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____________________ - --->>[ Einhander ]>>--- - - ---<<[ FAQ version 1.03 ]<<--- - ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ "Glory with the Moon. Mercy on the Earth." version released: 02.10.2001 written by D. Engel [d0wner] :email: d0wner451 (at) hotmail (dot) com - --[Contents]----- - | | | 1. Introduction | | 2. Ships | | 3. SP Bonuses | | 4. Boss Strategy | | 5. Secret Ships | | 6. Secret Weapons | | 7. Gallery Pictures | | 8. Miscellaneous | | 9. Outro | ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ - --[1. Introduction]---- - A war is raging between the Moon colony Selene and Earth. You fight for the Moon as a volunteer Einhander pilot, a highly classified operation of prototype fighters and pilots trained for suicide runs. The survival rate is zero. You start the game with a choice of three basic ships, and eight weapons (called gunpods, hereafter GPs). As you progress you can earn two more ships and four more weapons, as well as 100 pictures in an art gallery. Suggested Soundtrack: In-game, or the OST. - --[2. Ships]---- - Each of the three different ships can change the feel of the game entirely. A breif summary of each is provided below. //> Endymion FRS Mk. III This ship is great for beginners. It is the only ship to feature two machine guns, and can load one gunpod. It is also the easiest to pilot. //> Endymion FRS Mk. II This ship can hold three gunpods, with one equipped at a time, changeable on the fly. It only has one machine gun, but because it can store extra gunpods, you will seldom be without a weapon. //> Astraea FGA Mk. I This ship has one machine gun, and can load two gunpods at a time, giving it significantly more firepower than any other ship. However, it cannot fire only the machine gun. - --[3. SP Bonuses]---- - Each stage has three SP Bonuses to complete. You earn then by completing certain tasks. You will be awarded ten thousand, thirty thousand and fifty thousand points for each subsiquent bonus. Completeing the bonuses may also change the course of the level. Finish the game with 15 or more of these to unlock the first hidden ship. There are 21 total. //> Stage 1 <\\ SP 1 > shoot all the neon signs. Turn your speed all the way up (R2) to make this task easier. SP 2 > after the signs, there will be a carrier ship with a Riot gun on it. The next ship will be only partially visible in the lower right corner of the screen, take it out quickly for the bonus. SP 3 > at the midboss, shoot off the bottom saucer-like part. This is harder than it looks, as he moves quickly and has two guns. After you shoot off the blue shell, you must destroy the metal underneath. A big gun will help, Cannon/Flash, Grenade, or Wasp (armed below). //> Stage 2 <\\ SP 1 > shoot the first two tan enemies at the bottom of the screen as soon as they appear to make a third red ship appear. Shoot it for the first bonus. SP 2 > eventually you will come to a train car with gun turrets rising out of three sections. You will not advance until you destroy the unit on the far right (has no gunpod). Shoot ten of the turrets. SP 3 > later in the stage, you run into another train car with turrets. Shoot ten again for the bonus. //> Stage 3 <\\ SP 1 > there are a few enemies in Stage 3 that have a disc on top and carry two gunpods each. Take them all out until a red one appears, kill it for the first bonus. SP 2 > at the midboss, destroy the green weapon trucks and red reflector trucks until you get the bonus. Try not to shoot his legs before you get the bonus or you may miss the chance. SP 3 > right after the midboss, a hexagonal shaft will come down and start dropping out enemies. Destroy it, and then kill all the dead ships that fall out. You will need a big gun to accomplish this, Juno works well, or Blade if you use the fireball trick and hammer the O button. //> Stage 4 <\\ SP 1 > destroy the body section of the boat without hitting the tower. Try using Cannon/Flash or Hedgehog. The tower will fly off, kill it quickly for the bonus. This will also get you the Juno, one of the secret guns. If you don't destroy this thing quickly, it will shoot off an unbelievable amount of missiles and bullets, which you almost cannot avoid. Work fast. SP 2 > when you get to the branching tunnels, go as far down as possible. Near the end you will see a mech type guy sliding down the ramp with a bunch of sparks flying everywhere. Kill him for the bonus. SP 3 > at the end of the stage, you will come to a part with some silver metal piping. If you got the first two bonuses, there will be an enemy here who you can kill, and he will fall and crash into the pipes. If not, you have to get a weapon that can shoot at a downward angle, like the Flash or Juno, and shoot the pipes. //> Stage 5 <\\ SP 1 > just a bit before the midboss, you will come to eight or so metal beams moving up and down across your path. Shoot them all down for the bonus. SP 2 > destroy all the other parts of the midboss besides the mask/head to earn the second bonus. Do not get the Wasp when he throws it at you, because it will target his head and make your task more difficult. SP 3 > just before the stage boss you see two gray and one red enemies fly in front of the screen. If you have Wasp, take out the red guy quickly for the bonus. If you don't you must kill every single enemy in the upcoming sequence and he will appear on the screen. Juno will help. //> Stage 6 <\\ SP 1 > between the two solid rocket boosters you are busy destroying there are two pods that will randomly release a red enemy. There is no rhyme or reason to it, and it can take a while. Patience. SP 2 > destroy three of the aforementioned pods on the back of the rocket, while screaming "I bet you wish you released that red enemy a little sooner now, huh punk?!?" SP 3 > after the rocket, you fight the stage boss. For the third bonus, you must take out the small round cap that appears on top of the main saucer, and then the main saucer itself. If done correctly, after he dies, he will shoot out another enemy, who you will automatically follow. This has to be the best looking boss in the game (IMHO), endboss taking a close second. He looks like a mechanical jellyfish, and has a red and orange curtain surrounding him with some seriously crazy lighting effects. He has very light armor but is also very quick, he likes to jet around the screen randomly. Kill him for the last bonus. //> Stage 7 <\\ SP 1 > kill the first red ship. All three of the bonuses on this stage will be made easier with the Wasp equipped and set to homing, as this stage is very fast paced. SP 2 > kill the second red ship. SP 3 > you guessed it, kill the third red ship. If you killed the first two, this guy will carry a Juno. - --[4. Boss Strategy]---- - Like just about every shooter to come before it, the bosses in Einhander move in patterns, which once you know, make the fight much easier. Also following shooter scripture, the bosses have weak spots which you must hit to defeat them. In this game, these spots are usually a pale green. Also note that on a higher dificulty level bosses will simply shoot more things at you, but all the same strategy will apply. //> Stage 1 <\\ Midboss: shoot this guy in the head to defeat him. He has two guns which can take you out fast, so stay far back and keep gunning him. If you shoot off both of his guns, he pulls out a really big cannon. Not recommended. If you're going for the bonus, shoot off the bottom saucer portion. Boss: there are two different possible bosses here. The normal boss is green and has the number 09 on his side. If you get all three SP Bonuses for the stage, you will fight a different boss who is dark purple and has the number 08. They look the same and have the same attack patterns, but 08 is a bit tougher. First fly as low as possible and shoot off his foot type thing. Then shoot the main body portion. Eventually two doors will open up and he will shoot some red bullets at you. Shoot at where they are coming from. When he flips back over and isn't flashing white anymore, he is already dead. //> Stage 2 <\\ Midboss: this guy is fast, and has a number of annoying moves for you. Get a big gun and shoot him in the face to kill him quickly. If you have the Blade, equip it on the bottom of your ship and stab him with it as soon as you see him. He will explode instantly. Boss: this is by far the easiest boss in the game. As soon as you can hurt him, shoot him with something large in the round head portion. It will blow up once and reveal a metal under layer. Take a moment to take care of his arms, which have a flamethrower and a gattling gun, and then a Hedgehog and a Vulcan underneath. Then attack his head again before he brings out the second set of arms. //> Stage 3 <\\ Midboss: if you want, you can take this boss out in a few seconds with the Blade. But if you want the second SP bonus, that doesn't work. When you first see him, attack the portion in the middle with the two lasers on the sides. That will blow up. Then he will start spinning around on the bottom of the screen. If you want to kill him, attack his legs, which blow up, then attack the body and he will die very quickly. If you want the bonus, avoid his attacks until you can destroy five or so of the red enemies to get the bonus. Boss: again, Blade works great here, or Grenade, which you can get from the last enemy on the bottom before the boss. Shoot his head until the green shell is destroyed. You can destroy his yellow flaming yo-yo that he throws, but it takes a lot of firepower. Shoot his head again until it is destroyed. //> Stage 4 <\\ Midboss: the midboss on this stage is not the ship, it is the pink stingray. Stay out of his way when you first see him, because he will shoot out a bunch of mines. Wait until they blow up to attack him. Shoot at his armor on the front of the ship. When this is gone he will jump up and hang from the two metal beams. From here he can shoot a big blue laser, or swipe at you with his tail. Shoot the green portion in his center to take him out. Boss: this is another boss that could be dangerous if you don't have a big gun, but is harmless a bunny rabbit if you do. Funny how that works. So bring the heavy artillery and give him hell. Shoot the long front part first. Then some armor will fly over and land on him. Shoot the green spot on it to take him out. //> Stage 5 <\\ Midboss: if you are just fighting for the kill, shoot this guy in the head (a small red shape near the top) , then get the Wasp when he throws the box at you and hammer the button until he is dead. The Wasp is essential, because he goes into the background, and you can't hit him without it. However, if you want the bonus, you must bring a big gun and lots of ammo, and shoot everything except his head. Don't get the Wasp, because it will target his head and kill him. When he goes into the background, you just have to wait it out. Boss: after you shoot off both his arms, this boss can't pose much of a threat. One shoots large, single blasts, the other is like a machine gun. Once they are gone, blast at him until he crashes and blows up all over the ramp. //> Stage 6 <\\ Midboss: the midboss on this level is the rocket. You must destroy the two engines on the back of the ship. Just about any weapon will work here, but be sure to watch for other enemies, because there will be lots. Also, the fourth enemy to carry a weapon will have a Blade. Boss: this is the hardest boss in the game, easily tougher than the last boss. When you first see him, shoot at the top saucer part and right below it. When he covers the screen in yellow lasers, duck between two of the beams. Then he will put up three spinning blue discs, which protect him from harm. If you shoot then in the center they just shoot it back, but if you hit them around the edges you can destroy them. You can also hurt his three legs, which will be spinning around. Then he goes into the background, and shoots three green lasers. These will track you down, so turn your speed up, and duck and weave. Next he will throw some smaller yellow discs, these you can destroy much more easily then the large blue ones. Then he comes back forward, and that is your chance to take him out. Hit him with everything you've got, centered in the upper portion and the saucer at the top. Good luck. //> Stage 7 <\\ Midboss: there really is no midboss for this stage. You will fight about two dozen Einhander ships like yours, each equipped with two gunpods. If you shoot all three red ships, the third will carry a Juno. Boss: the last boss is a huge mech looking guy. He takes up most of the screen, and has some really spiffy lighting effects. He is easier than the stage six boss, but moves a whole lot faster. Shoot the five or so little green ships that he throws out. Then watch for him to shoot a huge laser at you. If he does, move quickly to the top or bottom of the screen. When you are facing him and he is on the right, fire away. Shoot at the area near the top, he will flash red when you are hitting the right spot. You shouldn't have much trouble killing him. After he dies, you see an FMV sequence of him crashing into Earth and making a huge explosion (remember the Einhander magazine ad?). Ok, so he is actually hitting the atmosphere and not the earth, and the explosion isn't that big. But I bet you don't remember the ad anyways. - --[5. Secret Ships]---- - There are two secret ships, known as the Unknown Type 1: Sodom and Unknown Type 2: Selene. Both are tough to earn, and add some replay to the game, or at least give you something to play towards; even though you'll never get the coveted Selene. //> Unknown Type 1: Sodom The Sodom is the same as the small green and yellow police ships from the first level. This ship makes the game play more like a standard shooter. Your weapon is powered up a level each time you get a gunpod, up to level 20. This is fun at first, but has little practicality, because as soon as you die at a boss, and can't get any more gunpods, you're wrecked. To get it, beat the game with 15 or more SP Bonuses. //> Unknown Type 2: Selene This is the highest level of achievement in Einhander. It is difficult to earn, but ultimately rewarding when and if you do. To get it, complete the game on hard using no more than two continues. It is like the Astraea, with the two gunpods, but maxes out your ammo (9999 bullets) whenever you pick up a gunpod. It is also a slick red, instead of the dull gray of the other ships. It is named after the moon colony. - --[6. Secret Weapons]---- - During the course of the game, you can find four secret weapons. These weapons are sufficiently more powerful than the standard ones, enough to drastically change the gameplay, although some are downright odd to use. Here's how to get them all. After you get each new weapon, its picture appears in the gallery, and more importantly you can equip them when you start a new game. Juno > larger, meaner looking version of Vulcan. Its muzzle flash is almost as big as your ship. >Stage 4: when the boat pops out of the water, destroy the body section, and not the tower. Then the tower will fly off, destroy it quickly to get the Juno. >Stage 7: if you kill the first two red enemies, the third will be carrying a Juno. Flash > like the Cannon, but much stronger. Shoots a large purple blast that can penetrate multiple targets. >Stage 3: complete SP 3 to get a Flash here. >Stage 5: shoot off all the parts of the midboss until you get SP bonus 2. A box will drop down and he kicks it towards you with his good foot, destroy it for the Flash. Then cause him pain. Mosquito > a powerful guided missile, controlled with the D-pad. Utterly useless. >Stage 4: there is only one known way to get the Mosquito. After fighting the midboss in stage four (the stingray), your ship enters a building. There are some crates in front of you that contain the Spread, get it. Then drop down to the bottom floor as soon as you can, fire the Spread backwards at a single enemy in front of a crate, destroy the crate and you will get the Mosquito. Python > a very odd weapon to use. Five powerful explosives linked together like a chain. Only marginally less useless than the Mosquito. >Stage 5: make sure to pick up the Wasp weapon sometime early in stage five, you will see it a few times. About a quarter of the way through the level you will see a very large boxy vehicle drive by and then park (looks like the big transport ship with tank tread in one of the Star Wars flicks). As soon as you see it gun the button, destroy it for the Python. - --[7. Gallery Pictures]---- - During the game, you can earn 100 different pictures in a gallery, numbered 00 to 99. The pictures include shots of gunpods, enemy ships, bosses, and concept sketches. You will get the pictures of each of the gunpods after collecting them for the first time. To get the rest of the pictures, beat the game on easy with all three of the standard ships, then on normal and hard with one of the three. Note that you cannot use the Sodom (Unknown Type 1) to unlock any pictures. - --[8. Miscellaneous]---- - > If you die at stage six, you will see a different FMV sequence and game ending. This is the only place you can see it, and you must actually end your game here, i.e. use up all you continues and lives. You won't get another chance to see the sequence, so make sure try this once. > The name "Einhander" is German, and means one-handed. All of the bosses also taunt you in German, which is why you can't understand them, unless you speak German. If you want to know what they say, read Zach Keene's excellent guide on the game, he has many of the phrases translated there. - --[9. Outro]---- - Feel free to distribute this FAQ freely to any webpage or BBS as long as it is left intact and credit is given. You may use any portion of this FAQ in your own document as long as credit is given, and please contact the author if you do. Please do not use this FAQ to gain profits or recognition without permission of the author. The first version of this FAQ was released 7.29.1998. Einhander is copyright Square of Japan and SoA. This FAQ was written by D. Engel, who has also been known to go by d0wner, ruiner and enginenonine. He is author of the critically acclaimed Threads of Fate Secrets FAQ, as well as several books on the positive psychological effects of mushrooms and other hallucinogens (just don't go looking for them). Contact info > email: d0wner451 (at) hotmail (dot) com. PSO: SavageHenry