- Estimated achievement difficulty: 5/10 [Achievement Difficulty Rating]
- Offline: 50 
- Online: 0
- Approximate time to 1000: 40-80 hours [Estimated Time to 100%]
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
- Missable achievements: No
- Does difficulty affect achievements: Yes [can be changed any time]
- Unobtainable/glitched achievements: No
- Extra equipment needed?: No
DLC: Episode Gladiolus
- Difficulty: 6/10
- Time to 210: 2-3 Hours [skill dependent]
- Missable: Yes
DLC: Episode Prompto
- Difficulty: 4/10
- Time to 210: 2-3 Hours
- Does difficulty affect achievements: Yes
DLC: Title Update 1.13
- Difficulty: 2/10
- Time to 20: 30-60 Minutes
- Unobtainable: None
- Difficulty: 4/10
- Time to 20: 20-25 Hours
- Unobtainable: None
DLC: Episode Ignis
- Difficulty: 7/10
- Time to 20: 2-4 Hours
- Unobtainable: None
DLC: Title Update 1.23 (Comrades Update)
- Difficulty: 5/10
- Time to 20: 6-10 Hours
- Unobtainable: None
DLC: Royal Pack
- Difficulty: 4/10
- Time to 210: 10-15 Hours
- Unobtainable: None
DLC: Episode Ardyn
- Difficulty: 5/10
- Time to 210: 2-4 hours
- Playthroughs needed: 1 [2 recommended]
- Missable achievements: Yes, "Return of the Founder King"
- Does difficulty affect achievements: Yes, "The Nightmare Ends"
- Unobtainable/glitched: None
Note: As of December 18, 2018, the only way to earn achievements in the 'Comrades' and 'Title Update 1.23' DLCs is to play the Windows 10 version of the game. The Comrades servers have been shut down on the Xbox One, but since this is a shared achievement list, you can still play and unlock achievements on the Windows 10 version.
Final Fantasy XV... well, if you don't know what this series is all about by now, you're either five years old or have been living under a rock your entire life. However, the series is much different now than what it was in its origin. Now an open-world game with action-focused battles, it still has most of the tropes we've come to expect from JRPGs concerning the characters, story, and monsters.
There are no missable achievements in the game, and you can continue playing after the story is complete. You can play on Easy difficulty for the entire game and then simply fight one required boss on Normal for the achievement that requires it.
For the time to complete, I put a large range on purpose. Your completion will depend heavily on how much you explore, and how much you care about the story. If you skip all the cutscenes and dialogue, focusing only on the achievements, you can easily get the full 1000 in around 40 hours. If you take in the story and do some exploring, you'll be closer to 70 or 80 hours.
The leveling in this game works on "banked" experience, and manipulating that to your advantage. Any experience you get is not actually applied to your characters until you sleep. There are many ways to boost the experience you get.
First, you'll want to eat a meal before a battle. At Cooking Level 9 you can make Lasagna al Forno for a 100% boost (double experience). This is sold in Altissa if you're still hoarding experience (since sleeping and cooking will apply your saved experience. There are a number of other meals earlier that you can use as well but they offer less of a boost.
Second, you can create spells with Debased Coins, Rare Coins (etc - there are about eight items in total, just check ones that add "expericast") which will give you experience just for casting the spell, as well as bonus experience for any kills afterward. These range in power from 2-12, and a spell maxes out at 99 power. So the item that gives +12 power, you'd only need eight of them, where you'd need many more of something with only a power of +4 for instance. Using 10 Debased Coins and 1 Fire Magic, you'll get five weak fire spells that give 10-20k xp each (depending on what type of food you ate before the fight). Make a bunch at once and fight a rare monster for HUGE amounts of experience from a single kill. Make sure you're either missing with the spell or the monster can take all the hits to maximize this gain.
Third, you can equip Moogle Charms. There are six possible to earn. One is a reward from the 10k Justice Monsters Five machine in Altissia (earn forty chests), with the other five located in Costlemark Tower, Crestholm Channels, Daurell Caverns, Pitioss Ruins, and Daurell Caverns Maze. These are higher level areas, but you can run past all the enemies and just grab the item in the Channels if you want it early in the game for Noctis. The others you'll have to fight for. These give +20% to the character equipping it.
Lastly, the more you pay to sleep, the bigger the xp multiplier will be. In Altissa, the Leville will offer 3x multiplier but costs 30k. The hotel in Galdin Quay gives a 2x multiplier and only costs 10k.
Using all of these methods together, you can easily get 200-300k experience from a single battle with a rare monster, then triple that when you sleep. You can do this early in the game to make the game easier, or wait until after the story just to prepare for Step 3. Your choice. What I did, was complete the story, save all the experience from getting to 80 side-quests, then use all my expericast magic in a single fight. This got me 479k xp banked, which I then tripled. I went from Level 47 all the way to Level 82 in a single sleep.
Step 1: Beat the Game
I would focus on beating the game first, enjoying the story, and really not thinking about the achievements. You will get thrown back into the game world when you're done and can continue to work on everything. In fact, some achievements require that you have beaten the game before the content opens up. That said, you'll get a large majority of the achievements just by playing the game normally, and will get credit towards most of them as well (leveling up characters/skills, doing side-quests, collecting weapons, etc).
One thing you may want to focus on is having Pompto use his Snapshot skill in battle. That can help alleviate some of the time you spend in Step 4.
Step 2: Side-Quests
You'll have a large number of side-quests done just going through the story, and if you're like most people probably had well more than eighty done already, but if you focused only on the main story, you'll still need some to unlock Weaving a Tapestry. As I mentioned above, some side-quests do not unlock until after the story and/or you won't be high enough level to complete them until that point anyway, so just mop up any you can find and level up for the next step.
There are a few achievement-specific side-quests to get the flying car, royal arms, and turtle kill, so take those into account if you're trying to minimize the amount of extra work you do during the story.
Step 3: Kill a Turtle
The adamantoise is back and bigger than ever! This end-game boss is a huge test and there is no reviving while fighting it, so if you die you have to start over, even on Easy difficulty. That said, once you do all the side-quests and other achievements, you'll likely be Level 70+ and the fight will take about an hour. It is more a test of endurance than an actual difficult battle though. Level up even more to make it faster and easier.
Step 4: Grind Time
After all the other achievements are done, you'll likely still need to max all your characters' special skills. Definitely Survival and Photography. Luckily both of those can be done while you sleep with a rubber band and a controller than can be plugged in. Cooking takes no time at all and fishing will take a few hours of active grinding. Check the descriptions below for these four achievements.
Episode Gladiolus DLC
After losing to the enemy high commander Ravus, Gladiolus is forced to swallow a bitter pill and face the limitations of his own strength. In order to travel with the Chosen King, he realizes he must also possess a comparable level of power in order to protect him. In the ancient ruins that were found in the Kingdom of Lucis 30 years ago, the spirits of heroes that once served the king await the next generation of warriors. The episode features:
- A new story told from Gladiolus's perspective uncovering the events that transpired when he left the party in FINAL FANTASY XV's main story line.
- An exhilarating combat system that capitalizes on Gladiolus's blocking and counterattacking play style through the new "Valor" and "Rage" systems.
- Special items that can be carried over to the main game—exclusive to those who complete EPISODE GLADIOLUS.
- Two brand-new gameplay modes: "Score Attack" and "Final Trial," made available upon completing EPISODE GLADIOLUS.
Step 1: Story + Collectibles
From the main menu of the base game, choose "Downloadable Content" to get to the Gladiolus menu. Start a New Game and be sure to select Normal difficulty. You will need to collect all 48 items and 19 columns, as well as do five link-strikes with Cor in total. Otherwise just complete the short chapter. This will take about 90 minutes or so.
Step 2: The Final Trial
After beating the story, you can select this option from the Gladio menu. This is a boss battle against Cor, and can be quite difficult if you have not perfected the parry move. He can kill you quickly if you're not mobile and know when to block. See the "Transcendence" achievement for more tips. If you don't have any trouble, this should take less than ten minutes.
Step 3: Score Attack
After beating the story, you can select this option from the Gladio menu. You will have a time limit and must score one million points to unlock the two related achievements. Again, you'll need to have mastered the parry move. See the "New Blademaster" achievement for more tips. If you somehow get it first try, this will take about 30 minutes.
Episode Prompto DLC
Experience an all-new episode where you play as Prompto. This is the second of the three character-based DLC episodes for FFXV. This one is centered around Prompto, and offers both stealth and gun-based gameplay. I found this much more enjoyable than Gladiolus' episode, and it is much easier achievement-wise as well.
Step 1: Normal Playthrough
Make sure to start on Normal to get credit for the story-based achievement. There are no collectibles in this episode, though you do need to pay attention to the kill-specific achievements (crackshots and stealth kills), and use the Selfie Shot technique enough for that achievement. You'll also need to kill the behemoth in the open-world section before completing the story. Otherwise, not much stress in this.
Step 2: Intensive Training
After beating the story, you'll have a fight against your co-op partner just like we did in Gladiolus' episode. This one is much easier, though the timing of the counter-attack (by shooting her out of the air) can be difficult to nail down. Mostly a test of endurance and dodging though.
Step 3: Time Trials
Strangely enough, there is a racing mini-game included in this. You will need to complete three courses under the par times to get three stars on each and unlock the final achievement. Should only take a few tries as you take the routes suggested in the video below.
Title Update 1.13 DLC
Title Update 1.13 was released on July 31st, 2017. This added the Cross Chain system back into the game, which was removed before it even launched in full, but was present in the Episode Duscae demo, as well as a new boss to defeat, among other things. The full patch notes are as follows:
- New quests have been added to Meldacio Hunter HQ (after Chapter 8).
- A new ally cooperation system called "Rush Link" has been added.
- The "Magitek Armor" invincibility suits have been added.
- The limited time content "Moogle Chocobo Carnival" has been reopened. Various bugs have been fixed.
- Save data from this version cannot be used with save data from an old version. If you overwrite save data from the old version with save data of this version, it can no longer be used in the old version.
Step 1: Kill the Boss
Assuming you have played the game already and defeated the Adamantoise boss, this new boss is a joke. You'll begin the quest from a Hunter at the Meldacio HQ, and simply hunt the boss then return to unlock the achievement. There may be a few opportunities to get Cross Chains during the fight, but not enough for that achievement.
Step 2: Grind the Cross Chains
You'll definitely need a few more, if not all ten, Cross Chains to unlock the second achievement in this update after killing the boss. Head to the Wiz Trading Post and walk around the crater to fight the random spawns of Magitek soldiers to get these knocked out. The boss and all the combos will take less than an hour total.
Create your own custom avatar, then lead them on an all-new quest to bring the Light back to Lucis. Tackle tasks on your own, or team up with up to three other players online! Many exciting features await you in this expansion: an engaging story, an expanded field of play, brand-new quests, and more playable characters—including Noctis and his friends!
Step 1: Story
Once you begin this DLC, you'll create a character and then have a solo mission, fighting your way to Lestallum. Once there, you can begin to go on co-op missions (or simply recruit AI companions and continue to play solo). Continue doing missions to earn kW (power) and unlock new nodes on the DLC map to travel to new locations. You will likely be repeating the same few missions over and over, and later on only one (described in "Let There Be Light"). From time to time, new solo missions will pop up, and familiar visitors will show up to challenge you to fight. Make sure you defeat them when they show up. Eventually you will unlock the final mission, a challenging fight against Bahamut.
Step 2: End Game
Once the actual story of the DLC is over, you'll still have a huge grind toward the final achievement for getting a million kW. Sadly, this is not fun and simply requires you to farm missions over and over, with one specific mission being the best. After unlocking that final achievement, if you did not get Kenny as your cook after any mission, there is a guaranteed way to have him show up, but it will require four human players. Check the descriptions below to finish up the DLC.
Episode Ignis DLC
With fast-paced battles and multiple endings, experience untold events from one of the most dramatic parts of FINAL FANTASY XV. Told from the perspective of Noctis’s ally Ignis, the city of Altissia lies in ruins and Ignis must face the Niflheim Empire to protect Noctis at all costs. Joining Ignis is Ravus, high commander of the Empire, who is determined to save his sister, Lunafreya.
Step 1: Story and Collectibles
When you begin the DLC, you'll want to make sure you choose Normal difficulty to get "A Noble Sacrifice" and before you get on the boat to end Chapter 1, unlock "Altissian Ambassador" for getting all the collectibles. Also be sure to use counterattacks and Total Clarity often for the combat-related achievements.
Step 2: Extra Verse
After Step 1, this option will open up from the DLC menu. Complete this alternate ending to the episode by selecting the new dialogue option, which will allow you to track and defeat Ardyn.
Step 3: Friendly Match
After Step 1, this option will open up from the DLC menu. Defeat the enemy with the highest rating to unlock the final achievement.
Title Update 1.23 DLC
This title update adds six new royal sigils, chocobos, and new quests to the existing online Comrades expansion.
Author's Note: I'll be writing this guide assuming you've completed all the achievements from the original release of Comrades. If you haven't done those, read that portion of the guide first, as the single-player Comrades quest follows that first, then leads directly into this.
Step 1: Complete "Departure" Four Times
Once you load up Comrades with this new update, there will be a quest available called "Departure" that you can complete using one of the four main characters. Levels and equipment are locked for this, so don't worry about your current character's level and just jump right in. Complete this quest once as each of the four characters to complete the "Beacons of Hope" achievement.
Step 2: Level 99 Chocobo
With this new update, you should receive a quest update with a quest marker way at the back of town by the factory. Here you will find a hurt chocobo. Entrust its care to the factory, then go to the power grid and open a new line to Cape Caem. See this video for this step. After that, you can travel to the lighthouse for a quick quest from the alley near the truck at the front of town. Complete this step and return to Lestallum, then travel by truck to the "Hidden Harbor" to access a new hub. Accepting quests in this hub with a chocobo icon next to them will give you a chance to earn a chocobo. See the description for "Chocobreeder" for the steps to max it at Level 99.
Step 3: Collect Royal Sigils
First, I'm going to assume you did the "Let There Be Light" achievement from the original released of Comrades. This is where you'll get the first seven Royal Sigils. From there, you have six more to collect. Using the chocobo from the above step, you'll easily collect five of them by unlocking more power nodes on the map. From there, you have a very difficult boss fight to collect the final one. See "Bless by All" below for more info on that.
Royal Pack DLC
New Features: Insomnia City Ruins - new map leading straight to the game's climactic end. First-Person View - mode allowing players to see Eos through Noctis's eyes. Armiger Unleashed - powered-up combat mode. Royal Cruiser - open-sea exploration, new fishing spots and recipes. Regalia Type-D - new acquisition and enhancement quests.
Step 1: Chapter 15 Content
I will write this guide assuming you have already completed the main game and are in the post-game free roam of Chapter 15. If not, you could tackle this in a much different fashion since a lot of the content will be done in the next step via chapter select. If you're just starting the game, check out Step 2 first for what to do leading up to Chapter 15.
Anyway, begin by visiting Cindy at Hammerhead to do the races for "Speed Daemon," then go to Galden Quay to unlock the boat for "Maiden Voyage" and find Bismarck for "Narwhal Watching." Next, assuming you've already unlocked the "Faithful Heir" achievement from the base achievement list, you can collect the Founder King's Sigil and activate your Armiger for "The Power Within."
The last part of this step will be to collect at minimum 51 Data Logs (up to a max of 69) during this free roam portion to begin working on the "Pursuit of Knowledge" achievement. There are 25 that can be found via chapter select and you need 76 to unlock the achievement.
Step 2: Chapter Select Content
Once you have done all the parts of the step above, you'll want to tackle a number of things via Chapter Select. Some people find it easier just to go to Chapter 10 and work through the rest of the game in order, while others (mostly just to save time) will just do what is required in the chapter and then use chapter select to jump to the next section. Your choice though.
Also bear in mind it's a good idea to make a new save file when using Chapter Select so you can keep your regular post-game save and then have a separate one where you've rewound the story if you don't plan to play all the way through the end of the game again once you finish the achievements. Here is what is required:
- Chapter 10: Collect 2 Data Logs
- Chapter 12: Collect 3 Data Logs
- Chapter 13: Collect 17 Data Logs
- Chapter 14: Collect 3 Data Logs, Defeat Cerberus, Defeat Omega
Once you complete all of the above steps, you should be finished with all the Royal Pack content!
Episode Ardyn DLC
For the first time, players take control of Noctis's greatest foe in this brand-new episode of FINAL FANTASY XV! Delve into the dark tale of scorned savior Ardyn Lucis Caelum and unravel the secrets surrounding his mysterious past.
Step 1: Complete Normal Difficulty
You must beat the main story of this episode on at least Normal difficulty for one achievement, so that should be your first goal. You can try to also go for "Return of the Founder King" at this time, but it will be rather difficult since you're not used to this character's moves and the general setup of the DLC. However, you can save often, so you could save prior to each section of the DLC and replay it until you're happy with your performance before moving on. Doing so would not be much faster than just doing a second playthrough, but whatever you prefer.
Most of the game's miscellaneous achievements will come along the way as you play, while all of them will certainly come when doing Step 2.
Step 2: Top Ranking on Easy Difficulty
Unless you somehow managed to get "Return of the Founder King" in the step above, you can now start a new save file on Easy and aim for that. Be sure to abuse the save system and reload if you feel like you had a bad fight and took too much damage. See the achievement description below for more information.
Aside from getting the top ranking, this DLC is very easy. A casual play will take about two hours depending on how much you explore, and then a second run getting the top rank will take less than that skipping all the cutscenes and optional content. All in all, one of the better pieces of DLC for the game and a fitting end.
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