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    A FAQ by Doctimus Prime (doctimusprime@aol.com)
    Version 1.0
    Created 4/22/02
    Last Updated n/a
    1. Introduction
    2. Controls
    3. Characters
               -My opinion         
    4. Secret Characters
               -Black Arachnia
    5. Megatron X
               -Info about him
               -How to get to him
               -How to beat him
               -How to play as him
    6. Bonus Games
               -Sunset Showdown
               -Sunrise Showdown
               -Disc Hunter
               -Escape Race 100
               -Escape Race 200
               -Kid Mode
    7. Ending Bios
    8. Other neat stuff
    9. Credits and legal stuff
                                      1. Introduction
    "The Beast Wars Rage On!"
    Ok, I'm assuming that people reading this FAQ are familiar with the 
    Beast Wars, because I don't feel like getting too in depth into it.  
    The basic story is that 2 factions of transforming robots, Maximal and 
    Predacon, crash land on a prehistoric planet.  They assume the forms of 
    powerful local creatures to protect themselves from an element known as 
    Energon that is abundant on the planet.  It can be very useful, but it 
    can kill these robots if they have long-term exposure to it.  The evil 
    Predacons intend to destroy the Maximals and take the energon, while 
    the Maximals try to protect the planet from their evil counterparts.
    This game is a generic fighting game developed by Takara, Bam!, and 
    Genaza (Yes!!).  
                               2. Controls
    L----- Serves no purpose
    R----- An Energon blast that takes away some of your energy; therefore, 
    it cannot work if your energy meter is low.  Also, it has little effect 
    if your opponent is in beast mode.
    D pad- Serves no purpose.
    Z----- Jump
    A-----When in robot mode or beast mode, this converts you to vehicle 
    mode.  When in vehicle mode, it changes you to robot mode.
    B------When in robot mode or beast mode, this converts you to vehicle 
    mode.  When in vehicle mode, it changes you to beast mode.
    Analog- Moves your character. The board is three dimensional, so you 
    are not limited to just forward and backward with the analog.  You can 
    also circle around your opponent, which is very useful.
    C left---The character uses their strongest weapon.  Hold the button to 
    charge in robot mode.  Release when charging noise is highest and the 
    screen goes dark to use the character's super move. Note: Supers can 
    only be done in robot mode.  In the other forms, a strong move will be 
    done, but not a super.
    C up----The character uses a bomb attack. Hold the button to charge and 
    release for a stronger attack in robot mode. In all forms, the bomb is 
    also heat seeking.
    C right---The character uses their hand-held gun in robot mode.  Hold 
    button to charge with more intensity.  In beast mode this does your 
    beast's strongest move.  In vehicle mode, your character will do a high 
    powered dash.
    C down---Block
                                  3. Characters
    In this game, there are eight regular characters and five secret 
    characters.  Despite their stats being different, there is really no 
    advantage of one over another, so it's really in the eye of the 
    beholder concerning which character is the best.  All ratings are 
    purely my opinion.
    Name: Optimus Primal
    Function: Maximal Commander
    Quote: "Well, that's just Prime!"
    Bio: Optimus Primal commands the surviving Maximals after the Axalon 
    crash-lands on a desolate prehistoric planet.  Primal is courageous in 
    battle, and often risks his own safety for the sake of his fellow 
    Maximals.  He transforms into a powerful mechanized gorilla with a jet 
    powered hoverboard option for flight capabilities.  Primal is 
    determined to defeat the Predacons and return to Cybertron with his 
    comrades.  His leadership abilities are critical to the Maximal's 
    Special: "My turn!"  Primal flashes his shoulder mounted cannons and 
    In My Opinion: Primal has one of the game's strongest beast modes.  
    This makes up for having the slowest robot mode in the game.  All of 
    his robot mode moves are slow, which can be a major disadvantage.  I 
    always use his last costume because it makes him look like Optimal 
    Name: Cheetor
    Function: Reconnaissance
    Quote: "Ultra gear!"
    Bio: Cheetor has the personality of a typical adolescent, naturally 
    possessing youthful pride and vigor.  Though he is skilled in combat, 
    he tends to act recklessly and can endanger his teammates.  He is 
    generally well-liked by his comrades, and performs very well when 
    properly supervised.  Cheetor's beast mode is a cybernetic cheetah, 
    equipped with retractable thruster wings that provide high-speed flight 
    Special: "Double arm blaster!" Cheetor puts his hands together, forming 
    a cheetah's mouth and fires.
    In My Opinion: Cheetor is a good all around bot.  His beast mode has 
    several fast moves and his bombs are very effective.
    Name: Rattrap
    Function: Demolitions
    Quote: "Let's get it over with"
    Bio: Has a tendency to disregard authority, and does not get along well 
    with his teammates.  Despite his personality glitches, Rattrap is a 
    very effective and resourceful combatant.  His beast mode is a 
    metallized rat positionable wheels that provide a secondary vehicle 
    mode.  Although Rattrap is relatively small in size, he is surprisingly 
    aggressive, and should not be underestimated.
    Special: "Gotcha" Rattrap aims his pistol and fires.
    In My Opinion: Rattrap has the coolest beast mode of any bot.  I just 
    can't get enough of his dig move.  His robot mode is average, however.  
    The best part about him is that one of his alternate colors is his 
    original body.
    Name: Airrazor
    Function: Reconnaissance
    Quote: "Ascend!" 
    Bio: This majestic female Maximal prefers to operate remotely, 
    observing Predacon activity and providing intelligence reports.  She is 
    in touch with the nature of the planet, and shares much in common with 
    the other remote operative Tigatron.  She is good-natured and gets 
    along well with her comrades.  As a falcon, she can easily soar into 
    enemy territory undetected.  Her third mode is a unique jet 
    configuration that is also effective as a water vehicle.
    Special: "Gale Blast!" She leaps and sends a blast of wind.
    In My Opinion: Airrazor has the coolest beast mode moves of any 
    character, even though none of them are too accurate.  Her bombs in 
    robot mode also annoy me to no end.  She was given a transmetal mode 
    for the game, since she never got one in the show.
    Name: Megatron
    Function: Predacon Commander
    Quote: "Yeess!"
    Bio: Megatron, the leader of the Predacon forces, is a cunning 
    mastermind with a complex personality.  His goals are to defeat the 
    Maximals, restore Predacon rule over Cybertron, and ultimately achieve 
    dominance over the entire universe.  Megatron is immensely intelligent, 
    and is not easily defeated.  His greatest downfall is his over-inflated 
    ego.  Alternate mode is a powerful mechanized T-Rex with retractable 
    hover engines that provide flight capability.
    Special: "All power to weapons!" Megatron fires with shoulder mounted 
    In My Opinion: Megatron has the best of everything, despite being slow.  
    His beast mode is the slowest in the game in my opinion.  I usually use 
    his gray and white colors because that is the color scheme of the 
    Decepticon Megatron.  One of his alternates is also Megatron X (see 
    secret character section).
    Name: Tarantulas
    Function: Scientist
    Quote: "Behold the science of terror!"
    Bio: Constantly spinning webs of deceit, Tarantulas is the definition 
    of an evil genius.  He performs wicked experiments and creates 
    perversions of science as he works in his secret lair.  Perhaps the 
    least trusted of all the Predacons, Tarantulas possesses knowledge that 
    is both shocking and deadly.  His Transmetal spider beast mode can also 
    transform into a motorcycle-like vehicle mode for high-speed transit 
    Special: "Surprise!" Tarantulas unloads with his spider leg machine 
    In My opinion:  Tarantulas has a good beast mode.  His webbing will 
    immobilize an opponent for several seconds, giving him plenty of time 
    to unleash some of his nastier attacks.
    Name: Waspinator
    Function: Infantry
    Quote: "Oh goody!"
    Bio: Although he is rather naive and short sighted, Waspination is one 
    of Megatron's most dependable soldiers.  He has a tendancy to grumble a 
    lot, which is occasionally justified due to the nature of his 
    assignments.  One of the most resilient of all Cybertronians, he seems 
    to recover from any level of punishment that his physical form endures.  
    His beast mode transforms him into a giant wasp, and he also has the 
    ability to convert into a jet for a swift and effective vehicle mode.
    Special: "Bye bye" Waspinator a blast of energy surges from his body.
    In My Opinion:  Waspinator is fast in all of his forms.  His beast mode 
    is especially useful, because his stinger blasts prevent an enemy from 
    transforming for several seconds.  He was never given a transmetal body 
    on the show,but it's good to finally see something where he dishes out 
    as much damage as he has received.
    Name: Terrorsaur
    Function: Air Infantry
    Quote: "Well well"
    Bio: A scheming, deceptive villain whose primary goal is to replace 
    Megatron and lead the Predacon forces.  His unhealthy desire for power 
    causes him to be impulsive and reckless.  Even his most brilliant plans 
    sometimes fail as a result.  Terrorsaur has a keen sense of treachery, 
    and Megatron recognizes him as a powerful asset to the team despite his 
    flaws.  He transforms into a pterodactyl for beast mode, or a jet-like 
    form for vehicle mode.
    Special: "Prepare to terminate!" Terrorsaur blasts energy from his 
    In My Opinion:  Terrorsaur has the second coolest beast mode moves in 
    the game, next to Airrazor.  His robot mode is ok too.  He was another 
    character that was never transmetalized on the show.  He was dead 
    before the Transmetals were created.
                                      4. Secret Characters
    There are 5 secret characters in Transmetals: Black Arachnia, Megatron 
    X, Ravage, Starscream, and Tigatron.  I'll cover Megatron X in his own 
    section.  I'll make something clear, their stats are exactly the same 
    as the regular characters that they look like.
    Name: Black Arachnia
    Function: Predacon Espionage
    Quote: "Ready to rock and roll"
    Description: A skinny version of Tarantulas.  Also has a black and 
    purple color scheme.
    Special: "You're ancient history!" She blasts machine guns from her 
    spider legs.
    How to get her:  Highlight Tarantulas at the character select.  While 
    holding the Z button, tap the A button to select Tarantulas.  Scroll 
    through his colors, and she should be the last one there.
    In My Opinion:  She doesn't rate too high with me; however, it is funny 
    seeing her in beast mode.  She is just a long, skinny spider.
    Name: Ravage 
    Function: Decepticon Covert Agent
    Quote: "Implementing termination!"
    Description:  Black Cheetor with a silver chest.  On his chest is the 
    Decepticon symbol.
    Special: "Decepticons forever!"  Puts his arms together, former a 
    panther head, and fires.
    How to get him:  Highlight Cheetor at the character select screen.  
    While holding the Z button, tap the A button to select Cheetor.  Scroll 
    through his colors and you will find Ravage.
    In My Opinion:  One of my favorite characters.  I love his cool Russian 
    Name: Starscream
    Function: Decepticon Air Commander
    Quote: "Decepticons, attack!"
    Description:  Waspinator with a green body and a yellow behind.  This 
    is the color scheme of the original Waspinator, who appears in the 
    Special: "Pathetic fool!"  Starscream fires an energy blast from his 
    How to get him: Highlight Waspinator at the character select screen.  
    While holding the Z button, tap the A button to select Waspinator.  
    Scroll through his colors and you will find Starscream.
    In My Opinion:  Best way to use Waspinator without actually using him 
    is to play as Starscream.  He is chock full of his signature phrases 
    from Transformers: The Movie.
    Name: Tigatron
    Function: Maximal Reconnaissance
    Quote: "Let the hunt begin!"
    Description: White version of Cheetor with stripes instead of spots.
    Special: "By the Matrix!"  Tigatron forms a tiger head with his hands 
    and fires.
    How to get him: Highlight Cheetor at the character select screen.  
    While holding the Z button, tap the A button to select Cheetor.  Scroll 
    through his colors and you will find Tigatron.
    In My Opinion: Cool, although he says, "By the Matrix" way too often.
                                       5. Megatron X
    This character is so elusive and so unique that I feel it is 
    appropriate to give him his own section.  He is Megatron with a bright 
    red and orange color scheme.  On top of that, he also has huge wings on 
    his shoulders.  His voice and actions are the same as regular Megatron, 
    except that he also has a diabolical laugh, which you hear at the 
    beginning of a match against him.  He is also very fast in robot mode, 
    although he seems slower than regular Megatron in beast and vehicle 
    modes.  I think he is supposed to be the Ultimate Megatron form that 
    was obtained in the show when Predacon Megatron mixed sparks with 
    Decepticon Megatron.  
    To get to a meeting with Megatron X is quite simple.  Beat the game 
    with any character on any difficulty level with any time limit.  This 
    task is easy on the first few difficulty levels and gets gradually more 
    difficult as you get to Hard and Very Hard mode (duh). 
    The first few times you encounter Megatron X, he can be close to 
    impossible.  This is because no matter what level you get to him in, he 
    is always set on Very Hard difficulty.  This makes it kinda tough when 
    you're first starting out.  I know it because it took me a while to get 
    his patterns right and to come up with a strategy.  I first beat him 
    with Optimus Primal, and since I beat him then, I have perfected a 
    strategy that will beat Megatron X in two rounds every time.  WARNING: 
    This method may seem cheap, but it is nearly 100% effective.  My motto 
    is it's only cheap when playing against a human opponent.  Also, it 
    works better if there is no time limit.  Ok here goes (notice: things 
    with a ** indicate addons to the technique):
                                 Beat Megatron X
    Once the match starts, convert to beast mode.  Every character has a 
    beast mode move that will be very effective against Megatron X (or any 
    other opponent on Very Hard difficulty).  Do the following move if you 
    have the following:
                      Optimus Primal: Chest Pound (C-Right) Primal pounds 
    his chest and it produces three energy waves around the ground.
                      Cheetor: Roar (C-Left) Cheetor roars an energy blast 
    at an enemy.  It also produces a short distance energy wave on the 
                      Rattrap: Dig (C-Right) to Charge (C-Up) Use this 
    combination to get behind your opponent and hit their vulnerable back.
                      Airrazor: Wind Blast (C-Left) Airrazor flaps her 
    wings and creates a gust of wind.
                      Megatron: Ground Stomp (C-Right) Megatron stomps on 
    the ground, sending one wide distance energy wave on the ground.
                      Tarantulas: Energy Blast (C-Left) Tarantulas fires a 
    short energy cloud in front of him, hitting everything in close 
                      Terrorsaur: Sonic Scream (C-Right) Terrorsaur opens 
    his beak and emits an energy blast.
    While in beast mode, hit Megatron X with the corresponding beast mode 
    attack for your character.  Some of the moves are short distance moves 
    so be ready to get uncomfortably close to X.  If you hit him with these 
    moves, he will instantly fall over.  After he gets up and stops 
    flashing, hit him with it again.  Repeat this process until his Energon 
    resistance runs out and he converts to vehicle/beast mode.  If he 
    converts to beast mode, convert to vehicle mode and fly in a circle 
    around him while hitting him with homing missiles (C-Up).  
    Occasionally, hit him with a dash attack (C-Right) if you manage to get 
    behind him.  If he changes to vehicle mode, convert to robot mode and 
    charge for your super, then hit Megatron X with it.  He will fly around 
    you and never fight back. Just keep hitting him with it until he either 
    dies or transforms. Then, repeat the whole process over again.  
                                    Play as Megatron X
    I am more than confident that there is a technique to play as X.  I 
    know that because Megatron has only three color schemes to choose from.  
    This hints to the fact that a secret character must occupy the fourth 
    spot.  That is the case with Tarantulas, Waspinator, and Cheetor.  I 
    have also read on several code pages that have methods to get X.  All 
    attempts for me to successfully use those codes have failed, but I have 
    sent inquiries to several people concerning the code.  Hopefully I will 
    have a confirmation on a successful technique to get him.  The method I 
    have found on two code pages is Beat X on any difficulty, then 
    highlight Megatron on the Character Select screen, hold Z, and hit A.  
    He should be in the fourth slot for Megatron.  I haven't gotten it to 
    work, but if anyone has, contact me.
                                       6. Bonus Games
    Along with fighting in arcade, vs. mode, and team battle mode, there is 
    also a category full of Bonus games.  They're fun and cool in their own 
    Sunset Showdown---
    "A 1-on-1 quick draw gunfight!
    Fire before the enemy does!
    When 'Fire!' is displayed, Z will fire!"
    This is the easier of the two gunfight games.  It reminds me of the 
    quick draw game in Kirby's Adventure.  After beating all eight 
    characters, you start to fight them in alternate characters, secret 
    characters, kid mode characters, and skinny versions of the characters.  
    The game's record is 20 wins, which is easily beatable.  I got 42 
    straight wins with Starscream.  Just remember to not hit Z until you 
    see the word "Fire!" or you instantly lose.
    Sunrise Showdown---
    "A 1-on-1 quick draw gunfight!
    Fire before the enemy does!
    When 'Fire!' is displayed, hit down first, then Z will fire!"
    This shootout is tough.  Once it says, "Fire!" you hit down to load 
    your gun.  Once you hear the clicking sound of your loaded gun, hit Z 
    to Fire!   Your gun won't fire unless you hit down first.
    Here is what each character says during the shootouts:
    Optimus Primal: 
          Win: "Disappointing, isn't it?"
          Lose: "It was unavoidable."
          Win: "Wanna get slagged again?"
          Lose: "Eh ha ha ha.  I'm a goner."
          Win: "Not bad.  Want another shot?"
          Lose: "I'm just no good."
          Win: "The pleasure was mine."
          Lose: "That hurt."
          Win: "New package, same product. Losers."
          Lose: "Blast it."
          Win: "Victory is mine."
          Lose: "That's impossible."
          Win: "Waspinator not scrap this time."
          Lose: "Back to CR tank for Waspinator."
          Win: "You're pathetic."
          Lose: "Aaahh."
          Win: "Enjoy the peace."
          Lose: "By the Matrix."
          Win: "I want no witnesses."
          Lose: "No."
    Black Arachnia:
          Win: "Waste of ammo."
          Lose: "Aaahh."
          Win: "I nominate myself to be the new leader!"
          Lose: "I shall return!"
    Megatron X:
          Win: ???
          Lose: ???
    Disc Hunter---
    "Collect as many falling discs as you can!
    Analog stick to move.
    Z to jump.
    C-Left, C-Up, C-Right to attack."
    This is simple enough.  The black discs count as one, while the gold 
    ones are 10.  25 discs will fall in the variety of black and gold.  
    Whoever gets the most of the 25 discs wins.
    Escape Race 100 and 200---
    "Press the buttons rapidly to transform and escape from the explosions!
    A B C-Left C-Up C-Down C-Right 
    Press rapidly
    Don't just press the same button!"
    Rules are simple, but I personally think this task is hard.  You press 
    the sequence as fast as you can and you will win.
    Kid Mode---
    This is one of the funniest aspects of this game.  Pick a character and 
    they will be midget sized.  Also, their voices get high and squeaky.  I 
    didn't think Waspinator's voice could be any funnier.  Basically, all 
    the same rules of vs. mode or arcade mode apply.
    Simple.  You look at a character and can manipulate it any way you 
    want.  You can also find out info about the character.  You can also 
    look at secret characters but they have no explanation.
                                      Ending Bios
    There may not be much of a story to Transmetals' story mode, but each 
    character (including secret guys) has an ending bio similar to the 
    Mortal Kombat games.  Please note that these are not word for word 
    bios.  They scroll too fast in the game so I wrote the jist of it.   
    Here they are: 
    Optimus Primal:
    Primal's leadership skills eventually result in the destruction of the 
    Predacons and the capture of Megatron.  The Maximals attach Megatron to 
    the exterior of an Autobot shuttle and fly back to Cybertron.  Little 
    do they know that Megatron's arm has gotten free of his bonds.  Are the 
    Beast Wars over or are they just beginning?
    Rattrap's resourcefulness eventually results in the complete 
    destruction of Megatron.  Back on Cybertron, he can be seen in the 
    local restaurants saying, "We're all gonna di...dine!"
    Megatron successfully destroys all of the Maximals.  After achieving 
    this, he enters the Autobot Ark and destroys the legendary Optimus 
    Prime, ensuring a definitive victory for the Decepticons.  In 2005, the 
    horrible transformer Unicron attacks Cybertron.  With the Matrix 
    destroyed with Prime, can anything stop Unicron?
    Tarantulas eventually escapes Earth and manages to return to Cybertron, 
    where he is granted a promotion from the Tripredicus Council.  He 
    returns to prehistoric Earth commanding a massive space fleet saying, 
    "If the beast wars aren't over now, they soon will be."
    Terrorsaur defeats Megatron and assumes command of the Predacons.  He 
    also eventually defeats the Maximals.  Unfortunately, his arrogance 
    prevented him from getting the Predacons back to Cybertron as the First 
    Ice Age begins to settle in.  Maybe a couple of years frozen will teach 
    Terrorsaur a lesson about leadership.
    Ravage eventually gains access to the Ark.  There he implements a new 
    duplication technology, where the memories, appearances, etc of 
    existing robots can be put into a protoform.  Ravage quickly gets to 
    work cloning all the decepticons, including Skywarp, Megatron, and, of 
    course, Soundwave.  After his job is done, they head to transwarp space 
    to conquer the galaxy!
    Black Arachnia:
    Starscream successfully wipes out both the Maximals and Predacons.  He 
    then goes to the Ark, where his body lay in stasis lock.  He merges his 
    Waspinator body with his original body, finally making himself whole 
    again.  He then heads back to Cybertron. 
    Megatron X:
                                       8. Other Neat Stuff
    Some things in TFBWTM don't seem to belong in any category.  I guess 
    you might call this a secrets section.  Here goes:
    Get Faction Battle Cries---
    Go to Team battle mode.  It doesn't matter if it's one or two player.  
    For the first team select the four Maximals (Optimus Primal, Rattrap, 
    Cheetor, and Airrazor) then select "Ok."  Optimus will say something 
    along the lines of "Battle ready team," and Rattrap will say, "Go 
    Maximals!"  Do the same for the Predacons and Megatron will say 
    something similar to his troops, while Waspinator declares, "Go 
    Cool Looks---
    The following are cool looks for the robots.  They can be found when 
    you select them and scroll through their colors:
    Optimus Primal: Optimal Optimus (last color scheme.  Blue and yellow)
    Rattrap: Old Rattrap (Last color scheme. Black and orange)
    Cheetor: Young Tigatron (only other color scheme for Cheetor)
    Airrazor: Evil Airrazor (Black and silver color scheme)
    Megatron: Decepticon Colors (The gray and white color scheme looks like 
    the original Megatron's)
    Tarantulas: Cyber Tarantulas (His last color set.  Dark Blue color 
    Terrorsaur: Old Terrorsaur (His old colors.  They are red and white.)
    Battle Funny Characters in Sunrise/sunset showdown
    To battle Kid Mode and skinny characters in Sunrise/Sunset showdown get 
    20 wins.  After that they should appear.
                                     9. Credits and Legal stuff      
    Ok here goes.  I'd like to take time to acknowledge all of my sources 
    for this FAQ:
    1. codes.ign.com and www.gamefaqs.com where I found the codes for all 
    the secret characters except Megatron X.
    2. www.n64cc.com for the Megatron X codes
    3. My cousin Thomas Diamente for inspiring the format of the Characters 
    section as well as obtaining most of the shootout quotes.
    4.  Bam! Entertainment and Genaza for making a cool game, which, if 
    this game were never made, my faq would have been pointless.
    5.  Myself for finding out everything but the codes

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