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 2: Inferno

    1. The next mission will be a mostly air defense, and you’ll have your pick of four different aircraft. Two fill fighter roles, they’re for air combat against other fights. The second two are multirole aircraft, with air and ground weapon capabilities.
    2. There are no ground forces for this mission. A strong loadout here is the F-16C Fighting Falcon, giving you a choice between the QAAM and the 4AAM.The QAAM is a versatile Quick Target Air-to-Air Missile that’s great for picking off single targets due to its great maneuverability at close range. The 4AAM, as you’ve seen already, is for destroying groups of air targets at once.
    3. Your weapon loadout is all about your preferences, so choose which you prefer. If you don’t like chasing down lots of easy TGT aircraft, pick the 4AAM. If you’d prefer a weapon that can quickly target TGT_LEAD aces in DFM, pick the QAAM.
    4. Press down on the stick to switch viewing options. The third-person perspective is the handiest for aircraft, giving you a good view of your aircraft and surroundings. But, once again, it’s all about preference, give all three settings a shot.
    5. Take off, and you’ll spot a swarm of MiGs right away. This is where TGT_LEAD becomes dangerous, and you’ll want to watch for them.
    6. If you try to hunt down TGT_LEAD first, you’ll also have to worry about the rest of the bandits chasing or shooting at you. You’re vulnerable while in DFM, often it’s better to clear out the regular bandit TGT aircraft first before trying to handle TGT_LEAD.
    7. While in DFM, if you’re being targeted by enemy aircraft, you can quickly disengage to avoid damage.
    8. Destroying the first group of bandits, and you’ll be requested to aid in the defense of an oil field nearby. Fly towards the field, more MiG-21s will try to stop you. Usually every group of bandits will included at least one TGT_LEAD.
    9. Over the oil field, you’ll meet a particularly tricky TGT_LEAD that will attempt to counter-DFM. Hit the shoulder buttons while a large red diagonal pointer icon appears over your targeting reticule. Immediately hit the machine gun to shred an opponent trying to counter-DFM you.
    10. This is also a good time to learn about flares. Press the left stick to disrupt enemy missiles, you have a limited number of flares, so make them count. Also remember that flares need to be reloaded after every use, so expect a cool-down period between uses.
    11. With the Oil Plant now partially safe, the Allied Base now needs help against enemy bombers. Before reaching the base, you’ll have enough group of MiGs to deal with. They’ll only slow you down.
    12. The TGT_LEAD for the MiGs will give you some trouble, stick with him and slow down to slightly to keep yourself oriented correctly. Keep hitting him with missiles, he won’t be able to use his flares more than once in a period of time.
    13. More TGT aircraft are coming to attack the Oil Plant. This time you’ll be largely outnumbered by TGT_LEAD aircraft, so pick your target and use the DFM to take the TGT_LEAD aircraft down.
    14. With those TGT aircraft down, the MiGs will break off and retreat. Chase them down and start swatting them out of the sky, just try to take out as many as you can, as you fly closer to the outskirts in the plains southeast of the Oil Plant, more MiGs with TGT_LEAD aircraft will show up to make your life difficult.
    15. While pursuing, Red Moon 1 will be shot down. Fly in close and follow the prompt to get a look at him safely ejected.
    16. Don’t gawk for long. Clear the skies to keep Major Illich (Red Moon 1) safe until he lands. You don’t need to shoot down every enemy aircraft, just those marked with the red TGT tag. Clear them out and you’ve completed this mission.

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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…