Returnal is mysterious, usually obscuring issues from its gamers. Returnal’s secretive nature additionally applies to its ending. In this Returnal guide, we’ll present you the best way to unlock Returnal’s secret ending to complete off Act 3.

[Warning: This guide won’t go into the story spoilers themselves, but this ending is intentionally hidden from players. As such, there are massive spoilers for Returnal’s endgame in this guide.]

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Beating Returnal’s second act

Once you’ve discovered the Delphic Visor, deep within the Abyssal Scar, you’ll have the ability to face Ophion, Returnal’s ultimate boss. Defeat the large, tentacled monster, and it’ll slink into its gap on the ocean flooring. Follow its carcass down the opening and stroll ahead. You’ll discover a small sedan with its headlights on. Remember this for later.

Walk to the top of the trail, and also you’ll wake again up exterior the Helios. You ought to get the trophy for ending Act 2 (though ours was bugged and didn’t seem till the second time we killed Ophion). When you wake again up on the floor, you’ll be in Act 3.

Nothing modifications in Act Three of Returnal, however you’ll have the ability to discover six new objects that result in the sport’s secret ending: the Sunface Fragments.

Finding the Sunface Fragments

Returnal has six biomes — three in Act 1, and three in Act 2 — and 6 Sunface Fragments to search out. Finding all six of the Sunface Fragments offers you a key, which you’ll must unlock the secret ending.

Each biome has its personal Sunface Fragment. These gadgets are sometimes deep right into a biome, so that you’ll must discover each space. Because the map shifts each run, we are able to’t inform you precisely the place to go to search out every Sunface Fragment. However, the Fragments appear to seem in particular rooms inside every biome, so we are able to present you what to search for.

For the Act 1 Biomes — Overgrown Ruins, Crimson Wastes, and Derelict Citadel — you’ll want to make use of the time journey machine within the Helios’ Armory to return to Act 1. Use the identical machine to return to Act 2 after you have all of the Act 1 Sunface Fragments.

You can accumulate all three of every act’s Sunface Fragments in a single run, all three individually, or some mixture. Once you choose up a Sunface Fragment, you received’t drop it if you die. You don’t want to finish a run to deliver your Sunface Fragments again to the Helios.

Overgrown Ruins Sunface Fragment

Overgrown Ruins Sunface Fragment map location

The massive hole is the signal you’re searching for
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You’ll discover the Overgrown Ruins Sunface Fragment in a room with an extended hole.

Overgrown Ruins Sunface Fragment in-game location

You’ll discover the Sunface Fragment in entrance of an previous physique
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This hole is not possible to cross till you’ve gotten the Delphic Visor from the Abyssal Scar. Shoot the orb to make the platforms seem. Cross the hole and search the world for a couple of gadgets and the Sunface Fragment.

Crimson Wastes Sunface Fragment

Crimson Wastes Sunface Fragment map location

You’re searching for a tall tower within the Crimson Wastes
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The Crimson Waste Sunface Fragment seems within the open desert, on the high of a tower.

Crimson Wastes Sunface Fragment in-game location

The Sunface Fragment is on a ledge overlooking the dunes
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You’ll want the Delphic Visor for this Sunface Fragment as properly. Look exterior the tower for an orb. Shoot it, and climb the platforms that seem. Now you’ll want to make use of your Icarian Grapnel to succeed in the highest of the tower. The Sunface Fragment is on a ledge, overlooking the sands.

It’s price noting that that is the one Sunface Fragment that didn’t seem on our first journey to the Crimson Waste in Act 3. We’re not sure if we obtained very fortunate with the opposite Sunface Fragments or if the Crimson Wastes is the one space that may not spawn a Sunface Fragment each run. If you don’t see the tower by the point you enter the fortress within the Crimson Wastes, restart your run and e-book it again to the desert portal.

Derelict Citadel Sunface Fragment

Derelict Citadel Sunface Fragment map location

Look for the bridge and discover the small dip on the finish
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The Derelict Citadel Sunface Fragment is in a small physique of water simply after the bridge.

Derelict Citadel Sunface Fragment in-game location

The Sunface Fragment is underneath the water on the finish of the bridge
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The first time you got here to the Derelict Citadel, you prolonged an extended bridge to succeed in the ultimate boss of the biome. Once you end the sport, you’ll discover some water on the finish of that very same bridge. After you’ve gotten the Hadal Ballasts that allow you to go within the water, take a dip into the pool. You’ll discover a couple of gadgets, together with the Sunface Fragment, sitting on the ground.

With Act 1 executed, use the time gadget within the Helios to vary again to Act 2.

Echoing Ruins Sunface Fragment

Echoing Ruins Sunface Fragment map location

The Sunface Fragment is on the opposite facet of some toxic ooze
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The Echoing Ruins Sunface Fragment is in an extended room with crimson ooze.

Echoing Ruins Sunface Fragment in-game location

Jump out and in of the ooze whilst you’re crossing to attenuate harm and attain the Sunface Fragment
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You’ll discover loads of damaging, crimson ooze within the Echoing Ruins, however you’re searching for a selected room that’s full of it. The room we discovered the Sunface Fragment in had a rounded base off the facet door you entered from. Past the circle is a pit of crimson ooze, which is able to deal harm to you for those who contact it. There’s additionally a pulsating entice within the ooze. But throughout from the lethal pond is one other door and an merchandise.

Jump into the ooze, leaping out and dashing as a lot as you may. When you attain the opposite facet, leap up on the ledge and seize the Sunface Fragment.

Fractured Wastes Sunface Fragment

Fractured Wastes Sunface Fragment map location

You’re searching for a round room with a large turret
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The Fractured Wastes Sunface Fragment is in a room with a large turret within the heart.

Fractured Wastes Sunface Fragment in-game location

Climb as much as the turret to search out the Sunface Fragment
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The Fractured Wastes may be fairly lethal for those who’re sprinting there from the Echoing Ruins, however fortunately it has a straightforward-to-spot room that’s hiding the Sunface Fragment. You’re searching for a round room that has an enormous turret on a tower within the center. Clear the room of enemies, after which use the Delphic Visor to shoot a floating orb. Some platforms will seem, which you’ll observe up onto the turret platform. You’ll discover the Sunface Fragment resting by an extended-frozen useless physique.

Abyssal Scar Sunface Fragment

Abyssal Scar Sunface Fragment map location

You’re searching for 4 separated platforms within the Abyssal Scar
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The Sunface Fragment within the Abyssal Scar is in a multi-platform room.

Abyssal Scar Sunface Fragment in-game location

Use the hidden platforms to succeed in the ultimate Sunface Fragment
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In Returnal’s ultimate biome, you’ll want the Delphic Visor to search out the Sunface Fragment. You’re searching for a room that has 4 separate platforms embedded into cliffs — 5 for those who embody the platform jutting off from the principle path. Cross the gaps, and use the Delphic Visor to shoot an orb and create some platforms. Jump as much as the ultimate platform, the place you’ll discover an merchandise on a pedestal and the sixth Sunface Fragment.

Once you’ve gotten all six fragments, you may both die or beat the ultimate boss for enjoyable.

Finishing the House sequences

Returnal Sunface Fragments in the menu

There are six Sunface Fragments, and so they all seem as particular person gadgets in your stock
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Once you discover all six Sunface Fragments, Selene will point out that the merchandise is full. If you’re not sure, you can even look in your stock and be sure you have six. All of them are particular person gadgets. They don’t mix in your stock.

Now you’ll want to finish all the home sequences. Selene’s home solely seems within the Overgrown Ruins and the Echoing Ruins. You must exhaust the Act 1 home sequences earlier than shifting on to the Act 2 sequences. If you haven’t seen any Act 2 home sequences but, use the time machine to journey to the Overgrown Ruins, discover the home, full the sequence, and restart your run. Once the home locks you out, you’ll must go to the home within the Echoing Ruins as a substitute.

If the Echoing Ruins home received’t allow you to within the door as a result of it says the home is “dark,” it implies that you’re lacking a Sunface Fragment, all six of that are the important thing to unlocking the ultimate sequence. Keep finishing House Sequences within the Echoing Ruins till you get teleported onto a throne if you end. Here, you’ll discover the Car Key, the ultimate merchandise you’ll must see Returnal’s secret ending.

Remember after we mentioned that sedan was price remembering?

Take the important thing to the sedan

The sedan under the ocean in Returnal

Put the important thing within the sedan to see Returnal’s secret ending
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Once you’ve gotten the Car Key, it’s time for one more trek to Ophion. Yes, this implies you must re-beat Returnal’s second act and defeat its ultimate boss. If you wish to get to the Abyssal Scar as quick as doable, discover the exit to the Echoing Ruins and switch left as a substitute of proper. Jump within the water to succeed in the ultimate biome.

At the top of the Abyssal Scar, kill Ophion once more and leap down the massive gap. Follow the headlights again to the sedan. Use the Car Key on the sedan’s driver facet door and luxuriate in Returnal’s ultimate cutscene.

Congratulations on reaching Returnal’s secret ending.