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Brain Surgeon

Kill 50 players with headshots

Brain Surgeon-0.6
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How to unlock the Brain Surgeon achievement

  • WyrmserWyrmser229,852
    28 Apr 2013 28 Apr 2013
    26 0 23
    In order to unlock "Brain Surgeon" you must kill 50 players with headshots in competetive multiplayer. This can be done in many different ways, but I'd like to share with you what I did to unlock this cheevo. I'll start off first with my character build.
    Using "Cloak" as my main Ego power, I had at the time 5 perk slots to use and I had them maxed out with 3 Ego points in each:

    Infiltraitor...Increases cloak duration (+6 seconds)
    Shadow's Core...Reduces recharge time of Cloak (-9 seconds)
    Shadowed Strike...You deal more damage while Cloaked (+30%)
    Ambush...You deal more critical damage to players not engaged in combat (+9% critical multiplier)
    Hunter's Stance...You deal more critical damage to players while crouched (+9% critical multiplier)

    The core of this build is "Infliltraitor" and "Shadow's Core" to maximize your "Cloak" power. If you are using a Bolt-action Sniper Rifle the other 3 may be considered overkill as this weapon, in most cases, will be a one-shot kill to the skull (you will see a skull being decimated by a bullet in the kill-feed). If you are using a different weapon, this build will give you an advantage on any shots to the head.

    My primary weapon of choice was a VBI Bolt-action Sniper Rifle (1271 damage and 3.0 critical multiplier) with an incendiary nano-effect. I would have liked to have found one with a biological nano-effect because if you dont hit them in the head, the nano-effect would slow them down making your next shot easier. My weapon caught them on fire and made them roll around making my next shot harder, but it was still managable. My weapon had a "green" rarity and had 4 mod slots which I filled as follows:

    Sniper Recoil Stock...Improves bloom and recoil
    Tachyon Laced Extender...Improves critical multiplier
    Extended Sniper Magazine...Improves magazine size
    Telescopic Sight...Improves accuracy

    My secondary weapon of choice was the Grind Fragger. It is Pump Shotgun that has a large magazine capacity and actually fires automatic. In my opinion it is the best CQB weapon in the game and has saved my hide on countless ocassions in multiplayer. I believe I got this this as a reward from a Main Mission so when you have it, dont get rid of it. Save it for multiplayer if for no other reason. Watch your mini-map and switch to it whenever an enemy gets too close and unleash hell!

    Now for my preference of game-mode and map. I tried Shadow-War by watching over capture points and found this extremely frustrating. Most players are driving vehicles trying to run players over or when they're on foot capping a point, they're cloaked alot of times making it almost impossible in both cases to get a headshot. I gave up on this and tried Team Deathmatch. Observatory wasn't my style because I found it to have too many hills and not enough clear sightlines, also most of the battles take place in and around the main buildings which make sniping tough. My favorite map hands down is Waterfront. This map is tailor made for sniping. Its almost completely flat, but also has countless elevated positions snipe from. The best part is its usually chock-full of opposing snipers just begging to be shot in the face! Team Deathmatch now has a win count of 25 so matches are fast and furious but I still managed an average of 1 headshot per match usually within the first minute of gametime before most Cloak powers were active. There are a couple spots that I found profitable from each of the 2 initial spawn points that I will detail now.

    The first spawn point I will call "A". This point has a tower about 100 meters to your left of where you start. You can run forward and left up a small ramp and then to the tower. Once at the top this place gives a clear sightline to the opposite tower and many other places on the map including the roof of the main building in the middle. The other choice is to run forward from spawn point "A" about 75 meters to a high ramp to your left and run up to the top. From here you have a nice sightline to the doorway of the main building and to your right you can see the boat where snipers like to perch. You also have an area to the right below your position where alot of runners will be trying to flank your team.

    The second spawn point "B" is basically opposite of "A". This place has a boat about 50 meters to your left which you can jump to and watch over the high ramp I spoke of at spawn "A". Also you can watch the main building and the surrounding area. You can also run forward a short distance from this spawn and jump up to some barrels or crates and watch the inside of the main building and the opposite doorway which gets crowded quickly. You may want some higher elevation so run forward from spawn "B" and to the right to climb the tower on your side of the map. From here you can see the opposite tower and the ground below watching out for sneaky flankers.

    Once you start your run for 50 headshots I have a few more tips to keep in mind. When you are searching for targets with a Sniper Rifle, don't aim! Move your unaimed reticle around the map until you see a sheild/health bar of an opposing player, then aim down sights to locate them. Watch your mini-map for anyone sneaking up behind you and switch to your CQB weapon of choice. Don't just use your map, turn around check your surrounding area from time to time just to be safe. Try not to get frustrated if you miss alot because its going to happen. My 50 didn't come from 50 shots by any means, more like 500. Have FUN and play the game!

    Well, I hope this solution helps some players who are having trouble. Like I said in the beginning this is only what I personally did, but there are many other options, so find what works for you and run with it! If this did help you out I'd love to hear from you in the comments and if you hated it, I'd love to hear from you too. Now go cap some skulls!!!

    Good Luck and "Happy Cheevo Hunting"!!!

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    LoneHunter44Thanks for the info WeisGuy, I expected them not to count but it was worth an ask, it would've made it much quicker
    Posted by LoneHunter44 on 06 May 14 at 21:28
    WeisGuy9I know, right? I managed to finish off mine in MP when they had the glitch with the overpowered Surge Bolter. This achievement is definitely a pain in the ass.
    Posted by WeisGuy9 on 06 May 14 at 23:33
    Selturethat's stupid that duels don't count. Really should but i guess it would definitely be an easy achievement then just boost it with a friend like I was before i found that out.
    Posted by Selture on 26 Mar 15 at 06:47
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  • WackFiendWackFiend305,762
    25 May 2013 25 May 2013
    4 0 0
    This achievement MAY be glitched, but in a good way. I followed the guide Wyrmser wrote except I used a Frontier Repeater. Same damage, but 3.5x Crit. You can buy one at Top Notch Toolworks. Anyway, I played a couple of matches on Waterfront and got a few headshots. Took a while to get them too, but I was prepared for the long haul.

    Today, after downloading patch 1.020 I started playing Freight Yard since it is finally accessible. I have to say, I much prefer this map for sniping rather than any other map/mode. it has wide open areas and veritcality like Waterfont, but points you can watch and a larger player count like Shadow Wars, without being as hectic.

    I got maybe 4-5 headshots in a couple of games and the achievement popped. I can say for certain I DID NOT get 50 headshots with my sniper rifle. Maybe 10, 15 tops. These were the ones with the specific "bullet-through-skull" kill icon.

    It's entirely possible that Trion lowered the headshot count necessary and didn't inform us in patch notes. More likely, however, is that I got a bunch of headshots with the myriad of other weapons I've used in multiplayer, just never knowing it.

    So, if you've played a good bit of MP for the other achievements, you may not need to work so hard on this one?
  • NonfaithNonfaith454,969
    29 Apr 2013 07 May 2014
    3 1 1
    What do you mean he isn't dead??? (DLC-5 UPDATE!!!)

    As of DLC-5s release onto the Defiance landscape the sniper rifle has been made almost completely useless in multiplayer. If you enjoy shooting a guy in the head, not once, but 5 TIMES???, to kill him. Please feel free to feel the utter frustration and futility of trying to get this legit now.

    Otherwise....you are going to need a boosting partner.

    All you need is to get at least one other person on the opposite team on Observatory and coordinate trading off headshots. If you don't see the bullet piercing the skull icon, it is not a headshot. To get into the same match you will both have to be on the same sever. Just "friend" the other player and then "go to" them in the menu. Once you do that you will be on the same server. Then you can both search for Observatory and end up in the same game.

    Use observatory because it is the smallest map with the fewest obstacles.
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    olde fortran 77You don't even need one of the special maps like Observatory. You can go into a Shadow War on the full Bay Area map. As long as you avoid being spawn killed, you and your boosting partner can find someplace out away from the capture points and trade kills without interruption.
    Posted by olde fortran 77 on 22 Aug 14 at 22:36
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