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"Fenrir has amazing capabilities, but it's no match for the Southern Cross's flying!"
― Aurelian pilot

The XFA-33 Fenrir (or simply Fenrir on the handheld games) is an original next-generation combat aircraft from the Strangereal universe. It made its first console appearance in Ace Combat Infinity, previously debuting on the handheld Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception and Ace Combat: Joint Assault.

Design

Body

Fenrir is distinguished by its unusually large body. It uses a polyhedral cropped delta configuration with bent wingtips, a V-tail, canards and dual air intakes. The frontal landing gear is housed within the mouth-like pod beneath the cockpit. It uses dual thrust vectoring engines, aided by a smaller power plant between both, which give it VTOL capabilities.[1]

Technology

The aircraft uses Connection for Flight Interface hardware for control. The cockpit features a dashboard with a digital interface that displays vital information of the aircraft, along with a 3D render of Fenrir. Depending on the game, this 3D render acts as a compass (Ace Combat X and Infinity) or to show the aircraft's position in a virtual space (Joint Assault).

Fenrir was primarily designed to operate with the experimental technologies researched in Leasath. The jet can use a downscaled and improved version of the optical camouflage system used by the Gleipnir, which masks the aircraft's engine noise.[1] Fenrir's optical camouflage required working with a ground-based emitter, but it retained the Gleipnir's vulnerability of malfunctioning from damage feedback.

Weapons

Fenrir's main weapons consist of dual machine guns and short-range missiles. Fenrir could be additionally equipped with air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles, as well as a small-scale version of the Gleipnir's SWBM.

Leasath also developed a new microwave weapon to equip onto the Fenrir units. The system functioned through the intersection of plasma beams generated by a ground station and the Fenrir itself, creating a ball of lightning designed to ignite the fuel tanks of enemy aircraft.

History

Creation

Fenrir was created by Leasath under Diego Navarro's instructions following the destruction of the Gleipnir over Santa Elva. The aircraft was created using battle data acquired by the airborne fortress.[2] The aircraft's production and development was held at Sentry Island, within Archelon Fortress.[3]

Deployment

Following Fenrir's completion, Navarro contacted the elite Alect Squadron to pilot 4 of the finished units. The squadron would reach Archelon Fortress via the Danern Straits. Additionally, a new weapon, the High-Powered Microwave, was also being developed and transported for use by the aircraft.[4]

Navarro also planned to unveil Fenrir in Alendal, Leasath's capital city.[5]

While the Alect Squadron successfully reached the stronghold, the HPM was destroyed while it was being transported from Cobalt Cave.[6]

Once the Aurelian Air Force's Gryphus and Aquila Squadron had reached Sentry Island, Alect Squadron, now piloting Fenrir, quickly took off. In a hectic dogfight, all Alect pilots were shot down. However, another Fenrir, holding valuable date from the battle, was taking off from within Archelon Fortress but was quickly shot down by Gryphus One. The fortress was soon engulfed in flames.[7]

Destroyed Fenrir

The shattered Fenrir in Alendal

With the destruction of the fortress and Fenrir playing live at Navarro's unveiling, the citizens stormed in on him and destroyed the Fenrir model being shown to the public.[8]

Reproduction

After the war, many of the intact remains were retrieved from the ruins to be inspected by Aurelian engineers. It was then reproduced for research purposes, without the VTOL and optical camouflage systems, resulting in lighter airframes with more maneuverability.[1][3]

Infinity

Details of the Fenrir's creation in the Infinity universe are scarce. All that is known is that it was developed by a country in the Southern Hemisphere. Wernher and Noah Enterprises came to possess the designs and used their Advanced Automated Aviation Plant to reproduce it and make it available to mercenaries worldwide, where it found limited success.

Game Analysis

Ace Combat Infinity

"A large-scale special attacker aircraft developed by a small country in the southern hemisphere. It was originally created as a demonstration aircraft to display the high-level technical capabilities of a military-industrial complex, but the fortress which acted as a base for the aircraft's development and production was destroyed. A certain country discovered the remains of the aircraft and reproduced it for research. Unlike the prototype aircraft, it doesn't come equipped with optical camouflage or VTOL systems, but it's lighter and features improved maneuverability, resulting in an aircraft that is more suitable for real combat."
Hangar

How to Unlock

The Fenrir is available through the Aircraft Tree.
Stats and Prices Lv.1-10
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
1 825 C+ C+ B B C+ D+ 4,590,000
2 874 B C+ B B C+ C 2,727,000
3 923 B+ B B+ B B C+ 3,942,000
4 972 A B+ B+ B+ B B 4,644,000
5 1021 A B+ A A B B+ 7,047,000
6 1070 A+ A A A B+ A 14,850,000
7 1119 A+ A A A B+ A+ 7,290,000
8 1168 S A+ A+ A A S 8,100,000
9 1217 S S A+ A+ A S+ 8,910,000
10 1266 S+ S A+ A+ A S+ 9,990,000
Stats and Prices Lv.11-20
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
11 1317 S+ S+ S A+ A S+ 11,070,000
12 1368 S+ S+ S A+ A+ S+ 12,690,000
13 1419 S+ S+ S S A+ S++ 13,500,000
14 1470 S+ S+ S+ S A+ S++ 15,525,000
15 1521 S+ S+ S+ S A+ S++ 17,010,000
16 1591 S++ S+ S+ S S S++ 22,464,000
17 1654 S++ S+ S+ S+ S S++ 25,650,000
18 1717 S++ S+ S+ S+ S S+++ 28,863,000
19 1780 S++ S++ S+ S+ S S+++ 36,882,000
20 1843 S++ S++ S+ S+ S+ S+++ 46,521,000


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Weapon Ammo Lv.1-10
Lv. GUN MSL LASM 4AAM LSWM
1 520 136 14
2 590 138 16
3 660 140 18
4 730 142 20 40
5 800 144 22 44
6 856 146 24 48
7 912 148 26 52 3
8 968 150 28 56 3
9 1024 152 29 60 4
10 1080 154 30 64 4
Weapon Ammo Lv.11-20
Lv. GUN MSL LASM 4AAM LSWM
11 1136 158 31 66 5
12 1192 162 32 68 5
13 1248 166 33 70 6
14 1304 170 34 72 6
15 1360 174 36 76 7
16 1416 176 37 78 8
17 1472 178 38 80 8
18 1528 180 39 82 9
19 1584 182 40 84 9
20 1640 184 42 88 10

Part Slots
These are the minimum / maximum part slots this aircraft carries at the respective levels. Part slots can be added until they reach maximum by repeatedly sortieing with the aircraft; see Tuning for more information. A maximum of 7 parts can be equipped at any time, regardless of available slots.

BODY / Max ARMS / Max MISC / Max
Lv.1-5 36 / 38 36 / 38 36 / 38
Lv.6-14 38 / 40 38 / 40 38 / 40
Lv.15-19 39 / 41 39 / 41 39 / 41
Lv.20 40 / 42 40 / 42 40 / 42

Nicknames
Upgrading this aircraft to these levels will unlock the respective nicknames for use at any time.

  • Lv.3: Wolfpack
  • Lv.10: World Eater
  • Lv.15: Twilight of the Gods
  • Lv.20: Lone Wolf

Skin Galleries

Description

Air superiority gray camouflage

Gallery

XFA-33 Event Skin -01

Description

Desert brown body with with black trim and nose; based on the Special 2 color from Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception

Availability

Gallery

Ace Combat: Joint Assault

"A special attacker with mysterious capabilities and amazing maneuverability."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete Reprisal (21A) on Ace difficulty on or after a second campaign playthrough. Costs $824,000.[9]

Statistics[9]

Speed: 80
Air-to-Air: 65
Air-to-Ground: 65
Mobility: 65
Stability: 70
Defense: 70

Weapons

  • STDM x150
  • HACM x100, costs $13,500
  • LGWM x200, costs $16,800
  • HVWM x50, costs $20,000
  • LASM x15
  • XMAA x32, costs $106,000
  • SFFS x24, costs $42,500
  • LSWM x4, costs $202,000

Colors

  • Color 01: Light grey
    • Default
  • Color 02: Alect Squadron livery; black with white accent
  • Color 03: Blue livery
    • Unlock: Earn 42,400 cumulative points with the Fenrir (40% of Kill Rate Gauge)[10]
  • Color 04: Desert brown body with with black trim and nose
    • Unlock: Earn 63,600 cumulative points with the Fenrir (60% of Kill Rate Gauge)[10]
  • Color 05: God Eater collaboration theme
    • Unlock: Earn 84,800 cumulative points with the Fenrir (80% of Kill Rate Gauge)[10]
  • Color 06: Ocean livery
    • Unlock: Earn 106,000 cumulative points with the Fenrir (100% of Kill Rate Gauge)[10]

Named Pilots

Gallery

Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception

"An advanced fighter developed using tactical battle data gathered on the Gleipnir."
Hangar
"A special attacker aircraft developed by Diego Navarro as the Leasath Army's trump card. Equipped with an optical camouflage system that was further developed from the Gleipnir, it was able to disappear and mask its noise. However, this model was rebuilt for research purposes based on the remnants of Archelon Fortress that the Aurelian Army destroyed. Because of this, the optical camouflage and VTOL systems were not reproduced, but its weight has been reduced and it features improved maneuverability."
Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception - The Complete Guide

How to Unlock

Complete the campaign on Ace difficulty and complete Operation X. Costs 215,000 credits.[1]

Statistics

ACX Statistics Fenrir

Weapons

  • GUN x800 (∞ on Easy and Normal)
  • MSSL x50 (x75 on Easy)
  • LASM x18
  • XMAA x22, costs 100,300 credits
  • LSWM x2, costs 129,000 credits

Named Pilots

Colors

  • Aurelia: Plain gray
    • Default
  • Leasath: Alect Squadron livery; solid black with white wing/stabilizer accent
  • Special 1: Dark blue
    • Unlock: Earn an S rank on Operation X on Ace difficulty[1]
  • Special 2: Desert brown with gray nose and body trim
    • Unlock: Earn 80,000 points with the Fenrir[1]

Gallery

Trivia

  • The aircraft is named after a mythical wolf from Norse mythology, and the son of Loki. Odin's son, Víðarr, slays Fenrir in battle. This is referred in the Ace Combat X medal "The Mark of Vioarr", earned by completing either End of Deception I or End of Deception II.
  • The Fenrir bears a resemblance to the Super Sylph B-503 from Sentō Yōsei Yukikaze. This similarity is specially notable in the design of the wings and the mouth-like protrusion beneath the Fenrir's nose.
  • One of Bandai Namco's other franchises, God Eater, feature an organization called "Fenrir", sharing its name with the Ace Combat aircraft. Fittingly enough, the Fenrir has an unlockable God Eater-themed collaboration livery in Joint Assault. As well, a Fenrir emblem was available to all players during a God Eater-themed Collaboration Event in Infinity.
  • In early concept art, the F-3 Shinden II used a similar wing configuration to the Fenrir.
  • In Ace Combat Zero, one allied UAF aircraft at Bastion will call out, "Fenrir 4, please respond!"
  • Unlike many other aircraft, the plane initially did not have an official designation, only being listed with its nickname, "Fenrir". The designation was revealed in Infinity, which labelled the aircraft as "XFA-33".

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception - The Complete Guide, page 210.
  2. Fenrir hangar description. Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception.
  3. 3.0 3.1 XFA-33 Fenrir hangar description. Ace Combat Infinity.
  4. Cutscene following Wild Card. Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception.
  5. Cutscene prior to End of Deception II. Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception.
  6. Fire Storm. Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception.
  7. End of Deception II. Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception.
  8. Cutscene following End of Deception II. Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Ace Combat: Joint Assault Perfect Guidebook, page 142.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Ace Combat: Joint Assault Perfect Guidebook, page 149.

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