Part 54: Mission 22 (Minerva Route) - Heart Break - Part 1
Welcome back to the Minerva route split, last time (and today, especially): pic related.
Ichitaka still has a massive lead, but we wont be keeping this path, so it doesnt matter.
Any cash earned last mission goes to upping our guys EN and weapons.
This was actually Take 2 of the mission, because I forgot to start recording while running through it the first time. Only noticed it like 1/3 of the way through it.
So, I had to redo it... only to forget to set up Tetsuya Kouji and Shizuru since they ARENT event deployments. Only Shinji, Rei, Mira and Anna are. Again, I noticed it way into the mission and I was not about to redo it again. So, well be going like this:
Lets get this done with.
We open up with Shibakusa having a heart-to-heart with the Dannar: Weve got a major showdown coming and youll be stuck here. Im sure thats the last thing you want, too. Shizuru said shed be using the Core Gunner, and Goh cant fight but we at least made sure youre in tip-top shape. That way you can help us out in future battles.
Morimoto comes on over and says their work is finished, annoying Shibakusa. He told them to find shelter! Nanae and Touko didnt like the sound of that either, as, one, running off would shame their mechanic spirit and, two, they cant leave the elderly behind.
Shibakusa is NOT ELDERLY!
Shinobus also supposed to have evacuated, but he explains to an angry Hyouma that he cant find Goh anywhere. Alice says hes likely at the command room since the infirmary is currently unusable, and Shinobu hopes shes right. As he leaves, Juzo chides Hyouma for snapping at the guy the approaching battle has even him uncharacteristically on edge.
Ropett warns him to be careful, as mental stability will affect their ability to combine. Their bot falling apart in the middle of the final battle would only mean trouble for everyone else, Chizuru adds.
Fine, fine, I get it! Erm, but I guess that doesnt sound too believable if Im still yelling, huh Hyouma groans. Kouji adds another reason for him to calm down: we dont want Hyouma to also trigger the Rabid Syndrome. Everyones working to keep each other calm when they get too incensed.
Mind, Alice says weve no confirmed infections on anyone outside of Goh, but thats no reason to let our guard down. In essence, Tetsuya surmises, Hyouma doesnt need to be all serene about it, but hed do well not to get too agitated about things just do it like Rei.
Speaking of, Misato has new orders for her: shell be playing defense again. Misato apologizes for always foisting that on her, but she couldnt think of any strategy that didnt rely on the A.T. Field, so itll have to be her. Shinji comes in right then, having heard that the #00 will be shielding the Minerva.
Misato confirms, adding that the #01ll be attacking in tandem with our other units. Shes not happy with it, but Shinjill need to carry on fighting as he has. With that, its almost time for the mission to start, so they leave for the command room.
: As I previously said, the Super Mimetic Beast is currently headed towards the Dannar Base, absorbing the remaining beasts as it goes.
: Heres a more recent image of it.
: Its grown even more gigantic in this short span of time What a troublesome creature.
: My friends, this will likely be the last battle well have with the Mimetic Beasts. Will it be us wholl survive, or them?
: Your actions will determine the fate of mankind! I ask that you carve that thought into your hearts and give this mission your all!
: Aye, aye! Well be ending things with you today, Mimetic Beasts!
: We We have to put an end to this battle as quickly as possible.
: Oho? Id tagged you as a quiet sort, but youre actually manlier than that. Got a bit of a fighter in you, eh?
: D-Dont make cracks about me, please. All Im thinking of is doing whatever I can, the best way I can
: Hah Now that you mention it, Shinji did grow into a real man over this.
: Not you too, Kouji.
: And, with that, youre dismissed. Head to your respective units and prepare to deploy!
: Our long battle with the Mimetic Beasts will end today
: Yes, it will. Wait for me, Goh Ill fight hard for you too.
: Please do. And, above all, come back safe !
: Absolutely. Id never die with you watching I promise!
Mission 22 (Minerva Route) Heart Break
: The enemy group has just broken past the Dannar Bases last defensive line!
: Were expecting the Super Mimetic Beast to have regenerative abilities beyond any other we faced. Dont let your guard down for an instant!
: You got it. It can regen all day, were still gonna pound it into the dirt!
: Here it is: the climax of our battle with the beasties !
: Lets do this, everyone!
Mission Objective: Destroy the Super Mimetic Beast
Mission Failure: The Minerva, Goh Okusaer, Combattler, EVA-01 or 00 shot down.
Come one, come all, to the grand opening of the Mimetic Waterpark!
I wouldnt classify this mission as being hard, but it is VERY annoying. There are a metric fuckton of enemies youll have to fight (more coming), plenty of Land Type and Type #13 beasts to slow you down with their large HP pools and, of course, water. Water, everywhere.
Do not send your guys out to meet the enemy. Just dont. Theres no skill point rushing you and spreading out your troops is a recipe to either get bitten by evasion decay or lose EN to the smaller beasts. This is a mission where energy and SP conservation is the name of the game coming into the end stretch on fumes will likely mean a hefty repair bill.
With all that in mind, Ill say screw you to all that water and simply have my guys plant their feet on this plot of land. Well only leave here once its time to engage the Super Mimetic Beast, so the enemyll be forced to come in in waves and meet me on my terms.
Play very conservatively here, be patient, and you might have things done by turn 14-15. As always, prioritize the smaller beasts to stop them from draining your EN. Had I not forgotten to set the G-Zero Gunner here, Id at least have a unit that could reliably hit underwater targets, but no
Super Mimetic Beast
Break Morale Limit
Support Attack L2
Attack Combo L2
10% HP Regen
30% EN Regen
Big huge enemy with a ton of HP and packs a mighty punch. Its got a MAPW that hits anything in a 6x6 area around it, and that Command Aura is another big reason why you wanna let the enemies come to you. Also, its strongest attack is range 3-8, so itll absolutely be sniping at you on approach docking everyone inside the Minervall make things easier for you.
Now, you might be able to kill it in one round if everyones in position to use their best attacks, but itll be a tight squeeze. Best approach, I think, is to assume you wont make it and do it in two turns.
First things first, though, weve a ton of enemies to deal with, so lets get to it. Fast forward!
The EVAs are your best friends this mission because anything outside the boss is very unlikely to pop the A.T. Field. Set them up front.
Most beasts are still on approach.
Get the little guys!
The first wave of them gets killed by Rei, Anna and Aoi.
Fat Boys still like to snipe.
Quatres got the range to counter, though. Two to him and Hyouma
Shinns Arondite hits well enough underwater, mind, so you want him to get that morale quick.
Thats all the Fat Boys down.
Crap, I got greedy!
Rey can take beams, though.
As the Land/Flying combo come in, our team brings down the fliers and focuses on the bulkier Land Types.
Barely enough, but were good. Once you kill enough [/i]
: What is it?!
: Energy spike coming from the Super Mimetic Beast! Its A space-time shockwave!
: Hrm?! My meters are !
: Somethings wrong with my controls !
: All hands, brace for impact!
: What happened?! Move, G-Zero Gunner!
: The Plasma Drives level is !
: Nothing is working the nuclear fission engines are also faltering! Not even our super-electromagnetic energy can handle this !
: No one can move ?!
: All deployed troops have been immobilized!
: The #00 can still move.
: Yes, it looks like only the EVAs havent been immobilized! How ?!
: My guess is the enemy did something to mess with our units drive systems.
: Then why havent the EVAs ?
: I get it its because they arent actually robots, but man-made humanoids !
: Howre we looking, Kosuke? Can the mechs bounce back from that?!
: Yes, but itll take them several minutes at worst. On the other hand, if were hit with another of those attacks before then
: And it aint like the Mimetic Beasts are just gonna sit there. Things just went south in a big way !
: Our EVAs are still moving, so well try and draw their attention !
: Thats crazy, Shinji! Even the EVAs and their barriers cant take these many guys!
: Still, this is what we can do what we have to do... Were the only ones who can keep you all safe!
Another reason you keep your guys back and bunched up is this: let them get immobilized in a bad spot and itll be all that much harder to keep them alive if theyre swarmed.
There isnt anything we can do to speed things up, so we hold back and wait. Your guys can still attack, but most of them are stuck where they are. As before, try to keep Shinji and Rei up front to draw in the enemies.
: Damn it, more of them! Are we still down, Kosuke?!
: Still nothing! We need more time!
*A Type-13 Mimetic Beast rushes Rei down!*
: !! Ayanami!
: Hrk! This time Ill protect her !
: We gotta do something, or hell !
: Im still up ! Were the only ones who can move! And Im the only one who can protect both Ayanami and the Minerva So thats what Ill do !
: Well said, Shinji!
: Are you hurt, Shinji?
: Goh! Mira!
: The Godannar and Neo Okusaer?! Whore piloting them?!
: Its me and Mira!
: You idiot! If you deploy now, youll!
: I know, but I cant just watch this and not do anything!
: The future of mankinds on the line here, and Shinji has it right! I got to do whatever it is that I can do here!
: Heh, I figured hed turn up eventually if I waited by the Godannar.
: Whatever the case, weve to keep our friends and the Dannar Base safe!
: Here we go, Shinji!
Shinji, Rei and the Combattler arent essential anymore, but now you need to keep Goh safe (he can move just fine). Proceed as you have, and let the new wave of Mimetic Beasts come across the map.
And make sure you heal Shinji up.
Thats the first batch of enemies down.
Cut a few down to size.
: I have found you at last, the king of the Mimetic Beasts
: Blade Gainer! And Lou! You here to start trouble with us again?!
: I havent the leeway to bother on you. In fact, surely you realize that were both living on borrowed time
: ! You too ?
: Ive only a few remnants of life remaining, but Ill gladly burn them all away here if it lets me crush this beast!
*Ken and Lou cast focus.*
: Hmph Have it your way. I guess well see whether its our lives or his that run out first!
: Come on, Mimetic Beasts! None of us fear death, and now youll get an eyeful of the power that gives us!
: Goh, were detecting another energy spike within the Super Mimetic Beast! If it fires off that attack again, the Godannarll also be immobilized and then itll be all over!
: We estimate another three minutes before it fires! Youll have to destroy it by then!
: Yes, maam!
Hahahahaha, no. Youre not on an actual timer, so ignore what the game says and hold your ground. Not like you actually could kill the Super Mimetic Beast with just Goh, Mira, the EVAs and Kens group (barring massive upgrades).
Oh, and keep this in mind:
Do not let either Ken or Lou to get shot down. If you had Goh or Anna destroy Lou in mission 10 (rescue route), you can skip this.
Its not really difficult, actually, because both have boss HP still. Better still, many of the beasts up there will gang up on Ken, and he can easily carve them up (I suppose thats bad if youre keeping this route and want cash).
Just make sure you keep a few Trust casts at the ready, because the Super Beast WILL hurt them, and Lous tendency to support defend means shell take a lot of punishment.
: Two minutes until the second space-time shockwave!
: We have to beat the Super Mimetic Beast quickly !
Annoyingly, the beasts seem to prefer Rei to Shinji.
: None will stop me I do this for Lous sake, as well as my own !
: The king Mimetic Beast, the one that killed my dad ! I finally have you !
: Weve less than a minute until it fires another space-time shockwave! Hurry!
: Copy that! Ill do whatever it takes!
: Damn! Lou, were combining!
: Roger, Ken!
: Are you?!
: Remember always, this heinous sight These are the final moments of someone whos lived for vengeance!
My vengeance ends here
*The Blade Gainers absorbed into the Super Mimetic Beast!
: No ! LOOOOUUU!
: The Super Mimetic Beasts stopped attacking! It looks like the organ that generated that space-time shockwaves been damaged!
: All of our units are recovering their controls as we speak!
: Its great that we can move again, but
: Lou is !
: Raaaargh! LOU!! You you monster! GAAAAAAAAH!!
: Compose yourself, Goh!
: Insania ratios jumped past 170! He cant ! Goh hes triggered the Rabid Syndrome!
*The Godannar turns hostile!*
: It its happened
: But Goh! Please, calm down!
: Goh! Come on!
: It aint working! Hes gone completely crazy!
: Anna, do you think you could get through to him?!
: If we were combined and I could talk to him face-to-face, Im sure I could !
: Still, combining with him like that is
: Wait just a second, professor. Were putting together a program that should let us override the Godannars controls!
: Right, well give Anna the chance she needs!
: OK, then step one is to immobilize the Godannar. In the meantime, well make the necessary changes to the combination routine.
: You all heard him! Cover the Goh Okusaer and immobilize the Godannar!
: Urk ! Thats the hero of the War of Giants, for you His fighting spirit alone hits like a hammer!
: Hrm And were supposed to stop him just by ourselves ?!
: The hellre you cowering like that for?! Haaaaah! Come and fight me GOOH!!
: Now its my time to help you, Goh. Ill put a stop to you but as your friend!
: I swear Ill save you ! Wait just a bit, Goh!