So, we haven’t really done a mission guide for any of the story quests in Defiance yet, but the one we just got through seems to be one that a lot of people get stuck on. And it is quite a bit tougher than most other missions. So, below we’ve outlined the steps to take to complete the Bullet for a Badman mission.
Beginning of the Mission
For this mission you’re sent out to Dogtown Mine to recover an ark-cell. The problem is that the person who has it is Jackleg Joe. The first couple of parts to the mission are very straight forward..
Those two parts are very easy. It will take you less than 5 minutes to complete them. The tricky part of this quest is the battle leading up to Joe and, of course, fighting Joe himself.
Once you get to where Jackleg Joe is you’ll receive a cut-scene that really isn’t much other than Joe telling you that you can’t beat him, he inserts the ark-cell into his chest as if he’s Iron Man, a shield surrounds him, and then you’re back in-game.
Boss Battle: Phase 1
During the first phase of this boss battle you’ll just have to kill off some 99ers. Most are just standards but you’ll also have to fight off a few Elites, too. Once you’ve eliminated them all another cut-scene will play showing a Smelter popping up and coming after your player. At this time Rosa will blast the tank on its back which causes him to catch fire, run back underneath Joe, explode, and you’ll notice Jackleg’s shields go down.
Phase 2: How to Beat Jackleg Joe
During the second phase of the battle with Joe there are a few tricks that make it a bit easier:
After all that is said and done Joe will fall to the ground and a new cut-scene will take place involving you and Rosa. End of mission. For completing it you’ll earn 2000 XP, some Scrip, and a new weapon.
What Gear We Used
For this particular mission we used a VBI SMG (level 136 green gear) as our primary weapon to take out 99ers and pop shots into Smetlers’ tanks. For a secondary we used a FRC Heavy Assault Carbine (level 237 blue gear) to pop shots into Joe whenever his shields were down. Our shield was the Tachyon Regenerator II D.
Grenade – Fragcharge MK-22x
EGO Power – Cloak (useful for getting away from enemies when your shields are low)
Perks – Assassin’s Cache, Just Reward, Scavenger
You do NOT have to use our EGO build to complete this mission. We just wanted to state what we used. Using the strategy listed above you should be able to beat the 99ers and Jackleg Joe fairly easily / quickly as long as you have OK gear equipped.
Want guides for every other story mission in the game? Or maybe you want to know how to increase your EGO rating to the max? Be sure to check out the Defiance Guru Game Guide – a powerful strategy guide that shows you how to master every element of both PvE and PvP aspects of the game, including EGO leveling, Scrip making, and more!