If you’ve been playing a lot of Risk of Rain 2, you’ll eventually want to obliterate yourself at the obelisk. This is an end-game option that concludes your run and leaves the Survivor’s fate unknown. It’s also tied into the True Respite challenge needed to unlock the Mercenary. Here’s how to obliterate yourself at the obelisk in Risk of Rain 2 following update version 1.0.
How to Obliterate Yourself at the Obelisk
To obliterate yourself at the obelisk, you’ll need to reach the area called A Moment, Fractured. You can get there by entering a Celestial Portal. Approach the obelisk, then choose to obliterate yourself to end the game.
Here’s how it works. First, you need to find a Celestial Portal. These only appear on the third stage after your first loop, meaning you’ll need to bypass the Primordial Teleporter in stage five. Instead of activating the teleporter after the boss wave, choose instead to go through the Blue Portal. This will take you to the Bazaar Between Time. Once you leave, you’ll be kicked back to the first environment, completing your first loop.
In your second loop, the first environment becomes stage six. You need to survive long enough to reach the end of stage eight. Alternatively, you can find a Celestial Portal in the third stage of each loop — stage 13, stage 18, stage 23, so on and so forth. After completing the teleporter event, you’ll see a Celestial Portal spawn. Step through it to be transported to A Moment, Fractured.
This area can be a little scary: You need to jump down a series of rocks to reach the obelisk at the end. However, the rocks only appear once you approach, and you’ll have to make a few jumps blind. It’s easy if you have extra Hopoo Feathers or Wax Quails, but it can be tricky for less-nimble survivors.
At the obelisk, interact with it twice to obliterate yourself. Your Survivor will disappear, their fate left unknown, and you’ll be thrown back to the title screen. It’s not much of an ending, but it does serve as a way to conclude runs that have been dragging on for a while.
True Respite and Beads of Fealty
Two different things can happen when you obliterate yourself at the obelisk. The first is as described above: You simply disappear and the game ends. This is the ending needed to complete the True Respite challenge, which unlocks the Survivor known as Mercenary.
However, there’s a second option. If you have the Beads of Fealty Lunar Item in your inventory, you won’t immediately be obliterated. Instead, you’ll be transported to A Moment, Whole, where you’ll face off against an optional boss.
In this area you’ll have to fight one of four Twisted Scavengers. These are tremendously powerful enemies with a suite of different items, and they are not easy to take down. However, if you come out victorious, you’ll be rewarded with a Scavenger’s Sack containing 10 Lunar Coins. Even the game’s main ending doesn’t give that kind of reward. As such, this is the preferred conclusion for those trying to farm Lunar coins.
Of course, after the Twisted Scavenger has been defeated, your run will still end. You’ll disappear, having been destroyed by the planet. It’s basically the same ending, just with a slight twist and an extra reward.
Choosing to obliterate yourself at the obelisk is one of three different endings in Risk of Rain 2. Prior to update version 1.0, it was the only ending available. However, now that there’s a new final boss and proper ending cinematic, obliterating yourself is mainly used to complete the True Respite challenge and unlock the Mercenary.