As with any entry in the series, Persona 5 had a few different ways its story could wrap up. Persona 5 Royal takes it a step further, adding a new true ending to the list of alternate endings of the story of Joker and the Phantom Thieves.
As we just noted, oner of the newly-added endings is the Persona 5 Royal true ending - and if you want to see that true ending and see the 'canon' end of Joker and his crew, you'll need to follow instructions and do certain things at certain times in-game. Lucky for you, we're going to summarize the P5R endings on this page so you can easily understand what you need to do. We'll do it while remaining as spoiler free as possible, too.
We've been grinding it out on Persona 5 Royal over the last few weeks before the game officially launches, and this is just one of a bunch of guides to help with the new and changed elements of the game. Be sure to check out our full P5R Confidant Guide, our updated gift guide, our P5R Crossword answers list and our full list of the P5 Royal school quiz questions and answers. For endings? Read on, dear Phantom Thief...
Persona 5 Royal Endings Listed
There are basically now six different endings in Persona 5 Royal. Sort of - they are for the most part variations on each other. Anyway, they break down like this:
- The Good, True Ending
- A second variant of the Good, True Ending with added scenes
- The Normal Ending (Hold firm in the interrogation, but fail to progress to the new semester)
- Bad Ending 1 (Make a deal with Sae in the 11/20 interrogation and sell out your friends)
- Bad Ending 2 (Can happen 12/24 in the Velvet Room)
- Bad Ending 3 (By accepting the offers made to you on 1/9 or 2/2)
The normal ending and that last bad ending was also present in Persona 5, but the other endings are new to P5R. The one you're probably after is the good, true ending, so let's talk about that...
Persona 5 Royal True Ending - how to get the canon finale
Getting the canon ending of Persona 5 Royal all depends on you getting full access to the new content - without seeing everything such as the new cooperations, you won't get the full ending. In vanilla Persona 5, your ending basically hinged on how you answered in your interrogation with Sae: you had to refuse to give up or even deny all knowledge of your friends in order to proceed to the full ending. In Royal, it's a little more complicated.
The main thing you need to do is ensure that you get Maruki's confidant cooperation up to Level 9 before November 17. This will unlock the 3rd Semester of your school year, which brings with it a lot of new content. You can hit up our full guide to the Takuto Maruku Councillor confidant cooperation for the conversation answers to level it up quickly. If you fail to do this, P5R will end in the same spot as P5, without the story extension, leading to the 'normal ending'.
Just reaching the max rank with Maruki by hitting rank 9 before November 17 is enough to get the 'true ending', but if you want the second variant of the good ending with additional scenes, you'll need to do something else. That something is Goro Akechi - and once again, this is linked to a confidant cooperation.
To get the additional scenes in the true ending, you need to reach maximum rank in Goro Akechi's confidant cooperation. Once again, there's a time limit on this, and again it's November 17 - you must Akechi's hit rank 8 before November 17, then the final two ranks will happen automatically. For help with this, check out our full Persona 5 Royal Goro Akechi confidant guide, which has all the conversation answers and tips for maxing it out efficiently.
There's one more thing you can do, too: you should try to push Kasumi's confidant relationship as high a rank as possible - ideally, you should hit rank 5 before 12/22, otherwise it won't go any higher than rank 4. This will reveal some things about her character you will want to see.
Before that, the last major thing you must do is on 11/20, when you're being interrogated by Sae and everything kicks up a notch...
Persona 5 Interrogation guide: the correct answers for Sae
What you must do here on November 20 is basically refuse to cooperate with Sae Niijima, protecting your friends and not revealing your accomplaces. This is key to get the good ending.
The Interrogation Answers you're looking for is to Deny her or deny all knowledge of your friends and accomplices ("No." or "Never heard of them."). She won't let go, and at that point you should tell her that "There were no such people."
Next up is a question about Goro Akechi - none of these answers actually matter, as any will allow you to progress to the true ending.
Finally, as noted above, just getting to the 3rd semester isn't enough alone to get the true ending: there will be two choices, on 1/9 and 2/2, that can send you to a bad ending even after the 3rd semester has begun. These choices are quite obvious so we're not going to spoil them here - but just look out for them and keep them in mind as you push towards the good ending!