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Substory 63 - The Boy Who Cried Bear

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 Boy Who Cried Bear Substory, found in Mibu.

Where to Start The Boy Who Cried Bear in Like a Dragon: Ishin

(1 of 2) Go to the shrine in Mibu after finishing It's What's on the Inside

Go to the shrine in Mibu after finishing It's What's on the Inside (left), Approach the father and son to start the Substory (right)

Before you are able to do this, you will need to be in Chapter 5 and have done Substory 60 - It’s What’s on the Inside. Once you have done that, head on over to Mibu and go to the shrine, where you went to during the previously mentioned substory. You should see a boy and his father there, so approach them to start this Substory.

Troublesome Bear Boss Fight

Yes, you’re fighting a bear, and it is quite powerful, so you will need to be pretty careful not to get hit at all. Despite that, the bear’s attacks are fairly easy to avoid and it doesn’t really do much in the way of combos. Swordsman is great, because that style is perfect for one-on-one battles. Just make sure you hold R1/RB to take a stance, since that gives you the opportunity to always keep watch on the bear’s movements. Wild Dancer is also great, because of its movement and evasion, and Gunman can be useful for the long-distance attacks. If you want to feel the sensation of punching a bear, then you can use Brawler.

(1 of 3) Yep, you're fighting a bear

As previously mentioned, most of the bear’s attacks are fairly easy to dodge, as they are telegraphed ahead of time. You will want to be careful when you see it charging up, as it will dash across and if you touch the bear during this charge, you will take damage. Ideally, you don’t want to get greedy with your attacks and just hit it a few times, before backing off and waiting for your next opportunity. After defeating the bear, the Substory will be over.


Objective Rewards
Defeated the bear Inviting Hat, 350 Virtue


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    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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