CastleStorm Achievement Guide

Guide By: Maka
There are 46 achievements with a total of 600 points.

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+Estimated achievement difficulty: 6/10
+Offline: 26 Achievements - 350
+Online: 4 Achievements - 50 (Including leaderboard achievement)
+Approximate amount of time to 100: 6-10+ Hours
+Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1+ (Level Select available)
+Number of missable achievements:
+Do cheat codes disable achievements? No Cheats
+Does difficulty affect achievements? Yes (You must play hard to get all stars)
+Glitchy achievements? No
+Unobtainable achievements? No

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Step 1: Single Player Campaign (Casual/Normal)
My first recommendation is to try and complete the game from beginning to end on Casual and/or normal difficulty. You can change the difficulty as often as you want, so revisiting levels later on is no problem. You’ll want to play the game on the lower difficulties first to build up gold and buy upgrades as you progress through the game. Buying these upgrades is essential in order to progress and beat levels later on, on hard. Getting through the campaign should get you at least 12 Achievements worth 245, although you are likely to have unlocked a lot of extra achievements along the way.

Step 2: Miscellaneous Modes and Achievements
After beating the game once, it is advised that you try and get the other mode achievements, in order to get them out of the way and build up gold for your hard playthrough. Make sure to post a score on all survival levels for “Survival Honor” and then beat the AI in Skirmish mode for “Against the Machine”. Make sure to use you gold in order to level up a projectile/troop/spell/room to level 10 for “Upgrayedded”. Also, create a custom castle for “Budding Artitect”. If you missed a miscellaneous achievements through your campaign, you may want to quickly get them out of the way now.

Step 3: Single Player Campaign (Hard)
After completing the game, it's time to start farming some gold, buying upgrades and revisiting levels on hard. You'll want to work your way through the campaign on hard again earning 5 stars on every level. If you are really struggling, just keep playing and revisit the level at a later time.

FARMING GOLD: To farm gold, you'll want to play "Kingdom Quest" > "Ore Mine" > "Frenzy battle!", and use the Tri-Stone to win the level as fast as possible. You should be able to get 5,000 gold every 30 seconds.

Step 4: Xbox Live Ranked Matches
Find a boosting partner HERE.

Now you’ll want to Win an Xbox Live Ranked Match against someone who is ranked higher than you. To boost this, you’ll want to have person 1 to win the first game, then person 2 wins, and then person 1 wins again, and both players will have all 3 achievements.

Legitimately, you’ll just want to go online and use your best strategies to try and win against someone else.

[x360a would like to thank Maka for this Roadmap]

It's About to Get Real15
Unlocked 'Dark Forest' in the Campaign mode. 

See Peace... Forever?

Vikings Gonna Vike15
Unlocked 'Kingskeep' in the Campaign mode. 

See Peace... Forever?

Jewel Heist15
Unlocked 'Donkey Island' in the Campaign mode. 

See Peace... Forever?

Saddle Up Your Donkeys15
Unlocked 'Ore Mine' in the Campaign mode. 

See Peace... Forever?

This Mine Is My Mine20
Unlocked 'Creek Crossing' in the Campaign mode. 

See Peace... Forever?

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts20
Unlocked 'Mountain Entrance' in the Campaign mode. 

See Peace... Forever?

Rock Blocked20
Unlocked 'Mountain Passage' in the Campaign mode. 

See Peace... Forever?

Northern Exposure20
Unlocked 'Viking Border' in the Campaign mode. 

See Peace... Forever?

A Fistful of Hammers25
Unlocked 'Norsheim' in the Campaign mode. 

See Peace... Forever?

The Family Business25
Unlocked 'Troll Village' in the Campaign mode. 

See Peace... Forever?

Friends in Large Places25
Unlocked 'Bladgard' in the Campaign mode. 

See Peace... Forever?

Peace... Forever?30
Finished the Campaign mode. 

This achievement is pretty easy. Just make your way through the campaign on any difficulty until you complete the final level. If struggling, just buy some upgrades using gold, or try different levels.

Reached 100% completion in Campaign mode by obtaining all the stars. (1) 

The hardest achievement in the game. For this achievement, you’ll need to play on the hard difficulty on every level, ensure 80% accuracy and also complete all bonus objectives. You must also get all 5 stars within 1 round, meaning that you can't do the bonus objective and hard difficulty on different playthroughs.

As recommended in the roadmap, it'll be easier if you play on a lower difficulty, farm gold and revisit levels with a lot of upgrades. With be projectiles, spells, heroes and rooms, you'll find a lot of the objectives a lot easier.

In castle vs. castle levels, the tactic described in "Against the Machine" will work great, and is extremely efficient. It is often a good tactic to try and capture the flag first, but also damage the castle as a back-up. Remember that you should have Guardian or Ghost Army equipped to quickly help kill a large amount of enemies at once.

Also, if you are struggling on any levels in particular, you can find a short guide for some of the harder levels HERE.

Once you obtain all 300 stars available in the game, you will unlock the achievement. You can use the leaderboard or the campaign selection screen to see your current progress.

Angry Demolition5
3 enemy rooms destroyed with one shot. 

You should get this through natural progression of the campaign. If you are struggling, make sure that you upgrade some of the stronger projectile ammo, and aim low on the other castle so that multiple rooms come crashing down at once.

Budding Architect5
Battle won using a custom castle built in the Castle Editor. (1) 

From the main menu, select “Campaign” and then select any level. Before starting the level, you can edit your castle by selecting “My Castle”. From there, press to enter the editor. Once the editor loads, hover over a room a press , now use the dpad to select a different room and place it in the open space. Once you place it, press , then “Save Castle”, pick a save slot, and give it a name. At that point, it will save and you will unlock the achievement. You can then quit the editor to back out.

Upgraded a troop, projectile, spell or bonus room to its maximum level. (2) 

This achievement just takes a little time and gold. Play through the game a fair bit and don’t worry about this achievement too much. As you progress you will be upgrading things, and eventually you should have enough gold to upgrade something to the maximum level (LV10). Personally, I suggest the Tri-Stone projectile, the Pantry room or the Treasury room, as these will give you the best edge in battle.

Hard Hat Area5
Enemy troop killed by collapsing his own castle on him. 

This will come with natural progression. Take down a few castles and at one point the castle should collapse in such a way that it kills an enemy within a room that you didn’t kill on your own.

Eagle Eye5
Flag carrier killed with a Homing Eagle. 

First thing you'll want to do is the campaign until you unlock the "Homing Eagle". Now, make sure to equip it, and select any castle vs. castle level.

From the start, spawn your hero, and attack your own gate as much as you can. After the timer runs out, you can use ballista ammo to damage your own gate more. Once the gate is open, use your ballista to kill all enemies except for one. Once that enemy walks into your base and grabs the flag, arm you homing eagle, fire it and then press A for it to home into the enemy and kill them. Achievement unlocked.

Return to Sender5
Enemy troop killed by a deflected projectile of his own side. 

This achievement is mostly luck. It can be done using the “Projectile Shield” spell, but it is most likely that you will get it by hitting an enemy projectile with your own projectile. Once they collide, they should both fall onto the battlefield, and hopefully the enemy projectile will kill one of the enemy troops, to unlock the achievement.

Troll Hunter5
Killed a troll with a hero. 

A troll is a Norse troop, which can be identified as the tall green coloured enemy with a large wooden bat in its hand. This achievement will unlock with natural progression of the campaign, but feel free to try and get it early when you see your first troll. Make sure to attack from behind, and stay defensive when necessary. If you are having trouble, make sure to level up your hero.

Dragon Slayer10
Killed a dragon with a hero. (1) 

This will unlock with progression through the campaign. During the “Welcome to Vikingland” campaign, you will come to a level called “Homecoming” where you take control of your hero against an onslaught of enemies. At the end of the level, you’ll have to kill a dragon using your hero. Just use the bow, aim up, and take the dragon down to unlock the achievement, and finish the level.

Crowd Control5
x5 or higher multikill reached. 

See Dropping Like Flies

Dropping Like Flies5
x10 or higher killing streak reached. (1) 

This will come with time, although there are some methods to help increase your chances. You can level your hero a little bit, and wait for some enemies to pile up on the battlefield. Then spawn your hero, and use your powerful attack (), trying to kill all the enemies as quickly as possible.

Another method would be to equip and upgrade the Tri-Stone projectile. When you get a large amount of enemies on the battlefield, aim low and explode this projectile early, hopefully killing at least 10 total enemy troops. You can finish off any remaining enemies using different projectiles.

Either way, as you kill enemies, you’ll see the killing streak counter show up on the right hand side, once it reaches 10, you will unlock the achievement.

Fight in the Shade5
Shot 30 or more javelins within a shooting frenzy. (2) 

Before a game, make sure to equip the “Javelin Burst” under equipment. Now, you’ll want to get a shooting frenzy, which will happen when you score a 5x kill streak (in rapid succession). Just wait until you get a large group on enemies and try to kill them all as fast as you can using the grenade apple or tri-stone. When you get a shooting frenzy, your projectiles will begin glowing blue in colour. At this point, switch to the javelin burst and start hitting as fast as you can. If you manage to fire this projectile 10 times within one shooting frenzy you should unlock the achievement.

Here I Am5
Finished an Xbox LIVE ranked match. (1) 

See Fear No One

Taste of Victory10
Won an Xbox LIVE ranked match. (4) 

See Fear No One

Fear No One15
Won an Xbox LIVE ranked match against a player with higher multiplayer level. (16) 

Click HERE to find a partner to boost online.

If boosting, you'll want one of the players to win until they rank up to level 2. Next, have the other player win until they rank up to level 3. Now have the first player win again, and both of you should have all 3 of the online achievements. The easiest way to do this is to send out your hero to destroy the enemy gate, and then have a fast troop pick up the enemy flag.

If you doing this achievement legitimately, you'll want to search ranked matches until you come across someone who is ranked a higher level than you. If they are not, you should be able to back out before the match starts. Once you enter the match, you'll need to win the game to get the achievement, which can be a little difficult as you won't have any upgrades online. Use a good castle, and try to plan a strategy that will work for you.

Survival Honor20
Posted result on every Single-Player Survival leaderboard. (2) 

This achievement isn’t too hard at all. From the main menu, select “Single Player” then “Survival”. From there, you’ll just want to pick a map, start the battle, and wait until you lose. You can just leave your controller, or spawn your hero and damage your own gate to speed up the process. Do this for all 8 maps and you will unlock the achievement, which should take a total of 15 minutes.

Note: You can use your ballista to try and kill all but 1 enemy. This way you will earn more gold, and will lose just as fast.

Against the Machine10
Won a Skirmish battle on the most difficult AI setting. 

Map: Donkey Island – Battle Isle
Your Nation: Kingdom (Recommended)
Castle Position: Left (Recommended)
Enemy Nation: Norse

Difficulty: Hard
Castle: Skyhaven (or Custom)

This was my personal set-up, and my recommended upgrades, although higher levels of everything will make it easier:
Projectiles: Javelin, Apple Grenade (LV5), Tri-Stone (LV10), Battering Sheep (LV5), Potion of Conversion
Spells: Sir Gareth (LV5), Heavenly Swords (LV5) – Others are up to your choice
Troops: Griffin (LV5), Stone Golem (LV3) – Others won’t be used
Rooms: Armory (LV5), Pantry (LV8), Training Room (LV3), Kingdom Flag (LV10) – Others are your choice


I recommend destroying the castle, as capturing the flag is much harder. As soon as an enemy spawns, use your javelin to kill any enemies you can. This will help build food as well as give time for your other projectile ammo to charge.

From here, what I did was spawn Stone Golems and Griffins when I got the chance, and protected my personal base as well as I could when there were stray enemies. Keep spawning these two troops whenever possible. Also, make sure to use potion of conversion when you get the chance on big enemies.

Now that you’ve protected your base, and built up the ability to shoot your ballista, it’s time to attack the enemy base. ALWAYS shoot your javelin first to aim before you use any of the better projectiles, so that you don’t waste anything. Once you get the correct aim, you’ll want to put the battering sheep into the bottom or middle of the castle, and use the grenade apple and tri-stone to help take it down.

Here’s a huge helper. Remember that getting a 5 kill streak will allow you a brief period of infinite projectiles. The easiest way to get a 5 kill streak is to let some enemies bunch up near each other on the battlefield and then use your tri-stone to aim low, exploding early and letting the stones travel along the entire battlefield clearing people up. When you get infinite ammo, quickly making sure to aim your tri-stone at the enemy castle and shoot as much as possible. Remember, it’s not a bad idea to also aim some stones on the battlefield to clear out the enemy troops.

Taking down the castle will require some work, so make sure you are using what’s available to you, by spawning the griffin and stone golem when you can, and also using the heavenly sword if things get out of hand. Lastly, it takes a while, but use Guardian Spirit if and when things get really crazy.
With this method, I was able to pretty easily beat the Hard AI in Skirmish. I took down their entire castle, while I was still at 8/14 rooms. If you are struggling, remember to just buy some extra upgrades, and try again.

Ten Heads10
Made 10 headshot kills in a row. 

This is most easily done in the level "Direwolves" within "Dark Forest" during the campaign. Just make sure that you have a single arrow equipped to your ballista, and select the "Casual" difficulty.

Once the level starts, just position your ballista, and wait for the wolves and time the shots so that you get only headshots. If you kill all 10 enemies in a row with headshots, you will unlock the achievement!

DLC: From Outcast to Savior
Price: $2.99 USD Achievements: 8 Points: 100
Earned all the stars of the Royal Guard campaign 
Royal Revenge20
Defeated the final boss of the Royal Guard campaign. 
Monster Killer15
Killed the monster protecting Bladgard. 
LZ Secured15
Captured the Skyship Harbor of Vikingland. 
Flight to Vikingland15
Secured the Royal Airport and got a flight to Vikingland. 
Princess Rescued10
Rescued the Princess from the city of Stonecrest. 
Held back all the attackers in the Shiny Forest. (2) 
Chip Off the Old Block5
Won the King's Tournament with the mystery knight. (1) 
DLC: The Warrior Queen
Price: $2.99 USD Achievements: 8 Points: 100
Prison Breaker5
Escape from the prison of Vikingland. 
This is My Town!10
Liberate Norsheim. 
Throwing Like a Girl10
Prove yourself a worthy leader in the Battle Arena. 
Unwelcome Arrival15
Capture the Royal Airport. 
No Kingdom for the Old Man15
Secure King Edgar's safety. 
Fate of Traitors15
Defeat the traitor's army at Stonecrest. 
For My Father20
Defeat the final boss of the Viking Elites campaign. 
Earn all the stars of the Viking Elites campaign 

Game Info
Zen Studios
Zen Studios


US May 29, 2013

HDD Space Required : 279.75 mb
Backward compatible on Xbox One: Yes
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