- Estimated achievement difficulty: 4/10
- Offline achievements: 41 (1250 )
- Online achievements: 0
- Approximate time for 1000 : 7-10 hours (for 1000) + 1-2 hours (for 125 in Beneath The Ashes + 2-3 hours (for 125 in Lara's Shadow)
- Minimum number of playthroughs required for completion: 1
- Number of missable achievements: 6 (Master Swan Diver, Master Speed Demon, Grenadier, Master Grenadier, Weapons Expert, Master Weapons Expert)
- Glitched achievements: None
- Do cheat codes disable achievements: No
- Does difficulty affect achievements: Yes

Welcome to Tomb Raider Underworld. This iteration of Tomb Raider ties up storylines in from the previous two titles following the reboot of the franchise, so it's highly recommended you pick up at least Tomb Raider: Legend if you want to be up to date on the story. In addition, there is no training level (usually Croft Manor) in this version, so if you're new to the series, take some time during the prologue and first level to adapt yourself with Lara's moves; players of Anniversary or Legend will find the controls nearly the same.

To obtain 1000 gamerscore, you can obtain it all in one playthrough by starting on the Master Survivalist difficulty. There are 2 level packs available as DLC, each adding 125 The combat isn't too difficult and there is no penalty for dying, so there's nothing to worry about. Upon completing the game, you unlock Treasure Hunter mode, which allows you to revisit locations and pick up any missed treasures or relics.

Cheats are available in this game from the beginning, though they're not really necessary. To activate them, while in control of Lara, press the following:

Bulletproof Lara: Hold , press
One-shot Kill: Hold , press
Show Enemy Health: Hold , press

Step #1 - Master Survivalist Playthough
Should you wish to use a full walkthough, use the one located (LINK).

When you start up a new game, make sure to select Master Survivalist. As you play, try to get as many treasures and relics as you can, and check those off against the master list (LINK).

While you are able to go back and collect them later, if you loose track of what you have already picked up, you will end up having to check all the locations again anyways. Treasure and relics save automatically and will remain even if you die or don't finish the level. They do, however, have to be obtained in one Playthough (including the Treasure Hunt).

There are two sets of achievements you want to make sure to get as you pass through the areas they're located in. Both the Master Swan Diver and Master Speed Demon achievements require all 3 tasks to be done within the same Playthough. So if you miss the first, but do the other two and reload a save to do the first, it will not count. The first half of the game, you will want to make note of the 3 swan dive locations (LINK).

For the second half of the game, you will want to make note of the 3 speed runs involving the motorcycle.

In addition, there are three sets of combat achievements that may end up being missable. In Treasure Hunt mode, enemies you kill in the normal game don't seem to respawn, so if you haven't gotten either of the Grenadier achievements, Weapons (headshot) achievements, or Road Killer achievements, you will have to reload an older save.

Other than that, the rest of the achievements should come by completing the main storyline.

Step 2: Beneath The Ashes [+125/DLC Only!]
If you purchased the first DLC pack, Beneath The Ashes, it can be accessed from the main menu or the pause menu. Select 'Downloadable Content' on the bottom left, then 'Play Mission' on the top right. This is a fairly straightforward level that takes place after events in the main storyline. All you will have to do is complete the level and find all the collectibles (1 relic and 28 treasures). If you have any problems, consult the walkthrough (LINK).

Step 3: Lara's Shadow [+125/DLC Only!]
The second DLC pack loads up the same way Beneath The Ashes does and intertwines with the main story and Beneath The Ashes. The controls are slightly different, but luckily you start right out in a tutorial area. Once again, you will have to do some treasure hunting, this time it’s 1 relic and 20 treasures. Lara’s Shadow also introduces the return of the speed runs. There is no given goal time, so you will have to work as fast as you can. Both of them can be obtained on your second pass through the level and it’s been reported you can obtain the first speed run on your first pass of the level. If you have problems, consult the walkthough (LINK).

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

Tomb Raider: Underworld Achievement Guide

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There are 41 achievements with a total of 1250 points

  • Complete the Prologue

    -This will be the first achievement you get. You get this after you learn the controls in the introductory stage. (Story line)

  • Complete the game on hardest possible settings

    It's a good idea to play through the game twice. First, on easy to get all collectibles, speed demons, swan dives, grenadiers, etc. and familiarize yourself with the puzzles.

    Then play the hard difficulty. Skip past some enemies and do not worry about the other achievements. You'll breeze through the puzzles, too. If you play through on easy and get all collectibles, you will still have those when you start on Master Survivalist. So your health bar is maxed from the start.

  • Find 10 Treasures


    -See "Master Treasure Collector".

  • Find 50 Treasures


    -See "Master Treasure Collector".

  • Find 100 Treasures


    -See "Master Treasure Collector".

  • Find all 179 Treasures

    -Refer to THIS THREAD for all the locations.

  • Find a Relic


    -See "Master Relic Collector".

  • Find 3 Relics


    -See "Master Relic Collector".

  • Find all 6 Relics


    -There is one relic per area, for a total of 6 relics.
    -Refer to THIS THREAD for locations.

  • In one adventure, swan dive off one of the three highest points over water in the game

    -This is in the room with the Kraken.
    -Refer to THIS THREAD for description and pictures.

  • In one adventure, swan dive off two of the three highest points over water in the game

    -This is on Natla's first cargo ship
    -Refer to THIS THREAD for description and pictures.

  • In one adventure, swan dive off the three highest points over water in the game

    -This is at the beginning of Coastal Thailand.
    -Refer to THIS THREAD for description and a picture.

  • Execute a chimney jump of at least 2 wall kicks

    -See "Master Climber".

  • Execute a chimney jump of at least 4 wall kicks

    -There are ample places throughout the game where you can wall jump 4 times. I used a gap in the wall behind the kraken.

    To wall jump, jump towards a wall and press . When Lara connects with the wall, quickly press . Lara will jump back off the wall. Press repeatedly to have Lara bounce upward between the walls.

  • Drive into Xibalba in under 45 seconds

    --Southern Mexico
    -Save your game before you align the second calendar.
    -You attempt this as soon as you align the second calendar.
    -Have your bike parked outside the opposite side of the door your enter. You'll jump through this hole in the wall to exit.
    -Align the calendar, watch the cut scene, mount your bike, maneuver the curves and turn Left at the intersection.
    -This isn't too hard. Just don't bump too many walls, stall out, or fall in the pit.
    -Press or for speed boost while holding , best used at start up or while catching air.

  • Drove from the top of Valgrind to the bottom in under 50 seconds

    -- Jan Mayen Island
    -A cut scene will show you the spiral path downward. Use the outside edge to avoid the various sized holes. Ignore enemies.
    -I actually fell down one of the holes (on easy), survived and got there faster than intended.
    -If you are collecting everything for your first play through, grab the treasure to the right, then dive over the edge to die on purpose to reset the time. You'll start back up top to retry your challenge.
    -Again, not too hard. Just don't let obstacles slow you down.

  • Drive through the Valhalla Maze in under 40 seconds

    --Jan Mayen Island
    -After the aligning the symbols on the cylindrical column, open the door and get on your bike. Ignore all enemies and collectibles.
    -The directions are: Through the door - Right - Left - Right - Left - Left - Right
    -This should unlock when you reach the point between the two poles you pull down. If it did not unlock, then at least one of your runs were too long.

  • Beat all three Speed Demon challenges

    -Try and get these on your first play through. This doesn't unlock just because you have the other three Speed Demon achievements unlocked, they need to all be done in one game.

    - This works just like the Swan Diver achievements. You have to get them in one succession. If you don't get it, then reload the save "Southern Mexico Xibalba" and play until you finish the Valhalla maze. It will take about 45 minutes (skipping collectibles) to get to all three challenges and should unlock when you pass the two poles in the maze.

    -Do the times quickly since there's no indication that you finished in the set time.

    Note: Reloading the save on your first play through will save over the previous auto saves, so you'll have to grab all the collectibles again.

  • Kill an enemy by running over it with the motorcycle

    - You can run over a panther at the beginning of Southern Mexico.

  • Kill five enemies by running over them with the motorcycle

    -Only have to kill five enemies. Run over anything you can. You can hit the panthers and have this in no time.

    -( + ) or ( + ) and steering L or R makes Lara do a doughnut. While she does this, panthers, spiders, etc. will kill themselves running at you.

  • Kill two enemies with one grenade


    - See "Master Grenadier".

  • Kill three enemies with one grenade

    - Easy on a group of attacking spiders, but can be used on other enemies. When 3 or more come at you, throw your grenade with .

  • Execute an Adrenaline Attack headshot on an enemy

    -See "Weapons Master".

  • Execute ten Adrenaline Attack headshots

    - This will come with little practice and is similar (yet different) to the adrenaline head shot in Tomb Raider: Anniversary. General combat will gradually increase the adrenaline level. It must reach the top before Lara can perform an Adrenaline Head shot. At the beginning of some battles, the gauge will already be full. Use this to your advantage.

    Fill the adrenaline gauge, (the smaller silhouette of Lara in top left of HUD). Press when the enemy draws close. Slo-mo will engage and you must quickly move your red reticule into the shaded gray area on an enemy's head. Then shoot with .

    A quick and early way to get this is during the beginning of the Coastal Thailand area (level 3). You climb up a cliff side and are attacked by some tigers along a river. After dispatching this first group, you then need to climb some ruined columns to reach an upper area. Once on top, you will get a message about using the adrenalin headshots.

    The message will continue as you make your way under some branches and shimmy across a ledge. As you come out on the other side you will be attacked by 3 tigers. Immediately kill the first one with the adrenalin headshot. Now try to build your adrenalin meter up again by shooting at the other 2 tigers. It is possible to fill the meter 1 more time before killing them both so you can get a maximum of 2 adrenalin kills at this one location.

    Once all three tigers are dead, jump off the cliff you entered the area from and kill yourself. You will restart right back at the top and can do it all over again. If you can manage 2 adrenalin kills per attempt, it will only take 4 more tries to get your 10 total kills. If you can only manage the first kill on each attempt you will replay this section 9 more times. Either way, the achievement can be yours within 10 minutes and then you don't have to worry about adrenalin kills for the rest of the game.


Secret achievements

DLC: Lara's Shadow

There are 7 achievements with a total of 125 points

DLC: Beneath the Ashes

There are 3 achievements with a total of 125 points

  • Complete the Beneath the Ashes Mission

    Simply complete the DLC mission "Beneath the Ashes". If you get stuck, check out THIS WEBSITE for detailed walkthroughs.

    -The shotgun is effective for large enemies up close. You can switch for other weapons in the PDA if you deplete your shotgun ammo.
    -If you die before a check point, you do not have to recollect a treasure that you have already picked up. This is not the case for medkits.
    -You can save your game at any time. You should always manually save before turning off your console.


  • Find the Hidden Relic and all Treasures in Beneath the Ashes

    Beneath the Ashes (1 Relic and 28 Treasures)

    1. At the start, turn on your light. Then turn around and kick the vase.

    2. After the slo-mo bridge collapses and you grapple the ring, swing straight across to other side. It's in a vase to the right.

    3. Looking at the bridge frame, climb the wall on the right and jump back to the frame. Balance walk to the surface on top of the frame. Credit to: Little Templar

    4. After you crawl through the tunnel, there's a "right gate" and a "left gate". You can see it in the water in plain sight on the right.

    5. A treasure is located on the ledge above the right gate.

    6. You come to a room with a large water wheel on the left. Dive underwater and look behind the first pillar on the left.

    7. As you climb up to the left of the large wheel, kick the vase on the ledge in front of a barred door.

    8. As you swim through the underwater tunnel, take the first right up high.

    9. After you come up for air, dive back down and look in the corner.

    10. You'll come to a room with a pole in the middle. Climb up, perch on top and jump to the ledge with the vase.

    11. In the next large room with a wet floor (this room will eventually have the spinning-blade columns and higher water level), perch atop another pole and jump to the wooden beam. Instead of wall jumping to the bar above, jump to the open door. Go left to a dead end and a vase is in plain sight when a spider attacks.

    (Do not repel up to the ledge. Go through the door below it first.)

    12. After you wall run to the door below a ledge (a ledge you'll later explore) you'll ascend some stairs. At the top of the stairs, turn around and check the corner for the vase.

    13 & 14. Next you'll shimmy some ledges and see a pillar below. Jump and slide down the pillar to get these in the dead end area.

    15 & 16. In the room with a large pillar in the middle with spiked rollers around it, you can find the two vases at the bottom. One is next to the pillar.

    17. Shimmy around the pillar and jump to the available ledge that has two boards to pull together. A vase is in plain sight in the corner. Look across the room to see #18.

    18. Back in the water wheel room, you have to jump across and grapple a ring. Wall run to the left under the stairs to grapple another ring. (You can actually jump back out and grapple this ring again after you pick up the treasure.)

    19. Grab this in the corner once you jump from the spinning spiked column.

    20. After you leave the room with the spinning pillar, you'll kill a thrall soldier and some bats. Swing to the small ledge on the right in plain sight. Now save your game!

    21 & 22. Shimmy around and jump to the pillar and slide down to the bottom. These two are at opposite ends in vases. (If you shimmied and jumped to the next ledge, you can't get back to the pole, so reload the save.)

    -You come to the dragon puzzle room.

    23. Perch on the second pole, and instead of jumping to the wooden beam toward the middle of the room, jump to the other wooden beam. Navigate up to the ledge above that beam.

    -Now solve the dragon puzzle to spin the columns with blades. (You can see treasure #27 next to the dragon statue before you move it.)

    24. Jump in the water on the ladder side. Climb the wooden beam. Wall jump to the pole and perch. Jump out and grab the ring. Repel up and wall-run to the ledge. Kick the vase.

    25. Now jump out and perch on the pole. Look down to the other side of the room and you can see the treasure on a ledge.

    RELIC -Crawl through the tunnel below #25. You come to a room now filled with water. Climb out to one ledge then jump to the other. Here's some visual help.

    26. Back to the dragon statue. Repel down from the ring on the dragon statue and make your way to the first blade-spinning column. Jump from the column and grapple the ring. Then wall run left to the ledge.

    27. Jump from the second blade-spinning column to the ledge.

    28. Before you swing across to the fenced-in area, hang from the ring. Look right and you can see the treasure. 


  • Find the Hidden Relic in Beneath the Ashes


    -See "Master Collector" above or this video:

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