Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol Pacific Skies Steam Achievement Guide

Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies

I have to do it. It’s not professional, but I have to. I have to move the conclusion to the beginning. Ace Patrol was a great game. Maybe Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies is a great game, too. But it is not if you play both games in a row. Why you ask? Because it gets god damn boring!

After doing all Steam achievements for Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol, when you look at the achievement list for Pacific Skies you’ll experience a first class déjà vu: The achievements are nearly the same. Which over the past months lowered my motivation to complete this Ace Patrol Pacific Skies Steam Achievement Guide. And yes, it is more than just equally painful doing them. This is mainly due to some changes in game mechanics which I’ll get to next.

Different game mechanics in Pacific Skies

8 battles x 4 missions (compared to 4 campaigns x 6 missions in Ace Patrol)

This is not per se a bad thing. But given the other annoying things, the fact of having to play 8 more missions is a bit annoying. Also because the game quickly becomes super repetitive. Maybe it was due to playing both the first game and Pacific Skies in a row, but the lack of variety is stunning – in a boring way.

Damage won’t be repaired after 1 mission, but stays for the whole battle

With damage not being repaired you have to “budget” your HP much more than in the original Ace Patrol. Now with your four pilots you’ll have to fight the entire battle consisting of four missions. This would be okay, if it weren’t for different game mechanic #3:

With any faction – your planes are incredibly imbalanced compared to your opponents

No matter which faction you play – the enemy is much stronger. In the beginning in particular. Which is frustrating since right then you’ll have rookie pilots who can not make up for inferior planes with superior maneuvers. What happens is:

  • all your planes have very few HP
  • the enemy planes are super strong
  • you almost do no damage to the enemy planes

The greatest thing about Pacific Skies is actually the great variety of maneuvers. Also since we’re not flying biplanes anymore, got new WWII engines and better aerodynamics, there is much more fast-flying! 🙂

Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies Steam Achievement Guide

Win a Mission – Pilot


Win a Mission at Pilot difficulty level

Win a Mission – Ace


Win a Mission at Ace difficulty level

Win a Mission – Leader


Win a Mission at Leader difficulty level

Win a Mission – Legend


Win a Mission at Legend difficulty level

Hat Trick – Rookie


Shoot down 3 planes with 1 pilot in 1 mission: Rookie

Hat Trick – Pilot


Shoot down 3 planes with 1 pilot in 1 mission: Pilot

Hat Trick – Ace


Shoot down 3 planes with 1 pilot in 1 mission: Ace

Hat Trick – Leader


Shoot down 3 planes with 1 pilot in 1 mission: Leader

Hat Trick – Legend


Shoot down 3 planes with 1 pilot in 1 mission: Legend

Four Aces


Create a Squadron with four aces

All of the above achievements are the exact same as in Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol. So here’s just a brief summary: Win a mission on each level of difficulty. Ideally you can do that in one go with the Hat Trick achievements. To win those on high levels of difficulty, save in the menu, pick a mission and if it’s not an easy one (or one with 3 enemy planes) – reload.

What also helps is a “favorable cloud formation”. Ideally you’ll get a ring of clouds which you rarely to never have to leave. Of course this should be easy to reach (before you get shot down) and in an area the enemy is interested in. E.g. if you have to attack an enemy base and the clouds are in your starting area – they’re of no use, because the enemy won’t come for you. So reload if the weather is not on your side.

The US Army Campaign

Every faction in Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies has the exact same achievements. Nothing specific. Also, same as in the first part, the missions are pretty much the same across all factions. So simply focus on 2 things:

  1. You have 32 missions to get 1 pilot with 50 victories. So have your squad leader shoot down 2 enemy planes per mission. Pay mind to HP – if you have to pass the rest of the battle, making the “Legendary Pilot” becomes much harder already.
  2. Go for the highest difficulties early on. Once you see it looks good on the score board, finish the campaign with low difficulty games.

US Army Ace Pilot (5 Victories)


Earn 5 Victories with a US Army Pilot

Legendary US Army Pilot (50 Victories)


Earn 50 Victories with a US Army Pilot

Win a Battle – US Army


Win a Battle as the US Army

Win the Campaign – US Army


Win the Campaign as the US Army

5,000 point mission – US Army


Achieve a 5,000 point mission with the US Army

50,000 Squadron points – US Army


Earn 50,000 points with a US Army squadron

10,000 point mission – US Army


Achieve a 10,000 point mission with the US Army

100,000 Squadron points – US Army


Earn 100,000 points with a US Army squadron

15,000 point mission – US Army


Achieve a 15,000 point mission with the US Army

150,000 Squadron points – US Army


Earn 150,000 points with a US Army squadron

The US Navy Campaign

US Navy Ace Pilot (5 Victories)


Earn 5 Victories with a US Navy Pilot

Legendary US Navy Pilot (50 Victories)


Earn 50 Victories with a US Navy Pilot

Win a Battle – US Navy


Win a Battle as the US Navy

Win the Campaign – US Navy


Win the Campaign as the US Navy

5,000 point mission – US Navy


Achieve a 5,000 point mission with the US Navy

50,000 Squadron points – US Navy


Earn 50,000 points with a US Navy squadron

10,000 point mission – US Navy


Achieve a 10,000 point mission with the US Navy

100,000 Squadron points – US Navy


Earn 100,000 points with a US Navy squadron

15,000 point mission – US Navy


Achieve a 15,000 point mission with the US Navy

150,000 Squadron points – US Navy


Earn 150,000 points with a US Navy squadron

The Japanese Army Campaign

Japanese Army Ace Pilot (5 Victories)


Earn 5 Victories with a Japanese Army Pilot

Legendary Japanese Army Pilot (50 Victories)


Earn 50 Victories with a Japanese Army Pilot

Win a Battle – Japanese Army


Win a Battle as the Japanese Army

Win the Campaign – Japanese Army


Win the Campaign as the Japanese Army

5,000 point mission – Japanese Army


Achieve a 5,000 point mission with the Japanese Navy

50,000 Squadron points – Japanese Army


Earn 50,000 points with a Japanese Army squadron

10,000 point mission – Japanese Army


Achieve a 10,000 point mission with the Japanese Army

100,000 Squadron points – Japanese Army


Earn 100,000 points with a Japanese Army squadron

15,000 point mission – Japanese Army


Achieve a 15,000 point mission with the Japanese Army

150,000 Squadron points – Japanese Army


Earn 150,000 points with a Japanese Army squadron

The Japanese Navy Campaign

Japanese Navy Ace Pilot (5 Victories)


Earn 5 Victories with a Japanese Navy Pilot

Legendary Japanese Navy Pilot (50 Victories)


Earn 50 Victories with a Japanese Navy Pilot

Win a Battle – Japanese Navy


Win a Battle as the Japanese Navy

Win the Campaign – Japanese Navy


Win the Campaign as the Japanese Navy

5,000 point mission – Japanese Navy


Achieve a 5,000 point mission with the Japanese Navy

50,000 Squadron points – Japanese Navy


Earn 50,000 points with a Japanese Navy squadron

10,000 point mission – Japanese Navy


Achieve a 10,000 point mission with the Japanese Navy

100,000 Squadron points – Japanese Navy


Earn 100,000 points with a Japanese Navy squadron

15,000 point mission – Japanese Navy


Achieve a 15,000 point mission with the Japanese Navy

150,000 Squadron points – Japanese Navy


Earn 150,000 points with a Japanese Navy squadron

In the end I hope you will be just as happy as me to finally have made all Steam achievements for this game. And again: If you’re reading this whilst you have the chance NOT to play both games straight in a row – DON’T DO IT.

I was almost frustrated, but only wanted to finish it. The moment I got all achievements I uninstalled the game immediately. It’s been nice. But only for a while. This while was the first game and maybe one campaign of Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies!

2 comments on “Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol Pacific Skies Steam Achievement Guide

  1. Do you have any tips for how to achieve the 15,000 point single missions? Those are the only achievements that I have left and I can’t get over 11k…

    • Hey there! Well… Yes and no: Try to get the “easy” missions and do them on highest difficulty. See the screenshot of The Japanese Army Campaign. That mission was done with zero damage against 3 enemies and 1 control tower. Save the game before the mission, start it and hope for a good cloud layout – so you can hide in it every turn and shoot your enemies diving in and out of the clouds. If you do it with zero damage, even the 2nd highest level of difficulty might be enough. Good luck!

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