Mayhem Missions (sometimes simply called Mayhems) are missions that villains may undertake in which there is a primary mission of robbing a bank and numerous secondary missions assigned that grant additional time and various bonuses. Secondary missions include destroying objects within the zone, and side missions unlocked by defeating certain enemies. In addition, each Mayhem mission map contains an exploration badge marker. Each Mayhem mission awards a specific temporary power for completing it successfully.
Mayhem missions are obtained from brokers and are available after completing several Newspaper missions. Check the progress bar for the broker in the zone. If it is full red, characters can talk to the broker to get the Mayhem mission. If not, then do more newspaper missions in the zone. Characters with the Hero Slayer badge can use Lord Schweinzer to play Mayhem missions they have outlevelled.
After completing or failing a Mayhem mission, characters can complete more newspaper missions in order to re-obtain it (provided one doesn't exceed the maximum level before re-completing the number of prerequisite newspaper missions). Note that a character may obtain the temporary power for successful completion of each individual Mayhem mission only once, regardless of how many times the Mayhem is successfully completed. Additionally, in order to obtain the Mayhem's associated reward, the character must be Threat Level equal to or higher than the minimum for that Mayhem; even advancing to the appropriate level while within the mission followed by successfully completing the mission will not award the power; the character must be trained to the minimum level of the Mayhem mission.
The hero equivalent to Mayhem Missions are Safeguard Missions.
When a character has a mayhem mission available, he or she will receive the following note:
This is a Mayhem Mission. You can earn extra time by destroying property and creating diversions away from the bank itself.
Each type of item rewards a single time bonus after you destroy a certain number of that item. For each person on your team, you will need to destroy more of that particular item to get the time bonus.
Random side missions can be found on the map. Keys (found by defeating certain enemies) are needed to unlock these side missions. Each completed side mission also rewards a time bonus.
Every character that is at least a minimum level receives a special temporary power the first time they successfully complete this mission.
Note that you seem to need to be the correct zone for the broker to award a mayhem mission. For example, a Mayhem mission for a level 31 character is awarded in St. Martial, but not in Sharkhead. In the latter case you can still get paper mission in Sharkhead, and after the required number of missions will be asked to go see the broker in that zone for a "really big job". The broker will then say "I have nothing for you" and the paper missions will be reset.
Mayhem missions are assigned based on the level of the character as follows.
|Active Side Missions
|Completion Temp Power
|5 - 10
|Raptor Pack (Flight)
|10 - 15
|Zero-G Pack (Super Jump)
|15 - 20
|Resuscitation (Self Resurrect)
|20 - 25
|Summon Teammates (Group Recall)
|25 - 30
|30 - 35
|Talon of Talos
|35 - 40
|40 - 45
|Life Insurance (Debt Reduction)
|45 - 50
|Knives of Artemis
(*) Note that at levels divisible by 5 (10, 15, 20, etc.) it is possible to get either of two different missions for the ranges above or below the current level. The mission is determined by your reputation and how many contacts to whom you have been introduced. If you want to keep doing the lower mayhem mission at that level, then choose not to be introduced to any more contacts from the broker.
You gain bonus time for destroying objects. Once you destroy the requisite number of objects of a given type, you gain bonus time, but you will not gain any additional bonus time for destroying more of them. In addition, you will not gain bonus time from destroying objects after a successful bank heist (though you will still get time for completing side missions and resisting arrest). Keep in mind that some objects won't be worth destroying at the lower levels; for example, it may take you longer than one minute to destroy a PPD Swat Van.
|# Required (Solo)
|Large Metal Crate
|PPD Swat Van
* Large Cardboard Boxes are treated as Cardboard Boxes.
The following are secondary missions that may be completed within a Mayhem Mission:
|Kidnap a person and bring them to the exit from the main zone map.
|Raid a base of a villain group, possibly acquiring a Temporary Power.
|Smash and Grab
|Safes - 5:00
Vault - 6:00
|Break into safes and/or vaults for valuables, while avoiding security spotlights.
|Break another villain out of jail to assist you.
|Set a building on fire.
It is random which secondary missions are spawned for each Mayhem Mission. Low level Mayhem Missions generally only have one or two active secondary missions, while higher level Mayhem Missions have more.
Secondary missions are unlocked by defeating groups of non-police, non-Longbow enemies in the missions. Clockwork in King's Row, Freaks in Talos, etc. Defeating the entire group of one of these enemies will give a key that unlocks the secondary mission.
Various diversions will add time to the Mayhem Mission. Destroying items, fighting PPD and Longbow, and completing side missions. For items, the number of each item required for the extra time is based on the number of players in the mission. Side mission time bonus are awarded simply for completing the side mission. The amount of time earned for each of these is listed in the previous sections. In addition, 0:30 is earned for each group of PPD defeated, and for each Longbow ambush triggered.
Note: You can still receive bonus time after robbing the bank and completing the mission as long as you don't click Exit.
- Level 10-15 Zero-G Pack (instanced Kings Row map)
- Level 15-20 Resuscitation (instanced Skyway City map)
- Level 20-25 Summon Teammates (instanced Steel Canyon map)
- Level 25-30 Movement Increase (instanced Independence Port map)
- Level 30-35 Endurance Increase (instanced Talos Island map)
- Level 35-40 Health Increase (instanced Brickstown map)
- Level 40-45 Life Insurance (instanced Founder's Falls map)
- Level 45-50 Regeneration Increase (instanced Peregrine Island map)
Weapon Raid Side Mission Rewards
These Temporary Powers are acquired by foiling the arms dealers during Weapon Raid Side Missions within Mayhem and Safeguard missions. These powers are awarded to the person who clicks the objective in the side mission, and are random as to which power is awarded.
It is possible to farm Mayhem Missions, particularly for badge credits, but a few quirks must be dealt with. First is the timer. There are actually two separate timers connected to Mayhem Missions. One inside the mission, and one outside it. If the mission is exited with more than 15 minutes on the inside timer, this extra time will show on the outside timer. When the mission is reset, the outside timer will still show the decaying extra time. But when the reset mission is entered, the inside timer will again start at 15 minutes. If the inside timer is again boosted above 15 minutes and the mission is exited again, this new extra time will have been added to the external timer as well.
However, if the mission is reset the first time with less than 15 minutes on the inside timer, when it is entered again it will still show the decreased time. The differing timers really only show up when extra time is on the internal timer when the mission is reset.
But the result of this is that, as long as some extra time is collected before the mission is reset, the internal timer should always be starting with a fresh 15 minutes after each reset.
The other quirk of reseting Mayhem Missions for badge credits has to do with how the side missions do or do not reset. If the mission owner never enters the mission, then the side missions can be reset over and over. For Mayhems with less than the full five side missions, which side missions are in the specific mission will not change with resetting, but the ones that are there can be completed multiple times for badge credits. (And for Temp powers from the Raid side mission.)
However, if the mission owner enters the mission, any side missions that are completed will no longer reset, and will not be active after the mission resets.
It is possible, using the reset methods, to farm all of the Mayhem achievement badges. This is especially fast and easy with a team of 8 using a level 5 player's mission. This even includes Hero Slayer. To farm Hero Slayer, simply rob the bank vault and defeat the responding hero, but do not defeat the longbows that respond with the hero. Defeating the hero will give credit toward Hero Slayer, and the mission will not complete if the longbow are ignored.