Shadow Of The Tomb Raider

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Getting the Lockpick and Rope Ascender

The Lockpick and Rope Ascender are unlockable gadgets. The Rope Ascender allows you to destroy heavy barriers. The lockpick allows you to open locked Conquistador treasure chests. These items are optional gear that you do not need to complete the main story. However, if you want to access every area and complete all puzzles, you will need them. To purchase both of them, play the "Find Takiy's Dice" side mission in The Hidden City. The side mission starts in The Hidden City (Paititi) at the following location. There is a boy sitting at the foot of the hill, close to the market square. Talk to him (Takiy), and he will tell you a dead man stole his dice. Lara will agree to look out for the dead man and get back the dice from him. The side mission requires you to talk to five outcasts. After talking to the first four, the fifth one will get marked on the map. She is a vendor that sells the two gadgets. They can be bought from her for a total of 6,100 gold. You may have noticed locked treasure chests early in the game that required lockpicks. You can fast travel back to those locations after completing the story and unlock the treasure chests.

Getting the Reinforced Knife

The Reinforced Knife is an unlockable gadget upgrade that allows you to cut through rope barriers. This item is optional gear that you do not need to complete the main story. However, if you want to access every area and complete all puzzles, you will need it. You can buy it from a merchant in The Hidden City (Paititi) at the following location. The vendor is found in the market square (north of the bridge to the Upper City). The item to buy from her is called "Knife Upgrade" and costs 2,900 gold. Alternately, find an NPC on some stairs in the Upper City to begin the "Stay Of Execution" side quest. Successfully complete the quest to unlock the Reinforced Knife upgrade.

All story puzzle solutions

The following video shows a walkthrough of all puzzles in the main story. These are the ones you need to solve to progress in the main story.

Timeline

    1. Mission: Hunters Moon (Cart and Bell puzzle) - 0:05
    2. Mission: Rough Landing (Bridge puzzle) - 1:22
    3. Mission: Brave Adventurer (Young Lara in Croft Manor / Globe and Chessboard) - 3:13
    4. Mission: Path Of The Living (Lava Room with Spinning Dots puzzle) - 6:17
    5. Mission: Path To The Hidden City (Spider Trial and Eagle Trial) - 9:31
    6. Mission: The Hidden City (Trial Of The Serpent) - 17:02
    7. Mission: Eye Of The Serpent (Water Spigots Puzzle - Part 1) - 20:27
    8. Mission: Eye Of The Serpent (Water Spigots Puzzle - Part 2) - 22:27
    9. Mission: Via Veritas (Finding the Secret Crypt Entrance in Church) - 24:15
    10. Mission: Via Crucis (Holy Cross and Light Beam puzzle in Secret Crypt) - 26:15

All Challenge Tombs locations and solutions

The following video shows a walkthrough of all nine Challenge Tombs in the game. None of the tombs are missable. They can all be completed in free-roam mode after the story. No extra gadgets are required for them; they can all be done as soon as you reach their respective area through story progression. The goal is to reach the stele (small statue) at the end of the tombs. Each tomb unlocks a new skill -- so they are also required to get all skills in one category for the "Specialized" achievement.

Timeline

    1. Peruvian Jungle (Underworld Gate) - 0:11
    2. Peruvian Jungle (Judge's Gaze) - 7:17
    3. Kuwaq Yaku (Howling Caves) - 13:12
    4. The Hidden City (Path Of Battle) - 19:59
    5. The Hidden City (Temple Of The Sun) - 27:21
    6. The Hidden City (Ancient Aqueduct) - 36:28
    7. Cenote (San Cordoba) - 45:08
    8. Mission Of San Juan (Tree Of Life) - 53:29
    9. Mission Of San Juan (Thirsty Gods) - 1:03:56

All outfits/costumes showcase

The video below shows what all outfits/costumes/armor sets in Shadow Of The Tomb Raider look like, including Croft Edition outfits, Vestige outfits, and rewards for completing the previous Tomb Raider games. There are 34 total outfits in the base game. Three outfits are from buying the Croft Edition (the special version that includes the season pass). Ten are "Vestige Outfits" that you get from side quests, crypts, and merchants (need to be restored at base camps for resources). Seventeen are from completing previous Tomb Raider games and general story progression in Shadow Of The Tomb Raider. One is from a wandering merchant. Three are from New Game+ mode.

Timeline

    1. Tactical Adventurer (Black) - 0:05
    2. Robes of Puka Huk - 0:26
    3. Explorer - 0:48
    4. Blue Heron Tunic - 1:10
    5. Serpent Guard - 1:31
    6. Adventurer - 1:53
    7. Survivor - 2:16
    8. Remnant Jacket - 2:35
    9. Commando - 2:54
    10. Desert Tank - 3:14
    11. Infiltrator - 3:34
    12. Siberian Ranger - 3:53
    13. Shadow Runner - 4:11
    14. Wraithskin - 4:28
    15. Leather Jacket - 4:50
    16. Gray Henley - 5:11
    17. Blue Henley - 5:31
    18. Angel of Darkness - 5:51
    19. Tomb Raider 2 - 6:11
    20. Bomber Jacket - 6:32
    21. Crimson Huntress - 6:53
    22. Yaway's Set - 7:01
    23. Six Sky Set - 7:31
    24. Ch'amaka's War Set - 7:53
    25. Empress Jaguar Set - 8:13
    26. Condor Cowl of Urqu Set - 8:32
    27. Manko's Set - 8:56
    28. Eveningstar's Set - 9:18
    29. Nine Strides' Set - 9:43
    30. Kantu's Gilded Set - 10:04
    31. Tactical Adventurer Set - 10:30
    32. Three Fangs' Tunic - 10:51
    33. Ozcollo's Tunic - 11:11
    34. Tactical Adventurer - 11:31

Easy "Chain Gang" achievement

This achievement is missable because there are no enemies after the story, and it only works in certain story sections. Serpent's Fury is a skill (green) that can be bought at base camps. First, buy "Serpent's Strike" (one skill point), and then "Serpent's Fury” (two skill points). To perform the move, you must stealth kill two enemies standing next to each other. Quickly press Y repeatedly and Lara will jump from the first enemy to the second, killing both of them. It is fine if other enemies spot you doing this, just to initiate the move you have to be unseen. Repeat this on three pairs of enemies to get the "Chain Gang" achievement.

Easy "First Blood" achievement

This achievement is missable because there are no enemies after the story, and it only works in certain story sections. Shortly after reaching Kuwaq Yaku (Mission: Path Of The Living, Objective: Infiltrate the Porvenir Camp), during the second enemy encounter, there will be a mud patch on the floor with a tutorial text showing above it. Press X to cover Lara in mud. Then, proceed to the next waypoint. There will be a group of enemies and a mud wall. Lean against the mud wall, and kill one of the enemies walking by to get the "First Blood" achievement. This only works when Lara is covered Lara in mud.

Easy "Gunslinger" achievement

This achievement is missable because there are no enemies after the story, and it only works in certain story sections. A good place to do this at is the second enemy encounter in the game, shortly after escaping the big cave in Cozumel (Mission: Hunter's Moon, Region: Cozumel, Objective: Get through the Dig Site). There are three enemies standing around a forklift. Equip the pistol and stand behind the single enemy near the bushes. Then, shoot them from right to left, all headshots within three seconds, to get the "Gunslinger" achievement. An autosave is created after killing them. Therefore, it is highly recommended to keep a separate save slot before this section. This allows you to reload it from the main menu, in case you fail and need to try again. In that case, make sure after reloading a save to immediately save in another slot again (the game always overwrites the selected slot with an autosave). If you fail in this section, you can also move on to the next objective. Lara will slide down to an enemy base where three enemies stand in front of her. You can restart the checkpoint in this area to try again.

Easy "Como Te Llama" achievement

You can find five llamas in The Hidden City (Paititi). One is in front of "Unuratu's Home" base camp. One is close to it at the hillside (corner of the map). Two are at the market square in town. Another is between the houses, up the hill southwest of the market square. You can also find two of them in the "Mission Of San Juan" area in the stables. Press Y to pet them. It has to be five different llamas to get the "Como Te Llama" achievement.

Easy "Playing With Fire" achievement

This achievement is missable because there are no enemies after the story, and it only works in certain story sections. You need an enemy section with a bottle. The bottle can be picked up and crafted into a Molotov cocktail. Then, throw it at two enemies standing close together. A good place to do this at is the second enemy encounter in the game, shortly after escaping the big cave in Cozumel (Mission: Hunter's Moon, Region: Cozumel, Objective: Get through the Dig Site). There are three enemies standing around a forklift. On the forklift are some bottles. Hold RB to craft one into a Molotov, then throw it at the two enemies standing close together to get the "Playing With Fire" achievement.

Easy "Surprise!" achievement

This achievement is missable because there are no enemies after the story, and it only works in certain story sections. You automatically unlock the Eagle's Talon skill through story progression. You can then climb on tree branches and hold Y to fire a Rope Arrow into an unsuspecting enemy, hoisting them up and killing them. Only one body can be suspended from a branch. After you unlock the skill, you are forced to perform one kill with it. Do this in any stealth section with enemies. A good place to do this is during Mission: Path Of The Living, Region: Kuwaq Yaku, Objective: Return to Kuwaq Yaku. You can farm kills using checkpoint restart.

Easy "Thanksgiving" achievement

First, buy the "Serpent's Glint" (green) skill to unlock the Flare Round attachment for the pistol. Then, fast travel to the "Mission Of San Juan", Base Camp "Ruined Tower" region. There are four turkeys running around the base camp in this area. Search around the ruined tower, as you may have to walk around a little bit before they spawn (they are usually sitting in the bushes and start running when you go near). Shoot a turkey with the pistol's flare round to get the "Thanksgiving" achievement. Note: When you acquire this skill, you automatically get a few flare rounds, but they can also be crafted. You can change your save slot before doing this and reload it to get the skill points back.

Easy "Total Party Kill" achievement

This achievement is missable because there are no enemies after the story, and it only works in certain story sections. This achievement requires the "Jaguar's Fear" skill (Warrior skill tree). It is automatically unlocked during the story. After unlocking it, there will be a tutorial on how to use it. You can simply farm the kills during the tutorial using checkpoint restart. Use D-pad Up to select the bow, and hold RB to craft Fear Arrows. It requires a Silent Arrow, Cloth, and Dart Poison. These arrows cause enemies to frenzy and turn on each other. The enemy you hit with a Fear Arrow will start shooting other enemies around him, resulting in "friendly fire."

Achievements

Accomplish the indicated achievement to get the corresponding number of Gamerscore points:

    Treasures from the Past (10 points): Decipher a Monolith.
    Archeologist (5 points): Complete an Artifact Collection.
    Dr. Croft (25 points): Complete all Artifact Collections.
    Stele Hunter (20 points): Complete 3 Challenge Tombs.
    Tomb Raider (50 points): Complete all Challenge Tombs in the main campaign.
    Chain Gang (10 points): Perform the Serpent's Fury 3 times.
    Like a Shadow (15 points): Stealth takedown 25 enemies.
    To the Nines (10 points): Restore and equip a matching vestige outfit.
    Makeshift Arsenal (15 points): Fully upgrade a weapon.
    Up to the Challenge (10 points): Complete 5 Challenges.
    Resting Places (10 points): Uncover 3 Crypts' secrets.
    Thread the Past (10 points): Restore 5 vestige outfit pieces.
    Help thy Neighbor (50 points): Complete a Side Mission.
    Good Samaritan (10 points): Complete 8 Side Missions.
    Surprise! (10 points): Perform 5 Eagle's Talon takedowns.
    First Steps (5 points): Purchase a Skill.
    Specialized (15 points): Earn all Skills in one category.
    Treasure Hunter (10 points): Find and open all the Conquistador treasure chests.
    Asking Price (10 points): Buy an item from a merchant.
    Look, Over There! (10 points): Kill 3 enemies while they are distracted.
    Total Party Kill (10 points): Kill 5 enemies with friendly fire.
    Playing with Fire (10 points): Burn 2 enemies simultaneously.
    Gunslinger (10 points): Perform 3 headshots in 3 seconds with the pistol.
    Last Known Position (10 points): Lose the enemy 10 times.
    Sixth Sense (10 points): Hunt and kill 10 enemies while Perception is active.
    In the Moment (10 points): Kill 10 enemies while Focus is active.
    Made to Endure (10 points): Takedown 10 enemies while Endurance is active.
    Como Te Llama (5 points): Pet 5 llamas.
    Underwater Archeologist (15 points): Collect 5 underwater Artifacts.
    New Heights (5 points): Complete a climb after finding the Overhang Climbing Gear.
    That's a Knife! (15 points): Fully upgrade the knife.
    Zoologist (10 points): Collect 20 critters.
    Legendary Hunter (20 points): Hunt and loot 5 rare animals.
    Untold Riches (10 points): Gather 40 gold ore.
    Marksman (15 points): Perform 20 headshots with the bow.
    First Blood (10 points): Perform a Stealth Takedown from a mud-covered wall.
    On the Go (10 points): Craft special ammunition 50 times.
    Point of Interest (10 points): Learn of 5 interesting locations from civilians.
    Thanksgiving (5 points): Shoot a turkey with a Flare Round.
    Better Equipped (10 points): Get 3 pieces of equipment.
    Quite the Adventure (100 points): Finish the main storyline.
    Smart and Resourceful (15 points): Complete Shadow of the Tomb Raider on Smart and Resourceful difficulty.
    Rite of Passage (15 points): Complete Shadow of the Tomb Raider on Rite of Passage difficulty.
    One with the Jungle (15 points): Complete Shadow of the Tomb Raider on One with the Jungle difficulty.
    Deadly Obsession (15 points): Complete Shadow of the Tomb Raider on Deadly Obsession difficulty.
    Tables Turned (5 points): Kill 5 enemies while they are searching for Lara.
    Completionist (5 points): Reach 100% completion.

Additionally, there are 16 secret achievements:

    Beast of Legend (25 points): Defeat the Nahual.
    Unwelcome Guests (25 points): Get rid of the pillagers outside of Kuwaq Yaku.
    I Believe Hakan Fly (25 points): Rescue Hakan from the cultists.
    Hearts and Minds (20 points): Retrieve Manko's Necklace.
    Path of the Stars (15 points): Decipher the Path of the Stars.
    Día de Muertos (15 points): Remove the dagger from the Temple of the Moon.
    Recipe for Disaster (15 points): Survive the flood.
    Survival Instincts (15 points): Defeat the Empress Jaguar.
    Fire of Life (15 points): Enter the Temple of Life's inner chamber.
    The Hidden City (15 points): Find Paititi.
    The Underworld (15 points): Get out of the Cenotes alive.
    Family Ties (15 points): Free Unuratu from prison.
    Heart of the Serpent (15 points): Find the Mission of San Juan.
    The Chosen One (15 points): Find the Silver Box of Ix Chel.
    Back to Where We Started (15 points): Return to Paititi.
    Queen of the Damned (50 points): Make an unlikely ally.
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