- Estimated trophy difficulty: 5/10 If you have the Digital version/do everything legit but 2.5/10 if you have the retail version and use the many available exploits. (Platinum Difficulty Thread)
- Offline trophies: 50 (40, 9, 1)
- Online trophies: 6 (5, 1)
- Approximate amount of time to Platinum: 21-30 hours if you use exploits but 36-50hrs if you don't (Estimated Time to Platinum)
- Minimum number of playthroughs: 2 (1 x Crushing with Collectibles, 1 x Speedrun)
- Number of missable trophies: 2 (Sharpshooter , Charted! - Speedrun )
- Glitched trophies: 2 (Peaceful Resolution , Treasure Master )
- Does difficulty affect trophies?: Yes, you must beat the game on Crushing.
- Do trophies stack?: Yes, beating Crushing unlocks all other difficulty-related trophies.
- Do cheat codes disable trophies?: No. Cheats are unlocked after beating the game on any difficulty (infinite ammo etc.) and can be enabled to unlock all trophies.
Uncharted: 4 A Thief's End is the perfect game for every trophy hunter. It doesn't take very long to Platinum, nor is it hard. The trophies are fun and, even more importantly, the game is super awesome, enjoyable and visually stunning. There are two ways you can go about earning the Platinum: Start on Crushing right away to save time and get there quicker or start on a lower difficulty and then replay Crushing with Cheats enabled (obviously easier but you have to do a playthrough more). This leads to the next point - Cheats! They are unlocked after beating the game for the first time on any difficulty but most importantly, they do not disable trophies. Therefore, you can use infinite ammo during your speedrun or Crushing difficulty run or for whatever trophy you want. If you want to use one of the many exploits that were available at launch, you need to own the retail version of the game and play offline without the patch. Digital owners will have to do everything legit, since you won't be able to unpatch your game.
Some players are having problems getting trophies to unlock. Reinstalling the game fixes this! This problem can occur with any trophy randomly and is not limited to specific trophies. Make a backup of your save game, uninstall the game in the PS4 settings then install it. Now repeat the steps for the trophy and it should unlock fine.
Step 1 - Complete Story on Crushing, Get All Collectibles, Keep an Eye out for Story-Related Trophies
Crushing is available from the start. It is greyed out in the difficulty options, but you can select it anyway. For Uncharted veterans this is recommended as it is the fastest way to get the Platinum and saves you another playthrough.
Collectibles are never found during enemy encounters, only in climbing and exploration sections. So the difficulty is completely irrelevant for all the collectibles. See the full collectible guide HERE.
If you miss a collectible you can grab it via chapter select afterwards.
There are also plenty of story-related trophies that can only be done at one specific spot. Keep an eye out for these, in chapter order:
- Still Got It! (Chapter 4)
- Ghost in the Cemetery (Chapter 8)
- Trials and Tribulation (Chapter 9)
- Not a Cairn in the World (Chapter 10)
- Don't Feed the Animals (Chapter 11)
- I Can See My House From Here (Chapter 11)
- Glamour Shot (Chapter 11)
- Stage Fright (Chapter 11)
- Marco Polo Returns! (Chapter 12)
- On Porpoise (Chapter 12)
- Peaceful Resolution (Chapter 13 & 14)
- Just Floor It! (Chapter 17)
- Swordmaster (Chapter 22)
- Best Score! (Epilogue)
You can do a playthrough on Explorer difficulty first to unlock Cheats, then use Cheats (infinite ammo, one-hit kill weapons etc.) to get through Crushing difficulty. Cheats don't disable trophies and make Crushing difficulty a joke.
Step 2 - Speedrun & 70% Accuracy
After completing the first playthrough, you unlock Cheats. You can (and should) use them for the Speedrun trophy. See Charted! - Speedrun for all the relevant information. Most importantly, cutscenes add to your time and must be skipped.
When you enable auto-aim in the options and use the Barok .44 revolver with infinite ammo, you should very easily reach 80%+ accuracy for the Sharpshooter trophy.
Step 3 - Kill-Related / Miscellaneous Trophy Farming
At this point you will already have unlocked a fair amount of kill-related and miscellaneous trophies. Just mop up what you are missing. You can do all of the kill-related things very quickly by restarting checkpoints in encounter select so this won't take long at all.
Step 4 - Multiplayer
There are five Multiplayer trophies but they are all quick, easy and straight forward so shouldn't take long to get.
[PST Would Like to Thank PowerPyx for this Roadmap]
- Estimated trophy difficulty: *See Difficulty Note*
- Offline trophies: 0 (Trophies can be obtained solo but you need to be online)
- Online trophies: 12 (11 , 1 )
- Approximate amount of time to 100%: 10+ hours
- Minimum number of playthroughs: Multiple
- Number of missable trophies: 0
- Glitched trophies: 0
- Does difficulty affect trophies?: Yes, 2 trophies require Crushing Difficulty.
- Do cheat codes disable trophies?: No, but there are 1-use Booster items that can and should be used if needed.
*Difficulty Note* This DLC is being constantly updated by Naughty Dog and they have been "nerfing" Weapons & Mysticals (magical powerups) nonstop, so there is no good way to rate the difficulty of this DLC. When I got my trophies, I rated the difficulty to be about a 5-6/10.
However, due to nerfing weapons and Mysticals being increased in price as well as being nerfed against bosses, now the difficulty is much higher and I would probably rate it around a 8-9/10. Since there’s no telling what Naughty Dog might change next, I am reluctant to add a difficulty rating since it may change heavily based on future updates.
"Survival" is the first DLC with trophies for Uncharted 4. It was made available through a game update, so no need to download or buy anything from the PS Store. The Survival Mode is pretty fun to play at first and is pretty enjoyable for the most part. However the harder difficulties are no joke, they are quite difficult and some of the later stages can and will frustrate you.
There are 10 maps, each with 5 waves; these waves range from simply defeating all enemies to running around grabbing treasure to fighting bosses.
Here are all the different types of waves:
- Survival: Defeat X amount of enemies.
- Siege: Stand in a designated area and only kills from that area count toward the wave.
- Marked Man: Kill X amount of enemies that have red targets above their heads.
- Treasure Hunt: Collect 100 treasures (2 sets of 50 treasures each, also enemies attack you constantly).
- Boss Fight: Kill the boss.
Some waves have modifiers that make things harder for you. This includes things like Time Limits (if you don’t kill enough enemies before time expires you will fail the wave and have to redo it), only certain weapons kills (like Pistols/Headshots/Melee only), as well as enemies spawning negative effects when they die. Some waves on harder difficulties have combinations of all of these!
There are a decent amount of good weapons that people use while playing the game, but the most popular one is the M14 Custom. It’s a semi-auto sniper that has a good fire rate and high damage, so it’s very useful for almost every wave type.
There are some pretty good DLC weapons as well, my favourites were the P90 and the Pak-80. But to unlock those, you will either need to get lucky with a DLC Gameplay Chest (spend 2500 of the little purple relics that you obtain from MP/Survival/Daily Challenges to purchase), or with Uncharted points (purchased with real money).
The main downside of using real money is that Naughty Dog has already nerfed a few DLC weapons, so many people are upset that they paid for a weapon that is now obsolete, so I advise against it myself.
PST member Aeirou has kindly pointed out that if you want a good automatic weapon for headshots and aren't too good at aiming, the AK-47, Lowe-S, and M4 are great weapons to use because they have great headshot tracking and the recoil also moves in an upper motion.
You can also level up your guns to make them stronger. You do so by fighting bosses on different difficulties. Each boss that you defeat will drop a gun upgrade, so it’s best to grind out weapon upgrades before moving on to harder difficulties (more info in the Walkthrough).
The last basic tip is using Boosters. As you level up, you not only do more damage and get new weapons, but you also unlock LP (loadout points), which allow you to add boosters to a loadout to make things easier. There are 1-use boosters and permanent ones, but I’m talking about the permanent ones here.
There is a wide selection of ones that people use, but there are a few that I recommend:
- Speedy G - Run faster (Useful for treasure waves).
- Prizefighter - Increased melee damage (Very useful for headshot/melee waves).
- Combat Revive - Better revive range and healing.
- Quick Healer - Faster reviving.
- Deadeye - More headshot damage.
- Enhanced Radar *DLC* Allows you to see all enemies on your radar.
You won’t be able to use all of these on a single loadout, so I made a few different loadouts that I used depending on which map I was playing.
I made 2 custom loadouts that worked for me. The first of which was my main co-op loadout, which I used Combat Revive, Quick Healer, and Deadeye.
When playing Solo or doing waves involving treasure and headshot/melee waves, I used a second loadout with Speedy G, Prizefighter, and Deadeye. The downside of this loadout is that you're next to useless when it comes to reviving teammates, but it makes melee waves really easy!
The basic strategy to complete each wave is to find a good camping spot and let the enemies come to you. I have screenshots for each map showing my preferred camping spots, and they are under each individual level trophy. Note that on easier difficulties you can just rush out and kill everything, but on Hard/Crushing difficulty, you will need to make use of these spots to get through some waves alive.
The game has 12 trophies. Ten of them are very easy and just involve completing each individual stage, but the last two involve getting 1 and 3 star ranks on Crushing difficulty.
To get a 3 star rank, you must complete all five waves of a level within a time limit. The time limits change per level based on what difficulty you are on, but since only Crushing requires 3 stars, I’ve listed the individual times in the guide under the …It trophy. Almost all of these are near impossible to do Solo, so make sure you play with at least 1 partner!
Visit the Co-op Partners Thread if you need a partner.
Also due to the nature of Naughty Dog updating the game with more fixes/nerfs, I won't have individual videos for each map (as the strategies may become obsolete), but people are posting their videos in the Survival Forum, so check there for any videos!
That’s it for the starter tips, now on to the best way to tackle these trophies!
Step 1: Play through each map on Light Difficulty.
This step is to get used to the game mode and to get the first 10 trophies easily. Don’t worry about getting 3 stars since it doesn’t matter in this step. But the more stars you get, the more XP you get, so try your best!
Get Train Rekt
The Mad City
In for a Penny, In for a Pound
Those Who Prove Worthy
Cliffs and Caves
Another Lost City Destroyed
A Pirate's Life For Me
Without a Paddle
Step 2: Upgrade all your guns to level 3 while playing on Light Difficulty. (Optional but highly recommended)
You upgrade guns by defeating a boss. When defeated, each boss drops a random weapon that you’ve acquired and it will be leveled up once. Weapons can only be upgraded up to level 3 maximum on Light/Moderate difficulty, so you’ll want to do so before attempting Hard mode. Plus the XP you’ll gain while doing this will increase you to a high enough level where you might be able to survive Hard mode!
Every even numbered stage has a boss, and stage 10 has two.
Replay Stages 2 or 4 to upgrade your Pistols.
Replay Stages 6, 8, or 10 for the Long Guns.
I recommend Stage 2 for Pistols, and Stage 10 for Long Guns. You can also do Stage 6 but it takes around 10-15 minutes to complete it on Light whereas it takes 15-20 minutes for Stage 10 on Light (which has 2 bosses so two upgrades). On harder difficulties, Stage 6 is the better choice though.
Step 3: Complete Hard Difficulty to unlock Crushing.
Self-explanatory. Crushing is only unlocked once you complete all 10 stages on Hard Mode. Hard is unlocked from the start but if you rush right in to Hard Mode, you won’t stand a chance. So hopefully you’ve been following the Roadmap and you’ll be at a decent level with better weapons (the game recommends level 30). Once you complete Stage 10 on Hard, you’ll unlock Crushing.
Note that if a friend/partner hosts a game on Stage 10 and carries you through it to completion, you can play Crushing at any time, even if you haven’t done the other 9 levels on Hard!
Step 4: Upgrade all your guns to level 4 while playing on Hard Difficulty. (Optional but highly recommended)
You might be thinking of going straight into Crushing after beating Hard, but upgrades will help out immensely! Level 4 guns have bigger clips, which means that you won’t have to reload as often. You’ll also level up a lot while doing this, as you’ll want to be at least level 40 before starting Crushing. I’d say that being at a minimum of level 45 is preferred for Crushing.
For Hard, you’ll want to do Stages 2 and 6 for your upgrades. Stage 10 is much too difficult and time consuming compared to 6.
Step 5: Complete Crushing Difficulty and replay stages as needed for 3 stars.
Now that you’ve upgraded all your guns and you are also a high level, it’s time for Crushing! Use everything you’ve learned to try and beat each Stage as fast as possible!
I also recommend trying to get your M14 (or any other favourite guns) to level 5 during this step. All damage is increased with level 5 guns! Only bosses on Crushing difficulty can get a gun to level 5.
The reason you’ll have wanted to get all guns to level 4 up to this point is that you’re guaranteed a level 5 weapon drop from each boss. I had the misfortune of having a gun at level 3 when playing Crushing, and the game unluckily decided to give me that gun’s upgrade instead of a level 5 weapon.
This is the hardest part by far, so good luck!
DISCOKING - For being my main co-op partner and also showing me the best spots/weapons to use. Also thanks for the banner!
Druoxrodest - For helping me finish levels 7-10 on Crushing since I couldn’t do it myself.
Eternal21 - For helping me unlock Crushing difficulty and showing some good camping spots.
Thanks to everyone else on the forums for posting their tips and tricks!
[PST Would Like to Thank Jerry Appleby for this Roadmap]