How to get Platinum trophy and every achievement in Resident Evil VII?
The page tells how to prepare and what to do to get a platinum trophy in Resident Evil VII. You can find a list of playthroughs and information how to play in each one (playthrough devoted to combat achievements and ending 1, devoted to madhouse difficulty and ending 2, devoted to additional challenges).
Remember to check stats often to make sure you didn’t fail any of the challenge achievements
Resident Evil VII is not an easy game to master and to earn a 100% completion (PC, Xbox One versions) or a platinum trophy (PlayStation 4 version). The bare minimum for a 100% completion of the game is doing three playthroughs, but due to some very strict requirements of the hardest achievements you have to be ready for a possibility of doing even more runs.
Your first playthrough should be done on the easy difficulty level. This will not only help you to get familiar with the game, but it’ll also be much easier to get some of the trophies related to fighting enemies. Try to get all of them during this playthrough. You should also use this playthrough to find all collectibles – antique icons, files, video tapes and Mr. Everywhere statues. After the boathouse fight choose who should receive the serum and remember this choice, because it will lead to one of two available endings.
Your second playthrough should be done on the newly unlocked madhouse difficulty level. During this playthrough pay attention to the “Mad Pelicans” achievement which forces you to find new antique coins. Also, don’t forget to give the other person the serum after the boathouse fight so that you’ll watch the second available ending at the end of your run.
Additional playthroughs should be devoted to:
- Finishing the game in less than 4 hours (Just Get Me Outta Here)
- Finishing the game using First Aid Med no more than 3 times (Walk It Off)
- Finishing the game using the item box no more than 3 times (Resource Manager)
All of these requirements should be done while playing on the easy difficulty setting. If you’re REALLY good you can attempt all of them in a single playthrough, but it’s much more comfortable to split them to 2 or even 3 additional playthroughs.
Important – If you’re struggling with the bosses on the Madhouse difficulty level try doing the speedrun playthrough first. Completing it will grant you access to a circular saw and this weapon comes in handy in some of the toughest battles, like the one with Marguerite in the greenhouse.
Important – Remember that the game offers detailed stats and most of them are about things tied to achievement requirements. You can view the stats at any moment after pausing the game. Use this often to check if you didn’t use an item too many times or if your playthrough time is good enough to keep playing.
1st Place at the Science Fair Achievement
You combine the items in the second tab of the inventory
Requirement: Craft all items that use Chem Fluid and Strong Chem Fluid as a component.
Comment: This achievement is related to crafting: you can use Chem Fluid that you come across (both normal and the Strong version) and craft new items. E.g. combining chemicals and Herb will let you craft medicine, and combining it with Gunpowder will let you create ammo. Use Combine section to combine your items.
The available combinations are:
- Herb + Chem Fluid = First Aid Med
- Herb + Strong Chem Fluid = Strong First Aid Med
- Gunpowder + Chem Fluid = Handgun Ammo
- Gunpowder + Strong Chem Fluid = Enhanced Handgun Ammo
- Solid Fuel + Chem Fluid = Burner Fuel
- Solid Fuel + Strong Chem Fluid = Flame Rounds (ammo for the grenade launcher)
- Supplements + Chem Fluid = Psychostimulants
- Supplements + Strong Chem Fluid = Neuro Rounds (poisoned ammo for grenade launcher)
Back Off, Mrs. B! Achievement
Attack Marguerite using a burner.
Requirements: You must fight Marguerite in the old house and make her flee.
Commentary: Before you try to get this achievement, build a burner first in the old house. You can find its parts next to the save game point by the water (Burner Grip) and in the water station on the east part of the map (Burner Nozzle). Try to get Burner Fuel – you can find it e.g. in the same place where the Crow Key is located. Find Marguerite and start attacking her with the burner. You should have enough fuel to make her push Ethan away and flee. In this moment you will unlock the achievement. Don’t forget to heal Ethan.
Important – If you run out of flamer fuel during the attack you don’t have to give up, because you can still unlock the achievement. Just switch to the shotgun or the pistol (use enhanced ammo if possible) and keep attacking Marguerite. The only problem with this tactic is that standard firearms won’t destroy her bugs that easily so you have to be prepared to receive more damage from their attacks.
Can’t Catch Me Achievement
Requirement: Finish the “Mia” tape level without being spotted by Marguerite.
Comment: Tape “Mia” is located in the recreational room on level 2F of the main house (see screenshot). Place the tape in the video player and an interactive scene will begin. You will be controlling Mia and your task will be to avoid Marguerite.
1) Reach the subsequent doors. Once you’re in a short corridor, retreat when you hear Marguerite’s footsteps (image above).
2) Wait until Marguerite goes to the room on the right and go to the next room (the one she came from). There’s a puzzle to solve here but you can’t do it yet.
3) Go outside and hide to the right (image above). Wait until Marguerite shows up in the area, investigates it, and goes away.
4) Now you can interact with the projector and solve the puzzle by rotating the projector so as to make its shadow resemble a spider. Once you solve the puzzle, squeeze in between the walls.
5) In the next area be extra careful. Take a few steps forward and hide once you hear Marguerite (image above). Wait until Marguerite walks past Mia and get out of your hiding place very quickly. You must exit the room before Marguerite turns back.
6) Go towards the basement and pay no attention to Marguerite’s comments, because you already meet all the requirements needed to get the achievement. Reach the end of the tunnel and inspect the photograph to complete the scene.
Duck If You Love Life Achievement
Requirement: Crouch to evade Jack’s scissor attack.
Commentary: An opportunity to get this achievement will present itself during your confrontation with Jack, which takes place in the morgue located in the basement of the main house. The first part of your confrontation with Jack will be a standard fight. Use a shotgun or a pistol to weaken him.
Once you advance to the second part of the fight, Jack will start using giant scissors. He uses three basic attacks:
- Swinging the scissors three times
- Trying to cut off Ethan’s head
It’s the third type of attack you must wait for. When you see that Jack is getting ready to go for it (as shown in the first image above), run up to him and duck (second image) to make him miss. Perfect timing of your movements is of key importance. If you’re late, Jack will succeed and cut off Ethan’s head.
Fly Swatter Achievement
Requirement: Shoot and knock back Marguerite when she’s leaping at the main character.
Comment: You will have a chance to unlock this achievement after you get to the greenhouse (it’s the second old house on the map) and begin a boss battle with mutated Marguerite (the battle will commence after you use the stairs leading to the upper floor of the house).
Don’t try to win the battle (you should repeat it after getting the achievement for a better overall result) and focus solely on completing this achievement. The objective is to knock back Marguerite when she’s trying to leap at Ethan. This occurs not long after Marguerite attaches herself to the ceiling (screenshot 1) or to the wall. It’s recommended to use a shotgun for the purpose of this achievement (screenshot 2). You have to be extra fast so that Marguerite doesn’t hit Ethan before he manages to fire his weapon. Don’t worry if you won’t get the achievement the first (or the second) time and keep trying. You’ll know that you’ve been successful when Marguerite will crawl back to one of the holes after you’ve fired the shotgun.
Just Get Me Outta Here Achievement
Visit the stats menu often to check your current play time
Requirement: Complete the game in under 4 hours.
Comment: This is a quite challenging achievement that requires you to get familiar with the game. Here are some basic tips on doing a good speedrun:
- Play on the Easy difficulty level and try to finish the game at least once prior to your first attempt. Doing this will give you access to a good new gun (Albert-01R) and, most importantly, you’ll know what to expect, where to go and how to quickly deal with problematic situations.
- After the boathouse fight consider giving the cure to Mia so that you won’t have to waste additional time on fighting her later on in the game.
- Don’t waste time on finding collectibles and don’t fight enemies unless it’s absolutely necessary. This applies especially to the creatures from the basement of the main house and to the monsters from the ship. You can run past most of them or quickly choose an alternative path to get around them. Make an exception only if you have plenty of ammo for the shotgun or for the 44 Magnum and if you can quickly dispose of a monster with 1-2 shots.
- SAVE OFTEN and return to the last manual save if you feel that you’ve spent too much time in one section.
If you don’t make any major mistakes you should finish the game on Easy in less than 3 hours so there’s a lot of time to spare.
VERY IMPORTANT – Returning to the last checkpoint still counts towards the total play time and this means you can lose a lot of precious minutes. The only way to “reset” the timer is to choose ‘End’ from the pause menu and then to load one of the manual saves from the game’s main menu. You can check your current time in the ‘Stats’ window and it’s also displayed in the descriptions of all of your savegames.
Important – Completing a 4 hour speedrun will give you access to a circular saw. This is an extremely useful weapon and it may come in handy when doing a playthrough on the Madhouse difficulty setting.
Less is More Achievement
Commentary: It’s best to wait until you get a shotgun before you try to get this achievement. Once the weapon is yours, you can use it to kill the two monsters in the basement of the main house (remember that they have to get really close to Ethan).
Another opportunity to unlock this achievement will present itself once you reach the old house. When you explore it, you will be attacked by, among others, overgrown flying insects. You can use the shotgun to kill two monsters of this kind (an example of an area where you can get this achievement is shown on the image above), taking advantage of the fact that they are very weak and can be easily killed.
Out Before Dessert Achievement
Requirement: Complete the “Happy Birthday” videotape scene in under 5 minutes.
Comment: Videotape named “Happy Birthday” is located in the attic of the main house (see screenshot above). You can’t get to it until you gain possession of a snake key. Use the key to open the kid’s room on floor 2F and then use a ladder to reach the attic (this is the same area where you can find the blue keycard quest item). You must deliver the tape to a video player of your choosing – one of them is in the trailer outside the main house.
The 5 minute time limit means that you must perform all actions without making any longer stops and that you will have to cheat a little by skipping one of the major steps needed to solve the birthday cake puzzle (collecting the telescope, cleaning it with the sprinklers and using it on the monitors).
Important – The timer starts when you gain control over the playable character and it stops when you place the lit candle on the cake. Don’t worry if the whole scene takes a little more than 5 minutes, because the cut-scenes don’t count.
Enter the cake room for the first time
Follow these steps (quickly!) to get the achievement:
Step 1) Take the lit candle from the dummy.
Step 2) Go with the candle to the room with the birthday cake. The candle will be extinguished, however the lights will come on shortly after that and Lucas will explain the rules of his puzzle (you can’t interact with anything until he stops talking).
Step 3) Pull the winding key out of the wine bottle.
Step 4) Go to the box on the wall and open the lock by choosing the correct icons from the screenshot above: the left icon must be the hangman, the middle icon must be the bell and the right icon must be the fetus (this is where you’re “cheating”, because you can find out the correct order thanks to using the telescope).
Step 5) Take the straw doll from the box.
Use the doll and the candle on the stove
Step 6) Go to the kitchen and turn on the stove.
Step 7) Use the straw doll on the stove. You’ll receive a dummy finger.
Step 8) Use the candle on the stove to light it again.
Step 9) Go right and use the lit candle on the rope to open the door.
Step 10) Enter the room with balloons and find an interactive balloon on the floor – it’s shown on the screenshot above.
Pop the balloon here
Step 11) Return to the kitchen area and find a pipe where you can use the balloon. It will eventually pop and you’ll obtain a quill pen.
You must use several items on the dummy (in correct order!)
Step 12) Go to the dummy (where you got the candle at the beginning) and face towards its left hand.
Step 13) Use the dummy finger on the left hand.
Step 14) Use the quill pen on the left hand.
Step 15) Use the winding key on the central mechanism.
Step 16) Press a button to look at your hand and to read the password for the second lock.
Step 17) Return to the room with the balloons and approach the left locked door. Input the LOSER password (screenshot above) and confirm to open the door.
Step 18) Take the valve handle from the newly unlocked room.
Step 19) Return to the room with the cake and insert the valve handle into a water pipe on the wall (screenshot above). This will turn off the sprinklers permanently.
Step 20) Go back to the stove, light the candle for the last time and place it on the birthday cake.
Resource Manager Achievement
Chests are located in certain rooms with the save feature.
Requirement: Complete the game without opening the Item Box more than three times.
Comment: It’s the hardest achievement in the game as you need to master the way of managing items in your inventory. In order to unlock this achievement, you must ignore all the chests that you come across (those that you use to keep unwanted items for later). Furthermore, you should only collect items that are essential to survive. You may not leave your items on the ground, as when you decide to throw away an item, it will be destroyed for good.
Tip – Try to find all the backpacks in the game (“In the Bag” achievement) so that you’ll increase the size of your inventory and managing things won’t be so tricky.
Interact with the box for the last (third) time when you get to the hut in the swamps
A VERY IMPORTANT information is that you can’t use the item box unless the game requires it to progress in the main story. This occurs exactly three times during the course of the game (twice when you’re dealing with Lucas and his elaborate traps and once after leaving the ship and reaching a small hut in the swamps). In each of these situations interact with the container only once, because the game counts every interaction with it.
Remember – If you are not sure how many times you have opened a chest, pause your game and open the statistics window.
Slash Slash, Slashity Slash! Achievement
Requirement: Use a knife to clear a door of insects.
Commentary: You can unlock this achievement during the exploration of the old house. Destroying the hive in the east part of the house unlocks access to a secret corridor where Ethan can meet Mia and find the stone statuette. Once the encounter is done, try to go back to the entrance of the old house. You will cross paths with Marguerite, who will make it hard for you to use the door – she will put insects there. You can see the door on the image above. KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE – you don’t want the insects to jump on Ethan. Choose the knife from your inventory and start waving it around. To kill the insects from the lower part of the door you simply have to crouch. You’ll unlock the achievement once you clear the entire door.
One of the infested doors in the greenhouse
If you miss the first opportunity to kill the insects you can also unlock this achievement while exploring the greenhouse (it’s the location where Ethan must fight mutated Marguerite). At least one door in the greenhouse is covered with bugs.
That’s a Spicy Meat-a-Ball! Achievement
Requirement: Kill an enemy by attaching a remote bomb to his body and detonating it.
Comment: An opportunity to use a remote bomb presents itself not long after reaching the ship later in the game. You must get to the room with Eveline and pick up “Old Videotape” left by her. Begin playing the scene from the videotape and continue progressing until you reach level S2 of the ship. Proceed forward here and run past the first monster you’ll encounter, because it’ll “help you” in earning the achievement in a little bit. You’ll come across the second creature in the next corridor and this one should be killed (preferably with the machine gun). Reach the end of the corridor and notice two remote bombs in a box on the wall (check the screenshot seen above).
Pick up the bombs and choose one of them from the inventory (down on the d-pad by default). Turn around and wait for the first creature to show up here. Approach the monster and allow it to grab you. The character you’re controlling should land on the ground and you’ll receive a prompt on being able to use the remote bomb (see the screenshot above). Quickly press the button to shove the bomb down the monster’s throat. The creature’s head will explode and you’ll earn the achievement.
Important – The trickiest part of this achievement is to “convince” the creature to perform the grab attack. This should happen straight away assuming you’ll stand close to it. If it doesn’t try again. Remember to do this with the first monster (the one you’ve ignored on your way to the remote bombs).
Important – This isn’t the only area where you can complete this objective. You’ll also find other remote bombs and other monsters later on in the level, however not all creatures will do grab attacks needed to use remote bombs on them.
Another good moment to complete this achievement is when you visit the sick bay on level 3F of the ship. You’ll be attacked by a “fat” vomitting version of the monster here. You can approach the creature and it’s very likely that it’ll grab you (see the screenshot above). Use this opportunity to attach a remote bomb to it.
Walk It Off Achievement
First Aid Med
Requirements: Complete the game without using more than three First Aid Meds.
Comment: It’s a difficult achievement, so you may want to select the Easy difficulty level and also save your game as often as possible. You are forbidden from using more than three First Aid Meds throughout the course of the game. Help yourself with Herbs (they don’t count) whenever possible. You should also wait till you are able to craft Strong First Aid Med which restores all your health. Reserve them for the toughest boss fights.
Remember – If you are not sure how many time you have already used First Aid Med, pause your game and open the statistics window.
Valuable tip – You can find steroids in a few places in the game (example on the screenshot above). Taking steroids doesn’t affect this achievement. They can heal Ethan and permanently extend his health bar. Check our walkthrough for the locations of the steroids.
Who’s Your Daddy Now? Achievement
Requirement: Complete the game on highest (Madhouse) difficulty.
Comment: Madhouse difficulty level becomes available once you complete the game (on Easy or Normal). It’s much harder than the other two. Here’s what you must be ready for:
- You don’t have unlimited saves on this difficulty setting. You must be looking for cassette tapes and each tape can be used only once. Obviously this will force you to complete bigger parts of the game before you can save your progress. Be very thorough to find all the tapes along the way and use the knowledge from previous playthroughs to prepare better for confrontations with the games bosses.
- Enemies and bosses are much stronger. They deal more damage and are more resistant so you must use the tactics from the previous playthroughs to defeat them without losing too much health and without sacrificing too much ammunition.
- There are less supplies to be found in the game. This means you must avoid all optional confrontations. If you encounter an enemy in a tight space try running past him or go the other way around.
- New Antique Coins can be found on the Madhouse settings. They’re not only new collectibles, but they can be used to purchase new items. This makes them very valuable, because purchased objects may help you to stay alive.
- Enemies spawn in different locations (this doesn’t apply to “fixed” boss fights). Don’t expect to encounter them in the same places as in the previous playthroughs.