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Wily12mugshot Skull Tower Base
SkullTowerBaseOverview
Delve into the depths of darkness
Map creator(s) Mr. X
Map code MM8DW1
Music Mega Man 8 - Wily Stage 2 (8-Bit Cover)
Music Code 8DW2MUS
Map size Medium-Large
Based on Mega Man 8
Available Weapons WepIconTornadoHoldWepIconDLN007-FireWepIconOilSliderWepIconAstroCrushWepIconFlameSwordWepIconDWN012-QuickWepIconIceWaveWepIconThunderClawWepIconHomingSniperWepIconDWN035-Stone
Available Items WepIconArrowBusterItemIcon-PartyBallItemIcon-WTank

Skull Tower Base is the first and lowest part of Wily's Skull Tower. The tileset and general theme is mostly taken from the first Wily stage of Mega Man 8, although the theme from the second is used. Don't worry though, there are no sleds from Frost Man's Stage and the only gimmick of any sort is the presence of numerous Thunder Claw pegs.

Layout

Skull Tower Base is entirely centered around a center depression with Oil Slider. The Flame Sword on a tall ledge surrounded by thunder claw pegs is directly north, flanked by paths that lead into the level's interior. The west path simply curves around an area with Homing Sniper before emerging on some upper walkways and the Tornado Hold. The other path curves before entering a room with Ice Wave and another walkway holding Power Stone and a W-Tank.

All of the hanging upper paths converge on a long platform with a Party Ball above the Oil Slider. Immediately to the south, there is another focal point for the walkways with a ladder running up from the ground level through it. Thunder Claw is at its base and Arrow Buster is on top of it.

Finally, to the east of the party ball, and area overlooking the central depression contains Quick Boomerang and Astro Crush. Only a perfect Thunder Claw swing will get you to it though. Don't forget about the Fire Storm to the east of this area on the ground level!

Strategy

Skull Tower Base has a crippling lack of long-range weapons, so be sure to go for the Ice Wave or Homing Sniper as soon as possible to dominate enemies using shorter-ranged weapons in the main pit from afar. Since the stage is fairly wide-open, only resort to using the Flame Sword or Quick Boomerang as an ambush opening attack, or a follow-through as you approach with Oil Slider. The Power Stone or Astro Crush can also shine on this map, but only if the crowds are large enough!

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