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Does Persona 5 have a bad ending? Yes, yes it does. It's actually got multiple bad endings, one questionable ending, and one good ending - at least, as far as we know. In this guide, we'll be showing you how to avoid the bad endings and end the game on a relatively happy note.

We've split this Persona 5 endings guide into two parts. The first part will tell you how to get the best ending without spoiling any specific story points.

The second part of this guide will go into greater detail about how to avoid bad endings. Naturally, this second part will contain spoilers.

How to get the best ending in Persona 5 (no specific spoilers)

This is how to avoid Persona 5's bad endings:

Make sure you follow these key steps:

  • Complete palaces before their deadlines. Each palace has a specific bad ending that plays out if you fail to steal their treasure before the deadline.
  • Get as far into Mementos as you can.
  • When the time comes, do not sell out your friends.
  • When the time comes, do not make a deal with the true enemy.

How to get the best ending in Persona 5 (spoilers)

This is how to avoid Persona 5's bad endings:

Again, this part of the guide contains specific story spoilers for Persona 5.

If you're prepared to see these spoilers, simply highlight the black box below to read the text within.

Aside from failing to steal a treasure from a palace before the deadline, there are two key points during Persona 5's story that determine what ending you'll get.

The first key point occurs once the story reaches the present day. The protagonist will still be inside of the interrogation room with Sae Niijima. Sae will eventually ask about your party members, and three dialogue options will appear. Avoid the bottom dialogue option if you want the best ending. The game will ask you if you're sure about choosing this dialogue option if you select it, essentially giving you a second chance.

This dialogue option sees the protagonist sell out his friends, revealing their identities to Sae. With this information, Sae has cracked the case and leaves the interrogation room. A bad ending follows.

The second key point occurs near the end of the game. After you discover Igor is a fake, he will present you with a choice: you can either accept his deal and return the world to its previously ignorant form, or you can resist and continue to fight against what he stands for. Accepting his deal results in the game's 'other' ending. Refusing his deal is the only way to reach the good ending.

As far as we can tell, there is one more requirement to reach the good ending: you must get as far into Mementos as you possibly can during the game. This means reaching the final locked door of Mementos before you reach the last story arch and you have no more free time.

Follow all of these steps and you should get Persona 5's good ending.

This article is part of our Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal Guide, which contains All Differences Between Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal along with Crossword Answers, Exam Answers, Romance Options, How To Get The Best Ending, New Game + details for Persona 5 Royal and How To Unlock Persona 5 Royal's New Semester Endgame.

We also have Best Ending Walkthrough, Confidants Guide, Exam Answers and Skill Level articles for the original Persona 5 game.