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                  The Full Walkthrough!
                      For the SNES
          Author: Cedric Cooks/Oda (Psychopulse)
                Email: cedricoda@gmail.com

Hello again and welcome to the Sparkster Walkthrough for the SNES.  Up 
until recently, I致e never really heard that much stuff about the 
Rocket Knight Adventures series.  This, IMO is the best one along with 
the original Genesis Rocket Knight game.


Update history

7/29/2008 - First release.

Table of Contents

1. Controls
2. Items
3. Walkthrough
4. Credits
5. Disclaimer

1. Controls

Control Pad - Controls Sparkster

Start - Pause

Y Button - Attack.  Hold down the button to charge your rockets.

Release Y - Spin attack

Release Y plus control pad - Fly in that direction.

B button - Jump

L or R button - Does a rolling attack.  L button attacks to the left, R 
button attacks to the right.  If you press it too many times, you値l 
get dizzy and be unable to move.

2. Items

Gem - Collect 100 of these to get an extra life.
 
Apple half - refills half a heart of your energy.

Apple - Refills one heart of your energy. 
 
Bananas - Refills four hearts of your energy.

1up - gives you an extra life
1up bubble - If you pop it with an attack, it値l randomly give you an 
apple, a gem, bananas, or 1, 2, or 3 extra lives.


3. Walkthrough

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Level 1
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Start things off by heading forward.  You can jump up the tree with the 
branches and collect the various diamonds.  Inevitably, you値l start 
fighting the wolves that come your way.  Some have shields, which are 
best dealt with a rocket thrust attack or killing him from behind.  
Keep going right until you encounter your first mid-boss, a giant 
monkey robot.  It値l hop around and kick you as well as trying to land 
on top of you.  Note the bunch of bananas it痴 holding.  You can grab 
them, but don稚 take too long or they値l disappear.  The attacks are 
easy to dodge, just fly over or under it if it gets too close.  It値l 
take 6 thrust attacks to kill it.

Soon after, you値l board the warship.  The turrets on the pole are easy 
to destroy, and you値l see more of them later on in this level.  The 
giant robots blocking your path will take 4 thrust attacks.  After the 
two robots, you can break through the wall ahead for some fruit.  Head 
up, defeating the wolves and turrets.  Break through the boxes and 
continue on up.  There痴 a box you can bust through for a gem, but 
don稚 destroy the box on the ground unless you want wolves endlessly 
coming out.  Head to the right unless you see a pole you can slide 
down.  You can head to the left and break through the wall for 3 apple 
halves if you need them, and there痴 one more up above the pole in the 
corner before the corridor, but you値l need to jump up to get to it.  
The last section just consists of you fending off more wolves, with 
some coming out of holes in the ground.  You値l see the princess, but 
Axle Gear will fly away and snatch her before you can. 
 
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Boss: Golden Knight
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It値l smash its fist through the floor constantly, as well as release 
grasshopper-like robots at you.  The fist doesn稚 harm you, but it can 
block you as well as knock you and any of the grasshopper robots onto 
the ceiling.  Once the eye is hit twice, it値l fire lasers from it痴 
eye.  The best way to avoid it is to stay in the far left corner of the 
screen, the jump the moment you see the laser is fired.  The weak point 
is the eye, which you値l need to rocket into a few times.


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Level 2
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There are several ways to get through the first part.  The long way 
involves you moving along poles, destroying the flying machines with 
your rolling or thrust attacks.  You can smash through the white walls. 
The top area mainly consists of poles you値l need to navigate as well 
as those flying machines to destroy.  At the end, you値l need to head 
up the pipes and jump over the wall.  You can also break the white wall 
at the bottom at the start of the level for a shortcut.  After several 
more pipes, defeat or avoid the flamethrowers and saw  and board the 
elevator.

Continue forward for more of the same.  Again if you hate navigating 
the pipes and fending off the flying enemies, then move forward and 
boost upward to reach the top.  Avoid getting smashed from the crushers 
above, or you値l instantly die.  Once you head down and to the right, 
travel up and to the left with the rocket and pipes.  Head to the right 
and defeat the lone wolf on in the cart and work along the conveyor 
belts.  Up ahead is a roller, and if you are dumb enough to walk into 
one, you値l get smashed and die, so don稚 fly recklessly. 
 
Jump on top of the rollers and rocket up to the top.  Defeat the two 
wolves and collect the gems.  Fly up on to the next conveyor belt, but 
be careful of the crushers from the ceiling.  Drop down, and if you 
want to, you can break through the wall on the left for some bananas.  
Now, you値l be in front of a screen.  Look up and rocket through the 
hole in the ceiling.  You値l see a 1up in a bubble.  You can collect it 
like normal or gamble for it.  You値l get 1,2 or 3 extra lives, or 
you値l get a gem or an apple or some bananas. 
 
You値l soon come across a machine that値l paint Sparkster red.  For the 
record, this does absolutely nothing and it値l 努ash off when you 
reach the second clear screen.  When you get there, fly up to the top 
in the center of the screen for more gems.  Then hop on the conveyor 
belts and avoid the rollers, and drop down to face the boss.  But I 
suggest falling on the left side so you値l trigger its appearance 
immediately.  If not, it値l take a while to appear on screen. 

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Boss: Assembly Robot
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This machine is pretty easy.  You can pass through the arms without 
taking any damage, but the stuff it picks up can harm you even if it痴 
on the conveyor belt.  Depending on what it picks up, it値l fire homing 
missiles, spin a pole with spiked balls for a few seconds, or fire a 
laser.  Jump on top of it and start attacking it痴 eye with your normal 
attack as fast as you can.  If you get knocked off, just jump back on 
and resume spamming your normal attack.  Piece of cake!  ;)

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Stage 3
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This is pretty straightforward.  You値l ride on a metal ostrich named 
Stampy-do.  Pressing Y while riding it will fire an energy ring.  You 
can use your other attacks, but they池e best done by jumping. You値l 
move uphill at a blinding fast speed, collecting gems and killing 
robotic birds.  Some carry wolves that fire guns at you.  Always aim 
for the birds, since they値l hassle you to no end if you leave them 
alone, and any wolves they carry will easily be dropped.  After a doing 
this for a minute or so, Stampy-do will throw you off to another 
ostrich below running to the left, and then it値l drop you on to 
another one below running to the right.  But if you want some extra 
health and gems, fly to the right as soon as the first ostrich throws 
you off.  Use rolling attacks if necessary.  Both paths will take you 
to the mid boss, Wolfheim.  He値l ride a giant green robot, and attacks 
by throwing bombs and trying to hit you with its arms.  Fly into him 5-
6 times to defeat him.  

If you flew to the Stampy-do on the right, you値l drop down and collect 
4 apples for heal any damage you took.  If not, it値l just pass you 
down to the next one.  For a while, you値l move downward back forth, 
being passed from ostrich to ostrich.  Duck down to avoid the spiked 
balls that lower down towards as you approach them, and avoid or defeat 
the bats and you move down.  You値l soon be heading to the right again.  
Move to the far right side of the screen and stay there.  The bridge 
you池e on will fall apart, and you値l be able to make it across safely.  
The last part will have robots moving along vines throwing bombs at 
you.  Jump and hit them to defeat them easily. 

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Boss: Giant Caterpillar
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For the first phase, it値l move along the vine and the head will fire 
cannonballs at you.  Sometimes, it値l fire apples you can collect for 
health, but don稚 be too dependent on it.  You can rocket into it痴 
parts one at a time, or hold up and fire Stampy-do痴 laser and blast at 
the parts.  When they do come off, crouch and fire at the parts until 
they池e destroyed.  Once you致e blown off enough parts, it値l move to 
the second phase where it値l hop around and fire a flamethrower at you.  
Duck down to avoid getting hurt by the flames.  Rocket into it痴 head a 
few times, or fire at it from a distance with Stampy-do痴 laser.

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Stage 4
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You値l be in a submarine now.  Head to the left and go down the poles 
and destroying the robot snakes.  You値l see a big one piloted by a 
wolf, fly into it four times to kill it.  You値l drop down into an area 
where a laser fires every so often.  You値l also encounter wolves 
hiding in alcoves, ducking to avoid the laser.  Kill the wolves and 
hide in the alcoves when the laser fires, and destroy the giant 
reflector with a few sword swings.  There are a total of three in this 
room.  Rocket up after destroying the third one, collecting the bananas 
along the way.  You値l soon come across a series of bunk beds with 
wolves sleeping on them.  You can deal with them as they wake up, or 
fly through as fast as you can, since only two wolves will wake up at a 
time.  Regardless, head into the pipe. 
 
You値l travel to the bottom part of the sub where the screws will pop 
and water will burst from them.  Wait for the water to down, before 
moving on unless you like getting pushed up towards the spiked ceiling.  
Move and to the left where you値l need to avoid the bursts of steam.   
When you池e on the floor with the wolves pedaling, stop in front of the 
first pair and wolves and rocket up to the ceiling where you値l find a 
lot of gems.  Then head up the stairs and go down the poles.  You値l 
soon come to a dead end.  Charge your rockets up and as soon as the 
wall breaks down, jump and boost forward.  Water will come your way and 
you値l need to escape it by passing through the doors.  If you池e too 
slow, Sparkster will drown.  The path is right, up, left, up, right, 
up, left, up, right.  Remember to use the gems as a guide for where to 
fly upwards, and use rolling attacks to regain control of Sparkster, 
and do so in the direction you池e going to move.  Also, always jump and 
boost, especially if you池e going left, because there痴 alcoves that 
can slow you down while you池e trying to get away.  This will take a 
few tries to get down.

If you manage to make it out safely, you can jump up to the left to 
find a fish.  Hit it a few times for some prizes like food and gems, 
but it値l soon explode once you hit it enough times (Sometimes it値l 
take just one hit to destroy it).  Go right, flying through the spikes 
and head up.  Now that you池e on top of the submarine, head left.  
Don稚 bother with the wolves in airplanes, just boost past them the 
moment you see any on screen.  You値l soon reach the boss. 
 
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Boss: Colonel Wolfheim
----------------------

You won稚 face the Colonel just yet, first, defeat the three turrets 
and you値l soon jump to the other side.  Destroy the last turret to 
trigger the real boss battle.  He痴 not that hard, though.  The main 
section of the robot he痴 piloting is the part you値l need to hit.  
He値l swing his arms at you, and sometimes fire the main cannon.  Get 
behind him early on by flying to the right, because he値l move towards 
the left side of the screen for a little while.  He値l jump all the way 
back to the other side, though, so swap sides and continue using thrust 
attacks on him until he goes down.

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Stage 5
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The first part consists of wolves and some piloting robots.  I suggest 
flying past them all ASAP.  Once you reach the pyramid, go down and 
boost to the left.  Go to the right because the purple balls will smash 
you if you move too slow.  If you want a shortcut, fly downwards as 
soon as you see a hole below you to enter another room and avoid the 
two balls.  Now, you値l pass through a set of revolving doors that値l 
the interconnecting the pyramid.  It値l swap between a horizontal, 
diagonal, and a vertical piece.  Passing through a revolver door on the 
opposite side will reverse the order.  If you just want the exit, keep 
passing by the door until you get a diagonal piece, and head down to 
the exit, which you値l recognize by the design on the wall.


If you want to explore, I値l tell you what痴 in all of the rooms, and 
how to exit.  When you pass through the first door, it値l go to a 
horizontal piece.  You can enter the room with 3 gems, but your control 
will be reversed, and the buttons for attack/charge and jump will be 
swapped until you exit the room.  Go through the door until the next 
piece is diagonal.  This will lead you to the next room, where the 
heads breathe fire.  Avoid them while you snatch the apple and banana 
(Assuming you致e taken damage.  Go forward until you get the horizontal 
piece again and go to the other side.  Head through the door until the 
piece is diagonal and head on up to the top.  If you went to the right 
to see what was in that vase, destroying it would致e released a bomb 
that blows up.  Just avoid it.

Now, in the highest room, keep hitting the statue.  Usually it値l give 
you gems, sometimes food, and sometimes, it値l give out bombs.  If it 
starts to give you nothing but bombs (And it will after hitting it for 
a while), just leave.  Go through the door until you get a vertical 
piece, and drop down.  Swap the next piece for a horizontal one, go to 
the other end, and then swap for a vertical piece.  Drop down and head 
into the right where you値l find a bat and a 1up.  But once you touch 
it, fly out of the room as the floor will split away from you and 
you値l land on the spikes (They don奏 instantly kill you, though).  
Finally, change the piece to a diagonal one and go into the left to 
enter a room with lots of bats and gems.  To exit, change the piece to 
a horizontal one, go to the other side to reach the exit. 
 

The mid-boss is easy.  Just fly into its head several times.  At first 
it値l move back and forth trying to hit you, but after 4-5 hits, it値l 
fly around back and forth.  Keep hitting the head from below and it痴 
over for him.  In the next room, you値l need two destroy the two 
flamethrowers that are holding the triangular platform up.  Don稚 be 
under it when it falls, though.  Use the floating platforms to move up 
as the top of the triangle is spiky.  The right sine is a dead end, but 
you can break through the ceiling (Look for four squares that are 
bunched together) for an apple and an apple half.  Go to the left and 
fly up and do a rolling attack to collect all the gems and a banana.

Hop on the ball that痴 on the spikes.  Then press left on the control 
pad so you値l roll the ball to the right.  Make sure to avoid the 
spikes retracting from the ceiling.  Then fly up and break through the 
ceiling and fly up to the 1up in a bubble.  Again, you can just grab it 
or gamble for possible extra lives.  Drop down and jump on the ball.  
This one will move back and forth on it痴 own, so get around the 
platforms and work to the other end of the room.  Step on the 
triangular platform, but be wary that it値l change angles very so 
often.  Near the end, charge your rockets and fly to the right to get 
out of here or it値l push you into the spikes, killing you.  The boss 
is easy to reach from here.

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Boss: Desert Worm
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It値l fly around and breathe fire at you.  You値l need to fly into his 
head about 8 times to kill it.  If you attack any part other than the 
head too much, it値l break off and become another snake.  But it痴 easy 
to tell which on it is as the real one always has a brown head, while 
the red indicates that they are fake.  Destroying a fake head will 
reform it onto the body.  At times, it値l burrow underground and then 
resurface to get a fix on you.  This will be more of a slug fight than 
anything else, so if you come will full health, you should get him 
before he gets you.

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Stage 6
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Note: I知 only going to tell you the best routes to take here so you 
can get through with as little trouble as possible.

Just keep going to the right collecting gems, and already, you値l meet 
the mid boss.  It痴 a wolf riding on a robotic elephant in the 
background and will try to attack you by pounding the keys on the piano 
and throwing explosive batons.  Attack the head 6-7 times to kill it.  
You値l then bounce along the drums.  Use a rolling attack to kill the 
caterpillar robots in one blow and collecting the gems.  

After entering the teleporter, you値l need to choose from the top or 
bottom horns to enter.  I suggest the top route, as it痴 easier than 
the bottom, IMO.  Now, fly through the wolves coming out of trumpets as 
fast as you can, then fly along the trumpets collecting gems.  The 
final part will have you navigating cymbal platforms.  Getting smashed 
won稚 kill you, only damage you.  And if you fall into the trumpets, 
you値l be sent back to the beginning to try this section again.  Have 
your rockets charged up, then jump along until you reach the fifth and 
sixth cymbal and boost the rest of the way.  Use a few rolling attacks 
if need be and you値l reach the end quickly.  Hop into the trumpet to 
reach the teleporter, and remember to collect the apples and gems 
before moving on.

Slide down the pole and you値l soon see a 6 trumpets.  Enter the third 
one to get transported to the drum room with those caterpillar robots.  
Continue into the next horn, and you値l be in another area with wolves 
coming out of horns.  This room is so small you can fly through it 
easily and not have to fight anyone.  The last trumpet will spit you 
out to the exit.  Just collect the two apples and go into the 
teleporter. 
 
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Boss: Axle Gear
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He値l play his organ for a little while before the fight starts.  He痴 
capable of doing everything Sparkster can, but his energy rings and 
spinning attacks do a heart and a half of damage, while his drill 
attack takes off two hearts.  His slide kick only does a half of heart 
of damage.  The best way to deal with him is to hit and run.  Fly into 
him, then get away from him as soon as possible.  Take note that the 
room your in is tall, so you can fly and drop down the platforms to 
avoid any damage.  If he gets too close, fly away.  If you can keep on 
your toes, and attack from from diagonal angles, you値l be able to 
defeat him.

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Stage 7
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To be honest, this is too straightforward for me to even give you a 
walkthrough.  I値l give you some pointers instead.

For starters, Y still swings your sword while B fires your twin vulcan 
cannons.  Pressing L or R will let Sparkster do barrel rolls, but aside 
from altering your shots, it doesn稚 do anything.  =/

The small turrets fires shots, the big ones fire either lasers or 
lightning.

The missiles are easy to destroy, but keep in mind that the wolves 
riding missiles will try to bump into you.

The green robots always fires lasers, the red ones will either fire 
lasers or bombs.  The red ones that fires lasers will always be with 
the green ones, while the red ones that fire bombs will be by 
themselves.

Midway through the level, some strange liquid will come out of the 
ship.  Try to avoid contact it with it, as will it will damage or 
possibly even kill you. 
 
The mid-boss is a joke.  Just attack the main body with your sword.  
Upon defeat, he値l drop a few apples. 
 
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Boss: Axle Gear Robot Battle
----------------------------

You and Axle Gear will now be battling in giant robots.  Unlike in the 
Genesis games, which were fought from the side view, this particular 
one is fought from a top down view.  For the robot fight controls, the 
L and R buttons punch.  Hold both of them to block.  The Y Button fires 
a shot from the mech, and you can hold and release to boost like you 
would your rockets.

This battle is hard and extremely cheap.  His robot takes more damage 
than yours does, he has an annoying habit of boosting in front of you 
and punching you, he constantly loves to spam a berserker attack where 
he where he値l wildly punch back and forth, and he痴 unpredictable.  
Winning against him requires more luck than skill in my opinion.

The key to winning is to try and make him block for as long as 
possible.  Try punching the air to keep him in blocking mode.  If he 
starts punching recklessly, Block and boost to the other side, sneaking 
in a punch if you can (For instance, if you池e moving to the left, 
punch with you right fist, and vice versa).  Don稚 rely on blocking too 
much, or one of your arms will be knocked off, making this already hard 
fight even harder.  He値l block after punching recklessly at least 
once.  Then pin him into a corner and try to knock off one of his arms.  
Keep punching even if you miss, or he値l resume attacking again.  If 
you can knock off one of his arms, it値l be a little more easier, as he 
won稚 attack, and his reckless punching won稚 be as effective.  If you 
can keep him pinned after one of his arms goes off, you might have a 
chance.  Good Luck!

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Stage 8
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This stage is only playable on normal difficulty or above.

You値l begin inside a tunnel where missiles are launched every few 
seconds.  Kill the wolves and hide and duck in the alcoves in the 
bottom, or you値l be smashed.  You値l know you池e entering the base 
when the missiles stop firing.  Fly up to the top and head to left to 
get some gems and an apple.  Continue across the missiles, and at the 
bottom, you can head to the left under the first missile for some 
bananas.  Continue forward until you reach the mid-boss.  The missile 
will explode and you値l need to move back and forth to dodge the wolf 
robot.  But it痴 easy with a few slashes, though.

Afterwards, you値l come across wolves riding Stampy-dos, but they 
easily go down in one hit.  You should now be in a room with lots of 
poles, with bugs crawling along them.  I suggest flying up and down the 
poles and into the bugs to easily kill them.  After the first set of 
poles, smash through the wall for more gems and a banana bunch.  
Continue going along the poles and you値l soon work your way to the 
core, which consists of 4 gems.  You can get in a few early hits, but 
soon a forcefield consisting of rings will surround it.  The best way 
to defeat it is to stand on the far right side of the screen and keep 
jumping a slashing.  Slowly but surely, you値l destroy the forcefield 
rings, as well as the core.

Now head up and move to the left, and try to get through the reflectors 
on the ground and ceiling, as well as the laser being fired.  It is 
possible to destroy them, but it痴 better to fly through and take as 
little damage as possible.  After getting past a couple of more laser 
security systems, you値l fly up a shaft with wolves on jetpacks firing 
missiles.  Then head to the right, defeating the last set of wolves on 
ostriches, and through the tunnel until you encounter the Big Boss.

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Boss: Generalissimo Lioness
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He痴 not as cheap and hard like the previous boss, but he痴 no 
pushover.  There痴 still some luck involved, though.  His first attack 
consists of breathing fire along the ground, which is easily avoided by 
jumping.  The second attack has him throwing a crescent-shaped 
projectile and having it come back like a boomerang.  Avoid it by 
staying low.  The last attack has him firing two energy balls in the 
air, and then two lighting streams will close in on you.  Stay 
absolutely still so they won稚 hurt you.  He値l also hop every so 
often, too, since he walks pretty slow.

Start swinging your sword as fast as you can and forget doing anything 
fancy.  Never use your rockets unless he gets too close.  Whether you 
beat him or not will depend on how aggressive he痴 being during the 
fight.  If he rarely attacks you, you may have a chance.  If he痴 being 
aggressive, you値l have some problems, because is because he can string 
several attacks at a time and if he does all three in at least one 
sequence, you値l be forced to take damage.  Keep your distance and keep 
swinging that sword of yours and hopefully, he値l go down after about a 
minute or two.

Now, if you beat the game on normal, you値l simply escape the base as 
it explodes.  If you池e playing on hard or higher, you値l see him 
firing a missile heading towards Elhorn before he dies.  Sparkster will 
move the princess into the escape pod while he goes after the missile, 
which is the real final boss.

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Stage 9
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This is it.  The real final boss.  Go forward, killing the wolves until 
you reach the core.  You値l need to destroy the purple glass bulb to 
destroy the missile.  First, it値l send a overwhelming group of 
fireballs your way.  Stay in the corner and swing your sword until it 
stops.  The second attack will consist of the core firing a laser a 
couple of times. It値l go back to the fire at first, then drop bombs in 
a group several times.  Then it goes back to firing the laser, then the 
fire, then the bombs, in that order for the remainder of the fight.  
Attack the core while a set of bombs drop and while the laser is 
charging up.  Once you get used to the pattern, you値l destroy it in no 
time.

4. Credits

Konami - For making a great games like these. 
 
Myself - For writing this guide.
 
CJayC - Former GameFAQs webmaster who got the site started.
 
SBAllen - The current webmaster of the GameFAQs website.


5. Disclaimer

The latest version of this guide is always found at GameFAQs first.
As of this writing, GameFAQs and Neoseeker are allowed to host my
guides.  Everyone else must ask first.  This guide is copyrighted to me
(Psychopulse) and I have no involvement with Nintendo or Konami in
the making of this game.  I will only accept corrections, praise, or
any additional info I may have missed.  Any negative E-mails will be
deleted.  You not sell this guide or steal it in way or I will take
legal action.  If anyone has altered the guide somewhere, let know at
once.

Until the next guide, everyone...

PEACE!

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All rights reserved


                  -"And that's the end of that chapter!"-