Patient N achievement in The Outer Worlds

Patient N

Kill 20 enemies that are infected by spreading N-rays.

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How to unlock the Patient N achievement

  • Hazar KhallHazar Khall1,141,322
    27 Oct 2019 27 Oct 2019
    46 0 6
    This contains spoilers : Endgame
    If, like me, you found no n-ray weapons OR mods up to reading this however, this is for you;

    Shortly after Phineas' lab is raided, making it the second to last mission in the game, you are tasked with going into his normally sealed off lab section after a brief fight.

    In his room, Phins Phorce, a light machine gun with n-ray as its damage, is sitting plainly on a desk.

    I put it on, saved my game, went to Tartarus, the games final location, and used it exclusively to kill the enemies in my way. The gun, with its 53x3 damage, always seemed to effect my enemies, and doing relatively high damage to organics, lead to a quick, easy 20 kills.
    Note, I kept firing until they died, I didnt wait to see if n-way acted like poison. Supposedly its like Slag from Borderlands, only increasing damage to more n-ray as opposed to other damage types.

    I hope this helps! I hunted for ages but either RNG was unkind, or I missed getting this earlier.

    Happy hunting (>*_*)>

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    AllOvaMyself@The SCHWARTZ 00 - I never bought any of them either, just found them while looting.

    As I pointed out, they aren't ideal, but in a pinch they'll still help you get the achievement.
    Posted by AllOvaMyself on 08 Nov 19 at 01:51
    MichaelGoldmaneThere is a weapon early on in monarch called purpleberry launch. Its damge type n-ray and fires purple berry blasts at people. Its at cascadia I think its called in the first base you come into while walking. The one you don't land at. Right before the bridge is a ladder on a building. Its inside the room at the top of the ladder. Hope this helps someone
    Edit just saw the other post about this. Whoops
    Posted by MichaelGoldmane on 23 Dec 20 at 22:39
    BigTymer2047Great tip! Once I got the gun, had the kills in a few minutes! Appreciate it!
    Posted by BigTymer2047 on 02 Apr at 01:25
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  • Segendary TySegendary Ty657,690
    31 Oct 2019 30 Oct 2019 30 Oct 2019
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    Actually there is a Legendary N-ray weapon called Purpleberry Launcher.

    It's on Monarch in the Cascadia area. With your back to the bridge between the docking area of Cascadia and facing the gate*, you can see a fallen down sign with purple neon letters. To the right of that sign is a ladder. Once there you'll have to lockpick a door with a difficulty level of 55 and some magpicks. Right ahead the weapon will be displayed laying in a sink.

    *depending on the story progression the gate can be sealed and might require a key to open, however you can also approach the site from a different side. Do know that the town is infested with maurauders and the landing pad with a lot of raptidons (even two raptidon bosses)

    You then need to kill 20 enemies with this weapon while it's effect is active.
    -You don't want to stand too close because otherwise you'll be affected as well.
    -The amount of enemies reset to your last save but the achievement tracker will be frozen at your 'high score'.
    -I am unsure if you need to turn the enemies to ash for this to count. I do know it will NOT count for your plasma ash achievement.

    Alternative methods of obtaining an N-ray weapon:
    -On the bridge itself is an elevator that will take you down to a boss enemy that wields an N-ray scythe. I'm not sure if you can always loot it from his body though
    -Use the vending machines to get a N-ray mod. These cost 8000 bits (6200 with the related Perk) and are extremely rare and I believe only start appearing from level 15+. I don't recommend this at all, but just in case keep on the lookout and always have the bits ready for it. I put the mod on my Light Machine Gun mark 2 and tinkered it a bit and now it's overpowered.
    -Use the science weapon: Prismatic Hammer and swing till your hearts content. This however requires even more luck because you might get the kill with a different damage type.

    Ergo the Purpleberry is a good bet for this achievement

    Good luck with hunting
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    JDBAKER NYAfter you pick up the purpleberry launcher, as you walk away from that room look directly across to nearest building - enter same & head to 2nd floor where you can use workbench to tinker your new launcher (if you have the bits and are so inclined). Whether you are at this location for the first time or this is a return trip, plenty of enemies in the area.

    Save your game, choose your targets & try to hit all enemies with your N-ray weapon at least once, then kill them all. Check the achievement for total kills, save game (in new slot), then reload your previous save, rinse & repeat until achievement trips.

    if you have tinkered weapon high enough, you can easily kill them using only N-rays (and without any help from companions). That's what I did (using tinkered 383 dps Purpleberry Launcher, and making my companions "hold" passive to keep them out of fight).
    Posted by JDBAKER NY on 16 Nov 19 at 18:48
    Apostle92627I got the weapon after having beaten the game, tinkered the gun, and traveled to Stellar Bay to finish the plasma achievement. After that was over, I mopped up the remaining citizens with the gun. Watching them run around like chickens with their heads cut off was hilarious.
    Posted by Apostle92627 on 26 Apr 20 at 22:52
  • BradLeafsFan9BradLeafsFan9389,925 389,925 GamerScore
    30 Nov 2019 09 Dec 2019 09 Dec 2019
    8 0 0
    - N-Rays are basically an elemental type, they are the least common and are indicated by a pink symbol as seen in the video / thumbnail

    - You can use the "Mag-2-Ray" Magazine Mod on a weapon of choice to turn it into an N-Ray weapon

    *** Spoiler - click to reveal ***

    - When you shoot an enemy with this it causes a periodical pink blast causing damage each time and turns them into ash if it finishes off the enemy.

    - As for the achievement you can just kill them after they are infected any way you want seeming how the description is worded. So you don't have to turn them into ash for the kills to count unlike the Plasma kills for the We All Fall Down Achievement

    - Remember the SAVE trick to help you grind this out faster
    One trick that helps with all of the "do this X amount of times" cheevs...use the SAVE feature to RELOAD SAVES helping you grind those out easier. *However people have said that it can cause the tracker to stop going if this happens, try saving after you do one run, SAVE on a new file, then RELOAD the old one. Rinse & Repeat.

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