Mechwarrior 3 Expansion Pack: Pirate's Moon Unofficial Strategy Guide and FAQ by Kasey Chang (firstname.lastname@example.org) released October 21, 2000 0 Introduction 0.1 A word from the author A quick browse through the gamefaq.com shows that there is no MW3 FAQ, nor one for the expansion pack. So here's my version. 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 since that's the only version that I have. Some of you may recognize my name as the editor for the XCOM and XCOM2: TFTD FAQ's, among others. This USG/FAQ covers the Pirate's Moon Expansion pack. There's a separate USG about the main game. 0.2 Terms of Distribution This document is copyrighted by Kuo-Sheng "Kasey" Chang (c) 2000, all rights reserved excepted as noted above in the disclaimer section. 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You can find some of them on my KC Game Nexus website at http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Alley/6275 If you need to write me, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. 0.6 Disclaimer/ Copyright Information Mechwarrior and Pirate's Moon are copyrighted by FASA, licensed to MicroProse. This USG is not endorsed or authorized by FASA or MicroProse. The information compiled in this USG has been gathered independently through the author's efforts. While the Prima Pirate's Moon guide has been used to verify information accuracy, no information that did not come from the game itself are in this USG. 0.7 Spoiler Warning The USG contains spoilers about all "Pirate's Moon" missions. Only get enough help to get past the hump, so you don't spoil the sense of accomplishment. 0.8 The Most Frequently Asked Questions Q: Can you send me Pirate's Moon? A: No. Q: Can you send me the manual (or portions thereof)? A: No. Q: Can you tell me how to play the game? A: Read the manual. Q: What's the latest version? A: V184.108.40.206, the original released version. No patch for the expansion pack. Q: How do I tell what version I have? A: At the Pirate's Moon main menu, look in the lower right corner. Q: Why can't I get any repairs done at the MFB? A: Did you order the MFBs to deploy? You must deploy them every time you want to do repairs, even if the MFB's have not moved. Q: How do I get past mission X? A: Read the walkthrough Q: Which mech is the best? A: Depends on your playing style. My personal favorite is Mad Cat (a.k.a. Timberwolf). Though I also like my Atlas with 4 ER PPC's and lots of heatsinks. Q: Which weapon is the best? A: Depends on your playing style. I'm partial to ER LLAS (and X- PULSE L later). Q: Why can't I add any more armor? A: Each mech has an armor limit. You can see the limit by looking at the point allocation. If all the areas have the max points allocated, you can't add any more armor. Q: What's the difference among the difficulty levels? A: Accuracy/skill of the enemies, and the amount of salvage you get. Q: Where are the cheat codes? A: This is a STRATEGY guide, not a cheat guide. Q: Why do I get a note about incompatible heatsinks? A: You can only have one type of heatsink per mech, no mix-and- match. Remove all existing heatsinks before adding new ones. 1 What's new in the expansion pack 1.1 Install Expansion pack can be installed separately. It will read your MW3 CD to confirm ownership. Otherwise the two are separate games completely and can be installed into separate directories. The version number is "MW3 Pirate's Moon 220.127.116.11" (lower right of the main menu). 1.2 Increased difficulty The missions are much harder. You start in smaller, inferior mechs and fight more enemies than ever before. There's also more timed missions where you can't afford to repair every step of the way. 1.3 Mission additions Pirate's Moon introduces "night" missions (where you turn on your "shoulder lights"). Guess Inner Sphere mechs don't have thermal views (even though they're available in MW2). 1.4 More weapons PM also introduces more weapons, though most are just minor variations on the existing stuff, and it actually makes things worse as you have MORE weapons and ammo to track. Instead of one type of machine gun, you now get THREE! (each with different ammo). You also get light gauss rifle (again, with its own ammo), Medium Range Missiles (MRM), Thunderbolt Missiles (T-BOLT), plus Heavy Lasers and X-Pulse Lasers. There's also the microlaser (half the size of small laser). 1.5 More Terrains Additional terrain types. You now get two "deep chasms", ridgeland (the map with a lot of deep water), and the Madre crater. These four maps used in the expansion pack are now available in the multiplayer and the instant action games. You either find the land bridge that allows you to walk over (some are actually fragile!) or trust your jumpjets. 1.6 More mechs Atlas, Awesome, and other mechs have been added. 1.7 More control over lancemates See your README file for details on the new lancemate commands. You can now send lancemates to a location without physically being there yourself. 2 Tactics and Tips for the Expansion Pack Please refer to the MW3 USG for notes on tactics, mech design notes, salvage management, etc. 2.1 Notes on "night" missions The night missions have very low visibility, which causes several problems. You can't see where you're going (or need to go). When you do see the enemy mech, you may not get precise enough to shoot, and turning on the lights does make you a better target. You also may not see the hill between you and the target, thus wasting shots. You'll need to trust your cursor extensively, and rely more on the map rather than the radar to keep you safe. Use the lights only sparingly in enemy presence. 2.2 Notes on the new weapons 2.2.1 Light and Heavy Machine Guns Point-blank weapons, they don't do enough damage unless you have large groups of them. Don't bother. You get far more flexibility with a good set of MLAS and heatsinks instead. 2.2.2 Light Gauss Rifle Not worth the trouble unless a regular one won't fit no matter what. A clan version of the regular gauss rifle is not that much heavier. 2.2.3 Medium Range Missiles (MRMs) Good compromise between the LRM and the SRM, the huge number in one salvo will overwhelm most AMSs. On the other hand, the launcher is quite heavy. I'd rather fit two Clan LRM launchers if I have the ammo. 2.2.4 Thunderbolt Missiles Being AMS proof makes them quite useful, except for the slow firing rate and heavy launchers. 2.2.5 Heavy Lasers and X-Pulse Lasers The extra heat generated may or may not be worth the extra damage. Use them where there's plenty of water around. 2.2.6 Microlaser I personally never use the small laser. Why would you use something even smaller? 2.3 Notes on the new mechs 2.3.1 Atlas The quintessential assault mech, it's big enough and roomy enough to accommodate wide variety of mods. Put enough missiles and cannons backed by by a good laser battery. One possible killer config: 4 PPCs, backed up by 256double heatsinks. Add some AMSs. Yes, it'll fit if you use clan double heatsinks. Fire two PPC shots every 2.5 seconds. If you aim carefully, should kill just about anything. If you aim for the head, you may even score knockouts (critical shot to the head). 2.3.2 Awesome Fit in 2 ACs and 2 PPCs and it can be very deadly. When you're fighting Awesomes, they're usually equipped with a T- BOLT launcher. You'll need to kill them ASAP because your AMS can't shoot down T-BOLT missiles. . 2.3.3 Centurion A very famous Inner Sphere design, Centurion is a bit light for heavy fighting, but it's very well balanced. Use half AC and half laser config, and alternate the group firing. 2.3.4 Clint IIc Technically a scout mech, the heavy armament on it can be VERY surprising to an unwary foe, esp. the PPC config. They can stay far away from you and chew you up. In the rest of the USG it'll only be referred to as Clint. 2.3.5 Masakari Smaller cousin of the 100-ton Daishi, the default config has a lot of PPC's. Brave the PPC fire and go for the legs. 2.3.6 Ryoken Ryoken is a very flexible medium mech with wide variety of configs. Think of it as a light Vulture. Primary config features a lot of lasers. 2.4 New Lancemate Commands Those of you who don't pay attention to the README file should do so with Pirate's Moon. You'll notice that you can now tell lancemates to go to specific spots on the map, and attack/defend spots. This is very useful as you don't need to run to the spots physically to issue specific orders. You will use this feature a lot esp. in the defense missions, when you need to be on a specific side or direction, for example. Remember to use this feature, since I assume that you will be using it! 3 Expansion Campaign Walkthrough Expansion mission sees your group transferred to this "Pirate's Moon" to baby-sit some miners. How hard can it be? 3.1 Mission 1 Patrol the area, protect Corona base and the camp at Point Able. You start in a Centurion. Epona Rei is in a Puma, though you could switch her to an Owens. There's no big difference. Use a limb chopper config, as you'll be doing quite a bit of mid-range fighting. Enemies include: Thor, Clint, and 2 Shadowcats. Walk out the camp to the south to take a quick look at the Rim Collective camp at Point Able. They reported a pirate Thor beating the heck out of them, and heading north toward you. Meet the Thor about half way, and defeat it. Kill it quickly, since its autocannon can hurt you. A Clint also attacks the Rim Collective Camp. Take care of it. As soon as the Clint dies, the main camp comes under attack by two Shadowcats. Run back, kill the Shadowcats and you win. 3.2 Mission 2 Scout the enemy. Cross the chasm with jumpjets at Point Able, take out two comm centers at Point Baker and Charlie, avoid the suspected pirate camp at Point Dog. You may have salvaged one or more of the mechs from the previous battle. Use them. Add max number of jumpjets you can. You'll need some long range weapons, but most fighting will be mid-range. Speed is needed if you plan to avoid confrontation at the end. Enemies include: Clint, Turret, Puma, Clint, 2 Cauldron-Borns, 3 Bulldogs You walk toward Point Able. As you stop at the edge of the abyss, a Clint pesters you from across the divide. When you hurt it a bit, it runs to Point Baker to the south. If you're a good shot you can kill it right there. Summon the MFB to point Able and repair now. Once you're repaired, jumpjet across the chasm. You should have range to spare. Once you've landed, walk inland a little, then wait for your lancemate to jump over. Then head toward Point Baker slowly. On the way to Point Able you will run into a laser turret, and a Puma (and that earlier Clint if you didn't kill it). Take care of them. Then take out the antenna at Point Baker. Go back to Point Able, jump across, get repaired. Jet across again, then head south from Able, stay as far away from Point Dog as possible. The pirate base at Point Dog has two Cauldron-Borns. They will chase you if you get too close. Hug the "coast" and approach Point Charlie from the east. There are a couple Bulldog tanks there. Take them out. A Clint may also challenge you here, kill it. Then take out the antenna. The two Cauldron-Borns from Point Dog will come out and chase you. Run full speed back to Point Able and jet over. Once you do, you win regardless of what happens. 3.3 Mission 3 Protect a convoy, hold off the pirate assault on Point Able, take out the pirate base at Point Baker, and make your way over to Point Charlie. Terrain has a lot of water, so use it. Add more heatsinks and energy weapons like PPC's, large lasers, etc. You should have salvaged an Avatar by now, use it. Leave the Centurion to Epona. Enemies include: 1 LRM turret, 2 Avatars, Bushwhacker, Ryoken, 2 LLAS turrets, 1 LLAS turret, 3 Elementals, 2 Bulldogs, 1 Centurion, 2 Clints You start in the water, around the bend from Point Able. Start moving toward Point Able at 90% speed. When you see the LRM turret, send Epona after it, while you continue toward Point Able. Aim straight at it. When you get there (it's an island), the enemies are coming from the east, so park yourself on the east side of the island, just in the water. The 2 Avatars should be attacking (go for leg shots again), then the Bushwhacker and the Ryoken follow. Take them all out, and try not to lose any limbs in the process. You WILL have to order Epona to take on an enemy or two as you can't do this fast enough all by yourself. Also take out that LLAS turret ASAP as it's hitting you DURING the battle. Once you've cleared the area, the base is saved. Deploy the MFB's to MFB 2, and repair now. Continue toward Point Baker. You should kill the laser turrets that you see ASAP. As you almost got onto the island that is Point Baker, you'll see the 2 Bulldogs. When you kill them, Centurion should wake up. Back up into the water, and take it out from long range. After that, 3 Elementals will jump off from the mesa behind Point Baker and approach. Take them out. Once that's done, shoot the trucks you see at Point Baker, and you've completed the second primary objective. You should now notice two Clints moving away to your left. Run into the water, stop, and start shooting at them to force them to attack you. The Clints are fast so they will charge right up to you, but you should be able to take care of them without major damage, as their armor's really thin. Once that's done, go to Point Charlie. Arrive, and the mission's done. 3.4 Mission 4 The convoy has been ambushed, you must save the convoy, then escort the convoy to Point Dog, the dropship. Tough mission, the convoy won't wait so there's sort of a time limit. Speed is essential, as are fast kills. This mission has the same terrain as mission 3, with lots of water to help you cool down. Optimize your weapons toward energy weapons. Keep using the Avatar if you got it. Enemies include (may be incomplete) Ryoken, Clint, Centurion, Avatar, 2 turrets, 2 Strikers, Centurion, Thor. You get the call to save the convoy. As you approach, Werewolf (the escort in an Avatar) was destroyed (this is scripted, you can't save him). He's under attack by the first four mechs. As long as at least ONE truck survives, you're still good. Take out those four mechs quickly (it'll be a tough fight). Try to stay in the water. Order Epona to attack the closest enemy. Unfortunately, you can't rest after this. The convoy will continue toward Point Dog as soon as the last mech is destroyed, so you have to get in front of it. Fortunately it doesn't move very fast. If you go all out, you should have no problem staying in front of the convoy. Take out any turrets you see from long range. As you get close to Point Charlie, the convoy will stop before crossing, give you the chance to take out the enemies there first. You'll have to take out a few turrets here and there. A Centurion and 2 Strikers is at Point Charlie. Take them about, and a Thor will pop up. Take out the Thor, and you win when the truck hits Point Dog. 3.5 Mission 5 You're assaulting the enemy base, the one you bypassed last time. You're getting a little help (3 Strikers), and Alan Matilla finally joined up. Take the heaviest mechs you got except the Atlas (too heavy). Remember jumpjets. Killing turrets will require a bit of moving around. Somehow those turrets are "shielded". They can hit you, but you can't hit them except from certain angles. Move around and go after them, or use LRM's and rely on the splash damage.. Enemies include: Centurion, Masakari, turret, 2 Strikers, Atlas, Supernova, Madcat, T-Bolt turret. Order the MFB's to MFB 1. Go toward Point Able at full speed. As you jet across a Centurion and a Masakari will try to take out the bridge. Take them out. When 3 Strikers drive over, you got the secondary objective. You will get just enough time to get one mech fixed now as the MFB arrive. Lead the team toward Point Baker, following the Strikers. A turret will be in your way. Take it out. When you get close to Point Baker, you'll see two enemy Strikers approaching from southeast. Take them out. By this time, the friendly Strikers should be marching on the enemy camp. And its defender rumbles out. ATLAS? Take it out ASAP. Go for the legs. The turrets will hit you in the meanwhile. Take them out when you can. After that, a Supernova will join the party. Take it out too. Once that's done, only two defenders are between you and the pirate camp: a T-Bolt turret, and Suzy Ryan herself in a Mad Cat. You can order the MFB's to MFB 4, and repair first. When all mechs are repaired, order everybody in, and take them out. Then watch your teammates take out the camp, and you win. 3.6 Mission 6 Suzy Ryan is still around somewhere. But looks like you have taken the wind out of the Pirates' sails. You'll be chasing the pirate convoy with their cache of Germanium toward an old landing field. They may be beaten, but they're not broken. You probably salvaged the Atlas from last time. Refit it and bring it along. There'll be a lot of enemies and you need the firepower, along with your heaviest mechs. Enemies include: 4 Clints, 1 gunship, 4 Elementals, 2 Clints, LLAS turret, 2 Atlas. As you approach the land bridge at Point Able, 4 Clints will snipe at you from long range or jumpjet over and try to hit you from behind. They all carry PPC's, and you'll be hit a LOT. Feel free to duel with them at long range, or run across the bridge, braving the fire, then take out all of them. You can deploy the MFB's there and return for repairs if you need to. A transport re- configured as a gunship will make passes at you. Blow it out of the sky when you can. If you do use the Atlas, don't walk across the bridge. Use the jumpjet and fly over. The weight may collapse the bridge. When you took out all 4 Clints, repair all mechs at MFB 2, next to the abandoned Pirate base. Then start heading north. When the 4 Elementals power up, start backing up, and take care of them with the lancemates' help. Repair now if needed. As you continue toward Point Baker, 2 Clints and a LLAS turret will engage you. Take care of them. You may have to maneuver a bit to hit the turret. Repair again if needed. Now the final fight. Two Pirate Atlas is guarding their trucks with the Germanium ores. Destroy them, and you win the mission. Send your lancemates in, then go in behind them and chop off the legs. 3.7 Mission 7 The situation is messy. The different factions seem to be fighting each other and pirates. Things never stay quiet, do they? Just some patrols. You'll need the heaviest mechs you can get on this one. Speed is not important. Add maximum amount of armor, esp. on yourself. Add at least one AMS, if not more. Enemies include. 2 Awesome and a Masakari, Atlas and Madcat, Supernova, Masakari, Awesome, Centurion, Masakari, and finally, Atlas and Centurion. Yep, suddenly reversal of fortune. As you start toward Point Able, you talk about having the pirates on the run. And suddenly FIVE heavy mechs power up in front of you! The two Awesomes and the Masakari attack ASAP. Take out the Awesomes first, as they carry T-Bolt missiles. The Masakaris carry LRMs too, but AMS can stop LRMs. Once those three are gone, deploy MFBs and repair all mechs. The Madcat and the Atlas are at Point Able, guarding it. They won't come out unless you're really close. Approach them slowly. Find a good spot where you can snipe at them using energy weapons, while they don't shoot back. Kill both. Ignore the dropship that is landing. That's just scenery. You can't damage it, and it won't hit you. Once the enemies are gone, it's time to head toward Point Baker. However, don't head there directly, as the chasm is in the way. Instead, head southwest (heading 215). Start slowly, leave the MFBs at Point Able. At about midway down the map, a Supernova will challenge you. Stop, and kill it. Continue and a Masaraki will challenge you. Stop and kill it. Head east to MFB2, then summon MFBs there, and repair all mechs. Next comes the tough part. Taking back Point Baker. Head all the way south until Point Baker is directly east. Then head east slowly. The other pirate lance will attack: Awesome, Masakari, and Centurion. Somehow, they all concentrate on you! Start backing up. Let your lancemates take some of the heat. When you took them all out, repair all mechs at MFB 2. Now only two mechs stand in your way to Point Baker. Approach Baker slowly. You'll see the Atlas. Take it out from long range. Get a little closer, and do the same to the Centurion that pops up, and you've survived this mission. 3.8 Mission 8 Suzy Ryan seems to be directing the assault. You'll need to escort a convoy toward Point Baker, passing through lots of enemy presence. The best way to protect the convoy is get way in front of it. The convoy trucks have to go via bridges, while you can bypass them, staying in water to keep your cool. If you got the Atlas, use it. You'll need the heaviest mechs you got. Enemies include: 2 turrets, Sunder and Vulture, 2 turrets, Orion and Atlas, 2 Bushwhackers and Vulture. As you start, 2 turrets will be nearby. A lance of Sunder and Vulture will attack ASAP. With three against one it should be easy. Wipe them out quickly, and then get in front of the convoy by going at full speed. At Point Able, you'll run into 2 turrets, plus Orion and Atlas. The turrets you can take out from long range. Orion and Atlas should go down with leg chopping. Then continue forward. When you get close to Point Baker, three mechs appear from UNDERWATER! (voiceover says a dropship dropped them off). Two Bushwhackers and a Vulture. The friendly turrets will engage them. Get into the water yourself and blast them to pieces. The convoy will just have to fend for itself for now. After you take care of all the enemies, the primary objective has been met. You can stop now, or you can repair now and wipe out the pirate base at Point Able. In fact, you can just send a lancemate over there and take care of the targets there. After that, you win. 3.9 Mission 9 Looks like some of the pirates are not pirates after all. Some Lyrans are trying to stir up trouble and use the pretext to take over Veil from the consortium. It'll be ugly. Survive the assault, and hopefully there are enough people left to fight the real pirates. Dominic finally joins the team. The script says Atlas, but he actually shows up in an Awesome. You'll need again heavy mechs, the heaviest you got. Use medium range weapons, since you need to kill the enemy mechs FAST before they destroy your base. Keep some long range weapons though. You start next to the base, facing south. Use the map and assign two mechs to the EAST side of the base, a little south of the PPC turret, while you lead the other lancemate to the WEST side of the base, and line up next to the PPC turret there. The reason you want to be on the west side is you need to salvage some heavy mech for the next round. Your lancemates go for body blows, not leg shots, thus they don't produce salvage. With good shooting, you can salvage one or more of the Sunders. From the west, 2 (3?) Sunders and an Avatar charge your position. A few seconds later, a Puma and a Centurion charge in from the EAST side. If you did not station mechs on the east, they'll take out the base while you try to take care of the western assault. With help, you should have no problem taking out all three. Repair all mechs. When you're ready, it's time to take the fight to the enemy. Approach Point Able slowly. Take out the two turrets when you see them. Two Ryokens will challenge you. Kill them. Then Avatar will try to stop you. Kill it, destroy the base, and you've taken care of the traitors. 3.10 Mission 10 Now it's Suzy Ryan's turn. The real pirates have used the battle to sneak into position at two different camps around the crater, and they're attacking. You need LONG range weapons on this. Suzy's forces love PPC's and X-PULSE L's. This time, take a 70-tonner. A Madcat would be ideal, but a Thor or Avatar would do. It'll need a top speed of at least 75 kph. And this time, you're NOT leading from the front. When the mission starts, it'll be a bad fight. 1 Shadowcat, 2 Vultures, and 2 Ryoken (note: the count is not exact) will charge your position from the southeast and southwest. They are after your mechs and you personally. Just position your forces just outside the base in the direction of the two nav points, and you should intercept them. Try not to lose any limbs off of any of your mechs. Kill all enemy mechs. When that's done, repair all mechs. Check the objective, and you'll notice that "protect Point Able" is not complete yet. That should be a hint to leave a guard at Point Able. Leave the lightest mech as a guard. Remember to assign guard order! Lead the other two lancemates toward Point Able (the closer enemy camp). Take out the two turrets guarding it, and 2 Ryokens should wake up. Take them out from long range if you want to, otherwise just send your lancemates in, one on each. When they're gone, two Shadowcats will take their place. Take them out, and you get Point Able to yourself. Your lancemates will take out the objective. Ryan will chit-chat on the radio. It's clear she's at Point Baker camp. Deploy MFBs to MFB 2, and repair all mechs. When complete, head south (the guard stays at Point Start!) Now head south from MFB2, and you'll get to Point Baker. Take out the two turrets, and two Ryokens will show up. Take them out, and Suzy's personal lance is out to get you. 2 Madcats and Suzy herself in an Atlas. However, there's a catch. One of the Madcats is piloted by Scourge, Suzy's lieutenant, and he's out to attack the base at Point Start. Assign your two lancemates to Ryan and the other Madcat. You must kill Scourge's mech ASAP, even if you have to ignore the other mechs. Assign the guard to attack it as well. Your lancemates can take care of themselves. When Scourge is gone, come back and help out. Take out all enemy mechs, destroy the camp at Point Baker, and you win. Note: in my latest attempt, I was able to take out Suzy's Atlas with a headshot. I had assigned a Sunder and an Awesome to take out Scourge, while the other Sunder took out the other Madcat. It's three against one. Slowed by a leg shot, Scourge didn't last long. 4 Expansion Pirate Campaign Walkthrough The pirate missions in Pirate's Moon are roughly the "other side" of the story in the expansion pack. You're part of the Suzy Ryan's ragtag crew, taking care of business. In Pirate missions, you do NOT get salvage, nor MFB inventory management. You CAN change your mech's loadout, but the inventory is limited. Your mech will change from mission to mission, so the customizations may be for naught in the next mission. On the other hand, this also means you don't have to worry about losing the mechs. You also get a new set of MFB's per mission, so it's not necessary to protect the MFBs in the Pirate missions. Pirate missions should be treated like guerilla warfare: hit them where they hurt, while avoiding frontal assaults. This means you should almost NEVER take the nav points the order they're given. That's good way to run into more enemies than you absolutely need to, and more chance at getting shot at. Pirate missions are QUITE hard, so don't be surprised to retry missions several times, even on the easy level. 4.1 Mission 1 Take out the Rim Collective camp generator isn't hard, it's just a little tedious, esp. if you avoid the enemies instead of following the nav points in a slugging match. Your best bet is probably 2 Thors and a Centurion. Load up on long range weapons, while cram in at least two AMS per mech. Lots of enemies seem to carry missiles. Your mech should have at least one LLAS for sniping. And finally, you'll need jumpjets on all mechs. Enemies include: 2 AC turrets, Avatar, 2 AC turrets, 2 Strikers, 2 Centurions, Orion, AC turret, Centurion, 2 Bulldogs, Puma. (Not necessarily in this order.) You have two choices: go northeast to the bridge and engage in slugging match, or go east and jump across, bypassing most of the defense. I recommend going east, jump across that narrow point, then go north. You'll hit the Rim Collective camp, with AC turret, Centurion, 2 Bulldogs, and a Puma. Use the hill for cover and snipe them all out of existence. If enemy charges you, back up and let your lancemates take care of them. Clear the area. If you need repairs, jumpjet back to the other side and deploy the MFB's there. Then jumpjet back. Now approach Point Able slowly. Snipe out the 2 AC turrets, then take out the Avatar that comes to investigate, but don't get closer. That'll trigger more enemies. You want to stay as far from Point Baker as you can. Jump back to the other side if you need repairs. Now look at the terrain about Point Baker. There's a hill nearby that you can use to hide and snipe at the enemy camp, which contains 2 AC turrets, 2 Strikers, and 2 Centurions. If the mechs chase you, lead it back to your lancemates and kill them with lancemates' help. Take out the rest of the defenders. Get a little closer, and Orion will show up. Take it out. Now you can destroy the dome at Point Baker. Finally, make your way to Point Charlie, (head across the bridge is fine) and you win the mission. 4.2 Mission 2 Ambush Sinclair. Teach him a lesson he won't forget! Then wipeout the two bases. The trick is ALL LASERS, and fight UNDERWATER. Lasers work fine underwater, but missiles, cannons, and PPC's don't. Equip your heaviest mechs with lots of lasers. Should be 2 Thors and a Cauldron-Born. Heat should not be a problem since you'll be HEAD DEEP in water. Yep, completely submerged if you can arrange it. You can fit 1 ER LLAS and 1 L-PULSE at least. Add an Ultra 20 for out-of-water use. The other Thor needs a different setup as there's not enough LLAS to go around. Try MRM10's and more lasers. Start by heading south, which takes you deep. Then stay in the deep channel and start running toward the ambush point. When you see an Owens, take it out from underwater. You may not see it clearly, but just shoot when the cursor turns yellow. You'll take it out in no time, and it won't be able to shoot back. In fact, you can just emerge above water. It'll be confused and just sit there. Get to the bridge, and stay near it. When the Sinclair's Madcat come along, take it out from underwater. If you need to, get out of the water and chase him down. Get back into water ASAP. When Sinclair's gone, take out his lancemates, include Epona (in an Awesome) and Alan (in Sunder). Sunder should follow pretty closely, but it'll stay on land. Epona. May or may not follow immediately. Sometimes she just falls into water and becomes a sitting duck. Once the command lance is gone, deploy MFB at original location, then go back and repair all mechs. Then it's time to start hunting. Approach Point Able slowly. Take out any turrets you see. Then it's just a Shadowcat and some Strikers in your way. Wipe them out, and you got Point Able. Approach Point Baker slowly. It's another Shadowcat and 2 Bulldogs, with a few turrets. You can take care of them easily. That's it for the objectives. If you REALLY want to try, you can TRY Point Charlie, but it's NOT required. There's TWO Atlas there armed with LRM's and Gauss Rifles, and lasers. Theya are VERY dangerous. I'd recommend you leave Point Charlie to the good guys. 4.3 Mission 3 Hijack the Germanium convoy, then take out the enemy base. You'll still need the largest mechs on this one. Keep the Vulture to yourself, as you'll again be the sniper with the LRMs and the LLASs. Load up on more AMSs and armor. Dump the jumpjets. If you find the pulse lasers a bit hard to handle, I replace them with ER PPC's and ER MLAS's, and use the saved weight for more heatsinks. Start by heading south-southwest toward the convoy. You take out the turrets, while your lancemates will take out the Bulldogs when you get close enough, then all of you take out the Orion rear-guard. Now run behind the ridge, as Blackhawk and Avatar will come to "rescue" the convoy. When the enemy mechs crests the ridge, order a full-out attack and take them out. Deploy the MFBs and start repairing. You're likely the most damaged. If so, set your lancemates to guard, while you repair. A Cauldron-born may come attacking, take it out. Repair all mechs. When ready, approach Point Baker from the south, and snipe out all the turrets. Approach Point Baker again, and you'll run into 2 Sunders and an Awesome, the last guards at the base. One Sunder will charge you, while the other two will just keep cruising back and forth if you don't approach any closer. Take out the one that charge you first. Send your two lancemates after it. The other two enemy mechs will split off and "patrol" nearby. Use the hill for cover as they have quite a few missiles. Stand up, take a shot, then crouch so the missiles hit the hill. Repeat when ready. Take them out, and you win. 4.4 Mission 4 Protecting your bases will require a LOT of running around. And I really mean it. Fortunately, you only need to save ONE of the two antennas (either baker or charlie). You will need a LOT of top speed on this one. Take the heavier mechs, but you'll need speed, speed, and more speed. Dump weapons and upgrade engines until all of your mechs can do about 81 kph. You'll also need AMSs, as you'll run into quite a few missiles. Load up on medium-range weapons with some LLAS. You will need to kill enemies quickly. Give lancemates ER LLAS or ER PPC's, with some LRMs, maybe a cannon. Start running toward Point Able at full speed. When you get there, you'll see 4 Strikers escorted by an Awesome. Send your lancemates to attack the Awesome while you pick off the Strikers. When the Strikers are gone, help your lancemates take out the Awesome. Now leave ONE lancemate (preferably someone relatively undamaged and over 60 tons) to guard the spot. Start running south to protect the Point Baker. As you leave, you should see a Champion coming across, send the guard to attack it. Continue toward Baker with your other lancemate. As you head south, you'll run into two Centurions heading for the base at Point Baker from the east. Intercept them and kill them QUICKLY. There's no time to dawdle. Kill one quickly, then send your lancemate to attack the other one. Again, top speed run toward Point Charlie. Your lancemates will join up when they finish. During the run toward Charlie, check if the guard you left is done (use the command map, it will tell you their position even if they are out of radar range). If so, send him to Point Charlie immediately. You can do this as soon as he reports the kill over the radio. Issue the DEFEND order to the guard, as you approach Point Charlie. However, most likely, the enemy forces will have destroyed the antenna with LRM's before you got there. The chances are slim, even with fast mechs, to protect Charlie. If Charlie is destroyed, call the guard to join on you. Now run for Point Dog. Your lancemate sent to take out the Centurion at Baker should be done and rejoining. Deploy MFBs to the point nearest Point Dog (should be just north of it) on your way there and see if you can repair one mech before the final attack force arrives. Last attack force is a Bushwhacker and an Awesome approaching from the northeast. Take them out, and you win the mission. 4.5 Mission 5 Protect your base at Baker, then take out the enemies at Able. Take the heaviest mech for yourself (Supernova), assign heavy mechs to your lancemates. Add max jumpjets to all mechs. Add some engine upgrades, as you'll need to run a little (but not as much as that previous mission), depending on which route you take. Leave one mech to guard the spot you're at. Two Clints will attack your spot if you choose the flying route, and you may lose one or more of the MFBs. It's not that important though. You only need two more mechs to join you to defend the base. Then you need to decide the route: flying, or running. You can use the flying route: Start toward Point Baker directly, using jumpjets cross the chasm. To do this, you'll need to increase your speed to 65+ kph. You'll have to land on the island in the middle, then make a second jump to get across, but you should make it. Your lancemates will follow, but don't be too surprised if one or more of them don't make it. Or you can use the running route. Cross the chasm at Point Able (in this case you don't need the guard), then make a mad dash toward Point Baker. It's a longer way, and unless you have really fast mechs you may not beat the attack force there. You'll run into two Clints to the south. Let your lancemates take them. Keep going. As you go past Point Able, your lancemates should take out the defenders and the contents. You have less than 4 minutes before the attackers arrive. Get to just south of Point Baker. A Madcat and two Ryokens approach point Baker from the south. If they're past you, shoot them in the back to force them to turn toward you. Your lancemates will hopefully join up soon after and help take them out. When they are gone, a Bushwhacker and 2 Clints will attack from the east. Take them out, and your base is safe. Repair now if you want. If Point Able is already destroyed, you win! If Point Able is still standing, then it's time to attack. Approach Point Able, take out the Striker and Bulldog, wipe out the buildings, and you win! 4.6 Mission 6 Defend your base, attack enemy base, again. Take the heaviest mechs you got, take a Sunder for yourself. Speed is not a big problem, but you may need it to chase down some light mechs. Take long range weapons for your lancemates, like LRM racks, PPCs, and LLAS. Your mech needs a good group of medium range weapons. You start in the middle of a battle. Two Orions are attacking. Send one lancemate on each, while you take one of the enemies. Your other lancemate will shoot at the closest enemy. When the Orions go down, a pair of Sunders will lumber in from the east. Take out the Sunders quickly, as two Pumas will attack from the south in about a minute. If you're not done yet, let your lancemates worry about the Sunders while you chase down the Pumas. If they run past you, chase them into the base and shoot them in the back. A few shots and they're history, and that's almost all the attackers. Deploy the MFB now and try to get some repairs done. An Orion should attack in another minute or two. Order your least damaged mechs to take it out, join the fight when you can. That's all the attackers. Repair all mechs. Once all mechs are fixed, it's time to attack the enemy. Head toward Point Able slowly and take out the Sunder in your way. Destroy the enemy camp, and you win. 4.7 Mission 7 You're defending the Germanium deposits. The other guys will try to rush you. If they make it past you, you lose! You need assault mechs. This is the hardest mission in the Pirate Campaign, and it's not surprising you'll repeat this one many times (took me about 10 attempts at first), even at the lowest difficulty level. Your lancemate will need some heavy firepower, like LLASs, ER PPCs, etc. You should have the "limb chopper" package ready: MLAS and some LLAS, with a lot of double heatsinks. Fit as many in as you can. Group them in groups of 2 or 3. Add some AMS would help as you'll see a lot of LRMs. My winning combo is Supernova with 2 ER LLAS, 6 MLAS in 2 groups, and 2 ER MLAS. Add AMS and Clan double heatsinks. Deuce gets Sunder with Ultra 20 (and lots of ammo), 2 ER PPC's, and a Clan LRM 15 launcher with two tons of ammo. Fit in maximum armor, and don't use any endo-steel or FF armor as you need the slots. Consider using regular instead of XL engines so save critical slots to fit in more weapons and heatsinks. You should have PLENTY of Clan double heatsinks. You start in a depression, where your MFBs and the Germanium cache are. Turn right until you see the end of the crater. Send your lancemate just a little beyond that. Go just a little beyond her. Do NOT deploy the MFBs, as they'll die. However, it doesn't really matter that much since you'll get a new set next mission any way. The first attackers are an Orion and a Champion, attacking from southwest, followed by another Orion from southeast. The southeastern Orion is the real threat. The other two just walks back and forth. If you have positioned Deuce correctly, she should start shooting. Help along with your lasers. You should be able to take out all three with no problems. Take a break. It'll be less than a minute before the next group attacks. Not really enough to get some repairs done though. Next group includes two Clints attacking from the south, followed by a Centurion from the east. Centurion is the main threat. If you had deployed the MFB's, the LRMs from the Centurion will destroy one of the MFB's. Sit in place, then shoot at it as it approaches. Hit it enough times and it'll turn to engage you. A couple more hits and it's history. Let your lancemate handle the Clints. They wouldn't last very long under her PPC's and missiles, and they don't really go after your Germanium any way. A lance of two Awesomes should now be approaching from the southwest. However, they just walk back and forth. They are the bait, trying to sneak the Centurion through the other side. Let your lancemate snipe at them as they walk back and forth. You just wait for the Centurion that is the final threat to your Germanium cache. When it comes, stay still, crouch, and keep hitting it until it goes down. Your AMS should take out some of the LRM it launches. Kill it, and your Germanium is safe, really. Your lancemate likely have taken out one of the Awesomes by now, and you should be pretty beaten up. Deploy the MFB, and repair yourself. Help Deuce take out that last Awesome. You win! 4.8 Mission 8 This battle required good execution, but otherwise is quite possible to protect BOTH bases. After that, wipe out the enemy base. Let your lancemates have the heaviest mechs. You need to take a 70-ton mech as you'll need to run really fast. Madcat would be ideal, but Thor would do as well. There's a lot of water, so feel free to take a lot of lasers and heatsinks. You'll need some LLAS to take out the turrets, and a group of MLAS to remove limbs. One possibility is a Madcat with 3 PPCs and some MLAS. Start by running at full speed toward Point Baker, while assign all lancemates to defend a point JUST west of Point Able. Use the map command mode to do so. When you get to Point Baker, two Centurions should be attacking from the northwest. Get between them and Point Baker, and take them out quickly. You'll get semi-beat up, but that will have to wait. Head back toward Point Able, while deploy the MFBs at the point near Point Baker. There are no more enemies there. Now run back toward Point Able where your lancemates are trying to hold off 2 Madcats and an Awesome. They may have taken them down already. If not, get in there and help. When the enemy mechs are gone, you're safe for now. Repair all mechs at Point Baker. Don't be surprised if one or more of your lancemates got stuck near or under a bridge. Somehow the AI can't negotiate bridges over water once they fell off. Now it's time to take out Point Charlie. Move north along the path, and take out the turrets when you see them. Continue approach, and you'll see the Masakari and Daishi guarding Point Charlie. Approach obliquely to get your lancemates in range, and do a long range weapon duel. You should win easily. Watch your lancemates take out the base at Point Charlie, and you win! 4.9 Mission 9 Slow deliberate assault, take out both enemy outposts and Able and Baker. This is a slow meat grinder mission. Preserving your mech and sniping at enemy from long range is crucial. If you lose lots of weapons from your mech (i.e. lose arm(s)), you may as well start over. You'll probably want to keep the Daishi for yourself. Get a pair of PPCs or LLASs and a group of MLAS. Give lancemates long range weapons, like LRMs, ER PPCs, LLASs, etc. Remember to repair whenever you can, even when there's still an enemy mech walking around. Your lancemates can take care of the enemy while you repair, or vice versa. Start by deploying the MFB's immediately. Then lead your lance out of the "hole". Two Cauldron-borns will charge in. Take them out from where you stand. Madcat will follow. Take it out too. Now is a good time to repair all mechs. Approach Point Able slowly, and you should see Atlas and Madcat in the distance. Play peek-a-boo using the nearby hills and take them out from long range. Remember to let your lancemates take some of the damage. Repair when needed. After all mechs are repaired, continue approach Point Able. Take out the AC turret and Vulture, the last defenders. Then walk close enough so your lancemates take out the base. Repair all mechs now. Slowly approach Point Baker. You'll see 2 AC turrets, so take them out from long range. Avatar should show up, take it out. (This is a good time to do battlefield repair, as your lancemates can hold their own.) When that's gone, Awesome, then Thor approaches. When they're all gone, go through Point Baker. Let your lancemates take out the camp, and you win the mission. 4.10 Mission 10 The big enchilada. Take over the entire crater by destroying all resistance. Keep the Atlas for yourself. Give yourself a pair of LLAS or pair of PPC's, and a battery of MLAS. Add a good cannon like gauss rifle or Ultra 20 as backup. Deuce gets the Daishi. Trey and Blade gets the Madcats. They should get the usual long-range weapon mix. Add as many AMSs as available. Everybody wants to attack you. If you stay still, you'll get really beaten up, and there may be no MFB's left by the time you're done. Don't do it. Run for Point Able immediately. First, send MFB's to the point just north of Point Able (MFB1), while send all lancemates to "attack Point Able" (use the map command mode). Then run after them. By this time enemies should be attacking from the north. Just keep running. Your lance will probably run into Clint and Ryoken at Point Able. The MFBs will have to fend for themselves now. As long as you're nearby they won't hit the MFB (you are a bigger threat). Take them out. Then send your lancemates to guard just north of the MFB point. Start repairing the most damaged mech now then repair all mechs. Annihilator just patrols to the northwest. Ignore it. A Madcat and a Masakari will attack from north, take them out. If you did not deploy the guards they may hit one of the MFB's. Once you destroy these two, you may get an ERRORNEOUS message of congratulations about the all bases being secure. Ignore it. The ONLY completion that counts is the F12 screen. If it still says "In Progress", you're not done yet. Make sure all mechs are repaired. It's time to hunt. Approach Point Charlie slowly, take out that Annihilator that you left earlier. There should only be a few turrets and a few Bulldogs defending the base now. Kill them, and you got the base to yourself. Call MFB in and repair now. Continue toward Point Dog. It is defended by 2 turrets, 2 Madcats, and 4 Strikers. Take out the turrets first from long range. Snipe the Madcats, or order your lancemates to charge, you following them. With four mechs shooting they shouldn't last too long. Once you take them all out, the base is yours. Repair now. Approach Point Baker slowly, and you should only see a Clint, a Ryoken, and some turrets. Take it out, and you got the base, and all enemies are gone. Stop at Point Baker. Use the map to send one lancemate to each of the other three nav points. Usually, you may want to head for Point Able yourself, as your lancemates don't navigate very well across those toxic pools. Send Deuce in the Daishi to Baker (it's the closest). The two further ones get one Madcat each. When they arrive at the respective nav points, and you as well, you got the whole crater to yourself (okay, you and Suzy Ryan), and you win the pirate campaign. 5 And the finale: bonus mission You get a bonus mission when you finish both campaigns. This bonus mission is absolutely the LAMEST mission I've ever seen. It's utterly impossible. Those of you who are Trekkers, this is Mechwarrior's version of the "Kobayashi Maru". You can configure an Atlas, Annihilator, or Masaraki. There are no jumpjets in the inventory. You start in the middle of a little island. There's no way you can get off. Then all your teammates and your enemies come to kill you. They come in all sizes of mechs. Clint, Clint, Ryoken, Shadowcat (Epona), Thor (Alan), Supernova (Scourge). With my best effort, I killed five mechs, and got killed by Scourge in the Supernova. I guess Suzy Ryan will be there in an Atlas as the seventh mech. It doesn't matter how you configure your mech. I've tried so many approaches. Missiles, AC's, lasers, targeting computers. Unless you use cheat codes, you can't win this mission. If you can, let me know how.