The kett stronghold is a large power station. It has allowed them to spy on Initiative activity and stage repeated attacks that are quickly reinforced. Dealing with the station will greatly improve the viability of Eos. A direct assault is inevitable, but perhaps there is a way to weaken the stronghold before the attack.
This mission automatically starts when Ryder gets close to the base located at The Sheartop. Note: This area can't be accessed until Pathfinder Ryder has visited Aya for the first time during A Trail of Hope.
There are several items to note about this mission:
- Manual saves are disabled inside the base and there are only a few auto-saves. If Ryder is defeated, this means that Ryder will often have to redo a large portion of the mission.
- Leaving the base will reset the mission. Ryder has to complete the entire mission all at once.
- The walkthrough objectives may seem to jump forwards then backwards at times but follow in-game objective prompts. Ryder will obtain an objective prompt, but then several more will show up in between, and then the original objective shows back up.
Investigate The Kett Presence Edit
Ryder begins the mission with the goal to investigate the kett base near The Sheartop.
Note: Ryder will need to fight to the map marker far inside the facility for this objective to be completed.
Find A Way Inside The Kett Power Facility Edit
Ryder has to eliminate the kett and two turrets protecting the entrance.
Unlock The Shield Gate Edit
Ryder will need to unlock the door into the facility. Interact with the Locked Console. After interacting with the console, Ryder will have to defend the position and eliminate the attacking kett (while staying within the hack radius). After the hack is complete, Ryder can enter the facility through a set of two doors. In between the doors, in the small room, is a container.
Access The Stronghold Core Edit
A long walk and many fights are required to reach the Stronghold Core.
The facility ahead of Ryder has three main sections:
- the Kett Shield Station (the large ring-shaped construction).
- the Base (at the far end).
- the Stronghold Core with the Command Center (underground below the Base).
After passing through the set of two doors, Ryder is located in the Kett Shield Station and more kett forces have to be defeated.
Optional: Access The Kett Shield Array Edit
To shut down the blue shield, three consoles have to be accessed. Using the first console gains access to the shield array (marked on map).
Optional: Set The Shield Generators To Overload (0/2) Edit
The other two consoles are further inside on the left and right sides (marked on map) of the ring-shaped structure. Overloading the consoles causes sabotage damage. On the left side next to the console is a container.
Optional: Overload The Kett Shield Array Edit
Go back to the first console Ryder accessed and jump up to the top of the building. Use the console on the top of the building and SAM will inform Ryder that the alarms have been disabled (later Ryder will discover that is not entirely true). Now, Ryder can use the other console on the roof to deactivate the shield.
Beyond the end of the inner ring-shaped construct is the Base section of the stronghold. Kett defenders there are waiting for Ryder.
Warning: From this point on, Ryder will need to stay alive until all the kett and the boss have been eliminated. If Ryder is defeated, plan on redoing everything from this point.
SAM will inform Ryder that reinforcements will arrive soon, and an alarm starts sounding (even if Ryder disabled the optional consoles previously). Ryder will need to shut down the alarm because reinforcements will continue to arrive in waves as long as the alarm is on. Find an alarm console to deactivate it (no map marker; any alarm console will do).
Use The Security Console To Disable The Alarm Edit
Secondary: Override All Security Lockdown Terminals Edit
This objective will start when Ryder gets close to any of the three terminals . One of them is at the marker for the intitial objective Investigate The Kett Presence.
Three security terminals are marked on the map. Deactivate them.
Next to the central terminal is a container.
Note: Oddly, the map markers remain even after all of the security terminals have been deactivated.
This alarm will activate occasionally when Ryder is fighting their way through the base.
Enter the building in the rear end of the stronghold and find the console that will open the door in the floor to the core of the facility. Opening it completes the objective Access The Stronghold Core.
Reach The Command Center Edit
Down the hole is the command center with two groups of kett and the Kett Invictor (the boss).
Jump down. (If Ryder continues to stand next to the hole for a while the enemies will jump up for Ryder.)
Warning: It's possible to jump up again, but if Ryder does so, the boss might not show up. Whether it's by design or a bug is unknown. If this happens, the only recourse is to reload the last save, which is when Ryder first entered the Base section, and redo all the fighting and deactive the terminals.
Eliminate the first group of kett.
Open one of the three doors to the next room. In the room is the Invictor and allies. It's a good idea to eliminate the minor enemies first so Ryder can concentrate on the boss without risking being attacked from behind or getting caught in crossfire.
Eliminate The Kett Invictor Edit
The Invcitor is surrounded by an impenetrable shield with an orb circling around it. Destroy the orb, and the shield will disappear for a few seconds. During that time only the Invictor takes damage, then the Invictor puts up the shield again. Patiently grind the Invictor down.
Occasionally the Invictor sends out an expanding orb of damage. Don't get caught in it. When Ryder sees the Invictor charging it, move to the side and hide behind some big object.
Don't get close to the Invictor, as the Invictor can kill Ryder instantly - fight the Invictor from range.
Ryder receives +1330 XP after killing the Invictor.
Note: If Ryder is defeated, Ryder will have to reload the latest save (which happened a long time ago), so Ryder is advised to play it safe and stay alive (especially on the two hardest difficulty settings).
Unlock Access To The Zenith Observation Room Edit
Use the console to do this.
Access The Zenith Observation Room Edit
Pass through two doors and use the elevator.
There are two containers on either side of the room when Ryder exits the elevator.
On a terminal in the zenith observation room are three entries:
Disable The Kett Power Facility Edit
Use the console. This completes the mission.
Loot the three containers before leaving the room. Use the elevator to leave.
Note: If Ryder wishes to fast travel from the facility, note that the map has three levels (lower right corner). The surface of Eos is the bottom one (click it). This is mentioned here because this might be the first time in the game Ryder will encounter this.