Hardspace: Shipbreaker Trophy & Achievement Guide

hardspace shipbreaker trophy achievement guide

Welcome to the Hardspace: Shipbreaker Trophy and Achievement guide! Everything can be earned in a single playthrough.

  • 3/10 Estimated Difficulty
  • 35-45 Estimated Hours to completion depending on your shifts
  • 1 Playthrough + Save manipulation
  • 2 of 3 Potentially Missable

In order to progress through the game, you need to dismantle ships and level up. Reaching certain levels will advance the story and unlock what you need for the Trophies/Achievements. As you dismantle ships, there will be a yellow progress bar at the top of the screen. The numbers in the progress bar are called Salvage Goals. Reaching these Salvage Goals will earn you points to spend on gear upgrades as well as experience points for leveling up your character.

All you’re going to be doing is dismantling ships. Depositing the materials in the correct locations as well as not destroying too many parts will earn you progress toward your Salvage Goals. The more ships you properly dismantle, the more Salvage Goals you’ll hit.

In terms of Trophies and Achievements, there are five collectible related Trophies/Achievements but they are easy.

    • A Tuckered Tale” can be found and earned right away during the initial tutorial.
    • Captured Killer of Caerbannog” is a random collectible. The stuffed bunny will be found floating inside of some of the ships you’ll be dismantling. So keep an eye out for when this appears and pick it up when it does. You’ll be dismantling a lot of ships when going for 100% completion, so you’ll likely find more than one stuffed bunny.
    • Ghost in the Ship” is a random message found by collecting a helmet from a ghost ship.
    • A drop in the ocean” is another random collectible found inside of ships. These are drives that will reward you with credits when found.
    • Post No Bills” requires you to collect any poster from any ship that has them. There are many posters. You only need one.

There are three Trophies/Achievements for reaching all of the Salvage Goals for dismantling three types of ships. This is something that will likely happen as you play and learn the game’s mechanics. You should always be trying to reach the final Salvage Goal when dismantling ships anyway.

Outside of that, the others are tied to story completion. It’s not a very difficult list, but it’s not a quick one either.

Speed Things Up

As you progress through the game, you will eventually unlock the option of restoring a ship via your Employee Terminal under Ship Doctor. This will be done by collecting parts from the ships that you’re dismantling. They will be highlighted in purple. The ship restoration will be done in multiple steps. You can actually stack the parts for future steps, so always pick these up when you see them to speed this up. Completing the restoration of the ship will be required to finish Act III.


There will come a point in the story where your team will decide to protest against management and intentionally fail the salvage goals. There are two Trophies/Achievements tied to this mission.

Disagree and Commit” is earned by ignoring your team and completing the salvage goals. “Solidarity Forever” is earned by intentionally failing your salvage goals.

This mission cannot be replayed, so make sure to create a back up save file before doing the mission. Make a back up save, earn one of the Trophies/Achievements, download your back up save and do the opposite to earn them both in a single playthrough.

In terms of the story, it does not matter what choice you make here. Despite presenting you with the choice of failing or not, you will get to the exact same story point regardless of what you choose. There are no branching paths or alternate endings. So they can both be missed, but you would earn one of them as part of the story if you were playing blind.

The other semi-missable is “No Niños.” It is possible to skip the opening the tutorial which would mean you could miss it. However, there are other tutorials in the game that you will reach when progressing through the story that will pop this when completed if needed. Just play it safe and do not skip the opening tutorial.

 Master Salvager

Unlock all trophies

No Niños No Niños

Complete the Tutorial

This is earned in the very beginning of the game. When going through the sign up information, you’ll come to a page called the “Employment Confirmation Form.” There will be an option on here to skip the training. For this, you have to do to the training, so do not skip it.

Go through the tutorial to learn the game and this will pop when you interact with the the vendor terminal after learning about the barge below you. It’ll be a required step to interact with the terminal. It will be marked by a wrench icon.

tutorial Hardspace: Shipbreaker Achievement Guide

Act I Complete Act I Complete

Complete Act I of the campaign

Act I ends when you reach level 7.

A cutscene will play when waking up in the Hab. This will pop at the end of the scene and transmissions.

Act II Complete Act II Complete

Complete Act II of the campaign

Act II will end in the mid to late teen levels. It depends on how many shifts you’ve completed. You’ll know you’re getting close when Kaito starts having issues. Eventually, Lou will suggest unionizing. Shortly after that you’ll receive a transmission from Hal when waking up telling you that Lou has been fired. This will pop at the end of that cutscene.

Act III Complete Act III Complete

Complete Act III of the campaign

In order to complete Act III, you’re going to have to do a few things.

First, check your terminal for a fake spam message. Read it and continue dismantling ships until you get the ship option called “Industrial Action.” Select that and you’ll be tasked with incorrectly dismantling the ship in order to protest LYNX. At this point, you will need to make a back up save in order to earn both “Disagree and Commit” and “Solidarity Forever.”

After that, you will need to complete the ship that you have been repairing in your Employee Terminal by finding the purple highlighted parts found on the ships you’ve been dismantling. You can apply the parts you’ve found via the terminal. You can stack the ship parts, so always pick them up when you find them. This will make it easier to complete the steps.

Employee Terminal > Ship Doctor.

And finally, you will also need to clear out your debt. When you finish sabotaging LYNX, your debt will be heavily reduced, so you won’t have billions left over. You’ll have a somewhat reasonable amount left. So dismantle more ships until that balance is wiped out.

After you’ve done all of those steps. go to your Employee Terminal and go to “Contract Status.” You can officially end your contract with LYNX.

The Weight of the World The Weight of the World

Complete all Salvage Goals on a Atlas Class Ship

  • The Atlas ships will become available when you reach level 5.
  • The Javelin ships will become available when you reach level 7.
  • The Gecko ships will become available when you reach level 14.

This does not have to be a perfect salvage. There is a yellow bar at the top of the screen with numbered milestones to reach. These are called Salvage Goals. At first there will be five, but this will increase as you progress through the game. As you correctly dismantle ships, the deposited parts will build up this meter. Each Salvage Goal will reward you with points that can be used to upgrade your gear.

In order to earn the three salvage goal Achievements, you’re going to need to reach the last Salvage Goal on the yellow bar. All you have to do is reach that final number. You do not have to completely fill up the progress bar.

When dismantling, make sure you take the ship apart carefully. Before salvaging it, make sure you take note of what hazards are present on the ship you choose. Go through the ship first and turn off all of the Atmosphere Regulators, turn off the power to the bogger reactors and flip the switches for fuel lines found near the boosters and connected to the bigger more advanced reactors.

There are going to be small parts like lights attached to the bigger panels that will be hard to see, so take a close look on each part before sending it to its destination. If you’re playing with a timer, its okay for the time to run out. You can continue this across multiple shifts. The timer running out will not void this Trophy/Achievement.

  • You should use your scanner to thoroughly check out the ship. You will have some wiggle room for mistakes, but you don’t want to get too careless.
  • You will need to keep an eye out for gas cannisters and cores. Do not cut too closely to gas cannisters.
  • You will need to make sure that you have plenty of room to quickly move when you remove the reactor core. As soon as you start pulling it, a meltdown will begin. So you need to quickly get it out and send it to the barge. While holding the reactor core, look straight down to the barge and push it with / to make sure it gets delivered as fast as possible.
  • Depressurize the ships by interacting with Atmosphere Regulators found inside of ships.
  • Flush fuel valves.
  • Turn off power to the bigger reactors.
  • Disconnect the fuses to the generators.

Always Finding Your Mark Always Finding Your Mark

Complete all Salvage Goals on a Javelin Class Ship

See the “The Weight of the World” Trophy/Achievement above for details.

Gecko Go(al) Getter Gecko Go(al) Getter

Complete all Salvage Goals on a Gecko Class Ship

See the “The Weight of the World” Trophy/Achievement above for details.

Captured Killer of Caerbannog Captured Killer of Caerbannog

Collect a Bunny stuffed-animal

Finding a stuffed bunny will be random. While dismantling a ship, there will sometimes be a stuffed animal floating inside of the ship. When you see one, either pull it close to you or move toward it. Either way, get in close and pick it up with / . This will then be found in your Hab above your computer.

A Tucked Tale A Tucked Tale

Finding the Hidden Data Drive

The hidden Data Drive is found on the backside of the Hab and you can get this at anytime while dismantling ships. From your Hab, turn around and press Up on the D-pad to use your scanner. You should see a blue square on the backside. Make your way around and behind the Hab to find the Data Drive taped to the Hab. Get in close on it and press  /   to pick it up.

hidden drive Hardspace: Shipbreaker Achievement Guide

data drive Hardspace: Shipbreaker Achievement Guide

Bing Bang BOOM Bing Bang BOOM

Unlock Demo Charges

The Demo Charges can be unlocked when you reach level 11. They are bought from the Workstation inside the Hab and they will cost 120 LT. You only need to buy the very first square for this Trophy/Achievement.

Workstation > Equipment > Demo Charges.

demo charges Hardspace: Shipbreaker Achievement Guide

 Fire and Brimstone

Read a message about the Furnace God

In order to earn this, you will need to first fly into the furnace five times. After your 5th time, return to your hab and you will have unlocked the Furnace God Worshipper sticker. You will also have an unread message at your employee terminal.

Go to your employee terminal and read the message from Shipbreaker_3591-20@LYNX.railmail with the subject line “Have you felt the warmth??”

Read the email to learn about the mighty furnace god and pop this Trophy/Achievement.

 Ghost in the Ship

Read the Machine God’s message

As you play through the career, you will eventually have to dismantle ghost ships. While inside of the ghost ships, look for a floating space helmet inside of the ship. Collect the helmet and then return to your hab.

Go to the employee terminal inside of the hab and select the “Data Recovery” option. Decrypt the drive and look through the messages on it. There will be a message that references the Machine God or its followers.

 A drop in the Ocean

Collect a Credit Drive

Credit Drives are drives that when collected will give you money. These are small square objects that can be found in ships while dismantling them. They will have a green hue to them.

These are random, but you will likely come across these as you work toward clearing your debt. Keep an eye out for them floating around inside of ships when dismantling.

 I ain’t afraid of no Ghost

Destroy an AI node

As you progress through the career, you’ll eventually encounter ghost ships. These will have rogue AI nodes in them.

ai nodes

The AI nodes will be attached parts of the ship and you will need to destroy them. You can remove them and throw them into the furnace or you can use your cutter to destroy them. It’s important to note that AI nodes will become hostile when the first one is destroyed. They won’t attack you in combat, but they will take control of the ship’s systems and try to trap you in the ship.

 Critical Thinker

Successfully salvage a Reactor

This is something that you will earn as you work toward fully dismantling the three types of ships for other Trophies/Achievements.

See the “The Weight of the World” Trophy/Achievement above for details.

 Post No Bills

Collect a Poster

Posters can be found inside of the ships you’ll be dismantling on the walls. All you need to do is go near a poster and then press  /   to pick it up.

hardspace shipbreaker trophy achievement guide poster

 I can fix it!

Repair a Tool

While dismantling a ship, hold / to view the health percentage of you tools. Go to the vendor terminal that is just outside of your hab in the dismantling area and buy a Tool Repair Kit.

After that, go to your workstation in your hab. Interact with the computer and select “Equipment.” Press / on a tool to use the repair kit and repair the tool.

 Breathe In… Breathe Out…

Recharge O2

While dismantling ships, you’ll need to keep an eye on your oxygen levels. If you run out, you’ll die. When you’re low on oxygen, go to the vendor terminal outside of the hab in the dismantling area and buy oxygen.

You can also refill your oxygen by finding oxygen tanks inside of ships while dismantling them. Interact with the oxygen tanks and you’ll refill your own with them.

 It’s Heating up!

Receive Fire damage

While selecting what ship you want to dismantle, you can see a list of the hazards that are available for each ship in the top right corner of the screen of the ship selector.

  • Fire Damage

While dismantling ships, you will sometimes come across fuel lines or fuel tanks. The fuel lines are red long pipes and the fuel tanks are red cannisters. If you cut or damage the fuel lines before you shut off the fuel valve, they will explode and catch on fire.

All you have to do here is move into the fire after damaging a fuel line or fuel cannister and you’ll receive fire damage.

  • Cold Damage

You can find coolant lines and coolant containers that are connected to the Environmental Control Unit (ECU) and to the reactors. These are long blue pipes with blue lights on them. Damage one of these pipes before removing the coolant containers and you’ll be damaged with the cold coolant.

  • Electricity Damage

You can take electrical damage by damaging power generators, power cells and junction boxes. Some ships later on in the career will require you to remove several fuses in order to shut down a generator. The game will walk you through this when you come to it. Remove the generator without removing the fuses and you’ll take electrical damage.

 Breaking the Ice

Receive Cold damage

See the “It’s heating up!” Trophy/Achievement above for more details.

 Truly Shocking!

Receive Electricity damage

See the “It’s heating up!” Trophy/Achievement above for more details.

 Let’s patch things up

Use a suit patch kit

As you dismantle ships, you can damage your suit. If your suit becomes too damaged, you’ll start to leak oxygen and eventually run out. When this happens, you can go to the vendor terminal outside of your hab and buy a suit repair kit. It will be automatically used when you purchase it.

You can also find suit repair kits inside of some of the ships you dismantle. They will automatically be used as you pick them up.

You can blow up hazards to intentionally damage your suit if you’re looking to get this out of the way.

A successful procedure!

Gain one repair level on the ship doctor

This is something that you will earn as you work toward completing the career. You’re going to be repairing a ship for yourself via the employee terminal.

The ship doctor will list parts that you need to find and apply. You’ll be introduced to this as part of the story.

The parts are found in the ships you dismantle. They will be highlighted in purple text. Pick these parts up whenever you see them as the parts can be stacked for later steps.

You can also see what parts can be found in what ships from the ship selector screen.

When you have the parts, interact with the employee terminal in your hab and use them on your ship in the ship doctor. This will need to be fully repaired in order to finish the game.

 See you Space Cowboy

Complete Career Mode

See the “Act III Complete” Trophy/Achievement above for more details.

Disagree and Commit

Complete 3 out of 5 salvage goals during industrial Action

Toward the end of the story in Act III, you’ll receive a message disguised as spam from Lou. This message will unlock a salvage job marked as “Industrial Action.”

Before doing this salvage job, make sure to make a separate back up save file.

The objective of this job will be to intentionally fail the salvage goals in an effort to protest against management. There are two Trophies/Achievements tied to this, but you can only get one unless you have a back up save file. Or by playing through the game a second time.

Although there are two choices here, both choices will lead you to the same story point. There are no branching paths here.

Earn “Disagree and Commit” first and then download your back up save file and earn “Solidarity Forever.”

  • Disagree and Commit

For this, you’re going to have to complete the salvage goals properly. Do not fail the salvage goals. The rest of your crew will be failing, but you will need to complete the goals like normal.

  • Solidarity Forever

For this, you will need intentionally fail all of the salvage goals. You can destroy parts or send parts to the wrong the processing locations. The easiest way to do this is to place your demolition charges on the reactor and other hazards. Set the charges off from a safe distance and you’ll damage most of the ship.

 Solidarity Forever

Fail 3 out of 5 salvage goals during industrial Action

See “Disagree and Commit” above for more details.

 The best thing money can buy

Fully repay the debt

See the “Act III Complete” Trophy/Achievement above for more details.


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