This page contains a list of all 31 achievements available in Pillars of Eternity. Each achievement has a description of how you can obtain it. We've also added our own commentary in many cases, providing valuable hints on the easiest possible unlock.
5 Upgrades in Stronghold
You must build at least five upgrades in your Caed Nua stronghold. You can choose the fastest and the cheapest projects if you want to collect this achievement without additional difficulties.
You must prepare three different potions. Consult the Crafting page in our game guide for more details on alchemy.
Appease All of the Gods
You must complete all four quests received from the gods residing in Teir Evron in the Twil Elms. Their descriptions can be found in the walkthrough - check the Gods quests in Elms' Reach page.
You must finish the game in the expert mode. This mode turns off all of the hints and you can choose it only at the beginning of the game.
You must finish the game, killing at least 1200 creatures and NPC's in the process. You shouldn't have any problems with this achievement. Make sure to visit all of the available locations, because a lot of them are inhabited by monsters and other hostile beings. Additionally, try to solve quests using aggressive methods, without relying on negotations.
You must visit all of the locations available in the game. Consult the walkthrough section of the guide. It contains descriptions and maps all of all areas.
First 5 Levels of Od Nua
You must travel through levels 1-5 of the Endless Paths of Od Nua. They're the vast dungeons located beneath the Caed Nua stronghold. Each level of the Endless Paths has been described in our walkthrough.
Middle 5 Levels of Od Nua
You must travel through levels 6-10 of the Endless Paths of Od Nua. They're the vast dungeons located beneath the Caed Nua stronghold. Each level of the Endless Paths has been described in our walkthrough.
Last 5 Levels of Od Nua
You must travel through levels 11-15 of the Endless Paths of Od Nua. They're the vast dungeons located beneath the Caed Nua stronghold. Each level of the Endless Paths has been described in our walkthrough.
You must finish the game in three different modes - Expert, Trial of Iron and Path of the Damned. Trial of Iron is by far the most difficult one, because it forbids the player from creating savegames. The game itself restarts upon the death of all team members.
Triple Crown SOLO
You must finish the game in three different modes (Expert, Trial of Iron and Path of the Damned) while playing solo. This means you can't add any team members. There is only one exception to that requierement and it applies to the prologue. You can explore the campsite and the Cilant Lis ruins with other people (assuming they didn't die).
Trial of Iron
You must finish the game in Trial of Iron mode. You can choose this mode only at the beginning of the game. It blocks the posssibility of creating own savegames. This means that you'll lose if your entire team dies. You shouldn't choose this mode unless you know the game really well (especially the locations with dangerous monsters encounters).
You must finish the game without anyone in your team being knocked out as a result of losing all endurance points. This of course requires you to be very careful while taking part in battles. Constantly monitor the state of your heroes. Use potions, spells or simply make them retreat when their endurance levels are low. You should also save the game often so that you can repeat unsuccessful fights.
You must place at least five traps. You can create new traps on your own, find them while exploring locations of purchase them from the merchants.
You must prepare three different scrolls. Consult the Crafting page in our game guide for more details on spell making.
You must complete the entire game while playing solo. This means you can't add any team members. There is only one exception to that requierement and it applies to the prologue. You can explore the campsite and the Cilant Lis ruins with other people (assuming they didn't die). It is recommended that you choose the lowest difficulty level and an easy class to master.
You must prepare five different types of food. Consult the Crafting page in our game guide for more details on cooking.
Make an Adventurer
You must create and then hire a new person using the Adventurer's Hall. This must be an entirely new character, not one of the "main" companions whom you may find in the game's world.
Path of the Damned
You must finish the game on the highest difficulty setting named Path of the Named. This mode offers a huge challenge so you shouldn't choose it for your first playthrough.
Completed Act I
You must finish the first act of the main campaign. This act ends once you arrive in Defiance Bay (first large city of the game).
Completed Act II
You must finish the second act of the main campaign. This act ends after you've taken part in the events in the Ducal Palace and left Defiance Bay.
Completed Act III
You must finish the third act of the main campaign.
You must attain the third rank in at least three different dispositions. This achievement is about gaining reputation from behaving differently while meeting with other characters. The game will always tell you about the type of the behavior you can achieve by choosing a certaing dialogue option. You can for example be cruel, honest or diplomatic. Start off by choosing one of these dispositions and continue using it during conversations until you've advanced to rank 3. After you've done that choose the second disposition and repeat all the steps. Finish off with the third disposition of your choosing. Once you've attained the required rank for the third time you will be awarded with the achievement.
You will automatically receive this achievement if you've supported Pillars of Eternity during its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.
Got All Companions
You must find and recruit all eight team members. You can find out where to look for them and how to add them from the Party chapter in our guide.
All Upgrades in Stronghold
You must build all upgrades for the Caed Nua stronghold. It's not a difficult achievement, however gaining access to all the upgrades will take a lot of money and time (a single upgrade usually needs a few days before it's finished).
You must finish the game, killing less than 175 creatures and people in the process. This is one of the hardest achievements in the entire game, because it requires you to play differently. First of all, ignore all the side quests which force your team to take par in battles. Make sure to complete non-fighting quests so that you won't have a weak party due to lack of xp. The same tactic applies to the available locations - ignore all the dungeons, caves and other places inhabited by hostile beings. Stay on the main paths while exploring the primary locations so that you won't be attacked by the additional monsters. The bad news from all of this is that your team will have to take part in the mandatory battles in a weakened state so make sure to play on the lowest difficulty setting.
Kill All the Dragons
You must kill all the dragons in the game. The Giant dragon lairs page in our guide offers info on the areas where you can find the biggest dragons.
You must apply five different enchantments. Consult the Crafting page in our game guide for more details on enchanting.
No Rest for the Pro
You must finish the game, allowing the team to rest less than ten times. This applies to your entire playthrough. Obviously it makes the achievement a really difficult one since your team members can get tired without rest and this makes them weaker in combat situations. I strongly recommend that you attempt this achievement while playing on the lowest difficulty setting. Plan the allowed number of rests very carefully and rest only in the locations that offer bonuses to character statistics (inns or Caed Nua stronghold after it's been restrored).
Won the Game!!!
You must finish the game and you can achieve that on the difficulty level of your choosing (easy is allowed).