The Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore true ending is surprisingly easy to miss. It isn’t the most demanding set of criteria, but if you aren’t careful it may pass you by altogether.
Along with a few other questions, here is everything you need to know about the Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore true ending and how to unlock it.
As far as possible, I have avoided reference to any spoilers.
How many endings are in Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore?
There are only two actual endings – the normal ending and the true ending.
However, some of the text within the credits also changes based on how many side stories you’ve completed for each character. This produces some different variables but you don’t really have to worry about it – unlocking the true ending will also automatically grant you the best outcomes in this regard.
How do you unlock the Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore true ending?
The true ending has just two criteria, with one being far easier than the other.
- Complete all three side stories for all characters
- Talk to all characters during the epilogue
Thankfully, you don’t need to actually complete any side quests, as the fetch quests in the Idolosphere can be pretty irritating.
Turning to the true ending requirements, the former demands a fair amount of time and effort throughout the game, but side stories are well worth doing to view all content as well as unlocking ad lib performances and increasing stage ranks. Each character has three side stories, incrementally unlocked as discussed below. With 9 characters in question (non-playable characters Barrie, Maiko and Tiki all have their own), this means completing 27 different side stories.
As for talking to all of these characters during the epilogue it can be easy to forget someone so make sure you have definitely found them all before entering the Bloom Palace (note you don’t need to speak to Tiki). For reference, here are their locations:
- Kiria is standing in front of Shibuya 106.
- Mamori is at Daiba Studio.
- Touma is hanging out at Toubo Rooftop.
- Tsubasa is in Cafe Seiren in Shibuya. Go inside to meet her.
- Yashiro is right at the end of the alleyway past Cafe Seiren in Shibuya (he is easiest to miss as his image didn’t load for me unless I went fairly close to him!).
- Barrie is at the Lesson Studio in Shibuya.
- Ellie is at the top of the stairs at Daitou TV Studio.
- Maiko is at her desk in Fortuna office.
Is the true ending missable?
Prior to the final boss, the true ending is not missable. Side stories can be completed right at the end of the game, and there is a reasonably clear warning before tackling the final boss. Obviously ensure you have a save file beforehand just in case, but if you’re unsure you can fast travel back to Fortuna and check your status.
Once you have beaten the final boss, your chance has gone. Make sure you are all set and all side stories are done before you take the plunge and take on the final battle.
Is the true ending worth getting?
Honestly, it isn’t the most earth-shattering improvement on the normal ending. Without spoiling anything, the true ending contains an extra scene which puts a different perspective on Tokyo Mirage Session’s climax.
It doesn’t include any additional gameplay or anything special, but it’s still worth getting to enjoy the best conclusion to the adventure. But if you can’t be bothered, for the sake of an extra scene you can easily have a look on YouTube without feeling too guilty.
How do you unlock all of the side stories?
One of the handiest things about Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is the laptop within the Fortuna office.
With this, you can check out which side stories are unlocked and exactly how you unlock the next phase for each character. They are generally unlocked by story progression, stage rank increases, or both.
This can be a bit troublesome as stage ranks require participation in battle. Levels are easy to increase with the training area’s plentiful stock of Tomes, but this doesn’t cut the mustard when it comes to stage rank.
What is the best way to increase stage rank?
The best way to organically increase stage rank and unlock all side stories is to ensure your characters learn the skills to participate in session combos without being present in battle. Each character has a Radiant Skill called Open Audition granting this ability. Their unlock point is slightly different for each character, but it’s based on stage rank ranging from rank 6 to stage rank:
- Tsubasa – Stage Rank 8
- Kiria – Stage Rank 9
- Touma – Stage Rank 8
- Mamori – Stage Rank 7
- Eleonora – Stage Rank 6
- Yashiro – Stage Rank 7
I would suggest literally benching anyone who learns this skill immediately. By joining in the combos, they can still increase their stage rank whilst being in reserve so you can then focus on giving the other characters the battle time they need.
Once everyone is able to partake in session attacks outside of battle, not only will you amass huge combos but you should naturally end up with the stage rank boosts you need.
Of course, you can grind stage rank by simply fighting battles, but it is less efficient than using the above method. Follow the tip above to avoid this monotony.
Is anything missable in Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore?
There is only one thing missable in the whole game, which is Itsuki and Tsubasa’s Duo Art “Falling Star”.
This is based on an affinity rating built up with Tsubasa, determined by dialogue options and completing her side stories.
There is a fair amount of margin for error, with 30 points needed out of 50 points available. There is a detailed Gamefaqs post about it here, which is for the original Wii U game but still applies in Encore. The point allocations are included, but generally as long as you are nice to Tsubasa as much as possible, you should be fine.
How many chapters are there in Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore?
There are 6 main chapters, with a prologue and an epilogue on top, and brief intermission periods in between them. It’s worth noting the epilogue is a short dialogue-only section which doesn’t contain any battles.
As for how long Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore takes to complete, it should be somewhere between 30 and 40 hours. I’m a fairly quick player and managed to complete my first playthrough in around 30 hours, but steadier players will probably be nearer the 40-hour mark.
And with these tips, hopefully you’ll be on course to unlock the Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore true ending.