XWA-F 18: Ambush on the Border

Battle Information

Game platform: X-Wing Alliance
Missions: 1
Release date: 2000-08-28
Last updated: 2003-09-09
Average rating 2.6
Reviews: 9
Bug reports: 1
Times completed: 237
Patches used: None

Battle Reviews

CM Jagged Fell III



Not fun at all. Spent 10 mins trying to get into range and nope... also DO NOT try to use the auto turrets, it will disable your main gun

CM LQC-75-3



Another Capital ship-focused battle, I liked it quite a bit as it gave the Captain more freedom in terms of approach vectors to the enemy fleet and the orders of how the ships were destroyed. The VSD once again commands the battlefield, and bring victory to the Emperor's Hammer!

COL Phalk Sturm



In a previous mission, excitement about being Captain of a VSD was so high that I jumped blindly into this mission. But this is nowhere near fun. You steer that massive Star Destroyer into the fray, only to watch the opposing capital ships sink one by one. Only a few scratches to the shields from occasional fighters, that were dealt immediately with autofire. This is basically a realistic mission about being a Captain. Sit in your chair with a mug of coffee, and watch your fighters do the job. Arrive just in time to recover the spoils. A pity, since the previous mission was amazing.

FA Pickled Yoda



Well I regret to report that was basically joyless. You fly a VSD and it is SO SLOW you have options for strategy you just drift slowly towards the combat and then ask your turrets to do work. I am not sure how to make a cap ship mission interesting but this is not it.

RA Genie



OK, so you are flying as a Capital ship, similarly to another XWA Free Mission (15 or 16 it was). In this one, the capital ships DO have flight paths, but you start so far away it takes a good ten minutes to get there and get a piece of the action. You spend ten minutes as a glorified spectator. When fighters decide to attack you, you feel mostly helpless (as you should). They are mostly outside your firing range and you eat some missiles (just in case you were hungry). Making a mission whereby you fly as a cap ship CAN work. This one doesn't. Somehow the other Cap-ship flying mission was more fun because you got into the action a lot sooner and you had actual targets to bring down.

LCM Marek Ny`Irfa



It's okay I guess. Flying a capital ship is not really an experience XWA was made for. This time your primary source of score will be the capitals. With so many fighters and corvettes around your only chance to shoot down some fighters is when they come out of Liberation's hangar right at you. The Y-Wings and A-Wings at least. Be careful with the B-Wings that appear later in the mission, they really don't like you. Setting turrets to defensive mode helps.

MAJ Witcher



This is a pretty fun mission. It's actually easy if you're just looking to complete it, even on Hard. Enemies don't pose much of a threat to the VSD. May be tricky to get a new HS, though - the bar there is set pretty high.

COL Carl Lost



hehe, my first Free XWA - a bit akward to fly a VSD but nonetheless it was fun. I just couldn't come close to the enemy capships but I blew aB/W with my cannons ( I think... ) ;)

LCM Emon



A very well planned mission. Highly recommended.

Battle Bug Reports

GN Dunta Polo


STARG Xi has no orders.

High Scores

Mission: 7,059 LCM Marek Ny`Irfa 2020-08-08

Top Ten

(of available records)

1 7,059 LCM Marek Ny`Irfa 2020-08-08
2 5,941 GN Dunta Polo 2014-05-24
3 5,935 COL TK-7764 2002-12-16
4 5,850 HA Anahorn Dempsey 2014-05-24
5 5,517 COL Ixion Deathbringer 2003-07-26
6 5,445 GN Elwood the Brave 2020-04-17
7 5,321 CM Xanatos Screed 2003-03-27
8 5,138 MAJ Granite 2004-06-05
9 4,372 GN Elwood the Brave 2014-05-25
10 4,357 FA Pickled Yoda 2021-04-02

Battle Completion Statistics

This battle has been flown by 230 pilots a total of 234 times.

COL A. C. Badlands

CM Aaron Cremel - 2021-04-20

GN Abel Malik


LC Ace Hobbes

AD Adren Silvori

COL Adrenaline

COL Aeishline Strathaven

MAJ Aeolus

CPT Alexander Anderson - 2004-09-05

CPT Alsdyr - 2003-10-30

HA Anahorn Dempsey - 2 times, last on 2014-05-24

LCM Andre Parafonte

LT Andreev Anton

CM Andros Rok - 2003-06-22

COL Angel - 2003-02-22

COL Archangel - 2003-07-18

CM Argos Staneth

HA Ari

COL Arso Slyth

Autoris Maximus

LC Azazel

CPT Badger

CM Banger

LT BATUTA1 - 2020-04-07

COL Beef

FA Bevel Leeson

CM Blade

LT Blitz Degal

LCM BoroKnight

LC Brandon - 2003-09-08

CPT Cal Sinis

MAJ Calvin Senzin

COL Carl Lost

CPT Carren "Angel" Hiles

Charles Spencer

LCM Chrome - 2014-06-06

LT Chrusos Ichthys

LT Corran Maxwell

MAJ Cray Mikalen

LCM CrimsonAngel

COL CrimsonFury - 2003-11-23

CPT Crix Madine

MAJ Crix Talra

CPT Crovax

COL Crsepe


GA Cyric


CM Dakar Romson - 2003-04-05

CPT Damarcus

CPT Damon Kast

LC Daniel Kamprath

AD Daniel Licinius Trajanus

LCM Dargor - 2004-07-10

COL Dark Angel

COL DarkC - 2003-01-19

LC DarkHawk

AD Darksaber

Darth Vader - 2003-03-30

MAJ David - 2003-01-11

COL Deimos

COL Den Darkhill

VA Dolza - 2003-02-05

CPT Draiff Stryker - 2004-08-31

COL Drak - 2004-08-02

COL Dras Hempor

LCM Drax Remlinger

LCM Dufar Jabar

LCM Dufar Jabar

CM Dukimar - 2003-05-12

GN Dunta Polo - 2014-05-24

COL E. Tarkin

CPT Egg'Foo

CM El Guapo

GN Elwood the Brave - 3 times, last on 2020-04-17

LCM Emon

Enahropes Teriad Entar

MAJ Erryc Lasitter

CPT EXE - 2005-01-20

LCM Ezop

CPT Fishbone

LCM Flagellant

SL Fondor

MAJ Frankie - 2003-04-29

LC Frey Gallandro

COL Gallows

COL Garik Hizad

LT Gavin Shard

LC Gen Es'mith

RA Genie - 2020-09-08

AD Gidda

LCM Gold Leader

VA Gord Darkonian

MAJ Granite - 2004-06-05

COL Gyssler

LCM Hawky

MAJ Hermann

LCM Hiram Tolwyn

FA Howlader - 2010-01-17

MAJ Hunter

LC Iceman

COL Ixion Deathbringer - 2003-07-26

CM Jagged Fell III - 2024-01-02

CM Jan Schneider

GN Jarek La’an

LC Jargon Grim

LCM Jari

CPT Jarion Renalds - 2020-07-03

LC Jason Hunter

CPT Jaster Sadista

LCM Jer - 2004-06-04

LC Jesseb Skyrauch

MAJ JetMech - 2021-09-12

COL Joerg

MAJ Johann Glorick

COL Josh Popelka

LC Kadon Beir

GN Kaisin Mirtez

CM Kakihara

SA Kamjin Maverick Lap'lamiz

VA Kane Reese

CPT Karrad Entar

SA Kawolski

MAJ Keiran Laserlight - 2005-06-02

SL Ketan-Shej

Khameir Sarin

LT Kweeky

CPT Kyral Retsam - 2003-07-27

COL Lenvik - 2003-08-24

SL Linoge

CPT Lito Rendal

CM LQC-75-3 - 2022-07-14

LT M. v. Richthofen

MAJ Malik

LCM Malus Bloodmoon

COL Marc

CPT Marc Kendoran - 2003-08-16

FA Marcin Szydlowski

LCM Marek Ny`Irfa - 2020-08-08

LCM Marine Ross

LC Mark

CM Mark

GN Mark Schueler

CPT Mark Stephenson

GN Master

MAJ Mawy

Mayk Wolverine - 2002-12-24

LCM Mithrandir

LT Moorindal

CM Mycroft

CPT Nakata

LCM Narnil

CM Nicolas

LC Nile Rosenau

LCM Nir Fallas - 2003-11-23

MAJ Nuno - 2002-08-30

CPT Optimus

COL Osan'gar

CPT Paco

LT Pesk Vri'syk

HA Pete Mitchell - 2002-12-19

COL Phalk Sturm - 2021-10-25

LCM Phelan - 2005-05-14

LT Philledume

FA Pickled Yoda - 2 times, last on 2021-04-02

MAJ Praetorian - 2003-04-23

MAJ Prinz von Hoffman

CPT Psyko Prefect - 2003-07-27

LCM Psylocke

COL Raith Sienar

AD Ranthier Khaen

COL Rau Aznable

MAJ Raxis Krieger

LCM Razor

MAJ RedTaz

VA Rejili Holthaus - 2004-09-24

CPT Ric Gravin

GN Ric Hunter

CM Riccardo Grazioli

CPT Rogue

COL RogueWing

MAJ Roth Jalis

GN Sasquatch

COL Scoser

COL Shae Kitane - 2003-04-28

LCM Shark

CM Shivor Dahr - 2005-01-28

LCM Soj Kiram - 2003-03-22

CPT Soontir Fel

CPT Soontir Fel

CM Spearhawk

VA Starrett - 2002-11-09

Steele Brightsaber

LC Strahd

HA Striker

LT Sueki Suezo

LCM Syntax

CPT Syntroth - 2022-01-30

LT Tail Vyast

LC Tethys

CM Thom Shveed'oo

AD TK-2107

COL TK-7764 - 2002-12-16

LCM TK-8148

COL Torres

GN Triji Boliv

MAJ Tuba - 2011-10-01

CPT Tvan'Oris

LC Tygra Shadowclaw

CPT Vertigo

MAJ VinDoros

COL Vladet Xavier - 2003-03-14

CPT Vladimir Corax

CPT Von Predator

CPT Werdna Elbee

GN Wil Striker

MAJ Witcher - 2020-04-17

MAJ Wolve Excelsior Berkana - 2022-05-29

MAJ Wondra

CM Xanatos Screed - 2003-03-27

LCM Zbyl

CM Zekk Thyne

LCM Zero Pain

COL Zeth Durron - 2009-09-02

COL Zippy Hawk

COL Zorn Starn

VA Zósite Kónstyte Styles

HA Zsinj

COL Zystem Fryar

Operation Wildfire, Border Patrol Mission
CTU/CPT Fedor Dovkont/STRKC Essex/2nd Cruiser Squadron/TU Essex/TF Monitor

e-mail: krechet0blt@netscape.net


1] Double click the .EHM file, the EH Battle Launcher will install the battle.
2] Check the Misc folder in your XWA for additional material like patches, emails or sounds. 
3] In EHBL, create a new "EH Pilot" in the Game Menu (Check "Prepare for EH Battle").
4] Press the X-Wing Alliance button to start XWA and fly the battle.


XWA v. 2.02 required, otherwise your ship will be unable to fire.
Fixed shiplist.txt included. Not required, but, however, recommended, the unofficial VSD II 
patch, that places the viewpoint on the bridge, and can be downloaded from the TU Essex site 
at: http://lxlel.math.technion.ac.il/~krechet . Note, that you should run it via X-Wing 
shipset Launcher (http://www.hellraiser64.com). It can take some time to downlaod, but 
the effect is worth it. The patch automatically restore the original files after you exit 
the game, so it won't affect the multiplayer. 

General Issues:

In this mission you'll fly a VSD II. Slow, not very maneuverable, but powerful ship.

Briefing and instructions:

First, it is not noted in the mission, you start with the fleet in an imperial sector of 
space. Then, you're supposed to make a jump to the sector, where the rebels are located. 
The hyperbouy is just ahead of your craft. And, be sure to read the mission description 
carefully, it contains many important information.

The short briefing:

- Recon patrol had detected a rebel task group near the border in the Minos Cluster. It 
consists of 2 Calamari cruisers and 3 Frigates. Fighter compliment assumed to be standard.

-Intellingence reports, that they may escort a captured Imperial cargo ship, carrying new 
shield generators prototypes. In case this ship is detected, make sure it is destroyed. We 
can't allow it fall into rebel hands.

-Task Force Monitor will cross the border and engage the Rebels. Gunships and Lancer Frigates, 
along with T/A Alpha and T/D Beta will provide a fighter screen, while Corvettes and Missile 
Boats engage the enemy.

Known bugs and hints:

There are many small warships in the mission. This means that some casualties, due to dumpness 
of the AI is inevitable. I've put enough points into the bonus, so that your score will be OK, 
if you finish off all the rebels.

When flying a capital ship, note that it does not have laser recharge physically, I mean 
drawing energy from it only increases speed, and do not effect the laser turret systems. 
Take advantage of this.

In the beginning, boost all power to shields, even before you make the jump. The Y-Wings have 
proton torpedoes, which are capable of knocking them down, if you don't pay attention to them.

Do not get close to the Calamari Cruiser "Liberation". Your firing range is around 5-5.5 km, 
the Calamaris - 2 km. And, it will be quite busy with fighters arount it, so you can get in 
range without being in much danger.

And, remember: capital ship, when is a player craft does not fire in defesive mode. Pay 
attention to the fighters near you. 


- Mission switched from skirmish to rebel mission (no score could be written)
- Bonus goals for the CRS fixed
by CA:TAC/AD Striker/CA-3/SSSD Sovereign on 09.03.2000