Invader III Fighters are a class of starfighter used by the Venomian Army during the Lylat Wars. These fighters were a vast improvement over the previous series (Invader I and II), being highly maneuverable, fast, well armored, and having intelligent and more ruthless pilots. Invader III's can go up against even Arwings and put up a competent showing.
Invader III's are first seen in the Battle of Sector Z, where they make an attempt to ambush the Star Fox team. As part of a plan to cripple the Great Fox and ultimately weaken Star Fox's dominance in the Lylat Wars, the fighters escort six Copperhead missiles to be used against the gargantuan mothership. However, despite their advancements, the Invader III's were unable to take down Star Fox and defend the missiles. If one of the Copperheads are allowed to hit the Great Fox, the player automatically goes to Bolse. Alternatively if all six fail to reach their target, the player is able to access Area 6. The majority of the fighters are thought to have been obliterated by Fox and his comrades although a remaining few are said to have survived and retreated, as emphasized by a quote at the end of the mission by Peppy Hare.
- NINTENDO POWER Star Fox 64: Official Nintendo Player's Guide. Redmond, WA, Nintendo of America. 1997.