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Tie Fighter extended on X-Wing in that it had not only primary and secondary objectives, but also bonus objectives, given out by an advisor of the Emperor.

Unlike the other ones, the bonus objectives are mostly hidden in their explicit form ("Identify freighter X") until completed. You pretty much had to derive them from the briefing and the debriefing (these usually contained some spoilers, assuming you failed the mission). The only hard value you could see was the number of these objectives ("you completed 1/6 bonus objectives").

I find it often quite hard to figure them all out and complete them all. Yet I do try to complete at least some of them and I do rise in the Emperor's ranks.

Does that mean the game only keeps track of you completing at least one on each mission? (Or how many necessary for the advisor to give you a positive debriefing.) Do you rise in the ranks faster if you complete more? Is it worth going through the extra effort to do them all?

Note: of course I am aware that you do not get any real in-game benefits from working for the Emperor at all. The game is from a time when gamers could still be motiviated without these cheap tricks. ;) The cutscenes are the reward, I guess.

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I searched and I searched, but I just could not find an answer to this question, and I wish I had the time to play TIE Fighter again, in order to do some original research, but ...

Anyway, the best information I could find is here, near the end of the document. If this is correct, it would indicate that promotions in the Emperor's ranks occur due to your cumulative score, but there is no indication as to whether you must complete a bonus objective in each mission in order to receive a promotion, or if only completing a single bonus objective (in order to start the process) is enough.

If your rank is based on your score, then completing more bonus objectives will cause you to rise in the Emperor's ranks faster, as each objective completed increases your score for that mission.

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Interesting, I wonder how many bonus objectives are needed to reach the highest rank at the end of the campaigns. –  Cort Dec 16 '10 at 13:35
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I am playing the game now and I can tell you that user7429 is correct. The hooded figure gives you the secondary objectives in most cases and the bonus are still shrouded in mystery.

I also believe that the ranks you get with the emperor are tied to your total score and not bonus objectives. The more bonus objectives you find the higher your score, however. I remember the last time I played through the game I never achieved full rank with the emperor because my cumulative score was not very high as using reinforcements decreases your score.

EDIT: Also dying without being recovered by the empire will destroy your score.

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In my experience, it appears that progress in the Emperor's ranks is in fact based purely on score, but the score requirements provided in the doc Jason links too are not accurate (they are too high - I just got initiated into the fourth circle with just over 400,000 points).

With regards to bonus objectives, these were not provided by the emperor's advisor (a.k.a the cloaked figure). The "cloaked figure" provided you with the secondary objectives, and the flight officer provided you with the primary objectives. You would get a positive debriefing from the flight officer only if you completed ALL the primary objectives, and a positive debriefing from the "cloaked figure" only if you completed ALL the secondary objectives.

I think the only thing completing bonus objectives got you was a small red-and-gold medal in each mission where you completed all of them. There was usually no obvious way to determine what the bonus objectives were from the mission briefings. You'd basically have to guess or happen upon them by chance. That being said, after successfully completing a mission you could replay it in the combat simulation chamber, where all bonus objectives would be displayed up front. You could then use this knowledge in your second playthrough of the game to get them all ;)

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Good thinking with the combat simulation chamber, that's really a good way to find them all. I believe you're wrong about primary and secondary objectives, though. –  Cort Feb 28 '11 at 7:55
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