The game has been removed from the marketplace and is no longer accessible to play. All achievements are now unobtainable.
- Estimated achievement difficulty: 7/10
- Offline: 0
- Online: 12  You need to be logged onto the servers in order to unlock the achievements hence making them online achievements.
- Approximate amount of time to 400: 85-125 hours.
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
- Number of missable achievements: None
- Do cheat codes disable achievements?: No Cheats
- Does difficulty affect achievements?: No
- Glitchy achievements: None
- Unobtainable achievements: None
- Extra equipment needed?: None although two conditionals: 1) The game DOES require you to be connected to the internet in order to play and 2) Some extra Microsoft points will help you get better gear/gladiators and boosts.
CAPUA! Shall we begin? NO?!
Welcome gladiators, warriors, and achievement hunting faithful to a special edition of Spartacus Legends brought to you by a true undefeated champion and his faithful sidekick dog. Remember your days of dreaming of fighting like Russel Crowe in Gladiator to the death? Ever dream of fame, glory, wine, wealth, and prosperity? Well this game will throw you down into the dirt and will disown you well before you are able to rise to the top echelon of glory and fame. We will need to put in a substantial amount of time, effort, button mashing, and maybe even money to come out on top of this one.
Spartacus Legends is a free arcade game brought to us by Kung Fu Factory, and represents a new trend of F2P games with micro transactions embedded within. The core of the game, and actually all of it, can easily be completed without even touching the spend Microsoft points section. The majority of the achievements can easily be obtained, but in order to get the full 400, prepare yourself for a long haul grind.
The game handles like many other fighters on the market today. Here is a brief overview of the different buttons, their effects, and how to use them in battle:
- Roll in the direction of the stick.
- Taunt to increase your crowd favor.
- Pankration which is essentially guard break. Use this on an opponent that blocks constantly.
- Grab will allow you to either stop an assault or begin an assault by enabling you to grab and wound your enemy. This is also the button used to block a grab attempt.
- Light attacks are always faster and weaker.
- Strong attacks are slower and more powerful.
- Dodge/Roll are evade techniques. This is crucial if you are either trapped in an assault, or are looking to space between you and your enemy.
- Block of an enemy's attacks.
With the controls down your next step will be to familarize yourself with the different combos. Hit and go down to Help & Options and then to Command List to find the full list of attacks, dodges, blocks, ect per weapon style.
Tips & Tricks:
There is quite a bit to explain here so bare with me as we try to guide you along. First and foremost the game is as much about lucking out with the AI's difficulty as it is landing the right combo to get the job done. Even in situations where you have the match up you want, you can easily find yourself at the short end of the stick with random difficulty spikes that are beyond belief. With that said let's get into the largest portion of the RoadMap.
Gladiator Color Ranking System:
Gladiators in the game come in six different classes.
White is the lowest and only allows for one perk slot.
Green is the second lowest and allows for two perk slots.
Blue is in the middle and allows for three perk slots.
Purple is the third best and allows for four perk slots.
Yellow is reserved for legendary gladiators and has everything custom made and set including weapons, armor, and perks.
Yellow later on in the game are the best rated gladiators and contain five perk slots for customizing.
Next up is a combo guide that I wanted to thank TheMajinLegend for helping to kick-start. Kindly note these are the best strategies I found, they may not work best for you.
For dual daggers you have a few choices to choose from to maximize killing efficiency and minimize dashboarding rage. Your number one choice for dual daggers is the legend from the second area, Acolytus who is beyond powerful. As far as what it works best against, the dual daggers work best against the shield and spear and the shield and sword opponents, although, dual daggers is by far the most effective spam choice out of all of the styles.
Toward Enemy + is good for closing the distance between you and your opponent and is coupled perfectly with;
++ which is a devistating power combo that once inside an enemy's space, is brutal to get out of.
Down on the + is another stellar quick combo that again is hard to get out of.
Dual swords ranks second as the easiest to not only use, but to defeat enemies with and really only has one combo worth noting that tends to destroy all competition. Dual swords is best used on enemies with a shield (shield and sword, shield and spear), although in a few other occasions, can also be the go-to style. Spartacus is the top-notch gladiator in this particular fighting style and can be earned once you clear the last district and purchase him.
Down+ is not only a fairly powerful, but very quick and effective spam combo for dual swords. There is truly no other technique so deadly, or so efficient for the dual swords to note, but as always, checking out the command list will provide you with a full plethora of all the moves the dual swords have to offer.
Spear and Shield:
Spear and shield can be tough to work with especially when your opponent either has range on you, or is just so fast you are unable to make a decisive move. We have a few options (not necessarily spam combos per say) that we can take advantage of to make fights in which we must use it easier. Domus Nobilium is your legendary who sports the spear and shield, and in my opinion, for the fights you need to use this combo, is well worth it.
Toward+ is a powerful and rather quick (in terms of spear and shield style) combo that does decent damage. The only flaw, and it is a major flaw, is that an enemy that likes to move often will have no trouble getting away from this attack and countering with a flurry of hits. This combo needs to be used intelligently.
Up+ coupled with Toward+ is the preferred/go-to style when using the spear and shield. The key here is to begin with the Up+ and if you successfully land a critical hit, or bloody your opponent to quickly use the time that he is staggered to blast him with the Toward+ to inflict massive damage.
Sword and Shield:
Sword and shield is another tough style to use, and be proficient with because of its capabilities, and rather weak offensive chances. Unless you are trying to perfect combos and sequences with the sword and shield it's best to try and avoid using this style unless you absolutely must. The problem with the sword and shield for the purpose of quickly ending a battle is the slow rate of attack, and the technique of actually using the shield to defend oneself. The key to succeeding with this style is to know when to attack--plain and simple. There is really only one spam combo you need to remember to use when playing with this style although the second "combo" is a good strategy to utilize:
Down+ Just like dual daggers this combo is the most efficient, but unlike dual daggers, it is MUCH slower which requires careful planning and less spamming.
Toward+ coupled with Away + when you are inside of an enemy's zone the Toward + will turn the tide in your favor and when your enemy get's too close the Away + will put some distance to allow you to go back to the Toward + .
Two-handed sword can be a very powerful and efficient style, if you are able to not only master some good combos, but are able to successfully dodge if your attacks do not slide in your favor. When using Crixus you can do cataclysmic damage and can definitely get used to the style. Below are a few good combos to keep your eyes on when using this particular style:
Toward+ works really well when coupled with well timed rolling and the careful use of backing away when too close to your enemy. Definitely a power tactic that will keep your enemy off of you.
Spam is just one of those classic button smashers that is darn-near unstoppable. I've tried it against numerous styles with Crixus and I rarely get touched when I'm careful with moving to and fro.
Toward+ coupled with Up+ works really well as it gets your opponents defense down and allows for a huge not only combo to take place, but intense damage as well. The only flaw to this strategy is getting caught by a speed opponent who does not allow you to get back into your combo. Just be careful, and be ready to roll away to reset yourself.
Two-handed hammer is one of those styles you should get used to quickly, preferably early on, and rely on throughout your experiences as it is easily one of the best not only for spamming, but for actual playing as well. We will go over a couple good combos and where/when they can be used efficiently:
+ This is easily the deadliest combo in the game. The move covers a tremendous amount of ground and does cataclysmic damage. A couple important notes about this though; The move does cover a lot of ground and during the period of air travel can be easily dodged, and counted for a tremendous amount of damage. You need to watch your distance and efficiently roll away if you are not going to land the attack.
Holding Away+++ in that order is another very good hammer combo that covers ground, keeps the enemy off guard, and deals incredible damage.
Toward+ and Away+ also works really well if you are looking for a little more spammage.
This may in fact become your most go-to style for getting to 50 fame by far. The two-handed trident is beyond powerful, not necessarily in the damage category, but in range, defense, and ability--its almost unmatched. It's actually been suggested numerous times in numerous places that this may in fact be the best style for not only grinding, but beating the toughest challenges as well, such as Spartacus. We are going to go over a couple great combinations to utilize with the two-handed trident:
An important key to making a good two-handed trident gladiator is not killing his ability to roll while keeping the damage up. You will keep the enemy at bay, make sure you can get away fast enough so he doesn't do a massive combo chain on you.
Down+ is the best move to utilize with the two-handed trident. The move does move you closer to your target so careful extractions from your enemy's zone will be necessary. The key to using this combo is to know 3 things: 1) That you need to roll away either if your opponent gets inside your attacks or if you start getting too close for the attack to be efficient, 2) Utilize Toward+ when you stagger or bloody your opponent to come in with the single most powerful trident attack and 3) If you are too close and your character is not made for rolling you can always do Away+ which is another good move to get some distance between yourself and your opponent.
Bottom line is that this will be your go-to style for grinding and beating bosses. Get used to it, embrace it, and let the wins roll in.
Unarmed is obviously the weakest of the styles and can be chosen by taking any gladiator and equipping his weapon. Although this style has the fastest combos, it is again the weakest, and only should be used to gain "Well-Versed in Weaponry." The key to victory with unarmed is to get in close and to keep the combo going for as long as you can, getting out of there if things go south.
The game will be tackled in two distinct phases: 1) The main story play through and 2) The grind.
Climb to the Top (Main Playthrough):
There are 6 districts you must progress through in order to complete 11 out of the 12 achievements. Each one differs slightly as far as combatants, scenarios, perks, and fame/coin rewards. We will be snagging quite a few achievements here so be prepared to get your boots wet with the blood of your enemies and learn the ropes of the game. We will be snagging quite a few achievements here so be prepared to get your boots wet with the blood of your enemies and learn the ropes of the game.
We start off with a quick tutorial guide in which we are able to dominate our competition with none other than Spartacus himself! After completing the literal step-by-step walkthrough on how to play the game you will unlock "An Educated Lanista."
The first district available is:
You can grab "Vidi, Vici, Veni" at any time during your duration in the first district. Simply go to the boosts section of editing a gladiator and buy the 500 silver boost for 5 executions. Following that win one battle and execute your opponent.
Gladiator: Oenomaus (Sword and Shield)
Style Needed: Any
Strategy: Down+ coupled with careful rolling and dodging will help you beat Oenomaus.
Following this fight you will unlock "Hardened for Battle" for defeating a gladiator above level 100 threat rating, "Legendary Victory" for defeating your first legendary gladiator and "The First of Many Conquests" for conquering your first district.
The second district available is:
Gladiator: Acolytus (Dual Daggers)
Style Needed: Any
Strategy: Just like against Fulvius you want to eliminate his speed from the equation rendering him weak. Down+ with the dual daggers is what you should use if you still favor the speed of the style and what you should pride your offense on at this point. Remember to roll and evade if he someone breaks through.
The third district available is:
Domus Nobilium District
Gladiator: Masonius (Spear and Shield)
Style Needed: Any
Strategy: Masonius is 100x more aggressive than Prosperus (the gladiator we just fought before this battle). I used the two-handed sword and Spammed , but I used it very gingerly. I started out spamming it and got caught in combo after combo. The key is to get inside his spear and to unleash. If he distances, re-position and go back in.
The fourth district available is:
The Insulae district is a major location to grab a few achievements. First off we start by grabbing "Beat Strong, Bloody Heart," which is awarded for winning 5 consecutive battles in a row. Not too hard, just make sure to dashboard if you are going to lose. I also suggest grabbing "Rejected by Hell" while you are here. Rejected is awarded for having a gladiator die and reviving him. If it didn't come naturally up to this point you can do it now as this district has the highest lethality rating. Just buy a cheap gladiator and allow him to be killed.
You can also stay here to grab "Without Mercy" which is awarded for 25 slaughters or executions (slaughters are simply kills after the battle without the execution boost). If you decide to move on without grabbing it here, you will most certainly grab it naturally on your way to 50 fame.
Gladiator: Ixion (Two-Handed Hammer)
Style Needed: Dual Daggers
Strategy: This will be a tough battle. I suggest purchasing Acolytus (legendary dual dagger gladiator from the second district) if you have the gold coin to. He will come into the battle with great armor, perks, and weaponry. As far as attack style I rotated a bit. I predominately focused on Down+ but even that was often not enough. He is super fast and will break your combo often leaving you scratching your head trying to regroup. My biggest bit of advise is to roll away often and simply begin the assault again. It'll take longer, but he can wipe your health away with a single combo.
The fifth district available is:
Oscan Capua District
Gladiator: Crixus (Two-Handed Sword)
Style Needed: Any
Strategy: Best thing to do here is to keep Crixus away from you at all costs. Using Ixion from the Insulae District will help to better your chances by providing you with the most powerful two-handed hammer gladiator if you choose that path (which I did). I used a lot of + with a majority of my attacks in the spamming category.
The final district available is:
The second you win your first battle in the Spectacula district you will unlock "Opened Gates, Bloodied Sands." Once you have conquered Baal you will snag "The Champion of Capua," which is awarded for defeating all Primus fighters. After you defeat Spartacus you will unlock "Legendary Victory" for defeating all legendary gladiators.
If you've been working along at a good pace and are not too high of a level going into the last district you will unlock your final fighting style, which after buying and winning a match with that gladiator, will net you "Well-Versed in Weaponry."
Gladiator: Spartacus (Dual Swords)
Style Needed: Any
Strategy: I suggest using the two-handed trident and coupling that with the Down+ strategy. He will run into it more times than you can count making this final battle one of the easiest legend fights.
The Struggle to Become Legend (Grind):
For this you will want to wait for a double fame weekend. You can look up when a double fame weekend is on http://spartacuslegends.com, but be careful because it often is not updated until the event starts. This means that you should check on friday and saturday. They hold 1 double fame event a month. During the event you want to participate in online matches in Spectacula. Your objective in the match is to gain a high crowd rating, not to win. This will earn you approximately 4,000 XP. This can be increased to 8,000 XP with the fame boost. You will need approximately 10 fame boosts per level that you need to earn.
Completing daily challenges will earn you the gold you need to buy the fame boosts. Each daily challenge offers a reward of fame, however, instead of fame they provide gold at a rate of 1 gold per 1000 fame rewarded. The easiest challenges are winning matches, playing online matches, winning online matches, and killing online opponents. Completing these challenges to 3 stars everyday will allow you to buy 15 fame boosts every other day.
Do not waste your gold coins on legendary gladiators, weapons or armor, or boosts aside from double fame. You will get to the point where the best armor, weapons, and characters can be bought with boatloads of silver (of which you will net in the market of 20,000,000 by the time you are finished).
The AI has a rubber band quality to it. Sometimes they are extremely easy, and other times you seemingly have to work for your single win. Be persistent and do not lose your focus for long otherwise you may find your gladiator dead.
Overall the game is your stereotypical fighter, button smasher. The simple fact that the game is free is a huge selling factor especially in today's society where we pay increasing sums of money for everything. Many of the first day/week bugs and glitches have been since fixed and patched leaving us with a game that still leaves much to be desired, but is bearable sparingly. Just understand that in order to get the full 400 you will need to put in close to, and most likely well over 100 hours easily depending on how persistent and efficient you are and more importantly how much real world money you spend on the boost to get double fame.
The game is fun though and will give you some enjoyment, even if it is up until you begin the grind for 50 fame. If you follow the G&RM you will be in the best position to take Spartacus Legends as far as you desire. Good luck!
[XBA would like to thank THE DEADLY DOG for this Roadmap]