Like A Dragon Gaiden: Pocket Circuit Guide [Part Locations & Build]

Learn all about the Pocket Circuit racing along with its parts, locations, and builds for each race.

Like a Dragon Gaiden features the pocket circuit guide’s return of a side activity. The Like A Dragon Gaiden Pocket Circuit Guide is a mini-game in which players have to assemble cars from a limited set of parts and then put them to the test through a race. You first see the pocket circuit guide at the end of chapter 2. However, players can return and play this mini-game whenever they like.

Key Takeaways
  • The pocket circuit is a minigame in Like A Dragon Gaiden.
  • You can find the Like A Dragon Gaiden Pocket Circuit Guide parts in the open world of Like A Dragon Gaiden to upgrade your car.
  • With these parts and your car, you can partake in the racing mini-game.
  • To ensure victory in these races, make sure to have a build composed of the best possible parts.

Pocket Circuit Part Locations In Like A Dragon Gaiden

Parts
Pocket Circuit Racing Parts [Image Taken By Me]
Parts play the most important role in assembling a car. You must ensure you have chosen the best parts possible for each set race. You can grab parts from the open world as well, which later come in handy. Other parts can be bought with points after you win a few races at the pocket circuit.

Here are some parts and their locations in the open world:

  • Metal Frame Plus: Bought at Ebisu Pawn for 980 Yen.
  • Metal Frame:  Collect this from the top of the fence in front of Daidoji Hideout.
  • Michi-Michio: Can be bought at  Ebisu Pawn for 980 Yen.
  • Slick Tires Plus: Acquired from the Akame Shop for 500 points.
  • Power Motor Plus: Collect it from the pig sign on top of the restaurant. 
  • Devil Killer: Found at the gambling hill at the castle, purchase for 5,600 points.
  • Cool Striker: Available at the casino castle, buy for 40,000 chips.
  • Extra Balanced Frame: This can be bought at the Yokobori Golf Center for 2,560 gp.
  • Super Balanced Frame: To get it, climb the roof of the gambling hall and go towards the south side. You will see the item on top of the next building.
  • Dark Purple: Bought at the gambling hall at the castle for 350 points.
  • Sunshine: Grab this from a tree at the top of the gambling hall at the castle.
  • Super Slick Tires: Found inside a locker, number E5, at the castle in the gambling hall. The key is found on the second floor of this hall.
  • High Torque Motor Mark2: Located inside a locker, number H5. The key for the locker is on the roof underneath a few tables.
  • Killer Bee: Found inside locker I5. The key is found in a trash can in the fighter’s lounge.

Best Builds For Set Pocket Circuit Races In Like A Dragon Gaiden

Builds
Pocket Circuit Racing Builds [Screenshot Taken By Me]
The races beneath are listed in a specific order, and you need to win the first race to get to the next one. Building your car will take quite a bit of time and is essential in Like A Dragon Gaiden Pocket Circuit Guide. You will have to keep the acceleration, speed, and engine of the car in mind. Weight is another important factor to keep in mind, and you need to keep the car as light as possible for optimal performance.

Introductory Race

The introductory race is the first race you have to win. The opponent against you is Kensuke. The track for this race is quite simple. Use the setup below for the most efficient performance. 

  • Tires: Slim Tires.
  • Frame: Rocket Frame.
  • Motor: High Torque motor mark 2.
  • Gears: Balanced gears.
  • Battery: Regular battery.

Rookies Welcome Race

You can end up winning the rookie’s welcome pocket circuit race using an identical loadout as the previous one. However, this track has quite a few sharp turns, so keep an eye out for that. Your rival in the Rookies Welcome Race is Kanami.

  • Tires: Slim Tires.
  • Frame: Rocket Frame.
  • Motor: High Torque motor mark 2.
  • Gears: Balanced Gears.
  • Battery: Regular Battery.

Rookie Race

The first race where you have to be extra careful when building your car. You have to use your boost right before the finish line smartly. Don’t use your boost elsewhere on the track, or you will dismount the track. The rival you face in this race is Yusuke.

  • Tires: Slim Tires Plus.
  • Frame: Balanced Frame Plus.
  • Motor: Speed Motor Plus.
  • Gears: Balanced Gears Plus.
  • Battery: High Capacity Battery.

Standard Race

The map has a few loops, and therefore, the grip for the car has to be excellent. You will be up against Kazuko.

  • Tires: Extra Spiked Tires.
  • Frame: Extra Metal Frame.
  • Motor: High Torque Motor Mark 2.
  • Gears: Extra Balanced gears.
  • Battery: High Capacity Battery.

Pro-Am Race

This race is where things get a little difficult. The race is probably going to be super tight. Boosting right before you enter the loop is crucial. You will be up against Shiori in the Pro-Am race.

  • Tires: Extra Low Profile Tires.
  • Frame: Extra Rocket Frame.
  • Motor: Extra Power Motor.
  • Gears: Godspeed gears.
  • Battery: Regular battery.
  • Suspension: Light Suspension.

Veteran Race

The most important thing is not to use boosts on this track. You are most likely to fall out of the track. Other than that, the race is quite simple and should be a walk in the park for you. Toru will be your opponent in the Veteran pocket circuit race.

  • Tires: Super Slick Tires.
  • Frame: Super balanced Frame.
  • Motor: High Torque Motor Mark 2.
  • Gears: Extra balanced gears.
  • Battery: Regular battery.

Expert Race

The race should be another easy win since the track is quite simple. Just make sure to use your boost right before the finish line. Yuko will be your opponent in the expert race.

  • Tires: Super Soft Tires.
  • Frame: Super Speed Frame.
  • Motor: High Torque Motor Mark 2.
  • Gears: Godspeed Gears Plus.
  • Battery: High Capacity Battery.
  • Suspension: Light Suspension.

Official Race

Using all the previous items, you can win the official pocket circuit race quite easily. You don’t even need to use the boost. If you want to, make sure you hit it before entering the loop. You will have to defeat Saburo here.

  • Tires: Super Spiked Tires.
  • Frame: Super Rocket Frame.
  • Motor: Super Speed Motor.
  • Gears: Super Balanced Gears.
  • Battery: Regular Battery.
  • Suspension: Light Suspension.

CourStar Race

During the race, there is no need for you to boost. However, stabilization plays a very important role. You should be able to absolutely destroy your opponent, Tomoyo, easily.

  • Tires: Super Slim Tires.
  • Frame: Super Speed Frame.
  • Motor: Godspeed Motor.
  • Gears: Godspeed Gears Plus.
  • Battery: High Capacity Battery.
  • Suspension: Heavy Suspension.

Invitational Course Race

Even though it looks quite difficult and tricky, it is as simple as it gets. Just remember to boost before you enter a loop, and you are set to be victorious against Masahi

  • Tires: Ultra Slim Tires.
  • Frame: Ultra Balanced Frame.
  • Motor: Godspeed Motor.
  • Gears: Super Boost Gears.
  • Battery: Regular Battery.
  • Suspension: Heavy Suspension.
  • Front Wing: Box Wing.

Champions Course Race

The race is quite long and consists of 4 laps. The Champions pocket circuit track will also require a high-speed battery. Make sure you are in control of the car when making turns. Use your boost well, and you will be victorious. Keiko will be your opponent to beat here.

  • Tires: Ultra Spiked Tires.
  • Frame: Ultra Rubber Frame.
  • Motor: Power Motor Plus.
  • Gears: Balanced Gears Plus.
  • Battery: High-Speed Battery.
  • Side Stabilizer: Side Stabilizer 3.0.
  • Suspension: Heavy Suspension.
  • Front Wing: Rainbow Wing.

Expert Cup Race

Making sure that your car is stable should be your main priority on this track. Use your boost right after you land after the jump. You should be able to win by a lot. Beating the opponent here, Momozo awards you with the Godspeed Motor Mark 2.

  • Tires: Ultra Soft Tires.
  • Frame: Ultra Metal Frame.
  • Motor: Godspeed Motor.
  • Gears: Ultra Boost Gears.
  • Battery: Regular Battery.
  • Suspension: Heavy Suspension.
  • Front Wing: Rainbow Wing.

Professional Cup Race

Make sure to stay on the track and slow down when turning. You don’t even have to use the boost on this track. Just keep your focus, and you will end up winning. You will be up against Ami here.

  • Tires: Ultra Low Profile Tires.
  • Frame:  Ultra Rocket Frame.
  • Motor: Ultra Godspeed Motor.
  • Gears: Ultra Boost Gears.
  • Battery: High Capacity Battery.
  • Suspension: Heavy Suspension.
  • Front Wing: Rainbow Wing.

Masters Cup Race

On this track, there is a small portion that is covered with grass, which could be a challenge. But if your car is well stabilized, and you use the boost to your advantage, you should win easily. You are up against Gou-ou here.

  • Tires: Ultra Spiked Tires.
  • Frame: Ultra Balanced Frame.
  • Motor: Ultra Godspeed Motor.
  • Gears: Ultra Boost Gears.
  • Battery: High-Speed Battery.
  • Suspension: Heavy Suspension.
  • Front Wing: Rainbow Wing.

Grand Masters Cup Race

Since this is the finale, you need to keep your focus high, and every boost should be utilized at the right time. Make sure to stay on track at every turn. Use one of your boosts right after you jump. You will have to defeat Masuru here to win the finale. 

  • Tires: Ultra Slim Tires.
  • Frame: Ultra Metal Frame.
  • Motor: Ultra Godspeed Motor.
  • Gears: Ultra Boost Gears.
  • Battery: High Capacity Battery.
  • Suspension: Heavy Suspension.
  • Front Wing: Rainbow Wing.

And with that, my Like A Dragon Gaiden Pocket Circuit Guide ends. For more on Like A Dragon Gaiden, check out Asad Ahmed’s thoughts on the game in our Like A Dragon Gaiden Review

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