Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life Substories Guide

Yakuza 6 The Song Of Life Substories Guide
Yakuza returns with a flurry of rewarding and immersive new Substories. This Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life Substories Guide will tell you what Substories are available in each chapter, where to find them, how to complete them and the rewards you reap for your hard work. There are 51 Substories in Yakuza 6, with #52 being the completion reward for finishing them all.

As with past games in the Yakuza franchise, Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life Substories open at specific points of the game. Certain Substories are only available once you reach a specific chapter, but most can be completed in later chapters should you miss them or opt to continue with the main story instead. Unlike other Yakuza titles, we were unable to find a Trouble Finder in the game. Which usually told you where to find nearby substories. However, we have maps of both areas with the locations of each Substory and information on what chapter they become available.

The Substory list below is in the order we encountered each Substory. The story is a little shorter than past Yakuza games so I had already pushed through most of it before starting a lot of the mini-games. As such I featured them separately as I’m not totally sure when they become available.

Yakuza 6 Kamurocho Substories Map

Yakuza 6 Kamurocho Substories Map

Yakuza 6 Onomichi Substories Map

Yakuza 6 Onomichi Substories Map

Yakuza 6 Chapter 1 Substories Guide

Substory #3: Harukas Biggest Fan
During Chapter 1 head to the Children’s Park in the North West corner of town. You’ll see a mother and daughter arguing. Listen to their conversation to start this Substory. She will ask you to find some Haruka merchandise. Head to the Don Quijote store, it’s at the South end of Nakamichi Street. After speaking with the shop assistant he will tell you to go to Theater Square and speak with people at Club Sega. Speak with one of the guys at the top of the stairs.

He will ask you a question to prove your fandom. Choose “So Much More!” as your answer. Head to Ebisu Pawn, it’s just North of Showa Street at the South end of town. Once you arrive at Ebisu Pawn you can purchase the Haruka’s Bromide for 50,000 Yen. However, there’s a cheaper way.

I went and completed Substory #5, did a few fights and ate at a few diners. When I returned, the photograph had been sold to someone else. When you exit the shop you’ll hear a man call for help. Defeat the thugs and he’ll give you the picture for free. Return to the park to give the girl the picture. Wait for some time to pass and she will appear at the park once more. Speak with her there to complete the Substory.

Substory #5: I, Hiji
There’s a man standing around near Club Sega, not far from Cafe Alps. When you get close he will approach you and ask if he can install a new app on your phone. Let the man install Hiji. After you have the app head to Children’s Park in the North West of town and speak with Hiji. The responses don’t seem to matter. Exit the park and fight the man harassing the lady. She’ll give you a Good Luck Amulet for saving her.

Return to the Salesman that gave you the app.

Substory #21: Look What The Dragon Dragged In
Head to the Nyan Nyan cafe on the South East side of town. You have to go up some stairs and enter at the top floor to find the Cat Cafe. Speak with the owner inside the cafe and he will ask you to track down stray cats. This actually completes the Substory itself.
Substory #22: The Temptation Of Live Chat
Head to the corner of Taihei Blvd. You will see two people arguing. Get closer to the couple to hear the argument. Speak with the man afterwards and tell him it’s an online messaging group. After the conversation head into the nearby building marked by the speech bubble icon. Speak with the man inside. Not sure the choices matter but I went with “You’re cute” and that seemed to work out positively.
Substory #23: We Are Committed To Results
Head to RIZAP on the far left of town, it’s where the Bowling Alley used to be. You’ll see some guys chatting before heading inside. Join up when it asks if you want to become a member. You can choose two training sessions with RIZAP, which give you bonus experience points in specific stats. You will then get a hint on specific foods that will further help to improve the experience points you receive. For more information on food hints and training tips, check out our full RIZAP training guide.
Substory #24: A Man Rises Up
After you complete Substory #23: We Are Committed To Results and leave RIZAP gym, a man named Sodachi challenges you to a fight. Beat him down, it’s not difficult, and that will complete the first phase of this Substory. During Chapter 7 you will find Sodachi roaming the city. You need to take him down a couple of times and then meet him at the Children’s Park. Defeat him one more time to complete the Substory.

Yakuza 6 Chapter 4 Substories Guide

Substory #25: The Fools Who Dream
Head to the Shrine to see a mother and daughter arguing. Speak with the young girl afterwards, choosing the top option of the conversation both times. After she leaves, go do a fight or another part of a Substory, then return to the shrine. You will see the young girl with her Senpai before a group of thugs appear. Take them out. You get an Expensive Leather Belt. Speak with Misa after the cut-scene to complete the Substory.
Substory #26: Sins of the Father
Head to the stairs that lead up to the cemetery. Two elderly people are having a discussion. Listen to the conversation and then agree to help the man. Head to the cults headquarters, there’s two girls outside handing out fliers. You will have a choice during the conversation. Choose “I want to join the Order of Munan Chohept Onast”. You will get asked a few questions after that. Choose Hept-onast, Kulipaas, Munan Akamatsu and Re-Education. Following that you will learn the true identity of the old man and have to defeat the guru. Substory complete. You get the Eye of the Dragon as a reward.
Substory #32: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Walk around in this general area and a young girl will approach you from behind, asking you what year it was. Tell her that you believe her and then return to the Pedestrian Bridge to encounter her again. Once you reach the bridge you will learn more about her family before fighting to save her dad. Kill the thugs to complete the Substory.
Substory #28: The Curse Of Onomichi
This Substory takes place at night only. Head to the cemetery area and Kiryu will feel as though he is being watched. A few seconds later you will be ambushed by a ghost. Win the fight. You need to return to the Cemetery several times to complete the Substory. After the first fight, go and complete another Substory or fight some random thugs around town. You can then return to the Cemetery for the next fight. Do this 3-4 times until Kiryu wakes up at home. Return to the Cemetery one last time to complete the Substory.
Substory #29: Oh No Its Ono Michio
Head to the Pharmacy on Central Shopping District. Outside you’ll notice a large, plastic head on the floor. You’ll take on the role of a mascot and have to complete a performance. Use the following responses during the show.

  • Option 2: Introduce yourself Passionately
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  • Option 2: Oh no!
  • Option 3: Onomichi Ramen-Michi
  • Option 1: Oh no!

After the interview you’ll need to take down a group of thugs. You get a Fighters Binding for completing the Substory and questions correctly.

Substory #33: A Freaky Situation
On the Shrine steps leading up to it, head there and two people will fall down the stairs. Let the scene finish then head up the stairs to speak with the boy. Clear the Yakuza thugs that come and complete this Substory.
Substory #34: Assemble The Team
During Chapter 4, or Chapter 5, and only during the day, when you are walking down by the water during the day. A guy in a baseball uniform will approach you. After you speak with him take a taxi to the Baseball Field to play a game. I only lost by a single run but I’m not sure it’s possible to win due to the story that follows. Once the game is complete, the Substory is done.
Substory #50: Crisis Management Professional
Head to the Ropeway Station to find a man injured near the taxi. You need to give him a Bento to start this Substory. I already had a few purchased from before but I was not able to find a place to buy the Bento Luch sets in Onomichi. Defeat him. The Substory doesn’t actually start here but you must complete these steps first.

Now, when traveling through Onomichi, look for missions in the Troublr App. Eventually you will come across the same guy looking to try new moves. You need to defeat him during three Trouble Missions. Eventually, during the day, he will return to the first spot with the perfected technique. Take him down to finish the Substory.

Yakuza 6 Chapter 5 Substories Guide

Substory #27: Pocket Circuit Fighter Returns
At the top of Shops Alley. As you walk through Pocket Circuit Fighter will greet you. Head to Northern Onomichi and speak with his son near La Pente. Go to another area, or use a nearby vending machine, and then return to the same spot to speak with his son again. Head down to the docks and speak with Saktio to complete the Substory.

Yakuza 6 Chapter 6 Substories Guide

Substory #01: The Kabedon Prince
After you defeat the enemy in the ring in Chapter 6. Head to Tenkaichi Alley and then walk down the small alleyway to the North. You’ll see a guy in a red tracksuit. Speak with him to start this Sub Story. Fight the thugs and then head to Bantam. Choose “Is it some kind of rice bowl” during the conversation then “You’re Mine” in the next option. Once you leave Bantam you’ll have to fight again.

Yakuza 6 Chapter 7 Substories Guide

Substory #08: Baring Their Fangs
Head to the South end of Tenkaichi Street and watch the cut-scene before the explosion then speak with the injured man. Head to the Batting Center and confront the guy wearing the Bruce Lee style tracksuit. Beat him down, follow him. Complete.
Substory #09: A Rivalry Reborn
After you complete Substory #08: Baring Their Fangs head back to the South end of Tenkaichi Street to get this next Sub Story. Go to the Batting Center. You’ll get ambushed by a large group of enemies. Take them out to complete the Substory.
Substory #07: Follow That Drone
Speak with a man at the North edge of Nakamichi Street to start this Substory. Follow the drone all the way to the empty apartment. When you get there, take out the enemies that ambush you.
Substory #02: Hey, Its Me
Located around the Nakamichi Alleyway. There’s a safe near some parked trucks. I was walking in the general area and got a phone call. I don’t think the first answer matters but make sure to choose “This is probably a scam” followed by “This is definitely a scam”. Head to the Millennium Tower and beat down the thug.

Substory #06: Like, Comment, Subscribe
Head to Theater Square near Club SEGA. There’s a man standing near railings with a Selfie Stick. Speak with him. You’ll have to chase him down to a few locations. Firstly the Batting Center, followed by Smile Burger and finally the Mahjong place on Tenkaichi Street. There’s a fight at the end.

Substory #11: Favor For An Old Friend
Head to East Shichifuku Street. Around the top of North Senryo Avenue you’ll get a text message. Respond saying you will help. Head to Poppo (Tenkaichi Street) general store and speak to the clerk about the cards. Choose “Ask why he wants them”, “Pry further”, and “Pry even further”. Then head to Senryo Avenue to the Senryo building and climb to the top. Take out the group of thugs.
Substory #04: Runaway Robot
Head to Suppon Street and you’ll encounter a robot fleeing. Speak to the man and respond with “The modern world is a crazy place” then agree to help him. Follow the robot and kill the thugs to complete the Substory.

Yakuza 6 Chapter 11 Substories Guide

Substory #40: The Joys Of Adulthood
You must complete Baseball Substory #35: We Need A Ringer. Head to the New Gaudi Bar. As you approach and man will walk you inside and introduce you to the bar. That completes this Substory.
Substory #30: The Onomichio Show
Must have completed Substory #40: The Joys Of Adulthood and Substory #30: Oh No Its Ono Michio. Head to Hana-no-kubo street and speak with the man there. Complete a Karaoke mini-game and you get a Yakuza Training Gear and a Sample CD.
Substory #31: Putting On A Brave Face
You first must have completed Substory #30: The Onomichio Show. Speak with the mother and daughter across from Kiryu’s apartment. Head to Yonetoku to pick up the suit. I chose “Honestly, I am” for the conversation option. Win the fight. Substory complete. You get a Drawing of Michio.
Substory #10: Swipe Right
Substory #10 Swipe Right
This Substory is during Chapter 11 when you return to Kamurocho at night time. It’s a bit difficult to trigger. Go to the location I am standing above. I took a selfie using the camera in-game. I then went to nearby Club SEGA, and returned to this same spot. I got a text message from a girl taking a poor selfie. Once you have the first Selfie head to Smile Burger on Nakamichi Street to get another message. Then head to Theater Square. There are some vending machines outside of Club Sega. Next up head to the Alleyway behind Serena’s and climb the staircase to the roof.
Substory #51: Jo Amon
Proceed through until you reach the very end of the game. You will get a text message from Amon challenging you to fight. You need to take a Taxi to his location and win the fight to complete the Substory.

Yakuza 6 Fishing Substories

The start of these Substories are available when you first reach the new town but the latter Substories become available in Chapter 10 onwards.

Substory #47: The Old Man And The Sea
Head down to the docks in Onomichi and interact with the fish at the end of the pier. You’ll have to go through a bit of conversation then speak to him at the end of the pier again to start fishing. Check out our fishing guide for more information on fishing. Complete the first run to finish this Substory.
Substory #48: Worlds Best Octopus
After you complete Substory #35: We Need A Ringer for the Baseball team, head back to the fishing spot to learn of another player that will join if you catch a legendary octopus.
Substory #49: Deep Blue Sea
After you complete Substory #48: Worlds Best Octopus. Head back to the fishing spot for another fishing Substory. You’ll need the best speargun to tackle this one.

Yakuza 6 Darts Substories

Substory #12: The Legendary Paul Lim
Head to Bantam in Kamurocho and speak with the guy near the Darts Board. Play a game and win. That will complete this Sub Story.
Substory #13: Showdown With Paul Lim
You need to defeat the Easy, Medium and Hard opponents in Darts. You can find the Easy in Bantam and the Medium and Hard are both in a Club SEGA. Once you have defeated them all at least once, return to Bantam. Approach the Darts Board and Paul Lim will enter and challenge you to a match. Defeat him to clear this Substory.

Yakuza 6 Baseball Substories

These are available as soon as you have completed the introductory baseball game and can travel to the baseball field. If you need some help be sure to check out our Yakuza 6 Baseball Guide.

Substory #35: We Need A Ringer
Head back to town and speak with Moritsuka. You’ll have to beat him down to get him to join the team. That completes this Substory.
Substory #36: The Sweet Taste of Victory
After you complete Substory #35: We Need A Ringer return to the baseball field for the next Baseball Substory. Win the game to complete the Substory
Substory #37: Decisive Battle! Jingai Thunders
After you finish Substory #36: The Sweet Taste of Victory return to the baseball field to get the next Substory. Beat the Jingai Thunders main team to complete this Substory.
Substory #38: The Throne of Onomichi
After you defeat the Jingai Thunders in Substory #37: Decisive Battle! Jingai Thunders. Return to the baseball field for this Substory. As before, beat the team to complete the Substory.
Substory #39: True Bonds
After you finish Substory #38: The Throne of Onomichi return to the baseball field for the next Substory. Defeat the final team to complete the baseball Substories.

Yakuza 6 Batting Center Substories

Once you are past Chapter 6 in the story and you can completed Substory #35: We Need A Ringer, you can unlock additional Substories at the Batting Center.

Substory #19: Step Up To The Plate
Head to the Batting Center. I had completed all 3 Beginner and all 3 Intermediate stages, I tried the expert 3 times and failed but then the manager appeared for this Substory. So either try 3 batting attempts or complete the first 6 stages. You have to complete a difficult challenge. You need to hit 5 homeruns back to back. After you win you can ask him to join your baseball team.
Substory #20: A Promise Between Men
You must have completed Substory #35: We Need A Ringer and Substory #19: Step Up To The Plate. Go to the Batting Center and participate in the Homerun mini-game three times. Gori-san will approach you and challenge you to another batting substory. You need to hit more than 7 homeruns.

Yakuza 6 Bar Conversation Substories (All Conversation Choices)

Once you unlock New Gaudi you can pay to enter and participate in another Yakuza 6 mini-game.

Substory #41: Whats The Matter With Kids Today
You must reach maximum friendship with Hatakeyama in New Gaudi and level 1 with Gen. You will see Hatakeyama-san outside New Gaudi, speak with him to start this Substory. It’s a long conversation that involves multiple choices. There may be alternatives to what’s listed below but I always got at least a good rating.

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Substory #42: Powerful Memories
This is another one you get outside New Gaudi. You must have reached level 3 friendship with Akiyoshi

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Once the conversation is finished return his wallet.

Substory #43: Tech Support
Once you have at least level 3 friendship with Gen you can meet him outside New Gaudi for this Substory.

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After you finish head back to New Gaudi to speak about his new phone.

Substory #44: The Price Of Love
This Substory requires maximum friendship rating with Ando, meet him in front of New Gaudi and then head to his pawn shop.

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Return to the Pawn Shop to finish this Substory.

Substory #45: Kanekos Resolve
Once you reach level 3 friendship with Kaneko you can get this Substory outside New Gaudi.

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Head to the Shrine to complete the Substory.

Substory #46: Thanks For Everything, Mama
You need to reach maximum level friendship with everyone and at least level 3 with Mama. Once you reach these levels you will not be able to enter the bar, it will tell you to come back later. At this point head to Yonetoku on Jingai Main Street. You’ll find a girl handing out free paper, speak with her. Then head to New Gaudi. I chose to hide the note under the Electric Pot next to the Karaoke Machine.

You have to wait a long time before you can meet her but Kiryu will tell you when it is time.

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Yakuza 6 Hostess Substories

The Hostess Substories take place at The Shine club. You pick a Hostess and you have to build up your relationship with them. All of the Substories work in a very similar way. Get a Hostess to gold friendship and they will give you a business card. Then check your inbox and respond with an invitation. Repeat at Diamond level until Diamond is maxed. Then you can get a Substory from each Hostess.

You may be able to skip the social events at Gold, I never tried.

Substory #14: Face Your Fears
You need to reach Gold level relationship with Saki. She will give you her business card. Then check your inbox and message her with the Wanna get drinks sticker. Then head to meet her at Theater Square. Then get her relationship level to Diamond. Then contact her again by phone and meet her at Theater Square again. Max Diamond and meet her at Millennium Tower.
Substory #15: A Shady Business
You need to reach Max Diamond level relationship with Hikaru and then meet her down the road from the club. The Substory takes place on the South end of North Senryo Avenue. Beat down the shady men
Substory #16: Listen To Your Heart

You need to reach Max Diamond level relationship with Sora and then meet her in Theater Square.

Substory #17: Caught In A Love Triangle
You need to reach Max Diamond level relationship with Erina and then meet her.
Substory #18: Hostess With A Heart Of Gold
You need to reach Max Diamond level relationship with Riona and then meet her at the Pink Street.
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