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HOPO-cidal Maniac in Rock Band 3

HOPO-cidal Maniac99 (25)

Kill 53,596 Hammer-ons and Pull-offs.

  • Unlocked by 3,330 tracked gamers (6% - TA Ratio = 3.95) 52,114  

Achievement Guide for HOPO-cidal Maniac

Atom Balm
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Atom Balm
Achievement won on 07 Dec 10
TA Score for this game: 3,346
Posted on 21 November 10 at 01:50, Edited on 14 April 11 at 01:05
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I took some of the song recommendations I've seen for this ach and made a quick table that shows their HOPO efficiency (e.g., why play a 10 minute song for 1000 HOPOs when a 4 minute song will give you the same number?). I'd call myself an intermediate-to-advanced guitarist when it comes to RB. I played all of these on Expert and averaged between 97% and 100%. So your mileage may vary - I missed a good number of HOPOs in some of the trickier solos (e.g., GGaHT, Freebird, Guitar Sounds), so you may be able to squeeze out another hundred or two for some of these.

In the table at the bottom of this post, the first figure shown is the average number of HOPOs per minute (based on the length of the song). The second number is the total HOPOs. The list starts with the most efficient songs and works down.

A couple additional notes to consider:

1) Only HOPOs played on Guitar count toward this achievement. Sorry, bassists.

2) You can always view the exact number of HOPOs you've accumulated during gameplay. Contributor Senor Slurpee has this to say on the matter:
"You can track [your total number of HOPOs] by going to Career>My Goals>Guitar>Epic Guitar Goals>Hopo-cidal Maniac. Also by going there you can push the Green button and then select the song and it will add a counter up in the corner as you play the song so you can keep track of how many HoPo's you get in the song."


* Updated 2011-04-13: Thanks for the recent suggestions, everyone (and for bringing some awesome new downloads to my attention). First off, thanks to Senor Slurpee and MadMaxx42 for reminding me of a couple details I should have included in the guide in the first place (>_<) (see numbered list above). Second, we've got a batch of terrific new songs - two of which are serious contenders. JoCo hasn't been dethroned yet, but Landslide (thanks, Hans jv) and She's Always a Woman (thanks, AquaFalc) give him a serious run for his money. Both songs are ridiculously accessible on Expert when considering how many HOPOs they throw at you (not to mention it's nice to get some decent slow-paced songs into the mix). Then, commenters Stiffytiffy23 and EvoHero give us Blue Sky and Satellite Radio, respectively. Blue Sky is something of a spiritual sibling to China Cat Sunflower, and the HOPO-heavy solo is a lot of fun to play, especially when your gnarled fingers need a break from Betty and Me. Satellite Radio has roughly the same HOPOs/minute as Blue Sky and is considerably easier to play. Thanks for giving me a reason to pop RB3 back in, guys.

* Updated 2010-12-06: We've got a new winner. Jonathan Coulton's Betty and Me (on RBN) is only 3:10 and is good for at least 1000 HOPOs (I got 987, but missed around 20). It's a bit of a finger-buster, and requires vigilant sight-reading for the uninitiated, but it's a blast to play.

* Updated 2010-12-06: I also added Outside, Grace, and Panic Attack. BTW, am I the only one who hears the intro on that last one and thinks of Super Metroid (and then Castlevania as the song goes on)?

* Updated 2010-12-06: Added Dig and Alabama Getaway to the list - thanks for the suggestions. The other recommendations also look good, but most of those are a little out of my league for expert HOPO-ing. :-) I'm also not a huge metal guy, so this list skews toward songs that are more broadly accessible.

* Updated 2010-12-05: Thanks for the comments, everyone. Added Red Barchetta and Something Bigger, Something Brighter to the list.

(HOPOS/min) | (Total HOPOs) | Song Name

312 | 0987 | Betty and Me (Jonathan Coulton, RBN)
233 | 0777 | She's Always a Woman
232 | 0794 | Landslide
216 | 1093 | Less Talk More Rokk
209 | 0796 | China Cat Sunflower
156 | 1552 | Green Grass and High Tides
153 | 1297 | Guitar Sound
135 | 0550 | Satellite Radio
134 | 0713 | Blue Sky
134 | 0714 | Something Bigger, Something Brighter
124 | 0476 | Alabama Getaway
121 | 0891 | Panic Attack
110 | 0423 | Hysteria
102 | 0449 | Dig
094 | 0910 | Freebird
082 | 0401 | Franklin's Tower
075 | 0318 | Everybody Wants to Rule the World
074 | 0370 | Outside
067 | 0164 | Crosstown Traffic
066 | 0438 | Red Barchetta
054 | 0138 | Grace
023 | 0132 | Red Tandy
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