NO missable Achievements
This guide is about achievements
This guide is NOT supposed to give you any real information on how to actually play the game.
The intention is to tell you about the achievements, and nothing else. There are superb guides out there to teach the game to you, so check out those, if you need help.
That being said, I do want to give you 3 essential quickfire tips:
- There’s actually an ingame journal with lots of explanations, especially on what the different Sigils do. You can open it with the [J] button.
- There are 3 different kinds of shields. The type of shield you’ve equipped determines how many dashes you can chain together. The default one you start the game with will only allows 3 at a time. But there’s also an “Agile Shield”, which allows for infinite chaining. Depending on your playstyle, this’ll massively boost your survivability AND allows you to travel way faster.
- For every crafted spell, you have to pick, whether it’s supposed to deal damage (“Destruction”), lock the enemy in place (“Control”) or apply a debuff on enemies to boost received damage (“Mastery”). The game will show you tutorial videos for more information. The message I want you to know is:
Do NOT sleep on applying Mastery!
We’re not talking about 10% or 20% more damage. It’s starting out with a multiplier of roughly x2 at the very start, then continually goes up until you deal like 20x the damage in a single spell in the endgame.
Story, Bosses & Difficulty Setting
|Apprentice||Choose your first sigil|
|Under the Rocks||Maelstrom’s secrets revealed|
|Get the Water Flowing||Zasad water source restored|
|Sacrifice||At what cost|
|Into the Darkness||Soddentrod is a memory|
These 5 are directly story related and will unlock along the way, mostly right at the end of a level.
|The First of Many||Rogiro and his undead beast are no more|
|Surf and Turf||Defeat Frostclaw|
|Dust In The Wind||Defeat the Ancient Golem|
|Bitter Victory||Back from the grave|
|I Am the Dragon||Some people just want to watch the world burn|
So, every boss has 3 available achievements.
One unlocks per default upon defeating the bosses, the other 2 are tied to defeating the bosses on the difficulties “Battlemage” and “Badass”.
This game is very generous regarding the difficulty achievements though.
- First off, they are downward compatible.
Beat them on “Badass” and all 3 unlock.
- Secondly, you can change the difficulty even midfight! All the bosses actually have health bars at the bottom of the screen.
Once that bar is low, just open the menu, change difficulty to “Badass” and make sure to click that “Apply” button, instead of leaving via [Esc].
- Lastly, bosses respawn. Just use fast travel to go to the last checkpoint of a given level, approach the boss room again, and the boss will respawn, still unlock the harder versions of the achievements.
Note though, that changing the difficulty to “Badass” will reset the levels of all currently unequipped sigils back to 1.
The terribly misnamed “New Game Plus”
|Newb Game Plus||Complete any Vortex Portal|
|Challenge Completed||Complete an entire New Game Plus sequence|
|Mouthful||Complete an entire series of Vortex Portals in one sitting|
|Plus Sized||Complete three sets of Vortex Portals|
Don’t worry, “Complete an entire New Game Plus sequence” does actually NOT mean, that you have to complete all 8 areas again. Far from it, actually.
After you’ve finished off Shax, you’ll get access to a “New Game Plus Hub”. That hub consists of nothing else but a balcony with 6 portals.
Those portals have you replay a small part of any of the 8 areas, split into 3 kinds of portals:
- “Skirmish”: Just reach the end of the level.
- “Hunt”: Defeat x groups of enemies.
- “Disable”: Kind of a tower defense mode.
One set of portals will take about 30 to 60 minutes, depending on how many skirmishes you receive, and whether or not you just run to the end with an Agile Shield or not.
|Bass Ackwards||Complete all Skirmish Portals|
|Magic Hunt||Complete all Hunt Portals|
|Cult 45||Complete all Disable Portals|
Grab a sheet of paper and keep note of which portals you’ve already completed. After you’ve finished the required 3 sets for one of the achievements above, you’ll probably run into the problem of being given portals you’ve already completed. Not a problem for skirmishes, but annoying for the other 2.
If you run into that problem, just go back to the Main Menu, and upon resuming, choose to reset portals. Repeat this, until you get the portals you’re missing.
Plaques & Loot Machines
There are 8 “Explorer” achievements, which need you to “Find all of the Plaques in [the game]”.
These are really hard to find and you WILL miss most of them, so check this guide while playing the game:
And another 4 achievements for completing up to 20 loot machines.
There are 30 of them hidden in the game and finding 20 of them shouldn’t pose a problem.
Once you’ve found a loot machine, just shoot any spell at it to initiate it.
- They are almost always at a dead end. So if the path splits in front of you, just press the [V] button on your keyboard and follow whichever path gets NOT marked.
- If you want a guide that shows all locations, check out this one:
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2836074167 – [steamcommunity.com]
|This One, This One Right Here.|
This Was My Dream, My Wish
|Find 20 Loot Orbs|
There’s like 200 of them in the game, available in all 8 areas.
|Puking Pustules||Destroy 20 Loot Spores|
The vast majority of these is in Drivasser. There’s about a handful in the final area, but you should sort this one out in the beginning.
Grey Teeth & Maelstrom
|99.1% Pure||Destroy 20 Loot Crystals|
Within the two areas, there are waaay more than 20, so this won’t be a problem.
|Image||Achievement & Description|
|It’s Comin’ Outta Me Like Lava!|
Fall in the lava in the Maelstrom
While you’re in Maelstrom, just jump into the lava once.
Zasad & Lost Zasad
Nothing achievement related here.
Though you may destroy these containers for their loot.
|You Took Too Much, Man.|
You Took Too Much
|Destroy more than 20 special|
crates in Soddentrod
|A Salt Shaker Half Full||Careful with the crates in Soddentrod|
|Especially When It’s|
Waving a Razor-sharp
Hunting Knife In Your Eye
|Oops, did I break that crate on you?|
These crates don’t actually drop any loot. You’ve got to destroy 20 of them anyway.
The other two achievements unlock, if you destroy one of these crates while I) you and II) an enemy are directly next to it.
Soddentrod & Sinkhole
Soddentrod already has the crates just above, but there’s also these plants as the local destroyable loot container.
No achievement related to them, though.
|Artificer||Craft your first spell|
Easy enough, go into your inventory by pressing the [l] Button, go to crafting and just mash some ingredients together. Doesn’t need to be useful to earn the achievement.
|It does not get any better than this||Equip all tier 20 spells|
This can not be unlocked until after beating the final boss. While progressing through the 8 areas of the game, each area increases the tier of dropped materials by 1.
Once the story is done, you’ll unlock Vortex Portals – see the NG+ chapter above.
The tier of ingredients dropped in a given portal is written in the portals “name”, before you enter it. Just keep crafting & equipping higher tier spells and the portal tiers will increase.
|Truly A Badass||Equip nine unique spells|
|A need to acquire every permutation||Craft every available synergy spell|
Just keep auto-upgrading materials via the “Smart Inventory”, until the message on the right appears.
This indicates, that you have an upgradable legendary shape. So switch to custom inventory, go to “Synthesis” -> “Upgrade” and upgrade those non greyed out legendary shapes.
Synergy spells do count as unique spells, but you can equip a maximum of 3 in your loadout, so you’ll have to craft 6 “non-synergy” shapes.
You might need to actually equip every of the 12 unique synergy spells, in order for the game/achievement to register it.
For more information on them, as well as a full list, check this guide:
- https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=349845083 – [steamcommunity.com]
- For a showcase of 11 out of these 12, check this YouTube video:
Image Achievement Description This better be good… Craft a Spell with a Unique Pattern and 4 Legendary Augments
This one is entirely RNG based. It might take quite a while to get a working shape for this one, but it’s very likely to drop before you’ve completed all the other achievements.
What you need is a legendary shape, that can still be upgraded and already has the
“+4 Augment Slots”
From there, upgrade it to a “Non-Synergy Shape” and while crafting a spell, throw 4 legendary augments at it.
Level all your Sigils to 16.
There’s a very solid guide – [trueachievements.com]” rel=”nofollow noopener”>guide – [trueachievements.com] for this by UnfurledEmu75 on trueachievements.
I have nothing to add to that guide, so check it out if you have trouble leveling your sigils.
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