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                   Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising FAQ/Walkthrough
                         By: Kenny Taylor (A.K.A Cooldude345) 
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    | Game:         Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising |
    | Platform:     GameBoy Advance [SP]              |
    | Subject:      Gameplay                          | 
    | Guide Type:   FAQ/Walkthrough                   |
    | Author:       Kenny Taylor                      |
    | E-Mail:       Kmjt2000@ameritech.net            | 
    | Created:      6/04/03                           |
    | Last Updated: 6/28/03                           |
    | Version:      0.4                               | 
    Version History
    _/ 6/04/03 Version 0.1 \_______________________________________________________
    I created the guide today.  I have laid out the format by using information 
    given in Volume 169 of Nintendo Power.  I have no idea what to expect from this
    hopefully great game, but with only a few weeks until release, we won't have 
    to wait long.  The announced release date is June 24, 2003.  
    _/ 6/26/03 Version 0.2 \_______________________________________________________
    I got the game today.  I've played through the first couple missions and have 
    found that there are TONS of changes.  I made the Table of Contents, 
    Introduction, CO's, Units and Terrain, Damage Chart, Modes of Play, Mission 
    Flow Chart, Walkthrough, and Thanks sections to the guide. 
    _/ 6/27/03 Version 0.3 \_______________________________________________________ 
    Today I added the strategy basics and strategies advanced.  I also added a 
    search feature for the guide and more information to each of the sections.  
    Hopefully all I have to add now is secrets, war room, and FAQ sections - along 
    with finish the walkthrough.  Duh.
    _/ 6/28/03 Version 0.4 \_______________________________________________________
    I finished the CO's section today, hopefully finishing every current section 
    up, other than walkthrough.  Yes, I still have a lot to add, but the game came 
    out three days ago - keep your pants on!
    To quickly go to a certain part of this Walkthrough, highlight the code, with 
    or without the brackets next to your selected section.  Then press Ctrl + C, 
    Ctrl + F, then press Ctrl + V when in the search box.  Press enter and you will
    be directly taken to your search choice!
     Table of Contents
    I.    Introduction          [Ad1]
    II.   Modes of Play         [Ad2]
    III.  Commanding Officer's  [Ad3]
    IV.   Units and Terrain     [Ad4]
    V.    Damage Chart          [Ad5]
    VI.   Strategy Basics       [Ad5]
    VII.  Strategies Advanced   [Ad7]
    VIII. Mission Flowchart     [Ad8]
    IX.   Walkthrough           [Ad9]
          A. Cleanup            [M01]
    X.    Thanks                [Ad0]
         I. Introduction [Ad1]
    Once again, War Worlds is under attack from Black Hole forces.  Sturm has come 
    back stronger and smarter then he was before, and now he means business.  But 
    don't worry!  Nell, Andy, Sami, and Max  along with other CO's from Blue Moon, 
    Yellow Comet, and Green Earth are on your side.  Let the new war begin.
    L Button:      Move cursor to units awaiting your orders.
    R Button:      Display intel on units and terrain features.
    A Button:      Confirm selections, Display map menu, Display movement range,
                   Scroll through text.
    B Button:      Cancel selections, Display attack range, Highlight all units.
    Control Pad:   Move cursor, Make menu selections, Move units.
    Start Button:  Begin game, Display overview map, Skip cinema scenes and 
    Select Button: Display intel on units and terrain features.
    - The game offers three different play modes: Campaign, War Room, and Versus.  
    Each mode contains a series of battles and options for single players.  Versus 
    mode allows for up to four players to battle.
    - The Commanding officers are pre-assigned in some battles.  In others, you 
    have the option of choosing your CO.  Each CO has two special CO powers which 
    can be used after they take so much damage.  Your choice will affect the units,
    movement, and strategy that needs to be used during each battle.
    - You can use each unit once per turn.  Direct-firing units can fire after 
    moving.  Indirect-firing units must be stationary in order to use their weapon.
    - Use the Control Pad to move your cursor over the terrain, then press the R 
    Button to access vital information of that piece of land.  Know where and when
    to fight, always.
    - Its important to know where your opponents can fire or move so you can 
    efficiently maneuver your troops to the enemy base.  By blindly running into 
    combat, you risk being attack and fired upon by units you didn't even know were
    - In addition to influencing how units move, capture, and attack, all CO's have
    two special powers that they can use when their CO Power Meters are full.  You
    can fill up your meter by defeating enemy units and taking damage your self.
    When CO Power Bars are half-full, they can use normal power.  When they are
    completely full, CO's can use incredibly strong powers that can change the 
    tide of battle for either side.
    - After each campaign victory, you'll earn a rank depending on how you scored 
    in three categories: Speed, Power, and Technique.  Speed depends on how many 
    days it took you to complete the mission, the fewer the better.  Power is 
    affected by how many enemy units you destroyed, while Technique is scored by 
    hom many allied units you lost.  S Rank is the highest honor, followed by A, B,
    and C ranking.  Depending on how many points you got, you can use your total
    amount of credits to buy maps and CO's in the Battle Maps mode.
          II.Modes of Play [Ad2]
    Campaign Mode
    - The Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising campaign is a single player, multi-
    mission war against Lord Sturm and his new CO recruits.  After you complete 
    campaign mode, you can enter hard campaign mode for new missions and more 
    challenging versions of previous missions.
    Versus Mode
    - In Versus mode, up to four players can try a variety of battles.  Some wars 
    start with battle units and production facilities in place.  Some begin with 
    only production facilities, leaving players to build their armies from scratch.
    Other wars start out with only battle units and no production facilities.
    In Versus mode there are six types of maps available for you to play on:
    - Pre-deployed are maps where the units have already been placed down for you. 
    The victor is the last leader standing
    - 3P Maps are when facilities for three armies are spread across the entire 
    map.  Up to 3 players can participate in these battles.
    - 4P Maps are when four factions populate one map.  The battlers can team up or
    go solo in an all out free for all.
    - War Room maps are just what they appear to be.  Multiple people can play 
    versus one another or team up like in certain War room senarios.
    - Classic maps are maps from the original Advance Wars games.  Comepete in 
    these to relive the battles on maps you'll probably recognize.
    - VS. Maps are maps for two opposing forces that want to face off.  This mode 
    allows players to produce their own units.
    Design Room
    Design Room
    - The Design Room allows you to create your own maps and customize the looks of
    the CO's.  In developing maps, you can shape continents, add terrain features,
    place facilities, and even put battle units into play.
    - After you've played several preset senarios, you'll have ideas of what you'd 
    like to see in your own map.  Enter the Design Room and create your world, 
    complete with up to four HQs, production facilities, and pre-deployed troops. 
    Consider your designs carefully and try to give each army an advantage.
    - As you design your battle area, put yourself in position of each army leader.
    The armies must be able to reach opposing HQ buildings to capture them.  Create
    passages for battle units to ensure that each HQ is vulnerable.
    - Factories can churn out one unit per turn, provided that your army has the 
    cash.  Leave some open space for accumulating units near factories. 
    - It may be fun to create obstacles with mountains and water, but if you want
    to encourage vehicular combat, you must lay down plains, roads, and wooded 
    areas for them to move over.
    - If you'd like the computer to create a continent and islands for you, select 
    the Fill option at the Design Maps menu, then choose random in the list of 
    terrain types.  Nell will then ask you if you want to computer to design a map.
    Answer yes to create a completly random map.  (Not completely random, the 
    computer will create a map like missions in campaign.  There won't be a factory
    in the middle of an ocean...)
    - Each CO comes with eight hair- and clothing-color variations.  Select the CO 
    entry in the Design Room, then choose any unlocked CO and cycle between the 
    color schemes.  When you've arrived at the desired look for your CO, press the 
    A Button to save your work.
    Link Mode
    - Advance Wars players unite!  By linking GameBoy Advance systems using a game 
    link cable, up to four players can participate in battles and trade maps.  
    Multiple players can battle each other using one GBA system as well.
    - Multiple players can participate in versus-mode battles by passing a single 
    Advance Wars 2 equipped GBA between turns or with a GBA-to-GBA link cable.  
    Linking also allows players to trade customized maps between game paks.
    - Up to four linked players can participate in battles, even if they only have 
    one Advance Wars 2 game pak between them.  You can upload your choice of five 
    maps with preset conditions and limited battle unit choices to GBA systems that
    aren't equipped with a game pak.
    - The ultimate multi-player experience is one in which all players have GBA 
    sytems, link cables, and game paks.  As long as one player has a map unlocked, 
    all linked players can enter the map.  CPU controlled enemies are out, its a 
    war of human adversaries.
    - Recreate historical clashes, develop devious senarios, make challenging 
    conflicts and share them with friends.  By linking game pak equipped GBA 
    systems, you can transfer the maps you have designed to another copy of Advance
    Wars 2.
    Battle Maps
    - Not all of the CO's choices and mpas for Versus Mode are available before you
    play Campaign mode.  Among your rewards for doing well in missions are credits
    you can spend on maps and CO's in the Battle Map shop.  After you complete 
    normal Campaign, you can buy Hard Mode here.
    - Several Versus mode maps are locked at the beginning of the game.  The only 
    way to unlock them is to buy them at Hachi's Battle Maps shop.  The colorful 
    shop steward will give you some war strategies and other useful information 
    when you walk in.  Then selct the map, commanding officer, or color edit option
    for a selected CO and buy it using credits you got for doing campaign or war 
    room missions.
    War Room Mode
    - War Room is an extension of Campaign mode.  The enemy CO's are preset and 
    senarios often favor one side.  You can choose your own CO from the list of 
    officers you have unlocked in the Battle Maps mode.  There are ten new War Room
    situations for Advance Wars 2.
          III. Commanding Officers [Ad3]
    Also known as CO's, they are basically generals of the battle, each with their 
    strengths and weaknesses.  Who you use may ditermine the winner of the battle. 
    Use CO's like Max when you need to crush the opponents land forces, or Grit 
    when you want to just sit back and snipe the enemy.  Commanding Officers come 
    for four different continents all over War World.  These Continents include 
    Orange Star, Blue Moon, Yellow Comet, and Green Earth.  
    Orange Star  
    An experienced crew of CO's commands Orage Star forces. The campaign begins in
    Orange Star territory, and Orange Staf CO's play major roles throughout the 
    story. Andy's, Sami's, and Max's abilities affect their units directly, making 
    them tougher and more durable for any battle situation.
    Andy: Well-rounded CO Andy doesn't play favorites.  He treats troops, vehicles,
    air units, and naval units equally.  He's the ultimate CO for player who have 
    never played Advance Wars before.  He may not be the brightest person you've 
    ever met though...
    CO Powers:  Hyper Repair / Hyper Upgrade
    - Andy's Hyper Repair power restores two hit points for every unit.  Use it at 
    the beginning of your first turn following a big battle.  For a heftier boost, 
    call upon Andy's Hyper Upgrade.  It restores five hit points to eahc units, 
    along with allowing his units to move farther and increase their attack.  Use 
    either of these to counter Hawke's CO powers.
    Sami: The champion of troops, Sami encourages her infantry and mech units to 
    move farther, capture cities faster, and cause more damage.  She's not as 
    proficient with vehicles though.
    CO Powers:  Double Time / Victory March
    - Sami's calls upon her double time CO Power to increase the movement ranges of
    her infantry and mech units by one space.  Her Victory March increases troop 
    movement range by 2 spaces and allows them to capture properties in one day, 
    even if they're damaged.
    Max is the master of treads and tires.  When he's in charge, tanks and recon 
    units cause more damage in direct combat.  However, the firing range and 
    firepower of his indirect-firing units suffer.
    CO Powers:  Max Force / Max Blast
    - Playing his strengths, the Max Force CO Power increase smax's direct-firing 
    units power and movement range.  Max Blast doubles Max Force's movement range 
    increase along with a bigger power boost for direct-firing vehicles.
    Blue Moon
    The Blue Moon forces are vairied in their specialties.  Olaf hardens his units 
    for any weather situation.  Grit is make his long distance units impossible to 
    hit by increasing their firing range.  Colin uses his economic interest to make
    his units more cheaply, unfortunately, he gets what he pays for. 
    Olaf: The king of cold, Olaf encourages his units to stay strong and keep 
    moving in the snow.  If you're going to set snowy conditions (why would you do 
    that?), there's no better CO choice.
    CO Powers:  Blizzard / Winter Fury
    - The snow falls on Wars World when Olaf executes his Blizzard CO Power.  The 
    snow causes enemy's units to slow their movements, giving Olaf the upper hand 
    (that would be the point, wouldn't it?).  Winter Fury causes the same effects 
    to happen, only it damages enemy troops.
    Grit:  True to his background as a marksman, Grit increases the range and power
    of his long-range units, but he's weak when it comes to tanks and recon units.
    He's the opposite of Max in every way.
    CO Powers:  Snipe Attack / Super Snipe
    - Both the normal and super CO Powers that Grit possesses increase the range of
    his indirect units.  Snipe Attack increases the range by 1 space, Super Snipe 
    increase it by 2.
    Colin:  CO Colin is a recent recruit to the Blue Moon corps.  The wealthy, 
    young commandercan produce units cheaper than any other CO.  His troops, 
    however, are weaker than most.
    CO Powers:  Gold Rush / Power of Money
    - Colin's Gold Rush CO Power adds 50% more money to his revenue for a turn,
    giving him the green light to produce tons of troops.  When Colin calls upon 
    the Power of Money, his unit's strength increase according to how much money 
    Colin has.
    Yellow Comet
    Carful planning makes the Yellow Comet forces near unstoppable in any 
    situation.  Yellow Comet CO's always go into battle prepared for the worst. 
    Kanbei marches into battle with confidence, Sonja leads her forces with 
    intelligence, and Sensei commands with experience.  
    Kanbei:  The emperor of Yellow Comet is Colin's opposite side.  All of his 
    units have increased power and superior defense - they're capable of shredding 
    enemies to pieces in one turn.  The drawback is that they cost 20% more to 
    CO Powers:  Morale Boost / Samurai Spirit
    - Kanbei's Morale Boost CO Power further increases the strength of his units, 
    making them do further damage.  Samurai Spirit increases both the offensive and
    defensive capabilities, along with a 150% increase in damage in their 
    Sonja:  Kanbei's Daughter, Sonja, is a careful tactician.  All of her units can
    see farther during fog of war missions, and their counter attacks are stronger.
    Also, Sonja is able to hide hit hit-point data from enemies.
    CO Powers:  Enhanced Vision / Counter Break
    - Useful only when fog of war is on,  Sonja's Enhanced Vision CO Power allows 
    her units to peer into forests and reefs along with seeing farther.  Counter 
    Break is a more powerful version of Enhanced Vision.
    Sensei:  New to Advance Wars 2, Sensei is an old and wise CO - a legendary 
    paratrooper.  Sensei has powerful infantry and copter units along with a high 
    movement range for transports.  He weakness is naval combat.
    CO Powers:  Copter Command / Airborne Assault
    - Battle Copter benefit from increased firepower while under the command of 
    Sensei's Copter Command.  This CO Power also drops infantry with 9 HP (Sorry, 
    its not that good!) onto each allied base.  Airborne Assault drops mech units 
    with 9 HP onto all allied buildings.  Those units can move that turn and there 
    is an increase in firepower bonus for copters and infantry units.
    Green Earth
    Green Earth CO's dominate the air, sea, and land with their specialties.  Eagle
    is a master with air forces, Drake is unparalled in naval combat, and Jess is 
    an expert with tanks.  Eagle and Jess dont always get along that well, but 
    Drake manages to keep the Grren Earth forces united as one to fight their 
    common enemy.
    Eagle: Although Eagel has little patience for naval combat, his ability to rule
    over the skies is unmatched.  Eagle's air units require less fuel than those 
    of other CO's, and they are superior in offensive and defensive strength.
    CO Powers: Lightning Drive / Lightning Strike
    - Eagle's Lightning Drive increases the offensive and defensive power of his 
    air units.  Lightning strike further increases the power of his air units and 
    allows the the units, eccept mech and infantry, to move twice in one turn if 
    you had previously moved them.  
    Drake:  Jolly pirate Drake is a master of naval units.  All of his floating 
    forces move farther than those of other CO's.  They have higher defenses, too,
    and they don't slow down in the rain.
    CO Powers:  Tsunami / Typhoon
    - Both of Drake's CO Powers damage all opposing units and decrease their 
    remaining fuel by half.  Tsunami hits every enemy unit for one point and 
    Typhoon for two.
    Jess:  She may not have the tough exterior of CO's like Max and Flak, but she 
    matches their influence over direct-firing vehicles.  However, the tank-driving
    CO does not do well with troops, air units, or naval units.
    CO Powers:  Turbo Charge / Overdrive
    - Jess's Turbo Charge is a tune-up for vehicles.  Their movement range 
    increases by one space when she summons the power.  Units firepower is 
    increased and their fuel is replenished.  Overdrive is a more powerful version 
    of Turbo Charge.
    Additional CO's
    These CO's can only be unloacked when certain conditions have been met in 
    campaign mode.  In order to unlock Nell, beat normal campaign with an A Rank or
    higher.  To unlock Hachi, simply beat hard mode.
    Nell:  As previously stated, you can unlock her by completing normal campaign 
    with an A Rank.  Her units strike with more force than other CO's at times.  
    She usually does more damage than she should, sometimes doing double damage. 
    No other strengths or weaknesses.  Another good CO for beginning players, 
    although by the time you get her - you won't fit in that category.
    CO Powers:  Lucky Star / Lady Luck
    - Nell's Lucky Star CO Power increases the chances of her units doing enhanced 
    damage, sometimes even doing damage to all surrounding units in a single 
    attack.  Lady Luck is a more powerful version of Lucky Star.
    Hachi:  Following your victory in hard campaign mode, Hachi will become a 
    selectable CO.  Like Colin, Hachi is able to produce units at a reduced rate.
    CO Powers:  Barter / Merchant Union
    - Hachi's Barter CO Power allows him to create units at an even cheaper price
    than they already are.  Merchant Union drops the price of every unit, along 
    with allowing you to deploy units from any allied property.
    Black Hole
    Brains and Brawn drive the the Black Whole Army's CO's.  Lord Sturms underlings
    are new to the Advance Wars universe.  Flak bring blind strength to the mix, 
    Lash adds wit, Adder slinks in with cunning, Hawke rules with pure power, and 
    Sturm, of course, is in a class by himself.
    Flak:  Strongman Flak usually increases the firepower of his units undere his 
    command.  THe keyword being usually.  Sometimes his units fire complete duds, 
    doing absolutely no damage.  He's the classic heavy hitter - he's strong when 
    he connects, but he sometimes strikes out.
    CO Powers:  Brute Force / Barbaric Blow
    - Flak's Brute Force power feeds off his strength.  It increases his units 
    firepower and sometimes triggers super strong blows. There's a chance it can 
    fizzle out though.  Barbaric Blow is a more powerful version of Brute Force, 
    but it has the same drawbacks.
    Lash:  Young inventor Lash is like Sonja's evil twin.  She is wily and 
    encourages her units to use the terrain to their advantage.  While hiding in 
    strong defensive positions, Lash's units have increased firepower.
    CO Powers: Terrain Tactics / Prime Tactics
    - Both of Lash's CO Powers make her ground units impervious to slowdown against
    all terrain features.  The power also increases the strength of here units 
    that use the terrain to their advantage.  Prime Tactics is twice as effective 
    as Terrain Tactics.
    Adder:  An ambitious snake of a CO, Adder outranks Flak and Lash and he lets 
    them know on a regular basis.  By exerting his influence, Adder is able to 
    build his CO Power quicker than others.
    CO Powers:  Sideslip / Sidewinder
    - The far-reaching Adder uses his CO Power to make his units cross terrain 
    quickly.  Sideslip increases the movement range of his units by one space and 
    Sidewinder by two.
    Hawke:  Although his name suggests he is an air specialist, Sturm's top-ranking
    subordinate strengthens the firepower of all the units under his wing.  Hawke's
    weakness is that his CO Power builds slowy.
    CO Powers:  Black Wave / Black Storm
    - Similar to Drake's Tsunami and Typhoon, Hawke's CO Powers causes damage to 
    opposing forces while repairing allied forces.  Black Wave causes and restores 
    one hit point, Black Storm causes and restores two hit points.
    Sturm:  Will Lord Sturm ever learn his lesson?  He was beat soundly in the 
    first Advance Wars and his former COs have turned on him, but he continues to 
    forge into Wars World.  All of Sturms units hae increased firepower and they 
    move swiftly over all terrain types.  The only drwback is that he is slow on 
    CO Power: Meteor Strike
    - Sturm only has one CO Power, but it's a doozy.  Similar to a missile silo, 
    Sturm calls upon a meteor to fall upon the battlefield causing damage to all 
    the units it hits.  Unfortunately, it does 8 damage instead of 3.  Along with 
    causing major damage, it also increases the offense and defense of his units. 
          IV. Units and Terrain [Ad4]
    By knowing your units strengths, weaknesses, and specialties you stand a better
    chance of winning the war.  Every piece of the puzzle has a purpose.  Examine
    the stats for every unit and weigh the costs against the benefits as you build 
    your force.  
    Move:    The move stats reflects the number of spaces a unit can move in one 
             turn with no terrain resistance. 
    Fuel:    The fuel stat is mainly a factor on only large maps.  If your units  
             are low on fuel, have them retreat to the nearest allied base or APC.
    Range:   The range stat matters for only indirect combat units.  All other 
             units must be beside their targets to attack.
    Vision:  The vision stat is only important for missions involving fog of war.
             Units with high vision rating can spot units from far diatances to
             prepare your attack.
    Description: The units name also suggests its use, build one of these to stop 
                 air units in their tracks.  Anti-air units also work well against 
                 and infantry units.  When you intend to capture an enemy airport,
                 send one of these  as back-up.
    Built At: Factory
    Cost:     8,000
    Move:     6
    Range:    1
    Fuel:     60
    Vision:   2
    Description:  APCs play a big role in the transportation of your land units.
                  Use these to move your mech and infantry units to remote bases
                  for effective capturing methods or to refuel your vehicle units.
    Built At: Factory
    Cost:     5,000
    Move:     6
    Range:    -
    Fuel:     70
    Vision:   1
    Description:  Artillery units are weaker than rockets, but are good long-range
                  units when your on a budget.  Put them behind strong direct-fire 
                  units at key positions such as bridges. 
    Built At: Factory
    Cost:     6,000
    Move:     5
    Range:    2-3
    Fuel:     50
    Vision:   1
    Description:  Inexpensive foot soldiers that are great for capturing unguarded 
                  properties.  They cost 1/3 the price of mech units and can move 
                  1.5 times farther, though they lack the power of mechs.  Not good
                  for attacking anything other than enemy infantry units.
    Built At: Factory
    Cost:     1,000
    Move:     3
    Range:    1
    Fuel:     99
    Vision:   2
    Medium Tank
    Description:  Medium (Md.) Tanks are the most powerful unit that can be used in
                  every mission.  If you can pump out a medium tank early in the 
                  battle, your opponent won't be able to forge a strong attack.
    Built At: Factory
    Cost:     16,000
    Move:     5
    Range:    1
    Fuel:     50
    Vision:   5
    Mech Infantry
    Description:  Mech units move much slower than infantry units, but they are 
                  able to hold their own against recon and tank units.  Use them in
                  the middle of the battle to capture properties.  
    Built At: Factory
    Cost:     3,000
    Move:     2
    Range:    1
    Fuel:     99
    Vision:   2
    Description:  Although they are powerful and have a long attack range, missile 
                  units can only fire on air units.  Use them to defend your base 
                  against oncoming air attacks.
    Built At: Factory
    Cost:     12,000
    Move:     4
    Range:    3-5
    Fuel:     50
    Vision:   5
    Description:  These ground units have the longest movement and vision ratings 
                  of all ground units.  USe them during fog of war missions to see 
                  the enemy from a distance, then attack with indirect or direct
                  fire units before they can retreat.
    Built At: Factory
    Cost:     4,000
    Move:     8
    Range:    1
    Fuel:     80
    Vision:   5
    Description:  Rockets have the longest indirect fire range of any ground units.
                  Put them behind your forces to soften up the enemy's units, then 
                  move in with tanks.
    Built At: Factory
    Cost:     15,000
    Move:     5
    Range:    3-5
    Fuel:     1
    Vision:   50
    Description:  Standard tanks can move and see farther than medium tanks, but 
                  lack the punch they can provide.  USe them in the beginning of a
                  battle, then move onto heavier machinery.
    Built At: Factory
    Cost:     7,000
    Move:     6
    Range:    1
    Fuel:     70
    Vision:   3 
    Description:  New to Advance Wars 2, Neotanks can only be used when you have 
                  completed certain objectives in campaign missions.  They cost the
                  same amount of money as a bomber, but neotanks can move farther, 
                  provide more power than medium tanks, and are nearly
                  indestructible in combat.
    Built At: Factory
    Cost:     22,000
    Move:     6
    Range:    1
    Fuel:     99
    Vision:   1
    Description:  The long-range fire guardians of the sea.  Battleships have the 
                  longest range of any unit and can be used to patrol the seas or
                  destroy units on land is missions that are near a shore.
    Built At: Seaport
    Cost:     28,000
    Move:     5
    Range:    2-6
    Fuel:     99
    Vision:   2
    Description:  Perfect for sea-air battles, cruisers can attack both subs and 
                  air units.  They are also capable of carrying 2 copter units.
    Built At: Seaport
    Cost:     18,000
    Move:     6
    Range:    1
    Fuel:     99
    Vision:   3
    Description:  The lander is the only transport unit that can carry vehicles,
                  making it indespensible in missions that have islands without 
                  factories.  You can load two land units onto a lander on the '
                  shoals or seaports near your base.
    Built At: Seaport
    Cost:     12,000
    Move:     6
    Range:    -
    Fuel:     99
    Vision:   1
    Description:  Submarine units are extremely effective against all sea units 
                  other than cruisers.  When submerged, they are undectible, but 
                  use 5 fuel a day.  If you're running low on fuel, retreat to the 
                  nearest seaport before it sinks.
    Built At: Seaport
    Cost:     20,000
    Move:     5
    Range:    1
    Fuel:     60
    Vision:   5
    Battle Copter
    Description:  The least expensive air-to-ground attacking unit is the battle 
                  copter.  They are able to fire upon ground units and other 
                  copters, but not high-flying airplanes like the fighter and 
    Built At: Airport
    Cost:     9,000
    Move:     6
    Range:    1
    Fuel:     99
    Vision:   3
    Description:  The most powerful air-to-ground unit is that bomber, although it
                  does cost more than twqice as much as a battle copter.  Keep 
                  these units well-beyond the range or all anti-air units and 
                  demolish enemy forces.
    Built At: Airport
    Cost:     22,000
    Move:     7
    Range:    1
    Fuel:     99
    Vision:   3
    Description:  When an air war is about to take place, make sure you have some 
                  fighters on your side.  Fighters are the most powerful unit to 
                  use against air units, other than anti-air of course.  The only 
                  drawback of fighters is their inability to attack ground and sea
    Built At: Airport
    Cost:     20,000
    Move:     9
    Range:    1
    Fuel:     99
    Vision:   2
    Transport Copter
    Description:  Transport copters are extremely useful in missions that require
                  you to quickly carry infantry units to remote locations, such as 
                  places over mountains and water.  They cost the same as an APC,
                  but are much more versitile.  Protect these units from any and 
                  all attack.
    Built At: Airport
    Cost:     5,000
    Move:     6
    Range:    - 
    Fuel:     99
    Vision:   2
    Terrain plays a major role in the damage and movement of your units.  Use the 
    following information to see where to go during certain offensive and defensive
    situations.  You will win or lose battles depending on your ability to read 
    the Advance Wars 2 map.
    Terrain Types
    The difference between terrain types is how they affect the movement of your 
    units.  Some terrain types also provide a defensive advantage of when and where
    to attack.
    Plains:  The tall grass of the wide open plains hinders the movement of 
    vehicles and provide minimal defensive cover.
    Roads and Bridges:  Ground forces travel at top speed when on roads and 
    bridges.  They can easily be blocked by enemy units though.  They provide no 
    defensive cover.
    Woods:  Offering twice as much cover as plains, thick woods slow down vehicles 
    even more.  Units can hide in forests during fog of war missions.
    Mountains:  Only ground forces can move across mountain terrain.  They offer 
    twice as much protection as woods and can double the vision rating of units on 
    them during fog of war missions.
    Reefs:  Reefs provide the only defensive cover for naval units.  When fog of 
    war is on, naval units can use reefs like forests to hide.
    Rivers:  Water runs through many of the maps in Advance Wars 2.  Infantry and 
    Mech units can wade across them while vehicles must use bridges.
    Seas: The seas are open to all naval units.  They don't offer any defensive 
    cover and don' thinder naval movement.  Submarines can hide by diving 
    Much of the strategy in Advance Wars revolves around the capturing and managing
    facilities.  You must develop a strategy before you fight based on the location
    of the following properties.
    Factories:  These structures produce all types of ground units, from Infantry 
    to Neotanks.  Keep them churning out units to increase your forces.
    Cities:  Cities generate the money used for units and repairs.  They privide a 
    defensive advantage and repair 2 hit points per unit if it belongs to you.
    Headquarters:  This structure provides as much defensive cover as mountains.  
    If Advance Wars were to be a chess game, this would be the king.  If you lose 
    it, you lose the game.
    Seaports:  These are naval bases, use them to build, repair, and refuel your 
    Airports:  These structure produce air units.  When one of these is on the 
    battlefield, push foreward in attempt to capture it.  Airports can produce two 
    of the most powerful units in the game:  the Bomber and the Fighter.
    Missile Silos:  New to Advance Wars 2, Missile Silos lauch missiles that cause 
    severe damage to all units in the blast radius.  The blast will also hurt your 
    units, so use with caution.  Only mech and infantry units can operate them.  
    The blast radious looks like this:
        O O
       O O O
        O O
    Each O standing for one square on the Advance Wars map.
    Pipelines:  These pipes feed Sturm's army.  They are indestructible, the only 
    place they take damage is at the seems.  They play a major role in some 
    Campaign missions.
    Campaign-Only Structures
    The following structures can only be found in Campaign Missions.  They are also
    only in Advance Wars 2, and some of the coolest buildings in the game.  You 
    can't use them in the Design Maps mode.
    Laboratories:  Hidden research facilities that appear on the world map only 
    after you find the map during certain missions in Campaign.  By finding these 
    labs and completing the mission, you can then use Neotanks for that part of the
    Black Cannons:  Special cannons with a large range and superior fire power.  
    They can only be used by the enemy and are susceptible to attack.
    Mini-Cannons:  While not as powerful as Black Cannons, they are still 
    formidible in combat.  They can only be used by the enemy and are susceptible 
    to attack.
    Lasers:  These four-directional laser cannons hit both friend and foe.  They 
    can only be used by the enemy and are susceptible to attack.
    Factories:  These huge factories can be used used by Sturms army to produce 
    three units at a time.  The units made can also be used that same turn, unlike 
    your factories.  A supply pipe is connected to every one of these, which when 
    destroyed, renders the factory useless.
    Volcano:  One of the many volcanoes on War World, it sometimes erupts spewing 
    chunks of molten magma.  Any troops struck by this will take damage.
    Deathray:  The Black Hole Army's pride and joy, this mammoth structure fires 
    lasers in only one direction, but it is incredibly powerful and only hits enemy
    units.  It uses so much energy to fire that it can't be used each turn.  It 
    can only be used by the enemy and are susceptible to attack.
          V. Damage Chart [Ad5]
    When you know what types of units your up against, you can develop effective 
    counter forces.  You may want to throw a Neotank or Bomber in every situation, 
    but it's often more economical and efective to use multiple unitsof different 
    varieties.  Do the math and develop a lean, mean, fighting force.
    Unit Key: 
    AA = Anti-Air    MI = Mech Infantry LD = Lander
    AP = APC         MS = Missiles      SB = Submarine
    AR = Artillery   RE = Recon         BC = Battle Copter
    IN = Infantry    RO = Rockets       BM = Bomber
    MD = Medium Tank TK = Tank          FT = Fighter
    NE = Neotank     CR = Cruiser       TC = Transport Copter
    BT = Battleship
    Damage Key:
    1 = Horrible
    2 = Poor
    3 = Average
    4 = Good
    5 = Excellent
    6 = Max Damage
    AA| 2  3  3  4  2  5  3  3  3  2  1  -  -  -  -  5  3  3  5  |
    AP| -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  |
    AR| 3  4  4  5  2  5  4  4  4  4  1  2  3  3  3  -  -  -  -  |
    IN| 1  2  2  3  1  3  2  1  2  1  1  -  -  -  -  1  -  -  1  |
    MD| 5  5  5  5  4  5  5  5  5  5  3  1  1  2  2  2  -  -  3  |
    MI| 3  4  4  3  2  2  4  4  4  3  1  -  -  -  -  1  -  -  2  | 
    MS| -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  5  5  5  5  |
    RE| 1  2  2  4  1  4  1  2  2  1  1  -  -  -  -  1  -  -  2  |
    RO| 5  5  5  5  3  5  5  5  5  5  2  3  5  5  3  -  -  -  -  |
    TK| 3  4  3  3  2  4  4  4  4  2  1  1  1  1  1  1  -  -  2  |
    NE| 6  6  6  6  6  6  6  6  6  6  3  2  2  3  3  2  -  -  4  |
    BT| 5  5  5  5  3  5  5  5  5  5  2  4  5  5  5  -  -  -  -  |
    CR| -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  5  5  3  3  5  |
    LD| -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  |
    SB| -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  3  1  2  5  -  -  -  -  |
    BC| 2  3  3  4  2  4  3  3  3  3  1  2  2  3  2  3  -  -  5  |
    BM| 5  5  5  5  5  5  5  5  5  5  4  4  5  5  5  -  -  -  -  |
    FT| -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  5  5  3  5  |
    TC| -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  |
          VI. Strategy Basics [Ad6]
    If you run your missions with precision, you'll have a better chance of winning
    - even if the odds are stacked against you.  Study the map at the beginning of
    every operation and formulate a strong strategy, but be ready to adjust based
    on your opponents actions.
    Your forces power is greater than the sum of its stats.  The pieces of your 
    army must work together to accomplish mission goals.  Consider the ways your 
    units can interact with each other as the mission progresses.  
    Your forces can take a lot of damage really fast.  If two units of the same 
    type are in danger of elimination, join them together to turn them into one 
    more powerful unit.
    The main function of transport units is to cary and protect units.  When you 
    load a units into a transport vehicle, the soldiers inside will not take damage
    even if the transport does.
    When you drop a unit, it will not be able to carry out any orders until the 
    next turn.  Be sure that the unit is protected from taking damage until that 
    APCs can refuel and reload adjacent units on the battlefield.  If you are going
    deep into enemy territory, be sure to bring an APC along making sure your 
    rockets can fire and tanks can shoot.
    Examine the terrain features of every mission area.  Your movement ranges will 
    depend on what terrain they cross.  Make sure you take the quickest possible 
    route to the enemy base before they can prepare.
    Open plains are as easy as roads for most ground units to cross.  Rockets and 
    missiles unfortunately lose a space for every stretch of plains they must 
    Woods are harder to cross than plains, but infantry units can still cross them 
    with ease.  Units on treads lose one space for every wooded area they must 
    cross.  Missiles and rockets lose two spaces.
    Among ground units, only infantry units can cross mountains.  Mech units can 
    cross mountains as quickly as they cross anywhere else.  Infantry lose one 
    space fir every mountain they must cross.   Mountains can increase vision 
    rating in fog of war and provide the most defesive cover.
    Much of your strategy for each mission should revolve around the types of 
    properties that are available for capture and the paths that lead to them.  
    Identify, occupy, and capture key areas.
    Factories, also known as bases, produce, repair, and supply ground units for 
    your army.  Capture factories to incease your unit production and keep them out
    of enemy hands.
    Not only do cities provide revenue, but they also provide cover and repair and 
    supply your ground units.  Capture as many cities as you can.
    Bridges are bottle necks that you or your enemy must funnel your units through.
    By placing strong units on bridges and backing them up with long range fire,
    you can easily keep enemy ground forces from entering your territory.
    The strength of your naval and air forces depends on the number of sea and 
    airports you have.  Choose ports that are close to enemy properties.
    To make the most of every turn, carry out the functions of your facilities and 
    units in a set order.  Follow this checklist to make sure you're doing 
    everything you can.
    1. Capture Properties
    - Cities and production facilities bring in revenue, allowing you to produce 
    more stronger units.  Identify the properties that are within range at the 
    beginning of every turn.
    2. Target Air and Naval Units
    - Opposing forces that approach by air or water have a way of sneaking up on 
    you.  They move quickly and aren't affected by terrain features.  Watch their 
    ranges and target them first.
    3. Attack with Indirect Units
    - Indirect-firing units are not in danger of immediate counter attacks.  Use 
    them to soften the enemy's forces before moving in with direct firing units.
    4. Attack with Direct Units
    - Once you've done all the damage that you can with indirect-firing units, 
    attack with your tanks.  If your direct firing units are damaged, consider 
    moving them out of harms way instead.
    5. Move Strategically
    - After you've completed your attacks for the turn, move the rest of your units
    as you see fit.  Keep the attack ranges of enemy troops in mind as you move 
    and keep out of danger.
    6. Produce Units
    - The last thing you should do every turn is take a look at your funds and see 
    what units you need to produce and can afford.  Choose strategically placed 
    production facilties, then create your new units.
          VII. Strategies Advanced [Ad7]
    There is a battle-unit combination to fit every situation.  Early in most 
    missions it makes sense to produce infantry, mechs, and other inexpensive 
    forces.As your revenue increases and your enemy's forces grow more powerful, 
    bring out the big guns.
    - Neotanks are very strong and well-armored.  They are the perfect anchors for 
    your ground attack.
    - Fighters can target all air units, but only air units.  Use them to thin out 
    enemy air forces.
    - Submarines are strong and difficult for enemy's to find.  When submerged, 
    they can attack undetected.
    It's important to size up the number and types of units on the opposing side.
    If your enemies are creating powerful forces, you must counter with units that 
    are effective against them or equal in power.  Look at the following counter 
    forces for certain enemy line ups.
    Enemy Units:  Neotank, Midtank
    Your Counter: Neotank, Rockets, Bomber
    Fight fire with fire.  When your enemies produce the most powerful tanks 
    available, counter with your own strong tanks, indirect firing units, and 
    Enemy Units:  Fighter, Bomber, Battle Copter
    Your Counter: Fighter, Missiles, Anti-Air
    If your not prepared for them, air strikes can be devastating.  Use fighters, 
    missiles, and anti-air units in a combination that will effectively keep them 
    away from your airspace.
    Enemy Units:  Submarine
    Your Counter: Battleship, Artillery, Rockets
    When your enemy's submarines are trolling the waters, no naval units are safe. 
    Cruisers are a good naval counter to subs, but the best choice is to fight 
    from the land with indirect-firing units.
    As you march toward victory, you must be aggressive, but only to a point.  
    Attack the enemies with all the strength you can muster, but don't leave them 
    stranded in enemy territory.  The following strategies will keep you in 
    fighting shape.
    - Only infantry and mech units can capture enmy properties, but any units can 
    keep an enemy factory, seaport, or airport from being used.  Place a unit over 
    an enemy facilty to stop their unit production.
    - When the object is to destry enemy units, you'll do well by double-teaming 
    enemy units.  Attack with the most powerful unit, or indirect-firing unit, then
    move in for the kill with the weaker one.
    - Transport units can't fight back, therefore making them sitting ducks.  By 
    surrounding key transports on all four sides, you can prevent them from taking 
    - Indirect-firing units are vulnerable to direct attacks, but they are useful 
    in your second line.  Mix up your unit combinations, putting powerful direct-
    firing units in the front and long range shooters in the back.
    - Position your attacking units on terrain that features better defensive 
    cover.  If you have the opportunity to attack from a city or woods, attack the 
    enemy from the city.  Your unit will take less damage in the counterattack and 
    be in good position for the enemy's turn.
    - There is power in numbers.  Keep your units together as they storm into enemy
    territory.  Your fast units will have to wait as the slow ones catch up, but 
    the benfits outweigh the costs.
    - When in Fog of War missions, use recon units to first reveal enemy forces. 
    Then attack with your units before they know what hit them.
    A smart defense will keep enemies contained, your units intact, and your 
    properties free from capture.  Establish a safety zone around your HQ and use 
    defensive positions to keep your enemies at bay.
    - By placing your defending units directly on bridges or in the middle of one-
    space passages, you can keep multiple direct-fire units from attacking them, 
    along with preventing enemy movement.
    - If enemy force capture your HQ building, you will lose.  As the battle 
    develops, assign a mix of direct and indirect-firing units around your HQ to 
    protect your capitol.
    - Don't leave your indirect-firing units out in the open without protection 
    from other indirect-firing units.  If you have to rockets or artillery units 
    close together, they can prtect each other.
    - Mountains provide more protection than any other terrain type.  When you're 
    defending with troops, put them on mountains or allied properties if available.
    - Late in the battle, you may have to take desperate measures to keep enemies 
    away from key positions.  Put expendable units in the line of fire to keep 
    enemies from attacking your more impotant pieces.
    - Your enemies will attempt to draw you into the range of their indirect-firing
    units.  Don't take the bait.  Pick off the units with your own long-range units
    or quick direct firing units before they can retreat.
    -When Fog of War is on, your ground units can hide out of siteof enemy ground 
    unitsby waiting in the woods.  Naval units can conceal themselves within reefs.
    By using these simple strategies listed in the previous two sections, you can 
    easily humiliate Sturm and his friends on any battle field.
          VIII. Mission Flow Chart [Ad8]
    After you clear the first three missions, three more missions will appear on 
    the map.  You can take them on in any order.  Once you've claimed victory in 
    Orange Star , battles in Blue Moon and Yellow Comet territories will become 
    available.  Every fight offers its own challenges.  If you can't crack a 
    particular battle, move onto another one and come back when you have more 
    fighting experience.
    Border Skirmish
    Orange Dawn
    Flak Attack - Lash Out - Andy's Time
       |             |
    Test of Time*  Liberation
    Tanks!!!  -  Reclamation - Toy Box - Neotanks!?*
       |             |            |
    T Minus 15   Nature Walk   Two-Week Test
               Factory Blues
    Sea of Hope* - Show Stopper - Silo Scramble   - Sensei's Return
                      |                |                |
                 Duty and Honor - A Mirror Darkly - Foul Play
                                  The Hunt's End
    Drake's Dilemma - Sea Fortress - Sinking Feeling - Danger X9*
           |               |              |
      To The Rescue - Navy vs. Air - Rain of Fire
                    Great Sea Battle
                      Hot Pursuit
                      Final Front
    * denotes that you must find the secret map in the connected level to access
    @ denotes that there is a change in territories.  Starting out in Orange Star, 
    then Blue Moon, followed by Yellow Comet, moving into Green Earth, and finally 
    Black Hole.
          IX. Walkthrough [Ad9]
    The main part of Advance Wars 2 is the Campaign mode.  You can use CO's coming 
    from all four allied continents.  The story slowly unravels showing CO 
    friendships and rivalies.  Use all that you have learned to defeat your 
    opponent.  You can not lose, the world's fate depends upon you to lead its 
    forces to victory.
    Mission 01: Cleanup [M01]
    Following a a large battle with Flak's forces, only two enemy units remain.  
    It's a good time for you to step in and show Nell what your made of.  You'll 
    finish quickly if you focus on the two enemies rather than capturing the HQ. 
     Hit them hard, then move onto the next challenge.  
    Commanding Officers:
    Orange Star:  Andy
    Black Hole:   Flak
    - Bridges are important strategic points.  Units on tracks or wheels can only 
    cross rivers at these points.  If you protect all bridges, you can contain 
    enemy forces.
    - Trees provide cover.  By attacking from forests, your unit already has a 
    defensive advantage.  In Fog of War (FOW) missions, units can hide in woods 
    without being seen.
    Move your units foreward and simply attack the enemy units.  You out number 
    them and can use the forests for cover.  Attack them while they try to cross 
    the bridge.  This is the easiest mission in campaign, obviously.  More to 
    come soon!
          X. Thanks [Ad0]
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                   be reading this write now.
         You:      For reading this.
         Myself:   For writing this.
         Nintendo: For making this great game.

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