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                                   A Walk-Through
    1) Introduction
    2) Control Breakdown
    3) Weapons, Power-Ups, and Scoring
    4) Enemy Manifesto
    5) Simple Mechanics
    6) The Walk-Through
    7) Secrets
    8) In My Opinion ...
    9) Acknowledgements
    Hi there! It's glass_soul again, bringing you yet another FAQ. If you are
    familiar with any of my work, you may have noticed the rather somber tone
    of this FAQ's table of contents. Don't worry; I haven't lost my sense of 
    humor. The dryness above is sort of my silly, silent show of respect for 
    the game that this article is about. Because this game demands respect. 
    Though there hasn't been a new chapter in the saga for some time now, this
    cart launched one of the most successful franchises in the history of 
    video games. This cart gave the company Capcom its mascot, one that is 
    much better known than its original front-runner Captain Commando. And it
    introduced us to a wonderful world of robots, genius scientists, cute 
    allies, and a little blue protagonist with a cannon on his arm: MEGA MAN.
    Mega Man is my favorite game franchise, bar none. I love every incarnation
    of the little, blue freak, from the origional series to X and beyond. Due 
    mostly to my slavish devotion to the series, I may tend to gush and babble
    at various points in this walk-through (I just got done re-editing the 
    intro you are about to read, since the origional was about 20 times as long
    and contained more useless info than you needed to know about Mega Man's 
    origins; this is a FAQ afterall, not a fanfic). This is just a long-winded
    way of saying I might get off point from time to time here. Just bear with
    me, okay? :) 
    It is the year 20XX. Technology has advanced to levels previously 
    unthinkable, making life pleasant and easy for the human race. The 
    pinnacle of these scientific leaps is the successful creation of androids-
    robotic humanoids, which can be programmed and used for a wide variety of
    occupations. In this field, none are better known than Dr. Light and Dr.
    Wily; colleagues, rivals, and friends. These scientists live and work in 
    the massive city of Monstropolis where their creations help make daily life
    better for everyone.
    To this end, they build eight highly advanced  androids. Unknown to Dr.
    Light, Dr. Wily also had his own private pet-project: a mind-altering
    device, inteneded to be used on criminals as a quick way to reform them. 
    Unable to get a test subject to see if the thing works or not, Wily opts 
    for expediance and uses it on himself. A decision which, not only being
    blatantly stupid, has horrific consequences (for the next 2 billion years).
    The mind-machine worked, all too well. But since Dr. Wily was basically a
    good person, it changed him into a raving lunatic determined to conquer the
    world. Wily in turn used it on six of Light's new androids and found to his
    delight that the machine worked on them as well, changing their programming
    from useful rolls to a predilection for murder and mayhem. Then, as a last
    act of defiance towards Dr. Light, he has his new android army smash their
    shared lab to bits and then attack Monstroplois as well.
    But all is not lost. The two androids left behind were named Rock and Roll,
    and Wily skipped using his brain zapper on them because he felt they would
    be useless in his meglomaniacal goals. Rock was a lab assistant and Roll 
    was a house keeper. And the other androids could shoot fire, lightening,
    ice, bombs, blades, or throw boulders the size of Buicks around. I mean, 
    just how threatening can a robot programmed to be a maid possibly be? This,
    however, would prove to be Wily's undoing.
    Rock had a strong sense of justice for a machine, and he didn't like what
    his former siblings and his former uncle were aiming to do one bit. Since
    the world appeared to be at Dr. Wily's mercy, Rock volunteered to have Dr.
    Light convert him from a simple lab assistant to a war machine. Thus Mega 
    Man was born.
    You are Mega Man. Your mission is to destroy the six stolen robots, find 
    Wily's secret laboratory, and put an end to the madness before the world 
    plunges into eternal darkness. Good luck, Mega Man; you are most 
    definitely going to need it.   
    Since this is a NES game, and a fairly old one at that, you only have one
    option at the title screen, and that's to start the game. There are no 
    passwords in the original Mega Man; if you're going to beat the game, 
    you'll need to do it in one sitting. The control scheme isn't complex at 
    all either, using all the buttons that the NES controller has to offer but
    in a very straightforward way.
       D-Pad - You move Mega Man with the directional pad. He can run either 
               left or right, both being necessary since there are points 
               where you'll need to pull a strategic retreat as well as blaze
               ahead. The up and down directions will come into play when you
               need to climb or descend ladders. 
      Select - Pauses the game. Another unique feature of the first Mega Man,
               as from 2 on out Capcom decided to do away with the simple 
               pause function. 
       Start - Pressing this button will start the game or select the stage 
               you'd like to attack. During the game itself, start calls up
               the sub-screen where you can choose between the weapons you've
               acquired before zipping back to the action.
    A Button - A makes Mega Man jump. The longer you hold down the A Button, 
               the higher Mega Man will jump. A critical function in any 
               platformer of this era.
    B Button - Whether it's your standard Plasma Cannon or one of the weapons
               you've stolen from a defeated robot master, B is your attack 
               key. This has variants as well depending on what weapon you 
               currently have equipped. We'll talk more about this in a 
    During your time as Monstropolis' metal policeman, you'll encounter a wide
    variety of items and equipment that will greatly assist you in your 
    mission to end the robotic rampage and bring Dr. Wily to justice.
    Rock's special ability when he was a simple lab tech was the power to copy
    any tool he needed to assist Dr. Light in his constructs. This talent 
    rolled (rock and roll? ha ha ha arrrgh!) over into his incarnation as Mega
    Man, allowing him to steal the powers of defeated high-level androids. 
    Mega Man's color scheme will change according to which weapon you
    currently have activated. This is more an aesthetic feature than anything
    else, but it is kind of neat and your colors will affect the colors of
    certain on-screen items (as well as the spark balls that fly off the
    screen in a billion different directions when you die).
    The drawback to these stolen goods is that you don't have an infinite
    amount of power to keep using them indefinitely. When you have a special
    weapon equipped, a second power-meter will pop up next to your life bar
    and will deplete with every shot you fire. The different weapons you
    acquire all eat energy at different rates. Once that bar is exhausted,
    you won't be able to use that weapon again until you recharge it. 
    The following is a complete run-down of all the special weapons you will
    acquire as you blast your way through the game. Seeing as I have been
    unable to come up with any "official" names for these weapons, unlike in
    subsequent Mega Man games, I have taken a few creative liberties.   
    Bomb Bomber (Green and White) - Bomb Man's goody. Mega Man will toss out a
                                    nice, round bomb that will explode after a
                                    brief delay. Though damaging and having a
                                    nice blast radius, you can't throw these
                                    very far. Most regular enemies are a bit
                                    too quick for you to use these 
                                    effectively against them, but there are 
                                    instances where Bomb Bomber becomes 
       Cut Blade (Gray and White) - You gain this ability from Cut Man. It 
                                    sends a scissor-like blade out in a 
                                    boomerang-like circle. Though slow and 
                                    with a fairly limited range, the Cut Blade
                                    is a strong weapon and can destroy several
                                    in one hit enemies that you can't even 
                                    hurt with your regular Plasma Cannon. 
                                    Since it behaves like a boomerang it can
                                    hurt enemies both coming and going as 
                                    well. But don't get too excited about 
                                    that; it will still eat energy with every
      Elec Beam (Gray and Yellow) - Debatably the most useful weapon in the 
                                    game, you get this for taking down Elec 
                                    Man. It fires out three bolts of 
                                    lightening, one straight ahead and two 
                                    vertically, giving you unparalleled reach.
                                    The Elec Beam will damage absolutely 
                                    everything in the game, and is in fact the
                                    only weapon that does significant damage 
                                    to several of the tougher boss characters.
                                    Couple that with the fact that it eats 
                                    energy very slowly for being such a 
                                    powerful weapon and you've got some 
                                    serious firepower at your fingertips. 
      Fire Storm (Red and Yellow) - Fire Man's weapon. The Fire Storm shoots a
                                    large fireball in whichever direction you
                                    happen to be facing. This weapon hurts 
                                    most things bad, and can in fact penetrate
                                    certain enemies' shields. As a bonus, 
                                    shooting this weapon will temporarily 
                                    encase Mega Man in a shield of fireballs.
                                    Though this won't stop gunfire, it will 
                                    put the hurt on anything that's stupid
                                    enough to touch you.
     Guts Power (Brown and White) - Though critical in several areas, this 
                                    special weapon has the least practical 
                                    uses in the game. Now why is that? Well, 
                                    this power allows you to pick up rocks and
                                    heave them at enemies. Once thrown the 
                                    rocks will shatter, spreading out in four
                                    directions for a shotgun effect. Guts 
                                    Power hurts like sin when it hits, but you
                                    can only lift specific blocks through the
                                    course of the game (signified by the brick
                                    starting to flash while you're standing 
                                    next to it with Guts Power active). As the
                                    name implies, this it the ability you 
                                    receive from Guts Man.
       Ice Arrow (Blue and White) - Ice Man's weapon. Enemies that die in one
                                    hit will be destroyed as usual, but foes 
                                    that take multiple hits to take down will
                                    be frozen in their tracks instead. This 
                                    will permit you to blast them the rest of
                                    the way to pieces without the risk of 
                                    being counter-attacked. Ice Arrow is also
                                    able to freeze certain traps.
      Magnet Beam (Blue and Blue) - Actually a utility rather than an attack 
                                    weapon, the Magnet Beam is found on Elec 
                                    Man's stage. Using this item will allow 
                                    you to create platforms in thin air, 
                                    permitting you to bypass areas with 
                                    difficult jumps if you so desire. The 
                                    platforms will hover where you lay them 
                                    for about six or seven seconds before 
                                    vanishing, so you'll need to move kind of
                                    fast while using this if you don't wish to
                                    be dumped into empty space. Still, Magnet
                                    Beam is a godsend in certain areas, and 
                                    absolutely necessary to have in others.
    Plasma Cannon (Blue and Blue) - Also known as the Arm Cannon. This is Mega
                                    Man's standard weapon, firing plasma 
                                    bullets out in a straight line. Your 
                                    blaster is fairly weak compared to the 
                                    other guns you'll pick up from the robot 
                                    masters. However, you'll always have this
                                    available if you need it and the Plasma
                                    Cannon is the one weapon that never needs
                                    to be recharged.
    In addition to your weapons cache, we also have a power-up plethora to 
    assist you. The following is a detailed list of everything you can expect
    to run into while you play through the game.
                1-Up - These look like Mega Man's smiling head. Grabbing one
                       will give you an extra life.
        Bonus Points - These little balls are dropped by defeated enemies.
                       Red, blue, orange or gray, once you complete a stage
                       you'll earn 1000 points for each ball you have 
       Power Pellets - These come in large and small sizes and will restore
                       either a bit or a bunch of your life bar. If you've
                       happened to play any of the other five Mega Man games
                       that were released on the NES but are new to the
                       original, you might not recognize these immediately.
                       The appearance of these items wasn't standardized until
                       Mega Man 2, and in this game they kind of look like
                       light bulbs instead of the flashing circles they became
                       later. But they serve the same purpose. Sometimes
                       enemies will drop them, other times you'll find them
                       scattered throughout the levels.
    Weapons Capsules - As with the Power Pellets, these will restore either a
                       little or a lot of the current special weapon you are
                       currently using. Also, like the Power Pellets, they 
                       look significantly different than they do in the other
                       Mega Mans (Mega Men?). These are one of the items that
                       will change color according to which color Mega Man
                       currently is. Again, as with the Power Pellets, Weapons
                       Capsules are dropped or simply found.
     Weapons Package - These are only dropped by your friendly, neighborhood
                       robot master upon their demise. They look like a
                       flashing ball with a cross on them. Grabbing this will
                       give you the powers of whichever enemy you just
                       defeated, as well as end that current level. 
            Yashichi - Only found on the very last level shortly before your
                       showdown with the mad Dr. Wily himself. This symbol
                       shows up in a myriad of old Capcom games; I'm thinking
                       it was sort of their company logo. It looks kind of
                       like a four-pointed throwing star. In Mega Man, it 
                       fully restores your life as well as completely 
                       refilling all of your special weapons.
    Having an actual scoreboard is something that the first Mega Man had that
    was done away with upon the subsequent titles. And it's really not
    particularly hard to see why.
    First off, you gain points by destroying enemies as well as gaining a 
    hefty bonus for collecting those bonus balls mentioned above. In addition
    to that, you get an even bigger bonus for taking down the bosses.
    Unfortunately points are pretty pointless (pun unintended) in this game.
    Since you don't earn lives or anything else for your score and there's no
    leader board to enter your initials on after the game is over, points 
    don't matter one bit. Although some people like seeing how many points 
    they can rack up (on old NES games, I always shoot for a million, just 
    because it's a nice, round number and it's usually kind of difficult to 
    reach on old NES games, and I wonder if I could use the phrase 'old NES 
    games' one more time ... which I guess I just did), they really have no 
    bearing on the game itself.
    Now let's meet all of the wonderful things that are going to be trying to
    kill you. Unlike subsequent Mega Man titles, Capcom actually bothered to
    name most of the enemies you'll meet. First we'll talk about the minor 
    foes you'll encounter while slugging your way through the levels 
    Beak - 200 points -
    These are little gun turrets that make their homes in the sides of walls.
    After brief intervals where they're closed Beaks will open up and fire a
    succession of shots, four in all, in a variety of angles. Since Beaks are
    weak enemy which only take one hit to destroy, you'll seldom encounter
    them one at a time. Usually they pop up in groups of three to four
    instead. Beaks are invulnerable while they're closed; you can only take
    them down after their outer shell has opened up. 
    Blader - 500 points -
    Bladers are flying enemies that will swoop towards Mega Man as they get
    closer to him. Though weak they seek safety in numbers, attacking in
    groups of three. Though another weak enemy, Bladers tend to show up in
    precarious areas with pitfalls, where one false move can mean death.
    Big Eye - 9000 points -
    The largest non-boss character in the game, Big Eyes are giant,
    Cyclops-like robots that jump around and attack by trying to land on your
    head. Being hit by one hurts like hell, and they're surprisingly fast for
    a large character. Big Eyes tend to be end-of-level gatekeepers, usually
    guarding the doorway to each the robot master's lair. Able to absorb a
    sizable amount of damage, it is usually a better idea to try and sneak
    past them rather than resorting to brute force.
    Bomb-Omb - 0 points -
    More like hazards than actual enemies, these are white explosives that pop
    up from various pits throughout the game. Once they've reached the zenith
    of their flight path, Bomb-Ombs explode, separating into four smaller
    bomblets that rain down on the area below them. Your weapons are useless
    against these explosives; dodging is the only way.
    Tackle Fire - 200 points -
    These are little, evil-looking fireballs that haunt Fire Man's area.
    They'll fly up out of the lava that infests the stage and then slowly
    float down towards your big blue head. Not too difficult to kill or avoid,
    Tackle Fires always attack in waves of three. 
    Crazy Razy - 500/1000 points -
    Crazy Razy is one of the most unique enemies in any the game. Green and
    white and vaguely humanoid, Razy will charge at you while firing bullets
    when he walks onto the screen. If he passes you, his lower legs will
    explode and his upper half will start dive-bombing Mega Man in a pattern
    similar to the Bladers. Razy's torso can and will dog your every move
    until you either shoot him down or manage to run away. Simply shooting
    him will only demolish his lower half and trigger Razy's idiot flying
    torso attack early. If you want to take him out in one hit, you need to
    aim for his head. Each half of Crazy Razy is worth 500 points, and you get
    1000 for taking him out in entirety.
    Flea - 300 points -
    Fleas are small, round, jumping enemies that inhabit several different
    areas of the game. Another fairly weak foe, and like most of the weaker
    enemies in the game Fleas attack in groups seeming to take a quantity over
    quality approach.
    Floating Shell - 800 points -
    Yet another enemy that has a strong defense, Floating Shells look like
    floating shells (kind of like calling Iowa a corn-filled state). At 
    regular intervals, the shell will pop open and fire bullets in eight 
    different directions (!) at once. Though only able to absorb one hit,
    the Shells can only be damaged when they open up.
    Foot Holder - 0 points -
    Foot Holders have the unique distinction of being an enemy that you have
    to ride to get from point A to point B. These invulnerable bad guys have
    flat tops, a large pair of eyes, and a propeller on their bottom keeping
    them airborne. You'll encounter Foot Holders spanning huge pits or rooms
    lined with spikes; in other words areas you can't possibly jump across
    without some assistance. In these areas you'll be forced to jump from Foot
    Holder to Foot Holder as they fly around in an aggravating, erratic
    pattern. To make matters worse they're armed too, firing bullets out of
    either side of their heads at regular intervals. Being hit by these shots
    will usually result in you being knocked off your current perch, dropping
    you to an untimely demise.
    Killer Bullet - 800 points -
    These look like fat missiles with eyes and snarly mouths. Killer Bullets
    move from right to left across the screen in a wavy flight path that can
    make them tricky to dodge or shoot. One hit will take these enemies down.
    But unlike most other opponents you'll encounter, Killer Bullets explode 
    in a big way when shot. Being caught in the blast will hurt you just the 
    same as being touched by them.
    Met - 500 points -
    Meet the little hard hat jerks that will be a thorn in Mega Man's side to
    the END OF TIME. Mets, also known and Hard Hat Hooligans or simply Hard
    Hats, are little hardhat (who'd have guessed?)-wearing robots that hide
    under their hats until you get close to them. Once within range, they'll
    pop out briefly and fire a spread of three bullets at you before ducking
    back into the safety of their hats. Mets are only vulnerable when they
    open up to attack, so you need to dispatch them quickly. In later titles,
    Mets get feet and can move around in a wide (and I do mean W*I*D*E)
    variety of ways. But for the original, they're immobile. 
    Octopus Battery - 300 points -
    Octo Batteries are boxy robots with suction cups on all four sides. They
    can absorb a decent amount of punishment and actually inflict a fair
    amount of damage should you come in contact with them. Octopus Batteries
    only move in a set pattern back and forth, however, and as such they are
    fairly simple to dodge.
    Peng - 500 points -
    Motorized penguins, the Pengs are another annoyance enemy. Taken down with
    but a single shot, the fly from the right side of the screen to the left.
    Although you'll only ever see one at a time, in the areas where Pengs
    attack they will keep coming at you until you've moved past the area. They
    fly in the same right to left wavy pattern that Killer Bullets have, and 
    are similar to Bladers and Watchers in that Pengs don't inflict much 
    damage but tend to show up in areas where one false move or unlucky hit
    will send you plummeting to your death.
    Picket Man - 1500 points -
    These guys look like Mets with bodies. They carry shields to deflect your
    shots and heave pickaxes at you in an arc. Like most enemies with some
    kind of protection, Picket Men can't be hurt for the most part as long as
    their shields are raised. Fire Storm will actually penetrate blast through
    their shields and destroy them whether they're defending or not. Only
    found on Guts Man's level.
    Screw Bombers - 500 points -
    These are stationary circular gun turrets. When you get close to one, it
    will pop out and fire two spreads of bullets in a half circle. Screw
    Bombers are another fairly weak enemy, though their low profile can make
    them hard to hit if they aren't attacking. Not really much of a threat
    unless you're low on health.  
    Sniper Joe - 5000 points -
    Another Mega Man staple who turns up in various forms in virtually EVERY
    Mega Man out there, this is Sniper Joe's debut as well as the Blue Bomber.
    Recognizable by their single eye, Sniper Joes are another shield bearing
    foe. Like other bad guys with protection he has to drop his guard in order
    to attack you, and that's when Joe becomes vulnerable. These guys will 
    also jump around making, themselves a harder target to hit than the Picket
    Men. Sniper Joe only appears on Bomb Man's level.
    Spine - 200 points -
    Spines are little enemies that resemble mobile landmines adorned with
    spikes. They patrol set platforms, moving back and forth along the length
    of their assigned area. Though normally they move rather slowly, once Mega
    Man is on the same level as a Spine it will start zipping back and forth
    as if it had suddenly taken a big drag of crack smoke. Worse, you can't
    hurt them with your normal Plasma Cannon, and their small size makes them
    a difficult target with anything else.
    Super Blade - 500 points -
    These are exclusive to Cut Man's level. In two areas, you'll pass a sliver
    bunker with a square peephole cut into its center. The Blades will swarm
    out of this hole in an arc, attempting to slice you to ribbons as long as
    you're near enough. Though not invulnerable, Super Blades will only be on
    the screen for a short amount of time, frankly making it easier to simply
    avoid them all together.
    Watcher - 400 points -
    Watchers are hovering enemies that, when they're level with Mega Man,
    extend two electrodes to fire a pair of electric bolts at our azure ally.
    They're not all that tough, just another foe you can take down with a
    simple cannon blast. The problem is you won't see Watchers right away; 
    they float onto the screen about three seconds after you've entered an
    area where they lurk essentially springing a surprise attack. When you
    couple that with the fact that they generally inhabit areas where it's
    pretty easy to get your blue butt whacked into a pit or onto spikes, they
    can be a deadly enemy indeed. Watchers always attack in a pack of six,
    three from the top and three from below.
    Of course, enemies aren't the only things you'll encounter while trying to
    free Monstropolis from Dr. Wily's iron grip. You also have the pleasure of
    dealing with an array of lethal traps and pitfalls.
      Electrodes - Only found on Elec Man's stage, you can recognize these
                   hazards by the twin-blue circles that inhabit the blocks
                   they are fired from. Electrodes shoot a single, solid beam
                   of electricity at regular intervals, making them
                   essentially the same as the Fire Beams on Fire Man's level.
      Fire Beams - These are like the below-detailed Flame Spouts, except they
                   fire horizontally rather than vertically. They are also 
                   immune to Ice Arrow; you can't freeze them. Though perhaps
                   not as damaging as Flame Spouts, the Beams can injure you
                   even if you only touch the nodes that they fire from.
     Fire Bricks - Another charming obstacle that lurks on Fire Man's level,
                   these look like flaming brick walls and hit like them too.
                   Though they only move along a set track, the flaming bricks
                   move like immolated Mack trucks and are very tough to 
                   avoid. Fortunately, they only appear in one room, so your
                   relationship with them will be brief and bitter...like most
                   of mine have been.... and probably always will be.... 
                   *sniff* I just.... *sob*...oh please just go away!
    Flame Spouts - Inhabiting Fire Man's stage (obviously) and a few areas of
                   Wily's fortress, Flame Spouts create a jet of fire that 
                   shoots upward. Touching one won't kill you instantly, but
                   it does inflict some hefty damage on your person (about 
                   six hits will make you dead at full power). These can be 
                   frozen with the Ice Arrow and then walked on, assisting in
                   your passage of this obstacle.
             Ice - Found on (SURPRISE!!!) Ice Man's level. The entire terrain
                   of this sector is coated with a thick slathering of this 
                   slippery substance. When running, it takes a moment to get
                   the traction to move. Likewise once you get going it takes
                   time to come to a complete stop, causing Mega Man to slip 
                   around as if he were wearing roller skates. This can get
                   you really, really killed if you're close to the edge of a
                   cliff, so caution is a must.
            Pits - Come on guys. This is a NES platformer. Of course there are
                   plenty of places where, with a miscalculation or an enemy
                   hit at the wrong time will, you'll be sent hurtling to your
                   death. This, needless to say, is instant death. So don't
                   let it happen.
       Rail Cars - In several areas, you'll come across rail-riding platforms
                   that move back and forth over huge pits or spikes. You'll
                   need to ride these to get to where you need to go, but the
                   catch is there are gaps in the rails. When the cars reach
                   these gaps, they will dump, sending you sliding to your
                   doom if you're still standing on them. 
          Spikes - Spikes show up in different areas, but touching them always
                   ends the same way: you'll go up like a Roman Candle on the
                   fourth of July. Touching Spikes always spells instant doom,
                   and even if you've just been hit and are enjoying the few
                   seconds of theoretical invincibility that comes with 
                   getting damaged (see below) they'll still kill you 
     Warp Blocks - In various areas of the game, you'll come across blocks 
                   that will vanish and reappear in a variety of mind-boggling
                   patterns. While these unstable platforms don't pose a
                   threat to you directly, they will usually be positioned
                   over an array of nastiness like deadly spikes or pitfalls.
                   One false move generally spells disaster. They can also
                   screw your aim up while jumping if you time it wrong. For
                   instance, should you happen to be in the same spot where a
                   block is fixing to appear when it warps in, it will shove
                   you off to either side. Depending on what's beneath you,
                   this can be a recipe for disaster.
           Water - In most Mega Man games, water means you get to jump really
                   high. But, due to the fact that this is the first Mega Man
                   game created and the only place there's liquid to trudge
                   through is Ice Man's stage, you don't get to enjoy this
                   advantage. Rather the liquid acts more like sludge,
                   actually hindering your jumping abilities. Thankfully,
                   there's nothing in this area that can murder you in one
                   touch (spikes, pits, IRS foreclosures). Still a
                   miscalculation whilst bogged down in this mess can cause
                   you to take damage you could otherwise avoid under normal
                   circumstances. A few adjustments to your playing tactics
                   may be necessary.
    And finally, rounding out this section of the FAQ we'll briefly discuss
    this game's bosses. Bosses are, as you may have guessed, the toughest
    characters in the game. For starters, each receives an energy meter the
    same size as yours, and indeed boss characters' attacks hurt considerably
    more than your run-of-the-mill bad guys. The key to taking care of these
    toughies is the fact that the special weapons you'll accrue on your
    journey have varying levels of effectiveness on each of these foes. This
    gives you (in theory at least) an edge in the battle. Still, some of them
    are quite hard. The six primary robot masters (Cut Man through Guts Man)
    do not have set point values. Instead, the computer selects a random 
    'Clear Bonus' for defeating each of these villains ranging from 50000 to
    90000 points. 
    Bomb Man 
    As the name implies, Bomb Man tosses bombs at you while jumping around his
    lair and making a general idiot of himself. If he hits you directly, it
    hurts about as much as his explosives do, so be careful while fighting
    Cut Man 
    Good old scissor-head! Cut Man is probably the weakest of the six robot
    masters in this game; your normal plasma shots will actually do a fine
    job of taking him out. Still, his Cut Blade can hit you coming and going,
    and if you get too close he'll start to try jumping on you a la Mario,
    which makes fighting him quite a bit harder.
    Elec Man 
    I've always thought of Elec Man as the leader of the sinister six. He's
    just sort of got that 'I-am-in-CHARGE' (ha! puns are fun!) attitude about
    him. Elec Beam is just as powerful in his hands as it becomes in yours,
    and that paired with the fact that he's pretty quick and agile you've got
    a serious brawl on your hands here.
    Fire Man 
    Fire Man's not as quick or jumpy as some of the other bosses are, and in
    truth he doesn't need to be. His version of Fire Storm sends wave after
    wave of what looks like the Fire Bricks your face. Due to their size these
    aren't easy to dodge. In addition, his flaming shots will leave a small,
    residual bonfire at your feet. Landing on this doesn't hurt as bad as
    being hit directly, but it will still hurt you. And when battling this
    creep, you need to avoid taking damage as much as possible.
    Guts Man
    Dr. Wily seems to have an unhealthy obsession with Guts Man; he's appeared
    in different incarnations in more Mega Man games than any other robot
    master in the series. Guts Man is slow and the rocks he throws at you
    aren't that hard to dodge. But touching this big boy will result in some
    serious injury to your personage, and when he jumps the entire room 
    shakes. This won't take off any life but it will knock you off your feet,
    stunning you for a moment or two and leaving you wide open for an attack.
    Ice Man 
    Maybe it's the cold, but Ice Man moves slower than any other boss in the
    game. To make up for this lack of speed, he fires out Ice Arrows in 
    triplicate and in a pattern that is very difficult to avoid. This can be
    a tough fight if you're not on your toes.
    Once you get to Dr. Wily's hidden fortress, your work's only half 
    complete. Each level of the outpost is guarded by a special mechanical
    monster that make the regular robot masters look like wind up toys by
    comparison. You do get a set amount of points for dispatching each of
    these monstrosities, and here they are.
    Bubble Boys - 70000 points -
    Precursors to Mega Man 2's Bubble Man, the Bubble Boys are the third boss
    in Wily's fortress. There are a total seven of them, and they circle the
    room as you fight, shooting bubble shots at you the entire time. To make
    things even more interesting, the Bubble Boys speed up as you take them
    down. Thankfully, their energy meter is cumulative; each one is
    represented as a part of their whole energy meter.
    Clone - 100000 points -
    One of the harder fights in the game, Dr. Wily didn't steal Mega Man the
    way he did the other six robots. He did however manage to construct an
    almost perfect replica. The Mega Man Clone fights identically to you,
    automatically switching to any weapon you happen to be using at the time.
    Defeating your evil twin is definitely one of this game's tougher
    Rock Monster - 100000 points -
    The toughest fight in the game, bar none, the Rock Monster is the
    guardian of the first level of Wily' fortress. This big, yellow bastard
    will start the battle by warping into the room, one piece at a time. Once
    it has assembled itself, it will open its single, red eye and fire at you
    before splitting apart again and zipping to the other side of the room.
    Any contact with its shots or its bits will put the hurt on you something
    fierce, and Rocky is only vulnerable when it's fully assembled with its
    eye is open.
    And last but definitely not least ...
    Dr. Wily - 200000 points - 
    When all's said and done Dr. Wily will finally engage you, piloting the
    first of his many mechanical assault ships. Since Wily's the main bad guy
    of the series, he gets two energy meters to play with rather than just
    one. The first meter measures the strength of the ship's outer armor, and
    the second tells you how close you are to taking down the craft itself.
    Wily's not going to go quietly either, as he's going to be shooting at
    you the entire time you're trying to bring him down. 
    Now before we get started on the actual strategy guide, there are some
    basic game play mechanics that you should be aware of. Learn these, live
    by these, and you'll increase your chances of survival ten-fold.
    Mega Man was one of the first games that allowed you to choose the order
    in which you tackled the levels of the game rather than putting the stages
    in a set order for you to slug through. Of course, this wasn't done just
    for lark. Since different weapons work better on the various bosses than
    others there's actually a fair amount of strategy that goes into choosing
    what order to battle the robot masters in. Obviously, some methods make 
    better game plans than others, but I should stress that there is really
    no definitive order to play through the game in. Since the whole point of
    this FAQ is to teach you the easiest way to conquer this game, the method
    I have outlined in the walk-through section is the way I feel is the best
    but it is by no means the only.
    Once you've selected which level you wish to take on first, you will 
    teleport down to the beginning of that level. There are several things
    you should take note of on the main screen. First off, that little blue 
    guy is you. The white bar meter at the top left side of the screen is your
    energy meter (read: life) and at the top center will be your score (as
    noted earlier, points are merely that in this game, points, so there's
    really no need to pay attention to this). 
    As detailed in the Controls section, pressing Start will call up the
    sub-screen.  At the bottom of this menu will be an icon that looks like
    the 1-Up items in the main game with a number by it, indicating how many
    lives you have left. Above this will be a list of the special weapons you
    have acquired thus far, allowing you to select the weapon you need at the
    moment you need it. After you blast a robot master to itty bitty chunks,
    their weapon will be added to he sub-screen, indicated by the first letter
    of their name ('B' for Bomb Man's Bomb Bomber, 'C' for Cut Blade, and so
    forth; your Plasma Cannon is indicated by 'P'). Use the D-pad to highlight
    your weapon of choice for the moment. Then press start to return to the
    game with that weapon equipped and ready for action.
    I'm not sure what the deal is here. Perhaps it's just because the game is
    so damn old, but Mega Man seems to be adversely effected by his own 
    inertia. That is, even when he's not traversing the ice on Ice Man's 
    stage, he's got the tendency to slide around a bit when moving. Should 
    this be your first encounter with a Mega Man game, this might not be too 
    much of a problem. However, it does make the controls feel slightly 
    sloppier than they should. And that's never a good thing for any video
    Another thing you should be made aware of is that picking up Power Pellets
    or Weapons Capsules will slow you down slightly even if you don't actually
    get any benefit by touching them. This can make you very dead if you are
    in mid jump; the lag time will screw up your speed as well as your aim, 
    usually ending with a one-way trip into a pit.
    One of the most important features of most of your weaponry is the ability
    to actually fire through walls. Nearly everything in your arsenal can be
    shot through solid areas, allowing you to take certain enemies out without
    exposing yourself to danger. Be forewarned however that you don't have the
    exclusive rights to this advantage; enemies that shoot are also unhindered
    by walls.
    Pausing or visiting your sub-screen while you're clinging to a ladder can
    have disastrous consequences if you aren't careful. The game interprets
    this as you teleporting back into the level, just like you do at the 
    area's outset. Why is this bad? When you teleport in you won't be
    automatically holding onto the ladder anymore. If you don't hold up on the
    D-pad immediately after unpausing the game you'll fall, and there are 
    several areas in the game where being careless and forgetting about this
    programming peculiarity can result in your death.
    This is a highly important feature of the Mega Man series. Whether jumping
    or falling you have full control over what direction you head in while in
    mid-air. You can reverse the direction of a jump, swing to the left or the
    right, whatever you need to do. This is a very important ability, and one
    you'll need to master if you intend to beat Dr. Wily and his mechanical
    miscreants. Being hit in mid-air negates this ability somewhat, seeing how
    as with any incurred injury the first thing that happens to Mega Man is he
    gets knocked backwards. However, recovering from these dangerous
    situations is entirely possible as long as you have enough distance to
    fall. (The exception seems to be when you get battered off a ledge, as
    Mega Man tends to fall to earth like a two-ton safe if you weren't in the
    middle of a jump.)
    When you select a special weapon another meter identical in size but
    different in color to your life gauge will appear on the left side of your
    health. Firing special weapons will decrease your special weapons meter
    with each shot. Once said meter is completely gone, you can no longer use
    that weapon until you recharge it via the method described in the 
    power-ups section of this FAQ. Each special uses up energy at a different
    rate, so get to know how quickly you will burn through each weapon's
    energy so that you can use each one to its maximum benefit.
    In games like this, the tendency is to not use special items unless you're
    hard-pressed to do so or unless you're tackling a particularly tough foe.
    In Mega Man, it's not making liberal usage of your specials that can cost
    you in the long run. You see, during the game's initial stages between
    each level you will get a full refill of all your weapons energy, so 
    there's really no reason not to use your weapons if you need to or if you
    feel like it. Once you reach Wily's fortress though you'll need to start
    exercising a bit of caution. Since those four levels are played back to
    back, whatever drain you've caused on your energy reserves does carry over
    to the next level. 
    Being throttled by enemies will deplete your life. You can restore this
    meter by picking up the power-ups detailed in that section of this FAQ
    above. When an enemy or gunfire hits you, Mega Man will be knocked back a
    little bit and flash in an 8-bit example of robotic pain. While you should
    do your best to avoid taking damage as much as possible, being hit does
    give you a second or two of invulnerability after the damage has been 
    done. In a pinch, you can use this feature to scurry past difficult foes
    or tricky spots in the level. This obviously has no bearing on being
    whacked into a pit, and less obviously does nothing to protect you from 
    instant death if you are knocked onto spikes.
    When you reach the boss of each stage, they teleport in, make a
    threatening gesture at you, and then a health meter of their very own will
    appear on-screen. Identical in size to yours, boss character energy meters
    will show up on the right side of the screen and are usually red in color.
    When you reduce the boss's health meter to zero, he'll explode in a fun
    ball of sparks and you will have completed the current level you're on.
    Of course, he's going to be trying to do the same to you the entire time,
    so no free lunch.
    If the tables are turned and YOU are the one who gets their meter reduced
    to nothingness, you will explode into that nothingness in a manner
    identical to the boss characters. Of course, that's not the only way to
    kick the bucket. Falling into a pit or scraping spikes spells doom as
    well. You begin the game with three lives, as in most NES games. You can
    of course pick up extra lives as you battle your way through Monstropolis.
    But if you lose all of our lives then it's the dreaded GAME OVER. 
    Should unfortunate situation come to be, you will have option to either
    Continue (which will start you back at the beginning of the level you
    bought the farm on with a fresh trio of lives and full restoration of all
    your specials) or you can go back to the Stage Select screen (which grants
    you all of the above plus the ability to try your luck on a different
    area). There's no real penalty to continuing, though you do lose all of
    the points you've accumulated. All of the bosses you've taken out will
    remain eighty-sixed and you can continue as many times as you'd like.
    The exception here is Dr. Wily's levels. If you make it to, say, the third
    area in Wily's fortress, buy the farm, pick stage select, and choose to go
    back to Dr. Wily's fortress you will have to start back on stage 1 of the
    final levels.
    If you so desire (or if you miss something critical like the Magnet Beam)
    you may replay each of the initial stages as many times as you like. Each
    of the six robot masters will be back for another tussle at the end of the
    stage and you will still receive your Clearing Bonus for beating the snot
    out of them. You don't get anything special to add to your special weapons
    repertoire for beating the robot masters more than once.
    All right. Let us get this puppy fired up. As stated above, there's no set
    way to complete the first six stages of the game. However, I have come up
    with what I believe is the most effective method for eliminating the robot
    masters. Following my suggestions below will allow you to complete the
    game without necessitating an extra side-trip to get that damn Magnet 
    Beam. The first stage you are going to want to head to is Guts Man's
        WEAKNESS: BOMB BOMBER (3 Hits)
    This rocky stage begins with a small hill guarded by those pesky Mets.
    Climb the hill, and get a nice, good look at your first obstacle. And it
    can be pretty damn hard to get past actually. Kind of sets the mood for
    the rest of the game, huh? Anyhow, you'll see a series of rails, each with
    a car on them going back and forth over a large pit. You need to leap from
    one of these to the next in order to cross this area. Of course Capcom we
    can't allow this to be easy, so on two of the rails there are gaps at
    regular intervals. When the rail cars reach these, they'll dump dropping
    you to your death. Jump slightly before the rail car reaches the gap,
    holding the A-Button down for maximal airtime. Wait too long, you die.
    Jump too soon, you die. Yippy-skippy, no? 
    Once past those damned rail cars and back on solid ground, a trio of
    Bladers will attack you. Past that and up a few platforms is a large
    Power Pellet. Chances are you haven't taken that much damage yet, but
    grab it if you need it before pressing proceed onward. 
    The next obstacle you'll encounter is Picket Man. If you had Fire Storm in
    your inventory you could blast right through their shields, destroying
    them in one shot. As it stands, however, you're going to have to do some
    fencing with your Plasma Cannon. Picket Man will keep their shields raised
    for a bit, eventually lowering their guard to shower you with pickaxes. 
    They toss the axes in an arc, so what you need to do is get under that arc
    and pummel them with your Plasma Cannon. It may take a turn or two, but 
    once you figure the pattern you'll be able to take down these guys no 
    sweat. There will be several more Picket Men guarding the metal catwalk 
    you'll come to. These may require a smidge more caution since you'll have
    your back to a pit and spikes respectively during each fight. Once past
    those encounters keep following the path, and the path leads down. (I 
    dunno; after years of playing 3D games on everything from the computer
    to the Dreamcast to now the PS3 it's kind of nice to be playing a game
    again where the only way to go is left to right.)
    As you drop down to the next screen, veer to the left so that you land on
    the nearest of the three pylons. Here, another trio of Bladers will attack.
    After taking out that trash, your path splits. If you drop down the right
    hole, veer left, the center hole veer right; whichever you choose, this
    will land you on a break in the right pylon which contains another large
    Power Pellet. If you choose the left hole, veer right since dropping
    straight down will land you on some spikes. There's an alcove with two
    small Power Pellets to the far right, but another trio of Bladers will
    attack from that side of the screen and you'll need to eliminate them
    before trying to scoop up the Power Pellets. 
    After that's taken care of, take the left hole down. Going right will land
    you on another set of spikes. You can avoid those by making a hard left as
    you fall, but why tempt fate if you don't have to? There's another small
    Power Pellet here next to the spikes, which you probably won't need
    considering you just got enough energy tossed at you for free on the last
    screen to power a small country. There's also a 1-Up in a far alcove here.
    However you can't reach it without using the Magnet Beam and you quite
    obviously don't have that yet. So sigh with regret and continue downward.
    Meet Big Eye! He's LOADS of F*U*N!!!! I'm being extremely sarcastic. Big
    Eye is a jerk. These things have two jumping attacks; one that goes low but
    covers a lot of ground and a high leap which doesn't go far but enables
    them to climb ledges to get up to your level or land on your noggin from a
    great height. They randomly alternate between the two jumps, making them
    that much harder to deal with. You can try to gun Big Eye down, but it's
    almost always smarter to try to slip past him. You're close enough to the
    boss that risking being seriously injured while fighting this jerk is a bad
    idea, one that's only going to make taking down Guts Man harder if you get
    hit once or twice. Wait for Big Eye to make one of his high jumps and dart
    under him. Keep running too; the big stupid will turn around quickly and
    give chase. As pointed out in the enemy section, Big Eye is fairly fast for
    a large enemy. 
    After a brief dash across this rocky area you'll come to a door and
    entering said door would put you within spitting distance of Guts Man
    himself. You're not quite there yet though. In all later Mega Man titles,
    the outer gate to any robot master's room leads to a short one-screened
    hallway, which ends in an inner door that leads to the master himself.
    These halls are safe zones, a spot before the big showdown where you can
    catch your breath, heal, and psyche yourself up for the coming battle. In
    the first Mega Man though, he hallways are quite a bit longer, and are
    infested with enemy robots. In Guts Man's case, he's got more of those
    aggravating Mets in his corridor. 
    Now while this might seem like one more hurdle to leap before you get to
    attack the boss, this set up can kind of actually work in your favor.
    You're in a closed environment. You're facing off against weak enemies.
    You can force those enemies to re-spawn as many times as you like. In
    essence, you have before you an energy factory which only requires that you
    run back and forth and shoot things to make them drop Power Pellets,
    Weapons Capsules, and if you're really lucky a 1-up or two. This is a
    godsend should you have taken a severe beating or are low on weapons
    Whatever the case, when you're ready to go head to the doors at the far
    right of the tunnel. Guts Man awaits ...
    Guts Man - Your first meeting with this big boy isn't going to be a
    cakewalk I'm afraid. Since you don't yet have Bomb Bomber, you're going to
    be forced to take down Guts Man with your Plasma Cannon alone. Your Plasma
    Shots aren't exactly harmless to Guts Man, but the damage they inflict is
    far from heavy, which will draw this conflict out a fairly long time.
    When you enter the room, stay exactly where you are. Guts Man teleports
    down on at the far right. He'll begin jumping around and tossing rocks at
    your head. Anytime Guts Man lands from a jump, it will make the room shake
    and temporarily knock Mega Man off his feet. He'll usually attempt to hit
    you with a rock while you are thusly stunned.
    To deal with this huge menace, fire when he jumps. Since you are on a level
    above him, you'll drill Guts Man with Plasma fire while he's in mid-air.
    The rocks Guts Man tosses at you will split into four bricks and spread out
    like a shotgun as they sail towards you. However, again your being on a
    level higher than he is will make jumping over these projectiles fairly
    easy. Being knocked down by Guts Man's earthquake-like shaking of the room
    I pretty much impossible to avoid; you simply have to wait to regain your
    Guts Man tends to keep his distance from you, though occasionally he'll get
    the bright idea to hop up and join you where you're standing. Should this
    happen, you've got two choices. First, you can stand your ground.
    Truthfully 9 times out of 10 Guts Man will jump back down into his little
    pit, allowing you to continue pounding the holy hell out of him. If he
    doesn't do that, and makes another hop toward you instead, you're going to
    have to act fast. Leap over his big dumb head and charge to the right side
    of the room, effectively trading places with him. Guts Man actually hurts
    you quite a bit worse by merely touching you; make sure you avoid him as
    you skedaddle away. With your roles reversed, dodging the flung rocks
    becomes a bit trickier. You should have enough of a lead on Guts Man if he
    decides to do this by now, so it's a simple thing to finish him off. 
    (Once in a blue moon, he'll pull this stunt right off the bat forcing you
    to give up your perch before doing any significant damage. If you are
    unlucky enough to have this happen, switch places with him as detailed
    above and hope he decides to leap back to his original position quickly.)
    Whatever the case, Guts Man will go down with a minimum fuss. Nab his
    Weapon Package to end the level. Once back to the Stage Select screen make
    Cut Man your next target.
        WEAKNESS: GUTS POWER (2 Hits)
    The first area you need to run through is scattered with a series of
    platforms and ladders, and is guarded by two Blader waves. Past that will
    be your premier encounter with the Beaks. They tend to spit out a lot of
    gunfire, which can be intimidating. But their shots really aren't that hard
    to avoid if you don't panic. Beaks always start with a high angled shot
    first, giving you ample time to counter them especially if you happen to be
    on a lower level than they are. Scale through the next several screens
    until the road stops going up. 
    Whew! No more vertical fighting for a bitsy. But don't let your guard down.
    That silver shack (Shaq?)in the back isn't just there to make the
    background pretty. Once you get too close, the thing will start flinging
    Super Blades in your direction. Simply run past and they'll all miss,
    however. Once you're far enough away from the shack (Shaq?), the blades
    will stop flowing. Also at about this time a gang of Fleas will jump in to
    play. Fleas are more annoying than deadly, so fight your way past, keep
    moving to the right, and guess what? It's time to go vertical again! Except
    this time, it's not the Beaks you'll have to worry about. 
    Meet the Octopus Batteries. 
    These things inflict a fairly high amount of damage for low-level baddies;
    underestimate them and they will kill you pretty quickly. The Batteries
    only move up and down or left and right though, and are fairly easy to
    avoid or destroy if you're paying attention. Climb through the next four
    screens, passing or blasting the Octopus Batteries as you go. 
    At the top of your climb, you'll come to another Super Blade maker. Run
    past that like last time and keep heading to the right. Another trio of
    Bladers will attack you here. Grab the large Power Pellet in this area if
    you need to do so, then scale down the ladder.
    We're going vertical again, except this time you'll be heading down instead
    of up. The next two screens involve dodging Floating Shells whilst trying
    not to be clobbered onto the waiting spikes below. The Shells themselves
    will keep flying in from the right continually, making fighting them a
    pointless waste of time. If you're going to bother shooting them, do so
    only to get them out of your way. 
    Going two screens down makes things go back to running left and right
    again. Another Big Eye guards this area. I still recommend flight, but it's
    up to you. Past this cyclopean menace is the gateway to your next boss
    fight. Cut Man's tunnel is filled with Screw Bombers, which coat the
    ceiling and the floor. Bash your way down this brief hallway and you'll
    come face to face with scissor head himself.
    Cut Man - When you run into this jerk later, you won't have the luxury of
    using Guts Power on him. However that's a fight to detail further on in
    this FAQ. Since you've got the ability and the means to use it, switch to
    Guts Power immediately after entering Cut Man's hidey-hole. Drop down from
    the entrance platform and make for the first brick as Cut Man charges out
    to greet you.
    Now, Cut Man has two basic attacks up his sleeve. Sometimes he'll decide to
    toss his blades at you. This attack basically acts as a very sharp
    boomerang, flying towards your face and then returning to Cutty along the
    same line that he threw them. The blade can hit you coming and going, but
    even though it will take a chunk off your life meter if it hits, it's
    actually pretty easy to avoid. Cut Man's other attack is trying to jump on
    you. This looks moronic but is actually quite a bit harder to dodge.
    Typically the key to making this fight a snap is space. Cut Man won't use
    his jump attack unless he's literally standing on your toes. Anytime Cut
    Man takes damage, he reels backward aways, which should permit you to keep
    your distance. Time your attacks so that he's either coming down from a
    jump if he gets too close or he's paused momentarily after throwing his
    blades. Two hits are all it takes here. Should you miss with the bricks,
    switch back to your Plasma Cannon and simply stand and blast this punk to
    pieces. After collecting Cut Man's weapon, your next target is Elec Man.
        WEAKNESS: CUT BLADE (3 Hits)
    Your first obstacle here is a trio of Spines on three platforms above your
    head. Change to Cut Blade to take care of them then climb up off the first
    screen. Two more Spines greet you in the next are, along with a large Power
    Pellet, which seems totally unnecessary considering you are about ten
    seconds into the level. Grab it if you need it and continue up.
    Next we get our first encounter with Electrodes. Touching these is a no-no;
    it's not the most damaging thing in the books here, but they do hurt a bit.
    The beams will switch off and on, giving you a small window of time to
    scoot through before they reactivate. Watch the pattern, dash by as they
    switch off, and continue your ascent.
    The next area will lull you into a false sense of security by posing no
    visible threat to your shiny, blue posterior. Don't fall for it. About
    three seconds after showing up, Watchers will float onto the screen and
    begin shooting at you. Three come down from the top and three more will
    enter from the bottom. Once within range the Watchers will extend their
    electrodes and fire dual bolts of lightening at you, dashing off the screen
    after they've attacked. 
    To handle these threats, use the following tactic. First hop off the ladder
    to the platform on your left; taking a hit while still on the ladder will
    make you lose your gripand while falling here won't prove fatal, you will
    drop down through several screens you had already passed, forcing you to
    fight your way back up. Aim your Plasma Cannon to the right first. Being at
    the bottom of the screen will put the lower trio in range quicker than the
    upper three. As soon as each one pops into your firing arc, blast it to
    ribbons. With the lower trio destroyed, turn your attention to the
    remaining Watchers approaching from above. Due to the small nature of the
    platform you're on, you won't have a lot of room to maneuver. Fire from in
    a right, left, right pattern, switching back and forth from one side of
    the platform to the other as you blast the Watchers to pieces with a
    minimum of fuss and damage. Remember this encounter; the tactics used on
    the Watchers here will work on them virtually everywhere else they pop up
    during the game. Playtime is over in this area so Continue your climb up
    the level.
    The ladder you are currently on extends past the next screen you'll climb
    onto, which looks exactly like the last screen. And it is. More Watchers
    come out and play, so hop off the ladder again and deal with them as you
    did last time. Once everything's clear continue your climb.
    In the following area you'll get your first encounter with Warp Blocks.
    Carefully watch how the blocks appear and vanish, and plot your course
    accordingly. Screwing up here mercifully won't prove fatal. It will only
    cause you to fall back through the last several areas (again). There are
    two ladders leading off of this screen, and you want to take the one on the
    right. Going left here will lead to a platform with three small Weapons
    Capsules. But it also dead-ends, forcing you to backtrack and take the
    right route anyway (besides, even though you've used a little Cut Blade,
    you probably won't need to refill it yet and there's still plenty of level
    to slug your way through for that purpose). At the top of the right ladder,
    wait a couple of seconds for the Warp Blocks to start popping up. They form
    sort of a walkway to the next ladder, so stroll across and up, up, up you
    The only danger in the next area comes from some rather precise jumping you
    need to do. Missing one of these alarmingly small platforms will cause
    death by falling. I'd advise against going for the large Power Pellet here,
    since the jump you'll need to execute in order to escape the alcove it's
    located in is way too tricky to be worth it. Besides, unless you've really
    screwed up you ought to still be fairly healthy. Reach the ladder and go
    (GASP!) up.
    The next area features more Watchers and two ladders. Eliminate the
    Watchers a la your patented 'Watcher tactics' (tm). Now you get to make
    another one of those route choices. Decisions make life worth living, no?
    Allow me to break down the advantages and disadvantages of either path
    before you move on. Taking the ladder on the left will force you to deal
    with a trio of Spines on the next screen, which in turn will require
    another use of Cut Blade draining it's energy reserves somewhat. On the
    screen after that, Watchers will attack again. You'll have plenty of room
    here to maneuver around and get rid of them, so no difficulty here, and the
    next ladder leads to a screen where the paths converge again. If you opt to
    take the right way you'll only have to sneak past two Electrodes on the
    first screen. However, in the next area where the Watchers attack, the
    lower three are going to come out right up underneath you. Improvise your
    tactics here. Stay on the ladder and climb towards the top of the screen.
    When the Watchers appear, annihilate the upper trio fast then quickly climb
    out of the area before the lower three can attack.
    That done, the next area will bring you face to face with a little item
    that's going to be your best damn friend throughout the remainder of the
    game: the Magnet Beam. It's blocked by three heavy bricks but no matter
    since you've got Guts Power. Heave the blocks out of your way, and snag the
    item. Once that's safely in your possession, the path divides again and,
    like last time, each ladder has good stuff and bad stuff ahead.
    For starters we'll go left again. First you'll have to deal with more
    Spines (and use up more Cut Blade). In the area after, there will be two
    Electrodes to slip past. Finally on the third screen you'll have the
    pleasure of handling Electrodes and a Flea or two. When you come into this
    room don't move at first. Fleas are morons, and will constantly jump in
    your direction. In this case, that results in the Flea at the top of the
    area leaping off the edge of the platform. There's half the battle right
    there (G.I. Joe!!!). Now it's a simple matter of getting past the
    Electrodes and climbing the rest of the way up.
    Taking the path on the right might prove even simpler. The first two
    screens will involve dodging Electrodes, which is simplicity in itself.
    When you reach the Flea area, there's simply no way to avoid combat this
    time. Shoot the simple Flea that's enclosed with you using your Plasma
    Cannon. Switch to Guts Power in order to move the brick blocking your path
    in a simple manner. Then simply take down the other Flea. Try to do so with
    the rock you're carrying for added simplicity. Then simply scale the ladder
    out of this simple area. Simple, right? 
    (Note: if you reach this area without having acquired Guts Power you must
    go up the left side.)
    At the top of your climb is another area identical to the first set of
    hazardous jumps you ran into a ways back. You could live on the wild side
    and leap from block to block if you wish. But personally, I've never been
    one for taking idiot risks when I don't need to. Break out that Magnet Beam
    and use it to make a bridge in the air for E-Z departure.
    Up one more screen brings you to two more Electrodes, past these and up the
    ladder after that will greet you with the sight of the door leading to
    Elec Man. Of course, nothing can ever be that easy: the door is guarded by
    another damn Big Eye. As usual, I recommend flight, though if you'd like
    to, go ahead and fight. When Big Eye is either dead or safely behind you,
    duck into the doorway.
    Even the hallway leading to Elec Man himself is vertical! This time,
    instead of enemies, the shaft is filled with Electrodes. Time it right,
    sneak past the beams, and get ready for your next boss battle.
    Elec Man - Switch to Cut Blade to deal with Ol' Sparky. Elec Man is going
    to be a bit trickier than either of the robot master you've faced so far
    for two reasons. One! He's quicker than sliding on linoleum coated with
    snot, which will almost certainly lead to one or more contact hits. Two!
    Elec Beam is a wide, long, stream of lightening. Though fired in a linear
    manner, it moves in a wave-like pattern. Needless to say, this isn't the
    simplest thing on earth to avoid. 
    In spite of all this, I do bear some good news. Cut Blade will drop Elec
    Man in a mere three hits, and the blade will hurt him if it hits on the
    initial throw or the return flight. Time it right and it's even possible to
    nail him twice with one shot. You will most likely take some damage from
    lightening-boy, but unless your health is critically low this battle should
    be no problem. Once Elec Man is safely six feet under, head for Ice Man's
        WEAKNESS: ELEC BEAM (3 hits)
    As you may have expected, Ice Man's is a snowy wonderland coated with ice.
    Coupling that with Mega Man's penchant for sliding forward even when he's
    supposedly on normal ground and the ice is going to make movement
    throughout this entire level a pain in the ass. But nobody ever said being
    a robotic super hero was going to be easy. And if they did they were lying.
    Anyway, let's get started shall we? Your first challenge will come in the
    form of Crazy Razies. Dispatch them by hopping and shooting them in the
    upper half. Otherwise you'll have Crazy Razy torsos zipping all over the
    place in an attempt to bash in your face. Past the Razies it's time to take
    a dip in some sludge. As detailed above, water functions differently in
    this game than it does in other Mega Man titles, so bear this in mind while
    moving around. Over the course of your underwater expedition, there are
    several pits guarded by Spines (old face) as well as a never-ending wave of
    Pengs (new face). Cut Blade or Elec Beam will eliminate these the Spines,
    and Pengs can be dropped by pretty much anything. Eventually you'll climb
    out of the water and you'll come to a pair of Octopus Batteries guarding a
    large Power Pellet. Blast them and grab the energy recharge if need be then
    drop down to the next level. 
    Now have the supreme joy of dealing with Warp Blocks again! First thing to
    do here is eliminate the Spine; you may fall a time or two into the pit
    it's guarding, and there's no point in taking damage if you don't have to.
    That out of the way, observe The Bad: the pattern here makes the blocks
    that appeared in Elec Man's level look like simple addition compared to
    trigonometry. The Good: you're not over anything lethal. Feel free to screw
    the pooch as many times as you want here. Of course you can always use
    Magnet Beam for a quick way out of here. However, you're coming up on an
    area which is much more difficult to traverse than these simple block
    patterns. Saving Magnet Beam to use it there is the smarter thing to do,
    seeing as you're in no danger of dying here. Either way, once you've
    conquered this room, drop down to the next area.
    This is the beginning of that long, annoying area that I was just talking
    about in the previous paragraph. And a fairly benign beginning it is. This
    first part is pretty much the last room revisited-Spine, Warp Blocks, and 
    all. Make your way out of that first area and head to the right. This will
    bring you face to face with the Foot Holders for the first time. Typically
    at this point you'd be forced to jump from one of these things to the next
    in order to cross that deadly, huge pit you see at the bottom of the
    screen. The ice coupled with Mega Man's control problems (drug use, 
    overeating, nymphomania... I'm kidding! Get a sense of humor!) make this
    area one of the most difficult in the game, especially when you factor in
    that the Foot Holders will be shooting at you the entire time. And there's
    even more too! Once you pass the island that is at the halfway point,
    you'll be attacked by an endless way of Pengs, making the crossing even
    MORE dangerous if such a thing can be imagined. 
    Thankfully, you've got the Magnet Beam. While using this doesn't completely
    eliminate the dangers to life or limb here, it does make things a hell of a
    lot easier. There a large Weapons Capsule on the afore mentioned island, so
    snag it to recharge Magnet Beam. This will insure you won't run out of
    juice before hitting the far side of this area (be VERY careful when
    picking this up however; your perch here is icy and movement is compounded
    by the lag time that comes collecting...um, anything). 
    Once past that nightmare, there will be a shaft leading down to the next
    area with a 1-Up in an alcove cut to its side. Due to the annoying
    frictional effects of the ice, if you simply drop from here you won't be
    able to duck into the alcove. Instead, jump forward into the shaft and then
    hold hard left as you start to fall, swinging (hopefully) to the side as
    you drop. This should land you in the cubbyhole, though don't be surprised
    if you miss. Either way, head down when you're finished.
    As you drop into the next room, hold hard left again. This will allow you
    to land on a platform with three small Power Pellets and three small
    Weapons Capsules (should you screw up on the fall, you can use Magnet Beam
    to claw your way back up to the area). Goodies collected, take the next
    shaft down again.
    Well looky here! Big Eye again! You know what that means of course? You're
    close to the boss. Fight or flight, again it's up to you. Duck into the
    doorway and head down Ice Man's hall. In this passage you'll be faced with
    an endless barrage of Pengs. Keep moving right and blast the robots as they
    fly in. Soon enough, you'll reach the inner door and the moment you've been
    waiting for.
    Ice Man - Snow-boy moves quite a bit slower than anyone else you've ran
    into thus far. He also doesn't seem to want to get close to you, which is
    refreshing for a change. The first thing Ice Man does at the outset of the
    fight is run to the far right side of the screen. Then, he'll leap into the
    air and slowly float to the ground while firing out three separate Ice
    Arrows at three different heights. Once touching the ground he'll go back
    up, shooting three more shots at the same height interval. This Ice Arrow
    barrage effectively covers your entire jumping range with projectiles. His
    two barrages fired, Ice Man will run toward you a bit and repeat the 
    Opt for Elec Beam when dealing with this robot master; its wavy shot does a
    pretty thorough job of covering both high and low targets without requiring
    you to jump. Also, it murders Ice Man in a mere three hits. The top two Ice
    Arrows in the barrage will sail harmlessly over your helmeted noggin, but
    the low shot needs to be leapt over. Try and avoid the shots, but don't
    worry if you get hit a time or two. Your job here will be finished before
    you know it. Next, head to Fire Man's domain.
        WEAKNESS: ICE ARROW ( 7 Hits)  
    Things get rolling right off the bat when you transport into this toasty
    environment. Screw Bombers are your first set of adversaries and a stacked
    set of platforms and ladders are your first set of obstacles. Elec Beam is
    ideal for handling enemies that are above or below you, so use that in this
    first area. Past that you'll come to several pools of lava. Change Keys
    will pop out of this fiery goo three at a time, and a Flame Spout inhabits
    the island in the middle, so there's really nowhere safe to stand. Take 
    your time and carefully make your way past these obstacles and scale the
    ladder at the top of the room. There is a large Power Pellet in this room
    as well, but unless you've been really stupid really quickly on this level,
    there's no way you'll even remotely need to use it. FYI, you'd need to use
    the Magnet Beam to collect this item if you decide to go for the nab. (Now
    that I think about it, flinging energy at you when you least need it seems
    to be a recurring theme in this game.)
    Up in the next area is a pair of Flame Spouts, each guarding a small Power
    Pellet. Again, unless you've been exceptionally reckless so far there's no
    way you'll need these. Scale the next ladder up and off the screen. Here
    you can either dodge past the Flame Spouts and Fire Beams directly which is
    much more exciting/difficult/moronic, or you can use the Magnet Beam to get
    you to the upper path of this room. Up top is also a pair of large Weapons
    Capsules, enabling you to recharge some specials if need be, and giving the
    high road even more appeal. When you come to the ladder leading out of the
    current area, you will also come across a three-pack of small Power Pellets
    for your life replenishing needs. Gather these up before you move on.
    And moving on we go. Descending brings you to a brief screen with Change
    Keys and a pair of Flame Spouts. It's pretty simple to dodge through, but
    the next room is somewhat larger and more complex. It is a large,
    horizontal chamber filled with Change Keys and Flame Spouts, and bears
    oh-my! Just kidding about those bears. You will basically be leaping from
    platform to platform over pools of lava, so your primary concern here is 
    going to be getting smacked off a ledge. Dodge, duck, dip, dive, dodge, and
    blow anything that gets in your way to the tenth level of hell, then climb
    up the ladder to escape. Notice those chunks of flaming debris falling down
    the chute next to the ladder that leads out of this area? That's what you
    get to play with in the next area. 
    This is your one dealing with the Fire Bricks. Personally, I intensely
    dislike these things because if you try to slip between the bricks there's
    virtually no way you can avoid taking at least one hit. The Fire Bricks
    simply move too damn fast, and I dislike it when programmers make obstacles
    that are impossible to avoid completely. That's bad game design no matter
    what you say, but I'm getting off track here. Rather than playing by the
    rules and getting hit for it, break out that Magnet Beam and make a path to
    the ladder, which leads out of this room.
    Enter this final area and the first enemies that will rear their ugly heads
    are the Killer Bullets. There are also Spines to deal with so to Elec Beam
    for the best results here. Past the first part of this area will be a
    ladder with a large Weapons Capsuel at its top, so recharge what you need
    to before pressing onward. Finally you'll come to a series of small
    platforms over a lava pool. Two lines of Change Keys sprout from these
    fiery depths so be careful whilst crossing. The outer door to Fire Man's
    chamber is just ahead, guarded by a lone Flame Spout. (No Big Eye this 
    time!) If you're hurting don't enter the hallway just yet. Use the endless
    flow of Change Keys to replenish your life first, and when you're ready
    enter the doorway to Fire Man.
    This hall has got Screw Bombers in it, though on the ceiling. Use Elec Beam
    to cut a path to the inner door and get ready to rumble. 
    Fire Man - Toasty is likely to be the hardest boss you've encountered yet.
    He doesn't jump at you. He's not especially fast. But the waves of Fire
    Storm he'll, well, fire your way are large projectiles, hard to jump over.
    In addition even if he misses you with a direct shot, the flaming blasts
    hurtling at your blue body will ignite a small bonfire directly on the spot
    where you're standing. Finally, even though Ice Arrow is the best weapon
    to use against this robot master, it still takes 7 hits to bring him down.
    Hit Fire Man with Ice Arrow as he charges out. When he begins sending those
    flaming walls at you, jump them, but be sure and leap forward a bit as you
    dodge to avoid landing on the residual fires ignited on the ground. You're
    probably going to take a hit or two, but as usual Mega Man should come out
    of this battle where he belongs: ON TOP. Once Fire Man has been disposed
    of, take a deep breath and head for the final robot master-Bomb Man.
        WEAKNESS: FIRE STORM (7 Hits)
    Okay here we go! Last level before Dr. Wily's fortress! Teleport in and
    head right (as usual). First five Fleas will assault you. Nothing new or
    terribly frightening there, but next you'll come to something different:
    Bomb-Ombs! These explosives first shoot up out of their pits, flying high
    into the air. At the zenith of their flight they separate into four little
    bomblets, which fall to the ground and explode. To get past these, hug the
    side of the wall that's in front of the Bomb-Ombs' pit. This will put you
    between the two bomblets that drop forward. Between the Bomb-Ombs, quickly
    jump over the hole and haul your blue butt to the next Bomb-Omb pit. Do not
    attempt to leap over these pits while the Bomb-Ombs are on the launch; at
    best you'll come away with some damage, but it's more likely you will be
    clobbered into a pit. Past the Bomb-Ombs there's a small area with a series
    of platforms, Screw Bombers, and several power-ups (two small Power Pellets
    and a large Weapons Capsule). Mop up the resistance, grab what you need,
    and then take the ladder up.
    In the next area there are four Beaks stacked on top of one and other 
    guarding a large Power Pellet. Switch to Elec Beam and get into position
    above the Beaks. They will all open up and fire at you before you are able
    to get to where you need be, but if you keep moving you won't be hit. Once
    you're where you need to be, wait for the Beaks to open again, and blast
    them all to kingdom come with one well-placed shot. Considering the fact
    that you probably haven't taken much damage at this point (see previous
    footnote), nabbing the Pellet that the Beaks were guarding is probably a
    moot point. But it's there if you need it. Moving right along.
    At the top of the ladder, you get to meet Sniper Joe! He'll come bounding
    in from the left. Joe's got a shield like Picket Man does, but in this case
    there's nothing in your arsenal you can use to penetrate his defense,
    forcing you to wait until he drops his guard in order to damage him.
    Unfortunately, Sniper Joe will be shooting back at you. I recommend your
    regular Plasma Cannon or Elec Beam to eliminate this threat. Sniper Joe
    will also jump around occasionally, and while airborne he is also
    vulnerable to attack. 
    Past Joe-boy you'll come to another series of platforms identical to the
    ones you encountered while dodging the Bomb-Ombs. Only this time each
    platform will have a Beak attached to it and Killer Bullets will
    constantly be flying in from the right. Blaze your way through this until
    you reach the next series of platforms. This area is guarded by Spines and
    also has the ladder up to the next area. 
    Once you have finished climbing, this next stretch might prove a bit
    difficult. There's a series of jumps you have to make over a small
    ditch-like area. Sound benign? Well, half of the floor is lined with
    spikes. Not enough of a challenge? How about jumping to these platforms
    while avoiding those darn Killer Bullets? Best bet here is to dodge a
    Bullet when it flies onto the screen, and then follow it across the pit.
    Another Bullet will not fly onto the screen so long as the first one is
    still on-screen. Reach the ladder and climb out.
    More spiky fun awaits you at the top. Hop from platform to platform while
    dodging the Floating Shells their gunfire. Scale the ladder and drop down
    the shaft to your right, veering right as you go to drop to the ledge
    below. Once you've reached the shaft the Shells stop coming. Another Sniper
    Joe will hop out to play here. Since he's on a level below you, switch to
    Elec Beam and electrify him with your shots when he drops his guard. After
    disposing of Joe-boy, go and see what he was guarding: a 1-Up! Backtrack to
    the hole and fall the rest of the way down. 
    To the right of this area is the entryway to Bomb Man's lair. A final
    Sniper Joe guards the door. Since this one is above you, deal with him in
    the same manner you handled the previous Sniper Joe, and then enter. 
    Bomb Man's hallway is a vertical shaft with a ladder running down the
    middle of it. This one is guarded by eight (count 'em, EIGHT!) Octopus
    Batteries. You can either drop to your confrontation (which will get you
    hit a time or two) or you can take the slow and steady way, and climb down
    shooting the Octos as you go (again, I recommend Elec Beam). Either way,
    the final robot master awaits you at the bottom.
    Bomb Man - Bomb Man, as his name implies, throws bombs at you. He also
    leaps around the room like a cracked-out spider monkey. The bombs are
    really not that hard to avoid. They don't actually do any damage to you
    until they explode, so use this to your advantage as you dodge around the
    room. Bomb Man aims his throws so that the explosives will land exactly
    where you're standing. The strategy here is obvious: move. The danger in
    this encounter comes when Bomby buddy decides to jump around more than use
    his explosives. His movements are a little more difficult to predict this
    way than some of the other robot masters. If you take substantial damage
    from this fight, it's probably going to come from Bomb Man running into you
    rather than being caught by a bomb blast. 
    Either way, you've faced tougher fights than this so far. Like Fire Man,
    Bomb Man is rather resilient to his weakness so this can be a protracted
    fight. Should you be facing him with less than full energy things might get
    a little hairy. If he cooperates, you should back away from him as he
    throws his bombs, taking potshots as you retreat. When you run out of space
    to back off, start moving back towards him. Ideally, moving away will make
    the bombs explode harmlessly behind you, and heading towards him will have
    the explosives sailing over your head. If he tries to stomp on you like a
    Goomba, remember Fire Storm creates a shield of flame around you every time
    you shoot it. This hurts him just as much as getting nailed with the
    fireball does, though you will take damage as well. Once that fight is
    finished, you'll have the tools, the talent, and the means to take on Dr.
    So what are you waiting for? Let's get to it Mega Man.
        WEAKNESS: Elec Beam ( 7 Hits)
    The beginning of the end starts now. But before we kick things off, let me
    reiterate something I mentioned earlier in this FAQ. Remember how you'd get
    a full refill on all your special weapons each time you finished a level?
    Well, kiss that advantage goodbye. These last four levels are played back
    to back, and there's no recharging between them. Should you use a weapon's
    energy completely, it will remain dry until you find the Weapons Capsules
    to recharge it. Strategic refilling of your specials is a must from now on
    in, so keep that in mind.
    This level starts out with a bang, as the first thing you'll come across is
    a trio of Big Eyes. But NOW, he he.... NOW you have ICE ARROW! Freeze the
    bastards then blast them to bits while they can't move. Proceed and use
    Guts Power to break into the fortress. Since you need to conserve your
    energy, jump and snag the top block first to open a path. That way, you
    only need to use Guts Power three times. Next use Ice Arrow to freeze the
    Flame Spouts, effectively making them steps to the ladder out of here.
    Scroll forward slowly so there's only one Flame Spout on the screen at a
    time. It's far too easy to hit two of them with one shot when they're all
    visible, and if that happens it is nearly impossible that they will all be
    the proper height. 
    In the next room, climb to the top of the ladder and then drop down the gap
    to your left. Aim for the first platform (obviously), take two quick hops
    to the third platform, and leap to the ladder to climb out. Unless you've
    already gotten yourself seriously injured, I'd advise not going after the
    Power Pellet stashed near the ceiling. The placing of the alcove it is in
    makes jumping up there very tricky, and you really can't use the Magnet
    Beam to make it any easier. Add that to the fact that if you botch the
    jump, you're on a one-way ticket to a bed of spikes and just say no.
    A group of Fleas will attack once you reach the top of the ladder here.
    Moving on to the right will reveal another Large Power Pellet, blocked off
    by two Guts Power-movable bricks and guarded by a pair of Fleas. Again,
    unless you're really, really hurting the Power Pellet isn't worth the time,
    effort, or energy expenditure to get. Use Guts Power to clear the bricks by
    the ladder and descend.
    Caution on this next area is a must. You'll have a constant flow of Killer
    Bullets coming at you as you hop across a spike-lined pit. Remember, even
    though Mega Man gets a few seconds of invincibility immediately after he's
    been jacked by something, that god-like status doesn't transfer to touching
    spikes. Walk softly, and when you've made it across take the ladder down.
    Now we're gonna have some fun. This next room is lined, top and bottom,
    with spikes. The game would like you to attempt to cross this little slice
    of hell by hopping from Foot Holder to Foot Holder. Join me in giving the
    game the finger. Bust out Magnet Beam and use that to get through this
    mess. Be careful as you go of course; don't build so many magnet steps that
    you'll accidentally skewer yourself on the ceiling spikes. And of course
    don't allow the platforms to evaporate out from under you. Keep Magnet Beam
    selected when you reach he other side, since there's a pair of Weapons
    Capsules and you'll need to recharge Magnet Beam almost fully in order to
    pass the next area. 
    (Perhaps I should have placed this in secrets, since I'm almost positive
    this wasn't intentional on the programmer's part, but there's actually an
    interesting little trick here you can pull before you move on. After you've
    collected the Weapons Capsules and have climbed to the next room, go back
    down the ladder. Lo and behold! The Capsules have returned! Now refilling
    Magnet Beam is no problem, but why stop there? Use this little feature to
    refill all your special weapons before moving on.)
    Ah, this room wasn't designed with the Magnet Beam in mind or anything. By
    the way, I'm being sarcastic. Obviously there's no way through this area
    without resorting to that trusty device. Shoot beams back and forth as you
    scale the shaft where you start, then create a series of platforms to reach
    the ladder up and out of this room. Once you enter the next room, switch to
    Elec Beam. There's nothing in this room to threaten you, but exiting to the
    right leads to one of the hardest boss fights of all time. Ready? Deep
    breath! And exit stage right.
    Rock Monster - This is THE hardest Mega Man boss ever conceived, bar none.
    (That sentence was written before I got the joy of playing against King in
    Mega Man and Bass, so it's outdated. But this is still one hell of a
    fight.) It's also one of the most difficult boss fights I've ever
    encountered in any video game, and I've played a lot of them.
    Once you enter the Rock Monster's room, he'll begin to fly in from the left
    piece by rotten piece. Only the bottom two rows of body pieces need to be
    jumped over, but since you can't really see what's coming next until it
    sails on-screen at Mach 2, dodging these parts is extremely hard and
    frustrating. You DO NOT want to be hit by bits of the Rock Monster; they
    hurt real bad and this is going to be a long fight no matter how you cut
    it. You need to take as little damage as possible during this opening, as
    difficult as that is. Once Rocky has completely assembled himself, he'll
    open a single red, beady eye, pop off a shot at you, and then warp to the
    other side of the room in the same manner he made his dramatic appearance.
    Dodging him from this point on gets slightly easier since you can tell
    which body hunk is getting ready to streak past you. Complicating things
    though is the fact that the room you do battle in is about a quarter
    smaller all other boss chambers, and the Rock Monster takes up almost fully
    half of that space.
    There's no easy way through this. His eye is the key. When the Rock Monster
    opens up his ruby red, jump and blast it with Elec Beam. Elec Beam is the
    only weapon that does significant damage to this nightmare, but there's bad
    news about this too. Elec Beam fires so slowly, you'll only be able to hit
    him once before he goes back into warp mode, which means more waiting, 
    dodging, and a better chance of this pile of crap killing you before you
    can kill him. And if you can believe it, there are even MORE problems than
    that. Though Elec Beam does have a large damage corridor, the wavy motion
    of the shot could make you miss all together since the Rock Monster's eye
    is actually a pretty small target. Making aiming even more difficult is
    the fact the eye itself doesn't stay put; it opens up in different places
    every time the Rock Monster finishes his warp. 
    In a nutshell, this is one seriously tough battle. You're going to need
    quite a bit of skill, a big hunk of speed, and a little luck to make it
    through in one piece.
    Well, now that you're past the Rock Monster, you're done with the hardest
    part of the game. That's including Dr. Wily, but more on that later.
    The start of this level involves platforms and Bladers. Caution is a must
    here, as the Bladers seem to be programmed to attack at the most
    inconvenient possible moments. Being smacked usually winds up knocking you
    off a platform to your death. There's a small Power Pellet on a lower level
    about halfway across this first pit. Once you reach the first building,
    head down the tunnel and pause for a moment. (You I mean, not the game
    necessarily.) You'll see a pair of Weapons Capsules at the far side of this
    hallway. But there's a section in the floor here that's false. You can
    either use bombs to search around and find the drop, or opt for the easier
    way and activate Magnet Beam to grab these goodies. Once that's done,
    deliberately fall through the floor.
    It's Cut Man again! And this time you won't have any bricks handy to drop
    him like a bad habit. Unload on him with your Plasma Cannon and dodge any
    blades he heaves your way. Your shots still knock Cut Man back each time
    they hit, allowing you to keep your distance. Since Cut Man won't jump
    unless he's close, you ought to be able to take him down in no time flat.
    After Cutty's been put away permanently, a section in the floor at the far
    left of the chamber will become passable. Head over to it and drop down to
    the next level.
    We've got another pair of catwalks here, this time guarded by Screw
    Bombers. Cross these platforms to the next building. Again, we have the
    same set up as last time, though the gap in the floor isn't quite in the
    same place (oh, those sneaky Capcom programmers). Grab the Weapons
    Capsules, switch to Cut Blade, and drop down into the next room. Elec Man
    will greet you here. Take him out in the same manner you did earlier, and
    then drop through his floor to the next area.
    Yet another series of platforms greets you as your toes touch down. Small
    Weapons Capsules are on the lower ledges and Bomb-Ombs pop out of the pits
    to pepper the platforms with a profusion of powerful pellets. Sometimes I
    really impress myself with sentences like that. Anyway, just keep moving to
    the right and you've got a reasonable chance of getting out of here without
    a single hit. Once you reach the next building, climb down ladder and drop
    to the next area.
    An area which is filled with Octopus Batteries. Use Magnet Beam to snag the
    1-Up on the little floating island at the left of the screen if you feel
    like it before moving downward. Again, with your enemies being positioned
    mostly above or below you, Elec Beam is the ideal weapon to clear these
    next few screens. Two screens down from the 1-Up room, you'll come across
    four Beaks stacked against the wall and a large Weapons Capsule. Wait for
    the Beaks to all be open, then smash all four at once with one shot from
    Elec Beam. Gather up the Weapons Capsule once the coast is clear. I suggest
    refilling Magnet Beam because there's another area coming up where the
    thing absolutely NEEDS to be used, but what you recharge is up to you. The
    last room before the boss has three Octos and a lone Beak. Pass that, and
    get ready for another seriously tough fight.
    Clone - As you enter this colorful room, two devices will lower onto the
    screen. One hovers above your head and the other hangs sullenly a few feet
    away. The power comes on. It jolts through your body, it lights up the
    background...and it makes a perfect copy of yourself. Yes, fortress boss
    fight 2 is a Mega Man clone. And this is an extremely hard fight as well.
    First off, the Clone isn't particularly fazed by anything you fire at it.
    All of the special weapons hurt him; they just don't hurt very much.
    Whatever weapon you're using, the Clone will automatically copy you. If 
    you're shooting Elec Beam, he'll be shooting Elec Beam. Switch to Fire
    Storm, and the unoriginal bastard will switch to that as well. All things
    considered, since he's a copycat that's not too surprising. Now here's
    where the game takes the bullet train to Cheapville and steals all the 
    nachos too. While your special weapons barely scratch his paint job, all of
    HIS special weapons hit you like a baseball bat made of titanium. In
    addition, touching this jackass hurts almost as much as being shot by him.
    And finally, the Clone gets the same invincibility grace period that you do
    when he's hit. You actually have to wait a moment between shots before you
    can hurt him again.
    The best thing to do here is go with Elec Beam (again). The Clone will try
    to leap over your shots, but the length and the motion of Elec Beam will
    negate this attempt. Also, though he gets a few seconds of invulnerability,
    he also suffers from the same knock-back factor that you do. Another thing
    that will work in your favor in this fight is that the Clone won't shoot at
    you unless he's closer than half the screen away. Head to the far left side
    of the screen, stand and deliver. You're not going to come out of this
    fight unscathed, but the point is you'll come out of the fight. It will
    take a whopping 14 hits, but when all's said and done it's game over for
    him and game on for you.
        WEAKNESS: GUTS POWER (1 Hit A Piece)
    Level 3 of Dr. Wily's hideout looks like you've decided to jump into his
    septic system; the area you drop down into looks like nothing so much as a
    great, big sewage pipe. And it is. Maybe Mega Man thinks that there's no
    way Dr. Wily can effectively dominate the world with his toilet clogged.
    More alarming than that, it seems Dr. Wily deemed his plumbing such a vital
    area of his fortress that he actually has a contingent of security guards
    stationed there. 
    Three Octopus Batteries greet you at the outset. I'd normally suggest Elec
    Beam, but since that's probably either very low or exhausted after your
    fight with the Clone, switch to Cut Blade instead. 
    The next three screens involve you, Octopus Batteries, and Screw Bombers.
    Deal with these in your favorite manner, or simply jog past if you're not
    feeling confrontational. At the bottom of the shaft, the pipe makes a hard
    right. Follow it, and after a little jogging a wall of water will fill the
    tube, sweeping in from behind to push you to the right. Stop running; the
    water will push where you need to go just fine, and hustling along will get
    you hit by the Pengs that start flying in. Halfway through the tube, the
    Pengs will switch to Killer Bullets. Keep annihilating everything that
    comes your way, and eventually, the water will sweep you right to the
    boss's room.
    Bubble Boys - When you enter this boss's area, you'll notice a pile of
    tossable rocks sitting in the middle of the chamber. The programmers
    wouldn't have put those there unless they meant for you to use them, so
    switch to Guts Power. The Bubble Boys will enter the room via the three
    holes on the walls, one on the roof and one on either side of the chamber.
    They will float in singularly and begin to circle the room, firing bubble
    shots at you the whole time. There are seven in total, and they start
    moving faster and faster the more of them you break.
    As said, switch to Guts Power and pick up the first brick. When the first
    Bubble Boy makes his appearance, smack him with your rock and he'll go
    down in one hit. Repeat three more times with the remaining bricks, and
    then switch to your Plasma Cannon. Gun down the remaining three Bubble
    Boys and you've won this fight. After dealing with the Rock Monster and
    that stupid Clone, this battle is sort of anti-climactic.
        WEAKNESS: FIRE STORM (2-7 HITS), ELEC BEAM (14 Hits) 
    You begin things on a platform flanked by spikes, with some floating ledges
    leading to a ladder above you. Don't give in to the temptation to head
    straight for the ladder, because Watchers will fly onto the screen after a
    few moments pause. Use 'Watcher Tactics' tm! Then head up and out. Six more
    Watchers will attack you as you are climbing onto the next screen. Stay at
    the bottom first and use your Plasma Cannon to take out the lower group,
    and then gun down the upper group as they fly within range. Be careful
    here. One slight smack and you'll lose your grip on the ladder, causing you
    to fall. Not recovering spells Mega Man shish kebab on the spikes below.
    Use Guts Power to acquire the large Weapons Capsule at the top of the
    bricks. Like the d├ęcor? I've noted that Dr. Wily seems to have an unhealthy
    obsession with Guts Man. Most alarming about this is the fact that these
    halls of the fortress aren't the only place he displays it, as you will
    find out if you play further into the game series. Wily is really a very
    sick, sick man with a sick, sick.... uh... sickness. But never mind. The
    next area has Screw Bombers, past that are another set of ladders that lead
    to your next challenge.
    Remember those lovely rail cars on Guts Man's stage? Well here's one with a
    doozie of a drop. Over a virtual forest of spikes to boot. Obviously
    there's no way you can jump this. Resort to the Magnet Beam again to cross
    without risk. Get on top of the tiny block in the center of the rail ride
    first, and then use Magnet Beam again from here to reach the next platform
    to your right. Now, if you feel you have enough strength and power to get
    through the next several fights, take the teleporter to the right. If
    you're doubtful and in need a bit of a recharge, climb down the ladder as
    far as you can and wait for the rail car to return. When it comes back from
    the left, drop onto it and hop off to the platform with the 1-Up. Then use
    Magnet Beam to reach the next platform over which holds the Yashichi. This
    will completely recharge your life as well as every one of your special
    weapons. Use Magnet Beam to get back to the ledge with the teleporter and
    step into it.
    Oh you didn't really think that the game was going throw Elec Man and
    Cut Man back at you without the other four, did you? Not hardly! After
    entering the teleporter, you'll be whisked to a chamber with Bomb Man. Take
    him out the same way you did earlier, then step back into the teleporter to
    face the next challenge. You'll tackle Fire Man and then Ice Man in the
    same manner. You can take out the first three revisited robot masters in
    exactly the same way you handled them the first time. But when you
    encounter Guts Man again, use your Bomb Bomber for optimum effect (3 hits
    is all it takes). 
    Teleporting out of the last master room will bring you to the final hallway
    in the game. There's one last large Weapons Capsule here. The two weapons
    you are going to need foe this fight are Fire Storm and Elec Beam, so
    recharge one of those before stepping over the threshold and into the final
    Dr. Wily - As you may have expected, an old, evil scientist isn't much of a
    match for a super-powered android with a gun on his arm. So Wily isn't
    going to fight you directly. Instead, he pilots this huge, nasty looking
    machine that's armored and armed to the teeth. 
    During the first half of this fight, the ship has a nose cannon that fires
    out fairly large bullets in an arc at regular intervals. The gunfire isn't
    just spray and pray, and will track you as you move around to avoid it. The
    ship also isn't stationary, flying back and forth and making hitting it
    without getting shot in return rather difficult.
    Kick things off here with Fire Storm. The craft's weak point is its nose
    cannon. Jumping and shooting it will hurt, but you can land multiple hits
    if you jump and make sure the flaming shield contacts the hit zone. After
    seven hits, the outer shell will blow off revealing Dr. Wily's cockpit and
    now the real fun begins.
    In this form, Wily's ship will launch an energy ball at you at regular
    intervals. But the ball isn't boring enough to simply be energetic. No, it
    spirals as it flies across the screen making it extremely difficult to
    dodge. Also like the Clone, Wily's ship doesn't seem to be particularly
    vulnerable to any of your special weapons. The break point on the ship in
    this final incarnation is the cockpit itself.
    Switch to your old stand-by, Elec Beam. What you need to do here is stay at
    the far left of the screen, jump, and shoot Wily in his craft's weak spot.
    The nature of Elec Beam makes it difficult to miss, so that's one less
    thing to worry about. The hard part here is, as I said, is dodging the
    blasts that Wily's firing at you. Try to time your attacks with his. If
    done right Wily will fire at you while you're in the air, causing the
    energy ball to sail harmlessly over your head when you land. 14 zaps with
    Elec Beam and you've won the day!
    7) SECRETS
           MEGA DAMAGE---The fact that there's a pause function in this Mega
                         Man and no others lends itself to a very interesting
                         glitch, one that allows you to take down some of the
                         toughest bosses in one hit. This only works with
                         weaponry that isn't absorbed by your target when it
                         hits, like Cut Blade and Elec Beam. When you nail an
                         enemy with one of these weapons, rapidly press the
                         Select button to pause and unpause the game. What
                         happens is that every little twitch the shot makes
                         will register as a full hit. And let me tell you, it
                         is a GREAT feeling killing the Rock Monster or the
                         Clone in one shot.
    CONTINUING THE FUN---The fortress levels of Mega Man can be hard to slug
                         through, particularly in light of the fact that your
                         special weapons will constantly be dwindling. There 
                         is, however, an easy way to counteract this. Each time
                         you finish a level, deliberately lose all your lives
                         at the outset of the next one, then select Continue
                         from the Continue Screen. Look at that! You'll begin
                         at the beginning of the level you committed suicide
                         on, and ALL OF YOUR WEAPONS WILL BE REFILLED! Cheap,
                         yet effective.
    8) IN MY OPINION...
    In 2007, Mega Man turned 20. This series has been with us for an awful long
    time, and even though there hasn't been a new Mega Man title in almost
    three years, it remains one of the best-loved series of all-time. There's
    just so much personality in the series, from the cartoony and straight
    forward regular series to the dark and rather adult world of Mega Man X,
    to the Legends series where old faces and new villains tried very hard to
    make you believe you were actually playing an anime. That's not even
    counting the untold spin-off titles that range from goofy to bizarre, like
    Soccer, Power Battles, and Battle and Chase. But none of this would have
    happened without that very first game, that first Mega Man that got the
    ball rolling. And that's what we're here to examine.
    Mega Man is an old game, and it shows that in almost every way. This is not
    all together bad, but it's far from great either. For the time that the
    game was released, Mega Man actually had quite a bit of detail in its
    enemies and especially its backgrounds. All of the characters you encounter
    have a rather neat-looking anime style to them, most noticeable in their
    freakishly huge eyes. While most of the robotic baddies Dr. Wily throws
    your way aren't even human in shape, the masters in particular got a lot of
    attention to detail that could have just as easily been over-looked. These
    guys have personality, from Elec Man's cocky grin, to Cut Man's nasty
    In the game play department, Mega Man is what I would consider a typical
    platforming title. Meaning the action is pretty much all kinetic; shoot bad
    guys, leap over pits, run past obstacles to reach the goal. There were
    dozens of these already on the market at the time it debuted, and dozens
    came out afterward. Mega Man took this very successful formula and added
    several elements that at the time were truly revolutionary. First, the
    programmers allowed you to pick the order in which you tackled the game
    rather than tossing a set series of stages at you. This went hand in hand
    with the other unique feature; the ability to take your defeated enemies
    powers and making said powers hurt your foes to a greater or a lesser
    degree than your standard weapon. These two features combined allow you to
    try playing through the game in any number of ways, greatly increasing the
    replay value.
    Now, since there's nothing but gunfire and explosions, in the sound
    department there isn't much to nitpick. Arguably, weapons discharge and
    destruction are the two most common NES sounds in the universe. But the
    music...the MUSIC! The individual level themes from the Mega Man series are
    some of the most well-known, frequently re-mixed tunes in the gaming world,
    right up they're with Castlevania and Final Fantasy. Granted, this was
    Capcom's first attempt, so the beats aren't as good as some of their later
    work. But still, I guarantee you'll get a track or two stuck in your brain.
    In the world of video games, the name Mega Man means you're in for a good
    Mega Man is also a very difficult title, debatably the hardest Mega Man in
    the core series (written before 9 came out so, whoops, spoke too soon). The
    bosses you encounter during Dr. Wily's levels are insanely hard when
    compared to virtually any other boss character in any other Mega Man title.
    In particular the Rock Monster. I know for a fact this beast gets
    resurrected for Mega Man 3 and the Game Boy version of Mega Man 5 (and
    probably in several other games as well), and neither fight in those later
    titles is as remotely difficult as the original. In fact, I think it could
    be safely said that so long as you don't use the Mega Damage glitch the
    Rock Monster is the hardest single Mega Man fight, period. High difficulty
    attracts some people, but it repels quite a few others. The difficulty
    curve spikes after you reach the final four levels, and it wouldn't
    surprise me in the least to find out that most people can breeze through
    the first six stages, but throw their hands in the air when faced with the
    Clone or the Rock Monster.
    If I had to select one area to pick on besides how damn hard it is, I would
    have to say that the controls show a definite lack of refinement. As 
    detailed above in the 'Mechanics' section, playing through Mega Man does
    suffer as a direct result of this. Once you get used to them it's a
    cakewalk to compensate. But the fact of the matter is control problems can
    and do drive people away from games before they can get into them. Mega Man
    isn't crippled by these flaws, but not being aware of the way certain
    things work can lead to untimely deaths, deaths that shouldn't have
    Mega Man's a landmark game for the ideas it brought to the NES as well as
    being the starting point for one of the most successful game franchises in
    history. This first title has been outclassed in every category by its
    descendants; graphics, storyline, control, sound, music, it has all gotten
    better. But that's what later generations are supposed to do, make older
    ones look like crap. That's what everyone who's just turning 18 is doing
    these days to me, why should games be any different. Now I'm bitter... But
    the point is everything has to start somewhere. And as a beginning to
    something absolutely wonderful, Mega Man is solid gold.
    8 out of 10.
    Thank you Capcom for still being the best game company out there. You 
    rock! I seem to remember writing some idiotic letter when I was 12 asking
    you to end the Mega Man series. I'm glad I was deservedly ignored, though
    in my defense that is far from the stupidest thing I've ever done. 
    This FAQ was, unlike my others where I had to do some research, entirely
    written by me in every way, shape and form. So don't mess with it. Once
    again, I did turn to GameFAQS to see if there were any codes or cheats
    hidden within the game's plastic hulk. I came up with a glitch that I
    couldn't get to work and the 'Select' trick that I can remember reading
    about YEARS ago in like the first or second issue of Nintendo Power ever.
    So whoever's responsible for making that trick general knowledge, gracias.
    All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by
    their respective trademark and copyright holders. I took creative
    liberties with a few of the enemy and weapon names since I can't find any
    source that agrees on what the hell to call them, as well as with the back
    story. Let's face it; the first Mega Man's story was pretty
    inconsequential to the activity of going around and shooting evil robots
    to pieces. 
    This document is Copyright 2008 glass_soul (that's me). Only GameFAQs, 
    Neoseeker, and 1-up have permission to post this walk-through on their
    site (if they feel like it). Nobody else, person, entity, or otherwise,
    may post this document in part or whole on their website without my
    express permission to do so.
    Comments, questions, corrections and other forms of feedback in general
    are all welcome.
    I may be reached at elfuego767@yahoo.com.
    Until we meet again.

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