Mechwarrior 4: Vengeance
                                
                Unofficial Strategy Guide and FAQ
                                
                  by Kasey Chang (ksc1@aol.com)
                                
                   released December 31, 2000

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0    Introduction
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0.1   A word from the author
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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 many others.

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0.2   Terms of Distribution
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This document is copyrighted by Kuo-Sheng "Kasey" Chang (c) 2000,
all rights reserved excepted as noted above in the disclaimer
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This document is available FREE of charge subjected to the
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To webmasters who wish to archive this FAQ on their website,
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0.4    Other Notes
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There is no warranty for this unofficial strategy guide. After
all, it depends on YOU the player.  All I can do is offer some
advice.

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 ksc1@aol.com.  I'll try to answer it and
include it in the next update.

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0.5    The Author
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I am just a game player who decided to write my own FAQs when the
ones I find don't cover what I want to see.  Lots of people like
what I did, so I kept doing it.

Previously, I've written Unofficial Strategy Guides (USGs) for
XCOM, XCOM2:TFTD, Wing Commander 3, Wing Commander 4, Fade to
Black, Spycraft, 688(I) Hunter/Killer. Mechwarrior 3, MW3
Expansion Pack, and Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed.

Most of them should be on gamefaqs.com, the biggest FAQ site
around. You can also 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 ksc1@aol.com. (Any spam
will be reported to respective authorities).

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0.6   Disclaimer/ Copyright Information
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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 author's efforts except where noted.

This guide includes strategies and tactics of approaching each
and every mission. If you need just a little help, don't read the
rest!

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0.7   Revision History
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31-DEC-2000         Initial release.


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0.8   The Most Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: Can you send me Mechwarrior 4?
A: Of course not.

Q: Can you send me the manual (or portions thereof)?
A: You're kidding, right?

Q: Can you tell me how to play the game?
A: Read the manual, please!

Q: What's the latest version?
A: There are no patches for the Windows version as of the release
of this guide.

Q: Is there a map editor?
A: Nope.

Q: What's wrong with the mechlab?
A: Nothing. That's the new design.

Q: Do `mechs actually limp with leg damage?
A: Yes they do, though they need HEAVY leg-specific damage to
show that.

Q: Can a mech be knocked down?
A: Yes, though the lack of extremely heavy weapons except LBX20s
means it's hard to find the right combo. 3 LBX-20's in ONE
concentrated salvo will usually knock down Shadow Cats and
anything smaller. Mechs heavier than 50 mechs doesn't seem to be
knock-able.

Q: Will there be a Mechwarrior 5?
A: Who knows?

Q: Are there any cheat codes?
A: Nothing known yet.

Q: How do I get past mission X?
A: See the specific campaign mission walkthrough.

Q: What if I spotted something missing or more tactics?
A: Feel free to submit anything that can benefit this guide's
readers. 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. Some representative configs for each mech
will be included. Please specify purpose/role and some of the
reasoning behind the config.


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1    Game Information
=====================

Mechwarrior 4 is the latest in the Mechwarrior series, a game
with a long history. Mechwarrior originally is the role-playing
part of the Battletech boardgame, a game of `mech combat.

When Dynamix created the first Mechwarrior for Activision, it was
created as an in-cockpit mech combat simulator, and it was
absolutely stunning for the time. There's a plot, a bit of
adventure, plus combat, contract negotiation, hiring/firing mech
pilots, buy/sell/repair mechs, and more.

When Dynamix was purchased by Sierra (who went on and 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,
where you play as a Clan warrior (of either Jade Falcon Clan or
the Wolf Clan) battling other Clans and the Inner Sphere. It was
followed by an expansion pack that added the Ghost Bear Clan, as
well as a semi-sequel: MW2: Mercenaries, where you are an Inner
Sphere mercenary lance taking on different missions.

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.

Activision eventually lost the Battletech license to MicroProse,
who apparently outbid them. Activision went on to license Heavy
Gear from Dream Pod 9, another "mecha" universe. (The first Heavy
Gear was not well received. Heavy Gear II was much better, 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. However, the game is HEAVILY delayed, and
Microsoft is in negotiation to buy out 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.

Mechwarrior 3 featured improved graphics and excellent interface,
but the AI is pretty awful. And 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, it was successful enough that MicroProse released an
expansion pack titled Pirate's Moon which added another 21
missions, plus several other improvements including more mechs
and more weapons. However, none of the real concerns were fixed.


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1.1   What's the setup?
-----------------------

You are Ian Dresari, House Davion. Your father is the Duke of
Kentares IV. While Victor Steiner-Davion was away leading the
fight against the Clans, his sister, Katherine Steiner-Davion,
usurped the throne of the Federated Commonwealth, and started to
invade House Davion's territories, including Kentares IV. Your
entire family has been killed (apparently) except your uncle, Sir
Peter Dresari. You have just returned, and you'll take back the
planet. Or die trying.

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1.2   What do I need to run Mechwarrior 4?
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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.

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1.3   Where are the patches?
----------------------------

There are no patches for the Windows version yet as of the
release of this document.

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1.4   How is MW4 different from MW3?
------------------------------------

Lots of differences. Primarily, the combat tempo is faster and
there's 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 more "omni" hardpoints that can mount any
type of weapons.

Too many differences to list all here.

--------------------------------
1.5   What game modes are there?
--------------------------------

Single player: campaign, training, instant action.

Multiplayer: attrition, team attrition, capture the flag, team
destruction, destruction, escort, king of the hill, steal the
beacon

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1.6   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 won't spoil
the surprise yet, but you can read the campaign walkthrough.


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2    Weapons
============

There are basically three types of weapons, as explained in the
manual. Instead of listing them all, I'll just go over the types
and their general applications.

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2.1   Cannons
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Your basic ballistic weapons, these are the AC's (5 and 10),
Ultra AC's (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.

Cannons are rather heavy even though their hardpoint is rather
small. Get the Clan version if available.

The cannons need ammo. While ammo is available, you can pump out
a lot of firepower, but when you're out, you're left with
nothing. Cannons don't generate much heat though.

LBX cause a lot of damage at close range, esp. the LBX20s. In
fact, the LBX20s are the only knock-down weapons that I've found.
The machine gun arrays doesn't really do enough, it's like
washing the floor with a toothbrush.

Best sniper weapon is the gauss rifle. Use the zoom to get good
shots at the center of the torso.

A good combo is 4 different AC2's or even Ultra 2's. While this
takes up a lot of weight, you can fit them on Maulers and other
assault mechs with no problem, esp. the Clan version, and with a
lot of reloads, the firepower is very precise and Ultra 2's reach
out to 900m.

Another good combo are multiple LBX20s. In a Daishi you can fit
in three LBX20s (two in torso, one in the center omni rack).

Atlas can mount two gauss rifles: a clan regular and a light.

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2.2   Energy Weapons
--------------------

Energy weapons are lasers, PPCs, and flamers. Lasers vary from
small, medium, to large. Pulse lasers fires more shots, thus
causing more damage, but also weighs more (usually double). It's
also hard to keep the pulse on the target. 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. There's
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).

The problem with energy weapons is they generate heat, so you
can't fire them too much, or you'll overheat and shut down. You
may be able to temporarily avoid the shutdown by doing either
override or coolant flush. 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.

The lasers are your usual weapons. They are very precise. Medium
lasers produce very 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. Large lasers have good range, but
generate more heat and weighs a lot more. I don't find much use
for the small laser at all.

PPC is a good general-purpose weapon. Most non-mech targets need
only about two shots to take out. It's also good for long range
sniping. Zoom in and let them have it!

Bombast laser can cause a lot of damage if you can learn its
firing mechanism. I personally haven't quite got the knack for it
yet. It's also relatively light for the damage it can cause.

The flamer is a point-blank weapon that adds heat to the enemy
mech. Add this to your point-blank assault. However, they take up
a lot of room, and you can probably get more damage done with two
medium lasers and keep the range open.

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2.3    Missile packs
--------------------

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). There's also the T-
Bolt missile, NARC beacon, and flare launcher. The Clan version,
if exist, is lighter than the Inner Sphere version.

AMS can shoot down all missiles except the T-Bolt missile, but
AMS can engage only a limited number of missiles at a time. So
the bigger the launcher, the more shots will get through. There's
also the Laser AMS (LAMS), which generates heat but is somewhat
more effective.

The SRMs and MRMs are not guided, so just fire them like rockets.
The target needs to be still for you to get good hits. Fire just
as the target comes to a stop for best effectiveness.

The LRMs require a lock-on to get good hits. 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.

Streak SRMs seek their target automatically, so they're good if
you can't get hits with the regular SRMs or MRMs. Just shoot and
you'll score, if you have a good lock-on.

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. You'll 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.

The T-Bolt missile cannot be shot-down by anti-missile system,
which makes them quite deadly, at 28 points per hit! It's just
too bad it takes 15 tons to put in a launcher.

The flare launcher is used for illumination at night. I
personally don't fight at night so this to me is useless. If you
want to try some night ops, give it a try.

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2.4   Special Weapons
---------------------

Some weapons don't really belong in any of the above.

The Long Tom cannon is basically a mech-mounted mortar. Its BIG
shell that cause a lot of splash damage. One or two shots can
take down the building. However, it's VERY hard to aim, as it has
very low muzzle velocity. You'll need to aim up in order to "lob"
the shot. It does cause a lot of damage, but the number of shots
is very limited.

Artillery beacon allows you to call in artillery on top of a
target. While this is cool, it's not really practical since the
beacon launcher weighs FIVE TONS, which can be used for far more
productive weapons than arty of questionable value.


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3    Your Enemies
=================

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3.1   Ground Vehicles
---------------------

On the ground, you'll see basically Bulldog tank, SRM carrier,
LRM carrier, SKUD launcher, Vedette, and maybe Harasser.

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 a little more than 2. Though two good hits from
large laser will kill it. SKUD launcher takes only one shot.

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3.2   Air Threats
-----------------

The only ones that will attack from the air are Night Shade
fighters and the Peregrine attack choppers. Though you MAY see
bombers. One shot from large lasers or PPC should take care of
them. LRMs also works, though fighters are too fast for LRM lock-
on. Zoom in and get good shots. If you got good guns, like Ultra
2's (that goes out to 900m), you can use those also.

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3.3   Naval Threats
-------------------

On swamp or coastal missions, you'll 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. If you feel like using the long tom, that
explosion area is pretty good for killing things BEHIND the hill,
but if the shot lands in the water it's not worth the trouble.

The destroyer is armed with large lasers and lots of LRM
launchers. It is quite well armored, and taking it down will take
a lot of long-range dueling, as you can't get too close to it.

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3.4   Dropships
---------------

You have several missions where you need to go after dropships.
Usually the dropships are not moving, so you just take out the
APUs around them (usually 3), then hit it a few more times. They
will have a lot of static defenses around them though.

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 fires back though, so stay back a little. See the mission
notes for tactics on dealing with it.

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3.5   Light Mechs
-----------------

The light mechs in the game are Cougar (35t), Raven (35t), and
Osiris (30t).

The Cougar is more capable, with 2 LLAS and 2 LRM10's, plus some
smaller lasers. Raven and Osiris are lightly armed and should not
present a problem to you at all.

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3.6   Medium Mechs
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The mediums are Bushwacker (55t), Shadow cat (45t), Chimera
(40t), Hellspawn (45t), and Uziel (50t).

Bushwacker is the heaviest medium you can get, but it's not easy
to find. By the time you get them, you'll probably find heavier
stuff. Still, with a good AC in one arm and a big laser in the
other, it's a very balanced mech.

Shadow Cat is pretty deadly if you fit in a gauss rifle, or use
ONLY medium lasers and lots of heatsinks. You can move very fast
and keep shooting.

Hellspawn is more missile reliant and therefore I don't like it
that much, as you can run out quite quickly in heavy combat, and
missiles will hit all over the place.

Uziel is pretty dangerous with 2 PPC's as default config.
Consider it your primary threat when you see one.

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3.7   Heavy Mechs
-----------------

Now there are a lot of choices here. There's Catapult (65t), Loki
(65t), Mad Cat (75t), Nova Cat (70t), Thor (70t), Vulture (60t),
Argus (60t), and Thanatos (75t).

Catapult is meant as a fire support mech, as it looks like a Mad
Cat without the arms. Still, it's a pretty heavy mech (the first
heavy you get) and you'll need to use it in a combat role. A
close combat config for Catapult would be 4 Streak SRM6's and
some lasers.

I personally don't use the Loki, as I prefer Thor personally.
Though they're very close cousins.

Mad Cat is probably one of the best mechs around, but the default
config is too heat intensive. Remove the smaller lasers and add
heatsinks to keep it cool. If you get more Streak SRM6 launchers,
they make good replacements for the Clan LRM20s.

Nova Cat has too many energy weapons. Remove the small pulse
laser and at least one of the LLAS for more heatsinks, and assign
the PPCs to different fire groups. When you face them, try using
flamers on them. They overheat constantly.

Vulture is a fire support mech like Catapult, but it's capable of
good direct fire as well. You can think of it as a smaller Mad
Cat, and it's quite deadly in that role. Take them out first due
to their LRMs.

Argus has a weird mix of weapons, and doesn't seem to be too
powerful. It is heavily armored though.

Thanatos. How here's 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).
Consider taking out the ECM or jumpjets for more ammo room.  I'd
also drop the MRM20 in favor of LRMs or Streak SRMs.

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3.8   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. Personally though, I'd dump the smaller lasers,
replace LRM with the Clan version to save weight, and add LOTS of
heatsinks, maybe even squeeze in a light gauss rifle in there. A
good config for me is 1 ER PPC, 1 PPC, 1 Clan gauss rifle, and 1
light gauss rifle. The mismatched weapons recycle at different
time to avoid heat buildup. If you want max shock, wait a little
for full availability.

Awesome is the first assault mech you'll get, and the default
config of 3 PPC is too heat intensive. Remove the SRM's and one
of the PPC's and replace with ballistic or better missile weapons
for better balance of firepower.

Daishi. The default weapon mix is a lot of stuff. The 4 LLAS is
quite hefty, though I'll probably consider removing the MGAs and
replace with heatsinks.

Mauler is probably going to be your primary assault mech, as it
is quite heavy and the 4 Ultra AC/2 is a lot of firepower. Until
it runs out. Add extra armor. Replace the LRM10's with Clan
version for more ammo reloads. If you can fit even MORE Ultra 2's
in there, do so.

Mad Cat Mk II. What can I say? This mech is ideal! The gauss
rifles are absolutely deadly. Great for sniping, and LRM's are
just a bonus. I would consider removing some of the MLAS for more
gauss ammo though, or take out the jumpjet.


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4    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.

-----------------
4.1   Casey Nolan
-----------------

Casey is a thoroughly average pilot, though there's room for
improvement. He's a good backup, but as you don't use him much,
his skills will stay average.

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4.2   Jen McQuarrie
-------------------

Jen's skills seems to be piloting, not much gunnery. She's the
best pilot you got for a while, and good on sensors. Night-time
she's average.

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4.3   Jules Gonzales
--------------------

Jules is very good in gunnery, but not much on piloting. He's
also good at night fighting. Give him the long-range weapons.

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4.4   Terra Risner
------------------

She joins you late (Op 5) after the rescue, but she's quite good
in all categories. She tends to overheat due to her
aggressiveness. Give her a heavy mech that leans toward ballistic
weapons so she can last a while.

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4.5   Damon Squire
------------------

This guy joins you for one mission in Op 6 and disappears, but
while he's on, he's pretty good. He was one of Joanna's personal
guards.


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5    Your Mechs
===============

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5.1   Light Mechs
-----------------

Light mechs don't 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.


5.1.1     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 you're down, you
can't run. Remember to include jumpjets.

5.1.2     to be compiled
------------------------

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5.2   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.

5.2.1     to be compiled
------------------------

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5.3   Heavy Mechs
-----------------

5.3.1     Awesome Zapper
------------------------

The default config of 3 PPC for the Awesome is a bit too heat
intensive. To turn it into a more short-range fighter, 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
LRMs with SRM6s. Add heatsinks to fill out the difference. When
Clan weapons become available, replace SRM6 with Streak SRM6, PPC
with ER PPC, and so on, and add even more heatsinks.

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5.4   Assault Mechs
-------------------

There are your workhorses. While they don't kill light mechs in
one salvo, they do come pretty close (two salvoes to be exact).


5.4.1     Sniper Atlas
----------------------

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 on heat built-up. You can fire all weapons as
fast as the weapons recycle. Only need two weapon groups. You can
probably squeeze in some missiles if you want.


5.4.2     Gunman Mauler
-----------------------

Here's a great general purpose Mauler config: 4 Clan Ultra AC2
with 1 extra ammo each. Two ER MLAS in arm, add Streak SRM6 or
Clan LRM10's to taste. Don't need extra heatsinks at all. Add the
rest in armor, and lots of it. The AC2's in the torso comprises
most of the firepower. One burst is enough to take out most
ground vehicles. Fired together with the lasers and it's a
devastating volley. AC2's also have a good range, and it's not
that hard to aim. You may be able to fit in 5 Ultra AC2's if you
really squeeze.

5.4.3     Shotgun Daishi
------------------------

Daishi with 25 percent speed, no heatsinks, 2 large lasers (one
in each arm), and 3 LBX20's, 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 SHOTS. The LLAS can be used for
sniping if you want to stay out of range. If you can't stay open,
then charge in to 300 m and open up with the three shotguns. Fire
Streak SRMs to keep the enemy busy.


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6    `Mech Tactics
==================

`Mech combat, as all combats, have specific tactics, but some
should already be obvious to you.

---------------------------
6.1   Concentrate Firepower
---------------------------

One mech never last long against superior numbers of equivalent
mechs. If you have two, three, even four mechs firing upon the
same target, it'll 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 Vonda Castro's lance, but that's
another story).

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6.2   Keep Moving
-----------------

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 won't save you from the
seeking missiles (Streak LRMs, and T-bolt), but less damage is
less damage.

-----------------------------------
6.3   Torso-Twist / Circle of Death
-----------------------------------

Mechs don't side-step like the Quake player's 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.

----------------------------------
6.4   Go for Turret Control Towers
----------------------------------

In a base covered by calliopes or turrets, there is probably a
turret control tower. If you take it out, the turrets will go
inactive. This is much easier than taking on each of the turrets
individually. The calliopes are pretty well armored.

------------------------
6.5   Go for the Cockpit
------------------------

If you can, aim for the cockpit. Killing the pilot is the
quickest way to kill a mech, now that "legging" the mech is much
more difficult if not impossible. A heavy dose of LBX20 at point-
blank range will reduce armor to scrap. Another good salvo and
the mech is toast.

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6.6   Heat Management
---------------------

Remember that there are additional ways to dissipate excess heat.

If there's bodies of water nearby (swamp, mountain lakes, etc.)
then stay inside to stay cool. Fighting at night also helps.

If it's an emergency, you can try the coolant flush, which does
an emergency vent of the coolant. It cools you down a lot, but
you don't have that much left, so use in emergencies only.

If you just need to keep moving and not shooting, you can
OVERRIDE the shutdown.


======================
7    Campaign Walkthru
======================

There are two different endings (not counting your death),
depending on that "final choice" near the end.

-----------------
7.1   Operation 1
-----------------

You've just landed on the Kentares IV's moon as the initial
strike against the Steiner hold on the planet. You're vastly
outnumbered, so this is meant mainly as a guerilla action. You
can't command any one yet, even if there are other mechs with
you.


7.1.1     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

You are in a Shadow Cat, no weapons yet to reconfigure. You'll be
dropped with 2 Cougars.

Mission Summary: There are no mobile defenders except some SRM
carriers. There are some turrets around the base, but those are
easy to take out. Watch for escaping vehicles. When the escaping
vehicles are toast, feel free to cook any turrets in the area,
then the three antennas, and you're done.

If you're lucky, you'll capture an Uziel on this mission, which
will be your heaviest mech for a while.


7.1.2     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.

If you got the Uziel, take it. Otherwise keep the Shadowcat.
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. The other
vehicles don't shoot back so they are easy to destroy. If you're
in the Uziel, use PPC's to snipe.

Be careful around the ammo carriers, as those explode pretty
hard. Don't get too close.


7.1.3     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.

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, probably the Uziel. You'll have
some friendly Hellspawns following you in.

Nothing fancy here, go in and blast those APUs first. Two shots
from the PPC's should take out each one. Keep running around,
taking out the APUs and some of the defenders. After the APUs are
gone, you can concentrate on the mech defenders. Then let your
friends take on the turrets while you take out the dropships.
When you take out all three, you win.


7.1.4     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

This is probably your toughest fight so far, as enemies attack
from all directions. Keep your Uziel, as you need some long-range
firepower, and those PPCs are very handy.  Run really fast toward
the threats. Kill them with long range PPC fire. There are two
other mechs around the perimeter keeping the enemy busy.

Attackers include 2 Hellspawns, 2 Osirises, 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. Snipe those out first with your PPCs,
ignoring all other threats. Then engage any other threat you come
across. 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.

-----------------
7.2   Operation 2
-----------------

You've arrived in the northern polar region. It's time to start
operations on the ground.

7.2.1     Op 2, Mission 1 Recon Area
------------------------------------

You're 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

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, like Shadow Cat or Hellspawn. Keep Uziel for
yourself.

You'll see multiple Peregrine choppers as you hit the first nav
point then 2 Ravens and a Bulldog as you come up to an outpost at
the second Nav point. After that 2+3 Bulldogs, a turret, then 3
more Bulldogs at the last nav point. Take them all out and you're
done.

7.2.2     Op 2, Mission 2 Raid Depot
------------------------------------

Need supplies, so we're 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

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.

This is probably the toughest fight so far, as you're going up
against some heavier mechs, namely Catapults and Hellspawns, and
multiple choppers and tanks. You'll be pretty beaten up at the
end, but it's a standard kill-everything scenario.

You'll probably capture a Catapult here.


7.2.3     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.

You should keep the heaviest mech you have, though I personally
don't like Catapult that much. Give it to Jen, and keep Uziel for
yourself.

As you approach the tech's nav point (nav alpha), you'll run into
Uziels and Hellspawns, and 3 Bulldogs. You'll 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. There's 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 will chase as you get to the bridge, but with
3 mechs shooting it should be no problem. After everybody cross
the bridge, blow it up, and that's it.


7.2.4     Op 2, Mission 4 Capture Base
--------------------------------------

Sir Peter did not survive. To avenge him, we're taking down the
Steiner base.

Primary Objective: clean out the defenders

Secondary Objective: defend the techs until they capture the base

Your job is to charge in, take care of all the defenders (Cougar
and Bushwacker), and 2 turrets and 3 SRM Carriers. The 3 SRM
Carriers are easy as they're in front of you. Then the two mechs
charge in. Concentrate on the Bushwacker first, and take the
turret when you can.

Then head for the back of the base and take out the TALL turret
control tower (ignore the calliopes, they'll go down when the
control tower goes poof, and you need them for defense later).
REMEMBER, do NOT touch the control center. Take down the TURRET
CONTROL TOWER. Once it's gone (or you took out one of the
calliopes), the tech will come on. The tower is taller and
thinner, and to the left of the satellite control center when
you're heading there. Then take care of the two Uziels guarding
the spot, or send your lancemates after them.

Then the techs come in to capture the base. That'll take them a
while (about a minute or two), 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 PPC fire. If you don't, they'll come after you and if
the satellite control center is toast, you lose the mission.

Now head back north. Just north of the sat control you'll see
hangars with 2 Peregrine attack choppers on the ground. Take them
out from a distance. If you don't, they'll join in when the mechs
attack, then it gets really messy! Kill them now.

Now you just need to wait for the mechs to attack. Order repairs
if there's time. There's a repair hangar there. Your techs should
gain control of the two calliopes, and those are great for
additional firepower.

Then it's 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. When
you take them all out, you win!


-----------------
7.3   Operation 3
-----------------

We're trying to find that other surviving Steiner dropship to
cripple their operations permanently.


7.3.1     Op 3, Mission 1 Sweep and Destroy
-------------------------------------------

Scouts are out searching for the Steiner patrols, great for
defeat in detail.

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

Take the heaviest mechs you got, as there's lots of room for long-
range weapon deployment.

You'll 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!

Jump into the lake if you overheat.


7.3.2     Op 3, Mission 2 Capture Supply Convoy
-----------------------------------------------

We're going after this supply convoy.

Primary: Destroy escorts

Secondary: Destroy all Steiner forces

Chasing down the supply convoy is gone to require a fast mech. If
you prefer heavy mechs, consider turning back to cut through that
"pass" to the north.

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, you'll 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 they'll go after you. There's one
MORE Bulldog leading the convoy. Take that out, and you got the
convoy, even if you haven't taken out all the mech escorts. With
three heavy mechs, this should be easy.


7.3.3     Op 3, Mission 3 Destroy Dropship
------------------------------------------

We found that surviving dropship. Take it out.

Primary: Locate and destroy Steiner dropship

The dropship is actually NOT that heavily defended, except for
the Mauler as a surprise. You can try the artillery beacon, but
you can do the mission without it.

Just head east, then northeast and follow the "road". You'll 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.


-----------------
7.4   Operation 4
-----------------

We're 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. You'll want your mech to be as "green" in
heat dissipation bar as possible. Use more ballistic or missile
weapons.


7.4.1     Op 4, Mission 1 Raid Base
-----------------------------------

We're raiding a Steiner base for supplies. Resistance will take
cargo carriers into the Steiner base after we neutralize the
defenders. They'll have some tanks and Vedettes to take on the
turrets. We take care of the mechs.

Primary: Escort convoy as they go through the 3 nav points

The base doesn't have much inside, just turrets and a few mechs
(Cougar? Hellspawn?). Run in there and take them all 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 and you win.


7.4.2     Op 4, Mission 2 Defense Base
--------------------------------------

You get a third lancemate on this mission, and you'll probably
have to use Casey, as you haven't found any one better yet (not
until Op 5, Mission 1 any way).

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 don't slow down. You'll find 2
Shadow Cats and an Uziel around nav alpha. Those Shadow Cats hide
behind a hill, pop up with jumpjets, then fire LRMs while in the
air. These Shadowcats will run really far and really fast, then
circle around. Take them all out, and watch the calliopes at nav
alpha take out the approaching bombers, as you run for nav Beta.
Tell your lancemates to head there too.

You'll probably notice two more Shadow Cats running toward your
base at nav beta. Just get there ASAP, even if the Shadow Cats
outrun you. There's Cougar and other defenders 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 you're done.

There's a MFB on the base so you can order repairs if you have
time, as the second lance don't show up until that Shadow Cat is
taken care of.


7.4.3     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.

Primary: Capture 4 out of 6 barges

Primary: At least 4 out of 6 barges must survive

Primary: Destroy all defenders

Secondary: Capture all 6 barges.

Don't 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.

You'll be facing 10 patrol boats (maybe more?), 4 Peregrines
(that pop up behind rocks as you travel up the river). You'll
also run into 3 Argus and 1 Loki. As you'll be wading in water,
heat should not be a factor. As noted, try not to use LRMs unless
you're SURE the target is not next to a barge.

Tell your lancemates to follow you, then when you see the enemy
ships, engage at will. They'll mop up for you. When you see
mechs, concentrate your fire upon one mech at a time, and add
your own. When all defenders are gone, just walk up next to each
of the surviving barges to capture them.


7.4.4     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.

Secondary: Link up with local guide Shepherd

Primary: Destroy munitions plant 1, 2, and 3

This one is not that hard, as you just follow the nav points and
kill anything else that moves.  You'll 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. Each plant is also
surrounded by at least 2, probably 4 "guard tower" armed with
large pulse lasers, though they are easy to blow up.


7.4.5     Op 4, Mission 5 Capture Convoy
----------------------------------------

James Qulan is about to execute the prisoners, so you need to get
to them before they do.

Primary: Destroy air defense base at nav Zeta (to protect the
chopper flight)

Primary: Destroy convoy escorts

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). Once you got them, 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. Soon, someone will power up: 2 Uziels.
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 and the choppers land and take off, you're
done.


7.4.6     Op 4, Mission 6 Liberate Camp
---------------------------------------

We've saved some of the prisoners, but it's time to get the rest
of them. We can use the manpower too.

Primary: Link up with Resistance mechs (Uziels and Shadowcats)

Secondary: Destroy all defenders

Primary: Destroy the two guard towers next to each of the
prisoner compounds 1, 2, 3, and 4

You're rescued Terra Risner, who's a better pilot than Casey
Nolan, so use her.

When you start, head along the edge of the map and get to the
friendlies. You'll run into 3 Peregrines, just get them.

As you rendevous, you may run into 2 Cougars. Kill them. Then
you'll see a LOT of turrets, but by now you'll know to go after
the control towers. 2 Vultures and 2 Catapults will attack. Take
care of them.

When you take out all the towers, James Qulan and his command
lance drops in. Mad Cat and 3 Vultures. They should be no problem
for you though. Take out the Mad Cat first, concentrate firepower
to kill one at a time.

-----------------
7.5   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.


7.5.1     Op 5, Mission 1 Destroy Bombers
-----------------------------------------

Primary: Destroy all eight bombers

Primary: Destroy the control tower

Secondary: Destroy all defenders

Take the heavy `mechs. You'll run into a LOT of enemies, as there
are missile towers and gunboats and everywhere.

Just stand at the two runways' intersection (the southeast one),
and cook the eight bombers as they approach for take-off. You'll
run into 3 Shadow Cats, 3 Vultures, and one Nova Cat as the
defenders. You may see some patrol boats, Bulldogs, and Harassers
as well. When you take them all out, you've won. Remember to
destroy the tower.


7.5.2     Op 5, Mission 2 Destroy Patrols
-----------------------------------------

Standard sweep mission, destroy all enemies encountered. You're
combing the swamps, wiping out all the patrol boats and Harasser
hovercrafts. There are four groups to take out.

Primary: Destroy all four hovercraft groups.

The hovercrafts are easy to kill individually. Best way is find a
tall "hill" and snipe them with the long range PPCs. Close-in,
use Streak SRMs or autocannons.

When you destroy the third group, you'll get a quick glimpse of a
Steiner mech. Duncan Burke?

When you take out all four groups, Duncan Burke shows up in a
Thor. And no help will reach you in time, it's a one-on-one duel.
So try to preserve yourself in the fights.


7.5.3     Op 5, Mission 3 Defend Exodus
---------------------------------------

The evacuation is almost done, but time is running out. The
patrol boats have sneaked through, and not just one but TWO
destroyers are heading to the Veil coast, and if they shoot the
refugee ships.

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, PPCs,
etc.

There are four mechs in the city you need to take out: 2 Nova
Cats and 2 Awesomes.

After that, jump to the dock and start shooting the patrol boats
(about six of them). The patrol boats are easy to kill with one
PPC shot each. You'll also have to take out several Night Shade
fighters.

Then the destroyers come in. The destroyers aren't that tough, it
just takes a lot of shots to sink them. They have a lot of LRMs.
As you're ankle deep in water, heat is not a problem. Bring PPC's
and ER LLAS, and maybe some gauss rifles. Take them out, wait for
the boats to depart, and you win!

-----------------
7.6   Operation 6
-----------------

Urban fighting. Range is short, and fighting will be quick and
brutal. Heavy LBX rule!


7.6.1     Op 6, Mission 1 Recon In Force
----------------------------------------

Cleaning up the city for the Resistance.

Primary: Clear all five nav points (nav Alpha, Beta, Gamma,
Delta, Epsilon)

Standard sweep mission, wipe out everything you encounter, though
there are five nav points to go through. Preserve ammo and armor
is critical. You should have a 100-tonner, or at least
Awesome/Mauler. Take the heaviest mech you got.

At nav Alpha you'll see Awesome, Mad Cat, and several turrets.
You may notice 2 Argus in the distance. They're actually nav
Gamma's guards. Ignore the Arguses. Kill the Mad Cat and the
turrets.

Continue to nav Beta, where you'll run into 2 SRM Carriers and 3
Bulldogs.

At Gamma, you encounter 2 Arguses, more Bulldogs, and 2 turrets.

At Delta, you see 2 Bulldogs and 2 Awesomes.

Finally, at Epsilon, you see an Atlas, 3 SRM Carriers, and more
turrets.


7.6.2     Op 6, Mission 2 Rescue Pilots
---------------------------------------

Need to rescue some mech pilots holed up in one of the parking
garages, and there's 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

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 (Vultures, Shadow Cats,
and Cougars). THEN come back to Nav Alpha. As there's no more
enemies to bother the rescue, just wait for the chopper to land.
Don't stand in the landing spot!

One Vulture patrols near Alpha. Remember NOT to go there first!
Go to Epsilon first. Then just navigate to the closest NAV point
as you come BACK 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.


7.6.3     Op 6, Mission 3 Destroy Base
--------------------------------------

Steiner forces are holed up at the University. Take out the comm
center nearby so they don't know we're 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)

A Mad Cat Mk. II guards Nav Gamma. You'll probably salvage it.

Nav Beta has Vulture, Uziel, and 2 Bulldogs.

Finally, at Alpha, you'll see 3 Uziels, 2 Vultures, and 3
Bulldogs.


7.6.4     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 you'll be viewed.
Choose between 4 or 5.

You chose to go after your sister instead of the mechs. It's your
decision.

Primary: Locate your sister's command track (could be 1, 2, or 3,
but actually 3)

Primary: Escort the ambulance out of combat area

You basically have to go through the various nav points, take out
all defenders. When you reach the ambulance, you are to escort
them to the "exit" of the map. What's nice, this hospital will
"follow" you instead of you trying to chase it down. Make sure
you don't step on it!

Proper walkthrough will be included later.


7.6.5     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 you'll be viewed.
Choose between 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.

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 (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 beta. Find a good spot
to snipe the calliopes, as you don't really want to fight them in
the open.

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, preserve your mech is the priority.

As you get close to nav Gamma, Castro 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 she's gone, the supplies
and mechs are yours.

You don't gain too much though.  Honestly, the only thing you'll
really gain here is a Daishi (which you probably already salvaged
once before). It's not absolutely necessary for your campaign.


7.6.6     Op 6, Mission 6 End Game
----------------------------------

Primary: Destroy all "elite lance" Steiner guards

Primary: Destroy turret power generator at nav Beta

Primary: Prevent Roland's dropship from escaping

Keep your mechs together, and concentrate firepower on one mech
at a time. Keep yourself relatively undamaged until the very end.

At nav Alpha, you'll see a Nova Cat and Mad Cat MKII, but they
are patrolling the gate and they'll pass you by. Don't 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. Rest of the lance should appear
shortly.

When you arrive at nav Beta, you will wake up the two Thors
sitting there. If you don't want to do that, head to Beta from
that entrance in the WEST, then you can take on one Thor at a
time. And get in a couple uncontested shots. Kill the generator
quickly before the turrets come back up.

By this time, all the Nova Cats and Mad Cat Mk II's will be
attacking one or two at a time (3 each?), but it's 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 Thors should be your primary targets.

Once the odds are even, it's 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. It'll shoot back if you get too close. 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...

Primary: Kill William Dresari, the usurper.

Then it's on to the final fight. The Daishi stays pretty far back
but walks in, so if you have gauss rifle and PPCs you can keep
plugging away with zoom mode. Keep firing long range, then let
them have it at close range. If you're not badly damaged, you
should kill it with no problem. Good luck!

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7.7   The End
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Well, looks like you won. Did your sister survive? If she did,
she's the duchess, and you're off fighting Steiner elsewhere. If
she did not, then you're the duke, but Carl hates your guts.


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8    Multiplayer
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Here's a quick list of all the different multiplayer options.

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8.1   Destruction
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This is straight and simple combat. Points are awarded for kills
only. Can be played in "team" mode (known as "Team Destruction").
  
  *    Destroy an enemy 'Mech   +1pt
  *    Destroy a friendly 'Mech -1pt
  *    Suicide        -2pt

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8.2   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").
  
  *    Cause 1 point of damage to an enemy     +1pt
  *    Destroy an enemy weapon  +50pt
  *    Destroy an enemy 'Mech   +500pt+Bonus
       Bonus = (Enemy mech tonnage - Your mech tonnage) x 5
  *    Cause 1 point of self-inflicted damage  -1pt
  *    Self-inflicted weapon destroyed on your Mech      -50pt
  *    Suicide        -2000pt
  *    Destroy a friendly Mech  -500pt
  
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8.3   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.

Once the flag hits your base, points are awarded for a capture.
The flag then teleports back to its starting position in the
enemy base.

A successful flag capture will display the following message:
" captured 's flag!"

If the flag-bearer shuts down or is destroyed, the flag is
ejected. If the Flag is not picked up within 30sec, it teleports
back to its starting base.
  
  *    Capture the flag (per capture)          +1000pt
  *    Destroy an enemy 'Mech   +25pt
  *    Destroy a friendly 'Mech -50pt

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8.4   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.

The flag's home point is in the center of the map.  The flag
teleports back to the center if left unclaimed for 30 seconds.

Shutting down releases the flag.

  *    Hold the flag (per second)  +1 pt/sec

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8.5   Escort
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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.
  
  *    Team 1                  Blue Escorts
  *    Team 3                  Blue VIP (max 35t)
  *    Team 2                  Red Escorts
  *    Team 4                  Red VIP (max 35t)

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.
  
  *    1st Score Zone +1000pt
  *    2nd Score Zone +2000pt
  *    3rd Score Zone +4000pt
  *    4th Score Zone +8000pt
  *    For every score zone after that    +Double last pts

Escorting BattleMechs are scored based on destruction to enemy
BattleMechs. But escorts can gain more points by protecting their
VIP, since VIPs earn thousands of points per SZ, versus +100
points for an escort's BattleMech kill. In other words: The goal
of an escort is to protect the VIP at all costs!
  
  *    Destroy an enemy 'Mech   +100pt
  *    Destroy a friendly 'Mech -100pt
  *    Destroy the enemy VIP    +500pt
  *    Destroying the friendly VIP   -1000pts
  *    Suicide   -100pts

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8.6   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.)
  
  *    If on "The Hill", and is contested by enemy 'Mechs (per
       second)   +1 pt/sec
  *    If on "The Hill", and is not contested by enemy 'Mechs (per
       second)   +5 pt/sec
  *    Destroy an enemy 'Mech   0pt
  *    Destroy a friendly 'Mech 0pt

When more than one 'Mech is on "The Hill", the hill is considered
contested. This applies to players on the same team in team
games. You must have 5 or more players (of the same team) on the
hill to get the non-contested points.

A non-contested hill is when one 'Mech is the only BattleMech
within 100 meters of the hill.


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9    Misc. Info
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To be compiled later.