Kingdom Hearts 3 has an ending that may leave newcomers feeling a little confused. The series has a winding, bizarre story that includes everything from mysterious doppelgangers through to dangerous underworlds and ancient prophecies. So, reaching its conclusion and making sense of it may be beyond those who haven't been keeping up with releases.
In the eyes of many, the story of Kingdom Hearts makes no sense, although that doesn't necessarily take away from the quality of the series as a whole. Kingdom Hearts 3 is a brilliant addition to the franchise, as explained in our Kingdom Hearts 3 review, but to get the most out of its ending players may want a little help. That's because the game's ending is hidden behind an epilogue and a secret final video.
Accessing the secret video is straightforward, but players may still want a helping hand in how to do so. So, read on to find out how to reach that bonus ending and exactly what it means. Of course, there are spoilers aplenty for Kingdom Hearts 3, so be warned about reading ahead.
- This Page: How to Get Kingdom Hearts 3's Secret Ending & What The Main Ending Means
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How To Get Kingdom Hearts 3's Secret Ending
Many players will likely unlock the secret ending to Kingdom Hearts 3 without even thinking about it. That said, there are a few things that players will need to do in order to reach it. For starters, players need to make sure that they have at least downloaded update 1.03 of Kingdom Hearts 3, which includes the secret video.
Unlocking the video requires more than just an update, though. Across the game, users will have needed to photograph Lucky Emblems across the worlds of Kingdom Hearts 3 using the Gummi Phone. This varies depending on difficulty level, with 90 Lucky Emblems needed for Beginner, 60 needed for Standard, and 30 needed for Proud. A tracker for the number of Lucky Emblems photographed can be found in the Gummi Phone, if players need to check in on how many they have discovered.
After that, it's just a matter of completing the game. Once Kingdom Hearts 3 has been completed, and the main ending has been seen, go into the title's Theater mode. The ending video will then be available there to watch. The Kingdom Hearts 3 ending might not be easy to follow, aside from lots of mentions of hearts and darkness. Here's a quick rundown of the events of Kingdom Hearts 3's ending, from the core ending to the secret video.
What The Main Kingdom Hearts 3 Ending Means
At the end of Kingdom Hearts 3, Sora and the gang eventually defeat Xehanort. It's not easy, though, as the team have had to literally die in order to reach this point. After a climactic fight Xehanort is all-but defeated, although not before the villain promises to finish off his plan. Just in time, Terra turns up and reveals that he has been holding Eraqus' heart within him the entire time. How was Eraqus kept within Terra? Who knows, but what's important is that the Keyblade Master is able to get through to Xehanort, who agrees to stop his plot once and for all. The pair pass through to the other side, paving the way for a new set of Keyblade Masters.
From there, Sora and the remaining heroes purify Kingdom Hearts. There's still a little unfinished business to attend to, though, as Sora is missing Kairi after she was apparently killed by Xehanort earlier in the game, and never one to leave a friend behind he decides to go off in search of her. After a brief discussion with Mickey, Sora is let go, heading into another world. The core game doesn't end with Sora, though. Mickey, Donald, and Goofy return home to Minnie, Daisy, and Pluto, while Ventus, Aqua, and Terra mourn at a built grave for Eraqus. There's also ice cream abound in Twilight Town as Roxas, Xion, Lea, Isa, Hayner, Olette, and Pence all hang out.
Finally, there are a couple of major talking points that will be the subject of much discussion among Kingdom Hearts fans. First up, Namine wakes up in Radiant Guardian, and the Nobody is picked up by Riku in the Gummi Ship to go off and adventure somewhere. Then, the entire gang is seen reunited on Destiny Island, including Sora and Kairi - before Sora disappears as Kairi starts to cry. What does this mean? Well, don't expect to get any kind of answer from the other endings of Kingdom Hearts 3. It may well be that fans of the series might need to wait until the next release to find out the true fate of Kairi and Sora, whatever that may be.