- "There are several story conclusions known as "paradox endings" awaiting you on your adventure. These endings are triggered under various circumstances, such as winning certain battles or making certain decisions. Explore the possibilities of the timeline and see how many paradox endings you can uncover!"
- —Online Description
- See also: Fragment/Paradox Ending.
Paradox Endings (パラドクスエンディング, Paradokusu Endingu?) are a series of multiple endings unique to Final Fantasy XIII-2. They are scenes which can be viewed by making certain choices at different stages of the game.
Paradox endings, however, have no effect on the main story. In order to access most paradox endings, the Paradox Scope Fragment Skill is required to be active. Witnessing all paradox endings and the secret ending unlocked after obtaining all 160 fragments earns the player the "Anomalous" achievement/trophy.
List of Paradox EndingsEdit
Transcript: A Giant MistakeEdit
"Transcript: A Giant Mistake" (写本：巨兵たちの大戦, Shahon: Kyohei-Tachi no Taisen?, lit. "Manuscripts: The Great War of Giant Soldiers"): By destroying Atlas at full power, without first resolving the paradox, Serah and Noel end up on the Archylte Steppe at the time when an army of Atlases were deployed during the war and turned Pulse into a wasteland. It is implied that Noel and Serah die battling a pair of Atlases in an attempt to stop Cocoon's fall.
Transcript: Vanille's TruthEdit
"Manuscripts: Vanille's Truth" (写本 : 償いの夢路, Shahon: Tsugunai no Yumeji?, lit. "Manuscripts: Dreaming of Atonement"): If Serah and Noel defeat Caius in Oerba -200 AF- before he could fulfill his role in time, they arrive to an alternate timeline before the events of Final Fantasy XIII occurred. Following a woman's voice, they find a crystallized Vanille in Oerba, lamenting for leaving Fang during the War of Transgression. Serah resolves to help find the crystallized Fang for Vanille.
Transcript: Mischievous Mog's Marvelous Plan with FlanEdit
"Transcript: Mog's Marvelous Flan Plan" (写本 : プリンをもってプリンを制す, Shahon: Purin o Motte Purin o Seisu?, lit. "Manuscripts: Fight Pudding with Pudding"): If Noel and Serah defeat Royal Ripeness without resolving the paradox, they unknowingly call a temporal backlash that results with not only flan taking complete control of Cocoon but giving rise to another evil flan that threatens the world to make monsters the dominant species.
Arriving to the Sunleth Waterscape -??? AF-, Noel and Serah use a spell to disguise themselves as Microchu and Miniflan in order to move unnoticed while Mog prepares a poisonous pudding to kill the evil flan. There is a special track for this on the soundtrack called "Mischievous Mog's Marvelous Plan with Flan".
Transcript: Test SubjectsEdit
"Transcript: Test Subjects" (写本 : 魂のレプリカ, Shahon: Tamashī no Repurika?, lit. "Manuscripts: The Replica of the Soul"): After somehow defeating the Proto fal'Cie Adam, Serah and Noel are captured and used in the creation of Subjects Alpha and Beta to serve as guards in Augusta Tower and later enforcers in the upcoming Eden Restoration Project, though the AI notes in its report that the two do act more human than the other copies.
Transcript: The Future is HopeEdit
"Transcript: The Future is Hope" (写本 : ふたりの門出, Shahon: Futari no Kadode?, lit. "Manuscripts: The Two Head Out"): In Academia -4XX AF-, Alyssa is about to give Noel and Serah an artefact that would have sent them into Caius's trap. However, Snow appears with the Guardian Corps and exposes the plot while revealing Caius to be the one causing the paradoxes. Soon after, Snow takes Serah and Mog on Shiva to stop Caius while Noel stays behind to keep Hope safe from his upcoming assassination in three days time.
Transcript: Beneath a Timeless SkyEdit
"Transcript: Beneath a Timeless Sky" (写本 : 世界の終わりの空, Shahon: Sekai no Owari no Sora?, lit. "Manuscripts: The Sky at the End of the World"): Destroying Caius in the Void Beyond before his purpose in the timeline ended, Serah ends up in a era of New Bodhum in a state of entropy by time being stopped. Reunited with Noel and Mog, they find Yeul can live in this timeless world. With Serah providing morale, the group looks for a way out of New Bodhum -??? AF-.
Transcript: Heir to ChaosEdit
"Transcript: Heir to Chaos" (写本 : 混沌を継ぐもの, Shahon: Konton o Tsugu Mono?, lit. "Manuscripts: The Successor of Chaos"): If he kills Caius in the Dying World, Noel takes his place as the new Guardian of Time, floating through the Historia Crux with the Heart of Chaos inside him. He inherits Caius's memories and resolves to save both Yeul and Serah from their mutual fate.
Transcript: Fate and FreedomEdit
"Transcript: Fate and Freedom" (写本 : とこしえの安息, Shahon: Tokoshie no Ansoku?, lit. "Manuscripts: Eternal Rest"): Serah remains in her eternal dream with Lightning, Snow, and the members of NORA in New Bodhum -00X AF-. As a result, she has all but forgotten Noel and Mog, who prevent her world from being truly perfect.
Transcript: The Goddess is DeadEdit
"Transcript: The Goddess is Dead" (写本：女神なき世界, Shahon: Megami Naki Sekai?, lit. "Manuscripts: The World Without the Goddess"): Though defeated and seemingly killed with the destruction of the Heart of Chaos, a revived Caius sits on Etro's Throne in the Void Beyond and explains how both Serah and Noel had unknowingly played right into his plan. With Etro no more and time nullified in every timeline, Caius proceeds to unleash a flood of chaos within the Void Beyond into Gran Pulse and create a new world without the goddess now that he and Yeul are free from their respective curses.
This ending is the secret ending, unlockable after collecting all 160 fragments, which plays after the canon ending once it has been unlocked.