In this Star Wars: Squadrons Mission 11: Nowhere to Stand walkthrough, we’ll help you with tips and tricks you’ll need to turn an old battlefield into a minefield.
Polygon’s Star Wars: Squadrons guides and walkthroughs help you navigate more than a dozen missions set in a galaxy far, far away. Beyond general strategies for Mission 11, we’ll help you with with your loadout and completing optional objectives.
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 11: Nowhere to Stand walkthrough
Chasing the Starhawk, Titan Squadron hopes the lead their enemies into an explosive trap.
Mission 11 tips
- You have the choice between a TIE Bomber and a TIE Reaper for this mission. We prefer the TIE Bomber. We’ll go into the loadout below.
- This mission is weird — in that the best way to complete it involves something you haven’t really done before. You’ll be using Reactor Cores as mines to destroy New Republic Corvettes. The Cores aren’t strictly necessary to destroy the Corvettes, but they’re the fastest and most reliable method.
Mission 11 Loadout
We like the TIE Bomber for this mission, since you’ll spend a lot of time hanging around in the line of fire.
- Primary Weapon: Standard Laser Cannon. It’s your only choice, but it works just fine.
- Left Auxiliary: Proton Bomb. This is a bomb, so it fires down out of your ship. That means you have to be close for it to work.
- Right Auxiliary: Multi-Lock Missile. There are a couple sections where you’ll be dealing with enemy fighters, so multi-lock is the way to go.
- Countermeasures: Seeker Warheads. You won’t be flying in a straight line enough for Chaff Particles to be effective.
- Hull: Reinforced Hull. This sacrifices some acceleration and maneuverability for extra hull, and it’s worth it.
- Engine: SLAM Engine. This engine sacrifices a little speed to generate boost, even when you haven’t Maximized Engine Power. Those boosts will help you get away from the Corvettes.
Objective: Scan Cores
There’s no trick to scanning Power Cores, but there are more cores in the debris field than you need to scan. Use Cycle Target to make sure you’re approaching the correct ones.
Objective: Destroy New Republic Corvettes
There are two different phases of this mission where you’ll have to destroy four New Republic Corvettes before they reach the other side of the debris field.
The best way to do this is to detonate Power Cores when a Corvette is in range of the explosion. One Power Core is almost enough to destroy a Corvette on its own.
The timing of it is tricky, though. You’ll get a tip saying that Power Cores will flash and beep when a ship is in range. In practice — and in the middle of a fight with a lot of lasers and swerving — you probably won’t hear the beeps or notice the flashing. Instead:
- Follow along with the Corvettes and in the same direction as much as you can.
- Whenever you see a Power Core — look for the red lights, because you can’t target them with Cycle Targets — wait for it to get in range. You’ll have to get within 1,000 meters to hit them.
- Find Power Cores close to the Corvette you’re following. It’s OK if a core is a little behind them, but don’t seek out Power Cores that are on their own.
- While you’re flying along with the Corvettes, you’ll need of swerving and repositioning a lot to avoid getting pummeled. Any time you do, take a pass inside of the Corvette’s shields, and drop a few Proton Bombs. These do a ton of damage.
- Prioritize the leading Corvette(s). Once they hit the far side of the debris field, they’ll jump away, and you’ll fail the mission. Focusing on the leaders means you take out the ones closest to escaping first.
Objective: Destroy New Republic Frigate
At the end of the mission, a Nebulon-B Frigate will show up. After a few ineffectual passes, you’ll head back into the debris field to find more Power Cores.
These Cores are much more contained to one area. When you have them activated, find some debris to hide behind and wait for the Frigate to come to you. All you have to do is shoot one of the cores when the Frigate is in range. Don’t leave yourself out in open space where you can get shot.
Mission 11 Medals
- Mission Complete. Completed Mission 11.
- Efficiency Medal. Completed Mission 11 in 17 minutes or less.
- Enduring Service Medal. Completed Mission 11 without dying.
- Capital Destruction. Destroyed two capital ships in 15 seconds or less.
Most optional objectives like this don’t come with a strict time frame, but this one is easier than it seems. As long as you keep an eye on your target ships and the cores that you can detonate, you should have no problem.
The best way to do this is to maximize your ship’s speed the moment you’re asked to scan cores. Fly ahead as fast as you can, and manually scan cores before your enemies get into position. Then find a spot near the cores and listen to your comms. Your team will let you know when it’s the right time to shoot a core. Just make sure you manually target them because if you’re using target cycling, you may target a ship instead.
- Core Knowledge. Scanned all active cores.
Just move slowly through the beginning of the mission, using your target cycling to make sure you scan all the cores without missing any. When you need to make your second and third passes at scanning cores, break away quickly. Maximize your ship’s speed and get to them fast so you can scan them before your targets get into position. The best way to scan cores quickly is through manual targeting. Target cycling may pick up random enemies.