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Charge Phase 3 is the thirty-first offline mission and the thirty-fourth online mission in Earth Defense Force 2025 and the thirty-second offline mission and the thirty-fifth online mission in Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair. It's the last phase of a three parter operation called 'Charge'.

Objective Edit

2025: We have arrived at the deepest part of the nest, so we enter the final stages of this operation. However, we have lost over half of our troops. The queen is somewhere in this area, surrounded by her minions. Storm Team is to link up with the Ranger team which is fighting to consolidate our strength and look for the queen.

4.1: Though we've lost over half of our troops, we've finally arrived at the deepest part of the nest, so we now enter the final stages of this operation. The queen is somewhere in this area, surrounded by her minions. Storm Team is to link up with the Ranger team to consolidate our strength and find her.

Storyline Edit

Ranger 25 reports that their commander is dead to which HQ orders Storm Team to join them. They can be found not far into the tunnels and when the two of them meets a group of ants will attack them.

After they moved through a hall with bugs, HQ reminds them to their objective. Some soldiers start talking about the mission one stating that a queen was killed 8 years ago while the other can't believe that someone carried out that idiot mission and says that "whoever ordered it is the real monster." Ranger 23 request to evacuate over the radio, but loses contact and most likely dies. Ohara then states that the giant insects need the queen to reproduce and it can be found in the nest and it should be killed as if it wasn't the entire point of this operation.

A panicking soldier then starts shouting because he got lost. HQ tells him to stay where he is so others can find him. He can be found in one of the chambers later. Meanwhile Storm Team goes through tunnels, fighting bugs on the way, while HQ encourages people to finish the mission at all cost. They enter a chamber with pillars which middle part was cut out full of spiders. After that comes a hole and another cavern with destroyed pillars.

Meanwhile Scout 4 reports that they found the queen's hall and is waiting for backup. A few tunnels, chambers and dead giant insects later, Storm Team finds the scouts and together go to the last chamber where not one, but two queens are waiting.

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. Ranger 25 will now has a dialogue where they acknowledge the dark.

Also there are more enemies and on Hardest and Inferno difficulty a third queen will also appear. To compensate this, there are also more allies an extra Wing Diver team in a larger cavern and another one with a group of Fencers with Scout 4.

The route towards the queen was also changed slightly. After the series of corridors at the beginning, instead of going through a chamber with destroyed pillars and then to the narrow hole from the top entrance, the players will have to go through a big empty chamber where the Wing Divers are and to the narrow hole from a bottom entrance.

Enemies Edit

2025 Edit

Wave Spawn Enemy Amount Notes
1st Appears at the begining of the mission. Black Ants 30 10 at the front, 20 at the back
2nd After the last wave Black Ants 25
Spiders 21
3rd After the last wave Black Ants 35
4th After the last wave Spiders 53
5th After the last wave Black Ants 33 16 at the front, 17 at the back
6th After the last wave Black Ants 42
Queen Ants 2

4.1 Edit

Wave Spawn Enemy Amount Notes
1st Appears at the begining of the mission. Black Ants 50 20 at the front, 30 at the back
2nd After the last wave Black Ants 25
Spiders 35
3rd After the last wave Black Ants 75
Crimson Ants 20
4th After the last wave Spiders 53
5th After the last wave Black Ants 33 16 at the front, 17 at the back
6th After the last wave Black Ants 67
Crimson Ants 15
Queen Ants 2 3 on Hardest or above

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 789 785 444 442 987 981
Hard 2031 2201 1065 1150 2539 2752
Hardest 3354 4026 1727 2063 4192 5032

Weapon Level Limit

Game Easy & Normal Hard Hardest Inferno
2025 10 33 58 -
4.1 10 34 61 -

Approximate Weapon Drop Rate

Game Easy Normal Hard Hardest Inferno
2025 3-7 4-8 18-30 0-55 7-67
4.1 2-7 3-8 19-34 0-56 7-67

Strategy 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.

When you reach the queen's, nest do not enter. Instead stay away from it to avoid the queens' attack and let the smaller bugs go out after you. The queens are too big to get out so wait until the minions are dead and then cautiously kill the queens from the entrance. Weapons that can bounce off the walls and explosives are the best since those can be shot around the corner and still hit. Sometimes the queens get stuck in the pillars at the far end of the chamber which is better because they are less dangerous from the distance. Go in and use the radar and your weapon's muzzle flash to find them in the dark and kill them from a distance, but be ready to retreat, if they get unstuck.

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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