The Pathless is a puzzle/adventure game without fast-travel or a map. It’s a rather chill experience and a relatively easy Platinum to earn.
Earning the Platinum in The Pathless more-or-less requires 100% competition, with just a handful of miscellaneous trophies.
Trophy Difficulty: 2/10
Estimated Time To Platinum: 10-12 hours
STEP 1: PLAYTHROUGH THE STORY, CLEARING EACH AREA AS YOU GO
The Pathless is a relatively straight forward Platinum trophy. You have to beat the game and collect nearly all of the collectables of the game. If you want to make it easier for yourself so there’s less backtracking (the game has no fast travel) I’d suggest clearing each area of all lightstones, before moving onto the next one.
STEP 2: CLEAN-UP
Once you’ve beaten the game you can load back in to just before you started the fight with the last boss. You can back-track to any of the earlier areas in the game and everything is still obtainable at this stage except for the trophy “Storm Master.”
THE PATHLESS TROPHY GUIDE
No Path Untraveled (Platinum)
Collect all trophies.
Unlock all the other trophies and earn yourself the shiny Platinum for The Pathless.
1000 Talismans Shot (Bronze)
Shoot 1,000 talismans.
You’ll unlock this about half-way through the game. 1,000 sounds like a lot, but you’re always shooting talismans when moving in this game.
Shoot 5 talismans while airborne before touching the ground.
You’ll unlock this as you natrually as you play through the game.
Sky Master (Silver)
Get 10 flaps. (Potentially Missable)
You get one extra flap for each boss you defeat and one at the start of the game — so that’s five flaps. The other five you’ll unlock as earn experience from secret lanterns.
I have marked this as potentially missable as you can lose experience if you fail the storms. I earned 12 flaps by the end of the game, so there’s more than enough to make sure you earn the trophy unless you fail the storms over and over.
Skill Shot Master (Bronze)
Chain 10 skill shots in a row.
This one is a little confusing and may take some practice.
You need to fire your arrow at a talisman right as it reaches 50% on the pull-metre of a talismans diamond. If you do it correctly there’s a slight slo-mo-ish animation and the arrow lands with a lot more thunder. The trophy image (on the left) shows you exactly where 50% is on the diamond.
You can do this on the same talisman, waiting for it to reappear, or on 10 different talismans.
I found it easier by finding a spot where several talismans where evenly spaced out around my character and just got into the rhythm of it all. If the talismans are roughly the same length from you it’ll make getting the timing down easier.
Epic Flight (Silver)
Fly for over a minute without touching an updraft.
You’ll unlock this as you naturally as you play through the game for 100%. There are several high-spot locations like the Old Fortress or the Observatory where you can glid down from for well over a minute.
Super Slide (Bronze)
Slide 400 meters down a steep slope.
Between the Great Plains (third area) and Mountain Tundra (fourth area), there’s a big mountain. If you climb up to the top of it and pick a spot to slide down from you’ll slide more than 400 metres easily.
Epic Landing (Bronze)
Fall 150 meters without gliding and land hard.
In the later parts of the game you’ll be flying high in the sky a lot so just pick a spot and drop.
River Rider (Bronze)
Drift 300 meters down a river.
Although the trophy description may lead you to believe you need to do sick drifts in the water, you do not. You simply need to get carried 300m the water without touching the controller.
The Great Plains (third area) of the game has lots of river spots, basically, pick one with a nice current from its top end and let yourself get carried away.
Trick Shot (Bronze)
Bounce an arrow off two mirrors.
Plenty of the puzzles in the later areas of the game have mirrors where you’ll need to bounce arrows of two or more mirrors.
High Flyer (Silver)
Reach the highest updraft above the mountain.
In the final area of the game, Mountain Tundra, there are a lot of up drifts in the open space in the middle of the map. The highest one is located nearly directly opposite the platform that takes you to the final boss fight.
To spot it, find the big skeleton of some creature on top of a mountain and jump into the updrafts close to the skull.