In the Battle Network series
NetNavis have abilities to fight viruses in battles to defeat them. Battle Chips equip NetNavis with various weapons and defenses to help them defeat viruses. Deleting virus groups will reward players with Zenny or a Battle Chip given from one of the viruses, depending on the Busting rank earned.
Battlefields are 3X6 paneled (18 panels) areas divided into two sections; a red side on the left for the player and a blue side on the right for opponents. Either side's movement area can be modified by the use of the Area Grab or Panel Grab chips. In certain virus battles, obstacles and different Terrain Panels may appear on the battlefield, which may prove detrimental to unprepared players.
From MegaMan Battle Network 4 onwards, Mystery Data may appear in the battlefield itself. This data is very fragile, and shatters even when hit by a single Buster shot. However, if the player finishes the battle with the Data intact, they will obtain either BugFrags, large Zenny amounts, or rare Battle Chips.
In the Star Force series
Deleting virus groups will reward players with Zenny or a Battle Card given from one of the viruses, depending on the Busting rank earned.
Battlefields are similar to the Battle Network series, except that they are now rendered in 3D, with the player viewing combat from behind Mega Man. The battlefield consist of a 3x5 paneled area, once again divided into player and enemy areas, but with the players section drastically reduced to one row (Mega Man must either block or dodge oncoming attacks by moving to another panel to the left or right of himself), giving enemies full use of the remaining four. Area Eater Battle Cards are used to reduce the enemy's movement area, bringing them closer for easier use of close-range attacks.
From Mega Man Star Force 2 onwards, a Mr. Hertz may appear in-battle. Just like in-battle Mystery Data, Mr. Hertzes disappear when hit by a single Buster shot. If the player finishes the battle with them intact, they are rescued. Hertzes in Star Force 2 reward the player with Ability Waves, while Hertzes in Star Force 3 are collectible, and are traded at Mr. Hertz Square for Ability Waves.
Busting Rank determines the rewards reaped during battle. High Busting Ranks often reward rarer Battle Cards/Chips, or higher Zenny amounts compared to lower Busting Ranks. Sometimes, finishing a battle with low HP will instead change the reward to a HP recovery. Using certain items, like the Collect Navi Customizer Program or the Zenny Finder Equipment will forcibly change the reward to a Battle Card/Chip or Zenny regardless of Busting Rank. What kind of Battle Card or how much Zenny obtained is still dependent on the Rank, though.
Busting Rank goes from a scale of 1 to 10, with an additional rank S for spectacularly swift deletions. Taking too long or flinching (due to getting hit) will reduce the player's Busting Rank, while deleting multiple viruses in one attack will raise the player's Busting Rank.
Against bosses, Busting Rank is important as it allows the player to earn the strongest versions of their Battle Cards or Chips. Assuming that the player did not flinch during the entire battle, S ranks against bosses are obtained for deletion times under 30 seconds - obtaining such a rank is required to get their strongest Battle Cards or Chips.
In MegaMan Battle Network 3, deleting viruses or bosses via a counterattack adds a star to the Busting Rank. These stars determine how many additional BugFrags the player obtains after the battle. In virus battles, up to 3 stars can be obtained - one for each countered virus - rewarding 1, 3, and 8 BugFrags respectively. In boss battles, only one star can be obtained, but it rewards a massive 10 BugFrags.
|Mega Man Star Force series|
| Geo Stelar (Omega-Xis • Mega Man) • Sonia Strumm (Lyra • Harp Note) • Bud Bison (Taurus • Taurus Fire) • Luna Platz (Ophiuca/Vogue • Queen Ophiuca) • Zack Temple (Pedia) • Solo (Laplace • Rogue) • A.C. Eos (Acid • Acid Ace)|
Patrick Sprigs (Gemini • Gemini Spark) • Hyde (Phantom • Dark Phantom) • Aaron Boreal • Bob Copper • Hope Stelar • Kelvin Stelar • Kazuma
| Mega Man Star Force • 2 • 3 • |
Shooting Star Rockman: Wave Change! On Air! • Rockman.EXE Operate Shooting Star
| Mega Man Star Force • Ryuusei no Rockman Tribe |
Rockman the Shooting Star • Rockman the Shooting Star Tribe
Shooting Star Rockman 3 • Shuugeki On-Air!! Shooting Star Rockmeen!
| Battle Card • BrotherBand • Link Power • EM Being • EM Wave Change • Planet AM • Planet FM • OOPArts • Dealer • Satella Police|
Transer • Star Carrier • Hunter VG • Visualizer • Star Force • Tribe On • Noise Change
Wave Scanner • Wave Command Card • Noise Kaizou Gear