If you’re stuck looking into how to get the machinegun and the forge up and running this is what you need.
Getting the Forge quest
When you start the game you will see a quest called “New Light”. All you need to do is follow that questline until it tells you to go to Ada-1 and that’s when she gives you the Machinegun quest. If you’ve been playing for a while you most likely stopped mid quest and now it came to bite you in the ♥♥♥.
You basically don’t need a guide for these quests but I’ll write them anyways anyways since I’m already at it and it’s not complicated or too long.
All the “missions” for the Black Armory Forge are pretty much the same with different locations. Obviously first thing you do is grab a frame. To get a frame you need to do Ada-1’s bounties to get a Ballistics log. This is where the Machinegun quest starts.
For the rest of the weapons you can only have 2 ballistic logs per week through Ada-1’s bounties but more than 1 weapon/armor piece drops per ignition completion if you have bounties from what I’ve seen.
On the link above you can see all the items you can get from Black Armory Forge runs. The armors are random but for the weapons you can get frames. It’s not clear to me how it works exactly since I got an Auto Rifle frame and I got 1 auto rifle from the process and 1 SMG, then I made another run for bounties and I got a different auto rifle.
Part 1: Get a weapon core
First thing you are gonna need to do is go to 1 of 4 places. You need to read the quest and see where it tells you to go specifically. It will take you to the EDZ to Outskirts and The Gulch or to Nessus Artifact’s edge or another place there but I can’t remember which it was. In those locations spawn big bad boys with an energy shield around them and 4 robots. You need to go to the one mentioned in the quest and then shoot the little robots and then shoot the big bads. Once you do that you will need to find a crate. Now these crates spawn nearby to the big bads but sometimes they just don’t spawn. You gotta go around to all the locations and look for a blue shield like the big bad had, shoot the 1 robot and then interact with the big black box there.
There will be another thing you need to do, I got the “collect 25 Compound Ether from Fallen enemies”. This one is ez pz you just find Fallen enemies and kill them. If you got no idea who Fallen are or where to find them just go to Trotsland and walk around the church. The Fallen got blue pieces of armor on them and are tall and skinny.
Part 2: Get multikills and Hive kills using a Power Weapon (probably)
Part 3: Kill powerful enemies
Part 4: Collect Radiant Seeds
Part 5: Igniting the forge
To start you need to go to the EDZ. On the lower left side of the map you will see a node saying a name of a forge that changes, it doesn’t matter which it is just click on it and start it.
Once you start enemies will start coming at you pretty soon. Make sure you got the best gear for your playstyle, you will need it. First thing, the Forge is that flying thing that glows red at spots. You need to look for enemies that have a blue glow. Kill them and they drop batteries. Throw the batteries at the forge. Remember this part is also timed but every time you throw a battery the timer goes up a few seconds so it’s not hard. Throw 20 batteries and you finish the stage.
Second stage is more of the same, however here you got tougher enemies. Again, 20 batteries and you’re done. On this part the Forge has kinda opened up, if you don’t hit the red parts the battery is just gonna bounce away. You don’t lose anything but time.
Third stage is where the ♥♥♥♥ hits the fan. If you got teamed with people who don’t know what they are doing GG. The boss can take a lot of damage and you need to kill them on a timer. If you don’t it’s gonna say completed but not really since you technically didn’t ignite the forge. There are also gonna be smaller cannon fodder enemies. Save up the super for this part. If you kill him on time the mission is done, go to Ada-1 to turn it in.
I spent 2 days trying to figure out how to start this quest, not realizing all I needed was to finish New Light. Thanks to Malidictus’s post and EckyThump’s help I figured it out.
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