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Mechwarrior 4: Vengeance official Strategy Guide and FAQ by bad wolf [firstname.lastname@example.org] 0 Introduction This is an official strategy guide and walkthrough for the game Mechwarrior 4: Vengeance from Microsoft. This document covers the single-player campaign in detail (how to approach each mission), as well as a primer on multiplayer MW4 gaming, with discussion on weapons, mechs, and tactics.you may publish this faq to some another site[crap] if you like,but not without my permission. 0.1 A word from the author This is a FAQ, NOT a manual. You won't learn how to play the game with this document, and I'm NOT about to add it to ease the life of software pirates. This USG only covers the PC version. Some of you may recognize my name as the author for many faqs. 0.2 Terms of Distribution This document is copyrighted by bad wolf [email@example.com] (c) 2002 2004, all rights reserved excepted as noted in the disclaimer section. 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To ALL readers: if you actually DO have a question about this USG, chances are its already answered, but you are NOT reading the latest version. The latest version of the FAQ is atcheat codes.com. So please look there first. Otherwise, PLEASE let me know if there's a confusing or missing remark... If you find a question about this game that is not covered in the USG, e-mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll try to answer it and include it in the next update. 0.5 The Author I am just a game player who decided to write my own FAQs when the ones I find dont cover what I want to see. Lots of people like what I did, so I kept doing it. Most of them should be on cheat codes.com, the biggest cheat site around. If you need to write me, send e-mail to email@example.com (Any spam will be reported to respective authorities). 0.6 Disclaimer/ Copyright Information Mechwarrior 4 is a trademark of Microsoft. Mechwarrior and Battletech is licensed from FASA. This USG is not endorsed or authorized by Microsoft and FASA. The information compiled in this USG has been gathered independently through the authors efforts except where noted. This guide includes strategies and tactics of approaching each and every mission. If you need just a little help, dont read the rest! 0.7 Revision History 31-DEC-2000 Initial release 06-JAN-2001 Added multiplayer tips, more mech configs, more weapon discussions 14-JAN-2001 Added even MORE multiplayer tips, weapon discussions, mech configs 10-FEB-2001 More mech analysis, more configs notes, more mission notes, difficulty rating, misc. small updates here and there 01-APR-2001 Start of Daylight Savings Time, and its time to get another release out to cover the point-release (patch) and a bit more updated info. 15-AUG-2001 Summer vacations coming to an end, and news of MW4: Black Knight is enough to warrant another update, along with more detailed ratings. 05-DEC-2001 With launch of MW4: Black Knight, its time to upgrade this FAQ once again, fixes here and there 0.8 The Most Frequently Asked Questions Q: Can you send me Mechwarrior 4 (or portions thereof)? A: Of course not. Q: Can you send me the manual (or portions thereof)? A: Youre kidding, right? Read the README file would be a start. Q: Can you tell me how to play the game? A: Read the manual, please! Q: Whats the latest version? A: Update 2.0. Go to the MW4 homepage to get it (http://www.microsoft.com/games/mechwarrior4/). Q: Is there a map editor? Mods? Inventory editor? Any hacks? A: mektek.net is working on a map editor. It should be available now. Q: How about more multiplayer maps? A: Go to the official Microsoft MW4 website. At least four are available as of the release of this guide. Mektek.nets site should have more as they get more maps up and running. Q: I got the new multiplayer map archive. Where do the individual files go? A: Didnt read the instructions, did you? If you installed in default path, then it should go to "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\MechWarrior Vengeance\resource\missions" Q: Do mechs actually limp with leg damage? A: Yes they do, though they need HEAVY leg-specific damage to show that. You can STILL walk forward when one leg is "black", i.e. actuator destroyed. You just cant walk in reverse. Theres a very thin line between crippled and destroyed, so you dont often SEE limping mechs. Q: Can a mech be knocked down? A: Yes, though the lack of extremely heavy weapons except LBX20s means its hard to find the right combo. 3 LBX-20s in ONE concentrated salvo will usually knock down Shadow Cats and anything smaller. Mechs heavier than 50 tons doesnt seem to be knock-able unless they got hit by 4 gauss rifle bolts at the same time or something. (Ive knocked down a Mad Cat Mk 2 once, hit him with 2 Class gauss and 2 light gauss at the same time). The heavier autocannons in Black Knight cause far more knockdowns. Q: Will there be a Mechwarrior 5? A: Who knows? Q: Will there be an expansion pack? A: MW4: Black Knight has been released. It contains another single player campaign, more mechs, more weapons, and more multiplayer modes (with more maps, of course). Q: Are there any cheat codes? A: No working cheat codes has been found. Previously listed cheat codes appears to only work in the DEMO, not the real game. Q: How do I get past mission X in the single-player campaign? A: See the specific campaign mission walkthrough. Q: Do your lancemates get better as they go on more missions? A: Absolutely. At the end of every mission youll see a little improvement on their "ability bars". Q: How do I find the repair depot or repair facility? A: There is no command to find the MFB, unlike MW3. Try ordering your lancemate to head for repairs and follow him/her. Some maps do NOT have repair facilities. Q: How do I repair? A: That depends on the facility, as there are three kinds. Theres the mobile field base (red frames with brown "covers"). This one, you just aim carefully (use external view) and walk in. Youll automatically shut down and be repaired. There are also the "roofless" mech repair bay, and the "enclosed" mech repair bay. Just walk into the slot, and shutdown your mech, and youll be repaired and reactivated when repairs are done. If you didnt get repaired, try a different bay. NOTE: your lancemates only seem to recognize the mobile field base as a repair base, not the other types. Q: How do I get a Daishi in the campaign? A: That depends on the difficulty level. The only "sure" way is to go on the "supply depot" mission instead of the "save sister" mission. At RECRUIT difficulty you may salvage a Daishi before then. Q: Why did you say the naval destroyer have LRMs when the manual says it has Long Toms? A: Because the manual is WRONG. When you fight the destroyers, watch them and see if you see LRMs shooting at you. PLAY THE GAME before you ask me questions like this! Q: How do I "chain-fire" within a weapon group only? A: You cant. Chain-fire cycles through all weapons. (Yes, this is a change from MW3. No, I dont like it either.) [Its fixed in Black Knight] Q: Where doesnt my torso-twist work? A: Was numlock on? [Its fixed in Black Knight] Q: How do I disable/turn-off the auto-torso-return? A: Press the SEMI-COLON (;) key to toggle. [Its fixed in Black Knight, defaults to off] Q: What is a "boat" mech? A: A boat mech is a mech thats configured with only ONE type of weapons. I.e. only missiles, only lasers, only ACs, etc. Usually this requires you to use the Daishi, as that has the most "omni" racks. Use of "boat" mechs is frowned upon by some players. See 8.2 for more details. Q: What if I spotted something missing or more tactics? A: Feel free to submit anything that can benefit this guides readers. However, make sure you have the LATEST version of this guide (check cheat codes.com), as chances are someone beat you to it. If not, my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions will be included with your name attached unless you specify otherwise. I reserve the right to edit the wording or the reject entries. Feel free to submit your favorite mech config as well. Please specify purpose/role and some of the reasoning behind the config. 1 Game Information Mechwarrior 4 is the latest in the Mechwarrior series, a game with a long history. Mechwarrior originally is the role-playing game based on the Battletech boardgame. Battletech is a game of mech combat, where humanoid machines mounted with a lot of weapons fight each other. (Battletech itself borrowed several mech designs from Japanese anime "Macross", which is known as "Robotech" in the US, but thats a completely different story.) On the PC, Mechwarrior is an in-cockpit mech combat simulator where you perform a variety of missions against other mechs, vehicles, in various terrains. 1.1 A Brief History of Mechwarrior series When Dynamix created the first Mechwarrior for Activision, it started the whole genre of in-cockpit mecha-type combat simulation. Before then, all Battletech games are either top-down turn-based or top-down real-time. Mechwarrior changed all that. No one expected that a simple 286 could support a 3D mech combat sim. Mechwarrior gives you light mechs from Locusts (20 t) and Jenners (30t) up to Assault mechs like Marauder (75t) and Battlemasters (80t). People were used to the old 2D stuff (indeed, Activision had already published "Crescent Hawks Inception" and "Crescent Hawks Revenge", both 2D). Mechwarrior has plot, adventure, 3D in-cockpit combat, contract negotiation, hiring/firing mech pilots, buy/sell/repair mechs, full in-game economy (different prices in each system) and more. Each mission is dynamically generated. The game was an instant classic. When Dynamix was purchased by Sierra (and went on to created the Earthsiege/Starsiege universe based on their mech experience), Activision had to create the sequel internally, and that took them much longer than expected. The result is Mechwarrior 2: The Clans, where you play as a Clan warrior (of either Clan Jade Falcon or the Clan Wolf) battling other Clans and the Inner Sphere forces. There were plenty of missions for both sides. While the initial version did not include multiplayer, it was promised in a free patch, which became known as "NetMech". Mechwarrior 2 was followed by an expansion pack that added Clan Ghost Bear, as well as a semi-sequel: MW2: Mercenaries, where you play an Inner Sphere mercenary group taking on different missions for various employers. The release of MW2 just caught the beginning of the 3D-accelerator revolution, and the different games and expansion packs were re- released in Titanium Edition with 3D-accelerator support. Some API- specific versions (3DFX GLIDE, Rendition Redline, etc.) were bundled with some 3D accelerators. Activision eventually lost the Battletech license to MicroProse in the bidding war. Activision then licensed "Heavy Gear", another "mecha" universe, from "Dream Pod 9". The first Heavy Gear game was not well received, partly because the combat tempo was VERY different from Mechwarrior. HGs weapons are much deadlier, as the Gears are much smaller (maximum is about 18 tons, compared to Battletechs 100 ton behemoths). Heavy Gear II was much better, requiring 3D acceleration graphics, but the damage was already done. Activision went on to spend big bucks for the Star Trek license, abandoning the mech genre altogether. MicroProse, on the other hand, was attempting to trim in-house expenses, and they contracted FASA Interactive to create Mechwarrior 3, based on the Battletech Virtual World sims (those huge MW consoles allowing 8 players at once). However, the game is HEAVILY delayed, and Microsoft was in negotiation to buy FASA Interactive. MicroProse then negotiated with Microsoft and brought in Zipper Interactive to create Mechwarrior 3. The product being developed by FASA Interactive was changed to Mechwarrior 4 and will be published by Microsoft. Mechwarrior 3 featured improved graphics and excellent interface, but the AI is pretty awful. The inventory management interface is horrendous. It is also very short at only 20 missions total in the campaign. The missions are pretty well designed, however, with excellent briefing videos. It was successful enough that MicroProse released an expansion pack titled Pirates Moon, which added another 21 missions, plus several other improvements including more mechs and more weapons, and better instant action. However, none of the real concerns were fixed. Pirates Moon was not widely released, and copies can bid up to $100 on eBay auctions. 1.2 Whats the setup this time? You are Ian Dresari, a mechwarrior for House Davion, Federated Suns. Your father is the Duke of Kentares IV. Crown Prince Victor Steiner- Davion, rightful heir of the Federated Commonwealth, was away leading the fight against the Clans, along with you (and a lot of the expedition forces). Prince Victors sister, Katherine (i.e. Katrina) Steiner-Davion, usurped the throne of the Federated Commonwealth (the biggest faction in the Inner Sphere). She took the title of Archon of Lyran Commonwealth, and started to invade House Davions territories, including Kentares IV, in the name of "putting down rebellious elements". Your entire family has been killed (apparently) except your uncle, Sir Peter Dresari. You have just returned with your uncle in two dropships and several mechs. You swear to take back the planet... Or die trying. 1.3 What do I need to run Mechwarrior 4? From the box * Pentium II 300 or higher CPU * Win95, Win98, WinME, or Win2K * 64 megs of RAM * 650 megs of HD space, plus 125 megs for swap file * 8X CD drive * Mouse or compatible pointing device * DirectX 8 (it says 7 on the box, but the game will install DX8 any way) * DX7 compatible sound card, Direct3D 7 compatible video card * Speakers or headphones for audio output * SVGA 16-bit color monitor or better Multiplayer further requires: * 96 megs required for Win2K * 28.8 Kbps modem or LAN with TCP/IP or IPX protocol * Narrowband hosting is limited to 8 players, broadband is limited to 16 players * Internet access required for internet play and is your responsibility * Microsoft Zone.com play needs IE4 or Netscape 4 for initial registration. Typical install takes about 550 megs. Full install takes 1.1 gigs. I personally recommend at least 400 MHz CPU and a good video card with at least 16 megs of RAM, and at least 128 megs of RAM. 1.4 Where are the patches? You can download the patches from http://www.microsoft.com/games/mechwarrior4/. Latest release is Update 2.0. There was an update 1.5 as well. 1.5 How is MW4 different from MW3? Lots of differences... Primarily, the combat tempo is faster and theres a lot of movement. The default joystick config is different, with three of the buttons firing one weapon group each. There are more weapons and more mechs (7 never before seen). Bombast lasers, LAMS, machine gun arrays, etc. The mechlab is now very restricted, as the mechs now have hardpoint restrictions for each type of weapon. You get limited options to mount extra equipment (only one AMS or LAMS per mech)... While this sounds bad, the mechs now actually have "personality". Some mechs are beam heavy, while others are ballistic- or missile-heavy. Clan mechs have "omni" hardpoints that can mount any type of weapons. The game moves much faster, and the AI seems to be improved, as they WILL use their jumpjets if they have one, and they will circle around a building to try to attack you in the back. 1.6 What game modes are there? Single player: campaign, training, instant action (which includes has multiple options, such as play ANY of the campaign missions with any config/mechs, face random waves on any map, and so on). Multiplayer: attrition, team attrition, capture the flag, team destruction, destruction, escort, king of the hill, steal the beacon (on any map) 1.7 Is there a campaign tree? How about different endings? There is ONE branch near the very end where you need to make a big choice, and that affects the ending you get. I wont spoil the surprise yet, but you can read the campaign walkthrough. 1.8 Whats the difference between difficulty levels? On recruit level you can salvage mechs that you did not even encounter (i.e. you can fight one type of mech and salvage an entirely different type). The enemy mechs are easier to kill. You may also encounter less mechs. On regular level, you can only salvage mechs that you DID encounter. Some of the missions also see heavier Steiner mechs. The enemy also causes more damage. On higher difficulty levels, you counter heavier mechs, you get less salvage, and you need to inflict more damage to kill enemy mechs. 2 Weapons There are basically three types of weapons, as explained in the manual. Ill just go over the types and their general applications. Each weapon has a usefulness rating. A is "excellent", F is "forget it". 2.1 Ballistic Weapons Ballistic weapons include ACs (5 and 10), Ultra ACs (2 and 5), LBX Scattershot (10 and 20), Gauss rifle (regular and light), and machine gun array (MGA). Some have clan versions which are lighter or have more extended range, but not all. Theres also the Long Tom, which is a special weapon. Cannons are rather heavy even though their hardpoint is rather small. Get the Clan version if available, as they are lighter and produce more damage. The cannons need ammo. While ammo is available, you can pump out a lot of firepower, but when youre out, youre left with nothing. On the other hand, cannons dont produce much heat. Ballistic weapons only fit in ballistic hardpoints (yellow in Mechlab). 2.1.1 LBX Scattershot Usefulness: A- / A LBX cause a lot of damage at close range, esp. the LBX20s. In fact, the LBX20s are the only true knock-down weapons (besides gauss rifle). However, they dont do much damage at longer ranges. They are also very heavy therefore hard to fit in a smaller mech. The smaller LBX cannons are not as useful, though they do decent damage at close range. A good combo is multiple LBX20s. In a Daishi you can fit in three LBX20s (two in torso, one in the center omni rack). Together thats enough to knock a Shadow Cat flat on its behind, enough time for you to kill it with your other weapons. The Clan version of the LBX cannon is lighter and is therefore more desirable. 2.1.2 Machine Gun Array Usefulness: F / F The machine gun arrays doesnt really do enough damage, even the Clan version. Its like washing the floor with a toothbrush. Leave it home. Bring a heftier weapon. If you just have two tons to use up, add heatsinks or more speed or more armor. 2.1.3 Gauss Rifle Usefulness: A / A The best sniper weapon is the gauss rifle. Use the zoom to get good shots at the head or one of the legs. The main problem is the long reload time and finite amount of ammo. Bring reloads if possible. Atlas can mount three light gauss rifles. A Mad Cat Mk II can mount FOUR, two Clan and two light (or 4 light). Daishi... Can mount just about anything. The Clan version is lighter than the IS version, but also takes up 3 contiguous ballistic hardpoints. The light gauss rifle causes somewhat less damage, but it reloads faster, only takes 2 hardpoints, carries more ammo, and is the same weight as the Clan gauss rifle. If you have limited hardpoints, the light gauss is more desirable. 2.1.4 Autocannon Usefulness: B / B+ Respectable range and punch, the problem is they dont come in big sizes for true knock-down power. Clan mechs prefer Ultra or LBX cannons, but AC is a good compromise. The bigger version is better. 2.1.5 Ultra AC Usefulness: C- In MW4 Ultra AC is just too small to do any significant damage. Even when you put 5 of them together its not significant. The same weight in LBX or even regular AC causes far more damage. Their only saving grace is they only take up one ballistic hardpoint each. 2.1.6 Long Tom Usefulness: C+ The Long Tom cannon is basically a huge mech-mounted mortar. Its BIG shell causes a lot of splash damage, IF it lands on land. A few shots can take down a building. It is an Inner Sphere-only weapon. It is VERY hard to aim, as it has very low muzzle velocity. Youll need to aim up in order to "lob" the shot. It does cause a lot of splash damage, but the number of shots is very limited, and firing rate is VERY slow. Also, do you REALLY want to use up 20 TONS for ONE weapon? If the shot lands in water, nothing happens. Therefore dont use this in swampy maps. Using it in multiplayer is NOT recommended unless youre lobbing it past a hill, and even then, youll need a "spotter". Using it in melee is... Hmmm... Dangerous. It CAN be done (lob shots at passers-by and rely on splash damage) but you may be better off with more "conventional" weapons. 2.2 Energy Weapons Energy weapons include lasers, PPCs, and flamers. Lasers vary from small, medium, to large. Pulse laser fires more shots, thus causes more damage, but also weighs more. PPC is half-ballistic and half- energy, as the shot itself travels like ballistic weapon but the weapon itself is energy-based and generates heat. Theres also flamer (point-blank heat weapon) and bombast laser (discussed later). The Clan versions (if available) are either lighter or have longer range (sometimes both), but also generate more heat. If you dont need the extra range, use the IS version. Energy weapons generate heat, so you cant fire them too much, or youll overheat and shut down. You will need to increase the amount of heatsinks to keep up with heat dissipation. You generally want the heat dissipation bar to be in the green or high yellow. You may be able to temporarily avoid the shutdown by doing either override or coolant flush. On the other hand, energy weapons do not require ammo, so you can fire them as long as you dont overheat. The bigger the weapon, the longer the time it takes to charge up for the next shot. Energy weapons (beam weapons in the Mechlab) use red hardpoints. 2.2.1 Small Laser Usefulness: F I dont find much use for the small laser at all. They simply dont do enough damage to be worth their weight. For the same weight you can probably mount a flamer or add more armor instead. Technically they are the most heat efficient (3:1 ratio of damage to heat) weapon, but you cant mount enough of them as they take up a whole beam hardpoint. The Clan version has slight increase in damage for even more heat. (Ratio of 1.75:1) 2.2.2 Medium Laser Usefulness: A Medium lasers produce good medium and close range firepower, and you can mount a lot of them if you have the hardpoints, and can afford the heat build-up. Damage/Heat ratio is 2:1 The Clan version exchanges slight increase in damage and range for even more heat. (1.3:1) 2.2.3 Large Laser Usefulness: A- Large lasers have good range, but generate a lot more heat and weighs a lot more. (1.5:1). They do decent amount of damage. The Clan version exchanges increase in damage and range for even more heat. (1:1) 2.2.4 Small Pulse Laser Usefulness: F I dont find much use for the small pulse laser at all. They simply dont do enough damage to be worth their weight. For the same weight you can probably mount a flamer or add more armor instead. 2.2.5 Medium Pulse Laser Usefulness: B+ Medium pulse lasers produce very good medium and close range firepower. However, theyre quite a bit heavier, and generate more heat. 2.2.6 Large Pulse Laser Usefulness: B Large pulse laser is basically an improved version of the large laser. The multiple pulses produce more damage (3 pulses), at the expense of even MORE heat. The Clan version is a little lighter. 2.2.7 PPC Usefulness: A PPC is a good general-purpose weapon. Most non-mech targets need only about two shots to take out. Its also good for long range sniping. Zoom in and let them have it! It generates quite a bit of heat though. The Clan version trades increase in damage and range for even more heat. Remember that the PPC "bolts" takes a little time to travel to the target, so you will have to "lead" the target slightly to get good hits. 2.2.8 Bombast Laser Usefulness: C- / B Bombast laser is a new Inner Sphere development. It can cause a lot of damage if you can learn its firing mechanism. I personally havent quite got the knack for it yet. Its also relatively light for the damage it can cause. However, the time between you held down the trigger and releasing it the enemy mech would have moved away. Its VERY hard to get good hits with this weapon. Always keep the laser charged. Once you got it charged, hold on to it, then wait for the right moment to unleash it. Never "hold down" the trigger with Bombast laser. Youll just create lots of heat for no appreciable damage. Bombast laser cycles VERY fast and its VERY easy to overheat when youre using it. If you have two of these onboard, leave out any other beam weapons. If you know how to use it, it becomes more valuable / desirable. Otherwise, leave it off. 2.2.9 Flamer Usefulness: B- The flamer is a point-blank weapon that adds heat to the enemy mech. It takes two beam spaces, even though its weight is negligible (1 ton for IS, 0.5 ton for Clan). Add this to your point-blank assault. This is great for city use where range is often extremely short. Flamer is useful in multiplayer games that involve flag or beacon running. In most cases, disabling the mech carrying the object (shut down) will cause an ejection of the object, allowing another to capture it. 2.3 Missile Racks This family includes SRM (2, 4, or 6), MRM (10,20,30, or 40), LRM (5,10,15, or 20), and Streak SRM (2, 4, or 6). Theres also the T- Bolt missile, Artillery beacon, NARC beacon, and flare launcher. The Clan version of Streak SRM and LRM are lighter than the Inner Sphere equivalent. 2.3.1 SRMs Usefulness: B SRM munitions are not guided. They fly toward your crosshair. The target needs to be still for you to get good hits. They cause decent damage. Fire just as the target comes to a stop for best effectiveness, or while the target is down. Leave the smaller launchers at home. The SRM2 and SRM4 are not worth carrying unless you want the maximum amount of SRMs for two missile hardpoints (2x4 instead of 1x6). There is no Clan version of SRM. Clan use Streak SRM instead. 2.3.2 MRMs Usefulness: B+ Quite a bit of firepower is packed into these hefty launchers. Its hard to fit them in due to their weight, but if you can, they do a LOT of damage, esp. the bigger versions. MRM is not guided. The target needs to be still for you to get good hits. Fire just as the target comes to a stop for best effectiveness, or while the target is down. MRM is an Inner Sphere only weapon. 2.3.3 LRMs Usefulness: A LRMs produce excellent damage, and if you get a lock-on the hits are virtually guaranteed. Once locked-on, the missile will seek the target, so they can be used even at point-blank range, but best used at a distance. LRMs also works as anti-air missiles, though its somewhat of a waste to send a LRM20 salvo after one lousy chopper. Their range is too limited for chasing fighters and bombers. If you have jumpjets, you can try a "pop-up" launch. Hide behind a hill, peek over just far enough to lock-on. Then jet straight up, launch, and land behind the hill again. Run somewhere else and repeat the performance. Another possibility is peek JUST over the edge to get a lock-on, fire, then CROUCH (which takes you back under the edge). This will not avoid the counter-battery LRM salvo though... Definitely get the Clan version if theyre available. They are much lighter (as much as half the weight). 2.3.4 Streak SRMs Usefulness: B+ The Streak SRMs seek their target automatically, so theyre good if you cant get hits with the regular SRMs or MRMs. Just shoot when youre in range and you should score some hits. Clan version is lighter. 2.3.5 NARC Beacon Usefulness: B- The NARC beacon is difficult to use properly. Basically you hit an enemy mech, then all the subsequent lock-on missiles like LRM and Streak SRM will seek the beacon instead. Youll need to arrange for an OVERWHELMING salvo for the NARC beacon to be worth the trouble, and the 4 tons it take is not worth its advantages in my view, at least in single--player. NARC beacon is more useful in multiplayer when you have more teammates. Arrange for a smaller mech to run through the enemy formation planting NARC beacons, then have multiple Catapults and Mad Cats and any other LRM launchers lob LRM salvoes. 2.3.6 Thunderbolt (T-Bolt) Usefulness: B The T-Bolt missile cannot be shot-down by anti-missile system, which makes them quite deadly, at 28 points per hit! Its just too bad it takes 15 tons to put in a launcher, and 3 missile hardpoints. Its also not guided, which makes them hard to get good hits. Fire them point-blank and follow up with the rest of your weapons to get quick kills. Put two of these in a Mauler and its a point-blank killing machine. 2.3.7 Flare Launcher Usefulness: F+ While this is not a "weapon", its listed in the weapon list, so here it goes. The flare launcher is used for illumination at night. I personally dont fight at night so this to me is useless. If you want to try some night ops, try light amp instead. 2.3.8 Artillery Beacon Usefulness: D Artillery beacon allows you to call in artillery on top of a target. While this is cool, its not really practical since the beacon launcher weighs FIVE TONS, which can be used for far more productive weapons than arty of questionable value. On the other hand, the damage an artillery salvo produces is quite significant. If you load up on several reloads (4 shots per ton) it can be excellent stationary target killers. It may be more useful in multiplayer where you spring some "ambushes" over other mechs who thought theyre "hidden". Wonder if this is possible... Give the beacon/flag runner an arty beacon. As it runs for the escape, it shoots a beacon at a target ahead, timed so itll be JUST out of the area when the salvo arrives, hopefully catching any chasers in the rain of steel. 2.3.9 High Explosive Usefulness: C ? High Explosive is a kamikaze weapon found in multiplayer game only. Basically, you mount it, and you get close to your target, and you "launch" it. Consider mounting one or more in every mech, as this can help you take out ONE more mech when youre near death. 3 Equipment and Armor Special equipment can go on certain mechs. While they will not damage the 3.1 Armor There are three types of armor in MW4. Ferro-Fibrous, Reflective, and Reactive. Ferro-Fibrous armor is the "default" armor. Each ton gets you 30 pts of armor rating, and it works against any kind of damage: beam, ballistic, or missile. FF should be your "default" armor for all occasions, or when you dont know where youll end up. I always use FF armor, and dont EVER use other armor. The only time I had a dead lancemate, he was not using FF armor. Reflective armor is a new type of armor designed to defeat lasers. While each ton of this armor only get you 20 pts of armor rating, this armor is extra effective against beam weapons. It is not so good on ballistic or missile weapons. Reflective armor is best used in colder climates, when most mechs will be using energy weapons, or when you are expecting a lot of energy weapons on your opponents. Reactive armor is a new type of armor designed to defeat ballistic weapons. Each ton of this armor get you 20 pts of armor rating like reflective, but its extra effective against ballistic weapons. It is not so good on beam or missile weapons. Reactive armor is best used in hotter climates, when most mechs will be using ballistic weapons due to heat build-up. 3.2 Equipment Equipment is the other stuff you can mount on your mech besides engines, heatsinks, and the armor and weapons listed above. They enhance your mech in some ways. Not all mechs can carry all the equipment. See individual mechs for available equipment. All mechs can carry light amp. 3.2.1 Beagle Active Probe Usefulness: F Also known as Beagle Probe or BAP, the Beagle Active Probe is basically an advanced active sensor that "scans" the surrounding and returns a stronger signal. This enhances your sensor range to 1250, and can also detect shut-down mechs (which cannot be detected on standard radar). While its nice to have that sensor range, its not necessary since no weapon reaches that far. Update: received a reminder that light gauss rifle goes out to 1200 m, but my statement is still correct: 1250 is larger than 1200. Given the short range of MW weapons, the range gained with a BAP is, in my opinion, is not worth the hardpoint and weight you need to give up for it. 3.2.2 Guardian ECM Usefulness: B Usually just called ECM, this equipment makes your mech even harder to find on sensors. Smaller mechs should use this in order to sneak into range and get some GOOD hits. One of the nastier tricks is to use ECM to get close and slam a big salvo of missiles into the enemys back. Another trick is to use ECM to help you plant NARC beacons. Not useful on the larger mechs. Update: received a note that ECM seems to jam NARC beacons. If so, this may prove to be more useful on larger mechs. 3.2.3 Light Amp Do you fight at night? If you dont, then youll never need this. 3.2.4 Jump Jets Jump jets have different weight depending on the weight class of your mech. They enhance movement by allowing you to jump over things (buildings, hills, enemy mechs...) They also complicate enemy targeting. However, they dont really slow down human shooters, as while youre in the air youre nicely highlighted by all that flames coming out of the jumpjets. Jump jets are best used in hilly areas and on smaller mechs to exploit their mobility advantage. On medium mechs, the jumpjets can be used for pop-up sniper maneuvers, or for "overruns" Overrun goes like this: run at the enemy mech top speed, fire all weapons, then before you collide, jump jet straight over him, but just enough to clear him. Hit the head/shoulders if possible. Then keep running away. 3.2.5 AMS / LAMS Usefulness: B- AMS shoot down all GUIDED missiles (Streak SRM or LRM), but AMS can engage only a limited number of missiles at a time. So the bigger the launcher, the more shots will get through. Theres also the Laser AMS (LAMS), which generates heat but cannot run out of ammo. AMS, and its cousin LAMS, will help you take LESS hits, but it wont eliminate missile hits completely. LAMS generates slightly more heat, but usually they are hardly noticeable. You just notice you take a few less hits overall. 3.2.6 Flare Launcher Flare launcher is equipment, but since its listed as a missile weapon in the MechLab, its listed under missile packs. 4 Your Enemies Know your enemies to best understand ways on how to defeat them. 4.1 Ground Vehicles On the ground, youll see basically Bulldog tank, SRM carrier, LRM carrier, SKUD launcher, Vedette, and maybe Harasser. Ground vehicles usually appear in swarms. Individually they dont do much damage, though the Bulldog can be troublesome with those autocannons. Dont let them get behind you. Stay back and snipe them. You usually outrange them. The most dangerous is the LRM carrier, as they shoot salvoes at you from afar. Fortunately, one PPC shot is enough to take care of it. Zoom in and fire one shot each. Harasser and SRM carrier takes about one PPC each as well. Bulldog needs 2 shots. Though two good hits from large laser will also kill it. SKUD launcher and other ground vehicles takes only one shot to destroy. 4.2 Air Threats The only ones that will attack from the air are Nightshade fighters and the Peregrine attack choppers. You MAY see Chippewa bombers in one mission. You can take them out before they take off though, so theyre not much of a problem. If they take off... those bombs can do some real damage, but Ive yet to see one dropped. The fighters dont attack you in this game. The Peregrines dont do enough damage, as they carry puny SRM2s. One shot from large lasers or PPC should take care of any of them. LRMs also works, though fighters are too fast for LRM lock-on and maybe the PPC shots. Zoom in and get good shots with your LLAS. If you got good guns, like Ultra 2s that goes out to 900m, you can use those also. 4.3 Naval Threats On swamp or coastal missions, youll see Condor hovercrafts, Patrol Boats, and Destroyer. Condors and Patrol Boats are easy to kill. Most need only one PPC bolt each to go poof. You can use Ultra 2s if you want. LLAS would also work fine, though you may need more than one shot. Dont use Long Toms on water maps. The shots that land in water do NOT explode. The destroyer is armed with 2 LRM launchers each [in addition to whatever it says in the manual]. It is quite well armored, and taking it down will take a lot of long-range dueling, as you cant get too close to it due to the beach. Remember, Long Toms dont do damage if the shots land in water, so get in the water and let the destroyer have it! 4.4 Dropships You have several missions where you need to go after dropships. Usually the dropships are not moving, but they are either powering up or already powered up and firing back. Take out the APUs around them (usually 3) then hit it a few more times. They will have a lot of defenders around them though. Long Tom or artillery beacon may be worthwhile as dropship demolition weapons, but any other weapon will do. The final mission requires you to take on a Hrothgar dropship ready to take off. Just keep hitting it until it goes poof. This one shoots back though, so stay back a little. See the mission notes for tactics on dealing with it. 4.5 Light Mechs The light mechs in the game are Cougar (35t), Raven (35t), and Osiris (30t). The Cougar is the most combat-capable of the trio, with 2 LLAS and 2 LRM10s, plus some smaller lasers. Raven and Osiris are lightly armed and should not present a problem to you at all. Watch them as beacon or flag runners in multiplayer games though, or NARC beacon / artillery beacon planters. 4.6 Medium Mechs The mediums are Bushwacker (55t), Shadow Cat (45t), Chimera (40t), Hellspawn (45t), and Uziel (50t). Bushwacker is the heaviest medium. By the time you see them, youll probably have salvaged heavier mechs. Its a very balanced mech but lacks an overwhelming "punch", having too many weapons in its inventory. Shadow Cat is pretty dangerous. It can move very fast and keep shooting. The LRM armed variants may also do the pop-up launch. Hellspawn is more missile-reliant but you can fit in quite a few good lasers and keep the speed up. You can think of it as a baby Loki/Thor. Unfortunately, the small ballistic hardpoints are too light. Uziel is pretty dangerous with 2 PPCs as default config. Consider it your primary threat when you see one. Drop the machine gun arrays for more lasers and heatsinks. 4.7 Heavy Mechs There are quite a few heavy mechs. Catapult (65t), Loki (65t), Mad Cat (75t), Nova Cat (70t), Thor (70t), Vulture (60t), Argus (60t), and Thanatos (75t). Catapult is a fire support mech, as it looks like a small Mad Cat without the arms. With jumpjets, it does the pop-up launch quite often. Its close-in firepower is quite low, so get in close and nail it. Loki and Thor are very close cousins, with only 5 tons difference. They are decent fighters in most ranges, and quite mobile with jumpjets. They usually have no knock-out weapons though. Watch for them circling. Mad Cat is probably one of the best mechs around, but the default config is too heat intensive, and they often shut down if you show them too many targets. Those LRMs are pretty dangerous. Bring AMS when you fight against them. Nova Cat has too many energy weapons. They overheat constantly. When you face them, try using flamers on them to force them to shut down even more often. Vulture is a LRM fire support mech like Catapult, but its capable of decent direct fire as well. You can think of it as a smaller Mad Cat, and its quite deadly in that role. Argus has a weird mix of weapons, and doesnt seem to be too powerful. It is heavily armored though. Those LRMs and Ultras can ping you, but they cant kill you. Thanatos... How heres a good match for Mad Cat. Heavily armored (only Nova Cat boasts more default armor), and it has a good combo of weapons, though mostly ammo based (LBX20, MRM20). Stay out of close range and it cant do you much damage. 4.8 Assault Mechs The heaviest of the heavy, these are real killer mechs. They are Atlas (100t), Awesome (80t), Daishi (100t), Mauler (90t), and Mad Cat MkII (90t). Atlas has a lot of armor and slow movement in exchange for a LOT of weapons. Though personally those weapons dont do too much good as theyre rather mismatched. It has a lot of hardpoints, but not contiguous. Awesome is the first assault mech youll see/get, and the default config of 3 PPC is too heat intensive. They shut down quite a bit. Consider using the flamer on it. Daishi... The default weapon mix is a lot of stuff. The 4 LLAS is quite hefty, but its prone to overheating, and there are just too many weapons with too many ranges. Mauler is quite heavy and the 4 Ultra AC/2 is a lot of firepower on paper, but it doesnt really do THAT much damage in one blow, giving you more time to kill it. Mad Cat Mk II... The gauss rifles are absolutely deadly... Great for sniping, and LRMs and other lasers are just bonuses. 5 Lancemate Management The pilots do grow in skill as you use them, and the more you use them, the better they get. However, they DO get stuck behind buildings and such, and takes quite a while to get to you, if you give them a chance. 5.1 Casey Nolan Casey is a thoroughly average pilot, though theres room for improvement. Hes a good backup, but as you dont use him much, his skills will stay average. 5.2 Jen McQuarrie Jens skills seems to be piloting, not much gunnery. Shes the best pilot you got for a while, and good on sensors. Night-time shes average. 5.3 Jules Gonzales Jules is very good in gunnery, but not much on piloting. Hes also good at night fighting. Give him the long-range weapons. 5.4 Terra Risner She joins you late (Op 5) after the rescue, and shes quite good in all categories. She tends to overheat due to her aggressiveness, and tend to get her mech damaged more than others. Give her a heavy mech that leans toward ballistic weapons so she can last a while. 5.5 Damon Squire This guy joins you for one mission in Op 6 and disappears, but while hes on, hes good. He used to be one of Joannas personal guards. 6 Your Mechs Heres some discussion on each of the mechs available, as well as some recommended configs for your mechs. In general, you want mechs that delivers knock-out blows rather than "death of a thousand cuts". You usually dont have time to fight over and over. For each mech, the weight is listed, then the hardpoints (E=Energy, M=Missile, B=Ballistic, O=Omni). The number right next to the hardpoint is size. For example, 2x2E means there are TWO 2-slot Energy hardpoints. 6.1 Light Mechs Light mechs dont do enough damage, and are suitable really only for recon due to their high speed. Against heavier mechs, their only hope is hit-and-run. They are great for flag/beacon running in mutiplayer games, and for NARC and/or arty beacon planting. 6.1.1 Cougar 35 tons 2x2E, 2x2M, 1x2O Available: BAP, Jumpjets, LAMS, Light Amp Default cougar has too many weapons. With LLAS and LRM, it should STAY at long range. Consider dropping the Beagle probe as well. Replace with more heatsinks, speed, jumpjets, LAMS, and/or LRM reloads. Use the superior speed to keep the range open and snipe at the enemy with the lasers and LRMs. Consider carrying smaller LRMs if you want more laser firepower. Keep running, and dont get close! 6.1.2 Raven 30 tons 1x2E, 1x2M, 2x1E, 1x1M Available BAP, ECM, AMS, Light Amp The fact hat Raven comes with a NARC beacon in the default config should clue you in to the purpose of the mech: NARC planter. It has Beagle probe and ECM to make sure it can get out from under the enemy barrage. Its 360-degree torso twist is quite useful as it allows you to shoot at chasers while maintaining full speed. 18.104.22.168 Raven Runner Raven with ECM and max engines is a great mech to play multiplayer "steal the beacon". Just watch out for those heavy "guard" mechs with the knock-down weapons. If youre down, you cant run. 22.214.171.124 Raven Divine Wind Divine Wind as in "kamikaze". NARC beacon, artillery beacon, and high explosives... Enough said. Run around planting NARC beacons on unsuspecting victims. If caught... Hit the high explosives and take the enemies out with you! 6.1.3 Osiris 30-ton 2x2E, 1x2M, 1x1E, 1x1B Available: Jump jets, AMS, Light Amp Even faster than the Raven, and even LESS armed, its primary advantage is the possibility to add jumpjets. Drop the MGA and most of the weapons. Put NARC beacon and jumpjet on it for survivability. Run REALLY fast, jump away from your enemies. Its only advantage over the Raven is availability of jumpjets. You should have only 2 LLAS on it. Its good for sniping, if you want to play that game. 6.2 Medium Mechs Consider using medium mechs as beacon runners. Uziel and Shadow Cat are harder to knock down than the light mechs, and they CAN be modified to achieve respectable speed and include jumpjets. 6.2.1 Bushwacker 55 tons 1x3B, 1x3M, 1x2B, 1x2M, 1x2E Available BAP, AMS, Light Amp A very "balanced" mech in its default config, it also means its good at nothing, though its probably the heaviest mech you have in a while until you get the Catapult. Modify it to mount less but heavier weapons. Try to squeeze an LBX or AC in the 3B and the 2B. The 3M and the 2M should be filled with LRM launchers. The 2E hardpoint is good for a LLAS. 6.2.2 Shadow Cat 45 tons 1x3O, 1x3M, 2x2E, 1x2B Available BAP, Jumpjets, LAMS, Light Amp A good balance of speed and weapons, the default config is not too bad but a bit of a "spread". Try to squeeze in a gauss rifle or light gauss and be a very light-footed sniper. Add some LRMs and some lasers. One possibility is 2 ER LLAS, and a LBX20 (yes, itll fit). Use LLAS for sniping, and save the LBX20 for those who wish for a close encounter. 6.2.3 Chimera 40 tons 1x3B, 1x3M, 1x3E Available Jumpjets, AMS, Light Amp Good hardpoints, but too light to use them. Drop the MGA and MRM20 and try to shoehorn LRM launchers in there. Consider using a PPC instead of LLAS and MLAS combo. 6.2.4 Hellspawn 45 tons 1x3M, 1x2M, 2x1B, 3x1E Available Jump jets, ECM, AMS, Light Amp Bad hardpoints, as you cant really mount any significant weapons. Sort of light at 2 LRM10s and 3 MPLAS, it does have ECM. Replace with Clan weapons ASAP for more weapons. Pulse lasers generate too much heat. Replace with medium lasers and more heatsinks. 6.2.5 Uziel 50 tons 2x3E, 2x2B, 1x2M Available BAP, Jump jets, AMS, Light Amp Now this one is fun. Two PPCs is a lot of gun for a 50-tonner. Forget the MGAs, as theyre nearly useless. Replace SRM6 with Streak SRM6 ASAP. Drop the MGAs and add more heatsinks or speed. If you cut speed a bit, you may be able to squeeze in an LBX10. 6.3 Heavy Mechs The workhorse mechs, they can move at a "decent" clip while packing more firepower. 6.3.1 Catapult 60 tons 2x4M, 3x2E Available BAP, Jump Jets, AMS Artillery support vehicle, it relies upon its missiles to do damage, not the other weapons. Stay far away and lob missile salvoes, at least with the default config. 126.96.36.199 Catapult Artillery Use Clan LRM racks to fit in more LRMs than you would normally carry, and keep the jumpjets. Cut down the lasers if you have to. 188.8.131.52 Catapult GameGuide.com Fighter Gameguide.coms MW4 guide recommends fitting in 3 ER LLAS and Clan LRM launchers. Lose the jumpjets and a bit of missiles to fit. Remember to add heatsinks as 3 ER LLAS generates a lot of heat. 184.108.40.206 Catapult Flanker Instead of LRM racks, this one uses 4 Streak SRM6 racks with reloads, and forget the lasers, all speed and jumpjets. Get in and make an oblique pass, shoot the missiles, run/jump out of range. 6.3.2 Loki 65 tons 2x3O, 2x2B, 1x2M, 1x2E Available BAP, ECM, Light Amp The default config is pretty good. Combination of MLAS, MPLAS, LBX10, and Streak SRM6s are deadly esp. point-blank, and the Guardian ECM will ensure it get away for more shots. Rush in, do your alpha strike, and run away. Consider dropping the BAP for more heatsinks, and replace the MPLAS with regular MLAS to reduce heat build-up. 6.3.3 Mad Cat 75 tons 2x4E, 2x3M, 2x2O Available BAP, LAMS, Light Amp Ah, the infamous Timberwolf / Mad Cat. The default config has too many weapons, IMHO. Id consider dropping the MGAs for more heatsinks. One possibility is 2 LRM10s, 2 ER LLASs, and 2 LBX10s. Another config is 4 LLAS and 2 LRM10s (consider lower speed to add more heatsinks). Another config is 4 LRM10s and 2 LLAS. 6.3.4 Nova Cat 70 tons 1x6E, 1x4O, 1x3E, 1x2E Available BAP, LAMS, Light Amp Nice mech for 70 tons, as it is VERY heavily armored and armed, but it overheats too fast, as its almost all beam weapons! Drop the smaller weapons and one of the ER LLAS for more heatsinks. Separate the weapons into 3 groups, and learn to fire them separately. Definitely fill the omni rack with non-beam weapons. You cant afford to waste your limited tonnage on heatsinks! One possible variant is fill up the hardpoints with ONLY ER MLAS, and as many heatsinks as you can fit. Use groups of 3 or 4 each. This "laser boat" is absolutely devastating at close range. Get in close and start circling! 6.3.5 Thor 70 tons 2x3O, 1x2M, 1x2B, 1x2E, 1x1O Available ECM, Jump jets, LAMS, Light Amp The big cousin of the Loki, the default mix doesnt have enough shock effect. A GOOD mix is the LBX and a PPC, which is where the name came from. That mix is quite devastating at any range. Add some missiles and lasers and stir for a potent mix. Another possibility is 2 LLAS and 2 LBX10s. Some use gauss rifle instead of PPC/LBX. 6.3.6 Vulture 60 tons 2x4M, 2x3E, 1x2O Available ECM, LAMS, Light Amp Vulture can be thought of as a smaller version of Mad Cat, and it plays that way also, with LRM20s and good mix of lasers. On the other hand, it DOES have more missiles than anything else, so it is designed for long-range confrontations and fire support. Those lasers work at closer ranges as well, but do try to stay out of range. Vulture has 360-degree torso twist. It could surprise some people. One surprise config would be 2 ER PPCs with missiles and an AC for backup. 6.3.7 Argus 60 tons 1x5B, 1x3M, 2x2E Available Light amp This is one of those "good at nothing" designs. Emphasis on ballistic weapons makes it quickly run out, and its too light to keep a lot of reloads. Its also too light to mount ENOUGH heavy LBX cannons to be deadly. Fit 2 LLAS and a LOT of ballistic weapons, with some good missiles. 6.3.8 Thanatos 75 tons 1x4B, 1x3M, 1x2B, 2x2E Available ECM, Jump jets, AMS, Light Amp Most people dont notice that Thanatos has 360-degree torso rotation. The default mix is designed for mainly medium and close range combat. The MRM40 should be replaced with T-Bolt or multiple LRM launchers, and flamers with medium lasers for a "longer" punch. 220.127.116.11 Thanatos Puncher Try T-Bolt, LBX20, and LLAS. You can even fit in AMS if you reduce speed. Shoot LLAS from a distance, follow up with T-Bolt and LBX20 in the face. 18.104.22.168 Thanatos Giant Novasphere submitted this config: max armor, no heatsinks, 83 kph, 2 gauss rifles (1 light + 1 clan or 2 light), 4 MLAS, whatever LRM that would fit. "The Beauty of this Thanatos design is that you can do almost anything with it depending on the needs of the missions. Just change one of the main weapons to suit. This includes replacing the Gauss rifles with LBX, along with an ECM and changing the LRMs to a set of Streak SRMs. You can get in way close with sensors off and unload a bunch of rounds into unwary enemies. This was originally just a design to emulate the Titan from C&C Tiberian Sun (an RTS game to the uninitiated), hence the variant's name." 6.4 Assault Mechs There are your workhorses. While they dont kill light mechs in one salvo, they do come pretty close (two salvoes to be exact). 6.4.1 Atlas 100 tons 2x4E, 1x4B, 2x2M, 1x2B, 1x2E, 1x1E Available ECM, AMS, Light Amp The quintessential assault mech, Atlas is a "jack-of-all-trades" design that lacks enough contiguous hardpoints to deliver true knock- out punches. With all those energy hardpoints, remember to use good weapons, like PPCs backed up by MLAS. You will need some ballistic weapons and missiles to shoot while you cool down. 22.214.171.124 Sniper Atlas Speed at one notch above minimum, armor nearly maxed, ferro-fibrous. One ER PPC, one PPC, one Clan Gauss Rifle with extra ammo, one LIGHT Gauss rifle with extra ammo. The reason for the MISMATCHED set of PPCs is they recycle at different rates, and thus cuts down heat built-up. You can fire all weapons as fast as the weapons recycle. Only need two weapon groups. 126.96.36.199 Sniper Atlas Too A variant of this is 2 ER LLAS, and 3 light gauss rifles. Stay at a distance and snipe with both sets of weapons. Stay out of range! Group this up with another mech for protection. 188.8.131.52 Pyro/Shotgun Atlas Optimized for urban combat, fit in some LBX10s, Streak SRM6s, and flamers. LBX10s to knock down the mech, flamers and Streak6s to keep them down for the count. 6.4.2 Awesome 80 tons 3x3E, 1x2E, 1x2M Available AMS, Light Amp A very "hot" IS design, the SRM2s are useless, and with 3 PPCs overheating is a BIG problem. A Clan Streak SRM6 would be a good replacement. Definite drop one of the PPCs and replace with other weapons. Consider keeping the regular PPCs as those generate less heat, even though they weigh more. 184.108.40.206 Awesome Zapper Remove the arm PPC, and replace with 2 medium lasers. Remove the two pulse lasers on the other arm and replace with 2 medium lasers. Replace SRM2s with Streak6s. Add heatsinks to fill out the difference. 6.4.3 Daishi 100 tons 1x4O, 2x3B, 2x2O, 2x2E, 1x2M Available LAMS, Light Amp With this many omni racks, you can turn this into "any" of the "boat" designs. Daishi has far too many weapons in the default config, though those four LLAS can be quite deadly. The Ultra5s and MGAs are nearly useless, with very little "punch". Consider replacing them with LBX. 220.127.116.11 Shotgun Daishi Daishi with 25 percent speed, no heatsinks, 2 large lasers (one in each arm), and 3 LBX20s, each with one extra reload. Add one Streak SRM6 pack for backup. This combo will knock lighter mechs (up to even Shadow Cats) to the ground. Aim for the cockpit and you can kill a mech in TWO SALVOS. The LLAS can be used for sniping if you want to stay out of range. If you cant stay open, then charge in to 300 m and open up with the three shotguns. This is a decent urban mech. Hide around corners and as the enemy comes through, BLAM! 18.104.22.168 Sniper Daishi Put in 2 Clan Gauss, 2 Light Gauss, and 1 ER PPC (just for fun). This config has one hefty alpha strike... It has no close-range weapon though. Would be one heck of a sniper mech. One salvo and the enemy mech is almost toast. 22.214.171.124 Daishi Shake-and-Bake Slight mod of Daishi shotgun... 3 LBX20, and "lots" of Clan flamers (4). If you REALLY like flamers, drop one LBX20 and add two more flamers. Shotgun to shake you up (or knock you down), flamer to bake you to a crisp. :-) This one would be surprisingly light if you use Clan flamers, allowing a lot of armor AND engine upgrades... Rude surprise for city fighting. 6.4.4 Mauler 90 tons 2x3M, 2x3B, 2x2E Available AMS, BAP, Light Amp. The default config relies on the Ultra2s for the firepower, which is not that great. Lots of missile hardpoints that needs to be filled with Clan LRM launchers or 3-space launchers like T-bolts. 126.96.36.199 Shotgun Mauler Heres a general purpose Mauler config: 2 Clan LBX20s with 1 extra ammo each in torso. Two ER MLAS in EACH arm, add Streak SRM6 or Clan LRM10s to taste. Dont need extra heatsinks at all. Or you can fit in two T-Bolt launchers. Thats 40+ damage if you hit! Follow up with the rest of the guns and youll get quick kills. 6.4.5 Mad Cat Mk. II 90 tons 2x3B, 2x3M, 2x2O, 1x2E, 1x2B Available BAP, Jump Jets, LAMS, Light Amp Interesting design, as Clan gauss rifle is a real pinpoint hitter. Its quite "punch-y" as is, and quite balanced. You cant fill up all the slots, so youll have to decide what to fill. 188.8.131.52 Mad Cat Mk II Sharpshooter One devastating config for Mad Cat Mk. II is cram in FOUR different gauss rifles, 2 Clan thats built-in, and 2 more IS Light gauss rifles, as they fit in the center racks. Youll need to remove all the other weapons, as well as a little armor and the jumpjets to fit them in. Of course, this only works on a map where sniping is possible. Dont use this config in the cities. 184.108.40.206 Mad Cat Mk II Close Fighter This is going to be a NASTY surprise for people expecting gauss rifles... Put 1 light gauss in the 2B spot for sniping. Put 2 LBX20s in the arms (same weight!) and you can fit in 1 more LBX10 in the omni racks. At point-blank this mech is almost as deadly as the sniper Daishi. 7 Mech Tactics Mech combat, as all combats, have specific tactics, but some should already be obvious to you. 7.1 Some structures you need to know Mech Repair Bay -- big warehouse. Go in, shut down, and youll be repaired. Use it if you see it. It can be the difference between defeat and victory. Mobile Repair Bay -- with mobile doors. Just drive in, and youll stop and shut down automatically to be repaired. Use it if you see it. It can be the difference between defeat and victory. Turret Control Tower -- these control the turrets and calliopes that shoot at you. Blow it up and those turrets stop shooting. When attacking a base, look for it first. 7.2 Concentrate Firepower One mech never last long against superior numbers of equivalent mechs. Just look at the intro movie. If you have two, three, even four mechs firing upon the same target, itll be toast very quickly. It also seem to force the enemy to spread the damage around instead of gunning for you personally all the time (except Castros lance, but thats another story). Another way this works is go for "alpha strikes" instead of multiple salvoes that hit all over the places. It seems that a single big salvo is better than multiple small salvoes. There seems to be some "penetrating" damage depending on the salvo size, and penetrating damage is magnified. 7.3 Keep Moving / Torso-Twist / Circle of Death Moving target is harder to hit, even for the AI. Moving and sudden change of direction can also prevent easy hits from the unguided missiles like SRMs and MRMs. It wont save you from the seeking missiles (Streak LRMs, and T-bolt), but less damage is less damage. Mechs dont side-step like the Quakes circle-strafing. However, most mechs can torso-twist, which allows you to point the upper body toward the enemy while the mech head in a different direction. This effectively allows the "circle-of-death", which means you walk in a circle around the target (moving at about 70% speed), torso twisted all the way left or right, facing the enemy, and keep pouring in fire while moving. Use right/left glance (view hat) to make sure youre not running into something. Remember that some mechs in MW4 has 360-degrees of torso twist (Raven, Thanatos, Vulture) that can let you run really fast away AND still hit the enemy... 7.4 Use the Terrain Terrain can protect you while you recharge and dissipate heat. Jump in the river/lake to cool down. Hide behind a hill to avoid returning fire. Crouch to let the hill take the incoming missile salvo. Hide behind a building with sensors off to snipe. All are ways to take advantage of available terrain. 7.5 Go for the Weak Parts, like Cockpit or Legs Definitely aim for a mechs weakened portions. You can see the torn parts on the enemy mech: its charred black. You can also see it in the enemy status display. Hit those spots for extra damage. Aim for the cockpit. Killing the pilot is the quickest way to kill a mech, now that "legging" the mech is more difficult. A heavy dose of LBX20 at point-blank range will reduce armor to scrap. Another good salvo and the mech is toast. You can still go for the leg if youre really good. 7.6 Passive Sensors and ECM Sometimes, you may not want to attract attention to yourself, esp. if youre a sniper mech. Move around on passive sensors only to avoid drawing attention to yourself. Passive sensors mode is also good for setting ambushes. You wont be visible until youre within 250 feet. If you have ECM, you can sneak in even CLOSER. If this is at night, you can get in some GOOD licks (like a NARC beacon) before youre even detected. 7.7 Heat Management Remember that there are additional ways to dissipate excess heat. If theres bodies of water nearby (swamp, mountain lakes, etc.) then stay inside to stay cool. Fighting at night also helps a little. If its an emergency, you can try the coolant flush, which does an emergency vent of the coolant. It cools you down a lot, but you dont have that much left, so use in emergencies only. Hold down the F for a longer flush, or just a quick tap for a quick flush. If you just need to keep moving and not shooting, you can OVERRIDE the shutdown. 7.8 Consider Kamikaze Suicide and/or high-explosives are valid weapons if not abused. If youre heavily damaged, consider searching out a quite damaged enemy mech. You know you wont survive long enough to kill it, but if you do a suicide you just may do it... So get in there, and BOOM! 7.9 Jumpjet Overrun One trick to try if you have jumpjets is run full speed obliquely at your target. Avoid its shots, then turn toward it at medium range, do your alpha strike, then JUMP STRAIGHT OVER him. Use the jets just enough o clear him (or run into his head for a quick Death-From- Above), and youll end up behind him. By the time he turns around youre already gone. : 8 Campaign Walkthru There are two different endings (not counting your death in any mission), depending on that "final choice" near the end. This walkthru was created based on the RECRUIT level (the easiest). Expect more/heavier mechs and less/no salvage on higher difficulty levels. Campaign note: When you capture a new mech, and you dont plan to use it, STRIP IT. You can use the weapons on the other mechs, at least early in the campaign when you dont have many selections. 8.1 Operation 1 Youve just landed on the Kentares IVs moon as the initial strike against the Steiner hold on the planet. Youre vastly outnumbered, so this is a guerilla action. You cant command any one yet, even if there are other mechs with you. Just let them do their job, and you do yours. 8.1.1 Op 1, Mission 1 Destroy Comm Array Primary Objective: Take out the comm array at the nav point, specifically the 3 HPG antennas. This will cripple Steiner coordination. Secondary Objective: Take out any escaping vehicles Difficulty rating: 1 (easiest mission in the whole thing) You are in a Shadow Cat, no weapons yet to reconfigure. Youll be dropped with 2 Cougars. There are no mobile defenders except some SRM carriers. There are some turrets around the base, but those are easy to take out. You should be able to blast one SRM Carrier or turret per salvo. Just keep running around, pounding the closest ones, while you watch for escaping vehicles. When the radio message come in about the vehicles, find them and blast them. Let the Cougars deal with the enemies. When the escaping vehicles are toast, feel free to cook any turrets in the area, or let the Cougars do them. Blast the three antennas, and youre done. 8.1.2 Op 1, Mission 2 Destroy SKUD Convoys Take out the SKUD launcher convoys as you follow the nav points around the path. This will consolidate our position. Expect mech escorts. Primary: Take out the SKUD launcher convoys as you follow the nav points around the path. This will consolidate our position. Expect mech escorts. Difficulty rating: 3 (Should be simple but a little bloody) Jules Gonzalez will join you in a Cougar. Nothing fancy, just destroy everything. There are two convoys, each with one SKUD launcher, several ammo carriers, 2-3 SRM carriers, some Swiftwind scouts, and 1 Osiris mech as escort. Take out the mech first, then the SRM carriers. When dealing with convoys, always take out the escorts first. You may be able to lure the Osiris away from the convoy. The smaller vehicles you can just "stomp" (i.e. walk into it), but beware of leg damage. The other vehicles dont shoot back so they are easy to destroy. Use your long-range weapons to snipe from a distance, then charge in. Be careful around the ammo carriers, as those explode pretty hard. Dont get too close. Try to get the mechs next to them to blow them up. 8.1.3 Op 1, Mission 3 Dropship Hunt Destroy all dropships at the Steiner base. This will cripple their operations. Primary: Destroy all three dropships at the Steiner base. Difficulty rating: 5 (blast all three before they "activate" require fast/accurate action) Those dropships have heavy weapons, but they are not powered yet. Take out the three APUs next to each dropship to delay power-up. Expect mechs and other mobile threats. Take the heaviest mech you have. Youll have some friendly Hellspawns following you in. You cannot destroy the dropship UNLESS you destroy all three APUs next to it first. Nothing fancy here, go in and blast those APUs first. Keep running around, taking out the APUs and some of the defenders. Circle around the launch base works fine. Youll run into Osiriss and Hellspawns as defenders. After the APUs are gone, you can concentrate on the mech defenders. Or just run around and avoid them. Osiris is not that dangerous. When you take out all three dropships, you win regardless of the defenders. 8.1.4 Op 1, Mission 4 Base Defense Protect the dropship as we prepare to shift operations to Kentares proper... Sir Peter will take off first. Primary: protect the APUs powering your dropship Secondary: destroy all attackers Difficulty rating: 8 (Toughest fight yet, especially the mechs!) This is probably your toughest fight so far, as enemies attack from all directions. Run really fast toward the threats. There are two other mechs around the perimeter keeping the enemy busy. Concentrate on one and kill it soonest. Dont let the Bulldogs get past you, and dont stray too far from the APUs. Attackers include 2 Hellspawns, 2 Osiriss, 3 Bulldogs, 3 SRM Carriers, and 3 LRM Carriers. There are two APUs next to your dropship you need to protect, and the main threat to them will come from the LRMs. Take them out first. Shoot one, run over others. Then engage any other threat you come across, probably run around after the SRMs and the Bulldogs. Then help the other mechs destroy the attacking mechs. You can let one of the APUs get destroyed, as the dropship will send out another one, but no more than that! Once you take out all the attackers, you win. 8.2 Operation 2 Youve arrived in the northern polar region. Its time to start operations on the ground. You will get use of repair bases starting in the second mission. (Not in the first mission, as your dropship have not even landed yet!) 8.2.1 Op 2, Mission 1 Recon Area Youre being hot dropped into the area to secure an area for the dropship to land. Primary: explore nav Alpha, Beta, and Gamma Secondary: destroy all enemies encountered Difficulty rating: 3 (standard sweep, bring the right weapons and its simple) You get your first lancemate. You can pick Casey or Jen. Jen is the better of the two, so bring her along. Give her something pretty heavy. Youll see multiple Peregrine choppers as you hit the first nav point. Snipe them using the zoom mode with the LLAS or PPC. Then you will encounter 1+1 Osiris and a Bulldog. Theyll charge you, and they move quite a bit. Send Jen after it and help out as you circle a little. At the second Nav point. After that you will see 3+3 Bulldogs (3 in the valley next to you, 3 down at the camp), and 2 turrets around the vehicle bay. Take care of the 3 close to you, then use that hill and snipe at the 3 down there. Then take care of the turrets. Just 3 more Bulldogs at the last nav point. Snipe them all and youre done. 8.2.2 Op 2, Mission 2 Raid Depot Need supplies, so were raiding this depot. There may be some mechs to capture here... Primary: Destroy all defenders Primary: Destroy comm base Primary: Convoy must reach warehouse 1, 2, and 3 Difficulty rating: 8 (getting repairs done on yourself is the key) There is a repair base back at the starting nav point, so use it, if you have to. There are also several repair depots on the enemy base that you can use. Follow the nav points again, but try to do it all in passive sensors. Take out the comm base when you see it, then continue to the base. Stay OUT of the bases passive sensor range (250m). Kill it ASAP. You have no more than 60 seconds to blow it, so use ALL the weapons. If you fail to knock out the comm base, the main base will be alerted and youll face a tougher fight. You have a repair base, so use it now, before you go after the main base. Look for the turret control tower, but keep sensors off as long as possible! Then its time to take care of the depot. This is probably the toughest fight so far, as youre going up against some heavier mechs, namely Catapults and Hellspawns, and multiple choppers and tanks. You may want to snipe the choppers first. There are 2 mobile field bases and 2 mech repair bays on the depot that you can use to repair yourself. Youll be pretty beaten up at the end, but its a standard kill- everything scenario. If you failed to take out the defenders, youll have to escort the withdrawal by protecting the evac chopper, and thats even harder. So if you fail, start over. 8.2.3 Op 2, Mission 3 Escort Techs Jules is pinned down with the techs. Sir Peter tried to draw the chasers off, and they need some escorts to get away. Primary: Relieve tech convoy, then escort the techs to safety to the south across the bridge. Primary: Blow up the bridge after everybody is across. Difficulty rating: 7 (its hard to blast the other mechs when you need to stay in front) As you approach the techs nav point (nav alpha), youll run into 1 Uziel and 2 Hellspawn, and 3 Bulldogs. Youll see 4 turrets blocking your way to the techs. Blow them up. When you find the techs (Jules in a Shadow Cat as escort) in the corner of the map, another Uziel will attack. As they start moving, 2 Hellspawns will attack as well. Theres a long way to go, but the enemies are pretty far away so you can run really fast and catch them before they get into range. Multiple SRM carriers will attack at about the half-way point. Finally, an Osiris (and another Uziel) will chase as you get close to the bridge. Jules will stick with the convoy, so its up to you and your partner (probably Jen). After everybody cross the bridge, blow it up, and thats it. 8.2.4 Op 2, Mission 4 Capture Base Sir Peter did not survive. To avenge him, were taking down the Steiner base. Primary Objective: clean out the defenders Secondary Objective: defend the techs until they capture the base Difficulty rating: 6 (if you capture the calliopes) / 7 (if you dont) Your job is to charge in, take care of all the defenders, namely Cougar and Bushwacker, 2 turrets, and 3 SRM Carriers. The 3 SRM Carriers are easy as theyre in front of you. Then the two mechs charge in. Concentrate on the Bushwacker first, then Cougar, and take out the turret when you can. Head for the back of the base and take out the TALL turret control tower (ignore the calliopes, theyll go down when the control tower goes poof, and you need them for defense later). REMEMBER, do NOT touch the control center, just take out the TURRET CONTROL TOWER. Once its gone (or you took out one of the calliopes), the tech will come in. The tower is taller and thicker, and to the left of the satellite control center when youre heading there. Then send your lancemates after the two guarding Uziels, and you can help them out. The techs will head in as soon as one of the calliopes is destroyed or the turret control tower is down. Itll take them a while (about a minute or two) to arrive, and your mechs will keep the Uziels away. Immediately head off to the base to ESE, and you should see 4 LRM launchers there sitting still. Nail them with long range fire. If you dont, theyll come after you and the satellite control center. So nail them now. Now head back north. Just north of the sat control youll see hangars with 2 Peregrine attack choppers on the ground. Take them out from a distance. If you dont, theyll join in when the mechs attack, and it gets really messy! Kill them now. By now the two Uziels should be dead, though you may need to help your lancemates. Order repair as there is a repair hangar there. Your techs should gain control of the two calliopes, and those are great for additional firepower. Then its just a matter of defending your site against 2 Cougars and 2 Argus from one direction, then 2 more Cougars from the other direction. With 3 relatively fresh mechs (you did repair yourself, right?) and 2 calliopes, the fight should be easy. Concentrate your firepower on one mech at a time for quick kills. When you take them all out, you win! 8.3 Operation 3 Were trying to find that other surviving Steiner dropship to cripple their operations permanently. 8.3.1 Op 3, Mission 1 Sweep and Destroy Scouts are out searching for the Steiner patrols, great for defeat in detail. Difficulty rating: 5 (the 2 Vultures are pretty tough to take on without repairs for yourself) Primary: Wait for scouts to report Primary: Take out the mechs at nav alpha, nav beta, nav gamma, Primary: Check out Delta for the missing scout This is a simple sweep-all-nav-points-kill-everything type mission. You should be in a relatively heavier mech, but you dont get repairs on this mission. Be careful and let your lancemate do some work. Youll find 2 Cougars near nav Alpha, 2 Osiris and 1 Raven at nav Beta, Osiris and Cougar at nav Gamma, and 2 Vultures (dangerous!) at nav Delta. Take them all out, and you win! Use the hills to avoid being hit by LRMs. Hide behind hills and wait until those enemies reach medium or close range. Jump into the lake if you overheat. You should capture a Vulture here after this mission. 8.3.2 Op 3, Mission 2 Capture Supply Convoy Were going after this supply convoy... Difficulty rating: 4 (not much to it) Primary: Destroy escorts Secondary: Destroy all Steiner forces Chasing down the supply convoy require a fast mech. If you prefer heavy mechs, consider turning back to cut through that "pass" behind you. Just order your lancemates to nav alpha. They wouldnt cut through the pass even if you order them to follow you. Give them slightly lighter mechs as they have further to run. Try not to blow up a mech right next to one of the cargo carriers. That may take the cargo carrier out as well! When you catch up, youll run into 2 Cougars, a Bulldog, all trying to delay you. Argus and Vulture will try to stay with the convoy, but if you get close theyll go after you. Theres one more Bulldog leading the convoy. Take that out, and you got the convoy, even if you havent taken out all the mech escorts. The quickest way to kill Bulldogs is by stomping it (walk into it). You may take some leg damage. 8.3.3 Op 3, Mission 3 Destroy Dropship We found that surviving dropship. Take it out. Difficulty rating: 7 Primary: Locate and destroy Steiner dropship The dropship is actually NOT that heavily defended, except for the Mauler as a surprise. You should try the artillery beacon, but you can do the mission without it. Just head east, then northeast and follow the "road". Youll run into multiple Arguses, then a Mauler, escorted by multiple Bulldogs (at least 4), and several turrets. The dropship has 3 APUs nearby. As in the earlier mission, take out the APUs first to prevent the dropship from powering up. Then take care of the defenders and finally the dropship itself. Or you can go for the dropship directly. Let your lancemates keep the other guys busy while you just blast the dropship with an alpha strike, the circle it to death. Definitely bring along some artillery as the dropship dont move. You can also use arty on the APUs if you dont have time to hit them. Shoot, and watch the incoming arty destroy it a few seconds later. As each arty beacon only has 2 shots, definitely bring lots of extra ammo. If you destroy the dropship, even if the enemy mechs survive, you win the mission. Even if you havent taken down the Mauler, you may salvage it any way. 8.4 Operation 4 Were in the desert, and heat will be a factor. Consider using reactive armor, as most mechs will be using ballistic weapons to minimize heat buildup. Youll want your mech to be "green" in heat dissipation bar if possible. Use more ballistic or missile weapons. 8.4.1 Op 4, Mission 1 Raid Base Were raiding a Steiner base for supplies. Resistance will take cargo carriers into the Steiner base after we neutralize the defenders. Theyll have some tanks and Vedettes to take on the turrets. We take care of the mechs. Difficulty rating: 6 Primary: Escort convoy as they go through the 3 nav points Bring close-range killer weapons, like LBX20s, drop speed if you need to. Enemy mechs will come to you. Remember to order attack on a single target for quickest kills. Theres a repair bay available at the base. So use it! Youll see turrets and a few mechs (Cougar? Hellspawn?). Run in there and take them all out. You can disable the turrets by killing the turret control tower. Repair before heading out. When nav Alpha is reached, 4 mechs (Shadow Cat, Chimera, and 2 Hellspawns?) will attack. When nav Gamma is reached, 4 more mechs will attack (Vulture, Chimera, and 2 Hellspawns?). Take them all out, confirm convoy reached all 3 warehouses, and you win! 8.4.2 Op 4, Mission 2 Defense Base You get a third lancemate on this mission, and youll probably have to use Casey, as you havent found any one better yet (not until Op 5, Mission 1 any way). Difficulty rating: 6 Primary: Relieve friendlies at nav Alpha Primary: Defend base at nav Beta Primary: Destroy guerilla mechs You are to relieve the friendly forces at nav alpha, then protect the base at nav beta. Run for nav alpha ASAP, tell your lancemates to go there. Shoot the 3 Peregrines that pops up, but dont slow down. Youll find 2 Shadow Cats and an Uziel around nav alpha. These are the guerilla mechs. Those Shadow Cats hide behind a hill, pop up with jumpjets, then fire LRMs while in the air. They run really far and really fast, then circle around. Take them all out (send one lancemate after each). You have to destroy the guerilla mechs. Watch the calliopes at nav alpha take out the approaching bombers, as you run for nav Beta. Tell your lancemates to head there too. Youll probably notice two more Shadow Cats running toward your base at nav beta. You may get a few shots at their back before they get out of range. Just go there ASAP. There are 2 Cougars and several Bulldogs in the base to delay them for you. As you take care of the Shadow Cats, another lance will attack: Vulture, 2 Uziels, and a Cougar. Take them out too and youre done. Theres a mech repair bay on the base and a mobile field base at nav Alpha so you can order repairs if you have time, as the second lance dont show up until that last Shadow Cat is taken care of. Leave one mech to tangle with it while the rest get repairs. You will probably salvage a Mad Cat and a Thanatos on this mission. 8.4.3 Op 4, Mission 3 Capture Barges Capture the barges by destroying all the escorts (boats and mechs), then walk near each one. Capturing all six barges is possible. Difficulty rating: 5 Primary: Capture 4 out of 6 barges Primary: Destroy all defenders Secondary: Capture all 6 barges. Dont use LRMs near the barges! If you get all 6 barges you get a bonus. If you use LRMs you may destroy one of the barges due to splash damage. In fact, try not to bring any missiles. If you do, bring Streak SRMs, and dont point them at the barges. Youll be facing 10 patrol boats (maybe more?), 4 or more Peregrines (that pop up behind rocks as you travel up the river). Youll also run into 3 Argus and 1 Loki. As youll be wading in water, heat is not a factor. So nail them. Tell your lancemates to follow you, then when you see the enemy patrol boats, engage at will. Theyll mop up for you. When you see mechs, concentrate your lancemates upon one mech at a time, and add your own. You take out the boats first since they are easy to destroy yet has quite a bit of firepower. When all defenders are gone, the barges will stop about 1.5 klick from nav Alpha. Just walk up next to each of the surviving barges to capture them. If you walk fast enough, you can stop them before they get there. 8.4.4 Op 4, Mission 4 Destroy Factory Destroy three munitions plant in the city. Shepherd, in a Swiftwind scout, will be your guide. Weather is "extremely" foggy, and the visibility is extremely poor. Difficulty rating: 3 Secondary: Link up with local guide Shepherd Primary: Destroy munitions plant 1, 2, and 3 This one is extremely easy, as you just follow the nav points and kill anything that moves except that friendly Swiftwind. Youll run into 2 Shadow Cats and 6 Bulldogs at plant 1, Nova Cat and Hellspawn at plant 2, Awesome, Hellspawn, and 3 Bulldogs at plant 3. The mix is somewhat randomized, so the composition may not be exact. Each plant is also surrounded by 4 "guard tower" armed with large pulse lasers, though they are easy to blow up. There are also mech repair bays at plant 1 and plant 3 (not sure about 2), so this one is VERY simple. You should salvage a Nova Cat and an Awesome on this mission. 8.4.5 Op 4, Mission 5 Capture Convoy James Qulan is about to execute the prisoners, so you need to get to them before they do. Difficulty rating: 6 (the only hard part is getting there and guard the choppers) Primary: Destroy air defense base at nav Zeta (to protect the chopper flight) Primary: Destroy convoy escorts Secondary: Destroy Targets of Opportunity Secondary: Break contact Just one Uziel protecting nav Zeta, so take out the base (tower and radar). Then head for the convoy, and take out all the convoy defenders (multiple Bulldogs and Cougars). Consider blowing up the fuel tanks when the mechs are near them to use the collateral damage. If you do so, then make sure you blow up the fuel trucks too as the secondary objective. Once you got the convoy, cut through the mountains and get to the pickup point FIRST. Tell your lancemates to guard the convoy (pick a vehicle and issue "Defend my target"). There should be a Vulture in the distance, and it may get closer. Send your lancemates after it, as you continue to that spot. When the convoy arrives, 2 Uziels will power up from the corner of the map. Kill them (you ARE in a much heavier mech, right?) Your three lancemates should take care of the Vulture with no problem. When the convoy arrives, gets loaded, and choppers take off, you have to break contact. Basically, that means no enemy mechs within 250m meters of you. Youll get multiple contacts, like Shadow Cat, Cougar, Uziel, and maybe a Vulture or two in the distance. Take care of those that are close, then turn OFF your active sensors, and youve broken contact. 8.4.6 Op 4, Mission 6 Liberate Camp Weve saved some of the prisoners, but its time to get the rest of them. We can use the manpower. Difficulty rating: 8 (difficult to engage only ONE set of threat at a time while preserving yourself) Primary: Link up with Resistance mechs (2 Uziels, and maybe a Shadowcat) Secondary: Destroy all defenders Primary: Destroy the two guard towers next to each of the prisoner compounds 1, 2, 3, and 4 Primary: Destroy James Qulans command lance Youve rescued Terra Risner, whos a better mechwarrior than Casey Nolan, so use her. When you start, head along the edge of the map and get to the friendlies. Youll run into 3 Peregrines, just take them out. You may run into 2-3 Cougars as well. Kill them. As you engage the Cougars, you may run into 4 mobile turrets protecting the helibase. Take them all out, and make it to the rendezvous. As you rendevous, you may run into a patrol lance of Vultures and Cougars. Take them out. Try to keep yourself in the back of the fight, as youll have to save yourself for later. The dialogue says something about a "backdoor", but I havent found one yet. As you approach Alpha, you should see a Catapult in the distance. Tell all mechs to concentrate fire on one, and kill it ASAP, as more are coming (total of 2-4). Do NOT approach the top of the plateau yet. Fight at the bottom for now, until you kill all the Catapults running around. When you are ready, send all mechs to attack nearest threat, while you head uphill and look for the turret control towers. It should be easy to spot as they are usually on top of a hill. Kill them and the nearby turrets will go inert, but NOT the guard towers you need to kill! There should be more than one on that big hill. Youll see periodic reinforcements of several Uziels (2-6). You should be able to take care of them by concentrating your firepower as you order all mechs to attack that one threat. There IS a Mobile Repair Base in the camp, so make sure you repair all mechs before you destroy the last guard tower. Keep your mechs away from that last tower by telling them to form on you. The other mechs wont cause much damage. Even if Denali loses a mech or more it doesnt really matter as long as your lance lives. When you take out all the towers, James Qulan and his command lance drops in... Mr. Qulan is in his Steiner blue Mad Cat and 3 Vultures in Steiner Purple. They should be no problem for you. Concentrate fire on one Vulture at a time. Then take out Qulan himself. With multiple mechs on him hes cooked in no time. You should capture a Thor and a Vulture on this mission, maybe more. (I got 4 mechs once.) 8.5 Operation 5 The city of Vale has been marked as a target for retribution, and you must protect the city while the civilians are evacuated out to sea. Youll be fighting in the swamps and the coasts. 8.5.1 Op 5, Mission 1 Destroy Bombers Roland is ordering the bombing of Vale as a demonstration. We will take out the bombers first. Difficulty rating: 5 Primary: Destroy all eight bombers Primary: Destroy the control tower Secondary: Destroy all defenders Youll run into a LOT of enemies, as there are missile towers and gunboats everywhere. Just head north toward the lights. You may see some patrol boats, Bulldogs, and Harassers on the way to the airbase. Just snipe them from long range. Youll run into 3 Shadow Cats, 3 Vultures, and one Nova Cat as the defenders. Theyre spread all over the place so if you concentrate your fire theyre toast in no time. When you get to the airbase, look at the map. There are THREE runways, so you have to stand on the north-south one, and look all around for the bombers. A good long-range shot should toast any approaching bombers. If you can catch them on the ground, thats great. If not, just shoot them in the air. They just circle around. When you take out all the bombers, youre reminded to take out the "air control tower". Its "green" to the reticule, not red like a usual target. Just shoot it and youre done. 8.5.2 Op 5, Mission 2 Destroy Patrols Burke is bringing in more patrol crafts. Were running a sweep and the lance is split up to cover more ground. Destroy all enemies encountered. There are four groups to take out. Difficulty rating: 6 (mainly that fight at the end) Primary: Destroy all four groups of hovercrafts. (each group has about 10) You do NOT get lancemates on this one. This is a SOLO mission. The hovercrafts are easy to kill individually. Best way is find a tall "hill" and snipe them with the long range PPCs or ER LLAS. Bring some short range weapons though to deal with the surprise later. In a Mauler, Id put 2 ER LLAS in the arms, backed up by LBX20s and Streak SRM6s in the torso. Speed is not a concern. Use only the LLAS to hit the individual ships. When you destroy the third group, youll get a quick glimpse of a Steiner mech... Duncan Burke? He quickly disappears off the radar though. There is a mobile repair base (the red hangar) just to southwest to the center of the map. So use it if you need it. You will need to be in good shape to handle that last group and Burke himself. When you take out the fourth group, Duncan Burke shows up in a Thor. Preserve yourself against the hovercrafts. Burke goes down easy if you just circle him at a decent speed with the proper torso twist. 8.5.3 Op 5, Mission 3 Defend Exodus The evacuation is almost done, but time is running out. Steiner mechs have infiltrated into Vale. The patrol boats are targeting the evac boats, and not just one but TWO naval frigates are heading to the Vale coast on their bombardment mission... Difficulty rating: 7 Primary: Defend refugee ships until they reach open sea Secondary: destroy all nearby enemy units Take long range weapons, like LRMs, gauss rifles, ER LLAS, ER PPCs, etc. Youll need to refit all the mechs for long-range firepower. When you start, you may run into about 6 Bulldogs. Stomp them if its necessary. A squadron of 4-6 Nightshades will also buzz your lance firing missiles. Your lance should take care of them if they have time, but you dont. Head into the city (nav Alpha) ASAP. There are four mechs in the city you need to take out: 2 Nova Cats and 2 Awesomes. Concentrate your fire and they should be no problem to your veteran lance. Keep yourself relatively undamaged. After all the mechs in the city are toast, head to the dock (nav Beta) and start shooting the 6 patrol boats. The patrol boats are easy to kill, one shot each. If you still havent taken care of the Nightshades, now is a good time. Call all the mechs to form on you though, the frigates will show up any moment now. Then Thunderchild and Indomitable sail in. They have a lot of LRMs (yes, I said LRMs), and they are pretty hard to kill. As youre ankle deep in water, heat is not a problem. Bring PPCs and ER LLAS, and maybe some gauss rifles. Take them out, wait for the boats to depart, and you win! 8.6 Operation 6 Urban fighting... Range is short, and fighting will be quick and brutal. Heavy LBX rule! Dont forget to change your loadout before heading out on the first mission! 8.6.1 Op 6, Mission 1 Recon In Force Clean up the city for the Resistance. Primary: Clear all five nav points (nav Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon) Difficulty rating: 7 (no repair is the problem) Standard sweep mission, wipe out everything you encounter, though there are five nav points to go through. Preserve ammo and armor is critical. Take the heaviest mech you got, and take a close-quarters package, heavy with LBXs and mid/short-range weapons. At nav Alpha youll see Awesome, Mad Cat (whos patrolling), and several turrets. You may notice an Argus in the distance. That is actually nav Gammas guard. Ignore the Argus. Kill the Mad Cat and the turrets. Continue to nav Beta, where youll run into 2 SRM Carriers and 3 Bulldogs. At Gamma, you encounter 2 (or 3) Arguses, more Bulldogs, and 2 turrets. At Delta, you see 2 (or 4) Bulldogs and 2 Awesomes. Finally, at Epsilon (the park), you see an Atlas (or 2), 3 SRM Carriers, and more turrets. You can take out most of them from a distance. Stay back from the Atlas by retreating into the city. Then send the whole lance after it. You should salvage at least one Atlas and one Argus from this mission, maybe more. 8.6.2 Op 6, Mission 2 Rescue Pilots Need to rescue some mech pilots holed up in one of the parking garages, and theres five in the area. Check every one. A chopper will be dispatched once you found them, but enemy mechs may attack once they see the signal... Primary: Locate pilots Primary: Defend parking garage until the chopper is loaded Primary: Defend the chopper until it departs the map Difficulty rating: 8 (no way to repair, one against a horde) This mission you run alone. The trick in this mission is do NOT go to nav Alpha until the very end. Instead, go to all the OTHER nav points and wipe out the opposition (Thors or Vultures, Shadow Cats, and Cougars). THEN come back to Nav Alpha. As theres no more enemies to bother the rescue, just wait for the chopper to land. Dont stand in the landing spot! At the easiest level, the pilots are ALWAYS at nav Alpha. On higher difficulty levels, the location is random. Your best bet is to "lure" out the defenders with some long-range shots, then kill them away from the garages. Do this to every mech you come across, without getting near the nav points. Once you killed all the mechs patrolling you can explore the nav points. NOTE: On higher difficulty levels you will see patrols with heavier mechs. The listing below is based on Recruit/Regular levels. Bring all close-range weapons. As many LBX as you can fit, and Streak SRMs or MRMs. If youre lucky enough to obtain a Daishi so far, this is a cakewalk, as the Shotgun Daishi is ideal for this. One or more Thor/Vulture patrols the nav points. Remember NOT to go to Alpha first! Go to Epsilon first. Then BACK track eventually to nav Alpha. Nav Alpha has a Cougar and a Shadow Cat. Nav Beta has a Cougar and a Shadow Cat as well. Nav Gamma has just a Cougar. Nav Delta has just a Shadow Cat Nav Epsilon has a Thor. When you return, youll find Damon Squire as an available pilot. 8.6.3 Op 6, Mission 3 Destroy Base Steiner forces are holed up at the University. Take out the comm center nearby so they dont know were coming, then the nearby power station to disable the turrets. Finally, destroy the defenders and their base. Primary: Destroy all units protecting the University base Secondary: Destroy the comm center (Gamma) Secondary: Destroy the power station powering the defensive turrets (Beta) Difficulty rating: 3 (abundance of repair makes this a cake walk) You get to use Damon Squire on this mission. Do so. Hes as good as any one you got. It is better to destroy the comm center and the power station before tackling the base itself, but its optional. If you want more of a challenge, then go to nav alpha and take it out. A Mad Cat Mk. II guards Nav Gamma. Youll probably salvage it. There are also 2 mobile repair bases there. Repair after this fight. Nav Beta has Vulture, Uziel, and 2 Bulldogs. It also has a mobile repair base. Repair after this fight too. Finally, at Alpha, youll see 3 Uziels, 2 Vultures, and 3 Bulldogs. With fully repaired mechs, the 5 mechs should be easy. The Bulldogs will stay at the base so you can go back to Gamma for repairs after you kill the mechs. Come back, nail the Bulldogs, and youre done. You dont even have to destroy the buildings. 8.6.4 Op 6, Mission 4 Rescue Sister You have a choice here, Ian Dresari... The path you choose here will determine which ending you get, and how youll be viewed. Choose between 4 or 5. You chose to go after your sister instead of the mechs. Its your decision. Primary: Locate your sisters command track (could be Nav 1, 2, or 3, but actually Nav 3) Primary: Escort the ambulance out of combat area Difficulty rating: 8 You basically have to go through the various nav points, take out all defenders. Youll run into Awesomes, Mad Cats, and lots of Bulldogs. Expect 2-3 mechs and 4-6 Bulldogs between each nav Point until you find the command track and the ambulance. The exact number vary depending on the difficulty level. Just approach each one carefully and kill all attackers. There is a mobile repair base on this map, however, you wont have time to use it. If you dont get to the ambulance with the command track within 5 minutes or so itll be destroyed by the roving Steiner patrols. When you reach the ambulance, you are to escort them to the "exit" of the map. This ambulance will "follow" you instead of you trying to chase it down. Make sure you dont step on it! Before you get to the exit, a lance of 4 Mad Cat Mk. IIs will try to stop you. These guys run around a lot so they MAY stomp the ambulance. You MAY want to take the lance and CHARGE toward the final nav point and take care of those cats BEFORE the ambulance arrives. 8.6.5 Op 6, Mission 5 Raid Depot You have a choice here, Ian Dresari... The path you choose here will determine which ending you get, and how youll be viewed. Choose between Mission 4 or 5. You chose to go after the heavy mechs buried in a hidden base instead of rescuing your sister... Primary Objective: Find the weapons cache. Primary Objective: Check All 3 Bunkers (shoot the doors) Primary Objective: Defeat Castro and her command lance. Difficulty rating: 8 As mission starts, you immediately run into "red lance", which is lead by a Mad Cat Mk. II and 3 Lokis. Take them all out quickly, as they try to concentrate on you. Slowly approach nav Alpha and take out the Calliopes and the Bulldogs surrounding the place. Then take a shot at the door. The calliopes can be taken out by either long range LLAS sniping (ER LLAS would help), or use the cover of buildings to get close in and unload LBX shots in its face. Total of 4 calliopes and 4 Bulldogs guard nav beta. Find a good spot to snipe the calliopes, as you dont really want to fight them in the open. Their LRMs really hurt. When you take a shot at the door, the "blue lance" comes to play, and this one is lead by a Mad Cat Mk II again, with 3 Mad Cats to follow. If you have the 3xLBX20 option, you should kill those in no time. In all cases, preserving your own mech is your top priority. Order your lancemates to concentrate fire on one mech at a time, while you stay a little further from the action. As you get close to nav Gamma, Rhonda Castro herself shows up in a Daishi and tries to finish you herself. Find an open spot where all your mechs can engage. Just send all the lancemates after her while stay out of reach of the calliopes. When shes gone, the supplies and mechs are yours. You dont gain too much though. Honestly, the only thing youll really gain here is a Daishi. Its not absolutely necessary for your campaign, but it DOES help. 8.6.6 Op 6, Mission 6 End Game The end... Assault on the Palace itself. Roland is trying to run and his "elite guards" are trying to save his valuable hide. Someone will kill the turrets before you go in, but you better toast the generators to make sure the turrets stay down, or things will get REALLY ugly. Primary: Destroy all "elite" Steiner guards Primary: Destroy turret power generator at nav Beta Primary: Prevent Rolands dropship from escaping Difficulty rating: 9 (theres a LOT of enemies, and repairs are hard to come by) Keep your mechs together, and concentrate firepower on one mech at a time. Keep yourself relatively undamaged until the very end. Consider carrying reflective armor. At nav Alpha, youll see a Nova Cat and/or Mad Cat Mk. II, but they are patrolling the gate and theyll pass you by. Dont worry about them. As you head into the gate and head up to nav Beta, a Daishi and Mad Cat Mk II from nav Delta will start jogging down. Keep your lancemates together and concentrate fire while you head up to nav Beta and take out the generator. When you arrive at nav Beta, you will wake up the two Thors sitting there. Kill the generator quickly before the turrets come back up. Then kill the Thors. By this time, all the Nova Cats and Mad Cat Mk IIs will be attacking one or two at a time (2-4 each?), but its mainly just a matter of concentrating your firepower on one mech at a time and kill one at a time. The Nova Cats should overheat constantly and should be no problem to your combined firepower. The Mad Cat Mk IIs and Daishis should be your primary targets. Once the odds are even, its time to cook the dropship. That dropship is on a timer to lift off soon. You can hit the dropship without it hitting back by shooting it from the top of the plateau, and not get too close to the edge. Just shoot at the top of the dropship. Itll shoot back if you get too close, and a dropship is pretty deadly with lots of big lasers and PPCs. Order everybody to attack if there are no enemies left. You can keep hitting it as it lifts off. As long as you kill it before it escapes its a win. Then its off to the final mission... Primary: Kill William Dresari, the usurper. Theres actually multiple repair bays on this map at nav Delta, so repair yourself (if needed) quickly before William gets into range. You should have enough time. He is heavy on pulse lasers. Dont fight him point-blank as his explosion can take you out if youre damaged. Best way to do this is mount up on weapons that EXCEED his large pulse lasers range (600 m) and get a few shots in. Large lasers, gauss rifles, ER PPCs are all good weapons to use. 8.7 The End Well, looks like you won. Did your sister survive? If she did, shes the duchess, and youre off fighting Steiner elsewhere. If she did not, then youre the duke, but Carl Soontag hates your guts and leaves you. (Which sets up the stage for the expansion: Black Knight.) 9 Multiplayer Multiplayer nowadays is a very important part of any game, and MW4 is designed with a LOT of multiplayer action in mind. Heres some netiquettes and observations you should heed before joining the games. 9.1 Some general multiplayer observations Go for alpha strikes. While in the single-player campaign you would engage enemy mechs at different ranges using a wide variety of weapons, in net play you want an OVERWHELMING single strike, aimed at ONE part of the mech for the quickest kill. Missiles are generally useless in multiplayer except for softening up certain parts for later pinpoint attacks by lasers, PPCs, or gauss rifles. Therefore bring only LRMs, if the range supports it. Otherwise bring Streak SRM6s for close range fighting. A LOT of players prefer gauss rifle for a good reason: they deliver a lot of damage, they generate virtually no heat, and by the time youve used up all that ammo youre probably dead and respawned. Same goes for the LBX20, except those dont have gauss range. Some games are known to outlaw clan gauss rifles, for good reasons. If you have jumpjets, use them! Firing while jumping is difficult, but it makes you that much harder a target. In urban maps, jump on top of buildings and snipe from there. Consider turning OFF active sensors. You only need them to fire lock- on weapons like LRMs. If you are a sniper, this is esp. important. Almost EVERYBODY play attrition or destruction on the Zone. Theres maybe one or two King of the Hill or Capture the Flag, virtually no Escort or Steal the Beacon. 9.2 A note about "boat mechs" Use of "boat mechs" is frowned upon on some servers. A "boat mech" is a mech thats configured with only ONE type of weapons. I.e. only missiles, only lasers, only ACs, etc. This is an exploitation of Clan omni-rack rules. A mech that has ONLY energy weapons like the Nova Cat is technically a boat mech by design, but since youre not exploiting omni racks its not a boat mech in spirit. The history of the term is a little murky. Likely, the term came from Star Fleet Battles, a boardgame like Battletech. One of the best configurations is known as an "Orion Phaser Boat". Orions are similar to the Clans in Battletech. Their ships have "option mounts" that can be configured to almost any weapon subject to "size" restrictions. The "Orion Phaser Boat" has only phaser-1s in the option mounts. Its hard to explain why the phaser boat is so effective without explaining the whole SFB game mechanics, but trust me, they are so effective, that the "phaser boat" was subsequently outlawed in tournament play. Apparently the term migrated over to Battletech, where a "boat" is described as a "game mechanic exploitation" using only a single type of weapon on a single vehicle. 9.3 What NOT to do in a multiplayer game Do NOT shoot your own side. It makes every body mad. Do NOT constantly commit suicide. This ruins the score of your side, even if you were able to get a kill by doing it. Do NOT insult or boast. Just DO it. Do NOT switch teams in mid-game unless theres a BIG disparity in numbers. Do NOT lag behind and avoid action, unless you told your team that youre the sniper or LRM fire support. And DO mix it up once in a while. 9.4 Destruction This is straight and simple combat. Points are awarded for kills only. Can be played in "team" mode (known as "Team Destruction"). The rules and points are in the manual. As only destruction is rewarded, youll have to chase down the enemy mechs until they are destroyed, but beware of kamikaze attacks with high-explosives. The sides being damaged should seek to protect the damaged mechs for as long as possible while getting kills. There is no repair, so damage mechs will have to either play sniper, or kamikaze. Turn off sensors. Take a shot, run, take another shot, and contribute to the damage while not getting killed. Consider mounting high explosives to "take one more with you" if the server allows it. Concentration of firepower is paramount, as itll get you kills fast, without giving the attacker a chance to cause more damage. Stay together. You get mutual support and defense, as well as ability to concentrate firepower upon a single target. Stay back from the enemy team "respawn" point as they will appear without notice. 9.5 Attrition A looser version of Destruction, points are awarded for damage as well as destruction of enemy 'Mechs. Can be played in "team" mode (known as "Team Attrition"). As there is a bonus on destroying a larger mech, teamwork is again, paramount. In fact, larger mechs should consider leaving the kills to the smaller mechs to maximize the "bonus" factor. Instead of letting the Daishi doing the final blow on another Daishi (for no bonus), let an Uziel do it and you will gain an extra 5x50=250 pts, theoretically. All the stuff in "destruction" also applies. 9.6 Capture the Flag This is a team only battle. Each team is assigned a flag. The flag starts at the center of each team's base. The goal is to grab the enemy flag and bring it back to your base. As the objective is grabbing the flag, smaller mechs are needed as the runners, escorted by other mechs. Heavy mechs should stay as guards. The "flag guard" heavy mechs need heavy knock-down weapons like LBX20s to prevent the flag capture. The runners / chasers need ECM to protect themselves. They should probably be equipped with Streak SRMs as theyre busy running and have no time to aim. Remember the "eject flag if shut down" rule, so load up on heatsinks and engines. Jumpjets would be a good idea in general. There should probably be more than one runner so that you can "pass" the flag when one runner is too damaged to continue. You COULD use medium or even heavy mechs as flag runners, which would get you the firepower you need to blow past the guards, as well as survive the flag guards. You can even be sneaky as you attack from one side and your flag runner gets in from the other side with passive sensors only and ECM. 9.7 Steal the Beacon Hold the flag (a.k.a. the beacon) for as long as possible. Think of this as a game of "tag". So steal the flag and keep running. Shutting down / dying releases the flag. Theres two tactics you can use: either you RUN, or you FIGHT. Pick a good brawler with decent speed like Uziel or Shadow Cat and youll surprise those players with light mechs like Cougar. However, pick something TOO heavy and you wont be able to chase down the little guys with the flag. Dont forget the jumpjets. A mech with 360-degree torso twist like Raven or Thanatos would be quite useful as you can shoot at all comers. 9.8 Escort Protect your team's VIP, while attempting to destroy the enemy VIP and enemy 'Mechs. One pilot from each team must be the designated VIP, while the rest are escorts. VIP maximum 'Mech tonnage is 35 tons. The VIP pilots are scored based on a Score Zone. If the VIP reaches the SZ intact, then points will be awarded. The goal of a VIP is to stay alive and reach as many Score Zones as possible. The tactics are pretty simple: do what the American football players do when they return a kick. The VIP stays in the back as the escorts form a "flying wedge". Then the wedge charges forward into the enemy defense, while the ball carrier looks for holes to get through. So you need some solid fighters that moves fast, like Mad Cat or Thor as escorts. As attackers, you need two teams. One to push the escorts away from the VIP, the other to charge in and take the VIP out. The anti-escort team need to be heavy to handle the escorts, while the VIP kill team needs to be light, yet have one set of close-range killer weapons, like LBX20. Go in there, knock the VIP down, and blast it. 9.9 King of the Hill Hold "The Hill" for as long as possible. "The Hill" is an area marked by a beacon or building in the center of the map, and extends in a 100-meter radius around it. When your 'Mech is on "The Hill", an icon will be displayed on your heads-up display (HUD.) As kills do NOT matter, the only reason you want to make kills is when you want to get the non-contested-hill bonus. Heavy mechs rule in this game as they are heavy enough to last. Smaller mechs sniping will take too long. Take close-range brawling weapons, as enemies must come to you. The shotgun Daishi variant is quite deadly for use in KOTH, but they will succumb to long-range snipers. 10 Misc. Info Any info that doesnt fit into above sections goes here. 10.1 Cheat Codes Kyle Q. submitted these cheat codes, but I was later informed by others that these ONLY work for the DEMO, not the actual game. Hold down CTRL, ALT, and SHIFT all together, and press the following keys to enable the power. * IY Invulnerability * UO Unlimited ammo * HF Heat tracking off * IB Destroy enemy mech * ML Complete mission If any one know of real cheatcodes in the game I'd like to know. --THE END--