Here is a comprehensive tutorial on obtaining every achievement in Dead Rising. Please be aware that this guide may reveal plot details, so proceed at your discretion. Alternatively, you can utilize the convenient search feature on your computer to quickly locate a specific achievement.
3 Day Survivor
Survive for at least 72 hours.
This achievement can be acquired by successfully finishing the 72-hour mode with any ending except for ending F. Interestingly, you have the option to passively wait on the rooftop until the 72-hour time limit expires, and it will still count towards your progress.
5 Day Survivor & 7 Day Survivor
Survive for at least 5 days.
[5 Day Survivor]
Survive for at least 7 days.
[7 Day Survivor]
To obtain the 5 Day Survivor achievement, you must endure and survive in infinity mode for a continuous period of 5 days. As a reward for unlocking this achievement, you will gain access to the laser sword, which is the most powerful weapon in the game.
On the other hand, the 7 Day Survivor achievement requires you to persevere for a full 7 days in infinity mode. As a bonus, Frank will be rewarded with Arthur’s Boxers.
It’s important to note that these achievements can be mentally taxing, leading to feelings of frustration, monotony, and even challenges in managing your electricity bill. To successfully earn both achievements, allocate approximately 14 real-life hours and consider starting early in the morning on a weekend. Additionally, ensure that there are no nearby construction activities that may potentially cause power outages. Playing in offline mode can also help you avoid any unforeseen interruptions.
Get the true ending.
By completing the Overtime Mode, you will unlock this achievement.
To access Overtime Mode, Frank must successfully complete the 72 Hour Mode and achieve Ending A.
Fire at least 1,000 bullets.
When the military arrives, follow this strategy: eliminate a few of them initially, then find a suitable location to position yourself and continuously fire your weapon.
Steal the convicts’ vehicle.
To obtain this achievement, you need to seize the vehicle belonging to the convicts.
The convicts will appear at midnight every day. Eliminate them and take control of their vehicle to unlock this achievement.
Portraiture & Census Taker
Photograph at least 10 survivors.
Photograph at least 50 survivors.
To earn this achievement, it is necessary to complete it within a single playthrough. Frank is not required to retain the survivors’ photographs in his camera for the achievement to activate.
By accomplishing the Saint Achievement, which involves successfully escorting all the survivors and capturing their photographs inside the security room, you will unlock this particular achievement.
It is worth noting that Ross Folk’s picture was utilized for this achievement, even though he explicitly requested Frank not to take his photograph when they crossed paths
Change into all costumes available in the mall.
To acquire this achievement, you need to switch Frank into every available costume located within the mall. This can be accomplished across multiple playthroughs and in any game mode.
In order to unlock the achievement, it is necessary to change into each and every piece of clothing that can be found within the mall.
Please note that the downloadable content (DLC) clothing and unlockable clothing do not contribute to the progress of this achievement.
Place novelty masks on at least 10 zombies.
Head over to the toy shop located in Paradise Plaza. Retrieve the 6 servbot masks and attach them to zombies. Eliminate 4 of these zombies and take the 4 masks they drop. Proceed to place these 4 masks on other zombies.
Frank the Pimp & Tour Guide
Simultaneously escort 8 female survivors.
Escort 8 survivors at once.
To obtain the Tour Guide achievement by completing the Frank the Pimp storyline, follow these steps:
- Initially, either ignore or complete other scoops until 9 PM on the first day. When Otis calls you for the “Out of Control” scoop, head to Wonderland Plaza and defeat Adam MacIntyre to rescue Greg Simpson. Let Greg show you the shortcut to Paradise Plaza, then either kill him or take him to the saferoom. Wait until 7 AM on the second day.
- At 7 AM on the second day, Otis will call you for the “Lovers” scoop. Go to Wonderland Plaza and eliminate Tonya Waters and Ross Folk. Wait until 8 AM.
- At 8 AM on the second day, Otis will contact you about “The Hatchet Man.” Proceed to North Plaza to defeat Cliff Hudson and acquire the Empty Store Key. Eliminate all three survivors held captive in the Empty Store Room, including Barbara Patterson (not necessary for this achievement).
- At 9 AM on the second day, Otis will inform you about “The Coward.” Rush to Al Fresca Plaza and eliminate Gordon Stalworth. Wait until 11 AM and avoid entering Paradise Plaza until that time.
- At 11 AM, Otis will call you for the “Restaurant Man” scoop. Proceed to Paradise Plaza and defeat Ronald Shiner at Jill’s Sandwich Shop.
- It’s time to rescue female survivors. Upon entering Paradise Plaza, you will find Pamela Tompkins and Heather Tompkins near the toy store. Save both Pamela and Heather to secure two of the eight required survivors.
- Stay in the bathroom near the shortcut in Paradise Plaza with the rescued girls until 12 PM. At that time, you will receive the “Above the Law” scoop. Do not take the shortcut to Wonderland Plaza until 1 PM, when Nick Evans and Sally Mills will appear for the unmarked scoop “Hanging by a Thread.”
- At 1 PM, take the shortcut to Wonderland Plaza, ensuring you set a waypoint inside the bathroom. Make your way to the giant inflatable rabbit and eliminate Nick Evans; otherwise, Jennifer Gorman will not spawn in Paradise Plaza.
- After escorting Sally to the Wonderland Plaza bathroom, defeat Jo Slade and recruit Kay Nelson, Kelly Carpenter, Lilly Deacon, and Janet Star. Once all seven women are inside the bathroom, take the shortcut back to Paradise Plaza. A cut scene will trigger automatically, allowing Frank to rescue Jennifer Gorman from captivity. If none of the females in the group have been killed, both the Tour Guide and Frank the Pimp achievements will unlock.
Drop from a height of at least 16 feet (5 meters).
For this straightforward achievement, head to the top floor of the warehouse and simply jump down from the ledge or catwalk to the floor. It is the easiest way to unlock this achievement.
Collect all portraits in the NOTEBOOK.
To accomplish this achievement, you need to come across every character listed in the notebook. This can be done over multiple playthroughs.
The notebook consists of 78 characters, including survivors, psychopaths, and victims. It is not necessary to defeat psychopaths or rescue survivors for their portraits to appear in the notebook.
However, there are a few exceptions. In the case of The Hatchet Man, the survivors can only be added to the notebook when Frank unlocks the doors and their health bars activate.
Another example is Sean with A Strange Group, who is a boss with a hidden hostage.
Keep in mind that all the characters in the notebook can be encountered during the 72 Hour Mode.
Eat all types of food available in the mall.
Seon’s Food and Stuff is the primary location for finding the majority of food items.
To simulate food spoilage, melting, or thawing, you need to keep the food in your inventory for a duration of 15 minutes in real-time.
To microwave food, simply select the desired item and place it in the microwave, which can be found in the Food Court.
Get 50 Target Markers with the camera.
There are a few opportune moments to capture this shot in the game. One option is at the beginning of the game when the mall is swarming with zombies. Find a position where a large number of them are visible on your camera and take the picture.
Alternatively, you can climb up the stairs, but be cautious not to ascend too high as it may trigger a cutscene. From there, you can take the shot.
Another opportunity arises during the “Hanging by a Thread” mission, which presents a suitable moment to capture the photo.
Hella Copter [SECRET!]
Successfully repel a helicopter.
Once you have unlocked overtime mode, position yourself on a picnic table with a sniper rifle. A helicopter will continuously attack Frank with gunfire. To earn this achievement, you must use the sniper rifle to eliminate the pilot controlling the helicopter.
Humanist & Life Saver & Saint
Get at least 10 survivors out of the mall.
Get at least 20 survivors out of the mall.
Get at least 50 survivors out of the mall.
To obtain this achievement, all you need to do is successfully escort a specific number of survivors, whether it’s 10, 20, or 50. The achievement will be unlocked at the end of the game.
If you wish to locate hidden survivors, you can refer to a guide or walkthrough to identify their whereabouts. Afterward, you can proceed with the cases as usual and rescue the hidden survivors. While there may not be many hidden survivors, it’s worth noting that their AI behavior can be less intelligent compared to others.
Indoorsman & Outdoorsman
Spend at least 24 hours indoors.
Spend at least 24 hours outdoors.
To obtain the “Indoorsman” achievement, you can simply go idle in the security room for approximately 4 real-life hours without taking any damage. This can be achieved by intentionally staying in the security room and not venturing out into areas like Leisure Park and the Helipad.
While playing the game normally, it may be necessary to avoid going outdoors to certain locations. Leisure Park serves as a convenient shortcut to different areas of the mall, but it is still possible to navigate around without utilizing it.
For the “Outdoorsman” achievement, you can assume that the same approach can be applied as with “Indoorsman.” In this case, you would need to go outside to the designated outdoor areas, such as the Maintenance Tunnels, Leisure Park, and the Helipad, and go idle there.
Break at least 100 items.
In Paradise Plaza, you will find several flower pots (the ones without trees) that you can use to break over the heads of zombies. If you run out of flower pots, simply exit the area and return to make them respawn.
Another location to acquire items for this achievement is the food court. At any point in the game, head to the left side where you will find a large stack of wooden barrels. You can pick up these barrels and continuously smash them on zombies. Each barrel that breaks counts as progress towards this achievement.
Defeat at least 1,000 zombies barehanded.
To complete this particular achievement, it must be done within a single playthrough of the game.
The key requirement is that you must exclusively use your bare hands to eliminate zombies. It is advisable to be at a higher level to have more inventory space available. This way, you can stock up on orange juices, which can provide restorative benefits to aid you in your unarmed combat encounters with the zombies.
Legendary Soldier [SECRET!]
Defeat at least 10 special forces soldiers.
Once you reach overtime mode, special forces units will appear. To unlock this achievement, you need to eliminate a total of 10 special forces soldiers. The method of killing them does not matter, so feel free to use any means necessary to take them down.
Reach Lv. 50.
To achieve level 50 in the game, you need to focus on a few key strategies. Firstly, killing zombies will earn you bonus XP, so engage in combat and eliminate as many as possible. Additionally, make it a priority to escort survivors to safety, as each successful rescue grants you XP. Defeating psychopaths throughout the game also rewards you with XP.
Another method to earn XP is by photographing PP stickers. Keep an eye out for survivors with PP stickers above their heads, as interacting with them can provide a significant PP bonus.
Lastly, there is a magazine shop located across the road from the warehouse. Taking photos of various items inside this shop can grant you bonus XP, so be sure to visit it and capture as many photographs as you can. These combined efforts will help you progress towards reaching level 50.
Cover a distance of 26.2 miles (42.195 km).
You will get this when going for all case files, I got it during a woman who didn’t make it scoop (I was doing saint achievement)
Unveil all CASES and be at the heliport at noon.
Complete all case files [Cases 1-8 + The Facts]
There is no need to rescue any survivors for overtime mode to unlock, just the main missions.
MAKE SURE TO VISIT
Isabella in the hideout After the 10 am cutscene on day 4, BEFORE finally returning to the helipad.
Return to the Helipad on top of the safe room, where the game started by NOON.
Don’t miss with a machine gun.
Here’s a detailed guide:
Can be done in overtime mode so you don’t need to repeat 72 hour mode.
Photojournalist & The Artiste
Score at least 1,500 PP from a single photo.
Score at least 3,000 PP from a single photo.
The easiest way to score the PP needed is to take a picture during a Photo Op.
Many survivors and psychopaths have a photo op that are worth up to 10,000 PP.
There are certain magazines that boost camera pp boost, there’s one right across warehouse entrance, and you get one when you defeat Kent.
Photograph all PP Stickers.
YOU NEED TO BE CAUGHT BY RAINCOAT CULT TO GET 2 PHOTOS FROM THEIR HIDEOUT.
Psycho Photo & Psycho Collector
Photograph at least 4 psychopaths.
Photograph at least 10 psychopaths.
You can unlock this when you photograph defeated psychopaths, it wont matter.
Knock at least 30 zombies aside with a parasol.
When you go to Al Fresca Plaza, grab a parasol and push as many zombies as you can.
Self Defense & Peace Keeper & Punisher
Defeat at least 1 psychopath.
Defeat at least 5 psychopaths.
Defeat at least 10 psychopaths.
When you successfully defeat 10 individuals identified as psychopaths, you will be rewarded with certain benefits.
It’s important to note that despite being classified as psychopaths, Carlito Keyes, Isabela Keyes, the Convicts, the True Eye cultists, and Brock Mason do not count towards the Punisher achievement. They are excluded from the tally required for completing the achievement.
Notably, in order to achieve the Punisher status, the player must eliminate at least one member of the sniper family. These individuals are crucial to the overall completion of the task.
It should be emphasized that these conditions only apply in the 72-hour mode. However, in the Infinity Mode where the achievement can still be earned, players have the option to continuously eliminate respawning Psychopaths. Although obtaining the achievement in this manner serves no practical purpose beyond personal satisfaction and bragging rights.
The following are the 10 psychopaths that must be defeated:
By embarking on a scoop run and fulfilling various objectives, you will eventually acquire this achievement.
For the initial few days, Cletus can be found at the huntin’ shack, so be sure not to overlook encountering him.
Change into at least 20 different costumes.
It can be done across multiple playthroughs and can be done in any mode.
Snuff Shot B [SECRET!]
Successfully photograph zombie Brad.
In order to unlock this achievement, you need to capture a photograph of Brad Garrison, who has been turned into a zombie, during the 72-hour mode. It’s important to note that the achievement will only be unlocked if you manage to take the picture of Brad while he is still alive in his zombified state. You will find Brad as a zombie outside the Maintenance Tunnels warehouse once you have completed Case 7-2: Bomb Collector.
Snuff Shot J [SPOILER!]
Successfully photograph zombie Jessie.
You can find her in the Security Room after she has turned, shortly before the military cleanup starts at the end of the third day.Frank must take Jessie’s photo before she is killed or her photo will not count towards the achievement.R.I.P JESSE
Send at least 10 zombies flying with bowling balls.
You can achieve this accomplishment prior to Frank’s initial encounter with Carlito Keyes, during Case 1-2: Backup for Brad, where Brad is still accompanying Frank.
As you make your way from Paradise Plaza towards the Food Court, head towards the fountain located next to the entrance leading to Leisure Park. You will notice a bowling ball resting in the water.
Continue through the park, and when Frank is in close proximity to the door that leads to the battle with Carlito, you’ll encounter a sizable horde of zombies. Position Frank in such a way that the majority of the zombies are positioned in front of him along with the bowling ball. By doing so, you’ll be able to strike the required 10 zombies with the bowling ball to fulfill the achievement.
Stunt Driver & Stunt Rider
Jump a car at least 33 feet (10 meters).
Jump a motorcycle at least 33 feet (10 meters).
To complete the achievement “Stunt Driver,” a straightforward method is to head to Leisure Park, specifically near the entrance to the Maintenance Tunnels. By reversing and accelerating at full speed towards the tunnels’ entrance, the achievement should unlock.
For the achievement “Stunt Rider,” there are a couple of recommended approaches. One option is to perform the stunt at the incline found at the entrance of Leisure Park leading to the Maintenance Tunnels. Another option is to utilize one of the ramps located in the North Plaza.
As an alternative, you can try driving the motorcycle off the side of the staircase near the North Plaza.
Furthermore, the motorcycle from North Plaza can be brought into Wonderland Plaza. By driving the motorcycle up to the second floor, Frank can execute a jump of 33 feet by driving off the staircase that heads towards the North Plaza, adjacent to the inflatable rabbit. This will fulfill the requirements for the achievement.
Answer all calls from Otis.
In total, there are 38 calls to receive (39 in the Platinum Hits and remastered versions) throughout the game. To ensure you receive all the calls, it is necessary to complete the story up until 8 PM on September 21st, as Otis will make his final call at that time.
To trigger specific calls related to Ronald Shiner, Kindell Johnson, Floyd Sanders, Paul Carson, Cheryl Jones, and Simone Ravendark, it is crucial to safely escort them to a secure location. These survivors will subsequently make requests or potentially initiate mutinies. Additionally, it is important to have an adequate number of survivors in each room to activate the mutinies.
Get the true ending without being knocked out.
Basically get the true end without getting caught by special forces or the raincoat cult, if you get caught by them and get brought to their hideout, just reload, it shouldn’t be hard achievement just avoid getting into a group of cult members so they don’t spray you.
Zombie Genocider & Zombie Killer & Zombie Hunter
Defeat at least 53,594 zombies.
Defeat at least 10,000 zombies.
Defeat at least 1,000 zombies.
Acquiring all three achievements can be a time-consuming endeavor, but the ultimate reward is the formidable Mega Buster, the most powerful weapon in the game. To unlock the “Zombie Genocider” achievement, it is necessary to complete the game with any ending except ending F. A straightforward method is to proceed to the helipad and wait until the ending triggers.
It is important to note that the completion of individual case files is not crucial for this achievement; what matters is finishing the game by waiting for the helicopter on the helipad.
The population of Willamette, Colorado, is stated as 53,594. Therefore, if Frank manages to eliminate this many zombies, it equates to wiping out the entire population of Willamette.
Walk over 33 feet (10 meters) on the backs of zombies using the Zombie Ride.
To successfully unlock this achievement, the most effective approach is to locate a sizable cluster of closely grouped zombies. Utilize the “Zombie Ride” skill in Dead Rising, which enables Frank to climb on top of the zombies and traverse by walking on their heads. This skill not only helps Frank reach elevated areas but also allows him to avoid the zombies below.
If you are using a gamepad, execute the skill by running towards a zombie and pressing the A button right before making physical contact with it.
For those using a keyboard, here’s how to perform the skill: