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07-05-2008, 02:28 PM
Welcome to the Spiderwick Chronicles. This thread will layout the easiest method of getting 1000 gs on this game using my personal findings and the great guides already posted here on x360a. I suggest you read the whole post before beginning. Also note that this game requires only one playthrough and does not require online play if you have two controllers.

To get started begin a new game and select the easy difficulty. Difficulty setting does not affect achievements. Then you will begin the game as Jared and you'll be off on your way. The easiest way to figure out what you need to do is follow the walkthrough located HERE (http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/xbox360/file/942723/52727). Within the guide is everything you need to know about how to progress the story and more.

Most of the achievements in this game are collection based which requires a small amount of tracking to remember what you've caught/collected and what still remains. At the end of the walkthrough linked above is a complete sprout/sprite location guide. I highly suggest that you save the walkthrough to your computer and mark them off as you find them. This will severely limit frustration later on.

Moving on, as you playthrough the game, I suggest you do your best to catch the minimal amount of sprites and instead try to progress through the story. I say this because upon completion of chapter 7 you will have the opportunity to complete everything still remaining. The following are what you should focus on getting prior to ending chapter seven:

- Roach Killer, Roach Conqueror, Roach Master You will play as Thimbletack twice during the course of the game. In the first playthrough you should collect 29 roaches and 21 on the second. NumberUno has a great guide posted HERE (http://www.xbox360achievements.org/forum/showthread.php?t=57185). Simly follow this guide anytime you're Thimbletack and you'll get all 50 roaches and the achievement.
- River Troll Master You can only do this as Simon. The first opportunity you have to get this is when you are playing as Simon after Mallory has just defeated the 20 Goblins in the quarry. When you get to the troll, just spray it over and over until it hits the sunlight and turns to stone
-Griffin Tamer Gotten automatically after feeding the Griffin 5 fire salamanders
- Chapter (1-7) Complete These are awarded at the end of each chapter

Other than those above, everything else can be easily gotten at the end of Chapter 7.

In order to complete chapter 8 you must complete the field guide. This requires you to get not only all sprites, but all the relics and other items as well. Once again at the end of the walkthrough linked above is a list of the location of everything collectible. Use it and mark it off once you collect it. I highly suggest you run around as Simon while doing everything after Chapter 7 as he is required for the most things (Fire Salamander collecting, Knocker Cave, Killing the Bull Goblins, etc.) You will know that you have done everything necessary to complete the field guide when you are told there is a visitor at the front door.

TIPS:
- For the ball bearing, Gobstone and Fruit collector achievements just know that they are located everywhere, often times in bushes and the sides of pathways. Hitting the washing machine in the cellar with the bat will give you 15 Ball bearings and the second knocker will give you 50 gobstones. I actually got the 40 fruit collection achievement after completing chapter 8. There were 5 fruit in the yard that I swear weren't there before.
- I suggest using the strategies in NumberUno's achievement guide HERE (http://www.xbox360achievements.org/forum/showthread.php?t=56856&highlight=faerie+fruit) for completing the ISL achievements. They work beautifully.
- The game uses an autosave feature to keep your progress. Understand that if you die, everything you collected between your last save and the time you died will have to be collected again. This is where a lot of people lose track of what they have collected and then think they're glitched, so be warned. The game always saves when you enter a new area.
- For the sprite race right outside the front door. If you have an extra slot open for a sprite, after she challenges you to a race you can catch her in your net. If you do, the race will still happen and be easy to win, but you won't get a reward from her for winning.
- Although 500 goblin teeth may sound like a lot you will get a lot just playing the game normally. Don't waste time hunting goblins.
- NumberUno's cockroach guide tells you how to get the uprgraded sword for Mallory off of the wall.

Please post if you have anything to add or noticed I missed something. Hope this helps.

David x360a
08-29-2008, 10:53 AM
Very nice, Method. Every game should have a guide like this. Saves time and frustration as one does not have to figure it out by oneself. Thanks a lot, I will make good use of it when I play this game this weekend.

EvilestBean
01-14-2009, 09:05 PM
Very good Road Map Method, it is helping me loads, now i know i dont have to worry about collecting all the stuff untill after chapter 7.

Thanks again.

biochem411
01-28-2009, 05:26 PM
Thanks for the map!

unkled20
06-14-2009, 03:51 PM
Great road map! Thanks for the link to the walkthrough, helped speed things up for me.