How to get and use Soul Orbs in Like a Dragon: Ishin

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Like a Dragon: Ishin is an open-world game where you can travel across Kyoto and explore its locations. The game features some RPG elements and plenty of collectibles, and today we are going to talk about one of them. This guide will tell you about soul orbs in Like a Dragon: Ishin.

This mechanic can be a little bit confusing, so in this guide we'll explain how it works. You'll learn how to get Soul Orbs and use them to improve your combat styles.


While you are here, make sure to read our guide on how to save the Barking Dog in the game. We also have an article on how to get Virtue in Like a Dragon: Ishin for you! Lastly, you can check out how to redeem Deluxe Edition DLC in the game.

What are soul orbs in Like a Dragon: Ishin?

The protagonist of Like a Dragon: Ishin is able to use four different combat styles. Each of these styles can be upgraded in the Abilities menu. These improvements require you to use Soul Orbs, of which there are five types. There is a unique type of Soul Orb for each combat style, and a special fifth type.

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How to get soul orbs in Like a Dragon: Ishin

There are two ways to get soul orbs in Like a Dragon: Ishin. The first one is to simply practice your combat styles. You will receive Soul Orbs of the combat style you are currently using as you naturally fight.

The second way to get Soul Orbs is to level up your character. This method allows you to obtain grey Soul Orbs, which is the elusive fifth type.


How to use soul orbs in Like a Dragon: Ishin

You can upgrade any combat style with Soul Orbs according to that style, or the grey orbs you receive by levelling up your character. So, the Soul Orbs of the fifth type are universal, and can be used to upgrade any combat style.

Also, the grey Soul Orbs have another interesting feature. You can replace them with other Soul Orbs. For example, if you’ve spent some grey Soul Orbs to improve the Swordsman style and then decided that you don’t need that many Swordsman upgrades, you can take them back out.

After that, your universal orbs will be free again, and you will be able to spend them on other combat styles.


The Soul Orb system is very interesting and flexible. It allows you to upgrade the fighting style you use the most, while leaving some universal skill points for other styles.

For more on the game, read up on how to complete Death of an Author in Like a Dragon: Ishin. We've also got a guide on how to use Prize Tickets.