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What Does This Button Do? in Gears of War 3

What Does This Button Do?113 (50)

Get 500 Silverback rocket kills in Horde (any map, any difficulty).

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Achievement Guide for What Does This Button Do?

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ScizX
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Achievement won on 03 Nov 11
TA Score for this game: 3,512
Posted on 01 November 11 at 16:34, Edited on 06 November 11 at 17:28
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How to unlock your silverback
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In order to get the silverback you need your barricades at level 7, this isn't very hard to do. Start a private horde match on insane with two controllers. Turn on these 3 mutators:

-Friendly fire
-No ammo pickup
-Enemy regeneration

Give the money of your second controller to your main account, let him build a base and let him spend the money on barricades. Then you stick eachother with a smoke grenade and you'll both die because of the friendly fire mutator. Restart from beginning and repeat the process.

..Or just play online horde, it's fun, trust me! :p

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How to level up your silverback to level 3
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Mutators and difficulty DO affect the amount of money that you spend on your fortification levels. They do NOT affect the amount of money you earn.
For instance you earn 500$ regardless of the difficulty you're playing on, however when you're using that 500$ to spend on a fortification it'll count more when playing on insane than when playing on casual.

Casual: 60% of money spend actually counts
Normal: 80%
Hardcore: 100%
Insane: 110%

Knowing this, playing on casual might be easy but it'll result in spending way more time farming for money to repair your silverback.

Same thing goes for mutators, but those affect the amount of money spend by the same way they affect score (so friendly fire +5%, super reload -25%, vampire +10% etc.).

My advice is to play on either normal or hardcore, using the following mutators:

-Super reload/No ammo pickups
-Enemy regeneration/Inf ammo
-Friendly fire

Just find a combination that works for you, remember, the more mutators that make it difficult the faster it'll go, because they also affect the amount of money that is actually counted towards leveling up.

Now what I would do is play on Overpass and camp at the top of the map where you buy the silverback. Start at wave 1, make enough money to get your silverback and make it to wave 9. If you feel good enough then you could start on wave 9 right away instead of wave 1, but then you will not have your silverback right away! At wave 9 you just kill almost everything, then let yourself get killed and spend all the money on your silverback again.

The friendly fire mutator is a kind of a must because then you can destroy your own silverback by shooting it. (Thanks to Lord Terentius). To unlock the friendly fire mutator you need to finish the campaign in 4 player co op. If you don't have this mutator you can always let enemies destroy your silverback but it's more time consuming.

Money total spend for level 2: 200.000
Money total spend for level 3: 500.000

I can confirm that at level 2 you do not have rockets available, you need to level it up to level 3 to be able to upgrade your silverback.

There is a level 4 (and even a level 5!) but this is not needed for the rockets.

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How to get the 500 kills
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Once you get to level 3 you can upgrade your silverback for 10,000. You get unlimited ammo for the rockets but the reload time is terrible. You can just do the same as you did in step 2 only now you can play on casual since difficulty doesn't matter.
(Thanks to Lord Terentius for confirming this)

To fire rockets you have to tap A so you get into locked down position. You can't move with your silverback while firing rockets so make sure you won't get damaged too much. Top of overpass, the top of Trenches or a spawn-hallway of Blood Drive might be a good idea to camp and get your kills. Just start at wave 9, earn enough cash to buy the silverback + upgrade ($22,500 total) and then either stay at wave 9 or just play through the waves. They all die with 1 rocket hit anyway on casual.

...Or just let your buddy buy a silverback and upgrade it if he has level 3 and keep repeating a wave. Although you owe him big time then! ;-)

Tip from Ozzpot: You don't get a in-game progress bar while working on your kills while playing horde. Only way to check it is from the main menu and then to your achievements where it keeps a counter.

If you have any comments and/or advice for this guide, please tell me :-)
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