Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Walkthrough

Table of Contents

  • Mission 1: Nightmare
  • Mission 2: Inferno
  • Mission 3: Red Moon
  • Mission 4: Spooky
  • Mission 5: Blue on Blue
  • Mission 6: Power Play
  • Mission 7: Lock and Load
  • Mission 8: Pipeline
  • Mission 9: Siege
  • Mission 10: Hostile Fleet
  • Mission 11: Launch
  • Mission 12: Motherland
  • Mission 13: Aftermath
  • Mission 14: Home Front
  • Mission 15: Hurricane
  • Mission 16: Akula
  • Mission 13: Aftermath

    1. This mission starts off right away, taking whatever Fighter role aircraft you picked in the previous mission. In Free Mode, you can choose whatever aircraft you like, but just remember you’re up against Bombers here, so come prepared with 4AAM or 6AAM to pound those heavy aircraft and their escorts.
    2. As the mission starts, you’ll need to take down cruise missiles before they reach their targets in the city limits of Moscow. Fly towards them and circle around to trail, don’t use DFM, instead just lock-on and hit them with your own missiles. They’re easy targets.
    3. Guts will help, so you won’t have to take out every cruise missile alone.
    4. There are plenty of cruise missiles here, using DFM does help you orient behind each row, it isn’t always a bad idea to use it on the last missile in a line.
    5. Decelerate once you’re trailing the missiles or you’ll zip right past them.
    6. With all the cruise missiles knocked out, the bombers will close in on the city. This is where those 6AAMs or 4AAMs will save your life. Target the lead bomber with your special weapon, and try to clean off any of the fighter escorts.
    7. If you do enter into a dogfight, end it quickly. Play defensively, only entering DFM when you’re being trailed by using a counter maneuver.
    8. DFM will help you against those heavy bombers. They only have two engines, target them with your MG while firing away with your special weapons to quickly destroy the bomber and move onto another.
    9. Time is critical, you don’t have to use DFM to destroy the bombers. As you’re closing in, try to pound them with missiles from long-range to soften them up and set you up for a quick kill.
    10. Focus on the bomber TGTs, the bandit escort will keep hounding you with missiles, but you’ll just have to muscle through it. Make wise use of your flares here, and use counter maneuvers to destroy your opponents in seconds flat without all that wasted time chasing them.
    11. When all five bombers are destroyed, you’ll have one bomber left to deal with, this time escorted by Markov, or Akula.
    12. Akula is the toughest opponent in the game. But you can’t play with him right now, fly by and get on that bomber’s tail. You don’t have much time to break him, and like all bombers, he’s armed with flares. Fire a missile or two to make it pop flares, then hit it hard with your special weapon when the flares are clear.
    13. This bomber won’t be easy, as it seems to have infinite flares. Focus on taking out the engines while in DFM with your machine guns. The escorts will be on your tail, pop flares of your own to stay alive long enough to kill the bomber.
    14. With the last bomber destroyed, it’s just you versus Akula. He’s a monster pilot, a true ace, and he’s tough. Get in DFM range and start hammering him with your machine gun. Akula has flares, and he won’t hesitate to use them, but they aren’t as effective as the previous bomber.
    15. What’s special about Akula? He can counter maneuver, just like you can. He’ll flip around and start trailing you. But, that’s also his fatal flaw in every battle. As you close in, watch for a red diagonal triangle to appear over your reticule, that’s your warning that Akula is about to counter maneuver.
    16. When Akula counter maneuvers, hit both shoulder buttons, like you would to counter maneuver yourself, and slam down on the machine gun. This will really help against any fight with Akula, especially later. Practicing a defense against enemy counter maneuvers will save your life in the future.
    17. Keep up the pressure, and Akula will go down, completing the mission.
    18. Achievement/Trophy Unlocked: Patriot – Protected Moscow from destruction, freeing it from enemy control.

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    13 Comments on Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Walkthrough


    On November 7, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Thanks for sharing this Walkthough , please iam stuck with markov (the last chapter)this bastard cannot be beat any further solutions yet..

    Kevin Thielenhaus

    On November 7, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Hey David,

    Markov is really tough! The best solution I’ve found for defeating him is; you’ll want to close in during DFM (Dog-Fight Mode), and get very close. Get in as close as you can, and Markov will try to use the Counter-Maneuver on you. Meaning: He’ll try to spin around and shoot you from behind.

    When Markov tries to do that, a big RED TRIANGLE will appear over your HUD. Normally it’s green, meaning you can perform a Counter-Maneuver. When the triangle is red, hit the same buttons as you would to Counter-Maneuver, and instead, time will slow down and let you shoot up Markov with your machine gun, doing some extreme damage.

    That’s the best way I’ve found for defeating him, without it he’s very tricky to hit. Another method is to just slow down, and you might be able to follow him from behind without losing him, but he’s very hard to hit with missiles.

    Generally, I find it best to use the machine gun on him. There is a point where missiles will work. When Markov goes in for his final bombing approach on the White House, he’ll slow down and won’t weave around, this is the perfect time to hit him with missiles and all of your special weapons.

    Otherwise, this battle takes a lot of skill and patience. Goodluck, and I hope that helps you!


    On February 3, 2012 at 5:57 am

    hi, I’m stuck in this mission…especially when i get locked on by missile and cannot escape, even i have push LB & RB button (to DFM mode, counter manuvers).. i still get hit…i think i do wrong move, but still don’t understand what to do, when we got locked on by missile..please help..thanks


    On February 18, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    At the last level, and just like always the F&$%^^ng level is near impossible to beat. I hate freekin games that do that. Why cant you just make it challenging but not near impossible, I never finished the LAST FU&*^&#%%^ng game for this exact same reason….. What a Piece of SH^$%#T thing to do.. After a while its just a stupid game of repeating repeating repeating the same crap…until you get so fed up you just shelf the game being left completely unsatisfied… This is the last time I play this franchise… AS#^$%les… I’m am glad I did not pay for it…


    On March 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    im having troible destroying the ICBM, what aircraft is recomended? please help.


    On March 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Hey Zach!

    I recommend the Raptor for quick-turning capabilities, and the 4AM as your secondary weapon. It should help you quickly target even a single enemy. The ICBM can be tricky to target, but the 4AM should auto-target the sucker.


    On July 5, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    The last checkpoint in Siege is ridiculous. You have to kill all the tanks coming in, meanwhile the planes won’t get off your ass, not to mention all the SAM batteries with the tanks. You have a total of probably like 2 minutes before the timer on the mission runs up and the “take the base” (with one ing tank that barely got it)

    This is frustrating and quite frankly not fun at all. This is either a bug of some sort to have it timed so poorly or a very poor level design.


    On October 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    no tips on what plane to use or its load out???

    Kevin Thielenhaus

    On October 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm


    Plenty! Most of the time, the specific plane or load out doesn’t matter. When it does, we make special note of it in the walkthrough text. Do you need help with a specific mission?



    On April 30, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Totally agree with @Jordan


    On November 20, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I got past the first base but after that there are no more targets.

    Kevin Thielenhaus

    On November 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    @Name*: In which mission are you encountering this problem?


    On April 5, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    This is Some of the Stupidest I’ve Seen in Any of these Shoddy in’ Games. I Don’t know Why they Decided to Give Enemy Jets the Ability to Absorb the Impact of 50+ Missiles & Bob & Weave through the in’ Sky like a Alien Drone or Some Such Galactic Technology Type That Let’s you Defy the Laws of Physics. The DFM Is in Ridiculous Outright with the Way Moves During It, it Looks Retarded, As in, In Complete Defiance of Physics. Even IF The Jet COULD Do That, the Pilot Would be Crushed…