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Game Hints: Rockman 5

Story: This time, it isn't Dr. Wily who's the enemy (cough, cough) it's . . . Blues?
Yes, Blues. The game opens with a shot of several Robot Masters and one "mysterious" dark figure in front of them. "A vicious army of robots is intent of taking over the world!" the prologue proclaims, as if this were something new. What is unique about this game is that Dr. Light gets kidnapped by none other than Blues. Rockman cleverly deduces this--not from the the fact that he was only meters away when Blues teleported in and kidnapped Dr. Light--but from the scrap of yellow material that somehow gets torn from his scarf.
New Features: In this game, the Mega Buster is juiced up a bit by Dr. Cossack (on Rockman's side now). Rush has a new Rush Coil configuration:
Also new is the ega Tank, which refills all of Rockman's life and weapons energy. Unfortunately, Rockman can only carry one at a time (in addition to 9 normal tanks).
And, of course, I can't forget Beat, the most useful little robot that you'll ever obtain! Beat is a robotic bird that Dr. Light and Dr. Cossack had been working on before Dr. Light's kidnapping. In order to obtain Beat, Rockman must collect the letters R O C K M A N V (MEGAMANV in America). Here's a quick guide to the locations of the letters.

R: Gravity Man's stage in plain view. Just be careful to time your jump according to the gravity reversal machine.
O: Wave Man's stage, also in plain sight. After the mid-way Stage Master during the hovercraft ride, you'll need to jump for it.
C: Stone Man's stage. Amazing! One that's actually hidden! Near the beginning of the stage, there's a place on the right edge of the screen that you can blast. Doing so will open up a gap; if you slide through it, you'll find yourself in a room with the next letter in it!
K: Gryo Man's stage. Once again, easy to spot. It's in the screen with the collapsing floor blocks. If you time your sliding and jumping right, you'll get out of this one with both your life and the letter.
M: Star Man's stage. Easy to find. Just make sure you don't get too enthusiastic about leaping for it in the zero-G conditions.
A: Charge Man's stage. Although you can get this without using the Rush Coil adaptor, it's a lot easier to call in your cyber-canine pal and jump for it.
N: Napalm Man's stage. Unless you're blind, you'll see it. Just don't miss the ledge.
V: Crystal Man's stage. Keep pressing left on the control pad while you're falling down the spike-lined pit, and you'll get it.

Right, that takes care of that! On to the Robot Masters!

Once again, Rockman makes an idiot out of himself by attacking them with no common sense in tihs order:

Gravity Man
Wave Man
Stone Man
Gyro Man
Star Man
Charge Man
Napalm Man
Crystal Man

This is a fairly good order to take them in . . . unless you want Rockman to live and beat the game. If you have some sort of sentimental thing about actually surviving and seeing the ending of the game, then I'd suggest this order:
Star Man
Gravity Man
Gyro Man
Crystal Man
Napalm Man
Stone Man
Charge Man
Wave Man

I know, I know. You want to get on to the pictures and the strategies to kill the Robot Masters. Well, have a little patience!
Oh, never mind. Here's the good stuff.

Star Man
Weapon
: Star Crash
Strategy: Well, here it is: the mandatory shield weapon for the game. True to form, the Robot Master weilding it isn't very threatening. Use the charged-up Mega Buster to knock him out of the air when his shield is down, and you'll receive the Star Crash (very useful in Crystal Man's stage) and the Super Arrow (not good for much of anything except scaling walls).

Gravity Man
Weapon
: Gravity Hold
Strategy: Besides having one of the weirdest levels in Rockman history accompanied by some of the weirdest music, this Robot Master is also one of the weirdest looking. I give him the Weirdest Robot Master in a Supporting Role Award. Tactically, he's kind of a disappointment. Although his tactics wil freak you out a first, once you discern his pattern, he's a piece of cake to kill with the Star Crash shield (much like the Skull Shield against Dive Man, you need to be standing right next to Gravity Man with the Star Crash to do any damage).

Gyro Man
Weapon
: Gyro Attack
Strategy: Besides disappearing into the clouds and dropping on Rockman, Gyro Man doesn't have a whole lot to intimidate the player with. Ideally, Rockman doesn't even need to move; just stand there and use the Gravity Hold to keep Gyro Man from going all over the place, and he'll be dead within seconds.
Victory brings not only the Gyro Attack (you can change the propellor direction by pressing either up or down on the control pad) but the Rush Jet Adaptor (which Rockman seems to mysteriously lose after the end of every game).

Crystal Man
Weapon
: Crystal Eye
Strategy: I'm having a little trouble seeing how the Capcom people decided on the name "eye" for the weapon, but other than that, Crystal Man doesn't have a whole lot that needs to be said about him. Just hit him with the Gyro Attack and be wary of his anoying splitting crystals.
His stage is a royal pain if Rockman hasn't yet acquired the Star Crash weapon. If he has it, just use it and leap across the multiple pits as the crystal chunks fall from above, recharging as necessary. If not . . . good luck. It can be done, of course--I didn't even think of using the Star Crash until after I'd beaten the game several times . . .

Napalm Man
Weapon
: Napalm Bombs
Strategy: What a pain in the . . . uh, rear! In theory, it should be simple to beat him: just keep firing the Crystal Eye at him and slide out of the way when he jumps at you. Unfortunately, he's a bit harder to destroy than that (unles you're really good, or he's being nice to you. By the way, did you ever wonder why crystal would do damage to napalm? Well, I did. So, whether you like it or not, I'm going to tell you.
Napalm is a kind of jellied-gasoline. As a matter of fact, it's quite a potent explosive and consideed unethical by many governments (United States not included). Crystallizing napalm would decrease its kinetic energy, and therefore its potential explosiveness. See? I bet you didn't know that Rockman games used real science!

Stone Man
Weapon
: Power Stone
Strategy: Wow! Stone Man meets Rockman! I wonder what would have happened if the translation to English had been messed up when Rockman 5 was imported to America--Rockman vs. Rock Man . . . ?
Oh, well. Enough of that silliness. You can't hit this guy while he's in his "pile of rubble" formation. Just blow him to smithereens with the Napalm Bomb when he's in the air or after he's just landed from a small jump. Warning: when Stone Man leaps high in the air, he's about to disintegrate into a pile of stones.

Charge Man
Weapon
: Charge Kick
Strategy: Whew! Jeez, is this punk ever a pain-and-a-half! Hit him with the Power Stone to take some of the steam out of him. He'll charge back and forth across the room while he's orange-pink. Rockman can jump over him, so that helps a little. When Charge Man turns red, he's about to blast red-hot rocks (or something) into the air. Ddoge teh rocks, then get ready to jump, because he'll almost always charge after he's done shooting rocks. His weapon is a pain, too. It took me quite a while to figure out that you have to slide to use the Charge Kick--I thought it was like the Super Arm from Rockman (1) or something.

Wave Man
Weapon
: Water Wave
Strategy: Wave Man is easy to destroy if you use the Charge Kick on him. Just be careful not to slide into his water-spouts.
Also noteworthy of Wave Man is his stage--for the first time, Rockman uses a vehicle, a kind of hovercraft.

Blues' Fortress

This castle looks absolutely ridiculous. If nothing else hints at the fact that Dr. Wily is behind this, it's the cartooniness of the castle. I mean, really--who would put giant visors over their front gate?
Right, now that I've got that off my chest . . .
First Guardian
Sentinel

Use either the Water Wave or Beat to put this guy out of commission.

Second Guardian
Sentinel, mk. 2

A little easier to kill this time, the Sentinel can be destroyed most easily with the Crystal Eye or Beat.

Third Guardian
Sentinel, mk. 3

A tad (okay, a lot) tougher this time, use eithe Gyro Attack or Beat (notice a pattern here?) against the Sentinel. Be careful, he uses a gorgon-esque weapon which will later be copied (except with better graphics) by Shade Man that can turn Rock to stone and freeze him in his place. Don't be afraid to use an tank or two while fighting this guy.

Blues!?
No, not really. After ascending a collapsing passage, Rockman will confront a Robot Master that appears to be Blues (except his whistle is obviously too low and a bit off-key besides that). Like the trusting fool that he is, Rockman refuses to fire while the false Blues backs him downand eventually fires on him, dropping Rockman's life meter down to one bar.
Finally, the real Blues shows up and blasts the holographic generator on the false Blues away, revealing what looks like another Sentinel (mark 4, maybe?) Leaving a life-tank for Rockman, Blues kindly teleports out, leaving all the real work for his brother (once again--I think Blues and Zero share that trait).
Use Beat (see, it's a pattern) to defeat the mysterious robot, while leaping his electrical discharges.
Once he is defeated, the room will go black, and the voice of Dr. Wily will congratulate Rockman on destroying Wily's special "Dark Man" (wasn't that a movie trilogy?)
From here it's the standard "go through Skull Castle, its teleport room, and Dr. Wily to beat the game" thing.

Skull Castle

First Guardian
Stacked Spikey Tires
:
Use the Crystal Eye to make this battle go more quickly. Hit the middle section, then leap on it as it flies towards Rockman. Hit the eyes (once again) to destroy the massive menace.

Second Guardian
Spherical Hover Tank
:
For best results, mix with Gyro Attack and waste thoroughly. Basically, keep on the floating platforms and throw the gyrating blades at the eyes of the tank (see a pattern?) when the side flaps open up to reveal the vulnerable center.

the Mandatory Teleport Room Stage

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Dr. Wily!

First Form
: Use the Mega Buster on Dr. Wily, and be sure to avoid jumping on the spikes in the middle of the screen or getting crushed by Dr. Wily's falling mech.

Second Form: Use the Mega Buster to blast away the Skull Armor of the mech. Avoid the bouncing violet spheres (I didn't know that Rockman had a structural weakness for beach balls!) Be careful when he activates his suction device (does ths remind you of Dust Man?) and Rockman will live to see the final form of Dr. Wily's mecha.
Third Form: Use Beat. Yes, this game finally breaks the trend of using the least practical and most awkward weapon to defeat Dr. Wily! Avoid Dr. Wily's disappearing mech (not again!) and let Beat do the dirty work.

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Ending
Warning: do not read this if you want to find out the ending for yourself!

This time, before doing his amazing "bow down and beg for mercy" trick, Dr. Wily gets up and runs, waving his hands in the air and screaming like a baby. Rockman gives chase, and the pair soon end up in front of a cage hanging from the ceiling. Inside the cage is (gasp!) Dr. Light. With a mighty leap, Rockman releases Dr. Light while Dr. Wily grovels.
At that moment, debris begins to fall from the ceiling, and the most hilarious scene in the entire Rockman saga begins. While a strange, banjo-like music plays in the background, Dr. Light and Dr. Wily run back and forth, waving their arms and screaming. The ceiling completley collapses, and is caught by Rockman. As lines emanate from his armpits (I'm not sure if it's supposed to denote failing deodorant or stress) Dr. Wily makes his escape, doing the "twitching eyebrows" thing. Just as all hope seems lost, a mysterious explosion razes the lowler level of the collapsing ceiling, allowing Rockman and Dr. Light to escape.
Outside, Dr. Light and Rockman watch Dr. Wily's saucer escape and Skull Castle collapse, while Blues, at the very edge of the screen, slowly backs away.
Overall Ratings
Game Play
: 7
Difficulty: 5
Graphics: 7
Ending: 6

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