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This is a walkthrough for the Mission Desert Vault (Elite) in Marvel's Avengers (game). See all mission objectives, chest locations, and tips and strategy for completing the mission.

Desert Vault (Elite) General Info

Mission Information

Mission Desert Vault (Elite)
Type Vault
Mission Power 119
Reward Guaranteed Reward
Rare or Better Gear
Description The Resistance has discovered the hidden location of another SHIELD Vault, but AIM is in the area. The Avengers must recover its contents before AIM can interfere.

Desert Vault (Elite) Walkthrough

Objectives
1 Go towards the platforms in front of you and access the tunnel just past them. Defeat the enemies here. The moment you get past the tunnel, you will notice that you will have a directional navigator which indicates the location of the Vault.
Note that the location of the Vault can change. It can be in the western portion of the map just past the hyperstation or in the eastern portion of the map just past the huge hole in the area. This walkthrough assumes that the Vault is located in the eastern portion of the map.
2 Head to the west from the exit of the tunnel to find a building with special loot. Nearby it is a tunnel the leads to another area of the map.
3 Go through the enemies and into the open area with a hypercircuit station in the middle. Just a bit northwest of there are some smaller buildings with some loot. Slightly west of that are some more enemies.
4 Go north from there to battle some enemies and a room on the hyperstation that you can access via a switch puzzle. Proceed to eastern end of the skybridge to find more enemies and another secret room.
5 Go back to the entrance of the second tunnel and begin heading circling west around the map. Just before you get to the big building, there is a small tunnel to the west with some loot in it.
6 Head to the main structure on the map and locate the secret loot in there. Going past the building, you will notice another tunnel. Disregard that for now and head towards an area with containers (this is near the exit of the first tunnel) and fight the enemies there.
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Head back towards the tunnel you just got past and go through the third area by hugging the west wall. Just north of it, there will be an agent you can rescue.
8 Not far from there is an AIM building with several treasures inside. You will need someone who can smash doors to access one of them while another has a puzzle to solve before you can access it.
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Head now to the location of the secret vault nearby. After unlocking the secret vault, enter the elevator and head down. You will be notified that this is a code verification type of vault. You need to verify the code that appears on the screen three times.
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Each time you successfully put in the code, several waves of enemies will spawn. Sometimes, one of them will attempt to hack and prevent you from accessing the vault. Destroy them immediately.
11 After the third set of codes are put in, the vault will open and you can get your rewards within. Access the panel at the far end of the room to end the mission.

Desert Vault (Elite) Tips and Strategy

Bring Support Heroes

Most often this mission will last long especially as you unlock the Vault. With such a long series of battles ahead, having the Support Heroic of heroes such as Ms. Marvel's Healing Spirit, Black Widow's Veil of Shadows and Captain America's Rally Cry will help in keeping your team alive.

Back Down When Needed

In the vault, you will encounter massive waves of enemies. Being too aggressive might be dangerous - use ranged attacks whenever needed.

Solving The Puzzle: AIM Hyperstation

This puzzle is located to the west of the map. There are four switches to be found. Depending on which type of switch you get, each one has a different activation mechanism.

Here are their types and locations:

Floor Switch

These switches are scattered on the ground underneath the hypercircuit station. You need to step on them for a second to activate them.

Locations
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) Hypercircuit Station Switch A1-2.png These two are found just as you approach the hypercircuit station.
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) Hypercircuit Station Switch A3-4.png These ones are just near the stairs that allows you access to the hypercircuit station.

Wall Lock

These switches needs 3 melee hits to activate. These are found on either side of the roof of the hypercircuit station.

Locations
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) Hypercircuit Station Switch B1-2.png These are on the right side of the hypercircuit station.
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) Hypercircuit Station Switch B3-4.png These are on the left side of the hypercircuit station.

Circular Switch

These switches are found on either side of the hypercircuit station and underneath it. You need to hit them with a ranged attack once to activate them.

Locations
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) Hypercircuit Station Switch C1-2.png These are on the left side of the hypercircuit station.
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) Hypercircuit Station Switch C3-4.png These are on the right side of the hypercircuit station.

Solving The Puzzle: AIM Building

This puzzle is located to the east of the map. There are four switches to be found. Depending on which type of switch you get, each one has a different activation mechanism.

Here are their types and locations:

Circular Switch

These switches are primarily located on the tower just beside the building. You need to hit these once with a ranged attack to activate them.

Locations
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) AIM Building Switch A1.png This switch is on the lower part of the tower.
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) AIM Building Switch A2-3.png Climb the stairs nearby and face the tower again. The second and third switches can be seen from there.
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) AIM Building Switch A4.png These switch is at the topmost part of the tower. Climb to the roof of the AIM building and go to the topmost platform. The switch is found facing away from the building.

Wall Lock

These locks needs to be hit three times with melee attacks.

Locations
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) AIM Building Switch B.png The switches are found on the lower and upper floor of the AIM Building.

Floor Switch

You need to step on these switches for a second to activate them.

Locations
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) AIM Building Switch C1-2.png These switches are at the front of the AIM building.
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Go to the side of the building where you can spot a fan. Destroy it and enter the room inside to find the next two switches.

Desert Vault (Elite) Enemies

Enemy Strategy
SynthoidSynthoid Basic enemy that can be easily dealt with by combos.
Prime Adept SynthoidPrime Adept Synthoid They have uninterruptible attacks so time your dodge as they attack and counter back.
Prime Cryo SynthoidPrime Cryo Synthoid Time your dodge to avoid their chilling attacks and counter back.
Cryo SynthoidCryo Synthoid Basic enemy that can be dealt with by combos. Be wary of its chilling attack.
Proto-SynthoidProto-Synthoid Use combos to deal in damage then dodge when they execute their attacks.
Plague Proto-SynthoidPlague Proto-Synthoid Avoid its poison attacks and land in your combos. Don't hesitate to retreat until the poison effects wears off.
Stilleto RiotbotStilleto Riotbot Use charged attacks to break their shields or vault over their back to attack their weak spot.
KeeperKeeper They have slow recharge times so get closer to them and beat them with melee attacks.
Aero KeeperAero Keeper Use ranged attacks to defeat them quickly.
Cryo KeeperCryo Keeper Use ranged attacks but dodge whenever they fire their projectiles since it can freeze you.
Purge KeeperPurge Keeper They fire poisonous projectiles so dodge it quickly. Close the gap and strike with combos.
PeacekeeperPeacekeeper Be quick with your attacks since they teleport when you strike them from close range. When they charge their shots, time your dodges as it means they will unleash a wide-arcing multiple shots.
Monotronic ExoMonotronic Exo Be careful of powerful attacks that may cause you to stagger. Dodge and counter its attacks.
Cryotronic ExoCryotronic Exo Be careful of powerful attacks that may cause you to freeze. Dodge and counter its attacks.
Plague DronePlague Drone Dispose quickly by using ranged attacks.
Security DroneSecurity Drone Dispose quickly by using ranged attacks.
Cryo AdaptoidCryo Adaptoid Use support heroics whenever possible as these enemies are sturdy. Alternate between quick attacks and dodging whenever they strike back.
SPIN SynthoidSPIN Synthoid Dodge their projectiles to avoid losing heroic charges and take them out as soon as possible.
Adept KeeperAdept Keeper Close the gap in order to prevent them from using their homing attacks .
Blitz Proto-SynthoidBlitz Proto-Synthoid Before it explodes, it will stop for a few seconds. Destroy it quickly during this opening.
Assault AdaptoidAssault Adaptoid Watch out for the continuous damage dealt by its aura while using melee attacks then back out and use ranged attacks when you are low on health.
Adept DroneAdept Drone Dispose quickly by using ranged attacks. Has a high dodge rate than most drones.

Desert Vault (Elite) Chest Locations

Note that the locations here follow the progress of the walkthrough.

Chest Locations
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) Chest 01.pngEnlarge This chest is on one of the floating platforms near where you start.
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) Chest 02.pngEnlarge This is on the building just slightly northwest from the exit of first tunnel.
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) Chest 03.pngEnlarge This is in a small building to the west of the map just before the hypercircuit station. JARVIS will mark it for you.
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) Chest 04.pngEnlarge
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) Chest 05.pngEnlarge
These are in a hypercircuit station. You need to solve a switch puzzle to gain access to this. See the Tips and Strategy section to know their locations.
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) Chest 06 Location.pngEnlarge
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) Chest 06.pngEnlarge
This is at the eastern end of the hypercircuit track. You can gain access to this by hitting a switch nearby.
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) Chest 07.pngEnlarge This chest is in the small cavern just before you reach the huge building northwest of the second tunnel entrance.
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) Chest 08.pngEnlarge This is on the second level of the huge building northwest of the second tunnel entrance.
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) Chest 09.pngEnlarge This is at the upper floor of container area just before you reach the tunnel leading to the third area of this map.
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) Chest 10.pngEnlarge As you enter the third area (east from the 1st tunnel exit), hug the west wall. Just before you reach the nearby ruined building, there will be a chest on the ground.
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) Chest 11.pngEnlarge This chest is in the ruins just across the ruined building. JARVIS will mark it for you.
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) Chest 12.pngEnlarge This is in the AIM building in the eastern part of the third area. You need to solve a switch puzzle to access this one. See the Tips and Strategy section to know their locations.
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) Chest 13.pngEnlarge This chest is in 2nd level of the same building as 12th chest. It's behind a smashable door.
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) Chest 14.pngEnlarge This chest is hidden in the room to the left of the vault computer.
Avengers Desert Vault (Elite) Chest 15-17.pngEnlarge These chests are the rewards for opening the vault.

Note that dark brown / bronze colored chests may shift locations or not be present at all during a mission.

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