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Dark Chip Guide by White Dragon Nall

Version: 1.55 | Updated: 03/01/04

**Rockman EXE 4: Red Sun/Blue Moon**
***Dark Chip Guide***

-==UPDATE HISTORY==-

1/3/04: v1.55
Various updates.

26/2/04: v1.25
Various updates, 'Fallen Angel' section added.

24/2/04: v1.00
The basics are covered.

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Contents:
1- Preface
   (Introduction)
2- Embrace the Darkness
   (Dark Chips)
3- Power of the Dark Soul
   (Chips only used while dark)
4- Resonate! Dark Soul
   (Program Advances)
5- Fallen Angel
   (Dark Soul)
6- Acknowledgements/About
================================

________________________________
[1]_P_R_E_F_A_C_E_______________

This guide assumes that you can read, know the terminology of the 
Rockman EXE series, and do not have problems with spoilers. If you 
do, don't know what a Program Advance is, or can't understand this, 
then go read something else.

A new addition to the series, Dark Chips are extremely 
powerful chips capable of allowing you to defeat almost
any enemy with ease.

________________________________
[2]_EMBRACE_THE_DARKNESS________

Dark Chips are chips that grant extreme power to the navis
that use them. However, in doing so, the navi's soul is
damaged along with the link between it and its operator.

To harness the power of the Dark Chips, you must first
get hit five times in a row without fighting back. Rockman's
unison picture's background will turn green, and you will
be able to use Dark Chips. Use one, and the darkness will
taint Rockman's soul. His maximum HP also decreases by 1. If
you use Dark Chips enough, Rockman will eventually become
attuned to the darkness, and you will not need to get hit
in order to use Dark Chips. This grants you access to the
strongest chips in the game, as well as one of the strongest 
Program Advances. This comes at a price, though- you will
be unable to use chips attuned to the light, will not be able
to go into Full Synchro or use Holy Panels, and can never 
leave the darkness. Also, using a Dark Chip results in a glitch 
each time. Your maximum HP will also still keep dropping as you 
use Dark Chips. 

Not that it matters. Your maximum HP won't affect anything 
if you can kill things before they have a chance to move.

Also, when Rockman is defeated and the level of darkness is
high enough, he will instead gain 1 HP and activate the Dark
Soul. As Rockman DS, he is immune to almost all forms of 
attack, and will use all sorts of chips on his own.

These are the chips that show up when you're in a pinch,
or when you've turned completely dark.

~Dark Cannon~
 D a a k u  K a n o n

AOE:
[ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
[R][>][>][>][>][>]
[ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
Key: R- Rockman     >- Line of fire     O- Collateral damage
     X- Affected panel  determined by enemy's position 
     Y- Affected panel determined by Rockman's position
     Z- Affected panel (unchanged by positions)

Wielded in a similar fashion to the regular Cannon chips.
Its power is equal to how much HP you have lost. Considerably
less useful if you use a lot of Dark Chips. As soon as Rockman 
equips this chip, he will suffer from a glitch that causes all 
of his buster's stats to be reduced to 1.

~Dark Vulcan~
 D a a k u  B a r u k a n

AOE:
[ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
[R][>][>][X][O][ ]
[ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
Key: R- Rockman     >- Line of fire     O- Collateral damage
     X- Affected panel  determined by enemy's position 
     Y- Affected panel determined by Rockman's position
     Z- Affected panel (unchanged by positions)

Similar to a regular Vulcan, but with 24 shots. As soon as Rockman 
equips this chip, he will suffer from a glitch that causes his
directional controls to be reversed. Also, like with other Vulcan
chips, you cannot move while firing, so, missing will result in you
being unable to dodge a counterattack.

~Dark Spread~
 D a a k u  S u p u r e d d o

AOE:
[ ][ ][ ][O][O][O]
[R][>][>][O][X][O]
[ ][ ][ ][O][O][O]
Key: R- Rockman     >- Line of fire     O- Collateral damage
     X- Affected panel  determined by enemy's position 
     Y- Affected panel determined by Rockman's position
     Z- Affected panel (unchanged by positions)

Similar to a regular Spread Gun, but able to deal 400 damage.
As soon as Rockman equips this chip, he will suffer from a glitch
that turns all panels he walks off into swamp panels.

~Dark Bomb~
 D a a k u  B o m u

AOE:
[ ][ ][O][O][O][ ]
[R][ ][O][Y][O][ ]
[ ][ ][O][O][O][ ]
Key: R- Rockman     >- Line of fire     O- Collateral damage
     X- Affected panel  determined by enemy's position 
     Y- Affected panel determined by Rockman's position
     Z- Affected panel (unchanged by positions)

Tossed in a similar fashion to other bombs. It causes a large 
nine-panel explosion for 200 damage. As soon as Rockman equips 
this chip, he will suffer from a glitch that causes him to 
constantly move backwards.

~Dark Sword~
 D a a k u  S o o d o

AOE:
[ ][Y][Y][ ][ ][ ]
[R][Y][Y][ ][ ][ ]
[ ][Y][Y][ ][ ][ ]
Key: R- Rockman     >- Line of fire     O- Collateral damage
     X- Affected panel  determined by enemy's position 
     Y- Affected panel determined by Rockman's position
     Z- Affected panel (unchanged by positions)

Similar to a Dream Sword, but able to deal damage equal to
the highest amount of HP a single enemy has, up to a maximum
of 500. As soon as Rockman equips this chip, he will suffer 
from a glitch that causes him to constantly move forwards.

~Dark Lance~
 D a a k u  R a n s u

AOE:
[ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][Z]
[R][ ][ ][ ][ ][Z]
[ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][Z]
Key: R- Rockman     >- Line of fire     O- Collateral damage
     X- Affected panel  determined by enemy's position 
     Y- Affected panel determined by Rockman's position
     Z- Affected panel (unchanged by positions)

Similar to a regular lance, but able to deal damage equal to 
half of the greatest amount of HP an enemy has, up to a maximum
of 999. This is especially useful against enemies with large amounts 
of HP, such as, indeed, Forte. As soon as Rockman equips this chip, 
though, he will suffer from a glitch that removes five random chips
from his folder.

~Dark Recovery~
 D a a k u  R i k a b a r i
Like a regular Recovery, that heals 1000 HP instead. As soon as 
Rockman equips this chip, he will suffer from a glitch that causes 
him to lose HP constantly, even while at the custom screen.

~Dark Stage~
 D a a k u  S u t e e j i
Your area is filled with Dark Holes, and the enemy area is filled 
with swamp panels. Extremely useful in obtaining DS navi chips or
against enemies with auras or barriers. As soon as Rockman equips 
this chip, he will suffer from a glitch that causes his custom menu
to give him access to one less chip.

________________________________
[3]_POWER_OF_THE_DARK_SOUL______

When your soul becomes tainted enough, you gain the ability to
use some of the most powerful chips in the game. This is a list
of some of them, with descriptions.

~Noise Storm~
 N o i z u  S u t o o m u

AOE:
[ ][ ][O][O][ ][ ]
[R][O][Y][O][ ][ ]
[ ][ ][O][O][ ][ ]
Key: R- Rockman     >- Line of fire     O- Possible collateral damage
     X- Affected panel determined by enemy's position 
     Y- Affected panel determined by Rockman's position
     Z- Affected panel (unchanged by positions)

Codes: B, G, Z, *
Two eight-hit tornados appear two panels in front of you. However, 
if you are glitched, the attack hits more panels, for a maximum of 
six tornadoes and a grand total of 48 hits spread out throughout the 
six panels affected.

~Bug Bomb~
 B a g u  B o m u

AOE:
[ ][ ][O][O][O][ ]
[R][ ][O][Y][O][ ]
[ ][ ][O][O][O][ ]
Key: R- Rockman     >- Line of fire     O- Collateral damage
     X- Affected panel determined by enemy's position 
     Y- Affected panel determined by Rockman's position
     Z- Affected panel (unchanged by positions)

Codes: B, G, Z, *
A bomb that explodes with an AOE of three by three panels, the
size of a single area. It explodes when an enemy touches it, or
about one to two seconds after it lands. The explosion does no
damage, but causes confusion.

~Dark Hole~
 D a a k u  H o o r u
Code: *
Summons a Dark Hole on the panel directly in front of you, which 
allows you to obtain DS navi chips from SP navis.

~Bug Chain~
 B a g u  C h e e n u
 Codes: C, *
 Passes on any bugs you have to your opponent. Only works on navis.

~Muramasa Blade~
 M u r a m a s a  B u r e e d o

AOE:
[ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
[R][Y][ ][ ][ ][ ]
[ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
Key: R- Rockman     >- Line of fire     O- Collateral damage
     X- Affected panel determined by enemy's position 
     Y- Affected panel determined by Rockman's position
     Z- Affected panel (unchanged by positions)

Code: M
A sword that deals damage equal to the amount of HP you have lost.
The maximum amount of damage it can deal is 999.

~Poison Anubis~
 P o i z u n  A n u b i s u

AOE:
[ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
[R][Y][ ][ ][ ][ ]
[ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
Key: R- Rockman     >- Line of fire     O- Collateral damage
     X- Affected panel determined by enemy's position 
     Y- Affected panel determined by Rockman's position
     Z- Affected panel (unchanged by positions)

Code: A
Summons an Anubis poison jar onto the panel directly in front of you,
which releases poison. The jar has 100 HP, and the poison does saps 10
HP per second.

~Element Dark~
 E r e m e n t o  D a a k u

AOE:
[ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
[R][Y][Y][Y][ ][ ]
[ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
Key: R- Rockman     >- Line of fire     O- Collateral damage
     X- Affected panel determined by enemy's position 
     Y- Affected panel determined by Rockman's position
     Z- Affected panel (unchanged by positions)

Code: E
The strongest of the Element lamp series.

~Black Wing~
 B u r a k k u  U i n g u

AOE:
[ ][ ][ ][V][V][V]
[R][ ][ ][V][V][V]
[ ][ ][ ][V][V][V]
Key: R- Rockman     V- Line of fire     O- Collateral damage
     X- Affected panel determined by enemy's position 
     Y- Affected panel determined by Rockman's position
     Z- Affected panel (unchanged by positions)

Code: W
Summons bats to attack your enemies, as well as a Dark Hole 
on the panel that you are standing on, like Darkman from EXE3.
18 bats are summoned altogether. As the bats only appear on enemy 
columns, using Area Steals helps.

~Dark Line~
 D a a k u  R a i n u

AOE:
[ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
[Y][R][Y][Y][Y][Y]
[ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
Key: R- Rockman     >- Line of fire     O- Collateral damage
     X- Affected panel determined by enemy's position 
     Y- Affected panel determined by Rockman's position
     Z- Affected panel (unchanged by positions)

Code: L, *
Creates a line of Dark Holes.

~Bug Charge~
 B a g u  C h y a a j i

AOE:
[ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
[R][>][>][>][>][>]
[ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
Key: R- Rockman     >- Line of fire     O- Collateral damage
     X- Affected panel determined by enemy's position 
     Y- Affected panel determined by Rockman's position
     Z- Affected panel (unchanged by positions)

Code: C
Summons a Gospel Cannon to attack several times for 80 damage
per hit. The number of shots fired is the number of times you
have opened the Custom Menu, plus one, for a maximum of ten 
shots.

~Curse of Bug~
 K a a s u  O v u  B a g u
Code: C
Summons a bunch of bugs to glitch up your opponent.

________________________________
[4]_RESONATE!_D_A_R_K__S_O_U_L__

There are two Program Advances that can only be executed
when the user's soul is tainted with darkness. They are the
two of the most powerful ones in the game.

~Dark Messiah Neo~
 D a a k u  M e s h i a  N e o

AOE:
[ ][>][>][>][>O][>O]
[R][>][>][>][>O][>O]
[ ][>][>][>][>O][>O]
Key: R- Rockman     >- Line of fire     O- Collateral damage
     X- Affected panel determined by enemy's position 
     Y- Affected panel determined by Rockman's position
     Z- Affected panel (unchanged by positions)

Chips: Dark Line *, Bug Chain *, Forte/Forte Another X

The return of the EXE2's ultimate PA! It has been weakened 
considerably, though, and Gospel has been replaced with Rockman 
DS. Rockman DS uses the Gospel Cannon from Bug Charge to fire three 
shots on the lines above, below, and in front of him, and Forte 
then uses Darkness Overload. Each hit does 250 damage, and any 
single enemy can be hit up to four times.

~Poison Pharaoh~
 P o i z u n  F a r a o

AOE:
[ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
[R][Y][ ][ ][ ][ ]
[ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
Key: R- Rockman     >- Line of fire     O- Collateral damage
     X- Affected panel determined by enemy's position 
     Y- Affected panel determined by Rockman's position
     Z- Affected panel (unchanged by positions)

Chips: Dark Hole *, Dark Line *, Poison Anubis A

Not a dark PA, but the chips used in it are dark, so I'll stick
it here anyway. Poison Pharaoh returns once more, even though the 
navi featured in it departed the series two games ago. The usual 
sarcophagus with poisonous gas. Still as useful as ever. The 
sarcophagus has 300 HP, and the poison saps about 50 HP per second.

________________________________
[5]___F_A_L_L_E_N__A_N_G_E_L____

Once you have used become dark, it is possible for you to enter
Dark Soul mode. When your HP is reduced to 0 any time after you
use a Dark Chip, your HP will instead rise to 1, and Rockman
will turn completely black.

In Dark Soul mode, Rockman's movement cannot be controlled, and
he will use attacks randomly. Any chip that you have used before,
be it a dark chip or light chip, can and will be used. There is
no limit to what chips Rockman DS will use- he can even use multiple
Giga-class chips in the same battle, maybe even using the same one
a few times. Also, Rockman DS is invincible to almost all attacks. 
The only attacks that can get past his defenses are Super-Piercing 
ones, like Duo's laser, or Forte's Darkness Overload.

Even though you are unable to control Rockman DS, you can still
upload battle chips and use them as per normal. However, With the 
movement not under your control, it is much harder to hit enemies
with attacks.

Dark Soul lasts for 25 seconds. At about 22/23 seconds, Rockman
will start flashing blue before returning to his normal condition 
at 25 seconds.

________________________________
[6]_ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS_/_ABOUT____

=Acknowledgements=

The author would like to thank the following people/groups/aliens.

-The denizens of the WotN.2ya.com forums/channel
For not doing anything much except for spamming 
his IRC channel.

-TrueMallowman
For informing the author that Poison Pharaoh is not a dark PA.

=About the author=

White Dragon Nall is not a bloody American. Stop assuming that he is.

If Yan Can Cook, So Can You.

=About the guide=

This guide was created with one purpose in mind- to get rid of all 
the idiots who go around yelling "WAT R DRAK CHIPZZ".

The latest version of this guide can be found posted on GameFAQs.com 
whenever the site is updated, or on Asgard-F-'s Fserve on #WarriorsOfTheNet 
on irc.dragonwings.org at any given time.

=Resources=

These were of aid to the author while he was working 
on this guide, and may be useful to the reader.

-Rockman EXE: Warriors of the Net
http://wotn.2ya.com/
This site may not have any information on it at all, but
its IRC channel is a constant source of good information.
It is also frequented by several experts.

-GameFAQs
http://gamefaqs.com/
Eh, this site isn't as half as bad as people make it out
to be. Well, maybe it is, but it's still a very good
source of information.

________________________________
[7]_C_O_N_T_A_C_T______________

My contact information. I do have an e-mail account, but 
I check it about once a month, and mostly ignore the 
messages. There are three easier ways to contact me.

1- The GameFAQs.com MMBN4BM board.
2- IRC ( #WarriorsOfTheNet @ irc.dragonwings.org )
3- The Tsuki.2ya.com message board.

You should get a reply in a day or two, or perhaps instantly 
in the case of IRC, if you try these methods.

You can always try to e-mail me at omgwtflolz (at) hotmail.com 
if you have no choice. Just don't expect a reply.

__________________________________________________________________
This guide is the intellectual property of the author, and may be 
reproduced in part or in whole as long as it or the portion(s) of it 
quoted are not edited in any way, and credit is given to the author, 
White Dragon Nall, and his site, http://Tsuki.2ya.com

Rockman EXE and all related blah blah blah Capcom yadda yadda 2003 
yadda trademark blah blah copyright blah. You know the drill.

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