- Estimated achievement difficulty: 9/10 [Achievement Difficulty Rating]
- Offline: 28 
- Online: 0
- Approximate amount of time to 1000: 30-40+ hours [largely skill dependent] [Estimated Time to 100%]
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 2 + many replays of levels
- Missable achievements: None!
- Does difficulty affect achievements: Yes, must complete Normal difficulty to unlock Expert
- Unobtainable/glitched achievements: None
- Extra equipment needed: None
- DLC: The Delicious Last Course
- Difficulty: 9/10 [on par with the base game]
- Time to 500: 5-7+ hours [highly skill dependent]
- Unobtainable: None, but Hearty (25G) is a bit glitchy
Welcome to Cuphead! This game sees one to two players take control of Cuphead and/or Mugman after they refuse to give their souls to the devil. The devil says they can leave on one exception: they have to obtain the soul contracts of everyone else who has done the same, which are all of the bosses that you’ll have to defeat. The game is designed to look like a 1930s cartoon, so even during your rage, it is nice to look at.
- Practice your parrying. This is so critical to completing certain bosses.
- Do NOT rage at this game. It is very easy to as the game is designed that way, but once you get super mad, you will start to play like utter garbage, so if that happens, take a break for a half hour to cool down.
- Buy the various shots as soon as you can. Certain bosses are a lot easier with certain shots.
- Goes hand in hand with not raging, but also do NOT panic. There will be times where there is an overwhelming amount of objects on the screen you’ll have to dodge and panicking will only make you make a mistake.
This step is relatively self explanatory. The achievements themselves in this game aren’t so bad but it’s the difficulty of the game itself that is what makes the completion so difficult. On this step, you’ll want to play through the game regularly, completing all bosses without worrying about rank, and completing every 'run and gun' level while collecting every coin. Use the coins to buy upgrades from Porkrind’s shop which will make certain bosses a lot easier. In this step you will earn the following achievements:
- Taking Names (10G)
- A Walk in the Park (30G)
- A Day at the Fair (40G)
- A Trip Downtown (50G)
- Casino Night (60G)
- Magician Lord (30G)
- Butter-and-Egg Man (40G)
- Coffers Full (60G)
- Parry Persistance (10G)
- Parry Performance (25G)
- Souls Saved (100G)
- Swing You Sinner (70G)
- High Roller (0G)
- Cutting Corners (10G)
- Selling Out (10G)
These achievements are worded poorly in your favor: you can obtain an A- up to A+/S and it will work for this achievement. More detail will be provided in the guide, so refer to those achievement solutions for those achievements. In this step you will earn:
Expert difficulty is unlocked after beating the game on Normal. I wouldn’t stress out about ranks too much here unless you really hate yourself. This step can be mixed with step two, as you can pick and choose which bosses to play on Expert or Regular as you go along. This step is extremely challenging and will test your reaction times, patience, finger speed, and skill. In this step you will earn Beat The Devil At His Own Game (100G).
Step Four: Mop Up
There are only a few achievements relating to smaller tasks that in all honesty seem harder than they actually are. At this point, you are likely a god at this game so most of them will come pretty quickly. In this step you’ll earn the following:
- Put On a Show (50G)
- Perfect Run (30G)
- Porcelain Power (20G)
- Ceramic Strike (15G)
- Bouncing Ball (40G)
- Pacifist (0G)
- Rolling Sixes (0G)
- Bravo Zulu P-26 (0G)
At long last, after a 5 year wait, this DLC has arrived. To access it, from any of the three Inkwell Isles head to the east coast to find the blue-cloaked character near a boat. Speak to him to sail to Inkwell Isle IV, which houses all of the new content. There is a new playable character with different mechanics, five new bosses to fight, some coins to find, a new final boss, a secret boss, a mini gauntlet of bosses, new charms and weapons to purchase, and a new story to unfold, all for the low price of $8 USD. If you've played the base game, the achievements and difficulty here are roughly on par with it, so if you completed the base game you'll definitely be able to complete this DLC (and if you didn't complete the base game, you're going to struggle just as much with this DLC). Note that, while Ms. Chalice is available to play as right from the start of this DLC, you can choose to play as whoever you want throughout this entire DLC for the entire story and all content (other than the achievements that obviously require you to play as her).
I highly recommend grabbing four coins right when you start and purchasing Crackshot from Porkrind's shop. This weapon is very good - homing and higher damage than Chaser. I used it through the entire DLC. I have listed the locations of all new coins in The Latest Sensation (10G). With that purchased, go ahead and tackle the five bosses in any order you want. Just like with the base game, I highly recommend not moving on to the next boss until you get an A rank on the current one. Leaving and coming back just means you need to relearn the boss patterns, so it's more efficient to stick with a boss until you get an A rank. More details on that in Ranger (50G). With all five bosses beaten (note that you'll unlock A Vacation in the Wilds (50G) but NOT Ranger (50G) yet), head back to the bakery to take on the final boss. Once again, practice until you get an A rank, at which point you'll finally unlock Ranger (50G).
With the core of the DLC done, there are a few things left to do. You may have noticed the rope ladder that you can climb up. Head up to fight five minibosses individually. These play quite differently, as you can't shoot and you have to parry them to beat them. Checkmate (25G) has more information on these minibosses. Once you beat them all, you can then take on all five in a row to unlock A King's Admiration (50G). Don't worry, you get full health back between each fight. Refer to that achievement for more information. The last secret boss comes from that graveyard you may have noticed and wondered what it's for. Refer to A Horrible Night To Have a Curse (25G) for details on accessing that secret boss and beating it. Once you beat that boss, you now have a Cursed Relic charm and need to level it up to unlock Paladin (50G). Refer to that achievement for doing so. That wraps up all the unique content for this DLC.
To mop up, you'll likely still have a handful of achievements left, like getting an S rank and a few others. Refer to their achievement solutions for the best places and tips to get each.
Congratulations if you have made it to the end. This game is notorious for tearing down even the best of us, but keep your calm and persevere through all hardships and you will get this. Be proud of your achievement; you’ve earned it.
[XBA would like to thank Necrophage33 for the 'Delicious Last Course' DLC Roadmap]