarantee you'll get anything from that!
Feeding the plant in your room with Bio Nutrients earns two points, and the more expensive Organic Nutrients earn three, but this can only be done once every couple of weeks so your best bet is to take the part time job at the Flower Shop in Shibuya Underground Mall which provides a reliable source.
Need more help? Our Persona 5 guide and walkthrough features a complete month-by-month summary with important dates and Palace strategies, as well as how to get the True Ending. Elsewhere, learn how to make the most of your free time with all Confidant, Social Link and romance options, the best ways to increase Social Stats such as Knowledge, Guts, Proficiency, Kindness and Charm, create the best Personas through Fusions, how to cheat on exams with our test answers, how to get Mementos requests, unlock the entire Trophy list and learn about the upcoming DLC schedule.
Other ways to increase Knowledge, Guts, Proficiency, Kindness, Charm in Persona 5
The Big Bang Burger Bar will occasionally offer a challenge that can earn you Guts, Knowledge, Charm, and Proficiency.
The lower your existing Guts score the less chance you have of success, but for the brave it's a good source of a small boost to four of the five stats.
Books are another good source to increase your stats. Stop by the school library or the book shops in Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Jimbocho and see what's on offer.
The book's description usually gives a hint about what stat it will boost, but remember you need to read the book twice in order for it to do you any good so they're best left for times when you have nothing else to do such as commuting on the train, or slacking off in class once you've reached Temperance Rank 5.
Movies and Juice
You can get a stat boost from watching a movie or by drinking juice from the stand in Shibuya Underground Walkway on a Sunday; the affected stat changes each time so they're less useful for building one in particular, but juice drinking doesn't cause time to pass and the movies can be used to boost your Confidant Rank with Yosuke, Ryuji, Makoto, or Ann, so they're worth bearing in mind.