- Estimated trophy difficulty: 4/10 (Platinum Difficulty Rating)
- Offline trophies: 55 (43, 10, 1, 1)
- Online trophies: 50 (35, 15) - only 2 of the trophies are needed for the Platinum.
- Approximate amount of time to Platinum: 21-25hrs (Estimated Time to Platinum)
- Minimum number of playthroughs: 2, since you have to finish the game once on any difficulty before Crushing will unlock.
- Number of missable trophies: None due to Chapter Select
- Glitched trophies: There aren't any glitched trophies but see the glitches section below for details of some general gameplay issues that may give you grief.
- Does difficulty affect trophies?: Yes, you have to finish the game on at least Crushing difficulty.
- Do trophies stack?: The difficulty trophies stack and there is a separate list for the PS4 version that excludes the online portions of the game.
- Do cheat codes disable trophies?: No*
Please note that as of September 3rd 2019, Naughty Dog discontinued server support for UC3 online, which had made the Buddy System trophy unobtainable and thus, the Platinum. All other trophies can still be unlocked.
*There is only a single cheat code in Uncharted 3, but it does NOT disable trophies. The cheat itself unlocks a special custom 'piggyback' skin for use on your emblem in Multiplayer. To unlock it, press on the Emblem Edit screen in the MP lobby. There is no benefit to gameplay at all, it's purely for aesthetic purposes.
Welcome to my Trophy Guide & Road Map for the third game in Naughty Dog's epic action adventure series, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. Just like it's predecessors, you take control of Nathan Drake to embark on another treasure hunt which spans the globe along with the ever present trusty sidekick, Sully. ND has stuck with its winning formula of fast paced action and glorious story telling to reign supreme as the king of Third Person Shooters.
As far as trophies go, players who obtained a Platinum in either of the first 2 games can expect largely the same in terms of trophy lists this time around. The collectable trophies and cumulative weapon kill trophies both make a return, as do the misc combat trophies and also the stackable difficulty related trophies for beating the game, though once again ND has imposed a provision to complete the game at least once on any mode to unlock Crushing. As such, it is highly recommended to collect all treasures and also farm any weapon based kills and especially melee kill related trophies in your first playthrough. The idea is to leave as little as possible to do for your Crushing run as you want to concentrate on just getting through the game with the least amount of fuss and make sure you don't need any more than two playthroughs. Although if you do need to go back and clean up any trophies, Chapter Select is still available from the main menu upon completion. One feature which sadly didn't make it over from the last games is the Bonus Features menu which used to grant you things like infinite ammo and weapon selection so the weapon kill trophies must be strategic in their planning and kills may need to be farmed to achieve the requisite amount of kills due to the short supply of some gun types.
In addition, the trophy tally for 100% completion is a whopping 105 as the Overview states but the 54 listed in this Guide are enough to get you the Platinum. Links have been added in the Walkthrough to the appropriate guides for the other hauls, all of which are online based.
On a final note, though it is truly a masterpiece, it does have its flaws and below you will find a list of the most commonly discussed issues when it comes to UC3.
Online Pass Requirement?:
If you have bought the digital version of Uncharted 3 then you will have automatically purchased an Online Pass to accompany your game but the same goes for a brand new unopened copy on disc. The problem arises when you buy a used retail copy then have to purchase the online pass from the PS store to play, meaning one trophy will be unobtainable until you fork out for the pass. On a side note, the multiplayer component is not region locked but the online passes themselves are so beware when buying the codes and ensure they match the region of your game.
Naughty Dog decided back in 2012 to make the Multiplayer a Free to Play download from the PSN store and although it is capped to certain ranks, still allows you to play competitive game modes and will thus unlock the related trophy (Thrillseeker) which numerous sources have confirmed. This makes the requirement for an online pass redundant, the only people who would need to pay for an Online Pass are those with a used retail copy of the game. You can bypass this by downloading and playing the F2P Multiplayer from PS store before you even touch the disc. Load up, play the online and pop the trophy. Now uninstall all traces of UC3 from your PS3 and insert the disc to unlock every other trophy required for the Platinum.
Digital GOTY Single Player Access:
Buyers of the digital 'Game Of The Year' edition of UC3 have experienced major headaches when trying to access Single Player mode. It is all to do with the files that you need to download, together with a lousy and unexplained way of accessing it.
You must first download the F2P Multiplayer (4.6gb) before anything else, this acts as the 'base component' which all other downloads will attach to and won't work without. Now download the Single Player Exp 2D Movies Pack (11gb) and install, then finally the Single Player Exp (12gb) and install. Once they are done, access the Multiplayer Game from the XMB (you won't get an Single Player icon to launch). From the main menu, scroll along to 'Campaign' and you should be able to launch the Single Player game from there.
Dual Layer Disc Error:
As Uncharted 3 is +25gb, the data has been burnt to disc in dual layer format. It's a common misconception that these discs are unreadable on certain consoles but the fact is there is nothing more at fault than a delicate sensor when reading the disc. Over time, every laser product deteriorates and the PS3 is no different and hence the job of reading the information from the dual layer disc becomes problematic.
I suffered myself from this but managed to make it stretch out until I completed the game. There are many fixes, from the extreme of replacing the Blu-Ray drive or even PS3 console to the simple e.g. ejecting and re-inserting the disc until it works. Some people find luck by repositioning their PS3 from vertical to horizontal and vice-versa. I myself sometimes sat it out and it would eventually read the disc, other times pressing the button to bring up the XMB would somehow render it working though that may just have been incidental. There really is no single solution to this as you may be able to coax a dual layer disc to play using the simpler means but this will only get worse over time, not to mention the inconvenience of popping the disc in and out a dozen times. More permanent solutions cost money but offer the best long term fixes.
Not many of these are game breaking but some have been known to persist beyond restarting the last checkpoint. Common offenders are Chapter 10 and Chapter 19 with patches of sound missing and a failure to render the background, with most leading to an eternally spinning ring when quitting out and trying to restart.
In 90% of cases, reloading your last save and playing on will fix the issue. For those that fall into the 10%, deleting the game data and ejecting and cleaning the disc then re-installing the latest patch should help to put things right. Some have found that deleting the game data and playing without installing the patch works but obviously this only works for disc copies. The Worst case scenario is deleting everything (including your saves) and starting again which is far from ideal but cases like this are extremely few and far between.
MP Facebook Freezing:
On January 20th 2016, Sony decided to drop support for Facebook by releasing a Firmware Update to disable the Facebook App. Players who access Multiplayer will encounter the following message just as the sync level data progress bar completes:- "Facebook features for the PS3 are no longer supported". This prompt is from the PS3, not the game itself and the menu can be backed out of by pressing as the prompt suggests. Once you do press to back out however, it will continue to say 'Connecting' on the progress bar and the message will come back. This will happen again and again in an endless cycle, regardless if you actually have a Facebook account or not.
Thankfully the solution is rather simple. Just don't press and after a short time, you will notice the screen behind the message itself progresses in the background and moves the game along to pop you into a Multiplayer lobby. It can recur now and again but you can back out again without needing to worry it will freeze.
Digital GOTY download size:
Altogether, when you take all the DLC and base components of the game into account, total file size weighs in at around 50gb. When you consider the fact that you always need twice the size of any game you are downloading on the hard drive free before you can even begin then you are looking at needing the very thick end of 100gb free space to play the GOTY Edition.
The solution depends on whatever is most practical in the circumstances. If your hard drive lacks the space to begin with, then you will need a disc copy of the GOTY edition to play. If there is space then you are good to go, though if you have the capacity but not the space then you will have to start deleting stuff to make to make room.
Update 1.19 Failing to Download:
Despite the modest 745mb size of Update 1.19 for the GOTY Edition, some users have reported problems downloading the patch and installing it. The issue is not technical, rather it is taking a ridiculous amount of time to download and frequently times out which causes a failure to download.
Many of the same people who have spoken out about this have reported back later to say that they simply left things for a day or two and tried again, this time downloading the patch with no issues whatsoever. It is recommended therefore to abandon attempts if times start to creep up to and beyond 500 minutes until downloads are successful and reattempt it the following day, there are no reports or a total and ongoing failure of this nature so it really is a matter of time.
Here's a possible additional solution, courtesy of Terminator:
- Delete any traces of the failed patch that may be on your Hard Drive.
- Load the game but don't press when the patch notice appears.
- Wait up to 90secs for the Hard Drive light to stop flashing so much, then press to start the download. I've used this trick in both Dark Void and Just Cause 2 and it worked great, as both of those games have known issues with their respective patches not wanting to download.
Update 1.19 not recognising previous saves:
Should you have played Uncharted 3 previous to Patch 1.19 and had a save file then you could potentially experience a problem with recovering your save data when trying to pick up where you left off. Even restoring save files from the Cloud if you have PS Plus won't solve the issue.
As with most simple corruption issues, deleting the Install via the Game Data tab on the XMB will likely fix the problem. When you reinstall then launch the game, it should restore the connection between save data and the game.
New Disc Copes having used Online Pass codes:
A few unfortunate souls have purchased brand new sealed copies of Uncharted 3 only to find that the printed code on the slip inside the case has already been redeemed. This renders the code useless and makes the online component inaccessible. The cause is probably random code generators and people hacking codes and selling them online.
In practical terms, there isn't one. Sony and Naughty Dog are notoriously unsympathetic to these sorts of appeals for help and the store you bought it from could refuse any refund as it could be argued that you used it yourself or sold it on and wish to get another one for free. If you want a long term Multiplayer experience then you will need to buy another online pass code either from the PSN store or from a trusted and reliable source (it sucks, I know) but those who wish to merely obtain the Platinum, should refer to the "Online Pass Requirement?" part of this "Glitches and Problems" section as there is a trick you can use to circumvent the need for an Online Pass in the first place.
Reformatting the PS3 HD causing loss of access to Multiplayer:
Should you need to reformat your PS3's Hard Drive for whatever reason, there's a chance that you will be asked to enter your Online Pass code again to access MP when you next try to access it. The codes are one time use items, even for players using the same account so therefore you may be left needing a new one.
Sony and ND will tend to shy away from issues surrounding Online Pass codes so as mentioned previously, a meaningful MP experience will require purchasing another pass or you can use the solution in the first article in this section to get around needing one if you're happy just to get the Platinum.
At a glance you may think that with so many potential pitfalls that it's not going to be worth it but as stated, there's a solution to each problem and the number of people who have reported issues are heavily outweighed by those who didn't encounter any problems whatsoever.
Should any other issues arise, feel free to comment and I will do my best to help out. Enjoy the Guide and good luck with the Platinum!
Step 1 - Easy/Normal/Hard Playthrough + Treasure Collecting
It makes no difference what difficulty you play this time around as all of them will unlock Crushing, which you need to unlock for the Platinum. There are pros and cons for Easy and Hard, Hard will condition you better for Crushing later on, yet Easy will allow you to concentrate on more of the misc trophies like specific kills and weapon related trophies if you wanted to grab them up at the first time of asking. One thing I would say is to collect the treasures in one sitting so you can tick them off the list, as there's no point making life harder for yourself by having to remember which one/s you missed. Once you have beaten the game, you can change the difficulty to Crushing and beat the Campaign again.
Step 2 - Crushing Difficulty
With the treasures out of the way and hopefully many of the kill related trophies, you can concentrate on getting through each Chapter as painlessly as possible. You will take less damage to die and the damage will take longer to dissipate when you do get tagged. There's a bunch of tips and hints in the Charted! trophy description to hopefully get you through the harder parts of the game but having been through the whole thing once before you should have a good idea of how to plan your strategy to get through problematic areas. Once you beat the game and unlock the only Gold Trophy on offer, you can move on to Step 3.
Step 3 - Misc clean-Up
It may be that you were canny enough to work out all the kill and weapon related trophies in Step 1 and 2 combined, if you did then move on to the next step. For those that still have remaining Single Player trophies, change the difficulty down to Easy and use Chapter Select to pop whatever trophy you are missing. Due to the fact that Naughty Dog left out the rewards menu for this game, weapon specific kills cant just be ground out wherever you please and as such, you must make thorough use of each weapon opportunity you can, and farming can only really be done in specific Chapters and locations. See each weapon kill trophy for more info. Once you have each of the weapon kills done and all other Single Player related trophies in the bag, then the only thing left to do is Multiplayer.
Step 4 - Multiplayer
If playing the standard game then you only need to complete one Co-op match and one Competitive match, it's that simple. Win or lose, you will unlock the trophies just by taking part so check out the game modes in each trophy description for more details.
Step 5 *Complete Edition Only* - DLC
All the trophies which are DLC related are not needed for the Platinum but if you seek a 100% icon next to your Platinum, then you're going to need to put in a huge amount of work. The trophies are a combination of Co-op and Competitive with many thrown in for kill types and then there is the treasure collection. Go about the trophies in your own fashion, boosting if you need to and prioritising them as and how you prefer but definitely save the treasure collecting for last because for some it is a killjoy and leaves a nasty taste in the mouth of what is an otherwise kind trophy list, though there is a distinct sense of achievement in having one extremely rare 100%. See the links below for the DLC trophy guides:
Flashback Map Pack 1 Trophy Guide - by Nille
Flashback Map Pack 2 Trophy Guide - by Mastodon
The Fort Co-Op Adventure Trophy Guide - by dcollins22
Co-Op Shade Survival Trophy Guide - by dcollins22
Drake's Deception Map Pack Trophy Guide - by JK1011
- Estimated trophy difficulty: 6/10
- Offline trophies: 9 (7, 2)
- Online trophies: 1 (1) - Unobtainable
- Approximate amount of time to 100%: 15-20 hours, potentially 100+ due to the Hoarder trophy
- Minimum number of playthroughs: Many matches.
- Number of missable trophies: None
- Glitched trophies: None
- Do trophies stack?: No
- Do cheat codes disable trophies?: No cheats available.
This is not a hard DLC, the trophies that may cause some trouble take a lot of time as opposed to being difficult. The Hoarder trophy will be by far the longest trophy to achieve, and may require several hundred games of Co-op Arena or Hunter. Refer to the trophy description for further information. My advice would be to mix up the modes, maps and spread out this grind with other DLC trophies and games. As you may potentially be playing this for a long time. The co-op trophies can be obtained offline, however, I advise playing online and getting a few partners from the boosting and co-op threads from this site:
These trophies can be obtained in any order along with the other DLC trophies. If your new to the game, I would check out co-op first to learn the mechanics and basics of the game before jumping into online competitive. For a complete roadmap of all the DLC in the game, have a look at the following thread by trophyhunter50: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Complete DLC Roadmap - PlaystationTrophies.org
Even though the servers have closed, you can still get all bar Hoarder in Splitscreen or LAN mode but all stats have to be tracked manually - because the in-game stat tracker was online only so no longer works.
Flashback Map Pack #2 DLC:
-Estimated trophy difficulty: 8/10
-Offline trophies: 4 (3, 2 )
-Online trophies: 4 (4 , 1 ) - Unobtainable.
-Approximate amount of time to 100%: 20-40 hours (Depending on your luck finding Treasures and if you boost)
-Number of missable trophies: 0
-Glitched trophies: 0
-Does difficulty affect trophies?: Yes (Invincible, Collector, Detonator)[B]
-Do cheat codes disable trophies?: No Cheats
Step 1 - Competitive mode: - Unobtainable
If you don't have a good rank or much money, start with Competitive mode to earn money to buy kickbacks and boosters. On this step you're going to work on getting the Two by Two , Up Top! , Overpowered , I Think You Dropped This and Boom Goes the Dynamite trophies.
Step 2 - Co-op mode:
Note: Due to the servers closing, these trophies are now only obtainable in Splitscreen and LAN mode.
Now you have more money and a good rank, go to Co-Op mode and purchase some boosters and kickbacks. In this step you're going to work on getting the Invincible , Detonator , [B]We Can Kill It[b] and Pop Top trophies.
Step 3 - Farming: - Unobtainable
The only thing left should be the Collector trophy. You will need to do a lot of farming to get all the treasures.
Co-op Shade Survival Mode DLC:
- Estimated trophy difficulty: 5/10
- Offline trophies: 11 (7, 4)
- Online trophies: 0
- Approximate amount of time to 100%: 30+ hours depending on how long Overseer takes you (personal opinion)
- Minimum number of playthroughs: Many matches
- Number of missable trophies: None
- Glitched trophies: No
- Do trophies stack? Yes, refer to Overseer, Unstoppable and Immortal
- Do cheat codes disable trophies? No cheats available.
This is not an overly difficult DLC, with the exception of Overseer since most just take time and patience as opposed to skill.
These trophies can be obtained in any order along with the other DLC trophies. If you're new to the game, I would check out Co-op first to learn the mechanics and basics of the game before jumping into online competitive. Alternatively, you can play competitive to earn money and xp which you will need to unlock various kickbacks and boosters required for some of the co-op trophies, including Overseer , Unstoppable and Immortal .
Even though the servers have closed, you can still get all the trophies in Splitscreen or LAN mode but all stats have to be tracked manually - because the in-game stat tracker was online only so no longer works.
Drake's Deception DLC:
-Estimated trophy difficulty: 4/10
-Offline trophies: 6 (4, 2)
-Online trophies: 4 (3, 1) - Unobtainable
-Approximate amount of time to 100%: 10-25 hours (mainly due to the Stealth Master trophy)
-Number of missable trophies: 0
-Glitched trophies: 0
-Does difficulty affect trophies?: Yes (Triumvirate, Fly on the Wall, Deathless and I'm on a Roll)
-Do cheat codes disable trophies?: No Cheats
This DLC is not hard at all, the trophies that everyone seem to note as hard are actually more just frustrating or long than hard. Offline trophies include: Triumvirate , Fly on the Wall , Deathless, Boom, Headshot! , Looking for Loot and I'm on a Roll , the rest require an online pass and can only be completed in competitive mode (Unobtainable due to server closure). Though said trophies can be completed offline, they can be completed online through cooperative mode too, I also recommend completing them online with the help of others in the community. The Offline trophies can be done in Splitscreen or LAN Mode.