There are a total of four possible endings you can get in Valkyrie Elysium. Keep reading to learn how to unlock all of them.
Valkyrie Elysium is the fifth installment in Square Enix’s popular JRPG franchise of Valkyrie. It is an action RPG in a fantasy setting, offering third-person hack-and-slash combat. The story is heavily based on Norse mythology and takes place in a doomed world suffering from the after-effects of Ragnarok, often dubbed the End Times.
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You play as a Valkyrie named Maria, whose mission is to find and purify lost souls to bring salvation to this doomed world. You can summon powerful spirit warriors called Einherjar and unleash deadly magical skills from the sky with the help of your wings. As you traverse around a world devastated by the Ragnarok, you will face many difficulties shaping the story’s course.
With that said, the game has four possible endings, all of which can be unlocked in a single playthrough. The reason for this might be because of the fact that Valkyrie Elysium does not have a New Game+.
You will unlock the Unbound Possibilities trophy if you can get all the possible endings in a single playthrough. If that is something you’re interested in, we’re here to help you unlock it. Disclaimer: massive spoilers ahead!
Valkyrie Elysium Ending Determinants
The ending you’ll get in Valkyrie Elysium depends on two key factors. One is the number of Verdant Blossoms you’ve collected throughout the story, and the other is an optional cutscene with Armand in Chapter 9 – The Fate of the World.
Collecting Verdant Blossoms
Verdant Blossoms in Valkyrie Elysium are these green flower-like collectibles that can be found in various locations within the realm. While most of the time, they will appear on your map as green dots, it is still possible to miss a few. That’s because they might be on a higher level than where you are currently standing.
However, if you reach a high enough level, any missing Verdant Blossom should appear on the map. Unlike Hollow Blossoms, you cannot read the contents of a singular Verdant Blossom. They tell the whole story only when you collect all of them.
Having said that, you need to collect all of the Verdant Blossoms in the game to unlock the game’s true ending. There are a total of 9 Verdant Blossoms you can collect in the game. And not collecting enough of them might result in getting the bad ending in Valkyrie Elysium, so keep your eyes peeled!
Meeting Armand in Chapter 9
As many of you might not know, Armand can actually be found waiting for Maria in the northernmost part of the map during Chapter 9. He will take you to a vast field of Weeping Lilies if you talk to him.
If you miss this interaction completely, you will be locked out of the game’s true ending and get the worst ending instead. If you do decide to show up, the secret cutscene will start, unraveling certain information and triggering a dialogue choice that will lead to the true ending.
All Endings in Valkyrie Elysium
There are four possible endings in Valkyrie Elysium, two of which can cut the game significantly short.
Worst Ending: Twilight of the Great Wolf
This is one of those endings that will cut the story short. To unlock this ending, you don’t need to try too hard to collect all the Verdant Blossoms nor visit Armand in the final chapter. Simply follow the natural progression of the story and defeat Fenrir. From there, you will have to face off Hilde and then Fenrir twice again.
In this ending, Odin will tell you that this world is destined to die, and the only way to save the world is to create another. This falls within the worst ending category for several reasons, and Maria is visibly upset with this conclusion.
Once Odin activates the Skidbladnir, the Valkyrie’s Einherjars start to disappear along with this world, with their last words filled with regret of wanting to do more to save the world. Although Odin assures Maria that her existence will continue into the new world, she ends up alone without her comrades and Armand.
Good Ending: Twilight of the All-Father
You can get this ending without having collected all the Verdant Blossoms. When you reach the story’s final chapter, visit Armand so that he can show you the field of Weeping Lilies. When he offers you the choice of running away, decline his offer by selecting the first choice: “Accept that you are a Valkyrie and do what must be done.”
This will allow you to progress further into the story, and you will have to face multiple bosses ahead. The fights ahead can be extremely difficult as some boss fights don’t allow you to summon your Einherjar. You will need to fight Fenrir first, then Hilde, and lastly Odin to prevent the worst ending we mentioned previously.
Bad Ending: A Momentary Escape
Although this isn’t the most terrible ending, it is still a bad ending considering it will cut the story significantly short. But the only redeeming qualities of this ending are perhaps the lack of all the consecutive boss fights that are extremely difficult to overcome and this heart-fluttering scene of Armand and Maria running off into the sunset.
To get this ending, visit Armand so that he can show you the field of Weeping Lilies. When he offers you the choice of running away, accept his offer by selecting the second choice: “Choose to be human and go with Armand.”
Maria will assume the human identity of Nora and abandon her mission of saving the world along with her Einherjar companions to run off with Armand. However, it is nothing but a momentary escape from reality, as the world is still in danger of being wiped out.
True / Best Ending: Unbound Possibilities
This is perhaps the most difficult ending to unlock, as you must make sure to collect all 8 Verdant Blossoms before starting Chapter 9. Doing so will result in the 9th Verdant Blossom spawning in the final chapter. Upon collecting the final flower right in the middle of the serpent’s lair in Chapter 9, Maria realizes that the contents of the flowers are now legible. Once you inspect all the other flowers you’ve collected thus far, you will realize the truth of things.
Now, visit Armand in his designated location so he can show you the Weeping Lilies field. This scene will play out exactly as it did for all the other endings, where he tells you that the person he was looking for all this time is dead. However, since you have collected all the Verdant Blossoms, the route to the true ending will now be unlocked.
Hearing the name “Nora” will trigger Maria to regain her lost memories, where she recalls that she is actually whom Armand has been looking for all along. Moreover, she understands that Odin is the root of all evil. She recalls that Odin stole her soul, turned her into a Valkyrie, and has been using her as a pawn all along.
After rejoicing in his reunion with Nora, Armand offers you the choice of running away with him. Decline his offer by selecting the first choice: “Accept that you are a Valkyrie and do what must be done.”
After this, a series of cutscenes will lead to your fight with Fenrir. Only this time, you get to team up with Hilde instead of fighting her to defeat Fenrir together. Hilde will then join you in taking down Odin. You will have to fight Odin twice in this ending, as his final transformation reveals his true Ragnarok form.