- Title: Cuphead
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This guide will show you the step-by-step walkthrough process on how to unlock every achievement in the base game of Cuphead. This means that the DLC achievements are not included in this guide. If you’re looking for DLC-related achievements, check out this guide. Spoilers ahead, be warned!
Defeat a boss
To achieve this feat, you simply need to defeat a boss in the game. The identity of the boss doesn’t matter; the key is to conquer one boss to earn this achievement.
Complete 20 parries
Unlocking this achievement is a breeze. Your task is to complete 20 parries. In simpler terms, you must successfully perform 20 parries. For those unfamiliar with the term, parrying involves blocking or deflecting attacks, and in this game, you can parry anything that appears pink. This means that every boss and every run-and-gun scenario in the game contains at least one pink object that can be parried.
Complete 100 parries
This achievement is quite similar to “Parry Persistence,” with one key difference: you must complete 100 parries. If you’ve already achieved “Parry Persistence,” you’ll only need to complete 80 more parries to earn this one.
Defeat a boss with an Extra Special move
Defeating a boss with an Extra Special move is the objective for this accomplishment. While this may sound complex, let’s break it down. In the game, each weapon or shooter, such as the “Peashooter” and “Spread,” has an “Extra” move. On a controller, this move is usually assigned to the “A” button. For keyboard users, you’ll need to check the controls menu to find the equivalent key. The “Extra” move is a powerful and unique attack that becomes available when you collect a “Card.” You can acquire cards by either attacking enemies or bosses, parrying objects, or using the “Coffee” charm, which gradually fills your card meter.
Your character can hold up to five cards at once. However, there’s a catch – if you obtain a Special/Super Art from a mausoleum and equip it, you won’t be able to use the “Extra” move when your card meter is full, as it will be used for the Super Art instead. Therefore, you can only perform “Extra” moves when you have 1, 2, 3, or 4 cards in your possession.
Now, back to the achievement. To earn it, you must defeat a boss using your “Extra” move. This can be a bit challenging, but with precise timing and a boss at low health, you’ll be able to finish them off with your “Extra” move.
Defeat a boss with a Super Art
This achievement, “Porcelain Power,” is quite similar to “Ceramic Strike.” Instead of defeating a boss with an “Extra” move, you must take down a boss with a Super Art. Super Arts are special moves you obtain in Mausoleums, and each Isle except for Inkwell Hell has one. This achievement might be easier than “Ceramic Strike” because Super Arts deal more damage, providing a larger window of opportunity to earn it.
Parry five times before hitting the ground
For the “Bouncing Ball” achievement, you’ll need to parry five times in a row without touching the ground. This one can be a bit tricky. One strategy is to try to parry five ghosts in a row in the Third Mausoleum. Be cautious because you can only attempt a Mausoleum once. Alternatively, you can head to the level “Carnival Kerfuffle” in Inkwell Isle 2 and parry the pink balloon at the start five times.
Complete a level without getting hit
Achieving the “Perfect Run” depends on your skill level in the game. To earn this achievement, you must complete either a boss battle or a Run N’ Gun level without getting hit a single time. If you’re new to this challenge, I recommend trying it with “The Root Pack” since they are one of the easier bosses in the game.
Obtain an A-Rank or higher on all bosses in Inkwell Isle I
Becoming the “Sheriff” requires obtaining an A-Rank or higher on all bosses in Inkwell Isle I. This means you must achieve either an A-, A, A+, or S rank on “The Root Pack,” “Goopy Le’ Grande,” “Hilda Berg,” “Cagney Carnation,” and “Ribby and Croaks.”
Obtain an A-Rank or higher on all bosses in Inkwell Isle II
Similar to the previous achievement, you must secure an A-Rank or higher on all bosses in Inkwell Isle II. This includes “Baroness von Bon Bon,” “Beppi the Clown,” “Djimmi the Great,” “Grim Matchsticks,” and “Wally Warbles.”
Obtain an A-Rank or higher on all bosses in Inkwell Isle III
“Mayor” is the title for those who attain an A-Rank or higher on all bosses in Inkwell Isle III. You’ll need to achieve an “A-, A, A+, or S Rank” on “Rumor Honeybottoms,” “Captain Briney Beard,” “Cala Maria,” “Sally Stageplay,” “Dr. Kahl’s Robot,” and “Werner Werman.”
A Walk in the Park
Defeat every boss in Inkwell Isle I
A Day at the Fair
Defeat every boss in Inkwell Isle II
A Trip Downtown
Defeat every boss in Inkwell Isle III
The achievements “A Walk in the Park,” “A Day at the Fair,” and “A Trip Downtown” all involve defeating every boss in their respective Inkwell Isles. The scores don’t matter for these – just focus on defeating every boss in each area. Here’s a bonus tip:
- Here are a couple of tips to assist you on your quest. Consider using the Charge Shot and Spread, along with Super Art 1 and the Smoke Bomb. And remember, when dealing with airplane levels, don’t use the Smoke Bomb as it won’t have any effect. Instead, opt for the Coffee charm.
Obtain all Super Arts
For the “Magician Lord” achievement, your goal is to obtain all the Super Arts. These special moves can be found in the White Buildings, also known as Mausoleums, in every world except for Inkwell Hell. Inside these levels, you’ll need to parry numerous ghosts. Keep in mind that Mausoleums get progressively more challenging as you advance in the game. If you’re not confident in your parrying skills, you can use the “Sugar” charm for an automatic parry or enlist a second player to assist you. Also, note that you can retry Mausoleum levels in-game if needed, so don’t worry if you fail on your first attempt. Good luck on your achievement hunt!
Get every coin in all of the levels
To unlock the “Coffers Full” achievement, you’ll need to collect every coin in all of the game’s levels. In each Run N’ Gun level, there are 30 coins to be found. These coins can sometimes be a bit tricky to locate, as there are 5 of them in each level, and some might be well-hidden. If you find yourself struggling to locate a few of these coins, I recommend watching the tutorial video created by “DarkLordChaos.” All credit goes to him for providing a helpful guide to uncovering every hidden coin.
Buy everything in Porkrind’s Shop
Earning the “Butter-and-Egg Man” achievement is a straightforward task. You simply need to purchase every item available in Porkrind’s Shop. To achieve this, you must collect every coin in the game, and if you’re having trouble locating some of them, I recommend checking out the chapter titled “High Roller.”
Complete the Casino
To unlock the “Casino Night” achievement, you’ll need to complete the Casino by defeating King Dice. The difficulty of this achievement depends on your skill level, as King Dice can be either a challenging or relatively easy boss to conquer. A helpful tip for King Dice is to consider taking the route 1, 2, or 3 (depending on who has extra health), followed by 4, the SAFE space, and finally 8 or 9 (with nine being longer but easier).
Obtain an A-Rank or higher on all bosses in Inkwell Hell
Achieving the “King” title is quite simple. Your goal is to obtain an A-Rank or higher on all bosses in Inkwell Hell. This involves obtaining an A-, A, A+, or S Rank on both King Dice and The Devil, covering all the bosses in this challenging area.
Complete the game on Normal
To earn the “Souls Saved” achievement, you’ll need to complete the game on Normal mode. The difficulty of this achievement depends on your gameplay. To reach the final area of the game, Inkwell Hell, you must defeat all other bosses on Normal mode. This means you cannot complete the game on Simple mode, as Simple mode is typically for practice. So, if you’ve been playing the game on Simple mode, you’ll need to switch to Normal mode to unlock this achievement.
Put On a Show
Get an S-Rank
The “Put On a Show” achievement can be a bit challenging, especially when attempting it on certain bosses. To earn this achievement, you must get an S-Rank on a boss, and I recommend starting with “The Root Pack” or “Botanic Panic” for this challenge. Achieving an S-Rank requires meeting specific criteria within a single boss battle:
- Defeat the boss in under 2 minutes.
- Defeat the boss without taking a hit or, if using a charm that provides more health, finish the battle with 3 hearts remaining.
- Use 6 Cards/Specials during the fight, which can include 2 Super Arts, 1 Super Art and 1 EX Move, or 6 EX Moves.
- Perform 3 or more parries during the boss fight.
While these criteria may seem tough, remember that you must fulfill all of them in a single boss battle. With practice, you can master this achievement, and it will become easier compared to some of the other challenges in the game.
Beat The Devil At His Own Game
Complete the game on Expert
Earning the “Beat The Devil At His Own Game” achievement requires completing the game on Expert mode. Expert mode is unlocked by first beating the game on Normal mode. If you’ve already done so, you’ll have the option to challenge yourself on Expert mode. This will indeed be a challenging endeavor, and it’s a testament to your Cuphead skills. Be prepared for some tough battles and moments of frustration, but with determination, you can conquer this mode and truly become a Cuphead pro.
The “Cutting Corners” achievement is a sneaky one but quite manageable. To unlock it, you need to find the shortcut in Inkwell Isle 1 that’s hidden behind the river. This shortcut can save you some time and effort as you progress through the game.
Bravo Zulu P-26
To achieve the “Bravo Zulu P-26” achievement, you must defeat a boss using the mini-plane bullets. It might seem impossible at first, but there’s a clever trick that many players use. During the King Dice fight, go to Mini-Boss 6, also known as the Skeleton Racing mini boss, and use the mini bullets on him. It’s a bit of a workaround but an effective one. While it’s still a challenge, it’s a much better option than trying to accomplish this feat without the trick.
For the “High Roller” achievement, you must collect every coin in the game. This includes obtaining all the coins in the Run n’ Gun stages as well as the secret coins hidden throughout the map. To locate these coins, you can refer to the other sections in this guide for hints and guidance.
Prepare for a challenging adventure with the “Pacifist” achievement. This is considered the hardest achievement in the game by many. To earn it, you must complete every single Run n’ Gun level without defeating any enemies or using your gun. This is a long and complex achievement, and it’s recommended to watch a YouTube video for guidance, as it can be quite difficult to put into words and text.
The difficulty of the “Rolling Sixes” achievement depends on your parrying skills. To accomplish this feat, you must defeat King Dice without taking a hit. However, this does not mean you can’t take a hit during the Mini-Bosses. This achievement only requires you to avoid taking any hits during the part of the fight against King Dice after completing the board and mini-boss challenges.
The “Selling Out” achievement is incredibly easy. All you need to do is click the “YES” option when you get to the Devil. It’s as simple as that.
Swing You Sinner
To earn the “Swing You Sinner” achievement, all you have to do is beat or defeat the Devil on any difficulty. It’s a straightforward achievement, and you’ll complete the game when you defeat the Devil. This is one of the simpler achievements in the game.
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