Earth Defense Force 2017 Walkthrough 1.0
Copyright 2007, David Strapp (rgcfaq@gmail.com)

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1. Introduction
2. Controls
3. Walkthrough

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1. Introduction
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The intent of this guide is to both offer a step-by-step walkthrough through 
each level, and offer a strategy based on what I did to beat each level on 
hard mode, without using weapons farmed from higher difficulties. 

As of starting Hard my Stamina was 2035

The structure of this guide is as follows.

Mission - Mission number and name

Basics - An overview of the level and what you will need to do in it, written 
for new players seeking guidance or that just want to know what's up ahead. 
Will generally list what enemies you're going to encounter, as well as the 
presence of EDF soldier groups and vehicles. On easy and normal this is 
really all you'll need.

Hard - The strategy I used to beat that particular level on hard before 
writing it in this guide. If it is in here, it worked. It may not be the best 
strategy, but it should serve you well. I may also note problems I saw with 
the strategy I used, particularly in the cases I tried weapons I don't 
normally use. All the weapons I used I either obtained from play through in 
easy and normal, or obtained during the course of this play through on hard.

Weapons Obtained - These are new weapons I obtained when I beat that level. 
Weapons are random in this game and the better they are the higher level and 
difficulty you need to play on to get them but I feel some people may want to 
know when a certain weapon can definitely be found. 

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2. Controls
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Controls: Advanced 

Left Control Stick/D-pad - Move/Strafe
Left Control Stick Click - Nothing
Right Control Stick - Aim/Turn
Right Control Stick Click - Nothing
Left Trigger - Jump/Roll
Right Trigger - Fire
Left Bumper - Zoom/Activate
Right Bumper - Switch Weapons
A - Not Used
B - Not Used
X - Not Used
Y - Not Used
Select - Enter/Leave Vehicle
Start - Access Pause Menu

Controls: Basic

Left Control Stick/D-pad - Move/Turn
Left Control Stick Click - Zoom/Set up emplacement
Right Control Stick - Camera up/down
Right Control Stick Click - Nothing
Left Trigger - Strafe Left
Right Trigger - Strafe Right
Left Bumper - Roll Left
Right Bumper - Roll Right
A - Jump/Roll
B - Switch Weapons
X - Fire
Y - Aim Upwards
Select - Enter/Leave Vehicle
Start - Access Pause Menu

Vehicle Controls : Combat Vehicle E551 Gigantus
Left Control Stick - Move
Right Control Stick - Aim Turret
Right Trigger/A/B/X/Y - Fire Cannon

Vehicle Controls : SDL2 Airbike
Left Control Stick - Move
X - Fire Machine Gun

Vehicle Controls : Combat Helicopter EF24 Bazelato
Left Control Stick - Move
Right Control Stick - Elevation
Right Control Stick Click/B/X - Fire Machine Gun
Left Trigger - Strafe Left
Right Trigger - Strafe Right
Y - Fire Missile

Vehicle Controls : Battle Machine Vegalta
Left Control Stick - Move
Left Control Stick Click/A - Jump(Hold to Hover)
Right Control Stick - Aim Arm weapons
Right Control Stick Click/Y/Right Bumper - Fire Flamethrower
Left Trigger/X - Fire Machine gun
Right Trigger/B - Fire Missile

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3. Walkthrough
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Mission 1. Arrival 

Basics: Look at the pretty flying saucers and Mother ship. Don't bother 
shooting; you can't damage any of them. Also ignore the terrified civilians 
and check out the first wave of Black Terror Ants straight ahead. On easy and 
normal you can just run at them and kill them with anything (I like AFs); you 
don't really need to do any target softening. Note that this wave is the only 
wave of black ants that does not use acid, so enjoy it. After you've killed 
all the ants a second wave will appear on your radar, collect any armor and 
weapon packs on the ground, leave the health icons alone on hard and up just 
incase anything goes wrong, on easy and normal feel free to pick them up to 
clear up the radar, you won't need them. Head towards the 2nd wave (I like to 
go straight down the road to where the 1st wave was then turn left when the 2nd 
wave is directly to my left) and get ready to see the ants' new trick, 
squirting acid! If you've destroyed a lot of buildings they'll be able to 
rush you a lot faster but on easy and normal this just lets you kill them 
faster. You'll also notice some more EDF soldiers fighting the 2nd wave. If 
you don't kill them accidentally or deliberately they will kill quite a few 
ants by themselves. Once the second wave is gone the 3rd and final wave will 
appear, and this wave appears to have more ants the last two. For E/N again, 
no real challenge, you can rush them blindly and come out unscathed.



Hard: My Equipment 1. AF-17 2. Cascade 1

For the first wave you'll probably want to thin out the herd coming towards 
you so use a good rocket launcher, grenade/launcher, missile launcher, or 
sniper rifle of your choosing and let them come to you. You probably want to 
try to avoid destroying the buildings to the northwest to help limit the flow 
of ants in the 2nd wave. Try to avoid getting surrounded, the buildings should 
help, and you'll probably want to be moving backwards when the ants are 
moving towards you since they can take quite a few hits now. Don't 
underestimate your EDF allies, even here they can still hold their own and 
take out quite a few ants. Treat the 3rd wave the same as the first.

Weapons Found: 
Volcano 3w-Burst
AF17
Stingray M2
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Mission 2. Invasion

Basics: Once again ignore the skies, this time there are 3 groups of Black 
Terror Ants, one each to the northwest, north, and northeast. Some of the NE 
and NW ones will join the N group while others will try to sneak around the 
sides or even behind you before attacking. For E/N you can again just blindly 
rush them with an AF, but you may want to practice your Rocket Launcher aim 
for later and take a few shots.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF17 2. Volcano 3w-Burst

I fired the Volcano straight ahead until I could see large groups of ants to 
the sides then concentrated on them. Finished off the stragglers with the 
AF17.

Weapons Obtained:
Acid Gun
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Mission 3. Melee

Basics: Large amount of Black Terror Ants to the NW, but first go to the few 
over to the NE and kill them to get some EDF soldiers. There are quite a few 
EDF soldiers like these guys strewn about the level, if they're on the way 
might as well grab them. On E/N this is the same as the past levels, just run 
and gun, nothing to worry about.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF17 2. Volcano 3w-Burst

 I got the EDF soldiers, then fired off the Volcano towards the buildings 
between me and the ants(I didn't move left or right once I fired, just wanted 
to make a "small" hole to start them coming at me). Killed off the ants that 
starting heading towards me then headed for the group that was approaching me 
from the right. Took them out with the AF17, the buildings kept their numbers 
down. Then headed towards the remaining groups. At this point the ants should 
be pretty stretched out, so take out each group one at a time and pick up any 
nearby EDF soldiers to make your life easier. At this point you can also 
destroy any buildings in your way to make moving and killing the ants easier 
since they're not likely to get in big enough numbers to make open terrain 
dangerous.

Weapons Obtained: Nothing
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Mission 4. Landing

Basics: You start off with a large group of troops and large blob of enemies 
on the radar, head towards them. There is a smaller group in the buildings 
ahead of you, once again on E/N just shoot them and move on to the large 
group in front of the Space Needle looking tower. Shoot these guys as well, 
go make friends with the group of EDF soldiers near them, then destroy the 
big tower and finish off those ants. Once they're dead... FLYING SAUCERS! You 
can't destroy these ones either, even when they open up to drop more ants. 
You know what to do.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF17 2. Volcano 3w-Burst

The enemy is in staggered groups though you can't initially tell from the 
radar. Feel free to destroy a few buildings to allow you to more quickly deal 
with the first group. Head towards the next group, I walked up onto one of 
the blue walkways and fired on the group on the ground with the Volcano. I'd 
assume hitting the tower would cause that group of ants to come after to you 
so don't hit it until you've dealt with this group. Once you're ready destroy 
the tower and fire on the ants as they make their long journey towards you. 
Hopefully only a few to none will actually complete it. Get some distance 
from the Flying Saucers when they appear so you can pummel their army of ants 
from afar. AF17 anyone who gets too close.

Weapons Obtained:
AF16-RA
Splash Grenade
ZER-Gun
Sparrow Shot
AF-16
Wideshot
A1 Plasma Launcher
P79 Bound Gun
MMF42-RA
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Mission 5. Search

Basics: You've got two groups of EDF soldiers, the ones you start with and 
another group to your left. Ants will be attacking both sides, on E/N It once 
again doesn't really matter. Charge on side then charge the other, or 
alternate back and forth, whatever makes you happy. A short while after 
you've defeated all the ants you get called to retreat, and 10-20 seconds 
later a mass of red blips will appear. You won't be retreating, on E/N 
there's no real danger here, you can run to the Ravager Gunships or stay back 
with your group to have some support.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF17 2. Stingray M2

Deal with the first few ants that head towards your group, I used the 
Stingray, then head to the left group and finish off what they're fighting. 
Run forward from there and deal with the ants in your way, shortly down the 
road some ants should attack you from the right, attack them then wait for 
the groups to catch up if you want, and go attack the remaining ants.(I fired 
the Stingray from a white walkway in the path of the first group) When the 
Gunships's appear retreat back to one of the groups for some fire support, 
and fire on the Gunships if you have a weapon with sufficient range(I beat it 
with the Stingray here but a Cascade or Volcano would have been better for 
the Gunships).

Weapons Obtained:
UMRA Grenade Launcher
Buffalo G3 Burst
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Mission 6. Airforce

Basic: You start off looking at the Mother ship, ignore it. A wave of Ravager 
Gunships will be deployed from the Mother ship You and your men should make 
short work of them on E/N. You may want a rifle instead of a Rocket Launcher 
on this stage to take out some of the Gunships before they're in range 
without the problems of leading with rockets. 2nd wave, same as the first. You 
may have to wait a bit after you've cleared the 2nd wave before the 3rd is 
launched. May want to try a Missile Launcher type if you have it, though not 
a Tortoise type.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF17 2. MF42-RA

Nothing much to say here, just keep moving and shooting. The EDF soldiers 
should kill a good amount. Though I used the MF42-RA I probably wouldn't 
suggest it, a more powerful, less rapid firing sniper rifle would have worked 
better. 

Weapons Obtained:
ME3 Emerald
UM2-J Grenade Launcher
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Mission 7. Takedown

Basics: The mission starts with scattered EDF squads and two Flying Saucers 
unloading some black ants. Fire off some rockets/sniper rifle rounds into 
their glowing red underbellies to damage them before their doors close and 
you cannot damage them. If you don't destroy them before the doors close, 
don't worry. Just kill off a lot of the ants it dropped and it will open up 
again to drop more. Once you've destroyed both Flying Saucers and all the 
ants your mission is complete.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF17 2. MMF 42

Obviously, as soon as the mission starts shoot everything you have that can 
reach it, at the closer Flying Saucer. I was not able to destroy it in its 
initial drop, but after the EDF soldiers made quick work of the ants it was 
vulnerable again and was shot down during the second drop. I cleared out the 
ants from the second drop but by this time the 2nd Flying Saucer was on top of 
me. Be careful if you are in a similar situation as I was taking significant 
damage from the swarm of ants as I got caught off guard in the area where a 
lot of buildings are already destroyed. Alternate between killing the ants 
and firing at the open Flying Saucer, then mop up any remaining ants.

Weapons Obtained: 
MG14J
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Mission 8. Mobilization

Basics: You start off facing a whole lot of red blips. Run towards them and 
you'll see some EDF soldiers fighting the black ants. Go help them out... or 
just blow everything up. After them you'll have some smaller groups attack 
you as you make your way to the big group surrounding the big skyscraper. 
Kill them off and more red and blue blips will appear on the radar. Head 
towards the closest group, kill the ants and get some more EDF soldiers. Head 
towards the next group, you may want to be a little cautious here even on 
E/N, there are a lot of ants in this next group. Once you've killed them two 
high up red blips appear on the radar... Flying Saucers. Don't bother running 
towards them, they won't open up until they've flown past where you most 
likely are right now. In fact you may to run in the opposite direction as 
where they are coming from so you're not in between them when they release 
their ants. Destroy both Saucers and all the ants to finish the level.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF17 2. Stingray M2

I ran towards the red blips and used the AF17 to clear out the black ants 
around the EDF soldiers; they seem more interested in the soldiers than you. 
Take out the remaining ants that start charging at you as you make your way 
to the skyscraper, then start shooting at them from afar. You should be able 
to kill them all without them getting to you. Once they're dead a new group 
will appear on the radar. Head towards the closer group(I fired some Stingray 
shots along the way but didn't bother sniping them out) and get some more 
soldiers under your command. Head towards the next group, I followed the 
roads and kept the buildings intact to avoid getting surrounded, and this 
time did fire from afar with the Stingray. When the flying saucers appear 
focus on one(And if you haven't already go to game settings -> player 
settings -> and turn off camera effect so you can aim) but try to avoid 
getting sandwiched between both throngs. 

Weapons Obtained:
Y10 Wide Impulse
AF-V
Lysander
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Mission 9. Tsugawa

Basics: Time to meet a new enemy, the Hector. Big Walking robots, they 
currently only have two attacks, green machine gun fire(It can bounce as 
well) that's not that bad on E/N but is brutal on harder difficulties, and 
red explosive shots that will knock you down. Big machine gun hand = Machine 
gun attack, smaller purple conical hand = red explosive attack. They also 
react really oddly to being hit which may make them dodge successive shots. 
You have a load of EDF soldiers on your side this time, and they can and 
unfortunately will destroy quite a few Hectors(Unfortunate since they're 
probably still in the deep water). There also a few Gunships flying around. 
On E/N Hectors aren't that bad so you can still get crazy and run up to 
them(Aim for a foot, the only part that doesn't react when hit), or practice 
hitting them from afar with a sniper or rocket launcher your choice. You'll 
also see Gigantus(The Tank) and Bazelato(The Helicopter), I don't either of 
these for anything other than faster transport, but feel free to use them as 
you wish.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF17 2. Stingray M2

I wasn't paying attention and still had the Stingray M2 when I started this 
mission, but it uses the same strategy as what I would've have preferred. 
Stay up on the mountain you started on and simply snipe the Hectors with 
whatever you desire (Lysander would be good).

Weapons Obtained: 
AF18
ZE Sniper
Sticky Grenade Prototype
Wideshot VR
MG14J
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Mission 10. Arms

Basics:  Squad of EDF right next to you, group behind you, and in front of 
you. One Hector staring at you to start, another will walk in from the left a 
few seconds after the level begins. Treat them the same as the last time, 
rocket/sniper, or be crazy and shoot 'em in the foot. Several more will be 
attacking you at this location, you should make quick work of them with the 
EDF soldiers. Avoid fighting too many Hectors at once and this level 
shouldn't be much more difficult than the last. Destroy them all and its 
Mission Complete.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF17 2. Lysander

I sniped the first hector with all 7 Lysander shots than charged it and the 
second with the AF17 destroying both. 3 or 4 more Hectors should be on you by 
now, but your army should be weakening them quite quickly and need little 
from you to finish them off. Go after the remaining hectors and try to stick 
with your soldiers for support, try to keep the hectors as separated as 
possible. If too many of them are together get away, a combined machine gun 
attack can take you down fast. 
Weapons Obtained:
MG14
AF18-RA
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Mission 11. Infiltration

Basics: Caves... some good things... some bad things. The good: lots of choke 
points, no structures you can accidentally destroy, fairly straightforward 
paths. The bad: lots of ceiling and wall space for insects to climb on, 
depending on where you kill the bugs it may be impossible to get their 
dropped item

Start off with a bunch of EDF boys, and a lot of red dots ahead. Go forward 
and shoot them, if you're fast you may be able to trap them in that small 
opening. Once they're dead a new group appear, make your way to them and get 
ready for a much larger battle. They're still just ants so not much to worry 
about, you may need to do some walking around to get the last few if they've 
gotten themselves stuck.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF18-RA 2. Goliath D1

I start off with saying... I wouldn't recommend the Goliath D1 here, reload 
time is too long. Head towards the first group, fire off some rockets and AF 
the rest down. Head to where the next group is, I recommend staying in the 
tunnel to large open area the ants are in to limit how many are attacking 
you. Only reason you should enter the large area is if there are some 
stragglers left that aren't coming out to attack you.

Weapons Obtained:
Nothing
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Mission 12. Reinforcement

Basics: New Enemy: Assault Spiders, these are not nice. They're not too much 
to worry about on E/N but on harder difficulties they hit hard. They attack 
by shooting web, if it hits it not only hurts you, but it also slows you 
down. Get hit by a few at once and you won't be going anywhere until it 
dissolves. Movement wise they're pretty much the same as ants except that 
they can and will jump(a lot).

The level begins with a swarm of Assault Spiders in front of you, as well as 
a Tank, and there are EDF soldiers in front of and behind you. Don't be too 
afraid of your new adversary and treat them like ants and you'll be fine. 
Just 1 wave of them.

Hard: My Weapons 1. AF18-RA 2. Stingray M2

Watch out for a few attacking from behind and the sides, and try to fight 
them at a distance with the Stingray. Only 1 wave so you should be done 
pretty quickly, I didn't even have to switch to the AF18-RA.

Weapons Obtained: 
Firecracker 3
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Mission 13. Retaliation

Basics: You start off with one Flying Saucer ahead of you as well as an army 
of EDF soldiers fighting some Assault Spiders. Help them kill of the spiders 
then move on to one of the other groups. At one group (The one by a bridge) 
is the SDL2 Airbike, it has little combat worth but it'll get you where you 
need to be fast, assuming you don't run into anything and blow it up. Once 
the one group is dead head to the final group (Should be in a big 
clearing/courtyard type area.). This group is bigger than either previous 
group so exercise caution. Kill the spiders, grab the EDF guys and take a 
look at Battle Machine Vegalta. Its slow, and has a brutal turn rate, but it 
is fairly powerful, I do use this from time to time in an offensive role. 
Once the last spider is dead the Saucer opens, but don't bother firing at it, 
you can't destroy this one. I'd suggest giving Vegalta a try and wipe out 
this wave and the next wave the Saucer will drop, then the mission will be 
complete.

Hard: My Weapons 1.AF18-RA 2. Stingray M2

Go help out the EDF soldiers ahead of you, I'd suggest using the AF18-RA or 
similar weapon to avoid killing allies. Unfortunately, killing these spiders 
won't be enough to get the Saucer to reveal its weak point. I went to the 
group to the Saucer was moving away from at the time(They're by a bridge), 
killed the spiders there(Fired the sparrow while en route, then used the AF 
to finish them off). Grab the EDF guys there and then head to the last 
group(In a big courtyard area) which should be under the Saucer at this time. 
I grabbed the Airbike but you may wish to be more cautious and move on foot 
to keep your EDF allies closer. This group is large so be careful, I used the 
sparrow from the road I drove in on. Once you've killed off all the spiders 
the Saucer will finally open up and drop off some more, but don't bother 
shooting at it. Again, I'd suggesting using Vegalta, it should make quick 
work of both waves of spiders bringing the end of the mission.

Weapons obtained:
C24 Bomb
MLRA-3
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Mission 14. Fortress

Basics: Your first look at Quadruped Fortress, and like most first looks you 
won't be destroying it here. Note its energy shield on the front, it also has 
side shields. It has two massive plasma cannons on top but I've never seen 
them used against your character. What it can attack you with are the several 
laser turrets on its body (Which you can destroy now), and its feet. Its also 
capable of launching various enemy units which reveals its obvious weak spot 
on the front of its underside. But you can't do anything about that now.

Just like the last time you were here there's a massive amount of EDF 
soldiers on the beach so you'll have a lot of support and more than a few 
unreachable power ups. The first wave of enemies will be Gunships, snipe 
them, or let them come to you and take them out with whatever you like. Next 
it will move in onto the shore, start firing its laser cannons and eventually 
start dropping Hectors. Try to take out some of the laser cannons but focus 
on the Hectors once they drop. They all seem to have one machine gun and one 
red explosive cannon. After it drops the hectors a swarm of Gunships appear. 
Clear out the Gunships and you're home free.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF18-RA 2. Stingray M2

I stayed at the starting point and fired off the Stingray until the Gunships 
were in AF range then used that to clear out the rest of them. You don't have 
to since they're pretty inaccurate, but you can destroy the Fortress' laser 
cannons, doing so will help keep your EDF soldier count up. Focus on the 
Hectors as soon as they drop. After it's finished with the Hectors the radar 
will turn red with Gunships, so clean up any remaining hectors and then aim 
skyward. Once you've removed the Gunships the level is complete.

Weapons Obtained:
MMF43
Y10 Wide Impulse
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Mission 15. Blockade

Basics: Nope, not destroying the Quadruped Fortress here either. You start 
off with some EDF soldiers and an eyeful of the Fortress. There's a red 
circle with some spinning thing on it, I guess it's a cannon but I've never 
actually seen anything come out of it, I'm not sure if you have to destroy it 
but if nothing's happening in the level then you know what to do. Its first 
drop will be some hectors, do whatever you've been doing to the previous ones 
and take them out (And if you've been charging them, then watch out for the 
Fortress's feet, it probably doesn't do that much damage on E/N but its 
annoying getting thrown around) These all seem to be Machinegun/Red Explosion 
as well, but it may be randomly decided. After the Hectors come Gunships, 
standard procedure here as well. After you've defeated the Hectors and 
Gunships the Fortress' laser cannons activate though they shouldn't hit you 
much if at all. It will also begin deploying more Gunships. After the 
Gunships it will deploy more Hectors with double red explosive firing arms, 
they should be at a fair distance so sniping would be the best choice. A 
large group of EDF's soldiers should have appeared at this time, so they 
should be able to take out quite a few if not all of them on their own. While 
fighting the Hectors or after you've defeated them the Fortress will launch 
yet another wave of Gunships, take out the remaining Hectors first then start 
attacking the Gunships. Finish them off and the mission is finally complete.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF18-RA 2. MMF43

WATCH THE FEET! Being anywhere near them when they come down is going to hurt 
to the tune of nearly 200 points. Nothing much you can do until it drops the 
Hectors, once they appear start sniping them. Shortly after the Hectors it 
will deploy Gunships, so finish off any remaining Hectors and then focus on 
the Gunships. Once you've cleared the Gunships more... Gunships... will be 
deployed as well as you will start getting showered by the Fortress' laser 
cannons. They're still fairly weak but the damage can start to add up 
especially with the Gunships, so keep moving and try to stay near a cache of 
health icons if they're hitting a lot.

After the Gunships the Fortress will start to deploy several Hectors with 
both arms being the type that fire red explosive shots. They should be at a 
great distance from you though so take advantage and snipe them. The newly 
spawned EDF soldiers should help. While you're fighting the Hectors yet 
another wave of Gunships will be launched, deal with the Hectors before 
focusing on them. Give the Gunships your all, as once they're dead the 
mission is done.

Weapons Obtained:
AF18-X
MMF42-RA
AF19-ST
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Mission 16. Multiplication 

Basics: A new target here, but these you can destroy on the first sighting. 
They look like a cross between an anthill and a volcano, and if left alone 
they spawn more bugs. Thankfully there's no trick here, they're always 
vulnerable from all angles, just give them all you got.

You start off with some EDF soldiers infront of you and a whole mess of Black 
Terror Ants to the north east head up and start killing. Once you've got an 
clear shot start taking out the ant-hill. Once it's destroyed a new group of 
red dots will appear in the direction of the yellow dot that's been on the 
radar, gather up any EDF soldiers and head over there. There's a Vegalta over 
there, so if you want to use it be sure not to destroy it, I like to hop into 
it to destroy the ant-hill since its pointed right at it. Once the ants are 
dead a new group will appear (Though it may be hard to see at first since 
civilians spawn as well and tend to completely cover up the red). Head 
towards them, with Vegalta if you like, and do what you've been doing. Kill 
them all and destroy the hive and another group appears, but this time, it's 
Assault Spiders! I'd suggest sticking with Vegalta if you still have it, 
though that turn is gonna be painfully slow, and because of that, demolish 
every building in its way, you don't want to be making any needless turns. If 
Vegalta has been destroyed do the usual, though you may want to avoid a rush 
tactic.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF18-RA 2. Firecracker 3

I wouldn't recommend the Firecracker 3... its good for destroying the ant 
hills, but I just couldn't get any decent anti-bug results. Head towards the 
first group and do what you want to them. They didn't seem organized enough 
to really need sniping, just fire off a few rockets (Or toss a few bags of 
marbles...) as you run towards them. As soon as you get a nice clearing take 
out the ant-hill. Head towards the new enemy group firing at them as you 
approach, watch your fire if you want to use the Vegalta they're swarmed 
around, and take out the ant-hill once they've been cut down. Kill the 
remaining ants and head towards the new group. I used Vegalta since its good 
as long as it doesn't have to turn. Using Vegalta just slowly walk towards 
them unleashing a hail of gunfire and missiles, 90% of them and the anthill 
should be gone by the time you're in the parking lot. Once all the ants are 
dead and the hill is gone another group will appear. Assault Spiders this 
time, but the strategy remains the same, I'd suggest sticking with Vegalta 
and busting through the buildings to the hive, shooting anything that moves 
on the way. If Vegalta gets destroyed you'll have to adopt a more 
conservative approach and thin out the spiders and take out the ant... 
spider-hill from afar, as getting surrounded by spiders can be a quick death.

Weapons Obtained:
Stingray M3
Prominence M1
MG20
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Mission 17. Nesting 

Basics: You start off in a cave with a wave of Black Terror Ants heading at 
you from both sides. Start attacking the wave you're facing since there are 
EDF soldiers behind you to hold of the other wave. Once you've dealt with 
those, a wave of spiders will come from where the EDF soldiers were. Try to 
deal with them quickly as another wave will spawn behind you as well. Another 
wave of ants will follow the spiders, continue fighting each side and try to 
avoid getting surrounded. Finish off all the ants, you may need to go after 
the last few, and the level will be complete.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF18-RA 2. Stingray M3

Shoot off a few Stingray shots at the ants heading towards you then switch to 
an AF as they're going to get pretty close and explosives will do more harm 
than good. When the spiders appear use rockets again until they get too 
close, try to kill them quickly as more spiders will be arriving from the 
other direction. Another wave of ants will follow from both directions, you 
may want to fight the one side back into the small cave they came out from to 
limit the flow from the other direction. There should be no more waves 
spawning so finish off the remaining ants the level will be complete.

Weapons Obtained:
Nothing
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Mission 18. Dino Mech

Basics: Meat Vallak Dino-Mech. He may seem mean but he's a push over, just 
hit him with anything long ranged and powerful. Rockets/Sniper 
Rifles/Missiles (Even the Air Tortoise) will all make short work of him. He's 
got a flame breath attack that will certainly hurt but you shouldn't be close 
enough to have to worry about it. There's a walkway to the right, use it to 
easily avoid his flame breath. If he starts charging in your direction roll 
away, again you should be far enough away to have time to react and get out 
his path.

Hard: My Equipment 1. Prominence M1 2. Prominence M1

Pretty simple, just run towards him fire off both Prominence's then just fire 
off the one as it reloads. I'd suggesting getting on the white walkway to 
your right as it puts you high enough to avoid his flames and gives you a 
good vantage point. Sniper Rifles/Rocket Launchers/Missile Launchers/Grenade 
Launchers/Grenades, at this point you've got some really powerful tools in 
each category so use whatever you're comfortable with. DON'T FORGET VALLAK 
DEALS DAMAGE IF HE FALLS ON YOU! I'm not sure how much it is, I doubt its 
fatal, and you really should be damaged at all, but just a fair warning.

Weapons Obtained:
Flame Thrower (alpha symbol)
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Mission 19. Umbra

Basics: 2 Flying Saucers which both drop Assault Spiders will be directly in 
front of you, try to take them down. Focus on the spiders when they're 
getting close enough to attack, and then attack the Saucer's again once 
you've eliminated any close spiders. Afterwards you'll probably have a few 
spiders at far points on the map so grab a vehicle and finish them off to end 
the mission.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF18-RA 2. Stingray M3

Use the Stingray to take down the closest Saucer, take a few shots at the 
other Saucer but with the Stingray M3 you won't be able to take it down 
before the Spiders are way too close, so start firing on them. Once you've 
removed the immediate spider threat continue firing on the Saucer, you should 
be able to take it down before any more spiders reach you now. Finish off the 
remaining spiders and the mission is complete. 

Weapons Obtained:
Governor 50
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Mission 20. Artillery

Basics: Hectors are back and they've got a new weapon. Those giant tubes are 
their arms are Plasma cannons, as the name of the mission says, they act as 
Artillery, firing off arcing plasma shots at you from very far away. Pretty 
easy to avoid except at close range, just keep moving, but do note that it 
does have splash so it doesn't need to hit you directly to hurt you. I 
believe the smaller Hectors debut on this level as well, I believe they're 
weaker, have less health, and only drop 2 items. Other than that deal with 
them the same as the old Hectors.

You start off with several EDF soldiers as well as a Tank on the radar though 
no where to be seen, use an explosive of some kind to destroy the overpass 
near you and it will fall to the ground. I'd suggest using it to get in range 
of the Hectors. Take out the Hectors however you want, but I'd suggest taking 
them out from afar so you can dodge the plasma shots. Once you've destroyed 
the Hectors more will appear along with a wave of Gunships. EDF soldiers 
should appear as well. Finish off the Hectors and Gunships to end the 
mission.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF19-ST 2. Stingray M3

I drove the tank straight at the middle Hector firing at it with the tank 
cannon, jumped out of the tank behind the Hector and finished it off with the 
AF. Use the AF to take out the remaining Hectors in the area, then drive the 
tank to the two groups of hectors that are at a fair distance. When the new 
Hectors and Gunships arrive you'll want to destroy the Gunships first this 
time, then start taking out the Hectors. Some EDF soldiers should have 
appeared at this time as well so they should help hasten things.

Weapons Obtained:
FORK-A20
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Mission 21. Crimson

Basics: Meet the Red Terror Ants, they have a more powerful physical attack, 
and a lot more health, but no acid attack.

There is a huge swarm of Red Ants dead ahead. On easy treat them like black 
ants, they take a few more bullets but nothing to worry about. On Normal you 
may want to consider using one of the stronger AF's with burst fire as they 
have quite a bit more health. While they're still far away though treat them 
like black ants on either difficulty and snipe away with 
rockets/missiles/etc. 

Once you've killed the first wave another will appear from off to the side of 
ocean. When you've defeated them another wave will appear from the center of 
cliff opposite the ocean.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF18-RA 2. Stingray M3

As soon as you have the shot start firing off Stingray shots at the ants and 
start backing up. Don't stop shooting until you're too close to safely fire. 
You can try to use an AF to clear up some room if they get close but you're 
probably better off rolling away until you have the distance to use the 
stingray. Watch the radar as they love to try to sneak behind you and let you 
run into their attack. Repeat the same for the next two waves. I used the 
AF18-RA to stun large groups of ants that were too close to hit the Stingray 
long enough to get out of the splash range then hit them with the Stingray.

Weapons Obtained:
A2 Plasma Launcher
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Mission 22. Trapped

Basics: You start off in a canyon with two Hectors to the right and black 
ants soon approaching. I usually hop in the Vegalta to take out the Hectors 
but its not much use for the ants given the situation. After taking out the 
hectors run towards where they were then make right up the river, it looks 
steep but you can run up it. This is a good spot to fight the ants and 
Hectors that will soon be appearing from the west, just keep moving as 
there's a hector that will be firing plasma shots at you while here. Destroy 
all the remaining Hectors and ants to end the mission.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF18-RA 2. Governor 50

Hop in the Vegalta and take out the Hectors to your right. Head towards where 
the Hectors were and make a right up the river. Use this area to limit the 
flow of ants and get ready to engage a few more Hectors from the west. I 
brought governor here since it's a close combat situation, and it only took 
like 2 or 3 foot shots at point blank to drop a hector. Defeat the rest of 
the ants and the mission is yours.

Weapons Obtained: None
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Mission 23. Expansion

Basics: Another Anthill destruction mission, this time with Red Terror Ants 
thrown into the mix. Get on the Airbike you start next to and head off to the 
first group. Kill off the ants and take out the hill when you get a chance. 
From here move towards the next contact, a Spider hill behind some buildings. 
You should notice a yellow dot on your radar nearby, there's a helicopter on 
top of the skyscraper, destroy it if you want it. If you get in the 
helicopter you can see the hills ahead of you, two red ant nests to the left 
and right, and a spider and a black ant nest in the center. On E/N you can 
get away with sniping the nests with rockets and AFing the hordes when they 
get too close. 

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF18-RA. 2. Governor 50
Grab the Airbike and get to the first hill, sweep out the ants and destroy 
the hill. Take out any spiders nearby before heading to the spider hill just 
a bit away. You may be able to destroy the hill before the Spiders spawn, but 
if not take them out then hit the hill hard.

Now this is where the level gets tricky. This is what I did to beat this 
level after various failures with rocket launchers and sniper rifles, if 
nothing's working for you give it a try. I rushed the left red ant hill and 
destroyed it with the governor. I then dealt with the waves of red ants, 
black ants, and spiders until there was a decent break and made a right into 
the block of buildings and used the governor to destroy the Spider hill. This 
is the make or break point of the strategy, if you can destroy the spider 
hill and survive the enemies you'll be surrounded by you're home free. Then 
just mop up the Black ant hill and remaining red ant hill and the mission is 
clear. 

Alternate Strategy: Even though this is a much safer strategy I'm not sure if 
its possible to get the Cascade 2 from stages before this, and that goes 
against the purpose of this guide. But if indeed you can obtain the Cascade 
2(And AF-19 though its not as necessary) before this stage then when you've 
defeated the 1st spider hill, destroy the buildings in front of the 2nd Spider 
hill(Use the helicopter to see where it is if necessary) then destroy it. The 
Cascade 2 is capable of putting enough firepower quickly and accurately on 
the hills from quite a distance, once the spiders are gone deal with the 
swarm around you and start taking out the Red anthills and then the black 
anthill. These will be easy without being under attack from spider webs.

Weapons Obtained:
Cascade 2
C25 Special Bomb
MMF43-B2
AF-19
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Mission 24. Interception

Basics: Start off on a beach yet again with many EDF soldiers behind you as 
well as Hectors you can't see yet, a wall of Gunships in front of you, and a 
Vegalta nearby. Take out the Gunships first, then the Hectors. Next Gunships 
will spawn in the cliffs and Hectors in the ocean, again go after the 
Gunships first and the Hectors second. Destroy them all to finish the 
mission.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF19 2. Cascade 2

Hop in the Vegalta if you like it and shoot down the Gunships, then go after 
the Hectors. I went after the Hectors on foot as I don't feel its really 
worth the time to turn Vegalta around. After you've destroyed the Hectors a 
group of Gunships appears from behind the cliff and a group of Hectors appear 
from the sea, concentrate on the Gunships first. Once you've destroyed them 
all you'll have beaten the mission.

Weapons Obtained: 
BRUTE-J Triple Grenade Launcher
P80 Bound Gun
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Mission 25. Descent 1

Basics: Back in the caves, you start high up with a lot of black ants and EDF 
soldiers under you. On E/N it really doesn't matter, but you'll probably want 
to resist the urge to just jump down and get in the thick of things and 
instead attack from afar with explosives. Clear out all these ants and the 
mission is over.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF19 2. Cascade 2

This one should be a piece of cake, just stay up high and pummel the ants 
from afar. When all your EDF guys are dead the ants will focus on you but if 
you retreat to the lava tube type cave near where you started they'll only 
trickle in. Clean up the remaining ants and the mission is done.
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Mission 26. Descent 2

Basics: This time you start out on the ground facing some EDF troops and some 
black ants pouring out of fairly wide cave opening. On E/N you can just run 
over and use an AF to take them out and reduce the risk of killing your own 
guys if you'd like. Once you've killed the ants and grabbed the EDF soldiers 
head into the cavern and stay on the ground level, head straight back and a 
little to the right into a small opening, then head left at the branch to see 
the next group of ants and spiders. Once you've defeat them, head to where 
they were and head left at the fork to deal with a group of spiders. Head 
down this tunnel, then make a left to encounter more spiders and ants, kill 
them and go up this tunnel. You'll run into yet more spiders and ants as you 
make the turn to the right. Kill them and continue following the one way 
path. As you make a hard left you'll run into the final group of spiders and 
ants, kill them and the mission is complete. 

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF19 2. Cascade 2

Fire off Cascade volleys from a distance until the ants stop approaching. 
Link up with any remaining EDF soldiers and head into the cavern where the 
ants came from. When you get to the next set of enemies and trigger them, 
retreat back to the opening before the branching paths. If you stay at the 
branch you'll end up getting attacked from both sides. Also note that this 
group contains spiders as well as ants. Once you've taken care of this group 
head left once again and go left at the fork and engage another set of 
spiders. The Cascade will do fine here. Head down this tunnel and make a hard 
left to run into another group of spiders and ants. I couldn't get them to 
follow me back up the tunnel so instead I just fired off a cascade salvo into 
their tunnel and ran back into the tunnel I came down, if they're not going 
to follow you, you may as well use it to your advantage. Once you've cleared 
this tunnel head up it, and get ready to deal with more ants and spiders at 
the right turn. This group seems a bit more aggressive so you if you're 
patient you can wait in the tunnel after you've triggered their aggression 
and let them come to you. Once they're dead head up the one way path. One 
more small group of spiders and ants ahead after the hard left, finish them 
off to end the mission.

Weapons Obtained:
Goliath D2
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Mission 27. Descent 3

Basics: You start off with a few Flamethrower EDF soldiers surrounded by both 
colors of ants and spiders coming from caves all around you. On E/N you can 
either just stay in the central area or fight your way into one of the tubes 
to reduce the enemy flow, doesn't really matter. Defeat all of the bugs and 
level is over, you may have to do a bit of running to get the last few, their 
AI tends to get stuck in this area.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF19 2. Cascade 2

Immediately equip the Cascade, pick a tunnel, and blast away any bugs in it. 
Keep moving and do not return to the central area. Watch out for bugs 
sneaking up from behind and keep firing on the bugs chasing you, their 
numbers should decrease rapidly. Finish them all off and the level is 
complete.
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Mission 28. Descent 4

Basics: You start off with some EDF soldiers and one way to go, head towards 
the red and blue dots in front of you. Try to take out the ants before they 
can leave the small tube in front of you. Then head forward again, following 
the one way path to meet up with some more EDF soldiers. Head forward and 
deal with two groups of ants to your left and right. When they're dead a new 
group will appear to the North West, follow the caves, until they lead you to 
a pair of lava tubes. I believe either side will end up taking you the same 
point, but I always end up hugging the left wall and taking the right tube. 
Here you'll see more EDF soldiers under spider attack, kill off the spiders 
and grab any survivors. Once they're dead you'll hear some scary audio and a 
new group will appear on the radar, head into the cavern and towards the red 
dots to find some more lava tubes that will take you to the new contact. They 
both take you to the same spot, at which point a large group of black ants 
will charge you. Rockets are good for keeping them back and EDF soldiers will 
help as well. Once they're dead another group will appear on the radar, head 
up the incline, meet the new group of EDF soldiers and prepare for the final 
part of this mission. Head down the tunnel and get ready for a huge group of 
red and black ants to charge you. Stay fairly far back and cut their numbers 
down, watch out for the Lord Ant's acid spray it has a huge area effect, 
slows you down immensely, and can really hurt you on E/N with your lower 
stamina. Luckily there should be tons of health items around from all the 
dead ants. Once you can get to the tunnel opening treat the Lord Ant the same 
as regular ants and blast away. Finish off any ants that may be remaining and 
the mission is over.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF19 2. Cascade 2

Fire the Cascade on the tunnel the ants are in as soon as you have the shot 
and don't stop. Combined with the squad of EDF soldiers you have not a single 
ant should even make it near the entrance of the tunnel. Head through the 
tunnels and follow the one way path until you meet another group of EDF 
soldiers. Head forward and fire on one of the groups of ants then run back a 
bit so they only have a small area to come at you from, you'll probably end 
up killing the new EDF squad with your fire but they deserve it. Once they're 
dead head down the path and into lava tube looking tunnels(I believe there 
are at least two paths that each lead to two tubes, I just hugged the left 
wall and then went in the right tube). Here you'll find a large EDF Squad 
under spider attack. I fired on the spiders from the lava tube with the 
Cascade. When they stopped the charging the EDF soldiers I grabbed the 
remaining soldiers and fired down the cave at the remaining spiders. After 
coming out of the lava tubes I went forward just enough to trigger the group 
of ants then backed up and fired off the Cascade to keep them trapped in the 
tube, this combined with my remaining EDF soldiers prevented them from 
getting close enough to attack. After meeting up with the new EDF soldiers 
and entering the tunnel head down just enough to start the ants charging at 
you. Take your time and cut them down with the Cascade before moving in to 
take out the Lord Ant. Oddly enough its acid spray doesn't seem to be any 
stronger on hard, so there's no worry there, and even if it was, with all the 
ants you'll have to kill to get to it, there will be plenty of healing items 
between you and it. I fired off a Cascade salvo and then used the AF19 to 
finish it off. Mission Complete.

Weapons Obtained:
Wideshot A1
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Mission 29. Assault

Basics: 3 Flying Saucers start dropping mini Hectors as soon as the level 
starts, start shooting. I believe they leave around 5 hectors per drop. A 
large group of EDF soldiers are here as well so they should help both on the 
Hectors and the Saucers. Destroy all three Saucers and all the Hectors to 
complete the mission.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF19 2. Cascade 2

I shot the Flying Saucer all the way to the right at the beginning of the 
level, wasn't able to destroy it on the first attack though. Went after the 
Hectors it dropped with AF19 which cut through then surprisingly quickly, 
then finished off the Flying Saucer I already shot, as well as another one 
the EDF soldiers had weakened with the cascade. I then went after the last 
Saucer as the EDF soldiers were holding their own. I missed a lot of items on 
the ground so you may wish to work a bit slower or even kill off some/all the 
EDF soldiers so you can grab everything.

Weapons Obtained: Nothing
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Mission 30. Anchored

Basics: Ignore the Mother ship yet again, you can't do a thing to it. You 
spawn next to several vehicles, I'd grab the tank for durable transport, the 
bike tends to explode, and then pick a Flying Saucer to go after. I'd suggest 
the two on the beach. The closer one is dropping black ants, the further one, 
red ants. Once you've destroyed both Saucers get back in your vehicle if its 
still there and drive it back up the cliff and to the nearest Saucer. This 
one should be dropping ants, take it out then head towards the obvious saucer 
floating in the distance, this one is either dropping Gunships or more ants 
I'm not sure, destroy it, then move on to the last saucer just above the 
river canyon which is dropping spiders. Take out the spiders, destroy the 
Saucer, and mop up any remaining enemies and the mission is complete.

Hard: My Equipment 1.AF19 2. Cascade 2

Grab the tank and drive down to the beach, take aim at the closer Saucer and 
start shooting. There are some EDF soldiers nearby you can grab as well. 
Start killing any ants and Gunships pestering you as you make your way to the 
2nd beach Saucer. If its closed take out the horde of red ants surely heading 
your way with the Cascade and the AF if they get close, then focus on it, 2 
Cascade volleys seem to do the trick here. Get back in the tanks and drive it 
up the ramp you came down near and head towards the closest saucer, its 
dropping black ants. Take out the Saucer (You can probably hit it with a few 
tank shots on the way) clear out the ants and then head towards the only 
saucer you can see from this point, it's the one dropping Gunships. After 
destroying it only one Saucer will remain, it should have a few Gunships 
around it and Spiders under it. I went back and grabbed the Airbike and drove 
over to the cliffs to Cascade the Spiders away to get the Saucer to open up. 
You can shoot the Saucer's weak spot from the road along the canyon, rather 
than jumping in which will make the spiders easier to deal with. Clean up any 
remaining enemies to end the mission.

Weapons Obtained:
MLRA-TW
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Mission 31. Advance

Basics: You start off next to a Tank and a Vegalta, and Hectors in front of 
you and to your left and right. Standard tactics still apply, keep moving to 
avoid the plasma, use the Vegalta if you like. Destroy all the Hectors and 
the mission is over.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF19 2. Cascade 2

I hopped into the Vegalta and charged the  Hectors in front of the starting 
point, then continued on to take on the hectors slightly off to the left 
since stopping to turn it around would just get it destroyed. After taking 
out those hectors I did the slow 180 to start on the Hectors I previously 
bypassed. Take out the remaining Hectors and the mission is complete, you 
shouldn't even lose the Vegalta.

Weapons Obtained: Nothing
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Mission 32. March

Basics: I'm going to go out on a limb here and say you don't have to actually 
guard the sniper team. I've never actually had them all die on E/N, but I 
don't think the game is going to suddenly have a new type of mission 
objective. The snipers should kill quite a few enemies on their own.

As the mission starts there's a large group of snipers in front of you, a 
tank to your left, and a whole mess of spiders jumping towards you. Shoot 
them if you have anything with enough range, and the snipers will clean up 
the rest. After you've destroyed most of the first wave a new wave will 
appear from the direction of the Tank, repeat the same. After most of this 
group is gone a third wave will appear from behind. Treat them just as the 
last two. Defeat these spiders and the mission is over.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF19 2. Cascade 2

I started off firing off Cascade barrages at the spiders at a distance, and 
used the AF on any that got too close. Repeated the same on the second wave 
and third waves, but made sure to separate my self from the group of EDF 
soldiers. Clear this wave and another mission is done.
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Mission 33. Surprise

Basics: The Quadruped Fortress is back... but you're not destroying it this 
time either. There are two Flying Saucers, dropping black ants, as well as 
Gunships and red ants already in the area. Make your way through the ants and 
destroy the saucers. If you still have it on you may to turn off Camera 
Effect as when you destroy one Saucer it'll have you look at the Fortress 
starting to move, this is a problem since both Saucers open up at the same 
time, if you destroyed one the other one is still probably vulnerable. Once 
the Saucers are destroyed the Fortress will walk around and release a wave or 
two of Gunships and ants, you still can't hurt it, so just take out the 
Gunships and ants and the level will end.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF19 2. Cascade 2

Fend off the initial rush of ants with the Cascade and AF if they get close 
and when the Saucers open up take your shots, both seem to open up at the 
same time. Once both Saucers are down stay away from the fortress and fend 
off the Gunships and ants it releases. After a wave or two the mission will 
be over. 

Weapons Aquired: 
AF19-RA
Splash Grenade (alpha symbol)
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Mission 34. Breach

Basics: This it, finally time to destroy the Quadruped Fortress. You start 
off with a lot of EDF soldiers around you, facing the Fortress as well as a 
Vegalta and an Airbike behind you. Grab the Airbike since the Vegalta 
wouldn't survive the trip and get behind the Fortress. Stay behind it and 
kill the ants to make it open up the hatch underneath its chest, and fire at 
the glowing weak spot. Keep killing ants and firing at the weak spot until it 
activates its laser cannons and starts dropping Hectors. It should be about 
halfway dead now, but for some reason it doesn't seem to close the Hatch now 
so it'll die very quickly, I ignored the Hectors, my EDF soldiers seemed to 
keep them busy, and just continued firing on the weak spot until it blew up. 
You don't even have to kill any remaining enemies to end the mission this 
time!

Hard: MY Equipment 1. AF19 2. Cascade 2

Grab the Airbike and get behind the fortress, take out the ants and start 
shooting the hatch with the Cascade when it stops to drop more. Take out the 
Gatling cannon thing if you want, it seems to be shooting at EDF troops and 
they'll help kill off the ants quickly. You want to stay behind it and not 
under to avoid being stomped, also gives you distance from ants that don't 
get killed from Cascade explosions. It should be about half way dead when it 
activates its laser cannons and starts dropping Hectors, this is your chance 
to end this now. Keep hammering the weak spot ignoring everything else. The 
lasers shouldn't be hitting you that much if you're moving and the Hectors 
should be busy with your troops. It should drop in under a minute. Mission 
complete!

Weapons Obtained: Nothing
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Mission 35. Sweep

Basics: You start off with a few EDF soldiers, head forward for a few more 
and your choice of an Airbike, tank, or helicopter. There are three groups 
we'll call NW, N, and NE, grab a vehicle and head for the NE group. These are 
red ants, I like to park on the hill next to them to get some distance to 
bombard them from. Spiders will probably be attacking you once you've 
defeated the red ants, deal with them then head for the north group. Here are 
black ants, deal with them in the same manner. Head to the left group on your 
radar to fight some more black ants, then get on top of the hill and look at 
the final group, spiders and red ants. Take advantage of the position you're 
in and start hitting them from far away.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF19 2. Cascade 2

Grab the Airbike and for the NE group, park on a hill a good distance away 
and fire off Cascade 2 volleys, AF19 any that get close. After you deal with 
the Red ants Spiders should be starting to approach you, deal with them the 
same way, then grab the air bike and head for the North group. I drove past 
most of the group of black ants to get some distance before starting to fight 
them in the same manner as the red ants. Once they were gone I headed towards 
the left group on the radar, which were more black ants, they were small 
enough in number to just charge with the AF19. From here I could see the last 
group, a combination of spiders and red ants, and fired the cascade at them 
from the top of this hill. Try to hit the spiders since they die quicker and 
are the more dangerous of the two, and finish off any that make it up the 
hill with the AF19. Mission complete.

Weapons Obtained: Nothing
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Mission 36. Thunder

Basics: Another shot at the Mother ship... you won't be destroying it this 
time either sadly, BUT you will be shooting at part of it a certain point. 
The mission starts out with a few EDF soldiers, a helicopter, and a whole lot 
of red dots up ahead. Hop in the Helicopter to survey the scene, they've got 
Hectors, Gunships, and Red and Black Ants out there. Engage the various 
enemies but stay alert, as soon as a large structure starts coming out of the 
Mother ship fire everything you have at it. Once it starts falling you can 
start focusing on the bugs and whatnot. The Mother ship will deploy more 
Gunships(And I swear it inexplicably deployed one black ant...) after you've 
destroyed most of the ground forces. Clear them out to finish the mission

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF19 2. Cascade 2

I charged the closest Hector on foot firing the Cascade then finishing it off 
with the AF19 then started taking out the nearby ants and Gunships. Once the 
buildings around you are destroyed by Plasma fire start attacking the nearby 
hectors. When you see the Mother ships' weapon deployed start firing at it, 
about 5 Cascade Volleys should do it. Then start mopping up the remaining 
enemies. The Mother ship will deploy some more Gunships, destroy them and the 
mission is finished.

Weapons Obtained: Nothing
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Mission 37. Eruption

Basics: You start off with a large group of EDF soldiers running towards a 
large group of red and black ants and spiders. Start firing on the first 
anthill, then start shooting at the bugs while running the entire time. When 
you get to the river start firing on the 3 spider hills in it. There may or 
may not be a 5th hill behind the river, I saw 4 item icons very close to each 
other but it may have just been 4 bugs in an odd location. If it is there, 
destroy it on the way to the river if you can or after the spider hills. 
Finish off all the remaining bugs to end the mission.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF19 2. Cascade 2

Fire the Cascade nonstop as you run towards the mass of bugs, you should kill 
off most of them and the hill(And I believe there's a hill behind it, behind 
the river which should also be gone) by the time you're there. Then start 
taking out the spider hills in the river. Stay on the road though, the 
spiders will destroy you if you go down there. Kill off any remaining bugs 
and the mission is done.

Weapons Obtained:
Stringer J2
MMF50
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Mission 38. Surrounded 

Basics: You start off with three groups of EDF troop surrounded by 8 Flying 
Saucers which all open and start dropping Spiders and red and black ants. 
There's a Vegalta and a Tank around but I wouldn't recommend them here. 
Immediately pick a saucer and start firing. Either stay inside the EDF squads 
or try to run into them to keep the bugs off your back so you can focus on 
the Saucers. Destroy all the saucers and eliminate all remaining bugs to 
eliminate the saucers.

Hard: My Weapons 1. AF19 2. Cascade 2

Grab an EDF squad, pick a Saucer and start firing off the Cascade, if your 
EDF soldiers die before you've destroyed them all alternate between clearing 
the immediate area and firing at a saucer. Make sure to make spiders a 
priority, and if you can identify a Saucer dropping spiders go after that 
once first. Clean up any remaining bugs once the saucers are gone and the 
mission is clear. Don't forget in the fury of the battle to leave an ant 
alive so you can go pick up all the items dropped here, it'd be a lot of 
missed power ups.

Weaponds Obtained:
Stingray M4
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Mission 39. Legion

Basics: Two Vallak Dino-mechs, the same as the first one. You start with one 
visible in front of you, and the other to the NW obscured by buildings. 
You've got a Vegalta in front of you, and a tank, Airbike, and helicopter 
behind you. You also have a legion of EDF troopers ahead of you equipped some 
nifty blue laser gun. This is the same as the battle against one, just pound 
them one at a time with every thing you've got. The Vegalta is good for this. 
Just keep blasting them with the machine gun and missiles and they should be 
gone in no time.

Hard: My Equipment 1. Stringer J2 2. Cascade 2

Hop into the Vegalta and start bearing down on the visible Vallak. It may 
charge at you but it'll only do about 152 damage to the Vegalta, and you'll 
still be able to fire on it. When the first Vallak drops the 2nd should be in 
good firing position, so start opening up on him with the Vegalta. With any 
luck he won't even manage to move from where he is. Mission Complete.
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Mission 40. Return

Basics: You start off in a familiar river canyon with a large group of EDF 
soldiers. Wait a bit and soon a large amount of red ants will attack from 
both sides of the canyon. You can try to retreat backwards to a junction in 
the river that will let you get on top of the hill. After defeating most of 
these ants another wave of red ants will appear. Finish off this wave to end 
the mission

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF19 2. Cascade 2

I retreated back as the level began and went up the river junction to get up 
on the hills overlooking the canyon. From there I fired the cascade at the 
ants that went after me, and used the AF on any that got too close. Repeated 
the same for the next wave.

Alternate Strategy: It may be preferable to stick with the EDF soldiers. 
Using my strategy most of them survived which either means most of the ants 
went after me, or they were able to deal with the ants that came after them. 
Anyway, if the solo strategy doesn't work for you, try sticking with the 
group and see if the EDF troops don't help you win.

Weapons Obtained:

BRUTE Triple Grenade Launcher
MG21J
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Mission 41. Occupation

Basics: You start off on top of a building with four Saucers deploying bugs, 
as well as Gunships flying around. The rightmost one is deploying Spiders so 
it should be the priority. There should be some EDF soldiers underneath where 
it was so pick them up along the way to the next saucer. This should be 
dropping black ants, so if it isn't open start killing any near you. The next 
saucer should also be dropping black ants, treat it the same. Next a bit 
farther away is the final Saucer which is dropping red ants, nothing 
different here, drop it, then clear out the remaining enemies to beat the 
mission. There'll probably be a few Gunships flying around randomly high up 
so you'll have to hit them with a rocket to destroy them or at least make 
them angry enough to come down.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF19 2. Cascade 2

Destroy the right most saucer and mop up any spiders it managed to drop, pick 
up the EDF troops and move on to the next saucer destroying Gunships along 
the way. I believe this one is dropping black ants so destroy any black ants 
you encounter and fire on the Saucer when it opens up. The next saucer I also 
believe is dropping black ants, but it seemed to be open for a long time so 
it may never close, either way shoot at if it's open and if not kill what's 
around until it does. The last saucer drops red ants, and will probably drop 
a fresh group as you approach so fire at it if you're far enough away, then 
deal with the ants and finish it off. Mop up the remaining enemies and the 
mission is done.

Weapons Obtained:

Firecracker 4
Five Card XA
Acid Shot
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Mission 42. King

Basics: Time for more Lord bugs, this time say hi to the Spider Lord. There 
are several in the area, you start with 4 groups of red dots, one in each 
diagonal, and a group of EDF troops in front and behind you. Go after the 
Spider Lord in front of you but be careful, you only want to fight one group 
at a time. You should be more interested in killing the Small spiders before 
worrying about the Lord for each group. Shotguns are good here on E/N, a few 
of them can kill a lord with a little less than a full clip. Clear out all 
the spiders to beat the mission.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF19 2. Cascade 2

Try to take out the smaller spiders first, once a Spider Lord is attacking 
you fire at with the Cascade. If there are still smaller spiders alive fire 
half the clip at the Lord and the other half at the advancing spiders, you 
don't want them to get into attack range, if they do eliminate them with AF 
immediately. Try to only fight one Lord at a time. Their webbing looks 
impressive but it seems to be easier to dodge and than the normal stuff. Just 
keep moving. Defeat all the remaining spiders to end the mission.

Weapons Obtained: Nothing
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Mission 43. Spearhead

Basics: You start off with three groups of EDF soldiers ahead of you as well 
as two Vegaltas to your left, and a Tank to your right. Red ants will move in 
from the west and black ants will move in from the north. You'll want to 
remove the black ant hill and the red ant hill first, so head north then 
west. Hovering a Vegalta works as well. Then head north to the next Hector 
and the black ant hill. From here you can either charge into the spider nest 
in the river canyon or shoot at it from afar. Clear out any remaining bugs 
and the mission is over.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF19 2. Cascade 2

Hop in one of the Vegaltas and activate the hover, you should be able to 
destroy the black ant hill in front of you in two jumps, then turn left and 
go up the hill the red ants went down. You probably won't be able to have it 
make it to the hill but it should be able to destroy the hector. Destroy the 
red anthill on foot and clear out the bugs in your vicinity. Head back to the 
starting point, grab as many EDF soldiers as you can, and the other Vegalta 
if its still there. Start walking north and shooting at the Hector. Head up 
the hill to where Hector is/was and destroy the black ant hill. Then look at 
the river canyon, you should be able to see the spider hill in the river from 
here. If not move forward until you do, pummel it from safety with the 
Cascade and then finish off the spiders to end the mission.

Weapons Obtained:
MEX Emerald
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Mission 44. Extermination 1

Basics: You start off in a familiar lava tube with a horde of spiders 
underneath you. Jumping off would be suicide probably even on easy, so 
instead stay high and fire down. You could also try grenades or bombs if you 
have any. Kill all the spiders to end the mission.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF19 2. C25 Special Bomb

Real simple, just equip a bomb of some sort and drop them, the spiders mainly 
stay on the ground floor so you'll get most of them. It may take a few 
reloads but you'll eventually kill most/all of them. If there's a few left 
feel free to just jump down and finish them off with the AF.
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Mission 45. Extermination 2

Basics: You start off on a small ledge with a EDF soldier they've actually 
made into a somewhat decent NPC. He'll run you to the hills assuming he 
doesn't get killed/get knocked off by a dead body. Doesn't matter though, 
it's a straightforward path; he's not doing much guiding. Follow the path, 
and destroy each hill as you come upon it... and try not to fall off, it's a 
long walk back up. Clear out any remaining bugs to complete the mission

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF19 2. Cascade 2

Run up the path shooting any nearby bugs with the AF, use the Cascade as soon 
as you see the first hill. Continue up the hill and you'll see a spider hill, 
do the same to it. When you get to the ledge the spider hill was on turn 
around and you'll see the anthill in a prime spot to be finished off by the 
Cascade. Kill any bugs that are still alive and the mission is done.

Weapons obtained:
Wideshot A1-VR
Volcano B10
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Mission 46. Extermination 3

Basics: You begin with some EDF soldiers behind you and a lot of spiders in 
front you, focus on killing them first. If the EDF soldiers die, fire a 
rocket or other explosive to temporarily block the advance of the spiders 
from that side and rush into the room you were clearing. Once no more spiders 
are following you head back past where the EDF soldiers where and a make a 
hard left to where the last of the spiders are, clear them out to end the 
mission.

Hard: My Equipment 1.AF19 2. Cascade 2

Move back a bit and start firing off the Cascade into the spiders in front of 
you. When the EDF soldiers behind you fall fire off a Cascade burst behind 
you at the spiders then rush into the room you've been clearing and finish 
off any spiders remaining in there. Once you're clear head back into the 
tunnel you started in, past where the EDF soldiers were, and then make a hard 
left to where the last of the spiders will be, and clear them out with the 
cascade to end the mission.


Weapons Obtained: Nothing
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Mission 47. Uprising

Basics: This time both Ant Lords and Spider Lords will be attacking. You 
start off with a group of EDF soldiers in front of you and a wall of red dots 
on the radar. There's also a helicopter, Airbike, and tank awhile down the 
street. Again you're going to want to take them on one at a time, I suggest 
shooting at the Lord ant high up first, easiest one to single out. From there 
just work your way through them, preferably one by one, and always taking out 
Spiders before Ants if both are attacking you. Defeat all the lords and all 
the smaller bugs to end the mission.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF19 2. Cascade 2.

Start by firing of the Cascade at the obvious Ant Lord on the space needle 
thing. Continue firing at it and any advancing bugs until its dead. With any 
luck some of your missed shots will have hit the Spider Lord behind it, so 
treat it the same as the Lord Ant and pummel it with the Cascade, you may 
wish to retreat back a bit into the buildings to limit how many of their 
minions can be attacking you. Clear out the rest of his spiders before 
turning your attention to the remaining lords to the east. I suggest going at 
the rightmost Ant Lord, treating it the same as first, then Spider Lord near 
it. You'll probably end up hitting the Ant Lord to the left of the Spider 
Lord but don't worry, they're slow to come after you, just focus on clearing 
out the Spider Lord and the regular spiders, anyone of them can easily out 
damage the Ant Lord. Then the only thing left is one more Spider Lord to the 
north. Fire on him with the Cascade from as far as you can, and you can 
easily kill him without him or his minions attacking you. Finish off anything 
still alive to end the mission.
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Mission 48. Wrath

Basics: You start with a whole bunch of EDF soldiers and a Tank nearby, wait 
a bit and a wall of spiders and red and black ants will appear in front of 
you.  It's probably a good idea to start shooting them from where you are 
with something. Once you've defeated this wave you'll be attacked from two 
sides in the next wave, pick a side and destroy it before focusing on the 
next one, on E/N your EDF soldiers should be able to hold off one of the 
waves. Once you've killed this wave one more will appear with 3 groups 
approaching from different sides as well as more EDF soldiers spawning in the 
middle. This time the groups are split, one is black ants, one is red ants 
and one is spiders, you'll probably want to take out the spiders first, then 
the black ants, the red ants.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF19 2. Cascade 2

Okay this is another incredibly difficult mission with the weapons I had 
available but I believe I have a working strategy. Get in the tank and drive 
forward a bit and to the right so you're in the middle of the road, and start 
pounding the first wave, start backing up and keep them out of attack range 
but close enough to be doing some reliable damage. You can also get some good 
shots off when they stop to attack the EDF soldiers. You main objective here 
is get as far back in the level as possible while hitting this wave hard, if 
you lose the tank don't worry just keep moving back and finish off this wave.

When the second wave spawns immediately start hammering the closer group with 
the Cascade while moving away from it(And not towards the other group), hit 
whatever you can but if you get a shot at a group of spiders take it. With 
any luck you should be able to defeat this group just as the 2nd group joins 
up, continue pounding them with the cascade and using the AF if necessary and 
hopefully you'll be able to outlast this group. The main problem here is 
being trapped by Red ants and webbed by spiders, so try to keep the red ants 
away or kill off the spiders. This is the make or break part, if you survive 
the 2nd wave the next part is easy. For the third wave all three groups should 
go after the EDF soldiers instead of you, if you can take out the spiders 
first, but I ended up shooting the black ants first so if you don't its still 
doable. Hopefully the other two groups will still be busy with the EDF 
soldiers when you're done with your group, so get as far away as possible, 
and up on one of the chunks of rubble that's a few feet higher than the rest 
of the ground and start pummeling them Cascade shots, if you're far enough 
way at least 90% should be dead before they're in attack range, finish the 
rest off and this one is done.

Weapons Obtained:
Y11 Anti-Aircraft Impulse
Sticky Grenade
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Mission 49. Elite

Basics: Believe or not a new enemy this late in the game, the Red Gunship. 
Much like the Red Ants, these are stronger and have a lot more health than 
their drabber cousins. You'll probably want to bring a powerful and accurate 
rifle with you to this one, a Lysander if you got it. Try to take them on 
from a distance and one on one, destroy them all and the mission will be 
complete.

Hard: My equipment 1. AF19 2. Stringer J2

The Stringer J2 will be the weapon of choice here, its shot is almost if not 
an instant hit, and quite powerful. 3 hits will take down a Gunship. You'll 
probably want to increase your rotation speed if you haven't already, these 
guys move really fast. Just slowly progress through the level sniping them 
and trying to say in one on one battles and you'll be done in no time.

Weapons Obtained: Nothing
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Mission 50. Unknown

Basic: One last new enemy to meet! Cyber Vallak Dino-mech. He's got some mean 
looking cannons on his back but they're not very dangerous, they fire two 
small beams that normally travel the length of the level in front of him. He 
has another laser move where he points them to the ground at his sides and 
sweeps inward.

You start off with a large quantity of EDF soldiers in front of you as well 
as Cyber Vallak very far away, a Vegalta behind you, and a tank and Airbike 
to your right. Treat him the same as the other Vallaks, hit him hard and 
repeatedly. Oh and... he doesn't drop any items.

Hard: My Equipment 1. Volcano B10 2. Volcano B10

I just chased around him and fired the Volcanoes. You could probably use 
Vegalta to finish him off faster and easier. He may actually be easier than 
the other Vallaks as his laser attacks didn't do that much damage.
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Mission 51. Convergence

Basics: The mission starts out with 5 Flying Saucers opening up to drop their 
cargo as well as a number of already deployed Hectors and Gunships, go after 
the right most one first as its dropping spiders. Then the left and back 
ones, then the last two can be however you want. Mop up everything to clear 
the mission.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF19 2. Cascade 2

Start off by destroying the right most lower Saucer, and kill of any spiders 
it dropped. Then start clearing out any enemies on your way to the left most 
saucer, which should be dropping black ants, and keep a fair distance while 
destroying it. Take care of any bugs and hectors nearby, and then focus your 
attention on the saucer in the back of the pack that stays up higher than the 
others, this one is also dropping spiders so take it out next. Clear the area 
again, and this time you'll have to move in closer to take out the closer of 
the two remaining saucers, which is dropping black ants. Then do the same for 
the final saucer which is also dropping black ants. Clear out any remaining 
enemies and the mission is over.

Weapons Obtained:
Lysander2
AF20
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Mission 52. Inferno

Basics: The mission starts with you behind four groups of EDF soldiers and a 
gigantic army in front of you. Black and red ants, Hectors, and Gunships are 
all ready to fight. There's a Vegalta to your left(As well as one all the way 
down the level by the hectors) and a tank behind you. (I think this only 
happens on hard) Once you've destroyed all the enemies two Flying Saucers 
will appear as well as some Red Gunships and an Ant Lord or two. For your 
side you get a group or two of laser equipped EDF soldiers. Destroy the 
saucers and the bugs and the mission is complete.

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF20 2. Stringer J2

Hop in the Vegalta and shoot as many ants as you can, its not going to last 
very long but that's ok. Once you're on foot use the AF to deal with the ants 
and Gunships and the Stringer if you get enough of a break as well as for the 
Hectors. 

When the saucers appear you should be able to shoot one down with the 
stringer before it shuts its doors, get a shot or two off on the advancing 
ant lord with it as well before switching to the AF for the horde of smaller 
ants. Once you've cleared your surroundings get ready to shoot down the other 
saucer. Finish off the rest of the ants and the mission is over.

Weapons Obtained:
MMF100
Air Tortoise ME
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Mission 53. Starship

Basics: The last mission and you finally get to destroy that damn Mother 
ship. The mission starts you off with two groups of laser soldiers and a 
helicopter you won't be using. Start by taking out the two Flying Saucers 
around the mother ship, then take out any Hectors or Gunships while you wait. 
As soon as the Mother ship's bottom door opens start firing at the weapon it 
begins to lower. When it falls start firing on the glowing red sphere where 
the gun once was. Hit it enough times and this battle is over... except

On Normal and up, once you've done enough damage it steps the game up, and 
now starts firing even more at you, keep moving and firing at the core when 
its exposed. 

Hard: My Equipment 1. AF20 2. Lysander 2

Start by taking out both Saucers, they should stay open so its an easy 4 
Lysander shots. When the buildings get destroyed by the Hector's fire start 
taking them out as well, it should be 1-2 shots depending on whether or not 
your laser units have fired on them. Start firing on the Mother ship's gun as 
soon as its lowered down. Never stop moving and firing on the exposed core 
with the Lysander, switch to the AF when the core's covered up to clear the 
skies a bit. Don't let the lights scare you when it activates even more 
lasers, its not much more dangerous than it was before just keep firing and 
soon the battle will be over. Oh and it'll still have some lasers flying 
towards you once you've killed it, and the enemies will still be attacking 
you, so don't stop moving until you're seeing the ending.

Weapons Obtained: Nothing