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Waterside Bugs is the fourtieth offline mission and the fourty-third online mission in Earth Defense Force 2025 and the fourty-second offline mission and the fourty-fifth online mission in Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair.

Objective Edit

2025: Huge alien creatures have been confirmed along the river that runs through the city. They seem to have made several entrances to their tunnels by the river. You must hurry to the area and destroy the tunnels. Flying types have also been spotted in the area. Good luck.

4.1: Huge alien creatures have been confirmed along the river that runs through the city. They seem to have made several entrances to their tunnels by the river. You must hurry to the area and destroy the tunnels! Flying types have also been spotted nearby, so good luck.

Storyline Edit

Storm Team is in a residential area, when the Tactics Officer reports that the number of giant insects is increasing and she suspects that there are Tunnel Exits somewhere. HQ then orders to search and destroy them. Storm Team can already see large number of Hornets flying up from the river and soon Scout confirms that there's an underground tunnel going along the river. The soldiers eventually find it and a Ranger reports it to which HQ tells the importance of keeping the bugs at bay.

Aurora Situation Report then reports the appearance of flying giant insects and that EDF is planning a large-scale attack against them. Scout than decides to tell about the insects on the river once again.

Ohara randomly states that giant insects need water, as it was some kind of big revelation, to which HQ replies that there is no water on Earth for Aliens. After a few seconds he feels like he should talk more so he orders Storm Team to destroy the tunnels and unnecessarily repeats it again.

TO gets an emergency transmission from Sidney, but gets confused because the only thing she hears is "swallowed whole", HQ speculates that a new giant insect type might have appeared. Then another poor quality transmission can be heard from Hawaii with similar content, HQ asks to clarify but something seems to block the signal.

4.1 Changes Edit

The mission was moved to the Town map.

The number of enemies has increased and mutant insects were added on higher difficulties.

A Wing Diver team and a Fencer team was added and weapons of the Rangers was changed.

The mission starts near the school and the Tactics Officer doesn't say anything until the transmission from Sydney.

Allies Edit

2025 Edit

  • Two team of 4 Rangers both equipped with Shotguns appear near the players at the begining of the mission. They cannot be recruited.

4.1 Edit

  • A team of 5 Rangers equipped with Assault Rifles and their leader with a Shotgun appears near the players at the begining of the mission. They cannot be recruited.
  • A team of 5 Rangers equipped with Rocket Launchers appears near the players at the begining of the mission. They cannot be recruited.
  • A team of 5 Fencers equipped with Blasthole Spears appears near the players at the begining of the mission. They cannot be recruited.
  • A team of 5 Wing Divers equipped with LAZRs appears near the river at the begining of the mission. They cannot be recruited.

Enemies Edit

2025 Edit

Wave Spawn Enemy Amount Notes
1st Appears at the begining of the mission. Tunnel Exits 1
Black Ants 5
Tunnel Exits 1
Hornets 8
Tunnel Exits 1
Hornets 9
Tunnel Exits 1
Spiders 4
Tunnel Exits 1
Spiders 12
2nd Appears when only two Tunnel Exits remain. Black Ants 2 x 15 Only one or two types of insects appear from their respective Tunnel Exits depending on which two remain.
Hornets
Spiders

4.1 Edit

Wave Spawn Enemy Amount Notes
1st Appears at the begining of the mission. Tunnel Exits 2
Black Ants 8 each
Tunnel Exits 1
Crimson Ants 8
Tunnel Exits 2
Hornets 8 each
Tunnel Exits 2
Spiders 8 each
2nd Appears when only three Tunnel Exits remain. Black Ants 3 x 10 Only two or three types of insects appear from their respective Tunnel Exits depending on which three remain.

On Hardest or above mutant variants appear instead.

Gold Ants
Crimson Ants
Dark Crimson Ants
Hornets
Red Hornets
Spiders
Slver Spiders

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 896 899 498 499 1120 1123
Hard 2177 2407 1138 1253 2721 3009
Hardest 3451 4180 1775 2140 4314 5226

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 13-73

Strategy Edit

4.1 Edit

Bring a weapon that can deal with a swarm of insects from both land an air. And a weapon to destroy the tunnels.

There are seven Tunnels on the river. The left- and rightmost tunnels both spawn Black Ants the ones closest to them spawn Spiders the one in the middle spawns Crimson Ants and the two on the opposite bank of the river spawn Hornets. The order which ones you destroy is important since the last three remaining spawns ten of their respective insects and on Hardest or Inferno they spawn the mutant versions of them.

Which anthills you keep is dependent on how you play. On Hardest or Inferno ground units might want to destroy the ones spawning Black Ants first because the Gold Ants that will spawn as reinforcements can one-shot even high armor characters. While an Air Raider with a helicopter would want to keep both the Crimson and Black Ant spawning ones since they have a hard time hitting aerial enemies.

The two tunnels farthest from the player's spawn point are close enough that some weapons (like some of the Air Raider's air strikes) can destroy both of them at the same time. By destroying three others and then destroying those two only two batch of the insects will spawn during the reinforcements instead of three.

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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