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    Mega Man X FAQ
    By X
    
    *Updates to this guide can be found at the end.
    
    Story: On a dig, Dr. Cain unearthed a capsule containing the amazing
    robot Mega Man X. When Dr. Cain found the capsule, he also found this
    included in a file:
    
    Mega Man X's Specifications:
    HEAD - Broad-range Eye Camera, Ultra-sensitive Voice Recognition
    System, Voice Generation System made by HAYATOM, Inc.
    CHEST - Accumulative Energy Generator, Micro-fusion Fuel Tank, Central
    Joint-controlling System,
    ARMS - X-Buster (Mega Buster Mark17), Energy Amplifier, Variable Weapon
    System
    LEGS - Gyroscopic Stabilization System, Emergency Acceleration System
    (Optional)
    INTERIOR SKELETON - Reactive armor skeleton which reduces damage by 93
    percent.
    BODY SKIN - Lightweight "Titanium-X" Alloy.
    
    WARNING: "X" is the first of a new generation of robots which contain
    an innovative new feature - the ability to think, feel, and make their
    own decisions. However this ability could be very dangerous. If "X"
    were to break the first rule of robotics, "A robot must never harm a
    human being", the results would be disastrous and I fear that no force
    on earth could stop him.
    
    Approximately 30 years will be required before we can safely confirm
    his reliability. Unfortunately I will not live to see that day, nor do
    I have anyone to carry on my work. Therefore, I have decided to seal
    him in this capsule, which will test his internal systems until his
    reliability can be confirmed. Please do not disturb the capsule until
    that time.
    
    "X" possesses great risks as well as great possibilities. I can only
    hope for the best.
    
                                               September 18, 20XX
                                                         T. Light
    
    Unfortunately, Dr. Cain did not heed the warning and thus placed X's
    design onto an assembly line, mass-producing "Reploids". Unfortunately,
    these robots decided to turn against their creators, believing that
    they were superior to the humans, and ended up going "Maverick". X has
    decided to stop these "Mavericks" as they are called, and sets out
    after them.
    
    Mega Man X's controls:
    
    A - Dash (Requires the Ground Dash upgrade, but don't worry, you won't
    be dashless for very long).
    B - Jump (Longer you hold it down, the higher X will go).
          Wall Jump (Performed by touching a wall and then pressing the
    button, and you will climb the wall, able to be done multiple times by
    pressing the button again when you touch the wall again)
    
    Dash Jump - Performed by hitting the Dash button and the Jump button at
    the same time. This will let you jump much farther than a regular jump.
    
    Y - Shoot X-Buster shots. Hold down for more powerful (charged) blasts.
    Longer you hold it down, more powerful the shot will be.
    L or R - Cycle through the weapons you have earned from the Mavericks
    (explained below).
    Start - Opens the Status Screen. Here, the game is paused, and you will
    be able to select which weapon you wish to use (convenient if you don't
    have time to use L or R to cycle), absorb a Sub-Tank, or activate the
    Escape Unit.
    
    Basic Things for Beginners:
    - If no enemies are around, take the time to charge up your X-Buster.
    This will make it quite easier when enemies come, as charged shots keep
    going after destroying an enemy, whereas basic shots will not. Your X-
    Buster can reach three levels of power:
    1)	No charging. Small yellow sphere fired forward.
    2)	Charged to blue level. Larger, green rocket-shaped shot fired forward
    (does not stop unless multiple hits are required for enemy).
    3)	Charged to yellow level. Even larger, blue, circular shaped shot fired
    forward (does not stop unless multiple hits are required for enemy,
    much more powerful than the previous two shots).
    
    - Wall Jumping will be necessary to complete most levels. Be sure to
    get the hang of it, it's not that hard.
    - Sliding down walls will also help. To slide down a wall, touch the
    wall and press the direction of the wall on the control pad. You can
    fire your X-Buster while sliding down as well.
    - The Escape Unit can be used when you return to a level in which you
    have already defeated the Maverick there. Activating the unit will
    cause you to teleport out of the level.
    - There are five main different power ups you will see on the ground:
    White and Yellow Capsules - These will refill X's energy meter. There
    are small and large ones. Obviously, large ones will refill more life
    than small ones.
    Blue and Red Capsules - These will refill the Maverick weapon's meter.
    There are small and large ones. Again, the large ones will refill more.
    Extra Lives - These look like X's head, and are glowing. They will give
    you an extra chance to play the game. You can have a maximum of nine.
    - Bosses will be invincible temporarily after hitting them. You will
    see them flashing white during this period, so any shots used at this
    time will be wasted. Once the white flash dissipates, you may freely
    shoot at the boss again.
    
    Level 1: Highway Stage
    
    Nothing much to say here, just continue through, blasting enemies and
    recharging as they come. When those big helicopter-like enemies come,
    just stand as far back as possible and blast it. Just don't be under it
    when it falls. Eventually, you will reach an airship.
    
    BOSS: VILE
    
    Vile is not able to be defeated at this time. His Robot Walker will
    make it impossible for him to take damage (at least from you right now
    anyway). When your energy gets low enough, he will fire energy spheres
    from a cannon, which will paralyze you. Then Zero will step in to save
    you just in time, but cannot destroy Vile either (who runs off). Now
    you will go to a stage selection screen. I suggest Chill Penguin first.
    
    Snow Mountain Stage
          X*
    X           X
    X           X
          XX
    
    (Note that the above X's and * refer to where the boss is located at on
    the selection screen.)
    
    This is a very simplistic and relatively easy level. Just continue
    through until you find the first capsule of the game. You can't miss it
    (literally, it's blocking your path). After Dr. Light gives you his
    little speech, step inside to receive the Ground Dash upgrade.
    
    GROUND DASH: By pressing the Dash button (A) X will slide on his
    stomach. The longer the button is held, the farther X will dash. You
    can also combine the button with the jump button, allowing X to perform
    a Dash Jump, a much farther jump than before. This can also be combined
    with wall jumping, allowing you to kick off farther. You can also use
    this enhancement only on the ground by tapping left or right twice in a
    row. The longer you hold the button down, the farther X will dash.
    Also, this has the capability to make your non-charged shots more
    powerful. By Dashing and firing while doing so, the increase in speed
    doubles the power of a non-charged shot. (Thanks to Freespace2dotcom at
    Freespace2dotcom@yahoo.com for pointing this out.)
    
    BOSS: CHILL PENGUIN
    Height: 5.34 feet  Weight: 237 pounds
    
    Chill Penguin is quite easy (though for beginners, may be a bit
    troublesome). Try to walk into the level with a fully charged X-Buster
    shot, and release it right away. Also, spend this whole battle touching
    one of the walls (not necessarily going to be the same one the entire
    fight).  If you see Chill Penguin move, you know you're gonna have to
    react fast. His attacks:
    
    -	Chill Penguin will use his sliding attack, which involves him sliding
    on his stomach in your direction. Just jump up the wall while charging,
    then come back down and blast him.
    -	Chill Penguin will start blowing icy breath a fair distance. If you are
    in its path, climb the wall, or you will be frozen. Two ice statues of
    penguins will appear then. Touching them causes damage. His next move
    will be to grab the handle in the ceiling. This will bring on a
    snowstorm, sliding the statues to you. Climb the wall or destroy them
    before you get hit.
    -	Chill Penguin will simply jump up and try to land on you. Dash away if
    this happens.
    -	Chill Penguin will begin spitting ice shards at you, which is his
    Shotgun Ice attack. You cannot destroy them, and nothing will stop him
    at this point, so basically just climb the wall until he stops, and
    blast him when he's done.
    
    Charge up whenever possible. If you are forced to climb a wall at any
    point, use that time to charge.
    
    WEAPON: SHOTGUN ICE
    
    This weapon will fire an ice shard forward. If it hits an enemy,
    multiple smaller shards will ricochet backwards, which can also do
    damage. Charged up (see later), this weapon will create an ice
    platform, which will shoot forward, allowing you to ride it.
    
    The next Maverick I suggest you go after would be Storm Eagle.
    
    Sky Stage
          XX
    X           X
    *           X
          XX
    
    In the beginning of this level will be platforms constantly moving on
    conveyor belts. Make your way to as high as possible as you can on
    these. Once there, do a Dash Jump as far left as possible. You will
    land on a green section, which will have a Heart Tank.
    
    HEART TANK - There are eight of these in the game, (one for each
    level). As you may have noticed from the fight with Chill Penguin, X
    has about half the energy of the Mavericks he fights. Each time you
    pick up a Heart Tank, X will permanently gain two unit capacity spaces
    to his energy meter.
    
    Next, continue on until you see an enemy shooting fireballs on top of a
    rising platform. Destroy the enemy, and then get on the platform, which
    will rise. Climb on the green-blue wall there, and shoot it. It's
    glass, which will shatter a doorway for you. Destroy the enemy inside,
    which will shatter the rest of the glass. At the end of this small
    room, is your first Sub Tank.
    
    SUB TANK - There are four of these in the game. If X has full energy,
    and picks up an energy capsule, the energy will instead go to the Sub
    Tank. Sub Tanks, when used, will transfer the energy stored in the tank
    to X's energy meter.
    Continue on in the level. Eventually, you will come to a tall tower of
    metal, which you have to climb. Slide down the right side of it. Once
    you have gone about half way down, dash jump right. Shoot the tanks
    with the fire symbol on them (don't worry, the explosion won't hurt
    you), (it'll take quite a few hits) and then go through to Dr. Light's
    next capsule upgrade.
    
    POWER HELMET: With this on X, he can break certain blocks with a head
    butt, or by wall jumping off of them. Practice a bit on the blocks that
    are provided there.
    
    Continue on to finally meet the boss.
    
    BOSS: STORM EAGLE
    Height: 8.20 feet  Weight: 275 pounds
    
    This boss is another easy one. Again, try to enter this with a charged
    up blast, but don't release it when the battle starts, since Storm
    Eagle will be blowing you away. Using your Ground Dash will combat
    this. Keep dashing towards Storm Eagle until you are in firing range
    and then unload on him. Basic attacks include:
    
    -	Storm Eagle will begin flapping his wings, blowing you away from him.
    Use your Ground Dash to get back closer to him.
    -	Storm Eagle will use his Storm Tornado (the weapon you will soon
    receive). This weapon will blow you faster than his wings can. Also
    dash under this.
    -	Storm Eagle will fly up and stop in mid-air, dropping a sort of egg,
    which will shatter on impact, releasing four small birds. These birds
    will come for you. Shoot them as soon as they come.
    -	Storm Eagle will fly up and try to clip you using his diving attack.
    Just keep walking around and charging (or dashing) when you can't see
    him on screen. If you keep dashing, you'll have to wait until he lands
    again to start inflicting damage. If you keep walking and charging,
    wait until you see him come down, then quickly turn and fire.
    
    WEAPON: STORM TORNADO
    
    You will have most likely seen Storm Eagle use this already. Basically,
    you will fire a small, ringed tornado forward. Charged up, it becomes a
    true, large, vertical tornado, covering much more ground, or air for
    that matter.
    
    The next Maverick to tackle is Flame Mammoth.
    
    Factory Stage
          XX
    X            *
    X            X
          XX
    
    I'll bet you're probably wondering why a fire-type enemy would have an
    icy level. He doesn't usually. You see, because you have already
    defeated Chill Penguin, his level freezes over, making it easier and
    possible to gain an essential item. You may freely walk on the icy
    floors, but before this would've been fire, an instant kill on contact.
    First off, go through the level until you have to fall. Then you will
    start seeing icy floors again, with a walkway above it. On the ceiling
    you can see some weird grayish blocks. This is extremely hard to do,
    but stand on the very edge of that walkway, and dash jump over there.
    Once you can see yourself near those gray blocks, start wall jumping
    like mad (press the button as rapidly as possible). Your Power Helmet
    will destroy those blocks. You'll have to get through all of them and
    up to the top to receive Dr. Light's next capsule upgrade. However, if
    you destroyed some and fell, you'll either have to kill yourself to
    come back, or complete the level and come back, because it will be
    impossible to get back up there. Or, you can wait until close to the
    end of the game with an alternative to reaching this power, but it will
    mean missing out on one of the best weapons in the game. You can ONLY
    get it here if you are playing the PC version.
    
    X-BUSTER UPGRADE: With this in your possession, X's X-Buster can now
    reach a fourth level of power, a pink level. When you fire off at that
    level, pink snakes of energy are shot forward, and a half sphere of
    pink energy appears behind X's back, providing some protection behind
    him momentarily. Much more powerful and longer lasting. Also, the
    weapons you have earned from Mavericks may now be charged as well.
    
    Now keep going right again. Dash under all of the walkways you see. At
    the end, on that icy floor, you will come to the second HEART TANK.
    
    Now climb up the right wall, and then jump left onto the walkways that
    are higher than the others. Go to the leftmost and highest one (you
    will see an extra life on it, then Dash Jump left. You will hit a wall.
    Wall Jump until the blocks are broken, and pick up the second SUB TANK.
    
    Now finish the level and you will encounter the next boss.
    
    BOSS: FLAME MAMMOTH
    Height: 10.5 feet  Weight: 719 pounds
    
    This guy is huge (hence the name Mammoth). It helps to come in with a
    charged shot. Your best attack to use is the Storm Tornado. You'll also
    have to adjust to fighting him on a constantly moving conveyor belt.
    When the battle starts, Flame Mammoth will jump up and try to land on
    you. Dash under him to prevent this from happening. If you entered with
    a charged shot, you can release when he's over you to strike him. His
    attacks include:
    
    -	Flame Mammoth will start using his Fire Wave attack, throwing small
    fires at you. Just keep going in the opposite direction, then climb a
    wall because Flame Mammoth will try to land on you again.
    -	Flame Mammoth will often shout, then try to land on you, which is his
    jump press attack. When this happens, climb a wall, causing him to miss
    you, then Dash Jump off to avoid getting hit by him. If you're not on a
    wall when he lands, you will fall to the floor and not be able to get
    up for a couple of seconds, making you vulnerable.
    -	Flame Mammoth can also use his oiling attack, enabling him to shoot oil
    from his trunk, which can end up being ignited if he uses his Fire Wave
    attack. Be sure to stay off any oil that is thrown onto the conveyor
    belt.
    
    In addition to these, just shoot a Storm Tornado at him whenever
    possible.
    
    WEAPON: FIRE WAVE
    
    You can hold down the Y button to continually have a wall of fire in
    front of you. Charged up, flame will hit the ground and keep traveling
    until it hits a pit or a wall.
    
    At this point, return to Chill Penguin's stage. Continue through the
    level until you find the Robot Walker. Keep traveling with it until you
    can see some ground above you. Jump with the Robot Walker then jump out
    of it (Up and A) and Wall Jump onto that area up there. Switch to the
    Fire Wave and use it to destroy the metal domes that enemies come out
    of, and inside the first one is the third HEART TANK.
    
    However, for those of you using the PC version, it will not quite be
    this easy. From what I have learned, Robot Walkers do not exist in the
    PC version, so you will have to go about this a different way. Instead,
    go through more of the level until you can see the edge of that cliff
    on the other side. You will have to use a Dash Jump to get up there, on
    the other side. Then you can use the Fire Wave to destroy the domes and
    collect the Heart Tank.
    
    Now go to Spark Mandrill's stage.
    
    Power Plant Stage
        XX
    X        X
    X        X
        *X
    
    This stage has also been altered. It has been wrecked due to the demise
    of Storm Eagle. Lights will dim making it impossible to see anything
    but yourself at times, but I prefer it to having electrical sparks
    shooting at you. When the lights go out, I recommend you stop moving,
    you're probably headed for a pit. Go through the level (when you come
    to the first ladders, take the one up, not down, because you won't have
    to go there until later) until you come upon a multi-colored turtle
    launching rockets. After that, don't go down the ladder at first, Wall
    Jump up instead. You will see the fourth HEART TANK above you. You'll
    have to Dash Jump off the wall at the right time to be able to jump
    onto the ledge to obtain it. Takes a bit of practice. If you are having
    difficulties doing this, you can come back here later when you have the
    Boomerang Cutter and retrieve it that way (see later). Also, at some
    point you will fight a mini-boss in this stage. You cannot see an
    energy meter for it. Your best bet against it is to use the Storm
    Tornado on it and get on the walls whenever it launches a sticky
    substance onto the floor.
    
    Continue through the level until you reach Spark Mandrill.
    
    BOSS: SPARK MANDRILL
    Height: 10.0 feet  Weight: 646 pounds
    
    This boss is a joke. Pull out your Shotgun Ice, and definitely do not
    charge it (it will take too long to use then). As soon as the battle
    starts, shoot him with it. He will be frozen. Once he breaks out, hit
    him again. Repeat this process until he dies. Since I have always used
    this strategy, I never really found out what his attacks are, but I do
    know that he can do the following:
    
    -	Spark Mandrill will create two Electric Sparks (weapon you will
    receive) which will travel on the ground and up the walls. Jump over
    them.
    -	Spark Mandrill will use his Dash Punch attack, attempting to ram into
    you. Freeze him to stop this.
    -	Spark Mandrill will jump up and cross the room using the ropes in the
    ceiling. Eventually he will drop back down.
    
    There may be more, but I am not sure as I have always quickly finished
    him off with the Shotgun Ice.
    
    WEAPON: ELECTRIC SPARK
    
    This weapon will fire small purple spheres of electrical energy
    forward. Charged up, walls of electrical energy will shoot both left
    and right.
    
    Your next Maverick to defeat is Armored Armadillo.
    
    Gallery Stage
        XX
    *        X
    X        X
        XX
    
    This level will begin with a platform that will shoot forward, which
    will kill enemies on the way, just be sure to jump off before it lands
    in a pit. Eventually, you will fall down, but slide down the right side
    of the wall, and stay on the bottom of it, until a machine breaks out.
    Go to where that machine started to get your third SUB TANK. Continue
    on again. Eventually, you will fall down again, and another machine
    will be there. Hold the Fire Wave on it until is destroyed. Continue on
    and Wall Jump up to get your fifth HEART TANK. (If you hadn't destroyed
    the machine, you wouldn't have been able to jump high enough to get it,
    as the machine would have destroyed part of the walls.) Keep going on,
    and eventually you will reach the next boss.
    
    BOSS: ARMORED ARMADILLO
    Height: 6.36 feet  Weight: 510 pounds
    
    This Maverick is not too hard. The Electric Spark will have a unique
    effect on him (you don't have to enter charged). He will start out by
    becoming a ball and ricocheting around the room. Dodge until he lands.
    At this point, fire off your weapon, and his armor will be blown off,
    making him much more vulnerable. You can now hit him when he is in ball
    form. His attacks are:
    
    -	Armored Armadillo will become a ball and ricochet around the room,
    dodge and hit him when he lands, his version of the Rolling Shield
    attack.
    -	Armored Armadillo will open a  cannon in his head and then fire four
    energy blasts at you. Climb the wall when this happens.
    -	Before his armor is blown off, Armored Armadillo can effectively block
    your attacks with his guarding process, when his Rolling Shield attack
    is in effect.
    
    Just shoot him when you can and dodge the above attacks.
    
    WEAPON: ROLLING SHIELD
    
    This weapon will fire a shield on the ground, which will roll forward.
    Charged up, it becomes a true shield protecting you for the time being.
    
    The next Maverick you should face is Launch Octopus.
    
    Ocean Stage
        *X
    X         X
    X         X
        XX
    
    This is the first water level you will encounter. In water, X can jump
    higher than normal. Go through the level, and you will fight small
    mini-bosses that are ship-like, that will try to suck you towards them
    and they also throw out tentacles. After destroying the second one, use
    the second tornado like thing in the water to jump up to a submarine.
    Destroy the submarine with a single shot of the Storm Tornado, then
    when it sinks, stay on it. Eventually it will crash through the spikes
    in the bottom, and you will be able to enter a chamber to the right and
    fight a dragon-like mini-boss. You can stand on it's scales, and only
    it's head and tail are vulnerable. Simply walk into there with a fully
    powered Storm Tornado and it will be a one-hit kill, provided it is
    held onto him long enough. After killing it, go to the very right to
    find your sixth HEART TANK. Continue on through the level, and you will
    eventually fight the dragon-like mini-boss again. This time he is a bit
    harder, as he digs into the sand beneath him. Use the same strategy as
    before. Finish the level and come upon the next boss.
    
    BOSS: LAUNCH OCTOPUS
    Height: 7.80 feet  Weight: 348 pounds
    
    This boss is a little hard. Turn on your Rolling Shield, but do not
    charge it up. Trying to hit him with it will only hurt yourself most
    likely. In the beginning, Dash immediately. Like Flame Mammoth, he will
    try to land on you. His attacks are:
    
    -	Launch Octopus will fire Homing Torpedoes at you (weapon you will
    receive). Jump up to dodge them.
    -	Launch Octopus will create small enemies to attack you. Destroy them
    with a Rolling Shield.
    -	Launch Octopus will leap up and create a whirlpool, beginning his
    energy drain procedure. Walk in the opposite direction to prevent
    getting sucked in. If you are, Launch Octopus will latch onto you and
    steal some of your health.
    
    Hit him with a Rolling Shield whenever you can. Quickly you will claim
    victory.
    
    WEAPON: HOMING TORPEDO
    
    This weapon is a missile that is heat seeking. Launch it for a
    guaranteed hit on an enemy on screen. Charged up, four projectiles are
    released instead.
    
    Now head over to Boomer Kuwanger's stage.
    
    Tower Stage
        XX
    X        X
    X        *
        XX
    
    There are no enhancements that you can get in this stage right now, so
    just go through the level until you reach the boss. There is a small
    hard part in this level. Eventually you will come to a platform that
    constantly rises. Floors with spikes beneath them are constantly
    appearing as you go up. Your best bet would be to jump on top of these
    floors as soon as you can. When the platform stops, instead of risking
    getting hit by the spikes by jumping, just Dash to your right.
    
    BOSS: BOOMER KUWANGER.
    Height: 7.93 feet  Weight: 206 pounds
    
    This boss is not too hard. Use your Homing Torpedo. There is no need to
    charge up. His attacks are:
    
    -	Boomer Kuwanger will throw a Boomerang Cutter at you (the weapon you
    soon get). Just jump away from it and fire a Homing Torpedo.
    -	Boomer Kuwanger will use his Dead Lift attack. This begins when he
    lowers his head. Next, he will clasp you with the pincers on his head,
    and hurl you into the ceiling. Just stay away from him to avoid this.
    -	Boomer Kuwanger will teleport. Jump around when he's gone and fire as
    soon as he returns.
    Other than that, just get in a shot whenever you can. Soon you will
    claim victory.
    
    The best way to fight this boss is to stay on the wall he is farthest
    from and fire torpedoes constantly. When he teleports over to your
    side, Dash Jump to the other wall.
    
    WEAPON: BOOMERANG CUTTER
    
    This weapon describes itself basically. Use it, and a boomerang will
    fly out, cutting away. Charged up, four much larger, green boomerangs
    will orbit you for a second. You will not lose energy for this weapon,
    as long as the boomerangs come back to you when used. However, if you
    charge it up, you will lose the energy. The boomerangs will not come
    back if it takes more than one of them to defeat an enemy, and you can
    also use the uncharged ones to retrieve objects (Sub Tanks, Heart
    Tanks, energy capsules, and weapon capsules). This will be important to
    retrieving some items later.
    
    At this point, return to Spark Mandrill's stage. Take the down ladder
    in the beginning, and go through the other ladders, except for the last
    one. When you see the Sub Tank on your right, jump and use your
    Boomerang Cutter. It will give you your fourth and final SUB TANK.
    
    Now go back to Boomer Kuwanger's stage. Go through most of the level
    again, until you can see the HEART TANK above you. Again, use the
    Boomerang Cutter to retrieve. Stand back until you can barely see it,
    and throw.
    
    
    Now go to the final boss, Sting Chameleon.
    
    Forest Stage
        XX
    X        X
    X        X
        X*
    
    This level has also been altered. Since you defeated Launch Octopus,
    the are has become flooded. This will help you receive an essential
    item. Go through this level until you see the walls and floor change
    from brown to gray (stone). Slide down the wall below you, and go
    through the hole to the bottom (you will see water at this point). Wall
    Jump to destroy the blocks on the right. You will see water all over in
    this area. On the small platform that is below those blocks, Dash Jump
    to the right (the water will keep you up) and collect the eighth and
    final HEART TANK. Dash Jump back to go back and this time, Dash Jump up
    to the wall above you when the walls and floors first change color.
    Wall Jump up, and then rocks will close you into the area, thus forcing
    you to fight a mini-boss. This boss is not hard, just jump over his
    hooks and blast him with the Electric Spark. You do not have to wait
    for that even, you can jump up and hit his head with it. Smoke is a
    sign of his destruction close at hand. When you run out of Electric
    Spark, use Fire Wave. The boss can jump over you (just Dash under him
    then) and can fire hooks at you (simply jump over them and then shoot
    him). If the hook hits the wall, sometimes the boss will pull itself
    towards it. Wall Jump over him then. Sometimes if the hook hits you,
    the boss will pull you towards it and injure you. Once he is defeated,
    Dr. Light's capsule will rise out of the ground.
    
    BODY ARMOR: This armor upgrade will prevent half of the damage you
    originally received.
    
    Once you take the enhancement, the rocks shatter, opening your way up
    again. Head back, and finally take the right passage now. Continue
    through the level until you reach the last boss.
    
    BOSS: STING CHAMELEON
    Height: 5.80 feet  Weight: 169 pounds
    
    This boss is hard compared to the others. It would be wise to enter
    with a charged weapon. Use your Boomerang Cutter for sure. Basically,
    he can blend in with the foliage around him and then reappear somewhere
    else (you can follow the wrinkle you see, though). The ceiling is lined
    with spikes, so watch out. If he reappears near you, his tongue will be
    lashed out at you. Fire Boomerang Cutters when you can. Other attacks
    include:
    
    -	Sting Chameleon will use his iron tongue attack, where he will hang
    from the spikes with his tongue, and spikes will rain down. A certain
    area will be untouched, stay there, and try to hit him with a Boomerang
    Cutter. Do not jump in this instance, as if you fire from the ground,
    the Boomerang Cutter will head back toward you and hit him on the way.
    -	Sting Chameleon will be holding onto the foliage and kicking green
    spikes at you, his own version of the Chameleon Sting. Charge up your
    Boomerang Cutter and launch it to hit him while avoiding the spikes.
    
    After this difficult fight, you will earn your final weapon.
    
    WEAPON: CHAMELEON STING
    
    This weapon will let you shoot three green spikes forward, diagonally
    upward, and diagonally downward all at once. Also, when charged up, you
    will flash colors, allowing you to pass through enemies without either
    you or the enemy being damaged. This will also make you immune to
    spikes. Though it will last a long time, it is not infinite, so watch
    out for the time that it wears off.
    
    Only one more thing is left for you to get (though it's not required it
    will help a lot in the long run). Return to Armored Armadillo's stage.
    Here, go through all of it (and make sure you have a high amount of
    lives. If you are low, don't get on the first moving platform that's in
    the very beginning, and instead use non-charged shots to kill the
    Bubble Bat repeatedly for lives) and then get on the third and final
    moving platform. While on it, fire constantly (this will clear out
    enemies that will otherwise hit you) and then it will be launched into
    the air. When you see it begin to descend a bit, quickly Dash Jump to
    the right and grab the wall, Wall Jumping to the top. Take the energy
    capsule. Now jump left and kill yourself off in the pit. Repeat this
    process three to six times (that's why you need a lot of lives) and
    eventually the last capsule will appear. You must be at full health for
    it to be there, and you must have collected every Maverick weapon,
    Heart Tank, and Sub Tank. Dr. Light will be projected, this time
    wearing a karate suit instead of the usual lab coat. You will receive
    the HADOKEN FIREBALL, named for what X says when using the weapon. This
    weapon is not found on the status screen. You must be at full health to
    use it, and it is used by hitting Down, Down and Forward together,
    Forward, and then Y (you might want to practice this move). Though it
    doesn't sound that great, you will find good uses for it eventually.
    However, note that passwords do NOT save this enhancement. You must
    recollect it every time you turn off the game.
    
    For those of you using the PC version, I have learned that your Sub
    Tanks must also be fully charged for the capsule to appear.
    
    Now that you are armed to the teeth, you will notice that a new face is
    in the center of the selection screen. It is Sigma, the ultimate foe.
    You probably have noticed him since you defeated Sting Chameleon. Now
    it is time to proceed to his levels.
    
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    Sigma's Fortress: Level One
    
    Go through the level once Zero leaves, and eventually you will reach
    moving platforms. These are hard enough to get onto, plus enemies are
    all around, so I suggest you power up the Rolling Shield and leave it
    on while using these platforms. Eventually you will reach a boss door,
    and Vile will teleport down, as well as Zero. Zero says he will handle
    him, and he walks in the door after Vile. Enter as well, and you will
    hear signs of a scuffle. If you remember the first level sounds, you
    might recognize the sound of Vile's Robot Walker. Go through the next
    door, to see Vile in his Robot Walker again, and Zero in an electrical
    prison. Now you start fighting again. The difference between this
    battle and the one from the first level? The fact that it's in an
    enclosed room, Zero is there, and you are more powerful really don't
    make a difference, because you end up being paralyzed like last time.
    Then Zero breaks free and self-destructs, destroying Vile's Robot
    Walker, and himself in the process. X absorbs the energy from the
    electricity paralyzing him, restoring his health meter to full, and
    finally you can fight Vile for real.
    
    BOSS: VILE
    
    If you want a quick win and you are good at using the Hadoken Fireball,
    Dash once quickly, turn around immediately, and pull off the move as
    fast as you can for a one hit kill. I told you it'd be worth it
    eventually. If not, pull out your Rolling Shield. His basic attacks
    are:
    
    -	Vile will jump up over you. Just dash away, turn around, and throw a
    Rolling Shield.
    -	Vile will run toward you in an attempt to strike you. Throw a Rolling
    Shield to stop him.
    -	Vile will throw another energy paralysis bolt, causing temporary
    paralysis this time. When he does this, he'll leap up and throw
    projectiles down at you. Try to dodge the bolts.
    
    It doesn't take too many Rolling Shields to kill Vile, and eventually
    you should claim victory. A special thing to note about this fight,
    Vile is the only exception I noticed in this game where he does not
    have the temporary invincibility that other Mavericks possess when you
    fight them, therefore, you can fire off multiple Rolling Shields if you
    are forced to use that technique, and kill him quicker and easier than
    other bosses in the game.  After the fight, walk to the right to see
    Zero dying. If you didn't get the X-Buster Upgrade from Flame Mammoth's
    stage, Zero will give you his arm cannon, the equivalent. You cannot
    receive it from Zero if you are playing the PC version, however, it is
    only available in Flame Mammoth's stage in that case.
    
    Continue on through the level. When you get to the area where you must
    climb up the shaft (or even right after Zero's death if it's hard
    enough for you) I suggest you power up your Chameleon Sting to pass
    through all the enemies, and reactivate it at good stopping points. You
    will open up another boss door eventually, for a rematch with Boomer
    Kuwanger. Same strategy as before, use Homing Torpedoes. Keep going,
    and finally you'll reach the last boss for this part of Sigma's
    fortress.
    
    BOSS: BOSPIDER
    
    This boss is a large spider. The spider will either go very fast and
    try to land on you (usually succeeding), or it will drop down four mini
    spiders, then it will do the previous attack. The best way to fight
    this thing is to Dash twice in a row in one direction, turn around and
    then do it again. This will fool the spider making it land away from
    you. Turn around immediately and fire a Shotgun Ice. It is only
    vulnerable when it's center is red. May take some practice, but
    eventually you'll get the hang of it. You will probably have to use a
    couple of Sub Tanks for this fight. After this battle, X will teleport
    out.
    
    Sigma's Fortress: Level Two
    
    Select the same thing as you did before on the selection screen, and
    you'll go to the next level. Now you will fight Chill Penguin again.
    Although the Fire Wave is his weakness, since it is a short-range
    weapon, I find it easier to use the X-Buster instead. Or, you can use
    the Hadoken Fireball for another one hit kill. The best time to use it
    is after you dodge him when he slides on his stomach trying to hit you.
    However you do it, beat him and continue on. I suggest you have a full-
    power charge shot ready when you leave the battle, because a Robot
    Walker will soon be there, with it's rider. If you can destroy the
    rider in time, you can inhabit the Robot Walker instead. But if you
    don't, you'll have to have a fight with it similar to Vile's attacks,
    but it can be destroyed. When you are confronted with two ways to go
    (the left side or the right side), I suggest you take the right. Next
    comes the rematch with Storm Eagle. I wouldn't recommend that you use
    the Chameleon Sting, because you'll need it soon. Use the X-Buster
    again, though you can't seem to hit him by turning around when he
    swoops anymore, because he'll hit you instead. I think it's because of
    the time required to release the pink blast, so just Dash this time and
    fire when he's on the ground. Keep going after this fight, and you will
    come upon the final boss of this stage.
    
    BOSS: RANGDA BANGDA
    
    This boss has two eyes, and a central core. When the core is open, one
    of the eyes will open at a time, firing energy balls at you. Shoot the
    Chameleon Sting at the eyes. When the core closes, The walls will close
    in, and the core will bounce around, most likely about to hit you. You
    must destroy the two eyes, at which point the walls will permanently
    move in, and you will have to destroy the core, which is not easy.
    You'll have to jump off, turn around, fire, and then get  back on or
    else you'll land on spikes. You may need a Sub Tank for this fight.
    Eventually you will win and teleport out.
    
    Sigma's Fortress: Level Three
    
    First on this level you will right away fight Armored Armadillo. Same
    strategy, shock off his armor with the Electric Spark, then pummel him
    with it until he explodes. Next comes the fight against Sting
    Chameleon. The strategy isn't different here, just pummel him with the
    Boomerang Cutter. After that, keep going (you'll have to use the
    Boomerang Cutter to retrieve the two capsules in the enclosed room).
    Now fight Spark Mandrill again. The boss is no less of a joke than he
    was before. Shotgun Ice is all it takes. The room after Spark Mandrill
    is an excellent place to refill Sub Tanks if some are empty. Keep
    dropping back down and defeating all the enemies to quickly recharge
    them. The next door will lead to Launch Octopus (you should've figured
    that out from the water part you just went through). This time around,
    though, you might want to launch about four Boomerang Cutters at him,
    because it will cut off his tentacles, depriving him of his whirlpool
    ability (and making him look silly). However, the final boss of this
    level is vulnerable to that particular weapon, so I suggest you don't
    in that respect. It's your choice, make a wise one. Either way, just
    use the Rolling Shield again and keep going. The next Maverick to face
    again is Flame Mammoth. Like Launch Octopus, fire off a few Boomerang
    Cutters to cut off his trunk, making him look like a pig and depriving
    him of his oil shooting ability. Use the Storm Tornado again to quickly
    dispose of him. The last boss door is next.
    
    BOSS: D-REX
    
    In this room, you will fight a sort of vehicle that can split in half.
    When they do join together, they will create a gigantic energy ball
    headed toward you (Dash under it if that occurs, or try to fake it by
    wall jumping before it fires). Also, the car part will ram you, and the
    head part will also try to hit you. When this happens, jump between the
    two and try to escape onto the other side before they collide to hit
    you. The Boomerang Cutter will do the most (aim for the head part). If
    you run out, try using Homing Torpedoes, though they don't do extra
    damage, they are a guaranteed hit. Finally, you may have to use a Sub
    Tank for this battle. Eventually, you'll win (may take a lot of
    practice though). X teleports out, and you go to the next level.
    
    Sigma's Fortress: Level Four
    
    Just climb the walls as soon as you enter this stage, and avoid the
    hole-shaped enemies jutting out. Once you reach the top, Sigma himself
    will teleport down with his dog. The dog is your fight.
    
    BOSS: VELGUADER
    
    If you want to quickly dispose of him, don't move when the battle
    starts, it'll leap right over you. At this point, get a Hadoken
    Fireball ready. When it lands, the Hadoken Fireball should connect for
    a one hit kill. If not, constantly dodge the dog's leaping and blasts,
    and fire the Shotgun Ice whenever you can. Use the walls to your
    advantage to dodge the dog. The dog will constantly run across the
    room, and sometimes pauses to fire ice balls at you. Constantly climb
    the walls, and I recommend that you cross over from each side when the
    dog reaches your side.
    
    After that, Sigma teleports down again. This time he throws off his
    cape to fight you.
    
    BOSS: SIGMA
    
    Jump up in the beginning and climb the wall. You will definitely notice
    a pattern to Sigma here. Learn it, and then return to the floor when
    you know Sigma won't hit you. A one hit kill, again, will be a Hadoken
    Fireball. Launch it before Sigma hits the ground. If you can't do that,
    then use the Electric Spark, because it's the only weapon that will do
    twice as much damage as the others will. If you can charge it up (I
    recommend doing this while you are on the wall) it will do three bars
    of damage. Plus, because of the range, it is much more likely to hit
    Sigma, though it puts you a little more at risk. Stay on the walls to
    avoid his attacks, and don't fire when his sabre is blocking. Stay on
    the left wall, and drop down once he has crossed to that side. Then he
    should land without hitting you, and launch an Electric Spark before he
    hits the ground, because if he does, his sabre could be blocking. After
    this fight, Sigma's body explodes, but his head remains.
    
    The head attaches to a much larger machine. The final fight begins. The
    machine in the center can emit huge balls of energy, which will fire
    continuously across the room, from one side to the other. If your
    timing is right, you can Dash under them. Also, a continuous jet of
    fire can erupt from the center, which will also sweep the screen. For
    this, you'll have to head to the side you can. You'll also notice two
    claws, one on each side. Every few seconds, each will open up. If it
    glows, lightning will strike vertically from them. If it doesn't glow,
    the claw comes down for you. Use this to your advantage. Jump out of
    the way when this happens, then get on the claw. The claw will
    lightning strike the moment it returns, so get ready. Jump at the right
    height and fire a Rolling Shield at Sigma's head. Try to stay on the
    claw as long as you can, by being on the edge, where the lightning will
    not hit you. The claws will not come down for you when the machine is
    using fire or the energy balls. Repeat this process until Sigma runs
    out of energy. Don't forget about your Sub Tanks, because you'll most
    likely need them. However, if you die to any of these last three
    bosses, then you will have to restart with Sigma's dog. However, you
    can refill your Sub Tanks and weapon energy by using the enemies that
    come out of the holes. It will take awhile, but it is better than
    facing the three bosses again with no Sub Tanks handy. Once Sigma's
    energy is depleted, you win. Watch the ending sequence, and feel good
    about your win. (After all the credits, wait about a minute on the
    screen where you can see the monitor in the background. When the song
    ends, you will see an additional ending, one which promises a sequel.)
    
    This FAQ is by me, X. Have any questions, comments, different
    strategies I should know about, or find any typos? Please feel free to
    E-mail me at zero3052001@yahoo.com    I will not respond to any E-mails
    that have excessive swearing or anything like that. Also, if anyone
    wants to know the ending to this game, you may E-mail me to find it
    out. I do this because often times I have accidentally read endings I
    wanted to find on my own, despite spoiler warnings that I missed. If
    you wish to place this guide on your site, please E-mail me first for
    my permission. Although I will most likely give it to you, I need to
    know where to send updates and where it is headed first.
    
    This FAQ is Copyright 2001 by X. Thank you to all those that took the
    time to read it.
    
    Most Recent Update: (This section was requested by Rubyheart,
    cadieux_philippe@hotmail.com)
    
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