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Also known as "The Assault on Vasel Bridge" this is the eighteenth chapter in Valkyria Chronicles.

Breaching Jaeger's Blockade
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17a
Number Chapter 17, Part 2a
Terrain Urban
Time of day Day
Number of units 10: Welkin (Edelweiss), Zaka (Shamrock), 8 Empty Slots
CP Start 7, 7 per turn
Turn limit 20
Turns for A rank 5 Turns
Objectives Jaeger is defeated
Failure conditions Welkin dies

The enemy occupies Gallia's base camp
20 turns pass

Special conditions Boss-insigniaLupus
Enemy vehicles Fixed-weapon-insigniaHeavy AT Cannon x 2

Tank-insigniaHeavy Imperial Tank x 3

Enemy officers Shocktrooper-insigniaShocktrooper Leader x 2

Scout-insigniaScout Leader x 2

Enemy ace(s) Shocktrooper-insigniaTy the Immortal
Ace drop(s) ZM MP 5(g) IconZM MP 5(g)

StoryEdit

Squad 7 hurried back towards Randgriz, but found their way barred by Jaeger's heavily armored unit, which had set up a blockade at the Great Vasel Bridge. The bridge had made Squad 7 famous, and it once again become the stage of battle. Welkin and the others felt their love for their country being tested as they fought their way through these familiar streets.

As the two forces stood face to face, Jaeger openly admitted that he had no personal quarrel with Squad 7, and even went so far as to say that he knew what the Empire was fighting for was not fair or just in any way. Still, he had come this far for the sake of his homeland, and the only way for him to restore his homeland was by defeating Squad 7. Jaeger sent every last tank under his control into battle against Squad 7, hoping to put a stop to their interference.

TopographyEdit

Chapter 17 map

Set in the same location as one of the first missions "The Battle for the Bridge," there are only a few differences since then. The Gallian forces start on the eastern portion of the map, rather than starting from the south. Also, a portion of the south-east portion of the map has been opened up, while some of the south-west portion of the map has been sealed off.

There are a total of 4 enemy bases, each of which are adequately defended by a variety of different units. There are also a number of units positioned in the alleyways and rooftops of the buildings, so be prepared for interception fire from multiple directions.

Landmarks and Street Names

  • East First Street
  • East Fourth Street
  • East Fourth Street
  • East Second Street
  • East Third Street
  • Highplot Lane
  • Lowplot Lane
  • Randgriz Boulevard
  • Vasel River
  • West Riverside Street

Here is a brief on the task at handEdit

"The Empire is waiting for us on this side of the bridge with an ironclad defensive formation. General Radi Jaeger is in command. He's lived through more battles under the Empire's standard than I can count. That said, he'll need to stand aside this time. We've got to get past that blockade if we hope to take back Randgriz. Engage them and break through. That's the only way we can secure a path back to the capital in time.

Your objective is to defeat Jaeger. He's one of the Empire's most renowned tank commanders. Expect tank strategy of a caliber you've not seen. As to what, I'm afraid I've got no specifics to offer you. Find a window out there and break it."

StrategyEdit

The Lupus Regnum's gimmick is a layer of add-on armour it can regenerate fully at any Imperial-held camp. The armor must be destroyed first before the Lupus itself can be attacked. In addition, it can fire smoke rounds at friendly units, typically flags, to protect them. Capturing the Imperial flags before attacking Lupus is the safest way to deal with the boss tank, but it is readily possible to defeat Lupus Regnum without doing so with enough strong Lancers on hand; four should be enough with a full set of CP on hand to move them. Lancers here should be at around level 17; strong candidates include Largo Potter, Jann Walker, Yoko Martens, Hector Calvey and Audrey Heitinga if she has become recruitable. Lupus' interception fire is fearsome, making getting behind the tank for the final pair of shots to the radiator the most risky part of doing this.

The second battle is extremely variable since Lupus' movements can be hard to predict, but it will typically make for the lower base camp; the majority of Lancers should be deployed here and moved to be ready to pounce on it. With the Ultimate Anti-armor potential unlocked, the battle can easily be over in as few as two turns; the maximum rank will be given if it is defeated in less than five.

  • Each turn, Jaeger will use one or more Orders (All Units Attack, All Unit Aim, or All Units Evade) which costs the enemy side 2-6 CP per turn. However, due to the large amount of CP regained each turn by the enemy, it effectively allows him to issue these Orders without any real negative impact on his movement and attack options.
  • The Lupus will always attack once with either its main cannon or mortar (if one of your units is within range), and then use another turn to fire a smoke round. The smoke round will most of the time cover an enemy base, which can actually be used to your advantage. Move into the smoke screen with Scouts and slowly search for enemy troops without running into them. Since the enemy is not able to spot you, you can easily position yourself behind them and get easy headshots on even the Elite Leaders. It is also possible to spot enemies in smoke by exploiting an oddity of the engine: the smoke effect will only appear in the main "window" of the screen, while at the edges it is possible to see the outlines of enemy soldiers. This can be used to find the height of an enemy's head while quite a distance from them.
  • The flamethrower attachment for Shocktroopers and the Shamrock are excellent options for this mission, as there are a large number of enemy troops crouched behind cover and are often densely packed close to the enemy bases. The Shamrock's flamethrower, in particular, is capable of sometimes clearing out an entire enemy base in one sweep due to its very wide range.
  • Always remember to keep the radiators of your tanks in a position that will make it difficult for the enemy forces to directly hit. Pushing forward and taking out each enemy base as quickly is the best way to prevent an enemy reinforcement ambush.
  • To destroy the Lupus, it might be more efficient to use Lancers as opposed to the Edelweiss or the Shamrock's cannons. In particular, Audrey Heitinga, Elysse Moore, and Jann Walker all have the potential "Ultimate Anti-armor," which will greatly reduce the number of shots needed to destroy the Lupus. In addition, Lancers only cost one CP rather than two for a tank.
  • It is possible to complete the mission within one turn using a lancer with "Ultimate Anti-armor" and a powerful lance (M20R was used in testing but M20 is likely sufficient). Place the lancer in the leftmost position in the leftmost camp. The only other units are the CP boost units. In the first turn, use Caution on the lancer. Do not attack on the first CP, the unit will likely be out of range, dealing less damage. Fire on the second turn, it takes 4 shots to destroy the armor and 2 to destroy the tank itself. Resupply will be needed to be used or Mooch (Audrey) will need to activate.

RewardsEdit

Base Reward
EXP DCT
30440 93325
Enemy Ace Reward
Ty the Immortal - ZM MP 5(g) IconZM MP 5(g)
Ranking Bonus
Turns Rank EXP DCT
1-5 A 60880 93475
6-7 B 45660 68175
8-9 C 30440 37875
10-20 D 0 0


AftermathEdit

Though he had lost the battle against the militia, Jaeger did not seem troubled. After making sure that his troops had safely fled the area, Jaeger sent a final messenger to Maximilian. In his message, Jaeger warned Maximilian against underestimating the militia. He also noted that he would be leaving the Empire and its army. Jaeger knew why he had lost the battle against Squad 7, and it had shown him the error of his way. A country was not meant to be ruled by sheer military force, but by the spirit of its citizens, and the bond they share with one another. Leaving his cautionary message in the care of the royal messenger, Jaeger disappeared into the dark pillars of smoke.

Notes/TriviaEdit

Valkyria Chronicles Mission List
Chapter 00 | 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08a | 08b | 09 | 10a | 10b | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15a | 15b | 16 | 17 | 18a | 18b
Report 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 | 09 | 10
Skirmish 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 | 09
DLC 1 | 2 | 3

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