Knowing how to recruit Eri Kamataki in Yakuza Like A Dragon is useful to know as you can then get her to join your party as you adventure. That means she can be used in the new traditional turn-based combat. Hero Ichiban Kasuga is joined by a group of friends to form this party and while Nanba, Saeko, Adachi and yourself form the main four you can always bring in other people like Eri Kamataki.
You'll have to wait until chapter 5 however to recruit Eri Kamataki, when you also start up the Management section of this game where you run a Japanese rice crackers company. It's a fun distraction as you can earn some money and find a distraction from beating up all the bad guys in Ijincho. It also means you'll be able to recruit Eri and add her to your party. You will have to put some effort in though, both to run the company and win Eri over to your side.
How to Recruit Eri Kamataki in Yakuza Like a Dragon
Talk to Eri at Ichiban Confectionary
So you’ve said yes to helping Eri run Ichiban Confectionary - great! Talk to her and learn the ins and outs of the business. She’ll teach you how to run things, and remind you of the goal that you set up with Nick, a character who Ichiban meets earlier in the game, on getting to Management Rank of 100 as soon as possible. Why? Because if you don’t, it’s game over for Ichiban and co, which means no way for you to recruit Eri into your party.
Get to the Top 100 Rank
If you want to recruit Eri, getting to the top 100 is the goal and the only way to do that is play the management minigame - so get to work! There is no real ‘right’ way in order to succeed at the business side of things, but it’s very important that you ace your Shareholder Board Meetings - battles where Ichiban must convince shareholders that they were correct to put their faith in Ichiban and his company. If you’re worried about that, then don’t be! We’ve got a guide that’ll help you ace each and every Shareholder Meeting!
Once you’ve got to the top 100 rank, Eri and Ichiban will get a call from Nick that’ll give them their next objective - getting to the top 50 rank. But before the two of you can dive back into work, Ichiban suggests you and Eri celebrate your achievements by drinking at the Survive bar.
Meet Eri at Survive
Head to Survive and talk to Eri. It’s here that she’ll reveal more about what happened that led to her signing the company over to some sketchy people - the sketchiest being the top dog of the industry. It’s here that, after a talk with Ichiban about his new adventures with his friends, Eri will ask to join your party.
Unlike other party members, Eri’s bond can only be fulfilled if you progress through the management subquest. So if you want to get to know her, and make her more powerful as a teammate, make sure to continue to manage Ichiban Confections.