Inertial Drift Trophy Guide

Trophy Roadmap:

Difficulty: 7/10
Estimated time to platinum: 30/50 hours (skill dependent)
Missable trophies: None
Glitched trophies: None
Difficulty related: 1
Silver Did You Order Original Recipe Or Extra Crispy?
Playthrough: n/a

Introduction:

Welcome to the Inertial Drift Trophy Guide!
An innovative twin-stick racing game where you have to keep on drifting to master all the vehicles. Be ready for a true challenge!

Roadmap:

Step 1: Tutorial, Story Modes, and Perfectionist
During this step, you will learn the basics of the game and approach yourself into the 4 Story Modes.
It’s recommended to ALWAYS read the dialogues between the characters as you will keep learning how to drive and drift better with harder cars.

There are 4 Story Modes and each one has an increased difficulty level. It’s recommended to proceed in this order:

  • Edward’s Story;
  • Ada’s Story;
  • Ibba’s Story;
  • Viv’s Story.

Remember that there’s no need to get a gold medal in every event except for the point-to-point time trials, but try to always win every event at least in Edward’s Story to get the 100% for the Gold Perfectionist trophy.

You’ll be earning these trophies:
Bronze Oh… I Get it!
Bronze Looks Who’s Finally Ready To Play
Bronze Start Your Engines!
Bronze Take Care Of This Loser
Bronze Scanning For Weaknesses…
Bronze Stay Between The Lines
Bronze You Only Get One Shot
Bronze Turn Right To Go Left
Bronze Ice Cold Refreshment
Bronze Razor Sharp
Bronze Multidimensional
Bronze Go Ballistic!
Bronze All The Force Of A Great Typhoon
Bronze Is It A Bird? Is It A Plane?
Bronze Careful, They Bite
Bronze Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads
Bronze Why So Serious?
Bronze Et Tu, Brute?
Bronze A Force To Be Reckoned With
Bronze Do You Like My Car?
Silver You’ve Got Potential
Silver So Much Still To Learn
Silver No Room For Doubt
Silver Stronger Together
Silver Checkered Flag
Silver Cool Vibrations
Silver I Have You Now
Silver Unflappable
Silver Every Second Counts
Silver Sliding With Style
Gold Perfectionist

Step 2: Edward’s Story on “Xtra Crispy” difficulty
This step can be optional or not as if you want, you can also complete this in step 1 of the guide right after Edward’s Story as you should already have learned how to master every track with his car. 

However, the “Xtra Crispy” difficulty is unlocked after you complete Edward’s Story and adds up another challenge to this game. You will have harder targets and faster opponents.
It’s recommended to go for this trophy by facing up Edward’s Story again as it’s the easiest one and you will see no real difference.

During this step you’ll earn these trophies:
Silver Did You Order Original Recipe Or Extra Crispy?

Step 3: Miscellaneous trophies, Arcade Mode, and Challenges 
Now things will get a little bit spicy but before digging into the first hardest part of the game, you may want to tackle the two Arcade Mode related trophies, complete at least a race on each track and an event on a reverse circuit as well.
Focus on the other miscellaneous trophies too such as completing 10 laps in a session and hitting a checkpoint with less than 1 second left in an Endurance Event. 

After that, you are ready to tackle the Challenges to unlock all the cars and prepare yourself for the next step but, unfortunately, there’s no trophy for this.  

During this step you’ll earn the following trophies:
Bronze It’s A New Record
Bronze Trendsetter
Silver All Night Crossing The Line
Silver Well Traveled
Silver I’ve Just Been In This Place Before
Silver Almost There…
Gold The Perfect Lap

Step 4: Grand Prix Mode
Here you go. This will be the hardest and longest step in the game. You will need to complete the Grand Prix mode with every available car in the game and it will be very challenging.

Grand Prix Mode consists of 5 races in a row where you are ALWAYS obliged to win. If you lose, you will have three retries, and after failing three times… It will be over and you will have to start over again.

Some cars will be easy but some will make you sweat and get frustrated because the handling of every car is different and you will have to get the hang of it every time.
Furthermore, some races are almost unforgivable and even a single mistake can costs you the whole Grand Prix.

At the end of this step, you’ll earn your last trophy and a new shiny rare platinum.
Gold Complete Mastery
40-platinum Drift King

How to become a drift master

In this section of the guide, you can find a detailed breakdown of how to drift with every car of the game. Unfortunately, this won’t be enough to master some of the hardest cars during the Grand Prix events, but it can be a good starting point.

NOTE: From the deep of my heart, I really want to say thanks to Kozad that gave me these tips and wanted to share them with our community. 

Terra Dart

[Full speed] can drift while accelerating, good handling. This is by far the easiest car to use.

Roton Boba

Same profile as Terra Dart. This car just takes a bit more time to start a drift and drift from one side to the other.

Coda Gecko

The drift angle is a bit weak but this issue can be countered by tapping the brake ( button) from time to time to increase the drift angle but speed loss will be important. Anticipate a turn and drift early would be a better solution.

Venom Bullet & Venom Ventus

 [Full speed] keeps accelerating all the time, use to have a better drift angle for sharp turns but wide turns just need you to anticipate the drift by pushing the drift stick in advance.

HPE Katana

Using the button will reset your car straight so don’t use it for drifting. Instead, release the button if your speed is too high to have a better drift angle. When re-accelerating push slowly to avoid your car drifting too much when you don’t want it to.

HPE Dragon

Two ways of starting a drift:

  1. For wide turns: just push the drift stick early in the direction you want, car is very slow to drift this way so feel to drift very very early;
  2. Sharp turns: release and quickly tap and drift stick in the direction you want then go again when drift is started.

As this car is the hardest to master for the Grand Prix events, you will need to master both ways of drifting and know what kind of method is requiring for each turn of the City track.

Velox Jet Z 880

This one is a bit tricky, you can drift very easily by quickly pushing while accelerating but you’ll need to release and exclusively the combo “ + drift stick” to engage sharp turns. Doing so results in a huge loss of speed so watch out.

Coda Gecko RX

Drifting with this one requires you to use “ + drift stick” as you cannot drift while accelerating.
As for the Velox Jet Z 880, keep in mind that drifting with brakes can result in a huge speed loss if you push for too long. Track knowledge (for the offroad section) is required as this car is the only one that benefits from the shortcuts

HPE Jester

 Wide turns can be easily passed by slightly pushing the drift stick in the direction you want.
For sharp turns such as hairpins, you’ll use “ + drift stick” and use as soon as you start to “over-drift” to maintain speed.

Roton 7D

Same drifting tips as Coda Gecko RX, you’ll need to release the gas and start to brake in order to drift. For the sharp turns, do the same as with HPE Jester (the only difference is Jester can drift once you engage it even if you release the drift stick, Roton need to always push the stick).

Coda Chrono

One of the easiest Class A car. You can drift by pushing the drift stick and quickly release the gas; For hairpins and very sharp turns using could help.

Not useful but, If you push the drift stick too long (without accelerating) and start using the button, you can do some 360° for more style!

Venom Raptor

Grand Prix related events are not that hard once you learn how to drive this car.
You can’t drift while accelerating, so use “ + drift stick” to start drifting. You’ll need to find a good balance between your drift angle and when you need to accelerate once you drift.

If you push “ + drift stick” like a madman and accelerate you’ll end up doing some 360° without understanding why. But being a madman can help for hairpins once you know how the car works. Keep in mind that power is given to the rear-wheels and it has a lot of power. Tap again if you want to finish a drift and keep the car straight.

Terra Gladio

Same as the Venom Bullet, you’ll need to keep all the time and use the combo “ + drift stick” in addition to when you want to drift.
For sharper drifts simply push the button longer.

Coda Supreno

 Same as Terra Gladio, but if you push for too long you’ll end up doing some 180°.

Velox Impuls

No drift here. Drive this car like a normal one, use / and the steering stick.

Trophy Guide:

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Drift King
Earn all trophies
Oh… I Get It!
Use the Drift Stick

This trophy will pop right at the beginning of the game during the first tutorial race as the game is based on drifting and you have to drift to complete every event.

Look Who’s Finally Ready To Play
Complete the tutorial

This trophy will pop once you have completed the tutorial.
You will unlock it after completing your first event ever as it serves you to learn the basics of the game.

NOTE: To get a more in-depth tutorial, always read the dialogues between the various characters as they provide you useful tips on how to drive and drift better.

Start Your Engines!
Compete in a race

This trophy will pop right after competing in a race event.

If you are following the “Story Mode” in the suggested difficulty order, you will unlock it once you begin the third event in Lakeside Loop in Edward’s Story.
This race has 3 laps but it’s fairly easy.
In the end, you will unlock the Boba car and the Bronze Ice Cold Refreshment trophy as well no matter if you lose or not but if you manage to win this race against Esmee you will also unlock the Silver Checkered Flag trophy.

Take Care Of This Loser
Compete in a duel

This trophy will pop right after competing in a duel event.

If you are following the “Story Mode” in the suggested difficulty order, you will unlock it once you begin the first event on City Skylink in Edward’s Story.
In the end, you will unlock the Bullet and the Bronze Go Ballistic! trophy as well no matter if you win or not, but if you manage to win this duel against Talsin, you will also unlock theSilver Cool Vibration trophy.

Scanning For Weaknesses…
Compete in a ghost battle

This trophy will pop right after competing in a ghost battle event.

If you are following the “Story Mode” in the suggested difficulty order, you will unlock it once you begin the second event on Lakeside Loop in Edward’s Story.
If you also manage to beat the target time of 01:06:08 you will also receive the Silver I Have You Now trophy.

Stay Between The Lines
Compete in an endurance event

This trophy will pop right after competing in an endurance event.

If you are following the “Story Mode” in the suggested difficulty order, you will unlock it once you begin the third event on Sunset Sea Circuit in Ada’s Story.

Furthermore, if you manage to get a gold medal by covering a target distance of 10.000m, you will earn a gold medal and the Silver Unflappable trophy as well.
Also, if you have some spare time left after getting the gold medal, try to hit a checkpoint with less than a second left on the time to get the Silver Almost There… trophy as well.

You Only Get One Shot
Compete in a time trial

This trophy will pop right after competing in a time attack event.

If you are following the “Story Mode” in the suggested difficulty order, you will unlock it once you begin the first event on Lakeside Loop in Edward’s Story.
You have 3 laps to try to always improve your time and if you manage to finish under 01:06:00 you will get a gold medal and theSilver Every Second Counts trophy as well.

Turn Right To Go Left
Compete in a style event

This trophy will pop right after competing in a style event.

If you are following the “Story Mode” in the suggested difficulty order, you will unlock it once you begin the second event on Snow Mountain Sprint in Edward’s Story.
In the end, you will unlock the Jester car and the Bronze Why So Serious? trophy as well no matter what result you get.
Furthermore, if you manage to get a gold medal by reaching 25.000 style points you will earn a gold medal and the SilverSliding With Style trophy.

It’s A New Record
Set a leaderboard time in Arcade Time Attack

From the main menu select the “Arcade Mode” and choose a track.
After that, you need to face up a Time Attack event and set a leaderboard time.

You can see the leaderboard on the top right and to get this trophy you simply have to beat at least the last position. 

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Trendsetter
Set a leaderboard score in an Arcade Style event

From the main menu select the “Arcade Mode” and choose a track.
After that, you need to face up a Style event and set a leaderboard time.

You can see the leaderboard on the top right and to get this trophy you simply have to beat at least the last position. 

Ice Cold Refreshment
Unlock the Boba

Refer to the Bronze Start Tour Engines! trophy description for further details.

Razor Sharp
Unlock the Katana

This trophy will pop once you complete the third event on Snow Mountain Sprint in Edward’s Story.
This one is a duel against Corey but there’s no need to win to unlock this car.

Multidimensional
Unlock the 7D

This trophy will pop right after you complete the third event on Lakeside Loop in Ibba’s Story.
This one is a Race event against Gunner. Like always, there’s no need to win the event to unlock the car.

Go Ballistic!
Unlock the Bullet

Refer to the Bronze Take Care Of This Loser trophy description for more details.

All The Force Of A Great Typhoon
Unlock the Ventus

This trophy will pop right after you complete the third event on City Skylink in Ada’s Story.
This one is a race against Riku and there’s no need to win to unlock the car.

Is It A Bird? Is It A Plane?
Unlock the Jet Z 880

This trophy will pop right after you complete the second event on City Skylink in Ada’s Story.
This one is a Duel event against Jay. Like always, there’s no need to win the event.

Careful, They Bite
Unlock the Raptor

This trophy will pop right after you complete the third event on City Skylink in Ibba’s Story.
This one is a race against Bautista that is hard to win. However, you will unlock the car no matter what result you get.

Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads
Unlock the Gecko RX

This trophy will pop right after you complete the first event on Snow Mountain Sprint in Ibba’s Story.
This one is a Duel event against Lucas. Like always, there’s no need to win the event as it’s almost impossible to arrive 1st.

Why So Serious?
Unlock the Jester

Refer to the Bronze Turn Right To Go Left trophy description for more details. 

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Et Tu, Brute?
Unlock the Gladio

This trophy will pop right after you complete the third event on Snow Mountain Sprint in Viv’s Story.
This one is a race against Zhara and she drives like mad. However, you will unlock the car no matter what result you get.

A Force To Be Reckoned With
Unlock the Impuls

This trophy will pop right after you complete the second event on Sunset Sea Circuit in Viv’s story.
This one is a race against Sinead and there’s no need to win against him to unlock the car and the trophy.

Do You Like My Car?
Unlock the Supreno

This trophy will pop once you complete the first event on Mount Kirino. This one is a style event against Seth. There’s no need to get a gold medal to unlock this one.

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Complete Edward’s story

This trophy will pop right after you complete the third event on Mount Kirino in Edward’s Story.
This will also unlock the Xtra Crispy Difficulty which is needed for the Silver Did You Order Original Recipe Or Extra Crispy? trophy.

Edward’s car is the Terra Dart and it’s very easy to drift with this one so you should have no trouble completing all the events.

Furthermore, you don’t have to always earn a gold medal to be able to go to the next event (except for point to point time trials) but it’s recommended to go for them to earn 100% on this story and the Gold Perfectionist trophy as well because it’s the easiest story where to get all gold medals.

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Complete Ada’s story

This trophy will pop right after you complete the third event on Mount Kirino in Ada’s Story.

Ada’s car is the Coda Jacko and its drift angle is a bit weak. You can counter this issue by tapping the brake ( button) from time to time to increase the drift angle but speed loss will be important. Anticipate a turn and drift early would be a better solution.

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Complete Ibba’s story

This trophy will pop right after you complete the third event on Mount Kirino in Ibba’s Story.

Ibba’s car is the HPE Dragon which is fairly the hardest car to master. There are two ways of starting a drift:

  1. For wide turns: just push the drift stick early in the direction you want, car is very slow to drift this way so feel to drift very very early;
  2. Sharp turns: release and quickly tap and drift stick in the direction you want then go again when drift is started.

Try to learn when to use a method and when to use the other one as you will have tons of troubles and nightmares when you will have to do the Grand Prix events with this car.

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Complete Viv’s story

This trophy will pop right after you complete the third event on Mount Kirino in Viv’s Story.

Viv’s car is the Coda Chrono which is one of the easiest Class A cars. You can drift by pushing the drift stick and quickly release the gas; For hairpins and very sharp turns using could help.
However, don’t underestimate it as there are some tracks that can give you issues (Check the upscale-245262160018212Every Second Counts trophy for more info).

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Complete a story play through on “Xtra Crispy”

“Xtra Crispy” difficulty unlocks once you have beaten Edward’s Story for the first time.
In this mode, you will have to face up harder targets and faster opponents. This will add up another challenge to this game.

However, if you select to do Edward’s Story in Xtra Crispy, you won’t see any remarkable increase of difficulty as his car is the easiest one to drive and you shouldn’t have any trouble completing every event.
Furthermore, you are not forced to always get a gold medal so don’t worry at all.

Here an amazing video made by EssTee that will drive you (literally) to the accomplishment of this trophy.

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Complete 10 laps in practice mode in one session

Practice Mode is available both in Arcade Mode and Story Mode so you are free to choose.
Once you start an event, you will have to do 10 laps in one sitting to get this trophy so be sure to not select a point-to-point track such as Mount Kirino. 

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Win a race

This trophy will pop right after winning your first race event.

Races are usually 3 laps long or point to point races where you need to beat your opponent by crossing the checkered line before him.

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Win a duel

This trophy will pop right after winning your first Duel Event.

To win a duel, you need to accumulate a total lead of 1.000m or finish the track with a better result than your opponent.
They are quite bugged (or at least they seem) as sometimes the counter is not real and it can rise even if you are very close to the opponent. 

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Beat the target time in a ghost battle

This trophy will pop after beating a specific target time in any Ghost Battle.

These events are basically races against ghost cars and you need to complete a lap under a specific time. 

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Earn gold in an endurance event

This trophy will pop after earning your first gold medal in an Endurance Event.

To earn a gold medal in this type of event, you will have to drive for a specific distance without running out of time.
There will be some checkpoints that will add 15/30 seconds to your total time when you overpass them. 

NOTE: Remember that you will have to hit a checkpoint with less than 1 second left for the Silver Almost There… trophy but only attempt it after getting the gold medal just to be safe. 

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Earn gold in a time trial

This trophy will pop after earning your first gold medal in a Time Trial Event.

There are two types of these events based on the track you are on:

  • Time Attack Event: This one applies to every track with laps. you will have 3 laps to get better and you can only get the bronze medal to pass them;
  • Time Trial Event: This one applies to every point-to-point track. You will only have a single attempt and a single prefixed time you have to beat to be able to complete the event. 

In harder Story Modes, there are 2/3 of them that can give you nightmares due to the strict target times and the handling of the cars.
However, here you can find some videos of these hardest events made by EssTee:

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Earn gold in a style event

This trophy will pop after earning your first gold medal in a Style Event.

To earn a gold medal in this type of event, you will have to keep on drifting while maintaining a certain “Style” and totalize a specific amount of points.

It’s recommended to not simply drift but also try to get close to the wall with the nose or the back of your car and even tapping the wall. You will still keep the combo up and you will earn a bonus for doing that as well, just be careful not to crash as you won’t earn other points for a short time. 

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Complete an event on every track

This trophy won’t pop at the end of the 4 main stories but you will need to do a little clean-up after them.

There are 10 tracks in total and each one has a reverse layout as well. However, you don’t have to run on them for this trophy, but you will need to complete at least an event on a reverse track for the Silver I’ve Just Been In This Place Before trophy.

To select a specific track, go into Arcade Mode and you are free to select which event you want and on which track to do it.

Here a list of the tracks that are needed to get this trophy:

  • Lakeside Loop;
  • Downhill Rapids;
  • City Skylink;
  • Bay Bridge Run;
  • Snow Mountain Sprint;
  • Frozen Precipice;
  • Sunset Sea Circuit
  • Twin Glen Run;
  • Mount Kirino;
  • Kirino Forest.
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Complete an event on a reverse track layout

Refer to the Silver Well Travelled trophy for further details.

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Hit a checkpoint with less than 1 second left

To get this trophy, you need to start an Endurance Event and hit a checkpoint when you have less than a second on the remaining time.
This can be kinda tricky to obtain without going for it so it’s recommended to drive until you are close to the checkpoint then stop and hit it when you are out of time.

If you are trying to go for it while also attempting the Silver Unflappable trophy, be sure to have already gotten the gold medal just to be safe. 

NOTE: If you manage to hit the checkpoint after you have failed the race, you will still get the trophy.

The Perfect LapGold
Earn a platinum medal

To get a platinum medal, you have to score a way better time or score than the one needed for the gold medal. 
This trophy is easier to get in the Style Events and you would probably earn it while doing Edward’s or Ada’s Stories.

Perfectionist Gold
Achieve 100% on a story mode playthrough

To get this trophy, you are obliged to earn a gold medal in every event of one of the 4 available Story Modes.

The easiest is for sure Edward’s Story but you can still get the trophy if you manage to win every event in other stories too.

For more details on this trophy, you can check the video in the Silver Did You Order Original Recipe Or Extra Crispy? which is a 100% walkthrough of Edward’s Story in “Xtra Crispy” difficulty (Remember that, to get this trophy, you don’t have to play in this difficulty).

Complete Mastery Gold
Complete grand prix mode with every car

This trophy would probably be the platinum breaker as it’s the hardest one to get.
You will have to complete 5 Events in a row with every car available in the game.

First of all, you will need to unlock all the cars by completing every challenge in the “Challenges” section of the main menu. After that, select the “Grand Prix” mode and be ready to sweat and get frustrated.

Grand Prix Mode consists of 5 races in a row where you are ALWAYS obliged to win. If you lose, you will have three retries, but after failing three times… It will be over and you will have to repeat them from the beginning.
Some cars will be easy but most of them won’t be a walk in the park due to their handling. Every car is different and you will have to get the hang of it every time.
Furthermore, some races are almost unforgivable and even a single error can costs you the whole Grand Prix.

Here a table with every event you need to beat for each car to get this trophy:

CarRaces
Terra Dart1) Time Attack
2) Duel
3) Race
4) Time Attack
5) Race
Roton Boba1) Time Attack
2) Duel
3) Race
4) Time Attack
5) Race
Coda Jecko1) Race
2) Endurance
3) Time Attack
4) Duel
5) Race
Venom Ind. Bullet1) Time Attack
2) Duel
3) Endurance
4) Time Attack
5) Race
Hpe Katana
1) Duel
2) Endurance
3) Time Attack
4) Race
5) Duel
Venom Ind. Ventus1) Time Attack
2) Race
3) Endurance
4) Duel
5) Duel
Hpe Dragon1) Duel
2) Time Attack
3) Endurance
4) Race
5) Duel
Hpe Jester1) Race
2) Endurance
3) Duel
4) Time Attack
5) Race
Velox Jet Z 8801) Time Attack
2) Duel
3) Race
4) Endurance
5) Race
Coda Jecko RX1) Duel
2) Endurance
3) Race
4) Time Attack
5) Duel
Roton 7D1) Time Attack
2) Race
3) Endurance
4) Duel
5) Race
Coda Chrono1) Race
2) Race
3) Duel
4) Endurance
5) Time Attack
venom Ind. Raptor1) Duel
2) Endurance
3) Time Attack
4) Race
5) Duel
Terra Gladio1) Duel
2) Race
3) Duel
4) Endurance
5) Time Attack
Velox Impuls1) Endurance
2) Race
3) Time Attack
4) Race
5) Endurance
Coda Supreno1) Duel
2) Race
3) Time Attack
4) Race
5) Duel

If you want to master each car, you will need tons of practice and a lot of patience. Be sure to check the “How to become a drift master” section of this guide to have a complete breakdown of each car.

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My career of trophy hunter starts from the AC II platinum. I love videogames and I want to transmit my passion to the whole world by writing guides etc.

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