• Estimated trophy difficulty: 2/10 (Personal opinion) (Trophy Difficulty Rating)
  • Offline trophies: 4 (1, 2, 1)
  • Online trophies: 2 (1, 1)
  • Approximate amount of time to 100%: 30 - 60 Minutes (Personal opinion) (Estimated Time to 100%)
  • Minimum number of playthroughs: 2 - 1 Arcade Mode Playthrough and 1 Hi Score Mode Playthrough
  • Number of missable trophies: 0
  • Glitched trophies: 0
  • Does difficulty affect trophies?: Not for the Arcade Mode Playthrough
  • Do trophies stack?: No
  • Do cheat codes disable trophies?: No cheats available.


Samurai Shodown is a fighting game that was originally released by SNK back in 1993, but has since been re-released and ported to the PS4 in its original arcade form thanks to the efforts of Hamster Corporation and Nippon Ichi Software. Samurai Shodown is a fighting game that focuses on weapon based combat, allowing you to choose from twelve unique characters. As it's an earlier fighting game it focuses more on single powerful strikes than complex combos.

Trophy Wise, Samurai Shodown is a very easy 100% to obtain, both for those familiar with fighting games and those new to the series. With well placed saves you don't have to worry too much about your Arcade playthrough in regards to obtaining enough points, the only real challenge will come from Hi Score mode. Even getting enough points in that mode will come easy though, once you've learned a few basic strategies and have familiarized yourself with the game.

Input Notation:

Input notation is used in fighting games like Guilty Gear, Persona and Blazblue to convey combos and inputs in an organized fashion, since writing down move names isn't visually appealing. In this guide I will reference moves in this format a few times, if you don't know how to read it, reading input notations is as follows:

1 = Left + Down
2 = Down
3 = Right + Down
4 = Left / Back
5 = Neutral / No input
6 = Right / Forward
7 = Left + Up
8 = Up
9 = Right + Up
J = Jump

Samurai Shodown has a control layout similar to that of other NeoGeo or 2D fighters, below is the default control configuration:

= Medium Kick
= Weak Kick
= Weak Slash
= Medium Slash
= Strong Kick
= Strong Slash
= Pause Menu

Additionally you can throw an opponent when next to them by pressing " + " or " + ". You can look at each characters moveset by going into the Pause Menu and going into the Manual, it will be on pages 10 through 13 .

On the bottom left hand corner of your screen you'll notice the "POW" meter, unlike other fighting games this meter doesn't build by hitting your opponent: but instead by being hit by your opponent. You can think of it as a rage or "comeback" mechanic. As the gauge gets closer to being filled, you will notice your character's skin turn red. When the meter is full, you will deal an increased amount of damage. You need to be cautious when your opponent's POW meter is full, as that can easily affect the outcome of the match if don't manage to dodge or block their attacks.


Step 1: Arcade Playthrough

The first thing you want to do when you arrive at the Main Menu is select "English Original Mode" from the top right, this is the Arcade Mode of the game. You don't have to worry about trophies initially, just try to get a feel for the game's pace and its mechanics for a while before focusing on your score when you feel comfortable enough. In this step you're trying to aim for a score of 300,000, which isn't very difficult. If you are having trouble though, refer to Score 300,000 points below in the trophy guide.

At the end of this step, you will have earned the following trophies:

Score 100,000 points
Score 200,000 points
Score 300,000 points
Record Score

Step 2: Hi-Score Mode Playthrough

After completing your Arcade Mode Playthrough, go back to the Main Menu and choose Hi-Score Mode from the bottom left. Hi-Score mode is essentially Arcade Mode with a fixed difficulty, meaning it will be a bit more difficult to obtain the score you need since you can't just choose the easiest difficulty. The score you're aiming to beat during this step is 100,000 points but for tips, refer to the HI SCORE Player trophy.

At the end of this step, you will have earned the following trophies:

Mark high score

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ACA NeoGeo: Samurai Shodown Trophy Guide

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  • The score has been posted to the online rankings.

    You will unlock this and Score 300,000 points, after you upload your score to the leaderboard.

  • High score has been updated.

    This trophy is tied to beating the record score while in Hi Score mode. While the game doesn't outright tell you what the record is, the Hi Score is somewhere around 90,000 and 95,000 points. Once you have accumulated that many points and the mode ends, you will be prompted to post your score onto the leaderboards. Do so and the trophy will unlock. For tips on reaching this score, refer to HI SCORE Player.

  • The score won 100,000 points

    See Score 300,000 points.

  • The score won 200,000 points

    See Score 300,000 points.

  • The score won 300,000 points

    In Original Mode, you need obtain a score of 300,000 points to unlock this trophy. That may sound like a lot but there are many things you can do to make this a relative breeze. The first thing you should do is access the Pause Menu from Original Mode and go to Game Settings, select the difficulty and set it to "Level 1" which is the lowest setting. Then, go to Time Settings and choose Slowest. This is helpful because you obtain bonus points depending on your time remaining, and you may also receive more bonus points if you defeat the opponent under a certain amount of time. Additionally, you can take advantage of the "Create Interrupt Save Data" feature at the beginning of each round to ensure you always win. For example: If you win the first round, save your game but if you lose the next two then quit out to the XMB before the win screen comes up. Now reload the game and resume your progress from the last match you won. You can continue doing this method until you win. When it comes to down to battle strategies, refer to the Haomaru tactics that I detail in HI SCORE Player. Once you have obtained 300,000 points, this trophy will unlock.

  • The score has been posted to the online rankings in the "HI SCORE MODE".

    In Hi Score mode you will be tasked with setting a Hi Score after defeating enough opponents. It should be noted that while you can pause during this mode you cannot resume from the pause menu so you will need to complete this trophy in one sitting. The Hi Score you will need to beat is somewhere around 76,000 but it can be difficult to get that score because of the difficulty of the CPU. I would suggest picking Haomaru, because he has a simple moveset and you can obtain quite a few wins by following the pattern below:


    • When a match starts, use Haomaru's attack: it has good range and speed which makes it a great poking tool to keep the opponent at bay.
    • When the opponent is far away enough from you, use your 236 projectile. The opponent will almost always jump over it towards you, if they jump towards you use your crouching to anti air them. The CPU will do this often, allowing you to net some consistent damage if you keep spamming 236 and anti airing them appropriately.
    • The bulk of Haomaru's damage though comes from his attack, you will want to use this in tandem with his poke: as even though they cover the same range his Heavy Slash is noticeably slower. When they're at the right range, Heavy Slash them but use to push them into Heavy Slash distance if they get too close to you.

    Once you obtain 76,000+ points and either beat the mode or lose intentionally to update the score, the trophy will unlock.

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