Clash of the Titans

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This article is about the Descent: FreeSpace mission. You may be looking for the FreeSpace 2 mission with a similar name.
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Fighter squadron:


We have few chances to stop the Lucifer. It is heading to the Sol system but we have an opportunity to head them off at Sirius.
If you encounter the Lucifer in Sirius hold it off until the rest of the fleet can catch up to you.


First, make all of Alpha wing Valkyries (including yourself) since they have a high top speed and acceleration, which is ideal for intercepting bombers, and equip them with Banshee and Prometheus cannons since the Ulysses can't use them. Give them Hornet missiles, but give yourself Interceptors. Assign Alpha wing to protect the Bastion. Make all of Beta wing Ursa bombers and equip them with Harbingers, Synaptics (for defense), and Stilettos. Have them attack the Tantalus while you provide cover for the Bastion. Your job is to target all of the bombers first (VERY IMPORTANT) before they can reach the Bastion. The ones to look out for are the Nephilims (initially) and Shaitans (later). A helpful way of protecting the Bastion is to target all of the megabombs being delivered if you can't intercept all of the bombers in time. Target them with B since hostile (H) targeting won't pick them up. Use the Interceptors (in single-fire mode) that you equipped to target the bombs since they have a faster lock and velocity. Once you cleaned them up, go for rest of the packs, especially Basilisks since they have nasty swarm bombs. When you're done with them, the Tantalus should be very low on health and feel free to destroy it with whatever remaining fighters you have. In a moment, the Bastion will jump out and the mission will be complete.

Alternative Missions

If you were unable to destroy the Anvil in the previous mission, then the Bastion starts out with 83% hull in this mission. That is a pretty big hit considering the destroyer is up against a Demon.


  • The alternative, and very much easier way is to hand out bombers to all your wings, load them all up with GTM Harbingers and proceed to (surprisingly easily) reduce the Tantalus to scrap metal. Ignore the bombers and fighters. By the time the Tantalus implodes (after just a minute or so of constant pounding), the Bastion usually has some 75-80% hull strength left. At this point, simply aid the unfortunate behemoth in taking down the few stray enemy wings. Wait for the Bastion to bail, then do likewise. A lot easier than sitting through a quite meaningless furball, if one goes by the numbers, that is. If you proceed with fighters, the mission ranks as perhaps one of the toughest missions in the campaign—arguably a lot tougher than destroying the Lucifer—but if you employ Selectah's All Bomber Strategy™ (SABS™), the mission is arguably as easy as Eve of Destruction. Your call.
  • A Fenris cruiser, the GTC Gladiator, was set to appear alongside the Bastion, but was later cut out. However, its icon appears in the mission briefing.
  • If a large number of your wingmates are destroyed, Gamma wing is sent to replace them.

Notable ships present

GTD Bastion
SD Tantalus