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Search is the thirty-ninth offline mission and the fourty-second online mission in Earth Defense Force 2025 and the fourty-first offline mission and the fourty-fourth online mission in Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair.

Objective Edit

2025: The clean up operation will begin. Engage all enemies in the city. The expected arrival of a team has been delayed, os we will have to continue the attack with the Ranger team and Storm teams only.

4.1: The clean-up operation will now commence. Engage all enemies in the city! The arrival of reinforcements has been delayed, so we'll have to continue the attack with the Ranger and Storm teams only.

Storyline Edit

Storm Team and two Ranger teams are on top of a bridge. They move up on the road and find a group of ants.

Meanwhile Pale Team reports that they managed to escape their foes and are waiting for their engines to cool. HQ asks for a damage report, but before they could give one they realize that the enemy caught up to them. After that, fragments of the fight can be heard from the radio and they seem to be losing.

Apparently saying that giant insects can't fly so many times finally jinxed it, because as soon as Storm Team finishes off the ants giant hornets start appearing. The Rangers can't believe it, but still engage them. A baffled Ohara somehow manages to get hold of the radio and starts saying some not very helpful statement about the flying giant insects who appears to be flying.

When the Hornets are finally finished another wave starts and HQ orders to attack the giant insects in case someone forgot what they have been doing until now. When the last wave is defeated the mission ends.

4.1 Changes Edit

The mission is now set on the City Outskirts map. Storm Team and two Ranger teams start at the park near the Tokyo Tower copy.

The weapons and the numbers of the Ranger teams was changed.

There are slightly more Hornets added. The first wave of ants are around the commercial part of the city while the Hornets are flying from the other side of the map.

Allies Edit

2025 Edit

  • A team of 4 Rangers equipped with Shotguns appears near the players at the begining of the mission.
  • Two teams of 3 Rangers equipped with Shotguns appear at each side of the map at the begining of the mission.

4.1 Edit

  • A team of 5 Rangers equipped with Shotguns appears near the players at the begining of the mission. They cannot be recruited until the second wave.
  • A team of 5 Rangers equipped with Assault Rifles appears at the other side of the park at the begining of the mission. They cannot be recruited until the second wave.
  • A team of 5 Rangers equipped with Rocket Launchers appears on the road near the river at the begining of the mission. They cannot be recruited until the second wave.

Enemies Edit

2025 Edit

Wave Spawn Enemy Amount Notes
1st Appears at the begining of the mission. Black Ants 33
2nd Appears when the previous wave is defeated. Hornets 33
3rd Appears when the previous wave is defeated. Hornets 54

4.1 Edit

Wave Spawn Enemy Amount Notes
1st Appears at the begining of the mission. Black Ants 33
2nd Appears when the previous wave is defeated. Hornets 45
3rd Appears when the previous wave is defeated. Hornets 60 90 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 884 887 492 493 1105 1109
Hard 2160 2386 1130 1243 2701 2983
Hardest 3440 4165 1770 2132 4300 5206

Weapon Level Limit

Game Easy & Normal Hard Hardest Inferno
2025 12 36 61 -
4.1 12 37 63 -

Approximate Weapon Drop Rate

Game Easy Normal Hard Hardest Inferno
2025 5-9 7-11 21-33 3-58 12-72
4.1 4-9 6-11 22-37 0-59 12-72

Strategy Edit

Bring weapons that have decent range and good rate of fire or spread against the Hornets.

The ants at the beginning are fairly easy to kill. They are few in numbers, spread out and most of them climb a skyscraper and start running around them endlessly.

The real challenge of the mission are the Hornets, which are a completely new enemy type. They are similar to the drones however their AI is slightly different. Unlike the drones who move around erratically and sometimes crash next to their target, they tend to keep some distance and move less when they are shooting their enemies. They surround their foes and shoot multiple darts at them that can sometimes block the vision.

It's best to move to cover to limit the direction of their attack. On the other side of the river there's a walkway running under the bridges that provides a very good cover.

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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