Gunslinger achievement in Duke Nukem Forever


Carry the gold pistol through the whole SP campaign

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How to unlock the Gunslinger achievement

  • LucienChaseLucienChase246,783
    09 Jun 2011 11 Jun 2011 12 Jun 2011
    30 1 17
    In order to get this achievement, you must carry the golden pistol through each stage. It doesn't matter in what order you do the missions, but you must have the gun in one of your inventory slots at the end of each mission. It IS possible to sequence break and get his achievement before beating the final boss by finishing the last stage with the golden gun (it is given to you during the mission) and then going back and getting the gun when it is first given to you (see below) and doing the remainder of the levels. (Thank you AGAIN for the update, LAFTA).

    The golden pistol is the first weapon you pick up after the introduction, and is given to you by the AI in the Duke Cave. You must take the gun to proceed. It is also given to you right before the final boss fight, after you lose all your weapons.

    During the campaign, you CAN drop the pistol. You do not have to be holding the gun all the way through the campaign. As long as you pick it up again before moving on, you will get the achievement.

    One thing to watch out for is hitting a checkpoint without the pistol and then dying, as all the pickups get reset. If this happens, you are in trouble. Therefore, I'd not recommend straying too far from it, or leaving it on the ground for too long.

    On a tactical note, the pistol is a fairly decent weapon, and is good for getting head shots. It can kill enemies fairly quickly and has a comparatively generous amount of ammunition available to it. It can be a bit bothersome during boss battles, where it would be nice to have an RPG and a Devastator to avoid constantly running to supply drops. As mentioned above though, I would try and hold on to the golden gun as much as possible and not risk dropping it, as the bosses can be cheap and kill you quickly.

    All in all, this is not a hard achievement, but does require some tactical decision making at times in terms of what the other gun you take with you is.

    On a final note, there is always a rocket launcher near any given boss, so taking along an appropriate weapon (shotgun in tunnels, rail gun/Enforcer Gun in open areas) is usually a safe bet.

    Good luck, and good hunting. Come get some!

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    DrewDo I really need to start a new save or can I reload a chapter and finish it with the golden gun?
    Posted by Drew#6849 on 19 Sep 13 at 01:05
    LucienChaseTo the best of my knowledge, it remembers each stage you have finished with the golden gun. Loading up individual chapters should work, as verified by other people in the comments.
    Posted by LucienChase on 19 Sep 13 at 01:23
    Tuxie DuckThe pistol turned out to be surprisingly good weapon. I used it as a primary weapon everywhere where I could to save rounds on the "main" weapon. The pigs could often be killed with a good headshot and if they got too close, melee worked well too.

    Anyway, thanks!
    Posted by Tuxie Duck on 11 Apr 15 at 13:10
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  • Serge GoujonSerge Goujon544,696
    30 Jun 2012 01 Jul 2012 14 Sep 2012
    5 1 2
    Very important thing to mention!

    Just found out that you don't need to carry gold pistol through all levels on the same difficulty level! You can do it on multiple playthroughs. Basically what I mean is that you can carry the pistol through 5 first levels on Casual, then 5 next levels on Normal and rest of levels on Insane (actually in any order) -- you will get the achievement anyway.

    I finished my Insane run sticking to the golden pistol on all but couple levels where I've lost the pistol (it disappeared from the floor). So after I beat Insane, I replayed just those two levels on Casual and got the achievement. Moreover that saved me from replaying Bitch Queen and Forkstop levels on Insane (since I didn't care about golden pistol on my first normal run somehow).

    That makes this achievement even easier. Enjoy your 50G!
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    MosesChristusNice info! I "lost" my golden gun at the Brainking! Good to know I only had to redo those last levels on easy! Thumbs up!
    Posted by MosesChristus on 23 Jan 13 at 20:00
    Serge GoujonThanks, glad it helped!
    Posted by Serge Goujon on 23 Jan 13 at 20:07
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