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Earth Defenders is the fourty-sixth offline mission and the fourty-ninth online mission in Earth Defense Force 2025 and the fourty-eighth offline mission and the fifty-first online mission in Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair.

Objective

2025: We have confirmed that the aliens are continuing to move. We'll mobilize and engage them in the mountains. The Ravagers have dropped Shield Bearers who are moving to defend the ginat insects. That will make the insects very dangerous. Good luck.

4.1: We have confirmed that the aliens are continuing to move, so we'll mobilize and engage them in the mountains. The Ravagers have dropped Shield Bearers, who are moving to defend the ginat insects. That will make the going much more treacherous. Good luck!

Storyline

Storm Team is in a mountain region filled with giant insects and Shield Bearers, when HQ orders all units to attack. Some of the new recruits who haven't seen Shield Bearers note that there's a "dome of light" and it deflects bullets. Thanks to their inadequate training HQ is forced to explain how the Shield Bearers work again.

When most of insects are dead a new Shield Bearer with ants appears. And after that Hornets and then more ants with shields. The mission ends when all enemies are destroyed.

4.1 Changes

The mission has more enemies. There is a Shield Bearer that can create a dome large enough to cover half of the map.

The Ranger team was replaced with more Wing Divers and the other team got one more person. At the beginning of the mission a Fencer team appears under the closest Shield Bearer and gets chewed up by the ants so they call backup on the radio. If they don't die they just sit there doing nothing unless something comes to them

When a new wave appears the Tactics Officer warns against the new Shield Bearers. HQ also has also more dialogue encouraging the soldiers to go inside the domes even though it's dangerous.

Allies

2025

  • A team of 4 Rangers with Sniper Rifles appears near the players when they spawn.
  • A team of 4 Wing Divers with Lances appears near the players when they spawn.

4.1

  • A team of 5 Wing Divers with LAZRs appears near the players when they spawn.
  • A team of 5 Wing Divers with Lances appears near the players when they spawn.
  • A team of 5 Fencers with Blasthole Spears appears a few seconds after the mission starts. They cannot be recruited.

Enemies

2025

Wave Spawn Enemy Amount Notes
1st Appears at the begining of the mission. Black Ant 17
Crimson Ant 15
Shield Bearer 2
Spider 20
2nd Appears when 27 enemies are destroyed. Black Ant 34
Shield Bearer 1
3rd Appears when 59 enemies are destroyed. Hornets 30
4th Appears when 86 enemies are destroyed. Crimson Ant 128
Shield Bearer 1

4.1

Wave Spawn Enemy Amount Notes
1st Appears at the begining of the mission. Black Ant 40
Shield Bearer 2
Shield Bearer 1 Immobile and creates a huge dome.
Spider 20
2nd Appears when less then 40 enemies are left. Crimson Ant 20
Shield Bearer 2
Spider 20
3rd Appears when less then 60 enemies are left. Hornets 40
Shield Bearer 1
4th Appears when less then 60 enemies are left. Crimson Ant 40
Shield Bearer 1

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 967 9667 533 533 1206 1209
Hard 2273 2531 1186 1315 2842 3163
Hardest 3515 4273 1807 2186 4394 5342

Weapon Level Limit

Game Easy & Normal Hard Hardest Inferno
2025 14 37 62 -
4.1 14 39 65 -

Approximate Weapon Drop Rate

Game Easy Normal Hard Hardest Inferno
2025 6-10 8-12 23-35 5-61 15-75
4.1 5-10 8-13 24-39 2-62 16-76

Strategy

4.1

Bring weapons that can deal with swarms of insects with enough range to hit Hornets. Also bring a high damage weapon against the Shield Bearers.

The insects are not aggressive until provoked (the Fencer team will provoke the first group immediately) and the groups are far away from each other so it's best if you attack them separately so they won't overwhelm you. Fighting the bugs near the Shield Bearers can be annoying so try to lure them away.

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 2025 DLC
DLC 1: Special Forces ExplorationGiant's AdvanceSilver CampCitadelFloating Fleet
DLC 2: Mutant Rampage AdvanceMountain AssaultEnemy Camp InfiltrationUnderground AdvanceGiant RobotsBattle SpeciesBeast MountainDark ArenaGathering AroundArmored SpeciesIron WallMountain of ChangeWhirlwind of DeathBugged CityThe ToughGolden DarknessTrue KingFinal ImpactInto DestructionShip of Dragons
DLC 3: Beyond Despair TrackingUnderground ComplexBlocked PassClose FormationDragon Ship FleetHeavy ArtilleryBloody RiverDangerous GoldminesBeast MobilizationTotal ProtectionAerial BombingKing of ArmorCannon DefendersTraps BehindFour Kings of NightmaresResistance Against the TwilightShivering NexusThree GiantsCrimson LotusStarry Prison

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

Levels: Earth Defense Force 4.1 DLC
DLC 1: Time of the Mutants Air OffensiveGiants AdvanceReconDust TownDefense LineUnderground AdvanceWar BreedMountain AssaultEnemy Camp InfiltrationDark ArenaBeast MountainGod's ArmyThe GatheringArmored SpeciesIron WallSilver BaseShifting MountainWhirlwind of DeathBugged CityToughnessGolden DarknessTrue SovereignFinal ImpactFloating FleetInto DestructionShip of Dragons
DLC 2: Extreme Battle Tracking BogeysUnderground ComplexBlocked PassClose FormationDragon Ship FleetHeavy ArtilleryOverflightDangerous GoldminesBeast MobilizationTotal ProtectionBombs AwayKing of ArmorCannon DefendersBloody RiverThree GiantsTraps from BehindThe Four HorsemenCross the LineFacing OffCrimson LotusShivering NexusLast BastionStarry Prison

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