Distinguished Combat Medal achievement in Mass Effect

Distinguished Combat Medal

Complete 1 Mass Effect playthrough on the Hardcore difficulty setting. Do not change the setting.

Distinguished Combat Medal+0.2
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How to unlock the Distinguished Combat Medal achievement

  • Mr Squishy2Mr Squishy2182,322
    29 Jul 2010 19 Jul 2010 04 Aug 2020
    39 1 10
    Mass EffectDistinguished Combat MedalThe Distinguished Combat Medal achievement in Mass Effect worth 63 pointsComplete 1 Mass Effect playthrough on the Hardcore difficulty setting. Do not change the setting.


    Originally i wrote this solution as I was getting the achievement, I now have the achievement and there are a few things i want to point out. I noticed some confusion on this topic in the solutions so I wanted to confirm that you have until the end of Eden Prime to change the difficulty, also something that confused me is that after you beat it on veteran or normal in the options it will say that the hardcore difficulty still must be unlocked. Select it anyway and save changes.
    In order to cope with the difficulty I would suggest using the infinite money glitch (the med clinic one) to get the money needed to buy all HWP spectre gear. It is NOT required to do this I just figured i would point it out as it can help loads with the difficult enemies. Whether or not you decide to use this method is up to you, however I find that putting heat sinks into the weapons makes them even more effective. This should help a lot facing the enemies. My recommendation is to keep a biotic or at least a partial one in your party at all times. Frequently it is easier to lift an enemy or throw them into oblivion or a pit rather than unloading into them for 15+ seconds. (I'm looking at you Thorian creepers). Lift and throw combos work especially well against Krogan and Geth Destroyers that charge you constantly. In addition, polonium or chemical rounds negate the Krogan's health regen for the most part. Save often and do your best to try not to get mobbed by swarms of enemies. I also was going for the Ally achievements at the same time as this one and because they require you to complete a majority of the game with the same squad members I ended up doing most of the side quests. This will net you a lot of exp for leveling although it is not required. In addition this achievement can be gotten with any class. Most people prefer soldier but I got mine with an infiltrator so it is possible. With regards to the infinite money cheat, occasionally you will lose the ability to buy back your special ammo types (polonium, incendiary, and cryo rounds), this is not too big of an issue as you will get better ones quickly just by progressing through the story.
    Good luck

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    InfiniteRefrainAny one know if this was ever patched? Just picked up the Trilogy and would like to kill this off my to-do list :D
    Posted by InfiniteRefrain on 11 Dec 12 at 03:53
    Br1ngDownTheSky2nd playthrough was an easy way to finish this achievement.
    Posted by Br1ngDownTheSky on 10 Mar at 05:19
    JimmieWorldI don't know if difficulty achievements stacks in the game, but there is a workaround. Before you complete your first playthrough save before Saren boss fight! Then after credits you can load your save and change the difficulty to hardcore. Finish the game! I want to mention this way you don't get the hardcore achievement but unlock Insanity.
    Posted by JimmieWorld on 12 Jul at 22:01
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  • Adz j74Adz j74158,041
    28 Feb 2010 01 Mar 2010
    24 3 0
    I did this one by starting as soon as i finished on normal,i started a new game and used my existing shepherd from the previous game,the best place to change the difficulty setting is just near the begining after you have talked to joker for the first time,you are told to go and talk to the captain in his office,this is the first oppurtunity you get to control your character,press start,go into options,the difficulty setting is at the top of the list,change up and DONT FORGET TO GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST AND 'SAVE CHANGES'otherwise it will just go back to the previous difficulty setting,i did the same thing for my play through on Insanity,the main benefit of course is that your not starting right from the begining with no skills or having to level up from 1,this makes the game much easier,hope it helps.
  • FelixR1991FelixR199157,139
    09 Mar 2008 02 Jun 2009 03 Jun 2009
    23 12 6
    its easier to start with an existing shepard (your previous playthrough shep) because he still got the weapons and upgrades from your previous playthrough. especially the earlier parts will become easier, when you normally dont have any skills. furthermore, dont do any sidequests. usually good for grinding XP, now they will only set you back.

    Hardcore difficulty is do-able, enemies only take longer to kill, its not that they become stronger. It helps when you have your armor and upgrades from previous playthrough.

    and DO upgrade your weapons. I only did that while on Noveria, after getting stuck just before Benezia. Upgrading my weapons did really help. I was a fool then, dont make the same mistakes I did ;)
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    Josh LandonNegative, when you're at the Equipment menu, select a weapon and press X to apply upgrades (such as better ammunition, better accuracy, etc.). Blackhawks, Insanity difficulty is only unlocked upon completion of a Hardcore playthrough.
    Posted by Josh Landon on 25 Feb 10 at 14:37
    TopGunJCRIm a little confused, in the difficulty settings when you first start the game, the hardest setting is veteran... is this the same as hardcore? or do the other difficulty settings unlock after the first playthrough?
    Posted by TopGunJCR on 30 Jun 10 at 05:43
    Seanthesheep97After 1st Playthrough you will unlock Hard-Core difficulty and when done on Hardcore you unlock Insanity.
    Posted by Seanthesheep97 on 27 Jul 10 at 11:54
  • Julz D 01Julz D 01543,967
    21 Sep 2011 01 Oct 2011
    7 6 2
    Make a new character
    Mke him/her a soldier (eventually a tank character)
    Use the Commando skill for extra damage (you will need this on Insanity)
    Max out your Immunity and Adrenline Burst skills (makes you almost invincible)
    Start a new game on Veteran (this will prepare you for the challenges ahead)
    Complete EVERY Assignment, which also includes collecting things like surveys and data discs/medallions/writings
    Complete all main storyline missions as needed
    Some looking around may be needed to find the source of optional assignments. I suggest checking and talking in ALL cases to everyone/everything
    After completing this playthrough you should easily have 9,999,999 credits
    Buy all spectre weapons avaliable to you.
    The Specter "X" series is best if you get to it
    Spend the rest of wasted stuff making Omni-gel for MAKO fights.
    You can save at most places outside of battle. If not, wait a few seconds after defeating the enemy
    then try again. In MAKO exit the vehichle and then wait and try to save. Reload game if needed
    to repair MAKO.
    Colossus and Predator armors are your best buy as well.
    Don't forget all the Medigell/Grenade upgrades also avaliable at certain merchants as well as licenses to buy armor

    After you beat the game on Veteran, start a new game with the character you just completed the last game with.
    You now have a tank who can take out most enemies easily while not getting hurt hardly at all.
    This will work on Insanity too. Good luck!
    As far as Insanity and Hardcore go, you can ignore the side quests if you want. Leveling is your
    call. Just remember there are level achievements too ;D

    P.S. if you stay with the same 2 characters throughout the Veteran playthrough you will also
    get the Completionist Achievement as well as 2 of the squad member ones.
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