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{{Mission Infobox
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{{Mission2Operation|Operation Varsity}}
|image = [[File:Cipher in Solis.jpg|260px]]
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{{Mission
|game = ''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War]]''
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| image = Cipher in Solis.jpg
|previous = [[Juggernaut (Ace Combat Zero)|Juggernaut]]
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| caption = Cipher flying over Solis Ortus
|next = [[Diapason]]
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| othernames = {{Nihongo|A Hope to Dance in the Blue Sky|蒼天に舞う希望}}
|mission = 5}}
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| game = ''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War]]''
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| mission = Campaign Mission 05
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| previous = [[Juggernaut (ACZ)|Juggernaut]]
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| next = [[Diapason]]
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| focus = Air-to-Air<br>Air-to-Ground
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| objective = Destroy all {{TGT|TGTs}}.
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| timelimit = 20 minutes
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| playerchar = [[Cipher]]
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}}
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{{Quote|They are a brave bunch of soldiers. I'll give them that.|[[Larry Foulke]]}}
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"'''Flicker of Hope'''" is the fifth [[campaign]] mission in ''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War]]''. The player is tasked with defending airborne troops and destroying ground installations.
   
'''Flicker of Hope''' is the fifth mission of ''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War]]''.
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==Briefing==
==Plot==
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''The mountain town of [[Solis Ortus]] is located just outside [[Ustio]]'s capital, [[Directus]]. The [[Allied Forces]] will deploy airborne troops, comprised primarily of [[Osea]]'s [[101st Airborne Division]], over Solis Ortus, in a surprise air and ground attack on the [[Belka]]n forces. This operation will play a critical role in Ustio's liberation. Your mission is to provide support for the airborne troops. Destroy Belka's surface-to-air defence network and all interceptor aircraft, securing a safe drop zone for the airborne troops. Be aware of civilians still inside Solis Ortus. Your actions will determine their fate. Good luck.''
In preparation for the upcoming liberation of [[Directus]], [[Ustio]]'s capital, the Allied Forces carry out an operation to free the nearby mountain town of [[Solis Ortus]] from [[Belkan]] control. The attack sees the [[Galm Team]] escorting [[C-130]] transports carrying the Osean [[122nd Airborne Division]], who are tasked with paradropping into the town.
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==Objectives==
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The mission's objective is to destroy all enemy anti-air defenses that are marked {{TGT}}. Once several of them are destroyed, enemy fighters will appear as {{TGT|TGTs}} that must be destroyed as well.
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The mission is completed when all {{TGT|TGTs}} are destroyed.
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==Enemy Lists==
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The following enemy lists are taken from the ''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War Perfect Guide Book]]''.{{Ref|ACZ-PFG-M05|''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War Perfect Guide Book]]'', pages 062–063.}}
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===Standard Units===
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{| class="wikitable unitlist"
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!
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! Unit
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! Points
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! Count
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! Difficulty
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! Other Notes
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|-
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| {{EnemyIcon|a|TGT}}
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| [[F-16C Fighting Falcon|F-16C]]
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| 320
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| 2×2
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|
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| {{Note|When these two F-16Cs are shot down, two more will spawn.}}
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|-
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| {{EnemyIcon|a|TGT}}
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| [[F-16C Fighting Falcon|F-16C]]
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| 320
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| 2+1
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|
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| {{Note|When these two F-16Cs are shot down, one more will spawn.}}
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|-
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| {{EnemyIcon|a|TGT}}
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| [[F-16C Fighting Falcon|F-16C]]
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| 320
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| 2
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|
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| {{Note|These F-16Cs will spawn after the player destroys eight or more AA GUNs.}}
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|-
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| rowspan="2" | {{EnemyIcon|a|TGT}}
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| rowspan="2" | [[F-20A Tigershark|F-20A]]
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| 320
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| 2
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| Normal (or below)
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| rowspan="2" | {{Note|These F-20As only spawn after the player destroys eight or more AA GUNs and shoots down the two F-16Cs spawned by that condition.}}
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|-
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| 400
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| 2
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| Hard (or above)
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|-
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| {{EnemyIcon|g|TGT}}
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| [[Anti-air gun|AA GUN]]
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| 100
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| 12
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|-
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| {{EnemyIcon|g}}
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| [[Surface-to-Air Missile|SAM]]
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| 120
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| 12
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| {{Note|These SAMs do not fire on the player on Very Easy and Easy difficulty.}}
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|-
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| {{EnemyIcon|g|Neutral}}
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| [[Tent|TENT S]]
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| 150
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| 4
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|-
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| {{EnemyIcon|g|Neutral}}
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| [[Tent|TENT M]]
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| 200
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| 3
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|}
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===Special Units===
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{{Main|Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War/Aces}}
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{| class="wikitable spunitlist acz-special"
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!
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! AR #
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! Unit
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! Points
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! Campaign<br/> Completed
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! Minimum<br/> Difficulty
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! Ace Style
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! Notes
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|-
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| {{EnemyIcon}}
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| 038
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| [[A-10A Thunderbolt II|A-10A "Fischer"]]
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| 860
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| Very Easy
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| {{Note|"Fischer" spawns after the player destroys all AA GUNs.}}
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|-
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| {{EnemyIcon}}
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| 039
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| [[F-16C Fighting Falcon|F-16C "Trinker"]]
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| 980
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| Expert
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| {{Note|"Trinker" spawns after the player destroys 16 or more {{TGT|TGTs}}, as long as no allied transport was shot down.}}
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|-
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| {{EnemyIcon}}
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| 040
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| [[F-16XL|F-16XL "Dichter"]]
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| 1020
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| Very Easy
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| Mercenary
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| {{Note|name=DictherSpielerAnwalt|"Dicther", "Spieler", and "Anwalt" spawn after the player shoots down both {{TGT}} F-20As.}}
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|-
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| {{EnemyIcon}}
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| 041
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| [[F-2A|F-2A "Spieler"]]
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| 1080
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| Very Easy
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| Soldier
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| {{Note|name=DictherSpielerAnwalt}}
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|-
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| {{EnemyIcon}}
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| 042
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| [[F-20A Tigershark|F-20A "Anwalt"]]
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| 820
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| Very Easy
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| Knight
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| {{Note|name=DictherSpielerAnwalt}}
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|-
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| {{EnemyIcon}}
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| 043
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| [[MiG-31 Foxhound|MiG-31 "Schwann"]]
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| 1160
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| Ace
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| {{Note|"Schwann" spawns after the player shoots down any eight aircraft.}}
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|}
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==S Rank==
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Earning an [[Clear Ranks|S rank]] on this mission requires clearing it in 9 minutes or less.{{Refcall|ACZ-PFG-M05}} 9 minutes is more than enough time to destroy all of the {{TGT|TGTs}}. The player should prioritize destroying all AA GUNs and SAMs to keep the transports and paratroopers safe.
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==Debriefing==
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''[[Operation Varsity]] succeeded. Ground troops are now en route to Solis Ortus. It won't be long now before Ustio is liberated.''
   
Galm disables the anti-air defenses surrounding Solis Ortus and escort the transports into local airspace, allowing the paratroopers to drop into the town. After the troops are on the ground, they aid the C-130s as they leave the mission airspace, covering them from airborne Belkan reinforcements.
 
==Aces==
 
*[[A-10A]] '''Fischer''': appears in the northwestern portion of the combat area when the final wave of enemy fighters arrive.
 
*[[F-16C]] '''Trinker'''
 
*[[F-16XL]] '''Dichter'''
 
*[[F-2A]] '''Spieler'''
 
*[[F-20A]] '''Anwalt'''
 
*[[MiG-31]] '''Schwann'''
 
==Trivia==
 
*The opening briefing mistakenly states that the paratrooper detachment involved in the mission is the "101st Airborne Division". In modern history, the 101st Airborne was a paratrooper division of the United States Army involved in various major operations in World War II, being another link between the [[Belkan War]] and WWII.
 
*Shortly after the mission begins, as the commander of the 122nd says the line "use that anger to get fired up and take 'em out", wind begins audibly blowing as their transport's cargo door opens. This is one of the only gameplay lines to include sound effects that are not dialogue.
 
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
<gallery widths="160" position="center">
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<gallery>
XAGM Release (AC0).jpg|An A-10A firing an [[Advanced Air-to-Ground Missile (XAGM)|XAGM]] salvo.
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XAGM Release (AC0).jpg|An A-10A firing an [[4 Target Air-to-Ground Missile|XAGM]] salvo.
 
Solis.jpg
 
Solis.jpg
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
   
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==Trivia==
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*The opening briefing mistakenly states that the paratrooper detachment involved in the mission is the "101st Airborne Division". In modern history, the 101st Airborne was a paratrooper division of the United States Army involved in various major operations in World War II, being another link between the [[Belkan War]] and WWII.
   
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[[Category:Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War missions]]
 
[[Category:Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War missions]]

Revision as of 07:10, January 31, 2020

This article is about an in-game mission. For the in-universe event, see Operation Varsity.
"They are a brave bunch of soldiers. I'll give them that."
Larry Foulke

"Flicker of Hope" is the fifth campaign mission in Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War. The player is tasked with defending airborne troops and destroying ground installations.

Briefing

The mountain town of Solis Ortus is located just outside Ustio's capital, Directus. The Allied Forces will deploy airborne troops, comprised primarily of Osea's 101st Airborne Division, over Solis Ortus, in a surprise air and ground attack on the Belkan forces. This operation will play a critical role in Ustio's liberation. Your mission is to provide support for the airborne troops. Destroy Belka's surface-to-air defence network and all interceptor aircraft, securing a safe drop zone for the airborne troops. Be aware of civilians still inside Solis Ortus. Your actions will determine their fate. Good luck.

Objectives

The mission's objective is to destroy all enemy anti-air defenses that are marked TGT. Once several of them are destroyed, enemy fighters will appear as TGTs that must be destroyed as well.

The mission is completed when all TGTs are destroyed.

Enemy Lists

The following enemy lists are taken from the Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War Perfect Guide Book.[1]

Standard Units

Unit Points Count Difficulty Other Notes
Icon-AirTGT F-16C 320 2×2 [note 1]
Icon-AirTGT F-16C 320 2+1 [note 2]
Icon-AirTGT F-16C 320 2 [note 3]
Icon-AirTGT F-20A 320 2 Normal (or below) [note 4]
400 2 Hard (or above)
Icon-GroundTGT AA GUN 100 12
Icon-GroundEnemy SAM 120 12 [note 5]
Icon-GroundNeutral TENT S 150 4
Icon-GroundNeutral TENT M 200 3

Special Units

AR # Unit Points Campaign
Completed
Minimum
Difficulty
Ace Style Notes
Icon-AirEnemy 038 A-10A "Fischer" 860 Very Easy [note 6]
Icon-AirEnemy 039 F-16C "Trinker" 980 Expert [note 7]
Icon-AirEnemy 040 F-16XL "Dichter" 1020 Very Easy Mercenary [note 8]
Icon-AirEnemy 041 F-2A "Spieler" 1080 Very Easy Soldier [note 8]
Icon-AirEnemy 042 F-20A "Anwalt" 820 Very Easy Knight [note 8]
Icon-AirEnemy 043 MiG-31 "Schwann" 1160 Ace [note 9]

S Rank

Earning an S rank on this mission requires clearing it in 9 minutes or less.[1] 9 minutes is more than enough time to destroy all of the TGTs. The player should prioritize destroying all AA GUNs and SAMs to keep the transports and paratroopers safe.

Debriefing

Operation Varsity succeeded. Ground troops are now en route to Solis Ortus. It won't be long now before Ustio is liberated.

Gallery

Trivia

  • The opening briefing mistakenly states that the paratrooper detachment involved in the mission is the "101st Airborne Division". In modern history, the 101st Airborne was a paratrooper division of the United States Army involved in various major operations in World War II, being another link between the Belkan War and WWII.

Footnotes

  1. When these two F-16Cs are shot down, two more will spawn.
  2. When these two F-16Cs are shot down, one more will spawn.
  3. These F-16Cs will spawn after the player destroys eight or more AA GUNs.
  4. These F-20As only spawn after the player destroys eight or more AA GUNs and shoots down the two F-16Cs spawned by that condition.
  5. These SAMs do not fire on the player on Very Easy and Easy difficulty.
  6. "Fischer" spawns after the player destroys all AA GUNs.
  7. "Trinker" spawns after the player destroys 16 or more TGTs, as long as no allied transport was shot down.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Dicther", "Spieler", and "Anwalt" spawn after the player shoots down both TGT F-20As.
  9. "Schwann" spawns after the player shoots down any eight aircraft.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War Perfect Guide Book, pages 062–063.
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