Re: Let's Play the MegaMan Battle Network Series
Part 9: Tourist Trap
So, Style Changes!
As mentioned previously, MegaMan can switch between his current style and his base form. This prevents you from being locked into a style that's weak to enemies or a boss in a dungeon. Good planning.
Styles in this game also level up as they battle, allowing them to go up to V3. This is the only time in the series that MegaMan himself will ever have alternate "versions", so to speak.
Before we talk about Styles, though, it's important you first understand panels.
Three of the four Styles interact with panels uniquely, and we have more types than in the first game, so now's a good time to bring them up. From left to right:
- Null: A standard panel with no effect.
- Cracked: A damaged panel. If hit by an attack that would crack it, or if a Navi or Virus without FloatShoes steps off it, the panel becomes Broken.
- Broken: A heavily damaged panel. Only Navis and Viruses with AirShoes can stand on it. After a short time has passed, the panel becomes a Null panel.
- Missing: A panel which has been completely removed. Only Navis and Viruses with AirShoes can stand on it.
- Ice: A panel that has been frozen solid. A Navi without FloatShoes that moves onto an ice panel will slide until they land on a non-ice panel or can move no further in that direction. Elec element attacks deal double damage to anything standing on an ice panel.
- Lava: A panel covered with molten lava. Navis and Viruses which are Fire element, or have FloatShoes, may stand on it safely. All other Navis and Viruses that stand on it will take Fire element damage. Being hit by an Aqua element attack, having an object placed on it or being stood on by a non-Fire element without FloatShoes will turn the panel into a Null panel.
- Grass: A panel overgrown with grass. Wood-type Viruses and Navis that stand on grass panels heal over time. Fire element attacks turn the panel into a Null panel, dealing double Fire damage to any enemies on it.
- Holy: A panel granted blessed power. Anything standing on a Holy panel takes half the damage from all attacks.
- Poison: A panel covered in a foul sludge. Anything that stands on a poison panel takes damage over time, unless it has FloatShoes.
- Magnet: A panel that has been magnetized. Magnet panels draw in anything that stands directly above or below them.
Now let's talk about the Styles themselves.
Styles tend to come with two parts: Element and Specialization. The Element is one of four, with them being chosen at random from what I can tell. These are
- Heat: x2 damage from Aqua; charged shot becomes a three panel flamethrower; lava panels no longer hurt MegaMan
- Aqua: x2 damage from Elec (x4 on ice); charged shot becomes a quickfire Bubbler; does not slip on ice panels
- Elec: x2 damage from Wood; charged shot becomes a low damage Zap Ring that stuns enemies;
- Wood: x2 damage from Fire (x4 on grass); charged shot becomes an eight hit tornado with short range; heals on grass panels
Charged shot damage caps are 160 (Wood), and 100 (Heat), and 50 (Aqua), and 30 (Elec).
Meanwhile, the Specialization part of it is more directly controlled. Much as there are four elements, there are four specializations:
- Guts: Gained by using the buster. Doubles attack rating, but reduces Rapid to 1. Attacks that don't stun do not cause flinching or reduce Busting Level.
- Custom: Gained by using multiple chips in one turn. Allows the Custom Screen to start with 7 chips instead of 5.
- Team: Gained by using Navi chips. Allows up to eight Navi chips to be used in a folder as opposed to the usual 5. (Called "Brother" in Japanese.)
- Shield: Gained by using defensive chips. Begins every battle with a Barrier. MegaMan can also produce a shield by pressing the back button and B at the same time, allowing him to block attacks if timed correctly.
The four styles listed in these pictures are the ones shown in promo art and also used in the anime. Despite that, they are not the only combination of Styles. My first ever Style Change was ElecGuts, for example.
MegaMan can only have two style changes (and his Normal Style as a "third") at one time, so any Styles you gain afterwards will need to overwrite a previous one.
And that's the gist of it!
Back at his home, Lan complains about the fact that his vacation is already halfway over, much like the game itself.
MegaMan reminds him that he STILL hasn't started his homework assignment.
Lan tries to sweet talk MegaMan into doing his math for him
and it works!? At least until MegaMan happens to notice that they've been summoned overseas to Netopia to take part in a conference involving resistance against Gospel.
Looks like Lan gets to have his foreign food after all. Just not from the country he wanted.
Homework is again forgotten. You can also talk to Haruka to see her feelings on the matter. Apparently, she's perfectly fine with her son taking a flight over to Netopia on his lonesome.
I think this setting might be giving children a bit too much freedom.
NPCs around ACDC are excited/surprised to hear that Lan is going to Netopia. Yai says that Lan doesn't need to get her a souvenir, which is rather considerate of her.
Dex wants a souvenir, though. I also take this time to S-Rank GutsMan V3.
There's also this girl talking about cute things.
I'm sure we'll be fine, but the sentiment is appreciated.
At Marine Harbor, Chaud is loitering around the Metroline.
Ribitta is also conspicuously absent.
Lan is also becoming something of a celebrity around the Official Center.
Mr. Famous has upgraded GateMan to V2 and has sent out an email as challenge to all members of the Official List. He removes GateMan's limiters just a touch to test MegaMan's mettle.
Probably would've gotten S-Rank if I hadn't taken that hit.
Mr. Famous gives Lan a new folder after the battle. Presumably these exist to give you a specialized folder for all of your Styles. There is a third one you can pick up, though that will be later.
Lan picks up his (digital) passport while he's at the center. He can also flirt with the receptionist, though she says he's "too short to date".
Ah, the Winry Rockbell excuse.
Retro Chip Traders have also been erected around the world ever since around CutMan's scenario or so. These are used by linking up with Battle Network 1 and putting one chip from that game into the trader. This can yield the chips Trident, Tornado, Mine, Front Sensor, Double Sensor and Bubble Wrap.
It's worth noting that Retro Chip Traders are RNG-based with their rewards, like regular Chip Traders. Unlike regular Chip Traders, though, they immediately break after one use. That's not annoying at all! Fortunately, the chips given from it can be bought in the post-game, albeit at a high price.
Worth noting that each Element of Style Change has a special chip from these Retro Traders that can only be used by them. For example, only Aqua styles can use Freeze Bomb. If MegaMan attempts to use it as any other form, it'll disappear into a puff of smoke.
With passport in hand, Lan takes the Metroline to the airport.
Music: Begin a Journey
New NPC models!
Mayl wasn't at home earlier, which an NPC outside of her door mentions if you speak to her, because she came to see Lan off. She gives Lan a chip for Roll V2 as well as a wireless jack. Apparently, the latter is supposed to be his lucky item according to his horoscope.
Chaud is here, being as... Chaud as ever. So let's talk to the more pleasant people instead!
Inside of the monitor displaying the flight schedule are two Mr. Progs. One is trying desperately to remember the schedule. The other admits that he accidentally made the first believe he was meant to memorize the schedule.
Mr. Prog owns.
Once you pass this gate, you cannot return to Electopia until two scenarios from now. So be certain you're ready!
Lan heads through the security gate, but
it turns out that recent events with Gospel have people on high alert. As a result, Lan has his PET confiscated.
Unfortunately, there's nothing we can do.
And so MegaMan is taken away from us, begging and pleading for mercy.
Wait, what's this new email?
You have no idea how tempted I was to end this update here.
Lan heads on ahead, finding it tough to continue on without MegaMan.
Suddenly, a man with an exaggerated French accent plows into him from behind, causing him to drop his MiniPET. At least he's kind enough to hand it back to him.
Come on, Lan, that's politically incorrect.
But I suppose it's not factually incorrect.
Also, as it turns out, that guy bumping into Lan somehow allowed him to empty out Lan's PET of all of its money in the span of seconds.
I have so many questions as to how this is possible that I don't even know where to begin. And I'm not even talking exclusively about the amount of time this theft was done in.
This trip is off to a fantastic start.
This man has apparently also been robbed by the same thief.
Where is airport security!?
Nearby, Chaud smugs smugly.
Telling him to take a hike causes him to hand over something.
Unfortunately, we were still robbed and there's nothing we can do about it. Aw man.
I feel like going into a foreign country with absolutely no money should be kind of a problem.
Before long, Lan disembarks from his flight and prepares to leave the airport.
That is a significantly different language from that bad French the other guy was speaking.
On the next screen, MegaMan asks if Lan wants to start up the translation system.
I say no, because I am an expert of speaking Konami Codese.
Lan then proceeds to inexplicably speak flawless Netopian.
This is a silly little scene that doesn't amount to anything. If you activate the translator, the man here tries to speak Electopian by adopting a surfer dialect while asking Lan's reason for visiting.
The people on the previous screen are also translated now.
This jerk is here. You don't need to talk to him to progress, but I want my money back.
Like a dick, he tries to delete MegaMan.
ToadMan V3 is a bit more successful. That's what I get for using an Aqua style against him...
At least you don't get a Game Over against friendlies, though!
Meanwhile, Ribitta's cameraman continues to be the sensible member of their pairing. I forgot how much I liked these two.
Lan and MegaMan go to wait for a bus to take them to the city proper, but
suddenly this guy shows up.
This does not seem like a good idea.
Music: Netopia Castle
Surprisingly, the man is actually legit and takes Lan to his destination.
Then he robs him.
He then throws Lan out and speeds off. I think the worst part about this is that Netopia Castle is where the Officials are gathering for the Gospel meeting.
This is basically the equivalent of being robbed in front of what is right now effectively an FBI building.
Oh wait, this is Battle Network. Law enforcement is useless.
Nearby the castle is this elderly woman, who I'm pretty sure is also politically incorrect.
Dammit, Chaud, stop being a jerk and help me.
To the credit of the developers, they gave the mugger a different skin tone from the recurring NPC here.
A kindly woman points Lan in the direction of the hotel, at least.
There's also this girl who seems to have a thing for Lan.
After that experience, Lan finally heads to his hotel room.
Whew...The hotel! Finally! Wait a second... Hey! What kind of a hotel is this!?
I'm not sure what he means by this. It doesn't look cheap at all, and I don't get the implication that it's a, um, "disreputable" establishment.
Well, it's been a pretty rough trip so far...
Yeah, about that. Why didn't Lan's parents or the Officials have someone pick Lan up at the airport? Or have someone escort him?
It's your fault, MegaMan! You were the one that said that guy might be nice!
But you only got in because you agreed with me, right?
You wouldn't be so calm about it if you were out here!
As long as you're safe in your PET, you don't care, do you?
Ow. That's a really low blow considering the Hub thing...
Hey, Lan! That's not very nice!
I don't feel like being very nice!
Fine! You can be mean by yourself! I'm outta here!
Fine! Good riddance! MegaDummy!