High and Dry achievement in Ori and the Will of the Wisps

High and Dry

Avoid Touching any Corrupted Water

High and Dry+0.3
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How to unlock the High and Dry achievement

  • LifeExpectancyLifeExpectancy1,457,652
    06 Mar 2020 06 Mar 2020 14 Mar 2020
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    To pop this you must avoid touching the purple water that damages you from the very beginning of the game until you finish the large escape sequence (you'll know it when youre there, about 2.5-3 hours into the game depending on how much you explore). On my speedrun I finished from the game's start through this first escape sequence in under about 45mins.

    I previously said I treated the water like a death and deleted my save to restore a backup, but Maka has pointed out below that all you need to do is quit out as soon as you touch the purple water, before you die or jump back out onto solid ground. As long as you don't die or jump out the game doesn't save, so quitting to the menu and resuming is sufficient. No need to restore a backup and loose progress.

    In the video below the wellspring escape is at the 46min 40sec mark.

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    Nick S AdminUnlocked it with using backup saves after touching the purple water. I avoided dying by the monster in the chase sequence even the water around it looks clean.
    Posted by Nick S Admin on 16 Mar at 13:50
    WereyAny idea if the purple beam spouts count as corrupted water? As they also exist later in the game, but I'm being too careful.
    Posted by Werey on 16 Mar at 19:19
    LifeExpectancythey shouldnt
    Posted by LifeExpectancy on 16 Mar at 21:09
    SaulbakI can confirm that you can be killed in the escape sequence by the water that is chasing you and still unlock the achievement. I did not touch any of the still corrupted water during the escape sequence as I think that would void the requirement.
    Posted by Saulbak on 24 Mar at 04:51
    Laser ArmadaJust got the achievement--got hit by a purple beam a bunch of times, it apparently doesn't count as corrupted water.

    During the escape sequence I fell to the purple water at the bottom--it was a one-hit kill and I guess that didn't count against the achievement either.
    Posted by Laser Armada on 24 Mar at 09:15
    imthatguy19FYI you can get this achievement on EASY mode. i touched the water a couple times and just quit out and did a back up save
    Posted by imthatguy19 on 04 Apr at 14:29
    Skovach0898Can you still get the achievment even after beating the game?
    Posted by Skovach0898 on 21 Apr at 02:52
    LifeExpectancyNo. This is the only truly missable achievement, but it only takes 45 mins to an hour to speedrun and reach the end of wellspring to unlock it on a fresh playthrough.
    Posted by LifeExpectancy on 21 Apr at 03:18
    NeoDeKaDoes anyone know if I end the speed trial after hitting the water but then I'm teleported back to the beginning of the race. Does this count?
    Posted by NeoDeKa on 25 May at 13:15
    LifeExpectancyI am fairly certain if you touch the water during the speed trials it still counts against this. I cant confirm 100% because it would require a new tag and playing through Act1 but your best bet isto quit to main menu if you touch purple water, ever.
    Posted by LifeExpectancy on 25 May at 19:07
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