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Mega Man Star Force 3: Black Ace/Red Joker     |
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Ability Waves FAQ v1.2 |
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by Mega Rock.exe

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Contents

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Intro to Abilities|
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Ability Wave List |
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Cursor-Changing Explanation |
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Shop Inventory |
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Noise-only Abilities |
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Legal/History/Contact/Credits |
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Intro to Abilities|
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Abilitiy Waves are items that you equip to gain more abilities.
You can get them in Green Mystery Waves (GMW), Blue Mystery Waves (BMW)
or sometimes in locked Purple Mystery Waves (PMW).  Each ability usually
comes with more than one variation.  For example, HP +50 has 4 different
Link Power Values.  Abilities are equipped using Link Power you get from
BrotherBands.  This means that the smaller the number is, the better.
The more Link Power you have, the better.  On rare occasions, a
Gold Mystery Wave will have the best variant of a certain ability.

Other ways to get abilities includes special shops and Noise Changes.
Keeping a Noise Change for a while will reward you with the best of a
certain ability.  And collecting enough Mr. Hertzs and Noise Frags after
battles will give you a better chance of buying something good from those
shops.


The format for the list is simple.
First I put the full name.
Then list all the possible LP Value variations.
Write an in-depth description.
And put some locations down.

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Ability Wave List |
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Name:
  HP +50

LP Value:
  [120] [110] [100] [90]

Description:
  Raises max HP by 50.

Locations:
  - WBG Main Building; BMW
  - Event Stage CC 3; BMW
  - Echo Ridge Wicket CC; BMW
  - Cipher Code: Epsilon07292
  - Mr. Hertz Shop
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Name:
  HP +100

LP Value:
  [220] [205] [190] [170]

Description:
  Raises max HP by 100.

Locations:
  - Podium Noise; BMW
  - Ship Noise
  - AC System CC; BMW
  - Mr. Hertz Shop
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Name:
  HP +200

LP Value:
  [310] [290] [270] [250]

Description:
  Raises max HP by 200.

Locations:
  - Principal Noise; BMW
  - National Astro Wave 2
  - Cactus Noise
  - Admin Monitor CC; BMW
  - Mr. Hertz Shop
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Name:
  HP +300

LP Value:
  [420] [390] [370] [340]

Description:
  Raises max HP by 300.

Locations:
  - Meteor G Control CC; BMW
  - Alohaha Dog CC; BMW
  - Mr. Hertz Shop
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Name:
  HP +400

LP Value:
  [490] [470] [450] [430]

Description:
  Raises max HP by 400.

Locations:
  - Noise Wave 3; BMW
  - Outer Astro Wave 2; BMW
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Name:
  HP +500

LP Value:
  [610] [570] [540] [450] [350]

Description:
  Raises max HP by 500.

Locations:
  - Libra Noise
  - Noise Wave 5; 100 Standard Card door
  - Planet FM Astro Wave 2
  - Black Hole Server 1; 900 Link Power door
  - Noise Frag Shop
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Name:
  Under Shirt

LP Value:
  [60] [50] [30] [5]

Description:
  Keep 1 HP on a fatal hit.

Locations:
  - Air Duct CC; BMW
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Name:
  Air Shoes

LP Value:
  [450] [400] [350] [260] [200]

Description:
  Can move over hole panels.

Locations:
  - Corvus Noise
  - Noise Wave 1; PMW
  - Cipher Code: Sigma08312
  - Noise Frag Shop
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Name:
  Float Shoes

LP Value:
  [300] [270] [240] [210] [150]

Description:
  Nullify effects of Poison and Cracked Panels

Locations:
  - Cygnus Noise
  - Noise Wave 6; defeat all real-world viruses door
  - Mr. Hertz Shop
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Name:
  Reflect

LP Value:
  [260] [230] [200] [150] [50]

Description:
  Reflect back damage when attacks hit your shield.
  Power is 10 x the strength of your buster.  So a buster of 5 will
  mean the reflect does 50 damage.

Locations:
  - Rogue Noise
  - King Wall CC; BMW
  - Mr. Hertz Shop
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Name:
  Super Armor

LP Value:
  [900] [700]

Description:
  Take no recoil from attacks.  You should be uninterrupted from
  attacks that do not freeze, paralyze or bubble with Super Armor

Locations:
  - Taurus Noise
  - Black Hole Server 2; All Cards door
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Name:
  No Flash

LP Value:
  [300] [200]

Description:
  Nullify the effects of blinding and confusion.

Locations:
  - Ophiuca Noise
  - Mr. Hertz Shop
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Name:
  No Gravity

LP Value:
  [500] [300]

Description:
  Nullify the effects of pushing effects like wind.

Locations:
  - Corvus Noise
  - Mr. Hertz Shop
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Name:
  No Paralyze

LP Value:
  [800] [600]

Description:
  Nullify the effects of paralysis.  Becomes ineffective if you are hit
    with a Stun Knuckle.

Locations:
  - Gemini Noise
  - Mr. Hertz Shop
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Name:
  No Freeze

LP Value:
  [800] [600]

Description:
  Nullify the effects of freezing.  Becomes ineffective if you are hit
    with a Freeze Knuckle.

Locations:
  - Virgo Noise
  - Mr. Hertz Shop
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Name:
  No Bubble

LP Value:
  [800] [600]

Description:
  Nullify the effects of bubble.

Locations:
  - Cancer Noise
  - Mr. Hertz Shop
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Name:
  First Barrier

LP Value:
  [60] [50] [40] [30]

Description:
  Start the battle with a barrier good for one hit.

Locations:
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Name:
  First Aura

LP Value:
  [600] [400]

Description:
  Start the battle with a 100 Aura.

Locations:
  - Rogue Noise
  - Echo Ridge; 1 Omega piece
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Name:
  Mega Class +1

LP Value:
  [440] [400] [360] [240] [200]

Description:
  Can add 1 more Mega Class card to your folder.

Locations:
  - Crown Noise
  - Noise Wave 5; 500 Link Power door
  - Black Hole Server 2; All Mega Cards door
  - Mr. Hertz Shop
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Name:
  Giga Class +1

LP Value:
  [750] [700] [650] [400]

Description:
  Can add 1 more Giga Class card to your folder.

Locations:
  - Noise Wave 6; BMW
  - Black Hole Server 1; All Giga Cards door
  - Black Hole Server 2; Defeat Sirus door
  - Noise Frag Shop
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Name:
  + V-Shot

LP Value:
  [90] [80] [70] [50]

Description:
  Makes the standard charged buster attack spread back in a V-shape.

Locations:
  - Event Stage CC1 1; BMW
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Name:
  + X-Shot

LP Value:
  [150] [130] [110] [90] [45]

Description:
  Makes the standard charged buster attack spread in an X-shape.

Locations:
  - Cancer Noise
  - Beach; secret warp in top corner
  - Shooting Game CC; BMW
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Name:
  + Spread Shot

LP Value:
  [220] [180] [160] [140] [100]

Description:
  Makes the standard charged buster attack hit adjacent panels.

Locations:
  - Libra Noise
  - Info Board CC; BMW
  - Crimson Machine CC 2; BMW
  - Black Hole Server 2; BMW
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Name:
  + Wood Panel

LP Value:
  [220] [200] [170] [150] [50]

Description:
  Charge attack makes Grass panels.  Only panels that are hit change.

Locations:
  - Ophiuca Noise
  - Wooden Box Noise
  - Environment System CC 3; BMW
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Name:
  + Ice Panel

LP Value:
  [220] [210] [180] [160] [50]

Description:
  Charge attack makes Ice panels.  Only panels that are hit change.

Locations:
  - Virgo Noise
  - Crimson Tank CC; BMW
  - National Astro Wave 1; BMW
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Name:
  + Paralyze Panel

LP Value:
  [250] [230] [210] [180] [70]

Description:
  Charge attack makes Paralyze panels.  Only panels that are hit change.

Locations:
  - Gemini Noise
  - Noise Wave 6; BMW
  - Noise Frag Shop
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Name:
  + Guard Null Panel

LP Value:
  [200] [190] [170] [140] [50]

Description:
  Charge attack makes Guard Null panels.  Only panels that are hit change.
  Opponents standing on Gaurd Null Panels cannot use their shield to block.

Locations:
  - Cygnus Noise
  - Noise Frag Shop
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Name:
  + Poison Panel

LP Value:
  [270] [250] [230] [120]

Description:
  Charge attack makes Poison panels.  Only panels that are hit change.

Locations:
  - Noise Frag Shop
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Name:
  Auto-Lock

LP Value:
  [950]

Description:
  Always have lock-on mode enabled.

Locations:
  - Secret Shelter; 3 Omega pieces.
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Name:
  Quick Gauge

LP Value:
  [500] [300]

Description:
  Start the battle with Quick Gauge.  Custom Gauge is 2x faster.

Locations:
  - Wolf Noise
  - Black Hole Server 2; 6 Omega pieces
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Name:
  Anti-Damage

LP Value:
  [370] [350] [330] [250]

Description:
  Avoid damage by countering attacks.  Push Up+Y with precise timing.
  For less than a second, you become immune to attacks.  Getting hit
  will send you in front of the attacker, immune to damage, and swinging
  a wide wood sword with 10 damage x the level of your buster.  The target
  receives no flinch or other effect.

Locations:
  - Giant Monitor CC; BMW
  - Cipher Code: Phi40588
  - Noise Frag Shop
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Name:
  Diagonal Lock

LP Value:
  [5]

Description:
  Change lock-on range to cover the 2x3 area in front of you and the
  row in front of you.  Also removes corner-to-corner lock for
  Player-vs-Player battles.

Locations:
  - National Astro Wave 2; BMW
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Name:
  Side Lock

LP Value:
  [5]

Description:
  Change lock-on range to target the rows on your sides.

Locations:
  - Command Center; BMW
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Name:
  Ace Program/Joker Program

LP Value:
  [0]

Description:
  Enables the noise gauge in battle and allows Noise Changes to occur.

Locations:
  Given to you by Ace in the story.
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Name:
  Area Eater Support

LP Value:
  [5]

Description:
  Turns all support cards into Area Eater.

Locations:
  - Stunt Car CC; PMW
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Name:
  Double Stone Support

LP Value:
  [5]

Description:
  Turns all support cards into Double Stone.
  Double Stone can set rocks in different places using the D-Pad during
  activation. Holding left will make the farthest rock appear on the left.
  The same is true if you hold right.

Locations:
  - Candy Shop; PMW
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Name:
  Panel Format Support

LP Value:
  [5]

Description:
  Turns all support cards into Panel Format.

Locations:
  - Noise Wave 2; BMW
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Name:
  Humor Word

LP Value:
  [1]

Description:
  Use the L button to have Omega-Xis tell jokes.

Locations:
  Orbital Base; Mr. Hertz on the Wave Road.
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Name:
  Humor Buster

LP Value:
  [1]

Description:
  Changes the sound the buster and charged buster makes to dog sounds.

Locations:
  ---
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Name:
  Humor Buster 2

LP Value:
  [1]

Description:
  Changes the sound the buster and charged buster makes to cat sounds.

Locations:
  - Planet FM Astro Wave 1; talk to Astro Hertz.
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Cursor-Changing Explanation |
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This section is for an in-depth analysis of the 3 abilities that change your
lock-on cursor behavior.  The abilities that do this are "Diagonal Lock/5",
"Side Lock/5", and "Auto-Lock/950".

Normally, pushing down enables lock-on mode if the card you selected can be
take it.  The range is like this assuming you are standing on the
middle panel:

[ ][|][ ]
[ ][|][ ]
[ ][|][ ]
[\][|][/]
[ ][M][ ]

You can target enemies in front of you or on the row in front of you.
An enemy locked on in front of you takes over a lock on to an enemy on
the sides.  

And if you stand on the corner, another panel can be targetted:

[ ][ ][|]
[ ][ ][|]
[\][ ][|]
[ ][\][|]
[ ][ ][M]

Just that corner panel on the second row in front of you.

Also, in Player vs Player battles such as in Wi-Fi,
a new position can be locked:

[E][ ][ ]
[ ][ ][ ]
[ ][\][ ]
[ ][ ][ ]
[ ][ ][M]

Assuming you are on one of the corners and the enemy is too, you can
lock on to them from there.  In the diagram above, "M" could target "E".

With Diagonal Lock, you range changes slightly, but for the better.
This is how your range would look like with Diagonal Lock on:

[ ][|][ ]
[ ][|][ ]
[/][|][\]
[\][|][/]
[ ][M][ ]

The 2x3 area in front of you can now be targetted but the corners for Wi-Fi
can't. This only affects the 2x3 area IN FRONT. So it won't get the left
side if you're standing on the right side. This lock-on mode is most
effective in the middle and if you've taken away some area.
Using Double Eater, your range would cover the whole stage if you were
standing in the middle:

[/][|][\]
[\][|][/]
[ ][M][ ]

Side Lock is different from the standard and Diagonal.  With Side Lock,
the row in front of you is not targetted.  Only your sides are.
This lock-on mode would be most effective in the middle and when the
opponent is not aware of it. It would probably be better in player
matches only.
The range changes to this:

[|][ ][|]
[|][ ][|]
[|][ ][|]
[|][ ][|]
[ ][M][ ]

It seems limited but it's like using the regular lock-on twice
on your sides!

Auto-Lock is the most costly ability to use.  With a whopping 950LP
to use, it's a tough decision on whether it actually does you any good.

As the name implies, Auto-Lock automatically locks on to the nearest
opponent or the one in front of you.  Constant lock-on means there's no
need to position yourself.  The enemy is targetted no matter what similar
to Black Ace's Auto-Lock.  This is could also be a bad thing.  Rogue Noise
breaks lock-on over a short period of time.  Always locking on would mean
that your cursor would always break.  It's up to you if you want to use it.

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Shop Inventory |
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Some abilities can be purchased in shops.  These shops cannot be accessed
through Mr. Suther's shop service in BIG WAVE.  You must find these in their
respective areas.


The Mr. Hertz Shop is in Mr. Hertz Square.  That place is in an antenna
on the Wave Road of the WAZA HQ.  In this shop you use collected Mr. Hertz's
as currency.


Mr. Hertz Shop Inventory
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Ability           LP Value    Cost |

HP +50              /120       1
HP +50              /110       2
HP +50              /100       4
HP +100             /220       2
HP +100             /205       4
HP +100             /190       6
HP +200             /310       3
HP +200             /290       5
HP +200             /270       8
HP +300             /420       7
Float Shoes         /300      12
Reflect             /260       4
No Flash            /300       8
No Gravity          /500       9
No Paralyze         /800      13
No Freeze           /800      13
No Bubble           /800      13
Mega Class +1       /440      12
Mega Class +1       /400      18
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The Noise Frag shop is in Noise Wave 1.  The quickest way to get there
is through the Noise Wave in Echo Ridge near the pool.  The Noism sells
them and you use Noise Frags to purchase abilities as well as some cards.


Noise Frag Shop Inventory
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Ability           LP Value    Cost |

HP +500             /610       17
Air Shoes           /450       12
Air Shoes           /400       15
Giga Class +1       /750       20
Giga Class +1       /700       25
+ Paralyze Panel    /250       13
+ Paralyze Panel    /250       20
+ Guard Null Panel  /200       13
+ Guard Null Panel  /190       20
+ Poison Panel      /270       15
+ Poison Panel      /250       23
Anti Damage         /370        7
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Noise-only Abilities |
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There are also some abilities that can only be obtained by using a
certain Noise Change.  If you stay with a Noise Change and win about 100
battles you will get their first ability in the results.  Fight another
150 battles and you get the second ability.  The ability you get always
has the best LP Value avaiable.  They can be very valuable.


Libra Noise
  - Charge Spread/100
  - HP +500/350

Corvus Noise
  - No Gravity/300
  - Air Shoes/200

Cancer Noise
  - + X-Shot/45
  - No Bubble/300

Gemini Noise
  - Charge Paralyze/70
  - No Paralyze/600

Ophiuca Noise
  - + Wood Panel/50
  - No Flash/200

Cygnus Noise
  - + Guard Null Panel/50
  - Float Shoes/150

Taurus Noise
  - Super Armor/700

Virgo Noise
  - + Ice Panel/50
  - No Freeze/600

Crown Noise
  - Mega Class +1/200

Wolf Noise
  - Quick Gauge/300

Rogue Noise
  - Reflect/50
  - First Aura/400
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Legal/History/Contact/Credits |
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Version History

July 21, 2009
  v1.0 First version

July 23, 2009
  v1.1 Added a few things

July 27, 2009
  v1.2 Fixed some things; added in-depth analysis of Anti-Damage ability.
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