FAQ And Walkthrough - Guide for Earth Defense Force 2025

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 Earth Defense Force 2025 Faq/Walkthrough by Khoiman

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Earth Defense Force 2025 is a third person shooter whose difficulty is 
more or less based on what class you are playing and what weapons you've 
managed to get. This guide will discuss what weapons/class you should use 
on a level on the NORMAL difficulty. On easy, you can use an assault rifle 
on every level except the ones that involve an atmospheric target (i.e 
mission 32) and when the assault rifle doesn't work you can just use a 
rocket launcher or sniper rifle. It is not recommended to fully complete a 
run on easy as that prevents you from getting good weapons and might bore 
the average player. On Hard and above, the enemies just get more Hp and do 
more damage (and shoot more). It might seem like a copout to not cover 
harder difficulty levels but the reality is that the same tactics for 
Normal would apply just with the upgraded version of the weapon you would 
have used on Normal. In addition, the game expects you to be picking up 
armor pickups or repeating levels for these pickups as this is the only 
way you will get the Hp you need to actually survive a hit on the harder 
difficulty levels. This essentially means that picking up the game out of 
the box and starting the Thirty Second level on say, hardest and inferno, 
when you are already having trouble with the game (hence the reason why 
you looked up this FAQ/Walkthrough) would just result in more frustration 
for you. I am writing this guide assuming that you are not a veteran of 
any of the EDF games (though you can be a veteran of the EDF tactics game) 
and am assuming that you're having choosing a good equipment setup for a 
mission and not a problem that can't be fixed with an FAQ/Walkthrough (i.e 
Firing rockets at close range) because I can't offer any tips aside from 
"Don't do that". 

While the Harder levels of EDF 2025 is locked off from the average player 
due to poor weapons and one-hit kills, victory on normal difficulty 
requires some skill and good weapon choices and so it's necessary to note 
that some dexterity is required in order to survive some of EDF 2025 
harder missions. Unlike say, a strategy game, there is no set move or 
weapon loadout that will beat a mission guaranteed. It also doesn't help 
that EDF 2025 requires you to call in your own vehicles which can only be 
done by a single character class so unlike EDF 2017, you can't win a 
mission using an on map vehicle.

Last but not least, this guide will assume you are playing by yourself. 
The instructions in this guide assume you get lucky with weapon pickups 
and get the weapons you'll need later on and also assumes that you are 
playing single player. YOU CAN play with two players (the game is more fun 
and easier that way) but writing a guide for two player gameplay would 
mean snubbing people playing single player, who are arguably the people 
who need a walkthrough in the first place. Now these disclaimers aside, 
let's kill some bugs shall we?

Index:
Use the code to find the section you wish to find using the Ctrl+F search 
function. The code is in brackets.

Section 1 Character Classes and controls (ASD1)
Section 2 Gameplay Mechanics (BTIO)
Section 3 The Missions (9TCF)
Section 4 Advanced tips and tricks (TR45)

****Section 1 Character classes and controls**** (ASD1)
*For some reason, EDF 2025 does not come with a manual. This is bad 
because some things like vehicles are not well explained. That said 
controls for soldiers classes can be edited in the options menu.*

**The manual is not in the game it can be found online at 
http://www.d3p.us/Manuals/EDF2025_XBOX_manual_final.pdf  courtesy of D3 
publisher and GameFAQ member AliensRfriendly  for starting a topic 
mentioning it**


When you begin Earth Defense Force 2025, you'll find yourself given the 
choice of picking 4 distinct classes with fairly obvious weaknesses. You 
have the Ranger, Wing Diver, Air raider and the fencer.


There is no right or wrong choice but keep in mind that weapon and armor 
unlocks only count for the class you're playing as thus you won't get 
fencer equipment when playing as the Ranger or anyone other than the 
Fencer. Narrative wise it doesn't even make sense for the player to be a 
Fencer for the first few levels but oh well.


The Classes:

Ranger- The standard infantry guy this series is known for. The only guy 
to have a relatively straight forward rocket launcher. His trees of 
weapons include: Assault Rifles, Shotguns, sniper rifles, Rocket launchers, 
Missile launchers, grenades and special weapons.

Controls: Pressing left trigger while moving straight ahead or standing 
still will result in a jump. Pressing left trigger while moving in any 
direction aside from straight forward will result in the person rolling. 
Right trigger  fires the gun, Right bumper switches weapons. The X button 
is used to reload. Left stick to move and right stick to aim.

Cons (in general): This class is the same as the EDF 2017 character. The 
EDF series at one point had pale wing (same as wing diver) in its second 
game (the UK edition Global Defense force) and so the origins of unique 
characters begins there. EDF 2017 drew criticism for not having unique 
character classes like the pale wing in it. The remake/redux version of 
EDF 2017 on the PS Vita allows you to play pale wing... BUT IT REQUIRES 
you to beat the game as the ranger. Of course EDF games have gotten longer 
since then (Insect Armageddon is an exception to the norm) with this game 
being bigger than any of the previous games. But this just exacerbates the 
problems, if you have already played the previous games, you'll be bored 
senseless playing this class. This class is the most generic of all 
classes and you should pick this only if you're new to the game, having a 
lot of trouble with a mission or you find the other classes unwieldy. This 
class adds nothing new to the table, having many weapons that were in 
previous games. Not to say that it's wrong to keep an iconic character in 
the roster (it's perfectly fine to do so), but wouldn't you want to play a 
character who has variance and uniqueness (especially if you're a veteran 
of a previous game)? *thanks to gamefaq member geelw for mentioning which 
games in the series included different classes. I originally wrote that 
EDF 2017 japan had pale wing... I was wrong!* 

Pros: Has the highest amount of BOOM in his arsenal. The only straight 
forward rocket launcher and grenade launchers and most if not all his 
missile launchers are self-lock on (meaning you can use them without 
assistance from another player). In addition, the ranger can be the pilot 
of a vehicle (although he cannot call in vehicles to assist him. The 
rangers assault rifle has no peer in terms of reliability and versatility. 
The ranger gets the job done one generic step at a time!

Notable Weapons within their classes:

Rifles: Shoots enemies with bullets.
*AF Series- The AF series composes the majority of the Ranger's assault 
rifles. The higher the number after the letters AF, the better the assault 
rifle is in general. Suffixes may be added after the AF## such as ST and 
RAR with RAR denoting rapid sustained fire and ST denoting higher 
firepower but lower ammo capacity. AF## RA rifles have rapid fire and high 
accuracy.

Shotguns: Shoots enemies with pellets
*Buffalo Series- These series of weapons have high firepower but low ammo 
capacity. Being shotguns they're also short ranged.

Sniper Rifles: Shoots bullets at long range... expecting anything different?
*MMF series- The MMF series of sniper rifles has a higher rate of fire 
than other sniper rifles. Generally does lower damage per shot to 
compensate

Rocket Launchers: Shoots rockets straight at the enemy
*Stingray series- Straight forward rocket launchers. High range
*Volcano Series- Fires multiple rockets at once. Rockets are spread out 
however.

Missile Launchers: Fires homing missiles. Requires lock-on to fire. Some 
may require laser sight.
*Air Tortoise series- Fires incredibly slow missiles that have excellent 
homing capability and massive damage and blast radius. Usually do so much 
damage that you can kill yourself with it. Be careful! They are much 
faster than their GDF and EDF 2017 counterparts.
*Emerald Series- Fires homing missiles that are fast, tend to turn well 
but do average damage.

Grenades: Throw or launch grenades... you know those compact balls that 
explode? Can either be thrown by hand or launched from gun. Hand thrown 
grenades tend to be stronger but awkward to use.
*MG series: These grenades need to be thrown by hand. Hold down the fire 
button to increase strength of throw. Takes a lot of skill to use properly 
since these tend to explode on impact, which means rapidly tapping the 
fire button because you're panicking usually equals self-suicide
*UM series: Grenades that are launched using a grenade launcher. Tends to 
fire multiple grenades quickly or at once.

Special Weapons: Weapons that tend to be fairly useless but can be cool to 
use.
*Acid Shot series: Shoots the acid that the alien ants shoot. Does fairly 
mediocre damage and is usually useless. Later versions do quite the damage.
*Flamethrower: SPEWS FLAMES. BURN EVERYTHING! Usually useless. Later 
versions have higher capacity.
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Wing Diver: Gets to fly and have a fairly impressive arsenal. Also female 
and the only class to be female. They have built-in energy generator and 
battery and use their energy to fly and reload the majority of their 
weapons. They get Short range, Mid-RG lasers, Mid-Rg Electroshock, 
Particle Cannons, Sniper Weapons, Ranged Attacks, Homing Weapons and 
special weapons (not the same as the rangers).

Controls: Same as Ranger but jumping will activate the jet pack. They also 
cannot roll.

Cons (in general): This class requires you to be very very VERY careful. 
You've got to keep your distance from the enemy, watch your ammo and watch 
your energy. Running out of ammo usually means emptying your energy 
reserves to reload, which translates to not having energy to retreat from 
a bug rush and subsequently getting pummelled by the aliens. This class 
has the lowest health and lowest health growth rate of all classes. You do 
not want to get HIT while playing this class. Which sucks because there's 
plenty of enemies that can close the distance and shoot you very quickly 
in this game. This class was also available in the previous GDF (uk 
edition of EDF 2) called pale wing in this game (this gets a shout-out in 
mission 38 and 39) meaning that in the unlikely chance you've played that 
game to the finish, you've probably seen and experienced all that class 
had to offer. Of course GDF graphics were PS2 graphics so it's not like 
you've seen all there is to offer with the wing diver.

Pros: YOU GET TO FLY! Energy is only drained when the weapon runs out of 
ammunition meaning that if you pay attention, you can fly away and then 
reload your gun. While enemies are capable of shooting a large volume of 
acid and webs at you, being able to fly makes dodging the large volume of 
fire relatively trivial. Even drone gunships have trouble hitting targets 
in the air. This class is also the most mobile and so there's nothing 
stopping a wing diver player from simply hovering 500 meters away from the 
enemy while constantly bombarding them with plasma launcher fire.

Notable weapons
Short-Range: Rapid fire lasers or sweeping beams. They tend to have high 
capacity and require a small sum of energy to reload.
*Rapier Series- Rapid fire energy machine gun. Its short range makes it 
seem as if it's a shotgun but we all know shotguns don't make laser light 
shows.
*Laser Lance series- Totally worthless. Fires a pin prick laser that is 
slow to fire but does high damage.

Mid-Rg Lasers: Yes I know they meant Mid-range lasers but these are mostly 
useless though to be fair I find its hard to get pickups for these weapons.
*LARG-V series- WORTHLESS, fires lasers in a V pattern... because you like 
to shoot targets that are on the periphery of your screen and not the ones 
charging straight at you!

Mid-Rg Electroshock: Electricity weapons arc to the target and can hit 
multiple targets.
*Idunn Series- Straight forward rapid lightning bolt shooters. Consumes a 
lot of energy to reload.
*Grom Series- Extremely powerful. Does as much damage as a high end rocket 
launcher but is rapid fire and pierces targets. Has a high energy cost to 
reload but it takes more time than other weapons to reload so energy is 
not drained quickly.
*Particle Cannons: Assault Rifles that have no ammo capacity and drain Jet 
pack energy every time they're fired. Drain is small but damage is 
pathetic.
*Ixion series- Shoots energy balls at the enemy. Low damage, high rate of 
fire. Later versions shoot multiple balls at once.

Sniper Weapons: Long range weapons that either shoot lasers or lightning. 
Lightning sniper weapons may claim to have a high accuracy but they tend 
to swerve because they're electricity. Just like other weapons in the 
electroshock tree, electric weapons can arc to hit multiple targets
*Thunder sniper series- Fires lightning at long range. Though one wonders 
why it's called thunder sniper when its not making noise but rather 
electricity.
*LRSL series- Crappy sustained laser beam weapons. Have poor range for a 
sniper rifle and drains energy faster than their stats would indicate.

Ranged Weapons: When the wing diver wants things blown up!
*Plasma Launcher series- Fires balls of explosive energy.
Homing Weapons: It's like the ranger missile weapon tree, only most of 
these weapons are low damage. At least you don't have to worry to much 
about reloading.
*Mirage series: Mirage shoots homing beams of light. Later versions become 
capable of locking on to multiple targets.

Special Weapons: Most of these are just funky weapons with odd effects. 
Most of them are coincidentally quite useless.
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Air Raider: The Air raider gets access to vehicle drops, remote bomb 
launcher and the ever deadly laser guidance kit. They have health equal to 
a ranger but not as much health growth as the ranger. They can also call 
in off map support to pummel an area in submission. Unique to this class 
is the credits mechanic of gameplay. This is an invisible number that is 
never really seen at anytime. Essentially, Air raider's vehicle drops and 
off map support attacks require credits to reload and thus don't reload 
until its credit requirements are met (meaning that support attacks cannot 
be reloaded normally). This is to prevent spamming or otherwise mass use 
of overpowered attacks. To gain credits, the Air raider (or his team) has 
to kill enemies. The air raider has access to Guidance equipment, Calling 
for support, support equipment, limpet guns, stationary weapons, special 
weapons.

Controls: Same as Ranger. But listed below are controls for helicopter, 
tanks and other vehicles. There are also relisted in the sections that 
explain what the vehicles are. REMEMBER back button is used to get in your 
vehicle. 

Helicopter Controls: Left trigger to power rotor and increase altitude. 
Right trigger to fire machine guns (or laser guns) and Right bumper to 
fire missiles. The left control stick controls the orientation of the 
helicopter (i.e leaning forward, leaning backward, level to ground etc). 
Right control stick controls the helicopters facing and allows it turn in 
the direction the Right control stick is tilted. For helicopters it's hard 
to control the speed and there's no indicator at all. Try to be patient 
and avoid holding the left trigger for too long or else you'll end up 
flying to high and thus unable to strafe ground targets.

Tank\ground vehicle Controls: Pressing the right trigger fires the cannon. 
Pressing right bumper will fire the secondary weapon (if any). The left 
stick controls the chassis of the tank\vehicle (i.e the treads) and all 
movement is relative to the direction of the treads (No halo style driving 
here). The right stick controls the orientation of the turret. Controls 
like these, while awkward, give you the tank driver more control and the 
ability to strafe targets but it comes with the responsible of remembering 
what direction the treads are facing.

Power suit (also proteus) Controls: Pressing A will result in the mech 
jumping in the direction the legs were oriented. The right stick controls 
the movement of the legs while the right stick controls the orientation of 
the torso. Again, this is to allow strafing of enemy targets (though with 
the slow speed of the mechs, I highly doubt anyone will do that. Right 
trigger fires primary weapons, secondary weapons are fired by pressing 
right bumper.

Cons (in general): The Air raider can be one of the wimpiest classes to 
play as. The only methods they have to attack that doesn't suck up credits 
are deployables (turrets, attack drones), and his rather wimpy limpet bomb 
launcher. This naturally means that the Air Raider can only blow himself 
up when he gets bitten to free himself (see section 2 on gameplay 
mechanics for more information on bites and getting bitten). In a bit of 
common sense, the laser guide kit is not useful in single player unless 
it's the laser guide kit for an off map support attack. If you thought 
playing the wing diver was tough on conservation just wait till you play 
this class. Accidentally wasted that tank you just called in? DEAD! Didn't 
bring the appropriate vehicle for the job? DEAD! Mission takes place in a 
position that prevents off-map support (i.e a tunnel or a scripted event 
prevents reinforcement)? DEAD (unless you are really good with limpet 
guns)! Vehicle guns cannot be reloaded so once your tank is out of rounds 
you'll just have to ditch it and call in another one. The limpet gun is 
terrible at actually killing things and its unknown if this class is 
capable of going to the toilet without third party assistance. Needless to 
say, its hard to survive and thus level up this character without a second 
player.

Pros: This class is the only one that can make use of the Fencer's 
ridiculously overpowered missile arsenal. The big giant war machines of 
the Alien's won't look so deadly when you're personally guiding in laser 
guided leviathan class missiles on to them. The leviathan class missile is 
strong enough to completely destroy everything on the normal difficulty 
(the standard version does 4000 damage!). There is no boss, no creature, 
no fool capable of withstanding a successful leviathan class missile hit 
(aside from shield bearers, but that's only if you hit the shield... and 
even then the SPLASH radius of the leviathan missile sometimes goes 
through the shield!). In addition, there's nothing cooler than being the 
driver of building-sized tanks (called the titan) that can have its 
turrets operated by other players and fires a massive round that decimates 
the enemy. Giant building-sized tank not good enough for you? How about an 
EVEN BIGGER GIANT MECH that has side turrets that can be operated by other 
players, over 20k in Hp and can fire missiles out of its stomach!? The Air 
Raider can also heal others and can even call in an ambulance to act as an 
APC and as mobile healing center (medical supplies are limited though). 
Remember that Rangers can also ride as pilot in vehicles that Air Raiders 
call down. Nothing says EDF than a multi-tank assault on alien nests.

Notable Weapons

Guidance Equipment: This is the stuff you use to help other players fire 
their lock-on missiles. The players must be within a certain radius of you 
to be able to lock on. This lists as the guidance equipment range.
*Laser Guide kit - This guidance system has near infinite range and can 
call in missile attacks at ridiculous range and precision. I am going to 
assume you're playing on single player though and as such this weapon is 
useless. Laser guide kits for off map support come with the off map 
support and thus its pointless to use this. Keep in mind that just because 
a missile has locked on to the laser point doesn't mean you should turn 
off the laser. Missiles and airstrikes will require sustained laser 
designation until the missile/airstrike hits. 
*Guide Beacon gun - Shoots a beacon that does the same thing the Laser 
guide kit does. But it usually requires you to be very accurate or 
otherwise close. Use the laser guide kit instead if you are playing co-op.

Calling for Support: Calls in artillery, aircraft and missiles to strike a 
location. This varies wildly and there's no brand names here. Just 
remember that some are called in via grenade while others are called in 
using laser guide kits provided with the support.

Support Equipment: Stuff that is used for healing people but is limited 
and can't be reloaded. No brand names here (worth mentioning anyway) and 
you really shouldn't need these unless your buddies suck at this game. In 
single player these are doubly useless because you're going to need 
weapons to kill enemies and healing doesn't help kill enemies.

Limpet guns: Shoots bombs that are detonated using the Left bumper/zoom 
button. The number one reason why playing Air raider will usually result 
in you blowing yourself up because you got bitten. Also note that 
detonating any amount of bombs will result in the gun reloading so try to 
shoot as many bombs as possible before detonating. Also do note that these 
bombs tend to have infinite range. There does appear to be some inaccuracy 
at a long range however.
*Limpet Gun Series- HORRIBLE GUN that does terrible damage and poor 
capacity. Later versions do more damage but simply not enough to remain 
competitive for the difficulty it is found on.
*Limpet Splendor series- Excellent (by comparison) guns that shoot bombs 
that detonate into shrapnel. Perhaps the only limpet gun that won't kill 
you when you get bitten by an Ant.
*Limpet Sniper series- Excellent range and firepower. Comes with a large 
blast radius. Perfect for killing the bugs or planning that really 
elaborate suicide/accident case when the bugs inevitably grab you.

Stationary Weapons: Traps, bombs and drones? Okay seriously, rolling bomb 
drones are not stationary! That mishap in translation aside, the 
stationary weapons are the unique stuff for the Air raider. You'll find 
turrets, mines and explosive suicide drones here.
*-er suffix series- Automated drones that head in the direction you throw 
them and explode on detection of an enemy. Tends to be useless half the 
time. Has names like roller and patroller.
*Y series- Land mines that explode when the enemy comes near. Comes in 
anti-aircraft mines and anti-alien versions.
*ZE Series- Turrets that shoot things but usually shoots the air and makes 
the user angry with frustration. Has high reload times and limited ammo. 
Deploy using the fire button (right trigger) and then activate using the 
zoom button (left bumper).

Special Weapons: Unique toys that are usually worthless. Candidates 
include the decoy launcher (preorder bonus) and stupid deployables that do 
practically nothing aside from making the bugs hesitate a moment before 
killing you.
*Bunker series- Generates a forcefield wall that stop the bugs until its 
eventually overrun and you get the mission failed screen and a magnificent 
view of your ragdolled corpse. Don't use these because bugs just love 
swarming AROUND you and you don't want to give them more incentive to do 
that... do you?
*Wire series- Shoots out razor wires that do little damage to aliens 
passing through it. Don't you just love this kind of weapon. It's like 
that weapon slot you just dedicated to this was used so superbly and 
efficiently!
*Decoy Launcher - Fires out a human like decoy. Great novelty... at least 
until you find out that the balloon can take a very small amount of abuse 
before popping. Still somewhat useful against the robots but generally 
useless due to high reload times.

Vehicles: OH YEAH! Here comes the good stuff for the Air raider. Comes in 
subcategories Tank, Ground Vehicles, Helicopters and Power suits. Just 
remember that you need to press the back button to enter vehicles.

Tanks- Metal Boxes that shoot cannons at things to make them dead or 
deader.
*Gigantus Series- your standard main battle tank. Rather poor ammo 
capacity but credit cost is also low.
*Titan Series- The giant tank that will end all wars. Main gun tends to do 
damage in the thousands. Becareful not to engage targets too close unless 
you want to blow up the titan tank with its own weapons. Has side turrets 
for other players to take advantage of.

Ground Vehicles: Utility vehicles for when the situation calls for 
something unique
*Caravan Series- APC that contains a medical center to heal people. Does 
not revive the dead. Later versions have more medical supplies to do more 
healing.
*Self propelled Rocket series- Mobile missile launcher that fires homing 
missiles that can hit 10 targets at a time. Tends to have only 50 missiles 
in stock and so tends to run out of ammunition. Later versions get more 
firepower. 
*SDL series- The EDF series iconic hover bike. It's the ralph wiggam of 
this series. Unless you like being in auto related accidents and 
explosions because you're piece of crap SDL just wrapped itself around a 
tree again don't use these. Marginally useful for getting across the 
battlefield. Has a transport seat for  another player.

Helicopters: Those flying machines that those youngsters use. Piloting a 
helicopter is often difficult. You can have quite the laugh trying to 
figure out the sober helicopter pilots from the drunk helicopter pilots in 
EDF 2025. That said, helicopters have excellent mobility and firepower. 
Left trigger is to lift the helicopter and  right trigger and right bumper 
are to fire primary and secondary weapons respectively. The left analog 
stick controls the orientation of the helicopter while the right stick 
controls the direction of the helicopter.
*Bazelart series- The stand machine gun and missile helicopter. Later 
versions get better machine guns and better missiles

Power Suits: The giant mechs that stomps things. Tends to be awkward to 
control. Pay careful attention to the direction of the legs and the 
direction of the torso. The left stick controls the legs while the right 
stick controls the torso. Pressing A will result in a jump. Some suits can 
also use their jetpack to glide for a short period of time
*Vegalta series- Carries a multitude of weapons. The preorder gold vegalta 
comes with flame throwers, how COOL is that? 
*Proteus series- the giant mech that requires 4 players to fully utilize. 
The pilot steers the mech while the other players operate the guns on it. 
Has massive amounts of Hp and impressive firepower.
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Fencer: The fencer is a power suit soldier with big guns and heavy armor. 
The Fencer wields two guns at a time (meaning they carry 2 sets of 2 
weapons) with the majority of his guns having secondary options such as 
boost dash, boost jump and zoom scope. They are the brute force class in 
this game and the majority of their weapons have poor range capabilities. 
Unique to the Fencer are series of artilery weapons as well as recoil, 
which causes your cursor to fly around the screen. The fencer can carry CC 
strikers, CC piercers, Shields, Automatic Artillery, Artillery and missile 
launchers

Controls: Left trigger and right trigger to fire/use the weapon assigned 
to the left and right hand respectively. Left bumper and right bumper to 
use the secondary function of the left and right hand respectively. Y 
button to swap weapon sets and A button to do a light hop. X to reload 
weapon and left stick to move and right stick to aim.

Cons (in general): This class is the slowest of all classes. Without the 
use of the secondary function of most weapons a fencer pilot will have a 
hell of a time getting to the battlefield. Their slow speed can be 
mitigated by using the secondary function of certain weapons but this 
essentially means that as a fencer pilot you are taking guns simply 
because you need them to make the class playable. A lot of Fencer weapons 
are practically useless either because their ammo capacity is low, their 
reload times are high, they cause involuntary movement, they have high 
recoil, they're too short range or just plain worthless (or a combination 
of the aforementioned). The fencer has entire weapons trees that are 
worthless in single player and are generally worthless period. To add 
insult to injury, most fencer missile launcher requires a air raider to 
make them work.

Pros: That said this CLASS IS AWESOME! There are several weapons that the 
fencer can get that are easily found and well more than make up for the 
weapons that are useless. Light mortar series can annihilate everything 
period and dual wielding Gatling guns are great for crowd control. The 
fencer gets access to the mighty hammer and force blade. The hammer can 
smash entire swarms of enemies and force blade can shoot down gunships and 
does the same job as the hammer (although not with as much wide spread 
damage). The leviathan missile can one shot the toughest enemies in the 
game (provided player two is using the laser guide kit) and javelin series 
of weapons can beat inferno level enemies single handedly. The fencer is a 
class that requires the player to carefully consider your loadout and to 
pick weapons that best fit situation. Weapons can be awkward to use but 
its pays off very well to learn how to use them. 

Notable Weapons

CC strikers: Close range crowd control weapons. DEADLY but some can be 
worthless. Keep in mind these are for swarm type enemies. Using these on 
the more elite enemies will probably get you killed. Secondary functions 
of these weapons is a speed boosting dash in any direction you choose.
*Vibro hammer series- excellent anti-ground melee weapons. When fully 
charged, the hammer slams the ground and creates a forward shockwave that 
decimates everything in its path. Pierces enemies
*Force blade series- Sword that when charged lets out of wave of energy 
that damages anything caught in it. Acts a powerful anti-air weapon and 
also a good anti-ground weapon. 
*Roller series- Useless. Same as hammer but you move with the shockwave. 
This means you can get yourself locked in a wave of enemies and then 
subsequently get killed because this weapon series sucks.
CC piercers: Close range weapons that shoot out piercing pressure shots. 
Mostly useless as their range is lower than CC strikers. Does more damage 
than the CC strikers and fire more often. Use these if you want to kill 
elite enemies at close range. Secondary function is the same as CC 
strikers.
*Spear series- Shoots a tiny spear that does massive damage at very close 
range. Not too useful but can be deadly if used right. Flash spears can 
attack continuously while blast spears do more damage but have finite 
combos
*Jack Hammer- A fist that pounds your enemies at close range. Rapid fire, 
high damage.
*Driver series-  The same as jack hammer.

Shields: All these are useless. Essentially they are shields that are 
carried in one hand and can be used to block attacks (usually 
ineffectually) or reflect them. The speed boost dash offered by the CC 
weapons allows you to dodge attacks so why would you want to take damage? 
This class is not much stronger than other classes in terms of Hp. 250hp 
for a fencer is the same as 250 hp for a wing diver. All it takes is more 
armor pickup and you can have a class that move faster than a fencer but 
doesn't need a stupid shield to defend itself from attacks. Bottom line, 
don't use these terrible weapons, pick a CC weapon instead. Adding insult 
to injury is the fact that these weapons cannot be manually reloaded.

Automatic Artillery- Rapid fire weapons that are meant to hit enemies from 
100m or farther. Don't get too excited, they're no where near as long 
ranged as the ranger's rocket launchers. Secondary function is a boosted 
jump allowing you to get to high ground and jump over obstacles. 
* Hand Gatling series- Oh yeah baby these are the rapid fire killing 
machines you've dreamed of dual wielding. They do more damage than the 
ranger's assault rifles and have higher capacity (and his assault rifles 
are the best in its field) but have high reload times (usually 4 or more 
seconds). They cause low enough recoil that two Gatling guns can be fired 
at the same time and you can still aim. Short delay before firing.
* Cannon series- Shoots powerful rounds that do high damage.  Have range 
of over 200m but a small ammo capacity (less than 20 shots on average) and 
the same reload time as hand gatlings. Essentially this class's sniper 
type weapon. Out classed by the cannon non-automatic artillery series, but 
remember that this series still allows you to boost jump
*Flame revolver series- USELESS. Firing one gun will cause enough recoil 
that you can barely aim. Firing two at once will quickly result in you 
looking at the sky hoping that some higher being will give you a better 
weapon. Poor range, CRAP damage, and long delay times before firing makes 
this weapon useless incarnate. Why do video games have such terrible flame 
throwers?

Artillery: These are big guns that leave entire crowds dead at long range. 
Useful for taking out elites and useful for crowd control. They do not 
however have useful secondary functions. Some might have zoom though.
*Cannon series- Piercing sniper weapons. Massive damage. Essentially the 
same as the Automatic artillery cannon series but does not provide boost 
jumping. Most come with zoom function.
*Javelin series- Shoots javelins at high volumes and high rate of fire. 
Tends to reload quickly. Early versions have drawbacks but later versions 
such as the javelin storm can utterly destroy everything! Fires at awkward 
angles that simulate a parabolic arc. This can be abused by looking at the 
ground to cause the javelins to shoot straight forward.
*Mortar Series- Fires long range mortars that explode and do high damage. 
Use these to take out elite enemies from afar. Light versions have high 
capacity and rate of fire. Heavy versions have less capacity and rate of 
fire but do more damage. Most come with zoom function.

Missile Launchers: Fire long range missiles... if you're lucky enough to get 
a missile launcher that doesn't need a guide kit. Only the ones with laser 
guide kits are worth using. The others tend to do too little damage and 
have too high a reload time to be useful.
*Leviathan Series- Massive damage. Long lock-on time and massive blast 
radius. The air raider using the laser guide kit had better not be 
screwing around when one of these are the air!
*Arm Hound series- Above average lock on time (0.5 seconds on average when 
good missile launchers have 0.1) great homing capability and low damage. 
Reload time is usually a deal breaker. Missiles do have blast radius.
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****Section 2 game mechanics**** (BTIO)
*This section explains basic ideas on how to play the game. This a boring 
section and you can probably learn how to play the game faster by simply 
playing it*

Before you begin gameplay, pick a storage device and do the obvious stuff 
you need to do so that the game will auto-save in the slot you picked. 
This should include signing in to an xbox live account (online or offline 
it does not matter) as well as picking a name for your save slot. Saving 
is automatically done and there is no possible chance to turn off auto-
save. The game saves after every mission completed or failed or when you 
return to the title screen.

Take a look at the equipment menu and from there you can pick your class 
and what weapons (or vehicles if you choose air raider) they'll have 
access to. When you look at a weapon you'll see that it has ROF meaning 
rate of fire, a capacity (denoting the amount of times you can fire it) 
and the damage it does. Other effects might be listed but they are labeled 
appropriately. Here are some of the things you might see on a weapon 
description:

Homing capability: The ability of the missile to lock on to the target. 
The closer to S it is the more homing it is and the better it turns.

Blast radius: Denotes that the damage does damage to all things within the 
radius of the explosion. Higher is good but too high means you're probably 
going to kill yourself with this weapon.

Reload time: The time it takes to reload weapons. Guns tend not to run on 
magic

Energy Cost: Applies only to wing divers and it denotes the cost of energy 
it takes for them to reload the gun. Keep in mind that the entire clip is 
discarded when reloading so reloading one bullet out of 20 costs the same 
amount as reloading 20 bullets of 20. The rate of energy drain is 
determined by charge time

Charge time: Reload time but for wing divers. I bet humanity must be 
unified at this point because they have free energy and a common enemy. No 
wonder the cities look so utopian!

Duration: Some items only last a short amount of time. Healing stations 
and deployables have a set amount of time they can last.

Range: The minimum range at which the gun can fire and hit things at. 
Anything over 1000m tends to have infinite range for as far as gameplay 
goes. 700m is enough to hit atmospheric targets from far away

Durability: Vehicles and deployables can be blown up. Durability denotes 
the amount of damage they can take. Essentially it's the same as the 
health that you would have but the object's health instead

Lock-on: The amount of targets that the missile launcher can lock on to. 
Keep in mind that its one missile per target so you can't fire 6 missiles 
at the same target unless the missile launcher specifically states that is 
the case.

Lock-on time: the time it takes for them missile launcher to realize it 
can shoot things. You generally cannot fire a missile launcher without a 
target.

*These are just some of the things you will see in the weapon description. 
There are more but most of them are fairly self-explanatory*

Pick a loadout and get ready to fight some aliens and hopefully win. 
Remember to read the description of the weapon carefully in order to 
determine if it's useful. Feel free to experiment as failing a mission has 
no penalties associated with aside from forcing you to play that level 
again successfully in order to progress.

As soon as you start the game you'll notice your health bar, your weapon 
and its ammunition and the radar.

Health: The amount of Hp you have. If it goes to zero you are downed and 
require rescue from another human player. Since I am assuming you are 
playing single player, its game over if your health  drops to zero at any 
point. Note that there is no damage reduction so the damage listed by the 
gun you equipped will go 100% to you (assuming you don't have some effect 
that reduces damage active... but those are generally useless) so be careful 
with weapons like the Air tortoise or the mortar because they do so much 
damage that they will kill you in one hit with your low starting Hp.

Radar: Red dots are enemies, blue dots are friendly soldiers, white dots 
are stupid civilians and green dots are pick ups. Yellow dots denote empty 
vehicles. Green circles with letters denote other human players (A is for 
air raider, F is for fencer, R is for ranger, W is for wing diver). The 
radar detects things within 100m so if your target is within the radar 
you're probably going to get shot at by it.

*these are the elements of the screen you should be aware of. There's no 
explanation about ammo because if you don't know what ammunition is then 
clearly this guide will not help you*

Go out and start killing the aliens. There are several attacks to look out 
for. Alien explosive attacks will send you flying. Alien machine gun 
attacks will slow you down and do heavy damage. Web attacks from basic 
spiders will hurt you and slow you down. Alien ants can shoot acid at you 
(they will not do this on the first stage) that hurts you. There are two 
special instances that can occur that may confuse new players.

*Getting bitten*
Ants can grab players with their mighty jaws and beat you up severely. 
After a while the ant will throw you but on high difficulties you'll 
probably be dead before that happens. To escape from the ant grab attack 
you need to fire a weapon and kill the ant. Just keep hammering the weapon 
fire buttons (OR HOLD THEM DOWN) and the weapon you have chosen to use 
will fire and hit the ant in the face.  Rapid fire close range weapons 
like the assault rifle are ideal for killing the ant quickly and escaping 
with minimum damage. Weapons like the rocket launcher that do splash 
damage are not ideal for rescuing yourself from an ant grab because you 
will kill yourself and confuse the forensics team as to whether or not 
your death was an accident or intentional suicide. Spare the forensics 
team the trouble and use a non-explosive weapon (air raiders can use 
splendor series weapons) to save yourself. The ant can randomly decide to 
go into a frenzy and start slamming you into objects or shaking you 
violently doing massive damage in the process. In addition you can't fire 
your weapons while this happening. Note that damaging the ant will prevent 
it from shaking you violently and thus repeatedly damaging the ant can 
prevent the ant from doing damage to you.

*Getting dragged and webbed*
The advanced spiders, the Retarius come pre-spawned on maps and have setup 
a web nest between buildings. The buildings are indestructible but the 
webs are destroyed with enough firepower. Ideally you should kill the 
Retarius before you break the web otherwise the Retarius can become harder 
to kill since it will fall to the ground (being low to ground makes them 
harder to spot). The Retarius constantly shoots out web lines that are the 
same as the basic spider but different in that if it hits the web line 
will start flashing red and you will be dragged towards the Retarius. 
Killing the Retarius is the only way to stop the dragging and this effect 
can easily kill you because you lose the ability to move freely. Needless 
to say, you can get caught in the web nest that the Retarius sits on. The 
only way to escape is to destroy the net.

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The above two mechanics are the only non-self explanatory concepts in the 
game. Here the other concepts that can easily be figured out in gameplay 
but are worth mentioning.

Buildings: They are annoying and give the bugs plenty of hiding space and 
can block deployment of the larger vehicles. All buildings have a set 
amount of explosive damage they can take before they collapse. Unlike 
previous games, buildings now take more than a single rocket to blow up.

Civilians: Annoying little people that get in the way and are invulnerable 
and disappear after a short while. It is recommended to avoid stampedes of 
civilians as their stupid invulnerable bodies often get in the way of 
explosives causing friendly fire incidents.

Upgrading your character: Armor pickups (the red boxes) increase the max 
Hp of your character. The green boxes are weapon pickups which give you 
weapons based on the level and difficulty you are on. Higher levels and 
higher difficulties give you better weapons overall. Try to end missions 
after you have picked up all upgrading powerups. Note that you must finish 
a mission to get the upgrades so dying will result in the loss of all 
accumulated upgrades. Upgrades are applied after a mission meaning you get 
the weapons and armor boost after a successful mission. Upgrades only 
apply to the class you are using thus rangers cannot get weapons or armor 
for other classes.

EDF soldiers: These guys will help you kill the bugs and are generally 
equipped with assault rifles. They are weak but much more durable then 
they were in previous games. Also unlike in EDF 2017, EDF soldiers do not 
die instantly when friendly fires occurs, instead it takes sustained or 
very high damage friendly fire to kill them. Most of them are rangers but 
some can be wing divers and fencers. Some of them may feature red 
triangles over their head. Approaching the soldiers with the red triangles 
will result in the red triangle disappearing the soldier and his team 
following you for the rest of the mission. This is both a blessing and a 
curse as the EDF soldiers are good decoys but they also tend to get in the 
way randomly and thus cause friendly fire incidents. I will refer to EDF 
soldiers who can join up with you as 'capturable'

****Section 3 the missions**** (9TCF)

*In this section I will discuss the weapons that should be brought to 
tackle the level and what types of enemies you will be fighting (and how 
many waves of them there are) Note: when I write to use assault rifles I 
mean any rapid fire crowd control weapon. When I say missile launcher I 
mean any homing weapon. Lastly when I say rocket launcher I mean any heavy 
damage weapon like cannons, mortars etc.*

*IN ADDITION SPOILERS AHOY!*

Mission 1: Black ants have flooded the streets. These Ants don't use their 
acid attack and focus only on melee. Kill them using whatever weapons you 
want. You will fight 3 waves of black ants. Bring an assault rifle or 
explosive weapon and use whatever class you feel like. This mission is 
easy because the ants don't use range attacks and mostly focus on 
civilians. Its possible to beat this mission on harder difficulties using 
weak equipment in order to get powerful weapons early. A squad of EDF 
soldiers are present on the map but they will not fall under your command. 

Mission 2: You start with a wave of black ants and two capturable EDF 
squads right in front of you. These black ants will shoot acid at you (and 
from now on they will do so as their main attack) so be careful not to get 
too heavily splashed. Another wave of black ants will pop up after you're 
done killing the initial wave. Kill the second wave and the mission is 
over.

Mission 3: Once again a wave of black ants is right in front of you. This 
time only one squad of EDF soldiers is present to help you and the squad 
is not initially capturable (they can be captured after the first wave of 
ants is killed). After you've killed this wave of black ants, another wave 
will appear in another location. After killing this wave however, two 
separate waves of black ants will appear. Wing divers will assist you for 
this dual wave of ants. You will fight 4 waves of ants in total this 
mission. Assault rifles and explosives are recommended.

Mission 4: The new enemy Retarius is introduced. These bastards reside in 
a web that gives them a high vantage point over the battle field. Getting 
caught in the web hurts you and the Retarius will shoot webs that upon 
hitting you will flash red and begin dragging you into the web. Destroying 
the web is the only method to escape and killing the Retarius is the only 
way to get lose of the red flashing webs. There are seven Retarius's in 
this level. Kill them all and the mission is over. Assault Rifles and 
explosives are recommended. There are EDF soldiers present but most of 
them are useless against the Retarius. Note if camera effects is enabled, 
the camera will zoom in on the first Retarius and totally screw you over 
if you are aiming or trying to do something

Mission 5: Seven Retarius's with black ants guarding 4 of them. Kill them 
all. Assault rifle and explosive weapons recommended. You start with a 
capturable EDF squad in front of you and several other EDF soldiers are 
trapped in the Retarius webs and can be rescued before they die.
Mission 6: Narrow linear hallways with bugs swarming in them. You will 
encounter spiders on this mission, they shoot webs and do not bite. The 
webs do much higher damage than acid does. Spiders travese only by jumping, 
they cannot walk. Assault rifle and explosive weapons recommended. Air 
raiders cannot call for support and missile launchers are worthless here 
due to low ceiling. 3 waves of sequential ants (fighting to a cavern like 
room) followed by a sudden dual wave composed of basic spiders. The dual 
wave will come from  two directions with each wave coming from a separate 
entrance to the cavern. Thus the spiders are not as well coordinated in 
attacking as they otherwise would be.

Mission 7: Air raiders get introduced as EDF NPCs according to the 
description. Also that's a bald face lie since there are no Air raiders in 
this mission. All EDF soldiers are rangers in this mission. Fight and kill 
two waves of spiders. Assault rifle and explosives are blah blah blah

Mission 8: Four waves of spiders. One regular wave followed by dual wave 
followed by a regular wave. Kill all waves to end the level. You really 
shouldn't have gotten this far without a weapon plan for crowd control 
already. If for some reason you haven't figured out that assault rifle 
like weapons + explosive weapons for taking out buildings and tight 
clusters are good then I'm saying it one last time!

Mission 9 : Retarius and Black ant combo. However half way through the 
mission, spiders will being to rise from the eastern sea. Avoid killing 
enemies why they are in the sea since that prevents you from getting items. 
After the first wave of spiders a second dual wave consisting of spiders 
and ants coming from eastern sea will arrive. Bring a long-range homing 
weapon since Retarius's are far away and obscured by trees. Bringing a 
crowd control weapon goes without saying.

Mission 10: A Black ant wave starts right in front of you. After that wave 
is inevitably annihilated you have 2 sequential waves of black ants to 
deal with. After that the mothership shows up with its genocide gun 
(that's what its called in-game) and shoots off a round and fly saucers 
called 'carriers' will come in and start dropping off bugs. The carrier 
and mothership are invulnerable don't bother trying to kill them. Kill all 
the bugs and gunships will show up. Gunships are flying attack drones that 
fire a series of red pew pew beams that hurt you if you are caught in it. 
They're fairly accurate and tend to do quite some damage. Be sure to 
roll/boost in order to dodge their attacks. Missile launchers are good but 
assault rifles work on the gunships too because they like to fly close 
before they attack. The fencer's force blades make a mockery of the 
gunships. Kill all enemies and the mission is over. Missile launchers and 
assault rifles are recommended.

Mission 11: You fight three waves of gunships sequentially. Woot. Bring a 
missile launcher and an assault rifle. 

Mission 12: You fight 3 waves of sequential and progressively larger black 
ant waves. The black ants are para dropped by carriers that appear to be 
indestructible and fly across the battlefield. This leaves the ants 
scattered and dispersed. However the third wave is much larger and 
involves more carriers and the carriers intersect each other. Bring a 
crowd control weapon.

Mission 13: You fight 3 carriers dropping black ants. This is the first 
time you fight carriers properly and so I give a full description of the 
carriers. Carriers are slow moving mobile spawn points, dropping bugs and 
sometimes elite enemies. They have a small but decent amount of health and 
they can be harmed by shooting them in the pink glowing spot when the 
hatch is open. Firing directly at the spawn hole is unadvised as you might 
kill the spawning ants and not the carrier. Unlike previous series, the 
carrier will violently explode when killed (and not power down before 
exploding) and this explosion will be quite bright. The explosion does not 
kill and the falling carrier does not appear to hurt anyone or anything. 
Pay careful attention to the sound of the carrier dropping its payload 
(*my sincere condolences if you're a deaf gamer*). Kill the three carriers 
and any remaining ants and the mission is over. Assault rifles and high 
powered long range weapons are recommended.

Mission 14: A wave of hectors and gunships. Hectors are giant robots that 
carry either cannons or machine guns. The machine guns will fire a large 
spray of bullets that can lock you in place at close ranges and does 
massive damage. The cannons will fire red explosive balls that will send 
you flying in the air if you are caught in the blast. They go down with 
extended fire and explode violently on death. The explosion does no damage 
and the Hector cannot step on you. Hectors always drop powerups on death. 
You can tell if you are within range of a Hector if the red dot 
corresponding to the Hector is not on the outskirts of the radar. After 
the first wave of hectors and gunships are eliminated, a second wave of 
hectors will appear. Air strikes will be called in on the second wave. 
After the second wave is gone the mission is a success. High range and 
high powered weapons are recommended for the Hectors and assault rifles 
for the gunships.

Mission 15: You will fight spawn holes in this mission. Spawn holes are 
the same as carriers, they have no weapons and they exist only to spawn 
infinite hoards of enemies. The key difference however, is that spawn 
holes are close to the ground (do not spawn elite enemies) and are always 
vulnerable. Spawn holes are weaker than carriers because they do not have 
the advantage of being out of reach of short range weapons. You can kill a 
spawn hole with any weapon that does damage. You will fight 4 spawn holes 
sequentially in this mission, the last one spawns spiders instead of black 
ants. An assault rifle is recommended for this mission.

Mission 16: You fight the quadped siege fortress in this mission. The 
Quadped mech will be auto killed in this mission so you don't need to kill 
it yourself. The quadped siege fortress will start dropping Hectors 
shortly after the mission starts. Avoid being underneath the quadped 
fortress as its steps will damage you. After the deployment of hectors, 
the quadped fortress was start deplyoing drones. After that wave of drones 
are killed, the quadped will deploy a second wave a short while later. 
After that wave is dead, the quadped fortress will later start dropping 
hectors. Then the quadped will start dropping drones shortly before the 
quadped fortress is destroyed by a scripted air strike. Be careful though 
as the guns on the quadped fortress will activate at this point and start 
shooting lasers at everything. After the quadped is destroyed and all 
remaining enemies are dead the mission is over. Pick an assault rifle and 
a long range high damage weapon for this mission.

Mission 17: You start with two carriers deploying spiders. After the 
carriers are dispatched (destroyed) another two carriers will appear at a 
low attitude in the canyon and start dropping spiders. Destroying these 
and any remaining spiders will end the mission. Use an assault rifle and a 
high powered long range weapon like a rocket launcher.

Mission 18: A new enemy the artillery Hector will be introduced. You will 
fight this enemy exclusively for this mission. They're the same as 
regularly hectors but they carry purple plasma long range artilery round 
and fire at you from far away. They have no minimum range and have an easy 
time hitting you at close range because of the explosive nature of their 
artillery. Fight fire with fire and hit them with long range high powered 
weapons. Avoid attacking them with close range weapons. There are two 
waves of artillery Hectors in this mission. The artillery hectors will 
come from the sea in this mission and it's not particularly productive to 
wait for the artillery Hectors to reach land. Use a rocket launcher for 
this mission.

Mission 19: The new enemy shield bearer is introduced and NPC fencers will 
be introduced. They're not very deadly, and it only works if Hectors are 
hiding under the shield. To destroy them, go under their shield and blow 
them up. Keep in mind they have a mobile mode and a deployed mode. The 
deployed mode has a bigger shield then the mobile mode. Attacking a 
deployed shield bearer will result in the shield bearer going into mobile 
mode and the shield receding somewhat. This means that if you are shooting 
a deployed shield bearer at the right distance, you can end up hurting 
yourself when the shield recedes. There are two shield bearers on this 
mission at the start. Go under the shields and destroy them. The second 
one has Hectors hiding underneath the shield. Be careful however as an 
airstrike will be called in on the second shield bearer and this can kill 
you if you're caught in it. After the first two are destroyed, a third 
shield bearer will appear and it will be protected by two artillery 
hectors. Another airstrike will be pointlessly called on this third shield 
bearer so be aware of that. Kill them all and the mission is over. Use an 
assault rifle and high power weapon for this mission.

Mission 20: Two shield bearers guarded by black ant will be present at the 
start of this mission. In addition there are three ant holes present on 
the map. Despite the idiot scientists proposal that fencers are good at 
taking out shield bearers any class will work just as long as you have a 
good close range weapon. Elite ants will show up in this mission. They are 
the same as black ants but they are red and do more damage and use only 
bite attacks. Kill the shield bearers, the three ant holes and any 
remaining ants and them mission is over.

Mission 21: A tunnel mission so no support for Air raiders. Inside the 
first tunnel are flame thrower EDf soldiers and a bunch of ants. After 
that head into the first cavern where there are spiders waiting to be 
killed. After you killed the spiders there will be one dual wave of black 
ants and spiders sitting around in a separate cavern area. After those two 
waves are dead, a wave of red ants will appear in a cavern deep in the 
tunnels. A fencer unit will appear to help you with the wave of red ants 
but they are hopelessly outgunned and outnumbered. Kill the red ant wave 
and the mission is over.

Mission 22: Another tunnel mission so no support for Air raiders (i.e no 
tanks and airstrikes for you!). You start this mission at the bottom of a 
ditch and Black ants will start pouring in through the ground above. After 
a short while, spiders will then enter the fray. Kill all insects to end 
the mission. Crowd control weapons like assault rifles are recommended. 
Some of the insects may refuse to go into the ditch but you can climb out 
of the ditch using a path near the edges of the ditch to go find and kill 
them.

Mission 23: You start this mission surrounded by Hectors. Some of them 
wield artillery. Kill them all to end the mission. Use a high power long 
range weapon

Mission 24: The mission starts with drones and a mothership in the air 
with four carriers in front of you.  One carrier will drop spiders the 
rest drop ants. After a while into the mission the mothership floating 
above you will start bombarding the area with lasers and plasma. 

Mission 25: A spawn hole is guarded by spiders and several Retarius's. The 
spawn hole will pump out spiders. Destroy the spawn hole and all other 
enemies and the mission is over. Pick a long range weapon and an assault 
rifle.

Mission 26: A swarm of red ants will advance towards you as this mission 
starts. Once the red ants are dead a second swarm of red ants will pop up 
coming to you from over a hill. After that there is a triple wave of red 
ant trying to swarm you from three different directions. After this wave 
has been dealt with the mission is over. Any crowd control weapon will do.
Mission 27: Elite gunships, the red gunships appear in this mission. You 
will be fighting only red gunships and there will only be five of them. 
Red gunships are extraordinarily resilient.  They also do a lot of damage 
and move quite fast. Use a high powered long range weapon or a really 
powerful assault rifle if you are a wing diver or if the red gunships 
manage to close the distance.

Mission 28: This is an excellent mission for farming upgrades. The mission 
will start with a large wave of Hectors approaching. There will be a lot 
of capturable EDF squads here to help you so be sure to capture them so 
they can act as decoys for enemy fire. The EDF squads are quite well armed 
so they can handle the enemy if you use support them. Airstrikes will be 
called on the Hector wave and several Hectors will die from the air raid. 
After the first wave of Hectors is dead, four hectors will spawn and head 
towards you. There will be no airstrikes on this group of hectors. After 
they are dead a LARGE swarm of black and red ants will charge towards the 
center of the battlefield. After a short while, a LARGE swarm of drones 
will show up. Be sure to near other EDF soldiers at this point as the 
drones will kill you if you don't have decoys. Air support will redraw at 
this point so Air raiders are out of luck if they need vehicles or 
airstrikes. Four artillery Hectors will pop up and start bombarding the 
field. On the other side of the field four regular hectors will show up 
but these will get hit by an airstrike and take some damage. For those 
playing air raiders, air support will be re-established a few minutes 
after it was removed so don't worry if you can't call in a titan tank 
you'll be able to if you survive a few more minutes. Kill all enemies 
including the shield bearer (who is really pointless in this mission) to 
complete the mission. Be sure to pick up the ridiculous amount of power 
ups available in this level. A powerful long range weapon like the javelin 
storm is recommended for this mission and a short range crowd control 
weapon like the Grom SS is also recommended.

Mission 29: Tunnel mission, so no air support for air raiders. First wave 
is black ants. Second wave is also black ants. Third wave is black ants 
and the fourth wave is spiders! Fifth wave is black and red ants. Hurray! 
Crowd control weapons recommended and killing everything completes the 
mission. 

Mission 30: Tunnel mission. You start surrounded by black ants and spiders. 
Kill them all and the mission is over. The ants and spiders have multiple 
corridors to get to you so try and get to a corner and fight them from 
there. Close range weapons HEAVILY recommended

Mission 31: Tunnel mission and your first fight with Queen ants. Queen 
ants are Giant black ants. They don't appear to bite and they spit 'metric 
craptons' (tm) of acid. Head down the tunnel and rally with the capturable 
EDF squad. There is a wave of black ants. After that wave is dead further 
down the tunnel is a second wave of black ants and a few spiders in this 
wave. After the spiders and the ants are dead move down the tunnel and 
kill another wave of ants. After those ants are dead head down the tunnel 
and fight spiders. After fighting the spiders you will be informed the 
queen has been found and you should head down the tunnel and fight black 
ants on your way to the queen's den and the EDF squad waiting outside. 
After meeting up with the EDF squad, go and fight the Queen. The Queen 
spits a metric crapton of acid so shoot through the entrance to the 
queen's lair and don't walk in unless you like dying. In fact its not rare 
for the entrance to the queen's lair to be completely saturated with acid. 
Be extra careful as there are TWO queens present. Crowd control weapons 
are recommended and a rocket launcher for long range crowd control + queen 
killing. 

*From this point on the GAME GETS MUCH HARDER. BE SURE TO GET GOOD WEAPONS 
AND DON'T BE AFRAID TO REPEAT MISSIONS TO GET MORE WEAPONS AND ARMOR*

Mission 32: The mission starts with a mothership arming its genocide gun 
as well as several hectors with shield bearers being present (there is 
also a regular hector and black ant team sitting around near the edge of 
the map. The genocide gun is a big giant independence day like gun that 
shoots a laser that streaks across the battlefield leaving destruction and 
crapped pants in its wake. A long ranged weapon will easily take care of 
this menace. The mothership will start bombarding the area for a short 
while after its genocide gun is destroyed after which it will leave. If 
you do damage to the mothership by shooting the red flashing spot at its 
bottom the mothership will leave earlier. Otherwise just ignore the 
mothership, opting instead to shoot the genocide gun until it is destroyed 
and then going after the hectors and shield bearers. After a few of the 
hector and shield bearer squads are eliminated drones will arrive. Kill 
all remaining enemies and the mission is over. A long range high powered 
weapon like a rocket launcher is recommended and a powerful close range 
weapon to deal with hectors under shields.

Mission 33: Retarius, spiders and spider spawn holes. You've dealt with 
this before. Use a long range weapon and a good crowd control weapon.

Mission 34: Five carriers and six hectors (some have artillery) and drones 
are present on this map. Aside from the carriers there are no 
reinforcements on this map. This is a standard move out and kill 
everything on the map mission. No real strategy here. One of the carriers 
drop red ants the rest drops spiders. Remember that the Hectors and drones 
do not get replaced here so focus on killing them so they won't bother you 
ever again. Use an assault rifle and a rocket launcher for this mission. 

Mission 35: This mission starts with red ants and black ants and gunships 
coming straight at you. After this wave is killed. Another wave consisting 
mostly of black ants and red ants will show up but this wave also contains 
a queen ant and a few red gunships. Defeat this wave and this mission is 
over. Use a rocket launcher and an assault rifle. Note that most of the 
environment is pre-destroyed so there's few things to hide behind and 
plenty of space for the aliens to swarm you. If you are a wing diver you 
find high ground to jump to when things get out of hand but other classes 
will have to rely on their arsenal and durability to get out alive.

Mission 36: Two carriers, a mothership and several gunships and hectors 
will be present at the start of the missions. The carriers drop hectors! 
Blow up the mothership and the level is over but of course this means 
killing the genocide gun when its deployed and then hitting the flashing 
area on the bottom of the mothership until its blown up. The mothership is 
surprising weak but remember that few guns can hit high enough to kill the 
mothership. Bring a rocket launcher or something even better.

MIssion 37: There are several spawn holes, spider and black and red ants. 
Destroy everything. There are six spawn holes in total. The spawn holes 
are evenly split between the insects encountered so far. (i.e 2 holes 
spawn black ants, 2 holes spawn red ants and 2 holes spawn spiders). 
Standard search and kill. Use a crowd control weapon and explosives to get 
rid of annoying barriers. Wing divers can use the cranes present on the 
map to get potshots at the spawn holes. Other classes will have to deal 
the annoying cargo containers on the map blocking their shots.

Mission 38: 3 spawn holes and roughly six hectors will be present. with 
two spawn holes spawning spiders and the other spawning black ants. Kill 
the holes and the insects and the mission is over. Cake walk. Do what you 
did last mission.

Mission 39: A large swarm of black ants will be present on the map. After 
killing them, Hornets will show up. Hornets are flying bugs that attack by 
shooting their stingers. They're essentially the same as gunships but more 
annoying. You will fight two dual waves of hornets after the initial swarm 
of black ants are dead. Kill all the insects and the mission is over. 
Bring a good assault rifle and missile launcher.

Mission 40: There are five spawn holes and a modest amount of hornets and 
spiders present on the map. Standard search and kill. Some of the spawn 
holes spawn spiders others spawn hornets. Kill them all and the mission is 
won. Arm yourself with an assault rifle and explosives.

Mission 41: Two carriers that drop black ants are present. After these are 
destroyed a new type of saucer called earth eaters will show up and block 
the sky. Pay attention to the red flashing earth eaters as these deploy 
some form of new gunship. These new gunships will shoot lasers at you with 
high accuracy and no real opportunity to dodge. You can blow up the red 
earth eaters but it doesn't really do much. After the gun ships are down 
the blue earth eaters will pop out beam guns and shoot straight towards 
the ground. A short while after, giant ufo carriers called void ships will 
appear and start releasing bugs (ants and hornets). Do not attempt to 
destroy the carriers and simply avoid the blue plate guns. Kill the bugs 
and after all bugs are dead the mission is over.

Mission 42: Mission starts with regular gunships coming straight at you. 
After the drones are dead, the earth eater saucers will once again black 
out the sky. Once again the red earth eaters will deploy new gunships. 
Just kill all enemies aside from the red earth eaters to beat the mission.

Mission 43: The mission will start with the earth eater saucers dropping 4 
Deroy walkers. Deroy walkers are heavily armed with lasers and their legs 
are essentially turrets which fire at people approaching the walker. 
Lasers are hard to dodge and Deroy walkers thus should be engaged from far 
away. Fire at its center mass to kill a Deroy walker. After the 4 Deroy 
walkers are killed a fifth walker will be deployed. Kill that walker and 
the mission is over. Use of rocket launcher is heavily recommended.

Mission 44: You start with a new advanced carrier called the void ship 
popping up right in front of you. A capturable EDF squad is present and 
are straight ahead. The Void ship will open up and drop out black ants. 
Treat Void Ships the same way you'd treat carriers. Just remember that 
Void Ships have a larger weak point that is easier to shoot at from an 
angle but has higher health to take abuse. After you have killed the first 
void ship. Two more will warp in. After a short while these void ships 
will start dropping spiders. Destroy them the same way you did the last 
one. The new void ships will show up with one dropping red ants and the 
rest dropping spiders. Once again, kill these the same way you'd deal with 
carriers. Pay attention for the wub wub noise the void ship makes when it 
deploys units.

Mission 45: You start with two void ships already present with one right 
next to you. These void ships will drop blue coloured hectors essentially 
hectors which have slightly more Hp and carry different load out. Blue 
Hecotors appear to carry a special blue plasma cannon that appears to be a 
compromise between the heavy cannon and machine gun of the regular hector. 
It essentially fires large glowing blue balls at you that do a decent 
amount of damage but don't explode (and thus don't send you flying). This 
weapon is much weaker than the machinegun of the Hector (since it doesn't 
lock you in place with ridiculous DPS) but harder to dodge. After you've 
dealt with the new blue hectors and the void ships two new blue hectors 
will pop up near the edge of the map carrying a different shield loadout. 
This loadout includes a shield and the heavy cannon of a regular hector. 
The game suggests that you use help and engage them from the side but that 
doesn't really work because the other EDF soldiers are idiots and hectors 
tend to target you and thus face you anyway. Instead just shoot their 
heavy cannon arm until the hector explodes. Large enough explosives such 
as the heavy Mortar tends to leak through the shield anyway. After the two 
shield hectors are dead the mission is over. Use a very good rocket 
launcher for this mission.

Mission 46: This mission starts with 4 shield bearers guarded by insects. 
The shield bearers to the immediate right are guarded by spiders. The 
shield bearers directly ahead are guarded by red and black ants. Kill all 
enemies. The shield bearers will constantly be moving so be careful not to 
accidentally kill yourself by shooting the outer edges of the shield. The 
red ants and some spiders may leave cover of the shield to go attack you 
personally. After the first three shield bearers and their guardian bugs 
are dead. One more shield bearer guarded by black ants will appear and 
next the shield bearer on a nearby hill is a swarm of hornets. The swarm 
of hornets will do nothing until you approach them or kill one of them. 
The enemy has no spawn points this mission so take it easy and you should 
be fine. Take an assault rifle and a rocket launcher for this mission.

Mission 47: There will be a series of retarius nests and spiders and ants 
guarding these nests. In the center (or roughly the center) there is a 
large cluster of retarius nests positioned by the hills and are guarded by 
spiders and hornets. Part-way through the mission, the eater saucers will 
show up and black out the sky again but they don't do anything this time 
(the blue saucers may fire their guns but once again its at the ground and 
rarely in a threatening position). Kill all enemies to win. Bring a long 
range weapon and an assault rifle

Mission 48: The quadped fortress will be present on the map and will drop 
red ants and gunships. This is essentially the same as the last time you 
fought the quadped fortress except it will not be blown up at the end of 
the mission but are still expected to ignore it. The quadped fortress will 
drop red ants and then gunships sequentially. Just stay away from the 
quadped fortress and kill the ants and gunships from far way. Bring and 
assault rifle and a rocket launcher (or missile launcher). Eventually the 
quadped fortress will leave the map and command will inform you that 
civilians have been evacuated.

MIssion 49: you start in a canyon with a pair blue hectors (with shields) 
approaching you with one pair coming from the right and one pair coming 
from the left. There is quite a few ants present (but most of them are 
scattered) and an artillery hector backing up each pair of blue hectors. 
Fight the blue hectors by either leaving the canyon or shooting their 
exposed arms and legs with explosives until they die. You probably want to 
break the enemies to the right of you before turning around and killing 
the enemies on the left side of your starting point. Aside from that, 
there's no real strategy here other than kill things and kill them fast. 
Bring an assault rifle and rocket launcher.

Mission 50: There will be six spawn holes in this mission. There will two 
spawn holes spawning hornets, two spawn hole spawning spiders, and two 
spawn hole spawning red ants. Search and destroy. Leveling the city makes 
it much easier to get to the holes. Use an assault rifle and a rocket 
launcher.

Mission 51: Lots of regular gunships + red elite gunships and the new 
gunships that shoot lasers. Not much to say here other than just use an 
assault rifle to get low hanging gunships and a rocket launcher to kill 
those red gunships that take a lot of bullets to kill. Half-way through 
the mission the earth eater saucers will black out the sky which you 
should then just promptly ignore.

Mission 52: You will fight 3 humongous waves of spiders sequentially. The 
waves are triggered when half of the spiders of current wave is dead. 
Bring a really good crowd control weapon. After the second wave the earth 
eater saucers will come in and do the same thing they've been doing every 
other mission so far, look menacing and do nothing. You're response should 
be the same given in the previous missions, utter apathy to the presence 
of the earth eaters.

Mission 53: Oh great another blatant advertisement for air raiders and of 
course there are no Air raider NPCs on the map. Even NPCs don't want to 
Air raiders. After laughing at the mission description, you should see a 
void ship with a gunship guard right in front of you. This void ship drops 
black ants. After a short while a second and third void ship will appear 
with the third voidship being very close in proximity with your starting 
location. The Third voidship drops spiders while the second drops red ants. 
A short while after the second and third voidship appears, three MORE void 
ships will show up and these will start dropping the new gunships (the one 
that have continuous laser beams). Standard kill everything on the map but 
you generally want to be quick about it. Use a rocket launcher and an 
assault rifle or missile launcher

Mission 54: Introducing everyone's most hated enemy the king spider. It's 
the same as a regular spider but much much larger and shoots more webs 
that do high damage. The good news is that he's easy to snipe the bad news 
is the king spider is a mobile artillery platform that can shoot you from 
far away too. You start fighting a dual wave consisting of two waves of 
spiders led by a king spider. After that dual wave has been significantly 
trimmed down, a third wave consisting of spiders and a king spider will 
appear. Kill this wave and a dual wave of basic spiders will pop up, one 
far away while the other right next to the wave you just killed. 

Mission 55: You start with the earth eater saucers in the sky pumping out 
new gunships. You can blow up the earth eater saucers but this is 
essentially another survival mission. After a while the earth eater 
saucers will teleport out and get replaced by more earth eater saucers. 
The earth eater saucers will occasionally drop Deroy walkers as well as 
fire upon you using the turrets mounted on them. Some of the red earth 
eater saucers have open bellies. These ones do not drop reinforcements but 
instead serve as a powerhub for surrounding turrets. Blowing these up will 
clear the sky of earth eater saucers. Regardless, after a few minutes into 
the mission, HQ will call the battle off and the mission will be complete. 
Just try to survive until that happens and be sure to take occasional 
potshots at the earth eater saucers to suppress the turrets they've got 
firing at you. Rocket launcher and missile launcher are reccomended.

Mission 56: Breather mission. You start with 3 carriers dropping black 
ants. The last carriers are guarded by hectors but the hectors are in 
guard mode so they don't do anything until you approach them or shoot them 
which is hilarious because they're artillery hectors and so if they were 
active the mission would be much more frustrating. This is an easy mission 
and you shouldn't have too much trouble. Bring an assault rifle and a 
rocket launcher.

Mission 57: You start the mission fighting 3 waves of black ants 
sequentially... okay clearly something's up right? You haven't had this 
easy since the missions in the single digits! Well after you've killed the 
3 waves of sequential black ants, you now have to fight dragons! Dragons 
are dive bomber aerial enemies. They attack by diving at you from the sky 
at about a 45 degree angle while shoot fireballs at you. They then crash 
into the ground before lifting off shortly after. For this reason an 
assault rifle is very good against the dragon whereas missile launchers 
which are good against the new gunships are not as great here. Also 
dragons may occasionally grab you and fly you around in an incredibly 
annoying manner kill them the same way you'd kill a black ant if it 
grabbed you. Two sequential waves of dragons will show up attacking in the 
manner just described. Strafing right while shooting tends to work well 
against the dragons at least until you hit a wall or something. Try not to 
level the city as the buildings do in fact help you against the dragons by 
blocking potential dive bomb routes. If you are a fencer, now is the time 
to break out the javelin weapons (or farm for some if you haven't gotten 
any). Use an assault rifle and a missile launcher but you should probably 
rely on the assault rifle. I seriously don't know why everyone (in-game) 
is so worried about the dragons, these things literally flew into my guns. 
Some of them died in such a way that they literally showered me with 
health pick-ups and armor. Regardless have fun, you're going to be seeing 
a lot of dragons from here on in.

Mission 58: Annoying mission. Swarms of dragons are nested in random areas 
of the map with each spawning when its predecessor is thinned. There's 
about 3 waves of dragons but the annoying part is dragons tend to get 
lodged in between buildings and the paths to travel to the next group is 
unnecessarily long. Couple this with constant whining from the other 
forces and you've got severe gameplay and story segregation (where 
gameplay does not matchup with story). Still dragons are relatively easy 
to take out even especially when they get scattered due to poor path 
finding. Use a missile launcher and an assault rifle but the assault rifle 
should generally be doing the most work. Air support will be lost part-way 
through the mission so air raiders will not get help.

Mission 59: You start overlooking a valley with two capturable EDF squads 
directly in front of you. There's a lot of dragons and about two Deroy 
walkers. The dragons are hilariously easy to take out because they fly 
into your bullets and the Deroy walkers are on guard mode meaning you get 
first shot on them and they aren't bombarding you with artilery. Kill 
everything on the map. At the start of them mission Air Raiders will not 
be able to request support but part way through the mission support will 
be re-established.

Mission 60: A large nest of retarius and spiders is present in the middle 
of the city. There is one spawn hole at the far edge of the spider nest 
that spawns spiders. Kill all the enemies. Half way through the mission 
earth eater saucers will show up but they do nothing. Rocket launcher and 
assault rifle heavily recommended

Mission 61: Approach the Hornet nest and just start killing hornets. The 
nest itself is invincible so there's no reason to destroy it.

Mission 62: Quadped fortress again except this time you are expected to 
destroy it. Walk underneath the fortress and shoot its open hatch when it 
tries to deploy more escorts. Unlike the previous few times where the 
quadped fortress was fought, the quadped will stop when dropping 
reinforcements and thus allow you to shoot into the deployment hatch  
without gettting flung from the shockwaves of the quadped fortress's steps. 
The quadped will start moving after the first few drops of black ants but 
it will stop for much longer periods of time after dropping green hectors 
and gunships. The Green hector is the same as an artilery hector although 
its just as weak so treat it like an artilery hector. At this point the 
Quadped fortress might open its hatch and release no reinforcements 
essentially a big "shoot me" sign. The key to beating this mission easily 
is to wait until after the quadped fortress stops dropping ants as the 
ants will do massive damage to you if you don't kill then and if you're 
spending time to kill them then you aren't able to shoot the quadped. 
Amazing the mission becomes much easier when there's less ants and more 
elite enemies like hectors and gunships flying around since those attack 
less often and aren't in your face like the ants are. Bring a rocket 
launcher and an assault rifle for this mission.  

Mission 63: You start on a mountain top with an EDF squad straight ahead. 
Rally up with the squad and engage the group of black ants. As soon as you 
attack the black ants, Dragons will show up to harass you. Kill the ants 
quickly and then kill the dragons using missile launchers or assault rifle 
fire. After the dragons and ants are dead head down the mountain trail and 
fight a group of red ants. Once again, when you attack the group of red 
ants a swarm of dragons will spawn to harass you. After dealing the red 
ant dragon combo, continue further down the mountain side to fight a group 
of spiders. Just like with the red ants dragons will spawn as soon as you 
attack the group to harass you. After the spider-dragon combo are dead, 
shoot down the mountain and hit the black ant swarm at the base of the 
mountain. This will spawn dragons and the black ants will be hard pressed 
to bother you. Needless to say kill the black ants and the dragons. 
Finally, go bother the spider swarm at the base of the mountain and then 
deal with the resulting dragon harassment swarm. Kill the last of the 
dragons and the spiders and the mission is over. Note that you can attack 
the insect swarms in any order you wish but its follow the mountain trail 
and fight the enemies from the safety of the mountain. Bring an assault 
rifle and a missile launcher.

Mission 64: You start on a skyscraper surrounded by spiders at the base of 
the building and two void ships spawning gunships. Destroy the two void 
ships and two more will spawn with these one spawning new gunships. Red 
gunships will also spawn to try and harass you. Destroy these void ships 
and there will be no more spawners for enemy gunships. Now that the void 
ships are gone focus on killing the gunships. After the gunships are dead, 
shoot down the skyscraper and kill the spiders. Keep in mind that your sky 
scraper is not immune, so don't blow it up unless you like to surrounded 
by spiders. Kill all the spiders and any remaining air units and the 
mission is over. Bring a rocket launcher and an assault rifle (or missile 
launcher, but becareful not to blow up the skyscraper with it!).

Mission 65: You start mission with a carrier in constant motion dropping 
black ants and a larger long legged deroy walker ready to attack you. The 
Deroy walker will generally try to stab you with its legs but it may try 
to hit you with its laser beam. While intimidating, this large deroy 
walker isn't very deadly. Focus on kill the carrier and black ants and 
then repeatedly shoot the center mass of the deroy walker to destroy it. 
Mission over! Bring a rocket launcher and an assault rifle.

Mission 66: Breather mission. You start with a red ant spawn hole guarded 
by red ants right in front of you and a void ship in the distance. Dash 
past the red ants and spawn hole and head for the void ship by the time 
you get underneath the void ship it should start spawning dragons. Kill 
the voidship first then kill the dragons and red ants. Climb up the hill 
and kill the red ant spawn hole and any remaining enemies. Rocket launcher 
and assault rifle recommended.

Mission 67: You fight the ravager battleship called the argo which comes 
in two phases. For phase one the battleship will fly around shoot laser in 
random directions and isn't that much of a threat. After certain amount of 
damage, the battleship will call in new gunship reinforcements and after a 
lot of damage; the battleship will transform into a walker. In walker mode 
the battleship will actually attempt to KILL you and will launch blue 
plasma balls at long range that do massive damage if you get hit. In 
addition it fires close range red energy bursts that will hurt you badly 
if you are in range. Just keep sniping him with a long range powerful 
weapon. When the battleship goes down all that's left is to kill any new 
gunships left over and the mission is over.

Mission 68: The mission starts with black ants and a shield bearer 
approaching you. Capture all the EDF squads that are right in front of you 
and then head towards the first shield bearer. Halfway to the shield 
bearer look to your left and you should see a black ant spawn hole. 
Destroy the spawn hole and then kill the red ants and black ants guarding 
it. Don't worry about the shield bearers because the shield bearer doesn't 
seem to be protecting anyone. Head up the hill (after you've kill the 
ants) and you'll be faced with a shield bearer, spider and black ants. You 
will want to destroy this shield bearer as it covers the spiders and their 
spawn hole. After kill the shield bearer clear area of spiders and destroy 
the spawn hole. Move further down the hill and you'll find a spider spawn 
hole and another shield bearer that's guarding nothing. Ignore the shield 
bearer and focus on the killing the spiders and their spawn hole. There 
will be one more hole left and that one spawns black ants. Simply head 
towards the direction of the black ants and kill you way to the hole and 
then destroy it. Earth eater saucers will black out the sky during this 
mission to the utter apathy of everyone. Kill all insects and remaining 
shield bearers and the mission is over. Assault rifle and rocket launcher 
recommended.

Mission 69: Back to the hornet nest. Shoot at the hornet nest with a long 
range weapon and keep doing it until the hive nest is destroyed. If the 
hornet presence gets too heavy switch to an assault rifle or missile 
launcher and start thinning out the hornet crowds. Once the Hornet nest 
goes all collapsy the mission is over (after a few seconds of dialogue). 
Pick an assault rifle and a rocket launcher (or a missile launcher in 
place of the assault rifle).

Mission 70: Tunnel mission. You start right above a hole with spiders 
filling the hole. Walk to the left and fall onto the ledge and shoot the 
spiders from that ledge (or you can do it from the starting location but 
you risk falling into the heart of the crowd). After the spiders are all 
dead capture the EDF squad that's positioned in a dead end at the bottom 
of the hole (if they're still alive) and then proceed to the next area of 
the tunnel to see a large cavern area filled with spiders and two spider 
kings. After killing occupants of the large cavern, a dual wave of spiders 
will spawn at far ends of the large cavern and proceed to flood in. Kill 
this dual wave of spiders and the mission is over.

Mission 71: Tunnel mission. You start facing a ledge with a large swarm of 
spiders at the bottom. Resist the urge to yell YOLO and jump down and 
instead wait there for the spiders to climb up. Some of the spiders will 
manage to climb and you should greet them the EDF way. After no more 
spiders manage to climb the wall (they tend to jump off instead halfway) 
jump down and kill the remaining spiders. After the spiders are dead, 
Hornets will spawn completely surrounding you but they shouldn't be too 
much of a problem because the tight tunnels reduce their evasive manuevers. 
After the hornets are dead more will spawn and you will be told to head 
deeper into the hive; do so. Following your radar will lead you to a small 
cavern area with a small amount of hornets that you should of course 
slaughter. Head down the tunnel and capture the EDF squad waiting there 
for you and head into the final area where a GIANT hornet called the Death 
queen is waiting for you. The Death queen is the same as any other hornet 
except it shoots massive needles that do pretty nasty damage and send you 
flying. Still poor accuracy though so. Just like in the mission 31, stay 
at the entrance and bombard the queen from there. The death queen can take 
A LOT of abuse so be patient and just like in mission 31 there are two 
queens present though for my play-throughs the second queen hornet will 
dormant until I shot her. Kill the queens and their hornet guards and the 
mission is over.

Mission 72: You start with 3 void ships in the distance that are immune 
and cannot be destroyed (even the mission description says not to bother). 
They will drop Deroy walkers which should be priority of your attention. 
Some of the deroys may spawn outside the mission area too so be aware of 
that. Some time inbetween the wanton slaughter of the deroy's earth eater 
saucers should black out the sky. Notice that there are only three red 
spawn saucers present. These red spawn saucers will drop the long legged 
deroy walkers. Once again, just shoot the center mass until they explode. 
After all deroy walkers are dead, the mission is over. 

Mission 73: A large swarm of dragons will bum rush as soon as the mission 
begins. Show the dragons are a medieval concept by shooting to death, 
preferable with bullets. After that first wave is dead another will spawn. 
A third wave of dragons will spawn after the second has also become a 
medieval concept. After the third wave goes the way of Factor Five (aw man 
I love that company too!) the mission is over. If you don't understand why 
I am making so many jokes its because dragons are annoying enemies and 
they're not very dangerous either. I play fencer normally and use the 
javelin storm. I just hold the triggers while looking at the sky and then 
bodies of dead dragons just pile on the fencer blocking out the screen as 
the radar goes blank. Not very entertaining or fun to fight dragons as a 
fencer.

Mission 74: There are a series of shield generators on the map which are 
guarded by deactivated deroy walkers (they will activate when you get 
close) and black ants. Near the edge of the map there are void ships 
dropping black ants. When the mission starts head straight and meet up and 
capture the EDF squad. Turn left and head towards the deactivated deroy 
walker. Get close and then blow it up with a massive surprise attack. A 
shield bearer should be near by, destroy it. After the deed is done, head 
down towards the docks (towards the void ship) and destroy the void ship 
(it drops black ants... in the sea) and the nearby deactivated Deroy 
walker. There's a shield bearer to the left of the void ship, be sure to 
blow that up too.  Now that the leftmost shield bearer is down the shield 
bearer to your right is now exposed and you should destroy that too. Walk 
past the most recently destroyed shield bearer and head across the docks 
to fight gunships and another shield bearer. Destroy these and turn left 
and head down the docks to get a good shot at the second (and last) void 
ship (which also drops black ants). Now that the void ship is dead there's 
no more enemies who respawn and thus you can kill everyone on the map and 
its trivial to take care of the shield bearers after all the gunships and 
ants are dead. Bring an assault rifle and a rocket launcher.

Mission 75: You start with a swarm of black and red ants bumrushing you at 
the start of this mission. Earth eaters will show up and start blocking 
out the sky (once again, ignore them). Focus on killing the black and red 
ants as well as the hornets that show up later. After a decent amount of 
the red and black ants (and hornets) have been wiped out a dual wave of 
hornets and red ants will spawn. Kill them all and the mission is over.

Mission 76: This mission begins with you starting at the top a mountain 
with few EDF squads scattered around the mountain. A large wave of black 
ants and dragons will assault the EDF squad at the base of the mountain. 
Use this opportunity to kill as many of the black ants or dragons before 
the EDF squad is wiped out (or ideally you can save the EDF squad and 
capture them later). After the ant and dragon swarm is dead its time for 
the spider and dragon swarm with the spiders coming from the steep end of 
the mountain and the dragons coming to flank the EDF squads on the top of 
the mountain. AFTER THAT it's a wave of spiders, ants and dragons with an 
emphasis on dragons! Kill the last wave and them mission is over. An 
assault rifle and a rocket launcher are heavily recommended.

Mission 77: At the start of the mission you will see the large rectangular 
structure flowing in the air known as the brain. You cannot destroy the 
brain but shooting at it will trigger earth eater saucers to descend to 
cover the brain's retreat. You start overlooking a ditch and in the ditch 
are several artillery hectors (some of them are green hectors and shield 
bearers. There are also some new gunships roaming about. This mission is 
easy as long as you engage the artillery hectors first. Kill all enemies 
and force the brain to retreat and the mission is over. Rocket launcher 
and missile launchers are recommended. You can also use an assault rifle 
but its fairly useless here.

Mission 78: Breather mission. Three void ships are present and they all... 
oh for freaks sake more dragons!? I'm tired of dragons people! Well there 
are some hornets already present on the map to mix things up. Destroy the 
void ships using a long range weapon. Bring a missile launcher and a 
rocket launcher for this mission.

Mission 79: You are surrounded by 4 carriers and 4 void ships that are in 
constant motion. The enemy will constantly be spawning spiders, ants and 
hornets. There is good news though, there is a very set limited amount of 
bugs that can present at any time at which point the carriers and void 
ships  will still open as usual but not deploy any more enemy units. It 
appears to be 4 hornets, 8 spiders and about 12 ants. That said there's a 
lot of carriers and several dedicated to each type. Kill the bugs when 
they get too dangerous (i.e they're in your face) and then take pot shots 
at any carriers which have their hanger bays open and continue to take pot 
shots until the enemy gets too close. I find that the hornets aren't very 
dangerous but the spiders and ants ARE. Once the carriers and voidships 
are down and all insects are dead the mission is a success. Use a rocket 
launcher and an assault rifle for this mission.

Mission 80: MORE FREAKIN DRAGONS!!!! Like every other mission that 
features dragons you start with a swarm of dragons just sitting in the 
middle of the city doing nothing, then you go over and kill them. After 
the dragons are dead a giant dragon and dragon escort will show up and you 
need to kill them too. The giant dragon is essentially a gunship, he will 
not swoop down to dive bomb you and instead just sets the general area on 
fire. One of the soldiers may remark "Check your contract, fighting 
dragons is part of the job". Well considering how ridiculously overused 
the dragons have been so far... one must wonder. Kill the king dragon and 
his dragon escort and the level is over. Rocket launcher and assault rifle 
recommended.

Mission 81: You start the mission being asked to rescue ranger 7 from a 
small horde of ants. A short while later a swarm will appear behind you 
consisting of red ants, black ants and spiders. After this wave is dead, 
they'll say something about the hero of EDF 2017 and then a swarm of 
Hornets backed by red and black ants will pop up. During what can most 
likely be described as the epic fight, earth eater saucers will show up 
and black out the sky. After you've killed that wave you'll be informed 
that it's a trap, and hornets, spiders and red ants will spawn and head 
towards your position. Kill this wave and the mission is over. Bring a 
assault rifle and a rocket launcher.

Mission 82: Two void ships that deploy new gunships and an argos defending 
those void ships. Kill the argos, the void ships using a high power long 
range weapon like a rocket launcher. There's also a green hector buts that 
joke compared to the other things present on this map. Kill all enemies to 
win. A missile launcher to take out the new gunships and a rocket launcher 
to take out the argos is recommended.


Mission 83: Five void ships are present although they don't seem to do 
anything. Running straight at you are several hectors, black ants, new 
gunships, and spiders. At the far end of the map are two blue hectors in 
guard mode and two long leg deroy walkers in deactivated mode; these two 
will only attack you if you attack them first or walk close to them. Kill 
all the enemies that come to you then snipe the rest using a rocket 
launcher. 
Assault rifle and rocket launcher is recommended, although this does make 
fighting the new gunships a little bit harder.

Mission 84: You start the mission behind two large EDF squads immediately 
getting swarmed by spiders and new gunships. Part way through the mission 
the rear guard of the attack force composed of red ants and blue hectors 
will show up. Kill them all using liberal application of rocket launcher 
and missiles. Rocket launchers and missile launchers are recommended 
though this may make fighting the red ants harder (but if the EDF soldiers 
don't die you shouldn't have problems fighting the red ants). After that 
massive wave of enemies are dead, three void ships will materialize and a 
queen hornet will spawn. The middle void ship will spawn spiders while the 
other two will spawn black ants. Defeat this wave and the mission is over. 

Mission 85: The brain ship will be sitting high above the earth eater 
saucers. The key here is to simply blow up one of the red earth eater 
saucers and shoot through the resulting hole to hit the brain. There are 
three phases in this battle, the first phase is the easier where there are 
only new gunships floating around. Just blow a hole through the earth 
eater saucers and hit the brain. After enough damage is done the second 
phase begins and all the earth eater saucers are replaced with tougher 
variants. The second phase is the hardest as there are now Deroy walkers 
being introduced and the cannons on the earth eater saucers will shoot 
twice as often. Think laser light show but the lethal variety. The third 
phase will begin once a few more shots make it through the improved earth 
eater saucer formation. All earth eater saucers will be replaced with 
giant purple plates that shoot lightning and the brain will start spewing 
out dragons to harass you. All the plates can be destroyed but you should 
destroy only the ones that threaten you. Break through the purple plates 
and shoot the brain until its powers off then hide under a bridge or 
something until the mission is complete. Enjoy your ending and I hope you 
had fun playing this game. 

Note: High powered weapons like the leviathan will not allow you to skip 
sections of the boss fight. The boss's health will just reduce to the 
minimum required to reach the next phase and then you will be required to 
hit the brain ship again.


***Section 4 Advanced tips and tricks*** (TR45)

*This section is filled with advice from community and myself. Feel free 
to contribute by emailing me at khoidoan1@hotmail.com with an appropriate 
subject line*

Q: What weapons should I equip?

A: well that depends on the class and the mission objectives. Some 
missions will have you just dealing with waves of enemies and not a single 
spawn point meaning you can choose to have excellent close range weapons 
instead of a long range weapon.

Here's an idea of what you should equip based on the mission and what 
class. Note that brand name of the weapon is listed and not the weapon 
itself since the name just changes to reflect higher level versions.

Ranger- Close combat
AF rifle series preferably RAR suffix
Um grenade launcher series for lobbing grenades down tunnels and killing 
blobs of enemies

Wing Diver- Close combat
Ithion or rapier (or grom) series for close range killing
Eclat series for when you get surrounded

Air Raider- close combat
Splendor series
Splendor series yes that's right its always good to have two of the same 
gun if you are an Air raider
Gigantus series or Velgata series for vehicle support if available. 

Fencer- Close combat
Force blade or hammer series
Force blade or hammer series (alternatively you can choose to have a 
shield)
Hand Gattling series preferably the ones with low delay times
Hand Gattling series

likewise when fighting flyers you should choose to have an assault rifle 
like weapon and missile launcher though the variety of enemies in some 
missions might make choosing not to use the missile launcher a safer 
choice.

Ranger- Anti-air
AF series
Emerald series missile launcher

Wing Diver- Anti-air
Ithion or Grom series
Giest or mirage series

Air Raider- Anti-air
Y-11 anti-aircraft mine series
Splendor series. The splendor series tends to act like flak when detonated 
in the air
Self propelled rocket series for massive sky cleaning if vehicle support 
is available.

Fencer - Anti-air
Force blade series
Force blade series
Javelin series
Javelin series

But what if there are elite enemies like hectors mixed in with the 
gunships? Well clearly you need to make compromises. Picking missile 
launchers and rocket launchers will make it difficult to deal with hectors 
and gunships that get close (and they very much like to get close). An 
assault rifle will do reasonable well against the gunships (except the 
ones that don't get close but there's only one group that really does 
that) and still protect you from black ants, spiders and red ants; the 
most common enemies in the game. Thus you should choose to have a rocket 
launcher and an assault rifle in the situations where you have to deal 
with flying enemies, elite enemies and swarmer enemies. This is the 
average situation

Ranger- Average loadout
Stingray series
AF series

Wing Diver- Average loadout
Grom Series or Rapier series
Plasma launcher series

Air Raider- Average loadout
Limpet sniper series
Splendor series
Any tank or battle vehicle for vehicle.

Fencer- Average loadout
Hammer or force blade or shield
Heavy cannon
Javelin series
Javelin series


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