Crimson Dragon: Side Story

Crimson Dragon: Side Story Achievement Guide

Guide By: Arsenic 17
There are 20 achievements with a total of 200 points.

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- Estimated achievement difficulty: 7/10 
- Offline: 20/20 (200/200)
- Online: 0/20 (0/1000)
- Approximate amount of time to 100025+ hours AND $30+ in MSP (If not buying MSP, 1500+ hours or 96,000 km traveled.)
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1 
- Number of missable achievements: None
- Do cheat codes disable achievements?: No Cheats
- Does difficulty affect achievements?: No
- Glitchy achievements: None
- Unobtainable achievements: None
- Extra equipment needed?: Windows Phone 7 or 8.


Crimson Dragon: Side Story is a side-scrolling shoot em' up game which has you controlling a flying dragon on the mysterious planet Draco. You are tasked with tracking down the cause of a disease that is rapidly spreading across the planet. Unlike traditional shoot em' ups, you only control the up and down motion of your dragon, while the game automatically transitions your through the level, dodging enemy attacks and executing some of your own. The game offers more than 170 unlockable attacks which can be chosen strategically to make your dragon a lethal, killing machine. The game boasts several difficulties and a loads of missions to add lasting value. For a more in-depth review of the game from WPCentral, click HERE. Currently the game is listed at $0.99 in the Windows Phone Store.

Step 1: Complete Story and Mission Modes:
Play through Story Mode. It is quite short and only involves completing 5 levels. Once you complete this mode, Mission Mode unlocks. Continue completing all levels in Mission Mode until no more unlock.

Step 2: Unlock all skills:
Keep playing through Mission Mode and Story Mode to unlock all skills related to each mission.

Step 3: Awaken all skills:
Awaken all the skills you have unlocked. You will need around 3,200 jewels to be able to awaken all skills. See "White Reaver Unleashed" for more information. 

Step 4: Mop-up:
Finish any achievements you may have remaining. You will likely have to grind some Dark Phantom kills to earn the "Dragon Master" achievement.

Crimson Dragon's many missions sound good on paper, but unfortunately they are just recycled versions of the same 10 or so levels, with only the order or the difficulty altered. The game offers some good shoot em' up action, but because of this, it gets old fairly fast. The five boss battles become particularly repetitive. The road to completing this game is long, somewhat tedious, and occasionally can be challenging / glitchy. If you want to complete the game in less than 1000 hours, you will almost certainly need to spend around $30 in Microsoft Points or travel more than 96,000 km, which is a shame.


[x360a would like to thank Aresnic 17 for this Roadmap]

First Flight5
Defeat the Glyrin!    

The Glyrin is the spider-like boss at the end of the first story mission. You must beat him to complete the level. As long as you have some spare jewels, you can keep continuing if you run out of lives.

Eliminate the Dark Phantom from the Crimson Dragon world.    

The Dark Phantom is the boss in the fifth and final Story Mode mission. Kill him to earn this achievement and unlock Mission Mode. As long as you have some spare jewels, you can keep continuing if you run out of lives.

Boss Killer10
Complete "Planet Draco's Masters".   

Just complete the level in Mission Mode called "Planet Draco's Masters." This mission consists of defeating all five bosses on hard difficulty. This level does not unlock until you complete the first 15 levels in Mission Mode. As long as you have some spare jewels, you can keep continuing if you run out of lives.

The True Crux15
Complete "The Ultimate Test".   

Just complete the level in Mission Mode called "The Ultimate Test." This mission consists of beating the last portion of each story mission and all five bosses on true difficulty. This level does not unlock until you complete the first 21 levels in Mission Mode. As long as you have some spare jewels, you can keep continuing if you run out of lives.

Hero of Draco30
Complete "Battle after battle after battle!" without taking any damage.   

You need to complete the entire "Battle after battle after battle!" mission without taking any damage. This level does not unlock until you complete the first 21 levels in Mission Mode. You need to beat the five bosses in a row on true difficulty without taking any damage. See THIS post by Zebrasqual for a mini-guide to unlocking this achievement.

Shredding The Skies5
Defeat 50 enemies.   

See "Swarm Exterminator."

Death From Above5
Defeat 100 enemies using only subskills.   

You must kill 100 enemies with any type of subskill. Make sure you have a subskill equipped, which is done in the menu before loading into the mission. When in a mission, activate the subskill by pushing its circular button, which is located under the name of the subskill (under your health bar in the top left corner of the screen). Once activated, defeat 100 enemies with it.

Cleansing Fire5
Finish off Glyrin and Hestrine using action skills.   

The final blow to kill each of these bosses must be done with any action skill. Equip an action skill in the menu before loading into the mission. Then reduce the boss's health down as low as possible. This is necessary because most action skills are very weak and do not do much damage. Then activate your action skill by pressing the circular button near the middle, left edge of the screen. The circle contains your willpower and show a number representing how many times you can use your action skill. This achievement may be easier to earn in Story Mode (Missions 1 and 2) because you will have more time to build up willpower for using your action skill. If you load up a Mission Mode boss level, you will get only one use of your action skill. As long as your are careful and wear their health down extremely low, it shouldn't really matter. Immediately after killing the second of these bosses with an action skill, the achievement will unlock.

Buzz Kill5
Defeat 1000 enemies.   

See "Swarm Exterminator."

Swarm Exterminator10
Defeat 4000 enemies.   

These achievements require that your kill 50, 1000, and 4000 total enemies. This is not that many at all, as there are several hundred enemies per mission. This will unlock early, well before finishing Mission Mode. All kills of all enemy types, across all missions and game modes count towards these achievements.

Taking the First Step5
Unlock a skill.   


Defy Death10
Unlock 10 skills   


Aerial Acrobatics10
Unlock 40 skills.   


Unlock all skills.   

There are 171 skills in the game and unlocking all of them is quite a challenge and time consuming. You can look in the Skills Menu to see what the requirements are for unlocking each skill. Sometimes they are simple and only require you to complete a mission or do so using a specific skill. Other times they are more difficult and require you to achieve a high score or rank on a mission. Unlocked skills appear brighter in the Skills Menu, while locked skills appear dim. Skills with a question mark are only obtainable on a mission that you have not available yet. Complete more levels in Mission Mode to unlock more missions to make all the skills visible.

Take Up Arms5
Equip yourself with a new skill.   (2) 

This achievement requires that you awaken at least two skills in one category (Action or Sub). Once you awaken them, enter Story Mode or Mission Mode and in the next screen, select the skill category for which you just awakened those two skills. One of the skills will have been automatically equipped for you. Just equip the second skill you awakened and this will unlock. Equipping a different main skill does not count.

GPS Specialist5
Use the in-game GPS to gather draco jewels.   (6) 

The game has a feature which allows you to earn jewels based on the distance you travel in the real world between play sessions. You need to travel a total of 1200 km (1,200,000 meters) to earn 50 jewels. The game automatically check you in when you boot up the game. If you are playing on-the-go, you can check in manually from the Main Menu. Click Play Game > Trading Post > Acquire via GPS > Check In. The game will then add the distance since your last check-in to your total, which you can see after checking-in each time. You can also see how many jewels you have earned via GPS from this screen.

Dragon Master5
Defeat Dark Phantom 200 times.   

Dark Phantom is the final boss in the game and can defeated in both Mission and Story Mode levels. This will take a significant amount of time. If you can somehow manage to defeat him in only 3 minutes, which is quite unlikely, this achievement alone would take 10 hours. This achievement should be saved for last, after unlocking all skills.

Might and Magic10
Power-up the White Reaver by awakening 5 skills.   

See "White Reaver Unleashed!"

White Reaver Unleashed!20
Release the White Reaver's latent power by awakening all skills.   

These achievements require that you awaken all 171 skills. To awaken a skill, you must first unlock it. Then you must spend the required amount of Draco jewels to awaken it. The requirement can be seen after you click the button to awaken the skill. Skills which have already been awakened have the dragon icon in them illuminated in white, as opposed to a dim, clear dragon. You will need 3294 total jewels to awaken every skill (thanks Zebrasqual). The only ways to get jewels is are:

  1. Completing Levels for the First Time: You will get a few jewels (around 5 or 10) when you beat each mission for the first time. Subsequent playthrough will earn you no jewels for completion.
  2. Random Drops: Jewels randomly drop from some enemies, but the frequency of this is very rare. It only happens every tenth mission or so. There are a few skills that increases item drop and rare item drop chance, so I would suggest equipping these if you attempt this grind for jewels. There has not been a "best" method suggested for this yet.
  3. GPS Jewels: Basically you earn a jewel for every 30km you travel. To earn the required amount of jewels, you need to travel 96,000km. This is two complete trips around the planet. If you are a frequent world traveler, you may be able to earn the jewels this way. See the "GPS Specialist" achievement for information on how to earn jewels via the GPS feature.
  4. Microsoft Points: The game also allows you to purchase jewels within the game for MSP. 1000 jewels costs 800 MSP or $10. 3,200 jewels will run you more than $30. This method is the quickest to get the jewels, but does anyone really want to drop that much cash on this game?
Customize the dragon's color.   

This is a simple achievement. All you need to do it is click "Color Change" on the menu before loading into a mission (the one where you equip skills). Sometimes the option may not appear. If that is the case, just tap on your animated Dragon and the option should appear.

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Grounding Inc


US September 12, 2012

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