4. Story walkthrough: level 11-20
After completing the Air & Space Museum, you have some new side objectives marked on the map. Odessa Sawyer at the Theater only gives a side mission upon speaking to her, but the other two are necessary to do for story progression. Since the Campus objective is in an area that is best suited for characters at level 15 and up, we're leaving that and instead are heading to the Castle settlement. Upon arrival, you discover that the True Sons have used a chemical rocket to nearly wipe the settlement out, which leads you to a main mission. However, the recommended level here is 14, so focus your attention on Space Administration HQ first. Work on the area liberation project to gain some XP until you are level 12. When you are, start the mission. About halfway through, you are tasked with aligning three satellite dishes. The best strategy for dealing with this is to kill all enemies before starting to align a dish. New enemies will spawn when you have one mostly aligned, but finishing the alignment is the safest way. Once that's over with, it's fairly straightforward until the mission ends. After completing the mission, you earn another achievement for your troubles:
Unlocked by 37,221 tracked gamers (64% - TA Ratio = 1.24)
Up next, it's best advised to get to level 14 by doing the Southwest liberation project and its associated bounty. When you've reached level 14, it's time for Jefferson Plaza. During this mission, there are various poison traps that will bypass your armour, directly dealing damage to health. This mission is also the only mission that has no unlocks of any kind related to settlements or achievements, so it's one you need to get through for story purposes only. After mission completion, you're likely level 15 and you can start making your way towards the Campus settlement to start working on upgrading that.
First, you have to talk to the settlement leader, Henry Hayes. This will lead you to multiple new main missions. While you're at the Campus, you can also pick up the liberation project for some extra XP. I advise to work on that until you are level 16 so you're at the recommended level for the next main mission, Bank Headquarters. This mission will see you fight the Hyenas inside a bank. One location to note inside is a white panel with a hidden button after you kill the first boss, Rebound. This gives you a keycard to open the left section of the bank vault later in the mission. I will also point this out later in this walkthrough since it's a relatively easy way to another achievement. When you've finished the mission, you unlock an achievement:
Unlocked by 34,860 tracked gamers (60% - TA Ratio = 1.28)
Keep on doing open world activities until you are level 18, by which you can best do the DCD Headquarters mission. This mission introduces the Outcasts, the survivors of a failed quarantine who are hell-bent on getting revenge. One unit in particular to watch out for are the rushers, since they will blow themselves up when close to you and deal massive damage. At mission completion, an achievement awaits:
Unlocked by 34,012 tracked gamers (59% - TA Ratio = 1.29)
Now you can unlock all skills in the Base of Operations, so I suggest you do that and then use all eight of them for an achievement:
Unlocked by 10,554 tracked gamers (18% - TA Ratio = 2.33)
Start working on the West Potomac Park liberation project if you haven't already to level up. Besides that, I advise doing the Outcast Propaganda Outpost side mission to reveal a control point. When you are level 20, you can start doing the Lincoln Memorial mission. This is as usual a fairly straightforward mission, so keep clearing areas until you get to the boss. The boss of this mission is a "tank" archetype with a flamethrower and will chase you aggressively, aided by temporary immunity. Pay attention to three exclamation marks and shoot him when he doesn't have said marks. Eventually, he will die and you can take the elevator back up to complete the mission.
As you are likely at or close to level 21, let's move on to the next section.
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