Combat Challenge Tips
Note: Most of the information on this page is courtesy of walkthrough contributor Horizon Supply. I have left his work on this page largely untouched, as it looks good to me. If you would like more detailed text guides for the challenges, please PM me a request. My work was primarily on the intro and campaign.~Life
Below I have linked a very useful video showcasing how to achieve Übergold ranks on all the challenge maps in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. Keep in mind that only a Gold medal is required to unlock the combat master achievements, and these can only be achieved on the I AM DEATH INCARNATE! difficulty or higher. When selecting the map from the menu, be sure to press to change the difficulty. As a general rule, I recommend playing on I AM DEATH INCARNATE difficulty when going for combat mastery, except in specific challenges where Über may be required to achieve the score requirement, I will list below per level which difficulty I found easier to complete each map with and also the time in the video each map is covered.
Overall, these combat challenges are not too difficult but can be quite frustrating. With a bit of practice and a few general tips, you should be able to achieve Gold on all of them eventually. The basics are:
- Before engaging in combat, be sure to equip the weapons you plan on using so that when tapping , you will switch between your 2 desired weapons, which in most situations is quicker than reloading (and much better than accidentally switching to the wrong weapon).
- In combat challenges, it is advised to spare the Commanders until all reinforcements have been killed. You will not get enough points if you kill the Commanders too quickly.
- Try to keep an eye on your magazine, if you're holding down the trigger you will not automatically reload, thus leaving yourself vulnerable for valuable seconds (especially on Über).
- Make use of auto-aim, it makes headshots on enemies a lot easier which awards more points, and it can also help to improve your combo. At least 60% of your kills should be headshots to get enough points for Gold.
- Before engaging in combat, scout as much of the area as possible to be aware of health, armor, and ammo pickups scattered around the map.
- Pushing while reloading will cancel the reload immediately if the clip is not empty.
- Don't activate objectives in certain maps until you have cleared all enemies, since you may not acquire enough points if you skip past enemies.
- Hip firing can improve your accuracy, even when firing from the hip there is little spread and not much recoil
- When enemies stumble, wait for them to recover. Otherwise, getting a headshot on them is much more difficult.
- Take it slow, time is not a factor in the scoring.
@0:50 - Research Centre - Unlocks after the research center ambush in the Prologue.
I found this map had to be completed on Über to be able to reach the required score, but overall, this first map is extremely simple. Be sure to take out the marksman on the catwalk quickly, as on higher difficulties, he can deal massive amounts of damage. (Note from Life: I got gold here on I Am Death Incarnate mode, but it is quite tough. You need 90% or higher headshots AND a few combo bonuses.)
@2:56 - Prison Docks - Unlocks after the docks ambush in Chapter 1.
I completed this map on the I AM DEATH INCARNATE! difficulty to make survival easier as enemies can come from many directions. To avoid dying, you can just hang back and wait for the enemies to come to you. Be sure to spare the second commander until last to receive all reinforcement waves. Getting on the boat will end the challenge.
@11:14 - Keep Foyer - Unlocks after the foyer ambush in Chapter 3.
I completed this map on the I AM DEATH INCARNATE! difficulty to make survival easier, and there are many hallways in this map that you can filter enemies through to maintain a combo. When dealing with the Heavy Soldiers, it is two shots to the head with the Bombenschuss, or one shot to the explosive barrels on his back. Overall, you will need to make sure a good majority of your kills are headshots and you maintain a few combos to be able to reach the Gold requirement.
@15:44 - Cable Car Platform - Unlocks after you escape the ambush via the cable car in Chapter 4.
The Cable Car Platform map can be extremely challenging to complete, and as such, I strongly recommend I AM DEATH INCARNATE! difficulty, as surviving this map can be quite difficult. If you manage to take out the Supersoldaten quickly and cleanly you will find this map to be much simpler, especially as the scoring is very generous. Again don't eliminate the captains too early, and be sure to take note of health and ammo locations, located in the pipe system where you spawn. After activating the switch, be sure to jump through the window and run onto the lower platforms as you will quickly get overwhelmed by enemies. Getting in the Cable Car will end the challenge.
@23:46 - Caves - Unlocks after you take the elevator out of the caves and hit the power button in Chapter 4.
I completed this map on the I AM DEATH INCARNATE! difficulty, so be sure to take out the first two guards stealthily to maximise your points. When the drone spawns, make it your priority as its rockets can deal massive damage. This map is fairly straightforward once you figure out how the spawning is triggered. Activating the Machine Gun at the top of the second area will also cause 2 additional enemies to spawn which can provide more points. The machine gun is also useful to eliminate the Supersoldaten and the Drones that spawn to the right of the machine guns location. Once you reach the elevator at the end of the level, don't activate it yet! Stepping on the elevator will cause more enemies to spawn, and this can be repeated at least 3 times to maximise your points which is necessary for the gold medal. When no more enemies are spawning, you can activate the elevator by pressing the button.
@35:10 - Paderborn Bridge - Unlocks after you clear the enemies on the bridge in Chapter 4 and move to the next objective.
Paderborn Bridge is probably the most challenging of the maps with a Panzerhund and Supersoldaten. I completed this map on the I AM DEATH INCARNATE! difficulty, and followed the technique in the video, before moving on to the second section be sure to collect all ammo, health and armour. Before facing the Supersoldaten, be sure to stock up in one of the two store rooms, and once it is defeated, be sure to stock up on armour and health while quickly picking up the Machine Gun. When facing the Panzerhund, be sure to start with a good distance between you and it, and try to maintain your aim on its head. Once both of these heavy enemies are defeated, finish the mission by clearing the end of the bridge and then climbing the ladder.
@42:01 - Wulfburg Square - Unlocks after the ambush in the town square in Chapter 5, when you reach the alleyway.
This map can also be completed on I AM DEATH INCARNATE! difficulty, and if you are struggling with the technique shown in the video, I recommend taking out the ground commander stealthily, collecting as many supplies as possible, then removing the chest plate of the closest Supersoldaten before rushing up the ladder of the tower in the center. From here, you will have lots of cover, and as long as you don't kill the second commander, you should be able to achieve enough points for a gold medal. From the tower, there is plenty of cover while still enough mobility to take out most enemies, so be sure to destroy both Supersoldaten first.
@48:09 - Workshop - Unlocks after you pass the workshop if you choose to head toward Kessler in Chapter 6.
To achieve enough points on this map, I recommend Über difficulty, as this is the first map where shamblers are introduced, and their randomness can interfere with your scoring. Enemies will target shambles as well so be sure to take them out quickly with headshots, as shown in the video. I recommend taking out the first enemies and collecting some ammo before falling back behind the car at the entrance to the workshop. Overall, these last 3 maps are among the simplest to complete. Just be aware that a few more enemies will spawn as you head to the stairs at the end of the level.
@51:25 - Bathhouse - Unlocks once you pass the bathhouse if you choose to head toward Annette in Chapter 6.
Bathhouse is another map which requires you to play on Über to achieve gold, in a very similar fashion to workshop. Defending the position shown in the video and making sure to keep check of the passage on the left is a very effective spot to complete this map easily. There is plenty of ammo and health nearby to help with survival.
@54:00 - Graveyard - Unlocks once you pass the graveyard at the start of Chapter 8.
The first section of graveyard is fairly straightforward and should not be too difficult. Playing on I AM DEATH INCARNATE! difficulty will provide more than enough points to achieve gold. Remember to spare the Commanders and always target Shamblers first before they can steal your kills. Loot this area before moving on to the second. Keeping your distance and using the Bombenschuss will make completing this map super simple.
Overall, the combat challenges can be quite difficult, but by following these tips and putting in a little bit of practice, they are definitely achievable and shouldn't take up too much time. If you find them becoming too difficult, don't lose hope as the last few challenge maps are quite easy in comparison.
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