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I keep getting popups telling me that I can do extra damage by shooting the Motorized Patriot in the back.

Motorized Patriot

It seems he has incredible hearing, because no matter what I try, he seems to always be facing me. I'm having a really hard time getting him to stand still long enough to blast him in the rear.

I've tried using Shock Jockey to stun him, but it wears off before I can get behind him reliably. Birds have no effect on him and he's far too heavy to lift with Bucking Bronco. Possession wears off as quickly as Shock Jockey.

How can I get the Motorized Patriot to stand still long enough to shoot his gears?

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Like you, I typically can't move fast enough for Shock Jockey alone to do the trick. The best strategy I've found involves using Possession on an armored machine gunner who's behind the Patriot, or opening up a tear to bring in a turret there. When the Patriot turns around to handle my ally, his gears are exposed to me, and then I can shock him and blast away. Alternatively, if the Patriot keeps focusing on me, at least my ally is shooting it in its gears, so it's not a total loss.

Of course this strategy will technically work with any ally type, but I've found that others — e.g. Mosquitoes and melee-only fighters — either don't distract Patriots very well or quickly get torn up by Patriot guns if they do. Also, this obviously requires you to be able to get in position to possess someone or open the tear in the first place; I've never found a good strategy for hitting the gears of a lone Patriot.


EDIT for DLC:

In Clash in the Clouds, Shock Jockey alone does work long enough for you to get around Patriots and shoot them in the gears. This is awesome for making money and running up the score, because gear shots give lots of bonus points/cash per shot. Shock a Patriot, get behind it and go to town with a low-damage, high-frequency gun like the pistol or machine gun. (You may need to apply extra shocks while you reload your gun.) For extra effect, use the Tunnel Vision gear and do not zoom in!

  • Or you can use possession on the patriot, if other enemies are around and pop him in the back when he turns around. – Gmoneyrocks May 12 '13 at 8:12
  • This is the only thing that worked consistently for me. – Steve V. May 13 '13 at 3:28
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    @Gmoneyrocks I've tried that, but been disappointed. For one thing, Possession doesn't last too long on Patriots. Also, they never seem to take much friendly fire damage. Not sure if it's just my imagination, but I think they get boosted defense while Possessed or something. – Pops May 13 '13 at 15:41
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This is going to be short, but... Shock Jockey.

Shock Jockey will stun them long enough for you to either get around behind them, or, if you're far away, get in close enough to hit with a second Shock Jockey. Either way, you'll end up with plenty of time to get behind them and hit them right in the gears.

As a bonus, it'll cause your shot to do slightly more damage than usual, as it will leave the Motorized Patriot Vulnerable.

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    I'm either very slow or you're a much better player than I am, because your "plenty of time" works out to my "barely enough time, if I'm lucky". – Steve V. May 11 '13 at 1:13
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Shock Jockey stuns them, but it's a very short-lived effect. My suggestion would be to either:

  • Kite them around corners, where you can catch them as they're turning, stun them, and then take some shots at close range with the shotgun or similar close-range weapon
  • Set up a Shock Jockey Vigor Trap, which I've seen sometimes last for several stun cycles
  • Ignore the suggestion altogether. You can also get critical hit damage for shooting them in the head (although they'll lose their head before they die, typically), or just use the few seconds of vulnerability to take some "slightly enhanced" damage shots.

Later, you can upgrade the Shock Jockey effect's duration, which gives you a bit more time.

  • I'll try a Vigor Trap tomorrow. If it works any better I'll change the accept. – Steve V. May 11 '13 at 4:45

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