Since my good friend AFalcon90 will not be buying this DLC pack, I’ll write this one real quick. My name is MC0REBE and you may already be familiar with any of my published guides, so I’ll do my best to guide you through this DLC as best as I can.
Mayday is the second chapter in the Extinction game-mode and allows us to meet a new enemy: The Seeder (don't confuse this one with the red Seeker). This new enemy can be compared with the Scorpion from the two previous maps, but this one rarely shoots out any vomit/poison that hurts you. Instead, they release spores that shoot out needles that can do heavy damage. Scorpions are not included here, so that’s a good thing. A new element in this game is crafting which allows you to build tactical or lethal grenades, but also the Venom X weapon in four different versions and some other useful tools. Of course, more information can be found below; all credit for the included videos goes to Maka91Productions.
Let’s get on with the achievements:
Just like in Nightfall, there are 4 hidden hives in the new multiplayer maps. The location of these can be found in the following summary:
- Ruins: Found under a roof near the Federation spawn location, just outside the map.
- Behemoth: Near the Federation spawn location, go to the left hand side of the railing and look across the map towards the spawn point to see it.
- Unearthed (Dome remake): Near the Ghosts spawn location, look for the building with the rock in the middle going into the building. Look around the rock to see a small gap in which you can see the hive through.
- Collision: Near the Ghosts spawn location, make your way to the right hand side of the map to spot this hive underneath a bridge in the distance.
All hives can be shot with any weapon, although an Assault Rifle with any sight (Reflex, ACOG, …) to make sure you can see the hive clearly. Upon shooting all 4 hives, destroy the first hive in Mayday to unlock the achievement. If you rather have a visual, take a look at the video below:
The two aforementioned achievements can be unlocked while progressing naturally through the area. ‘The Belly of The Beast’ will be unlocked right after you destroyed the hive while facing the Kraken tentacle and ‘Come Up for Air’ will be unlocked after you get to the topside of the ship after pressing a button in the sealed control room.
The new enemy, the Seeder, will start throwing his venom around which will cause turrets to spawn all over the map on random places. While playing Mayday, you should make it your priority to either take out the Cryptids first or, if any turrets have spawned, to destroy these turrets. Going from the first hive until the Kraken will give you plenty of chances to do so. It’s unclear whether or not this has to be in one game, but personally, I unlocked this in my second game when I started from zero Seeder Turrets destroyed. An image can be found below:
Just like in the Devastation map, there’s intel to find (and for you enthusiasts to enjoy as well). There are 4 pieces of intel to find in lootable boxes, which can be grinded in the first area while playing solo. There are 5 tablets of intel to find as well, which can be found on the following places:
- In the first area, unlock the door with the drill up top. Enter the room and destroy the window. Follow the pipe around the corner to see this in front of you.
- Just before the second area, after you’ve encountered the Kraken’s tentacle and after breaching the door in the corridor behind the hive, instead of walking to the bay area to you right, go straight onto a destroyed catwalk to find this on the right hand side in a corner.
- In the second area, where a hive could be on top of some containers, look for a container that allows you to cross towards the upper catwalk. Jump over diagonally to an explosive barrel (and it can kill you, found out the hard way). Climb up another small container from that barrel, turn around and jump over to see it lying on a container of the same size.
- In the fourth area, when you get to the labs, there is a pillar next to a door you can breach. Go behind it to find it on the floor.
- In the area where you fight the Kraken, go all the way to the back of the area from where you dropped in to find this in a corner on the right hand side.
There are 10 craftable items on this map. To craft an item, you first need to pick up a schematic and then loot the red toolboxes. Once you’ve found all 3 parts, press the Back-button and then press X to acquire the new item(s). The 10 different items are described below:
- Pipe Bombs, schematic can be found in the first area in a room on the right hand side after scaling a stair set. These act like Canister Bombs and are very powerful. With each schematic, you craft 5. This schematic can also be found on the Deck, in the third area on the left hand side near the entrance of the Labs.
- Sticky Flares, schematic can be found in the same room as the Pipe Bombs. Acts like normal flares but explode when their timer expires. Don’t get to close. With each schematic you craft 2. No other flares can be carried once you have these 2.
- Hypno Trap, schematic can be found on the opposite side of the bay area entrance. This acts like the Hypno Knife in the previous two maps but the only difference here is that you need to lead the Cryptid you want as a friendly through the platform.
- Tesla Trap, schematic can be found on the same desk as the Hypno Trap. This acts like an electric trap and comes in very handy during an entire session. There are 3 different ones to craft, and the difference can be found in the batteries:
* Basic Tesla: Cell Battery
* Medium Tesla: Liquid Battery
* Advanced: Nucleic Battery
- Venom X, the schematic can be found inside the room on the left hand side after entering the bay area and after breaching the according door. These will craft an entire weapon but they do not fill up a weapon slot once obtained. There are 4 different types to craft, and the difference can be found in the Biolum component:
* Biolum: creates the regular green Venom X which does damage over time with venom
* Blue Biolum: creates an electric type of Venom X which can create a safe area for a few seconds
* Red Biolum: creates a fire type of Venom X which spreads fire, does damage over time and which can create a safe are for a few seconds
* Amethyst Biolum: creates a Seeder type of Venom X which spawns friendly Seeder Turrets wherever the bullets explode. This is the least powerful out of the four in my opinion and not recommended when going to the Kraken.
This schematic can also be found on the Deck, in the third area on the left hand side near the entrance of the Labs.
With the Hypno Trap, you will be able to make a Rhino your ally. Chances are that when you are playing either solo or in co-op, that a Rhino will spawn while you are breaching a door. Quickly craft the item and lead him through it. Fairly easy achievement, although luck might play a role in this as well if you are attempting this while clearing a hive.
The Kraken is fairly easy while using the right classes and strategy. I would recommend you pick the Weapon Specialist class, as well as the Do Less Damage relic. The reason for this is when you max out the Weapon Specialist tree; you do 50% more damage as well as faster reloading (which allows you to pick something else instead of the Team Booster (Armor or Feral Instincts always come in handy). If you are playing this in co-op, another strategy isn’t needed either since every player in your team can be a Weapon Specialist (although a Medic or an Engineer can be a big help as well). Another good combination might be the Smaller Waller relic while playing as an Engineer since you will be able to carry $6,000 after maxing out that particular class.
Clear all hives like usual and when you get to the Kraken, make sure that there is one person with either the LSAT or the Chainsaw (Muzzle Break and Grip attachments do help, but are completely optional). Another person should have full ammo in either the Electric or Fire Venom-X and the two others need to have a fairly good weapon. The Honey Badger is a very good weapon with a good clipsize and a very good rate of fire. All four of you should be on the hive in the middle of the deck while the player with the LMG empties his gun at the Kraken. The person with the Venom-X should only keep the hive area clear of Cryptics spawning all over the place and the two other persons should cover the outside area, while taking out the Seeders (and their Turrets) as a priority. Venom-X ammo should only be picked up from the person who’s covering the red area while the person with the LMG shouldn’t do any drops since he is not making a lot of money while shooting the Kraken. Doing it using this method will take less than 10 minutes and will cause you the least amount of troubles. Remember to set up Sentry Guns or to call in Vultures to keep you and your team safe and this should be a walk in the park.
My load out (and the recommended one) was the following:
Class: Weapon Specialist
Pistol: MP-433 Grach
Ammo: Armor Piercing Rounds (combine this with a Bulldog and Rhino’s go down in less than a clip)
Team Support: Armor
Equalizer: Riot Shield
The other three members of my team were using the same load out except that some preferred to use the Sentry Gun or the Feral Instincts. Play with whatever you feel most comfortable with though, but if you feel yourself struggling, don’t hesitate to experiment a little bit.
Here we go again! There are 14 hives in Mayday, which will allow you to complete 14 additional challenges. These aren’t much different than the ones you’ve already had in the previous map, with one addition and one glitchy one. More information can be found below (with special thanks to AFalcon90!):
Kill X scout aliens with melee attacks
Self-explanatory. Push the right thumbstick down to kill enemies with your knife. During the entire first area you can save ammo and money by using only melee attacks against all the scout aliens.
Kill X enemies with pistols
Again, self-explanatory and easy to do: unsheathe, aim and shoot. .44 Magnum and MP-443 are the best choice. Equip some explosive ammo and watch out for explosive objects that could void the kill.
Keep aiming accuracy above X%
Designate one of your teammate as the shooter. The chosen one will have to shoot one single bullet against a creature, hitting it. Precision indicator will automatically increase to 100%. Use a flare to simplify the whole thing, or wait that a creature attacks the drill in order to have a clear and steady target. Now only use melee attacks to kill the remaining aliens. If a seeder, rhino or a phantom appears, you have to keep calm, use some tactic and kill them with your knife or some traps, sentries, IMS, explosives, SOFLAM, etc. (throwing a flare can be useful in these circumstances).
Don't reload your weapon for X seconds
"You will not laugh! You will not cry! You will not press the X button!" Also, you will not change weapon, pick up items or dispense any ammo. And do not shoot if your weapon has a small magazine with high rate of fire. Sentry Guns and/or Vultures can be used, so feel free to call these in when you don’t have any flares to throw.
Don't use abilities for X seconds
Don't drop any ammo, don't use team support, strike or equalizer abilities.
Kill X enemies at mid-air
Activate all the traps in the nearby and this challenge will be an easy win. Alternatively reach a high platform, equip a powerful weapon, wait for a lucky jumping alien and destroy it at middle air (or vice versa).
Kill X enemies when your health bar is full
This challenge is equivocal and pretty easy indeed. Health is auto-regenerative, so even if you get hit by an enemy the challenge isn't void, wait until the health is restored and shoot as many aliens as possible. Only the aliens killed while the health bar is at its maximum will count. Using armor is convenient; those will get damaged first instead of your health bar.
Don't enter in survival state before the drill has finished
Protect yourself and the entire team. Armor will be useful.
Protect a random player
The team will have to prevent that a random player enters the survival state. Drop some armour and use Venom-X (if available) against your teammate if surrounded by enemies.
Defeat the tentacle before the hive is destroyed
Honestly, this is a joke. Have one person go on the turret on the right hand side while facing the tentacle and cover him from spawning in Cryptids while he is shredding it. Might take two clips, but is relatively easy to finish and hard to not complete.
Spend X amount of money
"This is a poor excuse to pick a man's pockets", someone would say. Don't be greedy, always share ammo and armor. Place turrets and activate traps. Kill as many enemies as possible to ensure a constant flow of money to be spent immediately. This challenge can be tough if tackled during the first half of area 2, the drill is faster and there are fewer enemies from which to obtain money. A teammate with fully upgraded Engineer class will be your best friend. He will earn cash from traps, to hold in a larger wallet (max $ 8.000). If you spent almost all of your money and if you are in area 3, prepare to struggle at the next hive.
Kill X aliens with turrets
Any kind of turret will be fine. If you use a basic sentry and combine it with flare, it will be useful to group your targets. Don't steal kills at the turrets, but defend them from the Cryptid’s attacks.
Kill X enemies at a certain distance
Aim away and shoot the highlighted enemies in a white outline. When enemies are too close, the outline will disappear and the killing will not be valid for the challenge. In this case, just back away. The best weapons for the challenge are the ones with a wide operational range and good damage, like the LSAT, any assault rifle or even a maxed out portable minigun turret.
Kill X enemies in Y seconds
Be fast and brutal, the amount of seconds usually is: 30 seconds! A bunch of LMG’s combined with some explosive ammo: that is the recipe for victory. Be careful, sometimes enemies will not appear until you'll go looking for them.
Kill X Seekers before they self-destruct
These are the red Seekers, not the new Yellow Seeders. Don't let them get too close, just shoot from a distance. Activating traps might be a great help as well, but beware that some Seekers mount buildings to flank you and your team.
Note: this is the glitchy one! This was my last challenge while I was going for this achievement and our team only had one Seeker spawning in.
Don't spend money for 2 minutes
Two minutes can be a lot of time if this challenge pops up during the third or fourth area. Otherwise it's a relatively simple challenge: don't use any abilities, do not activate traps and do not buy any weapon until the two minutes have passed.
Kill X aliens with Y weapon
At least two people on your team should use skill-points on the pistol unlocking the ability to bring a third weapon. This way you'll always have your favorite gun on your side while the other one can be something different in terms of category. When arriving in a new area, take a tour and mind the location of each weapon, in order to remember the location when prompted by a challenge. If you haven't equipped the right weapon for the challenge, don't steal kills to your fellow teammates, but simply protect yourself and the drill, and deploy some explosive rounds (recent purchased weapons need ammo).
Don't get damage by the Seekers
Traps like electric fence are a good ally, except for gasoline traps, they can block the view preventing the sighting of the Seekers. If you have some flares, throw them one at a time. While observing Seekers, they will become easy targets
Kill X enemies without get any damage
Stay together, try to have a good view of the field, activate some traps, use sentries to watch your back and destroy enemies at a distance. Assault Rifles and LMG’s work wonderfully, as well as portable minigun turrets. Throwing a flare at a certain distance is convenient. Watch out for Seekers, Seeder, Rhino's and Hunters. If a Rhino appears a teammate with riot shield should keep him busy while the others will shoot him (fully upgraded portable minigun turrets works like a charm against Rhinos).
Find and kill the leper within X seconds
The leper is a coward. If you spot a hunter that runs away from the firefight, this is the leper! The leper's face also isn't so bright but almost gray. When you start a drill at a random hive when this challenge pops up, be sure you have no turrets on the battle ground. That way, the leper will come your way making this challenge easy. Do not use Feral Instincts since this will prevent the leper from coming towards you and/or your team, just keep killing the enemies as you normally would.
Kill X aliens retrieving damage from all the squad members
This can be tough if you and your teammates don't collaborate. Stay together, facing the same direction. Shoot a single bullet at every enemy that is approaching; these aliens will be marked (outlined in white) for your teammates. Now another player must hit the highlighted alien once, marking it for the next player that will do the same for the last player and so on until the alien is dead. This challenge will be easier during the second half of the game, when enemies will become stronger, withstanding more hits.
Kill X amount of Cryptids from the designated area
A circle with white edges and rotating lights will appear. Stay inside of this circle and kill the requested number of enemies. Use armor, heavy weapon and be fast because the entire squad will be an easy target during this challenge. If you have the Venom-X you can detonate some gas bullets inside the circle in order to protect the squad.
Kill the highlighted aliens first
Be careful, the highlighted aliens will come together with the other ones. Shoot wisely and with some accuracy. Get some damage from other aliens rather than failing the challenge. Sometimes not highlighted Seekers comes early; when they explode it counts as a kill and the challenge is void. Tossing a flare can be useful, then carefully shoot and cross your fingers. Lottery basically.
Kill X enemies by prone
This is an easy challenge until the third area, when it can become tough Using the Venom-X by prone will help. Keep the team together, wait for enemies to surround you, take turn and shoot at short distance using the Venom-X. Armor will be useful too.
That’s it for this map, if you have any questions; please feel free to spam my inbox! Have fun and good luck slaying the Cryptids!
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