Hard to the Core achievement in Little Nightmares

Hard to the Core

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Hard to the Core-2.7
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How to unlock the Hard to the Core achievement

  • Clad masterClad master2,748,820
    28 Apr 2017 29 Apr 2017 02 May 2017
    112 13 71
    Hello guys !

    For this achievement you'll need to beat the game under 1 hour and without dying at all.

    The worst part is the timer.A perfect run will takes you nearly 55 minutes so you'll need to be quick and don't make any mistakes.
    You can't quickly quit the game during a death because there's an autosave in the same time.But if you are afraid to beat the game in one go like me,for the Xbox One version you can use the Cloud save to cheat the death.

    So,in short:

    - Play offline
    - At the end of a chapter go online,finish the chapter and quit to the main menu after starting the next chapter (to make a backup save online)
    - Go offline
    - Repeat

    If you die online it's dead.And if you die offline,simply go to the dashboard,go to manage the game and erase the local save (the only save available offline).Go online and download your cloud save.Go offline again and continue your walkthrough ;-)

    Also here's a full walkthrough for this achievement (all credits to Games Series Network):

    Some tips:

    - Try to finish the game 2 or 3 times.You'll need to learn perfectly the game.
    - Use a walkthrough if you want to be sure about a tricky part
    - You can pause or dashboard the game ! The timer is freezed during the pause.
    - Obviously,don't collect any collectibles during this run,you don't have the time for that !
    - Don't hesitate to run during the infiltration sequences.The IA is a little stupid and give up easily.You can most of the time rush from start to the end of a room in one go.
    - If you're in a bad position you can restart to the previous checkpoint.It's not counted as a death (but i'm not sure about timer,i used this trick 2 times during my run and won the cheevo at the end,but be careful)

    Good luck and have fun ! smile

    Don't hesitate to like and comment my guide if it's useful,thanks a lot !

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    I Argonaut II followed Tenreth's layout to a T and got the achievement. I died plenty, which proves this method is the way to go. I followed a few speed running skips outlined in another guide as well to ensure my time would be low enough.
    Posted by I Argonaut I on 27 Mar at 20:53
    alexautumnGot it. Stayed online,deleted save when died and restarted the game. Used 'restart from checkpoint' few times
    Posted by alexautumn on 10 Apr at 23:54
    Kol MagiusIt seems accepted that the starting cutscene counts toward your time, and you can’t skip it within the game. If you escape to the main menu just before it starts (when the save icon disappears) and then resume the game, the cutscene is gone. In theory this would seem to save you about 35 seconds right off the bat. But I have no idea how to prove what the game really counts toward your time, or if it adds on the time even though you skip the scene. Just putting that out there in case it’s helpful, or if anybody thinks of a way to verify it’s useful.

    Edit: you can save yourself a little time by choosing “restart from checkpoint” instead of choosing “exit to main menu” followed by “resume game”. Either way, cutscene gone. Again, I haven’t verified on my own that the starting cutscene actually counts, but that seems to be the consensus.
    Posted by Kol Magius on 25 Apr at 23:45
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  • Maka91Maka911,276,965
    02 May 2017 08 May 2017
    41 16 8
    This achievement is rewarded for completing the game in under 1 hour without dying. There are two distinct ways I will be explaining this achievement:

    1 - The Legit Way
    I would recommend completing the game at least 2 times in full before attempting this achievement. You must memorize every sequence and the order of the rooms in order to get your time down enough. Obviously, do everything you can to save time. Make sure you sprint when possible, and try to avoid unecessary sections when possible. There is room for errors but not a lot.

    - Loading times do not count
    - Pausing and restarting a checkpoint does NOT count as a death. Use this to your advantage for tricky platforming sections to save yourself from a fall or if you think you are about the get caught. It will add time to your run but will save you from a death.
    - I would recommend completing the game even if you die to make sure there are no other sections that will give you issues. If you die multiple times on the same section, practice using chapter select before attempting it again. I would also recommend doing the whole game in one sitting without pausing for a break. You will ruin your flow and are more likely to make a mistake otherwise.
    - Just keep practicing and trying. This achievement isn't as hard as it may seem. After 3-5 playthroughs, you should be easily able to complete the game within an hour and just need to make sure that you don't die.

    2 - The Offline "Cheese" Method

    I personally did not use this method, but some gamers may find this solution more suitable for their skill level. It involves using cloud save data and playing offline. It will allow you to play the game one chapter at a time and "save" your progress if you're happy with your run. It will require you to have the license of the game, so keep that in mind if you gameshare.

    This strategy goes as follows:
    - Disconnect from internet
    - Start "New Game"
    - Complete a chapter while offline and stop right before it ends.
    - Connect to the internet if you are happy with your performance and complete the chapter to "lock-in" that run.
    - Quit Little Nightmares
    - Repeat the process for every chapter individually making sure you connect and complete the chapter if you are happy with it.
    - If you die, dashboard out of the game and connect to the internet. Load the game and "load cloud save".
    - Repeat the steps until you beat the game.

    This will allow you an infinite amount of attempts at each chapter, but will still require you to complete the game in under an hour and without dying.
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    KanadianKevinfollow the collectibles guide or something and watch the last minute or so of the video. find the last possible moment that the player is still on screen (hasn't faded to black) and make sure there's no enemies or anything to worry about.
    when you get to the same area you're good to go.
    Posted by KanadianKevin on 23 Jul 18 at 01:33
    Mister BudsWhere each chapter ends:

    Chapter 1: The Prison
    After the second eye/light section there's a wooden bridge that pulls apart.

    Chapter 2: The Lair
    Right after you break the cage causing the door to drop on the Janitor's arms.

    Chapter 3: The Kitchen
    You'll ride a meat hook conveyor, drop off into a sink of dirty dishes, sprint away from the pursuing chefs, and grab on to the meat hook line again.

    Chapter 4: The Guest Area
    After the encounter with the final Nome; before you get on the elevator.

    Chapter 5: The Lady's Quarters
    A long leisurely stroll down the final hallway and up a large flight of stairs.
    Posted by Mister Buds on 21 Nov 18 at 05:06
    VinnieMac"I personally did not use this method, but some gamers may find this solution more suitable for their skill level"

    Elitist much? Most deaths in this game do not come from "skill level" but from touchy mechanics. Ive walked off more ledges i didnt realize i was close the edge than i can count. Having done the less than 5 death run on Limbo twice now, I had pretty good grip on how to tackle this achievement. After multiple attempts, you get tired, you make small mistakes, and this game punishes you. Cheesing it offline doesnt take away from the skill required to perfect each level. it just gives you the piece of mind of having each one taken care of for good and not needing to sink more time in this game starting from the beginning when there are plenty more games out there begging for your attention. Pointing out that YOU didnt need this method but other people may want to if they arent as good as you is a pitiful attempt to flash some self appointed importance for obtaining a digital "achievement" in a way YOU see as better. That attitude and the mono tone deliverance is exactly why I ignore your walkthroughs on youtube.

    After giving it a handful of attempts, i chose to play each level offline and made it through without dying on my first attempt (unfortunately i think i may have been just over the time tho). So the piece of mind alone reduces the stress of needing to be perfect and allows you to relax and just play the game.

    EDIT - that offline run was my last attempt and when it didnt pop i deleted the game. as i was walking downstairs i heard the sound of a rare achievement popping. So, it does work. all my online/offline bouncing may have lagged the syncing of the achievement or something
    Posted by VinnieMac on 08 May 19 at 07:37
  • AnDo0 PwnZAnDo0 PwnZ360,404
    13 Feb 2018
    19 2 1
    Hey guys, this isn't so much a solution as an addition to any of the great solutions already posted. Rather than bury this information in the comments of one of said solutions, I figured I would post it as a solution in hopes more people might see it. If you feel this warrants a downvote, I completely understand.

    If anyone is having trouble keeping under the time limit, I would HIGHLY recommend checking out a speedrun of the game. The world record is about 40min at this point and some of the exploits they utilize are very simple to do and save a TON of time. Obviously there are some I wouldn't recommend trying as they are very high risk with little reward. However, adding even a few of these methods to your run would not only help you shave some time off, but I find it lets me be a little more careful while crossing those damn pipes/rafters to ensure I don't blow my run.

    Here is a Reddit post that includes a few good skips you can use:

    And here is a speedrun I watched that help me visualize some of those skips:

    I take no credit for any of this information, I simply found it very helpful and hope it helps some other people get this b*tch of an achievement.

    Happy Gaming People!
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    YaziteThanks for the reddit link. Those tricks helped me beat it in 52 minutes with little risk. I decided to not do some of the risky skips because they seemed very inconsistent (mainly the ones where you slide under the chefs)
    Posted by Yazite on 05 May 18 at 09:57
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