FAQ/Walkthrough by RyuReign

Version: 1.0 | Updated: 07/09/06 | Printable Version

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                          FAQ/WALKTHROUGH BY Ryan
                       email: ryubond007@hotmail.com 

 First release , no updates!



2)The Basics:
 b)Setup & Run
 c)Creating A Pilot
 e)Training Mission
 f)GB Bot

  a)PTMC Data Retention Center
  b)Novak Corporate Prison
  c)Piccu Station & SRAD Research
  d)PTMC Corporate Headquarters
  e)Red Acropolis Research Station
  f)Martian Nomad Caverns
  g)PTMC Research Bunker
  h)PTMC Dol Ammad Fuel Refinery
  >>SECRET LEVEL - Orizon Zero
  i)PTMC Spacecraft Factory
  j)CED Lunar Command Base
  k)PTMC Storage Facility
  l)PTMC Proving Grounds 
  m)CED Expediator Dreadnaught
  n)CED Orbital Network Transmitter
  o)Dravis' Stronghold

4)Credits & Copyright

 I was playing Descent 3 , long after its release and found that it 
was'nt such a really bad game.I went to gamefaqs.com to look for some
Faqs but could'nt find one.Finally i decided to write one myself & this
is the first one i'am writing so lets Go For It!..

2)The Basics:
A) Storyline:
 From Descent I and II. You are a PTMC mines defenders but an executive
of PTMC (S. Dravis) has asked you to destroy them,in a hope to get rid
of the virus infected robots in there. With that,you need to rescue the
hostages trapped inside. 

 After you were done with your mission & got rid of those mines ......
S. Dravis contacts you and forces you to work more for him as it was
there in the Contract. A prototype warp core is installed in your ship
and you are sent to destroy more PTMC mines in the deep space ,the last
of which was some kind of alien spaceship or an artificial planet.

 After completing your mission , you are ready to go home but instead
the warp core malfunctions , sending you to an unknown location. 

 .. This story now continues in Descent 3


B) Setup & Run:
 When you are done with the installation , try running the game. You'll
be prompted to check out each section of the Setup i.e. Audio / Video
e.t.c. If there are no drivers available for a particular section then
press 'Detect Available _____ Drives' in that section to detect those.
Configure the rest of the sections and press Ok & then Play to launch
the game. Next time when you execute the Game Launcher , directly hit
the play key to start the game.


C) Creating A Pilot:
 Hit the ADD button in the menu, you'll be prompted to enter a name for
pilot , do so and press OK. A list of available controllers will popup,
just select the one you are most comfortable with and continue.I always
recommend to go with Mouse Controls in such games. You'll be using
your keyboard keys too for doing other stuff like accelerating your
ship forward and reverse and such stuff , mouse won't be the only thing
you'll get so you should go for that.


D) Configure:
 Nothing special , if you think you need to mess with yur controls now 
or later then just the hit the configure button to do so , like you did
with any game you previously played. 


E) Training Mission: 
 This mission popups after the Intro cutscene and you'll be given 
complete instructions during the training so you don't need to 
worry about that. The most important thing of all is the GB Bot , 
you'll be using it at most of the places for the rest of the game and 
even during this training mission so identify yourself with the GB Bot
workings real good during the mission. 


F) GB Bot:
 As mentioned above , this is the most exciting of all the stupid stuff
you get during the game. Hit the F4 key , this will popup the GB Bot 
menu. Press Enter to exit GB Bot from your ship ( as the 1st option is
already highlighted ). After that you you throw instructions to it to
be followed. Like you can ask it to take you to your next objective & 
other stuff like extingushing fire or finding power ups e.t.c but the
most important of all is the path finding thing i.e. taking you to your
current objective. Hit the F4 Key again and use your Up/Down arrow keys
to highlight different menu options , instead of directly hitting the 
no. for that option. Make sure that your mouse pointer is always on the
menu while doing anything with it because if its not, then nothing will
work for you. If you'll loose it while following it , then it'll come 
back for you and all that.Check out all the GB Bot messages popping up.
And theres an option to bring it back to the ship in the menu , so note
that too.


A) MISSION 1: PTMC Data Retention Center
>You need to get details about Dr. Swietzer whereabouts through a 
computer at the lower level of the facility.

 As soon as you start shoot up the containers in front of you and
sctrech your ship against the floor to open up the secret area , thou
finding secret areas are'nt one of your objectives so you can just 
skip it if you want and get on with your mission. 

 You'll be using your GB Bot right from the start , so hit the F4 key
and exit the GB Bot from your ship and then order it to take you to 
your objective ( see the GB Bot section above for more reference ). 
Your GB Bot will take you to a Combustion Chamber door. Hit the grey
button on the door , this will open it up. Enter the door and a fire
will start up but if you'll go down to a bit then you'll see two 
buttons with red lights on it. Just shoot at those to make them work.
This will turn off the fire and open up the door again. Pick up the
thing in the middle of the room ( from where the fire was blowing up ).
This item is an afterburner cooler and you'll be needing it later in
the mission. Now order your GB Bot to take you to your next objective.
When you are near a forcefield then hit the button nearby to deactivate
it ( if you already hav'nt done that ). 

 Fly out and use your GB Bot to reach to your next objective. Snatch
up the pass key and then again move to your next objective. While 
doing that if you stuck in a situation that your GB Bot passed through
somewhere and you could'nt then notice that 'yellow' thing is an
explosive so shoot at it .. that'll blow it up but a fire will start 
off in your path. Now here you can order your GB Bot to use the fire
extinguisher and extinguish the fire or you can try being a hero and 
cross through it. Thus keep on using your GB Bot to reach your 
objectives till you got the infomation from the computer about Dr.
Swietzer and then use & follow your GB Bot to a steel gate. Blast 
through it and end the level. Once again , GB Bot won't keep on taking 
you to your objectives unless you order it to do so.


B) MISSION 2: Novak Corporate Prison 

 At the end of Mission 1 , you found out that Dr. Swietzer is being 
held at Novak Corporate Prison. You need to get him out of there , and
a shuttle is ready to escort him but you need to destroy the Turrents
securing the area to ensure safety of the shuttle. ( Note that theres
also another objective of destroying the prison records but that won't
be necessary to accomplish this mission. Still you can complete that
with your GB Bot ... check the second option of the GB Bot menu for
that if you wish to complete it ).

 Use your GB Bot to locate and destroy all the Turrents. As soon as you 
are done , forcefields blocking the path to your next objective will
get deactivated. Go inside. Now this facility have minimum , medium &
maximum security sections and forcefields blocking them. You need to
find the corresponding keys and use them to unblock them. Use your
GB Bot to get the job done. Make sure you familarize yourself on
using your inventory & always use your keys at the right place the 
right way or you'll be fighting off few of those 'evil robots'. Keep
on doing this untill you come to the position where your next objective
is the Maintenance Area ( you'll know this while peaking inside the GB 
Bot menu ). 

 Reach the maintenance area and here you're gonna do something other 
than finding keys and deactivating forcefields. You'll see that this
room contains an impenetrable glass with a vat of some green liquid.
What you need to do right now , is to do something because of which
the guards take the doc. to the minium security level. So what you'll
do is to hit the left lever ( there are two levers in this room with
red lights ). A drone will come in , crosses over the vat of green
liquid, don't do anything yet till it picks up the spherical item &
tends to cross over the liquid again. When its over the liquid with
that spherical items just hit the right lever and you're done. The 
toxic will fill up and the doc. will be taken to the minimum security

 Use your GB Bot again to reach to Dr. Swietzer and hit the button
to open up his cell and the transport will grab him away to the end
of the mission. Congratulations! You just completed the most irritating
mission of the game.


C) MISSION 3: Piccu Station & SRAD Research

>Dr. Swietzer has agreed to help us and now we need to pick up his 
research backup data from his Lab and use it as an evidence against
S. Dravis.

 Now as mentioned above , you need to keep on going to your objectives
by using your GB Bot extra-ordinary path finding system till you
reach an area with lightning towers. You need to blow them up to 
deactivate the forcefield , blocking your path to your next objective.
Theres a main tower , you don't need to mess with it , shoot at the
thinnest part of the smaller towers and that'll be enough to blow them
up. The forcefield will be deactivated and continue with your

 You'll pick up the key , head back to the surface and towards the doc
lab. Enter it by breaking up the glasses at the top , i recommend using
your secondary weapon to get the job done. Move in the lab and again 
start following your GB Bot. You'll soon need to get a Data Catridge
from a Thief bot ( the green ones ). Use your GB Bot to reach them and 
keep on destroying them untill you get the data catridge ( the catridge
can be in any of the thief robots moving around so use your GB Bot to
take you to each of them ). Pick up the catridge and again use your
GB Bot to reach to your next objective i.e. somewhere to upload the 

 When you've done that , you'll be introduced by a Super Thief ( the
red robot which will be doing real annoying stuff ). Use your good old
GB Bot to reach it and get rid of it. Take the catridge and head 
towards the surface and out right through the broken glass to end the


D) MISSION 4: PTMC Corporate Headquarters
>You need to upload the data catrdige you took in the previous mission 
to send the data to Suzuki.

 You start near some railway tracks and your first objective is to 
reach the train station. You got it! , you gonna use your GB Bot again
to go there. But be careful , there are fast moving trains on these 
tracks which can blow you off. You can make few affords to avoid 
getting hits by those but that won't be much useful. The best way is
to use the intervals you get while flying over the tracks i.e. places
where you can put your ship at some rest. Wait for the trains passby,
because many times you'll encounter places where another train will
appear just 2 seconds after the first one. Just keep on doing that ,
till you somehow manage to reach the train station. That was the
hardest part of the mission , so make sure you make a quick save after
you're done with it, if you already were'nt making saves while resting
at the intervals. 

 Ok then , the same thing , keep going to your objectives using the
GB Bot till you reach the place where you need to upload the data.
Bring your ship at the middle of the room and hit your 'Use Inventory'
key ( \ by default ) to start the uploading process. A cutscene will
show the data upload process ( and you'll be notified by a text too )
and then you'll be introduced two clone ships , claimed to be PTMC
Mercendaries ( according to a text during the cutscene and offcourse
the Bot menu ) There are three turrents to support them but after some
reloads i just directly found a light cover and went for one of them.
It got destroyed and the mission ended , don't know what happend to 
the second one. Anywayz , once you're done with them , that'll end the
mission and you'll fly over a metal wall in the cutscene.


E) MISSION 5: Red Acropolis Research Station

>Suzuki received the data and agreed to help us but he was attacked & 
dead. You are believed to be a terrorist and Red Acropolis Research
is attacked. Now you need to save 3 out of 5 reactors for a particular
amount of time , till they evacuate red acropolis personnels and then
get the hell out of the facility.

 Nothing to do at all , i just renamed my GB Bot to Runner ( this is 
where i noticed that we can actually rename it ). Use your GB 
Bot unit ( whatever its name is ) to defend any reactor loosing 
its health speedly ( you can check the remaining health of reactors 
at the left ) for 12 minutes. I was able to defend all 5 of them and
then after 12 minutes you'll be asked to get out of the facility. Just
instruct your GB Bot to take you to the exit then follow it to the end
of the level. 


F) MISSION 6: Martian Nomad Caverns

>A CED ship is crashed in this area and we need to grab it to get some

 Make your way through the narrow canyon till you reach the place where
you can see a platform. Hit the two black items holding the platform 
to bring it down. Use your GB Bot to reach the collector's icon and 
pick it. Then instruct your GB Bot to take you to the builder's icon
and it'll take you to a place with few strange metal thing comming out
of ground , and a small path for you to go through them. But only one
of them is with a deactivated forcefield. So go through it , and a 60
seconds timer will start , when you'll pass it , then the forcefield
will be reactivated and another one will go down. Then you have to pass
through that one to deactivate another one. Keep doing this within the
time limit of 60 seconds. You'll automatically pick up the builder's 
icon while passing through the last one. Now head towards the priest's
hall(GB). Now if you'll look around , you'll find two places with pink 
light and an icon sign at their top. Place the two icons in those two
cubes ( make sure you enter there enough to place those , and don't
forget to hit the use inventory item key ). When you've placed an icon
in one of those pink space then make sure that it matches with the one
at the top of it. If not then pick it up and enter it in the other one.
Once you've kept the right one at the right place , you can't pick it 
up back. When both of them are at the correct places , try to enter the
door and make your way to the priest icon. Now here you will see
that the preist icon is soon covered by a forcefield and your GB Bot 
unit will throw you a hint. All you have to do is to look down , there
you can see few blood marks. Just fly over those in a way that you 
don't go at a place where those blood marks are'nt present and you 
need to fly over all of them to be considered as the chosen one. Once
done, the forcefield will be deactivated and you just pick up the preist
icon. Now head towards the preist door using your GB Bot and look back
to see another pink cube. Just keep your preist icon in it as you did
with the builder's , collector's icon before this and head back towards
the door again to open it. 
 Here you need to face with a real big enemy robot i.e. Homunculus.
Start shooting as you normally do,make sure you to get all the pick ups
available. Keep shooting at it ( use your Naphlam for sure ) , till its
down. You will get a message about a transport comming to pick up the 
downed CED ship but wait.. Homunculus will rise up again and hit it 
again till the mission ends.


G) MISSION 7: PTMC Research Bunker 

>Obstain virus sample so that the friendly guys can adjust the anti-
virus accordingly.

 Ok now , use your GB Bot unit till it takes you to a place where you 
can see four switches ( red lights one ). You , as usual need to hit
those till a blue generator is revealed. Keep firing at the generator
till it gets destroyed. The undestrucable turrents which were blocking
your way are destroyed,so is the field. Continue and enter. Again use
your GB Bot to reach your objectives. When you reach at the door near 
and try to enter it , you'll see that your ship is covered by fumes 
right away. So, what i simply did was instead of trying to extinguish
the fire. I went right away to the generator ( we can't just fire and
destroy it , like we did before ) and smashed my ship against it.

 That'll do,now go running out of the door and keep going to your next
objectives till you reach a place where you see two buttons. Shoot them
and keep going on with your objectives till you instruct your GB Bot
to take you to the virus samples. It'll take you to a place with two
fire jets. You'll see a virus sample in front of each jet. You need to
go in the fire to pick it up because we're not going to try to 
extinguish it. Now if you'll look opposite to the two jets , you'll see
one of those red lights button. Shoot it , and then look at the ceiling
for a door towards the ascending lift, that door is probarly at the 
center so just go through it and to the ascending life to end this


H) MISSION 8: PTMC Dol Ammad Fuel Refinery

>While the scientists are examining the virus you are sent to destroy 
this facility

 Take out your GB Bot till it takes you to a complex with three stacks.
Now choose one of them and keep trying with your afterburner till you
reach far enough where you can see a small room to rest your ship and
afterburner till you are ready to go through the next door ( with in
the stack ) and then to the main complex inside.

 Now keep moving to your objectives untill you see a huge rotating 
objects with red lights moving with it. You'll see that the object is
blowing up some fire so you can't enter through the opening. So all you
need to do is to shoot the red switches moving around with it. This will
turn off the fire and you can now enter through the opening.

 Keep moving around to your objectives which will include the same i.e.
shooting at all those buttons. When your GB Bot finally takes you out
of the complex and towards some small structures then all you have to
do here is press the switch at the middle of the structures. This will
deactivate the forcefield stopping you from blowing up the thing at the
bottom. Then instruct your GB Bot to take you to the next structure till
you get at the place where the door is closed. Do the same here i.e.
destroy the thing at the bottom then look around and you will find a 
door. Enter it and then continue with your next objective. While the 
whole complex is melting down you'll come across a place where you'll 
see a small forcefield and a door at its 180 degrees turn. Enter that
door, look back then up and you'll find yourself a switch to deactivate
the forcefield. Enter the forcefield till you reach a huge room thanks
to a broken pipe. Look around the right side and you'll find a data
catridge. Pick it up and you'll get a transmission about a secret 
complex which you need to explore after you're done with the mission.
Now instruct your GB Bot to take you to your next objective till you
reach at the place where a fan is pulling objects towards it. Remember
that your GB Bot will pass through it , but you don't have to do that.
All you have to do is to fire some of your secondary weapon. The fan
will also pull them towards it and that will reverse its direction and
now you can use this fan to fly up at the top ( your ship really did'nt
need it thou ). Now don't try to fly down because you won't be able to
do that. Just fire at the thinnest place of the object you see at the
top. Keep trying till it blow up , with the object the fan will blow up
too and now you can pass through it.

 Nothing hard after that , simply follow your GB Bot to the end of the


>SECRET LEVEL: Orizon Zero:

 If you picked up the data catridge during mission 8 then now you can
explore this secret level. Keep moving to new areas using your GB Bot
till you reach a strange green object. Just move close enough to the
object to end the level.



I)MISSION 9: PTMC Spacecraft Factory

>You need to deliver some proves to CED but for that you need a new 
ship so you gonna steal it. A cargo ship is there to get all 
the job done. All you need to do is to assist it. 
>You can destroy all the stabilizers, but thats not necessary to
complete the mission.

 Just try and find some shades while following your friendly cargo
ship inside the factory because the heat from the mercury sun is just
enough to put your ship on fire. Keep following the cargo ship till 
its stopped because of a forcefield with a room behind it. Fly up
and search for a small opening to that room. Enter through that and
deactivate the forcefield by shooting at the switches at the two sides
of the forcefield to deactivate it. Your ship will start moving but 
soon will be stopped by another forcefield. Do the same to deactivate
that. Remember that you need to destroy all the enemy robots to avoid
the cargo ship from stopping to repair itself. While doing that , when 
you'll encounter a walker ( the huge stationary robot ) just get behind
it and attack till its down to its knees. 

 Just keep following the cargo ship to the end of the level. And i 
don't recommend using your GB Bot here , because this will mix up
your actual objectives and the optional ones. Besides you have another
thing to follow here.


J)MISSION 10: CED Lunar Command Base

>Upload the data to the mainframe. 

 This is one of the huge levels of the game so get ready for some long 
lasting action. Launch your GB Bot and go to the Data Security key. It
will take you to a tower through a lower level door and up to get the 
key. Once you have the key come out of the tower and strike your ship
against the huge complex door in front of you , it'll open it up. Enter
it and instruct your GB Bot to take you to your next objective. 

 Remember that when you'll instruct your GB Bot to take you you to a 
data uploading interface then it'll take you to a ruined ship and near
it will be a pilot log. Read it and you'll know that you need to use
your stealth techniques. Shoot the wreckage of the ship and you'll find
yourself a data uploading interface , objective complete. 

 Use your GB Bot to go to the Data Uplink room and read all the data 
uploading instructions while doing that ( you'll identify the buttons
somehow i guess ). Break the glasses and enter. Inside the room fire
at everything which can work and then come out and bring your ship in 
the middle of the two blue nodes thou you'll get an error. Now you need
to shut down the Nano Defense System. Just instruct you GB Bot to take
you to the switch. Make sure you don't hit any other switches because
there are few others in the same room as the Nano Defense switches. As
soon as you enter the room turn left and behind the column is the 
required switch. Head back to the room with broken glasses and out 
between the nodes again. But you'll get another error this time that 
your ship have insufficient memory plasma. Instruct your GB Bot to
take you to the memory plasma generator and activate the switch there.
Once you've done that , instruct your GB Bot to take you to a memory
plasma , keep your eye open to identify a memory plasma i.e. a hi-tech
spherical object ( with the others here ). You only have 40 seconds
before its totally wasted so head back between the nodes within the
time limit and that'll end the mission. 


K)MISSION 11: PTMC Storage Facility

>One of our pilots have been captured. You need to fly to titan and 
locate & rescue him.
 Follow the GB Bot through tunnels and stuff till you get near a cart.
Look below the cart and you'll see a switch , hit it to make the cart
work and make the blocked entrance gets unblocked. Continue following
and you'll come across another one. Repeat! . Follow your GB Bot to
the secondary forcefield switch , hit it and destroy the secondary
forcefields backup generators to turn off the secondary forcefield. 
Now do the same for the primary one , destroy the generators and you
are done. 

 Now you need to get the HUB key , do that , reach the prison and 
take the prisoner out. Soon you'll know it was all , just a trap.


L)MISSION 12: PTMC Proving Grounds 


 You begin in a torture chamber , whenever a lock opens and fire starts
comming out .. shoot it and it'll get destroyed till you have destroyed
all of them including the big one at the middle. Now fire at the force
fields so that your lasers or anything else hit them and then the 
generators which are'nt visible directly. When you are done with both 
of them just use your GB Bot to keep going to to your objectives.

 when you get to Level 4 of the map, you will fight a frag rocket boss 
instead of proceeding downwards to fight the Spider Bot, turn around and 
go back out to the area you came in from. then fight the second frag boss.
this time you will see a forcefield drop on the wall and not the floor. 
go through to reveal a hidden room with a data cartridge.  

>SECRET LEVEL: High Velocity Weapons Research:

 Find color keys to open corresponding doors. Hopefully your GB Bot will
take you through correct pathways and if it dose'nt then you are on your
own to complete your objectives. For a hint , just don't use the green
elavators , they're kinda useless , most of the times atleast. 



M)MISSION 13: CED Expediator Dreadnaught

>The troopers have taken over and you need to destroy them

 Not much to do here. Just a search & destroy kind of mission ..
Activate your GB Bot and find the recon interface which tells you how
many troopers are remaining on the level. Find Af Machen and switch it

 Your GB Bot cannot find the troopers so you need to do that yourself. 
Nothing much to do here. 


N)MISSION 14: CED Orbital Network Transmitter

>Broadcasting the anti-virus program

 Keep moving to your objectives using your GB Bot untill you reach the
Data upload room. Use your GB Bot to reach the engineering where you
can setup the defense network output. Go back to the room after setting
the clock to zero. Activate the switch in this order top-left, bottom-
right, bottom-left, top-right. 

 Now you need to align the beam nodes and when done just turn on the 
power and defend till the process is complete to end the level.


P)MISSION 15: Dravis' Stronghold
>Get rid of Hellion , the robot

 Find the lava by exploring all the caves. Find the pass key and then
three locked doors. Find dials which can be activated , inside the
room. When you get a message , fly through the opening created by 
the lava and out the other side . Open the door by the switch above
the entrance. Grab the key and back to the control room coz the lava
is rising again. Find a forcefield and fly down , that'll deactivate
 You'll be introduced with your final boss. Destroy it to end the 

4)Credits & Copyright:
 This thing is mine & mine only. It can't be reproduced in any way ,
unless you have my permission. 

Thanks for using!