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Death Ruins
340px-Shadow death ruins
Appearances and Overview
First appearance

Shadow the Hedgehog
(First and only appearance)

Stage theme(s)

Ancient ruins theme

Previous stage

Hero
Circus Park

Next stage

Dark
Space Gadget
Hero
Lost Impact

Characters
(story mode)
Level number

4

Number of acts

1

Boss fight

Black Bull

Death Ruins is a stage in the game Shadow the Hedgehog. Death Ruins is one of the five fourth stages and can be only reached by completing the Hero mission of Circus Park.

Story

After helping Tails pilfer Dr. Eggman's ill-gotten rings, Shadow follows the Black Arms into the forest, where are cut off from their reinforcements. Despite all the assistance Shadow has given G.U.N. in this and previous levels to reach the Pure Hero path, the GUN Commander remains unswervingly convinced of the hedgehog's evil intent, and instructs his soldiers to use all tactical weapons in hunting him down.

On arriving in the heavily terraformed Death Ruins, Shadow runs into Rouge, who is putting her secret agent duties on hold to join the regular G.U.N. army in fighting the aliens. The Black Arms appear to be on the run, but Doom's Eye tells a different story: their retreat is simply a tactical withdrawal off the surface now that the Arms' planetside objectives are complete. The alien leader commands Shadow to simply join his troops in evading the human counter-offensive. The player then chooses to either escape with Doom's Eye or help Rouge eliminate the Black Creatures.

Regardless of which path Shadow takes, Doom makes his first hints at his final plans for humanity at the end of the stage, and the associated "Ritual of Prosperity", at the end of the stage. He then releases the Black Bull upon Shadow.

Missions

Dark

Annihilate the GUN forces!

Guide: Doom's Eye

Objective: Reach the Goal Ring.

Tips: Although it will affect your final score, defeating Black Arms will fill your Hero gauge, allowing you to use Chaos Control. You should also use the Triangle Jump whenever possible.

Ranking:

A ≥ 35,000 points
B 32,000 points
C 25,000 points
D 10,000 points
E < 10,000 points

Leads to: Space Gadget

Normal

There is no Normal mission for Death Ruins.

Hero

Drive off the black aliens!

Guide: Rouge

Objective: Kill the 50 Black Arms in the stage.

Tips: At each checkpoint, you should have these many Black Arms defeated:

  • Checkpoint 2: 06/50
  • Checkpoint 3: 10/50
  • Checkpoint 4: 19/50
  • Checkpoint 5: 36/50

Rouge will occasionally alert you when there are Black Arms off the beaten path.

Ranking:

A ≥ 32,000 points
B 29,000 points
C 23,000 points
D 10,000 points
E < 10,000 points

Leads to: Lost Impact

Boss: Black Bull

Boss's Affiliation: Black Arms

Guide: Rouge

Tips: As in Lethal Highway, Black Bull's weak spot is the eye. Kill a Black Arms soldier to take its gun, then jump on a spring up to the rail. Shooting at Black Bull will fill up the Hero gauge quickly, allowing you to slow time with Chaos Control.

Ranking:

Rank Time (Mins)
A ≤ 2:00
B 2:30
C 3:00
D 3:30
E > 3:30

Behind the Secret Door

A room that contains grindrails. Grinding along the rails enables Shadow to get rings and other items such as extra lives, once the player reached the end of the path there will be a warp hole that teleports the player back to the Secret Door.

Trivia

  • Part of the music can be heard in one of the (Blur Studios) CG scene trailer for Shadow the Hedgehog.
  • At one point. a G.U.N soldier says, "Mr. Yuji Naka is all right," as a reference to Yuji Naka, the former head of Sonic Team.

Sources

  • Prima Official Game Guide for Shadow the Hedgehog
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