- Section 1 — Game Objectives
- Section 2 — Hiring, Firing & Dealing With Mercs &Natives
- Section 3 — Game Tips
- Section 4 — Breakdown of game items
- Section 5 — If you’re in a money bind…
- Section 6 — Cheats
- Section 7 — Tips for saving your game
Jagged Alliance is a combination Strategy, Role-Playing game with a touch of Adventure added in. It features turn based combat at the squad level much along the lines of XCOM. Its most endearingfeature is the interaction between its characters. There are over 4,000 lines of spoken dialogue, much of which is highly entertaining. The dialogue skillfully blends into the game, and the voice acting is terrific. One publication called it “XCOM with personality“. Well, put! The combat is often a bit slow-paced and less “edge of the seat” than XCOM, but the personality part of the game adds something special that other combat games lack. Strategy Plus called it “addictive alliance” and applauded its innovation. PC Gamer awarded it an Editors’ Choice award. Computer Gaming World gave it 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars and described it as “truly a genre-busting product……..must buy.”
On the down side there are some frustrating and un-realistic aspects to portions of the game play. The save game scheme needs shipping out to sea. Version 1.0 is prone to crashes. You need to get the Version 1.1 patch ASAP and do not use smartdrv under any circumstances. Glitches aside, this is one heckuvva good game. Since it’s a “first try” it will hopefully evolve into a much better one in subsequent incarnations. (A Head To Head offspring is already in the works.)
The primary purpose of this Strategy Guide is to help beginning players get started and shorten the learning curve. It is not intended to be a detailed and all encompassing FAQ. This is not a replacement for your manual. If you don’t have a manual, I suggest you buy the game. Enjoying the game right off the bat is the goal, and of course ultimately winning. Short and sweet. Good games have more than one strategy approach that can prove successful. If there was only one correct way it would be a very boring game. There are lots of ways to skin a cat. This is just one of them. If you have a better way, go for it. This guide is for those who don’t.
Winning at Jagged Alliance revolves primarily around Strategic Thinking, Combat Skills, Cash Flow & Resource Management. Now let’sget to the meat of the matter.
Your primary objective is torecapturethe Island of Metavira and regain control of its Fallow trees, whose sap can cure diseases the world over.You must “save the sap” from the evil clutches of Lucas Santino and his red-shirted thugs.To achieve this you must eliminate the enemy in all of the 60 sectors on the map of Metavira. You start the game with only one sector “in hand” #60. “Milestone” objectives along the way are as follows:
- Day 1
- Find the “micropurifier”.You will find this in the 1st sector you capture. I recommend Sector 59.You must find the micropurifier to be able to resume Fallow Tree production.
- Day 3
- Secure the “Water Source.”Capture Sector 29 to accomplish this. Capture Sector 30 to complete the re-taking of the entire water source.
- Day 4
- Capture “Brenda’s Lab”.Capture Sector 28 note: The enemy will attempt to re-capture Brenda’s Lab and kidnap Brenda. This may or may not happen and is dependent on certain variables (some of which may be beyond your control).There are two paths to the game that diverge here depending on the outcome of the above. You continue to capture sectors regardless of which occurs. However, if Brenda is kidnapped. You will want to find & rescue her along the way.
- Day 5 or later
- Capture the 2nd Factory.This allows you to increase your Fallow Tree production as by now your first factory in Sector 60 is probably running at or near capacity.
- Later on
- You must find the “Pomillia Flowers” and return them to Brenda. They exist in only one sector & they can be vital in your attempt to win the game.
Also later on you need to:
- Capture the 3rd Factory
- Capture the Natives’ “Sacred Burial Grounds”
- Capture the 4th Factory
- Find “Brenda’s Journal”
- Find the Natives’ “Sacred Headstone”
- And Ultimately — Get Rid of Santino (and possibly save the sapling)
To accomplish all of the game’s objectives, you will need to hire (and sometimes fire) Mercs. They are your only means of dealing with Santino and his thugs. This takes money. You start with a set amount of capital depending on the difficulty level you are playing. Starting amounts are as follows:
- Easy Level: $25,000
- Normal Level: $20,000
- Hard Level: $15,000
Mercs are paid a daily salary, Natives are also paid daily to act as “Guards” or tree “Tappers”.
You will find that your starting capital will quickly erode without a source of income. That source is the production from Fallow Trees captured in ensuing sectors.Money and personnel management are vital to your success in the game.
Natives must feel secure that their lives are not in danger, and that they are being treated and paid properly.
Mercs in addition to wanting money all have distinct personalities that can come into play. Some of these personality traits can be quite trying to you the “master of mercs“.
You are their employer, and like all employer/employee relationships, things are not just cut and dried.Some mercs don’t want to work with other mercs, some will quit or demand more money if you fire one of their buddies. Personality conflicts are just as prevalent on Metavira as in the ordinary, everyday outside world.You may also find that firing mercs early in the game can have some very negative bearings on the proceedings.(For example: if you fire “Tex” he will bad-mouth you to all the other mercs.)You may also find that it is often better to “let” a merc be killed rather than firing him or her early in the game.However, if too many mercs get killed early in the game, other mercs may turn down your offer of employment on the grounds that they would have to be crazy to hire on with someone who keeps getting his mercs killed off in short order.Firing Mercs in the early part of the game is a potenitally hazardous experience. Later in the game, it seems to take on a more realistic bent.
The majority of the best Mercs are too expensive to hire at the games onset, and many of the best ones won’t work for you anyway, until you “prove” yourself.
Almost all of the cheaper Mercs will be only too happy to work for you. But as in real life you generally get what you pay for, and in the case of “El Cheapo” mercs this is often the same. Some of these people are real misfits.Most of them can’t shoot worth a hoot.Mercs that can shoot are critical to your chances of survival on Metavira.
There are some “cheap” Mercs that will prove to be good team members with a little experience.There are also some medium priced Mercs that worth vastly more than their salaries would indicate.Below are some ideas to keep in mind when hiring Mercs and some reccomendations of specific ones to consider.
Don’t load your boat with Mercs the first day.Hire 4 or 5 at most to begin with.Most of the first sectors you will go after are not difficult enough to justify a full boat’s worth of overhead.
As you assemble your team, you will ideally want a final early game group that has 2 mercs with good skills in each of the main skill classes. These skills are Marksmanship, Mechanics, Medical, & Explosives.(I prefer all of these to be decent shots or have high wisdom so that training will resolve the deficiency.I also want high Agility ratings so that they can move and act as a team with no laggards).
Other important traits are high ratings in Agility, Dexterity & Wisdom.
Agility seems directly related to Action Points.You want all high agility types in the field.If a merc has low agility, forget him or her for field duty.Low agility types will always be lagging far behind everyone else in traversing the terrain.Agility also relates to reaction abilities. Dexterity seems to play into several equations.Hand precision in particular, which can be very important for Doctors performing surgery.Wisdom means smart Mercs pick up points fast when trained and learn quickly from their experiences.
Experience Class as the manual will tell you is the most important trait in the game.”it reflects the sum of their abilities” (see pg. 6 of the manual).However, in the beginning this is not an option that you can do a lot about.Merc “Kills” seems to be directly related to gains in experience class.Ivan is a 2, but when I finished the game he was a 5 with 90 kills under his belt going into the final day.
You want at least one of the following in your employment by day 4:
|Marksman||Ivan||$1,500 but worth every penny.A “must have.”Cheap at twice the price. Only speaks Russian, but it would be okay with me if he could only speak Swahili the way he shoots.|
|Mechanic||Vinny||A good mechanic at a good price $385.Needs a couple of canteens at all times.Those Brooklyn types can’t hack the humidity.|
|Medic||Fox||Good $ value with high wisdom.She won’t work the first day, but will arrive on day 2 if asked.$515.|
|Explosives||Fidel||Expensive at $1,550, but highest rated explosives guy in the game & a good marksman.I would wait until Day 4 to hire him.He should be another canteen carrier.|
|Jack of all trades||Grunty||Good $ value & much better than his stats would indicate.Start with him. $490|
|Wolf||A good mid-game choice — a bit expensive at the start.$1,850|
|Budget Marksman||Hector||Good $ value and learns fast. $410|
|Native Guides||Elio||Offered to you on Day #2. All are free but of limited value. They do however give you some interesting information on the history of each sector.Accept Elio when offered to you, but allow him to be “killed off” the same day and a few days later you will be offered HAMOUS, who is a 74 mksman compared to Elio’s 28.|
|“Stay at Home”
|Eli||Can alternate between being an in house Medic and Mechanic. Can also alternate in the field if needed.I would not hire him until Day 4. $1,400|
|2nd premium Marksman||Ice||2nd only to Ivan in this price range $1,300 add him when cash flow allows other possibilities|
|Other||Speck||Excellent in house only mechanic-budget price $365|
|Sparky||In house mechanic – very cheap.$205|
|Jimmy||Very good in/out mechanic.Mediocre shot $800.|
|Hurl||Budget medic.Decent shot.Low agility $400|
I’m sure there are probably other good possibilities in addition to the ones above.Those mentioned herein are ones that I have either personally used or come recommended by a number of other players.
- Mid Game Possibilities — when you have a big positive cash flow
- Dr. “Needle” Kranhium — Top Medic and can shoot$1,900
- “Doc” Koolhan — Very good Medic and can shoot $1,750
- Rudy “Lynx” Roberts — marksman supreme $3,300
- Victoria Waters — multiple talents $2,850
- Mid-Late Game — it only takes money, and lots of it
- “Magic” — multi talented super star at a price $5,600
- Leo Kelly — excellent marksman. good mech. $4,700
- “Scully” — Very good all around (with an M16 rifle to boot) $7,500
- End Game
- Mike — when money is no object and you need the very best (and you might, as the final sector has more red-shirts than you can shake a stick at) $12,000
|DAY||EASY or NORMAL LEVEL||NORMAL or HARD LEVEL|
|1||Ivan, Grunty, Vinny & Hector||Ivan, Grunty & Vinny|
|4||Fidel & Eli||Fidel|
|Later||Ice||Eli, Ice & Wolf or “Doc”|
|Mid Game||see Other Possibilities||see Other Possibilities|
Note: if Ivan, Ice & Fidel survive to the late game, they will be just as experienced as many of the “Heavy Hitters”.
Note: The Easy or Normal Merc hiring scenario makes your personnel handling simpler, earlier in the game than the more difficult Normal or Hard approach.
By having Hector you can train him in marksmanship, and he is available as a replacement for a wounded Merc that might require a day as a patient.You acquire Eli sooner, and with him on board, you no longer need to have Vinny take days off to repair items, as Eli can do this on days wehn there are no wounded to tend to.This also frees up Fox to speed up her marksmanship training and to be available for missions as a replacement along with Hector.So generally, though it costs more per day in the early game, it’s much easier to get started with Easy or Normal team. The other scenario is much more difficult but is affordable even at the Hard level (which is really the only reason to use it if you are a beginner).
|Helmut “Grunty” Gunther||$490||82||79||76||72||14||25||40||69||1|
|Cynthia “Fox” Guzzman||$515||77||85||100||76||60||8||15||54||1|
|Dr. Eli Summers||$1,400||81||73||58||77||70||0||65||49||2|
|Dr. Ahmad “Doc” Koolhan||$1,750||74||77||61||83||83||0||3||66||2|
|Rudy “Lynx” Roberts||$3,300||81||79||86||71||23||50||19||99||3|
|Col. Leo Kelly||$4,700||95||87||91||81||13||0||67||94||4|
|Earl “Magic” Walker||$5,600||90||99||88||80||14||22||91||93||4|
|Robert “Scully” Sullivan||$7,500||90||90||96||93||36||58||61||91||5|
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[ Capturing Sectors | Sector Schedule | After Capturing a Sector | Enemy Sector Attacks | Recovering Items | Hiring Guards | Squaring Off | Action Points | Combat Tactics | Line of Sight | Silencers | Combat Knives | The Swim Test | Chasing Enemies into the Jungle | Magnify Items | Repair Items | Using Canteens | Applying Camouflage | Explosives | Corpse Export | Going in Buildings | Using Explosives to Open Doors | Merging Items | Land Mines | Jammed Guns | Mercs Who Won't Follow Orders | Training Mercs | Healing Wounded Mercs | First Aid Kits | Medical Kits | Enemy Grenade Attacks | Gas Masks | Sniper Scopes | Extended Ear | Spectra Shield | Crowbar | Wooden Sign Posts | Messages | Camera & Case of Beer | The Virus | Finding Flowers before the Virus | The Headstone ]
The following should help you get “rid of the red-shirts” (and hopefully some of the game’s frustrations)
Capture 3 sectors every day possible. This will do more for your cash flow than anything else in the game. (example: if your overhead per day is say $8,000 and you are able to capture 3 sectors instead of 2 for two days. you will have 6 sectors, (and their income-producing trees) for a overhead cost of $16,000 as opposed to 4 sectors at the same cost of $16,000).Thus you have saved a full day’s overhead of $8,000 (assuming only 2 sectors captured per day). This adds up to big bucks as time goes by.(Note: to do this requires adequate combat skills, which is up to you to learn and learn fast).
Consider replaying perhaps the 1st 3 days worth of sectors until you’ve gotten the knack.This beats plunging ahead after getting off to a bad start.Yes, this means starting the game over, and possibly over again. This is of course a total pain in the neck.This game can get you far behind the eight ball in a hurry.Catching up later on can be very difficult.Practicing & polishing your combat skills right off the bat, will make the game much more enjoyable later on.Capturing 3 sectors in a day is actually easier early on than later, if you have the necessary skills.Many days of course this is just not possible. You can finish the 1st two sectors and then partially complete the 3rd sector. Kill as many enemies as possible, and retreat before dark.You must be back in a “friendly” sector before 7:00 p.m. or the game will wound and/or kill some or all of your mercs “….while retreating”. The enemies killed in the un-captured sector will not be there to harass you the next day, thus speeding your capture of the sector.
Another important thing to know is don’t waste a lot of time picking up things in sectors until after the sector’s capture.This is very time-consuming. Don’t waste valuable time after the sector’s capture.Don’t try to pick up every known goodie.Get only those you really need (which will be most of them the first few days).Move along rapidly to the next sector. If worse comes to worse you can always have your mercs traverse through and pick up some goodies on the way to somewhere else in later days.
Speaking of cash flow, for a moment, build a positive cash flow of $4,000 — $5000 before making any further major expenditures. The reason for this is quite simple.The early game seems to try to lure you into the feeling that you have the cash situation well in hand, before it throws the next monkey wrench in your lap. Forewarned is Forearmed.
Where you enter a new sector from, is often important. Look at the sector map to get some idea of the lay of the land.You normally will want at least some nearby cover to use in your advance.Advancing across vast open spaces is often an invitation to disaster.Sometimes where you enter from can greatly affect the difficulty of the sector. Sector 38 is classic example of this.Most of the places you can enter this sector have a lot of open space to cross, and there is a guy with a shotgun here that can do major damage to your mercs caught out in the open with little cover to protect them.This can quickly become one big nightmare.It’s best to enter this sector in the NW corner coming from the SW corner of S-28. You have a small building to shield your entrance and then a line of trees to follow while moving South.The guy with the shotgun has lost his open spaces long-distance shooting advantage and the sector becomes pretty much of a quick and easy proposition.
Sector 39 that I call the “3 Bridges Sector” is another example. If you enter this one anywhere East of the river, you will have to cross at least one of the bridges to get anywhere.Bridges are a constant source of enemy “booby traps” throughout the game.This sector is no exception.Enter S-39 from the South or North West of the river, and stay far to the West side of the sector.You will probably never have to cross any of the bridges, as the enemy will likely come to you.
So look before you leap.Yes, make a conscious effort to make the enemy come play where it’s advantageous to you and not vice versa.Avoid the Jungle, bushes, and bridges that the red shirts love to lure you into. This is not always possible of course, but do your best to make him play on your turf, not his.
You Begin the Game With Sector 60
|1||59||Find the Micropurifier.Transfer 4 guards here.|
|50||Get your first big batch of trees.Put the other 4 guards here.|
|49||“Warehouse” sector.Finish the day here.Stay in the sector until dark if completed as you won’t have enough guards to transfer any here until the next morning and by staying you can defend it against any attacks.|
|2||48||“Booby Trap” Sector.Find the Shotgun but beware of the 2nd box. Avoid searching buildings.|
|40||Traverse back to this sector and find .357 Magnum & 9mm pistols.|
|39||Enter from the South only.Stay West of the bridges.This requires traversing.Get out before 7:00 PM if not captured by then.|
|3||39||Finish “3 Bridges” sector 39 if you have not done so on day 2.|
|29||“Water Source” sector.Enter from the South.Stay in the long N/S corridor on the West side of the sector and “draw” the enemy out to you.The last enemy will probably require a trip into the bush.|
|30||Enter from SE corner of S-29.Get the silencer & other goodies.|
|4||19||9mm w/silencer, TNT, Cash to find in this one.Takes some looking.|
|28||Brenda’s Lab, take metal detector and search diligently.|
|5||38||Enter from SW corner of S-28 stay near treeline bearing South. Find the .357 magnum pistol and Shotgun Ammo.|
|37||Take TNT w/detonator in case Vinny can’t pick lock, or keys not found|
|27||2nd Factory — use silencers only to capture if possible.This prevents “sabotage” and saves lots oflost cash flow if successful. Any enemies located must be whacked in the same turn or they will alert the others, who will in turn start the sabotage process.|
Note: there is around $4,700 in hidden or sometimes obscurely located cash in these opening sectors (that I know of). Cash finds can occur from time to time throughout the game.So keep your eyes open & go get the greenbacks.
This should get you off to a good start in sector capturing (and cash flow). The rest is up to you.
Note: Later in the game, if you are getting desperate to find a new factory, due to your money running low, you should consider a little “sector peeking.” What this involves is simply going into a sector and looking to see if it has any buildings (not native huts).No buildings =no factory.Take your native guide with you, if the buildings therein contain a factory, after a couple of turns he will more than likely tell you that the sector contains a factory.No factory, vacate ASAP and traverse to another nearby sector and repeat the process.
Note: “linked sectors” are not possible if a body of water separates the linked sectors.Always protect a captured “exterior” sector with 8 guards.Don’t believe anyone who tells you that less will suffice, it may but don’t bet on it, as I have seen sectors with 8 guards re-captured by the enemy, and more than once.Guards are cheap. Save money some other way.
Don’t go to the next sector until all guards are transferred and have arrived.(unless you feel it necessary to race to Brenda’s Lab or some other vital sector to save the sector from an imminent attack).
Transfer guards immediately after the capture of a sector.This stipulation may help avert an “ENEMIES’ NEARBY” attack, and even if they don’t avert it, your team is already in the sector and can join in the battle and eliminate the enemy.
Note: “enemies nearby” attacks almost always seem to happen after you have captured a sector and are either waiting for guards to arrive, and/or searching the sector for goodies.If you have not ordered in new guards for the sector immediately after its capture you may be inviting an attack..If you are mopping up and capturing the sectors in short order it seems to be a way of slowing down your progress towards another sector.When the “enemies nearby” status initiates, you will once again be encumbered by action points and have to battle the incoming enemy to rid the sector one more time of the enemy.The guards you have in the sector with you, and any guards in transit that arrive prior to your disposing of the enemy will actually join in the battle with you.Each group, guards, mercs & enemies receiving a turn at a time until the situation is resolved.This does add an interesting and fun element to the game.The design seems to be a way for the enemy to hamper your progress when you are doing “too well.”
The majority of sector attacks by the enemy seem to take place late afternoon, or shortly after you capture a new sector.The frequency of attacks seems related to how well you are doing in the game.If it’s only 3:00 PM and you’ve already captured your 2nd sector of the day, chances are the enemy is going to go on the warpath real soon. I’ve also seen attacks take place in the morning.Most of these, being when you capturedyour 1st sector of the dayearly in the morning, instead of the more usual 11:00 am to Noon.At least one or two enemy attacks per day seem to be the standard, no matter how well or poorly you are doing.Attacks most of the time seems to be against vital sectors, as in sectors with labs, factories, lots of trees, or in sectors adjacent to the aforementioned.Most attacks of this nature seem to be unsuccessful (other than killing off some of your guards).However, some can be successful even if you have 8 guards.Attacks against Brenda’s lab S-28 and some of the sectors in “Lucasland” can be particularly virulent.Resulting in the deaths of all 8 of your guards and then of course any and all tappers you may have employed in the sector in question.
Don’t transfer guards across water unless absolutely necessary.Move them around by land. If you ignore this, you may very well lose some of your guards in transit to drowning or Metaviran reptiles.
Pick up and search/find all goodies after you capture the sector.This will save your time and much needed action points for when you need them — combat with the enemy.The only exceptions to this stipulation are obvious, such as when you see an item that you need now. (more ammo, etc.)
Pick up only those items, that you really need. Be quick about it. It’s much more important in most cases, to push on to the next sector, and beat the cash flow time clock, than to waste time picking up the umpteenth box of.38 ammo, you don’t really need.This loading the vests, and rearranging to cram in more goodies is one of the biggest time consumers in the game and severely impedes your progress.Know what you need in the way of old items, in advance.
Use the pg. down key to get to the overhead map view of the sector you are in — look for flashing white objects click on one and the currently selected merc will go stand on it.Exit the map and have him pick it up.A note of caution: be sure that the route the merc will travel to get the Item will not take him into the water as you may lose your merc.Please also note that the map will only show objects in portions of the map you have explored. You need to have someone scurry around the entire un-traveled parts of sectors to illuminate these objects.Buried or hidden objects will not show up either. Objects in boxes or cabinets you have not opened are the same.Some obscured objects have trees, etc. blocking your view.These are not visible to you from the regular “on the ground” view. Very often these non-visible objects can be the most valuable “find” of the sector.Other “most valuable” areas often turn out to be small islands or peninsulas off the beaten path, or boxes hidden in the jungle.
For a good deal of the game, you will need to hire at least 16 guards (and sometimes 24) to occupy newly captured sectors and perhaps some extras to replace guards killed the previous day.Guards should be in all sectors that are adjacent to enemy controlled sectors (not diagonally).Even if water separates the enemy sectors from your own this is still necessary.Later on when you have “safe” interior sectors you will often not need to hire new guards.
The best way to cut down on guard overhead is to ‘”square off” or “fill in” your block of sectors. Theneliminate un-needed groups of guards.
For example: if you have an enemy sector anywhere within your block, depending on where it is — it can often take 3 to 4 groups of guards to keep the enemy from taking over an adjacent sector.3 sets of guards at $38 per guard = $912 per day in increased overhead. Multiply this problem by several times and you are talking thousands of dollars per day in excessive overhead.Early in the game, there is not a lot you can do about this.By day 8 or 9 you should be in a position to start eliminating a lot of these kinds of situations.As your block grows in size you will not need guards in most of the interior sectors.You will always want some extra guards. 16 to 24 needed to expand outward and perhaps 4 extras guards to fill in during the day in sectors where enemy attacks have resulted in depletion of the existing guards.
I personally think it is best to have all mercs move with Maximum Aim or at least Reserved Points.This allows you to interrupt the enemy’s movement and return fire, before your next turn.If you choose to move any or all of the mercs further (thus nullifying these reserves) just click the mouse and off they will go to wherever you send them.This is a little annoying, but it is the safest way to assure that some or all of your mercs will be in an interrupt position.PS — it takes 2 action points to crouch.
This one is pretty much up to you. Combat tactics seem to be a very “personal” thing, with people seeming to always have their own particular method of doing things the “right way.”As a number ofdifferent approaches can often be “right”, I’m not going to touch this one.
You can use the F9 key to obtain a “line of sight” reading for each merc in regards to the enemy.I would not accept this as gospel.I have killed many “red shirts” that I could not “see” according to the F9 key. I have also missed many enemies that I could “see.”I would use this simply as an aid, that’s all. If you have what appears to be a doable angle of fire, I would shoot, regardless of whether I can “see” the enemy in question. What this game begs for is a “Line of Fire” similar to XCOM.
These are vital for capturing new factories and Lucas’s lab without the enemy sabotage of the facility and its contents . Sabotage of factory facilities means that there will be no production from the newly captured factory until 2 days of repair work has been done by Jack’s men.This means two days of lost cash flow on any harvestable trees you own in excess of your currently producing factories capacities.This alone does not assure success, as you must also kill all enemies spotted prior to the next turn (in theory this extra turn gives the enemy time to alert others and to put the sabotage mechanism into action) You must also not be “spotted” by other enemies (usually out of windows) for the silencer only routine to be effective.
Not all weapons can use silencers. Colt 45′s will accept them, as will 9mm pistols, however regular .357 magnums will not. You must modify your .357′s by merging a “chunk of steel” with them to produce a “modified .357 magnum pistol”. The modified version will accept a silencer. As chunks of steel are not found in great quantities, I usually try to save them to use first on the .357 magnums, then later on the M-14 rifles. A modified .357 is perhaps the best all-around gun in the game.It doesn’t use as many action points as shotguns and rifles, but has a decent range only exceeded by 12 guage Rifles, M14′s, & M16′s.This is a matter of personal perception and may not in fact be borne out by the facts — whatever they may actually be. M14′s and M16′s do have more power and more range, but it is possible that you will play almost 1/2 the game without either one of these.
What seems like a pretty worthless weapon is actually an essential one in some cases.
At least some of your merc’s must have combat knives. Though of limited value, except for an occasional up close “hand to hand combat” type of situation, they play one very essential role in the game. The merc who goes into deep water (and sometimes it is difficult to tell where deep water begins and ends) without a combat knive in his hand, has a good chance of winding up sleeping with the fish!! As in dead! It turns out that the waters of metavira are absolutely teeming with merc-eating eels (snakes)!In fact you can lose more mercs to metaviran reptiles in the course of a game than you can to the “Red-Shirts”, bombs and bullets.
So when deep water calls, make sure that those mercs who are going to have to cross it are equippedto eliminate eels.
Which brings me to what I call:
(this ismore for amusement than anything else, although you may find out some useful info concerning some of the mercs aquatic abilities)
Mercs are also susceptible to drowning — some more so than others — and of course, except in rare cases no-one has bothered to tell you which ones can swim and which ones can’t, and how good are they if they can.So in order to get some kind of clue as to their abilities, I devised what I call the swim test, which works as follows:
If you are in a sector that has a lot of water, preferably next to a large body of water, or the ocean I suppose would be even better, after capturing the sector, save the game.Equip all your would-be swimmers with knives so that you will know swimming is their problem, and not eels.March them all off into the deep water.You will find out real fast, what’s what. But also note that some merc items are extremely heavy. Spectra Sheilds, being the worst offender, I have found. I never let anybody go into any kind of deep water wearing a Spectra Shield, because I may never see them again.Test all of your mercs with their normal weight loads, then perhaps test them without heavy items, so forth and so on. I found, for example when I did some of this that Fidel and Vinny, had a real good chance (particularly Vinny) of not returning to dry land, whereas Ivan seemed to be part fish.I also had very little trouble with any of the natives drowning — although I did not test all of them.Then abandon the game and go back to your saved game and back to playing.
In a word, don’t!Try to lure them out into the open, away from where they want you to go.They seem to want to get you in the underbrush, where they can “cheat” and shoot thru places you seemingly can’t.I’ve seen instances where one lone enemy was able to wound 3 of my troops from behind a bush.My 3 troops are shooting at him from virtually point blank range through the same bush and never hitting anything but limbs.This may just be bad luck, but the poor end results remain the same. Avoid this kind of situation if at all possible. If stuck in this scenario with no apparent means of retreat, it’s time to pull out that precious grenade you’ve been hoarding for a rainy day, and “equalize” the situation. An optimum time for this is when there are 2 or more “red-shirts” in close proximity to each other.
Right click / ctrl
Toolkit in Mechanic’s right hand.1st item to repair in left hand.Top vest slot on down establishes the order or repair preference.He (the mechanic) needs to be “assigned” to Repair.
Go to the Inventory screen, pick up canteen, and apply to the mouth of the mercs “silhouette” in the middle of your screen. Click until content or the canteen is empty or the merc is out of action points. Watch your merc’sBlue graph to see to what degree his thirst problem is being alleviated.
Note: both Fidel & Vinny seem to be constantly “thirsty” and therefore in need of water.I can only assume that there are other mercs in the game, which I have not used, who will have this same problem.When I use Fidel and/or Vinny, I have them carry all the canteens for the entire squad, (I found that the other squad members I used, seldom had this “thirst” problem).Thus they can both give canteens to other mercs when necessary, and have extras on hand to take care of their own problem.This also makes available extra vest pocket slots for the other mercs that don’t have this constant dire need of drinking water.
Use the exact same procedure as the canteen (except of course, the blue graph is not relevant here).Of course you apply the camo to his body not to his face.
Apply the camouflage to your mercs at the beginning of the day before the mission begins.This eliminates the need for hauling the camo kit around on the mission.Have the guy with camo kit apply it to all the mercs that need it while you are “gearing up” in the morning.
Always send your explosives expert to get these and disarm them unless you’re ready for “sick bay” at the hospital, or worse.This includes grenades, as some of them are “live.”
Always try to have a medic type nearby, so he can immediately heal your “expert” if his disarming fails.Even Fidel sometimes meets his match. The medic on-hand can save him from meeting his master.
Grenades: nothing beats the plain old, ordinary grenade.This is the game’s great “equalizer.”Hoard these puppies until you really need them.They can save the day, when nothing else will.(particularly useful for disabling multiple enemies with one pop.Especially when they’re safe as can be behind some of the game’s seemingly “for enemy use only spectra shield bushes”.
TNT & Plastic Explosives: Merge each of them with a detonator to become operational.Have your explosives “expert” do this in the morning “gear” sessions prior to taking to the field, as this will savevest pocket space.
Live Plastic Explosives are a result of merging with detonators, but can be found already in this state.Since they no longer require merging, they only require 1 vest pocket slot.
Mustard Gas Grenades are quite deadly and are almost as useful as grenades. It’s probably best that the thrower and all your nearby mercs be equipped with Gas Masks.
Tear Gas Canisters will disorient and befuddle the enemy, however they and Stun Grenades seem to inflict no lasting damage. One negative (in my opinion) of Tear Gas Canisters is that they tend to make the enemy run away, necessitating using up more action points in chasing them down.
Pay for all burials.If you don’t people will start quitting and demanding pay raises to stay, far more than offsetting the costs of the pine box. In this case it just does not pay to be a cheapskate.
When possible, wait until sector is enemy free.This will save a great deal of time.Many times you will find an essential key/keys needed for entering on a dead enemy.
Use your wall probe, when necessary, to determine if enemies are inside a building prior to entry.If no enemies are inside, there is no need to enter the building in question until the sector is secure.And of course if enemies are inside, they must be eliminated before the sector is secure.
Always have your Mechanic be the first to enter, as his lock-picking talents are often necessary.It’s best to have him with full Action points prior to opening the door, this way he can open the door and be able to step aside and let your killer merc/mercs with full Action points, who you have stationed just behind him at the door take care of the enemy who is often lurking at or near the door.If you don’t use this procedure, Vinny may be a dead merc in very short order, or a very badly wounded one at best.
Have your explosives expert (Fidel or whoever) open all the boxes, with the other mercs in the building at a safe distance.Booby-traps are a way of life on Metavira.
Grenades will open any wooden door.Be sure and throw the grenade at the door, not at the foot of the door, as this will do nothing but waste a valuable grenade.
Note: Regular fragmentation grenades only.Stun grenades, etc. do not work.
Metal doors require the use of other explosives (grenades will not work).Live Plastic Explosives have one large advantage over TNT — all you need to carry with you is the Plastic Explosive.TNT requires you to also have a detonator, which you then merge with the TNT. (see above about merging TNT and Plastic Explosives before starting the day’s mission.)
Wall Cabinets – look in all of these as many tend to have goodies.I suppose these could be classified as “medicine cabinets” as they tend to contain medicine kits, first aid kits, and cloth rags (for molotov cocktails)
For most successful results always use your Mechanic or your Explosives guy (depending on what the items are) to perform “merging” operations. Generally this means your Mechanic, but anything to do with explosives is best handled by your explosives expert.
To merge: put the item in right hand.Put item to merge in the “manipulation” slot just below the right hand.If merging is possible, you will get a message asking if you want to do this.If you have a top of the line Mech or Explosives guy the result will usually be successful.Other than top of the line types often have very poor results.
You can also use this “merging” to consolidate tool kits, med kits, lockpick kits, etc.If you are using a Vinny or Fidel or some other very highly rated expert, and the initial try doesn’t work.Try again.It once took Vinny 3 tries to merge something for me.
It’s best to do all your merging in the early morning “gear up” sessions.
Some items to merge are:
- Chunks of Steel
- I personally prefer to use my chunks of steel initially to merge with the first few .357 Magnum pistols I find, as this accomplishes two things — it converts the ordinary .357 pistol to a “modified” .357 magnum that has a longer barrel, making it more like a rifle, and at this point in the game, there are no rifles that I personally have found, except for the 1st shotgun.The 2nd thing it accomplishes is that it makes your .357 able to accept a silencer which is vital in taking over sectors with factories in them without the enemy disabling the facility for several days which can cost you a lot of lost cash flow.Later on I use newly found chunks of steel to modify M-14 rifles.
- Compound 17 (glue)
- There are multiple uses for this item, as there are for the chunks of steel.I personally prefer to use the first of these to modify my “Spectra Shields.”This then becomes a “Treated Spectra Shield” and this is the “piece de resistance” for bodily protection in the game.
Your Mechanic is the person for these jobs.
Some fun things for your Explosives expert to create are:
- Molotov Cocktails
- Merge Glass jar with tin of oil, then merge gasoline with the jar, then merge a cotton rag with the jar, and voila a molotov cocktail!Ready to throw! Other cute things for your explosives’ people to make (though of dubious value in terms of cost) are the:
- “Eagle” weapons
- Combo of gas can, cloth rag, tin of oil, and the various grenades or “canister” weapons.Resulting in:
- Eagle Fearball
- use the grenade
- Eagle Dog
- use the mustard gas grenade
- Eagle Screamer
- use the tear gas canister
- Eagle Silencer
- use the stun grenade
- Eagle Smokeball
- use the smokeball
Note: I never personally used a smokeball that worked so can’t recommend these at all. “Eagle” weapons are “cute” and entertaining but is basically the waste of a good grenade.
Get your Explosives expert with Metal Detector in hand in the lead — preferably with a bunch of action points worth of steps in front of everyone else, and have him clear a path.Then have the others march (single file if necessary) in his footsteps.This advice is for implementation in sectors where land mines seem to be everywhere, in most sectors this is an unnecessary, time consuming procedure.
This is one of the most “overdone” elements of the game.The number of “jammed” guns at times gets completely out of whack with reality.I once had 7 different guns jam in the same turn.This only happened twice in the two times I have played the game (although one was in the final sector). However, the incidence of “jammed” guns on a regular basis seems to be way beyond the borders of reality.
After capture of sector, try repeatedly firing them until they unjam, this works most of the time.Your mechanic may be necessary.If all else fails leave the weapon in question for repairs with your “stay at home” mechanic the following morning.
To avoid this problem to some extent, it’s best to have at least one and possibly two of your mercs carry an extra gun, that they may hand off to the merc/mercs with jammed guns.Late in the game when many of the items to be picked up are often duplicates of items already held in sufficient numbers in inventory, I tend to have my main “killer” mercs carry two weapons, preferably a modified .357 magnum pistol and either a M14 rifle, 12 guage rifle, or 12 guage shotgun.This gives them long range capability, and more killing power when needed.
Fidel, amongst others, will refuse to follow orders once he feesl that he has a “sure-fire” bead on the enemy.This can be a real pain, when you would like him or others to move to a better shooting angle, or some other reason of your own.
Solution: simply take their weapon out of their hand, then they will follow your orders without further ado, then put the weapon back in their hand. No more problem.
Put merc in training, select Marksmanship (or whatever skill you wish to improve).If he or she has a wisdom rating of 70% or higher gains of 2-3 pctg. points per day of training are not uncommon.So in a matter of only 5 short days, you’ve gotten a 10 + point gain in the skill involved.Then get them out in the field again to gain that other vital missing ingredient. Experience.
At the start of the day change the status of wounded mercs you wish to leave behind and heal to “Patient”.Be sure that the status of your stay at home medic is on “Doctor”.Put a Medical Kit in the Doctor’s right hand.
Are useful prior to acquiring enough Medical Kits.Better than nothing at all.
Your stay at home doctor needs one of these in his right hand.You should strive to have two of these in the field on missions.Two different Mercs should carry these in the event that one of them gets killed, or wounded so severely that they are unable to get around to perform their medical duties.
These often happen at the very beginning of a sector.The biggest clue to this possibility (enemy grenade attacks) is the sudden appearance of an enemy in very close proximity to your squad.Who, with one fell swoop, can do massive damage to your guys’ health before they can spread out.When you see the nearby enemy in this type of situation, you need to take him out first, before giving any of the other enemies that you can see even a second thought.If all else fails, keep one of your individuals who has a grenade, with adequate action points, so that you may grenade the nearby enemy, rather than risk a squad imperiling attack.
All your in the field Mercs need these babies — especially later in the game when the enemy starts barraging you with Tear Gas Canisters and Mustard Gas Grenades.
Attach these to all of your rifles (including the 12 guage rifle).
Your lead Gunners need these for hearing the enemy at a distance.An Early Warning system of sorts.This device fits in the slot which is normally occupied by your Merc’s radio.Fear not, as only 1 radio is necessary per squad of mercs.
“The very latest in bullet absorption technology… capable of withstanding the most powerful of handguns, reducing impact of most rifles & deflecting shrapnel with ease.”
Get your guys and gals each one these ASAP.(Kevlar Vests are the predecessor to these), when merged with compound 17, it becomes a “treated spectra shield”.This is the best body protection in the game that has pockets.An “Ultra Shield” provides even better protection, but has no pockets, thus it has more for end game use when pockets for inventory items are much less important for all mercs to have.
The crowbar’s function is prying open boxes.However, there are many times in the game when your explosive’s person will not be able to open some of the boxes even with the crowbar — “It’s Stuck!”This is when your mechanic must then take the crowbar, and get the job done.A top notch mechanic in the field, in addition to another doing repairs at home base is essential.Certain tasks, such as lockpicking, and some of the crowbar assignments, simply cannot be done by anyone other than a top-rated mechanic.
Note: although there are times when an ordinary non-mechanical merc may just need to have his “blue” indicator enhanced in order to successfully use the crowbar, a drink from the old canteen can provide a quick boost to his “blue” indicator.
Located throughout the game, these can be read for possibly valuable information by magnifying them.
Found throughout the game, these offer clues that are sometimes quite obvious (“S 36 D9″ refers to Sector 36 Day 9).Other times they are in “code.”One is in Spanish and so on.Some give very useful information. But don’t worry, if you’re not a cryptologist or fluent in pig latin — the world won’t end, and you can still successfully complete the game.
I know of no-one who has found any use for these particular items.
It will spread and continue to kill the Fallow Trees.An antidote is necessary.It seems to first occur around Day 16 (at least this was the timing the two times I played).
These flowers are the source material for theantidote for the “Virus” that kills the Fallow trees.They are only found in one specific sector.
The game will not recognize that you have already obtained the flowers, since it apparently does not look in your base inventory to see if they are there or not.This means that you should have one of your mercs take some of the flowers with them on the day’s mission, after it has been announced that the “virus” has arrived.When he returns at the end of the day with the flowers, you will receive credit for finding them.When I first played the game I captured the sector with the flowers prior to the “virus” outbreak.Fortunately I was aware of this problem.Just to be safe I took some of the flowers back to base.I left 1 batch lying on the ground where I found them, in the event that the game would require me to actually go and pick up the flowers.This extra precaution does not seem to have been necessary.But might be worth doing, just in case my first solution does not work for you.
Stolen from the native’s burial grounds by Santino’s henchmen. Jack asks you to find the headstone and return it to the natives.The implication is that “dire” things may happen if you don’t find this headstone ASAP.As far as I could tell this is just more “smoke” to add to the urgency of the games’ goals.The headstone can be found in one of the sectors in Santino’s stronghold area (NW portion of the sector map).
- .38 Revolver
- .38 ammo
- Colt 45
- .45 ammo
- Modified Colt 45
- 9mm Beretta pistol
- 9mm ammo
- .357 Magnum pistol
- .357 ammo
- Modified .357
- 12 guage shotgun
- 12 guage ammo
- 12 guage rifle
- (uses 12 guage ammo)
- M 14 Rifle
- M 14 ammo
- Modified M 14 Rifle
- M 16 Rifle
- M 16 ammo
- Modified M 16 Rifle
- Combat Knife
- Hand Held
- Stun Grenade
- Tear Gas Canister
- Smoke Bomb
- Mustard Gas Grenade
Created by Merging
- Molotov Cocktail
- Eagle Smokeball
- Eagle Screamer
- Eagle Silencer
- Eagle Dog
- Eagle Fearball
- Live TNT (TNT + detonator)
- Live Plastic ExplosivesPlastic Explosives + detonator)
- Detonators for merging
- Plastic Explosives
- Gas Can
- Cotton Rag
- Tin of Oil
- Treated Helmet
- Kevlar Helmet
- Treated Kevlar Helmet
- 2 pkt
- 3 pkt.
- 4 pkt.
- 5 pkts.
- Treated Kevlar
- Spectra Shield
- Treated Spectra Shield
- Ultra Shield(no pkts.)
- Sun Goggles
- Gas Mask
- Extended Ear
- Sniper Scope
- Camouflage Kit
- First Aid Kit
- Medical Kit
- Wall Probe
- Metal Dectector
- Tool Box
- Locksmith Kit
- Compound 17
- Gas Detector
- Chunks of Steel
- Case of Beer
- Notes ( approx. 8 different one found throughout the game)
- Door Keys
- Padlock Keys
- Pomillia Flowers
- Brenda’s Journal
- Burnt Journal
- Micro Purifier
- Alarm Clock (with transmitter detector)
- Torn Piece of Paper (several of these)
YOU’VE READ THIS ENTIRE GUIDE & YOU STILL HAVE MANAGED TO GET YOURSELF IN A “LIFE OR DEATH” MONEY BIND
Last Gasp Solution: (This is great “trick” to play on “Jack”) rest everyone for a day, or however many days it takes to restore your finances.Resting mercs only receive 1/2 their normal salary.Thus the trees will produce and you will come out thousands of dollars ahead.(I hope you’ve got 8 guards in every necessary sector before you try this) Jack will hate this tactic and will complain and tell you how “lucky” you were to survive the day with no mercs in the field, but nothing really awful will probably happen other than a lost day or two and you’ll be back in the chips again.(There is a chance that some of the natives may start quitting.When the “NATIVES ARE RESTLESS” you may be forced to raise their pay. Offer them pay raises $1 worth at a time to determine the level of their discontent.This also applies to when you get the message “NO WORKERS AVAILABLE”.)
AND IF YOU ARE REALLY DESPERATE, YOU CAN RESORT TO…
One of the purposes of this guide is to give people ample information, so that they can play the game in its entirety without having to resort to cheats.I personally think that cheats can ruin a game.However, I realize that there are some who just cannot resist.There are also some who simply just don’t have the patience (or in their minds, perhaps the time) required to play the whole game on the up and up.There are some who just enjoy the combat and don’t really care about the resource and money management part at all.So for those who simply must have a “cheat” for whatever reason, I list below the only ones that I am personally aware of.
All are on CompuServe in the Games Forum.I believe they are in the strategy section.These particular cheats or aids can also be found on the Internet.
QHEAL.EXE is a cheat that allows you to heal your mercs wounds. It is by Jeremy Reaban. This cheat of course will take the “medical” part of the game and turn it to ashes. I would not use this unless you don’t care about healing your troops and only really care about the combat portion of the game.
There is also an editor called
JAEDIT15.ZIP.I have no idea about its merits.
JAGCHT.ZIP has a list of all the items in the game along with an explanation of how to use them with
UGE.EXE (Universal Game Editor).I have no knowledge of its respective good or bad points.
JA Table of Mercs is an IBM/Word 6.0 Document which allows you to sort your mercs according to various skills.This is not a cheat, but is a very useful aid in examining Mercs stats.If you prefer spreadsheets, you can paste one of the tables in this document into the spreadsheet of your choice and sort any which way until your heart’s content.
And last, but certainly not least:
Jagged Alliance has a very quirky save game scheme.Below are some tips.
Keep extra copies of saved games in a subdirectory you create.Give it some obvious name like “Savecopy” or “Saves” or whatever suits your fancy.
To save the day’s game in progress to this subdirectory you will need to save the following files:
QUICK.SAV, OFFICE.SAV & DAY.SAV.
Save Often: Even during turn-based combat,you should hit Alt X and save the game, exit to dos and then re-start.This will save your day’s progress and leave you less vulnerable to crashes that will wipe out your entire day’s progress.
Save the game at the end of each sector you complete, before moving on to the next.Exit to Dos and copy these saved game files (quick, office, day) to your saved games sub-directory.
Just prior to the end of each day (before 7:00 PM), save the game, exit to dos, and copy the files again to the same sub-directory. I know this sounds like overkill, but I have had the game crash several times after the “day” is complete but before I could save it in the “calendar” save game slot — thus losing an entire day or at the least the last sector’s worth of work.The reason this unfortunate situation can occur is that the game deletes the
QUICK.SAV, DAY.SAV & OFFICE.SAV files when you complete the game day.This happens prior to your saving of the game at the Calendar, so if the game crashes in the interim you are just plain out of luck.
Eliminate Smartdrive and a large part of this problem will go away.
I was told that eliminating QEMM and using a “clean” boot disk would eliminate the rest of the problem.That may be so for some, however in my case I then had to deal with a translucent mouse cursor and unreadable inventory in the morning “gear up” session after eliminating QEMM.So my “clean” boot disk meant I couldn’t really play the game at all.I’m sure there was probably some way around this latest problem, but by then I was out of patience with the whole save game scheme anyway.Besides, once in the habit, I liked the idea that I had a safe way of saving my games and even a catalog of all the days of the game (see below).
At the end of each “day”, after I have successfully saved the game in a
GAME#.SAV slot, I personally go to a sub-directory I have named “history”.If I have just completed Day 7 for example, I make a new sub-directory under history, named DAY7 and then copy the day’s
GAME#.SAV file to this directory — this way I don’t have a bunch of duplicate
GAME#.SAV files, and I know exactly which day is which.
All of this is of course a total pain in the neck.However, replaying a lost sector or day, is an even bigger one.Perhaps the next version will completely eliminate the problems.