This section of the guide will help you earn all the Trophies in the game. This will take approximately 40-60 hours, including the completion of sidequests. There are no collectibles in the game but there are different minor objects you can find in each area that will count to your “Challenges”.
Borderlands 2 also allows splitscreen multiplayer, making it convenient to those who are playing offline. Any player can join another player's game, no matter how far he is. A player who haven't even completed the game can join another player's True Vault Hunter Mode (the game's version of New Game ) however, the enemies will be generally impossible for him to defeat.
You can toggle between True Vault Hunter Mode and Normal mode by going back to the main menu, press Triangle to load the character you finished the game initially with.
These are the general notes you should consider:
1. Level Boosting and Reaching Max Level
If you're playing as your main character, wait until you reach Chapter 8 and get Tiny Tina's optional mission “You are Cordially Invited: RSVP”. There's a level boosting trick here that you can use to quickly level up your other characters or your friends' characters. This can be done offline via splitscreen, as long as you have another controller. See the video below for more information.
There he is, the guest of honor; Flesh-Stick
To get all achievements, you must reach the highest level possible. This is only achievable in True Vault Hunter Mode, which is unlocked after finishing the game the first time around. The story and missions will all remain the same. The only difference is that there will be new and tougher enemies with enhanced attributes. You can also pad your level by partnering up with a high level co-op partner and doing high level missions with him/her.
2. Optional Missions and Challenges
There are more than 100 optional missions in the game. Some are pretty trivial that it can only be done in less than a minute, some are as tedious as story missions. Refer to this guide's Optional Missions section for the individual walkthrough of these missions. It is recommended that you do all these side missions before moving on to the main story missions to enjoy the bonus experience and loot they can provide.
Challenges in the game requires you to kill a certain number of enemies using different methods and damage types, finding/destroying area-specific objects, buying/selling certain number of items etc. This are entirely optional and you'll unlock them along the way. Challenges allow you to earn a Badass token, which can be used to purchase a permanent stat bonus of your choice. See the Challenges section for more details.
Make sure to explore and cover as much area as possible. Larger areas are easily discovered using a vehicle while the smaller areas won't be that hard to explore on foot.
4. Class Specific Trophies
There are class specific trophies for each character which you can unlock by reaching their certain levels. According to PS3Trophies.org, you'll need a 5 Axton and Maya, a level 31 Zer0, and a level 21 Salvador to get all trophies.
Borderland Defender Round Two (Platinum)
Unlocked all Borderlands 2 trophies
Challenge Accepted (Gold)
Completed level 1 of all non-level-specific challenges with a single character
Refer to the Challenges section of the guide to learn the various challenges needed. There are 114 challenges in the game, and two of them are unlocked after reaching Rank 5 of the specific challenges. (Shotgun Sniper and Catch a Rocket)
Goliath, Meet David (Bronze)
Allowed a Goliath to level up four times before killing him
Goliaths are those bulky bandits wearing helmets and becomes enraged once their helmets are knocked out of their heads. Raging Goliaths attack whoever is nearby, including their own allies. They level up after killing their allies and they become even more powerful.
To get this trophy, deliberately knock off the Goliath's helmet to enrage it then assist it by weakening the targets around it so it can kill them easily. Keep doing this until the Goliath turns into a Badass, Super Badass, Ultimate Badass and Fata GOD-liath respectively. Once he transforms to this form, you can now proceed in killing it. You'll find Goliaths early in Frostburn Canyon.
Went Five Rounds (Bronze)
Completed Round 5 of any Circle of Slaughter
There are two Circle of Slaughter; one is Fink's Slaughterhouse in The Fridge and the Hyperion Slaughter in Ore Chasm in Eridium Blight. You can easily clear Fink's Slaughterhouse when you're around LV28 .
Not Quite Dead (Bronze)
Reached level 5
Better Than You Were (Bronze)
Reached level 10
Always Improving (Silver)
Reached level 25
Capped Out…For Now (Silver)
Reached level 50
To reach LV50, you must continue the game in True Vault Hunter Mode, which is unlocked after finishing the game the first time around. The story and missions will all remain the same. The only difference is that there will be new and tougher enemies with enhanced attributes. You can also pad your level by partnering up with a high level co-op partner and doing high level missions with him/her.
Arctic Explorer (Bronze)
Discovered all named locations in Three Horns, Tundra Express, and Frostburn Canyon
Despite what the trophy description says, you must fully discover the areas so much as no gray area remains. The named locations in this map are the following:
Three Horns - Divide
Three Horns - Valley
Happy Pig Motel
Shock Fossil Cavern
Split Skull bay
Varkid Ranch Observatory
Tiny Tina's Workshop
Mount Molehill Mine
Old Man Johnson's Farm
Frozen Ant Lake
Urban Explorer (Bronze)
Discovered all named locations in Sanctuary, Opportunity, and Lynchwood
Dr. Zed's Clinic
Crimson Raider HQ
Living Legend Plaza
Orbital Delivery Zone
Hyperion Office Complex
The Old Mine
Death Row Refinery
Highlands Explorer (Bronze)
Discovered all named locations in The Highlands, Thousand Cuts, and Wildlife Exploitation Preserve
The Highlands - Outwash
Hyperion Extraction Plant
Orbital Receiving and Processing
The Highlands – Overlook/ Extraction Point / Hyperion Bridge
Frothing Creek Mill
Isotope Reclamation Tower
Mercury Induction Station
Lake Shining Horizons
Old Cranky's Pond
Broke Face Bridge
Bloody Knuckle Point
No Man's Land
Competitor Deterrence Field
Control Core Loading Dock
Control Core Supply Depot
Wildlife Exploitation Preserve
Casa de Mordecai
Blight Explorer (Bronze)
Discovered all named locations in Eridium Blight, Arid Nexus, and Sawtooth Cauldron
Slagma Vapor Extraction
The Slag Scar
Human Dwelling Place
Eridium Extraction Plant
Arid Nexus - Boneyard
Eridium Pump Station 1
Eridium Pump Station 2
Eridium Pump Station 3
Hyperion Truth Station
Loader Maintenance Depot
Transmix Regulator Station
Arid Nexus - Badlands
T.K. Baha's House
Hyperion Info Stockade
Smoking Guano Grotto
World Traveler (Silver)
Discovered all named locations
Some of the locations are accessible only after accepting the necessary side missions. Make sure to accept and do all side missions to find all these locations.
Sugar Daddy (Bronze)
Tipped Moxxi $10,000
You can simply tip the required amount then just exit the game through the XMB (don't Save and Quit) after unlocking the Trophy to get your money back. Or if you're just filthy rich, just tip away.
Decked Out (Bronze)
Had Purple-rated gear or better equipped in every slot
As you play in the game, you'll encounter various Purple equipment. The hardest one to find are the purple relics and class mods. Make sure to keep at least one of them in your vault until you get four purple weapons, shield and grenade mod.
Sabre Rattler (Bronze)
Killed 100 enemies with the Sabre turret
If your main character is Axton, you'll get this trophy eventually as you play in the game. Otherwise, you can simply use the Level Boosting trick mentioned at the start of this guide to increase Axton's level easily and even allow you to power up his turret. After getting this, you may revisit areas with lower level enemies your turret can kill.
Phased and Confused (Bronze)
Phaselocked 100 enemies
If your main character is Maya, you'll get this trophy eventually as you play in the game. Otherwise, you can simply use the Level Boosting trick mentioned at the start of this guide to increase Maya's level easily and even allow you to power up her phaselock (preferably the Cataclysm tree)
So Much Blood! (Bronze)
Gunzerked continuously for 90 seconds
You must have a higher level Salvador to do this trick. You must reach LV21 to unlock the skill “Yipee Ki Yay”. At rank 1, this skill adds 0.6 seconds to Gunzerk's duration for every kill. It will be better having a class mod that further increases its level and duration. Otherwise, you'll want to go beyond LV21 to have spare skill points to spare. Use the Level Boosting trick mentioned at the start of this guide to increase Salvador's level easily.
F8L Fool's post in PS3Trophies.org mentioned that the best way to do this is during the mission “Rock, Paper and Genocide: Fire Weapons”. Don't use a fire weapon but instead equip a non-rocket launcher weapon then gunzerk in front of the target. Aim for the head and quickly kill the target as soon as it emerges.
You may refer to the video below on how to do it:
Cute Loot (Bronze)
Killed a Chubby
These enemies are very, very, very rare and unfortunately, there's no exact way of making them spawn deliberately. You have to keep an eye on groups of enemies, even in open areas where you use your vehicle. I have only managed to find and kill three Chubbies in my entire playthrough. Another thing to note is that during a co-op game, you should be the one landing the finishing blow to get the trophy.
Tribute To A Vault Hunter (Bronze)
Got an item from Michael Mamaril
Keep an eye out for an NPC named Michael Mamaril in Sanctuary. Simply talk to him to get a free weapon and the trophy.
Definitely An Italian Plumber (Bronze)
Killed Donkey Mong
You'll find this aptly named bullymong in the Eridium Blight. One of its popular spawn locations is the area near the Human Dwelling Place / Ore Chasm exit.
High-Flying Hurler (Bronze)
Killed a flying enemy with a thrown Tediore weapon
Find a Tediore weapon that has the ability “explodes like a grenade when reloaded”. Wound a rakk, aim at it then reload so it hits the target. This may take a few tries.
Token Gesture (Bronze)
Redeemed 25 tokens
These tokens are acquired by completing challenges. Refer to the Challenges section for more details. The badass tokens you can redeem are the following:
Shield Recharge Delay
Shield Recharge Rate
Critical Hit Damage
Elemental Effect Chance
Elemental Effect Damage
Unseen Predator (Bronze)
Remained in Zero's Deception mode for ten seconds straight
You need a LV31 Zero so you can unlock the “Many Must Fall” skill, which adds 2 seconds to his Deception skill per enemy kill. Use the Level Boosting trick mentioned at the start of this guide to increase Zero's level easily. The only way to do this is to find a group of enemies, luring them all towards you, activating Deception and killing them all as fast as you can.
Build Buster (Bronze)
Killed a Constructor without it ever building another bot. You can go back to the Hyperion Aggregate Acquisition base in the Highlands to find one of the lower level constructors there. Make sure that it fully deploys first before you kill it.
How Do I Look? (Bronze)
Unlocked 10 customization items
You can unlock customization items by completing challenges, through drops, loots, mission rewards or simply buying them from vending machines. Upon acquiring them, you have to use them from your inventory to unlock them.
Friendship Rules (Bronze)
Revived someone from "Fight for Your Life!" that is on your friends list
Better Than Money (Bronze)
Purchased 5 items from the black market
Up High, Down Low (Bronze)
Gave Claptrap a high five
Bounty Hunter (Bronze)
Completed 20 side missions
Did It All (Silver)
Completed all side missions
First One's Free (Bronze)
Completed the mission "My First Gun"
Dragon Slayer (Bronze)
Completed the mission "Best Minion Ever"
A Road Less Traveled (Bronze)
Completed the mission "The Road To Sanctuary"
New In Town (Bronze)
Completed the mission "Plan B"
An Old Flame (Bronze)
Completed the mission "Hunting The Firehawk"
No Man Left Behind (Bronze)
Completed the mission "A Dam Fine Rescue"
Wilhelm Screamed (Bronze)
Completed the mission "A Train To Catch"
Sky's The Limit (Bronze)
Completed the mission "Rising Action"
Can See My House From Here (Bronze)
Completed the mission "Bright Lights, Flying City"
Farewell, Old Girl (Bronze)
Completed the mission "Wildlife Preservation"
Got The Band Back Together (Bronze)
Completed the mission "The Once and Future Slab"
Identity Theft (Silver)
Completed the mission "The Man Who Would Be Jack"
An Angel's Wish (Silver)
Completed the mission "Where Angels Fear To Tread"
Bombs Away (Silver)
Completed the mission "Toil And Trouble"
Knowing Is Half The Battle (Silver)
Completed the mission "Data Mining"
Cool Story, Bro (Gold)
What does it mean? (Bronze)
I can't even capture it on my camera
This is a tribute to Youtube's “Double Rainbow Guy”. You can unlock this trophy by going to the Highlands in the Aggregate Acquisition base. Fight your way uphill then continue past the bridge to reach a far off warehouse where two badass loaders appear. Check the nook in the map and look below to find a tent. Hang around a bit and Handsome Jack (or Claptrap) will start adoring the double rainbow. Just look towards Sanctuary/ Overlook's direction to find it. Check the video below.
Perfect double rainbow
Well That Was Easy (Bronze)
Completed the mission "Shoot This Guy in the Face"
You'll find a quest marker in Thousand Cuts the first time you visit it. Head to that marker to find a crazy bandit that wants you to shoot his face. Comply and this trophy is yours.
Thresher Thrashed (Silver)
Defeated Terramorphous the Invincible
This mission becomes available after finishing the game and by talking to Tannis in Sanctuary. It's a LV50 mission so you have to make sure that you're at the right level before attempting this.
Feels Like The First Time (Bronze)
Opened the chest at the bus stop in Fyrestone
Definitely feels like the first time