Detailed Skill List by Wazat

Version: 1.1 | Updated: 10/30/03 | Printable Version

Front Mission 3
Detailed Skill List
Version 1.1
By Dan Hale (aka Wazat)
static_void@hotmail.com

Last modified: October 31, 2003



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FAQ Description
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All the other Front Mission 3 FAQs I've read only list the skills and repeat
the information already provided in the game.  While these other FAQs are
very useful, they leave out a lot of information that would be very handy
to the reader, such as special hidden skill requirements, comments on a
skill's actual use, and suggestions for learning the skills more easily.
This FAQ attempts to bridge the gap left by those otherwise excellent FAQs.
Hopefully it will provide the information you need to enjoy and ultimately
conquer this excellent game, Front Mission 3.


If there are any inaccuracies in this FAQ, please e-mail me with corrections.
I also look forward to any more info you have to contribute.


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Table of Contents
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I.     Quick Q&A
II.    Legend
III.   Skill Descriptions
IV.    Parts to Skills List
V.     Updates
VI.    Credits
VII.   Legal & Contact Info


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I. Quick Q&A
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More questions added later.

Q: How are skills learned?
A: From the parts you equip.  Learning skills is random.  Each skill has a
small chance of being acquired each time you satisfy the conditions (such as
attacking with a melee weapon).  You don't gain experience on skills or parts
at all, so you just have to wait until you're lucky.

Q: Can I learn skills from parts that are destroyed?
A: Yes

Q: How many skills and parts are there?
A: Well, there are 32 wanzers, each sporting 3 part types - Arms, Legs, and
Body.  Each of these parts teaches a skill, so there are 96 skills.  Don't
try to learn them all in one sitting.  :P

Q: Do I have to equip a weapon on the arm I want to learn a skill from?
A: No.  For example, if your left arm will teach you Stun Punch, and your
right arm will teach you ROFUP1, you can place a melee weapon and burst
weapon in each hand in whatever order and it won't be a problem.  You can
still learn both skills just fine.

Q: What is the high acquire computer, and do I need it?
A: The high acquire computer increases the chance of learning a skill (I'm
guessing it doubles it, but I'm not sure).  You don't *need* it for most
skills, but let me tell ya, it really helps speed things up.  Don't go heavy
into learning skills until you get it.  Also, it's really important to have
when trying to learn some of the really, really hard skills out there.

Q: Activate?  Acquire?  What's the difference?
A: When you learn a skill, you "acquire" it.  When you equip it onto your
computer, it may "activate" and perform its effects during battle.  Once
you've equipped it, it can activate multiple times in a battle.

Q: Can I learn a skill multiple times?
A: Yes, but the number of times you can learn it depends on how many slots
it takes.  The max number of equip slots is 6, so you can learn a 1-slot
skill 6 times.  A 2-slot skill can be learned 3 times, and a 3-slot skill
can only be learned twice.  Any skills which take 4 or more slots can only
be learned once.

Q: What is the best computer to use?
A: Besides the Acquire Up computer, there are various other special computers
that all have their own special benefits.  One is the Activation Up High,
Combo Down High computer, which makes skills activate a great deal more
frequently, but reduces the chance of combos to almost nill.  Use this
computer when you have really powerful, many-slot skills (such as body-smash,
evade-max, and ROFUPIII).  Another is the Activation Down High, Combo Up High
computer, which makes it so that skills almost never activate (making it
pretty useless), but when they do activate, they'll likely combo until you
run out of equipped skills.  A better combo computer is the Activate Down
Med, Combo Up Med comp (or the Activate Down Low, Combo Up Low), which will
still activate skills at a decent rate, and will combo them fairly well.
Those are the main ones  Most of the other computers have too few slots (they
are all that's available early in the game), or their abilities are not very
useful.

Q: What are combos?
A: Combos are when multiple skills activate in sequence.  They are extremely
useful because you get to attack several times in one turn!  For example, if
you combo ROFUP1, SkillUp1, and then Zoom1, you will attack 3 times.  The
first time, you get 20% more shots, the second time, your skill increases 1
level for that shot, and on the third shot, you zoom in to increase your
accuracy for that shot.  You can even combo the same skill multiple times,
such as using 4 ROFUP1's, if you equip it multiple times.  However, combos
are random.  You have no control over what skills will activate or in what
order, or how many skills will activate.  You can equip computers which will
increase or decrease the combo rate.  A warning: skills like Topple Shot,
Topple Punch, and Eject Punch will always end combos, so try to avoid them
when combos are in mind.

Q: I can't learn this skill.  What's wrong?
A: First make sure you've satisfied the conditions.  Do you have a shoulder
weapon equipped?  Are you using the right type of weapon?  Should the enemy
be attacking or should you?  Do you need to have a shield equipped?
Second, make sure you haven't learned the skill already and can't learn it
any more.  Skills like Arm Smash can only be learned once.
Third... Some skills are extremely hard to learn.  You could spend weeks and
never learn them.  I'm talking about AutoII, RevengeSame, etc.  If you insist
on learning these skills, make sure you have lots of time.

Q: Which is better to focus on: Combos or High Activation?
A: This depends a lot on preference.  In several areas of this FAQ I point out
that you can usually do far more damage with a combo of several skills than you
can with a single skill of higher power.  For example, a combo of 3 ROFUP1's
is far deadlier than a single instance of ROFUP3.  On one hand, ROFUP3 is far
more reliable than ROFUP1, because you'll usually be lucky to combo 3 of them
together.  On the other hand, you likely get lots of activations of 1 ROFUP1,
plus the common combination of two and the occasional combo of 3.  Those add
up!  I'm quite fond of instantly killing an enemy pilot with a combo of 3
PilotDMG1's and then stealing his wanzer.  And I love to chain ROFUP1's and
SkillUp1's whenever i get the chance, because few enemy wanzers can stand up
to that kind of punishment.  You can tell right off that I'm severely biased
toward combos.  My best advise on this is to do what you like most.  After
all, some of the heavy-hitting skills are awesome to behold.




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II. Legend
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Skill entries follow this format:
Skill Name
Score:          : 0-5 'score of usefulness' I deem appropriate for the skill
(take this with a grain of salt)
Condition       : Simple condition (displayed in-game); extra conditions
(hidden, learn from experience)
Slots           : number of slots needed to equip this skill
Part            : what part you learn this skill from
Effect: What the skill does, etc
Learn:  If there's anything special you should do to learn this skill, it's
listed here


Score:
*****   The best score, definately a skill you want to learn
****    Very useful skill, above average and good all around
***     Average skill, it's pretty good, consider taking the time to learn it
**      Below Average, possibly not worth pursuing unless you have a specific
use for it
*       Poor, probably not too helpful in most situations
-       Horrible, no stars awarded.  These skills were either not thought out
at all, or they were put in the game to spite us.

Conditions (simple guide):
(note that grenades will never activate any skill.)
Burst - Activates when using a shotgun, machinegun, or flamer
1 Shot, Melee, Missile - Activates if you use a rifle, cannon, p-gun,
missile, or any melee weapon
Range - Activates with any ranged weapon that goes on your arms.  Namingly,
shotgun, rifle, machinegun, and flamer (not grenades, missiles, or melee)
Melee - Activates with any melee weapon, meaning spikes, batans, and fists
No Grenades - You can have grenades equipped, but the skill won't activate
while using them.  This is the general "Anything goes" condition.
All Weapons (def) - This skill activates only when the enemy is attacking
you.  May even work when using a shield.
All Weapons - Activates basically whenever, with no major stipulations,
except you can't be using grenades (of course).
No Shoulder Weapon - You can't have any missiles or grenades even equipped
on your shoulders


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III. Skill List
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Aim
Score           : **
Condition       : Burst
Slots           : 3
Part            : Grazex - Arm
Effect: Concentrates all your bullets onto one randomly selected part, be it
the body, legs, or either arm.  All the bullets will hit, even if your
accuracy is low.  Unfortunately, you have no control over what part is
selected.  There is a 25% possibility of selecting the body, but this skill
is best replaced by Aim-Arm, Aim-Leg, or Aim-Body once you learn them, since
they all take the same # of slots.
Learn: -

Aim-Arm
Score           : *****
Condition       : Burst
Slots           : 3
Part            : Vinedrai - Arm
Effect: Concentrates all your bullets onto one randomly selected arm.  Like
ArmSmash, it quite frequently selects the enemy's weapon arm in an attempt to
disable them.  All the bullets will hit, even if your accuracy is low.  Very
useful for disabling or capturing wanzers, since they often give up fighting
without their arms.
Learn: -

Aim-Body
Score           : *****
Condition       : Burst
Slots           : 3
Part            : Shunwang 1 - Arm
Effect: This one's an awesome skill.  It concentrates all your bullets onto
the enemy body, often doing tremendous damage.  All the bullets will hit,
even if your accuracy is low.  This is a great way to one-hit-kill an many
wanzers, yet it only takes 3 slots (compared to Body Smash, which takes 5).
Learn: -

Aim-Leg
Score           : ***
Condition       : Burst
Slots           : 3
Part            : Tieqi 4 - Arm
Effect: Concentrates all your bullets onto the enemy's legs.  All the bullets
will hit, even if your accuracy is low.  This skill works quite well in
conjunction with Aim-Arm to disable enemy wanzers to force them to surrender,
or to disable their movement.
Learn: -

AP-0
Score           : ****
Condition       : No grenades
Slots           : 3
Part            : Hoshun Mk112 - Leg
Effect: Reduces the AP needed to attack to dead 0, meaning you get to attack
for free.  The most obvious use for this is the Heavy P-Gun, which takes 15
AP.  However, don't discount the use for missiles, which take 10, and normal
weapons while counterattacking.  Unfortunately it won't work with grenades.
This skill is great for saving AP, especially when you're expecting lots of
counterattacks that will suck AP after your turn, or you want to use the
Heavy P-Gun more than every other turn.  It takes 3 slots, but it sure helps.
Keep in mind it wont always activate.  Even so, try using a high-activation
computer to make the move more reliable.
Learn: -

AP-30%
Score           : **
Condition       : No grenades
Slots           : 1
Part            : Kasel M2 - Leg
Effect: Reduces the AP needed to attack by 30%.  It's handy for all the major
AP suckers early in the game, as well as for simply saving some AP throughout
your various attack/counterattack battles (especially if you keep running low)
  It only takes 1 slot, so it's pretty nice to use.  However, if you have
slots to spare, and can learn them, consider upgrading to AP-60% or AP-0.
Learn: -

AP-60%
Score           : ***
Condition       : No grenades
Slots           : 2
Part            : Shunyo Mk111 - Legs
Effect: Reduces the AP needed to attack by 60% (nearly 2/3).  It's handy for
all the major AP suckers throughout the game, as well as for simply saving as
much AP as you can throughout various attack/counterattack battles.  Usually
2 slots are a worthy price, but if you can't afford them, AP-30% should still
be sort of useful.  If you have 3 slots and a high-activation computer, AP-0
is a great choice.
Learn: -

Arm Smash
Score           : *****
Condition       : 1 shot, melee, missile
Slots           : 4
Part            : Foura M12A - Arm
Effect: One of four instant-destroy skills, Arm Smash instantly destroys the
arm it targets.  If you see the skill activate, you can be absolutely sure it
won't miss.  Like Aim-Arm, it will almost always target the enemy's main
attack arm in an attempt to disable it.  Very useful for disabling serious
threats, or forcing a surrender to steal a wanzer.
Learn: This skill likes to eat missile enemies and anyone else that's really
threatening.  Fire rifles or missiles at them until the skill activates.  It
may take a while, however.

AutoI
Score           : -
Condition       : No shoulder weapon; must be stunned
Slots           : 1
Part            : Enyo MK109 - Body
Effect: If you get stunned, and the enemy attacks you within range of your
arm weapon, AutoI may activate.  It puts your wanzer on auto pilot so it can
counter attack.  Unfortunately, this is one of the hardest skills to learn,
and rarely ever activates.  In fact, you rarely ever get stunned anyway.
What a tragic waste of a skill.
Learn: Get stunned a lot - and I mean a lot - and then let the enemy attack
you while you're disabled.  One day the skill will activate and you'll wonder
why on earth you spent all that time on it.  Or maybe you'll just get lucky
and it will activate out of pure luck early on.  The high acquire computer is
a must!

AutoII
Score           : -
Condition       : No shoulder weapon; must be stunned
Slots           : 2
Part            : Prov PAW2 - Body
Effect: If you get stunned, and the enemy attacks you within range of your
arm weapon, AutoII may activate.  It puts your wanzer on auto pilot so it can
counter attack, and then removes the stun status!  Unfortunately, this is 
*the* hardest skill to learn in the game, and rarely ever activates.  In 
fact, you rarely ever get stunned anyway.
Learn: Get stunned a lot, and just pray.  This skill it rediculously hard to
learn, and in my opinion isn't nearly worth it.

Auto-Counter
Score           : ***
Condition       : All weapons; enemy must go first, must lose a part
Slots           : 1
Part            : Genie - Leg
Effect: If your enemy is about to destroy one of your parts (even the legs),
AutoCounter may activate.  It allows you to counter attack even if the enemy
destroys your body, or the arm you're attacking with.  This skill is very
valuable for learning skills that require losing a part, or simply getting
that last stab out before you're dead or disabled.
Learn: Subject yourself to lots of punishment and lose lots of arms, legs,
and even your body.  As long as you have a part left to attack with before 
the attack begins, there's a chance AutoCoutner will activate.

Avoid20
Score           : **
Condition       : All Weapons (def); attack damage at or below 20
Slots           : 1
Part            : Tiandong 3 - Leg
Effect: This skill is great at the beginning of the game, but unfortunately 
you can't learn it until later.  :)  Still, once you've learned it, you can 
use it on the lower simulations, with shields, or it comes in extremely handy 
when you restart the game.  Any hits the enemy deals that do 20 or less 
damage will be reduced to 0, meaning the enemy does no damage at all.  
This makes fighting burst (shotgun, machinegun, but usually not flamer) 
weapons a breeze.  If the enemy is doing more than 20 damage, try using your 
core's defense class, like Anti-Piercing etc, to reduce it back into range.  
If you're using a shield (another good way to make the skill activate), 
the arm will take no damage, but the shield will still lose a durability 
point, so keep that in mind.  This skill is great to fill in an empty slot 
along side other skills, since it only takes 1 slot.
Learn: Play the JDF Test Facility simulation and just let the enemies with 
machineguns beat you up a lot.  You can learn it pretty easily this way, 
though it may take some time at first.  It helps to kill anyone using 
missiles or melee, since they won't activate the skill.

Avoid40
Score           : ****
Condition       : All Weapons (def); attack damage at or below 40
Slots           : 2
Part            : Lanze - Leg
Effect: Any damage at or below 40 is reduced to 0.  Despite taking an extra 
slot, this skill still manages to pull its weight since it easily covers most 
of the damage that Avoid20 can't, until you start approaching the end of the 
game.  It will even activate on damage between 1 and 20, so don't worry that 
the enemy's damage is too low.  Most of the perks of Avoid20 also apply, with 
the added bonus of covering twice as much damage range.  A medium to high 
activation computer is probably your best bet.
Learn: Play the JDF Test Facility simulation and just let the enemies with 
machineguns beat you up a lot.  You can learn it pretty easily this way, 
though it may take some time at first.  It helps to kill anyone using 
missiles or melee, since they won't activate the skill.

Avoid80
Score           : ****
Condition       : All Weapons (def); attack damage at or below 80
Slots           : 3
Part            : Yongsai 3 - Leg
Effect: Any damage at or below 80 is reduced to 0.  If you use this skill, 
you'll take a hit of 3 slots; however, the ability to avoid all 12 shots from 
a shotgun or all 11 shots from a flamer, as long as they do 80 damage or less,
 makes this a very useful skill.  You could nullify as much as 920 damage 
from a shotgun this way.  However, the skill doesn't activate very frequently,
 so be sure to equip it on a high activation computer.
Learn: Play the JDF Test Facility simulation and just let the enemies with 
machineguns beat you up a lot.  You can learn it pretty easily this way, 
though it may take some time at first.  It helps to kill anyone using 
missiles or melee, since they *probably* won't activate the skill.  
If you still can't seem to learn it, try a simulation that does damage 
closer to 60 or 80.

Bkup Fire
Score           : ***
Condition       : Melee; must have a ranged weapon ally close enough to fire 
on enemy
Slots           : 3
Part            : Rekson M4F - Arm
Effect: This skill asks an ally with a gun to shoot the enemy before you hit 
it with your melee weapon.  The ally must be in range.  You also get to go 
first (before the enemy), despite using a melee attack.  Unfortunately, it's 
a bit hard it learn & activate.
Learn: Make sure you keep a ranged wanzer in range of the enemy you punch.

Bkup Melee
Score           : **
Condition       : Range; must have a melee equipped ally close enough to 
attack enemy (1 square away from enemy)
Slots           : 3
Part            : Yongsai 3 - Body
Effect: Asks an ally with a melee weapon to punch the enemy before you fire.  
You also get to attack before the enemy does, even if you're counterattacking.
  Unfortunately, it's a bit hard it learn; harder even than Bkup Fire.  It's a
lso got a low activation rate once you learn it.
Learn: Make sure you keep a melee wanzer next to the enemy you attack with 
this wanzer.

Blackout
Score           : **
Condition       : No Grenades; Enemy must be equipped with battle skills
Slots           : 1
Part            : Mingtian 1 - Legs
Effect: Disables the enemy's battle skills for a turn.  This skill is useful 
in a very limited number of battles.  Unless you really feel you need it, or 
just want to learn it for completion's sake, you can safely skip it.  If you 
do equip it, it should activate quite frequently, keeping the enemy's skills 
from activating during that engagement.
Learn: This one's hard, because none of the simulators have enemies with 
battle skills, and enemies rarely have skills anyway.  Just go into battle 
in one of the storyline skirmishes and make sure the enemy has some skills 
of some sort.  Once you satisfy those conditions, it should aquire quite 
easily (especially in a boss fight).  In fact, in some battles you can't help
but learn it all 6 times before the fight is over.  ;)

Body Smash
Score           : *****
Condition       : 1 shot, melee, missile
Slots           : 5
Part            : Hoshun Mk112 - Arm
Effect: This is basically the ultimate skill, a 1-hit kill that cannot be 
dodged once it activates.  It takes 5 of your 6 slots, and will probably 
require a high activation computer to activate nearly as often as you like, 
but... when it does, bam, the enemy is dead.  It will only work with 1-hit 
weapons, but fortunately that includes missiles and even hardblow.  Fire away!
Learn: -

BraceI
Score           : **
Condition       : No shoulder weapon; you must go first
Slots           : 1
Part            : Kyojun Mk107 - Leg
Effect: This skill can be a help or a headache, depending on the circumstances
.  The enemy gets to go first, but you take 50% less damage.  If you don't 
mind going last, this can be a huge help.  Unfortunately, this skill also 
has the obnoxious tendency to activate when you could go first and deliver 
the finishing blow to your enemy, avoiding any damage at all; but instead, 
the enemy goes first and does some damage to you before you can kill him.  
So in other words, take care in using this skill.  It can help a lot when 
used right.
Learn: -

BraceII
Score           : ****
Condition       : No shoulder weapon; you must go first
Slots           : 2
Part            : Tieqi 4 - Leg
Effect: The enemy gets to go first, but you take 70% less damage.  That's 
like using a shield and also getting to attack with your gun in the same 
move!  The only problem is, like BraceI, sometimes it may activate when 
you don't want it to, like when you're about to go first and kill your 
enemy before he can counterattack.  However, you'll only take 30% damage, and
that's fairly reasonable, even in such circumstances.
Learn: -

Chaff
Score           : ****
Condition       : All Weapons (def); Must be attacked by a missile
Slots           : 1
Part            : Drake M2C - Body
Effect: Makes you invulnerable to any missiles the enemy fires if it 
activates.  The enemy could even use salvo and you would dodge every one!  
It also takes only 1 slot, will activate even if you use a shield (and you 
avoid losing durability), and activates at a reasonable frequency.  It's 
great to fill in an empty slot in any combo, especially on a high activation 
computer with something like body smash.
Learn: Pick this character first (since the first character usually gets 
attacked the most) and provoke some enemies into attacking you with missiles.

Def-C1
Score           : *
Condition       : No shoulder weapon; defense class cannot already be maxed
Slots           : 1
Part            : Genie - Body
Effect: One of many stat increasers, this skill simply increases your defense 
class by 1.  It can be a handy filler when you have an extra slot, and it 
does activate reasonably often.  You get the most benefit if you assign 2-3 
AP already (the higher levels are more beneficial).
Learn: Set your damage class to a type you'll likely encounter a lot in the 
battle you're fighting.  It helps if you assign at least 1 AP, but less than 
3.

Def-C2
Score           : *
Condition       : No shoulder weapon; defense class cannot already be maxed
Slots           : 2
Part            : Laying Type1 - Body
Effect: Like Def-C1, this skill raises it by 2.  Normally I can think of lots
of other uses for 2 slots, but there are times when this would be useful.
Learn: Set your damage class to a type you'll likely encounter a lot in the 
battle you're fighting.  It helps if you assign at least 1 AP, but less than 
3.

Def-CMax
Score           : **
Condition       : No shoulder weapon; defense class cannot already be maxed
Slots           : 3
Part            : Mingtian 1 - Body
Effect: This skill raises your defense class to the max - level 4.  It's most
effective if you're only assigning 0 or 1 AP to your defense class; if you're
at level 3, you should instead settle with Def-C1 to avoid waste.  If you're 
using a core with a really high max (like 60%), this can be quite useful 
since you can occasionally block the damage without assigning any AP.  
Still, I can think of a better use for 3 slots on a high-activation computer, 
and you most definately shouldn't rely on this skill to save you every turn, 
or even very often.
Learn: Set your damage class to a type you'll likely encounter a lot in the 
battle you're fighting.

DmgFix100
Score           : ***
Condition       : All Weapons (def); damage must be between 101 and 200
Slots           : 1
Part            : Kyokei Mk108 - Leg
Effect: Any damage between 101 and 200 will be capped to 100.  You can usually
shave 25-50% damage when this skill activates, as long as it's in the damage 
range.  If the attacks are doing too much damage, consider using DmgFix200 or 
setting your defense class to reduce the damage back into range.  If the 
enemy is doing too little damage, consider using Avoid80 (which is a better 
move anyway).  Like all the DmgFix skills, this skill only takes 1 slot.  
It's great against fists, rifles, and missiles early in the game, but does 
nothing against burst weapons, which will almost never do more than 100 
damage, and even if they did, it wouldn't be by much.
Learn: Fight enemies that will do 101 - 200 damage to you, such as the melee 
enemies in the JDF test facility simulation.

DmgFix200
Score           : ***
Condition       : All Weapons (def); damage must be between 201 and 400
Slots           : 1
Part            : Qibing 0 - Leg
Effect: Any damage between 201 and 400 will be capped to 200.  You can 
usually shave 25-50% damage when this skill activates, as long as it's in 
the damage range.  If the attacks are doing too much damage, consider using 
DmgFix400 or setting your defense class to reduce the damage back into range.
  If the enemy is doing too little damage, consider using DmgFix100.  
Like all the DmgFix skills, this skill only takes 1 slot.  It's great against
fists, rifles, and missiles, but does nothing against burst weapons.
Learn: Fight enemies that will do 201 - 400 damage to you.  Fist and rifle 
users make a good start.

DmgFix400
Score           : ***
Condition : All Weapons (def); damage must be between 401 and 800
Slots           : 1
Part            : Shunyo Mk111 - Body
Effect: Any damage between 401 and 800 will be capped to 400.  You can 
usually shave 25-50% damage when this skill activates, as long as it's in the 
damage range.  If the enemy is doing too little damage, consider using 
DmgFix100 or 200.  Like all the DmgFix skills, this skill only takes 1 slot.
While it will never activate against burst weapons or most rifle attacks, 
this skill is great against fists and missiles late in the game.  It also 
helps against bosses who use the Basic P-Gun against you, as well as their 
missiles.  Beware the low activation rate of this skill.
Learn: This one's harder than the others, since enemies rarely do more than 
400 damage before the end of the game, and those that do can kill you quite 
quickly.  It also has a lower acquire rate, so patience is key.  The 
Fukushima simulator is a great place to start.

Double Assault
Score           : ***
Condition       : Melee and Range equipped; must attack at melee range.
Slots           : 2
Part            : Zenislev - Arm
Effect: If you're at melee range and you attack with either your melee 
weapon or your gun, this skill may activate allowing you to attack with 
both.  It's a powerful combo, but unfortunately like all the double skills, 
it requires that you not equip a shield, and doesn't activate quite as often 
as you may like.  It combos well enough with other skills, and makes good 
use of a fist early in the game that may otherwise remain unused in a fist 
with gun setup.
Learn: Simply satisfy the conditions and make sure you're always in melee 
range.  It may even activate when you're counterattacking.

Double Punch1
Score           : ***
Condition       : Right/Left arm equipped with same melee weapon.
Slots           : 2
Part            : Grapple M1 - Arm
Effect: This skill lets you attack twice - once with each melee weapon in 
your hands.  This can do deadly damage, and the animations are cool.  
However, you can't have a shield equipped, and often you can do more damage 
and activate more often on a medium activation computer with 2 stun punches 
or some skill+1's equipped instead.  This skill does chain pretty good, and 
is very helpful if your heart's not set on using a shield.
Learn: -

Double Punch2
Score           : ***
Condition       : Right/Left arm equipped with different melee weapons
Slots           : 2
Part            : Wude 3 - Arm
Effect: Like Double Punch1, this skill lets you attack twice, once with each 
melee weapon you're equipped with.  The difference is, they can't be the 
same melee weapon.  So, a fist, batan, or spike in one hand, and one of the 
other 2 in the other hand.  This would be useful because then you could 
equip both a fist and spike and have the benefit of both piercing and impact 
damage types at your disposal, but unfortunately spikes and batans are so 
much weaker than fists that you'll almost always do more damage with a fist 
despite the enemy's defense class, unless it's extremely high (like 40-60%), 
which it usually isn't.  Also, like Double Punch1 and all the other double 
skills, you're quite often better off chaining 2 1-slot skills together on a 
medium combo computer, since you'll do more damage and it will probably 
activate a lot more frequently.
Learn: -

Double Shot1
Score           : ***
Condition       : Right/Left arm equipped with same ranged weapon
Slots           : 2
Part            : Prov PAW2 - Arm
Effect: This skill just has a cool feeling all over it, despite some 
drawbacks.  You get to attack with both weapons in your hands, dealing 
basically double damage.  Just make sure you have decent accuracy upgrades 
on both arms so you don't miss a lot with one of them.  Another nice quirk 
is the cool animations you get, like with the machine gun.  Unfortunately 
(and I just know I'm going to make tons of enemies for bashing the Double 
skills like this), the double skills require that you not equip a shield, 
which leaves you very vulnerable.  Also, you might consider chaining 2 
1-slot skills together on a medium combo computer, since you'll do more 
damage and it will probably activate a lot more frequently.  Still, this 
skill combos pretty well, and like all the double skills, it is a lot of fun 
to watch.  The flamer gets quite a benefit from it since you attack twice 
for the AP of one attack.
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Double Shot2
Score           : ****
Condition       : Right/Left arm equipped with different ranged weapon; in 
range for both weapons.
Slots           : 2
Part            : Shangdi 1 - Arm
Effect: This skill is actually much more useful than Double Shot1.  You're 
required to have different weapons equipped to the right and left arms, and 
it only takes the AP of the weapon you fired with.  So, you could get 11 
shots out of the flamer in addition to firing your shotgun, all for only 3 
AP!  (note that you should press Square and select the flamer, make sure 
it's set to 11 AP, and then reselect the other weapon, so you're sure that 
you'll get 11 shots from it).  That's not all... consider pairing the 
Heavy P-Gun with the Rifle.  You attack with the rifle, using 4 AP, and then 
you get to attack with the Heavy P-Gun for free!  The skill also activates 
in counterattacks, and combos pretty well like the rest of the Double skills.
  If you're ok with not equipping a shield, this skill should serve you well.
Learn: If your primary weapon is weak, and the unused weapon is very 
powerful, and the enemy would be killed or brought to near death if you used 
it, there's a higher chance this skill will activate.

E-AccNull
Score           : ***
Condition       : No shoulder weapon; enemy must have at least 1 accuracy 
upgrade
Slots           : 3
Part            : Shangdi 1 - Body
Effect: This skill totally wipes out the enemy's accuracy upgrades, allowing 
your evade, height, and any obstacles in the way to take full effect.  
This is usually devastating to enemies late in the game since they've grown 
quite confident with their 162% etc chance of hitting.  Reduced to 50-70% 
and they're not laughing anymore.  Quite often, the combined effect of all 
factors plus this skill could reduce their accuracy to 10-30%.  Since it 
requires 3 slots to equip and doesn't activate all that often, you're best 
off putting it on a high activation computer to get the full effect and 
reliability.
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E-Acc1
Score           : *
Condition       : No shoulder weapon; enemy must have at least 1 accuracy 
upgrade
Slots           : 1
Part            : Pare PAW1 - Body
Effect: Reduces the enemy's accuracy upgrade by 1.  This is most effective 
when the enemy's accuracy is at level 3-4, and you have a high evade; or at 
the beginning of the game.  Really, it's not a very outstanding skill.
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E-Acc2
Score           : *
Condition       : No shoulder weapon; enemy must have at least 1 accuracy 
upgrade
Slots           : 2
Part            : Wude 3 - Body
Effect: Reduces the enemy's accuracy upgrade by 2.  This is most effective 
when the enemy's accuracy is at level 3-4, and you have a high evade, or at 
the beginning of the game.  Really, it's not a very outstanding skill.
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E-Def-CNull
Score           : **
Condition       : No grenades; enemy must have at least 1 defense class 
upgrade
Slots           : 3
Part            : Whisk - Body
Effect: This skill totally wipes out your enemy's defense class, allowing 
your attack to break right through and do full damage.  However, it takes 3 
precious slots so make sure you can spare them and use a high activation 
computer.  I think there are better skills to equip, personally.
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E-Def-C1
Score           : *
Condition       : No grenades; enemy must have at least 1 defense class 
upgrade
Slots           : 1
Part            : Meledyne M1 - Body
Effect: This skill reduces the enemy's defense class by 1 level.  This is 
handy when your enemy is defended against your attack and is at a fairly 
high level, such as 3 or 4, because those high levels have the most increase 
(level 1 and 2 usually only add 5-10%, usually not much to worry about, so 
try to go for 3 and 4).  It also takes only 1 slot and activates fairly 
frequently, so maybe give it a try.
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E-Def-C2
Score           : *
Condition       : No grenades; enemy must have at least 1 defense class 
upgrade
Slots           : 2
Part            : Tieqi 4 - Body
Effect: This skill reduces the enemy's defense class by 2 levels.  
It's handy when your enemy is defended against your attack by 3 or 4 levels, 
as those high levels have the most effect (level 1 and 2 usually only add 
5-10%, usually not much to worry about, so try to go for 3 and 4).  It also 
takes 2 slots and activates reasonably frequently.  Still, if you have an 
extra slot, go with E-Def-CNull to wipe out their defense class completely, 
or another move entirely.
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E-Evade Null
Score           : **
Condition       : No grenades; enemy must have at least 1 evade upgrade
Slots           : 3
Part            : Shunwang 1 - Body
Effect: This skill boosts your evasion right up to level 4.  This is great 
for legs that have 47% evasion, or the Hoshun legs which have 59% evade.  
If you equip this on a high activation computer, you might be able to get 
away with not assigning any AP at all to your evade.  Otherwise, I can think 
of some better ways to spend 3 slots...
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E-Evade1
Score           : *
Condition       : No grenades; enemy must have at least 1 evade upgrade
Slots           : 1
Part            : Zeros - Body
Effect: This skill increases your evasion by 1.  It's an ok skill and it 
activates at a decent rate, but frankly it's not all that useful.  Equip it 
if that's all you've got right now, or if you're early in the story line and 
can't upgrade your evade fully yet.  I can still think of a better use for a 
slot though.
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E-Evade2
Score           : *
Condition       : No grenades; enemy must have at least 1 evade upgrade
Slots           : 2
Part            : Vinedrai - Body
Effect: This skill increases your evasion by 2.  It's an ok skill and it 
activates at a decent rate, but frankly it's not all that useful.  Equip it 
if that's all you've got right now, or if you're early in the story line and 
can't upgrade your evade fully yet.  I can still think of a better use for 
two slots though.
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Eject Punch
Score           : *****
Condition       : Melee; enemy wanzer must have a pilot (not abandoned or on 
autopilot)
Slots           : 1
Part            : Tiandong 3 - Arm
Effect: Knocks the enemy out of his wanzer, disabling him for at least a 
turn and making him very vulnerable to attack.  This is an excellent way to 
capture wanzers.  Also note that if you attack first, the enemy's attack 
will be cancelled because they were ejected.  Unfortunatly, this skill 
doesn't chain well.  If it activates, the chain ends, even if it misses.
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Escape
Score           : ***
Condition       : All Weapons (def); part is about to be destroyed
Slots           : 1
Part            : Foura M12A - Leg
Effect: If the enemy is about to destroy a part, this skill may activate.  
It will completely cancel the enemy's attack.  If you attacked first, this 
means you got a free attack and avoided the counter attack.  However, if the 
enemy attacks first, it will cancel his attack and yours too.  This may, 
however, be better than losing the part.
Learn: Expose yourself to a lot of situations where the enemy is about to 
destroy one of your parts.  The Taipei and Fukushima simulations are good 
places to go.

E-Skill1
Score           : *
Condition       : No shoulder weapon; enemy's skill must be higher than A
Slots           : 1
Part            : Rekson M4F - Leg
Effect: Reduces the enemy skill by 1 for all their attacks during that turn.
Not all that thrilling.
Learn: Fight enemies with skills higher than A.

E-Skill2
Score           : *
Condition       : No shoulder weapon; enemy's skill must be higher than A
Slots           : 2
Part            : Getty - Leg
Effect: Reduces the enemy skill by 2 for all their attacks during that turn.
Not all that thrilling.
Learn: Fight enemies with skills higher than A.

E-Skill3
Score           : *
Condition       : No shoulder weapon; enemy's skill must be higher than A
Slots           : 3
Part            : Wude 3 - Leg
Effect: Reduces the enemy skill by 3 for all their attacks during that turn.
Not all that thrilling, and a terrible waste of 3 slots.
Learn: Fight enemies with skills higher than A.

Evade1
Score           : *
Condition       : No shoulder weapon; evade must not already be maxed
Slots           : 1
Part            : Pare PAW1 - Body
Effect: Increases your evade by 1 level.  Useful for legs with high evade 
early in the game when you can't get level 3 or 4 upgrades.
Learn: It helps if you have at least 1 AP assigned to your evade, but don't 
have it maxed out.

Evade2
Score           : *
Condition       : No shoulder weapon; evade must not already be maxed
Slots           : 2
Part            : Whisk - Leg
Effect: Increases your evade by 2 levels.  Useful for legs with high evade 
early in the game when you can't get level 3 or 4 upgrades.
Learn: It helps if you have at least 1 AP assigned to your evade, but don't 
have it maxed out.

Evade-Max
Score           : **
Condition       : No shoulder weapon; evade must not already be maxed
Slots           : 3
Part            : Shunwang 1 - Leg
Effect: Maxes out your evade to level 4.  Useful for legs with high evade 
early in the game when you can't get level 3 or 4 upgrades, or simply when 
you don't want to dedicate the AP to them.  Equip it on a high activation 
computer for maximum effect.  But don't count on it activating every turn to 
save you.  Also, as good as evade can get, the best it can do is around 50% 
or so.  Other skills may suit you better.
Learn: It helps if you have at least 1 AP assigned to your evade, but don't 
have it maxed out.

Experience x2
Score           : ***
Condition       : No grenades
Slots           : 1
Part            : Drake M2C - Leg
Effect: Doubles the experience you get.  It's useful in the beginning and 
middle of the game if you want to bring up the rank of your weapon, but if 
you take it too high, you'll start to miss out on platinum medals.  Be sure
to bring along some rank A weapons you can use every once in a while to 
lower the average rank if that happens.
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Experience x3
Score           : ***
Condition       : No grenades
Slots           : 2
Part            : Shangdi 1 - Leg
Effect: Triples the experience you get.  Great when it activates after 
killing a monster wanzer!  It's useful in the middle & end of the game if 
you want to bring up the rank of your weapon, but if you take it too high, 
you'll start to miss out on platinum medals.  Be sure to bring along some 
rank A weapons you can use every once in a while to lower the average rank 
if that happens.
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Experience x4
Score           : ***
Condition       : No grenades
Slots           : 3
Part            : Vinedrai - Leg
Effect: Quadruples the experience you get.  You can get several thousand 
experience for killing some wanzers!  It's useful in the end of the game if 
you want to bring up the rank of your weapon.  I personally prefer Exp x3 
because it takes only 2 slots, allowing for some of the more valuable skills 
to fit in my computer, but this move is nice nonetheless.  In the Emma 
missions you don't have to worry much about weapon rank getting too high, 
but in the Alisia missions you often get penalized even near the game's 
middle/end, so be sure to bring along some rank A weapons to lower the 
average.
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Fast Attack
Score           : ****
Condition       : No shoulder weapon
Slots           : 2
Part            : Jinyo MK110 - Leg
Effect: You get to attack first, and the enemy doesn't get to counterattack 
at all.  This skill also chains well, meaning you can get a fast attack, and 
then a couple ROFUP1's to seal the deal.  The enemy completely misses out on 
his counterattack.
Learn: This skill activates at a moderate rate, but it has a bit of a low 
acquire rate.  Just stick with it, and you'll eventually learn it.

Firing Squad
Score           : *****
Condition       : Range; Must have 2 allies within attack range, using 
ranged weapons
Slots           : 3
Part            : Getty - Arm
Effect: Mmmmm.... You and 2 other allies gang up on an enemy.  Your 2 allies 
fire before you, and then you get your shot in.  The enemy doesn't get to go 
first, even if he was going to before the skill activated.  He'll get his 
turn if he's alive afterwords...  Three on one sounds like my style of 
battles.  :)
Learn: This skill is surprisingly easy to learn, as long as you satisfy the 
conditions.  It's more powerful than BkupMelee or BkupFire, yet it acquires 
a lot more easily too.

Gang Beating
Score           : **
Condition       : Melee
Slots           : 3
Part            : Lenghe 1 - Leg
Effect: Uhh... Despite the awkward connotation of its name, Gang Beating can 
be a fairly decent skill.  It's the melee equivalent of Firing Squad.  You 
and 2 allies take turns punching the enemy into smitherines.  You get to go 
before the enemy too, which is great for a melee attack.  The only problem 
is, with Firing Squad you have a lot more freedom of placement of wanzers; 
however, with this skill you can only attack 1 square away, so you'll have 
to have surrounded the enemy with at least 3 melee attackers, which can be 
hard & tedious.
Learn: The low acquire rate of this skill makes it a bit of a chore to learn.
  Plus, it's hard to position 3 melee allies so that they can all hit, then 
pound the enemy until the skill activates without killing him first.  Try 
equipping weaker melee weapons if this happens (hardblow is good), and be 
sure to make use of the high acquire computer.

Guard-B
Score           : **
Condition       : All Weapons (def)
Slots           : 1
Part            : Prov PAW2 - Leg
Effect: This skill diverts attacks from your body to your arms AND legs.  
The good news is your body will be protected.  The bad news is, the damage 
isn't reduced at all, and thus can wreak havoc on the rest of your bot.  You 
might end up with no arms and no legs, but a refreshingly healthy body.
Learn: This skill is a bit hard to learn, because it takes a while to 
activate, and in the mean time, you're stuck with hover legs that only go 4 
squares.  Fortunately, the legs have good evade & health, and the skill is 
possible to learn.  Just make sure you have the acquire up computer.

Hard Knocks
Score           : *
Condition       : No Grenades; You have to be almost dead and then some...
Slots           : 1
Part            : Grazex - Leg
Effect: If your wanzer is about to die, this skill *may* activate.  It 
boosts your attack damage by 30%, but that seems like too little, too late 
at this point.  Your wanzer has to be so damaged that this skill is best 
reserved for those delightful surprises you weren't counting on getting.  
It's usually not worth equipping, even though it only takes 1 slot.  
However, it does combo, so you may get a few SkillUp1's and ROFUP1's 
afterwords.
Learn: The best way to learn this is to fight enemies with shotguns or 
machineguns (preferrably shotguns), or have a hardblow battle after draining 
an enemy's missiles.  They should be weak enemies, like in the Taal Base 
simulator or lower.  Buy all new parts and don't upgrade their health, except 
maybe some on your weapon arm and body (to ensure they outlive the other arm 
& legs.  Also make sure your parts have fairly equal health.  The enemy's 
shotguns will reduce the parts' health equally, but the unused arm and legs 
will be destroyed first.  About this time your body and weapon arm will be 
near death too (around 1/8 or 1/10 HP), and when you attack next, the skill 
will likely activate.

Hit or Miss
Score           : **
Condition       : Burst
Slots           : 1
Part            : Kyokei Mk108 - Arm
Effect: The bullets from your weapon will either all hit, or they will all 
miss.  I'm not completely sure this is right, but I'm guessing the chances 
of hitting are equal to the chances displayed when you prepare your attack.  
For example, if you aim your shotgun at an enemy and it displays 70% chance, 
that normally means that each bullet has a 70% chance of hitting.  But when 
this skill activates, the entire attack has a 70% chance of hitting, and 30% 
chance of missing entirely.  If that's true, then it's a bad skill to use 
when you have a 10% chance, since there's a 90% chance that not a single 
bullet will hit.  Thus, this skill is best used when you have 70-95% or so 
chance of hitting, because it will usually not miss, and will cause all your 
bullets to hit, increasing your average damage per attack.  It will also 
chain with other skills.
I still prefer ROFUP1.  :)
Learn: Standard stuff.  Just equip a burst weapon.  This skill doesn't seem 
to activate quite as often as ROFUP1 etc so be patient.

Initiative1
Score           : *
Condition       : No shoulder weapon
Slots           : 1
Part            : Zenislev - Leg
Effect: You get to attack first, but you take 1.5x as much damage when the 
enemy attacks.  Usually going first isn't worth that kind of stipulation, 
but it does have its uses.
Learn: Use melee attacks or fight in a lot of counter attack battles where 
you go last.

Initiative2
Score           : **
Condition       : No shoulder weapon
Slots           : 2
Part            : Zeros - Leg
Effect: You get to attack first, but you take 1.2x as much damage when the 
enemy attacks.  It's a little better than initiative1 (the damage is 
manageable), but it takes another slot, too.
Learn: Use melee attacks or fight in a lot of counter attack battles where 
you go last.

Initiative3
Score           : **
Condition       : No shoulder weapon
Slots           : 3
Part            : Lenghe 1 - Body
Effect: You get to attack first, and you don't get any extra damage penalty.
Unfortunately it takes 3 slots.  If this skill seems appealing, be sure to 
use a high activation computer.
Learn: Use melee attacks or fight in a lot of counter attack battles where 
you go last.

Leg Smash
Score           : ***
Condition       : 1 shot, melee, missile
Slots           : 4
Part            : Enyo MK109 - Arm
Effect: One of 4 Smash attacks, Leg Smash instantly destroys the enemy's 
legs.  If you see the skill activate, it's guarenteed to hit.  It's quite 
handy for wiping out the enemy's legs so they can't jump or pursue you, or 
to drop their evade down to nothing.  Unfortunately, 4 slots is a heavy 
price (I prefer arm smash, personally).  It's still quite useful, however, 
especially when arm smash is not yet available.
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Melee1
Score           : ***
Condition       : Melee
Slots           : 1
Part            : Kyokei Mk108 - Body
Effect: This skill increases the melee skill by 1.2x for one attack.  While 
Skill+1 increases by a set amount (only 1), the melee up skills increase by 
percentage, meaning they can strongly increase your attack power if your 
rank is already medium to high.  This skill also chains quite well.
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Melee2
Score           : **
Condition       : Melee
Slots           : 2
Part            : Kasel M2 - Body
Effect: This skill increases the melee skill by 1.5x for one attack.  As 
said with Melee1, this skill benefits a great deal if your rank is already 
fairly high.
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Melee3
Score           : ***
Condition       : Melee
Slots           : 3
Part            : Grapple M1 - Body
Effect: This skill doubles the melee skill for one attack.  As said with 
Melee1, this skill benefits a great deal if your rank is already fairly 
high.  If you're half-way, you can max out the rank.  (note: No word yet 
if this affects the average damage rating on your platinum...)
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Panic Shot
Score           : ***
Condition       : Range
Slots           : 1
Part            : Meledyne M1 - Arm
Effect: Confuses the enemy (which makes all their attacks take 3 extra AP).  
This skill also chains well with others.  If you're fighting enemies that 
need a lot of AP, confusing them can help.
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Pilot DMG1
Score           : *****
Condition       : All Weapons
Slots           : 1
Part            : Drake M2C - Arm
Effect: The best of the Pilot Damage skills, this attack takes only 1 slot 
and will do 7 pilot damage with a rifle (I'll try to find out the damage for 
the other weapons the future).  3 rifle attacks and that pilot dies, leaving 
a relatively healthy wanzer for the taking!  The skill also chains extremely 
well, even with itself (meaning 3 pilot damage 1's with a rifle in one turn 
and the enemy is doomed).  Great for capturing or disabling deadly or 
valuable wanzers.  Note that it won't work against some bosses.
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Pilot DMG2
Score           : **
Condition       : All Weapons
Slots           : 2
Part            : Laying Type1 - Arm
Effect: This skill isn't as good as the Pilot DMG1.  The damage increase 
isn't large enough to justify taking another slot.  You do about 9 damage 
with a rifle.
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Pilot DMG3
Score           : ***
Condition       : All Weapons
Slots           : 3
Part            : Genie - Arm
Effect: This skill isn't as good as the Pilot DMG1.  The damage increase 
isn't large enough to justify taking 3 slots.  However, it does push the 
damage high enough that using it twice with a rifle will kill an enemy 
pilot, as rifles will do 11 damage.  Still, 3 slots is just such a waste...  
Make sure it's on a high activation computer, whatever you do, or it may not 
activate twice and you'll never reap the benefits of the damage you've 
already done.
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Pilot Eject
Score           : *
Condition       : No Shoulder Weapon; Your wanzer must be destroyed
Slots           : 1
Part            : Foura M12A - Body
Effect: If your wanzer gets destroyed, this skill may eject your pilot 
before he gets killed, placing him on the square his wanzer was at.  
However, now what?  That pilot is as good as dead now.  If you could equip 
your pilots with sniper rifles (like the enemy pilots) or something capable 
of doing more than 18 damage, this skill could be worthwhile.  Otherwise, 
all your pilot can do is draw enemy fire and eventually die.
Learn: What can I say?  Get killed a lot.

Prevent Loss
Score           : **
Condition       : All Weapons (def)
Slots           : 1
Part            : Enyo MK109 - Leg
Effect: If the enemy is about to destroy a part, this skill will activate.  
The part will be saved, but its health is reduced to 1.  This would be 
great, except that sometimes the skill activates when a part won't be 
destroyed, and reduces its health to 1 when it should have been healthy.  :(
Learn: Subject yourself to a lot of punishment.  It should activate fairly 
easily.

Random Smash
Score           : **
Condition       : 1 shot, melee, missile
Slots           : 4
Part            : Mingtian 1 - Arm
Effect: The Smash equivalent of Aim, this skill randomly selects a part to 
instantly destroy, be it the legs, either arm, or even the body.  This skill 
is fun to use, but it's not reliable enough, as it doesn't activate very 
often, and you can't be sure what part it'll take down.  Arm Smash is 
probably a better choice, or Body Smash, if you have a spare slot.
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Revenge1
Score           : ****
Condition       : No Shoulder Weapon; Must attack last, enemy must do more 
damage than your weapon can do.
Slots           : 1
Part            : Jinyo MK110 - Body
Effect: If the enemy attacks first and does more damage collectively than 
your weapon would normally do, this skill may activate.  It sets your damage 
to 1.2x the damage the enemy did.  It won't activate very often, but it does 
chain well and it can be useful when you have a weak weapon, or the enemy 
has a powerful one.  Also, the enemy's anti-piercing or anti-impact defense 
won't block out any of the damage.  The enemy can use burst weapons (which 
usually do huge amounts of damage), and so can you (the damage will be split 
up between each bullet).  If you can only do 100 damage with an attack, but 
the enemy does 500, you'll return 600 damage to him.
Learn: You have to have a weapon that will do at most the damage the enemy 
can do to you, because if Revenge1 will set the damage to less than your 
normal power, it won't activate.  Equip a weak weapon or go against enemies 
with some awesome power.  Revenge tends to activate most whent the enemy 
does a huge amount of damage to you.  Also keep in mind that the enemy must 
attack first, so consider using a melee weapon or avoiding enemies with 
melee.  Consider equipping AutoCounter, just in case the enemy destroys your 
arm or body with the huge damage you want them to do.

Revenge2
Score           : ***
Condition       : No Shoulder Weapon; Must attack last, enemy must do more 
damage than your weapon can do.
Slots           : 2
Part            : Qibing 0 - Body
Effect: This attack is similar to Revenge1, but does 1.5x as much damage.  
See Revenge1 fore more info.  If the enemy does 500 damage to you, you'll 
return with 750 damage, even if your weapon is weak and only does 100 or so 
damage.
Learn: See Revenge1.

Revenge3
Score           : ****
Condition       : No Shoulder Weapon; Must attack last, enemy must do more 
damage than your weapon can do.
Slots           : 3
Part            : Getty - Body
Effect: This attack is similar to Revenge1, but you return double the amount 
of damage the enemy did to you!  See Revenge1 for more info.  I've noticed 
that when you have both revenge1 and revenge3 equipped, revenge3 will usually 
be the one that activates because the damage it does is huge.  If you were 
to be hit with 500 damage, you'd return 1000 damage to the enemy, even if
you're using a super weak weapon like hardblow!
Learn: See Revenge1.

Revenge-Body
Score           : *
Condition       : No Shoulder Weapon; Must attack last, enemy must do more 
damage than your weapon can do, you must use a 1-hit weapon (rifle, fist, 
etc).
Slots           : 4
Part            : Hoshun Mk112 - Body
Effect: If the enemy attacks first and destroys a part, this skill may 
activate and destroy the enemy body.  I consider BodySmash and a whole host 
of other skills to be far better, since they're easier to pull off, activate 
more frequently, and don't require a part to be destroyed.  However, this 
can be a fun, vengeful skill, if that fits your play style.  Don't expect it 
to activate very often at all.
Learn: This one's probably got about the same low, low acquire % as 
Revenge-Same.  Consider equipping AutoCounter, and giving yourself a fist, 
heavy p-gun or rifle.  Make sure the enemy attacks first.  Beyond that, it's 
just a waiting game.  It's a hard skill to learn.

Revenge-Same
Score           : -
Condition       : No Shoulder Weapon; Must attack last, you must use a 1-hit 
weapon (rifle, fist, etc).
Slots           : 3
Part            : Shunyo Mk111 - Arm
Effect: If the enemy attacks first and destroys a part, this skill may 
activate and destroy the same part on the enemy.  I don't consider this a 
useful skill, as it rarely activates and there are far better skills 
available (such as Arm Smash, Revenge3, etc).  I simply don't understand why 
it has such a low acquire/activate rate, since it's really not all that 
impressive of a skill!  Such a waste for the Shunyo.
Learn: Definatly equip several AutoCounters.  The enemy has to attack first 
and destroy a part, and all too often that's your weapon arm or body.  Also, 
the enemy must still have the part he destroys on your wanzer, or there 
won't be anything to destory and the skill won't activate.  This skill has 
an extraordinarily low acquire rate, even with the acquire up computer.  I 
just barely learned it myself.  The first time, the enemy destroyed my Genie 
legs in 1 shot, and Kazuki acquired the skill (to my great surprise).  In 
the next battle, both Ryogo and Kazuki somehow learned it again!  Amazing 
how long it took me before that.  If you don't upgrade the HP on your legs 
or unused arm, you have a better chance of losing parts, which helps in 
activating the skill.
What I had equipped: I had 2 Shunyo arms on both characters (to increase the 
chances that it will activate), and Genie legs with minimal health (hoping 
they'd get destroyed).  Their body parts were Jinyo and Getty, as I was 
trying to learn RevengeI and RevengeIII as well.  The only skills I had 
equipped were multiple AutoCounters and 1 Chaff.  Kazuki was using the 
Franbar rifle and Ryogo was battling it out with hardblow (weak weapons are 
best).

ROFUP1
Score           : *****
Condition       : Burst
Slots           : 1
Part            : Kyojun Mk107 - Arm
Effect: This, in my opinion, is one of the best skills in the game.  It 
increases the number of shots fired to 1.2x (20% more), and chains extremely 
well.  It's also very easy to learn.  Chaining several ROFUP1's together can 
produce extreme damage!  Keep in mind that 3 ROFUP1's can do more damage 
than 1 ROFUP3, so if combos are your thing, this is the skill to use.
Learn: -

ROFUP2
Score           : **
Condition       : Burst
Slots           : 2
Part            : Jinyo MK110 - Arm
Effect: Increases the number of shots fired to 1.5x.  It's an easy skill to 
learn and activates fairly frequently, but if you have combos in mind, 
consider 2 ROFUP1's instead.
Learn: -

ROFUP3
Score           : ****
Condition       : Burst
Slots           : 3
Part            : Yongsai 3 - Arm
Effect: Doubles the number of shots fired, effectively doubling the damage 
you deal.  This means machine guns will fire 20 shots, shotguns will fire 26 
shots, and flamers will fire 22 shots!  You can do tremendous amounts of 
damage with this skill, and it's very impressive to watch the enemy's wanzer 
take such a devastating hit.  It's best used on a high activation computer, 
rather than trying to combo it.  Keep in mind that a combo of 3 ROFUP1's 
will actually do a lot more damage (example, machinegun: 12 + 12 + 12 = 36 
shots, which is *much* greater than 12 x 2 = 24 shots).
Learn: -

Salvo
Score           : ****
Condition       : Missile
Slots           : 1
Part            : Whisk - Arm
Effect: If this skill activates, your wanzer will fire all the missiles left 
in the missile pod you're using.  This means you can launch up to 6 missiles 
in a single turn!  Each missile will randomly target a part.  Make sure the 
enemy doesn't block with a shield.  Also keep in mind that you'll be 
completely out of missiles and will need to change weapons or reload.  This 
isn't a good skill for combos, but it does work great when paired with smash 
attacks etc on a high activation computer (so either one or the other will 
likely activate).  If you equip it with body smash, you'll likely either
completely unload your missile rack on one helpless enemy, or you'll simply 
destroy their body and kill them in one attack.
Take note that this is a very fickle skill.  You might have trouble getting
it to activate until you only have two missiles left.  Then, when you least
expect it, you'll unload all 6 missiles on a wanzer that's already almost
dead.  Expect suprises.  ;)
Learn: -

Shield Atk1
Score           : *****
Condition       : Melee; Must equip a shield (and that arm cannot be 
destroyed)
Slots           : 1
Part            : Zeros - Arm
Effect: This skill attacks with the wanzer's shield, which increases the 
damage by a huge amount.  It also chains very well.  You can do very 
admirable amounts of damage with this attack, and it only takes 1 slot.  
The damage is increased by the power of your melee weapon, not your shield; 
so be sure to equip a good fist.
Learn: Equip a shield & melee and just punch a lot of enemies.

Shield Atk2
Score           : ***
Condition       : Melee; Must equip a shield (and that arm cannot be 
destroyed)
Slots           : 2
Part            : Lanze - Arm
Effect: In between Shield Atk 1 and 2, this skill has nothing special to 
it.  You can do tremendous amounts of damage, though, so don't pass it up 
too easily.
Learn: Equip a shield & melee and just punch a lot of enemies.

Shield Atk3
Score           : *****
Condition       : Melee; Must equip a shield (and that arm cannot be 
destroyed)
Slots           : 3
Part            : Lenghe 1 - Arm
Effect: Quite easily the most powerful attack in the game.  You can do 
damage in the thousands with this attack.  Excellent on a high-activation 
computer.
Learn: Equip a shield & melee and just punch a lot of enemies.

Skill+1
Score           : ****
Condition       : No Grenades
Slots           : 1
Part            : Meledyne M1 - Leg
Effect: Increases the weapon rank by 1.  You get a small damage increase 
with this attack, and it chains quite well.  It's especially useful if you 
don't have PilotDMG1 or a burst weapon for ROFUP1.  It also affects any 
weapon (except grenades), so you don't have to worry about what weapon you 
use or equip.
Learn: -

Skill+2
Score           : **
Condition       : No Grenades
Slots           : 2
Part            : Grapple M1 - Leg
Effect: Increases the weapon rank by 2.  It's fairly useful, and the legs 
you learn it from have an excellent movement range.  However, I can think of 
a few better skills.
Learn: -

Skill+3
Score           : **
Condition       : No Grenades
Slots           : 3
Part            : Laying Type1 - Leg
Effect: Increases the weapon rank by 3.  It takes 3 slots to do this, and 
the damage increase may not be big enough to justify that.  However, it does 
have its place on a high activation computer, especially if your choice of 
skills is limited.
Learn: -

Stun Punch
Score           : *****
Condition       : Melee
Slots           : 1
Part            : Kasel M2 - Arm
Effect: This skill stuns the enemy pilot if it hits.  This is one of the 
best melee skills around, especially since it chains with other skills like 
Shield Atk1 and Tackle1.  It also activates pretty frequently.
Learn: -

Tackle1
Score           : ***
Condition       : Melee
Slots           : 1
Part            : Zenislev - Body
Effect: You tackle the enemy wanzer with all your body weight for a nice 
damage boost.  It's less powerful than Shield Atk1, but doesn't require a 
shield.  It also takes only 1 slot and chains quite well.
Learn: -

Tackle2
Score           : **
Condition       : Melee
Slots           : 2
Part            : Tiandong 3 - Body
Effect: You tackle the enemy wanzer with all your body weight for a large 
damage boost.  It's less powerful than Shield Atk2, but doesn't require a 
shield.
Learn: -

Tackle3
Score           : ***
Condition       : Melee
Slots           : 3
Part            : Lanze - Body
Effect: You tackle the enemy wanzer with all your body weight for a huge 
damage boost.  It's less powerful than Shield Atk3, but doesn't require a 
shield.
Learn: -

Topple Punch
Score           : ****
Condition       : Melee
Slots           : 1
Part            : Qibing 0 - Arm
Effect: Knocks over the enemy wanzer and reduces their AP to 0!  It also 
cancels the enemy attack if you attack first.  Unfortunately, it's not a 
good ability to equip if you want to chain, since knocking over the enemy 
ends any combos.
Learn: -

Topple Shot
Score           : ****
Condition       : Range
Slots           : 1
Part            : Pare PAW1 - Arm
Effect: Knocks over the enemy wanzer and reduces their AP by half.  It also 
cancels the enemy attack if you attack first.  If you use a machinegun or 
flamer, the first attack that hits will knock over the enemy, and then all 
the rest of the rounds in the clip won't miss.  Unfortunately, it's not a 
good ability to equip if you want to chain, since knocking over the enemy 
ends any combos.
Learn: -

ZoomI
Score           : ****
Condition       : No Grenades
Slots           : 1
Part            : Kyojun Mk107 - Body
Effect: Good for chaining, ZoomI increases the success rate of hitting by 
1.2x (20%) for 1 attack, and it chains really well.  If you have an 84% 
chance of hitting, this skill will increase it to exactly 100%.  It works 
for all weapons, including missiles but not grenades (of course).  It's 
best used with ranged weapons, as melee rarely have accuracy problems.  
This skill won't improve your accuracy much if it's low, like 50% or worse.
Learn: -

ZoomII
Score           : **
Condition       : No Grenades
Slots           : 2
Part            : Rekson M4F - Body
Effect: Like Zoom1, but brings accuracy to 1.5x (50% increase).  It's useful 
when you need that little extra umph that zoom1 may not be able to provide; 
but then again, chaining 2 zoom1's together may be better in some 
circumstances.
Learn: -

ZoomIII
Score           : ***
Condition       : No Grenades
Slots           : 3
Part            : Grazex - Body
Effect: While it doesn't activate nearly as often as Zoom1, it certainly 
pulls its own weight.  ZoomIII doubles your accuracy.  If you're at 50%, 
it'll bring it to 100%.  From 30% to 60%.  However, if you're at 85% or 
higher, this skill loses its luster and you're better off with ZoomI, as 
anything above 100% is just redundant.  Keep this move in mind when fighting 
highly evasive enemies.
Learn: -


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IV. Parts to Skills List
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Drake M2C
Body:   Chaff
Arm:    PilotDMGI
Legs:   EXPx2

Enyo MK109
Body:   AutoI
Arm:    Leg Smash
Legs:   Prvnt Loss

Foura M12A
Body:   Pilot Eject
Arm:    Arm Smash
Legs:   Escape

Genie
Body:   Def-C1
Arm:    Pilot DMGIII
Legs:   Auto Counter

Getty
Body:   RevengeIII
Arm:    FiringSquad
Legs:   E-Skill2

Grapple M1
Body:   MeleeIII
Arm:    Dbl PunchI
Legs:   Skill+2

Grazex
Body:   ZoomIII
Arm:    Aim
Legs:   Hrd Knocks

Hoshun Mk112
Body:   Revenge-Body
Arm:    Body Smash
Legs:   AP-0

Jinyo MK110
Body:   RevengeI
Arm:    ROFUPII
Legs:   Fast Atk

Kasel M2
Body:   MeleeII
Arm:    StunPunch
Legs:   AP-30%

Kyojun Mk107
Body:   ZoomI
Arm:    ROFUPI
Legs:   BraceI

Kyokei Mk108
Body:   MeleeI
Arm:    Hit or Miss
Legs:   DMGFix100

Laying Type1
Body:   Def-C2
Arm:    PilotDMGII
Legs:   Skill+3

Lanze
Body:   TackleIII
Arm:    ShieldAtkII
Legs:   Avoid40

Lenghe 1
Body:   InitiativeIII
Arm:    ShieldAtkIII
Legs:   GangBeating

Mingtian 1
Body:   Def-CMAX
Arm:    Rndm Smash
Legs:   Blackout

Meledyne M1
Body:   E-Def-C1
Arm:    Panic Shot
Legs:   Skill+1

Pare PAW1
Body:   E-Acc1
Arm:    ToppleShot
Legs:   Evade1

Prov PAW2
Body:   AutoII
Arm:    Dbl ShotI
Legs:   Guard-B

Qibing 0
Body:   RevengeII
Arm:    TopplePunch
Legs:   DMGFix200

Rekson M4F
Body:   ZoomII
Arm:    Bkup Fire
Legs:   E-Skill1

Shangdi 1
Body:   E-AccNul
Arm:    Dbl ShotII
Legs:   EXPx3

Shunwang 1
Body:   E-EvadeNul
Arm:    Aim-Body
Legs:   Evade-MAX

Shunyo Mk111
Body:   DmgFix400
Arm:    Revenge-Same
Legs:   AP-60%

Tiandong 3
Body:   TackleII
Arm:    Eject Punch
Legs:   Avoid20

Tieqi 4
Body:   E-Def-C2
Arm:    Aim-Leg
Legs:   BraceII

Vinedrai
Body:   E-Evade2
Arm:    Aim-Arm
Legs:   EXPx4

Whisk
Body:   E-Def-CNul
Arm:    Salvo
Legs:   Evade2

Wude 3
Body:   E-Acc2
Arm:    Dbl PunchII
Legs:   E-Skill3

Yongsai 3
Body:   BkupMelee
Arm:    ROFUPIII
Legs:   Avoid80

Zenislev
Body:   TackleI
Arm:    Dbl Assault
Legs:   InitiativeI

Zeros
Body:   E-Evade1
Arm:    Shield AtkI
Legs:   InitiativeII



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V. Updates
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v 1.1 (October 30, 2003)

Updated the list of sites displaying this FAQ.

Added more questions to the Quick Q&A.  They were asked a few times in the
forums.

The parts to learn skills from are now listed in the skill descriptions (that
should help).

Fixed the alphabedicle mis-order of Chaff.  Sorry to those who couldn't find
it earlier.  :)

Expounded on a few skill descriptions

Fixed the missing slot #'s on some skills



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VI. Credits
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This section covers crediting that was not already covered in the text
above.

While I'm probably missing someone or another, I do try to credit people as 
often as I can.  In general, I'd like to thank all the people at the Gamefaqs 
forums who helped and supported me in writing this FAQ, and overall for being
generally nice and approachable (as many forums are full of trolls and
flamers, this is a rare and valuale thing).
I'd also like to thank SquareSoft for making Front Mission 3, a game I have
enjoyed thoroughly.  I've also enjoyed a number of other games they produced.
I really look forward to future releases!
And finally, I'd also like to thank my cat who, though being long dead and
almost forgotten, nonetheless deserves credit for at least something.

If I have forgotten to credit you for certain information, please let me know.


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VII. Legal and Contact Info
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