Anchored is the twenty-fourth offline mission and the twenty-fifth online mission in Earth Defense Force 2025 and Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair. This is also the first mission of 2025 that doesn't have a weapon limit on Inferno difficulty.

Objective

2025: The Ravager troops that attacked our defenses were under the mothership's command. Therefore, taking down the mothership would strike a mighty blow. Currently the mothership is anchored at the coast with a group of transport ships. Approach from the ground and attack all ships in the area.

4.1: It seems that the Ravagers' army that entered our defense line is under the direct command of the mothership. If we can shoot it down, we can cause a great deal of chaos in their ranks. Currently, the mothership is hovering around the mountain area, flanked by transport ships. Approach from the ground and destroy the whole fleet.

Storyline

HQ starts the mission with ordering all units to destroy the mothership. The ship is hovering above the coast, flanked by flying drones and five transport ships spewing black ants and spiders. Despite what HQ orders it's impossible to destroy the mothership during this mission, so Storm Team has to concentrate on the transport ships. When the Ravagers start losing, the mothership opens its cannon panels and starts shooting. Once Storm Team destroys a couple of cannons the mothership retreats, leaving the rest of their troops to be destroyed. When every hostile is dead the mission ends.

4.1 Changes

Istead of the beach the mission is set in the montains. There's also more enemies and red ants will also spawn. Istead of the three Ranger team that spawns in 2025, Storm Team is aided by a Ranger, a Wing Diver and a Fencer team.

Enemies

2025

Wave Spawn Enemy Amount Notes
1st Appears at the begining of the mission. Flying Drones 20
Mothership 1 Cannot be destoyed. Flees when most of its panels are destoyed.
Laser Panels 40 Deploy when less than 20 enemies left.
Plasma Panels 22
Transport Ships 2
Black Ants 20 each
Transport Ships 2
Spiders 15 each

4.1

Wave Spawn Enemy Amount Notes
1st Appears at the begining of the mission. Flying Drones 50 10 around each Transport Ship.
Mothership Cannot be destoyed. Flees when most of its panels are destoyed.
Laser Panels 40 Deploy when less than 40 enemies left and 60 passed since the start of the mission.
Plasma Panels 22
Transport Ships 2
Black Ants 25 each
Transport Ships 1
Crimson Ants 15
Transport Ships 2
Spiders 25 each

Online Limits

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 683 672 391 386 854 840
Hard 1886 1995 993 1047 2358 2494
Hardest 3257 3871 1678 1985 4072 4839

Weapon Level Limit

Game Easy & Normal Hard Hardest Inferno
2025 2 31 56 No limit
4.1 8 31 58 99

Approximate Weapon Drop Rate

Game Easy Normal Hard Hardest Inferno
2025 1-5 2-6 15-27 0-52 2-62
4.1 0-5 1-6 17-32 0-53 3-63

Strategy

4.1

Bring a weapon that can deal with a swarm of giant insects and a sniper rifle or similar high damage, high accuracy weapon.

The players' spawnpoint is on top of a hill at the corner of the map. Before destroying the transport ships, it's a good idea to snipe down flying drones as those don't respawn. Unfortunately a Ranger team will also be there near the closest ship and once the first batch of spiders spawn they immediately attack. You may want to recruit them and take down the first transport ship with them first, or just leave them to their deaths.

Be careful sniping the flying drones near rightmost ship as they are flying low and killing them might aggro the spiders under them. Luckily they are far away so you have plenty of time to snipe them.

The order which you destroy the transport ships doesn't matter that much, but proper aggro management is important, as attacking a ship would aggro all the insects under it. You may want to time your attack just as the transport ships start closing their hatch, as this would give you about 35 seconds to kill all the enemies spawned by that particular ship before new ones spawn. Done properly, you can kill the new spawns as they are dropping out of the transport ships.

Between the two nearest transport ships at low altitude there is a spawnpoint for a team of Wing Divers. If you have destroyed the first transport ship and are not currently in combat, you should be able to recruit them before they aggro any enemies.

Once you are done kill the remaining drones if there are any. Keep in mind that if there's less than forty enemies left then the mothership will start to attack. The remaining two transport ships spawn 25 bugs each so there should be enough until you destroy one of them, but it's possible that you accidentally killed enough to trigger the cannons. When they are triggered start destroying them. If you destroy enough they stop shooting and the mothership flies away.

Once the mothership is gone destroying the remaining transport ships is trivial. If you need backup there's a Fencer spawnpoint on the path behind the rightmost transport ship, but at this point you should be fine.

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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