Amnesia The Dark Descent: How to Fix the ‘Master Archivist’ Achievement NOT Working Bug

Already tried unlocking the ‘Master Archivist’ achievement and failing? Look no further!

 

Introduction

So after many attempts at trying to get this achievement and failing, I tinkered with the save file and was able to get this achievement to finally unlock.

Notes

This guide will assume that you have already played through Amnesia: Justine and collected all (9) Notes in that game in a single playthrough.

Step 1

1. Launch Amnesia: The Dark Descent
2. Create a New Profile (lets call it Daniel for this guide)
3. Start the game and then save as soon as you can

Step 2

Navigate to the following folder on your PC
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Amnesia\Main\Daniel

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And you should get to a folder like this:

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Now open the file named AutoSave_RainyHall_XXXX_XX_XX_X_X_XX_X.SAV file that is there in notepad.

Step 3

Now find and delete the line:

<container type="100" name="mvNotes" class_type="cLuxNote" />

And replace it with this in the same spot

<container type="100" name="mvNotes" class_type="cLuxNote">
    <class type="cLuxNote" name="">
        <var type="4" name="msNameEntry" val="Note_CH01L03_Contract_Name" />
        <var type="4" name="msTextEntry" val="Note_CH01L03_Contract_Text" />
        <var type="4" name="msIconFile" val="graphics/item/journal/old_note_icon" />
        <var type="4" name="msImageFile" val="graphics/item/journal/old_note_large" />
    </class>
    <class type="cLuxNote" name="">
        <var type="4" name="msNameEntry" val="Note_CH01L03_VillageTales_Name" />
        <var type="4" name="msTextEntry" val="Note_CH01L03_VillageTales_Text" />
        <var type="4" name="msIconFile" val="graphics/item/journal/old_note_icon" />
        <var type="4" name="msImageFile" val="graphics/item/journal/old_note_large" />
    </class>
    <class type="cLuxNote" name="">
        <var type="4" name="msNameEntry" val="Note_CH01L03_WineCellar_Name" />
        <var type="4" name="msTextEntry" val="Note_CH01L03_WineCellar_Text" />
        <var type="4" name="msIconFile" val="graphics/item/journal/old_note_icon" />
        <var type="4" name="msImageFile" val="graphics/item/journal/old_note_large" />
    </class>
    <class type="cLuxNote" name="">
        <var type="4" name="msNameEntry" val="Note_CH01L05_Transformation_Name" />
        <var type="4" name="msTextEntry" val="Note_CH01L05_Transformation_Text" />
        <var type="4" name="msIconFile" val="graphics/item/journal/default_note_icon" />
        <var type="4" name="msImageFile" val="graphics/item/journal/default_note_large" />
    </class>
    <class type="cLuxNote" name="">
        <var type="4" name="msNameEntry" val="Note_CH01L04_CountEarlyExp_Name" />
        <var type="4" name="msTextEntry" val="Note_CH01L04_CountEarlyExp_Text" />
        <var type="4" name="msIconFile" val="graphics/item/journal/old_note_icon" />
        <var type="4" name="msImageFile" val="graphics/item/journal/old_note_large" />
    </class>
    <class type="cLuxNote" name="">
        <var type="4" name="msNameEntry" val="Note_CH01L04_LocationChemicals_Name" />
        <var type="4" name="msTextEntry" val="Note_CH01L04_LocationChemicals_Text" />
        <var type="4" name="msIconFile" val="graphics/item/journal/default_note_icon" />
        <var type="4" name="msImageFile" val="graphics/item/journal/default_note_large" />
    </class>
    <class type="cLuxNote" name="">
        <var type="4" name="msNameEntry" val="Note_CH01L12_ExplosiveMixture_Name" />
        <var type="4" name="msTextEntry" val="Note_CH01L12_ExplosiveMixture_Text" />
        <var type="4" name="msIconFile" val="graphics/item/journal/default_note_icon" />
        <var type="4" name="msImageFile" val="graphics/item/journal/default_note_large" />
    </class>
    <class type="cLuxNote" name="">
        <var type="4" name="msNameEntry" val="Note_CH01L12_MissingRod_Name" />
        <var type="4" name="msTextEntry" val="Note_CH01L12_MissingRod_Text" />
        <var type="4" name="msIconFile" val="graphics/item/journal/default_note_icon" />
        <var type="4" name="msImageFile" val="graphics/item/journal/default_note_large" />
    </class>
    <class type="cLuxNote" name="">
        <var type="4" name="msNameEntry" val="Note_CH01L11_AccountOfHowling_Name" />
        <var type="4" name="msTextEntry" val="Note_CH01L11_AccountOfHowling_Text" />
        <var type="4" name="msIconFile" val="graphics/item/journal/letter_icon" />
        <var type="4" name="msImageFile" val="graphics/item/journal/letter_large" />
    </class>
    <class type="cLuxNote" name="">
        <var type="4" name="msNameEntry" val="Note_CH01L11_AnimalExperiment_Name" />
        <var type="4" name="msTextEntry" val="Note_CH01L11_AnimalExperiment_Text" />
        <var type="4" name="msIconFile" val="graphics/item/journal/default_note_icon" />
        <var type="4" name="msImageFile" val="graphics/item/journal/default_note_large" />
    </class>
    <class type="cLuxNote" name="">
        <var type="4" name="msNameEntry" val="Note_CH01L11_AnatomyFrontiers_Name" />
        <var type="4" name="msTextEntry" val="Note_CH01L11_AnatomyFrontiers_Text" />
        <var type="4" name="msIconFile" val="graphics/item/journal/default_note_icon" />
        <var type="4" name="msImageFile" val="graphics/item/journal/default_note_large" />
    </class>
    <class type="cLuxNote" name="">
        <var type="4" name="msNameEntry" val="Note_CH01L11_ElevatorMachine_Name" />
        <var type="4" name="msTextEntry" val="Note_CH01L11_ElevatorMachine_Text" />
        <var type="4" name="msIconFile" val="graphics/item/journal/manual_icon" />
        <var type="4" name="msImageFile" val="graphics/item/journal/manual_large" />
    </class>
    <class type="cLuxNote" name="">
        <var type="4" name="msNameEntry" val="Note_CH01L13_MachineEquip_Name" />
        <var type="4" name="msTextEntry" val="Note_CH01L13_MachineEquip_Text" />
        <var type="4" name="msIconFile" val="graphics/item/journal/default_note_icon" />
        <var type="4" name="msImageFile" val="graphics/item/journal/default_note_large" />
    </class>
    <class type="cLuxNote" name="">
        <var type="4" name="msNameEntry" val="Note_CH02L17_AlexMachine_Name" />
        <var type="4" name="msTextEntry" val="Note_CH02L17_AlexMachine_Text" />
        <var type="4" name="msIconFile" val="graphics/item/journal/default_note_icon" />
        <var type="4" name="msImageFile" val="graphics/item/journal/default_note_large" />
    </class>
    <class type="cLuxNote" name="">

Step 4

Launch Amnesia: The Dark Descent and open the ‘Daniel’ profile

If you have followed the steps correctly, you should be able to open up your notes and see this:

The only note missing should be the first one.

Now continue playing the game until you pick up the first note ‘Daniel’s Note To Self’ in the Old Archives. Once this note has been picked up and read, your game should then unlock the ‘Master Archivist’ achievement.

Final Comments

If this did not work try the following:
1. Delete the ‘Daniel’ Profile
2. Launch Amnesia: Justine
3. Create a new profile in Amnesia: Justine named Daniel
4. Play through Amnesia: Justine and collect all 9 notes
5. Start this guide again at Step 1.3

Hope that worked for you!


Thanks to Obium for his great guide, all credit to his effort. you can also read the original guide from Steam Community. enjoy the game.

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