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Like a Dragon: Ishin

Substory 36 - The Injured Dog

Jarrod Garripoli

Substories are the wackier stories in the Like A Dragon series, to offshoot the more serious tone of the main story. You will first unlock the ability to do Substories in Chapter 2, although they aren’t shown on your map, so you will need to fully explore each map to find them. This page will give a walkthrough of The Injured Dog Substory, found in Mukurogai.

Where to Start The Injured Dog in Like a Dragon: Ishin

(1 of 2) You will find the Injured Dog in Mukurogai

You will find the Injured Dog in Mukurogai (left), It will be on the first floor of the area (right)

You will be able to get this Substory after you gain your second home (Another Life) in Chapter 4. Once you’ve gotten to that point, head on over to Fushimi and look for the Boatman just south of the Komaki Dojo in the southeastern corner. He will take you to Mukurogai, where you will find the injured dog at the northern end, in the central portion. Interact with the dog to begin the Substory.

How to Complete The Injured Dog in Like a Dragon: Ishin

The dog, upon inspecting it, seems to be injured, so Ryoma decides to tend to its wounds. You will simply need to give the dog any medicine from your inventory. Any medicine will do, so you could simply purchase some Ointments from a variety of shops in the game to give to the dog. Upon giving the medicine to the dog, you will be finished with the actual Substory portion.


Objective Rewards
Tended to the injured dog’s wounds 150 Virtue

How to Max the Injured Dog’s Bond in Like a Dragon: Ishin

After you initially finish the Substory, you will need to enter any building that is separate from the map, then come back to work on the bond with the Injured Dog. The best place for this seems to be either of the two buildings in the upper level of Mukurogai, which are the Tachibanagumi (the Wanted Men) or the Arena. Similar to finishing the Substory, you simply need to give the injured dog more medicine. As mentioned above, any medicine will do, so just keep using Ointments, as those are the easiest to get and also the cheapest.

(1 of 3) You can simply give it the basic Ointment each time it asks for a medicine

Eventually, once the bond gauge fills up enough, you will see some men standing next to the injured dog, who are using it to vent their frustrations. They will go away, so do the rounds one more time to see the men back at it once more. This time, a fight with the men will ensue, so beat them up and you will fix up the dog one more time. The bond gauge will max out at this point, so you will be able to name the dog and bring it back to your second house.

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    17 February 2023
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    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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