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Shadow Ruffian achievement in Killer Instinct

Shadow Ruffian

Have a Shadow reach 100 matches played.

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3 guidesDiscontinued - These achievements can no longer be obtained due to closed servers, a bad patch, or other unusual circumstances.

How to unlock the Shadow Ruffian achievement

  • MiniogerMinioger2,203,132
    02 Jun 2015 31 May 2015 01 Jun 2015
    30 1 64
    Ok, first off credit goes to ADIDA5 A55A55IN for helping me match up with some other folk, which in turn got this idea going.

    The easiest way to get this is to boost it with 1 (or more) other people. Here's how:

    First make a super crappy shadow. Just get owned by Jago in the three matches, you don't have to even throw a punch. I did like to taunt though just to make Jago attack me. Why? Because your shadow is super easy to defeat this way!

    Second, you and your friend both use your daily challenge to challenge each other's shadow. You should win easily! Don't save your data as it will keep your shadow weak.

    Third, keep checking your bounties, a loss gives you a chance to fight that opponent again. Even if it was from a bounty win before! So this means as long as you don't lose, you and your friend(s) can just keep doing bounties back and forth as long as each are on. Since you have two games, you should in theory almost always have one to play against your friend.

    Rinse/repeat til your shadow gets 100 matches. If you happen to lose a match, you can always start again the next day with a fresh set of challenges towards each other. Just do it online at the same time and you can knock this out over a few hours!

    Credit also goes to ScorchPSO and Stifler4Life as they were the ones who happened to be online whilst I was challenging them and we had a nice run of 40ish games back and forth!

    Edit: Just so we are clear, I tested the weak shadow on a dummy account. My shadow and those I mentioned in the thanks don't have dummies that do nothing.

    However if you do fight my shadow it is a weak representation of me. It always does medium combos and is pretty weak against sweeps and throws. But please save yourself the headache and don't fight it smile.

    You can do this with a local dummy, but trying to play 200 matches (maybe 199) by yourself will take longer than one good boosting pal.

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    FxxIMxxxDi can confirm, impossible to unlock in 2020
    Posted by FxxIMxxxD on 26 Mar at 07:52
    JaggedFire06362How so?
    Posted by JaggedFire06362 on 20 Apr at 09:19
    AstariahGeez why is this discontinued?
    Posted by Astariah on 27 Jun at 15:27
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  • LifeExpectancyLifeExpectancy1,393,836
    09 Jun 2015 06 Jun 2015 06 Jun 2015
    25 3 13
    If you're a lonely schlub like me who doesn't have any friends, this is a way to knock out Shadow Apprentice, Bounty Hunter, and eventually Shadow Ruffian if necessary if no one is challenging/beating your shadow at all from day to day.


    1. Create a shadow on both your main account and a dummy account (remember dummy accounts share your Xbox live gold on XB1), playing through the 3 practice matches. DO NOT MOVE AT ALL during the practice matches other than to throw one or two quick punches. Save your shadow data after the practice matches are over.

    2. Play ONE survival match against a random opponent's shadow. Again, DO NOT MOVE AT ALL except for one or two quick punches. Save your shadow data. This step probably isn't necessary but I did it so I added it here.

    3. On either account, CHALLENGE the other account's shadow and defeat it. DO NOT SAVE YOUR SHADOW DATA after this match. This way your shadow (whether it be your main or the dummy) doesn't get any "better" and will always stand still.

    4. Switch accounts to the one that was challenged and defeated, and play the bounty match against the other, defeating it as quickly as you can, but again DO NOT SAVE YOUR SHADOW DATA after the match. Just back out to the Shadow Lab so the win/loss for each account saves to the server.

    5. Switch accounts to the other one and defeat the bounty match in the same method. Another reminder, DO NOT SAVE YOUR SHADOW DATA after the match. The idea is to keep getting your bounty wins without 'improving' either account's shadow.

    6. Rinse and repeat, switching back and forth and defeating the bounties without saving the shadow data until you have your 25 wins. You'll get Shadow Apprentice in the process. It should take 1.5-2 hours with all the down time/loading time between matches to get Shadow Apprentice and Bounty Hunter. For Shadow Ruffian you're looking at 4x that or roughly 6-8 hours of grinding. Hopefully you still need fight challenges with the characters currently available. Why the hell we can't use the latest fighters so we can work on THEIR challenges is beyond me.

    Here's a video tutorial:

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    TBS NikolaiDamn, alright thanks for the clarification. Bout to start this grind, was just wishful thinking, lol.
    Posted by TBS Nikolai on 28 Jun 15 at 09:16
    NegativeCreep08I'm not sure if they've patched this for season 3, but my backup account no longer appears on the list of shadow bounties
    Posted by NegativeCreep08 on 04 May 16 at 20:45
    Willy K OlhoAnd then Guys, I really need help! For some reason, my shadows aren't synchronizing with the servers. I'm not able to fight with a secondary account, let alone a friend fight my shadow, making it impossible for me to release the achievments. I tried everything and didn't solve the problem!
    Posted by Willy K Olho on 15 Jan at 23:48
  • Runner eGirlRunner eGirl471,726
    28 Aug 2015 01 Jun 2015 27 Sep 2015
    11 2 1
    For this achievement, your shadow has to be picked to fight against a human player. It doesn't matter if you win or lose, and it can be through Shadow Survival, Shadow Challenges or Bounties. It's the same as Shadow Apprentice, five times over, so my solution is pretty much the same.

    The achievement will come naturally, but if you want to get it faster, you can follow this method.

    If you challenge a friend (or several friends) and beat them, they will be able to go to the Shadow Activity menu (press Y in the main menu for the Shadow Lab) and fight your shadow for a bounty. If they beat your shadow, you will be able to do the same and go back and forth until someone loses. Each of these fights (the ones where your shadow fights obviously) will count towards your 100 matches played. If shadows are weak, you pretty much can go all the way to 100 matches.

    If someone loses when it was their turn to win, the other player can in turn send a challenge and get the flow going again.

    If you lose again, you can re-challenge before the 24-hour period if you have a second shadow. Note, though, that for the achievement to unlock, you have to reach 100 matches with the same shadow. So if you are using a second shadow to circumvent the 24-hour wait, make sure that when your second shadow gets challenged, you pick your main shadow to "return" the bounty.
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    Willy K OlhoAnd then Guys, I really need help! For some reason, my shadows aren't synchronizing with the servers. I'm not able to fight with a secondary account, let alone a friend fight my shadow, making it impossible for me to release the achievments. I tried everything and didn't solve the problem!
    Posted by Willy K Olho on 15 Jan at 23:49
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