Air Fleet

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Air Fleet
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Air Fleet
Dark Fifth stage, Shadow the Hedgehog (game)
Level theme: flying fortress
Prerequisite: Sky Troops (Dark); The Doom (Normal); or Central City (Hero)
Dark mission: Destroy the President's escape pod!
Dark companion: Doom's Eye
Leads to: G.U.N. Fortress
Ending quote: "I had no choice. I need to know the truth!"

Rank A 20,000 points
Rank B 18,000 points
Rank C 12,000 points
Rank D 8,000 points
Rank E Finish the mission

Normal mission: Find the Chaos Emerald
Normal companion: None
Leads to: Black Comet
Ending quote: "I'm going to find the truth for myself!"

Rank A 20,000 points
Rank B 18,000 points
Rank C 12,000 points
Rank D 8,000 points
Rank E Finish the mission

Hero mission: Protect the escape pod from the black creatures (35 total)
Hero companion: Miles "Tails" Prower
Leads to: Lava Shelter
Ending quote: "I'm not going to let them get away with anymore of their plans!"

Rank A 33,000 points
Rank B 28,000 points
Rank C 20,000 points
Rank D 10,000 points
Rank E Finish the mission

Air Fleet is one of five possible fifth levels of Shadow the Hedgehog; in the game's branching path structure, it follows from taking a somewhat evil, Dr. Eggman / Black Arms-aligned path through the previous levels.

High in the skies of Sonic's world, G.U.N.'s flying battleships are evacuating from Central City, trying to get the President of the United Federation to safety. Black Doom has a different fate in mind for the human leader, and Black Arms boarding parties storm the ships in an attempt to assassinate the President. Shadow can choose to help or to hinder them in their task - or just look out for himself, and steal the cyan Chaos Emerald held at the core of the ship.

The mission structure is the reverse of Iron Jungle; the Hero Mission is to kill all the enemies and the Dark Mission is to shoot down a vehicle.


Central City lies in ruins. The Eggman Fleet has been decimated. Black Doom has shown Shadow his past destroying one of G.U.N.'s most powerful machines. The future looks bleak for Sonic's world. At the G.U.N. Commander's insistence, the President evacuates to the G.U.N. Fortress, insisting that their forces will eventually rally up and defeat the black creatures. Shadow and Black Doom watch the retreating shuttle from outside the Presidential palace, and the alien leader directs Shadow to chase it down.

Immediatly upon starting the stage, Shadow runs into Tails, who asks for Shadow's help in protecting the President's shuttle from the Black Arms boarding parties by defeating all the aliens. If Shadow chooses to side with Black Doom instead, he must destroy the shuttle, which is being conveyed on a monorail track through the ship. Shadow can switch the rails in places where the path forks, to send the pod into dangerous Arms-controlled regions of the ship, but it is generally up to the hedgehog himself to deal massive damage to the vehicle; as such, the Shadow Rifle is a good choice of weapon for this mission.


Secret door location

Near the start of the level. The first pulley the player goes up will pull them right past it.

Behind the door is an Air Saucer, which can grind on the electrified rails encountered every now and then in the stage. The player will start with one in front of them that will bring them to some guns and an extra life. With some careful saucer riding, they can make it to two more electric rails that will both take them to rooms with some extra lives, guns, and a heal unit for the saucer in case it takes some damage on the way there. The player can actually ride the saucer up until the very end of the level. If they run into any steep slopes, they can just use the saucer's double jump constantly to get up them.



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