Chrono Trigger has various endings, different ways of beating the game. The ways to obtain these, at what time period in the game they are accessible, and a description of each ending are listed below. Realize that these are spoilers and if you have yet to play the game all the way through, it could ruin your happy fun time of your Chrono Trigger experience. That would be bad. The names of these endings that are listed are named such that they will match the Playstation version of Chrono Trigger in the Extra mode of the game where you can view and play the multiple endings by selecting them and pressing the confirm button. Here we go.

Beyond Time
This is the normal ending if you challenge Lavos at the end of the game. If you defeat Lavos after restoring Crono, the opening scene of the game is shown, except that it is a soldier waking Crono up, saying he will be executed. The king pretends to be upset, but then praises him for saving the past, present, and future. If you let the Chancellor out of the chest after the "Rainbow Shell" incident, he will be there; otherwise, it will be Pierre, the lawyer. Several characters appear [Doan, King Guardia from 400 AD, & Kino] saying what the team members had done. Marle realizes that these characters are her ancestors and descendants. After the Moonlight Parade at the fair, the characters assemble at the north side of the fair grounds and leave.

- Variations:
If you didn't crash Epoch into Lavos, then Crono's cat jumps into the time gate, followed by Crono's mother. If you got extra cats, they all jump in together. Crono, Lucca, and Marle take the Epoch to find them. Meanwhile, the king is stuck trying to hang the Nadia Bell. If you crashed Epoch into Lavos, then the gate closes after the team members leave, and Marle, Lucca, and Crono talk to the King, who shows the Nadia Bell. Marle ends up holding some balloons and starts to float away. Crono jumps on, and the two of them float away while the credits roll.
- Note: if you killed Magus, he doesn't appear in this ending, but the rest is pretty much the same. Also, if you didn't get a clone before Crono is killed, talk to the Keeper and he will tell you to go to the fair.

If you beat Lavos before you restore Crono, you end up at the End of Time. Everyone is lying on the ground. You can control the characters, and when you talk the Guru, and he tells everyone that the gate is closing and they have to leave. All the other characters except Lucca and Marle leave to their respective times. Marle arrives at the Fair, walks in the Moonlight Parade by her self. She then sees the team members throughout the fair crowd.
When she goes back to the north part of the fair, they are all there. The other characters go back for Crono, and Marle sees her father, who asks her to install the new bell he has made in her honor. She is carried off by the balloons while the credits roll. She lands near a tree like the one on Death Peak, and in the distance you can see Crono coming. Marle runs towards him and the screen fades to black.

The Dream Project
- This is argueably the hardest ending to obtain.
There are two ways to get this ending. Jump on the right Telepod at the beginning of the game. Don't talk to anyone and Marle will go with you. You better try this after a Game+. Make sure you equip them well, and set the controller the way you want it before you enter the telepod. The second way to get this ending is to beat Lavos when you first fight him in the Ocean Palace.
You end up at the End of Time. Each of the characters you see represent actual members of the Chrono Trigger development team. They say a variety of things: from saying hello to their family, jokes about how long and hard they worked, boasting about what they did, etc. One of them says: "Legendary Programming waiting for that Special Someone. Waiting for those cards and letters." In the SNES version, one of them told you there were ten endings. Of course, there were really 12. For the PlayStation version, it was changed to winning the 10,000,000 Yen Jackpot.

The Successor of Guardia
Use the telepod as soon as you get back from 400 AD. You end up at the Fair. Some people tell Marle she is dressing normally, while others say she is in a costume. When at the Castle, the King says they have just found a 400 year old wedding movie. Frog and Queen Leene, or a descendent, are married and Marle's father is a frog.

Good Night
Use the bucket at the End of Time as soon as you get there. You will have to talk to the Guardian of Time and Spekio first. During the credits a Nu and a Ribbit are chasing each other and doing various antics. The Nu keeps falling asleep while the Ribbit is harassing it. "THE END" has two 'Z's above it.

Legendary Hero
You can ge this ending as soon as you go to 600 AD the second time, but when you finish and try to save the system file, the game will think you are trying to save ending 5 instead of 6. So, wait until you hear that Tata is the Legendary Hero, but before you get the Hero's Badge from him.
The first scene shows Robo and his wife (or girlfriend) in front of the Leene Bell in the Future. The girl runs into Robo just like Marle runs into Crono at the start of the game. You then see them sitting together at the peak of Denadoro Mountain, similar to the "Beyond Time" ending, but without the Epoch streaking across the sky. The next scene shows Tata sitting on the throne with King Guardia & Leene standing around. Tata jumps off the throne, runs after Magus, only to find Crono, Marle, and Lucca laughing at him.

The Unknown Past
Beat Lavos after you get the Hero Medal from Tata. During the credits, there are a number of clips of scenes with the various characters. Most are about scenes that you wouldn't see and characters you haven't met: Crono, Marle, and Lucca coming out of the closet in the monster village.. Kino & Ayla chasing reptites.. Magus at the cove with his three henchmen.. King Guardia & Queen Leene.. Frog in the Cursed Woods.. and at the end Robo running across the screen.

People of the Times
Beat Lavos after you get the Gate Key back in 65,000,000 BC. While the credits are rolling, various still characters are displayed singular or in groups around the credits.

The Oath
Beat Lavos after the Masamune is repaired and Frog joins you. You start out at Lucca's house, where she is fixing Robo. During the credits you see scenes of Frog. He defeats each of Magus' fiends, and then goes after Magus himself. After the battle with Magus, you see Frog standing on top of the statue above the gate to Magus' castle.

Dino Age
Beat Lavos after you defeat Magus. Ayla will wake you up in 65,000,000 BC. The opening scene is repeated, except that Crono and his Mother are Reptites! When you go to the Millennial Fair, everyone there are reptites as well, except for the Green Jogger, who is human. After the credits, Azala is alone on the screen, and "THE END" drops on her.

What the Prophet Seeks ...
Beat Lavos after you defeat Azala at the Tyrano castle. During the credits, you see a scene of Frog approaching the statue of Magus in the Cathedral from 400AD. It is the same statue in the Dream Team ending. You also see a number of scenes with Magus, Schala, and Janus.

A Slide Show?
Beat Lavos after you see Schala use her pendant to open up the door, but before you power up Marle's pendant. This will be a slide show, with comments from Lucca and Marle about all the men in the game. At the end, Crono actually talks!

Bad Ending (If Lavos beats you)
It is not a true ending, but..
If you lose the fight agains Lavos, you see Lavos coming out of the earth, the command center in the future collapses.

Other stuff:

The best way to see all the endings is to complete the entire game and get the first ending. Take your time so that you can build your levels up for all the characters. It's not about how quick you can beat the game, it's the enjoyment of playing it all the way through.

Once you get Ayla, try doing Charm on all the enemies. There are a number that have magic, speed, or power tabs. Many of these will reappear if you leave and come back. That is an easy way to increase your stats.

Once you have beaten the game, you can start a "New Game Plus", which will start the game over with whatever levels, equipment, and items you ended up with. This means you will be able to breeze through the game the next time around. The first ending you should be able to get during this second time through is Ending 3, the Dream Team ending. Save just before you go into the back of the Millenial Fair, then hop on the right transport. After you beat Lavos, restart the game, starting from where you last saved. Then continue through the game until the next ending. You should be able to get all the remaining endings during this second time through the game. If you feel lucky, beat Lavos at the Ocean Palace and get Ending 3 the second way. Once Crono is gone, and you get out of the Blackbird and Epoch, and meet with Magus, you can then beat Lavos again to get Ending 2.

Often, it really doesn't matter how you get to Lavos. If you use Epoch, there is a flight scene where you crash into Lavos. If you use the bucket, you first fight the Lavos Spawn shaped monster. Once you beat this monster, it stays beaten. If you leave at this point and come back later, it will just be a shell.

The endings can be slightly different, depending on if you crash into Lavos with Epoch, or if you get to him via the Black Omen or the bucket at the End of Time. Sometimes, the endings are radically different (e.g., you will see Frog or Glenn, depending on whether you killed Magus or not).

If you want to be able to see any of the endings whenever you want, you will have to set aside an entire memory block. There are 12 endings, each one would require one block. You also need one for the System File. There is room for 15 blocks on a memory card, which means you only have two blocks to work with for saving during the game. One of those you probably want to use just before you meet Magus at the Northern Cape.

The endings are slightly different if you fight Magus or if you let him join you, so you probably want to save just before you meet him so see all the variations. Another variation depends on whether you save Lucca's mother, so you might want to save Fiona's side quest until the end, so you can see the two endings without having to redo too much of the game. So, that's endings 1 through 12 in slots 1 through 12, the save before meeting Magus in slot 13, and a save before Fiona's quest in 14. Finally, the system file goes into slot 15. Now you can see any ending you want within a half hour after you beat Lavos.

Tips on How to Beat Lavos:

There are plenty of ways to beat Lavos. You should experiment with the characters you have and how hard they hit with their double combos. Much depends on the magic level of your characters. Everytime I get a Magic Tab, I usually feed it to Lucca. She is the best offensive magic user: her Flare is very powerful. Marle, on the other hand, is pretty useless, IMHO. Her cure spells don't really do that well, and they are mostly single spells. Frog and Robo, on the other hand, have better multiple character cures. I have found that the best team is Lucca and Frog, who can do Frog Flare, and Robo, who can either do Uzzi Punch or Heal Beam, depending on everybody's status.

Start by doing your strongest spells that attach all the enemies. Your goal, of course, it to finish off the right bit. However, as long as the center character is alive, the right bit has high defense. As soon as the center character is killed off, concentrate on the right bit with your hardest attacks. Usually, those are single enemy attacks, but can be multiple instead. For me, Frog Flare was stronger than any single spell, so I tended to use that all the time. The third character healed when necessary, and attacked otherwise.

When the center character is gone, concentrate all your efforts in doing as much damage as possible to the right bit. After the center character is resurrected, you still have a couple of turns to beat up the right bit before the defense gets restored. Take adavantage of every chance you get. Even if one of your characters are somewhat low, keep hitting the right bit. If needed, use a MegaElixer to restore everybody's HP and MP at the same time. Remember, you have saved your game before you started, and you will restart the game using that save. That means no matter how many items you use to beat Lavos, they will all be there when you restart the game.