Part 94: Mission 41 - The Light of Hope - Part 1
Here we are again, upgrading the obvious ghosts of our incinerated people. Hopefully our upgrades will pass on as Sally, Mari (and Kaworu?), the International Dannar team, Garis and the Darius droids, and the Queen Fuji charge the moon to kick Glorias ass.
Now, despite Kiras boost, Daiya has a pretty solid stake on the 2nd place (1st place for non-cheaters), so Jesus might be stuck in 3rd. Tragic.
Final round of upgrades: Jeeg was brought up to 50% (Squad Bonus: Accuracy +15, Melee weapons power +200) and the rest was used to buff Ichitaka as much as could be done. Hes nowhere near maxed out but that extra armor means enemies will have a real hard time doing lasting damage through Mius Barrier and the Laplace Wall.
No event units for the finale, but we do have 22 slots which is room enough for pretty much everyone important:
Eternal (In hindsight, I shouldve deployed Rei and someone else, but I only realized it was 22 slots, not 21, when I was recording, so I just picked whatever.)
Save the world, Queen Fuji!
: And so end the Guardians of Earth
: Time and again they were an unrelenting shield against invaders; they were agents of justice always the embodiment of hope for the weak.
: And that is precisely why news of their destruction should quickly sap the morale of any nations still fighting out there.
: Theres nothing quite as fragile as the hearts of people whove lost their anchors.
: Hah, youre damn wrong. Even when theyre waist-deep in despair, the people can still pull themselves right back up !
: What ?! That voice is !
: Crooks like you wont be running amuck while weve got something to say about it!
: LOTUS, the Champions of Justice, have arrived!
: Wh-What ?! How are you still alive after being on the receiving end of the Galtdeus artillery?!
: ! Wait, you didnt !
: Guess the other shoe just dropped. The Rushbird absorbed all the energy of your attack with the Laplace Wall
: And the Straybird used all that energy to engage its Imaginary Road and warp us all the way to the surface of the moon.
: You absorbed all of that attack ?! Impossible!
: Yes, its possible! Ad libbing things is our specialty, you know!
: And using the Dimensional Converter as a warp device was my grandfathers idea from the start.
: Course, that was some real heavy lifting for the Rushbird, but its still got more than enough power to beat you up!
: Hrm, you stubborn pests !
: And another thing. You were talking about how the people would quickly submit without us, right?
: I did. The people can only live by clinging to something else. With that something gone, they are helpless
: Not at all. Because so long as justice is alive, therell always be those ready to stand up and fight. And those people will eventually end you!
: Right. You might even beat us today, but you can never snuff out the peoples spirit!
: That said, it doesnt mean were leaving this mess for folks to sort out later!
: Yeah, absolutely After what you did to Earth, wed never be able to rest easy if we didnt beat you into the dirt ourselves!
: Hmph, the gall. Do you honestly think youve a shot at defeating me face-to-face?
: The Galtdeus is a mobile fortress, designed with the single purpose of facing and destroying Central.
: It is the fruit of all of Prof. Grifes genius, and GreATs know-how and hard work It personifies power, and Im certain you can appreciate its majesty.
: Hmph You call something you made by probing other peoples heads the fruit of your hard work? Dont be ridiculous!
: To each their own, I suppose. But all this that Ive accomplished it most certainly is the crystallization of all my hard work!
: Blah, and here come all those mooks. Im so sick of fighting these
: But whatever the might throw at us, we cant let ourselves be beaten !
: You all know whats at stake here, people. The enemy has quite the force waiting for us, but defeat is absolutely not an option
: So my order for you is just this take him down! I believe in all of you !
: Mission accepted !
: Well whoop his butt and keep Earths future our future safe!
: The people of our world must be seriously dense to pick this guy as President!
: We cant really give them crap since we chose Mishima. The politicians always keep their real selves way out of sight from the common folk.
: Ludo Gloria! Your defeat is what will really signal a new dawn for our Earth!
: This is it the last battle of LOTUS! HERE WE GOOOO!
Mission 41 The Light of Hope
Destroy the Galtdeus, dont lose a ship. Last mission was the dry run nows the real deal. Youve got a ton of mooks, MP Imperial Valleys and HL-1s, and Gloria ready to snipe down everyone on approach.
How easy this mission goes depends on the answer to this question: how many Confuse casters do you have? All in all, Ive six which is actually more than what I think would be necessary to make this real smooth.
The reason I say that is because not only do the HLs have that high accuracy, the large amount of enemies makes evasion decay a real problem if they decide to gang up on people. Resource management, especially your SP, is essential to drop Gloria as soon as the game allows you (hint, hint).
Same priorities as always: take out the Strike Valleys ASAP lest they debuff your armor and, if theres a Destroy by where youll be running people, take it out to avoid random MAPWs. Youll want to spread your group in two wings, each going up the east and west sides of the crater and converging at Gloria because, as you might expect, he has a big MAPW he can use.
I find that the Imperial Valleys are more trouble than theyre worth and, with Confuse, theres a decent enough chance your guys will be able to dodge them. Again, if theyre not directly in your way, consider ignoring them to conserve resources.
Galtdeus (Ludo Gloria)
Break Morale Limit
Support Attack L3
Attack Combo L3
10% HP Regen
30% EN Regen
Gloria IS the toughest boss in the game by a mile, packing a full 300k HP, massive stats across the board, S ranks and a ton of range and firepower. Prevail L9 on top of Guard and a 3L size means damage will quickly start to drop against him especially if you dont use Size-Ignoring attacks like combos and whatnot. Yuliannes Armor Down will be tremendously helpful in wrecking him in one round.
As I mentioned above, Gloria is more than equipped to snipe you down and his strongest attack, Revolution Cannon, has a reach of 3-9 and hits like a jet-propelled truck. Dont let him get a clean him with it, or else. On the flip side, if you can close the distance, things become a lot better as he can only use his second weakest attack at point-blank.
Actually getting close to him is the catch, though, because Gloria has gone to Dvoraks School of MAPW: a 4x4 AoE that he can set anywhere in a 2-8 range and it wont even hit his own guys. Oh, and it also has a +30 accuracy modifier. THIS is why youll want to have Confuse up as often as you can, or at least have Daunt/Exhaust casts ready to push his morale back under 130 (Gloria has exceptional morale gains, though).
Oh, and you should know that Gloria doesnt subscribe to the oft-seen trend of double moving bosses never using MAPWs back-to-back. He absolutely will tag you twice in a round hell tag the same group twice and thats a recipe for dead stuff, especially with the mooks running interference. With Confuse up and a few command auras, though, its not too bad, but youll still want to keep your guys as spread out as can be on approach.
Dont rush this because Gloria has some surprises, but dont take things too slow that youll run dry. Keep a steady pace and, once your morales good, send someone to just tag the Galtdeus with whatever and trigger the plot.
Oh, and like in so many SRWs, this stage gets a unique map BGM.
And, hey, a Nuclear Windam finally managed to last long enough to put those guns to use!
It actually hurts a ton, as you can see.
And here he comes.
As I said, just tag Gloria with whatever.
: With Centrals defeat, our Earth is finally coming together. I can do the same for this one as well, you know. Given the opportunity, Ill unite all nations of this planet.
: Is defeating me truly whats just? Oh, but I suppose this kind of questioning will always be too much for mere soldiers like you !
: Hah, its always the worst folks who go around yelling of how in the right they are. And then they turn around and stomp all over everyone else to get what they want!
: The justice you brandish is as empty as your words. Youve nowhere the sort of resolve Treize Khushrenada and Hisataka Katou had.
: And even nameless soldiers can still see the truth. The people were caught in the crossfire of your offensive, and the moment you accepted that, you became evil.
: So prepare yourself! We wont hesitate you put an end to you!
: For all your merits, you are hollow inside. The pain youll now feel is your just deserts for all those youve crushed underfoot!
: Final target IDed Moving to destroy !
Heero: Ludo Gloria, not everything will be going according to your plans!
Gloria: Heero Yui thats the name of a legendary leader of this world, no? But Im afraid Ill be claiming that title as my own now!
: Hmhmhm Oh, how wonderful my Galtdeus is. No attacks can harm it, you see.
: Our weapons are having no effect ?!
: Thats Its using a dimensional seam as a barrier! Its the same principle as a Fold Fault !
: I told you: the Galtdeus personifies power, so it cannot be anything but indestructible!
: It had to rise above even the SDF-1 Macross, or it would be unable to win the peoples hearts and minds! And with that in mind, I made it so !
: Emi, Rachel, we gotta do something or thisll go just like when we fought the Glain-Neidr!
: Were on it! Emi, you got a fix on where that barriers energy flow is coming from?!
: I do! Its originating from
: From these coordinates! Im sending them to you right now!
: Huh? But theres nothing
: Look closer, Iczer-3! Theyre not good enough to trick our eyes!
: Ummm Ah! Found them!
: There they are !
: So we need to destroy those and the Galtdeus barrier will disappear. Simple enough.
: And unlike those Spheres, it looks like we can attack those just fine. In that case
: Right, we just have to fire everything we have and wreck them!
: Your targets are the enemys flying fortresses! Save dealing with President Gloria for after theyre down!
: Alright, now the way to go is 100% clear
: But it would be rude to keep His Excellency waiting. Lets wrap this up quick!
: Hmhmm, well see about that
And heres why I told you not to bumrush Gloria. Before you can damage him, you must first destroy all 6 of these Core Fortresses and each one has 50k HP. Good news is they have no important skills to watch out for, being just big blobs of HP.
Still, thats still another 300k HP youll need to wear down and Gloria will keep on pelting you with MAPWs while you run around wrecking the things. Keep running Confuse, spread your folks as best you can and see if you cant take them out in two turns at most.
If youve been stocking SP, feel free to pop a Valor or two here to speed up the process.
Rey and Shinji just couldnt move close enough with a single Zeal cast, but Ill take four out of six.
Their 2L size cuts the damage a bit, but 12k on each one will help.
The Core Fortresses come with a very special attack involving all GreAT mooks which still counts as an energy attack!
And thats the last of them!
: Weve confirmed all fortresses have gone silent!
: That should also have done away with the Galtdeus barrier!
: Well, well, youre putting up quite the fight but Id expect no less from the Guardians of Earth. However, I still have a few tricks up my sleeve.
: Giant missiles ?!
: These are my divine thunderbolts the Conquest Bombs and theyre set to make a beeline for the PLANTs!
: Youre going to destroy the PLANTs?!
: All I want is Earth and all its resources. Agricultural colonies, I could be talked into keeping around, but residential ones? I dont need those at all.
: But, really, the people of this Earth arent high on my list of priorities right now.
: How can you say that ?! Theres nothing more precious than life!
: So what will it be, young Champions of Justice? You cant simply turn the other cheek and let those set out to the PLANTs, can you? We both know that.
: You understand that youd be going along with my plan, but you cannot help yourselves. You simply MUST divert some of your forces to deal with it. And that is the greatest weakness of Champions of Justice.
: Psh, talk about veneer falling off.
: So now youre using the lives of everyone as a shield For all your attitude, youre no different from a random thug.
: Youd best watch your tongue! Ill have you know that my Conquest Bombs also have more than enough firepower to reduce your units to piles of slag!
: And theres the choice of the day: if you wish to save the PLANTs, then feel more than welcome to stop my bombs with your own bodies. Of course, if you do that, Im afraid there wont be much left of you to try and stop me.
: Death by willingly flinging themselves at an obvious trap a suitable end for you Champions of Justice, I say !
: Bah, listen to you Whats gonna happen is that well protect the PLANTs and take you down! Real CHAMPIONS OF JUSTICE can always manage to do both!
: And real Champions of Justice will never lose to anyone when its time to fight and defend others!
: Stay strong, everyone! I know you can pull through this!
Remember Mission 7 (Retreat Route)? Its just like that. Glorias 6 Conquest Bombs will set off to the southern edge of the map and, if one gets there, you lose. But there are two problems with that plan: one, theres quite the long distance for them to cover (might take 3-4 turns for one to reach the goal more than enough to drop Gloria) and, two
The Bombs not only have rather piddly HP, they still have only one attack: blowing up. Like Logos nukes, whether the hit connects, you dodge or, say, use Invincible/Iron Wall, they kill themselves regardless.
A shame that Glorias plan never accounted for us having spirit commands. Whooops!
Mind you, after the Conquest Bombs start to spawn, when the enemies are reduced below 20
: Enemy reinforcements!
: Hrm, and they just dont stop coming !
: This really shouldnt come as any surprise I just have to recall the forces Id deployed across Earth.
: You may be so very powerful, but the line that separates victory and defeat is determined by the size of ones army or lack thereof.
: Maybe, but you still cant summon all the forces youve deployed on Earth at once isnt that right?
: Meyrin, have you ran the numbers on how many mobile weapons he can warp in?
: Yes. According to intel provided by Prof. Grife, the warp device can only transport about 30 units per jump.
: Then the total number of troops he has isnt a problem. Well destroy each wave as they come in.
: And as hes forced to pull more and more forces out of Earth, itll give the people still fighting a chance regroup and attack.
: Surrender while you still can. Your plans are all falling apart.
: Get ready to face the music, Ludo Gloria!
: Well make you apologize to the Professor and everyone on Earth!
: Silence! SILENCE!! How could I ever be beaten by insects like you?!
: You may be this Earths guardians, but Im its conqueror! Nothing but victory awaits me!
: Come! Let the full power of the Galtdeus the power thatll rule over a new world carve into your souls! And then prostrate yourselves at my feet!
And if you kill all bombs
: All of the enemy missiles are confirmed destroyed!
: Your ace in the whole has been destroyed, Mr. President What will you do now?
: Then I suppose you force my hand I wanted to use these to persuade the people of the surface into playing nice, but
: H-He has more?!
: Itll be alright, Naoto! He can bring out as many of these as he wants, were still keeping the PLANTs safe!
As it turns out, Gloria has unlimited reinforcements the second you take out his Core Fortresses. When you get rid of the things, then, thats your cue to drop everything and bash the Galtdeus into submission.
Ideally youd have killed all but one fortress in a turn, taking out the last one with a ship or something and sending everyone after Gloria immediately as the endless respawns begin. If you dont, however, thats fine: pop Confuse, let the bombs run off, spread out as much as you can to minimize the threat of MAPWs and wrap things up in the next turn.
Before we get the ball rolling, here are the other attacks of the Galtdeus:
: I feel what lies in your heart a cold flame that nobody would ever truly embrace
: I can certainly see the logic behind banding together, uniting your strength but what it all comes down to is that thats a weaklings train of thought.
: And it amounts to absolutely nothing when faced with one truly mighty person!
: Thats where you are wrong. What you are is a lone man, wallowing in the power hes earned !
: But were not alone! I got a bit of everyones flame burning hot inside my heart !
: And you say the power that has amounts to nothing? Lets put that to the test and see who gets burned!
Gloria vs. Daiya: You saved the Darius, the surface, and next you mean to save the world? Think you can actually pull that one off?
: And the Voltes V sets itself before me though Im afraid your claim as the mightiest of all is ancient history.
: You see, Ive amassed tech from all the Boazans you defeated and finally created a weapon to surpass even your unit!
: Our parents made the Voltes and if you think youre wrecking it that easy, youre in for a reality check!
: You talk a good talk, but, at the end of the day, you dont give a damn about anyone but yourself!
: And were not about to let ourselves be beaten by someone like that! Come and feel the power of the Voltes for yourself!
: My Galtdeus was built to rise above and beyond any of Earths weapons!
: Youve absolutely not winning this one. Just lay down your weapons, nice and easy.
: Youve got to be kidding. My father poured his soul into building the Combattler
: And it aint getting trounced by this gold POS you had to force people to make for you!
: All that data ya got from us is already way outdated! Now grit your teeth and Ill prove it to you, Ludo Gloria!
And heres Glorias strongest weapon in full.
Gloria vs Voltes: Voltes V things mightve turned out quite different in our world had you made it back from Planet Boazan.
Vs. Combattler: You cannot combine unless all five of your brainwaves are in sync? Do you honestly think you can best me with that faulty system?
Now we can go! L doesnt have a JAM Project song, so I asked around and this was recommended!
: Your ambitions are about to come to a screeching halt, Gloria! And I, Tetsuya Tsurugi, am here to make that happen!
: Ah, the hero whos defended Earth time after time A shame that I must turn that pride and iron will to crumbs.
: Id hoped that you would take up the mantle as a guardian of my world but it doesnt look like youre willing to hear me out.
: Of course not theres nothing left for me to say to you. But if you insist, Ill have to let my fists get my point across!
: Having a man like you in the front lines is a boon to your whole team. Your very presence bolsters everyones morale
: Youre not an opponent to underestimate. Ill turn you to ashes with the full might of the Galtdeus !
: Hah, talk me up all you like, that wont make me less pissed off at you!
: Step up, Ludo Gloria! Throw whatever you want at me, Kouji Kabuto always finds a way to bring home the gold!
Gloria vs Kouji: Ah, the Devil Emperor; thats quite the fitting opponent. Let us ante up the fate of the world, then! Come!
Vs. Tetsuya: I can appreciate your determination, but if youll bear your blade against me, Im left with no choice!
Ah, sorry. All these Projects confuse me heres the actual song!
: War does nothing but spread sorrow and hatred, and Ill bring an end to it today!
: Indeed, itll end at the moment this world falls squarely under my rule, that is!
: The way you look at the PLANTs like theyre nothing is no different from how the old Earth government treated us!
: And Im not letting you call the shots with our worlds destiny! Earth is our home, so keep your hands off it!
Gloria vs. Shinn: You do understand that Im offering the world free of war that you so desire, yes?
: Heres a bit of wisdom for you, boy: justice does not equal victory. Rather, its the victors who determine what justice is.
: Good to hear! Guess our justice was the real deal all along, huh, Emi?
: Right, Kouichi! After all, victory will be ours because were true Champions of Justice!
Gloria vs. Kouichi: Champions of Justice, hm ? Then I suppose Ill simply educate this world on how pointless it is to ramble about justice.
: Come on, Goh! Lets take that guy out in a hurry and put an end to all this fighting!
: Yeah! Well show him how strong the bonds between a husband and wife are!
: How the mighty hero of the War of Giants has fallen What use is something like a bond between man and woman in the battlefield?
: All that time you spent spying on us and you didnt learn jack, I see
: Ive Anna, and all my friends, here by my side! You might not realize the strength that comes from the bonds we share, but I can easily showcase it for you!
Gloria vs. Goh: Ill give you ample proof that that the power of love and bonds is worthless in battle!
: I dont feel anything in your heart not a person you care about, or an ideal you pursue What a sad man you are
: Everyone here has been fighting for something or someone. But all youre doing is fueled just by your thirst for glory
: Im fighting for my people, thank you very much. Under my rule, our two worlds will complement each others deficiencies, and then prosperity will be ours.
: Wed share with you our advanced technology, and youd share with us your abundant resources. Whatever is wrong with that picture, I ask of you?
: The fact you dont mean anything you say! If youre so good, then whys your heart so empty?!
: Silence! How dare an android a man-made automaton talk about anyones heart?!
: The Nagisas were always so kind to everyone androids or not !
: And thats your main problem, old man! You dont know how to be kind to others, and thats why your hearts empty!
: Im afraid Earth has no place for your kind, Warrior of the Cthulhu. Why not surrender and Ill show you to the door?
: Do you think the Cthulhu still want to invade Earth? Theyre not like you!
: I do regret having to do any invasion.
: What I truly want is nothing more than to bring the peoples of both Earths together under the rule of one king.
: If you claim to truly have what it takes to be king, then youd best stop with your empty rhetoric!
: You have no pride as a warrior. Rather, you grasp so desperately at any power and political influence you can get your hands on pathetic.
: Ludo Gloria In the name of all those I hold dear, Ill make sure Earth stays far out of your reach !
Gloria vs. Iczer-3: Ive no use for an ignorant Iczer kid. Stand down or Ill have to make you!
Vs. Iczer-1: You vagrants dare get in the way of my conquest of Earth ? You dont know your place, I see!