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Like a Dragon: Ishin

All Substories in Chapter 2 in Like A Dragon Ishin

Jarrod Garripoli

The main stories of the Like A Dragon games are pretty serious, in terms of tone. If you’re looking for more outlandish stories, then you need to look no further than the sidequests in these games, called Substories. You’ll find a list of all the Substories in Chapter 2 on this page.

(1 of 2) Substories are sidequests in the Like a Dragon series

Substories are sidequests in the Like a Dragon series (left), You will encounter a wide variety of NPCs who will offer them to you (right)

How to Unlock Substories in Chapter 2

When you first arrive in Fushimi, you won’t be able to trigger any of the Substories right away. Roam around the town, until you find the cutscene with the Shinto Priest, where you need to beat up some enemies harassing him. He will introduce you to the Virtue mechanic, then you’ll be able to go around the town and find the Substories.

No. Substory Location Reward
37 Death of the Author Inside Teradaya Inn Broken Compass, Fine Silk Fabric, European Fabric, 300 Virtue
41 All in the Hips At Umai Udon shop in Fushimi Ichibangai 10% cut of earnings, 250 Virtue, Unlocks Udon Shop minigame
43 It’s a Long Story Next to Hanako Shop Gold Seal, 300 Virtue
44 It’s a Long Story: The Final Chapter Next to Hanako Shop Tear of the Dragon, 350 Virtue
45 It’s a Long Story: Epilogue Next to Hanako Shop Golden Medicine Case
47 Ee Ja Nai Ka Right outside Ebisu Pawn Fushimi Exquisite Cogwheel, 300 Virtue
50 The Desperate Fisherman Southern end of Shinmachi, in between the two fishing spots 150 Virtue
51 The Junk Boy Central Kuramachi; inside right building 150 Virtue
52 The Wood Cutter Southwest corner of South Yashikimachi 2,000 Mon, Unlocks Wood Cutting minigame, 150 Virtue

As mentioned above, all of the Substories are available after you save the Shinto Priest at the beginning of the chapter. The only exception to this is the It’s a Long Story chain. You need to complete the first one to unlock the second, then the second to unlock the third. After completing each one, you will need to enter a building, in order to respawn Sakiko at the same spot. The easiest thing is to just go to the karaoke place, enter it, then exit and return to Sakiko. Note that if you go near the karaoke place for the first time, then you will trigger a Chase Battle, which is part of the story.

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    PS4, PS5, Steam, XB One, XB X|S
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    17 February 2023
  • Last Updated
    20 March 2023
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Like a Dragon: Ishin is set in 1860’s Japan during the Bakumatsu era at the end of the Edo Period. Take up the sword of Sakamoto Ryoma, framed for killing his father, and restore honor to his name while dealing with the political intrigue that he gets thrown in to. This guide for Like a Dragon: Ishin contains the following:

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