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PP Grinding with Wingman

Terra Branford

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I had tried to post this in the achievement discussion under the "Tape it or DIE!" comment chain, before realising there is a character limit that would cut off everything I was saying, so I'm making a thread for it, since using Wingman to PP grind was actually pretty handy to boost up to level 50.




For starters, you'll want at least eight inventory slots, because you'll need room for five "held while leveling" items that you can't drop. This will let you hold onto, and then release, three Wingmen at once, gaining upwards of 600PP per zombie stung/killed!


You MUST do this "trick" on Day 2 onward, after Chuck kills the first Queen Bee during a cutscene. You can't hunt Queens prior to this, so don't waste your time!


They are:

1) Shotgun (easiest to find for me is in Royal Flush Hotel, held by a Cop Zombie on the way to the Security Office). You'll need this to keep the Wingmen from leaving you while you run about. Don't ask me why, because I don't know... but if you have the answer, feel free to post it. It just worked for me, and was what I was told to do.


2) Combat 1 (Magazine found at Stan's Large Print Books & Magazines; second floor Palisades Mall). 10% PP boast!


3) Combat 2 (Magazine found at Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow in the Royal Flush Plaza). 10% PP boast!


4) Horror 1 (Magazine found at Ragazines; Second floor of the Royal Flush Plaza). 10% PP boast to killing zombies... and you'll be doing a LOT of that!


5) Horror 2 (Magazine found at Stan's Large Print Books & Magazines; second floor Palisades Mall). 10% PP boast to killing zombies!


Once you have your four Magazines and a Shotgun, head on over to "Pub O' Gold" on the Silver Strip. You'll find THREE Orange Juice, which allow you to easily make Nectar. There is also a nearby Maintenance Room not too far away. You're going to be running back and forth a LOT from Pub O' Gold and the Maintenance Room, because you've only got three slots to work with right now.


Create a Nectar with the Blender. And then hunt for a Zombie with a Queen (they're spotted easily, look for zombies grabbing at the red glow on their neck). Collect the Queen, and run to the Maintenance Room and combine the Queen with Nectar on the Workbench for your first Wingman.


Exit the Silver Strip (enter any area that forces an area reload), and then return to Pub O' Gold for more OJ, create the Nectar, and hunt another Queen down. Combine it with your Nectar for a second Wingman.


Exit the Silver Strip last time (enter any area that forces an area reload). Depending on your number of inventory slots (in this case, no less than EIGHT), you only have one slot (Hand) left, so you're going to have to do a bit more work to make your third Wingman.


Return to Pub O' Gold for more OJ, create the Nectar (you CAN safely "Drop" the Wingman, Magazines or Shotgun with the "DOWN" D-Pad key temporarily, just remember to retrieve them!) if you hate having to Item Juggle. Bring the last Nectar to the Maintenance Room, and place it on the Workbench and hunt another Queen down. As long as you DON'T leave the area, it should remain on the Workbench so you can "hold" it, without losing it. Find another Queen, and combine it with your "held" Nectar for your third Wingman.


Now that you have your three Wingmen, find any area with a decent sized group of Zombies. They're literally EVERYWHERE. Release all three Wingmen with the "X" button (DO NOT THROW THEM AT ZOMBIES!), and then have the Shotgun active in your hand. Wander slowly towards the zombies, and watch the little buggers get stung (600PP each with your 40% PP increase from the Magazines). Just keep roaming in small circles, and let the Wingmen do the work. You can tell you still have your Wingmen by the buzzing and stinging sounds they make, as well as the light trails of red following behind you (they naturally gather behind you, and can when Chuck is stationary appear to be INSIDE you, depending on camera angle). If you move, you can see them easily behind you, and they'll zip towards zombies in your area.


They can be rather slow at selecting their targets, but they'll follow Chuck like a mother duck, and just keep stinging and exploding zombies as long as you are near them. If a zombie is on the ground, or doing an attack animation, your Wingman will unfortunately ignore them until they can retarget them, so be careful. You can EASILY level up a dozen or more levels in one sweep of Silver Strip to Fortune Park just sauntering towards groups of zombies and letting your Wingmen do the killing.


I went from level 35 up to 50 with a group of FOUR Wingmen (I was using Dynameat and my PP boasting Magazines until I created my first Wingman) from around noon on Day 2, until just before nightfall. So it's pretty fast leveling, and doesn't really require any effort to rack up the PP from kills.


Hope this helps. And if anyone can confirm why I was told I needed a Shotgun to keep the Wingmen from abandoning me as I changed areas, that would be nice... since it takes up an inventory spot that could be used for another Wingman early in the leveling process.

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