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Boss FAQ by CMoriarty

Version: Final | Updated: 01/19/02

M    E    G    A        M    A    N     3     B    O    S    S        F   A   Q

 A complete Mega Man 3 Boss FAQ for the NES version, to be used in conjunction 
    with my (CMoriarty's) complete FAQ/Walkthrough on Mega Man 3, found at:


                                                | By Colin Moriarty (CMoriarty)
                                                | E-Mail:   cmoriarty311@cs.com
                                                | Date:        January 19, 2002
                                                | Version:         FINAL (Only)


NOTE: Although the date says "January 19, 2002", on May 20, 2002, I updated 
each of my Mega Man boss FAQs, posting that they are now "Final" versions, in 
addition to the "Only" version I denoted them to be earlier. This is to stop 
any e-mails I'm getting with "add this strat, d00d11!!!!" You, as readers, are 
more than welcome to read this, e-mail me with comments, suggestions, and/or 
criticism, but please, no e-mail regarding your strategies being better than 
mine, or how I should put your strategy in my FAQ in place of yours. Trust me, 
there's a 99.99% chance I'm better than you at Mega Man anyway, so not to sound 
rude, but don't waste my time. If you have your own strategy, that's excellent; 
to each his own. Keep it to yourself though, because not only will I not post 
your strategy, but I won't respond to your e-mail, or even acknowledge that I 
recieved it, if you send me an e-mail like that.

So to re-itterate, the FAQ was submitted on January 19, 2002, and hence, the 
date wasn't changed to reflect that on this version, since nothing but this 
"note" was added into this FAQ. Thanks for reading.


-Colin Moriarty (CMoriarty311@cs.com)


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T A B L E     O F     C O N T E N T S...
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I.)........... | Legal Disclaimer
II.).......... | Versions of the Guide
III.)......... | Introduction
IV.).......... | Robot Masters
V.)........... | Robot Masters Revisited (Mega Man 2 RMs)
VI.).......... | Dr. Wily's Castle Bosses
VII.)......... | In Closing
VIII.)........ | About the Author

                                S E C T I O N I
                        L E G A L   D I S C L A I M E R

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                                S E C T I O N II
                   V E R S I O N S   O F   T H E   G U I D E

This version of the guide is the only version of the guide I will release, as 
it's basically a mini-FAQ. Hence, it's "Version Only." (FINAL VERSION)

Version Information:

Version: FINAL (Only)
Date: January 19, 2002
Percent Complete: 100%
Version Entails: Everything on the bosses in the game.
Still To Come: Nothing... this is the first, only, and final release of the 
guide, so enjoy it! =)

                               S E C T I O N III
                            I N T R O D U C T I O N

Welcome, readers, friends, et cetera, to my Boss FAQ for the classic NES game, 
Mega Man 3, on the NES Nintendo Entertainment System. 

I don't have much to say here except that this FAQ is meant to be used in 
direct conjunction with my FAQ/Walkthrough, already on GameFAQs, which can be 
found at the following URL:


Of course, you don't HAVE to use it in conjunction. The primary point of this 
FAQ on the bosses in the game, in fact, is to simplify the information out of 
my more intricate FAQ/Walkthrough for the game, so if you don't need step-by-
step instructions on beating the game as a whole, but only on the primary 
problems people encounter in the game - the bosses - then this FAQ is for you. 
There ARE pretty good instructions in my FAQ/Walkthrough for this game as far 
as all of the boss battles are concerned, but again, this is for 
simplification, so I hope it helps you out. Enjoy!

-Colin Moriarty (CMoriarty)

                                S E C T I O N IV
                           R O B O T   M A S T E R S 

This section is to assist you on your battles with the Robot Masters in the 
game. Included are descriptions of each Robot Master, as well as their battle 
tactics, their weapon information, et cetera - everything you need to know 
about to defeat them! I hope it helps!

[in order which you should beat them, for ease]


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Weapon: Magnet Missiles
Primary Weakness: Arm Cannon (the weapon you SHOULD use on him)
Other Weaknesses: Shadow Blade, Spark Shock
Description: Magnet Man, one of my favorite Robot Masters ever, is a Robot 
Master that looks (and even acts) harder than he actually is. He has a very, 
very distinct pattern that he repeats over and over again if you watch him. His 
primary attack is to jump super high in the air and unleash semi-heatsinking 
magnets at you, called Magnet Missiles. Additionally, however, he can also turn 
himself into a magnitized being and bring Mega Man into him, which you can only 
avoid by walking, jumping, or sliding in the opposite direction.

To Defeat Magnet Man...

Magnet Man DOES have a pattern, just like I mentioned above, and it goes a 
little something like this. He starts out each motion with a short jump 
forward, then a bigger jump forward. From here, he almost always jumps in the 
air, fires three Magnet Missiles, comes back down, and does it going the other 
way, (the same thing, that is). On rare occasion, instead of jumping in the air 
to fire Magnet Missiles, he'll magnitize himself and bring you to him via 
magnets... you are metal, afterall. Knowing his pattern, stand far enough away 
from him so that he doesn't land on you with the first jump, then run towards 
him, slide under him with the second jump, turn around, fire a few plasma shots 
at him before he jumps and fires. Now, slide away from the Magnet Missiles he 
shoots, and he'll repeat this process, which you should as well. Pending he 
does any of the alternate move, you can't hurt him in that magnitized state, so 
you'll just have to wait until after he's done to fire upon him. Since he's 
first in line to be fought, you only have the arm cannon to use on him, 
pending, of course, you're following the order I've given here. If not, the 
Spark Shock and Shadow Blades work just as well on him.


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Weapon: Hard Knuckles
Primary Weakness: Magnet Missiles
Other Weaknesses: Hard Knuckles (yeah, that's right)
Description: Sure, you can take his name the wrong way, but Hard Man is still a 
menacing character to combat. He, like Magnet Man, has a pattern that's even 
more predictable then his aforementioned counterpart, but has a lot more power 
behind him as well. He has two modes of attacks as well. Firstly, he shoots two 
Hard Knuckles at you, one going straight at you and the other going in the air. 
Then he jumps high in the air and plummets back to the ground on his head, 
doing massive damage to anything below in his path.

To Defeat Hard Man...

Again, as I mentioned before, Hard Man too has a pattern, even more predictable 
than Magnet Man's. Reading above, and knowing his pattern, you'll basically 
want to fire away at Hard Man every other second or so with a Magnet Missile. 
They don't even have to be going right for him, the metal of his plating is 
attracted to the Magnet Missile, so he, like all other enemies in the game, 
pulls it right in. Just make sure to turn around and fire on Hard Man when he's 
about to plummet into the ground, before he freezes everything with his impact, 
to get in one more hit. Within two or three cycles of his pattern, he'll be 
dead if you keep up the attacks. He's just as weak to his own weapon as he is 
to Magnet Missiles, as well, but they are slower and clunkier... and you can 
only attack him in Wily's castle with his own weapon, so it doesn't even 


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Weapon: Top Spin
Primary Weakness: Hard Knuckles
Other Weaknesses: Needle Cannon, Top Spin
Description: Top Man is easily the simplest Robot Master in the game to defeat. 
His style of fighting is strictly within the realms of readable patterns, and 
he only has one attack - three Tops that fly into the air and then shoot down 
at Mega Man (or his position at the time they were shot, as in, they can be 
easily avoided by sliding), and then Top Man shoots across the room by 
spinning, where he is invulnerable to any attacks from Mega Man, before he 
repeats his pattern once more.

To Defeat Top Man...

Top Man is a very, very easy Robot Master to defeat, especially if you have the 
Hard Knuckles, although he is simple enough (maybe even simpler for those with 
the quick trigger finger) with the regular old arm cannon. As I described 
above, Top Man fights strictly upon the basis of a pattern. He shoots his tops 
in the air, they spin for a bit, and then quickly shoot down upon Mega Man. 
That's Top Man's easiest way to damage you, so avoid damage by those by waiting 
until the last minute before they come down on you, and then sliding to avoid 
getting hit by them. Then, Top Man will start spinning and shoot across the 
room. Jump over him (don't waste ammo, he's immune to attacks in a spin state), 
and fire upon him with a Hard Knuckle or two as he repeats this fighting 
pattern. He'll be toast with a quick four Hard Knuckles to his structure, 
sending him kaboom. =)


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Weapon: Shadow Blade
Primary Weakness: Top Spin
Other Weaknesses: Hard Knuckles, Shadow Blade
Description: Shadow Man is pure craziness. He has many attacks, and can take 
care of you in a matter of seconds if you aren't careful. Faster than even Mega 
Man 2's Quick Man, Shadow Man has an array of ways to damage you, and his 
Shadow Blades, huge ninja stars, can do massive damage to Mega Man as well. And 
you know how Mega Man can now slide in Mega Man 3? Well so can Shadow Man. 
Don't bother fighting him if you don't have Top Man's Top Spin... unless of 
course, you're a Mega Man master, and you have a whole lotta E-Tanks. This 
Robot Master isn't called the menace of Mega Man 3 by fans of the series for no 

To Defeat Shadow Man...

Shadow Man is pure energy, and that's not even supposed to be a joke. While his 
primary weapon, the Shadow Blade, is actually a large ninja star that he chucks 
like a boomerang, this ninja can and will do more damage with you by simple 
body-on-body collisions with Mega Man. He often jumps, runs, and slides into 
Mega Man without bothering to use his weapon once, although he'll use his 
weapon more often if you keep moving. Shadow Man has no pattern, and only the 
best players of Mega Man can beat him with the arm cannon with no E-Tanks. It 
might sound ridiculous, but it's not. So whatdya do? Well, equip the 
unconventional weapon you got from Top Man, the Top Spin. Using the Top Spin, 
you have to jump into Shadow Man and press B to start spinning into him. You 
can kill Shadow Man in one hit with this weapon if you're accurate enough with 
your hit. If not, keep going, but keep in mind that using the Top Spin on 
Shadow Man will eek down your damage with the quickness too. Don't be afraid to 
use E-Tanks while fighting Shadow Man, as he'll be the only Robot Master 
that'll challenge you to the extent that you have to use one. In either case, 
good luck. =)


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Weapon: Spark Shock
Primary Weakness: Shadow Blade
Other Weaknesses: Needle Cannon, Hard Knuckle
Description: Spark Man is an interesting Robot Master design indeed. He doesn't 
have hands, which isn't uncommon amongst Robot Masters, but he doesn't have any 
arm cannons in their stead, either. Instead, he has to electrical conductors in 
place of hands or arm cannons, and a powerful electric transmiting unit atop 
his head. When he takes the tips of his arms and touches his head, it produces 
a strong electrical charge, a Spark Shock, which he uses on his enemy with 
great skill. His lair layout is full of uneven ground, making him even more 
difficult to fight. But he DOES have a pattern... kind of.

To Defeat Spark Man...

Spark Man's lair layout should be your biggest concern upon taking him on. He's 
pretty easy to beat otherwise, especially if you have the Shadow Blade 
equipped, which'll take him out in seven hits or so. As Spark Man begins his 
battle pattern, he'll run to and fro across the uneven areas of his lair, 
before touching his head with his arm conductors to form an electrical shock 
which he'll shoot in all directions across the room, which can usually be 
avoided with a slide and a jump. Then he'll continue to run and jump around his 
lair, trying to collide with Mega Man. Jump over him if you can (although he is 
kind of tall), and fire some Shadow Blades on him before he repeats his battle 
pattern. You'll see that it's easier than it sounds when you actually get 
there. Use an E-Tank if need be, but try to save them if at all possible for 
later on in the game. You'll need them more later, trust me! =)


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Weapon: Search Snakes
Primary Weakness: Arm Cannon 
Other Weaknesses: Needle Cannon, Shadow Blade, Search Snakes, Hard Knuckle
Description: Snake Man looks a lot more menacing than he actually is. As was 
the case with Spark Man, Snake Man's lair layout makes him seem harder than he 
actually is. Again, like Spark Man, Snake Man also has a very distinct attack 
pattern... plus, he almost always has his back turned to you if you position 
yourself in the correct area (right in front of the lair entrance, 
coincidentally enough), so that you can pummel the hell out of him with the arm 
cannon before he can do much to stop you.

To Defeat Snake Man...

Snake Man's lair is layed out much like Spark Man's in many respects, so Snake 
Man, in traversing around his room, is always jumping and running. Don't run 
with him. Instead, just stay right by the lair entrance and pummel him with arm 
cannon shots from there, while avoiding the Search Snakes he shoots across the 
ground at you one at a time (just jump over them). Staying in the position 
you're in makes Snake Man run back away from you through his pattern, where you 
can pummel him with arm cannon shots, hitting him in his back. Just make sure 
to follow him when he jumps and changes heights for full effect from your arm 
cannon. He's really that simple.


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Weapon: Gemini Laser
Primary Weakness: Search Snakes 
Other Weaknesses: Magnet Missiles, Hard Knuckles, Shadow Blade
Description: Gemini Man is the coolest idea for a character in this game. You 
might be wondering "what does Gemini have to do with anything"... but if you're 
saying that, then you obviously don't know what the word means. Gemini means 
"twin" and the power of Gemini Man lies primarily in the fact that he can 
segment himself into a twin, and the two of them wreak twice the havoc. Thet wo 
run around the room, onto the walls and jumping across the ceiling to the other 
wall, where they repeat this process in a circle while shooting their arm 
cannons at you. You can kill one, and that's when the battle gets more 
difficult, and the Gemini Laser comes into play.

To Defeat Gemini Man...

Upon the battle beginning, it gets very fast paced as the real Gemini Man and 
the twin Gemini Man run around the room, shooting their arm cannons at you. 
Equip the Search Snakes and start firing at either one of them (they are 
indistinguishable from each other), and jump over or slide under them as they 
make their rounds to avoid damage. After half damage is inflicted upon them, 
the clone Gemini Man will disappear and the battle will slow down drastically. 
Gemini Man will now pace his room, making it easier to smack him up with the 
Search Snakes. He can now unleash a powerful blast, the Gemini Laser, out of 
his arm cannon instead of regular plasma shots he was shooting at you before, 
so try to beat the crap out of him with Search Snakes before he can unleash the 
Gemini Laser on you. Now that wasn't so hard, was it?


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Weapon: Needle Cannon
Primary Weakness: Gemini Laser 
Other Weaknesses: Needle Cannon, Shadow Blade
Description: Needle Man looks kind of corny, sure, but he is actually a menace 
to defeat, if you believe it. That is, of course, if you don't have the Gemini 
Laser in your aresenal. Needle Man has dueling arm cannons (the first Robot 
Master to sport this look since Fire Man in the original Mega Man) which means 
he can shoot at you twice as quickly with his plasma shot-looking Needle 
Cannon. Also, his head is on a spring-like mechanism which allows for him to 
unleash the needle-covered headpiece of his to be shot at Mega Man for a 
certain distance before retracting to Needle Man's head. And he's always 
jumping and moving, and is surprisingly quick, which makes him hard to hit with 
the Gemini Laser... so you gotta get in close...

To Defeat Needle Man...

Needle Man can only take three or four hits from the Gemini Laser before 
meeting his doom, but he's hard to hit with it unless you get in close. What 
sucks even more is if you shoot a Gemini Laser at him and you miss, it'll 
bounce from wall to ceiling to wall to floor, et cetera, for a few seconds 
before you can shoot another Gemini Laser at him. While this makes it possible 
that a rebound shot can hit him, it leaves you 100% vulnerable to him because 
you can't shoot anything at him while the Gemini Laser is still bouncing around 
all over the place. Instead of shooting at him from afar, risk getting damaged 
by him and move in close. Shoot the Gemini Laser at point blank range to avoid 
any mishaps, and he'll almost certainly jump away. Simply stay on him and 
repeat the process a few more times until Needle Man bites the bullet. While 
this technique leaves you open to more damage, you can always use an E-Tank if 
you need to (you should have some by now, almost definetly), and this shortens 
the battle greatly so that in the long run you'll substain less damage from him 
using my technique.

                                S E C T I O N V
                 R O B O T   M A S T E R S   R E V I S I T E D  

This section is the in-between, between the defeat of the eight robot masters 
in the game, and Dr. Wily's castle. Here, you revisit four stages in the game 
(different then they were, and segmented into two parts now), the stages of 
Shadow Man, Gemini Man, Needle Man, and Spark Man. In each stage, there are two 
Robot Masters from the previous Mega Man game, Mega Man 2... but they aren't 
literally there. Instead, a robot called Dark Master encompases the powers of 
each particular robot master from the previous game and uses those powers 
against you with great skill.

[in order which you should revisit the stages, for ease]



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Weapon: Metal Blades
Primary Weakness: Magnet Missiles
Other Weaknesses: Hard Knuckles, Shadow Blades, Spark Shock
Description: Metal Man, who almost looks like an oldschool doctor with his 
sprite when you fight him (the blade on his head looks like that silver thing 
old-school doctors used to wear, you know what I'm saying), is actually a cool 
Robot Master simply because he won't attack you unless you attack first, or if 
you get too close to him. If you stay away from him and don't attack, he'll 
just stand there. The minute you start attacking, or get too close, he'll start 
chucking his Metal Blades at you in full effect, but he'll stop if you stop. =)

To Defeat Metal Man...

In Mega Man 3, Metal Man is identical to that of his form in Mega Man 2, in 
that he won't attack you unless you attack him first. Unlike his first 
appearance, however, you don't have the Metal Blades to use on him, so you 
can't kill him in one shot, unfortunatly. Dark Master's size also makes Metal 
Man harder to avoid (although the slide really helps in this game when he jumps 
from side to side). Metal Man can be beaten easily with the heat-sinking Magnet 
Missiles. You don't even really have to fight him with any skill, just fire 
upon him with the Magnet Missiles and they will almost always find their way to 
him because they obviously attract to the metal of Dark Man.


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Weapon: Quick Boomerangs
Primary Weakness: Gemini Laser
Other Weaknesses: Search Snakes, Magnet Missiles, Shadow Blade
Description: My personal favorite Robot Master in the Mega Man series, Quick 
Man's name pretty much says it all - this robot is QUICK. Although I don't 
quite see where his boomerang comes into the scheme of quickness, he chucks 
those things around with great skill, as he should. Similar to Flash Man, Quick 
Man's lair layout makes him harder than he should be. But if you know a few 
tricks, this boomerang weilding friend of mine will surely fall to you... 
quickly. Excuse the pun.

To Defeat Quick Man...

Quick Man had added size in this game thanks to the battle stylings of Dark 
Master, but you have the slide in this game. The slide outweighs Quick Man's 
new size, and hence, Quick Man is far easier to defeat in this game then he was 
in Mega Man 2, even if you don't have the Time Stopper to take half of Quick 
Man's energy from the get-go. The Gemini Laser works just as good on Quick Man, 
however. While avoiding Quick Man's barrage of Quick Boomerangs as he rapidly 
jumps around his lair, try to get up close to him and fire a Gemini Laser at 
Quick Man from point blank range, just like we did on Needle Man. If you miss, 
you'll have to either hope that Quick Man collides with a rebound shot of the 
Gemini Laser, or wait until it goes off screen to be able to fire another. That 
leaves you vulnerable, so make sure to properly aim your shots before you fire, 
to avoid any mishaps, as Quick Man can be a true pain otherwise.



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Weapon: Air Shooter
Primary Weakness: Spark Shock
Other Weaknesses: Magnet Missiles
Description: Air Man, a robot with a big fan built into his chest cavity, has 
the power to control mini-tornadoes, which can be a real menace, and are almost 
inavoidable, because he tosses 'em at you so strategically. You'll have to get 
in close to kill this robot master, because his tornadoes also block enemy 
attacks, making him invulnerable to attacks from afar.

To Defeat Air Man...

Air Man is identical to his form in Mega Man 2, and just about the same size as 
the Dark Master, so nothing here as really changed. The only thing that hasn't 
changed is that you don't have the Leaf Shield to use on him from Wood Man, but 
that's okay, because he's actually easier this time around. Equip the Spark 
Shock and try to get a few shots through the Air Shooter he uses on you, which 
shoots out multiple tornadoes at you that can be avoided in Mega Man 3 with the 
slide (ha ha ha, couldn't do that in Mega Man 2!). These tornadoes block all 
attacks by you, so try to find gaps, or wait until he jumps across the room to 
fire at him. 


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Weapon: Crash Bombs
Primary Weakness: Hard Knuckles
Other Weaknesses: Top Spin
Description: Crash Man is a formidable foe, unless you are equipped with the 
proper weapon, the Hard Knuckles, from Hard Man. Crash Man wildly jumps around 
his lair, planting his Crash Bombs on walls and floors, waiting for them to 
explode. His endless array of explosive devices makes any battle with him 
explosive, but taking him out with one shot via the Hard Knuckles cools him off 
a bit. He was easier in Mega Man 2 with Air Man's Air Shooter, but that's 
okay... the Hard Knuckles do the job just as well.

To Defeat Crash Man...

Crash Man is easier to defeat in Mega Man 3 than he was in Mega Man 2, again 
thanks to the slide. Crash Man jumps around his lair wildly, throwing his Crash 
Bombs against the walls and floors, and they explode soon thereafter, having a 
small blast radius around them. When Crash Man jumps, slide under him, turn 
around and fire a Hard Knuckle at him before he moves again. When he fires 
Crash Bombs, run away from them before they explode and keep repeating this 
pattern on him. He's simple... and identical to his form in Mega Man 2, except 
for the added size that Dark Master gives him this time around.



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Weapon: Time Stopper
Primary Weakness: Shadow Blades 
Other Weaknesses: Needle Cannon
Description: Flash Man is a "flashy" blue robot that looks kind of sort of 
similar to Mega Man in colorization and look. Flash Man's got that smug look on 
his face, and it's for a reason; he's the weakest robot master in the game. =) 
He's the first in the Mega Man series to use the infamous freeze time weapon, 
and he uses it with skill simply because the layout of his lair is whacked out 
beyond belief.

To Defeat Flash Man...

Flash Man was a sinch in Mega Man 2, and he remains as such in his reappearance 
in Mega Man 3. Flash Man uses the time stopping device of his, the Time 
Stopper, in conjunction with his arm cannon, and runs wildly around his lair 
while using it randomly. When he uses it, Mega Man freezes in place and Flash 
Man fires his arm cannon at you. You are frozen in that position until you are 
hit with an arm cannon shot or Flash Man runs into you. Because he jumps around 
a lot, you can slide under him, but jumping over him is harder than it 
previously was with the added height that Dark Master gives him. Either way, 
equip the Shadow Blades and pummel him with them, keeping on his trail to take 
care of him very quickly, before he has the chance to do any more damage, 
although he is the easiest Mega Man 2 remake in the game.


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Weapon: Bubble Lead
Primary Weakness: Shadow Blades
Other Weaknesses: Spark Shock
Description: Bubble Man is the first underwater Robot Master in the Mega Man 
series, and certainly not the last. Out of all of the Robot Masters in the 
game, Bubble Man has the most attacks at his advantage (that'd be two), but 
that doesn't really mean he uses them with that great of skill. His arm cannon 
can shoot harpoon-like shots at his foes, while the device built into his 
helmet and goggles shoots lethal bubbles made of lead, or the Bubble Lead. The 
Shadow Blades can take care of him easily, however.

To Defeat Bubble Man...

Bubble Man is underwater, naturally, as he was in Mega Man 2. He has the same 
one-two aresenal of harpoon shots from his arm cannon and Bubble Lead shots 
from the insert in his helmet. The added size that Dark Master gives to him is 
his only advantage, however. He'll jump up in the water and float down, 
shooting a few harpoon shots to keep you at bay, and then some bouncy Bubble 
Lead, which you can slide under or jump over. When you get close enough, pummel 
him up with some hits from the Shadow Blades. If you have no more energy in the 
Shadow Blades from your fight with Flash Man, the Spark Shock works just as 



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Weapon: Leaf Shield
Primary Weakness: Needle Cannon 
Other Weaknesses: Hard Knuckles, Search Snakes
Description: Wood Man's name can be taken the wrong way, but don't take this 
Robot Master too lightly. He uses the cliché shield weapon in this game, as do 
many robot masters after him, but he has an advantage that the others don't... 
that's not his only weapon. He can also summon down from above razor-sharp 
leaves upon his foe, and his big size makes both he and his Leaf Shield nearly 

To Defeat Wood Man...

Wood Man was big to begin with, but Dark Master gives Wood Man even added size. 
This sucks not because you have to jump over him, but that Wood Man's Leaf 
Shield's circumference becomes even bigger in this way, and is even harder to 
jump over. Wood Man will summon down some leaves from the heavens upon you, 
which you can avoid via proper positioning, and then shoot his Leaf Shield at 
you. He's invulnerable to all attack when the Leaf Shield is around him, but 
not when he shoots it at you. Jump over the shield if you can (or let it hit 
you, either way), and rebound quickly. Fire some rapid shots of the Needle 
Cannon at Wood Man before he is able to repeat his pattern. He's that simple, 
really... in theory, anyway.


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Weapon: Atomic Fire
Primary Weakness: Shadow Blades
Other Weaknesses: Top Spin
Description: The final Robot Master on our journey (if you're following my 
order, of course), is Heat Man, the zippo lighter look-alike. Heat Man can be a 
toughie if you don't have the proper weaponry, so you'll almost always want to 
make sure you use the Shadow Blade on him, unless you are one of the upper 
echelon Mega Man players. Heat Man's atomic fire is shot out from his body, and 
covers the floor with fire towers. In addition, whenever he is hit with any 
weapon, he turns into a fireball and literally jets across the room, 
incinerating everything in his path.

To Defeat Heat Man...

It must sound like I'm a broken record by now, but I'm not exaggerating. Heat 
Man is tougher than his Mega Man 2 version simply given that Dark Master gives 
him size... size that he didn't have before by any stretch of the imagination. 
His battle tactics are the same, however. He'll shoot his Atomic Fire walls at 
you, and repeat this until you hit him. So chuck a Shadow Blade at him, and 
he'll shoot across the screen like a fireball. Then he'll shoot these Atomic 
Fire walls at you from the other side of the screen. Chuck another Shadow Blade 
at him and he'll again shoot across the screen like nothing. Repeat this 
process on him and you'll slowly but surely take him down.

                                S E C T I O N VI
                  D R . W I L Y ' S   C A S T L E   B O S S E S  

This third primary section of this FAQ is to assist you in the battles with the 
stronger bosses found in the game, that aren't Robot Masters, but are found in 
your journey through Dr. Wily's castle! Again, I hope it helps!

[in order of which they appear]


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Weapon: Robot Turtles
Primary Weakness: Shadow Blades
Other Weaknesses: Arm Cannon
Description: The Robotic Turtle Maker is actually a mechanism that, itself, you 
cannot inflict any damage upon. Instead, slightly above water, it randomly 
shoots down green robotic, aquatic turtles at its foe, which land in the water 
and swim at the foe, trying to damage it. In addition, the lair is lined on the 
floor and both walls with tornado makers that don't inflict any damage, but 
push you either up towards the mechanism, or side to side towards a Robot 
Turtle. But it's not as hard as it sounds.

To Defeat Robotic Turtle Maker...

The Robotic Turtle Maker's weakness is nothing... as I mentioned before, you 
can't harm it. You damage it by hitting the aquatic robotic turtles it releases 
upon you. Equip the Shadow Blade, and keep in mind that firing while pressing 
upwards will fire the blade upwards. Then, wait for the turtles to start 
falling, and as each one comes, fire a Shadow Blade at it upwards before it can 
even get down very far to destroy it in one hit. As you kill the turtles, the 
next one coming out will get faster and more aggressive, so stay atop their 
movements with a careful eye. They're that easy. Just make sure not to jump too 
high, because the water makes you jump higher than normal, and you can jump 
right into the mechanism itself, doing damage to yourself. Also be careful of 
the tornadoes that come from the floor and the walls that I described above.


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Weapon: Its Flying Body Parts (^_^)
Primary Weakness: Hard Knuckles
Other Weaknesses: Shadow Blade
Description: The Rock Monster is a staple of the Mega Man series. He is 
basically identical to his form in the original Mega Man. His lair is slightly 
smaller than normal, too, to make his flying body parts harder to avoid. The 
Rock Monster, for those who don't know, shoots his body parts in forms of rocks 
across the screen to the other side to reform his body. Then he opens his eye 
(his only weak spot) and shoots a few plasma shots at you before doing the same 
thing across the other side of the room. A new feature in Mega Man 3 on this 
guy, though - sometimes, instead of segmenting his body and flying across the 
room, his body parts will form clumps that will bounce across to the other side 
of the room, and are actually easier to avoid if you utilize the slide.

To Defeat Rock Monster...

The Rock Monster's weakness is his eye, and you can only shoot it when he's 
fully formed and his eye is open. Wait until he forms on one side of the room 
and run at him when he's about to open his eye. Jump and fire a Hard Knuckle to 
damage him, then avoid his body parts as he segments to the other side of the 
room. Repeat the process over and over on him. If you want to do less damage 
but take care of him quicker, the Shadow Blade is what weapon you should use. 
It might actually make the battle go quicker, depending on your skill level.


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Weapon: Plasma Cannons and Deception
Primary Weakness: Arm Cannon
Other Weaknesses: Hard Knuckles, Search Snakes
Description: The Mega Man Clone Machine is an updated version of the clone 
machine found in the first Mega Man. Instead of fighting a clone of yourself 
one on one, however, this time around you fight three of them. On three 
platforms there are three cloning machines. Out of each one comes another Mega 
Man, but only one of them are real. The other two are fakes, but can still 
damage you. Your shots go through the fake ones, but the real one can be 
damaged by you. They change positions throughout the fight so you have to be 
nimble in jumping from platform to platform in this battle.

To Defeat Mega Man Clone Machine... 

I find that the regular old arm cannon works the best simply because you can 
rapid fire upon the Mega Men. You just gotta be tenacious in this battle... 
test them out randomly with each cycle of the cloning to find the real one, and 
then fire upon that one while avoiding the shots from the one you are battling 
and the two clones until they all re-enter the cloning machine to change 
positions. You'll probably need to use an E-Tank here because the plasma shots 
are very hard to avoid and you'll be concentrating more on damaging the Mega 
Man clones rather then avoiding their barrage of plasma shots.


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Weapon: Large Machine (?)
Primary Weakness: Spark Shock, then Hard Knuckles
Other Weaknesses: Arm Cannon
Description: The Dr. Wily battle is on! Instead of fighting Mega Man in his 
staple UFO like he has in the past two Mega Man games, and does in future Mega 
Man games, Wily fights in a different kind of machine this time. This ground 
machine moves about on two huge nail-looking legs and has many, many weapons... 
what else can I say?

To Defeat Dr. Wily...

When Wily first comes out, you'll want to equip the Spark Shock. The large gun 
turret on the bottom of Wily's machine is your target. Jump, and on the way 
down, fire a Spark Shock at it, repeating this process until the gun turret 
explodes. It only takes four hits, and Wily's first form is finished off like 
that. Then, unequip the Spark Shock in favor of the Hard Knuckles. Wily will 
now walk around on this machine of his. Every step the machine takes, the 
machine will swoop down. Time your attacks with the Hard Knuckles so that the 
slow moving weapon will get to him before he goes back up. You'll have to shoot 
the Hard Knuckles before Wily even swoops down so they reach him on time. 
Alternativly, for an easier victory, hop aboard the Rush Jet and fire at him 
from the Rush Jet, out of the way of his plasma cannons and out of the way of 
getting stomped to death by him!


Weapon: Plasma Cannons, et cetera
Primary Weakness: Shadow Blade, then Top Spin
Other Weaknesses: Search Snakes, Hard Knuckles
Description: Gamma is a huge robot that Wily stole from Dr. Light and brought 
back to his castle to reprogram. Gamma is huge, but he's no match for your 
aresenal, and he's actually many times easier than Dr. Wily was in your prior 
battle, regardless of size.

To Defeat Gamma...

Gamma, the final boss, can be felled in a matter of 20 to 30 seconds if you're 
quick. First, equip the Shadow Blade and go under Gamma's face. Then jump and 
fire the Shadow Blades upward so that they hit Gamma in the head. Keep doing 
this, repeating this, while easily avoiding the plasma shots Gamma's head 
shoots down upon you. When the energy meter of Gamma gets to half, Wily appears 
and enters into Gamma via his UFO. Now more plasma shots come at you, but no 
problem. Wait for Gamma's arm to come from the right of the screen. When it 
does, quickly jump on top of it and use that to get to the platform sector on 
your right. Equip the Top Spin and jump right into Wily's cockpit area while 
spinning, and one hit will take Wily down. That's game! Congratulations! =)

                               S E C T I O N VII
                              I N   C L O S I N G 

I hope my little Boss FAQ for the game at hand helped you in your journey 
through the lands of Mega Man 3, and made it THAT much easier. =) If you have 
any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to e-mail me at 
cmoriarty311@cs.com. Please, use reasonable language, don't demand things, and 
above all, please be constructive, or your e-mail will be read, laughed at, and 
deleted. I might even print it out and show my friends. =) Anyway, thanks for 
reading, and take care.

                              S E C T I O N VIII
                         A B O U T   T H E   A U T H O R 

[accurate as of January 19, 2002]

I'm a 17 year old, a senior in high school. I live on Long Island, in New York, 
about half an hour from New York City. I play ice hockey, I work at a deli, and 
I love videogames, especially RPGs. My favorite series for videogames include 
the Final Fantasy series (excluding VIII), the Dragon Warrior/Quest series, the 
Mega Man series, and the Tales series. I aspire to go to Northeastern 
University in the fall of 2002 to study History and Archaeology.


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