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Guide: Chief Sarcan's Guide to Paths

By Franklin Rinaldi on February 23, 2014

SOLDIER

The Soldier tackles combat heavy missions, gaining access to special weaponry and objectives as he fights across Nexus. Often battling waves of enemies, Soldiers will use every tool at their disposal to hack and slash their way to victory!

Abilities

  • Soldier Rations: Activation: Places a Ration’s crate. Upon interacting with the crate, for the next 5.0s restores 446/892/1782 health every 0.5s.
  • Soldier’s March: Activation: Movement speed increased by 20% for the next 15.0 seconds. (30.0/20.0/10.0 Min CD)
  • Teleport Beacon: Activation: Opens a portal to their Bind Location for the next 10.0 seconds. (120.0/90.0/60.0 Min CD)
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Mission Types

You've unlocked a Soldier mission! Your Datachron contains all of the path mission you've unlocked in a zone. Left click the mission title in the Datachron to display a guide arrow that will point you in the right direction.  You can also open your World Map ('M') to see the area that the mission takes place in. When you locate a Soldier Beacon, right click it to activate the mission!

Assassination:

Ever dreamed of being a hit man? Channel your inner assassin as you track down targets, put them in your sights, and rack up the body counts!

You've unlocked an Assassination mission! Your mission is to find and eliminate specific targets given to you by the beacon hologram.  Clicking the mission title in the Datachron after activating the beacon will point you toward your mark. When you locate the target, prepare yourself and take 'em out!

Rescue Op:

Listen up, Soldier! We have civilians that have been taken hostage by the enemy, and we need you to get 'em out of there! Are we clear? Get moving!

You've unlocked a Rescue Operation mission! To complete the mission, find and rescue your nearby allies!  When you find a captive, right-click or hit the ('F') key to free them. They can't save themselves, so get to work!

Holdout & Conquer:

Are you ready to lock, load, and start taking care of business? Defend your territory against waves of hostile enemies. No guts, no glory!

You've found a Soldier Holdout Beacon! Right click it or use the ('F') key to begin the event! Waves of enemies will begin to attack. Keep an eye on the Datachron to see your progress during the holdout.  To complete the mission, defeat all of the waves before time expires! You can enlist other players to help you out as well. Good luck, Soldier!

Holdout: First Strike:

Hit 'em hard, and hit 'em fast! Strike your targets and destroy them before they call in reinforcements, then bask in the glow of your badassitude!

You've unlocked a Holdout: First Strike mission! Each wave begins with an object concealing enemies to appear.  Destroy the objects before the enemies’ pop out to prevent them from appearing! The more objects you take out, the less enemies you have to deal with!

Demolition:

Most problems can be solved with the right amount of explosives. Blow stuff up using bombs, grenades and other weapons of mass destruction. BOOM!    

You've unlocked a Demolition mission! To complete the mission, you'll need to blow up specific targets.  Search for the targets and rig them with explosives. If they don't detonate right away, hit the 'G' key when you've found all the targets to blow them all up at once!

SWAT:

Special Weapons and Tactics. Know what it really means? Shiny new toys! Test advanced military hardware on your foes. Mercy? Not part of the equation.          

You've unlocked a S.W.A.T. mission! The objective is to test new special weapons on your enemies.  When you find your target, click the icon in your Datachron, or use the ('G') key to fire off the weapon. Use the weapon enough times to complete the mission!

Holdout: Security:

No one likes a thief. That's where you come in. Defend your loot against dirty underhanded criminals, and crack some skulls with the hammer of justice!

You've unlocked a Holdout: Security mission! When you activate the mission, the resources you need to secure will appear.  Killing the thieves will cause them to drop the resource they were carrying. If the thieves escape with all the resources, you'll fail the mission and have to start over!            

Holdout: Protect:

Being a hero ain't easy... but it's time to step up. Defend allies against incoming waves of hostiles, ensuring they survive another day!         

You've unlocked a Holdout: Protect mission! Your mission is to defend the friendly NPCs from oncoming enemies!  The green bar in your Datachron shows the health of the defendants. As they take damage, the bar will decrease. Defeat all of the waves without losing all your defendants to succeed. Good luck, Soldier!

Holdout: Timed:         

You've unlocked a Holdout: Timed mission! There's no limit to the number of enemies that will attack you during this mission.  To complete the mission, survive the onslaught until the timer expires! Keep up with the waves or you'll get over-run. Good luck, Soldier!

Holdout: Fortify:

You've unlocked a Holdout: Fortify mission! Activating the beacon will activate the build phase and display the "Tower Defense Builder" window.

Keep an eye on the time left in the build phase, and how many credits you have to spend. When the time expires, the holdout begins! To complete the mission, use the defenses and your own might to protect your target from being destroyed!

EXPLORER

The wild frontiers are the perfect place for an Explorer! Often traveling to the most dangerous places on Nexus, Explorers claim territory for their faction by finding hidden paths, exploring secret caves, and climbing the tallest mountains.

Abilities

  • Safe Fall: Activation: Damage taken from falling reduced by 15%/30%/45% for the next 5.0/7.5/10.0 seconds.
  • Enduring Breath: Activation: Breath decays 30%/45%/60% slower than normal.
  • Teleport: Activation: Saves your current position for the next 15.0/30.0/45.0 seconds. Second Press: Returns you to your saved position.

Mission Types

You've unlocked an Explorer mission! Your Datachron will contain all the path missions that you have unlocked. Left click the mission title in the Datachron to display a guide arrow that will point you in the right direction.  Once a mission is unlocked, you can open the World Map ('M') to see the area that it takes place in. Keep an eye out on the Datachron when you are nearing your mission objectives. When it lights up, you're in the right place!

Cartography:

Making maps has never been more fun... or more dangerous! Travel into the untamed wilds of Nexus and chart territory for your faction.            

Expedition:

The uncharted frontier awaits! Strike out into the great unknown, making sure to explore every last inch of the map. Cowards need not apply.

You've unlocked an Explorer Vista mission! These missions lead you to areas overlooking vast landscapes. When you are close to your objective, the mission in your Datachron will light up. Click the arrow to the right to pinpoint the location.  The closer you get to the Vista location, the more bars will light up. When all four bars are full, hit the Place button to call down your beacon!

Scavenger Hunt:

Ancient artifacts? Check. Remote, inaccessible locations? Check. Fearless explorers who laugh in the face of danger? Oh yeah.

You've unlocked an Explorer Scavenger Hunt mission! Follow the guide arrows to the clue giver, and read carefully to get hints where the hunt will take you!  You can open the World Map ('M') to see where you should be looking. When you are ready to begin searching, click the arrow button next to the mission title.  When you're close to a piece of the puzzle, a clue will light up and the meter will begin filling. You'll have to dig, search, or even kill to find each piece. The stronger the meter, the better your chance of finding it!

Surveillance:

Get your secret agent on! There's a war out there, and you need to set up remote surveillance devices to keep an eye on the enemy.                 

You've unlocked an Explorer Surveillance mission! Left click the mission title to direct you to the nearest territory point. When you are near the area, the bar under the mission title will begin to fill up. Click the arrow on the mission for more information. Clicking the Place button when the bar are full drops your probe and surveys the territory for your faction!

Exploration:

Nexus is chock full of secret places, and you'll find every one! Use a combination of technology and agility to access hidden locations!

Discover 100% of the area map. Travel everywhere and ensure you see it all and unlock the hexes of the Map completely.          

Operations:

Exploring isn't just about climbing mountains. Sometimes you gotta gear up, buckle down, and get a job done. Skills definitely pay the bills.                  

Staking Claim:

Nexus ain't big enough for everyone, and second place sucks. So get out there, plant your flag, and claim this planet for your allies. 

You've unlocked an Explorer Claim Territory mission! Left click the mission title to direct you to the nearest territory point. When you are near the area, the bar under the mission title will begin to fill up. Click the arrow on the mission for more information. Clicking the Place button when the bar is full drops your flag and claims the territory for your faction!

Tracking:

Ready to hunt? Track enemies, creatures and strange anomalies through the unforgiving terrain of planet Nexus. Epic rewards? You know it. 

You've unlocked an Explorer Power Map mission! This mission requires you to chase down objectives as they travel throughout the world! Click the mission title to be guided to the beginning of the chase!  When you reach the starting line, Click the arrow button to display the Power Map in your Datachron. Click Start and the objective will appear! Chase after it, and don't let it get too far away or you'll have to start over. The objective will drop things to collect on the way. Collect enough of them, but don't slow down! If you do fail the mission, don't worry! Make your way back to the start and try again!

Hidden Door: 

You've unlocked an Explorer Door! Your mission is to find the door and investigate where it leads! Click the mission title to be directed toward the closest door that only Explorers can open!  Once you find the entrance, you can open it for yourself and others! Explore the newly discovered area fully to complete the mission!

I hope you found this guide useful in getting started in your amazing journey within Wildstar. You can review my Wildstar Beta streams to see everything discussed here in action.

Chief Sarcan is a Retired Navy Chief who plays and discusses MMO's regularly on his YouTube and Twitch Channels. He also frequently streams for MMORPG.com and is an active and positive supporter of the WildStar community. You can find Chief Sarcan on Twitter @Chief_Sarcan.

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Franklin Rinaldi / Franklin Rinaldi / Chief Sarcan is a Retired Navy Chief who plays and discusses MMO's regularly on his YouTube and Twitch Channel when he is not writing guides and articles. You can find Chief Sarcan on Twitter @Chief_Sarcan.

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