Welcome to the bugger skip. I, xx3strksuroutxx or bkpaguy or just Alex, whoever you want to call me, found this. :P Woot! Thanks for watching and good luck with this skip yourself! I think this run can be improved to below 11 minutes.
One day about 2 months ago I was running PoA on Legendary thinking… I can do this faster… but the buggers take SO long to fight… especially on Legendary. I was messing around one day after the cut scene and after about 30 minutes of trying to even make it up ledge with that jump, I finally got it. I didn’t expect much from all my efforts, but much to my surprise I went into the next area and found… NO BUGGERS! That really got me thinking… I can definitely do this faster. The inspiration for the bugger skip came from the hunter skip in this same level by actually going above the part in the level that spawn’s the hunters.
Additionally, I am sorry for playing jingle bells on the mongoose… I had been playing a Taylor Swift song, but Jingle Bells was a much better song.
Nothing special through here. I got a decent slide jump this time around but I would take all the way up to 0:33 to the mongoose without a slide jump.
0:46 Cross Bridge
Yep… jingle bells…
1:29 Tunnel Start
The route through the scarab section is the fastest, but not the best percentage of successful runs. I missed both jumps through the scarab section, but style points for the front flip on the second jump. My best time to the tunnel start is 1:21.
1:47 In the air
The phantom on Heroic will not kill you if you hug the left side of the bridge, therefore you don’t need to wait in the rock tunnel for half a second. Also, by hugging the left side, you get the best landing on the other side.
2:27 Cut scene
I use the normal skip on this area, but you don’t need to worry about enemies killing you. You can just run directly towards the buildings ledge. If you time it so that you start sprinting right when you get off the mongoose, you’ll end your sprint by sitting on top of the pole. Then it’s a simple jump up to the ledge. My best time to the cut scene is 2:22.
3:07 Health Pack
The bugger skip saves about 30 seconds here… but only if you can make the jump. If you do the Naked Eli way of running this level, you can use the Concussion rifle with this jump, but without it… it’s the most difficult jump in this run. Here, I get it on the first try, but most of the time that is not the case. After the initial jump up, it is also difficult to jump across the weird gap. I just use a combination of mashing sprint and jump hoping for the best and it works most of the time.
4:07 The Closing Door
I’m not happy with this part of the run. I miss the initial sprint jump to on top of the thing that gets you up into the area where you don’t have to fight any guys. Luckily I get the grenade jump, but it’s so much quicker with the sprint jump. My best to the door that closes behind you is around 4:03.
Right as you enter the room with the marines, I can never seem to get that grenade just perfect… luckily, you only need to kill one guy to get the elite to focus on the marines when you pass by later. I fail miserably at jumping here for the hunter skip and lose quite a bit of time… but none the less… Best time to the window is 5:02.
6:03 Elite Door
This room takes a long time if you fight everybody… but if you don’t it can go quite quickly… yet I got pretty lucky here. I seem to be lucky about 50 percent of the time here in this room though. If you noticed at the beginning of this speed run, you heard me dying… and that was from the sword elite here in this room…he happened to be waiting for me as I tried to head up the stairs… lol.
6:24 Start the Fighting Door
Nothing special through this area… My best time to the fighting door is 6:04… (that was the run where I was blown up by a suicide grunt as I turned around to hit him with my gravity hammer… tears… I know… so sad.)
9:34 Fight cut scene
I SUCK AT FIGHTING I KNOW!!! When it’s all said and done, I lose about 27 seconds with fighting compared to the great RC Master.
11:29 Final Time
You gotta take out those grunts or the elite will hang around outside and you don’t want that. The waiting game in this area was quite stressful, but I’ve done this part before with the fuel rod gun and the gravity hammer… the best way to go though is the with the plasma rifle EMP on fuel rod elite. When you hear that one sound… (yes I know it’s vague, but you can see when I move… that sound), you can head up the stairs and fire.
Thanks for watching! I’m gonna work on Legendary now. :)