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Spreading Disaster is the second mission in Earth Defense Force 2025 and Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair. As it becomes clear that the giant insects have returned, the EDF moves out to protect the citizens. This mission also introduces the character Ohara.

Basic Information Edit

MISSION ORDER:

2025: 2 (Online 2)

4.1: 2 (Online 2)

OBJECTIVE:

2025: Dispatch Request from the civilians. A huge monster has appeared in the city. Be careful, it spits out a powerful acid that can cause serious damage. Head out there and good luck.

4.1: Dispatch request from the civilians: Huge monsters have appeared in the city. Be careful: they spit a powerful acid that can cause serious damage. Good luck out there!

MAP: City 1 (Both versions)

Enemies Edit

2025:

2 waves of Black Ants, 40 acid spraying Ants, then 15 biting and 30 acid spraying

4.1:

2 waves of Black Ants, 60 acid spraying Ants, then 21 biting and 45 acid spraying

Storyline Edit

With the appearance of the Giant Insects confirmed, Ranger teams across the city engage them to protect the terrified population. HQ demands another situation report, actually believes it this time, and orders the EDF soldiers to protect the citizens, which they are already doing. After this, Ohara, a "Ravager Researcher," speaks up on the radio, stating that his early studies have shown that the newly-emerged creatures exhibit a marked evolutionary change from specimens of seven years earlier, including a strengthened exoskeleton that means they "cannot be killed easily."

A Ranger then speaks up saying that the data is incorrect because the giant insects cannot be killed easily, showing that the EDF only chooses the best and brightest to not be part of it. Soon troops are demanding Wing Divers be deployed to support them, and Ohara concurs, saying that since the giant insects cannot fly, they will be easily defeated by an air attack.

Strategy Edit

This is a relatively easy mission on all but the highest difficulties, taking place in a wide area with buildings close to the right, followed by a turn left and an uphill battle against the second wave. The Ants can, however, attack from many directions and climb buildings, and can be very unpredictable on higher difficulties. The second wave of Ants is substantial and tends to fan out around the surrounding buildings and spray acid down on Storm Team; keeping a close eye on the radar is essential to avoid damage.

The Ants are now of two variants, biting versions and the new acid-spraying version that will soon entirely replace them: a few biting Ants will spawn in this level and the next, after which the type disappears. The new acid-spraying versions swing their abdomens and release a spread of corrosive globules. Each "splat" of acid is a projectile individually tracked by the engine and deals damage separately, so it is possible to avoid the spray if there is a character-sized gap in it. Turning up the difficulty means more splats per spray, and also makes the Ants attack sooner and more often.

Online limits Edit

These limits have been checked in 4.1.

Level limit Edit

Easy & Normal Hard Hardest Inferno
Level limit 2 25 52 78

Armor limits Edit

There is no armor limit on Inferno difficulty.

Class Ranger & Air Raider Wing Diver Fencer
Easy & Normal 411 255 513
Hard 1521 810 1901
Hardest 3515 1807 4394

 Approximate weapon drop levels (2025) Edit

Easy: 0-0

Normal: 0-0

Hard: 8-20

Hardest: 0-45

Inferno: 0-50

4.1 Changes Edit

Rather than taking place in a rather nondescript area off to one side of City 1, the map starts alongside the map's main park area and goes in a straight line up the road to the plaza. Two E551 Gigantus tanks now accompany the Rangers and Storm Team, though since most of the Ants spawn among buildings to the right of the road the two tanks often do not last long after they park up right among the group and start firing. If they do survive, they will move up and assist in fighting the second wave of Ants. As before, there are only two groups of Ants, and in this mission the acid-spraying version is introduced.

There is only one large unit of Rangers in the level instead of two small ones, and unless the squad leader is killed Storm Team is not allowed to take command of them and they will move ahead on their own. The line "citizens are being attacked by giant insects!" is delivered by the commander of this unit and will be absent if he is dead, though HQ will give his order to "attack the giant insects, and save the citizens!" anyway.

4.1 Strategy Edit

While the previous mission was a lot harder, Spreading Destruction is actually substantially easier since the combat area is flatter and more open, making it harder for Ants to sneak up on Storm Team and ruin their day. The Gigantus tanks will typically destroy most of the buildings on the right side of the road trying to hit the ants, and the second wave of Ants mostly stays among the group of buildings to the right of the plaza and has a much larger and longer-lasting group of civilians to menace before turning their attention to the EDF forces. Default weapons are fine for this mission on Hard, and since the Ants mostly spawn among tight groups of buildings rather than at road junctions, it takes them some time to disentangle themselves from their surroundings, meaning they arrive a few at a time.

PREVIOUS MISSION: Reconvene

NEXT MISSION: Winged War Goddess

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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