Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown – How To Spawn All 24 Aces | ‘Bird of Prey’ Guide

Hunting down the named pilots in Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is a tall order. These hard-to-find Aces will only appear when you complete special, secret objectives — and they only ever spawn when replaying levels you’ve completed once before. These named pilots are especially difficult, and you’ll only find them in certain missions. Find all 24, and you’ll earn the ‘Bird of Prey’ achievement / trophy.

Ace Combat 7 is an action-oriented flight sim, dropping you into a war between fictional countries. The series is known for it’s story-telling, even if the only way you interact with the world is through a variety of jet fighters. You’ll be bombing ground forces, dog-fighting in the sky, and working to unseat an imperialistic enemy, looking to annex its neighbors in a massive war.

And you’ll earn lots of aircraft skins you can use to customize your favorite fighters. To get the “Special” skin for the X-02S Strike Wyvern, you’ll need to shoot down all the aces on our list. Scroll down to see how to take them all out.

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Aces are special “collectible” named pilots that appear when you complete special, hidden objectives on certain missions.

Mission: Charge Assault

  • Ace #1: Huang Xuan Tai “PYRO”
    • Shoot down the third wave with multi anti-air missiles (4AAM, 6AAM, 8AAM). PYRO appears in the northwest corner.

Mission: Charge The Enemy

  • Ace #2: Joe Barker “JESTER”
    • Destroy all Radar Vehicles, then destroy the TGT-CTRL TOWER very quickly before the UAVs appear. Jester appears on the airbase taxiway.

Mission: Two-Pronged Strategy

  • Ace #3: Rosie Lucas “BAYONET”
    • Destroy all enemies in 90 seconds, before the Missile Alert event. BAYONET appears in the northwest corner.

Mission: Rescue

  • Ace #4: Florent Noilet “RONIN”
    • Stay below 200 meters during the first part of the mission, until you reach the space elevator. Ronin appears in the northeast of the map.

Mission: 444

  • Ace #5: Sebastian Koch “FANG”
    • While your weapons are off, soak up at least 75% damage or more. Once you shoot down the bombers, FANG will spawn in the center of the map.

Mission: Long Day

  • Ace #6: Sophie Andre “KITTEN”
    • Fly through the narrow tunnel through the mountain in the western base. KITTEN will appear in the southwest corner.

Mission: First Contact

  • Ace #7: Thibault Besson “FAUCON”
    • During the first part of the mission, destroy all non-TGT enemies on the map. FAUCON will appear in the north section of the map.

Mission: Pipeline Destruction

  • Ace #8: Samuel Everest “GAZELLE”
    • Destroy all the oil facilities before the timer hits 00:00. GAZELLE appears in the north section of the map.

Mission: Faceless Soldier

  • Ace #9: Hans Weber “SPIDER”
    • Before destroying the Radar Towers, destroy 50%+ of the non-TGT enemies on the map. SPIDERS appears to the east.

Mission: Transfer Orders

  • Ace #10: Ken Warren “LOUVETEAU”
    • Destroy all SAMs very quickly. LOUVETEAU appears around the east side of the map.

Mission: Fleet Destruction

  • Ace #11: Chris Azure “CHASSEUR”
    • Shoot down all aircraft on the northernmost platform before they take off. Anti-air weapons can target grounded aircraft. CHASSEUR will appear to the west.
  • Ace #12: Matthieu Bertin “IBIS”
    • Fly through the narrow passage in the northeast platform facility. IBIS appears to the west.

Mission: Stonehenge Defense

  • Ace #13: Arnaud Durand “WALRUS”
    • Stop all bombers and ground forces from damaging Stonehenge. If Stonehenge is undamaged, WALRUS spawns in the northeast when the chopper win appears.
  • Ace #14: Kees Bakker “BUFFLE”
    • Destroy all three non-TGT A-10s that spawn to the east. BUFFLE will appear further west.
  • Ace #15: Nathan Roche “FOUDRE”
    • Fly under the narrow spawn below the Stonehenge cannons. FOUDRE appears to the south.

Mission: Bunker Buster

  • Ace #16: Owen Corwin “COMET”
    • Destroy all missile silos very quickly to make COMET appear in the west after the checkpoint.

Mission: Werewolf

  • Ace #17: Jules Martin “GADFLY”
    • Reach the end of the canyon very quickly. GADFLY will appear with the fighter wing reinforcements when attacking the airbase.

Mission: Battle For Farbanti

  • Ace #18: Russel Faulkner “SERPENT”
    • Earn +5,000 points above the required amount. SERPENT will appear to the southeast with an incoming reinforcement wing.
  • Ace #19: Vincent Masson “BOGEN”
    • Destroy the Aegis Ashore, an anti-aircraft ship near GHQ. It spawns at the end of the first part of the mission. BOGEN appears south of the ship.

Mission: Last Hope

  • Ace #20: Emeric Pons “AXEMAN”
    • Earn 15,000+ points to make AXEMAN appear as an “Unknown” in the southern area of the port city limits.

Mission: Homeward

  • Ace #21: Olivier Perrins “MANTIS”
    • Fly above (and very close to) the Mass Driver, as if you’re being launched from it. MANTIS appears with the bomber reinforcements in the east, and will be marked as “Unknown” like everyone else.

Mission: Lost Kingdom

  • Ace #22: Benjamin Neumann “LYNX”
    • Destroy all enemies before reaching Shilage castle in two minutes or less. LYNX appears above the castle.

Mission: Lighthouse

  • Ace #23: Cyril Noiret “TEMPEST”
    • Earn 20,000+ points in the first part of the mission. TEMPEST appears to the southeast.
  • Ace #24: Paul Lebrun “CALAMITY”
    • Earn 20,000+ points in the first part of the mission. CALAMITY flies a stealth aircraft, so fly south to spot him on your radar.

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