Endurance Mode

2,333 (18%)
8-10 h
Endurance Mode

Skillful Raider achievement in Rise of the Tomb Raider

Skillful Raider

Endurance Challenge: Open 5 Codices or Sarcophagi without getting caught in a trap

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How to unlock the Skillful Raider achievement

  • Fuzzmeister JFuzzmeister J678,491
    31 Dec 2015 31 Dec 2015 20 Jul 2018
    38 6 62
    First things first. Turn on the challenge!

    There are two types of traps. There are collapsing floor traps, and pressure plate traps. You can shoot both types of traps. Take an infinite arrow card on your run to make things easier. Be sure to scan the floor every 5 feet and shoot the switch with the poison arrow since you are not wasting anything.

    Do be careful of your return trip out of the crypts. They often spawn new traps on your way out. Watch your step going back and you should be safe.

    The achievement pops when you open the 5th codec/sarcophagus.

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    cliche1I have just completed this with the save file delete trick, I had raider and skillful raider glitch on me, I deleted my save file loaded the game and cancelled the sync straight away, played and completed the challenges and the achievements popped. Just wanted to let anyone who had the same problem know.
    Posted by cliche1 on 10 Sep 18 at 22:55
    tjw CENA2000Going on about a hour now... only found 2 so far
    Posted by tjw CENA2000 on 26 Feb 20 at 14:39
    Emzx99Who ever made this achievement needs to be fired. No end of glitches, awful, glitchy mode. No end of random things that auto fail the challenge without having anything to do with it! Not getting hit by traps also counts as getting hit by traps. Seems legit. I can't believe this entire mode was greenlit. All it does is highlight every single flaw the game has.
    Posted by Emzx99 on 10 Mar 20 at 13:50
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  • amenazamenor JFamenazamenor JF1,270,331
    05 Feb 2016 05 Feb 2016 05 Feb 2016
    29 4 10
    I can confirm that, in fact, codecs and sarcophagi do respawn if you get far enough from them, so, if you wanted, you could unlock this achievement by looting the same crypt five times. I got it using three crypts, looting one of them three times.

    As you can see, I have three codecs (medium artifacts) and two sarcophagi (large artifacts), with only 4 crypts discovered (and had to skip one because it had a spike pit trap). The screencap is in spanish, sorry, but you can check the numbers on lines 2, 3 and 4 of the stats..

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    Also, I believe that after last patch (Jan 26, 2016) the achievement has been made simpler, and the dreaded floor spike traps are less frequent. I'm not sure about this, but is my perception, having played before and after the patch.

    So, here are a few main rules for this achievement:

    - Obviously, select the "Skillful raider" challenge before starting the endurance run.
    - "Well read" or "Tomb Raider" cards are almost fundamental, as they give you the ability of showing traps in red when you use your survival sense. Use one of those two cards. Cards like "Toxicity" / "Boomtown" for infinite arrows, any master outfit for all skills, "Small game hunter" or "Bloodlust" to help with hunger, or "Hot Blooded" to help with cold could make your life easier. My setup was: "Sacra Umbra Master Outfit" + "Small Game Hunter" + "Well read" + "Hot blooded" + "Toxicity".
    - As the other guide says, avoid the crypts with spike pit floor traps. These can mess your achievement in a second, as some of those can't be avoided without triggering them, and some others will trigger even if you don't touch them. Also, shooting them voids the achievement. So, if you spot one of these, turn back and look for another crypt.
    - You can shoot the pressure plate traps from a distance to avoid them easily.
    - Don't get too confident after reaching the treasure, and keep looking for traps on your way out, because some of those could respawn.
    - Once you have found and looted an easy crypt, run away from it in a straight line until the crypt marker disappears from your survival view. Try to have always on your mind the direction where the crypt is located. After the marker dissapears, go back. The marker will show again, and when you reach the crypt, the treasure will be lootable again. Be careful, because some traps will respawn, and new ones could appear in different places.
    - If you go back and treasure hasn't respawned, go away again and wait a day or night before going back to the crypt.
    - If you find a new crypt while running away from the previous one, check it, but make sure you know where the prior one is located from the entrance of the new crypt, so you can go back later. And remember, spike pit means turning back.
    - Be careful: from day 5 onward, some enemies could spawn inside the crypts.

    If you follow these rules, the achievement should pop easily. I did it first try, unlocking it during day 5.
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    Andrinho7xLike Ryn0 L said, running away from the tomb until the marker is not visible is not enough to make the codex\sarcophagi respawn. Only enemies and traps had respawn for me. I tried following your guide earlier and it would not work. So it probably depends on how much time it passes or something else. Plus, it is not true that from day 5 enemies may spawn inside the crypts. On day one, in my first crypt there were already enemies. So that does not depend on what day you are but it is casual. Sorry but negative vote until solution is updated.
    Posted by Andrinho7x on 15 Nov 17 at 08:31
    MarsumestariI agree with the previous players, crypts do not reset anymore and this guide is not valid anymore. Best bet is to just shoot the spike traps and you're good.
    Posted by Marsumestari on 03 Jul 18 at 17:12
    Angels Kill Tooyou cannot shoot the spike floor traps (aka the pitfalls)
    you can shoot the leg ones and the swinging spike ones

    if there is water in the cave then there will be no pitfall traps
    (on xbox 360 but probably the same for the one)
    Posted by Angels Kill Too on 05 Sep 19 at 02:56
  • godsandm0nstersgodsandm0nsters548,813
    12 Jan 2017 12 Jan 2017
    18 1 0
    Fair play to the other guides. I'm not sure whether this is something they have introduced in a patch, but shooting the floor spike traps with an arrow does not fail the challenge. After taking a risk and trying this out, it made this achievement so much less stressful and was made a lot easier.

    So firstly, make sure you enable the 'Skillful Raider' challenge before starting your endurance run. Secondly, I found the ideal card setup for endurance to be as follows:

    • Any master outfit variant (so all skills are unlocked)
    • Any master bow
    • Bloodlust / Hot Blooded (for warmth and food regeneration, personal preference)
    • Toxicity (unlimited poison arrows, makes you pretty much unstoppable)
    • Well Read (gives all extra skills, namely one that makes all traps highlighted red while using survival instinct)

    So, just walk around (making sure to keep warmth and food levels high at all times) and find 5 individual crypts. Use survival instinct at every chance possible to highlight all traps in red. Shoot the floor spike traps, and jump over the ankle and pressure pad traps. Find your way to the large artifact at the end and repeat until you have looted the contents of all five crypts, unlocking the achievement!

    As I said, the knowledge of being able to shoot the floor traps made this ten times easier (and faster also). Hope this helps.
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