Yakuza 0 is easily one of the most unique and memorable video games of the modern age. The game reeks of narrative dissonance across the board, but the wonderful charm of this eccentric title manages to wrap everything together in one neat package. It establishes an identity of its own, which is part of what makes the Yakuza series such an excellent franchise.
One of the most entertaining side activities in the title is managing Majima’s cabaret club. This side quest is imperative to unlocking Majima’s combat potential and attaining a ton of money in the process. However, managing the cabaret club will become difficult without great hostesses that can pull their weight. On that note, here are the best hostesses in Yakuza 0, and the tasks players must accomplish to obtain them.
For a Silver Hostess, it’s amazing how versatile Akemi is. Her strengths — Talk and Skill — level up fairly well and allow her to tackle customers in the late game. However, try to avoid using her during Rival Battles. Akemi’s HP is extremely low, and she will suffer from fever attacks that take her HP down quite a bit.
Players can find Akemi at the west end of Shofukucho South. Majima needs to gift her an expensive watch or wallet in order to hire her as a hostess.
The friendship that Majima can develop with the mystery caller Simon makes for one of the more memorable substories in the entire game. The player’s interest spikes even further when find out what the caller gives as a reward for bearing with his actions — a Gold Hostess!
Unknown is easily one of the most mysterious hostesses Majima can recruit for Club Sunshine, but she’s a welcome addition. Not only are her Talk and Love stats great, but her high HP make her a valuable fallback during Rival Battles as well.
The friendship that Majima can develop with the Doll Girl ends up leading to Club Sunshine’s manager getting a massive benefit. This comes in the form of a Gold Hostess — namely, the Doll Girl’s mother.
Aptly named Dolly, this hostess can easily become a reliable member of the club. Her Talk, Skill, and Love are all competent enough to handle the Wealthy and Mega-Rich clients that enter Club Sunshine.
At a glance, it might seem like hiring a grandma as a hostess in Club Sunshine — especially an annoying and chatty person like Etsuko — might seem like a boneheaded move. However, Etsuko ends up being a fantastic hostess. In fact, some argue that she’s the best non-Platinum hostess in the entire game.
Getting Etsuko in Club Sunshine involves completing the substory The Obatarian Strikes on Sotenbori Street. After getting through this chain of events — and being thoroughly manhandled by Etsuko — she will become a valuable hostess for Club Sunshine.
Out of all the Platinum Hostesses that can be hired for Club Sunshine, one has to admit that Hibiki is the weakest of the bunch. Her stats might be great, but her low HP makes her a huge liability at times, especially during Rival Battles. Hibiki is recruited automatically after winning the Rival Battle against Club Mercury.
Some Gold Hostesses are more reliable than Hibiki simply because of this fact. However, her high stats mean that her low HP doesn’t pose much of a problem when it comes to managing the club one day at a time.
In a way, the fact that Mana is the last hostess to be hired in Club Sunshine hurts her efficiency. By this time, players will already have high-level hostesses, so there’s really no need to deal with Mana and her initial incompetence. She becomes a permanent member of Club Sunshine after the player wins the final Rival Battle against Club Moon.
However, people who end up playing the cabaret club sidequest long after it’s required will find themselves enjoying the services of a great hostess. Still, Mana doesn’t really do anything meaningful due to the lack of any Rival Battles.
A Platinum Hostess who’s as beautiful as she is efficient, Chika is recruited by Club Sunshine after putting an end to Club Venus. This is easily one of the harder Rival Battles to get through in the game.
However, the end result is worth it. Chika ends up being an incredibly well-rounded hostess, who will definitely serve the player well as they progress towards unseating the final Cabaret Club around — Club Moon.
This Platinum Hostess has incredible stamina and never takes a minute off from work. Saki is easily one of the best additions to the staff of Club Sunshine, and ends up proving her worth time and time again.
She’s easily one of the most reliable hostesses around. Players should make it a priority to beat Club Jupiter as soon as possible, in order to recruit Saki as a hostess for the club.
The second Platinum Hostess to join Club Sunshine ends up playing a huge role in ensuring the success of the club as Majima decides to tackle harder opposition in the area of Sotenbori.
Ai’s high stats make her a great all-arounder and a valuable asset to Club Sunshine. The fact that she comes to the club so early means that she has an ample amount of time to develop. She can easily become a high-level hostess who can tend to pretty much every client’s needs.
Yuki initially seems rather weak. In truth, though, she’s an excellent hostess who ends up improving her stats dramatically over time. Her development skyrockets in tandem with her character losing her shy nature, as the player progresses through this sidequest.
Yuki is a gift, and not just because she’s one of the starting hostesses that players can use in the game from the get-go. Her quick development and massive stats mean that she’s a tour-de-force, regardless of the situation.