Bastion uses fragments as its money/currency. You can get enough fragments to complete the game just by doing the story stages.
But that won’t be enough to fully upgrade your weapons and to buy every spirit, idol, and special skill.
So to get more fragments quickly, you can do any of this optional content:
- The Bullhead Court Proving Ground (once-only)
- The Vigils of the Memorial (once-only)
- Dream Stages (repeatable)
The first two are one-time rewards only, but they’re relatively easy to do. The Vigils may be the most lucrative of the three; however, they can take some time to complete as they’re mostly milestone challenges.
On the other hand, the Dream Stages contain the hardest fights in the game, but they’re repeatable. As long as you can beat them, they are really the best sustainable source of farming fragments.
Method 1: Bullhead Court
The Bullhead Court is the proving ground for the shield. It becomes available after beating Cinderbrick Fort.
You’ll be tested at how skilled you are at deflecting attacks to defeat enemies. You can’t upgrade the shield, but these two spirits can provide a little bit of help:
|Where to Find
|+33% speed while defending
|Unlocked after building the Distillery in the Bastion
|+100% counter-block damage
|Can be bought for 200 fragments in the Lost-and-Found
Aside from that, the rest is purely based on your ability and patience.
The challenge has no time limit; take your time to observe your foes and learn their attack patterns.
The hardest and final enemy is a Scumbag. It leaves a trail of ooze as they move, which can damage you. It also becomes faster and smaller every time it gets damaged.
After counter-blocking it, move far away so you can readjust your sense of timing to match its increased speed.
Completing the challenge rewards you with fragments. The amount you get depends on how many times you’ve been hit:
|Clear stage with 15 hits or less
|Clear stage with 3 hits or less
Method 2: Memorial Vigils
The Memorial contains milestone challenges (a.k.a. Vigils), which give you fragments upon completion.
You’ll eventually fulfill most of them as you play the game normally.
The tricky ones are the weapon-specific Vigils. Some of them can be completed accidentally just by using them. For the ones that need you to deal a certain amount of damage, you’ll have to upgrade your weapons to reach their required threshold.
Each Vigil can be completed only once. Their requirements and rewards are:
|Build the Memorial
|Get first prize in 7 Proving Grounds
|Collect 15 Mementos
|Learn 20 Secret Skills
|Restore 13,000 land pieces via travel and exploration
|Defeat the required number of 15 different species of beasts
|Deal at least 70 damage with one blow of the Cael Hammer
|Defeat 3 foes with a single power shot of the Breaker’s Bow
|Defeat a hardy foe with a clip’s last bolt of the Fang Repeater
|While under 20 health, defeat a foe by blocking its melee attack with the shield
|Strike a foe 15 consecutive times without missing with the War Machete
|Defeat 10 or more foes with one shot of the Scrap Musket
|Shoot a single foe 12 times without missing with the Dueling Pistols
|Defeat a foe with a thrust and then a throw of the Brusher’s Pike
|Defeat a foe from extreme range with a power shot of the Army Carbine
|Defeat 20 foes with one continuous stream of the Flame Bellows without taking damage
|Deal 999 damage with one shell of the Galleon Mortar
|Defeat 3 foes with one shot of the Calamity Cannon
|Upgrade 5 weapons to level 3
|Spend over 10,000 fragments
|Reach level 5
|Upgrade all buildings
|Survive a round of a Dream with at least one idol invoked
Method 3: Dream Stages (Repeatable)
There are four optional “Dream” stages.
They’re gauntlets of 18–20 waves of enemies. Surviving them rewards you with bonus XP and fragments, and these stages can be repeated as many times as you want.
It’s highly recommended that you attempt these stages in the New Game Plus. You’ll have access to more weapons, spirits, and skills by then.
You’ll also want to set Leechade as one of your spirits. It recovers your health when you damage foes, which can greatly increase your survivability. You can buy it from the True Lost-and-Found for 1000 fragments.
Note: Upgrading to the True Lost-and-Found requires a Shard from a story stage. You get your first one in Jawson’s Bog.
You can experience a Dream by interacting with the main characters’ special mementos in the Bastion. They automatically appear just south of the Bastion’s monument after completing certain stages:
|The Kid’s Dream
|The Singer’s Dream
|Creatures of the Wilds
|The Survivor’s Dream
|The Stranger’s Dream
|The Bastion (New Game Plus)*