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Noise Change (ノイズチェンジ Noizu Chenji) is a new transformation system introduced in Mega Man Star Force 3. Noise Change will occur when the Ace Program (エースPGM Ace PGM) [1] or Joker Program (ジョーカーPGM Joker PGM) [2] is equipped. With it on, instead of being corrupted by Noise, the program will install itself and have MegaMan resonate with Noise. This calls more of the same resonant Noise from a server in space, making Mega Man stronger as he draws in more Noise. The Programs and its abilities were initially created by Dealer for Wizards to adapt any amount of Noise [3].

Each Noise Form is based on EM being bosses of past and present, although there is no story reason as to why these are based on them. While the Finalization forms are based on two Wizards of Dealer. Each one also has its own special attributes, along with a special Noise Force Big Bang (NFB) that is gained through countering enemies.

Earning a Noise Change

Acquiring Taurus Noise

Noise Changes largely depend on the Noise Gauge, and undergo some changes as the Noise Gauge reaches different levels. The player gains their first Noise Change after a certain point in the plot. After which, when they finish a battle with Giant viruses, they stand a chance to get a different Noise Change. If it is a new Noise Change that they have not used before, they will be able to see some of the new Noise's abilities before confirming if they wish to switch to the new Noise Change. Afterwards, a mail is sent to the player detailing all the Noise Change's abilities.

Black Ace and Red Joker each have their exclusive Noise Changes, but in a rare occurrence the player may get a Noise Change from the opposing version, i.e. if there is a noise form that has a 15% chance of occurring in Red Joker, it will only have a 3% chance of occurring in Black Ace. However, Rogue has a 10% chance of occurring in both versions. Additionally, in National Astro Wave 1 there is a Noism that can revert the player to their previously equipped Noise Change. This does not apply to Rogue Noise, however.

Noise Change Basics

See also: Noise Gauge

The Noise Gauge appears on the top-right corner of the top screen by equipping the Ace/Joker Program, an Ability Wave that has no cost. Doing so will also allow them to begin their battles in their selected Noise Change instead of the standard-form MegaMan. Starting at 0% noise, the player increases their Noise level largely by doing damage. In single player, exceeding 100% noise will generate several effects. All attacks will pierce invisible, and some panels may seem to disappear or "glitch". In PvP, this only happens upon exceeding 200% noise, along with the player's HP count turning red to signal this to the opponent.

While equipped with a certain Noise Change, after fighting through several battles, the player will receive a special Ability Wave alongside any rewards reaped from the last battle. These Ability Waves require less Link Power to equip compared to other Ability Waves obtained through other means, and the player can only obtain one copy of each special Ability Wave. About 100 battles are required for the first Ability Wave, and 250 for the second one. Noise Changes that award only one Ability Wave award it at around 200 battles or so.

Noise Form and Vibrant Noise

Between 0% to 50% noise, the Noise Change starts at its Noise Form (フォームアウト Form Out) stage, where the player has access only to some of its innate abilities. Once the gauge exceeds 50%, the equipped Noise Change will enter Vibrant Noise Form (カラーアウト Color Out), where the player has access to all of its abilities, including its element, Charge Shot, and NFB. Each Noise Change has a weakness to a certain type of attack, and when hit by its weakness, it will revert to the Form Out stage at 0% noise. The gauge will also decrease steadily down to 50%. If the player finishes a battle at over 100% noise, Mega Man starts his next battle at 50% noise, in the Vibrant Noise form of his selected Noise Change.

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MegaMan NoiseChange-8percent.png MegaMan NoiseChange.jpg MegaMan NoiseChange-70percent.png MegaMan NoiseChange-100percent.png

Multi-Noise

Brother Cards and Opponent Noise can be used to initiate Multi-Noising (マージアウト Merge Out) into a Multi-Noise Form (マージノイズ Merge Noise), which combines the abilities of both Noise Changes, and changes the player's element, Charge Shot and NFB to match the latter Noise Change. Using Multi-Noise force the meter to 50%, which also sets the Multi-Noise to its Vibrant Noise stage. Performing another Multi-Noise while already under the effects of one will override the previous one, without changing the player's base Noise. (e.g. Merging with Wolf Noise while using Virgo x Taurus will result in Virgo x Wolf) Getting hit by the Multi-Noise's new weakness will revert the player to his base Noise Form stage of his initial Noise, at 0%.

The player must not have any other real-life Brothers to get Rogue Noise, and so Rogue Noise cannot perform Multi-Noise. Rogue Noise also cannot be held by the Noism as a reserve Noise Change.

Finalization

The Finalize prompt in Black Ace.

At noise levels of 200% or higher, the player perform Finalization (ファイナライズ Finalize, also sometimes written as Finalized Noise) through the Custom Screen. This is when the screen prompts the player whether they want to initiate Finalization by accessing the Meteor Server (流星サーバー) by showing a button saying Meteor Server Access.

Black Ace and Red Joker

Initiating Finalization will transform Mega Man to either Black Ace or Red Joker, depending on the version that is being played. Doing so will also cause his noise level to drop to 0%. Additionally, when the Meteor Server is accessed, the player switches to a Meteor Server folder which contains several powerful Battle Cards, inclusive of the NFBs from the other Noises and their exclusive NFB. Finalized Noises have no element or weakness, but expire after three turns, causing the player to revert to the Noise Form stage of his equipped Noise Change at 0% noise.

The Meteor Server folder has different levels, going higher as the player reaches higher noise levels above 200%. Higher levels contain more powerful Battle Cards, starting from LV1 at 200% noise and ending at LV11 at 999.9% noise. (A code exists to raise the Finalize Level by 1, giving the player a secret LV12 Folder if they use it and Finalize at max noise. Use multiple of Purpose Card 'Ultimate Finalize' by brother band, but the maximum level is 12.) They also tend to be unrestricted by the usual rules of folder building and support, and can contain multiple Giga Cards (inclusive of NFBs which are considered so) inside, with no worry about cards being dimmed out. As a result, a player in Finalization may use many Giga Cards to create some devastating combinations.

Finalization can further be customized through use of Purpose Card codes. These give abilities to the Finalization, and can change their Charge Shot (as they do not have one of their own). The abilities from Purpose Card codes are shared throughout the Battle Team, and any card boosts will stack. However, these are exclusive to the Japanese version.

List of Noise Changes

While the first five Noise Changes appear more frequently in Black Ace, and the next five in Red Joker, it is possible (but rare) to acquire Noise Changes attributed to the opposing version of one's game. Rogue Noise has the same (albeit low) encounter rate in both versions.

Black Ace Noise Changes

Libra Noise Libra Noise: Based on Libra Scales, this form lends support to various forms of attacks, boosting both Fire and Aqua attacks while also providing a source of healing.
Corvus Noise Corvus Noise: Based on Jack Corvus, this form trades some of the sheer firepower that Fire-based forms are known for in order to inflict and protect from some debilitating status effects.
Cancer Noise Cancer Noise: Based on Cancer Bubble, this form boosts the power of Aqua attacks and grants them the ability to trap enemies in bubbles, rendering them immobile and vulnerable to Elec attacks.
Gemini Noise Gemini Noise: Based on Gemini Spark, this form not only augments Elec attacks, but is built around inflicting paralysis and chaining several attacks together.
Ophiuca Noise Ophiuca Noise: Based on Queen Ophiuca, this form is focused around boosting Wood attacks and inducing confusion to impair the opponent's senses, while being immune to similar sensory ailments.

Red Joker Noise Changes

Cygnus Noise Cygnus Noise: Based on Cygnus Wing, this form allows MegaMan to move and fight unhindered in any terrain while delivering multiple hits in quick succession.
Taurus Noise Taurus Noise: Based on Taurus Fire, this form sharply increases the potency of Fire attacks, inflicting massive damage in a single hit. This form also lets him executes his attacks without worry for interruption.
Virgo Virgo Noise: Based on Queen Virgo, this form augments Aqua attacks and is focused on freezing enemies with its hard-to-dodge waves, leaving them immobile and vulnerable to Breaking attacks.
Crown Noise Crown Noise: Based on Crown Thunder, this form amplifies the effectiveness of Elec attacks while also inflicting both paralysis and blindness to its enemies.
Wolf Noise Wolf Noise: Based on Wolf Woods, this form favors fierce, close-range combat by boosting Sword attacks and letting its user quickly replenish their offensive Battle Cards and maintain their momentum.

Finalization

Black Ace Black Ace: Based on Acid Ace. The Meteor Server folders attributed to this form involve inflicting status effects and exploiting any elemental weakness the enemy may have.
Red Joker Red Joker: Based on Dread Joker. The Meteor Server folders attributed to this form involve dealing massive damage in a single hit, often piercing through guarded enemies in the process.

Secret Noise Change

Rogue Noise Rogue Noise: Based on Rogue, this form trades the ability to draw strength from the player's Brothers and, in exchange, offers a variety of incredibly potent offensive and defensive capabilities.

Noise Change Combinations

Noise Form Libra Corvus Cancer Gemini Ophiuca Cygnus Taurus Virgo Crown Wolf
Libra SF3LibraNonVibrant.png SF3LibraNoise.png SF3LibraCorvus.png SF3LibraCancer.png SF3LibraGemini.png SF3LibraOphiuca.png SF3LibraCygnus.png SF3LibraTaurus.png SF3LibraVirgo.png SF3LibraCrown.png SF3LibraWolf.png
Corvus SF3CorvusNonVibrant.png SF3CorvusLibra.png SF3CorvusNoise.png SF3CorvusCancer.png SF3CorvusGemini.png SF3CorvusOphiuca.png SF3CorvusCygnus.png SF3CorvusTaurus.png SF3CorvusVirgo.png SF3CorvusCrown.png SF3CorvusWolf.png
Cancer SF3CancerNonVibrant.png SF3CancerLibra.png SF3CancerCorvus.png SF3CancerNoise.png SF3CancerGemini.png SF3CancerOphiuca.png SF3CancerCygnus.png SF3CancerTaurus.png SF3CancerVirgo.png SF3CancerCrown.png SF3CancerWolf.png
Gemini SF3GeminiNonVibrant.png SF3GeminiLibra.png SF3GeminiCorvus.png SF3GeminiCancer.png SF3GeminiNoise.png SF3GeminiOphiuca.png SF3GeminiCygnus.png SF3GeminiTaurus.png SF3GeminiVirgo.png SF3GeminiCrown.png SF3GeminiWolf.png
Ophiuca SF3OphiucaNonVibrant.png SF3OphiucaLibra.png SF3OphiucaCorvus.png SF3OphiucaCancer.png SF3OphiucaGemini.png SF3OphiucaNoise.png SF3OphiucaCygnus.png SF3OphiucaTaurus.png SF3OphiucaVirgo.png SF3OphiucaCrown.png SF3OphiucaWolf.png
Cygnus SF3CygnusNonVibrant.png SF3CygnusLibra.png SF3CygnusCorvus.png SF3CygnusCancer.png SF3CygnusGemini.png SF3CygnusOphiuca.png SF3CygnusNoise.png SF3CygnusTaurus.png SF3CygnusVirgo.png SF3CygnusCrown.png SF3CygnusWolf.png
Taurus SF3TaurusNonVibrant.png SF3TaurusLibra.png SF3TaurusCorvus.png SF3TaurusCancer.png SF3TaurusGemini.png SF3TaurusOphiuca.png SF3TaurusCygnus.png SF3TaurusNoise.png SF3TaurusVirgo.png SF3TaurusCrown.png SF3TaurusWolf.png
Virgo SF3VirgoNonVibrant.png SF3VirgoLibra.png SF3VirgoCorvus.png SF3VirgoCancer.png SF3VirgoGemini.png SF3VirgoOphiuca.png SF3VirgoCygnus.png SF3VirgoTaurus.png SF3VirgoNoise.png SF3VirgoCrown.png SF3VirgoWolf.png
Crown SF3CrownNonVibrant.png SF3CrownLibra.png SF3CrownCorvus.png SF3CrownCancer.png SF3CrownGemini.png SF3CrownOphiuca.png SF3CrownCygnus.png SF3CrownTaurus.png SF3CrownVirgo.png SF3CrownNoise.png SF3CrownWolf.png
Wolf SF3WolfNonVibrant.png SF3WolfLibra.png SF3WolfCorvus.png SF3WolfCancer.png SF3WolfGemini.png SF3WolfOphiuca.png SF3WolfCygnus.png SF3WolfTaurus.png SF3WolfVirgo.png SF3WolfCrown.png SF3WolfNoise.png

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Trivia

  • Counting all Noise Changes, including Multi Noise and Finalized noise, there are a total of 103 Noise Changes.
  • A Harp Noise was planned, but it was rejected.[4]
  • Early drafts of the Noise Change system, as indicated by teasers, were supposed to involve MegaMan's Noise Change slowly taking form as he accumulates Noise, before fully reaching its Vibrant Noise stage at 50%.
  • It seems this system was based on Beast Out and Cross System used in Mega Man Battle Network 6.
    • Both Noise Forms and the Cross System feature 5 standard forms based on other characters and are different based on what version it is.
    • Both the Finalized Noises and Beast Out are some of the most powerful forms in their games, are version exclusives, and are based on characters introduced in their featured game. Said characters these forms were based on also opposed one another (Acid Ace and Dread Joker for the former, Falzar and Gregar for the later).
      • The fact that Black Ace and Red Joker's concept designs were more avian and bestial respectively may also allude to them being inspired by the Falzar and Gregar Beast Outs.
    • Both the standard Noise Forms and Cross System feature some form of fusion. The Noise Forms can mix with one another, while the Cross System can be used in tandem with Beast Out

See also

References

  1. Omega-Xis: What's that?
    Ace: It's a Satella Police special weapon, as well as my pride and joy!
    Geo: Really? Is it really OK for me to take something like that?
    Ace: You're the only one that I would trust with it... Just consider it an early birthday present, OK? So... I should tell you what it actually does...
  2. Omega-Xis: What's that?
    Ace: It's the most powerful and terrible of all programs that the Satella Police have in their possession.
    Geo: Geez... Are you sure it's OK for me to take something so powerful?
    Ace: Just consider it an early birthday present, OK? There's no need to give it a second thought. So... I should tell you what it actually does...
  3. MegaMan: Joker... How are you and Acid connected?
    DreadJoker: We were both born from the same program. The program was designed to create Wizards that can adapt to any level of Noise!
    MegaMan: Adapt to Noise...?
    Omega-Xis: Are you talking about Noise Changing then!?
    Dread Joker: Hah hah hah... I suppose you could call it that! You have also acquired the same ability! However!! You are but a low-grade imitation... You are only able to draw on but a scarce amount of the Meteor Server's power! Pathetic!! Truly pathetic! Leave it to a human to be scared of the infinite power that Noise can bring them! Mega Man... That program that you use is actually something that was stolen from us. But it's really just a tiny fragment of its true power!
  4. Shooting Star Rockman Official Complete Works. Capcom. 2009. pg.23.


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