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Trophy & Achievement Guide
- Time to Platinum: 30+ hours (on Easy)
- Platinum Difficulty: 5/10 (mostly skippable effort but needs 3 playthroughs)
- Playthroughs required: 3
- Missable Trophies: None
Most Efficient way to Platinum:
- First Playthrough: Do only necessary sidequests for item unlocks and things that are easy to find, until you unlock City Ruins: Cave and complete Alien Report. This opens up teleporting around the world, making side quests much easier. Most of your sidequests will vanish once you arrive at the Flooded City during Missile Supply Mission, so if you want to finish stuff do it before that.
- Second Playthrough: Focus on obtaining weapons and quests available only to 9S, such as ones in Locked Chests and such
- Third Playthrough: You’ll swap between 9S and A2 – giving you option to grind the Hacking and Berserker trophies. Pay attention to the Endings to get A2 and then 9S and see the “final” credits.
- Cleanup: You will now have chapter select and can go everywhere and complete every sidequest you may have missed, or get additional endings, do fishing, etc.
- Optional / Cheat / Shortcut: You can unlock a “trophy shop” that allows you to buy trophies with in-game currency. This is only available after completing your third playthrough. Here’s how to unlock the trophy shop.
Stare into space from the Bunker. Unmissable Story: Reboot
Vestiges of Prosperity
Arrive at the city ruins. Unmissable Story: Gathering Intel
It’s a Healthy Baby Boy!
Complete the desert area. Unmissable Story: The Machine Surge
We Await Your Next Visit
Complete the amusement park ruins. Unmissable Story: MIA
Creation and Insurrection
Complete the alien ship. Unmissable Story: Alien Recon
The Mechanical Kingdom
Complete the forest castle. Unmissable Story: The Forest Kingdom
Ruler of the Deep
Complete the flooded city. Unmissable Story: Missile Supply Mission
Those Who Love Humans
Complete the copied city. Unmissable Story: 9S Captured
Complete the abandoned factory. Unmissable Story: Twisted Religion
One Battle Ends
Achieve ending A. Unmissable Story: Threat Disposal
A New Battle Begins
Achieve ending B. Second Playthrough Ending: Threat Disposal (9S)
Watch 2B die. Third Playthrough Unmissable Story: Loss
Control A2 for the first time. Third Playthrough Unmissable Story: Destroy Machines
Grant Pascal’s final request. Third Playthrough Unmissable Story: Pascal’s Despair
Stop all resource recovery units. Third Playthrough Unmissable Story: Obtain Keys
Crime and Punishment
Watch the final moments of Devola and Popola. Third Playthrough Unmissable Story: Tower Infiltration
Leaving for the New World
Achieve 9S’s ending. Third Playthrough: Choose 9S for final battle in To the Top Floor
Achieve A2’s ending. Third Playthrough: Choose A2 for final battle in To the Top Floor
The Minds That Emerged
View the final credits. Third Playthrough: Choose 9S for final battle after obtaining Ending C and D, then deny Pod 153’s request to delete data. Survive the mini-game. See Endings Guide
The Circle of Death
Have your body collected. Collect your own body after you die.
Cherish Our Resources
Have 100 bodies collected. Play online. When you see dead player YoRHa units, pray for them and then “Retrieve”
Complete your first quest. Complete any one Side Quest
80% of all quests completed. Complete most Side Quests: here is a full list, with rewards
80% of all archives found. Find most Archives (click for full list)
Destruction is My Job
80% of all plug-in chips collected. Here’s a list of Plug-in Chips
All Pod programs obtained. Here’s a list of all Pod Programs
Tools of the Trade
Supreme Support Weapons
Fighting’s Not My Thing
Play your first hacking game. During your second playthrough, press and hold triangle to hack an enemy.
A Scanner’s Power
100 machine lifeforms destroyed by hacking. Detonate 100 enemies when hacking.
Machines vs. Machines
50 machine lifeforms destroyed by remote control. Use Remote Control and destroy 50 enemies with your remotely controlled machine.
The Power of Hate
50 machine lifeforms destroyed with berserk mode. Activate Berserk Mode (L3 and R3) on your third playthrough as A2, and destroy machines while in it. Equip health regenerating chips to counter the damage. Easy to unlock in highly populated areas such as the Desert Housing where you initially fought Adam.
Ruler of the Skies
255 enemies destroyed using a flight unit. Simply destroy as many enemies as you can each flight section you are given. Should unlock towards end of first playthrough.
Materials gathered at a hidden harvest point 10 times. Equip the Pod Program A170: Scanner, and hold down L1 as you walk around in any zone. Listen for the sound to become more frequent, and follow the direction of the increased beeps until you reveal an item. Do this 10 times.
All Pods found. Here’s a list of All Pods.
Desire Without Emotion
At least 100,000 G in possession. Easier than it sounds, simply manage your G by not purchasing much and selling useless plug-in chips and valuables. Machine Cores are of exceptional value.
A Round by the Pond
20 different kinds of fish caught. Here’s a list of all the fish you can collect, and how to fish.
Wait! Don’t Kill Me!
10 friendly machine lifeforms destroyed. After you unlock Chapter Select, go to Pascal’s Village and kill the peaceful machines there. Don’t save after it unlocks if you don’t want their oil on your hands.
What Are You Doing?
2B’s secret discovered 10 times. Use the camera to peek up 2B’s skirt and see her panties. She will swap the camera away when you do it right. Perform this creepy act 10 times.
Not That I Mind…
1 hour played with 9S in a certain state. This can be done at any time after you self-destruct 9S by holding (L3+R3), after that his pants will blow off so spend 1h without his pants (they will return if you use the teleporter).
Come Take a Look!
Emil’s shop used for the first time. After completing the Forest Zone, check for Emil’s mask on the map, he’s usually near the Desert: Camp area. You should shoot at him once to make him stop running around, then talk to him to access his shop.
All endings achieved. There are 26 endings for the game, that can be saved one over another. Do this on your third playthrough by using chapter select and our Endings Guide.
The place of memories has been visited. Complete Emil’s Memories and use the Elevator Key at the commercial facility to unlock a Nier easter egg.