Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Achievement Guide

Guide By: Crazyreyn
There are 12 achievements with a total of 200 points.

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-Estimated achievement difficulty: 4/10
-Offline: 11 (190)
-Online: 1 (10)
-Approximate amount of time to 200: 2-5 hours
-Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
-Number of missable achievements: None!
-Glitched achievements: None!
-Do cheat codes disable achievements: No Cheats
-Does difficulty affect achievements: No

This is the sequel to the classic Genesis game, Sonic the Hedgehog. The game plays like its predecessor and this XBLA port introduces online play for the classic multiplayer modes. The achievements for this game are just as easy as the original game. Conquering Time should be the only challenging achievement since it requires you to speed run through the entire game in an hour.

Step 1: Play as Sonic Alone

Play as Sonic alone is recommended. Having Tails around will usually get in your way, especially in the Special Stages.

Step 2: Collect all the Emeralds
You should focus on getting all the Emeralds first and earn the achievements related to that before even attempting to do a speed run. Doing all seven Special Stages count towards the Conquering Time achievement so it is not wise to do a speed run at this point.

It is possible to get all seven Emeralds on the Emerald Hill zone alone. There are three checkpoints in the first act and five checkpoints in the second act. If you have trouble finding them, you should check out this guide.

Save often. There are three segments in the Special Stage which require you to get a certain amount of rings. Save after every successful segment so that if you fail, you can always reload and do that part again until you beat it.

Step 3: Become Super Sonic
Once you have all seven Emeralds, collect 50 rings and transform to Super Sonic which unlocks an achievement. Collect more rings to extend the transformation length. If you can successfully stay as Super Sonic for one full minute, you will earn the Extended Super achievement. You are done with this file.

Step 4: Start a new playthrough
With the four Emerald related achievements out of the way, you should now focus on getting the remaining single player achievements. This should be your main playthrough and you should aim for the Conquering Time achievement. There are videos on speed runs all over the internet such as this

If you have trouble getting the Fast Emerald and Fast Chemical achievement, there are videos for those two as well.

Save often. I cannot stress this one enough. You will need to be saving often incase you screw up and lose a life. Try to beat a level in under two minutes so you will have plenty of time to spare when you reach the longer levels such as the Metropolis Zone levels.

Once you finish your playthrough in under a hour, you shall unlock the Win and Conquering Time achievement.

Step 5: Do the multiplayer achievements.
The final two achievements involve multiplayer. The All Multiplayer achievement can be done either locally with two controllers or through Xbox Live if you lack a second controller. However, the Xbox Live Racer achievement must be done online as the name says. The best way to do this is to post in the Achievement Trading thread because it is very hard to find a match if you try to search for a random game. You should get this achievement easily if you can find a partner to help you.

Other than the Conquering Time achievement, getting 200 should be a piece of cake. If you are a veteran to this game, you should have no problem with any of the achievements. Remember, if you have trouble with any them such as the speed run achievements, there is always Youtube for hints. I gave this game a 4/10 achievement difficulty wise because you have the save feature which should be abused for earning achievements. If this game didn't have that feature like in the original version, it might have scored higher.
[x360a would like to thank msdmario for this Road Map]

Emerald Hill5
Clear the Emerald Hill Zone 1.    (2) 

Simply finish the first level of the game.

Fast Emerald15
Beat Emerald Hill Zone 1 in under 35 seconds in single-player or co-op mode.   (3) 

Follow the video in ''Conquering Time'' to beat the first act of the game in less than 35 seconds. The video shows it being done in 21 seconds, so you should have plenty of time.

Fast Chemical20
Beat Chemical Plant Zone 1 in under 45 seconds.   (1) 

Follow the video in "Conquering Time" to beat the first Act of Stage 2 in under 45 seconds. The video shows it being done in 24 seconds, so you should have plenty of time.

Get to the Casino Night Zone.    (1) 

Once you clear the third level (Aquatic Zone) you'll get this achievement.

Super Sonic20
Become Super Sonic.     (1) 

To become Super Sonic, get all the Chaos Emeralds (see "Chaos Master"). Now when you get 50 rings, jump and press A in the air to turn into Super Sonic to get the achievement.

Extended Super20
Stay in Super Sonic mode for one minute.     
As Super Sonic (see "Super Sonic") stay in this status for a minute. This is very easy as the rings count down once a second, and as you already have at least 50, then that’s 50 seconds. Get another 10 rings and stay still for an easy achievement.
Chaos Emerald10
Get one Chaos Emerald.    
Complete a Special Stage to get this (get 50 rings in a level and find a signpost). For tips, see "Chaos Master."
Chaos Master40
Get all the Chaos Emeralds.     (6) 
Complete all the Special Stages to get the seven Emeralds to unlock this achievement. To reach a special stage, get 50 rings in a level and find a signpost. You can do this as you play through the game, and it’s possible to get all seven Emeralds by the time you reach the Chemical Plant Zone – there are (at least) three signposts in each of the first acts of Emerald Hill Zone, meaning you can get the seventh in Chemical Plant. A few general tips:
  • Save every time you start a stage, and at each checkpoint.
  • Play as just Sonic, as Tails always gets in the way of the bombs as his reactions lag behind yours.
  • Aim to get as many rings as possible before each checkpoint, as they accumulate. For example if you need 50 for the first checkpoint, then 80 for the next, getting 55 for the first means you only need 25 in the next section. Aim to get at least 5 above the target to make it easier, and save between each checkpoint.
  • If you hit a bomb, reload the last checkpoint and try to memorize their locations.
Conquering Time10
Beat the game in under an hour.    (9) 

Follow this video to do this achievement. The video finishes in 33 minutes, so you should have plenty of time.


All Multiplayer5
Play all four multiplayer zones.   (1) 
You just need to start each of the four multiplayer games, not complete them. Easiest way to get this achievement is to do it locally with another controller, then quit as soon as it starts, load up the next one and continue with all four.
Xbox Live Racer10
Win 10 versus zones on Xbox Live.   (197) 
The Special Stage is arguably the quickest to do this under. You can beat a friend 10 times to get this easier.
Beat the game.    
Complete the game. You can get this and "Conquering Time" on the same play through.

Game Info


US September 12, 2007

ESRB: Everyone
Backward compatible on Xbox One: Yes
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