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Earth Defense Force 2025 Faq/Walkthrough by Khoiman Note from the author: This is the second Faq/Walkthrough I have written and the first Faq/Walkthrough had no one critique it or otherwise have people pointing out flaws in my writing skills (not that I'm complaining mind you). Standard copyright rules apply (although I don't know them) and I expect to be notified when my work is used. *****If you have any complains or you would like to contribute information to this FAQ/walkthrough just email me at Khoidoan1@hotmail.com with a subject line such as "EDF 2025 walkthrough"**** PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO IMPROVE MY GAMEFAQ. EDF 2025 IS A LARGE GAME. 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. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------- 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. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------- 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. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------- 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. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------- ****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. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------- 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 email@example.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