Homing Sniper (ホーミングスナイパー Hōmingu Sunaipā) is Search Man's Special Weapon from Mega Man 8. When equipped, Mega Man shoots out a homing missile. By itself, a single Homing Sniper will travel in a straight line across the screen, but if an enemy is present, a cross-hair will appear over it and the Homing Sniper will follow the cross-hair. Homing Sniper can also be charged, enabling it to lock on and fire at several enemies in one shot.
Homing Sniper is Astro Man's weakness, hitting him with a single missile will cause him and his orbs to fall to the ground. If the player charges Homing Sniper, Astro Man will stop dead in his tracks and be unable to attack, so long as there is a cross-hair over him. Using Homing Sniper in general against Astro Man can be very useful as it can also prevent him from casting Astro Crush if he gets struck or locked-on. It is also possible for the player to constantly pelt him repeatedly with Homing Snipers until he is defeated, but it takes some practice to perform it correctly.
Damage data chart
Damage values in units in Mega Man 8.
|Bass and Treble||0|
|Wily Machine No. 8||0|
|Atomic Fire • Break Dash • Hadoken • Homing Sniper • Magma Bazooka • Noise Crush • Pharaoh Shot • Wild Coil •|
|Mega Man series||Magnet Missile (3) • Dive Missile (4) • Beat (5) • Homing Sniper (8) • Hornet Chaser (9) • Spark Chaser (V) • Forte Vulcan (R&F)|
|Mega Man X series||Homing Torpedo (X) • Parasitic Bomb (X3) • Sniper Missile (X7) • Wind Cutter (X7)• Shadow Runner (X8) • Thunder Dancer (X8) • Bomb Bee (Xtreme 2)|
|Explosive Special Weapons|
|Mega Man series||Hyper Bomb (1) • Crash Bomber (2) • Magnet Missile (3) • Drill Bomb (4) • Napalm Bomb (5) • Danger Wrap (7) • Flash Bomb (8) • Homing Sniper (8) • Black Hole Bomb (9) • Commando Bomb (10) • Chain Blast (11) • Ballade Cracker (IV) • Bubble Bomb (V) • Photon Missile (V) • Remote Mine (M&B) • Mine Sweeper (SFxMM) • Nuclear Detonator (DOS)|
|Mega Man X series||Magnet Mine (X2) • Parasitic Bomb (X3) • Explosion (X7) • Green Spinner (X8, X's) • Blast Launcher (X8, Axl's) • Bomb Bee (Xtreme 2)|