The Vegas update added a brand new type of quest, which is essentially a “score attack” mode. As the name suggests, it heavily involves the Rideroid vehicle so you’ll need to become familiar with using them. I’ve written up a short guide on how to ride your ‘roid here. In this post I’m going to go over the basic mechanics and general advice for doing well in this new quest type.
You’ll need to score as high as possible, as your score directly influences the rare drop boost at the end of the quest. You have 10 minutes from the end of the teleporter countdown to get as many points as you can. Kill enemies and clear E-trials to score points.
During the quest, you’ll get events called “Emblem Time”. During these, collecting emblems will boost the % number next to the score. This number is your score multiplier, so the higher it is the better. This % is not your drop rate boost, that’s all on the score.
You can also raise the score multiplier by killing rare enemies (+25% each) and rare bosses (+100% each). The maximum boost limit is 9,999%.
There are six variants of the Las Vegas Rideroid quest; 3 each for night and day. There’s not really a significant difference between them aside layout and the song being played. These variants are rotated on a daily basis.
The following chart is a direct translation from the one present on Swiki:
|Diff.||Enemies||Miniboss||Boss||Etrial Clear (Max)|
Red numbers are for rare variants. All scores are before bonuses are applied.
As you can see, completing E-trials is by far the greatest way to get points, with killing being the only other way to get them at all. The first priority would appear to be to kill enemies to spawn E-trials and then clear those E-trials as soon as possible.
You’ll still need at least one person collecting emblems of course, as this will scale your score multiplier.
Emblem times occur at set times during the quest:
- Bronze emblems will appear at 9 minutes remaining
- Silver emblems will appear at 6 minutes remaining
- Gold emblems will appear at 3 minutes remaining.
Additionally, Rainbow emblems will appear from time to time. One at 8 minutes, one at 7 and one at 5. They can then start appearing randomly from 1min30s onward, with their frequency greatly increasing at time ticks down. While their locations are randomly chosen, the locations themselves are pre-defined. With enough practise, you can learn where these emblems can spawn which will greatly speed up acquisition.
Collecting them will raise your score multiplier by the following amounts:
- Copper will raise the bar by 1 point
- Silver will raise the bar by 3 points
- Gold will raise the bar by 7 points
- Rainbow will raise the bar by 50 points
It’s advisable to have very few people dedicated to collecting emblems (as few as 1 even) outside of Emblem time, as killing enemies to trigger E-trials is very important for racking up a score. So you need most of the MPA killing at all times. This is especially important in the final minute of the quest as this is when your multipliers will be their highest.
Where the big scores are! Clearing E-trials as fast as possible is the main priority if you want a good score.
Just kill the enemies, straightforward. Includes T-15 Tanks, Devils Trailers, Night Gears, Train Ghidoran, Vegas Illusia and Cougar NX for bosses/minibosses. Typically it’s one boss or two mini-bosses. There is of course also the killing regular enemies kind.
These will occasionally change over into rare enemy kill trials. You have a certain amount of time to kill as many of these enemies as possible. Enemies will continuously respawn in this time.
Repel the Unidentified Organisms
This is the one where Jellyfish will spawn all over the place. You’re meant to just plough your Rideroid into them, but if you have Forces in the right place you can actually use TPS teching to destroy them instead (as a few techs when aimed this way have infinite range). Despite their huge resistances to anything that isn’t a Rideroid they have very low HP even on Extra Hard. The issue with this approach is that the Jellyfish may be hiding behind buildings or otherwise out of line-of-sight for Forces, so you’ll want to spread out or get on a very tall building to do this.
Destroy the Floating Fortress!
It’s essentially a static version of the Jellyfish E-trial. Slam your Rideroid into the blue shield generators (the blue pillars pictured above) and then slam it into the exposed core a bunch of times until you win. The shield generators are displayed on the map so refer to that if you get lost.
Beware that the barriers and laserbeams will damage your Rideroid and can fairly easily destroy it if you’re being careless.
Unlike the jellyfish, the generators have a lot of HP so you’re better off slamming your Rideroid into them than abusing infinite range Techs. Note that their HP is high enough that one hit from a Rideroid might not be enough to destroy them but it usually is. Similarly, the core will require at least 10 hits to destroy it.
It’s a fun enough type of quest though to do well in it you’re going to have to get good at using the Rideroid, which can be a bit of a learning curve in its own right. It’ll also get easier to get high multipliers as you learn where the emblems can spawn. The rest is kind of random and while bad luck won’t cheat you out of getting a good score it may cheat you out of breaking 2 million+.
Personally, I find the quest very irritating as a melee class. For one thing, enemies have lowered HP and are very spread out. This means that enemies are likely to be long dead before you can get in range to contribute much in the way of kills. That said, melee can contribute a good deal of punishment to mini-bosses and bosses still. As killing speed is the most important thing however, I feel like this is a quest there Force/Techers once again shine strong.
It may also suffer from being a 12-man quest, as finding full groups for it may become difficult to impossible down the line. While you can run it in a smaller group you are at a major disadvantage if you want the higher scores. This alone may prevent future groups from settling for say, 8/12 but who knows. This community can be unpredictable.
Anyway I hope this post was helpful enough and good luck getting those top-end scores. Let me know if there’s anything I got horribly wrong or if you have some information that I don’t.