Shadow The Hedgehog

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Hidden Key Locations Guide

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Expert mode

Get an "A" rank in all stages to unlock Expert mode.

Last Story

Successfully complete every sixth stage in Story mode, defeat all Bosses at the end (all five Hero and all five Dark Bosses), and see all ten Hero and Dark story line endings to unlock the Last Story.

Shadow Rifle

Successfully complete the Last Story to unlock the Shadow Rifle.

Egg Vacuum

Successfully complete the Neutral storyline with the Hero ending to unlock the Egg Vacuum. Use the Egg Vacuum to suck up 20 objects (enemies, etc.) to gain an extra life.

Heal Cannon

Successfully complete the Hero storyline to unlock the Heal Cannon.

Omochao Gun

Successfully complete the Semi Hero storyline to unlock the Omochao Gun.

Samurai Blade

Successfully complete the Dark storyline to unlock the Samurai Blade.

Satellite Laser

Successfully complete the Semi Dark storyline to unlock the Satellite Laser.

Level 2 weapons

Successfully complete both the Hero and Dark versions of a storyline to unlock the Level 2 weapons.

Songs

Successfully complete the indicated task to unlock the corresponding song:

    Air Fleet Theme: Play the Air Fleet level.
    All Of Me: Successfully complete the Last Story.
    All Hail Shadow: Successfully complete the Hero story line.
    Almost Dead: Successfully complete the Dark story line.
    Black Bull Boss Theme: Defeat Black Bull.
    Black Comet Theme: Play the Black Comet level.
    Black Doom Boss Theme: Defeat Black Doom.
    Central City Theme: Play the Central City level.
    Chosen One: Successfully complete the Semi Hero story line.
    Circus Park Theme: Play the Circus Park level.
    Cosmic Fall Theme: Play the Cosmic Fall level.
    Cryptic Castle Theme: Play the Cryptic Castle level.
    Death Ruins Theme: Play the Death Ruins level.
    Devil Doom Boss Theme: Defeat Devil Doom.
    Diablon and Sonic Boss Theme: Defeat those Bosses.
    Digital Circuit Theme: Play the Digital Circuit level.
    Egg Breaker Boss Theme: Defeat Egg Breaker.
    Egg Dealer Theme: Defeat Egg Dealer in the Neutral story line.
    Ending: Defeat Devil Doom.
    Event 1 Theme: Listen to the Event 1 Theme in Story mode.
    Event 2 Theme: Listen to the Event 2 Theme in Story mode.
    Event 3 Theme: Listen to the Event 3 Theme in Story mode.
    Event 4 Theme: Listen to the Event 4 Theme in Story mode.
    Final Haunt Theme: Play the Final Haunt level.
    Glyphic Cannon Theme: Play the Glyphic Cannon level.
    Gun Fortress Theme: Play the Gun Fortress level.
    Heavy Dog/Blue Falcon Remixed Boss Theme: Defeat those Bosses.
    Iron Jungle Theme: Play the Iron Jungle level.
    Lava Shelter Theme: Play the Lava Shelter level.
    Lethal Highway Theme: Play the Lethal Highway level.
    Lost Impact Theme: Play the Lost Impact level.
    Mad Matrix Theme: Play the Mad Matrix level.
    Never Turn Back: Successfully complete the Last Story in the Dark story line.
    Prison Island Theme: Play the Prison Island level.
    Sky Troops Theme: Play the Sky Troops level.
    Space Gadget Theme: Play the Space Gadget level.
    The Ark Theme: Play The Ark level.
    The Doom Theme: Play The Doom level.
    The Final Way: Play The Final Way level.
    Waking Up: Successfully complete the Neutral story line.
    Westopolis Theme: Play the Westopolis level.

Key bonuses

Collect all five hidden keys in the indicated level to unlock the corresponding bonus behind the five-keyed doors:

    Air Fleet: Air Saucer
    Black Comet: Two Turrets
    Central City: Air Saucer
    Circus Park: Extra shooting gallery
    Cosmic Fall: Switch that makes ring trails to the end of the level
    Cryptic Castle: Shortcut
    Death Ruins: Warp Portal
    Digital Circuit: Warp Portal
    Final Haunt: Turrets
    Glyphic Canyon: Black Arm's Vehicle
    GUN Fortress: Military Vehicle
    Iron Jungle: Tank Cannon
    Lava Shelter: Air Saucer
    Lethal Highway: Large GUN Cannon
    Lost Impact: GUN Vehicle
    Lost Impact: Armored Car
    Mad Matrix: Alternate path to red terminal
    Prison Island: Tank Cannon
    Sky Troops: Black Arm's Vehicle
    Space Gadget: Warp Hole
    The ARK: Three extra lives
    The Doom: Open cage to shortcut to the end of the level
    The Last Way: Warp Portal
    Westopolis: Armored Car

Library sequences

Successfully complete the indicated path of Story mode missions to unlock the corresponding intermission sequence at the Library:

    1: Punishment, Thy Name Is Ruin: Dark, Dark, Dark, Dark, Dark, Dark, Dark final Boss
    2: Prologue To World Conquest: Dark, Dark, Dark, Dark, Dark, Dark, Hero ending
    3: The March To A Darker World: Dark, Neutral, Dark, Neutral, Hero, Dark
    4: The Ultimate Ego: Dark, Dark, Dark, Dark, Hero, Hero
    5: Purification Via Ruination: Dark, Dark, Dark, Hero, Dark, Dark ending
    6: Apogee Of Darkness: Dark, Dark, Dark, Hero, Dark, Hero ending
    7: True Soldier Of Destruction: Dark, Dark, Dark, Hero, Neutral, Dark ending
    8: Believe In Yourself: Dark, Dark, Dark, Hero, Neutral, Hero
    9: An Android's Determination: Dark, Dark, Dark, Hero, Hero, Dark
    10: For Machine, By Machine...: Dark, Dark, Dark, Hero, Hero, Hero
    11: Revenge At Last: Dark, Dark, Neutral, Dark, Dark, Dark ending
    12: Ego's Awakening: Dark, Dark, Neutral, Dark, Dark, Hero
    13: Destruction and Scorn: Dark, Dark, Neutral, Dark, Neutral, Dark
    14: The Last Remaining Purpose: Dark, Dark, Neutral, Dark, Hero, Hero
    15: The Nightmare's Insulation: Dark, Dark, Neutral, Neutral, Dark, Dark ending
    16: The Nightmare's Sublimation: Dark, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Dark, Hero
    17: The Loner's Choice: Dark, Dark, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Dark
    18: Subjugation In Black: Dark, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral
    21: Disciple From The darkness: Dark, Dark, Neutral, Hero, Dark, Dark
    22: Beloved Clone: Dark, Dark, Neutral, Hero, Dark, Hero
    24: The Ultimate Replica: Dark, Dark, Neutral, Hero, Neutral, Hero
    25: Sanction's Demise: Dark, Dark, Neutral, Hero, Hero, Dark
    27: The Cleansing Of Darkness: Dark, Dark, Hero, Dark, Dark, Dark
    28: Birth Of A God: Dark, Dark, Hero, Dark, Dark, Hero
    29: The Last Soldier's Grim Fate: Dark, Dark, Neutral, Hero, Dark, Dark
    30: Isolation and Solitude: Dark, Dark, Hero, Dark, Neutral, Dark
    31: Archimedes and The Tortoise: Dark, Dark, Hero, Dark, Neutral, Hero
    32: Where Is My Happiness?: Dark, Dark, Hero, Dark, then all hero
    33: Seduced by Taste Of Blood: Dark, Dark, Hero, Dark, Hero, Dark
    37: Last Will and Testament: Dark, Dark, Hero, Neutral, Neutral, Dark
    38: Enveloped In Solitude: Dark, Dark, Hero, Neutral, Neutral, Hero
    39: Parricidal Savior: Dark, Dark, Hero, Neutral, Hero, Dark
    43: The Ultimate Confrontation: Dark, Dark, Hero, Hero, Hero, Dark
    44: Miracle Of Love: Dark, Neutral, Hero, Hero, Hero, Hero
    45: The World's Demise: Dark, Hero, Dark, Dark, Dark, Dark ending
    48: Vainglory or Abandonment?: Dark, Hero, Dark, Dark, Neutral, Hero ending
    50: Standing At The Summit: Dark, Hero, Dark, Neutral, Dark, Hero
    51: Controller From The Capsule: dark, hero, dark, neutral, neutral, dark
    52: Beyond One's Own Power...: Dark, Hero, Dark, Neutral, Neutral, Good
    55: A Toast To The Ruler: Dark, Hero, Dark, Hero, Dark, Dark
    56: Answer From The Black Comet: Dark, Hero, Dark, Hero, Dark, Hero
    57: Transcendentalism: Dark, Hero, Dark, Hero, Neutral, Dark
    59: The Weight Of One's Crimes: Dark, Hero, Dark, Hero, Hero, Dark
    66: Birth Of The Robot Emperor: Dark, Hero, Neutral, Dark, Hero, Hero
    68: A Solitary Android: Dark, Hero, Neutral, Neutral, Dark, Hero
    69: Over The Original: Dark, Hero, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Dark
    70: Machine Sunshine: Dark, Hero, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Hero
    77: The Legend Of Shadow: Dark, Hero, Neutral, Hero, Hero, Dark
    78: Power Of Love: Dark, Hero, Neutral, Hero, Hero, Hero
    80: Walk My Way: Dark, Hero, Hero, Dark, Dark, Hero ending
    82: A Monarch's Style: Dark, Hero, Hero, Dark, Neutral, Hero
    84: To Be Ignorant Of The Past: Dark, Hero, Hero, Dark, Hero, Hero
    91: The Rise and Fall Of The ARK: Dark, Hero, Hero, Hero, Dark, Dark
    92: Requiem for a Fallen Angel: Dark, Hero, Hero, Hero, Dark, Hero
    93: Ultimate Shadow: Dark, Hero, Hero, Hero, Hero, Dark
    94: For Love's Sake: Dark, Hero, Hero, Hero, Hero, Hero
    95: A Heart Awoken From Darkness: Neutral, Dark, Dark, Dark, Dark, Dark
    96: Destruction From Perfection: Neutral, Dark, Dark, Dark, Dark, Hero
    97: Darkness' Strongest Soldier: Neutral, Dark, Dark, Dark, Hero, Dark
    98: Severed Chains: Neutral, Dark, Dark, Dark, Hero, Hero
    100: To Be Known as "Ultimate": Neutral, Dark, Dark, Neutral, Dark, Hero
    101: Dark Warrior's Advent: Neutral, Dark, Dark, Hero, Neutral, Dark
    102: Arriving At The Ego: Neutral, Dark, Dark, Hero, Neutral, Hero ending
    103: Determination Of A Fake: Neutral, Dark, Dark, Hero, Hero, Dark
    104: Path To The Machine's Empire: Neutral, Dark, Dark, Hero, Hero, Hero
    105: Demise Wrought by Tragedy: Neutral, Dark, Neutral, Dark, Dark, Dark
    106: Turning Sorrow Into Strength: Neutral, Dark, Neutral, Dark, Dark, Hero
    108: Stupefaction's End: Normal, Dark, Normal, Dark, Hero, Hero
    110: Surpassing All Else: Neutral, Dark, Neutral, Neutral, Dark, Hero Ending
    111: Soldier Of Grief: Neutral, Dark, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Dark ending
    112: Reclaimed Heart: Neutral, Dark, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Hero
    113: Fighting Spirit Of Steel: Neutral, Hero, Neutral, Neutral, Dark, Dark
    114: Machine Soldier Uprising: Neutral, Dark, Neutral, Neutral, Hero, Hero
    117: The Immortal Android: Neutral, Dark, Neutral, Hero, Neutral, Dark
    118: The New, Coldhearted Empire: Neutral, Dark, Neutral, Hero, Neutral, Hero
    120: Spawn Of The Devil: Neutral, Dark, Dark, Hero, Hero, Hero ending
    121: Black Doom's Scheme: Neutral, Dark, Hero, Dark, Dark, Dark ending
    122: Subjugating Heaven and Earth: Neutral, Dark, Hero, Dark, Dark, Hero
    123: Road Of The Dark Soldier: Neutral, Dark, Hero, Dark, Neutral, Dark
    124: Dark Finale: Neutral, Dark, Hero, Dark, Neutral, Hero
    125: Realization While On Board: Neutral, Dark, Hero, Dark, Hero, Dark ending
    126: Birth Of A Champion: Normal, Dark, Hero, Dark, Hero, Hero
    128: The Road To Self-Assurance: Normal, Dark, Hero, Normal, Dark, Hero
    130: Surpassing His Creator: Neutral, Dark, Hero, Neutral, Neutral, Hero
    131: ARK. Colony Of Pathos: Neutral, Dark, Hero, Neutral, Hero, Dark
    135: A Vow For The Victims: Neutral, Dark, Hero, Hero, Neutral, Dark
    137: The Destined Sonic Showdown: Neutral, Dark, Hero, Hero, Hero, Dark
    138: The Black Hero's Rebirth: Neutral, Dark, Hero, Hero, Hero, Hero
    142: A Future Taken From The Past: Neutral, Neutral, Dark, Dark, Hero, Hero
    144: One To Succeed A God: Neutral, Neutral, Dark, Neutral, Dark, Hero ending
    145: Disappointed In Humanity: Neutral, Neutral, Dark, Neutral, Neutral, Dark
    146: Faith Taken From Solitude: Neutral, Neutral, Dark, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Hero final Boss
    146: Faith Taken From Solitude: Neutral, Neutral, Dark, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Hero ending
    148: To unite humanity: Neutral, Neutral, Dark, Dark, Hero, Hero
    153: Together With Maria...: Neutral, Neutral, Dark, Hero, Hero, Dark ending
    154: The Tragedy's Conclusion: Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Dark, Hero, Hero, Hero ending
    155: The Day That Hope Died: Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Dark, Dark, Dark
    156: Dark Destroyer: Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Dark, Dark, Hero
    157: Diabolical Power: Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Dark, Neutral, Dark ending
    158: For Freedom: Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Dark, Neutral, Hero
    159: At Least, Be Like Shadow...: Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Dark, Hero, Dark
    160: Seeking A Silent Paradise: Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Dark, Hero, Hero
    161: The Lion's Awakening: Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Dark, Dark ending
    162: Identity: Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Dark, Hero ending
    163: An Android's Rebellion: Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Dark
    164: A New Empire's Begining: Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Hero final Boss
    165: Bullets From Tears: Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Hero, Dark ending
    166: Journey To Nihility: Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Hero, Hero
    168: Dr. Eggman's Miscalculation: Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Hero, Dark, Hero
    169: Along With The ARK: Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Hero, Neutral, Dark
    170: Requiem For The Heavens: Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Hero, Neutral, Hero ending
    171: Sonic Dethroned: Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Hero, Hero, Dark
    172: Justice Reborn In Space: Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Hero, Hero, Hero
    175: Farewell To The Past: Neutral, Neutral, Hero, Dark, Neutral, Dark ending
    177: The Guardian With No Past: Neutral, Neutral, Hero, Dark, Hero, Dark ending
    180: Machine World: Neutral, Neutral, Hero, Neutral, Dark, Hero
    182: Compensation For A Miracle: Neutral, Neutral, Hero, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Hero final Boss
    183: The Strongest Hedgehog: Neutral, Neutral, Hero, Neutral, Hero, Dark
    185: Voyage Of Reminiscence: Neutral, Neutral, Hero, Hero, Dark, Dark
    186: Wandering's End: Neutral, Neutral, Hero, Hero, Neutral, Hero
    184: The Ultimate Punisher: 3 Neutral, Hero, Neutral, Hero, Hero
    189: Messenger From The Darkness: Neutral, Hero, Dark, Dark, Dark, Dark
    190: The New Ruler: Neutral, Hero, Dark, Dark, Dark, Hero
    191: Dark Soldier: Neutral, Hero, Dark, Dark, Neutral, Dark
    193: The Machine-Laden Kingdom: Neutral, Hero, Dark, Dark, Hero, Dark ending
    195: Birth Of The Dark Soldier: Neutral, Hero, Dark, Neutral, Dark, Dark
    201: A Hero's Resolution: Neutral, Hero, Dark, Hero, Dark, Dark
    203: Perpetual Voyage: Neutral, Hero, Dark, Hero, Neutral, Dark
    206: And The Dream Continues: Neutral, Hero, Dark, Hero, Hero, Hero ending
    208: The Path I Believed In: Neutral, Hero, Neutral, Dark, Dark, Hero
    210: Machine Kingdom At Dawn: Neutral, Hero, Neutral, Dark, Neutral, Hero
    211: Sinful Protector: Neutral, Hero, Neutral, Dark, Hero, Dark
    215: Wandering For Eternity: Neutral, Hero, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Dark ending
    216: At Vagrancy's End: Neutral, Hero, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Hero ending
    217: The Summit Of Power: Neutral, Hero, Neutral, Neutral, Hero, Dark ending
    218: Under The Name Of Love: Neutral, Hero, Neutral, Neutral, Hero, Hero
    219: Eternally Drifting: Neutral, Hero, Neutral, Hero, Neutral, Dark ending
    220: The Importance Of Truth: Neutral, Hero, Neutral, Hero, Neutral, Hero ending
    222: This World'd Guardian: Neutral, Hero, Neutral, Hero, Hero, Hero ending
    224: The Order Of Steel: Neutral, Hero, Hero, Dark, Dark, Hero
    225: Solitary Journey: Neutral, Hero, Hero, Dark, Neutral, Dark
    228: I Shall Be The One To Judge: Neutral, Hero, Hero, Dark, Hero, Hero ending
    229: Gone With The Darkness: Neutral, Hero, Hero, Neutral, Neutral, Dark
    230: The Ultimate Choice: Neutral, Hero, Hero, Neutral, Dark, Hero
    231: I Am The Strongest!: Neutral, Hero, Hero, Hero, Hero, Dark ending
    232: Justice's Awakening: Neutral, Hero, Hero, Hero, Hero, Hero ending
    233: Prelude To Ruination: Hero, Dark, Dark, Dark, Dark, Dark
    236: To Just Be Myself: Hero, Dark, Dark, Dark, Hero, Hero
    237: Punishment In Jet Black: Hero, Dark, Dark, Neutral, Dark, Dark
    240: The Faint Light Of Tomorrow: Hero, Dark, Dark, Neutral, Neutral, Hero
    241: Time Of Departure: Hero, Dark, Dark, Neutral, Hero, Dark
    242: Rise Of The Machine Kingdom: Hero, Dark, Dark, Neutral, Hero, Hero
    245: Setting Out In The Morning: Hero, Dark, Dark, Hero, Normal, Dark
    248: Making Up For It In The End: Hero, Dark, Dark, Hero, Hero, Hero
    252: Howl Of Solitude: Hero, Dark, Neutral, Dark, Neutral, Hero
    254: Ardent Vow: Hero, Dark, Neutral, Dark, Hero, Hero
    256: A Reason To Live: Hero, Dark, Neutral, Neutral, Dark, Hero ending
    259: A Heart Bound To The ARK: Hero, Dark, Neutral, Neutral, Hero, Dark ending
    262: Steel Combat Boots: Hero, Dark, Neutral, Hero, Dark, Dark ending
    263: Protector Of The Ashen Moon: Hero, Dark, Neutral, Hero, Neutral, Dark ending
    266: I Know The Will Of Heaven: Hero, Dark, Neutral, Hero, Hero
    271:The Eternally-Closed Door: Hero, Dark, Hero, Dark, Hero, Dark, Dark ending
    275: The Reason You Were Born: Hero, Dark, Hero Neutral, Neutral, Dark
    276: The Dark Part Of The Galaxy: Hero, Dark, Hero, Neutral, Neutral, Hero
    278: Maria's Testament: Hero, Dark, Hero, Neutral, Hero, Hero
    279: A Genius Scientist's Lineage: Hero, Dark, Hero, Hero, Dark, Dark
    282: Beloved Memories: Hero, Dark, Hero, Hero, Hero, Hero
    283: Birth Of A Devil: Hero, Hero, Dark, Dark, Dark, Dark
    284: A Dark Myth's Beginnings: Hero, Hero, Dark, Dark, Dark-Hero ending
    285: Black Thunder: Hero, Hero, Dark, Dark, Neutral-Dark ending
    287: A Soul Sheltered By Iron: Hero, Hero, Dark, Dark, Hero-Dark ending
    288: Steel Nation's Decree: Hero, Neutral, Dark, Dark, Hero, Hero
    291: The Doctor's Lie: Hero, Hero, Dark, Neutral, Neutral, Dark
    296: Fullmetal Prince: Hero, Hero, Dark, Hero, Dark-Hero ending
    299: Charm Of The Chaos Emeralds: Hero, Hero, Dark, Hero, Hero, Dark
    300: Promise Of A Far-Off Day: Hero, Hero, Dark, Hero, Hero, Hero
    309: Funeral Procession In Space: Hero, Hero, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Dark
    310: Lost To The Universe's Abyss: Hero, Hero, Neutral, Neutral, Neutral, Hero
    311: Destiny for Two: Hero, Hero, Normal, Normal, Hero, Dark
    312: The Sound Threads Of Fate: Hero, Hero, Normal, Normal, Hero, Hero
    314: Ghost Of The ARK: Hero, Hero, Neutral, Hero, Dark, Hero
    316: The One Who Maria Entrusted: Hero, Hero, Hero, Neutral, Hero, Hero
    317: A.1's Enlightenment: Hero, Hero, Hero, Hero, Neutral, Dark, Dark ending
    318: A Dying Empire's Cry: Hero, Hero, Hero, Dark, Dark, Hero
    320: Tear-Soaked Hometown: Hero, Hero, Hero, Dark, Neutral, Hero ending
    321: Sparks On The Horizon: Hero, Hero, Hero, Dark, Hero, Dark ending
    322: A Use For A Saved Life: Dark, Neutral, Dark, Hero, Dark
    323: Coffin Of Memories: Hero, Neutral, Hero, Neutral, Dark, Dark
    324: The Self-Imposed Seal: Hero, Hero, Hero, Hero, Neutral, Hero
    325: Pretense In The Mirror: Hero, Hero, Hero, Hero, Hero, Dark
    326: A Missive From 50 Years Ago: Hero, Hero, Hero, Hero, Hero, Hero, Hero final Boss

Full pause screen

Pause the game and hold A. When you release A the game will resume. Note: If neither Hero nor Dark characters have been seen yet, hold Start instead of A.

Two Player mode

Use controller two to play as the Hero characters, such as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, etc. This also works with Maria, but does not work with Doom's Eye. Note: They cannot pick up guns.

Character choices

In most stages you have three choices: to help the Dark side, yourself, or the Hero side whenever you have someone with you and it is not a Boss fight. To change the character you want with you, press Start. There will most likely be three selections: Dark, Neutral, and Hero. Press Left or Right to highlight a character or ring in the middle. Press A to select the highlighted character. That character will remain with you until your next run in with the other character. You can then simply press Start and do the process again. Note: You cannot select a Hero partner if there is an "X" over the Hero side. You cannot select a Dark partner if there is an "X" over the Dark side. You can also use the D-Pad to change your partner. Press Right for the Hero character, Left for the Dark character, and Down for the Neutral character.

Play as Hyper Shadow

Unlock and play the Last Story. You will begin a level called The Last Way after some intermission sequences. Once you complete this and reach Black Doom, there will be an intermission sequence, at the end of which Shadow will take the Chaos Emeralds and turn into Hyper Shadow.

Easy ammunition

Go to the stage were you have to kill the Chaos. There is a room near two GUN soldiers and a Chaos that has two weapon boxes in it. Break both boxes, then go in the room with the GUN soldiers. Go back and the boxes will be there again. You can repeat this as many times as desired.

Saving lives in Expert mode

In Expert mode, you must go through all of the levels one at a time without a break or mission, and on a harder difficulty. You are given five lives, any lives you pick up, but cannot continue. If you lose all your lives, you must start all the way back on the first level. However, if you find yourself in a dangerous position (for example, falling off a cliff), press Start before the game registers the loss of the life, then select "Quit". At the Expert mode menu, select "Resume". You will start at the beginning of the level you were on, but you will not lose that life and will resume with the total lives you had previously.

Defeating Black Bull in Death Ruins level

Do not bother using the homing attack, as it is too hard to get to, and it is difficult to keep hitting him like that. Instead, defeat the two Black Arms soldiers and collect the guns from them. Then, go to the spring and use it. Move forward a bit so you do not start grinding the rails. Pass Black Bull in your jump, and rapidly shoot a little before you level with its eye. Repeat the strategy, and if you fill your Hero gauge, activate Chaos Control and finish him off. This is more effective and easier than to grind around him and shooting him every time around, which wastes ammunition on a lot of missed shots.

Defeating Black Bull in Lethal Highway level

At the start of the fight, run up to him and start using homing attacks on the Black Volts to get to his eye. When you hit him once, wait until Shadow comes out of spinning from the recoil and straightens up, then attack again. This will minimize your chances of diving to him and getting hurt instead of another homing attack. Continue this as long as possible. When he is in the middle of the street, there will be no Black Volts to bounce on. Instead, run directly under his head, then run away before he creates a shockwave under himself. By doing this, Black Bull will tilt his head down, making it an easy target. When he moves back, repeat. If you get a Gun from Black Arms soldiers, use it, but do not waste it. You will most likely fill your Hero gauge by then. Use it when he is easy to hit, then finish him off. He should not be too hard to defeat.

At the start of the fight, run in the opposite direction that you face. Keep running until you find three monsters with pistols; one of them has a shield. Kill them all and take the pistols, but do not use the pistols yet. Then, attack the little birds and press A repeatedly until the Boss moves out of range. Keep doing this until your Hero Gauge fills. Use Chaos Control and shoot Black Bull.

Defeating Devil Doom

Play as Hyper Shadow and hit him with the Chaos Spear(s). First, try to avoid the meteors that shoot lasers at you, or destroy them if desired. Charge your Chaos Spear with X and shoot Devil Doom in the eye. Devil Doom's third eye will go to the other head. Go to the other side and charge your Chaos Spear. Shoot him in the eye again. Note: Make sure to shoot the balloons to get rings if you are running low. When you shoot him in the eye, immediately go to the other side, and charge your blast . When Devil Doom's third eye gets to the other side of the head, shoot him. Go to the other side and shoot him, then go to the other side and shoot him and repeat.

Independence Day reference in The Ark level

Finish The Ark level with the Dark objective. Then an intermission sequence will appear where the Black Arms fire the Eclipse Cannon and hit Central City, starting at the capital, which bears a striking resemblance to the famous Independence Day movie scene where the White house was destroyed.

NiGHTS reference in Lethal Highway level

At the start of Lethal Highway level, you should see a billboard to the right with an advertisement for a drink or something similar. If you continue watching it, it will switch to a picture of NiGHTS, which will then change to the NiGHTS title.

Yuji Naka reference

Sometimes the GUN soldiers will say odd things. One of the things that they say is "Mr. Yuji Naka is all right." Yuji Naka is the creator of the Sonic series.

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