Tactical Operations Briefing: Rebel
Single Player Exercise: Corvette Alley
Skill Level: Hard Duty Roster: Slot 1, X-wing Rogue Craft: B-wing (BoP), or Y-wing (stock XvT) #Craft: 1 #Waves: 3 Armament: Heavy Rockets (8) Countermeasures: Flare
The critical objective that must be completed to succeed in this mission is the destruction of Corvette group Geedon. As long as this goal is completed, you will complete this mission. However with a little more effort, you can destroy all eleven of the enemy CRVs and gain a Top Performance...here's how:
When you enter the mission, immediately set your ELS to 0/0 and 100% throttle for maximum speed. Whenever I am flying in a B-wing, I like to have linked lasers and ion cannons, but that is a personal preference.
Most beginner pilots' first instinct is to go after the Imperial CRVs launching heavy rockets by the pairs. However, I've found a little trick that should help you get a Top Performance. Switch to heavy rockets (single fire) and select the nearest enemy (it should be a T/A directly in front of you, if not get into position for a head on pass). Get a lock on him, and wait until he gets close to you. Launch a single heavy rocket to destroy the T/A. Killing this T/A will give you enough extra points to push you over the 50,000 point mark later.
Now, ignore the T/As and go after the mission critical CRVs. I like to set dual fire and take out three CRVs (two heavy rockets per). After the first CRV is destroyed, a STRKC (Triton) will proceed into the combat area. Just ignore it and stick to the mission objectives. Launch your remaining heavy rocket at another CRV. Hit hyperspace for a new ship. Note: if at any time a few T/As start attacking you, drop a few flares at them, that should throw them off your tail for a few moments...enough to launch rockets and go to hyperspace.
In your new craft, attack any of the remaining Corvettes. Remember to only use two rockets per CRV. Also keep in mind that one CRV has already taken one heavy rocket hit and only needs one more to be destroyed. Exhaust your ship's heavy rocket supply and go to hyperspace again. In your final ship, repeat this process. By this time your kill sheet should include eleven CRVs and a T/A. You may want to destroy some more T/As to increase your score.
Using this strategy, I am able to consistently achieve Top Performance ribbons. There are other strategies that will work, but I feel that this is the most consistent.
If you are a glutton for punishment, you can destroy the STRKC Triton by blindspotting it. If by chance you destroyed all of the T/As and 50% of the CRVs (at least) the ISD Malignant will hyper in. Go after it if you really have a death wish. It is carrying four squadrons of T/Is, two squadrons of T/Bs, and a squadron and a half of T/Fs. It will be a furious battle, but hey, if you destroy everything, you'll get tons of bragging rights!
Author: Brennan Roth (Rainman - Rogue 5) Strategy: Brennan Roth