Flame Sword

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Flame Sword
Flame Sword Icon.PNG
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Artwork of Flame Sword by Justazag
Information
Description: Long-awaited powerful melee weapon. Extremely stylish too.
Category: Weapons
Game of origin: Mega Man 8
Damage: 1 (per hit)
Programmer(s): WreckingPrograms
Spriter(s): Aze (initial version, Proto Man's shine)
Zedicon[1]

Flame Sword is Sword Man's signature weapon from Mega Man 8 and is one of the weapons featured in Mega Man Maker since its 1.5.0 version. It can be used a total of 32 times with a full ammo bar.

The weapon consists on a short fire pillar that is projected from the user's arm cannon that acts as a sword. The Flame Sword can be drawn on the ground, in the air, or on ladders. If drawn on the ground or on a ladder the user will stay stationary, however if it is drawn in the air the user can still freely move left and right.

Because the weapon acts like a sword, it has a somewhat short but broad range, which is enough to attack floor targets that the frontal buster shot normally cannot, like Spine or Crunchran. It can also destroy a big quantity of weak enemies that are too close to the player character. When used, this weapon does constant damage on its targets when it is in contact. However, since this weapon can leave the player prone to receive damage if badly used, the player needs to use it with caution.

Unlike in Mega Man 8, Flame Sword cannot absorb most projectiles and is only able to destroy ones that are vulnerable to most other weapons.

Because the Flame Sword is a fire-based weapon, it can ignite Oil and fuses on TNT if contact is made. It is risky to use over platforms it can break, like Dust Blocks or Ice Blocks, since the player can instantly destroy those platforms if they use the weapon while standing over them.

Like the Sega Saturn port of Mega Man 8, the Flame Sword can attack Wood Man while he is using his Leaf Shield, although it does not burn his Leaf Shield and it does not work on other bosses using a shield.

Trivia

Mega Man using the Flame Sword in-game
  • When Proto Man uses the Flame Sword, a reflective glare will move across his visor with the sword. This is a unique animation detail for Proto Man.
  • Being a sword-like weapon, the Flame Sword is similar in appearance and function to Zero's Z-Saber from the Mega Man X and Mega Man Zero series. Unlike the Z-Saber however, the Flame Sword cannot be used in quick succession while the user is grounded.
  • Flame Sword's announcement showcase was the first showcase to show the player character unsuccessfully beat a level. On the last of screen of the sneak peek confirming Flame Sword for version 1.5.0, Mega Man jumped and used Flame Sword to destroy Tellys in the air; however, the Flame Sword lit oil below Mega Man while he was landing and he was destroyed.[2][3]
  • If the Player Character activates Flame Sword while in the air but lands before the attack animation is finished, they will switch into their grounded version of the attack abruptly. Because the grounded attack has the user preforming an upward slash, and the airborne version has the user preform a downward slash, this makes it looks like the Player Character is suddenly stopping mid-way into a slash and reversing direction. Although very minor animation quirk, with proper timing this can allow for a single attack to damage an enemy or Boss twice as the blade's hitbox now covers the same area twice.

Glitches

  • Flame Sword on rare occasion can crash the game if it is used to defeat a boss that subsequently gives the user a new weapon upon their defeat. This is likely due to Flame Sword having very unique sprites for its animations and the game for whatever reason fails to cancel the animation before switching to the new weapon like it normally does, and thus subsequently fails to call upon the same sprites when the player character is forcibly switched to the new weapon. Its occurrence may have to do with dealing the fatal blow to the boss on the first few frames of the Flame Sword animation, however it is not absolutely certain this is the case as the glitch is very rare and hard to recreate intentionally.

Gallery

References

Content from Mega Man 8
Bosses
Grenade ManAstro Man
Enemies
Shell'nBunby Tank DXJoe ClassicSurumakerHannya AttackerCrunchranFire MetFire Met SpawnerWall TeckRabbitonPenpen EVBig Telly
Weapons
Mega BallTornado HoldFlash BombThunder ClawFlame Sword
Level objects
Thunder Claw PoleTNTAstro GateAstro ButtonAstro Reset Button