Knight Squad

Hello and welcome to the Knight Squad walkthrough!

This walkthrough will give you the best route through the achievements, to pop all 15 in as short a time as possible. All of these achievements can be achieved offline, although a second controller is recommended for some of the local play bits, which will be highlighted as we go through.

With this walkthrough, I hope that the game should take you about 4 hours. Most of this accounts for the unforgiving nature of the challenges, and it's definitely doable in a shorter amount of time. You may go slightly over this if you get really stuck on one of the initial challenges, however, I've provided videos for the toughest challenges that should get you through.

We'll start on the aforementioned challenges (of which there are six, with achievements for each), and then go to Local Play Mode to sweep up the other nine achievements.

There's not so much to advise you on before we get into the challenges. However, two things to consider:

  • Be prepared to die. A lot. Knight Squad has no shields, health or checkpoints in challenge mode. One hit, and you need to start right from the start of that challenge (and boy do those loading screens take their time). This means slow and steady really does win the race in this game (or pop the achievement). Most of what I recommend in this walkthrough is to do with survivability, rather than speed - so bear in mind, we're trying to keep you alive here, not get it done fast! All challenges take about 5 minutes at the very most, many will be much quicker.
  • Use the D-pad when you're using ranged weapons (such as the mini-gun and laser) for better accuracy. It can be difficult to aim with the left stick (without putting yourself into trouble), so use the D-pad for targeting when appropriate.
  • The pause button is your friend! Using this, you can still see the battle as it stands under the pause menu - this can be used to avoid attacks, or plan where you're going next. You can also mash it for a "slow-mo"-style thing, which can be helpful for the second and third challenge.

We'll start with the challenges, as kills you earn here will also count towards:

Grim Reaper

Accumulate 1 000 kills!

Grim Reaper
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So onwards, to the challenges! Charge!

Lightning Rampage:

First one's an easy one. From the start, grab the lightning rod and use the D-pad to aim your projectiles at the skeleton nests (the green circles). Keep your distance, get in line with a row of them and keep firing until you manage to destroy the row of nests, then move on to another. Repeat until all rows are destroyed. Move to the right when the skeletons get closer, before turning and shooting at them - the spell bounces along multiple enemies, so you shouldn't have to do this too often. As you get to the last few nests, you may want to go a little closer to the nests, to avoid the skeletons constantly getting in the way of your shots.

Finishing off all 18 nests will unlock the Nest Exterminator achievement:

Nest Exterminator

Complete the Lightning Rampage challenge.

Nest Exterminator
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Worms Attack:

After the first easy one, this one is a bit of a jump up in difficulty. You're presented with four worms, whose tails you have to hit 8 times to get each kill.

You want to grab the sword upgrade first, and then try and stay out of the worms paths as much as possible - they change direction from time to time, and so getting too close to their heads, and trying to dodge right just as they turn right... Equals dead, and that loading screen. There's no particular pattern to them, so you have to keep on your toes. Corners provide some respite, but the worms will still be able to hit you there (it's just much less likely). Use the pause trick to your advantage here. Check on where they're all pointing, and make sure you don't suddenly get boxed in.

The worms can kill you from a touch with any part of their body. Be aware of this when you go to take shots, as you can kill yourself just by running into their tail as you attack. The worms can also move over each other's bodies, but not their heads - so when they knock heads, they stop following their trajectory, so be careful of this too, as it can cause you to overshoot and run into them.

I recommend staying in the half of the level where there are the least worms. Don't chase a worm down for the kill, unless it's isolated and isn't going to drag you towards the others when you do so. They're faster than you, so if you miss your attack, fall back to a safe position rather than following them.

The best way to manage them, is to stick towards the centre of your half - so that you're not falling victim to them bouncing off the wall in a funny way, and killing you. I found that chasing them towards the walls usually got me killed, as their body would "rebound" when their head hit the wall. Staying central avoids this.

Each time you hit a worm, their body bunches up under their head while they recover, making their tail unhittable. Whichever way their mouth is pointing when they've "recovered", is the direction they'll set off in. So once you've landed one hit (and if there's no other worms too close by), stay behind their head until they move off again to get an extra hit on their tail when it's exposed again. If you get lucky, and the other worms stay away, you can get 3-4 hits pretty safely this way. Just keep away if they're facing a wall, as when they head off it can be a bit unpredictable and result in... Well, another death.

After six hits on a worm, it will start to speed up, and changes direction more often. At this point, if you can, kill them off. They become a lot more dangerous and unpredictable in this state.

Occasionally a worm will get stuck in a corner, and you won't be able to hit it's tail. If this happens, just give it time, and it'll escape eventually. It may take up to 60 seconds, but be patient, as it makes it one less worm you have to deal with for a while. It's also better to let it sort itself out and come back in play, than restarting the whole challenge!

Killing the four worms unlocks:

Vanquisher of Worms

Complete the Worms Attack challenge.

Vanquisher of Worms
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Attack of the Trolls:

Now you're presented with 8 shielded trolls to slice and dice! Yay!

The trolls attack by charging across the room at you. They'll do this individually or as a pair. Look out for spikes emerging from shields before they charge (there's also an audio cue for when they're about to charge; a snort of sorts), and then move out of the way from where they're pointing. They'll charge until they hit something - a wall or another troll - and they'll then be stunned for a few seconds.

Touching the trolls when they're not charging doesn't hurt you (so don't worry if they box you in behind the barrier), but you really only want to get that close when striking them anyway. You can only hit them in the back (due to the big spiky shield in front), and they will always try to turn to face you - so running up to them with your sword ordinarily isn't going to cut it. (Cut? Sword? I'll get my coat...) After they charge and are stunned, they'll turn slower which is when you can attack. Three shots with the sword kills a troll.

You'll want to try and stick to the walls opposite as many trolls as possible. When you hear them ready a charge, you need to be moving to dodge. Use the pause tip if you need to, when checking which ones are charging. Keep moving around near the walls, as you'll want to be close to where the troll is stunned for an attack. You can occasionally get away with all three hits in one go, but as soon as you hear that snort, you need to be moving, not attacking. The trolls sometimes stop their charge when they hit each other (sometimes when they don't hit anything). Don't rely on this to block them getting to you, it's inconsistent at best, and will only serve to bail you out when you're lucky really.

So that is...

  • Stay near the walls, moving to evade when you hear a snort.
  • Keep reasonably close to where the troll impacts the wall for an attack.
  • Hit them in the back, but don't get greedy. Start moving again when you hear a snort.

After four trolls are dead, they start firing spikes from their shields in a spread, as well as their charge attack. Avoid the spikes as they fly, and wait for them to charge, as usual. Use the pause tip to check what sort of attack they're doing, and where it's going if needs be. After the last four drop, you'll unlock:

Trolling the trolls

Complete the Attack of the Trolls challenge.

Trolling the trolls
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Crystalor:

Crystalor is one of the most frustrating challenges in the game without a strategy. A LOT is going on all at once, and his attacks are impossible to dodge if you're in the wrong places. But he has a very set attack pattern which is easily avoidable, when in the right areas and actually this is much, much simpler than the last two challenges that had no pattern.

I actually produced a YouTube solution of this fight because to be honest, it is much easier to be shown what to do in this fight than read it. Whereas the last two challenges are more about some general tips on how to survive but rely on you having a good round, this is winnable about 95% of the time (allowing for dumb mistakes that we all make)

Following this guide will unlock:

Crystalor, not Chris Taylor

Complete the Crystalor challenge.

Crystalor, not Chris Taylor
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Dragon Alert:

Dragon Alert is - like Crystalor - difficult when you have no plan (particularly when you move to the second phase of the fight), but has a very set pattern that you can exploit to win. Again, I've produced a YouTube clip that you can watch for this one, as it's easier shown than written. Using this strategy makes the entire challenge winnable pretty much every time, barring the odd mistake. Use the D-Pad here to aim if you're having trouble when shooting up/down, something I forgot to mention in the below clip:

Finishing off all four dragons will unlock:

Playing with Fire

Complete the Dragon Alert challenge.

Playing with Fire
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Dark Knights Army

IT'S ONLY A FLESH WOUND.

Ahem. The last challenge - or at least the achievement for it - is the simplest of the lot. You need to kill one solitary Dark Knight. Hit them once with your sword before they hit you, and the achievement (and 200G) pops. Can be done in about 20 seconds.

Darkness Awaits

Take down a dark knight in the Dark Knight Army challenge.

Darkness Awaits
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And that's our challenges done, 6 achievements and 400G for it!

Well hey that was a lot of fun and loading screens huh?

Now we're onto the majority of the achievements - Local/Multiplayer Mode. 9 achievements in all. First off, we're going to pick maps that also allow us to work towards these two:

Master Excavator

Destroy 5 000 walls.

Master Excavator
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Grim Reaper

Accumulate 1 000 kills!

Grim Reaper
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The first one being for destroying 5,000 pieces of wall and the second for 1,000 kills. You'll end up getting a fair amount towards this while earning the other achievements, so save these for last.

If you have a second controller, some of these will become a lot easier. Scroll to the double-controller section for how to unlock some of these achievements much faster. However, there are single-controller methods for these too.

Two-Controller Setup

As mentioned above, a few of these achievements are easier with two controllers, particularly True Master, Ride The Rainbow, Running At Crazy Speeds, Crystal Prospector, and Hula Hooparang. Although these are all doable with one controller, if you have a second, it makes things a lot simpler.

For True Master, Ride The Rainbow, Running At Crazy Speeds and Hula Hooparang, put your second controller on and select:

  • Bots Difficulty - Disabled
  • Game Mode - Capture the Flag
  • Round time - 5:00 minutes
  • Level - Ruined Palace

Go ahead and destroy all the wall segments with explosive arrows/bombs/lasers, then just start grabbing power-ups left, right and centre. Avoid the kamikaze one (at least until you've gotten Ride The Rainbow and Running At Crazy Speeds), and just pick up the minion power-up (a little skull in a helmet) whenever it spawns. In a five-minute round you should have enough time to clear all the walls, get your 8 minions, throw the boomerang for 10 seconds, and get your three speed-ups all in one go. Read below for the specifics on how to complete each achievement. Just modify it to this map.

For Crystal Prospector, set the game mode to Crystal Rush and pick "The Quarry" as your map. Put the crystal life to five, grab a drill, and power through the walls to the crystals. Drill all five to win, then repeat until the achievement pops. Easy when there's no interference (and will get you some bonus wall breaks).

Single-Controller Setup

Laser Trio, Hula Hooprang and Ride The Rainbow

So, for the first batch of achievements. Go to Local Play and select these settings:

  • Bots difficulty - Easy
  • Game mode - Gladiator
  • Time - 5:00 minutes
  • Level - Melee Kings

Start the match, and collect two Bow & Arrow power-ups without being killed (on the whole, the bots will ignore you because they'll be fighting in the centre. Just be aware, that one may come and chase you if you get too close). Use the explosive arrows to destroy all the sections of wall around the level (about 300-ish squares) to give yourself some more room. Now, the power-ups we're going to look out for, spawn in the four corners of the level (inside the walls you've just destroyed). We're looking out for the horse to start off with. Grab it before anyone else can and ride away from the main fight, so you don't lose it by dying. We'll be on the look-out for a second horse shortly, but while we wait, look for either a laser gun (blue, space-ranger-pistol sort of thing), or the boomerang.

With the laser gun, you want to sit to the sides of the main point-scoring space (the little arena in the centre where all the bots swarm to), and aim to shoot directly through it (use the D-Pad to make it easier on yourself). The aim is to kill three with a single laser shot. If you keep pumping shots into there, eventually you'll kill three-in-a-row, and the achievement will pop:

Laser Trio

Kill 3 other knights in a single laser shot.

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With the boomerang, you want to throw it into space and avoid it coming back to you. When it returns towards you, dodge out of the way. With the horse, you can essentially just chase it around in a circle for the full ten seconds you require for this achievement. After you've avoided having it back for 10 seconds, the achievement pops:

Hula Hooprang

Keep a boomerang around for 10 seconds.

Hula Hooprang
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Still got the horse? Good. Now we're going to keep an eye out for a second horse power-up, so we can get a unicorn! (Who doesn't love rainbows?)

Keep an eye out for that second horse to spawn (it has a green glow to it, so you may spot it spawning before the picture loads on it), and make a beeline to it. Once you grab it, you'll start trailing rainbows and the music will change. Get one kill while mounted on your regal steed and you'll unlock (don't quit out until you've read the next section!):

Ride the Rainbow

Do you believe in magic?

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Running At Crazy Speeds and True Master

Three down! If you've still got your horse/unicorn you can try for one more in this game mode, which is grabbing the speed boots three times without dying. The horse makes it somewhat easier as you're already pretty nippy and therefore can often get the boots, and escape without being sliced open. The boots randomly spawn at one of the four "gates" into the arena. However, if this is proving tricky, you may want to head back to the menu, and set up for the next set of achievements. The set-up is:

  • Bots difficulty - Easy
  • Game mode - Last Man Standing
  • Rounds - 3
  • Level - Watch Out For Death

On this level, the laser will destroy the grey brick-block walls (counting towards Master Excavator) and is pretty handy. You want to get yourself to be the last knight standing with one other. Keep at a distance as you won't want to die or kill them before you pop these next two achievements. Grab any speed boots or horses you can as it will give you a massive evasion advantage when you're stuck with the last knight (let's call him Tom!). Usually, you'll probably manage to get one set of boots or a horse before it's just you and Tom left. After this, avoid Tom and keep picking up the boots until you've done so three times to net:

Running at Crazy Speeds

Get the max level boots power up.

Running at Crazy Speeds
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Still running at crazy speeds? Keep it up and grab power-ups until a minion power-up spawns. DON'T TAKE IT. Not yet. Try and keep Tom on the side of the map furthest from the power-up (so he doesn't gravitate towards it) and keep getting more power-ups until a second one spawns. Grab both quickly to get your 8 minions needed and pop:

True Master

Possess 8 minions at one time.

True Master
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If you really struggle with this one, I'd recommend setting up a boosting session for it as it's a pain to pull off solo (it's doable, just much harder as the AI will try to grab the minion power-up)

Crystal Prospector & mopping up (Grim Reaper, Exterminator and Master Excavator)

Four left! Nearly there.

Crystal Prospector requires you to play Crystal Rush and destroy 25 crystals with the drill. When playing with bots, this can be a nuisance with death/them destroying the crystals and whatnot. However, you should be able to get at least one crystal destroyed per run - Forest Minerals is probably the easiest solo as you're not funnelled into the enemies as much as you are with other maps. Alternatively, if you have a decent boost partner each round should only take about 60 seconds to boost 5 crystals - for that, I'd recommend using The Quarry and breaking some of the walls while you're at it (requires a double drill upgrade). Destroying 25 crystals with a drill will get you:

Crystal Prospector

Use the drill and destroy 25 crystals in Crystal Rush mode.

Crystal Prospector
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Time to mop up. Death and destruction awaits...

For our kills (and the Exterminator achievement) we're going to play Juggernaut. Pick The Bunker as your map, set the round time to 5:00 and grab the minigun from the centre of the map (or kill whoever DID get it and get it back!) Once you've got it, retreat to your spawn point. Sit at the back of your little room and fire out into the arena. They'll keep running into your bullets and you'll rack up the kills. Occasionally a stray arrow or kamikaze will kill you - however, you SHOULD spawn fast enough to pick up the minigun again from your room - and it won't get far if someone manages to grab it before you do. Keep shooting from your room and you'll get your 1,000 kills after four or five rounds. Somewhere in amongst this you'll pretty much definitely unlock Exterminator (probably several times in a match) for killing 7-in-a-row. So again, after five rounds-ish, you should have:

Exterminator

Do an extermination by killing 7 knights in a row.

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Grim Reaper

Accumulate 1 000 kills!

Grim Reaper
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Finally, you'll probably need to blow up a few more walls. No problem! Head to Ruined Palace (the Capture the Flag map) or Melee Kings (the Gladiator map) and get those explosive arrows working. Gladiator is probably easier solo for just destroying the walls as the bots won't bother you, but if you're boosting or using a second controller go for Ruined Palace. Give yourself a short timer (2 minutes is probably enough for either map) and just focus on blowing up walls. The last grind of this will probably take half an hour to an hour, depending on how quickly you destroy the walls and how much you destroyed earlier - you can track your progress between rounds in the Achievements app. 5,000 walls later and you get:

Master Excavator

Destroy 5 000 walls.

Master Excavator
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