How to Find All Alternate Routes and Missions in Star Fox Zero

Updated on April 29, 2016
Star Fox Zero owned by Nintendo and Platinum. Images used for educational purposes only.
Star Fox Zero owned by Nintendo and Platinum. Images used for educational purposes only. | Source

As much as it's a game of high-flying combat and furry pilots bickering with one another, Star Fox is a franchise of choices. You can choose which path you take through each game - normally, anyway - and the experience can turn out quite different as a consequence. Star Fox Zero continues this trend with a large number of optional side missions that muck with the normal story and give you alternate routes to your final confrontation with mad-ape Andross. We'll explore how to unlock each route, and each mission beyond, in this article.

The alternate path through Corneria in Star Fox Zero.
The alternate path through Corneria in Star Fox Zero.

Aquarosa

The first alternate mission that pops up in the game is the battle against Aquarosa. This requires the ability to transform your Arwing into the Walker at will, a power you'll gain after completing Sector Beta. You can head back immediately, if you wish, but I recommend completing the game first - the bosses past this point are harder than the final boss, and you should have a solid appreciation for the controls.

Once you can change, head back to Corneria and replay the first mission, 'Enter Star Fox!'. Proceed through the stage until you hit a relatively flat grassy plain, then watch the right side of the screen. There's a door on your right, and a Cornerian officer will babble at you briefly. Change into a Walker and look out for a prominent red button outside the door. Step on the button to open the door and access the alternate path.

After a shooting gallery battle alongside the Cornerian ship you'll hit a teleporter, and Fox will be shot to a battle with Aquarosa, the alternate (and much more difficult) form of Corneria's first boss. To defeat it you need to destroy the nine laser emitters (six on the top of the ship, three initially submerged) within five minutes. This can be difficult, as Aquarosa periodically emits an enormous energy field that will knock you aside if you're in the way. Swoop in, destroy as many emitters as you can on your first few passes, back off when the field rises, and then remain on the fringe to destroy the rest when Aquarosa pokes out of the water. It will begin using its energy field so often that getting close will no longer be an option.

Destroying Aquarosa will unlock two alternate paths. One leads to Zoness; the other leads to Area 03. Aquarosa itself will also appear on the map, and you can re-challenge the battle platform without having to fly through Corneria again.

Fox chases Andrew of Star Wolf through Area 03 in Star Fox Zero.
Fox chases Andrew of Star Wolf through Area 03 in Star Fox Zero.

Zoness and Area 03

Both of these missions will, if accessed via Aquarosa, turn out quite differently from your original play-through:

  • In Zoness you'll need to play through the same stage again, though this time you'll be in your Arwing. Alternate between the Arwing and the Walker to zip through the stage and complete all of the tasks originally given to the Gyrowing. Remember - the Walker can hack into computer consoles in the same way as the Gyrowing, just with a more close-up touch.
  • In Area 03 you'll have to pursue Andrew, the wannabe of Star Wolf, as he zips through the space colony. Again, this changes things up, and you'll spend most of the mission in the Arwing, zipping through tight corridors.

Note that you need to defeat Aquarosa twice in order to access both missions. You can't just beat it once and then jump to either mission at your leisure.

Beating Zoness a second time doesn't change your path through the game. Beating Area 03, however, unlocks a new mission: Asteroid Field. Asteroid Field is a rock-and-drone shooting gallery that provides an alternate path to Sector Beta. Protect the Great Fox at all costs.

The Salvadora, an optional boss in Star Fox Zero. Peppy gets to do this one solo.
The Salvadora, an optional boss in Star Fox Zero. Peppy gets to do this one solo.

Salvadora

Normally when playing through Titania you will be forced down into a deep ravine that will take you to the stage's boss. If you come through Titania with the Gravmaster upgrade equipped on your Landmaster, however, you can find an alternate route through the stage. Proceed until you see the deep ravine on your left, then trigger the Gravmaster transformation and stick to the right. Peppy will soon show up, and you'll find a portal out of the area. You must complete the Fichina mission before you can use the Gravmaster in other missions.

Going through the portal will take you to a battle against the Salvadora, an enormous, familiar-looking battleship. All you need to do is destroy the Salvadora's main guns within five minutes, which, though hectic, is also fairly easy. As a nifty change from the norm, Peppy gets to fly this mission rather than Fox. (Do a barrel roll!) Completing this mission will unlock the path to a brand-spanking-new planet, Fortuna.

Fox targets Wolf on the planet of Fortuna in Star Fox Zero.
Fox targets Wolf on the planet of Fortuna in Star Fox Zero.

Fortuna

The most striking of the alternate paths is one that takes you to an entirely new planet. Fortuna is located near Sector Beta, but a battle with Star Wolf in the region will send you to Titania instead. There are two ways to reach Fortuna:

  • Defeat the Salvadora, as noted above.
  • Defeat Wolf, the leader of Star Wolf, before he can damage Peppy's ship and end the Sector Beta battle. This requires some quick reactions, and, preferably, upgraded twin lasers to swiftly knock Wolf out of the fight.

Fortuna is a relatively straightforward level, and pits you against the enormous Monarch Dodora, a beast whose four blazing weak points aren't too difficult to spot. Lock on to each one and fire rather than trying to line up your shoots, and don't wander in front of it for too long, as it likes to breathe fire. Destroy its tail for a gold ring power up if you're in need of a health boost.

Wolf, the leader of Star Wolf. Hate to admit it, but his ship is cooler.
Wolf, the leader of Star Wolf. Hate to admit it, but his ship is cooler.

Star Wolf Battles

Upon completing the entirety of Star Fox Zero's normal missions, including the flight through Fortuna, you'll begin receiving notifications that Star Wolf is mucking about in two areas. This can happen in two places:

  • In Sector Alpha. A short ways before you enter the enemy battle ship Pigma will show up, and if you lock onto his ship for a few seconds (ZL button) you'll jump to a battle against Pigma, Andrew, and two gun-toting battleships. Pigma and Andrew have better shields and additional abilities in this fight, making it harder than your average Star Wolf brawl. Defeating them will unlock another Asteroid Field mission called Great Fox, wherein you need to defeat the enormous Cosmic Dodora.
  • On Fortuna. Not long after you save Katt from some pesky birds Wolf will swoop down and bark at you a few times. Lock onto his ship (ZL button) and Fox will follow him away from Fortuna and onto Fichina, where you'll engage in a one-on-one dogfight with the leader of Star Wolf. It's arguably the hardest battle in the game, and inarguably one of the best.

There don't seem to be set-in-stone triggers for unlocking these battles. Just keep completing other missions and opening alternate paths until they appear.

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, levelskip.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://levelskip.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)