FAQ | Shadow Ops - Danger Zone Campaign

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Thane_Mantis
Thane_Mantis
Unicorn Overlord
Joined Dec 2012 Posts: 8,259
edited 13 Apr 2018, 2:14AM
Figured I'd make myself useful and compile a small list of commonly asked questions on the current Shadow Ops missions and the new Danger Zone Campaign in an effort to help clear up some matters being asked over and over on the forums.

Q: If I don't own the standard Sandstorm and I earn all 8 parts of the Elite version, do I still unlock it?
A: Yes. Effectively you are unlocking both units at the same time and the standard version is immediately being overwritten with the Elite Version.

Q: Do I get additional parts for doing repeats of Shadow Ops?
EDIT: Shadow Ops have been updated and additional parts are now available to earned via replays.
3 additional parts can be earned from Phase 1 replays for a total of 4 parts.
2 additional parts can be earned from Phase 2 replays for a total of 7 parts.

Q: Where do I get the Gold Cache from? Its not in the Shadow Ops Campaign Window? Do I get it by doing repeats?
A: For some reason Gold Arm's Cache's are completely unavailable at the present time. Instead, Tier 3 will award you a Silver Arm's Cache.
And no, Gold Arm's Cache's are not available by doing repeats.

Q: When will Gold Arm's Cache's become available?
A: ETA Pending. Details currently unavailable, sorry.

Q: I've been attacked by a player with an Elite Sandstorm, is this allowed?
A: Common sense should dictate that this cannot be possible. If you have been attacked by a player with an E-Sandstorm, send a report with an attack log screenshot and their user ID immediately to fairplay.

Q: Are the new Arm's Cache's lottery based?
A: Sadly yes. Those dunces at KIXEYE have blatantly ignored our requests for less lotto and added and even more irritating version of the lotto to the Shadow Ops.

Q: What are the win conditions for Shadow Ops bases?
A:
Level 20 base - CC only.
Level 45 Base - All buildings
Level 70 Base - All buildings

Q: How much time do we get to destroy the Shadow Ops bases?
A: 
Level 20 Base - Infinite time.
Level 45 Base - 1 Hour.
Level 70 Base - 14 minutes. (You can technically extend this by an additional 6 minutes if you start the attack just before the time ends.)

Q: If I get the Elite Sandstorm, will I be allowed to build 2 Sandstorms?
A: No. As stated previously, the E version overwrites the original. It does not grant you the ability to build an additional Sandstorm.

Q: I have been awarded 2 or more parts in this phase of Shadow Ops. Is this meant to be happening?
A: No. This is a bug and should not be happening.

Q: Is the E-Sandstorm any good?
A: No clue. With any luck KIXEYE will hopefully make a demo video at some point showcasing its power.

Q: What do all the Rare and Uncommon versions of the Components do?
A: Essentially, the Rare and Uncommon versions of the Components are meant to be superior versions that are also rarer. They include superior stats compared to the Normal variety and also at level 6 may include a new boost altogether. For example, the Rare version of the M4GX Grenade Launcher includes a fire field effect at level 6, while the Normal M4GX Grenade Launcher doesn't.
(Credit to Lomolife1174.)

Q: What prizes potential prizes are available in the Arms Cache's?
A:
Flak Ordnance
Adaptive Body Armour
M4GX Grenade Launcher
Reflex Bracers
Dampening Helmet
Demo Rounds
High Density Plating
Nitrous Injectors
HH-2 Targeting

(U)Flak Ordnance
(U)Reflex Bracers
(U)Dampening Helmet
(U)Charged Ordnance
(U)Adaptive Body Armour
(U)M4GX Grenade Launcher

(R)Charged Ordnance
(R)Adaptive Body Armour
(R)M4GX Grenade Launcher
(R) Flak Ordnance
Credit to CptBlackEye-0

Q: If I miss some parts available during Shadow Ops replays, can I get all 7 of them in Phase 2?
A: No.

Q: What is the difference between Rare Parts and Uncommon/ordinary components?
A: Rare and Uncommon Parts behave similarly to the standard editions of the components, but have 2 key differences.
1) Higher capacity in schematics.
2) More damage.
Rare Components also have another difference to distinguish them from standard and Uncommon components. Rare Components get a special attribute that becomes available once it reaches level 6 in the workshop. For example, the Rare version of the M4GX Grenade Launcher Applies the fire status effect.

Q: I can't equip the Flak Ordnance to any of my units. Which unit uses the Flak Ordnance?
A: Certain components available from Shadow Ops are custom components only useable by specific units. For example, the Flak Ordnance is a custom component for the Infiltrator class of Special Forces, so its only applicable and viewable on their schematic.

Other custom components include:
HH-2 Targeting - Equippable only on the Hellhounds.
Dampening Helmet & Reflex Bracers - Equippable only on the Lead Heavy/standard Heavy Operators.
Nitrous Injector - Light class Special Forces Vehicles. I.e., Hellhounds and Jackals.

Q: How do I unlock the Elite Sandstorm's Grenade Tactic once I unlock my Elite Sandstorm?
A: The M.O.A.B. Tactic (Mother of All Bombs) is packaged with the Elite Sandstorm, and can be found in the Elite Sandstorms schematic under the new "Doomsday Tactic."

If anybody thinks there are other questions that are worth adding to the list, post em in the comments, and I'll add them to the list.
Cheers everybody. Hope this FAQ is of use.

FYI everyone, I've created a new FAQ on the Bastions & Weapons Lab that can be seen here.
Me on my day's off...
Thane_Mantis
  • Thane_Mantis
    Thane_Mantis
    Unicorn Overlord
    Joined Dec 2012 Posts: 8,259
    Updated the thread to include a few more questions with answers included.
    Hope this FAQ has been of use to anyone needing some questions answered.
    Me on my day's off...
    Thane_Mantis
  • lomolife1174
    lomolife1174
    Unicorn Overlord
    Joined Sep 2014 Posts: 9,112
    Here's another question:

    Q: What do all the Rare and Uncommon versions of the Components do?
    A: Essentially, the Rare and Uncommon versions of the Components are meant to be superior versions that are also rarer. They include superior stats compared to the Normal variety and also at level 6 may include a new boost altogether. For example, the Rare version of the M4GX Grenade Launcher includes a fire field effect at level 6, while the Normal M4GX Grenade Launcher doesn't.
  • Thane_Mantis
    Thane_Mantis
    Unicorn Overlord
    Joined Dec 2012 Posts: 8,259
    Here's another question:

    Q: What do all the Rare and Uncommon versions of the Components do?
    A: Essentially, the Rare and Uncommon versions of the Components are meant to be superior versions that are also rarer. They include superior stats compared to the Normal variety and also at level 6 may include a new boost altogether. For example, the Rare version of the M4GX Grenade Launcher includes a fire field effect at level 6, while the Normal M4GX Grenade Launcher doesn't.
    Now on the list. Cheers.
    Me on my day's off...
    Thane_Mantis
  • Psynaps
    Psynaps
    Skilled Warrior
    Joined Jun 2015 Posts: 401
    ETA for gold cache should read "None released" or words to that effect as "Not applicable" isn't really the case.

    ***Buries head back in a thesaurus....
  • AGENT_GHOST
    AGENT_GHOST
    Minor Nuisance
    Joined Mar 2013 Posts: 185
    Updated the thread to include a few more questions with answers included.
    Hope this FAQ has been of use to anyone needing some questions answered.
    You should update it and put the question i had, a week ago. There are only 4 days that kixeye posted of the shadow ops where are the other phases and there dates. will this shadow ops continue after event this month
  • Thane_Mantis
    Thane_Mantis
    Unicorn Overlord
    Joined Dec 2012 Posts: 8,259
    Updated the thread to include a few more questions with answers included.
    Hope this FAQ has been of use to anyone needing some questions answered.
    You should update it and put the question i had, a week ago. There are only 4 days that kixeye posted of the shadow ops where are the other phases and there dates. will this shadow ops continue after event this month
    Well the dates there clearly show a significant gap between one phase and another, which must be the point where the event is implemented. So its clear already that Shadow Ops do continue after the event. 

    Considering the fact that Shadow Ops have been in the game for well over a year now and all 7 previous long term campaigns have all continued after any events that took place, its clear this one will continue. It would be illogical to assume that the campaign would not continue otherwise because then we would have no way of earning the Sandstorm unless KIXEYE suddenly made repeats possible and expected us all to repeat the phases a few times over.

    A simple bit of common sense would tell you that the Campaign will continue.
    Me on my day's off...
    Thane_Mantis
  • Thane_Mantis
    Thane_Mantis
    Unicorn Overlord
    Joined Dec 2012 Posts: 8,259
    Psynaps said:
    ETA for gold cache should read "None released" or words to that effect as "Not applicable" isn't really the case.

    ***Buries head back in a thesaurus....
    I would argue that not applicable does work as there are now applicable details for when Gold Cache's will become available.
    But I changed it anyways to ETA Pending.
    Me on my day's off...
    Thane_Mantis
  • CptBlackEye-0
    CptBlackEye-0
    Skilled Warrior
    Joined May 2014 Posts: 354
    A list of prizes available in the chests and what they go with would be very helpful.  I got this off the bronze chest (I don't know what the silver or mysterious gold lists look like):

  • Thane_Mantis
    Thane_Mantis
    Unicorn Overlord
    Joined Dec 2012 Posts: 8,259
    A list of prizes available in the chests and what they go with would be very helpful.  I got this off the bronze chest (I don't know what the silver or mysterious gold lists look like):

    Silver is the exact same, and I imagine Gold would be the same but include the Rare Versions of the M4GX, Flak Ordnance and Adaptive Body Armour.
    Cheers for the screenshot, I've added this to the list.
    Me on my day's off...
    Thane_Mantis
  • Black_Knights86
    Black_Knights86
    Greenhorn
    Joined Feb 2013 Posts: 12
    I think it's messed up that some people like me spent 2.1 mill xp in the event to get the sand storm then kixeye turns around and gives it away in shadow ops. We should be compensated for spending that much xp in the event for basically nothing.
  • Thane_Mantis
    Thane_Mantis
    Unicorn Overlord
    Joined Dec 2012 Posts: 8,259
    I think it's messed up that some people like me spent 2.1 mill xp in the event to get the sand storm then kixeye turns around and gives it away in shadow ops. We should be compensated for spending that much xp in the event for basically nothing.
    This is not a thread for you to lodge complaints about how you don't like the fact that an E-version of the Sandstorm is in Shadow Ops.
    Kindly do that elsewhere. But before you do, I do wanna point out that their not giving it away. People still have to go through an 8 week campaign of smashing bases to get the necessary points and meet the necessary Tier and all that. And also, it was your own choice to spend that XP.
    Me on my day's off...
    Thane_Mantis
  • CM Sulaco 2
    CM Sulaco 2
    KIXEYE Community Manager
    Joined Nov 2014 Posts: 11,336
    Impressive FAQ post Thane_Mantis. Hope this has helped many get those burning questions answered.!
  • steveeboy
    steveeboy
    Minor Nuisance
    Joined Dec 2012 Posts: 101
    so, i have a query. I have asked some people about this and there seems to be an issue. Of all the people i asked, those that done the shadow ops phase on the first night, show that they have elite sandstorm, even though they only done 1 phase. And those like myself who didnt do shadow ops until the next day, only have a normal sandstorm and only show 1 part collected the way it should be. So can Sulaco confirm whether this is a known issue or not ?
  • CptBlackEye-0
    CptBlackEye-0
    Skilled Warrior
    Joined May 2014 Posts: 354
    Impressive FAQ post Thane_Mantis. Hope this has helped many get those burning questions answered.!
    Should be made into a sticky post.
  • lomolife1174
    lomolife1174
    Unicorn Overlord
    Joined Sep 2014 Posts: 9,112
    Here's another question:

    Q: What do all the Rare and Uncommon versions of the Components do?
    A: Essentially, the Rare and Uncommon versions of the Components are meant to be superior versions that are also rarer. They include superior stats compared to the Normal variety and also at level 6 may include a new boost altogether. For example, the Rare version of the M4GX Grenade Launcher includes a fire field effect at level 6, while the Normal M4GX Grenade Launcher doesn't.
    Now on the list. Cheers.
    Thank you, thank you.
  • Thane_Mantis
    Thane_Mantis
    Unicorn Overlord
    Joined Dec 2012 Posts: 8,259
    Impressive FAQ post Thane_Mantis. Hope this has helped many get those burning questions answered.!
    There is a couple of questions unanswered though Sulaco.
    Like, when can we expect to see Gold Cache's brought in, and why aren't they here already?
    Also, is there a chance we'll see an E-Sandstorm demo video showcasing what it can do compared to the old Sandstorm?
    Me on my day's off...
    Thane_Mantis
  • NavySeaI
    NavySeaI
    Potential Threat
    Joined Mar 2013 Posts: 26
    that was a waste of event points... Why oh why did i bought a sandstorm part... im such an idiot
  • Thane_Mantis
    Thane_Mantis
    Unicorn Overlord
    Joined Dec 2012 Posts: 8,259
    edited 1 Feb 2016, 11:05PM
    NavySeaI said:
    that was a waste of event points... Why oh why did i bought a sandstorm part... im such an idiot
    Have I not established clearly enough this is not a complaints thread? If not, please allow me to explain this again.
    This is an FAQ to answer a repeated questions people had about the new Danger Zone Campaign.
    This is not a thread for people like you to whine about decisions you now regret. Kindly take your complaints elsewhere. I don't want them here.
    Me on my day's off...
    Thane_Mantis
  • AGENT_GHOST
    AGENT_GHOST
    Minor Nuisance
    Joined Mar 2013 Posts: 185
    Updated the thread to include a few more questions with answers included.
    Hope this FAQ has been of use to anyone needing some questions answered.
    You should update it and put the question i had, a week ago. There are only 4 days that kixeye posted of the shadow ops where are the other phases and there dates. will this shadow ops continue after event this month
    Well the dates there clearly show a significant gap between one phase and another, which must be the point where the event is implemented. So its clear already that Shadow Ops do continue after the event. 

    Considering the fact that Shadow Ops have been in the game for well over a year now and all 7 previous long term campaigns have all continued after any events that took place, its clear this one will continue. It would be illogical to assume that the campaign would not continue otherwise because then we would have no way of earning the Sandstorm unless KIXEYE suddenly made repeats possible and expected us all to repeat the phases a few times over.

    A simple bit of common sense would tell you that the Campaign will continue.
    yeah, just thought others might have the same!
  • Thane_Mantis
    Thane_Mantis
    Unicorn Overlord
    Joined Dec 2012 Posts: 8,259
    Updated the thread to include a few more questions with answers included.
    Hope this FAQ has been of use to anyone needing some questions answered.
    You should update it and put the question i had, a week ago. There are only 4 days that kixeye posted of the shadow ops where are the other phases and there dates. will this shadow ops continue after event this month
    Well the dates there clearly show a significant gap between one phase and another, which must be the point where the event is implemented. So its clear already that Shadow Ops do continue after the event. 

    Considering the fact that Shadow Ops have been in the game for well over a year now and all 7 previous long term campaigns have all continued after any events that took place, its clear this one will continue. It would be illogical to assume that the campaign would not continue otherwise because then we would have no way of earning the Sandstorm unless KIXEYE suddenly made repeats possible and expected us all to repeat the phases a few times over.

    A simple bit of common sense would tell you that the Campaign will continue.
    yeah, just thought others might have the same!
    You were the only one asking that question, so I think its safe to assume that everyone else recognised that the campaign would continue.
    Me on my day's off...
    Thane_Mantis
  • Thane_Mantis
    Thane_Mantis
    Unicorn Overlord
    Joined Dec 2012 Posts: 8,259
    edited 5 Feb 2016, 5:51PM
    Updated the thread to change the question about extra parts during replays.
    I've also updated it and added a few new questions in.
    Me on my day's off...
    Thane_Mantis
  • Hyperius
    Hyperius
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    Joined Dec 2011 Posts: 12,039
    Awesome FAQ! Pinned.

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  • timjo
    timjo
    Greenhorn
    Joined Feb 2013 Posts: 8
    Maybe I don't have the correct unit but I can not find what ubit to put the flak ordinace on.... Can anyone help with what units use what components??

  • Thane_Mantis
    Thane_Mantis
    Unicorn Overlord
    Joined Dec 2012 Posts: 8,259
    Hyperius said:
    Awesome FAQ! Pinned.
    I completely missed that lol. I thought people had simply forgotten about it.
    Me on my day's off...
    Thane_Mantis
  • Thane_Mantis
    Thane_Mantis
    Unicorn Overlord
    Joined Dec 2012 Posts: 8,259
    edited 6 Feb 2016, 11:46PM
    timjo said:
    Maybe I don't have the correct unit but I can not find what ubit to put the flak ordinace on.... Can anyone help with what units use what components??
    Flak Ordnance is for the Infiltrators.
    I think I'll add that to the list as well, as this has been another commonly asked question, cheers.
    Me on my day's off...
    Thane_Mantis
  • lomolife1174
    lomolife1174
    Unicorn Overlord
    Joined Sep 2014 Posts: 9,112
    Q: What are the win conditions for Shadow Ops bases?
    A:
    Level 20 base - CC only.
    Level 45 Base - Entire Base.
    Level 70 Base - Entire Base.
    Players may be confused as to what "Entire Base" means. I'm going to clarify and say that "Entire Base" means you have to kill all Buildings in the Base but you do not have to kill all or any of the Units to win.
  • Thane_Mantis
    Thane_Mantis
    Unicorn Overlord
    Joined Dec 2012 Posts: 8,259
    edited 8 Feb 2016, 8:40PM
    Q: What are the win conditions for Shadow Ops bases?
    A:
    Level 20 base - CC only.
    Level 45 Base - Entire Base.
    Level 70 Base - Entire Base.
    Players may be confused as to what "Entire Base" means. I'm going to clarify and say that "Entire Base" means you have to kill all Buildings in the Base but you do not have to kill all or any of the Units to win.
    Point taken. I've edited the list, thanks for pointing that out.
    Me on my day's off...
    Thane_Mantis
  • monster987
    monster987
    Greenhorn
    Joined Jul 2013 Posts: 4
    timjo said:
    Maybe I don't have the correct unit but I can not find what ubit to put the flak ordinace on.... Can anyone help with what units use what components??

    The Infiltrator leader and squad uses flak ordiance
  • seifelbaher
    seifelbaher
    Greenhorn
    Joined Feb 2016 Posts: 6
    Hello, I win 3 presevers in the previous event, I can built them but cannot deploy, they  do not show in store, today I win a grenade and elite sand storm, nothing appear in aircraft buildings, and I cannot apply the grenade to the operator????????    
  • Thane_Mantis
    Thane_Mantis
    Unicorn Overlord
    Joined Dec 2012 Posts: 8,259
    edited 20 Feb 2016, 1:52PM
    Hello, I win 3 presevers in the previous event, I can built them but cannot deploy, they  do not show in store, today I win a grenade and elite sand storm, nothing appear in aircraft buildings, and I cannot apply the grenade to the operator????????    
    1) To use Preserver's you need to add them too a Lead Special Forces Firing Team.
    Acquire anyone of the Lead SF and build it so you can use the SF.

    2) If you've unlocked the Elite Sandstorm, it should be appearing in either your Tech Centre or Airfield for building. If it is not in either location, you need to contact Customer Support via a ticket. If that doesn't work, try asking CM Scarlett to see what he can do for you.

    3) OK, what Grenade are you talking about here? Do you mean the Sandstorms Tactic, or a standard Grenade. Because if your referencing the Elite Sandstorms Tactic, that is applicable only to the Elite Sandstorm under the doomsday Tactic.
    If your discussing an ordinary Grenade Tactic such as the Shock or Concussion Grenade, those are only applicable to Special Forces Fireteam leaders, such as the Lead Operator, Infiltrator, Commando or Preserver. They cannot be applied to ordinary SF like the Operator.

    If you have any more questions, please set up a thread about them, as this is a Shadow Ops FAQ, not a general/Special Forces FAQ. Although I can set one up if people want me to.
    Me on my day's off...
    Thane_Mantis
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