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FAQ/Walkthrough by GammaBetaAlpha

Updated: 08/08/11

                                  Cosmo Tank
                                   Game Boy
             Developer: Asuka Technologies   Publisher: Atlus Co.
                              By: GammaBetaAlpha

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                               Table of Contents
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                        How to Play                 [HOWT]
                        Walkthrough                 [WALK]
                        Donations/Amazon            [DONT]
                        Contact Info                [CONT]

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                                   How to Play
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[HOWT]

        Cosmo Tank is a game that combines three different modes of play as you
move about the game. Part of the game takes place on a bland top-down 2D
overfield, in which your tank, designated Tiger Alpha-1, can move around in the
four cardinal directions and four directional directions. In this mode, you can
shoot at enemies that show up on the map and collect some power-ups. Military
bases are littered across the six planets you visit: several of them will
recharge your shields to full health, others are useless, and some serve as
launching pads to go to other planets from.

        The second mode in Cosmo Tank, and where its real meat is in, is a
first-person dungeon crawler view. When you get into a battle, you do not engage
in your typical dungeon crawler fight, however: instead, what you do is
basically a first-person shooter, but you cannot actually move around. What you
do get is a 360 rotational view: to dodge an enemy's shot, you have to move your
VIEW out of the way. If you do not see the bullet coming at you, then you will
not take damage (hence perversing the Schroedinger's Cat experiment).

        3D mode is where the majority of the boss fights will take, as well as
the final boss of each planet, which are designated as 'Life Cores' within the
game. Other bosses exist as well on each planet: Control Towers will give up a
dungeon map when defeated, while Energy Core bosses lose energy, which weaken
the Life Core bosses and make them easier to defeat.

        The final mode is a simple shoot-em-up genre that is vertically
scrolling. If you have played any shmup in your life, it should be fairly easy
to pick up and play, with only a single boss near the end of the game in this
mode.


Controls
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A - Bomb

B - Shoots out a bullet
  (Hold) - Charges up a bullet (when you have a Level 2 or 3 laser)

D-Pad - Move around, face a direction (2D, shoot-em-up)
      - Rotate your point of view (3D)

Up/Down + Left/Right - Diagonally move around, face a direction (2D)

Start - Open up your menu screen (2D, 3D)


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Power-Ups
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Cylinder - Extra Bomb (Max 10 carry at any time)
P-Cylinder - Powers up your laser with every 10 carries, up to Level 4
L-Cylinder - Restores a significant amount of health
L-Block - Restores a small amount of health


        Furthermore, your tank can get a few power-ups throughout the game. If
you destroy 100 enemies, your tank will get an extra bar of health, up to 500
EXP and five extra bars. The Shield Unit can be obtained on Gadam, the Hover
Unit on Monoa, and the Pulse Unit on Aquel. The order listed in this walkthrough
is recommended as the Hover and Shield Units are helpful or necessary to have on
other planets.


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[WALK]

        To get to a specific planet, search the following codes using CTRL + F
to get to that point.

                        Desa                [DESA]
                        Monoa                [MONO]
                        Aquel                [AQUE]
                        Gadam                [GADA]
                        DN-1                [DN-1]
                        Gidoro                [GIDO]


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                                  Planet Desa
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[DESA]

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  2D
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        You will deploy at the first of three bases on this planet. If your
shields are ever at anything other than full health and you come back here, the
base shall restore your shields completely.

        Start by going north, and fending off the ant robots. If you want, stick
around and destroy many of them until you hit 100 robots destroyed. Once you do
that, your tank will gain an extra bar of life going from 7 up to 8. You can
also try to get a few Bomb drops from the robots (the bombs specifically will be
the flashing football-shaped pickup).

        The football-shaped pick-up with a P in it is a Power Unit. If you get
10 of these, your laser will increase in power. This is not important right out
here where all enemies are destroyed in one shot, but it will be useful very
shortly. The football-shaped L pick-up restores a large amount of the tank's
life, while the block L gives only a small amount back.


        Head west from here, and then north to another base. Go in between the
two sides to get a hint about an upcoming obstacle. Continue northeast from here
along a narrow neck of path until you come to a wall. Press the A button to set
off a bomb that shall destroy the wall for a few seconds, allowing you to pass.

        Continue north and go right a bit at the end to find one last base that
will also restore your shields completely. Now, go up to the wall here, and you
should encounter a sort of black spider robot. The black spider will take
numerous hits to destroy, but once it is down, you are guaranteed to get a Power
cylinder (obtain 10 to upgrade your laser). You can get a few black spiders here
before they run out and switch to normal enemies, so stick around and grind it
out. Do not worry too much about taking a hit, as you can always use the nearby
base to restore your shields. As for trying to dodge, just take a shot, then
move left or right a bit and then face north to hit it again: it will follow you
behind without firing off a shot.

        After, head west and into a cave entrance to make your first transition
of the game into 3D.


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  3D
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 B                                From the entrance, go straight north. On the
| |  C                     way there, you will encounter at least one enemy. To
| |_| |    A - Entrance    fight the foes in the first person perspective, you
|  ___|    B - Energy Core must aim the cursor at the altitude they are at (so
| |        C - Exit        at the ground for ground enemies and air for air
| |                        enemies). You must shoot them several times to
 A                         destroy the robot.

        Now, as for how to dodge the robot's attacks, you do not really 'dodge'
them per se. Rather, what happens is that in your first-person mode, you spin
around so that the tank is not facing the bullet that the robot sent out at you.
As long as you do not see the bullet, it does not harm you. So if a bullet is
shot at you and you do not see it, does it hurt you? No. A bit like
Schroedinger's cat, even. Note that even having the shot right on the edge of
your screen view is sufficient.

        As for harming the enemy itself, here is a trick: aim your cursor
slightly to the right of where the robot is, and then move right and keep
firing. If the enemy rotates in sync with you, you will very slowly lose ground,
but should be able to get several shots off it. Once your cursor falls behind
the robot, stop, and wait for it to come around to you full cirle again and then
shoot at it again.

        If you are getting frustrated with the battle, you can also end it in
one shot with a bomb (which you can be fairly liberal with given how the enemies
in 2D practically litter it).


        Once the robot is destroyed, continue north for a little bit of a mini-
boss battle.


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Energy Core
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        The mini-boss, referred to as the Energy Core is not mandatory to
defeat. However, in doing so, you make the final boss or Life Core of the planet
Desa easier to win against by weakening it.

        The boss is similar to the enemy robots you fought in the tunnel in the
first-person view in that it will shoot bullets at you that you can dodge by not
seeing it (or if it is in your peripheral vision). However, unlike the random
enemies, it will not move around during the battle.

        That actually makes it somewhat easier to fight, though the battle may
take longer. Get your initial shot off, then turn around to the left or right so
that the bullets it shoots out are just at the very peripheral end of your range
of sight. As soon as a bullet vanishes, quickly turn around, get a shot off at
the boss, then turn around again to dodge it.

        After several shots, it should be felled rather easily. You can also use
a bomb to destroy it instantly.


        Once you beat the Energy Core, head south and then east and north out
into the next 2D area.


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  2D
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        Outside, if you stick near the beginning, you should face an unlimited
amount of black spider robots. If you go too far north, pass of the close-by
base that restores your shields, they will switch to regular enemies. You can
however head back into the cave and then come out again to face black spiders
again. Thus, this is a really useful spot to grind out laser upgrades early on,
though you cannot upgrade past Level 3.

        After you are finished with the spiders, head north, but do so slowly.
You should see what are land mines popping in and out. The land mines are
actually there all the time: they just happen to not be visible for a while.
Keep an eye on the mines while they are still visible, move a short ways on land
you are confident is clear of mines, snipe down any enemies before they close to
you, and wait for the mines to show up again.

        From the shield-restoring base, head north, then west until you come to
another base. Grab a hint off the base here, then head straight north int
another tunnel.


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  3D
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 D        B                            Start by going north from the entrance
| |      | |  A - Entrance     to hit spot B, where you shall fight another
| |      | |  B - Control      mini-boss. This one is a bit different from the
| |______| |      Tower        Energy Core you fought previously, but its lone
|  __   _  |  C - Energy Core  attack is the same, and it still stands around.
| |  | | | |  D - Item Zone    Take care of it, and you will get a map of all
| |  | | | |  E - Life Core    of Desa's tunnels that you can pull up with
 E    C   A                    Start.

        After you defeat the Control Tower, head south, west slightly, and then
south again to point C, to fight another Energy Core boss. There is nothing
different in fighting this boss than there is from the last Energy Core, so get
at it.

        Once you beat the second Energy Core, head north, then go west again. At
this point, you cannot get to point D, so head south to point E, where you shall
fight the Life Core.

        The Life Core is the final boss of this planet, and it shall take many,
many hits to take down, even if you successfully annihilated both of the Energy
Cores. Furthermore, it is the only one of the three boss types that actually
moves around, although it does this at a slow, lumbering walk.

        One of the best strategies to beat it is to swivel around, shoot at it,
then turn away in the direction it is moving. That way, when you turn back to
shoot at it again, it takes very little time to do so, and if you screw up and a
shot is close to the Cosmo Tank, you can turn in the opposite direction from
where it is moving to quickly get the shot out of sight.

        In any case, as was stated before, it will take a LOT of shots to down
the Life Core, so do not be surprised if it takes several minutes to defeat it.


        After you defeat the boss, you will be taken out into space. Head back
to Desa, and re-enter the hole you emerge from. Go north to the room you
previously could not access, and head forward in the hallway for some random
goodies, including a few bombs. Head back outside via the south entrance. Go to
the first base to get a hint on power-ups on the remaining planets, then go to
the second base to head back into space.


        Now, is there an order to the game's remaining planets? To some extent.
To conquer Aquel, you need a power-up from Monoa, while Gadam has its own power
-up but no need for another planet's power-up, while DN-1 has no power-ups and
needs Gadam's power-up. This walkthrough will go in the order of Monoa - > Aquel
- > Gadam - > DN-1.


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Shoot'em'up
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        Once you decide on a planet to go to, your tank will morph into a
spaceship and you will get into a brief shmup section. This part is not really
all that difficult: for the most part, enemies will just wander around the level
without really aggressively targeting you, either leaving the screen after a
while or going around in circles. You will, however, face a couple of larger
spider-like enemies that will take a few hits to down, but you can also use a
bomb for an instant kill against them. The segment is rather short, so you
should not be in space for more than a few minutes.


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                                  Planet Monoa
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[MONO]

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  2D
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        Start by going north. Feel free to wreck enemies on your way north, but
if you are at Level 6 with 500EXP, or Level 3 with your laser, do not bother
sticking around to fight as you will not be able to upgrade your tank any more
by fighting enemies.

        Once you hit a wall, use a Bomb to destroy it for a few seconds, and
progress forward. Use another bomb on the second wall you encounter, then head
north slightly before crusing along east to come to another base. Enter the base
here to obtain the Hover Unit.

        The effect of the Hover Unit is entirely automatic, so do not worry
about having to press any buttons to use it. Instead, head west and then north,
and break into the tunnel here (you could take the east tunnel first but the
west one is shorter by a bit).


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  3D
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       B   A - Entrance             Head north at the start, then east, and then
      | |  B - Energy Core   north again. In here, you will face an Energy
 _____| |  C - Exit          Core boss. There is nothing new to this battle,
|  ___  |                so take out the Energy Core boss in short order. Once
| |   | |        you are done, go south to exit back out onto the overworld
| |   | |        again.
 A     C


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  2D
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        Outside, you will face off against another large-sized foe over and over
again, much like the spider-robots on Desa. Fortunately, they do not leave
behind Laser Power-Ups when defeated: instead, they leave bombs, which are much
more useful for taking care of enemies when cruising around.

        Anyways, quickly go north and check into the base to get your shields
completely restored. Head back down a little bit, then go east and south into a
second tunnel.


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  3D
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     A                    A denotes the spot where you came in, and the exit C
    | |            will drop you off just north of where you got the Hover Unit
 ___| |___                     from (so obviously no need to go down to C).
|  _   _  |  A - Entrance      Head straight south from A to fight an Energy
| |_|B|_| |  B - Energy Core   Core in the middle of the tunnel. Once you are
|___   ___|  C- Exit           done fighting, make sure you are heading north
    | |                      on your compass and turn back to head back to A and
    | |                      exit.
     C


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  2D
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        Go west. Power your shields up again if you need to at the one base,
then head north. Use a bomb to blow down the wall, then continue north and into
the third and last tunnel in Monoa.


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  3D
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D__   ________E                                From point A, the entrance, head
   | |   |C|                      east and north to defeat the Control Tower.
   | |___| |   A - Entrance       Head south, west, and south after the battle
   |  ___  |   B - Energy Core    to fight the Energy Core. Go back outside
   | |   | |   C - Control Tower  afterwards if you need to go to the base and
   |B|   | |   D - Item Zone      restore your shields, then go north and east
     ____| |   E - Life Core      from where the Energy Core was to fight the
    A______|                      Life Core.

        Although the Energy Core and Control Tower bosses are the same, the Life
Core boss is different. This time the boss will only have a head to start that
can be damaged, but will occasionally pop up with four scale body parts. When
this occurs, you can shoot the body to make it take damage. Not much difference
other than that.

        Once you are done, return back to Monoa and go to the Item Zone for a
few items, before returning to spot E and taking the launch pad off into space.


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Shoot'em'up
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        Not much difference here since the last segment. Early on you will
encounter a few asteroids - you can dodge them since they go down in a straight
line path, or you can shoot them up with a couple of blasts for a Bomb drop.


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                                  Planet Aquel
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[AQUE]

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  2D
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        Right away, you may notice that Aquel's terrain is dominated by water.
From your position, head east to the southeast corner of the map, fending off
the aliens on your way there. From the hint pad in the southeast, go slightly
north and into a tunnel.


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  3D
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  B    C    D    E
 | |  | |  | |  | |  A - Entrance                You will start off at point A,
 | |__| |__| |__| |  B - Exit           the entrance. Head north, then east, and
 |____   _______  |  C - Control        then all the way north until you hit the
      | |       | |      Tower          first of two Energy Core bosses in this
      | |_______| |  D - Energy Core    segment. After the battle is over, go
      |____   ____|  E - Energy Core    south, west slightly, and then north
           | |                          again to fight another Energy Core.
            A           Proceed south afterwards and then west and north up the
                        next hallway to take on the Control Tower. As always,
they are entirely the same as the Energy Cores and Control Towers before them.

        When you beat the Control Tower, you will have a sort of egg left over.
Shoot it to get some talk from an investigator. Once done fighting all three
bosses, take point B for the exit to head outside.


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  2D
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        Head straight north from where you exit. Beware, however, because this
base has an enemy inside it, so you will have to face an impromptu boss in 2D
mode.

        Now, that said, the insect boss can be rather annoying, as it takes a
gigantic amount of hits to kill, just like every boss in this game. However,
there is an easy to track pattern to dodging its lone attack of sending out its
cutters, so listen up.

        The insect boss will send out its cutters that will track your Cosmo
Tank from two positions: either it will throw them out when it is at the top of
the map, or it will throw them out from the center of the map. The cutters will
follow your tank for a brief while, then return to the insect. The insect boss
will then go to the position opposite of the one it was just in (if it was in
the center, it will go to the top, and vice versa).

        When it is in the top section, stay right at the bottom center of the
map. The cutters will stop just shy of where the tank is. Once they go back up,
follow along with it to shoot at the insect's face, then quickly retreat before
the insect moves to the center of the screen.

        Once the insect is in the center of the map, things get a bit trickier.
If you go to either corner right away, the boomerang cutters WILL hit you.
However, if you WAIT, until just after it throws the boomerang cutters, and then
go to either corner, it will NOT hit you. It is IMPORTANT that you wait however,
because bolting even a fraction of a second early can still get you hit. As soon
as the boomerangs return to the insect boss, turn around and pound it for
several hits before returning to the bottom center of the screen.


        With the insect boss defeated, you will get the Pulse Unit, which allows
you to fire off a single mega-laser-shot by pressing and holding B to charge it
before firing. Proceed to fly WEST over the water for a lengthy period of time
until you hit the northwest corner of the map. Stop off at the base here to
recharge your shields, then enter the nearby tunnel to the north and west for
the second cave on Aquel.


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  3D
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 ________
D__   ___E   A - Entrance               Proceed north and then left to start off
   | |       B - Energy Core      the dungeon, and fight off an Energy Core.
   | |       C - Control Tower    From there, continue east and destroy a
 __| |___    D - Item Zone        Control Tower for the map. Afterwards, head
B__   ___C   E - Life Core        north up the main hallway to the end and then
   | |                            go east into the Life Core room.
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    A                     Now, the boss of Aquel is kind of weird in difficulty.
                It is a large robot that will propel itself around the fighting
arena at basically the exact same speed as your tank does. This actually gives
you an edge, since you can basically turn and keep in the exact same position as
it is and fire away at it while all the shots it fires at you will end up on
your peripheral vision and not do any harm.

        However, you need to be very careful, as the boss will often stop,
flicker around the screen, and then come at you from the other side. Whenever it
stops, STOP in turn with it so you do not accidentally run into one of its
rocket-powered projectiles. Instead, wait for it to come around again to where
you are and then rotate around again while persistently firing at it.

        That said, for the first part, you should shoot at its two crab-like
legs. When you destroy one of them, it will slow down significantly. I am not
entirely sure if you can destroy or damage the head without destroying its legs
first, however, but you may as well destroy the legs.


        After the battle is over, return to the planet, then head to the Life
Zone to stock up on goodies. After, go back to the Life Core exit and go east
for a lengthy trek, then head back into space and make your way to the planet
Gadam.


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Shoot'em'up
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        Same thing as before, so just truck on until you make your way through
space and end up at Gadam.


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                                  Planet Gadam
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[GADA]

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  2D
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        Start the planet off by going north, then west when you first have the
chance, and then south past some rock walls. Ignore the tunnel you after a short
bit and instead dock off at the base to get yourself a Shield Unit. Head north
just a slight bit and then head into the tunnel.


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  3D
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|  ___C  A - Entrance            From where you start off at point A, head north
| |___   B - Energy Core   and east into the room with the Energy Core boss.
|  ___B  C - Exit          Take it out, then head back west, then proceed
| |                        north and east again to go back out into the main
| |                        overworld.
 A


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  2D
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        From where you are at, head south along the map until you hit a base. Be
careful before you enter because you will have to fight another insect 2D boss.

        Fortunately, unlike the insect boss on Aquel, the insect boss here does
not have attacks that track you. Instead, it spits out two to four bullets at a
time sideways or at a diagonal. When it is at the top of the screen, fire at it,
then move to the side, but not to a corner: instead, wait for it to fire, then
move down to get out of the way. If you are not right in the corner but a little
north of it, the bullets will come at the same alignment as the Cosmo Tank,
letting you move south to avoid them.

        After you win, go into the base you just rescued for a shield recharge,
then head north, west and north again to the northwest corner of the map to
fight a second insect boss. Recharge your shields up here again after, then go
south, east and then north to the tunnel you exited out of earlier after
fighting the first Energy Core.

        Head STRAIGHT north from your current position and avoid the quicksand
pools that are around, as well as the circular shadows they leave behind when
they momentarily disappear. Stop off at the base to restore your shields, then
head east into another tunnel.


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  3D
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 E    C        A - Entrance              From the start, proceed north slightly,
| |  | |       B - Energy Core    then head right and up to fight an Energy
| |  | |   B   C - Control        Core boss. Head back down, then left and north
| |__| |  | |      Tower          to eliminate a Control Tower boss. Go back
|  __  |  | |  D - Item Zone      outside and use the nearby base if necessary
| |  | |  | |  E - Life Core      to restore your shields, then head up to the
| |  | |__| |                     point marked E on the map.
 D   |  __  |
     | |  | |           The Life Core on Gadam is a rather interesting boss, and
     | |  |_|   only the second boss after the Aquel Life Core who changes
      A         in form after taking some damage. Unlike Aquel, however,
                Gadam's Life Form does not slow: instead, after you shoot it
enough, the crab-like robot will retract its legs and start to swivel around far
more quickly.

        When it begins to hover, you need to pay more attention and be sure to
swing the other way if it starts to fire to close to comfort for you. It will
also move slightly faster than the Aquel Life Core, meaning that it will
actually overtake you when going at its maximum speed.

        Other than that, there is one other important thing to notice: Gadam's
Life Core shoots bullets from both its left side and right side. It cannot fire
from both sides at the same time, but it should be noted nonetheless, lest you
expect a bullet from the right side and get a bullet from the left that strikes
at your middle.


        Once the battle is done, retreat back into the tunnel and head to the
Item Zone, before heading back outside from whence you came and loop around
clockwise to get to the launching pad, making sure to avoid a couple of
quicksand spots. With only one planet left to conquer, head off to DN-1.


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Shoot'em'up
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        Same old, same old. Nothing new here.


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                                  Planet DN-1
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[DN-1]

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  2D
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        From where you start off, go north, then northeast and finally up into a
tunnel. If you did not go to Gadam beforehand, you will be fried before you hit
the tunnel, as you need the Shield Unit to pass the field in the north.


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  3D
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    C
   | |      A - Entrance                Nothing really exciting here. Go up
 __| |___   B - Energy Core     and take out both of the Energy Core bosses, and
D__   ___B  C - Energy Core     then take the west exit out at point D to
   | |      D - Exit            continue onto the next segment of DN-1.
   | |
   | |
   | |
    A


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  2D
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        From where you start, head north, but go slowly. Occasionally, mines
will appear on the field, but when they go away, they are becoming invisible,
not actually going away: make sure to watch out for these and navigate around.
If you do not have the Shield Unit, drive around the cracked segments of ground.
After some time, you should come to a base that will recharge your shields. Once
you are done, continue north into the next cave segment.


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  3D
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 B    C    D
| |  | |  | |   A - Entrance                    Head north and start off by
| |__| |__| |   B - Energy Core          taking the west of the three branch
|____   ____|   C - Control Tower        routes to destroy the Energy Core, then
     | |        D - Exit                go up the middle route in turn to take
     | |                        out the Control Tower. Following the destruction
     | |        of both mini-bosses in this cavern, head up to exit D to go back
     | |        outside into DN-1's next overfield.
      A


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  2D
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        Step out of the hole and stop off at the nearby base for a message. Head
north from here up the right side: if you are at full health, do not worry too
much about hitting a mine as a base that shall restore your shields is near the
end. Get your shields redone and then head down the hole into the last tunnel.


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  3D
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 _______    _____
D__   __E  |C _  |  A - Entrance                Start by going north from the
   | |     | | | |  B - Energy Core      entrance and then west to fight the
 __| |_____| |_| |  C - Control          Control Tower boss. Head south from
B______________  |      Tower            that room and then all the way west to
               | |  D - Item Zone        take on the Energy Core. Finally,
                A   E - Life Core        continue on north for a showdown with
                                         the Life Core.

        Depending on how well you play, the Life Core here may be actually
rather easy. Start off by ignoring the boss in the middle. Instead, charge up
your laser shot and look to either side of the boss to see white little men
walking up to the Life Core. Shoot them with the charged shot to destroy them
instantly, and repeat this until a fly-like robot comes off the Life Core's
head.

        When this happens, the main body of the Life Core itself will no longer
shoot out ammunition at you: instead, the fly-robot will start shooting at you.
The fly-robot will swivel around to about sixty degrees each way from the Life
Core, constantly swivelling at you. This can actually be rather useful, because
once it flies away from the Life Core, the Life Core has no protection
whatsoever, allowing you to get in several shots at the main body before the fly
comes back (in which case you move your view to avoid its shots, then quickly
move back to the Life Core when permitted). The Life Core here should go down
far quicker than some earlier bosses.


        After you defeat the Life Core, destroy the egg to obtain the Sensor
Unit. When prompted, stay on DN-1, pick some items up from the Item Zone, then
head outside and dash east to the launching pad. As you have conquered the five
planets, a sixth one will now open up. Head to the planet Gidoro.


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Shoot'em'up
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        The early portion of the shmup section is the same as always. Make your
way through it, and you will fight the planet Gidoro itself.

        Gidoro, which vaguely resembles a crustacean, will stay in one spot
while the Cosmo Tank can still move around, so while it is on a 2D Map, you have
that to take advantage of. However, it has several different shooting paths that
it can send bullets out, including two diagonal paths and four different widths
between bullets that go straight down the screen, so you need to be extremely
careful.

        The best way to go around this is to stick to the side, and charge up a
laser shot. Once it shoots out a diagonal shot, quickly weave into the center,
shoot out your charge shot, then move out as soon as it shoots straight south
again. This will take a lot of time, but if you try to shoot persistently you
will most likely get swarmed by bullets.

        After Gidoro takes a significant amount of time, it will stop, allowing
you to dock on board the fortress planet.


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                                 Planet Gidoro
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[GIDO]

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  2D
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        From where you start off, go north, then northeast a bit, and then
northwest to find yourself a station that shall recharge your shields. You
should hold a charge at all times while making your way there and let it loose
on any of the larger enemies that come at you.

        Once you finally can recharge, head north from the energy base to head
into a tunnel.


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  3D
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 _________
A_______  |  A - Entrance               Start off at A, the entrance, and then
 |  __  | |  B - Life Core       loop around clockwise to where point C is. Go
 | |__| | |  C - Exit            north from here and loop around clockwise again
 | |B   | |                      to hit B in an inner chamber. Now, on Gidoro
 | |____| |             you will have to rebattle the Life Cores of the five
C_________|        planets you previously visited. In Point B's case, you shall
                be taking on the boss of Desa again. The following is a copy and
paste of the strategy for Desa's Life Core.

        One of the best strategies to beat it is to swivel around, shoot at it,
then turn away in the direction it is moving. That way, when you turn back to
shoot at it again, it takes very little time to do so, and if you screw up and a
shot is close to the Cosmo Tank, you can turn in the opposite direction from
where it is moving to quickly get the shot out of sight.


        Afterwards, loop around back to point C and exit outside onto the
overfield again.


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  2D
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        Outside, go straight up. There is a set of five mines to the right of
where you exit, so you must head up first to avoid them. From there, go east a
bit and then into another tunnel.


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  3D
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 A
| |___
|  _  |  A - Entrance              You will emerge at A, the entrance. A is also
| | | |  B - Life Core     the point you will be exiting after defeating the
 B  | |  C - Exit          Life Core, as exit C will bring you back to the field
 ___| |                you first landed on when coming to Gidoro. The Life Core
C_____|         boss in this area is the same as Aquel's boss, so this will be
                a copy and paste of that Life Core's strategy.

        It is a large robot that will propel itself around the fighting arena at
basically the exact same speed as your tank does. This actually gives you an
edge, since you can basically turn and keep in the exact same position as it is
and fire away at it while all the shots it fires at you will end up on your
peripheral vision and not do any harm.

        However, you need to be very careful, as the boss will often stop,
flicker around the screen, and then come at you from the other side. Whenever it
stops, STOP in turn with it so you do not accidentally run into one of its
rocket-powered projectiles. Instead, wait for it to come around again to where
you are and then rotate around again while persistently firing at it.

        That said, for the first part, you should shoot at its two crab-like
legs. When you destroy one of them, it will slow down significantly. I am not
entirely sure if you can destroy or damage the head without destroying its legs
first, however, but you may as well destroy the legs.


        Once you have destroyed the Life Core, head straight back north exit out
entrance A.


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  2D
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        From where you come out onto the overfield, head all the way east to the
end of the map, watching out for a couple of cross-shaped minefields. Once you
make it over, head off into the next tunnel.


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  3D
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  ____
 B__  |    D                                You will have two Life Cores in this
    | |   | |                        maze here, so make sure to kill off a few
robots
    | |   | | A - Entrance        to replenish your health in-between battles if
 ___| |___| | B - Life Core        you need to. In any case, if you make your
way
|  _   _____| C - Life Core        to the center and then west, you will battle
| | | |       D - Exit                Monoa's Life Core boss at Point B. Going
south
| | | |__                        from the center and then east will pit you up
| | |____C                against Gadam's Life Core boss for the second time. As
 A                always, copy and paste of boss strategies, Monoa's first.


        (Monoa) This time the boss will only have a head to start that can be
damaged, but will occasionally pop up with four scale body parts. When this
occurs, you can shoot the body to make it take damage. Not much difference other
than that.


        (Gadam) The Life Core on Gadam is a rather interesting boss, and only
the second boss after the Aquel Life Core who changes in form after taking some
damage. Unlike Aquel, however, Gadam's Life Form does not slow: instead, after
you shoot it enough, the crab-like robot will retract its legs and start to
swivel around far more quickly.

        When it begins to hover, you need to pay more attention and be sure to
swing the other way if it starts to fire to close to comfort for you. It will
also move slightly faster than the Aquel Life Core, meaning that it will
actually overtake you when going at its maximum speed.

        Other than that, there is one other important thing to notice: Gadam's
Life Core shoots bullets from both its left side and right side. It cannot fire
from both sides at the same time, but it should be noted nonetheless, lest you
expect a bullet from the right side and get a bullet from the left that strikes
at your middle.


        Once you have defeated both Life Cores, head east and north from the
center to exit out onto the last overfield map of the game.


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  2D
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        Go north from the entrance and stop off at the first base you see to
capture it and restore your shields energy. Continue north from there and you
should come to a second base. Once you enter, you will come to a crustacean
boss, specifically the type with head pincers. A paste of the strategy for this
boss follows. You need to beat it to access the last tunnel, in any case.


        The insect boss can be rather annoying, as it takes a gigantic amount of
hits to kill, just like every boss in this game. However, there is an easy to
track pattern to dodging its lone attack of sending out its cutters, so listen
up.

        The insect boss will send out its cutters that will track your Cosmo
Tank from two positions: either it will throw them out when it is at the top of
the map, or it will throw them out from the center of the map. The cutters will
follow your tank for a brief while, then return to the insect. The insect boss
will then go to the position opposite of the one it was just in (if it was in
the center, it will go to the top, and vice versa).

        When it is in the top section, stay right at the bottom center of the
map. The cutters will stop just shy of where the tank is. Once they go back up,
follow along with it to shoot at the insect's face, then quickly retreat before
the insect moves to the center of the screen.

        Once the insect is in the center of the map, things get a bit trickier.
If you go to either corner right away, the boomerang cutters WILL hit you.
However, if you WAIT, until just after it throws the boomerang cutters, and then
go to either corner, it will NOT hit you. It is IMPORTANT that you wait however,
because bolting even a fraction of a second early can still get you hit. As soon
as the boomerangs return to the insect boss, turn around and pound it for
several hits before returning to the bottom center of the screen.


        After you win the battle, your shields should be automatically restored.
Head straight up to go inside the last cavern on Gidoro.


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  3D
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 _____________
|  _________  | A - Entrance                Start off by heading north from the
| |  |C|    | | B - Life Core      entrance, and then take on the Control Tower.
| |  | |    | | C - Control        Go back south and then east and down to take
| |  | |    | |     Tower          on one last Energy Core (you need not fight
| |__| |____| | D - Hint           DN-1's Life Core). Head back up and left and
|  __   __  | | E - Life Core      south to point D for a hint on how to defeat
| |  | |  | | |     (Final Boss)   the last Life Core (you will have to fight
|D|  | |  |B|E|                    another Control Tower to do so). Go back
      A               outside at this point to restore your shields if you have
                      to, then head around the tunnel to point E to take on
                      Gidoro's Life Core.


        Now, Gidoro's Life Core will be extremely, extremely, annoying. If you
thought other bosses could take damage, Gidoro practically absorbs it. It should
not be surprising if it takes you five to ten minutes, possibly even longer to
destroy it.

        There are three discernable stages to the Life Core's form, but before
we get into that, Gidoro's attack pattern should be noted. Unlike other bosses,
Gidoro has two cannons on its main body, one on the left side and one on the
right side. It will shoot a bullet out of one cannon, and then switch to the
cannon on the other side. More importantly to note, each cannon will shoot
towards the right side twice, then they will reverse direction and shoot to the
left twice.

        That distinction should be made, because it becomes important when you
are attacking the Life Core's main body. If you are on the left side, wait until
the left cannon shoots right for the first time, move in, and let off a charged
shot, before immediately pivoting back out with the cannon on the edge of your
viewing screen. This is a slow approach, but is a vital one.

        What should also be noted is that the center of Gidoro (about its
'chest' area) will charge up and shoot out a star-shaped bullet. When this
happens, GET OUT OF THE WAY regardless of whether it throws you into a foot-ball
shaped bullet's path. The star-shaped bullet will knock you out back into the
tunnel, and you shall have to repeat the battle all over again.

        The chest can be damaged during the course of the battle. I am unsure if
it occurs all the time no matter where on the Life Core's body you hit or only
if you repeatedly hammer away at the chest itself often enough. It is also
possible to shatter the glass dome on the robot's head: what effect this has, I
am unsure of.

        Anyways, to start the battle off, on the very ends of the Life Core, it
has two hands, one on each side. Start the battle by staying off to the far side
of whichever end you are on, charge up a laser shot, move in and shoot it at the
hand. Repeat until the hand is destroyed. Now, carefully wait for the bullets
before moving: the best time to do this is when the cannon closer to you shoots
OUTWARD for the second time, because the opposite cannon will also shoot outward
following that shot, allowing you to clear quickly to the other side.

        Shoot the other hand then until it is destroyed. Following that, you
will need to take on the main body, and you should do it by charging up laser
shots and letting it hit the Life Core. Now, the Life Core is not just
vulnerable at the center: take a look at its spindly 'legs'. Wherever the joint
of the legs juts at the top of the screen, any part of the leg between those
knee joints and the body itself is vulnerable, so you do not need to hit dead
center.





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