A L P H A 4: I N V E S T I G A T E R E S E A R C H C E N T E R
P R E P A R A T I O N
For this mission, you need several units. While you have only 30 minutes to complete your objectives, the better you prepare, the less time and casualties the away mission will require. After you've finished researching the Heavy MG, go to the Design menu and change the weapon on the MG Viper from the Twin MG to the Heavy MG and begin producing them. Also design a unit with the Repair Turret if you haven't done so already. Have your trucks build a second Factory to help out with the manufacturing. Also, repair all of the units from the away mission. Order the second Factory to produce some additional Flamer Vipers and a couple of Repair units. After you have 20 combat units ready to go, load a truck, a Repair unit, three Flamer Vipers, and five MG Vipers onto the transport and send them on their way.
S E C U R E T H E L Z
Your first priority on arrival is to group your combat units together and send them a short distance to the west. When you locate two Scavenger bunkers, take them out and then pull back a bit. Order the truck to construct a couple of MG Guard Towers at the entrance area to the LZ. Then click on the transport button to load the transport with more units from your base. Bring one more Repair unit and nine combat units. Give all of your units the order to return for repairs at medium damage.
T O T H E R E S E A R C H C E N T E R
After the second wave of units arrives, send the first group west while the new group defends the LZ. Continue bringing units in from the base to help build up your force. The first group runs into several bunkers. Take them out and follow the southern map edge until you reach a small Scavenger outpost. Destroy it and then take stock of your status. If the group is quite reduced because of losses or damaged units returning for repairs, send the entire group back while you bring Group 2 forward, along with Group 3 when it arrives. As units are repaired, send them back to the front, but be sure to always keep some back at the LZ for defense.
With your next groups, head north up the canyon immediately east of the first outpost. Along the way, you find Rocket Pits and other defenses that must be quickly destroyed. When you locate one, order an entire group to target it until it's destroyed. Eventually, you arrive at the Research Center. It's defended by a single Rocket Pit. Eliminate it, then destroy the Research Center and recover the Artifact. Immediately begin researching the Mortar.
After you have the Artifact, you receive new orders to defeat the Scavengers. They have another outpost to the north of the Research Center. Send two groups further north to wipe out the last outpost in this zone. Target the Rocket Pits first, and recover any Artifacts you find. After the outpost is in ruins, you be ordered to return to the LZ. Follow the route you took during the advance to avoid additional defenses. The truck must demolish the two MG Guard Towers for the mission to end.