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Overdesign II

While on fire during a fight, kill 3 hard difficulty soldiers without breaking their shields

Overdesign II-2.8
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Fristi61Fristi61241,025
26 Nov 2020 01 Dec 2020
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A bit of an easier solution than the existing video guide, which makes things more difficult than it needs to be.

Let's get a few things straight first:
-You do NOT need to kill the 3 soldiers in a single fight. In fact, I got it across multiple days, with my game and xbox being entirely shut off in between.
-Any shield-bearing enemy will do, so long as you don't break the shield prior to killing them. Shielded ceorls that put their shields on their back to switch to a two-handed weapon they picked up from the ground will still count, so they are your easiest targets due to their vulnerability to ranged attacks.
-Your in-game difficulty setting doesn't matter, you can get this achievement on easy (skald). The only thing that matters is that your power level is low enough that the enemy in question is displayed with the red skull next to their health bar. You can always lower your power level by unassigning your skill points.
-The most difficult thing is simply being on fire while dealing the finishing blow, since the fire effect disappears quickly. The best thing is to just stand on a perpetually burning area so you will constantly be reignited.
Setting a thatch rooftop on fire and climbing on top of it to kill enemies with your bow is probably the best way, since the rooftop burns for a really long time and gives you some room to move around.

In summary, the method is as follows:
-Go to a region of which the recommended power level is sufficiently high compared to your own power level that it displays with a red skull on the map. Lower your current power level by unassigning skill points if necessary.
-Find a village with thatch rooftops and shielded enemies. (The location in southern Hamtunscire used in Powerpyx's guide works, but there should be many villages in high level areas that work just as well)
-Do yourself a favor and (temporarily) switch the difficulty to easy, because you will likely take a bunch of damage whilst derping around to set yourself on fire.
-Weaken the shielded enemies first without killing them or breaking their shields. This can be done using abilities or by dodging around them and attacking from behind.
-Climb on top of a thatch roof, drop a torch on it to set it on fire, wait until you catch fire yourself and try to finish off the enemies with your bow. It is annoying to kill a shielded enemy at range while on fire, and some of your kills might get stolen by the fire damage over time your arrows will also inflict.
-Restock on arrows and rations, then rinse and repeat in the next village until the achievement pops.


NOTE: The achievement can still be glitchy/fussy even when done seemingly correctly and it may take more than 3 kills to get your achievement.
PLEKStRuMI'm not sure why you've been down voted for this because it worked a treat so thank you dude! Achievement unlocked!
Posted by PLEKStRuM on 27 Nov 20 at 23:16
Fristi61Eh, maybe it was too wordy for some people or something.
Anyway if I've helped even one person then I consider my time spent writing it well-spent! Congrats on the cheevo!
Posted by Fristi61 on 27 Nov 20 at 23:35
tashonixI found staying on fire the hardest thing, it would disappear too quickly, so the roof tip is a great one, or at this village there's a stable area on the left as you walk in that you can light with a torch and stand in for a bit.

It took me a few goes, but I whittled down the health of the two at the gate, then stood in the stable area on fire and killed them. The third one nearby I *thought* I had killed while on but it didn't count - I think as you mentioned the arrow being on fire stole that kill. Combat ended, so I ran over to the church and there was a standard bearer on his own. Whittled down his health, ran to a nearby house with straw on the ground and set myself on fire again, shot him with an arrow and the achievement popped. So you can definitely do it in separate combat stints. Good luck everyone!
Posted by tashonix on 29 Nov 20 at 06:06
thEhiRtEIn addition to above mentioned, a good place to this: harbor Glowecestrescire (220) right next to the longhouse is a circle of roman columns. Here i found four shield bearer plus some adds.
I was at lvl 160 when i did the achievement here. However i noted that i needed to do three of them in a single fight and more importantly it only counted when i was fully covered in flames. Camp fires or those fire bowles u might find there everywhere didnt work for me. Therefore i have burned down the roof of the hut right next to it and finally it worked and achievement popped.
Hope that helps anybody.
Posted by thEhiRtE on 30 Nov 20 at 10:08
Fristi61@thEhirtE Thanks. All I know is that for me, on the Xbox One version, I launched the game to pick up trying for the achievement where I left off the day before, and I only killed 2 people since launching the game before the achievement popped.
So I don't think it has to be 3 in a row (it also doesn't indicate that in the achievement description at all, and other people have reported getting it without doing it in a single fight as well).
I think more likely it's just extremely finicky/buggy with when it counts an enemy as being a successful kill and it will often just not register, making it seem like there's a hidden extra requirement of some kind when it is probably just kind of random.
Posted by Fristi61 on 01 Dec 20 at 09:58
Crescent EagleIs anyone seemingly currently unable to unlock this achievement? I definitely did this correctly, on fire the whole time, against 3 shielded standard-bearers, never broke their shields. Try 4 separate times and it still won't unlock.
Posted by Crescent Eagle on 03 Dec 20 at 06:30