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                                    ACTRAISER
    
                       Tips, Hints, Secrets, and Items FAQ
    
    
                                   Brian Sebby
                                  data@imsa.edu
    
                           Last updated: July 29, 1999
    
    
    
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    CONTENTS
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    I.    WHAT THIS FAQ IS
    II.   TIPS AND SECRETS
    III.  ITEMS AND OFFERINGS
    IV.   MAGIC
    V.    BOSSES
    VI.   WHERE TO FIND THE LATEST VERSION, THE FUTURE OF THIS FAQ,
          AND COPYRIGHT INFORMATION
    
    
    
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    I.    WHAT THIS FAQ IS
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    This FAQ was designed to give hints, tips, and secrets for parts of the
    game Actraiser.  It is not a complete walkthrough.  If you are looking for a
    walkthrough, there is a pretty good one in the original instruction manual.
    Transcribed copies of this manual can be found in various places around
    the Internet; try looking in the Actraiser vault at the Gaming Intelligence
    Agency, <http://www.thegia.com>.  This FAQ should be found there as well.
    
    
    
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    II.   TIPS AND SECRETS
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    How can I reach the maximum possible level?
    
    
    If you build up all of your lands completely, you may find that you are still
    short some people to make it to the maximum level.  This is because as your
    towns are growing, the civilization level that they are at determines how
    many people each structure built can hold.  To reach the maximum population,
    and thus, the maximum level, there are several things that you need to do.
    
    1.  Destroy all of the first and second level homes.  You can use lightning
        to do this, but the easiest way is to cause an earthquake.  Realize,
        however, that this will kill many people.  If you want to reach the
        highest level, however, it must be done.
    
    2.  Change all corn fields to wheat fields.  Wheat fields will feed more
        people, and thus allow your population to reach its maximum.  When you
        get to a new land that grows crops, bring the "Wheat" offering from
        Bloodpool and use it to change the first corn field produced to wheat.
        You can get an infinite supply of wheat from Bloodpool, so if you ever
        find a corn field later in the game, just change it into wheat.
    
    3.  Build everywhere you possibly can.  If a square of land can be built
        onto, build roads there.  If there's only one lane reaching across
        the square, tell the people to build from the other side to build a
        crossroad on the square.  Every bit of land helps.
    
    4.  Allow the people to build until the land has reached its maximum size.
        After you have done the above three steps, you must sit and wait for
        the people to build.  You can check the "Status of Cities" menu to
        see how the population is growing, but it is not entirely accurate.
        Oftentimes when it reports "Maximum", people will still be able to build.
        Let the people build until a full turn goes by and no one comes out of
        the temple.  If you look at the status screen when no one is coming out
        of the temple and it says "Slow" instead of "Maximum", this means that
        the people are upset and will not build more until you have defeated
        the boss of that land.  Once you have defeated the guardian, the people
        will resume building.  Please note, however, that even if the people
        beg you to defeat the guardian after the final monster lair is sealed,
        they will continue to build for quite some time.  It is important to
        maximize your population before going to Act II so that you will be at
        the maximum level when you fight him.  This is especially important
        for lands like Kasandora, where the people will stop building after
        you have defeated the guardian due to a plague appearing.
    
    
    
    Where are the hidden Sources of Life?
    
    
    Throughout the game, your people will offer you various items as offerings.
    While many of these will be given to you automatically, there are several
    Sources of Life (which gives you an extra life in the Acts) that are hidden.
    The following is the locations of these items, and what you must do to
    find them.
    
    Fillmore:  Use the 'Compass' offering from Bloodpool, and the people of
               Fillmore will find a Source of Life in their fishing nets when
               they move out into the deeper water.
    
    Bloodpool: After using the 'Skull' to destroy the Red Demon lair, use Rain
               on the Bloodpool Lake.  The rising waters will cause a Source
               of Life to be found by a fisherman.
    
    Kasandora: Once you have uncovered the Pyramid, use the Earthquake magic to
               make one of the walls collapse.  The people will find a Source
               of Life in the rubble.
    
    Northwall: Use Lightning on your temple to make one of the people give the
               Source of Life jewel.  He will tell you that he found it,
               but didn't offer it because he was fond of it.
    
    
    
    How do I unlock the Professional Mode?
    
    
    Once you've beaten the game once, go to the start screen and press down
    or select twice.  You will go down past "NEW GAME" and will be able to
    select 'PROFESSIONAL!'.  In Professional mode, you play only the Acts.
    However, it is much harder as you do not regenerate any lost lives, you
    are not allowed to use magic, and any of the enemies that formerly took
    one hit now take two hits to destroy.  If you are successfully able to
    beat Professional mode, you are truly a great Actraiser player.
    
    
    
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    III.  ITEMS AND OFFERINGS
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    Throughout the Simulation Mode, your people will discover many items and
    give them to you as offerings.  Some of these are items you can use in the
    Simulation mode, some of them improve your capability for fighting in the
    Acts, and some of them are used to solve problems in other areas of the game.
    
    First, here is a list of the usable items that will be found in all of
    the lands, and what those items do.
    
    
    Bomb: Probably the most common item found in the game, it will destroy every
          creature on screen.  Useful if you are out of energy and need to
          destroy some of the monsters.
    
    Strength of Angel: A bow and arrow, this increases the Angel's strength and
                       allows him to defeat monsters with fewer hits.
    
    Source of Magic: This will give you an additional use of your magic during
                     the Acts.
    
    Source of Life: This will give you an additional life to use during the Acts.
    
    
    Now, here is a list of all of the items available in each of the lands.
    
    
    
    FILLMORE
    
    Bomb: Found after sealing the first Monster Lair.
    
    Strength of Angel: Found after sealing the third Monster Lair.
    
    Bridge: After sealing the third Monster Lair, your people discover how to
            build bridges.  They give you this knowledge as an offering.
    
    Magical Fire: Your people will find this magic spell if you destroy the
                  rocks on the cliff in the bottom right part of the map.
    
    Source of Magic: Found in the woods after you defeat Minotaurus.
    
    Source of Magic: Found while fishing at sea after you defeat Minotaurus.
    
    Source of Life: Use the 'Compass' item from Bloodpool, and it will be found
                    at sea.
    
    
    
    BLOODPOOL
    
    Bomb: Found after sealing the third Monster Lair.
    
    Wheat: After the people learn to grow Wheat, you can get an infinite amount
           of it from them as an offering.  You can use the wheat on cornfields
           in other lands, changing them into wheat fields that can feed
           more people.  After you have changed one field, each field created
           afterwards will also be a wheat field.
    
    Loaf of Bread: The chief priests will give you the Loaf of Bread to give to
                   Teddy, their son, who has wandered away from home.
                   Giving him the bread will cause him to return.
    
    Skull: Teddy will find this item in the cave he was exploring.  It will allow
           you to destroy the Red Demon Lair on the far side of Bloodpool Lake
           that your people cannot reach.
    
    Magical Stardust: After you have destroyed the Red Demon Lair, the lake will
                      turn blue, and the people will find this magic while
                      fishing.
    
    Source of Life: After the lake has cleared, use the Rain miracle on it to
                    cause the water to raise and a fisherman to find the jewel
                    in his net.
    
    Source of Magic: After you have defeated the Zeppelin Wolf, Teddy will bring
                     this back from the temple.
    
    Compass: After curing the people's discontent with the 'Music' from
             Kasandora, they will invent the Compass, allowing them to sail out
             to sea farther than they could originally.
    
    
    
    KASANDORA
    
    Strength of Angel: Found after sealing the first Monster Lair.
    
    Bomb: Found after sealing the third Monster Lair.
    
    Source of Magic: Found after leading the people to the man lost in the
    desert.
    
    Music: The people of Kasandora invent Music in memory of the man who died
           while lost in the desert.  This item is used to calm the hearts of
           people and is used to cure the discontent in Bloodpool.
    
    Source of Life: After the Pyramid is uncovered, use the Earthquake to knock
                    down one its walls, revealing the Source of Life.
    
    Source of Magic: Found in the mountains after you have sealed the Pyramid by
                     defeating Pharao.
    
    Ancient Tablet: After you have used the 'Herb' to cure the plague, the tablet
                    will be found on the ground drawing in the upper left of
                    the map.
    
    
    
    AITOS
    
    Bomb: Found after sealing the first Monster Lair.
    
    Strength of Angel: Found after sealing the third Monster Lair.
    
    Fleece: After a time, the people of Aitos will begin raising sheep.  They
            will give you the fleece of their sheep to use for clothing in
            Northwall later in the game.
    
    Source of Magic: Found in the mountains after you have defeated the Flame
                     Wheel that is causing the volcano to erupt.
    
    
    
    MARAHNA
    
    Strength of Angel: Found after sealing the first Monster Lair.
    
    Bomb: Found after sealing the third Monster Lair.
    
    Herb: Since there are a lot of diseases in Marahna, they have discovered
          herbs to cure their illnesses.  They give you some to help fight
          disease elsewhere, allowing you to cure the plague in Kasandora.
    
    Magical Aura: After you have cured the Kasandora plague and have received the
                  'Ancient Tablet' from them, use it in Marahna, and the
                  people will explore the bird-shaped island off of the coast.
                  Before they do so, you must use your lightning to destroy
                  a tree on the island; there is a hint as to which one you
                  should destroy in Kasandora.  When the people return, they
                  will give you this magic spell which they have discovered.
    
    
    
    NORTHWALL
    
    Strength of Angel: Found after sealing the first Monster Lair.
    
    Bomb: Found after sealing the second Monster Lair.
    
    Source of Magic: This will be found at the base of the old tree that the
                     people discover.
    
    Source of Life: Use your lightning on the temple to scare the priest into
                    giving you the jewel that he had discovered.
    
    Magical Light: Use the Sun miracle to uncover the lake at the top right of
                   the screen, and eventually your people will open a fishery.
                   They will discover this magic spell in their nets.
    
    
    
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    IV.   MAGIC
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    There are four magic spells you can acquire in Actraiser: Magical Fire,
    Magical Stardust, Magical Aura, and Magical Light.  Below you will find
    what I rank that spell in order of usefulness (1 is the most useful,
    4 is the least useful), where to find them, and what they do.
    
    
    Spell name: Magical Fire
    
    Ranking: 3
    
    
    How to find it:
    
    In Fillmore, use lightning on the cliff in the lower right hand corner of
    the map.  The villagers will then find the spell and give it to you.
    
    
    What it does:
    
    Twin fireballs will shoot to your right and left.  It is useful for clearing
    out a line of enemies, but not much else.
    
    
    
    Spell name: Magical Stardust
    
    Ranking: 1
    
    
    How to find it:
    
    In Bloodpool, the villagers will discover it while fishing after you defeat
    the area's guardian.
    
    
    What it does:
    
    A large number of stars will rain down from the top of the screen at
    random, doing damage to whatever they hit.  This is by far the best spell
    in the game, for it covers the whole screen, and lasts longer than most
    of the other spells.  Its use, however, can be hit or miss because of the
    randomness involved.  If timed properly, however, it can do significant
    amounts of damage.
    
    
    
    Spell name: Magical Aura
    
    Ranking: 2
    
    
    How to find it:
    
    After you cure the Kasandora plague, the villagers will discover a tablet
    with the same shape as the island off Marahna.  Take the tablet and use it
    in Marahna, and the people will sail to the island.  Use your lightning
    to destroy a tree in the middle of the island, and the people will find
    the Magical Aura scroll.
    
    
    What it does:
    
    A series of round globes will arc out from the Master going back and forth
    doing damage.  They slow down when they hit something, so if you can use
    it on something close to you, it can do a lot of damage before exiting
    the screen.
    
    
    
    Spell name: Magical Light
    
    Ranking: 4
    
    
    How to find it: In Northwall, use the sunlight to melt the ice on the lake
    in the northeast corner of the map.  The villagers will eventually develop
    fishing and find the Magical Light icon in their nets.
    
    
    What it does:
    
    Two beams of light that stretch from the top to the bottom of the screen
    will go out from you to the left and to the right.  It's useful for
    clearing out a room of weaker creatures, but it goes by so fast it does
    little damage to stronger monsters.  Although you get it last, this is,
    IMHO, the most useless spell in the game.
    
    
    
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    V.    BOSSES
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    Each Act has a boss you must defeat to move on to the next level.  Below I
    have listed some strategies for defeating each of the bosses and the
    attacks they will use.
    
    
    FILLMORE, ACT I
    
    Boss: Centaur
    
    Attacks:
    
    The Centaur has two attacks.  When he holds his lance horizontally and
    charges at you, he will stop and extend his lance to try and damage you.
    You can duck to avoid this attack.  When he holds his lance vertically and
    stops, he's about to fire lightning bolts at you.  Simply run to the left
    to avoid the bolts.
    
    
    How to defeat it:
    
    The only time you can damage the Centaur is when he is holding his lance
    vertically.  Approach him, get in a few shots, and get back out of the way.
    Avoid his attacks as mentioned above, and do some damage to him when you have
    an opportunity.  If you act cautiously, he should be pretty easy to kill.
    
    
    
    FILLMORE, ACT II
    
    Boss: Minotaurus
    
    Attacks:
    
    The Minotaurus has two attacks.  His first attack is to jump into the air
    and then try to come back down on you, doing damage.  As soon as he lands,
    he will do his second attack, which is to throw an axe in your direction.
    
    
    How to defeat it:
    
    The best way to survive this battle is to realize that no matter what you
    do, you're probably going to take damage.  When the Minotaurus jumps in
    the air, he will come back down and land where you are currently standing.
    Quickly move to the right or left so he misses you when he lands.  As soon
    as he lands, start swinging your sword at him.  You can try to avoid his
    axe, but it's easier to just stand there and keep swinging.  You'll end
    up doing far more damage to him per jump than he will do to you.  As long
    as you keep the damage you take to a minimum, you should have no problem
    beating this boss.
    
    
    
    BLOODPOOL, ACT I
    
    Boss: Manticore
    
    Attacks:
    
    The Manticore really only has one attack, which is to shoot a fireball
    across the screen.  However, you will also take damage if you run into him.
    
    
    How to defeat it:
    
    The Manticore follows a very simple pattern.  He will start on the left
    hand side of the screen, jumping up each level of the platforms and then
    shooting a fireball.  He will then jump to the right top platform, wait,
    and jump back to the left.  You should be positioned on the far left of
    the middle right platform to attack him.  This platform is key because
    you can jump straight up to avoid his fireballs without landing on the
    upper platform.  The safest way to beat him is to stand there, jumping over
    the fireball that he shoots, and then getting in two hits when he jumps to
    the left.  You can also shoot Magical Fire at him when he is on the left
    side of the screen to do more damage.  Although you can be more aggressive
    in your attack, you will run the risk of having him hit you into the lava.
    If you take your time and are cautious, you can leave this battle without
    taking any damage at all, even though it will take some time.
    
    
    
    BLOODPOOL, ACT II
    
    Boss: Zeppelin Wolf (Magician)
    
    Attacks:
    
    The Zeppelin has two forms, and with it, two types of attacks.  In his
    initial magician form, he will teleport around the room and land on
    one of the platforms or the floor.  When he appears, he will fire three
    fireballs at you, one straight ahead and the other two up and down at
    forty-five degree angles.  In addition, when he is on one of the platforms,
    he will also fire three lightning bolts at you.  The range of the bolts
    depends on his height; if he is on a higher platform, the bolts will have
    a longer range.  If he lands on the floor, he will not fire lightning
    bolts at you.  After you have taken away half of his hit points, he will
    transform into his wolf form and jump around the room attempting to damage
    you with physical attacks.  In addition, the wolf can summon flying wolf
    heads from the wolf head statues at the base of the platforms.
    
    
    How to defeat it:
    
    While he is in his magician form, the easiest way to hit him is to move
    to where he is and attack him with your sword.  You can try a spell,
    like Magical Stardust, but he disappears and reappears so often it will
    probably not do much damage to him.  The best way to defeat him is to
    attack him until he is at exactly one-half health, and then wait for him to
    appear on one of the lower platforms.  At this point, you can repeatedly
    attack him from the floor and take away most, if not all, of his health.
    Although you will take damage from his lightning, it is better than having
    to face his wolf form when he still has a lot of health left.  When he
    turns into the wolf, his attacks become random and you have to be very,
    very good to avoid taking damage.  By doing most of your damage before he
    has transformed, you will minimize the amount you will have to hurt the wolf.
    
    
    
    KASANDORA, ACT I
    
    Boss: Dagoba
    
    Attacks:
    
    Dagoba stays in one place at the bottom of the cone-shaped hollow surrounding
    him, but still has two attacks.  The first of these is a set of claws that
    pop out of the ground near the tops of both sides of the hollow when he
    raises himself from the ground.  The claws then sweep down towards the
    main body, attempting to damage you in the process.  You can jump over
    these claws to avoid them.  The other attack Dagoba has is to hurl several
    rocks into the air when he pops out of the ground. Although they don't do
    much damage, they are hard to avoid.  In addition, although it is not a
    direct attack, the shifting sand will draw you down towards Dagoba's body.
    If you touch him, you will also get hurt.
    
    
    How to defeat it:
    
    Between the shifting sands and multitude of rocks trying to hit you,
    it is very hard to avoid taking damage while fighting Dagoba.  He is only
    vulnerable on his main body when not submerged in the sand, so your best bet
    is to go down to the center, attack him, and then jump back up the sides of
    the hollow, while trying to avoid his claws.  He will then submerge himself.
    When he reappears, repeat this process until you have defeated him.  It may
    help to use one of your magic spells; as usual, Magical Stardust is your
    best choice.  If you can find an attack pattern that minimizes the amount
    of damage you take, you shouldn't have too much trouble defeating this boss.
    
    
    
    KASANDORA, ACT II
    
    Boss: Pharao
    
    Attacks:
    
    Pharao is another boss with two attacks.  One of these is a physical attack,
    in which he will float around the room and attempt to land on you to do
    a lot of damage.  Once he lands on the floor, he will shoot a fireball
    in your direction.  When the fireball hits the wall, it will turn into a
    small Pharao head and shoot an arrow at you.
    
    
    How to defeat it:
    
    This battle will be over in a flash if you use Magical Stardust.  Of all
    the bosses, Pharao's size and pattern makes him a perfect target for
    the spell.  You can usually kill him in two uses of the spell and a few
    extra sword swings.  If you are feeling masochistic, however, you can
    attempt to attack him normally.  Hitting him anywhere will do damage,
    but you will take about as much damage due to his very hard to avoid
    crushing attack.  His fireball and arrow will be easier to avoid; you can
    simply jump over them.  In this case, the battle will be a hard won one,
    but if you use magic, it is one of the easiest in the game.
    
    
    
    AITOS, ACT I
    
    Boss: Aquatic Dragon
    
    Attacks:
    
    Unlike every other boss in the game, the Aquatic Dragon has no attacks
    other than a physical one.  While fighting him, you will be standing on
    some narrow ledges in front of a waterfall.  The dragon will fly around
    the area in a pattern and attempt to damage you by direct contact.  Often,
    this contact will lead to a fall off of the screen and a loss of a life.
    
    
    How to defeat it:
    
    To survive this fight, it is essential that you have the projectile sword
    item.  This item can be found by making your way to the very top of the
    screen before the fight with the Aquatic Dragon.  With the projectile
    weapon, you can shoot a bolt across the screen, and your shots will do
    double the damage of your sword alone.  All you then have to do is stand
    on one of the platforms in the middle of the screen and shoot bolts at
    the dragon's head when it comes into range.  The Aquatic Dragon's head is
    the only part of its body that is vulnerable to your attacks, but the rest
    of its body can still hurt you.  If you can avoid being hurt too badly or
    being knocked off of the platform, this should be a relatively short battle.
    
    
    
    AITOS, ACT II
    
    Boss: Flame Wheel
    
    Attacks:
    
    The Flame Wheel has two attacks.  One of them is to stop in the middle
    of the room and throw fireballs in several directions around itself.
    The other is, as its name would imply, to use its wheel form to bounce
    around the room attempting to do physical damage to you.
    
    
    How to defeat it:
    
    The Flame Wheel follows a relatively simple pattern.  He will usually
    stop in the middle, bounce around the side of the board attempting to hit
    you, roll across the length of the floor, and come back to the middle.
    You simply have to avoid his attacks by jumping over his rolling form and
    jumping away from the fireballs.  As you do this, get in hits when you
    are able to, possibly using a spell to do additional damage.  It's hard to
    avoid taking some damage in this fight, but if you are careful, it should
    not be a very difficult battle.
    
    
    
    MARAHNA, ACT I
    
    Boss: Rafflasher
    
    Attacks:
    
    The main body of Rafflasher sits still, but it still has two attacks.
    One of these is a spore that it shoots out of a blue protrusion in the
    middle of its body.  If you hit this spore right away, you can destroy it,
    but if you wait too long, the spore will stop in mid-air and extend vines
    to the right and left of itself in an attempt to hit you.  The other attack
    Rafflasher has is a tentacle that will follow you along the floor.  As long
    as you keep moving, it will simply follow you, but if you stop it will,
    too, and will extend into the air three times in an attempt to damage you.
    If you try jumping over the tentacle while in the swamp, you will not be
    able to clear it and will take damage.  The only way to jump over it is
    by standing on one of the two platforms in the swamp and jumping over it
    when it draws near.
    
    
    How to defeat it:
    
    The only place on its body that Rafflasher is vulnerable is the blue
    protrusion in the middle of his body that he fires the spores from.
    The easiest way to defeat him is to draw the tentacle to the left side
    of the screen, and while it has stopped and is trying to hit you, use the
    opportunity to move to the far right and damage the main body of the plant.
    If a spore is fired, hit it with your sword before the vines sprout from
    it to eliminate that threat.  Once the tentacle has come back to the right
    side of the screen, draw it away to the left again and repeat.  It may take
    several cycles of this pattern, but if you can avoid its attacks, this is
    another relatively easy boss.  You can try to use a magic spell, but due
    to the small area that you can damage it will probably not have much affect.
    
    
    
    MARAHNA, ACT II
    
    Boss: Kalia
    
    Attacks:
    
    Kalia has three attacks, which he will use depending on where you are
    in relation to him.  If you are standing very close to him, he will fall
    down and attempt to deal you direct physical damage.  If you are a little
    farther away, he will cause spike-bottomed platforms that you can stand
    on to fall down from the ceiling.  His final attack, which you can tell
    he will do when he puts up his arms, is to fire a fireball downwards at
    you which will fly along the floor, attempting to hit you.  You can simply
    jump to avoid this attack.
    
    
    How to defeat it:
    
    There are two primary ways of defeating this boss.  The first way is to use
    Magical Stardust on him.  This works reasonably well, but it has a tendency
    to miss him and does nowhere near the damage it does to Pharao.  The other
    method of attack is to stand under one of the spike platforms so he will
    try to cause it to fall down on your head.  When he does this, jump onto
    the top of the platform and attack him as it rises back up to the ceiling.
    Jump off before it hits the spikes above.  You can generally do two points
    of damage at a time this way.  It will take a while, and you must be careful,
    but using this method, you can escape the fight without a scratch.
    
    Another method of defeating it, suggested by Graeystone,
    <Chadharger@hotmail.com>, is to use the Magical Aura.  If you stand next
    to Kalia, he will hit the ground in an attempt to hit you.  If you use
    the Aura when he is next to you, you will do a lot of damage before he
    ascends.
    
    
    
    NORTHWALL, ACT I
    
    Boss: Merman Fly
    
    Attacks:
    
    The Merman Fly has two attacks.  In the first one, he flies along the
    top of the screen from right to left, dropping fireballs straight down.
    When these fireballs hit the water, they make a splash.  Both the fireballs
    themselves and the splash that follows will do damage to you.  In the other
    attack, the Merman Fly will swoop down from the left to attempt to physically
    damage you, and then swoop back up to the right to repeat the pattern.
    
    
    How to defeat it:
    
    When he is flying across the top of the screen, he is too high up for your
    sword to reach him.  The only way to hit him is to use magic or wait for him
    to swoop down to your level.  To defeat him easily, equip the Magical Aura
    that you should have just gotten in Marahna, and use it as he is sweeping
    down from the left to hit you.  Due to his pattern, the Aura will hit him
    several times when he is near you, and will probably hit him once more
    as he flies out of range.  A few well-timed uses of this spell should
    allow you to defeat him.  If you wish to defeat him using your sword,
    you will need to not only avoid his fireball attack, but you must also
    avoid his swooping attack.  The advantage to using magic is that you are
    invulnerable while using it, so his swoop attack will not damage you.
    
    
    
    NORTHWALL, ACT II
    
    Boss: Arctic Wyvern
    
    Attacks:
    
    Like just about every other boss, Arctic Wyvern also has two main attacks.
    His first is to hover in midair and fire ice bolts at you.  When they hit
    the ground, they will break into several pieces and the pieces will fly
    into the air.  Both the bolts themselves and the ice pieces they fling
    up are deadly.  The Wyvern's other attack is to swoop down in a circular
    pattern from either the right or the left in an attempt to do damage to you.
    
    
    How to defeat it:
    
    This can be a pretty tricky battle.  After climbing up the tree, the hardest
    single Act in the game, you will probably not be near full health, and
    the randomness involved in the Wyvern's attacks can be hard to counteract.
    There are two basic strategies you can use.  One is to attack him whenever
    he's on screen, and hope you do more damage to him than he does to you
    per attack.  The other strategy is to have enough magic points left that
    you can basically keep using magic over and over until he's been defeated.
    As usual, the best magic for this task is Magical Stardust.  As long
    as you minimize the damage you take, and have some patience and good
    luck, you should be able to defeat him.  Once you have, congratulations!
    You have not only just finished the hardest Act in the game, but also the
    hardest of the bosses.
    
    Graeystone also suggested that using the Magical Aura against the Wyvern
    when he comes close to you will do a good amount of damage if it is timed
    correctly.
    
    
    
    Once you have beaten all of the bosses, Death Heim will appear in the
    Ominous Ring of Land (tm) in the north-eastern part of the world.  When you
    go to Death Heim, you will fight all of the major bosses again before
    fighting Tanzra.  The bosses you have already fought do not have any new
    attacks or moves.  You can defeat them exactly the same way you did before.
    The only difference in your strategy that you must account for is that
    you have a limited number of spell uses for fighting ALL of the bosses.
    I would recommend that you bring Magical Stardust and if there is an easy
    way to physically defeat the boss to use that method to conserve your magic.
    That way you can save it for Pharao, Flame Wheel, and the Arctic Wyvern,
    bosses that are hard to defeat without magic.  When you finally get to
    Tanzra, you will find that you have the projectile sword.  This makes the
    final fight a lot easier.
    
    
    
    TANZRA, FIRST FORM
    
    Attacks:
    
    In his first form, Tanzra takes the form of a giant mask.  It has two
    attacks.  One of these is to shoot a series of stars down from the top of
    the screen, very similarly to your own Magical Stardust spell.  While doing
    this, the mask will float at the top of the screen and is invincible.
    After a while, he will become solid, float to the bottom of the screen,
    and fire two curving projectiles off to each side.
    
    
    How to defeat it:
    
    The only time you can hit the mask is when it is solid and on the floor.
    As soon as it floats down, start firing, jumping to avoid its projectiles
    if possible.  After it floats back up, avoid as many of the shooting
    stars as you can until it floats back down again.  After he has done this
    two times, you should have done enough damage to destroy his first form.
    He will then float to the other side of the room, and the rest of his body
    will fly in to form:
    
    
    
    TANZRA, SECOND FORM
    
    NOTE: At the beginning of the battle, you will notice that Tanzra's life
    will fill up, and then keep extending until he has twice the health of
    any other boss.  Don't panic!  You are wielding the projectile sword,
    which does twice the amount of damage that your regular sword does.
    So really, Tanzra only has the same amount of health as a regular boss.
    Both forms combined have only effectively 1.5 times as much health as any
    other boss in the game.
    
    Attacks:
    
    Tanzra has three attacks, none of which are really all that dangerous.
    At first, he will fire 3 pairs of firebolts which will arc around you
    in a circle.  Once you've figured out their pattern, you can stand in
    one place and not get hurt.  After that, there is a brief window where
    you can damage him.  This window closes when he uses his second attack,
    a blue fireball shot straight ahead.  You simply have to duck to avoid it.
    Finally, Tanzra's third attack involves him swooping towards you in an
    attempt to do damage, while firing 4 homing fireballs.  These can be
    defeated simply by hitting them with your sword.
    
    
    How to defeat it:
    
    Although Tanzra looks menacing, he's not that hard of a boss.  He is only
    vulnerable for a brief period of time between his first and second attacks.
    During this time, hit him in the blue globe that is in the middle of
    his body.  After he fires his blue fireball, go on the defensive and
    avoid his attacks as much as possible.  His pattern will then repeat.
    Since you have the projectile sword, you can stay on the left side of the
    screen to avoid physical damage.  After a few rounds, you should have done
    enough damage to destroy him.  Once you've defeated Tanzra's second form,
    you've won the game!  Congratulations, sit back and watch the ending.
    
    
    
    
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    VI.   WHERE TO FIND THE LATEST VERSION, THE FUTURE OF THIS FAQ,
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    This FAQ should be available in a number of places, but the latest version
    should be at the Actraiser Vault at the Gaming Intelligence Agency,
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    This FAQ contains just about everything I felt needed to be covered.
    Unless additional hints or secrets need to be added, this will probably
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