- Estimated achievement difficulty: 8/10
- Offline: 20 
- Online: 0
- Approximate amount of time to 1000: 15+ hours
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 3
- Missable achievements: None
- Does difficulty affect achievements: Yes
- Unobtainable/glitched achievements: None
- Extra equipment needed: N/A
DLC: The Forgotten Land
- Difficulty: 7/10
- Time to 210: 3+ hours
- Unobtainable: None
ZHEROS is an incredibly tough action brawler. Originally it was nearly impossible to beat, but the developers have patched the game to decrease the overall difficulty and add checkpoints to all the levels. It consists of 18 levels of increasing difficulty. None of the achievements are missable, as you can replay levels at will to collect missing RP or stars. The difficulty achievements DO stack, however the achievements for playing as either Mike or Dorian will NOT unlock while playing in co-op, so three playthroughs are required for the full 1000. Also note that only the main player will unlock achievements when playing in co-op; your partner will just be there for the long (and frustrating) ride.
Two Playthroughs on Easy as Mike/Dorian:
Begin by playing through the game on Easy as either Mike or Dorian. In this playthrough you will focus on collecting all of the stars and upgrading your character to the maximum by getting both RP in every level. Most, if not all, of the miscellaneous achievements will unlock while playing through regularly. This is also a good time to go for getting “Fist of Fury”, which requires you to complete an entire playthrough without using the gun. Simply beat the game without pressing . I recommend doing this on your first playthrough so that you don’t accidentally fire the gun as a reflex. Easy difficulty is not very difficult at all and you shouldn’t have any problem completing it. Once done, you need to play through the entire game again in a new save slot as the other character to get their corresponding achievement. You should be able to easily blaze through it in a couple of hours now that you know the levels and game mechanics.
Co-Op Playthrough on Hard:
This will be the make it or break it achievement. Hard difficulty is incredibly tough, especially in the later levels, and there are several parts that may have you ripping out your hair. See “True Heroes” for some general tips and advice. You can do a co-op playthrough on an easier difficulty if you wish, but this will add an additional playthrough. Co-op MUST be done in couch co-op, as online multiplayer is not available. If you don’t have a friend available to help, you can play with a second controller and just let your companion die over and over as you fight. I don’t recommend this as it will make the game much more difficult. You will also get the achievement “Friendship” when reviving your opponent five times during this playthrough.
If you don’t have all of the achievements by now, you can easily go back and replay levels to get anything that you are missing.
The Forgotten Land DLC
Dr.Vendetta is back! Determined to have his revenge on the Zheros Squad, his plot is clear as ever, become the strongest being in the universe. Our heroes will travel across an ancient land chasing the evil doctor to stop him once and for all explore a world inspired by the treasures, lands and mysteries of the east. Find new allies and guide our heroes in the final showdown to save the galaxy.
There are only three achievements with this DLC. They are all straightforward and can be unlocked in one playthrough.
Most of the achievements for ZHEROS are easy to obtain. The real difficulty lies with beating it on Hard and completing it in couch co-op, as not everyone has someone they can play with. If you do manage to get all 1000 give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it.
Special thanks to Youtuber UntilTammaro for providing the videos for "Nowhere to hide".