"Look at them yo-yos, that's the way you do it... =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- COLONY WARS: RED SUN For the Sony PlayStation An FAQ/Walkthrough Written by: Richard "Gbness" Beast Date: 6/18/06 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- ...you play that guitar on the MTV." - Dire Straits ============================================================================== Table of Contents: ============================================================================== 1. Introduction 2. Legal Disclaimer 3. Contact Rules 4. Basics 5. Weapons 6. Walkthrough 6a. Escort Duty ................................................... ma.01 6b. Valdemar... ................................................... ma.02 6c. Covert Insertion .............................................. ma.03 6d. Rebel Smugglers ............................................... ma.04 6e. Insult and Injury ............................................. ma.05 6f. Convoy ........................................................ ma.06 6g. Retrieval ..................................................... ma.07 6h. Convoy ........................................................ mb.01 6i. Retrieval ..................................................... mb.02 6j. Investigation ................................................. mb.03 6k. Protection .................................................... mb.04 6l. Hunting ....................................................... mb.05 6m. Surgical Strike ............................................... mb.06 6n. Thunderbowl ................................................... mb.07 6o. Gang Warfare .................................................. mb.08 6p. Protection .................................................... mb.09 6q. Rescue Hilachet Ship .......................................... mb.10 6r. Calculus 3 .................................................... mb.11 6s. Seek and Destroy .............................................. mc.01 6t. Tank Support .................................................. mc.02 6u. Defend Refinery ............................................... mc.03 6v. Genesis ....................................................... mc.04 6w. Templecruiser ................................................. mc.05 6x. Rescue Team ................................................... mc.06 6y. Clear Path .................................................... mc.07 6z. Thunderbowl II ................................................ mc.08 6aa. Protect Cult .................................................. mc.09 6ab. Kidnap Queen .................................................. mc.10 6ac. Distress Call ................................................. mc.11 6ad. Escape ........................................................ mc.12 6ae. Robohunting ................................................... md.01 6af. Capture Sha'har ............................................... md.02 6ag. Solar Flare ................................................... md.03 6ah. Protect Refugees .............................................. md.04 6ai. Hostage Release ............................................... md.05 6aj. Scavenge This ................................................. md.06 6ak. Roadblock ..................................................... md.07 6al. Thunderbowl III ............................................... md.08 6am. Defender ...................................................... md.09 6an. Necessity ..................................................... me.01 6ao. Sabotage ...................................................... me.02 6ap. The Hilachet Betrayed ......................................... me.03 6aq. Infiltrate .................................................... me.04 6ar. The Gauntlet .................................................. me.05 6as. Destroy Red Sun ............................................... me.06 7. Credits ---+---=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~---+--- / \ 1. Introduction / \ -+ - +-=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~-+ - +- This is not a typical Richard Beast guide. I guarantee that you will very rarely read many guides by me that are laid out like this one. For one, ever seen me use a format quite like the one in this guide? I doubt it. Ever seen me use a search string? Before this guide, nope, you never did. Doing a guide like this is really new to me, so let's hope it turns out well enough. Colony Wars: Red Sun is an excellent subject for this new kind of stuff, so just sit back and enjoy the game, along with you enjoying the guide, which obviously NEEDS to be enjoyed. </ego> - Richard "Gbness" Beast ---+---=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~---+--- / \ 2. Legal Disclaimer / \ -+ - +-=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~-+ - +- You are NOT permitted to put this FAQ on your site without my permission first. All you have to do is email me or IM me saying you want this FAQ on your site, then you can tell me your site and the chance is high that I'll let you. But if you put this FAQ on your site without my permission I swear you will regret it. If I let you, not ONE word should be changed from this FAQ! NOT ONE! Got it? Good. Also, make sure that no money is involved. If you want this FAQ to be sold on eBay, then just forget about it, man. And don't sell this guide either, or pay people to use it, or you'll be in such big trouble you don't want to think. Another little note is that I will not have this guide hosted on many other web sites besides GameNotOver, GameFAQs, IGN, and Neoseeker. You need full-on permission if it's not one of the four above sites. I am sick of people ripping me off (I have been ripped off three times in the past), so if I don't like your site, I won't let my guide be posted on it. I am sorry, but this is how it has to be. If you ask politely and I like your site, you will definitely have the luck of getting it up there. Thank you very much. ---+---=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~---+--- / \ 3. Contact Rules / \ -+ - +-=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~-+ - +- First of all, feel free to check out the stuff I've written on GameFAQs. Those include a guide for Mega Man 5, a few other Mega Man games, and tons of random PSX games. Honor to the PSX, yanno? Hopefully, that'll be added with awesome Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask and Wild Arms guides. As you might be able to guess, I'm a large RPG fan and writer. Alright, enough shameless advertisement about me. You can e-mail me if there is a question you wish to ask that hasn't been answered in the guide, but I REALLY don't want to bother answering questions that have already been done, answered, and done again in the guide, if it isn't too much trouble. Feel free to tell me if there's something I've forgotten, however. My e-mail address is richard_power1000 [at] yahoo [dot] com. Except, replace the [at] and spaces with a "@" symbol and the [dot] and spaces with a period; I have to write like that so I don't get a dozen spam bots e-mailing me and getting me viruses. Just be polite in the e-mail, don't talk like "omg wtf rich ur gides r t3h su><0rz & how du i beat pirte", and don't ask something that's already been answered in the guide, and I'll respond. And don't bother sending things like: "You friggin' idiot. Your guides suck, you suck, and everything about you sucks. DIE DIE DIE!" "BURN IN THE FLAMES OF HELL, YOU STUPID RETARD!!!" "What the hell did you think you were doing writing all that garbage, you piece of crap? "I hope you fall down the stairs and break every bone in your body!" "u su><0rz, eVrYtInG BoUt u sUx, dIe ass!!!!!!1" I will laugh at such e-mails and delete them. So... if you're not just playing a friendly joke on me or something, don't bother with that crap cos I've been through with it too much. Okay, that's enough for that. My AIM name is rbeast288; sorry, I don't have MSN or YIM. The list is closed, but I'll add you if you ask politely via e-mail. I like chatting with people, but try not to overdo it on AIM if I add you to my list. Since I am busy a majority of the time and all. ---+---=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~---+--- / \ 4. Basics / \ -+ - +-=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~-+ - +- If you've played Colony Wars: Vengeance, this game will be a cinch as far as basics go, although controls are slightly altered. Taken straight from the default (and game options), here are the controls: Select Primary Weapon - Square Fire Primary Weapon - Cross Target Toggle - Triangle Select Secondary Weapon - Circle Fire Secondary Weapon - Hold Circle Thrust - R1 Reverse - L1 Thrust Afterburner - Hold R1 Reverse Afterburner - Hold L1 Roll Left / Roll Right - L2 / R2 Move Down / Move Up - Up / Down Move Left / Move Right - Left / Right Rear View - L2 + R2 Quick Flare Launch - Circle + L2 + R2 In a lot of missions, your objective will be to destroy enemy fighters, and this can be done with the corresponding controls above. However, it's important that you use the radar at the bottom, with green targets being allies, yellow targets being neutral, and red targets being enemies. You can pretty much line yourself up (you're in the center of the radar at all times), and enemies up, then use the afterburners to reach them. So that's pretty much that for the missions themselves. Outside of the missions, you can buy ships and weapons. With each increasing ship, heat capacities will increase, as well as power, defense, and various other things. Buying them does assume, however, that you collect CR from missions, which is the accepted form of pay here, with virtually no currency or anything. And in addition to that, there's also the rankings, which can be acquired by defeating enemies. You'll get one point for destroying regular fighters, two points for destroying medium sized ships such as escorts, and ten points for destroying large frigates or sentinels. You'll also get ten points for completing the Thunderbowl missions, which are three tournaments you may face during the process of the game. And when your rank goes up, there's a good chance new weapons will be unlocked. Anyways, here are the rankings: Beginner - 0 Traveler - 50 Adept - 100 Independent - 200 Adventurer - 250 Professional - 400 Specialist - 500 Master - 650 Grand Master - 850 That's pretty much it. Just kick back and enjoy the game for what it is; it ain't that complicated. ---+---=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~---+--- / \ 5. Weapons / \ -+ - +-=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~-+ - +- Although I usually add my editorial comments onto just about everything, with weapons especially, I'm going to refrain from doing that this time around. You'll probably see what the weapon is from the comment that is added to its right, and as for recommendations, they will be thrown into the walkthrough as it goes. As much as this contradicts my usual FAQ layout, you'll get to scroll down to the bottom quicker... so nyah. Laser mk I -- "Your inexpensive armament solution." Laser mk II -- "As recommended by the Thunderbowl Association." Laser mk III -- "The Choice of Aces." Shield Laser mk I -- "Resolved." Shield Laser mk II -- "The Shieldkiller." Hull Laser mk I -- "Affordable power and performance." Hull Laser mk II -- "Simply the best, says Gun Jockey Magazine." Supercooled GP Laser -- "Reliable firepower - anywhere, anytime." Supercooled AS Laser -- "Composed." Supercooled AH Laser -- "9/10 Mercenaries prefer Jelua." Gauss Gun -- "Damages hull through enemy shields." Scatter Gun -- "Compensates for poor accuracy with high rate of fire." Plasma Cannon -- "Heavy damage to shields and hull, best used against slow targets." BFG Primary -- "All craft in area of effect suffer massive shields and hull damage." Sha'Har Arcweapon -- "Short ranged, but lethal against shields and hull." Grapple Gun -- "Demanding mission? Demand Delaprime." Cooling Vents -- "Confident." Heat Sinks -- "Can't stand the heat? Demand Delaprime." Recharge Boost -- "Your low-cost shielding solution." Shield Maximiser -- "Holes in the hull? Demand Delaprime." Stun Missile -- "Immobilizes target craft for a few critical seconds." Jamma Missile -- "Concentrates target shutdown in weapons systems for prolonged effect." Stun Torpedo -- "Immobilizes larger targets, for longer." Two-Part Missile -- "THE One-Shot Kill." Plasma Missile -- "A Masterpiece - dogfight nirvana." Plasma Torpedo -- "Asset denial with attitude." Shield Missile mk I -- "Determined." Shield Missile mk II -- "Superior, according to Starfighter Weekly." Hull Missile mk I -- "A Classic - accept no substitutes." Hull Missile mk II -- "Uncompromising and dependable." Scarab HDW -- "A spread of six unguided rockets causing massive hull damage." Nanotech Missile -- "Experimental guided missile." Nanotech Torpedo -- "Experimental unguided Sha'Har killer." Phase Distort Beacon -- "Donachet Phase Beacon" BFG Secondary -- "Antimatter area-effect weapon causes heavy shields and hull damage." Offense Pod -- "Behaves as a small, laser-armed fighter until destroyed or recalled." Repair Pod -- "Will restore shields and hull of locked target." ECM Pod -- "When the going gets tough, get Genemer." Decloaker Missile -- "They can run, but they cannot hide." Flare -- "The Original - and still the best." ---+---=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~---+--- / \ 6. Walkthrough / \ -+ - +-=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~-+ - +- Not much to say here... I'll drop my usual editorializing and get on with it. Oh wait, I already did editorialize by saying that I wasn't going to and then lying about it. That's just my nature... but did that have anything to do with anything? Okay. -~- 6a. Escort Duty -~-~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 8000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ ma.01 -~- As soon as you start this mission you may or may not want to choose your perspective, as personally I like third person but it's default first person. When you begin, your objective is to defend the cargo stompers here, and for each stomper that remains when you finish the mission, you'll get some cash in addition to 8000 moolah that you'll get after finishing this mission. It all ends once the stompers reach the end of the path, which takes ages since they're slow as molasses. For a majority of this mission, there will be two raiders on opposite sides of the field, apart from the stompers. Those are very good kills, just so long as you don't get too far away from the stompers. It's very easy to take the Pirate Raiders out, especially if you have two GP Lasers, but eventually, Pirate Fighters will start showing up. In essence, they're pretty much the same as Pirate Raiders except a little smarter, and they take a little bit more firepower to take down. And a bit after that, Pirate Tanks will start showing up on the ground. They have the most ability to do damage to the stompers, so if you hear them show up, take them out first. Overall this mission is quite simple; let's just hope you didn't find it too bad. Once you finish that first mission you can go on to just about any others, but to get a superior aircraft, I recommend tackling Valdemar... before any of the other ones. Trust me, the new aircraft is worth it. -~- 6b. Valdemar... -~-~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 10000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~- ma.02 -~- A scene will start this mission off, and then your objective is to defend the General from the life-forms lurking around this area. Just accelerate over to his dropship, and although they aren't green targets, do not shoot them or you'll regret it. Soon enough, you'll see red targets all over the map, and those are what you need to destroy. These are large spider-like targets, which don't take a while to go down, but always keep an eye on their health bars. It seems they're not dead when they actually are, they'll just be collapsing. When that health bar is empty, just fly away because they're just going to die anyway. You'll have to repeat that process in destroying each of the tanks, and then after a little bit, Empiret Tanks will show up. These are relatively hard to take down, so try and move around a lot so that their lasers don't do too much damage, and soon enough the timer on the right will get to 30 seconds, and supposing you haven't let any enemies get near the General, his dropship will pick him up and the mission will end. Another scene will follow that mission, and you'll have three missions to play with before heading on to Convoy. Start with the highest paid one, that being Covert Insertion. -~- 6c. Covert Insertion -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 15000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ ma.03 -~- This mission has the potential to be slightly dangerous at times, but if you have the upgraded ship and weaponry, it'll be a cinch. If you really want to make it easy, enter this mission with three GP Lasers and enter a lesson in easiness. I will say one thing first, though, and that is that you should never go above the trenches. Your first objective here is to find four shield generators and take them down, and there is NEVER any reason to go above the trenches, because if you do you're likely to get shot down almost immediately by the SAADs. All you really have to do here is look for four yellow targets on the map, and fly towards them, taking forks that seem reasonable to get you toward them. And don't worry too much about all the red targets, because most of them are just the SAADs again... absolutely nothing to worry about. Just locate and destroy those four targets. After those four are wiped out, an auxillary generator will appear around the center of the area, but that really isn't any different from any of the other ones. Just shoot it down, and then a Rebel Base will appear. You can't destroy it (well actually, you can, but don't try), but if you want to make it less dangerous, destroy the mounted guns. And momentarily it gets bombed... heh heh heh. Owned, I say. Moving on... Rebel Smugglers was my next choice of mission. -~- 6d. Rebel Smugglers -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 12000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ ma.04 -~- This is a mission of a few firsts, but it's not bad at all. In fact, it can be the shortest mission so far (and maybe even in the whole game) if you want it to be. For one thing, all that you have to do is defeat the two Rebel Cruisers that are around here. But there's a little more to it than that. For one thing, you have a six minute time limit. When these six minutes are over, the cops're gonna come and bust a move up yo ass. However, you run very little risk of that. Like I said, all that you HAVE to do in this mission is look for the two Rebel Cruisers, which are slightly dangerous compared to most of the riffraff that you've encountered up to this point, but aren't anything to really worry about. And after they're gone, a jumpgate will appear. If you want to easily locate it, it's near the planet... just look around that direction and you'll find it -- it's a small blue portal. However, you can just jump in that now, but who wants to do that when you can just stick around and fight some ships? If you do that you'll get credit and can possibly be promoted sometime in the future, so stick around if you want. Just don't run under that time limit, and don't let the Empiret Battleship be destroyed... although that runs a very small chance of happening. When you're ready, fly into the jumpgate and let's do one of the more entertaining missions in the Magenta Station... Insult and Injury. -~- 6e. Insult and Injury -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 12000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ ma.05 -~- If you do this mission the correct way, it's one of the longer ones in the entire game, even. However, it has the potential to be even shorter than Rebel Smugglers, but that can be dangerous. You're immediately expected to follow the E.W. Pod towards the Insult and the Injury, which are two battleships... but hey, who wants to do that? So if you follow the pod, you'll basically just have to stay close to it, and wait a few eons for it to take you near the Insult, which happens to be the ship that Commander Yujold, the enemy whom this mission is after, is aboard. If you destroy the Injury, though, you'll get credit for it. In fact, you will get credit for it either way, so I personally chose to just charge at the two ships, but it is your choice. If you do charge through them, though, expect to be hit by quite a few passerby ships. The Insult and Injury themselves are both fairly dangerous ships... they have guns loaded on top of them, and you run a risk in the meantime of other ships, as well as defense systems, blasting you to oblivion. So try and finish this quick, by not holding down the button to blast your guns, but instead mashing it so that you get the quickest firepower out of them. That way you'll have them both take care of as quickly as possible, but you also have to try and move around a bit to avoid the missiles. Either way, it shouldn't last very long, and after the Insult is destroyed, the jumpgate will be open to the left of the planet in the distance. -~- 6f. Convoy -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 13000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ ma.06 -~- You may notice that there's an Engram link on this one, which means that it's a necessary mission, required to progress the story, so might as well do it now, before the end of the Magenta Station. And it's not exactly that hard either; pretty much as soon as you progress, you'll find about a thousand pirate ships approaching from behind you. Also, the Pirate Galleon will appear a bit in front of the allied ships, but we'll deal with that later. Take care of some of the ships behind you; if you have three GP Lasers, they'll practically be destroyed in a few hits. They're quite possible of firing missiles at you, however, so in the event that that happens, fire off a flare behind you. After a few of them are delayed, head towards the red battleship in front of the convoy. It isn't required that you destroy it, but I strongly suggest it, since it gives you ten bonus points; in fact, with a little luck and some records in the past, you might be promoted to an Adept after this battle. The Pirate Galleon itself is one of the easiest battleships to destroy in the whole game, because it only has one turret, and although it might take a few hits to weaken it, it overall isn't a very powerful ship. And once it's destroyed, some more pirate ships will join in, but if you can get in front of an enemy jumpgate (and for god's sakes, they're purple, don't confuse them with the sun), you can just blast them as they come in, and they won't even get a chance to do anything. Then you can just sit around for awhile and wait for the convoy to get out of there. Also, enjoy the cutscene that follows this one, from now on I'll quote Valdemar on: "why don't you get some corneal implants, you moron". -~- 6g. Retrieval -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 24000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ ma.07 -~- Alright, here's the first mission in the game which might prove to be a slight bit of trouble. First of all, it involves destroying a large ship, and later defending a couple things. So... keep an eye out for that. However, later in this mission you'll be presented with the opportunity to be promoted to any extent that you wish. But anyway, your first objective is to target the mother ship's bay doors. The large sentinel in front of you, Morgan's Ghost, cannot be destroyed or even damaged yet, so don't try that. However, you can get rid of some of the guns that are on it, so you might wish to do that. But anyway, fly straight in the direction of Morgan's Ghost, and look for a door on the right. Destroy that, and an Empiret Decoder will come out. Your new "friend", Diva, is around here somewhere, and once it comes in contact with her, she'll grapple it and take it in the direction of the sun. Meanwhile, until she speaks to you via messages, you can just destroy enemy ships. Anyway, she'll take hold of the decoder and fly it in the direction of the sun. You need to protect her until she can get to her destination, and there are various ways to do this, but there are five Pirate Interceptor ships between her and the sun, and what I usually do is fly in their direction, blast them down, and then return behind Diva and shoot down anyone that might be behind her. That's not an exceptionally hard task, and once she stops taking damage and gets a little bit ahead of them, you really don't have to worry about her. Just keep fighting the pirates. Now, with Diva out of there (when she's gone she'll tell you that you're on your own), your next task is to destroy Morgan's Ghost. However, if you want an infinite amount of credit, there are an endless supply of Pirate Raiders that will come out of Morgan's Ghost's doors, so stick around for as long as you want to destroy them, although they're so stupid that some of their fire might touch Morgan's Ghost. But when you're ready, just blast Morgan's Ghost down, and you're done with the Magenta Station. Off to Marjorie's Kitchen! -~- 6h. Convoy -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 12000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ mb.01 -~- Before you start this mission, there are some things to pick up, after all you DID move from one station to another. In the ship department, you've got ths H25 Cobra and Zu-15A Shinden to choose from. Although the Cobra's price looks a bit daunting at 110000 CR, you get 28500 CR for your current ship anyway, so you may be a bit broke after doing the trade, but you will survive, I promise. Plus you get more weapon slots. As for this mission, it isn't too bad. You will, however, have to deal with a lot of enemies simultaneously. Your main enemies here are Empiret Escorts, which will basically just try and lead the convoy you're defending off course, and grapple them out of this area. To prevent this, all you gotta do is destroy these escorts, but there are a lot of them, plus they can be hard to hit because they're thin and narrow as my soul. So basically, keep an eye on your map, for those red targets. Eventually, a whole lot of smaller ships will keep coming in with the escorts, but all that they'll really do is fire off a bunch of missiles at you that won't hit. Don't worry about that, and keep going for the escorts, since they ARE, after all, the enemies that can make or break this mission. Plus they're worth more points than the interceptors anyway, so if you're sure that there aren't any escorts around, go for the ships then. This mission isn't particularly dangerous, so you aren't in a whole lot of trouble. -~- 6i. Retrieval -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 12000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ mb.02 -~- First of all, a Grapple Gun is required for this mission. You probably don't have the money yet, but if you get three GP Lasers mk II, those will own virtually anything you hit up to this point. And second of all, why are there two missions called Convoy and two missions called Retrieval? That's just something that boggles my mind. But anyway, this place is called subspace, and being here will cause your ship to heat up. And once the ship heats up, you'll steadily take damage until you reach a shadow asteroid, which will also cool you down and protect you from the heat. They're seen as allies all around the field here, so keep an eye out for them while moving towards the Donachet Idol. Also be ready to use the Grapple Gun, which is a secondary weapon used with the Circle button. Also, a Donachet Cruiser is around here, which may provide somewhat of a problem. If you want, there's absolutely no problem with destroying the cruiser. Stay inside the closest possible shadow asteroid, and just target the cruiser, trading hits with it, but trust me, you'll be the one to finish it off. And no matter how much damage you take, you don't have to worry since besides that, there's only one more enemy around here, who won't appear until you capture the idol. It's seen as a flashing target on the radar, so just move towards it, from one shadow asteroid to another, and grapple it. Once you get it, a pilot named Snakes Mahoney will show up to receive it, but I advise not fighting him. First of all, he's actually a decent opponent, and second of all, he'll just disappear into a jumpgate before you finish him off anyway. Just move into the jumpgate in the distance, keeping to the shadow asteroids if necessary, and get the hell out of here. -~- 6j. Investigation -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 13000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ mb.03 -~- One of my least favorite missions in the game, but on a side note, you should by now have enough money to get something decent out of your weaponry. What I recommend is three GP Lasers mk II, and a Gauss Gun. You can keep the Stun Missiles for now, since you'll be needing them soon enough. But this mission, for one, isn't one that requires a whole lot of effort. Similar to Insult and Injury, you'll be escorted by the Dargothians as soon as the mission begins, but hey, who wants to do that? Your real mission is to find five Lifeform Tolrasaurs (basically large elephant looking creatures), and shoot off the guns on their backs. Do NOT target and kill the Tolrasaurs themselves, or you'll automatically be kicked off this mission and in a sense, the planet. Although I swear, some things in this game are just plain alien... and rules, strange. But I digress. As the fight progresses, some fighters will show up, so make sure that you don't confuse them with the Tolrasaurs. They go down exceptionally easy with three GP Lasers mk II, so don't worry about them at all. As soon as you have the guns off the five Tolrasaurs around here, a jumpgate will open up... geez, that was boring/uneventful. -~- 6k. Protection -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 32000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ mb.04 -~- This is a necessary mission, with an Engram link on it, and also one of my personal favorite missions. Plus you've got a great bounty on it, so it's all good. Watch the scene at the beginning, to see that the League ships you're going to be facing in this battle are actually Navy ships flying League colors. It ALL makes sense now! But as for this mission, it's basically just defending Marjorie's Kitchen from roughly 14 League Ships. They will, of course, appear at different times, but they have exceptionally low health. All you really have to do is locate them and fire, but make sure you don't accidentally hit Marjorie's Kitchen, or you'll destroy it much faster than the League / Navy will. This may also turn out to be a fairly fast mission, since the League ships will really just appear one after another. So anyways... just take 'em all out. There's not that much more than can be said about this mission, except the fact I destroyed 14 ships, each of which have a 500 CR bounty on them, and this mission's bounty is 32000. So I got 39000 out of the battle... sweet. -~- 6l. Hunting -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: N/A -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ mb.05 -~- This is one of those very few and far between missions that have no bounty, and this isn't exactly the easiest mission you've done since the beginning of the game either, so... oh well, you'll get lots of money from what you'll do during the mission. However, you WILL need Stun Missiles for this, so just be ready to use those. You basically have a large purple ship above you, that's hunting the Protoshelp around here (did I mention that this is illegal, and that it's also weird and very alien?), and to get them, all you have to do is stun them. There IS one jelly protoshelp in front of you, but you'll do some searching for the few and far between Protoshelp Cows that are around here, since there's absolutely no point in stunning Protoshelp Bulls, unless you want to stop them from attacking. These Protoshelp Bulls will ram themselves into you, so expect a fair bit of damage from that. And you may be attacked further as the mission goes on, so keep checking the ID screen for the Protoshelp Cows, and not the bulls. After you get a decent amount, you've pretty much succeeded in this mission, but just make sure that you have enough Stun Missiles for this mission, if you know what I mean. =) And yes, you will receive a bounty for the Protoshelps that you did capture. Also, this probably goes without saying, but don't kill the Protoshelp unless you enjoy failing the mission. -~- 6m. Surgical Strike -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 22000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ mb.06 -~- Alright... you thought LAST mission was illegal? Now THIS HERE is REALLY illegal! Of course, that means it's fun, but it's still awesome as hell. You're up against the cops, yo! Yep, the Police Enforcer and Police Precinct 3... fun fun fun fun fun. There are also plenty of Police Interceptors here, so eliminate them fast, or this can get a bit ugly. But it all REALLY gets fun when all you have left is the Police Enforcer and Precinct 3. Your real mission is to target the three tethers on the Precinct 3 so that the Solar Sails break off, and then the police drift into the sun and are blown up. Hah, told you that this place was absolutely fantastic. But anyway, it's in your best interest to target the Enforcer first; first of all because the credit you get for it rocks, and second of all, because it's fairly powerful and might be able to stop you when you're blasting that Precinct 3 into pure destructive gravity. So just destroy that, and now it's onto Precinct 3. There are three tethers on it, easily seen connecting the ship via ropes to the Solar Sails. Just hit the ends of the ship to break them off... target them all and destroy them, and the ship will go right into the sun and blast it away... heh heh heh. Classic. A jumpgate will open which you can take, and then you're outta here. -~- 6n. Thunderbowl -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 20000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ mb.07 -~- You'll find three of these Thunderbowl tournaments in the game, and each of them (except maybe this one) have the potential to be extremely difficult... as for this one, it's not very hard. At all. Basically it's a tournament, and your opponents are three ships. And ALL that you have to do is destroy them. However, they have quite a bit of health compared to your average ship, and what's more, they're a lot more dangerous, constantly firing missiles to do you harm. So this one is a cautious one. As the fight goes on, the SAADs might turn on, which is both good and bad. First of all, get close to them and their guns will make you a total goner, very quickly. But second of all, they also target the enemy, so they might destroy them even more quickly than you can. But anyway, go for the large red ship first, because it's the easiest, and also the biggest and thus the easiest target. End with the long white ship, since it seems to be the most powerful, the hardest to hit, and the one with the most vitality. This won't take very long, however. -~- 6o. Gang Warfare -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 22000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ mb.08 -~- I'm not going to go into a whole lot of detail into this mission, since it's essentially the same as everything you've been doing lately (except the Thunderbowl competition, but that was a different story altogether). You basically just have to defend your allies from a whole lot of ships. I will give this mission credit, though, and say that the name Godfather wasn't too bad... just wait until you get to the Cardinale station. You also don't want to destroy the ally robots by accident, since... well, do I really need to tell you? The Godfather ships will decloak very quickly next to each other, but they pack very little punch whatsoever. So whatever you use on them will have them sent right down to the kennel, very quickly. Shoot 'em down, about 14 of them in total, and you're out of this place... fairly easy, wasn't it? -~- 6p. Protection -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 20000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ mb.09 -~- Not an extremely difficult mission, and one which I like the Gauss Gun, simply because it can hurt the hull right there and then, and you don't have to waste time shooting down shields, although it's certainly a good gamble as to which is the quicker alternative. But anyway, your only objective here is to defend the Civilian S.S. Angeli from the Donachet forces. And this isn't exactly difficult, being that the Donachet fighters are some of the weakest yet seen, not to mention there's only one battleship: a Donachet Cruiser. As soon as you see the Donachet Cruiser, just shoot it down. Don't bother with the Gauss Gun, although if you have any missiles handy, such as Shield Missiles, they'll work moderately well here. Once it's gone, there may be an abundance of Donachet fighters everywhere, but they're so easy to take down, it doesn't really matter. All that they can really do is fire off some weak missiles, and by the time they're done, the worst thing that might POSSIBLY happen is the Angeli's shields being down. But don't panic if that happens. -~- 6q. Rescue Hilachet Ship -~-~-~-~-~-~ Bounty: 36000 -~-~-~-~-~-~ mb.10 -~- Another one of the more entertaining missions of the game, in my very honest opinion. It's also one of the extremely few missions in this game that actually has two parts, so enjoy it while it lasts. You'll start the mission with Diva there as an ally, but she's just going to leave, going further into the field. And your task is to help the mining ship here. This mining ship is low on power and needs to find the crystals within the hidden crystal asteroids here to increase the power. There are about 4-5 of them here, cloaked, and you need to use Decloaker Missiles to get them out. So that's ANOTHER thing that you can get out of this mission, besides a massive bounty (from your perspective at this point, that is): you can get rid of something else and be free to use whatever you want. But I digress... back to the mission. Look around for some blue glittering around here, which hints at something here being cloaked. From there, approach it and use the Decloaker Missiles, simply firing them ahead and when they come into close vicinity, they'll make them visible. However, after you decloak each of them, some Donachet fighters will come in and attack, so just make sure you take care of them. You don't have forever to find all these crystals and then just let the shuttle find them; after a while, a gigantic asteroid will show up, and drift in the path of the mining shuttle. So if you don't get the engines charged up, and those 4-5 crystals collected, you're a goner. Don't worry, though, if you decloak all of them, it DOES take a while for the shuttle to grapple them and pull them back in, but if you decloak all of them, they'll fire their engines long before the asteroid hits them. And then after you're done with that, you'll drift into subspace... wow, that's awesome. All you need to do, however, is find the jumpgate, and it's right in front of you. If you really must avoid the shadow asteroids, just charge right ahead and you'll make it before your ship expires. But if you want to play it safely, just move ahead slowly within the shadow asteroids. It's not hard either way. -~- 6r. Calculus 3 -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 40000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ mb.11 -~- In my opinion this is the first entirely serious mission in the entire game. I know, ironic as it seems, because it's the 18th friggin' mission in the game, but I regard it as the finest one yet. Not to mention it includes the first and one of the only ships in the game which might be considered a "boss"... unless you count Morgan's Ghost. But I'm digressing from the point... I recommend a Gauss Gun for this battle. Your task is to defend the Calculus 3, and although it's very tempting to follow Diva at the beginning of this battle and attack the Red Sun, don't (speaking of which, enjoy the cutscene at the beginning that shows exactly WHO is in the Red Sun). Instead, head right for the Calculus 3, and notice that it has three escape pod couples on it, attached to the ship. What you have to do is shoot these couples off, since the Calculus 3 is going to be destroyed very quickly. When all three of them are shot off and the escape pods are off, now you can target our new enemy threats: the Sha'har. Their ships have a lot of shielding on them, so that's why I recommended the Gauss Gun. After three or so are destroyed, everything is blown up, and the Sha'har Syndarin appears. I regard this to be the game's first "boss battle", but it isn't very difficult. First of all, it has two weapons on either side, as well as a core in the center. You need to destroy all of these, and you know that you're doing damage if your GP Laser mk II is hitting it and making green marks. Keep on shooting those three targets up, and then it'll try and escape, but just attack it before it does and blow that baby up. And after that mission, you'll end up in the Cardinale Station, which is run by Bill Kane (where have I heard that name before?). And a whole new line of missions, baby. Also note the new ship, the H4E Magnum, and the new weapons. I like to have all of the Gauss Gun, Plasma Cannon, and Scatter Gun, but that's just me. When you're ready... Seek and Destroy. -~- 6s. Seek and Destroy -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 24000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ mc.01 -~- Not an incredibly hard mission, but trust me that it gets a whole lot harder from hereon. In fact, I'd regard the Cardinale Station as the game's turning point, but Seek and Destroy is an easier mission to start things off with. As the mission name implies, this is pure destruction, and your enemies here are the Dirt Warriors. Whomever came up with such a creative name as that deserves a medal. But anyway, all you really have to do here is destroy the three Dirt Warrior Caldera bases, but that becomes a little more difficult when you have tanks and fighters everywhere. Although it's slow, the Plasma Cannon is pretty much a one-hit kill to them, so make full use of that. You can easily tell the Calderas apart from normal enemies by them flashing on the map, but note that they have turrets all around them, so don't just charge at them. Also, Dirt Warrior Fighters will be everywhere, so you might get hit a couple times by missiles. Just giving you a bit of a warning. This mission is really simple at heart... all you have to do is destroy them and you're done. It's also a good way to test out everything that you have; the Scatter Gun is extremely effective against the Calderas, and it isn't bad on anything else either. When the bases are destroyed, just exit through the usual jumpgate. -~- 6t. Tank Support -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 32000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ mc.02 -~- This is one of the hardest missions you've entered up to this point, and you need to be a bit careful here, lest you want to end up dead pretty quickly. But I have to say, Valdemar must not feel very much loyalty to anyone; because after Bill Kane wanted to see him, he went along with Unisoft and destroyed the Dirt Warrior bases, and then the very next mission he'll helping the Dirt Warriors to destroy THE Unisoft base. I just find that a tad odd, despite the fact that Valdemar IS a mercenary. But anyway, there will be three Dirt Warrior tanks coming out of the trenches, and it's your job to defend them. You have three main enemies in this battle: Unisoft Power Tanks, which are complete, utter jokes, Unisoft fighters, which are the strongest ships yet par maybe the Sha'har fighters, and you have to keep an eye out for them, since they have the strongest guns you've seen yet, and there's nothing worse than having four of them swoop down on you, all firing missiles, cuz that's quite possible. However, the Scatter Gun works exceptionally well on them, so make full use of that. The other targets are Unisoft Battle Robots, which aren't very powerful but might possibly take some time to destroy. Feel free to use Shield Missiles on them, if you have them. You'll also have to be quick in this mission, since the Dirt Warrior tanks are very delicate, and if all of them are destroyed, the mission's failed. So try not to spend too long on them -- after the Battle Robots are gone, make sure you scout around and see if there are any fighters near you. There are only 2-3 Battle Robots to destroy, though, so don't worry about them too much. After some fighting is done, the Unisoft Base will uncloak, and it's honestly not that tough to destroy, although you may quite easily be getting swarmed by fighters. However, unless you're at critically low health, I recommend just sticking near the base and destroying it. It might also help to destroy as many of its turrets as possible to minimize its offensive strategies. When it's gone, the jumpgate appears, but feel free to stick around and destroy some Unisoft fighters... but not at a risk of life and limb. -~- 6u. Defend Refinery -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 22000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ mc.03 -~- One of the most strikingly easy missions in the entire game, it's as if Psygnosis decided that Tank Support was way too difficult and they needed to give us a break... but anyway, Defend Refinery is Magenta Station-level difficulty. In fact, you're even treated to those old pirates, back from Magenta Station. And I'll let you know that they aren't very difficult to eliminate. You literally only need to fire your GP Laser mk II a couple times and they're dead. You will need to watch out if you want some extra CR, though. While the mission will end if the refinery is destroyed, that runs very little risk of happening. However, the Fuel Silos are very vulnerable, and the Pirate Raiders and Pirate Tanks tend to target them more than anything else. So it's in your best interest to eliminate them before they get too close to them, especially if you have three GP Lasers. There is NOTHING that will take the Fuel Silos down more quickly than you firing at pirates when they're right in front of the Fuel Silos. Just keep that in mind, destroy the pirates by air and by land, and this'll be over very quickly. Heh... easy. Time for an Engram link mission. -~- 6v. Genesis -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 40000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ mc.04 -~- Hah... this mission is awesome, and yes, it is required to do this one to move on. But anyway, for NOW you're assisting the Dargothian Cruiser in defending the Genesis Device from the Cult. Wow, that's another incredibly original name... no normal human could POSSIBLY come up with that one! But anyway, the Cult Interceptors, right now, aren't very dangerous. Kinda fast and hard to hit, but not very difficult. If they start moving towards the Genesis Device, you'll be warned that they have it. And should that happen, rush way back to it and defeat the blue ship that's carrying it, or the mission ends in FAILURE. Argh. You might also notice that there's a seven minute time limit, but don't worry about that, that isn't against you or anything. After some Interceptor asses are kicked, Cult Fighters will start showing up. These are on the same level as the Unisoft fighters from way back in Tank Support, so watch out for them. There are a LOT of Cult Fighters that will start coming out of the jumpgate, and trust me that they don't take very long to destroy, but dear god... the sheer number of them. Plus their missiles are decimating, so it might not be the wisest idea to fly right near the jumpgate and blast them one by one. But either way, about five minutes into the mission, the League battleship will enter, and the Dargothian Cruiser is seen as an enemy. And because of that, oh hell, it would have been beneficial if the Cult did damage to it! Whodathunkit. Anyway, destroy the Dargothian Cruiser as well as any other Dargothian ships nearby, and it's back to dealing with the Cult. The League will take the Genesis Device, and you just need to defend them until they leave, which isn't exactly much of a task. Just blast everything to smithereens, laying low if necessary to let time restore your shields, but it gets easier right around now. Enjoy the cutscene that follows... for some reason the end is a bit... humorous overall, in my strange, messed-up world. -~- 6w. Templecruiser -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 30000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ mc.05 -~- Around this point I personally got promoted, and the Scarab HAW became available. This is an extremely powerful anti-hull weapon, so I fully recommend buying 12+ of them, even if they do come at over 6000 CR a pop. Trust me though, you won't regret it, even if this long, tedious mission isn't exactly the best mission in the world to test them out on. First of all, you're defending a Dargothian Cruiser here, and if it's destroyed, your mission is a failure. And your enemy is the incredibly original Cult, which comes in bits and pieces. First of all, though, it might help if you have Decloaker Missiles here, since that's definitely a better alternative than to just fly right into blue lightning and try to get a Cult Destroyer to appear in it, which is really your objective here. And when you decloak a Destroyer this way, some Cult Fighters will appear as well, so... flush 'em out. The Dargothian Cruiser isn't the most withstanding ship in the game, if you get my drift. You'll need to keep an eye out for its defense, and meanwhile, when you meet a Cult Destroyer, attack it a little bit so it doesn't disappear, before a missile hits it. After 5-6 of them are past, the Cult Templecruiser appears. I really suggest going over to the Dargothian Cruiser when this happens, since the Templecruiser isn't going anywhere yet. Defend it with all your firepower from the Cult Interceptors that will show up, or you may end up with an instant mission failure. Once the missile hits, it's up to you to finish it off, so just abandon the Cruiser, since it's pretty much clear. Accelerate over to the Templecruiser quickly, and destroy its hull before it leaves. Personally I destroyed about 3/4 of its health using the Scarab HAW, which finally comes to use here. So use that for some quick, destructive effects, and let's move on. -~- 6x. Rescue Team -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 40000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ mc.06 -~- This mission starts out extremely slow... just wait as Unisoft pretty much sits there and waits for nothing. They're expecting a reading, but they don't get anything. And then nothing happens until the world ends, and then suddenly appearing out of nowhere... ...there were ninjas! Thousands of them! Okay, it's all a joke up to now. But it DOES seem like about a thousand Sha'har ships appear out of nowhere. And they're long kills, since they have such defensive shields. If you still have the Gauss Gun, use it or this might be a very long ride. You might also want to watch out for their missiles while you're at it, because those are extremely deadly. Eventually, all the Sha'Har are destroyed, and then you just have to sit around and wait for Unisoft to try and power up their engines. Told you this is extremely slow. After a little bit, though, some more Sha'Har start coming in, and trust me, this time they're REALLY endless. You literally have to fight them for 3-5 whole minutes while waiting for the engines to come back on, so take care of yourself while doing this. If you weaken their shields a bit, the Plasma Cannon is close to being a one-hit kill, and the Gauss Gun is powerful as always. I can't find much use for the Scatter Gun here, though, so stick with anything but. On a side note, I leveled up to Ace after this mission, and the B.F.G. will be unlocked. This weapon is so powerful it'll kill all your allies too, so use it at your own risk. -~- 6y. Clear Path -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 38000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ mc.07 -~- Argh... more fun with the Sha'Har. Since there are a lot of allies here, it isn't the best mission to test out the B.F.G. in, but (one of) the first things you'll notice is a large Sha'Har cruiser exiting the area. Don't try and hit it, since its power is pretty much obliteration. Just let it leave, and you get to defend a convoy from a bunch of ships! Oh wow, we've never done that yet in the entire game. This is one of the simpler missions in the entire game, in fact, so I'm not going to go into a whole lot of detail into it. Just destroy the Sha'Har ships, and if temptation gets the better of you, you CAN use the B.F.G., if you have it. Still, this isn't very hard; some Haulers will try and exit at some point, and you need to stop the Sha'Har from destroying them. Easy, easy, easy... let us just move on, m'kay? In fact, the Thunderbowl isn't a bad place to go next, come to think of it. -~- 6z. Thunderbowl II -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 40000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ mc.08 -~- Alright... you wanna use that B.F.G., now is the perfect opportunity. I will say right now that this Thunderbowl mission, especially without the B.F.G., is a whole lot harder than the last one. For one thing, there are Mini Mines flying out everywhere, and if those hit you... well, prepare for a whole lot of damage. Worse so, there are SAADs around the place which will come on a lot quicker this time than the last one. And also, your enemies here are very... alien looking, if you know what I mean. Regardless, this isn't the hardest thing that you'll do all game, especially with the B.F.G. You might end up with two or even three Thunderbowl contestants following you, and if you have the B.F.G., you can pretty much kiss 'em all goodbye. Remember that there aren't any allies in the Thunderbowl, so it doesn't matter WHAT'S destroyed... hell, you can even destroy the SAADs, that'll even help you out. This won't be extremely difficult even without, though, although some of these ships take a bit of firepower to destroy. Also, try and move around a little bit, so you aren't a sitting duck to enemies. This'll end quickly and easily, I tell ya. -~- 6aa. Protect Cult -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 38000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ mc.09 -~- This is one of the quickest and downright easiest missions in the game. I'm serious; this mission took me 1-2 effortless minutes, then I was done with it. Rather disappointing for that kind of pay, but we'll survive. You're helping the Cult out this time around, which I would have thought unlikely, since their name IS the Cult, which doesn't sound very friendly, but they're under attack by a group called the Scavengers. You're defending a Cult Destroyer, and as was demonstrated from the Templecruiser mission, they aren't the most resistant things in the world, so it has the potential to fail the mission for you. There are two Scavenger Cruisers right at the beginning, but both of them fall to your guns very, very quickly. Not only do they have no vitality whatsoever, but they don't even have many guns to hit you with! Just destroy them both (each are worth 10 points, by the way), and then the remaining Scavengers will fall very quickly. Mission over... and it barely even started. -~- 6ab. Kidnap Queen -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 42000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ mc.10 -~- Your basic mission here is to prevent the Jelly fighters (hah, how bad can these get) from taking a Protoshelp Queen. And you're helping out the Dirt Warriors here, interestingly enough. And as for the chance of the Jelly fighters taking it, it's very slim. Honestly, there are only a couple of Jelly Haulers here, although their fighters are very numerous. There are a lot of them immediately in front of you, so you might want to take care of them first. Behind you, near a neutral item called the Jumpgate Access Point, a crapload of fighters will start coming out. There might be some haulers around there too, so make that your primary point of target. You can get at such an angle that you can shoot them down as soon as they enter, but there will be a whole lot of ships that are right behind that point, and that's where you may get some use out of the B.F.G. Make sure that you're as far away as possible from the Dirt Warriors when you do this, however. Get near the enemies there, and fire off the B.F.G., so that the lasers will attack anyone there, but it's too far off to give the Dirt Warriors any damage. I know it does look like it's hitting a whole lot of things, and trust me it is, but nothing that will cost you the mission. And lastly, a lot of things may pop up on the info screen here, but don't worry about those. However, if you get a note that a Jelly Hauler is trying to transport the Protoshelp Queen out, immediately go back and destroy that hauler. They're very big targets and hard to miss, but make sure you eliminate them, and then after all threats are neutralized, just wait for the Dirt Warriors to leave. -~- 6ac. Distress Call -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 45000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ mc.11 -~- This is quite possibly the hardest mission yet. And out of 27 missions, that kind of says a lot. But I'm dead serious when I say this mission is one of the most difficult you've yet to face. It starts off peacefully enough, though... you're charged with simply defending a Dirt Warrior ship from Unisoft. That's fairly easy... right? WRONG. This was all a complete trap, and every single thing here will be destroyed by about fifteen uncloaking Unisoft ships, and a Unisoft Cruiser. So it's basically you, outnumbered about sixteen times. Do NOT attempt to destroy all the small ships before destroying the cruiser, or you may end up dead very quickly. The Unisoft Cruiser is quite possibly the most difficult battleship you've yet to take out, and that includes the Sha'har boss from Calculus 3. It has strong shields and a strong hull, but it can be very easily taken down with the Scarab HAW. All the same, it has about five guns on its top alone. So take care of that first if you want to make it out of this mission alive. It doesn't exactly get safer as the mission progresses, though. You have over fifteen ships to take out, and while this seems like B.F.G. heaven, note that the B.F.G. requires shield energy to use, and you might end with none of that very quickly. So if you can use it, that's great, you should. But if you can't, don't panic. You will have to move around quite a bit, though, especially if you don't have any shields. The Hull missiles are capable of destroying you in one hit, or at least if you're a bit reduced. So keep moving and firing, even if you may take a little bit of damage in the process, but a little is better than a lot. Soon enough, you'll have them all nailed down. It ends there... right? Wrong. Four jumpgates will open, and 8-9 more Unisoft fighters will come in. Did I yet mention that they are the strongest fighters you have yet to encounter? That's right, better than the Sha'har too. However, these are widely spread out and not nearly as numerous, so not nearly as dangerous. Still, don't let you guard down. Keep moving, and damage them steadily. Also, the B.F.G. doesn't exactly work here either, since they're really spread out. But supposing that you succeed, you have one mission left... with an Engram link on it. Escape. -~- 6ad. Escape -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 42000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ mc.12 -~- Enjoy the cutscene at the beginning of this mission... basically Bill Kane and the Sha'har completely owning each other... you have to admit SOME people are rather stupid, however. I used to think this mission was really difficult, but now I just think it's kinda meh. You will be presented with another boss enemy here, this one called the Sha'har Cephalipid. There are some Sha'har fighters around here too, but they'll fall fairly quickly... not much. And you are charged with helping a Unisoft ship here, but that's not exactly gonna be very easy, when your boss, the Cephalipid, shows up. It appears as just a rocket, but you'll find that it is a bit more than that. Take some time out to defeat the fighters, and just wait for the Cephalipid to approach the Unisoft ship and then open itself up to reveal its tentacles. Each of these are lasers which are capable of doing immense damage, so take as many of them out as you can, before the core is completely visible. And don't worry about the Unisoft ship being destroyed, since that'll probably happen anyway. The Cephalipid will reveal itself sooner or later to be how many tentacles are left, and one core in the center. And once you get rid of that core, the whole thing is gone. The most idiotic thing you could possibly do is try to eliminate all of the tentacles before doing anything else... bad idea. You'll get blasted to oblivion trying that, and hey, is it really worth it? Just aim for the core, get rid of the shields, and fire off the Scarab HAW to wound it as much as possible. Sooner or later, this will end, and you're in the new station... the Aurora Station. I will now pose one question, however: what the hell is a Cephalipid? -~- 6ae. Robohunting -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 32000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ md.01 -~- The first thing that you'll notice when you reach the Aurora Station is that there's a new ship available, but more important, new weapons. There's the GP Laser mk III, Shield and Hull Missiles mk II, Plasma Missiles and a Plasma Torpedo, plus some more ship stuff. However, for this and the following mission, you'll need Stun Missiles, and a Grapple Gun. Then you can really enter trigger happy weapon goodness for real. Your mission here is to find all the Robofighters in front of you, stun them, grapple them, and bring them back to the League ship. Sounds simple and easy, but they can fairly hard to miss with the missiles, especially if you don't lock on. Plus, as you do this and grapple them, you'll get attacked by Scavenger Raiders. And they aren't really that bad, putting aside the fact they fire off about three hundred missiles simultaneously. So just watch out for that one little issue. This really isn't very hard, aside from that... just grapple them and bring them in the vicinity of the League ship, and wait for them to be grappled by the ship before letting go. Let them take 'em in, and repeat this until three Robofighters are in the ship, and then you get to destroy the rest. They DID attack you all this time, but they weren't that bad... one B.F.G. shot will probably destroy all of them. Not hard... at all. -~- 6af. Capture Sha'har -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 52000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ md.02 -~- Don't start dropping the Stun Missiles and Grapple Gun, because there's another mission which requires them. And this one starts out really hard, but ends fairly easily. You're with Diva, right near a Sha'har fight, and then soon enough a Sha'har Cruiser appears. You've yet to see that, eh? Oh well, trust me that it's pretty dangerous. In fact, I'd go as far as to say it's even more dangerous than the Unisoft Cruiser ship... this one's got a LOT more resistance and not to mention even more guns. The absolute quickest way to finish it off is to use a couple Plasma Torpedos, and just a little regular firepower to rough it down. Make sure you eliminate it as quickly as possible, and keep away from its firepower. Feel free to destroy its guns while you're at it, since that IS what makes it so deadly. After it's gone, you're left with about five Sha'har ships, and also Snakes Mahoney will show up. Remember that guy, from way back in the Donachet Idol mission? Now he's with the League to capture a Sha'har... heh heh heh. So very ironic. Feel free to destroy him, although he'll get destroyed by the Sha'har himself fairly quickly. And from there, keep destroying Sha'har until you get a message saying that only two remain, and trust me that that won't take very long. When that happens, destroy one, and make sure that one and only remains. Lock onto it and fire a Stun Missile at it, and then grapple it. Then feel free to get the hell outta here. -~- 6ag. Solar Flare -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 35500 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ md.03 -~- I detest this mission in every way possible. I will say, however, that you STILL need that grapple gun. Plus you need a repair pod as an alternative to the stun missiles... blah. Told you, and it gets even worse. You need to find the habitats around here, and grapple them, bringing them to the purple jumpgate. However, it's possible for you to enter it yourself, and if you do, it's mission failed. To avoid this, wait until you start feeling some vibration and around then, let the grapple go. But do NOT enter the habitat's jumpgate. There are two Civilian Haulers around here, and if you lock on to them and fire off the repair pod, they'll help take the habitats out of here. They're not the best help in the world, but they will assist you in ending this inferno of a nightmare of a mission fairly quickly. Head for the habitats closer to the sun first, and get them into the jumpgate. There's not too much more that can be said here... but when you get an opportunity to leave via jumpgate, do so before you mysteriously fail the mission for whatever reason. And it's the blue jumpgate... not the purple one. -~- 6ah. Protect Refugees -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: N/A -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ md.04 -~- Heh... this is one fun mission. The beginning of it will get you a good idea of exactly what it is: two Scavengers are shooting at you at the same time! Hahaha, absolute brilliance. I'll say right now, however, that you don't need anything for this mission, so three GP Lasers mk III, Plasma Torpedoes, the B.F.G., and the Scarab HAW make me one happy panda. But as for the beginning of this mission, it goes without saying that those Scavengers are dangerous and need to be eliminated, but I think you knew that. Fight a few Scavengers around, kickin' their ass a bit, until the Scavenger Shark appears. This is one of the most difficult battleships in the entire game, since it's loaded to hell and back, and plus its shields take eternities to destroy. If you happen to have Shield Torpedos (which I didn't), make sure you use them, because this is one of the best possible opportunities. Even Plasma Torpedos don't really work on the shields too well, so get rid of those as quickly as possible. When you're done there, the hull is no problem. A Plasma Torpedo or Scarab HAW blast or two will have it gone in no time. And then here you'll be left with a few Scavengers to play around with. If you fire in the opposite direction as the refugees and cargo, it won't be any trouble at all to use the B.F.G. to destroy a couple. And then as for near them, just use the GP Laser mk III, protecting the cargo. It doesn't really run much of a risk, so if you can get rid of the Scavenger Shark, which should be your first priority, this will be an easy mission. -~- 6ai. Hostage Release -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 55000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ md.05 -~- Blargh, you're up against a Dargothian Dreadnought when this mission starts, and I know that it's extremely tempting to just fly up to it and blow it to smithereens, but that isn't exactly an option here, since some Unisoft people will be over to take some people inside it. And your task is to destroy all twelve turrets on it... and that means all twelve. It's easiest to tell where they are if you look where enemy fire is coming from. That isn't to say that Pirate Raiders will be coming in, but about two hits from your GP Laser alone will have them all destroyed. You can't destroy the Dreadnought, however, because then the hostages inside will die. So just search the edges of it, and make sure that all other enemies are defeated. And once they're gone, some Ubisoft peeps will be over to capture the people inside the Dreadnought, and you'll have to defend them. However, they aren't exactly the vulnerable people here. Make absolutely sure that the Dreadnought isn't destroyed until the operation is complete. The Pirate Raiders might assist in hurting it, so make sure you wipe them all out, very quickly (they're so weak it's painful, though). And after a while of defense, this'll be over, but just defend the Dreadnought above anything else. As for the next mission, it's back to games of grappling things. -~- 6aj. Scavenge This -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 49000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ md.06 -~- One of the most boring, and my least favorite mission in the entire game. Basically, there's a Booster Nuke in front of you, and you need to grapple onto it and wait a few hours for it to take you into the heart of Scavenger space, and then let it blow up there. You'll be attacked by Scavengers in the meantime, so get rid of those. And also, make sure you take out the debris and asteroids, since if you crash into those, you're a goner. This is the most strategy I will provide, but once it's done, fly fly away before you get nuked. That is all. -~- 6ak. Roadblock -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: N/A -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ md.07 -~- Not a very difficult mission, and also one that allows you to get a whole lot of money for it if you play it correctly... yes, it's one of those one in a million missions that are bounty only, but oh well. It's also reminiscence way back from Escort Duty so enjoy... you're helping out three Stompers and getting rid of obstacles, Scavengers, and such... hey, didn't we already nuke Scavenger space? That just kind of rubs me the wrong way. The first thing I recommend doing is accelating far ahead of the Stompers and blasting down the road blocks that are there. Just destroy them, they won't put up any opposition, or anything. When they're done with, return to the vicinity of the Stompers, because at this point they're probably being attacked by the Scavengers, who are at this point becoming incredibly easy enemies... just take 'em down, take names, and move on, it's not that hard. Well, until Scavenger tanks show up. Always keep an eye out for those occasional red marks everywhere, because they might be a tank that's right nearby. And those are by far the most dangerous things to the Cargo Stompers. Once you're absolutely sure that the vicinity is clear, keep going ahead of them, and blast down three more Road Blocks in front of you, and then it's clear up to the facilities. Just defend them, because right before they reach the end, they'll be attacked again. Oh well... this'll end fairly soon. -~- 6al. Thunderbowl III -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 60000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ md.08 -~- It's the Thunderbowl, plain and simple. And it is pretty much the same as before, right? Well... yes and no. There are still Mini Mines, and also those damn SAADs which just want to blast you into a different form of nirvana. All the same, I don't consider this to be an exceptionally difficult mission, even if it is easily the most difficult Thunderbowl. And I will say right now that your opponents are REALLY alien this time... always a good thing, I suppose. But anyway, onto the strategy. You can't entirely rely on the B.F.G. for this one, because your enemies this time around are a bit faster than that. Two or three usages out of it will suffice, but other than that, this might be a good time to lay low and track down the remaining people after that. One of them is particularly hard, so it's very advantageous that the radar will only display your opponents, and not the Mini Mines. So seek, and destroy... the usual pattern. And also, try to keep moving, because you might end up dead any second if you don't. Just the kind of thing I love. =) -~- 6am. Defender -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 64000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ md.09 -~- This is, in my opinion, the most difficult mission in the entire game. And it has an Engram link on it too, so it's mandatory... don't think you can get out of this one. You're faced with defending a refinery which pretty much dies in a few hits, so if you're at ALL worried about destroying it, just stay the hell away from it and fire in the opposite direction. That's what I did, and it worked pretty damn well, but you'll have to watch out or you'll be the one to deal the finishing blows to it, and not the the Sha'har. If defending the refinery gets too difficult, it might not be a bad idea to come into this mission with a Repair Pod, but I will also note that you'll fight yet another boss here, so just be wise about what you use. Destroy the line of Sha'har that come in the direction of the refinery, and then some ground forces, the Sha'har Tridens, will appear. They go down a lot faster than you would think for robots like those, so just seek them out and go trigger happy on them, and they're as good as dead. Moving on... but don't get too wrapped up in them, or you might get the refinery swarmed by the fighters. I will say once again that it's a horrible idea to fire in the direction of the refinery, especially with three GP Lasers. And if you use the B.F.G. that way, you deserve to be spat on. Try and fire in the opposite direction as much as possible, and keep away from it if it's at all possible. Then after that main line of offense is gone, the Sha'har Black Widow will uncloak. I think the name speaks for itself, but it's a giant robotic spider that hunts, preys, and kills. Worthy of being a boss. This actually isn't an extremely difficult boss -- the Black Widow has guns, advances, and might trample you and deal damage, but it really isn't anything to put a whole lot of worry about. To damage it, however, you need to destroy the four devices on its legs. You know, the red things... they don't have more resistance than regular turrets, so just take them out, and you can damage the Black Widow. Like I said, the Black Widow is absolutely nothing special, but you have an extremely unforgiving time limit to destroy it, or it'll have that refinery gone in no time. Plasma Torpedos, if you have them, will considerably speed this up, so make use of everything. If you get through this mission, you're on to Boreas Station, which is the game's last station, and if you actually finished this mission, you can pretty much finish anything else the game throws at you. -~- 6an. Necessity -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 68000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ me.01 -~- This is a particularly difficult mission, pitting you against the League and defending a Navy ship called the Necessity. And your opponents are about a million tanks and League Interceptors, and if you just charge at them, enjoy a quick and easy death. The best strategy would be line them up and head to the far left, destroy the tank there, and keep going, but even doing this may result in quite a bit of damage. If you got promoted to Grand Master during Defender (I did), then that WILL help a lot, though. Feel free to use Plasma Torpedos on these tanks and not worry about the cost. I don't recommend the B.F.G., though, since it requires a lot of shielding energy. Plasma Missiles always work, but those might not be one-hit kills. And it gets even worse when a huge swarm of League Interceptors show up. From here on out, I recommend going to the far back of their side of the field -- not close to the Navy Necessity, since that really takes awhile to go down. Get BEHIND these Interceptors and hit them as they come. I wouldn't recommend using torpedos on the interceptors, though, since they can very easily evade them. Normal GP Laser mk III fire will work. Then you can return to the Necessity and prevent it from being attacked by further enemy fire. Also, if you get past the beginning and maybe the middle of this mission, the pickup will be easy to get through, since it's just one or two fighters. Good luck. -~- 6ao. Sabotage -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 62000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ me.02 -~- This mission is already substantially easier than the previous two, but if you want a complete joke of a mission, come into this one with two Nanotech Torpedos. You'll notice that there's a fleet of about six ships here, as well as the Navy Research Facility. Approach that facility and the Sha'har ship you're after will be loaded into it. This facility is actually very deadly and if you play around you're going to get burned. However, if you want to destroy it in one hit, just blast it with a Nanotech Torpedo. Then the most difficult part of the entire mission ensues as you have to chase that Sha'har fighter down and destroy it. That's not very difficult; all you need to do is look on the radar for a flashing red target, shoot it down, and destroy it. Then all you need to do is destroy the rest of the Navy fleet, and if you got through that League fleet, this'll be a cinch. Just shoot them down and keep moving, since you WILL get targeted by a whole lot of missiles here. Easy as pie. -~- 6ap. The Hilachet Betrayed -~-~-~-~- Bounty: 60000 -~-~-~-~-~- me.03 -~- I know that from various impressions you'll get from looking at this mission, it looks like it would be really difficult, but really it isn't. You WILL need a Phase Distorter Beacon for this mission, though, and at least three of them. But anyway, the first thing you'll notice is a League Shipyard, which cannot be destroyed... yet. Behind it is the Hilachet Dreadnought, and you're required to enter the Phase Distorters into its stabilizers. If you're looking for those, they're the long pipes at the back with blue circles on them. Just find those, make sure you target each of them before firing off the Phase Distorters, and get them all in there. You might also want to get rid of some League fighters that are roaming around at the minute, also, because you may quite possibly get attacked while you're firing off the Phase Distorters. And yes, believe it or not, that was the EASY part of this mission. Now you have to defend the Donachet as they make it to the Dreadnought! While harder than the last part, this isn't as hard as you might think, but the Hilachet and League will make full efforts to stop you. Stay within a far vicinity of the enemy fighters, but nowhere close to the Donachet fighters, and with the sun right on them, you'll see the enemies easily. Destroy them all, and ESPECIALLY the Hilachet Kamikazes, which might very well damage you as well. Then eventually all that's left is to destroy the League Shipyard... and it has a lot more vitality than the Navy Research Facility, I'll let you know. With some consistent firepower and two Nanotech Torpedos, however, you can eliminate it. Then go out through that jumpgate. =P -~- 6aq. Infiltrate -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 80000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ me.04 -~- Heh heh heh... and for this one, you're going in a Sha'har formation, towards where the Red Sun will appear. This is the one and only mission in the game in which the Sha'har are actually allies, or you can use their Death Ray weapon, so make full use of that. Just advance, side by side with the Sha'har, they won't nitpick for silly errors like going a tiny bit ahead, or being a little bit behind. Eventually, they'll take you right to the Red Sun, who is also an ally... heh heh heh. You only have four Phase Distorter Beacons, so be careful with this one. Advance towards the three red cores, lock on to each, and put a Phase Distorter in there. Obviously, the Sha'har will notice that you're an enemy and will now be after you, but they don't really seem as powerful here as they were in whatever other battles you fought against them, so don't worry about them destroying you while you deploy the Phase Distorters on the Red Sun, although they WILL fire missiles... avoid. After you're done with the Red Sun, now you get to destroy pretty much the entire Sha'har fleet that's here... hah, fat chance, since close to unlimited Sha'har Feeders (?!) will be coming in through a jumpgate a little bit back. So try and destroy them quickly with your Death Ray, while minimizing the fighters as much as possible, until you're left with only those that are left coming out of the jumpgate. And it also goes without saying that you need to move around while doing this, or you'll get hit by missiles. When you're done with that, take a well-earned jumpgate break and prepare for what it is close to being the final battle. -~- 6ar. The Gauntlet -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 90000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ me.05 -~- This is the second to last mission, so give this one close to all that you've got. You'll be with Diva, and your mission as of now is to find the Navy SuperDreadnought and steal something from it. However, just ignore what you're actually supposed to do. This is also another two-part mission (see, told ya there'd be maybe one more!), and if you don't have Grand Master rank yet, now is your chance to get it. I will also say that you need a LOT of Nanotech Torpedos if you want that Grand Master rank, which, speaking of ranks, it's very easy to get about a hundred points here. There are Navy and League Dreadnoughts everywhere. There's also a League Battlecruiser, but that can be destroyed in one hit with a Plasma Torpedo. As for Nanotech Torpedos, those are reserved. It takes one to destroy a League Dreadnought and two to destroy a Navy Dreadnought, so concentrate all firepower on the League, unless you're being attacked by either the Navy or the League Interceptors. In that case, fire away with the GP Laser mk III, but I will say right now that you still need to be moving unless you want to be destroyed, really quickly. Believe me that constant League Dreadnoughts will be entering, and you want to destroy them all. And also, believe it or not, these battleships are all worth ten points, so make full use of that knowledge. And if you run out of Nanotech Torpedos, resort to Plasma Torpedos, or maybe the Scarab HAW if this kind of thing calls for it. The clock to the right isn't when you fail, it's just the time that you have to be playing around with the destruction of Dreadnoughts, so keep an eye on it. Eventually, Diva's craft will be attacked and the second part of the mission begins. You need to find Diva's escape pod, and grapple it. There are a lot of targets here, but all of them are either Navy and League Debris, or the Sha'har, who are here to stop this mission from being a success. Just find the flashing green object that is seen on the map, while meanwhile, destroying any Sha'har that you find. The hardest part of this mission, believe it or not, is actually grappling Diva's escape pod. Try and get as close to it as possible, and then grapple above the target. Also make sure you lock on to it, and that'll make it a little easier. Then the jumpgate opens... you're free, right? Wrong. Approach the jumpgate, and a Sha'har Cruiser will appear. You can easily destroy it if you have a few Nanotech Torpedos left, but even with just Plasma Torpedos, this shouldn't be incredibly difficult. Just attack it, and make sure that Diva doesn't sustain any fire from it, and soon enough it'll be destroyed. There are also other Sha'har around at the time, so just make sure that they don't interfere. After the Cruiser is destroyed, exit through the jumpgate. Now, are you ready for the final battle? -~- 6as. Destroy Red Sun -~-~-~-~-~-~- Bounty: 900000 -~-~-~-~-~-~-~ me.06 -~- Ignore the 900,000 bounty, since it's the last mission... you're obviously not gonna get paid for it. I would recommend three GP Lasers mk III, and at least eight Nanotech Torpedos. That's all that you need for this final battle, so get it ready for use, and enter this area. There are three vents on the Red Sun, which is moving forward at the moment, and you have to destroy them and cover the Donachet grapplers who are attempting to tow the Red Sun into subspace. Get at an angle where you can target the vents and destroy each of them as fast as possible, and then the Donachet fighters will move in. You can't let ANY of them be destroyed, so target all the Sha'har fighters around here and destroy them. Also, even if you still have it, the B.F.G. does NOT work, so don't try that either. Get rid of all the Sha'har you can, but if you see them attacking the Donachet Grapplers, make sure you cover them and stop the Sha'har as quickly as possible. Then the final boss battle of the game begins: against the Red Sun. Surprisingly, this battle isn't really that much, even if it is fought in subspace. With the ultimate ship, subspace won't even heat you up that much, but if you're really taking damage, don't hesitate to retreat into a shadow asteroid. The Red Sun has those three vents back again, in which you'll need to destroy if you want to damage it. However, you can pretty much charge ahead right here and destroy each of them, and then it'll be left attempting to hit you with a scatter gun. This gun is very powerful and might have you destroyed very quickly, and plus you'll have to move around a lot, since the Red Sun uses missiles, and a LOT of them. But if you can shake past that, it's possible to get to a certain point behind the Red Sun in which it can't hit you at all. You can just stay right behind it and hit it repeated times with Nanotech Torpedos until the shields are gone, and then the hull is even more vulnerable than the shields. Three or so Nanotech Torpedos and the Red Sun's hull will be destroyed, so couple that with some GP Lasers mk III, and you can enjoy the Red Sun's blast radius. Congratulations! You've beaten the admittedly inferior, but still quite decent sequel to Colony Wars and Vengeance! Give yourself a pat on the back, or whatnot... and enjoy yourself. Or if you didn't manage all of them, make a repeated effort to beat all of the game's 45 missions. Possibilities are endless from here on out. ---+---=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~---+--- / \ 7. Credits / \ -+ - +-=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~-+ - +- Enjoy getting out of another one of my more random, out of nowhere guides. Hey, I did want to write for this game after having written for Vengeance, so I hope that in doing so, I've helped ya out, as well as anyone else who read my Vengeance guide. You can't shake past the fact I write these for personal satisfaction, but oh well, these guys have some help in the matter. - Jeff "CJayC" Veasey: For running the whole site of GameFAQs, the main site that I work for. 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