Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360) Walkthrough

27. DLC - Cold Darkness Awakened

Go to "Expeditions" on the main menu and then set the game to:

  • Mode: Cold Darkness
  • Action: New Game
  • Difficulty: Adventurer
    • You can set it to a harder difficulty, but there are no difficulty or score related achievements.

A few things to note about Cold Darkness:

  • As you walk around, you will see infected Trinity soldiers. They cannot see you, only hear you.
  • Nadia and Sophia will occasionally reveal the location of weapons and prisoners, both of which are required for achievements. These are randomized on each run, including strongboxes.
  • Swarms will occasionally happen where a group of Infected will chase you down.
  • The third puzzle is the point of no return. Once you enter it, you cannot go back to explore.

Run 1

Start by selecting the challenges:

  • Give A Man A Fire
    • Kill 20 enemies with Dragonfire Shotgun Rounds
  • An Ocean in Storm
    • Kill 75 enemies in Cold Darkness
  • Spinning Leaf
    • Get 5 headshots with normal arrows in 1:00
  • Armed for Bear
    • Pick up 6 different weapons

Now for the cards:

  • [Shotgun Name] Shotgun V
    • Grants fully upgraded [Shotgun Name] Shotgun with choke attachment
  • [Bow Name] Bow V
    • Grants fully upgraded [Bow Name] Bow
    • "Bow Master" and "Bow Mastery" are alternatives
  • Tomb Raider
    • Grants all Brawler, Hunter, Survivor and Codex skills
    • "[Outfit Name]: Master" and "Expert III" are alternatives without the codex skills
      • "Warrior III", "[Outfit Name]: Hunter', "Hunter III" grant you level 3 Hunter skills, but lack other skill trees and codex skills
  • Eagle Eye
    • Nearby enemies and animals glow through obstacles when Survival instinct is activated
  • Toxicity
    • Grants unlimited Poison Arrows

To get five headshots, zoom in with your bow and then aim it at an enemy. It will automatically grant you a headshot. You can get three with one shot, but if the headshot indicator gets off screen, you will not get that headshot. Once you get five in 1:00, you will unlock:

Spinning Leaf in Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)
Cold Darkness Challenge: Get 5 headshots with the regular arrows in 1:00
  • Unlocked by 296 tracked gamers (76% - TA Ratio = 2.19) 389

Now start killing the infected and looting their bodies. You should get dragonfire shells from them, so use them to get kills. Once you get 75 kills, you will unlock:

An Ocean in Storm in Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)
Cold Darkness Challenge: Kill 75 enemies in a single Cold Darkness run
  • Unlocked by 334 tracked gamers (86% - TA Ratio = 2.06) 389

Once you get 20 kills with the dragonfire shotgun rounds, you will also unlock:

Give a Man a Fire in Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)
Cold Darkness Challenge: Kill 20 enemies with Dragonfire Shotgun Rounds
  • Unlocked by 316 tracked gamers (81% - TA Ratio = 2.12) 389

If you can't find enough dragonfire rounds, the "Cat and Mouse" card makes all shotgun rounds dragonfire.

Now look around for some weapons. You should've already gotten the first one when you spawned and Nadia and Sophia probably already found some more for you. Additionally, you can see the map above to see if any of the weapon spawns are there. Once you grab 6 different weapons, you will unlock:

Armed For Bear in Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)
Cold Darkness Challenge: Pick up 6 different weapons
  • Unlocked by 326 tracked gamers (84% - TA Ratio = 2.08) 389

You can complete the run to get a feel for how Cold Darkness works as the next run will be a deathless/perfect run, but you don't have to.

Run 2

Start by selecting the challenges:

  • To the Rescue
    • Rescue 6 prisoners
  • Uncovering the Truth
    • Collect all 8 documents
  • Legendary Gunsmith
    • Open 6 upgrades pry chests
  • Perfectionist
    • Shut down all the towers without any mistakes
  • Combat Specialist
    • Complete Cold Darkness without dying

Now for the cards:

  • Thinner Herd
    • Fewer infected can be found wandering
  • Tomb Raider
    • Grants all Brawler, Hunter, Survivor and Codex skills
    • "[Outfit Name]: Master" and "Expert III" are alternatives without the codex skills
      • "Warrior III", "[Outfit Name]: Hunter', "Hunter III" grant you level 3 Hunter skills, but lack other skill trees and codex skills
  • Toxicity
    • Grants unlimited Poison Arrows

Get the archivist map here:

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The archivist map will reveal all of the documents on the map. However one document is particularly difficult to collect on the 360 version. This will be the document to the south-east of the Central Core, closest to the South Tower. You would climb a nearby tree to reach a ladder above, but this isn't possible as it wasn't patched on this version. The only way to get to this document is to find the zip line pointing to it after shutting down the South Tower, and then ensuring to drop off it (before dropping onto another zip line), to reach the top of the structure with the document on. Other than this, the rest of the documents are simple to collect with waypoints. Collecting them all will unlock:

Uncovering the Truth in Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)
Cold Darkness Challenge: Collect all 8 documents
  • Unlocked by 293 tracked gamers (75% - TA Ratio = 2.20) 389

Now let's get some prisoners. Nadia and Sophia will likely have revealed some. Once you free 6, you will unlock:

To the Rescue in Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)
Cold Darkness Challenge: Rescue 6 prisoners
  • Unlocked by 339 tracked gamers (87% - TA Ratio = 2.05) 389

Now for strongboxes. Unfortunately, Nadia and Sophia don't reveal these, but the "Tomb Raider" card means that you can them through walls. There is also a strongbox on the roof of all three puzzles. Once you find 6, you will unlock:

Legendary Gunsmith in Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)
Cold Darkness Challenge: Open 6 upgrade pry chests
  • Unlocked by 295 tracked gamers (76% - TA Ratio = 2.19) 389

Once you reach the first tower, Nadia will explain the signs. Here is the relevant information:

ColorShapePicturesSystem
YellowTriangleRadiation SymbolRadioactive Waste System
GreenSquareSkull and CrossbonesBiological Catalyst System
RedDiamondFireFuel Pump System
BlueCircleWater DropWater Filtration System

Nadia will then give you specific instructions on how to deactivate the tower, which you can repeat by holding down cn_RS. Your objective also gets updated with what you have to do. The puzzles are pretty straight forwards, Nadia asks you a question and you perform an action based on the whether the answer is yes or no.

If Nadia asks about a flag, look for a flag in the center. Flag pictures and countries are displayed on the map's menu.

If Nadia asks about fuse boxes, look for all of the fuse boxes (she'll tell you how many there are).

If Nadia asks about the gas cylinder, look for it and open it to see the lights.

If Nadia asks about pipes, look for pipes. There are usually around 8 of them in close proximity.

When you have the answer, you either have to pull the lever, power up the generator, or reconnect the conduit of a specific system.

The first tower has only one step, the second has two, and the third has three. The final tower will require you to destroy pipes by destroy pistons that run the pipes. Once you complete the final tower, you will unlock:

Epidemiologist in Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)
Cold Darkness Challenge: Complete Cold Darkness
  • Unlocked by 375 tracked gamers (96% - TA Ratio = 1.94) 389

Iff you didn't make a mistake on the puzzles, you will also unlock:

Perfectionist in Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)
Cold Darkness Challenge: Shutdown all the towers without making any mistakes
  • Unlocked by 299 tracked gamers (77% - TA Ratio = 2.18) 389

Finally, if you didn't die, you will unlock:

Combat Specialist in Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)
Cold Darkness Challenge: Complete Cold Darkness without dying
  • Unlocked by 302 tracked gamers (78% - TA Ratio = 2.17) 389

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