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Here we go!

What a choice for the name - reminds me of my anime days of "Ghost in the Shell"! Anyways, here we go! As usual, you'll see the tasks - with rewards means I've completed it, without means not yet. Advice is the last point under the task :)

Some Thoughts

Without the lockboxes making an appearance (yet), and the tasks looking like typical tasks, this should mean that we all have an easier time on the UISO8 and getting Antsy than we did in Spec Ops 6. But who knows what Playdom will throw our way! As always, don't panic, there will be time enough for that later.

EDIT: So there are lockboxes, but they're still the magnetic kind - so all who have Magneto already should rest easy on the ISO-8, and all who don't have the deploys and boss fights to hold them through! Good luck to all who don't have Maggie yet!

Some info

Deploys on Mission 1: Any hero (x2 battles), Any Hero (x3 Battles), War Machine (x2 Battles), Black Cat (x1 Battle)

Deploys on Mission 2: Ms Marvel, and a lot of "any heroes"

Deploys on Mission 3: Wasp, Spider-Man, Cable, and a couple of other "any heroes".

Tasks - Day One

1. A.I.M. Task Icon Take A.I.M.

  • Defeat 4 A.I.M. Scientists
    • A.I.M.'s fanatical scientists know a lot, and knowing is half the battle. They can be found in Mission 1: The Big Brains.
  • Requires 10 gold to auto-finish
  • Reward: 100 XP
  • Simple, straightforward. Doesn't seem doable outside spec ops.

2. Distress Calls Task Icon Alliance

  • Get 1 Distress Call
    • You can only receive Distress Calls by visiting allies. Add allies to help you win more battles.
  • Requires 10 gold to auto-finish
  • Reward: 1000 Silver
  • Freebie. Wish I didn't collect ALL my allies bonuses, so now I gotta wait till tomorrow, making it a slow start on this Spec Ops.

3. Nitro Task Icon Blowup

  • Defeat Nitro in Mission 1
    • Defeat Nitro in Mission 1: The Big Brains.
    • Nitro is the mini-boss for Mission 1
  • Requires 10 gold to auto-finish
  • Reward: 100 XP

4. Growing Pains Task Icon Big and Little

  • Use Hank Pym's Growing Pains Ability 3 Times
    • Growing Pains is Hank Pym's first ability, which applies cornered and dizzy. Hank Pym is a Team-Up in Spec Op 7 Missions 1 and 3.
  • Requires 10 gold to auto-finish
  • Reward: Spec Op 7: Mission 2 Unlocked!
  • Did this one on the second mini-boss, Whiplash. Future rounds probably can save the multiple mini-bosses, if possible, for a higher score.

5. M.O.D.O.K. Task Icon Scientist Supreme

  • Defeat M.O.D.O.K.
    • M.O.D.O.K. is the Boss of Mission 1: The Big Brains.
  • Requires 10 gold to auto-finish
  • Reward: 100 XP for the Agent
  • Not a tough fight. Came up right after second Miniboss.

6. Prototype AI Task Icon Prototyping

  • Research the Prototype AI in the Lab
    • Research the Prototype AI to complete this task.
    • Research Duration: 8 Hours, 60 UISO-8
  • Requires 20 gold to auto-finish
  • Reward: ? (Oops)

Thoughts On Day One:

It looks like Playdom screwed up with the dev testings - had quite a few Combat Validation Errors, which cost me a grand total of 50 USIO-8. Not as much as some of you, I know, but if the last Spec Ops were anything to go by, I would have appreciated any amount of extra UISO-8, seeing as I don't tend to be very lucky with the roulettes! Looking ahead at Day Two's tasks, it looks very much like I'll have to run through Mission 1 all over again for the 2-star. (Have 1 star, almost reached 2. For record's sake, my typical run for 1.8 star is 178,964, after doing all deploys. Gonna need this info for myself for the 3-star task.) I ran through Mission 1 twice straight away because firstly I had the USIO-8, secondly I'd need the second star anyway, thirdly, it would cost more to finish Mission 2, go back to Mission 1 and then replay Mission 2 just for Fixer.

Also looking ahead, I wonder if the next set of tasks will be a little out of order, given that we're not sure how many sentinels will pop up before the minibosses. Also, am not sure if "defeat 2 minibosses" can be done with the main boss.

Tasks - Day Two

7. Sentinel Task Icon Killer Robots

  • Defeat 3 Sentinels
    • The Sentinels were originally programmed to hunt and exterminate mutants. They can be found in Mission 2: Ain't Broke
  • Requires 10 gold to auto-finish
  • Reward: 1 CP
  • First medium fight had 3 Sentinels. Whoop de doo.

8. High Threat Task Icon Sticks and Stones

  • Defeat 2 Minibosses in Mission 2
    • Grey Gargoyle and Boomerang are minibosses in Mission 2: Ain't Broke
  • Requires 10 gold to auto-finish
  • Reward: ? (I was too pissed to see this.)
  • This one took a while to get to, because I kept getting Combat Validation Errors, which depleted my stock of UISO-8 considerably. I wish the folks at Playdom would test their stuff out before launching.

9. Spec Ops Mastery Star Task Icon Mission Accomplished

  • Get 2 Stars of Mastery in Mission 1
    • Complete missions to add points to your cumulative score. Achieve a high enough score to earn a new Mastery Star!
  • Requires 10 gold to auto-finish
  • Reward: ? (Similarly, too pissed.)

10. Fixer Task Icon I Can Fix It!

  • Defeat Fixer
    • Fixer is a Boss of Mission 2: Ain't Broke.
  • Requires 10 gold to auto-finish
  • Reward: 3000 Silver + Decade

Thoughts on Day Two:

All I can think of is - Playdom better get their **** together. All the Combat Validation Errors sucked approximately 150 ISO8 from me. Seriously? Don't you test your stuff with the devs before you release that **** on the whole web?

So it's time to save up for the second research, and that's going to take a lot longer than planned. Grrrr.

Tasks - Day Three

11. Mahayuga Task Icon Sword Time

  • Upgrade Decade to Mahayuga in the Lab
    • The Mahayuga can be researched after acquiring the Decade.
  • Requires 20 gold to auto-finish, Cost of research: 80 UISO-8 and 1 day duration
  • Reward: Mahayuga. Duh.

12. Goliath Punch Task Icon Pym Particles

  • Use Hank Pym's Goliath Punch Ability 3 Times
    • Goliath Punch is Hank Pym's second ability, which Exploits Opportunity. Hank Pym is a Team-Up in Spec Op 7 Missions 1 and 3.
  • Requires 10 gold to auto-finish
  • Reward: 100 XP

13. Deploy Task Icon Everyday Hero

  • Complete 5 Deploys
    • Deploy heroes to advance through a mission. Deploys reward items and powerups.
  • Requires 10 gold to auto-finish
  • Reward: Mission 3 Unlocked

14. Flight Deck Task Icon Jet Set

  • Complete 5 Flight Deck Missions
    • Send any hero on any flight deck mission.
  • Requires 10 gold to auto-finish
  • Reward: 100 XP

15. PVP Task Icon Versus

  • Fight 5 PVP Battles
    • Compete in PVP to test your skills against other players. PVP requires completing Chapter 1 Mission 4 of Story Mode.
  • Requires 20 gold to auto-finish
  • Reward: Indiction, 100 XP

16. Manvantara Task Icon Weapons of the Future

  • Upgrade the Indiction to the Manvantara in the Lab
    • The Manvantara can be researched after acquiring the Indiction.
  • Requires 20 gold to auto-finish
  • Reward: Manvantara. Duh. Also, 1000 Silver.
  • This is two days of research, if you have the UISO-8 already available. Take a break, collect your daily UISO-8 and go farm some CP if you need it for Task 25 (Cable, Spidey and Wasp are the lineup for deploys). The rest of the Spec Ops is rather sparsely distributed and everyone's going to take a different amount of time to clear it, particularly for the 3-starring and getting to Doom.

Mop Up

By this time some people have already completed the spec ops. I even saw a couple of Antsys during the last hour or so of the PVP tournament. This is the most spread out of the sets of tasks for each Spec Ops, but also the most mundane part if you already have everything you need, and all you're looking for is the USIO-8.

Have fun y'all, and we'll see you on the other side of the Spec Ops, in the Anthill!

17. Iron Man 1 Task Icon Best and Brightest

  • Use Hank Pym and Iron Man in the same battle.
    • Hank Pym is a Team-Up in Mission 1 and Mission 3.
  • Requires 10 gold to auto-finish
  • Reward: 100 XP
  • Think there was a bug in this one - I use Iron Man on a normal Spec Ops mission and it got cleared. Well, yay me!

18. Spec Ops Mastery Star Task Icon Fix It

  • Get 2 Stars of Mastery in Mission 2
    • Complete missions to add points to your cumulative score. Achieve a high enough score to earn a new Mastery Star!
  • Requires 20 gold to auto-finish
  • Reward: 3000 Silver
  • Already done. I'm a regular boy scout.

19. Bug Squashing Task Icon Made for Walking

  • Use Hank Pym's Bug Squashing Ability Once
    • Bug Squashing is Hank Pym's fourth ability, which puts the boot in on all enemies. Hank Pym is a Team-Up in Spec Op 7 Missions 1 and 3.
  • Requires 10 gold to auto-finish
  • Reward: 100 XP
  • Find a battle with Pym, then squash them. It's just once, anyway.

20. PVP Task Icon Into the Squared Circle

  • Win 3 PVP Battles
    • Compete in PVP to test your skills against other players. PVP requires completing Chapter 1 Mission 4 of Story Mode.
  • Requires 30 gold to auto-finish
  • Reward: 100 XP
  • Practice Battles count, as always, so this is a freebie. Kind of - somehow I wasn't able to defeat the opponents so I spent more time on it than I thought I would.

21. Purple Unstable Isotope-8 Task Icon Resource Management

  • Collect 10 Unstable Iso-8
    • Unstable Isotope-8 can be found in normal combat, as well as rewards from deploys and boss fights. You can also get some from your friends!
  • Requires 20 gold to auto-finish
  • Reward: 4000 Silver
  • I didn't plan ahead due to the many things on my mind, so I had to get this from my allies' bonuses. Not a biggie, but not the most efficient way to go about it either.

22. Prototype AI Task Icon Intelligent Artifice

  • Use 2 Prototype AIs in Combat
    • Prototype AI can be purchased in the store.
  • Requires 20 gold to auto-finish
  • Reward: 4000 Silver
  • Use two items in one battle, done.
  • Notice that the item didn't proc very much, so I wonder how useful it'll be. But I'm not accustomed to using items in battle anyway, so no biggie for me.

23. Kang Task Icon The Conqueror

  • Defeat Kang
    • Kang is the Boss of Mission 3: A Wrinkle in Time.
  • Requires 10 gold to auto-finish
  • Reward: 100 XP
  • Straightforward, if you were already playing Mission 3 (like me), complete it.

24. Spec Ops Mastery Star Task Icon Ulterior

  • Complete 3 Stars of Mastery in all Spec Ops 7 Missions
    • Complete missions to add points to your cumulative score. Achieve a high enough score to earn a new Mastery Star!
  • Requires 25 gold to auto-finish
  • Reward: 5000 Silver
  • This is taking a long time - I thought it could be done in two Epic Runs, but my second run with Doom was absolutely pathetic. The first run was pretty ok and I got a big point boost (no screenshot dudes, sorry) which got me about 60k points in one fight. The second run I got a tenth of that(!), so it's going to be a third run to get three stars, and then a final fourth run to defeat Doom and get Antsy.

25. Doctor Doom 1 Task Icon Defeat Dr. Doom

  • Magic and Science
    • Dr. Doom is the Epic Boss in Mission 3: A Wrinkle in Time. HINT: Participate in Deploys as soon as they appear.
  • Requires 25 gold to auto-finish
  • Reward: 1 Command Point, and of course Pym recruited!
    Hank Pym Icon Large 1

    Welcome to the Anthill.

Have fun with Antsy, y'all!

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