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Key Guide by Ganondorf729

Version: 0.76 | Updated: 01/10/2009

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                             Table of Contents
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If you want to quickly find the location of a specific key, use ctrl+f and then
type in the "shortcut" keyword as shown below. For example, if I want to find
Key 2 of World 4 I would type "[W2K2]" in my browser's search box. Or, if I
want to just go to World 3 and look at all the keys I would type "[WLD3]" in my
search box.



1. Legal Information.....................................................[LEGL]
2. Version History.......................................................[VERH]
3. Introduction..........................................................[INTR]
4. General Tips..........................................................[GTPS]
5. World 1 Key Locations.................................................[WLD1]
    I.    Key #1.........................................................[W1K1]
    II.   Key #2.........................................................[W1K2]
    III.  Key #3.........................................................[W1K3]
    IV.   Key #4.........................................................[W1K4]
    V.    Key #5.........................................................[W1K5]
6. World 2 Key Locations.................................................[WLD2]
    I.    Key #1.........................................................[W2K1]
    II.   Key #2.........................................................[W2K2]
    III.  Key #3.........................................................[W2K3]
    IV.   Key #4.........................................................[W2K4]
    V.    Key #5.........................................................[W2K5]
7. World 3 Key Locations.................................................[WLD3]
    I.    Key #1.........................................................[W3K1]
    II.   Key #2.........................................................[W3K2]
    III.  Key #3.........................................................[W3K3]
    IV.   Key #4.........................................................[W3K4]
    V.    Key #5.........................................................[W3K5]
8. World 4 Key Locations.................................................[WLD4]
    I.    Key #1.........................................................[W4K1]
    II.   Key #2.........................................................[W4K2]
    III.  Key #3.........................................................[W4K3]
    IV.   Key #4.........................................................[W4K4]
    V.    Key #5.........................................................[W4K5]
9. Frequently Asked Questions............................................[FRQS]
10. Contacting Information...............................................[CINF]
11. Credits..............................................................[CRED]



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1. Legal Information                                                     [LEGL]
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No part of this guide or the complete guide itself may be reproduced or 
otherwise distributed without specific permission from me.
This document is never to be copied in whole or part to be used to make a
profit in any way.

If any site would like to host my guide please send a request email to:
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If any user would like to use part of the information in this guide please send
a request email to: omega1337@gmail.com. If permission is granted you MUST give
credit to me where the information is used.

Currently, the only sites allowed to host my guide are:

www.gamefaqs.com
www.supercheats.com
www.neoseeker.com



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2. Version History                                                       [VERH]
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December 21, 2008 - Version 0.75 - The first release of the guide. I believe
that with some constructive criticism and more detailed explanations the guide
has a lot of room to expand and is therefore not my desired version 1.0. I hope
to have many ASCII art explanations from different users that will aid in 
showing the exact locations of keys.



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3. Introduction                                                          [INTR]
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I'm very excited to make my first GameFAQs guide. I have been holding off
mainly because I did not want to make a guide in which there were already tons
of similar guides with the same info, nor did I want to create a guide that
would take days and days to complete. I feel that this guide is short, but
sweet in the sense that the information is useful because there are no other
sources for it. I had a lot of trouble trying to find some of the keys, and
with the help of some fellow GameFAQs members I was able to find them all.
However, I wasted a couple of hours that I hope that you users reading this
guide can save!

After using this site for many years, it feels good to finally be able to give
back. I've wanted to contribute something for so long, and here it is! However,
since this is my first guide, I'm sure it will not be as good as I want. So if
you have any suggestions, please feel free to email me. I love constructive
criticism. Heavy, useless flaming, on the other hand, is unwanted...!

This guide will simply give the best explanation I can for where the hidden
keys are in each level. Obviously as more people read this and as I play the
more, I will find better ways to explain each location and update the guide.

If you have any ASCII creations that will aid in showing the location of ANY
key, please email them to me at: omega1337@gmail.com. You will most definitely
receive proper credit and will be helping many readers!

Good luck, and I hope you this will help you save some time!



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4. General Tips                                                          [GTPS]
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1) Change the difficulty to Very Easy. If you are key-hunting, there is no
reason to be playing on a higher difficulty because any key found on Very Easy
will be the same as a key found on Hard! Lowering the difficulty will allow you
to take more damage without dying, that way you won't die when trying to get to
some ridiculous area where you HAVE to take damage to get the key.

2) Use training mode until you have memorized each key location. At first I did
not use training mode because it says "No Secret Keys." So I thought, "Wow,
what's the point in even playing that if the keys aren't visible?!" But I later
found out from an admin that the keys ARE visible, but any keys collected are
just not SAVED. This makes a lot more sense and the description should be
changed to "Collected keys not saved." Nevertheless, training mode allows you
to waste continues and start from a specific world.

3) The keys are ALWAYS in the same place.

4) The keys DO NOT have to be collected all in one run through. You can play
the game 20 times, collecting 1 different key each time, and in the end you 
will have all 20!



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5. World 1 Key Locations                                                 [WLD1]
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I.   Key #1                                                              [W1K1]
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When the blimps on the top of the screen start appearing, look for the second
one. Inside it is the key.


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II.  Key #2                                                              [W1K2]
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Right before the jungle area there will be a massive amount of enemies. Kill
them all, one is carrying this key.


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III. Key #3                                                              [W1K3]
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Located in the part right before the cutscene with 5 snake-like minibosses. The
center 1 of the top 3 snake-machines has the third key.


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IV.  Key #4                                                              [W1K4]
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Located in the area with the proximity mines and undestroyable circular blocks.
After the "Energy Up" powerup stay towards the top and destroy the mines to
remain on the top part, do not follow the normal path and go down. There is an
enemy directly above a "Weapon Cooler" powerup that has the key #4. In between
them are undestroyable circular blocks.


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V.   Key #5                                                              [W1K5]
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RIGHT after the area with proximity mines and undestroyable circular blocks a
LARGE enemy ship will approach you and there will be smaller enemies coming
from above. Destroy the huge enemy ship before it leaves the screen and collect
the last key.



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6. World 2 Key Locations                                                 [WLD2]
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I.   Key #1                                                              [W2K1]
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Shorty after the narrator says "Time to improve your score. Go get 'em all!"
there will be a large group of enemies approaching. The key is located in the
enemy farthest in front. This enemy is in the middle, all the way on the left
of the group and is the first one onto the screen. But be careful: If you don't
kill it right away and it reaches the left side of the screen, it will retreat
and end up behind the other enemies.


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II.  Key #2                                                              [W2K2]
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Located after the cutscene which occurs after defeating the 2 large drill-like
enemies. If you're counting the mechbots, it is under the 5th one. Otherwise,
look for a mechbot on a platform. It is being supported by a destroyable box.
It is found after the screen starts moving a little faster and you are going
through the "maze-like" area. If you pass the "S" then you've gone too far.

CREDIT: 177kaede


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III. Key #3                                                              [W2K3]
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After the "S" with the 3 stomping mechanisms going up and down, go towards the
bottom. It is in a destroyable box with 3 light blue proximity mines to the
left of it. It comes after he says "Be careful, this won't be easy!"


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IV.  Key #4                                                              [W2K4]
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After you go through a tight squeeze with 2 consecutive stomping mechanisms
going up and down that are in a row, go downwards. This fourth key is in a
destroyable box with 2 mines on each side of it.


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V.   Key #5                                                              [W2K5]
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RIGHT before the boss there is a semi-large destroyable object on the ceiling.
It contains the fifth key.



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7. World 3 Key Locations                                                 [WLD3]
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I.   Key #1                                                              [W3K1]
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After the narrator says "Be careful, this won't be easy!" stay towards the top
of the screen and destroy all the asteroids. There is a red circular spinning
enemy in the middle of some asteroids near the top of the screen that is
holding the first key.


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II.  Key #2                                                              [W3K2]
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After the miniboss and after the first robot-like walking mech enemey, there is
a destroyable object near the bottom of the screen. There is a small gap that
you can go down and into the area where it is located. Inside the object is a
key.


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III. Key #3                                                              [W3K3]
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RIGHT After the 2 cylindrical stomping devices that go up and down, IMMEDIATELY
go straight up. The key is inside a destroyable object on the ceiling near the
top of the screen.


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IV.  Key #4                                                              [W3K4]
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You will most likely die getting this one. After 3 cylindrical stomping
mechanisms, look for an area in which you can go down. There is a destroyable
object at the end of this little passageway near the bottom of the screen.
Inside it is key #4.


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V.   Key #5                                                              [W3K5]
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RIGHT before the boss area there is a destroyable object near the bottom of the
screen. NOTE: You need to have at least one multi-shot powerup, a satellite
powerup, or a shockwave because you have to shoot downwards. You cannot get in
front of this object. It is directly below you. Destroy it and collect the
fifth and final key of world 3.



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8. World 4 Key Locations                                                 [WLD4]
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I.   Key #1                                                              [W4K1]
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This key is located after the enemies that make the diagonal lines that go
above and below you. There will be 6 larger circular enemies coming from the
middle of the right side of the screen. These enemies break off into smaller
enemies when destroyed. The middle enemy has the key. Destory them and collect
the first key.


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II.  Key #2                                                              [W4K2]
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After the narrator says "Time to improve your score. Go get 'em all!" try to
kill the main groups of enemies. One has the second key. It should be fairly
easy to get if you have max multi-shot with bow shot or a satellite. If it
starts raining, you missed it.


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III. Key #3                                                              [W4K3]
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A little while after the flying rocks that you have to dodge start to appear,
begin to stay towards the top-right of the screen. Eventually you will come
across a lone circular spinning enemy that is stable sitting on the edge of one
of the flying rocks. You must kill it before it gets too high to get key #3.
Because the screen is moving so fast in a downwards motion this key is easy to
miss. Try to hold down fire. Being on Very Easy helps a lot here because you
can take more damage without dying. As an extra note, there is a line of
smaller ships that will come upwards towards the lone enemy rock. Do not let
them distract you. Stay towards the top right and fire at the key-holding
enemy!


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IV.  Key #4                                                              [W4K4]
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This key is in the same area as key #3. After collecting the third key remain
towards the top right of the screen. Eventually there will be a split and there
will be a line of rocks that you can't pass through seperating the top and
bottom. The top has mines. If you're on the top part, you're doing good.
Shortly after this split there will be a line of 3 consecutive, stationary,
smaller ship-enemies in a row, vertically. The middle one is holding the fourth
key.


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V.   Key #5                                                              [W4K5]
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Located after the miniboss area (the 3 large ships that fire the yellow laser).
Stay towards the top and middle-semi-right section of the screen. A random
enemy is carrying the fifth key. Do not let go of fire. You must kill the enemy
before it gets too high because then your ship cannot fly up to grab it. This
key is fairly easy to obtain with max multi-shot and bow shot equipped. Find
a spot on top of the screen where the fifth bow shot barely does not go off the
screen. They should all be homing downwards. Then just keep firing and key #5
will appear.



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9. Frequently Asked Questions                                            [FRQS]
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If you have any question pertaining to this guide, shoot me an email at:
omega1337@gmail.com and I will post it here.


Q: How do I unlock the 5th world? Do I need all of the keys?
A: No, you only need to get at least 4 of the keys in each world. However, if
   you want the Playstation Trophy achievement, you need to get all 20 keys.



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10. Contacting Information                                               [CINF]
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If you find anything misleading, missing, incorrect, undetailed, or offensive 
about my guide, please email me at: omega1337@gmail.com.

On the positive side, if you have any extra information or ASCII art that will
help others that read this guide, please email me at: omega1337@gmail.com.

Anything you write that helps with this guide will earn you a spot in the
credits section. Smaller things such as one word misspelled will obviously
earn you a lower spot, though.



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11. Credits                                                              [CRED]
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Any extra information such as ASCII art for detailed key locations or even a
better ASCII art for the title (with the 2 dots on the "o" and the "u," 
please!) will earn you a spot in this credits section. 

Thanks for reading!

I would like to give guide credit to:

  - 177kaede (W2K2: Finally provided a real, detailed solution for it)


I would like to give special thanks to:

  - EastAsiaSoft and Sidequest Studios for creating such an awesome SHMUP!
  - GameFAQs for always being the #1 game guide site and community for VG help.
  - CJayC for the creation of this amazing site.
  - SBAllen and the rest of the current GameFAQs team for great maintenance.

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