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How to access and use the Akame Network in Like a Dragon Gaiden

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Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name sends Kazuma Kiryu to Sotenbori, where a woman named Akame provides plenty of substory activity to keep him busy. Here is our guide telling you how to access and use the Akame Network in Like a Dragon Gaiden.

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Like a Dragon Gaiden – how to access and use the Akame Network

Akame is your ticket to much of the substory content you can complete in Like a Dragon Gaiden. She is also a key player in the overall story. To find Akame and access her network, you need to play through the early parts of the campaign’s second chapter.

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Near the very start of Chapter 2: Castle on the Water, following a conversation with Tsuruno, you make your way to Sotenbori, Osaka. This is the neighborhood where most of the game takes place. You start by visiting several glowing points on the map to ask about Akame. Your investigation ultimately prompts a scripted brawl with some Thugs. When you win, Akame introduces herself as a “jack-of-all-trades” and takes you to her hideout. It becomes your new base of operations.

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Once Akame brings you back to her base, talk to her to advance the story. She gradually introduces various features of the base and the Akame Network. You can also rest on the couch in the corner to advance time. When a symbol of an eye appears over Akame’s head, that means you can talk to her about Akame Network business. Occasionally, she also accepts gifts of cigarettes.

Requests, support, and activities

The hideout is where you accept any pending Requests. Typically, you can accept only one request at a time. Then the one you have accepted plays out immediately. One request introduced later in the campaign, a scavenger hunt called Gotta Catch ’em Balls!, remains active while you tend to other business.

Most requests aren’t available until you satisfy certain requirements, which may include completing specific earlier requests. Some requests are tied to your progress through the campaign.

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Besides requests, you can complete smaller missions that appear on a Support Map. Although a lot of requests have a more involved substory attached, support activities (sometimes called Stroll n’ Patrol) typically require you to run an errand or complete a basic task for one character or another. On your map, ‘!‘ symbols indicate where you can initiate such missions. When you see the people with missions to offer, an eye symbol appears over their heads to make them easy to spot.

Finally, you can fill out an Activity Log by meeting certain requirements. For instance, you might eat every meal at a particular restaurant, walk a certain distance, or perform a common action a set number of times. There are quite a few of these activities available throughout your journey. Many of them are tied to your performance in mini-games. You’ll likely complete the bulk of those in the ‘Adventure’ category over the course of regular play.

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Spending your points

As you complete requests and support activities, and even when you meet activity log requirements, you earn bounties that typically include both Akame Points and yen. These bounties are vital to your continued success. Spend Akame Points to unlock new abilities and stat boosts, and to purchase items from Akame.

Most moves you might learn have an associated cost in both yen and Akame Points. It’s a good idea to Invest in the Akame Network at every opportunity. That way, you increase the yen and Akame Points you earn while beating gangs of thugs or performing other tasks.

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By the time you reach the end of the game, you may very well have more Akame Points than you know what to do with. However, you can always use the excess to buy items to sell at the pawn shop for cash. In my own adventure, I found that I tended to have less money available than I did Akame Points. It all comes down to how you spend your time. In any case, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the Akame Network as early as possible. Nearly everything else flows from there.

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Jason Venter is a contributing writer for PC Invasion since 2022 who can trace his love for video games back to the Apple IIe port of Mario Bros. in the late 80s. He remains a diehard Nintendo fan to this day and loves JRPGs, adventure games, and platformers in particular, but he still plays games in most genres and on most hardware. After founding indie gaming site HonestGamers in 1998, he served as an editor at Hardcore Gamer Magazine during its entire print run. He has since freelanced for a variety of leading sites including IGN, GameSpot, and Polygon. These days, he spends most of his time writing game guides and entertaining readers with his fantasy novels.