- Estimated trophy difficulty: 3/10 (personal opinion; Platinum Difficulty Rating)
- Offline trophies: 58 (49, 7, 1, 1)
- Online trophies: 1 (1)
- Approximate amount of time to platinum: 25+ hours (greatly skill dependent; Estimated Time to Platinum)
- Minimum number of playthroughs: Twelve Arcade Mode and Dream Duel playthroughs, Score Attack, Survival, Time Attack
- Number of missable trophies: None
- Glitched trophies: None
- Does difficulty affect trophies?: No
- Do trophies stack?: Yes; Japanese, Chinese, North American, and European trophy lists stack
- Do cheat codes disable trophies?: Training Mode disables specific trophies, while changing the Time Speed disables the "Speed Victory!" trophy.
(NOTE: This guide was written from the perspective of the Japanese PlayStation 3 release, but was updated to also focus on the American and European releases)
Developed by French Bread and Ecole, the same developers that brought us Under Night in-Birth EXE Late, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax is a crossover title between Sega and ASCII Media Works made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Dengeki Bunko imprint.
The game features a variety of different modes to play in, such as network mode, score attack, survival, and the brand new Dream Duel mode exclusive to the console versions. The game's playable characters come from various Dengeki Bunko-published light novels, such as Shakugan no Shana, Sword Art Online, Oreimo, Strike the Blood, etc., while stages come from various SEGA games, such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Valkyria Chronicles, and Phantasy Star Online 2.
Trophy-wise, this game is somewhat easier than most fighting games you are already familiar with. However, one trophy you will need to put a lot of time on is the trophy for dealing 10,000,000 points of cumulative damage to the opponent. Thankfully, the game has cross-region play for player matches despite having four separate trophy lists.
For those who play fighting games with a standard PlayStation 3 controller, the PlayStation Vita, or any other fightpad, here are the default settings for the controls in Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax; which you can change from the game's options (found under "Options" -> "Control") in the main menu or while pausing in-game (found as "Control").
NOTE: The controls used in this guide are based on the default button scheme, as well as my recommended choices for the unmapped inputs, so whenever you change your controls, be sure to apply whichever ones you have changed when you are using this guide.
A (Weak Attack):
B (Medium Attack):
C (Strong Attack):
A+C (Trump Card): (PS3)/ (Vita)
A+B+C (Blast): (PS3)/ (Vita)
There are two additional unmapped inputs that you can make use of by mapping them to either , , , or (with a PS3 controller). These will help make doing stuff like Impact Attacks and using Climax Arts easier as you can just press one button to do those button notations:
A+B (Impact Skill): Usually + ; in the case of this guide
B+C (Easy shortcut for executing Climax Arts): Usually + ; in the case of this guide
Like other fighting games before it, each step in Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax can be done in any order the player wishes to go for first. You'll also go through some hard trophies along the way, such as the three from the game's challenge modes. The first trophy you will unlock upon starting up the game for the first time is STARTING CLIMAX (Our Story Begins...)
In this mode, you will be able to play through each character's story as they appeared in the Arcade version of the game that consists of nine stages, and the ability to fight either one of two boss characters: Akira Yuki and Selvaria Bles (both of whom can be played in all modes but Arcade and Dream Duel). There are fourteen trophies that players can obtain in this mode, all of which consist of the following by the time they complete this step:
Shana's Arcade Story Clear
Asuna's Arcade Story Clear
Mikoto's Arcade Story Clear
Kirino's Arcade Story Clear
Shizuo's Arcade Story Clear
Kuroyukihime's Arcade Story Clear
Tomoka's Arcade Story Clear
Kirito's Arcade Story Clear
Taiga's Arcade Story Clear
Miyuki's Arcade Story Clear
Yukina's Arcade Story Clear
Rentaro's Arcade Story Clear
Ten Years Too Early!
For His Highness...!
Dream Duel Mode
A new feature introduced in the console versions of the game, Dream Duel Mode is a special mode that allows the player to take on six brand new scenarios against each character as you go through and unlock each of the images you need for a special trophy that will be unlocked after collecting all gallery pages.
Shana's Dream Duel Clear
Asuna's Dream Duel Clear
Mikoto's Dream Duel Clear
Kirino's Dream Duel Clear
Shizuo's Dream Duel Clear
Kuroyukihime's Dream Duel Clear
Tomoka's Dream Duel Clear
Kirito's Dream Duel Clear
Taiga's Dream Duel Clear
Miyuki's Dream Duel Clear
Yukina's Dream Duel Clear
Rentaro's Dream Duel Clear
Special Illustration Complete
There is only one trophy players can get from this mode, and that's by simply playing one match for the first time. In addition, Network Mode can also be used to help you get any long term/misc. trophies you may be missing whenever you are cleaning up any trophies you have remaining.
Net Battle Debut
There are a total of three challenge modes that are featured in this game: Score Attack, Time Attack, and Survival. All three of these modes contain ridiculous tasks for their trophies, ranging from scoring a specified amount of points in Score Attack, to completing Time Attack in a specified amount of time. Thankfully, with the tips provided in this guide, you can easily get these trophies without any trial and error.
Like the Arc System Works-developed fighting games, there is one trophy players can get from training mode, and that trophy is for how much time you have spent in the game's training mode.
Training X 3600 Seconds
In the Customization menu (found in the main menu as "Customize"), there are five options for you to customize your profile for network play. These options are as follows:
- Character Colors
There are a total of three trophies you can unlock from this part of the game, all of which relate to three of the above options (in this case; character colors, plates, and icons), and are really easy to obtain depending on how many CP points you have accumulated while playing the game.
Character Color Complete
Once you have completed all other trophies from each of the above game modes, you will now enter the cleanup phase to unlock any trophies you might be missing for your platinum. Luckily these trophies are cumulative, but can be unlocked in any mode except Training. Be warned that it may take some time for you to unlock the trophy that requires you to deal at least 10,000,000 points of damage. Once completed, you will now have the following trophies in your possession:
Support X 100
Guard X 1000
Throw Escape X 50
Trump Card X 300
Blast X 100
EX Special Move X 500
Climax Arts X 100
Impact Skill X 500
Reflection Guard X 500
Damage x 10,000,000
Super Comeback Victory!
Super Charged Climax Art Finisher!
Nothing But The Basics
Double Digit Finish!
You Can't Take It With You
A Novel Notion
Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax All Clear!
[PST Would Like to Thank MikelAL93 for this Roadmap]