Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360) Walkthrough

26. DLC - Endurance Mode

Endurance Mode is under the "Expeditions" tab. Endurance Mode is the Tomb Raider take on the increasingly popular survival genre, but don't expect anything as extreme as in those games, with only a basic hunger and heat meter that need to be maintained.

While on the Xbox One version, this DLC arrived with a whopping 34 achievements (!). The Xbox 360 version has a noticeably meagre total of 10 achievements. Online co-op isn't included on this version, likely due to technical limitations. Instead we are presented with a relatively easy list, made slightly frustrating by the buggy nature of the DLC. This was patched on the Xbox One version but unfortunately didn't receive the same attention on the 360.

For those stacking the game, the main thing that will be noticed is how scarce food is, especially during the final few cycles. This means you won't be able to camp by a fire and wait for animals to appear for too long, and will need to keep on the move to survive. Sometimes you will get into some tight moments, being on the brink of death. With luck and persistence, you should survive 10 days.

All of these achievements are tied to challenges. To earn the achievement, you must have the challenge active, so you can only earn five achievements per run. These achievements can be done in any difficulty.

Run 1

Start by selecting the challenge:

  • Nope
    • Escape the forest on day 1, without recovering any artifacts

Start the game and look for a signal fire which look like a conical, tall camp fire. It requires five pieces of cloth and five oil to ignite and enemies will usually attack once it's lit. Once the helicopter comes, look for the rope and use it to escape. As long as you escaped on your first day and do not collect any artifacts, you will unlock:

Nope in Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)
Nope30 (15)
Endurance Challenge: Escape the forest on day 1, without recovering any artifacts
  • Unlocked by 334 tracked gamers (92% - TA Ratio = 2.02) 363

Run 2

Start by selecting the challenges:

  • Well Done
    • Eat the meats of 5 birds, squirrels or rabbits killed with fire
  • Fast Reflexes
    • Destroy 3 ceiling traps after being caught in them
  • Who Needs A Map?
    • Locate 5 crypts
  • Master Archaeologist
    • Collect at least 10 Artifacts in a single expedition

Now for some cards (you can only choose five). Make sure to equip:

  • Blazing Inferno
    • Grants unlimited fire arrows
    • Pyromaniac is an alternative, but it it reduces your health
  • [Outfit Name] Professional/Master
    • Provides the first and second (third if Master) tiers of each skill tree
    • Infinite use, so while it doesn't provide 'Well Read' it can save a Tomb Raider card
  • Eagle Eye
    • Nearby enemies and animals glow through obstacles when Survival Instinct is activated
  • [Bow Name] Upgrade V
    • Grants a fully upgraded [Bow Name] bow
      • You can choose any bow except for the "Dreamstinger"
      • "Bow Master" and "Bow Mastery" are alternatives, but they are applied to the bow you have equipped

Start by killing birds, squirrels, and rabbits with fire arrows and then eating their meat to unlock:

Well Done in Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)
Well Done53 (25)
Endurance Challenge: Eat the meat of 5 birds, squirrels or rabbits that were killed with fire
  • Unlocked by 306 tracked gamers (84% - TA Ratio = 2.11) 363

Now look for crypts. Once you find one, enter it and look for ceiling spike traps with Survival Instincts. Get trapped and shoot down the traps. The crypt may have other traps. If it doesn't, run a good distance away and then return to it to rearm the trap. Escape from three to unlock:

Fast Reflexes in Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)
Endurance Challenge: Destroy 3 ceiling spike traps after being caught in them
  • Unlocked by 303 tracked gamers (83% - TA Ratio = 2.12) 363

Locating five of these crypts during the run (you can keep track via the menu) will unlock:

Who Needs a Map? in Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)
Endurance Challenge: Locate 5 crypts
  • Unlocked by 287 tracked gamers (79% - TA Ratio = 2.19) 363

Finding 10 artifacts within these crypts and outside in the Siberian wilderness will unlock:

Master Archaeologist in Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)
Endurance Challenge: Collect at least 10 Artifacts
  • Unlocked by 305 tracked gamers (84% - TA Ratio = 2.12) 363

Run 3

Start by selecting the challenge:

  • Skillful Raider
    • Open 5 Codices or Sarcophagi without getting caught in a trap

Now for the cards:

  • Tomb Raider
    • Grants all Brawler, Hunter, Survivor and Codex skills
    • "Well Read" and "[Outfit Name]: Master'/"Expert III" are alternatives but are two cards instead of one
  • [Bow Name] Upgrade V
    • Grants a fully upgraded [Bow Name] bow
      • You can choose any bow except for the "Dreamstinger"
      • "Bow Master" and "Bow Mastery" are alternatives, but they are applied to the bow you have equipped
  • Toxicity
    • Grants unlimited Poison Arrows

Also look to apply a hunger card to aid you, as we'll need it.

This run will be dedicated entirely to 'Skillful Raider', which is an incredibly annoying achievement and will take several in-game days. The Tomb Raider card will allow you to see traps ahead, but you still need to go at a snail's pace and be alert for ankle traps (which are still difficult to see). Venture no further into any crypt if you see a floor trap, as these are guaranteed to trigger even if you successfully jump over them, voiding the challenge. You also need to make sure that each crypt is 'unique' or you'll be met with an already opened codice/sarcophagi at the end of the crypt. This will likely take several attempts, make sure to restart and don't quit to the menu if you fail the challenge, as the rare Tomb Raider card will be wasted.

Once you have opened five codices or sarcophagi without getting caught in a trap, you will unlock:

Skillful Raider in Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)
Endurance Challenge: Open 5 Codices or Sarcophagi without getting caught in a trap
  • Unlocked by 216 tracked gamers (60% - TA Ratio = 2.51) 363

Run 4

Start by selecting the challenges:

  • Happy Camper
    • Survive for 5 days
  • Nature Retreat
    • Survive for 7 days
  • Vacation
    • Escape the forest after surviving for 7 days
  • Great Haul
    • Escape the forest after surviving 10 days, with at least 10 artifacts

Now for the cards:

  • Tomb Raider
    • Grants all Brawler, Hunter, Survivor and Codex skills
    • "Well Read" and "[Outfit Name]: Master'/"Expert III" are alternatives but are two cards instead of one
  • [Bow Name] Upgrade V
    • Grants a fully upgraded [Bow Name] bow
      • You can choose any bow except for the "Dreamstinger"
      • "Bow Master" and "Bow Mastery" are alternatives, but they are applied to the bow you have equipped
  • Toxicity
    • Grants unlimited Poison Arrows

Cards that help your hunger and warmth meter are highly recommended in addition to these.

Once you begin, look for artifacts and crypts. The "Tomb Raider" card will allow you to find artifacts through walls and look for traps in crypts. As soon as you have 10 artifacts, you need to survive until Day 11 and escape. Waiting at a fire will only work for a short amount of time as animals appear to stop spawning, so you'll need to run around and actively hunt them (carrying a lantern at all times for warmth). You'll have some close shaves, but should make it to Day 11.

On Day 6, you will unlock:

Happy Camper in Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)
Endurance Challenge: Survive for 5 days
  • Unlocked by 299 tracked gamers (82% - TA Ratio = 2.14) 363

On Day 8, you will unlock:

Nature Retreat in Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)
Endurance Challenge: Survive for 7 days
  • Unlocked by 287 tracked gamers (79% - TA Ratio = 2.19) 363

Once you've escaped on Day 11 with at least 10 artifacts, you will unlock:

Vacation in Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)
Vacation67 (30)
Endurance Challenge: Escape the forest after surviving for 7 days
  • Unlocked by 277 tracked gamers (76% - TA Ratio = 2.22) 363

Great Haul in Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)
Great Haul115 (50)
Endurance Challenge: Escape the forest after surviving 10 days, with at least 10 Relics
  • Unlocked by 261 tracked gamers (72% - TA Ratio = 2.29) 363

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