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Digimon Survive save everyone – how to save Ryo, Shuuji, and more


If you haven’t heard already, Digimon Survive is a much darker game than many were anticipating, with death a large part of the overarching narrative. However, with the decisions you make just as big a piece of puzzle, perplexed players are already wondering if there’s a way to keep the campers happy and away from deathly danger. 

That’s why we’ve put together a guide answering the question of whether or not it’s possible to save everyone in Digimon Survive. Of course, this guide will be absolutely teeming with spoilers, in fact, its name is sort of a spoiler in itself, so if you want to go into the emotional adventure without knowing any of the important story beats or who you can save in Digimon Survive, you might want to come back to this guide for your second playthrough. 

If you’re looking for more guidance getting through the adventure with your Takuma, Minoru, and their partner pals, we’ve got Digimon Survive karma, Digimon Survive evolution, and Digimon Survive recruit guides. Or, if you want to know what you’re getting yourself into before trying to save the souls of some solemn teenagers, check out our Digimon Survive review.

who can you save in digimon survive?

The answer to whether or not you can save everyone in Digimon Survive is a complicated one, because you can, but not on your first try. Regardless of what you do during your first playthrough, before unlocking the new game plus option, at least Ryo and Shuuji will always die. 

Shuuji falling into Wendigomons mouth just before his death, the moment you realise you can't save everyone in Digimon Survive

More can die too, depending on whether you answer questions with moral, wrath, or harmony in mind. We’re still figuring out exactly who dies according to which karma route, but it looks like harmony kills Kaito and Miu, while the wrath path ends with Aoi and Saki losing their lives. 

The only way you can save everyone in Digimon Survive is by playing new game plus and getting Ryo and Shuuji’s affinity to above 30 as early as you can. We’re not sure of the exact numbers you need to make sure that the dialogue options that avoid death appear at pivotal story points, but we’ve seen success elsewhere with 30, so that seems like a lower limit. 

Keeping Ryo and Shuuji alive is also the only way of arriving at the fourth Digimon Survive ending, the game’s true ending, in which all the teens survive to see another summer. We won’t spill the beans on this climactic ending here, but it’s well worth the hours needed to find your way there. 

Can you save Ryo in Digimon Survive? 

We covered it earlier, but it’s worth saying again that you can save Ryo in Digimon Survive, but only during your new game plus playthrough. If you need a little more detail in how to go about keeping the purple-loving punk out of danger, hit the link above and head over to our detailed Ryo guide. 

Screenshot of Ryo talking to his mummy just before he meets his sad demise in Digimon Survive

There you have it, all you need to know in order to save everyone in Digimon Survive. For more frightening adventures with new friends or foes, check out our picks for the best Switch horror games. 

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