But an excitement for the new weapon doesn't diminish any of the current ones that are already in game; each auxiliary weapon -- the rocket launcher, the chainsaw, the quantum brace, and the whip -- is awesome in its own right with distinct skills and style. Is one right for you? Heck yeah! If you aren't taking advantage of an auxiliary weapon, you are depriving yourself of some extra oomph in your fights, not to mention an eighth active and passive skill on your hot bar.
How do you know which one is better for you? Honestly, you needn't choose just one; as with regular weapons, you can earn all four. But with a hefty price of 35 SP per weapon, payable all at once, it's impossible to get more than one at a time. So which do you choose first? And then how do you go about getting it? This guide will give a general overview of the four current auxiliary weapons and the paths to acquiring them.
Instead, with 35 SP I could have built up and tried multiple other weapons or maxed out another regular weapon or talisman entirely. It's definitely better to spend your SP when you are ready and on the auxiliary weapon you want to incorporate into your play immediately. My excuse is I didn't realize that more weapons that I'd like so much better would come along in time. Luckily, I learned quickly and didn't get the chainsaw the second it was released. You, however, already know there is a selection, so you can be a bit more discerning on your purchase. What skills you want (each is 50 AP) or even the style you want to convey can affect your choice.
Warning! While this doesn't contain a complete step by step account of every quest, there are still spoilers involved. So if you'd rather find out as you go, skip ahead to the last section of the article.
Venetian Missile Crisis involves retrieving a stolen shipment of -- you guessed it, rocket launchers -- and has six tiers. Except for the first one, each tier involves fighting your way through plenty of enemies sometimes even in waves, so come prepared with whatever potions you want. Some confrontations can be avoided by using the stacked cars and boxes and such in the environment to jump and avoid them. I suggest using these whenever possible. Besides saving your life, scaling boxes are going up ramps is also necessary at other times to actually find your objective (such as the schematics).
Another hint: Be very sure to avoid the light as much as possible as you will likely die to the sniper unless you have massive health. In this particular instance, shadows truly are your friend. The good news is that mobs don't respawn, so if you run into trouble, at least you won't have more mobs popping in to give you a headache.
Everything about this quest is pretty straightforward if nauseating. After delivering your goods to Dr. Aldini to complete the fifth and final tier, you get to keep your new friend, the chainsaw.
Personally, I found this mission and its six tiers to be the most fun. For this quest, players need to have a basic understanding of The Secret World's crafting system because it entails assembling and testing experimental weapons for Moose. Follow Moose's diagrams and put things in the right order and you'll do fine. And once you put the components you gathered together (yellow quest clicks, not regular crafting materials), you get to go out and see what these babies can do!
First off, don't get discouraged when the quest asks you to kill large numbers for the test. You'll actually get the update much sooner because the test weapons actually break. At the end, you even destroy the main component, the quantum core, so you have to go hit up Edgar at the scrapyard for another. Follow his instructions and make a better core, then head out to test it.
And make sure you have time to continue on this quest before moving ahead. Immediately following the deviant decoherence, you'll be given a timed task to collect anima to charge your core. Then last but certainly not least, assemble all the parts into your new quantum bracer and enjoy!
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