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For the structure, see International Space Elevator.
This article is about an in-game mission. For the in-universe event, see Operation Daredevil.

"Lighthouse" is the penultimate campaign mission in Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown. The player must join a coalition of Osean and Erusean forces in an attack on the final Arsenal Bird to recapture the International Space Elevator.

Briefing

Jaeger: Let's get the briefing started.

We've done enough air operations. Just let us go home.

Jaeger: There's no path for us to get home. Whatever direction you fly, it'll be right into a hail of enemy fire. Earlier, we received a communication via the partially-restored general network. Here is what it contained. Apparently, the Erusean radicals have gathered around the space elevator... as it's a source of energy. Give the warmongers a powerful energy source, and you give them the luxury to keep on fighting. In response to this, people from both Osea and Erusea have joined forces... and will take down the final Arsenal Bird in a saturation attack from the air and the sea. Once that's achieved, they'll take the space elevator from the aggressors.

Has the source been verified?

Jaeger: It could be fake. I hear you, but take a look at what's written at the end. "Hey, dumbass. If you want to bring the world back from the brink, go to the lighthouse. You can see the future there."

"Dumbass"?

Húxiān: Sounds familiar.

Jaeger: It certainly does. It's from those guys we met in Tyler Island: the 444 Squadron. It's a message to all those looking to end the war. But I also think it's a message for Trigger.

I guess we'll do what it says.

Okay, well then I'm thinking we go roast that damn bird.

Jaeger: Looks like we're all on the same page. It's time to end this war. Time to fly, guys! Let's go get that Arsenal Bird!

Objectives

Initial

In the first part of the mission, the player must shoot down as many of the enemy aircraft as possible. Like previous missions with score requirements, this mission's score requirement depends on the player's selected difficulty:

  • Easy: 10,000
  • Normal: 12,000
  • Hard: 15,000
  • Ace: 17,000

The player must surpass the point threshold within nine minutes to advance the mission. The player will have plenty of enemies to shoot down to surpass the threshold easily. Some enemies are drones and will be flying close to human pilots; if the player shoots down the lead plane in the formation, the drones will slow down and open themselves up to attack until another human-piloted fighter approaches them.

When there are approximately 3 minutes and 30 seconds left, Helios missiles will begin attacking the airspace. Similar to "Faceless Soldier", the player must avoid the Helios blast areas marked as red circles on the radar.

Mission Update

After the Arsenal Bird enters the airspace, the player must destroy its various propellers while dodging attacks from the Arsenal Bird and its swarms of MQ-101 UAVs. The Arsenal Bird's Microwaved Powered Dome will repeatedly activate before it eventually stays activated, preventing further attacks. At this point, the player must wait for its shield to dissipate before continuing to attack.

After the player destroys all propellers, two hooks underneath the Arsenal Bird will be available to attack. These hooks are difficult to attack from directly behind and impossible to attack from above, so the player must attack from below.

After destroying the two hooks, the Microwaved Powered Dome's APS unit will be exposed. The player must attack this unit from underneath to destroy the Arsenal Bird, forcing it to crash into the ocean and completing the mission.

Enemy Lists

Standard Units

Section Unit Points Count Other Notes
Initial Icon-AirEnemy SU-35S 700 9 [note 1]
Icon-AirEnemy F/A-18F 500 6 [note 2]
Icon-AirEnemy SU-57 1000 6
Icon-AirEnemy SU-33 600 3
Icon-AirEnemy F-14D 450 2
Icon-AirEnemy F-22A 1000 3
Icon-AirEnemy SU-47 850 2
Icon-AirEnemy RAFALE M 670 2
Icon-AirEnemy TYPHOON 650 2
Icon-AirEnemy YF-23 800 1
Mission Update Icon-AirEnemy SU-35S 700 4 [note 3]
Icon-AirEnemy F/A-18F 500 4 [note 4]
Icon-AirTGT
Icon-AirTGT
Icon-AirTGT
Icon-AirEnemy
Icon-AirEnemy
Icon-AirEnemy
Icon-AirTGT
Icon-AirTGT
Icon-AirTGT
ARSENAL BIRD
MAIN PROPELLER
SUB PROPELLER
AAM
PULSE LASER
LASER
JOINT
HOOK
APS UNIT

720
500
500
500
600
500
500
500
1
5
8
11
3
1
2
2
1
Icon-AirEnemy MQ-101 500 40

Special Units

These special units only appear if the player has completed this mission at least once. The player must also be playing on Normal difficulty or higher.

Unit Points Notes
Icon-AirEnemy SU-57 "CALAMITY" 2,000 [note 5]
Icon-AirEnemy F-22A "TEMPEST" 2,000 [note 6]

Debriefing

No debriefing is available for this mission, even when played during Free Mission.

S Rank

Earning an S Rank on this mission requires earning a combined score and time bonus of 67,500 points or more.

The maximum time bonus available is 16,840 for completing the mission in a total of 20 minutes and 30 seconds or less. This includes time spent retrying from the checkpoint. If the player can complete the mission in that amount of time, they only need 50,660 points from destroying targets in the mission itself to earn the S Rank.

If the player goes past the 20 minutes and 30 seconds threshold, the time bonus decreases by 40 points every second, so the player must compensate by destroying more targets to hit the 67,500 point threshold.

Trivia

  • Unnamed allied aircraft can be shot at by enemies and the player, the latter which will cause player's HUD to show HOLD YOUR FIRE warning. Even though they can be shot down by enemies, including Helios, they seem to remain unaffected by player's attacks.

Footnotes

  1. These aircraft are drones in slave mode, so they will group up and cease maneuvering once their human "masters" are shot down.
  2. These aircraft are drones in slave mode, so they will group up and cease maneuvering once their human "masters" are shot down.
  3. These aircraft are drones.
  4. These aircraft are drones.
  5. Earn about 17,000 points in the first phase of the mission. CALAMITY spawns far southeast of the space elevator, holding position close to the edge of the map. CALAMITY will not appear on radar unless the player gets close to him.
  6. Earn about 20,000 points in the first phase of the mission. TEMPEST spawns southwest of the space elevator and will begin engaging allied aircraft, but will prioritize the player if he is within about 30,000 feet.

References

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