SUPER ROBOT TAISEN NEO

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|Table of Contents|
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I. Introduction
II. Version history
III. Updates
IV. Useful Terminology
V. Mechanics and listings
VI. FAQ/Walkthrough
VII. Parts 
VIII. Secrets
IX. Frequently asked questions
X. Contact Policy
XI. Legal Mumbo Jumbo and Credits

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|I.Introduction:|
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Hello hello to all and sundry. As you might have gathered, I'm CO Adder, and I'm
the author of this here FAQ. If you're familiar with my work, it will be in much
the same style as my previous guides. If not, then don't worry, you're in good
hands. Even so, please forgive any mistranslations or inaccuracies, as Japanese
is not something I'm all that good at yet.

As was the case with my SRW Z guide, I'd very much appreciate it if, by chance,
you know something that I don't, you would share it with me. My contact info can
be found in the corresponding section.

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|II.Version History:|
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Version .3: 11/25/09

Initial itinerary complete: Comprehensive mechanics section complete, FAQ,
credits and contact policy complete, walkthrough progressed to stage 7, which
includes both A and B routes for stage 5.

Version .4: 11/28/09

Walkthrough completed up to stage 13, various errata corrected.

Version .5: 12/5/09

Walkthrough completed up to stage 20.

Version .6: 12/13/09

Walkthrough completed up to stage 27, including all versions stages 21 and 22

Version .75: 2/20/10

Walkthrough completed up to stage 38 (not including the A route, I AM SO SORRY)

Changed e-mail address in contact policy, it's now dazzling_addar@mail.com

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|III.Updates:|
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11/25/09:

Initial itinerary complete: Comprehensive mechanics section complete, FAQ,
credits and contact policy complete, walkthrough progressed to stage 7, which
includes both A and B routes for stage 5.

11/28/09

Walkthrough completed up to stage 13, various errata corrected.

12/05/09

Walkthrough completed up to stage 20

12/13/09

Walkthrough completed up to stage 27, including all versions stages 21 and 22

Changed e-mail address in contact policy, it's now dazzling_addar@mail.com

2/20/10

Walkthrough completed up to stage 38 B

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|IV.Useful Terminology:|
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In the realm of Super Robot Taisen, there are a large number of terms and names
that will probably leave a newbie to the series scratching his head. Because we
were all that newbie at one point, this section is here to help the unitiated
muddle through what all of this giant robobabble is all about.

+Mech+

A mech is essentially a universal term for robot, giant or otherwise. Mainly
because it incorporates the least amount of keystrokes for a name that handily
encompasses all of the units in the game, I'll be using this throughout the
guide quite extensively.

+Pilots+

New to Neo is that pilots and machines can no longer be switched around- while
machine parameters remain more or less the same as they always have been, these
parameters can increase not only with upgrades, but with the pilot leveling up,
as well. Each pilot has subtlely different morale and SP gains, as well.

+Morale+

Morale is a statistic more or less unique to the SRW series. Each deployed unit
has a morale guage, which increases as the battle goes on. The higher morale,
the more damage that unit deals, the less damage it receives, and certain moves
and abilities become usable. For example, Liger transforms into Fire Liger at
120 morale, while the Sigzarl gains use of its Sig Zan at 120 morale.

+Spirit Commands/Seishins+

Anyway, these are extremely important. Each pilot has five spirit commands,
though only a few are available at lower levels. Getting anywhere in the game
without these guys is nigh impossible. They bestow, for a turn or a battle
various beneficial effects. For example, Strike raises your hit rate to 100%
for one turn, and Alert guarentees that you dodge one attack.

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|V.Mechanics and Listings:|
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In this section, I will thoroughly go over the new mechanics and abilities that
Neo introduces. I reccomend that all readers give this a thorough perusal, as
Neo brings an astoundingly large amount of new stuff that even veteran players
might puzzle over.

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**The Main Menu**
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The first thing you'll see, you'll be prompted to press the A button. Do so,
and you'll have four options:

Start: Starts a new game.
Continue: Loads an in-game save- handily, the game will tell you which mission
and give you a screenshot of where you last saved.
Load: Loads a save made from the intermission menu.
Library: Allow you to view data on mecha and pilots you've encountered in the
game, as well as listen to BGMs you've unlocked.

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**Controls**
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Nunchuck stick: Move cursor
Directional pad: Move cursor/switch pages
A Button: Select unit/confirm/open battle menu
B Button: Deny/Go back
C Button: When a unit is selected with the cursor, brings up summary data
Z button: Brings cursor to nearest allied unit. Repeated pressing cycles.
+ Button: Brings up victory conditions
- Button: No function
1 Button No function
2 Button: No function

There are no motion controls in this game (thank heavens).

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**The Command Menu**
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This time around, instead of a straight menu, we have a circular wheel. There
are many commands. These will be covered in depth, but glossed over in this
section. Note that not all commands are available to all units.

-Attack: Denoted by a red sword. This lets you choose from a list of attack
types: Attack, Assault, MAP, and Combination.

-Move: Denoted by a green boot. This opens up your movement sphere.

-Spirit: Denoted by a purple... bunch of circles. This opens up the Spirit 
Command menu. Can be used after your turn has ended.

-Item: Denoted by a yellow box. Allows you to use equipped usable items. Can be
used after your turn has ended.

-Transform: Denoted by a blue gear. Allows you to change mecha forms, if
applicable.

-Formation Change: Unique to the Gold Brothers and Watt and Amp, this is, more
or less, the same thing as transform. Instead of the machine changing, the unit
switches to a different Leaguer. The units share the same HP/EN- they may have
differing totals, but they remain the same in terms of percentage. (IE, if you
have 90% total HP and you switch, you'll still have 90% HP.)

-Combine: Denoted by a blue man, standing arms raised. Allows you to combine
two or more units into a single new machine after a certain morale mark is
reached. Note- if the combined unit is larger than the current unit, you may
not be able to use this if other units or terrain features would encroach upon
the combined unit's space. Note that the units do not need to be near one
another, but they both need to have the requisite morale.

-Upgrade: Denoted by a blue man, standing arms raised. Allows you to upgrade
your unit into a more powerful form for the remainder of the battle once a 
morale requirement is met. This does not require more than one unit, and the
actual name of this command changes depending on the unit it belongs to.

-Repair: Denoted by a yellow wrench. Allows you to heal a unit within your
area of effect. The amount repaired depends on how highly you have upgraded
your weapons. Can be used after movement.

-Resupply: Denoted by a yellow gas can. Allows you to refill the energy of a
unit within your area of effect. Can be used after movement, the amount of
energy restored depends on how highly you've upgraded weapons. DOES NOT REDUCE
MORALE. Use it to your heart's content!

-Magic: Denoted by brown sparklies. Unique to Ryu Priest Baurus, this allows you
to use one of two magic spells: the first allows you to increase your allied
units defense, the second restores HP. It affects all units within its radius.
You can tell if they are or not if their blue outlines are reacting.

-Board: Denoted by a blue reversed arrow. Usable only after movement. If you
move a unit into your mothership's area of effect, you can use this option to
have your unit board it. While aboard the mothership, that unit will regain HP
and EN.

-Deploy: Denoted by a blue arrow. Only available to your mothership, allows you
to deploy a unit from your reserves that are currently aboard. Each mission has
a limit to units that can be deployed on the map at once. Once this limit has
been reached, you cannot deploy more units. However, if you board a unit that
is currently deployed, you can swap it out for another. There is no limit to the
amount of times you can do this.

-Defend: Available only when attacked by the enemy, this command allows you to
skip your counterattack and instead defend, which reduces enemy damage done by
50%.

-Evade: Available only when attacked by the enemy, this command allows you to
skip your counterattack and instead evade, which reduces the enemy hitrate by
30%.

-Wait: Denoted by a blue arrow, pointing downward. Only usable after movement.
This allows you to end that unit's turn without performing another action.

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**Movement**
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One of Neo's most striking new features is that movement is no longer on a grid.
Instead, each unit has a set circle to move in. In practice, it is not much
different from traditional grid movement, but there are somethings to take note
of.

-Different units have different sizes! A large unit will take up much more of
the map than smaller units. Keep this in mind when positioning units.

-Each unit has the physical space it occupies, and an area of effect. The space
it occupies is denoted by a light blue outline. The area of effect is denoted by
a dotted circle line.

-The terrain one fights on is important. Landbound units will need to maneuver
around various obstructions, as well as take into account differences in height.

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**The Area of Effect**
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As mentioned earlier, the Area of Effect of a unit is denoted by a circular
dotted line. Different units have differently sized areas of effect- as a rule,
larger units have a larger area. If a unit is within your area of a effect, its
blue outline will react and become active. It's difficult to describe, but easy
to see. This affects a few things:

-Defensive supports: In this game, every pilot and unit can use support defense
once per turn- no more, no less. If a unit is within another's area of effect,
it can take an enemy attack for them on the enemy phase.

-Combination attacks: Certain attacks, denoted by a special symbol, require two
or more units to be in proximity before use. For a combination attack to be used
the units involved must all be within one another's area of effect. Keep this in
mind, as facilitating multi-unit combo attacks can be difficult.

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**Attacking**
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Attacking is more or less the same as it has ever been at its core, but Neo has
added many new bells and whistles that you need to get a hang of. A few things
of note:

-The displayed damage is now a fairly accurate indication of how much damage you
will do. You should still use it as a guideline and not a law, however.

-Attacking range is fairly limited now. To compensate, most attacks are also
usable post-movement. If it is not, the game will let you know by displaying a
red circle with a line through it.

-Attacking skills are now tied to individual attacks- for example, Raijin Sword
has the skill hit and away, which allows you to move after attacking. However,
if you use a different attack, it will have a different skill- or none at all,
depending.

-Consecutive Attack debuffing makes a return: If a unit is attacked by another
unit and dodges that attack, the next attack made on the unit will have its
accuracy increased by 10%. If the unit dodges again, the next attack will also
increase by 10%. This will continue until the unit is hit or the hitrate reaches
100%.

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**Assault Attacks**
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A nifty new addition, Assault Attacks are sort of like MAP attacks. They can hit
multiple enemies in one go. These attacks are indicated by a special symbol,
which looks like a blazing comet. 

-After selecting to use an assault an attack, you are presented with a purple
movement sphere. You must maneuver your unit to a clear space on the map. You
will notice that there is an arrow that follows behind you- enemies that this
arrow passes through will be hit by the assault attack. 

A few caveats- 
-you can't perform an assault attack if your arrow does not pass through any 
enemies. 

-You can't perform an assault attack if your unit can't move to the space you
indicate.

-You can't perform an assault attack if your unit can't move through the space
your arrow travels through. (IE, if a land bound unit tries to move through a
mountain, it won't work.)

-Assault attacks cannot be used after movement.

**MAP attacks**

MAP attacks are much the same as they've always been. They hit multiple enemies
on the map. Each map attack has its own unique radius- some are circular, others
fire in a line. A few caveats:

-You can't perform a MAP attack after moving.

-Your MAP attacks will -not- hit your own units- go nuts.

**Combination Attacks**

Combination attacks, as mentioned above in the Area of Effect section, are
attacks that require two or more units to be within one another's area of
effect. These attacks are usually superpowerful. There are a few other things
that need to happen as well:

-All units must have the necessary morale to perform the attack

-All units must have the necessary morale to perform the attack

-All units, however, ARE NOT required to be in range of the enemy. Only one is
necessary.

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**Attack Abilities**
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This is a big one, folks, so pay attention. As mentioned earlier, individual
attacks are assigned abilities. In this section, I'll list and detail them all.

Some abilities have a level: These levels depend on your weapon upgrades.

0-2 Bars upgraded: Level 1
3-5 bars: Level 2
6 and up: Level 3

[Anti-Land]
Against enemies on the ground, your hit rate and attack power increase.
Level 1: Hit +20%, Attack power x1.1
Level 2: Hit +30%, Attack power x1.3
Level 3: Hit +40%, Attack power x1.5

[Anit-Air]
Against enemies in the air, your hit rate and attack power increase. Also, if
you initiate the attack, the enemy cannot counter attack.
Level 1: Hit +30%, Attack power x1.3
Level 2: Hit +40%, Attack power x1.5
Level 3: Hit +50%, Attack power x2

[MAP]

Detailed earlier.

[Assault]

Detailed earlier.

[Hit and Away]

Moving after attacking is possible with this ability.

[Arc]

Attacks with this ability can be used to bypass environmental obstacles- you
can tell if an attack is like this if a dotted arced line appears instead of a
normal line does.

[Knockback]

Attacks with this ability will knock the enemy back a certain number of spaces.
These attacks cannot be support defended. If an enemy is knocked back into an
obstacle or unit (ally or enemy), it will take 1000 additional damage. If the
unit is knocked back down on to a lower elevation (say, off of a ledge or cliff
on a mountain), it takes 2000 damage. If the unit's counterattack is out of
range after the attack is performed, it will not counter attack.

Level 1: Knock back one space.
LEvel 2: Knock back two spaces.
Level 3: Knock back three spaces.

[Stun]

Attacks with this ability have a certain chance to deal extra damage and stop
enemy counterattacks.

Level 1: 30% chance to activate, 500 damage
Level 2: 45% chance, 800 damage
Level 3: 60% chance, 1200 damage

[Fire]

Attacks with this ability have a certain chance to deal extra damage.

Level 1: 30% chance to activate, 1200 damage
Level 2: 50% chance to activate, 1600 damage
Level 3: 70% chance to activate, 2000 damage

[Freeze]

Attacks with this ability have a certain chance to lower the enemy's hit and
evade rates.

Level 1: 60% chance to activate, -10% hit and evade
Level 2: 70% chance to activate, -20% hit and evade
Level 3: 80% chance to activate, -30% hit and evade

[Lock On]

Attacks with this ability ingore special defenses and increase critical rate.

Level 1: 10% extra critical
Level 2: 20% extra critical
Level 3: 30% extra critical

[Guard Arm]

Attacks with this ability increase unit defense in the battle phase in which it
is used.

Level 1: 10% extra defense
LEvel 2: 20% extra defense
Level 3: 30% extra defense

[Escape]

Attacks with this ability increase unit evasion in the battle phase in which it
is used.

Level 1: 10% extra evade.
Level 2: 20% extra evade.
Level 3: 30% extra evade.

[Combination attack]

Covered above.

[Repair]

Units with this ability can restore an allied unit's HP.

Level 1: 1500 HP
Level 2: 2000 HP
Level 3: 2500 HP

[Resupply]

Units with this ability can restore an allied unit's EN.

Level 1: 50 EN
Level 2: 75 EN
Level 3: 100 EN.

[Magical Recovery]

An ability unique to Ryu Priest. Restores HP to all allies within its radius.
Also grants SP.

Level 1: 800 HP, 1 SP
Level 2: 1200 HP, 2 SP
Level 3: 1600 HP, 3 SP

[Magical Recovery S]

An ability unique to the Ryu high Priest. Restores HP, SP, and gives morale to
all units within its radius.

Level 1: 1000 HP, 2 SP, 1 Morale
Level 2: 1400 HP, 3 SP, 2 morale
Level 3: 1800 HP, 4 SP, 3 morale


[Magical Defense]

An ability unique to Ryu Priest. Raises defenses of all allies within its radius
for one turn.

Level 1: 10% defense
Level 2: 20% defense
Level 3: 30% defense

[Magical Defense S]

An ability unique to the Ryu high Priest. Raises defense of all allies within
its radius.

Level 1: 20% defense
Level 2: 30% defense
Level 3: 40% defense

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**The Siege System**
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New to SRW Neo is the Siege system, essentially the logical extension of the
placement bonus system introduced in SRW Z. Depending on unit placements, you
get various bonuses to your attack. Let me elucidate.

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|Key:..........|
|O: Allied unit|
|X: Enemy unit.|
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.............
.............
......X .....
.......O.....=10 % attack bonus
......O......
.............

.............
.............
.............
......X..O...=20% attack bonus
.............
......O......
.............

.............
......O......
.............
......X......= 50% attack bonus
.............
......O......
.............

.............
.............
.............
...O..X..O...= 60% attack bonus, 20% hit bonus
.............
......O......
.............

.............
......O......
.............
...O..X..O...= 100% attack bonus, 50% hit bonus
.............
......O......
.............

That should give you a good idea of what to expect. The placement in game varies
depending on unit size and area of effect, but using this as a guide should be
sufficient until you get a feel for it on your own. A good rule of thumb- you'll
see an orangeish circle fill out when you activate the siege system. The more of
that circle is filled out, the more damage you do.

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**Mecha Abilities**
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-Coming Soon-

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**Pilot Abilities**
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Ostensibly, these aren't different at all from Mecha abilities, but they are
affected by pilot level, not by the amount of upgrades to the machine. Due to
the sheer amount of levels these skills have, it will take a while to get all of
the pertinent data up. In the mean time, you can use the index feature of the
battle menu to look it up.  In the battle menu, choose the second option, then
the third (it has a smiley face next to it). Then choose the skill you want to
view (I have them listed in order), and it will give you a list of pilots who
have that skill. Move your cursor over that pilot and press the Z button on the
nunchuck. You'll see the pertinent numbers. 

[Fearless]

Pilots with this skill are unaffected by being surrounded.

[Still Water, Clear Mirror]

Unique to Domon Kasshu. Allows the God Gundam to enter Hyper Mode at 130 morale.
In Hyper Mode, hit, evade, and attack power increase. The amount depends on the
skill's level. It can go up to level 9.

[Potential]

When HP dips below a certain amount, Hit, Evade, and Defense go up. The HP
threshold and the bonuses are level dependent. It goes up to level 9.

[Leaguer Spirit]

Unique to the Iron Leaguer units. When support defending, defense increases. The
bonus depends on the level, which goes up to 9.

[Guard]

When taking damage, there is a chance that the unit will take less damage. The
chance of activation and the reduction are level dependent. It goes up to 9.

[Battling Heart]

Increases the amount of morale a pilot starts with at the beginning of a stage.
The amount is determined by the level, which goes up to 9.

[Energy Save]

Decreases the amount of energy used when attacking. The amount is determined by
the level, which goes up to 9.

[Chivalry]

Unique to Adeu. When morale reaches 110, critical and hit go up. The amount is
level dependent, which goes up to 9.

[Ninjutsu]

Unique to Sarutobi and Kotaroh. When morale reaches 110, critical and evade go
up. The amount is level dependent, which goes up to 9.

[Magic Power]

Unique to Paffy. When morale reaches 110, hit and evade go up. The amount is
level dependent, which goes up to 9.

[God's Blessing]

Unique to Izumi. At 110 morale, evade and defense go up. The amount is level
dependent, which goes up to 9.

[Bushido]

Unique to Gesshin. At 110 morale, hit and evade go up. The amount is level
dependent, which goes up to 9.

[Chief]

Unique to Gratches. Nearby units receive a bonus to hit and defense. The radius
and the bonus are level dependent, which go up to nine.

[Magic Swordsmanship]

Unique to Galden. Increases the morale gains when attacking. The amount is level
dependent, which goes up to nine.

[Cocoa's Calculations]

Unique to Cocoa. Nearby units receive a bonus to hit and evade. The radius and
the bonus are level dependent, which goes up to nine.

[Blood of Argama]

Unique to Ken and Ryu Dolga. Increases starting morale and extends the morale
limit past 150. The amount is level dependent, which goes up to nine.

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**Spirit Commands**
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Every pilot has a unique set of spirit commands. Most main pilots have 4
commands to use, while sub-pilots usually have 2 or 3. New to neo is the fact
that spirit commands now have levels- one to three. Spirit commands will level
up when pilots reach certain levels- these levels are unique to each pilot.

As some commands level up, they will become cheaper to use- in this case, you
cannot use the preceeding levels- but there would be no advantage in doing so.
An example: Disturbance level one is 25 SP and affects enemies within three
spaces. Disturbance level two is 20 SP and affects enemies within four spaces-
you can no longer use level 1, but you wouldn't want to anyway.

As other commands level up, they will become more expensive. If this is the case
then you can use the weaker levels to economize. For example, Hot Blood level 1
costs 20 SP and increases damage done on the next attack by 1.5x.Hot Blood Level
2 costs 30 SP and increases damage done on the next attack by 2x. You can use
either of these spells if you want.

An important thing to note about Neo is that spirit commands can be used after a
unit has ended its turn, and during the enemy phase.

[Accelerate]

This spell increases the user's movement by 3 spaces, to a maximum of nine.

Level 1: 20 SP
Level 2: 15 SP
Level 3: 10 SP

[Alert]

This spell guarantees that the user dodges the next attack aimed at it.

Level 1: 25 SP
Level 2: 20 SP
Level 3: 15 SP

[Strike]

This spell raises your hit rate to 100% for a turn.

Level 1: 30 SP
Level 2: 25 SP
Level 3: 20 SP

[Attune]

This spell casts Strike on an ally within range.

Level 1: 30 SP, 3 spaces
Level 2: 35 SP, 4 spaces
Level 3: 40 SP, 5 spaces

[Invincible]

This spell reduces the damage taken from the next enemy attack that lands.

Level 1: 20 SP, -75% damage taken
Level 2: 25 SP, -85% damage taken
Level 3: 30 SP, -95% damage taken

[Iron Wall]

This spell reduces the damage taken from enemy attacks for a turn.

Level 1: 10 SP, -30% damage taken
Level 2: 20 SP, -50% damage taken
Level 3: 30 SP, -70% damage taken

[Focus]

This spell increases your and hit and evade rates for a turn.

Level 1: 10 SP, +20% hit and evade
Level 2: 15 SP, +30% hit and evade
Level 3: 20 SP, +40% hit and evade

[Hot Blood]

This spell increases the damage your next attack does.

Level 1: 20 SP, 1.5X damage
Level 2: 30 SP, 2X damage
Level 3: 40 SP, 2.5X damage

[Gain]

This spell doubles the experience you get from the next battle.

Level 1: 20 SP
Level 2: 15 SP
Level 3: 10 SP

[Cheer]

This spell casts Gain on an ally within range.

Level 1: 20 SP, 3 spaces
Level 2: 20 SP, 4 spaces
Level 3: 20 SP, 5 spaces

[Luck]

This spell doubles the money you get from the next battle (naturally it won't
work if you don't earn any money from it.)

Level 1: 20 SP
Level 2: 15 SP
Level 3: 10 SP

[Bless]

This spell casts Luck on an ally within range.

Level 1: 30 SP, 3 spaces
Level 2: 30 SP, 4 spaces
Level 3: 30 SP, 5 spaces

[Guts]

This spell restores the user's HP.

Level 1: 20 SP, 20% HP restored
Level 2: 30 SP, 35% HP restored
Level 3: 40 SP, 50% HP restored

[Trust]

This spell restores HP to an ally within range.

Level 1: 20 SP, 1000 HP restored, 3 spaces
Level 2: 25 SP, 1500 HP restored, 4 spaces
Level 3: 30 SP, 2000 HP restored, 5 spaces

[Rouse]

This spell increases the morale of an ally within range.

Level 1: 20 SP, +3 morale, 3 spaces
Level 2: 25 SP, +5 morale, 4 spaces
Level 3: 30 SP, +8 morale, 5 spaces

[Disturbance]

This spell decreases the hit rate of all enemies within range by 30%.

Level 1: 25 SP, 3 spaces
Level 2: 20 SP, 4 spaces
Level 3: 15 SP, 5 spaces

[Exhaust]

This spell decreases the morale of all enemies within range.

Level 1: 10 SP, -20 morale, 3 spaces
Level 2: 15 SP, -30 Morale, 4 spaces
Level 3: 20 SP, -40 morale, 5 spaces

[Hope]

This spell will restore SP to an ally within range- note that you cannot use it
on your self- this can be annoying if you want to restore the SP of a pilot that
shares the same unit.

Level 1: 20 SP, +10 SP, 3 spaces
Level 2: 25 SP, +15 SP, 4 spaces
Level 3: 30 SP, +20 SP, 5 spaces

[Spirit]

This spell increases the users morale.

Level 1: 15 SP, +5 morale
Level 2: 20 SP, +10 morale
Level 3: 25 SP, +15 morale

[Tailwind]

This spell casts Accelerate on an ally within range.

Level 1: 20 SP, 3 spaces
Level 2: 15 SP, 4 spaces
Level 3: 10 SP, 5 spaces

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**The Battle Menu**
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This menu can be accessed by pressing the A button on an empty square.

-End Turn: choose this option to end your turn and allow the enemy to act.

-Index: Choose this option to open up a submenu.

--Unit Index: Allows you choose a unit from a list and immediately select it.
--Spirit Index: Allows you to choose a known spirit command from a list and view
a list of units that know the command.
--Pilot Skill index: Allows you to choose a known pilot skill from a list and
view a list of pilots that know the skill.
--Mecha Ability index: Allows you to choose a known mecha ability from a list
and view a list of machines that have the ability.
--Attack Abilities index: Allows you to choose a known attack ability from a
list and view a list of units that have attacks with that ability.
--Item index: Allows you to choose an owned item or part from a list and view a
list of units that are equipped with that item or part

-Victory Conditions: Allows you to view the winning and losing conditions. The
victory conditions are on top and in blue, and the losing conditions are on the
bottom in red. In the green side bar, are, in order: Turn Count, Enemy count,
neutral unit count, allied deployed unit count, allied units in the mothership
count, total funds, and a map displaying allied and enemy unit placement. The
name and number of the stage are on the bottom.

-Options: Allows you to go into the options menu.

--Change BGM: This option allows you to go into a list of units and change their
BGM. 
-Battle BGM Settings: There are two options here: The first is fixed BGMs. The
second sets it so that the BGM returns to the map music when the battle scene is
finished.
--BGM Volume: Self explanitory
--BGM type: Type A allows the enemy phase music to override your unit's set BGM,
while Type B is the traditional style wherein your music plays regardless.
Menu Cursor Position memory: Self explanitory.
--Support attack: Automatically sets the menu to support attack when able.
--Support defense: Automatically sets the menu to support defend when able.

-Save game: Allows you to make an ingame save. You can access this save by
selecting continue on the main menu. After you save, you have the option of
returning to the title screen- select the second option when prompted to do so.

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**Intermission Menu**
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The intermission Menu, as always, is an important element of the game. It is
where you do your upgrading and part assigning. It also serves as your general
base of operations- it lets you look at all of your resources at your leisure,
as well as save and load different game files.

Unit customization: This option allows you to equip parts and upgrade your units
with the money you've earned. First, select a unit. To equip parts, press A, and
the yellow bars will be highlighted. Press A again to select the slot, then A
again, and you'll see a list of parts. Select the one you want to equip.

To upgrade your unit, use the control stick to move to the upgrade tab. Press A
Twice, then use the control stick to fill in the bars. There are five attributes
to upgrade:

HP: Increases unit HP.
EN: Increases unit EN
Defense: Decreases the damage the unit takes
Evade: Decreases the chance an enemy has to hit the unit
Weapons: Increases weapon power and ability level.

Items: This option opens up a list of all the parts you own. You can equip items
from this menu, as well. Select the item you wish to equip, then go down the
list of units and select the unit you wish to equip it to. When it is equipped,
hit the B button, and the game will ask you if this is alright. Say yes, and the
item will be equipped.

You can also sell items you don't want here. To do so, press the Z button, then
use the control stick to adjust how many you want to sell. The amount of money
you get for doing this is displayed below. Press A to confirm.

Save: This allows you to save your game. Do this often, obviously. Choose which
slot you wish to save in. If you wish to overwrite a file, simply select it.

Load: this allows you to load a different file. Select the file you want to load
and voila.

Options: The same options screen as in the Battle Menu.

Next stage: Use this option to finish your intermission hijinks and move on.


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|VI.FAQ/Walkthrough|
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As informative as all that stuff was, I'm sure this is more than likely what you
came from. In this section, I'll detail every stage in the game- allies, enemies
reinforcements, events, the like, as well as give strategies (or whatever lame
brained idea worked for me at the time) for how to win, as well as victory/
defeat conditions.

Right now, my hot blood is burning up! Let's go!

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<STAGE 1>
vvvvvvvvv

Well now. After some hijinks with a giant magical sword by the name of
Armdafasdoma (seriously I am not making this up), we get the opening roll. As
always, kudos to you if you can read it. Back in the world we're familiar with,
Ken of Jushin Liger bumps into Kakeru and Amane, our Banpresto originals du jour
for this lovely game. Before much else can happen, the Drago Empire attacks!
These folks are Liger enemies, and they're led by one Dol Sadso. The military
sorties to take care of the invading Drago Knights, but as one might expect, it
goes over about as well as a zeppelin made of lead. (Also, if you're attentive,
you'll catch one of the game's only references to poor old Dr. Hell and his
mechanical beasts.)

Things rapidly go from bad to worse as the Drago Knights wreck Ken's school and
a giant rock fortress pops up from the ground. Apparently, it's the dormant form
of the God Drago. Things could get nasty. Except... LIIIIIGAAAAAA!

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Allied units:

Liger (Ken)

Enemy units:

Dragon Warrior Adoras x6

Allied reinforcements: Two enemies shot down

Sigzarl (Kakeru)
Ionia (Amane)

Enemy reinforcements: Two enemies shot down

Dragon Warrior Adoras x1

Enemy reinforcements: All enemies shot down/Turn 4

Dragon Warrior Adoras x6

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!/Strategy/!
............

Ken and Liger are ready to bring the pain to the folks who did this to his
school. For now, you're probably best off using Liger Sword, Liger's strongest
move, to attack the bad guys. Ken's only spirit is Hot Blood right now, and that
isn't much help. You'll notice that Dol Sadso is on the map- don't worry about
her, she's just watching for now. When using liger sword, try to attack from a
distance- the enemy's counter attack will be less severe and less accurate. If
you get a critical hit, you should knock out the enemy in one hit. If not, no
big thing, just keep at it! If you feel that Liger is in danger, don't be afraid
to defend or evade.

When you take out two enemies, we find Kakeru and Amane have fallen into a hole.
A rather strange hole with a lot of nifty stuff in it- not the least of which is
a  big ol' black robot. Due to some magic I don't rightly understand, Amane
involuntarily gains control of the entire complex, which turns out to be not a
hole at all, but instead a floating fortress: the Ionia! The Drago Knights don't
like this one bit and send over a new guy to take it down. After some prodding,
Kakeru boards the black robot. Awaken, Sigzarl!

Now, these two units... well, they're a little less than impressive right now.
The Ionia's offense is very weak- but on the bright side, it's very tough to
sink. The Sigzarl's only got one move, so head for the forest (which will do
wonders for your defense) and start using it. Liger should clean up the enemies
in his area. If you feel like it, you can have Kakeru use Focus to increase his
chances of dodging the enemy. Note that Kakeru and Amane can support each other,
wich will help things along. If things get hairy, don't be afraid to hide either
Liger or the Sigzarl in the Ionia to recover HP and EN.

On turn 4, or when all enemies are shot down, some more Drago Knights arrive to
crash the party. In response, Ken gets really angry and powers up Liger to Fire
Liger, which is a good deal stronger in every respect. Hellz yeah. Furthermore,
the Armdafasdoma comes falling from the sky to land in the Sigzarl's grasp. This
powers up the machine as well, giving you access to a bunch of new attacks. IT'S
TIME TO GET WIIIILD. You should have no trouble taking out the riffraff, so just
have fun with the rest of the mission. When you shoot down all enemies, both the
dormant Drago and Dol Sadso retreat, quite in awe of your righteous powers.

Afterwards, it seems that both the Ionia and the Sigzarl are stored in magic
stones. Somehow. IT'S MAGIC. Kakeru promises to get Amane out of the mess he's
gotten in to, which appears to be being stuck in the Ionia.

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Stage 1 Intermission:

Welcome to the intermission menu! For a detailed rundown of how it works, check
the mechanics and listing section. Right now, you should upgrade both the Ionia
and the Sigzarl as much as you can- they'll be useful units all the game through
and you have to use the Ionia in pretty much every mission. You can also equip
the parts you've gotten- I recommend giving the Repair stone to the Ionia and
the Energy Stone to the Sigzarl. These items are very useful early game, and
they can be used MULTIPLE TIMES. While you can only use a repair item once per
mission, they -will not- disappear after use. You can use them again in the next
stage, if you have a mind to. When you're satisfied, move on to the next mission
to continue the game.

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<STAGE 2>
vvvvvvvvv

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Allied units:

RaijinOh (Gin)

Enemy units:

Egizost x3

Allied reinforcements: 2 enemies shot down

Mazinger Z (Kouji Kabuto)
Diana Ace (Sayaka Yumi)

Allied reinforcements: 2 enemies shot down

Ionia
Sigzarl
Liger

Enemy reinforcements: 2 enemies shot down

Egizost x5


Enemy reinforcements: 2 enemies shot down

Egizost x10

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!/Strategy/!
............

It's RaijinOh against the Jack Empire! These enemies are stronger than the Drago
Knights you faced earlier, but they shouldn't pose too much of a threat. While
RaijinOh isn't quite as invincible as advertised, it's still a good unit. Have
Gin use focus and start whacking away. Note that RaijinOh has our first Assault
Attack- but it's not very useful, so save it for later. As was the case before,
attacking from a distance will put you on the receiving end of a less powerful
and less accurate counterattack, so go ahead and do that. RaijinOh's probably
going to take some hits here, so be prepared to defend or evade if you think the
kids are in danger.

When two enemies are shot down, some old friends arrive- it's Mazinger Z and the
Diana Ace, here to help! After some chatting with Gin and the rest, and a pun
about Eldoran sounding like a Restaraunt (I think?), they reach an agreement to
pound the bad guys together. Belzef isn't phased- he merely orders some more
Egizosts to be deployed.

Now, about Mazinger Z- its forte is taking hits, not dodging them. However, in
comparison to tanking units of SRWs long past, it's not that impressive. That's
more or less par for the course for Neo. However, it's still a very nice unit
with some great attacking power when Mazin Power activates- it's just gonna take
some damage during the course of the battle. That's where the Diana Ace comes in
as it has a repair function, which you can and should use liberally to keep your
units in good shape.  RaijinOh will probably need some repairs right off the bat
so you should move down towards it to give it some help. The Diana Ace is, gasp,
pretty decent at combat. It won't do an incredible amount of damage, but it's
dodgy and survivable enough.

When you take down two more enemies, the Ionia arrives. Asuka recognizes them as
the robots they saw on the news, and Kakeru assures them that they've come to
help (or at least Amane does, Kakeru's getting a little too in to this hero of
justice thing to be all that coherent). Belzef still isn't worried and just
calls up some more monster friends. Goddamn. If this happens on the enemy phase,
don't worry- they won't be able to act on the same turn. Anyway, once the Ionia
arrives, try to evenly distribute experience and make sure everyone gets some
action. If your units get damaged (which they probably will), have Sayaka heal
'em up. When you finish up all of the enemies, the mission ends.

A note about the Ionia- it's bloody huge, which can make maneuvering it a big 
pain. Use Amane's Tailwind spell to increase it's movement if you have to.

A note about Mazin Power- it activates at 130 morale and increases all damage
done by 1.3x. Veeery handy.

A note about general defense- when you're on the defense, try to group your
allies together- this will prevent them from getting surrounded, and it will let
you use support defense. If both units are at full health, it's almost always
better to let another unit take the attack, then counterattack.

~~~

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Stage 2 intermission:

All of the units in the last mission have joined your squad (Except RaijinOh), 
and are now yours to upgrade. Honestly, all of the units you have except maybe 
Diana Ace will be tremendously useful the whole game through, so try to spread 
the love. When upgrading, prioritize HP, EN, and weapons- these statisitics 
won't go up as your pilots level up, while Defense and Evade will. With that
said, do what you will, and move on to the next stage.

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<STAGE 3>
vvvvvvvvv

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Allied units:

King Squasher (Ramuness)

Enemy units:

Monsquar Medusa x2
Monsquar Neptune x2

Allied reinforcements: Three enemies shot down

Ryu Mage Magidora (Paffy)
Ryu Ninja Bakuretsumaru (Sarutobi)
Ryu Priest Baurus (Izumi)

Enemy reinforcements: Three enemies shot down

Monsquar Medusa x3
Monsquar Neptune x3
Solid x3
Heavy Solid x1
Shuraj Ragasos Custom (Da Saida)

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!/Strategy/!
............

Awright, it's the Hero Lamuness against the forces of Da Saida! Your first real
concern is Castle Aaa, which you need to protect. It's got 7000 HP, so it can
take some punishment, but it's in your best interests to make sure nothing can
attack it. Fortunately, most of the enemies will focus on you regardless. You'll
want to use your Shield Boomerang and attack from beyond the range of the enemy,
if possible. It's a bit inaccurate against the Medusas, so you might whiff a few
times. If King Squasher gets damaged, DamaQ's Trust can heal it up fairly well.
You won't have any trouble hitting the somewhat ungainly neptunes. Feel free to
evade or defend if you think you should. I'm a cautious player, so I tend to do
so more than necessary. After a few battles, Ramuness should learn Guts, so you
can use that as well to heal yourself up.

When you take out all but one Monsquar, Da Saida starts to lose him patience and
deploys some more of them. Furthermore, a bunch of opportunistic bandits arrive
to loot the Aaa Kingdom. That ain't right, no sir. Paffy and her entourage think
so as well, and sortie in their Ryus: The Mage, the Ninja, and the Priest. The
worm has turned, gentlemen!

We're still rather outnumbered, but those solids are pathetic, and Izumi can
easily heal off the damage you take from the enemy with his Magical Healing-you
can access his spells by choosing the brown sparklies in the command menu. The
first will increase allied unit's defense, and the second will heal. Bunch up
and use Izumi's spells to triumph over these upstarts. Your Ryus are fun little
units- of special note is the Magidora. The name of the game for our spellcaster
is attack abilities- all of her attacks have special attributes- Knockback, the
game's only usable attack with Freeze, Fire, and Stun. The Bakuretsumaru is a
little straightforward in comparison, but it's got the most attack power of all
the units on the field, so hell.

Da Saida has quite a bit of HP, but is not particularly tough. If you are in a
group, he might use his MAP attack, but it's not particuarly powerful. When you
do fight him, use Sartobi's invincible and Paffy's Alert to avoid damage. If you
want to speed things along, surround him with your units- the siege system will
kick in and increase your damage output. When you shoot him down, Da Saida will
regenerate 4500 HP, but Ramuness will unlock King Squasher's sure-kill move,
King Squasher Hurricane, and bring him down to 750 HP. Shoot him down again- 
if you want to maximize your cash, have Paffy's sub pilot, Hagu Hagu, cast luck 
and do it with her. When you shoot down Da Saida (noooo ;_;), the mission ends.

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Stage 3 Intermission:

Well, sadly, your Earth Tear troops can't be upgraded. But you do get the parts
you earned last mission, so you can give Mazinger or Ionia your armored plate or
something. Aside from that, just upgrade as you want and move on.

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<STAGE 4>
vvvvvvvvv


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Allied units:

Merveille (Sharlie)

Enemy units:

Dragon Warrior Adoras x3
Dragon Warrior Metal Knight x2

Allied reinforcements: Turn Two

Mazinger Z
Diana Ace
Boss Borot (Boss)
RaijinOh

Allied reinforcements: Three enemies shot down/Turn 3

Liger

Allied reinforcements: Turn Four

Ionia
Sigzarl

Enemy reinforcements: Turn Two

Dragon Warrior Adoras x6

Enemy reinforcements: Three enemies shot down/Turn 3

Dragon Warrior Metal Knight x8

Dol Sadso

Enemy reinforcements: Turn Four

MaryuOh Dolga (Ryu dolga)

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!/Strategy/!
............

You'll probably recognize Sharlie and her Merveille from the introductory sword-
heist. It's her against some Drago Empire units- the Metal Knights are a new
variety- they're more powerful and more well armored, but not by a whole damn
lot. I reccomend landing the Merveille, the terrain affords some nice defensive
bonuses. Merveille's second most powerful attack, Meteor Sundown, has the anti-
ground skill, which will make it very effective against your land-based enemies.

On turn 2, the cavalry arrives- Mazinger Z, Diana Ace, Boss Borot(!!), and
RaijinOh. ...and as an NPC, OseKaiser. I really have no idea what his deal is,
but he's a big help. If you want to recruit him, you need to make sure he kills
no more than three enemies. At least, that's what the word on the street is.
He's pretty powerful, so this is easier said than done. Anyway, the enemies here
can take quite a bit of punishment because the lower levels of the crater have a
30% defense bonus. However, you can use this your advantage- if you use a knock
back attack like Mazinger Z's Whirlwind Rocket Punch, you can knock an enemy
down a level and deal 2000 extra damage. At this point, that's pretty much a
guaranteed KO.

Boss Borot is your first resupply unit, and it's a damn good one, actually. His
offense is somewhat lackluster, but he does have a powerful assault attack to
utilize. However, Boss has two subpilots with some good spirits, and being able
to resupply is an extremely useful (and rare) ability. If you want to prevent
Ose Kaiser from killing enemies, it's best to position yourself so that you're
at the edge of movement range and between OseKaiser and the enemies. It's tough,
but doable.

On turn 3, or when you knock out enough enemies, Liger will arrive to help out,
but so will Dol Sadso and some more metal knights. Not good, no sir. Ah well,
soldier on. She's not that big of a threat, but you'd do well to defend when she
attacks- she hits pretty hard if you don't, and she doesn't miss often.

On Turn 4, shit gets real- MaryuOh Dolga arrives, and he doesn't fuck around.
He's got a lot of HP, and he'll take damage like a champ. Fortunately, Kakeru
and Amane are on hand to help as well. Here's my advice- first off, finish off
the Metal Knights. Ken will be Ryu Dolga's target- have him defend. His fire
attack doesn't do a lot of damage if you defend, even if its fire effect is
activated.  Be sure to have the Diana Ace around to repair, or if worst comes to
worst, board the Ionia to undergo repairs there. 

Now, when you're ready to take on Dolga, SURROUND HIM. Seriously, you have no
idea how much easier this makes him. Trying to take him on without doing so is
ridiculously hard. Use defensive spirits like focus, alert, and invincible to
avoid his blistering counterattacks. Hitting him at all can be difficult, to top
off his high defense, so the hit bonus you get from surrounding him really helps
you out.

Now, here's where things get really interesting. When Dolga's hip starts to dip,
he acknowledges that you guys really are pretty good. But he transforms to his
Dragon Form and fully restores himself. First off, don't panic. He's actually a
bit easier in this form, because being airborne, he takes damage much easier,
and his morale resets to 100. Still, the fact that you have to do it -again- is
a real bitch. Fortunately, he'll retreat when his HP gets to about half. Pilots 
that have it might want to use Hot Blood to increase the damage they do. Dol
Sadso is much easier in comparison, but still a legitimate threat. The way you
deal with her is basically the same as Ryu Dolga, except without a second form
(thank god.) When both of those guys go down, as well as the other enemies, the
mission ends (finally).

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Stage 4 intermission:

Honestly, don't ask me what the hell is up with Osekaiser. If you got him, cool.
If not, well, I can't help you because the method for unlocking him is rather
unclear. At any rate, RaijinOh and Boss Borot are now part of your roster. At
very least, RaijinOh deserves your attention, and for my money, so is the borot.
When you're done with stuff, and you've saved, move on.

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It's time for a time-honored SRW tradition- Neo's first route split. The choice
pops up when the characters are talking outside of the house for the second time
so pay attention and don't scroll through the dialogue too quickly.

The A route covers the debut of Ganbarugar, with Sigzarl, Ionia, and RaijinOh.
The B route covers the debut of Gosaurer, with the Mazinger Team and Liger.

There's no advantage to one route over the other, so take your pick.

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<STAGE 5A>
vvvvvvvvvv


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Allied units:

Ionia
Sigzarl

Enemy units:

Dogan
Yoroidel

Allied reinforcements: All enemies shot down

Ganbarugar (Kotaroh)

Allied reinforcements: All enemies shot down



Enemy reinforcements: One enemy shot down

Dogan x2

Enemy reinforcements: All enemies shot down

Dogan x2
Yoroidel

Enemy reinforcements: All enemies shot down

Egizost x4

Enemy reinforcements: One Egizost shot down

Jack Satan (Belzef)

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Some more Eldoran hijinks. He's a busy guy. At any rate, Kotaroh and his dad
seemed to have accidentally let out an ancient evil sealed beneath a boulder.
Our man in blue put things to rights, but not before it sent out an agent to do
its bidding. Said fella summons up some mythical beasts and starts wrecking shit
up. Kakeru and Amane aren't having this- it's go time. The Dogan/Yoroidel pair
is pretty easy to deal with, all things considered. Take out one, and two more
will appear. No big thing. Take those out, and three more will appear. Somewhat
bothersome, but Ganbarugar combines, so things are evened out. Ganbarugar is
absurdly dodgy for a multi-pilot robot of that kind, but sacrifices armor and
attack power for it. It's extra evasiveness puts it on equal footing with the
other Eldoran units, as well as an advantage that becomes apparent later in the
game.

When those folks go down, Belzef and his Egizost contingents arrive to take
advantage of your distracted state. No big things, really. Take 'em down as you
did in mission 2. Of course, things rarely go as planned. When you shoot down
one of them, Ganbarugar rushes over to a building to save our little cameragirl
from certain death- it's promptly surrounded by Egizosts. Fortunately, Raijinoh
to the rescue- it takes care of them all in one fell swoop. However... Belzef
has a surprise for you. He deploys in his brand spanking new machine, the Jack
Satan.

He's a pretty tough cookie,weighing in at 40K HP. Given that you're working with
a skeleton crew this mission, it can be daunting. Fortunately, he's easier than
MaryuOh Dolga by a goodly margin. Surround him and pound on him, and be sure to
protect yourself with defensive spells. Don't engage him from the air! His Jack
Crystal Beam has anti-air properties, which will fuck you up if you attack from
the sky. He also has a MAP attack, but it's not too threatening, as it has a
fairly narrow area of effect. Your battle with him will probably take a few
turns to conclude, given that he has quite a bit of endurance and he can dodge,
too. When he goes down, the stage ends.

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Stage 5 Intermission: Sadly, Ganbarugar hasn't joined you yet, though GoSaurer
has, so give it some love. Aside from that, not much to say. Upgrade and equip
as you want and move on. You'll be using some new units next mission.

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<STAGE 5B>
vvvvvvvvvv


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Allied units:

Mazinger Z
Diana Ace
Boss Borot
Liger

Enemy units:

Balanced Bolt Robo x 5
Gatling Bolt Robo x3
Sword Bolt Robo x2

Allied reinforcements: Six enemies shot down

GoSaurer (Kenichi)

Enemy reinforcements: Six enemies shot down

HyperDeathBolt (Denki Oh)
Balanced Bolt Robo x4

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!/Strategy/!
............

The Machine Empire has somehow turned the ocean into machinery, and now they're
gunning for YET ANOTHER school. It's up to our super robots to defend it- if an
enemy unit enters the glowing area, it's game over, so be careful. The Bolt Robo
enemies come in three varieties the game doesn't have the curtosy to distinguish
via name- the balanced version has both a sword and galting guns, but is the
weakest of the three. The Gatling Robos have no sword, but are strong at range,
and the sword bolt robos can be attacked from a distance easily, but have a lot
of endurance and hit hard close up. While you don't want to fight too near to
the school, as that's pretty risky, it's best not to charge ahead, either. The
bolt robos are actually pretty powerful, so it's best not to take them on all at
once.

When you down six enemies, Denki Oh, the leader of the attack, decides to stop
playing around. He sorties in his Hyper Death Bolt, which is bad news. He's a
damn strong guy, and with our forces divided, Mazinger and company are in for a
rough time. However, Kenichi and his friends sortie in GoSaurer's component
machines- which are a bit much for them to handle. Ken takes a couple of hits
from Denki Oh to cover for Kenichi, who then combines with his friends to create
The Greatest Hotblooded Warrior: GoSaurer!


Now, GoSaurer is a pretty sturdy unit, and it can dodge if necessary, but it's
real forte is its attacking power, which is very high. It has some powerful
attacks at its disposal, including the very powerful post movement Saurer
Bomber. Of the Eldoran machines, it's probably the most offensively powerful,
but RaijinOh has balance and Energy Regen on its side. Ganbarugar has less armor
and attack power than both, but is very good at evasion, and has a notable
advantage that will become clear quite a bit later in the game.

Anyway, back to the fight. Clean up the Bolt Robos- and don't worry about Denki
Oh's inauspicious position- he will focus on attacking and won't really bother
with the school. He's a powerful foe, but he's not MaryuOh Dolga powerful. This
is good, because you don't have all that many units to work with- surround him
with your support units, then let loose with Liger, Mazinger, and GoSaurer. Z's
breast fire, combined with Mazin Power and Hot Blood, will do a lot of damage to
him. He'll run away when his HP gets low. Don't bother trying to shoot him down,
unless you're on new game plus or something. When you everything's gone, the
mission ends. 

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Stage 5 Intermission: Sadly, Ganbarugar hasn't joined you yet, though GoSaurer
has, so give it some love. Aside from that, not much to say. Upgrade and equip
as you want and move on. You'll be using some new units next mission.

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<STAGE 6>
vvvvvvvvv

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Allied units:

Getter Robo (Ryouma/Hayato/Benkei)

Enemy units:

Cloud Oni x3

Allied reinforcements: Two Enemies shot down

Braigar (Kid)
God Gundam (Domon)

Enemy reinforcements: Two Enemies shot down

Cloud Oni x5
Metal Knight x4

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!/Strategy/!
............

It's New Getter's SRW debut, no doubt many of you have been waiting for this. It
seems the J9 had a hand in rounding up the pilots. Anyway, Getter's a little
overmatched at the moment, but you've gotta take the enemy on. Fortunately, our
machine is equipped with a repair stone S and an energy stone S, which you can
use if things get hairy. Now, Getter can change forms- 1 is fairly balanced in
evasion, defense, and attack power. 2 is focused on dodging, and has an assault
attack. 3 takes hits very well, and has high attack power, but has some issues
with accuracy and is almost incapable of dodging. Getter 1 is probably the best
suited for the current task. Land it, then hop down into the forest. I would
reccomend that you cast both focus and Iron Wall- your Oni foes are rather tough
to deal with at this point, and they'll surround you pretty easily.

When you take down two enemies, Abe no Seimei decides to liven things up. And by
liven things up I mean jesus christ that's a lot of bad guys. Not to worry- the
Cosmo Rangers J9, and the King of Hearts, are both here to help you out!


Braigar is a fairly traditional multi-pilot machine- it might seem a little bit
short on attacks to use, but it actually has both an Assault attack and a MAP
attack at its disposable. It can take hits well, and dodge if focus is applied.
God Gundam might seem a little unimpressive, but when it hits 130 morale, it
enters hypermode, which increases his damage output, dodging prowess, and armor.
It also unlocks several new attacks, including one of the game's best Assault
attacks. Braigar can also transform into smaller, less powerful, but far more
mobile forms.

For now, you should all group together and let the enemy come to you. The metal
knights are tough if they're in the forest, but you can use knockback attacks to
make them fall off cliffs, which does a lot of damage.  Feel free to use your
MAP/Assault attacks, if an opportunity presents itself. This isn't as difficult
as it looks, fortunately. Stick together and be ready to support defend, and you
should make it out fine. The mission ends when all of the enemies are shot down.

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Stage 6 Intermission:

In something of a dick move, none of the units you just used are available to
tinker with. Alas and alack. Fortunately, the money and parts you earned from
defending the laboratory are yours to do what you will with. Do so, and move on.
Be sure to save- the next stage is kind of a doozy.

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<STAGE 7 Part one>
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Allied units:

Getter Robo
Braigar
God Gundam

Enemy units:

Cloud Oni x12

Allied reinforcements: None

Enemy reinforcements: None

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!/Strategy/!
............

Perhaps the only mission in the game wherein what you see is what you get, your
goal is to break through the Oni ranks and escape. But given that you start at
150 morale, and you have three units with Assault Attacks in great position, you
might as well take them all out. Blast through them- this is rather simple- you
won't kill them on the first go around (except with Domon, he's awesome like
that), so be ready for the counterattack. If you choose to assault with Hayato,
be prepared to be surrounded. You may want to cast hotblood with Ryouma to
guarantee that you take out the Oni you break through. When all units have
either reached the glowing white area or all enemies are shot down, this part of
the mission ends.

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<STAGE 7 Part two>
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Allied units:

Ganbarugar

Enemy units:

Dogan x2
Yoroidel

Allied reinforcements: Turn 2

Ionia
Sigzarl
RaijinOh
Liger
Up to 4 other units

Allied reinforcements: 5 enemies remain

God Gundam
Getter Robo
Braigar

Enemy reinforcements: Turn 2

Yoroidel x3
Dragon Warrior Adoras x2
Metal Knight x4
Dol Gaisto
MaryuOh Dolga

Enemy reinforcements: 6 enemies shot down

Merveille (Sharlie)
Slave Graso x5

Enemy reinforcements: 5 enemies remain

Cloud Oni x5
Dogan x3
Yoroidel x2

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!/Strategy/!
............

If you took the A route two missions ago, this should seem familiar. If not, say
hello to Ganbarugar, the dodgy one of the Eldoran robots. At any rate, go on and
take care of the Mythical Beasts. On Turn 2, the Ionia arrives, and so do some
Drago Empire troops, complete with MaryuOh Dolga. Now, this stage introduces a
changed mechanic- Deployment! The game will -not- prompt you to deploy your
forces- to deploy, you've got to select the Ionia and then select the deploy
command- the blue reverse arrow. Get your units ready to roll, and take the
fight to the enemy. You can deploy after the Ionia's turn has ended, so you may
want to move it first, then deploy, so you get to the enemies quicker.

Dol Gaisto is a new face, but he's about the same as Dol Sadso, in terms of his
endurance and attack power. He's a bit tougher, but not by much. MaryuOh dolga
has a bit more HP, but given the much less troublesome terrain cover, he'll most
likely be easier this time. Of course, it's not that simple- most likely, before
you even get to him, you'll trigger the appearance of Sharlie and her Slave Pods
rolled out brand spanking new for Neo. Cute little guys, aren't they? I feel bad
blowing them up. They start out pretty far away, so don't worry too much. Our
friend Sharlie has pretty low HP, all things considered. If you surround her,
she should go down in a couple of strong hits. She can dodge, though, so be
aware.

As the battle rages on, Dol Gaisto will most likely encroach upon you. He's got
a MAP attack, and it can wreak havoc if you bunch up, but it's not -that- hard
to deal with if you've got Diana Ace on hand to repair. When you shoot down the
MaRyuOh Dolga, it'll perform it's transformation trick again. Keep at it- if you
have him surrounded, he can't do much. If not, he might use his Assault attack,
which hurts. A lot. Sharlie also has a MAP attack, but it doesn't hurt as much
as Dol Gaisto's.

When you chip down the enemy's numbers, Yaminorius summons up some more Dogans
and Yoroidels. Furthermore, some of those incorrigible Onis arrive on the scene.
On the bright side, the Saotome Lab team is here as well. Cleaning up the extra
riff-raff shouldn't pose much of a problem at this point, but don't be afraid to
dock your units on the Ionia if they're running low on HP and EN and your repair
and resupply units can't handle the load. Slow and steady wins the race- you're
never really in any danger of losing all of your resources in Neo, so take a few
turns to recover if you need to. When all of the enemies -finally- hit the dirt,
The Saotome Lab team meets up with the Ionia. But Sharlie, AKA Donut Girl, is
absolutely adamant about getting the Armdafasdoma back and will not quit. This
gets Kakeru pretty annoyed, but Abe no Seimei arrives before anything else can
happen.

...and shit gets pretty strange. He opens up a hole in reality and sends the
entirety of our squad to parts unknown.

Sweet Christmas, it's always something.

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Stage 7 intermission: Our roster has seemingly shrunk! What devilry is this!?
Worry not, we'll get everyone back soon enough. For now, make sure that the few
units you do have are upgraded and equipped well, especially the Sigzarl.

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<STAGE 8 Part 1>
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Allied units:

Sigzarl

Enemy units:

Solid x4
heavy Solid x1

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!/Strategy/!
............

If you're a Ryu Knight fan, you'll appreciate the little bit of narration as we
enter Earth Tear properly for the first time. Anyway, a somewhat discombulated
Kakeru finds himself being preyed upon by some roving bandits in... Solids. Ha.
Don't make me laugh, fellas. Using focus, this should be cake. Your Sig Blade
and Sig Cavalry should take them out in a single hit. When you take out three of
them... what appears to be a Penguin in an Army Jacket in a Penguin Machine made
primarily of balls appears and takes what remains of his lackeys with him.

All's well that ends well?

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<STAGE 8 Part two>
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Allied units:

King Squasher

Enemy units:

Monsquar Medusa x2
MOnsquar Neptune x2
Shuraj Ragasos Custom (Da Saida)

Allied reinforcements: Turn 2

Ryu Knight Zephyr (Adeu)

Allied reinforcements: 4 enemies shot down

Ionia
Sigzarl
Mazinger Z
RaijinOh
Hark Custom Attack Bomber Model (Cocoa)
Two other units

Enemy reinforcements: Turn 2

Solid x6
Heavy Solid x2
Penpader (Zanbar)

Enemy reinforcements: 4 enemies shot down

Monsquar Medusa x3
Monsquar Neptune x3

Enemy reinforcements: Da Saida shot down

Slave Graso x6
Slave Guns x 4
Slave Hammer x5
Slave Flyer x2
Brukerima x2
Brukerima (Ribaris)

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!/Strategy/!
............

Looks like our heroes have met up with Ramuness! Da Saida is still out to get
our boy, but he'll not have much sucess. I would reccomend you move King
Squasher back a bit- there's better defenses inside the Paffrician Marketplace,
and the town's walls will keep you from getting flanked. Though the Monsquars
don't seem too intent on moving...

On turn 2, Zanbar, our Penguin (Half beast, according to him) friend, is here to
cause some havoc and loot the place. He brings along some more pansy-ass Solids
to help him out, and Ramuness is looking a little outnumbered. HOWEVER!

Here's one lesson from the ethos of chivalry! A knight must always protect the
weak!

It's a bit of a stretch to call Ramuness weak, but he could definitely use the
help. Meet Ryu Knight Zephyr and Adeu the Sonic! Being a knight, Zephyr is a
melee machine, complete with an assault attack and a knockback attack he can use
right off the bat. It's not the most durable of machines, but it can take hits
and dodge as necessary, especially with shield defense. Also, something I forgot
to mention earlier- the King Squasher has two new attacks: Summon Silgos, an
anti-air attack that packs quite a punch, and summon Zeirom, an assault attack.
Feel free to use either if you need to. You're pretty outnumbered, so play it
safe. The Solids are aboslutely no threat individually, but in numbers, a few
lucky hits can start taking their toll.

This becomes a moot point anyway, as when you take out 4 enemies (or two of Da
Saida's Monsquars, not sure which), Kakeru, Gin and Kouji decide to help out.
The Ionia arrives to kick some ass, for the first in Earth Tear! Also, there is
the Hark Custom Attack Bomber Model. Despite its name, the attack bomber is an
absolutely excellent support unit, but isn't much on offense. It's the only unit
in the game with both Repair and Resupply. It's also pretty beefy, capable of
taking hits pretty well, and has two pilots with good support spells. Cocoa's
special skill also increases the hit and evade of units around her, which is
very useful. At any rate, from here, things are more or less pretty standard, at
least compared to last mission. None of the enemies here should give you much
trouble- Da Saida and Zanbar don't have much HP at all. The way you approach the
task of taking out your enemies is up to you. You can take the fight to them or
let the foes come to you, either way is fine.

Also, as an aside, this is probably the first mission where you'll see Neo's
gloriously goofy pathing AI come in to play. The AI controlled bandits seem to
be dumbfounded by the unfathomable maze of houses and streets. Truly, we would
be in dire straights if they could fly. This is both funny and kind of annoying
at the same time, because it can make fights drag on longer than they need to.
Often, you'll see a hapless cannon fodder unit just sit there for a few seconds
as you listen to the disc churning away, trying to figure out the best way to
send the poor bastard to his or her death.

Just a bit of an aside, pay me no  mind.

Something of an important note- if you shoot down Da Saida, Sanbar and his squad
will turn tail and run, so if you want their cash and items, save his overgrown
fish for last.

Of course, it's not over yet. Da Saida tries a desperate move- he sends one of
his remaining monsquars, equipped with a powerful bomb, towards the castle.
Fortunately, Ramuness and DamaQ manage to summon up Brenton, which becomes a new
attack for King Squasher- which he uses to great effect. But...

Say hello to some more original enemies! We've got some more Slave Pod variants
to deal with here- here's a quick rundown. The Slave Grasos, which you've faced
before, are the easiest to deal with, lacking much armor or attack power. The
Slave Guns are rather annoying- they've got fairly powerful attacks, long range,
and decent HP reserves. The most durable of the Slave Pod family, the Slave
Hammer, is strong at close range, but can be easily dealt with from a distance.
The Slave Flyers have the advantage of flight and mobility, but otherwise aren't
too strong. The Brukerima carriers have quite a bit of HP (on par with Da Saida)
but don't take damage that well, and can't dodge at all. Given that all they are
are giant goddamn menacing faces with missile launchers. Ribaris, whose hair is
enviably color coordinated, is in a slightly stronger Brukerima. Your target is
him- if you want to end the mission quickly, gun for Ribaris. If you want to
reap the rewards of carnage, however, you would do well to leave him for last.
Don't forget to redeploy Diana Ace and Boss Borot- they get tucked back in the
ship after you take down Da Saida.

Your forces are probably a little battered and bruised, but while your enemies
are numerous, you have the advantage of morale and a good defensive position. If
you utilize this fact, along with your healers, you should prevail without an
undue amount of difficulty. The game's throwing these longer missions at you
pretty fast and hard for so early in the game- don't get discouraged, they're
profitable!

...I should be telling myself that, I need it more. @_@ 

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Stage 8 Intermission:

Well, that's done. I'd save my game first thing if I were you, that was another
long one. Zephyr, King Squasher, and the Attack Bomber have all joined you and
are yours to tinker with! They're all excellent units that will serve you well
throughout your battles, so give 'em some love.

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<STAGE 9>
vvvvvvvvv

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Allied units:

Magidora
Baurus
Bakuretsumaru

Enemy units:

Solid x2
Heavy Solid x3

Allied reinforcements: All enemies shot down

GoSaurer
Fire Liger

Allied reinforcements: 3 enemies shot down

Ionia
Zephyr
King Squasher
10 unit deployment limit

Enemy reinforcements: All Enemies shot down

Slave Graso x2
Slave Guns x2
Slave Flyer x2
Slave Hammer
Slave Arrow

Enemy Reinforcements: 3 enemies shot down

Cloud Oni x5

Enemy reinforcements: All enemies shot down/Ionia reaches the designated area

Cloud Oni x 8

Enemy reinforcements: 7 enemies remain

Slave Guns x 5
Slave Hammer x 3
Dark Knight Shidel (Galden)

............
!/Strategy/!
............


Well isn't -that- an intriguingly shaped rock formation? Alas, Paffy and her
entourage don't have the time or inclination to ponder the meaning of this new
development, partly because they've got no idea of the shape's significance and
mostly because some bandits in solids are threatening them and their new friend
Bras. Time to lay down some MAGICAL PUNISHMENT.

This is more or less a similar scenario to when you first used these three,
though Ramuness and King Squasher are currently chilling on board the Ionia. The
terrain hereabouts provides some good cover, especially higher up, so even the
less-than-durable Solids might take a hit or two to down. Of course, on the flip
side of this issue is that your enemies won't make much of a dent in your HP,
especially with Izumi and his group healing on hand. The bandits should fall
easily.

Of course, a certain ugly crone arrives to rain on our parade. She deploys some
Slave Pods, which is a bit strange, because the Elsost army is nowhere to be
found. There's a new model- the Slave Arrow. Defensively the weakest of the lot,
it nonetheless has some big guns on it.  I'm not really sure what its deal is-
maybe it has a MAP attack? I hate how the game doesn't let you look at enemy
attacks.

At any rate, things look a little grim for our now rather outnumbered Ryu users-
but ever the allies of justice, Ken and the Saurers are on hand to set things
right. Ken even starts out changed to Fire Liger. A word of caution- these slave
pods are accurate beyond what you've seen so far- that's because of the terrain
elevation and the 20% accuracy bonus it affords. Be careful.

When you take down three enemies, the Ionia arrives- but so do some of those
unsavory Oni. They've come to the same conclusion we have, and start beating the
crap out of the suspiciously shaped statue. It is, indeed, Getter 1- Hayato and
Benkei, ever quick on the uptake, realize they need to get to it before the Oni
totally trash it. To that end, get the Ionia to the glowing white area within
three turns or its game over. It's not a strict time limit at all, so you should
be fine, even if you trigger the Ionia's arrival on an enemy phase. Use Amane's
Tailwind spell to speed up if you have to. The Oni are easier to deal with than
the Slave Pods, because they're airborne. Remember, deployment is manual! Don't
leave your forces in the Ionia! You'll have to leave some units to leave on
standby in the hangar this mission, but remember that you can swith them out at
any time by docking units already deployed.

NOTE: It's a losing condition if you let a Ryu user get shot down, so do be as
careful as you can with them.

When you do get the Ionia squared away, Hayato and Benkei will... leap to Getter
1's head and board it. The Getter Team's back in business! ..well, except that
Ryouma asshole, god knows where he got off to. Thanks to his absences, the forms
available to you are significantly weaker than they were a couple of missions
ago, so be wary.

As the battle goes on, the fella behind the Slave Pods arrives- Galden in his
Dark Knight Shidel, along with yet more Slave Pods to deal with. This guy's
packing heat, so he is. The Dark Knight is a powerful foe- aside from MaryuOh
Dolga, the strongest you've faced thus far. Be careful, he's got an Assault
attack to use on you, and he's generally a skilled pilot. Still, general tactics
apply- surround him, preferably in a way so that he can't use his assault attack
then let loose with your strongest moves. When his HP gets low, he'll regenerate
about 13000 HP. What a pain. Still, at that point, he should be on the ropes
regardless. When his HP dips low (again), he'll retreat. What an asshole! Get
back here, damn it!

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Stage 9 intermission:

-Finally-, Getter Robo is yours to upgrade and equip, along with Paffy and her
Ryu user entourage. Of course, without Ryouma, the thing's not quite up to snuff
and all- thing needs three pilots, not two. Auto pilot can only do so much. At
any rate, give your new units some attention, and get ready for a stage that can
be a real pain in the ass.

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<STAGE 10>
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Allied units:

Mach Windy

Enemy units:

Gold Arm
Gold Foot
Gold Mask

Allied reinforcements: One Gold Brother's HP reduced by about... 20%?

Ganbarugar

Allied reinforcements: 1 enemy remains

God Gundam

Allied reinforcements: One turn after Enemy reinforcements 2

Ionia
12 unit deployment limit

Enemy reinforcements: One Gold Brother's HP reduced by about... 20%?

Death Army Mobile Suit x6

Enemy reinforcements: 1 enemy remains

Death Army Mobile Suit x4
Gold Arm
Gold Foot
Gold Mask

Enemy reinforcements: One turn after Enemy reinforcements 2

Death Army Mobile Suit x5
Death Birdie x6

Enemy reinforcements: 5 enemies remain

Death Army Mobile Suit x2
Death Birdie x3

Enemy reinforcements: 5 enemies remain

Death ARmy Mobile Suit x2
Death Birdie x3

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!/Strategy/!
............

On a floating baseball field in the sky, we find Mach Windy searching a certain
Magnum Ace. However, the only folks forthcoming are the Gold Brothers- who don't
seem to be normal in the head. Looks like Windy's gotta fight 'em off on his own
somehow. I reccomend staying put. The pitcher's mound Windy's on will give you a
nice accuracy boost. Mach Windy attacks with his trusty soccer ball- he's quick
and light on his feet, though at the end of the game, his lack of firepower will
probably dissuade you from using him much. But for now, and for many missions to
come, he's a valuable asset to the team. Hold out as best you can against the 3
Gold Brothers. It's best to counterattack and knock down their HP- focus on one
Brother. Mask will probably be your first target. When you do some damage to the
brother of choice (about 4500 in my case for Gold Mask), he regenerates the
damage somehow. Things are getting fishier by the moment. Fortunately, the Ganba
Team is on hand to even things out. However, the Gold Brothers have a trick up
their sleeve...

It's the Death Army. How, why, and when are beyond my knowledge, but somehow, DG
cells made their way to Earth Tear. This is bad news. At least the Three Golds
retreat to the top of the cliff to observe for a while. First thing you want to
do is BACK UP. You do not not NOT want to engage the death army at close range.
Their beam rifles aren't particularly powerful, but if they attack you with the
melee attack, they will do severe damage and, worse, knock you back, which, if
you're bunched together, can cause yet more damage. Do be careful.

When you have the enemy on the ropes, another quartet arrives. However, someone
with an axe to grind in regards to the DG Cells is also on hand- Domon and his
God Gundam are on the case! The Gold Brothers join the fray again, but don't
worry- help is on the way. The turn afterwards, the Ionia arrives, as do some
more Death Army suits. It's time to pay those gold brothers back in full.

Though that will probably have to wait. You'll want to go after the enemies in
the back to build up your morale and SP before you take the three Iron Leaguers
on. And there's no shortage- two more waves of Death Army grunts will appear as
the battle rages on for you to cut your teeth on. The Death Birdies are quite
dangerous foes- they've got a strong attack from any range, and they're more
durable than the grounded foes. When you're ready, take on the Gold Brothers.
Fortunately, they're not too tough or powerful- you can take down Mask and Foot
pretty easily, though Arm's a tough customer. Foot only has one attack, and that
attack is a tad weak, so you might want to prioritize the others over him. The
mission ends when all three gold brothers are shot down.

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Stage 10 intermission:

As you might expect, Ganbarugar, God Gundam, and Mach Windy are now yours for
the tinkering. Joyous news! Priority goes to the two Gs, but if you're a fan of
the Leaguers (like Milk), feel free to give Windy some love too. The next stage
isn't quite as taxing as this one, fortunately. You might want to equip Adeu's
Zephyr with some accuracy boosting parts.

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<STAGE 11 Part 1>
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Allied units:

Ryu Knight Zephyr

Enemy units:

Ryu Chief Shine Baram (Gratches)

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!/Strategy/!
............

Well, Adeu is clamoring for a fight with the White Wolf, Gratches. Gratches is a
very nice guy, but not really given to meaningless exhibitions of violence. Upon
seeing that Adeu was chosen by a Ryu, however, he decides to see for himself why
that's the case. At any rate, it's a one on one duel with the White Wolf. You
don't have to win this fight- either when Zephyr's or Shine Baram's HP reaches
critical, the fight automatically ends in Gratches's favor. If you want to give
a good showing of yourself, move back into the forest and let him come to you.
Without the aid of focus or strike, Gratches is a tough target to nail, and he's
got quite a bit of defense, too. Either way, this part of the mission ends after
the event.

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<STAGE 11 Part 2>
vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

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Allied units:

Ryu Chief Shine Baram (Gratches)
Liger
Ionia
8 Unit deployment limit (Adeu and Domon Unavailable)

Enemy units:

Dragon Warrior Adoras x9
Metal Knight x5

Allied reinforcements: 5 enemies remain

Zephyr
God Gundam

Enemy reinforcements: 5 enemies remain


dragon warrior Adoras x5
metal knight x6
Dol Sadso
MaryuOh Dolga

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!/Strategy/!
............

The Drago empire has arrived to lay waste to the Shrine Gratches is protecting,
for whatever reason- and it's up to us to help him do it. It's game over if the
enemy reaches the shrine, so don't stray too far from it- you'll be getting some
enemy reinforcements from the rear later. Form up, wait in the forest, and let
them come to you- you've faced these enemies many times before.

(Technically, this mission isn't a two parter, but it might as well be.)

Naturally, things don't go quite as planned. After you take out most of the
enemy force, Dol Sadso will arrive with some... rather inopportunely placed
reinforcements. Told you not to stray too far from the shrine. Anyway, a rather
distracted Gratches gets caught off guard by the new arrivals and gets smacked
around a bit- but Adeu's on hand to help out, as is his new tutor, Domon (fuck
yes sons).  Alas, Ryu Dolg is also here. Time to pull back and protect the
shrine. Dol Sadso is your immediate concern, however.

If you can swing it, have Izumi cast attune on Adeu or someone else with a knock
back attack and send her a few spaces away from the shrine. Given Neo's goofy AI
pathing, it might not be necessary, but better safe than sorry. If you can't, no
worries, just make sure she doesn't have a clear path. Almost without exception,
enemies are more interested in fighting you than heading for their goal, so it
shouldn't be too hard to attain victory at this point. Your only major spots of
bother are Dol Sadso and the ever tenacious Ryu Dolg and his Maryuoh Dolga. Dol
Sadso isn't tough at all and should go down quickly- of course, Master Dolg is a
different kettle of fish and he still knows his transformation trick. When you
shoot him down, he'll change to his dragon form.

Ryu Dolg's resolve and fighting ability are truly impressive, and Liger starts
to take some heavy damage. However, the twins Yui and Mai combine their powers
and pray for a miracle... which comes in the shape of a giant flying blue pony.
You know what? I'll take what I can get, goddamn. Anyway, Liger unlocks a new
form- he mounts his steed Vegalda and takes the fight to Ryu Dolg! This is an
excellent form that will serve you well- it's quite an upgrade from Fire Liger,
and better still, it's got two excellent subpilots, the twins. It'll be a strong
part of your force for many missions to come. Continue your beatdown of MaryuOh
Dolga as per normal. He'll fall fairly easily, now that he's airborne and his
morale meter has reset- and now that you've got Vegalda. When you bring him down
at last, Ken moves to finish him off. It's not to be- Dol Sadso blocks the blow
and retreats with Ryu Dolg. On the bright side, the mission ends after that.

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Stage 11 intermission:

Sadly, Gratches and his Ryu Chief have stayed beind to guard the shrine, as is
their job. They won't join your asskicking squad for a good while. No new units
to tinker with either, unless you want to admire Vegalda Liger in all of its
equine glory. Make sure New Getter is well equipped, it's got some work to do
next mission...

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<STAGE 12>
vvvvvvvvvV

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Allied units:

GoShogun (Shingo)

Enemy units:

Cloud Oni x5

Allied reinforcements: Two Enemies shot down

Ryu Samurai Hayatemaru (Gesshin)

Allied reinforcements: Three enemies shot down

Ionia
Getter Robo (Now with 100% more Ryouma)
Sigzarl
King Squasher
8 unit deployment limit

Allied reinforcements: 6 enemies remain

Unit deployment limit increases to 9

Allied reinforcements: All 3 towers destroyed

Unit limit increases to 10

Enemy reinforcements: Two Enemies shot down

Cloud Oni x2

Enemy reinforcements: Three enemies shot down

Dragon Warrio Adoras x8
Metal Knight x3

Enemy reinforcements: 6 enemies remain

Cloud Oni x2
Monsquar Neptune x2
Monsquar Medusa x4
Shuraj Ragasos Custom (Da Saida)
Abe no Seimei

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............
!/Strategy/!
............

GoShogun out of fuckin' nowhere. Don't ask me what it's doing in Earth Tear, I
don't think Shingo and the crew know themselves. At any rate, time to fight some
Oni. Move GoShogun on to one of the darker patches of ground- they give the best
defensive cover. Cast Iron Wall and go to town. When you take out two enemies,
two more pop up to take their places. Fortunately, Gesshin and his Ryu Samurai
arrive, with a robot-less Ryouma in tow. The odds are a bit more even now, so
get back to the carnage.

When you shoot down three more enemies, the Ionia and Getter Robo reach Abe no
Seimei's fortress as well. The Getter Team is officially open for business. And
the business is violence against everything that moves. I shouldn't need to tell
you what you should do next, so get to it.

Alas, as the Drago Empire units start becoming thin in numbers, the incorrigible
Da Saida arrives with some Monsquars. That's no big deal, but something else...
kind of is. Abe no Seimei himself is on the scene, and his monstrosity of a unit
clocks in at 80K HP. Even worse, he's set up three magical pillars that will
harass you by reducing several random units by 10% of their HP once per turn.
Pain in the ass. Fortunately, the game lets you deploy another unit.

First thing is first- deal with the nearby Monsquars so you don't get flanked.
The magical pillars are annoying, but tolerable- you should down them ASAP, but
don't feel like you need to go out of your way and bumrush them. However, they
won't always zap you- on certain turns (every third turn, I think) they'll glow
and summon two Cloud Oni to the field. If you're the type that likes to milk a
mission for everything it's worth, leaving one spire alive til the very end of
the mission could be profitable. I don't think it will summon enemies endlessly,
but it will go on for quite a while.

At any rate, the 3 pillars will harrass you for quite a while until you get rid
of them, which isn't too hard. They've got 15K HP a piece, but they can't
counterattack you at all, and they have no defensive terrain bonuses. Speaking
of 15K HP enemies, Da Saida will also be harassing you. Feel free to take him
out at your leisure- his defeat won't trigger anything. When you blast down the
three pain-in-the-ass spires, Lamuness will unlock his new summon attack, which
is a medium in power between Silcos and Brenton, but has the handy Stun attack
attribute. Now, to deal with Seimei...

Abe no Seimei is absolutely monstrous, especially for this point in the game.
The defensive terrain, his high HP, and most importantly, his magical barrier
that cuts all attacks in half make him incredibly tough to bring down. His
offense is nothing to scoff at, either, and he has a MAP attack to use on your
hapless troops as well.

To defeat this strange, strange man, you need to surround him, as usual. Use
support attacks as well- every bit of damage you can squeeze out is important.
One of Boss's subpilots knows Disturbance, which cuts enemy hit rates by 30%-
you'll want to use that to make his counterattacks a bit less dangerous. Unleash
your full force on him- he probably won't fall in the first turn, though by the
second, he should go down. I reccomend having Remy (GoShogun's female subpilot)
or Izumi casting luck on the unit you have do the deed. When Seimei falls, he'll
try to use one of the three Armed Phantomas (apparently the official name for
the previously incomprehensible sword) to get himself out of the jam, but Kakeru
is having none of it and takes it for himself. This powers up the Sigzarl and
the Ionia- the Sigzarl gains a general increase to stats and a shield, while the
Ionia gains the Protecting Light, which reduces damage done when it defends.
Very nice. With that, the mission ends.

*Note: It's a losing condition to have any of the forcedly deployed units shot
down, so be careful.

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Stage 12 intermission:

Getter Robo's finally back in the swing of things, and our originals have been
powered up, but aside from that, not much has changed back at the ranch. Do your
upgrading and whatnot, then move on.

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<STAGE 13 Part 1>
vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

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Allied units:

Ryu Gunner Derringer (Katz)

Enemy units:

Solid x2
Heavy Solid
Penpader (Zanbar)

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............
!/Strategy/!
............

The merchant Katz has found herself a bit of trouble with Zanbar and his gang-
but she's a Ryu user as well, so it looks like the Penguin-man's bit off a tad
more than he can chew.

...except not. The Derringer is absolutely terrible, hands down the worst unit
in the game. It -will- get better quite a bit later in the game, but it is quite
frankly not worth using at all until then. Alas, we've got no one else to use,
so get to blowing up the Solids. Blow up two of them to end the mission. Katz
doesn't have any useful spells to use right here either, so be careful. Still,
this battle won't take long. Zanbar will call up some more reinforcements, but
the Ionia's conveniently timed crash landing and the susequent deployment of its
death machines takes the wind out of his sails and he runs away.

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<STAGE 13 Part 2>
vvvvvvvvvVvvvvvvv

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Allied units:

Attack Bomber (temporary mothership)
King Squasher
GoSaurer
Derringer
11 unit deployment limit

Enemy units:

Monsquar Medusa x5
Monsquar Neptune x3
Monsquar Neptune (Da Saida)

Allied reinforcements: Queen Saidarone reduced to 50% HP

MagmaSaurer (Kenta)

Enemy reinforcements: Five enemies remain

Solid x5
Heavy Solid x3
Penpader (Zanbar)

Enemy reinforcements: Turn 3

Monsquar Medusa x2
Monsquar Neptune x2


Enemy reinforcements: Turn 4

Monsquar Medusa x2
Monsquar Neptune x2

Enemy reinforcements: Turn 5

Monsquar Medusa x2
Monsquar Neptune x2


Enemy reinforcements: Turn 6

Monsquar Medusa x2
Monsquar Neptune x2

Enemy reinforcements: Da Saida Shot down

Monsquar Medusa x7
Monsquar Neptune x7
Monsquar Neptune (Reska)
Queen Saidarone (Da Saida)

Enemy reinforcements: Queen Saidarone reduced to 50% HP
Monsquar Medusa x7
Monsquar Neptune x7
Queen Saidarone regains 16K HP

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!/Strategy/!
............

Now for the real meat of the mission. Da Saida's after the Queen Saidarone, and
you can't let him have it. It's a race to the crystalized Guardian Knight, and
he's got a bit of a head start. First thing's first- the Attack Bomber is your
mothership unit for this mission, so be careful with it. For this mission only,
it has all of the Ionia's unique mothership functions, so use it as such and
don't ask me how everyone is fitting inside of it. I reccomend moving it before
you deploy your units, you need to work fast to catch up to Da Saida.

As you blow through the monsquars, Zanbar and his gang arrive from behind- this
can't be good. You might want to split your forces- some to go after Da Saida,
and some to take on Zanbar's crew. Don't be fooled, Da Saida will summon up more
Monsquars as the batle goes on, so divide your forces evenly. Zanbar and the
solids are pretty much made of paper, so don't worry about them too much.

On turn 3, Da Saida will send out some more monsquars. Mow 'em down and catch up
to the man himself. Same deal on turn 4- don't worry, you're gaining. Da Saida's
Neptune isn't too quick. Turn 5- almost there! Turn 6- oh knock it off Da Saida
this is getting ridiculous. On Turn 7, if he's still alive and kicking, you'd
better hurry- fortunately, no more reinforcements. When you take him out, we
have the first of several events that are new to Neo- the game won't end the
mission or change the map, but it will pile up all of your units into the ship
automatically. You keep Morale/SP/HP/EN/etc, so it just serves as something of a
segue. 

At any rate, things go... somewhat awry. Da Saida's pretty determined, and that
determination grants him a victory- Queen Saidarone is under his control. We're
gonna have to beat him up- but first, we'll have to cut through some more of his
Monsquars, including Reska. At this point, doing it won't be hard. The hard part
is Da Saida himself.

His new Queen Saidarone is loaded for bear in most ways. It can be hard to hit,
its got a lot of HP, and it hits hard. He's not Abe no Seimei tough, since he
doesn't have a magical bullshit barrier, but be careful nonetheless. He's also
got an Assault Attack up his sleeve, so be careful with your placement. Standard
boss tactics apply, more or less. However, the game pulls a mean trick on you
when you reduce his HP below 50%. He regenerates 16K HP, and the game shoves all
your units except GoSaurer and King Squasher back in the Attack Bomber! God, I
wish they'd stop with that. On top of that, Da Saida unlocks his Yari Panther
attack- every bit equal to Ramuness's Samurai On. This could be bad- to put the
icing on the cake, the underground chamber we're fighting in is about to fill up
with magma!

The more timid hearts among the Saurers are getting discouraged, but Kenta's
burning resolved is matched only by his stoutness. In response, the earth itself
bestows him with a gift- the MagmaSaurer! Da Saida's not amused, and neither is
the non-robot magma. He summons up some more Monsquars (GIVE IT A REST GODDAMN)
and you've now got a five turn limit to take down Queen Saidarone. It's up to
you whether or not you want to blow up everything or focus on Da Saida- but,
whichever course of action you decide on, do it quickly! If you're not confident
in your ability to take out all the weaklings before the time limit expires,
bust through the enemy lines and take out Da Saida ASAP. Otherwise, go on a good
old fashioned rampage. As for Da Saida, second verse, just the same as the first
verse. Surround him again and beat him down (avert your eyes if you must, I can
barely stand to see him lose).

When you reduce his HP to zero, he's still not done- but Kenta and the rest of
the Saurers have a new trick up their sleeve! The MagnaSaurer and GoSaurer can
combine- and that combined form has a really big gun. Da Saida gets a full on
blast to the face, which allows for a chance to get out of the rapidly filling
undgerground cave. Queen Saidarone is apparently having some technical issues,
so Da Saida is forced to call it a day as well. Phew. The mission ends.

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Stage 13 intermission:

That was a long one! Now, you've got a new unit, the MagmaSaurer. It has unique
and useful function: it shares upgrades with GoSaurer! In other words, if you
upgrade one, you upgrade the other. That way, no matter what you do, provided
you upgrade GoSaurer, the MagnaSaurer will be in top fighting form too. Ain't it
a grand thing? At any rate, get ready for a mean mission and move on.

-Note-: Provided you haven't sold any of your items, you will notice a screen at
the end of the mission that will give a list of parts and your total funds. You
can only posess 9 of one type of part at a time- when you find a tenth, the game
will automatically sell it for you at the end of the mission you obtain it. Very
very handy!

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<STAGE 14>
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Allied units:

Ionia
Amp
Six unit deployment limit (Ryus unavailable)

Enemy units:

Solid x4
Heavy Solid x2
Slave Arrow x2
Slave Guns x2
Slave Flyer x2
Shuraj Ragasos Custom (Reska)
Queen Saidarone (Da Saida)
Merveille (Sharlie)

Allied reinforcements: All enemies shot down

Bakuretsumaru
Baurus
Watt/Amp combo
Unit limit increases to 9

Allied reinforcements: Galden Shot down

Zephyr
Magidora
Unit limit increases to 12

Enemy reinforcements: 4 enemies remain

Dogan x3
Yoroidel x5

Enemy reinforcements: All enemies shot down

Solid x4
Heavy Solid x6
Slave Graso x2
Slave Guns x 4
Slave hammer x4
Dark Knight Shidel (Galden)

Enemy reinforcements: Galden shot down

Dark Knight Shidel Dragon Form (Galden)


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!/Strategy/!
............

This stage is pretty tough, the reason for which is rather apparent right off
the bat- you've got an extraordinarily low unit deployment count, and two high
HP enemies to deal with right off the bat. You don't have much to work with in
terms of morale, either. It's game over if Amp, the female Iron Leaguer, is shot
down, so be careful. About Amp- she's not too impressive now, but she'll get a
bit better later in the mission. If you want to recruit her, you'll need to have
her shoot down at least 10 units in this mission. This is actually a lot harder
than you might think, given the general enemy shortage in the early parts of the
stage. At any rate, whether or not you want to get her or not is up to you. For
now, deploy your strongest units and send them out and get them some morale.

All of the named enemies will harrass you throughout the battle, so be prepared.
Merveille has quite a bit more HP than she did in stage 7, but is otherwise more
or less the same. Queen Saidarone is pretty much identical to its stage 13
showing as well, save that the Queen Saidarone Tornado is part of its repetoire
from the beginning of the battle. Reska and the Shuraj Ragasos is... really no
big deal right now. No big deal at all. Be prepared to evade/defend when they
come knocking- or counterattack, if you're daring.

When you've taken down most of the enemy contingent, Yaminorius, of all people,
arrives on the scene. Apparently, he can travel between the worlds at will with
his magic. Or something. At any rate, he summons up some mythical beasts for you
to battle with. This... really helps you a lot, actually. They're not too tough
and you need to get as many units as possible to high morale as you can. Take
advantage of the new enemies.

Now, when you want to take down your more powerful foes, I reccomend that you
use Anti-Air attacks against Sharlie's Merveille and Reska. The most powerful
one at your disposal (and in the game), is Getter 3's strongest attack,
Daisetsuzan Oroshii. It will do a lot of damage to her, if it connects. To that
end, surround her and let loose. Other good choices are King Squasher's Silcos
and Mazinger's Rust Hurricane. The Ionia's Io Killer won't do much, but at least
you can get it off without worrying about the counterattack.

Queen Saidarone is pretty tough, as usual, especially since you have so few
units to work with at once right now. Taking him down might take the better part
of a few turns. On the bright side, doing so is exactly the same as it was last
stage, and you don't have a pesky time limit to worry about, either.

When Da Saida is forced to flee, the Ryu Users break into the Galden-occupied
Castle Paffricia. Things take a bad turn when the dark knight reveals that the
princess's fiance is dead, but Watt, Amp's older sister, saves the situation
with her timely arrival. Sarutobi and Izumi join the fray, and Watt joins up
with her Sister. Of course, Galden's also got some reinforcements on hand- some
more Solids and some more Slave Pods, and he also deploys. Adeu and Paffy are
still somewhat preoccupied in the throne room, but they'll pop out soon enough.

For now, take out the enemies. If you want to recruit them, this is a great
opportunity to get Watt and Amp some kills. Otherwise, not much to say about the
cleanup, except that the AI's goofy pathing will once again make you giggle as
the poor little slave pods try to maneuver around the marketplace. A note about
Watt and Amp: They have a special option in the command menu: switch, denoted by
two curved arrows. This allows you to switch between the sisters. Honestly there
is not much point to this, as they're more or less identical, but it's there if
you want it. Their strongest move is a combo attack, so keep that in mind. Of
course, since they're always together, you can always use it.

Galden's a real wimp compared to Da Saida and his Queen Saidarone. Surround him
and pound on him, easy peasy.

...that's what you were thinking, right? Nope. Galden reveals Dark Knight Shidel
in its true form (it... shits out a tail and gains evil tit-eyes?). Whatever the
case, Dark Knight Shidel's Dragon Form is a really fearsome opponent. Clocking
in at 90K, he's got more endurance than Da Saida, though Queen Saidarone's
attack power is notably stronger. It's going to take everything you've got to
down this jerk, so surround him and let loose. Don't leave anything in reserve,
rotate your units, the whole nine yards. Beware his new Light Beam attack. It's
actually rather weak, but it has anti air properties, which can hurt if you
decide to attack from the sky. Galden's a worthy foe, but he too shall fall if
you don't lose heart.

When he does go down... he doesn't. Goddamn. However, Izumi is the man with the
plan- the Dark Knight draws its power from dark magic. If we can overpower that
magic, defeating Galden is possible. Puffy and Adeu combine their powers and
unleash a new combination attack: Fire Crush Dawn! Galden isn't too pleased.
Neither is the Shidel. Which blows up. HELL YEAH. The mission is over, thank the
lord.

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Stage 14 intermission: Give yourself a pat on the back- that stage can kind of
come out of left field, having to face both Da Saida and Galden. At any rate,
upgrade your units. If you fulfilled the requirements, Watt and Amp have joined
you- since you went to the trouble of doing it, you might as well give them some
(platonic) love. When you're ready, move on.

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<STAGE 15>
vvvvvvvvvv

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Allied units:

Ionia
King Squasher
Ryu Gunner Derringer (Katz)
8 unit deployment limit (Ganbarugar unavailable)

Enemy units:

Slave Graso x7
Slave Guns x3
Slave Flyer x2
Slave Hammer x2

Allied reinforcements: 4 enemies remain

Braigar
Unit limit increases to 9

Allied reinforcements: Two turns after the arrival of the mythical beasts

Revolgar (Rikiya)
Ganbarugar
Unit limit increases to 12

Enemy reinforcements: 4 enemies remain

Death Army Mobile Suit x5
Death Birdy x3
Breukerima x3
Breukerima (Ribaris)
Gold Arm
Gold Foot
Gold Mask

Enemy reinforcements: 7 enemies remain

Dogan x3
Yoroidel x3

Enemy reinforcements: Ribaris's Breukerima shot down

Debajino (Ribaris)
Slave Hammer x2

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!/Strategy/!
............

For some reason, the Ganba Team members have been collectively turned into dogs.
I do not know why. I'm not even sure I want to know. Let's focus on something
else. Like the Elsost forces. How about them. Aren't those slave pods cute? They
sure are. Anyway, the ever-useless Derringer is joining us for this mission. You
can stuff it in the ship for the duration, so if you don't want to put up with
it wasting space, I reccomend that. Otherwise, you've faced these enemies quite
a few times before. I reccomend getting rid of the Slave Gun enbankment on the
hill first thing- they can be annoying if you leave them be.

When you reduce the enemy force considerably, Ribaris reveals his trump card-
the Death Army, with the three Gold Brothers in tow. He himself also pops up,
along with 3 other officers in Breukerimas. Braigar is also on the scene, and
Ribaris thinks this seals the deal- but in a move that surprises no one but our
redheaded friend, Kid and company rejoin the Ionia. Awright.

Anyway, Braigar probably starts out a good distance from your forces. Transform
into of its more mobile incarnations and hurry over to the main group. Braigar's
tough, but no unit in this game is capable of clearing the map by itself. From
there, let the enemy come to you. Try not to get overwhelmed by the Gold trio-
they're not -that- powerful, but they can tell on you if they gang up on a unit.

As the battle rages on, Yaminorius arrives to make your life miserable. The
Dogbar Team is fast getting fed up with not being able to do anything, and they
detect a Ganbar robo nearby, much like how the Saurers found the MagmaSaurer.
They decide to go out on foot and find it. You needn't concern yourself with
this right now, focus on the task at hand. There's a bunch of high HP enemies
here, but they're small time compared to Da Saida and Galden. They make up for
it with their numbers- taking out the grunts first is probably in your best
interest, but this mission can be tackled in more or less any order. The Gold
Brothers will go down fairly easily, but they can cause some considerably damage
if you let them. The Breukerima Carriers have MAP attacks and heavy firepower,
but are a little inaccurate and you'd have to be trying to miss one of them.

Two turns after the Dogbar team heads out to that little snow pile, they make it
and attempt to activate Revolgar. ...Sousuke, however, realizes that being a dog
makes it very difficult to work high-tech equipment. DamaQ, however, comes up
with a hasty solution: King Squasher's Saint Bomb. It has the power to dispel
Don Halmarg's evil magic, so maybe it will work on whatever curse has afflicted
the boys? Only one way to find out: Ramuness gets his blood burning and uses it.
It works, miracle of miracles! Ganbarugar and the new machine Revolgar deploy.

Revolgar is very much similar in vein to MagmaSaurer- it's weaker than the main
robot, but it will gain a combo attack to use later. However, there's a rather
interesting difference between the two. Kenta is not a part of the GoSaurer
pilot team- Rikiya, however, is a subpilot for Ganbarugar. To that end, if you
choose to deploy the Revolgar, Ganbarugar will be short a pilot. To offset this
disadvantage, even if you never use Revolgar, Rikiya's levels will never fall
behind, while Kenta needs to be deployed to gain experience. Anyway!

When you shoot down Ribaris, he isn't done quite yet. He deploys two more Slave
Hammers, and his personal machine: The Debajino. It's adorable, but we're gonna
have to trash the poor thing. It's modestly powerful, but it's not even as tough
as Gold Arm, HP wise. He won't last long. Alas, Ribaris. You're just on the
wrong side. When all enemies are shot down, the mission ends.

Ribaris didn't get the memo, however, and deploys a whole bunch more Slave Pods,
somehow still standing in his half-broken Debajino. To save us all a lot of
trouble, the Ganbar Team unlocks their own combination attack: The Revolver
Buster. And it's got some  mighty powerful destructive force behind it, wiping
out a large portion of the enemy in one shot. (Sadly you cannot do this in game,
the Revolver Buster isn't a MAP attack.) Ribaris, rapidly getting tired of never
managing to win, decides that discretion is the better part of valor and beats a
hasty retreat.

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Stage 15 intermission:

Braigar has finally rejoined your crew! That's everyone from before Seimei's
little magic trick accounted for. A unit that's rivaled by few when it comes to
cleaning up large amounts of enemies, it's definitely worth your attention. ...
of course, to balance things out, Katz and her Ryu Gunner Derringer have also
joined your squad. And it will remain useless for a long while. You can upgrade
it if you want, but the investment won't really be worth it for a long time.
There's also Revolgar, but like the MagnaSaurer, it shares upgrades with its
main robo.

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<STAGE 16>
vvvvvvvvvv

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Allied units:

Ionia
King Squasher
Sigzarl
10 unit deployment limit

Enemy units:

Monsquar Medusa x6
Monsquar Neptune x4
Ice Tower x2
Queen Saidarone (Da Saida)
Shuraj Ragasos Custom (Reska)
Merveille (Sharlie)

Allied reinforcements: Ice crystals destroyed

Unit limit increases to 11

Allied reinforcements: Sharlie's HP reduced below 30%

Merveille (Sharlie)
Unit limit increases to 12

Enemy reinforcements: 4 enemies shot down

Metal Knight x2
Metal Knight Gunner

Enemy reinforcements: Ice Crystals destroyed

Monsquar Medusa x4
Monsquar Neptune x3
Slave Arrow x2
Slave Guns x2

Enemy reinforcements: 3 enemies remain

Metal Knight x4
Metal Knight Gunner x6
Metal Knight Barbados x4
Dol Gaisto
MaryuOh dolga
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!/Strategy/!
............

It seems that Bras is Sharlie's sister, and that she's under some sort of mind
control, courtesy of Idoro. However, before we can attend to that, we have a
slight problem to deal with: the wily hag has summoned up an impenetrable wall
of ice to block our progress to the top of the mountain. To deal with it, we're
going to have to get rid of those two giant ice crystals, tootsweet. Split your
forces evenly in two. Now, this is IMPORTANT. You need to down the two crystals
in the SAME. TURN. Or it is GAME OVER. Feel free to attack them as at your
convenience, but shooting down one and leaving the other alive at the end of the
turn means you lose. And we want to avoid that, if at all possible.

Note: The higher up you go, the more accurate the enemy (and you) become. Near
the top of the mountain, neither side will be missing an awful lot.

As you begin to tear into the enemy embankment, Dol Gaisto deploys some of his
Metal Knights for you to fight. They're not many, but there's a new model- the
Metal Knight Gunner model. This thing is twice as tough as the average metal
knight, and it's got more firepower, too. Be careful when dealing with them in
future.

When you do take the two of them down, Ramuness summons Zenzain, the seventh
guardian knight. It unleashes its powerful attack on Idoro and Reska, which in
turn destroys the wall of ice. Da Saida decides its time to fight you face to
face, and calls up for some reinforcements. Idoro deploys her slave pods, as
well. I reccomend switching out some of your units to evenly distribute your
morale gains, there's a lot to do this mission, and you'll need a full crew of
fighting fit units.

Now, this is IMPORTANT TOO. Shooting down Sharlie's Merveille is a LOSING
CONDITION. DON'T DO IT. Instead turn your attention to Reska's big fishship.
Idoro's riding along in it, so we need to get rid of it if we're to rescue poor
Sharlie.  At this point, doing so shouldn't be difficult. When you send the two
girls (I use that term lightly for Idoro) packing, your next job is to reduce
the Merveille's HP below 30% (16500) to stop its movements.  Do so. Shooting her
down is still a losing condition, so be careful. You have to be -trying- to down
her to fail here, but it's easy to get into that boss encounter mindset.

When her HP dips, Kakeru and her brother manage to bring her back to her senses.
The Merveille then switches sides and joins you! Sans... 50K HP. Sigh. I'm not
surprised, of course, but it's still a kick in the pants.

When you take out the majority of the enemy, it becomes apparent that Dol Gaisto
just sent out some recon units. The main Drago Empire force arrives, sandwiching
you. Dol Gaisto and, to his chagrin, Ryu Dolga are both here to fight you, but
one thing at a time. More than likely, you've still got Da Saida to take care of
before you can turn your attention to the Drago. He's even tougher now, reaching
the 100K HP mark, the first boss in the game to reach six digits. Don't lose
heart- aside from the extra 20000 HP and some boosted accuracy, he's not any
different than he was the last time you fought him. Poor old Da Saida will take
off in a huff when you beat him.

Now, the Drago empire is employing the new Gunner model, and an entirely new
design: the metal knight Barbados. This enemy is incredibly durable and has some
noteworthy offense as well. Your best bet is to knock it down ledges to deal
heavy damage in one blow. It's best to wait at the top and let the enemy come to
you, but you'll have to go and fight a few stragglers at the bottom before the
mission is over. Every time I play this stage, at least one Metal Knight gets
stuck wandering aimlessly around the base of the mountain.

The two Drago generals are about the same as they've always been, though they've
got quite a bit more HP. At this point, you should be pretty well aware of how
to handle them. Hell, Dolga's easier this time around. When you beat him down,
he won't even transform to his dragon form, he'll just retreat. You're almost
there- finish them off, and this long mission is over.

...of course, Ryu Dolga doesn't know when to quit and reappears atop the summit
of the moountain. Using the power of the ancient shrine, he powers up his MaRyu
Oh Dolga- this can't be good. This cheeses off Dol Gaisto, who is still smarting
from how many times Dolga's shown him up. He deploys a Barbados to attack him,
but Dolga takes it out in one shot. Wow. This isn't good. Fortunately, he lets
you off for now and retreats.

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Stage 16 intermission:

The Merveille has joined your crew, at long last! Now, it's a pretty good unit,
but I reccomend against upgrading it. You'll see why in a few missions. Still,
it wouldn't hurt to put a few bars on it for good measure. Up to you, really. At
any rate, the next mission could be trouble, so equip your units well.

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<STAGE 17 Part 1>
vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

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Allied units:

Ionia
11 unit limit

Allied reinforcements:

All enemies shot down (2):

MAGNUM MOTHERFUCKING ACE
Unit count increases to 12

Enemy units:

Monsquar Medusa x5
Monsquar Neptune x3

Enemy reinforcements: All enemies shot down

Monsquar Medusa x6
Monsquar Neptune x6

Enemy reinforcements: All enemies shot down

Monsquar Medusa x6
Monsquar Neptube x6

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............
!/Strategy/!
............

This is probably the first two part stage wherein the first part is more than a
mere formality. This part of the mission isn't too difficult, but won't end in
two turns, either. This can be an irritating battle because of the map you're
fighting on. Elder Gear, the ancient city from 5000 years ago, is difficult to
get around on because of the spire on the center, and the fact that enemies will
swarm you from all sides. You don't really get a sense of progress from this
mission, which is why it can be kind of a pain. Basically, you've got three
waves of Monsquars to eliminate. Use the terrain to your advantage and knock
them down when they come up to the higher level- this will do them in quite
quickly.

After the second wave goes down, Magnum Ace arrives to offer your squad words of
encouragement and some more tangible help. He is absolutely kickass, one of the
best units in the game. Sadly, this is only temporary. He won't join until the
end of the next mission. Still, with his help, it shouldn't be too tough to bust
through the last of them. When you do, Don Halmarg's endless supply of Monsquars
starts to become a real problem. However, the Elnost forces arrive to... assist
you? Everyone's surprised, but Ribaris affirms that he and his Lady Chaos wish
only to protect Earth Tear, and Don Halmarg's scheme to revive the calamity god
Gobriki runs rather counter to that goal. Magnum Ace stays behind to hold off
the enemy while the Ionia makes a break for Don Halmarg's fortress, the Boi Boi.

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<STAGE 17 Part 2>
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Allied units:

Ionia
King Squasher
Attack Bomber
Sigzarl
11 unit limit

Allied reinforcements: One enemy shot down

Unit limit increases to 12

Allied reinforcements: Da Saida shot down

Queen Saidarone (Da Saida)
Unit limit decreases to 10

Allied reinforcements: Don Halmarg erects his barrier

Unit limit increases to 11

Enemy units:

Monsquar Medusa x4
Monsquar Neptune x6
Queen Saidarone (Brainwashed Da Saida)

Enemy reinforcements: Da Saida shot down

Monsquar Medusa x3
Monsquar Neptune x3
Calamity God Gobriki (Don Halmarg)

Enemy reinforcements: Regularly incoming waves as you shoot down enemies

Monsquar Medusa x3
Monsquar Neptube x3

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Well, here we are at Don Halmarg's fortress. He's still got minions to spare,
somehow, and he's brainwashed Da Saida after he learned the truth about himself.
He looks kind of stoned. At any rate, it's a losing condition for any forced
deployed units to be shot down, so be careful with them. First thing's first-
trash those Monsquars to build up your morale, then go after Da Saida. He's been
knocked down to 80K HP. To that end, try to take him out without expending too
many of your resources. As the battle rages on, the Boi Boi fortress will rain
lightning death upon your forces, much like Abe no Seimei's magical pillars. It
is not an unmanagable amount of damage (those Neviims you had to face in Alpha 3
now those were a bitch), but it gets annoying as the battle goes on, which can
make regenerating your resources dangerous. Take on Da Saida as you would any
other boss- you don't have to reduce his HP to a certain amount, just blow him
up. It's for his own good, really. Morale might be an issue, but take your time
and you'll get him.

When you do shoot him down, Ramuness tries to break the curse on him with his
Saint Bomb- but in this space, Don Halmarg's power is too great. Things are
looking bad, but Milk, Cocoa, and Reska bring their hearts together and power up
King Squasher, increasing Ramuness's morale and SP, along with healing him fully
to boot. Ramuness tries the Saint Bomb one more time, and Da Saida returns to
reality. And he's pretty mad at Don Halmarg. As thanks for saving him, and to
repay his former master back in full, Da Saida joins your group in his Queen
Saidarone. Hell yes sons.

Don Halmarg is... less than pleased, but he's got a contingency plan. He uses
the power of the Armed Phantoma to revive Gobriki ahead of schedule- that's one
mean looking motherfucker. Apparently, Don Halmarg is actually Gobriki's soul-
he needed to revive his body to regain his full power. The crew of the Ionia is
less than impressed- let's kick this guy's ass.

Calamity God Gobriki is your most powerful foe yet by a long stretch- his 200K
HP is going to take some doing to shave off. To make matters worse, you've only
got 10 units to work with now, and some of your units probably aren't yet ready
to take on the boss. For your convenience, he summons up some more monsquars.
They're both a help and a hindrance. Go after them first, you'll see why in a
moment. Now, about Da Saida and Queen Saidarone. He's a definite contender, in
my opinion, for best damn unit in the game. The Queen Saidarone is a very nice
unit with a variety of attacks to use- his only shortcoming is range. Where Da
Saida and Hebinadako really shine is in their spirit commands, however. Our pun
loving main pilot knows Exhaust, which is -incredibly- useful in this game. It
will reduce the morale of multiple enemies by a minimum of 20- this is pretty
much your best tool to weaken bosses before you attack them. Hebinadako, Da
Saida's Advisor Robo and Q Ball analogue, knows rouse and confusion. Neither of
these spells are entirely too rare, but in one package along with Da Saida's
exhaust makes for an extremely potent combination that lets you control a good
portion of the battlefield.

On a less important note, Reska has become a subpilot for the attack bomber,
lending Hot Blood and Strike to their repetoire. Honestly not that useful, but
it can help you out in a pinch.

Four turns after the Calamity God's appearance (or probably if you reduce him to
a certain amount of HP), Don Halmarg pulls out all the stops and encases himself
in a magical bullshit barrier. You -cannot- harm him. Don't even try- any attack
you try will end in total failure. All you can do is wait for now. After you
defeat enough of his weakling monsquars (I kind of lost count, I got MAPhappy.
I AM ASHAMED OF MY INCOMPETENCE.), Da Saida gets tired of not being able to do
anything and applies what is perhaps the best solution to any problem:

Throw your goddamn axe at its face.

It works like a charm and the barrier goes down. Now's the time- defeat Gobriki!
He's big and he's got a whole lot of HP and power, but he's not fundamentally
different from any other boss you've faced so far. Surround him-which is easier
than it looks, because of his massive area of effect-, cast Disturbance and
Exhaust if possible, then go to town and let loose with your strongest attacks.
There's no defensive cover in this area,so Don Halmarg will take a lot of damage
compared to... certain other bosses. MARYUOH DOLGAAAAA. It will take most of
your resources and a lot of willpower, but Don Halmarg's ambitions will come to
naught in the end.

When you do him in, he once again tries to use the power of the Armed Phantoma
to wiggle out of his tight spot, but Ramuness and company are just not having
this. By combining the power of the seven guardian knights into one superpowered
King Squasher Cyclone, Ramuness deals Gobriki a mortal blow. The Boi Boi, curse
its lightning bullshit, begins to explode, presumably because Don Halmarg was of
the opinion that, if on the off chance he died, he didn't want anyone else to
take over his swanky fortress of evil. Kakeru runs over to recover the Armed
Phantoma that Don Halmarg was once in posession of (there's three in all, I'm
led to believe), but Ribaris has somehow found the time to pop in and proceeds
to hork the damn thing. Goddamn. The mission ends thereafter.

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Stage 17 intermission:

Queen Saidarone and Da Saida have joined you! As I said before, King Squasher's
counterpart is one of the best units in the game, so definitely give it some of
the love it deserves. Aside from that, be sure to save and take a breather, that
was a long mission. The next one is shorter, but it's also pretty tough.

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<STAGE 18>
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Allied units:

Ionia
10 Unit deployment limit

Enemy units:

Hell Dragon Trooper x5
Hell Dragon Gunner x3
Hell Dragon Bomber x4

Allied reinforcements: 5 enemies remain

Unit limit increases to 12
Mach Windy and Magnum Ace auto-deploy

Allied reinforcements: Sharlie's HP reduced below 30%

Merveille (Sharlie)
Unit limit increases to 12

Enemy reinforcements: 6 enemies remain

Death Army Mobile suit x2
Death Birdy x4
Gold Arm
Gold Mask
Gold Foot

Enemy reinforcements: All enemies shot down

Hell Dragon Trooper x3
Hell Dragon Gunner x5
Hell Dragon Bomber x5
Slave Hammer x2
Slave Graso
Dark Knight Shidel Hell Dragon Form (Galden)

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!/Strategy/!
............

Yikes. Say hello to the Hell Dragon Tribe. They're after Earth Tear, and now
that Don Halmarg's started draining the magical energy that powers the barrier
that keeps them out, they're not gonna just sit around anymore. They are pretty
much the toughest enemy faction in the game, in terms of raw statistics. They
are extremely durable and they've got a lot of attack power, too. Furthermore,
the gunners have an almost unfairly long range and are very accurate. The aerial
bomber units are probably the least threatening, but that doesn't say much. Your
best bet is to stay put and let them come to you- you can't afford to let your
units get seperated and preyed upon- they won't last long. Take on one Hell
Dragon at a time- they take a lot to drop. You'll start wearing down their
numbers soon enough.

When you take out half of the enemy, those incorrigible Gold Brothers decide to
crash the party with some of their Death Army buddies. They start out fairly far
away, so don't concern yourself with them yet. Focus on the much more dangerous
Hell Dragon Tribe. When the Death Army comes knocking, you'll notice that these
guys are total pansies in comparison. You'll steamroll them. The Gold Brothers
are the same as they've always been, more or less, so deal with them in the
usual way. The narrow streets of Paffricia makes it difficult to surround them,
so be aware.

They go down without much of a fuss, but it's not over yet, no sir. Some more
Hell Dragons drop down from the sky. Even worse, Galden's still around to make
your life miserable. He gets rid of a Hell Dragon, but with Idoro's magic, he
absorbs its power into the Shidel, which powers it up considerably. It's now
toting a hefty 130K HP and generally enhanced firepower. For now, though, focus
on the hell dragons around you. He's brought all of three slave pods, which at
this point aren't much of a concern.

(It was at this point that my game froze and I raged too much to continue that
night, will finish up later.)

This is more or less a repeat of the first part of the mission with the added
distraction of Galden, and should be treated as such. Given the fact that you've
got more morale now, it should be quite a bit easier. You've fought Galden in
Paffricia before, so you should know how to deal with him. He's tougher now, but
not unmanagably so. He'll take a while to drop- he's got a lot less HP than the
Calamity God you faced last mission, but he takes hits noticably better. At any
rate, when you drop Galden, he shrugs it off, more or less, and starts putting
the hurt on Adeu. He then turns his attention to the Ionia- but Da Saida is not
one to let his new friends be put in such a situation. He and Ramuness then get
into an argument about who'll take down Galden, and the Royal Squash combination
attack is born! The mission ends afterwards.

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Mission 18 Intermission: Magnum Ace has joined your squad! He's the best Iron
Leaguer in the game, and is pretty much an excellent unit all around, sporting
firepower, durability, and evasiveness, along with some potent attack abilities.
Show your leaguer spirit and give him some love, then move on.

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<STAGE 19>
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Allied units:

GoShogun
Penpader (Zanbar)

Enemy units:

Cloud Oni x5

Allied reinforcements: All enemies shot down

Ionia
Sigzarl
12 unit deployment limit
Zanbar retreats into the Ionia, cannot be redeployed

Allied reinforcements: Sharlie's HP reduced below 30%

Merveille (Sharlie)
Unit limit increases to 12

Enemy reinforcements: All enemies shot down

Hell Dragon Trooper x4
Hell Dragon Gunner x3
Hell Dragon Bomber x4

Enemy reinforcements: All enemies shot down

Slave Graso x2
Slave Flyer x2
Slave Arrow x2
Slave Guns x2
Slave Hammer
Breukerima
Dogan x2
Yoroidel
Alsugunos (Ribaris)

Enemy reinforcements: 4 enemies remain

Slave Hammer x2
Slave Arrow x2
Slave Guns x2
Breukerima x2

Enemy reinforcements: Ribaris shot down

Hell Dragon Trooper x2
Hell Dragon Gunner x2

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............
!/Strategy/!
............

Zanbar and his crew are up to no good again, this time menacing the Good Thunder
Team. Before it can become apparent that they've bitten off more than they can
chew (again), some Cloud Oni arrive and wipe out the solids. This ain't good.
Zanbar thinks so too, and decides to team up with Shingo and the crew to make it
out of the mess alive. Head for the forest near your starting position and take
the enemy on from there. Zanbar's Penpader isn't that great of a unit, but there
are two factors that make it worth using: One, you've only got two machines as
of right now. Two, it's a goddamn penguin robot. The only attack you can use
right now is the Zanbarium Beam, but combined with GoShogun, it should be more
or less enough for your purposes.

When you take out all of the Cloud Oni, some far more fearsome customers arrive-
it's the Hell Dragon Tribe. Zanbar intends to buy the Good Thunder Team time to
escape, but he rapidly finds himself overmatched. Fortunately, the timely
arrival of the Ionia, and Amane's kindness (or love of penguins) saves Zanbar's
hash. Time to rumble.

The Hell Dragons are much the same as they were last mission. They should go
down easier, given the lack of cover on the plains, but be careful- if you send
out one unit on its own, it will get overwhelmed quickly due to the open space
you're fighting in. Stick together, or you'll regret it. In the town or on the
plains, these guys are tough. Even so, you outnumber them, and you should be
able to down them without too much effort. Keep your repair units handy.

When you defeat the Hell Dragon Tribe forces, the Elnost army appears on the
scene to take you on. And they've got a new weapon...

It's the Alsugunos, a sister machine to the Sigzarl. This guy's big, red, and
he's got an axe large enough to give Getter 1 pause. He's also got 150K HP- that
Ribaris has gotten himself one pimped out ride, that's for sure. Oh, and that
jack off Yaminomious sent a couple of mythical beasts to play with you. Like we
care. Do an about-face and take on the enemy head on. The slave pods aren't new-
you've been facing them for a long time.

When you thin the enemy numbers considerably, they call for backup. No big deal,
really. What is a big deal is Ribaris and his Alsugunos. It's the second most
powerful foe you've faced so far, and it's got quite a bit more attack power
than Gobriki did. Use caution (and defensive spells). Surround him and pound on
him with everything you've got- be especially careful of his Sig Axe attack,
which will knock back your units a great distance.

When you hand him his ass on a platter, he retreats, so as not to endanger the
Alsugunos further. Kakeru almost takes off after him, but is dissuaded not to,
thanks in part to the arrival of some more Hell Dragons. There's only four of
them, though- take them out. When you do... well, remember back at the end of
mission seven? Where shit got pretty strange?

Shit gets -really- strange. I don't claim to understand all of it, but Kakeru
and company corner Ribaris, who once again sorties in the Alsugunos. However,
something goes wrong with it, and Kakeru takes the Armed Phantoma back. This...
does something weird to Amane. Things kind of spiral from ther- OH MY JESUS WHAT
HAVE YOU DONE TO YOUR HAIR. This is not cool. Totally not cool. Using the power
of this atrocious new haircut, Amane (now spelled in katakana, for whatever
reason) opens up a wormhole and sends the Ionia and crew back to earth.

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Mission 19 intermission: ...uh, well then. A couple things to note. Sharlie, for
somewhat apparent reasons, has taken over as the Ionia's operator. To this end,
the Ship actually gets a lot better. While we lose Amane's wonderful support
spells, the Ionia actually gains some offensive capability, as it can now summon
the Merveille midbattle to attack. That means you no longer can deploy that
machine individually, but it's worth it to make the Ionia better. The second of
said things to note is that Goshogun has finally joined your ranks. It's claim
to fame is its incredibly strong MAP attack, as well as general beefiness and
some pretty darn impressive offensive power. Definitely a unit worth your time
and love. Third, the Sigzarl has received another small upgrade to general
statistics. Always welcome. Do what you will with what you have, and move on.

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<STAGE 20>
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Allied units:

Great Mazinger (Tetsuya)
Venus Ace (Jun)

Enemy units:

Balanced Bolt Robo x2
Gatling Bolt Robo
Sword Bolt Robo
Gandobra x3

Allied reinforcements: 3 enemies remain

Daiteioh (Momotaro)

Allied reinforcements: 1 enemy shot down

Ionia
RaijinOh
GoSaurer
Ganbarugar
12 unit limit

Enemy reinforcements: 3 enemies remain

Hyper Deathbolt (Denki Oh)
Dogan x2
Yoroidel x4

Enemy reinforcements: 1 enemy shot down

Egizost x9

Slave Hammer x2
Slave Graso
Dark Knight Shidel Hell Dragon Form (Galden)

Enemy reinforcements: 2 enemies remain

Egizost x5
Cycler x5
Jack Satan (Belzef)
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............
!/Strategy/!
............

Japan's self-defense forces are hard pressed to deal with the Machine emperor
with outdated tanks- Momotaro and his buds are about to be in a bad way. Or they
would be...

If not for the Hero of the Earth, Great Mazinger and his trusty sidekick Venus
Ace! Yep, good old Tetsuya's been holding down the fort while we've been away
dicking around in Earth Tear. He's absolutely determined to defend the peace of
the world, regardless of how long he has to keep it up. Denki Oh finds this
amusing- it's time to rumble!

The Combat Pro is a little overmatched at the moment, but we're just gonna have
to take on the enemy regardless. Great Mazinger is an excellent machine- think
Mazinger Z, but better in most every way. Venus Ace is essentially Diana Ace,
but better, as well. Don't let that dissuade you from using Kouji and Sayaka,
though- as you'll soon find out, they work best when used in tandem. At any rate
you shoudl put the pair next to eachother and start attacking- have Jun do her
best to heal off the damage Tetsuya's taken. You should also note that is' the
big GAME OVA if you let an enemy reach the school, but as usual, they seem to be
just a little bit more interested in you.

When you take down four enemies, Denki Oh's boss, the Machine God, phones in,
telling him in no uncertain terms that he needs to get off his ass and stop
dicking around and take out that blasted Great Mazinger. He does, so, if a bit
reluctantly. Things are looking pretty damn bady- Tetsuya takes a nasty hit, but
he's still determined to keep going. This reall pisses off Denki Oh, and his
subsequent rampage... it blows up the goddamn rock again! This time, it's
Yaminorious's boss phoning in. Except instead of phoning in, he's here in person
with all five of his heads. Emperor Gokuk is mighty pleased to be stretching his
legs (so to speak) again after all that time stuck underground. However, our old
glowy blue friend Eldoran is here to keep him from getting out (again). Gokuk
calls up some mythical beasts. Eldoran is outnumbered, outgunned, and outheaded,
for that matter. Momotaro, Kakeru (version young) and Mai (version young) are
all prepared to fight the enemy themselves (how, don't ask me, they've got some
crazy SCIENCE!!1 kid on their side), and Eldoran decides to fall back on his
tried and true contingency plan:

Give some random kids a robot and let them do it. It's worked so far, right?
It's name is Daiteioh! Momotaro and the rest are here to give the beleagured duo
a hand. This is good, because Gokak's release entailed a bunch of Mythical beast
units being deployed near the school. Get there, double quick, and make sure the
enemy doesn't get there. Take out one of them ASAP. When you do, Belzef arrives
on the scene in his Jack Satan. Jesus Christ it's like a party except everyone
had to come dressed as an Eldoran villain. He deploys a large number of his
Egizosts. Things are looking grim, but...

Miracle of miracles, it's the Ionia! Whether he knows it or not, Poofy Amane has
done us a big favor. The other three Eldoran Robots sortie. I reccomend having
Great Mazinger and Venus A board the Ionia, they could use a break, so they
could. Now, let's show the enemy what for! The only caveat here is that you
can't let the enemy get to the school. Aside from that, this is easy-peasy. You
have faced all of these enemies before. They're not that hard. When you thin
their numbers, Belzef decides (finally) that these Egizosts of his just aren't
cutting the mustard. However, his subordinate informs him that the new Cycler
model is ready for combat. The Jack Satan Deploys, along with a mess of more
Jack Empire units, including the aformentioned model. They're quite a bit more
tough than the Egizosts, and they've got some nasty firepower. Use caution.

Both the Jack Satan and Hyper Death Bolt have gotten upgraded since the last
time you've fought them, but compared to the foes you've been fighting recently,
they're not all that tough at all, even with Jack Satan clocking in six digit HP
this time around. Surround them, beat them down, use disturbance or exhaust, the
details are up to you. The mission ends when you blow everything up. It's not
too hard.

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Stage 20 intermission:

For those at home who are paying attention, you'll note that all of our series
have now been accounted for! With the addition of Great Mazinger and Daiteioh,
we've got more or less a full compliment. There'll be more units to join us, of
course, but that's besides the point. Anyway! Daiteioh: Another Eldoran robot,
more or less the same as the others. Interesting as it seems, Daiteioh's biggest
advantage is that, when all is said and done, it's got a borderline flawless set
of spirit commands and is the Eldoran king of attack abilities. Aside from that,
it's got no major flaws and is pretty balanced all around- I'm not sure I'd call
it the best Eldoran, but an argument could be made.

Great Mazinger is an excellent unit, though if you're familiar with Mazinger Z,
you're familiar with Tetsuya's ride. He's a key component in one of the game's
most powerful combination attacks, as well as a less powerful but more versatile
combo move with Mazinger Z: Double Burning Fire. Venus Ace... with her inclusion
we've got another combo attack with Diana Ace, which is worth seeing at least
once. If you're a fan, upgrade, if not, save your cash. Save your game and move
on.

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Route split number two!

Yep, it's time for another one. I hate these because they always mess up all the
parts I've got equipped and it takes ages to get everything back in order. Oh
well, it's no Alpha 3.

Anyway:

Route A: If you're an Eldoran fan, this is the way to go. It covers some rather
important events in those plotlines.

RaijinOh
GoSaurer
Ganbarugar
DaiteiOh
Iron Leaguers
Ryu Users
Ramuness and company
Kakeru, Zanbar, and the Ionia

Route B: Conversely, if you're more a fan of the Dynamic productions folks, you
probably want to take this route, as it covers some imporant events in both the
Liger and New getter stories.

Liger
The Mazinger Team
Braigar
Goshogun
Getter Robo
Domon and God Gundam
Kakeru, Zanbar, and the Ionia

The choice will come up early, so be aware. Route A tends to give out more cash,
but route B will have you come out with a generally higher level. Make your
choice and move on.

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<STAGE 21 A>
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Allied units:

RaijinOh

Enemy units:

Egizost x6
Cycler x2

Allied reinforcements: 5 enemies remain

BakryuOh (BakryuOh)

Allied reinforcements: 4 enemies remain

Ionia
11 unit limit

Allied reinforcements: Belzef reduced below 40% HP

God RaijinOh (Gin)

Enemy reinforcements: 5 enemies remain

Dogan x2
Yoroidel x2

Enemy reinforcements: 4 enemies remain

Egizost x4
Cycler x4
Jack Satan (Belzef)

Enemy reinforcements: Belzef reduced below 40% HP

Dogan x4

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............
!/Strategy/!
............

Upon the realization that he has been losing time and time again to a bunch of
gradeschoolers, Belzef gets... a little angry, to say the least. He summons up
some Jack Empire beasts. RaijinOh's a little outnumbered, but at this point, the
Egizosts shouldn't pose much of a threat. I'd reccomend taking on the group that
does not have any cyclers in it. These guys mean business. When you take out a
few of the enemies, Yaminorious sends out some mythical beasts. Belzef isn't too
thrilled with having to rely on his aid, but that doesn't really help us out-
RaijinOh's pretty much outnumbered totally. However, all is not lost- RaijinOh's
resident science whiz manages to send out the Bakryu Dragon, a powerful robot
meant to be used in tandem with RaijinOh. It has two froms- Dragon and King. The
flying dragon form is more mobile and is better at attacking airborne targets,
but the King is tougher and has more overall firepower.

When the enemy is on the ropes, the Ionia arrives with some reinforcements. To
even things out, Belzef sorties in his Jack Satan, still pretty peeved. He's put
on some extra HP in the interval between last mission, but you've faced this guy
before, and he doesn't have anything new up his sleeve. Take out his lackeys,
then focus on him. When you reduce his hp to below 40%, Belzef's anger reaches
FUUUUUUUUUUUCK levels and he starts beating the everloving crap out of Gin and
his friends. Things are looking grim, but RaijinOh -is- absolutely invincible,
after all. It combines with the BakryuOh to form...

God RaijinOh!

And it's packing some serious heat. With its Final Fire attack, God RaijinOh
knocks off almost all of the HP the JackSatan regenerated. Hurry and finishe
the job- the mythical beasts can wait. About our new combined unit- it has both
HP and EN regen. In fact, it's the only allied unit in the game to have HP regen
naturally (except BakRyu Dragon). This makes it an excellent and borderline self
sufficient unit. To form it, though, you need to have both RaijinOh and the
BakRyuOh/Dragon at least 120 morale. Distance doesn't matter, nor does it matter
if one of the units is on the Ionia. All in all, this is a pretty darn easy
mission. Take out all of the enemies to end it.

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Stage 21 A: Intermission: In case you didn't notice, Zanbar stealth joined you.
You can upgrade his unit if you want. I did because IT'S A GODDAMN PENGUIN. Hng.
Also of note is the BakryuOh. It shares upgrades with RaijinOh, but you can
equip parts to it if you so desire. When you're ready, move on.

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<STAGE 21 B>
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Allied units:

Liger
Ionia
8 unit deployment limit (Getter Team, GoShogun, God Gundam, Braigar unavailable)

Enemy units:

Metal Knight x6
Metal Knight Gunner x4
Metal Knight Barbados x2

Allied reinforcements: 6 enemies remain

Braigar
God Gundam
Getter Robo
GoShogun

Enemy reinforcements: 6 enemies remain

Metal Knight x4
Metal Knight Gunner x2
Metal Knight Barbados

Enemy reinforcements: 5 enemies remain

Metal Knight Gunner x5
Metal Knight Barbados
Dol Sadso
Dol Gaisto
Powered Drago Knight Adoras

Enemy reinforcements: Powered Drago Knight Adoras shot down

MaRyuOh Dolga (Ryu Dolg)

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!/Strategy/!
............

It looks like those Drago empire folks are stirring up some more trouble. Ken
sorties to stop them, as does the rest of the Ionia's crew. Well, the rest of
the Ionia's crew that's actually available. Domon, the Good Thunder Team, the j9
and the Getter team are all at the Saotome labs doing some maintenance. They'll
be along soon enough. For now, just take on the Metal Knights. There's not a
whole lot special about this mission right now, just a throwdown. It can be
tough if you haven't been using the Mazinger team a lot. Also of note is that
Zanbar and his Penpader have stealth joined you. You'll be able to upgrade him
if you want to after this mission is over.

After you take down some of the enemy, some more arrive, but so do the rest of
your units. They start out irritatingly far away from the action, so use Accel/
Tailwind to move quickly down to the field of battle and start wrecking things.
Take out some more enemies- be careful of the Barbados units, this is the first
time you've faced them in such numbers. A viable strategy is to get up close and
personal so they use their Ram attack, then use a knockback attack so they can't
counter.

When the enemy numbers thin yet more, the Drago generals sortie, along with some
more Gunners. Ken's childhood friend, Shinichi, has apparently taken some bad
drugs and is freaking out something fierce. So fierce that he becomes a Dragon
Knight Adoras. Naturally, this causes Ken no small amount of distress, and the
ever bloodthirsty Ryouma insists that they kill him dead, no questions asked.
Shinichi himself, still vaguely conscious, agrees with this assessment. The more
gentle hearts among your squad are hesitant, but the game doesn't really give
you a choice. 

Taking out Shinichi isn't difficult at all. He's got only a little bit more HP
than a Barbados and much weaker attacks. When you reduce his HP to zero, Ken
steels himself and decides to do the deed himself. For some reason, Ken will
automatically change to Fire Liger, even if he's in Vegalda mode, and finish his
friend off. Ryu Dolg arrives on the scene then to mock him, and Ken is -really-
pissed off. Time to settle the score with these jerks.

The generals are more or less the same as they've always been, and they don't
even have a whole lot of HP, so surround them and take them out. Ryu Dolg is a
different story, but still isn't that difficult- the game is most likely going
easy on you because you're at half staff right now. There's nothing really out
of the ordinary to note about this battle. When you take out MaRyuOh Dolga, Ryu
Dolg is impressed, but he's still alive and kicking. Ken's rage gets the better
of him, and the Dolga Blizzard attack inflicts heavy damage. Liger then... some
how, it disappears. Weird. The map ends when all enemies are shot down.

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Stage 21 B intermission: As I said before, Zanbar is now officially in your
roster, so if you're as enamoured with the concept of the Penpader as I am, you
can upgrade him if you wish. Aside from that, make your rounds, save, and move
on.

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<STAGE 22 A>
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Allied units:

Ionia
Ganbarugar
Revolgar
8 unit deployment limit 

Enemy units:

Dogan x5
Yoroidel x10
Emeperor Gokaak

Allied reinforcements: Gokaak's HP reduced by ~40%

Gokaak recovers 60K HP
GekiRyuGar (Sousuke)

Ganbarugar and Revolgar autodeploy, go to 130 morale, use the new combo attack
and negate the HP regeneration

Allied reinforcements: Gokaak's HP reduced to ~50%

Gokaak recovers 84K HP

Great Ganbarugar (Kotaroh)

Great Ganbarugar uses the Ganbarugar Breast, which negates the HP regeneration

Unit limit increases to 12

Enemy reinforcements: 3 enemies remain

Dogan
Yoroidel x2

Enemy reinforcements: Regular intervals

Dogan
Yoroidel x2

Enemy reinforcements: Gokaak's HP reduced by 20%

Gokaak regenerates 48K HP
Dogan
Yoroidel x2
Sousuke temporarily leaves Ganbarugar

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!/Strategy/!
............

This is a pretty straightforward mission, but that doesn't make it easy. Emperor
Gokaak, as you can see, has some pretty considerable power at his disposal. He's
your toughest foe so far- I'm kind of surprised that they shoved him in a route
split. At any rate, he's got a whole lot of Mythical beasts to throw at you.
Kotaroh and Rikiya deploy to deal with them, along with the rest of the Ionia's
crew. Annoyingly, you've got a pretty narrow deployment limit. Fortunately, you
have a night limitless supply of enemies to raise morale on. When you reduce the
enemy to low numbers, Gokaak will summon up a surprisingly small number of
reinforcements. However, when you take them out, he'll summon more. He'll do
this a lot. It's -not- an infinite reinforcement mission, but you have to take
out a whole mess of them for Gokaak to stop summoning them. Use this to your
advantage, and trash them to your heart's content.

Fighting Gokaak is much akin to fighting Gobriki back in stage 17. He's got more
or less comparable HP and attack power. He's a bit harder to surround because of
the disagreeable terrain surrounding him, but do your best- smaller units like
your Ryus and iron leaguers should fit behind him where larger units have some
difficulties squeezing in. When you do some damage to him, he shrugs it off. Get
used to this trend of bosses just recovering the damage you've done. Sousuke
heads off to look for the golden egg Zanbar found a while back, then dropped in
the forest- his Ganbar commander is reacting to it. Meanwhile, get back to the
beat-down. As the battle wears on, Gokaak will regenerate again. Fuck him. This
time, though, things aren't all bad. Sousuke manages to find the golden egg and
protect it from Yaminorious, and it grants him a miracle: GekiRyuGar!

GekiRyuGar is much like Revolgar. It's got a powerful finisher move, but less
firepower in its weaker attacks. It's also rather dodgy. But that doesn't really
matter right now- all three Ganbar robos unleash a new combo attack upon the
Emperor, which more or less negates his regeneration. Keep beating him up. After
an attack or two, he'll regenerate -again-. This guy just doesn't want to give
up. Yaminorious sees that his master is in a bad way, and like the loyal minion
he is, uses his magic to power up Gokaak. Things look grim- none of your units
can move! But Kotaroh's resolve is even greater than Gokaak's, and this resolve
is rewarded by the greatest miracle of all...

Behold, Great Ganbarugar! A combination of all three Ganbar Robos, this unit is
vey powerful and pretty much obsoletes that new combination attack. Oh well. It
will use one of its powerful attacks to once again undo his recovery- now's the
time, finish him off! It might take more than one turn, but take heart- you can
deploy some reinforcements of your own from the Ionia. You're almost there! When
you defeat Gokaak, he explodes. And the mission ends. Sweet.

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Stage 22 A intermission: Everyone's back together now. Liger's received a nice
upgrade, but for some reason you can't see it in the intermission menu. Odd. At
any rate, GekiRyuGar is the same as Revolgar in that it shares upgrades with
Ganbarugar. To form Great Ganbarugar, all three pilots must have 120 morale.
This is actually one of Ganbarugar's advantages. In terms of raw power it might
not be the greatest Elodran, but it will be able to combine very easily, because
all subpilots gain morale equally. The other Eldoran robots need to raise the
morale of seperate units. At any rate, do your upgrades and whatnot and move on.
Keep in mind that your units from the other route have been stripped of their
parts, so be sure to attend to that.

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<STAGE 22 B>
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Allied units:

Ionia
Mazinger Z
Great Mazinger
Getter Robo
Braigar
Goshogun
God Gundam
11 unit deployment limit 

Enemy units:

Dragon Knight Adoras x11
Metal Knight x4
Metal Knight Gunner x3
Metal Knight Barbados

Allied reinforcements: 5 enemies remain

Thunder Liger (Ken)

Enemy reinforcements: 5 enemies remain

Metal Knight Gunner x4
Metal Knight Barbados x2
Dol Gaisto
Dol Sadso
MaRyuOh Dolga (Ryu Dolg)

Enemy reinforcements: 7 enemies remain

Metal Knight Gunner x4
Metal Knight Barbados x2

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!/Strategy/!
............

Ken's whereabouts are still unknown, and the Drago Empire is still causing
havoc. You should be familiar with this map from stage 4, way back when. Those
Adoras units are terribly weak at this point in the game, second only to solids
in general "I am bad and I should feel bad" department. Deploy your units and
get to wrecking them. Knockback attacks in conjunction with the unlevel terrain
will slaughter them. The game is even nice enough to start you split up, so you
can maximize the carnage. This is really very easy.

When you reduce the enemy by a good amount, the Drago generals will show up
again, still under the impression that they can prevail against you. To their
credit, Dol Gaisto does have a plan- suicide bomber Metal Knights. Sharlie's
having a hard time shaking them- things could end up in tragic pieces.

If it were not for Ken, who is not quite as dead as advertised. He sorties in
Thunder Liger, a truly beastly machine that will wreck some shit. Ryu Dolg is
less than impressed, and sorties as well. Get back to fighting.

Now about Thunder Liger. Under normal circumstances, you need 140 morale to
change to this form, and it is mutually exclusive to Vegalda. Thus, you have a
choice to make- generally superior statistics and firepower to extra movement
and two subpilots for a lesser requirement. Usually, Thunder Liger is the better
choice, but it's hard to pass up the twins and their support spells. At any rate
this mission is more or less the same as the last one, except the terrain is
five times as troublesome.  There's nothing special to say here- blow up the
bosses, revel in how awesome Thunder Liger is, and move on.

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Stage 22B Intermission: We're all back together now. For some strange reason,
some of the new arrivals from Route A aren't showing up in the intermission menu
but rest assured they're there. We'll just have to go over them another time. Do
your best and rearrange all the parts you had set up before the split, then move
on.

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<STAGE 23>
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Allied units:

MagmaSaurer

Enemy units:

Egizost x2
Cycler x2
Dogan x2
Yoroidel x2

Allied reinforcements: 2 enemies shot down

GoSaurer

Allied reinforcements: 2 enemies remain

Ionia
6 unit deployment limit

Allied reinforcements: Hyper Death Bolt reduced to 20% HP

GranSaurer (Youji)
Unit deployment limit increases to 8

Allied reinforcements: Hyper Death Bolt shot down

Unit deployment limit increases to 11

Allied reinforcements: Gildabo reduced to below ~40%

Gildabo recovers 28K HP

King GoSaurer (Kenichi)

Enemy reinforcements: 2 enemies remain

Egizost x2
Cycler x2
Dogan x2
Yoroidel x2
Jack Satan (Belzef)

Enemy reinforcements: All enemies shot down

Balanced Bolt Robo x4
Gatling bolt robo x2
Sword Bolt robo x4
Gandofara x4

Enemy reinforcements: Hyper Death Bolt reduced to 50% HP

HyperDeathBolt recovers 40200 HP

Balanced Bolt Robo x2
Sword Bolt Robo x4

Enemy reinforcements: Hyper Death Bolt shot down

Gandofara x7
Gildabo (Engine King)


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............
!/Strategy/!
............

Kenta's going solo here, so if you're not confident in him, retreat towards the
school and cast iron wall. This is a good strategy regardless, as it prevents
you from being surrounded too badly, but if you feel like the MagmaSaurer is up
to it, you can take a more offensive approach. Also, take note- the enemies have
begun to increase in HP and durability. Keep this in mind. When you take out two
enemies, GoSaurer will deploy. Take the fight to the enemy to hurry this part
along- the longer you take, the harder it will be. When you take out most of the
enemy, Belzef deploys in the Jack Satan and calls up some more grunts.

You need to take him out, but that's actually kind of hard. You've got a very
tight deployment limit and not a lot of enemies to work with in terms of gaining
morale. I reccomend trying to spread out as much as possible between your heavy
hitters and tuck GoSaurer back in the Ionia- it's probably already got maxed
morale. When you're ready, attack the Jack Satan with all you've got. It will
most likely take a couple of turns, because 6 units are hard pressed to deal
120K damage regardless of the circumstances.

When you do defeat him, he'll retreat. But Denki Oh is here to capitalize on
this opportunity. He summons up some of his Bolt Robos and powers up his Hyper
Death Bolt. All of your units are back in the Ionia except for the Saurer robos,
and the damn deployment limit is -still- six. Send in some fresh troops and fire
away at the Bolt Robos to get some more morale. They're tough, but the Cyclers
you just faced were much more fearsome. As I said before, Denki Oh has powered
up his Hyper Death Bolt pretty significantly. It now clocks in at over 100K.
This isn't a big deal in and of itself, but...

He's fond of the same trick that Emperor Gokaak pulled back on route A: when you
deal certain damage thresholds to him, he'll automatically recover some HP. He's
a real persistent fella, and he's got much more HP than advertised because of
this. The second time he regenerates, the GranSaurer arrives to turn the tide.
It's... an okay machine, I guess, but the pilot, Youji, is a supporter thrust
into an active combat role. He can't hit things particularly well and his damage
isn't -great-. But don't worry, his real power will shine through soon enough.
For now, keep beating on Denki Oh. You'll beat him evenutally, but because of
the deployment limit, it won't be soon.

When you do shoot him down, Denki Oh's colleague, Engine King, arrives. And in
one of the more frustrating moments of the game STEALS YOUR DENKI OH KILL. You
still get the cash and experience, but it's the principle of the thing! I worked
-hard- to beat that asshole! Oh well. Engine King summons up some more of the
flyers and faces you down. Fortunately, the unit limit has steadily been going
up, so deploy some more units and take it to them.

Gildabo is a bit weaker defensively than the Hyper Death Bolt, and has less HP,
but his attack power is quite a bit higher, and he has an assault attack. Be
wary. When you reduce his HP to a bit below half, or around there, he'll... yeah
you guessed it, he'll regenerate some HP. What the fuck. The Saurers are feeling
about the same way and they're not gonna take it anymore- they combine into the
greatest hotblooded warrior in all the galaxy: King GoSaurer!

And this bastard is worthy of the title King. It is an offensive and defensive
monster, complete with a powerful MAP attack and -five- pilots. Its only real
flaw is being a bit inaccurate and the fact that you have to jump through some
hoops to deploy it in the first place. The pilots of all three machines need to
be at 120 morale to combine. At any rate, finish off the Engine King. At this
point in the mission, you should be able to do it fairly easily. If you've still
got the willpower to not throw down the wiimote in exasperation. SCREW YOU DENKI
OH. When all enemies go down, the mission ends.

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Mission 23 Intermission: Well, the new arrivals from the preceeding route split
are now yours to tinker with, but without exception they're forms of robots that
share upgrades with a machine you already have, it only really matters if you
want to assign parts. At any rate, the GranSaurer is also now part of your unit
roster. We've got quite the menagerie at this point! Move on when you feel like
you're ready.

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<STAGE 24>
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Allied units:

Ionia
Liger
MaRyuOh Dolga (Ryu Dolg)
8 unit deployment limit

Enemy units:

Metal Knight x6
Metal Knight Gunner x6
Metal Knight Barbados x3


Allied reinforcements: All enemies shot down

DaiTeiOh autodeploys
All units get to move again
Ken and ryu Dolg reach maximum morale
deployment limit increases to 10

Allied reinforcements: Gildabo reduced to 50% HP

DaiRyuOh(Hiryu)
Gildabo recovers 18K HP

Enemy reinforcements: All enemies shot down

Ryu Dolg retreats
Metal Knight x4
Metal Knight Gunner x6
Metal Knight Barbados x6
Dol Gaisto

Enemy reinforcements: 

Balanced Bolt Robo x4
Gatling Bolt Robo x2
Sword Bolt Robo x2
Gandofara x2
Gildabo (Engine King)

............
!/Strategy/!
............

War, like politics, makes strange bedfellows. Due to some long-lost-brother
circumstances, Ryu Dolg is forced to turn against the Drago Empire, which has
betrayed him. Dol Gaisto has two hostages- the twins, Yui and Mai. Fortunately,
that doesn't actually impede you in any way. Get to blasting the Metal Knights-
it seems that the Drago Empire has forsaken its Dragon Knights entirely. For
good reason, those assholes were terrible. Anyway, as in the last mission, your
foes are stronger now, so be aware that you'll need to put in more effort to
drop them. Don't have Ken and Ryu Dolg take on the entire map by themselves!
That's a sure recipe for pain. They'll get surrounded and beaten down. Instead,
have them move towards the Ionia and make it a group effort. Those Barbados
models are tough as always, so try to take them down one at a time.

When you take out all of the enemies, Gaisto gets impatient and decides to just
up and kill the hostages. However, Dol Sadso, loyal to Ryu Dolg to the extreme,
intervenes and saves the two girls. However, Dolg himself is in a bad way- Dol
Gaisto has him surrounded. He's about to seal the deal, but Sadso sacrifices
herself to save him. This really pisses Dolg and Ken off- time to repay that in
full.

The second wave is the same as the first, except there's more high HP barbados
units to deal with. Don't falter- they tend to clump together, making them prime
targets for a good MAP or assault attack. Gaisto himself is actually pretty damn
easy, clocking in at only about 70K HP. He'll go down without much fuss. Ryu
Dolg takes off in hot pursuit when he goes down.

When you take down that mob, Engine King and his subordinates arrive to piss on
your cheerios. There's not too many of them, actually, and by now your troops
are more than ready to take them on. Engine King is about the same as he was the
last mission, except this one's quite a bit easier, thus making Engine King not
as tough to deal with either. However, he does have a trick up his sleeve. When
you reduce his HP to about 50%, he'll head over to DaiteiOh and immobilize it.
Things don't look too good, but a mysterious strangah is here to set things to
right: Hiryu arrives in his DaiRyuOh. He blasts Daiteioh free, leaving you with
no distractions to finish off this mechanical despot. When you finish him and
his lackies, the mission ends.

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Stage 24 intermission:

Hiryu and the DaiRyuOh have joined you. It's a decent enough machine, though as
you  might expect at this point, its real utility is the fact that a bit later
on you'll be able to combine into a stronger unit with DaiTeiOh. Aside from that
bit of news, there's not much to note. The next mission is rather long and more
than a little taxing, so be prepared.

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<STAGE 25 Part 1>
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Allied units:

Ionia
Liger
MaRyuOh Dolga (Ryu Dolg)
Getter Robo
11 unit deployment unit

Enemy units:

Metal Knight x4
Metal Knight Gunner x5
Metal Knight Barbados x5
Dol Gaisto

Enemy reinforcements: All enemies shot down

Cloud Oni x14
Abe no Seimei

............
!/Strategy/!
............

We're fighting in the now-familiar area near the Saotome Labs against yet more
Drago Empire forces. Dol Gaisto does not know when to quit. This is similar to
your previous battle with these enemies, though it's both easier and harder in
different ways. On the one hand, you're fighting a downhill battle- the enemy's
got a fundamental disadvantage. On the other hand, the mountainous terrain makes
those Gunners and Barbados models really tough to knock out. It's doable, of
course, but as always, your best bet is to use the elevation to your advantage
and knock them down ledges.

Dol Gaisto will be up in your face pretty soon after the start of the battle,
and he's... a little different this time around. As you can see, he's got some
more HP this time, but that's not the big difference. He's finally learned a
thing or two from his countless defeats and he's whipped up a barrier system
that cuts your attacks, without exception, by a startling amount of damage. I'm
not sure of the exact figure, but about half seems right. Combine that with the
forests at the base of the mountain and you've got a recipe for a long fight.
Use your knockback attacks to get him into more suitable open spaces. On the
bright side, he hasn't become any more offensively fearsome, so you can safely
work around him as you take out his minions. 

The game probably realizes that this sudden shift in Dol Gaisto from "punching
bag" to "jesus why won't you die already" was a bit sudden, so they make things
a little easier on you. When you reduce his HP to about 40%, Ken and Ryu Dolg
will combine their powers and punch through the barrier with their twin sure
kill techniques. Sufficiently humbled, Gaisto beats a retreat. Furthermore, Yui,
Mai and (of all people) Da Cider convince Dolg to join the Ionia's crew. Things
are looking bright!

...well, if not for that newly arrived monstrosity at the foot of the hill. Yep,
Abe no Seimei's not going down that easily. It seems his defeat back in Earth
Tear was just a minor setback. He summons a whole pack of his little oni buddies
and begins the assault on the labs once more.

The Oni, however, are actually a lot easier to deal with than the metal knights.
Their airborne nature means they cannot take advantage of the abundant cover on
the map, and at this point your morale is probably pretty high. Send in some
fresh troops and trash them. There's quite a few, especially around the boss-man
himself, so don't send anyone going solo.

It shouldn't take you too long to get rid of those ugly fellas. Soon, your only
concern will be the ugliest fella, Seimei himself. He's got more HP than he did
back in stage 12, of course, but... he's actually a whole lot easier now. All
things considered, you're a whole lot stronger now, and he hasn't changed at all
except for 20K HP. His magical bullshit barrier returns, but it's not all that
annoying compared to Gaisto's system. Using your strongest attacks and hotblood
level 3, you should be able to cut through his 100K HP reserves pretty damn
quickly. Watch out for his knockback attack- it's unlikely he'll be in any kind
of position to use it in this capacity, but it can hurt a lot if you fall down
a level.

...of course, being brutally murdered -again- doesn't seem to phase Seimei much.
Absolutely confident in his imminent victory, Seimei takes some time to gloat.
Things aren't looking too good, but Dr. Saotome, who's gone off the deep end a
while ago, has a desperate plan. He beckons Getter Robo to the crater above the
laboratory and orders a full scale evacuation of the institute. The good doctor
releases the safety valve on the cache of raw getter energy located below the
place, dying in the process. The results are quite spectacular. Seimei isn't
particularly impressed, and Hayato and Benkei are pretty shaken. Ryouma, on the
other hand... has fucking lost it.

He starts tearing Abe no Seimei a couple of new assholes while his teammates beg
him to get a hold of himself and stop before the Getter Rays completely go out
of control. He does, fortunately- and by combining their three hearts, the
Getter team unleash the true power of the Getter rays right in Seimei's flabber-
gasted face. He's well and truly beaten this time- but he still has the last
laugh, leaving our heroes a chilling warning: with the Getter Rays at its side,
humanity will create nothing but an infinite hell. Shut up and die already.

Alright! Looks like we'-

Goddammit when did you and your hair get here, Amane?

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<STAGE 25 Part 2>
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Allied units:

Ionia
Sigzarl
11 unit deployment limit

Allied reinforcements: Alsugunos reduced to 50% HP

Alsugunos regenerates 40K HP
Sigzarius (Kakeru)

Enemy units:

Death Army Mobile Suit x10
Death Birdie x4
Alsugonos (Amane)

Enemy reinforcements: Every enemy phase after turn 2

Death Army Mobile suit x3
Death Birdie x3

............
!/Strategy/!
............

Well this is interesting. Amane's transported us to nowhere in particular and
now he's summoned up some Death Army guys to beat us up. We can't have that, no
sirree. Right off the bat you'll notice the big and unfriendly Alsugonos. It's
even stronger than it was last time, now that Amane is at the helm, and it has
some new attacks. Of note are its finishing move of extreme power and its MAP
attack. Careful of it. Also, two things to note you might not notice right away-
Getter 1 has two new attacks, Final getter tomahawk and Getter beam full power.
They're both exceedingly strong- FGT can be used after movement and has knock
back properties, while GBFP is even more powerful and has a fire effect, but it
can't be used after moving. The second thing to note is Ryu Dolg is available
for deployment.

Your only real goal here is to trash the Alsugunos, but to do that you're going
to need to bash the death army in. Amane has a near inexhaustible supply of them
so on that front you should be fine. He'll summon up some more every enemy phase
for you to fight. Fortunately, they won't move on the phase they're summoned,
which makes them very managable. When you're satisified with your troops morale
and SP levels, go and beat down on Amane's poofy smug hair. He's tough, but you
are tougher. And you outnumber him.

Of course, when you start making some real progress, he'll regenerate 40K HP and
decide to leave you in the dimensional lurch. Kakeru is just pissed off now, and
takes some extreme measures. By using the power of the three Armed Phantomas, he
unleashes the true power of the Sigzarl and powers it up: Behold, the Sigzarius!
This prevents Amane from leaving, and it lets all of your units act again. Hell
yes. Time to finish this. Shoot him down and the map ends with Kakeru cutting
right through the dimensional barrier.

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Stage 25 intermission: The only -new- unit you have is MaryuOh Dolga. It's an
all around good unit, so upgrade it. The Sigzarius is essentially the already
impressive Sigzarl on steroids, with a new MAP attack. Do your stuff and move on
TO ADVENTURE.

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<STAGE 26>
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Allied units:

Ionia
Zephyr
Magidora
12 unit limit

Allied reinforcements: 

Enemy units:

Solid x10
Heavy Solid x10
Heavy Solid Leader unit

Enemy reinforcements: 3 enemies remain
Slave Hammer x4
Slave Guns x4
Slave Arrow x2
Monsquar Medusa x4
Monsquar Neptune x4
Dark Knight Shidel Hell Dragon form (Galden)

Enemy reinforcements: 5 enemies remain

Slave Guns
Slave Hammer
Slave Arrow x2
Monsquar Medusa x2
Monsquar Neptune x2

............
!/Strategy/!
............

Compared to the last stage, this isn't too tough. The Solids are numerous, but
even though they've been powered up... they're still pathetic. This is a nice
opportunity to level up some of the units you haven't been using as much lately.
Try not to get surrounded, though- with so many enemies, that can begin to tell
on you.

When all but three enemies remain, the remnants turn tail and flee like COWARDS.
BABIES. COWARD BABIES. Fortunately for your inner Heavy Weapons Guy, Galden is
here to welcome you back to Earth Tear with another rumble. He's got some slave
pods... and Monsquars? Looks like Don Harumage is getting ready to make his move
again. There's nothing particularly noteworthy about the battle, except for
Galden running around and dicking things up. When you thin the enemy's numbers,
Idoro will deploy some more of them for you. YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY THE MORE THE
MERRIER.

Defeating Galden is the same as its always been. Surround him and pound on him.
This is pretty obviously a cooldown mission from the climactic battles of the
last one. Even so, Galden is al legitmate threat if you mess around, so don't
take him too lightly.

When you take him down, he will, as usual, not care. What an asshole. Paffy and
Adeu are in a bad way thanks to Galden's general immunity to being reamed. The
princess, in desperation, awakens the power of the Holy Stone her parents gave
her. Things don't go well. Unless you like giant craters.

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Stage 26 intermission: Adeu is currently MIA, so the parts you've equipped to
his Ryu have been returned to your inventory. Aside from that, there's not much
to say right now.

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<STAGE 27>
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Allied units:

Ryu Chief Shinebaram (Gratches)
Ryu Samurai Hayatemaru (Gesshin)

Allied reinforcements: Turn 2

Ionia
9 unit deployment limit

Allied reinforcements: 5 enemies reamin (second instance)

Ryu Knigh Zephyr w/Holy Stone (Adeu)
Unit limit increases to 10

Allied reinforcements: 5 enemies remain (third instance)

Ryu Paladin Lord Zephyr (Adeu)
unit limit increases to 11

Enemy units:

Balanced Bolt robo x3
Gatling Bolt robo x2
Sword Bolt Robo x2
Gandofara x2

Enemy reinforcements: Turn 2
Gatling Bolt robo x4
Sword Bolt Robo x4
Ganddofara x2

Enemy reinforcements: 5 enemies remain

Slave Guns
Slave Hammer
Slave Arrow x2
Monsquar Medusa x2
Monsquar Neptune x2

Enemy reinforcements: 4 enemies remain

Hell Dragon Trooper x8
Hell Dragon Bomber x2

Enemy reinforcements: 4 enemies remain

Hell Dragon trooper x3
Hell Dragon Gunner x3
Hell Gragon Bomber x2

Enemy reinforcements: 5 enemies remain

Monsquar Medusa x5
Monsquar Neptune x2
Dark Knight Shidel Hell Dragon form (Galden)

Enemy reinforcements: 5 enemies remain

Slave Guns x2
Slave Flyer x2
Slave Hammer x2

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!/Strategy/!
............

Elder Gear's in a spot of bother- it looks like the Machine Empire has figured
out how to get to Earth Tear. This could be bad. For now, you should stay put
and cast focus on both Ryu users. All you need to do is last out the turn- be
careful and counterattack when you can. On turn 2, some more enemies arrive, but
so does the Ionia- better late than never! Deploy and kick some Machine Empier
ass. If they're hurting, hide Gratches and Gesshin inside the Ionia. As the
battle continues, some Hell Dragons will arrive- uh oh. Fighting them on this
somewhat bothersome terrain can be difficult, and Neo's ever-glorious pathing
routines won't make things go any quicker. They tend to bunch up, so try to use
a MAP attack if you can.

As you chip down their numbers, some more Hell Dragons arrive to join in the
battle. There's nothing for it but to grit your teeth and bear it- this is an
uphill battle. Remember that the elevation difference can be used to deal extra
damage with knockback attacks. When the Hell dragons are nearly finished, Galden
arrives to screw with you. He's got some more Monsquars, but they're SMALLTIME
compared to your draconic mutual enemy. However, Adeu's still alive and well,
and he's got a nice looking new sword to test out. 

Zephyr's got a teeny bit of an upgrade- nothing major, but a small aesthetic
change and a general increase to statistics. If you're concerned that he's going
to stay the same all throughout the game, don't be- you'll get your wish soon
enough. Anyway, I'd focus on the Hell Dragons for now- they're more dangerous by
a long shot. Galden will as always run around and mess you up when he can, but
you should be pretty much used to this by now.

When the battle starts taking its toll on Galden's forces, Idoro arrives to be a
general pain in the neck and bolster his numbers. The newly arrived slave pods
start wrecking up Elder Gear something fierce- Adeu tries to stop them, but a
single Ryu would be hard pressed to do anything against that kind of firepower.
However, he's got one last option: using his warm feelings for Paffy and all of
his friends, he unlocks the true power of the Holy Stone.

The Lord of Lords, Ryu Paladin Lord Zephyr, has arrived!

This thing... my god, it's just a little monster. It's essentially Adeu's Zephyr
but oh so much better. It can dodge, tank, and deal out a ton of damage with the
powered up techniques it uses. Once it again, it's a little lacking in the range
department, but it's upgraded energy reservs means that it can use Final Crush
Dawn quite a bit. Still, remember what game you're playing- no matter how good
the unit, in Neo, no one machine can take on the world by itself.

At this point the mission is mostly clean-up- you've still got Galden to deal
with, but... you just did this fight last mission. It should go more or less the
same. If you have trouble defeating him... well damn it how did you get this far
anyway? Look at the last chapter's strategy if you need to. When you do shoot
him down, his bullshit Hell Dragon power kicks in again and he starts hacking.
Adeu's about as tired of this idiocy as we are, and hears the voice of his long
missing father Arthur. Adeu learns the technique that is sure to severe the root
of Galden's Hell Dragon power: the Ryuseiken, Meteor Zapper! With this, Galden
can't continue on, and Idoro is forced to intervene and save him. The mission
ends when all enemies are shot down.

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Stage 27 intermission: It's worth noting that Lord Zephyr hasn't really -joined-
you, per se. Instead, the Ryu Knight has gained the ability to class change- at
120 morale, you can use the class change command to power up into the Paladin
form. In other Ryu related news, Gesshin, Gratches, and their Ryus are now part
of your lineup. Furthermore, Hidel, Katz's older brother, has taken charge of
Ryu Gunner Derringer, making it an actually worthwhile unit. Awesome. Spend your
funds and whatnot on what you like, then move on. There's another route split
coming up.

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Route split, version three. Our choice this time is to either search for the
rest of the Holy stones or go see what the Machine Empire is doing in Earth Tear
and whatnot.

Route A:
Mazinger team
Ryu Users
Ramuness and Company
GoShogun
Braigar
Kakeru and company

Route B:
Getter Team
Liger and MaryuOh Dolga
Iron Leaguers
Ganbar Team
Saurers
Earth Defense Force
Daigetsu
God Gundam
Kakeru and Company

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<STAGE 28 Route A>
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Allied units:

Ionia
Zephyr
Magidora
Bakuretsumaru
8 Unit limit

Allied reinforcements: 2 enemy units shot down/One warship shot down

Dark Knight Shidel Hell Dragon Form (Galden, uncontrollable NPC)

Allied reinforcements: Rigul's Dome reduced to 50% HP

Bakuretsumaru and Magidora Autodeploy

Ryu Wizard Magidora (Paffy)
Unit limit increases to 10

Enemy units:

Monsquar Medusa x3
Monsquar Neptune x3
Slave Arrow x2
Slave Guns
Dark Knight Shidel Hell Dragon Form (Galden)

Enemy reinforcements: All enemies shot down

Hell Dragon Gunner x2
Hell Dragon Bomber x2
Hell Dragon Warship x2
Hell Dragon Warship (Rigul)
Doom (Adoria)

Enemy reinforcements: 2 enemies shot down/1 warship shot down

Hell dragon bomber x3
Hell dragon gunner
Hell dragon warship (Idoro)
Rigul retreats

Enemy reinforcements: Idoro shot down

Hell Dragon Gunner x4
Hell Dragon Bomber
Hell Dragon Warship x2
Doom (Rigul)

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!/Strategy/!
............

This mission starts out kind of rough. You've only got 8 units to work with at
the start, and Galden is even tougher now that he's got some defensive terrain
to work with. This will be a long battle- send out your heavy hitters first and
get as much morale as you can for them, then try to maneuver galden on to one of
the lower levels, where cover isn't as good. There's not much real advice I can
give on this- it's just a matter of gritting your teeth and plowing through his
HP. The grunts he's got with him aren't very impressive, fortunately.

When Galden does go down, he'll retreat. However, some hell dragons are on the
approach, inlcuding their rather large warships. Head over and face them. The
warships have a lot of attack power and endurance, but in the end, they actually
aren't that hard to deal with- they're airborne and impossible to miss. Of more
concern is the enemy's Doom, piloted by Adoria. It's got some notable attack
power and accuracy, but... it's got about half of Galden's HP and it flies. If
you so choose you can take it out easily more or less immediately.

When you take out one of the warships, the enemy general Rigul calls up some
reinforcements. However, Galden is still around- and he's a little bent out of
shape about the Hell Dragons interfering in his quest to best you. To that end,
he joins the fight as an allied NPC. He's not on your side, per se, but he won't
attack you. He provides a great distraction, as he's pretty unkillable. Idoro,
however, has other plans. Revealing that she was a Hell Dragon all along (how
does that work), and so is Galden, she tries to convince him to join their cause
and take over Earth Tear. Galden is not having this at all and lashes out and
attacks. Oh well. Rigul retreats for the time being, leaving the job to Idoro.

There's nothing all that special about this battle now, except for the irksome
terrain making it longer than it needs to be. When you take out Idoro, however,
things get a little more interesting- both Galden and Adeu leave the battlefield
and some more Hell Dragons arrive, along with Rigul in his own custom Dome. Now
you're under a two fold assault, but they start out a good distance away and the
original hell dragon force is probably mostly out of comission. Rigul's a bit
more fearsome than Adoria, but not unmanagable. When you reduce his HP to about
half, he'll admit that you've got some serious power, and gun for the Ionia.
Sarutobi and Paffy move to stop him- Bakuretsumaru takes a big hit for his pains
and things start looking grim. However, Paffy overcomes her fear of the Holy
Stone, and class changes into Ryu Wizard Magidora. Much in the same vein as Lord
Zephyr, the Ryu Wizard is a stronger version of its basic form, and it now has a
nice MAP attack. Anyway, finish up the enemies and complete the mission.

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Stage 28 A Intermission: While you were having fun with the Hell Dragons, the
rest of the team were busy with the Machine Empire. However, the Gold Brothers
have joined you, and Daiteioh and Dairyuoh have gained the ability to combine
into Perfect Daiteioh. Sweet. I reccomend giving the Golds some attention, then
moving on.

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<STAGE 28 Route B>
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Allied units:

Magnum Ace
Mach Windy
Daiteioh
DaiRyuOh

Allied reinforcements: Gold Brothers shot down

Three Gold Brothers (Gold Arm)
All units regenerate HP and EN fully

Allied reinforcements: 3 turns pass

Perfect Daiteioh (Momotaro)
Ionia
10 unit deployment

Enemy units:

Gold Arm
Gold Foot
Gold Mask

Enemy reinforcements: Gold Brothers shot down
Balanced Bolt Robo x2
Gatling Bolt robo x2
Ganddofara x4
Gildabo (Engine King)

Enemy reinforcements: 4 enemies remain

Gatling robo x2
Gandofara x4
Dark King GoSaurer (Magnet King)

Enemy reinforcements: 3 turns pass

Gatling Bolt Robo
Sword Bolt Robo x2

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!/Strategy/!
............

Back on the floating stadium where we first met the Iron Leaguers, Magnum and
Windy, along with the Daigetsu, are facing down the three Gold Brothers. It's
time to put an end to this long dispute and bring Arm, Foot and Mask back to
their senses. This is a fun mission- it's a straight up brawl between you and
the three brothers. I reccomend going after Mask, first- he's the weakest of the
three in terms of HP. Foot should be next, then Arm. It'll be a long and hard
fight, but it's perfectly within reason if you use your units effectively and
support attack/defend well. Be sure to surround the enemy and use spells when
you need to. The Gold Brothers are about the same as they've always been, so at
this point it shouldn't be too difficult to take them down, even with only four
units. The pitcher's mound is a problem, though- try to knock Gold Arm off of it
as soon as you can, or his attacks will be a lot more accurate than they have
any right to be.

When you take them out, they manage to get back up and keep fighting thanks to
their DG cells. Hiryu can't see any other course of action but to truly defeat
them, but Momotaro, Magnum and Windy won't hear of it. Magnum Ace puts his all
into his next ball: the true expression of the heart, the Asteroid Cannon! The
Gold Brothers are completely overwhelmed, but so is Magnum. Engine King sees the
situation as an opening to take out some of the Ionia's crew, but the newly
awakened Gold Brothers put a stop to that plan. With their Leaguer Spirit
rekindled, they join your team. Alright!

All of your units get a free HP and EN refill, so face your enemies without fear
and bring the hurt on them. You may remember Watt and Amp from stage 13- the 3
Gold Brothers work much the same way, except there's three players to switch to.
Gold Arm is a beastly tank- one of the best units in the game at taking hits. He
also has the most firepower of the three. Gold Mask is a dodgy little fella, but
he doesn't have much attack power. His strongest attack does have the fire
ability, however. Gold Foot's speciality is combo attacks. He doesn't have much
in the way of offense, but when he combines his power with his brothers, he can
utilize their true power, which is nothing to scoff at.

Anyway, you need to hold out for a couple of turns. I reccomend that you leave
most of your enemies alive- you're going to need some morale to spare to deal
with Engine King. Alas, when the enemy numbers thin (you need to take out a few
to get the mission moving), Magnet King arrives. Engine King's contemporary has
a creation he wants to test on you: the Dark GoSaurer. Uh oh. Thing's could be
better. This is where I reccomend you just hunker down and leave your foes more
or less intact.

Three turns later, Magnet King calls up a couple more enemies. This galvanizes
the Daigetsu into action, and despite Momotaro and Hiryu's bickering, they are
able to succeed in combining their two machines: Behold, Perfect Daiteioh! The
Ionia arrives just then. Time to counterattack- Perfect DaiteiOh gives you a
good demonstration of its power, weakening Dark GoSaurer pretty significantly.
You'll want to distribute morale about as evenly as possible. Don't worry if you
turn up short- you can always wait around for a little bit and it will go up
automatically. Use your strongest Anti-Air attacks on Magnet King's GoSaurer
copy, then move on to Engine King. Beware Dark GoSaurer's MAP attack! Neither of
these foes are -that- impressive. The  mission ends when all enemies are shot
down.

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Stage 28 Route B intermission: The Three Gold Brothers have signed on to your
team, and from the other route, Ryu Mage Magidora has gained the ability to
class change like Zephyr. I definitely reccomend upgrading the Gold Brothers,
they're a lot of fun to use.

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<STAGE 29>
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Allied units:

Ionia
11 unit deployment limit

Allied reinforcements: Dark GoSaurer

Adeu autodeploys
Unit limit increases to 12

Allied reinforcements: Galden reduced to 30% HP

Ryu Wyatt Derringer (Hidel)
Ryu Kaiten Hayatemaru (Gesshin)
Ryu High Priest Baurus (Izumi)
Ryu Grand Chief Shinebaram (Gratches)
Ryu Wizard Magidora (Paffy)
Ryu Ninja Master Bakuretsumaru (Sarutobi)
Lord Zephyr autodeploys

Enemy units:

Balanced Bolt Robo x3
Gatling Bolt Robo x2
Gandofara x2
Dark Gosaurer (Magnet King)
Gildabo (Engine King)

Enemy reinforcements: Dark Gosaurer shot down

Balanced Bolt Robo x2
Galting Bolt Robo
Sword Bolt robo
Dark Knight Shidel Hell Dragon Form (Galden)

Enemy reinforcements: Every turn until the deadline

Balanced Bolt Robo x2
Galting Bolt Robo
Sword Bolt robo

Enemy reinforcements: Galden reduced to 30% HP

Hell Dragon gunner x3
Hell Dragon bomber x2
Hell Dragon Warship x2

Enemy reinforcements: 3 enemies remain

Hell Dragon Trooper x3
Hell Dragon Gunner x2
Hell Dragon Bomber
Doom (Adoria)

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!/Strategy/!
............

This mission is pretty damn tough. Right off the bat you're faced with a rough
task- take down Magnet King's Dark GoSaurer before 10 turns pass. This wouldn't
be all that demanding if not for the fact that not only do you have Engine King
and Gildabo hounding you, but you don't have a lot of grunts to work with to
build your morale reserves. Immediately deploy your heavy hitters and do what
you can to raise their spirits. Ignore the father and son duo, focus entirely on
Dark GoSaurer. 10 turns is a lot of time, so don't worry about the time limit.
The real issue here is mustering enough firepower to bust through Dark GoSaurer
and his 150K HP. Combined with the forested terrain, it's a pretty monumental
task. It'll take a couple of turns, but provided you don't let Engine King
divert your attention it should be doable.

Now things get interesting. Adoria's brainwashed Galden- so now instead of his
normal variety "I am evil", he's super extra "I am so evil I've got glowing red
eyes with no pupils" today. His Shidel's got 20K extra hp, to boot. On top of
that, the Machine Empire's giant... thingy is about to do... whatever it is it
was meant to do. You've got 5 turns to reduce Galden to 30% HP and bring him
back to his senses. On the bright side, a steady supply of machine empire grunts
will pop in every turn, so morale isn't as much of an issue. This time, the time
limit is. Galden's got a lot of HP and defense, and unlike Dark GoSaurer, he can
dodge, too. He also has a -supremely- annoying tendency to spam his assault
attack all over the damn place, making it difficult to get a beat on him. Do the
best you can. Remember that you don't need to do it all in one turn- take pot
shots at him. Every little bit helps. The one nice thing about this battle is
that you don't actually need to shoot him down.

-Note- The Ionia cannot move or attack until Galden's HP is reduced below 30%

When his HP dips, Adeu berates Galden- he was so uppity about being the Lord of
Lords and having all of Earth Tear bow to him, and now he's letting his sorry
butt be used by those asshole Hell Dragons? The Dark Knight opens his eyes and
frees himself from Adoria's control by running himself through, destroying the
control gem in the process. He then returns the Holy Stones he had commandeered,
and finally stops whatever it was the Machine Empire was trying to do. Then he
pretty much collapses. At Adeu's behest, he's taken aboard the Ionia to recover.

Adoria's a little surprised that you managed to break her control on Galden, but
she falls back on the old standby of "if at first you don't succeed call up some
reinforcements and hope they can do it." However, the Ryu Users aren't having it
at all. Using the power of the Holy Stones, they all class change. Hell yes sons
time to kick some ass.

Every class changed Ryu is essentially the same as it was before. On steroids.
Forever. These guys are, statistically, some of the best units in the game. A
little lacking in terms of boss killing firepower, maybe (except for Adeu), but
when it comes to taking on grunts you're hard pressed to find a better set of
units. And with those Hell Dragons knocking, let's give them a spin. When you
thin out their numbers, Adoria takes to the field herself with some more enemy
units, but at this point in the battle, they won't pose much of a challenge to
you and your class changed Ryus. Adoria's Doom itself has a paltry 70K HP, like
it did when you first faced her on the A split. She'll go down easy, forest or
no forest. The battle ends when all units are shot down.

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Stage 29 intermission: Well, that was fun. All of your Ryus have the ability to
class change now. This works the same way as it does with Lord Zephyr- get to
120 morale and change. Aside from that, nothing noteworthy. Just get ready for a
pretty gnarly couple of missions.

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<STAGE 30>
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Allied units:

Ionia
12 unit deployment limit

Enemy units:

Slave Graso x3
Slave Hammer x2
Slave Arrow
Slave Flyer x2
Slave Guns x4
Breukerima
Debajino Beta (Ribaris)

Wall Cannon x2
Wall Arrow x2
Wallteria Castle (Chaos)

Enemy reinforcements: 6 enemies remain

Slave Hammer x3
Slave Flyer x3

Enemy reinforcements: 6 enemies remain

Slave Hammer x6
Slave Flyer x3

Enemy reinforcements: 6 enemies remain

Slave Hammer x6
Slave Flyer x3

Enemy reinforcements: 6 enemies remain

Slave Hammer x6
Slave Flyer x3


Enemy reinforcements: 6 enemies remain

Slave Hammer x6
Slave Flyer x3

Enemy reinforcements: Wallteria Castle shot down

Death Army Mobile Suit x7
Death Birdy x2
Debajino Beta (Ribaris)
Signikus (Chaos)

Enemy reinforcements: 7 enemies remain, will happen multiple times

Death Army Mobile Suit x2
Death Birdie x2

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!/Strategy/!
............

It's time for a decisive battle with the Elnost Army- and we're doing it in
style. This fight's going down on top of their flying fortress, Wallteria. A few
things right off- aside from the normal assortment of slave pods, we've got our
friend Ribaris in the super-cute but actually kind of badass Debajino Beta. Ryou
isn't too impressed by it, and it's got less HP than what you've been fighting,
but don't underestimate him. He's nowhere near the pushover the regular old
Debajino was. Aside from Ribaris and his hair, there's also a couple of unique
new enemies. The Wall Arrows are the two spheres near the center of the map.
They've got powerful attacks, but they're stationary. Of somewhat more concern
are the Wall Cannons. They can't attack directly, but every enemy phase, they'll
fire a MAP attack at a large area in the direction they're pointing. This deals
1000 damage to any unit of yours in range, unconditionally. It's not -too- big
of a deal, but this is a long fight and the damage can start to tell.

Your first course of action should be to deal with the Cannon right next to you.
The enemy will replace the damaged installations a few turns after you destroy
them, but don't let that stop you. You don't want this guy raining death on you
at this point in the battle. When that's done, move the Ionia up and deploy the
rest of your forces to deal with the slave pods and wall arrows. The wall arrows
should be approached with caution- they've got a nasty bite.

Now, as you can see, the amount of enemy reinforcements this stage gives you is
more or less absurd. On the bright side, this means morale is by no means an
issue and there's lots of enemiest to level up on. If you're interested in
recruiting Belzef and his Jack Satan later, I reccomend getting the Eldoran
Pilots some levels here. Ryu Priest baurus is an MVP here- with all the enemies
and cannon fire, you're going to be taking a lot of damage. Be sure to have his
healing spells on hand. His class changed form is especially helpful.

It's not a requirement, but feel free to take out Ribaris for fun and profit.
His Debajino Beta won't take too much out of you, but you've still got stuff to
do this mission, so don't go overboard. Speaking of other stuff to do, your main
target is the Wallteria Castle, which has 150K HP and a nasty attack that will
harass you throughout the battle. Killing it is pretty easy- it's got no defense
aiding cover, but this introduces you to a bit of a problem with some of the
late game bosses in Neo: they're so ZYBER HUGE you can't fully surround them.
The best you can get on the castle is the 60%/20% boost, and you can only get
this by fanning out to the outer edges and attacking from the center. Even so,
right now, it's not a problem. Just beat it up.

Of course, it doesn't end with that- Chaos still has a trump card to use. Not
just one, but two: the first, her newly rolled out copy of the Alsugnos, the
Signikus (Gold instead of red), and, more worryingly, the Death Army. Ribaris
also reappers to join the fight.

Now, I would reccomend gunning straight for Chaos here- Ribaris's Debajino has
gained an extra 40K HP in the five minutes he was away. You'll need to plow
through the death army before you can get to her, though. The Death Army will
flow in regularly as you take them out, but they aren't in limitless supply. If
you really feel like it, you can take all of them out. Anyway, Chaos's Signikus
is every bit as offensively fearsome as the genuine article but has a lot less
in the way of HP. It won't take too long to get rid of, but it'll put a pretty
respectable resistance.

When you do take her out, Chaos refuses to give up and uses the power of the
Holy Stone meant for Galden's Shideru to power up the DG Cell's control core.
This cockeyed scheme goes about as well as you would expect...

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Stage 30 Intermission: Well then. You've got some time to upgrade and equip part
stuffs to your units, so do so. Prepare yourself for one of the game's hardest
missions.

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<STAGE 31>
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Allied units:

Ionia
Debajino Beta (Ribaris)
9 unit deployment limit

Allied reinforcements: Signikus shot down

Ribaris autodeploys, unit limit increases to 10

Enemy units:

Death Army Mobile Suit
Death Birdy
Signikus (Chaos)

Gundam Head x4
Devil Wallteria

Enemy reinforcements: 

This gets its own little write up. Basically, every turn that one of the initial
set of enemies is not present, an enemy reinforcement will replace it. This will
not keep up indefinitely, but it will for a long time. Basically, if you take
out a Gundam Head, it will simply grow back the next turn.

Enemy reinforcements: Devil Wallteria shot down

Signikus Mass Produced Model x3
Alsugnos (Amane)

Enemy reinforcements:

The reinforcements rule is now in effect again, more or less. If a Gundam Head
or Signikus is missing, it will be replaced once per turn.

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!/Strategy/!
............

You want Gundam? YOU WANT GUNDAM!?

HERE IS YOUR GODDAMN GUNDAM.

Yessir, it's Devil Wallteria. And this is a fight and a half. You've got a lot
on your plate for this mission, but first thing is first. You need to get some
morale and SP. It's going to be a long and laborious process, and you have two
primary sources. The two Gundam heads near your starting position are dangerous
and durable, but beggars can't be choosers- they respawn at a constant rate
throughout the battle. The other source is less risky- the two Death Army grunts
will also respawn regularly. Of course, the Gundam Heads aren't your only issue.
Amane's highjacked control of Chaos's Signikus, so Chaos is being forced to face
you down against her will. And, who could forget that gigantic monstrosity in
the back? Devil Wallteria can't move, fortunately, but if you get too close-
near the raised platform and on top of it- it'll attack without hesitation, and
it's got some fearsome firepower. If more than one unit is in range, he'll most
likely use his MAP attack. Be careful.

Anyway, the first part of the battle is more or less the longest part. You've
got to deploy your units one by one and get them in to fighting shape by taking
out the Gundam Heads and Death Army suits.  The terrain is a little annoying to
deal with- ground based units will be hard pressed to find a place to stand with
all of that mechanical matter strewn about. There isn't much disadvantage to
flight here- if you need to, take to the skies. Just be careful fo the Death
Birdie's anti-air attacks. The Gundam Heads are ridiculously accurate and very
powerful- you're going to take damage fighting them, so send out Izumi and his
group healing spells.

When you feel ready, get rid of the Signikus. You need to shoot it down before
you can move on to the Devil Gundam. Don't blow too much of your resources on
it, though. You've still got a lot of stuff to do here. It's pretty much the
exact same as it was last mission, so there shouldn't be any issues here. When
you shoot it down, Ribaris safely recues his beloved Lady Chaos, and we gain the
necessary password to shut down the core unit that's holding the Holy Stone.

Of much more import, when you stop the Signikus, is the Devil Wallteria. As was
the case with Wallteria castle last mission, surrounding it is more or less an
impossibility, so you've got to make do. Unless you can't help it, don't attack
from the air- it's beam cannon is a sickeningly powerful anti-air attack. You
can only have 10 units out at a time here, so no matter how you slice it, you
probably won't get this bastard in a single turn. While Devil Wallteria does
have HP regen, it's only 4800 a turn, and that's practically nothing at this
point in the game. The only advice I can really give you is to use support
attacks as much as you can, try your best to get the elusive 60/20% bonus (which
I was not able to do, my placement must have been off), and, most importantly,
DON'T BLOW EVERYTHING ON THIS BOSS. There's still more to do afterwards!

When you do cut through the Devil Wallteria's 240K HP, Domon unlocks his most
powerful technique: The Sekiha Tenkyoken God Finger! With it, he stops the Devil
Wallteria's movement and blows a hole clean through it, giving him the needed
opening to go in and grab that Holy Stone. He'll be unavailable for the rest of
the battle, unfortunately. I remember back in Another Century's Episode 2, the
God Gundam served as what some considered a glorified can-opener. I suppose he
still remains in this capacity in Neo!

Anyway, Amane will reappear when Domon takes off. He's not -too- bothered by the
situation turning against him, and for good reason- he's brought some mass
produced Signikus units with him. They're not as strong as Chaos's, thank god,
but 24K HP is nothing to sneeze at. They're pretty much the strongest non-boss
enemy in the game. Furthermore, the Devil Wallteria fully regenerates, and the
Gundam Heads start coming back for round two. Things aren't looking too great.
Still, if you can just take out the Alsugunos and buy Domon some time, victory
is still within our grasp!

Deploy some fresh units and wait near the right side of the Devil Wallteria.
This might seem like a strange directive, but you'll see why- after a turn or
two passes, Amane will start with his greatest bullshit move yet. He'll warp to
a different place on the map, regardless of if he's surrounded or not. Thus, it
is best to use his own godhax against him and be ready and waiting. When you're
in a favorable position, pull out all the stops and beat his poofy-haired girly
ass in. I dunno about you, but I've had just about enough of his insufferably
smug attitude. If you want, you can hang around for a while and take out the
MP Signikuses and Gundam Heads, but at this point, you probably just want this
shit done.

When Amane goes down for the count, Kakeru prepares to physically yank Amane out
of the accursed machine's cockpit, but the dastardly Larva uses Kakeru's love
for his brother to his own advantage and gains an opening. Zanbar appears to try
and buy Kakeru time to recover. He gets pretty handily blown up for his pains.
Things look grim, but this time, Amane genuinely resurfaces and manages to
distract Larva enough for Kakeru to unlock the true power of the Sigzarius. With
a sword strike that would make the Sword that Smites evil himself proud, the
Alsugunos is destroyed, and Amane is safe and sound- fortunately, so is Zanbar,
who had the good sense to eject. Domon finally pops out, Holy Stone in hand.
Time to get out of here.

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Stage 31 intermission: Well that was something. Anyway, a few notes. Domon and
Kakeru both have their strongest attacks now. Ribaris and his Debajino Beta are
also a part of your squad now. All around, it's a nice unit. It's specialty,
surprisingly enough, is tanking hits, and it does it quite well. It's also quite
versatile in terms of offense, with all sorts of handy tricks up its sleeve. I
absolutely love its design, so I can't get enough of using it. Anyway, upgrade
it or not, it's up to you. Time to move on.

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<STAGE 32>
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Allied units:

Ionia
King Squasher
Queen Saidarone
11 unit deployment limit

Allied reinforcements: Lots of enemy units shot down

Rune Knight Shidel (Galden)
Attack Bomber is unavailable

Enemy units:

Monsquar Medusa x10
Monsquar Neptune x8
Calamity God Gobriki (Don Harumage)

Enemy reinforcements: Turn 4, and every turn thereafter

Monsquar Medusa x3
Monsquar Neptune x3

Enemy reinforcements: Calamity God Gobriki shot down

Monsquar Medusa x7
Monsquar Neptune x7
Calamity God Gobriki Dragon Form (Don Harumage)

Enemy reinforcements: Two turns afterward and every turn after

Monsquar Medusa x3
Monsquar Neptune x3

............
!/Strategy/!
............

Well isn't this familiar. This is more or less the exact same fight, at the
beginning, as stage 17. Except you're a whole lot stronger now. And there's a
big ol' black hole in the middle of the stage. This is actually mostly for show.
The only thing it does is just make the middle of the battlefield an area where
units can't move to. It's annoying, but tolerable. Split into two groups and cut
a swath of general destruction. There's no shortage of monsquars to beat down in
this mission- they'll flood in at regular intervals. They most likely aren't
infinite, but you would have to be pretty crazy/bored so sit around and murder
them all.

Calamity God Gobriki is downright weaksauce at this point. He's exactly the same
as he was back in stage 17, and it shows. Surround him and blast him to bits,
but as you might expect, don't go all out. He's got a trick up his sleeve. This
time he's prepared for getting his ass handed to him- he takes on an even more
fearsome new form and re-erects his magical bullshit barrier. Da Saida isn't too
impressed with this- he figures another Axe toss will do the job. He is sadly
mistaken. Don Harumage summons up some more Monsquars (how many of these does he
have, anyway?) and sits at the center of the map, totally invincible.

This is more or less the same as what you had to do back in stage 17- kill some
time (and monsquars) until the plot decides its time to fight this asshole. I
believe there's a specific number of enemies you have to kill to trigger the
event, but I lost count. Sorry guys. When you do reach the threshold, Cocoa
comes up with a desperate plan to neutralize the barrier. The Ionia's forces
combine their powers into one strike and attack with all their might, but it's
still not enough to break through. However, Galden won't let it end this way. He
deploys in his Dark Knight Shidel, and class changes to the legendary Rune
Knight! With his added power, and the morale boost his change of heart entails,
the Ionia's crew manages to bust through. Cocoa and her sisters then ram Gobriki
getting up close and personal. It seems that the Attack Bomber has been totaled,
but the sisters are safe and sound. We need to buy them some time for them to
work their magic.

Basically, just wait around a little and kill some more Monsquars. Don't bother
trying to surround Don Harumage right now- one last story event will simply
rearrange all of your units anyway. When you either wait long enough or kill
enough enemies,  Cocoa and the girls not only take down Gobriki's barrier, but
fully restore the HP and EN of all your units. Hell yes. It's time to take out
this traffic-cone headed jerkoff once and for all. Gobriki's new form is pretty
tough, of course- 290K HP is nothing to laugh at, and his offense is a lot more
powerful now, too. He's also got a MAP attack. Still, he doesn't bring anything
particularly too terrible to the table. I reccomend you use Da Cider's exhaust
spell to greatly increase the damage you do to him. Surrounding Gobriki is very
much possible, but it can require some maneuvering. The stage will end when you
finally bring him down- Ramuness and Da Cider will decisively trounce him with a
well timed Royal Squash.

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Stage 32 intermission: Galden and his Shidel have joined you, which is very cool
indeed. Arguably the best Ryu in the game, Galden excels in pretty much every
area, and he has some powerful crowd control options to. A machine that is very
much worth your tim. Anyway, do your upgrades and move on. Do note that if you
want to recruit Belzef in the next mission, your Eldoran pilots need to be near
level 80.

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<STAGE 33>
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Allied units:

Ionia
RaijinOh
Bakryu Dragon
9 unit deployment limit

Allied reinforcements: All Arkdamas shot down

10 unit deployment limit

Allied reinforcments: All enemies shot down

11 unit deployment limit

Allied reinforcements: Emperor Wallzar reduced by ~100K HP

Jack Satan (Belzef)

Enemy units:

Egizost x4
Cycler x4
Dogan x2
Yoroidel x2
Giant Arkdama x3
Jack Satan (Belzef)

Enemy reinforcements: 2 Arkdama's shot down

Cycler x3
Egizost x3

Enemy reinforcements: All Arkdamas shot down

Cycler x3
Egizost x3

Enemy reinforcements: All enemies shot down

Egizost x8
Cycler x6
Emperor Wallzar 

Enemy reinforcements: Emperor Wallzar reduced by ~100K HP

Wallzar regenerates 54K HP
Egizost x8
Cycler x6

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!SECRET ALERT!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you wish to recruit Belzef and his Jack Satan, you must fulfill these
requirements:

-all- Eldoran series pilots must be level 80 or above (Gin, Asuka, Kyouji,
Bakryu Oh/Dragon, Kotaroh, Rikiya, Yosuke, Kenichi, Hiromi, Shinobu, Kenta and
Youji. Or in layman's terms: the pilots of RaijinOh, Bakryu Oh/Dragon,Ganbarugar
Rivolgar, Gekiryugar, GoSaurer, Magma Saurer and Gran Saurer)

Gin must be the one to shoot down Belzef's Jack Satan in this mission

............
!/Strategy/!
............

Belzef and pals have finally gotten serious, and they're sending out the big
guns of their forces: the Giant Arkdamas. The Earth Defense Force is on hand to
stop them, and so is the Ionia. It won't be easy, though- Belzef's putting every
thing he's got into this, and his resolve is as firm as anyone's.

Now, you've got six turns to take out the three Giant Arkdamas- the large units
at the edge of the map that look like they could be the final boss of the latest
Shin Megami Tensei game. They've got 30K HP, but they're not actually that hard
to defeat. They won't counterattack, either, which means you can pretty much
throw yourselves at them at your convenience. On the normal enemy front, there's
just the regular compliment of wicked beasts and mythical beasts. There's a lot
of cyclers, which can really start to hurt if they gang up on one unit, so be
careful.

As you start to take out the Arkdamas, Belzef will summon up some more units.
Be quick about your work- six turns is enough time, but if you dilly dally you
will run short of it. If you want to recruit the Jack Satan, this is your last
chance to get the Eldoran pilots all above or equal to level 80. Fortunately,
there's a whole mess of enemies in this mission and the Arkdama's themselves
give a lot of EXP when you attack them, let alone shoot them down. The most
difficult Arkdama to get is the one all the way back- you'll need to bust
through the enemy forces to get to it, and it's rather far away.

Complicating matters is that every enemy phase there's an Arkdama on the field,
all of your units will have their EN drained by a certain amount. This more or
less falls under the category of "annoying, but tolerable". The amount of EN
drained isn't -that- much, and it doesn't interfere with your ability to use
resupply if you have to. Now, back in SRW MX, when you had to deal with that
nasty electromagnetic net that drained half of your energy each turn, now that
was a bitch. Fuck Giga Gourmet. Anyway, all the more incentive to take out those
Arkdama's quickly.

When you do, you're free of their EN draining tyranny. You've still got belzef
to deal with, though, and he's a moderately tough customer. He's not different
from any previous fights with him, of course, but you're going to want to save 
some of your resources- he's not your primary concern in this mission. If you
want him on your side for the rest of the game, do him in with Gin, RaijinOh's
pilot.

When you do take him down, your primary concern becomes apparent. Say hello to
the emperor of the Jack Empire, Wallzar. This nightmarish looking fellow is no
pushover, clocking in at about 360K HP. Fortunately, despite his HUGE GUTS, you
can surround him without issue, like Gobriki. He's brought some little friends
along to harras you- you can start the beatdown at your leisure, so I would
recommend that you destroy the grunts first. You don't have to, but, hey, more
cash, exp, and morale.

The procedure for Wallzar is the same as it was for Gobriki- surround, exhaust,
disturbance, murder. He's got quite a bit more HP, of course, but he actually
has a little less attack power, I've found. While his most powerful attack is
nothing to scoff at, in my experience, he doesn't actually use it all that much.
Anyway, let loose with your strongest attacks. When you do some good damage to
him, he'll regenerate some of it off and summon yet more little buddies. Belzef,
however, is fed up with the poor treatment his Emperor has been lavishing upon
him and gets super mad, attacking his former superior. That knocks off most of
his regenerated health. Time to resume the assault in earnest! It might take a
turn or two (he's got a -lot- of HP), but Wallzar is honestly pretty smalltime
in terms of the MEGAHUGE bosses you'll face. I'd say that due to circumstances,
Gobriki and Devil Wallteria were harder.

After the fact, Belzef will insist on a final duel between himself and RaijinOh-
with nothing left in his life to live for, he must see this score settled. As
you might expect, Gin and his friends triumph- but if you managed to fulfill the
requirements, Taidar will convince his masters to come over to our side because
we're really a nice bunch of fellas. With that, the mission ends.

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Stage 33 Intermission: If you recruited Belzef, his Jack Satan will now be yours
to tinker with. It's actually a pretty nice unit. It might not seem that way,
given that it kind of lacks offense, but it has three pilots, a MAP attack, and
good range. Also, while Jack Crystal Beam isn't too powerful as finishing moves
go, it has the anti-air ability. It's the second most powerful anti-air attack
in the game, and by far the most abusable given its low morale requirement,
power and range. Besides, Belzef, like most Eldoran antagonists, is fucking
awesome and he will wreck your shit. And his copilots are a fairy and a fat man
with a mohawk. If that is not enough of an incentive to use him, then there's
just no pleasing you.

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<STAGE 34>
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Allied units:

King GoSaurer
Great Ganbarugar
God RaijinOh
Perfect DaiteiOh
Thunder Liger
King Squasher

Allied reinforcements: 2 enemies remain

Ionia
12 unit deployment limit

Enemy units:

Balanced Bolt Robo x3
Gatling Bolt Robo x2
Gandofara x6

Enemy reinforcements: 2 enemies remain

Balanced Bolt Robo x3
Gatling Bolt Robo x2
Gandfara x4
Dark GoSaurer x5
Dark GoSaurer (Magnet King)

Enemy reinforcements: Magnet King shot down

Gandfara x8
Gildabo (Engine King)

............
!/Strategy/!
............

The first part of this mission is best described as a massacre. You've got all
of your combined Eldoran units, Thunder Liger and King Squasher at maximum
morale against some run of the mill Machine Empire units. Murder them. AND I
MEAN MURDER.

Things get just a little bit more complicated when you take out most of them,
however. Magnet King deploys some more units, as well as his trump card- Mass
Produced Dark GoSaurers. These guys have a lot of HP- 18K. Fortunately, they are
not actually that difficult to defeat. They have a lot of attack power, but they
are also -very- inaccurate if you attack from a distance. Gang up on them and
beat them down from all angles to quickly and efficiently dispatch these copies.
Of course, there's also the other grunts and Magnet King himself to deal with,
but you should be more or less used to that by now.

Magnet King is the same as ever, so take him down the usual way. This time, he's
down for good- he praises his god Kikaishin one last time and explodes. Engine
King then arrives to gloat a little bit, then fight you. He's brought some more
Gandofaras with him. At this point in the game, Engine King is not much of a
threat- his 125K HP is pretty weak. Finish him off to end this easy mission. Of
course, Engine King doesn't really want that to happen so he uses his special
Pattern 101 to completely wreck the Eldoran robot's shit. Thanks to some timely
encouragement from their teachers, however, Kenichi and the gang manage to beat
the wily Engine King. Incensed, he kidnaps the teachers and leaves for SPAAACE.

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Stage 34 Intermission: Nothing new this intermission, actually. Do what you want
(because a pirate is free), and move on.

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<STAGE 35>
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Allied units:

King GoSaurer
Great Ganbarugar
God RaijinOh
Perfect DaiteiOh
Ionia
11 unit deployment limit

Enemy units:

Balanced Bolt Robo x3
Gatling Bolt Robo x2
Gandofara x2
Gildabo (Engine king)

Enemy reinforcements: Engine King shot down

Balanced Bolt Robo x3
Gatling Bolt Robo x2
Gandfara x4
Mecha Castle Dragon x4
Mecha Castle (Engine King)

Enemy reinforcements: 1 Dragon shot down

King GoSaurer retreats
Gandofara x4

Enemy reinforcements: All enemies except for Mecha Castle shot down

Gandofara x2
Sword Bolt Robo x2
Dark GoSaurer x2
Gildabo (Engine King)

............
!/Strategy/!
............

In contrast with the last one, this is a tough mission. You're facing Engine
King right out of the gate, and he's a bit stronger than last time. It's not so
much his presence but the lack of enemies to work with that is worrying- it's
not exactly quick or efficient, but the safest way to proceed is to do what you
can with what enemies there are and then slowly chip away at Engine King with
normal attacks. It will take a few turns, of course, but to blow all of your
resources now would be unwise. On the bright side, once again, all 4 eldoran
machines deploy combined and at maximum morale, so feel free to use them. A bit
of a caviat worth noting- you can't board any Eldoran robot aboard the Ionia for
this mission- it's a pain, especially since they'll probably run low on EN by
the end, but it can't be helped. I would -sincrely- reccomend finishing off our
kingly friend near the start of your turn.

...because when you do, the wily machine will put his plan into action. Engine
King forces the Ionia's troops to show the power that comes from their hearts,
and then analyzes it and uses it to power up his Mecha Castle. Oh boy. And you
thought Gokaak had a lot of heads. He summons up some more Mechanical Beasts for
your pleasure, as well. Now, about the Mecha Castle: DON'T ATTACK IT. It's a
lose condition to shoot it down, and it's pointless to reduce his HP regardless.
Instead, focus on the other enemies. The Dragon heads are tough customers, much
like the gundam heads. They have both anti-ground and anti-air attacks, and they
are naturally very accurate and powerful, so approach them with caution. You
need to take out all four.

Sadly, Anti-air attacks don't work on these guys. They look airborne to me, but
I guess since they're a part of the most assuredly grounded Mecha Castle the
ability doesn't take effect. They don't move, fortunately, so you can easily set
up some MAP attacks to chip them down without fearing a counter-attack. Engine
King won't just sit on his laurels, of course- he'll throw MAP attacks at you on
a regular basis. Once again, Izumi's High Priest is an MVP here- his healing and
morale boosting spell is an absolute godsend (both literally and figuratively).
When you take out one dragon head, the Saurers make use of the opening and go to
rescue the teachers. A couple more flyers arrive. Continue as you were. Again, I
would reccomend shooting down the last enemy/head at the start of your turn...

Because, as you might expect, things take a turn for the worse. While Kenichi
has been eminently successful in rescuing their beloved instructors, Engine King
starts having some trouble with his contraption. He learns the hard way that a
heart is not something easily controlled, for better or for worse. The Machine
God Kikaishin decides to arrive personally and start taking Engine King to task 
for trying to go beyond his scope and betraying the Machine Empire. It looks
like the end for our longtime foe, but Gildabo, a loving son to the end, recues
his father at the cost of his own life- finally understanding just what a heart
is.

Engine King totally loses his normally unflappable composure and physically
merges with Gildabo's body, ready to murderlate his old boss. The Machine God is
less than impressed and comandeers the mecha castle. Engine King is still intent
on defeating the Ionia as well- how he'll do that with both his god and us on 
his ass is beyond me. For whatever reason, you've got 8 turns to shoot down 
Engine King. This is not -too- hard, though it is a little samey. We already did
this once this mission, jeez. He's got more HP and attack power now, but not 
-too- much. No biggie, really.

He'll fully regenerate when you shoot him down- Engine King refuses to give up,
in the name of his precious son. However, Mr. Nakajima's words manage to reach
him- and he realizes slowly the true meaning of Gildabo's sacrifice. His unit
will become a simple enviromental obstacle for now- it's annoying, but he can't
interact with you at all. The machine God, of course, shows some mild annoyance
that Engine King couldn't defeat you in the end. He decides to take matters into
his own hands and puts the mecha castle back on line, complete with some powered
up Dragon heads. ARGH.

Okay, no big deal. Just blow up everything. Again. The mecha castle can be a bit
annoying, because most likely Engine King is blocking some of your room to move
and you can't fully surround it, but it's only about as powerful as the devil
wallteria, and you're much more used to fighting bigass bosses now. Exhaust and
disturbance will make this fight a lot easier. Just lay into him and it will be
over soon enough. When you reduce his HP to zero, the machine god decides he's
too good for being blown up and regenerates. Engine King, moved by the Ionia's
absolute refusal to give up even in the face of Kikaishin, sacrifices himself so
that the Eldoran robots can use their most powerful attack: the Eldoran Special,
which is so mighty it literally blows away the tower and half of the battlefield
with it. With a heavy heart, our heroes prepare to return to earth- except that
asshole Kikaishin is STILL ALIVE.

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Stage 35 Intermission: Not much to say here. Do what you will and move on.

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<STAGE 36>
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Allied units:

King GoSaurer
Great Ganbarugar
God RaijinOh
Perfect DaiteiOh
Ionia
11 unit deployment limit

Enemy units:

Balanced Bolt Robo x2
Gatling Bolt Robo x2
Gandofara x2
Dark GoSaurer x4
Kikaishin

Enemy reinforcements: Kikaishin reduced to ~210K HP
Kikaishin regenerates ~84K HP
Balanced Bolt Robo x2
Gatling Bolt Robo x2
Sword Bolt robo x5
Dark GoSaurer x3

Enemy reinforcements: Kikaishin reduced to ~80K HP
Kikaishin regenerates ~64K HP
Gandofara x5
Dark GoSaurer x4

Enemy reinforcements: All enemies except for KikaiShin shot down

Dark GoSaurer x7

............
!/Strategy/!
............

Oh man. This can't be good. Looks like the machine god's gonna fight you face to
face now, and he's goddamn HUGE. Like some sort of evil purple Tron. Anyway,
first thing you want to do is put your Eldoran units in the ship. Morale is at a
premium this mission and they start with more than enough, so let your other
units have it. First thing's first- this is not a traditional boss battle. This
is more a war of attrition than anything- the flow of battle is such that our
friend Kikaishin will send out a few enemies and then sit back and watch. Take
them out with one group of units, then beat down on the machine god. After you
do enough damage, he'll send out more. Switch your roster out, take those guys
out, then repeat until he dies. It's not that simple in practice, of course.

Kikaishin will regenerate twice during your battle, giving him about 500K HP all
told. However, he has no HP regen ability- so the battle lasting multiple turns
will not put you at a disadvantage. This is a good thing because it's going to
take a while. The first batch of enemy reinforcements will come at about the 210
thousand mark. He'll shrug off most of the damage you just did, annoying. Break
off the attack and take out the weaklings. If you're using exhaust to decrease
his morale, be warned you're probably going to have to do it a couple of times.

The next wave will arrive when you make quite a bit more headway-  at around the
80K mark. He'll regenerate less HP this time, too- we're making progress. When
or if you take them all out, he'll summon one last squad of reinforcements. This
one is a doozy- -seven- Dark GoSaurers. It's up to you whether or not you want
to take them all down, but it is profitable, and taking down the machine god
with all of them harassing you can be difficult. When you reduce his HP to zero,
the mission ends. Kenichi and friends finally finish the tenacious bastard off
for good- the Earth is safe from mechanization!

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Stage 36 intermission: Well, pat yourself on the back. That was a long, hard
fight. Anyway, we've got a route split coming up.

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Route split numbah three: There's still some foes left to put paid to, even with
all of the progress we've made. Namely, we've got the Hell Dragon Tribe, who are
as we speak preparing to invade Earth Tear en masse on one side, and the Drago
Empire still running around making a mess of things here on Earth. There's also
that Yaminorious fella running around, but do we even care about him anymore?

Anyway:

Route A: Go to Earth Tear
Ryu users
Iron Leaguers
Guardian Knights (Ramuness and company)
GoShogun
Braigar
God Gundam

Route B: Stay on Earth
Eldoran Robots
Mazinger Team
Getter Team
Bio Armors (Ken and Ryu Dolg)


As per usual, the Ionia and other original characters will go on the route you
pick. Also of note is that Amane is well enough to command the Ionia again! That
means Sharlie is now a sub pilot, and you can deploy the Merveille as a stand
alone unit again, if you so desire.

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<STAGE 37 B>
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Allied units:

Great Ganbarugar
Ionia
11 unit deployment limit

Enemy units:

Dogan x6
Yoroidel x5

Enemy reinforcements: Six enemies remain
Egizost x4
Cycler x3

Enemy reinforcements: All enemy units shot down

Metal Knight Gunner x6
Metal Knight Barbados x8
Dol Gaisto

............
!/Strategy/!
............

Well, it looks like Yaminorious is having some difficulties of his own with
strange visions, but that's not our concern. Those mythical beasts have beefed
up considerably since you've fought them last, so be careful. Fortunately, the
Ganbar team auto-deploys in Great Ganbarugar (again), so you've got a powerful
unit right off the bat. Chip away at their numbers, and Yaminorious will send
out some Wicked Beasts. Looks like he has a few of those tucked away, too. They,
too, are beefed up considerably, especially the cyclers. Use caution around them
if you don't want to suffer the consequences.

Even so, it shouldn't be too hard to take these fellas down. What is a little
more troublesome is the arrival of the Drago Empire. They've brought a -lot- of
Barbados models. This is gonna be a long fight... to make matters worse, the
somewhat cowardly Yaminorious uses this chance to run. Ohhh well. Don't take the
enemies lightly- they can easily swarm and overwhelm you, and they've got some
huge HP and armor. Attack power is fairly high too, and you don't have Izumi on
this stage- be careful.

Even so, there's nothing -new- in this stage and the enemies tend to bunch up,
making them prime targets for blasting with MAP or assault attacks. It just
takes time and effort to drop them all. Dol  Gaisto is a pain as usual, but
given the foes you've been fighting lately he shouldn't give you a whole lot of
trouble, not at all, even with his asshole barrier system. Take him out, and his
posse, to end this fairly easy mission.

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Stage 37 B Intermission: There's not much to say here, honestly, except that,
ONCE AGAIN, all of your parts have been fucked beyond recognition. It is also
here that I do something EXTREMELY STUPID AND SAVE OVER MY DEFAULT FILE SO I
CAN'T GO BACK AND PLAY ROUTE A ARRRGH.

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<STAGE 38 B>
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Allied units:

Great Ganbarugar
Ionia
11 unit deployment limit

Allied reinforcements: Any emperor reduced below 120K HP (the second time)

All units go to max HP, EN, Morale and SP
Allied unit limit increases to 12

Enemy units:

Egizost x10
Cycler x6

Enemy reinforcements: All enemies shot down

Dogan x4
Yoroidel x6
Emperor Saiaak
Emperor Rezaak
Emperor Gokaak

Enemy reinforcements: Any emperor reduced below ~200K HP

Each one regenerates 40K HP

Enemy reinforcements: Any emperor reduced below ~120K HP

Each one regenerates 40K HP

Enemy reinforcements: All three emperors shot down

Dogan x6
Yoroidel x7
Emperor Gokaak

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!/Strategy/!
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The first part of this stage is much the same as the last, and should be more or
less treated as such. There's not a whole lot to say about this- the Egizosts
are still incredibly pansy after all this time, and the cyclers are tough but
not insurmountable. Seriously. Things get a little more interesting when you
shoot them all down, though.

Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you. That's three Gokaaks, all of which have
270K HP. And yes, you do have to shoot them all down. First of all, don't panic
or anything. This looks a whole lot worse than it really is. Take out the enemy
reinforcements first, you don't want them getting in the way when you're in the
middle of fighting the three emperors. Also heal up Ganbarugar and the Ionia,
they take a big hit when Gokaak, Rezaak, and Saiaak first appear, and you lose
if they get taken out. When you are ready to assault the three emperors, there
are a few things to keep in mind.

One: These units are airborne. Therefore, Anti-air attacks will deal a lot of
damage. If you recruited Belzef, the Jack Crystal Beam will cause some serious
havoc, as will Getter 3's Daisetsuzan Oroshi and Perfect Daiteioh's Setlock
Cannon. Second: Focus on only one unit! It doesn't really matter which. Saiaak
is the easiest to surround, so it might as well be him. Pound on whichever you
choose- when you do enough damage, all three emperors will regenerate 40K HP.
That's why you should only focus on one. Keep at it. When you get one of them
down to about 120K, they regenerate again. Things are looking seriously grim.
One Gokaak was bad enough back in stage 20, but this is ridiculous. However, the
Ganbar Team's teacher rallies the civillians- no matter what, they believe in
the Ionia and its crew. With that unfaltering faith, the energy of miracles is
born: all of your units are -fully- regenerated. HP, EN, morale, even SP is up
at max. Suddenly, those three overgrown dragons aren't looking so scary.

Now, the new condition is to take out all of the emperors in the same turn. This
might remind you a bit of the final battle of Rand's route in SRW Z. The same
general principal applies, but it's a bit easier this time because your troops
are superpowered, and Gokaak and company don't have any natural HP regen to deal
with. Cripple one, then move on to another and leave it barely alive. Repeat
until they're all ready to kick the bucket, then take them all out in one swoop.

When you defeat all three of them, Kotaroh's dad goes back to normal, everyone
is happy, and the mission is- OH WHAT THE FUCK I'VE KILLED YOU TWO GODDAMN
TIMES NOW. Okay, don't panic. Thanks to the power up we got, we're still in
good shape, and Yaminorious is as tired of Gokaak's bullshit as we are so he
casts a spell to restore our HP and EN again. Bust through the lines and take it
to that giant dickface. This part of the fight is probably the easiest- Gokaak
has more HP now, but there's just one of him. Surround him and murderlize his
face. Note that when you reduce his HP by a good margin, he'll start attacking
the school. Yaminorious will erect a barrier to protect it, but it won't last
forever- you've got five turns to finish the job. That should be more than
enough time to blow him up. When Gokaak goes down for the -third- time this game
the mission finally ends. The Ganbar team reveal their identity to their class
mates, Kotaroh's dad finally returns to his normal human form, and the Ionia's
crew basks in the praise of the civillians they risked their lives to save. Our
longtime foe Yaminorious takes off, not entirely sure what to do now. Despite
this, the Eldoran pilots decide to have a big group picture taken to commemorate
this occasion.

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Stage 38 B Intermission: Our forces have rejoined for the last time, and it is
now your unhappy task to put all of your parts back to rights. Good luck with
that.

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Coming soon!

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|VIII.Secrets|
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Also coming soon!

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|IX.Frequently Asked Questions|
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A somewhat self-explanitory section, if I do say so myself.

Q. What Gundams are in this game?

A. The only Gundam series to be featured in this game is G Gundam, and the only
mobile fighter is the God Gundam.

Q. What?! You serious?!

A. Yessir.

Q. That's lame.

A. Well, yes and no. If you're really craving Gundam, try SRWZ or SRWAP. Mobile
suits galore in those titles.

Q. Then, uh, what Series are in this game?

A. Here's a list for you.

Mazinger Z
Great Mazinger
New Getter Robo
Jushin Liger
NG Kight & 40 Lamuness
Lord of Lords Ryu Knight
Genki Bakhatsu Ganbarugar
Greatest Hotblooded GoSaurer
Absolutely Invincible RaijinOh
Perfect Victory DaiTeiOh
Mobile Fighter G Gundam
Galactic Whirlwind Braigar
Space Soldier Goshogun
Shippu! Iron Leaguer

Q. Wow, I haven't heard of any of these series...

A. To English speaking audiences, they're pretty obscure.

Q. Speaking of that, is this game available in English?

A. Nope. And it most likely will not be.

Q. So, you know Japanese?

A. Enough to get by and know what's going on in the story, for the most part.

Q. Isn't the Wii Region Locked?

A. Yeah. You can either mod it (which I don't think I'm allowed to discuss here)
or simply buy a Japanese Wii.

Q. That's kind of a hassle...

A. It's the price we pay for importing.

Q. On that note, where did you buy this game?

A. Play Asia. I highly reccomend their services.

Q. Help! The game isn't starting, and I've done everything to be able to play
Japanese games...

A. This game requires use of the Nunchuck. Plug that sucker in and the problem
should resolve itself.

Q. Oh, okay. Does this game have any motion controls?

A. None, sir or madame.

Q. Cool. Oh holy god, what am I doing!? This isn't like any SRW I've played
before...

A. Don't worry. If you're lost, read the Mechanics and Listings section through
thoroughly. That should set you to rights.

Q. I don't know Japanese, will I be able to play this game okay?

A. With a little trial and error (and if you need it, help from the guide), sure
thing. It's not as incomprehensible as it might seem at first- a big part of it
is just memorize what symbols associate with what commands.

Q. Okay, this part is giving me trouble...

A. Check the guide. If it's not there, feel free to contact me. But as you might
expect, the guide is a work in progress.

Q. How do I contact you, then?

A. Check the next section.

Q. ...are you sure the only Gundam in this game is the God Gundam?

A. Sure as sure can be. 


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|X.Contact Policy|
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If you want to contact me, please read this section.

Feel free to IM me (my SN is IrtehAdder on AIM) if I'm on online. On weekdays,
you can usually reach me in the afternoon (pacific time). You can also E-mail me
at dazzling_addar@mail.com- I've finally got my act together and I check my mail
more or less regularly. 

Some guidelines for this:

-Be polite, or at least not hostile.
-Be legible. I won't be able to help you if I can't understand you.
-Be sure to let me know right away that your contacting me is concerning my FAQ.
Ideally, it would either be in the subject of your e-mail, or the first IM you
send me.
-Please, don't abuse my contact information. I'm a pretty agreeable person, but
I don't have as much time as I used to.
-If you can't reach me via IM or E-mail, make a topic on the Neo board. Most
likely, I will see it.


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|XI.Credits and Legal Mumbo Jumbo|
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This FAQ is for personal use only, don't host it without permission, as of yet
only GameFAQs has permission to do so, etc. etc.

This guide is copyright 2009, Nick Pappas

Credits go to...

CJayC, for creating this fine site and repository of gaming information.

Banpresto, for being awesome (and surpassing all expectations and making Neo an
absolutely excellent game!)

PlayAsia, for fast and easy game imports

The SRWZ Board, SRW Genesis, and the SRW Wiki for many lovely pieces of info. 
If there's something in here that you can't find, you can probably find it in 
one of those places.

JL Lee, for corrections on various erratta, translations, and unknown options
menu settings. You da man.

Starquo, for filling me in on the name of the pilot of the Gransaurer. Thanks!

And you, the reader, for giving purpose to this little document