Here is my hands-on experience of the Final Fantasy 16 ending and the special post credit scene at the end.
Final Fantasy 16 Ending
The Final Fantasy 16 ending is full of emotions and action. I have summarized it in the best way possible so you can understand it properly. Please be aware that this guide will contain all the SPOILERS related to the ending, so read it at your own risk. Let’s get started!
The Gods wish to make a new world or paradise to live in without fear of any threat like blight. Also, for this, they have to fulfill some demands.
To carry out the plan successfully, they created humanity to meet the requirements, but due to certain reasons, they abandoned them.
The humans go astray and get their own will and freedom. Besides this, Mythos is produced by a new race.
Ultima learns that Cliveis Mythos, but he doesn’t follow Ultima’s plan.
Combat between these two occurs, leading to an emotional and sacrificial ending in Final Fantasy 16.
Joshua and Dion also play significant roles throughout the story in Final Fantasy 16.
The post-credits scenes are also shown at the end, with no secret ending.
Gods wield magic, utilizing it for their advantage while facing the threat of blight that corrupts everything. Failing to stop this menace, 16 survivors depart to Valisthea, seeking peace but finding the blight following them. Their solution: create a new world by casting a spell, requiring vast magical power and a potent vessel. To gather power, the gods forsake their physical form, forming enormous Mothercrystals to extract Aether from Valisthea’s soil. To create vessels, humanity is brought into existence.
Mythos Among Humans
Ultima terms a human with exceptional power as a “Mythos.” Over time, a new human race emerges, capable of becoming Mythos, intended for Ultima’s inhabitation to cast a spell, a process spanning a thousand years.
As part of this plan, all gods hibernate, leaving humanity unchecked and without guidance, leading them to develop free will. As they explore desires and magic, conflicts arise, causing devastation akin to their gods’ mistakes, culminating in Clive, identified as Mythos by Ultima.
Ultima manipulates powerful figures like Emperor Oliver and King Barnabas, ensuring Clive defeats entities and claims their Eikons. The strategy involves releasing godly spirits by destroying the Mothercrystals.
As Clive gains immense power, Ultima aims to annihilate Valisthea and humanity, enabling themselves and their kin to transition to paradise.
This, Ifrit Risen, is the Mythos’ final stage of transformation, created through the fusion of Phoenix and Ifrit. Joshua comes across the picture of this distinct creature while visiting Gjallarhorn in Waloed, where he sees the complete image of the mural.
The image depicts that the union of Phoenix and Ifrit results in a wholly unique and compelling creature. It holds an essential position in God’s eyes, and all other Eikons admire it. As Ultima created the idea of Mythos, he also anticipated the logos.
Logos is the corrupted form of Mythos and follows its own will instead of the gods’ will. And as we know how the divine entities abandoned their responsibilities, this act led to the development of Logos, and that’s what Clive is now as he has his own will.
Another factor that makes Ultima weaker is that humanity stopped believing in him and other gods. Still, on the other hand, Clive gets more robust as his friends have faith in him, and by gaining strength through this, he goes against Ultima’s wishes and starts resisting his plans.
Beginning of battle
As the Mothercrystals in Waloed are destroyed, Ultima moves to Twinside City, enclosing Origin in a crystal, accelerating the aether drain. The blight quickly transforms people. Joshua, Dion, and Clive combine their powers/abilities.
Dion transforms into Bahamut, sacrificing himself to take Joshua and Clive into Origin’s crystal. They use their Ekions to cause an explosion, costing Dion’s life and injuring Clive. Joshua uses his Ekion to heal Clive, weakening himself.
Moving to Origin’s core, Ultima fuses with kin’s spirits, aiming for a final form. The last step is to inhabit Mythos, which Clive opposes, refusing to let it happen.
Joshua transfers all power to his brother, Clive, leading to a three-phase battle between Clive and Ultima. Both sustained significant damage in intense combat.
Despite Ultima’s relentless efforts to subdue Clive, he ultimately defeats Ultima, absorbing his power and becoming the Logos. Fully aware of the destructive nature of magic, Clive resolves to eradicate it by destroying the Mothercrystals and sacrificing himself to spare future generations from suffering.
Lying on the shore, Clive experiences his magic fading away. The scene transitions to Torgal and Jill witnessing the bright Metia star in the sky. Overwhelmed, Jill breaks down while Torgal howls, hoping for Clive’s return. In Valisthea lore, wishing upon this star is believed to make desires come true. The complexity of the final scene leaves Clive’s fate uncertain.
The post-credits scenes begin with a young boy trying to light up a fire and almost looks like Clive. Also, while doing this activity, he tells her mother that he desires to have the flames of an Ekion. After the conversation ends, he plays with his dog and brother.
Then the scene shifts to the book Final Fantasy written by Joshua Rosfield, and it’s like Joshua wrote about the happenings in this book, but now it’s just only seen as a fairytale. One more thing to remember is that there are no secret endings in Final Fantasy 16, and only this post-credit scene is the last treat you get from the game before it bids you farewell.
I conclude this guide here, and hopefully, the Final Fantasy 16 ending may have been interesting for you. Go through it thoroughly and let me know what idea you get from the ending and what will be the fate of Clive, as it left us with many questions.
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