- Estimated trophy difficulty: 3/10 (6/10 without creative mode) (poll)
- Offline trophies: 33 (18, 11, 4)
- Online trophies: 5 (4, 1)
- Approximate amount of time to platinum: 20-30 (50-80 without creative mode) (poll)
- Minimum number of playthroughs: 2 (4 recommended)
- Number of missable trophies: 2 ( Vegan, Bad Father)
- Glitched trophies: some (see note below)
- Does difficulty affect trophies?: no, most trophies can be earned in peaceful/creative mode
- The Forest: Map (use this map to find collectibles and other POIs)
- Simplified cave map (useful to find cave entrances)
- Official The Forest Wiki (everything about crafting)
- Wikipedia: The Forest (more about the story and setting)
Welcome to The Forest! One of the best survival horror games on PS4. If you ever watched the movie The Descent, you know what to expect in the cave systems of The Forest. Thankfully this game is not entirely dark and nerve-wrecking: The island is full of beautiful dense vegetation and peaceful animals. Unlike other open world crafting games The Forest actually has an interesting story and even gives you some hints on what to do next. If the normal mode is too stressing for you, there also is a peaceful mode without enemies.
The game basically offers three modes: normal, peaceful and creative. In peaceful mode there are no enemies, but you still have to deal with hunger, thirst and limited stamina. Finishing the game for the first time unlocks creative mode. This mode allows you to play the game without enemies, hunger and thirst - plus invincibility and unlimited stamina. As there are only 3 trophies that are related to enemies ( Choppy Chop, Major Cannibalism, Splatter), most of the trophies can be done in peaceful and creative mode. You can use these modes to explore the island at your own pace and play around with the crafting and building mechanics. Approaching all trophies in normal mode will be quite challenging and lengthy.
In the current version of the game (1.15) there are some collectible trophies that have to be completed in a single session. Reloading your save game might reset the counter and void your progress. Some other collectible trophies may on the other hand unlock before the requirements are met. It's hard to say whether these known glitches are still present in the current version or have been patched already. Just be aware that the few positive glitches may not be present in a later version of the game.
Another trophy that one could call glitched is Trophy Hunter. Getting a goose head is not a trivial task: When you kill a goose on the water, the body sinks to the ground and can not be accessed to cut off the head. If a goose is killed near the water the button prompt to skin the goose is replaced by the prompt to drink water and becomes inaccessible.
If you want to play safe, approach the following trophies in a single session:
Don't Save The Forest
You are a fun guy
The required amount of time to platinum this game heavily depends on whether you use creative mode and know what you are doing. If you play in normal mode and try to find out everything by yourself, you could easily spend 80 hours or even more to get the platinum. There are some areas in the game that are not accessible unless you bring a certain item with you. Not knowing this minimal set of required items means you have return to where you came from and find the required item first - more or less by accident. The speedrun section of this guide contains a brief outline of the required tasks to finish the game.
There are two trophies that exclude each other: Vegan (don't kill or eat animals) and Trophy Hunter (kill all animal types and display heads). In theory you could do a vegan playthrough, save your game, finish it, reload and do the other trophy. However, a vegan playthrough can easily be voided by accident (see trophy details). I recommend to just enjoy the game without worrying about accidentally killing an animal and doing a separate vegan speedrun afterwards. If you rush trough the game in creative mode you can finish it in under 20-30 minutes.
Before you start: There are two quite lengthy trophy requirements: Walking 50,000 steps and not finding your son for 100 days. When you got most of the trophies you will probably not have spent more than 20 days and 20,000 steps. You can either just continue playing (100 days = 40 hours) or use creative mode to get these trophies 'away from controller' to reduce your actual play time (see trophy details).
The following steps can be combined to a single playthrough in normal mode that will take about 50-80 hours. Using peaceful and creative mode can drastically reduce this to 20-30 hours, but will also take most of the tension out of the game. However, if you are more into crafting, building and exploration, not having enemies in the game might still be a good idea.
Step 1: Peaceful mode: Get used to the game and finish it (1-10 h)
The following trophies can only be done in the last area of the game. Getting to the point where you can do them requires all the things I listed in the speedrun section. Therefore, you should do them in this run or in the speedrun to save time.
Make it Rain
Survive The Forest
Step 2: Creative mode: Remaining trophies and grinding (10-20 h)
You will probably have earned some of the following trophies already. Remember that walking 50,000 steps and spending 100 days on the island should be done after all collectible trophies as they require a lot of walking anyway.
5 Star Hotel
Don't Save The Forest
You are a fun guy
You should be looking for Timmy
Step 3: Normal mode: Enemy related trophies (1 h)
Build a minimal base (shelter, drying racks) and get a good weapon early. You can get the katana within the first 5 minutes of the game from the Dead Cave (cave 1). Use the easternmost entrance near the cannibal village, climb up the rope and keep left until you reach the end of the corridor. If you sneak the enemies will not bother you (see this video tutorial).
Step 4: Speedrun for Vegan trophy (20-30 min)
A speedrun can be useful to unlock creative mode or to get the Vegan trophy. Similar to the previous step using creative mode makes speedrunning a lot easier and faster: You don't have to fight, eat, drink, rest and you can just jump down ropes and ledges. If you are not using creative mode you should take some meds, snacks and soda with you. Some ledges on your way through the caves are designed to require the climbing axe, but you can also just 'spam jump' up without the climbing axe (or build a small platform in creative mode).
Warning 1: When you climb down into a cave you can press (X) to jump down the rope and save some time. However, do not jump too early, because the game loads the cave while you are entering it. If you jump before the cave is loaded or jump towards the walls you get stuck between the surface and the cave. Try to jump to the surface or reload your last save.
Warning 2: There are faster methods to speedrun this game, but they heavily rely on wall clipping. If you are not a professional speedrunner and do not know the game inside out it will probably be faster to just follow the steps below.
Recommended steps to speedrun the game
1) collect booze and cloth from suitcases near the plane to craft molotov cocktails
2) craft a spear and collect as many sticks as possible
3) go to cave 5, get the rebreather and go through cave 5
4) from goose lake, walk towards the beach, enter cave 6 and get the key card
5a) from cave 6 go north to cave 7 and make your way to the sinkhole (normal/peaceful)
5b) in creative mode you can just jump down the sinkhole after cave 6
6) dive into the water and enter the last cave where you will need the key card
7) use molotov cocktals and spears 'at the end'
Step 5: Co-op trophies (5-25 min)
This step unlocks the remaining multiplayer trophies. The trophy that requires you to sleep with another player can not be done right after you start a new game: You have to wait until evening before you can start sleeping (about 24 minutes). After that, these trophies should be done in 5 minutes.
Hint: Please note that you need to be the host to unlock Medic in the current version (1.15).
Be Extremely Nice
[PST would like to thank SuperMatze64 for this Roadmap]