|Pain Builds Character|
|Finish the game on hard difficulty.|
To ensure you unlock this trophy when you attempt to complete the game on hard, follow these steps:
Note that based on your performance in the game's "tutorial level", if you did extraordinary well, the game will automatically bump you up to Hard. This will not affect you earning the trophy.
There have been reports that this trophy does not unlock properly if you skip the ending credits. If that happens, simply beat the game again (you'll be taken back prior to making your last decision end game) and sit through the credits this time and it should unlock.
|Rate this trophy||Average Rating (Based on 7 votes)|
|Comment #1 by B45TI|
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 08:28:44 AM
When i started the game, i was never asked for which difficulity settings i would like to play. I saw the option in the option menu when i was fighting the beast for the first time. Then i Quickly changed it to hard. Is this enough for getting this trophy, anybody please tell me......
|Comment #2 by infavol|
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 04:02:48 AM
No, it is not. Just like in the first inFAMOUS, you must complete the entire game one hard without changing the difficulty as per the description.
|Comment #3 by specialed|
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 01:40:12 PM
I changed it after the 'tutorial' portion on the small island.
recieved the trophy during the final cinematic.
|Comment #4 by Warrior38|
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 04:30:08 PM
wait, so can i get the trophy if i put it on hard after beating the beast? i think thats what specialed said
|Comment #5 by StarGate55555|
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 07:01:52 PM
to finish the game on HARD is best on Evil Karma because you can level up faster due to many karma opportunities.
|Comment #6 by LIONS_EYE|
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 09:46:52 PM
Is inFAMOUS 2 on hard is harder than inFAMOUS 1?
Hard mode on first inFAMOUS wasn't much a problem, actually...
|Comment #7 by MageMustang|
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 10:11:25 PM
I started playing the game on the second playthrough but forgot to switch it to hard difficulty. Right after I got the first blast core and was trying out my powers the game said that it had adjusted my dificulty up to hard based on my preformance on the last mission. Does anyone know if this would still allow me to get the trophy for beating the whole game on hard or do I need to restart the game and make sure to change it when I am still in Empire City?
|Comment #8 by UnderCoverBrother|
Sunday, June 12, 2011 @ 05:38:56 AM
Replying to Comment #7 by MageMustang the same thing happened to me and I finished it on hard never switching it back and I DID NOT get the trophy. It may work for you but yeah just a heads up.
|Comment #9 by erdvilla|
Sunday, June 12, 2011 @ 10:20:49 AM
If you start the game in normal, lets say you complete your Good playthru, then before exiting that playthru go to options and select Hard, that way once you start your Bad Karma playthru you'll be in Hard from the very first moment.
It is easier to complete the Hard run as Evil because you can attack whatever you want and Bioabsorb anyone as it will give you bad karma but is useful on Blacked-out areas or during some fights where you can't reach a safe energy spot.
|Comment #10 by HMShero5|
Sunday, June 12, 2011 @ 12:43:19 PM
I just platinumed the game and to do this trophy I switched to Hard difficulty as soon as I jumped off the boat and went to fight the Beast for the first time.
|Comment #11 by infavol|
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 03:13:06 AM
I started the game on medium because I forgot to switch it right off the bat, got changed to hard like I was expecting it to, and then beat the game. No trophy. I am really mad.
FYI - It's easier to beat it with good karma because of the ice jump and shield. Saves your neck a few times. And the fact that citizens help your rather than try and kill you.
|Comment #12 by SmbdyBttrThnU|
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 08:13:08 AM
I loaded up the game selecting the option given for having completed Infamous 1 with full good karma (had a full bad one as well I could have chosen). When I went to cahnge my difficulty, it was already set at hard, probably from my Infamous 1 settings? I'm about to finish the game and will let you know if it unlocked, but I DID NOT change my difficulty setting at any point in my first play through.
|Comment #13 by dh4645|
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 10:06:12 AM
#12 i heard we were supposed to get something or other for having all the trophies of infamous 1, which i do, but i didn't get the option you are describing. can you explain more?
|Comment #14 by Castlecw|
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 11:12:37 AM
When you first start the game you get three option.
Start new game with good karma from inFAMOUS save
Start new game with evil karma from inFAMOUS save
Start new game.
The only things you get are
Good or Evil Trophies:
Start InFamous 2 at either Guardian or Thug rank
Junior Geologist Trophy:
Extra energy core
Member of The Mineral Club Trophy:
Two Extra energy cores
Good Finish Trophy/ Evil Finish Trophy and/or Hard Finish:
1,000 free XP
Trophies relating to Karmic Moments i.e Good Eats/ Evil Eats:
Slight changes to side missions, dialog, and Dead Drops. 
|Comment #15 by SmbdyBttrThnU|
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 10:31:13 PM
Ok, I just finished it and I was awarded the "Pain Builds Character" trophy.
|Comment #16 by JAD88|
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 @ 07:06:31 AM
It switched me to hard automatically on my second play through. just beat it. didn't get the trophy. pissed.
|Comment #17 by Marco|
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 02:17:50 PM
JAD88: the same...
|Comment #18 by SmbdyBttrThnU|
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:18:01 PM
Wish I could give suggestions, but it worked for me exactly as I stated in my earlier posts.
|Comment #19 by OMGmyFACE|
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 04:30:26 AM
It's probably best to treat this like the first game.
Evil playthrough on easy/medium first, start a New Game and the second you start controlling Cole, immediately switch to hard, proceed to play Good missions, profit in the form of a gold trophy.
|Comment #20 by Wolokowoh|
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 08:56:12 PM
@19 Actually I found being evil in both games to be easier. In Infamous 2 Napalm Grenades and Hellfire rockets are superior to their good counterparts because *SPOILER* the second half of the game you are fighting ice enemies. I know it does more damage to the crushers and titans on hard than the ice powers did to them on normal. *END SPOILER* Add in Bio Leech Overload and Ionic Drain. Plus you get more XP when your evil(Bystander, especially on the side mission Playing "Hero" which a good XP farm spot) so you get the abilities sooner. The same can be said about the first game because in both games the evil attacks require less precision and do wide spread damage while the good attacks are precise and little more powerful.
|Comment #21 by Blacwidow17|
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 03:34:00 AM
When starting the game on hard right away does the pop up still come on after the first mission saying "due to your performance on last mission you have been promoted to hard"? Cause I checked when I got off boat and it said hard. So wondering if it switched to normal and I didn't know
|Comment #22 by SmbdyBttrThnU|
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 07:40:51 PM
@#21 I started my games from "Infamous 1" saves that I had and never got prompted that the game was changing my difficulty. I checked it and it was on hard as soon as I got control of Cole.
|Comment #23 by Blacwidow17|
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 07:48:46 PM
Same here. When I got control of cole it said hard but after getting first blast core and getting new power the game pop up came up still about hard difficulty. If that happens regadless then I dk what to do cause I started a evil 2nd run on hard but half through I saw these posts about needing to be on hard right away and on that game the same thing happened about prompting me to stay on hard mode making me think it was on normal before when I might've been on hard from start. So I either risk it and finish that run or start from scratch to make sure its on hard
|Comment #24 by SmbdyBttrThnU|
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 07:56:44 PM
I'm starting to think from the info in these posts that I just got lucky then. I was really worried that it wouldn't give it to me after my first good play through, but it popped up. Seems glitchy though.
|Comment #25 by vix|
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 01:40:07 AM
yeah, i had it set to hard before i even loaded up my second playthrough just to be sure and right after i got the blast core, the pop up about playing on hard came up. i really hope i don't get screwed.
|Comment #26 by SmbdyBttrThnU|
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 11:28:09 AM
I started my second play through last night, selecting my continuation of my Infamous 1 evil game, and when I first started to fight the beast, I checked my difficulty level and it was set to hard. I intentionally dropped it down to easy. I have played well past the part where I get my first blast core and NEVER got prompted to change my difficulty or was instructed that it would stay the same. This is the same thing that happened on my first play through except it was set to hard and I never changed it.
|Comment #27 by insanelanus|
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 09:44:27 PM
I forgot to change the difficulty setting to hard until right before you fight the beast in the beginning and I still got the hard trophy, IDK, the game is kinda glitchy anyway
|Comment #28 by RJA92|
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 10:18:57 AM
Yeah, I've experienced some trophy glitches with InFamous 2. I did my first play through on medium just to have fun. Then, as i did in Infamous 1, I decided to kill two birds with one stone and beat the game on hard AND as a villain. From what I remember, in InFamous 1 I received the promp to change it to hard and when I beat the game, I got the trophy for beating it on hard. I assumed this would work for InFamous 2 but I went all the way to the end and was extremely saddened to find that I didn't get the trophy. Now I need to beat it a third time... oh well.
|Comment #29 by VoltJolt112|
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 @ 04:33:35 PM
What do you mean "pop-up?" I never saw anything. What I did was start new game, change the difficulty to hard, then start another new game OVER THAT file, and you'll already be on hard before you even get off the boat to fight the beast.
|Comment #30 by enemyatwar2773|
Thursday, June 23, 2011 @ 04:54:33 PM
#26: If you change your difficulty level manually, you will NEVER get the pop-up.
|Comment #31 by Warrior38|
Thursday, June 23, 2011 @ 09:31:49 PM
I just beat the game and got the trophy. I switched the game to hard AFTER THE FIRST FIGHT WITH THE BEAST. Right when i first jumped off the boat in New Marais. As long as you switched it to hard before the infamous 2 logo comes up you will get the trophy
|Comment #32 by VoltJolt112|
Thursday, June 23, 2011 @ 11:10:27 PM
Well I guess I'm set then! Moving on to "With Great Power Comes Greater Power." That's the only one I'm not sure about...
|Comment #33 by Elassassino93|
Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 12:07:08 AM
Just to be sure. I changed the difficulty to hard during the opening cutscene right before the tutorial beast fight. Got the trophy.
Also. It's best to go good karma for the hard playthrough. Don't know how many times ice launch, frost shield, magnum bolt, bolt stream, and sticky grenade pulled me out of the fire. It's also nice that I can actually stand in the street without getting mobbed by everyone within a 20 meter radius.
|Comment #34 by VoltJolt112|
Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 07:58:28 AM
Evil may actually be easier though because of Ionic Drain and Bio-Leech. It's not bad either.
|Comment #35 by celery distraction|
Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 02:12:41 PM
changed it as soon as i arrived in new marais and didnt get it :(
|Comment #36 by VoltJolt112|
Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 03:15:07 PM
I'm on Mission 30 on my second playthrough, which is currently maxed out on evil karma, and I'm playing on hard. I had it set to hard before I got off the boat. For anyone looking for this trophy, please use these tips. They should help, because that's the easiest way, and earliest way to change your difficulty. Please respond, it feels like you're all ignoring me.
|Comment #37 by Warrior38|
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 08:35:04 PM
#35 did you change it when you jump off in the swarm or when you actually got to the city?
|Comment #38 by GeoMaggs|
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 08:29:07 AM
I changed the difficulty to Hard after my first playthrough, saved, started a new game, checked during the first fight with the Beast and I was on Hard. I got the first blast core, and got a pop-up message stating that I was switching to Hard difficulty based on my performance in the last mission. I'm about half-way through the first island. I am now worried . . .
|Comment #39 by priyesh96|
Tuesday, July 05, 2011 @ 08:36:29 AM
when i started my seconde new game since the it was on hard then at the third level it said that you were promoted on hard. is this good
|Comment #40 by JonkoJohn|
Friday, July 08, 2011 @ 08:15:52 AM
What I like to do is play the first time on medium or easy on good and check the game out wwithout stressing, then play it on evil on hard, because mostly one evil you don't have to take the damage on you. I did this for inFamous1 but I don't know if it works for inFamous 2 still have to play it on evil.
|Comment #41 by ImDeath1234|
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 @ 05:01:22 PM
this trophie ruined my chance of having platinum. lol
|Comment #42 by DIAA 27|
Friday, July 29, 2011 @ 09:49:48 AM
WHEN I CONTROLLED COLE FOR THE FIRST TIME I PRESSED START AND CHANGE THE DIFFICULITY TO HARD , I GOT THE PLATINUM LOL !!
|Comment #43 by rodge|
Saturday, August 13, 2011 @ 09:22:45 PM
Thought I'd go for platinum for this game but I am now so pissed cause I played it on hard, except the part before the game itself chose HARD. So after finished the game on hard, and not gotten this trophy, I call it quits. Screw this game and it's wicked game twist that fooled me. GAH!
|Comment #44 by H1DD3N|
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 07:07:23 PM
im going for the hard trophy now and i change it as soon as i could control cole. according to everyone else i should be fine. we'll see. if im not ill be so mad...
|Comment #45 by xacuti|
Monday, August 29, 2011 @ 01:20:17 PM
try to change the difficulty as soon as possible, in one of the first
video's in the game is pressed
start and could directly change it to hard.
|Comment #46 by mw30|
Monday, August 29, 2011 @ 03:27:41 PM
To get this trophy I decided to play on the evil karma path. I think being good would have made it easier. The good path has better powers, in my opinion.
|Comment #47 by gohawkeyes143|
Thursday, September 22, 2011 @ 01:04:09 PM
@rodge Sorry dude
|Comment #48 by dominator1ful|
Friday, September 23, 2011 @ 11:54:05 AM
borowed the game from a friend, got every trophy exept for this one and good finish the i finsh on hard( it said baised on my performance in earlier mission at the start) then didn't get it!!! >:(
|Comment #49 by Rizzorian|
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 @ 05:39:04 PM
Found this easier to get playing Evil. THough I liked the powers better for hte good side. Story wise at the end Evil was easier.
|Comment #50 by AllxnB|
Thursday, September 29, 2011 @ 07:10:47 PM
Can confirm 100%, If you start the game while continuing on from any Infamous 1 Save, if you change to hard as soon as you get control of Cole this trophy will be valid. Just did it on easy and to be honest.... its a piece of the proverbial if you just spam rockets on Good ;)
|Comment #51 by AllxnB|
Thursday, September 29, 2011 @ 07:11:55 PM
Nugget, I meant to say just did this on Hard and it was easy to do ;) open mouth insert foot....
|Comment #52 by barakmh1|
Saturday, November 12, 2011 @ 06:19:59 AM
at the start of the game just change to hard and start a new game after changing, the hard dificulty will be set right from the start of the new game, do it just in case. have fun
infamous 2 - platinum #11
|Comment #53 by BURPA|
Monday, November 14, 2011 @ 07:21:01 AM
i have walked the game on the hard setting , but yet my trophy for completing on hard still didn't come up ,, it's the only one other than the platinum !!! DOING MY HEAD IN !!!
|Comment #54 by douggreen|
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 03:59:21 PM
I set the game to hard, then restarted. I checked the difficulty as soon as I got control and it was set to hard. After the the first mission in new marais a message popped up to say I had been promoted to hard difficulty because I had played well. I hope this doesn't mean for some reason the first part of the game wasn't on hard!
|Comment #55 by x9zachattack5x|
Monday, November 28, 2011 @ 10:46:42 AM
@#2 False. I did like 2 or 3 missions and then noticed I wasnt on hard difficulty then switched over.
|Comment #56 by x9zachattack5x|
Monday, November 28, 2011 @ 10:47:55 AM
Really easy, did this on my first play through like the first one.
|Comment #57 by PratikH|
Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 04:31:25 PM
For me, beating Hard Mode on inFamous 1 was way easier on the evil path than on the good path. Is it the same for inFamous 2 or is it the other way around?
|Comment #58 by Cunningz|
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 01:38:56 AM
Hard mode on both inFamous games isn't much of a challenge.
|Comment #59 by myakoopa|
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 12:39:25 PM
I personally found playing Hard along the Evil track far easier than Normal on Good. It may be because I knew how to play at that point, but it seems to me the baddies fall much, much faster than they did before. Plus, Drain is quite lovely.
|Comment #60 by KeverHans|
Monday, April 23, 2012 @ 07:14:32 AM
Funny how nobody answered the question that so many of you ave asked.
Like some of you i started the game on hard (checked it right from the start) and still got the pop-up. So i'll ask again: Will i get the trophy or not?
|Comment #61 by KeverHans|
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 06:52:59 AM
To answer my own question...
I got the trophy :)
|Comment #62 by misieque|
Saturday, April 28, 2012 @ 01:16:58 PM
It's easier than first Infamous, which was easy on hard.
|Comment #63 by Lars016|
Wednesday, June 06, 2012 @ 02:11:18 PM
What if I got the notice, that the difficulty was changed according to my performance (i got it although the difficulty was set to hard from the very beginning)? Does it mean I shouldn't continue, because I won't get the trophy, or I can play? Does that matter?
|Comment #64 by tjforever|
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 02:46:36 PM
@63 it says that regardless of wht difficulty you started on if you preformed well. even if you start on hard. as for continuing. idk. im on the 6th mission now
|Comment #65 by Dee4Life4444|
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 @ 07:45:50 AM
Here's what I did... I completed it on easy, playing as GOOD. When I completed the game, I cleaned up some trophies (dead drops, blast shards, etc) only leaving me to get the bad trophies. I then changed the difficulty to hard WHILE STILL PLAYING MY FIRST GAME. I then started a new game. This meant that when I started, it was already set to hard. Hope that helps some of you! :)
|Comment #66 by Zambezzi|
Saturday, June 30, 2012 @ 11:14:06 AM
Just be sure to change the difficulty to hard as soon you see Cole on the ship wih Zeke, the very first cutscene, and you're golden.
|Comment #67 by NilePuffer|
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 03:28:07 PM
I changed to hard before I started my 2nd run through. It notified me it was changing the difficulty to hard when I first got into town, but it was already on hard. I got the trophy anyway, but I was a little worried.
|Comment #68 by CGM|
Friday, August 03, 2012 @ 03:02:29 PM
When playing evil on hard, why does it seem really hard becuase on infamous 1 it was really easy but on this one it seem likes theres no cover anywhere, you get hit 2-3 times and you die, people blast you into the water all the time and just has a generally crap story line
|Comment #69 by Waldfreunde|
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 02:11:54 AM
I just accepted its turnover to hard, and no trophy... I'm really upset.
|Comment #70 by ZackLimp|
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 @ 12:09:52 PM
On normail right now, can't wait for hard. Awesome game
|Comment #71 by Yimmy|
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @ 07:45:03 PM
It was tough to beat it normal, i can just imagine it on hard...
|Comment #72 by JimmeC|
Thursday, September 27, 2012 @ 11:15:25 AM
Fucking bullshit... I set this to hard and finished the game thinking it was on it still. Trophy didn't pop and checked the difficulty settings... realised it's somehow reverted back to easy. Piece of shit game.
|Comment #73 by xKrAzY8sx|
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 04:53:31 PM
I hate the glitch on this trophy.
|Comment #74 by xKrAzY8sx|
Sunday, November 25, 2012 @ 06:06:04 PM
Finally got this trophy! Yay platinum number 6!
|Comment #75 by Acroniel|
Monday, November 26, 2012 @ 12:10:48 PM
Finished the game on hard twice now.. Still no trophie!!
Thnx Suckerpunch! Never getting the Plat for this one..
I´dd like to Suckerpunch you
|Comment #76 by Demon666Joker|
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 @ 04:17:05 PM
i started hard on evil once i got in new marais and beat the story and no trophy, do u need to beat the side missions as well to get trophy
|Comment #77 by ViveUtVivas|
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 08:09:49 PM
advice (at least worked for infamous 1) start a game and set it to hard.
Restart a new game, it will stick on hard from the last selection.
You should recieve it finally...
|Comment #78 by Akurei00|
Monday, January 14, 2013 @ 03:26:43 PM
My second playthrough was one of the automatic switching over to hard difficulty and not receiving a trophy kind. I feel that Infamous could've been improved if they had only included a start menu.
|Comment #79 by dxag0ps|
Saturday, January 26, 2013 @ 01:03:06 AM
Will i get the trophy if I start from inFAMOUS save data?
|Comment #80 by RisingRlyeh|
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 03:23:34 PM
This is real easy especially if you have the electrocution grenade (dlc) 'cause all you hoave to do is drain power from it whenever you're low and it still counts.
|Comment #81 by Steveg3331|
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 @ 01:24:04 AM
@79 No you need to go into the menu and physically change it. I ended up changing mine after I fought the beast for the first time and I still got the trophy. However this does not seem to be the case with everyone. Follow the advise of the trophy guide to ensure you get it. Either way you will still get the bonuses for playing the first inFamous game which is actually based on your trophy information, not your save data.
|Comment #82 by zwarrior96|
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 @ 03:24:37 PM
its much easier on evil gameplay :)
|Comment #83 by FNeves82|
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 03:40:48 PM
I still have to play this title on hard, but I think I'll do it as a bad guy, 'cause it will be much easier as you don't have to protect anyone and can destroy everything :D
|Comment #84 by Equin0x|
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 @ 03:12:51 PM
Wish i would have read this sooner. Just finished hard playthrough a few minutes ago and did NOT receive my trophy. I went by the game putting me in hard for my performance on the first mission. Guess I have to beat it all over again >.
|Comment #85 by Fettster777|
Friday, January 24, 2014 @ 06:56:15 PM
Surpsingly I've found it easier to kill enemies on hard with evil cole than on easy with good cole. Especially the ravagers and crushers. I haven't fought an ice titan yet though. One of the early missions took me forever to beat on hard. The one where you're riding a truck after saving Dr. Wolfe.
|Comment #86 by Landriethel|
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 06:50:20 PM
Gah, I finished the game on hard, but I didn't know it had to be started as hard. Oh well, I guess I'll have to play through it a third time.
|Comment #87 by thebran127|
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 @ 01:36:06 AM
Almost got it
|Comment #88 by Rudd|
Sunday, March 30, 2014 @ 12:31:58 PM
This is not as difficult as inFamous 1
|Comment #89 by AJNZulu|
Saturday, July 26, 2014 @ 10:04:28 PM
To all peeps new here. It's best to watch the ending credits completely.
|Comment #90 by ColinGnodde|
Thursday, August 07, 2014 @ 11:15:15 PM
@ #71 Yimmy, no offense, but if you thought this game was already tough on normal, you realy shouldn't be playing videogames. Infamous games are one of the easiest games to play, even on hard difficulty
|Comment #91 by DragonIrons|
Friday, December 05, 2014 @ 06:04:35 PM
@72..... same thing just happened to me, I'm so damn pissed right now, wasted 5 days... played this the first time on normal a couple years ago, now I decided to replay it on hard to get the Plat, and to refresh my memory before I play Festival of Blood and then First Son on PS4. I did the new game, change setting, then new game again and I'm damn sure I started on Hard... and I'm damn sure I didn't touch it since then. Beat the game and no trophy.... check the difficulty setting and it's ON EASY!!! WHAT THE FRACK?!? lol :(I thought things had gotten easier at some point but it didnt' dawn on me...... I thought I had just gotten used to the controls again heh.
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