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Defense Grid: The Awakening

Defense Grid: The Awakening Achievement Guide

Guide By: SnowSakura, Setsuna x360a, & Corrupt.
There are 22 achievements with a total of 300 points.


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Overview
- Estimated achievement difficulty: 2/10
- Offline: 200 (12 )
- Online: 0
- Approximate amount of time to 200 : 15+ hours
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1 Story Mode/ 1 Grinder Mode/40 missions total
- Number of missable achievements: None
- Glitched achievements: None
- Do cheat codes disable achievements? Yes
- Does difficulty affect achievements? No

  • Resurgence Map Pack 1 DLC
    • Difficulty: 3/10 (1/10 with video guides).
    • Time to 1030 minutes
    • Unobtainable: None
  • Resurgence Map Pack 2 DLC
    • Difficulty: 3/10 (1/10 with video guides).
    • Time to 1030 minutes
    • Unobtainable: None
  • Resurgence Map Pack 3 DLC
    • Difficulty: 3/10 (1/10 with video guides).
    • Time to 1030 minutes
    • Unobtainable: None
  • Resurgence Map Pack 4 DLC
    • Difficulty: 3/10 (1/10 with video guides).
    • Time to 201-2 Hours
    • Unobtainable: None
  • You Monster DLC
    • Difficulty: 3/10 (1/10 with video guides).
    • Time to 506-8 hours
    • Unobtainable: None


Introduction:
Defense Grid: The Awakening was released for the PC back in the Fall 2008. It was a huge hit among PC games and received multiple awards. This game is tactical defense game where you must set up different towers or artillery to fight off the alien invasion aiming to take your core.

The achievements for the game are not hard as long as the video links aren't broken, otherwise it could become a difficult game

Step 1: Story Mode The Awakening:
"Salvage Rights," "Death from Above," "Exterminator," and "Base Defender" achievements are guaranteed on this this step. If you follow the video under "Master Strategist" then you should be able to obtain "Alien Tears" as well as the achievements that stack with it, if you're an expert Tower Defense player then by all means use your own tactic.

Step 2: Mop Up:
During this step you will complete the amount of missions needed for your "Master Strategist" achievement and if your missing the miscellaneous achievements "Tower Expert" and "Nail Biter." Also the gold you receive when you complete "Siege Breaker" counts toward the 40 gold that you need.

Step 3: DLCs:
The Resurgence Map Pack DLCs a collection of maps that form their own short campaign comprising of eight new levels (two per each pack). The achievements are really straightforward, basically requiring you to gold medal each of the campaign medals (this will get you 7/8 of the achievements). The only achievement requiring extra work is the final achievement in Map Pack 4. This requires you to earn a gold medal in each of the scenarios of the final level.

By far the easiest way to earn all of the achievements is to use video guides. Under each of the achievements there is a video provided, however if for whatever reason you are still struggling, then look on YouTube, as there are usually a few alternate methods available.

If decide to play without video assistance, there are many different ways to achieve gold medals. However this will take much longer as it will require a lot of trial and error. Remember where possible to make the aliens take the longest route possible, and try not to waste money on upgrades to units that may not be effective. If you make a mistake, you can hit  to go to your last checkpoint; and hit it multiple times to go back further.

The You Monster DLC consists of an eight level campaign. The levels are Portal themed and features GLaDOS, who tries messing with you in various ways. She will make aliens stronger, faster, restrict your tower buiding and even remove some towers. In one level, you can only build Command towers, with GLaDOS building everything else. As you could imagine, this isn't doesn't happen to be too helpful. Also, if you zoom in you will see the cores are now itty bitty companion cubes!

The achievements are all pretty straightforward, and revolve around getting gold medals on each level. You will need to gold medal all Campaign and Campaign Challenge modes, and a total of 35 gold medals over the whole DLC. If you are comfortable with the game and enjoy a challenge, then by all means play through, using trial and error and perseverance; but there are plenty of videos online for the various maps and modes. Use this fantastic playlist which has all modes and maps with gold medals.

*Multiple users have reported the game freezing often whilst playing this DLC. There is also an occasional error message that flashes up, stating that an error has occurred and has failed to award an achievement. Ignore the error message, it is irrelevant. One possible fix for the freezing is to delete your game and the DLC, and then re-install. It is also advisable, especially on the Grinder and Super Grinder levels to exit out to the main menu periodically. This will save your progress, so if the game does freeze then you can start back close to where you were.


Conclusion:
If you follow the videos listed under the achievement guide then you should have no problem getting 200 on this game. If you found the game enjoyable, there's still the "Borderlands" campaign you can play through once all is said and done.

[XBA would like to thank SnowSakura, Setsuna x360a, & Corrupt. for this RoadMap]

 



Salvage Rights5
Destroy at least one boss alien. (1) 
You will encounter your first boss type alien in the third mission of the story mode. Simply place your towers strategically and he'll be an easy kill.
Field Promotion10
Earn at least one silver medal in any mission after The Awakening. 

See Master Strategist

Death From Above10
Fire the orbital laser. (1) 
When you reach Wave 19 on "Focal Point" you will be able to use the orbital laser. To fire the laser, point the reticule where you want it to strike and hold down +.
Tower Expert10
Build at least one of every tower type and available upgrade. (3) 
Build the following tower types to unlock this achievement. This does not have to be done in one match. The earliest you can get this achievement is the 10k resource challenge on Standing Order. Each tower maxes out at Level 3. Here's a list of the towers:
  • Gun
  • Cannon
  • Inferno
  • Laser
  • Tesla
  • Missile
  • Command
  • Temporal
  • Concussion
  • Meteor

 

Flawless Victory15
Earn at least one gold medal in any mission after The Awakening. 

See Master Strategist

 

Nail Biter15
Win a mission with the last remaining core less than 10 seconds away from the map exit. (3) 
This can easily be done on "Out of Fuel" on the Poison Core Challenge. Here's the tower set-up: near the crashed ship there are 6 tiles - you want three guns up top, two on level 3, on the bottom a level 2 temporal in the middle and two level 1 guns, and down at the bottom circle place one level 1 meteor tower. Now kill everything until the last wave. Once the last shielded ones come out, sell all your towers except the meteor tower. If the core carrier is about to die, sell the meteor tower and right when it's about to exit the level, build a level 1 gun tower by the exit. You should get the achievement, if you killed the core carrier at the right time.

Heres a video preview of the method:

Base Defender20
Complete the Story mode in The Awakening campaign. 
There are 20 missions you will have to go through. For good tactics to complete each mission, refer to Master Strategist
Planet Defender20
Earn at least a silver medal on all Story mode missions in The Awakening campaign. 

See Master Strategist

 

Exterminator20
Destroy 1000 aliens. 

You will get this achievement early on in story mode.

Alien Tears20
Earn at least a gold medal on all Story mode missions in The Awakening campaign. (4) 

See Master Strategist

 

Siege Breaker25
Survive all 99 waves on any Grinder challenge mode. (1) 

The best way to do this is follow this method:
 

Master Strategist30
Earn a gold medal on at least 40 Story or Challenge mode missions in any campaign. (5) 
To get a gold medal in your missions you must earn the required amount of points and still have all your cores at the end of the mission. If you find yourself short a couple points during the endgame results, remember that the amount of resources you have add to your points, so if you can build a tower or upgrade less, then do so.

Extra missions like Poison Core, Grinder, Relaxed, etc. count toward this achievement as well as the default Story and Story Challenge.

Look here for examples on how to achieve a gold medal on your story missions
 
 
DLC: Resurgence Map Pack 1
Price: $0.99 USD Achievements: 1 Points: 10
 
Combat Turmoil10
Earn a gold medal on the Campaign mode of Service Interruption and Height of Confusion. 

There are many different ways to complete each and every level in this game to a gold medal standard. Remember to always ensure that the aliens are taking the longest possible routes so you have more time to kill them. If you make a mistake, you can hit  to go to your last checkpoint; and hit it multiple times to go back further. The videos below show one way to do these levels, however if you find that you are still struggling then there are a few different methods available on YouTube.

These videos are not my own, so full credit for these go to the original creators/uploaders.

Service Interruption

 

Height of Confusion

 

 
 
DLC: Resurgence Map Pack 2
Price: $0.99 USD Achievements: 1 Points: 10
 
Circular Hazard10
Earn a gold medal on the Campaign mode of Risk Exposure and Roundabout. 

There are many different ways to complete each and every level in this game to a gold medal standard. Remember to always ensure that the aliens are taking the longest possible routes so you have more time to kill them. If you make a mistake, you can hit  to go to your last checkpoint; and hit it multiple times to go back further. The videos below show one way to do these levels, however if you find that you are still struggling then there are a few different methods available on YouTube.

These videos are not my own, so full credit for these go to the original creators/uploaders.

Risk Exposure

 

Roundabout

 

 
 
DLC: Resurgence Map Pack 3
Price: $0.99 USD Achievements: 1 Points: 10
 
Civil Divergence10
Earn a gold medal on the Campaign mode of Urban Planning and Tactical Diversion. 
 
 
DLC: Resurgence Map Pack 4
Price: $0.99 USD Achievements: 2 Points: 20
 
Regional Deluge10
Earn a gold medal on the Campaign mode of Kill Zone and Overflow. 

There are many different ways to complete each and every level in this game to a gold medal standard. Remember to always ensure that the aliens are taking the longest possible routes so you have more time to kill them. If you make a mistake, you can hit  to go to your last checkpoint; and hit it multiple times to go back further.The videos below show one way to do these levels, however if you find that you are still struggling then there are a few different methods available on YouTube.

These videos are not my own, so full credit for these go to the original creators/uploaders.

Kill Zone

 

Overflow

 

Overflowing10
Earn a gold medal on all the modes of Overflow. 

As the description states, you need to gold medal on all 5 modes of the map. You should have the gold medal for "Campaign" from "Regional Deluge," so should have four more modes to go. These modes require more planning, but again, there are many different ways to complete each and every level in this game to a gold medal standard. Remember to always ensure that the aliens are taking the longest possible routes so you have more time to kill them. If you make a mistake, you can hit  to go to your last checkpoint; and hit it multiple times to go back further. The videos below show one way to do these levels, however if you find that you are still struggling then there are a few different methods available on YouTube.

These videos are not my own, so full credit for these go to the original creators/uploaders.

Campaign Challenge

 

20 Tower Limit

 

Campaign Reversed

 

40k Resourses

For this one, use the exact same solution that you did for the regular campaign level. 40,000 resourses will be ample, so just make your final build from that solution at the beginning, then just fast forward to the end.

 
 
DLC: You Monster
Price: $4.99 USD Achievements: 5 Points: 50
 
Majestic Pony10
Earn a bronze medal on all story missions in the You Monster campaign. 

See "You Monster."

Savant Genius10
Earn a gold medal on any story mission past 'Divided Attention' in the You Monster campaign. 

All levels are playable from the offset, so if you want this achievement right away, go ahead and pick any level apart from 'Ghost in the Machine' or 'Divided Attention.' An excellent playlist of gold medals on all maps and modes can be found here. If you decide to try going alone, there are many different ways to complete each and every level in this game to a gold medal standard. Remember to always ensure that the aliens are taking the longest possible routes so you have more time to kill them. If you make a mistake, you can hit  to go to your last checkpoint; and hit it multiple times to go back further.

Beating a Dead Potato10
Earn a gold medal on any 35 missions in the You Monster campaign. 

There are a total of 42 missions in total, and for this you need to complete any 35 of them. As well as the 'Campaign' and 'Campaign Challenge' modes, there are various other modes such as 'Grinder' and 'Super Grinder' (up to 99 waves), 'Poison Core' (a single core that kills enemies when returning) and 'Frozen Core' (single core that doesn't return). You can pretty much use your solution for the Campaign levels, and just tweak them to the challenge stipulations. For example, the Grinder and Super Grinder levels, use your solution but upgrade more towers and add towers for the later levels. For Poison Core, just use your original solution but maybe a few less upgrades as the returning cubes will kill enemies on it's way back. 

As you have seven map modes that you don't need to do, I would recommend skipping the Frozen Core challenges in particular as they are really difficult, you basically cannot have a single cube get taken at all. 

These are the tougher levels, although of course the choise is yours!

An excellent playlist of gold medals on all maps and modes can be found here. If you decide to try going alone, there are many different ways to complete each and every level in this game to a gold medal standard. Remember to always ensure that the aliens are taking the longest possible routes so you have more time to kill them. If you make a mistake, you can hit  to go to your last checkpoint; and hit it multiple times to go back further.

Best Friends Forever10
Earn a gold medal on all story challenge missions in the You Monster campaign. 

Each level has a 'Campaign Challenge' mode. This is the same as the main campaign, but with stronger enemies. An excellent playlist of gold medals on all maps and modes can be found here. If you decide to try going alone, there are many different ways to complete each and every level in this game to a gold medal standard. Remember to always ensure that the aliens are taking the longest possible routes so you have more time to kill them. If you make a mistake, you can hit  to go to your last checkpoint; and hit it multiple times to go back further.

You Monster10
Earn a gold medal on all story missions in the You Monster campaign. 

Play thorugh the main campaign achieving gold medals on all eight levels. An excellent playlist of gold medals on all maps and modes can be found here. If you decide to try going alone, there are many different ways to complete each and every level in this game to a gold medal standard. Remember to always ensure that the aliens are taking the longest possible routes so you have more time to kill them. If you make a mistake, you can hit  to go to your last checkpoint; and hit it multiple times to go back further.


 
 
 
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US September 02, 2009

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