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Master Tactician in The Banner Saga 2

Master Tactician324 (40)

This is a rare achievementWith 6 Rank 10 units, win a Hard difficulty sparring battle in the Training Tent.

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Achievement Guide for Master Tactician

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eohjay
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eohjay
Achievement won on 06 Jul 16
TA Score for this game: 3,692
Posted on 06 July 16 at 13:46, Edited on 06 July 16 at 14:09
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Full disclosure: I did this on a full hard mode play through with an imported BS1 save and barely had enough renown. I got my last character to rank 10 at the very last training tent available due to a random +20 renown from a story choice.

The achievement description is pretty straightforward, but this will likely be the most difficult achievement for most people. Winning the training battle itself is actually pretty easy - it's just a standard fight. Ensuring that you have enough renown to get 6 characters to rank 10 is the tricky part.

I recommend doing this during your first play through as I noticed that you get small renown bonuses when you unlock achievements. I'm assuming that these bonuses only apply during the first play through as you can't unlock achievements "again". You'll also have an easier time if you're importing a BS1 savegame with leveled up characters or extra renown.

In Rook/Allette's caravan you'll want to pick a party of 6 characters and only spend renown on them. You'll also want to do some research prior to picking your party to ensure that these characters will stick around the entire game. For reference, the characters that I used were Egil, Mogr, Gunnulf, Aleo, Allette and Oddleif. Due to my BS1 savegame Allette, Egil and Gunnulf were already rank 5 at the start. Aleo, Mogr and Oddleif were ranks 3/4.

Do not spend any renown on items or supplies. Again, having an imported BS1 save adds extra supplies and makes this a bit easier. Without it you may lose people due to starvation which would void a different achievement.

You'll obviously want to prioritize story choices that lead to battles as each battle will likely reward you with 20+ renown. When given the chance, always fight. After that, choices that add renown are preferred, followed by supplies/morale. If you don't mind spoilers consult a walk through that lists all possible choices/outcomes such as http://www.arrpeegeez.com/2016/04/the-banner-saga-2-walkthro...

Lastly, complete all of the training challenges that are offered in the tent. These give nice renown bonuses. I believe the last one rewarded 40+ renown on it's own.

Random battle tip: This party was easily able to make it through hard mode without losing a single fight. Once Allette gets access to Overwatch equip her with a knockback causing item and park Aleo near her in battle. This pretty much breaks the game - she's almost unstoppable. The knockback ends the enemies turn so as they walk towards your party to attack them Allette damages them and essentially cancels their turn. So, damage mitigation and STR damage. I would hold my forces back until it came time to mop up the low STR enemies for the kills. Oddleif would break the shield of high STR enemies during Allettes overwatch.

Note: I am unsure if the Raven's caravan has access to enough renown to secure this achievement. They may - I had in excess of 200+ renown leftover with them when I finished because they didn't have enough kills to rank up. This was after using 40 renown to buy an additional 2 rank 10 items. Only Bolverk and Folka made it to rank 10. The rest stayed around 6-8 and I didn't want to spending time in the training tent farming kills. If anyone achieves it with them let me know.

If people could confirm any of the following in the comments I would appreciate it so that I can add it to the guide:

Has anyone achieved this in the Raven's caravan?
Has any achieved this during a game without importing a BS1 save?
Lastly, can you play through on normal and switch the game to hard before doing the training tent battle and still unlock the achievement (it worked this way in BS1 apparently)?
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