The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Achievements


Finish the game while playing at the Dark difficulty level.

There’s no easy answer to this one. The best piece of advice is just to play to your strengths and be methodical, saving regularly.

It’s important to understand that preparing for battle is essential, as you can’t meditate while fighting. Make sure to drink your potions and enhance your blade before all fights.

At all times use the magic available to you, especially the protective sign, Quen. Whenever you leave a town, whenever you think you're going to get into a fight, use it. it absorbs enemy damage and will save your life.

Upgrade Igni. This fire sign might start out relatively weak, but invest in it a little and it will become your most powerful weapon, with a wide area of effect and lasting damage.

Crowd control. Never get bogged down in big groups of enemies. Always keep moving, diving and rolling out of the way, separate your enemies and chipping away at them. if you stay in one place you’ll either get swarmed, battered or both.

Try to achieve Combat Acumen in the Swordsmanship tree. it unlocks the ability to perform one-hit-kills, an ultra-valuable skill later in the game.

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User Comments
Comment #1 by brandonator14
Monday, March 05, 2012 @ 11:08:59 PM

I wonder how hard this will be.

Comment #2 by Xero Shinobi
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 01:18:33 AM

Is this the difficulty where if you die you have to start the whole game over?

Comment #3 by Aecas
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 01:30:54 AM

That's the 'Insane' difficulty.

Dark mode has the same level of difficulty as Insane, but it thankfully doesn't wipe your saves if you die.

Comment #4 by colderclimate
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 06:14:50 AM

Ughh I despise difficulty settings (and yes, it's because I'm bad at games and impetuous, running head-long into fights)

Comment #5 by Laxi
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 07:52:40 AM

great, all RPGs should have difficulty chievos.

Comment #6 by Trolls88
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 08:40:44 AM

a challenging achievement is always fun to try. I bet you can do a new game plus or something like that

Comment #7 by Frankie Godskin
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 09:39:34 AM

Awful, no RPGs should have difficulty achievements, and 24 secret achievements is terrible as well. I'm playing this either way, but that's a disappointing list.

Comment #8 by Xero Shinobi
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 01:34:15 PM

gamers these days want everything to be on a plate in front of them

Comment #9 by elsnoggler
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 02:12:02 PM

Seriously, +1 Xero Shinobi. They're called achievements, not hand-outs.

Comment #10 by InvidiaViribus
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 02:56:14 PM

Glad to see this. People should learn there is different games for different audiences. This game does not cater to casuals.

Comment #11 by Fantago
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 03:42:13 PM

This seems like the only difficult one to get of the bunch

Comment #12 by icisar
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 09:01:21 PM

yeah im looking forward to playing the game but not this achievement

Comment #13 by mato69
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 @ 03:31:40 AM


It didn't cross your mind that 24 secret achievements might be story related, ergo it's going to be a lenghty game? And difficulty achievements on RPGs are good for knowing who's a casual and who's a true gamer :)

Comment #14 by mato69
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 @ 03:33:07 AM


It will be this year's Dark Souls.

Comment #15 by H0p3sfalL
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 @ 06:28:19 AM

Since when is playing on a different "Difficulty" the difference between a "casual" and "true" gamer?

Comment #16 by Chazzi27
Thursday, March 08, 2012 @ 04:06:40 PM

@14 How can this game be this years Dark Souls when it came out last year? It's not like this is a "new game" it's a "port"

That being said I am definitely going to enjoy the challenge of going through this on Dark. I watched tons of videos from the PC version and now that it's coming to a system I can actually play (I no longer have a gaming rig) I'm super juiced for it!

Comment #17 by Trombonafide
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 10:12:27 PM

I actually enjoy difficulty-based achievements in RPGs. It makes you consider your strengths and skills more and actually utilize all the game has to offer, both mechanics and skills. Kingdoms of Amalur had a similar achievement, and I think it makes the experience more harrowing. Its more rewarding to beat a long game that was difficult than a 60 hour walk in the park.

Also, I agree with #8. They're called "achievements" for a reason.

Comment #18 by mato69
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 04:24:50 AM

@16 Well, it will be this year's Dark Souls for the simple Xbox users like myself, dear sir.

Comment #19 by DarkMellie
Friday, March 16, 2012 @ 04:22:28 AM

This game looks simply incredible on highest settings on PC but I've held off just for the achievements... it certainly worked brilliantly with the controller on PC so the conversion should be perfect. I'd like to hear people call this a console port :-)

Comment #20 by Hypron
Sunday, March 25, 2012 @ 02:06:32 AM

I can't believe some people are complaining about this achievement. You should be glad it's been simplified A LOT compared to the steam version of the game (where you had to finish the game on insane difficulty - the one where you have to finish the game without dying once). The game is not even really hard on dark mode, you've got additional gear and stuff to help.

It's good for once to have a good, challenging RPG which has a decent combat system.

Comment #21 by CuddlyREDRUM
Sunday, March 25, 2012 @ 02:27:01 PM

There are fifty total Achievements. A lot of them are secret.

Comment #22 by seven43861
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 @ 10:28:19 PM

@17 I have to agree, I find myself truly tested as a strategist when facing harder enemies on RPGs. Mass Effect 2 on Insanity for example, the collector ship that gave so many a hard time (including me, many rage quits). There was absolutely no way I was going to restart with a better skill set for insanity, I started as a soldier and it was a bitch but, I got through it, finally.

I got to tell you it feels really good to triumph over a complicated obstacle using sound tactics, mastering of your abilities and luck. I look forward to trying this out.

Comment #23 by AirborneRichard
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 11:39:05 AM

Very rewarding when you make it thru, besides it gives must games a replay value as most start it on easier difficulty settings and then replay it on hard. But its def good to know Dark mode not deletes your saved games.

Comment #24 by Frankie Godskin
Monday, April 09, 2012 @ 01:55:37 PM

Every know-it-all in this thread who talks about being a "true gamer" seems to have a 40% completion rate and spends their time playing kiddie games.

Comment #25 by Fiery Phoenix
Friday, April 13, 2012 @ 12:31:16 AM

^ What he said.

Comment #26 by Michaelsully
Sunday, April 15, 2012 @ 05:48:43 PM

Back in my day we toiled through difficult games and our "Achievement" was the opportunity to play at an even higher difficulty, or a sound test or something. And it was Awesome.

Comment #27 by TOMIT2112
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 @ 07:35:18 PM

Does anyone know if you are to start on this difficulty or do you play on normal build up a character and then play dark mode (like in deadspace) or on
every playthrough you start fresh

Comment #28 by KimikoAmaya
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 @ 09:49:49 PM

Wouldn't be an achievement if you didn't feel like you actually "achieved" something. Hence the high GS award and the utter satisfaction of being a badass. Though so far, Dark difficulty just makes the game feel like a real RPG instead of just some interactive story. I do enjoy challenges.

Comment #29 by bio187
Thursday, April 19, 2012 @ 12:11:10 PM

Im a true gamer.... say something

Comment #30 by daseeker25
Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 11:04:34 AM

I was watching my roommate play this on dark on his pc and it looks like a fun challenge. can't just charge and slice at enemies until they die but as long as you use the gwen thing I think he said it protects you from damage temporarily so you won't die in a hit or two at least immediately, might take 4-5 xD

Comment #31 by aprinny
Sunday, April 22, 2012 @ 12:31:41 AM

I'm kinda sad that theirs not a achievement for beating the game on insane difficulty.

Comment #32 by Saphiro
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:53:19 AM

To clarify: You cannot import a saved game. You start the game on lv1.

In dark-difficulty, most enemies kill an unshielded (Quen) Geralt in about 3-4 hits. If you move careless, backstabs kill you in 1-2 hits most of the time. As on any other difficulty in The Witcher 2, the game starts rather hard and gets a bit easier later on. Getting hit without a Quen-Shield is always brutal, but with enough equiptment and talents you can quickly dispatch enemies and take control over the battle.

Since you die fast, it is recommended that most people change their playstyle. An upgraded Quen Sign is a must. Feetwork (to roll faster and farther away) is extremly handy. Using the Axii Sign on dangerous enemies if the situation allows it helps alot as well (since Axii can be cast even if an obstacl

Comment #33 by Geekazaur
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 08:45:26 AM

@32 Agreed a hundred times over

IMHO, this is probably THE hardest achievement to get. Whoever thinks getting it isn't an achievement for a true gamer, then don't play the game. Simple as that.

Fav. Game. Ever.

Comment #34 by Poop E Boots
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 06:28:54 PM

I just recently beat this on dark not that difficult really the biggest problems i had was the puzzles lol but you will get stuck occasionally on some bosses but through trail and error you will see what works. Loved this game though great story and love how you cant tell if your choosing the good or bad path great breath of fresh air.

Comment #35 by Blue the Observer
Sunday, April 29, 2012 @ 03:10:10 AM

I love a good challenge.

Comment #36 by iluminatae
Monday, April 30, 2012 @ 10:33:56 AM

How do i unlock this? All i have is easy, normal and hard. Do i have to do a play through on Hard beforehand? Ive finished the game on normal but there is no dark mode available.

Comment #37 by Frostbite995
Friday, May 04, 2012 @ 07:20:51 PM

Dark Difficulty really isn't that hard, its just a matter of saving constantly, im up to the third act and im just dreading the boss fights tho.

Comment #38 by Frostbite995
Friday, May 04, 2012 @ 10:58:36 PM

did just finish it on Dark difficulty, it seemed the boss fights were easy than on normal, lol

Comment #39 by Skill Of Kill
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 @ 04:18:03 PM

Any tips on fighting the dragon, its frustrating me cuz 5 times i nearly kill it but then hit end me:(

Comment #40 by Dalhar
Wednesday, May 09, 2012 @ 11:54:45 AM

@ Skill of Kill

Maybe this help

Comment #41 by ankyrox
Saturday, May 12, 2012 @ 03:28:08 PM

Can someone tell me if the achievements on xbox get affected if i change the difficulty midway? I'm currently playing on dark difficulty. I'm going to complete it on dark using Roche's path but i also want to complete Iroveth's path and thought of completing it on normal difficulty so would other achievements on Iroveth's path get affected if i change the difficulty of my dark play through save file to normal after chap 1? Would save a lot of time starting all over again.

Comment #42 by Neptune Tide
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 04:28:24 PM

its not that bad most of the time you will be using qen and yrden to land some hits, its long but pretty repeated. and if you are good with respotes then it goes a lot smoother.

Comment #43 by Delp33
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 06:56:41 PM

This achievement is really not as hard as it seems. I had to move the game to easy at some parts on my first playthrough, and when I went for this 2 playthroughs later I didn't have much trouble. If you get the 3 outfits this is by no means hard, except for maybe the final dragon fight. -_-

Comment #44 by randallm33
Monday, June 25, 2012 @ 07:23:46 AM

I never played this on PC and started out on Dark and finished it with little frustration. Just roll around a LOT and be a defensive fighter. Quen is your friend. I ONLY bought the special Dark weapons during each ACT. Finally, I farmed Nekkers in Flotsam BEFORE doing any side-quests until they didn't give me exp anymore (level 14) and I was at level 20 at the start of ACT II (on Iorveth's path). I helped the Troll but I KEPT a save just before meeting Letho with Iorveth so that I could Re-load and go back and kill the Troll (Yes you can. It is the Act II trolls that you cannot kill once they are helped) for my Roche playthrough on Easy.

Comment #45 by randallm33
Monday, June 25, 2012 @ 07:26:07 AM

Also, the achievement doesn't pop at the same time as the one for beating the game on any difficulty so don't fret. I pops after the last cut-scene just before the credits. There is a cut-scene after the credits too, don't miss that.

Comment #46 by Lord Drauglin
Monday, July 09, 2012 @ 06:42:19 PM

Where is the dragon scale for the Dark mode Kinslayer set in Roche Route?

Comment #47 by blleiffer
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 @ 10:27:43 AM

Just got this. I actually found it to be easier then what i thought. The only real difficult part was the dragon due to it just 1 hitting your ass without quen with all of its attacks except the fire.

Comment #48 by Warmudd
Monday, August 27, 2012 @ 03:52:09 AM

I agree with everyone who said it turned out to be not as hard as expected, or such. I consider myself a casual gamer so detest anything really hard (such as the Dead Space 2 Impossible setting or whatever) but have been trying hardest settings more often these days as a challenge. I think Crysis 2 was harder than this. After a 1st playthrough on easy I learnt the combat properly, and 2nd playthrough I went for non-story achievements including Dark, but by that point, Leveling up helped take away most of the difficulty. Not to say there weren't some problems such as Letho (1st fight) and the Draug (after struggling for ages, I youtubed and ferocious attacks from behind soon solved that problem), but overall, just taking some time and being methodical got me through it without too much hass

Comment #49 by ythanos
Friday, May 10, 2013 @ 03:24:32 PM

Agree with my posting neighbors ; was pretty turned down by the game difficulty on PC, but they made it easier on 360.
You should be able to rush the game on dark pretty easily like I did, without buying any equipment throughout the game. Just remember to pick the 10% xp bonus and you won't even have to do most of the side quests.

Comment #50 by Oynox Slider
Thursday, July 04, 2013 @ 07:44:03 AM

This thing is so easy on Dark, seriously! Just make use of Quen regularly and get the Dark Armor sets ASAP. Then it is piece of cake ;)

Comment #51 by DarkKnightGC96
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 @ 05:26:31 AM

Quen, rolling and saving are the best ways to get through this. Also, don't invest many points into alchemy, as the other two trees are far more useful. This is especially true for quen, as it is insanely useful when maxed.

Comment #52 by Mystagomesh
Thursday, September 19, 2013 @ 12:15:59 AM

Fight to your strengths and run when you're outmatched.

Comment #53 by BorisXp
Monday, March 31, 2014 @ 09:25:03 PM

i thought it would be extremely difficult, it happens to be very easy, just get the oathbreak outfit on chapter 2 and use queen regularly. the dragon is the most difficult part, died few times, but i got him with vitality almost full

Comment #54 by Mr glock22
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 @ 05:47:05 AM

Fun game! Bit dissapointing though...just too short for such a great and intriguing rpg.. wish the ride was a bit longer. Lets hope TW3 can fix that!

Comment #55 by Mr glock22
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 @ 05:48:42 AM

quen with sign intensity and venting destroys all!

Comment #56 by The Debauchery
Monday, March 23, 2015 @ 06:00:38 PM

Ugh... bloody pointless difficulty-based achievements.
Is it such a bad idea to just let everyone play at the level they're comfortable with? Is it so necessary to penalise those of us who aren't shameless death-seeking challenge-tards?

There is no fun in a challenge.
If dancing with death was so entertaining, I'd just go outside and play in traffic.

Comment #57 by spookyjones
Sunday, May 17, 2015 @ 09:59:37 PM

That wasnt as hard as I expected some points were on edger but mostly enjoyable just need to use your rolling ability and heavy attack timeing. Good game cmon no 3

Comment #58 by Supocan
Sunday, May 24, 2015 @ 03:39:50 PM

OMG shut the fuck up whining loser #56 LOL ..

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US April 17, 2012

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