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    Contra 4 Boss FAQ
    v.1.0
    (C) Notyou4488 2007
    All Rights Reserved
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                   Table of Contents
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    I. Introduction
    II. Layout of the Faq
    III. Boss Faq
      1.A Tram Car
      1.B Wall
      2.A Snipers
      2.B Alien
      3.A Holograph
      4.A Ship
      4.B Mr. Punchy or Sir Puncho
      5.A Battle Cruiser
      5.B Fish
      6.A Skeleton
      7.A Tank
      7.B Metal Spider
      7.C Running Bug
      8.A Red Falcon's Heart
      9.A Black Viper
      9.B Black Viper True Form
    IV. Acknowledgements
    V. Legal Stuff
    
    
    I. Introduction
    Contra 4 has been called by many the hardest Contra game next to
    Hard Corps. Yeah, this game is hard, there's no two ways around it.
    The bosses in this game pose a great deal of challenge to players,
    thus causing many deaths. For some reason I never really had too
    much trouble with the bosses in this game, or the game for that
    matter. Everything in the game has a pattern that can be learned and
    manipulated. Utilizing this Faq you will hopefully be able to kill all the
    bosses without losing a life. Hope this helps.
    *To quickly search for a boss hit control f then input the number dot
    and letter next to the boss in the table of contents.
    
    
    II. Layout of the Faq
    The layout of the boss Faq is fairly straightforward. First comes the
    section number, who the boss is, the name of the boss (which is pretty
    much always unofficial), then the recommended weapon. After that
    there is the actual writeup section where a detailed analysis on how to
    beat the boss is provided. Then, depending on whether or not the
    fight drastically differs depending on what weapon you use, there may
    be a 'without recommended weapon' section in which there is a
    detailed analysis on how to beat the boss without the recommended
    weapon.
    
    
    III. Boss Faq
    
    1.A
    Stage 1 Miniboss
    Tram Car
    Recommended Weapon- Spreader
    
    This boss is fairly easy. As you approach the boss, walk very slowly
    down the slight hill. As you are walking the Tram Car will wizz into
    view. Since you approached extremely slowly no enemies will come
    at you from the left. Simply aim up and unleash as many bullets as
    possible into the thing. The Tram Car moves pretty eratically;
    however, before it fires it always stops. As soon as it stops make
    sure you move out of the way. Besides the actually Tram Car's
    attacks, enemies will come from the right. Simply shoot them as they
    appear. Furthermore, make sure you do not move onto the break
    away ground. Other than that fire up and prepare to dodge the car's
    attacks.
    
    
    1.B
    Stage 1 Boss
    Wall
    Recommended Weapon- Spreader/Crash Shot
    
    Another relatively easy boss. As soon as you walk into the boss'
    range fire diagnolly up right. You should take out the sniper
    before he manages to fire a shot. If you have the crash shot simply
    stay on the ground and fire at the base door on the bottom.
    Doing this will take out the base door before it manages to fire a shot.
    The wall will begin to rise. Run to the far left of the screen and hold R.
    Fire diagnolly up right. You will take out all four snipers before they
    manage to fire any shots. Switch to the crash shot and fire to the right
    at the bottom door. Once again you should be able to take it out
    before it fires a shot. Don't worry about the turrets, as long as you stay
    to the left of the screen they can't reach you. Now that the bottom
    door is taken out it's time to go after the top core. Wait for the top
    core to fire. After it is done firing grapple onto the helicoptor. Fire at the
    core with the crash shot and it will go down without firing another shot.
    
    Without Recommended Weapons-
    As soon as you walk into the boss' range fire diagnolly up right taking
    out the sniper. Jump onto the platform and stay left. The turrets will not
    be able to reach you so simply shoot them and take them out. Wait for
    the base door to fire then jump down and fire at the door. Keep firing
    until you hear the door make a beep type noise. Jump back up to the
    platform to avoid the shot. After the shot jump back down and repeat.
    Once the door is gone the wall will begin to rise. As soon as the
    helicoptor appears grapple onto it and take out as many snipers as
    possible. Drop down onto the platform, not the ground, if a bullet is
    headed towards you or the core begins to fire (once again listen for
    the beep). When you are on the platform take out the turrets while
    waiting for the oportune moment to grapple back onto the helicoptor.
    Once the snipers are gone, simply take out the core and
    the door with the aformentioned techniques.
    
    
    2.A
    Snipers at the top of the waterfall
    Recommended Weapon- Spreader/Crash Shot (fully upgraded)
    
    As soon as you get to the top of the waterfall move to the right of the
    base door and fire left. You will kill every single enemy that
    comes out the door. As soon as the door closes begin firing up with
    the spreader. You should take out the first wave of snipers
    with ease. As soon as they are gone switch to the crash shot. Platforms
    will rise with grenade throwers. Stay under the right platform
    and spam the shoot button up. You should take out the right grenade
    thrower before he manages to attack. After the right guy is
    gone simply move to the left one and take him out. The platforms will
    begin to fall. Move to where the right platform was and spam
    directly up with the spreader. Black snipers will appear and you will
    take out the second sniper from the right before they manage
    to fire. After he is taken out immediately run right to avoid the shots.
    Jump left over the bullets while firing left then upon landing spam
    fire at the far right sniper. You will take him out. Now the bullets are
    easy to avoid. Spam fire left at the sniper that you initially spam
    fired left at and take him out. The last sniper alive will automatically be
    impaled.
    
    Without Recommended Weapons-
    As soon as you get to the top of the waterfall move to the right of the
    base door and fire left. You will kill every single enemy that
    comes out the door. As soon as the door closes run right and left while
    firing diagnolly up right while running right and diagnolly up
    left while running left. You should take out the snipers before they fire
    a shot. Platforms will begin to rise. Move under the right
    platform and spam fire up hitting the right grenade thrower. Both the
    grenade throwers will throw an arced grenade that is easy to
    dodge by simply moving right or left as they close in. After the grenades
    explode go back to shooting the grenade thrower. Wash,
    rinse, and repeat until the grenade throwers die. Now run to where
    the right platform is and spam fire up. You will hit the second right
    sniper. As soon as they begin to fire run right then jump left over the
    bullets while firing at the left snipers. Move back under the
    second right sniper and continue this tactic until he is dead. Now go
    to the second left sniper and use the same technique except
    substitute right for left and vice versa. Once that sniper is dead, take
    out whichever sniper you choose with ease. The last sniper will
    be impaled.
    
    
    2.B
    Waterfall Alien
    Recommended Weapon- Crash Shot
    
    Extremely easy boss right here. As soon as the battle starts he will
    move right and bring down both of his claws. Stay in between the
    claws. He will bring up the claws and move them left and slam them
    down quickly. Do not try to stay under the claws this time,
    instead move right. Now he will come back right with the claws.
    Simply stay under the thing's head from here on out. All the while fire
    directly up with the crash shot and he will die before even beginning
    to do his tail attack. Once his first form is dead he will break the
    bridge. Simply stand in the center of the bridge and fire straight up
    with the crash shot. The thing will die for good before coming close to
    hitting you.
    
    Without Recommended Weapon-
    Follow the above strategy up until the enemy doesn't make any effort
    to slam down it's claws. Run to the far right of the screen to avoid
    it's tail attack. Run back to the center of the screen and spam fire up
    at the head. He will begin to fire fireballs from his mouth from the
    left side of the screen to the right. As they approach you, quickly
    move left under them and continue firing up. The alien will raise the
    bridge and fire the fireballs from right to left. Move far left and fire
    diagnolly up right at the head. You should manage to kill the first form
    before he drops the bridge again. He will then chase you down the
    waterfall as the bridge is falling. Fire straight up at the head. He will
    continue firing from left to right then right to left as the bridge is moving
    up and down. Do not attempt to run under the fire balls unless the
    bridge is moving down. Continue firing and it will die.
    
    3.A
    Holograph
    Recommended Weapon- Crash Shot
    
    Quick battle. The holograph can only be attacked when it is in
    one piece. Simply fire at the holograph with the crash shot. Barrels will
    come towards you. Duck down and shoot the barrel in front of
    you. Proceed to shoot the holograph while it is in one piece. If it
    manages to make an orb appear shoot the orb before it can do
    it's sweep attack. The holograph will go down before any enemies
    appear.
    
    Without Recommended Weapon-
    At the beginning of the battle shoot the holograph until the
    barrels start to come. Duck down and shoot the barrels in front of you.
    Continue firing at the holograph. Once it begins firing the orbs
    make sure you focus your attack on the orbs. Never have two orbs
    on screen at once. Orbs will inevitably sweep down towards you.
    Simply jump over them. Enemies will come from the right and left of
    the screen. When they do focus your shots on them. If they shoot
    at you duck. Proceed to fire at the holograph. Once it takes enough
    damage it will move back and forth eratically. Continue shooting at
    the holograph, and as before, when the orbs appear focus your
    attacks on them. After a while the holograph will go down.
    
    
    4.A
    Ship
    Recommended Weapon- Spreader
    
    Stay on the top platfrom. Move far right, hold R and fire diagnol
    down left. As the ship moves further right switch to firing straight
    down.You should have taken out a good amount of the cannons.
    Now the ship will fire it's lasers. Run right while firing diagnolly
    down left at the lasers. As they close in hold the right button to
    avoid being hit. The ship will stop completely and on the left side
    of the ship a turret will open and begin firing up randomly. Dodge
    the bullets and move directly above the turret. Do not move
    whatsoever, the turret can not hit you. Fire straight down at the
    turret until it blows up. Now the ship will fire it's lasers. Move
    directly above the furthest left laser and fire straight down. After
    it begins blinking run as far left as possible while firing diagnolly
    down right until the lasers close in. Hold the left button until the lasers
    stop firing. If there is anything still alive on the ship besides
    the lasers now is the time to take them out with ease. The ship will
    begin to fire the lasers again but this time from left to right. Use
    the same technique to take out the lasers and the ship will go down.
    
    
    4. B
    Mr. Punchy or Sir Puncho (don't question me)
    Recommended Weapon- Crash Shot
    
    This is a really weird battle. It can either be unbelievably simply
    or hard (talking about hard mode here). At the start of the battle,
    stay to the left of the screen. With luck, the enemy will punch
    directly down with it's right fist (about 75% of the time). When it
    does, move to the left of the fist and fire diagnolly up right at
    the arm. It will pull back up the arm and attack again. Now if it is a
    punch straight down with the right hand, do the same technique;
    however, the enemy may punch with it's right hand  which is off
    the screen. If this happens the hand will come in at a 45 degree
    angle or so. Try to time your jump so that you manage to jump left
    over the edge of the fist just missing getting hit. Once out of harms
    way fire at the arm. After a while the left arm should blow up.
    Now move to the right side of the screen. The enemy will punch
    down and simply use the same technique. Once that hand is blown
    up he will move back and forth across the screen firing easy to
    dodge missiles. Simply shoot at the enemy's head until it dies.
    *During the entire battle the enemy will be firing easy to dodge
    missiles. With the spread shot you can just shoot them down.
    
    
    5.A
    Battle Cruiser
    Recommended Weapon- Any
    When the battleship first arives, flying enemies will come out of it.
    They will fire homing bullets. While attacking the enemies make
    sure you shoot down the homing bullets. A bit into the battle an
    automatic screen clear thing will fly across the screen. Shoot it and
    get it. Continue killing the bad guys. Once they are all gone the
    screen will shift and enemies will come out of the bottom of the ship.
    They will fire up at you in a sweeping motion from right to left.
    Stay in between the two far right enemies and fire straight down while
    gradually moving left. After the first wave dissappears move right
    a bit because another wave will come. Continue this technique until
    the enemies are gone. Now a black enemy will be on the left end
    of the ship while the flying enemies come out again. It's essentially
    the same thing as before but now you have to kill the black
    enemy in order to progress. Pretty easy.
    
    5.B
    Fish
    Recommended Weapon- Spreader/Homing Missiles
    The fish will swim across the screen. Follow it to the edge of the
    screen. It will reappear and fire a laser that sweeps all the way
    across the screen besides directly above it's eye. When it is done
    firing the laser continue following above the eye. About halfway
    across the screen jump and fire straight down at the eye. After
    getting hit the fish will shoot some scales into the air that come out
    of the water while swimming quickly off screen. Follow to the
    edge of the screen while shooting at  it and avoiding the scale's shots.
    Repeat the technique until the fish dies.
    
    
    6.A
    Skeleton
    Recommended Weapon- Crash Shot, Machine Gun
    
    Fun battle. During the first form the enemy will fire a row of fire
    that sweeps across the screen. First it will sweep right, then left,
    then right. Then it repeats. Simply time your jump over the fire.
    That's the only attack the enemy has, so just unload on the thing as
    you are jumping. After a while the enemy will get pissed and
    chase you backwards. Now it will do the exact same attack pattern,
    however it is invincible. There are two switches that can be shot,
    one to the right of the door and one to the left. When the enemy
    finishes it's third fire sweep it will pause. Fire at the switch on the
    left as fast as you can (use your machine gun if you have it), since
    the last fire sweep is left to right. The door will close decapitating
    the skeleton. If you can't seem to fire fast enough, there is a trick
    involving a spoon. Take a spoon and rub it quickly across the fire
    button. Weird but it makes you fire faster than you otherwise
    could.
    
    
    7.A
    Tank
    Recommended Weapon- Any powerful weapon
    
    Before the fight make sure you take out the black sniper on top of
    the building. Once that is done proceed to the fighting area. The
    tank will come from the righ side of the screen. It can only be hurt
    while firing standing up unless you have the spreader. Knowing this,
    stay to the left of the screen and fire directly at the tank. It has two
    attacks, a turret shot or grenade shot. The turret shot is quick.
    Either duck (recommended) or jump over it. The grenade shot is
    slow, jump over it. In between dodges keep firing at the tank. After
    a while it will close in on you. Duck to avoid the barrel of the tank.
    Once it pulls back continue firing at it. Continue the technique until
    the tank goes down.
    
    7.B
    Metal Spider
    Recommended Weapon- Homing Missiles
    
    During the entire fight, fire up at it's head. The spider will crawl back
    and forth between the two buildings firing bullets straight down.
    Dodge the bullets while continue firing straight up. After a while the
    spider will shoot fire at one of the two buildings and move to
    the opposite side of the screen. It will then shoot a sweeping laser
    toward the building. The fire on the building will fall down. As the
    laser approaches the building jump over the last wave of fire onto
    the building and climb up to the top of the screen narrowly
    avoiding the laser. Once the laser stops firing immediately jump
    to the center of the stage and continue attacking the enemy. Repeat
    this technique until the spider dies.
    
    7.C
    Running Bug
    Recommended Weapon- Crash Shot
    
    This is my personal favorite boss fight. As soon as you walk into the
    area the ground begins to shake. Stand still. Out of the ground
    rises a huge bug with you on top of it. Immediately shoot down at
    one of the four red circles on the bug. Those are your main
    targets for now. As the bug is running it will not attack you, nor
    can it hurt you. The only way you can be hurt is by the motorcycle
    bad guys at the bottom of the screen. The blue ones fire bullets
    at you while the red ones throw grenades. Now, continue blowing
    up the four red circles while avoiding the bullets from the motorcycle
    guys. If necessary, feel  free to take them out as you see fit.
    Anyway, once all four of the red circles are blown up (you don't
    need to destroy all four, but it helps), kill every single motorcycle
    bad guy. Jump down to the lower section of the bug then jump
    onto a motorcycle. Ride right to the head of the bug and unload on
    it's head by firing diagnolly up right at the head. Motorcycle enemies
    will come past you from the right side of the screen. As they
    do, immediately let go of R and fire backwards at them taking them
    out before they can fire. The blue guys will go down quickly
    but the red guys may throw a grenade. If they do, stop firing and
    focus on dodging the grenade. Once the grenade is dodged
    kill the grenade thrower. Once the enemies are dead go back to
    shooting the head of the bug until it is dead.
    
    
    8.A
    Red Falcon's Heart
    Recommended Weapon- Crash Shot
    
    Stand in the center of the screen and fire straight forward with
    the crash shot. The blast radius will destroy any of the enemy's
    that appear. Continue firing until the heart is dead. If you don't
    have the crash shot, fire at the heart. Turret type things will
    come out of the ground every now and then. When they fire
    just jump over the shot. Continue shooting the heart until it is
    dead.
    
    
    9.A
    Black Viper
    Recommended Weapon- Crash Shot
    
    Before the fight begins move to the far right of the screen. Spam
    fire left. If you have the upgraded crash shot or the laser
    he dies before having a chance to attack you. Once the thing
    turns gigantic fire straight up at it's anus or whatever until it dies.
    
    9.B
    Black Viper True Form
    Recommended Weapon- Crash Shot/Spreader
    
    Destroy the eyes. Don't go out of your way to destroy them
    but if you can it gives you an extra life. Now stand under either
    of the snake holes (where the long tentacle type snakes come
    out). And wait for the snakes to come out. There are four
    patterns they follow;
                     1. The right snake will come down to just a little above the
    top of the
    bottom screen and go left while the left snake goes
    all the way to the ground and goes right. If this happens head
    to the right side of the screen and fire left at the snake.
                     2. The opposite
                     3. The snakes will come down, make an inward
    motion, then twist out. Looks a bit like this )(. If that
    happens stay in the middle and fire at either snake.
                     4. The snakes will both go straight down to the second
    screen then curve up in the middle of the bottom
    screen. When this happens a grapple point appears on the chin of
    Black Viper. Grapple it and fire straight down at the
    snakes.
    Memorize those patterns and be prepared to move. Once one
    of the snakes dies a grapple point will appear at the snake
    hole. Grapple onto it and fire at the brain of Black Viper until the
    grapple point disappears. Now stand directly in the
    center of the screen and fire straight up. The brain has 3 attack
    patterns;
                     1. The brain will come down from the center of the
    screen and unleash some orbs that move very slowly then
    fly in at you real fast. Avoid the brain while firing the spreader at
    both the brain and the orbs. After enough hits the brain will
    disappear.
                     2. The brain will come down from the center screen
    and unleash four mini brains at a time which will fly across
    the screen either horizontally or vertically. Move to the left of
    the screen avoiding the brain while firing at it and jump over
    and mini brains that fly past you. After enough hits the brain
    will disappear.
                     3.The brain will swoop in from the top left while
    spewing four mini brains at you. As soon as you notic it is doing
    this run to the far right, hold R and fire your spreader diagnolly
    up left. You should kill two mini brains right away. The other
    two can be taken down with ease.
    Black Viper will reappear and follow the same attack patterns.
    Use the same techniques and after a while Black Viper will die.
    Congrats, you beat Contra 4!
    
    
    IV. Acknowledgements
    Thanks to all the sites who are hosting this, those who asked
    for my permission to host this, and in particular thanks to 
    Gamefaqs for having a fairly awesome message boards and
    especially thanks to Rfgeneration.com for being such an
    awesome videogame site. Oh, and just for fun, thanks a 
    bundle to the Super Metroid board on gamefaqs. Easily 
    the coolest group of people you can find on the internet.
    And thanks to the users on Board 8 and FAQ Help who 
    helped me format this in particular Games and Mirage 312.
    If I seem to be missing something from the faq or you have
    something to add email me at notyou2188@gmail.com.
    
    
    V. Legal Stuff
    This Faq is copyright me, Notyou4488. Don't copy, steal this,
    change this, claim it as your own or any other illegal crap that
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