Metro: Last Light – How to Get the Best Ending


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It’s confirmed. There are two endings in Metro: Last Light, and here we’ll show you how to get the best conclusion available in this stunning survival FPS. Like its predecessor, Metro 2033, Last Light features a hidden morality point system that many players might not notice their first time through. Certain actions will improve the morality score, and you’ll want to gain as much morality as possible to earn the good ending. See our tips below to help put the protagonist Artyom on a better path.

For more help with the campaign, check out Game Front’s Metro: Last Light text & video guide for step-by-step instructions for each chapter, with expert tips from our experienced gaming crew. If its secrets, achievement guides or collectibles you’re looking for, browse over to our list of Metro: Last Light cheats. Last, but not least, we’ve also got a Metro: Last Light visual tweaks guide to help PC players get started right and running at peak performance.


How to Get the Best Ending

To get the best ending in Metro: Last Light, you must complete as many “good” actions as possible in the morality system, while avoiding “bad” actions.

The morality point system is hidden, but there is one obvious sign you’re doing the right thing — a flash a white light.

Throughout the campaign, there are choices and actions that result in morality point gains. Other actions will cause a morality point loss. Check out the list below to see which actions to complete, and which to avoid.


Morality Point System

Work-In-Progress: Not all actions are confirmed. Stick with us as we update the list below with more info. Let us know what else is needed to unlock the Good Ending.

Gain Morality:

Note: Completing all actions listed here is no required to get the best ending, but doing as many as possible will improve chances of unlocking.

  • Sparing Surrendering Soldiers
  • Rescuing Women & Children
  • Listening to NPC Stories
  • Hearing Dialogue in Populated Areas (Exploration)
  • Playing Musical Instruments
  • Be Generous with Bullets (Give to Beggars)
  • Do Exactly What NPCs Instruct (Example: Dark One says a creature is not hostile, do not kill it.)
  • Watch the entire theater show in VENICE
  • Finding Hidden Ammo Caches on QUARANTINE
  • Complete SEPARATION Without Killing Humans
  • Complete FACILITY Without Killing Humans
  • Complete REVOLUTION Without Killing Humans
  • Complete BRIDGE Without Killing Humans
  • Rescue the Women & Children in BANDITS
  • Rescue the prisoners in the Reich Concentration Camp
  • Return the Crying Child’s Teddy Bear in VENICE
  • See all Visions in DEAD CITY and don’t kill the Demons on the rooftop
  • Don’t Kill Pavel or Lesnitsky
  • Shoot the creatures off the Mother Bear Mutant after the boss fight

Lose Morality:

  • Killing Humans
  • Killing Surrendering Soldiers
  • Stealing in Populated Areas
  • Paying for a Lapdance
  • Watching the Striptease

More extras and cheats from Metro: Last Light:

Metro: Last Light – Musician Achievement Guide

Metro: Last Light – Artyom’s Diary Pages Locations Guide

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Additional Info: [KhevaKhins]. [Caleb], [phil035]

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24 Comments on Metro: Last Light – How to Get the Best Ending

SXO

On May 15, 2013 at 7:14 am

I have to say I really prefer these hidden morality systems. When these choices are made super transparent ala games like Mass Effect, it makes the experience far more artificial. Players should be using their own judgement to decide what to do, not base their actions on a color that will get them brownie points in one direction or another. The world should respond to the player’s actions organically.

Kakertratte

On May 15, 2013 at 9:48 am

Nice, thanks for these advices.

I guess sleeping with a prostitutes also lets you lose morality.
I don’t know if its true, but it would make sense I guess.

Richard

On May 19, 2013 at 8:25 am

i also belive that sparing the life of the mother “bear” and by shooting the cratures off of her back, not shooting her back also helps with morality.

Aryan

On May 19, 2013 at 8:25 pm

I wish there was like at least 4-10 different endings, like chrono trigger.

KhevaKins

On May 20, 2013 at 4:30 am

There are others. I don;t know if you left them out because of spoilers but here are some more.

Save the bear, after fighting it you can save it (from smaller monsters eating it) or kill it or leave (see: kill it).

Kill baby demon, there is a baby demon when you climb the ladder and the mother demon messes the ladder up. Don’t kill either for good karma (just leave), kill both or one for bad karma.

Free prisoners in Nazi concentration camp, continue to top of shaft to do so. No bad karma for not doing it.

Go of the beaten track, like constantly. Any time you can go the way you aren’t supposed to almost guarantees good karma and generally good loot.

Listen to baby dark one, he says don’t kill things, don’t kill things. If he doesn’t specify it as an enemy or as red don’t kill it, you don’t have to and can just sneak past, even mutants.

Kevin Thielenhaus

On May 20, 2013 at 8:53 am

@KhevaKins,

Thanks for the additional info! Some of these I knew about, but others I wasn’t quite sure. The page has been updated with credit to your contributions.

Linas

On May 21, 2013 at 2:56 pm

I did most of the list, but get bad ending anyway. I have killed few people but in most cases i knocked everyone down. Anyway I don’t understand whats the point to keep bandits alive, I left Pavel and Lesnitsky alive just for good ending (otherwise they deserved to be killed for good). Didn’t get the part – no stealing in populated areas?

Kyle

On May 21, 2013 at 8:12 pm

I both love and hate the morality system….. I enjoyed it in both Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light, but it’s flipping impossible to keep track of. I did pretty much everything on the list of “good choices” and still got the bad ending. I didnt even kill many people, I stealthed through the game and did “knock outs” instead. If Knockouts count as killing, then it is not surprising that I got the bad ending, but as far as I can see, I should have got the good ending.

Kyza

On May 24, 2013 at 5:35 pm

I have a cracked version of the game, and I didn’t notice if it gives me good/bad points so I am not sure if I can have a good ending, don’t you know if it works ?

funkyzoom

On May 25, 2013 at 8:28 am

This hidden morality system is really flawed. I completed TWO playthroughs of the game, doing EVERYTHING on this list during both playthroughs, yet I got the bad ending BOTH times. Now I realize that the good ending is totally random. Probably they have designed it so that 9 out of 10 copies of the game get the bad ending irrespective of following everything on this list, and only 1 copy gets the good ending. Totally disappointing.

Caleb

On June 2, 2013 at 5:27 am

Watch the show at the theater

phil035

On June 3, 2013 at 12:08 pm

paying for “a show” or tipping at the strip cub is bad karma I did everything on the list bar getting all the visions in the city and rescuing the woman and child from the badits they got carried away as i entered the room and got the bad ending T-T

Kevin Thielenhaus

On June 4, 2013 at 8:47 am

@phil035,

The window for getting the “good” ending is really tight, unfortunately! There’s not much room for error — and I think rescuing the civilians from the Bandits is pretty heavily weighted.

But, I didn’t know about the bad karma at the strip club. I’ve added it with my thinks!

Beef

On June 7, 2013 at 5:22 pm

I WAS SUCH A GOOD GUY THROUGH THE WHOLE GAME, BUT I PAID FOR THE LAP DANCE THREE TIMES. JESUS CHRIST, I’M SO SORRY I’M A SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD GUY WITH NEEDS. I PROMISE NEXT TIME I SAVE EVERY ING HUMAN BEING NOT TO TAKE A QUICK WANK BREAK.

Kyza

On June 11, 2013 at 3:10 am

@Beef

looooooooooool :D :D :D

Ray

On June 13, 2013 at 12:03 pm

@Beef

There’s nothing immoral about a “wank break”. Lol.

Denis

On June 24, 2013 at 12:44 am

@Ray

Haha, but not when every second of time is needed to save the rest of the world :D D

Jason Reddall

On June 24, 2013 at 8:22 am

Have just completed the game killing everybody that tried to kill me and still got the good ending, have seen so many “guides” to getting the good ending saying not to kill people buts its complete nonsense, all i did was spare anyone who surrendered, didn’t kill the demon on the roof, saved Pavel and made sure i explored everywhere and listened to peoples conversations. other than that i killed every Nazi, Commie and bandit and killed the traitor (cant spell his name).

Mazapan Azteca

On July 23, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Explore all the areas, you gain morality points if you are not a coward and get into hidden or dark spaces or rooms…

The first time I played it I got the bad ending… so the second time I followed all the list that is above, except I killed humans, I knocked out the ones who surrendered…. so its not necessary to complete separation, facility, revolution and bridge without killing humans….

You must hear the dialogues… even dough you might listen to some that might not give you the morality points…. :/

If you lose morality points and you notice it, just reload the last saved game and try it again, it works… so if you are a pervert just waste all your bullets with the hookers and reload hahahahaha

Deuce

On September 3, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Can’t wait to see winner

finderr

On January 16, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Wut. When sneaking around at anytime, I cleared any enemys I saw, and I still got the good ending.

snapta

On March 19, 2014 at 3:53 pm

You know it’s a ed up morality system when you win points by giving “money” to lazy people and lose points by paying the girls who are working in a honest job.

TheRealSh4d0wm4n

On August 14, 2014 at 6:43 am

:D almost at the end and i ONLY used kill moves and listen to NONE of the story’s xD

ecimir

On September 30, 2014 at 4:18 pm

I am pretty sure I did everything on gain morality list and still died in the end. I played on ranger hardcore mode first play.