As soon as you start the game up, you will have to start the story. Note that the gender doesn't make any difference. All the achievements are story related and therefore we will only need one playthrough. Also, there are a total of 7 totems in each level that need to be collected.
Level 0 : Tutorial
Follow the on-screen messages and make sure to follow the marked path (it is slightly highlighted each time). As soon as you reach the village you will unlock the following achievement:
After the cutscene, you will start the first level.
Level 1 : Red Tree Glade (7 totems)
Throw a total of three rocks at the bear and escape his pursuit afterwards. Jump down the waterfall in the cut-scene, rip out a youngtree and talk to the girl for your first "quest". Return the stone to her and go inside the mentioned cave. Check the painting and enkindle a fire (repeatedly press X and enkindle with Y). Use a stick on the fire and burn the canvas in your way. Follow the new marker (make sure to enkindle every torch you find) and get the Shaman's Eye. Hit the enlightened animal to get a mimicry pendant and head to the next marker. After the cut-scene kill all the birds attacking you and use the mimicry on the hawk in the distance. This will unlock an achievement:
Collect your first feather, and gain the ability to use 'spirit energy'
Now head back to the starting area and get into the water. Wait until the enlightened fish is in front of you (initiate angling by pressing B in the water) and grab him for the Dive pendant. Head to the tree in the water, dive underneath it and follow the squirrel tracks and finally the squirrel itself. Once in the valley, mimicry the birds so you can catch the squirrel for the Climb pendant. You will reach the starting area again and we will collect some totems here!
Look towards the location where the girl was standing and head up the tree to the right to find the print (hold the B button, you have to find ALL the prints to make the totem appear!). Follow the track along the waterfall to find the totem (next to the flowers 1/7). From the previous location head to the left to find the print near the water. Follow it along the cliff to find the totem (2/7). Back to the previous starting point, this time head for the burned canvas to find the print near the torch. Follow it further into the cave for the next totem (3/7). Back to the starting point, head to where the girl was sitting and look around for a bird to your left to mimicry. This will earn you the next one (4/7). Follow along the path of the squirrel tracks until you hit water and look to your right to find a bird revealing the totem (5/7). To reach it, head to the left and climb up the tree to the right after the dive underneath the tree. Back to the starting area, climb up to the waterfall's first stone to the right and look to the left to find another bird to mimicry (hard to spot, between two trees). Easy to find, simply follow the squirrel tracks path (6/7). Now head to the girl and talk to her and follow the path back to the bear cave. Beat the bear (jump when he ground pounds and get out of reach of his normal attacks and you should be fine). As soon as he is done, turn around and look to your right up the waterfall to find a bird to mimicry. This will earn you the last totem (7/7). Follow the path ahead to end the level.
Level 2 : Grey Bears Quarry (7 Totems)
Right at the start of the level, jump on the second platform before you to find the first track for a totem. Follow it across the platforms to the left to find it (it is on a high ledge past some scaffolding, 1/7). Head inside the cave up here to find a tomahawk upon reading the painting. Jump straight down and when you look up to the cave, look to the left to find a bird to mimicry for a totem (2/7). Follow the platforms, smash the rocks with your strong attack and follow the marker. Attack the golden bug when he looks at you before he rolls and jump-smash-attack him when he is on his back. Do this three times to beat him and get some beetle juice on your weapon. Follow the new marker for a new painting and head back outside. Go through the now open path and head all the way to the right on the lowest level to find the print. Follow it along the side, towards the water and up the middle stone pile to find the totem (3/7) head all the way up to beat the next battle. Head to the new marker and get back to the valley where you killed the first one. Head to the left and you will see a platform in the distance. Head up the right and reach that platform (hard to describe, there is a color pot on it and it leads directly to some small plateaus) and search for the print. Get across the plateaus to find the totem to the right up some plateau with some colour pots (4/7). Get through the hole here to drop down into the cave with the painting. Get outside, a little bit away from the entrance and look up to the right to find a bird to call to get a totem (5/7). This should unlock the following achievement:
Follow the marker now and the new discovered track. Call for the skunk and follow it to find a strange looking platform. Instead of using it, look up to find a bird to call for a totem (6/7). Now take possession of the skunk, run over the signs to replenish your possession time and find the golden beetle. Beat him and follow the markers until you reach a round area with a few trees; it will look like a green circle with brown dots on your map. Head to the left to find the mark and follow the tracks towards the north to find the totem (7/7). Follow the marker, smash the rock and read the new painting. Head down to the now open passage and claim the feather for the following achievement:
Collect your second feather, and gain the ability to use two Spirit Charges
Follow the path until you hit a cut-scene. Go down another path and get another cut-scene. Now you face off undead warriors. There are two waves and if you use the warriors spirit, it should be rather easy. The second wave has shields, so use a loaded attack to destroy them. You get the bear pendant, so use it to smash the enemies and flee the level. You will come to a part where you have to maneuver a canoe. Make sure to never get hit at all during this sequence. If you get hit, ram three more obstacles to restart the level. Make sure to use the X button frequently to slow down and stick behind the floating trees at all costs. A hit only counts if you took any damage!! If you did it correctly you will end the level and get the following achievement:
You can replay this level if you are too frustrated an wish to move on from attempting this achievement.
Level 3 - The wolf hunt (8 totems)
Note: It has been reported that a glitch might occur at this point. Make sure to finish the level from start to finish without quitting out in between. This will prevent a glitch that might occur a little bit further on.
After the cut-scene, look up to find a bird to imitate which drops a totem (1/8). head forward and towards the first markers. Kill the first four wolves and after the fourth head forward and you can see a dead end to the left on your map. Head there to find the track and follow it through the wood for the totem (2/8). Get back to where you killed the wolves and you will see a rock with a pad mark on it. Look to the left of it to find a bird to call for a totem (3/8). Head to the next three wolves, kill them and head a little southeast from the wolves into the wood to find the next track. Follow it through the forest to find the next totem (4/8). Follow the path to the blue marker. Before you reach it, look to the right into the forest to find a track near a thorn bush. Follow it back the way you came from along the path for the next totem (5/8). Follow the tracks at the blue point until you hit a blue platform. Jump up to the left to find a mark up there. Head down to the platform to find the next marks leading you to the totem (6/8). Now again follow the tracks and follow the rabbit. Possess the rabbit and kill the next set of wolves. From here get back and head straight for the next set of wolves. One of them will hide, you have to lure him out from a distance, but for now ignore him. Instead go to the right of the entrance to a clearing and look into the woods on the right to spot another bird (between some trees, hard to spot). Call for the bird. Even though it is far off, simply climb the vines to reach the totem (7/8). Before you go though, turn around to spot the last bird to call for (8/8). Now finish off the last wolf and head to the new marker for a feather and the following achievement:
Collect your third feather, and gain the ability to use three Spirit Charges
After the cut-scene follow the wolf and get through the tunnel. Head along the path and across the toppled tree. Be careful, the jumping sequences are really annoying here!!. As soon as you see another cut-scene the level is done.
Level 4 : Maiden Rock Valley (8 Totems)
Right at the beginning you will learn how to fly. Remember the controls well, you will need it later! As soon as you land, turn around and run down the path to the water to find a track near the right portion. Follow it up the path you came from for the totem (1/8). Use the platform here to summon the hawk spirit and fly up to the left on a high platform. Crash against a wall to dismount the hawk and head towards the cliff to find the track near some mushrooms. This is the highest ledge, it contains the summon platform!. Follow the tracks down towards the platform to find the totem (2/8). This will also unlock the following:
From here, jump down to the lowest level to find new tracks near a tree. Follow the tracks down to the edge for a totem (3/8). Now it is time to get your first totem for the mission! Head to one of the rocky pikes with the hawk and grab a stone. Drop it above the flame canon to destroy it and grab one enemy at a time to drop them to their doom. Pick the piece up and drop it down (1/8). Next up will be the one on the path up the waterfall. Same as before, but this time you don't have that much space to maneuver. Land here and look up the waterfall to spot a bird to call for a totem (4/8). Now deliver the large one (2/8). There are only two more, one to the left and one to the right and we head for the one on the left. Land on the island and you can find a track behind the hill where the flame pot stood. Follow it to the right of the platform to find another totem (5/8). Now return the totem to its rightful place. Turn around and you can see a platform to your left. Land there and you find the track on the rightmost corner. Head along the left edge to find the totem (6/8). Head to the island where you found the first large totem and look towards the waterfall to find a bird to call and rewarded with a totem (7/8). You should see a lengthy canyon to your right (you came this way). Head down there, land where the platform is and call for the bird to the right of you for a totem (8/8). Now it is time to get the last large totem (4/8). After the cut-scene, you will have to catch the vulture with your totem! Now you need to fly through every single ring for an achievement. This is rather easy, use the brakes with X for tight turns and you should be fine. If you fail crash into the wall to die to restart. If you did it correctly, you will get the following:
No one can call you just an Earth Walker now
You can replay this level if you are too frustrated an wish to move on from attempting this achievement.
After the cut-scene, go across the platforms (these jumps are tough!) and after another cut-scene you will finish the level.
Level 5 : The Volcano Lodge (7 Totems)
As soon as you start the level, head forward on the plateau and look underneath the stone bridge leading away from the totem. There is a bird to call and he will show you a totem (1/7). Now head across the plateaus, plants on the wall and find some tracks on the plateau leading into the cave. Follow the tracks inside for a totem (2/7). Look at the painting to get another totem automatically (3/7). Now head outside the cave again and look for a hawk in the sky. Call for him to get a feather and a tomahawk for the following achievement:
Collect your fourth feather, and gain the ability to use four Spirit Charges
Now you can destroy the lava blocking your path and keep climbing up. You will come to a cave again. Before you go through the entrance with the blue marker, turn around and jump down to the left. Here you will find some tracks leading to the next totem (4/7). Head now to the marker outside and climb all the way up (careful of the enemies) for a cut-scene. After the cut-scene, look up to the right to find another bird to call for a totem (5/7). Head to the thunder platform and use it to destroy the enemy here. Be careful, make sure to hit him and evade the bombs as much as you can. As soon as he is down, you can climb up the path behind him. Once inside the cave, head down on the platforms in the lava to the right to find a track. Follow it across the platforms for a totem (6/7) and to unlock the following:
Now follow the frozen lava and the paths across the lava until you are outside again. Look to the right to find a bird to call for and the last totem here (7/7). Take whichever path you like (I recommend the left one since it is the shorter one) and defeat another mini boss. Again there are two paths to choose from. This time take the right to get to another cut-scene and a mini boss. After that, jump up the ledge on all four drums and lure the enemy to rush at you. Now jump to the right this time to lure him on the drum to earn the first medal piece and end the level after another nightmare sequence.
Level 6 : Northern Lands (7 Totems)
Once you start the level head quickly to the cave and get the fire stone to enkindle the fire and read the paintings on the wall. With the winter clothing you can now go outside as much as you want and you will have to follow the tracks in the snow after the yeti. This is a rather lengthy jumping sequence, so be prepared for a lot of jumping. After the cut-scene, you have to enkindle another fire by finding the fire stone. As soon as you exit the cave, turn around and look up to find a bird that brings you a totem (1/7). Get outside to the lake and head to the right to a rock that looks like a snake. Behind it are some tracks, simply follow them for a totem (2/7). Smash a hole in the lake and get a stick to go fishing.
After the cut-scene, you have to follow the yeti. As soon as you reach a giant frozen waterfall, look up to the right to find a bird or a totem (3/7). Keep following the yeti for a cut-scene where you get the icepicks. Prepare for a really tough part since you have to climb the ice parts while repeatedly pressing X and B. This isn't tough, the tough part actually is that you have to change directions by repeatedly pressing X or B. But doing so will also let you climb higher. If you stop however, you will slide down and might fall all the way down! Once you are up and after the cut-scene, you have to climb once more up a wall next to some emblem. Now head down once you get the amulet, use the platform and destroy the 10 ice demons.
Once they are down and after the cut-scene. With the waterfall behind you, turn around and backtrack to the leftmost edge to find some tracks leading to the next totem (4/7). Head back to the area where you fought the first set of wolves and you find to the left some tracks. Follow them for a totem (5/7). Now look at the platform in the middle of the demons. Head off to the left and head right towards the water as soon as you can. On the edge, look to the left to call for a bird that will give you a totem (6/7). Head down the frozen water stream and head to the right until you find water. Jump across the gap and look to the right to find a bird to call for a totem. This one is ridiculously hard to reach since you have to jump over all the ice platforms to reach it. As if this isn't hard enough, if you fail you have to start from the BEGINNING of the jumping, as there are no checkpoints!! Also you have to call the bird each time again (7/7). Now it is time to destroy the demons and as soon as you're done you will have another nightmare sequence where you finish the level.
Level 7 : Rapid River Falls (4 Totems)
As soon as you start the level, you have to stop the buffaloes by defeating the undead warriors. Fly behind the herd and take a seat on one of the buffaloes. There are two different enemies here; spear and tomahawks. The spear guys have a large reach, but you can gladly destroy the weapon by slashing from a distance and when he is unarmed, he is as good as dead. The tomahawks are close range and they will be your main issue. Make sure to attack in between their attacks and before they prepare for a new one. If you have bad luck, they will charge their attack which makes them invulnerable to attacks. You will have to fight a lot of them, the time limit is also tight. This is nearly the same as the first one, but harder. Also you will encounter currents which you can escape, but if you hit the middle, you are dead in an instant. This is lengthy, so break a lot! After the next cut-scene, you are in some sort of village. Jump up the platform with the plants, kill the enemies and look to the right to find on a statue a bird with a totem (1/4). Look further to the right to find another one on a building (2/4). Activate the lever and head to the next one to do the same. Climb up to the last one but instead of activating it, jump down to the left of it to find some tracks. Follow them for the last two totems (3/4, 4/4) and an achievement:
As soon as you activate the last platform, the door will open and you will get the last feather and an achievement:
Collect your fifth feather, and gain the ability to use five Spirit Charges
Follow the path and you will see another cut-scene. After this, prepare for a lengthy part of jumping! Here you have to jump from platform to platform. Careful, it gets harder and harder the further you progress and some platforms will break while others will simply disappear. Timing is the key to success here, make sure to anticipate where the platform will be and jump before that. Otherwise some jumps are impossible! Now as soon as you reach the end, you will see another cut-scene and face the final boss, Wendigo. Basically run all the way forward (be careful since some parts of the floor will collapse) and move to the platform to call for the hawk spirit. Now head to all the four platforms and either grab the enemies and drop them down or jump on the platform and kill them in melee. Make sure to dodge the incoming fireballs, but this is rather simple. As soon as you're done with the last one, you will have to attack him. Shoot him with the B button (hold it for a charged shot) and after a few hits the battle will be shortly interrupted.
You now have the chance to replay previously finished chapters and I strongly recommend to do so if you missed any collectibles. Now with that said, let us finish the game.
Note: You can do the totems in any order you like, it is not needed to do the lava one first!!
Head to the far right up some vines to reach a cave which contains a totem. This jumping is annoying and as soon as you die, you have to start over from scratch!! Makes sure to think twice before you jump and you will find it in no time (1/3). Back at the chieftain, head across the platforms in the water to the left for the second one (2/3). Now head to the boats and off to the right to discover another path leading to the last totem (3/3). For finding the last one you will get he following achievement:
Stabilize the portal with the power of the sacred Totems.
Talk to the chieftain to enter a portal. First off get to the left and do the climbing sequence until you find one piece of the amulet, quite easy. Now head forward towards the mountain that smiles and across the platforms. Follow the path across the wall past the spikes and across some more platforms to reach the next amulet piece (the correct order for this is : forward, left, right, left, right, left, right, right). Now turn right across drums (fight some ice demons and later fire ogres) for the next amulet piece. For the last piece there isn't any way left. Follow the path ahead to find the last piece. This ends a tough level and starts the boss fight.
Simply evade his attacks, shoot him with your laser and if you are low on ammo, replenish it by flying through the blue orb. This will also replenish your health! His attacks will only consist of fireballs and rocks. Evade them (which is surprisingly easy) and fire away at him to finish the game for the last achievement:
I found some videos for the collectibles, credit goes to darkenednight
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