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                    Mechwarrior 4: Black Knight Expansion
                                      
                      Unofficial Strategy Guide and FAQ
                                      
                        by Kasey Chang (ksc1@aol.com)
                                      
                         released November 30, 2001
    
    
    0    Introduction
    
    This is an UN-official strategy guide and walkthrough for the game
    Mechwarrior 4: Black Knight expansion from Microsoft. This document
    covers the single-player campaign in detail (how to approach each
    mission), with discussion on weapons, mechs, and tactics.
    
    
    0.1   A word from the author
    
    This is a FAQ, NOT a manual. You won't learn how to play the game
    with this document, and I'm NOT about to add it to ease the life of
    software pirates.
    
    This USG only covers the PC version since that's the only version
    that I have (and exist, at the time of this document's release).
    
    Some of you may recognize my name as the editor for the XCOM and
    XCOM2: TFTD FAQ's, among many others.
    
    
    0.2   Terms of Distribution
    
    This document is copyrighted by Kuo-Sheng "Kasey" Chang (c) 2001, all
    rights reserved excepted as noted in the disclaimer section.
    
    This document is available FREE of charge subjected to the following
    conditions:
    
    1) This notice and author's name must accompany all copies of this
    document: "Mechwarrior 4: Black Knight Expansion Unofficial Strategy
    Guide and FAQ" is copyrighted (c) 2001 by Kasey K.S. Chang, all
    rights reserved except as noted in the disclaimer."
    
    2) This document must NOT be modified in any form or manner without
    prior permission of the author with the following exception: if you
    wish to convert this document to a different file format or archive
    format, with no change to the content, then no permission is needed.
    
    2a) In case you can't read, that means TXT only. No banners, no HTML
    borders, no cutting up into multiple pages to get you more banner
    hits, and esp. no adding your site name to the site list.
    
    3) No charge other than "reasonable" compensation should charged for
    its distribution. Free is preferred, of course. Sale of this
    information is expressly prohibited. If you see any one selling this
    guide, drop me a line at ksc1@aol.com.
    
    4) If you used material from this, PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE the source,
    else it is plagiarism.
    
    5) The author hereby grants all games-related web sites the right to
    archive and link to this document to share among the game fandom,
    provided that all above restrictions are followed.
    
    Sidenote: The above conditions are known as a statutory contract. If
    you meet them, then you are entitled to the rights I give you in 5),
    i.e. archive and display this document on your website. If you don't
    follow them, then you did not meet the statutory contract conditions,
    and therefore you have no right to display this document. If you do
    so, then you are infringing upon my copyright. This section was added
    for any websites that don't seem to understand this.
    
    For the gamers: You are under NO obligation to send me ANY
    compensation.  However, I do ask for a VOLUNTARY contribution of one
    (1) US Dollar if you live in the United States, and if you believe
    this guide helped your game. If you choose to do so, please make your
    US$1.00 check or $1.00 worth of US stamps to "Kuo-Sheng Chang", and
    send it to "2220 Turk Blvd. #6, San Francisco, CA 94118 USA".
    
    If you don't live in the US, please send me some local stamps. I
    collect stamps too.
    
    
    0.3    Distribution
    
    This USG should be available at Gamefaqs (http://www.gamefaqs.com)
    and other major PC game websites (such as gamesdomain.com,
    gamespot.com, etc.).
    
    To webmasters who wish to archive this FAQ on their website, please
    read the terms of distribution in section 0.2. It says exactly what
    it says.
    
    
    0.4    Other Notes
    
    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.
    
    To ALL readers: if you actually DO have a question about this USG,
    chances are it's already answered, but you are NOT reading the latest
    version. The latest version of the FAQ is at gamefaqs.com. So please
    look there first. Otherwise, PLEASE let me know if there's a
    confusing or missing remark... If you find a question about this game
    that is not covered in the USG, e-mail it to me at ksc1@aol.com.
    I'll try to answer it and include it in the next update.
    
    
    0.5    The Author
    
    I am just a game player who decided to write my own FAQs when the
    ones I find 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, and many others... Look for
    them on GameFAQs.com
    
    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).
    
    
    0.6   Disclaimer/ Copyright Information
    
    Mechwarrior 4 is a trademark of Microsoft. Mechwarrior and Battletech
    is licensed from FASA.
    
    This USG is not endorsed or authorized by Microsoft and FASA. The
    information compiled in this USG has been gathered independently
    through the 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!
    
    
    0.7   Revision History
    
    30-NOV-2001    Initial Release
    
    
    0.8   The Most Frequently Asked Questions
    
    Q: Can you send me Mechwarrior 4 : Black Knight?
    A: Get lost, you leech!
    
    Q: Can you send me the manual (or portions thereof)?
    A: You have it and don't realize it, do you?
    
    Q: Can you tell me how to play the game?
    A: Read the manual, please!
    
    Q: What's the latest version?
    A: BK itself doesn't have a patch. It does patch MW4 to V2.0.
    
    Q: Does Black Knight require the original MW4?
    A: Read the box!
    
    Q: Can I play the original MW4 campaign with the new mechs/weapons?
    A: Nope.
    
    Q: Is there a map editor? Mods? Inventory editor? Any hacks?
    A: mektek.net is working on a map editor. It should be available now.
    
    Q: How about more multiplayer maps?
    A: Go to the official Microsoft MW4 website. At least four are
    available. Mektek.net's site should have more as they get more maps
    up and running.
    
    Q: Will there be a Mechwarrior 5?
    A: Who knows?
    
    Q: Are there any cheat codes?
    A: No working cheat codes has been found. Previously listed cheat
    codes appears to only work in the DEMO, not the real game.
    
    Q: How do I get past mission X in the single-player campaign?
    A: See the specific campaign mission walkthrough.
    
    Q: What if I spotted something missing or more tactics?
    A: Feel free to submit anything that can benefit this guide's
    readers. However, make sure you have the LATEST version of this guide
    (check gamefaqs.com), as chances are someone beat you to it. If not,
    my e-mail address is ksc1@aol.com. Submissions will be included with
    your name attached unless you specify otherwise. I reserve the right
    to edit the wording or the reject entries. Feel free to submit your
    favorite mech config as well. Please specify purpose/role and some of
    the reasoning behind the config.
    
    
    
    
    1    Game Information
    
    MW4: Black Knight is an expansion pack to MW4: Vengeance. You are
    Eric McClair, recently discharged from FedSun military. You joined
    the Black Knight Legion, led by Colonel Lawhorn, and you will do the
    dirty fighting... as long as you get the paycheck.
    
    
    1.1   What do I need to run MW4: Black Knight?
    
    From the box
      *    300 MHz or faster CPU
      *    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
      *    DX8 compatible sound card, Direct3D 8 compatible video card
      *    Speakers or headphones for audio output
      *    SVGA 16-bit color monitor or better
    
    Multiplayer further requires:
      *    96 megs required for Win2K
      *    28.8 Kbps modem or LAN with TCP/IP or IPX protocol
      *    Narrowband hosting is limited to 8 players, broadband is limited
         to 16 players
      *    Internet access required for internet play and is your
         responsibility
      *    Microsoft Zone.com play needs IE4 or Netscape 4 for initial
         registration.
    
    Typical install takes about 550 megs. Original MW4 CD is required.
    
    I personally recommend at least 400 MHz CPU and a good video card
    with at least 16 megs of RAM, and at least 128 megs of RAM.
    
    
    1.2   How is MW4:Black Knight different from MW4?
    
    You get five new mechs: Uller, Wolfhound, Ryoken, Sunder, and Black
    Knight.
    
    You get more weapons (Cluster Bomb Launcher, AC20, Ultra 10, Clan
    Ultra 10, Ultra 20, Clan Ultra 20, X-Pulse Lasers in Small, Medium,
    and Large sizes).
    
    You get an all-new single-player campaign with "black market", which
    allows you to trade unwanted mechs and weapons for mechs and weapons
    that you do want
    
    Inventory is now "persistent". Destroyed weapons and mechs are
    removed from your inventory. Crippled and damaged mechs can be
    repaired though that will take time (one mission's worth of time).
    
    You get more game modes in multi-player
    
    You get more maps to play on and some new terrain types
    
    
    1.3   Is there a campaign tree? How about different endings?
    
    There is still minimal branching, and only one ending.
    
    Sometimes within an operation you can choose from several different
    missions, and doing one will affect the starting conditions in the
    other. How much of an effect is unknown.
    
    
    2    Weapons
    
    This only discusses the new weapons (or categories with new weapons).
    For discussion of old weapons, please refer to the original MW4:
    Vengeance Guide.
    
    
    2.1   Ballistic Weapons
    
    Ballistic Weapons gets the most upgrade this time around, as we get
    AC20, Ultra 10, Ultra 20, Clan Ultra 10, Clan Ultra 20, and Cluster
    Bomb Launcher.
    
    Cannons are rather heavy even though their hardpoint is rather small.
    Get the Clan version if available, as they are lighter and produce
    more damage.
    
    The cannons need ammo. While ammo is available, you can pump out a
    lot of firepower, but when you're out, you're left with nothing. On
    the other hand, cannons don't produce much heat.
    
    Ballistic weapons only fit in ballistic hardpoints (yellow in
    Mechlab).
    
    
    2.1.1     LBX Scattershot
    
    No Change. LBX has always been a potent short-range killer.
    
    
    2.1.2     Machine Gun Array
    
    No Change, useless as ever.
    
    
    2.1.3     Gauss Rifle
    
    No Change
    
    
    2.1.4     Autocannon
    
    Usefulness: A- / B+
    
    With the advent of AC20, the regular AC's finally become actually
    useful, as they are a good compromise between the range of ultra and
    close-in shotgun of LBX.
    
    
    2.1.5     Ultra AC
    
    Usefulness: A- / B+
    
    Finally, with the availability of Ultra 10's and Ultra 20's, long-
    range firepower does not rely upon Gauss Rifles any more. Ultras can
    be quite deadly if you aim carefully.
    
    
    2.1.6     Long Tom
    
    No Change
    
    
    2.1.7     Cluster Bomb
    
    Usefulness: D+
    
    Cluster Bomb is basically a Long Tom that fires a shot that breaks
    into a cluster bomb. Like the Long Tom, it is VERY difficult to use
    properly. Maybe it can be of use as a defensive weapons, when you
    jump on top of a structure and lob the shots down upon enemies, but
    it has no place in melee combat.
    
    
    
    
    2.2   Energy Weapons
    
    The only new weapons were the X-Pulse Lasers, which comes in small,
    medium, or large sizes.
    
    
    2.2.1     Small Laser
    
    No Change
    
    
    2.2.2     Medium Laser
    
    No Change
    
    
    2.2.3     Large Laser
    
    No Change
    
    
    2.2.4     Small Pulse Laser
    
    No Change
    
    
    2.2.5     Medium Pulse Laser
    
    No Change
    
    
    2.2.6     Large Pulse Laser
    
    No Change
    
    
    2.2.7     PPC
    
    No Change
    
    
    2.2.8     Bombast Laser
    
    No Change
    
    
    2.2.9     Flamer
    
    No Change
    
    
    2.2.10    Small X-Pulse Laser
    
    Usefulness: F
    
    Any small laser is worthless.
    
    
    2.2.11    Medium X-Pulse Laser
    
    Usefulness: B-
    
    Medium X-pulse lasers produce great medium and close range firepower.
    However, they're extremely heavy (for their class), and generate
    intense heat. Doubt the tradeoff is worth the heat.
    
    
    2.2.12    Large X-Pulse Laser
    
    Usefulness: B
    
    Large X-pulse laser is generates extreme amount of heat and weighs a
    lot, in exchange for generating more damage than a regular Pulse
    Laser.
    
    
    2.3    Missile Racks
    
    No Change
    
    
    2.3.1     SRMs
    
    No Change
    
    
    2.3.2     MRMs
    
    No Change
    
    
    2.3.3     LRMs
    
    No Change
    
    
    2.3.4     Streak SRMs
    
    No Change
    
    
    2.3.5     NARC Beacon
    
    No Change
    
    
    2.3.6     T-Bolt
    
    No Change
    
    
    2.3.7     Flare Launcher
    
    ??
    
    
    2.3.8     Artillery Beacon
    
    No Change
    
    
    2.3.9     High Explosive
    
    No Change
    
    
    
    
    3    Equipment and Armor
    
    No new equipment or armor
    
    
    
    
    4    Your Enemies
    
    Know your enemies to best understand ways on how to defeat them.
    
    
    4.1   Ground Vehicles
    
    Several new enemies will oppose you. Please refer to section 3.3.1 of
    your BK manual for actual references.
    
    Demolisher II can be quite hard to kill and require heavy firepower.
    Two PPC hits may not kill one.
    
    MODL takes a LOT of firepower to kill, and it has a TON of self-
    defense lasers. Kill the tread units (aim low) to stop it so you get
    more time to really kill it later. Then just hit it from beyond MLAS
    range and whittle it down.
    
    You get encounter first-hand static defense forts, which are armed
    with missiles, Ultra AC's, AND gauss rifles. Not exactly fun to take
    on, but they are huge and they don't move.
    
    
    4.2   Air Threats
    
    You see two new air threats: the Nightwind attack chopper, and the
    Stiletto bomber. Please see section 3.3.2 of your BK manual for
    detailed data.
    
    Nightwind is armed with LRMs and that makes them deadlier than those
    pesky Peregrines.
    
    Nightshade fighters and Stiletto bombers will now fire missiles and
    perform low altitude strafing runs.
    
    
    4.3   Naval Threats
    
    No new naval threats.
    
    
    4.4   Dropships
    
    No new dropship threats.
    
    
    4.5   Light Mechs
    
    The new light mechs are Uller (30 t) and Wolfhound (35t).
    
    Both are quite good in combat. They tend to be armed with energy
    weapons as they use hit-and-run tactics. Get in some hits, run away
    to cool down and recycle, repeat.
    
    
    4.6   Medium Mechs
    
    The new medium is Ryoken (55t).
    
    Usually armed as a smaller version of Vulture, Ryoken is a general
    purpose Clan mech.
    
    
    4.7   Heavy Mechs
    
    There is only one new heavy mech, the Black Knight (75t).
    
    Black Knight has two Omni racks and can be adapted to various
    situations. The default all-energy loadout makes it similar to a Nova
    Cat, with slightly less heat problems.
    
    
    4.8   Assault Mechs
    
    The new assault mech is the Sunder (90t).
    
    Sunder was originally designed to emulate the Clan Thor, though IS
    has to increase the tonnage significantly to fit in similar
    equipment.  The result is a very respectable assault mech.
    
    
    5    Lancemate Management
    
    Nothing really new to say, as the lancemates don't make THAT much of
    a difference.
    
    
    
    
    6    Your Mechs
    
    Here's some discussion on each of the new mechs available, as well as
    some recommended configs for your mechs.
    
    In general, you want mechs that delivers knock-out blows rather than
    "death of a thousand cuts". You usually don't have time to fight over
    and over.
    
    For each mech, the weight is listed, then the hardpoints (E=Energy,
    M=Missile, B=Ballistic, O=Omni). The number right next to the
    hardpoint is size. For example, 2x2E means there are TWO 2-slot
    Energy hardpoints.
    
    
    6.1   Light Mechs
    
    There are only two new light mechs, Uller and Wolfhound.
    
    
    6.1.1     Uller
    
    30 tons        2x2O, 1x2E, 2x1M
    
    Available:     ECM, Light Amp, LAMS
    
    Uller, known as Kit Fox in the Clans, is a good light mech with
    tremendous flexibility, with fully 50% of its weapon mounts as Omni
    mounts.
    
    
    6.1.2     Wolfhound
    
    35 tons        1x3E, 2x2E, 2x1E
    
    Available ECM, AMS
    
    Wolfhound, in the default config, is under-armed, and with only
    Energy mounts available, it's doomed to use up more tonnage to fit in
    heatsinks.
    
    
    6.2   Medium Mechs
    
    Ryoken is a decent though not spectacular medium mech.
    
    
    6.2.1     Ryoken
    
    55 tons        2x2O, 2x2E, 2x2M
    
    Available BAP, Light Amp, Jumpjet, LAMS
    
    Ryoken is basically a slightly smaller Vulture. Known in the Clans as
    Stormcrow, beware of all the LRMs it packs.
    
    
    6.3   Heavy Mechs
    
    The only new mech here is Black Knight, and it's a pretty good one.
    
    
    6.3.1     Black Knight
    
    75 tons        2x3O, 1x1E, 2x3E, 1x2B, 1x2E
    
    Available ECM, BAP, Light Amp, Jumpjet, AMS
    
    Black Knight's most interesting attribute is its omni racks. With 6
    Omni slots available, you should use them to balance out the energy-
    heavy loadout. The wide variety of equipment also allows easy
    customization to most purposes.
    
    
    6.4   Assault Mechs
    
    Sunder is a very respectable assault mech, even better with limited
    omni racks.
    
    
    6.4.1     Sunder
    
    90 tons        1x3M, 1x4E, 2x3E, 1x4O
    
    Available ECM, Light Amp, AMS
    
    Sunder is one of the heaviest IS mechs with Omni racks. You should
    try to fit some ballistic weapons in there to help with the heat
    dissipation problems.
    
    
    
    
    7    Campaign Tactics
    
    With persistent perishable inventory and availability of the black
    market, inventory management changes quite a bit from MW4.
    
    It is best not to use a damaged (yellow) mech as some parts will
    remain damaged.
    
    The standard advice of stripping all the mechs you don't plan to use
    still stands. You may also want to set its color to none, to tell
    them apart from the mechs that you do want to keep.
    
    Keep a few machine guns and lasers around to "round out" the
    transaction.
    
    Black Market is NOT always available, and even if it is available
    availability of certain items will vary. When you see the right item
    come along, get it now! It may not come back again.
    
    Here's a tactic I used... I called it "in your face". Basically... I
    load up my mech with close-range weapons, preferably LBX20's and
    maybe MRM's or T-Bolts, but any heavy weapon would do. You go FULL
    SPEED at the enemy mech, then when you make contact, fire RIGHT INTO
    center of mass. The enemy gets confused when you're this close and
    can't do you serious damage. Repeat attack (just keep bumping into
    him) until the enemy center is flashing damage. Engage reverse, and
    get back to at least 75m, then keep firing. If you stay too close
    you'll be damaged in the "cook-off". This is only useful against AI
    as humans will get away as fast as possible.
    
    
    
    
    8    Campaign Walkthru
    
    This walkthru was created based on the RECRUIT level. The exact count
    of enemies may vary depending on difficulty level you have chosen and
    therefore may not match your situation completely.
    
    
    8.1   Operation 1 : Watch Dogs
    
    Colonel Lawhorn has the legion chasing some pirates for the Corvatti
    Corporation. Black market is not available in this operation.
    
    
    8.1.1     Op 1, Mission 1 Missing Miners
    
    Investigate the Corvatti mine for pirates, and destroy all bandits.
    
    At the beginning, you get an Uller, a Cougar, a Raven, and an Osiris,
    and 2 mechwarriors.
    
    Primary: Neutralize any pirate threat
    
    Primary: Sweep all nav points and investigate nav Gamma
    
    Primary: Eliminate Pirate Tanks at Alpha
    
    Difficulty rating: 2 (it's the first mission!)
    
    As you move up to Nav Alpha, you run into 5 Bulldog tanks. Keep your
    distance and nail them.
    
    At Nav Beta, you'll see one Osiris. When you kill it, another Osiris,
    and one more after you kill that one.
    
    At Nav Gamma, you'll run into 3 missile turrets controlled by 2
    missile controllers. Destroy the turrets or the controllers and you
    win.
    
    
    8.1.2     Op 1, Mission 2 Stranglehold
    
    You are the bait to tease the pirates out of their base. Take out
    their water and oxygen processors, then run for alpha lance, which
    will be waiting in ambush.
    
    You will be going solo on this mission. Pick the best mech you got
    (probably Cougar).
    
    Primary: Destroy Water processor
    
    Primary: Destroy Oxygen tanks
    
    Primary: Enemy mech reach Gamma
    
    Difficulty rating: 2 (you don't really have to fight any one except
    the tanks)
    
    Move up to Nav Alpha. On the way, you should see three Bulldogs, take
    them out.
    
    Once at Nav Alpha, move to top of the hill, and hold. On far right is
    the water processor next to prison barracks. Zoom in, take aim, and
    fire. You'll need a lot of missiles to blow that one. Turn left, aim
    at one of the oxygen/fuel tanks, and shoot, then run for Nav Gamma.
    If you have jumpjet, jump over the hill in your way, otherwise just
    run around the hills. You may notice a Mad Cat and a Thor chasing you
    from the base.
    
    Primary: Destroy enemy mechs at Gamma
    
    Once you made it to Nav Gamma, Alpha Lance will power up. First
    victim is a Hellspawn from one side of hill, then another Hellspawn
    from the other side, then finally the Thor and Mad Cat. Help Alpha
    lance take them all out and you win.
    
    
    8.1.3     Op 1, Mission 3 Safeguard
    
    Escort Corvatti convoy carrying the crystals to the base.
    
    You get two lancemates on this mission, and you should get some
    medium mechs. You should take one with jumpjets. Take Uziel with
    jumpjets if available.
    
    Primary: Escort convoy to base
    
    Primary: Destroy pirates around Nav Beta
    
    Difficulty rating: 4 (escort is tough)
    
    When you arrive, the other lance should be leaving. Let them.
    Immediately order "form on me" and charge toward Nav Alpha, leave the
    convoy behind.
    
    As you reach Nav Alpha, a Cougar will attack from the to top of the
    hill, and in a minute another Cougar will arrive. Use jumpjet to get
    up the hill and take out that top Cougar, while your lancemates take
    out that second Cougar. Get off the hill immediately as four Vedettes
    will be attacking as well. Take out the Vedettes quickly by running
    into them. That clears Nav Beta.
    
    As you approach Nav Gamma, you'll see a Shadow Cat in the distance.
    Kill it.
    
    Nav Delta and Nav Epsilon are clear.
    
    When you arrive at Epsilon, you get a new primary objective.
    
    Primary: Protect Mining HQ from enemy assault
    
    The attack comes in two waves. First wav is 4 Vedettes, then 6
    Hellspawns from the opposite direction. You'll get some Stiletto as
    air support, and the HQ is well endowed with missile turrets and
    laser turrets. Just move around, lure the enemy into range of the
    turrets, and shoot when you can. You should wipe them all out with no
    problems.
    
    
    8.1.4     Op 1, Mission 4 Seek and Destroy
    
    Time to break the pirate's back once and for all... Make sure they
    don't escape.
    
    You get a third lancemate on this one.
    
    Primary: Scout all nav points
    
    Primary: Destroy all enemy mechs
    
    Difficulty rating: 4 (your performance doesn't really matter THAT
    much)
    
    When you start, there's a Swiftwind in front of you. Kill it, then 3
    Bulldogs power up. Kill them and you should be almost at Alpha.
    
    Two Ravens between Beta and Gamma.
    
    When you get to enemy base, you'll run into enemy Thors and Lokis,
    plus missile turrets and laser towers. Take out the turret controller
    (mobile track) to stop the turrets.
    
    After that, new primary objective:
    
    Primary: Kill as many cargo pods as you can
    
    One shot of PPC or LLAS at each pod should be sufficient to blow it
    up. On the other hand, it doesn't really matter how many you kill.
    
    Once all the pods are gone or were destroyed, the Hrothgar dropship
    takes off... Then a new dropship blows it out of the sky. Carissa
    Dupree of the Lyran Alliance is here to discuss new terms... With two
    new mechs for free, a Sunder and a Ryoken. The Legion is getting a
    new contract on Kentares IV.
    
    
    8.2   Operation 2 : MODL Hunt
    
    Steiner has hired you to attack Kentares IV, and you're to scout the
    area, destroying the MODLs so the rest of the Legion can land.
    
    The Black Market becomes available after you finished O2M1.
    
    
    8.2.1     Op 2, Mission 1 Breakout
    
    You've been smuggled in and you need to break out of the spaceport
    region.
    
    You can take three lancemates, and there should be enough medium
    mechs to give one to everybody.
    
    Primary: Escort convoy out of port
    
    Primary: Disable/destroy Dresari dropship
    
    Difficulty rating: 5 (takes time to wipe out the dropship while you
    need to wipe out the calliopes)
    
    Nav Alpha is the dropship, which is covered by several LRM and SRM
    launchers. You need to destroy the two APUs before you can take out
    the dropship itself. Two Ravens will power up and try to stop you.
    Don't dawdle though. The convoy vehicles will head straight for the
    exit, and you need to destroy the two calliopes before they get
    there!
    
    Once you took out the calliopes and broken out of the port, you'll
    run into some tanks (Demolisher 2 and Myrmidon) beyond the exit. Take
    them out.
    
    By then, a Dresari Patrol of Ryoken and Hellspawn should be attacking
    from Nav Delta, so you'll have to divert to nav Epsilon.
    
    Primary: Escort Convoy to Epsilon
    
    Primary: Destroy/drive off Dresari mech patrol
    
    If you can, destroy the mechs. Otherwise drive them off (the
    Hellspawn may run off) and accompany the convoy to nav Epsilon.
    
    You get to choose among the next three missions, and the black market
    becomes available.
    
    
    8.2.2     Op 2, Mission 2 Clear the Skies
    
    Attack the local airfield and wipe out the control tower and the
    patrols
    
    You can choose among O2M2, O2M3, and O2M4, though you need to
    complete all three to get to O2M5.
    
    You get only 2 lancemates on this one.
    
    Primary: Destroy Mech Patrols
    
    Primary: Destroy control tower and aircraft hangar
    
    Difficulty rating: 4 (annoying choppers but not THAT deadly)
    
    As you start, you'll start to see 4-6 Peregrine and Nightwind
    choppers, followed by a few Nightshade fighters. Then they are
    followed by mech patrol of Wolfhound, Raven, and Osiris. You can kill
    them easily.
    
    Once you get close to the base, you'll see the second mech patrol,
    with heavier mechs Ryoken, Uziel, and Catapult. Don't get close to
    the base though, it has a lot of calliopes. Just wait behind the
    hills, wait for the patrol to come to you. Then kill them.
    
    Now assault the base. The base has several calliopes, along with
    guard towers and laser turrets. It also has a mobile repair base (the
    red frame with yellow cover type). You can take out the turret
    control tower, which will silence the calliopes. Then just shoot the
    laser turrets and guard towers. Several other choppers will take off
    and harass you, both Peregrines and Nightwinds. Take them all out
    except one, and order your team to hold fire. Then repair yourself,
    and your team. That one chopper can't do you much damage. Then kill
    the hangar and the control tower.
    
    Once the base is toast and all defenders gone, you get a radio order
    about KFA needing help at nav Gamma. This is strictly optional, as
    you CAN just head back to nav Beta.
    
    At nav Gamma, you see three Dresari mechs, a Bushwacker, an Osiris,
    and Ryoken (?) attacking a KFA Bushwacker piloted by Damon Squire.
    (Those who played MW4 should recognize the name.) Kill all attacking
    mechs, save Squire, and you win.
    
    
    8.2.3     Op 2, Mission 3 `Mech Heist
    
    "Borrow" some mechs from the local arsenal.
    
    You can choose among O2M2, O2M3, and O2M4, though you need to
    complete all three to get to O2M5.
    
    You get two lancemates on this one, and some good medium mechs, maybe
    even one heavy now.
    
    Primary: destroy communications array at nav Alpha
    
    Primary: destroy mech patrols
    
    Primary: protect tech convoy
    
    Difficulty rating: 4 (5 if you help the rebels, as you don't have
    time to repair)
    
    When you start, two Nightshade fighters will buzz your position, but
    if you have large lasers you should take them out with no problems.
    
    Right after that, Osiris and Uller attack your positions, but they're
    no match for your mechs.
    
    At the comm array, there's only two turrets, though when you start
    attacking a Hellspawn and an Uziel (?) powers up. Kill array first,
    then the mechs.
    
    A Cougar runs in, kill it. Then you get the call about Rebels at nav
    Beta needing some help.
    
    When you get there, you'll find Cougar, Ryoken, and Wolfhound
    attacking KFA Osiris. Save the KFA unit and continue to Gamma.
    
    When you reach Gamma, the base is ringed by missile turrets. Don't
    hit them. Two Ravens will attack, kill them AWAY from the missile
    turrets. Then snipe the turret control tower to stop the missile
    turrets. Several LRMs and Condors will attack, and you'll need to
    kill Demolisher tanks within the base perimeter. Kill the light
    vehicles from long distance while the tech convoy moves in to rewire
    the controls. Then call comes in at Nav Delta about more Rebels need
    help.
    
    Primary: Rescue Rebels at Nav Delta
    
    Helping rebels is optional. If you don't head there ASAP after
    getting the option, they'll be destroyed in no time, and then you
    don't need to go.
    
    Once the fate of rebels has been decided, the mission ends.
    
    
    8.2.4     Op 2, Mission 4 Canyon Ambush
    
    Take out the convoy and mechs in the canyon.
    
    You can choose among O2M2, O2M3, and O2M4, though you need to
    complete all three to get to O2M5.
    
    Primary: Remain undetected until enemy convoy reaches spot
    
    Primary: Destroy all enemy mechs
    
    Difficulty rating: 6 (3 versus 6 is not exactly easy)
    
    The main trick in this scenario is stay undetected. Go passive, then
    do NOT MOVE. Wait until you can see the enemy convoy moving. Your
    should also get a radio message saying so.
    
    Once you see enemy convoy start moving through the gap, start your
    attack and wipe out the mechs. You'll have to destroy SIX mechs,
    including Uziel, Cougar, 3 Ryokens, and Catapult. Just wipe them out
    and you're done.
    
    
    8.2.5     Op 2, Mission 5 MODL
    
    Intercept and wipe out the MODLs.
    
    You get all three lancemates on this one, and you'll need them. Take
    the heaviest mechs you can.
    
    Primary: destroy vanguard patrol
    
    Primary: Destroy both MODLs
    
    Primary: Destroy all guarding mechs
    
    Difficulty rating: 6 (lots of enemies)
    
    Initially, a Nightshade will buzz you. Kill it if you can.
    
    After that two mechs (Ryoken and Hellspawn) show up. Kill them all,
    then head down the road to wait for the MODLs and escorts.
    
    Now comes the tough part. Two MODLs approach, 3 mechs escort each.
    You'll see Argus, Ryoken, and Catapult at each MODL. First shoot out
    the treads on each MODL. One pass should do it if you have enough
    firepower. Then concentrate firepower on one mech at a time to kill
    them. Once you take them all out, head toward nav Zeta and wait for
    mission to end.
    
    Now the Legion has landed, things will get interesting...
    
    
    8.2.6     Op 2, Mission 6 Kill Casey
    
    Kill Casey Nolan, the "court jester", at the local Mech Academy.
    
    If you play MW4, you should recognize this name as well...
    
    You would be going alone on this mission. Pick a heavy mech with
    close-in firepower. No black market starting from now, unfortunately.
    
    Primary: Kill Casey Nolan
    
    Difficulty rating: 7 (you would be slightly damaged, fighting a fresh
    assault mech)
    
    When you move in, you'll be far away from the enemy. Just move up to
    the nav point until they "make" you. Then start blasting all the
    Osiris's you run into, as well as any cadets that get in your way.
    You'll have to kill at least two Osiris's, and maybe one or two Cadet
    Cougars. If you are damaged, there's a mobile repair base to the west
    you can use next to the turret control tower. Cadet mechs will stay
    away from you if you go for the MRB.
    
    Sgt. Pearson will come along in a Thor to attack. Damage or kill him
    ASAP. In a minute or two Nolan will power up in a Mauler (90t) and
    approach. Kill Pearson as he'll join the attack if you don't kill
    him. Then it's just a matter of killing Nolan and you're done.
    
    
    8.3   Operation 3 : Clean Sweep
    
    You and your lance are patrolling the Cascade Mountains while Colonel
    Lawhorn plans the assault.
    
    
    8.3.1     Op 3, Mission 1 Flank Guard
    
    You are supposed to patrol the base as flank guard.
    
    You get one lancemate on this mission. Pick heavy stuff, as big as
    you can.
    
    Primary: Scout all nav points
    
    Difficulty rating: 9 (extremely chaotic, quick kills are required,
    expect to retry this 5-10 times)
    
    Right at the beginning, the Legion was betrayed. Steiner forces mount
    a major attack on your base. The Colonel was killed when his Black
    Knight took a head hit. You MUST head directly for Nav Beta, ignore
    all other nav points.
    
    Primary: 4 of the vehicles in the convoy MUST reach Epsilon
    
    Two Catapults will chase you from your right. You MUST take them out
    BEFORE you break into the hills. If you don't, the hovercrafts from
    the lake will attack en masse and you will lose the convoy.
    
    Once you took out the Catapults, run for the next nav point and start
    shooting at the hovercrafts in the lake. You'll have to kill 10-12 of
    them. The faster you take them out, the better. Stomp them (walk over
    them) if you can. Kill all of them FAST before they hit the convoy.
    
    As you follow the lake, you'll see another hovercraft in the distance
    to your right. Do NOT go after it. It's bait to lure you away from
    the convoy. Two Ullers are hiding in the hills, powered down, on your
    left. Kill them before they shoot up the convoy.
    
    After that, there are no more enemies and you make your escape, and a
    thirst for vengeance.
    
    Dupree had cut a deal with Dresari. Dupree land troops to wipe out
    the Legion, thus saving her the hiring fee, while Dresari won't have
    to deal with us. Unfortunately for them, the Legion is still here,
    and while the setback is great, the Legion does not forget...
    
    You can choose from O3M2 or O3M3 next.
    
    
    8.3.2     Op 3, Mission 2 Mountain Depot
    
    We'll take what we need to rebuild the legion from Dresari forces.
    
    Take all the mechs you got. You wouldn't get much left after that
    mess, so take all of them.
    
    Primary: Secure Factory
    
    Primary: Secure Ammo
    
    Primary: Secure Mech repair facility
    
    Difficulty rating: 5 (air attack can be annoying)
    
    As you approach Alpha, one Thanatos will attack, followed by a swarm
    of Nightshade fighters (6-8). Then another Thanatos will attack as
    you approach the base between you and Alpha on the hill. Just go in
    there and nail the turret control tower to stop the turrets.
    
    Continue to Beta, Gamma, and Delta and you'll notice several walled
    structures protecting the turret control towers. Just charge in and
    let your lancemates worry about the enemy mechs. You'll have to get
    in medium range and just shoot the tip of the towers. Order your
    lancemates to attack the enemy mechs while you take out the turret
    controllers. Another Thanatos will attack, as will two Shadow Cats.
    Try not to destroy any structures. During the attack you'll get hit
    by more Nightshades, but just take care of the mechs and your mechs
    will take care of the fighters.
    
    Once you wiped out all opposition you get the base... And the Black
    Knight mech.
    
    
    8.3.3     Op 3, Mission 3 Prison Break
    
    Rescue surviving Black Knight Legion personnel from the prison, and
    maybe pick up some Kentares Free Army people as well.
    
    Primary: Secure Prison at Alpha, Beta, and Gamma
    
    Difficulty rating: 5 (killing the Shadow Cats quickly can be a
    problem)
    
    As you approach Alpha, a Thor may approach you, while the turrets are
    beyond the hills. Stay behind the hills and engage the Thor. When you
    killed that one, another one will approach. Kill that one too.
    
    When ready, go to top of hill and take out all the turret control
    towers you can reach (should be two of them). An Awesome will power
    up in the distance. As you approach, you'll notice the third turret
    control tower. Kill the third tower will trigger the rescue choppers.
    Kill the Awesome to make sure the rescue is unimpeded.
    
    You'll get a request to free the prisoners at nav Delta. Two Shadow
    Cats will attack. Just kill them and you win.
    
    You've freed Carl Soontag (another MW4 character). It's time to break
    out of the Mountains...
    
    
    8.3.4     Op 3, Mission 4 Mountain Assault
    
    Destroy the firebase at exit and make your way to the city...
    
    Primary: Destroy static defenses in Alpha
    
    Primary: Destroy tower and hangars at Beta
    
    Primary: Destroy helipads at Gamma
    
    Difficulty: 6 (ammo conservation is very important)
    
    Bring lots of long-range weapons, like ER LLAS, and so on. You'll be
    doing a LOT of anti-air and you'll need the lasers. It's also best to
    take out the control towers and static defenses from a distance.
    
    When you start, you'll see a Loki or two. Kill them. Move directly
    north to go through the gap discussed in the briefing and turn west.
    You'll have to destroy 2 groups of 4 Quadpanzers each.
    
    Another Loki will attack as you head to second gap, then a couple
    more Quadpanzers. Then you need to take out the two fixed
    emplacements guarding the pass. Those are nasty... lots of long-range
    weapons, but they don't move. Just keep firing at it with long-range
    weapons and they'll be toasted in no time.
    
    Now things get tough. As you go up the slope, the calliopes will get
    you, then Mad Cat Mk II is coming down too. You can take out the
    turret control tower first, then concentrate fire to take out the Mad
    Cat Mk II. Then run for the helipads, and nail as many choppers as
    you can. They'll be taking off ASAP, so the more you can catch on the
    ground, the better. Then just kill kill all the choppers in the air.
    They can't do you much damage.
    
    By now all the fighters and bombers should have taken off... And
    they're coming after you.  Approach Beta slowly, and take out the Mad
    Cat Mk. II that's guarding them, and the remaining turret control
    tower. Then just run all over the place, avoid the bombs, take out
    the control tower and hangars, while your lancemates shoot them out
    of the sky.
    
    After all that, it's time to visit Dresari...
    
    
    8.4   Operation 4 : Reprisal
    
    You've broken out of the Cascade Mountains into Kentares City... and
    you will deal with the people who betrayed the Black Knight Legion...
    such as Ian Dresari himself.
    
    You have plenty of Black Market access, and you should have
    accumulated several lighter mechs you don't need. Trade them in for
    an assault mech or two and all the weapons you need.
    
    
    8.4.1     Op 4, Mission 1 Staging Grounds
    
    You need to do a recon-in-force to locate a good spot for the Legion
    to set up shop...
    
    Primary: Clean up Alpha
    
    Primary: Investigate Beta
    
    Primary: Investigate Gamma
    
    Primary: Destroy EECM Jammer
    
    Primary: Locate HQ site for Legion
    
    Difficulty rating: 4 (simple fight)
    
    As you arrive you'll see a pitch battle of several tanks and a Mauler
    fighting several lighter mechs. Get in there and save the rebels.
    
    When you move to Beta, you'll see the ECCM Generator (looks just like
    a Comm Array though). You'll fight an Uziel and several tanks and LRM
    launchers. Nail them all.
    
    When you reach nav Gamma, you'll hit the checkpoint with some missile
    turrets, another Mauler, and an Uziel. Take them all out.
    
    Once the area is cleared, you called in the convoy... When suddenly
    you detect more mechs coming in.
    
    Primary: Destroy Dresari reinforcements.
    
    Hellspawn and Cougar charge in, but you should have plenty of
    firepower to deal with them. Once you take care of these two the
    mission is a success.
    
    
    8.4.2     Op 4, Mission 2 Checkpoint Checkout
    
    Destroy all guards at the four checkpoints
    
    Primary: Clear Alpha
    
    Primary: Clear Beta
    
    Primary: Clear Gamma
    
    Primary: Clear Delta
    
    Difficulty rating: 6 (lots of fight, extremely close quarters, no
    repairs)
    
    At Alpha, there are several turrets (gauss rifle), Demolisher II's
    and Myrmidon tanks, and two Mechs (Ryoken or Argus and Thor). Take
    out the turret control track, then the mechs.
    
    Same setup is at Beta. Repeat the process.
    
    Same setup again is at Gamma, just repeat the process.
    
    While on your way to Delta, you run into 4 Demolisher II tanks and 1
    Myrmidon tank. Take them all out with concentrated fire.
    
    At Delta, you were informed of two assault mechs joining the defense.
    However, as you approach, Damon Squire joins your attack in his
    Daishi. The defense is composed of Argus, Thor, 2 Maulers,  some
    tanks, and more turrets. Kill everybody should be easy with Squire's
    help.
    
    
    8.4.3     Op 4, Mission 3 Lion's Mouth
    
    Attack Lion Base, the Dresari stronghold in the city, to drive them
    back into palace grounds...
    
    Primary: Destroy Lion Base
    
    Difficulty rating: 4 (you have lots of help on this one)
    
    Just move down that wide street in front of you. Two mechs will
    attack (usually Uziel and Ryoken), and 4 LRM tracks. Take them all
    out.
    
    Another Uziel and a Mad Cat will attack, but in a few moments they'll
    run away. You can shoot them from the back, they won't matter.
    
    You'll have to take out several calliopes on the rooftops as you
    approach the park.
    
    When you get to the park, the rebel assault lance should have killed
    just about all the defenders. You just go ahead and toast the HQ and
    the mech hangars.
    
    You then get a notice about Dresari assault lance approaching
    (Sunder, Mad Cat Mk. II, Daishi), but the Rebel assault lance should
    have engaged them already. Just join in and toast all of them, and
    you win.
    
    
    8.4.4     Op 4, Mission 5 Revenge
    
    You're attacking the Dresari palace... (nearly same as the final
    mission in MW4)
    
    You can take three lancemates and all the heavy stuff you want.
    Daishi should be available in the black market now.
    
    Trade for all the mechs and weapons you want now, because you don't
    get access to Black Market in the next operation except the initial
    mission. Get at least two more assault mechs for backup in case your
    current ones are damaged or destroyed.
    
    Primary: destroy Dresari Mechs
    
    Primary: find Ian Dresari
    
    Difficulty rating: 6 (easy fight, esp. with repairs)
    
    When you start, no one attacks, but then you'll soon be in range of 3
    calliopes, then 2 Vultures, a Mad Cat, and a Awesome will join in.
    Kill them all.
    
    As you move up to nav Alpha, you'll be attacked by Mad Cat and a
    Thor. Kill them.  There is a repair bay to west of nav Alpha (the
    same one back in MW4's Endgame, in fact) you can use.
    
    When you've taken cared of all the other guards, move up to Nav Beta.
    Ian Dresari will show up in a Daishi (with X-Pulse lasers) with Jules
    Gonzales in a Sunder.
    
    Primary: Destroy Ian Dresari and Jules Gonzales.
    
    Take them both out, and Kentares is free, and you'll be settling the
    score with Major Dupree...
    
    
    8.5   Operation 5 : Pay Day
    
    Dresari is dead, but Major Dupree remains... And the circle of
    vengeance is not yet closed... You are landing on Voltrat 3 to finish
    the job.
    
    
    8.5.1     Op 5, Mission 1 Final Countdown
    
    Land on the rock, take over the missile base, shoot the missiles at
    the other base, and evacuate.
    
    Primary: Destroy all patrols of missile base
    
    Primary: Protect the tech team as they rewire the missiles
    
    Difficulty rating: 7 (the reinforcements coming from two directions)
    
    As you attack, you'll run into a few light and medium mechs, mainly
    Hellspawns and Cougars. Destroy all of them.
    
    Continue approach and you'll see a group of Quadpanzers (4). Take
    them all out, and you should be at Alpha.
    
    Continue approach and take out all the turrets you see. You should
    see the choppers (two Peregrines parked next to satellite control).
    Use Zoom mode to take them out before they take off. Continue
    approach and blow all the turrets. When you do that, the chopper
    should come in and start rewiring the controls.
    
    You then get a visit from six mechs... First ones are from the east
    (?). You get a Mauler. When you kill it, you get a Mad Cat Mk. II,
    then an Atlas. When the Atlas arrives, three MORE mechs arrive from
    the opposite direction (west?), Mad Cat Mk II, Mauler, and Hellspawn.
    Kill them quickly, as you need to be able to get back to Alpha. You
    then get a warning about incoming missiles in 1 minute.
    
    Primary: make your way back to nav Alpha to avoid the incoming
    warheads
    
    Once you reach nav Alpha, you should see some of your missiles taking
    off in a cutscene, and the mission is a success!
    
    At completion, you can choose between O5M2 or O5M3...
    
    
    8.5.2     Op 5, Mission 2 The Gauntlet
    
    Take out the mechwarrior school to cut off any reinforcements.
    
    You can choose to do O5M2 or O5M3 first. This makes the first mission
    a little easier and the next mission somewhat more difficult.
    
    Primary: destroy `mech defenders
    
    Primary: destroy enemy base at Beta
    
    Difficulty rating: 7 (lots of enemies, esp. in the beginning)
    
    You start alone. Immediately order "form on me", and go full throttle
    to nav Gamma. You'll see a Vulture. As you go, a Thor and Catapult
    will power up beside you. These guys are deadly... Don't fight them.
    Instead, run past them and join up with the rest of your lance. With
    the rest of the lance they are a piece of cake.
    
    If you ordered "form on me", there may be three Vultures following
    them. Take them out as well when you take care of the first three.
    
    In the meanwhile, Hammer lance at Epsilon is getting hit hard, but
    you can't get there in time unless you have a VERY fast mech (they
    are more 4 klicks out). Even then you can't really affect the outcome
    by much. So you will have to leave them to their own devices.
    
    Primary: assist Hammer lance at nav Epsilon
    
    Continue on and you'll pass the next nav point, as you continue to
    head for Beta. On the way, you'll encounter a Thanatos and more
    Vultures and maybe a Loki or two. Take them all out.
    
    When you reach nav Beta, the base, it should be undefended. Take out
    the barracks and the hangars (anything that shows RED in the target
    reticule) and you should accomplish that objective. Then repair
    yourself at the repair base. Order repair for other mechs also.
    
    Now it's time to head over to nav Epsilon and see what you can do...
    When you get there, whoever survived Hammer lance (one or more
    assault mechs, usually a Sunder) should be easy pickings for your
    assault lance.
    
    
    8.5.3     Op 5, Mission 3 Pillage
    
    Capture the supplies and mechs at this outpost.
    
    You can choose to do O5M2 or O5M3 first. This makes the first mission
    a little easier and the next mission somewhat more difficult.
    
    Pick something fast, like a Mad Cat Mk. II. You'll have to run pretty
    fast.
    
    Primary: Destroy base defenders
    
    Difficulty rating: 7 (lots of enemies, then the time limit to kill
    the barracks)
    
    When you start, turn LEFT and pick your way through the lava fields.
    THEN turn right toward the enemies. Sunder, Atlas, and Mad Cat Mk. II
    will attack you, along with quite a few tanks, including LRM
    launchers, Demolisher II's, and Myrmidons. Concentrate fire and take
    out one at a time. When there's one left, move to the nav Point. As
    you battle them, you'll get radio message about the enemy
    mechwarriors scrambling from the barracks, so you have to take the
    barracks out quickly.
    
    Primary: destroy the Barracks
    
    As you approach the base, a static defense fort, then FOUR calliopes
    will engage you. Use your firepower to take out the fort, then take
    out calliopes in your way and send your other mechs in to occupy the
    rest. You must concentrate fire on the barracks. If you fail to take
    out the barracks in time, you'll have to fight FOUR MORE assault
    mechs (2 Atlas, Daishi, Mad Cat Mk. II, etc.) and that is going to be
    a real pain in the rear, so do it right!
    
    Do NOT hit the warehouse next to the barracks even if it shows
    "hostile" (aim carefully!). The warehouse is explosive and it'll blow
    up really big, and take out one of the idle Atlas.
    
    Once you took out all the calliopes, the tech team will come in. This
    is a good time to use the mobile repair base as nothing will happen
    for a while. By this time, your people should have reached the mechs
    and should be powering up. On the other hand, the Steiner
    reinforcement should be arriving as well... Six assault mechs aren't
    friendly, but you should outnumber them by this point.
    
    Primary: Destroy Steiner reinforcements
    
    Head down the way you came up on with the whole lance, and engage the
    Steiner forces. You'll be facing no less than 4 Daishis, a Mad Cat
    Mk. II, and a Mauler. However, with the newly gained firepower you
    should take them out easily.
    
    Once you take them all out you win.
    
    
    8.5.4     Op 5, Mission 4 Pay Day
    
    The grand finale... Assault on Dupree's base.
    
    Primary: Destroy enemies at Alpha
    
    Primary: Destroy enemies at Beta
    
    Primary: Destroy enemies at Gamma
    
    Primary: Find and Destroy Major Carissa Dupree
    
    Difficulty rating: 10 (that final duel is a real killer unless you
    use the ramming tactic)
    
    When you start, 4 Myrmidon tanks will charge you, followed by 2
    Shadow Cats, then 4 Peregrine choppers.
    
    At nav Alpha, you'll see 2 Awesomes and 2 Sunders trying to guard the
    spot. Take them out and you've secured nav Alpha.
    
    Between nav Alpha and nav Beta, 4 more Peregrine choppers will
    attack, though they will fall before your lasers and PPCs.
    
    At nav Beta, 2 Mad Cat Mk II and 2 Vultures attempt to guard the
    spot. Destroy them.
    
    As you approach Gamma, you will see 1 Atlas and 2 Sunders trying to
    guard the spot. Take them out.
    
    Continue approaching the base. You will see a row of 5 calliopes on
    the hills, the Steiner HQ and factory, the launch gantry, and 4 mechs
    hiding beyond the gantry. They should be 2 Mad Cat Mk II's and 2
    Vultures. There should also be 2 mech repair bays nearby. Repair
    yourself first. Those four mechs may shoot at you but they'll mostly
    ignore you, and those calliopes are too far away unless you get
    closer.
    
    When your mech is repaired, start shooting at the 4 mechs, while
    staying out of range of those calliopes. Kill all the mechs, then the
    calliopes. You may need to climb the hill to shoot those effectively.
    
    You get the cutscene about something's powering up near you... Then
    all your lancemates blow up one at a time, and Dupree shows up in a
    blue Mad Cat Mk. II. She is a GOOD shot... If you're damaged you
    won't last very long, and she uses jumpjets like a maestro. Beat her
    and you win...
    
    Okay, you thought you won... Then comes the next surprise... It's
    Dupree again! She's in an escape pod taking off!
    
    Primary: Destroy escape pod
    
    Turn around and head for the red dot immediately, and open fire with
    all weapons! If you don't toast that pod (though one FULL salvo of
    LRM20's should do it) you lose.
    
    Addendum: I beat her was with a shotgun Daishi. I ducked into the
    repair bay to get repaired first. Then when she comes around (within
    100 meters), I exit the repair bay at max speed, ran into her, and
    pumped all weapons right into her POINT-BLANK cockpit-to-cockpit.
    Repeat until dead. You'll get damaged, but that's not a big deal.
    
    
    8.6   The End
    
    Well, looks like you won. The Legion is now yours, Colonel.
    
    
    
    
    9    Multiplayer
    
    In multiplayer games, odd configurations designed to exploit AI
    weaknesses would not work as well, as you are playing against humans.
    On the other hand, surprise can be interesting. Imagine you run into
    a Mad Cat Mk. II armed with LBX cannons and Streak SRM6's!
    
    Here are some notes on the new multiplayer modes...
    
    
    9.1   About Absolute Attrition
    
    As the tonnage is factored into the score, you need to pick heavy but
    very hard-hitting mechs. Nova Cat or Black Knight are deadly in
    "laser boat" configurations, and can move at a very good speed. Mad
    Cat Mk. II can be surprisingly fast without the jumpjet, but is a bit
    too heavy. Thanatos can be a good substitute.
    
    You will need a variety of weapons but keep at least two large energy
    weapons when you run out of ammo.
    
    
    9.2   About Strongholds
    
    Both defense and offense are required. Usually, you need mediums and
    heavies to attack, while assault mechs will "hold the fort". It's
    better to keep a mix of mechs for both offense and defense, however.
    
    The attacking lance should use long-range weapons. The smaller faster
    mechs can try to outflank the defenders and sneak-in a few long-range
    shots via jumpjets. LRMs, ER LLAS, ER PPC, and gauss rifles are
    excellent sniper weapons. Lighter shooters like Shadow Cat or Uziel
    can lead the way.
    
    
    9.3   About Siege Assault
    
    Defenders will need excellent short-range firepower coupled with long-
    range accuracy. Figure LBX20's along with PPCs and LLAS.
    
    Attackers would seek to occupy the defenders while lighter jump-
    capable mechs bypass the defenders and go after the HQ.
    
    
    9.4   About Goliaths
    
    Medium mechs actually DO have a chance, if you pick the right ones.
    Cougar and its bigger cousin, Uziel, have excellent combination of
    speed and firepower. Cougar is extremely hard to hit in a distance,
    while its LRMs and ER LLAS will peck you to death.
    
    Assault mech, on the other hand, should drop some of the armor for
    speed. A Mad Cat Mk. II can be extremely fast when it needs to be.
    While you won't outrun the smaller mechs, you can stretch them out
    and let you pick off one at a time. Make sure you don't get caught in
    the blast!
    
    
    9.5   About Clan vs. Inner Sphere
    
    One can go on for days about the relative merits of Clan mechs vs. IS
    mechs. While Clan mechs are more advanced technically, they are also
    more prone to heat and catastrophic damage, while IS mechs are more
    durable but carry less firepower. It's a trade-off, just like all
    things in life.
    
    
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