How to Unlock All Trophies in Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break for PlayStation 4
Welcome to our Rock of Ages 3 Trophy Guide. Rock of Ages is a wacky blend of Tower Defense meets Super Monkey Ball, wrapped in the aesthetic of Monty Python, a style also employed in Procession to Calvary.
The trophy journey for Rock of Ages 3 starts off a little frustrating, but once you get used to the controls, physics, and tools at your disposal, you’ll find yourself calling the game easy real fast.
Phase One – Story Playthrough
In this first phase of our Rock of Ages 3 Trophy Guide, start off your adventure by selecting “Break” and then “Story” from the Title Screen.
You will first need to complete a Tutorial and then you’ll be thrust into the story campaign.
Here, work your way through each level on the world map.
As you play, do your best to collect every star but rest assured that you can clean up any missed stars later when you have better weapons and boulders to use. Just know that the more stars you can collect first try, the less cleanup you’ll need to do later.
Use your stars to unlock more levels and purchase upgrades as you play to ensure you keep progressing. Things will start off quite difficult; with the boulders and defenses you have at the beginning, you’ll be faced with a very steep uphill progression curve.
Once you get to around 75 Stars, though, you’ll be able to purchase most of the Defenses on the World Map.
Using Guillotine, Wheel of Pain, and Da Vinci Tank defenses, you’ll be able to dominate any War mission, thus allowing you to unlock more boulders. Tougher, faster, and stronger Boulders will help you to gain three stars on other level types until you’re flying through all* of them with ease.
*The Time Trials are the exception. You can’t improve your performance by using a better boulder or more effective weapons in a Time Trial, as you’ll always have the same boulder; a bomb.
Instead, you’ll just have to practice until you get three stars or get a bronze for now and come back later to clean up the remaining stars.
Rescue the Dragon.
The Dragon Rescue is one of the three main boss events of the Story Campaign.
It costs 15 stars to unlock the brazier for this level, and then once you have those stars, you can attempt it at any time from the world map.
The boss is fairly easy. You’re not actually fighting the dragon, just the humans holding it captive.
Start by bowling over each of the young soldiers holding the dragon up from below.
Once done, use the various ramps and bounce-pads around the arena to hit the archers off the dragon’s back, and the captain on the dragon’s head.
Once the soldiers are defeated, the dragon will lay flat for a moment before celebrating its freedom. The trophy will then unlock as the results screen comes up.
Defeat the Vitruvian Man.
The Vitruvian Man is the second main boss in the Story campaign and requires 55 Stars to unlock. The fight is not very complicated, but it can be difficult to get the hang of.
Essentially, you need to double-jump up and hit the Vitruvian Man on the head. Repeat this until his health bar is depleted, and you will win the fight, unlocking the “Flawless Victory” trophy.
The best strategy is to use the –– combo to leap into the air and then tap to flap your wings and land on the Vitruvian Man’s head. Repeat this until you defeat him in both rounds and then a Mortal Kombat style finisher combo will appear on-screen.
Enter the button combination to defeat the boss and earn the trophy.
Defeat Moby Dick.
The Moby Dick main boss fight is found in the lower left quadrant of the map and costs 75 Stars to unlock.
The boss fight is more like any other level than a boss fight. You will need to make your way across an icy gauntlet of defenses before the timer expires to eventually reach an open area where Moby Dick will rise from the water.
Jump from the ice into his gaping maw to enter the inside of his mouth.
From there, smash the three Pepper barrels and then climb up the debris to reach and hit Moby Dick’s uvula.
He will sneeze you out onto another icy gauntlet track. Repeat two more times to finally defeat Moby Dick and unlock the Ahab’s Boulder trophy.
Beat Poseidon in a race.
Each time you defeat one of the story’s main bosses, a brazier will light in the upper-right corner of the map. Light all three of these braziers by defeating all three bosses to unlock the final level, featuring Poseidon.
All you need to do is win a three-lap race around an undersea course. You’ll be racing against Poseidon, King of the Sea, being pulled by two large seahorses.
Finish in first place and the Poseidon’s Cup trophy will unlock.
Avoid the Springboards and Pillars across the track as you make your way around each lap, and try to roll over any starfishes that you see, as they’ll give you a speed boost.
Poseidon is naturally faster than you can go, really, so to keep a strong lead and secure the victory, you’ll need to hit at least 80% of the stars and avoid falling off the road.
All that being said, the race is relatively easy and I managed to achieve it on my first try. And I even fell off the track twice!
Phase Two – Key & Star Cleanup
In this second phase of our Rock of Ages 3 Trophy Guide, with your journey through the story campaign complete, it’s time to finally mop up any stars you still need.
Just replay story levels for which you don’t already have all the available stars, using the defenses and boulders you unlocked along the way.
Get a bronze medal in all time trial levels.
Once you have a bronze medal (and thus one star) in all Time Trial events on the World Map in Story Mode, the Olympic Bronze trophy will unlock. Eventually, you will need to get a gold medal in all Time Trial events for Olympic Gold and Astronomer.
Get a silver medal in all time trial levels.
Once you have a silver medal (and thus two stars) in all Time Trial events on the World Map in Story Mode, the Olympic Silver trophy will unlock. Eventually, you will need to get a gold medal in all Time Trial events for Olympic Gold and Astronomer.
Get a gold medal in all time trial levels.
Once you have a gold medal (and thus three stars) in all Time Trial events on the World Map in Story Mode, the Olympic Gold trophy will unlock. You will need to do this to unlock Astronomer.
Complete all the Humpty Dumpty challenges.
The Humpty Dumpty Challenges can all be found in the lower-right corner of the World Map. There are 5 of them, and you will need at least 100 Stars to unlock all 5.
Once they are unlocked, you will simply need to read the end of each level to unlock the Adventurous Egg trophy.
You will play as a fragile egg-man with three lives and must make your way through a long obstacle-laden course before the timer expires.
You will get Three Stars in all of these missions just for completing them, so take as long as you like and use as many lives as you want; just get to the end before either of them run out!
Collect all the stars from the story campaign.
Though you will eventually need to acquire all Stars to unlock the Astronomer trophy, you will find it very difficult to do so at first.
Once you’ve completed the story for the first time, you will have access to enough boulders and weapons that you’ll be able to dominate when revisiting past levels.
Make your way through the World Map a second time, collecting all stars as you do so.
There are a variety of different game modes on the Story Campaign’s world map and for each one, I’ve got some tips and advice to help you achieve your potential:
|War||In these game modes, you will face a boss head-to-head. Getting all two stars will require you to destroy the opponent’s door and squish them with your boulder before they can get your health down to 50%. |
Use Wheel of Pain and Guillotine defenses to deal massive damage to your opponent’s boulder while following it through the stage, attacking it with the Thundercloud ability.
The best strategy is to focus on destroying the enemy boulder and then, once it is destroyed, launch your own boulder and race to the door at the bottom as quickly as you can.
You will need a high-damage boulder like the Armored Boulder, but I actually prefer using the Meatball for these events. It’s small enough to avoid obstacles but, also, the more defenses you destroy with the Meatball, the bigger it gets and the more damage it deals!
|Unit Challenge||In Unit Challenge events, you just need to practice using a new type of defense to unlock it. Place enough defenses to hinder your opponent, and then launch your boulder as quickly as you can. Reach their fortress and destroy the defensive unit within to unlock it. There’s only one star available in these stages, so you just need to win one time.|
Use your fastest boulder or just one you feel comfortable using. I personally like to use the ball of sheep for these events.
|Obstacle Course||Obstacles Courses are just simple race events. You’ll need to complete both sprint races in the event and reach the finish line before your two opponents to earn all two stars.|
Use a fast and resilient boulder for these events. I personally like to use the Lion Boulder.
If you’re struggling, try using a different boulder or just practice the course until you can complete it flawlessly.
|Time Trial||Time Trials are the hardest events in the Story campaign. These events require you to finish in a specific and critically short amount of time in order to unlock all three stars by earnign the gold medal.|
There are no weapons or boulders to use here so the only way to improve your performance in these events is just to practice. Practice and look for shortcuts.
Every single Time Trial has more than a few shortcuts. If you can find and employ just two of them in each event you’ll have plenty of spare time to play with.
|Skee Boulder||Skee Boulder events see you rolling down a hill towards a massive Skeeball machine. |
On your way down the hill, you’ll see lots of easel-shaped targets. These will give you 10 points for each one that you hit. The AI opponents are atrocious at hitting them. In most cases, you’ll be able to beat the AI just by hitting more targets than them, even if you don’t get a bonus from the Skeeball machine.
Speaking of which, the machine has several holes that you can try to land your boulder in. Each hole is labelled with a number from 2 to 6. The number of the hole you land in is how much your score will be multiplied by. So, if you hit just one target but land in a 6-hole, you’ll still come away with 60 points.
To unlock all two stars from a Skee Boulder event, you will not only need to win the event, by finishing with the highest score after 3 rounds, but you will also need to hit either a 5 or 6-hole on the Skee-ball machine.
If you have just one good round in this game mode and lose the other two rounds but still have the highest score, you’ll still get both stars.
You can use any ball you like, really, but a fast one is ideal. My preferred choice was the Fist Boulder, which always seemed to hit the Skeeball ramp at just the right speed to reach the top row of holes.
|Avalanche||Avalanche is a lot like War, except you don’t get to roll a boulder. Instead, the enemy will roll several boulders at you in several waves. Using your best defenses, you will need to destroy all of the boulders barreling down the hill at your fortress before they can destroy the door. If the door is intact at the end, you will get all two stars. |
My preferred selection of defenses for this game mode are; Wheel of Pain, Guillotine, Da Vinci Tank, and Branching Bolt.
Place Guillotines on narrow paths to funnel enemy boulders under them. Place Wheel of Pain Defenses at corners or in large open areas to deal extra damage. Da Vinci Tanks are best placed to patrol up and down the sides of wider paths.
Lastly, use the Branching Bolt ability as frequently as you can on groups of boulders to deal massive damage.
|Humpty Dumpty Challenges||Just reach the end of these courses to receive all three stars.|
Phase Three – Cleanup
In our Rock of Ages 3 Trophy Guide’s third phase, you’ll dip your toe in the Level Editor and play online for a while. There’ll also be some misc cleanup that you may need to partake in.
Level Editor Trophy
Great Army General
Follow all of Napoleon’s directions in the level editor tutorial.
To unlock the Great Army General trophy, select “Make” from the Title Screen, then select “New Map.”
In the pop-up menu, select a theme, enter a Map Name and select any Game Mode before selecting “Accept.”
If it is the first time you’ve ever done this, Napoleon will pop out on the right side of the screen and begin telling you how to use the Level Editor.
Read his instructions or just mash until the tutorial is complete, unlocking the trophy.
This is the only thing you need to do in the Level Editor to for the Rock of Ages 3 Platinum Trophy.
Rate a map from the Community levels.
From the Title Screen, select “Break” and then select “Community Levels.” Play any level you like to the end and at the ranking screen, select “Rate.”
In the window that pops up, like the level and then press to submit, unlocking the “The Critic” trophy.
Win an online match of War.
From the Title Screen, select “Break” and then “Community Levels.” From there, change the filters on the right-hand side so that “Game Mode” is set to “War.” The list on the left will then change to show only maps of this type.
You’ll probably see that a few are called “Trophy” or something along those lines. These have been created by other Trophy Hunters to help you very easily unlock the “Warchief” trophy.
Just load up any of these maps by pressing on them and then complete the match to the end. The Warchief trophy will unlock if you beat the AI.
Win an online match of Obstacle Race.
From the Title Screen, select “Break” and then “Community Levels.” From there, change the filters on the right-hand side so that “Game Mode” is set to “Obstacle Race.” The list on the left will then change to show only maps of this type. You can also select the tag “Easy” to show only easy maps.
Just load up any of these maps by pressing on them and then complete the match to the end. The Rally Boulder trophy will unlock if you beat the AI.
Earn the Squire’s medal by climbing up in the ranking system.
Earn the Squire trophy by unlocking the Squire’s Medal for 1,000 points. You can do this only by playing specifically War Community Levels online, so you will need an internet connection, but it can be done solo. See High King for more info.
Earn the Knight’s medal by climbing up in the ranking system.
Earn the Knight trophy by unlocking the Knight’s Medal for 2,000 points. You can do this only by playing specifically War Community Levels online, so you will need an internet connection, but it can be done solo. See High King for more info.
Earn the Lord’s medal by climbing up in the ranking system.
Earn the Lord trophy by unlocking the Lord’s Medal. You can do this only by playing specifically War Community Levels online, so you will need an internet connection, but it can be done solo. See High King for more info.
Earn the King’s medal by climbing up in the ranking system.
Earn the King trophy by unlocking the King’s Medal. You can do this only by playing specifically War Community Levels online, so you will need an internet connection, but it can be done solo. See High King for more info.
Earn the High King’s medal by climbing up in the ranking system.
As with the Warchief trophy, you will need to play Community Levels in the “War” Game Mode. Every time you complete one of these, you will earn ranking points, displayed at the results screen when the event ends.
To unlock the High King trophy, you will need to earn a grand total of 5,000 points by playing War Community Levels.
It’s best to set your online lobby to “Private” to prevent anybody from joining. Thus, ensuring that you get to play against AI opponents rather than real players.
Then, just replay any War Community Level you like over and over until you eventually have the 5,000 points you need. There are even some set up with names like “Ranking” or “Trophy” which were created by other Trophy Hunters to help make this trophy easier!
Unfortunately, each time that you win a match of War, the number of points you receive will decrease. This means you’ll find yourself repeatedly playing the same level for several hours…
In my experience, it’s best to use the “Fire Boulder” as this has a high enough damage output to destroy the opponent’s door in just three hits while still keeping you intact to crush your opponent’s leader. It also has the best spawn rate to damage output for any boulder, from what I could tell in my many tests.
Win a match of Boulder Avalanche or War without letting the enemy touch your door.
There are two game modes in which you will need to protect your door:
- War—You face off head-to-head with an opponent. Both of you get boulders periodically which you can roll at each other’s doors to damage them.
- Boulder Avalanche—You just need to defend your door by placing defenses on the track to destroy the many boulders barreling towards you.
To unlock the “Spotless Door” trophy, you will need to complete any match of this type without your door taking any damage.
It’s not too difficult and is actually likely to unlock naturally as you work your way through the story.
If you don’t have it by the end of the game, try playing community levels or replaying Story levels until you pull it off. Practice makes perfect!
This will be especially easy later in the game when you have access to Guillotine and Wheel of Pain defenses, which really pack a punch.
Destroy the enemy boulder using the thundercloud.
During tower-defense style levels like War and Boulder Avalanche, you will get access to a thunderstrike ability.
To use it, press / to highlight the free ability, then press just before a boulder enters the radius of the ability. You can aim it with .
The ability doesn’t do a lot of damage, but it doesn’t cost any gold coins so you can essentially spam it throughout a match. You just have to wait for the 5-second cooldown between uses.
The ability has a slight delay, too, so you’ll need to lead your shots a bit to make sure the bolts land.
The first time you destroy a boulder in this way, you’ll unlock the Thundergod trophy. It’s very likely to occur naturally.
Land in the highest scoring hole in the Skee-Boulder ramp.
In Ski-Boulder levels, there’s a large Skee-Ball game at the end of a long course. Make it to the end of the course, collecting points as you go by destroying targets.
Once you reach the Skee-Ball game, the number on the hole you land in is how much your score will be multiplied by.
The highest you can multiply your points by is 6, by landing in either the upper-left or upper-right hole.
This is the hardest shot to land, but if you aim for the left or right edge of the ramp and hit it at a slight angle you should be able to flick yourself up and into the desired hole.
This is fairly likely to occur naturally if you’re at least trying to score highly, otherwise, you may need to replay a few Skee-Boulder levels for more chances.
Earn all other trophies.
Once you have acquired every other trophy in this Rock of Ages 3 Trophy Guide, the “Laundry List” Platinum trophy will unlock.
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