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A list of missions in Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
|#||Title / Operation||Date||Location|
|01|| Glacial Skies|
|April 2, 1995||Valais Air Base|
|As the Belkan Air Force sends heavy bombers to destroy Ustio's last line of defense, the Valais Air Base, two relatively unknown mercenary pilots, Cipher and Solo Wing Pixy, are sent on an impossible mission to intercept them. The Galm Team is formed ad hoc, with Pixy put under Cipher's command without previously knowing each other. To everyone's surprise, the two manage to shoot down all ten bombers (6 B-52Hs and 4 BM-335s) and their escorts before they reach the base. Upon their return, Pixy comments that Cipher "has potential".|
|April 15, 1995||Route 171|
|Cipher and Pixy participate in the Battle of Arlon and destroy the Belkan ground forces along Route 171, securing a transportation route for the Allied counterattack. This mission features a large number of yellow targets, allowing the player to propel their Ace Style gauge either into the Mercenary, or the Knight area (or stay as the default Soldier).|
|03|| The Round Table|
Operation: Choker One
|April 20, 1995||Airspace B7R|
|The Galm Team serves as a distraction for the Belkan military, intruding into the Strategic Airspace B7R, "the Round Table", while the Osean and Allied forces elsewhere launch the Offensive Campaign No. 4101. Depending on Cipher's Ace Style, the Belkans send the Rot Squadron (Mercenary), Grun Squadron (Soldier), or Indigo Squadron (Knight) after the Galm, but Cipher and Pixy defeat them, much to both sides' surprise.|
Offensive Campaign No. 4101
|April 24, 1995||Futuro Canal|
| The Galm Team participates in the battle for the Futuro Canal, opposed by the Belkan Navy, Army, and Air Force, including the Winds of Futuro aces. The campaign itself consists of three consecutive operations, with the player choosing which one to take part in before the start of the mission.
|05|| Flicker of Hope|
|May 12, 1995||Solis Ortus|
|Cipher and Pixy cover the landing of the Osean Army 101st Airborne Division in Solis Ortus, southwest of the Ustio capital Directus, preparatory to the latter's liberation.|
|May 13, 1995||Directus|
|The Galm Team takes part in the liberation of Directus. Half-way through the battle, the Directus civilians start attacking the Belkans, taking over some fortified positions. After the Belkan forces retreat from the city, the Gelb Squadron is dispatched against Galm but is shot down. This is the turning point in the Belkan War.|
Operation: Hell Bound
|May 17, 1995||Glatisant|
|Galm and several allied squadrons assault the South Belkan defensive perimeter, the Hydrian Line, near Mount Ivrea and destroy much of the installation. After the battle, news arrive that an Allied squadron was mysteriously destroyed, as revealed later, by the Belkan long-range laser superweapon Excalibur.|
|May 19, 1995||Schayne Plains|
| The Belkan second line of defense on the Schayne Plains consists of two anti-aircraft bases and a large number of fighter aircraft. Three strike teams assault the Plains simultaneously, and the player has to choose which one the Galm Team joins:
After the Plains are cleared, the Allied transport planes and their escorts find themselves under attack by Excalibur. Only a few, among them Cipher and Pixy, make it back to base.
|09|| Sword of Annihilation|
|May 23, 1995||Tauberg|
|The Galm Team and the Crow Squadron are dispatched to destroy the Excalibur on the Tauberg plateau. Cipher meets his future wingman Patrick "PJ" James (Crow 3) for the first time. Repeatedly fired upon by Excalibur, the Galm Team manages to destroy three jamming facilities and four lesser RTLS Laser Cannons, before taking down the Excalibur itself.|
|May 28, 1995||Airspace B7R|
|The Galm Team is dispatched to the Round Table to support the Osean aircraft in the largest aerial battle of the Belkan War, Operation Battle Axe. Despite losses on both sides (among them Jack Bartlett and Peter N. Beagle), Cipher's assistance turns the tide of battle to Osean favor, earning him the title "the Demon Lord of the Round Table". Even an elite Belkan ace squadron (Schwarze on Mercenary, Schnee on Soldier, Silber on Knight) is unable to stop him and Pixy.|
|11|| The Inferno|
|June 1, 1995||Hoffnung|
|Galm and Crow Squadrons escort Allied bombers on a precision bombing run at the Belkan industrial center Hoffnung, which, however, quickly devolves into indiscriminate saturation bombing. Pixy and PJ engage in a heated discussion about justifiability of such actions. Soon thereafter, the Belkans abandon the city but not before shooting down the Allied bombers. From this point onward, the Belkans resort to scorched earth tactics to prevent their advanced technologies from falling into the enemy hands.|
|12|| The Stage of Apocalypse|
|June 6, 1995||Waldreich Mountains|
|Galm and Crow Squadrons are sent to reinforce the Allied assault on Sudentor. While they are passing over the Stier Castle in the Waldreich Mountains, however, their objective is changed to shooting down a squadron of Belkan strategic bombers believed to carry nuclear weapons. Although the Ustio planes are successful, seven more nuclear bombs are set off across Waldreich. In the ensuing confusion, Pixy deserts and fires upon Cipher before fleeing the airspace.|
|13|| Lying in Deceit|
Operation: Stone Age
|June 13, 1995||Mount Schirm|
|PJ joins Galm Squadron as Cipher's wingman, since Pixy is believed to be MIA. Together, Cipher and PJ destroy the Belkan airbase and storage facilities at Mount Schirm, where the Belkan forces attempt to rally. Heierlark Air Base is accessible in this mission via the Return Line for repairs and rearmament. During the mission, they spot a colossal hangar, unaware that it was used to house the XB-0 Hresvelgr.|
|14|| The Final Overture|
|June 20, 1995||Anfang|
| Concurrently with the peace ceremony that officially ends the Belkan War in Lumen, three strike teams comprised entirely of mercenaries are sent to Anfang to eliminate the remaining Belkan military hideouts there. The player is free to choose the one they join:
After the mission, PJ observes that their opponents were far too many and well-equipped to be simple "remnant forces".
|15|| The Talon of Ruin|
|December 25, 1995||Waldreich Mountains|
|Half a year after the peace ceremony, the Belkan officers pull a coup d'etat and, together with some Allied aces, form the terrorist organization "A World With No Boundaries". After bombing Lumen with their colossal mobile command platform XB-0 Hresvelgr, they proceed to deal heavy damage to the Valais Air Base. Galm Team is the only squadron that can take off and gives chase to Hresvelgr, catching up with it over Waldreich. They are engaged by Sapin's renegade Espada Squadron but defeat them before taking down Hresvelgr itself. As the Hresvelgr crashes, Cipher receives a short encrypted message from Pixy.|
|16|| The Demon of the Round Table|
|December 31, 1995||Airspace B7R|
|A World With No Boundaries is revealed to be based around the Avalon Dam near Anfang. En route to the Dam, the Galm Team is ambushed above the Round Table by an elite ace squadron allied with the AWWNB (Sorcerer on Mercenary, Gault on Soldier, Wizard on Knight). The Demon Lord once again defends his title and proceeds towards the Dam.|
|17|| The Valley of Kings|
Operation: Point Blank
|December 31, 1995||Avalon Dam|
|Since the AWWNB possess a Belkan nuclear superweapon V2, a large number of Ustio and Osean aircraft are dispatched to the Avalon Dam to destroy it, spearheaded by the Galm Team. Cipher and PJ are the only planes to make it through the anti-air defenses and proceed to destroy the underground V2 controls in an intense Tunnel Flight. Their celebration, however, is cut short when Pixy, now allied with AWWNB, returns with ADFX-02 Morgan and shoots at Cipher. PJ shields Cipher with his aircraft and is shot down.|
|18|| Zero||December 31, 1995||Avalon Dam|
| Immediately after PJ's is shot down, Cipher and Pixy engage each other in an epic battle. ADFX-02 is revealed to carry backup controls for V2, which Pixy uses to launch the missile. Cipher has no choice but to shoot down his former wingman, which he does despite Pixy's technical superiority. V2 explodes in the air shortly after taking off. Pixy manages to bail out and is nursed back to health by Belkan civilians. Cipher flies off in unknown direction.
In the epilogue, set on November 25, 2005 in Delarus, Brett Thompson interviews Pixy, who is now fighting for ISAF in the Usean Continental War. He has reevaluated his views on national identities and borders and his last line is addressed to Cipher: "Yo, Buddy, still alive? And thanks, friend, see you again."
|SP|| The Gauntlet||N/A||Airspace B7R|
|In this hidden mission, unlocked after defeating all 11 mission boss squadrons (see Characters), Cipher has to fight five of them again (Gelb, Espada, and three randomly selected ones) one after another, without a wingman. There is a Return Line and a thirty minute time limit. If the player shoots down the Espada Squadron in under one minute on the Ace difficulty level, Mobius One appears as the final opponent of the mission. "The Gauntlet" is not part of the single-player campaign, accessible only as a free mission, and is therefore decisively non-canon.|