- Estimated trophy difficulty: 5/10 (Personal Estimate) (Platinum Difficulty Rating)
- Offline trophies: 38 (12, 23, 2, 1)
- Online trophies: 0 (A couple of trophies are easier to get online)
- Approximate amount of time to platinum: 50-70 Hours (Estimated Time to Platinum)
- Minimum number of playthroughs: 2.5
- Number of missable trophies: 3, Master of Sorcery, Master of Pyromancy, Lucatiel and any NPC related trophy if you kill them
- Glitched trophies: 0
- Does difficulty affect trophies?: No difficulty setting
- Do trophies stack?: Yes, separate list from the PS3 version
- Do cheat codes disable trophies?: No cheats
Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin is a remaster of the original PS3 game marking the Souls series debut on PS4. In this iteration, it has been revamped with crisp 1080p visuals all running in a silky smooth 60fps for the Definitive Souls experience complete with all DLC. On first glance, you will see the trophies are identical to the PS3 version, however the Hex/Micracles/Sorcery/Pyromancy from the DLC are now required for each respective trophy.
Important information before you start
If you have played Dark Souls 2 on PS3, you will feel right at home. Here, I have listed some important points and changes in the PS4 version of the game you should take note of, as well as things to focus on whilst playing.
DO NOT KILL ANY NPC's - I cannot stress this enough. Do not kill any NPC's under any circumstances. This can cause you to miss out on a lot of trophies relating to NPC's in the game. Ensure you exhaust the dialogue of all NPC's you come across. As long as you do not kill any NPC's and exhaust all their dialogue whenever you see them, no trophies are missable!
Enemy & Item Placement - A lot of items and enemies have been moved around and remixed in this version. Nothing too drastic, but you will notice a lot of Estus Flask Shards have been moved, though they are generally in the same areas as they appeared before, so you won't have much trouble finding them. Some of the Fragrant Branch of Yore have been moved around. You can find more in the game and there are a lot more statues to use them on. For example, to reach the Ruin Sentinels, you have to use one on a statue blocking the doorway leading to them. The Dull Ember has also been moved to Lost Bastille as opposed to the Iron Keep. Estus Shard location differences are listed here; branches here and Sublime Bone Dust here. Enemy placement has also been altered. For example, in Heide's Tower of Flame, you will notice several Heide Knights throughout the level and a Dragon right outside the Old Dragonslayer Boss! There is nothing too drastic in terms of enemy placements that make the game overly difficult, but you will notice some changes if coming from the PS3 version.
Lightning Spears and Faith Builds - Since the PS3 release, Faith and Lightning Spear miracles have been nerfed heavily. You can no longer spam them as much to easily defeat all enemies and bosses in the game, as they do far less damage without heavy stat investment. I do not recommend relying on them too much as they can be outclassed by Sorcery and Hexes.
NPC Support and Invaders - In this release, the amount of summoned NPC's and Invaders has been increased. For most bosses, you can summon NPC's to help you and take all the agro, e.g for bosses such as The Rotten, The Lost Sinner and The Duke's Dear Freja, you can summon 2-3 NPC's which pretty much trivialises the difficulty of them; some of these include Bradley of the Old Guard and Sellsword Luet, bear in mind bosses will gain increased health when you summon NPC's or other players so take this in to account as well as you may find some fights easier solo. What you may also notice is the amount of NPC invaders has been ramped up as well at various points in the game. None of them are too hard to kill and it shouldn't pose a problem; you will be seeing Forlorn a lot!
Pursuer Encounters - For those who have played the PS3 version, you will remember that the Pursuer boss appears as an enemy in the Iron Keep. On the PS4 version, there are even more encounters and they drop Twinkling Titanite. Be warned as they are tough and should not be taken lightly. There is a list of new encounters here.
Soul & Item Farming - With the change to the Company of Champions covenant, enemies will respawn forever as long as you are a member. This means you can farm for items and souls for as long as you desire. Lucrative soul farming areas I found are: Heide's Tower of Flame first bonfire. You can spawn here and fight 2 Heide Knights and 2 stone sentinels. This will net you around 1800 souls every 2-3 minutes. This is a lot easier if you use Sorcery and very useful early game. Later on, the Iron Keep is an excellent location, and the Giant Lord can be farmed an unlimited number of times using Bonfire Ascetics.
Save Boss Souls! - You should save any boss souls and consume them on your subsequent playthrough playthrough if you decide to farm The Rotten in NG+ and NG++ outlined in step 2 of the roadmap. This will reduce the time you need to farm The Rotten, just make sure you don't consume any souls that are required for any spells!
Royal Sorcerer Navlaan - DO NOT set this guy free. If you do, he will start killing NPC's at Majula and you could miss out on their respective trophies and two spells he will only give you if you complete his assassination quest line, see Master of Sorcery for more info.
I will be referring to the Dark Souls II Wiki frequently in this guide as it is extremely useful for locating particular items and contains invaluable information regarding NPC's, boss strategies and everything else you need to know about the game world.
Step 1 - First playthrough, NPC trophies, covenants, collect as many Sorcery, Miracle, Hexes and Pyromancy as possible including DLC
For this playthrough, you should focus on Moonlight Greatsword and Lucatiel, as these are the most fickle trophies in the game but are very easy to obtain as long as you follow the instructions correctly. You should also focus on getting as many of the covenant trophies and BEFORE advancing to NG+ obtain all the spells from the DLC areas.
By the end of the step you will unlock:
Master of Sorcery
Master of Hexes
This is Dark Souls
Looking Glass Knight
Covenant of the Meek
Covenant of Ancients
Covenant of the Fittest
Change of Clothes
Gathering of Exiles
Holder of the Fort
Smith for Life
Reflections on Disembodiment
Step 2 - New Game+ Cleanup any missing trophies
For this playthrough, clean up any trophies you may have missed during your first playthrough. You can speed up your playthrough here if you use Bonfire Ascetics and farm The Rotten as he can be encountered early in the game, and is fairly easy to defeat even with higher Bonfire Intensity; click here for Ascetic locations. If you earn 2 million souls in NG+, you will NOT have to light all primal bonfires and you can open the door to The Shrine of Winter straight away. Keep killing The Rotten and consuming his souls. Alternatively you can play through the game normally.
Step 3 - New Game++ Master of Miracles, Master of Pyromancy
For this playthrough do exactly as step 2. If you are farming The Rotten, you will need 3 million souls this time. When you reach Drangleic Castle speak to Wellegar, he will sell you Great Chaos Fireball, Bountiful Sunlight and Wrath of the Gods for your final 2 trophies.
By the end of this step you will unlock:
Master of Pyromany
Master of Miracles
The Dark Soul
[PST would like to thank CaptainSellers for this roadmap]