This mission automatically starts when you get close to the base located at The Sheartop.
There are several items to note about this mission:
- Manual saves are disabled inside the base and there are only a few auto-saves. If Ryder is defeated, this means that Ryder will often have to redo a large portion of the mission.
- Leaving the base will reset the mission. Ryder has to complete the entire mission all at once.
- The walkthrough objectives may seem to jump forwards then backwards at times but follow in-game objective prompts. Ryder will obtain an objective prompt, but then several more will show up in between, and then the original objective shows back up.
Investigate the kett presence Edit
Note: You'll have to fight to the navpoint far inside the facility for this objective to be completed.
Find a way inside the kett power facility Edit
Deal with the kett and two Kett Turrets protecting the entrance.
As you approach the door into the facility, a sub-mission is added: Kett Shield Station.
Unlock the shield gate Edit
To open the entrance, interact with the Locked Console marked with . After doing so, you'll have to defend the position and eliminate the attacking kett while staying within the white circle on the ground. If you leave the white circle, hack progress will stop until you go back in.
After the hack is complete, defeat any remaining kett and you can now enter the facility through a set of two doors. In between the doors, in the small room, is a container.
Access the stronghold core Edit
A long walk and many fights are required to reach the Stronghold Core.
The facility ahead of Ryder has three main sections:
- the Kett Shield Station (the large ring-shaped construction).
- the Base (at the far end).
- the Stronghold Core with the Command Center (underground below the Base).
After passing through the set of two doors, Ryder is located in the Kett Shield Station and more kett forces have to be defeated.
Optional: Access the kett shield array Edit
To shut down the blue shield, three consoles have to be accessed. Using the first console gains access to the shield array (marked on map with ).
Optional: Set the shield generators to overload Edit
The other two consoles are further inside on the left and right sides of the ring-shaped structure (marked on map with ). As you go near a console, a kett dropship will fly in and drop of reinforcements. Either quickly Sabotage the console or defeat the enemies then interact with the console.
Take the time to defeat all of the enemies from the drop ship before moving to the other side to reduce the number of kett you have to fight at one time. On the left side next to the console is a container.
Optional: Overload the kett shield array Edit
Go back to the first console Ryder accessed and jump up to the top of the building. A new console has been marked on the map with . This is the shield console. On the same structure, there is a second console that deactivates the alarm. This console isn't marked and can easily be missed. Deactivate the marked console and the shield surrounding the facility goes down. Go around the column to the alarm console and deactivate it. SAM will inform you that the alarms have been disabled (later Ryder will discover that is not entirely true).
You can now continue deeper into the facility. Be prepared as kett will show up unexpectedly to attack.
Beyond the end of the inner ring-shaped construct is the Base section of the stronghold. Kett defenders there are waiting for Ryder.
Warning: From this point on, you'll need to stay alive until all the kett and the boss have been eliminated. If you get killed, plan on redoing everything from this point.
SAM will inform Ryder that reinforcements will arrive soon, and an alarm starts sounding (even if you disabled the optional consoles previously). A sub-mission will be added and you need to shut down the alarm because reinforcements will continue to arrive in waves as long as the alarm is on. Find an alarm console to deactivate it (marked with ; any alarm console will do).
The security alarm Edit
Use the security console to disable the alarm Edit
This alarm will activate occasionally while you're fighting through the base.
Another sub-mission will be added when you get close to any one of three specific terminals. Once the sub-mission is added, these three terminals will be marked with .
Secondary: Override all security lockdown terminals Edit
Deactivate the three terminals. One of them is at the marker for the initial objective Investigate The Kett Presence.
Next to the central terminal is a container.
Note: Oddly, the map markers remain even after all of the security terminals have been deactivated.
Enter the building in the rear end of the stronghold and find the console that will open the door in the floor to the core of the facility. Opening it completes the objective Access The Stronghold Core.
Reach the command center Edit
Down the hole is the command center with two groups of kett and the Invictor, the head honcho in charge of the base.
Jump down. If you continue to stand next to the hole for a while the enemies will jump up for you.
Eliminate the first group of kett.
Open one of the three doors to the next room. In the room is the Invictor and allies. It's a good idea to eliminate the minor enemies first so you can concentrate on the boss without risking being attacked from behind or getting caught in crossfire.
Eliminate the kett Invictor Edit
The Invictor is surrounded by an impenetrable shield with an orb circling around it. Destroy the orb, and the shield will disappear for a few seconds. During that time only the Invictor takes damage, then he puts up the shield again. Patiently grind the Invictor down.
Occasionally the Invictor sends out an expanding orb of damage. Don't get caught in it. When Ryder sees the Invictor charging it, move to the side and hide behind some big object.
Don't get close to the Invictor, as he can kill Ryder instantly - fight the Invictor from range.
You receive +1330 XP after killing the Invictor.
Note: If you're defeated, you'll have to reload the latest save (which happened a long time ago), so you're advised to play it safe and stay alive (especially on the two hardest difficulty settings).
Unlock access to the zenith observation room Edit
Use the console to unlock the Zenith Observation Room.
Access the zenith observation room Edit
Pass through two doors and use the Elevator Controls.
There are two containers on either side of the room when you exit the elevator.
There is a Kett Core Encryption Tech that can be scanned for +100 .
On a terminal in the zenith observation room are three entries:
Disable the kett power facility Edit
Use the console. This completes the mission.
Loot the three containers before leaving the room. Use the elevator to leave.
Note: If you wishes to fast travel from the facility, note that the map has three levels (lower right corner). The surface of Eos is the bottom one (click it). This is mentioned here because this might be the first time in the game you'll will encounter this.
- +1330 XP
- +300 AVP
- +10% Eos viability