Capcom’s Mega Man X action-platformer is split into 10 stages, the first being a tutorial or introduction stage, 8 main stages and then the final stage. Any of the 8 main stages can be done in any order you choose but clearing a stage will have an affect on other stages for better or for worse, so be alert on the select changes. Below is a guide for the introduction stage, also known as the Highway stage. I will explain each enemy and bosses you will face in this introduction stage.
Mega Man X: Highway Stage Guide
This starting area is very linear, players will need to travel forward in this stage in order to progress. There are no hidden items or secret areas to discover in the Highway stage.
The first enemy players will face is Spikey, the wheel enemy. Shoot Spikey before it’s close enough or he’ll slide into you dealing damage; this can be prevented by jumping over him. This enemy can also self destruct when their health is low so watch out for this.
Players will then encounter the next enemy called the Gun Volt, a larger Mechaniloid (robot). To eliminate this enemy quickly, use your charged Mega Buster or fire several smaller shots as soon it appears on your screen. When his shoulders start to open up this is a signal he is about to begin his attack. His attacks consist of 2 energy balls along the ground that move quickly, or two slow torpedoes, avoid these attacks by jumping over them.
A new enemy will appear, players will encounter helicopters called Crushers. Eliminate them by shooting at them with charged shots. Don’t get underneath them as they’ll drop a chained spike on you. When they drop the spikes, they can destroy parts of the highway. Best tactic is to jump over the next cliff, shoot numerous Crushers, and take out the Gun Volt.
Mini-boss: Bee Blader
Players will then face a mini-boss called the Bee Blader, that must be taken out to advance. It has 3 attacks:
- It will fire bullets when the player is at a distance from it
- Release an enemy called Ball de Voux
- Shoot missiles
Climb up from the wreckage, collect the health item and then move on to destroy the Balls de Voux the walking ball enemy. There will be another Bee Blader that players will need to eliminate, make sure to take it out quickly and then move on. There will be several Spikeys ahead and now parts of the highway will break off and fall down once walked/run over, so be careful where you step.
Players will encounter dozens of enemies of all types including some new ones before reaching the final boss. Bomb Been looks like a small wasp-like enemy, Jamminger is a slow moving flying robot that will pester the player, and Road Attackers which are robot driven cars. Be wary of the Road Attacker as it is different from the other enemies, as removing the robot doesn’t stop the car from moving, so watch out for a driver-less cars.
Players will soon run into a large Maverick drop ship, the Death Rogumer, which will will drop Road Attackers. Just keep moving and take them out if they bother you as you progress to the boss fight.
Players will meet the boss called Vile, a powerful Maverick who is a war machine. He will run into players to damage them by punching them. This is an unwinnable fight so just take damage as soon as possible and walk/jump into the glowing rings he sends your way. This will play a cutscene with dialogue and will allow players to choose which stage they wish to proceed to next.