Duke Nukem Forever

Duke Nukem Forever Achievements

Damn, I'm Good

Complete the SP campaign on Insane Difficulty   

Complete the entire campaign (all levels) on Insane difficulty. This setting is only unlocked once you complete the game once on any other setting. If you complete the game on Insane you will unlock the other lower difficulty achievements also. It should also be noted that when duke performs an execution his 'Ego Bar' is instantly filled and may be helpful in some of the more hectic firefights when there is no time to get behind cover.

Helpful tips:

  • Like any shooter, remember to take cover when shot at and take your time moving through.
  • Use aim assist, it helps a ton when getting rushed and during the turret sections.
  • Stick to the Pistol, Shotgun, Shrink Ray, and Freeze Ray.
  • Pipe bombs and Trip Mines become a tad useless at this level.
  • Save Beers, Holodukes, and Steroids for boss battles/tight spots.
  • Use the Freeze Ray trick for the later levels. This is done by activating the extra game setting “Duke 3D Freeze Ray” and using it until you run out of ammo, then disabling the setting to regenerate ammo. This works well against everything near the end.
  • Make sure to start from the first chapter, not a new game. Starting a new game will erase your EGO and make it literally impossible.
  • Lastly, make sure to have maximum EGO before starting.

Steps to beat the final boss:

  1. To start off, keep taking out the Pig Cops that drop out from the dropships until there are about 30 or so RPGs laying on the ground. This is very important.
  2. Once you have a ton of RPGs laying around, let one Pig Cop remain for the fight. If you don’t kill him, NO other enemies will spawn. It will just be you, the Cycloid, and that one Pig Cop.
  3. For the first and second stages of his health, use all those RPGs and Pipe bombs that the Cop Pigs dropped.
  4. Soon after the third stage of health begins, your Devastator will be dropped off, with two ammo crates. Now it’s time to kick some butt.
  5. Keeping dodging all his attacks, which are basically the same as the first Cycloid, while unloading on him. He should go down easily after a few ammo re-stocks.
  6. After you down him the third time, be ready to hit again after his eye comes out. Then hop on the EDF ship that swoops down and you’re done!

Be sure to have collected all the 'Ego Cap' available to increase health levels for this Insane playthrough.

See "I Am All That Is Man" achievement description for a guide/checklist/video for 'Ego Cap' locations.

Rate this achievementAverage Rating (Based on 11 votes)
User Comments
Comment #1 by SuperWoody64
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 05:16:23 PM

Please stack. No more than 2 playthroughs pls.

Comment #2 by SonikkuHedgehog
Saturday, May 14, 2011 @ 12:31:32 AM

Only Duke Gods may apply.

Comment #3 by Tubby 94
Saturday, May 14, 2011 @ 09:41:28 AM

@ #2 i can only imagine how hard this game will be on insane

Comment #4 by DaJmeister666
Sunday, May 15, 2011 @ 07:55:27 AM

just for the name of the cheevo, it's worth it

Comment #5 by Master Of Bushinryu
Sunday, May 29, 2011 @ 03:37:26 PM

Can't Wait One Thing I Am Really Happy About No Multiplayer Achievements Yes

Comment #6 by xboxmafiaboss24
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 03:34:00 PM

omg what i would love there to be multy that what makes a great game plus i love the achivements and the look of the game i preodered this a while back and i cant wait to play

Comment #7 by Master Of Bushinryu
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 07:32:56 PM

Not That Its A Bad Thing I Enjoyed Multiplayer On Duke 3D,Just Tired Of Seing "Win 25 Ranked Matches While Blind Folded Placed Upside Down On A Rollercoaster While Wasted Oh And Kill 100,000 Enemies"...It's Pointless I Want To Live My Life Not For The Game Other From That This Game Is Going To Be Sweet!!!

'Sorry It Took Me So Long I've Been Busy...' Duke Nukem

Comment #8 by blazin shane
Friday, June 03, 2011 @ 02:49:28 PM

This game has amazing achievements , cant wait to play it.i know there is going to be to be stack achievements for this game...every game now a days have them for spc.

Comment #9 by Trolls88
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 11:27:17 AM

this will be a tough achievement i think, but ill give it a go and see how i get on

Comment #10 by xuxa29
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 09:19:54 PM

Judging by the pc demo this is gonna be pretty hard. But then again judging by the pc demo this game sux =/

Comment #11 by SuperWoody64
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 11:06:08 PM

Yeah I'm having a hard time on normal in the demo. My life goes down super-quick.

Comment #12 by Dexter010
Wednesday, June 08, 2011 @ 08:05:10 PM

I also think this will be a though achievement. But for the real Duke fans this is a real challange. Other people will quite I guess.

Comment #13 by marcman95
Thursday, June 09, 2011 @ 07:10:28 AM

im in australia the game came out a day early for us so i started it on normal it can be really hard in sum spots

Comment #14 by Velpro Shoes
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 09:47:24 AM

This should be one of the hardest achievements ever. I played through the demo on easy. No im not a call of duty addict, i play a variety of FPS's and anything really, but it was really damn hard!

Comment #15 by Earth Djinn
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:32:22 PM

This difficulty isn't available when you start a new game, so you must have to finish it on hard to unlock this.

Comment #16 by gazmaster1
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 05:46:08 PM

Im inclined to say it will be hard but im not the best a FPS games. For the average gamer it will be difficult

Comment #17 by sjpsjpsjp
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 03:00:44 AM

This game is difficult enough on Hard, let alone on Insane!

This kind of achievement is for when you have nothing to do on a weekend, a few months after you finished it the first time.

Comment #18 by CellFrame
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 11:24:50 AM

Finishing the game on Normal does not unlock Insane difficulty - what a crap.

Comment #19 by HeavyarmsTB
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 03:01:00 PM

The comment from #18 is wrong, I finished the game on normal and the insane mode was unlocked.

Comment #20 by thedevilseyes69
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 09:18:48 PM

list sounds easy. usually the ones ud think challenge u the most r the easiest.Those that beat the Ninja Gaiden 2 1000 point list thisll b cake 4 the most of u lol

Comment #21 by FusionSnapz
Sunday, June 12, 2011 @ 10:12:31 AM

can you enable cheats for this one or not? AND also can you do the chapter in a random order in insanity ?

Comment #22 by Peck4
Sunday, June 12, 2011 @ 03:23:12 PM

I was about to ask the same than #21 by FusionSnapz

Comment #23 by Zander Soulwind
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 02:56:52 AM

No you can't cheat for them since when you go to activate them it tells you you can't get ego or achievements. Which means this is going to be really hard to do. -_-

Comment #24 by CellFrame
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 12:37:07 PM

Yeah, #19 is correct, I was wrong.

Sorry for posting crap, don't know why I thought insane difficulty didn't unlock, maybe I was expecting some kind of "Insane difficulty has been unlocked" info.

Comment #25 by yufail
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 @ 12:23:18 PM

I unlocked Insane difficulty even though my first playthrough was on piece of cake.
So I guess you just have to finish the game once no matter what difficulty to unlock it.

Comment #26 by DGT
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:09:49 AM

I have soon completed Insane difficulty, but "The Dam Top", i always die by the boss with his saiko minigun.

Comment #27 by diploMATT666
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 03:19:22 AM

@ There is a blind spot at the wall of vehicles near the explosives stash where neither the minigun nor the rockets can hit you. You can just run back and forth from the stash and throw pipe bombs over the wall and kill the boss this way. Hope this helps you.

Comment #28 by Septimus3065
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 04:48:19 AM

how do i change difficulties on this game?Thanks

Comment #29 by Burdbros
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 11:57:47 AM

Does anyone know if you can get this achievement by selecting each chapter and selecting the insane difficulty, or do I have to start and entirely new Campaign. Thanks!

Comment #30 by ChronoGear
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 11:13:52 PM

#29, yeah you can do each chapter at a time. I unlocked this achievement after
completing crash course on insane.

I'd say the turret sequence in crash course or the octaking fight is the hardest
thing about completing this on insane.

Comment #31 by RedNinjaFox
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 12:32:49 AM

does anyone know if i did this one first would all the lower difficulty achievements stack? just wondering

Comment #32 by CellFrame
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 01:51:13 AM

The achievements stack, yes, but you need to complete the game first to unlock Insane difficulty.

Comment #33 by Dr Rocco
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 07:14:36 AM

You cannot enable cheats and them turn them off before the checkpoint as it doesnt count towards completing the level! Crash Course turret is a bitch... Any advice?

Comment #34 by darylhawk007
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 07:43:30 AM

try getting all ego cap awards to give yourself 200 HP, then it is alot easier,
i completed hard mode no problem.

Comment #35 by Dr Rocco
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 07:50:58 AM
use this if you are stuck. done it 2nd go with this method.

Credit to the uploader...

Comment #36 by MINI4TUREBIGM4C
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 09:01:47 PM

So far I've made it to the Vegas Ruins chapter. And it's already a mega bitch. Knew it was gonna be becasue 3D was already challenging enough.

Comment #37 by gabehabe
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 12:39:09 PM

Amazed by all the comments about how hard this is. I've had a few spots that have been a pain in the ass, but it's pretty easy so far. Currently on the Alien Queen, no harder than the "Come Get Some" difficulty which was pretty easy.

Comment #38 by XxSick DemonxX
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 02:19:34 PM

Anybody have any advice for fighting the octaking?

Comment #39 by J man of DOOM
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 09:57:47 PM

Pray and if that doesn't work....pray harder.
No in all seriousness, I used my pipe bombs to take out the smaller octopus things, if you do it long enough he will stop spawning them long enough for you to get in a few shots with the devastator. When you get him to 60% to 50% health, he will stop spawning enemies all together, then you just need to focus on him without dying. After you drained him, he will go down. But be careful, you need to reload then pelt him when he pulls the cart closer, just keep shooting him and you win.

Comment #40 by smiffybug
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 04:28:04 PM

All I will say is keep hold of the Shrinker. It makes enforcers and commanders a doddle

Comment #41 by CellFrame
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 12:57:03 AM

@37 - it's because you're the best, as your gamerscore suggests. Not everybody is as good as you. Some people are just gaming.

Comment #42 by Yautja46137
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 04:57:42 AM

Very easy aside from one or two parts. Those annoying turret gunning parts. Make sure you grab the shrink ray for the octaking battle. Shrink and pipe bomb the spawns. Also don't underestimate the pistol. Headshotting pigs makes sure they don't go berserk which can be a bitch.

Comment #43 by aMourningshadow
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 03:49:16 PM

just a tip i found that for the crash course section in insane (which i agree is the hardest part ive experienced so far) you can use the autoaim by zooming in and on the ships by rapidly pressing left trigger and holding down the fire button, makes killing them at a distance a lot easier, just try to keep the gun from overheating and you should be able to get through.

Comment #44 by pilule 1995
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 @ 06:55:07 AM

I beat the last 10 missions now I'm doing the first 10 missions on insane and I can tell you that stupid crash is the hardest mission because of the mofo turret part.

Comment #45 by Dookie Slapper
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 @ 06:12:07 PM

For anyone having trouble, I have just gotten to the underwater level and have several difficult points. By far the hardest part were the turret sections. You need to abuse the aim assist. When you scope with left trigger your aimer will lock on to a target that is extremely close. To abuse this you must spam left trigger, this will keep your crosshair constantly on the target your aiming at. To make sure your turret does not overheat spam your fire button, instead of holding it down. Another tip is do not hesitate to use your beer, roids, and holoduke, you do not want to run into one and not have already used your current one. (I have gotten this far while keeping the golden pistol).

Comment #46 by JohnnyAmerica
Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 03:25:11 PM

This is quite easy. I'm up to Crash Course on Insane difficulty, and just for kicks, I still have my Golden Pistol. If you go slow and don't get pissed, it's not that hard.

Comment #47 by JohnnyAmerica
Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 04:56:10 PM

The only thing that has pissed me off is Crash Course. I skipped that and went on to do the last 3 levels on Insane (with Gold Pistol) and Duke Burger (with Gold Pistol). So, after you pass Crash Course and the Octaking (which is easy if you use the pipe bomb tactic) then it is smooth sailing.

Comment #48 by Sarge 325
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 @ 08:09:33 AM

I have just finished this on insane and what I would recommend is that you need to keep behind cover and take your time. For the octoking I got the shrink ray form the secret closet from forkstop and used that to shrink the little creatures and just finished them off with the devestator also use your holo-duke as it makes it much easier. For the crash course I go with the left trigger stragtey but also learn where the ships are coming from as it is scripted. Last be careful of the cycloid emperor because if you die you have to restart the whole fight again and this can be time consuming hope this helps.

Comment #49 by Syn7
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 @ 06:21:31 PM

Seems like its pretty easy i only beat it on normal and that was well a 'Piece of cake'

Comment #50 by acanofcoke69
Thursday, June 30, 2011 @ 12:17:50 PM

can anyone confirm that i can do chapter select instead of replaying the whole game and losing all my ego

Comment #51 by Sam Grotier
Thursday, June 30, 2011 @ 02:10:58 PM

i would also like to know if i can do chapter select instead of starting a new game.........................

Comment #52 by WaRRiiOr1
Friday, July 01, 2011 @ 12:38:13 AM

i want this game!!!

Comment #53 by MORTAL DRAGON97
Saturday, July 02, 2011 @ 05:03:02 AM

Comment #54 by Solemnchief
Tuesday, July 05, 2011 @ 01:20:18 PM

do chapter select you can keep a full ego bar and just start at first chapter and go through all of them, its easy as shit till now. At the hyve on this moment and died maybe 4 times in total :s

Comment #55 by xkratosxxjrxx78
Saturday, July 09, 2011 @ 08:44:16 AM

the crash course turret section is probably the toughest battle i've encounterd on insane difficulty, but im gonna try the LT spam technique, thanks for the tips people.

Comment #56 by uppyb0t
Sunday, July 10, 2011 @ 11:56:20 AM

You can also use the LT spam on normal enemies you have trouble aiming at as well.

I think the most annoying thing about this game is the long load time. If you're having trouble with a spot, you have to wait so long for the game to load.

Comment #57 by uppyb0t
Monday, July 11, 2011 @ 04:19:51 AM

Man o man this crash course is ridiculous. Really having a tough time with it even using the LT spam technique... Ludicrously unbalanced

Comment #58 by Nava uk
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 03:04:06 PM

Dead space 2s mission impossible was very easy for me and I thought it was goin to be very difficult but it wasn't at all. So I'm thinking duke nukem will be easier than dead space 2.

Comment #59 by acanofcoke69
Thursday, July 14, 2011 @ 11:52:16 AM

i have verified you can do chapter select the only part that you would have trouble with is the turrent battles in mothership battle and chrash course luckly you can abbuse the fuck out of assist aim and now i have 1000g and am never playing this game again

Comment #60 by Sam Grotier
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 01:19:14 PM

i did it (with help from a friend for those of you wondering you can use chapter select too do this

Comment #61 by NikkyFlippers
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 @ 05:18:49 AM

Stuck on the Queen Bitch level, and I can't do Chapter Select because I am also going for the Gunslinger achievement...

Comment #62 by sw204me
Saturday, July 23, 2011 @ 08:57:26 PM

So just to be clear, doing chapter selected on the first chapter and picking insane difficulty will get you the achievement AND let you keep the full ego you got the first play through?

Comment #63 by acanofcoke69
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 09:30:01 PM

yes i did it and i didnt even do them in order also im never playing this again it was a horrible game wasted 60 on it

Comment #64 by mcookman
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 12:12:23 PM

I found the octaking annoying on easy let alone INSANE!!

Comment #65 by RFS Guerilla NL
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 @ 03:30:24 PM

@64, I just did it, just use the 2 beer and steroids to regain healt and shoot the octopussy till 1/3 of healt and then the other mini octopussies won't respawn again and then it's just you versus him! (aint that very hard if you know how!)

Comment #66 by Emirates7
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 08:45:26 AM

if i beat the game on hard did ill get the achiv for the normal and esay ?

Comment #67 by Raymundo
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 01:07:59 AM

I have damn easy way how to pass turent mission and get this freak en hard achievement and do it on Insane. Here is the link down below:

Check it I hope it will help some one!

Comment #68 by agent808
Sunday, February 26, 2012 @ 06:06:28 PM

i actually enjoyed this game on hard, but insane made me hate it.

Comment #69 by starmaker69
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 02:49:29 PM

small tip about playing this game on Insane, i am sure most people know about this.. instead of starting the game on New Campaign go to Chapter Select, and start the game from the beginning this way.. this will allow you to keep all your Ego. :)

Comment #70 by Goku1552
Saturday, April 07, 2012 @ 05:28:02 PM

can you use cheats and still get the achievement?

Comment #71 by jtryon24
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 05:00:43 PM

#71 you can use the big head one that does do sh*t because it still takes 3-4 shots from the shotgun to kill them.

Comment #72 by EnJoeyment
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 10:43:38 PM

No the worst game ever... Just the most stupid! It's worth another play through through. I'm loving the phrases every 5 seconds..... "I've got balls of steel"

Comment #73 by mauledbytrees
Sunday, August 12, 2012 @ 05:06:40 PM

I finally got this achievement after a month, because I got stuck on crash course and dear god it was painful.

Comment #74 by E vee dub
Sunday, August 19, 2012 @ 02:18:20 AM

Guide writers,
How do you unlock the Extra Game Setting "Duke 3D Freeze Ray" that you so highly suggest in your description of the Insane Difficulty description?

Oh, you have to play your FIRST play through on NORMAL... NOT EASY!!

Thanks for telling us to play on "Casual" (it's called Easy, not Casual) instead of Normal.
Now we'll need to play the campaign 3 times according to your guide.

Comment #75 by E vee dub
Sunday, August 19, 2012 @ 02:20:04 AM

Beating the game on NORMAL will unlock the Extra Game Setting, "DUKE 3D FREEZE RAY", which is helpful to defeat the game on Insane.

Don't play the game first on EASY. Beat it on NORMAL.

Comment #76 by E vee dub
Sunday, August 19, 2012 @ 11:17:47 PM

Even having the game installed...

Damn, this game takes a very long time to load.

Comment #77 by E vee dub
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 @ 12:05:59 AM

DUKE NUKEN FOREVER, 1000/1000G for "E vee dub" Aug 21st, 2012.

Even without the "DUKE 3D FREEZE RAY" Extra Game Setting, I was able to get through the campaign with no apparent problem.
It's a challenging campaign, but I've played much harder. 6.5/10 difficulty.

Good luck.

Comment #78 by Kagath
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 05:48:01 PM

For the people struggling with the 'Crash Course' turret on Insane there is a way you can bypass it and still complete the level. Just did it to get my achievement so I know it can be done. I would suggest getting the RPG along the way also for the ship at the end near the devastator. I like it better than the devastator.

When you climb up the ladder to the turret instead of getting on it look at the ledge blocked by the girders. There are a couple ledges on the inside. There is one halfway down you can't really see and then there is the bottom one that you can see. If you fall to the bottom you are dead but if you can hook the halfway one you can duck under the blocks and hop over the railing to a checkpoint. You will need to die or reload to get the bridge to appear.

Good luck

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Game Info
Gearbox Software
2K Games


US June 14, 2011
Europe June 10, 2011

ESRB: Mature
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