# Unreal Tournament 3 PC FAQ/Walkthrough

       ===Table of Contents===

- [1] Introduction
- [2] Getting Started
-- [2.2] Recommendations
-- [2.3] Tweaks
- [3] Gameplay
-- [3.1] Game Modes
-- [3.2] Movement
-- [3.3] Weapons
-- [3.4] Pickups
-- [3.5] Awards & Sprees
-- [3.6] Vehicles
-- [3.7] Bots
-- [3.7.1] Bot List
-- [3.7.2] Bot Tactics
- [4] Campaign
-- [4.1] Act I: Ronin
-- [4.2] Act II: With Caesar's Coin
-- [4.3] Act III: The Liandri Conflict
-- [4.4] Act IV: Calculated Losses
-- [4.5] Act V: Disposable Assets
-- [4.6] Mission Index
- [5] Cheats & Secrets
- [6] Version History
- [7] Legality, Contact & Credits

=== [1] Introduction ===
This is my first FAQ. The strategies and tactics employed are a detailing of my
personal experience playing through the Campaign. I have played each chapter
several times to discover what works best. Even so, I may have missed things.
There may be situations unique to your experience which I cannot account for.
The strategies may be obsolete with UT3 v1.1 and v1.2. My advice may require
prerequisites that I am not aware of. Any of those cases require a degree of
self-sufficiency, by you, which I cannot impart.

It has been my intention to write this guide in a way that minimizes the amount
of individual 'raw skill' required. It would be all too easy to write a guide
that assumes a difficulty of 'Casual' and instructs you to 'just kill 50 guys.'
Such a guide would be worthless to many. For that reason, the mission
strategies detailed in this guide are assuming a difficulty of "Insane."

When I began writing this guide, I was skeptical that I would be able to beat
the game on Insane. Any strategy that worked for me on Insane should at least
hypothetically work on lower difficulties. It is the only way to write a guide
that might work for everyone. To that end, I have played every level on the
hardest difficulty, and under the hardest circumstances possible for that map.
There are three missions which I could not beat this way without playing a card
so I apologize if I cannot provide a solution for you, should you find yourself
stuck fighting Loque 4 vs. 6 on HeatRay with a locked Dark Walker. Remember
that you can always play a card, select another mission, lower the difficulty
and\or replay the chapter to take a different path.

This is a first edition and as such there is likely to be a great deal of room
for improvement. I've already begun work on several, but if I wait until it's
perfect I will never release anything.
If you have any questions, corrections or suggestions on how to improve the
guide, you can contact me at dalaran51@hotmail.com

=== [2] Getting Started ===
Before you can do anything else, you'll need to create a profile. This is very
annoying, I know, but if you do not create a profile the game will not save
your progress. Once you have done that, you will be taken to the main menu.

Campaign
- New Campaign
-- Skill Level
-- LAN Game
- Continue Campaign
- Replay Chapter
- Join Campaign
Instant Action
- Game Mode
- Map
- Settings
-- Bot Skill Level              Choose the skill level of the AI bots.
-- Number of Opponents          If there are not this many humans, add bots.
-- Goal Score                   Game score limit. 0 means none.
-- Time Limit                   Game time limit in minutes. 0 means none.
-- Force Respawn                Force players to respawn?
-- Record Demo                  Record a demo of the match?
-- Mutators                     Specify which mutators you wish to load.
-- Bots                         Specify which bots you wish to include.
Multiplayer
- Quick Match                   Instantly join a match of a specific type.
-- Match Type                   Internet or LAN?
-- Game Mode                    Desired game mode.
-- Pure Server                  Exclude servers running mods\mutators?
- Join Game                     Search for all servers with these settings.
-- Match Type                   Internet or LAN?
-- Game Mode                    Desired game mode.
-- Pure Server                  Exclude servers running mods\mutators?
-- Show Full Servers            Show servers without open player slots?
-- Show Empty Servers           Show servers without any current players?
-- Locked Server                Show servers with password protection?
- Host Game                     Create a server for others to join.
-- Server Options               Change the settings for your server.
--- Server Type                 Internet or LAN?
--- Dedicated Server            Uncheck if the host wants to play too.
--- Max Players                 Maximum number allowed players.
--- Min Players                 Minimum number of players to start the match.
--- Description                 Description to display on the server browser.
--- MOTD                        Message of the Day shown to joining players.
Community
- News                          View the latest UT3 community news from Epic.
- Friends                       View\manage your friends list.
- Messages                      View messages you have received.
- Demo Playback                 Play back previously recorded match demos.
Settings
- Video
-- Screen Resolution            Change the number of pixels to process.
-- Screen Mode                  Full screen, or windowed?
-- Brightness                   Increase\Decrease the screen's brightness.
-- Post Processing              Change the type of post processing to use.
-- Reduced Gore                 Toggle whether or not to have reduced gore.
-- Subtitles                    Toggle whether or not to enable subtitles.
-- Hardware Physics             Enable or disable physics acceleration.
-- Screen Percentage            Change the amount of screen space to render in.
-- Texture Detail               Change the detail of textures in-game.
-- World Detail                 Change the detail of world geometry in-game.
-- Enable V-Sync                Toggle whether or not v-sync is enabled.
- Audio
-- Hardware OpenAL              Toggle whether or not to use hardware OpenAL.
-- SFX Volume                   Weapons & Character sound effects.
-- Music Volume                 Background music.
-- Voice Volume                 Player\Bot voice reports.
-- Ambience Volume              Background & environmental sound effects.
-- Announcer Volume             The in-game-event announcer.
-- Announcement Type            Frequency of announcements in the game.
-- Automatic Taunts             Automatically play taunts?
-- Mute Voice                   Disable voice chat in multiplayer.
-- Text-to-Speech Mode          Control which text is converted to speech.
- Input
-- Invert Y                     Inverting the Y axis when aiming.
-- Auto Aim                     Toggle whether or not to aid aiming.
-- Mouse Smoothing              Enable or disable mouse movement smoothing.
-- Mouse Sensitivity            Tweak mouse sensitivity for the game.
-- Configure Keys               Customize controls.
- Player
-- Clan Tag                     Clan Tag displayed by your name.
-- Network Connection           Select your internet connection.
-- Dynamic Netspeed             Is your netspeed is dynamic?
-- Allow Custom Characters      Allow custom characters?
-- Customize Character          Create a custom character model for multiplay.
- Weapons
-- Crosshair Type               Weapons use uniform or unique crosshairs.
-- Weapon Switch on Pickup      Automatically switch weapons upon pickup?
-- Weapon Hand                  Select which hand you hold weapons with.
-- Small Weapons                Shrinks the weapons displayed in First-person.
-- Display Weapon Bar           Display your weapon bar.'
-- Only Show Available Weapons  Display the empty slots of your weapon bar.
-- Weapon Priority
- HUD
-- Zoomed Minimap               Default to a zoomed-in rotating minimap?
-- Show Map                     Display the map on the HUD?
-- Show Clock                   Display the match clock on the HUD?
-- Show Scoring                 Display the scoring table on the HUD?
-- Show Vehicle Armor           Display the vehicle armor count on the HUD?
Credits
Exit

Most of these probably don't need further explaining, but some of them might:
'Force Respawn' forces players who have died to respawn immediately.
'Mutators' are packaged code modules which alter the game mechanics.
'Post Processing' adjusts the way color and lighting effects are displayed.
'Hardware Physics' reduces the workload on the CPU by using a PhysX card.
'Screen Percentage' How much of your screen is dedicated to quality rendering.
'Texture Detail' controls the resolution of textures on surfaces.
'World Detail' controls the number of polygons, objects, and ambient effects.
'V-Sync' makes your monitor display only complete, rather than partial frames.
'Hardware OpenAL' is like Hardware Physics, only for 3D audio.

Note that there is currently a problem with OpenAL which can cause UT3 to crash
so it is recommended that this be turned off if you encounter any problems.

=== [2.2] Recommendations ===
- Video
-- 100% Screen Percentage
Lower percentages create a blurry seam around the edges of your vision which
can be disorienting and artificially reduces your peripheral vision.

-- Texture & World Detail
As low as you can tolerate, to prevent unnecessary rendering hiccups.

-- V-Sync
Shouldn't make a huge difference, but turning it off may help maintain a
smooth framerate.

- Sound
-- Volume
I like to turn down music & ambience, while turning up SFX. It's important
to hear when you are being fired at, or when the enemy has picked up an item
nearby. Announcements are also important, particularly in warfare, since they
keep you up-to-date on Core, Node, and Orb (or Flag) status.

-- Automatic Taunts
Annoying for other players if you're playing online. It makes your character
verbally taunt after every kill. If everyone did this, it would be constant
spam, and even one player doing it can be pretty severe. It's also very
bot-esque and carries a 'noob stigma' similar to the name 'Player' since it was
a default option which most novice players neglected to turn off in previous UT
incarnations. Worse still, there is no way for other players to ignore your
taunts without muting their voice volume. I suggest leaving this off if you
plan to do any serious online playing, or if you are even the least bit
interested in being polite.

- Controls
-- Auto-Aim
I strongly suggest leaving Auto-Aim off. Becoming dependant on such handicaps
is not a reliable way to accomplish anything, and it actually interferes with
your ability to aim in some cases.

-- Mouse Smoothing
Isn't useful if you have a decent mouse, and it can also reduce your
performance so it's generally best turned off.

-- Mouse Sensitivity
Personal preference. I have mine set at default so that I don't go into shock
if I play someone else's computer and that generally aligns my character's
movement with my own, but some people swear by a 360 degree wrist rotation
which is arguably more efficient.

-- Key Bindings
-- Crouch = L-Shift.
Having C set to crouch makes no sense. C is only a crouch button in games where
crouch is a toggle. It isn't practical to hold down C while moving forward and
strafing to the right, and it's really better to avoid situations where moving
isn't practical. Left Shift can easily be held down while your other fingers
are moving your character and it's on the side with the other non-essential
keys. This also frees the C key to be bound to something else.

-- Flak Cannon = 7 & C.
-- Rocket Launcher = 8 & X
-- Sniper Rifle = 9 & Z
If you're using the now-standard WASD configuration, or the EDSF config that
some people use, the 6-9 buttons used to select the better weapons all require
you to move your hand uncomfortably far away from the movement keys.
Using Z, X, & C for this purpose is much more convenient. You can use V this
way as well if you move the command menu.

- HUD
-- Weapon Hand is probably best set to 'Hidden' to avoid the weapon model
blocking your view. This can happen a lot when you are shooting up at the
nodes, unable to see the defenders shooting rockets at you because your
gigantic weapon & map are blocking your view at ground level. You can use small
weapons as an alternative compromise.

-- Weapon Bar
I prefer my weapon bar to only show available weapons since it clears up screen
space and keeps it reserved for useful information.

-- Weapon Switch on Pickup
This can be annoying, but if you've got your priorities arranged properly it's
nice to avoid having to manually change from the enforcer every time you
respawn.

-- Zoomed Minimap
I don't like this. I find it easier to learn map layouts if I have an
objective & directional point-of-reference rather than a rotating & subjective
one. I also find it more useful to have an overall view of the battlefield than
only my immediate area.

I don't find much use for either of these. Both are accessible by opening the
scoreboard and that way you get to choose when they clutter your interface.
Scoring is useful and compact enough to leave up though.

-- Vehicle Armor
This is equivalent to health when you're in one, and it's useful for knowing
when to eject.

-- Weapon Priority
1. Redeemer          You only get it when you intend to use it.
2. Rocket Launcher   Good, well-rounded weapon. Usually safe to switch to.
3. Flak Cannon       Good weapon, but may not want to auto-switch from Rocket.
4. Stinger Minigun   Good weapon, but may not want to auto-switch from Flak.
5. Link Gun          Effective, but more useful as a tool than the Stinger.
6. Shock Rifle       You only want to use it when you intend to.
7. Sniper Rifle      Less reliable in mid-range than the Shock Rifle.
8. Bio Rifle         Too circumstantial to auto-switch. Maybe #7.
9. Enforcer          Starting weapon. Maybe better as #6 instead.
10. Longbow AVRiL    You don't want to auto-switch to this. Ever.

This may be more efficient to see it as matter of weapon range. If you're not
in-combat it's safe to switch to any weapon and priority doesn't matter. If you
are in combat, you probably won't want to auto-switch to longer range weapons.
Those are specialized for long range combat and have corresponding behaviors.
You might want to switch to closer range weapons though since most fights don't
involve both players running backwards.

=== [2.3] Tweaks ===
For further (and more advanced) settings, you'll want to edit the INI files. To
that end, TweakGuides has compiled a very thorough collection of options,
including descriptions and their changes. I suggest checking it out and
performance.

http://www.tweakguides.com/UT3_1.html

=== [3] Gameplay ===
=== [3.1] Game Modes ===
- Deathmatch
- Team Deathmatch
- Duel
- Capture the Flag
- Vehicle Capture the Flag
- Warfare

=== [3.2] Controls ===
Moving
(W) Move Forward
(S) Move Backward
(A) Move Left
(D) Move Right
(C) Crouch
(Space) Jump

Attacking
(Mouse 1) Primary Fire
(Mouse 2) Secondary Fire

Double Jump: Press space again at the apex of a jump to jump slightly higher.
Dodge: Quickly tapping twice in any direction will cause the player to dodge.
- Dodging is faster than strafing.
Wall Dodging: Performing a dodge next to a wall performs a wall-dodge.
- Wall dodges can be performed in the air, even after a double-jump.
Boost Jump: Press jump at the top of a lift to increase your vertical momentum.
Impact Jump: Use concussion to advantage by attacking the ground while jumping.
- Also known as 'Rocket Jumping'.
- Impact Jumping is best done with the Impact Hammer.
- Combine the various Jumps & Dodges, to reach areas otherwise inaccessible.
(F) Feign Death: Causes the player to ragdoll as if they have died.
- Feigning players drop the flag\orb if they are carrying one.
- Attackers do not receive a kill message.
- Feigning players do not drop (or appear to drop) a weapon.
- Feigned players can still be killed.
- In version 1.0, feign death does not trick bots.

=== [3.3] Weapons ===
Impact Hammer
The Impact Hammer, originally designed for sub-surface drift mining, can focus
several hundred metric tons of pressure into the space of a few square
centimeters. The impact, and resulting shock wave, easily destabilizes solid
stone to speed ore separation and excavation. After several mining accidents
highlighted the Hammer's devastating effect on the human body, the N.E.G.
military took interest. To improve the Hammer's effectiveness against vehicles
with shock-absorbing armor, an alternate electromagnetic pulse (EMP) mode was
engine failure. Field testing showed the EMP has a similar effect on infantry
powerups, knocking them off soldiers and enabling battlefield recovery.

Enforcer
For decades, the Enforcer pistol was the combat sidearm of choice. Veteran
soldiers appreciated the lightweight handgun's power, accuracy, and balance. In
recent years, the ever-burning desire for greater firepower led to general
issue of the AR770 assault rifle. Military procurement officers were drawn to
the AR770's higher cyclic rate and underslung M355 grenade launcher, but
seasoned combatants missed the dependability of the Enforcer. Axon Research
listened to the soldiers, and their new Enforcer MP ('Machine Pistol') model
provides the best of both worlds. Side-fed magazines provide greater capacity,
while balancing the shooter's aim when wielding two pistols. With a deadly
accurate semi-automatic mode, and a selectable burst fire mode, the Enforcer
is back, and the modern battlefield will never be the same.

Bio Rifle
The GES BioRifle processes Tarydium from its stable crystalline form into a
reactive mutagenic sludge. It can rapidly disperse these toxins for wide-area
coverage, or fire a virulent payload of variable, but usually lethal, capacity.
In layman's terms, this means the BioRifle can pepper an area with small globs
of biosludge, or launch one noxious glob at the target. The BioRifle's ability
to carpet an area with a toxic minefield makes it a notoriously effective
defensive weapon.

Shock Rifle
The ASMD Shock Rifle has changed little since its first incorporation into the
Liandri Tournament. The ASMD sports two firing modes: a thin photon beam, and
a sphere of unstable plasma energy.  These modes are each deadly in their own
right, but used together they can neutralize opponents in a devastating
shockwave. The energy spheres can be detonated with the photon beam, releasing
the explosive energy of the anti-photons in the plasma's EM containment field.

Riordan Dynamic Weapon Systems is best known for their all-purpose combat
engineering weapon system, the Advanced Plasma Rifle v24. Its primary mode is
a standard rapid-fire plasma weapon. But the alternate mode beam also serves a
multitude of engineering uses on the battlefield, from repairing friendly
vehicles to constructing power Nodes. The beam lens incorporates IFF detection,
so that its dynamic energy matrix automatically switches to a deadly plasma
stream when contacting an enemy vehicle or soldier. Contact with a friendly
onboard cells to the target. This boosts the output of any teammate who is

Stinger Minigun
Replacing the Minigun in this year's Tournament, the 'Stinger' is actually a
Liandri mining tool converted into military service. The Stinger fires shards
of unprocessed Tarydium crystal at an alarming rate, raking opponents with a
storm of deadly needles. The alternate fire shoots larger hunks of crystal that
can knock back an opponent, sometimes even pinning them to walls.

Flak Cannon
Trident Defensive Technologies continues to tweak and refine the flak cannon
with their newly released Mk4 "Peacekeeper." In spite of its new name, the flak
cannon remains banned from most military conflicts for high incidences of
maiming and collateral damage. Still, the flak cannon is the weapon of choice
for unconventional warfare in urban terrain. The primary mode detonates the
flak shell in the barrel, launching shrapnel forward in a deadly shotgun
pattern but often deafening the operator. The cannon also lobs an explosive
flak shell that detonates on contact, sending shrapnel in a dangerously wide

Rocket Launcher
Each year, more accidental deaths are caused by the Trident Tri-barrel Rocket
Launcher than in vehicular accidents and extreme sports combined. The kill
radius for its standard dumbfire rocket is surprisingly high by design -- so
accidentally firing upon a nearby wall, or a nearby enemy soldier, can be
quite fatal for the operator. The alternate fire adds to this suicidal
tight spiral, or lobbed like grenades. Regardless of the grim statistics,
veteran soldiers still consider the 'old 8 ball' the most expedient way to put
explosive ordnance on target.

Sniper Rifle
The venerable Axon Research long-range target interdiction rifle is the weapon
of choice for the discerning sniper. Acquisition of a target at distance
requires a steady hand, but the rewards merit the effort: the high-caliber
round is lethal at any range. With a precise headshot, the target will be
neutralized by the super-sonic bullet long before they hear the report. As
they say in the N.E.G. Marines: 'any shot you hear is nothing to be worried

Longbow AVRiL
The Longbow Anti-Vehicle Rocket Launcher, a.k.a. the AVRiL', gives dismounted
infantry a fighting chance in an armored conflict. Its solid fuel missile can
be 'dumbfired' as an unguided rocket, but the AVRiL's famed kill percentages
come from its optical tracking system. The alternate fire zooms and locks on
to a vehicle, guiding the missile towards its target at inescapable speeds. The
missile's microdappled control planes use increased surface area to give
unprecedented turning radius, guaranteeing delivery of its shaped
PolyDiChlorite charge into all but the most nimble vehicles. The AVRiL is
notoriously slow to reload, so it should be employed with caution in a pitched
battle. Note, the Longbow's targeting laser is standardized for most Axon
military equipment, so it can be used in other battlefield applications such
as directing spider mines.

Redeemer
'Even your least effective soldiers will earn a respectable body count with
this tactical nuclear device.' So said the original brochure for the Redeemer,
still unchallenged in its role as the most powerful man-portable weapon system
known throughout the galaxy. The slow-moving but utterly devastatic missile,
affectionately known as "Lola" by veteran soldiers, now uses an Enhanced
damage, perfect for modern assault-and-capture tactics. The Redeemer's
alternate fire mode fires the missile using the disposable fly-by-wire
guidance system, though the manual recommends using this mode only in areas of
relative safety.

Translocator
The Translocator was originally designed by Liandri R&D for rapid rescue of
expensive mining equipment during tunnel collapses and related emergencies.
The technology also saved countless lives, but not without cost; rapid
deresolution and reconstitution led to synaptic disruptions, and the
debilitating symptoms like Teleportation Related Dementia (TReDs). Today,
after years of lucrative military development contracts, portable
teleportation technology has been declared "sufficiently safe" for regular use
by front-line infantry.

=== [3.4] Vehicles ===
- Infantry         100 Health    600 Speed ( 25 MpH)
Standard infantry still have a place. Without access to a vehicle, the player
can still pick up weapons, such as the AVRiL, Link Gun, or Sniper Rifle, which
allow them to serve a valuable purpose even on a battlefield dominated by
vehicles. They also have a tactical advantage in their ability to use
powerups, exploit terrain, escape notice, and infiltrate areas inaccessible by
vehicles. They are the only ones who can pick up or destroy Orbs, Build Nodes,
or carry a Flag. The hoverboard and the ability to use teleporters helps
ensure their speedy deployment to any area of the battlefield. Still, caution
must be taken to avoid the crushing firepower of the new Necris and upgraded
Axon technology.

- Hoverboard       100 Health    900 Speed ( 38 MpH)
Allies beat you to the Manta? Did that jerk drive off alone with the
Hellbender again? Are you stuck between nodes after that idiot flipped your
tank upside down? In place of a translocator, vehicle based game modes use the
portable Hoverboard to quickly transport players from one area to another at
150% of their base movement speed. The primary fire creates a tow cable which
latches onto friendly vehicles for even faster movement, allowing non-
passenger (including flying!) vehicles to assist in transporting troops. Using
the crouch key and the direction keys allows the rider to perform stunts. The
hoverboard can be used to speedily transport flags and orbs. Be aware that any
damage sustained while hoverboarding will cause a humiliating crash which may
also lead to death and loss of flags.

- Manta            200 Armor    1500 Speed ( 64 MpH)    30 Second Respawn
The fast and maneuverable Manta hovercraft has long been a favorite for quick
surprise attacks and it's various tactical applications. Aside from being able
to endlessly harass nodes with it's shock cores or literally crush entire lines
of infantry into the ground, a skilled Manta pilot can bring down a Goliath
tank, or even a Leviathan with it's superior mobility. The primary fire shoots
miniature balls of plasma, similar to the Shock Rifle. Crouch or the Alt Fire
cause the manta to invert it's upward thrust and pull itself downward instead,
bringing it down upon the head of an enemy in a maneuver affectionately called
a 'Pancake' or lowering it enough to collide with them directly in one smooth
motion. The jump button allows it to quickly boost it's thrust and propel
itself upwards for a brief time and enabling it to traverse rough terrain even
more quickly, reach areas otherwise inaccessible, or avoid projectiles and
other obstacles. Unlike it's wheel-based counterparts, the Manta can also glide
across water without sinking. Unfortunately, the Manta's light frame makes its
pilots vulnerable to attacks by enemy snipers, and it's apparent lack of a
seatbelt can cause the pilot to fall out when under the influence of a Dark
Walker horn.

- Scorpion         300 Armor     950 Speed ( 40 MpH)    30 Second Respawn
The Scorpion has undergone some revision since it's last appearance. Gone are
it's linked energy orbs, which have since been replaced by a grenade-like
the front bumper, somewhat decreasing their ability to find unsuspecting knees
to sever. Additionally, due to the scorpion's popularity in community racing &
stunt events, turbo boosters are now standard. Activating the boost (jump) can
increases it's speed by 210%, enabling it to reach 2000 units per second (or 85
MpH). This drastically decreases it's handling, however, so it is best used on
straight-aways.

- Hellbender       600 Armor     800 Speed ( 34 MpH)    30 Second Respawn
The Hellbender, too, has undergone revision to a more 'modern' style (which is
centuries old in the Unreal timeline but whatever.) The twin laser turret has
been replaced with a single non-charging one and the modified shock rifle
mount has been integrated into the driver's seat, no longer requiring a co-
pilot to man it. As a result, the Hellbender now only supports 2 crew members
for full potential. The driver's primary fire sends out shock core
projectiles. The driver can then detonate them with the alt fire, causing a
chain reaction which detonates other nearby shock cores for wide-spread damage
while the passenger's primary fire is a concentrated energy blast which deals
more focused damage to a single target.

- Raptor           300 Armor    2500 Speed (106 MpH)    30 Second Respawn?
The Manta's big brother, analogous to the helicopter of today, and one of the
few vehicles capable of flight and the fastest average speed of any vehicle,
the Raptor remains mostly unchanged. Using the standard movement keys the pilot
is able to move the Raptor in any direction, including up (jump) & down
(crouch). The primary fire rapidly launches energy projectiles to constantly
harass targets over long distances, while the alt fire sends out a guided
missile which can lock onto other vehicles.

- Circada          500 Armor    2000 Speed ( 85 MpH)    45 Second Respawn
The Circada is essentially a flying missile battery. It was originally
released as a bonus vehicle in UT2004. The primary fire rapidly launches
missiles at the crosshair, while the alternate fire locks onto a specific
location while it loads up to 16 missiles in a firing chain and when released,
the missiles will travel to that location. The passenger's primary fire is a
beam similar to a laser turret, while it's alternate fire drops an energy

- Paladin          800 Armor     700 Speed ( 30 MpH)    45 Second Respawn
Another vehicle released as part of a bonus pack in UT2004, This one has no
passenger seats. The primary fire shoots a large shock core which detonates
upon contact. The alt fire is an energy shield which absorbs up to 1200 damage.
The shield recharges in about 3 seconds if it's not being used. Using the
primary fire while the shield is up causes a large explosion in an area around
the tank. This allows the Paladin to clear a path through enemy forces while
simultaneously shielding itself and any allies following in behind. The primary
fire is extremely slow, but very powerful, allowing it to demolish nodes and
vehicles with a few well placed shots.

- Hellfire SPMA    800 Armor     650 Speed ( 28 MpH)    45 Second Respawn
The third of the 3 vehicles released in the UT2004 bonus pack. The Hellfire is
tank, with stats almost identical to the Paladin. Although it has two seats, it
only actually uses 1 at any given time. The primary fire shoots a shock core
and the alt fire shoots a shock beam. Essentially a larger version of the shock
rifle, the shock beam can of course detonate the shock cores in a shock combo.
The Hellfire's main purpose is fulfilled when it switches into artillery mode
(jump). This part can be a little confusing, and there are few things more
annoying than a newbie hijacking the artillery and then using it like a
Hellbender. When the Hellfire is in artillery mode, the primary and alt fire
both fire an artillery shell. When a shell is fired, the camera follows the
trajectory of the shell to show the driver a trace of where their shots are
landing. Pressing either button a second time while the shell is in flight
will make the shell convert itself into a floating (stationary) camera. At
this point, the alt fire will bring the camera back down. Otherwise, the
standard crosshair becomes a target marker on the ground (in the shape of a
circle) with a line showing a prediction of the next shot's trajectory. You no
longer have to adjust the angle of the barrel, as the gun will do that for you
based on your desired target. Any new shots with the primary fire will arc to
the marker and, at the apex, explode into a cluster bomb which rains shells
down on the enemy like an extremely large Flak Cannon from space!

- Goliath          800 Armor     520 Speed ( 22 MpH)    45 Second Respawn
Although the Necris bring some new weapons to the table, the Goliath is still
the king of the hill in most levels. It's been left mostly unchanged from
UT2004 and even though it appears to have received a handling upgrade it's
actually slower than it used to be, relative to infantry. The driver gets to
man the main turret, the primary fire shoots a shell which is possibly the
fastest projectile in the game, and does a tremendous amount of damage. (360
in a 40 ft. radius, enough to kill anyone within 10 feet of the blast.) The
passenger controls a machine gun which is decidedly less exciting. The machine
gun is still useful to offset the slow rotation of the main turret though, and
the two compliment each other well. Both guns can also zoom in with their
alt-fire.

- Leviathan       6500 Armor     600 Speed ( 25 MpH)   120 Second Respawn
The only one to earn the designation of 'Super-Vehicle'. The Leviathan is huge.
Effectively a mobile battle platform, sporting 4 passenger turrets *and* it's
main cannon. Each of the 4 turrets have their own Armor (1000) independent of
the main vehicle, and each comes equipped with a shield (alt fire) that
protects it from damage for 4 seconds. The front-left turret has a shock beam,
similar to the Shock Rifle primary fire. The front-right turret fires 4
rockets in rapid succession. The back left turret fires stinger shards similar
to the minigun, and the back right turret fires shock cores similar to the
Manta. The main cannon fires a series of slow-moving bolt projectiles. It's a
little tricky to hit infantry but it rips through larger targets with less
mobility. The alt fire zooms the cannon in and out. The Leviathan also has the
ability to transform into an Ion Cannon (jump). It cannot move while in this
mode, and it takes 2 seconds for it's targeting laser to finish 'painting' but
when it does, the primary fire becomes a devastating area-effect blast similar
to a redeemer explosion.

- Viper            200 Armor    1500 Speed ( 64 MpH)    30 Second Respawn
The Necris Viper is analogous to the Axon Raptor and it's features are nearly
identical. Instead of miniature shock-cores, the Viper fires a series of small
yellow bolts which bounce off nearby walls. Very strange. The viper also has a
self-destruct feature (activated by holding the jump button and pressing the
alt fire) which causes it to hover in the air for a moment before it ejects the
pilot, spirals forward, and detonates on contact.

- Scavenger        200 Armor     700 Speed ( 30 MpH)    30 Second Respawn
The Scavenger is perhaps the most unique of the New vehicles. It's a small
(comparatively) walking tripod with a rotating body. The Scavenger can jump
fairly high, allowing it some extra mobility. It can also crouch, which serves
little purpose. They should have left in it's ability to climb walls. Oh well.
The primary fire locks onto a target and sends out a light saber training
remote which then orbits the target and zaps it with a laser. The alt-fire
causes the tripod to curl up in a ball, which increases it's speed by 215% (to
1500, or 64MpH). Using the primary fire While in this mode causes the
Scavenger to extend it's legs and use them as rotating blades to cut down
infantry, much like the Scorpion's bumper-mounted retractable blades.

- Nightshade       600 Armor     900 Speed ( 38 MpH)    45 Second Respawn
This is an interesting one. It controls similar to the Manta, only much slower.
The Nightshade becomes invisible whenever it is being driven, and can only be
seen when it fires. The primary fire uses a link gun which can be used to
repair nodes & vehicles or damage enemies. The alt fire toggles the cloak on
and off. When the cloak is off, the Nightshade is visible (duh) and moves at
full speed. When the cloak is on, the Nightshade only moves at 45% of it's
normal speed (405 units/second or 17 MpH). In addition to the Link Beam, the
Nightshade can also switch to 'Deploy Mode' (jump) and lay a number of
different types of mines: The 'Spider-Mine Trap' releases several explosive
robotic spiders which chase down and face-hug any enemies who come within
range of the trap. The 'Slow Field Generator' causes anyone caught within it's
radius to move in slow motion. The 'EMP Mine' disables any vehicles which pass
nearby (including hoverboards) and the 'Energy Shield' intercepts any attacks
which enter nearby (up to 4000 damage worth). The Nightshade cannot move while
it is deploying mines, nor can it lay mines too close together. It also
disables it's cloak in this mode. The Nightshade isn't a combat vehicle, it's
primary fire is extremely weak but with infinite link gun ammo, traps, and the
ability to avoid unnecessary combat,  the Nightshade is easily among the most
useful vehicles in Warfare mode.. If only it were on more maps.

- Fury             400 Armor    1500 Speed ( 64 MpH)    30 Second Respawn
The Fury is the Necris equivalent of the Raptor & Circada and it controls the
same way. The primary fire uses a recharging energy beam which locks onto the
target, dealing 200 damage over 1.5 seconds, but must cool down for 0.5 second
between blasts. The alt fire activates a speed boost which increases the
Fury's speed (in any direction) by ~2x for 1 second.

- Nemesis          600 Armor     500 Speed ( 21 MpH)    30 Second Respawn
The Nemesis is the Necris' attempt at creating a Tank. As such, it controls
like an Axon tank. Additionally, this vehicle has 3 modes which somewhat alter
it's statistics. By default, it moves at 500 units/second, roughly equivalent
to 21 MpH. It's alternating lasers do 50 damage per shot and are capable of
releasing almost 2.8 rounds per second. (138 Damage per Second). By pressing
the crouch button, the driver is able to lower the turret of the Nemesis,
nesting it between the treads. This increases it's speed by 220% (to 1100 or
47 MpH) but disabling the ability to rotate the turret independent of the
vehicle. Pressing jump will raise the turret back to default. Pressing jump
when the turret is at it's default position will cause the turret to raise up,
diverting power from the engines and reallocating it to the lasers instead.
This decreases the tank's speed by 250% to a measly 200 (9 MpH), but increases
it's rate of fire by 33%, to 3.7 rounds/second (185 Damage per Second). This
should make it's function obvious: Low to travel, default for light skirmishes,
and high for defense & assault.

- Dark Walker     1000 Armor     350 Speed ( 15 MpH)    45 Second Respawn
War of the Worlds isn't even a subtle theme here. Easily one of the most
intimidating vehicles, the Dark Walker towers over the battlefield. Along with
it's little brother, the Scavenger, the Dark walker encompasses an entirely
unique class of vehicles. Below the surface and cosmetic differences, the Dark
Walker pilots much like a Tank. The 'body' of the Dark Walker functions as a
turret, allowing it to rotate in 360 degrees. The Dark Walker can crouch,
which actually does come in handy at times due to it's enormous height. The
primary fire sprays a beam of molten metal which deals 120 damage over 1.5
seconds with a 1.5 second recharge rate. IE, it's damage is largely front-
loaded, making it immensely powerful in a series of short exchanges, but
somewhat average in prolonged encounters. The alt-fire is an ominous horn.
Yes, a horn. The horn creates some kind of force around the Dark Walker which
throws enemies backwards and creates temporary paralysis which causes them to
fall down. This can even eject the pilots of some vehicles. The Dark Walker
can also carry a passenger which gets access to a rapid-fire energy turret
built with technology that suspiciously seems to have been present on the
Skaarj mothership. Like the Goliath machine gun, the energy turret proves
itself complimentary to the primary seize weapon and makes up for the Dark
Walker's most obvious weakness.

- StealthBender   900 Armor    900 Speed (38 MpH)   45 Second Respawn
Unfortunately, the Stealthbender was not included with the game. Originally, it
was intended to be part of the WAR-ColdHarbor mission. You were supposed to use
the Stealthbender to sneak into the base, but the mission was never included on
release and the Stealthbender was never completed. The game's source doesn't
provide many details about what the Stealthbender was supposed to be able to
do, other than that it could cloak and moved at 1/3 speed while doing so. It
may have gone on to become the Nightshade, but that's just speculation.

=== [3.5] Pickups ===
- Health Vial       +5 Health, 199 Max. 30 Sec Spawn.
- Health Kit        +20 Health, 100 Max. 30 Sec Spawn.
- Super Health      +100 Health, 199 Max. 1 Min Spawn.
- Helmet            +20 Armor, Protects against 1 Headshot. 30 Sec Spawn.
- Armor Vest        +50 Armor, 30 Sec Spawn.
- Thighpads         +30 Armor, 30 Sec Spawn.
- Shield Belt       +100 Armor, 1 Min Spawn.
- Jump Boots        Double-Jump Higher, Reduce Fall Dmg. 3 Uses. 30 Sec Spawn.
- UDamage           Double Damage. 30 Sec. 90 Sec Spawn.
- Invisibility      Player becomes transparent. 30 Sec. 90 Sec Spawn.
- Berserk           Full Ammo & Double Rate-of-Fire. 30 Sec. 90 Sec Spawn.
- Invulnerability   Immune to all attacks. 30 Seconds. 2 Min Respawn.

=== [3.6] Awards & Sprees ===
- First Blood              Be the first person in the match to score a kill.
- Double Kill              Kill 2 people within 4 seconds of each other.
- Multi Kill               Kill a 3rd person within 4 seconds of a Double Kill.
- Mega Kill                Kill a 4th person within 4 seconds of a Multi Kill.
- Ultra Kill               Kill a 5th person within 4 seconds of a Mega Kill.
- Monster Kill             Kill a 6th person within 4 seconds of an Ultra Kill.
- Killing Spree            Score 5 Kills without dying.
- Rampage                  Score 10 kills without dying.
- Dominating               Score 15 kills without dying.
- Unstoppable              Score 20 kills without dying.
- Godlike                  Score 25 kills without dying.
- Massacre                 Score 30 kills without dying.
- Jackhammer               15 Kills with the Impact Hammer.
- Gun Slinger              15 Kills with the Enforcer.
- BioHazard                15 Kills with the Bio Rifle.
- Combo King               15 Kills by Shock Combo.
- Shaft Master             15 Kills with the Link Gun alt fire.
- Blue Streak              15 Kills with the Minigun.
- Flak Master              15 Kills with the Flak Cannon.
- Rocket Scientist         15 Kills with the Rocket Launcher.
- Big Game Hunter          15 Kills with the AVRiL.
- Hat Trick                Score 3 flag captures.
- Node Buster              Capture 10 Nodes with the Orb.
- Bullseye                 Kill someone with the Viper self-destruct.
- Denied                   Kill a Flag\Orb carrier near an objective.
(Also destroying Viper\Redeemer pre-detonation.)
- Juggernaut               Simultaneously control two Mega-Powerups.
- Hit & Run                Run over someone.
- Road Rage                Hit & Run with a killcount divisible by 4 (-2)
- Vehicular Manslaughter   Hit & Run with a killcount divisible by 4 (-1)
- Road Kill                Hit & Run with a killcount divisible by 4.
- Road Rampage             Run over 10 people.
- Pancake                  Land on top of someone with a vehicle.
- Carjacked                Steal an abandoned enemy Car.
- Hijacked                 Steal an abandoned enemy Vehicle.
- Top Gun                  Shoot down one flying vehicle with another.
- Eagle Eye                Shoot down a flying unit with a tank projectile.

=== [3.7] Bots ===
=== [3.7.1] Bot List ===
Ronin           Agg  CS   Tac  SA   Acc  Jump Favorite Weapon
- Reaper        0.4  0.5  0.0  1.0  0.5  0.0  Rocket Launcher
- Bishop        0.4  0.2  0.0, 0.0  0.0  0.0  Sniper Rifle
- Othello       0.6  0.3  0.3, 0.0  0.0  0.0  Stinger
- Jester        0.4  0.5  0.0, 0.2  0.0  0.4  Rocket Launcher
- Arashi        0.4  0.2  0.0, 0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Kensai        0.4  0.2  0.0, 0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Rook          0.4  0.2  0.0, 0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Ushido        0.4  0.2  0.0, 0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Connor        0.4  0.2  0.0, 0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Harkin        0.4  0.2  0.0, 0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Hunter        0.4  0.2  0.0, 0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Cassidy       0.4  0.2  0.0, 0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Kira          0.4  0.2  0.0, 0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Kai           0.4  0.2  0.0, 0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Metridia      0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None

Iron Guard      Agg  CS   Tac  SA   Acc  Jump Favorite Weapon
- Lauren        0.4  0.2  1.0  1.0  0.5  0.0  Shock Rifle
- Barktooth     0.5  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  Flak Cannon
- Harlin        0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0, None
- Slain         0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0, None
- Cain          0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0, None
- Johnson       0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0, None
- Karag         0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0, None
- Wraith        0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0, None
- Blain         0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0, None
- Drake         0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0, None
- Kregore       0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0, None
- Talan         0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0, None
- Ariel         0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0, None
- Avalon        0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0, None
- Blackjack     0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0, None
- Desiree       0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0, None

Liandri         Agg  CS   Tac  SA   Acc  Jump Favorite Weapon
- Matrix        0.4  0.2  1.0  1.0  0.4  0.25 Stinger
- Aspect        0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Cathode       0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Enigma        0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Collossus     0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Entropy       0.5  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  Flak Cannon
- Monarch       0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- OSC           0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Evolution     0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Mihr          0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Raptor        0.7  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  Shock Rifle
- Syntax        0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Torque        0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None

Krall           Agg  CS   Tac  SA   Acc  Jump Favorite Weapon
- Scythe        0.4  0.2  0.5  0.5  0.4  0.5  Link Gun
- Cerberus      0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Gnasher       0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Scorn         0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Lockjaw       0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Scar          0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Sharptooth    0.4  0.2  0.5  0.5  0.25 0.5  Rocket Launcher
- Worg          0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Claw          0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Bargest       0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Blackfang     0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Hellhound     0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None

Necris          Agg  CS   Tac  SA   Acc  Jump Favorite Weapon
- Akasha        0.4  0.2  1.0  1.0  1.0  0.25 Shock Rifle
- Loque         0.4  0.2  1.0  0.5  1.0  0.25 Sniper Rifle
- Damian        0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Kragoth       0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Malakai       0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Grail         0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Judas         0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Nocturne      0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Samael        0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Harbinger     0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Pagan         0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Thannis       0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Alanna        0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Arachne       0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Freylis       0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Malise        0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Raven         0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None
- Visse         0.4  0.2  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0  None

=== [3.7.2] Bot Tactics ===
Before I go into the campaign, I want to detail some differences between
playing against bots and humans. This is important because strategies which are
committed to instinct when playing online are obsolete when playing against a
bot. The reverse is also true. A number of factors can be easily misunderstood
as 'cheating' and are difficult to figure out by observation alone. This really
comes down to the way the bots perceive the world.

A bot does not have eyes or a monitor. While they do have a 'field of vision'
the same way a player does, they don't have human limitations on that vision -
such as reduction in quality over distance, camouflage, etc. What this means is
that peeking out from behind an obstruction on the furthest reaches of the map
does not make you any harder to see than you would be standing completely out
it in the open. If they see you, even a small part of you, they see you.

A bot does not have ears or a speaker. Yet they do 'hear' you. This is an
important detail to be aware of. Whenever you do something in the level - Fire
a shot, pick up ammo, jump, etc. The bot can 'hear' you. If you make a sound
and they hear it, they will know exactly where you are (through walls, floors,
etc) for the next several seconds. If you round a corner just in time to meet
rocket that was fired before the bot had even seen you, that is why: They heard
you and knew exactly where you were, and what direction you were headed.

A bot does not have arms or a mouse. They do not much care how fast you are
moving when they aim at you. They do not aim at where you are, they aim at
where you are going to be based on vector calculations. Players do not have
access to the coordinates & velocity of their target, nor can we do complex
math in the middle of combat. This is one of the biggest gameplay differences.
When you Dodge\Jump against a player, the sudden movement throws them off and
to your movement accurately, this gives you an advantage. A human may be smart
enough to wait to fire until you commit to a jump\dodge in order to lead you
more accurately, but this is an exception rather than the rule. With bots, it's
the exact opposite. When you move in a specific direction, you become *more*
vulnerable and the bot's prediction comes true. They intuitively wait until you
commit to a dodge\jump and time their shots accordingly. It's not much harder
for a bot to hit you while you are moving than it is to hit you when you're
standing still. Moving before the bot fires just tells the bot -where- to fire.

The game is running a script that tells the bots to increase their difficulty
under different circumstances and decrease it under other circumstances.
In deathmatch, this means that the better you do, the harder the enemy team
becomes. This can quickly spiral out of control. Sometimes it is better to try
*not* to get points, but to evade the enemy to avoid giving them points or
increasing their difficulty (and indirectly giving them points) while you
distract them so your allies can get points. In version 1.0, the bots also
prioritize the player over other bots, which can become problematic when you
are outnumbered, on a high difficulty, and\or playing with vehicles. There are
several weapons (such as the redeemer alt fire) which transfer the player's
identity into a camera. The bots will focus-fire on this as if it were the
player, leading to them shooting down the redeemer or artillery camera with
amazing consistency while more or less ignoring them when used by a bot (or
with the primary fire). Bots also time the powerups much as a skilled player
might. They know 5 seconds in advance when a powerup is going to spawn
regardless of who picked it up last, when, or where the bot was when it
happened. They do not understand the level layout, they only travel along
pre-specified path nodes. Most of these things have a weakness which balance
them out so equality isn't the problem. The reason these things matter is not
because the bots are better than a human, but because the bots are different
than a human, and require a different approach.

To summarize:
Don't attack targets simply because you see them. Avoiding unnecessary combat
is extremely useful in Warfare & Capture the Flag. Even in Deathmatch,
attacking at the wrong time just alerts the enemy to your presence. Don't make
unnecessary noise outside of combat. Purposeless jumping gives away your
location and is ultimately counter-productive. Don't put yourself out in the
open, where you will be seen by many enemies, if you can avoid it. Don't try
to move erratically against a bot. It doesn't trick them. Don't expose yourself
to vehicle fire if you are not in a vehicle yourself. Don't put valuable
vehicles in danger by trying to pilot them yourself. Never use the Redeemer
alt-fire.

Instead, try to sneak up on (or past) the bots. Only jump when it serves a
purpose worth exposing yourself for. Stick to back alleys and hallways where
the bots have trouble functioning intelligently. Strafe rapidly back and forth
when fighting. - The bots can't predict your location if you keep changing your
momentum. Offset the bot->player focus by using a quick & evasive fighting
style, attacking from obscure locations where they can't reach you. Avoid
lopsided combat and focus your efforts on the Orb & the Nodes to provide your
allies with more vehicles, and your enemies with less.

=== [4] Campaign ===
Difficulty
In theory, the difficulty you select for your campaign roughly corresponds with
the difficulty of the bots you will be facing:

Casual  Experienced
Normal  Skilled
Hard    Inhuman
Insane  Godlike

However, this is not concrete. A number of factors can change the difficulty of
the bots:
If they outnumber you, their skill decreases by 0.5
If you outnumber them, their skill increases by 0.75
If you are losing their skill decreases per point difference. (Min -1.25)
If you are winning, their skill increases per point difference (Max +1.25)
Your allies only receive half the benefit of the handicap. (IE, Max +0.625)
Your allies do not get any bonus/penalty for the number of opponents.

Different game modes increase\decrease (based on score) at different rates.
Deathmatch: 1 Point = +/- 0.25, 2 = 0.17, 3 = 0.12, and 0.1 for each thereafter
Capture the Flag: 0.5 per point difference.
Warfare: 0.0125 per 1% difference between PowerCores.
The difficulty does not raise if you are losing, or lower if you are winning.

Because of this, even on casual playing against Akasha means you will be
fighting a Masterful bot after about 13 kills. On Normal she starts off as a
Masterful bot and is Godlike after 13 kills. This is an incredible jump in
difficulty considering the entire rest of the campaign you will be fighting
Average-Skilled bots so keep that in mind when you begin.

During the campaign you will get cards which can be played to influence
settings on the next map. These are effectively mutators which can be
selectively activated. I will list these in the appropriate chapter. You will
also unlock characters and their meshes for use in customizing your own
character model in multiplayer. Not all of the characters can be unlocked by
playing through the campaign. For more details on those characters, see the
Cheats & Secrets section.

In the following sections I will detail each chapter of the campaign and the
choices available to you for directing your course through the story. The map
I have provided contains the map name and mission I.D. in parenthesis. Use the
search function to quickly scroll between the chapter index and the
corresponding mission ID. It's clumsy, I know. In future revisions I would like
to rearrange the mission index to make it more organized and less redundant.

=== [4.1] Act I: Ronin ===
- Rising Sun   (Mission 001)

I'm not sure how they get away with calling this Act I. This is an introduction
or prelude. They should have smashed this together with Act II and called
*that* Act I, or let us play out TwinSouls. Actually they should have done that
anyway. Whatever. There are 5 acts and 2 of them are disproportionately short.
This is one of them.

=== [4.2] Act II: With Caesar's Coin ===
002
003
004
005
006
|----------007----------|
|----008----|                122
111         009          |----123----|
|-112-|       010         124         130
113   118      011         125         131
114   120    |-012-|     |-126-|     |-132-|
116   119   013   107   127   126   133   136
115   121   014   109   128   120   134   137
117         015   108   129   119   135   138
110         121

(002) Shangri La
(003) Reflection
(004) Sinkhole
(005) Market District
(006) Tank Crossing
(007) Kargo

The first 6 missions are always the same. After that, you get to choose between
Hydrosis and Torlan Delta. Hydrosis represents attacking Axon, while Torlan
basically represents fortifying the Izanagi.

(008) Hydrosis
(111) vCTF-Suspense                   (009) Torlan (D)
(112) WAR-Downtown                    (010) Suspense
(113) Defiance     (118) Diesel             (011) Serenity
(114) Serenity     (120) Kargo              (012) Downtown
(116) Kargo        (119) Serenity     (013) Defiance     (107) Diesel
(115) Diesel       (121) Torlan (D)   (014) Kargo        (109) Kargo
(117) Torlan (L)                      (015) Torlan (L)   (108) Serenity
(013) Defiance     (110) Torlan (D)

(122) Torlan Delta
(123) Hydrosis
(124) Suspense                        (130) Serenity
(125) Downtown                        (131) Suspense
(126) Defiance                        (132) Downtown
(127) Serenity     (126) Diesel       (133) Defiance   (136) Diesel
(128) Kargo        (120) Kargo        (134) Kargo      (137) Kargo
(129) Torlan (L)   (119) Serenity     (135) Serenity   (138) Serenity
(121) Torlan (D)

The first two choices determine how you conduct the war against Axon.
Because you make this choice twice, you basically have four options between
Offense\Defense, Aggressive\Reserved. The third choice determines whether
or not you accept Axon's surrender when you defeat them.

Doing Hydrosis first means the enemy will be slightly stronger on Hydrosis.
Hydrosis-Torlan means the enemy will be slightly stronger on Suspense.
Doing Torlan first means an easy fight in Torlan (now and later).
Torlan->Serenity means the enemy can't invade Torlan. Helps in later missions.
Diesel gives you the 'Iron Guard Reinforcements' Card.
Defiance gives you access to a Leviathan on the final Torlan mission.

The hardest mission is Serenity #108. It's 4 vs. 8!
The easiest path overall is Torlan #122, Serenity #13, and Diesel #136. This
bypasses a 4 vs. 6 on Kargo, Torlan and Serenity in addition to the 4 vs. 7 on
Torlan and the 4 vs. 8 on Serenity. This is also the best path, providing you
the Iron Guard Reinforcements card, and makes the most sense in the context of
the story.

Cards
Tactical Diversion:        Beat Kargo (007)
Reduces the # of opponents in the next match by 2.

Enhanced Respawners:       Beat Diesel (118, 107, 136)
Increase your starting health by 25.

Iron Guard Reinforcements: Beat Defiance (013, 133) or Serenity (114, 127)
Gain 2 Iron Guard team members in the next mission.

Unlockable Characters
Lauren                     Beat DM-Diesel (107, 118, 136)

=== [4.3] Act III: The Liandri Conflict ===
(016) Arsenal
(017) HeatRay                    (083) Dusk
(018) Dusk        (063) Islander       (084) PowerSurge
(019) PowerSurge  (064) Dusk
(020) Coret

(020) Coret
(021) HeatRay                        (057) CarbonFire
(022) Islander                    (053) Containment      (058) Containment
(023) Strident                   (054) Strident          (059) Islander
(010) Gateway  (052) Containment        |       |             (060) Strident
(055) Islander   (056) Gateway   (062) Gateway
(061) HeatRay

(064) Dusk
(065) PowerSurge                 (072) Coret
(066) Coret                   (073) Heatray      (078) Containment
(067) Containment |               (074) CarbonFire   (079) HeatRay
(068) HeatRay                 (075) Strident     (080) CarbonFire
(069) Strident              (077) Gateway |     (082) Gateway |
(070) CarbonFire   (071) Gateway    (081) Strident     (081) Strident

(084) PowerSurge
(085) Heatray                           (095) Islander
(086) Coret                             (096) HeatRay
(087) CarbonFire                        (097) Coret
(088) Containment  (093) Islander     (098) Containment       (103) CarbonFire
(089) Islander     (094) Containment  (099) Strident          (104) Strident
(090) Strident               |   (100) CarbonFire  (106) Gateway |
(092) Gateway |             (102) Gateway  |          (105) Containment
(091) HeatRay                 (101) Containment

This chapter's layout is terribly confusing and seems to be unfinished. There
are many junctions which give you the illusion of choice, many different
missions which - although unique - are exactly the same as others. Some choices
to visit containment which should be available aren't, and only one instance of
HeatRay was done properly. You have dozens of options mostly pertaining to the
order in which you play the missions. Unfortunately I was forced to separate
the chapter map into three segments in order for it to fit.

The most important choice you will make is whether or not you will play
Containment before you attack Hyperion. You are also given several
opportunities to play Gateway, but this isn't necessary or meaningful.
Dusk, CarbonFire, Coret, Islander, Strident, Gateway, and Containment are
pretty much always the same. PowerSurge and HeatRay are the only missions with
major variations.

HeatRay #017 -> Islander #063 leads to either PowerSurge #065 (a 4 vs. 8) or a
locked Dark Walker on HeatRay #073 - the two hardest missions in the chapter,
and among the hardest missions in the game.

Dusk #083 -> Islander #095 leads to a locked Dark Walker on HeatRay. Unlike the
other locked Dark Walker missions, this one has no alternative mission to avoid
it, so once you beat Islander you're stuck.

HeatRay #017 -> Islander #063 -> PowerSurge #065 -> HeatRay #068 ->
Gateway #071 is the hardest path, including the aforementioned PowerSurge 4:8
and HeatRay 4:6 with Loque and a locked Dark Walker.

Dusk #083 -> HeatRay #085 is the best path. It has the easiest versions of
HeatRay & PowerSurge. Gateway is optional, and all the other missions are the
same. (The only choice is whether to play Containment or Islander first.)
Once again, the easy route also makes the most sense in terms of storyline.

Cards
Heavy Armor:              Beat DM-Arsenal
Increases the armor of your vehicles by 40%.

Liandri Reinforcements:   Beat CTF-Strident
Gain 2 Liandri security bots in the next mission.

Unlockable Characters
Matrix                    Beat DM-Gateway

=== [4.4] Act IV - Calculated Losses ===
(025) Islander
|
(026) Market District
/                     \
(027) Shangri La                  (049) Corruption
/                \                /                \
(028) Corruption   (046) Defiance   (049) Suspense   (051) Shangri La
|             \ /             |   |             \ /             |
|         (140) Deck--\       |   |      /--(139) Deck          |
(029) Suspense           (047) Torlan Delta          (050) Defiance
|------------(045) BioHazard------------|
(030) Onyx Coast
(032) Avalanche
(033) Deimos

There aren't as many variations this time around. The two routes are
reflections of each other. BioHazard is optional.
The easiest route is probably Shangri La->Corruption->Suspense->Onyx Coast,
since this gives you 4vs4 instead of 4vs6 on corruption and bypasses Torlan
and the other deathmatch levels. On the other hand,
Corruption -> Suspense -> Torlan might be easier for some people than the
deathmatch. The hardest route would probably be Shangri La -> Defiance - Deck
-> Torlan -> Bio Hazard since all but Torlan are deathmatch and Torlan is a
hard mission anyway. I do suggest stopping off at the Decks to kill Scythe out
of principle, however.

Unlockable Characters
Kragoth                 Beat WAR-Islander
Damian                  Beat WAR-Islander
Malakai                 Beat WAR-Islander
Scythe                  Beat DM-Deck

=== [4.5] Act V - Disposable Assets ===
(034) Omicron Dawn
(035) Sandstorm
(036) Sanctuary   (042) Fearless
(148) Fearless    (044) Sanctuary
(038) Necropolis
(039) Vertebrae
(040) FloodGate
(041) Sentinel

Your only choice here is whether you do Fearless or Sanctuary first. If you do
Sanctuary first, you'll have a lower kill limit and some different bots, but
Fearless is exactly the same regardless of which order you play them in.

Cards
Instagib:               Beat CTF-Necropolis
Next mission is played using Instagib rifles. (Must be played now, if at all.)

Unlockable Characters
Loque                   Beat CTF-OmicronDawn
Akasha                  Beat DM-Sentinel

=== [4.6] Mission Index ===
Mission 001 - Rising Sun ( DM-RisingSun )
Goal: 10 Kills
Faction: TwinSouls
Allies: None
Enemies: Jester

Map Details
Tokaido, Ghost Legion training grounds.
The legendary Samurai of Earth's Lotus Guard used to train within the walls of
the Imperial Palace. This small section of the Kimpu Market District was built
to mirror those courtyards, and now serves as the entrance to the Ghost Legion
training grounds.

Briefing

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Maintain battlefield control by holding the high ground.
- Use audio cues to track enemy movement.

Strategy & Tactics
You start off in a secluded area that functions as a brief tutorial which you
can skip by pressing ESC. Jester is waiting for you in the arena. If she were
smart she would be collecting weapons and powerups while you're trapped in
your cage. Anyway, take some time to get a feeling for the controls if you
need to. When you're ready, double jump over the curbs and grab the shock
rifle. Shoot the switches next to the door with your primary and then
alternate fire. The door opens. Crawl under the door, and switch to your
Impact Hammer. Smash the droid and continue on to another door that you must
open with your shock rifle. At this point, Jester will activate and the match
begins.

opposite side of the courtyard where you entered, and will run straight for
the rocket launcher in the center of the stage. This is a good opportunity to
kill her before she can even leave the first hallway. From then on she will
primarily run a Square or Triangle route between the Stinger, Link Gun, and
Rocket Launcher (Her favorite weapon) via the trench or the corner buildings.
The level puts a lot of focus on the mid range weapons, and she ignores the
Shock Rifle for the most part. This creates tactical opportunities at both
long & short range, which can be exploited.

Like the briefing says, you'll want to monopolize the center of the map. The
Body Armor, the Health Kits, the Flak Cannon and the vials up top. From here,
you can also restrict her access to any of the weapons. There is no particular
reason to visit the extreme edges of the map except the Flak Ammo near the
Link Gun. There are health vials in the front side of the trench which should
also be claimed. You can quickly run a circuit through the trench, up the
stairs, loop through the left building to the Flak Ammo, and then elevator
jump up to the vials above the Flak Cannon, or to the underside to collect the
armor. You can also extend it to a half circle and integrate the vials in both
hallways if you so choose but those hallways are vulnerable. By leaving the
health vials in them, you encourage her to enter them. Once she enters she is
very susceptible to splash damage and has to effectively walk into your
projectiles in order to shoot back. I found the Bio Rifle and Flak Cannon to
be particularly useful, but the Stinger can also be very effective.

The game will continue regardless of whether you win or lose.

Mission 002 - Shangri La ( DM-ShangriLa )
Goal: 40 Kills
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Kensai, Ushido
Enemies: Talan, Kregore, Drake, Blain

Map Details
Tokaido, Shangri La sector
The springtime blossoms of the Shangri La sector are universally renowned for
their beauty and serenity. But the district sits along the northern shore of
Tokaido, and the locals are forced to retreat into the sweltering heat of the
underground mines to avoid the fierce cold snaps that leave the grounds
largely abandoned during winter months.

Briefing
"Looks like we're stuck doing some crap jobs before the Izanagi trust us.
We're headed up north to investigate some 'disturbances' along the coast. Axon
scouts have been sneaking across the bay and setting up shop inside Tokaido.
We've got a field respawner and a full weapons compliment, but the Izanagi set
up some random captain to baby-sit us. Keep your cool and try not to use the
UDamage against them. Much."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- UDamage powerup is located in the central courtyard.

Strategy & Tactics
This is one of the maps released for the UT3 beta demo. If you played it, then
you already know the map layout. The main courtyard connects to the 2nd
courtyard, the rooftops, and the Flak Room. The Flak Room connects with the
Courtyard and the Rocket Launcher Room, which in turn connects to the 2nd
Courtyard, and out to the Courtyard & Rooftops. There are also lots of
acrobatic maneuvers you can do to take shortcuts. The main feature of the map
is the UDamage which spawns in the main courtyard. You can reach it by dodging
or double jumping from the bridge, from the rooftops, or by jumping up the
ridges on the platform itself. You can also impact jump over the platform.
There is a shield belt above the 2nd courtyard.

I find it most useful to run straight to the Shield Belt - sometimes it spawns
by the time you get there - and then circle around (in either direction) to
the Armor\Jump Boots between the Rocket & Flak rooms. The Flak room is a good
place to roam since it's roughly the center of the level. There is health
nearby, and the ramp gives quick access to the rooftops, the 2nd courtyard, or
the Rocket Launcher. The UDamage is nice, but the bots can be very annoying
with precision weapons and they haunt the courtyard so I tend to avoid it
unless I'm playing on Novice-Skilled.

Because this is Team Deathmatch, your goal is about kills vs. deaths - not
just kills, so teamwork is important. If you leave your allies to their own
devices they will feed the enemy points. If you tell them to hold position,
they will cluster together, run out of health\ammo, and lose by attrition. The
best strategy seems to be to put your team on 'Cover Me' and quickly (but
cautiously) lead them around the level. This should keep them reasonably
healthy and well-equipped. It also ensures that if the enemy attempts to
pursue you, they will have to do so one at a time, from the doorways where
they are more vulnerable.

Knowing how to time the powerups is very useful here. On Masterful and higher,
the bots have a 5-second head start on powerup timing, so keep that in mind.

Mission 003 - Reflection ( CTF-Reflection )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Cain, Johnson, Karag, Wraith

Map Details
Tokaido border territories
Surrounded by tranquil waterfalls and traditional architecture, these grounds
are known as the Reflection Gardens. They're buried deep in the heart of
downtown Tokaido, where people can retreat to a place of quiet meditation
amidst the bustle of a popular mining colony.

Briefing
"The Izanagi may not like us, but they like results. Bishop, Othello, welcome
to the team. Intel picked up another Axon cell inside Tokaido. This one's dug
in, with a field lattice generator powering their respawner. We need to work
as a team to retrieve the enemy FLaG units, power down their respawner, and
clear them out."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- Translocators can teleport you across short distances. FLaGs can not be
teleported.
- The Helmet will give you 20 extra armor and protect you from a single sniper

Strategy & Tactics
This map is also fairly small and straight-forward. There are upper and lower
levels, and a few diverging (and converging) side-paths. The bots will
primarily stick to the main paths to and from the base. Jester is set to flag
capture by default. She won't be much use on the lower levels so it may be
better to put her on defense in that case to prevent her from running to her
death and getting the enemy flag lost in the wilderness somewhere, but she can
succeed on higher levels. Regardless, you'll want to stick to the outer-most
paths for the most part. You can get all the way into the enemy's base without
being noticed and, in some cases, all the way back out again. The Flak Cannon
is particularly useful since the enemies will try to literally tackle you,
begging you to lodge burning shrapnel in their face. Even though they took out
dodge jumping, standard dodging and wall dodging seems to help speed up the
egress.

There is a 'Super Health' in the center of the map between the two bases, and
an Armored Helmet up above it. I didn't find either especially useful since
everyone else is so fixated on them that they actually became a distraction
and a liability. There is no doubt that the extra health would be useful, so
it may be wise to follow the main path to the entrance and check for it before
crossing over to the outer path. I'm not sure I'd risk it on the return
journey. Crossing center-field with the flag is almost guaranteed to result in
a morbid display of affection.

If you find yourself holding the flag without a flag to return it to - which
is likely on such a small, fast-paced level - your best bet is to hide in the
tunnels on either side of the flag platform and wait for your team to get the
flag back. It's not particularly safe, but it gives you a little extra room to
move if the enemy finds you. There is health - or a speedy capture - nearby
for contingency.

Mission 004 - Sinkhole ( WAR-SinkHole )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed ( No Orbs, No Hoverboard )
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Talan, Kregore, Blain

Map Details
Downtown Tokaido, beneath Kimpu Market District
These underground tunnels were discovered when Izanagi assessment teams first
started their geological survey of Taryd, and they were used to house
munitions and supplies for the first wave of colonists. As the surface cities
expanded, the caverns were forgotten until large sink holes started to form,
destroying large portions of the city above.

Briefing
"Axon scouts were discovered sneaking through the tunnels, and we've traced
their movements to a central base of operations. Orders are simple: Destroy
the base and seal the tunnels for good."

Objectives
- Link your Core to the Prime Node in the center of the sinkhole.
- Destroy the enemy Core.

Strategy & Tactics
I'm not sure if it's an accident but you actually outnumber the enemy on this
mission. The orders are indeed simple. Whenever Jester gets done talking about
her anus, go take the prime node in the center of the map. If the enemy has
the prime node, you'll need to destroy it. The safest way to do this is to
climb up to the catwalk in your base and crouch. You should be able to get a
clear line of fire on the node from quite a ways away, effectively safe from
retribution. Once the node falls, keep it down until your allies start to
construct one, then move in and heal it with the Link Gun, stopping to grab
the shield if you like. Once you have a friendly node established, it's all
about maintaining the node, so just continually repair the node. If you run
out of link ammo and you think it's safe to do so, you can do a suicide
mission into the enemy core (stealing their shield\berserk powerup on the way)
and respawn in time to help protect your prime node. The Manta can help for
defending the prime node, allowing you to head the enemy off at their base
entrance and simply run them over. It also does a lot of damage to the prime
node if the enemy tries to construct one. Just keep doing suicide missions
into the enemy core to whittle away at it, or stay back and protect the
node. - As long as you know how to stop the enemy from constructing one of
their own, they won't have many opportunities to damage your core.

Amusingly, you can stand idly on the Prime Node and the enemy will prioritize
attacking the Node. When the node is destroyed, a new one will immediately
begin construction (since you're standing on it) and the bots will immediately
attack the new node instead of you. They'll even sit a few feet away from you
in a Manta blasting away at the Node, oblivious to the futility of their
existence. You can use this to destroy them with impunity. (Almost.)

The UDamage & Berserk powerups on either side of the base exits will allow you
to quickly destroy\repair a node.

Mission 005 - Market District ( WAR-MarketDistrict )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Cain, Johnson, Karag, Wraith

Map Details
Downtown Tokaido, Kimpu Market District
Life in Tokaido relies heavily on the infrastructure of the Kimpu Market
District. People purchase food there, shop, gather for social occasions, and
even buy their fuel in this one centralized location. In a surprise move, a
terrorist cell has invaded the Market, scared off the locals, and shut down
all business in and out of the district.

Briefing
"Time to take down another power core. The old market centers both have nodes
powering defense turrets. If we can take them both, we'll overload the enemy
core shields and their core will be raised and exposed. Then we use the
turrets to finish them off from a distance. We're using the 'Node Buster' Orb
and Hoverboards this time. Expect more intel on the field."

Objectives
- Control the Prime Node to access your enemy's Core.
- Control Support Nodes to unlock mobile laser turrets.
- Use the mobile turrets to protect the Prime Node.
- Short Circuit the enemy Core's coolant system by controlling both Support
Nodes simultaneously.
- An overheated Core raises into the open air and is vulnerable to turret
fire.

Strategy & Tactics
Another Warfare mission. This one is more like normal, although still not
completely. You now have Hoverboards and the Orb. In this mission, you have 3
nodes. The prime node - in the center - needs to be under your control before
you can damage the enemy core. The two support nodes on the side are not
useful in that respect, but if you have all three nodes simultaneously it will
raise the enemy core up onto the top of the base where it can then be attacked
by turrets as an added bonus.

The strategy works like this: You can focus on the prime node, but if the side
nodes are left undefended the enemy will claim them both easily. Once they
have both nodes, all they have to do is get their Orb carrier to your prime
node and your Core is completely exposed. On the other hand, if you focus on
the side nodes, the enemy can take the Prime node and assault your Core
unopposed. The logical conclusion is to have a minimal force attack the
support nodes - to prevent the enemy from controlling both - while your
remaining forces (and the orb carrier) focus on taking and holding the prime
node. If the enemy removes forces from the support nodes to fortify the prime
node, you've successfully reversed the situation. You'll have the Prime Node,
and both support nodes as a matter of course. If the enemy takes forces off
the prime node to hold the support nodes, he'll still have trouble holding
both of them and to make matters worse he won't have the necessary forces to
do anything with them once he has them.

Bishop is probably your least useful character on this level, so he'd make the
best candidate for attacking the support nodes. The bots are completely inept
with the Orb, so your job is to carry the Orb to the Prime Node. Once the node
is in your control, do your best to push (or sneak) into the enemy base and
attack their core. Their Orb carrier will charge straight for the Prime Node
just about every time. On the lower difficulties you can win the level by just
shutting down their orb carrier, but on the harder levels it's easier said
than done.

It'll probably be a tug-of-war for the Prime Node, making it difficult to tell
when to push in and when to fall back. If you go back to your base and get a
second Orb, you can use it to fortify the Prime Node and prevent the bots from
taking it back, but not forever, and your bots aren't particularly good at
infiltrating so this is slow at best. The enemy can still kill you and rush
your core to quickly undo your gains as well. On the other hand, it's very
difficult to get into the enemy base yourself and your bots aren't very good
at holding the prime node either. The best bet seems to be to use your 'extra'
health to attack the Core. If the Prime Node looks sturdy enough to suffer
your absence for a moment, Go attack the Core. If you've just fought off a
wave of enemies and have a little extra health to spare before you die
anyway - attack the core. Just try to time it so that you make it back to the
prime node with the orb before the enemy has a chance to make it to your core.

If your allies manage to capture both the support nodes, you can attack the
enemy core directly from the Prime Node platform with any long range weapon.
(Like the Link Gun) Also, if you manage to get into the enemy base, you can
stand behind the Core on the far side (Left, when facing the Core). The bots
sometimes get confused and don't know how to get you, so you can deal quite a
bit of damage before you, it, or the prime node are destroyed.

The bots ignore the turrets. If you use them you can help defend the
prime\support nodes. The west turret can attack the blue core, and any enemies
approaching yours, while the east turret can attack the orb carrier
approaching the prime node. This isn't incredibly useful on harder
difficulties since your turret will be targeted and destroyed. The bots also
ignore most of the powerups, so if you have time, you can take advantage of
them yourself. - Especially the UDamage in the alley across the courtyard from
the either core.

Mission 006 - TankCrossing ( WAR-TankCrossing )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Johnson, Barktooth, Harlin, Cain

Map Details
Tokaido border territories
This area serves as the demilitarized buffer zone between the Axon and Izanagi
Corporations. Because the bridges along this narrow strip of land are the only
roads that connect the two territories, the isthmus is considered a key
military objective that must be controlled.

Briefing
"We need to blow the Axon core but - surprise - it's protected by blast doors.
We can lower the doors if we can steal a heavy tank and drive it onto the
pressure pad. Good news is there's a tank factory in the vicinity. Bad news?
We need to get it across a drawbridge powered by the node underneath it. So
Job One: Get the tank. Job Two: Hold the drawbridge and get the tank across.
Job Three: Protect the tank while we take out the core. Job Four? Watch the
fireworks."

Objectives
- Activate the Bridge Node to lower the drawbridge.
- Drive your Goliath tank across the bridge.
- Park the tank on the pressure pad to open the blast doors.
- Destroy the enemy Core.

Strategy & Tactics
This is one of the missions they tried to make more reminiscent of Assault.
There is only one Node here but rather than simply expose the core, it also
lowers a bridge that allows your tank to cross the chasm into the enemy base.
Once inside, you have to drive the tank onto a pressure pad to expose the
core. Plow your turret into their core and blast it point-blank a few times to
destroy it. This was a pretty easy mission even on Insane. Jester is on Orb
duty. Normally I loathe to let bots do anything important, but it's either
that or let them drive the tank. That doesn't mean you can sit up topside in
your tank waiting for your bots to do all the work. Actually it probably does.
But don't. That's rude. Near the bridge is a short staircase, and if you look
down over the ledge you can see the bridge node. This is a good opportunity to
interfere with the enemy. Once Jester arrives with the Orb, the bridge will
lower and you can jump directly into your tank. Drive it across the bridge and
down the left path. It's fairly linear. You'll reach a dead-end with a metal
rectangle on the ground. Park on the rectangle and the core will open right in
front of you. Blast it.

There is a fence to your right and the enemy bots will annoyingly stare at you
and throw things through the bars. If you have a bot in the tank with you,
they can help gun down the hecklers, but otherwise you'll have to do it
yourself. I'm not sure whether it's faster to switch and kill them with
machine gun or to rotate the turret and make them swallow a mortar, but either
way they have to die since there is a chance they would destroy your tank with
their mischief if left to their own devices.

Mission 7 - Kargo ( vCTF-Kargo )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Slain, Johnson, Talan, Drake

Map Details
Alluvion river valley
The harbors of the Alluvion River are the primary entry points for colonial
supply lines. These shipping lanes are shared by all factions, and monitored
by an N.E.G. peacekeeping force. This port is a highly contested supply point
on the edge of Axon territory, with the Izanagi mainland just across the bay.

Briefing
maintaining the perimeter. To even the odds, supply requisitioned a few
longbows for us. The Anti vehicle rocket launcher - A.K.A. the 'AVRiL
Longbow' - fires armor piercing missiles using an onboard optical tracking
system. If all that fancy tech works as advertised, it sounds like a sniper
rifle for blowing up vehicles. Bishop, have fun."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- Control the boat in the mid-ground to access a Goliath.
- Line up a Scorpion boost to jump from ramp to ramp across the boat.

Strategy & Tactics
This map can be extremely irritating. The bots have this tendency to
prioritize human players over other bots. Normally it's not too big of a deal,
but it becomes obvious when you've got a large number of bots or in this case,
a bot in a tank. The map has a neutral Goliath that spawns and travels along a
conveyor before being deployed right in the middle of the level, in an
enclosure. It's effectively a very large turret. Each team also has
Hellbenders and Scorpions in their garage. Aside from the Tank, the middle of
the map is also home to a shield belt and a redeemer. There are a few unique
weapons on this level. The 'Slow Field Generator' is effectively a trap which,
when activated, causes anyone caught within it's radius to move very slowly.
Works for catching (or saving) flag runners. There is also an EMP mine, which
disables vehicles.

There are a few ways in\out of the base, but ultimately they lead to one of
docks for which the level gets it's name. The other is more of a back-alley
which circles behind some obstructions, making it (nearly) safe passage from
the troll in the Tank. The back alley also has body armor - in both bases -
and health along the way. You can use the Scorpion's Speed Boost to hit the
pipes in the center of the Cargo bay and use them as a ramp to launch you onto
the other side of the field, but since the bots use the street almost
exclusively, it wouldn't be very wise to use it regularly.

Generally, the best way is to just get into the base as quickly as possible
and then use the back alley route as an escape. The enemy usually only has one
bot defending the flag room with a link gun, flak cannon or shock rifle which
is easy enough to get past, but the others will cut you off in the parking-
garage-like buildings. You can use your hoverboard, but only after you've
rounded a corner where the enemy has no line-of-sight, and only for a few
seconds at a time. It's very easy to get knocked off the board when you think
you're safe. If you can capture the flag one time, all you have to do is hold
out for the remainder of the mission.

Another option is to mercilessly seize and exploit the tank in the center of
the map to make it virtually impossible for the bots to leave their base. This
becomes most useful on the harder difficulties where flag running becomes ever
more perilous. Somewhat counter-intuitively however, you don't want to
actually kill the bots perpetually. If you kill them, they respawn in their
base, and that means they'll attack your allies when they come to take the
flag. You want to time it so that their flag gets taken while they are out
front. They'll turn around to go ambush the flag carrier, and if you kill them
they'll respawn at their base. Too far away to do anything about the flag
runner, least of all without you forcibly sending them home again.

If the Tank is destroyed it will begin respawning quickly - as in, within 20
seconds. I say 'begin' respawning because it has to travel along a conveyor
which drops it onto the track.

Beating this mission unlocks the 'Tactical Diversion' Card. Save it for a
rainy day. After the mission you can choose between WAR-TorlanDelta (Mission
122) and CTF-Hydrosis (Mission 008). This is effectively a defense\offense
decision, deciding whether you want to focus on the immediate war with the
Axon, or prepare for a future war with the Necris. Taking CTF-Hydrosis first
is not only a harder level but can lead to some of the hardest missions in the
chapter - if not the entire campaign. This is not set in stone however. I
suggest taking Torlan, both because it is an easier mission which leads to an
easier campaign, and because it makes more sense in the context of the story
that Reaper would be more interested in a long-term plan against the necris
than this trivial war with the Axon.

Mission 008 - Hydrosis ( CTF-Hydrosis )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop, Rook, Kensai
Enemies: Harlin, Slain, Karag, Wraith, Kregore, Talan

Map Details
Alluvion river valley
The canals of the Alluvion river are gated by this Axon hydro-facility, which
serves as an emergency power backup and Tarydium processing plant. Destroying
the plant would put serious stress on Axon energy production, but capturing it
would mean diverting those essential resources for Izanagi use.

Briefing
"This should be a straightforward infantry assault. We take out their
respawner and we're in control. Bishop, there's plenty of high ground and
clear lines of sight, so provide cover when we cross the bridges. The rest of

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- The central bridge area has several dangerous sniping positions.
- Protect the FLaG carrier to ensure their safe return.

Strategy & Tactics
This is a remake of a UT Classic map. The long open bridges, limited escape
routes and higher number of bots means you're guaranteed to be shot at. The
strategy for this map will be identical to the strategy for Mission 123,
except that in this case the extra bot makes things harder, not easier. The
enemy's extra bot will be guarding their flag. He always stands near the
entrance on the bio-rifle side, although sometimes he lingers near the minigun
after respawning. The extra bot means it's harder to even get -to- the flag,
much less all the way back out with it, so it's kind of hit-and-miss.

There are two main roads to and from the bases and a long narrow central
courtyard between them, connected by a series of narrow bridges which span a
chasm. Obviously, falling off the bridge is fatal. There are buildings on
either side of the chasm which serve both as sniper bunkers and as medians to
keep the two paths from the bases mostly separated. You can run between the
chasm and the bunkers for a 'change up' but I find that dangerous and
wasteful. If you don't have the flag, you can also translocate through the
window of the bunker rather than run across the exposed bridge. The bots can
(and will) do that as well.

There are two paths, left and right, which will take you through
separate routes before connecting in the middle (the flag room). The left path
is shorter and generally less confusing, while the right path provides better
cover, armor powerups, and a little bit of obscurity. The first room on the
left path is a winding room with generators. There is health to the left of
the door, and a few vials up on top of the first generator. There is a rocket
launcher on top of the second generator. Beyond that room is a hallway that
leads to the Bio Rifle and immediately past that, the enemy flag room with a
stinger minigun on the ledge above the door and more health by the door
opposite. Beyond that, there is another hallway which leads to the Link Gun,
which in turn leads to another room. This room has the Body Armor in the
center, and the Flak Cannon along the wall. It's easy to get turned around
here, because the exit to the room is on the same wall you entered through.
Once you know your way around, a dodge\translocate and a couple sharp turns
will take you through this room before the bots have time to focus on you.
Past that room is a small hallway which leads to the last room - the entrance
to the 'right path' - which spawns the Shock rifle and the Armored Helmet.

I prefer the right path for a couple reasons. On the left path, there is
health right by the entrance - or exit - to the base, but if you already need
health when you're first entering the base, or if you're low enough that it
makes a difference when you're leaving, there is a good chance you'll die in
the long courtyard anyway, and either way you're likely to be exposed to
further damage for a while before you find more. The left path also has easy
translocator shortcuts that you cannot use while carrying the flag, meaning
the bots will have an easier time catching you should you attempt to exit
along that route. The right path, on the other hand, can use the winding
corridors to provide cover fire from the enemies for almost half of the
journey, provides armor pickups to keep you shielded *and* has health inside
the enemy flag room when you arrive (or to top off your health before the
escape attempt). The biggest downside to this route is that you can get
ambushed in the corridors.

There are a couple 'secrets' on this level. Between the left & right path,
immediately behind the entrance to the sniper bunkers near where the sniper
rifle spawns, there is a ventilation shaft in the 'ceiling' which you can
throw your translocator into. This will take you into the Flak\Armor room and
bypass the Shock\Helmet room. On the wall behind the Bio Rifle, there is an
access hatch which turns into the enemy Flag, allowing you to enter from
'behind enemy lines.' It's not incredibly useful, but the bots will use this.
Finally - and this is the game winner - there is a Shield belt above the
Stinger platform in either team's flag room. The stinger platform 'loops
around' for no obvious reason, but if you look up there is a pipe running
along the ceiling. If you translocate onto that, you'll find the shield belt.
If it's already been taken, you can also wait there safely for it to respawn.

You can get the shield belt in the red base and use it to get inside the blue
base, stock up on health and replace the broken shield, and then grab the flag
and make an escape with 100/100. If you take the right path, you can sometimes
grab an Armor Vest and\or Helmet on your way out. This factor alone should
allow you to make it outside and to the first bridge, where your team can
(possibly) pick up where you left off if you die. Another useful trick is to
use the Bio Rifle alt fire to clear the hallways if anyone tries to ambush
you. A lot of people dislike the Bio Rifle, but in situations like this it can
be more useful than the Flak Cannon. Quickly 'Zigzagging' is also a must,
since it reduces the enemy accuracy by about 60%. If you're still having
trouble with this, you can linger in your own base collecting the health vials
on top of the generators, the armor helmet, vest, and belt until you're
175/199. That should give you enough energy to get into the blue base and
replace your shield before attempting the capture. The 175 shield should get
you outside, and the extra 99 health might help getting across the bridge.

After the mission you have another choice: WAR-TorlanDelta (Mission 009) or
vCTF-Suspense (Mission 111)? This is another defense\offence choice, the same
as the last one. Now that you've attacked Axon, do you want to fortify your
gains or push deeper into Axon territory? Suspense is the last bridge
defending Oxida Nova, so if you take that you'll be within striking distance
of their capital. Since you're already committed to attacking the Axon,
attempting to turn around now leads to some of the hardest missions in the
campaign. I suggest vCTF-Suspense. If you were going to take the Torlan Delta,
you should have done it before you moved in hard against the Axon,

Mission 009 - Torlan Delta ( WAR-Torlan )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop, Connor, Harkin
Enemies: Cain, Karag, Kregore, Drake, Barktooth, Harlin

Map Details
Torlan river delta
Thanks to stringent monitoring by the New Earth Government, all three
Corporations have used the fields of the Torlan Delta to power their combined
mining efforts. But with the recent threat of full scale war, N.E.G. forces
have pulled out, and everyone is scrambling to take control of this valuable
territory.

Briefing
"Advance teams established an improvised base on the border, but Axon forces
are amassing a huge force across the central gorge. We need to destroy the
enemy core to establish a firm command of the area. When the N.E.G. pulled
out, they left a support node intact hidden underneath the bridge. If we can
take that node, we'll get some extra firepower we can use against the core."

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- A Support Node below the central bridge will provide your team with extra
fire power.

Strategy & Tactics
Those of you who played Onslaught in UT2004 (or the Demo) are undoubtedly
familiar with this remake of ONS-Torlan. This time it's linked differently,
and there are two extra nodes, along with the Bonus vehicles from UT2004. The
starting base for both teams have a Hellbender, Raptor, Manta, and an Orb. In
the red base, the Hellbender is on the south-west side of the base near the
gate, the Manta spawns on the northwest side along with the Orb, and the
Raptor spawns up the stairs, near the PowerCore. There are also Laser turrets
on the wall, but are only useful in a pinch.

The Red Prime-Node is south-central, west of the Red Base. From there, you
must take the West 'Road' Node, or the East 'Road' Node, both of which
converge on the Blue Prime-Node in north-central. From there, you can attack
the enemy core. There are three support nodes on this mission. Each Prime Node
links to a 'Tank' Node in the Northeast or Southwest corner of the map. The
third support Node is the 'Center' Node in the center of the map. The 'Bridge'
Node isn't linked to any other node, so it can be attacked at any time. The
Prime nodes spawn a Laser Turret, a Manta, and a Scorpion. The Northeast and
Southwest 'Tank' Nodes spawn a Goliath and a Manta. The East and West nodes
spawn SPMA Artillery and a Manta. The Center node spawns a Circada (Bridge),
and a Scorpion (Bottom). The Orb can spawn at your base, the east\west Nodes,
or the Center node. Finally, there are teleporters at the nodes which allow
you to quickly transport to any node which is not being attacked. (You can't
teleport with the orb, or a vehicle.)

The bots will try to grab the orb and take it to the node north\south of their
base. Usually this means that the Red team will have the South nodes, and East
node, while the Blue will control the north and west. They will mostly fix
their efforts on controlling the main nodes, so if they don't have both the
East and the West node, they'll try to cut off your opportunities to attack
their prime node while they attack yours. They don't pay much attention to the
support nodes - the center node isn't linked to any others, and the corner
nodes collapse when the prime node is destroyed - but they don't ignore them
completely either. If they have both the east and west nodes, they'll focus on
taking out your prime node and 'mopping up' the unclaimed nodes. If they
succeed in doing so you'll have a hard time getting back up again. If they
destroy your prime node, you'll have to claim it, hold it, claim a side node,
hold it, and destroy their prime node. It's doable, but it'd be an upset.

So the goal here is to destroy their prime node - as quickly as possible -
before they destroy yours. It's not as important to actually claim and hold
the enemy prime node as it is to keep it destroyed. Their tank node will
collapse, and their East\West nodes will be useless until they get it back up.
They will send their orb carrier to reclaim it, but while they are trying to
recover their prime node, your allies will be sweeping their other nodes off
the map. By the time they get their prime node rebuilt, you'll be in position
to destroy it again with more nodes than you had last time. If you can
actually claim their prime node, consider going and claiming their Tank node
as well. With a Goliath so close to their base, you can all but prevent their
orb carrier from reclaiming the prime node, and therefore win by attrition.

Jester will be the assigned Orb carrier on this mission, and there is a good
chance she'll beat you to the orb. She'll probably run to the east node, but
since she's only got a Hoverboard, she'll probably be cut-off by an enemy -
your evil counterpart - piloting a Manta. If she fails to construct a Red node
there before the Orb respawns at the Red base, the enemy will be in great
position to lay siege to your Prime Node. Initially I let her push the east
node while I went and claimed the center node unopposed. There are a couple
reasons to do this. The first is that, even if Jester dies, there is a good
chance that the enemy will leave the node undefended, meaning she can make it
back and claim the east node before the orb respawns. Another is that, when
the center node is taken, the orb will respawn there instead of all the way
back at the Red Base. It's faster than going back to the base, getting the
orb, and coming all the way back. This worked like a charm for me, however in
retrospect, this is very risky. Had she failed, the Orb may have respawned at
the red base anyway (if the center node wasn't finished) and in either case
I'd have to run it to the east node myself. Assuming I succeeded, I'd still
have to destroy their prime node before they destroyed mine, which would be
under attack by then. It's possible to recover from such a spectacular failure
by -quickly- bringing the orb back to your prime node and finishing the
assault on theirs, but it may be better to avoid this altogether and simply
assist Jester in claiming the east node from the start.

There are several approaches to this mission. You can pilot the raptor and
attack the nodes from the air. Parking the raptor on the Tower in the center
places you in a diamond of Nodes, all of which are important. This gives you a
pretty clear vantage point to constantly wear away at the enemy nodes and
prevent construction. You can also use the manta to do this from the ground,
trading mobility (slightly) for speed, ground-cover, and the ability to
participate in reconstruction. You can also forego the entire strategy and
charge straight to the Tank node, using it as a battering ram of sorts. I
found the Manta to be the most effective strategy because, on the harder
difficulties, the tank and raptor seem to make you a larger, more exposed
target and the manta is also faster, which is important.

There are several places that let you attack the nodes from far away - usually
too far away for the bots to hit you accurately - and if you sneak around the
backside, you can reclaim nodes without drawing attention to yourself. Usually
these locations are near the center of the map and out-of-the-way of Bot
patrol routes. Most notably, you can attack the enemy prime node from near
their tank node, or from the mountains in the center of the map. Using the
'edges' of the rocks as cover from enemy fire. The Link Gun and Shock Rifle
are good at this, but if you can do it in a Raptor or a Manta it's even
better. In general, just try to avoid the enemy troops without drawing
attention to yourself and focus on destroying their nodes - especially the
prime node - from places where they can't see or reach you and let your team
mates pick up the slack.

Mission 010 - Suspense ( vCTF-Suspense )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop, Ushido, Rook
Enemies: Johnson, Wraith, Kregore, Blain, Slain, Barktooth

Map Details
Oxida Nova border territories
Suspense is the only bridge across the Alluvion strong enough to support the
weight of heavy combat vehicles. Without the bridge, it would take Axon forces
several days to respond to any battles across of the river. As such, it is
always under guard by an Axon mechanized division, with military checkpoints
at each end.

Briefing
"We need to clear the military checkpoints at each end of this bridge. Izanagi
recon took the southern point, and they called us to take the more heavily
guarded northern point. So we'll sortie from the south to attack their
respawner. We will have vehicle support. Bishop, the central bridge towers
should make great sniper nests. Don't forget a longbow to take out enemy
armor. Recon team also found a path under the bridge, so keep that in mind as
our number-two option."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- The towers of the bridge are ideal sniping positions.
- There is a Redeemer on the lower path, under the bridge.

Strategy & Tactics
This is the vCTF mission included in the demo, and all the same tricks work.
It's very simple geometrically, and it shouldn't take more than a couple
minutes to learn the layout. You've got a Goliath and a Raptor on the East
edge of your base, a Scorpion, Hellbender, and Manta on the West, and an SPMA
Artillery in the Northwest.

The sniper rifle spawns between the two halves, and another spawns up near the
SPMA artillery. You can use the support cables on the bridge to run (or
Hoverboard) up to the top of the bridge in a scene very reminiscent of FFX
(except they didn't fall on their face and roll off the edge to their death.)
Most of your weapons will be acquired from weapon lockers near your spawn
point so there is much more emphasis on vehicles for this map. The biggest
asset at your disposal will be the Super Health which spawns near the Sniper
Rifle and SPMA Artillery, up the ramp from your flag and around the corner.

Jester will pilot the Goliath, making her very useful. Trying to pilot the
Goliath yourself just draws a ton of enemy fire, you lose the tank and it
Hellbenders, and Scorpions will have to drive down the main road, making them
very vulnerable. Mantas can get away with it to some extent, but it's still
more vulnerable than the Raptor. You'll want to hop on over and get the Super
Health on your side of the map first, then take your Raptor across and land it
near theirs. It's much better to take the powerups in enemy territory to
deprive them of the benefit. When you've got 199 health, discreetly (wait for
the Goliath to pass if you need to) walk into the enemy flag room and take it.
Run back up the ramp to where the Super Health spawns and take a sharp right.
Run along the narrow ledge against the wall of the building. Jump across to
the doorway on the bridge's support pillar and run inside. This puts you on
the bridge. Take a left and run outside along the edge of the bridge, being
careful not to fall off or leave yourself exposed to fire from behind you. You
can use the pillars as cover to some extent, but you'll want to keep moving.
Once you get inside the second doorway, you're almost home free. I've found it
better to keep running straight for a short way after leaving the doorway
rather than trying to cut across the bridge immediately. Either way, cross the
bridge and put the flag away. No sweat. Then, just get the Super Health again
and repeat the process.

The redeemer spawns on the island under the bridge. Falling off the bridge can
result in a ragdoll, dropping the flag, and possibly getting killed by the
bots who like to play down there. If you survive you can climb the ramp on the
opposite side and come up in about the same place as you would have if you'd
run along the bridge. I tend to avoid the hoverboard on this map, but there
are a couple opportunities to use it in brief intervals inside the buildings
and around corners.

Note: If you're playing Co-op you can use the Raptor and Hoverboard grapple to
bring a friend into the enemy base with you, and quickly tow them back out
with the flag. It may be possible to accomplish this kind of extraction with
the bots as well, by piloting the raptor near them when they grab the enemy
flag.

Mission 011 - Serenity ( WAR-Serenity )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop, Hunter
Enemies: Lauren, Slain, Johnson, Karag

Map Details
Alluvion river valley
There's a small Tarydium mine buried deep in the trees of this old forest.
While it's not large enough to be a major source of income for the Axon, they
have been known to use it as a supply depot and refueling center for their
shipping convoys.

Briefing
"With the Alluvion blocked, the Axon are trying to sneak their Leviathan super-
vehicle behind our lines. That kind of firepower on our flank would *not* be
pretty so we need to hit 'em quickly. Their convoy stopped near a supply depot
to refuel, and it's ambush time. Our forces used dense forest cover to
establish a small base and now Ronin does the real work. Don't forget the mine
node. We can use it to construct our own Leviathan. That'd wake 'em up."

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- When Tarydium stockpiles are maxed, Leviathan production begins
automatically.
- Proceed with caution, Axon forces already have a Leviathan at their
disposal.

Strategy & Tactics
This one is pretty straightforward, but it introduces a new feature: Countdown
Nodes. This time all of the nodes are connected in basically a straight line,
and like the Torlan Delta, the center support node is not connected to any
other nodes. Controlling the center node begins a 40 second countdown. When
the countdown ends, a Leviathan spawns in the small canyon west of the Node
for whoever completed the countdown. The enemy, however, already has a
Leviathan up and running, and they will try to claim the Mine Node early to
keep it under their control.

This is the easiest version of Serenity. You actually outnumber the enemy, so
you don't have to do much to win. Regardless, you should approach this level
just like the harder versions. Your first order of business is to take the
Mine Node away from the enemy. Then you have to destroy their leviathan. Once
you have done those things, you'll be able to construct your own leviathan at
the mine node. From there it's just a matter of driving it into the enemy
prime node and on to their core. There isn't anything terribly unique to these
steps, just use the Orb and then go after the Leviathan, either with a
Goliath, an AVRiL or some other kind of long-range weapon. If you position
yourself properly, you can hit the back-end of the Leviathan without any fear
of retribution. The bots aren't very smart about piloting it so bringing it
down is a matter of time more than anything.

With you manning the Leviathan, your allies should be able to claim the prime
nodes without a problem, and then all you have to do is push in and destroy
the core.

Mission 012 - Downtown ( WAR-Downtown )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Lauren, Harlin, Wraith, Talan

Map Details
Downtown Oxida Nova
With the blockade on the Alluvion River, the warehouse district of Oxida Nova
has been plunged into chaos. The storage facilities located there are the only
remaining supply points available to Axon forces, and they've enforced martial
law to ensure that their supplies remain unthreatened.

Briefing
"The Izanagi are taking Oxida Nova City and we're on point. I don't have to
tell you about urban terrain, even 3:1 odds is rolling the dice - and today,
we're straight up. We move downtown, flush the Axon into the open, and take
out their power grid. The sooner we get heavy vehicles in play, the better -
either by blowing the barricades outside the Axon base, or capturing the tank
factory at the central node. Stay alert. We're on their home turf now and

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- Use the shaped charge or Redeemer to destroy barricades.
battlefield.
- Axon forces have a strong foothold in this area. Defend your core at all
costs.

Strategy & Tactics
WAR-Downtown will be harder than the other Warfare missions we've played so
far. It's similar to WAR-Serenity, in that all of the nodes are linked in
succession with an unlinked support node which, again, spawns a tank. This
time, the tank is a Goliath, and there is an extra node in the middle to fight
over. Furthermore, every node has an orb spawner, so it will be a tug of war
between the orb carriers. Even worse, the enemy starts will all of the nodes

Your role in this mission is to stabilize the situation, putting you in a
support role. You're gonna be on defense this time, a defensive-offense, and
your bots are all on offense by default. Jester will pretty much camp the orb,
so it's difficult to get a hold of, and the enemy will be constantly pushing
on your base as well. Your bots will basically ignore the tank node, and the
Goliath it spawns, while the enemy team - Lauren in particular - will not.
This means your first order of business is to take the Tank node and use the
back to the center node. You can park your Goliath near your Prime Node,
safely away from most of the fighting, and use it to shut down their Orb
carrier, but they can circumvent this by taking the Tank node out from under
you so it's better to be quick and try to get the center node back to neutral
status. If you lose your goliath, go get another one. Taking out the center
node is difficult because they've got a laser turret - and a number of
Scorpions - which will decimate your tank. If you can just destroy the node
whether or not you claim it yourself (using abandoned enemy vehicles as cover
sometimes works) they will lose these vehicles until they can recover it,
making it easier for you to capture and hold the node yourself. At this point,
whoever controls the tank node is 'winning'.

For the most part, the idea of the early game is to keep the Tank node under
your control and use it as a counterweight to prevent the enemy from
reclaiming anything your allies take from them. This is the hardest part. Once
you've got control of both the center node and the tank node, the dynamics
change. For one, you don't have to do anything else except maintain control
and you will win by attrition if the time runs out. At this point you might
find it better to switch entirely to defense using the Orb to shield & hold
the center node while your allies fight over the enemy prime node. If the
enemy prime falls, you can then run over and build a friendly node in it's
place, and repeat the process there while your allies attack the enemy core.
Another option might be to assist attacking the enemy prime node yourself,
although this can be difficult and potentially costly if the enemy counter-
attacks.

Once you have their prime node, you can attack their core. On the easier
settings I find this more productive than defending because the bots are so
slow and it's easy to recover the node if they destroy it. On the harder
levels there is less room to play around, I prefer to be conservative and let
the enemy wear out slowly-but-surely, using my now-obsolete orb to defend the
enemy prime node and preventing them from getting back up. If you have an
opening between waves of enemies, you can run over and take the Tank node back
at this point (if you lost it). You can actually park the Goliath inside the
prime node building, making it impossible for the enemy to reclaim their node.

If you decide to attack their base, there is an alleyway off the main road
that leads to their core. You can get in and shoot it a couple times before
the bots catch on. If you've got a secure hold on the prime node and the
enemies are siege in their base, you can drive the Goliath through their
front gate without much fuss as well. All-in-all the first 50% is the hard
part and it's all downhill from there.

Mission 013 - Defiance ( DM-Defiance )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Lauren, Barktooth, Harlin, Slain

Map Details
Downtown Oxida Nova
Downtown Oxida Nova is a busy hub for Axon colonists. The area is surrounded
by tall buildings, including the central rail station, employment offices, and
shopping centers that are designed to resemble those back home on Earth.

Briefing
"Now that we've taken Oxida Nova, Axon defenses are crumbling. There's only a
few pockets of resistance left, but that includes the Iron Guard. These guys
are Axon-elite, ex-military--very experienced. And very pissed. They've got a
make-shift command point near the transport center. Our job is to take control
of the area before they spark a city-wide riot."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- The tight corridors of the lower level are very dangerous.
- More powerful items can be found in the center's upper levels.

Strategy & Tactics
Hit & Run reigns supreme on this level, although the tunnels by the rocket
launcher provide a nice campsite. I set up Jester and Othello on top of the
ramps opposite the door, with Bishop on the rocket launcher, and myself up on
the thighpads with the Sniper Rifle\Rocket Launcher. - This was extremely
successful tactically, but it made too many 'economic' compromises to be a
valid strategy overall. I also tried having the bots follow me, as per Shangri-
La, but the level design didn't seem to accommodate that as well. The strategy
from Arsenal and Carbon Fire seems to work the best: let your bots do what
they want while you follow them around to distract the enemy. The rest of the
time, stay out of the way and use guerilla tactics.

Mission 014 - Kargo ( vCTF-Kargo )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Hellhound, Scorn, Gnasher, Cerberus, Scar, Worg

Map Details
Alluvion river valley
The harbors of the Alluvion River are the primary entry points for colonial
supply lines. These shipping lanes are shared by all factions, and monitored
by an N.E.G. peacekeeping force. This port is a highly contested supply point
on the edge of Axon territory, with the Izanagi mainland just across the bay.

Briefing
"I don't like what's going on here. The Axon are quiet - no attempts to
recapture the Alluvion Corridor. Four recon teams went into Oxida Nova. Only
one made it out. They reported I quote, "Overwhelming hordes of Krall
mercenaries slaughtering everyone wholesale." Before we could get defenses
online, the Krall crossed the bay and hit our supply-lines. We need to move
quickly, or this entire op is going up in smoke. We've seen what these
bastards can do first hand. This time, they don't have the element of surprise
but we're still heavily outnumbered. Don't kid yourselves. Respawners or not,
every time we fight the Krall, we're fighting for survival."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- Control the boat in the mid-ground to access a Goliath.
- Line up a Scorpion boost to jump from ramp to ramp across the boat.

Strategy & Tactics
You'll be outnumbered by two this time, making it significantly more difficult
than last time. It can be hard to get even one capture on this mission and if
you let your guard down the enemy can win very quickly. I didn't have much
success using the tank because my bots could hardly get to the flag room let
alone back out again. It's possible to score this way, but you could easily
play to overtime without doing so and still lose on a rough transition. The
best bet seems to be to alternate between the tank and a flag attempt. The
tank keeps the enemy in line and prevents them from getting too many people on
your side of the board, reducing the chance that somebody might capture your
flag in the time between your tank's destruction and your flag run. It also
reduces the likelihood that the tank will fall into enemy hands.

For the actual run, the shield belt would help immensely if you can get a hold
of it. Either way, you want to approach from the Hellbender side and stay away
from midfield where the enemy vehicles congregate. Aside from avoiding a lot
of unnecessary damage, it also provides you a small area to restock on health
and armor before you enter the flag room. There will probably be two defenders
guarding the flag since they can afford it. If you drop down into the scorpion
garage and then use the jump pad in the back, you'll come up right in front of
one of the defenders. If you turn around and step onto it, you can come up
facing him and can gib him with the Flak Cannon before he has a chance to
return fire. Then you can grab the flag and jump over the rail to the
Hellbender exit.

If you moved quickly out of the base - and especially if you have the shield
belt - you should have enough time to use your hoverboard to get behind the
crates. You may even be able to reach the garage. Take the same route home
that you took to reach the base and hope the enemy didn't take the tank while
you were away. If they did, you'll probably have to kill the tank and try
again, but sometimes you can escape before it targets you. The redeemer can
make short work of the tank, just don't use the alt-fire or they will shoot it
down with their incredible aim.

Mission 015 - Torlan Delta ( WAR-Torlan_Leviathan )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Hellhound, Scar, Worg, Lockjaw, Claw, Bargest, Blackfang

Map Details
Torlan river delta
Thanks to stringent monitoring by the New Earth Government, all three
Corporations have used the fields of the Torlan Delta to power their combined
mining efforts. But with the recent threat of full scale war, N.E.G. forces
have pulled out, and everyone is scrambling to take control of this valuable
territory.

Briefing
"With three corporations at each other’s throats, the Torlan Delta's in chaos.
Krall forces are swarming at the central Torlan gorge, looking to take
advantage. All we've got is a forward observation post at the border. The
outlying nodes will give us more vehicles, but intel says they're already
corrupted by the necris. The Torlan Delta's about as strategic as it gets, so
this isn't optional. We have to push out the Krall if we're gonna win this
war. Good thing we picked up that Leviathan. Let's give the Krall a little
surprise."

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- A Support Node below the central bridge will provide your team with extra
fire power.
- Krall forces will attempt to overwhelm enemies by attacking in packs.
- Some Nodes are already under the control of the Krall forces.

Strategy & Tactics
This mission is terrible. The bot AI is horribly buggy - but only for your
allies. Meanwhile, the enemy outnumbers you almost 2:1, and they are
organized, aggressive, and arguably better equipped. On higher difficulties
they'll even use their Vipers to tow the Orb carrier between the nodes. You
have no choice but to use the Leviathan. If you allow your bots to pilot it,
they will almost certainly get stuck on the wall of the base. Even if they
don't get stuck, they will drive it to the prime node where it essentially
waits to be destroyed so you can start the level over.

You want Jester and Othello on offense, and Bishop covering you. Bishop will
get in the leviathan with you and man one of the turrets. We use Bishop
because he is the most accurate and the least useful on foot. Othello will go
to the Prime node, while Jester will carry the orb to the center node. If
Othello has the orb, he will take it to the prime node like an idiot, but
Jester will still go to the center node. If you have Othello *and* Bishop in
the Leviathan, Jester will take the orb to the Center node and wait for the
Prime Node to complete the construction that Othello never started - shutting

You want to pilot the Leviathan to the center node. On your way to the center
node, you will more than likely run into an enemy viper towing their orb
carrier on their way to do the same thing. Killing them should not be a
problem, but you have to kill them before they get their orb carrier to the
node. If they get the node before you do, they will quite possibly kill your
leviathan before you can recover it, push south and take your prime node
before the leviathan respawns, and then reassemble at your prime node, in good

When the enemy prime node finishes construction. They will begin a huge push
into the center node. You want to mobilize the Leviathan and use it's Ion
Cannon to destroy everyone in the pass. When, and if things quiet down, go
back into tank mode and drive toward the far side of the tunnel. The idea is
to position the Leviathan so that Bishop can attack the enemy prime node, yet
is still protected by the mountainside. Then you want to deploy again and use
the Ion Cannon to keep a clear area in front of the Leviathan - so that the
enemy can't get close enough to attack it. The point is NOT to push into the
enemy Prime node, only to destroy it and keep it destroyed. At this point your
Leviathan would probably not survive driving out into the open and you are too
outnumbered to make the run yourself. Even if you did, the enemy could quickly
and easily take it back.

The purpose is to keep the enemy away from the center node as long as
possible. What will probably happen - at least if you're playing on the higher
difficulties - the Leviathan will be destroyed shortly after you start
bombarding the prime node. You may or may not succeed in destroying the enemy
prime, but it doesn't make a huge difference. Either way, you'll have to wait
until the Leviathan respawns, and will be very vulnerable during this time. We
pushed into their prime node so that they will have that much further to run
before they are in -your- territory.  The enemy will continue pushing into the
center node. Since you are on foot now, grab the orb and use it to shield the
node. The enemy will fire at you, so strafe around and shoot back. If the
enemy kills you, respawn as quickly as you can. Because you were shielding the
node, the enemy was not attacking the node itself. If you are quick enough,
you can respawn at the center node before it gets attacked again and your orb
will still be there. Quickly pick up the orb and shield\heal the node again.
Repeat this for as long as you can. If the enemy orb carrier approaches the
node, kill him (if you can) and use their orb to destroy it. If he kills you,
respawn quickly so you'll appear back at the node. Your orb should still be
there, and you may still be able to reclaim the node. If it works out, a new
orb will appear on the spawner, and you can repeat the cycle. If the enemy
succeeds in claiming the center node - and they probably will - things become
more hectic. You can still recover, however. Just repeat this process at the
Prime Node. They probably won't claim both before the Leviathan comes back
online. Even if they do, when the Leviathan comes back online, you can recover

When the Leviathan comes back online, you need to teleport back to the base
immediately and get inside it. The only thing more important than this is
destroying the blue orb at the center node, so do that first if necessary. If
you still have the center node in your control, drive the leviathan in front
of it and mobilize the Ion Cannon to keep the canyon clear of enemies, then
push north to the enemy prime node again and destroy it like we did (or tried
to do) last time. If the enemy managed to claim the center node while you were
gone, mobilize the turret at the canyon entrance and shoot the Ion Cannon down
at the ground in the center. This will kill the enemies respawning at the
center node, and if you aim it properly it will damage the node as well. You
can hold this position until the orb carrier reclaims the node, return to tank
mode and drive up to assault the node directly, or get out of the Leviathan
and let the bots pilot it while you follow in behind with the node yourself.

If the enemy succeeded in pushing all the way south and captured your prime
node, you still want to position your leviathan as above, where you can attack
the Prime Node or the center node. Destroy the prime node (and the enemy dark
walker). Make sure the enemies at the Prime Node are dead, and then get out of
your leviathan and go to the Prime Node. Once your prime node is
reconstructed, go grab your orb and\or catch up with your leviathan. The bots
are probably driving it down the canyon to the center node. This is a perfect
opportunity to repair it with your link gun. If the orb carrier dies you can
pick it up and use the Leviathan as a shield on your way to the node. If the
enemy destroys your leviathan while you're fighting over the Prime Node,
you'll need to shift your focus to the Orb. You can't let the enemy have the
Prime Node, so you'll want to carry the orb in and take the node back, and
then use the teleporter to go get another Orb ASAP. At the very least you need
to keep it out of enemy hands until the Leviathan returns.

The goal is to stay alive until the time runs out. Once you're in Overtime,
all you have to do is capture and hold the center node and their core will
count down faster than yours will. If you can destroy their prime node, it's
even faster. Using the Leviathan and the Orb as barriers for your Nodes should
give you enough of a defensive advantage that they will lose their Nodes
faster than you do, hold them for less time, and therefore suffer more
attrition damage.

Note: This strategy does not require playing a card, but this level is
difficult enough that it may justify playing one.

Mission 016 - Arsenal ( DM-Arsenal )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Bishop, Othello
Enemies: Aspect, Collossus, OSC, Raptor

Map Details
Hyperion fringe territories
The Arsenal is a former Liandri munitions plant whose remote location was
intended to reduce collateral damage in case of an accident. As Hyperion
expanded and modern plants came into operation, the Arsenal fell on hard
times. All human colonists were pulled from the plant over a decade ago, and
all robotics about a year later.

Briefing
"Alright listen up. The plant is well fortified. But if we can capture it
intact, we'll have a perfect location for staging our assault on the Liandri.
Malcolm wants us to eliminate any resistance. The main battle group is right
behind us, and they'll move forward and establish a base when we give the all-
clear."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Use the Jump Boots to access the Super Health.
- Jump from a moving lift to gain momentum and access the UDamage.

Strategy & Tactics
Another deathmatch. The map is a little confusing at first so you may have to
play it once or twice to learn your way around. The jump boots are on the
bottom level, at a crossroad in the tunnels. The Super Health is up above them
on top of the beam supporting the lights. You have to use the jump boots to
reach the Super Health, so expect a lot of bot activity in this area. The
Armor vest is straight down the hall from the Super Health, and the Shield
Belt is only a short distance from the Armor Vest. You can form a fairly
simple patrol route between these powerups. There is also a UDamage on a

There aren't a lot of strategies to use on this map. Just try to provide
backup for your allies and use hit & run as much as possible to avoid giving
the enemy points.
Completing this level unlocks the 'Heavy Armor' card.

Mission 017 - Heat Ray ( DM-HeatRay )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Aspect, Collossus, Enigma, Entropy, Monarch, Raptor

Map Details
Hyperion slums
As Liandri operations on Taryd became more and more automated, the surface
sectors of Hyperion were neglected and never received the technological
upgrades available to the upper strata of the city. This maze of ground level
buildings is now the slums of Taryd, still inhabited by the humans that
maintain the largely automated Liandri workforce.

Briefing
"We need to secure the slums before we move into the heart of the city. Then
we start climbing into the upper-atmosphere of Hyperion and strike into the
heart of Liandri operations."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Use the Invisibility powerup and gain a tactical advantage.

Strategy & Tactics
This is one of the easier incarnations of HeatRay, although that isn't saying
as much about it as it does about some of the other versions. You do have an
advantage here in that the bots will stick to mid\close range weapons. This is
a weakness which you can exploit with the shock & sniper rifles. Tell your
bots to follow you and try to keep your distance from the enemy bots. It helps
to keep track of the shield belt and the invisibility as well, but in general
this is easier than some of the other deathmatch missions we've already seen -
and some we will be seeing later.

Mission 018 - Dusk ( WAR-Dusk )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Evolution, Mihr, Syntax, Torque, Monarch, Raptor

Map Details
Hyperion fringe territories
Izanagi satellites only recently discovered this secretive distribution
facility. Analysis of satellite images tells us that the facility is fully
automated, and connected to a Liandri mining operation several levels below
ground. Raw ore is transported to the surface where it's packaged and moved
off for processing.

Briefing
"This facility is running low profile, so there's no heavy security. Izanagi
expects us to walk in and pick up another tarydium mine for their stock-
holders. If we can capture all the nodes surrounding the mine entrance, we'll
vulnerable to aerial attack, so that airship would be a huge advantage."

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- Control Nodes on both sides of the mine entrance to open the security doors
- Use the shaped charge or a Redeemer to destroy barricades that block large
vehicles.
- Use the Orb to instantly take control of a Node.

Strategy & Tactics
Contrary to what the briefing says, you can pretty well ignore the center
nodes for this mission. In fact, you can ignore virtually every node except
the East Tank Node. What you want to do is hop topside and grab your orb - as
quickly as possible - and hoverboard straight over to the southwest node. As
soon as that is up, use the teleporter back to your Core, grab the orb again,
and quickly hoverboard out to the East Tank node (Southeast Node). Sneak in
and plant the orb on the node. If you felt like being mean, you could again go
back and do the same on the north, but that kind of gloating is why villains
always lose. Once you've taken the east tank node, all you have to do is
defend it for a moment (preferably using the laser turrets) in case anyone
tries to reclaim it. If Jester claims the northeast node and you still have
control of the southeast node, jump out of the turret and go get in the nearby
Circada. Fly that over to the enemy base, look down, and unload on their Core.
I beat this mission 3 times in a row with this method, encountering 0-2
enemies.

If that plan falls through, this can be a tricky mission. The enemy seems to
want to attack with 3 and defend with 3. Since there are 6 of them, they can
have 2 people on each path, while you have to choose a 2:1:1 ratio. Your bots
will generally focus on the northern path, while the enemy will generally
focus on the southern path. Bishop is usually the one going after the center
nodes, and he will eventually succeed at this, but it's not a real substantial
gain and the circada will probably be shot down before it can destroy either
of the enemy prime nodes. Once the enemy gets a hold of a node, it's difficult
to uproot them from it. They'll have 3 people attacking your core and 3 people
healing the prime node. It's not pretty, and it's difficult to avoid. You
can't be everywhere at once, and the enemy's superior numbers will inevitably
succeed wherever you aren't. The Circadas can help with this, allowing you to
fly between the northeast\southeast prime nodes and try to keep them pinned
down while your allies move in.

Still, this is an uphill battle. The early portions of the mission are very
important. When a node switches teams, anyone assigned to defend it will no
longer recognize it as a defensible location, and will shift their attention
somewhere else. Similarly, anyone attacking the southern pass unsuccessfully
will respawn at the northern pass where they will survive longer. As a result
anyone from the southern pass that you uproot will naturally tend to migrate
north. We cut them off at the southeast node, so the defenders default to the
north node and the attackers are torn between them. Their entire army clumps
itself together at the northeast node. What the plan above does is exploit
their disorganization during that transition and use it to rush their core. If
you wait at the south node, they will eventually get organized and sweep
through the north, likely destroying your core before you can destroy theirs.
This also puts you in an uncomfortable position since leaving the southeast
node to aid the northern front means losing the only node that allows you to
attack the enemy core, and possibly allowing them to sweep the south too. Take
their prime node before they have a chance to mobilize in the south, and then
use that as a springboard to attack the enemy core while it's vulnerable.

Mission 019 - Power Surge ( WAR-PowerSurge )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Aspect, Collossus, OSC, Monarch, Mihr, Torque

Map Details
Hyperion fringe territories, Tarydium mine
Located a half-mile below the planet's surface, the Dusk mine was established
by Liandri scientists in an experiment to test self-sufficient Automaton
management of resources. The overloaded systems often release a huge
powersurge that vents up to the surface in order to protect the volatile
Tarydium stockpiles below.

Briefing
"Intel says we can take control of the drill mech loading bay and send the
mining bots into overdrive. As long as we hold that node, they'll keep
working, and the resulting power surges will funnel right into the enemy core.
Kaboom."

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- Control the Mine Node to engage the mining drones.
- The drones will automatically begin to mine and stockpile Tarydium.
- The mine overload discharges a high voltage pulse that damages the enemy
Core.
- The East and West Tank Nodes hold important Goliath firepower.

Strategy & Tactics
The countdown node is the most important part of this mission. Every minute it
will do 20% damage to the enemy of it's owner. The prime nodes are difficult
to capture and hold on this mission, since they have another node and their
core linking to it. Even if you take the 2nd node, their core can attack
either of them, and only has to take the prime node for you to lose both..
Clearly the prime nodes are for defense, and the real battleground is the
countdown node.

There is an orb spawner at the countdown node and it's very existence provides
the necessary instruction: Grab the orb and hold the countdown node. When the
countdown finishes, rebuild the node with the orb and grab the new orb from
the spawner. The enemy will focus on the prime nodes, only occasionally
diverting to stop the countdown. This is fine. Your allies should be able to
hold the prime node for the 5-10 minutes you require. Their orb carrier will
occasionally make well-timed attacks on the node, so be alert. I stood in the
doorway where I could be hidden from enemy fire while still shielding the node.

Mission 020 - Coret ( CTF-Coret )
Goal: 5 Captures
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Cathode, Raptor, Syntax, Evolution

Map Details
Hyperion Strata, Coret Acquisition Center
Prior to the war, the Coret Acquisition Center was a major social hub for all
of Taryd's colonists. Since the fighting started, however, the militia is
enforcing a strict curfew, and the facility empties out as the sun goes down.

Briefing
"We were sent here to meet a Liandri informant with sensitive data about
something called: 'The Strident.' Something tipped off the Liandri and now
we're doing this the loud way. Jester: Find that informant. Stay in close
radio contact. We'll keep Liandri security busy for you."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- A UDamage powerup is located on the bridge spanning the central chamber.

Strategy & Tactics
Another remake from UT Classic. The pathing is decent enough that the bots
will use all the paths available, although they do stop to use the
translocator in a few places. It's not a very big map, so you're within a few
translocations from everywhere. This makes it somewhat tricky to score a
successful capture. The enemy will be very aggressive on this map, and trying
to play defensively just lets them get away with it. Interestingly, you seem
to find less opposition when entering through the front gate than you do
coming from the sides. The same doesn't seem to be true in reverse though, and
there is better cover on the side-paths anyway.

Unless you can waltz in and waltz back out, the best bet seems to be assists.
When your allies leave with the flag, the enemy will rush out to kill them,
leaving the base undefended. You can follow your allies to provide cover fire,
or you can wait inside the blue base while the enemy force chases your flag
carrier. If you grab the flag when it's returned, the bot collective will turn
toward you, but they are in the midfield and you can usually push further out
of the blue base before they catch you. If you happen to be in red territory
at that time, there is a chance your allies will hold off the enemies,
complete the capture, or hold the flag long enough for you to reinforce them
in turn. 5 captures wins the match, but chances are you'll have to win by the
clock.

Mission 021 - Heat Ray ( DM-HeatRay )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Loque, Scythe, Scorn, Gnasher, Cerberus, Lockjaw

Map Details
Hyperion slums
As Liandri operations on Taryd became more and more automated, the surface
sectors of Hyperion were neglected and never received the technological
upgrades available to the upper strata of the city. This maze of ground level
buildings is now the slums of Taryd, still inhabited by the humans that
maintain the largely automated Liandri workforce.

Briefing
"The Krall saw the same tactical value in the slums that we did. Their initial
wave of infantry is already in place and transport ships are in route. That
means heavy weaponry and necris vehicles are on the way. So lets finish this.
Quickly."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Necris vehicle reinforcements are already en route to Hyperion.
- Use the Invisibility powerup and gain a tactical advantage.

Strategy & Tactics
This mission is stupid. Heatray is an interesting map, but the settings are
ridiculous. First of all, the enemy outnumbers you 4-6. Second, they have
Loque, who not only has high stats on his own, but he also has special code in
the game to make him a higher difficulty than the other bots. Third, the enemy
gets a DarkWalker. That wouldn't be a problem since that is a normal feature
of HeatRay. The problem is that they are the only ones who *can* use the
DarkWalker. It's locked if you try to get in, and even if they get in and back
out again, it's still locked. Fourth and finally, the Insane difficulty puts
the bot skill at Inhuman - Godlike. Whoever thought of stacking penalties like
this needs to seriously demonstrate what he was thinking.

As far as I can tell this mission, like that dragon you were just determined
to fight, is a 'dead end' for bad decision making. It *is* beatable, but I'm
not sure how you go about it on Insane, as even my best results were still ~8
points behind. The mission briefing suggests you use the Invisibility powerup
for a 'tactical advantage' which probably means it wants you to use it to
counter the Dark Walker, but the higher level bots can track you by sound even
if you're invisible and they time the powerups themselves anyway. My only
suggestion here is to go back to the mission selection screen and play

Mission 022 - Islander ( WAR-Islander )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Evolution, Mihr, Syntax, Torque

Map Details
Hyperion archipelago
Liandri planners wanted an isolated communication station that wouldn't have
to filter out background noise and interference from civilian signals. The
islands of the northern archipelago met their communication needs but the
limited space didn't allow for extensive defensive capabilities.

Briefing
"Izanagi H.Q. wants a foreward O.P. to monitor Krall activity in the north.
They found a military comms facility on the Hyperion archipelago that's
perfect. Except for the Liandri bots stationed there. This is a covert
insertion so we'll have limited vehicle support. Shouldn't be a problem. Their
only defenses are dismounted infantry and a few turrets."

Objectives
- Control the Prime Node to access the enemy Core.
- Maintain control of this Node to shield your Core.
- Use the shaped charge or Redeemer to destroy enemy barricades.
- Watch for enemy turrets. They have a clear view of the central battlefield.

Strategy & Tactics
Personally, I hate this map. It's one of the only asymmetrical maps. The red
team gets all the nodes and most vehicles while the blue team gets all the
turrets and a 'less vulnerable' core. This map can be frustrating at first
since the PowerCore is difficult to even find. The nodes are on your side of
the map so getting the orb to them is pretty easy. Although you really only
need the prime node, you'll also want the Air Node, which is pretty easy to
maintain control of. Just fly the raptor over to the enemy base and circle
around the back. Their core is on ground level literally on the back side of
their base. (Fly behind their base and look west.)

I found this level to be easy compared to many of the previous levels. The
bots spawn far away with little means to reciprocate against you. If you're
feeling malicious you can even take the time to kill their orb carrier with
the shock rifle from the other side of the level. The ones who actually make
it to you are usually preoccupied with attacking the node and make themselves
easy targets. Even if they kill you, you respawn less than 10 seconds away
with an orb..

Mission 023 - Strident ( CTF-Strident )
Goal: 5 Captures
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Matrix, Cathode, Enigma, Entropy

Map Details
The Strident, beneath Hyperion
The Strident has always been a mystery to the flesh and blood humans that work
on the surface of Hyperion. These subterranean chambers appear to be the
central focus of the mainframe that controls all Liandri operations on Taryd.

Briefing
"A robot army with a huge central brain has one weakness, right? If we can
infiltrate and control the strident, we own all of Hyperion. Ronin's taking
point on the assault. Once we give the all-clear, Izanagi techs will move
forward and hack the mainframe."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- Be aware of unstable FLaG bases.
- Shifting magnetic forces within the Strident cause platforms to move.

Strategy & Tactics
Small and intense. 3 translocations can pretty much take you from one base to
the other, and there are only a few ways into each. Even on Insane, the bots
will largely ignore the Shield Belt in the center until after your 3rd
capture, when they become particularly mean. The bots will have no problem
getting into the enemy base and grabbing the flag, but they usually insist on
taking the top route, where they will be harassed constantly and are unlikely
to succeed. The best strategy seems to be to send your whole team on offense
while you sneak in quietly and wait under the lift. Your allies will grab the
flag and lure the enemies topside and away from the base. When they fail -
which is almost inevitable - you can quickly grab the flag and run down the
bottom route - left or right doesn't matter - and cut back in to the middle to
pick up the shield or health if necessary before cutting back to the outside
while remaining on the bottom level. Use the jump pad on the bottom floor of
your base to come in through the top. It's worth trading a couple seconds of
vulnerability for the insurance that you don't get trapped on the bottom floor
if the lift raises.

If you can secure a +3 lead in this way, switch your team to defense. You're
unlikely to secure more flag captures once the bots go crazy, as their
miniguns will strip your shield incredibly fast and they time the powerups to
prevent you from getting another. The idea, instead, is to stop them from
catching up in the time that remains. You can also refrain from making a 3rd
capture at all, to prevent the bots going crazy while you maintain a +2 choke
hold, but it doesn't really matter. Once you get 3, they're almost guaranteed
to score at least 1 capture and it becomes a +2 choke hold anyway. If you
successfully scored a 3rd capture during a +2 lead, you can score a 4th or 5th
capture with the same lead so don't fret too much if they start scoring. If
they close it to a +1 lead, go back on offense to try and widen\maintain the
lead, and make them fight the battle on their turf.

Mission 024 - Gateway ( DM-Gateway )
Goal: 40 Kills
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Othello
Enemies: Matrix, Entropy, Cathode, Enigma

Map Details
Taryd, various locations.
The Liandri Corporation has been working for years to perfect the portal
technology used in the Tournaments. They're hoping to increase teleporter
distances, and make the system useful on a global scale. This working
prototype has portals that can instantly move personnel and equipment to any
pre-programmed location on Taryd.

Briefing
"Matrix is our only known source for the Hyperion security codes. We've
tracked him down but he won't surrender. He's afraid of being formatted and
losing his last few human memories. He's been using Liandral portal tech to
evade Izanagi forces so they called Ronin to finish the job. Without those
protocols, we can't access the mainframe cores and Liandri technicians could
sabotage our operations from anywhere on Taryd."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.

Strategy & Tactics
"He's afraid of being formatted.." Hehe. Anyway, this is an interesting level.
Once again, you're outnumbered 2:1, so this can be a tricky mission. There are
three battlegrounds connected by portals. The enemies will mainly congregate
in the 'Jungle' and 'Sky-Platform' areas, and rarely venture into the
'Snowscape.' The Platform, in particular, as that is where the shield belt
spawns.

The major obstacle in this mission is Othello. He will constantly be dying and
getting himself separated from you, where he will then die again and again.
You can mitigate this somewhat by telling him to hold position in the snow
area, where the bots rarely venture but being that he is a bot himself, he has
difficulty making it there without passing the other bots and getting killed
repeatedly. You can mitigate this further by telling him to cover you, and
then camping in the snow area yourself. This helps quite a bit, but it is
still unstable. Any deaths propel you \Othello into enemy territory and one
death turns into many. The Jungle area is virtually worthless in terms of
strategic value. You can spam the portal entrance with rockets and bio-goo,
and it does have the stinger which can be useful, but having only mid\close
range weapons when the enemy outnumbers you with long range weapons is not

The main battlefield - and the most important - is the Sky Platform. The Link
Gun & Shock Rifle spawn out here, as does most of the Sniper Ammo. There is
health on either end. Jumping into the fan on the far end near the health kits
will propel you into the sky where you can reach the shield belt. This is a
good place to tell Othello to hold position so he will camp the shield belt.
If you have decent aim, you can camp here yourself and shoot any airborne bots
who try to use the fan to reach you. You can also provide support to Othello
should he die and attempt to return, and there is health down below as well.

Ultimately though, you'll probably have to come down and fight the bots on the
platform. Of all the weapons to use, the Shock\Sniper and the Stinger\Link Gun
work the best since they aren't influenced at all by the change in gravity.
There aren't a lot of special tricks you can use on this mission, other than
to make sure you get the Shield Belt as often as possible and stay near
Othello to provide cover, distract his enemies, and try to out-score the
enemy. I used the shock rifle at long range for most of the mission but in
retrospect it may have been easier to use the link gun to hit multiple targets
on the narrow walkways and forget trying to keep distance in such a crowded
area.

Mission 025 - Islander Necris ( WAR-Islander_Necris )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Necris
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Loque, Kragoth, Malakai, Damian

Map Details
Hyperion archipelago
Liandri planners wanted an isolated communication station that wouldn't have
to filter out background noise and interference from civilian signals. The
islands of the northern archipelago met their communication needs but the
limited space didn't allow for extensive defensive capabilities.

Briefing
"The necris lead a full-scale invasion of Taryd and they have complete control
of the northern onyx territories. Their infection tubes are pumping the
landscape full of nano-black, terraforming this planet into a necris
stronghold. We stop this advance, we push them back, or we're done for. We're
completely blacked out, and Izanagi H.Q. needs eyes for us to have a fighting
chance in this war. Our orders are to retake this commo post, and that's what
we're gonna do. No vehicle support, just whatever we can steal on the
battlefield."

Objectives
- You are facing a dangerous and aggressive Necris force.
- Nanoblack infected Nodes build Necris vehicles.
- Control the Prime Node to access the enemy Core.

Strategy & Tactics
Even though they build this level up like armageddon, it's not so bad. I had a
CTD on this level whenever the Necris would speak, so I had to beat it without
sound. Anyway, you can do pretty much whatever you want on this level. I chose
to let my allies carry the orb so I could focus on the Air Node, but it turns
out the Necris will sometimes leave vehicles abandoned outside the entrance to
the Air Node, allowing you to hijack them (especially the Nemesis) and use it
to shoot at their nodes\core from obscure places. Most notably, you can use
the nemesis to destroy the air node from ground-level if you position yourself
behind the rocks in front of their base. You can shoot up into the prime node
from ground level down below, and you can also park next to the ramp leading
up to their prime node and shoot their power core.

Using dirty tricks like that, you can beat the level with minimal skill. If
you prefer to be defensive, you can use the Sniper Rifle to kill the infantry
and the Avril to kill vehicles while your team whittles away at the blue core,
but then your allies have to carry your slack on offense. You can also be the
orb runner yourself, although that just puts more pressure and responsibility
on you - The best balance seems to be letting your allies do what they want
and spending your efforts securing the Air Node to tip the balance in your
favor. You really don't have to engage in much combat to do this. Just
hoverboard over to the Air Node and use the jump pad. If there is someone up
there, either kill them or ignore them and attack the node. If you die,
repeat. Eventually they will leave it undefended and you can take it without a
fight. Afterwards, use the jump pad up top to launch yourself within jumping
distance of the prime node to initiate your assault on that. The same applies
here: Either kill the guards yourself or let your bots do it, either way,
you'll eventually destroy the node without much fighting and score some points
on the core.

Mission 026 - Market District ( WAR-MarketDistrict )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Necris
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Scythe, Nocturne, Samael, Bargest

Map Details
Downtown Tokaido, Kimpu Market District
Life in Tokaido relies heavily on the infrastructure of the Kimpu Market
District. People purchase food there, shop, gather for social occasions, and
even buy their fuel in this one centralized location. In a surprise move, a
terrorist cell has invaded the Market, scared off the locals, and shut down
all business in and out of the district.

Briefing
"When the necris infected Taryd, they didn't draw the line between military
and civilian targets. All the corporations are scrambling to defend their home
colonies. The necris have Izanagi's Kimpu market district under siege and have
imposed martial law. This is exactly why we signed up, Ronin."

Objectives
- Control the Prime Node to access your enemy's Core.
- Control Support Nodes to unlock mobile laser turrets.
- Use the mobile turrets to protect the Prime Node.
- Short Circuit the enemy Core's coolant system by controlling both Support
Nodes simultaneously.
- An overheated Core raises into the open air and is vulnerable to turret
fire.

Strategy & Tactics
The enemy seems a little more obsessive about the prime node this time, so it
may be to your advantage to make a quick run to the support nodes before you
join the main tug-of-war. The enemy will have no choice but to relocate forces
to attack the support nodes or else suffer damage every time your orb carrier
takes the prime node, ironically making it easier for you to accomplish
exactly that. They'll usually send their next orb - or the one after - to a
support node, but even at best that means their core will be exposed longer.
It's not a huge deal if they claim one of the support nodes. I was enjoying
shooting their core from the prime node so I took advantage of the slack they
created and ruined their plans at the support node out of spite. This ended up
working very well, but it wasn't necessary. You can ignore the support nodes
as long as you maintain control of at least one. Same approach as last time
basically.

Mission 27 - Shangri La ( DM-ShangriLa )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Necris
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Grail, Hellhound, Scar, Worg, (+1)

Map Details
Tokaido, Shangri La sector
The springtime blossoms of the Shangri La sector are universally renowned for
their beauty and serenity. But the district sits along the northern shore of
Tokaido, and the locals are forced to retreat into the sweltering heat of the
underground mines to avoid the fierce cold snaps that leave the grounds
largely abandoned during winter months.

Briefing
"When the necris infected Taryd, they didn't draw the line between military
and civilian targets. All the corporations are scrambling to defend their home
colonies. This is exactly why we signed up, Ronin."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- UDamage powerup is located in the central courtyard.

Strategy & Tactics
It may be a bug but you're outnumbered now, so it's even harder than before.
You'll want to use the same trick as last time. You can't afford to have your
team running loose and isolated, nor can you afford to group them together in
one place. The idea here is to lead your team around the outskirts collecting
the good spam weapons: The Rocket Launcher, Flak Cannon, and Minigun so that
your whole team has a good weapon. Then you want to continue along picking up
health and ammo. If you know how to time the powerups, the shield is probably
your best bet since it's in a more tactical location. If you're being pursued
by enemies, pull your team in wide through a doorway or hallway and then
circle back on the side of the entrance to ambush the enemy when they attempt
to enter. They try to group together and you can find some great opportunities
to kill them in groups when they storm the room.

To some extent it's a matter of reflexes over strategy & tactics. I only won
by 3 points and I got at least that many 'twitch points' which might have
otherwise gone to the enemy. I also got 5 points from a perfectly executed
ambush that killed their entire team near the end of the match. Curiously,
there was an 'extra' bot present in this mission and I ended up fighting
Kregore who had apparently allied himself with the Necris.

Mission 028 - Corruption ( vCTF-Corruption )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Necris
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Scythe, Nocturne, Judas, Scorn, Gnasher, Cerberus

Map Details
Tokaido
The Mitzushi Gardens were once a quiet retreat for the Tokaido citizenry, a
tranquil place designed to help focus the senses and relax the mind. But this
peaceful climate changed when the Necris invaded. Dark seemingly sentient
clouds hover in the air, nanoblack poisons the water, and strange tentacles
are actually growing out of the buildings.

Briefing
"The mitsushi gardens were a place of beauty and peace. Now they're a vector
for the infection spreading across Tokaido City. HQ is finally giving us some
credit, and they've specially requested Ronin to handle this one."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- Powerful pickups are located underneath the lower waterfall.
- Access caves to escape larger vehicles in the battlefield.

Strategy & Tactics
This one can be a little irritating, but it's not all that hard. Getting into
the enemy base is easy. You've got tons of vehicles at your disposal and any
of them are strong enough to plow through the opposition or fast enough to
speed past it. One of the defending bots has this amusing tendency to guard
the flag with his back to it, making it extremely easy to run him over when
you're entering the base. Once you've got the flag, though, it's another
story. It's a long way back to the Red Base, and you're on foot. The enemy has
several vehicles which can outrun you, it's wide open and risky to use your
hoverboard, while the enemy will certainly be using theirs. You also might run
into the enemy attack force turning around to recover their flag.

I didn't have much luck exiting out the east side of their base. Even if I
entered that way, they always had men spawning or garrisoned up above who
would drop down and attack me on my way out. They have a Nemesis which spawns
there, which doesn't help, and it's in Range of their Dark Walker as well.
Assuming you can make it past the perimeter, there are a series of caves you
can enter which link together and take you all the way back into friendly
territory. There is also an open field where you can sometimes run into a
friendly Goliath who will cover your retreat.

I had better luck with the west side though. I usually had time to get on my
hoverboard before the defenders caught up with me, and the times that they did
it was usually a Scavenger from Midfield who turned around to head me off. The
hardest part of the run is double-jumping between the beams in the water mill,
but after that you're home free.

You can also support your allies on their flag runs. The enemy will frequently
abandon their vehicles out in front of your base, in decent health, and can be
freely hijacked. A Nemesis and a Goliath can guarantee safe passage for a
withdrawing flag carrier. Even if the flag carrier dies, you can finish off
the attackers and resume his run unopposed. It's more a matter of time than
difficulty, so relax and try to be patient with the enemy vehicles focus-
firing on you.

Mission 029 - Suspense ( vCTF-Suspense )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Necris
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Thannis, Pagan, Harbinger, Samael, Malakai

Map Details
Oxida Nova border territories
Suspense is the only bridge across the Alluvion strong enough to support the
weight of heavy combat vehicles. Without the bridge, it would take Axon forces
several days to respond to any battles across of the river. As such, it is
always under guard by an Axon mechanized division, with military checkpoints
at each end.

Briefing
"We need to clear the military checkpoints at each end of this bridge. Izanagi
recon took the southern point, and they called us to take the more heavily
guarded northern point. So we'll sortie from the south to attack their
respawner. We will have vehicle support. Bishop, the central bridge towers
should make great sniper nests. Don't forget a longbow to take out enemy
armor. Recon team also found a path under the bridge, so keep that in mind as
our number-two option."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- The towers of the bridge are ideal sniping positions.
- There is a Redeemer on the lower path, under the bridge.

Strategy & Tactics
Same trick as last time, although it's a little harder due to the team
difference. Use the raptor to get into the enemy base and land near the Super
Health. Then sneak into the enemy flag room to get the flag, and run back up
near your raptor. I like to park my raptor where it can provide cover for my
retreat. Anyway, there is a ledge on the backside of the building you can run
across and jump down to a platform on the main bridge. Follow the bridge edge
back to the other building and you'll come out in friendly territory. Once you
get to this point a capture is almost inevitable.

Mission 30 - Onyx Coast ( WAR-OnyxCoast )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Necris
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Loque, Harbinger, Pagan, Thannis, Samael

Map Details
The Onyx Coast
The biting cold and fierce wind of northern Taryd has transformed the
landscape into a freezing wasteland, but the Axon have turned the sharp
obsidian talons and sub-zero temperatures of this region to their advantage.
They've established several military installations along the coast that can be
used for training and storage purposes.

Briefing
"Intel reports that Loque captured an Axon military base on the Onyx Coast.
Perfect opportunity to put this Leviathan to good use. In the security
facility there's a heavily defended node that controls the central bridge. If
we can hold that long enough to get the Leviathan across, we can bring all
that firepower right into their kitchen."

Objectives
- Drive the Leviathan into enemy territory and take control of the
battlefield.
- The enemy Core is reinforced by a modulated nanoblack barrier.

Strategy & Tactics
The biggest challenge in this one comes not from the enemy bots, but from your
own. Sometimes they grab the orb and run back behind the red core to get
stuck. Sometimes they all pile in the leviathan and sit at your base entrance
with it in the deployed state. Sometimes they abandon the leviathan at a
sliver of health and leave it there so it never respawns. Worse still, by the
time you realize there is a problem it's probably too late to fix the damage
it caused. Unfortunately this is a 'do it yourself' level, meaning your bots
won't help you much and you have to be a superstar. To make matters worse,
merely getting in the leviathan causes the entire universe to assault it, so
you've got a few handicaps to contend with.

Your best bet is to get an early start out on the nodes. One of your bots will
probably grab the orb and head to your prime node. If they don't you should do
so. The other bots will probably climb in the Leviathan and drive it out to
the middle of the battlefield. It's up to you whether you go with the Orb
carrier or the Leviathan crew.

If you're on the orb crew, you'll want to take the prime node first. Your orb
will respawn at that node, and you'll be in good position to charge the enemy
prime node. Most of the fighting takes place between those two nodes. Once you
take the enemy prime node you can take your orb up and use it to shield the
node. The bots will use the jump pad to reach you, and you can get easy head-
shots when they line up with your scope. You can also jump off the node you
are shielding to make them think it's safe for them to take it. When they
start moving predictably, shoot them and destroy their orb, then climb back up
and get yours. You can also leave the orb business to your bots and go sneak
onto the bridge node via the ramp on the far west side of the field, but this
node is so vulnerable it's more of an afterthought. The downside of joining
the orb crew is that your leviathan crew probably won't make it across the

If you join the leviathan crew, you'll want to edge cautiously out into the
clearing. The enemy bots will focus all of their fire on you and despite
having tons of hit points, you'll die fast. The idea in this case is to nose
the leviathan out so that it's behind *some* cover while you shoot at the
enemy prime node through the embrasure. You can target and destroy any of the
nodes from the clearing, and that kind of suppressive fire should allow your
bots free reign to capture the nodes. Once you have all the nodes, you're
supposed to drive the leviathan across the bridge and use it to attack the
enemy core. The downside of joining the leviathan crew is that the enemies
focus-fire on you, and there's a good chance you'll be wasting a leviathan
before it reaches the other side of the bridge.

Ideally you would join the orb crew at the beginning to secure the nodes and
then quickly transition over to the leviathan crew to pilot it across. This is
easier said than done, and it turns out you're better off playing the orb game
and only using the Leviathan as a battering ram to keep (or get) the nodes
under control. This is counter-intuitive since you're doing basically the
opposite of what you should be doing, but it's really the only way to make
most of the two halves you've been given. I had a bad time on this level since
my bots surrendered at the end, leaving me fighting the enemy team literally
by myself. I almost lost as a result, but I managed to use the leviathan to
destroy all three blue nodes and get an orb to one of mine. Attrition wore
them out just a little faster (since they had no nodes, and I had 1).

On the easier difficulties you can pilot the Leviathan without any such
problems.

Mission 031 - ColdHarbor ( WAR-ColdHarbor )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Necris
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Nocturne, Damian, Judas, Grail

Map Details

Briefing
"The necris found Axon's stealth research facility and want to shut it down.
For once we've got fire support. Izanagi navy has the area under constant
bombardment, but the necris are using the facility's anti-air defenses to hold
off the attack. They want Ronin to sneak in and disable those defense cannons
so the navy can do it's job. Axon loaned us a prototype 'stealth bender'
vehicle -strictly off the record- to get us inside."

Objectives
- Link together Nodes and access the infected Core.

Strategy & Tactics
This mission was never included in the game.

Mission 032 - Avalanche ( WAR-Avalanche )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Necris
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Loque, Damian, Harbinger, Pagan, Thannis, Samael

Map Details
The Onyx Coast
Necris troops flood down to Taryd every day through a massive Orbital
Jumpgate. They've begun the process of terraforming the once barren lands of
northern Taryd into a Necris stronghold. Strange structures are literally
growing out of the snow, and nanoblack is pouring down from orbit to infect
and change the landscape.

Briefing
"Alright listen up. We're winning this war Ronin. We've pushed the necris back
to their ingress- that huge infection tube in the mountains. It connects to
their orbital platform and a jumpgate to Omicron 6. Our dearest friend, the
high inquisitor Akasha, recalled all teams for a delaying action while *she*
heads home. Heh. Not on our watch. We're gonna break-ranks and take out their
core before that bitch bugs out on us."

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- Nodes inside the cavern are crucial to controlling the battlefield.
- Simultaneously control both Cave Nodes to summon an infection tube that
drains the Enemy Prime Node.
- A shaped charge is available in emergency situations.
- Use the shaped charge to release an avalanche that buries enemies and

Strategy & Tactics
Avalanche is one of, if not -the- hardest WAR map you'll play. The enemy
fights very aggressively for control of their prime node and once they have
it, they'll do the same for the middle node. If their offense has a weakness,
it's that they underestimate the value of the support nodes, and this weakness
can be used to cripple them. - But you have to do it swiftly and decisively.

Chances are your allies will grab the orb. It doesn't really matter this time.
They will take it to your prime node, and the enemy will do the same at
theirs. Then the two will begin fighting over the center node, and since the
enemy out guns you they will probably win. They may even push north with their
orb and take your prime node. None of this really matters. What you have to
do - and quickly - is take the manta out to the support nodes and claim them
for your team. Both of them. You might face some resistance from another enemy
who is trying the same thing. It's important that you defeat them, and secure
both nodes.

damages the enemy prime node over time. Even if the enemy pushes all the way
north in position to attack your core, the support nodes will destroy his
prime node, and that will cascade back up north, releasing your prime node and
the middle node as well. If you play your cards right, you can take the
Goliath (or the  Dark Walker) to the middle node and secure that one as well.
If not, you have to hold the support nodes. This can be difficult, but once
the enemy prime node falls, they will lose the center node and shift their
focus back to their prime node, allowing you an opportunity to re-establish
control of the support nodes.

Once you've got the support nodes and the center node, the enemy will struggle
to get back on it's feet by shielding their prime node with the orb carrier
while they rebuild and then push north into the center node. They will also
send units west to take the tank node. Your allies will blindly charge into
the enemy prime node to no avail. The constant attack does a reasonably good
job of keeping them from taking the middle node, but the support nodes are the
key to this map and they are both left undefended. This means your job is to
fortify and maintain control of the support nodes. The east node can only be
reached by passing the center node, and the bots usually get distracted or
killed there. The west node, however, has an alternate entrance and a 'secret
tunnel' which the enemy will send their orb carrier through. The latter is
nothing special, just a crystal tunnel that loops back behind their prime
node. The former, however, is our garrison.

The second tunnel to the west (Between the main tunnel and the crystal cave)
has a clear shot at the enemy prime node. You can use the Goliath tank here to
shoot down the tunnel and into the archway. This not only hits the prime node
and damages it significantly, it also kills whoever was constructing it. You
can easily get mega kills here, and this junction also allows you to head-off
their orb carrier. Moreover, if they try to use the secret tunnel, you can
rotate your turret and kill them with splash damage before they reach the
western node. This effectively shuts down their construction efforts, but you
have to make sure you stay back far enough that they don't destroy your tank.

At this point, one of three things can happen:
1. Maintaining this choke-hold may give your allies enough footing to bring
the orb and the dark walker down and secure the enemy prime node for your
team. Once this is done you can move your tank down behind the prime node and
shoot through the arch onto the hillside to continue shutting down their orb
carrier. Your allies will be able to push into their core and possibly destroy
it outright but even if they take back the prime node it will take them some
time to reassemble their forces and launch an attack, and by this time you'll
have a new tank.
2. The enemy will use the 'avalanche' for which the level is named, to free
the prime node and both support nodes. This can seriously damage your strategy
depending on the timing. At best you can quickly recover control of the
support nodes and resume with a slight hiccup, but at worst they can use this
to seize control of one, or both support nodes and probably the center node as
well. If this happens you should ignore the center node and focus completely
on recovering the lost support nodes. Sure - you could fight over the center
node and -maybe- push them backwards, but if the enemy takes just one more
node - out of the two they have available to attack with their new vehicle -
they can turn the tides on you very quickly. On the other hand, if the enemy
pushes north and takes your prime node while you're securing the support
nodes, their entire formation will collapse on itself again.
3. The clock will steadily count down into Overtime. Because you own all but
one of the nodes, your core will take only a little damage while the enemy who
has no nodes at all will sustain much heavier damage. If you maintain the
choke hold you will inevitably win. If you lose the choke hold, just try to
hold onto each node as long as you can. The bots will get harder as their core
ticks down, but they probably won't be able to reverse the situation before
their core is destroyed.

Mission 033 - Deimos ( DM-Deimos )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Necris
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Loque, Grail, Nocturne, Thannis

Map Details
In orbit above Taryd
Izanagi's Orbital Jumpgate technology forever changed the face of interstellar
life. Now, the constant traffic of trade, transport, and vacationing tourists
requires the support of small orbital stations, such as this one, on the
leading edge of every Jumpgate throughout the galaxy.

Briefing
"We won the battle, but Akasha slipped through the gate and the necris are
shutting it down. N.E.G. battle-cruisers are inbound to enforce the cease-
fire, so we've only got a few minutes before this war 'officially' ends. But
unofficially, this shit 'aint over until *I* say it's over. We are taking over
this station, hijacking a ship, and going through that jump-gate to find
Akasha."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Access the laser turret by teleporting to the orbiting shuttlecraft.
- Erratic shifts in gravity are common in this region of space.

Strategy & Tactics
Diemos is similar to Hyperblast from UT99 & UT2004. It's apparently also the
successor to the popular Phobos series. A curious addition to the deathmatch
map is a laser turret attached to the back of a nearby space ship. There are
some amusing tricks you can do on this level, and they work wonderfully well
together.

A few minutes into the match (or maybe when Reaper suffers his first death) he
will say 'We need someone on that turret!', Jester insinuates that Bishop
should take care of it, and Bishop consents to do so. He'll then run to the
teleporter and get in the turret. The turret itself is vulnerable from
attackers entering through the portal, so you'll want to follow Bishop. The
first mean trick you can do, obviously, is to use the turret yourself, which I
highly suggest after Bishop is ejected. The second trick is to stand on the
inside of the portal with the Impact Hammer - an old trick. Anyone who enters
is instantly hole-punched. This provides excellent protection for Bishop while
he mans the turret and is also disturbingly funny.

Mission 034 - OmicronDawn ( CTF-OmicronDawn )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Necris
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Loque, Damian, Kragoth, Malakai

Map Details
In orbit above Omicron 6
This Jumpgate was originally set up by the N.E.G. in an attempt to encourage
eventually fell apart, and the Necris took control of the orbital station,
retrofitting it with nanoblack couplings and architecture.

Briefing
"Akasha bugged out planet-side and our ship wasn't made for landing in
atmosphere. If we're gonna get this bucket down in one piece, we need more
power-cells to boost the shields. We've been disavowed by the Izanagi and
we're already breaking every law in the books. S'hell, we might as well stop
here and steal a few cells for the ship. I wouldn't be surprised if Loque's

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- Use caution while crossing bridges. They offer only limited protection.

Strategy & Tactics
First thing you'll want to do is order your team to attack. The enemy will
probably score while you are learning the map layout, but it's not terribly
hard to get that back once you do. The top route near the sniper rifle
provides the least resistance on the way to the enemy flag room, and also
brings you to the Flak Cannon. Once you have the flag, there is no point
trying to be stealthy. Jump off the enemy flag platform and grab the health on
your left as you exit the room (if you need it). In the following room, jump
over the obstruction and go against the blue arrows on the wall. Jump over the
second hurdle and head out toward the bridge. Like we did on CTF-Hydrosis, use
the bridge pillars for partial cover during your run. Once you get into your
base just follow the arrows and you'll effectively reverse the route you took
on the way out of the blue base.

On my run, my first capture came from picking up the flag after Othello
dropped it on the bridge, and my second came from the reverse. My third
capture was a complete run. I was being shot at up until the bridge, when the
firing ceased. The bots are helpful, and they spend a lot of time fighting on
the bridges, so once you make it to the bridge you've still got a chance of
completing the capture even if you die.

Mission 035 - Sandstorm ( vCTF-Sandstorm )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Necris
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Nocturne, Judas, Grail, Samael, Harbinger, Pagan

Map Details
Omicron 6, Acidus desert
The nomadic peoples of the Acidus Desert used to consider these lands an
oasis. After the Great Awakening, Necris moved into the region and began to
convert the area and its people. It now sits abandoned, the landscape forever
changed.

Briefing
"Our plans for a covert insertion went up in flames the same time our ship
did. They probably saw that contrail a hundred miles away. We can expect
necris scouts at the crash site any minute, but there's a huge sandstorm on
the way that should cover our movement."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- Use the cover provided by sandstorms to mask your attempts at FLaG recovery.

Strategy & Tactics
While Sandstorm might be fun multiplayer, it is the single worst example of
vehicle & bot AI in UT3. If you so much as stick your head around the corner
at the wrong time, you die. The level consists of wide open areas for the
omniscient bots to shoot at you in, with very little cover for you to utilize.
Your bots are incapable of securing the flag - and it's no wonder. Even with
all the tricks in the book it's difficult. Moreover, you're outnumbered. This
is a big enough deal in deathmatch when you're fighting infantry, but it's
even worse here. The Nemesis, Dark Walker, and Fury are particularly
irritating because their weapons do not behave normally when bots use them and
you or assist you intelligently inside the enemy base. You have to get in, get
the flag, and get all the way back to midfield (at *least*) before you can
even capture the flag one time.

You can use the Darkwalker and Nemesis to great effect on this level, keeping
them pinned in their base and pre-emptively destroying their vehicles from up
near the ruins. Unfortunately all this does is allow your bots to get *to* the
flag so the enemy infantry can kill them. On easy\normal, where the bots are
less perfect, you can use the Fury to fly over the wall and destroy their
Nemesis, Fury, and Dark Walker before anyone even gets inside them - but on
Hard\Insane they will shoot you out of the sky too quickly to justify that
approach. Even on Easy\Normal, it's a useful tactic but the bots still can't
secure any points for you so you'll have to get out at some point.

Frontal assaults simply do not work. Again, the Dark Walker and Nemesis will
kill you instantly if you peek around the wrong corner and they are designated
to the main road. The only option that works is to fly over the wall and
attack from behind. There are three ways to do this. On the inside of the big
archway at the center of the level, there is a lift which will take you up on
top of the wall. From there, you can go to the far end and jump off onto the
stone buildings inside the blue base, and then to the ground. I don't
recommend this. You have to expose yourself to hostile fire, it takes too long
to get there, and you'll sustain damage doing so. The second is to fly over
the wall directly with the fury and land it behind the blue flag building and
the third is to use the Scavenger or Viper to jump up the ridges on the
divider. Of the latter three, the Scavenger is the least viable. It takes
longer to jump over the divider and is less survivable than the Fury. The best
option is to either use the Viper to jump onto the divider and then down
behind the enemy flag building, or fly over it with the Fury. The Viper seems
a little bit faster and easier to use sneakily, but it's easier to defend
yourself with the Fury.

You'll want to stop on the wall for a while before actually jumping down.
Watch the enemy Dark Walker and Nemesis. You don't want to jump down when they
are in the blue base, so wait until they drive into the archway to attack your
base. Once they are gone, they won't be able to shoot you when you grab the
flag. When you actually do jump down, kill anyone near the flag by shooting
them with the Fury or running into them with the Viper. There is usually one
person with the rocket launcher standing near the flag. If you don't kill
them, they will become a problem later in the run. When you kill them, they
will respawn somewhere else, hopefully too far away to catch up with you.

Grab the flag and - if you survive the massive wave of plasma that flies at
you - hit the jump pad just slightly to the northeast of the flag. This will
propel you up onto the upper level of the ruins, which has a long catwalk to
some health. Don't use your hoverboard yet. Just run\dodge until you make it
to the ramp, then pull out your hoverboard and hit the ramp, jump at the top
of the ramp so you'll clear the gap, and put away your hoverboard in the air.
The momentum should put you down on the other side, where you can continue
your run. If you didn't kill the defender earlier, he'll cut you off here,
along with any other infantry who's attention you've grabbed. Kill them if you
can. Sometimes you get here before they do, and have time to pull out your
hoverboard again to reach the archway. Otherwise just run serpentine.
Backwards if you have to.

Unfortunately this is a gamble no matter what you do. If your team mates love
you, then the archway is clear and the cavalry will show their affection by
melting the enemy's face. If they don't, then you'll round this corner and
find yourself staring down the barrel of a Dark Walker\Nemesis' Turret.
Sometimes it's a scavenger. If it's a scavenger, shoot it with the minigun
until the pilot ejects and then shoot him with the minigun until his pilot
ejects, etc. We use the minigun because it's more reliable damage than the
rocket launcher- and you need all the insurance you can get to maximize the
'chance' that you'll succeed.

If you die in the tunnel, you *may* get lucky enough that one of your bots
will arrive and take the flag before the enemy can return it. Even if
everything goes right, it can all vanish suddenly with a laser blast from the
sky at the base of the red flag post when the enemy fury pilot comes to steal
your flag. If you do manage to get one capture, switch all of your efforts to
securing the tunnel. The enemy can't return the flag without passing through
here, and you're better defended here than you would be elsewhere. It's much,
much easier to defend than attack so it shouldn't be a problem to hold the
flag until the timer runs out. In fact, by the time you succeed in capturing
the flag, you'll probably already be in overtime.

If you're playing multiplayer you can have your friend pilot the Fury while
you leap the wall with the Viper. Grab the flag, and then grapple the fury for
a quick extraction.

Mission 036 - Sanctuary ( DM-Sanctuary )
Goal: 25 Kills
Faction: Necris
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Akasha, Damian, Kragoth, Malakai

Map Details
Omicron 6, Isle of Babel
The Isle of Babel is a religious sanctuary for the Necris, a place where they
can commune with the very essence of their being, and create a personal
connection to the nanoblack coursing through their veins.

Briefing
"Akasha's been abandoned by the Phayder corporation *and* the military, so now
she wants sanctuary from the church. The necris Scylla didn't fall for her
deathbed conversion so they sent her to Babel to focus the spires and *prove*
her faith. Instead, she barricaded herself in the sacred temple grounds and
she's waiting for us. Time to show the necris her true colors."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Glowing spires alert you to the presence of a Redeemer on the distant
platform.

Strategy & Tactics
The 25 kill goal is probably a mistake since the other version is 50. With 4
vs. 4, this will be a very short mission. Bishop goes topside with his sniper
rifle, Jester goes inside with the shield belt and the rocket launcher, while
Othello seems to fight inside the church as well. The enemy also seemed to
mingle around the church - both because the shield belt spawns inside and
because it's the center of the map. Your allies will all be using their
preferred weapons for a change. You don't have to do anything special, and
really you won't have time to, so just find a weapon you like and try to
damage the enemy without dying yourself. If the redeemer spawns, go stand near
it. When you see the greedy necris coming to take it, grab it and use it to
punish them for being so selfish.

Mission 037 - Searchlight ( CTF-Searchlight )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Necris
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Loque, Judas, Grail, Samael

Map Details

Briefing
"Akasha's last hope for sanctuary was here, on the island of the prophet, but
when she got here the entire island was deserted. Sounds like she's cracking
up, but don't underestimate her. I bet she's got a few last tricks up her
sleeve."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.

Strategy & Tactics
This mission was not included with the game.

Mission 038 - Necropolis ( vCTF-Necropolis )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Necris
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Akasha, Malakai, Judas, Pagan, Thannis

Map Details
Omicron 6, downtown Absalom
Absalom is the capital city on Omicron. It also serves as the center of
religious faith for the Necris. Despite a very shallow pretense to the
contrary, the Necris have slowly taken over control of the government, and it
is predicted that within the next century every living soul on Omicron will
have undergone the Necris conversion.

Briefing
"After losing the war, Akasha is about as popular here as we are. Malcolm's
getting intel through a secret informant - probably a leak in the Phayder
corporation. Akasha is hiding in the city of Absalom, surrounding herself with
her last loyal crew of blackguard assassins. Lets see if they're willing to
die for her."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- The Darkwalker near the central aqueduct is available to both teams.
- Shoot the lights to call a wave of flames that consumes enemies near power
ups.

Strategy & Tactics
While not as bad as sandstorm, this one can be tricky too. As usual, the enemy
also outnumbered so you'll always have to fight at least one defender. Your
allies can score with a little help, so you're not completely alone, but they
aren't very good at it. Defense doesn't work very well on this level for a
variety of reasons. They drive vehicles, they outnumber you, and they can make
a quick getaway with the flag, so the best defense is a good offense. You want
your guys in midfield, not huddling on one edge of the map.

There is a dark walker in the middle of the map (on the east side) which can
be used by anyone. You can actually march it north along the east wall and
into the enemy's flag room. In fact, you can climb up the lower ledge and
stand -on top- of their flag. It's amusing throwing the flag defender off the
cliff with the horn, but not very useful. On the lower difficulties you can
accomplish something similar with the Nemesis to clear out their flag room
from below, but on the higher levels it gets destroyed too quickly to
effectively pin the enemy down.

The map has quite a few opportunities for weaving between upper\lower,
left\right paths, but generally the top-center is the fastest, most direct,
and curiously the safest route to take. I usually take the Dark Walker into
the enemy flag room until it is nearly destroyed and then use the jump pad,
grab their flag, run\dodge out of the room and then get on the hoverboard.
You'll frequently run into an ally and\or the enemy flag carrier on the long
bridge connecting the bases but most of your opposition will be behind you or
shooting at you from below. If you've got vipers shooting at you, you can
cross over to the opposite side of the bridge and use the floor as cover. If
you're being attacked from the bridge itself though, you'd be better off
dodging on foot than to risk dropping the flag at this point in the
extraction. Hopefully you'll have gained enough of a head-start to reach the
red base. If there are bots on the far end, you can kill them with the link
gun or sniper rifle. For some reason they don't dodge intelligently from that
far away. You can use this fact defensively as well. There is also health
inside the buildings on the far end.

If you're losing, tied, or winning by only 1 point, go for another capture. If
you're winning by two points you should focus more on defense. Akasha goes
crazy if you're winning by two, and can quickly tie\win the game. To make the
most of this, you could consider letting Akasha score the first point. She
will ignore your first capture. She'll respond to the second just as she would
if you had scored first, and when you score the third time she will go crazy,
but the game will be over. With no proper outlet for her anger, she is reduced
to enraged sobbing and cutting herself with sharp stones.

Beating this level unlocks the Instagib Card. The card must be played
immediately if at all, but it's probably not a wise choice unless you are
vastly superior to the bots.

Mission 039 - Vertebrae ( CTF-Vertebrae )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Necris
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Akasha, Thannis, Samael, Grail

Map Details
Omicron 6, beneath Absalom
The broken strata and organic growth of these ruins mark the untold history of
the Necris rise to power on Omicron. Just like the Prophet's philosophies
during the Great Awakening, the Necris nanotech first spread out to cover
existing architecture, and then used it as a foundation upon which to form its
own.

Briefing
"She's running out of places to hide. Akasha and her last few Dark Phalanx
blades are entrenched in the underbelly of old Absalom. The necris are letting
us fight it out for now, but keep your eyes peeled for new combatants."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- More powerful pickups are located deep within the city.
- Use your translocator to good advantage and avoid the lower levels entirely.
- Interrupt enemy defenses by firing through the nanoblack shield that
separates the FLaG chambers.

Strategy & Tactics
I'd been dreading this level since I started writing this guide, but it turned
out to be fairly easy. It's an interesting design, in that it is primarily
vertical rather than horizontal. You'll have to use your translocator if you
intend to navigate quickly. One interesting feature is that the flag room
contains a wall which you can shoot through but can't walk through. Another
such wall has slits in it for you to throw your translocator through as a
shortcut into enemy territory. The bots will use this.

Jester successfully captured the flag while I was off goofing around with
Akasha. She makes it pretty far on her own, so if you assist her you can
complete any captures she fails. Once you learn the route you can make a
pretty quick run yourself while the others guard your back. The enemy managed
to get one capture when I was up by two, but the third capture was no harder
than the second.

Obviously the quickest way down is to fall, but you can throw your
translocator to ground level as long as you're not carrying a flag. You can
fall down\translocate up in increments. The elevators will also provide a
quick way to the upper levels. I prefer the elevators. They seem to be both
faster and easier. I imagine the bots don't use them because of pathing issues
and their unreliability as a primary means of transportation. Especially in
large numbers. For once, this gives you an advantage for being human.

Mission 040 - Floodgate ( WAR-Floodgate )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Necris
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Akasha, Loque, Damian, Kragoth

Map Details
Omicron 6, beneath Absalom
The Necris don't build new cities, they grow them out of, on top of, and often
directly through existing architecture. The deepest sublevels of Old Absalom
are dank and corrupted, held together only by the intricate network of
infection tubes that pump nanoblack through the walls like a circulatory
system.

Briefing
"Akasha is moving deeper under the city, hoping her power grid will go
unnoticed by the sentient nano-black and Absalom. If we can capture the
central node, we'll let the nano-black infect her core, disabling her grid
without having to fight past her defenses. This is her last spawner. If we can
disable it, we put her down. Permanently. Then we start thinking about how the
hell we're gonna get home."

Objectives
- Link through the Center Node to access the enemy Core.
- Control the Floodgate Node to re-route a nanoblack wash and damage the enemy
Core.

Strategy & Tactics
This is one of my favorite warfare maps. It has two prime nodes, a center
node, and an unlinked support node called the 'Flood' Node for which the level
is named. Each team will claim their prime node and then battle for control of
the center node. Meanwhile one bot from the enemy team - usually Akasha - will
attack the support node. The orb carrier should be dedicated specifically to
linked nodes. You shouldn't take it to the flood node unless a flood is
imminent. The enemy will occasionally divert their orb to the flood node,
however.

The enemy stands a reasonable chance of pushing you back to your core early
because your orb carriers are clumsy and stupid. If this happens, you can
afford to leave the flood node alone for a while and focus on getting your orb
back to the prime, and then center nodes. Your core will take 20% damage every
minute that the flood gate node is under enemy control, but it also has to be
reconstructed between uses. As long as your core has at least 21% remaining,
you can let them have control of the floodgate node - but only if you have to
prevent your core from being exposed outright.

The rest of the time you'll want to be fighting for control of the flood node.
Basically, you want to use your soldiers and the center node as a buffer. When
the buffer is gone and you're fighting for control of your prime node, you
want to push the enemy back to -their- prime node (to reduce the time you
spend running back and forth) and then go back to the floodgate. If you can
get a handle on both the floodgate and the enemy prime node, then you should
have no problem beating the rest of the level.

Attacking the floodgate is easy. There is an elevator on the outside of the
outer wall that will take you up to the second level of the flood node room.
You can then shoot it with whatever weapon you like until it's destroyed since
the bots can't shoot you from down below. When Akasha (or whoever) tries to
heal\reconstruct it, kill them and go back to what you were doing. It helps to
bring a vehicle, like the Viper, so that you can run over Akasha when she's
preoccupied with the node. At the very least it provides you with some extra
protection while you fight her. With only one defender, the node is easily
taken and holding it isn't much worse.

Mission 041 - Sentinel ( DM-Sentinel )
Goal: 20 Kills
Faction: Necris
Allies:
Enemies: Akasha

Map Details
Omicron 6, Absalom
This riverfront structure commands an impressive view of the Absalom skyline,
and the Touched gather nearby to commune with the Prophet. There is a direct
connection to the sublevels of Old Absalom here, and its endless supply of
nanoblack. The architecture is constantly growing and transforming, rebuilding
itself to an unknown purpose.

Briefing
"Akasha's been using this area as a safe-house. Hiding from us, the necris
priests, even the phayder who sent her to Taryd in the first place. Now she's
trapped. No support, no hope of escape. This is where it ends."

Objectives
- Kill Akasha.

Strategy & Tactics
Alright. This is it. Unreal Tournament has notoriously difficult boss fights
and this is no exception. The mission runs a special script that makes sure
the bot is always a skill above you. That means, even on 'Casual' you will be
fighting a substantially more powerful bot than the one you signed up for.
This is particularly obvious on the lower skill settings because the bot won't
even behave like the other bots. If you've played through on Insane though,
this fight isn't so different than what you may already be used to.

First of all, trying to beat the map legitimately requires some degree of
reflex and accuracy. There is no piece of advice I can give you that will
allow you to quickly nail Akasha as she rounds a corner, or accurately arc
your shots through windows and down stairs. However, there are several things
you can do which will help ease the requirements on 'raw skill.'

It's important to keep in mind that this is not going to be a short battle.
Deathmatch, and UT3 in general, trains you to be impatient and aggressive so
you hit the kill count quickly or lose but this is the opposite of what is
required here. If it takes you 3 minutes to recover from a bad exchange and
whittle down her defenses, that is what you have to do. It is important to
know the level layout, so that you know where to retreat to, where the pickups
are, and which weapons are applicable to the terrain in that area. It is
important to know when and where to expect the powerups to be spawning.
Finally, it is also important to understand her behavior, to know what she is
most likely doing even when (or in fact, because) you cannot see or hear her.

The shield belt and the UDamage are the most important powerups to keep tabs
on. The health is the third, because you will be returning there frequently.
Throughout most of the map, the best weapon to use is the Bio Rifle. If Akasha
is far enough away to justify the shock\sniper rifles you should probably duck
into a hallway because she is already thinking the same thing. If she is
within range of the Minigun\Link Gun, Rocket Launcher she'll be throwing shock
combos, and if she's close enough for the Flak Cannon it begs the question how
she got that way and chances are she will switch to it and kill you in one
fluid motion even if you do manage to hit her. Using the Bio Rifle allows you
to respond to sudden threats while encouraging you to avoid disadvantageous
encounters. It also has a few unique properties: It's alt fire can kill Akasha
even if she has the shield. The bots do not know how to anticipate the release
of the charge. The bots do not intelligently navigate around the goo, it
allows you to attack around corners and secure hallways while you retreat, it
can still damage them after you've died, and ammo for the Bio Rifle spawns all
over the map.

Akasha will go for the Shock Rifle - it's her favorite weapon - and she will
spend most of her time using it. She will jump down from the shock rifle perch
onto the bridge and get the shield belt. From there, she will go up the ramp,
drop down behind it and crawl under to get the UDamage. She'll come out, hit
the jump pad and grab the rocket launcher, and then continue along the back to
get the Body Armor. Her next goal is the health vials down below - and she
always comes from the trench and then takes the elevator up to the top. She
may stop by and grab the Flak Cannon and Sniper Rifles along the way. She also
takes that tunnel on her way to the Body Armor. Sometimes she will run through
the trench and up the stairs to reach the shield belt - it depends on where
she was in the level when she got the notice of it's impending spawn. All of
this means she is almost certain to be somewhere in the triangle of the
Shield, the Shock, and the UDamage. If she's not, then she is almost certainly
on the 'inside' between the Armor and the Health Vials.

The shield is a bad place to ambush her. She will shoot at you from the shock
rifle window, the UDamage, or the stairs. In any of those cases you are more
exposed than she is. If the UDamage is available, she -will- try to get it.
There is only one way in, and she has to literally crawl through the mud and
into a cage to reach it. This is a hilariously perfect time to kill her -
either from the front or from the back with rocket-splash. The
Armor\Vials\Health\Shock are the places you will fight her most of the time.
In general you want to fire and retreat while you charge up another shot. This
minimizes her opportunities to shoot at you and maximizes the amount of
potential damage you deal per shot. If you hit her, she will probably die, and
even if you miss you may still damage her. At the very least you won't die as
often. Using this strategy I beat her 17-13 when time ran out and only 2 of
those were 'skill' shots.

Now, for those of you who are simply frustrated and want to beat the level by
any means necessary there are a few exploits you can use in order of least-
cheap.
1. Retreat: The match has a time limit. Simply run away, collect the powerups
and evade her until the time is almost up. Kill her only when necessary to
avoid dying yourself.
2. Deceive: Allow Akasha to kill you 14-16 times. The game will lower her
skill. It won't start raising again until you tie her score, but by then it
will be too late.
3. Hide: There is a platform outside of the shock rifle window. If you crouch
behind the pillar she won't be able to see you except from down below.
Reposition as necessary.
4. Trap: Using #3, charge the bio rifle and release it on the health vials,
the shock rifle, or the shield belt. Akasha will stupidly walk through the
slime and kill herself.
5. Suicide: Kill Akasha at least twice, then kill yourself. Force respawn is
off on this mission, and Akasha cannot kill you if you don't respawn. Just
wait for the time to run out.

Mission 042 - Fearless ( DM-Fearless )
Goal: 40 Kills
Faction: Necris
Allies: Othello
Enemies: Akasha, Thannis

Map Details
Omicron 6, downtown Absalom
The secretive Phayder corporation has begun researching new applications of
their nanoblack technologies. Some research has made significant progress,
particularly in the field of battle armor and personal protection. Vaults such
as this one serve as a testament to the dedicated research of this
groundbreaking technology.

Briefing
"Akasha went to Phayder headquarters to steal the Invulnerability prototype.
This thing covers the body in a modulated nano-black shield that absorbs any
attack - which is the last thing *she* needs if we're gonna stop her. So lets
follow her into the vault and beat her to it."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- An Invulnerability powerup is located in the direct center of the facility.

Strategy & Tactics
The central feature of this level, both literally and figuratively - is the
Invulnerability powerup. The rest of the match is a typical deathmatch. Akasha
is better than the other bots you have faced, but not so much that you won't
be able to beat her if you've already made it this far. If you don't know how
to time the powerups, this is the mission that will teach you. When they say
'Just keep it away from Akasha' they aren't kidding. Unlike previous missions,
the object in this one is to get the powerup yourself and run directly at the
enemy. Othello is good enough to hold his own without the powerup and it's
dangerous to wait for him to grab it anyway. The bots don't 'understand'
invulnerability. When a bot is invulnerable, the player knows to run away and
avoid them until it expires (or to strip it with the impact hammer if you're
quick). When the player is invulnerable, they know it's time to find the bots
and spam them into oblivion. Do those things.

The Link Gun Alt-Fire is useful when you're invulnerable, as is the minigun -
anything that the enemy can't effectively dodge. The rest of the time you'll
want to use the Bio Rifle\Flak Cannon and move backwards while the enemies
will try and pursue you through the hallways with line-of-sight based weapons.
This mission goes up and down quite a bit. You may find yourself 10 points
behind and then 10 points ahead, 5 points behind, 5 points ahead, etc. This is
because of the auto-adjusting difficulty trying to account for you being
invulnerable. Overall, this mission isn't harder than any other, you just need
to keep track of the powerup.

Mission 043 - Searchlight ( CTF-Searchlight )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Necris
Allies: Jester, Othello, Reaper
Enemies: Akasha, Thannis, Grail, Judas

Map Details

Briefing
"Akasha's last hope for sanctuary was here, on the island of the prophet, but
when she got here the entire island was deserted. Sounds like she's cracking
up, but don't underestimate her. I bet she's got a few last tricks up her
sleeve."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.

Strategy & Tactics
This mission was not included with the game.

Mission 044 - Sanctuary ( DM-Sanctuary )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Necris
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Akasha, Malakai, Harbinger, Pagan

Map Details
Omicron 6, Isle of Babel
The Isle of Babel is a religious sanctuary for the Necris, a place where they
can commune with the very essence of their being, and create a personal
connection to the nanoblack coursing through their veins.

Briefing
"Akasha's been abandoned by the Phayder corporation *and* the military, so now
she wants sanctuary from the church. The necris Schala didn't fall for her
deathbed conversion so they sent her to Babel to focus the spires and *prove*
her faith. Instead, she barricaded herself in the sacred temple grounds and
she's waiting for us. Time to show the necris her true colors."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Glowing spires alert you to the presence of a Redeemer on the distant
platform.

Strategy & Tactics
I beat this level with only 5 kills. 1/10th of my 4-man team. Othello got 20
so he was the one who picked up the slack - although some of those were
probably stolen with his minigun. Bishop goes topside with his sniper rifle,
Jester goes inside with the shield belt and the rocket launcher, while Othello
seems to fight inside the church as well. The enemy also seemed to mingle
around the church - both because the shield belt spawns inside and because
it's the center of the map. Your allies will all be using their preferred
weapons for a change. You obviously don't have to do anything special, so just
find a weapon you like and do hit & run attacks while you look for
health\ammo. If the redeemer spawns, go stand near it's spawn point and when
you see the greedy necris coming to take it, grab it and use it to punish them
for being so selfish.

Mission 045 - Biohazard ( DM-Biohazard )
Goal: 40 Kills
Faction: Necris
Allies: Othello
Enemies: Kragoth, Thannis, Scorn, Cerberus

Map Details
The Onyx Coast
No one is quite sure how many hidden facilities the Axon actually have buried
in the Onyx snow. This one was discovered when an Izanagi expedition noted
trace amounts of Tarydium during a survey operation. Investigation revealed
this storage facility where the Axon had been stockpiling massive amounts of
Tarydium reserves.

Briefing
"Izanagi forces tracked a pair of necris assassins to a tarydium storage
facility. Apparently the reps at HQ are scared shitless and they want Ronin to
move in. We've clearly got bigger fish to fry, but lets keep following orders
for now."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Necris assassins are highly trained and very aggressive.

Strategy & Tactics
I enjoyed this one, although it was pretty silly. You're outnumbered 2:1
again, but it's not as bad as the match against Lauren. This level has Bio
Rifles everywhere, and the bots are terrible at avoiding them. I found myself
spending most of my time in the small hallway with the two health kits, just
above the bio rifle & jump pad (near the sniper rifle). The bots never seem to
come in from the back hallway, but they do pass nearby. They mostly seem to
come down the hallway outside the door furthest from the jump pad, then move
across the room outside the nearer door. Then they drop down near the health
and circle back to come up via the jump pad. I had a lot of fun shooting them
out of the air with the sniper rifle, which is easy to do there since they
basically line up for it. They bunch up here, and also outside the far door.
Both are good places for a rocket launcher if you happen to find one.
Otherwise, the bio rifle is a good choice. Especially since a lot of the time
they'll wander through the sludge on their own. Try to fight the bots from
around the corner. They don't avoid the goo if they don't know you're secretly
attacking them with it.

Mission 046 - Defiance ( DM-Defiance )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Necris
Allies: Jester, Bishop, Othello
Enemies: Scythe, Malakai, Gnasher, Scorn

Map Details
Downtown Oxida Nova
Downtown Oxida Nova is a busy hub for Axon colonists. The area is surrounded
by tall buildings, including the central rail station, employment offices, and
shopping centers that are designed to resemble those back home on Earth.

Briefing
"When the necris infected Taryd, they didn't draw the line between military
and civilian targets. All the corporations are scrambling to defend their home
colonies. The necris have Izanagi's Kimpu market district under siege and have
imposed martial law. This is exactly why we signed up, Ronin."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- The tight corridors of the lower level are very dangerous.
- More powerful items can be found in the center's upper levels.

Strategy & Tactics
Same strategy as before. Hit & Run reigns supreme on this level. The strategy
from Arsenal and Carbon Fire seems to work the best: let your bots do what
they want while you follow them around to distract the enemy. The rest of the
time, stay out of the way and use guerilla tactics.

Mission 047 - Torlan Delta ( WAR-Torlan_Necris )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Necris
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Loque, Nocturne, Claw, Bargest, Blackfang, Lockjaw

Map Details
Torlan river delta
Thanks to stringent monitoring by the New Earth Government, all three
Corporations have used the fields of the Torlan Delta to power their combined
mining efforts. But with the recent threat of full scale war, N.E.G. forces
have pulled out, and everyone is scrambling to take control of this valuable
territory.

Briefing
"With three corporations at each other’s throats, the Torlan Delta's in chaos.
Krall forces are swarming the central Torlan gorge, looking to take advantage.
All we've got is a forward observation post at the border. The outlying nodes
will give us more vehicles, but intel says they're already corrupted by the
necris. The Torlan Delta's about as strategic as it gets, so this isn't
optional. We have to push out the Krall if we're gonna win this war."

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- A Support Node below the central bridge will provide your team with extra
fire power.
- Necris forces will vastly outnumber Ronin in this battle.
- Infected Nodes will only spawn Necris vehicles.

Strategy & Tactics
Ugh. Okay, so you're outnumbered by the Necris. They get Necris vehicles and
you don't. It's ugly but it can be done. This mission is all about the orbs -
more specifically, the orb at the enemy prime node. It doesn't matter if you
own every other node on the map. They are almost certain to get their orb to
their prime node; and when they do, they will immediately swarm in to destroy
yours. If they destroy your prime node, the bulk of their forces will charge
straight to your core, while the remainder will sit back and heal the prime
node and\or take back whatever other nodes you've claimed.

The bots first priority is to take the orb to the enemy prime node. That means
the enemy bot will already be en-route to your prime node while their 'extra'
two men go secure support nodes. It is extremely important that whatever else
happens, you destroy their prime node before they destroy yours. Don't bother
with the Raptor or any of the support nodes at this point. You need to chase
orb carrier destroy their prime node. This means you'll probably want the
Manta. It doesn't matter as much if you actually capture the prime node, what
is important is that you define the enemy prime node as the battlefield. If
the enemy gets their prime node online, destroy it by any means necessary
before they have a chance to get their orb down to your prime node. The bots
have a single-minded focus on this. You should too.

You have some good options to accomplish this. About 2 minutes into the game,
the Redeemer will spawn on top of the central tower. You can reach it with the
raptor. You'll want to stand on the edge, aim carefully at their prime node,
and use the primary fire. If you try to use the alt fire, the bots will shoot
it out of the sky with their incredible aim because they mistakenly think the
missile is you. Which it technically is. Anyway, the missile will take a while
to reach the node, so you'll have to make this a priority if you plan to do it
at all. If the enemy destroys your prime node while the missile is in transit,
you've wasted it *and* lost your foothold. Another option is to fly your manta
into the enemy prime node building and turn around. The enemy has a harder-
than-normal time getting to you here, and you can dish out a lot of damage
quickly. The raptor can shoot at it from the skies from quite a distance, and
most long-ranged weapons (such as the shock rifle) can be used from the cover
of the mountainside. The best option, though, is to pre-empt their orb
carrier.

If you find yourself with extra time and the prime node under your control,
you'll want to use it to solidify your hold rather than push into the enemy
core. The reason is that the enemy will almost certainly eject any 'fell
swoop' attempts at destroying the core, and if they do, they'll have
successfully dismantled your entire operation when they take back the prime
node. If you have the support nodes on the other hand, they'll have to contend
with a lot more vehicles spawning closer to their base and your bots may even
be able to reclaim the node by themselves. The most important support node is
the one in the center. It spawns a Goliath on the bridge, and moves the red
team (and Orb) spawn point closer to the enemy prime node. The side nodes
provide artillery, which can be used to keep the prime node suppressed. The
corner nodes spawn Goliaths\Dark Walkers. Keeping the enemy prime node
suppressed denies them access to Dark Walkers and the value of this cannot be
understated.

Solidifying your hold can be done very quickly by taking a manta around to
activate all the neutral nodes. They will construct themselves while you're in
transit to the next one. The enemy will probably have at least one support
node on their side. Destroying and reclaiming an enemy node takes as much time
as driving between all the neutral nodes, so don't try to do that *and* claim
the neutral nodes at the same time, just save it for later, maybe with a
redeemer.

Other than that, you'll want to attack and defend the enemy prime node. If
it's being attacked from the air, hide under the roof and heal it with the
link gun. If the orb carrier is incoming, shoot him with the laser turret or
spam him when he runs predictably toward the node. Destroy the orb if it gets
close. Let your bots fight the enemy outside, and just focus on keeping the
node intact as long as possible. If your allies punch through the defense and
damage the core, great. Otherwise, hold it as long as you can. After you lose
it, you have time to run and do something else briefly (such as get the
redeemer, activate a neutral node, destroy an enemy support node) before
you're needed back on the battlefront. Just don't allow the enemy orb carrier

Even knowing all this, the mission may still be difficult.

Mission 048 - Corruption ( vCTF-Corruption )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Necris
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Scythe, Kragoth, Hellhound, Worg

Map Details
Tokaido
The Mitzushi Gardens were once a quiet retreat for the Tokaido citizenry, a
tranquil place designed to help focus the senses and relax the mind. But this
peaceful climate changed when the Necris invaded. Dark seemingly sentient
clouds hover in the air, nanoblack poisons the water, and strange tentacles
are actually growing out of the buildings.

Briefing
"The mitsushi gardens were a place of beauty and peace. Now they're a vector
for the infection spreading across Tokaido City. HQ is finally giving us some
credit, and they've specially requested Ronin to handle this one."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- Powerful pickups are located underneath the lower waterfall.
- Access caves to escape larger vehicles in the battlefield.

Strategy & Tactics
This one can be a little irritating, but it's not all that hard. Getting into
the enemy base is easy. You've got tons of vehicles at your disposal and any
of them are strong enough to plow through the opposition or fast enough to
speed past it. Once you've got the flag, though, it's another story. It's a
long way back to the Red Base, and you're on foot. The enemy has several
vehicles which can outrun you, it's wide open and risky to use your
hoverboard, while the enemy will certainly be using theirs. You also might run
into the enemy attack force turning around to recover their flag.

While I haven't played this one 4vs4, I did play it 4vs6. In that case, I
didn't have much luck exiting out the east side of their base. Even if I
entered that way, they always had men spawning or garrisoned up above who
would drop down and attack me on my way out. They have a Nemesis which spawns
there, which doesn't help, and it's in Range of their Dark Walker as well.
Assuming you can make it past the perimeter, there are a series of caves you
can enter which link together and take you all the way back into friendly
territory. There is also an open field where you can sometimes run into a
friendly Goliath who will cover your retreat.

I had better luck with the west side though. I usually had time to get on my
hoverboard before the defenders caught up with me, and the times that they did
it was usually a Scavenger from Midfield who turned around to head me off. The
hardest part of the run is double-jumping between the beams in the water mill,
but after that you're home free. If I can score captures that way against six
bots, I can't imagine it being much harder with two less.

You can also support your allies on their flag runs. The enemy will frequently
abandon their vehicles out in front of your base, in decent health, and can be
freely hijacked. A Nemesis and a Goliath can guarantee safe passage for a
withdrawing flag carrier. Even if the flag carrier dies, you can finish off
the attackers and resume his run unopposed. It's more a matter of time than
difficulty, so relax and try to be patient with the enemy vehicles focus-
firing on you.

Mission 049 - Suspense ( vCTF-Suspense )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Necris
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Harbinger, Lockjaw, Claw, Bargest, Blackfang

Map Details
Oxida Nova border territories
Suspense is the only bridge across the Alluvion strong enough to support the
weight of heavy combat vehicles. Without the bridge, it would take Axon forces
several days to respond to any battles across of the river. As such, it is
always under guard by an Axon mechanized division, with military checkpoints
at each end.

Briefing
"We need to clear the military checkpoints at each end of this bridge. Izanagi
recon took the southern point, and they called us to take the more heavily
guarded northern point. So we'll sortie from the south to attack their
respawner. We will have vehicle support. Bishop, the central bridge towers
should make great sniper nests. Don't forget a longbow to take out enemy
armor. Recon team also found a path under the bridge, so keep that in mind as
our number-two option."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- The towers of the bridge are ideal sniping positions.
- There is a Redeemer on the lower path, under the bridge.

Strategy & Tactics
Same trick as last time, although it's a little harder due to the team
difference. Use the raptor to get into the enemy base and land near the Super
Health. Then sneak into the enemy flag room to get the flag, and run back up
near your raptor. I like to park my raptor where it can provide cover for my
retreat. Anyway, there is a ledge on the backside of the building you can run
across and jump down to a platform on the main bridge. Follow the bridge edge
back to the other building and you'll come out in friendly territory. Once you
get to this point a capture is almost inevitable.

Mission 050 - Defiance ( DM-Defiance )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Necris
Allies: Jester, Bishop, Othello
Enemies: Grail, Damian, Lockjaw, Worg

Map Details
Downtown Oxida Nova
Downtown Oxida Nova is a busy hub for Axon colonists. The area is surrounded
by tall buildings, including the central rail station, employment offices, and
shopping centers that are designed to resemble those back home on Earth.

Briefing
"When the necris infected Taryd, they didn't draw the line between military
and civilian targets. All the corporations are scrambling to defend their home
colonies. The necris have Izanagi's Kimpu market district under siege and have
imposed martial law. This is exactly why we signed up, Ronin."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- The tight corridors of the lower level are very dangerous.
- More powerful items can be found in the center's upper levels.

Strategy & Tactics
Same strategy as before: Hit & Run reigns supreme on this level. The strategy
from Arsenal and Carbon Fire seems to work the best: let your bots do what
they want while you follow them around to distract the enemy. The rest of the
time, stay out of the way and use guerilla tactics.

Mission 051 - Shangri La ( DM-ShangriLa )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Necris
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Pagan, Claw, Scar, Bargest

Map Details
Tokaido, Shangri La sector
The springtime blossoms of the Shangri La sector are universally renowned for
their beauty and serenity. But the district sits along the northern shore of
Tokaido, and the locals are forced to retreat into the sweltering heat of the
underground mines to avoid the fierce cold snaps that leave the grounds
largely abandoned during winter months.

Briefing
"When the necris infected Taryd, they didn't draw the line between military
and civilian targets. All the corporations are scrambling to defend their home
colonies. This is exactly why we signed up, Ronin."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- UDamage powerup is located in the central courtyard.

Strategy & Tactics
This is the same as Mission 002. Tell your bots to follow you and try to lead
them to good weapons. If the enemy begins to pursue you, lead them into an
open room and then ambush them in the doorway. Try to time the shield belt so
the enemy bots don't get it, and stay away from the courtyard where the bots
can pick you off.

Mission 052 - Containment ( vCTF-Containment )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Evolution, Monarch, Mihr, Torque

Map Details
Hyperion fringe territories
Liandri Corp. Satellite images show some sort of cage in the center and Intel
believes it holds a recovered Darkwalker vehicle. The Liandri have always
wanted access to Necris technology, and this could be their chance to make

Briefing
"The Liandri captured a necris 'Dark Walker' vehicle and they've hidden it in
a well guarded research facility. Izanagi techs want that walker. Bad. If we
steal it we could learn enough about necris technology to train our combat
forces. That means we could hijack necris vehicles directly off the
battlefield and use the bastards' own technology against them."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- The Darkwalker in the central chamber cannot be moved, but its powerful
weapons are available to either team.

Strategy & Tactics
I wasn't very happy with this level. The Dark Walker in the middle is supposed
to sway the balance of power, but if you try to pilot it, the bot->player
focus really messes things up. The heavier vehicles are not applicable for you
to pilot because they move too slowly, the bots focus on them, and ultimately
it just hurts you and your team. While the raptor *can* work, it's mobility
also makes it vulnerable. It's best to just go straight for the manta. Your
bots can't pilot those very intelligently anyway, and it's your only realistic
chance of avoiding the borg.

The best route to take is the far left\right paths, which snake into the
center. You can't go through the side tunnels in the center because they have
barriers, but past those are some ruined walls to use for cover and beyond
*those* is a tunnel you can jump into. This usually puts you out-of-the-way of
their main force. They will sometimes park the Goliath in front of the tunnels
momentarily before they drive it into the center tunnel, but that is an
exception rather than the rule. Once you get into the enemy base, try to smash
anyone guarding the flag while you park your manta on their platform. Grab the
flag and jump off the nearest ledge.

You'll want to be careful with the hoverboard - the bots have incredible aim
and easily dismount you if you use it for anything other than exploiting the
straightaway after a sharp corner. I usually jump off the hoverboard to make
sharp turns and jump back on to take advantage of the broken in line-of-sight.
Don't try to stay on the hoverboard if the enemy is shooting at you, the odds
are they will hit you and effectively kill you. If you jump off the
hoverboard, they still won't be able to gain on you without sacrificing their
ability to shoot and there's a good chance you'll round the next corner before

You should be able to secure at least two captures this way, and then it
becomes a matter of stopping the enemy. I put my team on offense just for the
off-chance that they secure a capture, but really, their efforts mostly just
helped keep the center clear of enemies. I'm curious if telling a bot to Hold
control of it, or if the bots would be too stupid to actually use it.

There is a shield belt on top of the dark walker containment, and a portal to
the raptor you can use to reach it in the back of your base.

Mission 053 - Containment ( vCTF-Containment_SP )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Scythe, Lockjaw, Cerberus, Gnasher

Map Details
Hyperion fringe territories
Liandri Corp. Satellite images show some sort of cage in the center and Intel
believes it holds a recovered Darkwalker vehicle. The Liandri have always
wanted access to Necris technology, and this could be their chance to make

Briefing
"The Krall found out about the Liandri facility holding a necris dark walker,
and they overran the defenses. The Krall could use that walker to destroy the
facility, laying the groundwork for a full-scale invasion. If the necris can
establish a beach-head on taryd's surface, we'll have much more to worry about
than Krall mercenaries."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- The Darkwalker has been released and can now roam the battlefield.

Strategy & Tactics
This mission is identical to the other Containment levels, except that now the
shield protecting the Dark Walker has been penetrated. This doesn't make a
huge difference to gameplay.

I wasn't very happy with this level. The Dark Walker in the middle is supposed
to sway the balance of power, but if you try to pilot it, the bot->player
focus really messes things up. The heavier vehicles are not applicable for you
to pilot because they move too slowly, the bots focus on them, and ultimately
it just hurts you and your team. While the raptor *can* work, it's mobility
also makes it vulnerable. It's best to just go straight for the manta. Your
bots can't pilot those very intelligently anyway, and it's your only realistic
chance of avoiding the borg.

The best route to take is the far left\right paths, which snake into the
center. You can't go through the side tunnels in the center because they have
barriers, but past those are some ruined walls to use for cover and beyond
*those* is a tunnel you can jump into. This usually puts you out-of-the-way of
their main force. They will sometimes park the Goliath in front of the tunnels
momentarily before they drive it into the center tunnel, but that is an
exception rather than the rule. Once you get into the enemy base, try to smash
anyone guarding the flag while you park your manta on their platform. Grab the
flag and jump off the nearest ledge.

You'll want to be careful with the hoverboard - the bots have incredible aim
and easily dismount you if you use it for anything other than exploiting the
straightaway after a sharp corner. I usually jump off the hoverboard to make
sharp turns and jump back on to take advantage of the broken in line-of-sight.
Don't try to stay on the hoverboard if the enemy is shooting at you, the odds
are they will hit you and effectively kill you. If you jump off the
hoverboard, they still won't be able to gain on you without sacrificing their
ability to shoot and there's a good chance you'll round the next corner before

You should be able to secure at least two captures this way, and then it
becomes a matter of stopping the enemy. I put my team on offense just for the
off-chance that they secure a capture, but really, their efforts mostly just
helped keep the center clear of enemies. I'm curious if telling a bot to Hold
control of it, or if the bots would be too stupid to actually use it.

There is a shield belt on top of the dark walker containment, and a portal to
the raptor you can use to reach it in the back of your base.

Mission 054 - Strident ( CTF-Strident )
Goal: 5 Captures
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Matrix, Cathode, Enigma, Entropy

Map Details
The Strident, beneath Hyperion
The Strident has always been a mystery to the flesh and blood humans that work
on the surface of Hyperion. These subterranean chambers appear to be the
central focus of the mainframe that controls all Liandri operations on Taryd.

Briefing
"A robot army with a huge central brain has one weakness, right? If we can
infiltrate and control the strident, we own all of Hyperion. Ronin's taking
point on the assault. Once we give the all-clear, Izanagi techs will move
forward and hack the mainframe."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- Be aware of unstable FLaG bases.
- Shifting magnetic forces within the Strident cause platforms to move.

Strategy & Tactics
Small and intense. 3 translocations can pretty much take you from one base to
the other, and there are only a few ways into each. Even on Insane, the bots
will largely ignore the Shield Belt in the center until after your 3rd
capture, when they become particularly mean. The bots will have no problem
getting into the enemy base and grabbing the flag, but they usually insist on
taking the top route, where they will be harassed constantly and are unlikely
to succeed. The best strategy seems to be to send your whole team on offense
while you sneak in quietly and wait under the lift. Your allies will grab the
flag and lure the enemies topside and away from the base. When they fail -
which is almost inevitable - you can quickly grab the flag and run down the
bottom route - left or right doesn't matter - and cut back in to the middle to
pick up the shield or health if necessary before cutting back to the outside
while remaining on the bottom level. Use the jump pad on the bottom floor of
your base to come in through the top. It's worth trading a couple seconds of
vulnerability for the insurance that you don't get trapped on the bottom floor
if the lift raises.

If you can secure a +3 lead in this way, switch your team to defense. You're
unlikely to secure more flag captures once the bots go crazy, as their
miniguns will strip your shield incredibly fast and they time the powerups to
prevent you from getting another. The idea, instead, is to stop them from
catching up in the time that remains. You can also refrain from making a 3rd
capture at all, to prevent the bots going crazy while you maintain a +2 choke
hold, but it doesn't really matter. Once you get 3, they're almost guaranteed
to score at least 1 capture and it becomes a +2 choke hold anyway. If you
successfully scored a 3rd capture during a +2 lead, you can score a 4th or 5th
capture with the same lead so don't fret too much if they start scoring. If
they close it to a +1 lead, go back on offense to try and widen\maintain the
lead, and make them fight the battle on their turf.

Mission 055 - Islander ( WAR-Islander )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Scorn, Hellhound, Cerberus, Gnasher

Map Details
Hyperion archipelago
Liandri planners wanted an isolated communication station that wouldn't have
to filter out background noise and interference from civilian signals. The
islands of the northern archipelago met their communication needs but the
limited space didn't allow for extensive defensive capabilities.

Briefing
"The necris lead a full-scale invasion of Taryd and they have complete control
of the northern onyx territories. Their infection tubes are pumping the
landscape full of nano-black, terraforming this planet into a necris
stronghold. We stop this advance, we push them back, or we're done for. We're
completely blacked out, and Izanagi H.Q. needs eyes for us to have a fighting
chance in this war. Our orders are to retake this commo post, and that's what
we're gonna do. No vehicle support, just whatever we can steal on the
battlefield."

Objectives
- Control the Prime Node to access the enemy Core.
- Use turrets to control the central battlefield.

Strategy & Tactics
Curiously, this mission is presented as if it were the same as Mission 025. It
even instructs you to use turrets, yet you are on the vehicle side and have no
turrets, the Necris have not invaded, and you're fighting the Krall. Whatever.
This map can be frustrating at first since the PowerCore is difficult to even
find. The nodes are on your side of the map so getting the orb to them is
pretty easy. Although you really only need the prime node, you'll also want
the Air Node, which is pretty easy to maintain control of. Just fly the raptor
over to the enemy base and circle around the back. Their core is on ground
level literally on the back side of their base. (Fly behind their base and
look west.)

I found this level to be easy compared to many of the previous levels. The
bots spawn far away with little means to reciprocate against you. If you're
feeling malicious you can even take the time to kill their orb carrier with
the shock rifle from the other side of the level. The ones who actually make
it to you are usually preoccupied with attacking the node and make themselves
easy targets. Even if they kill you, you respawn less than 10 seconds away
with an orb..

Mission 056 - Gateway ( DM-Gateway )
Goal: 40 Kills
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Othello
Enemies: Matrix, Entropy, Cathode, Enigma

Map Details
Taryd, various locations.
The Liandri Corporation has been working for years to perfect the portal
technology used in the Tournaments. They're hoping to increase teleporter
distances, and make the system useful on a global scale. This working
prototype has portals that can instantly move personnel and equipment to any
pre-programmed location on Taryd.

Briefing
"Matrix is our only known source for the Hyperion security codes. We've
tracked him down but he won't surrender. He's afraid of being formatted and
losing his last few human memories. He's been using Liandral portal tech to
evade Izanagi forces so they called Ronin to finish the job. Without those
protocols, we can't access the mainframe cores and Liandri technicians could
sabotage our operations from anywhere on Taryd."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.

Strategy & Tactics
"He's afraid of being formatted.." Hehe. Anyway, this is an interesting level.
Once again, you're outnumbered 2:1, so this can be a tricky mission. There are
three battlegrounds connected by portals. The enemies will mainly congregate
in the 'Jungle' and 'Sky-Platform' areas, and rarely venture into the
'Snowscape.' The Platform, in particular, as that is where the shield belt
spawns.

The major obstacle in this mission is Othello. He will constantly be dying and
getting himself separated from you, where he will then die again and again.
You can mitigate this somewhat by telling him to hold position in the snow
area, where the bots rarely venture but being that he is a bot himself, he has
difficulty making it there without passing the other bots and getting killed
repeatedly. You can mitigate this further by telling him to cover you, and
then camping in the snow area yourself. This helps quite a bit, but it is
still unstable. Any deaths propel you \Othello into enemy territory and one
death turns into many. The Jungle area is virtually worthless in terms of
strategic value. You can spam the portal entrance with rockets and bio-goo,
and it does have the stinger which can be useful, but having only mid\close
range weapons when the enemy outnumbers you with long range weapons is not

The main battlefield - and the most important - is the Sky Platform. The Link
Gun & Shock Rifle spawn out here, as does most of the Sniper Ammo. There is
health on either end. Jumping into the fan on the far end near the health kits
will propel you into the sky where you can reach the shield belt. This is a
good place to tell Othello to hold position so he will camp the shield belt.
If you have decent aim, you can camp here yourself and shoot any airborne bots
who try to use the fan to reach you. You can also provide support to Othello
should he die and attempt to return, and there is health down below as well.

Ultimately though, you'll probably have to come down and fight the bots on the
platform. Of all the weapons to use, the Shock\Sniper and the Stinger\Link Gun
work the best since they aren't influenced at all by the change in gravity.
There aren't a lot of special tricks you can use on this mission, other than
to make sure you get the Shield Belt as often as possible and stay near
Othello to provide cover, distract his enemies, and try to out-score the
enemy. I used the shock rifle at long range for most of the mission but in
retrospect it may have been easier to use the link gun to hit multiple targets
on the narrow walkways and forget trying to keep distance in such a crowded
area.

Mission 057 - Carbon Fire ( DM-Carbonfire )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Aspect, Collossus, OSC, Raptor

Map Details
Hyperion strata
Work days on Taryd are notoriously long and difficult, leaving little time for
the mundane chores of day-to-day life. As an incentive to potential colonists,
the Liandri Corp. offers a complimentary Mark I domestic robot to each family
that moves to Taryd. The Carbonfire production facility even offers daily
tours and incentives to first time customers.

Briefing
"We keep capturing mines but we don't have the manpower to run them at full
capacity. Liandri domestic bots are pretty rugged, and HQ thinks they can be
retooled for mining work. Ronin's job is to take over the Carbon-Fire
production facility and reroute all shipments to Izanagi territory."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Trap enemies within the disposal chute, or retrieve the powerups for your
team.

Strategy & Tactics
The idea on this mission is to keep the powerups out of enemy hands. I suggest
letting one of your allies have the powerups and then following them to
provide a distraction for their enemies. A high-level bot with berserk and
double damage can quickly turn the tide, but they have to survive. On higher
difficulties, the bots have incredible aim and so offense powerups really come
down to who shoots first. This is where you come in: The enemy bots will
automatically shoot at you. Since you can evade the bots better than other
bots can, you'll be able to 'deflect' attacks that might have been directed at
your ally. The effect is similar to doing a flyby with an M134.

Mission 058 - Containment ( vCTF-Containment )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Matrix, Evolution, Mihr, Syntax

Map Details
Hyperion fringe territories
Liandri Corp. Satellite images show some sort of cage in the center and Intel
believes it holds a recovered Darkwalker vehicle. The Liandri have always
wanted access to Necris technology, and this could be their chance to make

Briefing
"The Liandri captured a necris 'Dark Walker' vehicle and they've hidden it in
a well guarded research facility. Izanagi techs want that walker. Bad. If we
steal it we could learn enough about necris technology to train our combat
forces. That means we could hijack necris vehicles directly off the
battlefield and use the bastards' own technology against them."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- The Darkwalker in the central chamber cannot be moved, but its powerful
weapons are available to either team.

Strategy & Tactics
I wasn't very happy with this level. The Dark Walker in the middle is supposed
to sway the balance of power, but if you try to pilot it, the bot->player
focus really messes things up. The heavier vehicles are not applicable for you
to pilot because they move too slowly, the bots focus on them, and ultimately
it just hurts you and your team. While the raptor *can* work, it's mobility
also makes it vulnerable. It's best to just go straight for the manta. Your
bots can't pilot those very intelligently anyway, and it's your only realistic
chance of avoiding the borg.

The best route to take is the far left\right paths, which snake into the
center. You can't go through the side tunnels in the center because they have
barriers, but past those are some ruined walls to use for cover and beyond
*those* is a tunnel you can jump into. This usually puts you out-of-the-way of
their main force. They will sometimes park the Goliath in front of the tunnels
momentarily before they drive it into the center tunnel, but that is an
exception rather than the rule. Once you get into the enemy base, try to smash
anyone guarding the flag while you park your manta on their platform. Grab the
flag and jump off the nearest ledge.

You'll want to be careful with the hoverboard - the bots have incredible aim
and easily dismount you if you use it for anything other than exploiting the
straightaway after a sharp corner. I usually jump off the hoverboard to make
sharp turns and jump back on to take advantage of the broken in line-of-sight.
Don't try to stay on the hoverboard if the enemy is shooting at you, the odds
are they will hit you and effectively kill you. If you jump off the
hoverboard, they still won't be able to gain on you without sacrificing their
ability to shoot and there's a good chance you'll round the next corner before

You should be able to secure at least two captures this way, and then it
becomes a matter of stopping the enemy. I put my team on offense just for the
off-chance that they secure a capture, but really, their efforts mostly just
helped keep the center clear of enemies. I'm curious if telling a bot to Hold
control of it, or if the bots would be too stupid to actually use it.

There is a shield belt on top of the dark walker containment, and a portal to
the raptor you can use to reach it in the back of your base.

Mission 059 - Islander ( WAR-Islander )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Torque, Monarch, Aspect, Enigma

Map Details
Hyperion archipelago
Liandri planners wanted an isolated communication station that wouldn't have
to filter out background noise and interference from civilian signals. The
islands of the northern archipelago met their communication needs but the
limited space didn't allow for extensive defensive capabilities.

Briefing
"Izanagi H.Q. wants a foreward O.P. to monitor Krall activity in the north.
They found a military comms facility on the Hyperion archipelago that's
perfect. Except for the Liandri bots stationed there. This is a covert
insertion so we'll have limited vehicle support. Shouldn't be a problem. Their
only defenses are dismounted infantry and a few turrets."

Objectives
- Control the Prime Node to access the enemy Core.
- Maintain control of this Node to shield your Core.
- Use the shaped charge or Redeemer to destroy enemy barricades.
- Watch for enemy turrets. They have a clear view of the central battlefield.

Strategy & Tactics
Personally, I hate this map. It's one of the only asymmetrical maps. The red
team gets all the nodes and most vehicles while the blue team gets all the
turrets and a 'less vulnerable' core. This map can be frustrating at first
since the PowerCore is difficult to even find. The nodes are on your side of
the map so getting the orb to them is pretty easy. Although you really only
need the prime node, you'll also want the Air Node, which is pretty easy to
maintain control of. Just fly the raptor over to the enemy base and circle
around the back. Their core is on ground level literally on the back side of
their base. (Fly behind their base and look west.)

I found this level to be easy compared to many of the previous levels. The
bots spawn far away with little means to reciprocate against you. If you're
feeling malicious you can even take the time to kill their orb carrier with
the shock rifle from the other side of the level. The ones who actually make
it to you are usually preoccupied with attacking the node and make themselves
easy targets. Even if they kill you, you respawn less than 10 seconds away
with an orb..

Mission 060 - Strident ( CTF-Strident )
Goal: 5 Captures
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Matrix, Cathode, Enigma, Entropy

Map Details
The Strident, beneath Hyperion
The Strident has always been a mystery to the flesh and blood humans that work
on the surface of Hyperion. These subterranean chambers appear to be the
central focus of the mainframe that controls all Liandri operations on Taryd.

Briefing
"We've been giving the Krall a beating. They're attacking less often, but they
seem better coordinated *and* more focused. I'd wager the necris are pulling
in the reigns after their recent losses. They timed their move perfectly. Just
when we attacked the Liandri and distracted them, the Krall snuck a force into
the strident unnoticed. They put a necris virus in the system that could lower
the sky-shield and leave us all defenseless. So let's go play doctor."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- Be aware of unstable FLaG bases.
- Shifting magnetic forces within the Strident cause platforms to move.

Strategy & Tactics
Small and intense. 3 translocations can pretty much take you from one base to
the other, and there are only a few ways into each. Even on Insane, the bots
will largely ignore the Shield Belt in the center until after your 3rd
capture, when they become particularly mean. The bots will have no problem
getting into the enemy base and grabbing the flag, but they usually insist on
taking the top route, where they will be harassed constantly and are unlikely
to succeed. The best strategy seems to be to send your whole team on offense
while you sneak in quietly and wait under the lift. Your allies will grab the
flag and lure the enemies topside and away from the base. When they fail -
which is almost inevitable - you can quickly grab the flag and run down the
bottom route - left or right doesn't matter - and cut back in to the middle to
pick up the shield or health if necessary before cutting back to the outside
while remaining on the bottom level. Use the jump pad on the bottom floor of
your base to come in through the top. It's worth trading a couple seconds of
vulnerability for the insurance that you don't get trapped on the bottom floor
if the lift raises.

If you can secure a +3 lead in this way, switch your team to defense. You're
unlikely to secure more flag captures once the bots go crazy, as their
miniguns will strip your shield incredibly fast and they time the powerups to
prevent you from getting another. The idea, instead, is to stop them from
catching up in the time that remains. You can also refrain from making a 3rd
capture at all, to prevent the bots going crazy while you maintain a +2 choke
hold, but it doesn't really matter. Once you get 3, they're almost guaranteed
to score at least 1 capture and it becomes a +2 choke hold anyway. If you
successfully scored a 3rd capture during a +2 lead, you can score a 4th or 5th
capture with the same lead so don't fret too much if they start scoring. If
they close it to a +1 lead, go back on offense to try and widen\maintain the
lead, and make them fight the battle on their turf.

Mission 061 - Heat Ray ( DM-HeatRay )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Loque, Scythe, Scorn, Gnasher, Cerberus, Claw

Map Details
Hyperion slums
As Liandri operations on Taryd became more and more automated, the surface
sectors of Hyperion were neglected and never received the technological
upgrades available to the upper strata of the city. This maze of ground level
buildings is now the slums of Taryd, still inhabited by the humans that
maintain the largely automated Liandri workforce.

Briefing
"The Krall saw the same tactical value in the slums that we did. Their initial
wave of infantry is already in place and transport ships are in route. That
means heavy weaponry and necris vehicles are on the way. So lets finish this.
Quickly."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Necris vehicle reinforcements are already en route to Hyperion.
- Use the Invisibility powerup and gain a tactical advantage.

Strategy & Tactics
A Dark Walker spawns about 2 minutes into the mission. No matter what else you
are doing, you need to be there to greet it when it arrives. The Invisibility
powerup spawns 30 seconds before that, and the shield belt 30 seconds before
that. The other powerups (The Thighpads and Armor Vest) are available from the
start, so the best bet is to run a spiral circuit immediately when the mission
starts - from the Armor Vest to the Thigh Pads, to the Shield Belt, to the
Invisibility and then to the Dark Walker. This should take you to each powerup
shortly before it spawns.

It helps to tell your bots to Cover you, so that they won't be wandering
alone. They'll provide some cover for you while you ruin your circuit,
support\heal you when you get in the Dark Walker, and will be nearby to claim
the powerups when\if it gets destroyed.

Once you get in the Dark Walker, try to stay in the corner of the main area.
If you go further down the road in either direction it widens the turning
radius required to hit the enemies who will be attacking you from both
directions. Ideally you would position yourself where they only have one way
to reach you, but the only place where that might be possible is on the
platform the Dark Walker spawns at, which (probably intentionally) hinders
it's ability to fire, so that isn't very defensible or productive.

Kill as many bots as you can with the Dark Walker, and when it gets destroyed,
try to use long distance combat to hit & run. You don't want to get cornered
in any prolonged encounters because more enemies are always on the way. A
second Dark Walker will spawn about 2 minutes from the time the first one was
killed. Ideally you would claim this one as well and win the level easily, but
you can still win if the enemy gets there before you do. The invisibility
helps for taking down the Dark Walker. Just hit it with everything you've got
as quickly as possible so that your allies will assist you in destroying it.
If it wins that exchange, you'd be better off avoiding it for the remainder of
the match since it's probably almost over at this point. It can't get inside
the buildings, and any of the main weapons in the level can be used to spam
corridors. Pull your bots up into the room near the Invisibility. The enemy
has no way to enter except single file, on foot, through a narrow corridor.
You don't want to remain here forever. You'll eventually run low on
health\ammo and your allies will be respawning outside and vulnerable, giving
the enemy more kills. When the invisibility respawns, you can attempt another
assault on the Dark Walker for it's powerups or, if you're lucky, the enemy
may have even abandoned the Dark Walker to raid your campsite upstairs. If
they did, you can steal it out from under them and use it against them.

Mission 062 - Gateway ( DM-Gateway )
Goal: 40 Kills
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Othello
Enemies: Matrix, Entropy, Cathode, Enigma

Map Details
Taryd, various locations.
The Liandri Corporation has been working for years to perfect the portal
technology used in the Tournaments. They're hoping to increase teleporter
distances, and make the system useful on a global scale. This working
prototype has portals that can instantly move personnel and equipment to any
pre-programmed location on Taryd.

Briefing
"Matrix is our only known source for the Hyperion security codes. We've
tracked him down but he won't surrender. He's afraid of being formatted and
losing his last few human memories. He's been using Liandral portal tech to
evade Izanagi forces so they called Ronin to finish the job. Without those
protocols, we can't access the mainframe cores and Liandri technicians could
sabotage our operations from anywhere on Taryd."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.

Strategy & Tactics
"He's afraid of being formatted.." Hehe. Anyway, this is an interesting level.
Once again, you're outnumbered 2:1, so this can be a tricky mission. There are
three battlegrounds connected by portals. The enemies will mainly congregate
in the 'Jungle' and 'Sky-Platform' areas, and rarely venture into the
'Snowscape.' The Platform, in particular, as that is where the shield belt
spawns.

The major obstacle in this mission is Othello. He will constantly be dying and
getting himself separated from you, where he will then die again and again.
You can mitigate this somewhat by telling him to hold position in the snow
area, where the bots rarely venture but being that he is a bot himself, he has
difficulty making it there without passing the other bots and getting killed
repeatedly. You can mitigate this further by telling him to cover you, and
then camping in the snow area yourself. This helps quite a bit, but it is
still unstable. Any deaths propel you \Othello into enemy territory and one
death turns into many. The Jungle area is virtually worthless in terms of
strategic value. You can spam the portal entrance with rockets and bio-goo,
and it does have the stinger which can be useful, but having only mid\close
range weapons when the enemy outnumbers you with long range weapons is not

The main battlefield - and the most important - is the Sky Platform. The Link
Gun & Shock Rifle spawn out here, as does most of the Sniper Ammo. There is
health on either end. Jumping into the fan on the far end near the health kits
will propel you into the sky where you can reach the shield belt. This is a
good place to tell Othello to hold position so he will camp the shield belt.
If you have decent aim, you can camp here yourself and shoot any airborne bots
who try to use the fan to reach you. You can also provide support to Othello
should he die and attempt to return, and there is health down below as well.

Ultimately though, you'll probably have to come down and fight the bots on the
platform. Of all the weapons to use, the Shock\Sniper and the Stinger\Link Gun
work the best since they aren't influenced at all by the change in gravity.
There aren't a lot of special tricks you can use on this mission, other than
to make sure you get the Shield Belt as often as possible and stay near
Othello to provide cover, distract his enemies, and try to out-score the
enemy. I used the shock rifle at long range for most of the mission but in
retrospect it may have been easier to use the link gun to hit multiple targets
on the narrow walkways and forget trying to keep distance in such a crowded
area.

Mission 063 - Islander ( WAR-Islander )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Monarch, Torque, Syntax, Mihr

Map Details
Hyperion archipelago
Liandri planners wanted an isolated communication station that wouldn't have
to filter out background noise and interference from civilian signals. The
islands of the northern archipelago met their communication needs but the
limited space didn't allow for extensive defensive capabilities.

Briefing
"Izanagi H.Q. wants a foreward O.P. to monitor Krall activity in the north.
They found a military comms facility on the Hyperion archipelago that's
perfect. Except for the Liandri bots stationed there. This is a covert
insertion so we'll have limited vehicle support. Shouldn't be a problem. Their
only defenses are dismounted infantry and a few turrets."

Objectives
- Control the Prime Node to access the enemy Core.
- Maintain control of this Node to shield your Core.
- Use the shaped charge or Redeemer to destroy enemy barricades.
- Watch for enemy turrets. They have a clear view of the central battlefield.

Strategy & Tactics
Personally, I hate this map. It's one of the only asymmetrical maps. The red
team gets all the nodes and most vehicles while the blue team gets all the
turrets and a 'less vulnerable' core. This map can be frustrating at first
since the PowerCore is difficult to even find. The nodes are on your side of
the map so getting the orb to them is pretty easy. Although you really only
need the prime node, you'll also want the Air Node, which is pretty easy to
maintain control of. Just fly the raptor over to the enemy base and circle
around the back. Their core is on ground level literally on the back side of
their base. (Fly behind their base and look west.)

I found this level to be easy compared to many of the previous levels. The
bots spawn far away with little means to reciprocate against you. If you're
feeling malicious you can even take the time to kill their orb carrier with
the shock rifle from the other side of the level. The ones who actually make
it to you are usually preoccupied with attacking the node and make themselves
easy targets. Even if they kill you, you respawn less than 10 seconds away
with an orb..

Mission 064 - Dusk ( WAR-Dusk )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Evolution, Mihr, Syntax, Torque, Monarch, Raptor

Map Details
Hyperion fringe territories
Izanagi satellites only recently discovered this secretive distribution
facility. Analysis of satellite images tells us that the facility is fully
automated, and connected to a Liandri mining operation several levels below
ground. Raw ore is transported to the surface where it's packaged and moved
off for processing.

Briefing
"This facility is running low profile, so there's no heavy security. Izanagi
expects us to walk in and pick up another tarydium mine for their stock-
holders. If we can capture all the nodes surrounding the mine entrance, we'll
vulnerable to aerial attack, so that airship would be a huge advantage."

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- Control Nodes on both sides of the mine entrance to open the security doors
- Use the shaped charge or a Redeemer to destroy barricades that block large
vehicles.
- Use the Orb to instantly take control of a Node.

Strategy & Tactics
Contrary to what the briefing says, you can pretty well ignore the center
nodes for this mission. In fact, you can ignore virtually every node except
the East Tank Node. What you want to do is hop topside and grab your orb - as
quickly as possible - and hoverboard straight over to the southwest node. As
soon as that is up, use the teleporter back to your Core, grab the orb again,
and quickly hoverboard out to the East Tank node (Southeast Node). Sneak in
and plant the orb on the node. If you felt like being mean, you could again go
back and do the same on the north, but that kind of gloating is why villains
always lose. Once you've taken the east tank node, all you have to do is
defend it for a moment (preferably using the laser turrets) in case anyone
tries to reclaim it. If Jester claims the northeast node and you still have
control of the southeast node, jump out of the turret and go get in the nearby
Circada. Fly that over to the enemy base, look down, and unload on their Core.
I beat this mission 3 times in a row with this method, encountering 0-2
enemies.

If that plan falls through, this can be a tricky mission. The enemy seems to
want to attack with 3 and defend with 3. Since there are 6 of them, they can
have 2 people on each path, while you have to choose a 2:1:1 ratio. Your bots
will generally focus on the northern path, while the enemy will generally
focus on the southern path. Bishop is usually the one going after the center
nodes, and he will eventually succeed at this, but it's not a real substantial
gain and the circada will probably be shot down before it can destroy either
of the enemy prime nodes. Once the enemy gets a hold of a node, it's difficult
to uproot them from it. They'll have 3 people attacking your core and 3 people
healing the prime node. It's not pretty, and it's difficult to avoid. You
can't be everywhere at once, and the enemy's superior numbers will inevitably
succeed wherever you aren't. The Circadas can help with this, allowing you to
fly between the northeast\southeast prime nodes and try to keep them pinned
down while your allies move in.

Still, this is an uphill battle. The early portions of the mission are very
important. When a node switches teams, anyone assigned to defend it will no
longer recognize it as a defensible location, and will shift their attention
somewhere else. Similarly, anyone attacking the southern pass unsuccessfully
will respawn at the northern pass where they will survive longer. As a result
anyone from the southern pass that you uproot will naturally tend to migrate
north. We cut them off at the southeast node, so the defenders default to the
north node and the attackers are torn between them. Their entire army clumps
itself together at the northeast node. What the plan above does is exploit
their disorganization during that transition and use it to rush their core. If
you wait at the south node, they will eventually get organized and sweep
through the north, likely destroying your core before you can destroy theirs.
This also puts you in an uncomfortable position since leaving the southeast
node to aid the northern front means losing the only node that allows you to
attack the enemy core, and possibly allowing them to sweep the south too. Take
their prime node before they have a chance to mobilize in the south, and then
use that as a springboard to attack the enemy core while it's vulnerable.

Mission 065 - Power Surge ( WAR-PowerSurge )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Scythe, Blackfang, Bargest, Claw, Lockjaw, Worg, Scar, Hellhound

Map Details
Hyperion fringe territories, Tarydium mine
Located a half-mile below the planet's surface, the Dusk mine was established
by Liandri scientists in an experiment to test self-sufficient Automaton
management of resources. The overloaded systems often release a huge
powersurge that vents up to the surface in order to protect the volatile
Tarydium stockpiles below.

Briefing
"We've stopped the necris at every turn and it looks like they're getting
desperate for tarydium. They sent every Krall they've got into the Dusk Mine.
They tried flooding the underground structure to trap Izanagi forces inside.
Luckily, one of the mining tributaries collapsed, opening a back door just big
enough for a small commando force - like us. Now lets link up with our boys,
and clear the mine."

Objectives
- Necris forces have inflicted serious damage to your core.
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- Control the Mine Node to engage the mining drones.
- The drones will automatically begin to mine and stockpile Tarydium.
- The mine overload discharges a high voltage pulse that damages the enemy
Core.
- The East and West Tank Nodes hold important Goliath firepower.

Strategy & Tactics
This is one of those levels where it may be *possible* to win outright, but on
insane it is really much better to use a card.

Once everyone takes the nodes which belong to them, the enemy will send a
couple guys after the Mine node. The bulk of their forces - including their
orb carrier - will be attacking your prime node. If you ignore the Mine Node,
you hand it over to the enemy and effectively that gives you only 5 1/2
minutes (or so) to destroy the enemy core before the overloads destroy yours.
The enemy can afford to position 1-3 guys on the mine node and still have you
outnumbered at the prime node so holding the enemy prime node isn't very
plausible.

If you try to divide your forces while you focus on the mine node by yourself,
the enemies will roll right over your forces at the prime node and destroy
your core within ~3 minutes. You may be able to successfully hold the Mine
node during this time, but chances are you will need to use your orb to do so,
and that means your allies won't be able to use it to reclaim the prime node.
Even if you successfully hold the mine node, you have to *also* hold the prime
node.

It seems like the most likely solution would be to either A) claim the mine
node and then shift your focus over to the prime node while the mine node
counts down. or B) Run the orb to the Mine Node, and then from there to the
Prime Node. But either way, you need to be able to secure both in order to
stand a chance and you can't do that while you're defending the mine node. I
was able to get the enemy core to 40% by shielding the mine node, but it took
the enemy no effort to take 70% off my core. If you're lucky your allies might
be able to hold out an extra two minutes. I didn't have any luck reclaiming
the prime node after the enemy had taken it. I strongly suggest playing either
the Tactical Diversion or Iron Guard Reinforcements card to even the odds.

Mission 066 - Coret ( CTF-Coret )
Goal: 5 Captures
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Cathode, Enigma, Entropy, Collossus

Map Details
Hyperion Strata, Coret Acquisition Center
Prior to the war, the Coret Acquisition Center was a major social hub for all
of Taryd's colonists. Since the fighting started, however, the militia is
enforcing a strict curfew, and the facility empties out as the sun goes down.

Briefing
"We were sent here to meet a Liandri informant with sensitive data about
something called: 'The Strident.' Something tipped off the Liandri and now
we're doing this the loud way. Jester: Find that informant. Stay in close
radio contact. We'll keep Liandri security busy for you."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- A UDamage powerup is located on the bridge spanning the central chamber.

Strategy & Tactics
Another remake from UT Classic. The pathing is decent enough that the bots
will use all the paths available, although they do stop to use the
translocator in a few places. It's not a very big map, so you're within a few
translocations from everywhere. This makes it somewhat tricky to score a
successful capture. The enemy will be very aggressive on this map, and trying
to play defensively just lets them get away with it. Interestingly, you seem
to find less opposition when entering through the front gate than you do
coming from the sides. The same doesn't seem to be true in reverse though, and
there is better cover on the side-paths anyway.

Unless you can waltz in and waltz back out, the best bet seems to be assists.
When your allies leave with the flag, the enemy will rush out to kill them,
leaving the base undefended. You can follow your allies to provide cover fire,
or you can wait inside the blue base while the enemy force chases your flag
carrier. If you grab the flag when it's returned, the bot collective will turn
toward you, but they are in the midfield and you can usually push further out
of the blue base before they catch you. If you happen to be in red territory
at that time, there is a chance your allies will hold off the enemies,
complete the capture, or hold the flag long enough for you to reinforce them
in turn. 5 captures wins the match, but chances are you'll have to win by the
clock.

Mission 067 - Containment ( vCTF-Containment )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Aspect, OSC, Raptor, Evolution

Map Details
Hyperion fringe territories
Liandri Corp. Satellite images show some sort of cage in the center and Intel
believes it holds a recovered Darkwalker vehicle. The Liandri have always
wanted access to Necris technology, and this could be their chance to make

Briefing
"The Liandri captured a necris 'Dark Walker' vehicle and they've hidden it in
a well guarded research facility. Izanagi techs want that walker. Bad. If we
steal it we could learn enough about necris technology to train our combat
forces. That means we could hijack necris vehicles directly off the
battlefield and use the bastards' own technology against them."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- The Darkwalker in the central chamber cannot be moved, but its powerful
weapons are available to either team.

Strategy & Tactics
I wasn't very happy with this level. The Dark Walker in the middle is supposed
to sway the balance of power, but if you try to pilot it, the bot->player
focus really messes things up. The heavier vehicles are not applicable for you
to pilot because they move too slowly, the bots focus on them, and ultimately
it just hurts you and your team. While the raptor *can* work, it's mobility
also makes it vulnerable. It's best to just go straight for the manta. Your
bots can't pilot those very intelligently anyway, and it's your only realistic
chance of avoiding the borg.

The best route to take is the far left\right paths, which snake into the
center. You can't go through the side tunnels in the center because they have
barriers, but past those are some ruined walls to use for cover and beyond
*those* is a tunnel you can jump into. This usually puts you out-of-the-way of
their main force. They will sometimes park the Goliath in front of the tunnels
momentarily before they drive it into the center tunnel, but that is an
exception rather than the rule. Once you get into the enemy base, try to smash
anyone guarding the flag while you park your manta on their platform. Grab the
flag and jump off the nearest ledge.

You'll want to be careful with the hoverboard - the bots have incredible aim
and easily dismount you if you use it for anything other than exploiting the
straightaway after a sharp corner. I usually jump off the hoverboard to make
sharp turns and jump back on to take advantage of the broken in line-of-sight.
Don't try to stay on the hoverboard if the enemy is shooting at you, the odds
are they will hit you and effectively kill you. If you jump off the
hoverboard, they still won't be able to gain on you without sacrificing their
ability to shoot and there's a good chance you'll round the next corner before

You should be able to secure at least two captures this way, and then it
becomes a matter of stopping the enemy. I put my team on offense just for the
off-chance that they secure a capture, but really, their efforts mostly just
helped keep the center clear of enemies. I'm curious if telling a bot to Hold
control of it, or if the bots would be too stupid to actually use it.

There is a shield belt on top of the dark walker containment, and a portal to
the raptor you can use to reach it in the back of your base.

Mission 068 - Heat Ray ( DM-HeatRay )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Loque, Scythe, Blackfang, Barget, Claw, Lockjaw

Map Details
Hyperion slums
As Liandri operations on Taryd became more and more automated, the surface
sectors of Hyperion were neglected and never received the technological
upgrades available to the upper strata of the city. This maze of ground level
buildings is now the slums of Taryd, still inhabited by the humans that
maintain the largely automated Liandri workforce.

Briefing
"The Krall saw the same tactical value in the slums that we did. Their initial
wave of infantry is already in place and transport ships are in route. That
means heavy weaponry and necris vehicles are on the way. So lets finish this.
Quickly."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Necris vehicle reinforcements are already en route to Hyperion.
- Use the Invisibility powerup and gain a tactical advantage.

Strategy & Tactics
This mission has two versions. I'm not sure why they did it this way when all
the other versions are separate mission IDs. If you played Containment the
Dark Walker will be pilotable. If you didn't, then only the enemy will be able
to pilot the Dark Walker.

In the former case, this mission is fairly easy. A Dark Walker spawns about 2
minutes into the mission. No matter what else you are doing, you need to be
there to greet it when it arrives. The Invisibility powerup spawns 30 seconds
before that, and the shield belt 30 seconds before that. The other powerups
(The Thighpads and Armor Vest) are available from the start, so the best bet
is to run a spiral circuit immediately when the mission starts - from the
Armor Vest to the Thigh Pads, to the Shield Belt, to the Invisibility and then
to the Dark Walker. This should take you to each powerup shortly before it
spawns.

It helps to tell your bots to Cover you, so that they won't be wandering
alone. They'll provide some cover for you while you ruin your circuit,
support\heal you when you get in the Dark Walker, and will be nearby to claim
the powerups when\if it gets destroyed.

Once you get in the Dark Walker, try to stay in the corner of the main area.
If you go further down the road in either direction it widens the turning
radius required to hit the enemies who will be attacking you from both
directions. Ideally you would position yourself where they only have one way
to reach you, but the only place where that might be possible is on the
platform the Dark Walker spawns at, which (probably intentionally) hinders
it's ability to fire, so that isn't very defensible or productive.

Kill as many bots as you can with the Dark Walker, and when it gets destroyed,
try to use long distance combat to hit & run. You don't want to get cornered
in any prolonged encounters because more enemies are always on the way. A
second Dark Walker will spawn about 2 minutes from the time the first one was
killed. Ideally you would claim this one as well and win the level easily, but
you can still win if the enemy gets there before you do. The invisibility
helps for taking down the Dark Walker. Just hit it with everything you've got
as quickly as possible so that your allies will assist you in destroying it.
If it wins that exchange, you'd be better off avoiding it for the remainder of
the match since it's probably almost over at this point. It can't get inside
the buildings, and any of the main weapons in the level can be used to spam
corridors. Pull your bots up into the room near the Invisibility. The enemy
has no way to enter except single file, on foot, through a narrow corridor.
You don't want to remain here forever. You'll eventually run low on
health\ammo and your allies will be respawning outside and vulnerable, giving
the enemy more kills. When the invisibility respawns, you can attempt another
assault on the Dark Walker for it's powerups or, if you're lucky, the enemy
may have even abandoned the Dark Walker to raid your campsite upstairs. If
they did, you can steal it out from under them and use it against them.

If you did NOT play containment, however, the Dark Walker is locked and only
accessible by the enemy. It is virtually impossible to win under those
conditions. My only suggestion here is to either go back and play containment,
replay the chapter and make different choices, play a card do your best and
hope for a good roll, or lower the difficulty and skip the mission.

Mission 069 - Strident ( CTF-Strident )
Goal: 5 Captures
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Scythe, Scorn, Gnasher, Cerberus

Map Details
The Strident, beneath Hyperion
The Strident has always been a mystery to the flesh and blood humans that work
on the surface of Hyperion. These subterranean chambers appear to be the
central focus of the mainframe that controls all Liandri operations on Taryd.

Briefing
"We've been giving the Krall a beating. They're attacking less often, but they
seem better coordinated *and* more focused. I'd wager the necris are pulling
in the reigns after their recent losses. They timed their move perfectly. Just
when we attacked the Liandri and distracted them, the Krall snuck a force into
the strident unnoticed. They put a necris virus in the system that could lower
the sky-shield and leave us all defenseless. So let's go play doctor."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- Be aware of unstable FLaG bases.
- Shifting magnetic forces within the Strident cause platforms to move.

Strategy & Tactics
Small and intense. 3 translocations can pretty much take you from one base to
the other, and there are only a few ways into each. Even on Insane, the bots
will largely ignore the Shield Belt in the center until after your 3rd
capture, when they become particularly mean. The bots will have no problem
getting into the enemy base and grabbing the flag, but they usually insist on
taking the top route, where they will be harassed constantly and are unlikely
to succeed. The best strategy seems to be to send your whole team on offense
while you sneak in quietly and wait under the lift. Your allies will grab the
flag and lure the enemies topside and away from the base. When they fail -
which is almost inevitable - you can quickly grab the flag and run down the
bottom route - left or right doesn't matter - and cut back in to the middle to
pick up the shield or health if necessary before cutting back to the outside
while remaining on the bottom level. Use the jump pad on the bottom floor of
your base to come in through the top. It's worth trading a couple seconds of
vulnerability for the insurance that you don't get trapped on the bottom floor
if the lift raises.

If you can secure a +3 lead in this way, switch your team to defense. You're
unlikely to secure more flag captures once the bots go crazy, as their
miniguns will strip your shield incredibly fast and they time the powerups to
prevent you from getting another. The idea, instead, is to stop them from
catching up in the time that remains. You can also refrain from making a 3rd
capture at all, to prevent the bots going crazy while you maintain a +2 choke
hold, but it doesn't really matter. Once you get 3, they're almost guaranteed
to score at least 1 capture and it becomes a +2 choke hold anyway. If you
successfully scored a 3rd capture during a +2 lead, you can score a 4th or 5th
capture with the same lead so don't fret too much if they start scoring. If
they close it to a +1 lead, go back on offense to try and widen\maintain the
lead, and make them fight the battle on their turf.

Mission 070 - Carbon Fire ( DM-Carbonfire )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Matrix, Cathode, OSC, Mihr

Map Details
Hyperion strata
Work days on Taryd are notoriously long and difficult, leaving little time for
the mundane chores of day-to-day life. As an incentive to potential colonists,
the Liandri Corp. offers a complimentary Mark I domestic robot to each family
that moves to Taryd. The Carbonfire production facility even offers daily
tours and incentives to first time customers.

Briefing
"We keep capturing mines but we don't have the manpower to run them at full
capacity. Liandri domestic bots are pretty rugged, and HQ thinks they can be
retooled for mining work. Ronin's job is to take over the Carbon-Fire
production facility and reroute all shipments to Izanagi territory."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Trap enemies within the disposal chute, or retrieve the powerups for your
team.

Strategy & Tactics
The idea on this mission is to keep the powerups out of enemy hands. I suggest
letting one of your allies have the powerups and then following them to
provide a distraction for their enemies. A high-level bot with berserk and
double damage can quickly turn the tide, but they have to survive. On higher
difficulties, the bots have incredible aim and so offense powerups really come
down to who shoots first. This is where you come in: The enemy bots will
automatically shoot at you. Since you can evade the bots better than other
bots can, you'll be able to 'deflect' attacks that might have been directed at
your ally. The effect is similar to doing a flyby with an M134.

Mission 071 - Gateway ( DM-Gateway )
Goal: 40 Kills
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Othello
Enemies: Matrix, Entropy, Cathode, Enigma

Map Details
Taryd, various locations.
The Liandri Corporation has been working for years to perfect the portal
technology used in the Tournaments. They're hoping to increase teleporter
distances, and make the system useful on a global scale. This working
prototype has portals that can instantly move personnel and equipment to any
pre-programmed location on Taryd.

Briefing
"Matrix is our only known source for the Hyperion security codes. We've
tracked him down but he won't surrender. He's afraid of being formatted and
losing his last few human memories. He's been using Liandral portal tech to
evade Izanagi forces so they called Ronin to finish the job. Without those
protocols, we can't access the mainframe cores and Liandri technicians could
sabotage our operations from anywhere on Taryd."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.

Strategy & Tactics
"He's afraid of being formatted.." Hehe. Anyway, this is an interesting level.
Once again, you're outnumbered 2:1, so this can be a tricky mission. There are
three battlegrounds connected by portals. The enemies will mainly congregate
in the 'Jungle' and 'Sky-Platform' areas, and rarely venture into the
'Snowscape.' The Platform, in particular, as that is where the shield belt
spawns.

The major obstacle in this mission is Othello. He will constantly be dying and
getting himself separated from you, where he will then die again and again.
You can mitigate this somewhat by telling him to hold position in the snow
area, where the bots rarely venture but being that he is a bot himself, he has
difficulty making it there without passing the other bots and getting killed
repeatedly. You can mitigate this further by telling him to cover you, and
then camping in the snow area yourself. This helps quite a bit, but it is
still unstable. Any deaths propel you \Othello into enemy territory and one
death turns into many. The Jungle area is virtually worthless in terms of
strategic value. You can spam the portal entrance with rockets and bio-goo,
and it does have the stinger which can be useful, but having only mid\close
range weapons when the enemy outnumbers you with long range weapons is not

The main battlefield - and the most important - is the Sky Platform. The Link
Gun & Shock Rifle spawn out here, as does most of the Sniper Ammo. There is
health on either end. Jumping into the fan on the far end near the health kits
will propel you into the sky where you can reach the shield belt. This is a
good place to tell Othello to hold position so he will camp the shield belt.
If you have decent aim, you can camp here yourself and shoot any airborne bots
who try to use the fan to reach you. You can also provide support to Othello
should he die and attempt to return, and there is health down below as well.

Ultimately though, you'll probably have to come down and fight the bots on the
platform. Of all the weapons to use, the Shock\Sniper and the Stinger\Link Gun
work the best since they aren't influenced at all by the change in gravity.
There aren't a lot of special tricks you can use on this mission, other than
to make sure you get the Shield Belt as often as possible and stay near
Othello to provide cover, distract his enemies, and try to out-score the
enemy. I used the shock rifle at long range for most of the mission but in
retrospect it may have been easier to use the link gun to hit multiple targets
on the narrow walkways and forget trying to keep distance in such a crowded
area.

Mission 072 - Coret ( CTF-Coret )
Goal: 5 Captures
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Evolution, Mihr, Syntax, Torque

Map Details
Hyperion Strata, Coret Acquisition Center
Prior to the war, the Coret Acquisition Center was a major social hub for all
of Taryd's colonists. Since the fighting started, however, the militia is
enforcing a strict curfew, and the facility empties out as the sun goes down.

Briefing
"We were sent here to meet a Liandri informant with sensitive data about
something called: 'The Strident.' Something tipped off the Liandri and now
we're doing this the loud way. Jester: Find that informant. Stay in close
radio contact. We'll keep Liandri security busy for you."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- A UDamage powerup is located on the bridge spanning the central chamber.

Strategy & Tactics
Another remake from UT Classic. The pathing is decent enough that the bots
will use all the paths available, although they do stop to use the
translocator in a few places. It's not a very big map, so you're within a few
translocations from everywhere. This makes it somewhat tricky to score a
successful capture. The enemy will be very aggressive on this map, and trying
to play defensively just lets them get away with it. Interestingly, you seem
to find less opposition when entering through the front gate than you do
coming from the sides. The same doesn't seem to be true in reverse though, and
there is better cover on the side-paths anyway.

Unless you can waltz in and waltz back out, the best bet seems to be assists.
When your allies leave with the flag, the enemy will rush out to kill them,
leaving the base undefended. You can follow your allies to provide cover fire,
or you can wait inside the blue base while the enemy force chases your flag
carrier. If you grab the flag when it's returned, the bot collective will turn
toward you, but they are in the midfield and you can usually push further out
of the blue base before they catch you. If you happen to be in red territory
at that time, there is a chance your allies will hold off the enemies,
complete the capture, or hold the flag long enough for you to reinforce them
in turn. 5 captures wins the match, but chances are you'll have to win by the
clock.

Mission 073 - Heat Ray ( DM-HeatRay )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Loque, Scythe, Scorn, Gnasher, Cerberus, Hellhound

Map Details
Hyperion slums
As Liandri operations on Taryd became more and more automated, the surface
sectors of Hyperion were neglected and never received the technological
upgrades available to the upper strata of the city. This maze of ground level
buildings is now the slums of Taryd, still inhabited by the humans that
maintain the largely automated Liandri workforce.

Briefing
"The Krall saw the same tactical value in the slums that we did. Their initial
wave of infantry is already in place and transport ships are in route. That
means heavy weaponry and necris vehicles are on the way. So lets finish this.
Quickly."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Necris vehicle reinforcements are already en route to Hyperion.
- Use the Invisibility powerup and gain a tactical advantage.

Strategy & Tactics
This mission is stupid. Heatray is an interesting map, but the settings are
ridiculous. First of all, the enemy outnumbers you 4-6. Second, they have
Loque, who not only has high stats on his own, but he also has special code in
the game to make him a higher difficulty than the other bots. Third, the enemy
gets a DarkWalker. That wouldn't be a problem since that is a normal feature
of HeatRay. The problem is that they are the only ones who *can* use the
DarkWalker. It's locked if you try to get in, and even if they get in and back
out again, it's still locked. Fourth and finally, the Insane difficulty puts
the bot skill at Inhuman - Godlike. Whoever thought of stacking penalties like
this needs to seriously demonstrate what he was thinking.

As far as I can tell this mission, like that dragon you were just determined
to fight, is a 'dead end' for bad decision making. It *is* beatable, but I'm
not sure how you go about it on Insane, as even my best results were still ~8
points behind. The mission briefing suggests you use the Invisibility powerup
for a 'tactical advantage' which probably means it wants you to use it to
counter the Dark Walker, but the higher level bots can track you by sound even
if you're invisible and they time the powerups themselves anyway. My only
suggestion here is to go back to the mission selection screen and choose

Mission 074 - Carbon Fire ( DM-Carbonfire )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Aspect, Collossus, OSC, Raptor

Map Details
Hyperion strata
Work days on Taryd are notoriously long and difficult, leaving little time for
the mundane chores of day-to-day life. As an incentive to potential colonists,
the Liandri Corp. offers a complimentary Mark I domestic robot to each family
that moves to Taryd. The Carbonfire production facility even offers daily
tours and incentives to first time customers.

Briefing
"We keep capturing mines but we don't have the manpower to run them at full
capacity. Liandri domestic bots are pretty rugged, and HQ thinks they can be
retooled for mining work. Ronin's job is to take over the Carbon-Fire
production facility and reroute all shipments to Izanagi territory."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Trap enemies within the disposal chute, or retrieve the powerups for your
team.

Strategy & Tactics
The idea on this mission is to keep the powerups out of enemy hands. I suggest
letting one of your allies have the powerups and then following them to
provide a distraction for their enemies. A high-level bot with berserk and
double damage can quickly turn the tide, but they have to survive. On higher
difficulties, the bots have incredible aim and so offense powerups really come
down to who shoots first. This is where you come in: The enemy bots will
automatically shoot at you. Since you can evade the bots better than other
bots can, you'll be able to 'deflect' attacks that might have been directed at
your ally. The effect is similar to doing a flyby with an M134.

Mission 075 - Strident ( CTF-Strident )
Goal: 5 Captures
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Matrix, Cathode, Enigma, Entropy

Map Details
The Strident, beneath Hyperion
The Strident has always been a mystery to the flesh and blood humans that work
on the surface of Hyperion. These subterranean chambers appear to be the
central focus of the mainframe that controls all Liandri operations on Taryd.

Briefing
"A robot army with a huge central brain has one weakness, right? If we can
infiltrate and control the strident, we own all of Hyperion. Ronin's taking
point on the assault. Once we give the all-clear, Izanagi techs will move
forward and hack the mainframe."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- Be aware of unstable FLaG bases.
- Shifting magnetic forces within the Strident cause platforms to move.

Strategy & Tactics
Small and intense. 3 translocations can pretty much take you from one base to
the other, and there are only a few ways into each. Even on Insane, the bots
will largely ignore the Shield Belt in the center until after your 3rd
capture, when they become particularly mean. The bots will have no problem
getting into the enemy base and grabbing the flag, but they usually insist on
taking the top route, where they will be harassed constantly and are unlikely
to succeed. The best strategy seems to be to send your whole team on offense
while you sneak in quietly and wait under the lift. Your allies will grab the
flag and lure the enemies topside and away from the base. When they fail -
which is almost inevitable - you can quickly grab the flag and run down the
bottom route - left or right doesn't matter - and cut back in to the middle to
pick up the shield or health if necessary before cutting back to the outside
while remaining on the bottom level. Use the jump pad on the bottom floor of
your base to come in through the top. It's worth trading a couple seconds of
vulnerability for the insurance that you don't get trapped on the bottom floor
if the lift raises.

If you can secure a +3 lead in this way, switch your team to defense. You're
unlikely to secure more flag captures once the bots go crazy, as their
miniguns will strip your shield incredibly fast and they time the powerups to
prevent you from getting another. The idea, instead, is to stop them from
catching up in the time that remains. You can also refrain from making a 3rd
capture at all, to prevent the bots going crazy while you maintain a +2 choke
hold, but it doesn't really matter. Once you get 3, they're almost guaranteed
to score at least 1 capture and it becomes a +2 choke hold anyway. If you
successfully scored a 3rd capture during a +2 lead, you can score a 4th or 5th
capture with the same lead so don't fret too much if they start scoring. If
they close it to a +1 lead, go back on offense to try and widen\maintain the
lead, and make them fight the battle on their turf.

Mission 076 - Containment ( vCTF-Containment )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Cathode, Enigma, Monarch, Syntax

Map Details
Hyperion fringe territories
Liandri Corp. Satellite images show some sort of cage in the center and Intel
believes it holds a recovered Darkwalker vehicle. The Liandri have always
wanted access to Necris technology, and this could be their chance to make

Briefing
"The Liandri captured a necris 'Dark Walker' vehicle and they've hidden it in
a well guarded research facility. Izanagi techs want that walker. Bad. If we
steal it we could learn enough about necris technology to train our combat
forces. That means we could hijack necris vehicles directly off the
battlefield and use the bastards' own technology against them."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- The Darkwalker in the central chamber cannot be moved, but its powerful
weapons are available to either team.

Strategy & Tactics
I wasn't very happy with this level. The Dark Walker in the middle is supposed
to sway the balance of power, but if you try to pilot it, the bot->player
focus really messes things up. The heavier vehicles are not applicable for you
to pilot because they move too slowly, the bots focus on them, and ultimately
it just hurts you and your team. While the raptor *can* work, it's mobility
also makes it vulnerable. It's best to just go straight for the manta. Your
bots can't pilot those very intelligently anyway, and it's your only realistic
chance of avoiding the borg.

The best route to take is the far left\right paths, which snake into the
center. You can't go through the side tunnels in the center because they have
barriers, but past those are some ruined walls to use for cover and beyond
*those* is a tunnel you can jump into. This usually puts you out-of-the-way of
their main force. They will sometimes park the Goliath in front of the tunnels
momentarily before they drive it into the center tunnel, but that is an
exception rather than the rule. Once you get into the enemy base, try to smash
anyone guarding the flag while you park your manta on their platform. Grab the
flag and jump off the nearest ledge.

You'll want to be careful with the hoverboard - the bots have incredible aim
and easily dismount you if you use it for anything other than exploiting the
straightaway after a sharp corner. I usually jump off the hoverboard to make
sharp turns and jump back on to take advantage of the broken in line-of-sight.
Don't try to stay on the hoverboard if the enemy is shooting at you, the odds
are they will hit you and effectively kill you. If you jump off the
hoverboard, they still won't be able to gain on you without sacrificing their
ability to shoot and there's a good chance you'll round the next corner before

You should be able to secure at least two captures this way, and then it
becomes a matter of stopping the enemy. I put my team on offense just for the
off-chance that they secure a capture, but really, their efforts mostly just
helped keep the center clear of enemies. I'm curious if telling a bot to Hold
control of it, or if the bots would be too stupid to actually use it.

There is a shield belt on top of the dark walker containment, and a portal to
the raptor you can use to reach it in the back of your base.

Mission 077 - Gateway ( DM-Gateway )
Goal: 40 Kills
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Othello
Enemies: Matrix, Entropy, Cathode, Enigma

Map Details
Taryd, various locations.
The Liandri Corporation has been working for years to perfect the portal
technology used in the Tournaments. They're hoping to increase teleporter
distances, and make the system useful on a global scale. This working
prototype has portals that can instantly move personnel and equipment to any
pre-programmed location on Taryd.

Briefing
"Matrix is our only known source for the Hyperion security codes. We've
tracked him down but he won't surrender. He's afraid of being formatted and
losing his last few human memories. He's been using Liandral portal tech to
evade Izanagi forces so they called Ronin to finish the job. Without those
protocols, we can't access the mainframe cores and Liandri technicians could
sabotage our operations from anywhere on Taryd."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.

Strategy & Tactics
"He's afraid of being formatted.." Hehe. Anyway, this is an interesting level.
Once again, you're outnumbered 2:1, so this can be a tricky mission. There are
three battlegrounds connected by portals. The enemies will mainly congregate
in the 'Jungle' and 'Sky-Platform' areas, and rarely venture into the
'Snowscape.' The Platform, in particular, as that is where the shield belt
spawns.

The major obstacle in this mission is Othello. He will constantly be dying and
getting himself separated from you, where he will then die again and again.
You can mitigate this somewhat by telling him to hold position in the snow
area, where the bots rarely venture but being that he is a bot himself, he has
difficulty making it there without passing the other bots and getting killed
repeatedly. You can mitigate this further by telling him to cover you, and
then camping in the snow area yourself. This helps quite a bit, but it is
still unstable. Any deaths propel you \Othello into enemy territory and one
death turns into many. The Jungle area is virtually worthless in terms of
strategic value. You can spam the portal entrance with rockets and bio-goo,
and it does have the stinger which can be useful, but having only mid\close
range weapons when the enemy outnumbers you with long range weapons is not

The main battlefield - and the most important - is the Sky Platform. The Link
Gun & Shock Rifle spawn out here, as does most of the Sniper Ammo. There is
health on either end. Jumping into the fan on the far end near the health kits
will propel you into the sky where you can reach the shield belt. This is a
good place to tell Othello to hold position so he will camp the shield belt.
If you have decent aim, you can camp here yourself and shoot any airborne bots
who try to use the fan to reach you. You can also provide support to Othello
should he die and attempt to return, and there is health down below as well.

Ultimately though, you'll probably have to come down and fight the bots on the
platform. Of all the weapons to use, the Shock\Sniper and the Stinger\Link Gun
work the best since they aren't influenced at all by the change in gravity.
There aren't a lot of special tricks you can use on this mission, other than
to make sure you get the Shield Belt as often as possible and stay near
Othello to provide cover, distract his enemies, and try to out-score the
enemy. I used the shock rifle at long range for most of the mission but in
retrospect it may have been easier to use the link gun to hit multiple targets
on the narrow walkways and forget trying to keep distance in such a crowded
area.

Mission 078 - Containment ( vCTF-Containment )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Enigma, Entropy, Evolution, Aspect

Map Details
Hyperion fringe territories
Liandri Corp. Satellite images show some sort of cage in the center and Intel
believes it holds a recovered Darkwalker vehicle. The Liandri have always
wanted access to Necris technology, and this could be their chance to make

Briefing
"The Liandri captured a necris 'Dark Walker' vehicle and they've hidden it in
a well guarded research facility. Izanagi techs want that walker. Bad. If we
steal it we could learn enough about necris technology to train our combat
forces. That means we could hijack necris vehicles directly off the
battlefield and use the bastards' own technology against them."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- The Darkwalker in the central chamber cannot be moved, but its powerful
weapons are available to either team.

Strategy & Tactics
I wasn't very happy with this level. The Dark Walker in the middle is supposed
to sway the balance of power, but if you try to pilot it, the bot->player
focus really messes things up. The heavier vehicles are not applicable for you
to pilot because they move too slowly, the bots focus on them, and ultimately
it just hurts you and your team. While the raptor *can* work, it's mobility
also makes it vulnerable. It's best to just go straight for the manta. Your
bots can't pilot those very intelligently anyway, and it's your only realistic
chance of avoiding the borg.

The best route to take is the far left\right paths, which snake into the
center. You can't go through the side tunnels in the center because they have
barriers, but past those are some ruined walls to use for cover and beyond
*those* is a tunnel you can jump into. This usually puts you out-of-the-way of
their main force. They will sometimes park the Goliath in front of the tunnels
momentarily before they drive it into the center tunnel, but that is an
exception rather than the rule. Once you get into the enemy base, try to smash
anyone guarding the flag while you park your manta on their platform. Grab the
flag and jump off the nearest ledge.

You'll want to be careful with the hoverboard - the bots have incredible aim
and easily dismount you if you use it for anything other than exploiting the
straightaway after a sharp corner. I usually jump off the hoverboard to make
sharp turns and jump back on to take advantage of the broken in line-of-sight.
Don't try to stay on the hoverboard if the enemy is shooting at you, the odds
are they will hit you and effectively kill you. If you jump off the
hoverboard, they still won't be able to gain on you without sacrificing their
ability to shoot and there's a good chance you'll round the next corner before

You should be able to secure at least two captures this way, and then it
becomes a matter of stopping the enemy. I put my team on offense just for the
off-chance that they secure a capture, but really, their efforts mostly just
helped keep the center clear of enemies. I'm curious if telling a bot to Hold
control of it, or if the bots would be too stupid to actually use it.

There is a shield belt on top of the dark walker containment, and a portal to
the raptor you can use to reach it in the back of your base.

Mission 079 - Heat Ray ( DM-HeatRay )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Loque, Scythe, Hellhound, Scorn, Worg, Gnasher

Map Details
Hyperion slums
As Liandri operations on Taryd became more and more automated, the surface
sectors of Hyperion were neglected and never received the technological
upgrades available to the upper strata of the city. This maze of ground level
buildings is now the slums of Taryd, still inhabited by the humans that
maintain the largely automated Liandri workforce.

Briefing
"The Krall saw the same tactical value in the slums that we did. Their initial
wave of infantry is already in place and transport ships are in route. That
means heavy weaponry and necris vehicles are on the way. So lets finish this.
Quickly."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Necris vehicle reinforcements are already en route to Hyperion.
- Use the Invisibility powerup and gain a tactical advantage.

Strategy & Tactics
A Dark Walker spawns about 2 minutes into the mission. No matter what else you
are doing, you need to be there to greet it when it arrives. The Invisibility
powerup spawns 30 seconds before that, and the shield belt 30 seconds before
that. The other powerups (The Thighpads and Armor Vest) are available from the
start, so the best bet is to run a spiral circuit immediately when the mission
starts - from the Armor Vest to the Thigh Pads, to the Shield Belt, to the
Invisibility and then to the Dark Walker. This should take you to each powerup
shortly before it spawns.

It helps to tell your bots to Cover you, so that they won't be wandering
alone. They'll provide some cover for you while you ruin your circuit,
support\heal you when you get in the Dark Walker, and will be nearby to claim
the powerups when\if it gets destroyed.

Once you get in the Dark Walker, try to stay in the corner of the main area.
If you go further down the road in either direction it widens the turning
radius required to hit the enemies who will be attacking you from both
directions. Ideally you would position yourself where they only have one way
to reach you, but the only place where that might be possible is on the
platform the Dark Walker spawns at, which (probably intentionally) hinders
it's ability to fire, so that isn't very defensible or productive.

Kill as many bots as you can with the Dark Walker, and when it gets destroyed,
try to use long distance combat to hit & run. You don't want to get cornered
in any prolonged encounters because more enemies are always on the way. A
second Dark Walker will spawn about 2 minutes from the time the first one was
killed. Ideally you would claim this one as well and win the level easily, but
you can still win if the enemy gets there before you do. The invisibility
helps for taking down the Dark Walker. Just hit it with everything you've got
as quickly as possible so that your allies will assist you in destroying it.
If it wins that exchange, you'd be better off avoiding it for the remainder of
the match since it's probably almost over at this point. It can't get inside
the buildings, and any of the main weapons in the level can be used to spam
corridors. Pull your bots up into the room near the Invisibility. The enemy
has no way to enter except single file, on foot, through a narrow corridor.
You don't want to remain here forever. You'll eventually run low on
health\ammo and your allies will be respawning outside and vulnerable, giving
the enemy more kills. When the invisibility respawns, you can attempt another
assault on the Dark Walker for it's powerups or, if you're lucky, the enemy
may have even abandoned the Dark Walker to raid your campsite upstairs. If
they did, you can steal it out from under them and use it against them.

Mission 080 - Carbon Fire ( DM-Carbonfire )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Aspect, Evolution, OSC, Syntax

Map Details
Hyperion strata
Work days on Taryd are notoriously long and difficult, leaving little time for
the mundane chores of day-to-day life. As an incentive to potential colonists,
the Liandri Corp. offers a complimentary Mark I domestic robot to each family
that moves to Taryd. The Carbonfire production facility even offers daily
tours and incentives to first time customers.

Briefing
"We keep capturing mines but we don't have the manpower to run them at full
capacity. Liandri domestic bots are pretty rugged, and HQ thinks they can be
retooled for mining work. Ronin's job is to take over the Carbon-Fire
production facility and reroute all shipments to Izanagi territory."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Trap enemies within the disposal chute, or retrieve the powerups for your
team.

Strategy & Tactics
The idea on this mission is to keep the powerups out of enemy hands. I suggest
letting one of your allies have the powerups and then following them to
provide a distraction for their enemies. A high-level bot with berserk and
double damage can quickly turn the tide, but they have to survive. On higher
difficulties, the bots have incredible aim and so offense powerups really come
down to who shoots first. This is where you come in: The enemy bots will
automatically shoot at you. Since you can evade the bots better than other
bots can, you'll be able to 'deflect' attacks that might have been directed at
your ally. The effect is similar to doing a flyby with an M134.

Mission 081 - Strident ( CTF-Strident )
Goal: 5 Captures
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Matrix, Cathode, Enigma, Entropy

Map Details
The Strident, beneath Hyperion
The Strident has always been a mystery to the flesh and blood humans that work
on the surface of Hyperion. These subterranean chambers appear to be the
central focus of the mainframe that controls all Liandri operations on Taryd.

Briefing
"A robot army with a huge central brain has one weakness, right? If we can
infiltrate and control the strident, we own all of Hyperion. Ronin's taking
point on the assault. Once we give the all-clear, Izanagi techs will move
forward and hack the mainframe."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- Be aware of unstable FLaG bases.
- Shifting magnetic forces within the Strident cause platforms to move.

Strategy & Tactics
Small and intense. 3 translocations can pretty much take you from one base to
the other, and there are only a few ways into each. Even on Insane, the bots
will largely ignore the Shield Belt in the center until after your 3rd
capture, when they become particularly mean. The bots will have no problem
getting into the enemy base and grabbing the flag, but they usually insist on
taking the top route, where they will be harassed constantly and are unlikely
to succeed. The best strategy seems to be to send your whole team on offense
while you sneak in quietly and wait under the lift. Your allies will grab the
flag and lure the enemies topside and away from the base. When they fail -
which is almost inevitable - you can quickly grab the flag and run down the
bottom route - left or right doesn't matter - and cut back in to the middle to
pick up the shield or health if necessary before cutting back to the outside
while remaining on the bottom level. Use the jump pad on the bottom floor of
your base to come in through the top. It's worth trading a couple seconds of
vulnerability for the insurance that you don't get trapped on the bottom floor
if the lift raises.

If you can secure a +3 lead in this way, switch your team to defense. You're
unlikely to secure more flag captures once the bots go crazy, as their
miniguns will strip your shield incredibly fast and they time the powerups to
prevent you from getting another. The idea, instead, is to stop them from
catching up in the time that remains. You can also refrain from making a 3rd
capture at all, to prevent the bots going crazy while you maintain a +2 choke
hold, but it doesn't really matter. Once you get 3, they're almost guaranteed
to score at least 1 capture and it becomes a +2 choke hold anyway. If you
successfully scored a 3rd capture during a +2 lead, you can score a 4th or 5th
capture with the same lead so don't fret too much if they start scoring. If
they close it to a +1 lead, go back on offense to try and widen\maintain the
lead, and make them fight the battle on their turf.

Mission 082 - Gateway ( DM-Gateway )
Goal: 40 Kills
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Othello
Enemies: Matrix, Entropy, Cathode, Enigma

Map Details
Taryd, various locations.
The Liandri Corporation has been working for years to perfect the portal
technology used in the Tournaments. They're hoping to increase teleporter
distances, and make the system useful on a global scale. This working
prototype has portals that can instantly move personnel and equipment to any
pre-programmed location on Taryd.

Briefing
"Matrix is our only known source for the Hyperion security codes. We've
tracked him down but he won't surrender. He's afraid of being formatted and
losing his last few human memories. He's been using Liandral portal tech to
evade Izanagi forces so they called Ronin to finish the job. Without those
protocols, we can't access the mainframe cores and Liandri technicians could
sabotage our operations from anywhere on Taryd."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.

Strategy & Tactics
"He's afraid of being formatted.." Hehe. Anyway, this is an interesting level.
Once again, you're outnumbered 2:1, so this can be a tricky mission. There are
three battlegrounds connected by portals. The enemies will mainly congregate
in the 'Jungle' and 'Sky-Platform' areas, and rarely venture into the
'Snowscape.' The Platform, in particular, as that is where the shield belt
spawns.

The major obstacle in this mission is Othello. He will constantly be dying and
getting himself separated from you, where he will then die again and again.
You can mitigate this somewhat by telling him to hold position in the snow
area, where the bots rarely venture but being that he is a bot himself, he has
difficulty making it there without passing the other bots and getting killed
repeatedly. You can mitigate this further by telling him to cover you, and
then camping in the snow area yourself. This helps quite a bit, but it is
still unstable. Any deaths propel you \Othello into enemy territory and one
death turns into many. The Jungle area is virtually worthless in terms of
strategic value. You can spam the portal entrance with rockets and bio-goo,
and it does have the stinger which can be useful, but having only mid\close
range weapons when the enemy outnumbers you with long range weapons is not

The main battlefield - and the most important - is the Sky Platform. The Link
Gun & Shock Rifle spawn out here, as does most of the Sniper Ammo. There is
health on either end. Jumping into the fan on the far end near the health kits
will propel you into the sky where you can reach the shield belt. This is a
good place to tell Othello to hold position so he will camp the shield belt.
If you have decent aim, you can camp here yourself and shoot any airborne bots
who try to use the fan to reach you. You can also provide support to Othello
should he die and attempt to return, and there is health down below as well.

Ultimately though, you'll probably have to come down and fight the bots on the
platform. Of all the weapons to use, the Shock\Sniper and the Stinger\Link Gun
work the best since they aren't influenced at all by the change in gravity.
There aren't a lot of special tricks you can use on this mission, other than
to make sure you get the Shield Belt as often as possible and stay near
Othello to provide cover, distract his enemies, and try to out-score the
enemy. I used the shock rifle at long range for most of the mission but in
retrospect it may have been easier to use the link gun to hit multiple targets
on the narrow walkways and forget trying to keep distance in such a crowded
area.

Mission 083 - Dusk ( WAR-Dusk )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Evolution, Mihr, Syntax, Torque, Monarch, Raptor

Map Details
Hyperion fringe territories
Izanagi satellites only recently discovered this secretive distribution
facility. Analysis of satellite images tells us that the facility is fully
automated, and connected to a Liandri mining operation several levels below
ground. Raw ore is transported to the surface where it's packaged and moved
off for processing.

Briefing
"This facility is running low profile, so there's no heavy security. Izanagi
expects us to walk in and pick up another tarydium mine for their stock-
holders. If we can capture all the nodes surrounding the mine entrance, we'll
vulnerable to aerial attack, so that airship would be a huge advantage."

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- Control Nodes on both sides of the mine entrance to open the security doors
- Use the shaped charge or a Redeemer to destroy barricades that block large
vehicles.
- Use the Orb to instantly take control of a Node.

Strategy & Tactics
Contrary to what the briefing says, you can pretty well ignore the center
nodes for this mission. In fact, you can ignore virtually every node except
the East Tank Node. What you want to do is hop topside and grab your orb - as
quickly as possible - and hoverboard straight over to the southwest node. As
soon as that is up, use the teleporter back to your Core, grab the orb again,
and quickly hoverboard out to the East Tank node (Southeast Node). Sneak in
and plant the orb on the node. If you felt like being mean, you could again go
back and do the same on the north, but that kind of gloating is why villains
always lose. Once you've taken the east tank node, all you have to do is
defend it for a moment (preferably using the laser turrets) in case anyone
tries to reclaim it. If Jester claims the northeast node and you still have
control of the southeast node, jump out of the turret and go get in the nearby
Circada. Fly that over to the enemy base, look down, and unload on their Core.
I beat this mission 3 times in a row with this method, encountering 0-2
enemies.

If that plan falls through, this can be a tricky mission. The enemy seems to
want to attack with 3 and defend with 3. Since there are 6 of them, they can
have 2 people on each path, while you have to choose a 2:1:1 ratio. Your bots
will generally focus on the northern path, while the enemy will generally
focus on the southern path. Bishop is usually the one going after the center
nodes, and he will eventually succeed at this, but it's not a real substantial
gain and the circada will probably be shot down before it can destroy either
of the enemy prime nodes. Once the enemy gets a hold of a node, it's difficult
to uproot them from it. They'll have 3 people attacking your core and 3 people
healing the prime node. It's not pretty, and it's difficult to avoid. You
can't be everywhere at once, and the enemy's superior numbers will inevitably
succeed wherever you aren't. The Circadas can help with this, allowing you to
fly between the northeast\southeast prime nodes and try to keep them pinned
down while your allies move in.

Still, this is an uphill battle. The early portions of the mission are very
important. When a node switches teams, anyone assigned to defend it will no
longer recognize it as a defensible location, and will shift their attention
somewhere else. Similarly, anyone attacking the southern pass unsuccessfully
will respawn at the northern pass where they will survive longer. As a result
anyone from the southern pass that you uproot will naturally tend to migrate
north. We cut them off at the southeast node, so the defenders default to the
north node and the attackers are torn between them. Their entire army clumps
itself together at the northeast node. What the plan above does is exploit
their disorganization during that transition and use it to rush their core. If
you wait at the south node, they will eventually get organized and sweep
through the north, likely destroying your core before you can destroy theirs.
This also puts you in an uncomfortable position since leaving the southeast
node to aid the northern front means losing the only node that allows you to
attack the enemy core, and possibly allowing them to sweep the south too. Take
their prime node before they have a chance to mobilize in the south, and then
use that as a springboard to attack the enemy core while it's vulnerable.

Mission 084 - Power Surge ( WAR-PowerSurge )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Evolution, Mihr, Syntax, Monarch

Map Details
Hyperion fringe territories, Tarydium mine
Located a half-mile below the planet's surface, the Dusk mine was established
by Liandri scientists in an experiment to test self-sufficient Automaton
management of resources. The overloaded systems often release a huge
powersurge that vents up to the surface in order to protect the volatile
Tarydium stockpiles below.

Briefing
"Intel says we can take control of the drill mech loading bay and send the
mining bots into overdrive. As long as we hold that node, they'll keep
working, and the resulting power surges will funnel right into the enemy core.
Kaboom."

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- Control the Mine Node to engage the mining drones.
- The drones will automatically begin to mine and stockpile Tarydium.
- The mine overload discharges a high voltage pulse that damages the enemy
Core.
- The East and West Tank Nodes hold important Goliath firepower.

Strategy & Tactics
I like this map. Each core connects to two nodes, which also connect to
each other. The western tips of the resulting triangles also link with
each other. The 'countdown' node in the center will overload the enemy core,
doing 20% damage. The enemy will focus primarily on this in the beginning, but
if you take their prime node they will dedicate their efforts to getting it
back. This is also useful because it provides a buffer between the enemy and
your prime node, and the necessary time to respond to threats from that
direction. The Prime Nodes do not have orb spawners - only the PowerCore and
the Countdown node have orb spawners. Therefore, the goal is to use the orb to
claim the countdown node, and then take the orb that spawns there and push
into the enemy prime node. At that point, it's all about maintaining control.
There is a goliath that can help prevent the enemy orb carrier from reclaiming
their prime node. That basically settles it.

Mission 085 - Heat Ray ( DM-HeatRay )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Aspect, Collossus, OSC, Raptor

Map Details
Hyperion slums
As Liandri operations on Taryd became more and more automated, the surface
sectors of Hyperion were neglected and never received the technological
upgrades available to the upper strata of the city. This maze of ground level
buildings is now the slums of Taryd, still inhabited by the humans that
maintain the largely automated Liandri workforce.

Briefing
"We need to secure the slums before we move into the heart of the city. Then
we start climbing into the upper-atmosphere of Hyperion and strike into the
heart of Liandri operations."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Use the Invisibility powerup and gain a tactical advantage.

Strategy & Tactics
This is the easiest incarnation of HeatRay. It also seems to be easier than
the other Deathmatch maps. You have an advantage here in that the bots will
stick to mid\close range weapons. This is a weakness which you can exploit
with the shock & sniper rifles. Tell your bots to follow you and try to keep
your distance from the enemy bots. It helps to keep track of the shield belt
and the invisibility as well. You should be able to run circles around them at
this point even without the powerups.

Mission 086 - Coret ( CTF-Coret )
Goal: 5 Captures
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Entropy, Cathode, Evolution, Mihr

Map Details
Hyperion Strata, Coret Acquisition Center
Prior to the war, the Coret Acquisition Center was a major social hub for all
of Taryd's colonists. Since the fighting started, however, the militia is
enforcing a strict curfew, and the facility empties out as the sun goes down.

Briefing
"We were sent here to meet a Liandri informant with sensitive data about
something called: 'The Strident.' Something tipped off the Liandri and now
we're doing this the loud way. Jester: Find that informant. Stay in close
radio contact. We'll keep Liandri security busy for you."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- A UDamage powerup is located on the bridge spanning the central chamber.

Strategy & Tactics
Another remake from UT Classic. The pathing is decent enough that the bots
will use all the paths available, although they do stop to use the
translocator in a few places. It's not a very big map, so you're within a few
translocations from everywhere. This makes it somewhat tricky to score a
successful capture. The enemy will be very aggressive on this map, and trying
to play defensively just lets them get away with it. Interestingly, you seem
to find less opposition when entering through the front gate than you do
coming from the sides. The same doesn't seem to be true in reverse though, and
there is better cover on the side-paths anyway.

Unless you can waltz in and waltz back out, the best bet seems to be assists.
When your allies leave with the flag, the enemy will rush out to kill them,
leaving the base undefended. You can follow your allies to provide cover fire,
or you can wait inside the blue base while the enemy force chases your flag
carrier. If you grab the flag when it's returned, the bot collective will turn
toward you, but they are in the midfield and you can usually push further out
of the blue base before they catch you. If you happen to be in red territory
at that time, there is a chance your allies will hold off the enemies,
complete the capture, or hold the flag long enough for you to reinforce them
in turn. 5 captures wins the match, but chances are you'll have to win by the
clock.

Mission 087 - Carbon Fire ( DM-Carbonfire )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Evolution, Monarch, Mihr, Syntax

Map Details
Hyperion strata
Work days on Taryd are notoriously long and difficult, leaving little time for
the mundane chores of day-to-day life. As an incentive to potential colonists,
the Liandri Corp. offers a complimentary Mark I domestic robot to each family
that moves to Taryd. The Carbonfire production facility even offers daily
tours and incentives to first time customers.

Briefing
"We keep capturing mines but we don't have the manpower to run them at full
capacity. Liandri domestic bots are pretty rugged, and HQ thinks they can be
retooled for mining work. Ronin's job is to take over the Carbon-Fire
production facility and reroute all shipments to Izanagi territory."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Trap enemies within the disposal chute, or retrieve the powerups for your
team.

Strategy & Tactics
The idea on this mission is to keep the powerups out of enemy hands. I suggest
letting one of your allies have the powerups and then following them to
provide a distraction for their enemies. A high-level bot with berserk and
double damage can quickly turn the tide, but they have to survive. On higher
difficulties, the bots have incredible aim and so offense powerups really come
down to who shoots first. This is where you come in: The enemy bots will
automatically shoot at you. Since you can evade the bots better than other
bots can, you'll be able to 'deflect' attacks that might have been directed at
your ally. The effect is similar to doing a flyby with an M134.

Mission 088 - Containment ( vCTF-Containment )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Matrix, Monarch, Mihr, OSC

Map Details
Hyperion fringe territories
Liandri Corp. Satellite images show some sort of cage in the center and Intel
believes it holds a recovered Darkwalker vehicle. The Liandri have always
wanted access to Necris technology, and this could be their chance to make

Briefing
"We keep capturing mines but we don't have the manpower to run them at full
capacity. Liandri domestic bots are pretty rugged, and HQ thinks they can be
retooled for mining work. Ronin's job is to take over the Carbon-Fire
production facility and reroute all shipments to Izanagi territory."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- The Darkwalker in the central chamber cannot be moved, but its powerful
weapons are available to either team.

Strategy & Tactics
I wasn't very happy with this level. The Dark Walker in the middle is supposed
to sway the balance of power, but if you try to pilot it, the bot->player
focus really messes things up. The heavier vehicles are not applicable for you
to pilot because they move too slowly, the bots focus on them, and ultimately
it just hurts you and your team. While the raptor *can* work, it's mobility
also makes it vulnerable. It's best to just go straight for the manta. Your
bots can't pilot those very intelligently anyway, and it's your only realistic
chance of avoiding the borg.

The best route to take is the far left\right paths, which snake into the
center. You can't go through the side tunnels in the center because they have
barriers, but past those are some ruined walls to use for cover and beyond
*those* is a tunnel you can jump into. This usually puts you out-of-the-way of
their main force. They will sometimes park the Goliath in front of the tunnels
momentarily before they drive it into the center tunnel, but that is an
exception rather than the rule. Once you get into the enemy base, try to smash
anyone guarding the flag while you park your manta on their platform. Grab the
flag and jump off the nearest ledge.

You'll want to be careful with the hoverboard - the bots have incredible aim
and easily dismount you if you use it for anything other than exploiting the
straightaway after a sharp corner. I usually jump off the hoverboard to make
sharp turns and jump back on to take advantage of the broken in line-of-sight.
Don't try to stay on the hoverboard if the enemy is shooting at you, the odds
are they will hit you and effectively kill you. If you jump off the
hoverboard, they still won't be able to gain on you without sacrificing their
ability to shoot and there's a good chance you'll round the next corner before

You should be able to secure at least two captures this way, and then it
becomes a matter of stopping the enemy. I put my team on offense just for the
off-chance that they secure a capture, but really, their efforts mostly just
helped keep the center clear of enemies. I'm curious if telling a bot to Hold
control of it, or if the bots would be too stupid to actually use it.

There is a shield belt on top of the dark walker containment, and a portal to
the raptor you can use to reach it in the back of your base.

Mission 089 - Islander ( WAR-Islander )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Aspect, Collossus, Torque, Raptor

Map Details
Hyperion archipelago
Liandri planners wanted an isolated communication station that wouldn't have
to filter out background noise and interference from civilian signals. The
islands of the northern archipelago met their communication needs but the
limited space didn't allow for extensive defensive capabilities.

Briefing
"Izanagi H.Q. wants a foreward O.P. to monitor Krall activity in the north.
They found a military comms facility on the Hyperion archipelago that's
perfect. Except for the Liandri bots stationed there. This is a covert
insertion so we'll have limited vehicle support. Shouldn't be a problem. Their
only defenses are dismounted infantry and a few turrets."

Objectives
- Control the Prime Node to access the enemy Core.
- Maintain control of this Node to shield your Core.
- Use the shaped charge or Redeemer to destroy enemy barricades.
- Watch for enemy turrets. They have a clear view of the central battlefield.

Strategy & Tactics
Personally, I hate this map. It's one of the only asymmetrical maps. The red
team gets all the nodes and most vehicles while the blue team gets all the
turrets and a 'less vulnerable' core. This map can be frustrating at first
since the PowerCore is difficult to even find. The nodes are on your side of
the map so getting the orb to them is pretty easy. Although you really only
need the prime node, you'll also want the Air Node, which is pretty easy to
maintain control of. Just fly the raptor over to the enemy base and circle
around the back. Their core is on ground level literally on the back side of
their base. (Fly behind their base and look west.)

I found this level to be easy compared to many of the previous levels. The
bots spawn far away with little means to reciprocate against you. If you're
feeling malicious you can even take the time to kill their orb carrier with
the shock rifle from the other side of the level. The ones who actually make
it to you are usually preoccupied with attacking the node and make themselves
easy targets. Even if they kill you, you respawn less than 10 seconds away
with an orb..

Mission 090 - Strident ( CTF-Strident )
Goal: 5 Captures
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Scythe, Scorn, Gnasher, Cerberus

Map Details
The Strident, beneath Hyperion
The Strident has always been a mystery to the flesh and blood humans that work
on the surface of Hyperion. These subterranean chambers appear to be the
central focus of the mainframe that controls all Liandri operations on Taryd.

Briefing
"We've been giving the Krall a beating. They're attacking less often, but they
seem better coordinated *and* more focused. I'd wager the necris are pulling
in the reigns after their recent losses. They timed their move perfectly. Just
when we attacked the Liandri and distracted them, the Krall snuck a force into
the strident unnoticed. They put a necris virus in the system that could lower
the sky-shield and leave us all defenseless. So let's go play doctor."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- Be aware of unstable FLaG bases.
- Shifting magnetic forces within the Strident cause platforms to move.

Strategy & Tactics
Small and intense. 3 translocations can pretty much take you from one base to
the other, and there are only a few ways into each. Even on Insane, the bots
will largely ignore the Shield Belt in the center until after your 3rd
capture, when they become particularly mean. The bots will have no problem
getting into the enemy base and grabbing the flag, but they usually insist on
taking the top route, where they will be harassed constantly and are unlikely
to succeed. The best strategy seems to be to send your whole team on offense
while you sneak in quietly and wait under the lift. Your allies will grab the
flag and lure the enemies topside and away from the base. When they fail -
which is almost inevitable - you can quickly grab the flag and run down the
bottom route - left or right doesn't matter - and cut back in to the middle to
pick up the shield or health if necessary before cutting back to the outside
while remaining on the bottom level. Use the jump pad on the bottom floor of
your base to come in through the top. It's worth trading a couple seconds of
vulnerability for the insurance that you don't get trapped on the bottom floor
if the lift raises.

If you can secure a +3 lead in this way, switch your team to defense. You're
unlikely to secure more flag captures once the bots go crazy, as their
miniguns will strip your shield incredibly fast and they time the powerups to
prevent you from getting another. The idea, instead, is to stop them from
catching up in the time that remains. You can also refrain from making a 3rd
capture at all, to prevent the bots going crazy while you maintain a +2 choke
hold, but it doesn't really matter. Once you get 3, they're almost guaranteed
to score at least 1 capture and it becomes a +2 choke hold anyway. If you
successfully scored a 3rd capture during a +2 lead, you can score a 4th or 5th
capture with the same lead so don't fret too much if they start scoring. If
they close it to a +1 lead, go back on offense to try and widen\maintain the
lead, and make them fight the battle on their turf.

Mission 091 - Heat Ray ( DM-HeatRay )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Loque, Scythe, Gnasher, Hellhound, Worg, Claw

Map Details
Hyperion slums
As Liandri operations on Taryd became more and more automated, the surface
sectors of Hyperion were neglected and never received the technological
upgrades available to the upper strata of the city. This maze of ground level
buildings is now the slums of Taryd, still inhabited by the humans that
maintain the largely automated Liandri workforce.

Briefing
"The Krall saw the same tactical value in the slums that we did. Their initial
wave of infantry is already in place and transport ships are in route. That
means heavy weaponry and necris vehicles are on the way. So lets finish this.
Quickly."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Necris vehicle reinforcements are already en route to Hyperion.
- Use the Invisibility powerup and gain a tactical advantage.

Strategy & Tactics

A Dark Walker spawns about 2 minutes into the mission. No matter what else you
are doing, you need to be there to greet it when it arrives. The Invisibility
powerup spawns 30 seconds before that, and the shield belt 30 seconds before
that. The other powerups (The Thighpads and Armor Vest) are available from the
start, so the best bet is to run a spiral circuit immediately when the mission
starts - from the Armor Vest to the Thigh Pads, to the Shield Belt, to the
Invisibility and then to the Dark Walker. This should take you to each powerup
shortly before it spawns.

It helps to tell your bots to Cover you, so that they won't be wandering
alone. They'll provide some cover for you while you ruin your circuit,
support\heal you when you get in the Dark Walker, and will be nearby to claim
the powerups when\if it gets destroyed.

Once you get in the Dark Walker, try to stay in the corner of the main area.
If you go further down the road in either direction it widens the turning
radius required to hit the enemies who will be attacking you from both
directions. Ideally you would position yourself where they only have one way
to reach you, but the only place where that might be possible is on the
platform the Dark Walker spawns at, which (probably intentionally) hinders
it's ability to fire, so that isn't very defensible or productive.

Kill as many bots as you can with the Dark Walker, and when it gets destroyed,
try to use long distance combat to hit & run. You don't want to get cornered
in any prolonged encounters because more enemies are always on the way. A
second Dark Walker will spawn about 2 minutes from the time the first one was
killed. Ideally you would claim this one as well and win the level easily, but
you can still win if the enemy gets there before you do. The invisibility
helps for taking down the Dark Walker. Just hit it with everything you've got
as quickly as possible so that your allies will assist you in destroying it.
If it wins that exchange, you'd be better off avoiding it for the remainder of
the match since it's probably almost over at this point. It can't get inside
the buildings, and any of the main weapons in the level can be used to spam
corridors. Pull your bots up into the room near the Invisibility. The enemy
has no way to enter except single file, on foot, through a narrow corridor.
You don't want to remain here forever. You'll eventually run low on
health\ammo and your allies will be respawning outside and vulnerable, giving
the enemy more kills. When the invisibility respawns, you can attempt another
assault on the Dark Walker for it's powerups or, if you're lucky, the enemy
may have even abandoned the Dark Walker to raid your campsite upstairs. If
they did, you can steal it out from under them and use it against them.

Mission 092 - Gateway ( DM-Gateway )
Goal: 40 Kills
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Othello
Enemies: Matrix, Entropy, Cathode, Enigma

Map Details
Taryd, various locations.
The Liandri Corporation has been working for years to perfect the portal
technology used in the Tournaments. They're hoping to increase teleporter
distances, and make the system useful on a global scale. This working
prototype has portals that can instantly move personnel and equipment to any
pre-programmed location on Taryd.

Briefing
"Matrix is our only known source for the Hyperion security codes. We've
tracked him down but he won't surrender. He's afraid of being formatted and
losing his last few human memories. He's been using Liandral portal tech to
evade Izanagi forces so they called Ronin to finish the job. Without those
protocols, we can't access the mainframe cores and Liandri technicians could
sabotage our operations from anywhere on Taryd."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.

Strategy & Tactics
"He's afraid of being formatted.." Hehe. Anyway, this is an interesting level.
Once again, you're outnumbered 2:1, so this can be a tricky mission. There are
three battlegrounds connected by portals. The enemies will mainly congregate
in the 'Jungle' and 'Sky-Platform' areas, and rarely venture into the
'Snowscape.' The Platform, in particular, as that is where the shield belt
spawns.

The major obstacle in this mission is Othello. He will constantly be dying and
getting himself separated from you, where he will then die again and again.
You can mitigate this somewhat by telling him to hold position in the snow
area, where the bots rarely venture but being that he is a bot himself, he has
difficulty making it there without passing the other bots and getting killed
repeatedly. You can mitigate this further by telling him to cover you, and
then camping in the snow area yourself. This helps quite a bit, but it is
still unstable. Any deaths propel you \Othello into enemy territory and one
death turns into many. The Jungle area is virtually worthless in terms of
strategic value. You can spam the portal entrance with rockets and bio-goo,
and it does have the stinger which can be useful, but having only mid\close
range weapons when the enemy outnumbers you with long range weapons is not

The main battlefield - and the most important - is the Sky Platform. The Link
Gun & Shock Rifle spawn out here, as does most of the Sniper Ammo. There is
health on either end. Jumping into the fan on the far end near the health kits
will propel you into the sky where you can reach the shield belt. This is a
good place to tell Othello to hold position so he will camp the shield belt.
If you have decent aim, you can camp here yourself and shoot any airborne bots
who try to use the fan to reach you. You can also provide support to Othello
should he die and attempt to return, and there is health down below as well.

Ultimately though, you'll probably have to come down and fight the bots on the
platform. Of all the weapons to use, the Shock\Sniper and the Stinger\Link Gun
work the best since they aren't influenced at all by the change in gravity.
There aren't a lot of special tricks you can use on this mission, other than
to make sure you get the Shield Belt as often as possible and stay near
Othello to provide cover, distract his enemies, and try to out-score the
enemy. I used the shock rifle at long range for most of the mission but in
retrospect it may have been easier to use the link gun to hit multiple targets
on the narrow walkways and forget trying to keep distance in such a crowded
area.

Mission 093 - Islander ( WAR-Islander )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Entropy, Collossus, Raptor, Mihr

Map Details
Hyperion archipelago
Liandri planners wanted an isolated communication station that wouldn't have
to filter out background noise and interference from civilian signals. The
islands of the northern archipelago met their communication needs but the
limited space didn't allow for extensive defensive capabilities.

Briefing
"Izanagi H.Q. wants a foreward O.P. to monitor Krall activity in the north.
They found a military comms facility on the Hyperion archipelago that's
perfect. Except for the Liandri bots stationed there. This is a covert
insertion so we'll have limited vehicle support. Shouldn't be a problem. Their
only defenses are dismounted infantry and a few turrets."

Objectives
- Control the Prime Node to access the enemy Core.
- Maintain control of this Node to shield your Core.
- Use the shaped charge or Redeemer to destroy enemy barricades.
- Watch for enemy turrets. They have a clear view of the central battlefield.

Strategy & Tactics
Personally, I hate this map. It's one of the only asymmetrical maps. The red
team gets all the nodes and most vehicles while the blue team gets all the
turrets and a 'less vulnerable' core. This map can be frustrating at first
since the PowerCore is difficult to even find. The nodes are on your side of
the map so getting the orb to them is pretty easy. Although you really only
need the prime node, you'll also want the Air Node, which is pretty easy to
maintain control of. Just fly the raptor over to the enemy base and circle
around the back. Their core is on ground level literally on the back side of
their base. (Fly behind their base and look west.)

I found this level to be easy compared to many of the previous levels. The
bots spawn far away with little means to reciprocate against you. If you're
feeling malicious you can even take the time to kill their orb carrier with
the shock rifle from the other side of the level. The ones who actually make
it to you are usually preoccupied with attacking the node and make themselves
easy targets. Even if they kill you, you respawn less than 10 seconds away
with an orb..

Mission 094 - Containment ( vCTF-Containment_SP )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Scythe, Scar, Lockjaw, Bargest

Map Details
Hyperion fringe territories
Liandri Corp. Satellite images show some sort of cage in the center and Intel
believes it holds a recovered Darkwalker vehicle. The Liandri have always
wanted access to Necris technology, and this could be their chance to make

Briefing
"We keep capturing mines but we don't have the manpower to run them at full
capacity. Liandri domestic bots are pretty rugged, and HQ thinks they can be
retooled for mining work. Ronin's job is to take over the Carbon-Fire
production facility and reroute all shipments to Izanagi territory."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- The Darkwalker has been released and can now roam the battlefield.

Strategy & Tactics
This mission is identical to the other Containment levels, except that now the
shield protecting the Dark Walker has been penetrated. This doesn't make a
huge difference to gameplay.

I wasn't very happy with this level. The Dark Walker in the middle is supposed
to sway the balance of power, but if you try to pilot it, the bot->player
focus really messes things up. The heavier vehicles are not applicable for you
to pilot because they move too slowly, the bots focus on them, and ultimately
it just hurts you and your team. While the raptor *can* work, it's mobility
also makes it vulnerable. It's best to just go straight for the manta. Your
bots can't pilot those very intelligently anyway, and it's your only realistic
chance of avoiding the borg.

The best route to take is the far left\right paths, which snake into the
center. You can't go through the side tunnels in the center because they have
barriers, but past those are some ruined walls to use for cover and beyond
*those* is a tunnel you can jump into. This usually puts you out-of-the-way of
their main force. They will sometimes park the Goliath in front of the tunnels
momentarily before they drive it into the center tunnel, but that is an
exception rather than the rule. Once you get into the enemy base, try to smash
anyone guarding the flag while you park your manta on their platform. Grab the
flag and jump off the nearest ledge.

You'll want to be careful with the hoverboard - the bots have incredible aim
and easily dismount you if you use it for anything other than exploiting the
straightaway after a sharp corner. I usually jump off the hoverboard to make
sharp turns and jump back on to take advantage of the broken in line-of-sight.
Don't try to stay on the hoverboard if the enemy is shooting at you, the odds
are they will hit you and effectively kill you. If you jump off the
hoverboard, they still won't be able to gain on you without sacrificing their
ability to shoot and there's a good chance you'll round the next corner before

You should be able to secure at least two captures this way, and then it
becomes a matter of stopping the enemy. I put my team on offense just for the
off-chance that they secure a capture, but really, their efforts mostly just
helped keep the center clear of enemies. I'm curious if telling a bot to Hold
control of it, or if the bots would be too stupid to actually use it.

There is a shield belt on top of the dark walker containment, and a portal to
the raptor you can use to reach it in the back of your base.

Mission 095 - Islander ( WAR-Islander )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Entropy, Raptor, Torque, Monarch

Map Details
Hyperion archipelago
Liandri planners wanted an isolated communication station that wouldn't have
to filter out background noise and interference from civilian signals. The
islands of the northern archipelago met their communication needs but the
limited space didn't allow for extensive defensive capabilities.

Briefing
"Izanagi H.Q. wants a foreward O.P. to monitor Krall activity in the north.
They found a military comms facility on the Hyperion archipelago that's
perfect. Except for the Liandri bots stationed there. This is a covert
insertion so we'll have limited vehicle support. Shouldn't be a problem. Their
only defenses are dismounted infantry and a few turrets."

Objectives
- Control the Prime Node to access the enemy Core.
- Maintain control of this Node to shield your Core.
- Use the shaped charge or Redeemer to destroy enemy barricades.
- Watch for enemy turrets. They have a clear view of the central battlefield.

Strategy & Tactics
Personally, I hate this map. It's one of the only asymmetrical maps. The red
team gets all the nodes and most vehicles while the blue team gets all the
turrets and a 'less vulnerable' core. This map can be frustrating at first
since the PowerCore is difficult to even find. The nodes are on your side of
the map so getting the orb to them is pretty easy. Although you really only
need the prime node, you'll also want the Air Node, which is pretty easy to
maintain control of. Just fly the raptor over to the enemy base and circle
around the back. Their core is on ground level literally on the back side of
their base. (Fly behind their base and look west.)

I found this level to be easy compared to many of the previous levels. The
bots spawn far away with little means to reciprocate against you. If you're
feeling malicious you can even take the time to kill their orb carrier with
the shock rifle from the other side of the level. The ones who actually make
it to you are usually preoccupied with attacking the node and make themselves
easy targets. Even if they kill you, you respawn less than 10 seconds away
with an orb..

Mission 096 - Heat Ray ( DM-HeatRay )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Loque, Scythe, Blackfang, Bargest, Claw, Lockjaw

Map Details
Hyperion slums
As Liandri operations on Taryd became more and more automated, the surface
sectors of Hyperion were neglected and never received the technological
upgrades available to the upper strata of the city. This maze of ground level
buildings is now the slums of Taryd, still inhabited by the humans that
maintain the largely automated Liandri workforce.

Briefing
"The Krall saw the same tactical value in the slums that we did. Their initial
wave of infantry is already in place and transport ships are in route. That
means heavy weaponry and necris vehicles are on the way. So lets finish this.
Quickly."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Necris vehicle reinforcements are already en route to Hyperion.
- Use the Invisibility powerup and gain a tactical advantage.

Strategy & Tactics
This mission is stupid. Heatray is an interesting map, but the settings are
ridiculous. First of all, the enemy outnumbers you 4-6. Second, they have
Loque, who not only has high stats on his own, but he also has special code in
the game to make him a higher difficulty than the other bots. Third, the enemy
gets a DarkWalker. That wouldn't be a problem since that is a normal feature
of HeatRay. The problem is that they are the only ones who *can* use the
DarkWalker. It's locked if you try to get in, and even if they get in and back
out again, it's still locked. Fourth and finally, the Insane difficulty puts
the bot skill at Inhuman - Godlike. Whoever thought of stacking penalties like
this needs to seriously demonstrate what he was thinking.

As far as I can tell this mission, like that dragon you were just determined
to fight, is a 'dead end' for bad decision making. It *is* beatable, but I'm
not sure how you go about it on Insane, as even my best results were still ~8
points behind. The mission briefing suggests you use the Invisibility powerup
for a 'tactical advantage' which probably means it wants you to use it to
counter the Dark Walker, but the higher level bots can track you by sound even
if you're invisible and they time the powerups themselves anyway. My only
suggestion here is to either replay the chapter and make different choices,
play a card do your best and hope for a good roll, or lower the difficulty and
skip the mission.

This kind of thing frustrates me. There is no indication leading up to this
point that justifies such severe penalties. The story of the chapter isn't
explained well enough for the player to understand that they will be
outnumbered and facing a locked Dark Walker unless they make certain choices
which in this case are too late to make anyway. Containment wasn't even
presented to us at this point in the plotline and even if it were, there is no
suggestion unless you actually -play- containment that it leads to unlocking
the Dark Walker on Heatray. There is no reason to make the player be
outnumbered *and* facing an enhanced bot, *and* a locked Dark Walker, with no
alternative missions to mitigate the difficulty. Unless failure is being used
as a plot mechanism, there should always be a reasonable way out of it. In
this case, there are none. Once you beat islander, you are stuck until you
somehow beat HeatRay on these impossible settings. Lower the difficulty or
play a card and cross your fingers.

Mission 097 - Coret ( CTF-Coret )
Goal: 5 Captures
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Aspect, Collossus, OSC, Raptor

Map Details
Hyperion Strata, Coret Acquisition Center
Prior to the war, the Coret Acquisition Center was a major social hub for all
of Taryd's colonists. Since the fighting started, however, the militia is
enforcing a strict curfew, and the facility empties out as the sun goes down.

Briefing
"We were sent here to meet a Liandri informant with sensitive data about
something called: 'The Strident.' Something tipped off the Liandri and now
we're doing this the loud way. Jester: Find that informant. Stay in close
radio contact. We'll keep Liandri security busy for you."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- A UDamage powerup is located on the bridge spanning the central chamber.

Strategy & Tactics
Another remake from UT Classic. The pathing is decent enough that the bots
will use all the paths available, although they do stop to use the
translocator in a few places. It's not a very big map, so you're within a few
translocations from everywhere. This makes it somewhat tricky to score a
successful capture. The enemy will be very aggressive on this map, and trying
to play defensively just lets them get away with it. Interestingly, you seem
to find less opposition when entering through the front gate than you do
coming from the sides. The same doesn't seem to be true in reverse though, and
there is better cover on the side-paths anyway.

Unless you can waltz in and waltz back out, the best bet seems to be assists.
When your allies leave with the flag, the enemy will rush out to kill them,
leaving the base undefended. You can follow your allies to provide cover fire,
or you can wait inside the blue base while the enemy force chases your flag
carrier. If you grab the flag when it's returned, the bot collective will turn
toward you, but they are in the midfield and you can usually push further out
of the blue base before they catch you. If you happen to be in red territory
at that time, there is a chance your allies will hold off the enemies,
complete the capture, or hold the flag long enough for you to reinforce them
in turn. 5 captures wins the match, but chances are you'll have to win by the
clock.

Mission 098 - Containment ( vCTF-Containment )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Matrix, Enigma, OSC, Syntax

Map Details
Hyperion fringe territories
Liandri Corp. Satellite images show some sort of cage in the center and Intel
believes it holds a recovered Darkwalker vehicle. The Liandri have always
wanted access to Necris technology, and this could be their chance to make

Briefing
"The Liandri captured a necris 'Dark Walker' vehicle and they've hidden it in
a well guarded research facility. Izanagi techs want that walker. Bad. If we
steal it we could learn enough about necris technology to train our combat
forces. That means we could hijack necris vehicles directly off the
battlefield and use the bastards' own technology against them."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- The Darkwalker in the central chamber cannot be moved, but its powerful
weapons are available to either team.

Strategy & Tactics
I wasn't very happy with this level. The Dark Walker in the middle is supposed
to sway the balance of power, but if you try to pilot it, the bot->player
focus really messes things up. The heavier vehicles are not applicable for you
to pilot because they move too slowly, the bots focus on them, and ultimately
it just hurts you and your team. While the raptor *can* work, it's mobility
also makes it vulnerable. It's best to just go straight for the manta. Your
bots can't pilot those very intelligently anyway, and it's your only realistic
chance of avoiding the borg.

The best route to take is the far left\right paths, which snake into the
center. You can't go through the side tunnels in the center because they have
barriers, but past those are some ruined walls to use for cover and beyond
*those* is a tunnel you can jump into. This usually puts you out-of-the-way of
their main force. They will sometimes park the Goliath in front of the tunnels
momentarily before they drive it into the center tunnel, but that is an
exception rather than the rule. Once you get into the enemy base, try to smash
anyone guarding the flag while you park your manta on their platform. Grab the
flag and jump off the nearest ledge.

You'll want to be careful with the hoverboard - the bots have incredible aim
and easily dismount you if you use it for anything other than exploiting the
straightaway after a sharp corner. I usually jump off the hoverboard to make
sharp turns and jump back on to take advantage of the broken in line-of-sight.
Don't try to stay on the hoverboard if the enemy is shooting at you, the odds
are they will hit you and effectively kill you. If you jump off the
hoverboard, they still won't be able to gain on you without sacrificing their
ability to shoot and there's a good chance you'll round the next corner before

You should be able to secure at least two captures this way, and then it
becomes a matter of stopping the enemy. I put my team on offense just for the
off-chance that they secure a capture, but really, their efforts mostly just
helped keep the center clear of enemies. I'm curious if telling a bot to Hold
control of it, or if the bots would be too stupid to actually use it.

There is a shield belt on top of the dark walker containment, and a portal to
the raptor you can use to reach it in the back of your base.

Mission 099 - Strident ( CTF-Strident )
Goal: 5 Captures
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Matrix, Cathode, Enigma, Entropy

Map Details
The Strident, beneath Hyperion
The Strident has always been a mystery to the flesh and blood humans that work
on the surface of Hyperion. These subterranean chambers appear to be the
central focus of the mainframe that controls all Liandri operations on Taryd.

Briefing
"A robot army with a huge central brain has one weakness, right? If we can
infiltrate and control the strident, we own all of Hyperion. Ronin's taking
point on the assault. Once we give the all-clear, Izanagi techs will move
forward and hack the mainframe."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- Be aware of unstable FLaG bases.
- Shifting magnetic forces within the Strident cause platforms to move.

Strategy & Tactics
Small and intense. 3 translocations can pretty much take you from one base to
the other, and there are only a few ways into each. Even on Insane, the bots
will largely ignore the Shield Belt in the center until after your 3rd
capture, when they become particularly mean. The bots will have no problem
getting into the enemy base and grabbing the flag, but they usually insist on
taking the top route, where they will be harassed constantly and are unlikely
to succeed. The best strategy seems to be to send your whole team on offense
while you sneak in quietly and wait under the lift. Your allies will grab the
flag and lure the enemies topside and away from the base. When they fail -
which is almost inevitable - you can quickly grab the flag and run down the
bottom route - left or right doesn't matter - and cut back in to the middle to
pick up the shield or health if necessary before cutting back to the outside
while remaining on the bottom level. Use the jump pad on the bottom floor of
your base to come in through the top. It's worth trading a couple seconds of
vulnerability for the insurance that you don't get trapped on the bottom floor
if the lift raises.

If you can secure a +3 lead in this way, switch your team to defense. You're
unlikely to secure more flag captures once the bots go crazy, as their
miniguns will strip your shield incredibly fast and they time the powerups to
prevent you from getting another. The idea, instead, is to stop them from
catching up in the time that remains. You can also refrain from making a 3rd
capture at all, to prevent the bots going crazy while you maintain a +2 choke
hold, but it doesn't really matter. Once you get 3, they're almost guaranteed
to score at least 1 capture and it becomes a +2 choke hold anyway. If you
successfully scored a 3rd capture during a +2 lead, you can score a 4th or 5th
capture with the same lead so don't fret too much if they start scoring. If
they close it to a +1 lead, go back on offense to try and widen\maintain the
lead, and make them fight the battle on their turf.

Mission 100 - Carbon Fire ( DM-Carbonfire )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Aspect, Collossus, OSC, Raptor

Map Details
Hyperion strata
Work days on Taryd are notoriously long and difficult, leaving little time for
the mundane chores of day-to-day life. As an incentive to potential colonists,
the Liandri Corp. offers a complimentary Mark I domestic robot to each family
that moves to Taryd. The Carbonfire production facility even offers daily
tours and incentives to first time customers.

Briefing
"We keep capturing mines but we don't have the manpower to run them at full
capacity. Liandri domestic bots are pretty rugged, and HQ thinks they can be
retooled for mining work. Ronin's job is to take over the Carbon-Fire
production facility and reroute all shipments to Izanagi territory."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Trap enemies within the disposal chute, or retrieve the powerups for your
team.

Strategy & Tactics
The idea on this mission is to keep the powerups out of enemy hands. I suggest
letting one of your allies have the powerups and then following them to
provide a distraction for their enemies. A high-level bot with berserk and
double damage can quickly turn the tide, but they have to survive. On higher
difficulties, the bots have incredible aim and so offense powerups really come
down to who shoots first. This is where you come in: The enemy bots will
automatically shoot at you. Since you can evade the bots better than other
bots can, you'll be able to 'deflect' attacks that might have been directed at
your ally. The effect is similar to doing a flyby with an M134.

Mission 101 - Containment ( vCTF-Containment_SP )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Scorn, Gnasher, Cerberus, Hellhound, Worg, Lockjaw

Map Details
Hyperion fringe territories
Liandri Corp. Satellite images show some sort of cage in the center and Intel
believes it holds a recovered Darkwalker vehicle. The Liandri have always
wanted access to Necris technology, and this could be their chance to make

Briefing
"The Krall found out about the Liandri facility holding a necris dark walker,
and they overran the defenses. The Krall could use that walker to destroy the
facility, laying the groundwork for a full-scale invasion. If the necris can
establish a beach-head on taryd's surface, we'll have much more to worry about
than Krall mercenaries."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- The Darkwalker has been released and can now roam the battlefield.

Strategy & Tactics
This mission is identical to the other Containment levels, except that now the
shield protecting the Dark Walker has been penetrated. This doesn't make a
huge difference to gameplay. A much bigger fact is that you are now
outnumbered by two, so after your team fights it's way through the enemy
ranks, you still have to contend with the two guys just sitting in the back of
their base relaxing. This is one of the hardest versions of Containment.

I wasn't very happy with this level. The Dark Walker in the middle is supposed
to sway the balance of power, but if you try to pilot it, the bot->player
focus really messes things up. The heavier vehicles are not applicable for you
to pilot because they move too slowly, the bots focus on them, and ultimately
it just hurts you and your team. While the raptor *can* work, it's mobility
also makes it vulnerable. It's best to just go straight for the manta. Your
bots can't pilot those very intelligently anyway, and it's your only realistic
chance of avoiding the borg.

The best route to take is the far left\right paths, which snake into the
center. You can't go through the side tunnels in the center because they have
barriers, but past those are some ruined walls to use for cover and beyond
*those* is a tunnel you can jump into. This usually puts you out-of-the-way of
their main force. They will sometimes park the Goliath in front of the tunnels
momentarily before they drive it into the center tunnel, but that is an
exception rather than the rule. Once you get into the enemy base, try to smash
anyone guarding the flag while you park your manta on their platform. Grab the
flag and jump off the nearest ledge.

You'll want to be careful with the hoverboard - the bots have incredible aim
and easily dismount you if you use it for anything other than exploiting the
straightaway after a sharp corner. I usually jump off the hoverboard to make
sharp turns and jump back on to take advantage of the broken in line-of-sight.
Don't try to stay on the hoverboard if the enemy is shooting at you, the odds
are they will hit you and effectively kill you. If you jump off the
hoverboard, they still won't be able to gain on you without sacrificing their
ability to shoot and there's a good chance you'll round the next corner before

You should be able to secure at least two captures this way, and then it
becomes a matter of stopping the enemy. I put my team on offense just for the
off-chance that they secure a capture, but really, their efforts mostly just
helped keep the center clear of enemies. I'm curious if telling a bot to Hold
control of it, or if the bots would be too stupid to actually use it.

There is a shield belt on top of the dark walker containment, and a portal to
the raptor you can use to reach it in the back of your base.

Mission 102 - Gateway ( DM-Gateway )
Goal: 40 Kills
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Othello
Enemies: Matrix, Entropy, Cathode, Enigma

Map Details
Taryd, various locations.
The Liandri Corporation has been working for years to perfect the portal
technology used in the Tournaments. They're hoping to increase teleporter
distances, and make the system useful on a global scale. This working
prototype has portals that can instantly move personnel and equipment to any
pre-programmed location on Taryd.

Briefing
"Matrix is our only known source for the Hyperion security codes. We've
tracked him down but he won't surrender. He's afraid of being formatted and
losing his last few human memories. He's been using Liandral portal tech to
evade Izanagi forces so they called Ronin to finish the job. Without those
protocols, we can't access the mainframe cores and Liandri technicians could
sabotage our operations from anywhere on Taryd."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.

Strategy & Tactics
"He's afraid of being formatted.." Hehe. Anyway, this is an interesting level.
Once again, you're outnumbered 2:1, so this can be a tricky mission. There are
three battlegrounds connected by portals. The enemies will mainly congregate
in the 'Jungle' and 'Sky-Platform' areas, and rarely venture into the
'Snowscape.' The Platform, in particular, as that is where the shield belt
spawns.

The major obstacle in this mission is Othello. He will constantly be dying and
getting himself separated from you, where he will then die again and again.
You can mitigate this somewhat by telling him to hold position in the snow
area, where the bots rarely venture but being that he is a bot himself, he has
difficulty making it there without passing the other bots and getting killed
repeatedly. You can mitigate this further by telling him to cover you, and
then camping in the snow area yourself. This helps quite a bit, but it is
still unstable. Any deaths propel you \Othello into enemy territory and one
death turns into many. The Jungle area is virtually worthless in terms of
strategic value. You can spam the portal entrance with rockets and bio-goo,
and it does have the stinger which can be useful, but having only mid\close
range weapons when the enemy outnumbers you with long range weapons is not

The main battlefield - and the most important - is the Sky Platform. The Link
Gun & Shock Rifle spawn out here, as does most of the Sniper Ammo. There is
health on either end. Jumping into the fan on the far end near the health kits
will propel you into the sky where you can reach the shield belt. This is a
good place to tell Othello to hold position so he will camp the shield belt.
If you have decent aim, you can camp here yourself and shoot any airborne bots
who try to use the fan to reach you. You can also provide support to Othello
should he die and attempt to return, and there is health down below as well.

Ultimately though, you'll probably have to come down and fight the bots on the
platform. Of all the weapons to use, the Shock\Sniper and the Stinger\Link Gun
work the best since they aren't influenced at all by the change in gravity.
There aren't a lot of special tricks you can use on this mission, other than
to make sure you get the Shield Belt as often as possible and stay near
Othello to provide cover, distract his enemies, and try to out-score the
enemy. I used the shock rifle at long range for most of the mission but in
retrospect it may have been easier to use the link gun to hit multiple targets
on the narrow walkways and forget trying to keep distance in such a crowded
area.

Mission 103 - Carbon Fire ( DM-Carbonfire )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Mihr, Syntax, Torque, Monarch

Map Details
Hyperion strata
Work days on Taryd are notoriously long and difficult, leaving little time for
the mundane chores of day-to-day life. As an incentive to potential colonists,
the Liandri Corp. offers a complimentary Mark I domestic robot to each family
that moves to Taryd. The Carbonfire production facility even offers daily
tours and incentives to first time customers.

Briefing
"We keep capturing mines but we don't have the manpower to run them at full
capacity. Liandri domestic bots are pretty rugged, and HQ thinks they can be
retooled for mining work. Ronin's job is to take over the Carbon-Fire
production facility and reroute all shipments to Izanagi territory."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Trap enemies within the disposal chute, or retrieve the powerups for your
team.

Strategy & Tactics
The idea on this mission is to keep the powerups out of enemy hands. I suggest
letting one of your allies have the powerups and then following them to
provide a distraction for their enemies. A high-level bot with berserk and
double damage can quickly turn the tide, but they have to survive. On higher
difficulties, the bots have incredible aim and so offense powerups really come
down to who shoots first. This is where you come in: The enemy bots will
automatically shoot at you. Since you can evade the bots better than other
bots can, you'll be able to 'deflect' attacks that might have been directed at
your ally. The effect is similar to doing a flyby with an M134.

Mission 104 - Strident ( CTF-Strident )
Goal: 5 Captures
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Scythe, Scorn, Gnasher, Cerberus

Map Details
The Strident, beneath Hyperion
The Strident has always been a mystery to the flesh and blood humans that work
on the surface of Hyperion. These subterranean chambers appear to be the
central focus of the mainframe that controls all Liandri operations on Taryd.

Briefing
"We've been giving the Krall a beating. They're attacking less often, but they
seem better coordinated *and* more focused. I'd wager the necris are pulling
in the reigns after their recent losses. They timed their move perfectly. Just
when we attacked the Liandri and distracted them, the Krall snuck a force into
the strident unnoticed. They put a necris virus in the system that could lower
the sky-shield and leave us all defenseless. So let's go play doctor."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- Be aware of unstable FLaG bases.
- Shifting magnetic forces within the Strident cause platforms to move.

Strategy & Tactics
Small and intense. 3 translocations can pretty much take you from one base to
the other, and there are only a few ways into each. Even on Insane, the bots
will largely ignore the Shield Belt in the center until after your 3rd
capture, when they become particularly mean. The bots will have no problem
getting into the enemy base and grabbing the flag, but they usually insist on
taking the top route, where they will be harassed constantly and are unlikely
to succeed. The best strategy seems to be to send your whole team on offense
while you sneak in quietly and wait under the lift. Your allies will grab the
flag and lure the enemies topside and away from the base. When they fail -
which is almost inevitable - you can quickly grab the flag and run down the
bottom route - left or right doesn't matter - and cut back in to the middle to
pick up the shield or health if necessary before cutting back to the outside
while remaining on the bottom level. Use the jump pad on the bottom floor of
your base to come in through the top. It's worth trading a couple seconds of
vulnerability for the insurance that you don't get trapped on the bottom floor
if the lift raises.

If you can secure a +3 lead in this way, switch your team to defense. You're
unlikely to secure more flag captures once the bots go crazy, as their
miniguns will strip your shield incredibly fast and they time the powerups to
prevent you from getting another. The idea, instead, is to stop them from
catching up in the time that remains. You can also refrain from making a 3rd
capture at all, to prevent the bots going crazy while you maintain a +2 choke
hold, but it doesn't really matter. Once you get 3, they're almost guaranteed
to score at least 1 capture and it becomes a +2 choke hold anyway. If you
successfully scored a 3rd capture during a +2 lead, you can score a 4th or 5th
capture with the same lead so don't fret too much if they start scoring. If
they close it to a +1 lead, go back on offense to try and widen\maintain the
lead, and make them fight the battle on their turf.

Mission 105 - Containment ( vCTF-Containment_SP )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Scar, Worg, Lockjaw, Bargest, Blackfang, Claw

Map Details
Hyperion fringe territories
Liandri Corp. Satellite images show some sort of cage in the center and Intel
believes it holds a recovered Darkwalker vehicle. The Liandri have always
wanted access to Necris technology, and this could be their chance to make

Briefing
"The Krall found out about the Liandri facility holding a necris dark walker,
and they overran the defenses. The Krall could use that walker to destroy the
facility, laying the groundwork for a full-scale invasion. If the necris can
establish a beach-head on taryd's surface, we'll have much more to worry about
than Krall mercenaries."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- The Darkwalker has been released and can now roam the battlefield.

Strategy & Tactics
This mission is identical to the other Containment levels, except that now the
shield protecting the Dark Walker has been penetrated. This doesn't make a
huge difference to gameplay. A much bigger fact is that you are now
outnumbered by two, so after your team fights it's way through the enemy
ranks, you still have to contend with the two guys just sitting in the back of
their base relaxing. This is one of the hardest versions of Containment.

I wasn't very happy with this level. The Dark Walker in the middle is supposed
to sway the balance of power, but if you try to pilot it, the bot->player
focus really messes things up. The heavier vehicles are not applicable for you
to pilot because they move too slowly, the bots focus on them, and ultimately
it just hurts you and your team. While the raptor *can* work, it's mobility
also makes it vulnerable. It's best to just go straight for the manta. Your
bots can't pilot those very intelligently anyway, and it's your only realistic
chance of avoiding the borg.

The best route to take is the far left\right paths, which snake into the
center. You can't go through the side tunnels in the center because they have
barriers, but past those are some ruined walls to use for cover and beyond
*those* is a tunnel you can jump into. This usually puts you out-of-the-way of
their main force. They will sometimes park the Goliath in front of the tunnels
momentarily before they drive it into the center tunnel, but that is an
exception rather than the rule. Once you get into the enemy base, try to smash
anyone guarding the flag while you park your manta on their platform. Grab the
flag and jump off the nearest ledge.

You'll want to be careful with the hoverboard - the bots have incredible aim
and easily dismount you if you use it for anything other than exploiting the
straightaway after a sharp corner. I usually jump off the hoverboard to make
sharp turns and jump back on to take advantage of the broken in line-of-sight.
Don't try to stay on the hoverboard if the enemy is shooting at you, the odds
are they will hit you and effectively kill you. If you jump off the
hoverboard, they still won't be able to gain on you without sacrificing their
ability to shoot and there's a good chance you'll round the next corner before

You should be able to secure at least two captures this way, and then it
becomes a matter of stopping the enemy. I put my team on offense just for the
off-chance that they secure a capture, but really, their efforts mostly just
helped keep the center clear of enemies. I'm curious if telling a bot to Hold
control of it, or if the bots would be too stupid to actually use it.

There is a shield belt on top of the dark walker containment, and a portal to
the raptor you can use to reach it in the back of your base.

Mission 106 - Gateway ( DM-Gateway )
Goal: 40 Kills
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Othello
Enemies: Matrix, Entropy, Cathode, Enigma

Map Details
Taryd, various locations.
The Liandri Corporation has been working for years to perfect the portal
technology used in the Tournaments. They're hoping to increase teleporter
distances, and make the system useful on a global scale. This working
prototype has portals that can instantly move personnel and equipment to any
pre-programmed location on Taryd.

Briefing
"Matrix is our only known source for the Hyperion security codes. We've
tracked him down but he won't surrender. He's afraid of being formatted and
losing his last few human memories. He's been using Liandral portal tech to
evade Izanagi forces so they called Ronin to finish the job. Without those
protocols, we can't access the mainframe cores and Liandri technicians could
sabotage our operations from anywhere on Taryd."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.

Strategy & Tactics
"He's afraid of being formatted.." Hehe. Anyway, this is an interesting level.
Once again, you're outnumbered 2:1, so this can be a tricky mission. There are
three battlegrounds connected by portals. The enemies will mainly congregate
in the 'Jungle' and 'Sky-Platform' areas, and rarely venture into the
'Snowscape.' The Platform, in particular, as that is where the shield belt
spawns.

The major obstacle in this mission is Othello. He will constantly be dying and
getting himself separated from you, where he will then die again and again.
You can mitigate this somewhat by telling him to hold position in the snow
area, where the bots rarely venture but being that he is a bot himself, he has
difficulty making it there without passing the other bots and getting killed
repeatedly. You can mitigate this further by telling him to cover you, and
then camping in the snow area yourself. This helps quite a bit, but it is
still unstable. Any deaths propel you \Othello into enemy territory and one
death turns into many. The Jungle area is virtually worthless in terms of
strategic value. You can spam the portal entrance with rockets and bio-goo,
and it does have the stinger which can be useful, but having only mid\close
range weapons when the enemy outnumbers you with long range weapons is not

The main battlefield - and the most important - is the Sky Platform. The Link
Gun & Shock Rifle spawn out here, as does most of the Sniper Ammo. There is
health on either end. Jumping into the fan on the far end near the health kits
will propel you into the sky where you can reach the shield belt. This is a
good place to tell Othello to hold position so he will camp the shield belt.
If you have decent aim, you can camp here yourself and shoot any airborne bots
who try to use the fan to reach you. You can also provide support to Othello
should he die and attempt to return, and there is health down below as well.

Ultimately though, you'll probably have to come down and fight the bots on the
platform. Of all the weapons to use, the Shock\Sniper and the Stinger\Link Gun
work the best since they aren't influenced at all by the change in gravity.
There aren't a lot of special tricks you can use on this mission, other than
to make sure you get the Shield Belt as often as possible and stay near
Othello to provide cover, distract his enemies, and try to out-score the
enemy. I used the shock rifle at long range for most of the mission but in
retrospect it may have been easier to use the link gun to hit multiple targets
on the narrow walkways and forget trying to keep distance in such a crowded
area.

Mission 107 - Diesel ( DM-Diesel )
Goal: 40 Kills
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Othello
Enemies: Lauren, Barktooth, Harlin, Slain

Map Details
Downtown Oxida Nova
Several maintenance facilities just like this one are required in order to
keep a city running smoothly, especially a city the size of Oxida Nova. The
Iron Guard have commissioned this particular structure as their own little
playground, and use it to test out new Axon tech, like advanced weapons and

Briefing
"Alright here's how it went down. We gave Axon a serious beating and they
offered a truce. Their factories are still intact and we *need* their vehicle
tech. So the corporations signed a limited merger. Malcolm took control of the
coalition forces and we're heading into Hyperion - the Liandri city. Lauren
and her Iron Guard want to train us with new equipment. Sounds more like a
hazing ritual. Either way, take it seriously."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Color-coded lights alert you when the UDamage powerup is available.
- Enemy forces have the advantage of Axon's improved Respawner technology.

Strategy & Tactics
Unfortunately there isn't a lot of advice I can give on this level. You're
outnumbered 2 to 1, and - at least on insane - these guys aren't playing
around. I tried a number of different tactics on this map to see which
approach worked the best. The best strategy seems to be to follow Othello.
Normally I would suggest having Othello follow you, but there are several
First, on harder difficulties especially, he times the powerups. While a
skilled player will know how to time the powerups, they probably won't have
regardless of who picked it up last and when. If he is following you, he will
largely ignore powerups and weapon pickups unless you pick them up also.
Second, the bots will target you whenever they see you. If Othello is
following you, this will cause him some confusion if you die as a result. If
you are following him, however, he will continue to fight and moreover, he
will be able to kill them more easily while they are distracted.
Third, you're going to want to be evasive here, which means you're going to be
chased. If he attempts to follow you while you are being chased he'll
basically be running into the enemies arms.

On the hardest difficulty the bots become so 'accurate' here that they will be
shooting at you before they can even see you, and they will perform amazing
feats such as shooting you in the head through tiny windows from the other
side of the level, while jumping. Unless you are better than I am, you'll want
to avoid exposed locations and prolonged encounters. I found the minigun to be
especially useful since it spawns near two good ambush sites and is simply
easier to use while zigzagging and shooting at dodging targets. It's also
useful to weaken targets for Othello. The Bio Rifle is also useful for killing
enemies with powerups.

There are several good places to ambush the enemy on this mission. The health
on the crates near the stinger is attractive and often leads to bots getting
stuck while trying to climb the boxes. The stairwell nearby is difficult for
them to ascend while being attacked since they must align themselves with the
doorway you're attacking through. Beyond that, the Shield Belt spawns on top
of some more crates which the bots also become stuck on while trying to climb
up. Another good place is the ramp near the rocket launcher (the one near the
health kits) because the bots almost always attempt to come in from that
direction.

If you win the level, you get the "Iron Guard Reinforcements" card.

Mission 108 - Serenity ( WAR-Serenity_Necris )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Hellhound, Cerberus, Gnasher, Scar, Worg, Lockjaw, Claw, Bargest

Map Details
Alluvion river valley
There's a small Tarydium mine buried deep in the trees of this old forest.
While it's not large enough to be a major source of income for the Axon, they
have been known to use it as a supply depot and refueling center for their
shipping convoys.

Briefing
"Intel has proof the phayder corporation is backing the Krall army, supplying
them with necris vehicles and technology. Just what we need: Bestial psychotic
killers with high-grade tech. Latest news is that the Krall hijacked an Axon
supply convoy including - oh that's just great - including a Leviathan super
vehicle. Ronin, we're on damage control. That Leviathan could turn the tide of
the war, and we'd better be on the right side of the wave when it hits."

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- When Tarydium stockpiles are maxed, Leviathan production begins
automatically.

Strategy & Tactics
This mission may not be beatable without playing a card. I've come pretty
close, but my bots drove the Leviathan off the cliff while I was repairing it
at the enemy prime node. Anyway, the goal here is to hold the Mine Node. There
are several reasons. Most importantly, it keeps the Leviathan out of enemy
hands, while providing you with one instead. It distracts the enemy, and
spawns your orb closer to battlefield. It also provides you an alternate
respawn location. The Core layout is such that having to return there is very
unhelpful. The Mine & Prime node both have portals within fairly close reach,
so if you spawn at one you can quickly return to the other.

If the enemy gets a leviathan, there is really no hope. There are too many
bots for you to try and pilot the Leviathan yourself, so the idea is to run
the Orb north to the Mine Node. If your bots get the Orb - and they probably
will - it can be inconvenient, but don't worry about it. Just go claim the
Mine Node and keep it alive. The enemy will probably attack it, so try to kill
them while they attack the node. If the orb is used or destroyed before you
get the mine node finished, it will respawn back at the core. You can teleport
back there and get it if you like, although this risks letting the enemy
interrupt the leviathan construction. If you get the mine node finished
quickly enough, the orb will respawn at the mine node instead.

Having the Orb at the Node is useful. It not only shields the node from enemy
attacks, but also allows you to reclaim the node immediately when the
Leviathan finishes construction and the node returns to neutral. Then you can
go get another orb and repeat. I decided it would be best to let my bots pilot
the Leviathan on this map, both so that I could focus on making sure the enemy
didn't get a hold of it (The Leviathan can disappear if the node changes
hands) and because the enemy bots aren't as aggressive at attacking a
leviathan piloted by another bot.

Up to this point the process isn't particularly difficult, but by now the
enemy has probably taken your prime node and because you've been holding the
orb at the mine node, your bots won't be able to take it back. That means you
have to recapture your prime node with the orb now, which means leaving the
mine node undefended and possibly losing the leviathan. If you try to pilot
the Leviathan, the Nemesis tanks and laser turrets, and scorpions and link-gun-
bots will annihilate it before you can reach your prime node. The only way it
will work is if you sneak your orb in and recover your prime node. It helps to
Hug the wall while you circle around so that the bots can't shoot at you when
you approach. The enemy in the laser turret is especially annoying. You want
to reclaim your prime node before the Leviathan crew decide they have to do
it, and before the enemy can mobilize to reclaim it.

If you've got control of your own prime node, follow the Leviathan into the
use it for cover from enemy fire. It should be more than sufficient to destroy
the prime node and build a friendly one in it's place. Once you get control of
the enemy prime node, go get another orb and use it to shield\reconstruct the
enemy prime node, or use the Laser turret to kill the enemy orb carrier. Your
leviathan should go attack the Core. If it gets destroyed, your bots should
have enough of a handle on the map at this point to go seize the mine node,
or, while the enemy is doing so, to attack their core. Unfortunately, this is
where my bots drove the Leviathan off the cliff, so I wasn't able to complete
the operation before the enemy took the Prime & Mine nodes.

It may also be possible to use the enemy's strength against them by allowing
them to have the Leviathan. When they pile in and drive toward your core,
circle around behind and take your prime node out from under them. The
Leviathan will have to turn around and go back to the Prime Node, leaving only
3 of their numbers to defend the prime & mine node. If you can take the Prime
Node, the Leviathan will have to drive even further, and you can use this time
to attack their core. Even if they reclaim their prime node, you can wait
until the Leviathan leaves and do this again. I managed to accomplish
something similar, causing the enemy team to lose 3 pilots in the trees
somewhere northwest of my core, but I've yet to reproduce it reliably.

Mission 109 - Kargo ( vCTF-Kargo )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: claw, Bargest, Blackfang, Scorn, Cerberus

Map Details
Alluvion river valley
The harbors of the Alluvion River are the primary entry points for colonial
supply lines. These shipping lanes are shared by all factions, and monitored
by an N.E.G. peacekeeping force. This port is a highly contested supply point
on the edge of Axon territory, with the Izanagi mainland just across the bay.

Briefing
"I don't like what's going on here. The Axon are quiet - no attempts to
recapture the Alluvion Corridor. Four recon teams went into Oxida Nova. Only
one made it out. They reported I quote, "Overwhelming hordes of Krall
mercenaries slaughtering everyone wholesale." Before we could get defenses
online, the Krall crossed the bay and hit our supply-lines. We need to move
quickly, or this entire op is going up in smoke. We've seen what these
bastards can do first hand. This time, they don't have the element of surprise
but we're still heavily outnumbered. Don't kid yourselves. Respawners or not,
every time we fight the Krall, we're fighting for survival."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- Control the boat in the mid-ground to access a Goliath.
- Line up a Scorpion boost to jump from ramp to ramp across the boat.

Strategy & Tactics
You're outnumbered, but only by 1 bot. This isn't as hard as some
incarnations. You'll want to focus on the Tank in the center of the map to
keep it out of enemy hands. You can use this to keep the enemy pinned in their
base, but your allies will have difficulty getting to the flag if the entire
enemy team is there. To combat this, you can let a few of the enemies escape
to where they think they are on offense. When your allies sneak in and get the
flag, go ballistic (literally) and start destroying the enemies at midfield.
They'll go back to their base where they are hopefully too far away to do any
good. If your tank gets destroyed, try to sneak into the enemy base for a
capture. The shield belt will help immensely with this, so grab that first if
you can.

You want to approach from the Hellbender side and stay away from midfield
where the enemy vehicles congregate. Aside from avoiding a lot of unnecessary
damage, it also provides you a small area to restock on health and armor
before you enter the flag room. There will probably be two defenders guarding
the flag since they can afford it. If you drop down into the scorpion garage
and then use the jump pad in the back, you'll come up right in front of one of
the defenders. If you turn around and step onto it, you can come up facing him
and can gib him with the Flak Cannon before he has a chance to return fire.
Then you can grab the flag and jump over the rail to the Hellbender exit.

If you moved quickly out of the base - and especially if you have the shield
belt - you should have enough time to use your hoverboard to get behind the
crates. You may even be able to reach the garage. Take the same route home
that you took to reach the base and hope the enemy didn't take the tank while
you were away. If they did, you'll probably have to kill the tank and try
again, but sometimes you can escape before it targets you. The redeemer can
make short work of the tank, just don't use the alt-fire or they will shoot it
down with their incredible aim.

Mission 110 - Torlan Delta ( WAR-Torlan )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Liandri
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Matrix, Cathode, Enigma, Entropy, Aspect, Collossus

Map Details
Torlan river delta
Thanks to stringent monitoring by the New Earth Government, all three
Corporations have used the fields of the Torlan Delta to power their combined
mining efforts. But with the recent threat of full scale war, N.E.G. forces
have pulled out, and everyone is scrambling to take control of this valuable
territory.

Briefing
"Turns out the Liandri cleared the Krall out of Torlan for us. Unfortunately
that means the most vital supply center on the planet is lousy with Liandri
bots. We need to take it for ourselves if we're ever gonna fend off a necris
assault. We're rolling in full force and we can expect a quick response from
the Liandri board."

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- A Support Node below the central bridge will provide your team with extra
fire power.

Strategy & Tactics
This can be a little tricky. You'll want to be very aggressive with the Orb,
so having control of the center node is important. The enemy will take their
prime & tank nodes and then usually focus on the west support node, more or
less allowing you to take the east one. Then they will attack your prime node.
If the enemy destroys your prime node, you'll want to go recover it with the
orb, then immediately teleport back to your core and get another orb to
reclaim the node if it gets destroyed again, or to shield the node while your
allies push back to mid-field.

If you destroy the enemy prime node first, you'll want to continue being
aggressive with the orb, taking any remaining nodes on the map. If you're not
in a position to do that, try to establish a line-of-sight on their prime node
and attack it to keep it suppressed. It shouldn't be too terribly difficult to
keep the enemy pinned in their base this way while you or your team takes the
remaining nodes. The SPMA Artillery can be useful for this purpose.

Controlling both side nodes is important because you don't want to lose the
ability to attack the enemy prime node. Controlling the center node is
important because you want the orb to be within range of the enemy prime node.
If your allies manage to destroy the prime node while you've got all the other
nodes under your control, you can push the orb up into their prime node and
then teleport back to retrieve a second, which you can then use to shield the
node.

It's a bit of a tug-of-war, but your allies can occasionally get in and damage
the core while you are doing this, and if you make it to overtime you'll be
able to win on attrition.

Mission 111 - Suspense ( vCTF-Suspense )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Bishop, Othello
Enemies: Cain, Johnson, Karag, Wraith

Map Details
Oxida Nova border territories
Suspense is the only bridge across the Alluvion strong enough to support the
weight of heavy combat vehicles. Without the bridge, it would take Axon forces
several days to respond to any battles across of the river. As such, it is
always under guard by an Axon mechanized division, with military checkpoints
at each end.

Briefing
"We need to clear the military checkpoints at each end of this bridge. Izanagi
recon took the southern point, and they called us to take the more heavily
guarded northern point. So we'll sortie from the south to attack their
respawner. We will have vehicle support. Bishop, the central bridge towers
should make great sniper nests. Don't forget a longbow to take out enemy
armor. Recon team also found a path under the bridge, so keep that in mind as
our number-two option."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- The towers of the bridge are ideal sniping positions.
- There is a Redeemer on the lower path, under the bridge.

Strategy & Tactics
This is the vCTF mission included in the demo, and all the same tricks work.
It's very simple geometrically, and it shouldn't take more than a couple
minutes to learn the layout. You've got a Goliath and a Raptor on the East
edge of your base, a Scorpion, Hellbender, and Manta on the West, and an SPMA
Artillery in the Northwest.

The sniper rifle spawns between the two halves, and another spawns up near the
SPMA artillery. You can use the support cables on the bridge to run (or
Hoverboard) up to the top of the bridge in a scene very reminiscent of FFX
(except they didn't fall on their face and roll off the edge to their death.)
Most of your weapons will be acquired from weapon lockers near your spawn
point so there is much more emphasis on vehicles for this map. The biggest
asset at your disposal will be the Super Health which spawns near the Sniper
Rifle and SPMA Artillery, up the ramp from your flag and around the corner.

Jester will pilot the Goliath, making her very useful. Trying to pilot the
Goliath yourself just draws a ton of enemy fire, you lose the tank and it
Hellbenders, and Scorpions will have to drive down the main road, making them
very vulnerable. Mantas can get away with it to some extent, but it's still
more vulnerable than the Raptor. You'll want to hop on over and get the Super
Health on your side of the map first, then take your Raptor across and land it
near theirs. It's much better to take the powerups in enemy territory to
deprive them of the benefit. When you've got 199 health, discreetly (wait for
the Goliath to pass if you need to) walk into the enemy flag room and take it.
Run back up the ramp to where the Super Health spawns and take a sharp right.
Run along the narrow ledge against the wall of the building. Jump across to
the doorway on the bridge's support pillar and run inside. This puts you on
the bridge. Take a left and run outside along the edge of the bridge, being
careful not to fall off or leave yourself exposed to fire from behind you. You
can use the pillars as cover to some extent, but you'll want to keep moving.
Once you get inside the second doorway, you're almost home free. I've found it
better to keep running straight for a short way after leaving the doorway
rather than trying to cut across the bridge immediately. Either way, cross the
bridge and put the flag away. No sweat. Then, just get the Super Health again
and repeat the process.

The redeemer spawns on the island under the bridge. Falling off the bridge can
result in a ragdoll, dropping the flag, and possibly getting killed by the
bots who like to play down there. If you survive you can climb the ramp on the
opposite side and come up in about the same place as you would have if you'd
run along the bridge. I tend to avoid the hoverboard on this map, but there
are a couple opportunities to use it in brief intervals inside the buildings
and around corners.

Note: If you're playing Co-op you can use the Raptor and Hoverboard grapple to
bring a friend into the enemy base with you, and quickly tow them back out
with the flag. It may be possible to accomplish this kind of extraction with
the bots as well, by piloting the raptor near them when they grab the enemy
flag.

Mission 112 - Downtown ( WAR-Downtown )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Lauren, Barktooth, Talan, Kregore

Map Details
Downtown Oxida Nova
With the blockade on the Alluvion River, the warehouse district of Oxida Nova
has been plunged into chaos. The storage facilities located there are the only
remaining supply points available to Axon forces, and they've enforced martial
law to ensure that their supplies remain unthreatened.

Briefing
"The Izanagi are taking Oxida Nova City and we're on point. I don't have to
tell you about urban terrain, even 3:1 odds is rolling the dice - and today,
we're straight up. We move downtown, flush the Axon into the open, and take
out their power grid. The sooner we get heavy vehicles in play, the better -
either by blowing the barricades outside the Axon base, or capturing the tank
factory at the central node. Stay alert. We're on their home turf now and

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- Use the shaped charge or Redeemer to destroy barricades.
battlefield.
- Axon forces have a strong foothold in this area. Defend your core at all
costs.

Strategy & Tactics
WAR-Downtown will be harder than the other Warfare missions we've played so
far. It's similar to WAR-Serenity, in that all of the nodes are linked in
succession with an unlinked support node which, again, spawns a tank. This
time, the tank is a Goliath, and there is an extra node in the middle to fight
over. Furthermore, every node has an orb spawner, so it will be a tug of war
between the orb carriers. Even worse, the enemy starts will all of the nodes

Your role in this mission is to stabilize the situation, putting you in a
support role. You're gonna be on defense this time, a defensive-offense, and
your bots are all on offense by default. Jester will pretty much camp the orb,
so it's difficult to get a hold of, and the enemy will be constantly pushing
on your base as well. Your bots will basically ignore the tank node, and the
Goliath it spawns, while the enemy team - Lauren in particular - will not.
This means your first order of business is to take the Tank node and use the
back to the center node. You can park your Goliath near your Prime Node,
safely away from most of the fighting, and use it to shut down their Orb
carrier, but they can circumvent this by taking the Tank node out from under
you so it's better to be quick and try to get the center node back to neutral
status. If you lose your goliath, go get another one. Taking out the center
node is difficult because they've got a laser turret - and a number of
Scorpions - which will decimate your tank. If you can just destroy the node
whether or not you claim it yourself (using abandoned enemy vehicles as cover
sometimes works) they will lose these vehicles until they can recover it,
making it easier for you to capture and hold the node yourself. At this point,
whoever controls the tank node is 'winning'.

For the most part, the idea of the early game is to keep the Tank node under
your control and use it as a counterweight to prevent the enemy from
reclaiming anything your allies take from them. This is the hardest part. Once
you've got control of both the center node and the tank node, the dynamics
change. For one, you don't have to do anything else except maintain control
and you will win by attrition if the time runs out. At this point you might
find it better to switch entirely to defense using the Orb to shield & hold
the center node while your allies fight over the enemy prime node. If the
enemy prime falls, you can then run over and build a friendly node in it's
place, and repeat the process there while your allies attack the enemy core.
Another option might be to assist attacking the enemy prime node yourself,
although this can be difficult and potentially costly if the enemy counter-
attacks.

Once you have their prime node, you can attack their core. On the easier
settings I find this more productive than defending because the bots are so
slow and it's easy to recover the node if they destroy it. On the harder
levels there is less room to play around, I prefer to be conservative and let
the enemy wear out slowly-but-surely, using my now-obsolete orb to defend the
enemy prime node and preventing them from getting back up. If you have an
opening between waves of enemies, you can run over and take the Tank node back
at this point (if you lost it). You can actually park the Goliath inside the
prime node building, making it impossible for the enemy to reclaim their node.

If you decide to attack their base, there is an alleyway off the main road
that leads to their core. You can get in and shoot it a couple times before
the bots catch on. If you've got a secure hold on the prime node and the
enemies are siege in their base, you can drive the Goliath through their
front gate without much fuss as well. All-in-all the first 50% is the hard
part and it's all downhill from there.

Mission 113 - Defiance ( DM-Defiance )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Lauren, Barktooth, Harlin, Slain

Map Details
Downtown Oxida Nova
Downtown Oxida Nova is a busy hub for Axon colonists. The area is surrounded
by tall buildings, including the central rail station, employment offices, and
shopping centers that are designed to resemble those back home on Earth.

Briefing
"Now that we've taken Oxida Nova, Axon defenses are crumbling. There's only a
few pockets of resistance left, but that includes the Iron Guard. These guys
are Axon-elite, ex-military--very experienced. And very pissed. They've got a
make-shift command point near the transport center. Our job is to take control
of the area before they spark a city-wide riot."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- The tight corridors of the lower level are very dangerous.
- More powerful items can be found in the center's upper levels.

Strategy & Tactics
Same strategy as before. Hit & Run reigns supreme on this level. The strategy
from Arsenal and Carbon Fire seems to work the best: let your bots do what
they want while you follow them around to distract the enemy. The rest of the
time, stay out of the way and use guerilla tactics.

Mission 114 - Serenity ( WAR-Serenity )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Lauren, Slain, Johnson, Karag

Map Details
Alluvion river valley
There's a small Tarydium mine buried deep in the trees of this old forest.
While it's not large enough to be a major source of income for the Axon, they
have been known to use it as a supply depot and refueling center for their
shipping convoys.

Briefing
"With the Alluvion blocked, the Axon are trying to sneak their Leviathan super-
vehicle behind our lines. That kind of firepower on our flank would *not* be
pretty so we need to hit 'em quickly. Their convoy stopped near a supply depot
to refuel, and it's ambush time. Our forces used dense forest cover to
establish a small base and now Ronin does the real work. Don't forget the mine
node. We can use it to construct our own Leviathan. That'd wake 'em up."

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- When Tarydium stockpiles are maxed, Leviathan production begins
automatically.
- Proceed with caution, Axon forces already have a Leviathan at their
disposal.

Strategy & Tactics
This one is pretty straightforward, but it introduces a new feature: Countdown
Nodes. This time all of the nodes are connected in basically a straight line,
and like the Torlan Delta, the center support node is not connected to any
other nodes. Controlling the center node begins a 40 second countdown. When
the countdown ends, a Leviathan spawns in the small canyon west of the Node
for whoever completed the countdown. The enemy, however, already has a
Leviathan up and running, and they will try to claim the Mine Node early to
keep it under their control.

This mission shouldn't be too difficult. Your first order of business is to
take the Mine Node away from the enemy. Then you have to destroy their
leviathan. Once you have done those things, you'll be able to construct your
own leviathan at the mine node. From there it's just a matter of driving it
into the enemy prime node and on to their core. There isn't anything terribly
unique to these steps, just use the Orb and then go after the Leviathan,
either with a Goliath, an AVRiL or some other kind of long-range weapon. If
you position yourself properly, you can hit the back-end of the Leviathan
without any fear of retribution. The bots aren't very smart about piloting it
so bringing it down is a matter of time more than anything.

With you manning the Leviathan, your allies should be able to claim the prime
nodes without a problem, and then all you have to do is push in and destroy
the core.

Mission 115 - Diesel ( DM-Diesel )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Worg, Cerberus, HellHound, Gnasher

Map Details
Downtown Oxida Nova
Several maintenance facilities just like this one are required in order to
keep a city running smoothly, especially a city the size of Oxida Nova. The
Iron Guard have commissioned this particular structure as their own little
playground, and use it to test out new Axon tech, like advanced weapons and

Briefing
"We need to hold our ground until reinforcements arrive."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Color-coded lights alert you when the UDamage powerup is available.

Strategy & Tactics
This isn't as hard as 2v4, although it feels more crowded. The enemy will
mostly stick together and run laps near the bio rifle\shield gun\stinger. They
have fairly predictable routes on this map, so you can learn to cut them off
pretty effectively - preferably with rockets.

Telling your bots to follow you seems to work best. You would think that
having 4 players on freelance would monopolize the powerups by default but
that's really not the case. If you leave your bots to their own devices the
enemy will pretty much march in and take whatever they want, and by the end of
the game you'll have multiple enemies with the shield belt.

The map is too small and crowded for hit and run to be as effective as it can
be on Defiance for example, but you'll still want to withdraw to avoid lengthy
encounters. I found the Flak Cannon and Minigun to be particularly useful. The
Minigun spawns in a very useful place - although you can get shot down by
enemy snipers pretty quickly. The Flak Cannon's ability to shoot around
corners and over ledges makes it more versatile on this level than it is on
larger, more open maps. It's primary fire also spans the entire hallway,
making it almost unavoidable. The rocket launcher is also useful due to the
way the enemies cluster together.

The enemies frequently get stuck in groups next to the shield belt, the health
by the stinger, and in the stairwell between the two, so that is a good area
to stage an ambush. The enemy can be crazy with the sniper rifle on this map,
so try to avoid wandering through the open hallways.

Mission 116 - Kargo ( vCTF-Kargo )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Hellhound, Scar, Worg, Lockjaw, Claw, Bargest

Map Details
Alluvion river valley
The harbors of the Alluvion River are the primary entry points for colonial
supply lines. These shipping lanes are shared by all factions, and monitored
by an N.E.G. peacekeeping force. This port is a highly contested supply point
on the edge of Axon territory, with the Izanagi mainland just across the bay.

Briefing
"I don't like what's going on here. The Axon are quiet - no attempts to
recapture the Alluvion Corridor. Four recon teams went into Oxida Nova. Only
one made it out. They reported I quote, "Overwhelming hordes of Krall
mercenaries slaughtering everyone wholesale." Before we could get defenses
online, the Krall crossed the bay and hit our supply-lines. We need to move
quickly, or this entire op is going up in smoke. We've seen what these
bastards can do first hand. This time, they don't have the element of surprise
but we're still heavily outnumbered. Don't kid yourselves. Respawners or not,
every time we fight the Krall, we're fighting for survival."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- Control the boat in the mid-ground to access a Goliath.
- Line up a Scorpion boost to jump from ramp to ramp across the boat.

Strategy & Tactics
You'll be outnumbered by two this time, making it significantly more difficult
than last time. It can be hard to get even one capture on this mission and if
you let your guard down the enemy can win very quickly. I didn't have much
success using the tank because my bots could hardly get to the flag room let
alone back out again. It's possible to score this way, but you could easily
play to overtime without doing so and still lose on a rough transition. The
best bet seems to be to alternate between the tank and a flag attempt. The
tank keeps the enemy in line and prevents them from getting too many people on
your side of the board, reducing the chance that somebody might capture your
flag in the time between your tank's destruction and your flag run. It also
reduces the likelihood that the tank will fall into enemy hands.

For the actual run, the shield belt would help immensely if you can get a hold
of it. Either way, you want to approach from the Hellbender side and stay away
from midfield where the enemy vehicles congregate. Aside from avoiding a lot
of unnecessary damage, it also provides you a small area to restock on health
and armor before you enter the flag room. There will probably be two defenders
guarding the flag since they can afford it. If you drop down into the scorpion
garage and then use the jump pad in the back, you'll come up right in front of
one of the defenders. If you turn around and step onto it, you can come up
facing him and can gib him with the Flak Cannon before he has a chance to
return fire. Then you can grab the flag and jump over the rail to the
Hellbender exit.

If you moved quickly out of the base - and especially if you have the shield
belt - you should have enough time to use your hoverboard to get behind the
crates. You may even be able to reach the garage. Take the same route home
that you took to reach the base and hope the enemy didn't take the tank while
you were away. If they did, you'll probably have to kill the tank and try
again, but sometimes you can escape before it targets you. The redeemer can
make short work of the tank, just don't use the alt-fire or they will shoot it
down with their incredible aim.

Mission 117 - Torlan Delta ( WAR-Torlan_Leviathan )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Scythe, Scorn, Gnasher, Cerberus, Blackfang, Lockjaw, Hellhound

Map Details
Torlan river delta
Thanks to stringent monitoring by the New Earth Government, all three
Corporations have used the fields of the Torlan Delta to power their combined
mining efforts. But with the recent threat of full scale war, N.E.G. forces
have pulled out, and everyone is scrambling to take control of this valuable
territory.

Briefing
"With three corporations at each other’s throats, the Torlan Delta's in chaos.
Krall forces are swarming at the central Torlan gorge, looking to take
advantage. All we've got is a forward observation post at the border. The
outlying nodes will give us more vehicles, but intel says they're already
corrupted by the necris. The Torlan Delta's about as strategic as it gets, so
this isn't optional. We have to push out the Krall if we're gonna win this
war. Good thing we picked up that Leviathan. Let's give the Krall a little
surprise."

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- A Support Node below the central bridge will provide your team with extra
fire power.
- Krall forces will attempt to overwhelm enemies by attacking in packs.
- Some Nodes are already under the control of the Krall forces.

Strategy & Tactics
This mission is terrible. The bot AI is horribly buggy - but only for your
allies. Meanwhile, the enemy outnumbers you almost 2:1, and they are
organized, aggressive, and arguably better equipped. On higher difficulties
they'll even use their Vipers to tow the Orb carrier between the nodes. You
have no choice but to use the Leviathan. If you allow your bots to pilot it,
they will almost certainly get stuck on the wall of the base. Even if they
don't get stuck, they will drive it to the prime node where it essentially
waits to be destroyed so you can start the level over.

You want Jester and Othello on offense, and Bishop covering you. Bishop will
get in the leviathan with you and man one of the turrets. We use Bishop
because he is the most accurate and the least useful on foot. Othello will go
to the Prime node, while Jester will carry the orb to the center node. If
Othello has the orb, he will take it to the prime node like an idiot, but
Jester will still go to the center node. If you have Othello *and* Bishop in
the Leviathan, Jester will take the orb to the Center node and wait for the
Prime Node to complete the construction that Othello never started - shutting

You want to pilot the Leviathan to the center node. On your way to the center
node, you will more than likely run into an enemy viper towing their orb
carrier on their way to do the same thing. Killing them should not be a
problem, but you have to kill them before they get their orb carrier to the
node. If they get the node before you do, they will quite possibly kill your
leviathan before you can recover it, push south and take your prime node
before the leviathan respawns, and then reassemble at your prime node, in good

When the enemy prime node finishes construction. They will begin a huge push
into the center node. You want to mobilize the Leviathan and use it's Ion
Cannon to destroy everyone in the pass. When, and if things quiet down, go
back into tank mode and drive toward the far side of the tunnel. The idea is
to position the Leviathan so that Bishop can attack the enemy prime node, yet
is still protected by the mountainside. Then you want to deploy again and use
the Ion Cannon to keep a clear area in front of the Leviathan - so that the
enemy can't get close enough to attack it. The point is NOT to push into the
enemy Prime node, only to destroy it and keep it destroyed. At this point your
Leviathan would probably not survive driving out into the open and you are too
outnumbered to make the run yourself. Even if you did, the enemy could quickly
and easily take it back.

The purpose is to keep the enemy away from the center node as long as
possible. What will probably happen - at least if you're playing on the higher
difficulties - the Leviathan will be destroyed shortly after you start
bombarding the prime node. You may or may not succeed in destroying the enemy
prime, but it doesn't make a huge difference. Either way, you'll have to wait
until the Leviathan respawns, and will be very vulnerable during this time. We
pushed into their prime node so that they will have that much further to run
before they are in -your- territory.  The enemy will continue pushing into the
center node. Since you are on foot now, grab the orb and use it to shield the
node. The enemy will fire at you, so strafe around and shoot back. If the
enemy kills you, respawn as quickly as you can. Because you were shielding the
node, the enemy was not attacking the node itself. If you are quick enough,
you can respawn at the center node before it gets attacked again and your orb
will still be there. Quickly pick up the orb and shield\heal the node again.
Repeat this for as long as you can. If the enemy orb carrier approaches the
node, kill him (if you can) and use their orb to destroy it. If he kills you,
respawn quickly so you'll appear back at the node. Your orb should still be
there, and you may still be able to reclaim the node. If it works out, a new
orb will appear on the spawner, and you can repeat the cycle. If the enemy
succeeds in claiming the center node - and they probably will - things become
more hectic. You can still recover, however. Just repeat this process at the
Prime Node. They probably won't claim both before the Leviathan comes back
online. Even if they do, when the Leviathan comes back online, you can recover

When the Leviathan comes back online, you need to teleport back to the base
immediately and get inside it. The only thing more important than this is
destroying the blue orb at the center node, so do that first if necessary. If
you still have the center node in your control, drive the leviathan in front
of it and mobilize the Ion Cannon to keep the canyon clear of enemies, then
push north to the enemy prime node again and destroy it like we did (or tried
to do) last time. If the enemy managed to claim the center node while you were
gone, mobilize the turret at the canyon entrance and shoot the Ion Cannon down
at the ground in the center. This will kill the enemies respawning at the
center node, and if you aim it properly it will damage the node as well. You
can hold this position until the orb carrier reclaims the node, return to tank
mode and drive up to assault the node directly, or get out of the Leviathan
and let the bots pilot it while you follow in behind with the node yourself.

If the enemy succeeded in pushing all the way south and captured your prime
node, you still want to position your leviathan as above, where you can attack
the Prime Node or the center node. Destroy the prime node (and the enemy dark
walker). Make sure the enemies at the Prime Node are dead, and then get out of
your leviathan and go to the Prime Node. Once your prime node is
reconstructed, go grab your orb and\or catch up with your leviathan. The bots
are probably driving it down the canyon to the center node. This is a perfect
opportunity to repair it with your link gun. If the orb carrier dies you can
pick it up and use the Leviathan as a shield on your way to the node. If the
enemy destroys your leviathan while you're fighting over the Prime Node,
you'll need to shift your focus to the Orb. You can't let the enemy have the
Prime Node, so you'll want to carry the orb in and take the node back, and
then use the teleporter to go get another Orb ASAP. At the very least you need
to keep it out of enemy hands until the Leviathan returns.

The goal is to stay alive until the time runs out. Once you're in Overtime,
all you have to do is capture and hold the center node and their core will
count down faster than yours will. If you can destroy their prime node, it's
even faster. Using the Leviathan and the Orb as barriers for your Nodes should
give you enough of a defensive advantage that they will lose their Nodes
faster than you do, hold them for less time, and therefore suffer more
attrition damage.

Note: This strategy does not require playing a card, but this level is
difficult enough that it may justify playing one.

Mission 118 - Diesel ( DM-Diesel )
Goal: 40 Kills
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Othello
Enemies: Lauren, Barktooth, Harlin, Slain

Map Details
Downtown Oxida Nova
Several maintenance facilities just like this one are required in order to
keep a city running smoothly, especially a city the size of Oxida Nova. The
Iron Guard have commissioned this particular structure as their own little
playground, and use it to test out new Axon tech, like advanced weapons and

Briefing
"Alright here's how it went down. We gave Axon a serious beating and they
offered a truce. Their factories are still intact and we *need* their vehicle
tech. So the corporations signed a limited merger. Malcolm took control of the
coalition forces and we're heading into Hyperion - the Liandri city. Lauren
and her Iron Guard want to train us with new equipment. Sounds more like a
hazing ritual. Either way, take it seriously."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Color-coded lights alert you when the UDamage powerup is available.
- Enemy forces have the advantage of Axon's improved Respawner technology.

Strategy & Tactics
Unfortunately there isn't a lot of advice I can give on this level. You're
outnumbered 2 to 1, and - at least on insane - these guys aren't playing
around. I tried a number of different tactics on this map to see which
approach worked the best. The best strategy seems to be to follow Othello.
Normally I would suggest having Othello follow you, but there are several
First, on harder difficulties especially, he times the powerups. While a
skilled player will know how to time the powerups, they probably won't have
regardless of who picked it up last and when. If he is following you, he will
largely ignore powerups and weapon pickups unless you pick them up also.
Second, the bots will target you whenever they see you. If Othello is
following you, this will cause him some confusion if you die as a result. If
you are following him, however, he will continue to fight and moreover, he
will be able to kill them more easily while they are distracted.
Third, you're going to want to be evasive here, which means you're going to be
chased. If he attempts to follow you while you are being chased he'll
basically be running into the enemies arms.

On the hardest difficulty the bots become so 'accurate' here that they will be
shooting at you before they can even see you, and they will perform amazing
feats such as shooting you in the head through tiny windows from the other
side of the level, while jumping. Unless you are better than I am, you'll want
to avoid exposed locations and prolonged encounters. I found the minigun to be
especially useful since it spawns near two good ambush sites and is simply
easier to use while zigzagging and shooting at dodging targets. It's also
useful to weaken targets for Othello. The Bio Rifle is also useful for killing
enemies with powerups.

There are several good places to ambush the enemy on this mission. The health
on the crates near the stinger is attractive and often leads to bots getting
stuck while trying to climb the boxes. The stairwell nearby is difficult for
them to ascend while being attacked since they must align themselves with the
doorway you're attacking through. Beyond that, the Shield Belt spawns on top
of some more crates which the bots also become stuck on while trying to climb
up. Another good place is the ramp near the rocket launcher (the one near the
health kits) because the bots almost always attempt to come in from that
direction.

If you win the level, you get the "Iron Guard Reinforcements" card.

Mission 119 - Serenity ( WAR-Serenity_Necris )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Scythe, Hellhound, Gnasher, Worg, Claw, Blackfang

Map Details
Alluvion river valley
There's a small Tarydium mine buried deep in the trees of this old forest.
While it's not large enough to be a major source of income for the Axon, they
have been known to use it as a supply depot and refueling center for their
shipping convoys.

Briefing
"Intel has proof the phayder corporation is backing the Krall army, supplying
them with necris vehicles and technology. Just what we need: Bestial psychotic
killers with high-grade tech. Latest news is that the Krall hijacked an Axon
supply convoy including - oh that's just great - including a Leviathan super
vehicle. Ronin, we're on damage control. That Leviathan could turn the tide of
the war, and we'd better be on the right side of the wave when it hits."

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- When Tarydium stockpiles are maxed, Leviathan production begins
automatically.

Strategy & Tactics
A little bit different this time. The enemy doesn't start with a leviathan,
which is nice, but they get a couple Necris vehicles and enter with a
different strategy. The enemy will pay more attention to the mine node this
time - probably because they have men to spare. The bulk of their forces will
claim their Prime Node, and immediately push into yours. If they claim your
prime node, they'll put more priority on getting a leviathan, which they will
be in good position to do. It's much more difficult to turn the battle around
on this map.

Your forces will do the same. Whoever spawns closest to the orb will take it
to the Mine node, sometimes bringing vehicle support. The rest will go to the
Prime Node. Since both teams are doing basically the same thing, they will
both construct their prime node at about the same time and the only difference
in the first 30 seconds or so is who 'wins' control of the mine node. From
there, both teams will try to use their orb as a battering ram to the prime
node. If you defeat the enemy attempt on the Mine Node, you've got about a
minute to spare which is best used attempting (at least) to push your orb into
the enemy prime node by circling in from the north. If the attempt succeeds,
congratulations. Otherwise, just head back to the Mine Node and get in your
Leviathan. The enemy gets a Nemesis - roughly equivalent to a Goliath - and if
everything goes well, it will arrive at your prime node just before your
Leviathan completes construction. Nemesis are annoying, even with unskilled
bot pilots, but on Insane it's.. Insane. This stage is delicate. If the
leviathan gets exploded too soon, or at the wrong time, the enemy will capture
your prime node, and you'll have to replace the Leviathan, thereby leaving
your Core unprotected. In addition, the enemy orb carrier will probably be en-
route to your Prime Node at this time as well.

You'll want to drive the leviathan out just far enough to cut-off any
opportunity for the enemy to reinforce it's assault on your base. Pay special
attention to the laser turret, the nemesis, and the enemy orb. These are the
backbone of the enemy plans. Once your prime node is secure and your allies
start attacking the enemy prime node, follow in behind them and help destroy
it. Once the prime node is down - just like last time - you can park in the
road and shut down any attempt to reclaim it while your allies do the work, or
you can crash through their front gate and damage the core yourself. Either
way, you're in good position to maintain a strangle hold on their operations.

Curiously, I also had success ignoring the Leviathan and charging into the
enemy prime node with a Manta. This keeps them distracted attacking me and
scrambling to defend their node, easing pressure off my defending allies and,
amusingly, allowing my men to kill all of the distracted defenders and destroy
the node anyway. When the manta exploded, I went and got the Leviathan and
used it to destroy the enemy core.

Mission 120 - Kargo ( vCTF-Kargo )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Cerberus, Gnasher, Scar, Worg, Bargest

Map Details
Alluvion river valley
The harbors of the Alluvion River are the primary entry points for colonial
supply lines. These shipping lanes are shared by all factions, and monitored
by an N.E.G. peacekeeping force. This port is a highly contested supply point
on the edge of Axon territory, with the Izanagi mainland just across the bay.

Briefing
"I don't like what's going on here. The Axon are quiet - no attempts to
recapture the Alluvion Corridor. Four recon teams went into Oxida Nova. Only
one made it out. They reported I quote, "Overwhelming hordes of Krall
mercenaries slaughtering everyone wholesale." Before we could get defenses
online, the Krall crossed the bay and hit our supply-lines. We need to move
quickly, or this entire op is going up in smoke. We've seen what these
bastards can do first hand. This time, they don't have the element of surprise
but we're still heavily outnumbered. Don't kid yourselves. Respawners or not,
every time we fight the Krall, we're fighting for survival."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- Control the boat in the mid-ground to access a Goliath.
- Line up a Scorpion boost to jump from ramp to ramp across the boat.

Strategy & Tactics
You're outnumbered, but only by 1 bot. This isn't as hard as some
incarnations. You'll want to focus on the Tank in the center of the map to
keep it out of enemy hands. You can use this to keep the enemy pinned in their
base, but your allies will have difficulty getting to the flag if the entire
enemy team is there. To combat this, you can let a few of the enemies escape
to where they think they are on offense. When your allies sneak in and get the
flag, go ballistic (literally) and start destroying the enemies at midfield.
They'll go back to their base where they are hopefully too far away to do any
good. If your tank gets destroyed, try to sneak into the enemy base for a
capture. The shield belt will help immensely with this, so grab that first if
you can.

You want to approach from the Hellbender side and stay away from midfield
where the enemy vehicles congregate. Aside from avoiding a lot of unnecessary
damage, it also provides you a small area to restock on health and armor
before you enter the flag room. There will probably be two defenders guarding
the flag since they can afford it. If you drop down into the scorpion garage
and then use the jump pad in the back, you'll come up right in front of one of
the defenders. If you turn around and step onto it, you can come up facing him
and can gib him with the Flak Cannon before he has a chance to return fire.
Then you can grab the flag and jump over the rail to the Hellbender exit.

If you moved quickly out of the base - and especially if you have the shield
belt - you should have enough time to use your hoverboard to get behind the
crates. You may even be able to reach the garage. Take the same route home
that you took to reach the base and hope the enemy didn't take the tank while
you were away. If they did, you'll probably have to kill the tank and try
again, but sometimes you can escape before it targets you. The redeemer can
make short work of the tank, just don't use the alt-fire or they will shoot it
down with their incredible aim.

Mission 121 - Torlan Delta ( WAR-Torlan )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Scythe, Scorn, Gnasher, Cerberus, Hellhound, Scar

Map Details
Torlan river delta
Thanks to stringent monitoring by the New Earth Government, all three
Corporations have used the fields of the Torlan Delta to power their combined
mining efforts. But with the recent threat of full scale war, N.E.G. forces
have pulled out, and everyone is scrambling to take control of this valuable
territory.

Briefing
"With three corporations at each other’s throats, the Torlan Delta's in chaos.
Krall forces are swarming the central Torlan gorge, looking to take advantage.
All we've got is a forward observation post at the border. The outlying nodes
will give us more vehicles, but intel says they're already corrupted by the
necris. The Torlan Delta's about as strategic as it gets, so this isn't
optional. We have to push out the Krall if we're gonna win this war."

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- A Support Node below the central bridge will provide your team with extra
fire power.
- Krall forces will attempt to overwhelm enemies by attacking in packs.
- Some Nodes are already under the control of the Krall forces.

Strategy & Tactics
This can be a little tricky. You'll want to be very aggressive with the Orb,
so having control of the center node is important. The enemy will take their
prime & tank nodes and then usually focus on the west support node, more or
less allowing you to take the east one. Then they will attack your prime node.
If the enemy destroys your prime node, you'll want to go recover it with the
orb, then immediately teleport back to your core and get another orb to
reclaim the node if it gets destroyed again, or to shield the node while your
allies push back to mid-field.

If you destroy the enemy prime node first, you'll want to continue being
aggressive with the orb, taking any remaining nodes on the map. If you're not
in a position to do that, try to establish a line-of-sight on their prime node
and attack it to keep it suppressed. It shouldn't be too terribly difficult to
keep the enemy pinned in their base this way while you or your team takes the
remaining nodes. The SPMA Artillery can be useful for this purpose.

Controlling both side nodes is important because you don't want to lose the
ability to attack the enemy prime node. Controlling the center node is
important because you want the orb to be within range of the enemy prime node.
If your allies manage to destroy the prime node while you've got all the other
nodes under your control, you can push the orb up into their prime node and
then teleport back to retrieve a second, which you can then use to shield the
node.

It's a bit of a tug-of-war, but your allies can occasionally get in and damage
the core while you are doing this, and if you make it to overtime you'll be
able to win on attrition.

Mission 122 - Torlan Delta ( WAR-Torlan )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Lauren, Harlin, Drake, Wraith

Map Details
Torlan river delta
Thanks to stringent monitoring by the New Earth Government, all three
Corporations have used the fields of the Torlan Delta to power their combined
mining efforts. But with the recent threat of full scale war, N.E.G. forces
have pulled out, and everyone is scrambling to take control of this valuable
territory.

Briefing
"Advance teams established an improvised base on the border, but Axon forces
are amassing a huge force across the central gorge. We need to destroy the
enemy core to establish a firm command of the area. When the N.E.G. pulled
out, they left a support node intact hidden underneath the bridge. If we can
take that node, we'll get some extra firepower we can use against the core."

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- A Support Node below the central bridge will provide your team with extra
fire power.

Strategy & Tactics
Compared to the other versions of Torlan, this one should be laughably easy.
The strategy is the same as Mission 009, only with two less bots, making
things much more casual and manageable.

The bots will try to grab the orb and take it to the node north\south of their
base. Usually this means that the Red team will have the South nodes, and East
node, while the Blue will control the north and west. They will mostly fix
their efforts on controlling the main nodes, so if they don't have both the
East and the West node, they'll try to cut off your opportunities to attack
their prime node while they attack yours. They don't pay much attention to the
support nodes - the center node isn't linked to any others, and the corner
nodes collapse when the prime node is destroyed - but they don't ignore them
completely either. If they have both the east and west nodes, they'll focus on
taking out your prime node and 'mopping up' the unclaimed nodes. If they
succeed in doing so you'll have a hard time getting back up again. If they
destroy your prime node, you'll have to claim it, hold it, claim a side node,
hold it, and destroy their prime node.
So the goal here is to destroy their prime node - as quickly as possible - to
put them in that situation before they destroy yours. It's not as important to
actually claim and hold the enemy prime node as it is to keep it destroyed.
Their tank node will collapse, and their East\West nodes will be useless until
they get it back up. They will send their orb carrier to reclaim it, but while
they are trying to recover their prime node, your allies will be sweeping
their other nodes off the map. By the time they get their prime node rebuilt,
you'll be in position to destroy it again with more nodes than you had last
time. If you can actually claim their prime node, consider going and claiming
their Tank node as well. With a Goliath so close to their base, you can all
but prevent their orb carrier from reclaiming the prime node, and therefore
win by attrition.

Jester will be the assigned Orb carrier on this mission, and there is a good
chance she'll beat you to the orb. She'll probably run to the east node while
Bishop and Othello go after the Prime & Tank nodes. The enemy will mirror this
tactic. There isn't much use for you following Bishop and Othello to the prime
node, and they will probably move north to the west node afterwards. The
center node may be a viable target, and it will give you a good location for
your orb to respawn, which you can then take to the (possibly undefended)
enemy prime node. You can also follow Jester north to make sure she secures
the east node, to help hold it if the enemy Goliath decides to head that way,
and to give you a good position to quickly attack the enemy prime node.

There are several approaches to this mission. You can pilot the raptor and
attack the nodes from the air. Parking the raptor on the Tower in the center
places you in a diamond of Nodes, all of which are important. This gives you a
pretty clear vantage point (and a redeemer) to constantly wear away at the
enemy nodes and prevent construction. You can also use the manta to do this
from the ground, trading mobility (slightly) for speed, ground-cover, and the
ability to participate in reconstruction. You can also forego the entire
strategy and charge straight to the Tank node, using it as a battering ram of
sorts. I found the Manta to be the most effective strategy because, on the
harder difficulties, the tank and raptor seem to make you a larger, more
exposed target and the manta is also faster, which is important.

There are several places that let you attack the nodes from far away - usually
too far away for the bots to hit you accurately - and if you sneak around the
backside, you can reclaim nodes without drawing attention to yourself. Usually
these locations are near the center of the map and out-of-the-way of Bot
patrol routes. Most notably, you can attack the enemy prime node from near
their tank node, or from the mountains in the center of the map. Using the
'edges' of the rocks as cover from enemy fire. The Link Gun and Shock Rifle
are good at this, but if you can do it in a Raptor or a Manta it's even
better. In general, just try to avoid the enemy troops without drawing
attention to yourself and focus on destroying their nodes - especially the
prime node - from places where they can't see or reach you and let your team
mates pick up the slack.

There are only 4 enemy bots in this mission, and this map is large enough that
even 6 vs. 6 has quite a distance between targets so things should be fairly
calm.

Mission 123 - Hydrosis ( CTF-Hydrosis )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop, Rook
Enemies: Slain, Kregore, Blain, Drake, Johnson

Map Details
Alluvion river valley
The canals of the Alluvion river are gated by this Axon hydro-facility, which
serves as an emergency power backup and Tarydium processing plant. Destroying
the plant would put serious stress on Axon energy production, but capturing it
would mean diverting those essential resources for Izanagi use.

Briefing
"This should be a straightforward infantry assault. We take out their
respawner and we're in control. Bishop, there's plenty of high ground and
clear lines of sight, so provide cover when we cross the bridges. The rest of

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- The central bridge area has several dangerous sniping positions.
- Protect the FLaG carrier to ensure their safe return.

Strategy & Tactics
This is a remake of a UT Classic map. The long open bridges, limited escape
routes and higher number of bots means you're guaranteed to be shot at. The
strategy for this map will be identical to the strategy for Mission 008, only
with one less bot on each team, making things somewhat easier.

There are two main roads to and from the bases and a long narrow central
courtyard between them, connected by a series of narrow bridges which span a
chasm. Obviously, falling off the bridge is fatal. There are buildings on
either side of the chasm which serve both as sniper bunkers and as medians to
keep the two paths from the bases mostly separated. You can run between the
chasm and the bunkers for a 'change up' but I find that dangerous and
wasteful. If you don't have the flag, you can also translocate through the
window of the bunker rather than run across the exposed bridge. The bots can
(and will) do that as well.

There are two paths, left and right, which will take you through
separate routes before connecting in the middle (the flag room). The left path
is shorter and generally less confusing, while the right path provides better
cover, armor powerups, and a little bit of obscurity. The first room on the
left path is a winding room with generators. There is health to the left of
the door, and a few vials up on top of the first generator. There is a rocket
launcher on top of the second generator. Beyond that room is a hallway that
leads to the Bio Rifle and immediately past that, the enemy flag room with a
stinger minigun on the ledge above the door and more health by the door
opposite. Beyond that, there is another hallway which leads to the Link Gun,
which in turn leads to another room. This room has the Body Armor in the
center, and the Flak Cannon along the wall. It's easy to get turned around
here, because the exit to the room is on the same wall you entered through.
Once you know your way around, a dodge\translocate and a couple sharp turns
will take you through this room before the bots have time to focus on you.
Past that room is a small hallway which leads to the last room - the entrance
to the 'right path' - which spawns the Shock rifle and the Armored Helmet.

I prefer the right path for a couple reasons. On the left path, there is
health right by the entrance - or exit - to the base, but if you already need
health when you're first entering the base, or if you're low enough that it
makes a difference when you're leaving, there is a good chance you'll die in
the long courtyard anyway, and either way you're likely to be exposed to
further damage for a while before you find more. The left path also has easy
translocator shortcuts that you cannot use while carrying the flag, meaning
the bots will have an easier time catching you should you attempt to exit
along that route. The right path, on the other hand, can use the winding
corridors to provide cover fire from the enemies for almost half of the
journey, provides armor pickups to keep you shielded *and* has health inside
the enemy flag room when you arrive (or to top off your health before the
escape attempt). The biggest downside to this route is that you can get
ambushed in the corridors.

There are a couple 'secrets' on this level. Between the left & right path,
immediately behind the entrance to the sniper bunkers near where the sniper
rifle spawns, there is a ventilation shaft in the 'ceiling' which you can
throw your translocator into. This will take you into the Flak\Armor room and
bypass the Shock\Helmet room. On the wall behind the Bio Rifle, there is an
access hatch which turns into the enemy Flag, allowing you to enter from
'behind enemy lines.' It's not incredibly useful, but the bots will use this.
Finally - and this is the game winner - there is a Shield belt above the
Stinger platform in either team's flag room. The stinger platform 'loops
around' for no obvious reason, but if you look up there is a pipe running
along the ceiling. If you translocate onto that, you'll find the shield belt.
If it's already been taken, you can also wait there safely for it to respawn.

You can get the shield belt in the red base and use it to get inside the blue
base, stock up on health and replace the broken shield, and then grab the flag
and make an escape with 100/100. If you take the right path, you can sometimes
grab an Armor Vest and\or Helmet on your way out. This factor alone should
allow you to make it outside and to the first bridge, where your team can
(possibly) pick up where you left off if you die. Another useful trick is to
use the Bio Rifle alt fire to clear the hallways if anyone tries to ambush
you. A lot of people dislike the Bio Rifle, but in situations like this it can
be more useful than the Flak Cannon. Quickly 'Zigzagging' is also a must,
since it reduces the enemy accuracy by about 60%. If you're still having
trouble with this, you can linger in your own base collecting the health vials
on top of the generators, the armor helmet, vest, and belt until you're
175/199. That should give you enough energy to get into the blue base and
replace your shield before attempting the capture. The 175 shield should get
you outside, and the extra 99 health might help getting across the bridge.

Mission 124 - Suspense ( vCTF-Suspense )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Cain, Johnson, Karag, Wraith

Map Details
Oxida Nova border territories
Suspense is the only bridge across the Alluvion strong enough to support the
weight of heavy combat vehicles. Without the bridge, it would take Axon forces
several days to respond to any battles across of the river. As such, it is
always under guard by an Axon mechanized division, with military checkpoints
at each end.

Briefing
"We need to clear the military checkpoints at each end of this bridge. Izanagi
recon took the southern point, and they called us to take the more heavily
guarded northern point. So we'll sortie from the south to attack their
respawner. We will have vehicle support. Bishop, the central bridge towers
should make great sniper nests. Don't forget a longbow to take out enemy
armor. Recon team also found a path under the bridge, so keep that in mind as
our number-two option."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- The towers of the bridge are ideal sniping positions.
- There is a Redeemer on the lower path, under the bridge.

Strategy & Tactics
This is the vCTF mission included in the demo, and all the same tricks work.
It's very simple geometrically, and it shouldn't take more than a couple
minutes to learn the layout. You've got a Goliath and a Raptor on the East
edge of your base, a Scorpion, Hellbender, and Manta on the West, and an SPMA
Artillery in the Northwest.

The sniper rifle spawns between the two halves, and another spawns up near the
SPMA artillery. You can use the support cables on the bridge to run (or
Hoverboard) up to the top of the bridge in a scene very reminiscent of FFX
(except they didn't fall on their face and roll off the edge to their death.)
Most of your weapons will be acquired from weapon lockers near your spawn
point so there is much more emphasis on vehicles for this map. The biggest
asset at your disposal will be the Super Health which spawns near the Sniper
Rifle and SPMA Artillery, up the ramp from your flag and around the corner.

Jester will pilot the Goliath, making her very useful. Trying to pilot the
Goliath yourself just draws a ton of enemy fire, you lose the tank and it
Hellbenders, and Scorpions will have to drive down the main road, making them
very vulnerable. Mantas can get away with it to some extent, but it's still
more vulnerable than the Raptor. You'll want to hop on over and get the Super
Health on your side of the map first, then take your Raptor across and land it
near theirs. It's much better to take the powerups in enemy territory to
deprive them of the benefit. When you've got 199 health, discreetly (wait for
the Goliath to pass if you need to) walk into the enemy flag room and take it.
Run back up the ramp to where the Super Health spawns and take a sharp right.
Run along the narrow ledge against the wall of the building. Jump across to
the doorway on the bridge's support pillar and run inside. This puts you on
the bridge. Take a left and run outside along the edge of the bridge, being
careful not to fall off or leave yourself exposed to fire from behind you. You
can use the pillars as cover to some extent, but you'll want to keep moving.
Once you get inside the second doorway, you're almost home free. I've found it
better to keep running straight for a short way after leaving the doorway
rather than trying to cut across the bridge immediately. Either way, cross the
bridge and put the flag away. No sweat. Then, just get the Super Health again
and repeat the process.

The redeemer spawns on the island under the bridge. Falling off the bridge can
result in a ragdoll, dropping the flag, and possibly getting killed by the
bots who like to play down there. If you survive you can climb the ramp on the
opposite side and come up in about the same place as you would have if you'd
run along the bridge. I tend to avoid the hoverboard on this map, but there
are a couple opportunities to use it in brief intervals inside the buildings
and around corners.

Note: If you're playing Co-op you can use the Raptor and Hoverboard grapple to
bring a friend into the enemy base with you, and quickly tow them back out
with the flag. It may be possible to accomplish this kind of extraction with
the bots as well, by piloting the raptor near them when they grab the enemy
flag.

Mission 125 - Downtown ( WAR-Downtown )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Lauren, Barktooth, Cain, Johnson

Map Details
Downtown Oxida Nova
With the blockade on the Alluvion River, the warehouse district of Oxida Nova
has been plunged into chaos. The storage facilities located there are the only
remaining supply points available to Axon forces, and they've enforced martial
law to ensure that their supplies remain unthreatened.

Briefing
"The Izanagi are taking Oxida Nova City and we're on point. I don't have to
tell you about urban terrain, even 3:1 odds is rolling the dice - and today,
we're straight up. We move downtown, flush the Axon into the open, and take
out their power grid. The sooner we get heavy vehicles in play, the better -
either by blowing the barricades outside the Axon base, or capturing the tank
factory at the central node. Stay alert. We're on their home turf now and

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- Use the shaped charge or Redeemer to destroy barricades.
battlefield.
- Axon forces have a strong foothold in this area. Defend your core at all
costs.

Strategy & Tactics
WAR-Downtown will be harder than the other Warfare missions we've played so
far. It's similar to WAR-Serenity, in that all of the nodes are linked in
succession with an unlinked support node which, again, spawns a tank. This
time, the tank is a Goliath, and there is an extra node in the middle to fight
over. Furthermore, every node has an orb spawner, so it will be a tug of war
between the orb carriers. Even worse, the enemy starts will all of the nodes

Your role in this mission is to stabilize the situation, putting you in a
support role. You're gonna be on defense this time, a defensive-offense, and
your bots are all on offense by default. Jester will pretty much camp the orb,
so it's difficult to get a hold of, and the enemy will be constantly pushing
on your base as well. Your bots will basically ignore the tank node, and the
Goliath it spawns, while the enemy team - Lauren in particular - will not.
This means your first order of business is to take the Tank node and use the
back to the center node. You can park your Goliath near your Prime Node,
safely away from most of the fighting, and use it to shut down their Orb
carrier, but they can circumvent this by taking the Tank node out from under
you so it's better to be quick and try to get the center node back to neutral
status. If you lose your goliath, go get another one. Taking out the center
node is difficult because they've got a laser turret - and a number of
Scorpions - which will decimate your tank. If you can just destroy the node
whether or not you claim it yourself (using abandoned enemy vehicles as cover
sometimes works) they will lose these vehicles until they can recover it,
making it easier for you to capture and hold the node yourself. At this point,
whoever controls the tank node is 'winning'.

For the most part, the idea of the early game is to keep the Tank node under
your control and use it as a counterweight to prevent the enemy from
reclaiming anything your allies take from them. This is the hardest part. Once
you've got control of both the center node and the tank node, the dynamics
change. For one, you don't have to do anything else except maintain control
and you will win by attrition if the time runs out. At this point you might
find it better to switch entirely to defense using the Orb to shield & hold
the center node while your allies fight over the enemy prime node. If the
enemy prime falls, you can then run over and build a friendly node in it's
place, and repeat the process there while your allies attack the enemy core.
Another option might be to assist attacking the enemy prime node yourself,
although this can be difficult and potentially costly if the enemy counter-
attacks.

Once you have their prime node, you can attack their core. On the easier
settings I find this more productive than defending because the bots are so
slow and it's easy to recover the node if they destroy it. On the harder
levels there is less room to play around, I prefer to be conservative and let
the enemy wear out slowly-but-surely, using my now-obsolete orb to defend the
enemy prime node and preventing them from getting back up. If you have an
opening between waves of enemies, you can run over and take the Tank node back
at this point (if you lost it). You can actually park the Goliath inside the
prime node building, making it impossible for the enemy to reclaim their node.

If you decide to attack their base, there is an alleyway off the main road
that leads to their core. You can get in and shoot it a couple times before
the bots catch on. If you've got a secure hold on the prime node and the
enemies are siege in their base, you can drive the Goliath through their
front gate without much fuss as well. All-in-all the first 50% is the hard
part and it's all downhill from there.

Mission 126 - Defiance ( DM-Defiance )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Lauren, Barktooth, Harlin, Slain

Map Details
Downtown Oxida Nova
Downtown Oxida Nova is a busy hub for Axon colonists. The area is surrounded
by tall buildings, including the central rail station, employment offices, and
shopping centers that are designed to resemble those back home on Earth.

Briefing
"Now that we've taken Oxida Nova, Axon defenses are crumbling. There's only a
few pockets of resistance left, but that includes the Iron Guard. These guys
are Axon-elite, ex-military--very experienced. And very pissed. They've got a
make-shift command point near the transport center. Our job is to take control
of the area before they spark a city-wide riot."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- The tight corridors of the lower level are very dangerous.
- More powerful items can be found in the center's upper levels.

Strategy & Tactics
Hit & Run reigns supreme on this level, although the tunnels by the rocket
launcher provide a nice campsite. I set up Jester and Othello on top of the
ramps opposite the door, with Bishop on the rocket launcher, and myself up on
the thighpads with the Sniper Rifle\Rocket Launcher. - This was extremely
successful tactically, but it made too many 'economic' compromises to be a
valid strategy overall. I also tried having the bots follow me, as per Shangri-
La, but the level design didn't seem to accommodate that as well. The strategy
from Arsenal and Carbon Fire seems to work the best: let your bots do what
they want while you follow them around to distract the enemy. The rest of the
time, stay out of the way and use guerilla tactics.

Mission 127 - Serenity ( WAR-Serenity )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Lauren, Slain, Johnson, Karag

Map Details
Alluvion river valley
There's a small Tarydium mine buried deep in the trees of this old forest.
While it's not large enough to be a major source of income for the Axon, they
have been known to use it as a supply depot and refueling center for their
shipping convoys.

Briefing
"With the Alluvion blocked, the Axon are trying to sneak their Leviathan super-
vehicle behind our lines. That kind of firepower on our flank would *not* be
pretty so we need to hit 'em quickly. Their convoy stopped near a supply depot
to refuel, and it's ambush time. Our forces used dense forest cover to
establish a small base and now Ronin does the real work. Don't forget the mine
node. We can use it to construct our own Leviathan. That'd wake 'em up."

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- When Tarydium stockpiles are maxed, Leviathan production begins
automatically.
- Proceed with caution, Axon forces already have a Leviathan at their
disposal.

Strategy & Tactics
This one is pretty straightforward, but it introduces a new feature: Countdown
Nodes. This time all of the nodes are connected in basically a straight line,
and like the Torlan Delta, the center support node is not connected to any
other nodes. Controlling the center node begins a 40 second countdown. When
the countdown ends, a Leviathan spawns in the small canyon west of the Node
for whoever completed the countdown. The enemy, however, already has a
Leviathan up and running, and they will try to claim the Mine Node early to
keep it under their control.

This mission shouldn't be too difficult. Your first order of business is to
take the Mine Node away from the enemy. Then you have to destroy their
leviathan. Once you have done those things, you'll be able to construct your
own leviathan at the mine node. From there it's just a matter of driving it
into the enemy prime node and on to their core. There isn't anything terribly
unique to these steps, just use the Orb and then go after the Leviathan,
either with a Goliath, an AVRiL or some other kind of long-range weapon. If
you position yourself properly, you can hit the back-end of the Leviathan
without any fear of retribution. The bots aren't very smart about piloting it
so bringing it down is a matter of time more than anything.

With you manning the Leviathan, your allies should be able to claim the prime
nodes without a problem, and then all you have to do is push in and destroy
the core.

Mission 128 - Kargo ( vCTF-Kargo )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Scorn, Gnasher, Cerberus, Hellhound, Scar, Blackfang

Map Details
Alluvion river valley
The harbors of the Alluvion River are the primary entry points for colonial
supply lines. These shipping lanes are shared by all factions, and monitored
by an N.E.G. peacekeeping force. This port is a highly contested supply point
on the edge of Axon territory, with the Izanagi mainland just across the bay.

Briefing
"I don't like what's going on here. The Axon are quiet - no attempts to
recapture the Alluvion Corridor. Four recon teams went into Oxida Nova. Only
one made it out. They reported I quote, "Overwhelming hordes of Krall
mercenaries slaughtering everyone wholesale." Before we could get defenses
online, the Krall crossed the bay and hit our supply-lines. We need to move
quickly, or this entire op is going up in smoke. We've seen what these
bastards can do first hand. This time, they don't have the element of surprise
but we're still heavily outnumbered. Don't kid yourselves. Respawners or not,
every time we fight the Krall, we're fighting for survival."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- Control the boat in the mid-ground to access a Goliath.
- Line up a Scorpion boost to jump from ramp to ramp across the boat.

Strategy & Tactics
You'll be outnumbered by two this time, making it significantly more difficult
than last time. It can be hard to get even one capture on this mission and if
you let your guard down the enemy can win very quickly. I didn't have much
success using the tank because my bots could hardly get to the flag room let
alone back out again. It's possible to score this way, but you could easily
play to overtime without doing so and still lose on a rough transition. The
best bet seems to be to alternate between the tank and a flag attempt. The
tank keeps the enemy in line and prevents them from getting too many people on
your side of the board, reducing the chance that somebody might capture your
flag in the time between your tank's destruction and your flag run. It also
reduces the likelihood that the tank will fall into enemy hands.

For the actual run, the shield belt would help immensely if you can get a hold
of it. Either way, you want to approach from the Hellbender side and stay away
from midfield where the enemy vehicles congregate. Aside from avoiding a lot
of unnecessary damage, it also provides you a small area to restock on health
and armor before you enter the flag room. There will probably be two defenders
guarding the flag since they can afford it. If you drop down into the scorpion
garage and then use the jump pad in the back, you'll come up right in front of
one of the defenders. If you turn around and step onto it, you can come up
facing him and can gib him with the Flak Cannon before he has a chance to
return fire. Then you can grab the flag and jump over the rail to the
Hellbender exit.

If you moved quickly out of the base - and especially if you have the shield
belt - you should have enough time to use your hoverboard to get behind the
crates. You may even be able to reach the garage. Take the same route home
that you took to reach the base and hope the enemy didn't take the tank while
you were away. If they did, you'll probably have to kill the tank and try
again, but sometimes you can escape before it targets you. The redeemer can
make short work of the tank, just don't use the alt-fire or they will shoot it
down with their incredible aim.

Mission 129 - Torlan Delta ( WAR-Torlan_Leviathan )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Blackfang, Bargest, Claw, Lockjaw, Worg, Scar, Hellhound

Map Details
Torlan river delta
Thanks to stringent monitoring by the New Earth Government, all three
Corporations have used the fields of the Torlan Delta to power their combined
mining efforts. But with the recent threat of full scale war, N.E.G. forces
have pulled out, and everyone is scrambling to take control of this valuable
territory.

Briefing
"With three corporations at each other’s throats, the Torlan Delta's in chaos.
Krall forces are swarming at the central Torlan gorge, looking to take
advantage. All we've got is a forward observation post at the border. The
outlying nodes will give us more vehicles, but intel says they're already
corrupted by the necris. The Torlan Delta's about as strategic as it gets, so
this isn't optional. We have to push out the Krall if we're gonna win this
war. Good thing we picked up that Leviathan. Let's give the Krall a little
surprise."

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- A Support Node below the central bridge will provide your team with extra
fire power.
- Krall forces will attempt to overwhelm enemies by attacking in packs.
- Some Nodes are already under the control of the Krall forces.

Strategy & Tactics
This mission is terrible. The bot AI is horribly buggy - but only for your
allies. Meanwhile, the enemy outnumbers you almost 2:1, and they are
organized, aggressive, and arguably better equipped. On higher difficulties
they'll even use their Vipers to tow the Orb carrier between the nodes. You
have no choice but to use the Leviathan. If you allow your bots to pilot it,
they will almost certainly get stuck on the wall of the base. Even if they
don't get stuck, they will drive it to the prime node where it essentially
waits to be destroyed so you can start the level over.

You want Jester and Othello on offense, and Bishop covering you. Bishop will
get in the leviathan with you and man one of the turrets. We use Bishop
because he is the most accurate and the least useful on foot. Othello will go
to the Prime node, while Jester will carry the orb to the center node. If
Othello has the orb, he will take it to the prime node like an idiot, but
Jester will still go to the center node. If you have Othello *and* Bishop in
the Leviathan, Jester will take the orb to the Center node and wait for the
Prime Node to complete the construction that Othello never started - shutting

You want to pilot the Leviathan to the center node. On your way to the center
node, you will more than likely run into an enemy viper towing their orb
carrier on their way to do the same thing. Killing them should not be a
problem, but you have to kill them before they get their orb carrier to the
node. If they get the node before you do, they will quite possibly kill your
leviathan before you can recover it, push south and take your prime node
before the leviathan respawns, and then reassemble at your prime node, in good

When the enemy prime node finishes construction. They will begin a huge push
into the center node. You want to mobilize the Leviathan and use it's Ion
Cannon to destroy everyone in the pass. When, and if things quiet down, go
back into tank mode and drive toward the far side of the tunnel. The idea is
to position the Leviathan so that Bishop can attack the enemy prime node, yet
is still protected by the mountainside. Then you want to deploy again and use
the Ion Cannon to keep a clear area in front of the Leviathan - so that the
enemy can't get close enough to attack it. The point is NOT to push into the
enemy Prime node, only to destroy it and keep it destroyed. At this point your
Leviathan would probably not survive driving out into the open and you are too
outnumbered to make the run yourself. Even if you did, the enemy could quickly
and easily take it back.

The purpose is to keep the enemy away from the center node as long as
possible. What will probably happen - at least if you're playing on the higher
difficulties - the Leviathan will be destroyed shortly after you start
bombarding the prime node. You may or may not succeed in destroying the enemy
prime, but it doesn't make a huge difference. Either way, you'll have to wait
until the Leviathan respawns, and will be very vulnerable during this time. We
pushed into their prime node so that they will have that much further to run
before they are in -your- territory.  The enemy will continue pushing into the
center node. Since you are on foot now, grab the orb and use it to shield the
node. The enemy will fire at you, so strafe around and shoot back. If the
enemy kills you, respawn as quickly as you can. Because you were shielding the
node, the enemy was not attacking the node itself. If you are quick enough,
you can respawn at the center node before it gets attacked again and your orb
will still be there. Quickly pick up the orb and shield\heal the node again.
Repeat this for as long as you can. If the enemy orb carrier approaches the
node, kill him (if you can) and use their orb to destroy it. If he kills you,
respawn quickly so you'll appear back at the node. Your orb should still be
there, and you may still be able to reclaim the node. If it works out, a new
orb will appear on the spawner, and you can repeat the cycle. If the enemy
succeeds in claiming the center node - and they probably will - things become
more hectic. You can still recover, however. Just repeat this process at the
Prime Node. They probably won't claim both before the Leviathan comes back
online. Even if they do, when the Leviathan comes back online, you can recover

When the Leviathan comes back online, you need to teleport back to the base
immediately and get inside it. The only thing more important than this is
destroying the blue orb at the center node, so do that first if necessary. If
you still have the center node in your control, drive the leviathan in front
of it and mobilize the Ion Cannon to keep the canyon clear of enemies, then
push north to the enemy prime node again and destroy it like we did (or tried
to do) last time. If the enemy managed to claim the center node while you were
gone, mobilize the turret at the canyon entrance and shoot the Ion Cannon down
at the ground in the center. This will kill the enemies respawning at the
center node, and if you aim it properly it will damage the node as well. You
can hold this position until the orb carrier reclaims the node, return to tank
mode and drive up to assault the node directly, or get out of the Leviathan
and let the bots pilot it while you follow in behind with the node yourself.

If the enemy succeeded in pushing all the way south and captured your prime
node, you still want to position your leviathan as above, where you can attack
the Prime Node or the center node. Destroy the prime node (and the enemy dark
walker). Make sure the enemies at the Prime Node are dead, and then get out of
your leviathan and go to the Prime Node. Once your prime node is
reconstructed, go grab your orb and\or catch up with your leviathan. The bots
are probably driving it down the canyon to the center node. This is a perfect
opportunity to repair it with your link gun. If the orb carrier dies you can
pick it up and use the Leviathan as a shield on your way to the node. If the
enemy destroys your leviathan while you're fighting over the Prime Node,
you'll need to shift your focus to the Orb. You can't let the enemy have the
Prime Node, so you'll want to carry the orb in and take the node back, and
then use the teleporter to go get another Orb ASAP. At the very least you need
to keep it out of enemy hands until the Leviathan returns.

The goal is to stay alive until the time runs out. Once you're in Overtime,
all you have to do is capture and hold the center node and their core will
count down faster than yours will. If you can destroy their prime node, it's
even faster. Using the Leviathan and the Orb as barriers for your Nodes should
give you enough of a defensive advantage that they will lose their Nodes
faster than you do, hold them for less time, and therefore suffer more
attrition damage.

Note: This strategy does not require playing a card, but this level is
difficult enough that it may justify playing one.

Mission 130 - Serenity ( WAR-Serenity )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Lauren, Slain, Johnson, Karag

Map Details
Alluvion river valley
There's a small Tarydium mine buried deep in the trees of this old forest.
While it's not large enough to be a major source of income for the Axon, they
have been known to use it as a supply depot and refueling center for their
shipping convoys.

Briefing
"With the Alluvion blocked, the Axon are trying to sneak their Leviathan super-
vehicle behind our lines. That kind of firepower on our flank would *not* be
pretty so we need to hit 'em quickly. Their convoy stopped near a supply depot
to refuel, and it's ambush time. Our forces used dense forest cover to
establish a small base and now Ronin does the real work. Don't forget the mine
node. We can use it to construct our own Leviathan. That'd wake 'em up."

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- Control the Mine Node to engage the mining drones.
- The drones will automatically begin to mine and stockpile Tarydium.
- When Tarydium stockpiles are maxed, Leviathan production begins
automatically.
- Proceed with caution, Axon forces already have a Leviathan at their
disposal.

Strategy & Tactics
This one is pretty straightforward, but it introduces a new feature: Countdown
Nodes. This time all of the nodes are connected in basically a straight line,
and like the Torlan Delta, the center support node is not connected to any
other nodes. Controlling the center node begins a 40 second countdown. When
the countdown ends, a Leviathan spawns in the small canyon west of the Node
for whoever completed the countdown. The enemy, however, already has a
Leviathan up and running, and they will try to claim the Mine Node early to
keep it under their control.

This mission shouldn't be too difficult. Your first order of business is to
take the Mine Node away from the enemy. Then you have to destroy their
leviathan. Once you have done those things, you'll be able to construct your
own leviathan at the mine node. From there it's just a matter of driving it
into the enemy prime node and on to their core. There isn't anything terribly
unique to these steps, just use the Orb and then go after the Leviathan,
either with a Goliath, an AVRiL or some other kind of long-range weapon. If
you position yourself properly, you can hit the back-end of the Leviathan
without any fear of retribution. The bots aren't very smart about piloting it
so bringing it down is a matter of time more than anything.

With you manning the Leviathan, your allies should be able to claim the prime
nodes without a problem, and then all you have to do is push in and destroy
the core.

Mission 131 - Suspense ( vCTF-Suspense )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Barktooth, Johnson, Kregore, Talan

Map Details
Oxida Nova border territories
Suspense is the only bridge across the Alluvion strong enough to support the
weight of heavy combat vehicles. Without the bridge, it would take Axon forces
several days to respond to any battles across of the river. As such, it is
always under guard by an Axon mechanized division, with military checkpoints
at each end.

Briefing
"We need to clear the military checkpoints at each end of this bridge. Izanagi
recon took the southern point, and they called us to take the more heavily
guarded northern point. So we'll sortie from the south to attack their
respawner. We will have vehicle support. Bishop, the central bridge towers
should make great sniper nests. Don't forget a longbow to take out enemy
armor. Recon team also found a path under the bridge, so keep that in mind as
our number-two option."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- The towers of the bridge are ideal sniping positions.
- There is a Redeemer on the lower path, under the bridge.

Strategy & Tactics
This is the vCTF mission included in the demo, and all the same tricks work.
It's very simple geometrically, and it shouldn't take more than a couple
minutes to learn the layout. You've got a Goliath and a Raptor on the East
edge of your base, a Scorpion, Hellbender, and Manta on the West, and an SPMA
Artillery in the Northwest.

The sniper rifle spawns between the two halves, and another spawns up near the
SPMA artillery. You can use the support cables on the bridge to run (or
Hoverboard) up to the top of the bridge in a scene very reminiscent of FFX
(except they didn't fall on their face and roll off the edge to their death.)
Most of your weapons will be acquired from weapon lockers near your spawn
point so there is much more emphasis on vehicles for this map. The biggest
asset at your disposal will be the Super Health which spawns near the Sniper
Rifle and SPMA Artillery, up the ramp from your flag and around the corner.

Jester will pilot the Goliath, making her very useful. Trying to pilot the
Goliath yourself just draws a ton of enemy fire, you lose the tank and it
Hellbenders, and Scorpions will have to drive down the main road, making them
very vulnerable. Mantas can get away with it to some extent, but it's still
more vulnerable than the Raptor. You'll want to hop on over and get the Super
Health on your side of the map first, then take your Raptor across and land it
near theirs. It's much better to take the powerups in enemy territory to
deprive them of the benefit. When you've got 199 health, discreetly (wait for
the Goliath to pass if you need to) walk into the enemy flag room and take it.
Run back up the ramp to where the Super Health spawns and take a sharp right.
Run along the narrow ledge against the wall of the building. Jump across to
the doorway on the bridge's support pillar and run inside. This puts you on
the bridge. Take a left and run outside along the edge of the bridge, being
careful not to fall off or leave yourself exposed to fire from behind you. You
can use the pillars as cover to some extent, but you'll want to keep moving.
Once you get inside the second doorway, you're almost home free. I've found it
better to keep running straight for a short way after leaving the doorway
rather than trying to cut across the bridge immediately. Either way, cross the
bridge and put the flag away. No sweat. Then, just get the Super Health again
and repeat the process.

The redeemer spawns on the island under the bridge. Falling off the bridge can
result in a ragdoll, dropping the flag, and possibly getting killed by the
bots who like to play down there. If you survive you can climb the ramp on the
opposite side and come up in about the same place as you would have if you'd
run along the bridge. I tend to avoid the hoverboard on this map, but there
are a couple opportunities to use it in brief intervals inside the buildings
and around corners.

Note: If you're playing Co-op you can use the Raptor and Hoverboard grapple to
bring a friend into the enemy base with you, and quickly tow them back out
with the flag. It may be possible to accomplish this kind of extraction with
the bots as well, by piloting the raptor near them when they grab the enemy
flag.

Mission 132 - Downtown ( WAR-Downtown )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Lauren, Barktooth, Drake, Cain

Map Details
Downtown Oxida Nova
With the blockade on the Alluvion River, the warehouse district of Oxida Nova
has been plunged into chaos. The storage facilities located there are the only
remaining supply points available to Axon forces, and they've enforced martial
law to ensure that their supplies remain unthreatened.

Briefing
"The Izanagi are taking Oxida Nova City and we're on point. I don't have to
tell you about urban terrain, even 3:1 odds is rolling the dice - and today,
we're straight up. We move downtown, flush the Axon into the open, and take
out their power grid. The sooner we get heavy vehicles in play, the better -
either by blowing the barricades outside the Axon base, or capturing the tank
factory at the central node. Stay alert. We're on their home turf now and

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- Use the shaped charge or Redeemer to destroy barricades.
battlefield.
- Axon forces have a strong foothold in this area. Defend your core at all
costs.

Strategy & Tactics
WAR-Downtown will be harder than the other Warfare missions we've played so
far. It's similar to WAR-Serenity, in that all of the nodes are linked in
succession with an unlinked support node which, again, spawns a tank. This
time, the tank is a Goliath, and there is an extra node in the middle to fight
over. Furthermore, every node has an orb spawner, so it will be a tug of war
between the orb carriers. Even worse, the enemy starts will all of the nodes

Your role in this mission is to stabilize the situation, putting you in a
support role. You're gonna be on defense this time, a defensive-offense, and
your bots are all on offense by default. Jester will pretty much camp the orb,
so it's difficult to get a hold of, and the enemy will be constantly pushing
on your base as well. Your bots will basically ignore the tank node, and the
Goliath it spawns, while the enemy team - Lauren in particular - will not.
This means your first order of business is to take the Tank node and use the
back to the center node. You can park your Goliath near your Prime Node,
safely away from most of the fighting, and use it to shut down their Orb
carrier, but they can circumvent this by taking the Tank node out from under
you so it's better to be quick and try to get the center node back to neutral
status. If you lose your goliath, go get another one. Taking out the center
node is difficult because they've got a laser turret - and a number of
Scorpions - which will decimate your tank. If you can just destroy the node
whether or not you claim it yourself (using abandoned enemy vehicles as cover
sometimes works) they will lose these vehicles until they can recover it,
making it easier for you to capture and hold the node yourself. At this point,
whoever controls the tank node is 'winning'.

For the most part, the idea of the early game is to keep the Tank node under
your control and use it as a counterweight to prevent the enemy from
reclaiming anything your allies take from them. This is the hardest part. Once
you've got control of both the center node and the tank node, the dynamics
change. For one, you don't have to do anything else except maintain control
and you will win by attrition if the time runs out. At this point you might
find it better to switch entirely to defense using the Orb to shield & hold
the center node while your allies fight over the enemy prime node. If the
enemy prime falls, you can then run over and build a friendly node in it's
place, and repeat the process there while your allies attack the enemy core.
Another option might be to assist attacking the enemy prime node yourself,
although this can be difficult and potentially costly if the enemy counter-
attacks.

Once you have their prime node, you can attack their core. On the easier
settings I find this more productive than defending because the bots are so
slow and it's easy to recover the node if they destroy it. On the harder
levels there is less room to play around, I prefer to be conservative and let
the enemy wear out slowly-but-surely, using my now-obsolete orb to defend the
enemy prime node and preventing them from getting back up. If you have an
opening between waves of enemies, you can run over and take the Tank node back
at this point (if you lost it). You can actually park the Goliath inside the
prime node building, making it impossible for the enemy to reclaim their node.

If you decide to attack their base, there is an alleyway off the main road
that leads to their core. You can get in and shoot it a couple times before
the bots catch on. If you've got a secure hold on the prime node and the
enemies are siege in their base, you can drive the Goliath through their
front gate without much fuss as well. All-in-all the first 50% is the hard
part and it's all downhill from there.

Mission 133 - Defiance ( DM-Defiance )
Goal: 50 Kills
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Lauren, Harlin, Barktooth, Slain

Map Details
Downtown Oxida Nova
Downtown Oxida Nova is a busy hub for Axon colonists. The area is surrounded
by tall buildings, including the central rail station, employment offices, and
shopping centers that are designed to resemble those back home on Earth.

Briefing
"Now that we've taken Oxida Nova, Axon defenses are crumbling. There's only a
few pockets of resistance left, but that includes the Iron Guard. These guys
are Axon-elite, ex-military--very experienced. And very pissed. They've got a
make-shift command point near the transport center. Our job is to take control
of the area before they spark a city-wide riot."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- The tight corridors of the lower level are very dangerous.
- More powerful items can be found in the center's upper levels.

Strategy & Tactics
Hit & Run reigns supreme on this level, although the tunnels by the rocket
launcher provide a nice campsite. I set up Jester and Othello on top of the
ramps opposite the door, with Bishop on the rocket launcher, and myself up on
the thighpads with the Sniper Rifle\Rocket Launcher. - This was extremely
successful tactically, but it made too many 'economic' compromises to be a
valid strategy overall. I also tried having the bots follow me, as per Shangri-
La, but the level design didn't seem to accommodate that as well. The strategy
from Arsenal and Carbon Fire seems to work the best: let your bots do what
they want while you follow them around to distract the enemy. The rest of the
time, stay out of the way and use guerilla tactics.

Mission 134 - Kargo ( vCTF-Kargo )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop
Enemies: Scorn, Gnasher, Scar, Worg, Lockjaw, Claw

Map Details
Alluvion river valley
The harbors of the Alluvion River are the primary entry points for colonial
supply lines. These shipping lanes are shared by all factions, and monitored
by an N.E.G. peacekeeping force. This port is a highly contested supply point
on the edge of Axon territory, with the Izanagi mainland just across the bay.

Briefing
"I don't like what's going on here. The Axon are quiet - no attempts to
recapture the Alluvion Corridor. Four recon teams went into Oxida Nova. Only
one made it out. They reported I quote, "Overwhelming hordes of Krall
mercenaries slaughtering everyone wholesale." Before we could get defenses
online, the Krall crossed the bay and hit our supply-lines. We need to move
quickly, or this entire op is going up in smoke. We've seen what these
bastards can do first hand. This time, they don't have the element of surprise
but we're still heavily outnumbered. Don't kid yourselves. Respawners or not,
every time we fight the Krall, we're fighting for survival."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- Control the boat in the mid-ground to access a Goliath.
- Line up a Scorpion boost to jump from ramp to ramp across the boat.

Strategy & Tactics
You'll be outnumbered by two this time, making it significantly more difficult
than last time. It can be hard to get even one capture on this mission and if
you let your guard down the enemy can win very quickly. I didn't have much
success using the tank because my bots could hardly get to the flag room let
alone back out again. It's possible to score this way, but you could easily
play to overtime without doing so and still lose on a rough transition. The
best bet seems to be to alternate between the tank and a flag attempt. The
tank keeps the enemy in line and prevents them from getting too many people on
your side of the board, reducing the chance that somebody might capture your
flag in the time between your tank's destruction and your flag run. It also
reduces the likelihood that the tank will fall into enemy hands.

For the actual run, the shield belt would help immensely if you can get a hold
of it. Either way, you want to approach from the Hellbender side and stay away
from midfield where the enemy vehicles congregate. Aside from avoiding a lot
of unnecessary damage, it also provides you a small area to restock on health
and armor before you enter the flag room. There will probably be two defenders
guarding the flag since they can afford it. If you drop down into the scorpion
garage and then use the jump pad in the back, you'll come up right in front of
one of the defenders. If you turn around and step onto it, you can come up
facing him and can gib him with the Flak Cannon before he has a chance to
return fire. Then you can grab the flag and jump over the rail to the
Hellbender exit.

If you moved quickly out of the base - and especially if you have the shield
belt - you should have enough time to use your hoverboard to get behind the
crates. You may even be able to reach the garage. Take the same route home
that you took to reach the base and hope the enemy didn't take the tank while
you were away. If they did, you'll probably have to kill the tank and try
again, but sometimes you can escape before it targets you. The redeemer can
make short work of the tank, just don't use the alt-fire or they will shoot it
down with their incredible aim.

Mission 135 - Serenity ( WAR-Serenity_Necris )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop, Ushido, Kensai
Enemies: Scythe, Cerberus, Blackfang, Bargest, Worg, HellHound

Map Details
Alluvion river valley
There's a small Tarydium mine buried deep in the trees of this old forest.
While it's not large enough to be a major source of income for the Axon, they
have been known to use it as a supply depot and refueling center for their
shipping convoys.

Briefing
"Intel has proof the phayder corporation is backing the Krall army, supplying
them with necris vehicles and technology. Just what we need: Bestial psychotic
killers with high-grade tech. Latest news is that the Krall hijacked an Axon
supply convoy including - oh that's just great - including a Leviathan super
vehicle. Ronin, we're on damage control. That Leviathan could turn the tide of
the war, and we'd better be on the right side of the wave when it hits."

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- When Tarydium stockpiles are maxed, Leviathan production begins
automatically.

Strategy & Tactics
A little bit different this time. The enemy doesn't start with a leviathan,
which is nice, but they get a couple Necris vehicles and enter with a
different strategy. The enemy will pay more attention to the mine node this
time - probably because they have men to spare. The bulk of their forces will
claim their Prime Node, and immediately push into yours. If they claim your
prime node, they'll put more priority on getting a leviathan, which they will
be in good position to do. It's much more difficult to turn the battle around
on this map.

Your forces will do the same. Whoever spawns closest to the orb will take it
to the Mine node, sometimes bringing vehicle support. The rest will go to the
Prime Node. Since both teams are doing basically the same thing, they will
both construct their prime node at about the same time and the only difference
in the first 30 seconds or so is who 'wins' control of the mine node. From
there, both teams will try to use their orb as a battering ram to the prime
node. If you defeat the enemy attempt on the Mine Node, you've got about a
minute to spare which is best used attempting (at least) to push your orb into
the enemy prime node by circling in from the north. If the attempt succeeds,
congratulations. Otherwise, just head back to the Mine Node and get in your
Leviathan. The enemy gets a Nemesis - roughly equivalent to a Goliath - and if
everything goes well, it will arrive at your prime node just before your
Leviathan completes construction. Nemesis are annoying, even with unskilled
bot pilots, but on Insane it's.. Insane. This stage is delicate. If the
leviathan gets exploded too soon, or at the wrong time, the enemy will capture
your prime node, and you'll have to replace the Leviathan, thereby leaving
your Core unprotected. In addition, the enemy orb carrier will probably be en-
route to your Prime Node at this time as well.

You'll want to drive the leviathan out just far enough to cut-off any
opportunity for the enemy to reinforce it's assault on your base. Pay special
attention to the laser turret, the nemesis, and the enemy orb. These are the
backbone of the enemy plans. Once your prime node is secure and your allies
start attacking the enemy prime node, follow in behind them and help destroy
it. Once the prime node is down - just like last time - you can park in the
road and shut down any attempt to reclaim it while your allies do the work, or
you can crash through their front gate and damage the core yourself. Either
way, you're in good position to maintain a strangle hold on their operations.

Really, this mission isn't any different than the Iron Guard 4 vs. 4, it just
has more traffic and slightly different vehicles.

Mission 136 - Diesel ( DM-Diesel )
Goal: 40 Kills
Faction: Iron Guard
Allies: Othello,
Enemies: Lauren, Barktooth, Harlin, Slain

Map Details
Downtown Oxida Nova
Several maintenance facilities just like this one are required in order to
keep a city running smoothly, especially a city the size of Oxida Nova. The
Iron Guard have commissioned this particular structure as their own little
playground, and use it to test out new Axon tech, like advanced weapons and

Briefing
"Alright here's how it went down. We gave Axon a serious beating and they
offered a truce. Their factories are still intact and we *need* their vehicle
tech. So the corporations signed a limited merger. Malcolm took control of the
coalition forces and we're heading into Hyperion - the Liandri city. Lauren
and her Iron Guard want to train us with new equipment. Sounds more like a
hazing ritual. Either way, take it seriously."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- Color-coded lights alert you when the UDamage powerup is available.
- Enemy forces have the advantage of Axon's improved Respawner technology.

Strategy & Tactics
Unfortunately there isn't a lot of advice I can give on this level. You're
outnumbered 2 to 1, and - at least on insane - these guys aren't playing
around. I tried a number of different tactics on this map to see which
approach worked the best. The best strategy seems to be to follow Othello.
Normally I would suggest having Othello follow you, but there are several
First, on harder difficulties especially, he times the powerups. While a
skilled player will know how to time the powerups, they probably won't have
regardless of who picked it up last and when. If he is following you, he will
largely ignore powerups and weapon pickups unless you pick them up also.
Second, the bots will target you whenever they see you. If Othello is
following you, this will cause him some confusion if you die as a result. If
you are following him, however, he will continue to fight and moreover, he
will be able to kill them more easily while they are distracted.
Third, you're going to want to be evasive here, which means you're going to be
chased. If he attempts to follow you while you are being chased he'll
basically be running into the enemies arms.

On the hardest difficulty the bots become so 'accurate' here that they will be
shooting at you before they can even see you, and they will perform amazing
feats such as shooting you in the head through tiny windows from the other
side of the level, while jumping. Unless you are better than I am, you'll want
to avoid exposed locations and prolonged encounters. I found the minigun to be
especially useful since it spawns near two good ambush sites and is simply
easier to use while zigzagging and shooting at dodging targets. It's also
useful to weaken targets for Othello. The Bio Rifle is also useful for killing
enemies with powerups.

There are several good places to ambush the enemy on this mission. The health
on the crates near the stinger is attractive and often leads to bots getting
stuck while trying to climb the boxes. The stairwell nearby is difficult for
them to ascend while being attacked since they must align themselves with the
doorway you're attacking through. Beyond that, the Shield Belt spawns on top
of some more crates which the bots also become stuck on while trying to climb
up. Another good place is the ramp near the rocket launcher (the one near the
health kits) because the bots almost always attempt to come in from that
direction.

If you win the level, you get the "Iron Guard Reinforcements" card.

Mission 137 - Kargo ( vCTF-Kargo )
Goal: 3 Captures
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop, Kensai
Enemies: Scar, Hellhound, Claw, Bargest, Blackfang

Map Details
Alluvion river valley
The harbors of the Alluvion River are the primary entry points for colonial
supply lines. These shipping lanes are shared by all factions, and monitored
by an N.E.G. peacekeeping force. This port is a highly contested supply point
on the edge of Axon territory, with the Izanagi mainland just across the bay.

Briefing
"I don't like what's going on here. The Axon are quiet - no attempts to
recapture the Alluvion Corridor. Four recon teams went into Oxida Nova. Only
one made it out. They reported I quote, "Overwhelming hordes of Krall
mercenaries slaughtering everyone wholesale." Before we could get defenses
online, the Krall crossed the bay and hit our supply-lines. We need to move
quickly, or this entire op is going up in smoke. We've seen what these
bastards can do first hand. This time, they don't have the element of surprise
but we're still heavily outnumbered. Don't kid yourselves. Respawners or not,
every time we fight the Krall, we're fighting for survival."

Objectives
- Disable the enemy Respawner by removing its FLaGs.
- Control the boat in the mid-ground to access a Goliath.
- Line up a Scorpion boost to jump from ramp to ramp across the boat.

Strategy & Tactics
You're outnumbered, but only by 1 bot. This isn't as hard as some
incarnations. You'll want to focus on the Tank in the center of the map to
keep it out of enemy hands. You can use this to keep the enemy pinned in their
base, but your allies will have difficulty getting to the flag if the entire
enemy team is there. To combat this, you can let a few of the enemies escape
to where they think they are on offense. When your allies sneak in and get the
flag, go ballistic (literally) and start destroying the enemies at midfield.
They'll go back to their base where they are hopefully too far away to do any
good. If your tank gets destroyed, try to sneak into the enemy base for a
capture. The shield belt will help immensely with this, so grab that first if
you can.

You want to approach from the Hellbender side and stay away from midfield
where the enemy vehicles congregate. Aside from avoiding a lot of unnecessary
damage, it also provides you a small area to restock on health and armor
before you enter the flag room. There will probably be two defenders guarding
the flag since they can afford it. If you drop down into the scorpion garage
and then use the jump pad in the back, you'll come up right in front of one of
the defenders. If you turn around and step onto it, you can come up facing him
and can gib him with the Flak Cannon before he has a chance to return fire.
Then you can grab the flag and jump over the rail to the Hellbender exit.

If you moved quickly out of the base - and especially if you have the shield
belt - you should have enough time to use your hoverboard to get behind the
crates. You may even be able to reach the garage. Take the same route home
that you took to reach the base and hope the enemy didn't take the tank while
you were away. If they did, you'll probably have to kill the tank and try
again, but sometimes you can escape before it targets you. The redeemer can
make short work of the tank, just don't use the alt-fire or they will shoot it
down with their incredible aim.

Mission 138 - Serenity ( WAR-Serenity_Necris )
Goal: 1 Core Destroyed
Faction: Krall
Allies: Jester, Othello, Bishop, Harkin, Connor
Enemies: Scythe, Scorn, Gnasher, Cerberus, Scar, Lockjaw

Map Details
Alluvion river valley
There's a small Tarydium mine buried deep in the trees of this old forest.
While it's not large enough to be a major source of income for the Axon, they
have been known to use it as a supply depot and refueling center for their
shipping convoys.

Briefing
"Intel has proof the phayder corporation is backing the Krall army, supplying
them with necris vehicles and technology. Just what we need: Bestial psychotic
killers with high-grade tech. Latest news is that the Krall hijacked an Axon
supply convoy including - oh that's just great - including a Leviathan super
vehicle. Ronin, we're on damage control. That Leviathan could turn the tide of
the war, and we'd better be on the right side of the wave when it hits."

Objectives
- Link together Nodes to access the enemy Core.
- When Tarydium stockpiles are maxed, Leviathan production begins
automatically.

Strategy & Tactics
A little bit different this time. The enemy doesn't start with a leviathan,
which is nice, but they get a couple Necris vehicles and enter with a
different strategy. The enemy will pay more attention to the mine node this
time - probably because they have men to spare. The bulk of their forces will
claim their Prime Node, and immediately push into yours. If they claim your
prime node, they'll put more priority on getting a leviathan, which they will
be in good position to do. It's much more difficult to turn the battle around
on this map.

Your forces will do the same. Whoever spawns closest to the orb will take it
to the Mine node, sometimes bringing vehicle support. The rest will go to the
Prime Node. Since both teams are doing basically the same thing, they will
both construct their prime node at about the same time and the only difference
in the first 30 seconds or so is who 'wins' control of the mine node. From
there, both teams will try to use their orb as a battering ram to the prime
node. If you defeat the enemy attempt on the Mine Node, you've got about a
minute to spare which is best used attempting (at least) to push your orb into
the enemy prime node by circling in from the north. If the attempt succeeds,
congratulations. Otherwise, just head back to the Mine Node and get in your
Leviathan. The enemy gets a Nemesis - roughly equivalent to a Goliath - and if
everything goes well, it will arrive at your prime node just before your
Leviathan completes construction. Nemesis are annoying, even with unskilled
bot pilots, but on Insane it's.. Insane. This stage is delicate. If the
leviathan gets exploded too soon, or at the wrong time, the enemy will capture
your prime node, and you'll have to replace the Leviathan, thereby leaving
your Core unprotected. In addition, the enemy orb carrier will probably be en-
route to your Prime Node at this time as well.

You'll want to drive the leviathan out just far enough to cut-off any
opportunity for the enemy to reinforce it's assault on your base. Pay special
attention to the laser turret, the nemesis, and the enemy orb. These are the
backbone of the enemy plans. Once your prime node is secure and your allies
start attacking the enemy prime node, follow in behind them and help destroy
it. Once the prime node is down - just like last time - you can park in the
road and shut down any attempt to reclaim it while your allies do the work, or
you can crash through their front gate and damage the core yourself. Either
way, you're in good position to maintain a strangle hold on their operations.

Really, this mission isn't any different than the Iron Guard 4 vs. 4, it just
has more traffic and slightly different vehicles.

Mission 139 - Decks ( DM-Deck )
Goal: 40 Kills
Faction: Krall
Allies: Othello
Enemies: Scythe, Cerberus, Scorn, Gnasher

Map Details
Oxida Nova, The Decks
One unfortunate drawback to Tarydium is the large volume of toxic bio-waste
that is created during the processing of raw ore. On Taryd, the bulk of this
waste is sent to the Decks, an Axon-run storage and disposal facility on the
outskirts of Oxida Nova. It is not recommended that you enter the building
without a complete set of protective gear.

Briefing
"Izanagi forces trapped the Krall chieftain inside Hyperion's main waste-
processing plant. He's a rabid cornered dog. He's dangerous, and we need to
put him down. If we're lucky, losing the alpha-male will make the whole pack
turn on each other."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- There are environmental hazards throughout the facility.
- Powerful weapons and powerups are located in more dangerous areas.

Strategy & Tactics
So Scythe is the Clan Lord? Whatever. We've already dominated him several
times. This is a standard-issue deathmatch. You're outnumbered, but if you
know this level you should be able to lay waste to the 'Krall chieftain'
(again) without Othello's help. The Flak Cannon is particularly useful since
you'll end up spending most of your time in the surrounding hallways, but you
can use whatever weapon you prefer, so long as you can dodge the enemy rockets
long enough to score points.

The enemy will spend most of their time near the Stinger, meaning on the
central bridge near the elevators. You can fire rockets down the length of the
bridge and kill them in groups when they do this, or you can come up behind
them from the elevators or the adjacent hallway and use the Flak Cannon to
similar effect. If they push you out of the doorway and manage to enter the
hall, you can always retreat back up the ramp and shoot flak balls down at
them and laugh while the stupid beasts slip and fall into the slime trying to
get to you. Occasionally one of them will spawn or wander over near the Bio
Rifle to get the Double Damage - which is an added benefit of the Flak Cannon.
You can kill them easily if they enter the hallways below the elevator when
they drop down to get the Jump Boots or the Shield Belt since they have no
practical means of dodging you. You can also use the portal down there to get
the Redeemer and kill them with that, the way you would with a rocket
launcher. You can shoot them from around the corners in the hallways by aiming
at the floor under the half-arch.. Mm. And shock combos. The Krall don't seem
to be very proficient with long range weapons, so you may also be able to
abuse the sniper roost as well.

I found it easier to kill shielded bots than it was to get the shield away
from them. Just tell Othello to follow you and stick to the surrounding
hallways.

Mission 140 - Decks ( DM-Deck )
Goal: 40 Kills
Faction: Krall
Allies: Othello
Enemies: Scythe, Cerberus, Scorn, Gnasher

Map Details
Oxida Nova, The Decks
One unfortunate drawback to Tarydium is the large volume of toxic bio-waste
that is created during the processing of raw ore. On Taryd, the bulk of this
waste is sent to the Decks, an Axon-run storage and disposal facility on the
outskirts of Oxida Nova. It is not recommended that you enter the building
without a complete set of protective gear.

Briefing
"Izanagi forces trapped the Krall chieftain inside Hyperion's main waste-
processing plant. He's a rabid cornered dog. He's dangerous, and we need to
put him down. If we're lucky, losing the alpha-male will make the whole pack
turn on each other."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- There are environmental hazards throughout the facility.
- Powerful weapons and powerups are located in more dangerous areas.

Strategy & Tactics
So Scythe is the Clan Lord? Whatever. We've already dominated him several
times. This is a standard-issue deathmatch. You're outnumbered, but if you
know this level you should be able to lay waste to the 'Krall chieftain'
(again) without Othello's help. The Flak Cannon is particularly useful since
you'll end up spending most of your time in the surrounding hallways, but you
can use whatever weapon you prefer, so long as you can dodge the enemy rockets
long enough to score points.

The enemy will spend most of their time near the Stinger, meaning on the
central bridge near the elevators. You can fire rockets down the length of the
bridge and kill them in groups when they do this, or you can come up behind
them from the elevators or the adjacent hallway and use the Flak Cannon to
similar effect. If they push you out of the doorway and manage to enter the
hall, you can always retreat back up the ramp and shoot flak balls down at
them and laugh while the stupid beasts slip and fall into the slime trying to
get to you. Occasionally one of them will spawn or wander over near the Bio
Rifle to get the Double Damage - which is an added benefit of the Flak Cannon.
You can kill them easily if they enter the hallways below the elevator when
they drop down to get the Jump Boots or the Shield Belt since they have no
practical means of dodging you. You can also use the portal down there to get
the Redeemer and kill them with that, the way you would with a rocket
launcher. You can shoot them from around the corners in the hallways by aiming
at the floor under the half-arch.. Mm. And shock combos. The Krall don't seem
to be very proficient with long range weapons, so you may also be able to
abuse the sniper roost as well.

I found it easier to kill shielded bots than it was to get the shield away
from them. Just tell Othello to follow you and stick to the surrounding
hallways.

Mission 148 - Fearless ( DM-Fearless )
Goal: 40 Kills
Faction: Necris
Allies: Othello,
Enemies: Akasha, Thannis

Map Details
Omicron 6, downtown Absalom
The secretive Phayder corporation has begun researching new applications of
their nanoblack technologies. Some research has made significant progress,
particularly in the field of battle armor and personal protection. Vaults such
as this one serve as a testament to the dedicated research of this
groundbreaking technology.

Briefing
"Akasha went to Phayder headquarters to steal the Invulnerability prototype.
This thing covers the body in a modulated nano-black shield that absorbs any
attack - which is the last thing *she* needs if we're gonna stop her. So lets
follow her into the vault and beat her to it."

Objectives
- Keep enemies in check until their Respawner charges are depleted.
- An Invulnerability powerup is located in the direct center of the facility.

Strategy & Tactics
The central feature of this level, both literally and figuratively - is the
Invulnerability powerup. The rest of the match is a typical deathmatch. Akasha
is better than the other bots you have faced, but not so much that you won't
be able to beat her if you've already made it this far. If you don't know how
to time the powerups, this is the mission that will teach you. When they say
'Just keep it away from Akasha' they aren't kidding. Unlike previous missions,
the object in this one is to get the powerup yourself and run directly at the
enemy. Othello is good enough to hold his own without the powerup and it's
dangerous to wait for him to grab it anyway. The bots don't 'understand'
invulnerability. When a bot is invulnerable, the player knows to run away and
avoid them until it expires (or to strip it with the impact hammer if you're
quick). When the player is invulnerable, they know it's time to find the bots
and spam them into oblivion. Do those things.

The Link Gun Alt-Fire is useful when you're invulnerable, as is the minigun -
anything that the enemy can't effectively dodge. The rest of the time you'll
want to use the Bio Rifle\Flak Cannon and move backwards while the enemies
will try and pursue you through the hallways with line-of-sight based weapons.
This mission goes up and down quite a bit. You may find yourself 10 points
behind and then 10 points ahead, 5 points behind, 5 points ahead, etc. This is
because of the auto-adjusting difficulty trying to account for you being
invulnerable. Overall, this mission isn't harder than any other, you just need
to keep track of the powerup.

=== [5] Cheats & Secrets ===
There are 10 characters which can be unlocked in UT3:
Lauren   Beat DM-Diesel in the campaign.
Matrix   Beat DM-Gateway in the campaign.
Kragoth  Beat WAR-Islander_Necris in the campaign.
Damian   Beat WAR-Islander_Necris in the campaign.
Malakai  Beat WAR-Islander_Necris in the campaign.
Scythe   Beat DM-Deck in the campaign.
Loque    Beat CTF-OmicronDawn in the campaign.
Akasha   Beat DM-Sentinel in the campaign.

The other two characters (Ariel & Alanna) are not accessible by playing
through the campaign. You can unlock these characters via the 'Unlock
character' button at the bottom of the customize character screen.

Character              Code
Alanna                 Phayder
Ariel                  Jihan

You can also enter the following command in the console (F10)
Unlockallchars         Unlocks all playable characters.

There are some additional parts & characters who are not available in the
customize character screen as well. For a summary of these parts and how to
enable them, see the following thread on the official forums:

Console Cheats
God                    Player cannot be damaged or killed.
AffectedByHitEffects   Player cannot be pushed or influenced by others.
Ghost                  Allows the player to fly and travel through walls.
Fly                    Allows the player to fly.
Walk                   Exits ghost\fly mode.
Amphibious             Allows the player to breathe underwater.
PlayersOnly            Only players are allowed to move and interact.
SloMo                  Speed up or slow down time.
SetGravity             Increase or decrease the gravity in the world.
SetSpeed               Increase or decrease your movement speed.
SetJumpZ               Change your maximum jump height.
Teleport               Instantly teleport to your crosshair.
Avatar                 Possess a specified target.
Summon                 Bring a specified object type into existence.
GiveWeapon             Summon a weapon directly into your possession.
AllWeapons             Gives the player all of the weapons in the game.
AllAmmo                Gives maximum ammo for all weapons.
Loaded                 Simultaneously execute the AllWeapons & AllAmmo cheats.
ChangeSize             Changes the player's size to the value specified.
ViewBot                Spectate a bot.
KillViewedActor        Destroys the character or object being spectated.
Behindview             Toggles 3rd person view.
Fov                    Changes the player's field of vision.
Suicide                Kills the player.
Stat FPS               Shows the current framerate.

=== [6] Version History ===
1.0 - Current.

=== [7] Legality, Contact & Credits ===
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Credit goes to epic for everything within this guide.
Not a single word of content was developed without access to, and observation
of, the game data. In particular:
The menus are copied and derived from the game's data files.
Gameplay features derived from observation of the game's data files.
The weapon descriptions were taken from the in-game descriptions. (UTGameUI)
Pickup details derived from the game's data files. (Various)
Awards & Sprees section compiled from analysis of the source. (Various)
The vehicle section was compiled from observation & source data (Various)
The Bot list was derived from material in the source. (UTCustomChar_Data)
Bot behavior and difficulty adjustment from studying the code. (Various)
The campaign map layout was borrowed in part, from Kismet.
The Mission Index was derived from a similar list. (UTMissionInfo_Content)
Cheats & Secrets derived from the game's data files (CheatManager)
The strategies were compiled by me, but even then, from UT3.exe.

Special thanks to TweakGuide for their excellent work deciphering the inner
workings of the Unreal Engine.
Also to the various archaeologists who discovered the missing character meshes.
And to GameFAQs for (among other things) providing me the inspiration,
motivation, and education required to assemble this.