Armored Core: For Answer

Strategy Guide/Walkthrough/FAQ

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  • Bonus parts

    Successfully complete the indicated task to unlock the corresponding part:

      All purchasable parts are free: Successfully complete both the Collared and ORCA story modes.
      051ANNR (rifle): Successfully complete the "Defeat White Glint" mission at the end of Chapter 2.
      063ANEM (ECM maker): Successfully complete the "Defend Anti-Satellite Cannons" mission.
      067ANLR (laser rifle): Successfully complete the "Defend Anti-Satellite Cannons" mission.
      07-Moonlight (laser blade): Defeat Orca Rank 5 Next Shinkai.
      ASB-0710 (additional boosters shoulder piece): Defeat Orca Rank 5 Next Shinkai.
      ADDICT (emergency PA recharger): Successfully complete the "Attack Anti-Satellite Cannons" mission.
      BIGSIOUX (large missile): Successfully complete the "Defeat the Main ORCA forces" mission.
      DUSKAROR-HEAD-1 (stabilizer): Successfully complete the "Defeat Red Rumb And Starka" mission.
      DUSKAROR-HEAD-2 (stabilizer): Successfully complete the "Defeat Red Rumb And Starka" mission.
      EC-O307AB (laser cannon): Successfully complete the "Attack Arteria Carpals" mission in Chapter 3.
      EG-O703 (pulse gun): Successfully complete the "Attack Arteria Carpals" mission in Chapter 3 on the Hard difficulty.
      ER-O705 (laser rifle): Successfully complete the "Defeat AF Answerer" mission.
      EUPHORIA (PA moulder): Successfully complete the "Defeat Unknown NEXT" mission.
      FSS-53 (dummy rocket): Successfully complete the "Defeat Silent Avalanche" mission on the Hard difficulty.
      GAN01-SS-GC (Gatling cannon): Successfully complete the "Defeat the Main ORCA forces" mission.
      GAN02-NSS-WBS (spread bazooka): Successfully complete the "Defeat Wonderful Body" mission.
      HD-LANCEL-OPT03 (stabilizer): Earn an "S" rank for all Normal missions.
      HD-LANCEL-OPT04 (stabilizer): Earn an "S" rank for all Hard missions.
      HLC09-ACRUX (high laser cannon): Successfully complete the "Attack On Ateria Cranium" mission.
      HLR09-BECRUX (high laser rifle): Successfully complete the "Attack On Ateria Cranium" mission.
      HLR71-VEGA (high laser rifle): Successfully complete the "Defend Arteria Carpals" mission in Chapter 3.
      INSOLENCE (Kojima cannon): Successfully complete the "Defeat Unknown NEXT" and "No Count" missions.
      KAMAL (slug gun): Successfully complete the "Defeat Red Rumb And Starka" mission.
      KIKU (blade): Successfully complete the "Defeat Red Rumb And Starka" mission.
      MP-O901 (PM missile): Successfully complete the "Defeat AF Answerer" mission.
      MR-R102 (assault rifle): Successfully complete the "Attack Arteria Carpals" mission in Chapter 3.
      OIGAMI (dual grenade cannon): Successfully complete the "Defeat AF Great Wall" mission on the Hard difficulty.
      P-MARROW (assault amplifier): Successfully complete the "Defend Arteria Carpals" mission in Chapter 3 on the Hard difficulty.
      RG01-PITONE (railgun): Successfully complete the "Occupation of Arteria Carpals" mission in Chapter 3 on the Hard difficulty.
      SALINE05 (spread missile): Successfully complete the "Defeat White Glint" mission at the end of Chapter 2.
      SAMPAGUITA (shotgun): Successfully complete the "Defend Cradle 03" mission.
      SAPLA (grenade cannon): Successfully complete the "Attack on PA-N51" mission on the Hard difficulty.
      SAUBEES-HEAD (stabilizers): Successfully complete the "Defend Cradle 03" mission.
      XCG-B050 (chain gun): Successfully complete the "Defend Line Ark" mission at the end of Chapter 2.
      XMG-A030 (machine gun): Successfully complete the "Defend Line Ark" mission at the end of Chapter 2.
      ZINC (vertical Kojima cannon): Successfully complete the "Defeat Unknown NEXT" and "No Count" missions on the Hard difficulty.
      White Glint Head, Core, Arms, Legs, and Head (top) Stabilizer: Successfully complete the "Defend Line Ark" mission at the end of Chapter 2 (White Glint does not have to survive).

  • ORCA story path

    In Chapter 3, successfully complete both the "Defeat Red Rum And Stark" and "Destroy Megalis" mission to unlock the ORCA story path. The first ORCA mission is "Destroy Arteria Ulna".

  • AI

    Compared to Armored Core 4, the Nexts are much quicker. The quick boost thruster consumption appears to have been reduced and this causes quite a few of the AI to move very quickly and very erratically. Tried and true methods that brought down Nexts in Armored Core 4 do not always work, such as the ever potent HLC02-Sirius. The developers have compensated for this by giving placers the back chain guns GAN-01-SS-GC obtained by following the Collarred story line. Combined with the INBLUE FCS, which has the highest lock speed, and rapid quick boost techniques to stay close, you can easily destroy almost any Next. Unfortunately this is not available until after the "Defeat White Glint" and "Defend Line Ark" missions, which are very difficult without these chain guns on your back. Very few Nexts utilize aerial combat techniques; mainly Fragile, White Glint, Ambient, Stasis, Old King, and Unsung. Also, laser blades can use lock on now, making it easy for Nexts to target you with their blades. Shinkai is the most dangerous and is found in the Defend Arteria Cranium (final mission for Collared) and can very quickly take you down to size using homing strikes from the 07-Moonlight.

  • Recommended equipment

    FRS distribution

    Capacity

      Category 1 Load (allows heavier Nexts)
      Category 2 Energy Output (more energy for flying and energy weapons)
      Category 4 KP Output (greatly enhances Primal Armor)

    Primal Armor

      Category 2 Core (another great boost to Primal Armor)

    Boost

      Category 1 Main Thruster Horizontal Thrust (increases speed and flight time)

    FCS

      INBLUE (400 lock speed but shorter radar and lock ranges great for fast moving enemies)
      063AN05 (200 Lock speed medium lock and radar range, highest ECM resistance)

    Generator

      GAN02-NSS-G (High output, capacity, very high KP output for primal armor, and it is fairly light)

    Thrusters

      Main: Duskaror-Corb (not the fastest but it is quick, light, and has very good horizontal consumption)
      Back: 03-Aaliyah/B (not the fastest for regular flying but very good quick boost and decent energy consumption for regular flight)
      Side: AB-Lahire (fast, good consumption, good quick boost, and light)
      OB: KRB-Lahire (light, decent speed and consumption, one of the better Assault Armors)

  • Custom AC

    The following AC configuration will give you unlimited flight, regardless of prior tuning. It is a heavy weight AC that has plenty of AP. Note: Weapons are not in the layout to allow personal preferences. This AC schematic has its various advantages outside of its flight capabilities, such as its large hangers which can hold larger weapons.

      Head: Hilbert-G7H
      Core: ARGYROS/C
      Arms: ARGYROS/A
      Legs: LO2-ALBIREO
      FCS: 047AN0S
      Generator: ARGYROS/G
      Side Boosters: 03-AALIYAH/S
      OverBoost: ARGYROS/AO

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