Several months after I completed a 7:30 run, I decided that I wanted to integrate the famous BXR skip into a Legendary run. I knew how to do it for a long time, but it is extremely dangerous and inconsistent. But, I put in the time and effort to finally pull off a near perfect run of Tip of the Spear. I’m not going to lie; it was very difficult.
Want to improve it? Some time can be saved in the beginning (before BXR), and the fighting at the second tyrant gun can be finished a little faster. With this route, a perfect run could be about 6:30. Maybe you can even beat the Easy time!
I saw RC Master’s 25:15 run and knew I could beat it. He gave me the idea to do this run. His route proved very helpful for some parts, and you’ll see that I used his methods for some areas (like the 2nd Tyrant).
The beginning went pretty smoothly. I found that if you don’t kill the grunt in the farther turret with the grenade, it becomes almost impossible to kill it later. Luckily, I did here. I could have taken off in the warthog a bit earlier, but oh well.
I decided to take on the first gun quickly and recklessly. Luck is a HUGE factor here. Usually, the Elite General simply blasts the warthog in your face and splatters you. I spent a few seconds lining up the grenade because I have had difficulty hitting the right spot in the past.
The Revenant often can kill you while grabbing the ghost. It has happened to me more than once. It almost did it again here, but I managed to escape in time.
Since I had already left Kat behind, I used the girder skip at BXR. I was actually considering spawning the Zealot to take its sword for the hunters, but I found it way too risky to use.
Thanks to RC Master for his route at Tyrant 2. I used a spring jump off the warthog to get onto the cliff instead of stacking vehicles to save some time. Sometimes the buggers can come out and kill you, and they almost got me before I ran away.
The rest of the fight is pretty boring. I managed to snag two marines in the warthog and gave a plasma launcher to the side marine. I was lucky enough to have one of the wraiths suicide, so I had very few problems kiling the enemies.
RC confirmed in his commentary that shooting while in the Falcon is allowed, so I used the grenade launcher during the ride.
The spire is pretty standard. The only reason I used a grenade on the grunt is that it has stuck me more than once before. I wasn’t planning on risking that again, so I took some precautions. The top if the spire went smoothly, and I spent 20 seconds from the time I touched the ground to the time I pushed the final button.
Final time is an impressive 12:47. It definitely blew away my initial goal of 15 minutes or less. It can be beaten, but not without A LOT of luck…
I saved time here using a number of tricks.
First, at the first tyrant gun, I used the same tactic as in my Legendary run: block the door with the warthog and grenade the core from the outside. Then, I grab the ghost and gun it to the BXR Facility, where I perform the skip. But wait, I didn’t grab a concussion rifle! That’s right, it isn’t necessary to have it in order to take the shortcut. Instead of losing time trying to obtain the concussion rifle at the beginning or even the first tyrant gun, you can use a single frag grenade to jump to the roof. If you’re fast enough, you can even get by without killing the grunt in the turret. After that, I used the wraith to clear out the enemies quickly at the second tyrant gun, rode the falcon, ran to the spire, and finished the level with an exceptional time of 6:50.
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