Like a Dragon: Ishin - How to Find All "Hidden" Substories

Published: Mar. 16, 2023
Updated: Mar. 16, 2023

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When it comes to sub-stories, the Yakuza spin-off Like a Dragon: Ishin is no different than the main series: Some sub-stories practically fall into your lap, while others are completely hidden from your eyes. Our guide seizes exactly those "hidden" stories by the collar and mercilessly drags them into the light.

What this is about: Are you a fan of Ryu Ga Gotoku's Yakuza series? Yes? Then cross your heart: you've never found all the side stories of a Yakuza game with Kazuma Kiryu and Ichiban Kasuga, respectively, without consulting the corresponding guides. Is that right? Of course it's true, because some of the partially bizarre subplots can only be discovered with a keen eye, or they are hiding behind sevenfold sealed access requirements.

However, today is your lucky day, as we played Like a Dragon: Ishin with special attention to hidden substories, and noted their locations as well as conditions. You can read the result below. What we won't reveal there, however, are the solutions to the individual missions. In the case of mission chains like "It’s a long story" (three parts in total) you will have to take care of your progress. But that should be in your interest as well.

Like a Dragon: Ishin All hidden substories Mochi

That's it! "Lawyer" Ryōma nailed two Mochi munchkins (from substory "The Mochi mystery").

Hard(er)-To-Find Substories in Like a Dragon: Ishin

  • "Precious packages"
    • From chapter: -
    • Location: Fushimi, northwest of Teradaya, near the inn
    • Trigger: Automatic
    • Conditions: More than 88 percent of Satow's memories found, "Diplomacy in Darkness" completed.
    • Rewards: Great Serpent Skin
  • "A lasting thirst for peace"
    • From chapter: -
    • Location: Fushimi, south of Umai Odon
    • Trigger: Automatic
    • Conditions: Found more than 96 percent of Satow's memories, completed "Diplomacy in Darkness"
    • Rewards: Kiwami Hammer, Letter from Satow
  • "Who is entertaining whom"?
    • From chapter: 3
    • Location: Southern Rakugai, near Sannocho
    • Trigger: South of the Ebisu Pawn Shop, talk to the woman on the street corner.
    • Conditions: Completed the dance mini-game at least once, completed "Nichibuza's Newest Fan" substory.
      Rewards: 350 Virtue, Ancient Amulet
  • "The hungry Sumo wrestler"
    • From Chapter: 4
    • Location: Rakunai, south of Don Quijote
    • Trigger: Talk to the wrestler.
    • Conditions: Chapter-bound; only available after encountering Yamazaki Susumu.
    • Rewards: 150 virtue, affinity
  • "Finders Weepers"
    • From Chapter: 4
    • Location: Gion, far southeast, near the shrine
    • Trigger: Pick up the diary.
    • Conditions: Haruka's Trust Rank 4 (progress in "Another Life").
    • Rewards: 350 Virtue
  • "The forgetful woman"
    • From chapter: 4
    • Location: Rakunai, Karasuma Street, Teramachi Street level
    • Trigger: Automatic
    • Conditions: "Another Life" from the main story unlocked
    • Rewards: 150 virtue, vitality pill, affinity
  • "The love-starving husband"
    • From Chapter: 4
    • Location: Riverbank East Shijo Street, near the bridge
    • Trigger: approach the man looking out at the river.
    • Conditions: Prepared a dish in "Another Life" from the main story.
    • Rewards: 150 virtue, affinity
  • "The injured grandma"
    • From chapter: 4
    • Location: Rakugai, on the riverbank
    • Trigger: approach the man looking out at the river.
    • Conditions: "Another Life" from the main story unlocked
    • Rewards: 150 virtue, attachment
  • "The revolutionary chef"
    • From chapter: 4
    • Location: Gion, near Asahi
    • Trigger: Automatic
    • Conditions: Prepared at least one meal in "Another Life".
    • Rewards: 150 virtue, attachment
  • "The reclusive son"
    • From chapter: 4
    • Location: Rakugai, west of Scarecrow Chateau
    • Trigger: Address the quarreling people.
    • Conditions: "Another Life" from the main story unlocked
    • Rewards: 350 Virtue, Iron Gloves, Rainbow Shard
  • "The mysterious merchant"
    • From Chapter: 4
    • Location: Rakugai, southwest of the arms dealer
    • Trigger: Talk to the greengrocer.
    • Conditions: "Another Life" from the main story unlocked
    • Rewards: 150 virtue, 2 ryo, attachment
  • "The barking dog"
    • From chapter: 4
    • Location: Rakunai, near Ebisu Pawn
    • Trigger: Automatic
    • Conditions: "Another Life" unlocked from the main story
    • Rewards: 150 virtue, attachment
  • "The injured dog"
    • From chapter: 4
    • Location: Mukurogai, map center, left of Paradise.
    • Trigger: Interact with the dog.
    • Conditions: "Another Life" unlocked from the main story
    • Rewards: 150 virtue, attachment
  • "The patient dog"
    • From chapter: 4
    • Location: Fushimi, south of the dojo
    • Trigger: Interact with the dog.
    • Conditions: "Another Life" unlocked from the main story.
    • Rewards: 150 virtue, attachment
  • "The happy cat"
    • From Chapter: 4
    • Location: Rakunai, near Ginryu Dojo
    • Trigger: approaching the man leaning down to the cat.
    • Conditions: "Anothe life" unlocked from the main story
    • Rewards: 150 virtue, attachment
  • "The Panthers' playmaker"
    • From chapter: 5
    • Location: Your farmhouse
    • Trigger: Read the letter from the mysterious woman.
    • Conditions: Complete "The Panther Leader"
    • Rewards: 350 Virtue
  • "The Way of the Samurai"
    • From Chapter: 6
    • Location: Fushimi, Yashikimachi, southwest of the dojo
    • Trigger: fights with Tom.
    • Conditions: Only available at noon
    • Rewards: 400 virtue, Tom's Trooper Card (next time you visit the barracks)
  • "Can I quote you on that?"
    • From Chapter: 7
    • Location: East Umekojicho, toward Shinmeicho
    • Trigger: Automatic
    • Conditions: Entered Shinsengumi Barracks once, accepted "special assignment" in the main story.
    • Rewards: 300 Virtue, Eye of the Dragon
  • "Night of the living rumor"
    • From chapter: 7
    • Location: East Mukurogai, toward the riverbank
    • Trigger: Talk to the men who are having a conversation.
    • Conditions: Only available later in the day
    • Rewards: 350 virtue, Nishikigoi amulet
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After graduating from high school, I initially wanted to study instrumental music. However, eventually I pursued a career as a video game journalist, which I started at the prestigious Ehapa-Verlag publisher, among others. Today, I share my extensive video game expertise with Guided. I benefit from over 40 years of experience with PC and console games, as well as my work in game development for the indie studio Knights of Bytes. I understand how video games work, and I also know how to convey my knowledge in an understandable manner.
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