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I put a walkthrough up for this remastered trilogy back when it was released, but I wasn’t playing on Steam and so paid no attention to the achievements. That’s changed now, so follow this guide to see how to get from this:
To get all achievements I took a party from the first game through to the third, and I recommend you do the same. Taking the option of a full power transfer between games, where you keep your levels and items, will help with getting some achievements too.
I will link to the relevant walkthrough part for achievements so you can see how to get them.
The first thing to do when looking at the 47 achievements is to see which will be earned automatically in a play through of all three games, and which must be specifically earned. After a quick count, I see 25 achievements we will pick up automatically while playing through the game. The other 22 achievements have to be earned specifically.
Main quest achievements:
A Good Year
Finding the Wine Cellar is the key to getting started in the first Bard’s Tale. It is your first dungeon and the key to levelling up enough to face stronger foes later on. Fight your way pas the Samurai statue, order some wine, and you’re in.
Once you are comfortable with the Wine Cellar, take the stair down to the Sewers to grab this achievement.
The Magic Word
The catacombs under the Mad God’s temple are great for levelling up and early party. Give the priests their word and pick up this achievement.
Storm the gates
Entering Harkyn’s Castle is mandatory in game 1. Fight your way past that nasty Grey Dragon statue to pick up this achievement.
You have to defeat the crystal Golem to complete Kylearan’s Tower, so don’t forget to pick up the Crystal Sword (which must be used to strike the killing blow against the Golem) in Baron Harkyn’s castle
Once you complete Kylearan’s Tower you can enter Mangar’s Tower to pick this achievement up.
Heroes of Skara Brae
Taking out Mangar will give you this achievement
Weapon of Legend
Before you defeat Mangar in the first game, visit N21 E10 on level 5 of the tower to pick up the Spectre Snare and this achievement.
There are a number of statues scattered around Skara Brae. Destroy them all.
Skara Brae shopaholic
Again, good practise indicates you will pick this up, but remember to access some drinks (like wine!) some healing, and buy yourself some equipment from garth and some spell points from Roscoe.
Livin’ La Vida Bard’s Tale
You can visit a casino only in games 1 or 2, but don’t forget to buy all the necessary services in game 1 to pick up this one.
Song of only Fire
Remembering to take the Fire Horn from the starting Bard will give you the Song of Only Fire achievement once used in combat.
Citizens of Caith
You will visit each of the seven cities as part of finishing the game. If you like, you can wander the Wilderness and enter each city in turn to pick up this achievement earlier.
Knight in Shining Armor
The Dark Domain isn’t necessary to finish the second game, and if you are starting with a continuing party from game 1 it will seem easy. Finish it anyway to pick up this achievement.
The Battle is Joined
Once you get the first piece of the wand, you’ll get this achievement. Plnety more to go!
Storm the gates (again!)
Entering Fanskar’s Fortress will give you this one.
Get over half the pieces of the Destiny Wand for this achievement, you’ll need them all to finish the game
The Destiny Knight
Forging the Destiny Wand is another key progression point, and can only be done once you have finished all the dungeons in the game.
Liberators of Caith
Finishing game 2 gives you this achievement.
The Dreamspell (ZZGO) can be obtained at The Destiny Stone after giving the correct words
A Fallen Hero
Enter the home of Saradon, located opposite Dargoth’s Tower, to gain this achievement.
Wisdom of a kind
The Sage can tell you what certain items do. Here’s a list of the different items he can share secrets on. For 100 gold per item, pick any 30 to gain this achievement.
A Shattered Dream
Go into what’s left of Skara Brae for this achievement to pop up
A matter of time
Creating a Chronomancer is necessary to progress in the game after Unterbrae, so pick a magic user to change class and get this achievement.
Completing the Arboria quest will grant this achievement
Revenge is a dish best served cold
Completing Gelidia gets you this one
Lucencia grants this achievement once finished
Kinestia gives you this one
Nowhere is the city in Tenebrosia, complete the quest in this realm to get another achievement
War never Changes
All the stars in the sky
Complete the third game to earn this one.
A Hundred Years from Now
Thief of Fate
This one can be tricky to set up, so remember to pop a save before your final battle. Your rogue must strike the killing blow against Tarjan or you will miss out on this achievement
Let my armies be the rocks and the trees and the birds in the sky
Kinestia is the only place you can create a Geomancer. I usually convert either my warrior or paladin.
Twilight of the Gods
Pick this spell up in the Wizard’s Guild in Nowhere and use it at least once for this achievement. I use this all the time.
The final list of achievements can be completed in any game, except where noted. Most won’t take you out of your way.
Create your own character to pick up this achievement.
You can’t play these games without advancement. The first time you see an arrow next to a character name, head over to the Review Board to pick up this achievement.
The mage’s tale
Making sure you learn the Level 7 spells before you move from one magic class to another is just good practise, but it’s not mandatory. Getting a character to the maximum in Wizard is something that you can do in the first game as long as you’re not speeding through. If you don’t this achievement can be earned in the second or third games too.
You should hit this one during your first game, before you enter Harkyn’s Castle.
Keeping your party between the first and second games will get you to this achievement
Keeping your party through all three games will see at least one character get here. Probably your Rogue or Bard, or whichever fighter doesn’t become a Geomancer. Switching classes resets your level to 1, so those characters who stay in their original class will get here first.
This achievement can only be earned in games 1 or 2, as there are no banks to take your deposits in game 3, so be aware of this!
Keep your coins on you to build up to this achievement.
Make sure you don’t leave those treasure chests unopened, chests opened with the Trap Zap spell count towards this achievement.
Like the bank, casinos only exist in the first and second games, so win a hand to get this achievement. How hard can it be?
The Archmage’s Tale
Like the other magic classes, the Archmage has 7 levels of spells to learn. Be aware the class is only available in the second and third games.
500 battles. Win them.