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Star Wars: Squadrons guide – Mission 6: Signal to Noise tips and walkthrough

In this Star Wars: Squadrons walkthrough, we’ll help you with tips and tricks for completing Mission 6: Signal to Noise.

Polygon’s Star Wars: Squadrons guides and walkthroughs help you navigate more than a dozen missions set in a galaxy far, far away. For Mission 6, we’ll help you learn to pilot a Y-Wing on bombing runs and explain how to earn both of this mission’s optional medals.

We didn’t want our guides to become narrative novels, so we skipped useless advice like “follow the squad leader.” Instead, every Squadrons walkthrough begins with general tips for the mission, followed by specific strategies for difficult sections and objectives. We wrap up with advice about earning mission medals.

Mission 6: Signal to Noise walkthrough

Back with Vanguard Squadron, this mission heads to an Imperial listening post.

Mission 6 tips

  • Your ship for this mission is a Y-Wing. Y-Wings are slow as heck, but that’s OK.
  • For the first time, directions like up and down matter. Y-Wings drop their bombs straight down, so pay attention to your roll and orientation.
  • While you’re doing your bombing runs, you won’t be firing your lasers much, so Maximize Shield Power to protect yourself from the post’s countless turrets.

Optional: Destroy communication array

While you’re doing bombing runs on the receivers, you’ll get an optional objective to destroy the Imperial listening post’s communication array — these dishes were pointed out in the briefing. Destroying them will get you the Reinforcements Denied Medal and prevent a lot more TIEs from showing up.

It’s not quite clear when you mark these targets, but you have to destroy all of the satellite dishes on each tower for your shots to count.

Optional: Defend Corvette

After you’ve bombed the Thermal Regulators, you’ll get an optional objective to defend your CR90 Corvette escort. We had a lot of trouble finding it again after so many bombing runs.

The easiest way to return is to just look for TIEs — especially TIE Interceptors. They’re going to be focused on the Corvette, so they’ll lead you the right way.

Mission 6 Medals

  • Mission Complete. Completed Mission 6.
  • Efficiency Medal. Completed Mission 6 in 11 minutes or less.
  • Enduring Service Medal. Completed Mission 6 without dying.
  • Corvette Protector. Saved the Corvette.

    The Corvette will slowly fly around the perimeter of the structure that you’re bombing. If you don’t see it, look for the green lasers of the TIE Interceptors that go after it. Once you’ve found it, stay a safe distance from its rear and shoot down any enemies that approach it. You can either use your targeting system to direct allies to defend the ship, or shoot down enemies. You can also target the Corvette and use your targeting wheel to highlight enemies specifically attacking it if you’re having difficulty.
  • Reinforcements Denied. Destroyed the communication dishes.

    When Keo calls out the dishes, you can stop your bombing run and focus on shooting the dishes. Since there will be a lot to take out, use your target cycling and ping system to have your squad help you shoot them down. You can also use your target cycling system to make sure you’ve shot them all down. Just fly close enough to the center of the structure and constantly tap the target cycling button to make sure you haven’t missed any.

    To complete this medal, take out all the large, four dish arrays as well as several smaller dishes lining the center of the structure.