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                         S m a r t  P i s t o l  M K 5  F A Q
                            TitanFall Smart Pistol MK5 FAQ
                                Written for PC version
                                   FAQ version 1.5
                                    By Adam Cooper
                           Email: adam3k3[at]gmail[dot]com  
                            Website: http://adamcooper.me
                      This FAQ is Copyright (c) 2015 Adam Cooper
                            Last Revision Aug 13th, 2015
    Table of Contents
    1. About this Guide......................................[100]
     1-1. Availability...................................[110]
     2-1. Copyright and License..........................[120]
     3-1. Searching the Guide............................[130]
     4-1. Version History................................[140]
    2. FAQ Explained.........................................[200]
    3. Weapon Info...........................................[300]
     1-3. Against Pilots.................................[310]
     2-3. Against Minions/Titans.........................[320]
     3-3. Weapon Mods....................................[330]
     4-3. Weaknesses Scenarios...........................[340]
     5-3. Things to consider.............................[350]
     6-3. Scenarios......................................[360]
     7-3. Challenges.....................................[370]
    4. Closing...............................................[400]
     1-4. Contacts.......................................[410] 
     2-4. Special Thanks.................................[420]
    100: About this Guide  \
    '-- 110: Availability --------------------------------------------------------'
    The Latest version of this FAQ and all of my work is always available on 
    my website [1], GameFaqs [2].
    [1] http://adam3k3.com
    [2] http://www.gamefaqs.com/users/Adam3k3/contributions/faqs
    '-- 120: Copyright and License -----------------------------------------------'
    This FAQ is Copyright (c) 2015 Adam Cooper, and released under the terms of
    the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial, No Derivatives License.
    This License enables you to distribute this FAQ provided it remains in 
    its full form, unchanged and full credit is given. Publishing it under 
    your name on websites or otherwise is prohibiting. You may not use this 
    work for commercial purposes. For any reuse or distribution, you must make 
    clear to others the license terms of this work along with the notice in the 
    availability section.
    All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by 
    their respective trademark and copyright holders.
    [3] http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0
    '-- 130: Searching the Guide -------------------------------------------------'
    Press "CTRL+F" to Search the FAQ. Copy, paste the code to the desired section 
    from the tables of content into the search bar and click Find.
    '-- 140: Version History -----------------------------------------------------'
    Version 1.5  Aug 13th, 2015.
    . Added Scenarios section.
    . Added Challenges section.
    . Made spelling corrections.
    Version 1.00 April 10th, 2015.
    . FAQ complete.
    200: FAQ Explained             \
    Welcome to my TitanFall FAQ. As the name suggests, this is a Smart Pistol MK5 
    guide covering usage tips and strategies. As controversial as it is, Smart 
    Pistol usage is not a walk in the park as opposite to what some may say.
    I have tried to cover as much as I am aware of so feel free to share tips and 
    corrections. Enjoy.
    300: Weapon Info       \
    "The Smart Pistol scans for hostile targets within a short range, locking onto 
    them automatically. Any rounds fired will then maneuver to hit the locked 
    targets. Aiming with the iron sights allows the operator to use the pistol in 
    manual targeting mode." 
    — In-game description.
    Weapon Class: Primary Weapon
    Weapon Type:  Handgun
    67 (Pilot-Locked)
    50 (Pilot-Not Locked)
    100 (Grunt)
    101 (Spectre)
    40 - 10 (Titan)
    200 (Rodeo)
    Rate of Fire
    480 RPM
    Fire Mode
    • Semi-automatic (When ADS)
    • Smart 1-5 round burst (when locked on)
    Reload Time: 1.49s (Empty)
    Damage Multipliers: None
    Clip Size: 12 
    18 (Extended Magazine)
    Maximum Ammunition: 108
    Used by: Pilots
    The Smart Pistol MK5 is a primary weapon available from the start of the game.
    Unlikely any other weapon, it aims automatically on anything that moves 
    including Titans and Grenades making it seem overpowered when it’s not.
    It takes 3 locks to kill a pilot, 2 on Spectres and single lock on Grunts. 
    It takes up to 0.65 seconds to lock on a Pilot and way less on anything else; 
    Spectres, 0.35 and 0.2 seconds to lock on to Grunts. Further adjustments can be
    made covered later in the FAQ.
    To lock on targets you will have to aim on it until full locks complete and the
    target turns red meaning instant death. It can take less lock time when the 
    target is already wounded. If the target enters a building, goes behind a wall 
    or simply out of sight the shots will fail.
    It also takes double the time to lock on cloaked Pilot or if the Pilot clocks 
    while locking, the lock will break and you will have to start over.
    The reload time is not that bad but considering the auto firing you will need 
    to reload once you take out a large number of targets (up to 5).
    When manually aiming, the weapon drops the auto lock on system and instead fire
    normally like any other handgun taking 4 hits to kill a Pilot.
    '-- 310: Against Pilots-------------------------------------------------------'
    . Using this weapon against Pilots meaning vs Human which also means that 
    unlikely the AI, they won’t simply stand still or walk into your line of 
    locking. Likely a few strategies will help you get better.
    . Use the openness: Most of the maps have considerable open space meaning 
    obstacle free locking. Now of course I’m not suggesting standing in the middle 
    while locking on incoming target, instead stay out of sight or even behind the 
    target but not far as the locking will fail.
    Hiding behind a tree or small wall waiting for the right moment to lock.
    . Use the roofs: Roofs and Smart Pistols go hand in hand in Titanfall. Not 
    only will standing on the roof of a house will make you harder to detect or 
    even hit, it will give you a more combatable locking on the target bellow.
    With the right timings and staying out of sight you will land an opportunity 
    to take your target down before he knows it.
    . Use Arc Grenades: Throwing an Arc Grenade will blind the target for a few 
    seconds if caught in the blast giving you a golden opportunity to lock on. 
    Best used on Pilots.
    . Use the chaos: Use the chaos to your advantage; Pilots battling each other 
    or grunts will rarely notice you provided you stay reasonable out of sight so 
    take the opportunity when your target is engaging with another opponent.
    . Take the drop ship opportunity: When you win the round, remaining enemy 
    Pilots will try to escape by drop ship most likely waiting at the evacuation 
    zone; take the opportunity to lock on running Pilots or the unaware ones 
    waiting for the ship.
    . Don’t be afraid to disengage. If the Pilot notices you, run. Don’t try to 
    lock while in danger unless there is no other option in that case use the 
    manual aiming for better chances.
    . Try locking on Pilots on top of Titans. They will be too busy attacking the 
    Titan and will most likely not notice you.
    . When both you and an enemy Pilot are in the air due to many reasons like 
    Titan ejects, auto aim the pilot for the kill as it is harder to aim in the 
    air when using a normal weapon and you will most likely take him down.
    . Map advantages: Learn each maps hideouts and buildings. Best practice is to 
    fire from a window or a rooftop.
    To summarize it all, take cover when needed behind walls and inside buildings.
    Don’t lock on on Pilot who notice, instead get out of sight immediately. Keep 
    moving preferably on rooftops but watch out for snipers and Titans. Take out 
    group of minions for faster Titan drop.
    Solving the long distance dilemma
    For balance reasons, the Smart Pistol MK5 is not effective against long 
    distance Pilots. The best strategy is to kill a grunt and pickup his weapon 
    as a secondary gun which will most likely be the R-101C Carbine. Switch to 
    yournew secondary weapon whenever the enemy is far or is engaging with you 
    Finding and picking a Shotgun will come handful in close combat as you will 
    most likely outclass another weapon in close combat.
    You can also fire on grenades to instant explode them. Very useful when 
    throwing a grenade and exploding it as soon as it lands near the target 
    cutting the needed escape time from your enemy Pilot.
    '-- 320: Against Minions/Titans ----------------------------------------------'
    Minions locking take less time and danger. A single lock will kill Grunts and 2
    locks on the rest. You can easily lock on 5 grunts while on the roof as soon as
    they get dropped or take out mixed group of enemies with ease cutting time for 
    a Titan drop.
    When in need of a titan, concentrate on the minions and leave the Pilots alone.
    Take a group out and hide. Repeat until Titan is ready.
    Taking out Titans is a whole different thing. Throw an arc grenade on a Titan 
    to confuse it and jump on it for a chance to fire a few manual rounds and take 
    off once the electric smoke is released. You can also fire a few shots, jump 
    off while the enemy Pilot ejects from the titan to investigate and take him 
    Firing directly at titans is not recommended nor effective.
    '-- 330: Weapon Mods ---------------------------------------------------------'
    Like any other weapon in Titanfall, weapons can be modified for better 
    targeting or less noise.
    Enhanced Targeting: This mod increases Smart Pistol's lock-on speed and 
    increases its target acquisition range, at the expense of a smaller targeting 
    Unlock after completing challenge Top Gun (II) Challenge: Kill 15 Pilots.
    Extended magazine: This mod increases the ammo capacity of the weapon, making 
    it so that you don’t have to reload as often.	
    Unlock after completing challenge Machine War (III) Challenge: Kill 50 
    Mod suppressor: This mod reduces the firing noise and muzzle flash of the 
    weapon, making it ideal for taking your enemies by surprise.	
    Unlock after completing challenge If It Moves... (II) Challenge: Kill 25 
    Overall, the Enhanced Targeting is the best setting for this weapon as it cuts 
    sometime of Pilot locking saving you that extra needed second to get the kill.
    '-- 340: Weaknesses Scenarios ------------------------------------------------'
    As overpowered as it seems, this weapon can be a nightmare in some scenarios.
    . Don’t engage inside small spaces or houses. Small spaces means less room to 
    move and better chance for your enemy to take you down considering it is the 
    weakest weapon in close combats.
    . Never stay still while locking on targets. Always move around and jump 
    but be careful not to break the lock. Standing still opens you for a counter 
    . Move out of sight once spotted. In a rare scenario, you can still land a kill
    once spotted and fired at but this is a very risky move and not recommended.
    . Never directly engage a titan. Self-explainer.
    . Do not reload in a risky situation. Example: You just killed an enemy but 
    you still hear or see other grunts or Pilots around. Even with the short 
    reload time you still open yourself for an easy target.
    . Do not follow a Pilot into a closed space. Following an unaware Pilot is not 
    always the right move. Say the Pilot enters a house with another one waiting 
    inside, happens all the time.
    . Don’t end up surrounded in the middle of a fight. Landing in the middle of a 
    gun fight between pilots and grunts will likely get you killed.
    . Disengage immediately once a Pilot clocks while firing at you. This will 
    brick the lock and will take you double the time to lock again.
    '-- 350: Things to consider---------------------------------------------------'
    Overall, the Smart Pistol MK5 cannot be considered a competitive weapon and 
    most of the community considers it an unfair advantage due to the lack of an 
    actual aiming. Apart from taking out grunts with ease, the weapon gets 
    outclassed easily in close or long range fights.
    However, it can deal massive damage if used while hidden and out of sight. Not 
    recommended to deal with titans or when surrounded. Instead staying out of 
    sight and using it once the chance is presented.
    I personally recommend learning the basics and challenges and then move into 
    another weapon. As easy as it may seem, I had much better luck with the 
    EVA-8 Shotgun in close combat while R-101C Carbine did the long range job.
    '-- 360: Scenarios -----------------------------------------------------------'
    . You spotted a pilot in a tight room or corridor.
    Depends on the enemy pilot if he saw you or not. If he did, get out as soon
    as you can especially if he is using a rifle. Getting a full 3 locks takes
    time and that is something you don’t have in tight spot. 
    If he is yet to spot you, try to lock on from a safe distance and see how it
    plays out.
    . An enemy pilot is locking on, or trying to lock on to me using the
      Smart Pistol.
    Tricky. If the enemy pilot has the same weapon as you, immediately Cloak as
    it will break the lock on and make it harder to redo. Keep aiming at the pilot
    and hope that you complete the lock on before he runs away or switches his
    . I see a pilot riding a titan.
    Lock on from a safe distance and take him down provided you are safe from
    nearby enemies.
    '-- 370: Challenges ----------------------------------------------------------'
    If It Moves
        Criteria  Reward 
    1 - Kill 10 Enemies  - 500xp
    2-  Kill 25 Enemies  - Smart Pistol Suppressor
    3 - Kill 50 Enemies  - 2500xp
    4 - Kill 100 Enemies - 5000xp
    5 - Kill 200 Enemies - 10000xp 
    Machine War
    1 - Kill 10 Spectress - 500xp
    2 - Kill 25 Spectres - 1000xp
    3 - Kill 50 Spectres - Smart Pistol Extended Magazine
    4 - Kill 75 Spectres - 5000xp
    5 - Kill 100 Spectres - 10000xp
    Top Gun
    1 - Kill 5 Pilots   - 500xp
    2 - Kill 15 Pilots  - Smart Pistol Enhanced Targeting
    3 - Kill 30 Pilots  - 2500xp Amped Smart Pistol Burn Card
    4 - Kill 50 Pilots  - 5000xp Amped Smart Pistol Burn Card
    5 - Kill 75 Pilots  - 10000xp Amped Smart Pistol Burn Card
    The Expendables
    1 - Kill 10 Grunts  - 500xp
    2 - Kill 25 Grunts  - 1000xp, Amped Smart Pistol Burn Card
    3 - Kill 50 Grunts  - 2500xp, Amped Smart Pistol Burn Card
    4 - Kill 100 Grunts - 5000xp, Amped Smart Pistol Burn Card
    5 - Kill 200 Grunts - 10000xp, Amped Smart Pistol Burn Card
    This Is My Weapon
    1 - Use Weapon for 0.5 hour - 500xp
    2 - Use Weapon for 1 hour - 1000xp
    3 - Use Weapon for 1.5 hour - 2500xp
    4 - Use Weapon for 2 hours - 5000xp
    5 - Use Weapon for 3 hours - 10000xp
    400: Closing           \
    '-- 410: Contacts ------------------------------------------------------------'
    I may be contacted any time via my email, Twitter or Blog. Just make 
    sure to properly mention the subject. I welcome questions, contributions, 
    corrections, requests or anything else.
    E-mail: adam3k3[at]gmail[dot]com
    Twitter: @Adam3k3
    Website: http://adamcooper.me
    YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Adam3k3
    '-- 420: Special Thanks ------------------------------------------------------'
    . http://titanfall.wikia.com for some info.
    . All websites that are hosting my FAQs.
    . You for reading this FAQ.
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