Hardcore achievement in Tetris Ultimate


Be your best Tetris® Self. Earn the Strategist, Generous, Underdog badges.

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How to unlock the Hardcore achievement

  • TimmayTimmay582,739
    10 Sep 2015 11 Sep 2015 11 Sep 2015
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    To unlock this achievement, you will need to achieve 3 badges:
    Underdog - Beat the Tetris Self of a player ranked higher than you 50x
    Generous - Drop power-ups on opponents 15x in one game of Battle Ultimate
    Strategist - T-Spin 5x in one game of Ultra

    I believe this may correspond to your "belt" level rather than your leaderboard scores. I had a few friends above me on the leaderboards, but even after 100's of rounds trying to play against their Tetris Selves, I could not unlock this badge (my belt level was high from reaching 24 in Endless). So, I resigned myself to deleting my save info and starting again. Once I did that, I was easily able to get this badge unlocked at the low belt stages (Orange/Blue).

    I had this unlocked in my previous save, but needed to get again. I set up a game of Battle Ultimate with 3 players: one a middling Tetris Self (Green belt) and the other an Advanced Tetribot. After 5-7 tries, I was able to unlock this. There is an element of luck to it, but with the bad Tetris Self as a buffer, I had time to activate enough power-ups. 4 players can muddy it too much, and 1 opponent might not be enough unless you can go toe-to-toe with the Master Tetribot (I say this only because other Tetribots are likely to lose to you too quickly in 1-on-1 Battle Ultimate).

    This will require a bit of practice. I searched for a T-Spin tutorial on YouTube and the first one that came up was extremely helpful. I got this badge within 20 mins of trying it for the first time. Make sure you're playing in the Ultra game type.

    I take no credit for the video, but this is the tutorial I referenced for setting up the T-Spin. You should be able to create a pattern for multiples after a few tries.

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    GEARFACEThanks for this guide, the game is pretty vague regarding achievements!
    Posted by GEARFACE on 20 Oct 15 at 15:43
    TimmayI know, it's kind of awful. I'll be glad once I'm done with Dedicated, it'll be the last one I do for this game.
    Posted by Timmay on 15 Jan 16 at 06:31
    II The Beard IIThis game is bad. But I can confirm it's the belt that matters for the Underdog badge, and I also had to erase to get there. Also worth noting for Strategist that it doesn't need to be perfect on the left, mine was a mess but as long as the pattern on the right is good then you'll get the T-spin. It actually says "T-spin!" even if you don't clear a line but I haven't confirmed if that still counts as I cleared at least 1 line with all mine. This game is bad.
    Posted by II The Beard II on 02 Feb 16 at 17:41
    LegendaryFroddoI have a question regarding underdog. I know I will have to reset my player data as my belt is black unfortunately, so I won't be earning it without resetting. Does your player stats reset as well as I'm half way to earning 15000 tetrises and I do not want to grind this again
    Posted by LegendaryFroddo on 20 Aug 16 at 16:46
    TimmayYes. It resets player stats. Wait to do it until after you've completed any long achievements. It's very quick once you reset.
    Posted by Timmay on 21 Aug 16 at 20:06
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