Persona 5 has a lot going for it as it doesn't have a linear ending due to its choice-based nature. Therefore, there are multiple endings to explore. For starters, you can get a bad ending by not accepting Igor's contract at first. So it's easy to understand that it's easier to get bad endings.
If you're tired of running into the brick wall that ends badly, this guide is for you. We'll show you how to avoid bad endings and get the real one for P5 and P5 Royal, regardless of platform.
How to Get a True Spoiler-Free Ending in Persona 5
To reach the true ending, you must complete all dungeons and navigate carefully during critical story points.
Before getting into the real endings, however, it's necessary to know about the bad endings and how to avoid them. While the timelines and choices you make in Persona 5 shape the outcome, you can easily avoid bad endings with a little know-how.
Some timelines and rank requirements may vary a bit between Persona 5 and Persona Royal. Therefore, if you complete all the requirements with a little room, you can avoid the risk of a bad ending. Luckily, even if you end up with a bad ending, the game will return for a week, giving you another chance to fix short-term mistakes.
Check out the following spoiler-free points to steer your way to the truth:
Don't miss the Palace deadlines
Finish stealing the treasures from each palace before the given deadline. If you don't, it will permanently lock the endings.
Rang de confident de Kasumi Yoshizawa
Although optional, you should increase Kasumi's Confidant Rank to get better context for the ending. She's easy to level up, but you should see her whenever she's available. Approach her to start a conversation to hang out.
You can increase her leveling process by equipping her "Faith" arcana while interacting with her. His usual meeting places are at school after class and in Kichijoji.
It is also possible to form a romantic relationship with her, which reinforces this process. It's a good idea to upgrade it to at least rank 4 or 5 before December 22nd. If you don't, its rank won't change from rank 4 after December 22.
Takuto Maruki – Unlock Third Semester
Get Takuto's Trust Rank to 9 before November 17. It unlocks the third semester of the academic year, granting you access further into the game. You can meet Takuto in the school building on Mondays and Fridays after May 13.
After November 17, his final rank will automatically unlock with the story. Hang out with Takuto while you equip his arcana to get extra points.
The Interrogation of Sae Nijima – Sell Your Allies in November
Sae will interview Joker on November 20. It is crucial to give the right answer here, including not selling your friends or giving in to light punishment. Goro Akechi is an exception to this, because mocking him won't change anything.
Specifically, the correct answers to the questions are as follows:
- “Never heard of them. »
- " No. "
- “There were no such people. »
You can answer Goro any way you want as it won't affect the true ending.
Reject Igor's proposal
During the final game, you can accept Igor's proposal to achieve a good ending. But since this good ending is not the real ending, you must reject his offer to open your way to the real one. After dealing with Igor, you will go to the Holy Grail, where you will have to beat a boss. You will finally unlock the true ending after defeating the boss.
Goro Akechi – A Persona 5 Royal Requirement
Persona 5 Royal requires you to reach Goro Confidant Rank 8 by November 17 for the full experience. Doing this will unlock the second variant of the true ending in P5 Royal, which mainly differentiates itself through a few additional scenes.
To speed up Goro's rank level, you can equip the "Justice" arcana. You'll find Goro at the darts and pool bar and at Kichijoji on Wednesdays and Saturdays. To upgrade it to Rank 3, you need to increase your Knowledge and Charm to Level 3, while Rank 7 requires Knowledge Level 4 after November 2.
A recap of the true ending
Here is a summary of the previous key points:
Additional details to avoid bad endings
- Accept Igor's contract early in the game to avoid a bad ending.
- Answer correctly during story flashbacks to avoid another bad ending.
- Facing Okumura, don't let him escape to avoid a bad ending.
- On September 1 and February 2, you will come across clear choices that you must avoid choosing to get the true ending.
Seeking the truth pays off
Ranking up Confidants and heading into the third semester is essential to keep playing, but it's not the final key that completes the puzzle. You can even get the unwanted endings in the third semester on September 1 and February 2. This shouldn't be a problem as the right choices will be as easy as a stick for you.
Even if you're a finalist and will play every ending, you might want to prioritize the true ending on your first playthrough. Even as a finalist, you don't need multiple plays to get all of the endings, because one bad ending will set you back a week. You can also play through the different endings by saving your game at critical points to go back and play again once you get the desired outcome.
So Phantom Thief, which Persona 5 ending did you get first? Did a non-canon ending catch your eye? Let us know in the comment section below.