Alice: Madness Returns

Alice: Madness Returns Achievements

Pulling Strings

Defeat the Dollmaker without taking any damage.  

You get this in Chapter 6. This achievement is a lot easier than it seems to be. There is nothing to do in chapter 6 aside from watching cut-scenes and getting to the back of the Infernal Train to fight the Dollmaker. If you purchased the Weapons and Dresses DLC and have unlocked Level Headed, use the Fleshmaiden Dress to gain unlimited Hysteria uses.

First phase: If you get hit during this phase, simply restart the checkpoint and try again
His left hand will come out, it will perform slamming attacks. Once it has done enough, it will rest on the ground and expose the ruin. Charge in and attack. After enough time the hand will recover and Insidious Ruin will start to spawn 2 at a time. Ignore them unless you have to. His hand will chase you around the area. Spam dodge to make large circles around the area! It will get tired eventually and rest. Charge in and attack it again. Once enough damage is dealt, the ruin will disappear and the hand will go away.

You'll get a checkpoint here. If you made it to this checkpoint without damage you can restart it if you get hit in the next phase

Second phase: His right hand will come out now. Dodge its open palmed smashing attacks and swatting attacks until it gets tired and rests. Charge in and introduce it to your knife. After some time it will recover and some more Insidious Ruin will spawn. Again, ignore them unless you have to. The hand will chase you again. Again, spam dodge to make large circles around the area. It will get tired and rest again. Move in and take it out. If you deal enough damage to it now, you will not have to deal with the next attacks. If you haven't dealt enough damage, it will recover and summon Menacing Ruin. Dodge the attacks until it needs to rest and finish it off.

You'll get a checkpoint here. If you made it to this checkpoint without damage you can restart it if you get hit in the next phase

Third phase: Both hands will appear now. They will both try and grab you. Dodge both the hands and then they will grab onto the stone pillars. The Dollmaker will now spit out his tongue for you to attack. After getting some hits in, he will spawn Floating Ruins. Do your best to dodge all of the attacks from the ruins and the hands until his tongue comes back out. Use ranged attacks on it until defeated.

Refer to this video for further assistance:

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User Comments
Comment #1 by warlockx5
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 10:05:45 PM

This one was a little annoying because he swats and tries to grab you, the nice thing though is that it auto saves after each phase of the Dollmaker, so as long as you dont get hit before each save, you can keep resetting to the last checkpoint. This was fairly easy over all. I completed this on Nightmare difficulty. Just Dodge a lot and you should be fine.

Comment #2 by Damienen
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 12:10:13 AM

Dollmaker - who is it?

Comment #3 by Rouge Outcast
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 12:33:04 AM

You don't fight him until Chapter 5 (Dollhouse Domain). It's a twisted fight haha

Comment #4 by Dead End Kyo
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 02:23:56 PM

An easy way to get this is to equip the DLC dress that let's you use Hysteria at any time.

Comment #5 by Eiso3000
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 05:17:58 PM

made it with the dress from the DLC ... muuuuuch to easy ;)

Comment #6 by Curtis55555
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 11:03:10 PM

i finished the game on nightmare and thought i'll just got back and do it on normal and after i killed him got this achievement and the Hysteria one aswell and i used that about 20 odd times! :)

Comment #7 by death shadow959
Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 05:04:37 PM

easiest way i've found to beat him is DLC dress checkmate which does 50% more damage with your weapons and using the DLC cheshire cannon that already has the power boost on it (i believe it's 50% as well but not sure) each hand takes 2 hits with the cannon and the maker himself only took 1 just dodge the hands when you're going after him and there you go did this on nightmare and got the level headed ach as well :)

Comment #8 by AnonymousHero13
Saturday, July 09, 2011 @ 07:13:08 PM

It's actually in Chapter 6, Dollmaker Part 1 and 2.

A tip for dodging the hands: in part 2, the hands will start trying to grab you. When you see them about to do it, start strafing in the direction of the hand's WRIST. Don't dodge toward the fingers. I did it this way, with the Checkmate dress and the Catnip Cannon.

Comment #9 by KDM2
Sunday, July 10, 2011 @ 04:27:28 PM

Use the fleshmaiden dress on any difficulty. Just activate hysteria, and even if he hits you, you don't take damage and the achievement unlocks.

Comment #10 by Zenamez
Monday, July 11, 2011 @ 05:34:55 PM

^ This. Regardless of health, keep activating Hysteria and he can't hurt you. An added bonus is the extra damage from the new teapot etc and hysteria combined makes the battle easier and end sooner.

Comment #11 by jrherald420
Friday, July 22, 2011 @ 12:46:27 PM

The meat dress is the easyest way for sure!!!!

Comment #12 by Mugen
Saturday, August 27, 2011 @ 11:43:02 AM

Flesh Maiden = Cake Walk!^^

Comment #13 by driftingdoll
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @ 11:44:16 AM

Just used the Flesh Maiden dress to unlock this achievement. Works like a charm! If you accidentally get hit, use Restart to load from the last save point. It saves after you defeat each hand, so you might not need to redo the entire battle. Just keep activating hysteria and you'll be good to go!

Comment #14 by ACrackedSmile
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 06:24:40 PM

I used the dress twice, didn't loose any health, but still it hasn't unlocked for me.

Comment #15 by ACrackedSmile
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 12:40:47 PM

Nevermind, I got it today =D

Comment #16 by Knomadic
Thursday, February 16, 2012 @ 08:57:13 PM

My last achievement to get! Frist 1000 i've gotten in a game!

Comment #17 by HVAC Techie
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 04:13:49 AM

Y'all want to impress someone, do it with un-upgraded weapons on Nightmare. The cheap uber dresses and weapons make it too easy.

Comment #18 by FuzzMan3000
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 @ 05:35:58 AM

Still can't get it to unlock, I've done the whole battle without getting hit and not restarting a checkpoint, as well as well restarting at checkpoints when I do get hit. Does it matter what difficulty?

Comment #19 by Fakan
Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 01:52:13 AM

The Pepper Grinder is not worth using on the boss's third stage. I learned this the hard way. Even when he's moving, stick to the Teapot, and blast him in the face when his tongue retracts.

Comment #20 by MorbidEclipse24
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 @ 03:19:24 AM

#19.. indeed, stick with the teapot in the third stage. after the first dodging part (3rd stage) hit his tounge with the teapot then immediately hit the middle floating ruin with it to take all three out and continue.. This whole boss battle is just dodging basically.. when he is down use the knife as well.. most damage. I think i'm one of the few who didnt use DLC dress and weapons lol anyhow.. im thankful for those checkpoints :-)

Comment #21 by xox Penguin xox
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 @ 09:02:58 AM

I had to keep reloading my last checkpoints in order to get this one. Took me a bit to figure out his tactics but once I did it was easier. Just kept on using dodge till an opening came around.

Comment #22 by KKlePanda
Sunday, September 08, 2013 @ 10:31:16 PM

I managed to do it after a few tries with original dress and original weapons. A lot of frustration and restarting at checkpoints, but was worth the challenge :)

Comment #23 by MiRiBunda
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 @ 02:29:46 PM

can you use the dress where you lose teeth instead of health?

Comment #24 by deej0
Friday, December 05, 2014 @ 07:02:32 PM

Hey guys.. did you know that if you're in Hysteria mode, you can't take damage? I didn't know cause I never used it playing through the game.
But yea, use Flesh Maiden as everyone says, a fully upgraded Teapot Cannon, and Hysteria mode the whole damn time and you'll get it!

Comment #25 by Weizak
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 @ 04:20:17 AM

I lost all my health in seconds. Where do you get the best dress to do this achievement?

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Game Info
Spicy Horse
EA Partners


US June 14, 2011

HDD Space Required : 5.41 GB
Backward compatible on Xbox One: Yes
Price: $19.99USD
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