Cheyenne Mountain (mission)
This mission includes two other areas, and is quite long. This area is the "outside" section.
You must have at least one Rad-X per squad member to get by this area. You will also want a character with a decent science skill for the next area. If you've been using all of your Big Books of Science on one character that's plenty. For the final area, you will need a way to damage objects that you can't explicitly target. A Browning M2 or grenades work well. You can also pick up the Vindicator minigun and ammunition from enemies. This is a long mission, and you will really only find microfusion cells, .50 cal, 2mm EC, and 7.62mm ammunition in quantity, so if you are using weapons that don't use these kinds of ammunition be sure to bring a healthy supply. For some of the endings, you will need Simon Barnaky's locket or letter.
There are two objectives:
- Get the nuke carrier into position.
- Move your party into the safety of the bunker marked on your map.
The first objective more or less requires you to clear the path for the carrier. Enemies in this area are mostly Humanoid robots except where noted. The carrier is pretty flimsy, and if it is destroyed the mission is over, so it is best to be relatively thorough when clearing the area so that you don't get surprised while driving. You can leave the carrier at the bottom of the map until ready, you don't want to trigger it early.
Notable encounters along the path:
Bottom level (road heading west)
- Immediately above where you start on a cliff there are some humanoid bot snipers along the cliff to the west. They don't always attack.
- The road to the west of the start point forks. The southern fork has mines, the northern fork has more enemies.
- There is a heavy turret where the road starts sloping up, and there is a generator behind the turret which will disable it.
Road along the west side of the map
- There is a bunker that pops open with a few light turrets, in addition to a fair number of humanoids.
The road then winds up the map.
- There are mines in front of one of the bridges (four, equally distributed) and hover bots firing rockets from above.
- Be sure to clear the small farmhouse on the southeast side of the road, it is near the rear entrance to the safety bunker.
- There are ladders leading up the cliff face which lead to a generator and another heavy turret, as well as a way to flank the hover bots.
The last bend in the road (the northeast corner of the map) has some major defenses, including a behemoth and two turrets.
- You can attack all of these from the top of the cliff, assuming you have long range weapons, patience, and ammunition to spare.
The door itself is guarded by a humanoid robot and two hover robots, all firing rockets. You can also snipe these from the top of the cliff relatively safely.
Once you are sure the path is clear for the carrier, and before proceeding with driving the nuke carrier into position, move all but one member of your squad into the safe bunker, which has a few easy guards and terminals which provide some background information. Take one character and use them to drive the nuke carrier into position. The character will have to get out of the carrier and run to the ladder near the farmhouse on the ledge, so make sure they aren't encumbered and you're familiar with the path to take.
Have everyone use a Rad-X, drive the carrier into position, and run the driver to the ladder for the safe bunker. You have 60 seconds to make the run, so micromanage that character. It's possible that the back door to the bunker has to close to keep the squad safe. Once the nuke is detonated, you will automatically be moved to the next area.