Mechwarrior 3 Expansion Pack: Pirate's Moon
Unofficial Strategy Guide and FAQ
by Kasey Chang (email@example.com)
released January 8, 2001
0.1 A word from the author
A quick browse through the gamefaq.com shows that there is no MW3
FAQ, nor one for the expansion pack. So here's my version.
This is a FAQ, NOT a manual. You won't learn how to play the game
with this document, and I'm NOT about to add it to ease the life
of software pirates.
This USG only covers the PC version since that's the only version
that I have.
Some of you may recognize my name as the editor for the XCOM and
XCOM2: TFTD FAQ's, among others.
This USG/FAQ covers the Pirate's Moon Expansion pack. There's a
separate USG about the main game.
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0.5 The Author
I am just a game player who decided to write my own FAQs when the
ones I find don't cover what I want to see. Lots of people like
what I did, so I kept doing it.
Previously, I've written Unofficial Strategy Guides (USGs) for
XCOM, XCOM2:TFTD, Wing Commander 3, Wing Commander 4, Fade to
Black, Spycraft, and 688(I) Hunter/Killer.
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0.6 Disclaimer/ Copyright Information and Spoiler Warning
Mechwarrior and Pirate's Moon are copyrighted by FASA, licensed
This USG is not endorsed or authorized by FASA or MicroProse.
The information compiled in this USG has been gathered
independently through the author's efforts. While the Prima
Pirate's Moon guide has been used to verify information accuracy,
no information that did not come from the game itself are in this
The USG contains spoilers about all "Pirate's Moon" missions.
Only get enough help to get past the hump, so you don't spoil the
sense of accomplishment.
0.7 The Most Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can you send me Pirate's Moon?
Q: Can you send me the manual (or portions thereof)?
Q: Can you tell me how to play the game?
A: Read the manual.
Q: What's the latest version?
A: V22.214.171.124, the original released version. No patch for the
Q: How do I tell what version I have?
A: At the Pirate's Moon main menu, look in the lower right
Q: Why can't I get any repairs done at the MFB?
A: Did you order the MFBs to deploy? You must deploy them every
time you want to do repairs, even if the MFB's have not moved.
Q: How do I get past mission X?
A: Read the walkthrough
Q: Which mech is the best?
A: Depends on your playing style. My personal favorite is Mad Cat
(a.k.a. Timberwolf). Though I also like my Atlas with 4 ER PPC's
and lots of heatsinks.
Q: Which weapon is the best?
A: Depends on your playing style. I'm partial to ER LLAS (and X-
PULSE L later).
Q: Why can't I add any more armor?
A: Each mech has an armor limit. You can see the limit by looking
at the point allocation. If all the areas have the max points
allocated, you can't add any more armor.
Q: What's the difference among the difficulty levels?
A: Accuracy/skill of the enemies, and the amount of salvage you
Q: Where are the cheat codes?
A: This is a STRATEGY guide, not a cheat guide.
Q: Why do I get a note about incompatible heatsinks?
A: You can only have one type of heatsink per mech, no mix-and-
match. Remove all existing heatsinks before adding new ones.
0.8 Release History
21-OCT-2000 Initial release
08-JAN-2001 Added several tips on beating the "Survive!"
mission, some grammar fixes
1 What's new in the expansion pack
Expansion pack can be installed separately. It will read your MW3
CD to confirm ownership. Otherwise the two are separate games
completely and can be installed into separate directories.
The version number is "MW3 Pirate's Moon 126.96.36.199" (lower right
of the main menu).
1.2 Increased difficulty
The missions are much harder. You start in smaller, inferior
mechs and fight more enemies than ever before. There's also more
timed missions where you can't afford to repair every step of the
1.3 Mission additions
Pirate's Moon introduces "night" missions (where you turn on your
"shoulder lights"). Guess Inner Sphere mechs don't have thermal
views (even though they're available in MW2).
1.4 More weapons
PM also introduces more weapons, though most are just minor
variations on the existing stuff, and it actually makes things
worse as you have MORE weapons and ammo to track. Instead of one
type of machine gun, you now get THREE! (each with different
You also get light gauss rifle (again, with its own ammo), Medium
Range Missiles (MRM), Thunderbolt Missiles (T-BOLT), plus Heavy
Lasers and X-Pulse Lasers. There's also the microlaser (half the
size of small laser).
1.5 More Terrains
Additional terrain types. You now get two "deep chasms",
ridgeland (the map with a lot of deep water), and the Madre
crater. These four maps used in the expansion pack are now
available in the multiplayer and the instant action games. You
either find the land bridge that allows you to walk over (some
are actually fragile!) or trust your jumpjets.
1.6 More mechs
Atlas, Awesome, and several other mechs have been added.
1.7 More control over lancemates
See your README file for details on the new lancemate commands.
You can now send lancemates to a location without physically
being there yourself.
2 Tactics and Tips for the Expansion Pack
Please refer to the MW3 USG for notes on tactics, mech design
notes, salvage management, etc.
2.1 Notes on "night" missions
The night missions have very low visibility, which causes several
problems. You can't see where you're going (or need to go). When
you do see the enemy mech, you may not get precise enough to
shoot, and turning on the lights does make you a better target.
You also may not see the hill between you and the target, thus
You'll need to trust your cursor extensively, and rely more on
the map rather than the radar to keep you safe. Use the lights
only sparingly in enemy presence.
2.2 Notes on the new weapons
2.2.1 Light and Heavy Machine Guns
Point-blank weapons, they don't do enough damage unless you have
large groups of them. Don't bother. You get far more flexibility
with a good set of MLAS and heatsinks instead.
2.2.2 Light Gauss Rifle
Not worth the trouble unless a regular one won't fit no matter
what. A clan version of the regular gauss rifle is not that much
2.2.3 Medium Range Missiles (MRMs)
Good compromise between the LRM and the SRM, the huge number in
one salvo will overwhelm most AMSs. On the other hand, the
launcher is quite heavy, and it's unguided. I'd rather fit two
Clan LRM launchers if I have the ammo. You get longer range, less
tonnage, and guided munitions.
2.2.4 Thunderbolt Missiles
Being AMS proof makes them quite useful, except for the slow
firing rate and heavy launchers. However, they do a LOT of
damage. So they are worth considering.
2.2.5 Heavy Lasers and X-Pulse Lasers
The extra heat generated may or may not be worth the extra
damage. Use them where there's plenty of water around.
I personally never use the small laser. Why would you use
something even smaller? You'd be much better off adding armor or
speed or ammo or AMS.
2.3 Notes on the new mechs
The quintessential assault mech, it's big enough and roomy enough
to accommodate wide variety of mods. Put enough missiles and
cannons backed by by a good laser battery.
One possible killer config: 4 PPCs, backed up by 25 double
heatsinks. Add some AMSs. Yes, it'll fit if you use clan double
heatsinks. Fire two PPC shots every 2.5 seconds. If you aim
carefully, should kill just about anything. If you aim for the
head, you may even score knockouts (critical shot to the head).
Fit in 2 ACs and 2 PPCs and it can be very deadly. Default config
of 3 PPCs is too heat intensive.
When you're fighting Awesomes, they're usually equipped with a T-
BOLT launcher. You'll need to kill them ASAP because your AMS
can't shoot down T-BOLT missiles. .
A very famous Inner Sphere design, Centurion is a bit light for
heavy fighting, but it's very well balanced. Use half AC and
half laser config, and alternate the group firing.
2.3.4 Clint IIc
Technically a scout mech, the heavy armament on it can be VERY
surprising to an unwary foe, esp. the PPC config. They can stay
far away from you and chew you up. In the rest of the USG it'll
only be referred to as Clint.
Smaller cousin of the 100-ton Daishi, the default config has a
lot of PPC's. Brave the PPC fire and go for the legs. The Clan
name is "Warhawk".
Ryoken is a very flexible medium mech with wide variety of
configs. Think of it as a light Vulture. Primary config features
a lot of lasers.
2.4 New Lancemate Commands
Those of you who don't pay attention to the README file should do
so with Pirate's Moon. You'll notice that you can now tell
lancemates to go to specific spots on the map, and attack/defend
spots. This is very useful as you don't need to run to the spots
physically to issue specific orders.
You will use this feature a lot esp. in the defense missions,
when you need to be on a specific side or direction, for example.
Remember to use this feature, since I assume that you will be
3 Expansion Campaign Walkthrough
Expansion mission sees your group transferred to this "Pirate's
Moon" to baby-sit some miners. How hard can it be?
3.1 Mission 1
Patrol the area, protect Corona base and the camp at Point Able.
You start in a Centurion. Epona Rei is in a Puma, though you
could switch her to an Owens. There's no big difference. Use a
limb chopper config, as you'll be doing quite a bit of mid-range
Enemies include: Thor, Clint, and 2 Shadowcats.
Walk out the camp to the south to take a quick look at the Rim
Collective camp at Point Able. They reported a pirate Thor
beating the heck out of them, and heading north toward you. Meet
the Thor about half way, and defeat it. Kill it quickly, since
its autocannon can hurt you.
A Clint also attacks the Rim Collective Camp. Take care of it.
As soon as the Clint dies, the main camp comes under attack by
two Shadowcats. Run back, kill the Shadowcats and you win.
3.2 Mission 2
Scout the enemy. Cross the chasm with jumpjets at Point Able,
take out two comm centers at Point Baker and Charlie, avoid the
suspected pirate camp at Point Dog.
You may have salvaged one or more of the mechs from the previous
battle. Use them. Add max number of jumpjets you can. You'll need
some long-range weapons, but most fighting will be mid-range.
Speed is needed if you plan to avoid confrontation at the end.
Enemies include: Clint, Turret, Puma, Clint, 2 Cauldron-Borns, 3
You walk toward Point Able. As you stop at the edge of the abyss,
a Clint pesters you from across the divide. When you hurt it a
bit, it runs to Point Baker to the south. If you're a good shot
you can kill it right there. Summon the MFB to point Able and
Once you're repaired, jumpjet across the chasm. You should have
range to spare. Once you've landed, walk inland a little, then
wait for your lancemate to jump over. Then head toward Point
On the way to Point Able you will run into a laser turret, and a
Puma (and that earlier Clint if you didn't kill it). Take care of
them. Then take out the antenna at Point Baker. Go back to Point
Able, jump across, get repaired.
Jet across again, then head south from Able, stay as far away
from Point Dog as possible. The pirate base at Point Dog has two
Cauldron-Borns. They will chase you if you get too close. Hug the
"coast" and approach Point Charlie from the east. There are a
couple Bulldog tanks there. Take them out. A Clint may also
challenge you here, kill it. Then take out the antenna.
The two Cauldron-Borns from Point Dog will come out and chase
you. Run full speed back to Point Able and jet over. Once you do,
you win regardless of what happens.
3.3 Mission 3
Protect a convoy, hold off the pirate assault on Point Able, take
out the pirate base at Point Baker, and make your way over to
Terrain has a lot of water, so use it. Add more heatsinks and
energy weapons like PPC's, large lasers, etc. You should have
salvaged an Avatar by now, use it. Leave the Centurion to Epona.
Enemies include: 1 LRM turret, 2 Avatars, Bushwhacker, Ryoken, 2
LLAS turrets, 1 LLAS turret, 3 Elementals, 2 Bulldogs, 1
Centurion, 2 Clints
You start in the water, around the bend from Point Able. Start
moving toward Point Able at 90% speed. When you see the LRM
turret, send Epona after it, while you continue toward Point
Able. Aim straight at it.
When you get there (it's an island), the enemies are coming from
the east, so park yourself on the east side of the island, just
in the water. The 2 Avatars should be attacking (go for leg shots
again), then the Bushwhacker and the Ryoken follow. Take them all
out, and try not to lose any limbs in the process. You WILL have
to order Epona to take on an enemy or two as you can't do this
fast enough all by yourself. Also take out that LLAS turret ASAP
as it's hitting you DURING the battle. Once you've cleared the
area, the base is saved. Deploy the MFB's to MFB 2, and repair
Continue toward Point Baker. You should kill the laser turrets
that you see ASAP. As you almost got onto the island that is
Point Baker, you'll see the 2 Bulldogs. When you kill them,
Centurion should wake up. Back up into the water, and take it out
from long range. After that, 3 Elementals will jump off from the
mesa behind Point Baker and approach. Take them out. Once that's
done, shoot the trucks you see at Point Baker, and you've
completed the second primary objective.
You should now notice two Clints moving away to your left. Run
into the water, stop, and start shooting at them to force them to
attack you. The Clints are fast so they will charge right up to
you, but you should be able to take care of them without major
damage, as their armor's really thin. Once that's done, go to
Point Charlie. Arrive, and the mission's done.
3.4 Mission 4
The convoy has been ambushed, you must save the convoy, then
escort the convoy to Point Dog, the dropship.
Tough mission, the convoy won't wait so there's sort of a time
limit. Speed is essential, as are fast kills.
This mission has the same terrain as mission 3, with lots of
water to help you cool down. Optimize your weapons toward energy
weapons. Keep using the Avatar if you got it.
Enemies include (may be incomplete) Ryoken, Clint, Centurion,
Avatar, 2 turrets, 2 Strikers, Centurion, Thor.
You get the call to save the convoy. As you approach, Werewolf
(the escort in an Avatar) was destroyed (this is scripted, you
can't save him). He's under attack by the first four mechs. As
long as at least ONE truck survives, you're still good. Take out
those four mechs quickly (it'll be a tough fight). Try to stay in
the water. Order Epona to attack the closest enemy.
Unfortunately, you can't rest after this. The convoy will
continue toward Point Dog as soon as the last mech is destroyed,
so you have to get in front of it. Fortunately it doesn't move
very fast. If you go all out, you should have no problem staying
in front of the convoy. Take out any turrets you see from long
As you get close to Point Charlie, the convoy will stop before
crossing, give you the chance to take out the enemies there
first. You'll have to take out a few turrets here and there.
A Centurion and 2 Strikers are at Point Charlie. Take them out,
and a Thor will pop up. Take out the Thor, and you win when the
truck hits Point Dog.
3.5 Mission 5
You're assaulting the enemy base, the one you bypassed last time.
You're getting a little help (3 Strikers), and Alan Matilla
finally joined up.
Take the heaviest mechs you got except the Atlas (too heavy).
Remember jumpjets. Killing turrets will require a bit of moving
around. Somehow those turrets are "shielded". They can hit you,
but you can't hit them except from certain angles. Move around
and go after them, or use LRM's and rely on the splash damage..
Enemies include: Centurion, Masakari, turret, 2 Strikers, Atlas,
Supernova, Mad Cat, T-Bolt turret.
Order the MFB's to MFB 1. Go toward Point Able at full speed. As
you jet across a Centurion and a Masakari will try to take out
the bridge. Take them out first. When 3 Strikers drive over, you
got the secondary objective met. You will get just enough time to
get one mech fixed now as the MFB arrive.
Lead the team toward Point Baker, following the Strikers. A
turret will be in your way. Take it out.
When you get close to Point Baker, you'll see two enemy Strikers
approaching from southeast. Take them out.
By this time, the friendly Strikers should be marching on the
enemy camp. And its defender rumbles out. ATLAS? Take it out
ASAP. Go for the legs. The turrets will hit you in the
meanwhile. Take them out when you can. After that, a Supernova
will join the party. Take it out too.
Once that's done, only two defenders are between you and the
pirate camp: a T-Bolt turret, and Suzy Ryan herself in a Mad Cat.
You can order the MFB's to MFB 4, and repair first. When all
mechs are repaired, order everybody in, and take them out. Then
watch your teammates take out the camp, and you win.
3.6 Mission 6
Suzy Ryan is still around somewhere. But looks like you have
taken the wind out of the pirates' sails. You'll be chasing the
pirate convoy with their cache of Germanium toward an old landing
field. They may be beaten, but they're not broken.
You probably salvaged the Atlas from last time. Refit it and
bring it along. There'll be a lot of enemies and you need the
firepower, along with your heaviest mechs.
Enemies include: 4 Clints, 1 gunship, 4 Elementals, 2 Clints,
LLAS turret, 2 Atlas.
As you approach the land bridge at Point Able, 4 Clints will
snipe at you from long range or jumpjet over and try to hit you
from behind. They all carry PPC's, and you'll be hit a LOT. Feel
free to duel with them at long range, or run across the bridge,
braving the fire, then take out all of them. You can deploy the
MFB's there and return for repairs if you need to. A transport re-
configured as a gunship will make passes at you. Blow it out of
the sky when you can.
If you do use the Atlas, don't walk across the bridge. Use the
jumpjet and fly over. The weight may collapse the bridge.
When you took out all 4 Clints, repair all mechs at MFB 2, next
to the abandoned Pirate base. Then start heading north.
When the 4 Elementals power up, start backing up, and take care
of them with the lancemates' help. Repair now if needed.
As you continue toward Point Baker, 2 Clints and a LLAS turret
will engage you. Take care of them. You may have to maneuver a
bit to hit the turret. Repair again if needed.
Now the final fight. Two Pirate Atlas is guarding their trucks
with the Germanium ores. Destroy them, and you win the mission.
Send your lancemates in, then go in behind them and chop off the
3.7 Mission 7
The situation is messy. The different factions seem to be
fighting each other and pirates. Things never stay quiet, do
they? Just some patrols.
You'll need the heaviest mechs you can get on this one. Speed is
not important. Add maximum amount of armor, esp. on yourself. Add
at least one AMS, if not more.
Enemies include. 2 Awesome and a Masakari, Atlas and Mad Cat,
Supernova, Masakari, Awesome, Centurion, Masakari, and finally,
Atlas and Centurion.
Yep, suddenly reversal of fortune. As you start toward Point
Able, you talk about having the pirates on the run. And suddenly
FIVE heavy mechs power up in front of you! The two Awesomes and
the Masakari attack ASAP. Take out the Awesomes first, as they
carry T-Bolt missiles. The Masakaris carry LRMs too, but AMS can
stop LRMs. Once those three are gone, deploy MFBs and repair all
The Mad Cat and the Atlas are at Point Able, guarding it. They
won't come out unless you're really close. Approach them slowly.
Find a good spot where you can snipe at them using energy
weapons, while they don't shoot back. Kill both. Ignore the
dropship that is landing. That's just scenery. You can't damage
it, and it won't hit you.
Once the enemies are gone, it's time to head toward Point Baker.
However, don't head there directly, as the chasm is in the way.
Instead, head southwest (heading 215). Start slowly, leave the
MFBs at Point Able. At about midway down the map, a Supernova
will challenge you. Stop, and kill it. Continue and a Masaraki
will challenge you. Stop and kill it. Head east to MFB2, then
summon MFBs there, and repair all mechs. Next comes the tough
part. Taking back Point Baker.
Head all the way south until Point Baker is directly east. Then
head east slowly. The other pirate lance will attack: Awesome,
Masakari, and Centurion. Somehow, they all concentrate on you!
Start backing up. Let your lancemates take some of the heat. When
you took them all out, repair all mechs at MFB 2.
Now only two mechs stand in your way to Point Baker. Approach
Baker slowly. You'll see the Atlas. Take it out from long range.
Get a little closer, and do the same to the Centurion that pops
up, and you've survived this mission.
3.8 Mission 8
Suzy Ryan seems to be directing the assault. You'll need to
escort a convoy toward Point Baker, passing through lots of enemy
presence. The best way to protect the convoy is get way in front
of it. The convoy trucks have to go via bridges, while you can
bypass them, staying in water to keep your cool.
If you got the Atlas, use it. You'll need the heaviest mechs you
Enemies include: 2 turrets, Sunder and Vulture, 2 turrets, Orion
and Atlas, 2 Bushwhackers and Vulture.
As you start, 2 turrets will be nearby. A lance of Sunder and
Vulture will attack ASAP. With three against one it should be
easy. Wipe them out quickly, and then get in front of the convoy
by going at full speed.
At Point Able, you'll run into 2 turrets, plus Orion and Atlas.
The turrets you can take out from long range. Orion and Atlas
should go down with leg chopping. Then continue forward. When you
get close to Point Baker, three mechs appear from UNDERWATER!
(voiceover says a dropship dropped them off). New lance consists
of two Bushwhackers and a Vulture. The friendly turrets will
engage them. Get into the water yourself and blast them to
pieces. The convoy will just have to fend for itself for now.
After you take care of all the enemies, the primary objective has
been met. You can stop now, or you can repair now and wipe out
the pirate base at Point Able. In fact, you can just send a
lancemate over there and take care of the targets there. After
that, you win.
3.9 Mission 9
Looks like some of the pirates are not pirates after all. Some
Lyrans are trying to stir up trouble and use the pretext to take
over Veil from the consortium. It'll be ugly. Survive the
assault, and hopefully there are enough people left to fight the
Dominic finally joins the team. The script says Atlas, but he
actually shows up in an Awesome.
You'll need again heavy mechs, the heaviest you got. Use medium
range weapons, since you need to kill the enemy mechs FAST before
they destroy your base. Keep some long range weapons though.
You start next to the base, facing south. Use the map and assign
two mechs to the EAST side of the base, a little south of the PPC
turret, while you lead the other lancemate to the WEST side of
the base, and line up next to the PPC turret there. The reason
you want to be on the west side is you need to salvage some heavy
mech for the next round. Your lancemates go for body blows, not
leg shots, thus they don't produce salvage. With good shooting,
you can salvage one or more of the Sunders.
From the west, 2 (3?) Sunders and an Avatar charge your position.
A few seconds later, a Puma and a Centurion charge in from the
EAST side. If you did not station mechs on the east, they'll take
out the base while you try to take care of the western assault.
With help, you should have no problem taking out all three.
Repair all mechs.
When you're ready, it's time to take the fight to the enemy.
Approach Point Able slowly. Take out the two turrets when you see
them. Two Ryokens will challenge you. Kill them. Then Avatar will
try to stop you. Kill it, destroy the base, and you've taken care
of the traitors.
3.10 Mission 10
Now it's Suzy Ryan's turn. The real pirates have used the battle
to sneak into position at two different camps around the crater,
and they're attacking.
You need LONG range weapons on this. Suzy's forces love PPC's and
X-PULSE L's. This time, take a 70-tonner. A Madcat would be
ideal, but a Thor or Avatar would do. It'll need a top speed of
at least 75 kph. And this time, you're NOT leading from the
When the mission starts, it'll be a bad fight. 1 Shadowcat, 2
Vultures, and 2 Ryoken (note: the count is not exact) will charge
your position from the southeast and southwest. They are after
your mechs and you personally. Just position your forces just
outside the base in the direction of the two nav points, and you
should intercept them. Try not to lose any limbs off of any of
your mechs. Kill all enemy mechs.
When that's done, repair all mechs. Check the objective, and
you'll notice that "protect Point Able" is not complete yet. That
should be a hint to leave a guard at Point Able. Leave the
lightest mech as a guard. Remember to assign guard order!
Lead the other two lancemates toward Point Able (the closer enemy
camp). Take out the two turrets guarding it, and 2 Ryokens should
wake up. Take them out from long range if you want to, otherwise
just send your lancemates in, one on each. When they're gone, two
Shadowcats will take their place. Take them out, and you get
Point Able to yourself. Your lancemates will take out the
Ryan will chit-chat on the radio. It's clear she's at Point Baker
camp. Deploy MFBs to MFB 2, and repair all mechs. When complete,
head south (the guard stays at Point Start!)
Now head south from MFB2, and you'll get to Point Baker. Take out
the two turrets, and two Ryokens will show up. Take them out, and
Suzy's personal lance is out to get you. 2 Madcats and Suzy
herself in an Atlas.
However, there's a catch. One of the Madcats is piloted by
Scourge, Suzy's lieutenant, and he's out to attack the base at
Point Start. Assign your two lancemates to Ryan and the other
Madcat. You must kill Scourge's mech ASAP, even if you have to
ignore the other mechs. Assign the guard to attack it as well.
Your lancemates can take care of themselves. When Scourge is
gone, come back and help out. Take out all enemy mechs, destroy
the camp at Point Baker, and you win.
Note: in my latest attempt, I was able to take out Suzy's Atlas
with a headshot. I had assigned a Sunder and an Awesome to take
out Scourge, while the other Sunder took out the other Madcat.
It's three against one. Slowed by a leg shot, Scourge didn't last
4 Expansion Pirate Campaign Walkthrough
The pirate missions in Pirate's Moon are roughly the "other side"
of the story in the expansion pack. You're part of the Suzy
Ryan's ragtag crew, taking care of business.
In Pirate missions, you do NOT get salvage, nor MFB inventory
management. You CAN change your mech's loadout, but the inventory
is limited. Your mech will change from mission to mission, so the
customizations may be for naught in the next mission. On the
other hand, this also means you don't have to worry about losing
You also get a new set of MFB's per mission, so it's not
necessary to protect the MFBs in the Pirate missions.
Pirate missions should be treated like guerilla warfare: hit them
where they hurt, while avoiding frontal assaults. This means you
should almost NEVER take the nav points the order they're given.
That's good way to run into more enemies than you absolutely need
to, and more chance at getting shot at.
Pirate missions are QUITE hard, so don't be surprised to retry
missions several times, even on the easy level.
4.1 Mission 1
Take out the Rim Collective camp generator isn't hard, it's just
a little tedious, esp. if you avoid the enemies instead of
following the nav points in a slugging match.
Your best bet is probably 2 Thors and a Centurion. Load up on
long range weapons, while cram in at least two AMS per mech. Lots
of enemies seem to carry missiles. Your mech should have at least
one LLAS for sniping. And finally, you'll need jumpjets on all
Enemies include: 2 AC turrets, Avatar, 2 AC turrets, 2 Strikers,
2 Centurions, Orion, AC turret, Centurion, 2 Bulldogs, Puma.
(Not necessarily in this order.)
You have two choices: go northeast to the bridge and engage in
slugging match, or go east and jump across, bypassing most of the
defense. I recommend going east, jump across that narrow point,
then go north.
You'll hit the Rim Collective camp, with AC turret, Centurion, 2
Bulldogs, and a Puma. Use the hill for cover and snipe them all
out of existence. If enemy charges you, back up and let your
lancemates take care of them. Clear the area.
If you need repairs, jumpjet back to the other side and deploy
the MFB's there. Then jumpjet back.
Now approach Point Able slowly. Snipe out the 2 AC turrets, then
take out the Avatar that comes to investigate, but don't get
closer. That'll trigger more enemies. You want to stay as far
from Point Baker as you can. Jump back to the other side if you
Now look at the terrain about Point Baker. There's a hill nearby
that you can use to hide and snipe at the enemy camp, which
contains 2 AC turrets, 2 Strikers, and 2 Centurions. If the mechs
chase you, lead it back to your lancemates and kill them with
lancemates' help. Take out the rest of the defenders.
Get a little closer, and Orion will show up. Take it out. Now you
can destroy the dome at Point Baker.
Finally, make your way to Point Charlie, (head across the bridge
is fine) and you win the mission.
4.2 Mission 2
Ambush Sinclair. Teach him a lesson he won't forget! Then wipeout
the two bases.
The trick is ALL LASERS, and fight UNDERWATER. Lasers work fine
underwater, but missiles, cannons, and PPC's don't.
Equip your heaviest mechs with lots of lasers. Should be 2 Thors
and a Cauldron-Born. Heat should not be a problem since you'll be
HEAD DEEP in water. Yep, completely submerged if you can arrange
it. You can fit 1 ER LLAS and 1 L-PULSE at least. Add an Ultra 20
for out-of-water use. The other Thor needs a different setup as
there's not enough LLAS to go around. Try MRM10's and more
Start by heading south, which takes you deep. Then stay in the
deep channel and start running toward the ambush point.
When you see an Owens, take it out from underwater. You may not
see it clearly, but just shoot when the cursor turns yellow.
You'll take it out in no time, and it won't be able to shoot
back. In fact, you can just emerge above water. It'll be confused
and just sit there.
Get to the bridge, and stay near it. When the Sinclair's Madcat
come along, take it out from underwater. If you need to, get out
of the water and chase him down. Get back into water ASAP.
When Sinclair's gone, take out his lancemates, include Epona (in
an Awesome) and Alan (in Sunder). Sunder should follow pretty
closely, but it'll stay on land. Epona. May or may not follow
immediately. Sometimes she just falls into water and becomes a
Once the command lance is gone, deploy MFB at original location.
Then go back and repair all mechs. Then it's time to start
Approach Point Able slowly. Take out any turrets you see. Then
it's just a Shadowcat and some Strikers in your way. Wipe them
out, and you got Point Able.
Approach Point Baker slowly. It's another Shadowcat and 2
Bulldogs, with a few turrets. You can take care of them easily.
That's it for the objectives. If you REALLY want to try, you can
TRY Point Charlie, but it's NOT required. There are TWO Atlas
there armed with LRM's and Gauss Rifles, and lasers. They are
VERY dangerous. I'd recommend you leave Point Charlie to the good
4.3 Mission 3
Hijack the Germanium convoy, then take out the enemy base.
You'll still need the largest mechs on this one. Keep the Vulture
to yourself, as you'll again be the sniper with the LRMs and the
LLASs. Load up on more AMSs and armor. Dump the jumpjets. If you
find the pulse lasers a bit hard to handle, I replace them with
ER PPC's and ER MLAS's, and use the saved weight for more
Start by heading south-southwest toward the convoy. You take out
the turrets, while your lancemates will take out the Bulldogs
when you get close enough, then all of you take out the Orion
rear-guard. Now run behind the ridge, as Blackhawk and Avatar
will come to "rescue" the convoy. When the enemy mechs crests the
ridge, order a full-out attack and take them out.
Deploy the MFBs and start repairing. You're likely the most
damaged. If so, set your lancemates to guard, while you repair. A
Cauldron-born may come attacking, take it out. Repair all mechs.
When ready, approach Point Baker from the south, and snipe out
all the turrets. Approach Point Baker again, and you'll run into
2 Sunders and an Awesome, the last guards at the base. One Sunder
will charge you, while the other two will just keep cruising back
and forth if you don't approach any closer. Take out the one that
charge you first. Send your two lancemates after it. The other
two enemy mechs will split off and "patrol" nearby. Use the hill
for cover as they have quite a few missiles. Stand up, take a
shot, then crouch so the missiles hit the hill. Repeat when
ready. Take them out, and you win.
4.4 Mission 4
Protecting your bases will require a LOT of running around. And I
really mean it. Fortunately, you only need to save ONE of the two
antennas (either baker or charlie).
You will need a LOT of top speed on this one. Take the heavier
mechs, but you'll need speed, speed, and more speed. Dump weapons
and upgrade engines until all of your mechs can do about 81 kph.
You'll also need AMSs, as you'll run into quite a few missiles.
Load up on medium-range weapons with some LLAS. You will need to
kill enemies quickly. Give lancemates ER LLAS or ER PPC's, with
some LRMs, maybe a cannon.
Start running toward Point Able at full speed. When you get
there, you'll see 4 Strikers escorted by an Awesome. Send your
lancemates to attack the Awesome while you pick off the Strikers.
When the Strikers are gone, help your lancemates take out the
Now leave ONE lancemate (preferably someone relatively undamaged
and over 60 tons) to guard the spot. Start running south to
protect the Point Baker. As you leave, you should see a Champion
coming across, send the guard to attack it. Continue toward Baker
with your other lancemate.
As you head south, you'll run into two Centurions heading for the
base at Point Baker from the east. Intercept them and kill them
QUICKLY. There's no time to dawdle. Kill one quickly, then send
your lancemate to attack the other one. Again, top speed run
toward Point Charlie. Your lancemates will join up when they
During the run toward Charlie, check if the guard you left is
done (use the command map, it will tell you their position even
if they are out of radar range). If so, send him to Point Charlie
immediately. You can do this as soon as he reports the kill over
the radio. Issue the DEFEND order to the guard, as you approach
Point Charlie. However, most likely, the enemy forces will have
destroyed the antenna with LRM's before you got there. The
chances are slim, even with fast mechs, to protect Charlie. If
Charlie is destroyed, call the guard to join on you.
Now run for Point Dog. Your lancemate sent to take out the
Centurion at Baker should be done and rejoining. Deploy MFBs to
the point nearest Point Dog (should be just north of it) on your
way there and see if you can repair one mech before the final
attack force arrives.
Last attack force is a Bushwhacker and an Awesome approaching
from the northeast. Take them out, and you win the mission.
4.5 Mission 5
Protect your base at Baker, then take out the enemies at Able.
Take the heaviest mech for yourself (Supernova), assign heavy
mechs to your lancemates. Add max jumpjets to all mechs. Add some
engine upgrades, as you'll need to run a little (but not as much
as that previous mission), depending on which route you take.
Leave one mech to guard the spot you're at. Two Clints will
attack your spot if you choose the flying route, and you may lose
one or more of the MFBs. It's not that important though. You only
need two more mechs to join you to defend the base. Then you need
to decide the route: flying, or running.
You can use the flying route: Start toward Point Baker directly,
using jumpjets cross the chasm. To do this, you'll need to
increase your speed to 65+ kph. You'll have to land on the island
in the middle, then make a second jump to get across, but you
should make it. Your lancemates will follow, but don't be too
surprised if one or more of them don't make it.
Or you can use the running route. Cross the chasm at Point Able
(in this case you don't need the guard), then make a mad dash
toward Point Baker. It's a longer way, and unless you have really
fast mechs you may not beat the attack force there. You'll run
into two Clints to the south. Let your lancemates take them. Keep
going. As you go past Point Able, your lancemates should take out
the defenders and the contents.
You have less than 4 minutes before the attackers arrive. Get to
just south of Point Baker. A Madcat and two Ryokens approach
point Baker from the south. If they're past you, shoot them in
the back to force them to turn toward you. Your lancemates will
hopefully join up soon after and help take them out.
When they are gone, a Bushwhacker and 2 Clints will attack from
the east. Take them out, and your base is safe. Repair now if you
want. If Point Able is already destroyed, you win!
If Point Able is still standing, then it's time to attack.
Approach Point Able, take out the Striker and Bulldog, wipe out
the buildings, and you win!
4.6 Mission 6
Defend your base, attack enemy base, again.
Take the heaviest mechs you got, take a Sunder for yourself.
Speed is not a big problem, but you may need it to chase down
some light mechs. Take long range weapons for your lancemates,
like LRM racks, PPCs, and LLAS. Your mech needs a good group of
medium range weapons.
You start in the middle of a battle. Two Orions are attacking.
Send one lancemate on each, while you take one of the enemies.
Your other lancemate will shoot at the closest enemy.
When the Orions go down, a pair of Sunders will lumber in from
the east. Take out the Sunders quickly, as two Pumas will attack
from the south in about a minute. If you're not done yet, let
your lancemates worry about the Sunders while you chase down the
Pumas. If they run past you, chase them into the base and shoot
them in the back. A few shots and they're history, and that's
almost all the attackers.
Deploy the MFB now and try to get some repairs done. An Orion
should attack in another minute or two. Order your least damaged
mechs to take it out, join the fight when you can. That's all the
attackers. Repair all mechs.
Once all mechs are fixed, it's time to attack the enemy. Head
toward Point Able slowly and take out the Sunder in your way.
Destroy the enemy camp, and you win.
4.7 Mission 7
You're defending the Germanium deposits. The other guys will try
to rush you. If they make it past you, you lose!
You need assault mechs. This is the hardest mission in the Pirate
Campaign, and it's not surprising you'll repeat this one many
times (took me about 10 attempts at first), even at the lowest
difficulty level. Your lancemate will need some heavy firepower,
like LLASs, ER PPCs, etc. You should have the "limb chopper"
package ready: MLAS and some LLAS, with a lot of double
heatsinks. Fit as many in as you can. Group lasers in groups of 2
or 3. Add some AMS would help as you'll see a lot of LRMs.
My winning combo is Supernova with 2 ER LLAS, 6 MLAS in 2 groups,
and 2 ER MLAS. Add AMS and Clan double heatsinks. Deuce gets
Sunder with Ultra 20 (and lots of ammo), 2 ER PPC's, and a Clan
LRM 15 launcher with two tons of ammo. Fit in maximum armor, and
don't use any endo-steel or FF armor as you need the slots.
Consider using regular instead of XL engines so save critical
slots to fit in more weapons and heatsinks. You should have
PLENTY of Clan double heatsinks.
You start in a depression, where your MFBs and the Germanium
cache are. Turn right until you see the end of the crater. Send
your lancemate just a little beyond that. Go just a little beyond
her. Do NOT deploy the MFBs, as they'll die. However, it doesn't
really matter that much since you'll get a new set next mission
The first attackers are an Orion and a Champion, attacking from
southwest, followed by another Orion from southeast. The
southeastern Orion is the real threat. The other two just walks
back and forth. If you have positioned Deuce correctly, she
should start shooting. Help along with your lasers. You should be
able to take out all three with no problems. Take a break. It'll
be less than a minute before the next group attacks. Not really
enough to get some repairs done though.
Next group includes two Clints attacking from the south, followed
by a Centurion from the east. Centurion is the main threat. If
you had deployed the MFB's, the LRMs from the Centurion will
destroy one of the MFB's. Sit in place, then shoot at it as it
approaches. Hit it enough times and it'll turn to engage you. A
couple more hits and it's history. Let your lancemate handle the
Clints. They wouldn't last very long under her PPC's and
missiles, and they don't really go after your Germanium any way.
A lance of two Awesomes should now be approaching from the
southwest. However, they just walk back and forth. They are the
bait, trying to sneak the Centurion through the other side. Let
your lancemate snipe at them as they walk back and forth. You
just wait for the Centurion that is the final threat to your
Germanium cache. When it comes, stay still, crouch, and keep
hitting it until it goes down. Your AMS should take out some of
the LRM it launches. Kill it, and your Germanium is safe, really.
Your lancemate likely have taken out one of the Awesomes by now,
and you should be pretty beaten up. Deploy the MFB, and repair
yourself. Help Deuce take out that last Awesome. You win!
4.8 Mission 8
This battle required good execution, but otherwise is quite
possible to protect BOTH bases. After that, wipe out the enemy
Let your lancemates have the heaviest mechs. You need to take a
70-ton mech as you'll need to run really fast. Madcat would be
ideal, but Thor would do as well. There's a lot of water, so feel
free to take a lot of lasers and heatsinks. You'll need some LLAS
to take out the turrets, and a group of MLAS to remove limbs. One
possibility is a Madcat with 3 PPCs and some MLAS.
Start by running at full speed toward Point Baker, while assign
all lancemates to defend a point JUST west of Point Able. Use the
map command mode to do so.
When you get to Point Baker, two Centurions should be attacking
from the northwest. Get between them and Point Baker, and take
them out quickly. You'll get semi-beat up, but that will have to
wait. Head back toward Point Able, while deploy the MFBs at the
point near Point Baker. There are no more enemies there.
Now run back toward Point Able where your lancemates are trying
to hold off 2 Madcats and an Awesome. They may have taken them
down already. If not, get in there and help. When the enemy mechs
are gone, you're safe for now. Repair all mechs at Point Baker.
Don't be surprised if one or more of your lancemates got stuck
near or under a bridge. Somehow the AI can't negotiate bridges
over water once they fell off.
Now it's time to take out Point Charlie. Move north along the
path, and take out the turrets when you see them. Continue
approach, and you'll see the Masakari and Daishi guarding Point
Charlie. Approach obliquely to get your lancemates in range, and
do a long range weapon duel. You should win easily. Watch your
lancemates take out the base at Point Charlie, and you win!
4.9 Mission 9
Slow deliberate assault, take out both enemy outposts and Able
This is a slow meat grinder mission. Preserving your mech and
sniping at enemy from long range is crucial. If you lose lots of
weapons from your mech (i.e. lose arm(s)), you may as well start
You'll probably want to keep the Daishi for yourself. Get a pair
of PPCs or LLASs and a group of MLAS. Give lancemates long range
weapons, like LRMs, ER PPCs, LLASs, etc.
Remember to repair whenever you can, even when there's still an
enemy mech walking around. Your lancemates can take care of the
enemy while you repair, or vice versa.
Start by deploying the MFB's immediately. Then lead your lance
out of the "hole". Two Cauldron-borns will charge in. Take them
out from where you stand. Madcat will follow. Take it out too.
Now is a good time to repair all mechs.
Approach Point Able slowly, and you should see Atlas and Madcat
in the distance. Play peek-a-boo using the nearby hills and take
them out from long range. Remember to let your lancemates take
some of the damage. Repair when needed.
After all mechs are repaired, continue approach Point Able. Take
out the AC turret and Vulture, the last defenders. Then walk
close enough so your lancemates take out the base. Repair all
Slowly approach Point Baker. You'll see 2 AC turrets, so take
them out from long range. Avatar should show up, take it out.
(This is a good time to do battlefield repair, as your lancemates
can hold their own.) When that's gone, Awesome, then Thor
approaches. When they're all gone, go through Point Baker. Let
your lancemates take out the camp, and you win the mission.
4.10 Mission 10
The big enchilada. Take over the entire crater by destroying all
Keep the Atlas for yourself. Give yourself a pair of LLAS or pair
of PPC's, and a battery of MLAS. Add a good cannon like gauss
rifle or Ultra 20 as backup. Deuce gets the Daishi. Trey and
Blade gets the Madcats. They should get the usual long-range
weapon mix. Add as many AMSs as available.
Everybody wants to attack you. If you stay still, you'll get
really beaten up, and there may be no MFB's left by the time
you're done. Don't do it. Run for Point Able immediately.
First, send MFB's to the point just north of Point Able (MFB1),
while send all lancemates to "attack Point Able" (use the map
command mode). Then run after them. By this time enemies should
be attacking from the north. Just keep running.
Your lance will probably run into Clint and Ryoken at Point Able.
The MFBs will have to fend for themselves now. As long as you're
nearby they won't hit the MFB (you are a bigger threat). Take
them out. Then send your lancemates to guard just north of the
MFB point. Start repairing the most damaged mech now then repair
Annihilator just patrols to the northwest. Ignore it. A Madcat
and a Masakari will attack from north, take them out. If you did
not deploy the guards they may hit one of the MFB's. Once you
destroy these two, you may get an ERRORNEOUS message of
congratulations about the all bases being secure. Ignore it. The
ONLY completion that counts is the F12 screen. If it still says
"In Progress", you're not done yet.
Make sure all mechs are repaired. It's time to hunt. Approach
Point Charlie slowly, take out that Annihilator that you left
earlier. There should only be a few turrets and a few Bulldogs
defending the base now. Kill them, and you got the base to
yourself. Call MFB in and repair now.
Continue toward Point Dog. It is defended by 2 turrets, 2
Madcats, and 4 Strikers. Take out the turrets first from long
range. Snipe the Madcats, or order your lancemates to charge, you
following them. With four mechs shooting they shouldn't last too
long. Once you take them all out, the base is yours. Repair now.
Approach Point Baker slowly, and you should only see a Clint, a
Ryoken, and some turrets. Take it out, and you got the base, and
all enemies are gone.
Stop at Point Baker. Use the map to send one lancemate to each of
the other three nav points. Usually, you may want to head for
Point Able yourself, as your lancemates don't navigate very well
across those toxic pools. Send Deuce in the Daishi to Baker (it's
the closest). The two further ones get one Madcat each. When they
arrive at the respective nav points, and you as well, you got the
whole crater to yourself (okay, you and Suzy Ryan), and you win
the pirate campaign.
5 And the finale: bonus mission (Survive!)
You get a bonus mission when you finish both campaigns.
This bonus mission is absolutely the LAMEST mission I've ever
seen. It's nearly impossible. Those of you who are Trekkers, this
is Mechwarrior's version of the "Kobayashi Maru".
You can configure an Atlas, Annihilator, or Masaraki. There are
no jumpjets in the inventory. You start in the middle of a little
island. There's no way you can get off. Then all your teammates
and your enemies come to kill you. They come in all sizes of
mechs. Clint, Clint, Ryoken, Shadowcat (Epona), Thor (Alan),
Supernova (Scourge). With my best effort, I killed five mechs,
and got killed by Scourge in the Supernova. I've been told that
Suzy Ryan will be there in a Mad Cat as the seventh and final
I've received 3 e-mails on how this mission can be beat. Two
suggests LRMs and T-Bolts, plus some good solid long-range
weapons, like ER LLAS and ER PPC. The smaller mechs are hard to
hit with the long-range weapons, so you need some hefty guided
weapons to take them down. The other weapons for used for
precision strikes to take off specific body parts.
Another suggestion from Brian Schwarting was an Annihilator or
Atlas with 4 ER PPCs and LOTS of double heatsinks. Put them in a
single group in chain fire mode, then shoot one at a time. Think
of it as a PPC gatling gun. Go for the legs, and remember to lead
Try to move to the middle of the island, though I guess it
doesn't really matter. Crouch down if the legs start to take
The Clints are not that dangerous. They die easily, esp. if you
have a good LRM battery. Fire 40 LRMs at the same time and you'll
cook each one in no time in combo with the PPCs or lasers.
The Thor is not dangerous. It may hit you a few times with SRMs,
but it'll just walk back off the edge and kill itself. Same for
the Clints if they do manage to jet over.
It's Ryoken and Shadow Cat that ping you to death from a
distance. They run around a LOT. You will need the LRMs and/or T-
bolts to slow them down and kill them.
Then it's a matter of killing the Supernova quickly. Group launch
all your missiles and slam it down. Rotate a little to avoid its
Then it's a matter of killing Suzy Ryan in her Mad Cat. Her large
lasers can do you some serious damage, so be careful.
There's also no cinematics or anything else after this, just the
ending credits. (Duh!)