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The True Horseman

COMPLETE the game on APOCALYPTIC difficulty

The True Horseman+0.1
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How to unlock the The True Horseman achievement

  • m0rph3us17m0rph3us17179,175
    14 Jan 2010 14 Jan 2010 14 Jan 2010
    61 0 12
    Fairly straightforward, this requires you to beat the game on Apocalyptic difficulty.

    The main difference between this and Normal difficulty is that hits inflict a lot more damage. Enemies (including bosses) still seem to have roughly the same amount of health from what I observed. However, if you've already played the game a bit and are used to the combat (particularly dashing, knowing what weapon to use when, and knowing when to block/counter), this helps a lot.

    You will also find this easier if you acquire wrath cores and lifestones as early as possible in the game.

    Note that if you have won the Abyssal Armour on a previous playthrough, you will be given the option of carrying this over when starting a new game (this is the only item that you have the opportunity to carry over). If you choose to do this, Apocalyptic difficulty is actually not much tougher than Normal - the Abyssal Armour substantially reduces damage taken and also leeches health from enemies when you damage them.

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    Mobius EvalonYeah, the Abyssal Armor makes the Apocalyptic playthrough no more difficult than normal, perhaps even a bit easier considering any landed hits with any weapon regenerates health while wearing it.

    It took me about 9 hours to roll through Apocalyptic and that was doing nothing more than beelining from objective to objective and picking up nothing that wasn't directly in my way. I ended up facing The Destroyer with 9 life runes and 6 wrath cores.
    Posted by Mobius Evalon on 29 May 15 at 11:00
    count023How do you get the abyssal armor option when starting a new game i just finished normal difficulty with the armor and when i hit continue, takes me back to the last save i played.
    Posted by count023 on 15 Aug 18 at 21:55
    Mobius EvalonIt's been a while, but if I recall correctly you start a new game. The armor carries over.
    Posted by Mobius Evalon on 16 Aug 18 at 03:55
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  • HeyMrBassmanHeyMrBassman361,139
    04 Mar 2011 03 Mar 2011
    39 1 1
    If you're thinking about doing Apocalyptic in your first playthrough, be advised that this is going to be tough. You can make life much easier on yourself by completing the game on easy or normal first and collecting the Abyssal Armour which you will be able to use from the beginning of your second playthrough.

    I'm currently 3/4 of the way through Apocalyptic and I'm finding these are the rules to live by.

    Tips for success:

    - Use the Abyssal Armour! -
    This armour gives you you huge damage protection and life steal as you attack enemies. Granted, you'll need to be on a second playthrough to use this, but it's worth it. Ensure you select the correct option when starting the second playthrough and don't worry if the armour disappears during cut scenes.

    - Collect life and wrath shards as early as possible! -
    I know a lot of people like to save collectibles until they've completed a game, but it's best at least to use a guide to ensure you've always got the highest possible health. This is especially important early in the game.

    - Use Stoneskin! -
    Stoneskin is perhaps the most useful of the four wrath abilities. Levelled up, it gives very good damage protection and a boost to the damage you deal. It's not flashy, but it's great for boss fights and prolonged battles as it lasts for a long time with low wrath consumption. If pure offence is more your thing, check out Affliction, but its value is often limited against bosses and it doesn't appear until later in the game.

    - Know your weapons! -
    Most people will want to stick to the Scythe and Tremor Gauntlet for levelling purposes. That's fine, but realise your scythe is best used when facing a large amount of weak enemies and your gauntlet is great against tougher enemies and when close to cliffs (knock the enemies over the edge). The RB+Y upgrade is essential for both weapons, so buy those early. It's quite alright to only use Chaoseater when you need to build up your chaos meter - there's little benefit to levelling it up, as you'll get a new sword later in the game.

    - Equip the right bonuses! -
    Slotted enhancements that improve defence, damage and weapon experience are the most useful. Remember that some enhancements will provide a passive bonus by simply having them in your inventory. War's Glory and Weapon Master are good examples. Know that some enhancements are better paired with certain weapons. Further reading, but risk of spoilers, here: http://darksiders.wikia.com/wiki/Legendary_Enhancement and here: http://darksiders.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Enhancements.

    - Learn to evade! -
    Blocking is useful, but many times you'll find that enemies are still able to damage you. Getting a few hits in and then dashing away (direction + RB) is a much more effective way of avoiding damage. Most enemies have a pattern to their attacks, so if you're taking a lot of damage, change your timing. This is especially true for the bosses.

    - Don't use green and yellow chests until you need them! -
    Regular green and yellow glowing chests contain health and wrath. If you're already almost full, the contents of those chests will be wasted. You will be required to revisit or backtrack to many areas of the game and these chests are usually positioned near the site of a big fight - if you're good for health and see these chests, be prepared for a fight when you return to his area. Of course, don't confuse these with green and yellow chests with black magic swirling around them - these are life and wrath shards and should be collected as soon as possible, along with blue chests and bone chests.

    - Save your Chaos Form for when you *really* need it! -
    Often I find I'll go into a big fight and trigger Chaos Form, only to have it run out too early or have it cancelled by a cut scene. Attempt all battles with your regular weapons first and use the chaos as a last resort. Chaos Form is useless against most bosses, so don't even bother.
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    MazraelOn Apoc, I've found a lot of enemies that knock off multiple bars for one hit, when in challenge rooms, walking/dashing away and charging the boomerang secondary weapon, you know it's working for the yellow souls, saving the Chaos form for the big beasts (too often 2 hit KO'd by those things.. I don't have the armour yet, nor do I have stone skin)
    Posted by Mazrael on 09 Aug 16 at 13:32
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