Side Quests: A (somewhat) Complete Guide
Last night I finished the grind to complete the Stalwart Servant Heroic Deed that requires you to do 25 side quests. There have been several posts about this so I thought I'd put one together detailing what I learned that will hopefully help others. I will include images of all the maps I found. I say “somewhat” because this will change as new maps are added and for all I know, I missed some maps due to random chance.
First thing first, side quests only seem to appear on particular maps, but if you find one of those maps, the side quest/quests will always be there. At present, all of the maps where side quests can be found are the “Tropospheric Platform” map types, but not all Tropospheric Platforms have side quests. I will get to that in a bit. The enemy type does not seem to matter, but I did find that the mission types “Hunt”, “Purge” and “Daemonic Incursion” are the only ones that show up on the side quest maps.
As to systems and planets, I cannot know for sure where side quest maps are possible, but I can tell you where I found them...
(125)Chernobog- I found several maps on Charkov and Malcorum Prime
(275)Aethon- Iona V seemed to frequently spawn side quest maps
(450)Dagnor- Dagnor Prime was the best planet for me overall, as I found most of my maps there. Vismar Minor and Mondi Polonius also showed decent returns.
(650)Balthar- Never found a map here, but they could show up.
(925)Nereus- Nereus II had some maps for me.
(1350)Lacaon- Never found a map here either, but most of my looking happened during last week's event in that system, so that could have thrown things off. Worth a look I guess.
There are single side quest maps and double side quest maps that have 2 quests each. All and all, about1/3 of the side quest maps I found were double maps. Similarly, of all of the Tropospheric Platform map types I found, it seems that about 1/3 are side quest maps, while 2/3 are duds.
If you look for side quest map types on any of these systems or planets and don't find any, just start missions on one of the planets listed and surrender as soon as it loads. You won't be punished at all. It won't cost you fate, glory, credits or xp. It will only waste some time. The game will then load a new mission onto that planet or one nearby. The new mission might or might not be a side quest map, it's basically random chance, but tossing the dice costs you nothing. As I said previously, Dagnor Prime in the Dagnor system seemed to have the hottest dice, but you might find otherwise. I did hit an hour long stretch where I couldn't get a side quest to spawn, so don't think you are doing it wrong if that happens as it's just luck as far as I can tell.
And with that all out of the way, time for the maps, both the good and the bad. Side quest maps have red dots for starting position and green dots for the side quest locations. Maps with a big red “x” are duds.
Map#1A/B: These are basically the same map with slight variations. I would not be surprised if all of these maps can vary a little. The lower left dot is a rescue the troops quest. The dot up top is a close the portal/gate quest. If you rescue the troops first, they will follow you and will do enough damage to close the rift without you doing much.
Map#2A/B: Same thing here, the same map with some slight variations. Like the last map this is a trooper/gate double map. The troopers are at the dot on the right, with the gate to the left.
Map#3: Troop side quest.
Map#4: Troop side quest.
Map#5: Troop side quest.
And now for the “Bad” maps. No quests here, skip them or surrender.
I ran all these side quest free maps several times. Now you don't have to. If a map looks like a variation of one of these(which happens), it is most likely a dud.
For all I know I missed some maps, but I think this is most of them. If you guys find more, please do add screenshots to this post by all means.
Hope this post helps some folks with the grind to unlock Stalwart Servant.