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Defeat 300 enemies with Arch.
Since the Arch is the first weapon you are given, most common amongst your enemies, and the most helpful as far as general maneuverability is concerned, you will probably use the Arch for the majority of the game, especially on your first playthrough. This trophy comes fairly naturally with time, most likely during your first playthrough, or early on in your second.
Defeat 300 enemies with Veil.
A shield/gauntlet weapon big on defense and destructive power but slow in attack speed, this weapon may be your favorite or least favorite weapon depending on your individual play-style. Your attacks are considerably slower during combat, but the attack power is second to none and you have superior defense thanks to the weapon forming a shield when you guard. Should you find yourself having not yet unlocked the trophy, simply focus on using the Veil over all other weapons as you play through the chapters and in time it will unlock. Chapters 5, 7, and 10 are good chapters during which to utilize the Veil.
Defeat 300 enemies with Gale.
A ranged weapon with lightning-fast attacks but low damage, this is a great weapon for crowd-controlling multiple enemies at once, or just for keeping your enemies at range. This weapon's special move (R1+Triangle or Square by default) allows you to make a dash forward, either on the ground or in the air, allowing for quick evasions or position changes, as well as some improved helpfulness during the platforming sections of the game. Should you find yourself having not yet unlocked the trophy, simply focus on using the Gale over all other weapons as you play through the chapters and in time it will unlock. Chapters 2, 4, and 5 are good chapters during which to utilize the Gale.
Martial Arts Master
Defeat 100 enemies with bare hands.
This fighting style can be a pain, since your hands are considerably weaker in comparison to the weapons available. There are times when you will be left without a weapon (most notably during Chapter 8), and it is good in these instances to make sure and dispose of every possible enemy. If you have not unlocked this trophy by the time you complete Chapter 8 during your second playthrough, consider replaying the chapter multiple times, as no weapons are available during this level.
There is an area toward the end of Chapter 8 where you will notice that the path splits quite obviously in two separate directions, one going up and to the left, another going slightly to the right and down. Choose the right-hand path and make you way down. On the far side, many Ramps will spawn in waves, allowing you to collect a good number of kills in a short time.
Pushing the Limit
Launch an Overboost.
This tactic will be presented to you by Uriel during the final battle of Chapter 4. Simply activate it to unlock this trophy,
A Reliable Friend
Raise your boost level to 10.
Your boost level is raised by collecting the small fiery orbs that you collect from enemies and breakable objects throughout the game. A great many are needed to get your boost level up to 10, requiring several playthroughs. Replaying chapters with large orb counts is advisable. It should also be noted that fiery orbs are worth more and fill up the gauge much faster on lower difficulties.
Finish any chapter without collecting any armor-recovery items.
This is most easily accomplished in Chapter 1. Break -no- containers and after your first meeting with Azazel, when a path opens across a chasm to a cave behind a waterfall, simply jump carefully across the platforms, avoiding the armor-recovery item (the blue heart) on the middle platform. It is possible to land on the platform but not pick up the item by just making sure to land near the edge and not move to the center before jumping to the next platform.
Take 100 weapons from enemies.
This trophy is not difficult to unlock and just takes some time. If you want to hurry the process along, during combat steal every weapon as you fight. You will know you can steal a weapon when an enemy falls to a knee and is surrounded by a bright circle of light. At that time, simply move close and Purify ( by default) in order to steal the weapon. Rinse and repeat as necessary.
Finish all chapters without a single Game Over.
It is not recommended that you try to get this trophy on your initial playthrough. An Easy playthrough or a playthrough utilizing the Special Armor is best suited for unlocking this trophy. Simply never allow yourself to hit a Game Over screen. The Game Over screen is black and gives the options to Continue and Main Menu. You will most likely see this during your initial playthrough and know what to avoid later on. Note that a recovery is -not- a Game Over; a Game Over only comes when you run out of recoveries or are consumed by the vileness in the Underworld platforming levels. In the case of the latter, it may be necessary to exit to the XMB, restart the game, and reload from a previous save/auto-save in order to continue without penalty. Falling repeatedly in the regular platforming stages can eventually result in a Game Over, but it takes a great many falls to accomplish this, so it will probably not be an issue.
Execute 50 recoveries.
This trophy will almost certainly come during your initial playthrough, but if for some reason it does not, all you need to do is fare badly in combat. Just make sure not to allow yourself to run out of recoveries and find yourself at a Game Over screen if you are trying for the "Living Miracle" trophy.
Battle for Honor
Register for the Score Ranking.
This feature is unlocked after you complete your first playthrough. Just make sure you are signed in to PSN, start a new game, and complete any chapter and this trophy should unlock.
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Finish Chapter 10 without taking any weapons from enemies.
This trophy is most easily obtained by playing through Chapter 10 on Easy mode with the Special Armor equipped. This allows you to take the extra time it takes to defeat enemies without a weapon without having to worry about your health, making this trophy much easier to get. (Note: acquiring weapons from pearls does not count against the trophy.)
Time In The Spotlight
Defeat 50 enemies during Armaros' show.
Probably the easiest way to obtain this trophy is by playing through Chapter 7 on Easy with the Gale equipped. When you reach Armaros and his show begins, just start going nuts with the Gale. On Easy mode, especially with good timing of your attacks, you should get the trophy well before the show comes to its conclusion. This is also a great place for fiery orbs and high combos.
Earn a G rank in every chapter at the Easy difficulty level or higher.
Earn a G rank in every chapter at the Hard difficulty level or higher.
These two trophies are what make the Platinum difficulty so steep, and as such, are best left for last, after all others are completed so that you can focus solely on your performance during the chapter. The two hardest trophies in the game to obtain are "Conqueror" and "Adept", but because difficulties stack, both can be acquired by earning a G rank in every chapter on Hard mode. (Note that it is not necessary to play for Score on EXTRA difficulty.)
Score is based upon your difficulty, time taken to complete the level, combat prowess, platforming ability, with a bonus given for secrets found during the chapter. Here are some tips for obtaining the best possible rating:
- Do Not Fall During The Platforming Sections. Falling greatly diminishes your final rank, so it is advisable to attempt to never fall, backing out to the Main Menu and reloading if necessary. In Chapter 8 especially, do not allow yourself to fall even once, as this will keep you from getting the "My Acrobatic Friend" trophy.
- Pick Up All Available Large Flames. There are 3-5 of these in each Chapter, usually inside a breakable object or in a (slightly) out-of-the-way place.
- Steal Weapons From Enemies and Go For High Combos
- DO NOT WEAR THE SPECIAL ARMOR. As previously, the Special Armor nullifies a great portion of your score and will make it impossible to achieve G-ranking.
Lo! Humanity is saved! That should be it for 'El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron'. This was my first ever guide, so I really hope you guys find it helpful. And make sure to let me know if you have any questions or comments. Good luck.
"It isn't the fall that kills you. It's the sudden stop at the end."
Last edited by AloysiusPriest; 08-21-2011 at 11:33 PM.