- Oct 27, 2017
To get the platinum, you have to advance at least as far as Fountainhead in NG+ because you need the lapis for the prosthetic upgrade. But it can go by REALLY fast because its quite a bit easier probably at least until you get to the part around where you can choose the Shura ending (you'll be getting bosses on first attempt and cutting through regular enemies).
The thing is though you won't rack up that much skill points on a regular playthrough. Personally I found that there was just never any time where I'm sitting on anything like 4-9 skill points during regular play. If you haven't started NG+ perhaps you could grind for a while now to break it up some. Otherwise, when you get a few skill points during NG+ you may want to stop and find a good place to grind to try and take care of any skills you need that cost 2, 3 or 4 points.
There is a pretty good grinding loop in Fountainhead that is pretty helpful if you need more Wax as well. You start at the idol near the bridge where you first encouter the carp. Go the other direction to the right, grapple to the roof, run the roof, backstab first lookout, run to 3rd lookout backstab him, and then do the one in the middle. Then go back on the roofs to where the lightening guy is and do a leaping backstab and take out 2 mist nobles as you move back to the idol to restart.
The best skill grind I know off is near the Ogre steps in the outskirts after fountainhead boss. Grapple to look out - backstab. Drop down and backstab guy under tower. Run through gate and backstab guy standing there. Kill two soldiers going up steps. End loop here or keep going and grapple up to the walkway. Double ichi the guy on your way out. Backstab the red hat hiding on the wall. Backstab the gunner on the wall. Backstab the gunner on the ground. Go and backstab the red guys fighting on the bridge.
These are the best places to grind for skills requiring > 4 points - that I know of at least.