- Estimated achievement difficulty:4/10
- Offline: 0 [0]
- Online: 12 [200]
- Approximate amount of time to 200: 30-50 hours [depending on skill/boosting]
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: N/A
- Missable achievements: 0
- Does difficulty affect achievements?: No
- Unobtainable/glitched achievements: None
- Extra equipment needed?: None

Welcome to the Roadmap for Blacklight: Tango Down. BTD is a first person shooter developed by Zombie Studios, published by Ignition Entertainment and released on the 7th July 2010.
BTD is a mainly multiplayer experience but does however feature a short campaign with coop capabilities. Its main draw is the multiplayer with a variety of maps and modes, however the online community for this game is now quite sparse making it hard to find a game. This may mean that boosting is required to earn the completion

In the near-future, the Blacklight: Tango team has been sent to find recently missing Colonel Klein and his personal Blacklight team in the city of Balik. The country had recently broken out in war after the assassination of its president. The rebel group that had killed the president, The Order, is thought to have captured or killed the missing Blacklight team.

They prepare to attack the Order's headquarters when Blacklight Command informs them that the civilians have been infected with an unknown virus, causing them to attack everyone they encounter. As they engage the Order in combat, both sides are attacked by crazed civilians. Because the circumstances have changed, they are ordered to stop The Order at all costs and to restore a corrupt world.

Abbreviated Walkthrough
First thing is first. All achievements require you to be online, and I'd recommend a piece of paper to keep track of certain things to make it easier later on, such as which maps you have won on and which points you have captured.

To start off with you will want to play some quick matches. The aim here is to win you first match (unlocking 'n00b'). Ideally we are going to play until we have won a match on every map and one in any game mode (unlocking 'Tour of the City'). As TDM is the only mode commonly played, boosting might be required if you want to try this in the other modes. By this point we should be at least level seven (unlocking 'Field Officer').

We now want to concentrate on Domination. To unlock 'Hack the Gibson' you need to capture every control point on every map once. Eleven of the twelve maps contain three control points with the exception of Slum Lord which only has one. That gives a total of 34 points you have to capture. To capture a point head to the marked waypoint and press . Complete the mini game to capture the point.

The game also features four action related achievements that can be attempted at anytime, on any map in any mode. Firstly, we will need to kill ten enemies affected by a digi grenade. To do this, equip a digi grenade in your loadout and then throw it at people. When they are under it's effects, kill them. When you reach the ten kills required you will unlock 'Opportunist'. For 'Flatten and Reinstall' you must do the same, but kill twenty five enemies under the effects of an EMP grenade. So equip EMP's in your loadout and go get those 25 kills. Just make sure you EMP them first!

Now we need to kill twenty five enemies using the HRV. This can be time consuming as people usually only flick their HRV on for a few seconds or so, and when they do, they can see where you are. Someone who is using the HRV will tap their visor with their fingers, so if you see this kill them as fast as you can. After twenty five kills you will unlock 'Dodge This'. The final action achievement is 'Way of the Gun'. To unlock it, you need to kill someone with their own weapon. To do this, kill any enemy. Go to his body and swap your gun for his. Now you need to kill the same player again. This is easier in low populated games as there is less enemies to find, but just keep killing people until you get the enemy who dropped the gun you are using. If you die you will lose the gun, so you will have to restart the process from the beginning.

The final achievements are all level related. You need to hit 230,000 xp for level 38 which unlocks 'Commisioned Officer'. 400,000 xp means level 50, and this unlocks 'Command Officer'. Now we are into the big leagues, with level 62 being attained at 660,000 xp and unlocking 'General'. The final level related achievement is 'Gearhead' which requires level 70 and 900,000 xp which will unlock the final weapon.

In total there are twelve maps on BTD. The maps are :

Post Alley
Shadow Market
Sky Fire
Zero Point
Slum Lord

In the Domination game mode all maps have three capture points except Slum Lord which has one.

The game features seven game modes of both the solo and team variety. It also features Black ops missions which can be attempted either solo or co-op. The game modes are :

Team Deatmatch
Last Man Standing
Last Team Standing

Levelling Tips
Blacklight is no different from other online shooters in that you level by gaining XP. XP is earned by completing various objectives and earning kills. XP differs across each game mode though, for example a kill in TDM is worth 100xp, yet in Last Team Standing you will recieve 150xp for a kill and 50xp for a headshot.

The best mode for earning legit XP is Domination if you can find a game, as every point capture will result in an extra 100xp on top of your kills, assists and head shots.

It goes without saying, but always aim for the head. The bonus offered for the head shots over time will add up and make your grind to Lv70 that little bit faster. Try to capture and retrieve objectives when possible as these all give XP.

It's also worthy noting that Domination capture points are a great place to rack up kills, as enemies will often swarm to capture a point and then are vulnerable whilst there.

BTD also offers rewards for in game streaks, such as five kills or ten kills for Godlike. The better you do with longer kill streaks, the more bonus XP you will recieve.

Finally, BTD features an award system with each award having three tiers (Gold, Silver and Bronze) and giving XP for each. Completing each award when you can is also advised. These awards range from killing people to tea bagging foes.

Due to the age of Blacklight, the population online is now very low, thus making finding legit games hard. To make your way to rank 70 easier you may want/have to boost. There is only one real method to boosting XP that is viable time wise.

Domination Boosting
This is the same as many other games boosting methods such as Gears Annex boosting or King of the Hill in Halo. This method requires six people, the minimum amount required to start a game.

Split yourself into two teams. Have team one all set their clan tag the same! for example 'XBA'. Have team two set their tag to something different, like '360a'. You should now have three players on team one with one clan tag, and the three players from team two with the other. The reason for this is quite simple, luckily the game scans clan tags at the start if each match and always puts them on the same side.

Once in the game you want to assign one person from each side to a capture point. So, player one from team one and player one from team two both go to point A. Both player twos to point B, and both player threes to point C. You should have one member from each team at each point. For the rest of the game, you only return to your own point.

Here is the rotation, which should happen at all three points.

T1 hacks the terminal to capture the point.
T2 kills T1.
T2 hacks the terminal to capture the point.
By this point T1 has returned to the point.
T1 kills T2.
T1 hacks the terminal.....

This rotation is used by all players at the three points for the entire game. Please note, that on the map Slum Lord it doesn't work as there is only one point to hack, so when to comes up play for fun or just kill boost each other. On the map subway, the above rotation does work but due to the size of the map just swap terminal hacks, don't kill each other as the respawn run is long.

In BTD there are four Loadouts you can customise how you want. Here you can select a primary weapon, a secondary weapon, a grenade and your camo. The loadout screen is available at the start of each match and uses the LMS system.

L - lethality. This is represented by three bullets in the top bar and shows how much accuracy and recoil your gun has. The more filled the bar is, the more accurate your gun.
M - manouverabillity. This is represented by the two arrows in the middle bar. It represents your characters speed and endurance as well as recharge rates. The more the bar is filled, the faster your character.
S - Survivability. This is represented by the shield in the bottom bar. It effects your maximum health and health recharge rate as well as your maximum ammo capacity and reload speed.

All these stats can be changed by equipping different weapons or altering the parts of each weapon. Below is a list of weapons and when they are unlocked.

Primary Weapons
*SMG (Lv1)
*Assault Rifle (Lv1)
*Sniper Rifle (Lv1)
*Shotgun (Lv3)
*LMG (Lv10)

Secondary Weapons
*9mm (Lv1)
*.45 (Lv7)
*Revolver (Lv15)

Primary Equipment
*Frag Grenade (Lv1)
*Proximity Mine (Lv17)

Secondary Equipment
*Digi Grenade (Lv1)
*EMP (Lv1)

BTD differs from most online FPS games with the introduction of the Hyper Reality Visor. Using the HRV is as simple as tapping . The HRV is in essence a form of X-ray vision that allows you to see through walls making turrets, health and ammo crates and even enemies easy to spot. To balance out this amazing perk, you can't shoot while using it. So, use it wisely.

Overall Blacklight Tango Down is a very well made, very fun game. It has consistently high review scores from many major game sites and is well worth a purchase at the price. The downside, as mentioned before is the online population is small, which may leaving you with an unplayable game should you purchase it now. However, if you have a group of friends looking for something, I would highly recommend BTD.

[XBA would like to thank Lavindathar for this roadmap]

Blacklight: Tango Down Achievement Guide

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There are 12 achievements with a total of 200 points

  • n00b



    Win 1 quick match! Welcome to the winning team!

    This is fairly simple. Join a quick match game and be on the winning team. This will come eventually with play and experience, but most of it starts with luck and how good your teammates are.
  • Kill 10 opponents in a quick match while they are affected by a Digi Grenade.

    Digi Grenades are available from Level 1, right at the get-go. You can equip them on any of your classes in the armory by going to your classes' equipment section. You need to kill 10 people who are currently stunned by a Digi Grenade, meaning it must land and explode relatively close to them before you kill them. Something to take note of is that your secondary grenades can be pre-detonated by holding down the trigger before releasing. The only advice I have for this would be to throw lots of Digi Grenades before going for kills and try doing it in close quarters areas where the enemy is less likely to escape and be hit by the grenade or while they are hacking objectives. This achievement can be earned across multiple games.
  • Achieve a win in any game mode on every map in quick match games!

    There are 12 matches in the multiplayer rotation. Win a game on each of them to get the achievement. You can find a complete list of the maps below:


    Unfortunately, all 12 maps are randomly rotated so you may find this takes a while to get, if you cannot find a specific map.
  • Reach the rank of Sergeant.


    Sergeant is level 7 in the ranking system. Please see General for more information.

  • Headshot 25 opponents while they are using HRV in quick match games.

    HRV is your visor mode activated by pressing and allows you to see enemies, health and ammo stations through scenery. You need to score 25 headshots on people who are in the visor mode, this may take a while to get naturally but can be easily boosted in the Achievement Trading thread Here.
  • Kill an opponent with their own weapon in a quick match. Ouch!

    This is not as hard as it sounds. Kill an enemy and pick up their weapon with . Now you have to kill that same enemy before you die and lose their weapon. You can do this very easily if you are close to the opposing team's spawning area.
  • Kill 25 opponents in quick match games while they are EMPed!

    Similar to Opportunist, but using EMP grenades instead of Digi Grenades. Similar tactics and strategy should be used. This achievement is cumulative and can be earned across multiple games.
  • Reach the rank of Second Lieutenant.

    Second Lieutenant is level 38 in the ranking system. Please see General for more information.

  • Reach the rank of Major.


    Major is level 50 in the ranking system. Please see General for more information.

  • Unlock all gear and weapons!

    Gear and weapons are unlocked with natural level progression. As you advance in rank, you will obtain more modifiers for your weapons.
  • Achieve the rank of Brigadier General. Hats off to you!

    Brigadier General is level 70 in the ranking system. As you earn more and more experience from killing and completing objectives, you will slowly grow in level. As you level, you will be rewarded with a new rank, new weapon modifiers, and achievements. Below is a list of the amount of experience needed to reach the ranks related to experience:

    Sergeant (lvl 7) ----------------- 12,500 XP
    Second Lieutenant (lvl 38) ---- 260,000 XP
    Major (lvl 50) ------------------ 400,000 XP
    Brigadier General (lvl 62) ----- 660,000 XP

    Currently, the fastest way to level in this game would be to play Deathmatch or Team Deathmatch games, as they offer a high amount of experience per kill and it is very easy to get multiple kills every game. Alternatively, you can boost control point hacking with a friend, but you will need a full party of six and other people can easily stop your progress.
  • Hack every control point on every multiplayer map in quick match games.

    While playing Domination, every map has 3 control points that can either be hacked or captured by standing next to it. To get this achievement, you need to hack every point on every map. You can hack a point by using the ,,, buttons where you must press a random four-button combination, similar to Simon Says. Just watch for the buttons to flash and press them in that order after you know the four-step pattern. An easy way to keep track of this achievement is to write down the names of the maps you still still need to hack a point on and crossing them out once you have hacked all three points. The list of maps can be found below:

    SLUMLORD (Only has one control panel in the center)

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