Steam achievements and PlayStation 4 trophies are external trophies unlocked in The Messenger. There are 48 Steam achievements total, and there are 43 PS4 trophies total, obtained either through normal game progression or through performing specific in-game feats.
List of Achievements/Trophies
|Nothing To Fear||Rescue all Phobekins||Silver||Collect Necro, Claustro, Acro, and Pyro, the four Phobekins scattered around the world. Necro is automatically collected by entering the Catacombs early on in the game, while the other three Phobekins must be collected after gaining the power to freely time travel.|
|Enter The Ninja||Beat the intro without dying||Bronze||Complete the intro of the game, Ninja Village. When you begin the game, just keep heading to the right. It's not actually possible to die.|
|Dungeon Brawler||Defeat the Necromancer||Bronze||Defeat Ruxxtin the Great, the boss at the end of the Catacombs.|
|Deposit At The River Bank||Jump down the big waterfall in Bamboo Creek||Bronze||Traverse most of Bamboo Creek until you reach a room near the end of the level with a humongous waterfall. Then, jump down and land in the water.|
|My Bad!||Defeat the Emerald Golem||Bronze||Defeat the Emerald Golem, the boss at the end of Howling Grotto.|
|I Quill Survive||Defeat the Queen of Quills||Bronze||Defeat the Queen of Quills, the boss at the end of Quillshroom Marsh.|
|Leg Day||Defeat Colos & Suses||Bronze||Defeat Colos & Suses, the bosses at the end of Searing Crags.|
|Glacial Peaked||Get to the top of the mountain||Bronze||Traverse most of Glacial Peak until you reach the top of the mountain. Then, head to the right.|
|Did The Thing||Defeat the Arcane Golem||Silver||Defeat Arcane Golem, the boss at the end of the Tower of Time.|
|Sweet 16!||Time travel to the future||Bronze||After reaching Cloud Ruins for the first time, walk towards the right until you pass a certain structure.|
|Was That A Dragon?||Defeat the Sky Serpent||Bronze||Defeat Evil Manfred, the boss at the end of Cloud Ruins.|
|More Like 'Dumb In General'||Defeat the Demon General||Gold||Defeat Barma'thazël, the boss at the end of the Underworld.|
|Man's Best Fred||Ride Manfred around the world back to where it all started||Bronze||After defeating Barma'thazël, a cutscene plays out where you ride Manfred to Ninja Village. After you jump off of Manfred, you'll obtain this achievement.|
|Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow||Make it out of the underwater labyrinth||Bronze||Navigate through Howling Grotto's underwater maze until you reach Sunken Shrine.|
|Tumble Hijinx||Bump on a few flowers in Rivière Turquoise||Bronze||In Rivière Turquoise, enter a blue cannon plant and bounce off of about three blue bouncy flowers.|
|The Lava Is Floor||Run on lava||Bronze||After obtaining the Lightfoot Tabi from Sunken Shrine, go to Searing Crags. Two rooms to the right of the Searing Crags world portal is a floor filled with lava. Activate the Lightfoot Tabi and run across the lava.|
|Not With THAT Altitude||Defeat the Demon King||Silver||Defeat the Demon King, the boss at the end of Forlorn Temple.|
|More like EleMENTAL Skylands||Complete the Elemental Skylands scenario||Bronze||Defeat Clockwork Concierge, the boss at the end of Elemental Skylands, and watch the cutscene afterwards.|
|Well, That Was Unsightly||Survive the Corrupted Future chase||Bronze||Collect the Key of Courage and complete the Abomination chase encounter at the end of the Corrupted Future.|
|Sun And Moon||Receive the Key of Love||Bronze||In Sunken Shrine, collect the Sun Crest and Moon Crest and put them on the door in the main hub of Sunken Shrine. Enter the door, and collect the Key of Love after watching a cutscene.|
|It Sounds Better On Vinyl||Complete the Melody||Bronze||After collecting all six Music Notes, interact with the Music Box in the Tower of Time HQ to place the Music Notes on the wall.|
|I'm Your Biggest Phan||Defeat Phantom||Gold||Defeat Phantom, the boss at the end of the Music Box.|
|The Fake Ending Was Better||Beat the game||Bronze||After completing the Music Box and defeating the Phantom, a cutscene plays out. At the end of the cutscene is a quick-time event. Complete the quick-time event to defeat the Mask and beat the game.|
|Losing Weight, Gaining Ground||Buy five upgrades in the shop||Bronze||Buy 5 upgrades from the shop.|
|Be Lootful And Multiply||Destroy a Big Time Shard||Bronze||Completely destroy a Big Time Shard.|
|Walking On Air||Execute 15 Cloudsteps without landing or clinging to a wall||Silver||Execute 15 Cloudsteps without landing on the ground or clinging to a wall.|
|I Swear It's My First Time||Make it through Dark Cave without the 'Power of True Sight'||Gold||Complete the Dark Cave without obtaining the Ordinary Wax Candle. Once you obtain the Ordinary Wax Candle, you can no longer obtain this achievement.|
|Challenge Expected||Destroy your first Power Seal||Bronze||Find 1 Power Seal.|
|Wheelin' And Sealin'||Destroy all Power Seals||Gold||Find all 45 Power Seals.|
|Started From The Bottom||Buy all upgrades from the shop||Silver||Buy all 19 upgrades from the shop.|
|I've Been Around||Enter all areas of the world||Bronze||Enter each area at least once.|
|Eye Of The Shareholder||Meet Quarble||Bronze||Die and finish the dialogue conversation with Quarble.|
|Fine, I Won't Open It||Be lectured on happiness||Bronze||Enter any shop with a Shopkeeper and continuously interact with the cabinet until The Shopkeeper initiates cabinet rant #1. After obtaining 1 Music Note on the Version 1.0.4 update or higher, you can no longer obtain this achievement. For a New Game + runthrough, it is also not compatible with the Voodoo Mask from Picnic Panic, as the Cage Monster is needed to hear the final line of dialogue.|
|Bait Taken||Be lectured on the power of stories||Bronze||Before summoning the Tower of Time at the top of Glacial Peak, there is a shop at the top of Glacial Peak without a Shopkeeper. You must continuously interact with the cabinet inside this specific shop until The Shopkeeper initiates cabinet rant #2. After summoning the Tower of Time, you can no longer obtain this achievement.|
|You Said This Was A Platformer||Be lectured on the inner child||Silver||After defeating Barma'thazël but before opening the cabinet, you must either continuously try to leave the shop or continuously talk to The Shopkeeper until The Shopkeeper initiates cabinet rant #3. After opening the cabinet, you can no longer obtain this achievement.|
|Hope This Phelps||Buy the Swim Dash upgrade from the shop||Bronze||Buy the "Currents master" upgrade from the shop.|
|One Hit Wonder||Kill a green demon in a single hit||Bronze||Buy the "Demon's bane" upgrade from the shop, then kill a Green Kappa with a powered-up attack.|
|Welco Metot Henex Tlevel||Keep a windmill shuriken going for 15 seconds||Silver||After collecting all 45 Power Seals, open up the Power Seal Chest inside the shop. Equip the Windmill Shuriken, throw it, and keep jumping over it like a jump rope for 15 seconds.|
|No Argument Here||Make it from the beginning of the game to beating the Queen of Quills with zero deaths||Silver||From the beginning of Ninja Village until defeating the Queen of Quills, you must have 0 deaths. If you die at all, you can't obtain the achievement.|
|How Ninja Is That?||Attack your first enemy projectile||Bronze||Buy the "Strike of the Ninja" upgrade from the shop, then slash an applicable enemy projectile with your sword.|
|Rocked Opus||Defeat Octo||N/A||Defeat Octo, the boss at the end of the Open Sea.|
|Voodoo Told'em||Defeat the Voodoo Totem||N/A||Defeat the Voodoo Totem, the boss at the end of Voodkin Shore.|
|Now THAT'S a finale!||Defeat the Demon General... again||Bronze||Defeat Barma'thething, the boss at the end of the Voodoo Heart.|
|Star Messenger||Win the race with a perfect score||N/A||Win all 5 races in a row against the Dark Messenger without losing a single one.|
|Betcha can't buy just one||Make your first purchase at the Craftman's Corner||N/A||After completing the "Sunk Cost" achievement, interact with the shop's Money Sink to reach The Craftsman's Corner, then purchase a toy.|
|Thanks I hate it||Meet the voodoo mask||Silver||Collect all the Voodoo Feathers and Voodoo Mask Pieces in Picnic Panic. After reaching the Voodoo Heart, interact with the altar in the shop to summon the Voodoo Mask.|
|Sunk Cost||Unclog the Money Sink||N/A||After purchasing all shop upgrades, interact with the Money Sink inside the shop to learn that it's clogged. Afterwards, go to The Artificer's room in the Tower of Time HQ. Interact with the tools on the wall and agree to give all of your Time Shards to The Artificer in exchange for the Money Wrench. Then, interact with the Money Sink in order to unclog it.|
|All in||Accept 'THE DEAL'||N/A||After completing the "Thanks I hate it" achievement, create a New Game + file. Talk to the Voodoo Mask and accept its deal.|
PlayStation 4-Only Trophy
|I am The Messenger||Obtain all other trophies||Platinum||Obtain all other trophies. (PS4 only.)|
Some achievements only have a limited timeframe in which you can achieve them. If you miss the window of opportunity, you will have to start a new game in order to obtain the achievement.
- I Swear It's My First Time: You must complete the Dark Cave without obtaining the Ordinary Wax Candle. Once you obtain the Ordinary Wax Candle, you can no longer obtain this achievement.
- Fine, I Won't Open It: Enter any shop with a Shopkeeper and continuously interact with the cabinet until The Shopkeeper initiates cabinet rant #1. After obtaining 1 Music Note on the Version 1.0.4 update or higher, you can no longer obtain this achievement. For a New Game + runthrough, it is also not compatible with the Voodoo Mask from Picnic Panic, as the Cage Monster is needed to hear the final line of dialogue.
- Bait Taken: Before summoning the Tower of Time at the top of Glacial Peak, there is a shop at the top of Glacial Peak without a Shopkeeper. You must continuously interact with the cabinet inside this specific shop until The Shopkeeper initiates cabinet rant #2. After summoning the Tower of Time, you can no longer obtain this achievement.
- You Said This Was A Platformer: After defeating Barma'thazël but before opening the cabinet, you must either continuously try to leave the shop or continuously talk to The Shopkeeper until The Shopkeeper initiates cabinet rant #3. After opening the cabinet, you can no longer obtain this achievement.
- No Argument Here: From the beginning of Ninja Village until defeating the Queen of Quills, you must have 0 deaths. If you die at all, you can't obtain the achievement.
- "Welco Metot Henex Tlevel" is a reference to a Sega CD commercial.
- The achievement "More like EleMENTAL Skylands" used to have a typo with a capitalized "K."
- "Hope This Phelps," an achievement related to purchasing the swim dash ability, is a reference to the famous competitive swimmer, Michael Phelps.