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Old 10-18-2010, 08:33 AM   #1
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Achievement Guide and Roadmap

The Roadmap and Guide is now complete, thanks goes to roynroy for helping to find the best tips for the online achievements.

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Overview:

- Estimated achievement difficulty: 4/10
- Offline: 25 (850)
- Online: 4 (150)
- Approximate amount of time to 1000: 15 hours
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 2 (English and French campaigns)
- Number of missable achievements: None
- Glitched achievements: None
- Do cheat codes disable achievements?: No Cheats
- Does difficulty affect achievements?: No


Introduction
Great Battles Medieval is a strategy game that tells the story of the 100 years war, one of the most significant conflicts of medieval warfare. Apart from the two campaigns, one for the English and one for the French side there is an online mode where you can play three different types of games in player/ranked matches (sandbox, short tug of war and long tug of war).

In the game you can control up to 16 units (knights, infantry, cavalry and archers) to solve the 16 English and 10 French campaign missions. The basic rules are very simple (cavalry annihilates archers, heavy infantry with spears destroys cavalry, etc...). The gameplay is kept alive by the different number and positioning of the units on the maps and some extra tasks like protecting coaches or keeping certain units alive. Apart from the story missions there are also maps with side missions that you can use to gain money to buy new and experience to improve your existing units.

The game can be played on easy and you will still unlock all the story related achievements. As towards the end of the campaigns there are some missions with a ridiculous difficulty spike, it is recommended to play on easy to save - at least some -frustration.

Story Playthroughs
There are no missable achievements in the game, so playing through the tutorial and then both campaigns will net you all offline achievements and 850 points. After finishing the tutorial, I recommend to start with the French campaign as it is shorter and a bit easier, but it does not really matter which one you start with.

There are some basic rules to be successful in campaign mode:

- Try to complete always all side missions available before progressing with the story as most missions disappear after story progression regardless whether you completed them or not. Some give you valuable cards that can only be obtained in that specific level.

- There are some levels that can be replayed multiple times as long as they are available (e.g: Raid the border villages in the English campaign). You can do some heavy grinding on these maps. Collect enough money early on to build up a strong 16-unit-team and equip them with good weapons and shields.

- Improving your units is a key to win battles, so make sure that whenever new weapon or unit upgrades become available, you upgrade all your units that can make use of the upgrades.

- Use multiple saves and always keep one where you can go back to grind in case you get stuck at certain point in the story. Towards the 12th-14th missions of the English campaign it can well happen that the story as well as the side missions are too difficult to master. If it happens, you cannot progress the story and cannot get money/experience neither.

- Buy the Tactics skill for your general early in the game. It allows you to use 4 cards (instead of only two) per battle. This will later be crucial to succeed. Great cards to use are Starvation (probably the best one as it weakens all enemy units for the whole battle duration), Good Omen, Bad Omen and Rally.

Online
There are four achievements (150 gamerpoints) that you can only obtain in online mode. They would be very easy and straightforward if finding a partner would not be almost impossible. Try on our forums to find soemone to boost with, it only takes about half an hour to unlock them for both players. Once you have a partner, just send the units one by one to be butchered by the side who is supposed to win. The one to lose can remove all his units (apart from his general) from the map before starting the battle which will make it even quicker to finish the battles. Alternatively, he can simply press Start during the game and select "Forfeit" from the menu. It cannot get easier than that.

Clean Up
If after the two campaigns there are still achievements remaining, just go back to an earlier save preferably before one of the last story battles and use the side missions to collect enough kills and level up the units.

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Old 10-18-2010, 08:33 AM   #2
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OK, almost done. I leave it here for a week and wait for your comments and then it will be submitted to the guide team. Thanks!

The First Step 20
Recruit first troop

See "Power in Numbers"

10 Heads are better than 1 40
Recruit 10 units

See "Power in Numbers"

Power in Numbers 40
Recruit max number of units

Press on the unit management screen (access with from the world map) to buy new troops. The maximum number of units is 16. You can also disband units and buy new ones instead if you do not have the right mix of unit types, but the disbanded units experience will be lost.

Let the Battle Begin 20
Complete the Tutorial

Start the Tutorial from the main menu and complete the few battles that make up the introduction to the gameplay.

Tactician 20
Complete a flanking maneuver

This achievement only unlocks in online play, so do not even try to set up complicated flanking scenarios during your campaigns. Simply go online and attack an enemy unit from the sides or behind.

Master Strategist 25
Win a battle with one of each unit type

You need one – and only one - cavalry, one infantry, one knight and one archer unit to support your general. You can only do it quite late in the game as knights are not available early on. Recommended is the scene "Raid fugitives" in the French campaign where you can just stand back and wait for the escaping coaches to leave the map and all you have to deal with is a few cavalry units. Those will probably be killed by your archers before they even get their chance to attack you.


For God and King 30
Win first battle as English

Story based, cannot be missed. It unlocks after the first story scenario in the English campaign.

Glory to the English 50
Win the English campaign

Story based, cannot be missed. It unlocks after the 16th story scenario in the English campaign.

For the Fleur de Lis 30
Win first battle as French

Story based, cannot be missed. It unlocks after the first story scenario in the French campaign. You might need a few tries – even on easy – on this one as Jean d’Arc whose unit you cannot control tends to die if she does not get supported.

Defender of the Crown 50
Win the French campaign

Story based, cannot be missed. It unlocks after the 10th story scenario in the French campaign.

Serf 30
Kill 500 troops

See "King"

Knight 30
Kill 1000 troops

See "King"

Vassal 40
Kill 2000 troops

See "King"

Prince 50
Kill 5000 troops

See "King"

King 60
Kill 10000 troops

The achievements based on number of kills will unlock during natural story progression. The numbers add up, so do not worry if you do not get all in one campaign. Usually you will get the last one - King - in the middle of the second campaign. If for some reason you still do not have all after both playthroughs, just reload an earlier save and keep on replaying one of the easier scenarios to farm more kills.

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Old 10-18-2010, 08:34 AM   #3
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Knights reach level 10 30
Get a knight unit to level 10

Your units will level up based on their number of kills. The achievement will unlock once your first knight unit reaches level 10. By replaying levels and using specific units for most kills, you can level those units quicker than others. Knights are only available towards the end of the campaign mode in both campaigns. It is important that knights on horses count as cavalry, so make sure that you purchase dismounted knights to unlock this achievement.

Mounts reach level 10 30
Get a mounted unit to level 10

Your units will level up based on their number of kills. The achievement will unlock once your first knight unit reaches level 10. By replaying levels and using specific units for most kills, you can level those units quicker than others. Go for the enemy units with archers to get quick cavalry kills.

Infantry reaches level 10 30
Get an infantry unit to level 10

Your units will level up based on their number of kills. The achievement will unlock once your first knight unit reaches level 10. By replaying levels and using specific units for most kills, you can level those units quicker than others. If you want to get your infantry levelled up quicker, try to use less archers on the maps so that they do not steal the kills.

Archers reach level 10 30
Get a ranged unit to level 10

Your units will level up based on their number of kills. The achievement will unlock once your first knight unit reaches level 10. By replaying levels and using specific units for most kills, you can level those units quicker than others. This will be probably the first kind of unit to reach level 10 as archers tend to get a lot of kills early on.

Invincible 30
Win a battle without losing a unit

Easier than it sounds. Early in the game you will replay some levels frequently to level up (e.g. "Raid the border villages" in the English camapign). If you manage to keep all your units on the map, this achievement will unlock. You can lose troops, but the units cannot get routed.

The Cavalry is Here 30
Win a battle with only mounted units

You can only use mounted units to support your general to win a battle. I recommended to try it on "Raid the border villages" in the English or "Raid fugitives" in the French campaign. For the latter one just use the same method described in Master Strategist.

Knights in Shining Armor 30
Win a battle with only mounted units

You can only use knight unit - remember, knights on horses count as cavalry - to support your general to win a battle. I recommended to try it on "Raid the border villages" in the English or "Raid fugitives" in the French campaign. For the latter one just use the same method described in Master Strategist.

March to Victory 30
Win a battle with only infantry units

You can only use infantry units to support your general to win a battle. I recommended to try it on "Raid the border villages" in the English or "Raid fugitives" in the French campaign. For the latter one just use the same method described in Master Strategist.

Distance is the Best Defence 30
Win a battle with only ranged units

You can only use archer units to support your general to win a battle. I recommended to try it on "Raid the border villages" in the English or "Raid fugitives" in the French campaign. For the latter one just use the same method described in Master Strategist.

All Around the World 15
Get a unit into each corner of the screen

It can be done on almost all maps. The easiest method is just to send one unit into each of the four corners of the map before you route the last enemy unit. Once they get there and the achievement unlocks, you can kill the remaining enemy troops. For clarity, you must have a unit in each of the four corners simultaneously.

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Conquer the Playground 50
Win a Sanbox Match

It can be done in online, but also in offline mode. If you do it online with a boosting partner, the opponent can remove all his units from the map before starting the match. Select the units with then press to remove them from the battlefield. It then will be much faster as you only have to kill his general to win the game.

If you boost it, your partner can also press Start and select "Forfeit" from the menu to end the game and unlock the achievement for you.

Get on the Board 30
Win a ranked match

Win any type of an online ranked match.

Best 2 of 3 50
Win a Short Tug of War

It unlocks only if it is done in online mode, even though Short Tug of War can be played also offline. Start an online Short Tug of War game and either try to win it by besting you opponent or find a buddy to boost it with. If you do the latter, if the opponent removes all his units from the map before starting the match it will be much faster as you only have to kill his general.

If you boost it, your partner can also press Start and select "Forfeit" from the menu to end the game and unlock the achievement for you.

Best 3 of 5 50
Win a Long Tug of War

It unlocks only if it is done in online mode, even though Long Tug of War can be played also offline. Start an online Long Tug of War game and either try to win it by besting you opponent or find a buddy to boost it with. If you do the latter, if the opponent removes all his units from the map before starting the match it will be much faster as you only have to kill his general.

If you boost it, your partner can also press Start and select "Forfeit" from the menu to end the game and unlock the achievement for you.

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Old 10-24-2010, 02:56 PM   #5
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Very nice guide, good work. Just a little extra on the online aspect. you can cut the time down for the achievements by just forfeiting the game ( which counts as a loss). And then once one of you has chieves just swap over. Should take less than 15 - 20 mins for both to get all achievements.
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Old 10-25-2010, 01:19 PM   #6
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cool, thanks, that makes the onlines ridiculously easy...
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just a few things, dismounted man at arms count as knights as well, they must be dismounted man at arms and not just man at arms though.
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Nice guide man, i'll be sure to use it when i get the game tomorrow - thanks for making it.
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For the "Win a Battle with xxxxx unit" related achievements and Invincible I found it easiest to just start a Skirmish session -> Army Camp -> create 2 custom armies consisting of whichever unit related achievement you seek. You will need to modify these armies to work on the other unit related achievements later on.

Then select Sand Box -> look for the Capture Wagon scenario ( far left on map ) -> set on Easy -> Press A to select your custom army and start the skirmish. You units will get hold of the wagon before it even reaches the top of the map and make the unit specific achievements easy as pie.

Note that when using the archers only you HAVE to send your General to capture the wagon, even dismounted Knights are fast enough to capture the wagon as well.
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Invincible 30
Win a battle without losing a unit

Easier than it sounds. Early in the game you will replay some levels frequently to level up (e.g. "Raid the border villages" in the English camapign). If you manage to keep all your units on the map, this achievement will unlock. You can lose troops, but the units cannot get routed.
With this one I had to win with losing a single unit like it says, no guys in a garison/squad could die period.
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:38 AM   #11
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Could somebody boost this with me? I cant find anybody at all online for this game anymore. I am one of those people who like to complete all the achievements for any game I can. Anybody willing to boost this with me weather you are a member or not on here, if you see this and want to do it then just send me a message saying so straight to my gamer tag, GRAM71789

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Important tip

It is very important for the English campaign, that in mission #7 you *make sure* you capture the wagon in the top right of the screen before ending the mission. Capturing this wagon unlocks the Tournament battle on the map screen once mission #7 is complete.

Tournament in turn, is a dead easy battle with just your general, but it gives you 500g, and three of the best battle cards: well fed, good omen, and sudden panic.
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Other Misc Tips

I finally finished this a few minutes ago. I completed the French campaign first, and then the English campaign took two tries because my armies weren't leveled enough to finish the last few missions and I had to go back to a much earlier save.

A few tips:
- Between missions 8 and 9 of the English campaign are three side missions that are great for leveling your 2 heavy infantry, general, and 3-5 knight units (rest are archers and don't need help leveling.) I did those three missions over and over again until my top knights were lvl10 and the rest were lvl9 - this made the remainder of the campaign quite straightforward.

- I read elsewhere to equip your archers with warhammers so they can be effective against plate armor at close range; this is very good advice. Make them aggressive to force them to use their warhammers.

- it's not obvious, but after you go into a battle and are initially arranging your troops, you can hit Start and go back to the army screen to swap out weapons etc. I didn't realize this for the longest time.

- read this thread for info on almost all the battle cards:
http://www.slitherine.com/forum/view...p?f=19&t=24546
- read this post for more good ideas:
http://www.thelordzgamesstudio.com/f...hp?topic=733.0
Good luck! This game was quite fun, and tougher than I was expecting.
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I have been so interested in this game, but I never seem to have the motivation to buy or rent it, I need to get around to this.
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