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    HALO 2
    Mythic Skull Boss FAQ.
    Version 1.06
    
    Guide to defeating the bosses of Halo 2 on the Mythic Skull 
    difficulty. With a skirmish aboard the Scarab cleared and the 
    Heretic Leader pinned. The Prophet of Regret defeated using the 
    ‘Grenade Boarding Throw Technique’ Scheme. Furthermore, 
    Tartarus crushed with naught but a tried and true tactical means.
    
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    Copyright 2005, Robert D. Prez
    
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    VERSION HISTORY
    
    Version 1.06 changes:
    
    Corrected some minor typos.
    
    Version 1.05 changes:
    
    Updated with a more thorough explanation on areas that needed 
    seeing to.
    
    Version 1.04 changes:
    
    Added an extra tips section for the Cairo Station on the Mythic 
    Skull difficulty. As well as that, corrected some minor punctuation 
    errors and sentencing as a result of Microsoft Words auto 
    correction function that meddled up some words.
    
    Version 1.03 changes:
    
    Added two more boss fight guides, both the Scarab skirmish and 
    the Heretic Leader battle. Also of addition were the weapons of 
    choice for both boss battles. Changed a bit more of the layout and 
    added more explanations for most of the contents.
    
    Version 1.02 changes:
    
    Few of the main layout changes were made, added more notes to 
    the Introduction, added notes on setting the Mythic Skull difficulty, 
    and better defined the explanations and corrected punctuation.
    
    Version 1.01 changes:
    
    Changed and added a more detailed explanation; a few minor 
    punctuation changes were also made.
    
    
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    CONTENTS:
    
    I.  Introduction
    
    II.  Weapons combination of Choice against:   
       		
    	1. The Cairo Station horde
    	2. The Scarab crew
    	3. The Heretic Leader and his duplicates
       	4. The Prophet of Regret’s hordes
    	5. Tartarus and his group
    
    III.  Note on setting the Mythic Skull Difficulty
    
    IV.  Acquiring the Mythic Skull
    
    V.  Aboard the Scarab – Dual Wielding the Plasma Pistols
    
    VI.  Overthrowing the Heretic Leadership
    
    VII.  Performing the ‘GBT’ Technique on the Prophet of Regret
    
    VIII.  Video Link of the Grenade Boarding Throw Technique
    
    IX.  Defeating Tartarus on the Mythic Skull difficulty 
    
    
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    I.  INTRODUCTION
    
    Greetings!
    
    This FAQ guide was created out of necessity, simply because there 
    isn’t one like it, especially when it comes to defeating the Prophet 
    of Regret on the Mythic Skull difficulty. The idea and method of 
    dealing with the Prophet of Regret on the Mythic Skull difficulty is 
    very much non existent, at present. Hence this is why I was 
    compelled to write one up after discovering the Grenade Boarding 
    Throw Technique. 
    
    As an after thought of one sort, I’ve also included tips of trade on 
    which to defeat the other bosses of this remarkable game as well. 
    Not to mention useful tips on conquering some of the toughest 
    Covenant hordes on this difficulty yet. So, I hope you’ll find them 
    to be of use. But for now, I’ll point you to the Grenade Boarding 
    Throw Technique which I’ll brief you on.
    
    The Grenade Boarding Throw is a secret technique for those 
    brazen enough to have challenged the Prophet of Regret on the 
    Mythic Skull difficulty, but faced more than their share of defeat 
    and humiliation in the eyes of the Covenant leader. Up until now 
    there has not been an effective way of defeating this – what I assert 
    to identify, as the toughest game boss character ever devised or 
    conceived. 
    
    Those that claim the Prophet of Regret is easily defeated on the 
    Mythic Skull difficulty setting are outright boasting. Or, to put it 
    bluntly, foolish enough to assume he’s a piece of cake to finish off 
    in the Mythic Skull difficulty. Simply because Regret wasn’t at all 
    that hard for them to finish off on the Legendary difficulty. The 
    latter statement is perhaps the more common assumption that some 
    folks are drawing their conjecture from. Due to the fact that they 
    fail to understand just how big a gap there is between the 
    Legendary Prophet of Regret and the Mythic Skull Prophet of 
    Regret. I’ll tell you, it is immensely BIG, this difficulty gap!
    
    He is unbelievably difficult and frustratingly hard to defeat, and no 
    amount of highly explosive projectile weaponry is capable of 
    finishing him off. Nothing will work; the only exception is by 
    boarding him and melee attacking him until he yields to defeat. 
    Now that, will take a great deal of time and luck, not to mention 
    skills. But eventually one’s luck will run out and defeat is only 
    inevitable. That is, of course, before I discovered the Grenade 
    Boarding Throw Technique which is similar in some ways to the 
    normal hijacking/boarding method – peruse on and you shall find 
    out how I discovered it, and put it to great use!
    
    Tartarus on the other hand is another story altogether in this 
    Mythic Skull difficulty. A dismal one really, challenge wise. The 
    other bosses too aren’t that much of a challenge. You’d be taken 
    by surprise… or, then again maybe not.
    
    So it is somewhat puzzling to me then, that the Prophet of Regret is 
    so darn difficult to defeat on the Mythic Skull difficulty. Where as 
    beating all the other bosses on the same difficulty was easy by 
    comparison. I can’t seem to figure out if indeed there is a glitch in 
    the program, which caused this huge difficulty gap, or that this 
    whole difficulty thing was intentionally programmed just for 
    Regret. He is truly the hardest boss I’ve ever come across in any 
    game to date! As no doubt you’ll agree, otherwise you’d not be 
    reading this FAQ. 
    
    However, to those playing him for the first few times, try going 
    against him without resulting to the Grenade Boarding Throw 
    Technique first; otherwise you may fail to see how tough he truly 
    is on this Mythic Skull difficulty.
    
    To cut to the chase and see how the Grenade Boarding Throw 
    Technique is performed, refer to sections ‘VII. Performing the 
    ‘GBT’ Technique on the Prophet of Regret’ or the video link on 
    section VIII.
    
    Anyways, I should hope you have fun. And good luck!
    
    
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    II.  WEAPONS COMBINATION OF CHOICE AGAINST: 
    
    1. The Cairo Station horde:
    
    This isn’t a boss fight but I thought I’d include it in my guide for 
    good time’s sake. Especially of note are the Ultra Elites, who are 
    now tougher than before on the Mythic Skull difficulty. Requiring 
    two overcharge shots from the Plasma Pistols to completely drain 
    their shields. 
    
    So if you face these Ultra Elites (greyish, white Elites), be sure to 
    adopt the dual wielded Plasma Pistol/ Battle Rifle or Energy Sword 
    combination to deal with them. See below for the preferred 
    combination:
    
    	*Dual wielded Plasma Pistol/ Battle Rifle
    	*Dual wielded Plasma Pistol/ Energy Sword
    
    With the dual wielded Plasma Pistols overcharged, unleash the 
    plasma shots on these High Ranking Elite Commanders. Then 
    quickly tap the ‘Y’ button twice to change to your secondary 
    weapon, either the Battle Rifle or the Energy Sword, depending on 
    your combination. And prepare to take them out with a headshot or 
    the sword lunge. A normal sword swipe will not yield a successful 
    kill. So it MUST be a sword lunge.
    
    Dual wielding the Plasma Pistols is both the faster and the more 
    efficient way of finishing off these Ultra Elites. Take the case with 
    the Ultra Elites boarding Cairo Station for instance, where at times, 
    if you’re unlucky there maybe two or more Ultra Elites bent on 
    destroying you. They spawn from beyond the doors to the hangar 
    bays, from which these alien vessels are intertwined and married as 
    the gateways of hell; through this means they’ll board the station 
    with the sole intent on annihilating humankind. So bearing those 
    perils in mind, and prior to nearing those doors, pick up two 
    Plasma Pistols and dual wield them to unleash the two overcharged 
    shots on one of the Ultra Elites first. Then tap the ‘Y’ button twice 
    to drop the left Plasma Pistol and to change to your secondary 
    weapon to take out the first one with a headshot. Now, take cover 
    by proceeding to another hiding spot whilst picking up your 
    dropped Plasma Pistol. Dual wield them again and take out the 
    second one in very much the same manner. Very fast, very 
    efficient.
    
    No need for firing one overcharged shot, then waiting for it to cool 
    down while taking cover and finally firing the second overcharged 
    shot.
    
    Anyways, that’s the basis of dual wielding the Plasma Pistols, but 
    for more information on dual wielding these pistols, and their 
    advantages or disadvantages, please refer to section “V. Aboard 
    the Scarab – Dual Wielding the Plasma Pistols” for a more 
    thorough explanation.
    
    
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    2. The Scarab Crew:
    
    
    There will be little exchanges in weapons selection on this battle. 
    But generally start off with the Rocket Launcher/ Battle Rifle or 
    Energy Sword combination first. Then work your way to the 
    Plasma Pistol/Energy Sword combination, once you board the 
    Scarab and procure an Energy Sword, if not already obtain from 
    previous battles.
    
    The combinations are as follows:
    
    	*Rocket Launcher/ Battle Rifle
    	*Dual wielded Plasma Pistol/ Energy Sword
    	*Dual wielded Plasma Pistol/ Battle Rifle
    
    Pick up as many grenades as you can, they’ll come in handy for the 
    Scarab battle.
    
    
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    3. The Heretic Leader and his duplicates:
    
    The most useful weapon against the Heretic Leader is the Fuel Rod 
    Cannon. But hauling such a cumbersome weapon around for 
    almost the entire level of ‘Arbiter’ is taxing.  There isn’t much of a 
    grouping of weapons to rely on for this ‘Arbiter’ level. As pretty 
    much anything you can grab works against the Heretic Elite and 
    Grunts. It’s a different story for the boss though.
    
    Perhaps the best weapon against the Heretic Leader, after all, 
    would be the dual wielded Needlers. Your Plasma Grenades on the 
    other hand come in handy against his holographic counterparts. Or 
    even the Heretic Leader himself.  The Energy Sword does not have 
    much of a use on this Mythic Skull difficulty though. So you can 
    pretty much scrap that out of your weapons inventory list.
    
    
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    4. The Prophet of Regret’s hordes:
    
    The preferred weapons of choice in this Mythic Skull difficulty 
    against the Prophet of Regret’s hordes are almost the same as one 
    would use for the Legendary difficulty, except for a few changes. 
    
    The combinations are as follows:
    
    	*Plasma Pistol/ Battle Rifle
    	*Plasma Pistol, Magnum/Battle Rifle
    	*Plasma Pistol/ Energy Sword #
    
    Well, pretty much what ever weapons combination takes your 
    fancy is best, but the above is recommended. The combinations 
    above will make light work of this heavy challenge on the Mythic 
    Skull difficulty.
    
    The Plasma Pistol/Energy Sword combination should be 
    implemented in the same way and manner as the tried and true 
    formula of using the Plasma Pistol/Battle Rifle combination. 
    Overcharge, then headshot, but instead of a headshot you perform 
    a sword lunge at the enemies. A normal sword swipe at the Honour 
    Guards will not suffice, even if their shields are down, so beware. 
    That goes for the Silver Spec Ops Grunts as well, unless swiped 
    from behind, they are best disposed with a sword lunge. Take note 
    of the fact that this is now a close range weapons combination.
    
    So, to dispose the Honour Guards at a safe distance with the 
    Plasma Pistol/Energy Sword combination; what you can do is 
    overcharge at them with the Plasma Pistol. And once when they 
    are stunned for a split second, you quickly stick a Plasma Grenade 
    on them for a satisfying kill. It may take a lot of practice but 
    definitely worth it for the thrill. Their shields have to be low for the 
    stuck Plasma Grenade to finish them off, hence the overcharge 
    shot first.
    
    # Please note that the Energy Sword is pretty much useless without 
    the Plasma Pistol combination on this difficulty. Although it makes 
    up for a deep challenge, it is not recommended to use the Energy 
    Sword without the Plasma Pistol. So Energy Sword/Battle Rifle 
    players are once again forced to change their tactics. Also of note 
    is that the plasma grenades are now useless on their own in this 
    difficulty against the Honour Guards. But on the retrospect they 
    are very handy against the boss, the Prophet of Regret, as you’ll 
    soon find out. 
    
    One last piece of advice: keep plenty of Plasma Grenades and 
    Fragmentation Grenades in stock, you’ll need them absolutely. 
    Regret doesn’t know what’s coming or this guide as yet!
    
    Also, make sure to arm your marines with the Sniper Rifles or the 
    Beam Sniper Rifles, as they can prove to be helpful to your cause.
    
    
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    5. Tartarus and his group:
    
    Well the weapons of choice this time around are a range of 
    weapons at your disposal. Anything you can get your alien claws 
    on. 
    
    The dual wielded Brute Plasma Rifles are best suited to taking 
    Tartarus out as well as the Covenant Carbine at a long or short 
    range. Carbine shots to the heads are also effective against the 
    Brutes at a distance. The Shotgun is very effective at close range 
    battles as are the Plasma Grenades against Tartarus and his hordes. 
    So distinguish your choice of battle tactics and go for your 
    weapons of choice that correlates to your strategy.
    
    
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    III. NOTE ON SETTING THE MYTHIC SKULL DIFFICULTY
    
    #The Mythic Skull will only appear on the Legendary difficulty, so 
    you MUST play through the Sacred Icon level on that difficulty 
    setting to acquire it! 
    
    #The Mythic Skull will not take on its full effect unless the 
    game/checkpoints are/were played on the Legendary difficulty. For 
    instance, if you’ve played a game up to the boss Regret on the 
    Easy setting, the game difficulty will not be that of the Mythic 
    Skull difficulty. So, you MUST play the game on the Legendary 
    difficulty for the Mythic Skull to take its full effect of increasing 
    the difficulty factor beyond Legendary. Remember that!
    
    #The effects and values which the Mythic Skull adds to the game 
    do not in any way stay in your Xbox. All effects will be wiped 
    clean when the console is turned off, even if you save and quit 
    after acquiring the skull/s.
    
    
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    IV.  ACQUIRING THE MYTHIC SKULL
    
    What the Mythic Skull does is it not only increases the difficulty 
    level beyond the legendary difficulty. It also increases the enemy’s 
    defence and offensive attributes as well. Making the game much 
    harder and challenging to beat. But the boss, the Prophet of Regret, 
    will become the TOUGHEST of ALL, and he’s all that much 
    harder to deal with on this new difficulty than before.
    
    The Mythic Skull is found on the Sacred Icon level, so cloak and 
    run through the entire level until you come across the sub mission 
    named "Buyer's Remorse". This sub mission name will appear 
    once you’ve destroyed the Enforcer (that big double shielded 
    robotic levitating sentry… thingie).  
     
    The huge containment gates will then open once you’ve activated 
    the switch on the panels, revealing yet another Enforcer added to 
    your-to-do list. Take the enforcer out, and enter through a small 
    gate that opens up on the wall of that section, where four gold 
    Sentinels come out from.  
     
    Head on through here, running past all the omnipresent Floods 
    using your Optic Camouflage to cloak yourself. Activate all those 
    energy shafts and keep on making your way through the horde of 
    enemies, which include the Sentinels both gold and normal, 
    Enforcers and of course the Floods.  
     
    Eventually you’ll come to a dark, dank and murky area… this is 
    where the Mythic Skull lies hidden. Look for a mass of 5 clustered 
    boxes stacked together. Two boxes next to each other and another 
    two stacked on top of the first two, with a fifth box sitting atop it 
    all in the middle, kinda like a pyramid.  
     
    Cloak yourself a moment before passing one of the human Flood 
    forms and jump atop these boxes to remain unseen. Then jump to 
    the platform above where you’ll notice three alcoves or hollow 
    compartments housed into the walls. Proceed to the very last one, 
    and there’s the Mythic Skull floating above the dead human Flood 
    form. Pick up the skull and the screen should flash white with the 
    words “Mythic” stamped on the upper left side of the screen. Once 
    you’ve picked it up, drop it, then save and quit. And you’re set. 
    
    Do not head to another checkpoint once you’ve picked up the 
    Mythic Skull. If you do, don’t save and quit, otherwise the Mythic 
    Skull will not take effect the next time you start the game again 
    from that checkpoint. The skull will only take effect when picked 
    up from its original location. So starting a game from any 
    checkpoint before picking up the skull is all good.
    
    
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    V. ABOARD THE SCARAB – DUAL WIELDING PLASMA 
    PISTOLS
    
    If you made it past the notorious Cairo Station level with either the 
    Legendary or Mythic Skull difficulty selected. Then you shouldn’t 
    have too much trouble on this section at all. It isn’t that much 
    harder than the Cairo Station, in fact it’s painless in comparison. 
    Due to the choices you have on an arsenal of fire power to choose 
    from and to side with.
    
    Arm yourself with the Rocket Launcher, and pick up all the 
    ammunition for it. These are all littered along the plank walkways, 
    but keep your Battle Rifle or your Energy Sword as your 
    secondary weapon. If you don’t have an Energy Sword from 
    earlier battles, you can acquire one from the Ultra Elites (the 
    greyish white Elites). Approach close enough to an Ultra Elite and 
    he’ll be sure to show you his priced possession. If you’re not 
    comfortable with the idea of approaching one in that fashion, then 
    fire an overcharged shot or stick a Plasma Grenade on one first 
    before approaching any closer. You’ll see him wail in a fume of 
    rage, and hungry for human blood he’ll come after you brandishing 
    an Energy Sword. Kill him and the sword is yours. Alternatively 
    you can procure one from an Ultra Elite aboard the Scarab as well, 
    in very much the same manner.
    
    Pick up the grenades on the first bridge section near the supply 
    boxes and proceed to jump aboard the Scarab. Try landing on the 
    top part of the Scarab to remain hidden. Then make your way 
    down to the rear section of the walking destroyer and advance to 
    fire away with the Rocket Launcher. Throw your fragmentation 
    Grenades into the mix as well for some added destructive fire 
    power. If you’re lucky you should be able to procure one of those 
    Plasma Pistols which hopefully enough has landed relatively close 
    to you. Pick one up and it will make this whole ordeal easier. If 
    you don’t have a Plasma Pistol close to you, but spot one near the 
    Elites. Then simply fire off one of the rocket missiles and toss a 
    grenade their way and make a quick dash for the Plasma Pistol. 
    Take cover by running back to the same spot again, at the rear.
    
    Pay particular attention to the dual wielding Plasma Rifle Elites or 
    Ultra Elites. They are deadly! You’ll be finished off in a matter of 
    seconds if you’re not careful. So, try to deal them out first, and be 
    quick about it, won’t you? 
    
    See below for a means to defeating the Ultra Elites in this Mythic 
    Skull difficulty.
    
    Once you’ve taken care of the Elites on the Scarab deck, proceed 
    to go below decks.
    
    Now, be very careful, as you’ll be meeting with an Ultra Elite 
    below the decks of the Scarab. In this case you’ll need more than a 
    Plasma Pistol to dispose of him. With the Mythic Skull difficulty 
    activated these Ultra Elites are now tougher to kill than before. The 
    one overcharge shot from the Plasma Pistol no longer works, as it 
    now requires two overcharge shots to completely exhaust their 
    shields. So if you are willing, I would recommend picking up 
    another Plasma Pistol for your own benefit. 
    
    With two Plasma Pistols dual wielded you can take out the Ultra 
    Elites on the Mythic Skull difficulty with very little effort. Charge 
    up both Plasma Pistols and release both triggers together. Or one 
    overcharged shot after another, very quickly. For instance, release 
    the left trigger followed by the right trigger, almost right away. 
    You may need to unleash the overcharge shots in this manner 
    because at times the combined overcharge shots, when released 
    together, do not completely remove their shields. 
    
    Once you’ve released the two overcharged shots. Watch the hot 
    plasma make its way toward the Ultra Elite. As its about to make 
    contact with the enemy, you’ll need to press the ‘Y’ button TWICE 
    very quickly to change your weapon to either the Energy Sword or 
    the Battle Rifle. Then take him out with a sword lunge or a 
    headshot respectively. Since this is a close quarter’s combat zone, I 
    recommend using the Energy Sword aboard the Scarab. Prepare an 
    overcharged shot, fire, and then simply sword lunge at the low or 
    unshielded Elites or Ultra Elites. However, if you’re not too 
    familiar with the Energy Sword then by all means stick to the 
    Battle Rifle; it too will serve you well, if not better in the noted 
    circumstance.
    
    Now of course, you could use just the one Plasma Pistol to drain an 
    Ultra Elite’s energy shield. First by firing one overcharged shot, 
    then waiting for the Plasma Pistol to cool and finally firing the 
    second shot. But that process would take too long to deal out the 
    enemies. Since the first overcharged shot that’s fired, and made 
    contact, will give the Ultra Elite a chance to dart for cover and to 
    recharge his energy shield. All the while during this time your 
    second overcharge shot is ready to be fired. But it’s all too late, 
    there’s nothing to fire at, the target is in hiding. And you now have 
    all the other Elites to worry about as well. Not to mention the fact 
    that you’ll have to take cover after firing the first shot, or face an 
    onslaught of searing hot plasma slugs. Again, with the dual 
    wielding of the two Plasma Pistols one can quickly take care of 
    these Ultra Elites in no more than two seconds. Unleash the two 
    overcharged shots, tap the ‘Y’ button twice and go for a headshot 
    or if you’re daring, the sword lunge.
    
    The other negative aspect of not dual wielding the Plasma Pistols 
    is that once you’ve fired the first overcharged shot at an Ultra Elite. 
    A second Ultra Elite could very well come into your line of fire 
    when your second overcharged shot was intended for the first Ultra 
    Elite, with his shield already half downed. That is why it’s at times 
    better to be dual wielding the Plasma Pistols for a multiple 
    overcharged shots on the Ultra Elites in this difficulty. It’ll make 
    your efforts short and sweet. 
    
    The only disadvantage is that you cannot throw your grenades 
    without first dropping one of the pistols. And if you venture away 
    from your dropped weapon you’ll have to go back to pick it up, 
    and dual wield again. One method of countering this is to drop it 
    on your hiding spot. That way you can pop out to throw your 
    grenades, then quickly pop back to take cover and to dual wield 
    again. Thus proceeding to the next accessible cover if available, 
    and unleashing the dual overcharged shots from the two Plasma 
    Pistols.
    
    If you’re unlucky, you may encounter a few extra Ultra Elites on 
    the Scarab deck. So just adopt the dual Plasma Pistol method to 
    deal out these Ultra Elites. In this situation they come in real handy, 
    the dual wielded Plasma Pistols.
    
    Well, there you have it then that pretty much sums up the defeat of 
    the Scarab crew.
    
    # Just a note: The dual wielded Plasma Pistols are very, very 
    effective not only with the Mythic Skull difficulty activated, but 
    also with the Thunderstorm Skull activated as well. What the 
    Thunderstorm Skull does is it turns every Elite into an Ultra Elite, 
    and every Grunt into silver Spec Ops Grunt. So every Elite that 
    you encounter would be an Ultra Elite. This dual wielding Plasma 
    Pistol technique will come in very, very handy indeed with the 
    above purposes taken into consideration.
    
    *Here’s a challenge: So, if you’re up for a deep challenge. Use the 
    dual wielded Plasma Pistols/ Battle Rifle or Energy Sword 
    combination on Cairo Station. With the Mythic, Cowbell and 
    Thunderstorm Skulls activated.  These three skulls will turn Halo 2 
    into one of the best games there is, period! Awesome fun!
    
    
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    VI.  OVERTHROWING THE HERETIC LEADERSHIP
    
    The Mythic Skull Heretic leader is pretty much the same Heretic 
    Leader as the one on the Legendary difficulty. However, the 
    weapons to use against him will have to be looked at again. The 
    Energy Sword no longer comes into use, as it requires far too many 
    hits to deal him a decent amount of damage. The Covenant 
    Carbines really aren’t that useful; nor are the dual wielded Plasma 
    Rifles. 
    
    Perhaps the most powerful weapon against him would be the Fuel 
    Rod Cannon. This weapon works mighty fine, but getting it all the 
    way to the Heretic Leader can be taxing. If you wish to use it, then 
    by all means do so, just be prepared to lug it around without 
    shooting too many things with it. You can procure this weapon 
    from the dead Grunts that haul it around atop the structures on the 
    station facility. Simply land your Banshee and resort to picking it 
    up and scavenging for the ammos. You’ll need to save up a few 
    shots for the Heretic Leader himself. So don’t get trigger happy 
    with it. Since you have to save up the ammos, you’ll be dropping 
    and swapping it for other weapons more appropriate to your 
    mission, and then picking it up again. As not to leave it behind 
    since you won’t find the weapon anywhere else in the game again. 
    Because of that, it then falls short of being the weapon of choice 
    against the Heretic Leader. 
    
    The Needlers, dual wielded are the weapons of choice here. Light 
    to carry around, conveniently littered next to the dead Heretic 
    Grunts. It doesn’t get any better than this. So let’s press on.
    
    Alright, now, when you face the Heretic Leader, he’ll deploy two 
    holographic duplicates of himself. At this stage you can either 
    engage them or ignore them. If you decide to engage them, a 
    tagged Plasma Grenade ought to do the trick. But This of course 
    will alert the Heretic Leader and the other duplicate to take you on. 
    The chances of survival are minimal here. 
    
    So what I’d suggest you do is to cloak and make your way 
    underneath the dais. If you haven’t yet procured the dual Needlers 
    prior to entering the boss fight, do so now. They are located 
    underneath the middle and the far end of the Seraph Fighter, more 
    toward the hangar doors. You may need to hide in the hollow 
    tunnels of the walls for your camouflage to energize before 
    proceeding. Hollows such as these are present through out the 
    stage; so hide in them to replenish the active camouflage should 
    you find the need to do so. Extra ammunition for the Needlers is 
    located to the left of the hangar doors, near the closed doors up 
    from the slope. Pick that up and you have enough ammunition to 
    take the Heretic Leader out.
    
    Now while you’re up the slope, proceed to move forward until you 
    reach a tunnel cavity in the walls, on your right. This will serve as 
    your hiding spot. Under a watchful eye, and using your radar as 
    guidance, engage the enemies the moment you see them. Duck left 
    and right or jump up near the end of that hollow tunnel to avoid 
    their fire. There is a huge hunk of a pillar wall blocking their line 
    of fire that will serve you well. This slab wall will also obscure 
    their line of sight as well, so use it to your advantage. And from 
    here try and stick the Heretic duplicates or the Heretic Leader with 
    your Plasma Grenades if you can. Drop one of the Needlers about 
    halfway on the hollow tunnel and align the reticle directly above 
    the Heretic Leader or his duplicates to about the height of them, 
    then toss the Plasma Grenades. It should stick to them. With 
    alignment and distance taken into account; you should be able to 
    work out how much to arch up or to adjust for tagging your 
    enemies with the Plasma Grenades. Use this method as a guide to 
    better tagging the enemy with the Plasma Grenades for future use. 
    
    The thing to do here is to isolate the Heretic Leader from his 
    duplicates, and to engage him with the twin Needlers. Use your 
    cloak to your advantage as well. As sometimes they’ll remain still 
    after a while, especially the Heretic Leader. Your radar won’t pick 
    them up if they remain motionless. The Heretic Leader is also the 
    one who usually remains stationary when you’re cloaked. So 
    surprise him when you’re cloaked, with your twin Needlers. You 
    may have gotten the best of him, but still, you ought to watch out 
    for this dual wielded Plasma Rifles, they are deadly. You have less 
    than a second to hide from the plasma fire. So take note on where 
    to strafe or fall back to.
    
    If you’re unlucky, the enemies, including the Heretic Leader may 
    come in to the hollow alcove. In which case you’re as good as dead, 
    but that doesn’t happen often. On the other hand, if you’re lucky 
    you might just hit the Heretic Leader on your first go. If the 
    Heretic Leader is hit in any way, he’ll let out a loud cry when 
    enough hits are sustained on him. He’ll then fly off into one of 
    those big alcoves in the walls of this chamber hall. The 
    holographic duplicates will vanish once the Heretic Leader is hit. 
    So that takes care of them.
    
    The moment you see him fly off, run toward the Seraph Fighter 
    and jump on top of it. Look out for him in the huge alcoves on the 
    walls. There are only four alcove posts to look out for. Spot the 
    one where you’ll only just see two dimly lit lights of his dual 
    wielded Plasma Rifles. That’s where he is, so wait until he’s 
    finished uttering his cause and scorn for the Prophets values before 
    engaging him.
    
    Here’s the trick, take note of the huge pillar like flat post in 
    between the two alcoves of the walls on one side, and on the 
    opposing walls. Now, as he is about to finish his speech, move a 
    little to the side of this flat post whilst still staying on the Seraph 
    Fighter. Move just enough for you not to see him in the alcove. 
    Since you can’t see him, he won’t be able to spot you and start 
    firing before leaving the alcove. Doing it this way beats him to the 
    punch. You can also cloak yourself if you choose not to move to 
    the side a little to obscure his view. 
    
    Now then, as soon as he finishes his speech, and your reticle 
    aligned on him pull both triggers on the dual wielded Needlers for 
    a few seconds whilst running toward the underside of the dais and 
    behind this flat pillar post for cover. If done correctly you should 
    have avoided majority of the fire from his duplicates and sustained 
    enough shots on him for him to let out a cry. After which his 
    duplicates will disappear, once more, and every time you deal 
    damage to him. So you don’t have to worry about his duplicates at 
    all during this battle procedure. Keep in mind that you can fire 
    your twin Needlers even if the reticle hasn’t turned red, meaning 
    that as long as it’s aimed and fired toward him, they’ll home in on 
    him.
    
    You should trigger a checkpoint by this time if not earlier. So be 
    bold and take risks. Jump onto those raised stumps on the bottom 
    of the pillars holding the dais up, to get atop the Seraph Fighter 
    again. Keep repeating this method until he is dead. And you should 
    have no problems defeating him in this fashion. 
    
    If you’ve made the effort of hauling the Fuel Rod Cannon around 
    with you all the way to this boss fight. Then you should definitely 
    use it in the same manner and method as you would use the dual 
    wielded Needlers above.
    
    So there you have it, another boss down, and two more to go! 
    
    *A note: Mike Miller is the author who wrote an excellent 
    Legendary walkthrough on the method to taking out the Heretic 
    Leader with the Fuel Rod Cannon. So, full credits go to him on 
    that front.
    
    
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    VII.  PERFORMING THE GRENADE BOARDING THROW 
    TECHNIQUE ON THE PROPHET OF REGRET
    
    The following technique is used to defeat the Prophet of Regret on 
    the Mythic Skull difficulty setting. So to begin, allow me to say a 
    few things worthy of note:
    
    I’ve jumped (boarded) on the Prophet of Regret’s throne exactly 48 
    times, say again 48 TIMES!! And each successive jump consists of 
    five melee attacks – that’s an astounding 240 melee attacks all up 
    if you do the math – alas, all to no avail. The bastard still lives! It 
    was all hopelessly disappointing and painfully frustrating to go 
    back to square one after ALL those efforts. Then I simply thought 
    of something out of this inevitability; what would the Master Chief 
    do in a circumstance such as the one I’m overwhelmed in. Surely 
    there has got to be another way, instead of the 48 plus jumps and 
    five melee attacks per jump. I collected my thoughts and recounted 
    the options I had, had another hard look at the weapons at my 
    disposal.
    
    It then hit me! Nothing can penetrate his immensely resilient force 
    field. Other than the fact that once you jump on him you have the 
    advantage of striking him with your melee attacks. So what to do? 
    Well, it is quite simple; you throw a Plasma Grenade or a 
    Fragmentation Grenade on him a split second before you board his 
    throne. Picture it like this, your throwing arm penetrating his force 
    field before you throw the grenades, with this objective the 
    grenades will land or stay inside his force field. Therefore it is 
    important that you throw the grenades inside his force field before 
    you are unable to do so when you board. 
    
    Remember that our Master Chief cannot throw or use his weapons 
    when he has actually boarded the throne. Adversely if you throw 
    them too early they will not stick or stay inside the force field. Or 
    as in the fragmentation grenades case they’ll simply rebound off 
    his force field, thus musing the already contempt Prophet of Regret. 
    At other times, if you are unlucky the plasma grenades will also 
    bounce, though feebly off his force field and may end up adhering 
    to you instead, a big no-no to avoid. So you MUST throw the 
    grenades a split second before you latch onto his throne and not a 
    moment too soon. 
    
    If done correctly the Plasma/Fragmentation Grenades will drop 
    inside his force field and not fall off. The resulting explosion will 
    then knock him hard, so for added effectiveness commence 
    punching him straight afterwards or before the explosion (you’ll 
    only land in two or three punches, as shortly afterwards he’ll 
    teleport in a fragile panic).
    
    Don’t worry about getting killed or damaged by the plasma 
    grenade since the explosion occurs inside of his force field. It will 
    not harm our Master Chief. Just be sure to throw the grenade 
    before you press and hold on to the ‘X’ button with which to board 
    his throne. If he is at a higher elevation than you are at, then all 
    you need to do is press the jump button, throw the grenade and 
    then quickly board him. This is simply a brilliant tactic on 
    Bungie’s forward thinking. 
    
    You will need to perform the Grenade Boarding Throw Technique 
    about five times to finish him off entirely or maybe more if your 
    grenades do not fall inside his force field. Use your EARS to listen 
    in and to home in on the location he’ll spawn to next. It’ll 
    guarantee and reward your efforts with a far better success rate. 
    Your radar is your best friend in these given circumstances, as the 
    battles to follow are hectic to outwit.
    
    You can also drop the grenades inside his force field without 
    boarding his throne. Run up very close to The Prophet of Regret’s 
    throne and throw your grenades at point blank. If done successfully 
    the grenades will drop inside his force field. Please note that this 
    method will not yield the desired effects on every attempt as it is at 
    times harder to penetrate his force field and to judge how close you 
    are to the Prophet of Regret without boarding him. And amidst all 
    the battle commotion and pandemonium it is especially harder to 
    pull off.
    
    If at times you find that Regret is a bit too far out of reach for you 
    to board, and you have the right weapon combination. What you 
    can to do is you can jump toward him whilst quickly aligning your 
    Energy Sword’s reticle on him so that it turns red, and thus 
    performing the sword lunge. At the precise moment you strike 
    Regret with the lunge – he’ll have to scream for this trick to work –
    that’s when you throw the grenade and latch on immediately. Both 
    the explosion and the Energy Sword will deal him some heavy 
    damage. And since you’re on a roll here you might as well punch 
    him for a good measure while you’re at it. 
    
    You won’t be able to perform the Grenade Boarding Throw 
    Technique on him if the sword lunge goes ill. See, if you lunge at 
    his throne you’ll hear a clunk noise, and rebound backwards or 
    sideways instead. That’s a sign when the trick goes astray and 
    you’ll be wasting your grenades. It has to make full contact with 
    Regret himself as he’ll scream to verify that your trick is in 
    working order. This is when you immediately throw the grenades 
    and then board his throne. So the short end of it is; you lunge and 
    he screams, you then throw the grenades and board him 
    immediately. It may take a few tries to get used to this fancy sword 
    lunge trick, but it’s a very satisfying technique to pull off.
    
    Don’t forget to PATIENTLY take out the re-spawning Honour 
    Guards as well as the Grunts who’ll make certain of your efforts 
    being anything but a smooth success. Take heed though, for the 
    Honour Guards are now on par in strength with the Ultra Elites 
    from the Legendary difficulty setting, on this Mythic Skull 
    difficulty. So a simple stuck plasma grenade will not finish them 
    off – unlike the Legendary difficulty, whereby the Honour Guards 
    were easily eliminated with just a stuck plasma grenade. So do 
    keep that in mind when taking them on. 
    
    Proceed to take the enemy hordes out before engaging the Prophet 
    of Regret. You’ll fare a far better chance this way. Reserve a keen 
    sense of awareness and alertness for the dual wielding Plasma 
    Rifle Honour Guards as they’ll finish you off in a second. The best 
    way of dealing with these Honour Guards is to run back up the side 
    ramps and look out for them on the top central level. Track their 
    advancement from this vantage point. Use the walls and the slopes 
    of the ramps as your cover. They cannot shoot you if you’re 
    situated above a slope and they down below. If they get a hit in, 
    just keep retrieving, or toss a grenade their way to stop their 
    advancement. The Energy Sword wielding Honour Guards 
    however will advance regardless. So keep all those in mind, they 
    may come in handy. 
    
    Check your radar as well if you cannot see them from this central 
    elevated vantage point. The radar does not show stationary foes, 
    only ones that are mobile. So be alert as sometimes they’ll stay in 
    hiding and ambush you instead. Their preferred method of attack is 
    to overwhelm and to surround you. So if you see two from the 
    central vantage point, but only one is attacking you – then what 
    that entails to is that the other has gone the other way to intercept 
    you. So pay attention to the number of enemies in the vicinity. 
    
    A good way of detecting enemy presence is to use your ears to 
    listen in for the chamber doors opening and closing. That’s when 
    you know the enemy has entered the chamber to seek you out. So, 
    again, make your way to the central vantage point and track their 
    presence. React accordingly to the indication of their presence and 
    you should have no troubles dealing with them. And lastly don’t 
    forget to MOVE! Otherwise the pesky but cute little grunts will 
    find you an easy target for plasma grenade shelling.
    
    Just for fun, I used the dual wielded Needers against the Prophet of 
    Regret; it doesn’t do anything of course. But it is fun however 
    hearing him scream in agony like a pansy once the needles explode. 
    Scream after scream. It also slows down the entire progression of 
    the game, and everything happens in slow motion if the triggers are 
    held down. This is fun, but too bad there isn’t a whole lot of 
    ammunition for it, except from the weapons rack below the lobby 
    to the Prophet of Regret’s Ceremony hall. And a few scattered 
    about the outside of the building and all.
    
    So there you go that’s pretty much it, the ‘Grenade Boarding 
    Throw Technique’ in a nutshell.
    
    Anyways, hope you have fun performing this trick!
    
    
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    VIII.  VIDEO LINK OF THE GRENADE BOARDING THROW 
    TECHNIQUE
    
    # Refer to the link below for a visual representation of how to go 
    about doing this Grenade Boarding Throw Technique.
    
    Please bear in mind that the clip is filmed with a mobile phone 
    camera, so the quality is very low.
    
    http://useruploads.mythica.org/cgi-
    bin/viewfile.cgi?f=grenade_boarding_throw.wmv
    
    
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    IX.  DEFEATING TARTARUS ON THE MYTHIC SKULL 
    DIFFICULTY
    
    Tartarus is not as difficult to defeat as one is lead to believe –
    especially after the fiasco with the Prophet of Regret on the Mythic 
    difficulty. One would be hard pressed not to shudder at the thought 
    of dealing with Tartarus on this difficulty. He is in fact, the same 
    Tartarus as the one we fought on the Legendary difficulty.
    
    So if you’ve defeated him on the Legendary difficulty before, you 
    should have no problems whatsoever defeating him again on the 
    Mythic Skull difficulty. However, if you’ve had previous problems 
    on defeating him, then please read on, as I’ll try and provide the 
    easiest methods of dealing with him first.
    
    The easiest way of course is the Banshee trick, but I’ll skip that 
    part altogether, simply because that glitch wasn’t how Bungie 
    intended for us to play and to defeat Tartarus by. So let us press on 
    then…
    
    You’ll be starting off at the checkpoint where Tartarus and his 
    boys confront you with an arsenal of weapons ready to blow you to 
    hell and back. You can avoid this battle altogether by immediately 
    cloaking yourself as the Arbiter. Run past Tartarus and his boys 
    and stand by for Sgt. Johnson to take out his shield.
    
    Or, if you wish to collect their weapons, you may hang around 
    behind them, cloaked of course. Stay here until your brethrens 
    eliminate all the Brutes before jumping down to the platform 
    beneath you. You should help out too though by striking the Brutes 
    on the back for a quick one hit kill. This will speed up the process 
    for Tartarus to haul his rather large behind to get the action going. 
    Be mindful though, as it can get very hectic and confusing 
    sneaking behind the enemy lines. 
    
    Once Tartarus retrieves to the central platforms, you can cloak 
    again to avoid him or just stand clear of his hammer. Anything you 
    do will not work on him at all prior to Sgt. Johnson taking out his 
    shield. You may feel hopeless at the sight of seeing your brethrens 
    run to their deaths engaging Tartarus. That can’t be helped though, 
    so save up your ammunition. Your que to engage Tartarus is when 
    you hear three distinct but direct shots from the Beam Sniper Rifle 
    making contact with Tartarus. At this point you can pretty much 
    use any weapon at your disposal: Shotgun, Brute Plasma Rifles, 
    Covenant Carbine, Brute Shots and Plasma Grenades.
    
    The most ideal and the safest place to be is at the top level of the 
    third platform. So run up to the central beaming beacon which 
    ushers you up to the top level. From there fire your weapons at 
    Tartarus and his hordes through that hole in the middle of the 
    platform. The Brute Plasma Rifles dual wielded are particularly 
    useful against Tartarus because of its firing rate. Once Tartarus’ 
    shield is depleted by Sgt. Johnson’s dexterous ability, nip at both 
    the left and right triggers to fire the Brute Plasma Rifles without 
    overheating them. 
    
    By nipping your fingers on the triggers in a frantic but successive 
    chain, one trigger pressed after the other, you’ll avoid overheating 
    them. Use the Carbine or any long range weapons to dispose of the 
    other Brutes giving you hell. They can fire through that hole at you, 
    so be mindful of their lethal Brute Shot Grenades which will make 
    minced meat out of you in a matter of seconds
    
    If Tartarus comes after you by entering through that levitation 
    beam cavity, simply run off the top platform. Be careful not to 
    back into the beam beacon if you choose not to run away from him. 
    As you’ll be hoisted high into the air and thus you’ll land as a 
    dormant nail for Tartarus to hammer you to death. This is why it is 
    safer to just run off the top platform. Don’t worry you won’t fall to 
    your doom as the top platform is smaller in circumference than the 
    other two larger platforms beneath it. He’ll take chase after you. So 
    simply run up to the beam to levitate the Arbiter to the third level 
    again. And rinse and repeat this progression of shoot, shoot, shoot, 
    take cover and run for your life until Tartarus is well taken care of. 
    
    If you happened to run out of ammos – the two dual wielded Brute 
    Plasma Rifles are sufficient enough to finish Tartarus off. But in 
    any case should you run out of ammos, there is a fresh cache of 
    Brute Plasma Rifles on the top platform and on the lowest platform. 
    Situated at the top platform is also a fresh pair of Covenant 
    Carbines secured to a weapons cache near those towering pillars. 
    Use those if you run out of Carbine ammos. You can also pick up 
    the weapons dropped by the fallen Brutes and your alien brethrens.
    
    It is said that the Covenant Carbine is much more effective against 
    Tartarus from the top platform because of its large ammo capacity. 
    This is true, but to a certain degree. And I seem to reflect 
    differently, as my reflections are solely based on the individual’s 
    skills. The combined firing rates of the dual wielded Brute Plasma 
    Rifles make it much more suitable for gamers to take out Tartarus 
    quickly and efficiently. Essentially it is well suited for gamers who 
    aren’t proficient at headshots with the Covenant Carbine. With the 
    dual wielded Brute Plasma Rifles there are two lines of fire firing 
    at Tartarus, at extremely high speeds, as opposed to the single line 
    of fire from the Covenant Carbine. The odds of firing two Brute 
    Plasma Rifles at Tartarus with no need for aimed headshots, is far 
    more efficient than a single firing weapon such as the Carbine in 
    unsteady hands. Sure the Carbine is much more accurate than the 
    Brute Plasma Rifles. But unless you’re an expert 
    marksman/woman, the dual wielded Brute Plasma Rifles will serve 
    you just fine. 
    
    The alternate method of dealing with Tartarus is to go after him 
    when his shield is down. This of course sounds a lot easier than it 
    actually is, not to mention it’s also riskier to execute to full effect. 
    In this approach, the shotgun comes in very handy and provides 
    moments of fun, as does the Plasma Grenades. Stick the Plasma 
    Grenades on him the moment his shield is down. You have to be 
    dead accurate and very quick. Aim to throw the Plasma Grenade 
    the moment Sgt. Johnson fires his second shot from his Beam 
    Sniper Rifle out of three. By the time the third beam shot hits, the 
    thrown Plasma Grenade should have just stuck to his body right 
    then, just as his shield is depleted by the third shot. Thus giving 
    your grenade enough time to explode and deal him the damage 
    before his shield is back up again. Therefore do not throw the 
    Plasma Grenade when Sgt. Johnson has finished firing his three 
    shots. By this time it’s too late as Tartarus’ shield will be back up 
    before the stuck grenade explodes. Throw it right after when Sgt. 
    Johnson’s just fired the second shot. Not sooner, nor later than that! 
    Accuracy counts in your throws, as sometimes it looks like the 
    grenade will stick to his limbs, but instead they’ll just fall off. So 
    aim for his chest or back, the largest parts of his anatomy, or is it 
    his head?
    
    Whilst doing battle against Tartarus on close combat quarters it is 
    advised that you keep back pedalling or circle strafing to avoid his 
    gigantic hammer. You’ll know when he is about to slam you with 
    his hammer as he’ll leaps high into the air to land with an 
    enormous crash. This is when you back pedal at full speeds when 
    he’s in the air. Whatever you do, just keep your distance from him 
    so that the gap between the two of you is effective enough for your 
    shotgun to deal him damage. That’s a medium to a close range 
    distance. You’ll have less to worry about if you cloak whilst your 
    brethrens are engaging him. He’ll turn his anger and attention on 
    them instead of you, and once his shield is down and attention 
    elsewhere – thanks to your brethrens and Sgt. Johnson – engage 
    him! 
    
    If you fancy taking Tartarus out at close range, but find the 
    shotgun method a bit too challenging. Then you can always fall 
    back to using the dual wielded Brute Plasma Rifles. They’ll give 
    you a better chance of dealing with Tartarus because of the rapid 
    fire power. More importantly however, they never run out of 
    ammo, something that plagues all the other weapons. Having the 
    dual wielded Brute Plasma Rifles on your side helps you to better 
    understand how Tartarus’ tactics work. As you don’t have to stay 
    as close to him as you otherwise would, had you had the Shotgun. 
    In this approach you can gauge how he works from a safer distance 
    and thus engage appropriately.
    
    Should you meet more Brutes in hostility, just engage those beasts 
    in the same manner as you otherwise would on normal 
    circumstances. Carbines are very effective against them, as are the 
    dual wielded Brute Plasma Rifles. Shotguns too will fare you well 
    against them, and don’t forget your plasma grenades, they help a 
    great deal too. Remember to take cover, especially from the Brute 
    Shots; they can be hell to avoid in crowded spaces. If you find 
    yourself overwhelmed simply run back up the beam lift and 
    commence firing at them from a higher and safer elevation. Take 
    note of the cavities on the second platform, these are your 
    emergency escape routes. So if you cannot make your direct route 
    to the beam lift, drop into one of these cavities and run to the beam 
    levitation beacon at the bottom platform.
    
    The Brute Shots are also fun against Tartarus at close range 
    skirmishes. The only drawback is the slow firing rate and ammo 
    capacity (that plagues many of the projectile weapons, except the 
    Brute Plasma Rifles, as mentioned earlier). So be mindful of what 
    you’ll be getting yourself into should you choose to equip this 
    cumbersome weapon. Adopt this battle method once you’ve 
    become more acquainted with Tartarus’ tactics and manoeuvres, 
    and feel more comfortable taking him on with other weapons. But 
    instead of aiming the nozzle or reticle at Tartarus, point it slightly 
    lower than you would otherwise aim at a target. The idea is to fire 
    these Brute Shot Grenades so that they rebound off the floors or 
    walls and explode. 
    
    This is a great illustration on taking advantage of this powerful 
    weapon – as it is the explosion that does the heavy damage to the 
    enemy. Aim in a manner so that the explosion deals him the 
    damage just like a Fragmentation Grenade would. Think about it, 
    you don’t throw the Fragmentation Grenade on your opponent for 
    it to rebound off them, you throw it close enough so that the 
    explosion envelopes them, think of it in that fashion. Look to other 
    surroundings as well to ricochet these Brute Shot Grenades from. 
    Again, back pedal and circle strafe by keeping your distance.
    
    Taking all the above into consideration, and with a bit of practice 
    you’ll do well! 
    
    Best of luck, and remember to have fun!
    
    That’s that then, congratulations, you’ve beaten the game on the 
    Mythic Skull difficulty. 
    
    
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    END
    Copyright 2005, Robert D. Prez