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Assault is the twenty-seventh offline mission and the twenty-eighth online mission in Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair. This is also the first mission that doesn't appear in Earth Defense Force 2025. It's also the first to introduce Erginus.

Objective Edit

The enemy transport ships are gathering over a residential area. Command headquartes believes it'll be too hard to fight against them with only ground troops, so they've made a support request to the combat aircraft Midnight. It'll attack the transport ships with armor-piercing Grind Buster missiles while the infantry units will focus on eliminating the giant insects and attacking the ships from the ground.

Storyline Edit

Storm Team and two Ranger teams arrive at a small town from the bridge over a nearby river with five transport ships flying overhead. One of the Rangers tells that Midnight is on its way and soon three of the ships gets destroyed by a Grind Buster from the bomber according to the Tactics Officer. Unfortunately the soldiers cheer too soon since apparently there aren't any more bombs left and HQ will order the ground troops to destroy the remaining ships.

As the teams are fighting against the giant insects already deployed, a Fencer team will radio in and HQ will tell the Rangers to help them. Two more ships will join the fray, but fortunately Midnight will suddenly remember that he forgot to drop his last bomb. After he sinks the last ship, HQ orders him to go home.

As the fight continues the Tactics Officer will inform the ground units that an unknown creature broke through some defense line. She warns that, it's coming this way to which one of the Rangers says that it doesn't matter what it is, they just have to shoot it. Unfortunately shooting it doesn't work. Ohara, baffled as always, ask for every data EDF has on the monster. The Tactics Officer reports that a seismic activity was noticed to be coming to the city and EDF built a defense line to stop it but was completely destroyed. She also tells that the it's armor is too thick to penetrate, to which Ohara says that is impossible even though they have already met enemies that's barely hurt by weapon fire or not at all. As the soldier are keep shooting at it Ohara keeps his unnecessary commentary about how he doesn't believe the monster exists. Soon the creature gets bored and walks away. The Tactics Officer, probably wanting to be the one who gives stupid names this time, names it Erginus, while probably everybody glares at her for not naming it Godzilla. Soon the mission ends and everyone can go home.

Enemies Edit

Wave Spawn Enemy Amount Notes
1st Appears at the begining of the mission. Black Ants 30
Spiders 30
Transport Ships 3 Destroyed by Midnight
Transport Ships 1 Starts spawning when the second wave starts.
Spiders 20
Transport Ships 1 Starts spawning when the ship with the spiders is destroyed.
Black Ants 20
2nd Appears when all giant insects are defeated. Transport Ships 1 Destroyed by Midnight
Crimson Ants 30
3rd Appears after the last waves are destroyed and a certain time elapsed. Erginus 1 Have to be damaged to despawn, but cannot be killed.

Online Limits Edit

Armor Limit

There's no limit for Inferno difficulty.

Difficulty Ranger & Air Raider Wing Diver Fencer
2025 4.1 2025 4.1 2025 4.1
Easy & Normal - 704 - 403 - 882
Hard - 2057 - 1078 - 2571
Hardest - 3918 - 2009 - 4897

Weapon Level Limit

Game Easy & Normal Hard Hardest Inferno
2025 - - - -
4.1 8 92 59 -

Approximate Weapon Drop Rate

Game Easy Normal Hard Hardest Inferno
2025 - - - - -
4.1 0--5 2-7 17-32 0-54 4-64

Strategy Edit

Until Erginus spawns, the mission is fairly standard the usual gear and tactics against transport ships and giant insects can be used

You don't have to concern yourself with any of the transport ships since either Midnight will destroy it or they will open later. Kill the giant insects. Once you did that the ship on the right (from where you are facing at the spawn) will start spewing more spiders. Shoot it down then the other ship will start spawning black ants aided with a wave of red ants.

Then Erginus will spawn. It can't be killed during this mission but it have to take enough damage to want to escape. Make sure you don't stand too close or in front of it. Let it attack the NPCs while you shoot it from a safe distance.

Levels: Earth Defense Force 2025
1-10 ReconveneSpreading DisasterWinged War GoddessSetting SunWind BreakUnderground CaveEruptionRetaliationBeach FearThe Return
11-20 Air ForceDay of the DemonsTakedownPreventing LandfallLand CollapseFortress SiegeValley ShadowsArtilleryBreaking ThroughShining Stronghold
21-30 Into the DepthsA TrapGiant RobotsAnchoredSilver CityCrimsonHigh-SpeedBrute ForceCharge Phase 1Charge Phase 2
31-40 Charge Phase 3ThunderInfiltrationConvergenceInfernoStarshipDenseCrossingSearchWaterside Bugs
41-50 AnnihilationNatural CalamitySteel BeastVoid ShipBlue FightersEarth DefendersMountain Pass TrapFortress FrenzyPincerRavages of War
51-60 Air MobilizationBug InvasionTransport Ship Surprise AttackBug KingCrazy SkiesThe Fleet BelowBad PremonitionCity of HorrorMountains AblazeBreaking Through (2)
61-70 Bug TowerFortress AttackMountain LiberationSniper AttackTowering BeastTeeth of the UniverseGiant ShipSpearheadTower SiegeDen of Thieves
71-80 Death QueenMachine SquadMonster PartyLabyrinth of LightCity FlawsMonster CampFallen FlagshipHeaven's ArmyEncirclingDivine
81-85 The ThreatBattle to the DeathMassive MobilizationScorchingStar Eaters

Levels: Earth Defense Force 2025 Online
1-10 ReconveneSpreading DisasterWinged War GoddessSetting SunWind BreakUnderground CaveEruptionRetaliationBeach FearThe Return
11-20 Air ForceDay of the DemonsTakedownPreventing LandfallLand CollapseFortress SiegeValley ShadowsArtilleryBreaking ThroughShining Stronghold
21-30 Into the DepthsA TrapGiant RobotsSummit ShipAnchoredSilver CityCrimsonHigh-SpeedBloody MountainBrute Force
31-40 Charge Phase 1Charge Phase 2Dark PrisonerCharge Phase 3ThunderInfiltrationConvergenceInfernoStarshipDense
41-50 CrossingSearchWaterside BugsAnnihilationNatural CalamitySteel BeastVoid ShipBlue FightersEarth DefendersFleet Attack
51-60 Mountain Pass TrapFortress FrenzyPincerRavages of WarAir MobilizationBug InvasionTransport Ship Surprise AttackBug KingCrazy SkiesThe Fleet Below
61-70 Bad PremonitionCity of HorrorMountains AblazeBreaking Through (2)Bug TowerFortress AttackMountain LiberationSniper AttackMountain GiantsTowering Beast
71-80 Teeth of the UniverseGiant ShipSpearheadTower SiegeDen of ThievesDeath QueenMachine SquadMonster PartyLabyrinth of LightCity Flaws
81-90 Monster CampFallen FlagshipHeaven's ArmyEncirclingDivineThe ThreatTroubled ValleyBattle to the DeathMassive MobilizationLegion of Monsters
91-94 ScorchingDemon ArmySurrounded!Star Eaters

Levels: Earth Defense Force 4.1
1-10 ReconveneSpreading DisasterWinged War GoddessSetting SunWind ShearUnderground CaveEruptionRetaliationBeach FearThe Return
11-20 Air ForceDay of the DemonsTakedownPreventing LandfallLand CollapseFortress SiegeValley ShadowsArtilleryBreaking ThroughShining Stronghold
21-30 Into the DepthsA TrapGiant RobotsAnchoredSilver CityCrimsonAssaultHigh-SpeedBrute ForceCharge Phase 1
31-40 Charge Phase 2Charge Phase 3ThunderInfiltrationConvergenceInfernoStarshipHigh DensityDozing BeastCrossing
41-50 SearchWaterside BugsAnnihilationNatural CalamitySteel BeastVoid ShipBlue FightersEarth DefendersMountain Pass TrapFortress Frenzy
51-60 PincerRavages of WarCrashAir MobilizationBug InvasionTransport Ship Surprise AttackBug KingCrazy SkiesThe Fleet BelowIll Omen
61-70 City of HorrorMountains AblazeBreaking Through (2)Bug TowerFortress AttackMountain LiberationBattle of GiantsSniper AttackTowering BeastTeeth of the Universe
71-80 Giant ShipSpearheadTower SiegeDen of ThievesDeath QueenMachine SquadMonster PartyLabyrinth of LightCity FlawsMonster Camp
81-89 Fallen FlagshipHeaven's ArmyEncirclingDivineThe ThreatBattle to the DeathMassive MobilizationScorchingStar Eaters

Levels: Earth Defense Force 4.1 Online
1-10 ReconveneSpreading DisasterWinged War GoddessSetting SunWind ShearUnderground CaveEruptionRetaliationBeach FearThe Return
11-20 Air ForceDay of the DemonsTakedownPreventing LandfallLand CollapseFortress SiegeValley ShadowsArtilleryBreaking ThroughShining Stronghold
21-30 Into the DepthsA TrapGiant RobotsSummit ShipAnchoredSilver CityCrimsonAssaultHigh-SpeedBloody Mountain
31-40 Brute ForceCharge Phase 1Charge Phase 2Dark PrisonerCharge Phase 3ThunderInfiltrationConvergenceInfernoStarship
41-50 High DensityDozing BeastCrossingSearchWaterside BugsAnnihilationNatural CalamitySteel BeastVoid ShipBlue Fighters
51-60 Earth DefendersFleet AttackMountain Pass TrapFortress FrenzyPincerRavages of WarCrashAir MobilizationBug InvasionTransport Ship Surprise Attack
61-70 Bug KingCrazy SkiesThe Fleet BelowIll OmenCity of HorrorMountains AblazeBreaking Through (2)Bug TowerFortress AttackMountain Liberation
71-80 Battle of GiantsSniper AttackMountain GiantsTowering BeastTeeth of the UniverseGiant ShipSpearheadTower SiegeDen of ThievesDeath Queen
81-90 Machine SquadMonster PartyLabyrinth of LightCity FlawsMonster CampFallen FlagshipHeaven's ArmyEncirclingDivineThe Threat
91-98 Troubled ValleyBattle to the DeathMassive MobilizationLegion of MonstersScorchingDemon ArmySurrounded!Star Eaters

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