Shin Megami Tensei V - Ending Routes Guide

WARNING: THIS CONTENT CONTAINS MAJOR STORYLINE-RELATED SPOILERS

Overview and guide on how to clear all ending routes in Shin Megami Tensei V (SMT 5). Included are a breakdown of each story alignment or ending flag, ending unlockable and rewards, and the best method of unlocking all endings in the game.

Shin Megami Tensei V - Ending Routes Guide

Overview and Guide to all Ending Routes in Shin Megami Tensei V

Shin Megami Tensei V - Ending Routes Guide

Shin Megami Tensei V (SMT 5) features multiple endings after clearing the game. Various choices from interactions with the game’s characters and met conditions affect the type of ending you will get.

Please note that this page contains some MAJOR story spoilers!

Story-locked Missable Features

Since you can only get one ending after finishing the main story, it is possible to miss out on certain features such as new subquests, obtainable demons, Miracles, and other special events exclusive to other endings.

Permanent Events

Note that there are also some new obtainable demons and Miracles that will be unlocked regardless of the ending you get. These post-game features and elements are detailed in the article below.

All Post-Game Unlockables

List of All Ending Routes

Shin Megami Tensei V - Ending Route List

Below is a list of all endings in Shin Megami Tensei V and details on new elements unlocked after unlocking each of them in the game:

Ending Route Ending Features
Shin Megami Tensei V - Law Ending Route Restore the Throne EndingLaw Ending Route: I will uphold God’s Order
  • Alignment: Law Alignment with Abdiel and Ichiro Dazai
  • Exclusive Miracles: Rank Violation (Level limitation for demon fusion is lifted.)
  • Exclusive Demons: Maria and Michael
Shin Megami Tensei V - Chaos Ending Route I will recreate the World and Save Tokyo EndingChaos Ending Route: I will recreate the world and save Tokyo.
  • Alignment: Chaos Alignment with Hayao Koshimizu and Yuzuru Atsuta
  • Exclusive Miracle: Inheritance Violation (A demon’s starting skills can be overwritten during skill inheritance.)
  • Exclusive Demons: Hayataro, Innana, and Belial
Shin Megami Tensei V - Neutral Ending Route I will destroy the throne EndingNeutral Ending Route: I will destroy the throne.
  • Alignment: Neutral Alignment with Shohei Yakumo and Nuwa
  • Exclusive Miracles: None
  • Exclusive Demons: Danu
Shin Megami Tensei V - True Neutral Ending Route Create a world for humanity alone EndingTrue Neutral Ending Route: Create a World for Humanity
  • Alignment: True Neutral or Humanity Alignment with Shohei Yakumo and Nuwa
  • Miracle unlocked: None
  • Exclusive Demons: Danu

Ending Unlock Mechanics

Shin Megami Tensei V - Ending Routes Mechanics

In Shin Megami Tensei V, it is entirely possible to select the type of ending you want to get (with the exception of the fourth ending) upon reaching the Temple of Eternity. Once you have defeated Metatron, you can choose one of three paths to take which are: to uphold God’s order, recreate the world and save Tokyo, or destroy the throne.

Demon Fusions Unlocked

Regardless of the ending route, you will obtain these demon fusions:

  • Lady Nuwa
  • Herald Abdiel
  • Fallen Abdiel (Transformed)
  • Lady Nuwa (Transformed)

Post-Game Subquests Unlocked

Regardless of the ending route, you will access these subquests:

  • A Plot Revealed subquest (Demeter Final Subquest) – Helps unlock Zeus demon fusion. (Must have cleared all Demeter subquests prior to choosing an ending route.)
  • The Compassionate Quest/The Wrathful Queen/The Noble Queen (Maria Subquest) – Helps unlock Maria/Inanna/Danu demon fusion (Must have reached 75% demons registered in the compendium and obtained a Seed of Life Key.)

How Character Alignment Affects the Exclusive Post-Game Subquests

Once you pick the ending you want to get, an exclusive post-game subquest will require you to pay 666,000 Macca if your current character alignment (based on your dialogue choices) does not match the ending route choice. For example, if you choose to uphold God’s order but have little to no alignment with Abdiel and Ichiro Dazai, you must shell out the fee to pursue the subquest.

Alignment-locked Miracles

You will also acquire one of two new post-game Miracles if the ending you choose coincides with your character alignment upon entering the Empyrean (the game’s final area). Otherwise, you will not get the alignment-locked Miracle.

All Miracles

Secret Fourth Ending (Create a World for Humanity Alone)

The fourth ending, Create a World for Humanity Alone, is a secret ending that triggers when you pick the Destroy the Throne path. To get this ending, you must clear several questlines before defeating Metatron and being given the chance to lock in your ending path as Nahobino at the Temple of Eternity.

You can trigger this ending in your first playthrough. However, it will take some time to clear this route since your need to have level 94 ally demons to defeat Shiva. You can make use of the Petrified to boss your party’s level faster but it is essential to have the strongest demons in your party.

All Petrified Demon Locations

Below are the required quests to clear to unlock the fourth secret ending:

  • Fionn’s Resolve (Fionn mac Cumhaill final subquest)
  • The Destined Leader (Amanozako final subquest)
  • The Succession of Ra (Khonsu final subquest) – Can only be accessed after sparing Khonsu at the end of The Egyptians’ Fate subquest to unlock.
  • A Universe in Peril (Shiva super boss subquest) – Can only be accessed upon reaching level 80 or above.

After completing these quests, head to the Temple of Eternity and advance until you defeat Metatron. Choose the Destroy the Throne path and progress through the story until you defeat Abdiel. If done correctly, Nuwa will appear after the fight, allowing you to choose the Create a World for Humanity Alone path and ending.

How to Get the Secret Ending

Law Route – Uphold God’s Order (First Ending)

Shin Megami Tensei V - Law Ending Route Restore the Throne Ending

 Overview

Alignment Law Route
Key Character Flags Abdiel and Ichiro Dazai
Route Missables and Exclusive Unlocks
  • Rank Violation Miracle – Removes demon fusion level limit.
  • A Plot Revealed subquest (Demeter Final Subquest) – Helps unlock Zeus demon fusion. (Must have cleared all Demeter subquests prior to choosing an ending route.)
  • The Compassionate Queen subquest (Maria) unlocked – Clear it to unlock Maria in demon fusion. (Must have reached 75% demons registered in the compendium and obtained a Seed of Life Key.)
  • The Seraph’s Return subquest unlocked – Clear it to unlock Michael as a recruitable demon and in demon fusion. (Pay 666,000 Macca if unaligned with your alignment choices.)

Chaos Route – Recreate the World and Save Tokyo (Second Ending)

Shin Megami Tensei V - Chaos Ending Route I will recreate the World and Save Tokyo Ending

 Overview

Alignment Chaos Route
Key Character Flags Hayao Koshimizu and Yuzuru Atsuta
Route Missables and Exclusive Unlocks
  • Inheritance Violation Miracle – Can overwrite demon initial skills after demon fusion.
  • Hayataro demon fusion unlocked.
  • A Plot Revealed subquest (Demeter Final Subquest) – Helps unlock Zeus demon fusion. (Must have cleared all Demeter subquests prior to choosing an ending route.)
  • The Wrathful Queen subquest (Maria) unlocked – Clear it to unlock Innana in demon fusion. (Must have reached 75% demons registered in the compendium and obtained a Seed of Life Key.)
  • Red Dragon’s Invitation subquest unlocked – Clear it to unlock Belial as a recruitable demon and in demon fusion. (Pay 666,000 Macca if unaligned with your alignment choices.)

Neutral Route – Destroy the throne (Third Ending)

Shin Megami Tensei V - Neutral Ending Route I will destroy the throne Ending

Overview

Alignment Neutral Route
Key Character Flags Shohei Yakumo and Nuwa
Route Missables and Exclusive Unlocks
  • A Plot Revealed subquest (Demeter Final Subquest) – Helps unlock Zeus demon fusion. (Must have cleared all Demeter subquests prior to choosing an ending route.)
  • The Noble Queen subquest (Maria) unlocked – Clear it to unlock Danu in demon fusion. (Must have reached 75% demons registered in the compendium and obtained a Seed of Life Key.)

True Neutral / Humanity Route – Create a World for Humanity (Fourth Ending)

Shin Megami Tensei V - True Neutral Ending Route Create a world for humanity alone Ending

Overview

Alignment True Neutral or Humanity
Key Character Flags Shohei Yakumo and Nuwa
Route Missables and Exclusive Unlocks
  • A Plot Revealed subquest (Demeter Final Subquest) – Helps unlock Zeus demon fusion. (Must have cleared all Demeter subquests prior to choosing an ending route.)
  • The Noble Queen subquest (Maria) unlocked – Clear it to unlock Danu in demon fusion. (Must have reached 75% demons registered in the compendium and obtained a Seed of Life Key.)

Recommended Order of Unlocking All Endings

Shin Megami Tensei V - Recommended Ending Route Order

Unlocking all endings requires you to go through multiple playthroughs, starting from the beginning of the game on each subsequent run (New Game Plus).

New Game Plus

Below is our recommended order of getting all endings easily (Feel free to provide your feedback):

1 In your first playthrough, pick the Neutral alignment dialogue choices and pick the 3rd ending route. Make sure to clear all subquests (except for Shiva subquest) and post-game subquests before the final boss fight. This is a faster clear compared to other routes since you will face two final bosses instead of three.
2 In your second playthrough, pick the Law alignment dialogue choices and pick the 1st ending route. You can ignore subquests (since your previous questline clears carries over to NG+) and clear route-exclusive post-game subquests for this alignment. Unlocking the route-exclusive Miracle, Rank Violation, will help you fuse high-level demons beyond your level cap. You will face three final bosses in this route.
3 In your third playthrough, pick the Chaos alignment dialogue choices and pick the 2nd ending route. Ignore subquests again and clear route-exclusive post-game subquests for this alignment. You will also face three final bosses in this route.
4 In your fourth and last playthrough, pick the Neutral alignment dialogue choices, defeat Shiva, pick the 3rd ending route, and unlock the 4th ending route. Ignore subquests and route-exclusive post-game subquests for this alignment. Feel free to defeat Demi-fiend as a bonus and defeat the third final boss.

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6 Comments

  1. You have to pay 666,000 TO NEBORIS IN ORDER TO GET THEIR SUBQUEST TO UNLOCK BELIAL. This page needs a lot of editing especially since it doesn’t even tell you which choices net you which alignment. FIRST response is LAW (uphold) and SECOND response is CHAOS (recreate) by the way.

  2. Not sure the requirements are correct for the hidden ending. For what it’s worth, I completed all of the quest lines listed however I did not receive the option for the hidden ending. I DID defeat metatron before defeating shiva, however this was still BEFORE selecting one of the dialogue options.

    So I’m thinking you may have to complete ALL the quests BEFORE facing Metatron, not just before selecting an option.

    Bit annoying.

    • I’m pretty sure it’s the decisions you make. Unfortunately, you will not really know your alignment until you talk to Nebrios in the final area. If he charges you 660,000 for the quest then you didn’t follow the route and will lose the ability to get the miracle associated with that ending. It is still possible to get the secret ending on a single playthrough but again it depends on how you talked Shohei. I’m pretty sure you just have to agree with everything he says whenever you run into him and that applies to any of the characters. Jumping around with the decisions will lock you out of any of the endings as well. I kept restarting to see if my 1st playthrough even align with Law, Chaos, or Neutral. Nebrios kept charging me 660000 Macca every time so I was out of luck.

    • I just got the secret ending, and I had beaten Shiva after metatron (but before the alignment lock). Wasn’t on NG+ either, that’s not required for the secret ending. The fourth route isn’t a fourth option you get when entering the Empyrean, you just choose “Destroy the Throne”, and then later on before the final boss you’ll have a new option available to create a world of only humans. This is the secret ending, up until that final choice though it’s the same as the Destroy the Throne route.