Guide to secret ending and ascension achievement in Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous.
Secret Ending / Ascension Achievement
Read at your own discretion. I will keep the spoils to a minimum, however, things need to be spoiled for the proper actions to be taken.
Intro / Act 1
I will break this guide into acts.
Five things that must be addressed.
Do not pick the following mythics as they either do not allow it, or are not tested yet. Test them at your own desire.
- Lich (Unknown, Not Tested)
- Devil (Unknown, Not Tested)
The second is do not turn on auto crusade at any point until the four researchables are done. Afterwards is fine
You must beat the game on the third of gozran 4717. Failure to do so locks you out of the ending.
Pathfinder months are as follows; Abadius, Calistril, Pharast, Gozran, Desnus, Sarenith, Erastus, Arodus, Rova, Lamashan, Neth, Kuthona.
The game gives you a decent amount of time to complete before locking off the ending, however there is a 6 month time skip while in act 4. Be wary of this while calculating the time you have left. I will leave this time tracking up to the player as it varies on how much you rest, how much you explore, etc.
Four: You need to obtain at least one important crystal. You can obtain six of these throughout the game, there are different endings based on your number. You must have at least 1, but to obtain the other two you must either obtain 2 crystals or 6 crystals. Having any number between 3-5 will give you the ending if you only had two. To get six, you must either be a demon or a trickster to fight a specific demonlord. Do not fret, there really isn’t that much of a difference between the endings if you don’t have 6.
The last note is that while the storyteller notes are important to him, they are not required for this ending. It makes some rather difficult skill checks easier. If you do not believe you will be able to past multiple 40+ History, Arcana, Perception skill checks; make sure you obtain all the storyteller notes. Due to the number, and it simply requiring a guide on it’s own, it will not be included in this guide.
Act 1: Welcome To The Party
When you are given the option to fight or use a protective spell choose to fight. (this occurs within the first ten or so minutes of the game)
In the Market Square, where you start the game is an interactable knife. Pick it up/keep it. This is theorized to be required but is unknown. It seems to be a bug that locks you out of all the endings currently unless you do the Aeon ending (as when I added this item to my inventory at the end of the game, I got my proper ending. If this is intentional or not I do not know.) There is also an arrow sticking into an archery target, Pick this up. It will be required much later in act 4, do not get rid of it! You can find more, but this is such an easy one to get. They’re good, but do not be tempted to use them. If you absolutely undeniably have to use them before I tell you to in this guide, make sure to hold onto at least one. Otherwise, there is at least five arrows that you can find and all five are required for the six crystal ending. I will mark out where you can obtain them.
When deciding about the wardstone, choose any options other than the Aeon one. Only pick the Aeon one if you desire to continue doing the Aeon Mythic. Otherwise you can cheat in another dagger via toybox and it is called “crystaldagger”. If you’re using toybox make sure to check “allow achievements”.
Act 2: Welcome To Kingdom Management 1.0
(Steps 4-6 are not necessarily required given you get the required research one way or the other, but is required for a much later decision to save a group of people and killed a named character while getting a required item).
When you finish fighting a boss at Leper’s Smile, go to Nurah’s tent and pass a difficult Perception check.
When you get ambushed by flying Gargoyles, go out your main tent and go left where the queen normally stays if you convinced her to stay. Nurah is there and pass yet another perception check.
After Lost Chapel confront her. Make her your Ally.
There is a certain named crusader you rescue in the Battle of Drezen. Free them. They should be unmissable. They will then show you a secret path and pose you a question. Respond with either the evil or neutral answer.
Act 3: Kingdom Management 2.0
When you get your Mythic, decide anything other than the mentioned previous Mythics that will not give you the secret ending. Afterwards you will be able to finish the banner research. You must research the banner and I would recommend doing this right away. There are three other researches that must be finished but are not able to be researched until later.
You are required to visit Areelu’s lab, and therefore is unmissable. There is another Midnight Bolt here if you used the other one. When there, dig through everything. Being nice to the person there may be required or may not be required. Just be nice, he’s a swell guy imo. You must find a cloak there. It is located in the room with the rat swarm. This can be repaired by the storyteller, who can be found after hunting down a dragon with Greybor. I personally had to cheat in the remaining hides required, as I do not know where they all are. Once more info has been put up, I will add it in. It is possibly fixable pre act 5, but i may not be as well. I am not sure.
Free the prisoners once you get the key, and make sure to pick up the Lexicon. NEVER GIVE THIS AWAY TO ANYONE. Using the projectors are not required, but I would personally. It gives very useful lore. Remember how to get back here.
Act 4: Welcome to The Land Of Wonder.
Except, not really.
There is a certain named character that you met in Areelu’s lab in the slave market. Free him by fighting his slave owner. This is a rather difficult fight in my experience but is possible.
There is a second option, however according to a Discord user, it may be bugged. As it did not work for him, as the person he saved did not come up in conversation in step 13.
If you wish to avoid this, you can simply talk to the slave master in front of him and choose to buy him. Apologize, then offer money.
Step 11b: (Optional)
This step is optional, and is rather difficult. Talk to Shamir in the Den of Ardent Dreams . You’ll obtain a Crystal through this that is simply the blood of demon lords. Do not give this to her, and keep it for yourself. This is simply optional, as you only need 1 crystal for the ending and you will get one by the end of act 4 if you kept your midnight bolts. Otherwise, here is your way of getting one.
Obtain the second part of the lexicon in Noc’s palace once you have been allowed passage in. It is the first passage on the left into a room with a projector. It is hidden behind a difficult perception check (dc 40 I believe). There’s another bolt here in case you need one. Once you have both halves, use them. Simply right click in your inv. This is followed by some *very* difficult checks, they must all be passed.
When talking to Areelu, reveal that you saved the person from step 11 and ask about him. When she wants to give you power, ask the questions first, do not accept the power right away. It is important you do this first.
When fighting the boss in the mines, who is not the first person you fight but rather the second who rips someone’s heart out, use the midnight bolt on him. When talking about the crystal to somebody after this fight, take it. Even if they threaten you. No harm will befall you. This is the second out of the six crystals you can get.
Act 5: Endgame
If you are looking for the secret ending on your first run, think about waiting until doing act 5. Its currently very janky for many folks. It will be fixed so do not despair.
If you picked Demon or Trickster, you will fight another demonlord during your mythic quest. Use a Midnight bolt on them to collect another crystal.
Go to Plura’s falls, somebody you know sent a ton of demons at them which is mentioned in act 4. When prompted between killing the man there, or saving the hostages. Kill him if you did not ally with Nurah all the way back in act 2, it is required to make sure he does not escape. This gives you another researchable. Research it.
Make sure the cape that you got in Areelu’s lab is repaired before you go to Iz. Once there you will encounter Areelu. Bring up the cape you repaired earlier. (honestly it’s pretty baller at least for me anyways and I kept using it) Also, make sure to research the Crystal you obtained at the end of act 4 after using the midnight bolt.
Immediately go to the ruins to the right in Iz. It’s a passage way down. There you will encounter Anemoa, make sure she is dead once you fight here. To the left of the room is a crystal key, pick it up. In the same basement, to the right of where you came down, there is a hidden passage way behind a perception check. The unlock chest contains another “glass key” take it.
When fighting the big bad in Iz, you can use a midnight bolt on him if you want as well to get a crystal.. However, it must be picked up before the boss is defeated. Return to Areelu’s lab. The project where you picked up the Lexicon needs to be interacted with.
When you see somebody summon a Balor, explore the woods to the right of the house. There should be a window in the middle of nowhere, use the key. There’s Areelu’s notes on the second “story” right hand book shelf.. Once you get out, make sure to research Areelu’s notes. Quick save before continuing. Location of the window is below.
You encounter Areelu one more time in this area. The previous two choices with the ghosts change what you must select. The first one is always the same. Play the game of asking questions. Being Golden Dragon isn’t required. Don’t smash the projector then leave.
If you forgive Both the correct answers are;
- Sadness or Anger.
- His guilt is indisputable, but he had already suffered enough. (if forgiven).
- He deserved death.
If you refuse both it is
- For the sake of Justice.
- Betrayal deserves punishment.
The first ghost is always the second question, and the second ghost is always the third. Feel free to interchange the two if you desire.
You must free the person teleported away by the second boss you fought at the end of act 4. Once you do so, there is a hidden passage way the leads outside of the labyrinth (yet still in the map). this is once again, hidden by a high d/c perception check. Go straight once you exit and pass two athletic checks. This will lead you to a pile of gems in the middle. This leads to a boss fight with worms, beat them.
When you exited the hidden passage, instead of going straight, immediately go right. There is another athletic check. Here is somebody you fought previously, exhaust all dialogue. Lich mythic information is not required.
When entering the Threshold, make sure the date third of Gozran, 4717. If it is not you have failed this requirement and are permanently locked out of the ending. Save editing can potentially fix this, if it is I will add it in.
At the Threshold, when the game makes you set up camp, there is a small Desna-like shrine near the entrance the building you’re about to go in. Activate it, and green lights should show up around you.
Clear through the dungeon as normal. When you speak to Areelu after beat the Echo of Discari, do not fight her right away. Exhaust all the dialogue, then fight her.
Exhaust all the dialogue relating to changing her mind about her experiment. If everything in this guide was done properly, you will have 5/7 required choices to convince her. Then choice the option to work with her.
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