Doki Doki Literature Club Plus has different endings depending on your actions while playing the game. While the game’s endings aren’t exactly what you’d expect (the game takes a pretty dark turn at the end of Act 1), they do help wrap everything up nicely.
Well, the good endings do at least. If you finished the game and got a bad ending, you may be wondering what it is you need to do to see that good ending. We’ll explain all of this in more in our guide on how to get all of the different endings in Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!
Spoilers and Content Warning: The following article contains massive spoilers for Doki Doki Literature Club Plus along with mention of sensitive subjects including death and suicide.
Doki Doki Literature Club Plus | How to Get All Endings
Depending on how you play Doki Doki Literature Club Plus, you’ll end up with one of the game’s three different, core endings.
The first ending is the regular ending most players will get when playing normally, while the other two are more along the lines of traditional “good” and “bad” endings.
How to Get the Normal Ending
To get the normal ending in Doki Doki Literature Club Plus, you’ll want to play the game through to completion without doing a lot in the way of pursuing each individual character’s CG.
To avoid the “bad” ending, don’t delete Monika’s character file too early or you’ll be met with… well, something you really don’t want to see. To avoid getting the “good” ending, simply play the game normally however is most comfortable for you.
After starting a new game in Act 4, you’ll know you got the normal ending when Sayori thanks you for deleting Monika.
Except you didn’t. Not really, anyway.
Monika is still around, and has come to an unpleasant realization. After realizing the gravity of the situation as a whole – how club presidents are self-aware they’re in a game and the chaos and unhappiness that comes with that – Monika decides to delete everything, after which you’ll be treated to the end credits.
You’ll also get to hear Monika’s song “Your Reality” with this ending, and you’ll be treated to a bittersweet note from Monika that reads:
“This is my final goodbye to the Literature Club. I finally understand. The Literature Club is truly a place where no happiness can be found. To the very end, it continued to expose innocent minds to a horrific reality – a reality that our world is not designed to comprehend.
I can’t let any of my friends undergo that same hellish epiphany. For the time it lasted, I wanted to thank you. For making all my dreams come true. For being a friend to all of the club members. And most of all, thank you for being part of the Literature Club! With everlasting love, Monika.”
How to Get the Bad Ending
If you want to test the waters by deleting Monika’s character file as soon as possible, you may end up deleting it too early at which point you’ll get the “bad” ending of Doki Doki Literature Club Plus.
Specifically, if you delete Monika’s character file prior to the end of Act 1, Sayori will close the game and delete the other character files. If you try to open the game after this, you’ll be met with the screen of Sayori hanging herself that's shown at the end of Act 1.
We aren't going to actually show you this screen. Instead, we have the image above which consists of two pictures of Sayori looking upset. We figured that'd be preferable to what you actually see at the end of Act 1 and with this "bad" ending.
Overall, this ending is absolutely heartbreaking as it makes it seem like Sayori suffers more than she does with the other two endings. Fortunately, you can reset the game and begin again as if nothing ever happened.
To avoid this ending, you’ll want to wait to delete Monika’s character file until later. Deleting Monika before the end of Act 1 will not save Sayori. And, as outlined in a previous guide, you cannot save Sayori in the game no matter what you do.
How to Get the Good Ending
- Unlock all 9 CGs in Act 1 (3 CGs per each of the 3 characters).
- Unlock Monika’s CG in Act 3 by waiting to delete her character file until after you’ve written a poem just for her.
How to Unlock All 9 CGs
- Save before the first poem, use this save to reload after unlocking the first girl’s CGs.
- You can start with Sayori if you like. Write a poem for Sayori every time you have the option, and be sure to tell her you love her when the prompt comes up. When done correctly, you should get to see all three of Sayori’s CGs. After this, create a new save when you reach the festival in Act 1 but do NOT go to the end of Act 1 (if you see Sayori’s death you’ll have to start over again).
- Reload the save you made before the first poem. Write a poem for Yuri every time you have the option, and be sure to side with Yuri during her argument with Natsuki. When done correctly, you should get to see all three of Yuri’s CGs. After this, create a new save when you reach the Act 1 festival and again, do NOT go all the way to the end of Act 1.
- Reload the save you made before the first poem again. Write a poem for Natsuki every time you have the option, and be sure to side with Natsuki during her argument with Yuri. When done correctly, you should get to see all three of Natsuki’s CGs. After this, create a new save when you reach the Act 1 festival.
- Continue through the game until you get to Act 3 with Monika. You’ll have the option to write a poem for her, and the option to delete her character file. Wait until after you’ve written Monika a poem to delete her character file.
- Continue through the game and you should unlock the special ending with a final goodbye from Sayori.
To unlock the “good” ending in Doki Doki Literature Club Plus you’re going to want to get all 9 CGs. To do this, you’ll need to write poems for each character (we have a guide on each character’s favorite words we recommend checking out).
Avoid reaching the very end of Act 1 as everything gets deleted after Sayori’s death. Instead of reaching the end, you’re going to want to play around with the game’s saves.
First, create a save file before the first poem. After that, write a poem for one character and unlock all three of their CGs, then create a new save when you reach the festival in Act 1 and go back to the first poem save and write a poem for a different character to see their three CGs.
Keep doing this until you’ve seen all three CGs for each character. In addition to this, you’ll need to write a poem for Monika and wait until the right moment to delete her character file. Do NOT delete this file too early!
When you’ve done everything correctly and reach the end, it’ll feel similar to the normal ending in that everything gets deleted. However, it isn’t Monika doing the deleting this time, it’s Sayori who has the same knowledge that Monika does at the end of the normal ending.
When you see Sayori, she’ll thank you for working hard to try and make everyone in the club happy, and you’ll get a sense that this is the most peaceful ending the game has to offer. In general, it’s also just nice to see Sayori again.
So, everything gets deleted with the “good” ending the same as the normal ending, and you’ll need to reset to start a new game.
Rather than a letter from Monika or Sayori though, you’ll get a letter from the developer addressed to “the special player who achieved this special ending” which further cements it as the game’s best possible ending.
“To the special player who achieved this special ending.
For years, I have been enamored by the ability of visual novels – and games in general – to tell stories in ways not possible using traditional media. Doki Doki Literature Club is my love letter to that.
Games are an interactive art. Some let you explore new worlds. Some challenge your mind in broad new ways. Some make you feel like a hero or a friend, even when life is hard on you. Some games are just plain fun – and that's okay, too.
Everyone likes different kinds of games. People who enjoy dating sims may have a heightened empathy for fictional characters, or they might be experiencing feelings that life has not been kind enough to offer them. If they are enjoying themselves, then that's all that matters.
That goes for shooting games, casual games, sandbox games – anything. Preferences are preferences, and our differences are the reason we have a thriving video game industry. My own favorite games have always been ones that challenge the status quo.
Even if not a masterpiece, any game that attempts something wildly different may earn a special place in my heart. Anything that further pushes the limitless bounds of interactive media. I extend my true gratitude to all those who have taken the time to achieve full completion.
I hope you enjoyed playing it as much as I enjoyed making it. Thank you for being a part of my Literature Club!
And with that, you now know how to unlock all of the endings in Doki Doki Literature Club Plus.
For the most part, the core ending is similar with the main difference being whether you see Monika or Sayori, and whether you get a letter from Monika or developer Dan Salvato.
Basically, as long as you don't delete Monika's character file too early, you should be treated to either the normal or good ending. We hope this helps!