4. Fuse Echelon mode

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To put it simply, this is a fancy name for horde mode. You will want to be a decent level before attempting this as your character's perks will help you tremendously. It is also essential to have at least one co-op partner for the achievements in Echelon and highly recommended to have a full squad of four before going for the 5 stars on every map.

In total there are 'six' maps, each having 'twelve' waves that you must complete. The character you play should be at least level 19 in order to use the Fusion ability as it is extremely helpful. Play the character you feel you can play best with, providing they are free.

The same thing applies to team perks with level 3 being the best. Anything that gives a buff to your team is a bonus, but you need to have at least 60,000 Fuse credits to fully upgrade a team perk to its level 3 state. The four best team perks are as follows: Fuse Hoarder, Fuse Maximizer, Shield Assassin and Vitality, so make sure if you have other players or A.I. that proper team perks are chosen.

If you cannot find a full team, A.I. team mates will step in to give you a hand. However, if you can find more than two players it will make playing this mode much easier. Waves can sometimes vary from time to time so you will need to change tactics on the fly in order to beat them. You should also play games from start to finish to ensure you get 5-star credit for the map; if you join mid game, you may not get credit so be warned.

Credits are dropped in this mode, however if you are going for 5-star achievements on the maps, you cannot really divert your attention to grab them; you should either be killing or helping your team by either watching their back or reviving them, so do not wander off.

During the twelve waves, objectives will pop up prompting you to focus on the task given to you. These will happen every so often; below I will go into more detail for each of them.

HVT (High Value Targets) - This will be your stronger-than-normal foe which is most likely one of the following: Enforcer, Leadfire, Leadfoot or Leadshot; your team needs to work together to kill it quickly. This is a key time to activate your Fusion ability.

Fuse Beacon Protection - A beacon will appear on the map and your team must defend it from being taken out by enemy forces. Dalton should use his Mag shield to keep it covered, preventing it from taking damage from the enemy.

Fuse Core Delivery Boy - One of your team members will need to carry the core from its start point to its insertion point; the remaining members of the team must keep him alive.

Supply Drops - A supply crate will appear on the map and your team must open it in order to complete it. Doing so will supply the team with ammo, heavy weaponry and Fuse credits. You are vulnerable while opening it, so be sure to defend your team members or ask them to defend you in the process.

When you begin, I would highly suggest your team take the maps that have the best layouts, are easier to defend and leave the later ones until last; this is my opinion on difficultly for them:

Easy - Deveraux's Hideout and Fuse Reactor.

Medium - Meilin's Quarters and Raven Facility.

Hard - Tram Station and Raven Sub Bay.

You should start with the easiest ones first and try to get five stars on them, then work on the next. Don't forget: practice makes perfect. Remember to pick areas with lots of cover and choke holds so you can keep them as far from you as you can.

Completing at least 'six' waves on any map with at least one other player will unlock:

Unstoppable

Complete 6 waves on a single map with 2+ players.

Unstoppable
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Completing all 'twelve' waves on any map with at least one other player will unlock:

Ain't Got Time to Bleed

Complete 12 waves on a single map with 2+ players.

Ain't Got Time to Bleed
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Getting 5 stars on any map with at least one other player will unlock:

Echelon Specialist

Get 5 Stars on a single Echelon Map with 2+ players.

Echelon Specialist
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And getting 5 stars on every map with at least one other player will unlock:

Echelon Agent

Get 5 Stars on all Echelon maps with 2+ players.

Echelon Agent
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By the time you finish Echelon mode you should have all your characters to level 35 and have spent all their skill points in their skill trees. If not keep grinding away on the easier maps of Echelon, or the last two checkpoints of the Triton Outpost in the campaign.

Reaching level 35 with Dalton will unlock:

The Merc

Get Dalton to max level.

The Merc
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And spending all his skill points will unlock:

Dalton 2.0

Upgrade Dalton's entire skill tree.

Dalton 2.0
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Reaching level 35 with Izzy will unlock:

The Hacker

Get Izzy to max level.

The Hacker
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And spending all her skill points will unlock:

Izzy 2.0

Upgrade Izzy's entire skill tree.

Izzy 2.0
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Reaching level 35 with Naya will unlock:

The Assassin

Get Naya to max level.

The Assassin
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And spending all her skill points will unlock:

Naya 2.0

Upgrade Naya's entire skill tree.

Naya 2.0
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Reaching level 35 with Jacob will unlock:

The Detective

Get Jacob to max level.

The Detective
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And spending all his skill points will unlock:

Jacob 2.0

Upgrade Jacob's entire skill tree.

Jacob 2.0
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With the campaign complete on Hard and Lethal, all Intel found, all Echelon maps on 5 stars, all characters on level 35 and all other miscellaneous achievements unlocked, the game is finally complete and you can hang around waiting for Fuse 2.

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