- Estimated achievement difficulty: 5/10 [Achievement Difficulty Rating]
- Offline: 50 [1000]
- 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 2102-3 Hours 
    • Does difficulty affect achievements: Yes
  • DLC: Title Update 1.13
    • Difficulty: 2/10
    • Time to 20: 30-60 Minutes
    • Unobtainable: None
  • DLC: Comrades
    • 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.

Fast Leveling
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.

Comrades DLC

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.

[XBA would like to thank The Pants Party for this Roadmap]

Final Fantasy XV Achievement Guide

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There are 97 achievements with a total of 2310 points

  • Drove the Regalia.

    Your first quest in the game is to fix the broken down car you set out in. You will meet Cindy and her grandpa Cid at the Hammerhead garage. You'll be sent on a few small quests while the repairs take place, and eventually the car will be fixed. You need to select the "Manual" drive option to unlock the achievement. If you choose "Auto" Ignis will drive for you (he won't drive at night when you first get the car - that unlocks later).

  • Rode a Chocobo.

    As soon as you begin Chapter 3, you'll arrive in a new location and Prompto will approach you and ask that you visit the Chocobo ranch close by. Agree to go and the "Friends of a Feather" side-quest will begin. Once you arrive at the ranch, speak to Wiz who will request you kill the Behemoth that is attacking the chocobos before he can let you take any out of the ranch. Make sure you don't have another hunt active, then speak with him again to accept the "A Behemoth Undertaking" hunt. Once you complete this hunt, you can rent a Chocobo from one of the parking meter looking things, and call it with the whistle. Hop on and the achievement will unlock.

  • Equipped four weapon slots.

    You begin the game with three weapons equipped. If you got a pre-order bonus weapon, you can get this achievement right away by equipping it in the fourth empty slot from the Gear section of the menu. If not, you'll need to wait until you can buy or earn a new weapon, or do the "Magical Worker" achievement to craft a spell and equip that.

  • Learned first ability.

    Refer to "Self-Mastered" for more information.

  • Activated 20 ability nodes.

    Refer to "Self-Mastered" for more information.

  • Activated 50 ability nodes.

    Ability nodes are activated with your earned Ascension Points (AP). Ascension Points are earned primarily by leveling up (completing quests and killing monsters), but you can also earn bonus AP from getting warp strike kills, listening to your allies' strategies in combat, as well as choosing dialogue options that they agree with. Once you have some AP, enter the Ascension screen in the menu to purchase abilities. Some of the first you'll want to purchase are ones that increase the amount of AP you earn (for things such as driving the car, fishing, and riding chocobos). This will help earn this achievement quicker and make your characters stronger in the long run.

  • Improved fishing level for the first time.

    Refer to "Angling Expert" for more information.

  • Improved survival level for the first time.

    Refer to "Survival Expert" for more information.

  • Improved photography level for the first time.

    Refer to "Photo Expert" for more information.

  • Improved cooking level for the first time.

    Refer to "Cooking Expert" for more information.

  • Reached maximum fishing level.

    Fishing is Noctis' special ability. You will first learn to fish once you reach the port town where you need to catch a ferry boat. There is a cat on the pier with a side-quest to catch a fish for it to eat. To successfully catch a fish, you'll need to cast out from a pier, then reel in your line at varying speeds to entice a fish. Once a fish bites, you'll need to reel in slowly so the tension does not break the line, while also moving the rod left and right as the prompts on screen show so the fish does not escape.

    The best place to level your fishing skill is Vesperpool, a large lake in the Northwest section of the map. You can buy a great fishing rod and reel here, and there are plenty of rare fish to catch. Sleep every so often to level up your skill, as the higher ranks will continue to make it easier to catch fish, speeding up the process further. It will still take 3-5 hours of constant grinding to hit Level 10.

    Just like regular leveling, this skill will only increase when you rest at a camp or bed.

  • Reached maximum survival level.

    Survival is Gladiolus' special ability. This only levels up through walking/running, so it will take a very, very long time playing normally. However, you can rubber band and plug in your controller then go to sleep or work while your characters run in circles. Have your characters go to sleep to level it up. Rinse and repeat. This will also help level up your Photography skill, as Prompto will take a picture every few minutes while running.

    Just like regular leveling, this skill will only increase when you rest.

  • Reached maximum photography level.

    Photography is Prompto's special ability. He will continually take pictures as the story progresses, both in and out of battle. You won't actually see him doing it, but when you level up by sleeping somewhere, you will be able to view any pictures he's taken (as well as save them in your photo book and/or share them online). There are special spots you can find that will prompt him to take a picture (some are story related, others will be points of interest in the world, such as sitting on a bench next to the crow statue at one of the diners early on).

    The best way to level this is by forcing Prompto to take pictures during combat. Purchase the ability node "Snapshot" and you can have him take a picture once you have a tech bar available in combat. Make sure you equip Snapshot in the Gear menu. It takes over his skill slot. Get Noctis' skills "Tech Strike," "Tech Damage," and "Quick Tech" as well, which will all help fill the tech bar more quickly, allowing more pictures to be taken. If you spam this in every combat encounter, you should have his skill maxed well before the end of the main story.

    Just like regular leveling, this skill will only increase when you rest.

  • Reached maximum cooking level.

    Cooking is Ignis' special ability. Whenever you make camp (not sleeping at a bed location, but out in the wild), you will get the option for him to cook a meal. These come with stat boosts (most are really, really helpful), and will level up his skill. You can find new recipes in the world by reading books (the first one I found was on a bench near the first pier you can fish at), or by finding/harvesting/buying new materials (as well as battle rewards). When you see a plant leaf on the world map, stop and grab the materials there. Usually you'll find three items at each harvest point.

    The fastest way to level this is to purchase Luncheon Meat (100G each) from the shop at Galdin Quay or later on in Lestallum, then cook "Mystery Meat Sushi" over and over. You can cook multiple times at the same camp site, so just do this over and over for 20-30 minutes to quickly max it out.

    Just like regular leveling, this skill will only increase when you rest.

  • Performed first point-warp suspension.

    A point-warp suspension is an action in battle that will have Noctis clinging to a point high up on a wall or column while indoors and usually on top of a large rock outdoors. To perform this, look for glowing blue points around the battlefield, aim at them with the camera, then press the warp button to throw your sword and teleport to it. You will hang there and recover, and you can setup your next attack from there.

  • Issued first ally command.

    An ally command is performed by bringing up the ally menu in combat, then selecting one of them with the D-Pad. The selected character will perform a special move that you can link to. You'll get the achievement even if you don't link up, but you get extra damage for doing so.

  • Performed first blindside link.

    A blindside attack is one performed when you are behind an enemy. This is easiest done in fights against multiple enemies, as you can usually warp-strike to one, then turn around and find another engaged with an ally. When you blindside an enemy that your ally is also targeting, you will do a link-strike with both of you attacking back-to-back for extra damage.

  • Initiated first link-strike after parrying an attack.

    A parry is performed by blocking when a red shield appears on-screen, indicating an enemy is about to attack you. Once you have parried, you can do a counter-attack (again, press the button that shows up on screen), and if an ally is also attacking that same enemy, you'll perform a link-strike with them for extra damage.

  • Called forth the Armiger for the first time.

    Story related and cannot be missed.

  • Crafted a spell for the first time.

    To craft a spell, you'll first need to harvest materials. You will find harvesting spots in the world map, designated by these symbols:

    Once you have some elemental materials, you can enter the Elemancy screen in the menu and dump some of that energy into a spell. A spell with 1-99 power will be a basic spell (Fire, Blizzard, Thunder), from 100-199 will be a mid-level spell (Fira, Blizzara, Thundara), and from 200+ will be of the highest level (Firaga, Blizzaga, Thundaga).

  • Used magic for the first time.

    Once you have created a spell (see the "Magical Worker" achievement), you can then equip it to one of your weapon slots. Once you're in combat, switch to the spell by choosing it with the D-Pad, then press your attack button to cast it.

  • Summoned one of the Six for the first time.

    After the story events with the Titan, you will gain the ability to summon him in battle. This occurs when you are getting your butt kicked. I don't know if there are exact parameters for this, but if you've been getting hurt a lot, you may see a button prompt show up which you will need to hold for about five second uninterrupted (so getting hit will reset the timer). Once you do this, one of the Six will show up and decimate the battlefield, killing most enemies in one shot (some bosses may survive with 10-30% health remaining though).

    As you go through the story and collect more pacts with the other Six, it will randomly summon one to help you. I don't think one is better than another though, since it is random. Also, there is a story event that requires you to use your summon, but this does not unlock the achievement, so don't forget to manually use the summon at some point.

  • Played JUSTICE MONSTERS FIVE for the first time.

    Inside any Crow's Nest Diner you will find pinball machines to play for 10G each go. Simply load it up and exit for the achievement, you don't actually need to spend any time playing.

  • Completed first sidequest.

    Refer to "Weaving a Tapestry" for more information.

  • Completed 5 sidequests.

    Refer to "Weaving a Tapestry" for more information.

  • Completed 10 sidequests.

    Refer to "Weaving a Tapestry" for more information.

  • Completed 20 sidequests.

    Refer to "Weaving a Tapestry" for more information.

  • Completed 40 sidequests.

    Refer to "Weaving a Tapestry" for more information.

  • Completed 80 sidequests.

    Side-Quests are defined as "quests that do not move the main story," and will be labeled with blue lettering in the Quest section of the menu (where red is main story and yellow is hunts). Quest-givers will show up with a yellow Question Mark (?) on the map.

    There are also "hidden" quests that will only show up when you get near the correct location. These can be simple such as finding someone hurt and giving them a potion or having Prompto take a quick photo of a pretty location, as well as bigger ones like finding an enemy base and needing to clear it out.

    A good spot to get a bunch of easy quests early on is the Hammerhead garage. Cid will upgrade weapons for you (any weapon with a + on it, so return to him whenever you get a new one), in exchange for a specific item. Often you'll already have the item he needs so the quest will complete right away (though higher level upgrades take time, so you may need to sleep a few times). Cindy will send you on fetch quests to upgrade your car, and Takka will have you make ingredient runs for his diner. The best place though is Lestallum. There are number of quest-givers here and they all have multiple quests, so once you turn in one they'll immediately give you another.

    There are tons of quests in the game, well over 100, and none of them are timed or missable, so don't worry too much about this achievement. It will come in time playing naturally or very quickly after the story once you focus on it.

  • Completed first hunt.

    A hunt is a quick side-quest (though one that will not count toward Weaving a Tapestry) that involves killing a group of small monsters or a larger, more difficult monster by itself. You can get hunts from the "tipsters" throughout the game, which are found in diners. Your first hunt will be given by Takka inside the diner next to Hammerhead garage when you're getting the car fixed.


Secret achievements

  • Completed the Prologue.

    Story related and cannot be missed.

  • Completed Chapter 1.

    Story related and cannot be missed.

  • Completed Chapter 2.

    Story related and cannot be missed.

  • Completed Chapter 3.

    Story related and cannot be missed.

  • Completed Chapter 4.

    Story related and cannot be missed.

  • Completed Chapter 5.

    Story related and cannot be missed.

  • Completed Chapter 6.

    Story related and cannot be missed.

  • Completed Chapter 7.

    Story related and cannot be missed.

  • Completed Chapter 8.

    Story related and cannot be missed.

  • Completed Chapter 9.

    Story related and cannot be missed.

  • Completed Chapter 10.

    Story related and cannot be missed.

  • Completed Chapter 11.

    Story related and cannot be missed.

  • Completed Chapter 12.

    Story related and cannot be missed.

  • Completed Chapter 13.

    Story related and cannot be missed.

  • Completed Chapter 14.

    Story related and cannot be missed.

  • Defeated Ifrit on Normal difficulty.

    You can play on Easy for the entire game except this fight, and you can change the difficulty back and forth at any time. After completing the story, you will make a save and be thrown back into the world to be able to fight Ifrit again or continue working on all the other achievements.

    This is surprisingly one of the easier boss fights of the game. I used the Ice Brand weapon (since he's weak against Ice) and combined that with Ignis' Libra tech ability. Keep warp-striking and linking that with 2-3 attacks, then point-warp to regain your MP. Rinse and repeat.

  • Flew the Regalia Type-F.

    After beating the game, load your clear save file with the new background, then speak to Umbra at the rest location to return to Lucis. From there, you'll see a new side-quest with "???" on it just Northwest of Hammerhead (at an imperial base). Head there to automatically obtain the "Formouth Garrison" side-quest. Complete that and you will automatically obtain a new item and the "Into Unknown Frontiers" side-quest, which sends you to Cindy. She'll upgrade the Regalia to allow flight. Once you take off, the achievement will unlock.

  • Collected thirteen royal arms.

    The first seven of the royal arms are given automatically during the story (these are the weapons you loot from the tombs), and the rest can be earned from side locations. One of them (Malmalam Ticket) I was prompted to stop at while driving to a story location, but you can choose not to pursue this side-quest right then if you don't want to. That one was fairly easy, but I'd suggest doing the rest after the story since you need to be a higher level for a few of them.

    The full list is below, and below that you can see the video of where the dungeons and the one tomb are located. The achievement will unlock once you collect the final weapon. These dungeons are fairly simple (just follow the quest marker and kill the boss), except Costlemark Tower which has a really annoying puzzle. I used this guide to get through the puzzle just before the boss. For Balouve Mines, make sure you get off at the third floor (not the fourth, which is the last) as there is a locked gate on the fourth floor. Proceed to the back of the third floor and take a ladder town, which will lead behind the locked gate and to the boss.

    1. Sword of the Wise - Story related and cannot be missed.
    2. Axe of the Conqueror - Story related and cannot be missed.
    3. Swords of the Wanderer - Story related and cannot be missed.
    4. Blade of the Mystic - Story related and cannot be missed.
    5. Katana of the Warrior - Story related and cannot be missed.
    6. Trident of the Oracle - Story related and cannot be missed.
    7. Sword of the Father - Story related and cannot be missed.
    8. Bow of the Clever - Beat the dungeon "Balouve Mines" (Level 50+)
    9. Sword of the Tall - Beat the dungeon "Costlemark Tower" (Level 55+/Night Only)
    10. Shield of the Just - Loot the Tomb of the Just
    11. Scepter of the Pious - Beat the dungeon "Malmalam Thicket" (Level 35+)
    12. Mace of the Fierce - Beat the dungeon "The Rock of Ravatogh" (Level 30+)
    13. Star of the Rogue - Beat the dungeon "The Myrlwood" (Level 35+)

  • Caught an image of Gentiana in a photo.

    You will meet Gentiana in Chapter 5 of the story. From then on, there is a chance she will show up in a photo that Prompto takes during your travels. It seems to be completely random, but will unlock when you view a photo after resting. Be sure to scroll through all the photos until you find one, as it will only unlock when you actually view it.

  • Defeated the adamantoise.

    After beating the game, you will be asked to make a new save which will have a different background on it so that you can remember which one it is. Load this save file and you'll be outside a rest area in Insomnia. Go to the bed and choose to call Umbra. Once the dog appears, ask to go to Past Lucis. As soon you load back into the past, you get a phone call from Cindy. She asks that you meet her at Hammerhead, so go there. This will begin the "Let Sleeping Mountains Lie" side-quest. Complete that to awaken the Adamantoise. From there, accept the "Lonely Rumblings in Longwythe" monster hunt and kill the big turtle. Once you turn in the hunt, the achievement will unlock.

    Be sure to read the description in the video below for prep instructions for this fight. It will take a VERY long time (around an hour at Level 70) and if you die (even on Easy) you will have to start over. So bring a ton of healing items, eat the best food before, and be very careful and patient.

    For the suggested food (Golden Tail Soup - unlocked at Cooking Level 10), you'll need to catch a fish in the Mrylwood dungeon to get Platinum Myrltrouth Fillet. The Kujata Marrow and Allural Shallots can be bought in the Lestallum market. I was Level 83 when I did this battle, and really the only prep I did was eating that meal. I had enough healing items stocked from the story, and really only needed to use them 5-6 times when I got caught under a big stomp. Otherwise, I was pretty much untouched.

DLC: Episode Gladiolus (Store Link)

There are 7 achievements with a total of 210 points

  • Picked up all items.

    There are 48 items to pick up during Gladio's story. As with the main game, they will show up as blue sparkling dots and you'll press to nab them. You can find a full text walkthrough HERE, and a video guide is embedded below.

  • Uprooted all columns.

    There are 19 columns to pick up for this achievement. The first time you come near one, you'll receive an on-screen prompt explaining how to use them. All of them look identical, with two red stripes at the top. The video in the "Picker-Upper" description has all of these as well, so you'll be able to get both achievements if you follow it. I couldn't find a text guide (which I prefer), but I also found them all on my own since they're so obvious so it shouldn't be necessary anyway.

  • Performed 5 link-strikes with Cor.

    To perform a link-strike, you will need to Blindside an enemy (hit them from behind) while Cor is also engaged with the same enemy. Basically just circle around enemies and get them in between you and Cor before attacking. The Bandersnatch fight is great for this, as you'll often both be attacking its legs from behind. I got three during that fight alone.

  • Completed the trials on Normal.

    When you begin the DLC, you can choose Easy or Normal. Be sure to choose Normal, otherwise it is story related and will unlock at the certificate screen.

  • Scored 500,000 or more points in Score Attack.

    See "New Blademaster" for more info.

  • Scored 1,000,000 or more points in Score Attack.

    Score Attack is unlocked after completing the DLC once in regular story mode. In this mode, you will have a time limit to play only the fighting portions of the DLC, and need to score as many points as possible. The only way to do this is to parry (hold ) and counter-attack (press directly after a parry) as many times as possible. You will get a few thousand points for each successful combo, as opposed to only a few hundred points for a basic attack. Do this on every regular enemy, though if an enemy is being particularly evasive, just kill them and move on as the time limit could factor in during the first and third sections.

    While you are doing the above method, you rage meter will fill and your special meter will fill. You will want to make sure that when you face a boss, you have a full rage meter (4.0) and a can use your Maelstrom attack (). Be careful if a boss has other mobs around before using your special, as you could mistakenly target one of those and completely miss the boss, losing out on tens of thousands of points, and a lot of time since this attack will kill most bosses in one shot. You'll need to use this attack twice on the Giant boss and the final boss as well though.

    You'll want to aim for about 300k after the first section, 425k after the second, and 800k after the third. The final boss should give you nearly 100k just for killing him, and you will get about 100k in bonus points if you have not used any phoenix down items and minimized your potion use. I used a good 3-4 Hi-potions and 10 or so regular, and still got 250k in the fourth section for nearly 1.1 million total points at the end, so don't try to conserve your healing items too much. It's more important not to use any phoenix downs.

    Using all of the above tips, and any extra in the video below, you should get this in a few tries.


Secret achievements

  • Defeated Cor.

    This achievement is unlocked by beating Cor in The Final Trial, which unlocks after beating the DLC's story mode once. You will select this option from the main menu. It is only a quick boss fight, though it can be difficult. You will use the same tips as for "New Blademaster" though. Use the parry/counter-attack combo when possible. He will telegraph his blockable attacks by turning blue and sparkly for a second. Make sure to lock on to him ( by default) and keep moving left and right. By keeping mobile, you will ensure that your block ability is ready (sometimes when standing still it won't engage) and you will also be able to see his attacks better if he's not directly in front of you when you're blocking him off from the camera.

    Use the basic combo strategy until he turns red, he will then do a heavy jump attack which will likely kill you if you don't dodge. You are given one phoenix down for use if this happens (and you get three potions, so keep your health up), though if you're locked on and always moving you shouldn't have any issues. After his red state wears off, move back in and bait some normal attacks (I found he uses blockable attacks more often if you're close) until your rage and special meters are filled, then unleash a Maelstrom when he's in the "vulnerable" state (otherwise he will dodge it just like everything else). This should either finish him off or get him down to ~10% health. From there, use your basic combo for the rest of the damage.

DLC: Episode Prompto (Store Link)

There are 7 achievements with a total of 210 points

  • Stealth-killed 3 enemies.

    You will get a tutorial on this early in the episode, but you will want to crouch with  and then move behind an enemy, pressing  when prompted to perform a stealth kill. You will get credit for the one during the tutorial, and there are many other chances at this during the episode - most notably, you can assassinate the snipers and the enemies around the watch tower.

  • Took down 30 enemies with crackshots.

    When an enemy is in a vulnerable state (low health or stunned), they will flash blue which will alert you that an opportunity for a crackshot is available. When this happens, press  to perform a crackshot for added damage. You will need to land the killing blow with this attack to have it count toward the achievement, but it should kill most enemies no problem.

    Once you get to the open-world section, you can collect the flares (usually found in the shacks) and throw those at enemies to stun them, leaving them open for crackshots.

  • Took 10 photos mid-battle using Selfie Shot.

    The Selfie Shot attack will require two sections of your tech bar. Whenever you fill it up that high (by spending time in battle - even idle), be sure to press + to use it.

  • Completed EPISODE PROMPTO on Normal.

    Story related and can not be missed. Just make sure you select "Normal" difficulty when beginning the episode.

  • Defeated the kaiser behemoth.

    This enemy will spawn in the Western section of the map (once you exit the first facility), at "15" on the clock next to the mini-map. Once you approach it and begin the fight, make sure you find the shack in the video below, and camp out there. Let Aranea do most of the work, while taking advantage of the respawning ammo in the shack to do damage from afar with the rocket launcher and sniper rifle. When you fill up two bars on the tech meter, use Aranea's Highwind ability, followed by some crackshots for extra damage. Rinse and repeat.

  • Earned the top ranking on all three Time Trial courses.

    This will unlock after completing the episode once. From the episode's menu, choose "Time Trial" to begin. These trials take place on the snowmobile and will require near perfect runs without hitting anything. There are speed boost gems on the courses, though you'll pretty much want to stay in the middle of the course when possible, or you'll risk hitting a bad patch of ground that can slow you down greatly. Be sure to hold the gas right before the race starts for a speed boost as well, Mario Kart style.

    You will need lower than the following times to get three stars:
    Slippery Slalom: 1:13
    Avalanche Ambush: 1:30
    Snowglide Run: 1:17


Secret achievements

  • Completed Aranea's intensive training.

    This will unlock after completing the episode once. From the episode's menu, choose "Intensive Training" to begin. You will need to win a fight against Aranea. The basic strategy is to dodge constantly (but take potshots at her with your pistol when you can) and make sure to shoot her with the SMG when she is in the air to avoid big damage; this will also stun her and give you a chance to counter-attack. Use crackshots whenever possible, and use your best tech skill when the meter fills all the way (bear in mind, you must be up close for this to be effective). You can also try to shoot the barrels on the battlefield when she is near them for some decent explosion damage.

DLC: Title Update 1.13

There are 2 achievements with a total of 20 points

  • Performed 10 full-hit cross chains.

    Cross Chains are a "new" combo system added to the game. I put new in quotes because it was actually present in the Episode Duscae demo, but removed before the game launched, and it has now been added back in. These are performed by launching a warp strike at a "vulnerable" enemy who is not only vulnerable, but also has red arrows above their body, which is apparently a special new state of vulnerable. As a reminder, warp strikes are performed by locking on to an enemy with and pressing .

    I found this easiest to do against the random spawns of Magitek soldiers that you can find in the world. The Level 24 versions die too quickly, and you'll want to run away from the giant mechs, but if you get the Level 47 soldiers, you'll get at least one or two Cross Chains per group easily. Firstly, don't attack them yourself, just let your AI buddies fight them. Eventually Gladio will knock someone down and they'll become vulnerable and available to Cross Chain. Lock on and warp strike, then continue to press each time it comes on screen to complete the QTE and get to 10 hits. If you press at the wrong time, the chain breaks and will not count.

    I have seen videos of people initiating this on lower level monsters after doing a warp strike with Noctis, but never got it to work myself. I included both videos below.


Secret achievements

  • Defeated Melusine.

    This achievement is unlocked by completing the "O Partner, My Partner" quest obtained from the Hunter at the Meldacio HQ, SE of Vesperpool. It is basically a simple Hunt, so grab the quest and head to the location to kill the boss, then return to the Hunter to finish the quest and unlock the achievement.

    The boss is Level 99, though if you've done Adamantoise from the main game, this is a joke. It is made even easier with the new Magitek suits that grant 30 minutes of Invincibility per day. Make sure they are charged and equip them on all four characters, then simply bash the boss to death. Try to do Cross Chains when possible for extra damage and credit toward that achievement, but otherwise it's just a simple task of hacking her to death.

DLC: Comrades (Store Link)

There are 7 achievements with a total of 210 points

  • Powered up all facilities in Lestallum.

    Story related and cannot be missed.

    After completing the tutorial and arriving in Lestallum, you will need to complete the first hunt twice to get enough power to turn all the facilities back on.

    Note: As of December 18, 2018, the only way to earn this achievement 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 this achievement on the Windows 10 version.

  • Received a Royal Sigil.

    Story related and cannot be missed.

    Once you finish "Beacon of Hope" you'll be sent on a solo mission, and will receive your sigil at the end.

    Note: As of December 18, 2018, the only way to earn this achievement 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 this achievement on the Windows 10 version.

  • Crafted a weapon of Level 30 or higher.

    This achievement can be worked on right after the "Beacon of Hope" achievement, when Cid's crafting bench opens for you. The achievement is actually for upgrading a weapon, not crafting one outright (which can't be done). You'll want to take note of the max level an item can be upgraded to before investing too many resources in it. Any weapon that can go Level 30 or higher can be used for the achievement. You can quickly get the achievement by dumping any old crafting material into it, but the item will be stronger if you use better items.

    If you want to craft something truly powerful, wait until you have Cid cook for you after a mission. From there, you can find TONS of crafting guides on YouTube. Use all your best strength enhancing items on a weapon that can go to 50.

    Note: As of December 18, 2018, the only way to earn this achievement 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 this achievement on the Windows 10 version.

  • Met the owner of the Crow's Nest Diner.

    After beating any mission, someone will come cook for you to boost your stats for the next mission. Kenny is the owner of the diner who will unlock this achievement if he shows up. He can show up in any mission, but it is completely random in all but one instance. I would suggest grinding out all the other achievements and hoping he shows up, then if not use the method below.

    To guarantee that Kenny come cook for you, first you'll need three other people to have a full group of human-controlled players. Then, complete the "Marauding Midgordsormr" quest without any player picking up any food. This has been confirmed to cause his appearance at the end of the quest.

    Note: As of December 18, 2018, the only way to earn this achievement 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 this achievement on the Windows 10 version.


Secret achievements

  • Bested the Chosen King's companions.

    This achievement is unlocked by defeating Gladio, Prompto, and Ignis. Each one will appear on their own at different intervals during the DLC, near the Power Plant. You will get notified of their arrival, so don't worry about not realizing they've spawned. Each time someone appears, go speak with them and agree to a fight. Once you have beaten all three, the achievement will unlock.

    For Gladio and Prompto, you shouldn't have too much trouble beating them with normal physical attack strategies, especially if you took my advice from "One with Your Blade" and crafted a really powerful weapon. Dodge and use a lot of warp strikes. For Ignis, he has a counter-attack that does a lot of damage and is difficult to avoid. If you have any decent magic spells, you can spam those and kill him without ever dealing with it, or just heal through it like the person in the video below.

    Note: As of December 18, 2018, the only way to earn this achievement 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 this achievement on the Windows 10 version.

  • Witnessed the awakening of King Noctis.

    Story related and cannot be missed.

    After linking all four of the outposts by spending the kW you're grinding by completing mission after mission, you'll get a new single player mission. You'll need to defeat Bahamut to unlock the achievement. He is very powerful so if you're only in the 20's, it may be tough. A good way to cheese it is to bring a strong crossbow and spend the entire fight shooting from afar and only moving in to heal your teammates. They can kill him basically on their own.

    Note: As of December 18, 2018, the only way to earn this achievement 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 this achievement on the Windows 10 version.

  • Amassed an output of 999,999 kW.

    This achievement is cumulative, so anything you've spent during the story counts as well (to not drive yourself crazy, try to take note of how much that is so you know how much grinding you have left at all times). The best way to farm this out is doing the "Roboresurrection" quest. You will get 6100 kW for completing it. The robots are weak to lighting attacks, so the Lightning Katana is a good weapon to have if you didn't craft anything overly powerful. There are only two targets to kill to complete the mission, so you can skip everything else - but it's easier if you take out the two nidus which stops the ice bombs from spawning. You'll get less experience than some other missions (especially if you only kill the two large mechs and ignore everything else), but if you've got all the other achievements at this point, xp doesn't matter anymore.

    You will spend many hours farming to earn this achievement... though sadly at least 75% of that will be in loading screens. It's a needlessly torturous grind compared to the other DLCs and how quick the actual story of Comrades is. Make sure you've got a laptop or tablet with you to watch some movies or something.

    If you unlock the entire map, you'll have about 372k kW on hand when you unlock the achievement. It will only unlock when looking at the map, so check on your total from time to time so you don't grind longer than you need to.

    Note: As of December 18, 2018, the only way to earn this achievement 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 this achievement on the Windows 10 version.

DLC: Episode Ignis (Store Link)

There are 7 achievements with a total of 210 points

  • Took down 10 enemies using the spelldaggers.

    The spelldaggers are the only weapons Ignis has, so this basically equates to "kill 10 enemies" in general. You can change the element of the daggers (fire, ice, or lightning), but just use the normal attack and this will unlock after 10 kills.

  • Took down 10 enemies with counterstrikes.

    When you get hit, you will stagger backward a bit and see an prompt come on screen. If you hit that quickly enough, Ignis will do a backflip and heal a bit, and a prompt will come on screen. If you hit that quickly enough, he'll perform his counterstrike. This will do quite a bit of damage but not kill every enemy automatically, so you may need to do it more than 10 times to get the achievement. Use it often though, as it helps get through battles much more quickly.

  • Took down 100 enemies using Total Clarity.

    Total Clarity is a bit of a superpower that Ignis can activate after doing a number of normal attacks. You'll see the yellow bar on the right side of the screen fill up, and once full you can press to unleash it. The attack changes depending on which element your daggers are attuned to. Fire is great against single targets (use it against the mechs), while ice and lighting will hit numerous enemies at once.

    This achievement seems to be slightly glitchy, as I've read some reports of it not unlocking for people during Chapter 1 when you can roam the city and kill soldiers. However, if you wait until Chapter 3 during the fight with Ardyn, you will be powered up and can kill large groups of enemies with your Total Clarity Ice attack. Simply don't end the fight and more enemies will spawn constantly. Grind out all 100 kills here if the achievement hasn't unlocked by then.

  • Collected all documents.

    There are 15 total "documents" to find for this achievement. I put that in quotes because not all of them are actual documents. They appear as normal pickups do, with the sparkling blue light, though they will be attached to actual objects in the environment rather than being just a sparkle. One of the collectibles does not appear until you have access to the boat to end Chapter 1, and all of them must be collected prior to getting on said boat. I'd suggest just doing the story direct until that point, then collecting them all right in a row.

    I used the map below to find all of the collectibles, and I made a list of the names of the items at each location. Not all of them are at street level so if you can't find one, try looking up higher or just consult the video I've included. The video is in a different order but he references the map often so you can see which one he's working on compared to the map.

    1. Proposal for Operation: Tidequeller
    2. Petition for MA-X Aureus Changes
    3. Broken Magitek Core
    4. Magitek Rifle
    5. Magitek Appendage
    6. Magitek Axe
    7. Imperal Banner
    8. Tattered Plushie
    9. Family Portrait
    10. Civilian Evacuation Orders
    11. Soldier's Letter
    12. Note From Prompto
    13. Note From Gladiolus
    14. Letter to Camelia
    15. Bottled Message


Secret achievements

  • Completed EPISODE IGNIS on Normal.

    Story related and cannot be missed (so long as you selected "Normal" difficulty).

  • Defeated Ardyn in Chapter 3, Verse 2.

    After completing the main story for the DLC, the option "Extra Verse" will be available at the DLC's main menu. Select this and complete a secondary ending to the DLC. It will begin when you fight Ardyn at the Alter, and when Ignis is subdued, you will now have a second option labeled "Play along" to select. Choose that and finish the story to unlock this achievement. When you're fighting Ardyn the second time, choose "Risk your life" the first time the ring runs out of power, then "Sacrifice your life" the second time. A timer will begin and you'll have to beat him before it runs out, but waiting until the second time the ring runs dry should have his health nice and low to finish with plenty of time. You could risk it and select this option the first time, but it's safer this way.

  • Earned the top ranking in the Friendly Match.

    After completing the main story for the DLC, the option "Friendly Match" will be available. This is a fight against Noctis. It sucks. He dodges nearly everything, takes very little damage, and uses his Armiger often which will knock you out in one hit if it's a melee weapon or a few projectiles if it's a ranged weapon. However, once you learn all the tricks, it gets progressively easier.

    To unlock this achievement, you need to get an A+ rank or better, which means you need 900,000 points or more. You are scored by a number of factors, but the biggest one is your combo. A combo of 30-35 hits will get 500k right off the bat. He will start dodging right after the 30th hit usually, but if you activate Total Clarity at that time, it will often connect and keep the combo going. If you can somehow manage a combo over 40, you'll probably have all the points you need right there.

    The trick after that then is winning the fight. It took me a number of tries to get the combo AND win the fight at the same time. I often could get the combo but then ran out of healing supplies and failed, and twice I wont but never got a combo over 30 and took too long to win, so my score was too low. The biggest thing is ALWAYS successfully pressing after you get hit to heal yourself, then try to also hit right after that to counterattack. You'll be doing most of your damage this way.

    The other opportunities for attack will be when Noctis goes into stasis, and while he uses his Armiger. Using your fire attacks, continue to press him constantly, and after dodging a hundred times (not really but it feels like it), he'll run out of MP and need to sort of catch his breath. You can get a number of his in here. Then when he activates his Armiger attacks, you'll want to use Ignis' High Jump ability (+) three times. This will damage him a bit, but more importantly you're invincible while doing this move so his Armiger can't hurt you.

    Keep doing this pattern constantly, and hope he doesn't go up on top of the awning. It's still possible to fight there, but you fall off a lot so it's hard to get a good rhythm. If he goes up on the billboard, make sure to use your hookshot ( and pull it down by mashing ) to bring it down and damage him further.

    I know that's a lot of info to take in, but watch the video below and then there is no better way to learn than trying. It took me many attempts, so don't get frustrated if you're having a hard time. Eventually you'll get into a rhythm with the counterattacks and know when to do dodge and when to attack to get in those valuable hits.

DLC: Royal Pack (Store Link)

There are 7 achievements with a total of 210 points

  • Filled 80% of the Datalog.

    There are 94 total data logs in the game, so you will need to find 76 of them to get to 80% and unlock the achievement. This thread has most their locations, and this post ordered them a little better so you have less traveling to do. This YouTube playlist has video guides if you prefer that. I personally searched the names of specific ones I was having trouble finding (or that are missing from the guide above) and found individual videos each time, and I also used this guide for the missable ones inside Chapter Select which was helpful as well.

    The best way to tackle this achievement if you've finished the game would be to collect as many as possible in free roam of Chapter 15 before using Chapter Select. You'll want to get a minimum of 51 in Chapter 15 before moving on to chapter select, where you can find a maximum of 25 total. Many of the ones in Chapter 15 are in the difficult "Menace" dungeons, but if you get every log outside of those, you'll only have to do the easiest four of the eight dungeons. Be warned the ones in Chapter Select are missable, though you can simply start the chapter over if you did somehow miss them.

    To unlock the quests for the Menace dungeons, complete the following normal dungeons: Balouve Mines, Costlemark Tower, Crestholm Channels, and Daurell Caverns. The first two you should have already done to get Royal Arms for an achievement in the base list. Crestholm and Daurell you'll have to go to on your own. Once those four are complete, visit the old lady at Meldacio HQ to receive the Sealbreaker's Key and the Menace quests. Bear in mind, you can leave the Menace dungeons once you get all the collectibles you need if you want.

    Chapter Select will wipe all your story data (anything quest-related, even stuff like upgrading the Regalia) but not your player data (such as these data logs, level, skills, weapons, etc), so it's best to save your game in two slots. Keep one save as your main save file in post-game free roam, and a second one where you'll use Chapter Select to get this achievement and the two boss achievements from the Royal Edition. There are 25 total data logs in specific chapters of the story (2 in Ch10, 3 in Ch12, 17 in Ch13, and 3 in Ch14), which is why I suggested getting a minimum of 51 in the post-game section, so you can hit that magic number of 76 to unlock the achievement.

  • Posted excellent times in all cross-country test drives.

    Cindy will offer a new quest upon installing the Royal Pack. Go to Hammerhead and interact with the blueprint inside the garage, then complete the short fetch quest to get the tires. From there, complete the three test track races to unlock the achievement. One will be marked for you as a quest, and the other two you'll have to interact with yourself at Vesperpool and Coernix Station - Cauthess. Unlike the terrible snowmobile races in the Prompto DLC, these simply need to be completed in a specific time limit, and are VERY forgiving. You should have no problem completing all three on your first attempts.


Secret achievements

  • Captained the royal vessel.

    The royal vessel is a ship that you can access from the Galden Quay docks. Once you board the boat, sit in the chair to pilot it, and switch it to Manual drive. The achievement will unlock immediately.

  • Encountered Bismarck.

    After getting the "Maiden Voyage" achievement, use the boat to head to Altissa (choose "Move to Anchorage Point") and then use the gondola system to visit Wrexham (choose "Floating Market Station - Maagho"). You'll see a newspaper on a table when you arrive that you can interact with to start this quest.

    From there, simply follow the quest marker in the boat (switch to Manual to pilot to a specific location), and once you arrive at the spot in the image below it should trigger a cutscene and complete the quest/unlock the achievement.

  • Awakened to the True Power of Kings.

    For this achievement, you need to equip a specific accessory and then use your Armiger. The accessory can be found on a statue northeast of the "Prairie Outpost" rest area (next to the Keycatrich Trench dungeon). See the image below for its specific location. Grab and equip the accessory "Founder King's Sigil" (you must have collected all 13 of the Royal Arms first - see the "Faithful Heir" achievement from the base game for their locations), then activate your Armiger with + during combat to unlock the achievement.

  • Defeated Cerberus.

    This boss is located in Chapter 14 (Homecoming), so if you beat the game prior to the Royal Edition coming out, use chapter select to return and fight it. Otherwise, this will be story-related as you go through the game for the first time. The boss is level 45 and should be little trouble if you've been preparing for or have already fought Adamantoise.

  • This boss is also in Chapter 14 (Homecoming). However, unlike the last boss, this one is actually challenging. He is level 119, and has moves that can kill even the most over-leveled players. However, since this is part of the main game, you can stock up on as many healing items and revives as you want and play on Easy. Having the Founder King's Sigil from the "The Power Within" achievement will help for this fight, and watching the video below before attempting it should give you some ideas on his move set. Like Adamantoise, the fight will take a LONG time depending on your level, but is mostly just a test of patience.

    There are two methods to this fight. The first would be to attack the antennae (which does more damage) and risk getting taken out when it gets enraged, or just focus on the feet and slowly whittle down its health in a safer fashion. Depending on your level, item stock, and gear, you can make that call to fit your play style.

    An even better method, at least for me, was a cheese. With the Royal Pack upgrade you can unlock new abilities in the skill trees to play as the other bros. Unlock the one that will allow you to switch to Prompto during battle. Then, during Chapter 14, complete the "Crown City Without a King" quest to get an accessory for Prompto giving him unlimited SMG bullets. When you begin the battle with Omega, switch to Prompto (+) and then stand where I do in the video below, behind those two trees. Omega won't be able to get to you. Avoid the lasers as best you can, use Gladio as a decoy when possible, and shoot the antenae to enrage him. Since you're using a ranged weapon you'll be outside the kill dome, and then you can blast away during his enraged segment. Rinse and repeat.

DLC: Title Update 1.23

There are 3 achievements with a total of 30 points

  • Collected all the Royal Sigils.

    The quest "Descent Into Darkness" runs throughout the Comrades campaign. In the original Comrades release, only seven Royal Sigils were released, and assuming you completed the "Let There Be Light" achievement for collecting 1million power and used it to unlock the entire map, you got those seven Sigils already.

    With this update, the final six Royal Sigils have been released. Make sure you do the "Chocobreeder" achievement first, as we'll be using that chocobo to unlock the new power nodes on the grid to gain access to the rest of the Sigils. Unlocking chocobo routes and power nodes will automatically give you access to two of the six Sigils, while the others are locked behind Urgent missions. These are very difficult, high-level missions so see below for some tips.

    • Get your strength and vitality as high as possible. This is combined from all four weapons you equip, and it's possible using Meteorites during the crafting process to get weapons up to Level 120. To quickly get crafting materials, buy stacks of Chrome Bits from Meldacio HQ and fully upgrade a Mace from Lestallum, then dismantle it. You'll need to do this 30+ times to get enough materials to create four high-level, high-strength and -vitality weapons to get ready for the fight
    • Complete the daily quest for at least six days to earn enough fire, ice, and lightning shards to buy the 30% bonus to crafting (the same one you'd get if Cid cooked for you after a mission), and purchase this ONLY after the above tip is complete and you have all the items you'll need to max out all four weapons. Also bear in mind this buff will disappear if you go on a mission!
    • Cheese him! Honestly, I still find it ridiculous that Comrades, an online multiplayer expansion, has so much content that you're forced to play solo. This fight can't be done in co-op and your AI friends are terrible, so get Ifrit to his second phase when he lights up in flames, then die and retry. Once you load back in, stand here or here and just pick him off with a crossbow. It'll take a while, but it's effective

    Once you collect the final Royal Sigil, the achievement will unlock.

    Note: As of December 18, 2018, the only way to earn this achievement 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 this achievement on the Windows 10 version.

  • Raised a chocobo to Level 99.

    See Step 2 of the Road Map for this DLC for how to get access to quests that will reward a chocobo. It shouldn't take very many attempts to get one that can be raised to Level 99. You'll know you have a good one if it starts at Level 50, and has the description "This bird roosts at the top of the pecking order!" when you check its info at the Stable (which is accessed via the Elevator at the Hidden Harbor).

    Now, once you get a bird that can get to L99, you'll want to pay attention to the bars at the bottom right of the screen when you train. Depending on the level, you'll have two or all three stats with yellow progress bars, and you need to get all of them to the end and turned white before you use up all your training attempts to unlock the next set of ten levels. I would suggest starting with a single state rather than "Overall" and if you get a message that says the bird will do well from another training of the same type, choose it again. If not, choose something else. Repeat this method and vary your training to try and max out all the bar withing ten training attempts.

    As you train, various bonuses could happen if you repeat sessions or pick specific stats to train. Pay attention to the dialogue that comes up after each training attempt. If you ever get the Motivation prompt, be sure to use that. If your exhaustion level starts to get too high and changes to orange or red, back off that stat even if you got a message that it would be a good choice. If your bird gets hurt, you're forced to rest, and you likely won't unlock the next set of levels. If you do unlock the next set, that would be an optimal time to rest once or twice if possible to prepare for the next set.

    Again, due to the random nature of this achievement, I can't offer too much in the way of advice aside from dashboarding and quitting the game without hitting to back out of the training screen if you fail to unlock the next set of levels. Every time you do unlock the next set, back out to save your progress before starting the next training attempts. Search "FFXV Comrades Level 99 Chocobo" on YouTube if you want to watch people do it and get familiar with some of the training messages, but don't expect to duplicate what they've done.

    Note: As of December 18, 2018, the only way to earn this achievement 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 this achievement on the Windows 10 version.

  • Completed the Comrades quest with all four characters.

    When you load up Comrades after the new title update, a new quest will be available at the counter called "Departure" which has you playing as one of the four main boys at set levels and with set equipment. You can jump into these at any time since you can't influence them at all. Each quest is identical aside from who you play as, and all of them are quite simple except for the final battle against King Behemoth. Here are some tips:

    • Always have some kind of food in your inventory. This will resurrect you if you die. Plenty of food is scattered throughout this mission, and there are multiple sitting at the peak during the boss fight as well. If you do go down, immediately head to the edges of the peak to find a new food item before rejoining the fight
    • Using Ignis, I would suggest staying far away from the boss and just hold to charge up Total Clarity, then use it right away. Rinse and repeat for a fairly uneventful battle
    • Using Gladio, he can get up close and personal without too much issue. He'll likely still go down once or twice, but he can take some hits unlike the others. Once his Maelstrom is charged, use it and be sure to hit when the prompt shows up to link it into the Dual Master technique
    • Using Noctis, try to use warp strikes and be on the move as much as possible. Use his sword for the most damage, and use the Armiger with + as soon as it is charged (the circle around your weapons in the bottom left)
    • Using Prompto, just stay back and use his normal ranged attacks. Save all his premium ammo for the boss and then use all three launcher shots, all 100 rifle bullets, and the grenade as soon as the fight starts. After that, save up for his fully charged Trigger Happy attack and repeat that until done

    Once you complete the quest with all four boys, the achievement will unlock.

    Note: As of December 18, 2018, the only way to earn this achievement 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 this achievement on the Windows 10 version.

DLC: Episode Ardyn (Store Link)

There are 7 achievements with a total of 210 points

  • Inflicted Royal Retribution 10 times.

    Royal Retribution is an attack that can be unleashed when your combo bar (the pink half-moon at the bottom left corner of the screen) fills up. Once it hits x12, use a warp strike ( + ) to unleash a large amount of swords at the enemies on screen. This will also heal you, and can be a huge help in getting large combos (especially during the Somnus fight). Do this ten times over the course of the DLC to earn the achievement.

  • Used Ifrit's techniques 10 times.

    Ifrit essentially acts as a companion during the DLC and you can call him down by using the tech bar. This is the horizontal bar on the left side of the screen. Depending on the technique you try to use, you may need all three bars to be filled. Once you have enough bars filled, hold and use the correct direction on the D-pad to call Ifrit down to fight with you. Repeat ten times throughout the DLC to unlock the achievement.

  • Daemonified 100 enemies.

    To daemonify an enemy, you must either land a blindside attack (hit the enemy from behind) or land a full 5-hit combo. After either of these attacks, the enemy should turn blue and you'll see the prompt on screen. Hit that quickly to then jump on the enemy and drain the rest of their life force. You can even sometimes chain these attacks between multiple enemies if you land a large sweeping attack on multiple foes. You will also be required to do this against all the bosses in the sector battles.

  • Completed EPISODE ARDYN on Normal.

    Story related and can not be missed, assuming you selected Normal difficulty when starting the DLC.

  • Unlocked all of Ardyn's abilities.

    Just like in the main single player of FFXV, you will earn AP in Episode Ardyn to gain new skills. Rather than Ascension though, these skills are leveled in a menu called Descension. You will earn one point of AP for every enemy you daemonify, and ten points for every boss you defeat in the sectors. While going for "Return of the Founder King" you will have no issue earning enough AP to gain all the skills.

  • Took over all sectors of Insomnia.

    Once you arrive at the main open-world section of the DLC, your goal will be to take over three sectors of Insomnia by shutting down the mana amplification antennae. To do this, you will need to attack four pillars and summon a boss. Once all enemies around the antennae are defeated, it shuts down and the sector is put under your control. You can finish the DLC only doing three of these, so be sure to do all of them to unlock this achievement.

  • Earned the top ranking in EPISODE ARDYN.

    As with all the character DLCs, this last achievement with the gold icon and the 110 is the most frustrating of the lot. For Ardyn, you must get an "Absolutely Astounding" rank in the DLC when you complete it. Your score is made up of many different factors, and you can only get three "downgraded" individual ranks and still get the top overall rank. What this means is that starting with A+ as the best score, you could for instance get a single B ranking and everything else would need to be A+ or you could get three A ranks with everything else at A+ and so on. A maximum of three levels under an A+ spread over any of the categories in other words.

    The categories are as follows:

    • Total Score: This is made up of your Battle Score (points earned from active fights) and your Rampage Score (points earned from destroying the city). An A+ rank is earned at 1,500,000 points.
    • Max Combo: As described, the higher your combo, the better your rank. An A+ rank is earned at 400 hits. An easy way to jack up the counter is holding to attack and engage the sawblade as you strafe around a group of soldiers. The large battle in the courtyard prior to entering the gates for the two boss battles is great for this. You can also get huge combos on Somnus with the same method after warp striking up to his head, while also using Royal Retribution when it is at 12x for an additional 100 hits.
    • Enemies Defeated: Another obvious one. Exact cutoff for A+ is unknown, but likely 125 or a bit lower. You should have no issue getting this since you need 100 daemonifications anyway.
    • Daemonifications: As mentioned above, an A+ rank requires 100 of these. You won't successfully daemonify every single enemy, so once you hit 100 of these you'll have your enemies defeated stat complete as well.
    • Sectors Controlled: See "Insomnia Insurgence" for getting this done. Must have all seven controlled for an A+ rating.
    • Undying States: This occurs when your HP falls to zero and your attacks begin to do more damage. An A+ rank requires this to never happen. You do get an A rating for it happening once, so if it happens during the final boss and your other stats are good, it might not be the end of the world.
    • Damage Incurred: Another obvious one. An A+ rating is at 15,000 damage or lower. This will likely be one of the sections you use one or more of your "downgrades" on, though an A rating is at 20,000 and B rating at 30,000 so there's nice wiggle room.
    • Successful Strategies: These are four minor battle requests that pop up during the tutorial section prior to the open-world area. You will need to do the following: On the island, daemonify the enemy when requested. In the lab, daemonify five royal guards and use Royal Retribution when asked. And finally when you arrive in Insomnia, summon Ifrit at the correct time. You must do all four of these to get an A+ rating.
    • Battle Time: This is not the total time it takes you to complete the chapter, only actual time spent in battle. An A+ rating is 50 minutes, so don't spend too much time running around waiting for Ifrit to charge. But at the same time, don't rush and take too much damage either.

    Now, your basic strategy for tackling the episode should be the following:

    • Complete the tutorial and ensure you do all four strategies. Make a hard save when you begin the open-world section and do not overwrite that in case you need to fall back on it.
    • Clear all seven sectors, taking as little damage as possible while also trying to beat the bosses as quickly as possible. Save before each sector and if you are happy with your time and damage taken, save again. Continue this process until you control all seven sectors and have good attempts on all of them.
    • Complete the fight outside the gates and make another hard save here if you're happy with the fight. Do not overwrite this save either.
    • Complete the DLC by defeating the two bosses, again taking as little damage as possible.
    • Now, here is where you'll check your stats at the ending screen. You won't get the highest rank yet, we're just checking a few things. Most importantly, we want to know where our "missable" stats landed: Successful Strategies (if you didn't get 4/4, you messed up bad and will need to restart the entire DLC), Battle Time (if you went over an 40 minutes, you'll probably want to reload the tutorial save and do the sectors faster), and Damage Incurred (if you're under 15k, that's great - make sure it's under 20k though as we have more work to do). Make note of all the other sections as well, and how far you are from A+ ratings.
    • Reload the save you made after the gate fight. Head back out into the city and pump those numbers up. Work on getting to A+ ratings in daemonifications, rampage score, combos, enemies killed, total score, etc. Aside from the three "missable" stats I mentioned above, all the other sections can simply be farmed. Obviously don't spend more time than necessary doing this, as you will start to de-rank on Battle Time and Damage Incurred if you fight more than you should.
    • Once you feel happy with the work you've done, make another hard save and do not delete this one either (we should now have one after the tutorial, one after the sectors and gate battle, and one after farming).
    • Complete the DLC again. If you've done everything correctly, you should now have your "Absolutely Astounding" rank! If you failed at something and it seems correctable (such as not enough enemies killed or too low of a combo), reload your third hard save and grind a bit more. If you failed one of the "missable" stats and you don't think it's salvagable, you may need to reload your first hard save and start the process over.

    As you can see, this is quite an arduous task (no pun intended). You need to keep track of a lot of stats where there's no way to actually keep track of them in-game. You need to go fast but be careful, you need to kill a ton of enemies but don't get hurt much, etc. The good thing is that the DLC is fairly short when you're skipping all the cutscenes, and the hard save points I suggest should keep you from redoing too much if you screw up. However, it may take some trial and error to get right. Good luck!

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