-Estimated achievement difficulty: 7/10
-Offline: 44(840)
-Online: 6(160)
-Approximate amount of time to 1000: 40-80 hours
-Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 33
-Number of missable achievements: None
-Glitched achievements: None
-Do cheat codes disable achievements?: No Cheats

Soul Calibur 4 is the first game of the series on a next-gen console, and is the last game of the series. The game isn't a hard 1000, but an extremely annoying one, thanks to the achievement Transcend History and the World.

Step #1: Story Mode
One of the most annoying things you'll have to do is complete every character's story mode, even the bonus characters. Seeing as you have to do 33 different story modes, this will be a while. Thankfully each characters story mode is only 10-15 minutes each, and you only need to do one on hard.

The reason why you have to go through every character's story mode is because upon competing a character's story, it unlocks two weapons for them. You do not need to complete Arcade with every character, as that will only give you a little bit of money.

Step #2: The Tower of Lost Souls
The Tower of Lost Souls isn't hard at first, but the last few floors will test your patience. The most reliable way to go through the tower is to spam one of Astaroth's attacks. The attack requires you to hold back-left on the (back-right if you are on the right side of the screen), and then you must hold , and after that attack, you can either hit or . Using this combo, along with Health Drain A, can make going through the tower very easy.

Tower of Lost Souls Unlockable Equipment FAQ

As you ascend, make sure you grab Legendary Hidden Treasures.You can buy all of the equipment from the store, so you only have to do the easy hidden objectives.

There is also a nice trick that allows you grind money fairly quickly. Using the strategy displayed in Tower of Gold, you can buy all of the equipment easily.

Step #3: Multiplayer
Before going online, you have a decision to make. Out of all of the characters in the game, find the one that suits your style of play the best. There are a lot of high ranked players in this game that will beat you if you don't know what you're doing. While you could spam attacks, any decent human player will know how to counter you, so you really have to learn how to play with a character.

Of course, you could always try to boost the achievements. Host a 40 second custom character match, and hope someone finds you. Seeing as how no one plays this option much, it shouldn't be too hard to find your boost buddy. If you need a boosting partner, try the Achievement Trading Thread.

Soul Calibur 4 is an annoying, but doable 1000. While going online and Transcend History and the World can be a pain, with enough time and effort, they can be done.

[x360a would like to thank GameFreak47 for this Road Map]

Soulcalibur IV Achievement Guide

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There are 50 achievements with a total of 1000 points

  • Fight against Yoda.


    You will encounter Yoda in arcade mode when you play as The Apprentice (who is unlocked by completing arcade mode with Yoda). Can be done online if your opponent chooses Yoda as well.

  • Clear STORY MODE on difficulty: NORMAL.


    See "Mystery of the Swords" for more info.

  • Clear STORY MODE on difficulty: HARD.

    The two difficulties do not stack, you will need to do one on Hard and one on Normal. If you are having trouble, try the tricks for the Tower of Lost Souls/Arcade Mode using Astaroth's cheap moves.

  • Clear STORY MODE with Yoda.

    Simple enough. Easier on Normal.

  • Clear ARCADE MODE.

    See "Hero on the Battlefield" for more info.

  • Clear ARCADE MODE with over 450,000 points.

    Refer to this to better understand the scoring system.

    The Consecutive win bonus really makes the difference in the end with a total of 127k. So assuming you never lose a round entirely (Losing a round and throwing the fight to retry will void all Consecutive win bonuses):

    Stage 1 - No Consecutive Win Bonus
    Stage 2 - 1000
    Stage 3 - 2000
    Stage 4 - 4000
    Stage 5 - 8000
    Stage 6 - 16000
    Stage 7 - 32000
    Stage 8 - 64000

    Various bonuses:

    Soul Gauge bonuses - 1500 to 3500
    Time Bonus - 3000 to 8000
    First Hit Bonus - 1000
    Perfect - 15000
    Health Bonus - 100 to 10000
    "X" hit combo - Depends on damage and number
    Unblockable attack - 1000
    Wall hit - 1000
    Last Attack - Depends on damage
    Ukemi - 100
    Impact - 500
    Overkill - 100
    Critical Finish - 1500

    Alternatively, You can throw a battle if you don't get a perfect without any point deductions. But if you do this, you will lose the consecutive win bonuses.

    Tip: Use Astaroth's cheap combo by holding Down/Back and X, then hitting Y. If done right, he will wind up a low swing and knock your opponent down, then do a hard overhead swing. Repeat these two moves over and over and they shouldn't be able to even move.

  • Acquire over 30 treasures in TOWER OF LOST SOULS.


    You will need to earn at least 30 free treasures in the TOLS by completing various tasks. The lists of tasks can be found here. You get an extra treasure for every five floors in descent mode as well. If you get that achievement, you'll have four treasures, then simply do 26 of the 60 tasks fromn the list.

  • Descend 20 floors in TOWER OF LOST SOULS.

    Reach Floor 20 in the TOLS on descend. You unlock Descend when you complete 20 floors of acsend. Wait until you have unlocked more equipment to create a custom character with High attack, defense, Hp, Hp Drain A and/or Hp Burst.

  • Clear all upper floors of TOWER OF LOST SOULS.

    Complete 60 floors of the TOLS on Ascend. The key to completing this is creating custom characters with the appropriate skills required for some floors. Generally, try to create a character with high defense and high hp, adding in skills like Hp Drain A and Hp Burst.

    For 45-47F in particular, create a character with Yun-Seong's soul, high defense, high hp, soul gauge vamp and soul gauge damage A. You may need to spam his Forward+Y+Y combo (which they will almost always block), then use a critical finish to beat them.

    Astaroth's cheap combo as described in the Arcade Mode achievement works well here as well.

    If you are stuck at any time, please ask for assistance in this thread.

  • Win a battle with Critical Finish.


    A Critical Finisher is performed after a Soul Crush by pressing . Each character has a Soul gauge represented by the colour of the round gem next to the Hp bar. An opponent's Soul gague is reduced when he/she blocks an attack. When the opponent's Soul guage depletes to such a state that the Hp bar begins flashing red, any time the opponent blocks another attack, he/she may get Soul Crushed. This will show your opponent flickering red with electricity and his/her Soul Gauge will turn black and make a noise that sounds liks breaking glass. From there, you have about 1 second to press . This is known as a Critical Finisher and it ends a battle immediately.

    Level Yun-Seong to level 9. Create a custom character with low attack, high defense and high hp, but more importantly, give your character Soul Gauge Vamp and Soul Gauge Damage A. Spam his Forward++ attack (which they will almost always block) to get this quickly and often.

  • Destroy all of the opponent's equipment.

    • Make a character with low attack, high defense, high hp
    • For skills, have Hp Burst if possible
    • Play TOS ascension Floor 11 where they have high defense
    • Just attack them with low, middle and high attacks

    Use Mitsurugi and these moves:

    • High attack - X, X or Y+B
    • Middle attack - Down/Back+X, Y or Y, Y or Back+Y+B, Hold X+Y
    • Low attack - Down/Back+Hold X
  • Land an attack on a taunting opponent.


    Anytime your opponent strikes a pose and says something, try to hit them. No real science to it. This can be done online in a ranked or player match as well.

  • Perform 100 Critical Finishes.


    See "Scorpion's Sting" for more info.

  • Perform 200 Impacts.

    • Create a character with high defense and high hp.
    • Give him/her Auto Impact A and Impact Heal
    • Just hold block and let the enemy attack you
    • Play one of the harder floors in TOLS acsension. Play the one with Cassandra because she attacks very often and very quickly.

    An easy way to get this online is to get a friend to play as Yoda and you play as Kilik. Get your friend to do light attacks with Yoda () and then you press (->) + (). Yoda is the easiest character to do impacts against as he has to jump to do light attack, so it is easy to anticipate. So when you see Yoda jump do the Impact.

  • Perform 20 Just Impacts.

    • Create a character with high defence and high hp
    • Give him/her Master Impact and Impact Heal
    • Play one of the harder floors in TOLS acsension. Play the one with Astaroth because his attacks are slower and you can anticipate them easier.
  • Perform 5 First Attacks in a row in Arcade.

    Use a Forward+ or Forward+ attack as soon as the battle starts, or hold Foward and hit B to do a running/sliding attack. If you draw first blood in five consecutive rounds this will unlock.

  • Perform 100 First Attacks.


    This is a cumulative of all game modes, including online. You'll get it going for the other achievements.

  • Perform 100 Soul Crushes.


    Soul Crushes are required for Critical Finishes, so you will get this going for the 100 finishers. See "Scorpion's Sting" for more info.

  • Perform 50 Wall Hits.


    Play on stages with walls and when the opponent is near the wall, perform a throw or a strong attack. Personally, I used Mitsurugi's basic + throw when the opponent's back is facing the wall. Using the Apprentice, if you back up against the wall, his throw will turn them around and blast them into the wall.

  • Land 10,000 attacks.


    This should come while working toward everything else.

  • Guard 1,000 times against attacks.


    If you don't have this after all the other achievements for lack of blocking, simply play through story mode or the Tower of Lost Souls and just hold down .

  • Perform 30 grapple breaks.


    This should also come naturally. You can make a custom character with Auto Grapple Break A equipped to help.

  • Reach over 10,000 meters in total movement distance in battle.


    Again, should come while working toward everything else.

  • Customize a regular character.

    In Create a Character mode, select any regular character, select slot 3, make any change, exit and save.

  • Create a custom character.

    In Create a Character mode, select the character icon with the Green haired male and pink haired female. Create a custom character, exit and save. You'll need to do this to work on some of the harder TOLS floors anyway.

  • Maximize a style's level.


    You level up characters' styles by defeating an opponent (not a round or total damage done). E.g. In the first battle of Story mode, you face 3 enemies, your character style makes progress towards leveling up when you defeat just 1 opponent.

    If you play TOLS with 2 characters, whoever defeats the opponent gets the "exp" towards leveling up their style. Even if Mitsurugi does 90% of the damage and Yun-Seong delivers the final blow, Yun-Seong will get the "exp."

  • Use all skill points and set up 4 skills.

    In character creation, do the following:


    Style: Mitsurugi

    Weapon: Masamune

    Suit: None

    Head: Nightmare Helm

    Eyes: None

    Neck: Guardian's Neck Cloth

    Shoulders: Viking Shoulders

    Body (Vest): Executioner's Garters

    Body (Jacket/Shirt): Frilled Shirt

    Arms: Caretaker's Gauntlets

    Legs: Guardian's Breeches

    Socks: None

    Shoes/Boots: Vagrant's Waraji


    Skill Settings:

     1. Auto Unblockable Attack C (already on weapon itself)

     2. Auto Grapple Break C

    3. Shave Damage B

    4. Nullify Counter C

    Then choose 'finish' and it should unlock.

  • Fight 100 times (Online).

    Play 100 Player or Ranked matches in total.

  • Fight against 20 different fighting styles (Online).

    This is cumulative of Player and Ranked matches. Just play with a friend and have each other use a different character every time with the round setting to 1.

  • Fight on all stages (Online).

    • You unlock stages as you complete story mode, so play through story mode with all characters first to make sure you have all stages unlocked.
    • Fulfil the TOLS ascension floor 14 requirements to unlock a stage (Phantom Pavillion - Seesaw)

    List of all maps:

    • Thesmophoros Imperial Garden
    • Distant Marsh
    • Hall Of The Warrior God
    • Star Destroyer Docking Bay - Laser Gates
    • Star Destroyer Docking Bay - Bridge Overhang
    • Tower Of Remembrance - Encounter
    • Tower Of Remembrance - Degradation
    • Tower Of Remembrance - Spiral Of Time
    • Tower Of Remembrance - Ancient Gate
    • Kumpaetku Shrine - Dream Remnants
    • Egyptian Temple - Sacred Flame
    • Ostrheinsburg Castle - Twilight
    • Jyurakudai Villa - Virgin Snow
    • Grand Labyrinth - Corridor Of Suspended Time
    • Sailor's Rest
    • Phantom Pavilion - Seesaw
    • Phantom Pavilion
    • Wolfkrone Monument
    • Ice Coffin Of The Sleeping Ancient
    • Ostrheinsburg Castle Throne Room
  • Win consecutive Ranked Matches (Online).

    Win 2 Ranked Matches in a row. Some claim that this is glitched, so just host the Ranked Matches and win 2 in a row.

  • Win 10 times (Online).

    See "Hero King" for more info.

  • Level up to 20 (Online).

    You earn points for winning Ranked Matches and leveling up goes by pretty quickly. You will need to win around 80 matches to reach level 20.

  • K.O. with an Unblockable Attack.


    An unblockable attack is when the screen darkens and a character's weapon gets engulfed in flames. Defeat an enemy with an Unblockable attack to unlock this. An easy way to do this is to use The Apprentice and lower your opponent's health to about 20%. Back off and perform Back++. This is an unblockable, ranged lightning attack.

  • Win 20 times with low HP.


    Win a round when your health is low. This should come naturally, especially during the harder TOLS floors and doing Hard story mode.

  • Win with all equipment destroyed.

    • Make a character with low attack, high defense, high hp
    • For skills, have Hp Drain A and/or Hp burst
    • Play TOS ascension Floor 24 and just let them attack you
    • When you are low on health, finish them off 1 by 1 to regain health, or use Hp burst
    • Keep the last guy at low Hp so that you can win quickly because I got this achievement with 4 seconds left

    Alternatively, go online and do this in a player match with a friend.

  • K.O. opponent with over 20 types of weapons.


    Defeat an opponent with 20 different characters/styles. You will get this while going through all the story modes.

  • Win perfect 30 times.


    After you learn a character's moveset and get enough practice, you will be getting Perffect's fairly regularly. Alternatively, just keep replaying the first 2 battles of story or arcade mode.

  • Measure the two passages of time and win.


    Win a fight and have the last 2 digits in the Total time match that of the round time. You will get this by luck.

  • Exhaust each other's power.


    Get a double K.O such that both you and the opponent get K.Oed and the round ends in a draw. Use Yoshimitsu and do this:

    Get each player to about 30% health. Run forward and then hit/hold +. He faces the other way and stabs himself through the body such that his sword goes through his torso and stabs the enemy as well, doing about 50% damage to each of you.

  • Complete CHAIN OF SOULS.

    • Buy all the greyed out characters in Create a Character mode
    • Unlock 5 Bonus characters by completing Story mode (see below)
    • Complete Arcade mode with Yoda to unlock The Apprentice
    • Go to Museum > Chain of Souls and exit

    5 Bonus Characters and how to unlock them

    • Shura -- Ivy, Taki, Raphale, Setsuka, Seon Mi-Na, Cervantes, Kamikirimusi
    • Ashlotte -- Astaroth, Maxi, Lizardman, Sophitia, Rock, Talim, Angol Fear
    • Kamikirimusi -- Xianghua, Tira, Cassandra, Mitsurugi, Amy, Yun-Seong, Shura
    • Angol Fear -- Kilik, Algol, Zasalamel, The Apprentice, Scheherazade
    • Scheherazade -- Voldo, Hilde, Nightmare, Siegfried, Yoshimitsu, Yoda, Ashlotte
  • Collect all illustrations in Art Gallery.


    Buy everything in Illustrations, High Quality Models, Promotional Material and Special. You have to unlock all characters first.

  • Collect all weapons for 5 characters.


    Each character has a total of 8 weapons, you have to buy them all in Create a Character Mode. By default, each character has 6 weapons, completing story mode with them unlocks 2 more weapons.

  • Get Soul Calibur (Final Form).

    Complete Siegfried's story mode and buy Soul Calibur (Final Form) in the Create a Character Mode.

  • Get Soul Edge (Final Form).

    Complete Nightmare's story mode and buy Soul Edge (Final Form) in the Create a Character Mode.

  • Collect all accessories.


    You DO NOT have to complete 40 floors of TOSL descend mode to unlock all accessories. When you unlock 30 achievements in the game, you unlock more equipment/accessories to be bought. Accessories belong to "Special equipment" which only a few characters like Yoda, The Apprentice, Bonus Characters and Algol can access.

  • Collect 350 pieces of equipment.


    Buy equipment from the Create a Character mode until you reach 350. I got it way before I bought all the equipment for males alone.

    See "Looter of the Battlefield" for more info.

  • Acquire all weapons and equipment.


    You need to unlock all characters and complete story mode with all of them once to buy two extra weapons.

    • You need to buy all equipment for males and females.
    • 8 weapons for all 34 characters
    • Buy all special accessories
    • Check Voldo if you can't get the achievement, there is an item called "Imprisoned Mask" that only Voldo can buy

Secret achievements

  • Welcome to the new world of SOULCALIBUR!

    Watch the opening cutscene.

    You have to watch the whole thing once you boot the game up and then press start when it asks you to. If you let it run past that bit, you won't get the achievement. The achievement then pops once you hit the main menu.

  • Acquire 1,000,000 gold.

    Do 60F in the Tower of Souls and let Algol jump-ring out himself. Do not attack at all; back off until you reach the black rings and let Algol knock you off your feet, roll around and let Algol attack you, he will eventually jump out. This achievement is cumulative, so don't worry about saving gold. Meaning you can spend it. I got my achievement with 500k gold in my "bank".

    This video shows the quick money trick, as well as a few other achievements.

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