Shadow Warrior 3 Trophy Guide
How long does it take to beat Shadow Warrior 3 and unlock all trophies?
About 5-8 hours.
How difficult is it to beat Shadow Warrior 3 and unlock all trophies?
Does Shadow Warrior 3 have online trophies?
Does Shadow Warrior 3 have difficulty-specific trophies?
Does Shadow Warrior 3 have missable trophies?
Yes, Coaching is Overrated.
Does Shadow Warrior 3 have glitched trophies?
What is the minimum number of playthroughs required to unlock all trophies in Shadow Warrior 3?
Does Shadow Warrior 3 have a Platinum Trophy?
Other Useful Guides:
Shadow Warrior 3 Upgrade Point Locations Guide
Shadow Warrior 3 Trophy Guide and Road Map for PlayStation 4
Welcome to our Shadow Warrior 3 Trophy Guide. The Trophy Journey for Shadow Warrior 3 is quite short and fairly straightforward, being that you can play on any difficulty you like and really get to enjoy yourself in this Serious Sam/DOOM-like shoot-em-up.
Unfortunately, the experience is marred a little by the fact that you will need to collect Upgrade Points in each stage. If you fail to find them all and are then unable to purchase every Upgrade, your trophy journey will come to an abrupt end as you’re forced to start a new game. Don’t worry, though, we’ve got you covered on that front.
Phase One – Complete the Story and Collect All Upgrade Points
In this first phase of our Shadow Warrior 3 Trophy Guide, while playing through the game’s fairly short campaign, you will need to make sure you collect every possible Upgrade Point. This is because you need to acquire all upgrades for the Coaching is Overrated trophy, and if you miss any then you cannot unlock the trophy without starting a new game.
There is no Chapter Select or New Game Plus, so you will need to get every possible upgrade in a single playthrough. To help with this, you can follow our Shadow Warrior 3 Upgrade Point Locations Guide.
Ideally, you would unlock every single trophy in your first playthrough, but there are some that you can mop up later, which I’ve separated into Phase Two of this Shadow Warrior 3 Trophy Guide. Regardless, you should check them out early just so you know what to look out for. Here are a few tips that should help you mop up as you play:
- Use explosive barrels as often as you can. These will often inflict elemental damage, helping with a few Elemental Damage Trophies.
- Use Chi to push enemies into spikes wherever possible to help you unlock the Accupunture trophy.
- Keep an eye on your Challenges in the menu. Completing these will award you extra upgrade points, useful for Coaching is Overrated.
- When buying upgrades, you should fully upgrade the Dragontail Sword before anything else as its elemental abilities will help a lot with the Elemental Damage Trophies.
- Whenever you meet a new enemy type, use a Finisher ( + ) on them. There’s a trophy for using a finisher on each enemy type for the first time. Typically, the game will equip you for this by filling your finisher bar just before you meet a new enemy type.
Unmissable Story Trophies
The End of the World
Complete “The Dragon’s Back”
The End of the World trophy will unlock unavoidably after you complete the short Prologue/tutorial chapter at the start of the game.
Don’t Come Closer
Kill 200 enemies
In the grand scheme of things, 200 kills is nothing compared to how many enemies you’ll be mowing down in Shadow Warrior 3. In light of that, you can rest assured that the Don’t Come Closer trophy will unlock naturally.
Expect it to unlock some time during Chapter 2.
Let Me In! LET ME IN!
Complete “Way to Motoko”
The Let Me In! LET ME IN! trophy will unlock automatically when you reach the shrine gates at the end of Chapter 2.
Down the Raccoon Hole
Complete “Motoko’s Thunderdome”
Reach Motoko and Zilla at the end of Chapter 3 to unlock the Down the Raccoon Hole trophy, unavoidably.
Damn, That’s a Big Dam
Complete “That Damn Dam”
Reach the dam gates at the end of Chapter 4 to unmissably unlock the “Damn, That’s a Big Dam” trophy when the cutscene starts.
Lo Wang, First of His Name
Complete “Walking on Eggshells”
Catch the giant egg at the end of Chapter 5 and the “Lo Wang, First of His Name” trophy will unlock just as a cutscene begins playing.
I Don’t Have Friends, I Got Egg
Complete “Egg Express”
Safely transport the egg to the Hot Springs in Chapter 6 and the “I Don’t Have Friends, I Got Egg” trophy will unlock when the cutscene plays at the end.
Complete “Doomsday Device”
Activate the three relays and then reach the big Chi Cannon in Chapter 7 to unlock the Big-Laser-Gun-1000 trophy when the cutscene begins.
Lookin For That Special Someone
Complete “Wayfarer’s Forest”
Reach the high vantage point in the forest at the end of Chapter 8, and the Lookin For That Special Someone trophy will unlock at the start of the cutscene.
Complete “The Fast and the Furry”
Complete the long ice sliding section at the end of Chapter 9 to start a cutscene and unlock the Ski Pass trophy.
Complete “Midnight Snack”
Make it through the ice caves and reach the dragon at the end of Chapter 10 and the Inside Out trophy will unlock as a cutscene begins playing.
Complete “Intestinal Inspector”
Defeat the Guardian of the Heart boss at the end of Chapter 11 to trigger the game’s final cutscene and unlock the Dragon Slayer trophy.
Shiny! What Does It Do?
Obtain your first upgrade
You will find your first Character Upgrade Point on a cliff-edge at the start of Chapter 2. Once you have it, open the menu, navigate to the “Character” tab and then hold on any trait you’d like to upgrade.
Once the bar fills and the upgrade is bought, the “Shiny! What Does It Do?” trophy will unlock.
I’m Something of a Gunsmith Myself
Fully upgrade a ranged weapon
To unlock I’m Something of a Gunsmith Myself, you will need to acquire a total of 7 Weapon Upgrade points, and then spend them all purchasing all three upgrades on any weapon for 1 point, 2 points, then 4 points respectively.
This trophy may not unlock right away, but complete the chapter you’re playing and it should unlock at the end.
See Coaching is Overrated for more about Upgrades.
Master Smith Would Be Proud
Fully upgrade the katana
To unlock Master Smith Would Be Proud, you will need to use a total of 7 Weapon Upgrade points to purchase all three upgrades for the Dragontail Sword.
See Coaching is Overrated for more about Upgrades.
Awake Your Inner Wang
Fully upgrade one character skill branch
To unlock the Awake Your Inner Wang trophy, you first will need to acquire at least 7 Character Upgrade Points. Using those points, purchase all three upgrades for at least one trait in the “Character” tab of the menu.
See Coaching is Overrated for more about Upgrades.
Coaching Is Overrated
Obtain all upgrades
To unlock Coaching is Overrated, you will need to buy every single Upgrade. That means all three upgrades on all four character stats and all seven weapons.
In order to do so, you will need to get every single Upgrade Point available. Some are unlocked by completing Challenges (found in the Challenges tab of the menu) and others are found hidden throughout every level.
Since there’s no chapter selection or new game plus, you will need to find them all as you play. If you miss one in a level and proceed to the next level, you will need to start an entirely new save to try and get them all again.
To help with this pain-in-the-ass trophy, I’ve produced this Shadow Warrior 3 Upgrade Point Locations Guide which you can follow while you play to ensure you don’t miss any.
Then, you just need to spend your points in the menu on the Character and Weapon tabs to make sure you unlock every upgrade before beating the final boss.
Phase Two – Clean Up
There’s a strong likelihood that you will unlock every remaining trophy during the first Phase of this Shadow Warrior 3 Trophy Guide, but in the event that you do not, that’s okay.
The rest of these trophies can just be mopped up later with subsequent playthroughs. The game is very short and most of them are possible from the second stage onwards.
The only ones that might require a full playthrough are the Finisher Trophies, but if you took our earlier advice to use a Finisher on every enemy the first time you meet them, then you should be good on that front.
Kill 100 enemies with the katana
You can attack with the Katana by pressing . Once you’ve killed 100 enemies this way, the Samurai trophy will unlock.
I recommend just playing the first couple of chapters on easy and using nothing but the Katana the whole time. You should unlock the trophy about halfway into Chapter 2.
Put 50 enemies on spikes
Every Chapter has a few bundles of spikes dotted around the environment. You can knock enemies onto them to kill them instantly by pressing to use Chi.
Chi is a shockwave attack that pushes enemies back, good for when you’re getting swarmed, better for when you want to skewer a few enemies!
With a fully-charge Chi gauge (under your health bar), press while aiming at an enemy who is in-front of some spikes, and they will be pushed back into them.
Do this 50 times to unlock the Acupuncture trophy.
Cool Guys Don’t Look at Explosions
Explode 50 explodables
There are a few different types of explodables you’ll find throughout the game. They’re often fairly obvious, such as barrels with big red crosses on them, or piles of dynamite. You essentially just need to shoot these to cause them to blow up, often quite useful for taking out multiple enemies at a time.
In all honesty, you’re likely to blow up a lot of them by mistake and may end up unlocking the Cool Guys Don’t Look at Explosions trophy naturally, but it won’t hurt to keep your eye out for them and shoot any that you see just in case!
Note that you don’t need to hurt anybody with these explodables, just causing them to explode is enough.
It’s Dangerous Out There
Kill 150 enemies with environmental hazards
There are a lot of different ways to kill enemies with your environment, including switch-activated traps that you can use in various sections of the game.
By far the easiest way to kill enemies with your environment, though, is to use Chi-Blast and push smaller enemies off cliff-edges into rivers or pits. This will insta-kill them and add towards the 150 environment kills needed for this It’s Dangerous Out There trophy.
Elemental Damage Trophies
Set the World on Fire
Set 25 enemies on fire
There are several ways you can set enemies on fire, but I recommend the three below:
Firstly, among the explosives in the game, you will find that some deal flame damage and can even set enemies on fire. These can be found quite commonly and the chances are that you’ll blow them up by accident and set a lot of enemies on fire naturally, without really meaning to.
Your second-best bet is to use the Dragontail Sword. When fully-upgraded, you can hold and to imbue your sword with fire. Releasing then launches a fireball that has the ability to set enemies ablaze.
Additionally, when the pistol is fully-upgraded it has a perk which makes some shots inflict fire damage.
Set a total of 25 enemies on fire and the Set the World on Fire trophy will unlock.
Baddies Go ‘BZZZZZ’
Electrocute 50 enemies (without Motoko’s help)
In Shadow Warrior 3, there’s 3 methods for electrocuting enemies that you’ll want to employ for this trophy;
Electric barrels are one of the explodables available in the game. These can be found on the ground in some places, but are often carried by Shogai enemies. Blowing one up will electrocute surrounding enemies.
Additionally, if you have the Dragontail Sword fully upgraded, you can hold / + to charge your blade with electrical energy. When you release , enemies in a radius around you will be struck by lightning and electrocuted.
And finally, the Sidewinder weapons will inflict electricity damage when they have been fully upgraded.
Electrocute a total of 50 enemies throughout the game to unlock the “Baddies Go ‘BZZZZZ’” trophy.
Freeze 75 enemies
There are 3 methods for freezing an enemy which you will need to use for the -273 Kelvin trophy.
The first is to simply blow up explodables that have a blue color. These will explode in a cloud of freezing energy, causing enemies caught in the cloud to freeze on the spot.
Secondly, you can use a Finisher + on very common Kugutsu enemies to acquire the Brain Freeze Gore Tool. This item can be thrown into crowds of enemies, causing an explosion that freezes all surrounding enemies.
Lastly, with a fully-upgraded Dragontail Sword, you can hold + to charge your blade with freezing energy. Releasing sends out a freezing slash attack that freezes any enemies it passes through.
Use any of the methods above to freeze a total of 75 enemies and you will unlock this trophy.
Perform Finisher 15 times
The Surgeon trophy unlocks when you have used Finisher attacks on just 15 enemies. See Executioner for more info.
Perform Finisher 100 times
To the left of your health bar, there’s a semi-circular yellow Finisher gauge, which fills up when you collect yellow orb pickups dropped by enemies.
With a half-full Finisher Gauge, you can press + together to trigger a finishing move on weaker Shogai and Kugutsu enemies.
With a full Finisher gauge, you can use finishing moves on all other enemies.
You’ll be using Finishers a lot throughout your trophy journey in order to unlock the various Gore Tool trophies, so you should get acquainted with this concept as early as possible.
Once you have used Finishers to kill a grand total of 100 enemies, the Executioner trophy will unlock.
Kill 100 enemies with Gore Weapons
“Gore Weapons” are powerful, but temporary, weapons – also known as “Gore Tools” – which you can retrieve from enemies by hitting them with a finisher ( + ).
Whenever you retrieve one, you’ll have a very short window of time to use it in. You should use it to kill as many enemies as you can so you can make progress towards this trophy.
When you’ve killed a cumulative total of 100 enemies with Gore Weapons, the Gore Master trophy will unlock.
One of the challenges in the menu, called Gore Tools Sensei, has the same objective as this trophy and you can use it to track your progress.
Caution! Watch Your Head
Obtain the “Brain Tonic” Gore Tool from Shogai
To unlock the Caution! Watch your Head trophy, you need to use a Finisher ( + ) on a Shogai enemy.
Grabbing “Brain Tonic” this way will add an additional 100HP to your Maximum HP and grant you immunity for 5 seconds.
This can be easily farmed during the first tutorial mission (on the dragon’s back). Just progress until you reach the point where the game is teaching you about finishers, and then use it on a Shogai.
A Cold Day in Hell
Obtain the “Brain Freeze” Gore Tool from Kugutsu
The “A Cold Day in Hell” trophy will unlock when you use a Finisher ( + ) on a Kugutsu enemy.
The Frozen Brain you acquire by doing this can then be thrown at enemies, causing a huge ice explosion that freezes everyone around.
This can be easily completed during the first tutorial mission (on the dragon’s back). Just progress until you reach the point where the game is teaching you about finishers, and then use it on a Kugutsu.
Obtain the “Equalizer” Gore Tool from Oni Hanma
Use a Finisher ( + ) on an Oni Hanma enemy and you’ll use its own hammer to kill it, unlocking the “Stop! Hammertime!” trophy.
The earliest you can achieve this is during Chapter 2, when the Oni Hanma enemy type first appears.
Obtain the “Disco Grenade” Gore Tool from Laser Shogun
Use a Finisher ( + ) on a Laser Shogun enemy and Wang will pull a Disco Grenade from the center of its head, killing it and unlocking the Disco Inferno trophy.
You will first run into a Laser Shogun as part of Chapter 3.
Anyone Has a Corkscrew?
Obtain the “Penetrator” Gore Tool from Mogura
Use a Finisher ( + ) on a Mogura enemy and Wang will rip the drill off its head, killing it and unlocking the grammatically incorrect “Anyone Has a Corkscrew?” trophy.
You will first run into a Mogura as part of Chapter 3.
Eye See You!
Obtain the “Seeking Eye” Gore Tool from Seeking Shokera
Seeking Shokera is an enemy type you’ll first come to meet at the start of Chapter 4.
Use a Finisher ( + ) on one to pull a “Seeking Eye” weapon from the top of its hat, unlocking the Eye See You trophy.
New Year Has Come Early
Obtain the “Swarm Launcher” Gore Tool from Slinky Jakku
You will first meet an enemy called “Slinky Jakku” in Chapter 4 of the main campaign.
Using a Finisher + on this enemy type will result in you receiving the “Swarm Launcher” Gore Tool and the New Year Has Come Early trophy.
Your Sword is Mine!
Obtain the “Blade of Hattori” Gore Tool from Hattori
Use your Finisher + on the Hattori enemy, which you first meet during Chapter 5, and you’ll take their sword from them, using it to slice them in half.
This will unlock the “Your Sword is Mine!” trophy.
What You’re Cooking Here?
Obtain the “Hungry, Hungry Heart” Gore Tool from Chef Oboru Guruma
Use a Finisher ( + ) on a Chef Oboru Guruma enemy – which first appears in Chapter 6 – to acquire the Hungry, Hungry Heart Gore Tool and unlock the What You’re Cooking Here? trophy.
Size Does Matter
Obtain the “Double Trouble” Gore Tool from Gassy Obariyon
The Double Trouble Gore Tool is an awesome dual-minigun temporary weapon you can only acquire by using a finisher + on the Gassy Obarion enemy type introduced in Chapter 9.
Doing this for the first time will unlock the Size Does Matter trophy.
Show Me What You’re Made Of
Obtain all Gore Tool types
A Gore Tool is a single-use weapon acquired by killing enemies with finisher moves. “Obtaining” a Gore Tool is as simple as using a Finisher on each enemy type at least once.
Every time a new enemy type is introduced, you should have a full finisher gauge with which you can press + together on the new enemy to kill it, acquire it’s new Gore Tool, and unlock the associated trophy.
Once you have obtained all Gore Tools at least once (and thus unlocked all Gore Tool trophies) the Show Me What You’re Made Of trophy will unlock.
Collect all Trophies
Once you have acquired every other trophy in this Shadow Warrior 3 Trophy Guide, the “My Precious!” platinum trophy will unlock.
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