In this Returnal Trophy roadmap, we're going to reveal how to unlock the Platinum Trophy in this PS5 exclusive shooter. As part of our Returnal guide, we're going to outline all the Trophies in the game — including those added with the Ascension expansion — complete with their descriptions and how to get each one. We've also included a Trophy roadmap, outlining the general order in which you can obtain the Trophies as you play through Returnal.
Returnal: How to Get the Platinum Trophy
Returnal's Trophy list looks fairly straightforward, but that doesn't mean it won't take you a while to get the Platinum. As there are no difficulty settings, there aren't any "play on hard" Trophies to worry about. Having said that, Returnal is a tough game, and you'll die a lot as you slowly plug away at the Trophy list.
You'll unlock some basic Bronze Trophies early on, such as Eternal Return and Atropian Survival. Additionally, Failed Escape, Last Drive, and White Shadow will all unlock simply by progressing through the story, so you don't really need to concern yourself with these.
Things get a little more interesting with Welcome Home (play the first House sequence) and Second Chance (resurrect via an artefact), both of which are pretty simple but require slightly more thought. As you progress through the early game, you'll find Xenoglyph Ciphers (red glowing symbols) on the walls. Acquire as many of these as you can, and when you find a Xenoglyph, scan it to translate it. When you find enough Ciphers, you'll earn Cryptic Translations as well as Cryptic Messages — this won't take too long. Similarly, Alternate Fates will come pretty fast; finding 10 Scout Logs is straightforward enough.
Surgical Precision is one of those Trophies you'll probably unlock without thinking about it. You need to perform five successful Overloads in a row, which is something you'll get used to as your skills improve. Don't worry yourself about Adapting to Circumstance in the early game; you won't get to weapon proficiency level 30 until far later into the experience.
After that, it's a case of beating all the boss fights for Trophies like A Shadow in the Fog and Ascension, gathering simple trinkets like In-Field Training and Visions of the Past, and finishing those darn Survey Trophies. We're talking about the Gold awards like Past the Ruins, Ascending the Mountain, and Through the Forgotten City. These will take the longest to attain; they involve finding all the collectable items, like Scout Logs and Xenoglyph Ciphers, in a given biome. The trouble is, the game's maps are randomly generated, so there's no telling when or where you'll find them. These are Trophies you'll need to grind at over time. Fortunately, you can keep tabs on these Surveys via PS5's Activity Cards. For more information about Surveys, see our guide: Returnal: How to Complete Biome Surveys.
Returnal: All Trophies
The main game's Trophy list consists of 31 Trophies including the Platinum. There are an additional 7 Trophies, which were added as part of the Ascension expansion. These are not required in order to obtain the Platinum Trophy. We've listed the Ascension Trophies separately below.
Platinum: Collect all Trophies
As usual, you will unlock the Platinum Trophy in Returnal once you have completed the rest of the Trophy list.
Bronze: Learn the basics of survival on Atropos
This Trophy unlocks once you find the Atropian Blade early in the game.
Past the Ruins
Gold: Finish Overgrown Ruins Survey
Complete the Overgrown Ruins survey. For more information on finishing surveys, see our guide — Returnal: How to Complete Biome Surveys.
Ascending the Mountain
Gold: Finish Crimson Wastes Survey
Complete the Crimson Wastes survey. For more information on finishing surveys, see our guide — Returnal: How to Complete Biome Surveys.
Through the Forgotten City
Gold: Finish Derelict Citadel Survey
Complete the Derelict Citadel survey. For more information on finishing surveys, see our guide — Returnal: How to Complete Biome Surveys.
Echoes of the Past
Gold: Finish Echoing Ruins Survey
Complete the Echoing Ruins survey. For more information on finishing surveys, see our guide — Returnal: How to Complete Biome Surveys.
Frozen in Time
Gold: Finish Fractured Wastes Survey
Complete the Fractured Wastes survey. For more information on finishing surveys, see our guide — Returnal: How to Complete Biome Surveys.
Submerged in Memories
Gold: Finish Abyssal Scar Survey
Complete the Abyssal Scar survey. For more information on finishing surveys, see our guide — Returnal: How to Complete Biome Surveys.
A Shadow in the Fog
Bronze: Defeat Phrike
Beat Phrike, the boss of Overgrown Ruins. For some help and advice on boss fights, see our guide — Returnal: All Bosses and How to Beat Them.
Bronze: Defeat Ixion
Beat Ixion, the boss of Crimson Wastes. For some help and advice on boss fights, see our guide — Returnal: All Bosses and How to Beat Them.
Trial by Judgement
Bronze: Defeat Nemesis
Beat Nemesis, the boss of Derelict Citadel. For some help and advice on boss fights, see our guide — Returnal: All Bosses and How to Beat Them.
Silence the Song
Bronze: Defeat Hyperion
Beat Hyperion, the boss of Echoing Ruins. For some help and advice on boss fights, see our guide — Returnal: All Bosses and How to Beat Them.
Bronze: Defeat Ophion
Beat Ophion, the boss of Abyssal Scar. For some help and advice on boss fights, see our guide — Returnal: All Bosses and How to Beat Them.
Silver: Finish Act 1
Finish Act 1 of the story. This Trophy is unlocked as you progress through the game.
Silver: Finish Act 2
Finish Act 2 of the story. This Trophy is unlocked as you progress through the game.
Gold: Finish Act 3
Finish Act 3 of the story. This Trophy is unlocked as you progress through the game.
Bronze: Returned by an artefact
Some artefacts will resurrect you straight away when you die, allowing you to continue your current run. A couple of examples include the Astronaut Figurine and the Child's Watch. Look for these in Fabricators or in side rooms.
Bronze: Scan a Xenoglyph
Find a Xenoglyph and scan it. These are stone tablets with some red glowing inscriptions on them.
Bronze: Unlock all translation tiers of a Xenoglyph
Find red glowing symbols in the environment to unlock three tiers of translation for Xenoglyphs. These are called Xenoglyph Ciphers. Once you've found enough of them, you'll be able to fully translate a Xenoglyph, unlocking this Trophy.
Bronze: Perform 5 successful Overloads in a row
When you deplete the energy (ammo) from a weapon, it will need to cool down (reload) before you can keep shooting. A small bar appears onscreen with a window in the middle. To perform an Overload, press R2 when the meter is inside this window. Perform five Overloads in a row to get this Trophy.
Adapting to Circumstance
Silver: Achieve Weapon Proficiency level 30
Get your weapon proficiency up to level 30. Certain items like Calibrators can increase your proficiency, but you'll slowly build the meter by dispatching enemies. This Trophy is only achievable later on in the game.
Bronze: Complete a daily challenge in Simulation Mode
Take part in the daily challenge mode. To learn more, see our guide — Returnal: How to Unlock Daily Challenge Mode.
Bronze: Achieve 200% Max Integrity
Double the size of your health bar during a run. You can do this with various items and collecting Resin to build up your integrity bar.
Bronze: Finish Calculated Risk
For this Trophy, you need to find and use the game's Malignant items. These are items that are beneficial to you, but have a chance to impact you negatively as well (or instead). Take enough chances on these items and you'll get the Trophy.
Bronze: Achieve maximum Adrenaline Level
Get to the maximum Adrenaline Level. Your Adrenaline Level increases as you kill enemies without taking damage yourself. The max level is 5.
Bronze: Have 5 Parasites simultaneously
Find and equip five Parasites all at once in one run.
Bronze: Die for the first time
Suffer your first death. Safe to say you'll unlock this one fairly quickly.
Bronze: Retrieve 10 Scout Logs
Find 10 of the Scout Logs (audio logs) in the game. It doesn't matter which ones or in which order.
Bronze: Complete the first House sequence
Find and play through the House for the first time. If you're unsure how to get inside the House, see our guide — Returnal: How to Get Into the House.
Sins of the Mother
Silver: Complete all House sequences
Play through every house sequence.
Visions of the Past
Silver: Complete a Xeno-archive set
Xeno-archives are large rooms containing 3D imagery of the planet's ancient civilisation. Find all the tableaus in one biome to pop this Trophy.
Returnal: Ascension: All Trophies
Below are the 7 Trophies added to the game as part of the Ascension update. All these Trophies relate to the Tower of Sisyphus. These are not required to obtain the Platinum. Please be wary of spoilers!
Bronze: Die and return in the Tower
Here's an easy one. Simply die and respawn as you attempt to climb the Tower of Sisyphus.
Bronze: Defeat Algos' first form
Reach the new boss, Algos, and defeat its first form.
Bronze: Defeat Algos' final form
Reach Algos' final stage and defeat it.
Bronze: Kill 100 Hostiles with Disgorgers
Use the special weapon Disgorger to defeat 100 enemies in total.
Broken, Restored, Empty
Bronze: Complete the first Hospital sequence
The Hospital is much like the House in the main game. Find and enter the Hospital for the first time.
Silver: Open the Locked Door
Unlocked as you progress through the Hospital sequences.
Gold: Gain a moment of peace
Another story-related Trophy.
Have you unlocked all the Trophies in Returnal yet? Let us know in the comments section below, and check out our Returnal guide for lots more information and advice on the game.
Step one: get PS5... riiiiiight....
If I forget about this game enough down the line I might actually return anew to complete that final fetch quest. But man, each room of each biome is eternally etched in our brains...
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