Estimated achievement difficulty:4/10
Offline: 41 (1000)
Approximate amount of time to 1000: 80h+
Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 4 Story, 4 Hypothetical routes, Ambition mode, Other story
Missable achievements: None
Does difficulty affect achievements?: Yes, you have to play every stage on (Chaos) difficulty
Unobtainable/glitched achievements: None
Extra equipment needed?: None
Welcome to the 8th installment of Dynasty Warriors, that is a beat ‘em up based on historical novel Romance Of The Three Kingdoms. These games are really a love or hate game as basicallly at the end of the day these games are “Do the same thing over and over again add infinite” but still it has grown an amazing fan base! The story is great and really enjoyable struggle between three of biggest armies in China, all looking forward to conquer and unify the land for peace of the people and of course for their own interests. Jin, that was introduced in Dynasty Warriors 7, now has a bigger role in this game to add more to the series. Even if you are not going for the full 1000G I highly recommend this game as it is very fun!
There is a ton to do in this game and I kind of recommend that you do what you like but from what I have experienced with this game I have made a little walkthrough of how I would now play this game.
Do every tutorial then start with Ambition mode. Play it some and try to get pretty far facility-wise and always do 3 battles to get a duel where you get more officers and camp symbols. Don’t worry about the character you pick as you can change it. REMEMBER TO START WORKING ON BONDS AS SOON AS YOU GET AN PLAYABLE OFFICER AS YOUR ALLY. Grinding for bonds is a huge task so you should do everything you can to make it faster.
Then start also playing Story mode. You will be getting tons of weapons and before you know it you will hit the weapon limit (if you don’t sell them often) and then you better watch out as you will soon hit the money limit and this is why you started with Ambition mode as you can now sunk tons of money in the special weapons that you can get from the Blacksmith when it’s at certain level and if you already have the Academy you can start leveling up your officers.
Keep switching between Story and Ambition and if you are having trouble with Story achievements, mainly Hypothetical routes, use this awesome guide:
Not made by me, all glory goes to Wynter.
TIP: WHEN YOUR MERCHANT IS UNDER LVL 50 YOU HAVE A 1:2 RATIO WHEN TRADING WEAPON MATERIALS FOR FACILITY MATERIALS. USE THIS AS YOUR ADVANTAGE TO MAX OUT EVERY FACILITY BEFORE MAXING OUT MERCHANT!
After a little while you should be getting close to building Tongquetai. When you have all the camp symbols and Lu Bu is time to make sure Lu Bu is maxed out or at least lvl 99. If you have played any previous Dynasty Warriors games you should know by now that Lu Bu is over-powered. Of course you don’t have to play as him but it’s just usually easier. With lvl 99 Lu Bu who has either lvl 4 or lvl 5 weapon you should go and do the 100 straight battles.
After you are done with story modes and have build Tongquetai in your city you probably have a couple of “do this x amounts of times” achievements. Check the achievement guide for these. Rest of your achievements should just be grinding so keep at it and remember to enjoy
Good place for skill and kills grinding:
-Yellow Turban Conflict-
Good place for Siege weapon grinding:
-Battle of Baidi Castle (Wei)-
Good place for weapon grinding:
-Assult on Xu Chang (Wei)-
-Capture of Wei (Wei)-
Dynasty Warriors 8 is easy but very very long grind to get a 1000 but so are most of the Warriors saga games. The game is very beautiful and fun and I recommend it to everyone whether you are going for 1000 or not.
[x360a would like to thank Dark Sephiroth for this road map]