Pool Nation

Pool Nation Achievement Guide
Guide By: Shiftie
There are 20 achievements with a total of 400 points.

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- Estimated achievement difficulty: 8/10 
- Offline: 18/20 (370/400)
- Online: 2/20 (30/400)
- Approximate amount of time to 40020-25 hours (HIGHLY dependent on skill).
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1-2 
- Number of missable achievements: None
- Do cheat codes disable achievements?: No Cheats
- Does difficulty affect achievements?: No
- Glitchy achievements: One or two challenges for the "All Star" achievement appear to be glitched.
- Unobtainable achievements: None
- Extra equipment needed?: None


Pool Nation is a Billiards simulation game that allows you to compete against over the top characters on numerous colorful and creative tables that you can further customize as you progress through the game. As with real life pool, the game can get to be quite difficult, especially if you don't utilize every skill in the book to become the best pool the nation. If you need help getting there, be sure to check out the tips section at the bottom of the guide.

9 and 8 Ball Tournaments:
There are two tournaments that must be completed for achievements, it doesn't matter which one comes first as they are both pretty much the same difficulty throughout, just with a different rule set. Upon completion of the 9 Ball Tournament you will receive "9 Ball Champion" and after completing the 8 Ball tournament, you'll get "8 Ball Champion". As you progress through each round of the tournaments you have the opportunity to do bonus matches, and also finish optional challenges in each match. Doing all of these will net you "Side Tracked" for finishing a bonus match and "All Star" for getting all stars (all challenges and bonus matches). Once you have finished this tournament, work your way through the other tournament. You can work on finishing most of the achievements in the game during this period, such as "Super Skill", "Win", "Jack of All Trades", "Back to the Future", "Super Shot" and "Mega Shot."

Versus Mode:
Very simple: versus mode allows you to create a match with various settings against an AI opponent. Winning any match will get you "Does Not Compute", and you can also take the time to win a match of every game type if you don't want to wait to get them from completing the bonus matches in tournament mode, either way you will get "Jack of All Trades" if you don't already have it.

The multiplayer consists of either 1v1 single matches, or tournaments, both of which yield you an achievement for winning. Either ranked or player match can be selected to unlock "Champion" and "Epic Win."

Far and away the most difficult part of this game, especially if you're someone who gets frustrated easily. This is where you will get achievements for lasting increments of 4 minutes, up to 20 minutes, and getting a 30 and 50 ball streak. You will also get an achievement for clearing the table of all of the balls, which constantly appear on the table at an ever increasing rate during the match. Staying focused, and raising your streak as high as possible is key to both getting the achievements, and surviving Endurance Mode in general. Otherwise, you won't last even 2 minutes.

If you need help starting out or are stuck with any challenges, check my tips thread HERE.


[x360a would like to thank Shiftie for this Roadmap]

Win First Star in Tour 

This can be done by selecting either of the two tours from the main menu (9 Ball or 8 Ball) and beating the first opponent.

Side Tracked10
Win First Bonus Match in Tour 

Bonus matches are unlocked as you progress through each Cup and are shown as a branch on the match path through each Cup. Each Bonus Match is a bit different from regular matches in one way or another. The earliest one you will unlock can be found in the Exchange Cup upon beating the first opponent and getting at least two stars (some bonus matches require all 3 stars). In this game, you gain 1 point for each ball you pot, and the first to 30 points/pots wins. You must get the correct ball into the marked pot for the point to count.

8 Ball Champion15
Won 8 Ball Tour 

Play through all of the standard matches in all three rounds of each 8 Ball Tournament.

All Star40
Obtained all 298 stars 

Each match in Tournament mode has three stars that require you to usually win while accomplishing other certain tasks. 

See the Challenge section of the Tips guide for any help you may need.

Super Skill20
Reach 1500000 Points 

This is (thankfully) cumulative overall ALL gametypes, including the tournaments, Versus, and online (although score is only added if you win). To get this rather quickly, always add max swerve to a shot in whichever direction is easier for you ( or ), try bank shots and kick shots whenever they seem feasible and overall try and always try and keep up your skill shot streak even if it means making a shot that won't give you much points. The 2x max swerve bonus will make any score automatically better, which is why it is good to do this before each and every shot. You will most certainly get this during the duration of the Tournaments.

Jack Of All Trades15
Win One Game In All Rule Sets 

You can either do this by playing and winning one game of each rule set in Versus mode, or do all of the bonus matches in the tournaments to unlock the achievement.

9 Ball Champion15
Won 9 Ball Tour 

Win all of the regular matches, in each round and tournament of 9 Ball Mode.

Zen 415
Reach 4 minutes in Endurance 

See "Super Zen."

Super Streak20
30 Ball Streak in Endurance 

See "Mega Streak."

Win Online Tournament (13) 

From the main menu, enter the Xbox Live section and join or start an Online Tournament, and come out victorious. The online population is rather thin, so this may take a while if you can't even find a group. You may need to ask in the achievement trading thread for help.

Epic Win10
Win Online Match (1) 

Join/start an online game (player or ranked) against another player, and then defeat them. Due to the limited online population, it's easier to do this by itself, instead of waiting for people to play the Tournament with for both this and Champion. Check the achievement trading thread for a partner.

Does Not Compute10
First Win Against AI in Versus 

From the main menu of the game, go into the Versus menu and create a 1 on 1 game against the computer using whatever rule set, and other custom settings you want. Once you've done that, simply win the game.

Zen 810
Reach 8 minutes in Endurance (1) 

See "Super Zen."

Zen 1235
Reach 12 minutes in Endurance 

See "Super Zen."

Super Zen40
Reach 20 minutes in Endurance (1) 

Endurance mode is a timed event where you must efficiently clear the balls off the table while more and more appear at an ever increasing rate. As you pot balls you will fill the bar at the bottom left of the screen, which once filled can be used by pressing  to stop time for several seconds, allowing you to freely make shots without being rushed. One key thing to note is: as your streak increases, the multiplier for the score increases substantially, reaching a point where you can almost constantly have the game paused, as long as you stay focused on potting balls the simplest, and safest way possible.

Clear the table in Endurance 

Since you need to maintain a good streak to reach the 20 minute mark for "Super Zen" and the 50 ball streak for "Mega Streak", you should be able to pause time quite often, allowing you to clear balls without the hindrance of new balls getting in the way. This will allow you to more easily clear the table, which overall is easiest to do in the first few minutes of gameplay as you can sometimes clear the table rather quickly after a good break.

Mega Streak35
50 ball streak in Endurance 

While in Endurance mode, focus on slow and steady shots that you are at least mostly certain you will make. This is very important because the key to not only getting this achievement, but also hitting the 20 minute mark, is keeping up a good streak to multiply the points each ball you pot adds to your pause bar, allowing you to fill it quicker and pause more often. Thus, if you focus on making guaranteed shots instead of quick shots, you should be able to get this while steaming through Endurance mode.

Super Shot15
Earn 5000 points in one skill shot 

See "Mega Shot."

Mega Shot35
Earn 10000 points in one skill shot (1) 

To change a regular shot to a skill shot, bounce a ball of wall prior to hitting the target ball, use one ball to knock another into a pot, add swerve (using /) and jump using , make consecutive shots, and make long shots. Do a mixture of any of these to get the 5000 points, which overall isn't too difficult to get even early on, and if you continue the skill shot streak you should get the 10000 points shortly after.

Potting a combo shot while at max swerve is almost a guaranteed 10k, and I have gotten over 30k on a single shot doing this.

Back to the Future10
Use a Flashback (1) 

While in a game, note the Lightning Bolts next to your gamer picture on the screen. If you screw up on a shot you have until the time your opponent hits the ball to hit  and then  and redo your most recent shot. You only get a limited number of uses per match, but this is a very easy achievement to get otherwise.

Game Info
Cherry Pop Games


US October 31, 2012

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