: This achievement is sometimes a bit buggy in a positive way and can unlock in the late 90s saving you an incredible 25 minutes! Another report has it unlocking at 101 - it is a true shame this man wasted 3 minutes.Note 2
: The Mars' Chosen pack will make this faster if you play with a competent teammate in most circumstances. It's actually about the same amount of XP over time as doing it the original way (unless both players are extremely good, in which case you will get insane combo's and XP), but requires less skill (the enemies are more forgiving) and in my opinion it's more fun. PLAY SURVIVAL
if you have this DLC. Definitely not required though.Note 3
: I hope I've made it fairly clear Survival is the way to go. However, please keep in mind that most people will not buy the DLC and may still want to get this achievement. While the fastest solution may very well be "pay $9 and play survival", my solution needs to account for the 95% that doesn't want to do that.Note 4
: There's a video guide at the bottom courtesy of Markyshizzle. He recommends some stuff I don't agree with but clearly his strategy works for him and in general it will help you understand what you should be doing if you have the Survival maps.
Alright I started out really slow. Took about 5 rounds to get to Rank 1. Finished my first weapon of the gods at 14 and my fourth at 45. At about that time, I unlocked tier 4 gear and could finally get decent focus gear. I went from 41-100 in an afternoon.
At the end, I was regularly getting over 200k experience in one round (up to 600k in Survival). This gives you 4-5 levels at once. This is when you combo gets over 300x. It rapidly goes up from there. 375x combo gave me 300k experience, 50% more what 320x combo gives you. It varies a bit but you get the idea.
According to sniffles x, it requires about 7,050,000xp
to get to level 100.
You want gear with focus on it. Any of the stats are good, especially focus gain and focus time. Gain increases how much you get and time determines how long it lasts each time you use it, letting you kill more enemies with each focus use.
XP gear is worthless. Don't use it. it's totally insignificant and honestly, the amount of higher combo you can get with extra focus is going to far outweigh it. All the other stats are also pretty bad and I just ignore them except crowd bonus, which gives you more gold which you can turn into better gear.
I'd also note that I'd recommend buying no more than two booster packs at each tier. The gear is nice but it's not really the main thing and doing this you'll barely have enough gold for the next tier anyway when you get there. The packs are expensive and not worthwhile till tier 4. Save your gold.
All the god's items are pretty bad too except Mars. It's really good early on and you should use him as your first god to unlock his sword.God
Jupiter is the best. It's extra focus. If you need the HP, you're wrong and you actually just need to get better. More focus means more time slow which means more combo and finally, more XP. It's the best god bar none.When you use the time slow, enemies take 6-8 hits to die after the patch on Dec. 17. Hit them until the skull appears then execute to maximize your combo.Level
: Arena - Classical Rome
The first area is just ok and there's not a ton of units. The second area is awesome and once you learn the enemy spawn patterns, you will start getting HUGE combos here.
Do matchmaking for this if you don't have a friend. Idiots don't really hurt you and it's better than playing solo. Play solo on the Courtyard as a last resort if you can't find anyone in matchmaking.With DLC
: Survival - Dockyard
You want to do Dockyard because there are no catapults or archers to break your combo. It's definitely the superior choice due to less frustration, so if you bought the DLC, use it. If you didn't, don't shed any tears - Dockyard doesn't give more XP if you know how to play the game well, but not very well, and follow my strategies below, the enemies are just strictly easier so you'll be doing better, sooner. If you're quite good and have a good partner, this will be noticeably faster.Strategy
Make sure you get all the other god's items (for that achievement) before switching to Jupiter. You'll be getting more focus through gear later on, so you may as well save Jupiter for last so that you can combine them for insane amounts of focus.
Generally, you want to keep your combo going. This means when you're done with a kill, if there are no nearby enemies immediately press LB to taunt. This will preserve your combo for about 20 seconds. Spam LB whenever you're waiting on something. If you see your combo meter flashing, it's about to disappear, so it's time to taunt.
There are statutes you can use once per area that will refill your HP and Focus. Use this to your advantage.
Never go for the objectives if you have an ally who can do it for you. You don't want to risk losing your combo doing stupid objectives like trying to hit a boiling pot of oil and constantly missing it, eventually leading to two enemies inevitably attacking at once and breaking your combo.
For catapults, run right next to them. They can't target you here. They can break your combo even during executions so never fight if you're not right next to one.
For archer towers, do the exact same thing. Stand at the bottom of the tower, breaking line of sight of the archers above you. I encourage you to try going up and killing the archers, seeing the combo-death-sentence that this is simply so you'll understand. NEVER GO UP TO KILL THE ARCHERS. That is the job of your random matchmade companion. There will be plenty of enemies below to kill anyway. If there's not, just stand around pressing LB. If you have Diana, your focus can kill the archers if you're standing right below them when you use it.Enemies
A quick how-to on how to fight enemies. Keep in mind that any charge move I mention below can also be blocked by a "Perfect Block". This is when you press A at basically the last possible second. I don't recommend trying to do this, but it can save your combo in a tricky situation so keep it in mind.
Archers - If there is one on the ground, you want to watch the arrow indicator in the middle of your screen. When it turns red press block, then roll towards the archer, then press LB and get ready to block again. This is the only way to maintain your combo. These spawn when you have the hold an area objective. Be wary of them. They will break your combo. If you or your partner is using Diana, standing right below the platform and using focus will kill the archers above.
Shield Enemies - Watch out for them charging you. Crytek made the idiotic decision not to allow dodge cancelling, so if you are button mashing (and you are), this pretty much always hits you. Be very careful not to button mash so you can avoid this. While it's not necessary always, I recommend hitting Y twice when breaking their guard.
Axe Enemies - If they have an axe, they also have a charge. Kill these guys ASAP. They're weak and can't break your XXY string like shield enemies can, so make them a priority so they don't break your combo later.
Dual Wield Enemies - When they do their attack, press A before each one. Don't spam A. You want to do A. A. A. Then roll. Now do Y Y Y X X X to do damage to them. At this point they'll break your attack and you repeat.
Two Hand Weapon Enemies - These guys only appear as the final quest to kill leaders. They take three Mars focus attacks to kill (or one Jupiter/Apollo). If you're attacking them, you want to wait for their attack, roll, spam X until they attack again (sometimes you'll only get one hit, sometimes 3-4), roll, spam X, roll, spam X until they die. They're really rather easy but they're definitely the ones that seem to give people the most trouble.Alternate Method
(Courtesy of Coura6e)
I used the map Wicker Man and partnered up with someone in a 'round to round.' If both players select Jupiter as their God, they can trap the barbarians at the spawn point. Take turns using the "bullet time" and you should easily get 200+ per round.