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    ==                      Freelancer "Rhino" Walkthrough                       ==
    2006-2007 Steve Breslin
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    This Rhino Walkthrough is designed purely to stretch your limits as a pilot, by
    setting a single goal: get to the end of the standard campaign flying only the
    Rhino, which you can purchase on Pittsburgh after the first leg of Mission 1.
    Be warned that this is a really difficult challenge, particularly the later
    missions of course. -- It's for those who are already superb players and want to
    perfect and prove their skills on an insanely difficult run. And even to those
    brave souls, if you have not already done so, I recommend you complete the
    somewhat easier challenge of beating the game in a Starflier, before venturing
    too far into this territory.
    While the Rhino is very slow to maneuver, and it's an uncomfortably big target,
    its number of hard-points makes for a significant advantage -- but *what* to
    equip is the pressing question, and it's the question with which we begin.
    ================================== Loadouts ===================================
    Equipping the Rhino turns out to be a simpler art than it might first appear:
    there are relatively few equippable guns, and two or three stand out as superior
    to the others on multiple counts. This makes the logistics of loadout selection
    unusually straightforward.
    First we'll introduce the two main loadouts we'll use, then we'll discuss the
    theory of this, and the axes upon which to balance your variations and
    The two basic loadouts
    Simplifying things a bit, we'll say there are two main types of missions: ones
    which involve mostly dogfighting, and ones where shieldless stationary targets
    are prominent.
    You're dogfighting in Mission 1 all the way through the first half of Mission 7,
    the middle of 10 (the battle before Bruchsal), and Mission 11. You're taking
    down heavy targets in the second half of Mission 7 (engaging the Rheinland
    Fleet), the first and last parts of Mission 10, and Missions 12 and 13.
    (Missions 8 and 9 are border cases which we'll treat separately.)
    In dogfighting missions or sub-missions, you need to worry about enemy shields
    and making sure the projectile speed of your guns match (otherwise, one set will
    normally miss when you're shooting a moving target). In "heavy target" missions,
    you want to maximize damage and energy efficiency.
    Basic dogfighting loadout:
    3x Slingshot
    Rowlett's Revenge
    2x Stunpulse Turret
    2x Barrager Turret Mark I
    Basic "heavy target" damage loadout:
    3x Slingshot
    Rowlett's Revenge
    4x Lavablade Turret Mark II
    Explanation and variations
    Missile management
    You almost always want to put missiles in the three gun slots because you'll be
    draining your gun battery very quickly anyway. Making it bottom out faster
    typically doesn't really help, and missiles help a whole lot.
    In most cases, you can make it through the current leg of the mission without
    running out of missiles, even if you triple-up on Slingshots. Where you're
    likely to run out, you can stretch your munitions by adding a Javelin to the
    Generally it's better to conserve your missiles for hull shots, and use your
    guns (particularly 'pulses) for the shield.
    First, Rowlett's Revenge is the most damaging weapon available to the Rhino, and
    it matches speed perfectly with the rest of the dogfighting loadout, so
    obviously you'll always use this one.
    The Barragers are the most damaging *and* most efficient of the hull-damage
    dogfighting Turrets, so that's a no-brainer. -- Plus, the Stunpulse Turrets
    match the Barragers (and the Revenge) perfectly, which means that the only real
    question is how many of each to use.
    Dogfighting means shielded targets. (The only dogfight against non-shielded
    targets is the second half of Mission 12, which you can skip by flying directly
    back to Toledo.)
    If you're fighting shielded targets, it's far faster, and far more
    energy-efficient, to mix your loadout with Stunpulses. Since the shield is
    almost half the fight, and 'pulses drain the shield *far* faster and more
    efficiently than any conventional weapon, this easily cuts the energy and time
    cost in half.
    Heavy targets
    Aside from the Revenge, which is superior on all counts, the Lavablades are the
    most efficient *and* the most damaging turret available to the Rhino. So picking
    the right loadout for unshielded stationary targets is, once again, a
    no-brainer, since the recommended loadout maximizes both efficiency and damage
    output. The speed mismatch between the Revenge and the 'blades is irrelevant if
    you're shooting stationary or near-stationary targets.
    Borderline cases
    There's a couple places, specifically Tekagi's Transport and Tekagi's Arch,
    where you need both to dogfight and to take down hardened targets, and these
    missions afford no opportunity to re-equip midway through. In both these cases,
    the fighters can be taken down with two Slingshots and sometimes a little
    cleanup, so this opens up the third gun slot, and we can get some mixed use from
    the rest of the loadout. This "golden middle" is a rather ugly-looking
    compromise, but it works extremely well in these borderline cases:
    2x Slingshot
    Advanced Scorpion
    2x Stunpulse Turret
    2x Lavablade Turret Mark II
    Rowlett's Revenge
    A couple notes on the Rhino's eccentricities
    The Rhino's gun slots #5 and #6 are on the fragile wing/hump thingies along its
    sides, and you're likely to lose any turrets mounted on them in later missions
    when your wings get blown off by enemy fire. So you'll probably want to buy some
    backups early on, while it's convenient to do so.
    Slot #7 does fire forward, but not very well. It doesn't pivot past the center
    mark smoothly without having to rotate, so if you go shooting from the left side
    of the screen to the right side of the screen (a sort-of clockwise movement),
    the turret will often feel the need to rotate all the way around
    counter-clockwise. So always put something useful in slot #7, but don't put in
    your strongest gun or something that you need to rely on all the time.
    =                       Mission-by-Mission Walkthrough                        =
    Sell off your nanobots, shield batteries, and your shield too if you're brave,
    and fill up on Pharmaceuticals and Water, which sell for a profit on
    Fly the first leg of the mission aggressively, and kill the three extra Rogues
    in the convoy ambush after King gives the "re-enter formation" order (which nets
    you a surprise bonus, the first of the game's two easter-eggs).
    Sell all loot and buy a Rhino on Pittsburgh, and outfit it as well as you can.
    My favorite loadout is...
    2x Justice I
    Stunpulse Turret
    Starbeam Turret
    ... which you can barely afford (along with a decent number of missiles) if you
    flew the first leg of the mission aggressively and got lucky with loot drops.
    ==== After Mission 1 ====
    Get some cash together: visit the shipwreck Flint, located in the lower-right
    part of sector 6C, and loot the silver DSE depot near Fort Bush. With that, you
    should be able to afford the following equipment.
    From Rochester, acquire:
    the Heavy Thruster
    Improved Countermeasures
    9x Barrager Turret Mark I
    one or two Javelin missile launchers
    From Baltimore (or Newark, etc.), acquire:
    9x Stunpulse Turret
    From Battleship Missouri, acquire:
    Advanced Sentry shield -- the best shield for Mission 2
    9x Lavablade Turret Mark II
    Mission 9 forwards, you'll be losing turrets during battle -- no two ways about
    it. So get a few extra, and you won't feel so strong an urge to reload when you
    drop one.
    You might also want to acquire a Slingshot or two by killing and looting Police
    around Manhattan or elsewhere. You need over about 55,000 "net worth" before
    they'll drop this item. If you don't feel the urge, you can simply buy all three
    of them after Mission 2.
    Recommended equipment for this mission:
    3x Javelin (mixing in any Slingshots you bothered to acquire)
    2x Stunpulse Turret
    3x Barrager Turret Mark I
    This is an opportunity to practice your skills of pulse/missile technique, and
    you might also practice reverse-thrust, and perhaps engine-kill rotation, though
    the mission is quite easy no matter what techniques you employ -- you're going
    to simply steamroll these guys.
    ==== Before Mission 3 ====
    Get an Advanced Scorpion from the Xenos.
    If you don't want to go through the whole reputation-fixing thing, you have
    decent chances of looting one if you take a "hunt down the leader" mission out
    of Pueblo. The leader ship always packs an Advanced Scorpion, and gun drops are
    significantly more likely in random-generated missions than they are in purely
    freelance hunting.
    ==== Getting the Revenge ====
    What revenge? "Rowlett's Revenge" -- the best Class 3 turret in the game, and
    the second of two easter eggs.
    As Mission 3 is approaches, you'll be called to Manhattan. After you talk to the
    bartender, and before you ender California, *save your game on West Point*.
    (Don't rely on autosave: you only get one crack at this; loading from autosave
    will put you after the fight, not before.)
    Before you enter the jump-gate to California, select your Improved
    Countermeasures in the right-hand HUD display, so they turn green like your
    guns. Now they'll shoot out wildly when the Navy launches their missiles at you,
    which is exactly what you need, as the three Navy vessels are fully loaded with
    some killer Moonstalker missiles. You might also want to select your mines for
    this operation.
    Avenge Rowlett, and you'll get a prize: Rowlett's Revenge, a nice laser turret
    (Class 3) -- the finest that the Rhino can equip. Very useful for finishing the
    Rhino campaign, and an absolute must-have in terms of style.
    Recommended equipment for this mission:
    2x Slingshot
    Advanced Scorpion
    Rowlett's Revenge
    2x Barrager Turret Mark I
    2x Stunpulse Turret
    When you reach California Minor, acquire triple Slingshot launchers. A single
    will destroy the Outcasts in Barrera, and the pair is sufficient for speed kills
    in the rest of Missions 3 and 4, but you'll need all three later.
    When you get to Willard Research Station, buy the Guardian shield.
    The Guardian shield is the only one you need throughout the rest of the
    campaign. The better specs on the Guardian more than made up for the
    weapon-matching characteristics of the Cuisse and Sconce: the 33% higher
    capacity and 38% better regeneration more than overcomes the weapon matching
    potential (which is around 25%).
    You now have the ideal loadout, although a top performance probably means
    looting the Outcast graveyard in Omicron Alpha for the Ripper mines. (The best
    time to do this is just after you reach Kyushu.) This is strictly unnecessary,
    though you might like to have the extra bump during the final leg of Mission 13,
    which is quite difficult no matter how you slice it.
    Before you leave Manhattan for Mission 4, buy a load of Luxury Consumer Goods,
    which will get you a level when you reach Cambridge.
    Mission 4
    Recommended equipment for this mission:
    2x Slingshot
    Advanced Scorpion
    Rowlett's Revenge
    2x Stunpulse Turret
    2x Barrager Turret Mark I
    The mission is still relatively easy, but you might also want to equip the
    Improved Countermeasure Dropper, and your mine-dropper of choice.
    To pick up the next mission, just fly to Cambridge and sell your Luxury Consumer
    Goods. Then you can go directly to the Bar to meet Juni. But before you start,
    buy as many Diamonds as you can afford -- this will get you leveled when you
    return to Leeds.
    Mission 5
    Recommended equipment for this mission:
    3x Slingshot
    Rowlett's Revenge
    Barrager Turret Mark I
    3x Stunpulse Turret
    The combat is fairly light in the first half of the mission, but the combat
    turns up a bit after Baxter, so at that time make modifications to your loadout
    as you see fit. You'll run out of Slingshots on the run back to Leeds unless
    you're extremely precise with your missiles, so unless you never miss, I'd
    probably recommend switching to...
    2x Slingshot
    Rowlett's Revenge
    Barrager Turret Mark I
    3x Stunpulse Turret
    Back on Leeds, sell your Cambridge Diamonds, and you can buy a load of Mining
    Machinery to sell on the Hood.
    Mission 6
    Recommended equipment for this mission:
    3x Slingshot
    Rowlett's Revenge
    Barrager Turret Mark I
    3x Stunpulse Turret
    (Tadpole mine)
    The first part of this mission (the race against Dexter Hovis) would be quite
    difficult, except Hovis always screws up during the final stretch of the race.
    You'll still need to fly it without making any major errors, but since you made
    it this far you can probably handle a Rhino well enough to make it through.
    You can sell the Mining Machinery and buy a partial load of Gold for selling on
    Leeds, but you'll make more money if you leave some room to tractor loot from
    the two Gunboats coming up.
    The rest of the mission should be pretty straightforward. You'll want to reload
    Slingshots when you reach Glorious, unless you're a sharpshooter.
    When you land on Leeds, sell whatever cargo you got, and buy a full load of
    Light Arms. This will make it easy to skip the remaining inter-mission
    freelancing interludes.
    Mission 7
    Recommended equipment for this mission:
    3x Slingshot
    Rowlett's Revenge
    Barrager Turret Mark I
    3x Stunpulse Turret
    Tadpole mine
    For all the action in the first leg of this mission, you can get to Shinkaku
    doing very little work. One Rheinland fighter outside Leeds, two by Stokes, and
    yes the blockade outside the jump gate, but you have Tobias and company to help.
    -- And you need not fire even a single shot once you reach Tau-31.
    On Shinkaku, buy the Advanced Thruster and Advanced Countermeasure Dropper, and
    prepare your Rhino for its first proper encounter with the Rheinland fleet. The
    battle primarily involves blasting stationary targets, so I'd recommend:
    2x Slingshot
    Rowlett's Revenge
    4x Lavablade Turret Mark II
    Tadpole mine
    You might also link your new Advanced Countermeasure Dropper to your main
    weapons, this being the first battle of any significant difficulty.
    The easiest approach to this battle is to fly into one of the Schiller's holes
    (at the very front, or behind the bar along the middle of each side), and blast
    it with your hull-damage weapons. Play somewhat defensively during cleanup, and
    the battle should go your way.
    Proceed to Kyushu as directed, and sell your full load of Light Arms,
    immediately buying back 39 units of Light Arms. This will get you an instant
    level, and you'll have enough Light Arms reserved, so you can get another speedy
    level when you reach Kyoto.
    Now would be the time to get the Ripper mine if you so choose. It would be
    useful during Mission 13, but it's not strictly necessary.
    Mission 8
    This mission and the next are the only missions where hardened targets are mixed
    with dogfighting in any significant way, which makes the fundamental theory of
    loadout a difficult call. In another case, for instance, it's maybe a close
    judgment call whether an additional Stunpulse is better or worse, but here it's
    the whole question of what we're trying to accomplish. Destroy the platforms
    quickly, or destroy the fighters more easily?
    I'm inclined to try to meet all the needs, with a sort-of compromise (or "golden
    middle") loadout, which becomes possible only because the fighters are weak
    enough to be taken down with two Slingshots and some extra gunning for cleanup:
    2x Slingshot
    Advanced Scorpion
    Rowlett's Revenge
    2x Stunpulse Turret
    2x Lavablade Turret Mark II
    But if you think the Dragons are the harder part, and you want to take them down
    decisively without leaving slivers, you might prefer the fighter-oriented
    2x Slingshot
    Rowlett's Revenge
    2x Stunpulse Turret
    2x Barrager Turret Mark I
    Tadpole mine
    The platforms go down a little more slowly, but hey, that's the tradeoff.
    Still another valid loadout would be...
    2x Slingshot
    Rowlett's Revenge
    4x Lavablade Turret Mark II
    ... if you want to take down the platforms as quickly as possible.
    If you go with the fighter loadout, you might make maximum use of it by starting
    with the fighters, turning to the platforms only after you've nailed a few enemy
    Dragons. This lightens things up a bit, making it much easier to survive the
    rest of this short mission.
    On Kyoto, sell the rest of your Light Arms to gain the final level that you'll
    need cash for.
    Mission 9
    Like the last one, we have to choose between a loadout that makes the dogfight
    easier or a loadout that makes the hardened targets fall faster. Again I think
    the dogfight is harder, but you don't need all three Slingshots to take down a
    fighter, so I'll recommend two Slingshots and two Stunpulses, and the rest
    geared for the generators. What with the Stunpulses taking up damage-potential
    space, you'll have to take more passes at the shield generators, but that part
    is probably easier.
    So, my recommendation for this mission is again the "golden middle":
    2x Slingshot
    Advanced Scorpion
    Rowlett's Revenge
    2x Stunpulse Turret
    2x Lavablade Turret Mark II
    It's perfectly logical, however, to simply optimize for the dogfight:
    2x Slingshot
    Rowlett's Revenge
    2x Stunpulse Turret
    2x Barrager Turret Mark I
    Driller mine
    Again, it's also logical to recommend playing very defensively during the
    dogfight, and optimizing for the Arch, which would mean the following loadout:
    2x Slingshot
    Rowlett's Revenge
    4x Lavablade Turret Mark II
    Driller mine
    Either way you go, this is the first really difficult mission. Try to save your
    shield batteries and nanobots in the initial dogfight, as you'll really want
    them when you're dealing with the arch. Fly conservatively, and let your allies
    work a little bit.
    As you approach the arch, make sure your Advanced Countermeasure Dropper is
    linked to your weapons.
    Destroy each of the shield generators in circular runs, firing full damage guns
    and missiles, then dropping a mine or two as you circle back towards the main
    asteroid and cylinder, in which area you're mostly shielded from the
    Battleship's nasty turrets. Select and dock on the arch as soon as the waypoint
    In the final battle as you flee the system, I find it's *much* easier to take
    out the fighters, then focus on the gunboats, not the other way round.
    Mission 10
    Here you have to make another choice. The Sigma-13 battle finishes as soon as
    any one of three conditions is met: 1) all eight Valkyries are destroyed; 2) all
    four Cruisers are destroyed; 3) two Battleships are destroyed. The battleships
    take the longest time, so the safest choice is probably between the cruisers and
    the fighters.
    If you want to take the cruisers (or the battleships), equip the heavy-target
    3x Slingshot
    Rowlett's Revenge
    4x Lavablade Turret Mark II
    Driller mine
    If you're good at dogfighting, I would recommend:
    3x Slingshot
    Rowlett's Revenge
    Barrager Turret Mark I
    3x Stunpulse Turret
    Driller mine
    Naturally, link your Countermeasures to the main guns before the battle begins.
    If you're going for the cruisers, on approaching the fleet, aim for the leftmost
    cruiser, flying towards it with all guns and missiles blazing, and then fly past
    it, to take a chunk out of the cruiser behind it. Then fly well past, letting
    the guns recharge, then take a run at the second one, flying past to hit the
    first one again. (The idea here, about taking two at once, is that you're
    cutting your "turn around" time in half.)
    When the first pair have fallen, concentrate on the third and fourth cruisers,
    one of which might even be destroyed by your allies. Another pattern might work
    better for you, but that one seems to work pretty well. I've also had some luck
    with circling a cruiser, and dropping Drillers all around it.
    If you're going for the fighters, strip the shields with the 'pulses, as you
    fire the Slingshot salvo, finally cleaning up with the hull guns. You'll find
    they spawn in pairs, and can be taken down surprisingly quickly if you're good.
    It's technically much harder to do this well, but it's much faster and probably
    significantly safer once you get it down.
    Either way, when you've done your job, you can go into cruise, and flee as soon
    as you get the go-ahead from Hakkera.
    On New Berlin, prepare your Rhino for the dogfight outside of Bruchsal:
    3x Slingshot
    Rowlett's Revenge
    2x Stunpulse Turret
    2x Barrager Turret Mark I
    On Bruchsal, prepare for the main heavy target at the experimental shipyard:
    2x Slingshot
    Rowlett's Revenge
    4x Lavablade Turret Mark II
    Driller mine
    Destroy the nearest experimental (Nomad) battleship, then go into cruise until
    you get the waypoint. There's a weird dogleg in the exit from the shipyard, so
    if you want to take the minefield in cruise, you'll have to be very sharp
    indeed. Personally, I drop out of cruise as I enter the minefield.
    Mission 11
    This mission gets pretty tough, and the enemy shields are so strong that the
    standard dogfighting kit is no longer practical. Something more radical is in
    3x Slingshot
    5x Stunpulse Turret
    Yes, a loadout to die for -- and the initial ambush should go pretty easily. But
    two words of advice for the Satellite battle: SUPPORTING ROLE. Let Juni and King
    perform the initial approach, and remain on the periphery of the battle
    When you do intercede, start firing off Slingshots at 1000-M or more, and strip
    the shields with the pulses while the missiles are on the way. Turn away
    immediately if your target starts "jousting" you -- and definitely avoid getting
    into the thick: you're toast if the fighters triangulate you, and they'll go for
    you unless one of your allies is directly between, so keep your owl's head on
    (i.e., consider what's developing behind you).
    After the fighters are down, you can stand at a safe distance, watching Juni and
    King take down the satellite -- no need to waste munitions or risk damage.
    There's still challenges to come.
    The rest is the purest form of "Rhino style" dogfighting: strip the shields with
    5 pulse turrets, and follow with multiple missile salvos. -- But if you get into
    trouble during the part outside the Alaska gate, you have a couple options: 1)
    drop out of cruise quite a distance from the battle, and watch it progress for a
    while; and 2) go into cruise and circle the cruisers -- your allies can stand up
    to the fighters.
    Fleeing Alaska is relatively low-risk: just stay in cruise and the only
    dangerous part is docking with the gate back to New York.
    It's the same story fleeing from the Alaska gate back to the soon-to-appear
    Osiris: stay in cruise, and the only risk is at the end when you need to dock.
    If you're getting killed when you (automatically) drop out of cruise for the
    second time (when the Osiris appears), try this: the first time you
    (automatically) drop out of cruise (when you're 5-K distance from the Omaha), go
    back into cruise as usual, but circle back towards the Alaska gate rather than
    towards the Omaha. This will keep the fighters surrounding the Omaha off your
    tail, so the second time you drop out of cruise, when the Osiris appears, it's
    not so dangerous. Then just cruise to the Osiris and dock as usual.
    Mission 12
    The first half just involves stationary targets, and the second involves
    straight dogfighting. Naturally, equip for one and you'll be at a disadvantage
    for the other, but luckily, the second part of the mission is strictly optional
    -- you can just fly back to Toledo. So we'll equip for maximum damage to the
    stationary generators.
    3x Slingshot
    Rowlett's Revenge
    4x Lavablade Turret Mark II
    I take the generators out by going in a circular pattern, slowing down on
    approach to unload my gun battery and missiles, and dropping mines when I get
    close enough.
    Be sure your hull is not too badly damaged going into the lair: the radiation
    towards the core is pretty aggressive.
    The battle on the other side is pretty difficult, so you'll probably want to
    just skip it by heading back to Toledo. As you approach you'll be given
    permission to land.
    If you're crazy enough to want to stick around, you could go into cruise
    and try to stay well away, but perhaps the better way to respond to the
    risk is to eliminate it swiftly: take out as many Nomads as you can, as
    quickly as possible. As with the other difficult dogfights, you want to
    avoid the center of combat. The greatest danger by far is the gunboats,
    and your loadout is perfect for dealing with them. If you want to do
    this part of the mission, you might want to replace one of the
    Slingshots with a Javelin, so you'll have some missiles left over for
    the big fight.
    Mission 13
    Recommended equipment for the beginning of the mission:
    3x Slingshot
    Rowlett's Revenge
    4x Lavablade Turret Mark II
    The first leg of this mission is a bit difficult. Just be sure to keep a
    defensive posture, and let your allies do most of the work. The easiest way to
    position yourself safely is to cruise in the general direction that the
    Battleship will appear, then when your allies quit talking, cut your engines and
    turn around (so you're coasting backwards at cruise speed). When Toledo starts
    disappearing into the haze, you're in the right place. Just tap [W]
    (accelerate), and wait for a moment for the Battleship to uncloak.
    When the Battleship appears, head for and tuck inside the recessed area
    immediately behind the largest part of the front half. From here, none of the
    Battleship's guns can target you, and the Battleship itself shields you (mostly)
    from the Nomad fighters. You can also adjust your position so that mines head
    backwards when you release them, while you fire missiles forwards. You can just
    stay here and keep firing, and the Battleship falls easily.
    With the Battleship down for the count, just cruise around for a little bit
    until you hear from Orillion, at which point you're free to land on Toledo.
    You can then fly to the Osiris without re-equipping or anything -- you just
    flee, so no fighting or anything.
    When you get to the Osiris, equip for the final leg of the mission. You'll be
    running out of everything, so you might as well bring 150 missiles to the fight:
    Rowlett's Revenge
    4x Lavablade Turret Mark II
    Driller mine, or Rippers if you got them
    Do not engage whatsoever in the battle outside the Nomad Gate. Your allies will
    handle this perfectly well on their own, and you don't want to waste any
    expendables or take any premature damage.
    Once through the gate, steady yourself for the most difficult challenge in the
    game. It takes some pretty outlandish tactics to pull it off, but if you can get
    it, you know you've aced the game.
    Head to the barrier, and make your run at the first generator. Start shooting
    missiles as soon as you get close enough for them to hit when fired dumb (about
    2-K distance), and go all guns as soon as you get within the Lavablades'
    stabbing distance. Finally, drop mines as soon as you get close enough to turn.
    Ok that was the easy part.
    Turn and fly to the next generator and do the same thing, but this time when you
    turn, turn upwards, and of course go to maximum thrust speed. At full speed,
    kill your engines and rotate to point towards whatever Nomad fighters are in the
    area. You'll be coasting away from the action at thrust speed, but pointed at
    your pursuers, which causes them to drop back. This is the critical maneuver,
    without which this mission is practically impossible to carry off. (Well, if you
    got the Rippers you might be able to get by with more conventional tactics.)
    Whenever you make another maneuver, do it in full thrust, then kill engines and
    point at the Nomad Interceptors so they don't chase you too much. So, run at the
    generator again, fire missiles, then guns, then mines, then turn upwards, go
    full thrust, kill engines, and point towards the Nomad fighters.
    If you're lucky, you'll live to make it through the barrier. So good luck!
    Once you're through the barrier, cruise to the nearest Nomad Satellite, but not
    to its center blue-ring part: around its pointy base is safer. Spend what
    missiles you have left (if any) on this first one, and fire guns at it. Juni and
    King will help with this one quite a bit, so it's probably smarter to save your
    remaining mines for the second one.
    The first satellite down, head for the final target, and fly around its blue
    belt, following the path around its belt, dropping Drillers the whole time. Just
    keep flying around it, letting your thruster recharge in the odd moment when
    things stop shooting at you.
    When that one goes down, just live one more second and you've made it.
    Congratulations! You've just completed the hardest challenge possible in the
    game. Welcome to the Rhino Tank Club!
    Anyway, I hope you found this walkthrough enjoyable. Let me know if there's
    anything significant that I have left out.
    This trail was blazed by T-hawk back in 2003, on the forums of
    <http://www.lancersreactor.com/> -- I just came later to perfect the strategy a
    little bit, and mostly just to revise and document.
    Thanks to John Harris for several corrections, suggestions and analysis.
    steve <period> breslin                             Corrections and suggestions
    <at> gmail <dot> com                               are warmly welcome.
    Please put [freelancer walkthrough] at the beginning of the subject line, to
    make sure I don't accidentally delete your mail. 
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