I just read a great post from x1HxTakeNotez describing his strategy for solo play on nightfall and it inspired me to write this post about my favorite strategy for working with a team to survive the Nightfall. Please feel free to leave comments and additional tips that you believe will help people be more productive team players. (My loadout and style for Point of Contact is nothing close to this, there may be a future post on that if requested.)
First off... Ammo. I love being the "Ammo Guy". Sure its a strain on the wallet, but it is one of the most important roles a person can play in team mode. I max it out immediately on the first 2 hives and throw out a new box before each drill is planted. Always before the drill plant. $1250 is not going to make or break a money spending challenge, but it will make a world of difference on a spend no money challenge. If I'm low on cash I'm never afraid to ask for some cash... people always love the ammo guy and rarely refuse a cash loan request, especially when they know I'm about to replenish them with some sweet, sweet explosive goodness.
My next round of skill points are going into my pistol... ????.... I know what you are thinking. How does that help the team? I will tell you shorty, please be patient... If you accomplish all the challenges on the first section (not too hard at all) Then that puts you at level 4 pistols and you can now hold weapons. This allows you to keep one gun slot for your favorite weapon and the other slot for the team. The team slot is for whatever weapon challenge comes up. I can't tell you how beneficial it is to the team to be able to complete these challenges without forcing less skilled players to drop a good weapon that they are comfortable and more effective with. Don't worry guys I got this... just hit me with some boosters if you can... you already know I never need ammo . I stop at level 4 on pistols at this point, usually holding an LMG in my favorite slot in order to keep the Rhinos off my homies.
Next round of skill points goes into my Medic class. I bring that up to level 4 as fast as I can and stop there. Obviously, at this point everyone on the team is being spit at by those a-hole scorpions and at level 4 I don't have to think twice about running in a yellow cloud for a revive.
*** Side tip for novices (carry and max out your armor early. you will instinctively throw it out when you are in trouble, and if you do go down anyway... It will get you revived without fail if a medic can pick up max armor just before attempting a revive on you.
Next up is... Akimbo pistols... anyone that plays pistols only relic knows that dual MP-443s are comparable in killing speed to a death machine in close quarters and they reload fast too. Once you go Akimbo.... you will be running fast, killing fast, reloading fast, and throwing so much ammo to fulfill your double handed alien killing rage that your teammates will think you are going crazy with all the ammo you are throwing down. (They will be right in this case.) Just keep feeding this Ammo Guy with performance enhancing drugs (boosters & feral) and you will be choking on ammo all game long. I try to throw out a fresh box every time I see money dropped or boosters on the ground.
The rest of the skill points acquired I use in all different areas depending on the deficiencies of the team and the challenges that arise. With this loadout and upgrade sequence there will surely be more skill points coming your way. As far as Strike package I prefer IMS. It is great for babysitting the drill when you are off doing challenges or getting a revive. They can also give you good cover while reviving in a crowd. As far as equalizer... I leave completely up to you.
This strategy has served me well and I hope it helps some of you who are still trying to find something that works. It is incredibly fun as well... which is most important.
Please feel free to post about what works for you guys. And I know someone has a loadout and style that perfectly compliments my loadout and level up strategy... lets hear it.
All the best,
Shout out to x1HxTakeNotez for his post on solo play that started the trend in extremely long posts. LOL
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