The Watney Challenge achievement in Surviving Mars

The Watney Challenge

Pass the Colony Approval stage with a single Founder

The Watney Challenge-2.2
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How to unlock the The Watney Challenge achievement

  • DarklightsDarklights545,836
    24 Mar 2018 24 Mar 2018
    11 0 4
    Got this on my first attempt playing as USA.

    First of all choose your landing site and prepare for your Dome

    Domes require water, oxygen and power (I'd recommend a couple of wind turbines and some solar panels to keep power going).

    Once built you need to bring over your colonist.
    Press the cn_LTand choose Resupply from the menu
    Now select Passenger Rocket

    The aim is to take just one person to Mars, this is indicated by the Matching Colonists number on the right hand side.

    I changed all of the categories to thumbs down using cn_right
    I then changed the following to positive to get one colonist using cn_left:
    Age - Youth
    Speciliasation - Botanist
    Sex - Female
    Perks -Sexy
    Flaws - I left this all thumbs down
    Quirks - guru

    With one Colonist in the Matching Colonist section press cn_X to launch.
    If you have more than one play with the options above to get just one.

    While the colonist was on the way I built living quarters and a farm.
    When the colonist arrives land the ship near the dome and set them to work in the farm so they don't starve.

    I sped the time up and just waited after 8 SOL's the message appears saying the colony is viable and the achievement popped.

    Just make sure the colonist has food, power, water and air and you should get this easily.

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    Daft IncarnateI would recommend a Religious person with the Survivor Perk that way they won't commit suicide or die immediately if their needs arent met or the dome loses air/water.
    I also found they kept getting crop failure on the farm when I did this, so brought in food on a shuttle instead.
    Posted by Daft Incarnate on 06 Apr 18 at 08:51
    FlopsyTheRabbitTo make this go faster and get Aren't They Cute at the same time, use these settings:

    Sponsor: SpaceY
    Profile: Mayor (for 2000 extra cash)
    Game Rules: Prefab Colony, Faster Rockets, More Applicants. (Prefab Colony will give you a bunch of free buildings, including a dome. Faster Rockets for convenience. More Applicants to get a better colonist selection.) - at time of writing these do not disable achievements

    Customise your first rocket to get rid of all the vehicles, probes and prefabs except one moisture vaporator, add 10-15 food and fill the rest with drones (don't change the polymers/electronics/machine parts, they will be needed for maintenance). Build out your infrastructure with the prefabs, build a dome with housing and a farm.

    Send across your lone colonist - you can set your filters on the passenger rocket as normal and then choose one individual by pressing RT and toggle thumbs up with the d-pad. I went for a Botanist with Rugged, as other have suggested Religious would also be good

    While you are waiting for the 10 sols to pass, spam more cargo rockets containing only drones until you have 200, return them to earth as necessary. The only other items you may need to send are more prefab moisture vaporators depending on the water situation - you should have enough money for a few of these along with the drones.

    With these settings you can get both achievements well before sol 15.
    Posted by FlopsyTheRabbit on 21 Oct 18 at 13:35
    X30 TrucaseI‘d also like to add that you should construct a hydroponic farm inside the dome, not a large regular farm. The reason is that the former can be operated by a single individual more easily. A large farm needs just too many botanists to run smoothly without crop failures. Also, the large farm must be unlocked by research & development, whereas the hydroponic farm is available from the start.
    I managed the achievement on my third attempt around Sol 16.
    The rest of the solutions and comments are great. But only the use of the type of farm can be misleading.
    Posted by X30 Trucase on 24 May 19 at 05:02
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  • VexuLVexuL249,013
    06 Jul 2019 15 Jul 2019
    1 0 0
    This is a simple achievement if you follow my strategy shown in the video below.

    There are also few other achievements you can try for at the same time (scanning all sectors, positronic man, others).
  • lucasgodfalllucasgodfall166,895 166,895 GamerScore
    26 Apr 2020 26 Apr 2020 26 Apr 2020
    1 3 0
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