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Sky Troops is one of the fourth Stages in Shadow the Hedgehog. It is reached by completing the Hero mission of Cryptic Castle, the Normal mission of Prison Island, or the Dark mission of Circus Park.

Description

Sky Troops takes place high in the sky, across the now-flying ruins of Glyphic Canyon, where the Black Arms are in the middle of a large-scale clash with the Eggman Fleet. Many of the areas are separated by floating platforms, and Cell Cannons can be found throughout.

Story

Dr. Eggman laments about how the conflict between the Black Arms, Shadow the Hedgehog, and G.U.N. is destroying key locations he plans to capture, before sending his fleet to counter the alien threat. The game then sees Black Doom reveal to Shadow that the ruins in Glyphic Canyon were a massive flying fortress that he brought to Earth thousands of years prior. Black Doom then tasks Shadow with taking out the Eggman Fleet using Cell Cannons, while Dr. Eggman tells Shadow to destroy the temple jewels keeping the ruins in the air. The Normal path sees Shadow headed for the Goal Ring at the end of the stage, like most other stages in the game.

Gameplay

Weapons

The following weapons can be found in Sky Troops:

Secret Key locations

  1. Beyond the second Save Point after the jumping section, the first Secret Key can be found directly to the left of the doorway leading to the ramp with the crumbling pillars.
  2. In the temple area with the second battleship, the Key can be found behind a pillar directly to the left of the staircase.
  3. From the fourth Save Point, the player should take the lower path; a Key can be found a wooden platform off to the right.
  4. Further ahead in the Stage from the third Key, the player must Light Speed Dash along the Ring trail in front of the Jump Panel in order to reach the platform with the Cell Cannon; the Key is directly to the right of it.
  5. During the Black Volt flying section, the player must jump down from it and travel to the end of the cave. The Key can be found on a platform floating just below the ledge.

The Secret Door can be found directly ahead of the sixth Save Point, with a Black Volt and a Worm Shooter being found behind it. Shadow can tame the creature and ride it through the rest of the Stage. The weapon makes it easier to collect Item Boxes along the way.

Overview

Story Mode

Dark mission

Guide Mission Objective
Shadow the Hedgehog - Dark Mission - Doom's Eye.png Take out Eggman's Fleet! Destroy Dr. Eggman's ships.

The Black Barrel turrets and battleship targets are the weak points that the player should aim for. These will always be in the same area, even if the player skips one and goes back later.

The first of Eggman's ships is located just after the first Save Point. This is an easy target, and should serve as a tutorial of sorts on how to use the Cell Cannon. After the fourth Save Point, take the lower path to reach the third battleship. This one is the easiest for you to get hit. After defeating the third battleship, there will be a line of Rings above a Jump Panel. Use the Light Dash to reach the fourth Cell Cannon and the fourth battleship. The final battle ship is equipped with eight turrets: three on each side and two in the middle. Take out the center turrets first, otherwise the battle will be much more difficult.

If unlocked, the Shadow Rifle can greatly speed up this mission.

Ranking
Rank Score[1]
A Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png ≥ 16,000
B Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 12,000
C Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 10,000
D Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 5,000
E Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png < 5,000

Normal mission

Guide Mission Objective
Get to Eggman's flagship! Reach the Goal Ring.
Ranking
Rank Score[1]
A Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png ≥ 25,000
B Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 20,000
C Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 15,000
D Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 8,000
E Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png < 8,000

Hero mission

Guide Mission Objective
Shadow the Hedgehog - Hero Mission - Dr. Eggman.png Destroy all temple jewels! Destroy the five temple jewels.
  1. The first temple jewel is located behind the door after the second Save Point. Watch out for the Black Arms guarding the jewel.
  2. The second Temple is located after the third Save Point. After breaking the jewel, two enemies must be defeated in order to open the door.
  3. This jewel is on the bottom level of the Stage, guarded by two large Black Arms.
  4. The next jewel is located at the end of the stage near Eggman's flagship. Go to one of the Cell Cannons and jump to the moving platform to reach it.
  5. Right after the fifth Save Point, defeat the enemies in the room and continue to the end of the Stage where the final jewel is located.
Ranking
Rank Score[1]
A Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png ≥ 30,000
B Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 25,000
C Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 20,000
D Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 8,000
E Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png < 8,000

Expert Mode

In Sky Troops' Expert Mode, the player will have to use the Light Dash here a bit more than they used it on the Normal Story Mode. One thing to take note of is that after the long Light Dashing section, the player must hold forward in order to land safely on the solid ground.

Trivia

  • This is the only level in the game where Dr. Eggman appears as a guide for a Hero Mission, as he usually guides the opposite side. Despite this, a number of stages have Eggman's robots representing the hero alignment.
  • If one looks closely at certain doors in this stage, they will see a symbol that appears to be the hummingbird Nazca Line; this (coupled with the name of the song ("Vast Nazca") from the cutscene before Shadow enters the Glyphic Canyon stage) implies that the Black Arms possibly have some connection to Nazca culture.

Music

Name Artist(s) Length Music track
"Sky Troops" Jun Senoue 3:52

Videos


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kaizen Media Group (22 November 2005). "Stage Rankings". Shadow the Hedgehog: Prima Official Game Guide. Prima Games. p. 93. ISBN 978-0761551959.

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