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    VERSION FINAL (1.10)
    By Angelo Pineda(rpger77@yahoo.ca)
    9-6-2012 - Fleshed out Basics and Battle System sections. Added PlayStation
    Mouse options. Guide complete.
    21-10-2010 - Beginner's Guide done. Will update material and do grammar fixes
    when they're found.
    Sections							Search Codes
    1. INTRODUCTION							[INTR]
    2. BASICS							[BASE]
    Game Flow							[GAME]
    Mission Play							[MISS]
    Intermissions							[INMS]
    Target Select							[TARG]
    Mission Rankings						[MISS]
    Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)					[TFAQ]
    3. BATTLE SYSTEM						[BATT]
    WAW Combat							[WCOM]
    WAW Actions							[WACT]
    Terrain Effects							[TERR]
    Pilot Types							[PTYP]
    Weapon Types							[WTYP]
    Backpack Types							[BTYP]
    Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)					[BFAQ]
    4. WAW SETUP							[WSET]
    WAW Design							[WDES]
    WAW Types							[WANT]
    Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)					[WFAQ]
    5. CREDITS							[CRED]
    To quickly find the section you want, press Ctrl + F at the same time to 
    access the Find options. If you want to access something, type in the word
    in [] and the [] themselves. If you want to find the Credits, type in [CRED].
    It's about time I got the Front Mission Alternative guide set done! To those
    who are unfamiliar with Front Mission, this guide will get you up to speed!
    Any Front Mission is not easy to get into and they tend to be confusing for
    newcomers. Thus, I decided to make this guide with the sole purpose of
    explaining how the fundamentals of Front Mission work. Enjoy!
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    1. INTRODUCTION							[INTR]
    This is a beginner's guide to Front Mission Alternative, released in Japan on
    the Sony PlayStation. The guide documents the foundation and game mechanics
    that are found inside the game. This guide will not document any material
    about the game's missions and whatnot so please don't send any questions to
    my e-mail address about that. Go to GameFAQs if you are looking for the
    walkthrough of the game. This guide is written for those who have never
    played Front Mission or this one in particular if you have already played
    other Front Mission titles before.
    2. BASICS							[BASE]
    This section will detail how Front Mission Alternative works as a whole. If
    you are more interested in learning specific mechanics about the game, please
    check the other sections.
    GAME FLOW							[GAME]
    Front Mission Alternative progresses like any typical game: the player goes
    through a set amount of missions before beating the game. In-between each
    mission, the player can manage their characters in preparation for the next
    mission. Cut-scenes occur at certain periods of time...before, during, or
    after a mission. These are plot-related events that reveal more about the
    topics covered in the game and the characters themselves.
    To recap game flow:
    1. Play and complete missions.
    2. Intermission: prepare and setup units.
    3. Progress plot by watching scenes before, during, or after missions.
    4. Repeat until the player beats the game.
    Missions in Front Mission Alternative are done in real-time strategy. Prior
    to most missions, the player are given a detailed briefing of the operation,
    which includes information on the enemy forces, terrain conditions, and
    mission objectives. The player can then make adjustments to their units
    accordingly before commencing the mission. Once in a mission, the winning
    conditions must be met in order to clear the mission. At the completion of
    any mission, the player is rewarded with monetary funds from military
    On several occasions, non-playable characters (NPC) fight in missions, but
    the AI controls all of their actions. As far as mission variety is concerned,
    most missions are involved with the destruction of all enemy units. Some may
    have different conditions, such as protecting a particular unit or destroying
    enemy units within the given time limit. The player is given 30 minutes to
    complete a single mission, which is more than enough time for most of them.
    Unlike the other Front Mission entries, failing a mission does not lead to a
    game over situation. The player is allowed up to four tries to complete a
    mission and if they fail to clear it the fourth time around, then they will
    receive a game over. Additionally, if a player accumulates 20 failures at any
    point in the game, they will also receive a game over.
    This covers the flow behind mission play in a nutshell. 
    Intermissions are sections of the game in which the player is currently not
    participating in a mission. During an intermission, the player has access to
    a few options. These options include:
    Mission Lecture
    WAW Equipment
    Target Select
    Mission Lecture is where the player receives detailed briefings for upcoming
    missions. In here, players can check the following information:
    Command			Description
    About Enemy 		Details about special enemy units in the mission.
    About Operation 	Details about the mission's objectives.
    About Topography 	Details about the mission's terrain conditions.
    WAW Equipment is where the player can customize their WAWs at any time during
    the game. At certain moments, the player will also be able to purchase new
    parts to use for missions. More information on this can be found in the WAW
    Setup section.
    Target Select is where the player can plan out their attacks and movements to
    complete the mission. This option is also available during missions if the
    player wishes to change their actions. More information on this can be found
    in the WAW Setup section.
    Battlefield is where the player sorties to begin their next operation. This
    is rather self-explanatory, so it needs no details. Lastly, Utilities is
    where the player can change the game's settings. These settings include:
    In here, the player can save or load their game data.
    Command		Description
    Upload 		Create a save file.
    Download 	Load a save file.
    Comment 	Change a selected save file's name.
    In here, the player can change the language of the user interface (UI) text.
    Command		Description
    Japanese 	Changes UI text to Japanese.
    U.S. English 	Changes UI text to English.
    In here, the player can change the colors of the UI and the text. Colors
    Umber - This is the default color.
    User - Manually change the color of the UI and the text. Options include:
    Base, Red/Green/Blue (The default setting is 128/128/128)
    Text, Red/Green/Blue (The default setting is 128/128/128)
    In here, the player can change the sound settings.
    Command		Description
    Normal SE 	Normal sound effects will be used.
    Real SE 	Realistic sound effects will be used.
    Mono 		Sound output will be used in Mono.
    Stereo 		Sound output will be used in Stereo.
    Wide 		Sound output will be used in Wide.
    Volume 		Manually change volume of the sound effects and the music.
    As mentioned earlier, the Target Select Mode allows the player to plan out
    their strategies in order to clear missions. This is a feature that you will
    be using a lot and even though it appears simple to use, looks can be quite
    In terms of the basics, you can order your platoons to follow set waypoints
    on the map. These waypoints are marked with small blue dots. Their general
    purpose is to give the player a means to progress through the battlefield and
    fight enemy platoons. Alternatively, you can have a platoon follow another
    platoon's lead by targeting them in Target Select Mode. In any case, you'll
    want to get the hang of using these two methods of moving around the map of a
    During Target Select Mode, you can also target enemy platoons to chase after
    them, then engage in battle. Enemy platoons are easy to identify on the map
    as they are marked by red T-shaped objects. Don't forget that your platoons
    are the blue T-shaped objects! In any case, one of your platoons is allowed a
    maximum of three targets or waypoints to follow. Once all three targets or
    waypoints have been reached, the aforementioned platoon will stop moving. You
    obviously don't want them standing around forever doing nothing. When this
    occurs, dive back into Target Select and chart a new course for them.
    Like in most real-time strategy games, the player is free to change or reset
    a platoon's intended course. In other words, you don't need to chart a path
    through three targets or waypoints all the time. You may opt for just two of
    these, or even one target or waypoint!
    If you are using the PlayStation Mouse to play Front Mission Alternative,
    you will also work with pop-up menus in order to use Target Select. Simply
    use the left-click button to access the pop-up menu.
    Mouse Pop-Up Menu Guide:
    Command		Description
    Close Up 	Enter Close Up Mode.
    Simulate 	Enter Simulation Mode.
    (After Close Up is selected)
    Command		Description
    Overview 	Exit Close Up Mode.
    Simulate Exit 	Exit Simulation Mode.
    On a number of missions, you will see a bracket square covering a waypoint
    and a numeric value beside it. Whenever you see this, you will be allowed to
    call in a supply platoon for assistance. Basically, a supply platoon grants
    the player the ability to restock on ammunition, and replace damaged shields
    with new ones. It's a very helpful feature that can help turn the tides of
    battle in a tight situation. Whenever you want to call in your supply platoon
    for aid, go to the Supply option during battle. In here, you must check off
    what sort of aid each unit will receive. These include:
    Command		Description
    Shield		Get a new shield to equip.
    Reload		Reload shoulder weapon ammo.
    As the player, you'll have to do this manually for each unit. When you have
    finished with your requests, select the Execute option and your platoons will
    automatically head back to the waypoints that the supply platoon is stationed
    in. When they reach the waypoints, a WAW will appear to supply your units.
    These WAWs become units on the battlefield so be wary of any enemy forces
    that are in the area.
    Whenever you enter Target Select, you might be wondering why the option for
    Support is grayed out. Well, in a number of missions, this option will not be
    grayed out and is available for use. So, what does this do? Allow you to call
    in a support fire platoon! A support fire platoon aids the player by raining
    fire on a targeted area on the battlefield. For the targeted area, all units
    will receive heavy damage, friend or foe. The attack's targeted area, as well
    as the time it takes before it occurs, can be configured in the following
    Command		Description
    Target Input	Assign a target or waypoint for support fire.
    Time Input	Assign an amount of time before support fire occurs.
    Non Support	Reset the Target Input to no targets or waypoints.
    Target Input is self-explanatory and needs no explanation. Time Input is an
    interesting setting in that you can control when the attack will occur. The
    attack can occur as early as two minutes into the mission, or towards the end
    of it at 30 minutes. When used correctly, support fire can cripple an enemy
    platoon enough that you can easily pick them off.
    Support fire platoons come in one of three varieties:
    Support Platoon	Description
    Assault Boats	Fires a barrage of mortar rounds at the area.
    Artillery Tanks	Fires a barrage of cannon and rocket rounds at the area.
    Helicopters 	Fires a barrage of missiles at the area.
    This is a one-time only feature so make the most out of it in missions they
    are available in!
    In Front Mission Alternative, all missions are graded on how efficient the
    player was able to clear them. There are five different ranks given for each
    mission completed and with excellent performance comes rewards...part rewards
    to be specific. That's right, doing well in missions yields new parts that
    can be equipped and used by your units. The criteria for doing well in any
    mission revolves around the following factors:
    Criteria	Description
    Operation Time	The amount of time it took to complete the mission.
    Enemies Killed	The number of enemy units killed in the mission.
    Units Lost	The number of player units lost in the mission.
    Supplies Used	The number of times that Supply used in the mission.
    To earn higher ranks, you'll need to complete missions within a short period
    of time, destroy as many enemy units as possible, keep the player casualties
    to a minimum, don't use the Supply option too much. It's easier said than
    done, but this is how the mission ranks work. Rank 1 is the lowest possible
    rating the player can achieve, whereas Rank 5 is the highest. For the most
    part, you'll gain part rewards by achieving Rank 3 in missions. Getting this
    rank is easy as long as you complete a mission on the first try. You'll know
    what Rank you've earned based on Sangohr's comments about your performance.
    As easy as it looks, the ranking criteria does factor in mission failures.
    For every mission failure the player has, they are given Rank 1 by default.
    When a player clears a mission after failing it, their overall ranking is
    based on the Ranks for all of their attempts. For example, let's say that you
    failed two missions, then managed to score a Rank 5 upon clearing the mission
    the third time around. What's your final Rank?
    Rank 1 + Rank 1 + Rank 5 / 3 attempts = 2.33, or Rank 2.
    Basically, you add up the rankings that you are given, then divide it by the
    amount of attempts needed before the mission was completed. It won't matter
    much if you're really gung-ho on getting the best rewards. However, this does
    factor into the potential scenarios and endings that you might qualify for.
    Keep this in mind when you play the game.
    Q: I need help on a mission! I saw the briefing prior to the mission and made
    preparations, but there are things the mission didn't go through! What gives?
    A: The briefings are only designed to give the player a general idea of what
    to expect in an upcoming mission. The missions themselves tend to have extra
    factors to take note of that the briefings never detail. If you feel that you
    aren't properly prepared for the mission, you can always make adjustments at
    WAW Equipment.
    Q: Um, how do I use the Supply option? I know it has something to do with the
    supply platoon, but I'm confused.
    A: All you have to do is check off the Shield and/or Reload options for any
    unit, then select the Execute option. The platoon containing that unit will
    then head towards its designated supply point for the requested supplies. You
    have no limits on how many supply requests can be made, so use it when it's
    Q: When I was playing a mission, I started to see a T minus countdown below
    the mission timer. What is this?
    A: The T minus countdown implies that you are less than one minute away from
    calling in your support fire platoon to bombard a targeted area. If you want
    to change the wait until your support fire platoon comes in, or the targeted
    area, change during Target Select prior to starting the mission.
    Q: How come I didn't get Rank 3? I beat a mission, but Sangohr gives me some
    bad comments and no rewards. Did I miss something?
    A: You must have failed the mission before clearing it. Mission failures are
    counted towards your overall rankings, which are assigned Rank 1. To earn a
    higher Rank and get part rewards, try your best not to fail missions.
    Q: Hey, the game just ended for me! I was playing a ton of missions but after
    failing the latest one, it's game over! Is this a bug or what?
    A: No, this isn't a bug. If you accumulate 20 mission failures throughout the
    game, you will automatically be given a game over. The only solution you have
    is to either keeping playing and don't fail any more missions, or start the
    game over again.
    Q: How is money calculated? I beat two missions, but in one I got 20,000 and
    in the other, I got 30,000. What gives?
    A: Military commission is based two things: the time it takes to clear the
    mission, and the rank given for mission performance. Basically, the faster
    you manage to clear a mission, the more commission you'll get. Ranks do play
    a role as well, but it all comes down to how fast you got the job done.
    3. BATTLE SYSTEM						[BATT]
    This section details the fundamental mechanics of Front Mission Alternative's
    battle system. If you are looking for information on how the battles work,
    you are in the right section. Reading information on WAW Setup is also
    recommended as information here goes hand-in-hand with the following section.
    WAW COMBAT							[WCOM]
    Contrary to the other Front Mission entries, there are no wanzers that can be
    used. This is mainly due to plot reasons as they have yet to be created. The
    units you control, the wanderwagens or WAWs, are the predecessors of wanzers
    and act very similar to them. WAWs do not have part-specific damage so the
    four-parts system does not return in Front Mission Alternative. All WAWs have
    one health bar and if this is depleted, the machine is destroyed. 
    In exchange for the lack of the usual means of tracking health, WAWs have a
    second health bar in the form of their equipped shields. Shields function a
    bit differently in this Front Mission; instead of just decreasing the amount
    of damage taken, they absorb the damage as well. So instead of both your WAW
    and shield getting damaged, only the shield will take it. Once the shield is
    out of Health Points (HP), it will be destroyed. As you might expect, all
    attacks will then directly hit the WAW. WAWs are also susceptible to being
    knocked down by weapon fire, which leaves them vulnerable for direct hits.
    This may sound like a downgrade from anyone expecting the usual Front Mission
    style combat, but it's not. Since combat takes place in real-time, there are
    a number of features that give WAW combat a level of depth equal to the turn-
    based Front Mission titles. Read on for more information about them in the
    following sections!
    WAW ACTIONS							[WACT]
    WAW mechanics aside, WAWs can do a variety of actions in mission play. The
    most basic actions are moving and attacking. Movement and attacks are quite
    self-explanatory and don't need to be explained. As Front Mission Alternative
    plays out in real-time, WAWs have a wider range of actions they can do. These
    include: using shields to defend against incoming enemy fire, jumping either
    to ascend/descend elevation or avoid attacks, dashing to traverse through the
    battlefield quickly, or roller dashing for high speed offense and defense.
    A lot of the WAWs actions are actually not directly controlled - it's the
    artificial intelligence (AI) that controls them. Nevertheless, you have some
    means of ensuring some of these actions are prioritized over others. On the
    battlefield, there are four commands that control the AI's behavior.
    Behavior implies how the player AI will control the player units.
    Command		Description
    Offensive 	AI prioritizes offensive actions: attacks, roller dashes.
    Defensive 	AI prioritizes defensive actions: shields, jumps, dashes.
    Attack Type implies how the player AI will target and attack enemy units.
    Command		Description
    Local Raid	AI will concentrate on one enemy unit within range.
    Diffusion 	AI will concentrate on multiple enemy units within range.
    These are the basic actions that the player can do with their platoons. You
    can freely change these options at your own convenience in mission play. The
    actions that the player AI does is affected by the new range system. Simply
    put, range dictates how battles play out. For starters, both player and enemy
    platoons have a field of vision - the area by which the platoon can detect
    and respond to incoming threats. Field of vision affects how the units inside
    a platoon react to enemies. 
    A platoon that manages to spot incoming enemies will be able to avoid being
    attacked. In contrast, a platoon that has not spotted any enemies will be hit
    hard by incoming fire and have no chance of dodging it. Range also affects
    how weapons can hit enemy targets. While all weapons have their own accuracy
    value, this is misleading and does not account for these factors - proximity
    to target, shot velocity, and target's evasive capabilities. Some weapons may
    have fast moving projectiles, but are unable to hit a fast target. Likewise,
    weapons with tracking abilities will hit enemies regardless of shot velocity.
    In regards to special actions, the player can request for aid from their
    supply platoon, view detailed information about the selected platoon, or have
    the selected platoon retreat from the battlefield. Information about using
    the supply platoon can be found in the Target Select section. In regards to
    retreating, having McCoy's platoon retreat will automatically result in 
    mission failure. Keep this in mind so you don't accidentally fail a mission.
    In regards to other actions, the player can configure a number of UI options.
    Scouting allows the player to scout out the enemy platoons in the mission.
    Any enemy platoons that have been eliminated will be grayed out.
    Camera allows the player to change the dynamic camera's settings for a more
    visually pleasing experience. Multiple options can be checked at once, or
    all of them can be blank for full manual camera control.
    Command		Description
    Auto Change 	The camera will always change its angles during battle.
    Auto Move 	The camera will always move as your units move during battle.
    Behind View	The camera will always be placed behind your units in battle.
    Sound allows the player to change the volume of the sound effects and the 
    music settings.
    Command		Description
    SE		Sound Effects; the default sound level is set to 80.
    BGM		Background Music; the default sound level is set to 80.
    Color allows the player to change the colors of the UI and the text. This is
    largely the same as the Color option in Utilities, except the player cannot
    manually configure the User color scheme.
    Umber - This is the default color.
    User - Uses whatever color scheme that was set up in Utilities-Color.
    Radar allows the player to track enemy forces from either close range or long
    range distances.
    Narrow - Radar will track a certain portion of the battlefield. Currently
    selected player units appear as green triangles, other player units will be
    marked by white triangles, and enemy units are highlighted by red triangles.
    Waypoints are marked by a blue triangle, and the charted course that platoons
    will follow is marked by a pink line.
    Wide - Radar will track everything on the battlefield. Currently selected
    player units appear as green dots, other player units will be marked by white
    dots, and enemy units are highlighted by red triangles. Waypoints and charted
    courses will not appear on this radar type.
    In the event that you are using the PlayStation Mouse, you will also be able
    to use pop-up menus in addition to the above UI options to play the game.
    These pop-up menus can be accessed by using the left-click button.
    Mouse Pop-Up Menu Guide:
    Command		Description
    Target Select	Enter Target Select Mode.
    Headmark	Toggle WAW HP and Shield indicators ON or OFF.
    Inside View	Enter Cockpit Mode.
    (After Target Select is selected)
    Command		Description
    Close Up	Enter Close Up Mode.
    Battlefield	Return to Battlefield (resume mission).
    (After Close Up is selected)
    Command		Description
    Overview 	Exit Close Up Mode.
    Battefield	Return to Battlefield (resume mission).
    (After Inside View is selected)
    Command		Description
    Target Select	Enter Target Select Mode.
    Headmark	Toggle WAW HP and Shield indicators ON or OFF.
    Outside View	Exit Cockpit Mode.
    On a final note, the player can check the status of each unit in a platoon
    through the Platoon Information option.
    Platoon Information interface:
    |PSA          XXXX||Behavior         ||Attack Type      ||Camouflage         |
    |Platoon         X||Unit 1           ||Unit 2           ||Unit 3             |
    |WAW              ||Unit 1 WAW       ||Unit 2 WAW       ||Unit 3 WAW         |
    |Pilot            ||Unit 1 Pilot     ||Unit 2 Pilot     ||Unit 3 Pilot       |
    |Learning Points  ||Unit 1           ||Unit 2           ||Unit 3             |
    |Mobility         ||Unit 1           ||Unit 2           ||Unit 3             |
    |Striking Power   ||Unit 1           ||Unit 2           ||Unit 3             |
    |Durability       ||Unit 1           ||Unit 2           ||Unit 3             |
    |Shield           ||Unit 1           ||Unit 2           ||Unit 3             |
    |Main Arm         ||Type, Weapon     ||Type, Weapon     ||Type, Weapon       |
    |Power/Hit        ||Power/Hit        ||Power/Hit        ||Power/Hit          |
    |Shoulder Weapon  ||Type, Weapon     ||Type, Weapon     ||Type, Weapon       |
    |Power/Hit        ||Power/Hit        ||Power/Hit        ||Power/Hit          |
    |Range/Bullets    ||Range/Bullets    ||Range/Bullets    ||Range/Bullets      |
    |Bolt-on          ||Bolt-on          ||Bolt-on          ||Bolt-on            |
    Platoon Information Guide:
    PSA - The Personal Skill Ability total of the platoon's units.
    Behavior - The current Behavior setting of the platoon.
    Attack Type - The current Attack Type setting of the platoon.
    Camouflage - The platoon's currently selected camouflage.
    Platoon - The platoon's designation.
    Unit 1 - The commander unit of the platoon.
    Unit 2 - A support unit for the platoon.
    Unit 3 - A support unit for the platoon.
    WAW - The WAWs of the platoon.
    Unit 1 WAW - The commander unit's WAW.
    Unit 2 WAW - A support unit's WAW.
    Unit 3 WAW - A support unit's WAW.
    Pilot - The pilots of the platoon.
    Unit 1 Pilot - The commander pilot.
    Unit 2 Pilot - A support pilot.
    Unit 3 Pilot - A support pilot.
    Learning Points - The amount of Learning Points each WAW has gained.
    Mobility - The Mobility rating of each WAW.
    Striking Power - The overall attack power of each unit (Main Arm + Shoulder)
    Durability - The current armor levels of each WAW.
    Shield - The current armor levels of each shield.
    Main Arm - The platoon's main arm weapons.
    Type - The type of weapon being used.
    Weapon - The name of the weapon.
    Power - The attack power of each weapon. (Damage = Attack Power x Hits)
    Hit - The total accuracy ratings of the weapon. (in %)
    Shoulder Weapon - The platoon's shoulder weapons.
    Range - The range of the shoulder weapons. (Minimum - Maximum)
    Bullets - The current amount of ammo in the shoulder weapon.
    Bolt-on - The platoon's bolt-on backpacks.
    Front Mission Alternative retains the terrain effects of the previous Front
    Mission titles, but not in the usual fashion. Taking place in real-time, the
    terrain affects the mobility of the player's units. For example, on a paved
    surface, WAWs have no problems moving through the terrain. On beaches and
    deserts however, their movements are impaired. How well a WAW moves on the
    terrain affects its ability to evade attacks as well.
    Elevation also plays a role in how a WAW traverses the battlefield, as well
    as weapon trajectory. In terms of movement, a WAW has the ability to jump
    across terrain of varying elevations. This kind of terrain normally includes
    jumping across small obstacles or a small hill. If a WAW is attempting to
    jump across a large hill, they will not be able to do so. In this case, the
    WAW must find an alternative means to reach its intended destination.
    This limitation can be bypassed by two means. The first is to learn a Jump
    skill, such as Forward Jump or Backward Jump. Jump skills increase a WAW's
    jumping power, making it easier to scale large elevation differences across
    terrain. The second approach is to equip a high mobility booster bolt-on on
    a WAW, which will dramatically increase its jumping power. When combined with
    a Jump skill, a WAW can scale almost anything on the battlefield.
    In terms of weapons, elevation differences can affect how well they hit their
    targets. For example, a WAW faces an enemy on higher elevation. With a missile
    launcher, it will not have a problem hitting the enemy because of its homing
    properties. However, with a cannon, it might have a harder time doing so as
    its rounds travel in a linear fashion. Grenade launchers are excellent weapons
    to use in this case too, because their firing trajectory bypasses this issue.
    Speaking of weapons, elevation differences also affect how enemies can hit
    your units too. The elevation differences described above apply to enemy WAW
    units, but not for other enemy units though. For example, armored vehicles
    like tanks can only shoot targets on the same elevation it is at. So, if a
    WAW is on higher or lower elevation than the tank, it can't hit the WAW. A
    helicopter, on the other hand, does not have this elevation restriction.
    As terrain effects play a larger role in Front Mission Alternative, it is a
    wise idea to keep the terrain in mind when planning for missions. Terrains
    that limit a WAW's ability to move are better fought with ranged weapons such
    as rocket launchers. Likewise, you can opt to equip a high mobility booster
    bolt-on to overcome slow terrain or scale terrain with elevation differences.
    PILOT TYPES							[PTYP]
    Unlike the other Front Mission installments, there are no specific job class
    systems implemented. All WAws essentially have the same functionality: fight
    and destroy the enemy forces. Where it does differ is in its Pilot Types. In
    mission play, the player units gain Learning Points towards three different
    parameters: Mobility, Attack, and Defense. Each of these parameters affects
    how the player AI will act in battle, as well as abilities that can be used
    in battle. Mobility dictates a pilot's evasive capabilities, Attack dictates
    a pilot's offensive capabilities, and Defense for defensive capabilities.
    The amount of Learning Points gained, as well as the player AI's tendencies,
    are determined by the amount of points allocated to each pilot. Every pilot
    has 100 points for allocation and they all start with this configuration:
    Mobility - 30
    Attack - 40
    Defense - 30
    For every full minute that passes, the pilot will gain 30 Learning Points for
    Mobility and Defense, and 40 for Attack. In terms of player AI, it will opt
    for a balanced approach between evasive, offensive, and defensive actions.
    Of course, first priority is offensive actions. Learning Points are also
    learned by destroying machine-type enemies: other WAWs, armored vehicles,
    helicopters, and mobile weapons. Destroying infantry does not yield Learning
    At certain point values for each parameter, the pilot learns new skills that
    are used by the player AI in battle. These are not randomly activated; the
    player AI will use these abilities accordingly. The player AI will, however,
    prioritize skills based on how much points are allocated towards the three
    parameters. Putting all 100 points towards Mobility makes the AI focus almost
    exclusively on Mobility-based skills. Likewise, 100 points on Defense means
    that the player AI will focus almost exclusively on Defense-based skills.
    Learning how to use them is the key to victory and earning high rankings.
    Skills Guide:
    Skill Name				Requirements
    (Mobility)				Mobility:
    Dash, Level 1				1000
    Walk, Level 2				2000
    Dash, Level 2				3000
    Side Jump				4000
    Backward Jump, Level 2			5000
    Forward Jump, Level 2			6000
    (Attack)				Attack:
    Right Shot				1000
    Left Shot				1500
    Up Shot					2000
    Down Shot				3000
    Auto-Fire Back Weapon			4000
    Barrage					5000
    Auto-Fire Barrage			6000
    (Defense)				Defense:
    Crouch Guard				1000
    Left Guard				2000
    Right Guard				3000
    Up Guard				4000
    Down Guard				5000
    Squat Guard				6000
    - Dash enables a WAW to run instead of walk, granting it more movement. 
    - Walk, Level 2 increases walking speed by 30%. 
    - Dash, Level 2 increases dashing speed by 30%. 
    - Side Jump increases a WAW's lateral sideways movement by 100%.
    - Backward Jump, Level 2 increases a WAW's backwards jumping power by 50%.
    - Forward Jump, Level 2 increases a WAW's forwards jumping power by 50%.
    - High Mobility Boosters enhance all Jump-related skills.
    - Auto-Fire Back Weapon allows a shoulder weapon to be fired without kneeling.
    - Barrage allows for all-directional fire.
    - Auto-Fire Barrage allows for all-directional fire while moving.
    Combination Skills Guide:
    Skill Name				Requirements
    (Mobility + Attack)			Mobility + Attack:
    Walk Shot				1000
    Dash Shot				1500
    Retreat Shot				2000
    Backward-Forward Jump, Up Shot		3000
    Backward-Forward Jump, Down Shot	3500
    Walk, Side Shot				4000
    Dash, Side Shot				5000
    Retreat, Side Shot			6000
    Backward-Forward Jump, Side Shot	7000
    Backward-Forward Jump, Side-Down Shot	8000
    Roller Dash Shot			9000, WAW with roller dash
    Roller Dash, Side Shot			10000, WAW with roller dash
    (Attack + Defense)			Attack + Defense:
    Crouch Shot				5000
    Squat, Side Shot			6000
    Squat, Auto-Fire			7000
    Guard Shot				8000
    Guard, Side Shot			9000
    Guard, Down Shot			10000
    (Defense + Mobility)			Defense + Mobility:
    Backward Jump, Guard			4000
    Forward Jump, Guard			5000
    Backward Jump, Side Guard		6000
    Forward Jump, Side Guard		7000
    - Walk Shot allows a WAW to fire while walking.
    - Dash Shot allows a WAW to fire while dashing.
    - Retreat Shot allows a WAW to fire while backpedaling.
    - Roller Dash Shot allows a WAW to fire while roller dashing.
    - Crouch Shot allows a WAW to fire while crouching.
    - Squat, Auto-Fire allows a WAW to fire while squatting down and moving.
    - Guard Shot allows a WAW to fire while guarding.
    This section discusses the weapon types that are used by both friendly and
    enemy units for the purposes of mission play.
    Weapon Location: Hand
    Weapon Range: 0
    Melee weapons are very rare in Front Mission Alternative, and are only used
    by the enemy. As the game plays out in real-time and not on grids as in the
    other Front Mission entries, melee weapons are almost never used unless the
    target is at point-blank range. They are, however, very powerful and always
    knock down their target if a hit connects. Also, melee weapons automatically
    bypass shields so beware of any enemy units armed with these weapons.
    Weapon Location: Hand
    Weapon Range: 0
    As mentioned before, Shields in Front Mission Alternative have a different
    purpose to fulfill. Instead of just reducing the damage taken by a certain
    percentage, they act as a secondary health bar for the WAW. Anything that
    directly hits the shield will deplete its own health bar and when it reaches
    0, the shield is destroyed. Shields also affect the overall Mobility of a WAW
    in combat - some will decrease its speed, others will not.
    Weapon Location: Hand
    Weapon Range: base 0-1, varies
    Machine Guns are the bread-and-butter of WAW combat. They are medium-sized
    guns that possess high damage output and respectable accuracy. Machine Guns
    do have slow reload times and are strictly close range weapons. They are best
    used in conjunction with a shoulder weapon.
    Weapon Location: Hand
    Weapon Range: base 0-1, varies
    Vulcans are essentially upgraded Machine Guns that possess tremendous damage
    output. While they are restricted to close range, the amount of punishment a
    Vulcan can deliver offsets any of its drawbacks. Its one major drawback comes
    from its long firing duration - the user is vulnerable to any enemy fire as
    long as they are still using the Vulcan.
    Weapon Location: Hand
    Weapon Range: 0-1
    Shotguns are powerful weapons that fire a hail of bullets at the enemy. While
    the weapons lack ranged combat capabilities, they make up for it by being a
    powerhouse at close range. No enemy or shield is safe from the wrath of the
    Shotgun's full spread at point-blank range.
    Weapon Location: Hand
    Weapon Range: base 0-1, varies
    Handguns are a new kind of weapon not seen in other Front Mission entries.
    They are small, hand-mounted guns that are optimized for close range combat.
    Handguns have high accuracy, fast reload times, and can shoot through shields
    in combat. Their drawback primarily comes from their low damage output and
    lack of ranged combat.
    Weapon Location: Hand
    Weapon Range: base 0-2, varies
    Assault Rifles are another new kind of weapon in Front Mission Alternative.
    These weapons have the same advantages as Handguns, but are more effective as
    they have higher damage output and are ranged weapons by default. Assault
    Rifles are very useful in almost every situation.
    Weapon Location: Hand
    Weapon Range: 0-3
    Hand Missile Launchers are long range weapons that launch missiles at the
    enemy. These weapons possess a reasonable reload rate, decent accuracy, and
    have a huge range advantage compared to most hand-mounted weapons. The Hand
    Missile Launcher lacks offensive firepower, which is its only weakpoint.
    Weapon Location: Hand
    Weapon Range: 0-3
    Handcannons are powerful weapons that fire a high velocity, high damage round
    at the enemy. Used only by the enemy, they are dangerous weapons that deliver
    tons of punishment with each hit and have a high knockdown rate. Handcannons
    are balanced out by their long reload times and inability to hit fast-moving
    targets due to their linear line of fire.
    Weapon Location: Hand
    Weapon Range: 0-4
    Railguns are the ultimate weapons for all-purpose, ranged combat. Boasting
    unrivaled range, excellent damage output, near-perfect accuracy, and even
    knockdown power, they are the strongest hand-mounted weapons. A Railgun's one
    and only drawback? Its long reload times.
    Weapon Location: Shoulder
    Weapon Range: base 2-4, varies
    Cannons are shoulder versions of Handcannons, offering the same high velocity
    rounds that can knock down its targets. They boost respectable damage output,
    accuracy, and range to boot. Cannons have some drawbacks though; its low ammo
    capacity and inability to be used at close ranges makes them a hard weapon to
    use. Pair it up with other shoulder weapons for maximum effectiveness.
    Weapon Location: Shoulder
    Weapon Range: 0-2
    Grenade Launchers are artillery-based weapons that shoot a small grenade in
    an arc-like trajectory. These weapons are unique in that they target a small
    area, as opposed to a particular target. Any units that are near the target
    will take damage from the resulting grenade explosion. Grenade Launchers are
    balanced out by low damage output, poor range, and below-average accuracy.
    In areas where there are many obstructions, these weapons can still attack
    targets due to the nature of its firing trajectory.
    Weapon Location: Shoulder
    Weapon Range: base 1-4, varies
    Missile Launchers are homing-based weapons that launch missiles at enemies.
    These missiles track their targets extremely well and almost never miss the
    mark. Its high single round damage and excellent range makes it an excellent
    weapon against helicopters. Missile Launchers have very low ammo counts and
    long reload times, so their uses are quite limited. They do have knockdown
    power so it's great for interrupting enemy attacks.
    Weapon Location: Shoulder
    Weapon Range: base 2-3, varies
    Rocket Launchers are artillery-based weapons that function similar to Missile
    Launchers, but lack their homing properties. These weapons have great damage
    output, tons of ammo, and reload fairly fast. Poor accuracy, inability to hit
    any moving targets, and slow shot velocity makes Rocket Launchers a bit hard
    to use properly. They're best used against large and/or stationary targets.
    Weapon Location: Shoulder
    Weapon Range: 0-5
    Beam Cannons are the be-all and end-all for shoulder weaponry. Much like its
    Railgun counterpart, these weapons possess superb damage output, range, and
    knockdown power. Unlike Railguns, Beam Cannons always hit the mark no matter
    what happens. With an extremely high ammo count, these are undeniably the
    best shoulder-mounted weapons. Their only weakness? Very long reload times.
    Weapon Location: Hand
    Weapon Range: varies depending on weapon class
    Built-in weapons are self-explanatory: weapons incorporated into a WAW's arm
    parts. These built-in weapons include Vulcans, Shotguns, and Hand Missile
    Launchers. Enemy units are capable of using built-in weapons with Vulcans and
    Cannons, which function similarly to their equipped weapon counterparts.
    This section discusses the bolt-on backpack types that WAWs can equip and use
    in mission play.
    Auto-Gatling Guns are a unique type of bolt-on backpack that has one specific
    purpose: missile defense. These gatling guns don't attack enemy units per se,
    but they will attempt to shoot down any missile that it sees. Auto-Gatling
    Guns target any missile that enters its firing range, whether aimed at the
    WAW equipped with it, or otherwise. These are the most expensive bolt-ons
    that you can get, but they are extremely useful as anti-missile defense.
    Another form of anti-missile defense, Infrared Control Equipment are nifty
    devices that jam missile locks. Instead of shooting them down, it redirects
    its course away from the intended target. Not all missiles will be jammed,
    and Infrared Control Equipment only protects its user. Still, for something
    that isn't quite as expensive as Auto-Gatling Guns, these devices are worth
    purchasing and using.
    Fire Control Systems are devices that boost the main arm weapon's accuracy.
    To be specific, this bolt-on increases the main arm weapon's ability to hit
    targets at varying ranges. Fire Control Systems are fairly cheap to buy, and
    have their uses on the battlefield.
    As the name implies, Night Vision Scopes are devices that allows a WAW to see
    in dark and night conditions. This device greatly increases the main arm
    weapon's accuracy at night conditions, regardless of proximity to the enemy
    target. It also adds shades of green to Cockpit Mode, making it a true night
    vision scope. Night Vision Scopes are cheap and predictably are best used in
    night conditions.
    Spare Magazines are what the name implies: extra ammo magazines for shoulder
    weapons. They have no other function than to boost the overall amount of ammo
    that a shoulder weapon can carry. These are best used with weapons such as
    Cannons and Missile Launchers - these weapons naturally have low ammo counts.
    Want to move faster on the battlefield or better evade attacks? Use the High
    Mobility Boosters! These devices augment a WAW's ability to walk, dash, or
    jump...basically it enhances its overall Mobility. While these bolt-ons may
    not have many uses early on, they become very good once the selection of main
    arm weapons gets better.
    Smoke Dischargers are devices that creates a smoke screen, decreasing overall
    weapon accuracy of both player and enemy units. These bolt-ons don't have a
    lot of uses, but when facing multiple enemies at once, consider purchasing
    one of these. Smoke Dischargers are also relatively cheap and can be bought
    in large numbers.
    Q: I want to access the supply platoon to reload my weapons and shields, but
    I don't see any commands about this. Is there something that I have to do to
    call in the supply platoon?
    A: Whenever you want to access the supply platoon, you must select the Supply
    option and check off the Shield or Reload requests. This has to be done for
    at least one unit from a platoon in order to call in the supply platoon. Take
    note that not all missions have access to the supply platoon as well.
    Q: Every time I try to attack this unit in a mission, my shots keep missing!
    I have weapons with a high accuracy value on my WAW that's attacking it, but
    that's not helping out! Why is this?
    A: There are several explanations for this. One, don't forget that due to the
    range system, both player and enemy units can always evade incoming attacks.
    Two, the accuracy parameter of weapons is only an indicator of its optimal
    accuracy if the target remains stationary. Lastly, the target may be engaged
    in evasive actions that would lead to your shots missing.
    Q: Is it possible to remove skills or am I stuck with what I get?
    A: Skills can never be removed once they are learned. The player AI will use
    them accordingly based on the combat situation. The only thing you can do is
    ensure that some skills are used more than others by configuring a pilot's
    Pilot Type.
    Q: What weapon should I equip for my pilots?
    A: It's personal preference really. If you want to fight up close, stick with
    Vulcans and Grenade Launchers. If you prefer ranged combat, try using Assault
    Rifles and Missile Launchers.
    4. WAW SETUP							[WSET]
    This section details the mechanics and features behind the customization and
    creation of WAWs. Reading information about the Battle System is highly
    recommended as information here goes hand-in-hand with the aforementioned 
    WAW DESIGN							[WDES]
    Designing a WAW is really easy in Front Mission Alternative. Not only are
    there fewer customization options compared to other Front Mission entries,
    but it also comes with a nifty Help guide option if you're new to it!
    Customizing WAWs is as simple as 1, 2, and 3: Just equip a better WAW once
    the opportunity presents itself. The option Change WAW will appear if you
    can equip a better model. Using Change WAW replaces the current WAW with the
    selected, new WAW. That's all there is to it!
    Unlike the other Front Mission entries, there is no weight or power output
    parameter to be concerned about. So, you're free to equip whatever weapons
    and bolt-ons that you like!
    Main Arm - Equip a main arm weapon.
    Shoulder - Equip a shoulder weapon.
    Shield - Equip a shield.
    Bolt-on - Equip a bolt-on backpack.
    In Front Mission Alternative, camouflage does have an effect on missions.
    Basically, based on the terrain conditions of a battlefield, camouflage will
    allow you to avoid detection from an enemy platoon's field of vision. Simply
    review the mission briefing details and chose an appropriate camouflage paint
    scheme to match. It's that simple!
    WAW TYPES							[WANT]
    Although the player is free to customize their WAWs in any way they see fit,
    they can get help from the Setup Types option. This option is handy for those
    who are not familiar with how the system works. When using Setup Types, the
    WAW setup and Pilot Types of a whole platoon will be changed accordingly.
    There are three Setup Types that can be used by the player:
    The Average setup puts an emphasis on balance. Balanced offense and defense,
    as well as ranged combat. This is a good setup to use for the typical mission
    in the game. Using this particular setup will result in the following:
    WAW Armanents - Handguns, Assault Rifles, Shotguns, and Missile Launchers.
    Shields - Shields that are moderately armored.
    Pilot Type:
    Mobility - 30
    Attack - 40
    Defense - 30
    The Storm setup puts an emphasis on defense. Close range combat is the main
    focus of using this setup. This is great for missions that require fighting
    in limited space and puts a premium on getting up close and dirty with the
    enemy. Using this particular setup will result in the following:
    WAW Armanents - Machine Guns, Vulcans, and Grenade Launchers.
    Shields - Shields that are heavily armored.
    Pilot Type:
    Mobility - 40
    Attack - 10
    Defense - 50
    The Support setup puts an emphasis on offense. Long range combat is the main
    focus of using this setup. This is great for missions that take place in wide
    and open spaces, making it easy to pick off enemy units from afar without the
    need to get close. Using this particular setup will result in the following:
    WAW Armanents - Machine Guns, Vulcans, Assault Rifles, and Cannons.
    Shields - Shields that are lightly armored.
    Pilot Type:
    Mobility - 10
    Attack - 70
    Defense - 20
    All Setup Types will consider Railguns and Beam Cannons for equipment, if the
    weapons are available.
    Q: When I went and used the Change WAW option, I noticed that I couldn't use
    it after beating the next mission! What happened here?
    A: The Change WAW option only appears if you have earned a new WAW model from
    clearing a mission. This option disappears if the next mission does not have
    any new WAW models that you can earn. Any WAWs that are not equipped by any
    members of your platoon when doing the next mission are removed. Keep this in
    mind when changing your WAW models.
    Q: What good is Setup Types for? I'm new to this whole customization thing,
    but I don't see a reason to use it.
    A: Setup Types is great for first-time players who are learning how the game
    mechanics work. Although it's best used early on, this option has its uses in
    a number of missions throughout the game.
    5. CREDITS							[CRED]
    Thanks to:
    - GameFAQs obviously
    - Front Mission: World Historica book for part wording and such
    - Square Enix for the Front Mission series
    This FAQ copyright 2012 to Angelo Pineda. Redistribution in any form,
    including reprinting in electronic or print media, without express permission
    of the author is strictly forbidden.

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