- Estimated trophy difficulty: 7/10 (Platinum Difficulty Rating) 6.5/10 (personal estimate – higher if not using Diamond Knack)
- Offline trophies: 42 (28, 9, 4, 1)
- Online trophies: 0
- Approximate amount of time to Platinum: 35+ hours
- Minimum number of playthroughs: 2+
- Number of missable trophies: King of Adventure
- Glitched trophies: None
- Does difficulty affect trophies?: Yes, you must finish the game on Hard and Very Hard
- Do trophies stack?: Yes
- Do cheat codes disable trophies?: No cheat codes
Welcome to the PS4 community! Knack is a 3D platformer reminiscent of the Ratchet and Clank games. You may be thinking kiddie game, but the game difficulty ramps up significantly on the Hard and Very Hard modes, which makes earning the platinum trophy no easy feat. It also requires multiple playthroughs and a fair bit of luck finding rare crystals to unlock upgraded Knacks. If you’re not the lucky type, then fear not. There's a farming method that you can use to get the required crystals. All in all, Knack is a fun game to play and a great addition to your PS4 collection.
Step 1: Complete the game on Hard difficulty
Start a new game using Basic Knack. You'll want to select Hard difficulty if you're an experienced gamer and want to minimize your number of playthroughs, since Very Hard will only unlock after completing the game on Hard first. During this step, enjoy the game and get a feel for the different levels. If you want to get the King of Adventure trophy for discovering all chests, then follow the chest collections guide given below or wait until Step 2. Don't worry about collecting all of the gadgets and crystals on your first playthrough. There are not enough secret chests in a single game to collect them all. By the end of this step, you should have most of the gadgets and a fair amount of crystals. Completing the game also unlocks Chapter Select, Time Challenges, Coliseum Challenges, and Very Hard mode if you started the game on Hard.
By the end of Step 1 you should have the following trophies:
Fast Puncher (Optional)
Knack Challenger (if played on Hard)
Crystal Relic Collector
Step 2: Continue your game on Hard difficulty (optional: Farm rare crystals to unlock Diamond Knack)
Once you complete the game you'll have the option to continue from Chapter 1 keeping all of your collected gadgets and crystals from your first playthrough. If you start a new game using a different Knack or change the difficulty level, then you must start from scratch all over again. Gadget and crystal collections will not carry over to your new game. During this step choose "Continue" to start the game from Chapter 1 again. This will allow you to complete every gadget and to add to your growing crystal collection. You will also want to open every secret chest room using the guide below if you haven't done that already from the previous step. This needs to be done on a single playthrough, and will get you the King of Adventure trophy. I would also recommend that you unlock Diamond Knack in this step, since he'll make Step 3 much, much easier. See below for how to unlock him.
Crystals are found in secret treasure chests throughout the game. They are used to unlock different Knacks that have upgraded stats (Attack, Defense, Sunstone). You'll need to collect a given amount of each crystal type to unlock all of the upgraded Knacks. For example, you need to find 10 diamonds to unlock Diamond Knack (all stats maxed out). Once you've completed all gadgets, only crystals appear in secret chests. The chance of getting a certain type of crystal is based on how rare it is on a scale from 1 to 5 with 1 being the most common crystal type and 5 the rarest (1=Ruby, 2=Aqua, 3=Amethyst, 4=Sunstone, 5=Emerald, 5=Diamond). You will find lots and lots of ruby, aqua, amethyst and sunstone crystals during normal gameplay. They will continue to appear in chests even after you've collected enough of them to unlock a specific Knack. Emeralds and diamonds on the other hand are very rare. If you see one don't hesitate to hit and select it. This is where luck plays into the game. You may be lucky enough to find 10 diamonds with no problem. Most players find none or just a few in each playthrough. I found 0 in my first playthrough, 1 in my second and 2 in my third, all on Hard difficulty.
There are currently 2 options for finding rare crystals:
1) Keep playing the game normally and hope to find what you need.
2) Farm the crystals using the Crystal Farming Method described below.
Option 1: This requires a lot of luck and maybe a lot of playthroughs, however, the dependency on luck may change as more and more of your PS4 friends start playing Knack because of the game's "sharing" feature. This is how sharing gadgets and crystals is supposed to work: Each of you plays your own separate game on your own PS4 console, opening up chests and getting rewards. If one of your friends opens a chest that you've already opened, they will be presented with a list showing what they've found and what you’ve found in that chest. Then, they have the option to keep their reward or choose the same reward as you.
A chest's friends list is ordered by your friends names, what they found, and the time they found it. This would seem to make finding crystals an easy task, especially if your friends already found all of the rare crystals. However, in practice, the system does not currently work very well. A group of us playing Knack and talking to each other, using the PS4 Party feature, did not get the same reward from the same chest as our friend who was only a Chapter or two ahead of us. Sometimes our friends wouldn't even show up in the list, and often the times didn’t show up correctly. None of us were ever able to get a diamond using this method. Hopefully, this will be fixed with a patch or someone smarter than me can figure out how the system actually works.
Option 2: This requires farming crystals. Items in chests are generated randomly so what you receive from a particular chest will change with each playthrough and once you select a reward from a chest using , that chest stays open for the rest of that playthrough (autosaved). After completing the game 3x on Hard and only finding 3 diamonds, I found a way to farm them. When presented with an unwanted crystal (say it's your 50th ruby) do not press , instead hold down the PS Home button to close the application. Next, restart the game and the chest you previously opened will be closed again giving you a second chance to find a randomly generated crystal, maybe even the rare diamond. Once you find the crystal you're looking for, select it with and move on to the next chest. The problem with restarting the game this way is that you will be placed back at the beginning of the chapter after every restart, it's best to find chests that are near to the beginning of a chapter or only have easy enemies to defeat to get to it.
This method still takes time and a little bit of luck. You may find the crystal you want on the 1st restart or the 50th. In either case, share your joy or frustration with your new PS4 friends in Party mode to help the time go by faster (thanks AlexWolfe4, BDB1324, Sotanji and wannagethigher).
IMPORTANT - Manually save your game to online storage periodically in case something goes wrong. PS4 Menu (Settings) > [Application Saved Data Management] > [Saved Data in System Storage].
By the end of Step 2 you should have the following trophies:
Fast Puncher (if you didn't get it in Step 1)
King of Adventure
Crystal Relic Master
Step 3: Complete the game on Very Hard (using Diamond Knack)
At this point you should have unlocked Diamond Knack and found all of the gadget parts, crystals and secret rooms. You're all set to start a new game on the Very Hard difficulty and complete the game one final time. All of your crystals and gadgets will be gone since you're starting a new game.
On Very Hard all enemies can and will instantly kill you if you're not careful, especially when you shrink/change into Little Knack. All arrows, boomerangs, rockets, and bombs fly at you faster. Platforms and lasers move faster. Most of the walkways in Viktor's ship are gone. Bosses will make you want to throw your controller across the room. You will die over and over again. This is not a kid’s game. If you get too frustrated with this step, save your game and complete the trophies in Step 4. Afterwards, come back to your Very Hard game and pick up where you left off.
*** Diamond Knack to the rescue! ***
Diamond Knack will allow you to aggressively move through the chapters and take on boss fights with relative ease. After all, his health bar extends halfway across the screen. He hits hard and has powerful sunstone attacks. If you don't have Diamond Knack at this point, farm crystals until you do or attempt Very Hard playthrough with a different Knack character. I used Sunstone Knack since I didn't know how to farm crystals yet. I wish I had.
By the end of Step 3, you should have the following trophies:
Step 4: Complete all of the challenges with 5 star rankings
You must get a 5 star ranking on all time and coliseum challenge modes to get the Platinum. If you have Diamond Knack, that shouldn’t be a problem for you. If you don't, it's still possible to get 5 stars with other Knack characters, including Basic Knack. I used Sunstone Knack (max sunstone) for the time related challenges and Dark Knack (max defense) for the coliseum challenges.
Rankings in time trials are based on time, number of enemies you killed with sunstone attacks and whether or not you took damage. There are 13 time challenges, one for each Chapter of the game.
Rankings in coliseum challenges are based on how far you made it through the challenge. There are 10 levels for each of the 3 coliseum challenges. The enemies in each level get progressively harder as you go along.
By the end of Step 4, you should have the following trophies:
King of Battle
Step 5: Clean Up using Chapter Select
By this step, you should have most of the hard trophies out of the way. You can use Chapter Select on Easy difficulty to get the remaining upgraded Knack, consecutive hits and other trophies that didn’t come through normal game play.
By the end of Step 5 you should have the following trophies:
That's it, you're now the proud owner of a shiny new Platinum!
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