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       Samus Guide & FAQ (C) 2011 Mike Penance (mikepenance@yahoo.co.uk)
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  TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1.....Introduction [01.00]
            - Who is Samus Aran? [01.01]
    2.....Controls [02.00]
    3.....Special Abilities [03.00]
    4.....Weapons [04.00]
            - Power Beam [04.01]
            - Missiles [04.02]
            - Morphball Bombs [04.03]
            - Battlehammer ]04.04]
            - Imperialist [04.05]
            - Judicator[04.06]
            - Magmaul [04.07]
            - Shock Coil [04.08]
            - Volt Driver [04.09]
            - Omega Cannon [04.10]
            - Weapon Location Table [04.11]
    5.....Strategies and Tactics [05.00]
            - Versus Character Strategies [05.01]
                 - Kanden [05.02]
                 - Noxus [05.03]
                 - Spire [05.04]
                 - Sylux [05.05]
                 - Trace [05.06]
                 - Weavel [05.07]
                 - Samus [05.08]
    6.....Arenas [06.00]
           - Combat Hall [06.01]
           - Data Shrine [06.02]
           - Processor Core [06.03]
           - High Ground [06.04]
           - Ice Hive [06.05]
           - Alinos Perch [06.06]
           - Sic Transit [06.07]
           - Transfer Lock [06.08]
           - Sanctorus [06.09]
           - Compression Chamber [06.10]
           - Incubation Vault [06.11]
           - Subterranean [06.12]
           - Outer Reach [06.13]
           - Harvester [06.14]
           - Weapons Complex [06.15]
           - Council Chamber [06.16]
           - Elder Passage [06.17]
           - Fuel Stack [06.18]
           - Fault Line [06.19]
           - Stasis Bunker [06.20]
           - Head Shot [06.21]
           - Celestial Gateway [06.22]
           - Alinos Gateway [06.23]
           - VDO Gateway [06.24]
           - Arcterra Gateway [06.25]
           - Oubliette [06.26]
    7.....Frequently Asked Questions [07.00]
    8.....Credits and Outro [8.00]

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      Introduction                                                   01.00
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     I wrote this guide for many reasons - okay, two reasons.  One, I'm an
attention seeker and... okay, one reason.  Well, it's here now - so we should
at least try and show people that just because there are some new shiny-pants
Bounty Hunters on the scene, Samus is still the best of the bunch (with the
largest shoulder-pads in the universe, fact).


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      Who is Samus Aran?                                             01.01
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     As a child, Samus witnessed the annihilation of her entire space colony in
a pirate raid that left her both orphaned and homeless.  In a fortunate turn of
events, Samus was adopted by a benevolent (now unbelievably dead) race known as
the 'Chozo.'  Infusing Samus with their blood and sharing their incredible
technology with her (how to make the perfect piece of toast), she went on to
become the Bounty Hunter that we know her as today *sniff*.

That's the very short version - the long version drones on about (er, explains
in an interesting fashion) Metroids, big brains in bell-jars, and X-Parasites
(then there's Phazon).  The long version gives me a headache (I know because
Iíve seen it), so this is all ya getting.


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      Controls                                                       02.00
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 === Stylus Mode Right/Left ===

     D-Pad: Up is forwards, down is backwards, and left and right are used to
       strafe in their respective directions.  In Mode Left, the D-Pad is not
       actually used for anything.

     X: MR: No Use.
        ML: Move forwards.

     B: MR: No Use.
        ML: Move backwards.

     Y: MR: No Use.
        ML: Strafes left.

     A: MR: No Use.
        ML: Strafes right.

     L: MR: Fire.
        ML: Zoom/boost.

     R: MR: Zoom/boost.
        ML: Fire.

     Start: Opens the mid-game score screen (points, Hunters, and stars).

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/PLEASE NOTE\__________________________________________________________________

 In both modes, a double-tap of the touch screen will make Samus jump (can be
 done in mid-air if you haven't already jumped).  In Mode Left, the display
 icons on the touch screen are reversed (i.e. switched from left to right).
 Speaking of the touch screen, the sensitivity ranges between 1 and 15 - the
 closer you get to the higher/lower end of the scale, the harder it is to
 control Samus (the lower the number, the slower the movement).

 The default setting is 7, I wouldn't recommend going more than 2 either way
 for the best results - alternatively, hold the stylus further away from the
 tip to allow for quicker movement.  With that considered, you may just want to
 nab yourself a longer stylus (you usually get a good one with storage cases).
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 === Dual Mode Right/Left ===

     D-Pad: Up is forward, down is backwards, and left and right are used to
       strafe in their respective directions.  In Mode Left, the mapping is
       switched to the opposite side of the DS.

     X: MR: Move the vertical axis up.
        ML: Move forwards.

     B: MR: Move the vertical axis down.
        ML: Move backwards.

     Y: MR: Move the horizontal axis left.
        ML: Strafe left.

     A: MR: Move the horizontal axis.
        ML: Strafe right.

     L: MR: Fire.
        ML: Jump.

     R: MR: Jump.
        ML: Fire

     Start: Opens the mid-game score screen (points, Hunters, and stars).

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/PLEASE NOTE\__________________________________________________________________

 When good control schemes go bad.  The whole point of Dual Mode is that it's
 supposed to do away with the stylus control altogether (yes, you can emulate
 the PSP control system).  The problems is that the buttons can't give the same
 level of accuracy that the touch screen can, and that the touch screen still
 needs to be used for weapon selection and changing into alt. form (which
 necessitates the removal of one hand from a vital set of buttons).
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      Special Abilities                                              03.00
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     Samus may seem bland in comparison to the other Hunters and their unique
talents (half-alien, half-machinegun - you can't really beat that in the 'look
what I can do' stakes), but she still has a couple of tricks under those
massive shoulder-pads of hers.


 === Morphball ===

     Samusí alt. form is the tried-and-tested Morphball (est. 1986); it's a
quick and highly manoeuvrable way to traverse arenas or launch attacks.  The
Morphball has a zero-degree turning circle, meaning that Samus can instantly
change direction in a blink of an eye (imagine trying to do that at the speed
Samus can with any other alt. form).  Exploit this very basic fact to launch
surprise attacks or just outmanoeuvre foes.

A quick tap of the fire button and Samus will drop a Morphball Bomb right next
to her (up to three at any one time) - this little device can deal fair amounts
of damage to an unsuspecting opponent in a short space of time.  Besides being
able to deal death and destruction at a whim, Samus can use her Morphball Bombs
to lift herself into the air.

Her bombs make her jump, Iíll call this move... oh, I don't know - the "Bomb
Jump."  By using the Bomb Jump, Samus can navigate rough areas without having
to leave the safety of the Morphball.  If the Bomb Jump isnít your cup of tea,
you can try the 'Bomb Leap.'  The Bomb Leap is a technique that sees you
gaining extra height (comparable to a Double Bomb Jump, combined with a Triple
Bomb Jump, you can reach ridiculous heights).

Lay a bomb like normal; now, timing is crucial - just after the bomb explodes,
you need to switch back to biped.  If you time it right, you will be able to
jump to gain further height (too early and the bomb wonít carry you into the
air, too late and you wonít be able to add the jump).  This little technique
doesnít just make you look cool (and it does), it can be a lifesaver.

On maps with lunar gravity, a Bomb Jump will launch Samus up to a ridiculous
height.  Once youíve reached the maximum height, you can literally hover
indefinitely by dropping more bombs (with a lot of practice, youíll be able to
fly using bombs to create a path to roll on).  Most of the other Hunters canít
launch themselves into the air like Samus can (this means you can escape
perfectly and attack with near impunity).

While in ball-form, not only is Samus content to drop bombs by the catalogue
load - a tap of the touch screen or the R button will see Samus boost like
crazy.  Not only does it look cool, it also makes the Morphball the fastest
alt. form around (chores like grabbing power-ups are made less... chore-like).
Another rather well-known technique is to use the boost to turn Samus into a
battering ram; admittedly, it's not that powerful, but you can hit multiple
times in the space of only a few seconds.

I feel that I probably wonít need to mention this to some Samus players out
there, but I have heard it said that some people feel that they canít control
the Morphball well enough or get enough speed from the boost.  When using the
boost, the most obvious thing to do is touch the control pad to aid
steering -- donít -- because doing so only slows you down and makes the turning
less responsive (thus, making you an easy target).

Once you master using only the touch screen to move the Morphball (using sharp,
erratic movements work best, try not to drag the stylus too long) - practice
chaining more hits together until you can kill someone with the boost in one
fluent attack).  If you get it right, youíre looking at about 3.5 seconds to
get someone down from just over 100 energy (if you use bombs as well).


 === Seeker Missiles ===

     A Seeker Missile can be fired when Samus has two or more regular Missiles
in stock, by charging a Missile, youíll activate the homing function.  Seeker
Missiles are incredibly fast and hard to avoid (even in open areas), they also
target unseen enemies.  However, a charged Missile emits a beeping noise that
can often give away your location to would-be assassins.


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      Weapons                                                        04.00
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     Weapons... far-fetched weapons, hurray!  This section (as you can tell) is
here purely to document the entire range of weapons available to Samus.
There are bombs the size of your head (if you have a big one) and arm-cannons
the size of a small horse and, er, more beams funnily enough.

Each weapon is essentially listed in the following way (all scores are out of
100%, unless I state otherwise).  Feel free to disagree or bang your head off
the wall in protest *the sound of people banging their heads*, it's just the
vibe I got.  Example?  Donít mind if I do...

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/EXAMPLE\______________________________________________________________________

 Categories:

  Weapon Name: I think the name of the weapon goes here.
        Power: The higher the rating, the more damage it'll dish out.
         Ammo: This tells you what the maximum ammo is for your chosen weapon.
        Speed: I wanted to put "projectile speed," but I couldn't spell it.
        Range: Shiny numbers here will dictate the distance a shot can travel.
    Rate/Fire: This is the amount of rounds per second/minute that it can fire.
        Skill: The higher the level of skill, the harder it is to use.
   Chargeable: No... it's free *silence*.  Can you charge it?  Yes or no.
     Affinity: Here be the name of the Hunter that can use it to the fullest.


 Percentages:

 001% - 012%: It's official, the power/speed behind this thing sucks.
 013% - 024%: Now we're getting better... probably.
 025% - 036%: This is what I'd say average looked like.
 036% - 048%: Two weapons are this powerful without being charged.
 049% - 064%: We're now looking at major damage.  Above average?  Hell yes.
 065% - 072%: A weapon this strong is probably slow or very hard to use.
 073% - 084%: The realm of head-shots.  Also a bloody fast travel rate.
 085% - 097%: For this amount of damage, let's just say "Imperialist."
 100% - ----: This is normally the maximum damage/travel distance for a weapon.
 100% + ----: Only the Imperialist or the Omega Cannon can inflict enough
              damage for a one-hit-kill.  Other than power, this can also be
              used to denote a weapon with infinite travel distance.
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      Power Beam                                                     04.01
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     Power: 6-8% (36-48% for a charged shot)
     Speed: 70% (around 60% for a charged shot)
      Ammo: Infinite
     Range: 100%+
  Accuracy: 90%
 Rate/Fire: 240-330 per minute (4-5 per second)
     Skill: 35%
    Charge: Yes
  Affinity: N/A

     The Power Beam isnít going to crack the earth in-half with its mighty
power, but it is a reliable piece of kit all the same.  The Power Beam grants
our bad selves an incredible rate-of-fire, but falls down at the first hurdle -
stopping power.  The secret to success (unless I told you already) is to always
aim for the head, the high rate-of-fire will score more than enough head-shots
to warrant it viable (the charge shot is moderately powerful, but itís not fast
enough to be of much use).

The Power Beam is an opener - rattle off a few volleys to the head to weaken
them and to put them on the defensive (by timing your button presses, you can
increase the rate-of-fire by half).  Then you unload with a Seeker Missile.
If the enemy is just that little bit out of reach (on a high platform, maybe),
donít waste your valuable ammo, chase 'em down with the Power Beam.

Itís not exactly a threat, but the rapid-fire peppering them will make them
think twice about staying put.  Other than that, after the early stages of the
match have passed and everyone has stocked up on energy, just call it a day and
use a different weapon.


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      Missiles                                                       04.02
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     Power: 32% (48% for a charged shot)
     Speed: 55%
      Ammo: 59 (2 per Seeker Missile)
     Range: 100%+
  Accuracy: 50% (95% for the Seeker Missile)
 Rate/Fire: 30 per minute (1 every 2 seconds)
     Skill: 40% (Seeker) - 70% (Manual)
    Charge: Yes
  Affinity: Samus

     The explosive power of Missiles is fine and lovely, but like I said, itís
the homing function that weíre interested in.  Now, Iím not talking super heat-
seeker or anything, just aim in the general direction of an enemy - theyíre so
ridiculously fast, the chances of missing are tiny.

Missiles as Missiles so often wont to be, are explosive.  Firing one at close-
range may leave a slight ringing sensation in your ears; fortunately, youíll
be nowhere near them at the time.  An excuse for humour or a stern warning -
discuss.  Missiles deal a great amount of splash damage (in an outward arc) -
the closer you are when a Missile is fired, the greater the amount of splash
damage you get back.

"Yeah, like Iím that stupid," it doesnít matter whether youíre thick or not -
some players have been known to purposely shorten the distance between you both
just so they can take one on the chin (crazy, but it can hurt you just as much
as it hurts them).  If youíre playing the Seeker Missile game, stay away from
the enclosed areas, and keep your distance to a minimum of mid-range.  Ideally,
you shouldnít be overusing them anyway - it makes you predictable.

If you can get your hands on an Imperialist at some point, you might be able to
Charge Cancel (swapping from charged Missile into the Imperialist - which can
be used to launch an unexpected attack).  While Iím here, I may as well point
out that because theyíre heat-seekers, theyíll target enemies regardless of
whether you can see them or not.  That means itíll locate cloaked Hunters (like
Trace) no matter where they hide.

I thought Iíd just impart another pearl of wisdom (of which I have many).
By charging a Missile and aiming at the ground, you can perform the tried and
tested 'Rocket Jump.'  By combining it with a jump after you've been sent
airborne, it will give you some good height (and knock off a good third of an
energy bar).  Itís a hell of a price to pay for jumping a little higher - if I
use it, I use it as a last ditch emergency manoeuvre, or for sneaky shortcuts.


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      Morphball Bombs                                                04.03
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     Power: 28%
     Speed: 2 second delay (instant if planted near an enemy Hunter)
      Ammo: Infinite
     Range: N/A
  Accuracy: N/A
 Rate/Fire: 1 per second (up to a maximum of 3 at any one time)
     Skill: 15%
    Charge: N/A
  Affinity: N/A

     Bombs and balls, itís all spherical to me, baby.  When Samus is in her
Morphball form, she can drop up to three of these little balls of high-impact
explosives at any one time.  After a brief delay of no more than a couple of
seconds, theyíll go boom, causing moderate damage.  A Morphball Bomb dropped in
close proximity to an enemy Hunter will result in an instantaneous detonation
(an enemy with little room to manoeuvre can easily be decimated this way).

Unlike Kanden (curse him and his funny head), whoís bomblets seek and destroy,
Samusí just sit there all shiny and blue.  Whatís that got to do with anything?
It means that you need to be proactive, and thatís where you need to start
combo-ing the boost with the instant detonation effect of the bombs.
The Morphball has an incredible speed advantage, allowing you to easily create
ambushes or simply chase down your enemies the old fashioned way.


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      Battlehammer                                                   04.04
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     Power: 18% (12% for Weavel)
     Speed: 66% (60% for Weavel)
      Ammo: 149 (119 for Weavel)
     Range: 60-75% (depending on the trajectory)
  Accuracy: 20%
 Rate/Fire: 180 per minute (around about 3 per second)
     Skill: 40%
    Charge: No
  Affinity: Weavel

     In battle, you use it to hammer the opposition (clever).  The Battlehammer
is a 'heavy-duty repeater,' the basic principle of which is to simply use its
blast radius and insane rate-of-fire to prevent your opponent from mounting a
successful counter-attack, or effective retreat.

The Battlehammer fires low-arcing 'blobs' that explode upon contact with a hard
surface (walls, floors, your face), delivering splash damage to anyone in the
surrounding area.  Hereís the thing - for us non-Weavel users out there, the
blast radius is relatively small, but the damage is marginally higher.  Weavel
players, however, have a blast radius the size of Lancashire (maybe a slight
exaggeration, but there is a huge difference in size)- but the power, like I
said, is marginally less.

"Whatís wrong with that?"  With the added radius, Weavel can just about get
away with the 'smothering' tactic (on multiple targets, too).  However, we're
not Weavel, so our basic tactic with the Battlehammer is to chase 'em and kill
'em - the problem with that is it takes too much time and judgement to make
great use of it in conflicts with more than one person (the small blast radius
makes it much, much harder to tackle multiple Hunters in one go).

The first rule of combat is "never draw attention to yourself," and the second
is to "hit 'em fast and hit 'em hard."  The Battlehammer breaks both rules for
me, and thatís why I almost never use it.  The principle for dealing with the
weapon, regardless of who youíre facing, is exactly the same.  Use the boost
-Ball to roll right under the arc of the Battlehammer and then counter-attack.

I personally use it to take care of slow-moving alts. like the Dialanche or the
Vhoscythe.  I also find that it can prove quite useful for knocking people off
ledges, into holes, and the like.  Apart from that, I never use it at all.


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      Imperialist                                                    04.05
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     Power: 36-100% (100%+ for zoomed head-shots)
     Speed: 100%+ (almost instantaneous)
      Ammo: 29 (consumes 1 per shot)
     Range: 100%+
  Accuracy: 100%
 Rate/Fire: 102 per minute (about 1.6 per second)
     Skill: 100%
    Charge: No
  Affinity: Trace

     Okay, the basics (gotta love the basics) - a quick push of the R button or
a double-tap of the Imperialist icon will zoom-in or zoom-out.  As a die-hard
Samus player (I usually do), I often find myself reaching for the rifle.
"Is sniping a requisite skill for a Samus player; I mean, Samus doesnít need
it, right?"  Wrong - sniping is by far the single most important skill that any
player can learn in a game like this, regardless of how good someone is, a
Master Sniper can shut-down any Hunter and any strategy with just one shot.

Every Hunter (as youíve noticed) has a different head size - this can make it
easier or harder to snipe someone.  Naturally, characters with more human-like
proportions will be easier to score a head-shot against (i.e. Samus or Weavel).
Spire, on the other hand (or "Spire-Crushed-Bucket-for-a-Head" as I call him),
is quite easily the hardest character to snipe from a distance.

Trace, I hate Trace.  Trace canít actually wield the Imperialist with a much
greater effect than anyone else (he has a slightly improved aiming reticule),
but what he can do is go all Predator on us.  Thatís right - the little red
plebe has optical camouflage!  When standing still with the Imperialist, he is
rendered virtually invisible to the naked eye, if you can find his strangely
unattached head, then itís a good sized target.

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/SOME SIMPLE SNIPING TIPS\_____________________________________________________

 1. Always stick to the same order, so you never get overwhelmed or ambushed.

 a. Always survey the area; check for snipers in the area, check for campers
    in the area, and only enter the scope when you're sure that it is safe.

 b. If you're not sure you can make a shot, don't risk giving away your
    position, but don't risk staying in the same place for too long, either.

 c. In games with four players; even if your shot is on the mark, never hang
    around, move on, because even if your target doesn't see your position,
    it doesn't mean that someone else hasn't already spotted you.

 2. If your target is already engaged in combat and it looks like they're
    losing badly, the likelihood is that a body shot will finish them - don't
    risk losing the kill to someone else by going for a head-shot.  If there is
    just you and two other players, think about going for a head-shot on the
    stronger one before boosting in and finishing the weaker one.

 3. A sniper's second biggest asset in Hunters, besides stealth, is fear.
    The thought on an unidentified assailant lurking in the shadows is usually
    enough to clear a room.  Take a shot and then scuttle off into the shadows
    before firing another quick shot in their general direction.  This tactic
    can clear areas of novice players quickly, allowing you to drop down and
    grab some much needed supplies.  Experienced players may very well take
    cover and go for a counter-snipe, so use this tactic sparingly.

 4. Long distance sniping is all well and good, but you can use the Imperialist
    at shorter ranges.  If you're locked in combat and find that changing your
    weapon may leave you a little vulnerable - don't bother.  Take aim at their
    head with the rifle in non-zoomed mode, now quickly zoom-in and fire -
    with a bit of luck, that was a head-shot (a non-zoomed head-shot can also
    kill if they have 100 or less health).

 5. When zoomed-in, keep it in mind that the shot will be either slightly to
    the left or slightly to the right of the aiming reticule.  The difference
    between a head and a body shot is minimal - take aim and move just a
    little off centre.
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      Judicator                                                      04.06
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     Power: 24-32% (96% for a charged shot - 12% + freeze for Noxus)
     Speed: 70%
      Ammo: 119
     Range: 100%+ (20% for Noxus charged shot)
  Accuracy: 90%
 Rate/Fire: 96 per minute (1.5 per second)
     Skill: 30%
    Charge: Yes
  Affinity: Noxus

     Everyone whoís played a previous Metroid game will remember the Ice Beam,
you do, right?  Well, this weapon is kinda like its baby brother (Noxus has its
big brother).  The Judicator fires beams of ultra-thin frozen plasma at very
high speeds - thatís all well and fine, but the dandy bit is that these beams
will ricochet from surface to surface, allowing you to shoot around corners.

The Judicator really shines when you go to charge it.  A charged Judicator will
fire three beams in close proximity to each other - triple head-shot?
Donít mind if I do.  Hitting with all three beams will almost flatline an
entire energy bar (96/100).  If our illiterate friend, Noxus, happens to be in
charge of this little ice-maker, things will become very nasty, very quickly.

Instead of the oh-so clichťd triple-shot, Noxus unleashes a wall of solid ice
over a short distance, anything unfortunate (or stupid) enough to be caught in
the blast zone will become an instant ice sculpture (mash ye buttons to escape
yon block).  On top of that, we have the Shadow Freeze - in short, it's a
freeze with infinite range that goes through and over anything.  I've got it
detailed in the Vs. Noxus section (because it is a very common character
strategy as opposed to a specific weapon strategy).


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      Magmaul                                                        04.07
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     Power: 32% (56% for a charged shot, 48% + burn for Spire, 67% after)
     Speed: 45%
      Ammo: 59
     Range: 33% - 75% (depending on the trajectory)
  Accuracy: 60%
 Rate/Fire: 90/per minute (about 1.5/per second)
     Skill: 70%
    Charge: Yes
  Affinity: Spire

     When a Magmaul shot hits a hard surface, it bounces ever-so slightly and
lingers for a few moments (inflicting a severe case of hotfoot if it's stepped
on).  If you can find the effort to charge it up, it'll throw a projectile that
carpets the area upon impact (kinda like napalm) - it just doesn't linger quite
as long as one of the regular shots.

It's a powerful weapon that genuinely has its uses, but I don't find myself
using it too much.  One of the many drawbacks that the Magmaul possesses is in
the way in which it is fired.  It operates in a similar manner to that of a
cannon or grenade launcher, the higher the trajectory, the further the shot
will travel.

The main purpose of the Magmaul is as a counter to alt. spammers - littering
the ground (or tunnel-like areas) with Magmaul fire will either kill them or
force them to retreat (or return to biped).  Another perfect use for the
Magmaul is to drive snipers out of their hiding place, if you're in a position
where they can't snipe you and you can't hit them, you can bounce some shots up
to drive them down (also good for seeing if someone is hiding around a corner).

Spire users have a really powerful weapon in their hands.  When Spire unleashes
a charged shot, it'll blanket an area like before, except that it'll ignite
its target, and is almost always fatal.  You see, if you get torched, not only
will you suffer the initial damage, you'll suffer burn damage over the period
of several seconds.  If you do happen to catch fire, the only thing that you
can do is switch to alt. and go looking for some energy before he finishes you.


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      Shock Coil                                                     04.08
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     Power: N/A (the longer you stay locked-on, the stronger it becomes)
     Speed: Constant stream
      Ammo: 59
     Range: N/A (needs to remain close)
  Accuracy: N/A (homing)
 Rate/Fire: Constant stream
     Skill: 10%
    Charge: No
  Affinity: Sylux

     To say that I have a strong dislike for this weapon really wouldn't do my
petulant hate any justice.  The way it is, is that every second, it deals 10 or
so points of damage; and then every 2 seconds after that, it'll deal extra
damage (when it starts doing full damage, the noise it makes will change).

In bipedal form, you have nothing even close to a chance of escaping the
clutches of this lock-on doom-bringer.  To escape the lock-on, you need to have
a handy piece of masonry to get in the way (think walls, baby).  Failing a
conveniently placed structure (or a gaping chasm to open up and swallow you),
switching to alt. form will break the lock-on and make it hard to regain it.

Why do I dislike this weapon?  By maintaining such close-proximity to your
opponent, you'll take a hammering - without Sylux' added ability to siphon
extra energy, you really can't expect to get away with such things intact.
Like I said, when Sylux has his sticky little fingers on the trigger, not only
will he deliver the elec' we've come to expect, he'll also leech 100% of what
he damages you for (basically, making the weapon viable).

Incidentally, like the Seeker Missile, the Shock Coil will home-in on enemies
that are cloaked (yeah, you know what I'm talking about).  Not only is the
Shock Coil annoyingly powerful, it also has fantastic ammo consumption, even 6
rounds of ammo can be enough to fry someone.  Don't use this weapon for direct
combat unless you're engaging/looking for a sniper (because it bounces their
screen around something rotten and makes it incredibly hard to hit you), or
attacking Weavel's Half-Turret (for obvious reasons).


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      Volt Driver                                                    04.09
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     Power: 14-21% (56% for a charged shot)
     Speed: 80% (55% for a charged shot)
      Ammo: 119
     Range: 100%+
  Accuracy: 90%
 Rate/Fire: 240-330 per minute (4-5 per second)
     Skill: 40%
    Charge: Yes
  Affinity: Kanden

     Now, I want you to all use your imagination (the clean part, or failing
that, the part television didn't destroy).  Good, now imagine the Volt Driver
as the bigger, nastier brother to the Power Beam.  On the surface, they're
essentially the same - they both have exactly the same rate-of-fire, and their
shots are almost identical in looks.  However, the Volt Driver is infinitely
stronger.

The Volt Driver's charge shot is a big ball of death that homes-in on things
and scrambles the visor of any Hunter caught in the blast radius (only with
Kanden, and for about four or so seconds).  It also happens to be a very large
projectile, in some cases it can completely obscure the screen, *sheepish grin*
I use this to runaway quite a lot.

Yeah, I guess you could use it as suitable cover to launch a Seeker Missile or
fire off the Imperialist (they could do the same, so you might want to watch
for that).  Personally, I just stick with rapid-fire (which works in exactly
the same way as the Power Beam) - you can do just as much damage as a charge
shot in a far shorter space of time.


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      Omega Cannon                                                   04.10
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     Power: 100%+
     Speed: 30%
      Ammo: 1
     Range: 100%+
  Accuracy: N/A
 Rate/Fire: 1
     Skill: 100% (either you die, they die, or everybody dies)
    Charge: No
  Affinity: None

     The Omega Cannon offers you the one time chance to wield ultimate power
(some guys would tell a girl anything to look into their big blue eyes), one
shot and it's goodnight Vienna.  That being said, you can just as easily
vaporise yourself at the same time.  Being the source of ultimate arse-kicking,
it's only available on one map, Oubliette.  I can't go into great detail for
this weapon, purely because there is no great level of detail to go into - once
you pull the trigger, just hold onto your pants and try not to piss in 'em.


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      Weapon Location Table                                          04.11
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     In addition to adding the weapon location data in the map information, I
thought I'd place a little table in the weapons section for quick reference, so
you can save time when you really need it (rather than messing around, typing
in section codes and scrolling though twenty or so page to find what you want).

o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
|NO|                    | AFF | MIS | BTL | IMP | JUD | MAG | SHK | VLT | OMG |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|01| Combat Hall        |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  N  |  N  |  Y  |  N  |  N  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|02| Data Shrine        |  N  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|03| Processor Core     |  Y  |  N  |  N  |  N  |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  N  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|04| High Ground        |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  N  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|05| Ice Hive           |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  N  |  Y  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|06| Alinos Perch       |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  Y  |  N  |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|07| Sic Transit        |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  N  |  Y  |  N  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|8a| Transfer Lock      |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  N  |  N  |  Y  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|8b| Transfer Lock Exp. |  N  |  N  |  N  |  Y  |  N  |  N  |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|09| Sanctorus          |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  N  |  N  |  N  |  Y  |  N  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|10| Compression Chamber|  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  N  |  Y  |  N  |  N  |  N  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|11| Incubation Vault   |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  N  |  N  |  Y  |  N  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|12| Subterranean       |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|13| Outer Reach        |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  Y  |  N  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|14| Harvester          |  N  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|15| Weapons Complex    |  N  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|16| Council Chamber    |  N  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|17| Elder Passage      |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|18| Fuel Stack         |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|19| Fault Line         |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|20| Stasis Bunker      |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  N  |  N  |  Y  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|21| Head Shot          |  N  |  N  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|22| Celestial Gateway  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|23| Alinos Gateway     |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  Y  |  N  |  N  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|24| VDO Gateway        |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  Y  |  N  |  Y  |  N  |  N  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|25| Arcterra Gateway   |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  N  |  N  |  N  |  N  |  N  |  N  |
|--|--------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|26| Oubliette          |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |  N  |  N  |  N  |  N  |  N  |  Y  |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

     For super-easy access to this table, just copy and paste it into a new
Notepad window and hit the print button.  For extra fun, use crayons to colour
in each cell... you mean I'm the only one who finds that entertaining?


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      Strategies and Tactics                                         05.00
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     I've reorganised the strategies that I have, and have weeded out some of
the more far-out ones.  And by "far-out," I mean "a pretty girl walked past my
window and I just started typing involuntary bollocks."  This section is now
smaller as a result, and I've elucidated more throughout the remainder of the
strategies.  Any strategies that involve weapons have now been moved to their
appropriate sections, rather than adding clutter to this section.


 === Distancing ===

     By varying the distance between you and your opponent, you will not only
put them on the defensive, it may also have the effect of negating the use of
certain weapons.  By "negate," I mean that it will either render them
ineffective or too dangerous to use.  An good example of weapon negation is the
Magmaul.

Both the regular and the charged shots will deal splash damage to the user if
the weapon is fired too close.  By staying close to someone, you'll render the
Magmaul a liability on the battlefield (especially against Spire).  It may not
sound like much, but for those few seconds while they're re-evaluating/changing
weapons, they're A) not firing at you, and B) vulnerable.

The same can be said about keeping your distance.  Fast-firing weapons, like
the Volt Driver, can be easier to avoid - while weapons like the Shock Coil
and Noxus' freeze can be avoided altogether (providing they're not glitching
you that is).  Of course, this has the potential to go quite, quite wrong.

If you're dealing with a novice, or someone who thinks they know better (some
people I know seem to think that Spire is completely fireproof, so they won't
think twice about flambťing the both of you.  Bad and stupid, but at least it
shouldn't happen more than half-a-dozen times).  It really is just a case of
common sense - some people have all the skill in the world, but they lack the
basic common sense to capitalise on something so simple.


 === Supply and Demand ===

     The boost is an invaluable tool for dominating the flow of power-ups and
whatnot on some of the smaller maps.  By controlling the supply of items, you
also control the flow of the whole match.  When deciding the order of the items
that you're going to try and deprive your opponent of, consider its use and the
quantity in which it appears.

With that said, always go for the actual weapon rather than any supplies of U.
Ammo (ammo is always in large supply, where as weapons are limited to usually
one or two per map, and are easier to control).  Depriving them of the weapon
will always work far better than cutting the supply of ammo.


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      Versus Character Strategies                                    05.01
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     With a bit of luck, you should find the insight you need to help you beat,
you know... Hunters, ah, figure it out.  I mean, ultimately, I can't recommend
a set-in-stone method of beating a particular Hunter, it always comes down to
using your best judgement at the time, and I obviously can't help with that.
All I can do is present you with how I think each Hunter performs, and how I
would think about tackling them.

 _______
/EXAMPLE\______________________________________________________________________

 Categories:

    Speed: Do they run like the wind or does life just pass 'em by?
 Alt. Frm: How do I rate a Hunter's alt. form?  Right here, of course.
 Alt. Spd: Hunter speed can vary significantly between alt. and biped forms.
 Alt. Atk: Each Hunter has a unique attack, it could be powerful or crap...
 Affinity: This is where I rate the usefulness of a Hunter's Affinity weapon.
  Overall: Are they the mightiest Hunter or just Mighty White?


 Percentages:

 (1.0) 010% - 020%: It could be worse - oh, wait...
 (1.5) 021% - 031%: Better than worse is hardly better, is it?
 (2.0) 032% - 042%: Oh, good lord, this is below 'below average.'
 (2.5) 043% - 053%: Best learn how to compensate for any inherent failings.
 (3.0) 054% - 064%: Can do just about anything without noticeable failings.
 (3.5) 065% - 075%: This is above average.
 (4.0) 076% - 086%: A Hunter with this rating can perform an action very well.
 (4.4) 087% - 097%: A Hunter with this level of ability is virtually perfect.
 (5.0) 097% - 100%: A Hunter with this rating IS perfect - go celebrate.
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      Kanden                                                         05.02
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/TALE OF THE TAPE\_____________________________________________________________

                    === Samus ===     === Kanden ===

                       Speed: 060%       Speed: 050%
                    Alt. Frm: 085%    Alt. Frm: 070%
                    Alt. Spd: 100%    Alt. Spd: 075%
                    Alt. Atk: 044%    Alt. Atk: 020%
                    Affinity: 095%    Affinity: 087%
                     Overall: 077%     Overall: 060%
_______________________________________________________________________________

     If we're staying in the realms of basic combat (i.e. just Affinity and
alt. form), then we have a stand-off, because both Kanden and Samus are mid-
range specialists, on top of this, both of their Affinity weapons have a
homing function.

Samus and Kanden battles are fraught with spamming, mid-range cheap-shots,
and foul language (or is that just at my end?).  Baring the Imperialist, the
greatest leveller that we (both) have is the Magmaul.  With skill, a good
Samus player can avoid most of the shots targeted at the Morphball; Kanden,
however, finds it incredibly hard to remove himself from the line-of-fire.

Really, the only trouble that Kanden's alt. form will present is the homing
'Tail Bombs' (they'll only be a threat if you attempt a pursuit).  Just make
sure not to let up for a second.  Their main weapon of choice, the Volt Driver,
requires a large stock of ammo to even be viable.  If you allow them time to go
collecting, then you could be in trouble.


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      Noxus                                                          05.03
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/TALE OF THE TAPE\_____________________________________________________________

                    === Samus ===     === Noxus ===

                       Speed: 060%       Speed: 061%
                    Alt. Frm: 085%    Alt. Frm: 071%
                    Alt. Spd: 100%    Alt. Spd: 069%
                    Alt. Atk: 044%    Alt. Atk: 042%
                    Affinity: 095%    Affinity: 100%
                     Overall: 077%     Overall: 069%
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     The stats are pretty clear-cut - Samus' alt. form remains top of the heap,
but Noxus has her beat pretty badly when it comes to weaponry.  The big 100%
next to his Affinity is quite worrying to say the least (and it isn't there
without a reason).  In the hands of an experienced player, Noxus can quite
easily kick our arses from here to infirmary - his Affinity ability is the
single-most annoying/devastating attack in the game.

A Judicator charge shot sends a cascade of shear ice over a short distance -
if you get caught in its radius, it's ice-ice, baby.  It's best to play it as
safe as possible, keep your distance at all times, and never risk anything.
The worst is yet to come - there is a glitch that's exploited by 99.9% of all
Noxus players - the 'Shadow Freeze.'

The Shadow Freeze basically involves angling the Judicator towards the ground
at a 45į angle - this swaps the horizontal and vertical axis (the vertical axis
having an infinite travel distance).  When the weapon discharges like this, it
can freeze you through walls, over gaps, anywhere - just as long as Noxus is
facing in your general direction.  Technicalities aside, the only real counter
attempt that you can make is to try and use the Morphball to get behind him
while he's facing the ground.

Alternatively, using a high-impact weapon can ruin his angle to the ground,
preventing the Shadow Freeze.  You can also try jumping, but that's very hit
and miss (you've also got to take into account that if they also jump - ice
cube).  If the freeze should connect, and you're in biped, then expect an
Imperialist between the eyes (known as the 'Shadow Death Freeze').  Of course,
not all maps have an Imperialist - in which case, expect a volley of uncharged
Judicator shots, or even Missiles.

Personally, on small and medium maps, I'd recommend hit and run like a girly-
girl tactics - as on small maps, not only is it preferable to use the Morphball
a lot (to avoid the Shadow Death Freeze), but it should also prove very
effective in 'dominating' the Affinity/Judicator icons.  If you can't defeat
the weapon, cut it off at the source.

I don't know how you feel about this, but I prefer to spam the living hell out
of Shadow Freezers with Seeker Missiles (cheap, naturally - but what the hell
do you call turning people into ice cubes?)  Admittedly, Noxus renders all
short-range strategies worthless (even chaining hits with the Morphball).  On
the bigger arenas, the heat (er, ice) isn't so bad - there are more places to
duck and cover, more places to snipe from, and more chances to see him coming
(if he doesn't know your general direction, he can't freeze you).

Finally, moving onto the Vhoscythe (part Scythe and part, er, Vho).  If you've
played around with Noxus, you'll no doubt have noticed that the Vhoscythe is
an absolute nightmare to control in a precise manner.  You'll also have no
doubt noticed that when the Vhoscythe attacks, it attacks by extending, well,
a scythe from its spinning mass.  This attack is hard to control and further
destabilises the gyroscopic effect that Noxus uses to stay upright (read a
book).

You picked up on that one, didn't you?  The Vhoscythe attacks with a blade - it
has no ranged attack, no bombs, no anything.  If you somehow end up in a
Morphball versus Vhoscythe battle - then you'll be in for quite the stalemate
(the blade may not make for a good offence, but it makes a pretty good defence,
and will knock you all-over-the-shop should it connect).  Fortunately, it's
slow, so you can make use of the Magmaul or Battlehammer.


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      Spire                                                          05.04
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/TALE OF THE TAPE\_____________________________________________________________

                    === Samus ===     === Spire ===

                       Speed: 060%       Speed: 050%
                    Alt. Frm: 085%    Alt. Frm: 086%
                    Alt. Spd: 100%    Alt. Spd: 068%
                    Alt. Atk: 044%    Alt. Atk: 064%
                    Affinity: 095%    Affinity: 088%
                     Overall: 077%     Overall: 071%
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     Spire may be slow and dumb, but unfortunately for us, he has more than a
few tricks up his adamantine sleeves.  The most noteworthy of which is the
Magmaul.  As you know, when Spire gets his hands on it, it gains an incendiary
effect.  I mean, let's face it, for this effect alone, just about every Spire
player is going to spam it.  The only clear-cut way of countering them when
they get their hands on it is to stay as close as possible.

A favourite tactic of mine (for the humour alone) is while at a distance, use
a concussive weapon (maybe the Battlehammer, because it lessens the timing).
If you get the timing right, you may very well alter the trajectory just as
he's firing, so that he hits a wall or the floor and torches himself.

The second and by far the most irritating ability at Spire's disposal is that
he is immune to environmental lava (apparently, totally different to the stuff
that comes from the Magmaul).  On stages like the Council Chamber and *ack*
the Alinos Gateway, he gains a major advantage.  Lesson one: never face Spire
on the latter or you'll lose every time (there also happens to be the 'hollow
rock trick' that I never fail to see them take advantage of).

Now, the mighty Dialanche ('Diamond Avalanche'), despite being painfully slow,
can pose a serious threat to the Morphball.  Like Noxus, Spire's alt. form is
built purely for defence (and also has a melee attack).  Should we attempt to
use the boost against him, then we'll no doubt be smashed to little pieces
(or indeed, sent flying a fair old distance).

The third skill under Spire's control also happens to belong to the Dialanche
(and is by far his most impressive).  By rolling towards a wall, Spire will
actually attach himself to it, allowing him to climb around the arena (he can
do that, yet we don't get the Spider-Ball).  On some of the larger arenas, the
big man can make impressive use of this ability to reach normally inaccessible
areas (such as the ledges on Alinos Perch).

In alt. versus alt. battles, it actually makes him much trickier than you'd
assume (seeing as he has the potential to escape the Morphball completely).
However, like I said, the overall speed of it is terrible.  If you manage to
spot him and open fire, the likelihood is that he won't be able to escape in
time (if the shot looks tricky, use an area-effect weapon, like the Volt Driver
or Battlehammer to rattle him).


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      Sylux                                                          05.05
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/TALE OF THE TAPE\_____________________________________________________________

                    === Samus ===     === Sylux ===

                       Speed: 060%       Speed: 065%
                    Alt. Frm: 085%    Alt. Frm: 095%
                    Alt. Spd: 100%    Alt. Spd: 090%
                    Alt. Atk: 044%    Alt. Atk: 100%+
                    Affinity: 095%    Affinity: 100%
                     Overall: 077%     Overall: 090%
_______________________________________________________________________________

     On top of being sickeningly superior (you can come up with statistics to
prove anything, 67% of people know that), Sylux also has some extremely
unpleasant abilities at his disposal.  You already know of the Shock Coil and
its cruel neutrino beam (an elementary particle with zero charge and zero mass)
that can siphon massive amounts of your energy into his own body.

Sylux is the only Hunter to actually have a better alt. form than Samus
(although, with the boost, she's still marginally faster).  Sylux' alt. form
glides frictionlessly at an incredible speed, and it also boasts a brilliant
turning circle.  The Lockjaw's only form of attack is to lay 'tripwires' around
the arena.

A tripwire is formed when Sylux drops two bombs - when the wire is broken (or a
third bomb is laid), the bombs are pulled towards each other.  If you should be
unfortunate enough to get caught in the 'triangle,' you can probably kiss
yourself goodbye, as it does in the region of 180 damage.  There is, however,
a little technique known as the "Bomb Block" that can sometimes help you out.
If you drop a bomb and it connects with Sylux' bomb (without launching you into
the air), it'll limit the damage you'll receive.

Noxus isn't the only character to possess a 'shadow technique,' nope, Sylux has
a move known as the 'Shadow Triangle.'  If Sylux drops a tripwire close to a
double-sided wall (the corridor on Combat Hall is a good example), he can
usually form a triangle and pull it through the wall by dropping the final bomb
on the opposite side (it usually depends on the thickness of the wall).  This,
of course, allows him to set up unfair ambushes in all manner of places.

The only remedy should you see the Lockjaw heading your way is to go alt. and
go on the attack (as the Magmaul seems much less effective here, and the
Morphball is still too fast to get caught).  If you should be caught, you can
minimise the damage by boosting away from the oncoming bombs.

Just like you shouldn't face Spire on lava-based maps, you should avoid Sylux
like the plague on maps with lunar gravity (especially Head Shot).  After Sylux
drops his third bomb, he receives a little boost that propels him into the air,
without gravity, this can be used to fly indefinitely (and hide in the same
measure).


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      Trace                                                          05.06
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/TALE OF THE TAPE\_____________________________________________________________

                    === Samus ===     === Trace ===

                       Speed: 060%       Speed: 070%
                    Alt. Frm: 085%    Alt. Frm: 070%
                    Alt. Spd: 100%    Alt. Spd: 070%
                    Alt. Atk: 044%    Alt. Atk: 050%
                    Affinity: 095%    Affinity: 100%
                     Overall: 077%     Overall: 072%
_______________________________________________________________________________

     Trace, when holding his Affinity weapon (the Imperialist), is rendered
invisible (although, he does leave a slight outline).  To find a cloaked Trace,
you can use your own Seeker Missiles or the Shock Coil (seeing as they home-in
on heat sources).  To be fair, most Trace players no longer use the cloak,
seeing it as more of a hindrance than a help.

It's not the cloak that's gonna give us problems, it's the evil Imperialist.
My personal recommendation is to run away like a girl and hide - but if you
really must go against someone using the Imperialist, then heed my words.
If you end up having to dodge shots, don't strafe in large steps; strafe in
small, erratic steps (moving in large steps allows them to predict where
you'll be at next).

A sniper will always keep their aim on a fixed axis, and wait for you to move
into their line-of-fire.  The axis is usually fixed in relation to the ground
- meaning that jumping in a continuous fashion works quite well (just keep
those erratic movements coming, and try not to stay in contact with the ground
for more than a second at a time).  I've never met someone who actively tries
to take people out of the air, they'd much rather predict where you'll land -
by mixing things up, you'll get away with it about 80% of the time.

Now, Trace's alt. form, the Triskelon, is an entirely different kettle of fish.
The Triskelon is a nasty little spider-thing (admittedly, it only has three
legs, so technically not a spider-thing) that can cover great distances, and
deal large amounts of damage with a lunge attack. The lunge attack, if it
connects, (a big "if") will take in the region of 50 health points from you.

Fortunately, it's quite easy to avoid (and quite hard for them to control) -
I've seen quite a few players hurl themselves to their deaths, off ledges, into
the abyss, and the like.  Of course, the Triskelon would be easy if it wasn't
for the small fact that it too uses optical camouflage (which counters the
pisspoor accuracy).

Accuracy or no accuracy, the worst thing you can do is to boost at it - wait
for him to leap into your bombs instead.  The Bomb Jump works quite well for
both avoiding him and attacking at the same time.  If you're facing a Triskelon
spammer, when you enter an area, light it up with the Power Beam, you'll either
hit the cloaked little sod, or you'll trick him into thinking he's been rumbled
(in which case, he should flee).


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      Weavel                                                         05.07
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/TALE OF THE TAPE\_____________________________________________________________

                    === Samus ===     === Weavel ===

                       Speed: 060%       Speed: 060%
                    Alt. Frm: 085%    Alt. Frm: 087%
                    Alt. Spd: 100%    Alt. Spd: 075%
                    Alt. Atk: 044%    Alt. Atk: 050%
                    Affinity: 095%    Affinity: 060%
                     Overall: 077%     Overall: 066%
_______________________________________________________________________________

     I have just about as much respect as anyone can muster for this virtual
cyborg, but I just can't get around the fact that his Affinity weapon, the
Battlehammer, is a big let down (even with the increased effects) - of course,
I primarily play as Samus, so I don't care.  The thing to take into account
with the Battlehammer is that it will always have you on the defence, on the
hop, so to speak.

I wouldn't call it an actual threat, more of an annoyance.  When it hits, your
aim bounces all-over-the-shop, making it hard to retaliate - worse of all, it's
really rather effective against the Morphball (again, it's not because of the
damage, but because of the hindrance it causes).  Any all-out assaults that you
make from the front will usually be met with the Battlehammer, try and make it
so that you hit him side-on (or keep the distance between you short).

A lot of players prefer using the Imperialist to get things done, and Weavel
can prove hellishly effective at that game.  Rather than use the Half-Turret as
a form of attack, it is used as a decoy - once they get their upper-half into
position, they'll swap back and snipe you.  If the map has an Imperialist and
they've deployed in an overlooked/open area (that would otherwise serve no
purpose), expect that to be their plan.

Now, the Half-Turret is quite an interesting thing to behold.  Weavel basically
splits himself in half, dividing into a mobile upper-half (that attacks on a
melee basis) and a fixed-position Battlehammer emplacement (made from his
legs).  Y'see, when Weavel splits like this, it also splits his health between
both parts (e.g. he has 100 health, it becomes 50 for both halves).

When the legs suffer damage, the upper-half also feels the pain (Weavel cannot
be killed by attacking the legs; at best, his health will be reduced to 01).
Because his Half-Turret is his greatest strength and weakness, players will try
and deploy his legs in cracks and crevices, and even in lava fields in order to
prevent you from attacking them.

If you can't make a direct attack against them, even with the Seeker Missile or
a weapon that deals splash damage, you should probably retreat until he gets
bored (after all, he can't really do anything further to you until he withdraws
them).  The best weapon to use (if you can lay your hands on one) is the Shock
Coil - just keep strafing like you know how, the target is stationary and
easy to lock-on to (even when fighting both parts, concentrate on the legs).


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      Samus                                                          05.08
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     To know yourself is to know no fear, to know yourself is to be happy -
whoa, metaphysical babble alert, baby.  Samus against Samus battles (very
Emilie Sagťe) tend to revolve around guarding your weaknesses while trying to
exploit those very same weaknesses in your opponent.

Mirror matches are the ideal way of learning new playing styles or new uses for
weapons, even down to how they move can prove useful.  There is always someone
better than you, even if you're the best, you just haven't met them yet.
The secret to success in anything is practice - now get to it.


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      Arenas                                                         06.00
 ==============================================================================

     I'm pretty sure that I've managed to find and list every weapon and pick-
up that there is for each and every map - can you prove me wrong?  I very much
doubt it (well, I kinda doubt it... just a little bit).


 === Unlockable Arenas ===

     Not every arena is available from the start, you have to earn them through
hard work and penance, donítcha know.

  Sanctorus           - play 02 multiplayer local matches.
  Compression Chamber - play 04 multiplayer local matches.
  Incubation Vault    - play 06 multiplayer local matches.
  Subterranean        - play 08 multiplayer local matches.
  Outer Reach         - play 10 multiplayer local matches.
  Harvester           - play 12 multiplayer local matches.
  Weapons Complex     - play 14 multiplayer local matches.
  Council Chamber     - play 16 multiplayer local matches.
  Elder Passage       - play 18 multiplayer local matches.
  Fuel Stack          - play 20 multiplayer local matches.
  Fault Line          - play 22 multiplayer local matches.
  Stasis Bunker       - play 40 multiplayer local matches or 1 Wi-Fi match.
  Oubliette           - Beat Gorea's second form.
  Gateway Arenas      - You'll unlock 1 arena for every planet visited in solo.
  Head Shot           - Play 01 multiplayer match with 4 players.

 _______
/EXAMPLE\______________________________________________________________________

        Size: Maps are sized as small, medium, or large.
   Available: This tells you what modes each map is available in.
 Best Suited: Which character is best on which map.
     Weapons: This tells you what weapons are available for your enjoyment.
    Pick-Ups: Yup, more items and more enjoyment to be had, hurray for us.
       Other: Mainly for health items and the like.

        Misc: If there is something special about a map, it goes here.

       Where: Nothing special, just where a map appears in Adventure.

   Locations: Itís a map walkthrough.  As fun as it is, this is primarily for
              Battle mode, but all the good bits will work just as well in the
              other modes, too.
_______________________________________________________________________________

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      Combat Hall                                                    06.01
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        Size: Small
   Available: Battle, Survivor, Defender, Prime Hunter, Nodes
 Best Suited: Noxus/Spire/Sylux, Weavel, Samus, Kanden, Trace
     Weapons: Affinity (1), Missile (1), Magmaul (1)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (4)
       Other: Medium Energy (4), Large Energy (1), Nodes (3)

        Misc: A slightly different version of Combat Hall appears in First Hunt
              (a demo that came packaged with the first few shipments of the
              DS).  It was called "Ancient Vestige."

       Where: Alinos, Training Facility

   Locations: Affinity:

              (1) Opposite the Jump Pad in the main hall (near to where the
                  blast shield is).


              Missile:

              (1) The only-child known as the Missile can be found near the top
                  of the central arch - use the Morphball or the steps to get.


              Magmaul:

              (1) It's tucked just behind the arch.  If you can't see it, then
                  you're on the wrong side, duh!


              U. Ammo:

              (1) On the north raised section.
              (2) On the south raised section.
              (3) At the north end of the main hall.
              (4) At the south end of the main hall.


              Energy:

              (M1) Sitting behind the Affinity.
              (M2) In the outer hall.
              (M3) In the first alt. tunnel.
              (M4) In the second alt. tunnel.
              (L1) Found in matches with more than two players (or during a
                   Defender match as default), where (M2) appears.


              Nodes:

              (1) In the middle of the arena (also the Defender ring).
              (2) On the south raised section (a good one to hold down).
              (3) With more than two players, it appears in the outer hall.


   Breakdown: The Combat Hall is as basic as you're gonna get in this game.
     You'll find one Affinity, one Magmaul, one Missile pick-up, and a liberal
     smattering of health items.  That's not to say that it's a dull little
     map, there are plenty of opportunities for ambushes and heavy combat, so
     let me explain the layout.

     The Combat Hall is split into four distinct parts, the main hall, the
     outer hall, and a north and south raised section - the raised sections are
     connected to one-another via a alt. tunnel.  The main hall itself -- a
     long, wide room -- is partly broken up by an archway (this connects the
     aforementioned tunnels).

     The arch isn't overly special, but it might be worth mentioning that
     during matches with just two players, there are some small footholds that
     can be used to scale the arch (cutting out the need to use the Jump Pad).
     The walls of the arch only jut out a little way, so they won't make great
     cover (but they will make some).

     At the north end of the main hall is a Jump Pad that'll grant access to
     the raised sections.  Way, way down south is the blast screen (near the
     Affinity) - the blast screen (primarily a big square with a hole in the
     middle) is a dandy little place to hang around for awhile (the supply of
     ammo and health make sure of that).  If you can get on top of it (either
     using a Bomb Leap or jumping down to it), it'll make a good place to
     ambush those that don't often look up when they come from the outer hall.

     The outer hall runs down the east side (or the west side, it depends on
     your idea of which way the map is facing) - doors are situated next to the
     blast shield and to the left/right of the Jump Pad.  The outer hall is a
     hotbed (look it up) for spammers and alt. spammers, but the Medium/Large
     Energy and pill-slots usually make the aggro worthwhile.

     If the hassle and the gunfire is getting to you, why not hop on the Jump
     Pad and visit the aforementioned raised sections.  They make great spots
     to form ambushes (no sniper rifle, but Missiles will work just as well),
     and even better places to hide.  The south raised section can only be
     accessed via an alt. tunnel.  Yup, that means that as long as you have
     Missiles to spare (or have the Magmaul), you can hold it down indefinitely
     (also, you'll find some U. Ammo for the Magmaul there) - just watch out
     for Imperialist users standing on the arch).

     When fighting Noxus, Spire, or Sylux - try and stay away from the outer
     hall (if you must enter it, always boost through as quick as you can).
     With this being such a small map (and the only pick-up of any great merit
     is the Affinity), you can use the boost to dominate the flow of weapons
     (and load-up on Missiles at the same time).


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      Data Shrine                                                    06.02
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        Size: Medium
   Available: Battle, Survival, Defender, Prime Hunter, Capture, Nodes
 Best Suited: Weavel, Noxus/Spire, Kanden, Samus, Sylux, Trace
     Weapons: Missile (1), Battlehammer (1), Imperialist (1), Judicator (1),
              Magmaul (1), Shock Coil (1), Volt Driver (1)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (4)
       Other: Medium Energy (4), Large Energy (2), Nodes (3)

        Misc: This is where you first meet Kanden in Adventure.

       Where: Celestial Archives

   Locations: Missile:

              (1) The shiny thing on the plinth in the Data Shrine.


              Battlehammer:

              (1) In the central area (around the outside).


              Imperialist:

              (1) Inside the north alt. tunnel.


              Judicator:

              (1) In the central area (around the outside).


              Magmaul:

              (1) In the central area (around the outside).


              Shock Coil:

              (1) Inside the south alt. tunnel.


              Volt Driver:

              (1) In the central area (around the outside).


              U. Ammo:

              (1) & (2) Opposite the north alt. tunnel.
              (3) & (4) Opposite the south alt. tunnel.


              Energy:

              (M1) & (M2) Below each catwalk in the outer rim.
              (M3) & (M4) In the central area, in front of the doors when there
                          there are more than two players.
              (L1) & (L2) Replaces (M1) & (M2) with more than two players.


              Nodes:

              (1) & (2) Near each alt. tunnel (on the catwalk).
              (3) In the central area, on the central plinth with more than two
                  players (also the Defender ring).


              Capture:

              (Green) Above (L1).
              (Orange) Above (L2).


   Breakdown: There's just simply an outer rim and a large central area, you
     savvy?  The outer rim is connected to the central area by two doorways and
     two alt. tunnels (the doors are located to the east and west, while the
     tunnels are situated at the north and south).  Right, that's the general
     description taken care of, on to the proper stuff.

     The outer rim makes one hell of an alt. form racetrack (with a handy alt.
     tunnel running under each of the catwalk sections.  Samus has a nifty
     little tactic for this very location - simply stay underneath a walkway
     (over the health would be nice) and don't move (genius).

     If they want you, then they'll have to come and get you (incidentally,
     they'll almost always die in the attempt) - obviously, best suited to one-
     on-one battles.  Other than that, there really isn't anything in the way
     of strategy for this map.  You can camp inside one of the alt. tunnels
     with the Imperialist and wait for someone to wander by (or with the
     Judicator until someone rolls through).

     A nasty little thing to do when you're facing another Samus player is to
     use the Missiles on the central plinth as bait - when they come to restock
     their supply - bang.  The central area is nothing to write home about,
     it's a large room, devoid of any real cover (save two small barriers, one
     opposite each door, and some small columns supporting the walkway in the
     centre).

     Obviously, if you want most of the weapons, you're gonna need to step
     inside.  Naturally, you won't find a cup of tea and a slice of cake for
     your troubles, you'll find the aforementioned snipers in the alt. tunnels
     or snipers behind the screens covering the main doors.  Alt. form is your
     friend, you can cover the outside of the room and grab any weapons you
     need quite quickly, then retreat back to the rim.


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      Processor Core                                                 06.03
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        Size: Small
   Available: Battle, Survival, Defender, Prime Hunter, Nodes
 Best Suited: Trace, Samus, Weavel, Spire, Sylux, Noxus, Kanden
     Weapons: Affinity (1), Judicator (1), Magmaul (1)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (4), Death.Alt (1), Double Damage (1)
       Other: Medium Energy (2), Large Energy (2), Nodes (2)

        Misc: This is the first place that the Death.Alt and the Double Damage
              appear, fact fans.

       Where: Alinos

   Locations: Affinity:

              (1) Sitting on the suspended platform in the middle of the arena.


              Judicator:

              (1) To the right of the central area.


              Magmaul:

              (1) To the left of the central area.


              U. Ammo

              (1) & (2) With the Judicator.
              (3) & (4) With the Magmaul.


              Death.Alt:

              (1) Inside of the alt. tunnel (north wall) when there are more
                  than two players (also in Defender with less - it won't
                  appear in Survival for obvious reasons).


              Double Damage:

              (1) The Double D is found inside of the left-hand alt. tunnel.
                  It has something stupid, like a 180 second re-spawn time, so
                  grab it while you can.


              Energy:

              (M1) On the north cylinder (not in Nodes).
              (M2) On the south cylinder with more than two players.
              (L1) Slap-bang in the middle of the central area.
              (L2) Replaces (M1) with more than two players.


              Nodes:

              (1) In the middle of the central area.
              (2) On top of the north cylinder (also the Defender ring).


   Breakdown: Processor Core, you are egg-shaped, yes you are.  If I split this
     arena into three sections, it may help me explain things - it may, but I
     doubt it.  There is a north area, south area, and a central area.  North
     and south areas both contain cylindrical pillars, but only the cylinder
     located to the south contains a Jump Pad (the only access to the top part
     of the map).

     At either side of the central area are small 'walkways' (basically, a
     couple of steps up and a couple of steps down), they curve around the
     central area (i.e. are crescent), and contain this map's primary weapon
     supply.  The top of the map can sometimes prove welcomed refuge from the
     hectic battleground that is the central area.

     On the outer rim of the north cylinder are two alt. tunnels (a track
     around the back connects both sides).  In the left alt. tunnel resides the
     mighty Double Damage power-up (incidentally, the tunnel is a relatively
     safe place to rest while you're waiting for it to re-spawn).

     Because of the many, many surfaces and enclosed areas, my weapon of choice
     would have to be the Judicator - Missiles are all well and fine, but I
     wouldn't rely on them too much, because of those very surfaces and
     enclosed spaces (you'll either waste ammo or turn yourself inside-out).

     Because this map contains such precious resources (i.e. the Double Damage
     and the Large Energy), it'll often turn into a war of attrition, with the
     one who controls either (or both) often going on to win (with a bit of
     skill, the Morphball can make the lower level un-walkable - so at the very
     least, we have the possibility of gaining control of the health).

     The Death.Alt is equally important in matches with more than two players,
     although, it is impossible to reach anyone that flees to the tops of the
     cylinders (also note the indentations in each cylinder, they're good
     places to hide if someone beats you to the Death.Alt).  The moment you
     start-out, you really need to be boosting straight for the Large Energy,
     and then turn around and head straight for the Jump Pad.

     If you were on the ball, you should be on track to grab the Double Damage
     first (the alt. tunnel drops you back near the Jump Pad) - if you grabbed
     the Affinity on the way, you'll have 7 Seeker Missiles in stock (doing 96
     damage each) - this should result in a good, early advantage (providing
     you aim carefully).


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      High Ground                                                    06.04
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        Size: Medium
   Available: Battle, Survival, Prime Hunter, Nodes
 Best Suited: Trace, Weavel, Noxus/Spire/Sylux, Samus, Kanden
     Weapons: Affinity (1), Missile (2), Imperialist (1), Judicator (1),
              Magmaul (1)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (7), Double Damage (1)
       Other: Medium Energy (4), Large Energy (1), Nodes (4)

        Misc: I hate this place, whatever happened to urban renewal?  This also
              happens to be where you meet Spire for the first time.

       Where: Alinos

   Locations: Affinity:

              (1) In the central area, near the sculpture that looks like new-
                  age porn (hey, I'm not the one with the complex).


              Missile:

              (1) Inside the tower to the south.
              (2) On top of the tower to the west.


              Imperialist:

              (1) On top of the tower to the south (reach it from the west).


              Judicator:

              (1) In the outer rim of the catacombs.


              Magmaul:

              (1) At the top of the tower to the north.


              U. Ammo:

              (1) Near the Affinity.
              (2) & (3) In central area (opposite the Affinity).
              (4) Near Missile (1).
              (5) Near the Imperialist.
              (6) Inside of the tower to the north.
              (7) Near the Magmaul.


              Double Damage:

              (1) Under the statue in the central area (alt. to reach it).


              Energy:

              (M1) In the outer rim of the catacombs.
              (M2) In the outer rim of the catacombs (more than two players).
              (M3) & (M4) On the ledges near the tower to the south.
              (L1) Slap-bang in the middle of the catacombs (not in Nodes).


              Nodes:

              (1) In the central area, opposite the Affinity.
              (2) Inside the tower to the south.
              (3) In the middle of the catacombs with three players.
              (4) Opposite Node (1) with four players.


   Breakdown: Basically, we have three levels of play - above ground, below
     ground, and up on top of the towers.  It sounds incredibly exciting,
     doesn't it?  The 'catacombs' area (for lack of a better description) is
     essentially one large, square tunnel that has a small central area (large
     enough to stand, although, alt. form is always the best way to travel).

     Due to the fact that the Large Energy and the Judicator live down below,
     expect it to prove quite a bone of contention amongst players (the
     Judicator works extremely well in the cramped confines).  There are about
     three or so entrances and two exits, each marked by an orange holographic
     panel (which obscures the view both into and out of the catacombs - all
     the exits are reached via Jump Pad).

     Itís best not to hang around there anyway, not unless you want to be
     ambushed.  Why do the tunnels hold such a significance?  The heavy
     fighting tends to go on above ground; by travelling through the catacombs,
     you can cut it out almost completely.  Samus is an ideal candidate to
     speed through the tunnels for an easy shortcut (the central area usually
     has less campers).

     However, she doesnít have the abilities required to maintain control of
     them (think Traceís stealth or Weavelís Half-Turret).  Should you choose
     to fight above ground, youíll be trapped between a rock and a hard place
     (so to speak), as youíll have to watch out for aerial assaults and
     underground ambushes (all while keeping an eye on your own battle).

     The Real draw, however, is the Double Damage sitting out in the open -
     there are too many places to hide and too much scenery to get in the way
     of our Missiles, so we ideally need to be the one in control of it.
     Realistically, this is the centre of our game (and our best chance of
     winning).

     To fight on top of those towers, you need to either be a Sholin Monk or
     incredibly accurate when it comes to jumping, as there's no room for
     error.  You have three towers -- a tower to the north, to the south, and
     to the west -- the only way to reach the top of the west or south tower
     is to climb up the north tower (which makes it an ideal zone for ambushes
     and the like).

     Of all the towers, the west has the greatest room to manoeuvre (it even
     has limited cover).  Our Missiles didnít work down below, but up here is a
     different story - trying to avoid a Seeker Missile here usually revolves
     around throwing yourself off the top (so even if you donít hit them,
     youíll remove them from your equation).

     The crowning feature of this 'upper world' is the south tower.  At the
     very top sits the Imperialist and enough U. Ammo to keep you busy (in
     theory, holding it down shouldnít prove too troublesome).  This is
     probably the safest place, too - you have a modicum of cover and you even
     have a shaft to make a quick escape down to the lower level (watch out for
     Spire climbing up behind you).

     Generally speaking, enemy Hunters can approach from one direction and one
     direction only.  If youíre playing against an aggressive opponent, or if
     youíre trying to keep your lead, this is where you should come.  Keep the
     north tower under constant watch and avoid standing too close to the edge,
     and you should pull through.


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      Ice Hive                                                       06.05
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        Size: Medium
   Available: Battle, Survival, Defender, Prime Hunter, Capture, Nodes
 Best Suited: Weavel, Noxus/Sylux, Samus, Trace, Kanden, Spire
     Weapons: Affinity (1), Missile (2), Imperialist (1), Judicator (1),
              Volt Driver (1)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (6), Death.Alt (1), Double Damage (1)
       Other: Medium Energy (4), Large Energy (2), Nodes (3)

        Misc: A small, accessible arena with both the Death.Alt AND the
              Double Damage.  I swear, I'm gonna find the guy that thought
              this was a good idea and make him listen to my sadness.

       Where: Arcterra

   Locations: Affinity:

              (1) Found inside the alcove in the central area.


              Missile:

              (1) With the Affinity.
              (2) On the outer rim of the second floor.


              Imperialist:

              (1) Take the Jump Pad that's closest to the ice bridge, follow
                  the path around and head over the bridge (not in Capture).


              Judicator:

              (1) Below the ice bridge.


              Volt Driver:

              (1) Follow the rim of the second floor around to the left (from
                  the Jump Pad) to reach it.


              U. Ammo:

              (1) Near to the Affinity.
              (2) On the same level as the Imperialist.
              (3) Near to the Volt Driver.
              (4) On a ledge near the Judicator Jump Pad (push towards it).
              (5) On the third floor, near the Double Damage.
              (6) In the ramped area (near the Death.Alt's hiding place).


              Death.Alt:

              (1) Hidden in an alcove (on the same wall as the door that leads
                  to the ice bridge - not in Survival).


              Double Damage:

              (1) Found above the Jump Pad on the third floor.


              Energy:

              (M1) In the central area, surrounded by the metal structure.
              (M2) & (M3) On the outer rim of the second floor.
              (M4) On the third floor, nearest the hole.
              (L1) Replaces (M1) with two or more players on the map.
              (L2) In the ramped area with more than two players (not in
                   Capture mode).


              Nodes:

              (1) At the top of the Jump Pad opposite the one that leads to
                  the Judicator.
              (2) In the ramped area (the Death.Alt is a great help here).
              (3) Where the Imperialist is (also the Defender ring).


              Capture:

              (Green) On the third floor (above the Judicator).
              (Orange) Where (L2) would normally appear.

              Note: In this mode, the door to the ice bridge is blocked off
                    (that's why there isn't an Imperialist up for grabs).


   Breakdown: The layout of this map doesn't really cater too well for campers,
     there is a nice big central area, but it doesn't pose much attraction
     (other than for people re-spawning - but they didn't ask to be there).
     Generally, it's going to be the second and third floors that players will
     be looking to occupy (two of the four Medium Energy, the Double Damage,
     and the Imperialist all reside there).

     The only real tactic is to try and stay in control of the Double Damage
     (or, ideally, the Death.Alt) and try and maintain a healthy supply of ammo
     for the Judicator/Imperialist.  If you keep the high ground, you should
     have as much chance as anyone else - if you need some extra health and
     ammo, Samus should be able to traverse the central area in alt. form
     easily, quickly, and safely.  It's not much, but a small advantage over
     the slower Hunters is still an advantage.

     If you're finding yourself bogged down for whatever reason and you fail to
     reach the Death.Alt, then this next trick is for you.  Okay, y'know the
     ledge that's to the left of the Jump Pad (that leads to the Judicator)?
     Rocket Jump from that ledge and onto the small ledge above the alcove
     (push into the wall to stay on).  From here, a regular jump should let you
     reach the platform (that can't normally be reached).  This ledge cannot be
     reached in alt. form by anyone other than Spire (just keep an eye out for
     snipers and the like).

     The fastest way to reach the Death.Alt yourself is to take the Jump Pad
     that leads to the Judicator and jump towards the right-hand corner of the
     ice bridge (should you get stuck, a Rocket Jump will free you), then
     follow the path around.  This is the fastest known method of reaching the
     Death.Alt - learn it well, young Jedi, you must.


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      Alinos Perch                                                   06.06
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        Size: Large
   Available: Battle, Survival, Defender, Prime Hunter, Capture, Nodes
 Best Suited: Trace, Weavel, Spire, Sylux, Noxus, Samus, Kanden
     Weapons: Affinity (1), Missile (1), Imperialist (1), Magmaul (1),
              Shock Coil (1)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (4)
       Other: Medium Energy (3), Large Energy (2), Nodes (3)

        Misc: Snipers love this place to bits - that's why it's still the most
              common map chosen.

       Where: Alinos

   Locations: Affinity:

              (1) In the middle of the large outside area.


              Missile:

              (1) On the jagged pillar to the south of the outside area.
              (2) Next to the pillbox-like structure in the cave.


              Imperialist:

              (1) Inside the pillbox-like structure in the cave.


              Magmaul:

              (1) If you take the Jump Pad north of the Affinity, you'll be
                  dropped right on top of it.


              Shock Coil:

              (1) Take the Jump Pad inside the cave and look to your left.


              U. Ammo

              (1) Near the Affinity.
              (2) Near the outside Jump Pad.
              (3) Near the Magmaul.
              (4) Near the Imperialist.


              Energy:

              (M1) On the pillar opposite the Magmaul.
              (M2) Near the Shock Coil (gets moved slightly in Nodes, and
                   down near the doors in Defender).

              (M3) Follow the path around from Missile (1) (gets moved down to
                   near Missile (1) in Capture and Nodes).
              (L1) Replaces (M2) with more than two players on the map.
              (L2) Replaces (M3) with more than two players on the map.


              Nodes:

              (1) Where (M2) normally appears (also the Defender ring).
              (2) Where (M3) normally appears.
              (3) To the right of the ramped area, near the cave (with three or
                  more players on the map).


              Capture:

              (Green) Where Node (1) appears.
              (Orange) Where Node (2) appears.


   Breakdown: For such a large map, it really is quite simple when it comes
     down to it - you basically have a large 'outside area' and a small 'cave'
     area.  The outside area is a huge, primarily flat piece of land that is
     interspersed by craggy pillars and rock faces.  Don't expect all-out
     combat, though -- this is the domain of the Imperialist -- war is waged
     from the safety that said rocks can provide.

     There aren't too many strategies for the outside area, other than the
     usual Morphball-related speed-along -- make sure that you roll from cover-
     to-cover -- never walk or you'll regret it.  However, if you want anything
     other than the Affinity and some U. Ammo, you'll need to venture up into
     the cave.

     A good trick to gain a major height advantage is to 'abuse' the main Jump
     Pad to reach the highest part of the arena.  The Jump Pad normally propels
     you towards the Magmaul, right?  If you run at it and keep pushing towards
     it, it'll shoot you straight up - a final push forward and a jump will see
     you landing on top of the large rocky outcrop.  This is a brilliant
     vantage point for the Imperialist (Trace's favourite hiding place -
     although, it does happen to be quite exposed).

     Another favourite tactic of mine is to Bomb Jump up onto the ledge where
     the steel plating is attached to the wall (where the doors appear in
     Adventure Mode).  Between the six slots, they cover a good area of the
     ground - in one-on-one matches, you can lay down some crafty snipes
     against people when they head for the Affinity or the Jump Pad.

     If you decided to head indoors for a nice piece of cake, then you'll be
     disappointed - this place is a powder keg.  Both the Imperialist and the
     Shock Coil rest here (along with the Large Energy in the right
     circumstances) - it's a classic war of attrition.  The gist is that there
     is an upper and lower part of the cave - the upper level can be reached by
     either the Jump Pad on the west side or the ramp on the east side.

     If you're planning just a brief visit, a Morphball is naturally the best
     choice (the ramp can prove quite awkward to navigate, so take the Jump
     Pad).  If you wish to extend your stay, use the Imperialist (from the
     safety of the oh-so convenient pillbox that it resides in) to get the jump
     on anyone coming through the right-hand door (or cutting across from the
     left).  If you find yourself cornered, you can drop down and escape.


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      Sic Transit                                                    06.07
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        Size: Medium
   Available: Battle, Survival, Defender, Prime Hunter, Capture, Nodes
 Best Suited: Sylux, Trace, Samus, Spire, Weavel, Noxus, Kanden
     Weapons: Affinity (2), Missile (2), Battlehammer (1), Imperialist (1),
              Shock Coil (1)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (6), Cloak (1), Double Damage (1)
       Other: Medium Energy (2), Large Energy (1), Nodes (3)

        Misc: This is where you first encounter Noxus and Trace.  This is also
              the first outing for the Cloak.

       Where: Arcterra

   Locations: Affinity:

              (1) Underneath the central platform, in the central area.
              (2) Near the Jump Pad in the outer corridor (in Capture).


              Missile:

              (1) Take the Jump Pad from the central area and head left.
              (2) Near Affinity (1).


              Battlehammer:

              (1) Take the Jump Pad from the central area and head right
                  (it gets moved slightly in Nodes and Defender).


              Imperialist:

              (1) Sitting proudly over the hole in the broken bridge.


              Shock Coil:

              (1) In the outer corridor.


              U. Ammo:

              (1) Near to Affinity (1).
              (2) & (3) On the central platform, in the central area.
              (4) Near the Battlehammer.
              (5) Near the Shock Coil.
              (6) Near the Jump Pad in the outer corridor (in Capture).


              Cloak:

              (1) On the high platform near Missile (1).


              Double Damage:

              (1) Near (M2).


              Energy:

              (M1) Follow the corridor around from the Battlehammer.
              (M2) On the central platform in the central area.
              (L1) Near Affinity (1) (with more than two players - or in
                   Defender with less).


              Nodes:

              (1) On the central platform in the central area.
              (2) Near the Double Damage.
              (3) Where the Battlehammer normally appears (with more than
                  two players - also the Defender ring).


              Capture:

              (Green) To the north of the central area.
              (Orange) To the south of the central area.

              Note: The door from the Orange side that leads to the Affinity
                    is blocked off (you can still drop down), and the broken
                    bridge has been removed entirely.  Why?  Because there now
                    sits a steel barricade down the middle of the arena,
                    stopping you just walking over to the opposing base.


   Breakdown: This map features a brand-new power-up - the Cloak.  The Cloak
     will allow us to take full advantage of the Imperialist and launch
     surprise attacks using the Morphball.  Try and stay away from the central
     area if you can (you can be ambushed in no fewer than six different ways
     when going for the Affinity) - although, the Affinity can prove quite a
     draw for Noxus, Kanden, and Spire players (seeing as their weapons don't
     appear on this map).

     With or without the Cloak, the best sniping spot has to be the broken
     bridge - a conveniently placed Imperialist and quick and easy access to
     health and ammo (and even the aforementioned Cloak) is always fun.
     When sniping from here, the Double Damage is the perfect bait - if you can
     snipe them when they go to get it (i.e. they die in mid-air without
     collecting it), you could probably nab a few more kills before you need to
     move on (just remember, it is a very open spot and, as such, prone to
     counter-snipes).

     The outer corridor (where the Shock Coil is found) is where you'll find
     the happy hunting ground for Spire, Noxus, and Sylux users.  The rough
     nature of the corridor (ins-and-outs, stuff like that) means that they
     can torch, freeze, or bomb you before you even know they're there - even
     with the boost, traversing it can prove extremely dangerous.

     It doesn't matter too much if we miss it out, it only serves as a through-
     way to things that can can reached just as easily via another route.
     If you must pass through this way, grab the Cloak first (ooh, that reminds
     me - if you have the Cloak, you might be able to get the drop on the
     campers that usually dwell there,  Just don't charge any weapons or you'll
     give yourself way).  The Shock Coil is probably the best way to conserve
     ammo AND locate cloaked Hunters (Seeker Missiles are just too valuable,
     but they'll do in a pinch).

     Rather unsurprisingly, this is a quite popular map (translation: get used
     to it, baby).  Anyone with any experience of Combat Hall should find
     themselves immediately at home amongst the compact, centralised layout
     (the pace that it adheres to is quite surprising for a medium-sized map).


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      Transfer Lock                                                  06.08
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        Size: Medium/Large
   Available: All
 Best Suited: Trace, Sylux, Kanden, Samus, Noxus, Spire, Weavel
     Weapons: Affinity (1), Missile (1), Battlehammer (1), Imperialist (1),
              Shock Coil (1), Volt Driver (1)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (7), Double Damage (1)
       Other: Medium Energy (8), Large Energy (1), Nodes (4)

        Misc: Play this map in Bounty, Defender, or Capture to open the
              Transfer Lock proper.  Also, this is the first map where you will
              experience lunar gravity.

       Where: Celestial Archives

   Locations: Affinity:

              (1) In the central alcove, at the bottom of the tower (near the
                  Teleport Pads).


              Missile:

              (1) On the second tier of the control tower, in the alcove.


              Battlehammer:

              (1) Behind the domed structure at the very top of the tower.


              Imperialist:

              (1) On the long platform opposite the tower itself.  When the
                  arena is expanded, it'll appear on the middle level of the
                  Transfer Lock proper.


              Shock Coil:

              (1) On the same level as the Imperialist.


              Volt Driver:

              (1) Behind the domed structure at the very top of the tower.
                  When the arena is expanded, it appears on the same level as
                  both the Imperialist and the Shock Coil.


              U. Ammo:

              (1) & (2) Either side of the tower, on the ground.
              (3) & (4) Either side of the tower, second tier.
              (5) Near the Imperialist (after expansion).
              (6) & (7) On the main platform in the space area (after
                        expansion).


              Double Damage:

              (1) On the central platform in the space area (not in Capture).


              Energy:

              (M1) & (M2) Either side of the tower, second tier.
              (M3) Right in the middle of the domed area.
              (M4) & (M5) Replaces (M3) in Nodes (not in Capture).
              (M6) Straight along from the Imperialist (when expanded).
                   During Capture, it appears in the Transfer Lock.
              (M7) & (M8) Behind the far left and far right holographic
                          doors on the lower level.
              (L1) Replaces (M3) with two or more players on the map.


              Nodes:

              (1) On the second section of the bridge opposite the tower.
              (2) At the top of the arena, down the east side.
              (3) Exactly opposite Node (2).
              (4) In the middle of the domed area with four players (it is
                    also the Defender ring).


              Bounty/Capture:

              (Green) Found where Node (4) is (Base).
              (Orange) Where the Double Damage is normally (Bounty).


   Breakdown: The Transfer Lock is a worryingly wide, open space - there are
     few places to hide, and very few opportunities for anything verging on
     strategy.  The whole of the arena is dominated by a huge tower-like
     structure - itís quite high and rather steep on the feet.  The steepness
     is somewhat alleviated by the addition of a pair of dandy one-way Teleport
     Pads in the lower alcoves - these will drop you right at the back of the
     tower, inside the gulley.  The gulley is a large channel that runs from
     the bottom of one side, right round the back, and down the other side.

     This probably isnít the best of maps for us to play sniper, itís far too
     open and far too easy to suffer counters - but by all means, try and keep
     the Imperialist under some form of control.  If all hell breaks lose and
     this turns into some kind of sniping war, youíre probably not going to
     win (especially with Trace skulking around - his favourite place is
     usually on top of the dome).

     If you want to stay alive and maintain a chance of actually winning (yes,
     both at the same time), then youíre going to have to use that gully as
     your lifeline (snipers are going to find it hard to hit you, alt. forms
     are going to be disadvantaged, and youíll never be too far from a pick-me-
     up or two).  If you thought this place was large and open before, then
     let's step outside.

     When in Bounty, Defender, or Capture, the arena will be expanded.
     The doors that were blocked near the Imperialist will open.  The section
     that separates the space and inside areas is the actual 'Transfer Lock'
     (much like an airlock).  In here, there are three levels; the obligatory
     upper, middle, and lower levels.  Thin energy bridges run from one side to
     the other, connecting from door-to-door (don't linger, eh?).

     The lower level contains a couple of Jump Pads thatíll throw you almost
     halfway up the tower at the speed of sound (well, not quite - very handy
     in all three modes - especially if you boost into them).  The space area
     is pretty sparse of power-ups, but it does have a Double Damage (if you
     can reach it).  The lunar gravity will allow you to leap between the four
     space platforms with relative ease (ya still need timing), and Morphball
     Bombs will give you the height you need to make things interesting.


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      Sanctorus                                                      06.09
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        Size: Small
   Available: Battle, Survival, Defender, Prime Hunter, Nodes
 Best Suited: Noxus/Sylux/Weavel, Samus, Kanden, Spire, Trace
     Weapons: Affinity (1), Missile (1), Volt Driver (1)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (4), Double Damage (1)
       Other: Medium Energy (4), Nodes (2)

        Misc: <Insert witty comments>

       Where: Arcterra

   Locations: Affinity:

              (1) In the middle of the ground floor.


              Missile:

              (1) Near the large opening on the first floor.


              Volt Driver:

              (1) On the first floor (in Nodes, it gets moved to where you
                  enter the first floor via the Jump Pad).


              U. Ammo:

              (1), (2) & (3) On the ground floor (the place is tiny).
              (4) On the first floor.


              Double Damage:

              (1) On top of the fallen stalactite on the ground floor.


              Energy:

              (M1) Found behind the pillar opposite the Jump Pad.
              (M2) On top of one of the fallen stalactites.
              (M3) Opposite (M3) with two or more players on the map.
              (M4) On the small step above the Jump Pad.


              Nodes:

              (1) In the middle of the ground floor (also the Defender ring).
              (2) Where the Volt Driver normally appears.


   Breakdown: You'd be hard pushed to find an arena smaller than Sanctorus -
     hard pushed to find one more chaotic, too.  Because of its 'inadequacy'
     in the size department, you won't actually find much in the line of
     weaponry (of course, the prerequisite Affinity is there, but apart from
     that, very little), other than some Missiles and a Volt Driver.

     However, Sanctorus boasts a Double Damage power-up and very little room to
     run and hide.  You see, Sanctorus is pretty much two small rooms, one
     stuck atop the another.  There is no respite from any assault that anyone
     wants to lay at your door because the first floor can quite easily be
     accessed by climbing up from the centre (meaning no lock-down when you
     really need it).

     If you can be the one that lays their hands on the Double Damage AND the
     Volt Driver, you'll win for sure - the problem is that due to the very
     rough nature of the ground, the Morphball is virtually useless on the
     ground floor (sure, you can Bomb Jump, but it'll usually be way too hectic
     for that kinda thing).  If you can't lay your hands on it, all you can do
     is try and waste some time by firing barrage after barrage of Missiles to
     keep them at bay.


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      Compression Chamber                                            06.10
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        Size: Small
   Available: Battle, Survival, Prime Hunter, Nodes
 Best Suited: Samus/Sylux, Kanden/Weavel, Trace, Noxus, Spire
     Weapons: Affinity (1), Missile (2), Judicator (1)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (4), Double Damage (1)
       Other: Medium Energy (6), Nodes (3)

        Misc: My lips say: "no." My eyes say: "read my lips."

       Where: Vesper Defence Outpost

   Locations: Affinity:

              (1) On top of the large block in the south area.


              Missile:

              (1) Near the divider between the north area and the south area
                  (on the upper level).
              (2) They can be reached by taking the Jump Pad in the south
                  area and jumping towards them.


              Judicator:

              (1) Behind the partition in the north area.


              U. Ammo:

              (1) & (2) In the south area (either side of the upper level).
              (3) & (4) Near the Judicator.


              Double Damage:

              (1) Inside the large block that the Affinity sits on.


              Energy:

              (M1) & (M2) Near either side of the Jump Pad in the south area.
              (M3) Up on the high beam in the north area.
              (M4) In-between the ground supports in the north area.
              (M5) & (M6) Either side of the upper level in the north area
                          (only when playing Nodes).


              Nodes:

              (1) Where the Affinity normally appears.
              (2) Where (M4) appears.
              (3) Up on the rim behind Node (2) with three or more players.


   Breakdown: This is a map that fails to become predictable, even with its
     small size.  What we have is two areas, a north area and a south area -
     accessed from either the upper level, via a walkway, or from the lower
     level, via alt. form.  The secret to success is to vary the way you do
     things - always taking one way into each area, or always sticking to one
     level will make you predictable

     The Jump Pads aren't just for show - use them often to create ambushes
     from the high beams (two guys fighting never stop to look up), or to
     simply escape the trials and tribulations of being shot in the face.
     The Morphball and the Missiles are the only things needed to stand a
     chance here - other than that, always try and keep tabs on the Double
     Damage (with the map being so small, it will often spell victory or
     (defeat).  Incidentally, where you find it can make quite a nice little
     hiding place while you're waiting for its return.


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      Incubation Vault                                               06.11
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        Size: Small
   Available: Battle, Survival, Prime Hunter, Nodes
 Best Suited: Kanden/Samus, Weavel, Noxus, Sylux, Spire, Trace
     Weapons: Affinity (2), Missile (1), Battlehammer (1), Shock Coil (1)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (3)
       Other: Medium Energy (4), Nodes (3)

        Misc: It's little and hot - just like Kylie.

       Where: Celestial Archives

   Locations: Affinity:

              (1) Inside the upper floor of the shelter.
              (2) On the step down (behind the partition wall).


              Missile:

              (1) On the walkway, where it branches off.


              Battlehammer:

              (1) On the upper rim, near the Incubation Tank.


              Shock Coil:

              (1) Near the lower shelter door.


              U. Ammo:

              (1) & (2) Near the Shock Coil.
              (3) Near the Battlehammer.


              Energy:

              (M1) Inside the lower level of the shelter.
              (M2) Near the first Jump Pad in the tank room.

              (M3) & (M4) Between the wall and the Incubation Tank with more
                          than two players on the map.


              Nodes:

              (1) Where (M1) normally appears.
              (2) Near to the west end of the Incubation Tank.
              (3) Up on the rim, where the second Jump Pad lands you.


   Breakdown: The Incubation Vault is divided into two sections, an indoor area
     (shelter-like area) and an open area (containing the Incubation Tank).
     The shelter is pretty straightforward, there's an upper level and a lower
     level - the upper level can be reached via Jump Pad (or by climbing the
     large step just inside the left side of the lower entrance).  In the upper
     level, there's a ruddy great hole that can be used to get back to the
     ground (or get the drop on people).

     The larger of the two areas can definitely be classed as 'interesting.'
     Down the centre of the room runs an energy rod (the Incubation Tank) -
     stepping foot on said tank will result in your arse being quick-roasted
     (the metal banding is safe, though - well, as safe as you can get).
     Running down the north side of the tank is the walkway that makes up a
     large portion of the upper level.

     For a Samus player, this is probably one of the best maps we could choose
     - the whole map is just so energetic (people are just jumping around like
     jackrabbits and hanging around the tank).  This makes it exceptionally
     hard for Sylux or Noxus to take aim with their nasty little weapons
     (same goes for Spire).

     As long as you keep up high, you'll be fine (practice jumping from band-
     to-band along tank, as this is where you'll be spending your time -
     besides, pixel-perfect backwards jumps just make you look cool).  The two
     Affinity icons and the Missile pack will keep you armed to the teeth -
     yup, Seeker Missiles are gonna be the way forward.


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      Subterranean                                                   06.12
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        Size: Medium
   Available: Battle, Survival, Defender, Prime Hunter, Nodes
 Best Suited: Weavel, Kanden, Spire, Trace, Noxus/Sylux, Samus
     Weapons: Affinity (1), Missile (3), Battlehammer (1), Imperialist (1),
              Judicator (1), Magmaul (1), Shock Coil (1), Volt Driver (1)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (8), Cloak (1), Double Damage (1)
       Other: Medium Energy (2), Large Energy (1), Nodes (4)

        Misc: Underground, overground, murdering free.

       Where: Arcterra

   Locations: Affinity:

              (1) Sitting on the slope in-between both areas.


              Missile:

              (1) On the raised area below the Affinity (it gets moved
                  slightly in Nodes).
              (2) Where the third Jump Pad spits you out.
              (3) In the large room that leads to the caverns.


              Battlehammer:

              (1) Near Missile (1) (on the ground, not the raised area).


              Imperialist:

              (1) Around the outside of the room above Missile (1).


              Judicator:

              (1) The Judicator will only appear when there are four players.
                  It lives down the right-hand side of the caverns (past the
                  first Jump Pad).


              Magmaul:

              (1) It can be found just across from (M2).


              Shock Coil:

              (1) In the middle of the caverns.


              Volt Driver:

              (1) In the same room as Missile (3), it's on a rock at the far
                  end of the room.


              U. Ammo:

              (1) Opposite the Imperialist.
              (2) Near the Shock Coil.
              (3) At the end of the caverns.
              (4) & (5) Near the Battlehammer.
              (6) Near to where the second Jump Pad pops you out.
              (7) Near the Magmaul.
              (8) Between the wall and the rocky outcrop that (M2) sits on.


              Energy:

              (M1) Behind a fallen piece of rock beside the Volt Driver.
              (M2) On the highest point of the overground area (in Defender
                   and Nodes, it can be found where the second Jump Pad pops
                   you out at).
              (L1) Replaces (M1) with more than two players on the map.


              Cloak:

              (1) Behind the fallen piece of rock behind the Volt Driver.


              Double Damage:

              (1) On the plinth near (M2).


              Nodes:

              (1) Where (M2) normally appears (also the Defender ring).
              (2) Just before where the caverns start.
              (3) Near the Shock Coil with three players on the map.
              (4) Where Missile (1) appears with four players on the map.


   Breakdown: The real combat goes on above ground in the larger of the two
     areas (the caverns are just a lah-di-dah way of reaching the surface -
     very little fighting goes on there, purely because it's a pain in the arse
     to do).  I suppose the best thing about the caverns is that the Cloak is
     hidden nearby (bit of a shame that the Double Damage is too far away).

     You'd think that the confined nature of the caverns would make it great
     for some Morphball-related killing, wouldn't you?  Due to the Jump Pads,
     it doesn't.  One minute you're rolling around, laying death, the next
     minute, you're catapulted into the air (good for hit and run, though).

     There are four places where you can restock your Missiles, so we're good
     there, but my personal recommendation is grabbing both the Imperialist and
     the Cloak before setting up camp where the Affinity is (that's guaranteed
     to nab you a couple of kills at the least).

     Normally, the Double Damage is pivotal to our success, but because it's in
     such an easy to reach place, you'll probably never get it unless you forgo
     your other tasks to specifically stake it out (a worthless endeavour if
     there ever was one).  So don't make a sad face if you can't grab it - just
     turn that frown upside-down and use the Double Damage as sniper-bait.
     Just stick to the usual blend of sniping and Seeker Missiles while using
     those caverns to escape if things get a little rough.


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      Outer Reach                                                    06.13
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        Size: Medium
   Available: Battle, Survival, Defender, Prime Hunter, Capture, Nodes
 Best Suited: Samus, Trace, Weavel, Kanden, Sylux, Noxus, Spire
     Weapons: Affinity (2), Missile (2), Imperialist (1), Judicator (1),
              Shock Coil (1)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (6)
       Other: Medium Energy (2), Large Energy (1), Nodes (3)

        Misc: This is where I made the best snipe ever.  A mid-air head-shot
              (from the Jump Pad on the third floor) against someone minding
              their own business on the ground.

       Where: This map doesn't appear in Adventure Mode.

   Locations: Affinity:

              (1) & (2) There is one in front of each of the Jump Pads that
                        lead to the third floor platforms.


              Missile:

              (1) & (2) There is one set up on each of the third floor
                        platforms (not available in Capture).


              Imperialist:

              (1) Hovering between the platforms of the second floor in a
                  spooky manner.


              Judicator:

              (1) On the second floor, about the same place as you find the
                  Affinity on the first floor - that's the south side.


              Shock Coil:

              (1) Found in a similar place to the Judicator, but on the north
                  side.


              U. Ammo:

              (1) & (2) On the ground floor.
              (3) & (4) With each Affinity.
              (5) & (6) Down the side of the second floor walkway.


              Energy:

              (M1) & (M2) There's one under each of the shielded areas on the
                          first floor.
              (L1) With four players on the map, it appears above the Jump
                   Pad in-between the ground floor and the first floor.


              Nodes:

              (1) & (2) There's one on each third floor platform.
              (3) On the ground floor with more than two players on the map
                  (it's also the Defender ring).


              Capture:

              (Green) On the third floor platform to the north.
              (Orange) On the third floor platform to the south.

              Note: Battles basically revolve around grabbing an Octolith,
                    the Imperialist, and then having a manly snipe-fest (the
                    Jump Pads that would normally be found on each of the
                    platforms have been removed).  Team battles are much of the
                    same, one runs and grabs, while the other stays and shoots.


   Breakdown: There are no special tactics for winning this one.  To make much
     things hard for your opponent, you'll need to master the art of boosting
     around the rims.  People nearly always avoid using their alt. form because
     of the whole 'falling off and dying thing.'  The Morphball has the control
     and stopping ability to allow us to pull it off (rather easily).

     Never linger on the same level for too long (because of snipers and the
     odd homing weapon), work your way up to the top and then jump back down to
     the bottom (switching to alt. while in the air will prevent any fall
     damage or lucky head-shots).  Why, you ask?  It screws with their radar
     and makes you a pain to keep up with or target, it can also prove quite
     good for ambushing those on a lower level.


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      Harvester                                                      06.14
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        Size: Large
   Available: Battle, Survival, Defender, Prime Hunter, Capture, Nodes
 Best Suited: Trace, Kanden, Weavel, Spire, Samus, Sylux, Noxus
     Weapons: Missile (2), Battlehammer (1), Imperialist (2), Judicator (1),
              Magmaul (1), Shock Coil (1), Volt Driver (2)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (10), Cloak (2)
       Other: Medium Energy (6), Large Energy (2), Nodes (3)

        Misc: Parts of this map feel vaguely reminiscent of the Assault Cradle
              from the First Hunt Demo.

       Where: This map doesn't appear in Adventure Mode.

   Locations: Missile:

              (1) In the middle of the north wall on the first floor.
              (2) In the middle of the south wall on the first floor.


              Battlehammer:

              (1) In the north-west corner of the ground floor (near doors).


              Imperialist:

              (1) & (2) There is one on both the east and west suspended
                        platforms (not in Nodes or Capture, they'll be moved to
                        the reservations outside of the ground floor entrance).


              Judicator:

              (1) It's located in the north-east corner of the ground floor
                  (again, near the doors).


              Magmaul:

              (1) Found in the south-east corner of the ground floor (yes,
                  once again, sitting near the doors).


              Shock Coil:

              (1) Sitting happily in the south-west corner of the ground floor
                  (yes, near the doors).


              Volt Driver:

              (1) & (2) Both found on the first floor, there's one running down
                        the left side and one running down the right side.


              U. Ammo:

              (1) & (2) Where Imperialist (1) normally appears (not found in
                        Nodes or Capture, no sir).
              (3) & (4) Where Imperialist (2) normally appears (not found in
                        Nodes or Capture, not at all).
              (5) & (6) On the Ground Floor of the Harvester, there's one down
                        the north wall and one down the south wall.
              (7) & (8), (9) & (10) One in each corner of the first floor.


              Energy:

              (M1) Where Imperialist (1) normally appears.
              (M2) Where Imperialist (2) normally appears.
              (M3) & (M4) On the ground floor when there are more than two
                          players on the map (not in Nodes or Defender).
              (M5) & (M6) Near each of the Jump Pads on the first floor.
              (L1) Replaces (M1) with more than two players on the map.
              (L2) Replaces (M2) with more than two players on the map.


              Cloak:

              (1) & (2) There is one on each of the roof struts (you have to
                        push into the Jump Pad on the first floor and then
                        jump to reach the struts).


              Nodes:

              (1) Where Imperialist (1) normally appears (three players).
              (2) Where Imperialist (2) normally appears (four players).
              (3) In the middle of the ground floor (also the Defender ring).


              Capture:

              (Green) On the west suspended platform.
              (Orange) On the east suspended platform.


   Breakdown: This arena is way too large for its own good (two separate
     outside areas and a multi-tiered building sitting in the middle of them
     both).  If you can, try and avoid one-on-one matches with Trace or Spire
     (the really cheap ones as far as this map is concerned), as I can
     guarantee they'll steal a kill and then run and hide somewhere (Spire can
     exploit a glitch and hide out of harms way at the top of the map).

     The general consensus on large maps is that the higher you are, the safer
     you are - that's true enough here, too.  The struts at the very top of the
     level not only house the Cloaks, but they also give you a peerless
     vantage-point that overlooks some of the re-spawn points (namely the
     suspended platforms without any items on).  It may be a little cheap, but
     we can wait for someone to pop back up and then snipe them.

     Another good place to use the Imperialist/Cloak combo is on the ledge
     above the east or west platforms (reached with the same Jump Pad you take
     to the Cloak, or by simply running along the main strut and dropping
     down).  From here, you can get a clear view of the entire side of the
     Harvester proper.  If things are busy, you'll probably nab quite a few
     kills before the Cloak times-out or someone clocks you and retaliates.

     Is there anything else?  Nothing that isn't already obvious, make good use
     of your Seeker Missiles to cry havoc from a distance, or from the rather
     excellent vantage-point that is the first floor gantry (nearly every other
     Hunter needs to pass through the ground floor of this area -- making
     themselves prone to sneak attacks -- in order to grab their weapons).


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      Weapons Complex                                                06.15
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        Size: Large
   Available: Battle, Survival, Defender, Prime Hunter, Capture
 Best Suited: Sylux, Samus/Trace, Spire, Weavel, Noxus, Kanden
     Weapons: Missile (2), Battlehammer (1), Imperialist (1), Judicator (1),
              Magmaul (1), Shock Coil (1), Volt Driver (2)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (8), Cloak (2)
       Other: Medium Energy (4), Large Energy (1), Nodes (3)

        Misc: Obligatory Hunter reference number five: This is where you will
              first encounter Sylux (albeit, in a much smaller space).  Oh, by
              the way, we have more lunar gravity to contend with.

       Where: Vesper Defence Outpost

   Locations: Missile:

              (1) & (2) There's one at the east and west side of the first
                        floor (where the walls with windows are).


              Battlehammer:

              (1) Up on the first floor, in the ramped area (that leads to
                  where the tube with the Cloak is).  It is near the hole
                  that drops down onto the Medium Energy on the west side.


              Imperialist:

              (1) It's right up on the ledge that overlooks the central area.
                  You can reach it by taking the tube from the first floor or
                  by using the Bomb Jump from the central area to make things
                  even quicker (and flashier).


              Judicator:

              (1) It can be found right next to the tube that takes you to the
                  Imperialist (on the first floor).


              Magmaul:

              (1) In a similar place to the Battlehammer, the obvious
                  difference being that it is over on the east side.


              Shock Coil:

              (1) It is inside of the first room that you come to on the first
                  floor (when using the access shaft).


              Volt Driver:

              (1) & (2) There is one at either side of the 'black hole of doom'
                        in the central area.


              U. Ammo:

              (1) Near the Battlehammer.
              (2) Near the Magmaul.
              (3) Near the Shock Coil (a pattern emerges).
              (4) Near the Judicator.
              (5) & (6) There's one with each Volt Driver.
              (7) & (8) In the ramped area of the ground floor.


              Energy:

              (M1) & (M2) At either side of the ground floor (sitting over the
                          'black hole of doom'), they can be reached from the
                          central area or by falling through the holes in the
                          first floor (not in Nodes or Capture).
              (M3) On the very top ledge that overlooks the central area.
              (M4) In front of the access shaft with more than two players.
              (L1) Replaces (M3) with more than two players.


              Cloak:

              (1) On the platform in the first floor access shaft (not in Nodes
                  or Defender, mind you).
              (2) Inside the tube that leads to the second floor (found on the
                  first floor).


              Nodes:

              (1) Where (M1) normally appears.
              (2) Where (M2) normally appears.
              (3) Where Cloak (1) normally appears (when there are more than
                  two players - it's also the Defender ring).


              Capture:

              (Green) Where (M1) normally appears.
              (Orange) Where (M2) normally appears.

              Note: The side doors from the central area (on the ground floor)
                    are blocked off (not a problem).  The quickest way to
                    reach an Octolith is to Bomb Jump up to the first floor and
                    then throw yourself down the hole above the one you want.


   Breakdown: By now, you should have learned that lunar gravity equals fun.
     Your previous experience of lunar gravity was just restricted to one area
     of the map (Transfer Lock).  With the Weapon Complex, ninety-percent of
     the map is lacking any real gravity.  How does an indoor map have lunar
     gravity?  It might be because the ground floor has umpteen holes cut into
     it.  These holes give us the gravity, but they're also surprisingly easy
     to inadvertently hurl yourself into (especially in alt. form).

     The map is divided into three floors; the ground, the first, and a very
     small section that overlooks the central area and acts as makeshift second
     floor.  Oh, the holes of death - right.  There are only four holes that
     lead to a horrible death - the hole found in the central area is, of
     course, the largest (it almost takes up the entire floor section of the
     central area).

     If you want to look cool and gain a slight advantage - learn to navigate
     around it at full speed in alt. form, as this is where some of the best
     combat goes on (and because of that, manoeuvrability and speed is the
     order of the day).  A sneaky tactic is to hang around in the first floor
     corridors overlooking it (a Cloak is never too far away) and wait for some
     sap to try and jump over it, then you blast them down into oblivion.

     The other holes are minor in size and in the aggro that they'll cause.
     The one that sits below the Cloak in the access shaft tends to claim more
     lives than you'd think, especially if you're in the middle of jumping up
     and someone blasts you in the back.

     The final two holes are identical and sit below the holes in the first
     floor that overlook the Medium Energy.  I've never actually died as a
     result of falling into them, but they can prove quite nasty (or useful)
     in game modes that centre themselves around them (i.e. Capture and Nodes).

     The best place to hang-out, though, is up on the second floor platforms.
     Why?  Because if you take the Jump Pad tube from the first floor, you can
     easily gain a Cloak and an Imperialist within seconds of each other.
     Another great thing about the second floor ledge is that by using a Bomb
     Jump, you can reach the Imperialist first, then backtrack to the cloak.


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      Council Chamber                                                06.16
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        Size: Large
   Available: All
 Best Suited: Trace, Weavel, Spire, Samus, Noxus/Sylux, Kanden
     Weapons: Missile (3), Battlehammer (1), Imperialist (1), Judicator (1),
              Magmaul (1), Shock Coil (1), Volt Driver (1)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (6)
       Other: Medium Energy (4), Large Energy (2), Nodes (4)

        Misc: This is a greatly expanded version of the Alinos Perch.  Yes,
              more places to hide from snipers.  This time, it might be our
              turn to ambush people... right?

       Where: Alinos

   Locations: Missile:

              (1) On the jagged pillar to the south of the outside area.
              (2) Next to the pillbox-like structure in the cave.
              (3) On a rock in the middle of the Council Chamber proper.


              Battlehammer:

              (1) From the bottom of the shaft (in the cave), take the door to
                  the left.


              Imperialist:

              (1) Inside the pillbox-like structure inside the cave.


              Judicator:

              (1) It can be found on a rock in the middle of the lava-covered
                  Council Chamber - next to Missile (3), amigo.


              Magmaul:

              (1) If you take the Jump Pad at the north of the outside area,
                  you'll be dropped right on top of it.


              Shock Coil:

              (1) It can be found in the middle of the outside area.


              Volt Driver:

              (1) From the bottom of the shaft (in the cave), take the door to
                  the right.


              U. Ammo:

              (1) Near the Judicator.
              (2) Near Magmaul.
              (3) Through the door up from the Magmaul.
              (4) Near the Shock Coil.
              (5) Just up from (4) (near the Jump Pad).
              (6) Near the Volt Driver.


              Energy:

              (M1) On the pillar opposite the Magmaul.
              (M2) On the rock above the Judicator.
              (M3) Follow the path around from Missile (1) (it gets moved down
                   to near Missile (1) in Capture and Nodes).
              (M4) Take the door in front of the Jump Pad in the outside area
                   and follow the corridor around.
              (L1) At the bottom of the shaft in the cave.
              (L2) Replaces (M3) with more than two players on the map.


              Nodes:

              (1) Where (L1) normally appears (also the Defender ring).
              (2) Where (M3) normally appears.
              (3) Outside of the cave entrance and to the right (with three
                  players on the map).
              (4) Near the Jump Pad inside the Council Chamber (with four
                  players strutting their stuff).


              Capture:

              (Green) Where Node (1) is located.
              (Orange) Where Node (2) is located.

              Note: This time around, the Green Octolith is slightly harder to
                    defend, as it is now in an overlooked position.  If you're
                    looking after it, you may want to stay in the cover of the
                    doorway to avoid being sniped from the rim.


   Breakdown: You know the score for the most part, because as I said, this is
     an expanded version of the Alinos Perch (the most popular map in the
     game).  What's new is that all of the doors that were previously blocked
     off have now been magically opened (so there are now more holographic
     doors to counter-snipe from).  As you can tell from the name, this map
     adds the actual 'Council Chamber' that is alluded to in the title.

     The Council Chamber is a winding, circular room (if I say it's circular,
     then it's circular) that's covered in lava (it's where you fight the Fire
     Spawn in Adventure).  There isn't much room to manoeuvre on foot or in
     alt. (making this a bad place for Samus to be).  So, yeah - the lower
     floor isn't that good for us.  Frankly, the upper floor isn't that great,
     either.  The upper floor can be reached either by means of a Jump Pad
     from below, or by dropping down from the Cave.

     The sand circle that was once there has been moved and the floor lowered,
     creating a large drop with an equally large area to be found at the
     bottom.  Anyone who likes a good old scrap will no doubt be there (due to
     the Large Energy).  My recommendation is to stay up top and snipe them
     from the cave while they're preoccupied with each other, or lob some
     Magmaul shots down on top of them in order to soften them up for your
     arrival.

     The real advantage for us is in the corridors that have connect the new
     areas.  They're ideal for the Morphball-style carnage that we need to
     succeed (especially in the new tunnel that appears in the wall opposite
     the first Medium Energy).  While we're at it, don't forget the steel wall
     sniping spots to catch enemy Hunters off-guard when they come from the new
     tunnel near the Jump Pad.


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      Elder Passage                                                  06.17
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        Size: Large
   Available: Battle, Survival, Bounty, Prime Hunter, Capture, Nodes
 Best Suited: Trace, Samus/Weavel, Spire, Sylux, Noxus, Kanden
     Weapons: Affinity (2),  Missile (2), Imperialist (1), Judicator (1),
              Magmaul (1), Shock Coil (1)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (8)
       Other: Medium Energy (5), Large Energy (1), Nodes (4)

        Misc: Yet another expanded version of an existing map.

       Where: Alinos

   Locations: Missile:

              (1) Inside the south tower.
              (2) On top of the west tower.


              Imperialist:

              (1) On top of the south tower (reach it from the west tower).


              Judicator:

              (1) In the outer rim of the catacombs.


              Magmaul:

              (1) At the top of the north tower.


              Shock Coil:

              (1) In the central area, near the where sculpture that looked
                  like new-age porn was (probably political correctness).


              U. Ammo:

              (1) Near the Shock Coil.
              (2) & (3) In the central area (not hard to spot).
              (4) Near Missile (2).
              (5) Near the Imperialist.
              (6) & (7) On the upper and lower floors of the west cave.
              (8) On the upper floor of the east cave.


              Energy:

              (M1) In the outer rim of the catacombs.
              (M2) In the outer rim of the catacombs (with more than two
                   players doing their thing).
              (M3) & (M4) On the lower floor of each cave.
              (M5) Inside of the north tower.
              (L1) Appears in the central area (where the statue used to
                   be) with more than two players on the map (or in Bounty
                   and Capture with just two).


              Nodes:

              (1) Inside the west cave.
              (2) Inside the east cave.
              (3) In the central area (with three players).
              (4) In the central area (with four players).


              Bounty/Capture:

              (Green) On the lower floor of the west cave (Bounty).
              (Orange) On the lower floor of the east cave (Base).

              Note: In Bounty, you'll find the Octolith on the upper floor
                    of the west cave (as opposed to the lower floor).


   Breakdown: Playing on Elder Passage is really just going through the same
     old routine as on High Ground.  The only real difference that it may throw
     at you is that the 'porn sculpture' in the central area has vanished
     (along with the Double Damage) - this makes it harder for campers to do
     their thing (but easier for you to zoom around underground).  The tops of
     the towers are also now easier to access.

     Why are they easier to access?  Well, it's because of the new cave areas.
     There's one to the east and one to the west.  Are they special?  Well, no,
     not really.  They essentially consist of a lower area with Jump Pads and
     an upper area with a few pick-ups for good measure.  Unless you're using
     the holographic doors for a bit of sniping, then I see no use for these
     areas at all.

     All you'll find are a whole host of Trace'ers and Sylux alt. spammers -
     besides, the Magmaul is going to make it hard to boost around.  The upper
     section of the west area leads right out onto the top of the west tower,
     which means that A) it will be easier to reach the Imperialist, and B) it
     will be harder to defend it should you need to.

     By no stretch of the imagination, this is probably the worst of the
     expanded areas for our Samus (the loss of the Double Damage is a real blow
     that we just can't do anything about - the towers are just the icing on
     our Death Day cake).


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      Fuel Stack                                                     06.18
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        Size: Large
   Available: Battle, Survival, Prime Hunter, Nodes
 Best Suited: Trace, Noxus/Sylux, Weavel, Kanden/Samus/Spire
     Weapons: Affinity (3), Missile (3), Battlehammer (1), Imperialist (1),
              Judicator (1), Shock Coil (1), Volt Driver (1)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (7), Cloak (1), Double Damage (1)
       Other: Medium Energy (5), Large Energy (1), Nodes (3)

        Misc: Death at the top, death down below, that'll be the Fuel Stack.

       Where: Vesper Defence Outpost

   Locations: Affinity:

              (1) In front of the Silo Levitator on the ground floor (near the
                  Jump Pad).
              (2) Next to the Jump Pad listed in Affinity (1).
              (3) At the top of the Jump Pad listed in Affinity (1).


              Missile:

              (1) In the corridor just off from the first floor of the Fuel
                  Stack proper.
              (2) Up from Affinity (3) (not in Nodes).
              (3) On a ledge at the top of the map (you need to take the Silo
                  Levitator and push out at the last minute).


              Battlehammer:

              (1) On the third floor of the Fuel Stack.


              Imperialist:

              (1) You need to ride the Silo Levitator all the way to the top
                  and then push out at the last minute, into the very
                  inconspicuous alcove where it rests.


              Judicator:

              (1) Follow the curve around from the Battlehammer.


              Shock Coil:

              (1) Near Missile (1).


              Volt Driver:

              (1) You can either take the Jump Pad up from Missile (1) or you
                  can follow the path around from the Judicator (it gets moved
                  slightly in Nodes).


              U. Ammo:

              (1), (2) & (3) There's one near each Affinity.
              (4) Near the Battlehammer.
              (5) Near the Shock Coil.
              (6) Near the Volt Driver.
              (7) Next the blue-vented wall at the top of the map.


              Energy:

              (M1) Near the east door on the first floor of the Stack.
              (M2) Near the west door on the first floor of the Stack.
              (M3) & (M4) Near the Volt Driver.
              (M5) Up with the Imperialist.
              (L1) You can reach the room it lives in from either the ground
                   floor or by the east door on the first floor of the Fuel
                   Stack (in Nodes, it gets moved to where Missile (2) is).


              Cloak:

              (1) Sitting above (L1).


              Double Damage:

              (1) Sitting on the small rim around the bottom of the Silo
                  Levitator (incredibly bloody dangerous).


              Nodes:

              (1) Where the Volt Driver normally appears.
              (2) Where (L1) normally appears.
              (3) Appears near to where the Jump Pad that leads to the Shock
                  Coil is (in matches with more than two players on the map).


   Breakdown: The problem not just for us, but for the other Hunters, is that
     due to the layout of the Fuel Stack, it makes using our alt. form very
     hard (which means we'll be spending most of our travelling time in biped).
     The Fuel Stack is a silo-like structure with an energy core at its centre
     (dubbed the 'Silo Levitator') - the Silo Levitator will, er, levitate any
     Hunter that steps into it and shoot them towards the top of the map.

     How does the Silo Levitator work?  When stepping into it, you will move
     downwards for a brief moment before you start heading up (the faster
     you're falling when you enter its beam, the further down you'll go).
     Once you start moving, you'll gradually gain speed (making it harder to
     leave the beam).  I'm telling you this because both the top and the bottom
     of the Silo Levitator is instant death to anyone who touches them.

     More problems - the Silo Levitator is an evil that we just can't do
     without.  Not only is it the quickest way to the top (by a country-mile),
     it is also the only way to reach the Imperialist (and the best camping
     spot on the map).  And other than the initial dangers of the design, you
     also run the risk of being picked-off by snipers.  If they can't kill you
     outright, they'll more than likely prevent your escape from the beam, and
     you'll self-destruct.

     When travelling in the Silo Levitator, make sure you're in your alt. form
     (not ideal for reaching the Imperialist, though), not only will you be a
     smaller target, but the boost is a very quick way to exit the beam should
     things go wrong.  The rest of the map is full of cramped corridors and
     blind corners that the other Hunters thrive on (Sylux and Noxus being by
     far the worst).

     Personally, I never see much need to indulge them, other than to get the
     Large Health and the Cloak from time-to-time (the Cloak is great for
     travelling up the Silo Levitator with).  For the best results with Samus,
     try hanging around the top of the map and taking pot-shots at people going
     for the Imperialist (the ledge with the Missiles is a good place, you'll
     see them travelling up long before they'll be able to see you).


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      Fault Line                                                     06.19
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        Size: Large
   Available: Battle, Survival, Bounty, Prime Hunter, Capture
 Best Suited: Weavel, Kanden/Spire/Trace, Noxus/Sylux, Samus
     Weapons: Affinity (1), Missile (2), Battlehammer (2), Imperialist (1),
              Judicator (1), Magmaul (1), Shock Coil (1), Volt Driver (1)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (8), Cloak (1), Double Damage (1)
       Other: Medium Energy (4), Large Energy (4)

        Misc: New and improved Subterranean.  This is another one of those
              extended arenas.  Lazy little program monkeys, chasing their own
              tales and getting banana goo all over their keyboards.

       Where: Arcterra

   Locations: Affinity:

              (1) Sitting on the slope in-between both areas.


              Missile:

              (1) On the raised area below the Affinity (not Nodes).
              (2) Down the left branch of the second set of tunnels.


              Battlehammer:

              (1) Near Missile (1) (on the ground, not the raised area).
              (2) On the ledge that leads to the overground area (not the one
                  with the Affinity on, the one reached via the ledge down the
                  east side of the arena).


              Imperialist:

              (1) Around the outside of the room that sits between both sets of
                  tunnels.


              Judicator:

              (1) It will only appear when there are four players.  Down the
                  right-hand side of the first set of tunnels (past the first
                  Jump Pad).


              Magmaul:

              (1) It can be found just across from (M2).


              Shock Coil:

              (1) In the middle of the first set of tunnels.


              Volt Driver:

              (1) In the new area opposite the Affinity (i.e. the area above
                  the newly opened second set of tunnels.


              U. Ammo:

              (1) Near the Imperialist.
              (2) Near the Shock Coil.
              (3) At the end of right tunnel.
              (4) & (5) Near Battlehammer (1).
              (6) Near to where the second Jump Pad pops you out at.
              (7) Near the Magmaul.
              (8) Between the wall and the rocky outcrop that (M2) sits on.


              Energy:

              (M1) Behind a fallen piece of rock near to where the Volt Driver
                   was previously found.
              (M2) On the highest point of the overground area (not in Capture
                   or Bounty).

              (M3) Appears between where the second and third Jump Pads pop you
                   out at (with more than two players, or with just two in
                   Capture and Bounty modes).
              (M4) Near the third Jump Pad in the right tunnel (with four
                   players; or in Survival, Capture, and Bounty with less).
              (L1) Replaces (M1) with more than two players on the map (not in
                   Capture or Bounty).
              (L2) Replaces (M2) with more than two players on the map.
              (L3) In the middle of the circular chamber (not in Capture or
                   Bounty, mind you).
              (L4) Near the Imperialist (with four players on the map).


              Cloak:

              (1) It has been moved to the ledge west of the Jump Pad that
                  leads to the Affinity (reach it quicker by pushing into the
                  Jump Pad in the direction of the Cloak and then jumping at
                  the last minute).


              Double Damage:

              (1) In the second set of tunnels, there is a cross-section that
                  connects both the left and right tunnels, the Double Damage
                  resides here.


              Bounty/Capture:

              (Green) Where (M2) normally appears (Base).
              (Orange) Inside the circular chamber (Bounty).


   Breakdown: We've already focused on the main areas, all the good jazz that
     we've already talked about will still work.  You've noticed that great,
     big extension, right?  It comes complete with another set of tunnels and
     a very large, dome-like area.

     Ya see, the programmers pretty much expected a dead-end with the new area,
     so to liven things up a little, they added a Large Energy in the circular
     chamber and shifted the Double Damage from the outside area and into the
     middle of the new cavern area.

     This may not seem like a great deal, but I guarantee that this is the area
     where the carnage will go down.  Someone with the Magmaul and the Double
     Damage can set a brutal ambush for anyone attempting to pass through the
     new set of tunnels.  You will be much better off taking the much shorter
     (less wending) path.  Not only is it a much safer way to reach the
     circular chamber, it also provides an unrivalled (shielded) view of a
     great deal of the map.

     You'll be able to see most of the sniping spots into the other area.
     I've quite easily taken out a couple of snipers like that (seeing as most
     would have their backs turned).  Just don't hang around for long, as it
     can be quite easy to grow complacent and get ambushed.  This arena has
     never been about great strategy, just speed and common sense.


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      Stasis Bunker                                                  06.20
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        Size: Medium
   Available: Battle, Survival, Defender, Prime Hunter, Capture, Nodes
 Best Suited: Samus, Weavel, Kanden/Spire/Trace, Noxus, Sylux
     Weapons: Affinity (1), Missile (2), Battlehammer (1), Imperialist (1),
              Volt Driver (1)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (5), Nodes (3)
       Other: Medium Energy (4), Large Energy (1)

        Misc: If you've played First Hunt, you'll notice that this map is
              actually based on the Trooper Module.  This interesting fact was
              brought to you in association with 'nothing else to put here.'

       Where: Celestial Archives

   Locations: Affinity:

              (1) In the room south of the central area, up on the first floor.


              Missile:

              (1) & (2) Both can be found in the first floor alcoves that can
                        be reached via the Jump Pad on the ground floor of the
                        central area.


              Battlehammer:

              (1) The old blob-launcher can be found in the south end of the
                  central area (on the ground floor).


              Imperialist:

              (1) Take the Jump Pad from the central area and then head through
                  the small door to the east, the Imperialist is sitting behind
                  the hanging fixture.  If you're capable of using the Triple
                  Bomb Jump, it can be reached quicker from the room below.


              Volt Driver:

              (1) At the north end of the Central Area.


              U. Ammo:

              (1) In the west corner of the ground floor (opposite the Volt
                  Driver, on a diagonal).

              (2) & (3) At the south part of the ground floor (close to the
                        second Jump Pad, (3) won't appear in Nodes).
              (4) On the ramp that leads to the first floor.
              (5) On the first floor, to the south of where the central Jump
                  Pad pops you up at.


              Energy:

              (M1) To the east of the Battlehammer.
              (M2) On the left-hand rise of the ramped area (with more than two
                   players on the map - not in Defender).

              (M3) To the east of where you pop up from the central Jump Pad.
              (M4) On the first floor, round the back of the cylinder (not too
                   far from where the second Jump Pad brings you out at).

              (L1) Replaces (M4) with more than two players on the map (or just
                   two in Defender, but not in Survival).


              Nodes:

              (1) In the middle of the ramped access to the first floor.
              (2) Near to the Affinity.
              (3) Where U. Ammo (3) normally appears (with more than two
                  players getting funky).


              Bounty:

              (Green) Where Node (1) appears.
              (Orange) Between U. Ammo (2) & (3).

              Note: The game hates us - the door that leads directly to the
                    Green Octolith has been blocked off.  If you want to reach
                    it, take the same path that you used to reach the
                    Imperialist (keep an eye out for Mr. Green dropping down
                    from the room above the Affinity).


   Breakdown: Okay, here's the thing.  We're better off staying down on the
     ground floor (for some over-stylised Morphball killing (with the increased
     protection from the low blast-shields).  Unfortunately, both Missile packs
     and the Affinity happen to be on the first floor (necessitating the
     occasional visit).

     Anyone wielding the Imperialist with a degree of finesse can make a bit of
     a killing by camping behind the holographic door (that looks out over the
     Jump Pad) and taking pot-shots at anyone coming up (only Spire and our
     Samus are capable of ambushing them from behind).

     Another bugbear is the ramp area, again, it is way too easy to be held
     down with some form of suppressing fire (there's no Magmaul on the map,
     so it is unlikely you'll have to face that too often).  There are a lot of
     tight corridors with sharp corners - our Missiles may not work as well as
     they should upon the first floor, so we need to look further afield.
     The Volt Driver makes an appearance on this map, and should be able to
     catch a few people out with its splash damage and the shear size of the
     projectile.

     This arena is compact and quite awkward to make your way around in a hurry
     (you can quite easily get snagged on corners) - basically, expect people
     to take advantage of this and spam for all they're worth.  In one-on-one
     matches, you can maybe wait things out or use the Morphball to keep out of
     trouble while you try to launch a counter-attack, but in matches with more
     than the two of you, things will become very messy.  More than likely, the
     biggest spammer or sniper will come out on top.


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      Head Shot                                                      06.21
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        Size: Large
   Available: Battle, Survival, Prime Hunter, Capture, Nodes
 Best Suited: Sylux, Samus, Trace, Kanden, Weavel, Noxus, Spire
     Weapons: Battlehammer (1), Imperialist (1), Judicator (1), Magmaul (1),
              Shock Coil (2), Volt Driver (1)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (4), Death.Alt (1)
       Other: Medium Energy (6), Large Energy (4), Nodes (4)

        Misc: Sylux players love this map because they think they can reach
              the Death.Alt (yeah, spherical death returns, baby) before
              anyone else.  In all actuality, Samus is capable of reaching it
              faster than anyone.

       Where: It doesn't appear in Adventure mode.

   Locations: Battlehammer:

              (1) Inside one of the doorways on the ground floor (the arena is
                  circular, y'know - it's hard to give an exact place).


              Imperialist:

              (1) Hovering above the hole in the central area.


              Judicator:

              (1) Inside one of the doorways on the ground floor (the arena is
                  circular, y'know - it's hard to give an exact place).


              Magmaul:

              (1) Inside one of the doorways on the ground floor (the arena is
                  circular, y'know - it's hard to give an exact place).


              Shock Coil:

              (1) & (2) Both are in the observation room that sits below the
                        Imperialist.


              Volt Driver:

              (1) Inside one of the doorways on the ground floor (the arena is
                  circular, y'know - it's hard to give an exact place).


              U. Ammo:

              (1), (2) & (3) Sitting around the rim of central area.
              (4) Found on the ground floor, sitting on a pedestal.


              Energy:

              (M1), (M2), (M3) & (M4) One on each starting platform.
              (M5) On the first floor of the central area.
              (M6) On a pedestal on the ground floor of the central area
              (L1) & (L2) Replaces (M1) & (M2) with more than two players
                   (moved to the struts that separate the outside of the first
                   floor.  Not in Capture).
              (L3) Replaces (M3) with more than two players (moved to in front
                   of the doorway on the first floor).
              (L4) Replaces (M4) with more than two players (moved to in front
                   of the doorway on the First Floor).


              Death.Alt:

              (1) In the observation room.


              Nodes:

              (1) & (2) To the north and south of the Head Shot.
              (3) & (4) To the east and west of the Head Shot (with more than
                        two players doing there, y'know, thing).


              Capture:

              (Green) To the north of the Head Shot.
              (Orange) To the south of the Head Shot.

              Note: The tunnels are an excellent way of reaching the base of
                    your enemy, just bear in mind that if you fall down into
                    the observation room with an Octolith, you'll have to drop
                    it in order to make your escape.


   Breakdown: Head Shot is the last of gimmick maps (Chingachgook sympathises),
     not only do we have lunar gravity to contend with, but we also have the
     Death.Alt's final outing.  Death.Alt means what Death.Alt always means,
     the first to get it and put it to use will generally win.  Head Shot is a
     large, circular building composed of a ground floor, first floor, and a
     glass-bottomed observation room (the glass is frosted over, giving it a
     frictionless quality).

     The observation room contains the Death.Alt and no way of escape, other
     than the four tunnels (that each bring you at out at one of the starting
     platforms).  The thing with the Death.Alt, though, is that on this arena,
     it is very hard to connect with the damn thing where the gravity is low
     (i.e. outside).  The best trick for using it is to make it there using
     the boost and then just wait for someone to drop down on top of you (it
     happens a lot).

     Some people will actually let you get the Death.Alt first and then they'll
     try and keep count and stay away until it times out (if you don't grab the
     Imperialist, people will be much more willing to jump down).  There is
     very little you can do about this because you won't know what kind of
     player they are until you grab the Death.Alt and find that no-one comes to
     the party.  Now, there is also one glaring flaw to this map for our Samus,
     there aren't any Missiles or Affinities to be had.

     We just have the 10 we start with (getting the Death.Alt is all well and
     good, but if you can't do anything special while you're waiting 180
     seconds for it to re-spawn, you're screwed).  Once the Death.Alt is gone,
     expect the observation room to become a den of spammers and campers.

     Everyone wants to be the next to grab the Death.Alt, so everyone is just
     slip-sliding around, trying to inhume one-another with minimal effect.
     To be fair, Sylux is usually the one that wins any argument (partly due to
     the Lockjaw's minimal resistance to the frictionless surface, and partly
     because they just spam those bloody bombs).

     If you don't make it there first, then multiplayer battles are no fun.
     Standing over the hole and giving the campers a taste of Magmaul fire (or
     charged Volt Driver shots) may net you a couple of kills, but the best
     thing to do is to grab the Imperialist and head outside and onto one of
     the starting platforms.  Zoom-in on one of the tunnels, as soon as your
     scope auto-zooms - bang.  You're bound to catch someone in the head (Noxus
     is usually the first to go due to the fact that he fares his battles
     better standing).

     And remember, when fighting outside, make use of the Bomb Jump to send
     yourself airborne (to launch blistering aerial assaults with your limited
     supply of Missiles, and to reach high areas without the use of a Jump Pad.
     If you're going to make a habit of playing here, try and perfect the
     timing of your bombs, so that you can maintain your height and get some
     travel distance out of the Morphball while you're up there.


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      Celestial Gateway                                              06.22
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        Size: Medium
   Available: Battle, Survival, Defender, Prime Hunter, Nodes
 Best Suited: Trace, Noxus, Sylux, Samus, Kanden/Weavel, Spire
     Weapons: Affinity (1), Missile (1), Battlehammer (1), Judicator (1),
              Magmaul (1), Shock Coil (1)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (4)
       Other: Medium Energy (3), Large Energy (2), Nodes (4)

        Misc: A bit like Combat Hall, but with 167% less alt. spamming (fact).

       Where: Celestial Archives

   Locations: Affinity:

              (1) In the centre of the ground floor.


              Missile:

              (1) On the west side of the first floor.


              Battlehammer:

              (1) On the east side of the first floor.


              Judicator:

              (1) Just look south of the Affinity.


              Magmaul:

              (1) Just look north of the Affinity.


              Shock Coil:

              (1) Inside the lower room, behind the east post.


              U. Ammo:

              (1), (2), (3) & (4) In each quarter of the ground floor.


              Energy:

              (M1) Inside the lower room, opposite the Shock Coil.
              (M2) On the first floor, on the window ledge above the Magmaul
                   (in Nodes, it gets moved to the ground floor).
              (M3) Opposite (M2) (in Nodes, it gets moved to the ground floor).
              (L1) Replaces (M2) with three players.
              (L2) Replaces (M3) with four players.


              Nodes:

              (1) Where (M2) appears.
              (2) Where (M3) appears.
              (3) Up on the north window ledge (with three players).
              (4) Up on the south window ledge (with four players).

              Note: None of the Nodes become the Defender ring, it appears
                    separately in the centre of the arena.


   Breakdown: For being classed as a medium-sized arena, things are pretty
     compact, aren't they?  If you want all the thrills and spills of Combat
     Hall without the spamming, then choose this arena.  There is a ground
     floor (that's split into small quarters, with a raised platform in the
     centre, making alt. spamming pointless), and a lower room.

     The lower room is located directly below the platform in the centre of the
     arena, and is basically a small, square room with small columns and four
     teleporters that lead to different points on the first floor (they bring
     you out in a clockwise manner, starting from the north-east teleporter).

     We can Morphball around the outside of the first floor, but the holes in
     the shielding over the centre of the room make it hard to go anywhere else
     (although, as a trade-off, it does provide extra protection from below).
     You're pretty much safe from any incoming fire, providing you keep moving,
     and you can see anyone that goes for the teleporters (giving you time to
     prepare).

     In the lower room, the Judicator can cause you some serious pain (either
     because of the ricochet effect, or because Noxus loves to hide there).
     You need to go alt. to reach it, so you may as well stay alt. until
     you've teleported to safety.  Trace likes to hide there, too, so drop some
     Magmaul rounds before dropping down yourself to make him run.  I can't
     really give any advice, other than what I already have, because this map
     is so straightforward in terms of layout.


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      Alinos Gateway                                                 06.23
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        Size: Large
   Available: Battle, Survival, Defender, Prime Hunter, Nodes
 Best Suited: Trace, Spire, Noxus/Weavel, Sylux, Kanden, Samus
     Weapons: Affinity (1), Missile (3), Battlehammer (1), Imperialist (1),
              Magmaul (1)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (3)
       Other: Medium Energy (5), Large Energy (1), Nodes (4)

        Misc: Not one of my favourite arenas for many a reason.  Like, where
              the hell are we supposed to roll to?  It's not exactly a skate
              park.  One for snipers, really.

       Where: Alinos

   Locations: Affinity:

              (1) Right in the middle of the landing pad (it gets moved down to
                  the bottom of the steps in Defender and Nodes).


              Missile:

              (1) To the south-west of the landing pad steps.
              (2) Down the east side of the landing pad.
              (3) North-west, from the landing pad steps (on a small rock).


              Battlehammer:

              (1) Near Missile (1).


              Imperialist:

              (1) Inside the cliffside cave - you can either take the long way
                  around (round the outside, then up the ledges), or you can
                  simply ride the Jump Pads directly to it.


              Magmaul:

              (1) Near Missile (3).


              U. Ammo:

              (1) Near the Battlehammer.
              (2) Near the Magmaul.
              (3) Down the west side of the landing pad.


              Energy:

              (M1) & (M2) Sitting on the rim of the landing pad.
              (M3) Behind a neatly stacked pile or rocks to the east of the
                   large expanse of ground (near the Jump Pad).
              (M4) Near the Battlehammer, behind some rocks.
              (M5) On a ledge up near the cliffside cave (need to climb).
              (L1) Near the Magmaul (sitting across from the steps).


              Nodes:

              (1) In the middle of the landing pad.
              (2) Sharing personal-space with the Imperialist.
              (3) Near (M3) (with three players on the map).
              (4) Near (M4) (with four players on the map).


   Breakdown: There really is very little I can tell you about this arena.
     It's just so open-plan, it makes me sick - the only real cover to speak of
     is found inside of the cliffside cave, or tucked next to the landing pad.
     Those two rock formations with the Medium Energy?  Well, everyone has
     thought of that already, they're probably hiding there themselves, waiting
     for someone to turn up.

     The cliffside cave is really the only place where we can use the Morphball
     to good effect without ditching ourselves into the lava.  The Imperialist
     is obviously the most sought after weapon on the map (for non-Trace
     players) - you can probably use their greed to your advantage.  There will
     be little else going on, except maybe the odd Trace camping near the rock
     formation (near the third Medium Energy) and trying to snipe up at anyone
     coming outside.

     Refine your Morphball skills say I, and only leave the cave when you're
     low on energy (blast across the long stretch and grab both Medium Energy
     before hitting the Jump Pad at the end and returning).  The last small
     piece of advice that I can give is to try and avoid playing this map with
     more than two players, it's too easy to lose track of someone in the dark
     landscape or have your kills stolen.


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      VDO Gateway                                                    06.24
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        Size: Large
   Available: Battle, Survival, Defender, Prime Hunter, Capture, Nodes
 Best Suited: Sylux, Trace, Samus, Kanden, Weavel, Noxus, Spire
     Weapons: Affinity (2), Missile (2), Imperialist (1), Magmaul (1)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (4), Double Damage (1)
       Other: Medium Energy (3), Large Energy (1), Nodes (3)

        Misc: A very open arena with a ton of ice that kills any hope of
              maintaining traction (especially when boosting).

       Where: Vesper Defence Outpost

   Locations: Affinity:

              (1) & (2) On the ground floor, in the alcoves that don't contain
                        Jump Pads.


              Missile:

              (1) & (2) There's one in front of each ramp that lead to the
                        circular platform.


              Imperialist:

              (1) At the west side of the upper rim (reached via your friendly,
                  local neighbourhood Jump Pad).


              Magmaul:

              (1) Opposite the Imperialist.


              U. Ammo:

              (1), (2), (3) & (4) There's two with each Affinity.


              Energy:

              (M1) & (M2) On either of the small platforms on the upper rim
                          (in Nodes, they get moved to near the Missiles).
              (M3) In the middle of the circular platform (in Nodes, it gets
                   moved to the ground floor, directly where it normally sits).
              (L1) Replaces (M3) with four players on the map.


              Double Damage:

              (1) In the middle of the ground floor (not in Nodes).


              Nodes:

              (1) In the middle of the circular platform (does not appear with
                  exactly three players).
              (2) & (3) On the small platforms on the upper rim (with more than
                        two players).


              Capture:

              (Green) On the south side of the arena (near the ramp).
              (Orange) On the north side of the arena (near the ramp).

              Note: It appears that we've suffered a Twilight Princess moment,
                    and somebody has gone and buggered off with both ramps.
                    To reach the opposing base, you'll need to run around the
                    outside, or alt. across the ice-sheet and up the slope.


   Breakdown: Our entire success hinges on grabbing that Double Damage, the
     arena is just so damn open that when combined with the Seeker Missiles,
     we could have multiple kills in a matter of seconds.  Do you want me to
     explain the arena a little?  The VDO Gateway is a large, circular arena
     with an ice-sheet covering the floor.  The ice-sheet will impede any form
     of movement and will severely affect the boost function of the Morphball.

     With practice, it can be offset a little bit, but you'll still be at the
     mercy of the Lockjaw and the Triskelon, though.  Around the outside of
     this ice-sheet is a small walkway (it gets smaller in places due to the
     beams supporting the rest of the arena.  Those beams are pretty much your
     only form of cover, so take note).  Above the ice-sheet is a circular
     platform that serves as a bit of a shortcut from one side of the rim to
     the other.

     Leering over the arena -- like a drunk relative over the drinks cabinet --
     is the upper rim (reach this with the Jump Pads - push forward, otherwise
     you won't make it).  The upper rim is safe from just about everyone except
     snipers (even Seeker Missiles and charged Volt Driver shots can be quite
     easy to avoid, providing you use the platforms as natural cover), so it is
     a good place to hang-out until the Double Damage re-spawns.


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      Arcterra Gateway                                               06.25
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        Size: Large
   Available: Battle, Survival, Defender, Prime Hunter, Capture, Nodes
 Best Suited: Spire, Trace, Weavel, Sylux, Kanden/Samus, Noxus
     Weapons: Affinity (1), Missile (2)
    Pick-Ups: U. Ammo (4)
       Other: Medium Energy (1), Large Energy (1), Nodes (3)

        Misc: What can I say, other than I hate it?

       Where: Arcterra

   Locations: Affinity:

              (1) At the very top of the central structure.


              Missile:

              (1) At the top step (from the bottom).
              (2) Up near the Affinity.


              U. Ammo:

              (1) & (2) At the bottom (can't miss them).
              (3) Just up from the third Jump Pad (from the bottom).
              (4) Reached via the second Jump Pad.


              Energy:

              (M1) At the top, near the Affinity.
              (L1) At the bottom, inside the alcove (inside the central
                   structure).


              Nodes:

              (1) At the top of the central structure (also Defender ring).
              (2) At the very bottom of the arena.
              (3) Near the third Jump Pad (with more than two players).


              Capture:

              (Green) Halfway up the arena, on the east side.
              (Orange) Also halfway up the arena, but on the west side.


   Breakdown: It's... very tall, isn't it?  Have you ever tried using the
     Morphball on such rough, broken terrain?  Will I ever stop asking
     questions?  Seriously, this arena is a bad one for Samus.  Her normally
     versatile Morphball is no good, simply because we can't actually find a
     place to use it properly.

     The main thing that we can do is run as fast as we can for the top and
     attempt to control the Affinity (of course, that depends on where you end
     up spawning).  If the likes of Trace (even a camping Spire or Noxus) make
     it to the Affinity, you're pretty much screwed, because he'll have the
     Jump Pads truly covered (you'll never make it to the top, and if you do,
     you'll have no cover).

     A nifty little trick is to fire down through the crack in the platform
     with Seeker Missiles to catch any Hunter taking the Jump Pad (the magic
     of this crack works both ways, so you might wanna watch for snipers).

     In matches with more than two players, with some luck, you may be able to
     use the confusion to make it to the top and gain some kind of advantage.
     In matches that are just one-on-one, it'd probably be best to stay at the
     bottom - that way, the Morphball will be of some small use (despite the
     ice-sheet), and you'll have some Missiles and a Large Energy at hand.
     The game will either end in a draw, or they'll get impatient and come down
     (if you're playing someone who favours their alt. form, they probably want
     to be at the bottom, anyway - in which case, head to the top).


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      Oubliette                                                      06.26
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        Size: Large
   Available: Battle, Survival, Defender, Prime Hunter, Nodes
 Best Suited: Samus, Sylux, Weavel, Noxus, Kanden, Trace, Spire
     Weapons: Missile (2), Omega Cannon (1)
    Pick-Ups: None
       Other: Affinity (1), Medium Energy (2), Large Energy (1), Nodes (3)

        Misc: The Oubliette is the final destination - that, and the home of
              the Omega Cannon.  Don't stop until you reach the top *cheers*.

       Where: (The Prison Ship) Oubliette

   Locations: Affinity:

              (1) Appears at the bottom of the tree (Defender-only).


              Missile:

              (1) On the first ring of the tree.
              (2) On the second ring of the tree.


              Omega Cannon:

              (1) At the very top of the tree (doesn't appear in Nodes).


              Energy:

              (M1) At the bottom of the arena (towards the middle).
              (M2) Just down from the top of the tree.
              (L1) On a platform between the first and second Ring.


              Nodes:

              (1) Near to where Missile (1) appears.
              (2) Where the Omega Cannon normally appears.

              (3) Near the Jump Pad on the second ring of the tree (with more
                  than two players on the map).


   Breakdown: The whole premise is to make it to the top and grab the Omega
     Cannon.  No Hunter is any more skilled at making it there than any other.
     The real key to success is to keep control of the spawn point once you
     have it.  The best way to do this is with your alt. form (the Lockjaw is
     probably the best for doing that, but the Morphball comes a close second).
     Once we have the Omega Cannon, we have two choices in how we fire it.

     We can either strafe back down the ramp ever-so slightly (my favourite
     because it covers a very wide area and makes reaching you a complete
     impossibility until the shot reaches its target) - or you can use the
     green panels on the side of the arena to reflect the shot down to the
     bottom (or from the bottom to the top, if we're being tricky about it).

     In matches with three or four players, a kill will more-or-less always be
     scored from the Omega Cannon.  The odds of everyone dodging the shot are
     small to say the least.  If you're unfortunate enough to be stuck down the
     bottom when the fireworks arrive, it is possible to use another Hunter as
     a living shield.  It doesn't always work, but sometimes, if you're lucky,
     they'll absorb the whole blast.  To the annoyance of your opponents, the
     Seeker Missiles are great for knocking people out of their hiding places
     and into the blast.


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      Frequently Asked Questions                                     07.00
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 === General Questions ===

 Q: What are all of the badges and borders for on the Hunter License and how do
    I get them/win them; also, how does the Hunter Ranking work?

 A: First off, emblems and borders are there purely for bragging rights - there
    are no special bonuses for having them.  As long as you give it your best,
    I don't think anybody will think any less of you if you don't have any
    (cornier than corn, yes).

    - Lightning Emblem:

    By playing a set amount of matches (online or offline), you'll earn a
    lightning bolt emblem on the left side of your Hunter License.  Winning 25
    matches will earn you a bronze, winning 100 matches will earn you a silver,
    and winning 200 matches *gasp* will earn you a gold.


    - Alimbic Emblem:

    Finish Adventure Mode with less than 100% as a total.


    - Octolith:

    Finish Adventure Mode with 100% as a total (replaces Alimbic Emblem).


    - Border/Golden Border:

    To unlock the regular border, compete in a total of 500 Wi-Fi or local
    matches.  For the golden border, compete in a total of 500 Wi-Fi or local
    matches whilst maintaining a five-star ranking.


    - Hunter Rankings:

    By winning matches online, you will increase your Hunter Rank - unlike
    emblems, this really does matter to most people.  Winning matches will nab
    you points - beating an opponent with a higher ranking than yourself will
    award a greater amount of points than beating a similar or lower ranked
    opponent.  Something worth bearing in mind is that even if you lose a
    match, you will only lose points to those who ranked above you, meaning you
    will gain points from all those who ranked below you.

                                                   AWARDED POINTS
                                             o------------------------o
                RANKINGS AND REQUIRED POINTS | BH | SH | EH | MH | LH |
     o---------------------------------------|----v----v----v----v----|
     | RANK 1 | 000 - 039 | Bounty Hunter    > 02 | 03 | 06 | 12 | 15 |
     |---------------------------------------|----|----|----|----|----|
    S| RANK 2 | 040 - 139 | Super Hunter     > 01 | 03 | 06 | 10 | 12 |
    T|---------------------------------------|----|----|----|----|----|
    A| RANK 3 | 140 - 389 | Elite Hunter     > 01 | 02 | 04 | 08 | 10 |
    R|---------------------------------------|----|----|----|----|----|
    S| RANK 4 | 390 - 749 | Master Hunter    > 01 | 01 | 04 | 05 | 08 |
     |---------------------------------------|----|----|----|----|----|
     | RANK 5 | 750 - 999 | Legendary Hunter > 01 | 01 | 02 | 04 | 06 |
     o----------------------------------------------------------------o

    It might be worth pointing out that when you rank up, the points that you
    receive will change accordingly (i.e. the points you just earned will be
    capped at the maximum of the rank you just gained - any other points will
    be discarded).  You might want to consider only battling high-level Hunters
    when you know you're going to receive the full amount of points.


 Q: Who's the best Hunter to pair with in team games?

 A: It's all a matter of preference.  With Samus, it's usually best to team
    with a Hunter that excels where she doesn't - you would think that would be
    obvious, but some Hunters benefit from being paired with a similar type as
    opposed to a contrasting type).  My favourite combination happens to be
    Samus teamed with Sylux (for their powerful Affinity weapons and speedy
    alt. forms).


 Q: I've heard that you can unlock Samus without her suit as a secret eighth
    character - how can I do it?

 A: Zero Suit Samus can supposedly be unlocked by completing the game three
    times with 100% (once in each slot and no copies) and then playing 10,000
    Wi-Fi or local connection matches.  What do I think?  I think It's just a
    load of old goat.  If it were true, all those dunderheads with an Action
    Replay/hacked Flash Cart would have been playing as Zero Suit Samus a very
    long time ago.


 === Questions About Weapons ===

 Q: Now that you've included a table for weapon locations, what about doing one
    for the locations of the power-ups?

 A: Yeah, I suppose I should... okay, just for you special folks out there.

 o------------------------------------------o
 |NO|                     | CLO | DBL | D.A | For super-easy access to this
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----| table, just copy and paste it
 |01| Combat Hall         |  N  |  N  |  N  | into a new Notepad window and hit
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----| the print button.
 |02| Data Shrine         |  N  |  N  |  N  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |03| Processor Core      |  N  |  Y  |  Y  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |04| High Ground         |  N  |  Y  |  N  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |05| Ice Hive            |  N  |  Y  |  Y  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |06| Alinos Perch        |  N  |  N  |  N  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |07| Sic Transit         |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |8a| Transfer Lock       |  N  |  N  |  N  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |8b| Transfer Lock Exp.  |  N  |  Y  |  N  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |09| Sanctorus           |  N  |  Y  |  N  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |10| Compression Chamber |  N  |  Y  |  N  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |11| Incubation Vault    |  N  |  N  |  N  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |12| Subterranean        |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |13| Outer Reach         |  N  |  N  |  N  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |14| Harvester           |  Y  |  N  |  N  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |15| Weapons Complex     |  Y  |  N  |  N  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |16| Council Chamber     |  N  |  N  |  N  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |17| Elder Passage       |  N  |  N  |  N  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |18| Fuel Stack          |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |19| Fault Line          |  Y  |  Y  |  N  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |20| Stasis Bunker       |  N  |  N  |  N  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |21| Head Shot           |  N  |  N  |  Y  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |22| Celestial Gateway   |  N  |  N  |  N  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |23| Alinos Gateway      |  N  |  N  |  N  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |24| VDO Gateway         |  N  |  Y  |  N  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |25| Arcterra Gateway    |  N  |  N  |  N  |
 |--|---------------------|-----|-----|-----|
 |26| Oubliette           |  N  |  N  |  N  |
 o------------------------------------------o


 === Questions About Arenas ===

 - Transfer Lock

 Q: Is there a way to expand the map, other than playing it in Defender,
    Bounty, or Capture modes?

 A: Nope, I'm afraid not.  I don't think it'd be as great as you imagine it to
    be, anyway.  I think that the map would just be ruined by spammers and
    campers if it didn't have some kind of focus.


 - Oubliette

 Q: I've killed Gorea and completed the game (like you said), but I don't seem
    to have unlocked the Oubliette - why?

 A: To unlock the Oubliette, you need to access and defeat Gorea's ultimate
    form.  This can be done by shooting the coloured switches on the walls of
    his chamber in the following order with the appropriate weapon:

    1. Yellow (Volt Driver)
    2. Green (Battlehammer)
    3. Orange (Magmaul)
    4. Blue (Shock Coil - jump to reach it)
    5. Purple (Judicator)
    6. Red (Imperialist)

    If you've done it correctly, Samus will be contacted by her hyper-dandy
    gunship.  Once you've gotten Gorea Phase 1 out of the way, you'll be taken
    off to fight Gorea's final form (inside the Oubliette proper).


 === Questions About This Guide ===

 Q: Can I use your guide on my site?

 A: As of this moment, no you cannot host my guide.  Why?  Because I believe
    that the number of sites that Iím allowing to host this guide is enough,
    enough to keep track of and enough to provide adequate distribution to you,
    the wonderful FAQ-reading public.


 Q: I have this guide, would it be okay if I used a part of yours?

 A: *Chokes* part of mine?  What would be the point of that?  You can use my
    guide as reference for all the things that I canít own (i.e. facts), but
    you canít go lifting entire paragraphs, even if you credit me for it.
    Just read the copyright notice at the top of this guide, and then think
    twice before 'borrowing' anything from me.


 Q: If I've found something that you were too stupid to include, or something
    that you've missed, what should I do?

 A: You could take it, turn it sideways and shove it... *ahem* just drop me
    a line and tell me in exact detail as to what it was that I screwed up on
    or missed out.  If you can help me to make this guide more accurate, youíll
    win a cookie, a kudos cookie (great on calories, lousy on taste).


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      Credits and Outro                                              08.00
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     This is really the end section?  It seems I managed to finish this guide
without going completely insane - more tea, Prime Minister Churchill?  What?
Oh, yes, it's the end of the guide.  I'm really quite amazed that I even
thought about rewriting it, let alone have actually done it.


 === Special Mentions and Thanks ===

  Nick Vedder: He informed me of a minor error with the Weapon Location Table
    [4. Weapons] and of a typo caused by my excessive copy/pasting.  Also for
    pointing out a slightly bigger error on Oubliette [6. Arenas].

  The layout of this guide is based upon the layout used by Dalez in his Breath
    of Fire IV guide [http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/2741.html].

     If for some strange reason, you would actually like to thank me, feel free
to pay me a visit and leave a comment [http://mikepenance.tumblr.com] and
pledge to serve as my vassal - too far?  Well, just sign it and leave out the
"serving me for all eternity" bit (if you like).


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No, Mr. President, they have no idea of my true identity.  Yes, Mr. President,
it all went according to plan.  Shall I continue with the second phase of the
operation?  Yes, sir, understood.
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     Metroid Prime: Hunters (C) 2006 Nintendo
          Samus Aran - FAQ/Character Guide (C) 2012 Mike Penance
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