Megaman:  Maverick Hunter X
                             FAQ/Walkthrough v.1.4
                                10. August 2006


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- 0 - Introduction ------------------------------------------------------------
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 As with any new system, the first few games being released for the Playstation
 Portable are ports or remakes of existing games.  This game, Megaman: Maverick
 Hunter X (MMHX from this point onwards) is one such game.  This is a remake of
 the 1993 SNES game Megaman X by Capcom.  Unlike most other remakes though,
 Capcom has done a great job in that they not only upgraded the game so that it
 conforms with current standards in terms of graphics and style, they also
 added in a bunch of new features and game modes.  This resulted in a great
 game for new players as well as nostalgic romp for older fans of the
 franchise.

 This FAQ aims to guide players through MMHX, giving relevant tips on the
 harder portions of the game.  The following items are covered in this guide:

 * A quick run down on what's new in this game.

 * An introduction to both characters with a detailed discussion of their
   weapons and upgrades.

 * Walkthrough for both X MOVE and VILE MODE (both for normal and hard).


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- 1 - What's New in Maverick Hunter X -----------------------------------------
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 Upon booting up the game for the first time, fans of the original will
 instantly recognize a number of key changes.

  * First and foremost, a new graphics engine was implemented.  Gone are the 2D
      sprites moving on "layered" flat backgrounds.  Everything is now made in
      3D!  Sprites (X, Zero and the Maverick Bosses in particular) are very
      detailed and the animations are now great to watch (you'll see what I
      mean after you kill your first Maverick Boss).

  * A new playable character is introduced in Vile.  Fans will remember Vile as
      a powerful yet relatively minor character in the original game, only
      appearing in a couple of scenes: one near the beginning and another time
      right near the end of the game.  Through the different cut scenes and the
      actual game itself, we get to know more of the motives behind Vile and
      how he fits into the X Saga.  More on Vile later on.

  * X's stages have been changed a bit though not by that much.  The most
      significant change is the swapping of the locations of the armor
      upgrades.  This change I was, I think, made them a bit easier to obtain
      but that is just my opinion.

  * Overall difficulty of the game is somewhat on the easy side.  The included
      X's Normal mode should be easy to cruise through if you're a veteran
      Megaman X player.  If not, you should still be able to play through the
      said mode in a couple of days.  Hard Mode is more at par with the
      original but still a bit easier.  I would have hoped that they instead
      labeled Normal Mode as "Easy", Hard Mode as "Normal", and created a
      really hard "Hard" Mode.  Difficulty is something that the current
      generations of games has been a bit lacking I think (with the exception
      of the Zero games for the GBA as well as the hellish Megaman Powered
      Up!).

  * You will now able to "Escape" even non-completed stages and go back to the
      Stage Select screen.  They probably realized that it was a common tactic
      for beginners to get upgrades/power-ups from stages then forcing stage
      select via suicide :-) (well I know I did that).

  * A number of few new albeit minor features were added as well such as the
      inclusion of a save feature (for newer gamers, believe it or not older
      games never allowed you to save as is a limitation of the systems
      involved) to replace the Password system, and the inclusion of Free Play
      Mode which is essentially your last save game with all bosses revived for
      play through again (very handy for FAQ making).  Note that in Free Play
      Mode, Vile's equipping limit is removed (you'll understand this later on
      in the FAQ).

  * Upon completion of the game, you will be treated to a 20 minute long movie
      featuring the start of the conflict between Reploids and Mavericks.
      Sigma's turning is detailed as well as the motives behind this.  Now I
      hope they include another movie showing the beginnings of Zero :-).

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- 2 - Frequently Asked Questions ----------------------------------------------
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 Please read through this before you send any questions.

 * What is the Hadouken Upgrade?

   The Hadouken Upgrade is an old easter egg Capcom decided to put into the
   original SNES version of Megaman X.  If you are familiar with or have played
   Street Fighter (1, 2, Alpha, etc), also created by Capcom,  you should know
   that this is one of Ryu's/Ken's basic attacks.

 * How do I get it?

   Basically, you have to collect everything (heart tanks, sub-tanks, boss
   powers) and then go to Armoured Armadillo's stage.  Ride the second train
   until the it flies of the tracks.  At about the apex of its jump (somewhere
   between the time it starts falling), jump to the right.  You should see the
   capsule there.  Note that you shouldn't have taken any damage along the way.
   Strategies are listed below.

 * How do I use it?

   This has been e-mailed a lot of times.  Basically, you need to have full
   life to trigger this.  Then, similar to Ryu/Ken, trigger it by pressing,
   DOWN, DOWN+FORWARD, FORWARD+A on the controller.

 * Can you play as Zero in this game?

   Sadly know.  I myself am an avid Zero fan.  I hope Zero finds his way to the
   PSP soon.

 * How do I charge up X's weapons?

   To charge a weapon, simply select it and press and hold your "attack"
   button.  Note that you need the Arm Parts to do this.

 * What PSP version is needed to play the game?

   I unfortunately don't know.  Mine is 2.5 when I bought this game if that
   helps.  Also, if you're asking this because you want to run a pirated
   version of this game via your memory stick, I would just like to say that I
   don't condone piracy in any shape way or form so don't bother.

 * Why didn't you include this SUB TANK/HEART TANK/PART etc in your FAQ?

   This has been e-mailed a lot as well.  Please check the section heading
   before you send out the mail.  Most probably you were checking the "Starting
   Activities" portion of a walk through in which case, the specific item in
   question is not yet available.  Check the walkthrough for required upgrades
   for obtaining the said items.

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- 3 - Megaman X ---------------------------------------------------------------
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 From the start, the Megaman titles follow the same basic formula, where the
 main protagonist fights 8 (or 6 in the original) themed robot masters after
 going through stages following the same theme (i.e., Ice Stage for Ice bosses,
 Fire Stage for Fire bosses, etc).  After defeating the said robot masters, the
 protagonist obtains a crippled version of that enemies weapon which he can now
 use on the following stages (as long as the energy meter for said weapon
 allows of course).  Note that some robot masters are more susceptible to some
 weapons than others (similar to Pokemon where Leaf Types are easily defeated
 using Fire Types).

 Players familiar with the original Megaman series but new to the X series will
 quickly find out that X is much more agile compared to the original blue
 bomber.  X can climb up walls and slowly slide down them as well.  He can (
 with the correct upgrades) also perform pretty long jumps.  X also sports a
 cooler more mature look (this is further emphasized if you compare this game
 with Megaman Powered Up!, the remake of the original Megaman game).

 In terms of weapons, X starts out with the Variable Weapons System (or X-
 Buster).  This is your standard pellet shooter with the additional ability to
 charge-up for more powerful shots.  As discussed above, this has one special
 feature and that is the ability to replicate weapons of defeated bosses (
 though in comparison, these weapons are definitely gimped versions of the
 originals).  Once upgraded, his X-Buster can charge up the said stolen weapons
 either for more powerful shots or for special abilities (such as temporary
 invincibility or shielding).

 Below is the list of weapons that X can obtain in the game:

 ROLLING SHIELD
    Firing Cost: 2 units (4 charged up)
    Description: Fires a spherical projectile that rolls along the ground and
        until it hits an enemy or obstacle.  Fully charged up it creates a
        shield which blocks some non-energy based projectiles and destroys some
        smaller enemies  outright.  It is significantly improved in that you
        can now switch weapons while this is active greatly increasing its
        usability.  You get this after you beat ARMORED ARMADILLO.  This is
        most useful against LAUNCH OCTOPUS as it staggers him for a bit of
        time.

 HOMING TORPEDO
    Firing Cost: 2 units (4 charged up)
    Description: Fires a missile that homes in on the nearest enemy or non-
        energy based projectile.  This has been gimped somewhat compared to the
        original in that it does not home in on enemies as fast as before.
        This is best used when there are no obstacles between you and the
        enemy.  Charged up it fires three somewhat stronger homing missiles.
        You get this after you beat LAUNCH OCTOPUS. This is most useful against
        BOOMERANG KUWANGER.  It also staggers him upon impact.

 BOOMERANG CUTTER
    Firing Cost: 2 units (4 charged up)
    Description: Fires a short range boomerang that travels a small distance
        and loops back to the thrower.  This weapon is relatively weak but has
        some very specific applications.  One such application is that it
        carries all power ups and pickups it passes through back to X.  Charged
        up it fires a number of more boomerangs starting from X in the four
        primary directions.  Fun to watch but has limited use.  You get this
        after you beat BOOMERANG KUWANGER.  This is most useful against STING
        CHAMELEON as it causes him to stop his current action when hit.  Also
        note that it is also effective in limiting the move set of FLAME
        MAMMOTH (it cuts off his trunk) and LAUNCH OCTOPUS (it cuts off four
        of his tentacles).  More on this later.

 CHAMELEON STING
    Firing Cost: 2 units (4 charged up)
    Description: Fires three laser beams one going horizontal and the other two
        at ~5 degree angles up and down.  It can also be aimed up and down (up
        angling all shots by 5 degrees upwards and down angling all shots 5
        degrees downwards). This is useful in that it makes aiming some enemies
        easier though I rarely use this except for the maverick susceptible to
        it (STORM EAGLE).  Charged up, X is rendered invincible for a duration
        (indicated by X flashing different colors).  You get this after you
        beat STING CHAMELEON.  This is most useful against STORM EAGLE.  It
        staggers him upon impact negating his more lethal attacks.

 STORM TORNADO
    Firing Cost: 2 units (4 charged up)
    Description: Fires a tornado type attack horizontally, which can hit larger
        enemies multiple times and destroys most non sub-boss/boss enemies
        outright.  Charged up it fires a larger vertical tornado. Useful in
        many situations.  You get this after you beat STORM EAGLE.  This is
        most useful against FLAME MAMMOTH.

 FIRE WAVE
    Firing Cost: 2 units (4 charged up)
    Description: A flame thrower type weapon that sends out a continues flame
        starting from X's arm propagating to about 8th the length of the PSP
        screen.  This is pretty strong though has limited use because it
        requires you to be at close range as well as being very energy
        consuming.  Charged up it sends a wave of fire from  the ground just in
        front of X that propagates until it hits a solid object.  You get this
        after you beat FLAME MAMMOTH.  This is most useful against CHILL
        PENGUIN.  Upon impact, he is burned severely and he cannot do anything
        while burning.

 SHOTGUN ICE
    Firing Cost: 2 units (4 charged up)
    Description: Fires a shard of ice that shatters upon impact (enemies or
        obstacles).  Each shard is as powerful as the original.  It has the
        ability to freeze certain enemies.  When charged up, this creates a
        large block of ice which X can use like a skateboard.  The ice block
        can also be used as weapon.  You get this after you beat CHILL PENGUIN.
        This is most useful against SPARK MANDRILL.  He is frozen solid for a
        duration.

 ELECTRIC SPARK
    Firing Cost: 2 units (4 charged up)
    Description: Fires a small electric sphere which splits into two upon
        impact.  It has the ability to electrocute certain enemies.  When
        charged up, a sort of electric storm is created centered on X frying
        enemies in a radius of almost the vertical length of the PSP screen.
        You get this after you beat SPARK MANDRILL.  This is most useful
        against ARMORED ARMADILLO.  Hi is staggered and his armor is removed
        making him susceptible to damage even while rolling.

 Note that each of these weapons have their own energy bar which is depleted
 with each use (more so if charged up).

 Aside from these, X can pickup armor upgrades that give him specific
 abilities.  These are as follows:

 LEG PARTS - Gives X the ability to Dash.  Unlike the slide move from the
    original series, Dash can be used in conjunction with jump giving the X to
    jump long distances.

 HEAD PARTS - Makes X's head harder :-).  This gives him the ability to break
    some blocks with his head and block some attacks coming from above (like
    the falling rocks in STING CHAMELEON's stage).

 BODY PARTS- This reduces damage taken by half.

 ARM PARTS - While the non-upgraded X-Buster is able to charge to 3 levels,
    after the upgrade charge level is increased to 4, which is actually two
    level 3 charges traveling in a helix formation.  Note that these hit
    separately so full damage is not always done.  More importantly, this
    upgrade gives X the ability to charge up stolen weapons as well.

 You also get two "secret" upgrades.  These are the following:

 Z-BUSTER UPGRADE - Upon reaching near the end of the game, if you didn't
    pickup the ARM PARTS upgrade, an ally of yours (Zero, not discussed,
    playable character in later games in the X series) will give you his
    version of the X-Buster, the Z-Buster.  It is a much more powerful compared
    to the X-Buster and has many things going for it.  For one, instead of two
    level 3 charged shots forming a helix, this is actually one level 5
    projectile meaning it hits harder and it always hits at full strength
    unlike X's level 4 blast which only hits full blast if both
    projectiles in the helix formation hits the enemy and often that not it
    doesn't.  Plus, its red :-).

 HADOUKEN UPGRADE - Most older gamers should know that Capcom (the makers of
    Megaman) also had another fairly successful series under its belt, the
    relatively well known Streetfighter Series.  The main character of the
    game(in my point of view), Ryu, has one well known move named Hadouken.
    Triggering this, an energy blast is fired from his hand propagating
    forward.  Given certain requirements, X can get a version of this move (
    complete with animation and sound effects).  Note that this is more akin to
    the Hadouken move in the first Streetfighter in that it can kill anything
    in one hit (except if doing can disrupt the story of course).  Note that
    to use this, X's life bar should be full.  This is triggered by the key
    combination DOWN, DOWN+FORWARD, FORWARD+SQUARE.

 Note that X's armor is blue but as you collect upgrades, the body part
 relating to the upgrade is changed to white (i.e., X will have white legs
 after the leg upgrade).  In the end, X will be white (i.e., white bomber?,
 doesn't suit him much).  Just a thought.

 X can also pickup power ups in the form of 8 heart tanks (raises max life by
 two tics) and 4 sub-tanks (a store for health when you pick them up while
 your life is full so you can be use when you need them).


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 Vile shares some of the abilities of X (climbing, stealing weapons, etc.) but
 his style of play is radically different.

 While X's arsenal of weapons consists of his X-Buster plus 8 weapons stolen
 from maverick bosses (as is normal Megaman fare), Vile has a staggering 45
 weapons (and two armor upgrades),  in his repertoire.

 While X's weapons are all readily available once obtained, Vile can carry only
 3 weapons at a time, one for each of his launchers (shoulder mounted gun, arm,
 and leg/knee) and these are selected at the start of the level and cannot be
 replaced until you go back to the stage select screen.  Equipping these
 weapons also depend on Vile's energy bar which starts out very short but
 increases with each defeated Maverick.  This energy bar is shared by all three
 weapons chosen.  Note that each weapon has a firing cost and the total of
 these costs cannot exceed the length of your bar (so if you have an energy bar
 20 tics long, you can't equip three items if the total of their firing cost
 exceeds 20 tics).

 Note though that in contrast to X whose energy bar can only be refilled via
 energy pickups, Vile's energy bar is constantly refilling (and fast at that).
 This means that you can use weapons indefinitely.  You can't spam them though.
 Sooner or later, rate of fire is reduced greatly as the refill rate can't cope
 with your fire rate.  Also note that, depending on the order you defeat the
 bosses, you may be able to pickup the stronger weapons sooner than later, but
 this doesn't mean you can use them immediately.

 As discussed above, Vile has three weapon launchers:  his shoulder-mounted
 gun, his arm, and his leg/knee.  Each of these have three weapon sub-classes
 and these sub-classes are unlocked upon defeat of certain bosses.  Each sub-
 class has 5 types which you are unlocked after defeating other bosses.  This
 means that you would need to two bosses to get some weapons.  These are
 discussed below.

  Note the following:

  * I haven't had the time to extensively test all weapons against all enemies
    but I have had success in finding weaknesses for all enemies.  I will
    update the list later on.

  * For those observant enough to notice, from the below you will see that
    weapon weaknesses are similar to X's (i.e., ICE types are strong against
    SPARK MANDRILL, FIRE types are strong against CHILL PENGUIN).  This is not
    always the case though so be forewarned.

= ARM WEAPONS =================================================================

  This is your most commonly used type and is most akin to X's X-Buster.

----- VULCAN-TYPE--------------------------------------------------------------

      This is your default ARM weapon type.  This type can be described as a
      sort of rapid fire gun (hold-down SQUARE button), akin to Bass' weapon in
      Megaman and Bass although this cannot be aimed.  This is available from
      the start.

      CHERRY BLAST
      Energy Requirement: 2
      Description: This is your default Vulcan.  It has good range but damage
          leaves much to be improved.  You probably won't use this outside
          after you defeat your first Maverick unless you are short on energy.
          This is available from the start.

      ZIP ZAPPER
      Energy Requirement: 8
      Description: This VULCAN, though a bit stronger than the default, has
          very limited range (about a sixth of the length of the PSP screen
          only).  I prefer CHERRY BLAST over this due to difficulty of use.
          This becomes available when you defeat ARMORED ARMADILLO.

      BUCKSHOT DANCE
      Energy Requirement: 12
      Description: This is a combination of Chameleon Sting from X and Cherry
          Blast in that it fires a series of "Vulcan shots" forward but the
          resulting shots are angled slightly at about 5% - 10% horizontally.
          This is pretty useful in that in some cases you no longer need to
          jump shot to hit enemies.  Other than that usefulness is limited.
          This becomes available when you defeat STING CHAMELEON.

      DISTANCE NEEDLER
      Energy Requirement: 6
      Description: This, in my humble opinion, is the best of the Vulcan
          class weapons.  It has excellent range (much longer than the PSP
          screen length), and it can go through most enemies (even shielded
          ones!).  It's main downfall is that its fire rate is very slow but
          that is compensated by its relatively more powerful shots.  This
          becomes available when you defeat CHILL PENGUIN.  I've tested this
          to be useful against SPARK MANDRILL.

      TRIPLE 7
      Energy Requirement: 16
      Description: Similar to BUCKSHOT DANCE only more powerful but more
          costly so you can't combine this with some of the more powerful
          shoulder and leg types until Free Play.  This becomes available
          once you defeat FLAME MAMMOTH.


----- MISSILE TYPE ------------------------------------------------------------

      Vile removes his arm and fires a missile from the hole.  This is less
      powerful compared to the last type below but unlike that one it can be
      fired multiple times.  This offers a good balance of speed and power.
      Note that ALL MISSILE TYPEs become available after you defeat LAUNCH
      OCTOPUS.


      HUMERUS CRASH
      Energy Requirement: 4
      Description: This is your basic MISSILE TYPE.  It fires a missile
          horizontally.  It is not rapid fire, so you need to press the
          SQUARE button multiple times.  This becomes available after you
          defeat LAUNCH OCTOPUS.  I've tested this to be useful against
          BOOMERANG KUWANGER.

      POPCORN DEMON
      Energy Requirement: 6
      Description: Fires a missile that splits into three a short distance
          away from Vile.  Its usefulness is akin to that of BUCKSHOT DANCE
          in that you can fire missiles at enemies on slightly higher or
          lower ledges.  This becomes available after you defeat STING
          CHAMELEON.

      BANZAI BEETLE
      Energy Requirement: 6
      Description: Fires a missile with wings which improves accuracy in that
          you can hit the enemies via the wings as well and not only the
          missile itself.  This becomes available after you defeat STORM
          EAGLE.  I've tested this to be useful against FLAME MAMMOTH.

      LOST LAMB
      Energy Requirement: 6
      Description: Fires a missile that travels at an irregular path.  It is a
          bit quirky to use but otherwise is usable.  This is useful against
          BOOMERANG KUWANGER.

      SEROTINAL BULLET
      Energy Requirement: 4
      Description: Fires missiles that travel at a very slow rate (almost
          floating for a few seconds).  This is most useful against aggressive
          enemies in that you can fire it then run a way and see said enemies
          rush into your missile.  This becomes available after you defeat
          CHILL PENGUIN.  This I have tested to be effective against BOOMERANG
          KUWANGER and SPARK MANDRILL.  Though this doesn't damage him that
          much, this is also useful against STORM EAGLE.

----- PUNCH TYPE --------------------------------------------------------------

      For fans of the series, this is similar to the weapon given to Megaman by
      Hard Man in Megaman 3 in that you launch your fist itself into a rocket
      boosted punch attack.  This is extremely powerful but you need to wait
      for your arm to reattach to your body before you fire again.
      Nevertheless, this is the best arm type weapon and one that you would be
      choosing most of the time.  All PUNCH TYPEs become available once you
      defeat SPARK MANDRILL.

      GO-GETTER RIGHT
      Energy Requirement: 6
      Description: The default PUNCH TYPE.  This is as close to the original
          Hard Man Punch weapon as you can get.  This becomes available once
          you defeat SPARK MANDRILL.  This is most effective against
          ARMORED ARMADILLO though this does not have the effect of removing
          his armor.

      SPOILED BRAT
      Energy Requirement: 6
      Description: The same as GO-GETTER RIGHT but FASTER and WEAKER.  I
          won't use this.  IMHO I'll take one of the VULCAN's instead if I
          was looking for something fast.   This becomes available after you
          defeat LAUNCH OCTOPUS.

      EGOTISTIC PILL
      Energy Requirement: 12
      Description: PUNCH TYPE but armor piercing!  Useful but I would choose
          something else.  This becomes available once you defeat ARMORED
          ARMADILLO.

      GOLDEN RIGHT
      Energy Requirement: 20
      Description: This is extremely strong (probably the strongest in terms
          of raw damage of all of Vile's weapons).  It suffers greatly in
          range though which limits its usefulness.  This becomes available
          once you defeat LAUNCH OCTOPUS.

      INFINITY GIG
      Energy Requirement: 16
      Description: This is probably the best PUNCH TYPE of all.  It has the
          power of a PUNCH TYPE plus homing and armor piercing.  If you've
          played Diablo II using a high pierce guided arrow Amazon, you'll
          know what I mean.  This is just so good.  This becomes available
          after you defeat CHILL PENGUIN and is extremely useful against
          ARMORED ARMADILLO though it doesn't remove his armor.


= SHOULDER-MOUNTED GUN WEAPONS ================================================

  This form your anti-air arsenal.  Note that you pause in place when you fire
  this (even in the air) which may be advantageous and disadvantageous
  depending on the situation.


----- BLAST TYPE --------------------------------------------------------------

      These fire concentrated energy similar to X's charged shot in appearance
      (though you don't need to actually charge).  This is Vile's default
      SHOULDER TYPE and as such is available from the get go.  Note that except
      if explicitly specified, this weapon can be aimed using the UP and DOWN
      keys.  Note though that UP fires at ~80 degrees from the horizontal,
      default fires at ~45 degrees from the horizontal and DOWN fires
      horizontally.

      FRONT RUNNER
      Energy Requirement: 2
      Description: This is your default BLAST TYPE.  It's about as powerful
          as X's charge shot.  This is available from the start.

      TRIDENT LINE
      Energy Requirement: 6
      Description: As is all weapons you get from beating STING CHAMELEON,
          this fires 3 FRONT RUNNER like blasts at angles of each other.
          Note that the 3 blasts are fired one at a time leaving Vile
          vulnerable for that time span.

      FATBOY
      Energy Requirement: 20
      Description: Exceedingly powerful but cannot be spammed due to
          Energy Requirements.  This becomes available after you defeat
          BOOMERANG KUWANGER.

      FIRE MURRAIN
      Energy Requirement: 8
      Description: This fires a short range blast that explodes after
          traveling a short distance.  It is very powerful though and good
          against multiple flying enemies.  This becomes available after you
          defeat FLAME MAMMOTH.


      LONGSHOT GIZMO
      Energy Requirement: 14
      Description: Similar to TRIDENT LINE except it fires five blasts.  This
      becomes available after defeating STORM EAGLE.


----- LASER TYPE --------------------------------------------------------------

      This fires lasers (obviously).  These are extremely powerful though I
      would use the type below except for specific situations.  All LASER TYPEs
      become available after defeating STING CHAMELEON.  NOTE THAT IN MY
      OBSERVATION ALL LASER TYPES ARE USEFUL AGAINST STORM EAGLE.

      CERBERUS PHANTOM
      Energy Requirement: 6
      Description: This is the default LASER TYPE.  Like all weapon's
          received from STING CHAMELEON, this fires 3 lasers at angles of
          each other.  Note that this can be aimed.  This is especially
          effective against STORM EAGLE, having the ability to stagger him.
          This is important given it is almost impossible to defeat STORM
          EAGLE without the ability to interrupt his tornado attack.

      NERVOUS GHOST
      Energy Requirement: 8 | DEFEAT: Sting Chameleon, Flame Mammoth)
      Description: Stronger version than CERBERUS PHANTOM but fires only one
          laser.  Note that this can be aimed.  This becomes available after
          defeating FLAME MAMMOTH.

      RISING SPECTER
      Energy Requirement: 18
      Description: Much, much stronger laser though cannot be aimed.  You
          won't need to though because of its width.  This is very effective
          against STORM EAGLE.  This becomes available after you defeat FLAME
          MAMMOTH.

      STRAIGHT NIGHTMARE
      Energy Requirement: 14
      Description: Slow and piercing, this is one of the more powerful
          lasers.  This has the distinct disadvantage of not being able to fire
          upwards.  I don't use it much though, since I find RISING SPECTER to
          be more useful.  This becomes available after you defeat STORM
          EAGLE.  This is useful against FLAME MAMMOTH.

      NECRO BURST (COST: 28 | DEFEAT: Sting Chameleon, Launch Octopus)
      Energy Requirement: 28
      Description: Now this is different.  Firing this kills any non-boss
          enemy right next to you.  This means though that you'll be taking a
          lot of damage.  Also note that after firing this, you won't be able
          to fire anything else for a short while so its usefulness is rather
          limited!  I would like to try this against some end bosses though
          sometime except using this will mean you'll be using the weakest
          weapons of your other launchers because of the cost.  This becomes
          available once you defeat LAUNCH OCTOPUS.


----- BOOMERANG TYPE ---------------------------------------------------------

      This is akin to X's BOOMERANG CUTTER except for different flight patterns
      and number of projectiles.  Read below for details.  This type becomes
      available after you defeat BOOMERANG KUWANGER. Note that in
      my experience, ALL BOOMERANGE TYPES ARE EFFECTIVE AGAINST STING CHAMELEON
      AND HAS THE ABILITY TO CUT OFF BOTH FLAME MAMMOTH'S TRUNK AND LAUNCH
      OCTOPUS' TENTACLES.

      METAL CRESCENT
      Energy Requirement: 4
      Description: This is you default BOOMERANG TYPE.  It fires 3 boomerangs
          and is aim able.  This becomes available after you defeat BOOMERANG
          KUWANGER.

      QUICK HOMESICK
      Energy Requirement: 4
      Description: This is the exact same boomerang as X's in that it
          returns to you picking up items along the way. Note that this is
          the ONLY BOOMERANG TYPE with this ability.  This becomes available
          after you defeat FLAME MAMMOTH.

      PARASITE SWORD
      Energy Requirement: 6
      Description: This is exceptionally powerful and useful.  It fires a
          single boomerang which grows larger the farther it goes.  It can
          also pierce through enemies and shields! I usually use this over
          every other SHOULDER TYPE except MAROONED TOMAHAWK.  This becomes
          available once you defeat CHILL PENGUIN.

      TWO HEADED SLASH
      Energy Requirement: 6
      Description: Another useful boomerang type.  This is almost the same as
          PARASITE SWORD except for the fact that it fires two boomerangs and
          that the boomerangs don't grow in size.  This becomes available after
          you defeat LAUNCH OCTOPUS.

      MAROONED TOMAHAWK
      Energy Requirement: 12
      Description: One of the best weapons in the game, in my humble opinion.
          This fires a boomerang that stops a short distance away from Vile
          and just rotates in place.  It can also pierce through enemies
          and shields! This is very useful against all stationary enemies and
          can also be used to block of pesky flyers while you fight something
          else.  This becomes available after you defeat ARMORED ARMADILLO.

= LEG WEAPONS =================================================================

  This holds your most powerful weapons and are your best bet against
  stationary enemies.  Note that triggering this usually involves quite a
  lengthy animation sequence (i.e., Vile kneels down before firing) so time
  your use wisely.

----- BOMB TYPE ---------------------------------------------------------------

      This your default LEG TYPE and as such is available from the start.
      These are mostly powerful given the right situation.  One tip for these
      weapons is to jump then fire them.  This makes firing time a bit faster
      and a lot less difficult to aim though you need to be right on top of an
      enemy to hit it.

      BUMPITY BOOM
      Energy Requirement: 02
      Description: This is your default BOMB TYPE and powerful at that.  It
          usually takes two to three shots to kill powerful stuff though so I
          don't use it when I get something else.  This works well against
          CHILL PENGUIN though which is nice for a default weapon.

      RUMBLING BANG
      Energy Requirement: 12
      Description: A bit more powerful than BUMPITY BOOM and sporting a
          larger horizontal range, its not one I prefer though.  This becomes
          available after you defeat SPARK MANDRILL.

      SPLASH HIT
      Energy Requirement: 8
      Description: This is the best of this type, IMHO.  It fires a tornado
          similar to a X's charged up STORM TORNADO which is a lot more useful
          compared to others in its class.  I use this a lot in the early
          going.  This becomes available after you defeat LAUNCH OCTOPUS.

      TERRITORIAL POW
      Energy Requirement: 4
      Description: More of a shield type than anything else, it blocks some
          enemy projectiles. You need to time it right though.  Me, I'd
          rather avoid projectiles than waste offensive power on this one.
          This becomes available after defeating ARMORED ARMADILLO.

      BANGAWAY BOMB
      Energy Requirement: 10
      Description: This fires something similar to X's charged up FIRE
          WAVE though not as powerful.  This is useful against ground
          enemies.  This becomes available after defeating STORM EAGLE.


----- BALL TYPE ---------------------------------------------------------------

      This is slightly better than the BOMB types simply because you can fire
      them a distance away from enemies which makes the animation sequence
      bearable.  Jumping before firing is still the best way to use this.  IN
      MY EXPERIENCE ALL BALL TYPES (except HOT ICICLE) ARE EFFECTIVE AGAINST
      LAUNCH OCTOPUS.  THIS TYPE BECOMES AVAILABLE AFTER YOU DEFEAT ARMORED
      ARMADILLO.

      DEATHSTAR HUG
      Energy Requirement: 4
      Description: This is very similar to X's ROLLING SHIELD attack.  This
          type becomes available after you defeat ARMORED ARMADILLO.

      PEACE OUT ROLLER
      Energy Requirement: 6
      Description: When this hits a surface, this splits into two each going
          in opposite directions of each other (so if it hits a wall, one
          goes up and the other goes down; if it hits the ground, one goes
          left while the other goes right).  This is the most effective
          weapon against ARMORED ARMADILLO, as it removes his armor and is
          easy to use (you just need to hang on to either wall and fire away).
          This is a shame because you need to beat him (as well as SPARK
          MANDRILL) first to get it.

      SWORD BOUQUET
      Energy Requirement: 16
      Description: This napalm fires something similar to X's charged up FIRE
          WAVE though not as powerful.  This is useful against ground
          enemies.  This becomes available after defeating FLAME MAMMOTH.

      HOT ICICLE
      Energy Requirement: 10
      Description: Similar to SWORD BOUQUET except its fired on ceilings not
          floors.  Not that useful since you have your SHOULDER gun to deal
          with flyers.  This is pretty useful against STORM EAGLE though.
          This becomes available when you defeat STING CHAMELEON.

      STUBBORN CRAWLER
      Energy Requirement: 12
      Description: Similar to DEATHSTAR HUGGER except it doesn't stop when it
          hits walls.  This becomes available when you defeat BOOMERANG
          KUWANGER.


----- FLAMETHROWER TYPE -------------------------------------------------------

      This is like a whole family of different types of X's FIRE WAVE. These
      are the most powerful weapons in your arsenal.  Note that if fired while
      on the ground, fire is release horizontally.  When fired while jumping,
      fire is released from Vile down.  Firing it while jumping, in my opinion
      is much more better than while on the ground as it keeps you safe from
      ground enemies.  This type becomes available when you defeat FLAME
      MAMMOTH.  NOTE THAT NOT ALL FLAMETHROWER TYPES ARE EFFECTIVE ON CHILL
      PENGUIN.

      WILD HORSE KICK
      Energy Requirement: 6
      Description: This is your default flamethrower with about the same
          range and power as X's FIRE WAVE.  I have tested this to be useful
          against CHILL PENGUIN.  This is available after defeating FLAME
          MAMMOTH.

      DRAGON'S WRATH
      Energy Requirement: 8
      Description: It has exceptionally long range.  It arcs as well making it
          a bit more difficult to aim.  I don't use it that much.  I have
          tested this to be useful against CHILL PENGUIN.  This is available
          after defeating STORM EAGLE.

      GREEN-EYED LAMP
      Energy Requirement: 10
      Description: This is similar to WILD HORSE KICK in terms of range but
          upon reaching max range it flares up and causes more damage.  Not
          as useful as others though.  I prefer range over power.  This is
          available after defeating STING CHAMELEON.

      SEA DRAGON'S RAGE
      Energy Requirement: 12
      Description: This is the only flamethrower useful under water and it
          has excellent range to boot.  This is one of my favorites.  This
          becomes available after you defeat CHILL PENGUIN.

      BURNING DRIVE
      Energy Requirement: 16
      Description: This is exceedingly power if used correctly but is limited
          in range.  I prefer SEA DRAGON's RAGE.  This becomes available
          after you defeat BOOMERANG KUWANGER.

 Vile also receives a couple of armor upgrades, though it doesn't change
 anything graphically.

      FROZEN CASTLE
      Description: This reduces damage taken by Vile by half!  You need to
          defeat CHILL PENGUIN to get this.

      SPEED DEVIL
      Description: This greatly improves your speed!  You need to defeat STORM
          EAGLE to get this.

 Vile's stages are also somewhat more difficult.  The level designers have done
 a great job in swapping the enemy types and locations in Vile's levels such
 that although the they are (structure-wise) the same as X's, reaction times
 are much more critical if you want to go through to the maverick with minimal
 damage.

 All in all Vile's game is a lot more strategic and requires a lot of
 forethought especially in the early going.  It is much more satisfying though
 (similar to how Zero's game in X4 is a lot more satisfying compared to X's).


===============================================================================
- 5 - X GAME WALKTHROUGH ------------------------------------------------------
===============================================================================

 Note that I won't provide you with a step by step walkthrough the entire
 stages as that won't be that useful.  I will instead focus on the giving you
 tips in beating specific points in the game that are particularly difficult.

 For those experienced MMX players here, the route taken in this FAQ is not at
 all optimal.  My aim is to provide the easiest route for beginners so don't
 flame me saying that I'm not doing stuff right.  End goal is to beat everyone
 and collect everything and this is pretty much achieved albeit in a much
 longer time.

 Now let's begin.

= CENTRAL HIGHWAY =============================================================

 General Tips:

 * Familiarize yourself with controlling X.  This is the best place for you to
   do it as the enemies are relatively harmless.

 * Keep your X-Buster charged up even if you don't see any enemies so you are
   always ready to fire.

 * If an enemy doesn't drop after a charged shot, continue shooting it with
   uncharged shots.  It will drop faster than if you charge up your shot again.
   This is not applicable against bosses though since you will after firing
   they will be invincible and this time is best used charging up again.

 * When fighting the giant bee, just continue firing taking note of the enemies
   it drops.  When it starts lobbing missiles, dodge these by jumping.  Take
   this time to re charge up your X-Buster.

 BOSS: Vile

 * Note that unlike the first game, Vile does not aim to capture you this time.

 * Only his head is vulnerable so don't bother trying to hit his Ride Armor.

 * When he dashes towards you, jump over him, though he is big, his speed
   relative speed should make it easy for you to jump over him.

 * When he fires his spark attack, jump else, you'll get stunned for a while.


= STARTING ACTIVITES ==========================================================

 * Note that you can get all armor upgrades even before you defeat each
   individual Maverick.  I highly recommend this as this will make your life a
   lot easier even in normal.  Below are their locations:

   LEG PARTS: PROTOTYPE WEAPONS PLANT
   HEAD PARTS (need LEG PARTS): MISSILE BASE
   BODY PARTS (need HEAD PARTS): NEW TYPE AIRPORT
   ARM PARTS (need LEG PARTS): RECON BASE

 * To make it even easier, there are a number of HEART TANKS and SUB TANKS
   readily available to you at the start.  These are as follows:

   HEART TANKS available in:
     MINE RUINS
     SUBTERRANEAN BASE
     NEW TYPE AIRPORT (needs LEG PARTS)
     PROTOTYPE WEAPONS PLANT

   SUB TANK available in:
     MINE RUINS
     NEW TYPE AIRPORT
     PROTOTYPE WEAPONS PLANT


= MISSILE BASE ================================================================

 * Again, always charge up your X-Buster.  Most enemies will go down in one hit
   while for others you will need to follow it up with a few single ones.

 * The best way to defeat the woodcutter is to jump over him and shoot him from
   behind.

 ITEMS:

 * HEAD PARTS (needs LEG PARTS) *
   Near the start of the stage where you need to climb up but are hindered by
   wheel enemies, you will find a set of breakable bricks on the right wall.
   Just climb up it and the wall should break.  You will find the HEAD PARTS
   just behind it.

 * HEART TANK (needs fire wave) *
   Somewhere along the middle of the stage, you will notice a metallic bunker.
   Go past it and through to a cave.  When you get out from the other side,
   find the ride armor.  Go over to the top of the cave by jumping in the
   armor then jumping, and then at the apex of your jump, jumping out of the
   armor.  You should be high enough that you can go on top of the cave.  From
   their find the bunkers and break them open using Fire Wave.  Go back later
   if you don't have it yet.

 BOSS: Chill Penguin

 * For those who didn't follow this FAQ and has acquired FIRE WAVE already use
   it.  The hardest part of this battle would be to hit him once.  This will
   stun him and you can stun him continuously through timing your shots
   carefully.

 * For those without FIRE WAVE, immediately grab hold of the wall farther a way
   from him and charge up your X-Buster.  If he grabs on to the ring, fire away
   with your X-Buster making sure you charge it up again.  If he jumps to your
   side of the screen, drop over him and run to the other side and grab hold of
   the other wall as he will either jump and hit you or grab on to the ring and
   fire his blizzard attack which will make you fall to the ground.  You
   survival relies on being able to keep hold of a wall.  Ignore his other
   attacks.  He should go down in a bit.

 * Hard mode is a bit of a doozy if you try this guy first.  He has one special
   attack where he fires a series of Shotgun Ice shots against a wall and you
   will undoubtedly get hit.  Since you will probably have very limited life
   you would need to take a more offensive approach here as you won't survive
   if you try waiting it out.  You may want to get some upgrades, HEART TANKs
   and SUB TANKs available first to make life easier for you.


= POWER PLANT =================================================================

 * If you've beaten STORM EAGLE already, you will find this place in ruins.
   The spark hazards will be gone.  The dark stages will be very dark, however,
   making those parts a wee bit harder IMHO.

 * Learn to dodge the sparks.  They don't do much damage but it does add up.

 * To fight the big enemies firing sparks and missiles, just charge up your
   shot, and after he fires his missiles, dodge them and fire your charge shot.
   Follow this up by spamming single shots.  Repeat as necessary.

 * When you get to the dark areas where you see flying light bugs, just go
   slowly.  Stop when the area gets dark and move forward when it lights up
   again.  This shouldn't be that hard.

 * When you get to the large gel type robot, just charge up your shots and fire
   at him from the side wall, remembering to move to the other end if he gets
   near you.

 ITEMS:

 * SUB TANK (needs BOOMERANG CUTTER) *
   Near the beginning where you avoid the sparks, always take the stairs down.
   Near the end of this area, you should find the SUB TANK behind a wall.  You
   should be able to reach it with a well aimed BOOMERANG CUTTER.

 * HEART TANK (needs BOOMERANGE CUTTER) *
   Near the middle of the stage, you will find a set of stairs going down.
   Notice the ceiling is especially high in this area.  That is because their
   is a HEART TANK off screen.  You can reach this by grabbing hold of the
   right wall and climbing up.  When you reach the top, you need to aim your
   BOOMERANG CUTTER such that it reaches the HEART TANK.

 BOSS: SPARK MANDRILL

 * You should have SHOTGUN ICE now.  You just need to keep him frozen and he
   should drop without any difficulty.

 * If you don't have SHOTGUN ICE, well, some strategy is in order.  The first
   thing you should do is learn his movements.  You should know the animation
   sequence for his different attacks so you can dodge them easily.  As with
   CHILL PENGUIN, hug one of the walls and charge up your X-Buster.  If he
   climbs up, he will go to your side so fire your X-Buster then go to the
   other wall.  If he does his dash punch, drop over him (time it right since
   if he hits you before you drop, you will fall and hit him), fire your X-
   Buster and hug the opposite wall.  If he fires his spark attack, drop down (
   as it can traverse walls) fire your X-Buster and climb the same wall again.
   He should drop in no time.

 * He won't be as hard as CHILL PENGUIN in Hard Mode since he doesn't have any
   additional attacks.  Note though that while you can afford to get hit a
   couple of times in Normal, in Hard Mode, avoiding hits  is much more
   critical as damage taken is much larger.


= MINE RUINS ==================================================================

 * For miners, charge your shot.  As he throws his pickaxe, fire the shot and
   step forward (or backward) a bit (enough that it misses you) and fire
   multiple single shots.

 * Be careful when riding the train.  You will always fall in a pit at the end
   of a ride if you just stay put.  Jump at the last second.  Also, just keep
   firing single shots especially.  Be careful with the third (last) train
   sequence.  The end is a real doozy.

 * The best way to deal with the mining tanks is to use either FIRE WAVE or
   STORM TORNADO on it.  If you don't have this, use one charged shot followed
   by a quick barrage of single shots.  It should go down before long.

 ITEMS:

 * SUB TANK *
   You should see a mining tank during one of the longer drops.  Quickly climb
   back up the wall and let it go past you.  The SUB TANK is right behind it.

 * HEART TANK *
   At the second long drop, you will find yourself right behind another mining
   tank.  Quickly release a fully charged shot (you did charge before hand did
   you) and barrage it with quick single shots while following a short distance
   hind it, being careful not to run into it.  It should die before it reaches
   a hole in the ceiling holding the HEART TANK.  If you lack the dexterity,
   just go back later when you have FIRE WAVE or STORM TORNADO.  It will go
   down easily with either.

 * HADOUKEN UPGRADE (need everything!) *
   Just go through this entire stage with full SUB TANKS and without taking any
   damage.  After the last train ride, time a jump to get above the entrance to
   the boss fight.  You should see the capsule there.  To get past this test
   easily, charge up your ROLLING SHIELD and you should be nigh invincible.
   Spam a STORM TORNADO on stronger enemies to beat them easily.

 BOSS: ARMORED ARMADILLO

 * If you have ELECTRIC SPARK, use it else, use Charged Shots.  Either way the
   pattern is the same.

 * If you have ELECTRIC SPARK, immediately fire it at him and he will drop his
   ARMOR, then go to the side wall.  If not, immediately climb the side wall.
   Now he will shoot you a few times.  Keep on the wall ignoring these rounds
   as they won't hit you.  He will then roll into a ball and bounce around the
   screen.  When he first rolls into a ball, he will hit the ground below you
   and ricochet well away from you missing you completely.  Immediately drop
   down and position your self such that his bounce path will miss you, it's
   not that hard believe me.  After going from left to right a couple of times,
   he will unroll himself.  If you don't have ELECTRIC SPARK, immediately fire
   your charged shot (else he will block it).  If you have it, just fire away.
   Either way, go back to the wall and repeat the process.  When he reaches
   less than 50% his life, he will have a new attack.  He will roll into a ball
   again but this time, he will roll in place for a few seconds.  This is your
   cue to drop down as he will roll around walls and ceiling instead of bounce
   around it as before.  Now just time your jumps carefully (he will gain speed
   continually while rolling).  Hit him again when he unrolls.  He should die
   soon enough.

 * Like CHILL PENGUIN, ARMORED ARMADILLO also has a special attack that is
   nigh unavoidable.  His attack is one where he bounces around the screen but
   instead of at 80 angles which is very easy to avoid, it will be at 30 degree
   angles!  He will also be firing blasts on all four cardinal directions.  If
   you are presented with the option, get hit by his blast instead of ARMORED
   ARMADILLO himself as damage is much less.  Stock up on upgrades and power
   ups first if this is your first Maverick.


= SUBTERRANEAN BASE ===========================================================

 * To beat the turtles, just fire you charged shot, wait for him to fire off
   BOTH missiles then walk forward (or backward) then fire again.  Rinse and
   repeat.

 * You can charge up your ROLLING SHIELD here to prevent the rolled shrimps
   from harming you.

 * The round fish will suck you in, they are mostly harmless but try not to
   drop on the spikes when you destroy them from the inside.

 * You will soon meet up with a large submarine like fish.  To beat it, charge
   up your shield for protection against the smaller eels (if you don't have it
   doesn't matter).  Then just fire away at the thing on its head (a search
   light of sorts).  It will eventually drop off along with its shield.  Now
   just continue firing its main body and it should die without any troubles.
   Note that one of its attacks involves firing off a small whirlwind (similar)
   to Storm Eagle's. This is mostly harmless for the first sub at least.

 * You will meet up with a second sub, except with this one you have to deal
   with having a relatively small place to stand on with either side having
   spikes.  Just repeat the process above but this time jumping when he fires
   off his wind attack. To avoid getting pulled/pushed to the spike pits.

 * You will encounter a big dragon type robot. Just keep firing at his head or
   tail and it should drop sooner or later.  Keep to the sides and you should
   be safe.

 ITEMS:

 * HEART TANK *
   Around the middle of the stage, you will find missiles dropping from above.
   Go back until you find a sort of whirlwind device.  Hop on it and it will
   take you to a large boat type robot.  Hop on it and fire at its core (its
   big and blue you can't miss it).  Sooner or later, it will drop down taking
   you along with it and break through the blast doors below and into a large
   area.  Moving forward you will meet up with a dragon type robot.  Just keep
   firing at his head or tail and it should die soon enough.  Keep onto the
   side walls to be safe.  When he dies move to the right side of the room to
   receive the HEART TANK.

 BOSS: LAUNCH OCTOPUS

 * If you have BOOMERANG CUTTER, keep firing on him until his tentacles drop
   off disabling his absorb attack.

 * If you have ROLLING SHIELD just keep to a side wall and keep pelting him
   with it when he comes in range.  Then keep him stunned using buy firing the
   ROLLING SHIELD in time with the end of his stun animation.

 * If you don't have ROLLING SHIELD, keep on the ground and keep your X-Buster
   charged up.  Fire at him when you can and recharge.  If he fires his
   missiles, jump to avoid them.  If he fires fish, fire you charged shot at
   them and then jump over what's left.  When he starts spinning, that's your
   cue to run.  Make sure that you are not in the middle when the whirlwind
   forms as this not only damages you greatly, it also heals him!  He'll die
   before long.


= FORTRESS TOWER ==============================================================

 * Slowly make your way up.  This is not a very difficult stage for X.  If you
   have rolling shield, have it up at all times so you don't need to worry
   about the flyers in this stage.

 * When you get to the part on the elevator going up, always have your X-Buster
   charged up and kill the wheel robots ASAP.  Use STORM TORNADO if you have
   it.

 ITEMS:

 * HEART TANK (needs BOOMERANG CUTTER or ARM PARTS + SHOTGUN ICE) *
   After the elevator, you will be climbing up a series of ledges with guns
   coming out of the left wall.  When you get to the top, you will see the
   HEART TANK on a ledge.  This is very easy to get if you have BOOMERANG
   CUTTER,  just aim it correctly and you should get it in one or two tries.
   With SHOTGUN ICE, you need to be a bit more agile.  Charge it up to create
   an ICE BLOCK.  Ride the ICE BLOCK and immediately jump up to the ledge.

 BOSS: BOOMERANG KUWANGER

 * If you have HOMING TORPEDO as it stuns him.  Note that you can't keep him
   stunned though.

 * Climb the wall on the side of the room opposite him.  If he fires his
   boomerang, drop down and fire whatever weapon you are using then when it is
   safe, climb back up (if you are using your X-Buster, charge it up again).
   If he rushes towards you, go over him to the opposite wall.  You won't be
   able to avoid his boomerang otherwise.  Rinse and repeat.


= RECON BASE ==================================================================

 * Again, mostly weak enemies.  Just spam you Buster shots and they should go
   down without a problem.

 * For woodcutters, remember to charge up first and destroy the blocks that he
   lobs at you.

 * On the cave with the falling rocks, walk slowly and keep fire HOMING
   TORNADOES every few paces to root out the robots.  Don't worry about the
   rocks as your helmet should block them (that is if you have the helmet
   already).  The robot will drop easily by spamming your HOMING TORNADO.

 * You will soon get some ride armor use it.

 * You will have to contend with other ride armor enemies here, 3 punches from
   yours should flatten them though.  If not, a charge shot plus a steady shot
   of normal shots should do them in.

 ITEMS:

 * ARM PARTS (need LEG PARTS) *
   After the first "green area", you will find a cave.  You should recognize it
   by the low ceiling and the pit at its entrance.  Dash Jump to reach the
   upper ledge.  Here you will fight a rather large (about the size of FLAME
   MAMMOTH) robot.  Just keep firing charged shots (or STORM TORNADOES) on his
   head and dash-jumping over him when he gets close.  Once you beat him, you
   will gain access to the ARM PARTS.

 * HEART TANK (need LEG PARTS, and have beaten LAUNCH OCTOPUS) *
   Starting from the same cave entrance, drop into the pit.  The screen should
   scroll down (else wrong pit and you just died, sorry about that).  You have
   to break a few bricks, do so by climbing up them (you need the LEG PARTS to
   break them).  Now do a dash-jump right and you should reach the an upper
   ledge to the right.  Note that this would be flooded if you defeated LAUNCH
   OCTOPUS already giving you the ability to reach that said ledge, else you'll
   most likely come short though I was able to reach it once (in the original)
   before without beating him though I don't know if that's possible now as I
   haven't been able to do so.

 BOSS: STING CHAMELEON

 * This is one easy Maverick to defeat even without BOOMERANG CUTTER so it is a
   good first level choice.

 * If you have BOOMERANG CUTTER use it.  It will stagger him giving you some
   breathing room and preventing him from using his more lethal attacks.


= NEW-TYPE AIRPORT ============================================================

 * This is a relatively easy stage, but you need to be alert since even though
   you don't take much damage, it doesn't matter if you fall off a ledge or
   platform.

 * Shoot the grabbers immediately.  If you are captured, time your shots so
   that they don't drop you off the to a premature death when they blow up.
   For other enemies, use the same strategies as before (as they are mostly the
   same).

 * Again don't rush it especially in the jumping areas, patience is a virtue in
   Megaman.

 ITEMS:

 * HEART TANK (need LEG PARTS) *
   At the very beginning, you will be riding a set of moving platforms operated
   by pulleys.  At the very top of the platform (you won't be able to go up
   anymore at this point), do a dash jump towards the left.  You should land
   just above the starting position.  The HEART TANK should be there.

 * SUB TANK *
   Near the middle, you should see a gun situated on a rising pillar.  Destroy
   the gun and ride the pillar up.  You should see a large glass room.  Shoot
   the glass to break it and go through.  The SUB TANK is on the far side of
   the room.

 * BODY PARTS (need HEAD PARTS) *
   Near the middle of the stage, you will climb a tall pillar to a set of
   ledges above.  Note that at the top, you will see that you can drop down the
   other side of the  pillar.  Jump across to the other side of the small room
   and you will find some breakable walls above you.  Break through these and
   you will find the capsule where you get the HEAD PARTS.

 BOSS:  STORM EAGLE

 * I usually give strategies not requiring any special items but for this one,
   having the LEG PARTS (or CHAMELEON STING) would save you from much anguish.

 * Use CHAMELEON STING if you have it.  It always staggers him and breaking his
   attack sequence.  Note that most (some are though) of his attacks are
   passive and as such won't damage you.  They will push you down the side of
   the ship though and that will kill you.

 * As always keep your X-Buster charged (if you're not using CHAMELEON sting).
   If you don't have the LEG PARTS or CHAMELEON STING, keep very close to him.
   If he does his normal wing buffet type move (he uses his wings to create a
   relatively mild wind to push you back), just keep running forward and keep
   shooting.  CHAMELEON STING would stop him from doing it but its not really
   that important to do so.  If he fires up his tornado attack, keep dashing
   forward else you'll get pushed off the ledge.  If you don't have the LEG
   PARTS yet, you need to watch out for this attack and jump over him to get
   behind him (even if it means taking some damage) else you will die.  If he
   flies up, he will either throw an egg which releases 4 homing birds (easy to
   kill with one perfectly aimed charged shot), or he will fly further up.  If
   he flies up, keep on running in one direction.  He should either attack you
   flying diagonally in your direction (he won't hit you unless you stand
   still) or by flying along the ground (this will hit you so JUMP!).  Now if
   you don't have either of my recommended equipment, try to have a few 1-ups
   :-).  It would be much easier just to come back when you have either.


= PROTOTYPE WEAPONS PLANT =====================================================

 * This is a bit easier if you already defeated CHILL PENGUIN as all flames
   would have been extinguished already.

 * Again, being aggressive will get you killed and fast!  Take your time.
   Hmmm, there seems to be a common pattern with all my strategies :-).

 * The moving platforms will cause you a lot of pain if you try rushing it.
   Take it slow, there is a bit of wait time in between junk drops so you don't
   need to rush it.

 * At some point in the stage, you will encounter a small hall with motion
   sensors.  Note that if you move, the cubes right next to the sensors will
   each fire on shot at you.  Note that you can hang on to these cubes without
   any trouble so use them to traverse the sensor area.

 ITEMS:

 * LEG PARTS *
   This is very hard to spot at first (if you're the type who just runs in with
   guns blazing :-)) but when you find it, you should go here first in every
   game.  Near the start of the stage, right BEFORE the area with ledges and
   pickaxe throwing miners, you will pass through an area with a relatively
   low ceiling.  Around the middle of this area, the ceiling will suddenly
   become higher and you will see that there is a wall to your left that is
   rather easy to climb up on.  Go up and you should get the LEG PARTS.

 * HEART TANK (defeat CHILL PENGUIN or not but you'll die after getting it) *
   Right near the beginning where the ground is on fire and with miners
   throwing pickaxes at you, try to stay at the bottom most ledges at all
   times.  You should see the HEART TANK on the ground next to a wall under one
   of the longer ledges.  Just dash to it and you should reach it before you
   die.  With CHILL PENGUIN defeated, the fire on the ground will have been
   extinguished already making it possible to get it without dying.

 * SUB TANK *
   This is in the same general area as the HEART TANK except instead of being
   in the bottom right part of the area, the SUB TANK will be in the upper left
   area.  Go up this area (if you have CHAMELEON STING and ARM PARTS, charging
   it up will make this much easier) to the upper left area of the room.  When
   you get to the top left ledge, do a jump to the left wall. Slide down and
   you should see the area where the SUB TANK is stored.

 BOSS FIGHT: FLAME MAMMOTH

 * Use STORM TORNADO if you have it.  Else, charge up your X-Buster once again.

 * Unlike other bosses, you should stay a bit close to him.  This is because he
   will start lobbing balls of fire at you (like throwing a grenade).  When he
   does this, run back a bit and shoot him.  If he throws another one, run back
   again and shoot again.  Keep doing this until you get to the wall, in which
   case wait for him to be right below you then jump over him (this can be
   tricky as he is a lot bigger than most other bosses), and repeat the same
   process going in the opposite direction.  If he lobs a black glob at you
   keep well away from it as, if he throws a ball of fire on it, it will create
   a much bigger fire that is relatively hard to avoid.  Also, if he jumps,
   jump as well, timing your own jump such that you are be airborne when he
   lands.  If not, you will be stunned and open to attacks.  He should die in
   no time.

 * He has one hard mode attack (you will notice this one immediately as it is
   blue and not red).  This is similar to a fully charged FIRE WAVE.  It is, as
   its name states, a wave of fire propagating forward.  Simply do a dash-jump
   over the fire before it gets to high to avoid it.


= POST ACTIVITIES =============================================================

 * This is a good time to review the FAQ and check what items you don't have
   yet, say the HADOUKEN UPGRADE for example.

 * In between the last few stages, you might want to revisit ARMORED
   ARMADILLO's stage to fill up your SUB TANKs and stock up on 1-ups.  This is
   the best place to do this since (1) you are totally safe, and (2) 1-ups drop
   once in every 1 or 2 minutes.  To do this, charge up your ROLLING SHIELD.
   Now just run back forth between the first train and the first ostrich
   destroying all the bats (they should die upon contact with your shield) and
   collect the items they drop.  This second or third bat drops 1-ups so
   frequently that you will find you have 9 lives (i.e. full) before your four
   SUB TANKs are filled up.


= SIGMA PALACE 1 ==============================================================

 * The first part of this level is relatively easy.  Just use STORM TORNADO and
   you should be fine.  Keeping ROLLING SHIELD up makes this a bit easier as
   well, conserve it though since you'll need it soon.  Note that this is like
   a shorter but harder version of LAUNCH OCTOPUS' stage so just use the same
   strategy as there.

 * You should encounter the same big robot fish sub thing as before.  This
   time, you will have to fight him with a relatively small ledge to stand on
   (making his whirlwind attack especially deadly).  Use STORM TORNADO to make
   short work of him.  If he does fire his whirlwind, make sure you jump and
   not dash as dashing room is not that wide.

 * You will now fight LAUNCH OCTOPUS once again.  Use the same strategy as
   before.

 * Now you will have to go up a series of ledges (similar to BOOMERANG
   KUWANGER's stage).  Take it slow and you should get there with little
   trouble.  ROLLING SHIELD helps in this area as well.

 * You will now fight BOOMERANG KUWANGER.  Use the same strategy as before.

 * Take it slowly through the next area and you should reach this stage's
   Maverick without any problems.

 BOSS: BOSSPIDER

 * This is a relatively simple boss to defeat.  Use either SHOTGUN ICE or the
   good old charged shot.

 * He has only a couple of simple attacks.  His first one is to lob four
   spiders at you which, upon landing will go in your direction.  Jump over
   them or fire a well timed charged shot (or STORM TORNADO) to destroy them
   all in one shot.

 * His other attack starts of with him creating a series of horizontal "webs"
   between the 5 pillars behind you.  These represents the possible paths he
   can take from the top-down.  To get his actual path, start where he is and
   always take the first web left or right until you reach the bottom.
   Position yourself as close as possible to him while still being out of his
   reach.  He will only be vulnerable for a very short amount of time so being
   near him gives you a bit more leeway.  He should die without you taking much
   damage (if at all).  Note that SHOTGUN ICE works well against him.


= SIGMA PALACE 2 ==============================================================

 * The first part shouldn't present any significant challenge to you.  Use
   STORM TORNADO and you'll breeze through unscathed.  Watch out for the mining
   tanks though.  The second one, in particular, will drop right behind you and
   this usually means a one hit kill.  Good thing you have Ride Armour here.
   Time it such that it when it hits the miner (and explodes in the process)
   you are clear of the spikes when you become vulnerable.  There is a big hole
   in the ceiling where he drops, use this knowledge to your advantage.

 * You will soon meet up with ARMORED ARMADILLO.  Use the same strategy as
   before.

 * You will now reach an area with floating platforms.  Charge up your ROLLING
   SHIELD once again and cruise through this part unscathed.  Don't fall
   though.

 * You will be fighting STORM EAGLE once again.  Use the same strategy as
   before.

 * Pass through the next (relatively short area) and you should be fighting
   SPARK MANDRILL.  Use the same strategy as before.

 * Another short walk, if you need to fill up your Sub Tanks here.

 BOSS: RANGDA BANGDA

 * This boss looks like a big face with both eyes and the nose capable of
   attacking you, albeit one at a time.

 * His eyes will do the most damage at you as they are hard to avoid.  They
   will appear in either of the 3 colors, RED, GREEN and BLUE.  When RED, it
   will fire 3 fire balls that are pretty much hard to avoid but doesn't damage
   you much anyway.  When GREEN it will fire a single shot which is easier to
   hit as well.  When BLUE, it will throw its entire weight on you.  Note that
   keep moving as it will do this a couple of times before returning to the
   socket.  Shoot each eye when as often as you are able to.  Use CHAMELEON
   STING or a charged X-Buster against the eyes.

 * The nose is much easier to avoid as it follows a clear pattern (you did
   ARMORED ARMADILLO right, so this shouldn't be a problem to you).  You will
   know he is coming when the walls suddenly close in to you leaving only a
   quarter of the original screen length, and no room on the floor (falling
   means death because of the middle spikes).  What I did to hit it is throw
   ROLLING SHIELDS from above him.  This seems to be the safest and easiest
   method.  Note that don't get hit, or if you do, make sure you go back up the
   wall again immediately.  Falling means instant death.


= SIGMA PALACE 3 ==============================================================

 * The whole stage is easy so I won't give details on the enemies anymore
   albeit annoying (especially the FLAME MAMMOTH one).  I'll go straight to the
   Mavericks you'll be fighting.

 * Here you'll be fighting CHILL PENGUIN, STING CHAMELEON, and FLAME MAMMOTH.
   Beat them using FIRE WAVE, BOOMERANGE CUTTER and STORM TORNADO (BOOMERANG
   CUTTER if you want to cut his trunk off) respectively.

 BOSS: VILE

 * Learn his moves.  By default he will fire CHERRY BLAST which, though hard
   to dodge, is not that damaging.  His BANGAWAY BOMB attack is very damaging
   but easy to avoid as well.  His laser attack is easy to avoid as well, just
   stay at the far end of the screen when he fires so you have enough space
   and time to dodge it.  His PEACE OUT ROLLER attack will often catch you off
   guard so be careful.  Use ROLLING SHIELD to damage him more.  Try to
   conserve your SUB TANKS because you'll be facing another boss in this area.

 ITEMS:

 * Z-BUSTER (need to NOT have ARM PARTS)
   After you beat Vile, Zero will give you his Z-Buster, but you need to not
   have upgraded your own X-Buster with the ARM PARTS.  IMHO, its not worth it
   but you might want to do it a second time just to have this (for bragging
   rights).

 BOSS: D-REX

 * You'll be facing a large tank that looks like a T-Rex's head.  It is
   composed of two parts that move independently of each other.  The bottom
   part is invincible so don't bother trying to hit it.

 * The bottom part only has one attack and that is to rush the left wall.  when
   it hits the wall with you on it, you will fall down, but thankfully it won't
   damage you (though it will leave you stunned leaving you open to attacks).

 * The upper part will glide back and forth and diagonally up and down.  Be
   sure you don't get squashed between the two parts as will damage you
   significantly.

 * The best way to beat him is to stay on the ground and jump-firing BOOMERANG
   CUTTERS.  If the bottom half is getting precariously close, just jump
   through to the other side (being careful not to get squashed.)

 * He will also sometimes fire a large electrical ball at you.  You will no
   this immediately as the charging sequence is very noticeable.  If this
   happens, do a carefully timed dash jump over the ball.  If done correctly,
   you shouldn't receive any damage.  Use SUB TANKS as needed.


= SIGMA PALACE 4 ==============================================================

 * Were finally at the last stage.  This part is composed of 3 bosses in
   succession.

 BOSS: VELGUARDER

 * When you get the timing right, you won't get hit a single time against him.

 * He has three basic attacks.  First he will try to fire a sort of flame
   thrower at you.  Second he will try to fire a few ice bolts at you.  You
   can either try to avoid them (the first by jumping over, the second by
   positioning yourself correctly).  Both can be stopped by firing a fully
   charged X-Buster (or Z-Buster) shot at him right before he gets a shot off.
   The latter is the better option IMHO.

 * He will also jump over you to the wall then back down to his original
   position.  Fire another charged shot to stagger him again.  (If you have the
   HADOUKEN UPGRADE, you can wait for him to jump up the wall and trigger it,
   he should land right on the fireball and die instantly).

 * He won't put up much of a fight.

 BOSS: SIGMA 1

 * This fight is just as easy if you get the pattern right.

 * Just get up the left most wall and stay there.  He will do one of two
   things.  He will either shoot you with a series of pellets from his forehead
   (in which case, you should position yourself correctly so that the pellets
   will hit the wall above and below you) or ricochet from wall to wall then
   back down (similar to the nose part of RANGDA BANGDA).  This is easily
   avoided by keeping to the top left corner and dropping at the last moment.
   Note that in hard mode, if you do this, he will sometimes zoom down above
   you so to be safe, after dropping down, always zoom to the other side and
   repeating the sequence now from the top right wall.  This shouldn't present
   you with any problems as well.

 BOSS: SIGMA 2

 * You then fight SIGMA's final form.  This is easily the biggest boss of the
   game.  If you've played Megaman 3, this boss is strangely familiar to it in
   structure.  It is a very big character with only its head as its vulnerable
   spot.

 * Use ROLLING SHIELD on its head to damage it.

 * It has quite a few attacks.  The first one involves it hitting you with
   either hand (whichever you are closer to).  You should be able to dodge it
   easily once you recognize the animation sequence.  You should then ride on
   top of the hand and hit its head with ROLLING SHIELD a couple of times.

 * It can also attack via large sparks from his hand combined with sort of
   flame thrower from its mouth.  If he starts his animation, hug either wall.
   You should be safe from both attacks from there.

 * It can also fire a laser from its shoulder.  This will release a wave of
   lasers propagating to the opposite wall.  Position yourself under the hand
   near the start of the wave and when the laser on that hand dissipates, jump
   over it and fire a couple of ROLLING SHIELDs at him.  He is vulnerable until
   the laser reaches the opposite wall.

 Congratulations, you just beat X Mode.


===============================================================================
- 6 - VILE MODE WALKTHROUGH ---------------------------------------------------
===============================================================================

 Similar to the X MODE WALKTHROUGH above, this won't go into much detail
 regarding the stage layout.  I will focus only on problematic areas.

 I will also give the recommended weapon load out for Vile (at least what I
 found useful).

 Again, the route taken in this FAQ is not at all optimal.

 Now let's begin.


= CENTRAL HIGHWAY =============================================================

 Recommended Load out: Like you have a choice :-)

 General Tips:

 * Familiarize yourself with controlling Vile.  Each of the three weapon
   launchers have particular uses.  The ARM TYPEs are for general use.  The
   SHOULDER TYPEs are mainly for airborne enemies and stationary enemies on
   upper platforms.  The LEG TYPEs are mainly for stronger enemies on the
   ground.  Note that for LEG TYPEs, I suggest that you jump attack instead of
   keep on the ground since firing from the ground leaves you exposed to other
   attacks.  Needless to say that if you do this, destroy all flyers and
   turrets capable of firing at you when you are in the air first.

 * Here you will meet up with the most common (and most annoying) enemy in Vile
   Mode.  Those pesky miners are a pain due to their strategic location.  As in
   most other enemies, the basic strategy is wait for them to fire, dodge the
   projectile and let them have it (if they don't die on the initial attack,
   just repeat the process).  Never fire your LEG TYPEs before the initial fire
   of an enemy (unless you are sure you are safe).

 * Turtles are easy once you get the pattern of their attack.

 * When fighting the giant bee, just continue press and hold the SQUARE.  When
   it starts firing missiles, dodge them by jumping.  If it sends out any
   walkers, fire at them using your SHOULDER CANNON (press DOWN while firing to
   fire horizontally).

 * The car type enemies can be defeated easily by jumping over them then
   shooting from behind.

 BOSS: X

 * X is a piece of cake here.  He doesn't have much in terms of weapons.  His
   Charged Shot does hurt though so be careful.  What I do is I jump over him,
   then drop a BUMPITY BOOM, timing it such that I not land on him.  He
   sometimes jumps though so be careful.  This is much harder in hard mode as
   damage to you is much higher.

= STARTING ACTIVITES ==========================================================

 * To make life easier, there are a number of HEART TANKS and SUB TANKS
   readily available to you from the start.  If you are having trouble
   fighting your first boss, take your time to get a few (one SUB TANK does
   wonders) before retrying the said Maverick.

   HEART TANKS available in:
     MISSILE BASE
     POWER PLANT
     ENERGY MINE RUINS (easier though after STORM EAGLE)
     SUBTERRANEAN BASE
     FORTRESS TOWER
     RECON BASE RUINS
     NEW-TYPE AIRPORT
     PROTOTYPE WEAPONS PLANT (easier though after STORM EAGLE)

   SUB TANK available in:
     SUBTERRANEAN BASE
     RECON BASE RUINS (easier after STORM EAGLE)
     NEW-TYPE AIRPORT (difficult but obtainable whether you choose to get it at
                       the beginning or near the end)

 * Note that while these are technically available to you, surviving to the
   point where you can get them can be a problem, especially in hard mode.

= MISSILE BASE ================================================================

 Recommended Load out: Following the FAQ, you should have no choice else, WILD
   HORSE KICK, and DRAGON'S WRATH (the latter is better due to range) works
   well against CHILL PENGUIN.

 * Take it slow.  Vile's game is not designed for rushing.

 * The best way to defeat the woodcutter is to jump over him and shoot him from
   behind.

 * Use the terrain.  If an enemy is above and can't target you, use your
   SHOULDER TYPE.  If he is below, use your LEG TYPE.  Your enemies are doing
   it so why can't you.

 ITEMS:

 * HEART TANK *
   The HEART TANK is inside the first metallic bunker you encounter.  Get the
   Ride Armor at the opposite end of the cave.  Make your way back with the
   Armor to the said bunker.  Note that the easiest route is over the cave.

 BOSS: Chill Penguin

 * If you don't have either FLAMETHROWER TYPE, immediately grab hold of the
   wall farther a way from him and wait.  Use the same general strategy as X.
   Expect a harder fight though since you don't have charged shot.

 * If you have a FLAMETHROWER TYPE, attack him once to burn him, wait for him
   to be vulnerable again (when he stops flashing) and immediately fire again.
   If you do it right, this shouldn't take long.

 Note that after this you will have FROZEN CASTLE which halves the damage you
 take automatically making the latter stages much easier.


= POWER PLANT =================================================================

 Recommended Load out: Following the FAQ you should have DISTANCE NEEDLER which
   works wonders in this stage.

 * The layout is mostly the same as in X so the same tips apply.

 * When you get to the large gel type robot, just keep firing your NEEDLER at
   him from the side wall, remembering to move to the other end if he gets near
   you.

 ITEMS:

 * HEART TANK *
   You find it in the same location as X's.  If you have QUICK HOMESICK, use
   the same strategy as in X using the BOOMERANGE CUTTER, else just use Dash
   Jump using the Ride Armor you get nearby, and jump out at the right moment
   to reach the ledge.  Either way is easy.

 BOSS: SPARK MANDRILL

 * Use the same strategy as in X without SHOTGUN ICE, using whatever weapon you
   have.  DISTANCE NEEDLER does not freeze but it does the same damage as
   SHOTGUN ICE.

 PUNCH TYPEs are now available to you.

= MINE RUINS ==================================================================


 Recommended Load out: Following the FAQ, you should have both GO-GETTER RIGHT
   and INFINITY GIG, both of which are good options against him, though you
   should only have enough energy for the former.  PEACE OUT ROLLER works well
   against him as well as it removes his armor.  Unfortunately, BALL TYPEs are
   unlocked only after you defeat him the first time making PEACE OUT ROLLER
   out of the question at this point.

 * No train rides for Vile :-).

 * I never got to destroying any of the tanks.  Just avoid them, you won't lose
   anything by not killing them.

 ITEMS:

 * HEART TANK (easier after STORM EAGLE) *
   This is at the same location as the HADOUKEN upgrade but instead of the
   train ride, you'll have to traverse a series of floating platforms.  at the
   top right platform, make a leap of faith to the right and you should see
   another platform.  Jump from there to the right wall to get the HEART TANK.
   Note that after you get SPEED DEVIL you're jumping range will increase
   significantly making this easier.

 BOSS: ARMORED ARMADILLO

 * If you have PEACE OUT ROLLER (FREEPLAY MODE only), just stick to a wall and
   keep firing, taking care to go down when he rolls.

 * Use the same general strategy as in X.  This shouldn't be that hard for you.

 BALL TYPEs are now available to you.

= SUBTERRANEAN BASE ===========================================================

 Recommended Load out: following the FAQ, only DEATHSTAR HUGGER is really
   needed though most BALL TYPEs work well.  PEACE OUT ROLLER works well in
   this stage.

 * Use the same general startegy as X.

 * When you meet up with the fish submarine sub boss jump over him and spam
   your LEG TYPEs from above him (watch your energy bar).

 * You will meet up with a second fish, except with this one you have to deal
   with having a relatively small place to stand on.  The same strategy works
   well.

 * You will encounter a big dragon sub boss. Just keep firing at his head or
   tail and it should drop sooner or later.  Keep to the sides and you should
   be safe.  If you have your Ride Armor, one punch should bring it down!

 ITEMS:

 * HEART TANK *
   Same as X.  Pity you can't take your Ride Armor in here to fight this
   dragon.

 * SUB TANK *
   After you Punch the second dragon sub boss (the one above ground) with your
   Ride Armor :-), go back to the left side pillar and do a dash jump.  You
   should see the SUB TANK floating slightly on the water.  You should be able
   to reach it with the dash jump.

 BOSS: LAUNCH OCTOPUS

 * If you have any of the BOOMERANG TYPEs, keep firing on him until his
   tentacles drop off disabling his absorb attack.

 * If you have any of the BALL TYPEs just keep to a side wall and keep pelting
   him with it.

 * If you don't have a BALL TYPE in hand, keep the ground and keep firing with
   your SHOULDER TYPE.  Use the same strategy as in X MODE.

 MISSILE TYPEs should now be available to you.


= FORTRESS TOWER ==============================================================

 Recommended Load out:  If you followed the FAQ, HUMERUS CRASH and SEROTINAL
   BULLET should be available to you and both are effective against BOOMERANG
   KUWANGER though I prefer the former due to its speed advantage.  SPLASH HIT
   will make his stage more than manageable so use it as well.

 * The Ball and Chain Robots and the Turtles are pain but, with SPLASH HIT they
   shouldn't pose much of a threat to you as you can blow them up from below.

 * When you get to the part on the elevator going up, be careful as the thorns
   mean instant death.  Your ARM WEAPONs will be of much better use to you
   compared to the other launchers.  The other launchers have a lengthy
   animation sequence which makes you susceptible to the spikes.

 ITEMS:

 * HEART TANK *
   When you reach the top of the elevator, you should see a platform very high
   up.  To reach it, jump on the platform near the exit and quickly jump up to
   the HEART TANK.  Do this quickly as the platform will break before the
   elevator stops.  If you are having a hard time reaching it, just go back
   when you get QUICK HOMESICK and use it to get the HEART TANK.

 * SUB TANK (needs QUICK HOMESICK) *
   Use the same strategy as in X's HEART TANK replacing BOOMERANG CUTTER with
   QUICK HOMESICK.

 BOSS: BOOMERANG KUWANGER

 * If you have any MISSILE TYPE use it.

 * Use the same strategy as in X.


= RECON BASE ==================================================================

 Recommended Load out: MAROONED TOMAHAWK works best but you'll be gimping all
   of your other launchers to use it.  All other BOOMERANG TYPES will work well
   (with QUICK HOMESICK being the worst).  Use a VULCAN TYPE for your ARM
   WEAPON (though it's not really necessary).

 * The hardest part here would probably be the one where you face many Ride
   Armors.  They are best dealt with using a VULCAN TYPE as this can keep them
   away by simply holding the fire button.

 ITEMS:

 * HEART TANK *
   Near the start, you should see a Woodcutter robot on a high ledge.  Hop on
   the metallic wood he shoots at you and you will pass by the HEART TANK.

 * SUB TANK (easier after STORM EAGLE) *
   Get your Ride Armor from same location as X's LEG PARTS.  Keep it alive
   until about the middle of the stage (after 3 enemy Ride Armors).  You
   should see a hole in the ceiling.  Jump and then jump out of the Ride Armor
   to reach the hole and the SUB TANK inside.

 BOSS: STING CHAMELEON

 * The strategies for X still works well here.

= NEW-TYPE AIRPORT ============================================================

 Recommended Load out:  CERBERUS PHANTOM is all you need here.  SEROTINAL
   BULLETS help as well.

 * Most tips using X still works here.  Again, don't rush it.

 ITEMS:

 * HEART TANK *
   This can be found above the building where you find the Xs SUB TANK.  Use
   the floating platform near the end if you shot the glass.

 * SUB TANK *
   Take the Ride Armor in the place where Xs SUB TANK is and go down.  Use
   your Ride Armor’s guns to shoot the flame throwers on the floating
   platforms before you hop on (or better yet dash jump over them).  Don't try
   to punch any of them.  At the end of the second set of platforms, you should
   see a set of crates below the ledge.  Just punch the first one using your
   Ride Armor to go through.  If you find that you are almost out of time,
   another tactic would be to not destroy the last flamethrower enemy and land
   just between it and the crates, destroying your Armor.  If done correctly,
   the blast should destroy the crates as well.  Go right to get the SUB TANK.

 BOSS:  STORM EAGLE

 * This is one annoying fight.  Aside from the fact that your LASER TYPEs don't
   stagger him, you don't have dash.  This is workable though.

 * Use the same strategy as X (without the LEG PARTS).  Remember to choose to
   jump over him (even if it means hitting him) than staying put as he will
   push you off the side.  If he tries his dive attack on you, just keep firing
   your SEROTINAL BULLETS and he will run into them giving minimal damage
   (better than none at all if you ask me).


= PROTOTYPE WEAPONS PLANT =====================================================

 Recommended Load out: STRAIGHT NIGHTMARE and BANZAI BEATLE are best against
   FLAME MAMMOTH.  Choosing a BOOMERANG TYPE over STRAIGHT NIGHTMARE is best
   though to make the level a lot easier.

 * Same rules apply as in X.  Read that part and you should be fine.

 ITEMS:

 * HEART TANK (easier after STORM EAGLE) *
   This is in the same area as the X's SUB TANK.  Pretty easy but without SPEED
   DEVIL, you run the risk of hitting an enemy on the bottom ledge making you
   miss your mark.  One trick I use is to keep firing your current leg types
   pressing forward slowing your descent somewhat.

 BOSS FIGHT: FLAME MAMMOTH

 * Again, same strategy as in X using BANZAI BEETLE instead of STORM TORNADO.


= POST ACTIVITIES =============================================================

 * This is a good time to review the FAQ and check what items you don't have
   yet.

= SIGMA PALACE 1 ==============================================================

 Recommended Load out: I suggest a BALL TYPE, a BOOMERANG TYPE (not QUICK
   HOMESICK please), and a MISSILE TYPE (a fast one is preferred).

 * You should have developed some strategies now on most enemies.  My
   suggestion, as always is to take it slow.

 * You should encounter the same big robot fish sub as before.  Even though the
   platform is small, you should still be able to easily defeat him using your
   BALL TYPE.  Just jump on top of him and spam your BALL TYPE from above him
   and he should go down.

 * You will now fight LAUNCH OCTOPUS once again.  Use the same strategy as
   before. Plus you have a BOOMERANG TYPE :-).

 * Now you will have to go up a series of ledges (similar to BOOMERANG
   KUWANGER's stage).  Take it slow and you should get there with little
   trouble.  Your BOOMERANG TYPE will get you out of here without a problem.

 * You will now fight BOOMERANG KUWANGER.  Use the same strategy as before.

 * Take it slowly through the next area and you should reach this stage's boss
   without any problems.

 BOSS: BOSSPIDER

 * Sorry if this is getting repetitive but the same strategy as in X applies
   here still.  Note that "ice-based attacks" (i.e., distance needler) are
   useful here.


= SIGMA PALACE 2 ==============================================================

 RECOMMENDED LOADOUT: PEACE OUT ROLLER, RISING SPECTER, and DISTANCE NEEDLER.

 * Again, the mining tanks are a pain if they catch you by surprise.  Otherwise
   this isn't that hard.  Use the same Ride Armour strategy as in X to get
   through him.

 * You will soon meet up with ARMORED ARMADILLO.  Use the same strategy as
   before.  Note that with PEACE OUT ROLLER, you are now able to remove his
   armor!

 * Take it slow through the floating platforms.

 * You will be fighting STORM EAGLE once again.  RISING SPECTER staggers him!

 * Pass through the next (relatively short area) and you should be fighting
   SPARK MANDRILL.  Use the same strategy as before.

 * Another short walk, if you need to fill up your Sub Tanks here.

 BOSS: RANGDA BANGDA

 * Sorry still same strategy as in X.  Use Rising Specter as this is effective
   against him.  Note that if you followed the recommended layout, you should
   have this.  Thanks to Oracolex for pointing this out.

= SIGMA PALACE 3 ==============================================================

 Recommended Load out: PEACE OUT ROLLER, INFINITY GIG and METAL CRESCENT
   (believe me, you shouldn't worry yourself about the bosses here, only worry
   about X and Zero).

 * The whole stage is easy so I won't give details on the enemies anymore.
   I'll go straight to the enemies you'll be fighting.

 * Here you'll be fighting CHILL PENGUIN, STING CHAMELEON, and FLAME MAMMOTH.
   In easy mode, use the appropriate weapons and sail right on through.  In
   hard mode, use the strategy without the appropriate weapons and use SUB
   TANKS when needed.

 * If you used your SUB TANKS, refill them before heading out.  You'll use them
   all in hard mode the first time you go against X and ZERO and they would
   most probably be not enough.

 BOSS: X and ZERO

 * In this mode, X and Zero share one life bar and once either one of them take
   enough damage or a relative amount of time has passed, one will warp out
   and the other will warp in.  I will give strategies for both.

 * ZERO has only a few relatively easy attacks.  Either he shoots charged shots
   at you or does a flying kick.  Either is easily avoided.  Either spam PEACE
   OUT ROLLER or INFINITY GIGs at him until he warps out (or dies).

 * X will always warp in with a ROLLING SHIELD equipped.  Your first order of
   business is to destroy it. The best weapon against it is a spammed PEACE OUT
   ROLLER.  Just jump and spam it (you need to jump to avoid his normal fire).
   If he fires his HOMING TORPEDOES, fire your METAL CRESCENT to cancel it out.
   If he suddenly changes color to purple, that's your cue to move.  He will
   fire a charged STORM TORNADO on your current position.  Once his shield is
   gone, spam INFINITY GIGs or PEACE OUT ROLLERs.

 * They will sometimes join forces and both will fire a charged shot.  These
   charged shots will combine and split into four homing charged shots.  These
   can be dodged by simply going to the opposite wall and jumping as they pass
   underneath.

 * After ZERO dies, X will warp in.  He will be much more powerful in that he
   moves around more and he will fire two charged STORM TORNADOES instead of
   one.  Use the same strategy as before and he should go down after a couple
   of tries.  In hard mode, you pretty much need at least two SUB TANKS full at
   this point.

 Congratulations, you just beat Vile Mode.


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 * You can fire X's default shots (but not charge it up) even if you have
   enemy weapons equipped by pressing triangle.

 * INFINITY GIG can fire on enemies through thin ceilings.  Note that while the
   actual projectile is not able to pierce the ceiling, it should damage the
   enemy.

 * Instead of pressing circle to dash, double-tap forward.  It's easier to
   trigger that way.

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- 8 - Personal Review ---------------------------------------------------------
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 Pros:  The game is extremely polished and the production    Graphics:     4/5
        values are very good.  The new features give X a     Sounds:       3/5
        whole new lease to life.                             Gameplay:     5/5
                                                             Longevity:    3/5
 Cons:  The game is a bit on the short side.  The fact       Tilt:         5/5
        that its easy doesn't help it much either.  Sounds   -----------------
        could have been better.                              Overall:      4/5

 Megaman:  Maverick Hunter X sets the bar high for all remakes.  Not only does
 it bring the Megaman X experience to new gamers, it brings a slew of great new
 features that makes it a viable buy for older gamers like me.

 At first, I was kind of sceptical since well, games cost a lot of money and
 this is a remake of a game I know very well.  I was very worried that while I
 might enjoy it, there might not be enough of it to enjoy it for a long enough
 time as to make it worth the buy.  In the end (and after watching a number of
 gameplay videos), I decided to shell out the dough and give it a try.

 The first thing that hit me was how the graphics has been improved.  The new
 style really brings an old game to the present!  X even fires from his left
 arm always irregardless of where he is facing (in the old days, to minimize
 the amount of memory a game takes up, developers just mirrored a sprite
 horizontally when a character moves to the opposite direction).  Defeating
 your first Maverick is even more fun since you actually see them crumple up
 and die before exploding instead of just flashing and disappearing without a
 trace.  There are some significant slowdowns though when you encounter a large
 amount of enemies and that detracts to the game a bit.

 Sounds remain mostly the same (though the tunes are remixed to current console
 standards).  Characters are voiced pretty well (except for some of the bosses
 like FLAME MAMMOTH who seems devoid of emotion).  Gameplay sounds do get a bit
 irritating though (hearing Vile say "Take This" while trying to fill your SUB
 TANKS can get annoying).  Nothing special in this regard though it could be a
 lot better in my opinion.

 Gameplay is basically the same one we've known and loved all these years.  It
 is still extremely addictive.  It is a bit easy though and average gamers
 should finish the game in a week tops.  Don't flame me.  I just have to say
 that games nowadays tend to be on the easy side.  I'd hoped that the
 developers put in some masochistic hard mode in somewhere for us older gamers
 but alas, its not meant to be.  That's really too bad since this is a
 very nice game and I'd hoped there were more to it.  That said, X and Vile
 controls very well (I can go further into saying that controls are noticably
 better than the original).

 Overall, I can say that the game has been successfully introduced to a new
 generation of gamers and adds a sufficient amount of content to give older
 players like me more than enough reason to revisit a franchise that we have
 grown with all these years.  I'm just a bit disappointed that the game was
 made way to easy now and the fact is that it is just a bit too short.

 Now, let's hope that Megaman Powered Up! is even better than this.


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- 9 - Contact Info ------------------------------------------------------------
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 For any questions, clarications or God-forbid violent reactions, please
 contact e-mail me at techie.pinoy@yahoo.com.  Please write the nature of your
 e-mail in the Subject line.

 Send in any strategies you have on beating the bosses in VILE MODE.  I regret
 that I don't have time to test all the weapon combinations (especially now
 since I'm busy with my next FAQ for Megaman Powered Up) so any help will be
 greatly appreciated.

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- 101 - Acknowledgements ------------------------------------------------------
===============================================================================

 Thanks to the following for useful info added into the FAQ:

   * Black Master EX and Calm Soldier for info on dodging X and Zero's charge
     attack.
   * Oracolex for fleshing out the Rising Specter strategy against Rangda
     Bangda.
   * jaypanglinan for confirming info regarding filling up of tanks in Armoured
     Armadillo's stage

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- 12 - Version Info -----------------------------------------------------------
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 14 March 2006     1.0   First release of the FAQ.
 15 March 2006     1.1   Fixed a number of glaring errors in the first FAQ!
                         Added a review and Tips Section.
 23 March 2006     1.2   Minor revisions as well as change in email address.
 25 April 2006     1.3   Additional strategies from e-mail senders.  See
                         Acknowledgements for details.
 10. August 2006   1.4   Updated strategy for fighting Zero and X using Vile.
                         Updated strategy for fighting Rangda Bangda.
                         Added approved sites list.
                         Added Acknowledgements section.
                         Added a frequently asked questions section.

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