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[top]Overview

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Players: 1
Online Trophies: None
Estimated Time to Platinum: 15+ hours depending on skill specially at the tactical challenges
Minimum Playthroughs: 1 and a few chapter selects for clean-up
Collectible Trophies: The Best of All Possible Worlds
Missable Trophies: Living Legend
Glitched Trophies: None


[top]Tips & Strategies

General tips when playing the game:
  • Aim for the heads of the smaller robots you encounter. The bigger ones have some kind of a "core" which is their weak point, they will take more damage when you aim at that.
  • Boost-Dodge: The most important technique to master in this game. This is a very very useful tactic specially for the tactical challenges. This is performed by boosting with and pressing to cancel the boost with a dodge. The start-up boost has invincibility frames when executed, pair it up with the dodge and you can double that invincibility frame. Boost dodging grants you some good invincibility frames and also a good way to use when you want to recover the boost meter as it doesn't deplete when you do this.
  • EMP Slide: You can quickly make an EMP Grenade explode by just boosting and while you are boosting, use the EMP Grenade. That should make it explode immediately.
  • Reload-Cancel: Tired of waiting for the reload animation to finish? Well there's a quicker way to reload. When a weapon has run dry and Sam is gonna perform the reloading animation, immediately switch to a different weapon and then switch back to the weapon which has ran out of bullets and it should be reloaded with a full clip right away.
  • Fire-Cancel: This doesn't work with every weapon. A good combination for this is when you use the Heavy Machine Gun and then switching to the Shotgun. Hold to keep on firing the HMG and then when it is running quite low or whenever you feel like switching, you switch out to the Shotgun and it will switch out and fire right away. It's actually useful for a few DPS you can inflict.


[top]Roadmap

[top]Step 1: Beat the game on Hard Difficulty w/o dying and collect all Pangloss statues

Start the game on Hard and while going through this difficulty, do not use Chapter Select no matter what until you beat the game or change the difficulty as this will prevent you from getting ARS Operator and Living Legend. In case you die on any parts of the game, go back to the title screen and continue from there so that your previous death will not be counted.

Next thing you need to focus on aside from beating the game on hard without dying, there are 112 Pangloss statues that you need to find. When you find a Pangloss statue, the next thing you need to do is to shoot it and it will count as a statue that you have found in the game. It will turn red and also has a funny sound when it's shot.

Trophies that you can earn on this step:
  • One Day at DARPA
  • Space Normandy
  • Storming Grand Hill
  • I Don't Speak Kreon!
  • My Way
  • End to Major Combat Operations
  • Survivor
  • Operation Overlord II
  • Ain't Life Grand?
  • Cry on, Kreon!
  • The High Way
  • Mission Accomplished
  • ARS Operator
  • Gun Runner
  • King of the Hill
  • Fight or Flight
  • Adrenaline Rush
  • Going in for the Kill
  • A Heartbreaker and Lifetaker
  • Helloooo, Nurse
  • Knight in Shining White Armor
  • Death Wish
  • 40 Yard Dash
  • Home Run
  • Home Run God
  • Brutality Bonus
  • Romanov This!
  • The Hand of God
  • Robots Tend to Blow Up
  • Hole-in-One
  • Short Circuit
  • Two Birds with One Stone
  • Trick Shot
  • Flash! King of the Impossible
  • Piece by Piece
  • Smoke 'em if ya got 'em!
  • Auld Lang Syne
  • The Best of All Possible Worlds
  • Living Legend

[top]Step 2: Clean-up

Now is a good time to use that Chapter Select option since you have already beaten the game. Unlock those trophies you weren't able to unlock on the first step specially the chapter related ones.

Trophies that you can earn on this step:
  • That Ended Up Working Out Nicely
  • Failure Breeds Success
  • Leibniz Defense Agency
  • Tightrope Walker
  • Fisher is the Other Sam
  • Flyswatter
  • Guardian
  • Hurry the #@$% Up!
  • Civil Disobedience
  • Buzzard Beater

[top]Step 3: Complete all the Tactical Challenges

The hardest part and probably the one that will keep you awhile from getting the platinum. There are 6 Challenges you need to complete and this will test your skills on this game. Watch the video guides provided below, study it well and practice what you have learned. Keep on practicing and good luck.

Trophies that you can earn on this step:
  • Tactical Challenger
  • Platinum


[top]Trophies

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Platinum
Earn all available trophies in VANQUISH.

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One Day at DARPA
Complete all DARPA training exercises.

Once you start the game, you will given a tutorial and learn basic controls. In order to get the trophy, you must not skip any of the tutorial, you need to complete everything and you will be rewarded with this trophy afterwards.

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Space Normandy
Complete Act 1.

STORY RELATED AND CANNOT BE MISSED

This trophy will be unlocked once you complete the objectives on the first act.

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Storming Grand Hill
Complete Act 2.

STORY RELATED AND CANNOT BE MISSED

This trophy will be unlocked once you complete the objectives on the second act.

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I Don't Speak Kreon!
Complete Act 3.

STORY RELATED AND CANNOT BE MISSED

This trophy will be unlocked once you complete the objectives on the third act.

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My Way
Complete Act 4.

STORY RELATED AND CANNOT BE MISSED

This trophy will be unlocked once you complete the objectives on the fourth act.

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End to Major Combat Operations
Complete Act 5.

STORY RELATED AND CANNOT BE MISSED

This trophy will be unlocked once you complete the objectives on the fifth act.

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Survivor
Complete all Acts.

Refer to ARS Operator for more information.

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Operation Overlord II
Complete Act 1 on Hard difficulty or above.

STORY RELATED AND CANNOT BE MISSED

You should be able to get this when aiming for the trophy ARS Operator. The trophy will be unlocked once you complete the objectives for the first act.

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Ain't Life Grand?
Complete Act 2 on Hard difficulty or above.

STORY RELATED AND CANNOT BE MISSED

You should be able to get this when aiming for the trophy ARS Operator. The trophy will be unlocked once you complete the objectives for the second act.

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Cry on, Kreon!
Complete Act 3 on Hard difficulty or above.

STORY RELATED AND CANNOT BE MISSED

You should be able to get this when aiming for the trophy ARS Operator. The trophy will be unlocked once you complete the objectives for the third act.

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The High Way
Complete Act 4 on Hard difficulty or above.

STORY RELATED AND CANNOT BE MISSED

You should be able to get this when aiming for the trophy ARS Operator. The trophy will be unlocked once you complete the objectives for the fourth act.

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Mission Accomplished
Complete Act 5 on Hard difficulty or above.

STORY RELATED AND CANNOT BE MISSED

You should be able to get this when aiming for the trophy ARS Operator. The trophy will be unlocked once you complete the objectives for the fifth act.

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ARS Operator
Complete all Acts on Hard difficulty or above.

As the requirement states, you need to complete the game on Hard difficulty. Playing and completing it first on Hard will also unlock Survivor since difficulty trophies stack. Take note also that you need to do this with the New Game option and not by using Chapter Select.

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Gun Runner
Scan and acquire all weapons.

You should be able to get this trophy naturally while going through the game. You will be able to get this as early as when reaching Act 1-6. The requirement for this trophy is that you should have held every weapon available in the game at least once.

Weapon List
  • EMP Grenade
  • Hand Grenade
  • Assault Rifle
  • Shotgun
  • Heavy Machine Gun
  • Sniper Rifle - First makes its appearance on Act 1-3
  • Disk Launcher - First makes its appearance on Act 1-4
  • Lock-on Laser - First makes its appearance on Act 1-5
  • Rocket Launcher - First makes its appearance on Act 1-6
  • LFE Gun - First makes its appearance on Act 1-6

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King of the Hill
Level a weapon up to maximum operational capability.

You can level up a weapon by either picking up an ammo for it or by collecting those floating green cubes that are sometimes dropped by enemies. The weapon you are currently using will be the one that is upgraded when you pick up those green cubes. The most common weapon in the game is the Assault Rifle and you should be able to upgrade this to the maximum level early in the game.

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Fight or Flight
Manually trigger AR Mode and destroy an enemy robot.

Refer to Adrenaline Rush for more information.

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Adrenaline Rush
Manually trigger AR Mode and destroy three enemy robots in a row.

You can manually activate AR Mode by Holding and then take aim or dodge and this should slow down time for a short while. This is best done on weaker robots as you can take them out quick by aiming for their heads. Make sure to do this on three enemies and take them out in a row.

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Going in for the Kill
Destroy ten enemy robots with melee attacks.

Refer to A Heartbreaker and Lifetaker for more information.

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A Heartbreaker and Lifetaker
Destroy 100 enemy robots with melee attacks.

Melee attacks are performed by pressing however the downside is that your suit will overheat immediately after performing a melee attack. This trophy is cumulative across all playthroughs. If you perform melee attacks often then you should be able to get this naturally.

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Helloooo, Nurse
Revive a friendly troop.

Refer to Knight in Shining White Armor for more information.

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Knight in Shining White Armor
Revive 20 friendly troops.

You will have some allies accompanying you in the game and they are not invincible since they take damage and once enough damage was dealt to them, they will go down. Go to your fallen ally and help them by pressing and they will give you ammo in return. Do this 20 times for the trophy.

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Death Wish
Destroy three enemy robots while in damage-triggered AR Mode.

AR Mode is automatically activated when you have taken a lot of damage or when near death. The screen will turn red and everything slow down. When this happens, immediately aim at the head of 3 weak robots. Do this when you encounter a large group of enemies. You will most like get this naturally.

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40 Yard Dash
Maintain a Boost dash to the limit of the ARS reactor without overheating.

A very easy trophy. Just look for a large open space area or maybe a long hallway then hold to dash and have a look on the meter at the bottom right side of the screen. When the gauge is almost empty, release or else the suit will overheat. When done successfully then the trophy should pop out.

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Home Run
Destroy an incoming missile or grenade.

Refer to Home Run God for more information.

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Home Run God
Destroy ten incoming missiles or grenades.

Best done on Act 1-3 when you are fighting the Argus robot. From time to time it will be firing dozens of missiles at you and when you see these missiles, just strafe to the left or right while firing at these missiles. You will get this without any problems at all. Another good opportunity is when the Argus robot will enter into bipedal mode after destroying its core. It will be firing hundreds of missiles at you when it will transform and when these happens, enter AR Mode and shoot every missile you see until the trophy pops out then go hide to dodge the missiles that are left.

Video Guide

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Brutality Bonus
Destroy a Romanov's arms and legs, then finish it with a melee attack.

Romanov's are robots that are bigger than the ones you normally encounter. They come in 3 variations which are Drill, Rocket and Flame type Romanov. Now to start off with the trophy, enter AR Mode and bust up their legs so that they will be crawling on the ground. After that shoot only one of its arms, do not destroy both arms. Finally finish off the Romanov with a melee attack by pressing

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Romanov This!
Destroy a Romanov with a melee attack.

You should be able to unlock this trophy when doing either Brutality Bonus or The Hand of God

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The Hand of God
Destroy two Romanovs in a row using only melee attacks.

A good opportunity to get this is at Act 5-1 when going for the trophy Buzzard Beater. You will encounter 2 Rocket type Romanov here on the Buzzard area. Once you enounnter one of them dash with and press to attack it and then hide for the time being for your suit to cool down and after that hit it with another to destroy the Romanov. Repeat the process on the second Romanov you will encounter.

When doing this trophy, make sure to do it on Casual difficulty because it will only take 2 melee attacks to destroy a Romanov on this difficulty making this trophy easier to get.

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Robots Tend to Blow Up
Destroy three enemy robots at once with one hand grenade.

There are multiple opportunities for you to get this trophy and you probably will get this even without trying. If you want to get this trophy early in the game, a good spot is at Act 1-3 on the large open area where you will fight the Argus robot later on.

At the beginning you should be able to spot an aircraft or a transport ship that will land at the backside of the area to dispatch some robots. Boost to that spot and throw an EMP Grenade to stun them and follow it up with a Grenade and the trophy should be unlocked.

The video guide below is an alternative method which is also done at the same area.

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Hole-in-One
Destroy a Chicane with a hand grenade.

Chicane are those robots that can turn itself into a barricade. A good spot for this trophy is at the beginning of Act 2-1 where you will find around 4 of these guys. Boost around their back then throw a grenade and you should be able to get the trophy easily.

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Short Circuit
Destroy ten enemy robots that have been disabled with an EMP emitter.

This trophy is cumulative and you will get this eventually without even trying hard to get it. EMP Grenade is the second type of grenade that you carry around and you can switch between the grenades by pressing . For the trophy, simply destroy every enemy that is stunned by the EMP Grenade. It's as simple as that.

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Two Birds with One Stone
Destroy two or more enemy robots at once with the LFE gun.

A good spot to do this trophy is at Act 2-1 where you are tasked on protecting the convoy. You should encounter a group of small robots here which you can destroy immediately with the LFE Gun in one shot and earn the trophy.

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Trick Shot
Destroy three enemy robots at once with rocket launcher splash damage.

There are a lot of opportunities that you will get this even without trying. One way is to fire at an enemy transport, enter AR Mode for a much better aiming. If you are having trouble with it however which is most unlikely, a good spot is at the end Act 3-5. Go to Smoke 'em if ya got 'em! for more details.

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Flash! King of the Impossible
Destroy four enemies simultaneously with the Lock-on Laser.

When you first get a hold of the Lock-on Laser gun at Act 1-5, keep it with you until you reach Act 1-6. When you encounter those little robot enemies, equip the Lock-on Laser gun and lock on to 4 of them with and then fire with to unlock this easy trophy.

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Piece by Piece
Destroy the arms, head, and back of an KNRB-0 Argus robot.

You will first encounter this robot at Act 1-3. To start off, aim for its legs and keep on shooting it until it exposes its core then aim at that core and keep on firing again. Shortly after that, it will enter into its bipedal mode. Aim on one of its arms until it blows off. There will be a short QTE sequence where the robot will pick you up and this will give you a chance to shoot at its head. When you are back to the ground, go around the backside of the robot and aim at the red core at its back. After that core is destroyed, one last core is left and that's on its chest. Fire way until the robot is completely destroyed and also rewarding you with a trophy.

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That Ended Up Working Out Nicely
After taking control of the enemy transport in Act 2-2, do not let a single enemy escape.

During this act, you will jump on an enemy transport vehicle with your allies. An enemy transport will appear on the other side. Simply aim at all the enemies you will see and fire away until every last enemy is destroyed. Take note that of the turrets that you can also use. If you managed to destroy every last one then the trophy should be unlocked.

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Failure Breeds Success
Destroy two Argus robots in Act 2-3 while they are in bipedal mode.

Before you attempt this, I recommend that you do this on Casual Auto. At the end of this act, you will encounter 2 Argus robots. One is already in bipedal mode while the other one is still on its spider-like mode.

Your first target is the robot on spider-like mode. Shoot one of its legs until it exposes its core then aim for the core. When it gets back up, aim for another leg until it is destroyed and it will expose its core again then aim for the core again. Shortly afterwards there will be a short QTE sequence where you will "drill" yourself through the robot's body. Intentionally fail this QTE sequence or else you will destroy the robot and fail this trophy. Once you failed the sequence, the robot will enter into its bipedal mode. All you have to do now is destroy this robot with whatever method works for you. After that move on to the next robot which is already in bipedal mode and after destroying both, you should be awarded with the trophy afterwards.

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Leibniz Defense Agency
Defend the Pangloss statue in Act 3-2.

On this act there will be a part where an armored tank vehicle will burst through some rubble and will head directly towards a Pangloss statue at the middle of the area. As soon as it makes its appearance, immediately throw an EMP Grenade then boost around to the back side of the tank and shoot at it's weak spot. When it recovers from the stun of the EMP Grenade, make sure to use another one and keep on firing at its weak spot until it is destroyed.

In case you mess up you can restart from the last checkpoint and try again. Do note also that if you don't use EMP Grenade to stun the tank, it will be able to destroy the statue in seconds and fail the trophy requirement.

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Tightrope Walker
Destroy two cannons in Act 3-3 and complete the mission.

During this act, the highway will be collapsing and you need to get to the other side before it completely collapses and fall. At the end of the highway you should be able to spot a few cannons firing at you. When you do reach this section, use AR Mode and your Rocket Launcher and aim for the cannons which are right beside each other. Ignore the other enemies, just focus on the cannons. When you have destroyed 2 cannons and managed to make it to the other side, the trophy should be unlocked once the cutscene enters. The video guide below should help you and give you an idea about this trophy.

Video Guide

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Fisher is the Other Sam
Proceed on the monorail in Act 3-4 without being spotted by the enemy troops or searchlights.

For this act, you need to shoot at the searchlights that you will be encountering on the way. You need to shoot every last one so that you won't be detected by the enemy. Halfway through this task, there will be an enemy transport that you will encounter. You need to shoot at the pilot so that their transportation will blow up and you will remain undetected. Enter AR Mode to make the aiming easier. In case you get spotted by either the searchlights or the transport, you can just restart the act and try again.

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Flyswatter
Destroy all the floating turrets in Act 3-4.

On the same act where the trophy Fisher is the Other Sam can be unlocked. Near the end of this act, you should hear an ally of yours saying "Enemies up ahead". When you hear this, aim towards the end of the tunnel and you should spot 2 floating turrets coming from the right. The video guide below will show you the targets you need to shoot in order to unlock the trophy. It should be at the 2:39 mark of the video.

Video Guide

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Guardian
Do not allow any friendly armor to be destroyed during Act 3-5.

After destroying the enemy tank you will encounter at the start, go up the walkway and there should be two turrets that you can find. Use any of the two and destroy the 5 enemy armored vehicles that you will spot. 2 will come from the right side, another 2 at the left side and finally the last one will come straight through the rock. It's a very easy trophy and you shouldn't have problem with this.

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Hurry the #@$% Up!
Destroy five or more enemy transports from atop the Kreon in Act 3-7.

At the top of the Kreon and before pulling the glowing orange cable, you need to shoot down 5 enemy transports first. This is very easy actually, just enter AR mode and shoot the pilot of the vehicle in the head and that should take them out quickly and get this easy trophy.

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Civil Disobedience
Ignore the elevator start order in Act 4-1. Instead, hold position and destroy all reinforcements.

At the end of this act, you will have to defend yourselves while waiting for the elevator to arrive. Once the elevator arrives, you will be asked to step on the elevator in order to get it moving. Just ignore the order, stay away from the elevator and stay where you are and defeat every last enemy in the area. The trophy will be unlocked before you get onto the elevator. If it hasn't popped up yet, search the area for stragglers until the trophy is unlocked.

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Buzzard Beater
Destroy the Buzzard without allowing it to reach ground level in Act 5-1.

Do this trophy on Casual to make it easier. Once you arrive at the area where the Buzzard is located, head left and clear out that room and use the turret located there for damaging the Buzzard. You must only reduce the Buzzard's HP to nearly around 60% only. Going past 50% will make the Buzzard jump down on the ground floor and voids the trophy. Take note that when the Buzzard jumps down, the game will save so you will have to restart. So now for the trophy, when its HP is around 60%, stop firing for now and throw an EMP Grenade on it to stun it and immediately return to the turret and fire again. Use another EMP Grenade to keep it stunned for awhile until it is destroyed completely and rewards you with the trophy.

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Smoke 'em if ya got 'em!
Destroy 10 enemies distracted by cigarettes during one mission.

Pressing the button while taking cover will let Sam light up a cigarette which he will throw in a few seconds to distract robots. You get to smoke 3 of these every chapter. It's a very useful move actually specially for the tactical challenges.

Now then for the trophy, a good spot for this one is near the end of Act 3-5 where your objective will be to infiltrate the Kreon. There should be an open hatch of a ship with tons of robots that you will encounter along the bridge and there's also a cover that you can take. Take cover, light up a cigarette then use a Rocket Launcher to quickly take out the distracted robots. You should be able to unlock this trophy easily. The video guide below should show you the mentioned spot.

Video Guide

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Auld Lang Syne
Destroy two enemy robots who have been distracted by a cigarette.

Refer to Smoke 'em if ya got 'em! for more information.

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The Best of All Possible Worlds
Find and fire upon all of the Pangloss statues hidden on the colony.

Excluding the first chapter of Act 1, the succeeding ones will have 4 Pangloss statues hidden and totaling up to 112 statues. If you miss any statues, you can just use chapter select to find the statue you have missed. Do not use chapter select though when you are doing Survivor, ARS Operator and Living Legend

When you find a Pangloss statue, the next thing you need to do is to shoot it and it will count as a statue that you have found in the game. It will turn red and also has a funny sound when it's shot.

Act 1 Pangloss Statue Locations Video Guide

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Act 2 Pangloss Statue Locations Video Guide

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Act 3 Pangloss Statue Locations Video Guide

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Act 4 and Act 5 Pangloss Statue Locations Video Guide

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Tactical Challenger
Complete all of the Tactical Challenges in VANQUISH.

The hardest trophy of this game and it will test your skills and patience. There are 6 Challenges that you need to complete. Challenges 1 to 5 are unlocked when you complete the game on Normal difficulty and above. Challenge 6 appears when you complete the first five challenges.

The video guides below are the ones I personally used when I was going for this trophy. I can say that Challenges 4 and 6 are the hardest among the challenges. If you have beaten and thought that Challenge 4 was hard, wait till you are on Challenge 6. The first videos for Challenges 4 and 6 are the ones I used but if you think the strategies used there are quite hard, there's an alternate video guide you can use. Study the video guides below and practice it.

Challenge 1

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Challenge 2

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Challenge 3

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Challenge 4

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Challenge 5

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Challenge 6

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Living Legend
Complete the game without dying, regardless of difficulty level.

This trophy is not as hard as it looks. When you get killed, DO NOT select Continue because this will disable you from getting the trophy. Instead, select the Title Screen option and continue from there. This way your previous death won't be counted.

Take note that if you use Chapter Select instead of starting a new game, this trophy will not be unlocked.


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