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Charge Phase 1 is the twenty-ninth offline mission and the thirty-first online mission in Earth Defense Force 2025 and the thirtieth offline mission and the thirty-second online mission in Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair. It's the first phase of a three parter operation called 'Charge'.

Objective Edit

2025: We succeded in dealing a massive blow to the Ravagers. We must destroy the nests and exterminate the enemy before they can regroup. You enter the nests and find their queen. This will be a large-scale infiltration of their tunnels. The first phase will look for a route to the depths of the tunnels and secure it for troops to follow.

4.1: We succeded in dealing a massive blow to the Ravagers, but must destroy the nests and exterminate the enemy before they can regroup. So it's time to enter the nests and fine their queen! This will be a large-scale infiltration of their tunnels. The first phase will be to look for a route into the depths of the tunnels and secure it so troops can follow.

Storyline Edit

Storm Team starts at the subway station. HQ explains that they believe that they believe that Queen can be found in these tunnels and it must be killed or to stop the giant insects. They go forward through the subway tunnel and after they kill a small group of ants they meet with a team of Rangers and follow them (or Rangers will follow since they are so damn slow) to a bigger chamber where they fight more ants. One of the soldiers gossips about a Storm Team member who was the one who 8 years ago destroyed the Mothership, but no one has seen them since and he wants to be just like them when he grows up.

They arrive at the top of a large hole with convenient bridges going down to the bottom. A Ranger will report it and HQ decides to repeat the mission objectives again. They descend to the bottom and once the coast is clear they move forward. They fight with some Spiders in a tunnel and move forward through a series of chambers.

At the end there is a large cavern with the last wave of ants. When the Rangers arrive there (which is usually two minutes after Storm Team arrives, unless players are patient) HQ will tell that this is the last group. Once the bugs are dead one of the soldiers compliments Storm Team and the mission ends.

4.1 Changes Edit

As with all underground levels, this level is now dark, making it harder to spot approaching enemies, and the Air Raider can now call for the Depth Crawler or SDL1 rather than having no support available.

The mission now starts at the far end of the subway tunnel and Storm Team has to fight three waves of giant insects instead of one including a surprise attack from behind when they pass two dead ends leading up from the sides of the tunnel before they can meet up with the Ranger team. The soldiers now enter through the hole to the surface instead of waiting at the end of the tunnel. When they reach it instead of turning right they turn left to a chamber with big circular platforms, however the passageway only opens when the Rangers arrive so players can't run ahead. After that they enter the same cavern with bridges as before but from another entrance and the rest of the mission mostly plays as before.

The number of enemies was increased drastically with eight waves instead of five. On Hardest and Inferno difficulty Gold and Dark Crimson Ants also appear.

Enemies Edit

2025 Edit

Wave Spawn Enemy Amount Notes
1st Appears at the begining of the mission. Black Ants 8
2nd Appears when the players find the Rangers. Black Ants 25
3rd Appears when 28 ants are defeated from the previous waves. Black Ants 51
4th Appears with the last wave much furter ahead. Spiders 25
5th Appears after the last wave. Black Ants 54
Crimson Ants 9

4.1 Edit

Wave Spawn Enemy Amount Notes
1st Appears at the begining of the mission. Black Ants 15
Crimson Ants 10
Spiders 10
2nd Appears when aproaching the part of the tunnel that has two dead ends on each side. Black Ants 60 Half from each side

Inferno:

50 Black, 10 Gold Ants

3rd Appears when there is less than 20 enemies left. Crimson Ants 10
Spiders 20
4th Appears when there is less than 5 enemies left. Black Ants 20
5th Appears after the last wave Black Ants 34
Crimson Ants 30 Dark Crimson on Hardest and above
6th Appears after the last wave. Black Ants 60 Hardest and above:

50 Back, 10 Gold

7th Appears after the last wave. Spiders 25
8th Appears after the last wave. Black Ants 90 Hardest and above:

54 Back, 36 Gold

Crimson Ants 24 Hardest and above:

8 Crimson, 16 Dark Crimson

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 754 751 427 425 943 939
Hard 1983 2139 1041 119 2478 2674
Hardest 3322 3979 1711 2039 4152 4974

Weapon Level Limit

Game Easy & Normal Hard Hardest Inferno
2025 9 33 58 -
4.1 9 33 60 -

Approximate Weapon Drop Rate

Game Easy Normal Hard Hardest Inferno
2025 2-9 4-8 17-29 0-54 6-66
4.1 1-6 3-8 18-33 0-55 6-66

Strategy Edit

2025 Edit

The same methods used as any underground missions. Bring machine guns, shotguns or similar weapons with wide spread, rocket launchers, or flame throwers. Wing Divers are the best suited for this kind of missions.

Try to stay in tunnels or tunnel entrances so you only have to shoot at one direction. The last wave can be found at the end of a series of caverns so it's difficult to fight there. It's best if the you lure the ants back to the tunnel where they came from.

4.1 Edit

The strategy is mostly the same. The second wave ambush before you meet with the Rangers can be challenging if the first wave wasn't eliminated and they retreat behind the dead ends, you can be sandwiched between the ambush and the remains of the first wave, so be careful not to trigger the second wave by accident.

Since the level is dark going into large caverns can be more dangerous, especially during the final wave where it's easy to get disoriented and getting back to the tunnels is harder.

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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