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Way of the Samurai 3

Way of the Samurai 3 Achievement Guide

Guide By: Grummy
There are 50 achievements with a total of 1000 points.

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Overview
- Estimated achievement difficulty: 3/10
- Number of achievements: 50 (1000 )
- Offline: 50 (1000 )
- Online: 0
- Estimated time for 1000 : 60 hours
- Minimum playthroughs: 21
- Missable achievements: None
- Do cheats affect achievements: No Cheats
- Does difficulty affect achievements: Yes
- Glitched achievements: None
- Unobtainable achievements: None
- Extra equipment needed: None

Introduction
Way of the Samurai 3 is a Japanese Role Playing Game with a definite Western flavour. The combat and gameplay is third-person action. The big selling point for this game is in its replayability, as the game focuses on choice and consequence - every action and decision you take influences the outcome of the story. Unfortunately, these choice and consequence mechanics are poorly implemented. The choices have very little impact on your progress through the story as most story elements are available for you to see on every playthrough and only occasionally are any made redundant by your choices. Even then, it has no noticeable effect until you come to the end of the story. Here things can get fairly different, however, these too are limited as all the endings generally happen in the half dozen or so different ways with only very slight variations. Ultimately it is a poorly implemented mechanic and it is difficult to really get behind the characters or story as very little makes any real sense. This is one purely for gameplay and achievements.

Time for Playthrough. 60 hours is about average really. It might take you a little longer if you’re unlucky, however it is quite possible to do things much faster. The endings themselves should take you no more than about 10-12 hours. The bulk of the rest of the time is taken up by grinding out the other achievements and weapons/skills.

Minimum Playthroughs. There are 21 different endings to find altogether plus seven different credits which will unlock by the time you see all 21. Whilst 21 is the base limit for number of Playthroughs, you will actually rack up dozens more brief runs while grinding for weapons and skills.

Missable Achievements. None as all your progress is cumulative.

Glitched Achievements. None that I’ve experienced, however, Blunt Attack and Killer seem not to unlock when killing innocents and must be done armed opponents. Also, there IS a glitch in the game that can make it difficult to keep track of your progress. There is a records screen in the game which has a habit of causing your game to freeze and crash when you try to access it. Theories abound as to why, but none of them so far have proven to work for everyone. To avoid this being an issue, just follow the endings guide in order so you don’t get mixed up. You can also keep a track of which titles you’ve earned using a pad and pen or using Word or similar on your laptop/PC.

Step 1: Preparation Phase
In this phase you will focus purely on unlocking some achievements and stocking up on some in-game items and swords that are necessary as well as gaining yourself full health and money. Please Follow THIS link to a thread detailing this preparation phase.

Achievements Unlocked: Samurai Leader, Samurai Hero, Legendary Samurai, Extra Sword Safe, Head Collector, Outfit Collector, Bare Hands Stance Mastery, Dual Sword Stance Mastery, Ninja Dual Sword Stance Mastery, Weapon Forger, Forged Weapon, Blunt Attack, Killer, First Time, and Skill Collector. Total 160


Step 2: Endings.
In this step you’ll focus purely on getting all the endings, unlocking an ending on every difficulty and any story related achievements. You're also likely unlock a few miscellaneous achievements along the way. Keep your weapons guide close to hand at all times, so you can keep checking off each new weapon you pick up.

Just follow the endings guide linked under the Way of the Samurai achievement and remember to get at least one ending on each difficulty. It should take you a total of about 10-12 hours to go through all the stories.

Achievements Unlocked: Ending, Five Stories, Way of the Samurai, Weak Samurai, Skilled Samurai, Master Samurai, Samurai Slayer, Samurai 4EvR!, Victory, Assassin, Weapon Collector, Amana Native. Total 500


Step 3. Weapons and Skills
In this step, concentrate purely on grinding for all remaining weapons and unlocking all their skills.

To begin with, go through the Weapons List and start working through them. Once you start concentrating on them you’ll be surprised at just how quickly you pick them up. The only ones that take any real time are the unique ones that require a lot of work before hand. If you hadn’t already done so in the last step, you will now unlock the Weapon Arsenal and Bushido achievements.

As you’re working through these weapons, you’ll come to companions who have weapons. If you haven’t already done so, make one of them your partner to unlock the Relationship achievement. Also during this stage make sure to do the ‘Big Mouth’ job and break his weapon to earn the Weapon Destroyer achievement, then kill him and pick up the weapon to get a regular and blunt kill with (best done on Instant Kill) to unlock the Zero Kill and Zero Blunt Attack achievements.

Once you have all of the weapons you can start working on unlocking all their skills for all the remaining Stance Mastery and Weapon Skill achievements. As with the other Stance Mastery achievements. This will require you to deal with Uepon in Posting Station. Follow the path set out under the Ninja Stance Mastery achievement in the guide to do this as quickly as possible.

There is a suggestion around that you should take the Partner Yukino with you when you do this as she lets you access the Sword Safe anywhere, I disagree, this would largely be a waste of time. Each round of 10 of each scroll type costs 36,000 Yen. You quickly burn through Money doing this and whilst having Yukino with you would mean you can perhaps upgrade and extra 6 or 8 weapons per run, it takes a lot of work to get her to like you enough to stay with you during the day when you would need her. The time that takes would equal a good 3 or 4 runs of normal, that’s a total of around 20 swords in the time she could help you upgrade about 14 or 15.

This step should take you around 20 hours to do, but it can easily be anywhere from 12-30 hours depending on how lucky you are.

Achievements Unlocked: Upper Stance Mastery, Middle Stance Mastery, Lower Stance Mastery, Single Stance Mastery, Side Stance Mastery, Spear Stance Mastery, Draw Stance Mastery, Ninja Stance Mastery, Weapon Destroyer, Weapon Master, Weapon Specialist, Master of Skills, Weapon Arsenal, Payday, Job Seeker, Relationship, Bushido, Zero Kill, and Zero Blunt Attack. Total 250


Step 4: Mop Up
In this step we are simply going to work on the few remaining achievements. You shouldn’t have many at all, about a half dozen at most. If you’ve followed this Road Map religiously you will have four left at most. The two Title achievements are strange. It is equally possible that you will have more than 20 by now through natural play, or you could have less than five. Not too likely, but possible.

First, the titles. If you still need these, just start working through the list of Titles. Start a run, earn one, then ‘Leave Amana’ and save to store it. Just keep going until the achievements unlock.

Finally the Chain Kill achievements. To get these, follow the guide under Power of 100. Just remember that you’ll likely need to do this on Hard to make sure you get the enemies around you.

There’s no way to judge how long this will take you. If you’re lucky you can get this done in a couple of tries at best. If you’re not so lucky, you could be at these for hours. Just persevere, it will happen for eventually.

Achievements Unlocked: Power of 10, Power of 100, Title Collector, and Title Master. Total 90


Conclusion
Overall, there is a fair amount of work to do and the journey is not the most interesting, so be prepared for long stretches of boredom. However, with a week or two of solid playing this is a relatively easy 1000 to manage. Just bring a bucket full of patience.



x360a would like to thank Grummy for this Road Map



Ending25
Completed the game. 

Complete one play through and get any ending. Dying doesn’t count as it doesn’t count as an ending.

Five Stories50
Completed and discovered 5 Endings. 

See Way of the Samurai

Way of The Samurai150
Completed and discovered all Endings.  

There are 28 endings in total that you need to discover to unlock this achievement. Endings 22-28 are all different credits and will unlock by the time you have seen the other 21 endings. There is a guide to finding all 28 endings HERE.

Weak Samurai10
Cleared the game in Easy difficulty. 

See Samurai Master

Skilled Samurai15
Cleared the game in Normal difficulty. 

See Samurai Master

Samurai Master20
Cleared the game in Hard difficulty. 

Clearing the game requires a single play through with an ending. Death doesn’t count. These achievements do not stack, so you will have to get each one individually. Hard difficulty isn’t especially hard if you’re prepared, however some people do find it to be very irritating and frustrating. In that situation, wait until you’ve unlocked all the endings, then pick one you found to be easy or quick and use that one. Some endings, such as ending 20, require very little combat, and that can simplify this achievement immensely.

Weapon Forger5
Created a weapon. 

You unlock this by going to one of the Dojima Blacksmith Brothers with the necessary four pieces of a weapon: blade, pommel, grip and guard. Speak to the smith and ask to talk about weapons. Choose to create a weapon, select the four pieces and you’re done. If you’re having trouble finding any of the pieces - you really shouldn’t be as they drop by the dozens from people you kill - the smiths sell plenty of all pieces.

Upper Stance Mastery10
Mastered all skills of Upper Stance.  

See Ninja Stance Mastery

Middle Stance Mastery10
Mastered all skills of Middle Stance. 

See Ninja Stance Mastery

Lower Stance Mastery10
Mastered all skills of Lower Stance. 

See Ninja Stance Mastery

Single Stance Mastery10
Mastered all skills of Single Stance. 

See Ninja Stance Mastery

Side Stance Mastery10
Mastered all skills of Side Stance. 

See Ninja Stance Mastery

Spear Stance Mastery10
Mastered all skills of Spear Stance. 

See Ninja Stance Mastery

Bare Hands Stance Mastery10
Mastered all skills of Bare Hands Stance. 

See Ninja Dual Sword Stance Mastery

Draw Stance Mastery10
Mastered all skills of Draw Stance. 

See Ninja Stance Mastery

Ninja Stance Mastery10
Mastered all skills of Ninja Stance. 

To get these achievements you need to find every weapon and unlock every skill on all them. Please follow the link under Weapons Arsenal to find a list off all weapon locations.

To unlock the skills you have two choices: Either keep using every single weapon to unlock them naturally - only do this if you have a few months to spare to just play this game - or the infinitely faster method of buying skill scrolls. From Day 5 onwards, you can buy the Basic, Advances and Special scrolls from the weapons merchant in the Posting station. The most efficient method for doing this is to first earn yourself around 70,000 Yen from doing jobs or buying and selling high value items then killing the merchants and getting all your money back.

Once you have the 70,000 or so, load up a game on instant difficulty, and rest until Day 5. On Day 5, go to the posting station with three weapons you need skills for and buy ten of each scroll type. Proceed to use the scrolls to unlock all the skills. Once done, use the rest of your money to buy as many of each scroll you can - you can carry ten of each at most at any one time - then kill the merchant, his guard, and anyone around him who has a weapon. On instant kill you will have plenty of time to do this before they attack.

Pick up your money and go back to your house in Takatane. Once there, put your three weapons in the safe, take out three more and use the scrolls you just bought to unlock as many skills as possible. And extra remaining scrolls can be stored in the items box accessed via the cupboard in your house. Just rinse and repeat this method for all weapons. It should take you no more than five or six minutes a time.

Doing this will also unlock the Weapon Master, Weapon Specialist, First Time, Skill Collector, and Master of Skills achievements.

Dual Sword Stance Mastery10
Mastered all skills of Dual Sword Stance. 

See Ninja Dual Sword Stance Mastery

Ninja Dual Sword Stance Mastery10
Mastered all skills of Ninja Dual Sword Stance. 

These three achievements are slightly different as they have their own skill sets and their own mastery scrolls for you to buy. Use the same method as explained in Ninja Stance Mastery, but buy the specific corresponding scrolls rather than the generic basic, advanced or special ones.

Weapon Destroyer5
Broke an opponent's weapon. 

Wait to do this until later in the game when you have started to earn all the skills with different weapons. Find a weapon with high attack and look through its skills to see its weapon breaking skill. Take this weapon and get it fully upgraded and appraised, then set out to specifically do this achievement. A good time to do this once you are prepared is when doing jobs for Oryo in Omiki. She will give you a job to break the weapon of a 'Big Mouth' in Amana. He blocks a LOT when you start swinging your weapon breaker, so just use him and you'll destroy his weapon soon enough.

Blunt Attack5
Defeated an opponent with a Blunt Attack. 

With any weapon, hit and you will switch to blunt attack mode. Go ahead and attack anyone who has a weapon - it doesn't always work on villagers for some reason - and beat them.

Amana Native10
Played more than 10 hours. 

This is an cumulative time and you will rack up more than ten hours just getting the endings alone. Concentrate on getting the achievements and this will unlock as you go along. It only unlocks once you finish the play through in which you pass the ten-hour mark.

Forged Weapon5
Forged a weapon for the first time. 

For this achievement you just need to take a weapon you already have to one of the Dojima brother Blacksmiths to be upgraded. Talk to the smith and ask about weapons, choose upgrade, choose the upgrade type you want, pay the fee and you’re done. If the achievement doesn’t pop immediately, it’s because you haven’t confirmed to finish forging the weapon. After the smith finishes forging, you have the option to ask him to try again in the hopes of receiving a better upgrade. The maximum is +15 to attack and defense each time. If you’re happy with the result, choose to finish and the achievement should pop for you.

Killer5
Fist time killing an enemy. 

As basic as it gets. This is impossible to miss and you'll likely get this within minutes of starting. It must be a kill, not a blunt attack. As with the Blunt Attack achievement, Villagers don't always count, so kill someone who has a weapon.

Weapon Master10
Mastered all skills for a weapon. 

See Ninja Stance Mastery

Weapon Specialist15
Mastered all skills for thirty weapons. 

See Ninja Stance Mastery

Power of 1010
Achieved 10 Chain Kills. 

See Power of 100

Power of 10020
Achieved 100 Chain Kills. (1) 

Here we have what are without question the most difficult and blatantly unfair achievements in the game. These are basically long chains of quick time events that give you only split second reaction time. Getting ten is fairly challenging on its own. The chain of one hundred however will quite likely cause you immense frustration.

To unlock these achievements, you need instant kill mode turned ON in the options. Don’t confuse this with Instant kill difficulty, that is something else entirely, and not necessary for this achievement.

With Instant Kill mode on, you have a chance with every parry to trigger the instant kill mode, recognizable by the floating button prompt at the bottom of the screen. The first button press is ALWAYS , hit this, and you start Instant Kill mode. When in Instant Kill mode, you have a few seconds to encounter another opponent to continue the chain. When you encounter an opponent in Instant Kill mode, another button prompt will appear and quickly travel across the screen in the direction the button sits on the control pad (ie travels down, travels right etc). All you have to do is hit the right button to continue the chain. Rinse and repeat for 100 kills.

Sounds simple right? Well, I’m afraid not. First off, you get literally about 1 second to react to each button prompt, and if you miss one, Instant Kill mode ends and the chain ends meaning you have to start again. Second problem, there aren’t many places in the game where you can get 100 or more enemies around you, and even then, you can’t always guarantee you can get to them all fast enough to keep the chain going. Fortunately, there is a method that makes this significantly easier. When you encounter each new opponent, keep pressing pause until you pause it at the same time as the button prompt appears. The fade out on pausing gives you plenty of time to identify which button is next to continue your chain, once you know what your button is, just unpause your game and start mashing that button, rinse and repeat for the full 100.

The best time to do these is when going for endings 9 or 11 (Death of Shuzen 1 and 3). The final stage of each ending occurs in Amana Castle when Ouka clan is attacking. As soon as you enter Amana for the last time, you are immediately thrust into combat with waves of Ouka clansmen. I got this achievement here, on easy, and kept going to see how many enemies there were in total, I got to 108 unbroken just in the small courtyard area. Any other possible area to do these achievements have always been problematic, the 'Kill 100' jobs from the brokers tend to let your chain run down before releasing the last few enemies, and other endings where there is mass combat tends to have much less enemies, or throws in a cutscene which cancels your chain. This is the best place by far.

Head Collector20
Obtained all Heads. 

Optional heads used during character creation. Obtained Whilst Farming Samurai points. See Legendary Samurai for details.

Outfit Collector20
Obtained all Outfits. 

Optional outfits used during character creation. Obtained Whilst Farming Samurai points. See Legendary Samurai for details.

First Time5
Learned a skill for the first time. 

See Ninja Stance Mastery

Skill Collector10
Learned a total of 10 skills. 

See Ninja Stance Mastery

Master of Skills25
Learned a total of 100 skills. 

See Ninja Stance Mastery

Weapon Collector10
Obtained 10 different weapons. 

See Weapon Arsenal

Weapon Arsenal20
Obtained 50 different weapons. 

There are one hundred and two total different weapons in the game, and to unlock this achievement you have to find and store fifty of them. If you begin this game by following the plan laid out for the Legendary Samurai achievement, you will earn enough additional sword safes to hold eighty swords, more than enough to hold the fifty you need for the achievement.

You can purchase more safes from the merchant at the posting station to hold the rest. The vast majority of the weapons can and will be found during the course of your numerous play throughs, however some are character specific, meaning you will have to defeat them and take their weapon. You can find a list of every weapon and location HERE.

Payday5
Completed a job successfully. 

See Job Seeker

Job Seeker20
Completed 50 jobs successfully. 

In every area of the game there are people marked on your map who will give you jobs to do, ranging from simple fetch quests, to fish slicing mini games. Just complete fifty across all your play throughs to unlock this. One of the best to choose is the Tuna Filleting mission you get from the chef at the posting station. Start a new game on instant kill then go and start the job. On instant kill you can complete this in four seconds. It counts as one successful job and you get payed 600 Yen a time for doing it so quickly. This is a great job to do if you are grinding for skill scrolls and the beads/amulets that permanently increase your health as it is all in the same place.

You will also do enough jobs as you work towards the weapon skill achievements as some of the unique weapons require you to earn high trust with the different job brokers to earn the weapons.

Relationship10
Obtained a partner. 

There are a total of 14 partners in the game, each of which have different purposes. Some fight with you, others heal you, others get you discounts with merchants. The easiest partner for this achievement is Yuzu. Start a new play through and tell the fishermen to leave you alone. Once in control, go to Takatane village, go past the two men harassing the girl and look into the first house on the left. Yuzu is in there. Talk to her, then when you have the chance, choose the ‘oooh mother’ option and she will heal you. Then talk to her again and she will join you. It doesn’t have to be done from the beginning to get Yuzu, but it’s easiest then as she will only speak to you when you are near death, and on a new play through you start in that position.

Extra Sword Safe10
Obtained an extra Sword Safe. 

This is required for storing the swords you find during the game. It can be bought from a merchant at posting station. You will also earn a fair few of these whilst farming Samurai points. See Legendary Samurai for details.

Assassin40
Defeated Shuzen Fujimori. 

Shuzen is the technical ‘end boss’ for this game. You won’t fight him at the end of every play through. However, if you are working toward all the endings, then you will fight him a fair few times, including the ‘True Ending’ (see Victory) and can unlock them both at the same time. He is no more difficult to defeat than any other warrior character in the game.

Bushido50
Defeated Sensei at the Dojo. 

The Dojo is in the Guard Station in the bottom right hand corner of the map. Go there and speak to the man in the building and ask to have a session with him. Beat him and then speak to him to receive permission to proceed to the next floor. Rinse and repeat on the next floor to gain access to the top floor where the Sensei is. Speak to her to begin the battle and beat her to earn this achievement.

Title Collector20
Obtained 5 titles. 

See Title Master

Title Master40
Obtained 20 titles. 

There are a total of fifty possible titles to unlock, each with their own requirements. You can find a list of all titles and requirements HERE.

You can only earn one title on every play through, however you do not need to complete the play through to actually earn it. Once the requirements are fulfilled, hit start and go to the map, then to world map and choose to ‘Leave Amana’. Save the game when prompted and that earned title is stored. Please note that you can earn the same title over and over again, but for the achievements you MUST earn 5 and 20 different ones respectively.

The titles earned work on a hierarchy system. When you either ‘Leave Amana’ or finish a play through you will be awarded the ‘best’ title you met the requirements for. Some of these Titles will come to you naturally through multiple play throughs, however some are fairly obscure and whilst you might unlock them naturally, you just as easily might not.

Zero Kill5
Killed an enemy using a weapon with zero durability. 

See Zero Blunt Attack

Zero Blunt Attack5
Defeated an enemy with Blunt Attack using a weapon with zero durability. 

This is pretty straight forward, however it can be difficult to actually get your weapon broken. The best method is to wait until you do the achievement to break someone else weapon, then once you kill them, pick their weapon up then use it. Zero Durability weapons are extremely weak, and on Blunt Mode are even weaker. To make these achievements easier, when you get a broken weapon, save your game and start a new one on Instant Kill difficulty. You will carry your broken weapon over to this playthrough and it will still grant you Instant Kills.

Samurai Leader10
Total Samurai Points exceeded 200 points. 

See Legendary Samurai

Samurai Hero15
Total Samurai Points exceeded 2000 points. 

See Legendary Samurai

Legendary Samurai20
Total Samurai Points exceeded 10000 points. 

Samurai Points accumulate across multiple play throughs and are awarded at the end of each one whether you died or achieved an actual ending. There is a quicker way to unlock these however, and will also unlock Extra Sword Safe, Head Collector, and Outfit Collector.

Start the game on the highest difficulty available. This is Normal, if it’s your first time. After two or three runs, Hard difficulty will unlock and then Instant Kill difficulty will unlock after another two or three. Design and name your character if you want to.

Hit to skip cut scenes and the dialogue when speaking to the two farmers. When given the dialogue options, choose third option. Continue to skip dialogue.

When in control of your character, run forward to the stream, then turn left and follow it until it tells you to hit to move to Takatane village. Do so, again using to skip cut scenes.

In the village, Turn right to go up the stairs, then at the top of the stairs, turn immediately right twice more and you will be at a small radish patch. Walk over one and press when prompted to pick it up, then press to eat it and heal some health. You don’t get extra points for eating more of them.

Hit and check your profile, it should tell you that you have the Vegetarian title. Once Confirmed, go to the map, move down to the world map, hit then move the cursor to ‘Leave Amana’ (the purple block) and select it. This will end the game.

It says it will reset the play through, but you won’t lose your progress, you will go through the screen showing you your points earned and what you’ve unlocked. Easy difficulty nets you 490 points, normal 700 and hard 1050, so as soon as hard becomes available, keep using it until Instant Kill becomes available then stick with that until you get all of these achievements.

Make sure to save your game when prompted and then once at the menu screen, choose LOAD game and start the cycle again.
Each run will only take you about 90 seconds, so you’ll be done with this in 15-20 minutes.

 
Secret Achievements
 
Victory100
Completed and discovered the True Ending. 

The ‘True Ending’ is called Denouement, and it is Ending Number One in the Records. Just follow the path laid out in the endings guide to the letter and you will unlock it with no problems.

Samurai 4EvR!50
Cleared game with more than 120% Samurai Rating. 

I earned this whilst getting Ending Two ‘With Osei’ on normal difficulty. To be perfectly honest, I’ve not been able to fathom out exactly how the rankings work. I only know that the harder difficulties give you a higher base rating to begin with. Just follow the path exactly as I set it out in the endings guide for Ending Two, do it on normal like I did, and you should unlock it without any problems.

Samurai Slayer20
Cleared the game in Instant Kill difficulty. 

This is a very simple this one. Pick Ending Twenty and follow it precisely. It takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and you have a maximum of about a half dozen fights, all of which you can win without risk because you always strike first.


 
 
 
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