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Sun, 23 Feb 2003 23:57:43 -0500 (GMT) ### # # ## ### ### ### # # # # # # # # # ### ## # # # # # # #### ### ### # #### # # # # ### # # # # # # # # # # # # # ### ### # # #### # # ### ##### # # # # # # # # # # # #### # ## # # # # ### # # ### # # # # # # ############# #### # # #### # # # ### ### # # # ### ### ### #### ### ### ############# IKARI WARRIORS II: VICTORY ROAD FAQ/WALKTHROUGH version 1.00 for NES by Wilson Lau <firstname.lastname@example.org> Copyright © 2003 Wilson Lau Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road is copyright © 1988 SNK Electronics Corp. This FAQ is best viewed in Courier, 10 point font. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- You may find this FAQ and all future revisions at: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dark Toshi's Home Page (me) www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Realm/4610/ GameFAQs www.gamefaqs.com ============================================================================= TABLE OF CONTENTS ============================================================================= I. Introduction II. FAQ History III. Story IV.. Controls V. Gameplay VI. Weapons, Items, and Shop Lists VII. Enemies VIII. Walkthrough IX. Secrets and Codes X. Credits XI. Contact/Legal Information ============================================================================= I. INTRODUCTION ============================================================================= Come on let's fight! That's what you hear when you start Ikari Warriors 2: Victory Road. The road to victory will be long a hard though. Ikari Warriors 2 continues the same shoot to kill formula used in Ikari Warriors 1. However, the game takes place on an alien world. Therefore all the enemies are aliens. You also get different weapons. Victory Road was released in the arcades and ported to the NES. This is the second of my Ikari Warriors guides covering the series. It is intended for use with the NES version only. I doubt it will be of any use for any other version of the game. The game is fairly easy to finish if you use the continue code. This guide is written to guide a player through the entire game without dying (or getting hit even). ============================================================================= II. FAQ HISTORY ============================================================================= Version 1.00 (02/23/03) [86k] Initial release ============================================================================= III. STORY ============================================================================= (from instruction manual) When we last saw Paul and Vince, they had saved the Colonel and were about to head for home in a special plane given to them by the General. But then, while in flight over the ocean, the sky suddenly blackens - the ocean begins to churn - and the plane goes spinning! A booming voice fills the cockpit: "Hear me, Warriors! Zang Zip, the War Dog, has enslaved the people of Earth. Only you can save us from his grip of evil!" Caught in a time warp, hurled thousands of years into the future, Paul and Vince know they have no choice but to meet this impossible challenge head-on. After all, they are professionals...they are the Ikari Warriors! (my version) Paul and Vince, are returning home (after winning Ikari Warriors) and get caught in a storm. Now they get blasted, warped, whatever to some place. It's not Earth though. Here they meet Zada who tells them to save his land, Alexia Lomta, from Zang Zip. Trapped in a strange place with no other option, the Ikari Warriors accept the mission to defeat Zang Zip. ============================================================================= IV. CONTROLS ============================================================================= Basic controls -------------- Up : move up Down : move down Left : move left Right : move right B : attack with weapon B, cancel (in sub-screen), fire in same direction (hold button down), use super arrow (item) A : attack with weapon A, confirm (in sub-screen), use item Select : access/leave sub-screen Start : start game, pause/resume game *You may press the D-pad in all 8 directions to move in each corresponding direction. Other controls -------------- Stop-Action - To move while firing in the same direction or sidestep, press and hold down the B button. Release the button to stop moving in this manner. ============================================================================= V. GAMEPLAY ============================================================================= Objective --------- Run through each level and defeat the boss at the end. Defeat all the levels to win the game. Sub-screen ---------- Press the SELECT button to bring up this screen. There are several things shown on the screen. Your name (Paul/Vince) is shown at the top. Your current score, life total (HP), and heart total are listed to the right side. All of your weapons and items are shown in their respective boxes. Figure 1 below illustrates the sub-screen. Figure 1. +-------------+ Name | WP B Item | | WP A End | +-------------+ +----- WP B -----+ +-------------+ | Mach. Gun lvl | |Score Heart| | Fl.Thrower lvl | | 00000 000| | Boomerang lvl | |HP P:|||||| | | Sword lvl | +-------------+ +----------------+ +--- Item ----+ +----- WP A -----+ | 1 2 3 4 | | Grenade lvl | | | | Mine lvl | | 5 6 7 | +----------------+ +-------------+ You have four options to choose from. All four are listed in the top right box. They are WP B, WP A, Item, and End. WP B lets you change weapons listed in the WP B box. WP A lets you change weapons listed in the WP A box. Item lets you change items listed in the Item box. Weapons under WP B are fired by pressing the B button. Weapons under WP A are fired by pressing the A button. You always have the machine gun in WP B and both of WP A's weapons. The other WP B weapons must be found. Items may be found or purchased in shops. Barshop ------- Barshops are marked with "Shop" signs in stages. Some are unmarked. All require an admission fee. Pay the fee in hearts. You can then choose to buy items or fight the bounty hunters for hearts. If you choose to fight for hearts, you will then select one of three bounty hunters (Clinjon, Epinda, Branjosp). The hunters are arranged in increasing difficulty starting from the left. The fights can win you some hearts. You will lose all of your hearts if you lose the fight though. You will win more hearts for defeating difficult bounty hunters. Dark Mirrors ------------ In each stage will be some dark colored mirrors that appear at set locations. Step near them to get warped to a new location. You may play a mini-game or fight a boss. Win the fight or win/lose the mini-game to return to the point in the stage where you warped. Entering the mirrors is entirely up to you and is not required to win the game. ============================================================================= VI. WEAPONS, ITEMS, AND SHOP LISTS ============================================================================= Weapons ======= B-type ------ These weapons are used to kill the majority of enemies of each stage. Machine Gun The machine gun is the basic weapon that you always get. It is a pretty good weapon since it can fire multiple shots in any direction. Its weakness is that it can't destroy some enemies. Level 2 gun shoots a little farther. Level 3 gun lets you fire bullets over walls & pits as indicated by red bullets. Level 4 gun is like level 3, only it fires a little farther. Bazooka The bazooka allows you to destroy rocks/walls without having to use grenades. It can also hurt bosses. Its weakness is that the shots take longer to recover from so you can't fire quickly in many directions. Upgrade the weapon to shoot farther and get a wider attack. Boomerang This weapon will fly out and return to you. All enemies in the way will be killed. This is the best weapon in the game since it can kill enemies to your sides while firing in a different direction. Its hit range is very wide making it useful to hit enemies far away from you. Its weakness is that you can only fire three out and it takes longer to fire. Its range is limited. Upgrade the weapon to get better range. Sword This blade spins around you slicing up any enemy that gets close to you. The blade will spin around you. Its weakness is that you have to be close to enemies to attack them. The sword cannot protect you against the stronger shots from the enemy. Using the sword will cause all enemy shots to become homing bombs instead of regular shots. This is the worst weapon in the game because it strengthens enemy shots while having a very limited range. A-type ------ These weapons are used primarily to destroying rocks/walls and for fighting bosses. Some enemies may also require you to use these weapons in order to kill them. Grenade This weapon explodes on contact destroying enemies or rocks/walls. Its weakness is that you may only throw one grenade at a time. It can only hit targets that are a short distance from you so its hit range is very limited. Upgrade the weapon to expand the size of its explosion. Land Mine This weapon is used to surprise your enemies or when you are stuck behind rocks or walls. Its weakness is that it requires you to plant it on the ground. This restricts its attack range to just a single spot. Also, the mine takes time to explode. Upgrade the weapon to expand the size of the explosion. Items ===== Items are found or purchased. They have one use each and are carried with you until you die. All items except the arrow power are activated by pressing the A button. Arrow power is activated by pressing the B button. The items are listed below in the order that they appear in the sub-screen from top to bottom, left to right. Thunder Power (light colored thunderbolt) All enemies on the screen are killed by a lightning flash. Quake Power (dark colored thunderbolt) All enemies on the screen are frozen temporarily by a quake. Wing Power Fly over walls. Can still get killed by enemies. Armor Power Enemy shots do not hurt you for a limited time. You can also touch enemies to kill them while wearing the armor. Arrow Power This arrow will kill any enemy including bosses (1 shot using B button) with one shot. Time Power Return to shop in the previous level. Life Power Full HP recovery. Bonus Score Not an item that you can store but will add the amount indicated to your current score. Shops ===== Shops sell many items of value. Here is a list of the items that can be bought from all the shops in the game along with their prices. Stage 1 - Shop 1 ---------------- Admission: 2 hearts Scoring ======= Kill Bocaj 100 points Kill any bounty hunter 200 points Kill Lantzer 200 points Kill Mini-suzka 200 points Kill Raquell 200 points Kill Stevo 200 points Kill Suzka 200 points Kill Zada 200 points Kill Galango 600 points Kill Ishka 600 points Destroy a wall section/box/pillar 1000 points Destroy statue 1000 points Kill any boss except Zada 2000 points Get bonus score item 10000 points ============================================================================= VII. ENEMIES ============================================================================= Here are all the enemies that you will encounter in the game. Enemies ------- Bocaj Small little guy that tries to touch you. A single shot is all you need to kill this small fry. Galango A flying cyclops that fires shots at you. Comes in a front form that flies at you sideways. His side form will face diagonal and fly diagonally towards you. Both forms will fire shots at you which are semi accurate. More shots will be fired in later stages. Ishka This guy looks like a balding old man. However he fires shots out at you from all directions. He will fire them faster in the later stages. Dodging his shots will not be easy because of his accurate aim. Lantzer This monster carries a large shield. He will block your shots. He runs sideways. This can kill you if you get caught. Use a grenade or land mine to kill him. Mini-suzka A smaller version of suzka. Raquell Green monster than runs around sideways like a dog. Will try to touch you. Statue The guardians at the start of every level after the first level. They fire homing bombs at you. Stevo Small monster that runs sideways very quickly. Suzka A big overgrown beetle monster that runs around sideways. Bounty Hunters -------------- Clinjon This guy walks sideways slowly and fires single shots at a slow pace. Epinda This guy walks sideways and fires double shots at a medium pace. Branjosp This guy walks sideways quickly and fires double shot volleys at an equally fast pace. Bosses ------ Brittero A long worm-like monster that fires shots from its head. Bronz Big headed monster with six small legs and two long arms. Gibbel Three headed dragonfly-like monster that fires its heads out at you. Ikawo Big head that flies around and fires shots out quickly. Its strength lies in hits speed. Rinda Looks like a deformed brain of sorts. It has two front pincers that can extend to hit you. They will either do massive damage or kill you. Demon Dog An ugly looking guardian beast. It has two long arms. Zada The soon to be king of Alexia Lomta. He fires homing bombs at you. ============================================================================= VIII. WALKTHROUGH ============================================================================= How to use this walkthrough =========================== This walkthrough will guide you through the entire game. It is possible to go through the game without dying. My strategy is designed to guide you through without dying once (or even getting hit). You can choose to try your own strategy at any time. Be aware that I can't guarantee that my strategy will work if you don't follow it entirely to the letter. My walkthrough will assume that you are using level 1 machine guns and grenades/land mines. Using more powerful weapons will make the strategies discussed even more effective. Use as much/little as you need. The two player game is the exact same as the single player except that the screen will not scroll forward unless both players move up. Helpful Advice/Rules -------------------- 1. If you do not move the screen up after a period of time, then bombs will come raining down on you. 2. You will lose all of your weapons, items, hearts, and score if you die. 3. You have unlimited ammo so you should be firing nonstop. 4. You will live longer if you get better weapons and/or items. Stage 1 ======= Items found: 2 armor power, 2 bazooka, bonus score, 2 boomerang, grenade, land mine, machine gun, quake power "Come on! Let's fight!" Those words are shouted at you. Learn your attacks and try out your weapons (press SELECT to change them) now. Then master the sidestep (hold B while moving around) next. Charge forward with your guns blazing after you think you've had enough practice. You'll see a raquell. Shoot it up. Get the boomerang. Go forward a little. You'll fight another raquell and a bocaj. Kill them both and then get the bazooka to the left. Now you can switch weapons if you want. I recommend the bazooka (for destroying walls more easily). Now charge forward and you'll run into more bocajs and raquells. Gun them all up. Just watch out for the bocaj because they like to touch you and you won't have enough time to get out of the way. A raquell will appear from behind as you charge forward so watch out for it as well. Now you'll come across two boxes in the center of the screen. Throw grenades at them to open them. There's a bazooka in the left one and a machine gun in the right one. Go forward and kill the raquell that appears. Now there are walls on both sides. Throw grenades at the walls to open up paths through them. Be on the lookout for similar walls from now on. While these walls did not block the way forward, some walls do so be prepared to throw grenades at all future walls. I had you destroy these walls only to increase your score. You can also enter the sub-screen (press SELECT) and exit to remove any walls in your way. Unfortunately, this also removes any items that would have appeared if you had destroyed the walls. Also any weapons/items lying on the ground and boxes will also be removed so enter the sub-screen only after you have grabbed everything on the screen or only as a last resort. Now go forward. A lone bocaj appears to the right. Take it out. Then get the quake power to the left. Now go forward until you see a dark mirror appear. Now the mirror leads to a bonus game where you shoot targets. You can win/lose hearts. You can lose all of your hearts if you hit none of the targets so I suggest you avoid the mirror. If you wish to enter anyway, here's how to win the bonus game. Skip the next part if you skip the mirror. *** Dark Mirror: Shooting Gallery *** 10 targets will fly out alternating from both the left and right sides. The goal is to hit the targets with your shots. Your targeting crosshair is the grey oval near the top of the screen. You can use the D-pad to move the crosshair in all directions. The targets will start flying out from the left side. To hit the target, you must fire a shot at it so that the bullet hits BOTH the crosshair and target itself. The hit range is relatively wide so you don't have to perfectly align the crosshair and target although it they should be close enough to each other. Here is a diagram of the screen and where you should put your crosshair in order to hit the targets. Figure 2. __ __ | | __| |__ |_| S |_| S - crosshair's initial position |_| 2 1 |_| 1 - position to hit left targets |_| |_| 2 - position to hit right targets |_| |_| |_| |_| __| |__ | | __| |__ In the above figure there are three spots: S, 1, and 2. Your crosshair starts off at position S. The other two spots are where you should move your crosshair to in order to hit the targets. Move the crosshair to position 1 first to hit the left target since the targets start from the left. Then move to position 2 to hit the right target. Now alternate between them to destroy the rest of the targets. I've tried to draw the figure to resemble the room. To the sides are pillars. Then there are five smaller blocks under it. You can use these as reference points to aid you in positioning the crosshair properly. While it's not clearly shown in the figure, both spots 1 and 2 are between the top two smaller blocks below the pillar. You will get hearts for hitting the targets. Here is the complete list. Hits Hearts won ---------------------- 0 lose all hearts 1 lose all hearts 2 2 3 2 4 3 5 3 6 5 7 5 8 8 9 10 10 20 *** end of Dark Mirror: Shooting Gallery *** Don't get too close or you'll get sucked in. The wall below the mirror has a breakable section on its right side. You can also stay to the left side of the screen and destroy the left section of the wall above the mirror. Go whichever path you want. Two galangos appear in the center. Throw grenades to kill them while you avoid their shots. It won't be hard since the shots move slowly. Now a wall will block your path forward. Stand in the center or against the right side of the left wall. Move up towards the north wall. Throw a grenade just before you touch up against the wall. The grenade should land and kill the two galangos that will appear as you move up. Now destroy the left side of the wall to open a path forward. Then you'll fight stevos. These little guys are fast but are easy to kill if you just stand and shoot. Keep your guns blazing as you head up. You'll see two boxes in the center. Then a galango will appear from the northeast. Dodge its shots and kill it before proceeding. Now grenade the two boxes to find armor power in the right box. Don't get it just yet. Stand below where the left box was (use the crater from the box's spot as a reference point). Fire repeatedly north and walk up while still firing. You'll shoot and kill the galango that appears above the northwest box. Now get the armor power. Then grenade the next two boxes above to find a grenade in the left box. Kill the stevos that appear as you head up. Now move up slowly but enough to get the grenade. Then stop moving. If everything went according to plan, you should see a black shadow at the top of the screen. Move up a little more if you don't see it. Now make sure that you are standing below where the grenade was. You should be under the crater of the box with the grenade. Now fire rapidly and walk up to the grenade box's crater. You will kill a galango that appears in the center of the screen. Two other galangos appear on either side. They will fire shots at you. Stand in the crater and you'll avoid the shots completely. Do not move the screen up any further until you've taken care of the galangos on the screen. Take out the left galango first. Wait for its shot to pass by. Then go left and shoot/grenade it quickly. I find that sidestepping (press and hold B button) in this situation is the easiest way to kill it. Now the right galango will adjust its shots since you moved. Just dodge them and line up near the right wall. The galango will fire shots south now. Stand to the left of them and shoot or grenade the galango. Then go to the left wall. Stand completely against it so that your shots are in the wall's shadows. Now head up while firing to kill another galango. Do not move left or right. Continue heading up to kill one more galango afterwards. The stevo that also appeared will run to the right and off the screen. Now stand against the left side of the wall to the right that is in the center of the screen. Now head up and a galango appears. Stand on the northwest corner of the wall that you are leaning against. Then throw a grenade. You'll not only kill the galango, but also break the wall section to find a bonus score. Now the far right wall has some breakable sections so grenade them for points. Then head up and you'll find a shop. Enter it and pay the (easily affordable) admission. Shop 1a. ======== Item Price ------------------------ Thunder Power 10 Quake Power 10 Wing Power 20 Armor Power 30 You can buy an item or fight for hearts. If you want to fight, then do that first because you will leave the shop if you buy anything. Just be aware that you will lose all of your hearts if you lose the fight. Select your opponent from the trio of Clinjon, Epinda, and Branjosp. The left one (Clinjon) is easy, the middle one (Epinda) is medium, and the right one (Branjosp) is hard to kill. Then prepare to fight. Here are the strategies for all three. You can only get hit a maximum of 5 times (the sixth will end the fight). Bounty Hunter Clinjon --------------------- Clinjon fires single shots out slowly with each pass. Up to two shots may be on the screen at once. Start sidestepping your way to the left. Now the floor is made up of tiles. Stand on the fourth column of tiles from the left. Clinjon should be moving back and forth at the top while firing shots south. The left shot should be between the second and third tile columns. The right shot should be between the fifth and sixth tile column. Either way, both shots miss you entirely. Now stand on the fourth row of tiles from the bottom. Clinjon should still be firing southward. Do not move anywhere else or Clinjon's shots may change their trajectory. Now just stand here and throw grenades. You'll know that they hit because there will be no explosion so it looks like Clinjon is "absorbing" them. He'll go down after 8 grenades. You'll get 3 hearts for winning. Bounty Hunter Epinda -------------------- Epinda fights exactly like Clinjon except that he fires two shots per pass. The same strategy that worked against Clinjon also works here against Epinda. Stand on the fourth column of tiles from the left and fourth row of tiles from the bottom. Then throw grenades at Epinda. Eight grenades will take him out. You'll get 5 hearts for winning. Bounty Hunter Branjosp ---------------------- Branjosp is the toughest of the three. He fires shots out very quickly. They are fast enough such that the strategy for the previous two hunters will not work here. The trick to beating Branjosp is to always keep moving. Sidestepping during this fight is optional but it does make winning a lot easier. Stand on the fourth or fifth row of tiles from the bottom. You'll be close enough to hit Branjosp with your grenades (move up a little closer if you are not close enough). Now run left or right (your choice) and Branjosp will follow after you. Quickly move up to the fifth row of tiles from the bottom (or as close as you need to) and throw a grenade north. If you time it correctly, Branjosp will walk into it. Now move left or right again to avoid the shots and Branjosp will follow. Now grenade him again and then repeat this tactic until you reach the edge of the screen. Go south to give yourself some more space to dodge Branjosp's shots. Then go to the other side of the screen and repeat the strategy all over again. You can alternate between moving left and right to avoid having to reach the edge of the screen but doing this will require more effort on your part to dodge the shots. Branjosp will go down after 8 grenades. You'll get 10 hearts for winning. Now buy something if you wish. It isn't necessary to buy anything. I recommend either thunder or armor power. Now head up and you'll see another shop. Enter and pay the admission. Shop 1b ======= Item Price ------------------------ Arrow Power 30 Quake Power 40 Life Power 50 Thunder Power 60 There are higher prices here. I strongly recommend that you buy either the arrow power or life power. The other two could have been purchased at the last shop for a lower price. Fight if you want to. Head up after you leave the shop. You'll see two walls behind the shop. Both walls have breakable sections. The left wall has a land mine in it that you can get. Now stand in the passage that you made through the left wall. Stay near the left side if you can. Now fire and head up. You can also throw grenades while firing for good measure. Three galangos will appear on the screen. You'll kill the left one. Ignore the other two and keep running up. A shot from the left galango will just barely pass you. You'll also avoid the shots from the other two galangos as well. Now to the north are two pillars. Grenade them both to find armor power in the left one and a boomerang in the right one. Head up to fight the boss. Boss: Rinda Rinda is one ugly boss. It looks like a big blob with claws. Anyway, Rinda will circle around. It will use its extendable claws to attack you if you get too close. Its only attack is to use its claws so keep your distance. Start the fight by immediately running to the bottom of the screen. Rinda's claws should miss you if you ran fast enough. Now use the craters from the pillars that you grenaded as a reference point. Stand just above the left crater so that your back foot is just touching the crater's top edge. Rinda will do nothing else but circle around since you are out of claw range. Now stand there and throw grenades up at Rinda. They should hit Rinda from this distance. You'll know that they hit because Rinda will flash red. You can throw two grenades to hit Rinda if you time it correctly (throw the first one when Rinda comes down and the second when Rinda moves to the right). You can also use the bazooka to hurt Rinda. Just stand in the same spot as you would for grenades and fire away. In the rare event that Rinda comes down a little more than expected, just run south until you are out of the claw attack range. Rinda will be defeated after 15 hits. Go north after you win. Destroy both columns for points. Get the key. Now the wall in front of you has two faces on it. Grenade the faces to find an opening. Pick whichever opening you want and enter it. Note that the faces can't be destroyed until you pick up the key. You'll get one of two possibilities now. Both are tunnels. The first possibility is a tunnel filled with galangos. The second possibility is a tunnel filled with weapon powerups. I'm sure you don't need instructions for the weapon filled tunnel so here's how to pass the galango tunnel. Galango tunnel -------------- Galangos will line the left and right walls waiting for you to approach. If they are on the left wall then stand against the left wall. Fire and throw grenades north. Now slowly move up to the galango. Don't get too close or it will move out. Wait for it to fire a shot. Then move up and throw grenades and shoot. Your grenade or shots will kill it as it moves out. Dodge any shots that get fired. If the galango lines the right wall, then stand near the right wall. Don't stand directly next to it or you won't be able to fire north. Sidestep to the left until you can fire north without your shots getting blocked by the wall. Now slowly move up to a galango. Wait for it to fire a shot. Then charge up and attack while doing so. You should hit the galango as it moves out to attack. Repeat these tactics against the remaining galangos and head up to the end of the tunnel. Stage 2 ======= Items found: arrow power, life power, 2 machine gun, time power, wing power You see two statues. They will attack you with homing bombs from their swords. The left one will attack you when you start the level. Quickly run east and then south to the opening in the middle of the bottom of the screen in order to avoid the homing bomb. Hopefully you'll dodge it and the subsequent explosion. Stay at the bottom of the screen until the bombs stop. Now slowly move left, along the bottom of the screen until you are under the left statue. Throw grenades at it. You will destroy the statue if you hit the top part (i.e. near the head). It will drop a machine gun. Now walk along the bottom of the screen to the right side. The other statue will not attack as long as you stay far enough away. Stand under it. Then throw grenades up at it and you'll find another machine gun. Get the machine gun. The next part will be easy if you have a boomerang or hard if you don't. Now equip the boomerang if you have it. Head up. You'll soon face lantzers. These guys carry shields which protect them from all attacks except grenades, land mines, and (of course) boomerangs. Using grenades and land mines is tricky so boomerangs save you a lot of trouble. One hit will kill them. If you don't have boomerangs then you are going to have to time your grenades carefully or just avoid the lantzers altogether. Lantzers move sideways primarily and slowly move south. They cannot move north though. That is the weakness that you need to exploit. They also seem to have a pattern of moving sideways in an alternating fashion. For example, a lantzer will move left to right and then move south. Then it will move right to left and then south again. While this pattern doesn't always work (don't move too far left or right), you can rely on it to some degree. Just keep your distance from the lantzers and run north as fast as you can. If you get too close and don't think you can make it, then just run south. This is certainly better than standing next to the lantzer which basically spells death. Feel free to use the armor power to protect yourself. Head north until you see a dark mirror. The mirror leads to a fight with a new boss enemy, Bronz, who fights exactly like Rinda. It's not worth fighting so avoid the mirror. Here's how to beat Bronz for those who wish to fight. *** Dark Mirror: Bronz *** Just run to the bottom of the screen. Stand on the left side. Then slowly move up and throw grenades. You'll eventually hit Bronz with them. Keep throwing grenades or using the bazooka until Bronz dies. Then grab the key to leave. *** end of Dark Mirror: Bronz *** Get the wing power to the right. Now head up until you are next to the box. Throw a grenade to the left to open the box. Time power is inside the box. Get it while avoiding the mirror. Then head up. More lantzers appear. Try to stay away from the water if you can. Destroy the next box above to find thunder power. The next two boxes to the left and right don't contain anything. Destroy them anyway for points and continue heading up. There's water in the center. Try to avoid it as best you can because you move slower in water than on land. Kill/avoid the lantzers that appear. You'll see three boxes in a triangle formation. They don't have anything inside. Head up and kill some more lantzers. Then destroy the next three boxes that you come across. They don't have anything either. On the left side is life power. Pick it up and use it if you are hurt. Now there is a great lake in front of you so you'll have to enter the water now. Continue north and you'll find a shop. Use the life power if you are hurt before you enter. Shop 2 ====== Item Price ------------------------ Thunder Power 25 Wing Power 25 Arrow Power 50 Life Power 60 Buy the life power if you don't have one in your inventory. Don't buy anything else though. Leave the shop. Then equip the boomerang if it isn't already on. Stand against the left side of the shop. Aim northeast and use the stop-action (press and hold B button) to "lock" your aim northeast. Head up and throw grenades. Three galangos will appear. The center one should die from either your grenade or shots (higher powered weapons are a big help here). The shots from the left galango will just miss you. Stand on the northwest corner of the shop to avoid the right galango's shots. Throw a grenade to kill the left galango. Now you will have killed the right galango if you had a high powered weapon. Otherwise ignore it. Now sidestep left until your machine gun bullets are fired just right of the right side of your life meter. Then charge up and fire away. You'll kill both galangos that appear. Head up and you'll find some more boxes. The top one contains arrow power. Grab it and then move down and to either side. Move up after you are safely away from the center of the screen. A dark mirror appears just above the arrow power's box. The mirror leads to a fight with Gibbel, a new boss enemy. It's not worth it so avoid the mirror. Here's how to beat Gibbel for those who wish to fight. *** Dark Mirror: Gibbel *** This fight is trivially easy if you have the bazooka. Otherwise it's a little more difficult. Gibbel has three heads and will fly around in a circle. It will fire out heads at you. They move slowly so dodging them is easy. You only need to avoid the heads. Don't get so close that Gibbel can touch you. Stay within grenade range and fire away. You can destroy the heads with grenades if and only if they get caught in the grenade's explosion. An easy way to take them out early is to run to the bottom of the screen when the fight starts. Then stand on the fourth column of tiles from the left. Throw a grenade up and it will kill all three heads if you timed it correctly. Then the fight is even easier as Gibbel just flies around doing little else. Just keep throwing grenades and you'll win. If you have a bazooka, just let her rip and you'll toast Gibbel's heads off with one or two shots. Just don't get too close that Gibbel touches you. Then just keep firing and Gibbel will be toast. You'll get a key. Grab it to leave. *** end of Dark Mirror: Gibbel *** Head up and destroy the last box. Then go up to fight the boss. Boss: Bronz This boss will be familiar to those of you that entered the first dark mirror in this stage. For everyone else, this boss is nothing more than Rinda in a new shape and body. Bronz uses the exact same tactics as Rinda. Therefore, it is also vulnerable to the exact same strategy. Stay near the bottom of the screen. Stand on the left side. Slowly move up and throw grenades. You'll eventually hit Bronz with them (hits are indicated with a red flash). Keep throwing grenades or using the bazooka until Bronz dies. It will take 15 hits to kill Bronz. Head up and destroy both pillars on either side. Then get the key above. Destroy the faces on the wall to find openings. Enter one of them to a tunnel. For the strategy on the tunnels, see near the end of stage 1's walkthrough. Stage 3 ======= Items found: bonus score, grenade, life power, 2 machine gun, 2 sword The two statues are back. They will attack you with homing bombs from their swords. The left one will attack you when you start the level. Quickly run east and then south to the opening in the middle of the bottom of the screen in order to avoid the homing bomb. Hopefully you'll dodge it and the subsequent explosion. Stay at the bottom of the screen until the bombs stop. Now slowly move left, along the bottom of the screen until you are under the left statue. Throw grenades at it. You will destroy the statue if you hit the top part (i.e. near the head). It will drop a machine gun. Now walk along the bottom of the screen to the right side. The other statue will not attack as long as you stay far enough away. Stand under it. Then throw grenades up at it and you'll find another machine gun. Get the machine gun. Now stand on top of the right statue's hand. This is done easily by sidestepping. You want to position yourself so that the statue blocks your rightward movement. Now aim north and hold the B button down to fire rapidly. Then slowly step upward by tapping UP on the D-pad. Eventually a galango will appear. Stop moving up when it appears. Your shots will kill it before it can fire a shot out. Now sidestep (keep holding B button) to the left edge of the screen so that you are leaning against it. Now aim and fire northward as you head up. A mini-suzka will appear. Ignore it. You'll encounter a galango next. You'll kill it with your shots. Then another mini-suzka appears. Stop moving when it appears. Just stand still and fire away. It will walk right into your line of fire. Now resume heading up. You'll kill another galango. Then behind it will be a mini-suzka. Do the same thing as before. Stop and let it walk into your line of fire. Then head up again. Two mini-suzkas and a galango appear on the right side. Ignore them and keep heading up. You'll kill another galango. Then you'll encounter and kill one more galango. Then you'll see a wall to the north. Walk close enough to it so that you can throw grenades at it. Now the wall is made up of smaller bricks. Count the third and fourth bricks from the left. Throw a grenade at them to reveal a hidden passage. You can also grenade the face on the right side to reveal another hidden passage. Now line yourself up so that you are standing below the left passage. Fire away as you head up. You'll kill the galango that appears. Now the rest of the stage will be a huge maze of walls. You'll need to grenade certain sections to open up hidden paths. The entire maze is shown in figure 3 below. I've drawn the original map on the left side. The right side shows you all of the sections that can be destroyed. Refer to figure for additional details/notation. Please note that you read the map from the bottom going upward. Figure 3 - map of stage 3 maze (map not drawn to scale) key --- | - wall - - wall + - wall # - shop B - box F - face X - breakable wall section original map breakable sections shown on map END HERE --------+------- --XX----+---XX-- | | +----+ +-XX-+ -----+ +----- -XX--+ +--XX- | B | | B | | | X X | | | | ++---+ ++---+ | | | | ----+-+------F-- -XX-+-+-----XX-- | | | | B | +----- B | +----- | | | | +---- --- +---- --- | | --F-+ ######## --X-+ ######## | ######## | ######## | ######## | ######## | | +----+ +-XX-+ | | | | | | | | ----+ +------ --X-+ +--XX-- ----+ ------- ----+ ------- | X | X B +----+ B +-XX-+ | | | | | | | | | +------ | +--XX-- ----+ ----+ +-------- +-------- B | B X | X +---+ B +---+ B | | | | | | +-- ----F--- +-- ----XX-- ---+ ---+ +------+ +-XXXX-+ | B +----- | B +--XX- | | | | ++------+ ++------+ | | | | | +----+ --- | +----+ --- | | B | | | B X | | | X ++---+ ++---+ | +--- | +-X- B | B B | B ---+ | ---+ | | | X | | | X | | | | | ---+---F----+--- ---+---XX---+-X- -------------F-- --XX---------X-- START HERE Since I have drawn out all the sections that can be destroyed in figure 3 above, I won't be telling you to destroy every section. That choice is entirely up to you. Instead, I will focus on telling you how to kill the enemies that appear. I will guide you through the maze using a path that lets you kill the enemies and get all the items. Ok, you should be standing in the left passage at the bottom of the maze right now. Try to stand closer to the right side of the passage rather than the left. Now head up. An ishka appears above you and slightly to the left. It will fire shots downward. They will miss if you are standing slightly to the right. Grenade the ishka and then grenade the face in the middle. Line yourself under the opening that you made and fire as you head up. An ishka will appear in the center and walk down right into your line of fire. Head up and you'll find a box. Grenade it. Then grenade the box to the right since you're in range anyway. There's a box enclosed in some walls above you. Grenade it now to find a grenade inside. Now grenade the wall that is to the box's right side. You'll open up a path. Don't get the grenade just yet. You should see a wall section that is to the left of the walls surrounding the grenade. Lean against that wall section's right side. Then head up slowly. Stop moving up when you see an ishka appear. It will fire shots downward if you are standing close enough to the wall. Since the wall is also impeding his progress, just step back and throw a grenade at him. Now you should see a box that is north of the grenade. Stand under it and grenade it from afar to find a sword. Then look at the shadow that is left of the sword. Line yourself so that your left hand is next to the shadow's rightmost edge. Your shots should be firing just to the left of the sword. Now hold the B button down to lock your aim north and move up. An ishka appears. Quickly walk back south until you lean against the southern wall. If you do this correctly, the ishka will keep firing shots southward which will miss you. The ishka will then walk right into your line of fire. Now go around and get the grenade from before. Then destroy the far right wall to open a path. Line yourself in the path on either the far left or far right sides (sidestep to make lining up easier). Now head up and an ishka appears above. His shots will miss you if you lined up properly. Now grenade/shoot him. Then you should have noticed that a dark mirror appeared above the sword at the same time that the ishka did. Do not get near it. The mirror leads to a fight with a new boss enemy, Ikawo. Ikawo is hard to kill so stay away from the mirror. Don't bother trying to get the sword because you'll just get sucked in the mirror. The only way I think you can get the sword is in a two player game in which you don't scroll the screen enough to get the mirror to appear. For those of you who still wish to fight Ikawo, read the next part below. Otherwise skip past it. *** Dark Mirror: Ikawo *** This flying head is a real pain to fight. That's because he'll fire double shots out very quickly. To make matters worse, Ikawo will fly just as fast as you can run. This makes dodging his shots more difficult. You can forget about using arrow power because it won't work here for some strange reason. Thankfully, this is the only place in the entire game that you fight him. You will want to keep on the move during this fight. Ikawo follows you around almost in a circular motion. You'll want to always be turning so that you and Ikawo are never lined up across or up and down from each other. This will let you avoid all of Ikawo's horizontal and vertical shots. His diagonal shots will be a lot harder to dodge because their angle changes as he moves around. You might consider using land mines instead of grenades since they'll be easier to hit Ikawo with. If you have a bazooka, then use it. 15 hits will kill Ikawo. The best advice is to quickly get lots of hits early in the fight when Ikawo is at the top of the screen. The rest is luck since Ikawo's movements are erratic. Get the key to leave after you win. *** end of Dark Mirror: Ikawo *** You should have opened up a path as a side effect of grenading the ishka near the face. Head up through this path. You'll see a box. Grenade it. Now walk up into the crater it left behind. An ishka will appear to the left. It should fire shots to the right. The shots will miss you if you stay in the crater. Now turn left and get as close as you can to the ishka's shots without getting hit. Then go left until you're in grenade range. Then grenade the ishka when you are in range. Now there's a box to the left. Grenade the wall to the right of the box to open a passage. Go through and head up the center of the screen. You'll see a box to the left. Destroy the horizontal wall to the right of the box to open a path up. Then grenade the box to find life power inside. Stand in the shadow of the left wall. Then grenade the wall section to the right of the life power and slightly above where the horizontal wall was. You'll open a path to the life power. Then go get it. Now head up and you have two choices. The first is to destroy the left wall section and head up to find a bonus score in a box towards the north. The second choice is to destroy either the center wall section or right wall section and head up to a shop. Taking either choice prevents you from getting the other choice's item/shop. The choice is up to you although I prefer taking the second choice just because the shop is more useful than 10,000 points. My strategy chooses the second choice but if you wish to, you can take the first choice. Skip to the next paragraph if you take the second choice. Just charge up and shoot all the enemies in your way. Grenade the walls in your way to find passages through. Destroy the box that you come across for the bonus score. Then destroy the remaining walls as you head up. There's another box that you can destroy for a sword. Then grenade the last wall to open a way through. Head up to eventually fight the boss. Head up. Grenade the wall section in the center of the screen. You'll open a path. Then go up and kill the stevo that appears. You'll see a shop. Don't enter it yet. First go to the right side of the screen. Then move up until you are pushing against the shop's south wall. Then a galango will appear above you. Quickly toss a grenade to kill it before it fires off a shot. Don't worry if it does because the shot will still miss you. Now you still have another enemy to kill before you enter the shop. Move south away from the shop's door so you don't accidentally enter prematurely. Now go to the left side of the shop. Move up and a galango appears. Throw a grenade at it. A stevo will also be running around. Kill it off. Now enter the shop. Shop 3 ====== Item Price ------------------------ Wing Power 30 Armor Power 60 Thunder Power 70 Life Power 70 Buy the life power only if you need it. Then head out of the shop. There won't be any enemies since you killed them off earlier. If you had entered the shop without doing so, then you would be fighting them now. Anyway, lean against the wall to the left of the shop so that you're standing in its shadow. Now slowly move up. Stop when you see a galango fly at you. Do not move. Keep firing. The galango will fly into your line of fire and its shot will pass you safely. Now continue to move up. Slowly move up until another galango appears. It will appear from the right side. Stop moving when it appears. Keep firing northward and let it approach. It will fire a shot at you that will barely miss you. Then it will fly right into your bullets. Now ignore the stevo to the left since it can't reach you anyway. This next part is tricky. You'll need to sidestep carefully around the wall directly to your north. Then stand against the wall so that you are in its shadow like before. The difference this time is that you'll need to take a small step to the right so tap the D-pad RIGHT very quickly to take a small step. Be sure to hold the B button down so you don't lose your aim northward. It is critical that you take just a step or else the next part will fail. The best way to verify that you have indeed moved the proper amount is to fire. If your bullet is half in the shadow and half outside of it, then you are in the correct position. Otherwise, move back to the left and try it again. When you finally do get in position, quickly charge up and have your guns blazing. Galangos will appear and you'll kill them without getting hurt. Throw a grenade immediately after you kill the second galango, but keep running until you hit the wall. The grenade will hit the third galango and kill it before it fires a shot at you if everything goes according to plan. Now a fourth galango will be flying on the right side. Quickly turn right and fire at it before it can fire shots at you. A stevo was caught in the wall while you were blasting galangos so kill it now. Then grenade the face and head on up. You'll see a box to the left. Destroy it to find a sword inside. Then grenade the wall section to the right of the sword to open a path to it. Get the sword. Then destroy the right part of the horizontal wall. Head up and grenade the wall's third and fourth bricks from the right to open a passage through. Then head up until you fight the boss. Boss: Gibbel Gibbel is a three headed flying monster. You will be familiar with this boss if you entered the dark mirror in the last stage. Gibbel will attack by shooting out its heads at you. Up to three heads can be fired out. They move very slowly so it's pretty easy to dodge as long as you keep far enough away. The heads can come at you diagonally so be ready to move out of their way in that situation. This fight is very easy if you have the bazooka. If you have the bazooka, simply stand within its attack range. Then fire away and you'll destroy Gibbel's heads. Then just sit and attack until it is dead. You need to destroy all of the heads or Gibbel won't die. It's more difficult without it but it's still manageable. The first thing you have to do is to eliminate Gibbel's heads. This is done by tossing a grenade and catching the heads in the explosion. There are two craters at the top of the screen. Use these as reference points. Pick either one although I prefer the left side. Using either crater as a reference point, position yourself under them at the bottom of the screen. Now aim north. Move left or right to avoid Gibbel's heads. Now when you see an opening and when Gibbel is moving down towards you, quickly move back under the craters and toss a grenade north. It will explode and destroy all or most of Gibbel's heads if you did it correctly. If not, then simply toss another grenade or two until you destroy the remaining heads. Now Gibbel is totally defenseless. Just move up until you are within your grenade's range. Then simply stand and throw grenades at Gibbel until you defeat it. It will take 10 grenades after you destroy the last head before it dies. You must destroy all of the heads or Gibbel will never die. Head up and get the key. Destroy one or both of the wall faces. Then choose an opening and enter. Both openings lead to tunnels. For the strategy on the tunnels, see near the end of stage 1's walkthrough. Stage 4 ======= Items found: armor power, bonus score, boomerang, grenade, land mine, life power, 2 machine gun, thunder power, time power Two statues open the level as usual. They will attack you with homing bombs from their swords. The left one will attack you when you start the level. Quickly run east and then south to the opening in the middle of the bottom of the screen in order to avoid the homing bomb. Hopefully you'll dodge it and the subsequent explosion. Stay at the bottom of the screen until the bombs stop. Now slowly move left, along the bottom of the screen until you are under the left statue. Throw grenades at it. You will destroy the statue if you hit the top part (i.e. near the head). It will drop a machine gun. Now walk along the bottom of the screen to the right side. The other statue will not attack as long as you stay far enough away. Stand under it. Then throw grenades up at it and you'll find another machine gun. Get the machine gun. Now you have two ways to pass the next part. A lot of galangos are going to be appearing on both sides. You can choose to run up the middle slightly to the left and quickly turn and shoot all the galangos or you can do it the safe and slow way. I'm going to be doing it the safe and slow way. First position yourself so that you are standing directly to the right of the health meter. This is approximately the same as standing next to the left statue's hand. Move up slowly and fire and toss grenades as you head up. Stop when you see a galango appear. It will die. Hopefully it won't fire a shot at you. It sometimes does so be ready to dodge. Now stand in the center of the screen. Remember where you are. Now imagine that there is another you standing to your right. Move over to that other you. Now you should be standing a little to the right of the center of the screen. Get your guns blazing and head up. You'll kill a galango that appears. Don't get the heart. You'll be using it as a reference point. Now sidestep to the left until you are to the right of the health meter just like earlier. Now head up and fire away. You'll kill a galango that appears. Now get the heart from the earlier galango that you killed. Head up and fire away and toss grenades. You will kill two more galangos that appear. Now move to the left edge. Turn your aim to the northeast direction. Lock it by pressing and hold the B button. Now just run up the left edge of the screen while keeping your aim locked. Several galangos will appear. You'll kill the ones to the left and dodge the shots from the ones to the right. Keep running up until you hit a wall. You will be standing next to a torch with horns. There's another one on the right side of the screen. Grenade them both. The right torch contains time power. Get it and then grenade the stairwells above. You'll uncover thunder power in the left stairwell. Stand directly under the thunder power as you get it. Now move up slightly to cause an ishka to appear. It will be firing shots directly to the south. Sidestep to the right until you are next to its line of fire. Then move close enough to toss a grenade at it. Now the stairwells you destroyed left two craters in the ground each. Stand just to the right of the left craters. You should be in the lighter colored ground that is between the left craters and the dark colored ditch that runs down the center of the screen. Now slowly move up by tapping UP on the D-pad. You'll cause an ishka to appear to the left. It will be firing shots southward. It is out of your grenade range so slowly move up again. When I say slowly, I mean it. This next part can't be rushed. A dark mirror will appear to the right side along with another ishka. This second ishka's shots will be coming at an angle but they will all miss. Throw grenades at the left ishka. They should kill it. If not, then simply inch upward until your grenades hit. Now that the left ishka is dead, you must deal with the right one. First run back to the southwest corner. The ishka will be firing two-shot volleys at you. Stand as close to the line of fire without getting hit. Now observe the ishka's firing rate. There is an opening between the shots. Run through them when you see the opportunity. Now run close to the ditch's right side. The ishka will adjust its firing direction to now aim south. Keep firing and slowly inch up to the ishka until you kill it with your shots. You'll be very close to the dark mirror so step back. The mirror leads to a fight with a new boss enemy, Brittero. If you wish to fight, then read the next part. Otherwise skip over it. *** Dark Mirror: Brittero *** This snakelike boss is a pain to fight. Its attack is to move/slither around and fire single shots from its head. The head looks different from the rest of its body so be able to distinguish it. This is one of those boss fights where I strongly recommend that you use the arrow power to win but it won't work in dark mirrors for some strange reason. It looks like you are stuck fighting the old fashioned way. You'll want keep the B button pressed to lock your aim north. Brittero's head is the only place you can hurt it. Therefore, you will want to throw grenades at the head while stepping backwards. Don't try to use land mines because they are too slow and you need to be close for them to be effective. Using the bazooka, if you have it, will make this battle trivial. Just aim for its head and watch out for its shots. If you have to use grenades, stepping backwards will keep you within grenade range since Brittero will be moving towards you. Don't forget to also move left or right to keep yourself within grenade range. Hold both the B button to lock your aim and the A button to throw grenades out as fast as possible. Brittero starts the fight in the center of the screen at the top. You can stand to either side but standing to the right of Brittero is the easier to hit its head since the grenades are thrown with your left hand. Now quickly toss grenades repeatedly. Brittero will slowly come down diagonally after you. Just step southwest if you are left of Brittero or southeast if you are to the right of Brittero to adjust for its movement and to also keep yourself within grenade range. If everything is done correctly (i.e. you moved diagonally away just enough), Brittero will keep firing shots southward which miss you. Just slowly move diagonally back and Brittero will go down before you run out of space. Although you shouldn't run out of pace if you keep the A button pressed down the entire time, there may be a chance that you do. If you do get cornered, just run away from Brittero to the other side of the screen and repeat the grenade assault all over again. 15 hits are required to defeat Brittero. *** end of Dark Mirror: Brittero *** Destroy the torches below the mirror if you haven't already done so. Now stand in the left part of the ditch so that your left hand is still inside the ditch itself. Move up and you'll kill an ishka. A second ishka will also appear from the right and start running at you sideways. Just stand still and fire straight up. It will run right into your line of fire. Now destroy the torches. You'll find land mines in the right torch. Get the mines. Now don't destroy the stairwells above you just yet. Stand just to the left of the ditch so that only the gun itself is positioned on top of the boundary between the ditch and the lighter colored ground. Now head up until an ishka appears. You'll kill it and its shots will pass harmlessly past your right side. Now destroy the remaining stairwells and torches on the screen. The left torch contains grenades. Then head up. You'll find more stairwells. Destroy the lower left one to find a bonus score. Destroy the rest of them. You'll see that the top right stairwell doesn't want to blow up for some reason. That's because it is actually a shop. Walk on top of it to enter. Shop 4 ====== Item Price ------------------------ Thunder Power 50 Armor Power 50 Arrow Power 70 Life Power 70 Buy the arrow or life power if you need them. Otherwise leave the shop. Head up. You'll see torches. Stand under the left torch. Destroy it. Then head up until you see a raquell appear. Let it run over to you and it will walk straight into your line of fire. Stay in the same spot and head up with your guns blazing again. You'll kill a galango and two mini-suzkas that appear. Now destroy the right torch. Now keep your aim north. Then destroy the right stairwell to find armor power. Sidestep to the left and destroy the left stairwell. Then stand in the center of the screen. Head up and toss a grenade. Three suzkas appear. The grenade should take care of the first one. Just stand and shoot/grenade the other two. Then go and get the armor power. Stand in the center again and head up. A suzka appears in the center of the screen. Shoot it down. Now mini-suzkas appear from both sides. Shoot them down. It's easier if you step back and then sidestep left or right as they approach. Now destroy the stairwells and torches without scrolling the screen up further. You'll find a boomerang in the left stairwell. Now stand on the left edge of the screen. Have your guns blazing and head on up. You'll kill a galango that appears. Then gun down the mini-suzka that also appeared. Then head up and you'll encounter a suzka and mini-suzka. Gun them down and then destroy the stairwells surrounding some bones. Then pick up the life power and head up to fight the boss. Boss: Brittero This snakelike boss will be a familiar sight for those who chose to fight the dark mirror in this stage. It is still just as annoying to kill. Its attack is to move/slither around and fire shots from its head. The head looks different from the rest of its body so be able to distinguish it. This is one of those boss fights where I strongly recommend that you use the arrow power to win. It may be cheap but it's better than dying and losing everything you've worked hard to get thus far. For those of you who wish to fight the old fashioned way, then simply keep the B button pressed to lock your aim north. Brittero's head is the only place you can hurt it. Therefore, you will want to throw grenades at the head while stepping backwards. Don't try to use land mines because they are too slow and you need to be close for them to be effective. Using the bazooka, if you have it, will make this battle trivial. Just aim for its head and watch out for its shots. If you have to use grenades, stepping backwards will keep you within grenade range since Brittero will be moving towards you. Don't forget to also move left or right to keep yourself within grenade range. Hold both the B button to lock your aim and the A button to throw grenades out as fast as possible. Brittero starts the fight in the center of the screen at the top. You can stand to either side but standing to the right of Brittero is the easier to hit its head since the grenades are thrown with your left hand. Now quickly toss grenades repeatedly. Brittero will slowly come down diagonally after you. Just step southwest if you are left of Brittero or southeast if you are to the right of Brittero to adjust for its movement and to also keep yourself within grenade range. If everything is done correctly (i.e. you moved diagonally away just enough), Brittero will keep firing shots southward which miss you. Just slowly move diagonally back and Brittero will go down before you run out of space. Although you shouldn't run out of pace if you keep the A button pressed down the entire time, there may be a chance that you do. If you do get cornered, just run away from Brittero to the other side of the screen and repeat the grenade assault all over again. 15 hits are required to defeat Brittero. Head up and get the key. Then grenade the faces on the walls to find openings. Enter one of them to go to a tunnel. The tunnel is usually full of powerups although you can still get the galango tunnel if you are unlucky. For the strategy on the tunnels, see near the end of stage 1's walkthrough. Stage 5 ======= Items found: 2 machine gun, quake power, sword, thunder power, wing power The final stage opens with the same two statues that you've seen for the past three stages. They will attack you with homing bombs from their swords. The left one will attack you when you start the level. Quickly run east and then south to the opening in the middle of the bottom of the screen in order to avoid the homing bomb. Hopefully you'll dodge it and the subsequent explosion. Stay at the bottom of the screen until the bombs stop. Now slowly move left, along the bottom of the screen until you are under the left statue. Throw grenades at it. You will destroy the statue if you hit the top part (i.e. near the head). It will drop a machine gun. Now walk along the bottom of the screen to the right side. The other statue will not attack as long as you stay far enough away. Stand under it. Then throw grenades up at it and you'll find another machine gun. Don't get the machine guns yet. Stand to the right of the left statue's fist. Leave a small space between the statue's first and your left hand for good measure. Now head up and shoot and toss grenades. Two ishkas will appear. Your grenade should kill the left one. Its shot will safely pass your left side. Now the right ishka will have fired a shot out. Move up to avoid it. Then the ishka quickly fires another diagonal shot that should come at you at a smaller angle than before. Step backwards to avoid this shot. Now stay just below the ishka horizontally and move back as it approaches. If you do it correctly, the ishka will fire shots out to the west which miss you entirely. Then the ishka gets stuck in the right statue. Step back enough until you are just below its westward line of fire. Then turn right and toss a grenade at it. Don't get too close or the ishka will fire diagonally at you. Now get the machine guns if you haven't already done so. Now stand next to the right statue's fist. Head up and an ishka appears. Its shots should miss you. Step back and grenade it. Now there are two walls in front of you. Both have sections that can be grenaded. The right wall contains thunder power and a sword. Get them and a raquell will appear. Kill it and then head on up between the two walls. You'll find another wall and another raquell. Kill it off. Then go around the right side of the wall. You'll run into two walls. The one on the right has a section that you can destroy on its right side. Now go left and through the space between both walls. You'll see two more walls on both sides. The one on the left has a breakable section running down its middle as indicated by the lighter colored rock in the middle of the wall. Grenade it. You'll find wing power at the top. Position yourself under the path through the wall that you just uncovered. Fire away as you head up. Two galangos appear and you will kill the left one. Now get the wing power, turn right, and toss a grenade at the right galango. It should die and you will safely dodge its shots. Head up and fire and grenade away to kill another galango that appears on the left side. Now go back and destroy the right wall for points if you want. Now stand in the center of the screen just slightly to the left (positioning your right hand in the left wall's shadow is a good spot). Head up and fire away. You'll take out a galango that appears. Get the quake power to the right. Then stand on the far right edge of the screen. Head up. A galango appears on the left side. Stop after it appears. Stand and fire away. The galango will move off the left side of the screen, reappear on the right side, and die by your shots. Now head up until you start to see red steps. You're now in front of what I call the "gauntlet." I called it this because of the large amount of enemies that you will face. Now move to the center of the screen before heading up again. An ishka will appear behind you. Quickly kill it before it hits you. Now stay to the left of the red stairs. Slowly move up. A galango appears to the left. Aim south and lock your aim as you move up to the galango. An ishka appears from the south side. Killing it is easy since you are already facing it. Now move up until you are in grenade range of the galango. Then kill it off. Now lock your aim south. Move to the center of the steps and slowly move up. An ishka appears from the south. Kill it. Now aim north. Look at the top of the red steps. You will see gray floor tiles. Count the tiles from the left. Stand between the fourth and firth columns of tiles from the left side. Fire away and slowly move up until you see a galango appear. Stop moving and let it fly right into your shots. Its shot will pass just above you. Now stand between the third and fourth tile columns from the left so that your bullets are in the center of the fourth tile column from the left. Head up and you'll kill an ishka that appears while safely avoiding its shots. Now stand on the right side of the steps. Move up and a galango appears. Stop moving and keep shooting. It will fly right into your shots. Now head up and an ishka appears to your left. Quickly move back and toss a grenade to kill it. Now stand in the middle of the second and third column of tiles from the left. Head up and an ishka appears. It will walk straight into your shots and miss you with its shots. Stand between the fourth and fifth columns of tiles from the left. Move up and a galango appears to the left. It will fire southward so ignore it and move up some more until a second galango appears to the right. Stop moving after the second galango appears but keep firing. It will fly right into your shots. Now toss a grenade to finish the galango to the left. Now slowly move up again. An ishka appears. Move up until you kill it with your shots. Now move to the right until you are standing between the fourth and fifth columns of tiles from the right. Head up and an ishka appears. It will walk right into your shots while you avoid its shots. Now stand on the fifth tile columns from the right and head up. A galango appears to your right while an ishka appears to the left. Quickly toss a grenade to kill the ishka before it gets too close. Then move up until your shots kill the galango. Now stand in the center of the tiles (fifth and sixth columns from the left). Head up and an ishka appears to the right and suffers the same fate as its buddies. Now move to the fourth column of tiles. Head up and an ishka appears to the left. Quickly toss a grenade to kill it before it gets near you. Remain on the fourth tile column. Then head up again. Another ishka appears to your right. It will walk into your shots. Now slowly move up again. A galango appears. Stop moving when it does but keep firing. It will fire a shot southeast at you but the shot will pass safely above your head. The galango, on the other hand, will fly right into your shots. Head up a little more until an ishka appears. Then toss a grenade at it to finish it off. Now head up until you fight the boss. Boss: Demon Dog This crazy canine is just like Rinda and Bronz. The only difference is its appearance. It has the same extendable claws that the others had. It also circles around in the same manner. Defeating the dog will therefore be accomplished using the same methods you used against Rinda and Bronz. Look at the corners at the bottom of the screen and you'll see big columns with green lights in the center. Look at the left one. Now look for the single tile that is closest to the left green column. It is the one above the black space to the right of the left column. Stand on that tile. This is the spot where you'll launch your attacks from. Simply stand on that spot and toss grenades at the Demon Dog. Ten grenades will finish off the dog. Head up the steps to the right. The stairs will eventually lead to a area with green columns on both sides. Slowly move when you see this area. Now a black pit runs down the middle of the screen between the red stairs. You should notice that the pit is exactly 3 gray floor tiles wide. Stay above the center of the pit. This will put yourself in the best possible position heading into the final battle. Now head up to face the final boss. Boss: Zada Yes, it's true. Zada is Zang Zip's brother and the mastermind behind Alexia Lomta's troubles. He'll strip you of all your weapons and items. He was probably aware of your cheap tactic of using the arrow power to win. He does leave you with a level four sword (and grenades). However, the sword will do you little good in this battle. Only grenades can hurt him. THE SWORD CANNOT HURT ZADA! In fact, I believe it's main purpose is to cause Zada to fire homing bombs at you instead of regular shots (all enemies fire homing bombs instead of regular shots when you equip the sword). There's nothing you can do against this. It's one of the cheap advantages that the computer gets in order to stack the odds against you. Also, you will only be allowed to use the continue code a maximum of three times after you start the fight. Anyway, you'll start the fight exactly in the same spot you were in right before Zada started talking to you. Having a good starting point will make this fight easier. The best spot is just right of the center of the screen. Zada's attack is to fire two homing bombs at you. The bombs will hurt you for 2 damage each. The bombs also explode after traveling a certain distance (about 5 floor tiles). However, the explosions will not hurt you. ONLY THE BOMBS THEMSELVES WILL HURT YOU! This is important to know because you want to stay as close to Zada as possible. He'll fire them pretty quickly so you need to keep moving up, down, left, and right to avoid them. Zada will slowly walk towards you while firing. You'll want to lock your aim north and toss as many grenades at him as you can by holding both the A and B buttons down. Be able to toss a grenade and move left or right to dodge Zada's shot. You'll know that a grenade hit Zada because of two things: Zada will flash red and there will be no grenade explosion. The key here is to stay somewhat in front of Zada so he only fires the homing bombs straight down at you. Don't stray too far to either side of Zada or he'll fire the homing bombs diagonally at you. If you die and use the continue code, just pray that Zada is far away or he'll kill you as you reappear. It's very cheap and the only thing you can try to do is to wait a few seconds before entering the code so Zada is a little farther away. Unlike many other enemies and bosses in the game, touching Zada will not hurt him. *** (note this next strategy assumes you are standing in the center of the screen closer to the right side. Simply reverse the directions if you are standing closer to the left side of the screen) *** Zada starts the fight in the center of the screen. Quickly take a step to the right to avoid the first homing bomb. Then start the grenade assault. Zada is pretty fat so stay to his right side just enough to keep him firing down at you but out of the homing bombs' way. Now you will employ the same strategy against Zada that you used against Brittero, that is the old hit and run diagonally tactic. Just keep tossing grenades and moving southeast at the same rate as Zada's approach so that you keep him just within your grenade range. The reason for this is that Zada will fire the homing bombs diagonally at you if you are too close to him vertically or too far away horizontally. Count the grenades that hit Zada. The most you will get off on Zada before you're backed into the southeast corner is 15 grenades. Unfortunately, Zada will usually kill you if you stay to hit him more than 12 times. So hit Zada with 10-12 grenades (I usually opt for 12). You should run to Zada's left side when he takes a pause between firing homing bomb shots. Run for it during his next pause after you've hit him 8-10 times. Then hit him once or twice more from his left side before you retreat. Then quickly RUN to the left side as fast as you can. Run all the way until you reach the left green columns. Zada's homing bombs should miss you depending on how many times you hit him before you ran AND if you were running from his left side or not. Hitting him 10 times or less almost always guarantees you can run away without injury whereas hitting him more than 10 times will lower your chances or escaping without injury (unless you are standing to his left side). Then head up to the top of the screen. Zada will try to fire more homing bombs diagonally at you. Don't let the explosions intimidate you and focus on running up. Turn around when you reach the top of the screen, lock your aim south, and go back on the offensive. Zada will probably be finished moving south and start heading up towards you. Get within grenade range and start tossing grenades at Zada while keeping close enough to him so that he fires the homing bombs straight up at you. It may take you some adjustment to get used to using the hit and diagonal run tactic since you are at the top of the screen. You should be able to finish Zada off in this round of grenades. However, if you feel that Zada is getting too close, then run. Don't try to sneak another hit on Zada instead of running away because Zada will almost always kill you if he gets close to you. Just keep repeating the hit and diagonal run tactic and Zada will die soon enough. It will take 20 grenades to finish him off. While it sounds impossible at first, it is very possible to win without getting hit at all. You'll find that Zada becomes very easy to beat after you have mastered his pattern. (2-player strategy) Another easy way to win is to play a two player game and have both players employ the same strategy as above. He'll die before he can even corner you. Congratulations (especially if you did not die once) on freeing Alexia Lomta and get prepared for a less than spectacular ending. My final score (never died once) was 247,800 pts. ============================================================================= IX. SECRETS AND CODES ============================================================================= Secrets ======= Continue Code ------------- Press A, B, B, A after you die to continue. This code will only work 3 times after you start the final battle. Infinite time loop ------------------ You can maximize your score or certain weapons and items by using time power. Find a stage where you can buy or find time power. Then use it. You'll get warped to a point before the time power. All of the items will be available for you to get again. Battle back to the point where you bought/found the time power and repeat the loop all over again. Extra lives for final battle ---------------------------- Normally you can only continue three times after the final battle starts. However if you are playing a single player game, you can exploit the second player to your advantage. Simply fight the battle normally. After you have used up your last continue, simply continue using the second controller. You'll have access to player two's three continues. This will effectively double your chances against the final boss. You will not be able to get any more continues after these three so make them count. Game Genie codes (from GameGenie.com) ===================================== Weapons picked up are maxed out OZUXVEPV + GAUXNAPA Most enemies won't hurt you GXOLYLST Begin the game with 3 bars of life AUNYIYAT ============================================================================= X. CREDITS ============================================================================= This FAQ used information from the following sources. GameGenie.com <http://www.gamegenie.com/> - Game Genie codes. The NES Files <http://www.nesfiles.com/> - instruction manual in PDF format. ============================================================================= XI. 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