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Author Topic: [1.6|U|AoC|Ma|YAAM] Medusa's fang + Calamity = safe to go 100% kills  (Read 3006 times)

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I was looking to beat the Angel of Carnage for the first time (had many unsuccessful attempts, mostly problems with ammo attrition or running away when sighted by medusa), and decided to go with YOLO strategy: don't take Reloader as a Marine at all, instead invest early in Army Surplus and Whizkid L1 (for Autoloader), go through Callisto Rift to get poison immunity, and then build like a Survivor with Angry Motherfucker. Going this way (without Reloader), you have a low success rate early on due to exalted soldiers, but spare a lot of points for other things should you succeed.

Run began quite well, with Rift netting me a JS duramesh scout armor and JS marine helmet and allowing me to fully mod my rocket launcher (including setting up autocalibration at that guaranteed tech station), an AMP with "Carrier, Furious" - basically set for most of the game. (the armor was only ditched for necrotic at Dante L2, right before Inferno, and an AMP was swapped by the one that popped on Dante Inferno).

Interesting things happened on Europa, though. Because the terminal message at L2 tipped me about "micro launcher" on L6, and branch to Conamara spawned on L2, I had to pick that route. It's not exactly bad, but you miss cold immunity, and I often struggle with Cryomancer, so Padded perk goes in the sole duramesh's armor slot. I was praying to get Fire Essence and my prayers were answered, in fact the ammo pool allowed me to dare for one more immunity (I wanted to keep my helmet throughout the game, so Acid was good enough). Then, on the special level "Containment Area", two uber-items dropped: Calamity unique and Medusa's fang relic.

And those two defined the run from there on.

As you might guess, the challenge-defining aspect was broken: ammo management was not required that much, all tough enemies except bots die in one hit (and Survivor helps survives duel with bots), Calamity is also safe to use in close quarters (no splash).

I admit - I didn't use Angry Motherfucker most effectively, and instead abused medusa's fang effect to deal with tough enemies and level up Calamity to MAX as soon as possible (to deal with those robots). So with Ironman L3 and two health increases, I ended the run with 83 max hp. On Dante Inferno I think I wasn't hit even once (although memory can be faulty).

Possible BUG I encountered: Ancient died in one hit from Calamity, and I was missing only 1/3 of my health. I think medusa's fang erroneously failed to recognise him as a boss, treating him as a regular biological it instakills.

Vigilant, level 17 Marine,
defeated the Harbinger against all odds.

He survived for 16061 turns.
The run time was 2h 5m 8s.
World seed was 32597.
He scored 7539 points.
He was ULTRAVIOLENT!
He was an Angel of Carnage!

CALLISTO L3 - Volatile Storage
Callisto Hub -> Callisto Rift L1
Callisto Rift L1 - The Hunt
Callisto Rift L2 -> The Rift
The Rift - Cleared!
EUROPA L2 -> Conamara Chaos Biolabs L1
Conamara Chaos Biolabs L3 - The Hunt
Conamara Chaos Biolabs L3 -> Containment Area
Containment Area - Cleared!
Containment Area - found Calamity
IO L2 - Low Power
Io Nexus -> Mephitic Mines L1
Mephitic Mines L1 - Lockdown
Mephitic Mines L2 - The Hunt
Mephitic Mines L2 -> Noxious Hollow
Noxious Hollow - Cleared!
Dante Inferno - Cleared!
Dante Inferno - found Apocalypse
Dante Inferno - found Wavedancer
Dante Station L3 - The Hunt

Awards
  Medal of Prejudice (+200)
   * Won with 100% kills
  CRI Star (silver cluster) (+100)
   * 50+ kills without taking damage
  Conqueror Ribbon (+200)
   * Completed all encountered special levels
  Rocket Silver Badge
   * Complete Angel of Carnage (AoC)
  Rocket Gold Badge
   * Complete AoC on Hard

He killed 726 out of 726 enemies.

 28 former grunts           4  military sentries
 4  former CRI grunts       8  CalSec bots
 8  former grenadiers       13 security bots
 2  corrupted grenadiers    1  military bot
 20 former soldiers         24 reavers
 20 corrupted soldiers      17 cryoreavers
 3  former CRI soldiers     43 toxic reavers
 3  former sergeants        35 archreavers
 6  corrupted sergeants     2  kerberi
 7  former CRI sergeants    9  cyberi
 1  CRI sergeant            10 cryoberi
 16 former guards           7  toxiberi
 2  CRI guards              19 medusae
 1  former commando         14 archmedusae
 5  corrupted commandoes    23 ravagers
 2  former CRI commandoes   19 armored ravagers
 2  former heavies          8  siege ravagers
 2  corrupted heavies       19 plasma ravagers
 5  fanatics                20 CRI marines
 10 security drones         18 CRI bots
 58 fiends                  10 guardians
 36 fire fiends             2  sentinels
 35 ice fiends              6  warlocks
 8  toxic fiends            7  archwarlocks
 4  CalSec sentries         4  watchers
 18 security sentries       5  cryowatchers

Traits
  Ironman L3
  Furious L1
  Hellrunner L1
  Tough as Nails L2
  Army Surplus L2
  Whizkid L1
  Angry Motherfucker L3
  Running L1
  SURVIVOR L2

Trait order
  Arm->Arm->Whk->Hr->TaN->MSV->AMf->AMf->
  Fur->Run->Iro->Iro->Iro->MSV->AMf->TaN->


Equipment
  Slot #1 : rocket launcher +P2B
   * Hunter 8
   * Focused
   * Auto-calibrated
   * Autoloader

  Slot #2 : micro launcher B
   * Autoloader
   * Swap Harness
   * Rocket rack

  Slot #3 : Calamity
  Body : necrotic armor
   * Painkiller
   * Necrotic

  Head : JS marine helmet PB2A
   * Health Monitor
   * Critical 10
   * Plated
   * Durable
   * JoviSec

  Utility : AV3 utility AMP
   * Metabolic boost
   * Improved adrenaline

  Relic : medusa's fang
   * Kiss of Death


Permanents
  Mephitic Taint
  Relic Corruption
  Acid Essence Attunement
  Fire Essence Attunement

Inventory
  energy cell (x100)
  energy cell (x100)
  energy cell (x100)
  energy cell (x100)
  energy cell (x30)
  rocket (x10)
  rocket (x10)
  multitool (x4)
  military stimpack
  stimpack (x3)
  large medkit
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