Estimated Difficulty: ??/10 (Platinum Difficulty Thread)
Offline Trophies: 45 (24 , 19 , 1 , 1 )
Online Trophies: 0
Estimated Time to Platinum: 35-50 hours
Minimum Number of Playthroughs: 1 (if you save before the point of no return, see Step 1)
Missable Trophies: 22 (Many you will get through natural play, but are technically missable. Check individual trophy descriptions for more details)
Glitched Trophies: None
Do cheats disable trophies?: No cheats
Does Difficulty affect trophies?: Yes (Must play through entire game on Gothic difficulty for Conqueror)
This is the fourth game in the Gothic series, and the first venture onto the PS3. This Complete Tale version comes bundled along with the expansion pack Fall of Setarrif. There's an open world to explore, and enemies around every corner so keep your wits about you at all times. The graphics and controls do feel dated, and can be frustrating, but don't let that put you off giving this game a try. Enjoy your journey across Argaan!
Step 1: Complete the game on Gothic difficulty and collect all collectibles
When you start a new game, make sure to choose Gothic. This is the hardest difficulty available and will prove a challenge to begin with. Once you've got the combat down and mastered the art of dodging () and the trick of shooting with your bow whilst backing away, you should have few problems. Make sure to save often as the autosave is not that frequent, and keep your eye on gathering all the collectibles in each area you are in to make things quicker and easier on yourself (2 missable recipes on the first island, see Master Chef). Use the map and the videos provided in those trophies to help you with these.
Mix up your offensive strategy so that you get all the combat related trophies, swapping to a different method of killing your enemies as you unlock them. You should not need to buy anything from the vendors apart from a few arrows if necessary and the missable recipes Mama Hooqua sells. The best weapons and equipment will be either given to you, or you'll find them as you go. Feel free to sell any old equipment and weapons you're not going to use anymore, and any recipe scrolls that you've already learnt. Do not, however, sell any consumables or Misc items (unless they are labelled as "loot") as they may come in handy.
To help speed up getting to level 30, you'll want to complete every quest you can; this is also useful because a lot of the quests give you recipes as rewards and you'll need all of these to get the trophy Master Chef. If you don't reach level 30 by the end of the game or have 200 thousand gold, don't worry as you can play the expansion as stated in Step 2 and you'll reach it there.
All the quests are marked on your map as exclamation marks and you can set waypoints to help you find your way. There are also teleports to help speed up your travel across the land, but these are few and far between and sadly only let you travel within the area you're currently in.
Make sure to create a save when you're in Thorniara just after you're told about the teleporter in the Lighthouse. This is the point of no return, if you don't create a save and then use the teleporter you'll have to restart the game over and play through it again to pick up any collectible based trophy if you missed some earlier.
In this step you will earn:
Bane of the Bandits
Champion of Silverlake
Master of the Elements
Chosen by Fire and Shadow
Forged by Destiny
You should also try and earn:
Army of One
Richer than Diego
Step 2 (if needed): Play Fall of Setarrif to get any remaining gold/level related trophies
Once you've defeated the final boss in Arcania you immediately start the expansion pack, Fall of Setarrif, with your character and all your items and experience come across with you. You can change the difficulty down to Easy in the options menu and then play through this until you reach level 30. After a few quests you'll reach Milten, near him to the north east is a trader. Save and then sell everything you have and see if you reach 200,000 to get the trophy. If you don't then reload, continue playing for a while and then go back and resell everything. Keep doing this until eventually you reach that 200,000 mark.
Step 3 A (if needed and if you kept a save from before using the teleporter in Thorniara): Load your save in Thorniara and mop up any trophies you've missed
Reload the save and then go to the options menu and change the difficulty down to Easy to make the backtracking as painless as possible. Use the videos, map and locations guides in the trophy descriptions below to help you find what you're missing, and search around for enemies to get the combat trophies if you require them.
Step 3 B (If needed and you didn't make a save before using the teleporter): Playthrough again on Easy
If you didn't keep a save in Thorniara then you'll need to start a new game and play through it all again, this time concentrating on whatever trophies you missed the first time round. Stats do not carry over, so if you do need the 1000 kills you'll start from 0 when you start a new game.
This will be the most useful combat technique you have, by pressing and a direction you roll out of harms way. Luckily most enemies attacks are slow and easy to read so make use of this to get the advantage on them.
Press and open the options menu, under the gameplay section is a tickbox where you can turn enemy health bars on. This is very useful!
Sheathing Your Weapon
To do this you must press and hold , after a couple of seconds you will put your weapon away. When you have your weapon drawn you move at around half speed, so it's best to keep it sheathed when you're not in combat.
Backing Away and Shooting
This is a great tactic for most situations where going in swinging seems a bad idea. Simply back away whilst firing your bow and whittle away the enemies health. Once you've backed away far enough the enemy will retreat back to it's original spot and you can recover your health, then go back and finish them off. Any damage you do to them does not regenerate when they run away. Also note that you cannot harm an enemy that is running back to it's original location.
As you level up you earn skill points, each level giving you three that you can allocate as you wish. Personally I would advise you to stick your points into Discipline, Precision and Zeal. This will increase your melee damage, your ranged damage and give you the fire spell which is the most damaging spell in the game.
Make sure to check every dead enemy, open every chest you come across, pick up every herb and generally clean out every room you enter. You have a limitless inventory so it does no harm to stock up and a lot of the items will come in handy.
MMDE - For the Trophy Guide Template
Hakashi - For the Collectibles Map
Shini1984 - For the Collectibles Videos
II OE II - For the Recipe locations
[PS3T would like to thank Xander45 for this Road Map]