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- Estimated trophy difficulty: 6/10 [Platinum Difficulty Rating]
- Offline trophies: 1 (1)
- Online trophies: 53 (46, 4, 2 , 1)
- Approximate amount of time to Platinum: 1+ Month (Mainly for Three Legendary Cars ) [Estimated Time to Platinum]
- Minimum number of playthroughs: 1
- Number of missable trophies: 0
- Glitched trophies: 11 - New Treads , Podium Fixture , Rain Royalty , Hard Work Pays Off , Fill Her Up , Toughening Up , Squeaky Clean , A Bit of a Boost , Wheely Good Fun , Going the Distance Together: The Atlantic , Going the Distance Together: The Autobahn , Finale
- Does difficulty affect trophies?: There are technically no difficulty settings. You can turn on/off any assist settings to make things easier (or harder) for you. The only trophy that requires these to be turned off is No Assistance Required! . Everything else can be earned with them on. The difficulty you choose at the start of the game will simply determine your default settings for the game itself, but these can be changed.
Before you do anything, please see Three Legendary Cars . You will need to keep an eye out for the cars required for this trophy as you progress towards Platinum.
Due to this game being 100% online, you will not be able to play the game if the servers are down. The only thing you'll be able to do is complete 1 single race and the only trophy you can earn during it is Moving on Up . Anything you earn or do during this offline race will not be saved, so any race wins and Credits you accumulate will be erased.
Step 1: Complete the Cafe Menu Books and License Tests
The first thing you want to be focusing on are the two things that will teach you how to actually play the game. The Cafe acts as sort of the Campaign for the game. There are 39 Menu Books that you need to complete. As you do these, the tracks, race modes, shops, etc will open up. A majority of the miscellaneous trophies are tied to the Menu Books, so when those come up (washing your car, etc), make sure you go ahead and purchase the 10 required for those trophies to get them out of the way. The License Tests are of course going to be the most difficult part of the Platinum, but they teach you a great deal about how to drive the cars you'll be using in the game. Completing both of these modes will get you a lot of cars towards No Car, No Life! , so do try and not purchase any cars until these are done (outside of the Legendary 24 Hour Cars - please see Three Legendary Cars for more info on that).
After you complete this step, you will have earned:
Living with a Legend
Student of Motoring History
Moving on Up
Done in 60 Seconds
Formula First Timer
Hard Work Pays Off
Warning: Wide Load!
A Taste of Tuning
Going the Distance: Angeles Crest Highway
Step 2: Sport Races, Time Trials, and Circuit Experiences
Once you're done with the bulky part of the game, you'll want to head on over to the more grindy parts. This includes the 50 Sport Races, the 100 Time Trials and the 15 "full" Circuit Experiences, and the 10 Dirt Track Wins. For the Sport Races, you don't need to win them, you just need to finish them. For the Time Trials, you can use any car in your Garage, but for the Circuit Experiences, the cars you need to use will be provided to you. Luckily with all of these, you don't need to spend a single Credit, so you can just pocket all of your earnings and use them in Step 3.
After this step, you will have earned:
The First Step to Mastery
Digging the Dirt
Sport Mode Debut
Step 3: Miscellaneous trophies
While you more than likely have earned a few of these while playing through the game, you will need to go out of your way for the majority of them. These include buying a certain part 10 times, taking 100 photos in Scapes, the 3 pit-stop related trophies, etc. You want to have at least 4,450,000 Cr. by the time you reach this step since the Memento cars will cost you 3,450,000, the Tomahawk for Speed Archdemon will cost you 1,000,000 Cr., plus some additional credits for the Pickup Truck, Safety Car, Electric Car, then an additional 100,000 for Firm Favorite (see that trophy for more info). This step will be costing you the most money compared to the previous 2, but as long as you have been saving your Credits, you should be good to go.
After this step, you will have earned:
By a Whisker
By a Country Mile
No Assistance Required!
Fill Her Up
Running on Empty
A Bit of a Boost
Memento from Le Mans
Memento from the Nürburgring
Let's Go Carbon Neutral!
Wheely Good Fun
Join the 200-mph Club
Step 4: Credit/Mileage Grinding and the Legendary 24 Hours Cars
Some of the last trophies you get in the game will be the grindy runts of the litter. There are 5 distance trophies (3 single player and 2 online), but by this point, there's a chance you will have unlocked the 3 single-player ones already. At the time of writing this, the online mileage trophies are currently glitched in a few ways. It has been reported that in the online races, every racers distance counts towards your total. As of patch 1.05, it has also been reported that single-player modes that include a leaderboard (License Tests, Missions, etc) also count towards your online progress. For this reason, there's a pretty good chance that you won't need to grind nearly as long for those trophies as initially expected. As of patch 1.07, the method for earning a plethora of Credits in a short time has been nerfed, so you'll want to grind out the Arcade and GT Races in the World Tracks. These don't net anything super crazy, but you want to try and always be either topped off at the maximum 20,000,000 Cr. or at least close to it. This is because of the Legendary 24 Hour Cars. Please see that trophy for more details and please also note that at the time of writing this, that trophy has a 0% earning due to the requirements being impossible to meet right now. Due to how often the Legend Car shop cycles, this step can take you anywhere between 1-6 weeks, depending on how adamant you have been about the 24 Hour Cars up to this point.
After this very long step, you will have earned:
Going the Distance: Route 66
Going the Distance: 24 Hours of Le Mans
Going the Distance Together: The Atlantic
Going the Distance Together: The Autobahn
Living with a Legend
Three Legendary Cars
Gran Turismo Platinum Trophy