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 Ocean stage and it’s boss, Launch Octopus. I will explain each of the enemies and boss you will face in this stage.
Mega Man X: Ocean Stage & Launch Octopus Guide
In this stage players will face a few foes before taking on the big boss at the end of the stage. In the Ocean stage you will also encounter two mini-bosses called the Anglerge and the Utuboros. Enemies include Amenhopper, Mega Tortoises, Sea Attackers and Gulpfers. The final boss’ can be defeated more easily after acquiring Rolling Shield, which you can obtain from defeating the Armored Armadillo stage. I will go through each in this step-by-step guide, so you will know all the tips and tricks needed to defeat this level.
Head forward to encounter an Amenhopper, a cross between a frog and waterskipper-like robot. After taking them out, you’ll run into some Mega Tortoises. Beyond them there will be some seahorse robots called Sea Attackers. They will attempt to crash into you in pairs as you progress through the level. Sea Attackers arise from bubbles from the ground so be wary of them as you progress. Players don’t have to destroy them, instead players can jump over them and proceed without defeating them.
The mini boss, Anglerge is a large angler robot and is an easy fight to engage in. It has two major moves, either it will shoot 4 snake-like harpoon-like shots or it will create a vacuum in order to suck you in. A couple of charged buster shots to it will destroy it letting you move on to the next enemy.
Boss: Launch Octopus
Launch Octopus can be tricky as he fires several Homing Torpedoes as his attack. The regular missiles spread with 2 going higher, while 1 going lower than the other 2. He may send out 6 missiles at a time to seek you out. His charge shot consists of several fish projectiles fired from his tentacles. At times, Launch Octopus may hop up and create a whirlpool which will pull the player into it so be careful to avoid this.
Dashing away is very simple to do so in order to avoid being caught, as your health will be depleted and transferred to Launch Octopus if he catches you. If you do get caught, attempt to break free as soon as possible to minimize the HP transfer. Boomerang Cutter can chopped off his tentacles making the fight much more manageable. Then players can use Rolling Shield his weakness, to defeat him very quickly.
Note: Touching Launch Octopus and his missiles will cause 4 points of damage.
Check out the video below to see this stage in action:
After defeating him, you receive Homing Torpedo which is Boomer Kuwanger’s weakness, I suggest you tackle this level next.
If you want more Mega Man X guides be sure to check out out out Mega Man X Trophy Guide to collect all the platinum achievements. You can also checkout the Highway Stage Guide for a step-by-step in defeating all enemies and bosses as well as our Mega Man X: All Body Armor Upgrades, Heart, & Sub Tanks Guide to locate all upgrades, heart and sub-tanks in the game.