Empire Escalation (mission)

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Empire Escalation
Basic Information
Name Empire Escalation
File Name mvm_mannhattan_advanced1
Map Mannhattan
Waves 6
Difficulty Advanced
Starting money 900

Empire Escalation is an advanced invasion mission available on the Mannhattan map.

Waves

Sub-wave Class Count Delay(s) Credits
Wave 1
1A-1
Scout stun armored
Expert Pictogram plus.png 100% crit chance 1 1 1 0 0 25
1A-2
Heavy shotgun
Normal Gatebot 6 12 24 10 10 150
1B-1
Scout stun armored
Expert Pictogram plus.png 100% crit chance 1 1 1 15 0 100
1B-2-1
Pyro
Expert Gatebot
Fires continuously
5 10 15 0 18 100
Medic uber
Medic uber
Medic uber
Medic uber

Über Medic
Normal Pictogram comment.png Spawns with full über
Pictogram plus.png +400% über charge rate
Pictogram minus.png -90% heal rate
Pictogram minus.png -3 seconds uber duration
1B-2-2
Bowman
Hard 3 9 24 20 3 100
1C-1
Scout giant fast
Easy 1 3 3 2 8 100
1C-2
Pyro
Expert Gatebot 6 6 6 15 0 100
1D
Soldier
Normal Gatebot 12 12 24 5 0 100
1E
Pyro
Normal Fires continuously 3 18 54 5 2 250
Bowman
Bowman
Hard
Support
Sniper
Expert Vision range 4000 2 40 85
Scout
Easy Melee only 1 1 10 120 20 75
Wave 2
2A-1
Demoknight
Hard 6 12 36 0 7 200
2A-2
Bowman

Rapid Fire
Hard Gatebot
Pictogram plus.png 100% crit chance
2 4 6 10 12 100
Medic uber

Über Medic
Normal Pictogram comment.png Spawns with full über
Pictogram plus.png +400% über charge rate
Pictogram minus.png -90% heal rate
Pictogram minus.png -3 seconds uber duration
2B-1
Heavy heater
Expert Gatebot 1 2 2 15 28 100
2B-2
Pyro flare
Normal Pictogram plus.png 100% crit chance 3 9 24 15 5 100
2C-1
Soldier blackbox
Hard 8 8 38 3 0 50
2C-2
Demoknight
Hard 4 4 12 8 0 100
2D
Soldier blackbox
Expert Gatebot 3 3 6 3 20 100
Bowman
Bowman

Rapid Fire
Hard Gatebot
Pictogram plus.png 100% crit chance
2E
Heavy heater
Expert 5 10 10 10 18 100
Medic uber
Medic uber
Medic uber
Medic uber

Über Medic
Normal Pictogram comment.png Spawns with full über
Pictogram plus.png +400% über charge rate
Pictogram minus.png -90% heal rate
Pictogram minus.png -3 seconds uber duration
Support
Scout
Easy Melee only 1 1 10 10 15 50
Spy
Expert 2 60 85
Scout stun

Hyper League
Hard Begins after 2D is all dead
Pictogram plus.png +75% recharge rate
2 2 40 2 1 100
Wave 3
3A-1
Scout fan
Expert 8 8 36 0 0 50
Heavy shotgun
Expert Gatebot 1 1 1 3 0 50
3A-2
Heavy shotgun
Expert Gatebot 4 8 8 40 13 50
Medic uber
Medic uber
Medic uber

Über Medic
Normal Pictogram comment.png Spawns with full über
Pictogram plus.png +400% über charge rate
Pictogram minus.png -90% heal rate
Pictogram minus.png -3 seconds uber duration
3B-1
Demo samurai

Type 1
Expert 2 2 8 0 0 50
3B-2
Demoman
Normal Gatebot 2 10 26 10 3 100
3C-1
Pyro
Expert Gatebot 3 9 21 5 5 100
3C-2
Scout fan
Expert 3 12 48 10 4 50
3D-1
Pyro
Normal Pictogram plus.png 100% crit chance 2 4 12 5 5 100
3D-2
Heavy shotgun
Expert Gatebot 4 8 8 10 16 150
Medic uber
Medic uber
Medic uber

Über Medic
Normal Pictogram comment.png Spawns with full über
Pictogram plus.png +400% über charge rate
Pictogram minus.png -90% heal rate
Pictogram minus.png -3 seconds uber duration
3E
Soldier libertylauncher
Expert 6 6 18 10 0 100
Medic uber
Medic uber
Medic uber
Medic uber
Medic uber
Medic uber

Über Medic
Normal Pictogram comment.png Spawns with full über
Pictogram plus.png +400% über charge rate
Pictogram minus.png -90% heal rate
Pictogram minus.png -3 seconds uber duration
Support
Scout stun

Hyper League
Hard Pictogram plus.png +75% recharge rate 1 1 20 10 30 50
Engineer
Expert Does not build teleporters 3 3 6 30 0 50
Scout bonk
Hard Begins after 3D-1 and 3D-2 are all dead
Melee only
5 10 50 10 5 300
Wave 4
4A
Demo burst
Expert Pictogram plus.png 100% crit chance 1 12 12 0 0.5 100
Demo burst
Normal Gatebot
Pictogram plus.png 100% crit chance
1 12 12 10 0.5 50
4B
Soldier barrage

Major Crits (Type 1)
Expert Gatebot 2 4 4 10 33 200
Medic

Type 2
Expert
4C-1
Heavy
Easy 1 10 10 20 2 50
4C-2
Demo samurai

Type 1
Expert 3 9 9 2 6 100
4D
Demo burst
Normal Gatebot
Pictogram plus.png 100% crit chance
16 16 32 1 0 100
4E-1
Scout fan
Expert 1 1 2 1 1 50
Scout fan

Type 2
Expert Gatebot 1 1 2 1 1 50
4E-2
Demo burst
Expert Pictogram plus.png 100% crit chance 4 12 12 0 15 100
Medic uber
Medic uber
Medic uber

Über Medic
Normal Pictogram comment.png Spawns with full über
Pictogram plus.png +400% über charge rate
Pictogram minus.png -90% heal rate
Pictogram minus.png -3 seconds uber duration
4F
Scout fan
Expert 1 2 2 0 10 150
Support
Pyro
Expert Pictogram plus.png -99.9% airblast cooldown 1 1 40 0 15 100
Sniper
Expert Vision range 4000 2 120 45
Wave 5
5A
Scout fan
Expert 2 8 10 0 6 100
5B
Scout stun

Hyper League
Hard Pictogram plus.png 100% crit chance
Pictogram plus.png +75% recharge rate
3 3 9 1 6 200
5C
Soldier blackbox
Expert Gatebot 2 10 10 0 11 500
5D
Soldier libertylauncher
Expert 5 10 35 4 6 100
Scout shortstop
Easy Pictogram plus.png 100% crit chance 5 5 15 20 0 100
5E
Heavy steelfist
Hard Gatebot
Pictogram plus.png 100% crit chance
5 10 10 0 7 200
5F
Heavy
Expert Gatebot
Pictogram plus.png 100% crit chance
18 18 18 1 0 100
5G-1
Heavy
Expert Gatebot
Pictogram plus.png 100% crit chance
18 18 18 1 0 100
5G-2
Scout stun armored
Expert 2 2 2 9 0 100
5H-1
Heavy
Expert Gatebot
Pictogram plus.png 100% crit chance
18 18 18 1 0 100
5H-2
Scout fan
Expert 1 2 2 6 8 100
5I
Scout bonk
Easy 4 4 8 15 0 200
Support
Scout fan
Expert 1 1 20 10 15 100
Spy
Expert 2 15 25
Wave 6
6A-1
Heavy deflector healonkill

Giant Heal-on-Kill Heavy
60,000 HP
Expert Gatebot 1 1 1 0 0 250
Soldier conch
Normal Pictogram comment.png Spawns with full rage
Pictogram plus.png +800% buff duration
5 10 25 10 10 250
6A-2
Scout fan

Type 2
Expert Gatebot 4 4 4 42 0 250
6B
Soldier
Normal Gatebot
Pictogram plus.png 100% crit chance
Direct Hit
2 18 40 1 1 50
Medic uber

Über Medic
Normal Pictogram comment.png Spawns with full über
Pictogram plus.png +400% über charge rate
Pictogram minus.png -90% heal rate
Pictogram minus.png -3 seconds uber duration
6C
Heavy deflector healonkill

Type 1
Expert Gatebot 1 4 4 0 8 100
6D
Heavy deflector healonkill

Type 2
Expert Pictogram plus.png 100% crit chance 1 6 6 0 10 100
Support
Heavy
Normal Pictogram plus.png 100% crit chance 1 1 20 45 15 50
Sniper
Expert Vision range 4000 2 60 20
Engineer
Expert Begins after 6B is all dead
Does not teleport in
Does not build teleporters
1 3 15 0 1 50
Scout
Normal Begins after 6B is all dead
Melee only
Pictogram plus.png 100% crit chance
3 9 33 0 0 100

Basic strategies

  • Strafe when fighting the Armored Sandman Scouts. They can effectively stun lock you, assuming you get hit once or twice.
  • On the second wave, Giant Crit Huntsman Snipers will spawn from the top pocketed by Uber Medics. Consider having a Demoman place a sticky trap up top before the wave starts.
  • Giant Shotgun Heavies on the third wave can dish an insane amount of damage up close. Have a Medic use a projectile shield when closing the distance.
    • Some of these Shotgun Heavies are pocketed by Uber Medics.
  • On the fifth wave there will be a large horde of 10 Black Box Soldiers. 2 will spawn per wave and there's only an 11 seconds pause between waves. They will fire 3 rockets at once and each rocket heals 1000 health on hit.
    • This sub-wave can be insanely tough to beat for inexperienced players. Using the Medic's shield is probably the best counter to this.
  • Collecting all the money on the fifth wave nets a total of 2000 credits + 100 bonus. This can be very helpful for the last wave.
  • On the last wave, have the Scout switch to a Pyro so he can knock enemies into the grinder. Especially useful when the first gate has been captured.
  • On the last wave, the Pyro should equip the Backburner to quickly destroy the Giant Heal On Kill Heavies, because they won't turn around unless there are no other teammates in sight.

Bugs

  • In Wave 3 of this mission, the wave display infobox incorrectly lists the number of Uber Medics as being 27 when there are 30 Uber Medics in the wave.

Trivia

  • Disabled code on the final wave indicates that an unused boss robot known as "Chief Concheror Soldier" was meant to spawn with the Giant Heal-On-Kill Heavy boss.

Update history

November 21, 2013 Patch

  • Added Empire Escalation to the game

December 6, 2013 Patch

  • Rebalanced Empire Escalation