Need for Speed Unbound Trophy Guide
How long does it take to beat Need for Speed Unbound and unlock all trophies?
Around 20-25 Hours.
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Does Need for Speed Unbound have online trophies?
Does Need for Speed Unbound have difficulty-specific trophies?
Does Need for Speed Unbound have missable trophies?
Does Need for Speed Unbound have glitched trophies?
What is the minimum number of playthroughs required to unlock all trophies in Need for Speed Unbound?
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Need for Speed Unbound Trophy Guide and Road Map for PS5
Welcome to our NFS Unbound Trophy Guide. Need for Speed Unbound s EA’s latest entry into the Need for Speed franchise. The gameplay and trophy journey don’t differ too much from that of the last Need for Speed game we wrote a trophy guide for.
The main unique feature of Unbound over other NFS games is the introduction of a cel-shaded anime-style visual effect. Unfortunately, this style doesn’t extend as far as I would have liked. Only character models and racing effects take on this cel-shaded style, whereas the rest of the game looks and feels like every other NFS game in the market.
All in all, it is a decent game, as most NFS games are, but it doesn’t bring anything that innovative to the table, and the retail price of the game is absurd given that fact. At least the trophy journey is relatively painless.
Phase One - Complete the Main Story
From the Title Screen, choose to play the Need For Speed Unbound Story campaign. Here, you’ll earn a good collection of story-related trophies naturally and probably a good amount more along the way.
You can play however you like in this phase; complete every available race every day if you want, or just play the big-payout races and move on. You can play on any difficulty you like, and as nothing is missable, you can complete side activities if you want, or you can safely just ignore them until later in your trophy journey.
Your main focus should be to just enjoy the game and make sure you have the right funds/vehicles for the qualifiers on the Saturday of each in-game week.
If you’re ever unsure what to do next, press while driving around to open the quick menu, then press to track whatever the game recommends doing next. If there’s nothing to do, just go back to the safe house and end the session or change to a different-tier vehicle for access to other events!
To save yourself some hassle in the future, you could also try to knock out all of the Misc Story Trophies during this phase, before moving on to Online Mode in Phase Two.
Unmissable Story Trophies
Complete the prologue
After completing the first few events in Need For Speed Unbound, there will be a cutscene with a two-year time-skip in the middle. Just before this cutscene plays, you will unavoidably unlock the “Hey Lakeshore” trophy.
Complete Qualifier 1
The first Qualifier Event will occur at the end of the first Week in the Story. Proceed by playing the first six days and nights until you reach Saturday. The Buy-in is $20,000, and you will unlock a Land Rover Defender 110’15 for completing the event.
Spend the week gathering money from events and getting an A-Tier vehicle in time for the event. If you don’t have everything you need by the time you reach Saturday, you’ll be given opportunity to play Friday again.
100 Miles and Runnin’
Drive a total of 100 miles in story mode
The 100 Miles and Runnin’ trophy asks that you drive a cumulative total of 100 miles while playing Story Mode. All in all, 100 miles is nothing, and this trophy is guaranteed to unlock naturally.
Oh, It’s On
Complete Qualifier 2
The second Qualifier Event will occur at the end of the second Week in the Story. Proceed by playing the first six days and nights until you reach Saturday. The Buy-in is $40,000, and you will unlock a custom Ford Crown Victoria (2008) for completing the event.
Spend the week gathering money from events and getting an A-Tier vehicle in time for the event. If you don’t have everything you need by the time you reach Saturday or simply cannot win the event, you’ll be given the opportunity to play Friday again.
Bank $75,000 during one session
The Serious Guap trophy will unlock automatically at the end of Qualifier 2. This is because the reward of $100,000 for that event is higher than the $75,000 required.
Lake Better Watch Out
Complete Qualifier 3
The third Qualifier Event will occur at the end of the third Week in the Story. Proceed by playing the first six days and nights until you reach Saturday. The Buy-in is $100,000, and you will unlock a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX ’07 for completing the event.
Spend the week gathering money from events and getting an S -Tier vehicle in time for the event. If you don’t have everything you need by the time you reach Saturday or simply cannot win the event, you’ll be given an opportunity to play Friday again.
Complete the Grand
“The Grand” is the big finale event at the end of the four-week story. Proceed by playing the first six days and nights until you reach Saturday. The Buy-in is $200,000, and you will unlock a Lamborgini Countach ’88 for completing the event.
For this finale Elimination event, you will need a high-performance vehicle in each tier except B; so A, A+, S, and S+.
Spend the week gathering money from events and preparing your vehicles in time for the event. If you don’t have everything you need by the time you reach Saturday or simply cannot win the event, you’ll be given an opportunity to play Friday again.
Cash Money Millionaire
Earn $1,000,000 in story mode
To unlock the “Cash Money Millionaire” trophy, you will need to earn a cumulative total of one million dollars while playing in Story Mode. This is extremely likely to unlock naturally as you’ll earn quite a lot of money throughout your playthrough.
If, somehow, you reach the end of the Story Mode campaign without acquiring this trophy, you will unavoidably acquire it after the “The Grand” event as the reward for winning is actually $1,000,000.
Phase Two - Online Mode
Online Mode features free-play in the same map as Story Mode but also offers myriad online play features. Your progress here is separate to story, so your Garage Upgrades will reset and you will have one B-Tier car to start off with. You can borrow loaner cars for other events, though, so don’t worry too much about building a good collection of vehicles again.
Many of the Online Trophies can be boosted with friends, so feel free to put together a party of up to 4 players to complete the trophies with.
Fortunately, your collectible and activity progress does carry over, so you can continue working on those throughout this phase if you want or leave them until the next Phase of our Need For Speed Unbound Trophy Guide.
To save yourself some hassle, you could also go out of your way to collect all of the Misc Online Trophies while you’re here before moving on to do Cleanup in Phase Three.
Online Playlist Trophies
Complete a Lakeshore Online playlist with 7 other players
Full House is easily the worst trophy in the entire game. In concept, it’s simple. Complete any Online Playlist with a full eight players (including you) and the trophy will unlock, even if you don’t win.
However, there are myriad factors that make this trophy a huge, excruciating pain in the exhaust pipe:
- There is no matchmaking in the game. This means that you’re limited to only playing with players in the same lobby as you.
- The lobbies have a maximum size of 16. This is a huge oversight. The chances of you getting an entire 50% of the server to want to join you are pretty slim, especially when half of them will be in their own races or playing privately with friends.
- The trophy requires you to complete a full playlist (3 events) with the same players. If anybody leaves mid-event, the trophy will become void, and you’ll have to try again. This forces you to rely heavily on the patience and internet connections of up to 7 total strangers for a full three events!
- You can create a party to make things a tiny bit easier, but the maximum party size is 4, so you will still need to beg 4 of the remaining 12 people on the server to join you for three entire events.
This can take minutes if you get extremely lucky, or you could spend entire hours playing Online Playlists repeatedly. All I can do is wish you the best of luck and hope you have an easier time than I did…
Your best bet is to just drive around and keep an eye out for playlist invites to accept, hoping that several other players join.
B for My Name
Win a Tier B Lakeshore Online playlist
To unlock the “B for My Name” trophy, you will need to win a Tier B PlayList while playing Need For Speed Unbound’s Online Mode. Go to any meetup and start a B-Tier event to challenge either the players in your party or all players on the server.
Choosing “Party Only” is the best option if you can put together a party of one or more friends. That’s because they can let you win the full playlist, thus ensuring that the trophy unlocks when you’re done. Be a good friend and help them earn the trophies too, though!
After you earn enough points throughout an Online B-Tier Playlist to finish in first place overall, the trophy will unlock.
Bring Your A Game
Win a Tier A Lakeshore Online playlist
The method for unlocking the “Bring Your A Game” trophy is identical to that of the B for My Name trophy, except you must complete a Tier A Online Playlist.
Win a Tier A+ Lakeshore Online playlist
The method for unlocking the “Teacher’s Pet” trophy is identical to that of the B for My Name trophy, except you must complete a Tier A+ Online Playlist.
Win a Tier S Lakeshore Online playlist
The method for unlocking the “Superstar” trophy is identical to that of the B for My Name trophy, except you must complete a Tier S Online Playlist.
Win a Tier S+ Lakeshore Online playlist
The method for unlocking the “Top Billin'” trophy is identical to that of the B for My Name trophy, except you must complete a Tier S+ Online Playlist.
Complete 25 Lakeshore Online playlists
You will complete at least 5 Online Playlists while working toward the other Online Trophies in this Phase of our Need for Speed Unbound Trophy Guide. If you complete them with a friend who you choose to help, that’s at least five more for a total of ten. This leaves just 15 more Playlists for you to complete, either with friends or solo.
You will also likely complete a good number of Online Playlists while trying to unlock the Full House trophy. It’s possible you’ll even unlock this one naturally while attempting to unlock Full House.
Completing your 25th Playlist in Online Mode will unlock the Mixtape trophy. You do not need to finish in first place in all 25 races, just finishing the events will be enough.
Phase Three - Cleanup
Aside from a handful of miscellaneous trophies, you should only need to really mop up the remaining Collectibles and Activities. Fortunately, we have maps below that you can use to hunt down each and every one with ease. Just stock up with the best car you’ve got and something good to enjoy in the background then get to work.
It’s been a long trophy journey so far but once you’re over this last hurdle the Platinum Trophy is all yours.
The Bear Champ
Smash all bear collectibles
Throughout the map in NFS Unbound, you will find 100 hidden Bear Collectibles. They will be revealed on your map if you drive close enough to them, but the easiest way to secure your “The Bear Champ” trophy is to use our Collectibles Map.
This will allow you to easily drive to each Bear Collectible’s location and destroy them all by driving into them. Once every single Bear Collectible has been smashed, the trophy will unlock.
Break all billboard collectibles
Throughout the map of Need For Speed Unbound, there are 80 Billboards. They will be revealed on the map when you drive close to them, and you can then track them via the map from that point onward. Alternatively, you can just use our Collectible Map to find them all.
You will need to use nearby ramps at each Billboard location to boost up into the air and come crashing through the Billboard. Once you have destroyed all 80, the Adbusting trophy will unlock.
Collect all street art collectibles
Throughout the map in Need For Speed Unbound, you will find 80 Street Art spots, indicated by spray can icons on the map. They will be revealed whenever you drive close to them, but you can also just use our Collectible Map to find them all.
At each spot, there’s a stepladder with painting supplies on it. Approaching one of these stepladders will revel a prompt. Press at this prompt to collect the street art and unlock it for use in the wrap editor.
Once you have found and collected all 80 Street Art Collectibles in NFS Unbound, the Heaven Spot trophy will unlock.
NFS Unbound Collectibles Map
In The Zone
Get 3 stars on all Speed Run activities
All throughout the map in NFS Unbound, you will find 30 areas in free-roam called Speed Runs. When you pass through one of these gates, you’ll enter into a very short event in which you must follow the marked route to the end gate. However, the catch is that you’ll get a star rating based on your average speed throughout the short course.
To unlock the In The Zone trophy, use our Activities Map to find all 30 Speed Run Activities and then earn three stars on every one.
This will be a lot easier in the end-game when you have a fast, high-performance vehicle at your disposal, with which you can easily reach and maintain the speeds required.
Get 3 stars on all Long Jump activities
Long Jump activities can be found all across the city in Need For Speed Unbound. These activities involve a purple cate at the base of a ramp. Your objective at these activities is to hit the ramp as fast as you can, with just the right angle, and then try to maintain airtime long enough to earn 3 stars for your efforts.
Use our Activities Map to locate all Long Jump Activities and then earn 3 stars at all 45 to unlock the Frequent Flyer trophy. This is much easier to accomplish in the post-game once you have a high-performance vehicle at your disposal.
Catch My Drift
Get 3 stars on all Drift Zone activities
Drift Zones are Activities found all over the map in NFS Unbound. When you enter the start gate of a Drift Zone, you will need to head towards the zone’s end gate while drifting along the way to accumulate yards drifted.
The more yards you’ve drifted for by the final gate of the Drift Zone, the more stars you will receive. To unlock the “Catch my Drift” trophy, use our Activities Map to find and complete all 35 Drift Zone Activities with a rating of 3 stars.
Note that, in most cases, a car that you’ve optimised to dominate in racing events will perform terribly in Drift events. It is therefore strongly recommended that you purchase a separate Drift Vehicle and then upgrade it with drift-aligned parts.
Caught On Camera
Get 3 stars on all Speed Trap activities
Speed Trap activities are just like the Speed Run activities except there is only one gate. You will need to pass through this gate at a high speed to be awarded stars. As with the “In the Zone” trophy, it will be way easier to accomplish the feat of earning 3 stars in every event if you wait until the end-game where you should have a high-performance vehicle capable of hitting all the required speeds.
Use our Activities Map to find and earn 3 stars in all 50 Speed Trap Activities to unlock the Caught On Camera trophy.
Collect all collectibles and get 3 stars on all activities
Misc Trophies - Any Mode
Escape a Heat 5 cop chase
To unlock the “Most Wanted” trophy, you will need to first reach Heat Level 5 with the police. Your heat level will accumulate over time depending on how many events you participate in within a single in-game day.
You can also increase your Heat level by intentionally crashing into cops or dragging car chases out for as long as possible.
Once you have Heat Level 5, lose it by escaping the cops and the ‘Most Wanted” trophy will unlock!
One great method I accidentally found for losing the cops is to drive head-first into a lake or other body of water. You will be reset back onto the road while all the stupid cops that followed you in will be immediately destroyed. Just make sure you start moving as soon as you respond as you’ll be at high risk of being busted by any cops who avoided their watery grave.
As with past games in the series, the moronic AI still cannot handle jumps or ramps. So, if you see an opportunity to boost over a ramp during a Police Chase, take it because you’ll probably wipe out half if not all of the cars following you.
One nice feature of NFS Unbound is the ability to turn off your engine by holding . This will make you harder to detect if you’ve found a nice hiding spot from the police, but it will take you a while to get moving again if they do re-engage the pursuit.
If you accomplish this trophy in an A+ tier car, you will also unlock Escape Artist.
Escape a Heat 5 cop chase in an A+ car
The requirements for Escape Artist are the same as Most Wanted, you just need to be driving in an A+ vehicle when you achieve it.
Score 250,000 during a Takeover event
The Flow Master trophy requires you to accumulate a score of 250,000 or more in a single Takeover Event. Takeover events are a new type of race that you will be introduced to unavoidably throughout the first Week of the Story campaign.
Essentially, there are several ways to earn points in a Takeover event:
- Smash destructible objects (not red ones as they will reduce your score!)
- Using Nitrous Boost by holding (Blue gauge only. The yellow gauge boosts do not add score.)
- Drift around corners.
- Pass through gates.
Each time you earn score, you will also build up some combo multipliers. Hitting a red destructible, crashing to a hard stop, and failing to earn points for too long will all reset your combo. In order to reach a score of 250,000, though, you are definitely going to want to reach and maintain a 5x combo for as long as possible.
A good way to maintain your combo is to boost between gates or drift opportunities to keep the combo alive.
You’ll likely not be able to pull this off until around Week 3, where you will have access to much higher-tier vehicles capable of accumulating high scores. However, once you are successful, the Flow Master trophy will unlock.
In the Flow
Score 200,000 during a Takeover event
The “In the Flow” trophy requires you to accumulate a score of 200,000 in a single Takeover event. This will be accomplished unavoidably while attempting the Flow Master trophy.
To unlock the Style it Out trophy, you will need to complete (not win) a cumulative total of 10 Takeover Events. You can see what type of event you’re about to start when browsing events at a Meetup. There, it’ll say the type of race at the top of the event card.
You are very likely to achieve this naturally while just progressing through story mode. If you somehow manage to avoid that, though, you can just continue playing Story Mode in the post-game to complete a few more.
Take down 5 cops within a single session
If you’re someone who plays quite aggressively when it comes to cop chases, then the Public Enemy trophy for taking out 5 cops in a single session will likely come to your naturally.
If not, you will need to go out of your way to smash and destroy 5 cop cars without visiting a safe house or garage in-between as that will reset the counter.
The absolute best way to take out Cops is to target ones that haven’t seen you yet. For some reason, they’re a lot easier to take out when you hit them unawares.
Other good ways to destroy cops are to drive over big ramps or into bodies of water as the cops will chase you and will destroy themselves upon landing.
Escape 50 cop chases
The Untouchable trophy requires you to successfully escape the police a cumulative total of 50 times. Unless you are specifically going out of your way to do as few races as possible, this trophy will most likely unlock while you’re making your way through the Story Campaign.
This is because the vast majority of race events will end with you needing to escape the cops before starting your next event. I personally had unlocked the trophy by Week 3 of the Story without ever realising it was something I needed to do.
If you still need to farm a few cop chases in the post-game, just replay Street Races or hit police cars to build heat and start chases. After your 50th successful escape, the Untouchable trophy will unlock.
Upon returning to your garage after completing your first event, you will be introduced to the Driving Effects menu. There, changing your driving effects for the first time will unlock the “Throwing up Tags” trophy.
If you fail to do so there, you can access Driving Effects again via the Vehicle Customization in the Garage.
Customize your clothing
When creating a character at the start of the game, if you customize your character’s clothing at all, you will unlock the Fashion Killa trophy.
If you don’t do so there, you can customize your outfit at any time via the “Character” option in the Garage.
Apply a custom wrap to your ride
In the Garage, select “Rides,” then “Style.” Select the second option; “Paint & Wrap.” Here, select “Community” and then simply download and apply any of the wraps you see to immediately unlock the Cool Whip trophy.
Alternatively, you can make your own custom wrap and then the trophy will unlock when you apply the changes.
Misc Trophies - Story Mode
Rebel Without a Pause
Complete 30 street races in story mode
To unlock the Rebel Without a Pause trophy, you will need to complete (not win) a cumulative total of 30 Street Races. You can see what type of event you’re about to start when browsing events at a Meetup. There, it’ll say the type of race at the top of the event card.
You are very likely to achieve this naturally while just progressing through story mode. If you somehow manage to avoid that, though, you can just continue playing Story Mode in the post-game to complete a few more.
Fully upgrade your story garage
When at the Garage in Story Mode, you can purchase upgrades which provide purchase access to higher-quality car parts. You can do so by going to “Rides,” followed by “Performance,” and then finally “Upgrade Garage.”
Purchase all three of the upgrades as shown below for a total of $157,500.
As the higher-tier parts aren’t really usable early in the story, you should focus on purchasing just one Garage Upgrade per week, aiming to have all three by Week 3. Alternatively, just purchase the upgrades in the post-game.
Own 10 vehicles in your story mode garage
To unlock the “#Blessed” trophy, you will need to unlock a total of 10 vehicles in your Story Garage. There is actually more than 10 opportunities to win a car as a race reward throughout the story which can help you avoid having to ever buy a vehicle.
However, if you reach the end of the story without ever having received or purchased enough vehicles to earn this trophy, you can use a very small portion of your One Million Dollar reward from The Grand to purchase some of the game’s cheapest cars. There are 12 vehicles worth less than $30,000 dollars in the store so you should be able to buy enough of them.
The trophy will unlock as soon as the 10th vehicle enters your garage, regardless of how you acquired it.
Reach 200MPH in story mode
The “Hey Speedie!” trophy requires you to reach a speed of 200MPH for the first time in Story Mode. Before you can do this, you will need to acquire a vehicle with a top speed of 200MPH or more. When viewing a vehicle in the store or in your Garage, you can see the vehicle’s top speed at the bottom of it’s stat card.
Once you have one which can reach 200 MPH, driving that fast for the first time will cause the trophy to unlock. That being said, it should be damn-near impossible to complete the story without ever reaching 200MPH, especially in the latter-most events!
Drop the Beat
Use max Burst Nitrous 5 times during story mode events
To unlock the “Drop the Beat” trophy, you will need to activate a three-bar “Burst Nitrous” boost a total of five times while playing Story Mode.
The Burst Nitrous bar is not the blue nitrous boost bar, but is instead the yellow gauge underneath, which has three segments. Whenever a segment of Burst Nitrous is filled, you can tap to get a quick boost.
When all three segments are filled, your speed gauge will turn yellow and you can tap to activate a Max Burst Nitrous for a big speed boost.
You will need to do this only 5 times in total throughout your whole time playing Story Mode to unlock the trophy. You can even farm these if you wish by holding + until your Burst Nitrous gauge fills and then tap to trigger it. Rinse and repeat until the trophy is yours.
Misc Trophies - Online Mode
Access All Areas
Fully upgrade your Lakeshore Online garage
Own 10 vehicles in your Lakeshore Online garage
The “The Collector” trophy is identical to the “#Blessed” trophy, except you must instead collect a total of 10 cars in Online Mode.
Interestingly, though your vehicle purchases do not carry over to Online Mode, any vehicles that you unlocked by completing events, progressing the story, or completing challenges will carry over.
This means that if you’ve progressed enough in the story and unlocked at least 9 vehicles, you could unlock The Collector when you first log into Online Mode, like I did.
If you don’t have enough and would prefer to just buy them outright, use the same method as before and just purchase the cheapest cars available until the trophy unlocks.
Use max Burst Nitrous 5 times during Lakeshore Online events
The “Kick It” trophy is identical to the “Drop the Beat” trophy. The only difference is that you will need to accomplish the same feat in Online Mode. It’s honestly not difficult to pull off, and you can just use Burnouts ( + ) in races that you don’t mind losing to farm Max Burst Nitrous.
The Need for Speed!
The Need for Speed!
After collecting every trophy in this Need for Speed Unbound Trophy Guide, the "The Need for Speed!" Platinum Trophy will unlock. Congratulations!
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