1. DESTROY 6 UEF POWER GENERATORS

To the south there is a large UEF base; build a wall between the two of you once you’ve taken control of 10 or 11 mass deposits. Don’t provoke the UEF until you’re ready to fight, and don’t build a Naval Factory until your land forces are secure and teched up to T2, as the UEF navy is big and aggressive. Build your Mass Fabricator farms to the northeast of the map, far from enemy air patrols. Along your south wall, build a complete T2 defense with shields and artillery and a couple patrolling Engineers. Once you’re ready to upgrade to T3, build some Naval Factories and assist them while you produce a land force designed to protect your T3 mobile artillery. Let the enemy forces attack you and waste their mobile units before you attack. Sneak your forces along the eastern edge of the map, behind cover of the mountains, so they can destroy the Power Generators and drop their shields. Remember to move at Heavy Artillery Speed with formations or Ctrl-Alt-click.

2. & 3. DESTROY 3 OMNI-SENSORS & DESTROY THE UEF NAVAL BASE

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Destroy the first Omni post using the same sneaky Artillery method, then have your Artillery slowly control more territory. As you gain control, extend air patrol routes to cover your safe areas so that enemy patrols don’t sneak up. Use naval units to take out the western shoreline and destroy the naval base. Your Cruisers and Destroyers can also help take out the defenses on the beach. Destroying the naval base first makes targetting the Omni Sensor on the west mountain much easier. As your artillery and support units die, replace them by air dropping more units in. The Naval Base is at the south end of the river. Toggle the land/air switch on your cruisers to “land” and move in with your naval forces (but not air forces because the anti-air is all shielded), while your artillery breaks down the shields. Target Engineers first, as they will attempt to repair the defenses. Alternatively, you can air drop Engineers by the base and a T2 artillery or Tactical Missile Launcher will destroy it easily, defended by your land units. The southwest Omni Sensor’s base is in range of all your units, so have all your forces pound it. The west Omni Sensor is atop a mountain, making it well-defended. Destroyers are slow, but they’re your best bet here; drop your artillery squad behind them and protect them with your aircraft.

4. REACH HEX5 WITH YOUR COMMANDER

Transport your ACU to the target area and keep your fighters back at your main base, as the skies will become very unfriendly after this objective. After you finish it, quickly transport your ACU back to the shields in your main base.

5. DEFEAT UEF GUNSHIP ASSAULT

This is not a problem if you had enough air defenses from the early objectives and enough fighters to repel the gunships.

6. INFECT UEF AIR STAGING FACILITY

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This base is well defended, so you’ll need to use your artillery squad. Try to clear away units from one side of the base while dropping units to the other sides in a suicide attack, then moving Engineers in through the hole to capture one of the facilities. You don’t need to wipe out the whole base first.

7. DEFEAT UEF COMMANDER

Move all your forces to the southwest corner – the naval units to the river to the east of the base, with the air units covering the sea but not straying too far into the base’s Anti-Air coverage. Once you’ve killed the outer ring of turrets, target the shields, and move your Destroyers up onto the shore to bait the ACU out of hiding. If he retreats before he dies, return to shelling his base until he has nowhere left to run. Once you have a clear shot, send in your air forces and Destroyers to finish the job.

Mission 5 – Operation Unlock – Video Guide