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Hidden inside the Space Colony ARK is the most powerful weapon, able to pierce stars. The seven Chaos Emeralds are needed to demonstrate its full power or tomorrow's prosperity ritual will all be for nothing.


Black Doom, Shadow the Hedgehog

The ARK is one of the fifth Stages in Shadow the Hedgehog. It is reached by completing the Dark mission of either Central City or The Doom.

Description

Story

This level can only be accessed by evil means; either by destroying Central City with the five blockbuster bombs or reliving Shadow's massacre of G.U.N. troops half a century ago in The Doom. Whichever method is used, Black Doom seems satisfied enough at Shadow's pure dark leanings to place him in the vanguard of the attack on the Space Colony ARK. Warping both of them into space, Doom orders Shadow to go ahead of the main army and take out the ARK's defensive matrix, thereby ensuring the Black Arms forces will have a clear path to the Eclipse Cannon.

The exterior of the ARK is choked with mechanical rubble, presumably shaken off the superstructure during the abortive colony drop at the end of Sonic Adventure 2. Making matters even more difficult is G.U.N., who is continuing their orbital defensive strategy; floating military robots and the ARK's own defenses also impede the Black Arms' progress. Shadow can either follow Doom's orders and clear a path, or bypass the defenses and fly into the space station alone.

Regardless as to which route Shadow takes, he must face G.U.N’s defensive mechanism: the Blue Falcon.

Gameplay

Weapons

The following weapons can be found in The ARK:

Secret Key locations

  1. At the very start of the Stage, turn around and the Key will be right there.
  2. Drop down to the fourth platform with the turrets and the squadrons of Gun Beetles. Just below the level with two turrets is the Key.
  3. After the fourth Save Point, go through the energy core towards the small platform with the Key.
  4. After the second Defense Unit is a floating platform. Jump to it and the Key will be at the end of the connected tunnel.
  5. Go past the Chaos Emerald at the end of the Stage, the Key is at the very back.

The Secret Door, which is located just past the fifth Save Point, houses three 1-Ups.

Overview

Story Mode

Dark mission

Guide Mission Objective
Shadow the Hedgehog - Dark Mission - Doom's Eye.png Destroy the ARK's defenses! Destroy the four Defense Units.

The Defense Units are triangular-winged, slightly cone-shaped, and green. Either a Black Volt or a weapon can be used to destroy them.

Ranking
Rank Score[1]
A Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png ≥ 36,000
B Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 33,000
C Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 26,000
D Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 10,000
E Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png < 10,000

Normal mission

Guide Mission Objective
Get aboard the ARK! Reach the Goal Ring.

Don't disembark from the Black Volt once on it. Just try to keep its health full, with there being two locations in the stage where it's health can be refilled.

Ranking
Rank Score[1]
A Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png ≥ 37,000
B Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 34,000
C Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 27,000
D Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png 10,000
E Rank (Mini) (Shadow the Hedgehog).png < 10,000

Expert Mode

The ARK's Expert Mode is just like the Normal mission, except for the fact that the player cannot destroy Defense Units to remove the barriers. Just stay on the Black Volt and fly as fast as possible through the stage to reach the Goal Ring. Luckily, the player can refill the Black volt's health two time during the stage. If the player gets off Black Volt, they must restart the stage at the first chapter as no Black Volt reappears once the player gets off of a one.

Boss

Main article: Blue Falcon

The boss of The ARK is the Blue Falcon, a G.U.N. mech. The guide for this battle is Doom's Eye.

The player should grab the Pistol out of the weapon container and use the spring to reach the upper level. From here, attack the Blue Falcon's missile launchers, then use the dropped launchers when they are destroyed.

Trivia

  • This is the only Stage in Shadow the Hedgehog without a Hero mission.
  • The ARK's level structure bears a great resemblance to Final Chase and Final Rush, the respective final levels of the Dark and Hero stories in Sonic Adventure 2.
  • The boss for this stage, the Blue Falcon, is the name of Captain Falcon's racer in the F-Zero series.
  • When the player hits the Goal Ring, a Chaos Emerald can be seen. However, Shadow does not collect it until after the boss is defeated.
  • At the beginning of the Stage, the Eclipse Cannon can be seen in the background.

Music

Name Artist(s) Length Music track
"The Ark" Tomoya Ohtani, Jun Senoue 2:49

Videos


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Kaizen Media Group (22 November 2005). "Stage Rankings". Shadow the Hedgehog: Prima Official Game Guide. Prima Games. p. 94. ISBN 978-0761551959.

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