Any player level 1-25 may enter, but it is primarily aimed at players in the level range of ~5 - 24; players below 5 may find it tough going.
Entering the instance is limited to level 25 max (and getting an elite assignment lingers at the former cap of level 24 max); while you can stay inside the instance and level beyond that you will not be able to reenter it once you have left it with a level 26 or higher. If you log out inside the Subway at level 26 or higher, you will log back in outside it. Warping into the instance is blocked (at least for players past level 25).
The upper level(s) of the subway actually resemble the feeling of a real subway station with shops, ramps and platforms. The lower, second part of the instance looks more like a sewer/maintenance system. As usual, the further you run into the instance, the more dangerous the mobs get and the proportion of aggressive mobs also increases.
Although previous incarnations of the Subway had the same layout no matter what city you entered them from, there is another instance where a conceivable extension to the Subway system can be found in far-off areas of Rubi-Ka: in instanced Missions, there is occasionally a subway platform, with the tunnel blocked by carriages and debris.
Most of the mobs have standard loot, common to similar type mobs you find in missions and outdoors, including weapons, implants and clusters, first aid kits and so on
Additionally, you may find pieces for the first Ergo Ring quest, Eleet dolls and Morphing Memories, slot 1 NCU chips which can be leveled up, as well as certain Living Cyber Armor parts in the deeper section of the Subway.
Items needed for Ergo Ring quest:
- Small Power Supply [NODROP]
- Circuit board [NODROP]
- A Burnt Out Memory Chip [NODROP]
- Copper Wire [NODROP]
Random Item drops (any mobs):
|Name||Skill (Wield)||Damage, Attack+Recharge|
|Illegally Modified Ofab Panther||1h Blunt (Double)||25-96(30), 1.50+1.50s|
|Illegally Modified Ofab Mongoose||1h Edged (Double)||26-78(30), 1.00+1.00s|
|Illegally Modified Ofab Viper||Piercing (Double)||24-86(30), 1.00+1.00s|
|Illegally Modified Ofab Bear||2h Blunt (Single)||48-113(20), 2.00+2.00s|
|Illegally Modified Ofab Wolf||2h Edged (Single)||40-103(15), 1.40+1.40s|
|Illegally Modified Ofab Boar||Martial Arts (Double)||25-99(40), 1.50+1.50s|
|Illegally Modified Ofab Peregrine||Pistol (Double)||15-78(30), 1.00+1.00s|
|Illegally Modified Ofab Tiger||Bow (Single)||18-79(50), 1.60+1.60s|
|Illegally Modified Ofab Hawk||MG/SMG (Single)||20-90(25), 1.00+1.00s|
|Illegally Modified Ofab Shark||Assault Rifle (Single)||16-91(20), 1.00+1.50s|
|Illegally Modified Ofab Silverback||Shotgun (Single)||15-72(85), 1.50+1.50s|
|Illegally Modified Ofab Cobra||Rifle (Single)||13-89(50), 2.00+1.50s|
Violent Vagabonds drop at near 50%:
Stim Fiends drop at 100%:
From about QL 10-20
There are several Striker named mobs in the subway which drop specific loot as well:
- Support Beam of Intolerance of various QLs (QL is not shown in the item description! The requirements differ, though). This former mainstay of Enforcers may once again be relevant if the Illegal Modified Ofab regain their Expansion tag, as the Modified Xan Weapons did.
and their boss Strike Foreman (Level 19, 5 minute respawn time, 2 minute corpse time)
- Boots of Infinite Speed [NODROP] (uncommon)
Premature Patterns in the deeper section of the Subway drop:
- Eleet Doll (rare)
You can get the following Living Cyber Armor parts:
- Living Cyber Armor Helmet [NODROP]
- Living Cyber Armor Sleeves [NODROP]
- Living Cyber Armor Gloves [NODROP] (also available from Living Cyber Armor Mission)
- Living Cyber Armor Pants [NODROP]
from the following humanoid mobs in the deeper section of the Subway:
- Vergil Aeneid
- Neural Burnout (rare)
- Premature Pattern (rare)
- Incomplete Rebuild (rare)
- Fragmented Soul (rare)
- Empty Shell (rare)
- Melded Pattern (rare)
The humanoid Molested Molecules, Redundant Scans, Shades, the Workmen near the Shades room and Infected Attendant never drop them. Nor do the non-humanoid Fleas, Runners, floating Rages, Infectors and Spider. The drop rate is probably near 5%. Of that chance approximately 25% chance of a Helm, less for Gloves, less still for Pants, and the lowest chance for an Arm piece.
Eumenides is a boss located in a cave towards the end of the instance. He used to be at the end of the train tracks leading to the spiral stairs.
This nanomage doctor is located pretty much at the end of the instance, guarding the lair of Abmouth. Usually there are 2 Melded Patterns beside him, but they respawn on a different timer to Vergil so this is not always the case, they share a similar aggro range.
Abmouth Supremus is the final boss of the Subway. Usually he is standing in a small pit at the very end, sometimes already guarded by 2 Infectors; if they have not already spawned, they will spawn when Abmouth is attacked.
The Infectors should quickly be handled by an experienced Calmer (e.g. NT, Bureaucrat, MP). It is much more beneficial to calm the Infectors, as the Infectors will respawn almost instantly on death. However, if they manage to resist calms and attack healers they should be quickly disposed of.
A viable tactic after this is to use pets to draw away Abmouth's attention while the rest of the team hides behind an opposing wall and shoots / Nukes from a distance. Maximum range is preferred for Ranged nano-casters and gun users, but beware of his "Summoned" nano program. Characters who create high levels of aggro such as doctors and NTs, and anyone 'squishy', should keep in mind that the danger of being aggroed decreases with distance. A place out of sight of enemies while still being able to heal the team is, as always, a preferred location; this must be weighed against the advantage of being able to use restorative kit items on teammates.
The Belt and Juggler's Treat always drop together, it's either both or none; their drop chance is about 30%.
Map of the Condemned Subway