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The Phantom Challenge (referred to in the main menu as Challenge I) is a game mode in Wipeout 2097. It is one of two arcade challenge modes that fill the place of Tournaments in the game. It is named after the Phantom speed class.


The Phantom Challenge is unlocked after the player acquires a gold medal on all six standard tracks. This challenge is a six-race series where the player races on the aforementioned tracks in Rapier class.

The first four tracks can give the player some trouble, as they have never raced them at this speed class. But after the player successfully completes these tracks, they can enter the last two tracks with some ease as they already know when to turn and what strategy to use.

Completing this challenge unlocks Vector, Venom, and Rapier classes for the six standard tracks, as well as Vostok Island and Spilskinanke, both of which are available in Phantom class. If the player achieves a gold medal on these two tracks, the Phantom Challenge is replaced by the Piranha Challenge.