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The Armor Parts, also known as First Armor and Armor of Light, are four parts that form the first armor that Mega Man X receives from the Light Capsules in the Mega Man X series. It first appeared in Mega Man X, and has since made appearances in Mega Man Xtreme, Mega Man Maverick Hunter X, a remake to the original game, and Rockman X DiVE.

After defeating Sigma's army in Mega Man X, X returned the armor parts to the Light Capsule, which hid deep underground to avoid being found by enemies and started analyzing them, using the data to better prepare X for future battles if needed, improving them into the armor parts from Mega Man X2.[1]

Functions

Foot Parts - Improves X's mobility by granting him the ability to dash on the ground for faster movement. This dash ability was designed to be internalized inside X's own system in the games after this, allowing him to have the same dash function without the use of any armor. This enhancement also allows X to destroy certain blocks by kicking off of them. In Mega Man X and Xtreme this part must be obtained, as it is in the middle of Chill Penguin’s stage. In Maverick Hunter X The capsule was moved to the Energy Mine Ruins.

Body Parts - Reduces all damage received by 50%.

Arm Parts - X can charge up to a third charge level that grants X a more powerful Charge Shot, and the ability to charge Special Weapons obtained from defeated Mavericks. Both it and the Foot Parts are unmissable in the Mega Man X. There are two types of Arm parts available in Maverick Hunter X:

  • Spiral Crush Buster - This version is obtained from the Light Capsule that contains the Arm Parts. When X charges up to his highest level and releases, a long string of small, pink shots is fired, hitting multiple times. In the remake, this has been drastically powered-down to just three pink-colored spiralling shots that can hit up to three enemies at once or hit a single enemy up to three hits. The damage power for this version is the same as the normal second-level X-Buster Charged Shot with a wider vertical range of fire.
  • Zero Buster - This version is obtainable from Zero if the player doesn't have the Spiral Crush Buster by the time they encounter him again after defeating Vile in Sigma Stage 1 (Sigma Stage 3 in the remake). In the original version, the Zero Buster has the same function as the Spiral Crush Buster X gets from the Light Capsule. In Maverick Hunter X, this altered to reflect the basic ability of Zero's own Buster that fires the red-colored shot that Zero uses himself, allowing X to fire the same shot as his third-level Charge Shot that can deal more damage than the Spiral Crush Buster.

Head Parts - X can jump into certain blocks and destroy them with a headbutt. In addition, X is protected from any rocks that falls onto his head in Sting Chameleon's stage with this part equipped, except for rocks that contain the Crag Man enemies.

Hadoken - This powerful upgrade was placed into the game as an easter egg. While not part of the armor per se, if the player has all Armor Parts, Sub Tanks, and Life Ups, X can receive this item from a secret Light Capsule in Armored Armadillo's stage.

Locations

Mega Man X locations:

Location Foot Parts
Snow Mountain Stage (Chill Penguin)
In the middle of the stage, after dealing with some Spikys. This capsule cannot be missed.
Location. Alternatively, be patient and wait for the falling blocks to stack up, and wall dash jump from them. Body Parts
Forest Stage (Sting Chameleon)
Before entering the cave at the start of the stage, dash and jump from the higher ground and wall kick above it. Defeat RT-55J and the capsule will appear.
Location Head Parts
Airport Stage (Storm Eagle)
After passing the Flamers and climbing a metal mesh, instead of continuing right, drop down the other side of the metal mesh, dash jump up to the flammable obstacles and destroy them (done faster with Fire Wave). The capsule will be in the other side.
Location Arm Parts
Factory Stage (Flame Mammoth)
Above the entrance to the large area that has the Life Up and Sub Tank. Dash jump from the right side and wall kick the blocks to break them with the Foot Parts, then continue wall kicking to break the remaining blocks with the Head Parts until reaching the capsule. Be careful to not fall before entering the capsule, as it will be harder to reach the area after breaking the blocks.

Mega Man Maverick Hunter X locations:

Parts Stage (Boss) Location
Foot Parts Energy Mine Ruins
(Flame Mammoth)
Above the entrance to the large area. No requirements to gain access.
Head Parts Abandoned Missile Base
(Chill Penguin)
In the area with Spikys. Requires the Foot Parts to break the blocks and gain access.
Body Parts New-type Airport
(Storm Eagle)
After the area with Flamers. Requires the Head Parts to break the blocks and gain access.
Arm Parts Recon Base Ruins
(Sting Chameleon)
Above the cave's entrance. Appears after defeating RT-55J.

Mega Man Xtreme locations:

Parts Stage (Boss) Location
Foot Parts Snow Mountain Stage
(Chill Penguin)
Like Mega Man X, the capsule is in the middle of the stage and can't be missed.
Body Parts Volcanic Zone Stage
(Flame Stag)
Inside the area with the second Beetron, under Zain's room. Dash jump to reach the capsule.
Head Parts Airport Stage
(Storm Eagle)
Same location as Mega Man X. After passing by the platforms with Flamers, drop down after seeing a Sky Claw and destroy the flammable obstacle to find the capsule.
Arm Parts Power Plant Stage
(Spark Mandrill)
In the last dim area there are blocks in the ceiling near the first Hotarion's spawn point. Break the blocks with the Head Parts and climb up to find the capsule.

Design

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Foot Parts - Upper part of leg becomes white, with blue dots on the side. Yellow borders separate the white and blue areas. In the remake version, a larger gold border replaces the yellow border and blue portion above it, and the feet has more white portions than the original.

Arm Parts - X's Buster becomes white and red. Hands become blue and arms become white.

Head Parts - Border around the head becomes white and a yellow crest forms near X's crystal on his helmet, which are more pronounced in the remake.

Body Parts - X becomes covered with a chunky white chest plate. The shoulder armor is stockier in the remake version.

Other appearances

Zero's First Armor costume in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Gallery

Artwork

Screenshots

Miscellaneous

Trivia

  • It is not possible to see X receive Shotgun Ice in full armor without getting a Game Over in Mega Man X. This is due to how the stages are laid out, as the Foot Parts are required to receive the Arm Parts from the Light Capsule in Flame Mammoth’s stage and to get Zero in Sigma Palace (which also requires defeating Chill Penguin). To see X get Shotgun Ice in full armor one must receive the Foot Parts in Chill Penguin’s stage, kill themselves until they get a game over, and then move onto the other stages to get the other parts before returning to defeat Chill Penguin.
  • The front cover for the North American box art for Mega Man X shows X with his full armor on. The artwork used in this boxart also features what appears to be a harpoon launcher mounted underneath the buster. This never appeared in any other renditions of the armor.
  • If the player returns to the stage select after obtaining the new Buster from Zero but does not finish the stage, the stage will begin with Zero still alive, but X retains his buster. Zero's death scene will play as if the Buster was obtained from Flame Mammoth's stage.
  • Notably, this armor seems to serve the purpose of making X more resemble Zero, along with making his functions more similar to Zero's (addition of a dash, super-powerful charged shot, etc.). Aside from the Buster, which is visually and functionally identical to Zero's original Buster cannon, this is most evident with the leg upgrades and helmet upgrades, making both parts of his body more closely resemble Zero's legs and helmet.
  • In the Rockman X manga, the First Armor is heavily damaged following the final battle with Sigma in the adaptation of the first game, leading X to discard the armor in grief over the people fought throughout the story. After reverting to his original armor, X throws the armor's helmet into the ocean.
  • A life-sized toy replica of the armor’s Buster was released by Jakks Pacific. As it has lights and sound effects, it is referred as a “Light Buster” in the box.

References


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