Estimated achievement difficulty:4/10
Offline: 41 (1000)
Online: 0
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.


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]

Dynasty Warriors 8 Achievement Guide

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There are 41 achievements with a total of 1000 points

  • Obtained all achievements.

    This achievement unlocks once you have all other achievements.

  • Completed all of the stages on the "Chaos" difficulty level.

    You have to complete every stage on Chaos difficulty. This means every single stage that is listed in the free mode. Chaos mode in this game isn't as hard as it used to be on earlier DW's but remember to watch out for enemy musou attacks as those can still take you out in one hit. Also remember to use interim saves so you don't have to start a stage again from the beginning if you die.

    Using level 99 Lu Bu with all stats 1000 (use Academy in Ambition mode to upgrade stats) and 4th or 5th weapon is probably the best character for this but use whoever you are comfortable with.

    TIP: Using Fortune Hunter skill helps you get a lot of gold star weapons while going through Chaos.

  • Fought 50 straight battles in Ambition Mode.

    You have to play 50 straight battles(in a row) in ambition mode to unlock this. It’s easiest done on beginner difficulty. You don’t have to do them on one sitting but you can’t go to camp in between. If you need to quit you can save between fights and the quit out of the next fight, DON’T EXIT BATTLE AS IT WILL GET YOU BACK TO CITY, JUST QUIT!
    After that when you reload it will put you back in the battle select screen and you can continue. Skirmish Battles are the easiest and fastest for this as you can run straight to the main camp to kill the officer.

    TIP: You have to fight 100 straight battles to get war elephant for another achievement so keep this in mind.

  • Obtained all of the weapons in the game.

    There are 3 different types of weapons for every officer.

    Basic weapons: lvl 1-4 weapons, these can be found in the shop and dropped by officers.

    Gold star weapons: lvl 1-3 rare special weapons, these can only be dropped by officers. There is also a Special Weapon shop in Ambition modes blacksmith once you have gotten its level high enough. Emperor's sword which is a 1 gold star sword is acquired when you complete Tongquetai.

    5th Weapon: Basically the characters ultimate weapon. Only obtained by doing certain task in a certain stage with a certain character. Once you have completed story mode you can check the gallery>weapons>any character what the requirements are for his 5th weapon. If you want to see them early, check this list.

    Here is some help for the hardest or trickiest 5th weapons.

    You have to collect every basic weapon, gold star weapon and every 5th weapon to unlock this. Once you got the weapon, it’s saved on your data but it’s wise to hold on to the gold star weapons as you can only have one of each at the time. Meaning if you hold on to it, you can’t have a duplicate and you are obtaining different gold star weapons. However if you sell it by accident you can get it again so don’t worry about it.

    Fortune Hunter skill increases your chance of getting gold star weapons so keep that equiped.

    Good stages for weapon grinding:
    -Assult on Xu Chang (Wei)-
    -Capture of Wei (Wei)-

  • Built a Tongquetai and welcomed the Emperor to your town.

    Tongquetai is the final goal in Ambition mode(storywise). When you got to pause>camp management you can see on the right your Tongquetai completion %. You need to max out(lvl50) Blacksmith,Teahouse, Barracks and Merchant. Fame and allies probably get maxed out before those so don’t worry about them just keep increasing them. Don’t worry if nothing happens when you get Tongquetai to 100% go play one battle and come back, the cutscene should start.

  • Finished all of the stages within Story Mode and Free Mode with the exception of the tutorial.

    After you have played every stage in story mode; historical, hypothetical and every branch you should have unlocked every possible stage in the game. They can be found in Free mode and just go there and play through every stage that doesn’t have cleared next to it. You can do this achievement on any difficulty, beginner being the easiest but Chaos would also work the Master of Chaos achievement.

  • Obtained more than 1,000 materials for weapons and facilities in Ambition Mode.

    Materials are found on Skirmish battles. There are usually urns in every garrison and there are crates when enemies have occupied them. Officers and unit commanders also drop materials. You have to get 1000 materials for weapons AND facilities. Brown ones are for facilities and blue ones are for weapons. Only the ones found on the battlefield count towards this!

    Here is a link to a thread with maps for materials:

  • Became allies with all of the officers in Ambition Mode.

    There are a total of 790 allies in Ambition mode. Every time you reach your ally limit you can’t obtain any more allies but don’t worry, even if you beat officers when your ally limit is full they only retreat and come again later in battles. To raise your ally limit you have to raise your fame.

  • Obtained all of the facilities in Ambition Mode.

    There are 8 facilities in Ambition mode. You unlock new facilities as your fame and number of allies get bigger. There is: Blacksmith, Teahouse, Barracks, Merchant, Farm, Training Grounds, Stables and Academy.

  • Reached the maximum Fame level in Ambition Mode.

    Maximum fame is 9999. Just keep playing ambition mode to raise your fame and ally limit. Every time you reach your fame limit you have to get more allies to exceed your fame. Unconventional battles give you the most fame as they give you little side mission on the battlefield to get lots of fame.

  • Obtained all of the Camp Symbols.

    Camp symbols are obtained after winning a Duel in Ambition mode. A duel occurs after 3 battles in a row. These are special battles that usually have 4-5 playable officers in them and after the battle you will get a camp symbol, there are 20 in total.

  • Won 100 battles with the same officer.

    Play 100 battles with one officer. Story, free and ambition mode all count towards this. Should come naturally as you have to play 100 straight battles to get a war elephant.

  • Fought 20 straight battles in Ambition Mode.

    Play 20 straight battles(in a row) in Ambition mode.
    *Check Unwavering Ambition for more info.

  • Completed all of the stages in Story Mode.

    You have to complete every story mode stage, which means every historical, hypothetical and branch stage. There are star missions in stages that usually effect on the story branching and after completing one kingdoms story you will be able to see what the requirements are. If you want to know them now there is an outstanding guide here:

    Not made by me, all glory goes to Wynter.

  • Upgraded all skills to Level 10 or higher.

    You have to get all of the skills to at least level 10. You can see the requirements for upgrading skills in the skill list. Most of them come by just playing but some of them are somewhat harder. All of them are pretty straight forward. The amount of officers needed for each skill level appears to be random.

    Here is the list of all of the skills:

    • Accuracy
    • Health Springs
    • Secret Arts
    • Health Boost
    • Steely Heart
    • Quick Learner
    • Musou Springs
    • Nullification
    • Attack Boost
    • Determination
    • Fortune Hunter
    • Rage Springs
    • Equestrian
    • Defense Boost
    • Victory Cry
    • Burning Spirit
    • Havoc
    • Mighty Roar
  • Formed a bond at the maximum level with another officer.

    To max out a bond you have to select one officer as your bodyguard in ambition mode. Then after every three battles they will talk with you which will further increase your bond. After 9 battles they will summon you for the third and final time and then bond is maxed. You will now the bond is at max when they have 2 support skills instead of 1.

    You can select bodyguard from pause>officer info>select bodyguard.

  • Destroyed a total of 1,000 siege weapons.

    You have to destroy total of 1000 siege weapons across all of the modes. The best way is to use the method in this video as there is infinite spawn of siege weapons. The stage is Battle of Baidi Castle? (Wei forces, hypothetical route final) and is unlocked after playing it in Wei story mode.


  • Had a new facility built in Ambition Mode.

    This comes naturally when you start to play Ambition mode.

  • Had a facility expanded in Ambition Mode.

    You can expand facilities with facility materials. Once you have expanded any facility to level 10 you’ll get this achievement.

  • Fought 5 straight battles in Ambition Mode.

    Fight 5 straight battles (in a row) in Ambition mode
    *Check Unwavering Ambition for more info.

  • Defeated an enemy after juggling them in the air for at least 10 seconds.

    Easiest to be done with Zhuge Liang. Equip him with 2 of his Fan weapons then try to get the enemy officer in the corner or at least next to a wall. Then use his switch attack to make a small whirlwind, keep hitting RB to switch weapons and you will do whirlwinds that keep the enemy in the air. After 10 seconds the achievement should pop. I recommend Normal or Hard difficulty so the enemy doesn’t die before the 10 seconds are up.

  • Used a True Rage Attack.

    You will get this in tutorial as it teaches you all of the basics of the game.

  • Defeated 3 enemy officers with a Storm Rush in a single battle.

    In Dynasty Warriors 8 you have a new 3-point system Heaven>Earth>Man>Heaven:

    And when you use a weapon that has advantage over your enemies they will have a blue crystal above their heads. When you attack them the crystal will broke piece by piece and when it’s all done you trigger Storm Rush where your officer launches a flurry of attacks that will suck all nearby enemies in it. You have to use this to kill 3 officers in a row for this achievement.

  • Defeated 3 enemy officers with a Switch Counter in a single battle.

    In Dynasty Warriors 8 you have a new 3-point system Heaven>Earth>Man>Heaven:

    When you have the same weapon-type as your enemy or your enemy has advantage over you they will be likely to use their “heavy” attack. When they do this you’ll see a blue light coming out of their weapon then you need to do switch attack () and you will trigger Switch Counter. You have to kill 3 enemies in a row with Switch Counter for this achievement.

  • Achieved a 1,000 hit combo.

    Can be achieved in the tutorial with the True Rage Attack. Circle around to get as much as enemies as you can and then juggle them with full True Rage Attack.

  • Defeated 1,000 enemies in a single battle.

    In this Dynasty Warriors there seem to be a lot of enemies so this should come naturally when playing but you can also get this in the tutorial if you want. There are infinite spawns in tutorials before you do the asked task.

  • Completed the tutorials for all of the kingdoms.

    You have to complete every tutorial in the tutorial section. They are all pretty much the same but with different characters.

  • Defeated 1,000 enemies while mounted on a riding-type animal.

    1000 enemies isn’t that much so you should always try to kill some enemies while riding but you will get this while going for other achievements. This does not have to be in a single battle.

  • Defeated 100 enemies with a companion-type animal.

    Companion-type animals aren’t really that strong but when playing Ambition mode it is kind of easy to keep one next to you. Good place to get some kills is in Yellow Turban Conflict on beginner if you want this out the way.

  • Listened to all of the voice lines within the Gallery.

    Firstly you need every officer on level 30 to unlock their General voices.

    Then there are two ways to get Ambition voices:
    1. To actually hear every voice line in the game, you can check them in the gallery.
    2. Max out bond with every playable officer with male character AND female character.

    I’m behind the second method 100% as the requirements are very odd and sound very crazy. Maxing out the bond is also a crazy task but it’s still easier as you don’t have to do anything but max bonds over and over and over again. To max a bond you have to play 9 battles with an officer as your bodyguard. You will get special dialogues after every 3 battles that further increase your bond. There are 77 characters so you need to play 693 battles to max out bond with everyone AND then you need to do it with a female character, which is total 1386 battles for this achievement! I do battles in 3-3-3 which means after every three battle I go back to city to check out the dialogue. Some people do 5-3-1 as you’ll get a weapon when you do 5 battles in a row. Skirmish battles are the fastest ones to do.

    Note: You don't actually have to listen to every voice line. Once you have every voice line the achievement pops when you enter Gallery.

  • Obtained all of the animals within the game.

    You have to get all of the animals in the game in Ambition mode.

    Birch, Mahogany, Chestnut, Walnut, Maple, Elephant, Panda, Tiger, Falcon, Wolf, Bear
    - These can be bought from Merchant or being dropped by enemy officers.

    Rare animals:

    • Shadow Runner - After 30 straight battles in a row.
    • Hex Mark - After 60 straight battles in a row.
    • Red Hare - After 90 straight battles in a row.
    • War Elephant - After 100 straight battles in a row.
    • Golden Panda - After acquiring Tongquetai and getting all facilities to max level.
    • Harrier - After acquiring Tongquetai and getting all facilities to max level.

    If you don't get Golden Panda or Harrier when you're supposed to, go play one battle and come back to city, you should get them. Can sometimes happen if you have everything maxed when you get Tongquetai.

  • Unlocked all of the movies within the game.

    To unlock all of the movies in the game you have to:
    -Complete every Kingdoms Story (Historical and Hypothetical).
    -Complete Ambition mode (build Tongquetai).

  • Unlocked all of the event scenes within the game.

    You will get every event in the game when you have played through every story (Historical, Hypothetical and every branch) and completed most of the star missions in Story mode. However there are couple that might be overlooked that kinda require you to fail a star mission and couple where you help someone to survive so they can fight at the battle X, you have to usually play the battle X to get the event that they are there.

    Check this great solution made by Edgeland for some of the tricky ones:

  • Unlocked all of the wallpapers within the game.

    To unlock every wallpaper in the game you have to:
    -Complete ever Kingdoms Story (Historical and Hypothetical).
    -Have every character above level 15.
    -Clear every stage in the game.

  • Finished any stage of the game, except for the tutorial, without taking any damage.

    You have to finish any stage in the game without taking any damage. Easiest to be done in Skirmish battle in Ambition mode as you can straightly rush to the last officer and defeat him for a quick victory.


Secret achievements

  • Defeated a total of more than 100,000 enemies.

    You will get this by naturally playing through the game. Kills in every mode counts towards this and you will get 100,000 kills relatively quickly.

  • Viewed the ending (Historical & Hypothetical) for the Wei story.

    *Check out Legend of Jin

  • Viewed the ending (Historical & Hypothetical) for the Wu story.

    *Check out Legend of Jin

  • Viewed the ending (Historical & Hypothetical) for the Shu story.

    *Check out Legend of Jin

  • Viewed the ending (Historical & Hypothetical) for the Jin story.

    To get the story achievements for each Kingdom you have to get both Historical and Hypothetical ending. You will most likely get the Historical ending on your first playthrough. After that, you can see what the star missions in certain stages ask for you to do and by completing them you will get a story branch for the Hypothetical ending.

    Here is an amazing guide for how to get the Hypothetical endings:

    Not made by me, all glory goes to Wynter.

  • Completed all of the stages for the Other story.

    When you play through Story mode with different Kingdoms you will unlock an "Other story" for the Other sections in Story mode menu.
    Here is a list of how to unlock them:

    Yellow Turban Conflict (Zhang Jiao)..........Clear Shu Chapter 1.
    Eliminate Dong Zhuo (Diaochan)...............Clear Wei Chapter 2.
    Chase at Hulao Gate (Dong Zhuo)............Clear Shu Chapter 2.
    Xiapi Defensive Battle (Lu Bu)..................Clear Wei Chapter 6-X.
    Skirmish at Guandu (Yuan Shao)..............Clear Shu Chapter 3-X.
    Nanzhong Rescue Mission (Zhurong).........Clear Shu Chapter 11*-X.
    Phantoms of Xuchang (Zuo Ci)................Clear Wu Chapter 11*.
    Rescue at Baidi Castle (Meng Huo)...........Clear Jin Chapter 9*.

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