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R-Type DX (Game Boy/Game Boy Color) FAQ
Created By: MetroidMoo
Latest Version: 2.11
Created On: July 18, 1999
Last Updated: July 25, 2001
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Contents:
1)FAQ Updates
2)Game Information
3)Controls
4)Items
5)R-Type (B&W)
6)R-Type (CE)
7)R-Type II (B&W)
8)R-Type II (CE)
9)Boss Strategies
10)Tips/Tricks
11)Credits
12)Contact/Legal Information

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1)   FAQ UPDATES
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Version 2.11
  Changed posting notice.

Version 2.1
  Made some minor changes.

Version 2.09
  Added a boss name and an another strategy for Gladiator.

Version 2.08
  Updated legal information.

Version 2.07
  Changed the look of the FAQ a bit.

Version 2.06
  Changed copyright/legal info.

Version 2.05
  Fixed grammar/spelling errors and updated parts of the guide.

Version 2.0
  Finished walkthrough for all of the games and added another trick.

Version 1.6
  Added a trick, made a few revisions, added complete Walkthrough for 
R-Type (CE), added partial Walkthrough for R-Type II (B&W), and updated 
"Author's Note".

Version 1.4
  Added Walkthrough for R-Type (B&W) and added "Author's Note" at the end 
of this section.

Version 1.3
  Fixed some layout errors and added "Power-Ups" for every stage.

Version 1.2
  Updated "Items" section with 2 items I missed and added 4 new sections 
(Walkthroughs for each one coming soon, but I'm adding "Power-Ups" for 
each Stage for now).

Version 1.0
  First version of the guide.

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2)   GAME INFORMATION
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This section tells you what R-Type games work on what system and the R-Type 
prologues.

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Game Compatibility
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R-Type & R-Type II (Black and White)
System: Game Boy/Game Boy Pocket/Game Boy Color

R-Type & R-Type II (Color)
System: Game Boy Color

R-Type DX
System: Game Boy Color

Features Only For Color Enhanced Games:
- Game progress is saved after completing a stage.
- Rapid-Fire mode, access this from the Options menu.

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Prologues
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R-Type  
The World Government tried to keep the fact-finding mission to Galaxy XIX 
under wraps. Nonetheless, information gathered from the mission was leaked to 
the press and the public's most dreaded suspicions were confirmed. Extra-
terrestrial mutants from the BYDO Empire were consolidating their forces and 
would soon launch an all-out attack on Earth. Now it's up to you to stop this 
threat.

You must lead an attack on the BYDO Empire to destroy El Supremo and his five 
warlords. Launching a full-scale attack with Battlecruisers would be 
impossible. The Empire's sensors would detect our ships long before a single 
shot could be fired, and any chance for a surprise attack would be lost. The 
only chance is for a lone R-Type fighter to penetrate the Empire's defenses 
undetected and destroy El Supremo. The R-Type is constructed of a rare metal 
alloy that renders it invisible to BYDO sensors and has the speed and 
maneuverability to take on anything the BYDO can throw at it. Good luck!

R-Type II
Although your first mission against the BYDO Empire was an apparent success, 
the latest deep-space probes have revealed a secret BYDO base. It seems the 
Empire has been in seclusion since its base was destroyed, stockpiling weapons 
and resources. Once more, the Earth is under threat of attack, and the World 
Government is asking for your help...again!

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3)   CONTROLS
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This section explains the controls and the Rapid-Fire functions.

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Basic Controls
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Control Pad:
- Moves ship

A Button:
- Launches Power Pod
- Brings back Power Pod after you detach it

B Button:
- Fires your ship's basic weapon
- Fires Power Pod's weapon

Start:
- Pauses/Resumes the game

Select:
- Access the Options from the game menu

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Rapid Fire #1
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A Button:
- Fires your ship's basic weapon

B Button:
- Press, then hold for Rapid Fire

Start:
- Pauses/Resumes the game

Select:
- Launches Power Pod
- Brings back Power Pod after you detach it

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Rapid Fire #2
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A Button:
- Launches Power Pod
- Brings back Power Pod after you detach it

B Button:
- When the Power Pod is detached, press and then hold for Rapid Fire
- When the Power Pod is attached, tap and then hold for Rapid Fire

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4)   ITEMS
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This section tells you what power-ups you can find and what they do.

NOTE: Collect 3 of the same weapon upgrade to get the max. power from that 
weapon.

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Weapons
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Power Pod: You get the Power Pod from collecting one of three items below 
this. The pod itself can be very powerful if you can use it correctly. There 
are 3 different "levels" for a Pod.

#1 - Super Laser: This can be useful if you can aim it correctly. This weapon 
fires 2 lasers that bounce around the screen for short period of time.

#2 - Bubble Beam: Fires a multi-colored beam. It is powerful, but it only 
fires straight in front of your ship.

#3 - Fire Chain: Very useful for taking out ground units. It launches 2 chains 
of fire up and down, and these 2 chains will move along the ground/ceiling.

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Misc. Items
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S - Speed: Increases the R-Type's speed and maneuverability. I would only 
collect some of this item because it might become somewhat difficult to move 
if it goes too fast. 

Plasmo: A small ball will appear near your ship. It will destroy enemies like 
the Power Pod does. The ball doesn't move quite as fast as your ship, so don't 
move too fast if you want protection. You can have up to 2 Plasmos protecting 
you.

Missile: This let's your R-Type ship drop bombs on the ground. When it 
explodes on the ground, the blast will trail along for a small distance. The 
blast can also go up and down on walls. Like the Fire Chain, use this to take 
out ground enemies.

1-Up (+1 Icon): Gives you an extra ship.

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5)   R-TYPE (B&W)
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This section is a walkthrough for the original version of R-Type.

NOTE: This walkthrough follows the game on Easy difficulty.

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Game Options
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Level - Easy / Hard
Music - On / Off
Sound - On / Off

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Stage 1
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Power-Ups:
#1 - Super Laser (x2)
#2 - Bubble Beam (x2)
S - Speed
Plasmo

An easy stage. For the first part, air enemies will come at you. Just charge 
up your Beam and fire at a line of enemies to defeat them all.  Soon after 
that, a robot appears. Use the Power Pod you just got to defeat him. Now as 
soon as you enter the base, there are a bunch of enemies waiting for you. 
Charge your Beam and launch the Power Pod to get rid of them. Now you'll see a 
ring. Once you get into the center of it, attack the ball that is different 
than the other ones to stop them from shooting at you. In the small pathway 
will be a robot. Since you don't much room to move, stay near the top or the 
bottom. Then move up or down to dodge the attacks. A little bit after that 
will be another robot. Beat him, and you're at the boss!

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Stage 2
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Power-Ups:
#1 - Super Laser (x2)
S - Speed

This level can be tricky. Large creatures will come out of the floor or 
ceiling. Use your Power Pod and Beam to destroy them. A little bit after that, 
a group of really small enemies will fly at you. They aren't a threat so don't 
worry about them. Then you should see a weird looking flower that releases 
creatures that look like small Metroids. These enemies are annoying, so 
dispose of them as quick as you can. Now a snake-like creature will appear, 
this means that you are near the boss.  

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Stage 3
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Power-Ups:
#3 - Fire Chain (x2)

This is the shortest stage in the game. Get the Fire Chain weapon, and go 
under the Battlecruiser. Use the weapon to get rid of the gun turrets. When 
you see the pipes, charge up your Beam to destroy them. It will be too 
difficult to beat them using regular shots. Right after that the boss will 
appear!

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Stage 4
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Power-Ups:
#1 - Super Laser (x2)
S - Speed

This stage is the hardest one in R-Type. Baldos will appear out of nowhere, 
but they will always follow a certain pattern. When you reach the part where 
there's a little opening, go in it. Now go up, right, and down. Position the 
R-Type under the beam hanging from the ceiling, and you should be able to 
dodge the enemies. After that, put your ship over the first pole. Now you'll 
reach the mid-point of the stage. Go up and stay in the hole in the ceiling, 
and the enemies will pass under you. Now go right, down a bit, and left in the 
place with the POW Shuttle. After the Baldos from the top passes by you, move 
between the between the two poles. Another Baldos will pass over you. Now you 
should be fine for the rest of level if you're careful. 

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Stage 5
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Power-Ups:
#1 - Super Laser (x2)
#2 - Bubble Beam
S - Speed (x2)
Plasmo

The first section of this stage is easy. If you collected the Super Laser, it 
will be useful for taking out enemies hiding in the small pathways. After that 
part, a piece of junk will be moving through the center of the stage. It's not 
there for any reason, so just avoid it. The rest of the level is the same as 
the first section, so it should be a breeze reaching the boss.

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Stage 6
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Power-Ups:
#2 - Bubble Beam (x2)
S - Speed

Nothing much to tell about this level. All you really have to do is fight the 
enemies that come out of the floor/ceiling, pick up any items, and dodge the 
small whirlpool things.

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6)   R-TYPE (CE)
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This section is a walkthrough for the color version of R-Type.

NOTE: This walkthrough follows the game on Easy difficulty.

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Game Options
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Diff - Easy / Hard
Music - On / Off
Sound - On / Off
Fire - Normal / Auto1 / Auto2
Level - Varies on how far you're in this game.

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Stage 1
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Power-Ups:
#1 - Super Laser (x3)
#2 - Bubble Beam (x2)
S - Speed
Plasmo

The first few waves of enemies are easy. Just charge up your Beam and fire it 
at a line of enemies. When you first reach the inside of the building, use the 
Power Pod to defeat the enemies waiting for you. If you don't destroy them 
early enough, they will follow you. At the ring of spheres, attack the red and 
green one. Then all of them turn gray and stop shooting at you. The rest of 
the way shouldn't be a problem.

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Stage 2
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Power-Ups:
#1 - Super Laser (x2)
#3 - Fire Chain
S - Speed

You should still have the Super Laser or the Bubble Beam, so use that to take 
out the large enemies. If you don't have one of them, a charged Beam shot will 
do. Be sure to take out the flower enemies because the creatures that come out 
will follow you around for a bit. 

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Stage 3
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Power-Ups:
#3 - Fire Chain (x2)

Use the Fire Chain weapon to take out all of the cannons. When you reach the 
jet things make sure you use charged Beam shots to destroy them. It's very 
difficult if you use single shots.  

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Stage 4
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Power-Ups:
#1 - Super Laser (x3)
S - Speed

This stage is just as difficult as the regular version. So look at the 
strategy for this stage in the "R-Type (B&W)" section.

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Stage 5
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Power-Ups:
#1 - Super Laser (x2)
S - Speed
Plasmo

This stage has a lot of enemies that follow you around. Use the Super Laser so 
it bounces backward to them. It's also a good idea to have the Power Pod 
attached to the back of your ship part of the way. 

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Stage 6
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Power-Ups:
#2 - Bubble Beam (x2)
S - Speed

No real problems here. The only thing you have to worry about are the blue 
whirlpools since you cannot destroy them.

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7)   R-TYPE II (B&W)
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This section is a walkthrough for the original version of R-Type II.

NOTE: This walkthrough follows the game on Medium difficulty.

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Game Options
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Level - Easy / Medium / Hard
Music - On / Off
Sound - On / Off

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Stage 1
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Power-Ups:
#1 - Super Laser (x4)
#2 - Bubble Beam
S - Speed (x2)
Missile

If you've played Super R-Type for SNES, this stage should seem a little 
familiar. Like in the first R-Type, use your improved charged Beam attack to 
defeat the enemies. Once you start to get inside in the little path, some 
tunnels open up, and enemies come out. Use your Power Pod to get rid of them. 
While that's going on, charge up your Beam. Then when you see the large ships 
fly out of the water, blast them. The only trouble spot is this stage is the 
pathway with the turrets attached to the ceiling and the ground. To stop them 
from coming out, destroy the crystal things. Right after that is a robot. 
Throw everything you've got at him. 

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Stage 2
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Power-Ups:
#1 - Super Laser (x3)
#2 - Bubble Beam (x2)
#3 - Fire Chain (x2)
S - Speed (x3)
Plasmo

The first and only water stage in the game. When you go underwater, the R-9 
will obviously move a lot slower. The enemies that travel in a line can be a 
real pain. Once one gets hit, it goes straight ahead and only stops when it 
hits a wall. So to avoid getting blown to bits, attack them from a distance. 
When you get to the waterfall, go through as quickly as you can because it 
will gradually make you go down. Squids will drop down from some of the 
waterfalls so use the Fire Chain to defeat them. The large creature you run 
into isn't really as it might seem. Attack the little ball on top of him to 
stop its attack. 

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Stage 3
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Power-Ups:
#1 - Super Laser (x3)
#2 - Bubble Beam
#3 - Fire Chain (x2)
S - Speed (x2)
Plasmo
Missile (x2)

The Fire Chain is a must for this level. Use it to defeat the cannons attached 
to the battleships. Make sure you protect your back because they are different 
spots throughout the stage where enemies will attack you from behind. At about 
2 points in the level, there is a battleship that will move. If you take the 
wrong path, your ship will be destroyed. So either move up or down depending 
on which one you're at. There are 2 cannons that fire a laser that you cannot 
block, so make sure you take them out as soon as you can.

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Stage 4
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Power-Ups:
#1 - Super Laser (x3)
#2 - Bubble Beam (x3)
S - Speed (x2)
Missile

A very strange level. As you go through this stage, enemies will fly in. They 
will either put out blocks you can destroy or blocks you cannot destroy. Don't 
fret if it seems you're stuck. If one of those enemies fly over a block, it 
will get rid of it. You should, obviously, defeat the enemies that lay 
indestructible blocks as soon as possible. Right after the robot, there are 
columns of blocks. Here, an enemy will remove one block in each column. So go 
through the path it leaves. 

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Stage 5
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Power-Ups:
#1 - Super Laser (x4)
#2 - Bubble Beam (x2)
S - Speed (x2)
Plasmo
Missile (x2)

Very similar to the final level of R-Type. Enemies fly at you from every 
direction, so getting a couple Speed Upgrades and Plasmos are a must. At some 
points, you should attach the Power Pod to the back to attack enemies. 

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8)   R-TYPE II (CE)
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This section is a walkthrough for the color version of R-Type II.

NOTE: This walkthrough follows the game on Medium difficulty.

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Game Options
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Fire - Normal / Auto1 / Auto2
Level - Easy / Medium / Hard
Music - On / Off
Sound - On / Off
Play Level - Varies on how far you're in this game.

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Stage 1
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Power-Ups:
#1 - Super Laser (x4)
#2 - Bubble Beam
S - Speed (x2)
Missile

Do the usual charging of your Beam to defeat the first few waves of enemies. 
Pick up the Power Pod to destroy the tunnels that launch out more fighters. 
The only troublespot is the tunnel with the moving guns. Destroy the red glass 
things to stop them from coming out.

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Stage 2
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Power-Ups:
#1 - Super Laser (x3)
#2 - Bubble Beam (x2)
#3 - Fire Chain (x2)
S - Speed (x2)
Plasmo

Nothing really new here. For the first part, detach your Power Pod and use its 
"spread shot" to down the enemies. And again, be careful at the waterfall 
parts because it's pretty easy to die there. 

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Stage 3
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Power-Ups:
#1 - Super Laser (x3)
#2 - Bubble Beam
#3 - Fire Chain (x2)
S - Speed (x2)
Plasmo
Missile (x2)
1-Up

Nothing new here either...

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Stage 4
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Power-Ups:
#1 - Super Laser (x3)
#2 - Bubble Beam (x3)
S - Speed (x3)
Missile

Again, nothing new, but here's a tip. If you have 2 Plasmos, use them to 
defeat the block-laying enemies. It does help a lot more if you try it out. 

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Stage 5
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Power-Ups:
#1 - Super Laser (x3)
#2 - Bubble Beam (x2)
S - Speed (x3)
Plasmo
Missile (x2)

It would've been nice if the color stages were more different...

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9)   BOSS STRATEGIES
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This section, as you can see, gives you strategies for each boss in the game.

NOTE: The difficulty for each boss depends on what difficulty setting you 
picked from the options (obviously).

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R-Type 
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Stage 1
BOSS: Gladiator
STRATEGY: Launch your Power Pod at the little pair of jaws (They're green if 
you're using the colored version) and fire at them. The only real problem here 
is the tentacle that blocks your fire and the beam that the jaws fire.

Here's another strategy provided by Michael Stone:
  "You don't need the force ball for the gladiator. I find the best 
strategy is to hold down the b-button (normal fire) and then shoot at 
the head when the tail goes down and then go down ASAP so the head won't 
hit me. 
  If you have the bubble-powerup, I merely continue attacking the area 
where the head is even if the tail is in the way. Then when the head 
fires, I go down but continue to fire. The bubble will go through the 
tail."

Stage 2
BOSS: Gomba
STRATEGY: The weakpoint here is the little eye on top. Detach the Power Pod 
and get it to land on the eye. Then press A, and it'll stay on it. Now stay in 
the lower-left corner and fire away!

Stage 3
BOSS: Battleship Crusader
STRATEGY: Make sure you get the Fire Chain weapon for this because it helps 
taking out some enemies. Then once you reach the end of the battleship, a 
little pod will come out and launch bombs. Use the Power Pod to take out the 
turrets, and then put the pod on the front of your ship. Now as soon as the 
pod stops attacking, put your R-Type and the Power Pod where it comes out. 
When it comes out again, the Power Pod will damage the pod and block its 
attacks.

Stage 4
BOSS: Baldos
STRATEGY: This boss can be a real pain! Since your basic weapon cannot inflict 
any damage to them, you'll have to use your Power Pod. The enemies also follow 
a certain movement pattern, so remember it. 

Stage 5
BOSS: Lunar
STRATEGY: If you managed to collect the Plasmo enhancement, this boss will be 
much easier. As you fight Lunar, pieces of junk will shower on top of you, so 
move quickly if you didn't get the power-up. Anyway, when the boss opens its 
eye, use your weapons on it. I also found this boss takes longer to defeat, 
unlike the other ones.

Stage 6
BOSS: BYDO Brain
STRATEGY: The only problem here is the enemies that appear and those blue 
whirlpool things. Fire repeatedly at the jaws, and they will eventually open. 
When they do, launch your Power Pod into them. Now just dodge the enemies, and 
you should be fine.

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R-Type II
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Stage 1
BOSS: Zabtom
STRATEGY: Very easy boss. When the red ball appears, use your weapons and 
Power Pod against it. If you take too long to defeat him, more walls of block 
will appear.

Stage 2
BOSS: Inexsis
STRATEGY: Another easy boss. As soon as the boss appears, launch your Power 
Pod on the eye on the top. Once it lands on the eye, move your R-Type in the 
little hole on the bottom. 

Stage 3
BOSS: Prisoner
STRATEGY: The weakpoint for this boss is the center. Stay in the upper-left 
area and attack from there. Just keep shooting with what you have, and you 
shouldn't have a problem.

Stage 4
BOSS: Rios
STRATEGY: When you see the small walls come at you, fire at them, and they'll 
move out of your way for a short time. Go through and fire at the 3 eyes. It 
helps to fully charge your laser up, but that might be hard because of the 
moving walls. 
Note: On my copy of the game, the bullets against this boss seem to flicker on 
and off, so this may be a glitch. This made the boss much more difficult 
because I couldn't tell where his shots were.

Stage 5
BOSS: Twin BYDO Brains
STRATEGY: This battle is very similar to the other one in R-Type. Fire 
everything you've got at the wall, and then fire your Power Pod into it when 
it opens. Once you destroy the first brain, repeat the same thing to beat the 
second one.

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10)   TIPS / TRICKS
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I need more tricks for the section so if you have any, e-mail me.

Reset the Game
Hold Start, Select, A, and B at the same to reset the game.

Skip Stages (Colored Enhanced Games Only)
You can only do this if you have completed the next stage. While playing, 
press Start. Now press B, and you'll go to the next level.

Power Pod Tactics
Here are ways of making using of the Power Pod:
1. Attach it to the front or the back of your ship to act as a shield. This 
does not block all enemy fire, but it works against normal attacks.
2. Also having it attached to your ship allows you to use its weapon.
3. Detach the Power Pod to the front or the back of you and press the fire 
button. This will fire normal bullets, but the amount varies on what form the 
Power Pod is in. The 2nd form fires 2 bullets, and the 3rd form fires 4. 

De Souza Editor
By: blues000  
To access the drawing program, complete the R-Type DX mode.

Hidden Weapon?
No, it's not a "super weapon" or anything. If you play the B&W version of R-
Type II, get a L2 Power Pod with Bubble Beam. But instead of the regular 
weapon, it fires 2 arrow beams. 

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11)   CREDITS
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This section is here to recognize people/sites/etc. who have contributed 
to this FAQ.

Nintendo Power - For the boss names.

blues000 - For a trick.

Michael Stone - For a boss name and an alternate strategy.

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12)   CONTACT / LEGAL INFORMATION
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Copyright Information
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(c) Copyright 1999-2001 MetroidMoo 
  This FAQ cannot be distributed in books, magazines, etc. or in any 
other form of printed or electronic media in any way. It may not be 
given away as some sort of prize or bonus with a purchase, and it may 
not be used for promotional or profitable purposes.
  Any characters, names, or other objects are copyright their 
respective companies. This document and its author are in no way 
affiliated with any company involved with this game.

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E-mail Information
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E-mail Address: metroidmoo@earthlink.net

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the FAQ to see if your question is answered. If you send me a question 
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