If you frequently explore, understands the lore, always talks with npcs, then you're most likely be getting the 3 endings without reading the guide. The dragon homecoming ending is a bit hidden at first, but the old lady asking for rice made it easy :)
I agree with this because i played this game patiently and explored and talked to anyone i could just because i wanted to make the game seem longer, i could see how some ppl tho would not want to do that and the guide could be very helpful tosave time
Ummm.... I think I made a big buubuu, So I got the 2 important ingredients for the "Return" ending right and went to the Divine Child and gave her 1 important ingredient but did not give her the other one...Then whateever happened to me i went to the idol and rested and the door shut...I'm so stupid, can i still get the return ending as i progress?
Hey! It’s me again so ye I did get the frozen tears just now all I have to do is just get the flower and the stone and stay loyal to kuro, burn the incense and after that I went to the divine child and man! I’m so glad to meet the child again… LEZGO GET THE PLATINUM!!!
For the purification ending, I can't get Kuro to spawn near the incense burner so that I can eavesdrop. I've got the shelter stone and the mortal blade but haven't killed the ape yet this playthrough. I've exhausted all dialogues and have reset the area numerous times. Not sure what I'm missing because I know I've gotten through these steps on other playthroughs.
for the return ending, if you get the holy chapter early, it needs to be stated that you then have to go fight genichiro to progress. You will not have access to the illusive hall bell to start the cutscene until after genichiro fight.
I did the Purification ending on my first playthrough because I remember getting the Aromatic Flower at some point. I never killed Lord Kuro and I watched Sekiro sacrifice himself to end the Dragon's Heritage.
You can sort of naturally run into the return ending by remembering that the hags asked for rice and going back and forth to request it from the divine child and give it to them. After that the questline holds your hand a bit more than the guide might imply. The purification ending just looks silly though.
After reading through this. It seems to me that I almost completed all the steps for the return ending on my first playthrough, but didn't talk to someone at the right time or something cause I got the Immortal Severance ending instead. ****
Why must Miyazaki always make the coolest ending the bad one? DS3 you have to betray all your friends but you become the lord of darkness. Sekiro you kill all your friends but you become the god of war or something similar. Elden ring you set the world on fire but it looks really cool.