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MM' ( R | o | b | o | W | a | r | r | i | o | r ) 'MM MM \_/ \_/ \_/ \_/ \_/ \_/ \_/ \_/ \_/ \_/ \_/ MM M' :M M for the NES M : : Power Ups Guide ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ (by Lagoona) This guide not only gives a description of the basic weapons and all power-ups found in this game, it also provides hints and advice as to how to use them wisely, because you will not get many of some of them. __________________ Table of contents: ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ * Introduction * Basic Weapons * Power-Ups - automatics - selectables * Rooms of Idols * Shops * Contact * Version history * Legal stuff * Credits ++++++++++++++++ + Introduction + ++++++++++++++++ RoboWarrior is a NES game that is actually a spin-off of the famous Bomberman series. Its original Japanese name was "Bomber King". It is a single player game where you simply try to reach the end of each level or period, initially only equipped with your basic laser gun and a few bombs. One thing you should always keep in mind: you can never go back some screens (to the left), you can only advance (to the right). So while you control ZED (Z-type Earth Defense) through the levels, you will also encounter many power-ups on your quest to defeat Xur. Some of them are required to even be able to advance to the next level, some just make your journey easier. There are two categories of items: - Power-ups that will automatically take effect when you pick them up - Power-ups you have to select in the menu and activate afterwards (open the Menu pressing 'Select', highlight it and choose it with 'A', activate it in the game screen by pressing 'A') After you complete a level you also get the chance to buy some (of the selectable) Power-ups in a shop, but only if you've got the 'money' (medals). - - - - - The weapons and power-up descriptions in the following sections follow this dummy scheme: Name: The name of the weapon / power-up Appearance: What the weapons and their respective power-up symbols look like Description: Effect of the weapon / power-up Advice: My opinion as to how to use the weapon / power-up best Where found: The place where you find this power-up mostly - - - - - +++++++++++++++++ + Basic Weapons + +++++++++++++++++ Name: Laser Appearance: Look like orange electricity balls when fired Description: Basic beam weapon with unlimited ammunition you start with, limited range, shot in a straight line Advice: Your weakest weapon, but for most of the regular enemies, a few shots are still enough. You can increase its range (permanently) by picking up Power Balls. You can also get a temporary 4-way upgrade (see next sections). Useful due to the unlimited ammo and the relatively fast repetition rate. Name: Bombs Appearance: Red semi-transparent 'ball' Description: Basic bomb weapon, pushes you back a little when you lay one and explodes shortly afterwards, damages area one block around it, does big damage to enemies and can hurt yourself Advice: They are used to blow up breakable blocks - thus you make your way through the mazes and find hidden power-ups and entry stairs to the dark underground areas. You can also kill enemies with them, they are far more powerful than you laser, but make sure you never ever get hit by one of them! They take away 2/5 of your maximum health! You can lay two at a time, but I don't recommend that - you risk hurting yourself. +++++++++++++ + Power-Ups + +++++++++++++ ____________________ Automatic Power-Ups: ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Name: Bomb Appearance: Equivalent to the bombs you lay, but in blue Description: Increases current stock of bombs by 1 Advice: Everytime you kill an enemy, it leaves behind a blue bomb. This is the basic method of refillig your bomb stock. Whenever you're near the end of a level and still have time (or energy), spend some time killing enemies with your laser and refill your bomb stock that way. Where found: Wherever there are enemies Name: Super Bomb Appearance: Bomb Symbol Description: Increases current stock of bombs by 10 Advice: Even though you can refill your bombs by killing enemies and picking up their blue 'bomb refill', the super bomb is much faster. If you're missing less than 10 bombs, use some up by destroying more blocks around you. Where found: Underground areas, breakable blocks (randomly) Name: Life Pod Appearance: Looks like a coil Description: Refills a small amount of energy (4 white bars) Advice: As ZED's energy decreases automatically with time, these are essential to keep up his life meter without using up the precious Energy Capsules. Where found: Underground areas, breakable blocks (randomly) Name: Power Ball Appearance: A small ball with a P Description: Increases laser beam range by one block length Advice: Very useful, as it allows you to kill enemies from further away already. Collect several of these to increase range even more. Where found: Breakable blocks (I've never found one in an underground area) Name: Barrier Appearance: Looks like a shield Description: Makes invincible for 15 seconds Advice: The good thing about this is that it not only protects you from enemy contact, it also protects you from your own bomb explosions. You can even kill enemies by running over them. But be aware - it only lasts 15 seconds, so don't push your luck. Where found: Underground areas, breakable blocks (randomly) Name: Magical Bee Appearance: Looks like the 'Hudson Bee' (from their logo), or rather like a spider (in my opinion) Description: Randomly increases one of the following Power-Up by one: Candle, Energy Capsule, Missile, Super Boots, Clock, Cross Fire Advice: Take them always, even if you can't control what exactly you will get from it. Where found: Underground areas, breakable blocks, rooms of idols Name: Star Block Appearance: Look like stars Description: Increases your score relative to the amount of stars Advice: These come in five different versions, containing one to five stars. They 'only' give you points, but as points are related to your resistance against enemy attacks, it is always useful to increase your score - or you're that good and never get hit. ;-) Where found: Underground areas, breakable blocks (randomly) * 100 Points ** 1000 Points * ** 10,000 Points ** ** 100,000 Points * ** ** ???? Points Name: Medal Appearance: Looks like a medal (a fatter version of the Life Pod) Description: Used to buy power-up items in the shop (at the end of a level) Advice: It is often useful to not always buy something as soon as you can. In the shop you best go for Megaton Bombs, Life Vests, Lamps or Missiles. Where found: Underground areas, breakable blocks Name: Chalice Appearance: Looks like a sparkling cup Description: Needed to reach the end of a level Advice: In levels that 'loop' and repeat over and over again, the Chalice is required to be found in order to stop the 'looping' and reach the end of the level. Where found: Always under a breakable block (fixed location) Name: Key Appearance: Looks like a normal key Description: Needed to exit the current level Advice: When you've reached the end of a level, the key is always hidden on the last screen. The level exit will open as soon as you pick it up. Where found: Always under a breakable block (fixed location) _____________________ Selectable Power-Ups: ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ To select one, open the menu pressing 'Select', highlight the item with the direction pad and confirm with 'A'. Activate/Launch it in the game screen by pressing 'A'. If you don't want to select an item in the menu, press 'B' to leave it. Support: ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Name: Candle Appearance: Looks like a normal candle Description: Lights up a small area around ZED for a short time Advice: This is best used in the dark underground areas. Don't waste a lamp there, candles are good enough. Especially if you don't forget at which height the entrance stair was - the exit is at the same height. Where found: Underground areas, breakable blocks (randomly), rooms of idols Name: Lamp Appearance: Looks like an old-fashioned oil lamp Description: Lights up the entire screen permanently (except if you die) Advice: You need a few of these for th areas that otherwise would be completely dark. Don't use them in the (short) underground areas, they'd be wasted, use candles instead. Where found: Rooms of idols, shop Name: Energy Capsule Appearance: Looks like a shield with a big E Description: Completely refills energy Advice: Don't forget to use it! It's best to use it as soon as you hear the background music change to the 'low life' warning sound. Where found: Underground areas, breakable blocks (randomly), shop Name: Clock Appearance: Looks like a clock face Description: Stops enemies for 10 seconds Advice: Useful if you need to get a away from a bunch of enemies, also gives you the time to kill them off easily. Does work on bosses, but only for a very short time! Where found: Underground areas, breakable blocks (randomly), shop Name: Super Boots Appearance: Looks like a shoe Description: Speeds up movement for 20 seconds Advice: Really helpful if you want to maneuver faster, especially against bosses. Also, if you activate them before shooting a missile and then run after it, this allows you to cover a large distance. Where found: Underground areas, breakable blocks (randomly) Name: Life Vest Appearance: Looks like a life belt Description: ZED can float over water for 20 seconds Advice: They are absolutely needed in some levels to cross large water areas. And always keep their duration in mind and hurry when using them. Don't waste them on single block water patches. Where found: Breakable blocks (fixed locations), rooms of idols, shop Attack: ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Name: Cross Fire Appearance: A four-way symbol, a red cross on a white background Description: Laser fires in four directions simultaneously for 35 seconds Advice: Often not too useful, but can come in handy when lots of enemies are around you, which can happen in the dark underground areas. Very useful during the Globula boss fight. Where found: Underground areas, breakable blocks (randomly), rooms of idols Name: Missile Appearance: Looks like a rocket - sideways Description: Powerful missile, advances in a straight line, killing all non- boss enemies and destroying all breakable blocks in its path. Advice: If you shoot it to the right and run after it, you can even make it advance further. Combined with the Super Boots, the distance gets even bigger. Also very useful against bosses. Where found: Underground areas, breakable blocks (randomly), rooms of idols, shop Name: Flash Appearance: Looks like a flash Description: Attacks all enemies on screen, insta-death for all weak enemies Advice: Useful if you're surrounded by enemies to get rid of them easily. Recommended to use mainly on bosses, especially if they send minions after you. Where found: Underground areas, breakable blocks (randomly), rooms of idols, shop Name: Megaton Bomb Appearance: A round symbol with a big red cross Description: The most powerful weapon, destroys all breakable blocks and non-boss enemies on the screen instantly Advice: Grab as many as you can - your best bet are the Rooms of Idols. Best only use them on the (strong) bosses, as it would be wasted on weak enemies and simple blocks. Where found: Rooms of idols, shop (very expensive) ++++++++++++++++++ + Rooms of Idols + ++++++++++++++++++ The Rooms of Idols are secret rooms hidden throughout the world of Altile. Unlike the dark underworld passages, they aren't hidden by a block somewhere in the middle of a screen, but you need to break a rock of the otherwise unbreakable level surrounding. They are always at the top of the screen. In these rooms you find a number of Idols looking like lion statues. You can break them with your bombs, and they will give you some power-ups, but there's still a twist to it. Breaking the wrong one (too early) will yield you nothing. But if you find the right ones, you can get many valuable items such as Lamps and Life Vests, and more often than not, a Megaton Bomb. This will actually be your main source for them. This part of the guide is dedicated to show you where you can find the Rooms of Idols, telling you which are the right ones to break and what this will net you. Generally, the right spots to look for them are stones at the upper edge that stick out a bit or somehow look to be loose. The order in which you break the 'right' statues doesn't really matter, but there are some which are empty. And if you break an empty one before you got all the good ones, all remaining statues will be empty, so avoid them! Period 1 - 1 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Find the place where two vertical brown columns build a narrow passage. Bomb the sixth block after the column coming from the top. In this Room are three lion statues. Good: Right - Missile Left - Megaton Bomb Bad: Middle - empty Period 2 - 1 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ After the river that crosses the whole screen bomb the first rock that looks loose (seventh block after the river). Good: Right - Life Vest Middle - Super Bomb Left - Lamp Period 2 - 2 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ At the end of the level (last screen), bomb the block at the edge that looks loose. Good: Bottom left - Candle Bottom right - Three stars (10'000 points) Top left - Megaton Bomb Top middle - CrossFire Bad: Top right - empty Period 3 - 1 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Right after where you find the chalice, about in the middle between the circle-like and the square arrangement of solid blocks, bomb the block that looks loose. (If you go to the end of the level, it's the leftmost block still visible on the screen.) Good: Right - Candle Middle - Life Vest Bad: Left - empty Period 3 - 2 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ In the area where there's a river surrounded on both sides by a wall, enter the Room of Idols that's hidden behind the leftmost space of the waterfall. Good: Right - Super Bomb Middle - Candle Left - Flash Period 4 - 1 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Enter the first small waterfall (the size of one block) right in the first screen to find a Room of Idols. Good: Right - Medal Middle - Three stars (10'000 points) Left - One star (100 points) The second Room of Idols in this level is located after the water areas, bomb the block that looks loose at the part of the level where the solid blocks form an array of 3 x 4 blocks like in an original Bomberman game (last screen of the level). Good: Bottom right - Candle Bottom left - Super Boots Furthest right - Clock Top middle - Power Ball Top left - Lamp Bad: Bottom middle - empty Furthest left - empty Top right - empty Period 4 - 2 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Right at the start on the first screen, bomb the block that looks loose. Good: Right - Candle Left - Megaton Bomb There's a second Room of Idols in this level, too. It's right before the place where you find the chalice, where you start to see a block formation that looks like a stairway to a diving board. Bomb the block that looks loose. (You will pass this section twice, even if you pick up the chalice, so if you miss it the first time, get it the second time. But if you've already picked up your goodies, the second time all statues will be empty.) Good: Top right - Megaton Bomb Bottom right - Lamp Bad: Furthest right - empty Top middle - empty Top left - empty Bottom middle - empty Furthest left - empty Period 4 - 3 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Destroy the block that's behind the solid block you need to bomb three times (third block from the left). Good: Bottom - Magical Bee Bad: Top - empty Period 5 - 1 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Find the place where the green solid blocks form a bic "X" structure. In the top left corner of it, bomb the block that looks loose. Good: Second one from the right - Missile Second one from the left - Megaton Bomb Furthest left - CrossFire Bad: Furthest right - empty Middle - empty Period 5 - 2 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ While wandering the (very long) empty start of this level, bomb the block that looks loose. (If you get to the part with the breakable blocks, you're too far.) Good: Middle - Clock Bottom left - Flash Top left - Megaton Bomb Bad: Bottom right - empty Top right - empty Period 6 - 1 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ After all the water obstacles, on the last screen of the level, bomb the only 'full' block (fourth block before the exit). Good: Furthest right - Life Vest Second one from the left - Megaton Bomb Furthest left - Flash Bad: Second one from the right - empty Period 6 - 2 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ At the end of the level, there's a big "X" formed by solid blocks. Bomb the loose block at the top right part of it, above the block where you find the key. Good: Bottom row, second one from the right - Super Boots Bottom row, middle - Megaton Bomb Bottom row, furthest left - Energy Capsule Top row, furthest right - Lamp Top row, second one from the right - Energy Capsule Top row, second one from the left - Life Pod Bad: Bottom row, furthest right - empty Bottom row, second one from the left - empty Top row, middle - empty Top row, furthest left - empty Period 6 - 3 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ There is no Room of Idols in this period. But you can still find a Megaton Bomb. At the place where your way is blocked by half a row of 'connected' blocks (from below) and half a row of loose blocks, bomb the second block from the top (needs 5 or 6 bombs) to find one. Period 7 - 1 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Soon in this level you'll see a patch of water. When you see it, to up and bomb the block that looks loose (it's the one after a short vertical 3 blocks wide column). Good: Right - Super Bomb Left - Megaton Bomb Period 7 - 2 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Bomb the only block that looks loose here. It's about at the height of the second underground stairway. Good: Bottom row, furthest right - Magical Bee Bottom row, second from the right - Super Boots Bottom row, middle - Super Bomb Bottom row, second from the left - Life Pod Middle row, left - Flash Top row, furthest right - Energy Capsule Top row, second from the right - Clock Top row, second from the left - Energy Capsule Bad: Bottom row, furthest left - empty Middle row, right - empty Top row, middle - empty Top row, furthest left - empty Period 7 - 4 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ No Room of Idols here. Period 8 - 1 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ No Room of Idols here. Period 8 - 2 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Walk along the upper edge and bomb the loose block that's direcly above one of the solid blocks that need three bombs to be destroyed. Good: Bottom - Missile Middle row, furthest right - Lamp Middle row, second from the left - Engergy Capsule Middle row, furthest left - Megaton Bomb Top - Lamp Bad: Middle row, second from the right - empty Period 8 - 3 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ The first Room of Idols in this level is empty, but if you want to find it, it's here: After the initial 3x3 large squares, bomb your way through the upper way of the solid barrier that's across the screen. Directly afterwards, there's a loose block in the upper ledge, right behind a stairway to the underground. The second Room of Idols is located after a short section where you can't follow the upper edge. Go up as soon as you can again and bomb the solid block that's in front of the loose looking border block three times to get to it. (If you reach the key, you're too far.) Good: All five - Magical Bee (x5) +++++++++ + Shops + +++++++++ Just a few notes about the shop you will encounter. You enter them automatically after a complete period (not after each sub-period). The currency you pay with are the Medals. I used them mainly to get one or two Lamps, then spent the rest on Missiles or Flashes. Here's a short list of items that mostly appear in the shops. While Megaton Bombs, Life Vests and Lamps are always available for the same price, the other power-ups vary in their availability and also their price. Megaton Bomb - 50 Medals Life Vest - 30 Medals Lamp - 20 Medals Flash - 10 Medals Missile - 10 Medals Clock - 10 Medals Energy Capsule - 5 or 10 Medals Super Boots - 5 or 10 Medals CrossFire - 5 or 10 Medals Candle - 5 or 10 Medals Super Bomb - 5 Medals +++++++++++++++++++ + Version history + +++++++++++++++++++ Version 0.9 - Most info complete, including 'Basic weapons' section, 'Names', 'Appearances', 'Descriptions', added 'Advices'. Version 1.0 - Added the 'Where found' sections, added a table of contents and adjusted the general structure. This is the first official, accepted version. Version 1.1 - Added the 'Rooms of Idols' and 'Shops' chapters. Added www.neoseeker.com as a site allowed to host this guide. Added the nice ASCII header designed by selmiak. Version 1.2 - Fixed some formatting issues. Updated contact information. +++++++++++ + Contact + +++++++++++ If you have a question, found a mistake or would like to have something added, don't hesitate to contact me at: DrLagoona (at) hotmail (dot) com. Of course, you're welcome to simply drop a line saying that this guide was helpful to you. :-) +++++++++++++++ + Legal Stuff + +++++++++++++++ This guide is copyrighted 2006 by Lagoona. The only websites allowed for hosting and public display are up to now: www.gamefaqs.com www.neoseeker.com No part of this file can be used without the permission of the author and credits to the author. To get permission to host this guide on your website, drop a line to DrLagoona (at) hotmail (dot) com. Make sure you have <Robowarrior> in the subject line, or else I'll shred and eat the e-mail without reading it. ;-) Robowarrior is a trademark of Jaleco Entertainment. +++++++++++ + Credits + +++++++++++ ...to Jaleco and Hudson Soft for creating and publishing this game. Thanks to selmiak for proofreading this guide, helping with its layout and creation of the nifty ASCII header. :-) And thanks to CJayC for running GameFAQs.