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Taspan Ambush Impossible?

Hexmeister's Avatar

01.14.2012 , 01:02 AM | #1
Is anyone else having a problem with this mission? I have no trouble with any space missions but this one. The shuttle that you escort seems to die so easily. Right after the guy gets out of the canyon, he gets hit by about 3 large ships that are off screen and I can't do anything about. He dies here every time. He goes into the canyon with about 90% health, gets out and is shot down in about 10 secs and I can only do anything about it the last second or two when the first ship finally comes into view.

Is there something I'm missing? Is this a bug? Please help because this is the only space mission I can't do so far. The rest are easy but this one I don't get. Thank you.

SoBeSpartan's Avatar

01.14.2012 , 01:07 AM | #2
The only way that I could beat this mission was to take out the cruiser's turrets first then worry about the fighters second BUT it doesn't always work.

Hope that helps
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Zalanox's Avatar

01.14.2012 , 01:09 AM | #3
I have this problem too. I don't even think it's ships that hammer it. It just loses half it's health instantly for absolutely no reason. Then it just gets owned by the rest of the level.

I've only completed it a few times. All of which the ship had like 1% of it's health left.

IkritTOR's Avatar

01.14.2012 , 01:22 AM | #4
Memorize where the fighters come from. In my opinion, they deal the most damage. Use your missiles every time you can on any target. You should have the Grade 3 missiles around that point, which means that you have 80 missiles to burn. You should use most of them. Also, be sure to have the power converter and activate it at the start.

When you spawn, hit the left side of the destroyer with missiles, then hammer fighters, prioritizing the fighters that fly past, as they will have longer to shoot the shuttle and they are easier to kill. The tough spot is right as you exit the narrow passage through the giant asteroids.

I had a hell of a time beating it, but once I did, I didn't lose again. This is more of knowing the mission than skill, gear (though important), or fps (trust me, if I can run it at 8 fps, you can do it)

Ziraka's Avatar

01.24.2012 , 06:07 AM | #5
I dont think you can buy Class 3 Missiles till lvl 29. I did it with Class 1....took about 10 tries tho.

Iwipe's Avatar

01.24.2012 , 06:44 AM | #6
The trick here is definitely use your missiles as much as you can and hammer the big spaceships whenever they appear early on in the fight. If you take out their turrets, they don't do so much damage later in the fight and will allow the shuttle to escape with some health left.


Yograin's Avatar

01.24.2012 , 07:18 AM | #7
Capital Spaceships behind the "canyon" are partialy the same as those at start. At least some are already destroyed when you appear from the canyon so be sure you devastate all their cannons the first time you meet them. (you can destroy cannons you dont see shooting through the ships to spots you know cannons are)

Also for this mission you want all DPS gear for your lvl to be top not just missiles but also the beam dmg and beam rate of fire item. You can also buy the beam/shield accelerator for 30 fleet commendations.

TSKCaboose's Avatar

01.24.2012 , 07:21 AM | #8
If you have the latest spaceship upgrades, you should be able to do it. Every time I see a ship, I just UNLOAD my missiles upon its turrets. They key to this mission is fast reactions and basically just letting loose on everything that fires on it. Although at the end, even doing that ^^^^ he's still almost dead :P
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Valnira's Avatar

01.24.2012 , 07:52 AM | #9
Pretty sure he actually flies into an asteroid or something, don't know what else could account for that enormous chunk of damage when going through the asteroid field.

ScartStorm's Avatar

01.24.2012 , 08:01 AM | #10
This mission can be hard, but if you have your ship in at least items of rank 3, it should be doable. However, it seems that sometimes the shuttle indeed does fly into an asteroid as I have witnessed the shuttle lose 50-60% of HP in a few moments with nothing shooting at it.

Here's a video of me running the mission: