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rokkyrok 04-16-2012 06:47 PM

Roadmap & Achievement Guide
 
Roadmap to 1000

Overview:
-Estimated achievement difficulty: 5/10
-Offline: 50 (1000)
-Online: 0
-Approximate amount of time to 1000G: 25-50 hours
-Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 2
-Number of missable achievements: 34
-Does difficulty affect achievements: Yes
-Glitchy achievements: None

Hello
This is my Witcher 2 roadmap to help you plan to get your 1k in 2 playthroughs.
It’s not an achievement guide, but I did add small descriptions on how or what.
The list is in order when you can first get them or when I got them.
I also broke it down in the 2 different paths.

General info:
This game requires 2 playthroughs to 1k it. (~1.75 actually if you start on Dark).
Reason is, near the end of chapter1 you have to pick a path (Iorveth or Roche).
I suggest to start on easy/normal on your first, because Dark can be very annoying/unforgiving if you start here right away. Since you have to play it twice anyway, easy/normal is a good way to start and enjoy the game.
Then you can rush through Dark in ~10 hours if you want.
I also suggest going with Iorveth on your first normal/easy playthrough, cos I found it easier than Roche's path.
So the steps to 1k are easy enough and they are:

Step 1:
Normal/easy playthrough with Iorveth and kill the trolls.
Step 2:
Dark playthrough with Vernon Roche and spare the trolls.
Step 3:
Finish 30 arena rounds.

Preparations/tips:
-Arena is separate from the game, handy to get to fight 30 to try out skills and the fighting.
-For your first playthrough, kill all (3) trolls. Trollslayer will pop during chapter 2.
-Spare all 3 on your second (there’s actually a 4th with Vernon, not sure if he counts)
-Read this WIKI and try to get as many abilities as you can on your Dark playthrough.
-Try do do most of the quests on your first playthrough to reach level 35 for Guru.
-I went 95% magic on my Dark playthrough, once Igni is upgraded the game becomes a lot easier.
-Perfectionist is easy to get at the start of chapter 2, when you are under a magical umbrella. Just tag 10 enemies without getting hit.
-Miser, this is not cumulative, you need 10k at once and it’s easy if you loot/harvest a lot.
Skill tips:
-Try to save up some points during chapter 2 (8-9 I think), make a save and get the mutant ability. Then reload and spend them like you want to.
OR
For getting the 3 adrenaline ability achievements (the mutant/heliotrope/group finisher) It's much for practical to instead do the quest From a Bygone Era as you are able to fully respec, simply make a save before you talk to the Operator. This is just easier than holding onto points imo.
-Ricochet and Focus need to be unlocked in the trees. Once unlocked, hold block when you isolated some archers and it pops when you killed 1. For Focus, lock on to an enemy and press A when indicated.

Note: some achievements take a few seconds to unlock.


Prologue missable:
-Eagle Eye, when the king asks you to aim the ballista, look for a small character in the distance.

Chapter 1 missables:
-Librarian, just keep your eyes open during the asylum quest. Last of the 4 pages is in the wraith room.
-Man of the Shadows, during Indecent Proposal. Take your time and don’t get detected, stun all the guards you can. Make sure to find the kayran trap part at the end outside or you will miss Artful Dodger later!
-Artful Dodger, just press A where it shows you to plant the trap to instakill a tentacle when it hits. (must craft kayran trap beforehand ofcourse)
Important: finish the nekker and endrega quests for Pest Control in chapter 3!

Chapter 2 general missables:
-Friend of Trolls/Trollslayer, just either kill or spare trolls during an entire playthrough.
If you want to save them, you will have to finish their quests and save the last troll from enemies.

Chapter 2 Iorveth missables:
-Blackops, don’t get detected while trying to sneak through the Kaedweni camp.
Important: finish the harpy nest quest for Pest Patrol in chapter 3!

Chapter 2 Vernon Roche missables:
-Tourist, just follow Zyvik around.
-Gladiator, don’t forget to drop by here and win all 4 fights. (Talk to Proximo)
-Heartbreaker, for free eboobs, after you defeated Ves, go visit her at Roche’s camp. Pick the right options (very obvious) and do what you want.
-Necromancer, there's 5 (6) easy parts you need to complete.
-Reasons of State, just pick the right option to get this bleepie. It’s during the cutscene after you fight the king.
Important: finish the rotfiend quest for Pest Patrol in chapter 3!

Chapter 3 general missables:
-Pest Control, this pops after you turn in the gargoyle quest.
-Sensitive Guy/Witch Hunter, make a save when you are heading to the tower with the dragon. Pick either to remove or leave the diamond when you meet up with Síle and reload.
-Avenger/Old Friends, make a save before you walk up to Letho, reload and pick other option.

Chapter 3 Iorveth missables:
-Spellbreaker, start by helping Philippa out of the prison. Don't go rescue Triss!
-Dragonheart, choose "Walk away".

Chapter 3 Vernon Roche missables:
-
Kingmaker, don't go rescue Triss!
-Being Witcher George, choose "Kill the dragon".

credit:
JuSt BLaZe
gazmaster1
BloodGodAlucard
ChaosTheoryV2X
ryanclive

rokkyrok 04-16-2012 06:47 PM

i will format this a bit better if there's any love for this later, but all the info is here.

rokkyrok 04-16-2012 06:48 PM

Blue: missable, but you can get these anytime before you finish the game. I put them where you can get them for the first time, or where they can be gotten somewhat easy.
Red: only available in the mentioned chapter.
Black: unmissable

Story/level/difficulty:

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/zV/YB/0I...fn5-8uVtE=.jpg
5G The Fugitive
Complete the Prologue.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/fp/62/1I...fn5-uZnmI=.jpg
5G To Aedirn!
Complete Chapter 1.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/7W/ZW/1Y...fn5-p5ZvE=.jpg
10G Alea Iacta Est
Complete Chapter 2.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/WG/93/14...fn5-hYb0Q=.jpg
15G Once Ain't Enough
Complete Chapter 3.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/3b/X7/1o...fn5-nUtcE=.jpg
50G To Be Continued...
Finish the game at any difficulty level.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/qV/5P/1Y...fn5-pgXrU=.jpg
100G Madman
Finish the game while playing at the Dark difficulty level.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/dk/Qs/04...fn5-wDRGo=.jpg
10G Journeyman
Achieve character level 10.
Can’t miss this.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/5b/zM/0o...fn5-3jvPk=.jpg
50G Guru
Achieve character level 35.
Don’t skip too many quests or you will miss this at the end of the game.

Skill specific:

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/eF/8g/0o...fn5-0PX2Q=.jpg
10G Ricochet
Kill a foe by deflecting his own arrow at him.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/Oq/mE/1o...fn5-mrqSY=.jpg
10G Swordmaster
Acquire the Combat Acumen ability.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/iW/Ez/0o...fn5-0cYZU=.jpg
30G Focus
Perform three successful ripostes in a row.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/t6/a5/0o...fn5-2Wpqs=.jpg
15G Threesome
Kill three foes at once by performing a group finisher.

Can only be done on human/sentient enemies!

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/Mn/w1/04...fn5-wafC4=.jpg
10G Master Alchemist
Acquire the Mutant ability.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/eF/AL/0I...fn5-8kUGQ=.jpg
10G Master of Magic
Acquire the Sense of Magic ability.

Arena:

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/Sq/GA/14...fn5-ivoVY=.jpg
10G Tried-and-True
Survive your 5th fight in the Arena
I did it on easy and picked magic skills.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/2V/lg/1o...fn5-lPWcU=.jpg
15G Last Man Standing
Survive your 30th fight in the Arena
I did it on easy and picked magic skills.

Any playthrough:

Prologue:

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/QF/YX/1o...fn5-k4Vlw=.jpg
30G Poker!
Roll five-of-a-kind at dice poker.
Very annoying (or not if lucky), get 5 of the same symbols in 2 throws.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/j6/+O/1o...fn5-mhr5M=.jpg
10G Eagle Eye
Hit Count Etcheverry using the ballista.

Chapter 1:

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/Gp/nT/04...fn5-z8mQY=.jpg
10G Craftsman
Hire a craftsman to create an item.
Use any merchant to craft you an item, good choice would be the silver witcher sword you find in chapter 1.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/y5/eX/1o...fn5-m4l9c=.jpg
10G Apprentice
Use alchemy to brew five potions or oils.
Just craft 5 potions/oils at once.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/Ip/-P/1Y...fn5-rgnz4=.jpg
15G Gambler
Win an arm wrestling match, a dice poker game and a fist fight.
Go to the inn in Flotsam, all 3 of these are in there.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/Ek/xi/1o...fn5-lNTA4=.jpg
15G Intimidator
Intimidate someone.
Sometimes conversations have options, pick the “evil eye” to get this.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/66/jr/0Y...fn5-7EqPc=.jpg
30G Librarian
Find all additional information about the insane asylum's history.
Keep eye out for chests with pages, last of the 4 pages is in the wraith room.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/gb/SC/14...fn5-ittJ0=.jpg
15G Man of the Shadows
Successfully sneak through Loredo's garden and find the component of
the kayran trap.
During Indecent Proposal. Take your time and don’t get detected, stun all the guards you can. Make sure to find the kayran trap part (iron frame) at the end outside or you will miss Artful Dodger later!

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/Tk/0b/14...fn5-g0TVI=.jpg
30G Artful Dodger
Cut off a tentacle using the kayran trap.
Have Cedric craft the trap and use it in the kayran fight. It shows where to press A there.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/+0/Q6/1Y...fn5-oVROc=.jpg
10G Kayranslayer
Kill the kayran.
Story related.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/bn/1M/0o...fn5-1jfXI=.jpg
20G Backbone
Craft a suit of armor from elements of the kayran's carapace.
After killing and looting the kayran (there’s 2 spots to loot it!) crafte the armor. You get the diagram from the merchant as part of the quest reward. You have to tell him to double the payment. Then use Axii on him to get him to agree.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/l5/bu/14...fn5-jBlos=.jpg
15G Torn Asunder!
Kill more than one opponent using a single exploding bomb.
I used a grapeshot bomb on harpies. You may have to soften them up a little bit before that.
And I think nekkers would be even easier.

rokkyrok 04-16-2012 06:49 PM

Chapter 2 Iorveth's path:

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/NL/2j/1Y...fn5-qMvSg=.jpg
20G Black Ops
Sneak through the lower camp without raising the alarm.
Don’t get caught while sneaking through the Kaedweni camp.

Chapter 2 Vernon Roche's path:

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/JF/5Z/04...fn5-x2Xjg=.jpg
10G Tourist
Tour the camp with Zyvik.
Just follow him around the camp once you enter it with Roche.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/HF/du/14...fn5-hBVwA=.jpg
15G Gladiator
Defeat all opponents in the Kaedweni arena.
Proximo is the one you should talk to about arenas. You won't be able to do a lot in here though until you complete the quest called The Butcher of Cidaris, which will trigger availability of the quest Ave Henselt, which features Geralt taking part in arena fights.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/Oq/av/1I...fn5-uApiY=.jpg
10G Heartbreaker
Seduce Ves.
Go to Roche’s camp after you beat her, pick the right conversation options and bam (pun).

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/DL/SU/0Y...fn5-67tBA=.jpg
50G Necromancer
Relive all of Auckes's memories in Dethmold's vision.


The guy MASTER MYRON, where to buy the potion formula GADWALL is right outside the tent (where Dethmold is inside), next to the entrance.

Create the potion (1x Rebis/1xVermilion/1xCaelum/1xSol/1xAether), drink it and talk to Dethmold again to start the ritual.


"After an assassination attempt on king henslet by 2 witchers, auches and w/e. Dethmold wants you to enter the memories of the one you kill to find out etc etc. In here one mistake (stepping on a trap, going the wrong way, dying) will throw you out and you have to go back in.

1st is just easy killing some harpies/bandits, pretty straightforward.

2nd is carefully follow the other guy and don't touch any traps, make sure to look at the ground the entire time. You will proceed to have some convo

<SAVE HERE> you'll find out why.
3rd is your inside the war camp prevalent in ch2. Wait for the 2 guards to start moving, you can move up a tent and hide behind it, and keep following the guard that goes straight (or left you could say) he will turn around 2 times so be careful, line of sight breaks the mission, and I'm not sure if you can re-enter the memories after it breaks this time. once he goes to the fire go to the right and keep going and it should throw you into the next fragment.

4th is just walking straight as the other guy mumbles about some big stuff goin down.

5th is where you are in the kings encapment and fighting. It's pretty easy as your guys are really hax against regular stuff. Just do some rolling and pwn them from behind.

This is where the DING should be, after you kill the last one.

6th, face Geralt, and get owned badly ."

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/qV/Fk/14...fn5-hLUbU=.jpg
15G Reasons of State
Stop Roche from killing Henselt.
Just pick the right option after you fought the king.

Chapter 2 general:


http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/9V/82/1I...fn5-sZX+k=.jpg
15G Perfectionist
Kill 10 foes in a row without losing any Vitality.
Very easy to do at the start of chapter 2 when you are under a magical umbrella. Just tag/kill 10 enemies without getting hit.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/BG/4O/1o...fn5-khbhg=.jpg
15G Fat Man
Kill the draug.
Story related.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/Aq/+Y/0I...fn5-+3rx4=.jpg
15G Friend of Trolls
Spare all trolls in the game.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/-6/ih/1Y...fn5-qOqOM=.jpg
30G Trollslayer
Kill all the trolls in the game.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/FI/30/0I...fn5--bjQg=.jpg
30G The Butcher of Blaviken
Kill 500 foes.
Should come naturally somewhere during chapter 2 .

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/ub/21/04...fn5-yavaU=.jpg
30G Mutant!
Enhance abilities using mutagens at least five times.
Some skills can be upgraded with mutagens, upgrade 5 skills and you get this.


Chapter 3 Iorveth's path:

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/p0/VD/1I...fn5-tsRbs=.jpg
15G Spellbreaker
Help Iorveth find the dagger needed to free Saskia from the spell that
holds her.
Start by helping Philippa out of the prison. Missable if you go save Triss instead!

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/w0/0N/0Y...fn5-4iTd8=.jpg
20G Dragonheart
Spare or save Saskia.
Choose "Walk away" after the dragon fight.


Chapter 3 Vernon Roche's path:

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/UL/Xt/0I...fn5--CtUw=.jpg
15G Kingmaker
Help Roche rescue Anais from the Kaedweni camp.
Missable if you go save Triss instead!

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/-Y/Ws/04...fn5-yDheE=.jpg
20G Being Witcher George
Kill the dragon.
Choose to kill the dragon after it hit the tree.

Chapter 3 general:

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/23/Rt/0I...fn5-9CdMc=.jpg
20G Pest Control
Finish all quests involving the destruction of monster nests.
If you completed the nekker and endrega contracts in chapter 1, the harpy/rotfiend quest in chapter 2 and gargoyle contract in chapter 3, this will pop when you turn the gargoyles in.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/h3/UU/0Y...fn5-47dZs=.jpg
10G Miser
Collect 10000 orens.
This is not cumulative. Loot a lot and store/sell it. Usually storage is right next to a merchant. So once you think you have enough, take everything out and sell it.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/66/fA/04...fn5-zvp-c=.jpg
10G Sensitive Guy
Save Síle from dying in the unstable portal.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/bF/BB/1I...fn5-tuUHA=.jpg
10G Witch Hunter
Leave Síle to die in the unstable portal.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/oY/TV/0o...fn5-36hL0=.jpg
30G Avenger
Finish the game by killing Letho.

http://tiles.xbox.com/tiles/n0/x0/0I...fn5-9bTIM=.jpg
30G Old Friends
Finish the game by sparing Letho.

AirborneRichard 04-16-2012 09:57 PM

Good job already i,m sure this will become most helpfull :) Thanks buddy! also from the community :p

Suki 04-16-2012 10:04 PM

is it possible to make a save at the trolls and then kill them, reload and then save them to cut down to 1 playthrough???

cheevo360 04-17-2012 01:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Suki (Post 5017689)
is it possible to make a save at the trolls and then kill them, reload and then save them to cut down to 1 playthrough???

Yes I think so I didn't got both achievements yet for kill or not kill all trolls as I still in late chapter 1 moment on my first playthrough. Make sure you save before troll's trouble side quest in chapter 1. :)

JuSt BLaZe 04-17-2012 02:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Suki (Post 5017689)
is it possible to make a save at the trolls and then kill them, reload and then save them to cut down to 1 playthrough???

Makes only sense if you start on DARK difficulty. Otherwise you have to run through the game twice anyway.

But I also think it would work. Just do as cheevo360 said.

rokkyrok 04-17-2012 02:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rokkyrok (Post 5017327)
-Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 2

-For your first playthrough, kill all (3) trolls. Trollslayer will pop during chapter 2.
-Spare all 3 on your second (there’s actually a 4th with Vernon, not sure if he counts)

Chapter 2 general missables:
-Friend of Trolls/Trollslayer, just either kill or spare trolls during an entire playthrough.

Step 1:
Normal/easy playthrough with Iorveth and kill the trolls.

Step 2:
Dark playthrough with Vernon Roche and spare the trolls.

isn't all this clear enough that you need 2 playthroughs?
last troll is in chapter 2 and there's obviously 2 paths for chapter 2 (iorveth and roche)

FLIPADELPHIIA 04-17-2012 02:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rokkyrok (Post 5018165)
isn't all this clear enough that you need 2 playthroughs?
last troll is in chapter 2 and there's obviously 2 paths for chapter 2 (iorveth and roche)

you obviously dont know what difficulty he started on

rokkyrok 04-17-2012 02:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FLIPADELPHIIA (Post 5018178)
you obviously dont know what difficulty he started on

let us know then how you get 1k in 1 playthrough.
also let us know when you were wrong and need 2 like i keep saying.

FLIPADELPHIIA 04-17-2012 02:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rokkyrok (Post 5018187)
let us know then how you get 1k in 1 playthrough.
also let us know when you were wrong and need 2 like i keep saying.

LOL i actually have every steam achievement for Witcher 1 & 2, and have played this game more times than youll ever so dont give me that. I already have 90% of the best shit in the game and Ive been playing for 7 hrs.
I never said you didnt need 2. You need 2 because of the choice you have to make at the end of chp 1. Im saying you CAN get that achievement for killing and helping the trolls in one playthrough. If hes going for the 1k then it really wouldnt matter unless your trying to get as many achievements as possible in one go.



Sorry I lied - Ive been playing for 9hrs and 12 min. Still dont think you have me beat though

Qu1etMan 04-17-2012 02:34 AM

Tip for Eagle Eye achievement, aim at the guy standing next to the Count, Geralt will say 1.5 degrees and it will hit him for the achievement.

JuSt BLaZe 04-17-2012 02:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FLIPADELPHIIA (Post 5018198)
LOL i actually have every steam achievement for Witcher 1 & 2, and have played this game more times than youll ever so dont give me that. I already have 90% of the best shit in the game and Ive been playing for 7 hrs. Beat that kid

Sorry I lied - Ive been playing for 9hrs and 12 min. Still dont think you have me beat though

Hey FLIPADELPHIIA one quick question:

I'm on my first EASY run, near the end of Chapter I. Would you recommend to go with Roche or Iorveth!? Since I can hack & slash through easily. In other words, which path should I choose for my second "DARK" run!? Thanks in advance for any answer.

And yeah I already read rokkyrok's suggestion, just want to hear yours out. :blunt

rokkyrok 04-17-2012 02:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FLIPADELPHIIA (Post 5018198)
LOL i actually have every steam achievement for Witcher 1 & 2, and have played this game more times than youll ever so dont give me that. I already have 90% of the best shit in the game and Ive been playing for 7 hrs. Beat that kid

I never said you didnt need 2. You need 2 because of the choice you have to make at the end of chp 1. Im saying you CAN get that achievement for killing and helping the trolls in one playthrough. If hes going for the 1k then it really wouldnt matter unless your trying to get as many achievements as possible in one go.



Sorry I lied - Ive been playing for 9hrs and 12 min. Still dont think you have me beat though

what is this discussion about really?

/the kid

FLIPADELPHIIA 04-17-2012 02:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rokkyrok (Post 5018217)
what is this discussion about really?

/the kid

No idea. Great start on the guide keep up the good work

@ Blaze I would do the same, just because of the nature of the quests. Go with Roche your dark playthrough. And my best piece of adive for dark is constantly dodging after every strike you take. It should be like a natural movement: X, B - A, B. But like rok said try to level up magic as much as you can and focus heavily on crafting items that increase your armor/health/resistance.

rokkyrok 04-17-2012 02:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FLIPADELPHIIA (Post 5018232)
No idea. Great start on the guide keep up the good work

thank you, hope you find it helpful later.

FLIPADELPHIIA 04-17-2012 03:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rokkyrok (Post 5018240)
thank you, hope you find it helpful later.

Actually since these achievements are different from PC, Im finding it helpful already. I had no idea what part the Black Ops achievement description was refering to until I saw this. So kudos

JuSt BLaZe 04-17-2012 03:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FLIPADELPHIIA (Post 5018232)
@ Blaze I would do the same, just because of the nature of the quests. Go with Roche your dark playthrough. And my best piece of adive for dark is constantly dodging after every strike you take. It should be like a natural movement: X, B - A, B. But like rok said try to level up magic as much as you can and focus heavily on crafting items that increase your armor/health/resistance.

Will do so. Cheers! :)

cheevo360 04-17-2012 03:51 AM

Good start guide. God I fall and fell in love with this game lots and lots like I felt with Mass Effect 3 so this game is my next in loved with. Hahahahaha:)

Edit: I gave you 5 stars here because good guide and help in case for early time. :)

ChaosTheoryV2X 04-17-2012 06:30 AM

I'm curious @ cheevo or anyone really - Is Dark too frustrating to play first playthrough? I personally love the challenge but theres a fine line between challenge and just plain annoying. Do the powers make dark mode easy or is there still a fair amount of challenge, maybe powers just help remove the frustration?

Anyways picking this up in a few hours, thanks for the guide and any info.

IRELAND NO 1 04-17-2012 09:23 AM

Ok I know the guide says 2 playthroughs, would this work start on dark?

Play chapter 1 get to the point where you choose your path, make a couple of saves. Then as the guide said do the easy 1 first get your achievements, then revert back to the old save do the other path get all other achievements?

I am only asking because I am picking mine up today, it would at least maybe cut down on some time? Or if somebody did not even want go attempt Dark difficulty they could play on normal, use the 2 saves & get as many achievements in 1 playthrough on normal. Anybody have any ideas?

uhKillswitch 04-17-2012 11:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChaosTheoryV2X (Post 5018503)
I'm curious @ cheevo or anyone really - Is Dark too frustrating to play first playthrough? I personally love the challenge but theres a fine line between challenge and just plain annoying. Do the powers make dark mode easy or is there still a fair amount of challenge, maybe powers just help remove the frustration?

Anyways picking this up in a few hours, thanks for the guide and any info.

I started my 1st playthrough on DARK and so far I'm not having any problems. I died a couple of times but actually just when I became to greedy to get some hits in.
Keep your distance and just attack once or twice then roll away.
I'm in the beginning of chapter one doing all the side quests available.

My character is Lv. 8 and I've put 5 points into the training tree so far.
most important is the vigor skill that gives you one extra vigor point on lv. 2.
For the next level-ups I'm just saving points so I can experiment a little to see what suits me best.
I wouldn't be discouraged of the dark difficulty setting if I were you.

BloodGodAlucard 04-17-2012 11:58 AM

Thanks for the info killswitch. I think I'll start on Dark difficulty when I pick up my Dark edition this morning. I can't wait to finally play this. :)

ll Mr Bubbles ll 04-17-2012 12:02 PM

Just keep the wiki on hand and its a breeze, i managed to 1k it (with help from the wiki) as the game is very unclear on certain quests/locations to go to on the map.

1st runthough = Dark mode, kill trolls,ioverth path, reload save for both endings, reach 35

Arena Stuff

2nd runthrough = easy mode, save trolls, Roche Pathe , 2 manual saves for roche last quest( anais or kill dragon)

Half a playthrough as i didnt sneak into the camp (Ioverth path)

Thats how i did it,

BloodGodAlucard 04-17-2012 12:22 PM

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Originally Posted by ll Mr Bubbles ll (Post 5018806)
Just keep the wiki on hand and its a breeze, i managed to 1k it (with help from the wiki) as the game is very unclear on certain quests/locations to go to on the map.

1st runthough = Dark mode, kill trolls,ioverth path, reload save for both endings, reach 35

Arena Stuff

2nd runthrough = easy mode, save trolls, Roche Pathe , 2 manual saves for roche last quest( anais or kill dragon)

Half a playthrough as i didnt sneak into the camp (Ioverth path)

Thats how i did it,

Thanks for the tip about the wiki. I just checked it out and it's full of useful info. This is pretty much the way I had planned to go about going for the 1000. I heard Roche's path was easier though. Would it be better to do it for Dark difficulty. Or is Ioverth's easier? No spoilers please. I saw a playthrough on YouTube of Roche's path when the PC version released last year. I know next to nothing about Ioverth's though. Thanks for any advice you can provide.

JuSt BLaZe 04-17-2012 12:49 PM

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Originally Posted by ll Mr Bubbles ll (Post 5018806)
1st runthough = Dark mode, kill trolls,ioverth path, reload save for both endings, reach 35

Arena Stuff

2nd runthrough = easy mode, save trolls, Roche Pathe , 2 manual saves for roche last quest( anais or kill dragon)

Half a playthrough as i didnt sneak into the camp (Ioverth path)

Thats how i did it,

Bahahaha, I'm doing it the exactly the other way around as stated here in the guide, ah never mind. Good for you that you already done with the game.

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Originally Posted by BloodGodAlucard (Post 5018842)
I heard Roche's path was easier though. Would it be better to do it for Dark difficulty. Or is Ioverth's easier?

That's what I thought. Would make much more sense to do the "harder path" on the easier diffculty but most of the guys said, do ROCHE > DARK and IOVERTH > EASY.

BloodGodAlucard 04-17-2012 01:00 PM

Okay that's what I was thinking. Thanks for confirming it. That works out better for me anyway. Since I've already seen Roche's path and know what to expect, it should make Dark that much more manageable. Plus I can knock it down to easy and really enjoy Ioverth's story without having to worry about any difficult surprises. :p

Starkweather 04-17-2012 02:40 PM

For killing someone with their own arrow does it have to be just the final blow? I killed an archer with his own arrow but kept using it till he died and didn't get this.

FLIPADELPHIIA 04-17-2012 05:09 PM

Only reason I would deter someone from doing dark right away is that they are more than likely going to get pissed off and hate the game without even giving the story a chance. Its not hard to people who played it before (besides getting used to not having hot keys), but to people new to the game its going to be frustrating


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