- Estimated achievement difficulty: 7/10
- Offline: 46 (900 )
- Online: 4 (100 )
- Approximate amount of time to 1000 : 60 - 100+ hours
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: One for each Solo Tour instrument (guitar, drums, and vocals) plus World Tour and online matches.
- Number of missable achievements: None (As long as you are the leader of the band in World Tour or play in all the bands’ gigs)
- Glitched achievements: None
- Do cheat codes disable achievements? Yes.
- Does difficulty affect achievements? Single Player achievements and Endless Setlist achievements stack with difficulty.
Welcome to the Rock Band Road Map to 1000 !
This achievement list isn’t for the faint of heart and will take hours of dedication and practice. You will have to master not one, but three different plastic instruments. Between all game modes, there are 826 songs - 8 unique songs played multiple times - that need to be passed. With an average song length of ~ 4:20, you are looking at a bare minimum of 60 hours of playing songs. Of course most of us won’t be able to jump right into all the expert instruments, so tack on hours of practicing and that number shoots up. Still, anyone can learn to play like a pro if they take the time and keep at it!
Rock Band is a great game with a terrible design flaw: a huge portion of gameplay is only available to multiplayer bands, but not on XBL. In order to get 1000 , you must be able to play all instruments on Expert, have a partner who can play at least one instrument on expert, and who is also available to play local. Another option is to learn a technique called Voxtar, which involves playing guitar (or bass), while singing. This can be done with the headset, or a microphone stand. You can also sing and play drums at the same time, if that’s easier for you.
The best Rock Band resource on the internet is https://rockband.scorehero.com. They have charts of every song, both on disk, and DLC for every instrument and difficulty, information on the five star and gold star cutoffs, and info on optimal overdrive usage, along with many other resources to get you up to the expert difficulty on any instrument.
There are 50 achievements possible with no missable, glitched, or DLC achievements.
-15 achievements will take you through 3 playthroughs of Solo Tour where you will need to clear each non-bonus song on expert for guitar, drums, and vocal instruments (there is no bass Solo Tour).
- 25 achievements will require a full clear of World Tour including completing the Endless Setlist on expert. I hope you have a talented friend close at hand because Rock Band 1 doesn’t have online World Tour so you will have to both play locally.
- 4 achievements will challenge you to take on other Rock Band enthusiasts in head-to-head online battle.
- 6 miscellaneous achievements will test your overall skill in the game.
Section 1: Getting Good
If you intend on getting all the achievements, you will need to excel at each instrument. You should start by grabbing a friend (or three!) and starting a band in World Tour mode. In order to get the full 1000 , you’ll need to learn to play all three instruments on expert, but inevitably, you’ll develop an affinity for one in particular. Figure out which instrument you’re most comfortable with, and try to form a band with someone who plays a different instrument. This will make the multiplayer achievements much more enjoyable to get. You will have to play 651 songs in this mode to complete all the “Big In ___” achievements, so that gives you ample time to get better. Besides the Endless Setlist achievements, you will only need to play Expert songs to get One Million Fans, so don’t worry if you start playing on a lower difficulty.
As you progress through World Tour, you will unlock challenges to earn a van, bus, jet, and induction into the Hall of Fame. Complete each of these as they appear for their respective achievements. The ultimate challenge is the Endless Setlist where you have to play each song in the game back to back. You’ll probably want to hold off doing this for now.
-As you go through sets, try and switch up instruments and get practice on your worst one. Remember you’ll need to master them all eventually.
-The key to becoming better is to push yourself to your limits. You may fail, but your abilities will progress very slowly if you stick to songs you are comfortable with.
-Try harder songs than you could beat solo and your other band members can keep you afloat with Overdrive.
Section 2: Master of All Trades
When you start to feel comfortable on expert with an instrument, go into Solo Tour mode and start clearing songs on expert. As you go through it the first time, you will unlock Breakthrough Act, Hot Artist, and Top Artist. Once you finish each of the non-bonus songs, regardless of how many stars/points you get, you will unlock the instruments’ expert achievement (Lord of the Strings, AN-I-MAL!!!, or Virtuoso) and all the lower difficulty ones for that instrument. If you hit a major roadblock while going for any of these, take a break and go back into World Tour and work on completing more gigs.
If you and your band feel ready, it is time to tackle the Endless Setlist. You will be required to play all of the games’ songs (including bonus songs, excluding any DLC songs you buy). This will take about 4 1/2 hours to complete from start to finish. The difficulties stack, so its best if you do it once on expert. When you are ready, get comfortable and prepare yourself for an epic rock marathon. You are allowed to fail songs and pause anytime, so make sure to take a break if you need to. After you finish, your band will be awarded Platinum Artist. You’re all probably a little tired but you have one more thing to do. Start up any set and finish it with your band and you’ll all earn Riding on Coattails.
Section 3: Clean Up
Hopefully by now you have the majority of the offline achievements. Keep working on the “Big In ___” achievements until those are all done and hopefully by then you are good enough on all expert instruments to have finished Solo Tour with each. If you have any songs holding you back, go into practice mode and slow down the sections that are giving you trouble and work them out. They say practice makes perfect for a reason.
The only thing left before we move into online achievements are the “Flawless ___” achievements for getting 100% in an expert song with each instrument. You probably have some or all of these if you have finished every gig and all of Solo Tour. If you are having trouble, check out the thread HERE.
Section 4: Online
Depending on how much you like online achievements and competition, you may have already gone ahead and done these. You need to win 20 games of Score Duel and 20 games of Tug of War with at least a 5 game win streak in both modes. Unfortunately, if a player quits out, they are not penalized and you do not get a win. So, if you aren’t boosting, you may have this happen to you a frustrating amount of times. If you do plan on boosting, it is fairly easy to coordinate and get games together. Just pick the bass (the least popular instrument) on something like medium or hard difficulty and you’re almost sure to end up in the same game every time.
Hopefully, if you have followed this Road Map thus far, you will have gotten most of the Rock Band achievements. Just keep pushing for anything you haven’t gotten and remember that this is a party game and you should be having fun. When you are feeling stuck, take the time to casually play with friends and rest up. Eventually, you’ll beat that last song and getting this 1000 may be one of your proudest.