Fire the torpedoes!
|Music||Mega Man 4 - Dive Man Stage|
|Based on||Mega Man 4|
Diveman's stage is an expansive battlefield completely submerged in water. It is the only stage besides Bubble Man's to be completely underwater and thus under the effect of low gravity physics, unless you count Star Man's Stage. Irregularly shaped terrain here along with many tall pillars results in flying leaps being the only way to get anywhere. It can also be difficult to find players in the disorganized lower levels.
Moby the whale circles the giant pillar in the center of the stage of the stage. The only way to reach the Astro Crush is to use Moby as a platform. He can also be ridden for extended periods for a height advantage. Moby has gained a cult following mainly thanks to a series of screenshots by Brotoad (one of the main spriters for 8-bit deathmatch) advertising a "special game mode" that consisted of a large group of Mobys invading each stage. As a possible homage to this, four deadly Mobies are spawned as Scrooge McDuck's rage in Saxton Hale mode.
A large external expanse filled with disorganized pillars and ledges makes up Dive Man's stage. The rough elevation flow rises when going south to a rare contiguous path leading around the perimeter of the map. Drill Bomb, Charge Kick and Needle Cannon are found around the west edge of this walkway. Air Shooter is hidden in an alcove below the Needle Cannon. Two Gyro Attack pickups and a Bass Buster are all found around the towering center pillar holding Astro Crush. A Treble Sentry is next to the wall north of the pillar. Metal Blade and Blizzard Attack are located on pillars to the east half of the map. The more level eastern side also holds another Bass Buster, Silver Tomahawk, an Exit Unit and Plant Barrier.
Finally, an indoor tunnel through the solid northern wall of the stage contains a W-Tank on the ground and Dive Missile on a ledge. The eastern entrance is on a higher level than the one in the western half.
The layout of Dive Man's stage encourages long jumps around the various ledges, causing you to be a sitting duck. Stay on the ground as much as possible and pick off helpless aerial opponents with fast weapons like the Silver Tomahawk or Dive Missile. The low gravity allows many hits to be chained on enemy at once, so the rapid fire Bass Buster and Metal Blade are also good choices. Air Shooter may also be useful thanks to its upward arc. Finally, keep an eye on Moby to make sure nobody gets the Astro Crush, or you'll have a huge problem!
V2 to V3
Astro Crush replaced Centaur Flash at the tip of the central tower.