So... how do you hijack an Atlas?

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#1 Posted by nohthink (1369 posts) -

I haven't figured it out yet. I thought taking an Atlas at the academy would definitely this achievement but I was wrong.

How does it work?

Do you just... walk up to an Atlas and a button prompt appears?

or what?

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#2 Edited by PhatSeeJay (3331 posts) -

You have to shoot the pilot first, preferably using one of the high caliber sniper rifles. High power damage to the canopy is key.

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#3 Posted by N7 (4159 posts) -

I do believe you need to shoot the shit out of the pilot and make him fall out first, then run up and hit R3 I believe. It'll tell you what button to hit, but you need to be in front of the cockpit for the prompt to come up.

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#4 Posted by Buttenator (206 posts) -

Shoot out the glass and then kill the pilot, then walk up to it and climb in.

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#5 Posted by Phatmac (5930 posts) -

Shoot the glass than the pilot. I'd recommend a sniper rifle.

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#6 Posted by Korolev (1800 posts) -

As the others said, but you need a powerful sniper rifle. Don't use the Raptor or the Viper. Use the Mantis or any sniper rifle more powerful than that.

There's a great opportunity to do this in one of the side-missions in the single-player mode. I think the game even directly tells you to hijack one. It's fairly early on in the single player as well.

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#7 Posted by rjayb89 (7811 posts) -

I got lucky doing this when there were two of them in one of the last few missions of the game.

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#8 Posted by sins_of_mosin (1713 posts) -
@rjayb89 said:

I got lucky doing this when there were two of them in one of the last few missions of the game.

Same because my squad would shoot it up as well and there is a bit of luck involved sometimes.
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#9 Posted by Jiggah (304 posts) -

If you're afraid that your party will kill the Atlas then you'll have to hope that the Atlas spawns with an centurion The centurion will throw a smokebomb which will blind the party then just keep shooting at the glass until the driver is dead.

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#10 Posted by Tennmuerti (9082 posts) -

You have to shoot the cabin after the shield is down. 
Then shoot the exposed pilot.
The hop in.

HOWEVER: contrary to everyone recommending to use a sniper rifle. High end sniper rifles can actually frequently kill the mech before the cabin get exposed. Many many people cannot get achievement because of this. Powerfull sniper rifles do too much damage and you need a certain minimum nuber of shots not just damage to destroy the glass. DO NOT USE POWERFULL SNIPER RIFLES they offer no advantage and can make you instead fail.
The glass of the cabin can be broken with any weapon as long as you keep shooting it. After the armor is about half way it will get exposed and you have to kill the pilot. All of this without destroying the mech. And then hop in.
I have constantly failed to get the achievement because even on insanity upgraded rifles like Widow, Black widow, Javelin, etc will just kill the atlas before the cabin gets exposed. Because their damage is too high.
Had to switch to a pistol to minimise my damage and voila easy peasy.

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#11 Posted by onan (1352 posts) -

I was playing on normal. They recommend the mantis, but I guess with all my upgrades it was too powerful and the mech would explode well before that. Ended up bouncing down the list of sniper rifle damage to I think the Raptor. Basically, you need to hit it with 8-10 shots, and if the mech can't survive that many, you need to drop down to something lower.

I've tried it with pistols and it didn't work, so keep that in mind.

Also, keep in mind some mechs CAN'T be mounted, or are scripted to be mounted. Those don't count. The one I ended up doing it on, and the one I've seen other people do it with is the one that appears during Piority: Citadel.

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#12 Posted by Yodasdarkside (353 posts) -

Pfft, I did it with a Mantis on normal without any bother.

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#13 Posted by Red (6146 posts) -

I remember blasting the cockpit with my phalanx and nothing happened aside from a few cracks appearing. I guess I would need something with more firepower.

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