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Version: Final | Updated: 04/15/02

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------MEGA MAN X4 X FAQ-----------------------------------------
------Written By NickWhiz1 (NickWhiz1@buckeye-express.com)------
------Version FINAL---------------------------------------------
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Last Updated: April 15, 2002
Happy Tax Day Everyone!

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction/History
2. Credits
3. Story
4. Controls
5. Items
6. FAQ
7. Walkthrough
8. Copyright

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1. INTRODUCTION/HISTORY----------------------------------------------------
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4/15/02: Fixed up section dividers.

Version FINAL(2/27/02): Changed the copyright and my e-mail address.  This
document is complete.

Version 1.421(2/9/02): Fixed the story slightly.

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2. CREDITS-----------------------------------------------------------------
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*GameFAQs (www.gamefaqs.com)
 Hosting this and my other FAQs

*NickWhiz1 (NickWhiz1@buckeye-express.com)
 Who do you think wrote this? :P

*You (yourmail@yourmail.com)
 Who do you think is reading this? :P

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3. STORY-------------------------------------------------------------------
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Well, I don't have much of a story, but I have an interesting history of Mega
Man in general:

Mega Man has certainly come a long way since his debut on the NES in 1987.
Since then, he has appeared on the NES, Super NES, Game Boy, Genesis, Game
Gear, Saturn, PC, Arcade, and now Playstation.  There are now two series of
Mega Man.  The original one reached it's 10th anniversary with the release of
Mega Man 8 in 1997.  This series has Mega Man taking on the evil Dr. Wily.  The
X series, set 100 years ahead of the old one, has Mega Man X (created by Dr.
Light) and his partner Zero (created by Dr. Wily) taking on a horde of new age
robots led by the computer virus Sigma (created by Dr. Cain).

Mega Man X's 4th adventure was released on Playstation and Saturn.  This FAQ is
pretty much Playstation exclusive.  The only real difference is the controls
and some graphics.

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Start Button: Pause, resume, select
X Button: Jump, select
/\ Button: Shoot X-buster
O button: Dash
[] Button: Shoot X-buster or special weapon
L1 & R1 Buttons: Toggle between special weapons
R2 Button: Giga Attack button (Nova Strike)

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5. ITEMS-------------------------------------------------------------------
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ENERGY CAPSULES
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Small: Recovers a couple bars of energy or fills up one bar of E-Tank energy.
Medium: Recovers about 1/4 energy or fills up two bars of E-Tank energy.
Large: Recovers all of energy or fills up three bars of E-Tank energy.

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WEAPON CAPSULES
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Small: Recovers a couple bars of energy for either the selected weapon or the
weapon with lowest energy or fills up one bar of W-Tank energy.
Medium: Recovers a few bars of energy for either the selected weapon or the
weapon with lowest energy or fills up two bars of W-Tank energy.
Large: Recovers all of energy for all weapons and fills up three bars of W-Tank
energy.

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MISC.
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X Icon (his helmet): Worth one free life.
Heart: Increases max. energy by three bars (eight in whole game)
E-Tank: Allows you to store extra energy for later use (two in whole game,
reuasable).
W-Tank: Allows you to store extra weapon energy for later use (one in whole
game, reuasable).
EX-Tank: Lets you start the game with four lives instead of two (one in whole
game, reuasable)
Upgrades: Enhances one of X's systems (four in whole game).

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VEHICLES
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Normal Robot Armor: Found in the Magma Dragoon and Slash Beast stages. Use the
[] button to slash and the X and O buttons to jump and dash.

Eagle Robot Armor: Found in the Storm Owl stage and Final Weapon: Area 2.
Press the [] to shoot.  Hold the [] button to power up, then shoot three homing
shots.  Press the X Button while in mid-air to hover.  Press the X Button while
hovering to drop down.

Jet Bike: Found in the Jet Stingray stage.  Use the [] button to shoot out
shots.  The bike also has a built-in Air Dash (X, then O Buttons).

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Q: Could you tell me how much damage each special weapon does to the bosses?
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A: A damage chart:

Note: Each boss has 48 bars of energy.

RF= Rising Fire
FT= Frost Tower
GH= Ground Hunter
TS= Twin Slasher
LW= Lightning Web
SB= Soul Body
AL= Aiming Laser
DC= Double Cyclone
Damage= (normal/charged)
V= Varies
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|BOSSES        |RF  |FT |GH |TS |LW |SB |AL |DC |
|-----------------------------------------------|
|Magma Dragoon | 0/0|0/0|0/0|0/0|2/V|0/V|0/0|4/5|
|-----------------------------------------------|
|Frost Walrus  | 4/4|0/0|1/1|1/0|1/V|0/V|0/0|0/0|
|-----------------------------------------------|
|Jet Stingray  | 0/0|4/4|0/0|1/2|0/0|1/V|0/0|1/2|
|-----------------------------------------------|
|Slash Beast   | 1/0|1/V|4/5|0/0|1/V|0/V|0/0|0/0|
|-----------------------------------------------|
|Web Spider    | 1/2|1/V|1/2|2/4|0/0|1/V|0/0|1/2|
|-----------------------------------------------|
|Split Mushroom| 1/1|1/V|1/1|1/1|4/4|0/V|0/0|1/1|
|-----------------------------------------------|
|Cyber Peacock | 1/2|0/0|0/0|0/0|0/0|4/V|0/0|2/2|
|-----------------------------------------------|
|Storm Owl     | 1/2|2/V|0/0|1/1|2/V|1/V|9/V|0/0|
|-----------------------------------------------|
|Colonel       | 0/0|3/V|0/0|0/0|0/0|0/V|0/0|0/0|
|-----------------------------------------------|
|Double        | 0/0|0/0|0/0|0/0|0/0|0/0|0/0|5/5|
|-----------------------------------------------|
|General       | 0/0|0/0|0/0|3/0|0/0|0/0|0/0|0/0|
|-----------------------------------------------|
|Sigma #1      |6/32|0/0|0/0|0/0|0/0|0/0|0/0|0/0|
|-----------------------------------------------|
|Sigma #2      | 0/0|0/0|0/0|0/0|4/V|0/V|0/0|0/0|
|-----------------------------------------------|
|Sigma #3      |--------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------|
| Head         | 0/0|0/0|2/3|0/0|0/0|0/0|0/0|0/0|
|-----------------------------------------------|
| Body         | 0/0|0/0|0/0|0/0|0/0|3/0|0/0|0/0|

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Q: What do X's special weapons do (the ones you get from the bosses)?
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A: A weapon list:
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|Weapon        |Boss    |Status |Shots|Notes                              |
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|Lightning Web |Spider  |Normal |   48|Shoots an electric web forward, can|
|                                     |climb for a couple seconds after   |
|                                     |stopping.                          |
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|                       |Charged|    4|Shoots an electric web forward,    |
|                                     |then spreads out into an un-       |
|                                     |climable network when it stops.    |
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|Soul Body     |Mushroom|Normal |    8|Creates a hologram in front of X,  |
|                                     |lasts for a few seconds or when it |
|                                     |has taken on too much damage.      |
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|                       |Charged|    4|Creates a lifelike hologram of X   |
|                                     |that you can control, but you can't|
|                                     |charge his shot or leave the       |
|                                     |current screen until it wears off. |
|                                     |The real X remains frozen, but     |
|                                     |he is invincible.                  |
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|Ground Hunter |Stingray|Normal |   48|Shoots a small stingray disk       |
|                                     |forward and slightly down.  Can be |
|                                     |commanded to drop if in the air by |
|                                     |pressing Down.                     |
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|                       |Charged|    8|Shoots a large stingray disk       |
|                                     |straight forward.  Can be spread   |
|                                     |into energy by pressing Up or Down.|
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|Double Cyclone|Owl     |Normal |   48|Shoots two green energy balls left |
|                                     |and right.                         |
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|                       |Charged|    4|Shoots two cyclones left and right.|
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|Twin Slasher  |Beast   |Normal |   48|Shoots two gray slashes up-left and|
|                                     |up-right.                          |
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|                       |Charged|    8|Shoots a wall of slashes forward.  |
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|Frost Tower   |Walrus  |Normal |   16|Creates an ice shield around X.    |
|                                     |Shield will fall when activated in |
|                                     |mid-air.                           |
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|                       |Charged|    4|Shoots 10 giant icicles from the   |
|                                     |sky.                               |
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|Rising Fire   |Dragoon |Normal |   16|Shoots a fireball straight up.     |
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|                       |Charged|    4|X will do a Dragon Punch, then     |
|                                     |shoot a fireball straight up.      |
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|Aiming Laser  |Owl     |Normal |   48|Use crosshairs to lock onto        |
|                                     |targets, then shoots lasers at     |
|                                     |them.                              |
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|                       |Charged|    4|Creates a large green laser that   |
|                                     |you can move up and down with the  |
|                                     |crosshairs.                        |

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SKY LAGOON
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AREA #1:
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Who could have made an easier starting level?  Unlike other Mega Man games,
this is split into two different areas, one aboard the Sky Lagoon and the other
one on the ground.

This stage couldn't be more straightforward.  Just go right and obliterate
everything (including any walls or barriers).  Make it to the end and you'll
see the fate of the Sky Lagoon and the city below it.

---SUB-BOSS: KING DRAGON---
If you are the 100%-completion only player, you can try to defeat the giant
dragon Maverick.  All you have to do is wait for his fist to pound through the
ground, then hit him for all you're worth.  He will go down really quickly.

AREA #2:

Going back to the fate of the city, this place looks like WWIII just occured.
Not only are there still Mavericks living after the crash, but some of the
blocks and ledges, how should I put this, "shift" around, sometimes leading
toward a not-too-pleasant Maverick Hunter pancake.

Although there are shifting elements, this is also very straightforward.  Just
keep moving right, killing all the robots and blowing your way through the
vulnerable barriers.  At the end, you may fall into a compactor.  Get the extra
life and the energy, then GET OUT OF THERE!

---BOSS: KING DRAGON---
The boss is that dragon guy from Area 1, except you must fight him.  This
couldn't be easier.  Just keep hitting him, and he's toast.  Just be careful
when he flies around or shoots energy orbs.

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MAVERICK STAGES
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The order I have here is probably the best to take these guys on.

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JUNGLE (WEB SPIDER)
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Area #1:
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I must say, this is quite an impressive area.  The waterfalls here are a nice
effect, but don't get lulled into a false sense of security.  This jungle is
filled with Mavericks.

---HOVER BOOTS UPGRADE---
The hover boots upgrade is the easiest one to get in the game.  In the first
main shaft, stay along the right side.  I think it's the last alcove on the
right before you reach the ground.  This upgrade will give you the Air Dash and
will also let you hover for a few seconds.

Other than that, you need to just blast through here.  At the end, just blow
through the door to get to Area 2.

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Area #2:
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Now you're in the real jungle area.  As with other jungles, there are plenty of
snakes, bees, and spiders roaming around.  To get rid of them, just hit them
once or twice.  Try blowing up those beehives to get rid of the bees.
Sometimes there are items hidden inside.

---HEART---
The heart in this stage is hidden quite well.  Know those wooden stumps
blocking some shortcuts?  The second one hides a heart.  To get to the heart,
come back here after you have defeated Magma Dragoon and have the Rising Fire.

---BOSS: WEB SPIDER---
Web Spider is the easiest of the 8 Mavericks to beat.  For the first part, hit
him when he comes down, and jump up and off the walls to get by the homing
webs.  After a while, he'll come down, and make a network of harmless webs.  As
he's traveling through it, he'll occasionally shoot those little spiders at
you, and maybe a homing web.  Just keep hitting him and he'll go away in no
time.  Here's how you beat him if you have the Twin Slasher.  When he comes
down, use the weapon to snap the cord he is hanging by.  He'll fall, go back
up, and come back down.  Repeat this until he makes the web network.  The rest
is the same.  (That's right, you can't knock him off the web network.  Sorry.)

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BIO LABORATORY (SPLIT MUSHROOM)
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Area #1:
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I can honestly say, this is not an easy level.  You will be constantly
destroying Mavericks the whole way through.  Those staircases are a nice
effect, though.

The staircase here is not that hard.  Just go up and get rid of any enemies on
the way.  The shaft is a little harder.  Every time you go by a certain part,
you cannot go back down.  Just keep getting rid of all the enemies and watch
out for the occasional spiked walls.

---SUB-BOSS: SPIKED BEETLE---
The mid-boss here is a piece of cake.  Go to the far right ledge, then wait for
it to come up, then shoot a fully-charged X-buster shot at it.  Keep using the
same technique of letting it destroy the furthest right platform and hitting it
when it comes up and he's a goner.  For an easier and quicker time, use the
Aiming Laser.

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Area #2:
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IMHO, this is the easier of the two areas.  The staircase here is actually
quite difficult, but the rest isn't too bad.

---HEART---
To get the heart, go up the staircase and through the teleporter.  You'll see
it above you and slightly to the right.  Let the drills destroy the ledge and
then let them go down.  At this point, get right under the heart, jump, shoot a
Lightning Web, then use that to jump up to the heart.

After getting by the drill section, you'll be on an elevator.  Hit the "face"
of each of those spiked worm things and make sure not to get crushed under a
platform.  At the top, get the items, then go up.

---BOSS: SPLIT MUSHROOM---
Beating Split Mushroom is a cinch with the Lightning Web.  Let him jump on a
wall, then hit him, let him jump on the other wall, then repeat.  It only takes
12 hits this way.  Otherwise, just be very accurate and remember not to try to
hit the "clone" mushroom.  The gas attacks near the end are real pains, but
it's possible to still win.

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CYBER SPACE (CYBER PEACOCK)
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Area #1:
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This whole stage is actually a virtual simulation, but it doesn't seem that
way.  Everything has a real danger to it.  If you like going through each stage
slowly to get everything, you'll hate Area 1.

This area is composed of three virtual "races".  Get to the end of these ASAP.
Getting an "S" rating takes you to a hidden room, then to the next part.
Getting an "A" rating takes you to the next part.  Getting a "B" or lower
rating takes you back to the start of the current part.

---HEART---
Getting an "S" rating in the first part gets you a heart.  This is too easy.
There should be no problems here.

---E-TANK---
Getting an "S" rating in the second part gets you an E-Tank.  This one is just
a little harder.  Use the Soul Body to get rid of the orbs that come head-on
right for you.

---HELMET UPGRADE---
Getting an "S" rating in the third part gets you the helmet upgrade.  If you
don't have the Soul Body, you'll hate this part.  You'll probably hate this
part even if you do have the Soul Body.  Use the Soul Body on everything in
your path and you should get through if you don't mess up.  The helmet upgrade
gives you unlimited uses of your non-charged special weapons, if you still have
weapon energy left.

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Area #2:
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Those "races" are finally gone, but the simulation isn't over yet.  This area
invoves turning the stage upside down a few times to get those purple orbs to
roll through the pink blocks, giving you access to get by them.  It's almost
like a few very small puzzles.

---BOSS: CYBER PEACOCK---
Cyber Peacock is a serious pain without the Soul Body.  Using the Soul Body is
very easy.  12 hits and he's history.  If you're short the Soul Body, keep
hitting him while using every trick in the book to dodge those homing feathers.
 It can be done.  Other than that, you should have no problems.

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AIR FORCE (STORM OWL)
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Area #1:
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If you liked the robot armors from X3, you'll LOVE the eagle armor in this
stage.  Not only can you shoot three homing shots if you charge it up, you can
also hover, as in hover until you get hit or fall yourself.  The best stage to
be in for armor lovers.

---HEART---
The heart can be found on one of those platforms that will end up getting
destroyed by a laser.  If I'm thinking corectly, it's the first one.  Make it
to the end of this area, past all the mini-ships, lasers, and those jumping
dudes, and you'll teleport to Area 2.

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Area #2:
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Now you're on Storm Owl's base ship.  This stage is very short, but
challenging.  The only way to get across the spiked pit is with the moving
ledge.  Shoot down the laser guys or they'll shoot at you.

---ARM UPGRADES---
The arm upgrades are the hardest items to find in the entire game.  After you
cross the spiked pit using the moving ledge, you'll see a hole in the ceiling
surrounded by spikes.  Place a Lightning Web up there so you can jump up and
get past the spikes.  Don't be surprised if you lose a few lives attempting
this.  You will start back at the beginning of Area 2.  The left one will give
you the Plasma Shot, adding more power to your fully-charged X-buster.  The
right one will let you charge and store up to 4 fully-charged shots.  Both let
you power up your special weapons, but you can only have one AT A TIME.  That
means you can come back and switch upgrades anytime.

---SUB-BOSS: PINK ORB---
To take out the pink orb in the wall, use either your new Plasma Shot or
Lightning Web.  Take out the laser guys, and shoot when the orb is showing.  It
should be gone soon.

---BOSS: STORM OWL---
Storm Owl is very hard without the Aiming Laser, but is too easy with it.  Lock
on to him, and fire.  It takes 6 hits before he's toast.  If you don't have the
Aiming Laser, you're in trouble.  All his cyclone and wind oriented attacks can
take you down quickly.  Avoid them to the best of your ability.  This might
take a while.

If you are using the path described here, after you complete this stage you
will be forced to go to Memorial Hall to fight Colonel.  That is described
right after the Maverick Stages.

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VOLCANO (MAGMA DRAGOON)
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Area #1:
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Who decided to put a base in a volcano?  With all that lava and surprise
explosions and meteors, how could you stand it?  This is one of the trickiest
of the Maverick stages.

There's not a whole lot to talk about, except you can take out the meteors with
a fully-charged Plasma Shot or two.  Just be careful when jumping the gaps with
two or three fireballs.  At the end, just keep hitting the door until it opens
(hint: Use one Plasma Shot.).

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Area #2:
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If you didn't like Area 1, you'll just hate this area.  You start out jumping
across a canyon full of fireballs on these little platforms.  Of course, some
fireballs like to hit those platforms, and two hits and the platforms are
history.  The next part involves a meteor shower from here to Dragoon.  Slip on
the robot armor and charge your way through the lava and enemies to reach
Dragoon.  BTW, if you're out of the armor and you go in the lava, you're
history.

---HEART---
To get the heart, proceed until you see the first robot enemy.  Kill it, then
look to the left.  There is a cliff with a flat surface on the top.  Use
Lightning Web to get atop the cliff and claim the heart.

---ARMOR UPGRADE---
The armor upgrade is just as easy.  When you get the robot armor, jump up and
out and you'll see a platform on the upper-right part of the screen.  Get up
there, and use a powered-up Twin Slasher on the wall.  You might need to come
back to get it.  The armor upgrade is like the one from X2, except you can
perform the Nova Strike (A.K.A. invincible air dash).  IMO, the Nova Strike is
stupid.

---BOSS: MAGMA DRAGOON---
No matter how you battle Dragoon, he is easy.  If you still have the robot
armor, just follow the ground until you see a tunnel with blocks blocking it.
Break through, and you'll be in Dragoon's lair.  To beat him with the armor,
hit him and dodge as many attacks as possible.  You can beat him without losing
the armor.  Or, you could use the Double Cyclone.  Hit him, and he will jump to
the other side of the room.  Hit him 12 times to erase him.  If neither is
available, just stay on the walls and shoot him with the X-buster.  Only get
off when the attack is right next to the wall.  Piece of cake.

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SNOW BASE (FROST WALRUS)
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Area #1:
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Ok, we're going from fire to ice.  The good thing is, there are no freeze
sprays/jets (anyone played Ice Cap Zone in Sonic 3?  They're really annoying!).

---HEART---
The heart is real easy to get.  Stay on the ground and look up to the ceiling
until you see a giant block of ice.  Use Rising Fire to melt the ice and get
the heart.

---EX-TANK---
To find the EX-tank, go all the way right until you can't go right anymore.
Climb all the way up and you'll see it on a ledge above you.  How to get it?
Lightning Web.  This will give you four starting lives instead of two.

---SUB-BOSS: ICE EYE---
If anyone needs to know how to beat the mid-boss, just Rising Fire it when the
eye is showing and dodge all the attacks.  Try using it on the icicles on the
ceiling.

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Area #2:
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Now we're in a tunnel with ice cubes all over the place.  Just shoot through
them.  The second half here involves a series of sequences where a bird will
appear and freeze a few things up (not you).  Kill it to dodge this.

---W TANK---
The W tank is a cinch to find.  In the 2nd to last column of ice cubes near the
ceiling, it's the top block.  Or, just hit every block until you find it.

---BOSS: FROST WALRUS---
Frost Walrus can be extremely annoying without Rising Fire.  Hit him with it,
then jump up a wall and over him when he charges towards you. Keep repeating
until he will start making a giant icicle instead.  Wait for him to make that,
go up and hit him, and repeat.  If you don't have it, just be careful and shoot
down any icicles or ice particles he shoots at you.

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MARINE BASE (JET STINGRAY)
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Area #1:
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This is the most original level in the whole Mega Man series.  Who doesn't like
jet bikes?  These have built-in Air Dashing, and you'll be using it a lot.  The
basic strategy is shoot everything down, leap a few pits, and don't kill
yourself.

---HEART---
To get the heart, you need to pay attention.  It's between the third and fourth
pits.  Jump the first two, and don't jump at the third to get it, then jump at
the fourth to get back up.

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Area #2:
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This area is a little harder.  The pits are gone, but there are plenty more
walls, enemies, and Jet Stingray even makes two appearances.  Just use the dash
attack to get rid of him.

---E-TANK---
The E-tank is near the end.  You'll see a small ledge about 1 1/2 to 2 bike
lengths long.  Jump on it, then jump and Air Dash.  If you're lucky, you'll
dash through the blocks and get it.  You'll have to make a quick jump to get
over the last small barrier and off the bike.

---BOSS: JET STINGRAY---
Jet Stingray is an appropriate name for him.  His attacks are either releasing
mini-stingrays or dashing all over the place.  He hates ice, though, so use
Frost Tower to freeze him, and he'll go back up and come down again.  Keep
hitting him and he'll go away after 12 hits.  Beating him with the X-buster
takes a little practice.  Note: A fully charged shot will go through the little
stingrays and hit him.  Avoid all the stingrays and dashes and he's gone.

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MILITARY TRAIN (SLASH BEAST)
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Area #1:

Finally, the last Maverick stage.  This is the longest stage in the game.  Each
area takes about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes to complete.  Although it's long, it's also
pretty easy.  For this area, jump quickly when the boxcars are cut off the
train.   Nothing really here for a better description.  Oh yeah, you can't
destroy the blue blocks, until you get to Area 2.

---SUB-BOSS: SPIKED BOXCAR---
Battling the mid-boss is really easy if you have the Plasma Shot.  If you
don't, get lucky.  Shoot down the spikes, then shoot where the spikes were
guarding.  This shouldn't take too long, but it might.

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Area #2:
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This area is totally overpopulated with enemies.  But, you can even up the odds
by jumping in the robot armor and obliterating things, even some of the boxcars
and those annoying blue blocks.

---HEART---
If you can't get the heart, you need to return the game.  It's sitting right on
top of the second boxcar after you get the armor.  Of course, it's in the
middle of Enemy Country, though.

---BOSS: SLASH BEAST---
What is this dude, a mountain lion?  Anyways, using the Ground Hunter will trip
Slash Beast up and get rid of his spiked "toes".  12 hits and he's gone.  If
you don't have the Ground Hunter, pay close attention.  He doesn't really have
a set pattern, so dodging them to the best of your ability is all I can say.

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MEMORIAL HALL
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---BOSS: COLONEL---
You will be forced to come here after you have defeated 4 of the 8 Mavericks.
It's very short, and Colonel is waiting for you.  If you have the hover boots,
you're in great shape.  If you have the Frost Tower or the Plasma Shot, you're
in even better shape.  If you have none of the above, I don't know what to say.
 When Colonel disappears, jump and hover so he
reappears and slashes below you, then drop down and shoot him while avoiding
his slashes.  If he reappears, dashes, and disappears without doing the slash
shots, he'll reappear, slash, disappear, reappear, slash, dash, then who knows
what.  If you hover and don't move, you should be up just long enough.  Just
keep shooting and Colonel is history, for now...

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SPACE PORT
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These final few stages aren't all that tough, and there are no real big secrets
like X2 or X3, so I won't really give a good description, basically only some
high points and the boss strategies.  If you have the helmet upgrade, equip the
Ground Hunter and go trigger happy.

---BOSS: COLONEL---
Colonel is basically the same as in the first battle, but this time he has two
new attacks and he's faster.  This time, there are also walls.  Drop a few
Frost Towers on his head and use the hover boots to get between the electricity
and back on the walls.

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FINAL WEAPON
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Note: This level is divided up into four areas.

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FINAL WEAPON: AREA 1
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The Plasma Shot is real good to have here.  Use it to barrel your way to the
boss door.

---BOSS: DOUBLE---
I always though you should always use Double Cyclone on Double and take the
punishment to all those things he shoots out, but I have a better strategy.
Anyone ever tried just using the X-buster?  It takes longer, but he won't shoot
out those little saws or ships.  He'll just do the flying dash, the light-blue
particle "fans", and those things that Agile shot out in X2.

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FINAL WEAPON: AREA 2
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Taking the top path is easier.  The top path is just a series of jumps in a
spike-filled corridor.  To get over the first spiked wall, use Lightning Web.
The bottom path is a tricky area using the Eagle armor.  Be patient on both
areas and you'll do fine.

---BOSS: GENERAL---
General isn't too hard, he's just too big.  Shoot the Twin Slasher from a
distance, avoid the rings when his fists detach, and go over or under him when
he hovers across the room.

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FINAL WEAPON: AREA 3
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Go to the right, then fall down the shaft.  You'll be in the room, where you
have to enter the teleporters and battle the 8 Mavericks again.  When they're
all gone, go in the gold one to get to Area 4.

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FINAL WEAPON: AREA 4
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SIGMA!

---BOSS #1: SIGMA (Reaper Form)---
Enter the door, and come face to face with Sigma.  For his first form, use
Rising Fire when he appears above you.  For fun, use a powered-up Rising Fire
to take off 2/3 of his energy!

---BOSS #2: SIGMA (Traditional Form)---
The second form is harder.  Use Lightning Web this time.  Avoid his
whatamacallit when he jumps up.  When he throws it again, make sure it lands on
a wall, then jump over Sigma to dodge the lasers.  If it landed on the floor,
you're in trouble.

---FINAL BOSS: SIGMA (Alien/Giant Head Form)---
After that, go down in the hole in the floor, and come face-to-face with
Sigma's final and most deadly form.  There are five parts to this monster.  The
giant head will either try to suck you in, or will suck in garbage and shoot it
at you.  The alien will shoot lasers at you, that's about it.  The three heads
wil do varied things and will also atttack sometimes; the red head shooting
fireballs, the yellow head shooting electricity, and the blue head blowing his
icy breath.  Use the Ground Hunter on the pesky head, Soul Body on the alien,
and the Plasma Shot on the heads.  BTW, the attack pattern is colored heads,
Giant Head, colored heads, Alien, then back around again.

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