Pretty sure there's a max courage link somewhere too. All 3 stats got a max link. It's just that Mitsuru's do not activate even if you got max link. You gotta get top score by a test, which is essentially max academics by the time of the test... and even then >_<; the 3rd and final test is so far into the game that it's hard to get her link maxed out.
I don't think that I "planned" persona fusion XD; Surt is... pretty bad XD; I fused him into a sword as he's much much more useful that way in FES. As for Persona usage, I just fuse into whatever and make sure that I got personas who resist/null/absorb all the main elements (especially null light/dark) for the end. I haven't fought Elizabeth before though and I will try to get it this time in Maniac Mode in P3P~!
No Maragidyne but I plan on using Surt anyway lol. I'm gonna also give Beelzebub Mamudoon (which Baal Zebul learns innate and is required to fuse Beelzebub) and he learns Magarudyne naturally. Just need to find a constant healer.
Yeah I suppose. Was panicking when I found out it was two though.
I also heard you need to get a top score to social link with her...but iirc you need top academics for that anyway. What's courage even good for?
It's just very taxing on your SP if you have to handle so many elemental coverage (wind, light, dark at least... and I don't think Junpei has Maragidyne) which is tough early on. Later on SP isn't a huge huge issue as long as you don't get tired out.
2nd boss is just easy in general XD; just need to have any persona with a spell and you can easily all out attack them almost every round.
Ya academics take really long... pay for the quiz game at the arcades and study every night if you aren't sick or tired =( Stuff like this is why Mitsuru's link is so hard to get.
Akihiko has Diarahan AND debuffs, that's good enough for me. But yeah I'd rather be the healer when I need to.
I already maxed Chariot (having a chariot Persona at lv.18 made the second boss sooo easy lol) and Hermit and Magician are at 6 and 5 respectively. Strength is actually at 6 too. Don't think I bother with any other social link at the moment till I'm done with those. Also 1 courage, 3 charm and 2 academics. Academics takes waaaay too loong. :/
I did play P3 FES first and it just takes awhile to get used to the AI, but eventually I was almost able to get the AI to do exactly what I want, at least in terms of healing/defensive buffs. The only thing is I can't get Mitsuru to mind charge all the time but bleh~ Yukari has her annoying part... Problem with that team is no full heal (Mitsuru has Diarahan and I don't remember if Akihiko has any heal pass Diarama) so you'll have to be healer. Junpei has defensive buffs so that's good at least.
And wait, maxing hermit and magician already? My magician link is only like lv 5... but trying to grow all of them in a fair fashion I guess. I have a lot of links at 5 at the moment... currently got 5 courage, 4 charm and 3 academics. P3P nerfed the ways to get academic so much (no more before-bed study nooooo!!!) so my academic is lagging behind x_x
I had max courage and max knowledge by the time I fought Shadow Naoto anyway, but I couldn't finish her social link because it takes ridiculously long if you don't figure out the riddles and don't have a fortune Persona. I didn't figure that out until the second playthrough, where I maxed hers before Nanako's death. lol I'm trying to max Hermit and Magician right now in P3, the former for being hilarious as hell and the latter for Surt. Also trying to get "smooth" Charm rate so I can start the Devil social link to get Beelzebub. (One of my favorites, especially after fighting him in Nocturne.)
And nooooo....I'd rather have Yukari because I actually like her, but no way I'm replacing Akihiko. Not a chance. Nope. Not the only boxer in an RPG. I actually planned to use Yukari instead of Mitsuru but I grew to like her during the playthrough. Honestly because the A.I controls your team-mates in P3 FES (which is awful and makes me wanna try P3P instead) I just decided to always have a healing Persona and heal myself when needed, because I am not relying on an A.I for that lol. (And Akihiko and Mitsuru already can heal anyway, just individually rather than all party.)
EDIT: I actually maxed a lot of people's social links in my second playthrough. Only ones I didn't are Temperance (finished it on first playthrough), Chariot (Chie's my least favorite), Priestess (Yukiko's social link was so boring I stopped half-way), Lovers (Tried at the last second but couldn't max it) and Empress (self-explanatory.)
I just got there too on P3P XD; It's still pretty sexual but I find her response funny... and when you force her to wear it again in The Answer, the response is even funnier XD; Mitsuru by far my favorite character, but just like Naoto, her link is stupidly hard to max. You need max academics by the time of one of the midterms for her to even start the link. You may need to swap Akihiko with Ken though so you have someone to heal =o I personally used Aigis instead as I like her the 2nd most after Mitsuru ;p
why do they do this to my favorite characters wow hers actually seem believable. Not as bad as Naoto's because it seems more elegant and not as sexualized. I'm not that far in Persona 3 FES (just got Mitsuru on the team actually lol, got all the member I want now. Junpei/Akihiko/Mitsuru) so I don't know anything about the costumes.
Also, I heard the costumes isn't the only thing fanservice about Persona 4 Golden....there's worse.
I shall disappoint you on the Mitsuru high cut armor then =P But it's funny talking to them when they have to equip it and seeing their reaction XD; How does each female character take one for the team? =p