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Introduction 2. FAQ 3. Game Menus and Controls 4. Rebel Alliance Forces A. Pilotable Craft B. Support Forces 5. Imperial Forces 6. Strategies 7. Mission Walkthroughs and Gold Medals A. Training Mission - Tatooine Training B. Mission 1 - Death Star Attack C. Mission 2 - Ison Corridor Ambush D. Mission 3 - Battle of Hoth E. Mission 4 - Prisons of the Maw F. Mission 5 - Razor Rendezvous G. Mission 6 - Vengeance on Kothlis H. Mission 7 - Imperial Academy Heist I. Mission 8 - Raid on Bespin J. Mission 9 - Battle of Endor K. Mission 10 - Strike at the Core L. Secret Mission 1 M. Secret Mission 2 N. Secret Mission 3 O. Secret Mission 4 P. Secret Mission 5 8. Secrets A. Bonus Tech Upgrades B. Secret Ships C. Passcodes D. Ace Mode *NEW* 9. Standard Guide Stuff A. Legal B. E-mail Guidelines C. Credits D. Version Updates E. The Final Word *********************************************************************** 1. Introduction Hello, and welcome to my Rogue Leader FAQ! ^_^ As my first GameCube FAQ, I felt it was only fitting that I write for one of the greatest sci-fi series ever. Being a Star Wars nut as well, this choice was quite logical. *********************************************************************** 2. FAQ Q: What is Rogue Leader? A: Rogue Leader is the sequel to Rogue Squadron for the N64. It was developed by Factor 5 and published by LucasArts. It's a flight-sim/ shooter using much the same engine as the original Rogue Squadron. Q: Does this game have a sidestory to the Star Wars Trilogy? What movies does the game cover? A: This game covers the entirety of the original Star Wars trilogy. There are several missions that serve as "in-betweens" between the major battles (Yavin, Hoth, Endor), but none of them go far as to create a sidestory. Q: What ships can you fly? What are some passcodes? What enemies are you up against? How do I beat a mission? A: All those questions are answered in the guide. Please refer to the Table of Contents to see where your questions are answered. Q: What's Targeting Computer Efficency? A: A new stat added. This starts at 100% and drops whenever you use your Targeting Computer. Those searching for Gold Medals will want to use it as little as possible. Q: Who uses Cluster Missiles? A: Two of the secret ships. Check the Secret Ships section to find out which. Q: How do I open bonus missions? A: There are three bonus missions which are above the three key battles of the game (Yavin, Hoth, and Endor) in the Mission Select Screen. You need to earn points to access them. You earn points by earning medals. Bronze gets you 3 points, Silver gets you 6, and Gold gets you 10. When you earn a higher medal on a mission than the one you have, the old gets replaced, so if you earn a Gold on a mission that you had a Silver on, you'll only receive the extra four points. There are two other bonus missions, and they appear to the right (one after the other) of the Endor bonus missions. *********************************************************************** 3. Game Menus and Controls The Main Menu comprises of two selections, Start and Options (it's almost TOO easy)... "Start" will take you to the game select screen, where you can choose from one of your games saved to the Memory Card, or erase any of the games. Use Back to return to the Main Menu. Once you select a saved game, you will go to the Mission Select screen. Use Left or Right to move through the missions (or Up ^_^) "Options" will take you to the Options menu: Rogue Leaders: Displays a sort of Top Ten players list. It displays the player's initials, what mission they last completed, the player's Alliance Navy rank, and how many medals they have. Passcodes: Enter your super secret passcodes here... Game Settings: - Cockpit Auto-Switch: With this on, your camera will shift while you're tying up an AT-AT with a tow cable. - Enemy Camera: With this on, the camera will pull back if an enemy is chasing you so that you can see it. - Auto Roll: Turn this on and your craft will automatically right itself when you roll your craft on its side. - Auto Level: Turn this on and your craft will automatically right itself when you pitch it up or down. - Crosshairs: This toggles the crosshairs in front of your ship. - Rumble: This toggles whether or not your GCN controller will rumble. - Restore Default Settings: Puts all settings back to their original settings. - Back: Return to the Option Menu. Video Settings: This will allow you to switch between Interlacing and Progressive Scan if you have a Progressive Scan capable TV. Don't worry about it if you don't. Sound Settings: - Music Volume: | - Sound FX Volume: }- Changes the respective volumes - Speech Volume: | - Stereo/Mono: Allows you to switch between the two sound types. - Restore Default Settings: Puts all settings back to their original settings. - Back: Return to the Option Menu. Special Features: - Audio Test: Gives you a quick test of a TIE flying around. Good for determining how well your speakers work. - Teaser Trailer: This lets you view the trailer released for Rogue Leader for Space World 2000 (with X-Wing flying by Yavin). - Documentary: This lets you view the Making of Rogue Leader. It's available after you beat the game. - Credits: You'll be able to view the game credits at any point after you complete the game once. - Audio Commentary: Once this is enabled, you can hear background voice from the design team about developing Rogue Leader. It's enabled after you get at least 10 Bronze Medals. - Music Hall: Once you use a passcode to open this up, you can hear all the music in the game (both MIDI and orchestral) - Concept Art Gallery: Once you use a passcode to open this up, you can see several samples of concept art. - Ace Mode: This only is accessible once you get all 15 Gold Medals. - Back: Return to the Option Menu. Back: Takes you back to the Main Menu. --- In-flight Display Upper Left Corner: This is where your Command Cross is. When your wingmen ask for orders, tap the Control Pad in a direction to issue them that order. Orders are explained in the next section under D-Pad. Upper Right Corner: This is the new 3-D map. Blips at the top mean the craft is ahead of you. If blips are "above" or "below" the map, they're above or below you spatially. Red blips indicate enemies. Green blips mean allies. Blue blips mean neutral craft or structures. If you're distant from your current objective, an orange cone will appear to guide you to it. Lower Left Corner: This is your shield indicator. The color goes from green to red (and the bars shorten) as you take damage. When you're in serious trouble, your wireframe craft will flash red and yellow. Lower Right Corner: There are several indicators here. The most obvious one is the secondary weapon indicator, which shows the type and the number of weapons you have (if limited). In the lower left corner, you'll see a little yellow meter. Once this meter fills, you can perform a speed boost. If you have ion cannons, this will turn blue as you charge the cannon. The border around the icon progressively lights up, and, once completely lit, you can fire linked lasers. --- Controls: Control Stick: Moves your craft. Forward pitches you down and Back pitches you up. Left and right apply the etheric rudder to turn you. A Button: Fires your primary weapon (lasers). Hold down for fully automatic fire. Note that when you stop firing, the border around your secondary weapon in the lower right corner will start tracing around. Once it's fully lit, you can release a fully linked blast. In some cases, tapping the A button will fire a partially linked blast on craft with more than two lasers. B Button: Activates/Fires your secondary weapon: Proton Torpedoes/Concussion Missiles: Fires the warhead. Tow Cable: Will only work near an AT-AT. Fly around it to tie it up. Ion Cannon: Hold the B Button to charge the cannon. Note the blue meter next to your secondary weapon in the lower right corner. Proton Bombs: Tap once to bring up the bombing reticle, and tap again to let 'er fly. Bombs will regenerate (for some reason). Cluster Missiles: A missile splits into six. X Button: This button will switch camera views from chase view to cockpit view and back again. Y Button: Use this button to bring up the targeting computer. Potential targets are highlighted in red, and essential targets are highlighted in yellow. If your craft has bombs, using this when the bombing reticle is up will give you a semi-top-down view. You'll still be able to see ahead of you, but any bombable targets below you will appear over that. Kind of tough to explain. Best way to explain is to try it yourself in Tatooine Training. L Button: The L analog button is used for deceleration. Push it down gently to decelerate. Push it past the click for a heavy brake. R Button: The R analog button is used for acceleration. Push it down gently to accelerate. Push it past the click for a momentary speed boost on some craft. With a B-Wing or X-Wing, this will close the S-foils. (Open them again by tapping A or B, or clicking R or L) Z Button: Hold this button to be able to roll your craft by pulling Left or Right on the stick. C Stick: Up or Down will change the distance the camera follows your craft. Left and Right will rotate your view. D-Pad: Use this for assigning commands to your wingmen. Use Form to have them get on either side of you and fire when there are enemies in front to give you a bit of extra power in your shots. Use Flee to get rid of them if they're "stealing" kills from you, and use the different things that come up for Left and Right to have them attack certain enemies (Guns, TIEs, AT-STs). Start: Pauses the game. From the Pause Menu you can abort the mission, or adjust the Game and Sound Settings. *********************************************************************** 4. Rebel Alliance Forces --- A. Pilotable Craft All the most famous starfighters from the Rebel Alliance are available for your TIE-busting pleasure. This does NOT include secret ships, which will be covered in the Secrets section. However, just because a craft appears elsewhere in this section or the Imperial section, doesn't mean that it can't be a secret ship... ~_^ --- Incom Corporation T-65 Space Superiority Fighter "X-Wing" The X-Wing was the last fighter developed by Incom before its seizure by the Empire. Its most famous feature is its four wings that folded out to form the signature X shape. There's also this little matter of some guy who blew up this big space station with one. In this game, the X-Wing has the best balance of speed and power. Its S-foils can be closed (using an R-click) to increase speed in both vaccuum and atmosphere. It also has an R2 unit aboard that will repair your shields as long as it holds out. If you get hit really hard, you may see the directional pad pop up with "Repair" in all directions. Hit it, and you'll be restored to full green for one time only. Primary Weapon: Quad Lasers Secondary Weapon: 6 Proton Torpedoes --- Koensayr BTL-S3 Longprobe Attack Starfighter "Y-Wing" The former flagship fighter of the Alliance before the introduction of the X-Wing, this combination fighter/bomber vehicle has two engine nacelles extending from its cockpit, giving it a Y shape. The Y-Wing's quite slow, but it can take serious punishment. There is no speed boost available for it, so you won't get anywhere fast. It also has an R2 unit that will repair your shields as long as it holds out. If you get hit really hard, you may see the directional pad pop up with "Repair" in all directions. Hit it, and you'll be restored to full green for one time only. Remember, Proton Bombs regenerate, so don't be afraid to use them. Primary Weapon: Dual Lasers Secondary Weapons: 20 Proton Bombs and Ion Cannon --- Dodonna/Blissex RZ-1 Fighter/Interceptor "A-Wing" One of the fastest fighters in the galaxy, the A-Wing can leave other ships in the dust. It was developed in a joint venture with General Jan Dodonna, and Rebel engineer Walex Blissex specifically for the type of hit-and-run tactics that the Alliance became so fond of. It is recognized by its sleek wedge-shaped design. It's fragility can be a liability, but it has incredible speed, and the ability to have an even bigger speed boost if you jam the accelerator. Primary Weapon: Dual Lasers Secondary Weapon: 20 Dual-fire Concussion Missiles --- Slayn & Korpil B-51 Fighter/Bomber "B-Wing" Developed after the Battle of Yavin, the B-Wing fighter was created by then-Commander Ackbar with the help of the Slayn & Korpil Verpine colonies. It looks like a large wing with a cockpit at one end, with two airfoils extended. The B-Wing is superior to the Y-Wing in most every way. It's faster, but still not as fast as an X-Wing, even with S-foils closed. It has more lasers, with a wide spread to hit fighters more effetively, and the most Torpedoes of any craft. It's only a little less durable than the Y-Wing. Primary Weapon: Triple Lasers Secondary Weapons: 12 Proton Torpedoes and Ion Cannon --- Modified Incom Corporation T-47 Airspeeder "Snowspeeder" This repulsor craft was turned from a workhorse speeder to a combat vehicle for air strikes on planetside engagements. It's the only craft that can tie up those pesky AT-ATs with its tow cable. It has the ability to engage a respectable speed boost if you jam the accelerator. You're told there are no shields, but the craft has thick armor plating, which makes it more durable than an A-Wing, but not as much as an X-Wing. Primary Weapon: Dual Lasers Secondary Weapon: Tow Cable --- Incom Corporation T-16 Low Atmosphere Repulsor Craft "T-16 Skyhopper" This pleasure craft is something every hot rodder wants in his garage. The small main cockpit is connected to three airfoils that stabilize it in flight. It uses its targeting lasers as a main weapon. The craft can only be used in the Tatooine Training Grounds where certain aspects (like secondary weapons), change as you do different training lessons. It has the ability to engage a speed boost if you jam the accelerator. Primary Weapon: Dual Lasers Secondary Weapons: 6 Proton Torpedoes (20 Proton Bombs) and Ion Cannon --- Bespin Motors Storm IV Twin Pod Patrol Craft "Cloud Car" A patrol craft, mainly, this ship is made for upper atmosphere work. Lando Calrissian maintains a good number of these for patrolling his latest investment, Cloud City. The Cloud Car isn't the most flashy craft ever, but helpful in Bespin if your primary ship is getting hammered. It's has decent manueverability and speed, but it can't take too many hits. Primary Weapon: Dual Lasers --- Sienar Fleet Systems Lambda-Class Shuttle "Imperial Shuttle" The shuttle is a general-purpose passenger and cargo transport originally employed by the Empire. The feature that makes this craft recognizable are the three wings, the bottom two of which fold up when the shuttle makes a landing. Since the shuttle's not meant for combat, it has lousy speed, manueverability, and durability. If you push L all the way down, you'll close the shuttle's wings. One good thing about the Shuttle is its secondary weapon, which will track enemies behind you. It's not perfect, but it does help at discouraging pursuers. Primary Weapon: Dual Linked Lasers Secondary Weapon: Rear Single Laser --- TIE Fighter Even though I also included the Fighter in the Imperial section, you do have a chance to hop into a TIE Fighter during the normal missions. You won't be doing much combat in this, as you'll be using it to sneak into a base. If you want a breakdown on its combat capabilities, check Secret Ships. Primary Weapon: Dual Lasers ================================== B. Support Forces You're not alone in your fight against the Empire. Besides your own wingmen, you'll have other forms of support as well. --- Rebel Trooper/Commandos Appearance: Little guy running around These ground troops are specialized for many types of missions in many types of environments. They can be very useful if used properly. --- Atgar 1.4 FD P-Tower Golan Arms DF.9 Anti-Infantry Battery Appearance: Small dish-shaped gun / Small cylindrical emplacement These two weapons emplacements are used during the Battle of Hoth to hold back the advancing troops. They're not all that effective on the nasty walkers. --- Kuat Drive Yards v-150 Planet Defender "Ion Cannon" Appearance: Medium-sized globe with the firing barrel on top The ion cannon covers the escape of the Rebels from Hoth by disabling the Imperial Star Destroyers orbiting Hoth long enough for the Transports to get by. --- Gallofree Yards Medium Transport "Rebel Transport" Appearance: Long, rounded craft This ovular-shaped craft isn't the best transport in the galaxy. Sporting no armaments, it's quite vulnerable. The Rebel Alliance, always strapped for funds, bought a number of these transports at a greatly reduced price. --- Modified Corellian Engineering Corporation YT-1300 Light Freighter "Millennium Falcon" Appearance: Flat, disc-like ship with an extended cockpit. One of the more famous ships in the galaxy, this craft has been illegally modified from a simple freighter to one of the greatest smuggling ships ever made. Incredibly fast hyperdrive, amplified deflector shields, and twin quad laser cannons make this ship quite a piece of work. --- Corellian Engineering Corporation Corvette "Corvette" or "Rebel Blockade Runner" Appearance: Medium-sized thin ship with large engines on the back The Corvette has a common modular design which can be used for cargo, passenger ferrying, and even military duty. For a cruiser, it's small and fast, but only carries light armament. Popular Corvettes are the "Tantive IV" and the "Razor". --- Kuat Drive Yards Nebulon-B Frigate "Rebel Frigate" Appearance: Tall decks in the front, connected by a shaft to engines on the back Several of these odd-looking ships have been stolen by the Rebel Alliance for use as medium capital ships. They sport several turbolaser and laser batteries for use against other starships. One popular Frigate is the medical frigate "Redemption". --- Mon Calamari MC80a Star Cruiser "Calamari Cruiser" Appearance: Large, rounded Rebel starship These large ships compose the heaviest firepower in the Rebel Alliance fleet. Developed by the aquatic Mon Calamari, who never knew of war until the Imperials made them slaves, these once pleasure craft were converted into ships of war. No two of these ships are alike, as each captain prefers an organic look to his or her own ship. Every cruiser sports many turbolaser batteries and are well-suited for slugging it out with Imperial capital ships. Popular Calamari Cruisers include "Home One", the "Liberty", and the "Defiance". *********************************************************************** 5. Imperial Forces The Galactic Empire has no shortage of disposable pilots or disposable weapons of war to throw at you, and they'll throw everything in the book. --- Stormtrooper/Snowtrooper Appearance: Little guy running around Trained intensively on military planets to remove all individuality or willingness to reconsider orders, these soldiers are fiercely loyal to the New Order. --- Blastech E-Web Repeating Blaster "E-Web Blaster" Appearance: A small tripod gun manned by a trooper. This heavy repeating blaster is mounted on a tripod. Two stormtroopers man the gun. Although not much of a problem to you, it's devastating to any ground troops you may be trying to protect. --- Arakyd Industries Viper Probe Droid "Probe Droid" Appearance: Small, floating, black, ball-type droid with legs The Probe Droid is sent to the far reaches of the galaxy to find whatever the Imperial overseers wish. Its main purpose, of course, is search and discover, but it can also be used for light defense. --- Sienar Fleet Systems TIE/ln Space Superiority Starfighter "TIE Fighter" Appearance: Spherical cockpit with hexagonal solar panels perpendicular to it One of the most recognizable symbols of the Empire, the alien-looking TIE Fighter consists of a ball cockpit with two hexagonal solar array wings on the port and starboard sides. Twin chin-mounted lasers are its armament. A lack of shields makes the craft quite vulnerabe, so the pilot must rely on maneuverability to stay alive. Rebels refer to these craft as "eyeballs". --- Sienar Fleet Systems TIE Interceptor "TIE Interceptor" Appearance: Spherical cockpit with angled solar panels that extend to points Developed using improvements on Darth Vader's TIE Advanced, this fighter is far faster, more powerful, and more manueverable than the standard TIE Fighter. It is recognizable by its bent solar wings, with dagger- like protrusions. Quad-laser cannons and a slightly stronger hull make this craft superior to the standard TIE Fighter in every way. The Rebel slang for this craft is "squint". --- Sienar Fleet Systems TIE Bomber "TIE Bomber" Appearance: Double cylindrical hull with angled solar panels The Empire's prime assualt bomber, this craft is recognized by its double hull, one for the cockpit, and one for its payload of warheads. Although slower than other TIE starfighters, it has a well-armored hull to compensate. For warheads, Bombers, or "dupes" to the Rebels, can carry proton torpedoes or proton bombs, if in atmosphere. --- Sienar Fleet Systems TIE Advanced x1 Prototype "TIE Advanced" Appearance: Cylindrical hull with angled solar panels This specialized TIE was customized by Sienar Fleet Systems as the next generation of Imperial Starfighters. Its most obvious difference is the angular solar panels. More important differences involve deflector shields and a hyperdrive. Darth Vader is the only one who flies one, and, if you remember the movies, you'll remember that you can't destroy it. --- Sienar Fleet Systems/Cygnus Spaceworks Sentinel-Class Landing Craft "Imperial Landing Craft" Appearance: Larger variation of the Imperial Shuttle This large craft, derived from the Lambda shuttle, has the same signature up-folding lower wings. Its main use is as an armed troop or vehicle transport. Some, such as the infamous Moff Seerdon, have Landing Craft that are more well-developed for combat, since the heavy armor plating allows them to take a decent amount of hits. --- Space Mine Appearance; Small, gold star-shaped vessel These mines can be arranged together to form a barrier. You're in trouble if you get too close. --- Space Weapon Emplacement Appearance: Small, flat, black emplacement These space-borne emplacements have several laser cannons on them, and they can eat right through your shields. If you have them, I suggest using Ion Cannons to disable them outright, because they can take several laser hits before going down. --- Prison Guard Tower Appearance: Thin black tower with a sphere on top These towers can dish out many hits at once. They're pretty heavily shielded, but can't stand up to a well-placed bomb. --- Laser Turret Appearance: Many different appearances Many emplacements and ships employ small laser turrets for starfighter defense. Most of them aren't all that durable. --- Balloon Turret Appearance: Large balloon structure with guns on the bottom In the skies above Bespin, several guns are attached to a hot air balloon. This weapon can easily be destroyed by shooting the gas tanks that keep it afloat. --- Imperial All-Terrain Armored Transport Walker "AT-AT" Appearance: Massive four-legged metallic behemoth The AT-AT is a fearsome sight on the battlefield. It lumbers towards its target on four massive legs. For its cumbersome appearance, it's actually faster than it looks, reaching speeds of up to 40 miles per hour on stable terrain. Two heavy blasters are positioned under its "chin". It's as much a psychological weapon as it is a military weapon. --- Imperial All-Terrain Personal Transport "AT-PT" Appearance: Short two-legged walker This small armed transport is meant to allow a soldier to handle a squad of ground troops. It's as fast at maximum speed as an AT-AT. It has twin chin-mounted blasters. --- Imperial All-Terrain Scout Transport Walker "AT-ST" Appearance: Relatively tall two-legged walker The AT-ST is used as a scout vehicle, or as support for the AT-AT. It's faster than the AT-AT, capable of reaching 60 miles per hour speeds on its twin legs on even terrain. It's head-mounted blasters can hit with decent power. --- Kuat Drive Yards "Imperator"-Class Star Destroyer Mark One "Imperial Star Destroyer" Appearance: Large dagger-shaped cruiser The Imperial Star Destroyer will forever be a reminder of the awesome might of the Empire. The wedge-shaped capital ship is a mile long and half as wide at its aft. It can hold six squadrons of TIEs, and boasts eight heavy turbolasers and a large amount of smaller laser turrets for starfighter defense. Popular Star Destroyers include "Devastator", "Avenger", and "Chimaera". --- Custom Deep-Space Battle Station - Code Name: "Death Star" Appearance: One freakin' huge ball Designed by the genius engineer Bevel Lemelisk, this station was to be the representation of the Empire throughout the galaxy, and the embodiment of Grand Moff Tarkin's "rule through fear" doctrine. The craft is approximately 120 kilometers in diameter, making it roughly the size of a small moon. Its signature weapon is an unbelievably powerful superlaser, which has enough power to vaporize a planet. On the surface of the Death Star are many Laser Turrets and Deflection Towers for defense. --- Custom Deep-Space Battle Station - Code Name: "Death Star II" Appearance: Like the first one, but it's missing pieces Bevel Lemelisk corrected many of his past mistakes in this new Death Star. The vulnerable exhaust ports that brought the downfall of the first were replaced by millimeter-wide vents. The superlaser's power was increased, and recharge time took far less time. It could also be adjusted to attack capital ships as well as planets. This new Death Star would have been invincible. The only way to destroy it would have been while it was under construction. *********************************************************************** 6. Strategies --- Survival Strategies: Be sure to read the instruction booklet and use the Tatooine Training Mission. You'll get some valuable insight on controls and functions in the game. The radar objective cone is there to help you. Be sure to follow it when you don't know what to do. Don't forget your targeting computer. Yes, you get medal-type credit for not using it, but when you're first going through a mission, that's not exactly the first thing on your mind. Don't forget your secondary weapons. A well-placed torp or missile on an emplacement can do a lot more damage than just lasers. Be sure to keep an eye out for the bonuses. They can make life a lot easier. Spend some time after completing a mission to just poke around in any random spot. ALL normal missions have bonuses, but some can be hidden quite deviously. --- Gold Medal Strategies: The criteria for medals are as follows: Time: How much time you took in the mission (active flying, not cutscenes). Enemies Destroyed: How many enemy craft (red blips) you shot down, or how many individual emplacements you've destroyed. Some things that are Imperial, but don't count as targets (and, therefore, won't show up on the radar as red blips). Accuracy: A percentage of how often your lasers connected with a viable enemy target. Friendlies Lost: (This used to be Friendlies Saved) This should be as low as possible, but on some missions it can't be helped, so the count can be high. This is how many people on your side were lost, including troops, emplacements, and ships. Lives Lost: (Used to be Lives Remaining) Self-explanatory. Many Gold Medals require that you lose no lives, but for those that don't, be sure to take full advantage of it. Targeting Computer Efficiency: You basically start with 100% and every time you use the computer, your percentage goes down. Some missions require a 100% Efficiency for Gold, but some don't. Note that Bonus Collected is NOT in the list, so that's one less thing to worry about, I guess... Anyway, strategies... Have all the relevant bonuses when entering a level. Advanced Lasers and Shields are an absolute must. The proper warhead bonuses should also be in your possession. Know the level like the back of your hand. Know where most every enemy is, and exactly where all your objectives are. To beef up Accuracy, it helps to use the linked fire. Take single linked shots at enemies to take them down more efficiently. Also, TIEs will be the biggest hit to your Accuracy, so only hit them if you need to, and if they're flying away from you. Make sure you pay attention to Targeting Computer Efficiency. If it's 100%, don't touch the Computer. If it ISN'T, don't be afraid to tap it every once in a while. Trust your feelings... *********************************************************************** 7. Mission Walkthroughs and Gold Medals Guide to Walkthroughs: Overview: The basic gist of the mission, and some thoughts about it. Available Starting Craft: The craft you can pick in the hangar to fly initially. Note that in several missions that you can change craft. Enemies: These are targets that shoot back. Note that sometimes you may be required to take out something that doesn't shoot back. Those things aren't included under Enemies. Survival Walkthrough: How to go about completing the mission. These generally assume you don't have a lot of the tech upgrades. Gold Medal Strategies: Basically, this is my way to get the Gold Medal, but I'm sure there are others, and if you can find a better one, go right ahead and let me know and I'll consider it. ================================== A. Training Mission - Tatooine Training Overview: This training mission is quite open-ended. You can fly around on the surface of Tatooine and practice your skills and the manuevers in the game. There are several "objects" to be found in the area, and a few mini-missions. A cute thing about this mission is that the scenery changes depending on the time of day on your GameCube's internal clock. --- Available Starting Craft: T-16 Skyhopper --- Enemies: None --- Walkthrough: There are no REAL kind of objectives here. You'll note there are fifteen spinning Rebel insignias. Twelve of these are training to introduce you to controls. You'll learn Acceleration, Deceleration, Hard Braking, Speed Boost, Proton Bombs, Ion Cannon, Roll, Targeting Computer, Camera Switch, C-Stick, D-Pad, and Linked Lasers. The other three are mini-missions. There's one down in a large pit area with a bunch of womprats. Hit the insignia and you'll have thirty seconds to "bulls-eye" as many as you can. The number you should be shooting for is 60. If you mess up, you'll probably want to wait a while until they fully regenerate before trying again. The second mini-mission is on a small plateau near two other Skyhoppers. This is a simple racing mission against Biggs and Wedge. It's REAL easy. Simply follow the insignias and keep hitting the boost whenever your boost meter fills up (lower right corner of the screen). Once you hit Tosche Station, you're done. You'll need to run it twice to get full credit. The second time, Biggs and Wedge will be a little harder to beat. The third mini-mission is above Beggar's Canyon. You'll race against Biggs. There are two paths to take. To beat Path 1 (Biggs' path), just follow him throughout the whole area, and boost past him once you reach the end. To beat Path 2, just go right at the beginning, then follow the path as best as you can. Simple. Now, there is one more thing to do, and that's finding "objects". The good news is that your radar points you to every last one of the required objects. You have to find five herds of banthas, three dewbacks, two Sandcrawlers, Jabba's Palace, and a crashed TIE Fighter in Mos Eisley. There are also two "bonus items" to find. The one you always have to find is the bones of a Krayt Dragon, which is near one of the herds of banthas, and the other changes depending on the time of day. During dusk or dawn, the item is C-3PO, and he's in Jabba's Palace, which you can destroy. During normal daytime, it's the Escape Pod, and it's near Tosche Station. During darkness, the item is R2-D2, found in one of the Sandcrawlers (which you'll have to destroy with linked blasts). So, that's all there is to it. You'll quit after 20 mintues, after you crash your last ship into the ground, or after you choose to end the training. You will get credit for completing training if you find all items, regular and bonus, successfully complete the 12 lessons, win both Tosche Station races, both Beggar's Canyon races, and peg 60 womprats in thirty seconds. So, basically, find all items and turn all red insignias green. ================================== B. Mission 1 - Death Star Attack Overview: Princess Leia has returned to the Alliance, with the valuable technical readouts of the Death Star, but the freighter she was rescued on carried a homing signal, allowing the Death Star to track them to the Rebel base on Yavin 4. General Dodonna has devised an incredibly farfetched plan, yet one that's just crazy enough to work. A group of thirty starfighters is to be sent past the outer defensive shield and assault the station, whereby they will manuever down the equatorial trench and fire proton torpedoes at a vulnerable exhaust port. Only a direct hit will set off a chain reaction that will destroy the station. The first mission isn't too hard at all. Nobody really shoots at you for the most part, so think of this as easing into the world of Rogue Leader. --- Available Starting Craft: X-Wing Y-Wing (after Prisons of Maw) (will have Torpdoes instead of Bombs) --- Enemies: Death Star (Laser Turrets) TIE Fighter TIE Advanced --- Survival Walkthrough: The first part of the mission has you, Biggs, and Wedge taking out several Deflection Towers on the surface. You don't need to deal with the guns, just the towers. They take a lot of hits, so just brake and keep pounding them. Of course, you're never told WHY you have to take out the Deflection Towers. Maybe there are guys up there telling the guns where to shoot. They certainly need all the help they can get. Once they're all taken out, you'll switch to another part of the Death Star's surface to take down about thirty or so TIEs. For the most part, they won't actively attack, so just use the radar, line up your shots, and take them out. Obviously, they just woke up and haven't had their morning cup of caf. Once they're all gone, you'll head into the trench. BONUS ALERT: Before you finish off all the TIEs, there's a bonus to be found in this area. The only problem is it's REALLY tough to find, because the item is a whitish cone, and the entire Death Star is gray. Okay. Know how the terrain markers on the Death Star are different shades when you look at them on the map? The spot you're looking for consists of two squares of solid dark grey surrounded by complete black, and it has one red dot on it. This spot is approximately 15-20 degrees to the left of your starting point. Once you reach the patch, fly low near the gun turret there and you'll eventually spot the cone. That's about as descriptive as I can be on it. Good luck. Pick it up, and you'll have Advanced Shields. In the trench, you'll have to adjust your height so as not to slam into the crossbars that pop up. There are several turrets dotting the trench, which you can take out if you wish. At some point, Wedge will be hit and will duck out, and Biggs will be shot down (just like the movie! GET IT?). After that, pay attention for R2-D2 making noises, because that signals some TIEs coming up behind you. Brake hard so that they overtake you and shoot them down. Soon, you'll hear Vader speak. You know, the classic "The Force is strong with this one" line. He'll make two passes at you (in the middle of this, Obi-Wan Kenobi will tell you to "use the Force", no, there are no buttons on the controller to use the Force). You can't shoot him down, so just brake so he flies by you. For the third run, he'll come behind you with wingmen. Gun the throttle, and Han Solo, who you originally presumed to be on the other side of the galaxy, will swoop in with his trademark "Yahoo!" and take out the TIEs and send Vader spinning. Once you're all clear, keep going and you'll eventually see gray at the end of the trench. Once you get close, shoot a proton torpedo in the general direction of the exhaust port (on the floor) and watch the fireworks. (If you keep missing, use your Targeting Computer to spot the exhaust port) --- Gold Medal Strategies: Time: 6:05 Enemies: 91 Accuracy: 39% Friendlies Lost: 0 Lives Lost: 0 Computer Efficiency: 100% Naturally, take the X-Wing. You'll want Advanced Lasers and Shields, and Homing Proton Torps couldn't hurt. Okay, folks. This is, on paper, the hardest Gold Medal in the game. The key to getting the Gold in this medal is four major things. One (Time): Don't go too far out of your way to get extra targets. You must also be a master TIE killer. Whenever you get a break from the guns in the trench, close your S-foils to gain a second or two. Two (Kills): In the first two areas, if there's a turret between you and your essential targets, use a quad burst on it. This is especially true in the first area, since you're low to the surface. In the trench, this has less weight, since, of course, they're all in your way... Three (Accuracy): Again, you must be a master TIE killer. Line up behind groups and take out all other craft before you take out the one in the lead. Once you take out the one in the lead, the formation breaks up and they're harder to find again. Use single quad bursts on Laser Turrets if at all possible. Four (Lives Lost): Don't die in the trench. It's very easy to go so fast that you hit a crossbar. Slow down if you have to. Okay, in the first section, immediately open fire on the first tower. Once it's blown, fly to the left to the rest of the towers. It may not matter, but I like to move in a counter-clockwise direction around the towers. Take the nearest one, then the one to the right of it, etc. Stay low to the surface. If at all possible, try to line yourself up so that a Laser Turret is between you and a tower so that you can hit it while hitting the tower. Take out as many towers as you can in about a 45 degree arc in front of you. That is to say, if there's a gun in your sights somewhere near the tower, blow it. If you pass a gun and don't destroy it, forget it. So, make the rounds blowing towers. You'll need between 15-20 Laser Turrets here. Next come the TIEs. Immediately tell your wingmen to flee so they don't take your kills. Head towards the first visible group of TIEs and take them out as described in that Accuracy thing above. If the next TIE group is far away, dip down and take out a nearby gun or two on the surface. I suggest about 5-10 guns in this area. Finish all the TIEs and take out some more guns as the voice goes on. In the trench, I suggest taking out about two thirds of the guns, which is about 20-25. Close your S-foils for the first few seconds of the run, and close them again as the crossbars start becoming few and far between. Once the TIEs come up behind your back, slam on the brakes and let them past. Shoot them down each time to get some easy kills. After they're all gone, close the S-foils until Darth Vader speaks. Open them and shoot turrets, and shoot him when he passes. You can't down him, but hitting him will boost your Accuracy. When he passes the second time, let him pass, but ignore him and just close the S-foils. Keep them closed until the very end. If you have the speed correct, the music for the last part (brass orchestra hits) will be your cue to fire the Proton Torpedo of Destiny. Good luck. ================================== C. Mission 2 - Ison Corridor Ambush Overview: A convoy of transports and the Frigate Redemption are headed towards the new Rebel base on Hoth. It's your mission to protect these convoy craft until they leave the Ison Corridor. This mission is simple by nature. The only trouble you can really have is tracking TIEs. A good knowledge of the radar will get Gold Medals here. --- Available Starting Craft: X-Wing A-Wing after this mission Y-Wing after Prisons of Maw B-Wing after Razor Rendezvous --- Enemies: TIE Fighter TIE Interceptor --- Survival Walkthrough: BONUS ALERT! Already? Yep. Just below the Frigate is a clump of debris. If you look closely, you can see a square hole in the debris. Fly inside and you'll find the bonus item for Advanced Proton Torpedoes. Okay, you'll very shortly get the call of multiple TIEs inbound. Several Fighters will come in from each of the compass points. Shoot down all eighteen, using your wingmen if you wish. The idea is to protect all the Transports so they don't all get shot down. You can still finish the mission even if all but one Transport are destroyed, so remember that. Once the first wave of Fighters are gone, another wave will show up, and you'll be prompted to switch to an A-Wing. Fly beneath the Frigate to do so (near the blue spinning Rebel insignia). Once you switch, head out to the large mass of TIE Fighters incoming. There are fourteen this time around. Once they're all taken out, your convoy will enter the gas clouds of the nebula. Now, you'll be assaulted by 12 TIE Interceptors. Use your targeting computer to see the enemies as they approach through the foggy clouds. Once all are gone, you'll escape from the nebula with what's left of your convoy. Now, I'd like to break character for a second and say that there is no way that this convoy could be travelling from Yavin to Hoth. Point one is that the Rebels evacuated Yavin really quickly, and didn't have a lot of time at Hoth before they evacuated that place. Point two is that Hoth takes place three years after Yavin. So, what convoy keeps going for three years? That's what I thought... ^_^ --- Gold Medal Strategy: Time: 4:11 Enemies: 40 Accuracy: 19% Friendlies Lost: 2 Lives Lost: 0 Computer Efficiency: 72% Accuracy is your #1 demon here. It seems really low, until you actually try it, and end up with 6%, 8%, etc. Of course, the golden rule here is don't shoot at ALL unless you're POSITIVE you're going to hit something. Take the A-Wing right from the get-go for this mission. It's near- insane speed will easily allow you to catch the tricky TIEs. Seeker Missiles, while a help, aren't necessary. First off, tell your wingmen to Flee immediately, as you don't get credit for their kills, and 40 enemies is almost all of the TIEs. Head left off into the red blip distance to engage the three-flight, and the four-flight behind it. Head back to the Transports and engage the remaining TIEs. Once the second wave arrives, boost off to the big mass of enemies in the distance. The four-flight on the left is closest, so attack it first, then the other groups up here. Finish off the remaining TIEs as quickly as possible. In the final area, with the squints, don't be afraid to use your Targeting Computer for a second or two to find enemies, because you don't need 100% Efficiency. Smoke the squints as quickly (and accurately) as possible to finish up. Two last things: Don't die at all, and don't worry too much about Transports getting nailed, since you can lose two friendlies and still get the Gold. Of course, if you want an easy way, just unlock the Slave I and get Homing Cluster Missiles. Aim those clusters at any enemies to finish the mission in short order. Just be sure not to get yourself killed in the rather vulnerable craft. ================================== D. Mission 3 - Battle of Hoth Overview: The Rebel's base on Hoth has been discovered by a wayward Probe Droid. The evacuation has begun, but the Imperial Fleet has arrived to stop it. Fortunately, the fleet jumped out of hyperspace rather close, so enough warning was provided for the shield to be raised. The Empire is now attempting a surface attack, and a contingent of Snowspeeders is being sent out to hold them off. This mission requires you to learn how to tie up AT-ATs pretty fast. You'll have plenty of other opportunities for shooting down ground craft as well. --- Available Starting Craft: Snowspeeder --- Enemies: Probe Droid Snowtrooper Imperial Landing Craft AT-ST AT-AT TIE Fighter TIE Bomber --- Survival Walkthrough: You'll start by heading through a thin mountiain pass, and you'll encounter some Probe Droids along the way. Blast them if you wish, and you'll enter the main battle area outside Outpost Beta. Your first task is to take care of the ten threatening AT-STs in the area. There are actually a total of seventeen, but you only need to take down those that are heading directly for the ion cannon at Outpost Beta. They'll show up yellow on your targeting computer. Tell your wingmen to form up or go after the AT-STs, and the ground troops to defend. Slow down as you draw level with the AT-STs and pound them with lasers. They take quite a few hits, so don't let up. Once you take out all the essential AT-STs, you'll be told to take down the AT-ATs. After a few seconds, you'll see a famous cutscene, where Luke gets shot down and Wedge ties up an AT-AT to show you how it's done. You'll control Wedge from here on out. Wasn't that cute how they switched to Wedge? ^_^ Now, you have to take down three specific AT-ATs to move the mission ahead. The rest you can ignore. The three you're after are the ones farthest ahead on the battlefield, near the Shield Generator (again, they'll be yellow on the targeting computer). Fly to the right or to the left of the legs of one, slow down, and fire your Tow Cable (press B), as you pass the walker, as the cable fires behind you. Fly slowly around the walker's legs, not straying too far from the AT-AT, but not getting so close that you'll ram the legs, and you'll drop him after three passes. Once you take down all three walkers in the area, there will be a cutscene where the General Veers' AT-AT lays the smack down on your Shield Generator. Time to leave. BONUS ALERT: Once you regain control, fly on back to where the Shield Generator used to be and you'll find the coveted Advanced Lasers. Sweet stuff. Head down the thin mountain pass you'll be placed in. You'll pass a few groups of Probe Droids (shoot at your leisure) and you'll enter the transport area. Drop down and grab your X-Wing (at the blue Rebel insignia). Changing craft will trigger the arrival of six TIE Fighters and eight TIE Bombers from high atmosphere on your left. Your priority is the Bombers, as they can hurt the Transports. Shoot down all the Bombers and you'll complete the evacuation. Luke will head off to Dagobah to pursue his Jedi heritage, and Wedge will move on to bigger and better things with Rogue Squadron. --- Gold Medal Strategies: Time: 5:00 Enemies: 43 Accuracy: 53% Friendlies Lost: 22 Lives Lost: 0 Computer Efficiency: 100% Props go to whoever found out that troopers do NOT count as viable targets. However, Probe Droids DO count, so keep that in mind. As you travel along the path, take out as many of the Probe Droids as you can without slowing down too much. These Probe Droids will pound your guys in this area if you don't take out enough, and that, of course, isn't good for your Friendlies count. As you enter the main area, start smashing AT-STs (either tell your wingmen to flee or to go after the guns). Hit the brakes and take out two or three of the nearest group of four, then head to the back of the battlefield (near the incoming Landing Craft). Take one or two of the back three, then hit the Landing Craft and the box underneath it. Take out the remaining AT-STs in those two groups, and hit as many as you can in the last group of three. If you miss one, try to take out some of the others (you'll eventually need to take out all of them for target number). Once all the AT-STs are gone (before or after the switch to Wedge), head towards the three AT-ATs. Here's the big kick. Start pounding the nearest AT-AT in the head. This will drive up your Accuracy to be high enough. Wrap up the three AT-ATs. Once that's all done, you'll enter the passage back to the transports. Take out as many Probe Droids en route as you can (there are three groups, including meeting up again with the first group). Once you enter the Transport area, switch ships, then head towards the red dots on the radar, and climb in altitude so that you can intercept some of the TIEs. You'll have to at least take out some of the TIE Fighters as well as Bombers. Concerning the Bombers, use Homing Torpedoes (if you don't use them on Fighters). Make sure you line up your shots as they're making their bombing runs, as opposed to turning, so you're sure to hit them. Oh, and make sure not to use your Targeting Computer. ================================== E. Mission 4 - Prisons of the Maw Overview: An Imperial prison facility is rumored to be in the black hole cluster near Kessel known as the Maw. You are to search this area for the prison and do what you can to rescue the prisoners. This is probably the first mission with a measure of difficulty. You'll be under attack from many avenues. First from Fighters and space emplacements, then guard towers and Interceptors --- Available Starting Craft: Y-Wing --- Enemies: TIE Fighter TIE Interceptor Imperial Shuttle Space Mine Space Weapon Emplacement AT-PT Prison Guard Tower --- Survival Walkthrough: You'll enter the asteroid field, and it'll be a little TOO quiet. Proceed ahead, plug some asteroids for fun if you want. Eventually, you'll get a call about some strange activity. Head out the direction your map is pointing. You'll eventually see several small Imperial Freighters, which are being escorted by a few Imperial Shuttles. You don't need to take them out, but you can if you wish. Watch your back as a patrol of TIEs will be inbound shortly. You don't have to take out these TIEs, either, but they will dog you. Head past the Freighter convoy and further on. Soon, you'll see two large blue hexagons. This is the shield for the Imperial prison here. As you get closer to the shield, you'll notice some Space Weapon Emplacements, which you can also ignore, and proceed on to the shield. You need to disable three Generators of this shield using your Ion Cannons. There are ten Generators, and you can find them at the corners of the hexagons. Use your Targeting Computer if you don't understand what I'm talking about. Stay away from the edge of the shield, as a field of Space Mines are arrayed around the shield. Disable one generator and part of the shield will go down. To disable two others, they need to still have shields flowing out of them. Once three are fizzling and crackling, you'll head to the prison compound. Once you reach the compound, you'll be told by the "leader" of the prison revolt, Karie Neth, about how she broke out recently and how you'll need to help her free the rest of the prisoners. Follow the radar and you'll be led to the compound. Bomb the seven Guard Towers in the area using your Proton Bombs (they're the things that shoot at you) to free the prisoners. Next, the prisoners need to get some weapons. Follow the radar (bombing AT-PTs all the way) and get to the armory. Bomb all six Guard Towers in this spot. Once that's done, you'll be told to head to the comms station, so the prison can't call for help from the Imps. BONUS ALERT: On your way to the comms towers, you'll see off to your right a cluster of two structures: a dish, and a dome. Bomb the dome, and you'll find a bonus inside. These are Advanced Cluster Missiles. Once you reach the Comms Station, you can ignore the seven Guard Towers and just bomb the seven dishes in the area. I've found that to deal the maximum amount of damage, you'll want to hit the comms dishes near the base, around the red support girders. It will take a lot of bombs, probably more than a normal load. If you run out, just break off and wait for your bombing bay to fill back up. Once the comms station is destroyed (and the prison loses their favorite radio station: KIMP), your prisoner buds will run their little train to the hangar to pick up transport. Fly over there as fast as your sluggish little Y-Wing will carry you, and bomb all six Guard Towers near the hangar. Once they're all scrap, a Landing Craft carrying the prisoners will take off. Fortunately for you, this Landing Craft is quite invincible. You can shoot down any TIE Interceptors chasing the craft, but it's not necessary. Soon, the Landing Craft will make it off the planet, and you'll be done this long mission. Phew... --- Gold Medal Strategies: Time: 9:19 Enemies: 63 Accuracy: 75% Friendlies Lost: 2 Lives Lost: 1 Computer Efficiency: 75% I'd like to thank snooozer for being a big help here. Advanced Bombs are essential, and Spread are helpful. For the first part, just rush through. Take out a Freighter if it makes you feel better, but it's not necessary. You really won't be short on targets at all. Disable three shield projectors quickly to enter the prison. Once inside, don't be afraid to use those bombs. If you come across a trio of AT-PTs, bomb the center of the group to take them all. Bomb all the guns quickly (some skill with the bombs is essential). Head to all the targets and take out all the Prison Guard Towers (one bomb each). Don't fly off too much, or the prisoners will get hit and you'll lose friendlies. Once you reach the Comms Towers, unload all your Bombs on the towers and crash your ship, using your one life allowed. Take out the rest of the towers, and don't worry too much about saving the bombs. Once you finish, instead of flying straight for the hangar, follow the track as it winds its way through the hills. You'll eventually come across a section with a bunch of Towers and AT-PTs. Concentrate on the walkers more, since three targets are better than one. Once you reach the hangar, take out all the Towers. Once that's done, head back for the previous area to clean it up. Don't worry, the Landing Craft can take anything the Interceptors can dish out. ================================== F. Mission 5 - Razor Rendezvous Overview: A Corvette called the Razor is carrying a stolen Imperial computer. The Frigate Redemption is meeting with the Razor at Kothlis to retrieve the computer. The computer will then be transferred to Bothan techs to decrypt. Of course, that's when it all goes kablooie. A Star Destroyer is right on top of the Razor as the Redemption and the strike team enter the scene. You'll have your hands full trying to take out the Star Destroyer. NOTE: For those of you who have played X-Wing Alliance, the Razor's fate plays out a bit differently. Don't try to think too much about it. --- Available Starting Craft: B-Wing X-Wing, A-Wing, Y-Wing after completion --- Enemies: TIE Fighter Imperial Shuttle Imperial Star Destroyer (Laser Turrets, Turbolasers) --- Survival Walkthrough: >From initial looks, this is one of the toughest missions to survive. The second you hyper in, you'll be in deep doodoo. The Star Destroyer will start hammering the Frigate with two of its turbolasers. These two are your first priority. Zap them with your lasers to bust them up. Note that you're probably dying at this point. The Star Destroyer has quite a few tiny guns that are plastering you with laser fire. Make a run for it and come back around the rear of the ship. BONUS ALERT: Off to the port side of the Star Destroyer (far side from where you start) is an Imperial Shuttle making a break for it. Turn it into scrap and pick up the object it leaves behind to earn Advanced Proton Bombs. This shuttle doesn't hang around for long, though, so make it one of your early priorities in the mission. Now, your first "objective" is to save the Frigate, and you can't do that until the first two turbolasers and all the TIEs flying around the Frigate are dealt with. Once that's done, the Frigate is safe from attack and you're free to attack the Star Destroyer. BUT, if you're fast enough, all you need to do is take out the two turbolasers and the Frigate will be relatively safe for some time. So, to take down this behemoth, you need to destroy four targets. The first two are the spherical shield generators on the very top of the bridge tower (they look like golf balls). Attack from behind to minimize return fire. Use your torps if you wish for some extra punch. Once both generators are taken out, you'll be told to take out the third shield generator on the bottom. Someone at Factor 5 had their tech screwed up. That bulge on the underside of the Star Destroyer is the main reactor. Still, it's a good target to hit once the shields are down. Fly under the ship and pound the reactor until it explodes (it takes plenty of hits). Your final target is the command deck, but it's quite a small target. Fly to the front of the ship. The command deck is on the bridge tower (below the shield generators). It's a small windowed area in the very center of the front of the bridge tower. Fortunately, it doesn't take all that many hits. Show the captain of this ship a new definition of pain and suffering. Once the command deck explodes, the Star Destroyer will be caught by the gravity well of Kothlis and plummet to the planet's surface. --- Gold Medal Strategies: Time: 1:19 Enemies: 10 Accuracy: 60% Friendlies Lost: 0 Lives Lost: 1 Computer Efficiency: 85% Note the time limit. That's your biggest problem here. Your second biggest is the Accuracy requirement. Just make sure you're hitting something important for that one. Not just any spot on the Star Destroyer counts as a hit, just the guns, or the four main targets. You definitely need Advanced Lasers, Shields, and Proton Torpedoes. Take the X-Wing or the Naboo Starfighter for this mission, as they have enough speed to get you to the Star Destroyer with enough time for error. Speed towards the cruiser at top speed and get behind it. Turn around at a large distance and lay on the brake. Fire three torps at each generator and follow up with lasers. Also, take down some of the small guns on the bridge tower, since you need six more targets after the four main targets on the ship. Once you take out the generators and six or so guns on the surface... CRASH! Yes, you need another full load of torps to get this done, and that one life you can lose will save you here... In your next ship, angle down a bit and speed towards the reactor. Unload all six torps on the reactor and laser it to a piece of junk. Finally, swerve up to the dorsal face of the ship and hit the command deck hard. It's a hard Gold. Good luck... Here's an alternate Gold Strategy from aj_007: At Razor Rendezvous, try using the Y-wing fighter. Sure, it's slow, and it moves like a blimp, but it's still possible. (I did it.) You're going to have to go, from the start at full speed. Charge the ion cannon, and hit the first generator, then follow it up with laser blasts. Once you're within range, drop 5 bombs directly onto the generator. Go back a bit (behind the command deck area) and repeat to the next generator. Once you destroy that generator, go to the top side of the destroyer on the way to the bottom. Unload all your bombs on top of it. It should hit a some guns. Swing around below, charging the ion cannon. Once you see the third generator and can get a good shot, fire and keep blasting it with lasers. Tap the A button rapidly- the lasers will link. Crash into the generator, and hope you get it. If you didn't, you'll see the bulb sticking out from where you start. Once within range, fire some more. You can hit it without getting to close to the edge of the destroyer. After that, make a bee-line for the command deck at full speed, unloading all your bombs onto the top of the destroyer and crash into the deck. The game won't consider it a life lost. You should have killed around 11 to 20 enemies, thanks to the bombs, accuracy should be over 100%, thanks to the bombs again. And if you've played the level enough, you don't need the targeting computer, since you can't use it anyway. The time and lives lost is the real killer. Try to move through the level as fast as possible. You should only crash into the shield generator on the bottom if needed, and at the command deck. After a couple times, your times should be improving. It can be done! (Thank goodness the game doesn't register the crash into the command deck a life lost.) ================================== G. Mission 6 - Vengeance on Kothlis Overview: The Star Destroyer carrying the Razor has crashed on Kothlis. Time to head down there and retrieve the computer. Crix Madine's commandos are on hand to storm the crashed ship. Your primary mission here is to defend the commandos. They'll come under attack from many venues here... Yes, yes. I know that a plummet into atmosphere, even into water, would have probably immediately killed all lifeforms aboard the Star Destroyer. Remember, if that happened, we'd be short one mission... --- Available Starting Craft: X-Wing B-Wing, A-Wing, and Y-Wing after completion. --- Enemies: TIE Fighter TIE Interceptor Stormtrooper E-Web Blaster Imperial Star Destroyer (crashed) (Laser Turret, Turbolaser) AT-AT AT-PT --- Survival Walkthrough: Follow the Transport as it flies along, and fend off all the TIEs that come up on its tail. The Fighters will go for the Transport, but the Interceptors will go for you, so stay sharp. All told, there are 24 TIE Fighters, and four TIE Interceptors. Keep downing TIEs until the Transport reaches the Star Destroyer. Once it gets there, start picking off the guns on the downed craft, because any guns that you didn't take down while the Star Destroyer was in flight are still active (these are some loyal Imps, eh?). Also, scour the front of the ship, because a bunch of Stormtroopers and E-Webs are set up to receive the commandos. There are 12 E-Webs at various points along the bow of the ship. While you wait for the Transport, start pounding those guys before they become an issue. You don't need to clean them out now, but take advantage of this momentary lull in the action. Use the Targeting Computer if you have a tough time seeing the little guns. BONUS ALERT: Get this. The bonus is INSIDE the Star Destroyer. Specifically it's in the bridge tower. Fly slow as you come up on the front of the tower and enter a hole on the left portion. It's inside, but you may die trying to get out. Pick it up to receive Homing Proton Torpedoes. Once you take down the last of the Fighters dogging the Transport, it'll land, but you'll get an unpleasant surprise. Three AT-ATs have blasted their way out of the wreckage. You need a Speeder to take them out. Head back to the Transport and you'll see a Rebel insignia. Fly into it to switch craft. Taking out AT-ATs isn't as easy as on Hoth, since they're partially in the water, but it's a simple matter of staying as close to the water as possible. Tie up all three AT-ATs and the commandos will deploy to hit the Star Destroyer. Now, immediately fly back to the Transport and fly into the NEW Rebel insignia to switch to a Y-Wing. Fly it around and bomb the last of the E-Webs off the front of the Star Destroyer. Also, if you look in the water, you'll notice a TON of AT-PTs marching towards your commandos. The good news is, you can bomb them while they're still in the water, but you can't shoot them with lasers until they breach the surface (you see why you switched to the Y-Wing?) Soon, Crix Madine will tell you that you need to bust up the hull of the ship to release the Razor. Drop about ten bombs on the front section of the hull (it's yellow on the Targeting Computer) and you'll open up the hull. You'll know you've bombed it enough when you hear "Hull penetrated!" Remember, bombs regenerate, so don't be afraid to use them, particularly when AT-PTs are still marching out of the water. Now, you'll know you've taken out all the E-Webs when Madine says "Nice work clearing those defenses," and you'll know there are no more AT-PTs when Madine says "That's the last of them, Rogues!" Once you clear the defenses, some TIE Fighters will show up. There are about fifteen flying around the entire area, but they won't attack you in groups larger than three to six. You may shoot them down at your leisure. You can even go back to the first Rebel Insignia and grab your X-Wing. Sooner or later, as long as they aren't delayed too severely by enemies, the commandos will reach the Razor, find the computer, and this nice long mission will come to a close. --- Gold Medal Strategies: Time: 9:55 Enemies: 100 Accuracy: 27% Friendlies Lost: 2 Lives Lost: 0 Computer Efficiency: 85% Take the Slave I for the first part of this mission, and make sure you have the proper bonuses, especially Advanced Homing Cluster Missiles. First thing to take care of are the first two TIE Interceptors that will pound you heavily early on. They come from your left. Aim your cluster shots at groups of TIEs as they get somewhat close. Once you get close to the Star Destroyer (past the hill nearby), two more Interceptors will start attacking you. Take them out before they take you out (as you can't die to get the Gold), then loose the remainder of your clusters at the Star Destroyer. Now, hang out of range of the guns and wait for the Transport to set down. Once it does, grab the Speeder and quickly deal with the three AT-ATs. Grab the Y-Wing once you're finished and start your bombing run on the Star Destroyer. Lay down bombs on the beach nearby and on the bow to take out as many troops as possible (especially those E-Webs). You'll need about five bombs on the hull to bust open the Razor. Note that the Targeting Computer Efficiency isn't 100%, so feel free to tap it up to check the Star Destroyer's bow for loose E-Webs. Anyway, the rest of the mission is a simple matter of keeping on top of the AT-PTs as they breach the surface. Reminder that, although your lasers can't penetrate the water, your bombs CAN, so don't be afraid to bomb the little guys underwater. You'll know you'll have taken out all the stormies when Crix tells you "Nice work clearing those defenses", and he'll say "That's the last of them, Rogues!" when you take out all the AT-PTs. Once that's done, it's all downhill from there, so pick off some of the nearby TIEs if you're confident. ================================== H. Mission 7 - Imperial Academy Heist Overview: The decoded computer tells the Rebels that the Imperials are building a second Death Star over the forest moon of Endor. In order to get a team of Rebels onto the surface of the moon to disable the shield protecting it, an Imperial Shuttle with the proper codes must be stolen from the Imperial Academy on Prefsbel IV. This is an interesting mission, requiring something we had yet to see in a Star Wars flight sim up until now: stealth. Oh, and not to mention that, depending on whether your GCN internal clock is on day or night (6AM and 6PM are the changing points for this), this mission plays out completely differently. --- Available Starting Craft Y-Wing (daytime) Snowspeeder (nighttime) --- Enemies: TIE Fighter TIE Interceptor AT-ST AT-AT Laser Turret --- Daytime Survival Walkthrough: You need to disable the sensor stations on the approach to the Academy. Wedge isn't joking when he says flying low is a good idea. You need to HUG the ground to avoid being detected and charge up your Ion Cannon. Now, you don't need to hit each and every station, but there will be a fork in the path later, and, if you haven't disabled all of them, you will only be able to take the right path. Watch the radar so that you can see all eight. The second sensor is somewhat hidden past a wall, so keep your eyes open. The rest are in plain sight. If you disable all eight stations, you can go one of two ways at the fork in the path. Right Fork: You'll head into the border compound, where several TIE Fighters are parked on platforms, and there are some AT-STs wandering around. The first big canyon has three platforms, each with eight TIEs, and the second area has two platforms with eight TIEs. You can duel with these guys if you wish, or just skip them and head on to the Academy. They will chase you if they notice you, though. Left Fork: You can only go this way if you take out all the sensors. You'll pass a small outpost with a parked TIE. After that, you'll pass through some empty canyons, and very shortly, you'll reach the Academy. No resistance. Not bad for just a few disabled sensors, eh? Alternate Route: If you want to steal a TIE Fighter instead of using the sluggish Y-Wing, that option is open to you, but it's not required. It doesn't require all sensors disabled, either, but you'll probably need to hit the last one. Anyway, take the right path once you pass the last sensor, but, instead of heading towards the platforms, fly up and over the mountains to your right. Use the mountains as cover from the platforms so you don't get spotted by any Imperials. You'll eventually see a large canyon that's mostly empty except for a comms tower. Disable it if you wish. Parked next to the tower is a TIE Fighter. You need to hit it with your Ion Cannon at least once, either while it's on the ground, or a minute or so later once it's in flight. If you hit it with the ion cannon, it'll eventually settle down nearby and the Rebel Insignia will appear above it so you can swipe it. If you don't, it'll fly towards the academy you'll miss your chance. Once you've grabbed the eyeball, head over to the Academy. NOTE: This TIE is NOT the same as the nighttime one (most people find that one first). I don't know what part of "take the right path and fly over the mountains to your right" people don't understand, but the two TIEs are in a totally different location... NOTE 2: The TIE takes a LONG time to take off, so be sure to wait around for it. This goes without saying, but don't try this if you're going for medals... Now, the Academy is set up like a compass, with hangars extending in the four main directions. The Tyderium is parked on the north platform. There are guns in the central complex, and at the end of each of the "spokes" of the base. BONUS ALERT: There is a bonus here at the Academy (there's a different one at night). Fly into the east hangar (remember that the Shuttle's in the north area) to collect Advanced Concussion Missiles. Once at the Academy, you can cause havoc if you wish, or just head to the far platform where the Shuttle Tyderium is parked. You have about four minutes after you're noticed to steal the Shuttle. Shoot up the four Laser Turrets surrounding the platform and grab the Shuttle. Follow your map back towards the rendezvous point, firing your secondary laser to shake off pursuers. Once you reach the point, you'll receive some help and you'll take off to deilver the Tyderium to Crix Madine. --- Nighttime Survival Walkthrough: The Speeder's repulsors make it actually quite good at hugging the ground. Be sure to stay under cover of the low fog throughout the entire approach, because you can't get close to the sensor stations at all. Travel along the canyon floor and avoid the sensors. Once you reach a fork in the canyon, you have the choice of paths to take. Right Fork: You'll head into the border compound, where several TIE Fighters are parked on platforms, and there are some AT-ATs wandering around. The first big canyon has three platforms, each with eight TIEs, and the second area has two platforms with eight TIEs. You can duel with these guys if you wish, or just skip them and head on to the Academy. They will chase you if they notice you, though. Don't bother tying up the AT-ATs. It just wastes time. Left Fork: Skim along the floor and you'll reach an outpost. Your gunner will point out a TIE Fighter parked nearby. Fly towards the outpost and you'll notice a black dot kinda standing out in the fog. That's the TIE's pilot. Turn him into a crater, and the Rebel insignia will appear above the TIE Fighter. Fly over and pick up the eyeball. Now, no one will bother you until you open fire on Imperial targets. Fly in the direction of the radar and you'll eventually reach the academy with no resistance. NOTE: If you take the left fork, you MUST take the TIE Fighter. If you destroy it or miss your chance, you'll have to fly around back and take the right fork. Now, the Academy is set up like a compass, with hangars extending in the four main directions. The Tyderium is parked on the north platform. There are guns in the central complex, and at the end of each of the "spokes" of the base. BONUS ALERT: The Spread Proton Bombs are hidden at the academy. There are large hangars around the academy. The hangar west of the shuttle platform (if the platform is at the "north" end) is the one you want to fly through. It has the powerup. There's a different bonus at daytime. Once at the Academy, you can cause havoc if you wish, or just head to the far platform where the Shuttle Tyderium is parked. You have about four minutes after you're noticed to steal the Shuttle. Shoot up the four Laser Turrets surrounding the platform and grab the Shuttle. Follow your map back towards the rendezvous point, firing your secondary laser to shake off pursuers. Once you reach the point, you'll receive some help and you'll take off to deilver the Tyderium to Crix Madine. The mission will end UNLESS you stole the TIE Fighter, in which case you'll need to return to the outpost where you got the TIE to pick up your copilot to leave the area and finish the mission. --- Gold Medal Strategies: Time: 4:11 Enemies: 51 Accuracy: 49% Friendlies Lost: 0 Lives Lost: 0 Computer Efficiency: 100% Daytime is the order of the "day" here. You'll need the Y-Wing's bombs to keep up your Accuracy. Weave through the canyon low. You don't need to hit all sensors, but you should hit as many as you can as you speed through. Once you reach the fork in the road, take the right fork. Fly towards the platforms with TIEs on them and bomb them. Hit them with at least a bomb in the middle of the each of the four TIE clusters. Don't bother chasing the ones that fly off. Move on to the next canyon and do the same at the platforms. Head towards the Academy and be the mad bomber. Take out as many TIEs with your bombs as you can, but don't take too much time. Make sure you take out the turrets surrounding the Shuttle, then grab it and make your run for it, hitting a couple of TIEs on the way out if you can. ================================== I. Mission 8 - Raid on Bespin Overview: The Rebel Fleet is preparing to attack the second Death Star. They'll need Tibanna Gas from Bespin to power their weapons. Now that the city is under Imperial control, Lando Calrissian has little qualms about authorizing an raid on the city. This mission is kind of tough at first. You'll need to destroy some guns while dogging fighters. Best of luck to you. --- Available Starting Craft: A-Wing X-Wing, Y-Wing, and B-Wing after completion --- Enemies: TIE Fighter TIE Interceptor TIE Bomber Laser Turret Balloon Turret --- Survival Walkthrough: As you enter the mission, you'll notice a platform ahead of you. There's also a balloon to its left. This balloon has a few Laser Turrets inside it. There's a super secret way to bust up balloons. Fly below them and pitch up, and you'll notice tanks supplying hot air to keep them afloat. Blast the tanks and you'll take out the entire balloon and all the guns inside. Deal with the Interceptors dogging you, too, because they'll cause you some nasty damage (they're getting better, have you noticed?) BONUS ALERT: After the first platform is secure, you may notice an Imperial Gas Freighter above the next set of platforms. Shoot it down and the bonus will appear. The problem is that it's on the nearby platform, and surrounded by gas tanks. Solution? Blow them up! Yes, it increases your Friendlies Lost, but who cares... Snag the powerup and you'll have Homing Concussion Missiles. Once the first platform is secure, head to the next. Try to fly below the cloud, since it seriously obscures your vision, and you can get a good shot at the two balloons in this area. Blow both of them up and dogfight with squints until you are told to move to the last platform. Blow up the four balloons here, dogfight, and you'll be able to head to Cloud City itself. Once in fabulous and glamorous Cloud City, you'll have to take out three power generators in the low canals that power the lasers on the city. If you're hurting at this point, hunt around the city and you'll eventually find a blue "ship-changing" insignia, and you can snag the famous Bespin Twin Pod Cloud Car. I think the Cloud Car's okay, because it can brake better than the A-Wing, and it's quite small. Anyway, do what you want as far as ships go. Use the radar to find out where to fly down in the canals to find the generators. Move slowly, so as not to hit the sides. Blast each of the generators and you can move out of the city and towards the platforms as indicated by your map. Take out the two balloons near the platforms and the five TIE Bombers that are trying to bomb them up and you'll be all set. --- Gold Medal Strategies: Time: 6:40 Enemies: 110 Accuracy: 65% Friendlies Lost: 29 Lives Lost: 0 Computer Efficiency: 72% Two big important things to remember here. One: Balloon Turrets count for seven kills, since you take out all the guns in them by blowing up the tanks. Two, and thanks to snooozer for this: When shooting the tanks on the Balloon Turrets, be sure you're shooting the tanks, and NOT the wires holding the balloon together, because the latter will absorb hits (and accuracy). Okay, for the approach part, focus only on the Balloons. Yes, the Interceptors will be dogging you, and will probably make a valiant attempt on your life, so if they start shooting, evade momentarily. You don't need to kill them, just the Balloons. Once they're all gone, then you can focus on the Interceptors, but only shoot if you're sure you can hit. Once you reach the city. Take the time to remove all the Balloon Turrets in the area, and follow the map. When the "objective cone" disappears, look down in any nearby trenches for the generators. Don't bother hunting around in the trenches, because you'll just eat up time. If you take out all three generators (and all the Balloons) without wandering around much, if at all, then you should have plenty of time for the Bombers threatening the last of the platforms. Line up behind them and vape them. Oh, and since you cannot die to get the Gold, if you're hurting once you reach the city, head immediately for the platform to change to a Cloud Car. As a somewhat alternate strategy, aj_007 has also suggested using the X-Wing or the Naboo Starfighter for this mission. They take more hits and have an R2 unit to repair them, as opposed to the A-Wing. I think it's a good idea, especially if your problem in this mission is staying alive. ================================== J. Mission 9 - Battle of Endor Overview: The amassed Rebel Fleet will be attacking the Death Star II in a desperate attempt to destroy it while still in construction. Unfortunately, three problems arose in this attack. The first is that upon the fleet's arrival, the shield is still up, the strike team being severely delayed. The second problem is that the Death Star is fully operational, posing a severe threat to the cruisers, and the third is that the Imperial Fleet has jumped in opposite the Rebel Fleet to cut off their escape. This is honestly my favorite mission, but it's pretty nasty, especially with the immense scale of the dogfighting in the first part. --- Available Starting Craft: X-Wing Y-Wing, A-Wing, and B-Wing (after completion) --- Enemies: TIE Fighter TIE Interceptor TIE Bomber Imperial Star Destroyer (Laser Turrets, Turbolasers) --- Survival Walkthrough: If you know the movies, you know this is a trap. You can go with the movies and pull up with the other guys, or not. Either way, you'll end up flying towards the Imperial Fleet (Yes, that's the Executor back there. No, you can't face against it). Once you close in, the opposition will show up. For the opening wave, you have 48 TIE Interceptors and 32 TIE Fighters to deal with (that's right, baby ^_^) Fight your best against these overwhelming odds. Once you destroy a good portion of the TIEs (including putting a dent in a backup wave of another 16 Interceptors and another 16 Fighters), a flight of 16 TIE Bombers will start attacking the Frigate Redemption. You need to destroy all of these Bombers to continue on, so do so, avoiding as much return fire from the rest of the TIEs as possible. The Bombers will show up yellow on your targeting computer. After you finish the opening part of the battle, the Death Star will fire, destroying the Cruiser Liberty. You'll now have to defend the Home One against the two, that's right, TWO Star Destroyers off in the distance. You know how to take them out, (two shield generators on top, reactor on the bottom, command deck in the middle of the bridge) so do your best, and work as quickly as possible. The good news is not all the guns will target you all the time, so you have that going for you. One time all the guns WILL target you is when you're going after the command deck, so you might want to use torps for that. Oh, and you've got another 64 Interceptors flying around as well. Most of the time, they'll ignore you, but some of them will go after you once they realize you're taking out their command ships. BONUS ALERT: You can actually pick this up at any time during this second phase of the battle, but it's easier to find after you destroy the Star Destroyer on the left. Once you bust it open, it'll pitch down towards the planet and hang in an odd position. Fly near the Star Destroyer's hangar, or around the area, and you'll find the Homing Cluster Torpedoes upgrade. The bonus is actually in that arbitrary point in space from the moment you enter the second phase, but it's far easier to pick it up when you have the crumbling Star Destroyer as a reference point. About thirty seconds after you take out the second Star Destroyer, you'll be told that the shield has dropped and to commence attack on the reactor. You and the Millennium Falcon will head for the Death Star. (In case you've been counting, that's 192 Imperial starfighters you've faced) --- Gold Medal Strategies: Time: 10:00 Enemies: 60 Accuracy: 31% Friendlies Lost: 6 Lives Lost: 1 Computer Efficiency: 80% I suggest X-Wing for this mission. Several people found this mission works with a Naboo Starfighter, too. I prefer the X-Wing, since the wider laser spread can hit TIEs better. Okay. Basic stuff. Enemies should be no problem, since you'll have tons. Accuracy is an issue. You'll make up a lot of it on the Star Destroyers, but, just the same, use quad bursts on fighters if you can. Time is not an issue, period. With the speed you have to go to save all your craft, you'll have this bagged under 10 in no problem. Friendlies Lost is just a matter of moving fast, I'm afraid. I've blown Golds on this before just because of Friendlies. Lives Lost is probably the biggest. You don't want to lose a life until the Star Destroyer part, and even then, not until at least after you've taken one of them down. Computer's not 100%, so don't be afraid to use the computer to find stray Bombers that are attacking the Redemption. Sadly, the only advice I can offer for the first part is to just "be good". Don't shoot until you have a TIE in your sights. Make sure you spin around immediately in the beginning, of course, to take the first wave of TIEs. Take out the Bombers as quickly as possible, but don't get too close too early or their missiles will target you, which is freaky since they didn't have that most of the game. If you crash into a TIE and die, you may as well restart, since you'll probably need that extra life for the ISDs... Once you get to the Star Destroyers, head immediately for the left one and start hammering a shield generator, preferably left, since the ISD on the right will be attacking you (meanie). Make a quick pass at the generator, then get some distance from the back, turn around, brake, and pound the two generators. Once you're done, hit the one on the bottom. Now, the ISD will get mad and start firing on you. Try your best to knock out the bridge, and use a couple of torps if you think it'll help. Repeat for the second ISD. Be sure to watch, after you get hit hard, for the REPAIR prompt from your R2 unit. That can save your butt on this mission. By the time you reach the second ISD, the Interceptors in the area will probably be targeting you. Ignore them and focus on your objectives. Once both Star Destroyers are down, get away from them so they can't get lucky shots and drop you. Peg a few straight flying Interceptors at your discretion to up your Accuracy a bit if you wish, and wait for the call to hit the second Death Star. ================================== K. Mission 10 - Strike at the Core Overview: The shield is down! Commence attack on the Death Star's main reactor! --- Available Starting Craft: X-Wing Millennium Falcon (after completion) --- Enemies: TIE Fighter TIE Interceptor Death Star II (Laser Turrets) --- Survival Walkthrough: Yeah. Remember on the first Death Star when very few of the turrets were targeting you? Well, now they're ALL targeting you... Your first mission is to make sure the Falcon makes it into the shaft. To do this, follow it at a respectable distance, and wait until TIEs come swooping down on it. Pick off the TIEs as quickly as you can, or the Falcon's history. This part doesn't last long, but it's seriously intense, and you may lose one or two lives in the process. If you want to stay alive, you may be better off flying up and staying out of the range of the guns that way... You can still pitch down and take out the TIEs on the Falcon's tail. There are a total of seventeen TIEs that chase the Falcon. After all those are down, fly towards the big red entry shaft. Take out a few guns if you want. Once you make it to the entry shaft, you'll play the same game of protecting the Falcon. The good news is that there are no turrets. The bad news is that you're flying through a bunch of pipes and can feasibly crash into any one of them. Just keep that same distance and take it to the TIEs. When you see lasers from behind you, move a bit to the side to let the TIEs by. There are twenty TIEs total in this section, and they'll pass you in groups of three, except for two which pass solo. Once you take out a bunch of TIEs, the next group will show up. So, you'll progress through the tunnels with several left and right turrets. Just before the last tunnel, you may be a bit surprised by a serious drop. Take it slow down there. Once you level out, you'll see the reactor swirling blue in the distance. BONUS ALERT: On the last tunnel before the main reactor (you'll know it because you'll see blue shimmering at the end), there will be a series of pipes bracketing the lower right corner of the tunnel. Fly under these pipes and under the last one, you'll find the Targeting Computer Upgrade. When you finally make it to the reactor, let loose a torpedo on the power regulator on the north tower. The Falcon will destroy the main reactor, and you'll have to leave. Just follow the Falcon for this part, too. It's actually not all that hard if you stay calm. Don't stray too far behind, because the fire WILL catch up to you. Once you see starlight, rocket the boosters and enjoy your victory party as the Empire crumbles to pieces behind you. When you use the Falcon, you'll be doing most of the same stuff, except you'll be defending Wedge from Imperial fire. It's plays out the same, though. --- Gold Medal Strategies: Time: 5:05 Enemies: 41 Accuracy: 32% Friendlies Lost: 0 Lives Lost: 1 Computer Efficiency: 95% Accuracy is the toughest thing here. That and Lives Lost, of course... Enemies aren't that big of a problem, since they line up as they head towards the Falcon, both on the surface and in the tunnels, and Time won't be an issue if you don't die halfway in or out of the tunnels. If you've been counting, there are a total of 37 TIEs, so you'll have to take out some of the guns on the surface. So, just stay accurate and you can get the Gold. Oh, and the power regulator only needs one torpedo. ================================== L. Secret Mission 1 - Death Star Escape Unlock this mission with 20 points. It appears above the Death Star Attack mission on the select screen. Overview: Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia have successfully made it out of the Death Star, but the Millennium Falcon is coming up on the station's sentry forces. You'll have to take control of the gun turrets and fight them off. To fire the gun turrets, use the L and R buttons. --- Available Starting Craft: Millennium Falcon --- Enemies: TIE Fighter --- Survival Walkthrough and Gold Medal Strategies: Time: 1:20 Enemies: 35 Accuracy: 16% Friendlies Lost: 0 Lives Lost: 0 Computer Efficiency: 100% Really, there's no point in splitting them up for this mission, given its simplicity. Just shoot all the TIEs and you're done. Be accurate and learn the swooping patterns (because the TIEs swoop exactly the same every single time) and you can clean them up. Good luck. ================================== M. Secret Mission 2 - The Asteroid Field Unlock this mission with 30 points. It appears above the Battle of Hoth mission on the select screen. Overview: The Millennium Falcon's hyperdrive is damaged (again...). You need to lose the pursuing TIE Fighters into an asteroid field. After you shake the TIE Fighters, park yourself on the Star Destroyer Avenger so that the Imperials lose you from their sensors, then float away with the rest of the garbage. --- Available Starting Craft: Millennium Falcon --- Enemies: TIE Fighter Imperial Star Destroyer --- Survival Walkthrough: Aim yourself for the radar spot and the TIEs will start lining up behind you. Simply wait for them to come up behind and waste them with your lasers (your lower quad gun tracks them, so it can shoot enemies behind you). Make sure you watch where you're going, too, because those floating asteroids aren't just there for show... Once you finish all the TIEs on your tail, you'll eventually reach the big asteroid, and we all know what happens there... You'll be flying back now, with more TIEs on your butt. Waste them all, and look down below the main asteroid field "line" to see your destination: the Star Destroyer Avenger. A red Rebel insignia will pop up behind the bridge. Fly into it and you'll land to finish this cute mission. --- Gold Medal Strategies: Time: 4:34 Enemies: 50 Accuracy: 10% Friendlies Lost: 0 Lives Lost: 1 Computer Efficiency: 75% Don't lay off the top speed for an instant, because time is your biggest problem. Taking out the TIEs is a simple matter of not firing until they're climbing up your tailpipe. It's really quite simple. You'll have to be a bit lucky, and, of course, don't hit any asteroids. Fly towards the Star Destroyer as soon as you see it and head towards the back and you'll be all set. ================================== N. Secret Mission 3 - Triumph of the Empire Unlock this mission with 30 points. It appears above the Strike at the Core mission on the select screen. Overview: YOU ARE DARTH VADER. Destroy the Rebels attacking the Death Star for the greater glory of the Empire. --- Available Starting Craft: TIE Advanced TIE Fighter (after completion) Imperial Shuttle (after Gold Medals in the the ten normal missions and in the two Vader missions) --- Enemies: X-Wing Y-Wing --- Survival Walkthrough: This is really quite simple, but it's not all that easy until you get the Homing Cluster Missiles upgrade. All you have to do is destroy all the Rebel craft in the area in the first part. The big problem is that they take a lot of hits. Make sure you use your wingmen... The second part has you flying over the trench. Fly in the direction the radar indicates. You'll either be coming up on Rebels from behind, or they'll be coming towards you and you'll have to turn around to engage. You can leave the trench all you want, too, but there are a few fighters above the trench that will offer their buddies support. Anyway, destroy three Y-Wings in the first run (Gold Leader), three X-Wings in the next run (Red Leader), and three more X-Wings in the last run (Luke, Biggs, and Wedge), and you're all set. Let them get too far and they'll take out the Death Star. Naturally, this would never happen in the movies, but it's cute to play the bad guy every once in a while (anyone who's played the game TIE Fighter will tell you that). --- Gold Medal Strategies: Time: 4:00 Enemies: 32 Accuracy: 35% Friendlies Lost: 3 Lives Lost: 0 Computer Efficiency: 100% Naturally, you'll need Advanced Homing Cluster Missiles for this mission. Try to keep yourself slow and make sure you come up behind groups of Rebel fighters to take them down with clusters. Try not to fire clusters at the Rebels unless there are at least three in your sights. Try to have at least ten clusters for the second part, so work on your accuracy with lasers, since you might not get them all just with the clusters. At the trench, pop a cluster into the Y-Wings, then finish them off with lasers. You'll get the call about the first group of X-Wings. At this point, jump out of the trench and start firing clusters at the Rebel fighters above the trench. You'll need to take down a good number of them, so do so in between taking out trench runners. Don't let the trench runners get too far ahead of you, of course, or you'll mess up the time requirement. Naturally, don't fire your lasers unless you're sure you're gonna hit something, because the T/A's lasers fire really fast. Friendlies include guns along the trench, so be sure not to shoot any of those up. ================================== O. Secret Mission 4 - Revenge on Yavin You need to have earned at least a Bronze Medal in Triumph of the Empire to make this mission appear to the right of that mission on the select screen, and you need 40 points to unlock the mission. Overview: The Death Star has been destroyed, and the Emperor is ordering swift retribution. Take command of the TIE Advanced and lay waste to the Rebels on Yavin. This mission, I feel, is pure fun, because the Alliance Fighters are rather dumb and you have clusters on your side. Available Starting Craft: TIE Advanced TIE Fighter (after completion) Imperial Shuttle (after Gold Medals in the the ten normal missions) Enemies: X-Wing Y-Wing Speeder Laser Turret Corvette Survival Walkthrough: As you enter the area, go for the Transports already in the air. According to your objectives, you can let no more than two escape, so make sure you get right on top of any Transports that take off. They take a lot of hits, but don't waste your cluster missiles on them. Save those for the fighters. Once you take down all Transports in one area, they'll start lifting off from another clearing. There are eleven Rebel Transports, total. In the nearest clearing, your fighters and support walkers may clear out some of the Transports for you, but don't rely on them. For the final portion of this mission, you must fly INSIDE the Great Temple and take out the five Transports inside. Once they're gone, your mission will be complete. Gold Medal Strategies: Time: 4:19 Enemies: 36 Accuracy: 65% Friendlies Lost: 15 Lives Lost: 0 Computer Efficiency: 100% Advanced Homing Clusters are necessary, of course. You're going to want to mostly concentrate on the Transports with your lasers, and the fighters with your clusters. First, tell your wingmen to flee, so they don't steal kills, and set upon the nearest Transport that's in the air. Fill it with laser fire, then hit the next one, then go for the groundede ones. Also, you may want to launch some clusters at nearby open patches of jungle that have parked fighters in them for some extra targets. Keep up this busines of downing only Transports with lasers, breaking off for a couple of seconds at a time to launch a cluster at tailing fighters. Once you get all the Transports on the ground, wait around outside the temple entrance for the main hangar to open up. While you wait, use your remaining clusters on the fighters in the area. Once the hangar opens, swoop in and head for the back of the hangar quickly while strafing the Transports. As soon as you get to the back, loop around and start making slow strafing runs on the Transports. The reason you went to the back so quick is because some fighters follow you in, and they can't compensate for the turn you made, so they'll just hit the wall. Looks like Rebel training's a bit lax... Anyway, vape all the Transports as quickly as possible and you should have little problem getting a Gold on this mission. ================================== P. Secret Mission 5 - Endurance You need to have earned Gold Medals on all missions before this, as you'll use the last of your points (20) on this mission. It will appear to the right of Revenge on Yavin. Overview: You are a lone X-Wing above the second Death Star. Destroy wave after life-sucking wave of TIEs as they come after you. No story. No introduction. No mission critical craft. No wingmen. No superlaser. No Rebel Alliance fleet about to be destroyed. No Millennium Falcon. No Obi-Wan telling you to use the Force. NO MERCY! Starting Available Craft: X-Wing Y-Wing, A-Wing, B-Wing, etc. (after completion) Enemies: TIE Fighter TIE Interceptor Imperial Shuttle TIE Advanced Survival Walkthrough and Gold Medal Strategies: Time: 400:00 Enemies: 1300 Accuracy: 8% Waves: 99 Lives Lost: 12 Computer Efficiency: 0% How do you earn a Gold Medal? Simple. Kill them all. Every last one of them. All 99 waves. Good luck. I'll be over here... It's pretty simple, though. Just don't shoot willy-nilly and the accuracy requirement will be met. Everything else is simple enough. Oh, it's worth it to note that every tenth wave is a group of Imperial Shuttles. Once you gun down all of them, you'll earn an extra life, which you'll most definitely need... The first wave is easy. They won't fire at you directly. Right after that, though, they get up in difficulty, especially around waves 31 and 51... There's some strategy involved for this, especially when the waves get up in the high numbers and they start crashing into you and stuff. Fly past the entire wave, fly far off, turn around, and make head on passes. X-Wings always win over TIEs, and the chance to crash is less when you can see them coming. Oh, and since Computer Efficiency is 0%, put up the Computer and leave it up (if you have Advanced Targeting Computer). The final wave (after the 99th) is the Dark Lord of the Sith himself in his TIE Advanced. Good luck. *********************************************************************** 8. Secrets There's quite a bit of secret stuff in the game. Factor 5 had some extra room, so they squeezed in whatever they could... ^_^ A. Bonus Tech Upgrades Bonuses are tech upgrades to your craft that will stay with you forever and ever after you collect them. To actually collect them, you must find them in the mission AND finish that mission in one shot. NOTE: Some bonuses compound on themselves. Say, if you pick up Advanced Proton Torpedoes and then Homing Proton Torpedoes, then you'll have Advanced Homing Proton Torpedoes. It's just that simple... ^_^ --- Advanced Shields: Make your craft's shields blue. You can take more hits. Found: Death Star Attack After you finish off the deflection towers, you'll face off against a bunch of TIEs, and there's a bonus to be found in this area. The only problem is it's REALLY tough to find, because the item is a whitish cone, and the entire Death Star is gray. Okay. Know how the terrain markers on the Death Star are different shades when you look at it through the radar? The spot you're looking for consists of two squares of solid dark grey surrounded by complete black, and it has one red dot on it. This spot is approximately 15-20 degrees to the left of your starting point. Once you reach the patch, fly low near the gun turret there and you'll eventually spot the cone. That's about as descriptive as I can be on it. Good luck. --- Advanced Proton Torpedoes: Proton Torpedoes are much stronger. Found: Ison Corridor Ambush Right as you start, fly down. Just below the Frigate is a clump of debris. If you look closely, you can see a square hole in the debris. Fly inside and you'll find the bonus item. --- Advanced Lasers: Lasers hit harder. Quite essential. Found: Battle of Hoth After you destroy the three AT-ATs threatening the shield generator, it'll be blown up. Fly on back to where the Shield Generator used to be and you'll find the powerup. --- Advanced Cluster Missiles: Cluster missiles cause more damage. Found: Prisons of the Maw On your way between the weapons depot and the comms towers, you'll see off to your right a cluster of two structures: a dish, and a dome. Bomb the dome, and you'll find the bonus inside. --- Advanced Proton Bombs: Bombs cause more damage. Found: Razor Rendezvous Off to the port side of the Star Destroyer (far side from where you start) is an Imperial Shuttle making a break for it. Turn it into scrap and pick up the object it leaves behind. --- Homing Proton Torpedoes: Press B to bring up the homing crosshair. Your target will first have a green circle around it, then red arrows, indicating a lock, where you can press B to fire it. Rapid hitting of the B button will also launch several dumb torps, so it's a little better than the original Rogue Squadron (where you couldn't rapid fire torps after getting Homing). Found: Vengeance on Kothlis Get this. The bonus is INSIDE the Star Destroyer. Specifically it's in the bridge tower. Fly slow as you come up on the front of the tower and enter a hole on the left portion. It's inside, but you may die trying to get out. --- Advanced Concussion Missiles: Concussion Missiles hit harder. Found: Imperial Academy Heist (daytime) There are large hangars around the academy. Fly into the east hangar (if the Shuttle's considered to be in the north area) to collect Advanced Concussion Missiles. --- Spread Proton Bombs: After initial explosion, another cluster of smaller bombs will detonate forward of the first blast. Found: Imperial Academy Heist (nighttime) There are large hangars around the academy. The hangar west of the shuttle platform (if that's considered north) is the one you want to fly through. It has the powerup. --- Homing Concussion Missiles: Press B to bring up the homing crosshair. Your target will first have a green circle around it, then red arrows, indicating a lock, where you can press B to fire it. Rapid hitting of the B button will also launch several dumb missiles. Found: Raid on Bespin Above the second set of platforms is an tubular Imperial Gas Freighter. Gun it down, and the powerup will appear on the nearest platform. You may need to gun down some tanks to find it. --- Homing Cluster Missiles: Cluster Missiles will pick nearby targets to waste. A VERY useful item. Found: Battle of Endor You can actually pick this up at any time during this second phase of the battle, but it's easier to find after you destroy the Star Destroyer on the left. Once you bust it open, it'll pitch down towards the planet and hang in an odd position. Fly near the Star Destroyer's hangar, or around the area, and you'll find the Homing Cluster Torpedoes upgrade. The bonus is actually in that arbitrary point in space from the moment you enter the second phase, but it's far easier to pick it up when you have the crumbling Star Destroyer as a reference point. --- Advanced Targeting Computer: You won't have to hold the Y button to keep the computer up. Also, you can use the C-stick to assign targets for your wingmen to attack. Found: Strike at the Core On the last tunnel before the main reactor (you'll know it because you'll see blue shimmering at the end), there will be a series of pipes bracketing the lower right corner of the tunnel. Fly under these pipes and under the last one, you'll find the Targeting Computer Upgrade. ================================== B. Secret Ships There are plenty of extra ships for you to play with in this game. Some require skill to unlock. All unlocked ships can be used on the following missions: Ison Corridor Ambush, Razor Rendezvous, Vengeance on Kothlis, Raid on Bespin, Battle of Endor, Endurance --- N-1 Naboo Starfighter This thirty-year-old craft is still quite deadly. It was never meant as a weapon of war, but as a police craft for the Naboo Royal Security Force. It served with distinction against the droid armies of the Trade Federation during the Battle for Naboo. It's speedier than an X-Wing, and far more manueverable, but it's not as durable. It has an R2 unit, just like the X-Wing and Y-Wing. Primary Weapon: Dual Lasers Secondary Weapon: 6 Proton Torpedoes How to Unlock: Complete Tatooine Training IN ITS ENTIRETY at every "time" of the day (day, dusk, night, dawn). You have to find all items, including the two bonuses, beat both of the races twice, kill 60 womprats, etc. Refer to my TT walkthrough in the preceding section. I suggest taking care of the womprats first, because if you screw it up, there's little chance of getting a decent enough "respawning" on the womprats before time is up, so get it out of the way early, and if you mess up, restart. Also, you have to complete the ten standard missions to fly this craft. --- Sienar Fleet Systems TIE/ln Space Superiority Starfighter "TIE Fighter" The Empire's frontline fighter isn't all that swell, but it's nice if you want to step into the shoes of the bad guys for a while. It's not all that fast and it really can't take very many hits at all, but it's quite manueverable and has insanely fast lasers. Primary Weapon: Dual Lasers How to Unlock: In the mission Imperial Academy Heist, you must steal a TIE Fighter to get to the compound. You must do this both at night and during the daytime. Check my walkthroughs on that mission to find out how. You can also use the TIE Fighter on the two Vader missions after beating them once. --- Modified Corellian Engineering Corporation YT-1300 Light Freighter "Millennium Falcon" The fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy is an okay ship. It can take a lot of punishment and it has decent firepower. Of course, even with a 0.5 class hypedrive, it still isn't as speedy as some fighters in sublight. One thing that gives the ship a huge advantage is that the lower quad gun tracks enemies, which can discourage pursuers. One of the biggest disadvantages is seriously poor manueverability. Primary Weapon: Dual Lasers Secondary Weapon: 20 Dual-Fire Concussion Missiles How to Unlock: Get at least a Bronze Medal in all ten standard missions. You CAN use this craft in Strike at the Core (after you beat it once with the X-Wing), and in Death Star Escape and Asteroid Field without unlocking it. --- Modified Kuat Systems Engineering "Firespray"-Class Patrol and Attack Ship "Slave I" In this game, the ship of the feared bounty hunter, Boba Fett, is a piece of junk. It has all the durability of an A-Wing, and all the speed and manueverability of a Y-Wing. The lasers are very tough to target enemies with, since they're on the bottom of the craft. The only good thing about this ship is its secondary weapon. Primary Weapon: Dual Lasers Secondary Weapon: Cluster Missiles How to unlock: You must have ten silvers in the normal missions, as well as a silver in Death Star Escape and Asteroid Field. --- Sienar Fleet Systems TIE Advanced x1 Prototype "TIE Advanced" Darth Vader's ship is pretty nice. It has the clusters, as well as good lasers and shielding, and the famous TIE manueverability. The only problem with the ship is a lack of real speed. Primary Weapon: Dual Lasers Secondary Weapon: Cluster Missiles How to unlock: You may use this ship in Triumph of the Empire and Revenge on Yavin normally, and to use it on other missions, you'll need to earn gold medals in all fifteen missions. ================================== C. Passcodes LIONHEAD - Enter this code and you'll be treated to a black and white presentation of Rogue Leader. Wowie... Several people have mentioned this to me, so I'll point out that the joke behind this code was that Lucasarts and Lionhead worked together on the game Black & White. BLAHBLAH - Makes the Audio Commentary function available without having to earn it. COMPOSER - Unlocks the Music Hall in Special Features. EXHIBIT! - Unlocks the Concept Art Gallery in Special Features. ?INSIDER - Unlocks Documentary in Special Features if you haven't done so the normal way. THATSME! - Unlocks Credits in Special Features if you haven't done so the normal way. ================================== D. Ace Mode You can unlock the fabled Ace Mode by earning Gold Medals in all fifteen missions. Once you do so, you can turn Ace Mode on under Special Features. What's so hard about Ace Mode? Well, not a whole heck of a lot, but the main difficulty boost is in two spots. A: Your enemies are a lot better at flying and are more accurate. B: Enemy fighters and guns fire a lot faster. Note that they don't hit any harder, but firing as fast as they do, the damage can pile up. This can make missions where you have to protect craft a bit harder, such as Ison, Razor, Kothlis, and ESPECIALLY Endor, which is actually quite a bit harder on Ace Mode. So, all you have to do is complete a mission on Ace Mode and you'll earn an Ace Medal for the mission. What do you get for all Ace Medals? NOTHING! Except the satisfaction of beating the Ace challenge... Some people call the Ace Medals "Platinums". I refuse to call them that. Why? Three things... A: They're not white, or anything resembling platinum. They're blue Rebel insignias on a gold background. B: They don't replace your Golds. They are added on separately. C: Anyone who's suffered for Platinums on Battle for Naboo know how bloody hard they were to get. Getting Ace Medals in this game is quite easy, since there are no actual requirements (except on Endurance, where you are required to go through the whole soulless mess one more time), therefore, these tasks aren't worthy of being labeled as Platinum, so there. *********************************************************************** 9. Standard Guide Stuff --- A. Legal This FAQ was made 100% by me, Scott "CyricZ" Zdankiewicz. You may not take it in whole or in part and claim it as your own. You may not alter it in any way, even if you ask me first, and that includes putting it in HTML format. Please dont post this on your site unless you have express consent by me. Ive put a lot of time into this. Give me some credit... Currently, the following sites have permission to post my FAQ: www.gamefaqs.com www.gamewinners.com www.cheatcc.com www.gamespot.com www.nintendoinformer.com --- B. E-mail Guidelines If you wish to e-mail me, be sure to follow these guidelines... - Make ABSOLUTELY sure I haven't already answered your question in the guide. - Make sure it has something to do with Rogue Leader for God's sake. I don't want spam, chain letters, offers for friendship. Compliment me on the FAQ all you want, though... - Make sure you say Rogue Leader at one point in your e-mail. I have more than one FAQ, and asking a generic question such as "How do I beat Mission 2?" doesn't tell me much. - Spell correctly and use proper grammar, please. If I can't understand your e-mail, it'll go to the junk pile... Oh, and there's no need yet to e-mail me about new stuff. I'm constantly searching for new info about this game, and keep tabs with a large RL playing community. If you have better Gold Strategies than myself, though, I'm all ears... --- C. Credits CJayC and Al Amaloo for having this on their sites. aj_007, for a few alternate strategies on a couple of Gold Medals. George Lucas, Lucasfilm, Lucasarts, and Factor 5, for giving us all a chance to live in that galaxy far, far away. The Star Wars Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels, by Bill Smith, Doug Chiang, and Troy Vigil, and the Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology, by Bill Smith, David Nakabayashi, and Troy Vigil for giving me some great information about the ships and technology. --- D. Version Updates Version 0.4 - 11/20/01 - Survival Walkthroughs for all ten standard missions and the training mission, as well as for the first and third secret missions. A couple of Gold Medal Strategies are up. I'll post more, naturally, as I get more... Version 0.5 - 11/21/01 - All but one of the tech upgrades are added, as well as another bonus mission. This will probably be the last update before Thanksgiving weekend. Version 0.8 - 11/25/01 - As you can see from the table of contents, only six missions are still incomplete, and that just refers to Gold Strategies for four of them. Version 1.0 - 11/26/01 - All Gold Medal Strategies are up. Guide is complete, for the most part... New passcodes will be added as they come up. Version 1.1 - 11/28/01 - Cleaned up the guide a lot. Added Ace Mode. --- E. The Final Word This IS the game for Star Wars fans. It is hands down the most immersive Star Wars game I've ever played (and I've played a LOT). I hope you folks enjoyed reading this FAQ as much as I enjoyed writing it. Take care and the may the Force be with you.