Here are all my tests and findings about the ending variations.

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ReyVGM
2 months ago#1
All the info I've seen on FAQs and other places have been kind of vague, and with good reason. This game has a ton of variations in the story and ending depending on what characters you pick for certain missions. So I decided to figure out how to trigger each ending for each character and I'll post my findings here for posterity in case someone wants to make a FAQ about it.

The endings are a mesh of different scenes that vary depending on which characters you pick for certain missions. In the case of Sion's ending, sometimes a line will be added to a pre-existing scene. Unfortunately I wasn't able to determine with specificity what missions will trigger all the events on the endings, but I came very close.

To make it easier, I'll refer to the missions as numbers:
Stage 9 = Mikado Building (Dominique escort mission)
Stage 12 = Rocket Tower Deck (Echidna fight)
Stage 14 = Galeos Passageway (Kaldea fight)
Stage 15 = Galeos Control Room (last fight)

BIG NOTE: These tests were done by first playing with Sion exclusively all the way up to stage 8. After that stage, I started mixing and matching characters with missions to test which gave me different endings. So playing with Kou or Volt up to that stage and then using the same methods described below can and will net you different ending mixtures. But regardless of that, all endings are accounted for below.
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ReyVGM
2 months ago#2
So here are how the ending changes depending on who you pick:

SION Stage 9 - SION/VOLT/KOU Stage 14 - SION Stage 15 (Dominique Scene)
-Unique one-liner against Dauragon. One per character, and an additional one if you are on the 3rd playthrough.
-Characters rescue dominique (always the same)
-Alarm sounds, the ship is going to ram the satellite (always the same)
-Dominique will tell the guys how to escape.
-Satellite FMV (always the same)
-Everybody looks at the explosion. Camera focus on Sion and after telling Dominique not to worry, he thinks and says "rest in peace kaldea".
-Inside the bar. Sion and Kou talk.
-Outside the bar. Dominique comes, talks to Sion about the pendant.
-Credits (always the same)
-Sion and Dominique scene after the credits.


SION Stage 9 - SION/VOLT/KOU Stage 14 - VOLT Stage 15 (Dominique Scene)
-Unique one-liner against Dauragon. One per character, and an additional one if you are on the 3rd playthrough.
-Characters rescue dominique (always the same)
-Alarm sounds, the ship is going to ram the satellite (always the same)
-Dominique will tell the guys how to escape.
-Satellite FMV (always the same)
-Everybody looks at the explosion. Camera focus on Volt.
-Inside the bar. Sion and Volt talk.
-Outside the bar. Dominique comes, talks to Volt.
-Credits (always the same)


SION Stage 9 - SION/VOLT/KOU Stage 14 - KOU Stage 15 (Dominique Scene)
-Unique one-liner against Dauragon. One per character, and an additional one if you are on the 3rd playthrough.
-Characters rescue dominique (always the same)
-Alarm sounds, the ship is going to ram the satellite (always the same)
-Dominique will tell the guys how to escape.
-Satellite FMV (always the same)
-Everybody looks at the explosion. Camera focus on Kou.
-Inside the bar. Sion and Kou talk. Then Dominique comes, and Kou receives call.
-Credits (always the same)
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ReyVGM
2 months ago#3
VOLT Stage 9 - VOLT/KOU Stage 14 - VOLT Stage 15 (Dominique Scene)
-Unique one-liner against Dauragon. One per character, and an additional one if you are on the 3rd playthrough.
-Characters rescue dominique (always the same)
-Alarm sounds, the ship is going to ram the satellite (always the same)
-Dominique will tell the guys how to escape.
-Satellite FMV (always the same)
-Everybody looks at the explosion. Camera focus on Volt.
-Inside the bar. Sion and Volt talk.
-Outside the bar. Dominique comes, talks to Volt.
-Outside the bar, Echidna comes, talks to Volt.


VOLT Stage 9 - SION Stage 14 - VOLT Stage 15 (Kaldea Scene)
-Unique one-liner against Dauragon. One per character, and an additional one if you are on the 3rd playthrough.
-Characters rescue dominique (always the same)
-Alarm sounds, the ship is going to ram the satellite (always the same)
-Kaldea appears, takes the characters to the exit.
-Satellite FMV (always the same)
-Everybody looks at the explosion. Camera focus on Volt.
-Inside the bar. Sion and Volt talk.
-Outside the bar. Dominique comes, talks to Volt.
-Outside the bar, Echidna comes, talks to Volt.


VOLT Stage 9 - SION Stage 14 - SION Stage 15 (Kaldea Scene)
-Unique one-liner against Dauragon. One per character, and an additional one if you are on the 3rd playthrough.
-Characters rescue dominique (always the same)
-Alarm sounds, the ship is going to ram the satellite (always the same)
-Kaldea appears, takes the characters to the exit.
-Satellite FMV (always the same)
-Everybody looks at the explosion. Camera focus on Sion and after telling Dominique not to worry, he thinks and says "rest in peace kaldea".
-Inside the bar. Sion and Kou talk.
-Outside the bar. Sion remembers Kaldea
-Outside the bar. Dominique comes, talks to Sion about the pendant.
-Outside the bar. Camera pans out and Kaldea says 'take care'.
-Credits (always the same)
-Sion and Dominique scene after the credits.


VOLT Stage 9 - VOLT/KOU Stage 14 - SION Stage 15 (Dominique Scene)
-Unique one-liner against Dauragon. One per character, and an additional one if you are on the 3rd playthrough.
-Characters rescue dominique (always the same)
-Alarm sounds, the ship is going to ram the satellite (always the same)
-Dominique will tell the guys how to escape.
-Satellite FMV (always the same)
-Everybody looks at the explosion. Camera focus on Sion and tells Dominique not to worry (he doesn't mention Kaldea).
-Inside the bar. Sion and Volt talk.
-Outside the bar. Sion thinks about his master (Wong). You will fight with Wong.
-Outside the bar. Dominique comes, talks to Sion about the pendant.
-Credits (always the same)
-Sion and Dominique scene after the credits.


VOLT Stage 9 - VOLT/KOU Stage 14 - KOU Stage 15 (Dominique Scene)
-Unique one-liner against Dauragon. One per character, and an additional one if you are on the 3rd playthrough.
-Characters rescue dominique (always the same)
-Alarm sounds, the ship is going to ram the satellite (always the same)
-Dominique will tell the guys how to escape.
-Satellite FMV (always the same)
-Everybody looks at the explosion. Camera focus on Kou.
-Inside the bar. Sion and Kou talk. Then Dominique comes, and Kou receives call.


VOLT Stage 9 - SION Stage 14 - KOU Stage 15 (Kaldea Scene)
-Unique one-liner against Dauragon. One per character, and an additional one if you are on the 3rd playthrough.
-Characters rescue dominique (always the same)
-Alarm sounds, the ship is going to ram the satellite (always the same)
-Kaldea appears, takes the characters to the exit.
-Satellite FMV (always the same)
-Everybody looks at the explosion. Camera focus on Kou.
-Inside the bar. Sion and Kou talk. Then Dominique comes, and Kou receives call.
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ReyVGM
2 months ago#4
KOU Stage 9 - KOU Stage 14 - KOU Stage 15 (Leann Scene)
-Unique one-liner against Dauragon. One per character, and an additional one if you are on the 3rd playthrough.
-Characters rescue dominique (always the same)
-Alarm sounds, the ship is going to ram the satellite (always the same)
-Leann talks over intercom, tells the characters how to escape.
-Satellite FMV (always the same)
-Everybody looks at the explosion. Camera focus on Kou.
-Inside the bar. Sion and Kou talk. Then Dominique comes, and Kou receives call.
-Outside the bar. Call from Leann. Kou meets Leann in the plaza and they fight.
-Credits (always the same)


KOU Stage 9 - KOU Stage 14 - SION Stage 15 (Leann Scene)
-Unique one-liner against Dauragon. One per character, and an additional one if you are on the 3rd playthrough.
-Characters rescue dominique (always the same)
-Alarm sounds, the ship is going to ram the satellite (always the same)
-Leann talks over intercom, tells the characters how to escape.
-Everybody looks at the explosion. Camera focus on Sion and tells Dominique not to worry (he doesn't mention Kaldea).
-Inside the bar. Sion and Kou talk.
-Outside the bar. Sion thinks about his master (Wong). You will fight with Wong.
-Outside the bar. Dominique comes, talks to Volt.
-Credits (always the same)
-Sion and Dominique scene after the credits.


KOU Stage 9 - KOU Stage 14 - VOLT Stage 15 (Leann Scene)
-Unique one-liner against Dauragon. One per character, and an additional one if you are on the 3rd playthrough.
-Characters rescue dominique (always the same)
-Alarm sounds, the ship is going to ram the satellite (always the same)
-Leann talks over intercom, tells the characters how to escape.
-Satellite FMV (always the same)
-Everybody looks at the explosion. Camera focus on Volt.
-Inside the bar. Sion and Volt talk.
-Outside the bar. Dominique comes, talks to Volt.
-Credits (always the same)


KOU Stage 9 - SION Stage 14 - SION Stage 15 (Kaldea Scene)
-Unique one-liner against Dauragon. One per character, and an additional one if you are on the 3rd playthrough.
-Characters rescue dominique (always the same)
-Alarm sounds, the ship is going to ram the satellite (always the same)
-Kaldea appears, takes the characters to the exit.
-Satellite FMV (always the same)
-Everybody looks at the explosion. Camera focus on Sion and after telling Dominique not to worry, he thinks and says "rest in peace kaldea".
-Inside the bar. Sion and Kou talk.
-Outside the bar. Sion remembers Kaldea
-Outside the bar. Dominique comes, talks to Sion about the pendant.
-Outside the bar. Camera pans out and Kaldea says 'take care'.
-Credits (always the same)
-Sion and Dominique scene after the credits.


KOU Stage 9 - SION Stage 14 - VOLT Stage 15 (Kaldea Scene)
-Unique one-liner against Dauragon. One per character, and an additional one if you are on the 3rd playthrough.
-Characters rescue dominique (always the same)
-Alarm sounds, the ship is going to ram the satellite (always the same)
-Kaldea appears, takes the characters to the exit.
-Satellite FMV (always the same)
-Everybody looks at the explosion. Camera focus on Volt.
-Inside the bar. Sion and Volt talk.
-Outside the bar. Dominique comes, talks to Volt.
-Credits (always the same)
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ReyVGM
2 months ago#5
KOU Stage 9 - SION Stage 14 - KOU Stage 15 (Kaldea Scene)
-Unique one-liner against Dauragon. One per character, and an additional one if you are on the 3rd playthrough.
-Characters rescue dominique (always the same)
-Alarm sounds, the ship is going to ram the satellite (always the same)
-Kaldea appears, takes the characters to the exit.
-Satellite FMV (always the same)
-Everybody looks at the explosion. Camera focus on Kou.
-Inside the bar. Sion and Kou talk. Then Dominique comes, and Kou receives call.
-Outside the bar. Call from Leann. Kou meets Leann in the plaza and they fight.
-Credits (always the same)


KOU Stage 9 - VOLT Stage 14 - SION Stage 15 (Leann Scene)
-Unique one-liner against Dauragon. One per character, and an additional one if you are on the 3rd playthrough.
-Characters rescue dominique (always the same)
-Alarm sounds, the ship is going to ram the satellite (always the same)
-Leann talks over intercom, tells the characters how to escape.
-Satellite FMV (always the same)
-Everybody looks at the explosion. Camera focus on Sion and tells Dominique not to worry (he doesn't mention Kaldea).
-Inside the bar. Sion and Kou talk.
-Outside the bar. Sion thinks about his master (Wong). You will fight with Wong.
-Outside the bar. Dominique comes, talks to Volt.
-Credits (always the same)
-Sion and Dominique scene after the credits.


KOU Stage 9 - VOLT Stage 14 - VOLT Stage 15 (Leann Scene)
-Unique one-liner against Dauragon. One per character, and an additional one if you are on the 3rd playthrough.
-Characters rescue dominique (always the same)
-Alarm sounds, the ship is going to ram the satellite (always the same)
-Leann talks over intercom, tells the characters how to escape.
-Satellite FMV (always the same)
-Everybody looks at the explosion. Camera focus on Volt.
-Inside the bar. Sion and Volt talk.
-Outside the bar. Dominique comes, talks to Volt.
-Credits (always the same)


KOU Stage 9 - VOLT Stage 14 - KOU Stage 15 (Leann Scene)
-Unique one-liner against Dauragon. One per character, and an additional one if you are on the 3rd playthrough.
-Characters rescue dominique (always the same)
-Alarm sounds, the ship is going to ram the satellite (always the same)
-Leann talks over intercom, tells the characters how to escape.
-Satellite FMV (always the same)
-Everybody looks at the explosion. Camera focus on Kou.
-Inside the bar. Sion and Kou talk. Then Dominique comes, and Kou receives call.
-Outside the bar. Call from Leann. Kou meets Leann in the plaza and they fight.
-Credits (always the same)
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ReyVGM
2 months ago#6
Ok so those were all my tests. Now I will post some of the notes I made. They might be a bit vague or confusing, but it's better if I post them instead of deleting them.

ESCAPE SCENES:

DOMINIQUE SCENE
If you played with Sion on Stage 9, then it doesn't matter what other characters you use, you'll always get the Dominique ending.
If you played with Volt on Stage 9, then make sure you don't use Sion on Stage 14 or else the ending will change to Kaldea. If you play Stage 9 with Kou you can't get Dominique ending.

KALDEA SCENE
Kaldea ending is triggered by playing Stage 9 with Volt/Kou (NOT Sion), then on Stage 14 play with Sion. Sion cannot have played Stage 9 or else you'll get the Dominique ending.

LEANN SCENE
Leann ending is triggered by playing with Kou on Stage 9, but Sion CANNOT play Stage 14 or else the ending will change to Kaldea. If you play Stage 9 with Sion or Volt, you can't get the Leann ending.


BAR OUTSIDE SCENES

ECHIDNA SCENE (only appears if you beat the last boss with Volt)
You need to use Volt on Stage 12 and final battle and Echidna will appear (or just play the entire game with Volt).

LEANN FIGHT (only appears if you beat the last boss with Kou)
You need to use Kou on Stage 9 and final battle and you'll trigger the Leann fight scene (or just play the entire game with Kou).

WONG FIGHT (only appears if you beat the last boss with Sion)
Don't use Sion on Stage 9 or 14, but beat the game with him. You'll trigger the fight with Wong at the end.

^^
Of course, all those notes are if you play with Sion exclusively until stage 8.
For example, I played with Sion until stage 8, I picked him for stage 9 and then chose any other character for the rest of the missions and I received the Dominique ending.
I then played with Kou all the way to stage 8, picked Sion for stage 9, and then picked Kou for the rest of the game and instead of getting the Dominique ending, I got the Leann ending.
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ReyVGM
2 months ago#7
Some more notes about the Kaldea mention Sion makes in his ending:

Kaldea quotes outside the bar can only happen if you trigger the Kaldea ending I guess?
So Sion cannot be used on Stage 9 (otherwise Dominique end will trigger), you also have to use Sion on Stage 14 to trigger the Kaldea ending, and you have to beat last boss with Sion so you get his ending.

In Dominique's ending, Sion will only say "RIP Kaldea" if you play these combinations:

YES mention
SION Stage 9 - SION/VOLT/KOU Stage 14 (Dominique Scene)
VOLT Stage 9 - SION Stage 14 (Kaldea Scene)
KOU Stage 9 - SION Stage 14 (Kaldea Scene)

NO mention
VOLT Stage 9 - VOLT/KOU Stage 14 (Dominique Scene)
KOU Stage 9 - KOU Stage 14 (Leann Scene)
KOU Stage 9 - VOLT Stage 14 (Leann Scene)

When you get Kaldea's ending he'll say "RIP Kaldea", but he will also think of her outside the bar.
When you get Leann's ending there will be no Kaldea mention.
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ReyVGM
2 months ago#8
Here are how the endings are structured with all the variations:

Scene 1: Defeated the last boss.

A) If it was your 1st or 2nd playthough, each of the characters will say something to the last boss depending on who you beat him with.
B) If it was your 3rd playthough, each of the characters will say something different to the last boss depending on who you beat him with.

Scene 2: The characters rescue Dominique, then the alarm sounds and Kou says they are going to crash into the satellite.

Scene 3: Characters escape.

A) Dominique will remember how to escape the ship.
B) Kaldea will show up and help the characters escape the ship. She is then left behind and dies.
C) Leann talks over the intercom and tells the characters how to escape the ship.

Scene 4: FMV of the ship crashing into the satellite.

Scene 5: Characters watch the explosion.

A) Sion is holding Dominique and tells her not to worry.
*A1) An additional line can be heard here when Sion thinks "rest in peace Kaldea".
B) Volt says master Mikado's death is avenged.
C) Kou receives a call from Leann.

Scene 6: Single screen with some backstory. Different for each character.

Scene 7: Inside the bar.

A) Sion and Kou talk. Volt tells Sion is his shift.
B) Volt and Sion talk. Kou tells Volt is his shift.
C) Kou and Sion talk. Dominique comes. Volt tells Kou is his shift. Kou receives call from Leann.

Scene 8: Outside the bar.

A) Sion is outside thinking or falling asleep. Dominique comes and gets happy Sion is wearing the pendant.
*A1) Sion is outside thinking about Kaldea's last words. Then Dominique comes and gets happy Sion is wearing the pendant. Camera pans out and Kaldea says "take care".
*A2) Sion is outside thinking about his master Wong. Flashback to Sion fighting Wong. Regardless if you win or lose, you'll go back to the outside of the bar. Dominique comes and gets happy Sion is wearing the pendant.
B) Volt is outside. Dominique comes and tells Volt he looks kinder.
*B1) Same scene as above, but an additional scene will play where Echidna shows up.
C) Kou is outside. This scene only appears if you fulfill its conditions, otherwise the ending will skip to the credits (unlike the other characters that have at least 1 scene outside the bar). Leann will call Kou, he goes to the plaza to meet her and they fight.

Scene 9: Credits

Scene 10: Only happens if you beat the last boss with Sion. It shows Sion meeting Dominique in the rain.
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Splatterhouse5
2 months ago#9
This game wasn't worth the effort, but great research as usual, Rey.
Canon: the juvenile's way of looking at fiction.

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ReyVGM
1 month ago#10
Thanks!
I didn't know what I was getting into, but once I started, I had to figure things out.
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