Clash of the Titans II
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ACT 3, MISSION 9
Fighter squadron: 70th Blue Lions
With the Bastion's protective task force almost completely destroyed, Allied Command orders the 70th to defend the Bastion as it makes its way to destroy the Epsilon Pegasi jump node to Capella.
Standard procedure in this mission is to use the loadout above, then park next to one of the Aeolus cruisers and blast bombers at long range. This is an effective and tried and true tactic. On higher difficulties, however, the Shivan bombers, especially the Nephilims and Seraphims, will survive several dual Trebuchet hits dead on. For that reason, it may also be advisable to fly intercept in an Erinyes with a UD-8 Kayser and a GTW Subach HL-7. Alternatively, you can try flying a GTF Perseus armed with the GTW UD-8 Kayser and GTM Trebuchet. The speed and agility of the Perseus can serve you well for this mission as well as the next one.
The Shivan bombers will go after the cruisers first, so assign one protection wing for each cruiser if you want. Some of those cruisers will come back in the last mission, if they survive. Also, do not give loadouts to Beta 2 & Beta 3. They will have a reactor core breach at the beginning of the mission, blowing up in the process.
- Apparently, if Beta 2 and 3 are removed from the loadout (i.e. they are not given a ship to fly in), they will be brought over to the next mission, flying Ulysses fighters with over 100% hull integrity. However, this does not happen in the latest versions of FSOpen as in the next mission, they are considered to be "dead".
- The health of the Bastion, Ertanax, Malta, and Templar changes each time you attempt this mission. While the Bastion starts off with a hull integrity between 30-40%, the three Aeolus cruisers start with around 11-24% hull strength. This means that you can increase or decrease the starting hull integrity of these ships by simply restarting the mission.