Video Game / Mega Man X6

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Mega Man X6 is the sixth entry in the Mega Man X series, released for the PlayStation in November 29, 2001 in Japan. This was released soon after in North America in December 4, 2001. Europe received it on February 8th, 2002. This was near the end of the PlayStation's life span, and the rushed release resulted in an infamous "Blind Idiot" Translation and Fake Difficulty up the wazoo. Since Mega Man X5 was supposed to be the grand finale, this led to a Post-Script Season.

Three weeks after the fall of Eurasia, Earth is severely polluted, and Zero is still missing, presumed dead. Humans have fled underground, and Reploids are busy terraforming the land. Enter the new Big Bad, Reploid scientist Gate, who has found a piece of Zero's Reploid DNA. Weeks later, Isoc (Gate's associate) announces to the people that the phenomenon called "Nightmare" has appeared all over the world that causes Reploids to have bouts of seeing things that aren't there ("nightmares") and potentially make them destroy themselves; he also stated that Zero (who's missing) is the possible cause of this, spreading the phenomenon as he goes, much to X's confusion. He rallies multiple Reploids around the world to join the "Nightmare Investigators", led by High Max, to find traces of this phenomenon and to find Zero.

X squares off against the eight Nightmare Investigators, as he tries to find out the mystery behind the Zero Nightmare, an extremely powerful Nightmare entity based on Zero. It turns out that Zero himself is alive and well, and will join X if they meet.

The Nightmare Investigators are:
  • Commander Yammark gives the Yammar Option to X and Zero; is weak to Infinity Mijinion's weapons
  • Ground Scaravich gives the Ground Dash to X and Sentsuizan to Zero; is weak to Yammar Option
  • Blaze Heatnix gives the Magma Blade to X and Shoenzan to Zero; is weak to Ground Scaravich's weapons
  • Blizzard Wolfang gives the Ice Burst to X and Hyoroga to Zero; is weak to Blaze Heatnix's weapons
  • Rainy Turtloid gives the Meteor Rain to X and Ensuizan to Zero; is weak to Blizzard Wolfang's weapons
  • Metal Shark Player gives the Metal Anchor to X and Rakukojin to Zero; is weak to Rainy Turtloid's weapons
  • Shield Sheldon gives the Guard Shell to X and Zero; is weak to Metal Shark Player's weapons
  • Infinity Mijinion gives the Ray Arrow to X and Rekkoha to Zero; is weak to Guard Shell


Mega Man X6 features examples of:

  • After the End: X6 canonically takes place after the Eurasia incident from X5 after Zero piloted a space shuttle in a head-on collision against the colony but its debris hit Earth, and made the planet harmful to humans due to the rampant pollution.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: The developers at least anticipated just how hard the game was, even by the standards of the series, so if you get a Game Over, you can start off right at the last checkpoint in a stage you're in. Unfortunately, this won't do you any favors if you failed to rescue a Reploid from a Nightmare beforehand; this can lead to Unwinnable by Mistake (below) where even getting Game Over won't get you out of the High Max fight.
  • Attack Its Weakpoint: The Mini Bosses in Blaze Heatnix and Metal Shark Player's stages, as well as Gate's lab #1's boss (Nightmare Mother), can only be attacked at their weak points. Rainy Turtloid also can only be attacked by destroying the 2 crystals on his back.
  • Attack Reflector: Guard Shell, which can reflect some energy-based projectiles at enemies.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: X's Shadow Armor. Turns X into a Ninja, makes it so you cannot be killed by spikes, and replaces your X Buster shots with shurikens. The catch is, you cannot use ANY of your special weapons, the shurikens are somewhat inaccurate, and when combined with the Ultra Buster, which makes it so that you always fire charged shots, you lose all ranged capabilities (due to its charged shot being a powerful sword attack).
  • Ax-Crazy: As an incomplete clone of Zero, the Zero Nightmare is severely mentally unstable. One moment it's acting like it genuinely thinks it's the real Zero, the next it's screaming incoherently about how it must destroy X.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Many agree Blizzard Wolfang and Blaze Heatnix are awesome names.
    • A re-translation was going to be included in Mega Man X Collection, but was dropped.
  • Back from the Dead: The Nightmare Investigators used to be dead long before the events of the game, and Gate revived them.
  • Behind the Black: Many of the stages' collectibles and secrets can only be found after you try to walk through those seemingly open pathways that lead to nowhere; the screen will only scroll once you do so. One of them, in particular, is a seemingly bottomless pit that's actually not.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Infinity Mijinion, Ground Scaravich and Commander Yammark are human-sized creepy crawly Reploids. Also the robot mantises in Yammark's stage.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: Infamously, this game was squeezed out soon before the PlayStation 2's launch. Thus Capcom US didn't have time to translate the script from its broken Engrish.
  • Blown Across the Room: Shield Sheldon and Infinity Mijinion will get flung towards the wall if they're hit by their weakness weapon.
  • Bonus Boss: The 8 stages have optional exits guarded by optional bosses. First up is Zero Nightmare (which unlocks Zero for play). High Max replaces him if you go through the optional exits again, and defeating him will unlock Gate's Fortress prematurely. After defeating him comes Dynamo, back from X5 and can be farmed for Nightmare Souls with Rainy Turtloid's weapon. Ironically, he's probably the easiest part of the game.
  • Boss Bonanza: Blaze Heatnix's level is little more than separate fights against 5 of the same Mini-Boss, each played out differently from the last.
  • Breath Weapon: Sigma's second form's stronger attacks come from his mouth. He's also most vulnerable during said attacks.
  • Brutal Bonus Level: The Nightmare Areas; completely optional, and some have hair-pulling obstacles (Mijinion and Turtloid are probably the worst offenders). They end in the Bonus Boss above.
  • Call Back: Isoc is eventually found as a lifeless shell, similar to the Erasure incident of Mega Man Xtreme 2.
    • The Nightmare Mother is based on CWU-01P from Mega Man.
  • The Cameo: Metal Shark Player uses junk to summon Mavericks from previous Mega Man X games: Sting Chameleon, Magna Centipede, and Blast Hornet show up during the boss fight. X's charged Metal Anchor unleashes a fleet of Storm Eagles across the screen.
  • Ceiling Cling: Blizzard Wolfang can cling to the ceiling. Zero can do this as well with Hyoroga, and X with the Shadow Armor.
  • Corridor Cubbyhole Run: The first part of Blizzard Wolfang's stage has periodic avalanches that you have to go through; whenever an avalanche is about to appear (indicated by the roaring sound), you have to find some hiding place before it rolls over.
  • Damage Over Time: Rainy Turtloid's stage gimmick is the acid rain that appears at certain points of the stage that drains the player character's health slowly. Fortunately, there are healing pods you can use to restore health, and the rains can be stopped if you find the rain generator and destroy it (but not before you destroy the control orbs scattered around the stage that shielded the generator).
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: The game just takes you back to the last checkpoint you reached in the level if you die or even use a continue. Given how difficult the game is, this is very beneficial.
  • Descending Ceiling: Metal Shark Player's stage has this spanning almost the entire stage; the stage is a recycling lab and the ceiling acts as press disposer. Gate's second stage also has this at the later part if you take Zero into the stage.
  • Distant Finale: Zero's ending was retconned into this. Realizing he is a Typhoid Mary, he enters a capsule and goes to sleep for about a hundred years while scientists purge him of the Sigma Virus and develop a true antidote by studying his systems. Capcom eventually stated this does not happen immediately after defeating Gate, but instead happens after X and Zero have many more unspecified adventures saving the world.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The opening songs, "Moon Light" and "The Answer", are performed by Showtaro Morikubo, the voice actor for X.
  • Double Jump: This time Zero has it from the start, unlike in X4 and X5 where he needs to beat a boss to get it. He also can do a rolling slash after double jumping (which, again, is a feature he has to acquire in previous games).
  • Dual Boss: The Nightmare Mother basically consists of two cubes made of Nightmares, each with an eyeball for weakspots.
  • Fake Difficulty: Hooooo boy! Considering this game's rushed production, there is a lot of it. Where do we begin?
    • For starters, some levels have spikes in places that you can't see them, like in Commander Yammark's stage.
    • Letting a Nightmare possess a civilian Reploid can potentially mean losing useful parts and power-ups forever. Needed that Jumper part to help you leap the Spikes of Doom in Gate's Lab 1 without Zero, Shadow Armor, or Blade Armor's air dash? Chances are the Reploid that had it went Maverick and that part is gone for good.
    • As Hide Of Beast can tell you in his "minimalist" speed-run of the game, X6 flat-out hates unarmored X, to the point that one wonders why he was made playable at all. Not only does the game make things absolutely, unreasonably difficult with him, but Gate's first stage is impossible to beat without either one of the armors, and/or the Jumper part (which also requires the Hyper Dash part to get).
    • As the author of the fan-site The Megaman Homepage puts it, it's as if the play-testers used only the Ultimate Armor.
  • False Flag Operation: Gate and Isoc enact a plan to use Zero as a scapegoat for creating a new society of selected, powerful Reploids; independent from humanity, in an ideal state, led by Gate. To do this, he created a discolored, apparently insane copy of Zero, called the Zero Nightmare, which was then publicly blamed for the recent Maverick attacks by Isoc. Isoc encouraged Reploids all over the planet to join the Nightmare Investigators to hunt down and destroy the Zero Nightmare to bring back peace.
  • Five-Bad Band:
  • Flunky Boss: Sigma's second form summons green goo flunkies to fill the space and distract you. They can be destroyed and can drop health and weapon energy pickups like any normal enemy.
  • Freudian Excuse: Gate laments the fact that his genius work is looked down upon (referring to his complex reploids) because they're too good. He also says that Zero should be destroyed too (because he's even more complex that any of his creations) and yet people are fine with him.
  • Geo Effects/Load-Bearing Boss: The Nightmare system. Defeat one boss, and you'll affect some of the stages with a generated effect based on the boss. It's kind of like how the original Mega Man X bosses would affect others. Defeating Blaze Heatnix, for example, will cause fireballs to rain down in some certain stages.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Sigma only appears in the end where Gate reveals he has resurrected Sigma as his trump card. Unlike previous game, there are no hints that he'd come back.
  • Glass Cannon: Sigma in his two forms. His attacks can be tricky to dodge and inflict a lot of damage, but he is very fragile.
  • Golden Super Mode: With a quick flip of his cape, Gate swaps his standard purple armor for a Golden Suit. No transformation sequence required. Truly super in the fact that only thing that can hurt him is his own attacks.
  • Gotta Rescue Them All: The stages will contain Reploids that you need to rescue; they're the volunteers that Isoc asked for help in investigating the Nightmare. When you touch them, they'll then teleport to safety, presumably by virtue of your character issuing the base to teleport them. They'll give you an extra life and a good enhancement parts for your character. This may get rather cumbersome because the Nightmare Virus mooks may appear nearby and try to possess the Reploids; if they do, they'll become "zombified" and you have to destroy them, denying you some valuable upgrade parts.
  • Hard Levels, Easy Bosses: True to the series, the levels are mostly hard as nails and the bosses are mostly a cakewalk, at least with their weaknesses.
    • Hell, Commander Yammark is like taking candy from a baby even without them.
  • Hailfire Peaks: Gate's first stage has the player climbing a room filling with lava, while eventually throwing in slippery ice floors at the same time.
  • The Heartless: The Nightmares function as this, mutating Reploid civilians and quickly coming back from defeat if their Nightmare Soul is not collected.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Subverted; Gate was working of his own volition. However, Gate decided to half-revive Sigma for the heck of it. See below.
  • Humongous Mecha: Infinity Mijinion's stage has one in the background named Illumina which attacks you as you move around the stage. Your mission is to destroy it by attacking the power cords you find around the stage. Mijinion later reveals that he built it himself (he refers to the mech as "her") and that he's angry at the heroes for destroying it.
  • Improvised Platform: Ice Burst creates a chunk of ice on the ground that X can stand on to reach higher places.
  • Increasingly Lethal Enemy: Infinity Mijinion will periodically duplicate himself during battle (or when he's struck by a powerful attack). He can potentially fill an entire screen with his copies if you take too much time, making him harder to kill.
  • Kaizo Trap: Averted with Gate. You fight him over a pit with only a series of small platforms, which he'll occasionally start destroying once his health gets low enough. When you land the final hit, however, X/Zero freezes in mid-air as he explodes, so you don't have to worry about having solid ground under your feet at that moment.
  • Light and Mirrors Puzzle: Shield Sheldon's level has lasers that must be redirected using a shield-bearing Invincible Minor Minion so it shoots the door, unlocking it.
  • Logical Weakness: Why is Metal Shark Player weak to Meteor Rain? He's aquatic! No wait, water rusts metal, and he specializes in running a scrap yard.
    • Also Ice Burst freezes Rainy Turtloid easily, who's a water boss. And Blizzard Wolfang, being ice-powered, is weak to extreme heat and thus Blaze Heatnix's weapons. Another dubious example is Blaze Heatnix: his weakness, Ground Dash, can be logical (earth can douse heavy flames), despite there are both ice and water-based weapons for X.
  • Mad Scientist: Gate was only a prick at worst in the past, but he's then driven mad with Zero's DNA data he found; he's aware of it, declaring that it feels "liberating". Isoc, his assistant, is also one to an extent.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: In the past, many Maverick Bosses were eliminated under sabotaged accidents, or labelled Mavericks and destroyed outright.
  • Meaningless Lives: You can earn lives, but they are rendered pointless because checkpoints count even after a Game Over.
  • Multiple Endings: Well, two for X, depending on if he finds Zero or not.
  • Name's the Same: The Nightmare Investigators are unrelated to Mega Man X3's Nightmare Police.
  • Necromancer: Gate specializes in Reploid resurrection, and manipulates Reploid DNA to revive the Mavericks. He plans to use Zero's remains to build an indestructible army, and he's busy reviving Sigma, too! Metal Shark Player is also skilled at using junk to form bodies resembling Mavericks from earlier Mega Man X games.
  • Ninja: X's Shadow Armor, X6's equivalent to X5's Gaea Armor only minus the dashing speed lost. It changes X's normal shots to throwing stars and charged attacks become a powerful saber attack (equipping the Ultimate Buster part allows for instant charged saber attacks, if you managed to save the Reploid carrying it). It also gives him faster Z-Saber swings, a high jump ability to perform said ceiling-clinging (and ceiling-dashing), and immunity to spikes. The cons? You can't perform air-dashes and you can't use special weapons outside of your Giga Attack.
  • Nintendo Hard: X6 is easily one of the hardest games in the entire franchise.
  • Noble Wolf: Blizzard Wolfang being a loyal, honorable minion of Gate.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Gate's laboratory is filled with instant death spikes, rising lava, acid rain, and crushing ceilings. Never mind the bottomless pits you need to air dash over.
  • Peninsula of Power Leveling: the Bonus Boss Dynamo, who can be fought several times to farm Nightmare Souls, which increase the Hunters' rank (influencing the number of parts they can equip).
  • Permanently Missable Content: Unlike X5, the Reploid civilians can be possessed by the Nightmare Viruses. If one of those viruses possesses them, the Reploid (and thus the useful enhancement parts they may carry) is gone for good. Left in their place is some kind of Empty Shell that you should probably Mercy Kill. As you can guess, sometimes a Nightmare Virus is placed right next to a Reploid, giving you three seconds of reaction before that Reploid is possessed. The worst offender of this is located in Weapons Center, where a Nightmare Virus is placed exactly on top of a Reploid, so you have less than a second!
  • The Phoenix: Blaze Heatnix.
  • Platform Battle: Gate's boss fight is placed on unevenly placed platforms above a bottomless pit, making it harder to move around and attack the orbs he sends out. If his health goes low, he can sometimes attack and destroy the platforms too, though they'll regenerate.
  • Puzzle Boss: A rarity in a Mega Man X game (outside of the usual Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors), this one has a couple.
    • High Max must be stunned with a charge shot, then damaged with a special weapon as he recovers (inverted with Zero, who must stun him with a special attack before using a basic combo). He is a Hopeless Boss Fight at the end of the introductory stage, and he is Unwinnable by Mistake if you face him as an Optional Boss before you get a Maverick weapon.
    • Gate is immune to your attacks, but you can destroy the energy balls he throws. The balls break apart and can damage Gate if they hit.
  • Randomly Generated Levels: Ground Scaravich's Mini Dungeons are put semi-randomly; there are 8 of those mini-dungeons and you'll only encounter 4 of them at a time. Getting the stage's Dr. Light capsule, the Heart Tank and the Nightmare portal is thus a Luck-Based Mission.
  • Rank Inflation: Maverick Hunter ranks in this game goes by D (at the start), C, B, A, SA, GA, PA and UH (phew!). The ranks are determined by the Nightmare Souls you collect, and higher rank means more power-up parts you can equip.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: The 'X vs Zero' Theme and 'Dynamo' Theme from Mega Man X5 are reused in this game.
    • The Gate Lab theme is a remix of the 3rd X-Hunter stage of Mega Man X2.
    • The Final Boss theme is a remix of the final boss themes of Mega Man X1 and 2.
  • Scarab Power: Ground Scaravich.
  • Scoring Points: Defeating Nightmare Viruses will drop Nightmare Souls, which can be collected to increase your Maverick Hunter ranking. The Nightmare Investigators drop 200, and Dynamo will drop plenty more.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Did you know Infinity Mijinion is a Water Flea? There's some Hypocritical Humor as he declares the other Mavericks useless fleas.
  • Self-Duplication: Infinity Mijinion can create seemingly endless copies of himself. Things can get ugly when you have several onscreen at once.
  • Sequence Breaking: Defeating High Max in one of the Nightmare Stages will make Gate's lab stages be accessible earlier than usual.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: the hostage Reploids from Wolfang's level are named after other Capcom characters.
  • Smart Bomb: Falcon Armor's Giga Attack reappears. Zero also gains one in form of Rekkoha.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Isoc for some reason refers to Zero as "the strongest robot". This, among other thingsnote , fed to the Epileptic Trees that Isoc is Wily.
  • Sword and Gun: This game marks the second time X wields a saber alongside his Arm Cannon, but this time he has it from the start (and is less proficient at it than Zero, although his armors at least give it some extra power). Zero also does the same here, with his Z-Buster being more effective than in X5.
  • Sword Beam: Both the Blade Armor and Shadow Armor's Giga Attacks are variants of this; the former is shot forward while the latter spins around him. Zero Nightmare also can shoot 2 kinds of this: a smaller one that is shot at X and a bigger one reminiscent to Awakening Zero's Desperation Attack.
  • Tactical Suicide Boss: If Gate didn't shoot his little energy spheres, he would be completely invincible.
  • Teleport Spam: Zero Nightmare teleports a lot in his boss battle.
  • Tennis Boss: Gate can only be damaged by shooting the orbs he fires and sending pieces of them back at him.
  • This Cannot Be!: High Max laments that these old relics (one of which he is an "improvement of") was able to defeat him.
    High Max: Wh-whats the meaning of this!? Speed, power, body... Im not inferior in any way! I cant possibly lose to an old robot like you!
  • Threatening Shark: Metal Shark Player.
  • Turtle Power: Rainy Turtloid.
  • Undying Loyalty: Rainy Turtloid, Shield Sheldon and Blizzard Wolfang are all very loyal towards Gate, and feel indebted because he resurrects them.
  • Unexplained Recovery: So, Zero is alive and well, somehow. He glosses over how he recovered, but an Easter Egg gives an answer.
    Zero: Sorry to cause you worry. I lay low until I was fully recovered from the damage. Meanwhile it looks like this toy was stirring up a fuss.
    • When Zero approaches one of Dr. Light's capsules, Zero asked him if he knows how he came back alive. Light outright says that his recovery was a miracle. Seeing as he's Zero with his fancy Zero Virus, maybe he's still like Sigma and is simply very hard to kill.
      Zero: "I wont die" is what Id like to say. But my memory is vague... I dont know if my recovery function revived me, or somebody picked me up... The next thing I knew, I was able to move...
  • The Unfought: Isoc is the only villain that the heroes never get to fight. Zero does try, but Isoc easily paralyzes him. After Gate is defeated, he suddenly becomes lifeless.
  • Unwinnable by Mistake: High Max is a boss that requires either a particular special weapon or the the Ultimate Armor to defeat. You can reach him without either one, but you won't be able to damage him.
  • Utility Weapon: Some boss weapons are useful against some Nightmare phenomenons found in stages; both the weapon and the phenomenon weak to it usually come from the same boss, i.e the Ground Dash and the colored blocks (from Ground Scaravich) and Guard Shell and the X/Zero silhouettes (from Shield Sheldon).
  • Videogame Settings:
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Gate, Isoc, and the Nightmare Investigators are easily trusted by the populace, while the Maverick Hunters are looked down upon.
  • Warm-Up Boss: Most of the main bosses aren't particularly challenging to begin with, but even on Xtreme mode, Commander Yammark is a complete joke of a boss and can be downed in just a few charge shots, and the best one to start off on. You can even just use a charge shot to destroy all of his attacks before they even get a chance to hit you!
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: The Nightmare phenomenon is apparently illusions; this is shown in X/Zero and Alia's conversations in the stages, where X/Zero see things that Alia couldn't detect. Despite so, some of the phenomenon are tangible and can hurt the player character. This is also part of the game mechanic; see Geo Effects above.

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