Gold Medal achievement in Katana ZERO

Gold Medal

Achieve a total rank of gold or higher in a full speedrun.

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How to unlock the Gold Medal achievement

  • BudaBuda457,399
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    You unlock speedrun mode after you beat the game once. Before you attempt this, go to settings and play around with screen shake and hit pause. I left hit pause at 50% and disabled screen shake completely. This is just for preference though, it has no bearing on completion times.

    Afterwards, go back to the main menu and hit the speedrun button. This is the most important part. There are a few options you can enable/disable. Enable Action Only, disable Cutscenes, enable skip replay, show timer and death count. You can also change the swords (if you unlocked them). I played through with Master Sword. In think it's easily the best of them since the projectile usually hits enemies behind doors if you hit them open. It's also a massive help against the final boss since you can hit her with it while she charges her beam.

    That's it for the settings.

    There are no fixed times/deaths for gold medals, you just have to play through and get lucky at the end. All that counts is the amount of gold (or even better, platinum) medals you collect through the run. I believe the game averages out the medals at the end to give you the final score. I have no idea if the final time has any bearing on the final medal. These are the times I achieved for a gold run.

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    Some random tips:

    - You should take advantage of the fact that the first few levels are easy. Try to rush through with 0 deaths. I find that it's easiest to get a platinum medal for Factory, Hotel and Prison. This should give you some room to mess up later on.
    - Try to use slow mo sparingly. The timer still moves at normal speed, even if you use slow mo so it's a huge waste of time. I only used it against shotgunners and the shield guys + against most bosses.
    - Look at some speedruns on youtube. They usually have perfect routes and a few other tricks I didn't mention (small exploits to get a few seconds of advantage)
    - All in all, dying doesn't matter too much. What's most important is completion time. Try to focus on that. Apparently deaths do matter when it comes to platinum medals. A platinum medal is only awarded for a gold time run + 0 deaths. There is still some room for mistakes though as you can see from my scores.
    - Don't use the gimmick swords like claymore or phoenix. They are way too slow. Either use the standard katana or master sword. Master sword is identical to the katana and prism sword, only it fires a projectile that can kill any unarmored enemy. Try not to rely on it too much as it needs to recharge after firing.
    - Try not to take it too seriously. It's incredibly easy to mess up during the final half of the game and even a small error can be enough to tilt you.

    But above all: Good luck. I don't know why but the times to finish for gold medals are brutal and leave almost no room for error.
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    DubstepEdgelordI swear the Sltr. house room skips don't work. EDIT: What I did wrong was trigger the camera in the first room which made the other cameras red.
    Posted by DubstepEdgelord on 10 Jan 21 at 17:46
    WapTackStill in the process of learning this, but what helped me alot was double assigning the slash to LT and X. My first run was an 1,5h, now sitting at 40 mins (not only because of that obivously, but still).
    Posted by WapTack on 02 Mar 21 at 22:32
    LeFoNaNtI've learn the levels with the master sword and its really efficient, with the charged projectile we can clear a zone easily (with practice.

    If you want the gold medal (for all level) you need to be under the time :

    01 - Factory : < 1"20
    02 - Murdower Hotel : < 1"30
    03 - Club Neon : < 2"10
    04 - Mutual-Nil Prison : < 1"20
    05 - Studio 51 : < 4"10
    06 - Mansion Hideout : < 6"20
    07 - Chinatown : < 2"50
    08 - The Dragon's Tape : < 1"30
    09 - Slaughterhouse : < 3"20
    10 - Bunker : < 3"20
    11 - Bunker pt2 : < 3"20
    Posted by LeFoNaNt on 15 May 21 at 18:29
    JSP The Great 1I got a ugly bronze but still managed to get the achievement. Guessing it's due to 5 plats, 4 gold (including damn hotel which is easy), 1 silver and one bronze.

    27 minutes.
    Posted by JSP The Great 1 on 25 Jul 21 at 17:09
    ChiflaGoodluckI’d like to point out that the game does gives you a total medal based on an average. The way I like to think about it is like this:
    Platinum Medal = 4 points
    Gold Medal = 3 points
    Silver Medal = 2 points
    Bronze Medal = 1 point


    For the purpose of getting a gold as your overall medal, you’ll need 33/36 points (depending on whether or not you enable the option to fight the secret boss in your run). Of course, if you get just Gold and Platinum medals in a successful run it won’t matter, but not everyone is gonna be able to pull that off.
    Posted by ChiflaGoodluck on 04 Sep 21 at 23:02
    The Ju1ceI've read that you can save/quit during the speedrun, so it doesn't need to be done in a single sitting. Doesn't that mean you can use the same cloud/offline trick that people always exploit for zero death and/or speedrun achievements? Essentially, play offline and periodically sync your save data to the cloud after a gold or platinum level. After a poorly-executed level (silver or bronze medal), delete the offline save and recover the cloud save so you can retry the level.

    It would still take quite a bit of skill and practice to achieve a gold or platinum on a given level, but if this works, playing offline could make the achievement requirements a lot more forgiving.
    Posted by The Ju1ce on 08 Oct 21 at 16:02
    PennyWise36OneThe Ju1ce

    You can cheese it with Dash/Quiting. (Closing Game)

    I just put down a time of 23 minutes doing so and unlocked the achievement.
    I highly recommend using the videos from Youtuber Kainalo. He breaks down every room in the game. You won’t be able to keep up with him but personally I was able to execute 95% of his strats, albeit a little slower. Some I took and improvised. Feel free to throw in some slow mo here and there aswell, I did but not too often.

    The game saves only at the beginning of each room. This means that you can even hang around in any room practicing for as long as you like during your actual speed run. Do this by binding the Quick Restart to one of your buttons in the controller setting.

    Now you can kill every enemy and die as many times as you like and just hit your Quick Restart button. So long as you DO NOT enter the next area. Once you nail the room once or twice, it’s time to Dash/Quit your game a few times and reload so you can try to execute it for the run.

    I also recommend that people do their Hard Mode run first and then tackle the speed run. After completing Hard Mode, Normal is going to feel like child’s play to you.

    FYI… This profile does not have the achievement, so don’t be bothered.

    Good luck people.
    Posted by PennyWise36One on 10 Oct 21 at 08:29
    AdayinI can confirm that you can say least use the "resume previous speedrun" feature to continue where you left off. Helped me out when getting tired of the repetition. If you get tired (or bored), you can exit to the main menu and come back to the last room.

    And again, this achievement can also go straight to hell.
    Posted by Adayin on 11 Oct 21 at 23:13
    MEGAbenXCame to post about the dashboard cheese. Really wish I would have seen pennywises comment earlier. Ive spent like 40 hours trying to get this shit lol. Also finished with a 23 minute run. Last day to get it before it leaves GP!
    Posted by MEGAbenX on 15 Oct 21 at 16:15
    DmCTHREE6The dashboard quit method is the way to go. I did really bad on the first couple of levels but still managed to get a gold medal by getting platinums on 7 of the levels. The youtuber Kainalo's guides really helped. Thanks for the recommendations in the comments!
    Posted by DmCTHREE6 on 17 Oct 21 at 17:24
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