Epic Underground Series


Owner squibblez


Location London
Type Banner
24 / 7
Status 100% Online
Last check 27/05/2019

Missions 30
Total distance 528.59km
EFF 0.21
Total time
By foot 5t 18St. / 4St. 37m Ø
By bicycle 2t 1St. / 1St. 39m Ø

Portals 289  /  9.63 Ø
Unique portals 253
Distance start / end portal: 23.73 km

Hacks 272
Waypoint 17


Transport
By foot (100%)
By bicycle (0%)
Auto (0%)
Banner
Disability
Difficulty
Road

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Description

Part one in a series of 30 missions that will have you visit all of the underground stations in London. Start your travels at Baker Street Station.

cmaxxen

04-03-2016 21:55

WARNING: This highly desirable banner is also very, very difficult.

Truly, it is EPIC. (I was the 12th person to complete it, and I'm still recovering a month later. :)

If you use the Underground itself to do the missions, it can also be quite expensive, tiring and very time-consuming.

For most people it probably takes three whole weekends on your own or in a team of two or three. Larger teams would probably take longer unless they're willing to break up and reform as required. There is a lot of inevitable backtracking for the agents who miss the hack/waypoint at each location. The wifi and cell signals and GPS/cell/WiFi locations at each site are extremely variable for both iOS and Android phones. Fortunately the hacks/way-points can be done in any order within each mission. However, this means you might miss the clue for the next mission start-point which comes up fleetingly when you achieve the 'last' hack of each mission.

If you don't already have a Travelcard on your Oyster card then it's probably best to buy zone 1-6 paper travelcards for each day. With Pay-as-you-go, Oyster card will double-charge you for the whole day if you don't exit from a station on the network frequently enough! Keep paper tickets away from your phone/magnets etc. and don't be surprised if some of the machines don't like them any more.

If you have a motorbike, it might actually be quicker to do many of the missions on that.

Either way, you end up crossing Greater London repeatedly. The total distance traveled is roughly twice the length of all the Underground lines put together (~800km) not counting your journeys to/from home/hotel. Only one current Underground station is omitted, AFAIK, Kensington Olympia. At any given time several lines will be partially shut for maintenance on weekends, and several stations are closed for refurbishments, so be prepared to walk/bus/taxi/cycle/etc. when required. The order that lines are stations are tackled in doesn't always make the most logical sense, and some cross-over stations are duplicated I think, but not all, especially toward the end.

There is a list of the mission start and end points which you can copy to a note on your phone, as they're quite spread out:

# Mission Begins - Mission Ends
1 Baker Street - Harrow on the Hill
2 West Harrow - Uxbridge
3 North Harrow - Watford
4 Moor Park - Amersham&Chesham
5 Kings' Cross - Walthamstow
6 Woodford - Epping
7 Wanstead - Roding Valley
8 Woodford - Mile End
9 Mile End - Barking
10 Barking - Upminster
11 Mile End - Tottenham Court Road
12 Goodge Street - Archway
13 Highgate - High Barnet
14 Camden Town - Edgware
15 Stanmore - Baker Street
16 Marylebone - Harrow and Wealdstone
17 Edgware Road - St James's Park
18 Westminster - Canning Town
19 Stepney Green - Embankment
20 Elephant & Castle - Aldgate
21 Angel - Morden
22 Brixton - Shepherd's Bush
23 White City - West Ruislip
24 South Harrow - Acton Town
25 Chiswick Park - West Kensington
26 Earl's Court - Wimbledon
27 “The other Hammersmith Station” - Royal Oak
28 South Kensington - King's Cross
29 King's Cross - Cockfosters
30 Acton Town - Terminal 5, Heathrow Airport