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Sonic Mania

Sonic Mania Trophy Guide
Guide By: Jerry Appleby
There are 18 Trophies that can be earned in this title.


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Overview:

  • Estimated trophy difficulty: 3/10 (Trophy Difficulty Thread)
  • Offline trophies: 18 (15, 3)
  • Online trophies: 0
  • Approximate amount of time to 100%: 6-10 hours (100% Time Thread)
  • Minimum number of playthroughs: 1+
  • Number of missable trophies: 0 (Level Select is available)
  • Glitched trophies: 0
  • Does difficulty affect trophies?: N/A
  • Do cheat codes disable trophies?: N/A



Introduction

Welcome to Sonic Mania, one of my most highly anticipated Sonic the Hedgehog games to ever come out! A true successor to Sonic 1, 2, 3 (& Knuckles), and CD! The game is, in my opinion, a near-perfect experience. For fans of any of the 2D Sonic games, you’ll feel right at home playing through this wonderful game!

The trophy list is a bit disappointing since it does not have a platinum, but overall it’s a fun selection of trophies to obtain! They range from doing a miscellaneous task in each level, to simply beating the game, earning every Chaos Emerald, and finishing every Bonus Stage with a perfect score (my personal favorite trophy )! You will enjoy going for all the trophies in this game, so take the time to enjoy it to the fullest!

Also note that there are no trophies for seeing the final ending with all Chaos Emeralds, nor are there trophies for completing the game with each character, but I would recommend playing through the entire game with both Sonic and Knuckles at the least just for fun. They have some slight differences in the level layouts and some boss battles!

Walkthrough

Step 1: Complete the game while trying to obtain as many Chaos Emeralds as you can and work on Bonus Stages.

Start a new game, preferably as Sonic (You can use any character(s) you wish though!). Then you should just work through the game at your own pace. Do not worry about the other trophies just yet, but try to do as many Special Stages and Bonus Stages as you can along the way.

Trophies Unlocked:

See You Next Game

Step 2: Obtain the remaining Chaos Emeralds.

Self-explanatory. Just replay any level(s) and do the Special Stages until you obtain them all.

Trophies Unlocked

Magnificent Seven

Step 3: Clean up all miscellaneous level trophies.

Now you will replay each level using Level Select in Mania Mode, or Time Trial Mode to get the trophies exclusive to each level.

Trophies Unlocked:

Superstar
That’s a Two-fer
Not It Can’t Hurt You Anymore
Triple Trouble
The Most Famous Hedgehog in the World
Window Shopping
Crate Expectations
King of Speed
Boat Enthusiast
The Password is “Special Stage”
Secret Sub
Without a Trace
Collect ‘Em All
Professional Hedgehog


Step 4: Clean up the Blue Spheres Bonus Stages with perfect scores on each.

This is the final step to getting 100% on the game, but depending on your skill with the Bonus Stages you may already have this step done. You will need to play through the game and not only beat each bonus stage, but also get a perfect score! It’s not overly difficult, especially if you played Sonic 3 on Sega Genesis/Megadrive, but it might pose a challenge for some.

Trophies Unlocked:

Full Medal Jacket
No Way? No Way


Good luck and have fun!

[PST Would Like To Thank Jerry Appleby for this Roadmap]



No Way? No Way
Collect gold medallions in Blue Spheres Bonus stage (1) 

To earn this trophy (and Full Medal Jacket), you have to play the Bonus Stages of this game, also known as the Blue Spheres game.

These stages are accessed by collecting 25 or more rings, then activating a checkpoint in any level. If done correctly, you’ll see a halo of white stars floating around the checkpoint, and you need to jump into them to start the game.

There are 32 Bonus Stages, and you must get a Gold Medal on each to get the No Way? No Way trophy, whereas earning a Silver Medal on each earns you the Full Medal Jacket trophy.

If you’ve played Sonic 3 (& Knuckles) before, you’ll feel right at home going for this trophy! If not, here is how the game works:

 

  • Your goal is to collect all the Blue Spheres in the map without dying.
  • There are Red Spheres that kill you if you touch them, so these must be avoided at all costs! Collecting a Blue Sphere turns it Red, so you can’t grab it again or else you fail!
  • You will also find Yellow Spheres, which are “jumps” that launch you into the air for a set distance every time. These are used to get around certain maps.
  • There are also Rings to collect in each map. Some are sitting out in the open, but the majority have to be transformed by the Blue Spheres…
  • To transform Blue Spheres into Rings, you must find a shape of Blue Spheres that is greater than or equal to a 3x3 square and they must be entirely filled with Blue Spheres (ie no gaps). You must go around the entire circumference of the shape and once the outer perimeter is Red, the entire section will turn into Rings!
  • Some stages later on will have sneaky squares that have part of the border already Red. For these, if you just collect the Blue ones along the outer perimeter, you will still turn them into Rings!


To finish a stage, you simply need to collect all the Blue Spheres (Rings don’t matter). This will get you a Silver Medal.

To get a Gold Medal, you must collect ALL Rings and all Blue Spheres. The game also ends the moment you pick up the last Blue Sphere, so if there are any rings left make sure to grab them first!

On some stages, it is best to save a 2x2 square of Blue Spheres as your last ones. Because if you have say a 4x4 square and you turn them into Rings, the game will end (as the Blue Spheres are all gone), but you won’t be able to collect those 16 Rings.

Note that the game cycles through the entire list of possible Bonus Stages before repeating any. But once you obtain a Gold Medal, the game won’t bring that particular stage up again until you have 100% on the rest.
Similarly, once you earn a Silver Medal, you won’t be able to replay that stage to try for Gold until you have a Silver Medal on ALL the stages.

All the previous methods used to grind these out have been patched, so you'll have to either start a new game with different characters and play through them as you go through the game, or just replay Green Hill Zone (or any other level of your choosing) via Level Select on a completed file.

Full Medal Jacket
Collect silver medallions in Blue Spheres Bonus stage (3) 

See No Way? No Way for details to earn this trophy.

Magnificent Seven
Collect all seven Chaos Emeralds (3) 

Self-explanatory. Every level has secret areas containing giant rings that lead to the Special Stages. What you need to do is beat each of the Special Stages in order to earn the Chaos Emeralds. Once you’ve collected them all, you will earn this trophy and also the ability to be Super Sonic/Tails/Knuckles!

The Special Stages are similar to the stages from Sonic CD, but if you haven’t played that game, here is what you do:

  • A UFO saucer will be carrying the Chaos Emerald away from you, your goal is to catch up to it before time runs out and simply collect it to finish the stage.
  • The UFO will always follow the same path, which is kind of like a racing circuit with an occasionally branching path.
  • You have a time limit, which is based on the number of Rings you collect throughout the stage. You can collect more throughout the stage to increase that timer, but there are a limited number of them and they won’t respawn upon completing a lap of the track.
  • You can also collect Blue Spheres to increase your top speed. This is a necessity for getting the emerald collected. Luckily there are a lot of these and they respawn after every lap, so no need to worry too much if you miss some.
  • After collecting a hefty chunk of Blue Spheres, your top speed will rise to Mach 2. You can collect even more to reach Mach 3 and that is the top speed. So once you hit that, any Spheres you collect are only for score purposes and nothing else.
  • If you fall off the stage at any point, you fail.


There are way more than 7 areas in the game with Special Stages, most levels have around 5 each. So don’t fret if you’re not finding many of these hidden areas or if you accidentally fail a few. My first run through the game, I only had 3 Emeralds. Then when I replayed each level, I found tons of hidden areas containing the stages!

I used Lava Reef Zone to grind out the remaining stages I needed, because I found the rings easier to find there (personal opinion). So pick a stage you like and start searching!

See You Next Game
Achieve any ending 

Story related, cannot be missed.

You will get this trophy upon completion of the boss fight in Titanic Monarch Zone Act 2. If you collected all the Emeralds, you’ll also be able to access a secret final boss fight, but the first time through you’ll only see the first ending.

Superstar
Spin the Star Post! 

Near impossible to miss. You’ll most likely get this without even trying! You just need to go through a checkpoint post while going really fast. I got this in the 3rd level, Studiopolis while just playing normally. So don’t worry about this one, it will happen while you play!

That's a Two-fer
Find the hidden item boxes at the end of the Zone (2) 

This trophy can only be obtained in Mania Mode.

After the end of Act 1 of any level, you’ll see a goalpost fall from the sky and hit the ground, signifying the end of the current Act. You can jump into this post and knock it around the air before it lands. If you’re lucky, it will spawn a free item when it hits the ground. For this trophy you must get both item boxes to appear before ending the Act.

Each level has it’s own spawn points, but these locations never change. The easiest ones to get are in Act 1 of Green Hill Zone. There is 1 item box between the two purple flowers on the left, and the other is under the yellow sunflower on the right.

See the following video for a visual guide:

Now It Can't Hurt You Anymore
What would happen if you cross a bridge with a fire shield? (1) 

This trophy is earned on Green Hill Zone.

You have to find a Fire Shield and then run across a spiked bridge. The bridge will break and the trophy will pop.

There are 2 places to get the trophy:

  • Knuckles: Act 1. Pretty much right at the start of the game, you climb up a wall and it’s in plain sight. The bridge is directly after this. Near impossible to miss.
  • Sonic: Act 2. There is a Fire Shield in the middle of the level by taking the middle path. Grab it and walk to the bridge on the left.


I recommend Knuckles because it’s much faster to get to it. With Sonic you need to take a specific path and might not even reach the shield the first time, whereas Knuckles gets it in the first 30 seconds of starting his game and it's in plain sight.

Triple Trouble
Try for a 3 chain combo! (1) 

This trophy is earned on Chemical Plant Zone Act 2, during the boss fight. It must be done in Mania Mode.

It can also be earned playing Mean Bean Mode, which is unlocked in the Extras Menu while playing through the main game (Thanks stickghost for the info!).

This boss fight is a throwback to Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, a really fun and addicting Puyo Puyo puzzle game that was from back in the 90s!

You need to use 4+ beans of the same colour to connect together, which causes them to disappear from the grid. The goal is to utilize the beans in a way so that when you set off a 4-colour bean, the remaining ones fall into place to set off another combo, followed by another combo. If you manage to get a combo of 3 sets of beans in a row from a single move, you’ll get the trophy.

It may be hard to explain on paper, so here’s a video of me doing the trophy (Note that I did a 4-Chain, even though you only need 3):

The Most Famous Hedgehog in the World
Have your photos taken in Studiopolis Zone 

This trophy is earned on Studiopolis Zone Act 1.

Throughout the level you may run into little flying bug enemies that take pictures of you while trying to fly into you (enemy is on the right side of the image):

All you need to do is let one take your picture around 5 times while you dodge it trying to hit you, then this easy trophy will pop!

Window Shopping
Let the wind take you through (2) 

This trophy is earned on Flying Battery Zone Act 2.

I recommend using Tails or Knuckles for this trophy, since you have to take a lot of upper paths. If you mess up a jump with Sonic, you might have to retry the level, whereas the other characters can fly/climb up if they miss a jump.

What you need to do is make your way to about 60% of the way through the level, all while always taking the upper paths until you reach a room with 2 windows above you. In this room, you will just simply need to jump through the rightmost window and the wind you carry you through the left one, earning you the trophy!

It’s a bit difficult to find, so I suggest using this video:

Crate Expectations
Wreak havoc at the propaganda factory 

This trophy is earned on Press Garden Zone Act 1 and must be done using Sonic.

This one is quite tough to find. You need to make your way through the level while always heading upwards whenever possible. You need to find the Fire Shield near the top of the map, and then use that to break a bunch of wooden boxes near the top. Then the trophy will pop.

Because the location can be hard to find, watch the following video for the location:

King of Speed
Get through Stardust Speedway Zone as quickly as possible (3) 

This trophy is earned on Stardust Speedway Zone Act 2 and is preferred to be done in Time Trial Mode using Sonic. It’s possible to beat with both Tails and Knuckles, but is much easier with Sonic!

What you need to do is beat the entire Act (minus the boss fight) in less than 1 minute. It sounds difficult, but is actually quite easy after playing through it a few times! The best way is to just keep playing in Time Trial Mode and utilizing the button to reset yourself if you mess up, so that way you don’t have to waste your time as much.

Always take the upper paths, and learn when to jump to get to a new path instead of always following the current one.

When in the “maze-like” area with springs, take the right path twice. Then on the 3rd spring, wait a second and take the upper right path (lower right is a dead end), followed by right once more to exit. Finally just keep running to the right and you’ll be home free!

My time was just under 46 seconds. So beating it in under a minute is very doable, don’t be scared!

Boat Enthusiast
We really like boats (2) 

This trophy is earned on Hydrocity Zone Act 1.

Pretty easy trophy, providing you always take the upper route whenever possible! There are 4 boats across the map that you need to ride on to earn the trophy, but it seems that only the first 3 are needed for the trophy (at least for myself it was just the first 3). The trophy is known to be buggy for some people, where it might not pop at all despite completing the requirements. If it happens to you, just play through the level again in Time Trial Mode and that should fix the issue!

From the start you can take any path, but the middle or upper paths are preferred. You will head upwards and reach an outer area above the water, containing a few chains that you can climb across. Keep following this path and you will land directly on the first boat.

As long as you don’t fall off this boat, continuing the level will force you onto the second boat. You’ll have to raise some water and then ride it as well.

The third one is a bit tricky. You’ll be sucked down under the water really deep, then have to use a bubble to get out. Instead of following this path to the right, head upwards to reach some fans which blow you skyward. From here, it’s a straight path to the 3rd boat. The trophy may pop after you ride this one.

The final boat seems to be impossible to miss providing that you took the previous 3, since the game will drop you right onto it!

The trophy will pop upon riding all the boats.
Here is a visual guide:

The Password is "Special Stage"
Try pushing a barrel to see how far it goes 

This trophy is earned on Mirage Saloon Zone Act 2.

Near the very start of the level about 30 seconds in, if you take the lower path, you’ll see a barrel standing upright directly beneath a portrait of one of the enemies. Simply push this barrel until you fall below it.

You’ll land on a spritzer bottle, so follow the water path to the right and it will take you to a Special Stage Ring and also unlock the trophy!

Secret Sub
You might have to submerge to find it (1) 

This trophy is earned on Oil Ocean Zone Act 2.

This one is very difficult to find! You need to make your way about halfway through the level until you reach a central area with 2 switches on each side and a Fire Shield in the oil below you (Every path will eventually lead here).

You then need to fall through the oil beneath the Fire Shield (you won’t die here). You will fall through the map and access another area below. You then need to keep going right and down whenever possible until you hit the actual bottom of the level (you WILL die if you sink too low in this oil).

From there, head right until you hit a wall. It may look like a dead end, but anyone that played Sonic the Hedgehog 2 back in the day might remember that there is an exploit to skip half the level by going underneath the wall while jumping to prevent death. Funny enough, the creators of this game made that the exact thing you need to do to earn this trophy!

Once you head under the wall, you’ll see a submarine there. Simply enter it and the trophy will pop!

Without a Trace
Barrel through the lava, don't let anything stop you 

This trophy is earned on Lava Reef Zone Act 2.

Throughout the level, you might have noticed a pair of robotic legs, and when you stand on them they walk over the lava while crushing anything underneath you. This trophy involves using one to kill an enemy.

If you take the middle/lower path through the level, you will arrive at a door containing one of these legs. Now just jump on the legs as they walk forward and they will crush a Rexon (those purple dinosaurs that spit fire at you), unlocking the trophy.

The location might be hard to find for some people, so here is a visual guide:

Collect 'Em All
Gotta gacha 'em all (7) 

This trophy is earned during the boss fight on Metallic Madness Zone Act 2, and must be done on Mania Mode.

One of the hardest trophies in the game!

The boss fight is Eggman controlling a big Gachapon machine (It’s a kind of Japanese toy dispenser, hence the trophy description).

To beat the boss you will hit his dispenser knob to let a mini-boss enemy out. He has 8 mini-boss enemies that can be unleashed, and once all are dead you attack the knob once more to win the fight.

There are 3 types of enemies:

  1. Amy Doll – These latch on you and explode. Shake them off by pressing left/right repeatedly. Dies in 1 hit.
  2. Drill Eggman – Just drives along the ground at a steady pace, then goes back the other way. Dies in 3 hits.
  3. Flying Eggman – These enemies fly overhead and drop fire every so often, while swooping down as well. Annoying to dodge, dies in 3 hits.


To earn this trophy however, you need to have all 8 enemies on screen at once without killing any (damaging them is ok though)! It is quite difficult to do and you will waste a lot of lives doing this, there is no guaranteed way to get the trophy.

It is a bit luck based in terms of which enemies spawn.
I find the easiest to dodge are the Drill enemies. The Amy ones can cause a lot of frustration as well, so it does take a bit of luck to get the right combination that helps you succeed!

I did the trophy with Sonic on my first run, then again with Super Sonic as seen in this video:

Professional Hedgehog
That elusive perfect run, only a professional can achieve (2) 

This trophy is earned on Titanic Monarch Zone Act 1.

This trophy requires you to beat the first act of the final level without taking a single hit! This includes losing a Shield. Even though you aren't actually taking damage when it breaks, it still counts as a hit on you.

However, if you use Super Sonic/Tails/Knuckles, it’s a breeze! In order to use a Super character, you must have all Chaos Emeralds and you must also play in Mania Mode (as Time Trial Mode doesn’t allow Supers).

The best thing to do is take the level really slow at first. There’s really only 1 part near the beginning that can hurt you, and that’s the electrified wires that run up and down. If you make it past this part, the next little bit has almost no hazards or enemies.

After running around a bit and using the purple black holes to launch yourself upwards, you’ll see the first pig enemy on a flat landing. You should have around 60-80 rings at this point, and this is where you will activate your Super power (press jump twice). Be warned that if Sonic has a Shield equipped, you cannot use Super Sonic, so don’t pick up the Shield near the beginning! Tails/Knuckles are unaffected as they can use the Super power even if they have Shields on. Update: The 1.03 patch allows you to use Super characters by pressing once you have 50 rings, so you can now activate the ability with a Shield equipped!

From this point you can rush through as fast as you want and nothing will stop you except for one area…

There will be a small section where a single long platform with spikes will move up and down. You need to take this part extremely slowly, as there are a few spots where you can get crushed by the spikes and die immediately (happened to me many times)!

After passing that part, you’re free to move as fast as possible with no repercussions!

Since you’ll be in Mania Mode, you will also have to fight the boss, but with Super Sonic, you can just keep jumping into him until he dies, so you shouldn’t need to worry.

Once the level is done and you did so without taking damage, the trophy will pop!

I should note that if you do take damage, you cannot press “Restart Game” from the pause menu. You must quit the game and reselect the final level through level select, or else the game will still think you’ve taken damage. Also when riding the railcars, even though Sonic makes a hurt animation when they stop, you don’t actually take damage so this is ok!

Here is my run through the level if you need a visual guide:


 
 
 
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Publisher:
SEGA
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Release:

US August 15, 2017
Europe August 15, 2017
Japan August 15, 2017

Players: 1
Online Players : 0
ESRB: Everyone
Collection:308
Wishlist:25
 
 
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