Dead Space 3

Dead Space 3 Achievements

Drill Sergeant

Complete the Drill Room without taking any damage.  

Obtained in Chapter 10

During this chapter you will reach the Drill Site. To gain this achievement you will have to do the entire section without getting hit by any enemies. If you do, you must save and quit to try again. If you have a Co-Op partner, that person will not get the achievement and you will have more enemies to fight. There are 3 phases for this section. Some people have reported making perfect runs but not getting the achievement. It is said the fix is to get injured on purpose, then save and quit. You can choose to do this achievement when you get here, or via chapter select later when you have better guns (or overpowered ones). The nice thing about retrying this area is you keep all items and resources after saving and quitting. This can with the resources fairly well.

Phase 1: Release the drill. Stand by the stasis refill station by the drill. When the drill comes out, stasis it and focus killing the enemies across from you coming out of the vent. When it seems that have time, stasis the drill again and shoot the yellow canisters in the top middle. Now focus on killing any enemies still alive.

Phase 2: In this phase, you will have to worry about enemies coming from other vents as well. Try your best to keep the crowd under control, and when it seems you have time, stasis the drill and shoot the yellow canisters again. This is probably going to be the hardest phase.

Phase 3: Now is the easiest phase of all. When the drill comes down again, wait a little then stasis it. Shoot the top middle again. All enemies that were once around (feeders) will now vanish. Make your way to the elevator door and the achievement should unlock.

Alternate Method: It has been confirmed by some, that if you get hit, you can run into the drill to die. After each phase, you will get a mini checkpoint and be able to make this achievement a little bit easier.


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User Comments
Comment #1 by freaks
Monday, February 04, 2013 @ 11:36:29 AM

Already done that in the demo! :)

Comment #2 by THE EVIL MONK3Y
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:09:37 AM

Same here! LOL

Comment #3 by SpidaRockBeats
Thursday, February 07, 2013 @ 12:20:46 AM

Comment #4 by xAccusedx
Thursday, February 07, 2013 @ 07:14:59 PM

Is this possible in co-op?

Comment #5 by Delta07
Thursday, February 07, 2013 @ 11:49:28 PM

This one is glitchy.

Comment #6 by ttdrevan
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 09:09:18 AM

Done this in coop but never got achiev, seems both players cant get hit on coop for it to count.

Comment #7 by ttdrevan
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 01:44:24 PM

Did this in solo mode now, didnt take any damage, I cant heal myself, achievement locked :(

Comment #8 by Chaos MAN
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 06:35:54 PM

This achievement is VERY buggy.

Comment #9 by Darkforce412
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 08:45:34 PM

i didnt get hit and no cheevo!

Comment #10 by SiL2
Saturday, February 09, 2013 @ 04:09:50 AM

Same problem did this over 10 times... and chievo didnt pop.. I did my on casual Imma try normal also I completed the whole level after I did this no luck.. Any help or advice would be great...

Comment #11 by gotdott
Saturday, February 09, 2013 @ 11:20:57 AM

it won't trigger until you leave the area and head towards the next one

Comment #12 by DoomSage
Saturday, February 09, 2013 @ 08:54:12 PM

Just did it on impossible, fairly easy, found that you can't restart check point after 50% for it, can restart at the very beginning but after 50% you need to save/quit and continue from last save to start over. (also need to wait for dialogue exchange to finish, at least I had to)

Comment #13 by darkmikasonfire
Sunday, February 10, 2013 @ 12:56:20 AM

I'm in the same boat as #10, I followed a guide for it, you freeze the drill and let the enemies get killed by it, I destroyed it instantly in the last wave, and none of the enemies even got half way to me the whole time, I beat the rest of the level (again I've watched a few walkthroughs I know where it should have popped).

This achievement is a tad glitchy, do the USB save glitch, keep a backup right out side the thing and make a copy onto a USB anytime it doesn't pop just save quit go to dash and copy the USB save back into the HDD. It has to pop on one of the play throughs, this just simply makes it to were you don't end up playing the whole level 50 times.

Comment #14 by Whitesoxboi
Sunday, February 10, 2013 @ 05:08:07 PM

You can get hit from necromorphs, just not the drill. It unlocked for me like that.

Comment #15 by mimik54
Sunday, February 10, 2013 @ 11:18:08 PM

Yeah this is wicked Glitchy, i tried getting it on reg mode and it didn't pop at all. Then started my Classic mode got up to the drill tried it a few times with saving and quieting got killed by the drill on the third wave restarted on the third wave killed the drill didn't get hit by anything and got the achiv.

My friend did it on his, but he saved and quit he didn't keep resetting the checkpoint and he got it no problem, so maybe try that idk it's just messed up.

Comment #16 by bblue2344
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 01:47:23 AM

same problem here. dont think it has anything to do with not restarting chckpoint 50% through like #12 said because i got hit in first wave and restarted the checkpoint u get after letting the gates down, finished the drill sequence and couldnt heal myself (had full health) and walked all the way to Ellie and still didnt pop. i also did it on easy and normal. im gonna try the save and quit thing.

Comment #17 by Dukem
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 02:08:43 AM

lol you guy moaning about glitching lol? There's no glitch you fools you just have to continue then it will pop! SIMPLY ....
just dont get hit & go in the elevator else it wont pop just exit the arena & it will 100% always pop.

Comment #18 by bblue2344
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 06:12:51 AM

got it using save and quit before the first checkpoint. Took damage in first wave, hit save and quit, then continue from last save and it loaded me right after exiting the rotating air lock door into the drill room.

I think the problem we were all having is that you cant get the achievement after loading a checkpoint, even if you did not take damage before the checkpoint. this has been the case with previous achievements. so the achievement actually starts when entering the drill room. That makes sense because the achievement didnt pop for me until entering the air lock that takes you out and in the description it says "complete the drill 'ROOM' without taking damage."

If you are having trouble after first checkpoint (second wave) or further, i would recommend the save slot copy

Comment #19 by bblue2344
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 06:16:05 AM

*save slot copy exploit

Comment #20 by Dilleet
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 10:20:43 AM

Got it pretty easily sucks everyone else is having problems. :(.

Comment #21 by AHU THE FOX
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 02:07:44 PM

I got this with the Devil Horns and Instantly got it . Sucks for yall who don't got it

Comment #22 by Snakeeater1
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 @ 08:09:49 PM

I can perhaps shed some light on the folks who still can't unlock this achievement.

Not only do you need to do the drill sequence from its beginning to end without getting hit (hit save and quit if you mess up, then re-load save point; DON'T use checkpoint restart), but you CANNOT press the quick heal button as well (even if you are at full health). The achievement unlocks once you exit the drill area through the next door. Hope this helps!

Comment #23 by AltF4 BioZanget
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 @ 10:07:34 PM

Comment 13 was spot on thanks man, checkpoint restart also helped, other then that keep your hand of your heal button

Comment #24 by Cayusez
Thursday, February 14, 2013 @ 10:54:20 AM

Pretty easy. Did it first time. Used the assault rifle with the rotary disc underneath. Saves reloading.
For people having trouble with the left vent: Allow the drill to come out more so it covers both middle and right vent then concentate on the left grill.

Comment #25 by allusiveturtle
Thursday, February 14, 2013 @ 12:26:32 PM

Sorry to say that you need to ignore the comment from Whitesoxboi as you cannot get hit by anything, not the drill and not the necromorphs.

Also, if you stand to the right of the drill, you can shoot at the nechromorphs that come out of the left vent, and the drill (which you need to keep in stasis throughout) will kill all the nechromorphs that exit the right hand vent (which you should position so that the drill sits between you and the vent). Finally, you need to move to the far side of the areana for the third drill sequence and as soon as you see the fuse within the drill, stasis the drill and shoot it as this will clear all the enemies immediately from the area. The Achievement will pop when you enter the rotating air-lock/lift type thing.

Comment #26 by Jigglypufftouff
Friday, February 15, 2013 @ 12:01:12 PM

This is bugged for just like many other achievements for ds3 fodder axes, head shots and limbs, I've done with correctly 10 times co-op not a scratch on us, walked out of the room waited for a minute nothing, even checked for quick heal. Still says full hp I've also done other solo on Ed with devil horns and again not a single scratch on me, can kill the drill in under 30 secs, still no achievement pop. No quick heal, no damage, they actually don't even get a foot out of the vents before they die and yet still no achievement , makes me sick

Comment #27 by fritobandito858
Friday, February 15, 2013 @ 08:14:21 PM

I had trouble with this achievement also, tried it many times solo and co-op and finally found a way to get it. What I did was start the drill sequence, get hit by a necro, then save and quit. Then continue from last save and complete it without taking any damage, walk up to the door, and you should get it. Also, try to refrain from pressing the heal button, I've heard that if you press it even when with full health, it will not give you the achievement.

Comment #28 by Eleriel
Saturday, February 16, 2013 @ 12:33:44 PM

I think I may have figured out why I couldn't get this for the longest time...

what I did differently the time I got the achievement was I used a medpack in the area before entering the room with the drill (on the hunch that maybe using a medpack in the room, or getting hurt or just BEING hurt (from a previous area) would void the achievement).

but, I was also hurt during the last phase of the encounter, and had to reset checkpoint... still got it though.

this achievement is way too buggy, and I'm *really* glad I don't have to go through that again...

Comment #29 by The Hyper Sloth
Saturday, February 16, 2013 @ 04:25:04 PM

So can anybody remind me what chapter this thing is on?

I know it's somewhere around 10, but it's not mentioned once in this whole thread, which is rather amusing.
Thanks in advance!

Comment #30 by fritobandito858
Saturday, February 16, 2013 @ 04:51:05 PM

@29 It's in chapter 10

Comment #31 by The Hyper Sloth
Saturday, February 16, 2013 @ 07:28:26 PM

@30 Thanks man. I found it after I went back through 10 trying to find it. Got the achivo in the process. It's good for future people who need to know too!

Comment #32 by Buruma
Sunday, February 17, 2013 @ 12:19:32 PM

This achievement glitched on me, as well. Entered the final area with full health, sold all health packs just to be safe, never healed during the fight, never got touched... Still no achievo after 5+ tries. The solution several people have posted (see comment #27 above) will allow the people affected by this strange glitch to get the achievement, though. Tried it again after intentionally getting hit and presto!

Comment #33 by budbudxxx1992
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 @ 02:19:18 AM

if anybody can help me get this id appreciate it nd help ya with another game u need help with achievements in gt is budbudxxx
i find some of these achievements easier in co-op

Comment #34 by Pe3Weee
Thursday, February 21, 2013 @ 09:34:08 PM

For me, I got to the 3rd wave where the checkpoint is and then got hit. So I tried to finish it and got hit with the drill and died. It restarted at the third wave and I took no damage in that 3rd wave and achievement popped as I walked in the door you could now get to.

Comment #35 by PHOPOW
Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 03:24:16 PM

Got it today. After two tries. It also helped that I used the devil horns. Once the drill is destroyed and goes spiraling into the ice just stand there for a little bit and let Ellie talk. Once she is done talking start heading to the door to exit and "boop" it pops up.

Comment #36 by POPMasterGod
Saturday, February 23, 2013 @ 12:01:26 PM

This was alot more fun than I thought it to be.

Comment #37 by Jwozz
Sunday, February 24, 2013 @ 12:07:56 PM

I tryed this achievement got all the way through without
Taking any damage and when i finished the achievment never popped up..
Proper guttered :(

Comment #38 by Dru1984
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 @ 12:58:33 AM

Here's what I did, once I entered the drill room or section, start up the generator, heal urself completely, and use the bench. Put all your health packs in the safe, so that all that u have left in ur inventory are ammo and stasis. Now SAVE and QUIT, continue the game from last check point. That should put you exactly at the entrance into the drill room or section, only now you are fully healed with no reason to heal yourself. Start up the generator, enter the Frey, I found it useful to use the drill to kill whatever comes out the right vent. Lastly after its over, don't pick up any item, let Elle yap till the end and just simply walk to the door. BAM!

Comment #39 by romans58snrsvd
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 11:59:51 AM

@34 I can also confirm that walking into the drill and dying does "reset" it with a mid battle checkpoint.

Comment #40 by TisLevi
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 05:51:44 PM

don't heal yourself, even if your health is full, don't even try to or the achievement won't work.

Comment #41 by Pe3Weee
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 06:56:29 PM

Thanks #40, that was only pointed out 15 times already, the 16th time really made it click for me

Comment #42 by RTK
Friday, March 08, 2013 @ 09:54:37 AM

This will be the death of me i swear, or at least my controller....

Comment #43 by JROLL3000
Sunday, March 10, 2013 @ 06:55:09 PM

use Seeker Rifle one hit kill
check point on 3rd wave

Comment #44 by Grim70Reaper
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 01:07:42 PM

easy easy, foam finger anyone?

Comment #45 by Orange and Blue
Thursday, March 14, 2013 @ 08:07:16 PM

This works, after numerous failed attempts

Step One: Go to the coring platform (Drill Room).
Step Two: Start the drill off as normal but when the first necromorphs appear let them hit you, once hit Save and Quit.
Step Three: Load last save (this should put you back at the enterance to the Coring Platform (Drill Room)
Step Four: Take the drill out without being hit or taking any damage etc.
Step Five: Walk to the door leading out of the room, the Achievement/Trophy will pop.

credit to CyborgOcelot

Comment #46 by LilFuniAZNBoi
Thursday, April 04, 2013 @ 07:10:07 PM

I suggest doing it with the devil horns.

Comment #47 by TREX1979
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 @ 01:23:32 PM

HAHAHAAA I finally did it after 2 hours of smashing the ground the couch and a chair I got this F'ing achievement F U dead space 3

Comment #48 by ext3rmiination
Friday, April 19, 2013 @ 06:10:54 PM

@27, this achievement does work following post 27, i did the achievement many different ways and this was the only on that got it for me.

Comment #49 by MrKilljoy187x
Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ 05:00:12 AM

I had trouble with this one, but got it finally got. I made two grenade launchers with 5 rounds each and safety guard on both. I was in normal difficulty, Didn't use medpacks at all or pick anything up, no damage. 1st round I switched between launchers killing everything near me. Reload launchers for 2nd round and did the same thing I did in 1st round. 3rd round right when the fuses show ran up to the drill, stasis the drill and popped two grenades in it quickly so the feeders didn't get me, cut scene, the feeders are gone. I waited for the lady to stop talking, then went to the door with out picking up anything and 30 G pop....

Comment #50 by FaceRaider
Monday, July 08, 2013 @ 02:49:17 AM

A note... It seems there is some sort of patch, irrespective of difficulty, that when using the drill to block the right and aim front enemies spawn from the left vent and sneak up on you. Disregard this method, there is a much more easier way. Also, if you get attacked by the feeders in the third wave simply do a restart checkpoint, it worked for me.

1) Casual difficulty
2) High damage weapon with decent range (I used the Evangelizer Shotgun + stasis)
3) Rapid fire weapon (Marauder pulse rifle + stasis)
4) Boost damage and clip
5) at least 6 stasis packs
6) Fully upgraded stasis on rig is a must!!!

Enter the drill platform, there should be 2 stasis recharge stations to the left and one to the right near the release clamps. Go to the first stasis station on the left and face the

Comment #51 by FaceRaider
Monday, July 08, 2013 @ 02:57:19 AM

drill, from here you should see a vent to the left, right, the release clamps and the drill. DO NOT MOVE FROM THIS SPOT.

1st Wave) For a few moments you will have to switch between the 2 spawn vents, focus on the fodder guys with weapons as they are the fastest. After the drill blocks your FOV stasis it and let the enemies suicide into the drill. Maintain stasis for a few shots then switch to your rapid fire weapon and destroy the fuse.

2nd Wave)Here you will stasis the drill after it drifts in front of the left vent (about 15 seconds) while focusing your fire on the right. Wait for enemies to stop spawning then shoot the fuse.

3rd Wave) As soon as the drill makes contact with ground it opens up and exposes the fuse, shot the fuse and not the feeders. If you get hit by them just c

Comment #52 by FaceRaider
Monday, July 08, 2013 @ 02:58:55 AM

heckpoint restart and it will start you off with the drill opening up, wait for it to start spinning then shoot the fuse. This unlocked for me before I left the room or Ellie quit speaking.

Comment #53 by Blackshadow1274
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 01:43:43 PM

Can someone help me with the achievent its seam to be glitched for me

Comment #54 by Dan Sabia
Saturday, August 17, 2013 @ 12:57:55 AM

mines glitched and wont unlock. done it twice. what the fuck, fix this shit

Comment #55 by skullcandy5282
Monday, August 19, 2013 @ 04:30:53 AM

What chapter is this in? Thanks

Comment #56 by daddywayhaar
Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 05:27:16 AM

Probably easier on a chapter select play through what worked for me on third go around with drill stasus it and take those feeders out they bite without knowing then stasus drill and take it out. It popped even with the run in the drill if get hit method.

Comment #57 by Solobrus22
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 @ 08:37:43 PM

I have gone through that area 4 times… 2 of them.. i know i got damaged.. but wast focusing on that achievement… After i finished the entire play through.. i wen track through the chapter select…

1st time.. it would not pop.. and i know i did not get hit.. no enemies got further then their vents..

2nd time.. i actually thought a feeder bit me, but the achievement popped.

Comment #58 by striver7777
Wednesday, October 07, 2015 @ 10:49:24 AM

Not only is this glitchy, something which I agree is likely as hell but 30g is like someone spitting in your face for doing it. Not worth it. Not bothering to do it. Moving on!

Comment #59 by Arthur Redfield
Friday, January 08, 2016 @ 07:24:48 PM

tried soo many times, only comment #27 helped.

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Game Info
Visceral Games
Electronic Arts


US February 05, 2013
Europe February 08, 2013

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