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R-Type DX FAQ Version 2.0 (***FINAL UPDATE***)
By: MetroidMoo (MetroidMoo@aol.com) 
Last Updated: 9/7/99
The latest version of this FAQ can always be found at Cheat Code 
Central (www.cheatcc.com)
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Contents:
1)Updates
2)Game Info
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

NOTE: For the contents above, "B&W" means Black and White and "CE" 
means Color Enhanced.

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1) UPDATES
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2.0:
- Finished walkthrough for all of the games
- Added another trick

1.8:
- Added a trick
- Made a few revisions
- Added complete Walkthrough for R-Type (CE)
- Added partial Walkthrough for R-Type II (B&W)
- Updated "Author's Note"

1.6:
- Added Walkthrough for R-Type (B&W)
- Added "Author's Note" at the end of this section

1.4:
- Fixed some layout errors
- Added "Power-Ups" for every stage

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

1.0:
- FAQ Release

*AUTHOR'S NOTE*
Sorry for the lack of updates, I've been doing other things. Instead 
of putting the same Boss Strategy twice for each game, I'll just leave 
the strategies in the "Boss Strategies" section. If you're wondering 
why the walkthroughs for the colored versions are shorter, it's 
because the B&W and CE versions are basically the same thing.

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2) GAME INFO 
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This section tells you what R-Type games work on what system and the 
R-Type prologues. You can find this information from pages 3 and 4 in 
the manual, but here it is anyway.

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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
=========
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.

Missle: 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
------------
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 guns 
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)
===============
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
------------
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
-------
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)
===================
This section is a walkthrough for the original version of R-Type II.

NOTE: This walkthrough follows the game on Medium difficulty.

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

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

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
Missle (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 your 
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)
Missle

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
Missle (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)
==================
This section is a walkthrough for the color version of R-Type II.

NOTE: This walkthrough follows the game on Medium difficulty.

------------
Game Options
------------
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
-------
Power-Ups:
#1 - Super Laser (x4)
#2 - Bubble Beam
S - Speed (x2)
Missle

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
Missle (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)
Missle

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
Missle (x2)

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

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9) BOSS STRATEGIES
===================
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.

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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 you fire and the beam 
that the jaws fire.

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
---------

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: ??? (Don't know the name)
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 seems to 
flicker on and off, so this may be a glitch. Because of this, I was 
only able to beat him once. 

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 beam things. 

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11 CREDITS
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Nintendo Power - For the boss names.

blues000 - For a trick.

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12 CONTACT
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E-mail Address: MetroidMoo@aol.com

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