Champions Online : Crisis on Monster Island Guide

Monster Island. You’ve been teased with the prospect of going to this fantastical-sounding zone for a few levels.

Monster Island. You’ve been teased with the prospect of going to this fantastical-sounding zone for a few levels. Luckily, once you hit level 27 on up, you’ll finally be allowed to venture to this new, and forbidding, tropical isle of danger and intrigue. Just keep checking your character’s email; eventually, you’ll get a notice asking you to go to Monster Island to help the forces of righteousness. Whenever you’re ready, haul your spandex-clad butt over to the jet in Millennium City and you’ll get the option to go to the Crisis on Monster Island. Choosing that option will open up the instance queue, just like you’re entering a pvp match. Click on ‘join queue’ and wait (usually only a minute or two) and then you’ll be whisked off to Fantasy….I mean, Monster Island.

First, you’ll be treated to a nice cut scene of the Viper leader discussing Monster Island in general, and the future plans of Viper in specific. Whilst he’s rambling away, the scene will pan over some sections of the island. Right away, you’ll see that the island is tropical and full of dangerous beasts. Not only is Viper located on the island, but also the mad scientist, Teleios, who has forged an alliance with Viper. After the scene is finished, you’ll find yourself offshore from the beach standing on a sub. There, you’ll learn that UNTIL and Bureau 17 (a Japanese group that monitors the island – gotta love the Godzilla references!) are working to take the island back from Viper. You also learn that you’re allying, albeit on a reluctant basis, with Dr. Moreau, another mad scientist who has created a host of manimals (creatures that were created by splicing men and beasts together). Fortunately, a good deal of the manimals are peaceful and have thrown off Dr. Moreau’s shackles. You’re warned to never trust Moreau.

To gain access to Monster Island, you’ll have to complete the Crisis on Monster Island quest chain. Luckily, you should not be alone as that other heroes will have entered the instance with you. This quest chain is composed of eight parts.

  • Secure the Beachhead
  • Stop the Viper counter-attack
  • Reactivate Mega-Terak
  • Destroy the Viper base
  • Confront Teleios
  • Defeat Teleios’ Raptors
  • Defeat Teleiosaurus
  • Use the serum to defeat Teleios
To begin, you’ll have to make your way to shore and take out the Viper defenses. This consists of destroying a number of tanks and artillery pieces. There are a number of npcs hanging around the area that can aid you. Just remember to be careful as that everything is at least level 30. After you secure the beachhead, Viper will make a few counter-attacks to retake the beach. All you have to do is repel the assaults.

Now, your mission turns to reactivating Mega-Terak, a giant robotic dinosaur, who was left on Monster Island by the Qularr. Bureau 17 has reprogrammed him, but the program is unstable. Your job is to gather parts to repower this behemoth. Once you have him powered up, his mighty roar will rend the night air! Then, off he goes towards the Viper base. The Viper base is full of Viper goons and two legendary villains, Viper-X and Ripper. Keep an eye out for normal troops as they respawn extremely quickly. The two villains are incredibly tough and can one-shot you if you’re not careful. When I ran through Crisis on Monster Island, Mega-Terak lived long enough to bring down Viper-X and wound Ripper to about half. Then, the other players and I took turns pounding on Ripper until he was finally defeated, which results in a cut scene showing him running away and vowing revenge.

Now, you enter the last phase of the mission chain, defeating Teleios. You’ll be treated to another cut scene showing the leader of the peaceful manimals and his friend talking to Dr. Moreau and his bodyguard. Dr. Moreau has created a serum for the manimals to use against Teleios, but the manimals don’t trust him. (Moreau wishes to make an alliance with Viper once Teleios is out of the way.) At the end of the scene, a peaceful ape-man takes the serum, which results in him growing to many times his size and having his ferocity increased. You should follow the ape-man to Teleios’ lab, which is guarded by a force shield. Along the way, and at the lab itself, you’ll fight hordes of raptors created by Teleios. After you defeat 50 of them, then Teleios summons his greatest creation, the Teleiosaurus. This giant dinosaur is bad-ass. Use your longest range attacks on him as that, when he roars, he’ll do over 4000 points of damage, which will probably drop you instantly. At the end of the fight, you’ll be treated to another cut scene where the Teleiosaurus runs off into the jungle, and the ape-man tells you to stay and not to follow. He’ll finish off the dinosaur himself, and then he rumbles off into the jungle. Now, you use the serum that the ape-man took to make yourself gigantic and defeat Teleios, thus ending the Crisis on Monster Island.

Please note! There is a common bug that occurs during the Crisis on Monster Island mission chain. This bug occurs after the ape-man pursues the Teliosaurus off into the jungle. Basically, the force field around Teleios’ lab does not come down and you can’t fight him. At this point, you have two options, as was explained to me by a gm when I ticketed the bug. The first option has been used by players to get around the bug. To follow this option, make sure that you take the serum and are gigantic. You can then either leave the island (at the sub) or you can log out. I chose to log out. When I logged back in, I was in Millennium City next to the jet. When I approached the jet, I was given the option to go to Crisis on Monster Island or to go to Monster Island. (Guess which one I chose?) The second option is to redo the entire mission chain, which is lousy. Honestly, this kind of bug should have been fixed a long time ago. Monster Island is the coolest zone I’ve seen in the game and after waiting forever to get there to be screwed over by a bug was extremely frustrating!

Overall, Crisis on Monster Island serves as a nice introduction to the Monster Island zone. The mission chain is very tough if there’s only a couple of you, but not impossible. In the process, you get to see some amazing things, such as Mega-Terak kicking butt on the Viper base and a giant man-ape going toe-to-toe with a giant dinosaur! (It’s obvious the developers are monster movie fans. Mega-Terak reminds me of Mecha-Godzilla, created by aliens, and the ape-man fighting the dinosaur is straight out of the original King Kong.) Now, get going to Monster Island!

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