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Guitar Hero: Smash Hits

Guitar Hero: Smash Hits Achievement Guide

Guide By: dakisbac, Stufin135
There are 50 achievements with a total of 1000 points.

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Overview:
- Estimated achievement difficulty: 9.5/10 to 1000/1000 (6/10 to 660)
- Offline: 42
- Online: 8
- Approximate amount of time to 1000: [35-100+ hours
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 5
- Number of missable achievements: None
- Glitched achievements: Killing in the Name: Could require more or less than stated, Amazing Rockstar: completion of Through the Fire and Flames on expert will net the achievement no matter what difficulty other songs were played on.
- Do cheat codes disable achievements? Yes. Basically any cheat that affects performance (rather than just appearance) will disable achievements and saving.
- Does difficulty affect achievements? Yes

Introduction:
Like previous Guitar Hero games, Smash Hits achievements involve intensive playing on the expert career. In order to get 100% achievement completion, all instrument careers must be completed on expert, a band career must be completed, various songs and song sections must be performed well on higher difficulties, and online matches must be completed. Because of the pure difficulty of performing well on expert across all instruments and perfecting difficult sections, this game is a 9.5/10. Without the secret achievements, the game is considerably easier to finish off, though it is still very time consuming.

Note: This road map lays out the quickest and most efficient route to 100% completion. As a result, if there are multiple achievements identical except for the difficulty required, completing the task on the highest difficulty required will net all of those achievements in a fraction of the time.
Any achievement that can be completed locally or online is listed as an offline achievement.

1) Tutorial and Career Playthroughs (15 for 330):
First thing: Complete all four instrument tutorials. If you do not have the World Tour drum kit, you will not be able to get the full 1000.

After the tutorials, start by completing the career with your best instrument. The only song that has to be completed on expert is Through the Fire and Flames, but future achievements will be easier if you play at a higher level earlier on (it takes time to gain skill at the instruments, so pushing yourself to play on Hard or Expert will help you advance quicker). Once completing your first career, move on to the other three.
The completion of all four careers will get you 35 for completing each instrument career (5 for playing, 30 for completion), 4 achievements and 155 for finishing Through the Fire and Flames on expert for all instruments, and 2 for 30 (150 songs overall and Smoke on the Water vocals) for playing through all four careers.

2) Band Career (1 for 25):
Since this can be done with two instruments and any difficulty, it is possible to complete this solo. In any event, it cannot be done online. Simply put vocals on beginner and put it near a fan, and play your favorite instrument. Like always, play on the hardest difficulty possible because more practice on harder difficulties early on can reduce future practice time.

3) 4 Player Band (5 for 85):
All of these can be completed locally or online.

Completing a song with every player on expert will net 2 for 40 (one for completing a four-player song, one for doing it on expert). Getting 100% on a song should not be a challenge on beginner, and can even be done solo (see guide) (25).

There are 2 miscellaneous band achievements for 20. One is for triggering star power simultaneously, and the other is for getting the highest individual score. Neither should be difficult on lower difficulties.

4) Online Play (8 for 145)
4 achievements for 60 will be won by winning a Face-Off match and Pro Face-Off match by 25,000 points (two for each: one for winning and one for winning by 25,000 points). 2 achievements for 65 will be received for winning 50 games (the first will be received after playing 20 online matches). Win an 8 player band vs. band match for 15 (easily boosted). Finally, download a song from GHTunes for 5.

5) Perfection! And Mop-Up (21 for 415)
This will be the hardest part. You must perform very well (often perfecting sections) of the most difficult songs on various instruments… on Expert. There is only one piece of advice anyone can give, and that is to use practice mode. With lots of practice, you will be able to get these performance-based achievements.
The other miscellaneous achievements aren’t difficult to get, especially after perfection. They are self-explanatory, and you won’t have too many left after doing everything else.

Conclusion:
This is a hard 1000. Perfecting song sections on Expert will take hours of practice, unless you can FC (100% notes hit with no break in combo) Raining Blood or Through the Fire and Flames already.

For a beginner, this will take more than 100 hours, the majority of which will be spent perfecting. Even for expert players, hours and hours of practice will not be unlikely.

[x360a would like to thank shocellist for this road map]



The Greatest Journey In History10
Complete a song in every venue. 

See “Glory to the Daring”.
 

You Cannot Beat Me20
Win an online Pro Face-Off match by 25,000 points or more. 

See “Face To Face”.

Jaw Dropper20
Win an online Face-Off match by 25,000 points or more. 

See “Face To Face”. Remember to choose Face-Off instead of Pro Face-Off.

You Should Be Afraid10
Win an online Face-Off match. (4) 

See “Face To Face”. Remember to choose Face-Off instead of Pro Face-Off.

One For All20
Complete a song in a Band (4 players). (5) 

See “The Greatest Crew”. Difficulty doesn’t matter so play on Beginner if you’re having troubles.

Rocker's Guide To Godhood5
Complete the Career Tutorial. (2) 

To access tutorials select Career from the main menu then scroll down to tutorials. You will need all three instruments and need to go through ALL tutorials for this achievement. You can skip lessons 3 & 4 of the Guitar/Bass tutorial if you don’t have the touch strip and it will still count as completed.

Note: You NEED to use the Guitar Hero drumset.

The Greatest Crew20
Complete a song with all Band members on Expert (4 player Band). (3) 

If you have all the instruments (and a USB splitter) you can do this locally either through Band Career or Band Quickplay. Otherwise you can do this online with friends/strangers or use the achievement trading thread. Remember that all instruments need to be on Expert.

Golden Fingers5
Perform as the Guitarist. 

See “Mooned”.

Play With Me20
Play 20 online matches. (8) 

It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, you just need to complete 20 matches. If you want this done quickly go to Battle Mode and strum out at the start so the song ends in seconds.

Low-Pitched King30
Complete the Career as the Bassist. (1) 

See “Wondrous Strummer”.

 

Thunder Kissing10
Trigger Star Power simultaneously (4 player Band). 

Playing with a full band, you need to save up enough star power so that everyone can activate it at once. Activate it with everyone at the same time then finish the song.

Craving For More5
Download a song from GHTunes(SM). (6) 

Select Backstage from the main menu then GHTunes. Download one song and the achievement will unlock when the download is complete.

I Wanna Rock5
Complete a song with any instrument on any difficulty in local Quickplay or Career. 

See “Mooned”.

Rock Legends30
Complete the Career in a Band (2-4 players). (2) 

This has to be done locally. If you don't have anyone to do this with then use vocals on Beginner and place the mic next to something that makes constant noise.

Note: The achievement will only unlock for the person that owns the save. Check memory in the dashboard and see which gamertag it lists next to the GH: Hits save.

Promising Diva5
Perform as the Vocalist. 

See “Mooned”.

Cowboys From Hell25
Get 100% on a song as a Band (4 players). (3) 

The easiest way to do this is to put everyone on Beginner and play I love Rock and Roll since it is short and simple. You can do this yourself with one hand on each strumbar for the guitars, and your foot for drums. Put the mic next to something that makes constant noise. Otherwise you can do this online with friends/strangers or use the achievement trading thread.

Band Leader10
Score the highest individual score in a 4 player Band. 

Contribute the most points to your overall band score. You can do this easily by missing intentionally on the other instruments. If you do this online then you don’t have to worry about failing.

Unyielding30
Complete the Career as the Drummer. 

See “Wondrous Strummer”.

Wondrous Strummer30
Complete the Career as the Guitarist. 

Complete all 48 career songs. Difficulty doesn’t matter so you can do it on beginner by hitting randomly to the beat without even paying attention.

Bark At The Moon30
Complete the Career as the Vocalist. 

Complete all 48 career songs. Difficulty doesn’t matter so you can do it on beginner by putting your mic up next to something that makes constant noise.

Unnoticed Presence5
Perform as the Bassist. 

See “Mooned”.

The One Man Band35
Complete all four instrument Careers on any difficulty. 

See “Amazing Rockstar”. Difficulty doesn’t matter so play on Beginner if you’re having troubles.

War Apparatus25
Complete a song on Expert + (Drums only). (2) 

Expert+ is a difficulty for Drums only for songs that have double bass in them. You don't need two kick pedals for this although it will make it easier. This is also obtainable in band play which makes this achievement easier since your partner can keep you from failing. Shout At The Devil is the easiest song. If you really have troubles getting this you can have someone else do the kick pedal for you.

Master Craftsman5
Create a new custom instrument. 

Select Backstage from the main menu then Rock Star Creator. Select Create New or select a current rocker. Go down to Instrument and select an instrument you wish to create. Go to workshop and change any part of the instrument. Go back and select Save. Once the instrument has saved the achievement will unlock.

Artist On The Rise5
Create a new custom Band logo. 

Select Options from the main menu then Band Info. A screen with your current band name and logo should appear. Press blue and go to edit. Put down any image and then go back and select save. Once the logo has saved the achievement will unlock.

Masterpiece5
Create a new custom rocker. 

See “Ink And Blood”.

Mooned5
Perform as the Drummer. 

Complete any one song in quickplay, career, or online. Difficulty doesn’t matter so play on Beginner if you’re having troubles.

There's Hope!10
Recover from a poor performance. 

For this you need to be playing so poorly that you’re red in the rock meter any time during the song then finish the song green in the rock meter. Miss intentionally to go into the red then play well to go into the green.

Clash Of The Titans15
Win a Band vs. Band match (8 players). (7) 

For this you will almost certainly need to use the achievement trading thread since it is very hard to find a game. If you’re keen on doing it without boosting then you’ll probably need to be a singer since that’s the least popular instrument. It also helps if you're searching with more than one instrument. This also unlocks if your opponents quit.

Ink And Blood5
Create a custom tattoo. 

Select Backstage from the main menu then Rock Star Creator. Select Create New. Select a gender then scroll down to body. Select tattoos and a body area. Chose Edit and just add anything from the list you are given. Go back and select Save. Once the tattoo has saved the achievement will unlock.

Glory to the Daring10
Play a song in the Atlantis venue. 

There are a total of eight venues to play at, all of which will be unlocked by reaching Through the Fire and Flames in any career. It is also possible to get the venue related achievements randomly playing online, although career may be faster.

Face To Face10
Win an online Pro Face-Off match. 

Go to Xbox Live from the main menu then select Pro Face-Off. Pro Face-Off is a game mode where both players play the entire song and the person with the most points at the end wins. If you get to pick the song then choose one you know well and are good at. Instrument doesn’t matter so you should also go with the instrument you’re best with. To maximise your score you need to know how and when to use star power.

Tips regarding star power:
* Increase your lead (or catch up) by using it when the opponent breaks their streak.
* Try not to use it when you’ve broken your streak because you can double a x1 or x2 combo without it.
* On guitar/bass use on chords. Regular notes are worth 50 points, two note chords are 100, and three note chords are 150.
* On vocals use it near the end of a section. That way you can get the score bonus on that section and hopefully the following section (the bonus registers at the end of each section).
* Also on vocals, save some for freeform sections. Combining a x2 multiplier with a possible x7 you can get on a freeform can make the difference between winning and losing.
* On drums the chord and freeform tactics apply. Freeform on drums are called fills.

If you’re having troubles, try the achievement trading thread.

Killing In The Name45
Win 50 online matches. (4) 

This achievement appears to be glitched so you may have to win more than 50 or you might get lucky and unlock it before you win 50. It also appears that if you’ve fulfilled the requirements then someone quits on you it forces the achievement to unlock. Track your stats at http://community.guitarhero.com/

1) Hover over "Rockers"
2) Click "Profiles"
3) Underneath the "Featured Rockers" is "Rocker Search"
4) If you have an account on the site search by "Web Accounts" for your username, and if not search by "Game Accounts" for your gamertag.

If you've got an account on the site that is the same as your username you can search either way. Also, you don't need to type in the whole username/gamertag, but it will narrow down the search and save you scrolling through a list.

If you’re having troubles, try the achievement trading thread.

Rock Veteran20
Play 150 songs throughout your entire Career. 

All you have to do for this is play the game. You will unlock this along the way if you’re going for all the career related achievements.

Amazing Rockstar100
Complete single player Expert Career on all instruments. 

You will unlock this once you completed ALL FOUR instrument careers on Expert. For the career to be counted as Expert complete, you only need to beat Through the Fire and Flames on Expert. Aside from that little shortcut you will need skill and practice to accomplish this.

Smoking!!!10
Complete the song Smoke On The Water as the Vocalist. 

Select Smoke on the Water as Vocalist in solo or band play and complete the song. Difficulty doesn’t matter so play on Beginner if you’re having troubles.

Deadzone10
Fail a song with available Star Power in single player. (1) 

With any instrument on any difficulty play until you have star power to activate then fail intentionally.

 
Secret Achievements
 
Cyborg45
You got a 100 note streak in the song Through The Fire And Flames on Hard or higher as the Drummer. (3) 

This has to be done on at least Hard, so choose that difficulty. There’s no secret to this achievement, you just need to keep a streak. Remember, on drums each note is counted separately so if you have say a green, blue, and kick that’s three notes right there.

That was Close!10
You won a song with the rock meter in red. 

Play normally until the end of any song then overstrum/overdrum to knock yourself into the red before the song finished. This technique can’t be used on Vocals.

8th Wonder35
You completed the song Through The Fire And Flames with 4 stars or more as the Guitarist on Expert. 

This has to be done solo. A good streak, note percentage, and star power path are required.

Lightning Speed!25
You completed the song YYZ with 5 stars on Expert Bass.  

This has to be done solo. A good streak, note percentage, and star power path are required.

Hail The Reverend10
Get 5 stars on the song Beast And The Harlot as the Drummer on Expert without using Star Power. (7) 

Since you can’t use star power here all you really need to do is have a high note percentage and streak.

You Play It Well35
You perfectly played the Let's Play! section in the song Play With Me as a lead Guitarist on Expert. 

This needs to be done in a real run and can only be unlocked in solo play. Go to practise mode even if you don't need practise so you can at least see when the section starts and ends. Here are some tips for hitting this section.

Raining Notes35
You perfectly played the First Blood section of the song Raining Blood as the guitarist on Expert. (2) 

This needs to be done in a real run and can only be unlocked in solo play. Go to practise mode even if you don't need practise so you can at least see when the section starts and ends. Here are some tips for hitting this section.

Inhuman10
You scored 5 stars in a song on Expert with Lars Umlaut in single player. (2) 

For this you need to 5* any song on any instrument in solo play. You just need to make sure you’re using Lars. Do this in career since characters are chosen randomly in quickplay and online. Play your best song and best instrument.

Rising Star20
You completed 100% on any song on Expert in single player. (3) 

Select Expert Vocals and choose Killing In The Name, Laid To Rest, or Raining Blood. These are all “talky” songs which basically means you’re playing on Beginner. Place the mic next to something that makes constant noise for 100%. Remember this has to be done is solo play.

Free As A Band35
You scored 2,000,000 points on Free Bird as a Band. (4) 

This is much easier if you play with four players as opposed to the minimum two, and it helps if you’re all on higher difficulties. You should all use starpower at the same time to increase your score massively. If you need partners, use the achievement trading thread.

Golden Voice35
You scored 95% or more on the song Killer Queen as the Vocalist (Expert). (4) 

The easiest way for most people to do this will be sync their game with the following video:

It actually is pretty hard getting it synced up just perfectly, but you know you have it when the first eight sections or so are all “Excellent”. Be mindful of this game’s rounding issues as well. The game might say you have 95% but if the achievement doesn’t unlock then you were 94.X% rounded up.

Thanks to Mushy2000 for the video upload.
Open Minded Strummer10
You hit all Open Strum notes in the song Laid To Rest as the Bassist. (6) 

This is the only achievement in the game that doesn’t explicitly tell you what you need to do in the description. It would have you believe you could do this on any difficulty, but unfortunately it has to be done on Expert. Really just focus on the open notes (purple lines) and miss the other notes intentionally if hitting them causes you to miss an open note. Bear in mind though that there are not enough open notes in the song to keep you from failing if you hit only those, so in sections where there aren’t many you should build yourself back up into the green. Also save star power for sections you may fail.

Bloody Feet35
You completed the song Raining Blood with 5 stars as the Drummer on Expert+. (4) 

This needs to be done on Expert+ Drums. This is the hardest drum song in the game and for most people, also the hardest achievement. You have several options on how to do this.

1) You can just keep practicing until you've got it down by yourself. This will take time and all sections will need to be practiced. You will also NEED a second foot pedal.

2) You can get a friend to do the foot pedal for you. This will still take time to do and you will still need to practice all sections.

3) You can tape your foot pedal and have a friend drum it like this:

 
This only works on the GH foot pedal because it uses a sensor. As forum member IceKingz discovered, you can hit this part of pedal on either side and it will register because it's close to the sensor.

Thanks to guitarhero23 for video upload. He took IceKingz's trick and refined it.
 

 
 
 
Game Info
Developer:
Neversoft
Publisher:
Activision
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Release:

US June 16, 2009
Europe June 25, 2009

ESRB: Teen
Collection:1126
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