I just finished Sonic Mania after collecting all 7 Chaos Emeralds as Knuckles. Despite getting every Emerald, my game ended after beating the Phantom Egg in Titanic Monarch.

I'm a bit confused why collecting all 7 Emeralds didn't let me fight Mania's secret final boss for the good ending.

How do I get the true ending in Sonic Mania?

  • That should do it. Have you tried beating it again? (and doing the dumb stuff like restarting your machine and whatnot?) – Kevin Workman Sep 3 '17 at 17:11
  • @KevinWorkman I did some more research. It seems you can only get the true ending when playing as Sonic – Stevoisiak Sep 3 '17 at 17:13
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    Yep, I just confirmed that beating the game with Knuckles, even if you have all the Chaos Emeralds, only gives you the one ending. – Kevin Workman Sep 3 '17 at 18:22

Since this question is still open, I'll expand our comments into an answer.

You have to be playing as Sonic to get the "good" ending.

This might make sense, as the link in your question says that:

the "good" ending is actually a lead-in to Sonic Forces, which features "classic" Sonic alongside the more modern 3D version.

This theory is echoed in the following links:

Also note that you can get the "good" ending when playing as Sonic and Tails or as Sonic with & Knuckles mode enabled as well.

  • I would leave out the details of what the true ending is, since most people finding this question are likely trying to earn it for themselves. – Stevoisiak Sep 4 '17 at 16:06
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    @StevenVascellaro That's why I used spoiler tags. – Kevin Workman Sep 4 '17 at 16:12

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