This level has a video tutorial using beginner strats here
- 1 Version Differences
- 2 Easy
- 2.1 - Before first lakebed
- 2.2 - First lakebed
- 2.3 - Between first and second lakebed
- 2.4 - Second lakebed
- 2.5 - Scarab fight/skip
- 2.6 - Factory
- 2.7 - Outside and AA gun
- 2.8 -- Legacy info, temporary
- 3 Legendary
This level is incredibly Chaotic, and as such is easier on Legendary if played on OG. The first lakebed phantom has a much higher chance of having the phantom turret blown off by marines on OG, meaning far more runs will make it past first lakebed. In addition to this,
- The rocket marines in the 2nd lakebed are more trigger happy on MCC, and kill you more often.
- DC clipping to deload the scarab is only possible on MCC. OG runs must use the mongoose clip.
Before getting into the breakdown of the mission, it is important to explain the concept of an RNG seed. A seed is the basis that all future random events are calculated from, and so if the seed is the same for two identical runs the random events will be the same. This is true at the start of a level, but due to how every RNG call will change the value later events are not as strongly connected due to small changes in how the level is played and what things need to call for a random value (say for a random drop or an enemy's behaviour). When a level is first loaded, an RNG seed is created and this is used for the duration of the level being loaded. The seed will be the same every time the level is restarted, so when restarting the level in the same load instance some random behaviour will seem more regular. The seed will also subtly change over time, but only after an hour or two. For IL runs the seed is vital, and if you want a top time some time will have to be spent reloading the level for a favourable seed. However in full game runs the level can only be loaded once and so it is not possible to use the seed to gain any advantage.
- Before first lakebed
This mission opens with an autoscroller, where a marine drives the warthog over to the door. While this section is not affected in any way by the player, it can be affected by the seed. Fortunately it is at the very start of the level, so once a seed has been found with a fast warthog it will be fast on (almost) every reset while the level is still loaded.
Once the warthog has reached the door it will kick you out automatically. It is best to just walk straight to the door button and hit it, although you can use a grenade boost if you wish.
The indoor section preceding the first lakebed is on a timer, so as long as you don't stop for a few seconds you will not lose time here. For this section it is recommended to pick up the BR that is at the end of the walkway on the right of the last tunnel. You can also try and collect some plasma grenades from the grunts, and certain routes can use a plasma pistol acquired here. Once you have walked over to the ghosts, collecting things along the way, hop into a ghost and drive it over to the button. The button should still be flashing if you have walked straight over, so get ready to press it when it does activate. Then hop back into your ghost and leave through the door. The mission is about to begin.
- First lakebed
- Between first and second lakebed
- Second lakebed
Mounted pod strats
Rocket snipe strats
Double phantom strats
- Scarab fight/skip
- Outside and AA gun
-- Legacy info, temporary
- Kill the AA wraith and 2 of the Ghosts for the door to open in the 1st open area
- 2nd area, Kill everything as well?
- Plasma pistol snipe to kill the cannon
- Drive Mongoose into building