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Force Metals

Concept art of different Force Metals.

Force Metal (フォースメタル Fōsu Metaru?) is a mineral of extraterrestrial origin that has the power to boost the strength and intellect of Reploids, and is a large premise in the plot of Mega Man X: Command Mission. They are generally refined in a small hexagonal form.

History

Force Metal was discovered in the year 22XX when a meteor landed in the Pacific Ocean. The government was intrigued with its potential, and built the giant island of Giga City near the meteor crash site for the explicit purpose of mining Force Metal, and carry out research and development on its properties and uses. Soon, efforts toward the creation of advanced Reploids that use Force Metal started. However, it has the side-effect of causing Maverick-like symptoms in Reploids who overuse it.

Supra-Force Metal

Force metal

Ferham holding the last Supra-Force Metal.

During the Rebellion uprising, a new type of Force Metal, Supra-Force Metal (超フォースメタル Chou Fōsu Metaru?), was created. Supra-Force Metal has 10,000 times more energy than normal Force Metal, requiring "a ton" of Force Metals to be used in its creation. The specifics of what it does exactly have never been expanded upon, but it seems to basically super-power everything about the Reploid who equips it, as evident by the fragments and remarks by the villains.

Supra-Force Metal serves as the primary motivation for both sides after Chapter 7 of Mega Man X: Command Mission, with the Rebellion attempting to use it to prepare a missile warhead armed with it and X's team trying to stop them. Only two samples of Supra-Force Metal are seen, one as the initial warhead payload and the other used by Epsilon. Professor Gaudile mentions that the release of the Supra-Force Metal energy from the missile would have created "a mass of Mavericks" over half of the planet. Eventually, Colonel Redips acquires both samples for himself to build his Great Redips body and begin his attempt at universal conquest. After his defeat, one is destroyed with him and the other by Ferham's self-destruction. Small fragments of the metal are also used by Shadow, Incentas and Botos in earlier chapters.

While only used by the enemies, it's possible to steal two fragments of Supra-Force Metal from Great Redips to use post-game. They are the only Force Metals to have the maximum Erosion rating of 99 and require Erosion reducing equipment to use.

Equipment

Force Metals can alter the abilities of Reploids who use it, such as increased stats, resistance to certain elements and negative statuses, and so forth. In Mega Man X: Command Mission, it is used as a form of equipment, similar to accessories from other RPGs. Each Reploid can only equip a certain number of Force Metals. X, Axl and Spider can equip the most at four, while Steel Massimo can only handle two. Zero, Marino and Cinnamon can equip three.

Each character has a Force Metal Erosion stat that increases when they level up. The stat varies greatly between characters with Cinnamon having the most and Zero with the least. As long as the combined Erosion rating of the equipped Force Metals equals or is less than the character's Erosion stat, everything is fine. Going over the amount causes Force Metal Hazard, resulting in massive LE or WE Gain cuts in battle, which only become more severe the more the Erosion rating is gone over.

There is a total of 92 Force Metal types in the game, most of which can be bought in shops, obtained from enemies, and created with the Force Metal Generator (once Cinnamon joins).

Force Metal Generator

FMGMenu

Cinnamon with a Force Metal created in the FMG menu

The Force Metal Generator, FMG for short, is Professor Gaudile's creation, Cinnamon.

To refine a Force Metal, Cinnamon needs Force Metal Energy (FME) and the ingredients shown in the recipe, which can include normal items, sub weapons and Force Metals. FME can be obtained by defeating enemies after Cinnamon joins the party, each enemy giving a different amount of FME, like Zenny and EXP. Also, Final Strikes increases the amount of FME obtained after the battle.

Some recipes need to be unlocked first by completing the requirement show in its description, and 15 Force Metals are unrefinable. Cinnamon can also only refine some Force Metals when she reaches a certain level.

List of Force Metals

Force Metal Force Metal Generator
Force Metal Erosion Effect Required Level FME Used Ingredients Requirement to Create
LE +1003 Increases max. LE by 100.5100 Reboot
WE +5
LE +3008 Increases max. LE by 300.10500 Reboot
WE +5
LE +50012 Increases max. LE by 500.153000 Backup
2 WE +10
Fight at least 250 battles.
LE +100020 Increases max. LE by 1000.3030000 Backup
Build LE
Gain WE +10
Fight at least 500 battles.
WE +52 Increases initial WE by 5.550 Reboot
LE +100
WE +103 Increases initial WE by 10.10150 Reboot
LE +300
Gain WE +5
(WEゲイン+5)
10 Additional 5 WE gained by turn.201000 Backup
LE +100
WE +5
Complete 10 play hours.
Gain WE +10
(WEゲイン+10)
18 Additional 10 WE gained by turn.305000 Backup
LE +300
Gain WE +5
Complete 15 play hours.
Gain WE +25
(WEゲイン+25)
40 Additional 25 WE gained by turn.4050000 Backup
Build LE
Gain WE+10
LE +1000
Complete 20 play hours.
Power +1
(パワー+1)
3 Increases Power by 1.1100 Boost Power
Speed +1
Power +3
(パワー+3)
8 Increases Power by 3.10500 Boost Power
Speed +3
Inflict 3000 or more damage in 1 turn.
Power +5
(パワー+5)
12 Increases Power by 5.203000 Boost Power
Speed +5
Inflict 5000 or more damage in 1 turn.
Power +10
(パワー+10)
20 Increases Power by 10.3030000 Boost Power
Build Speed
Speed +5
Inflict 10000 or more damage in 1 turn.
Armor +1
(アーマー+1)
2 Increases Armor by 1.160 Boost Armor
Shield +1
Armor +3
(アーマー+3)
5 Increases Armor by 3.8300 Boost Armor
Shield +3
Defeat over 200 enemies in total.
Armor +5
(アーマー+5)
8 Increases Armor by 5.161800 Boost Armor
Shield +5
Defeat over 400 enemies in total.
Armor +10
(アーマー+10)
15 Increases Armor by 10.2418000 Boost Armor
Build Shield
Shield +5
Defeat over 600 enemies in total.
Shield +1
(シールド+1)
2 Increases Shield by 1.160 Boost Shield
Armor +1
Shield +3
(シールド+3)
5 Increases Shield by 3.8300 Boost Shield
Armor +3
Defeat 30 enemy types (excluding bosses).
Shield +5
(シールド+5)
8 Increases Shield by 5.161800 Boost Shield
Armor +5
Defeat 40 enemy types (excluding bosses).
Shield +10
(シールド+10)
15 Increases Shield by 10.2418000 Boost Shield
Build Armor
Armor +5
Defeat 50 enemy types (excluding bosses).
Speed +1
(スピード+1)
3 Increases Speed by 1.1100 Boost Speed
Power +1
Speed +3
(スピード+3)
8 Increases Speed by 3.10500 Boost Speed
Power +3
Obtain 15 or more Main Weapons.
Speed +5
(スピード+5)
12 Increases Speed by 5.203000 Boost Speed
Power +5
Obtain 30 or more Main Weapons.
Speed +10
(スピード+10)
20 Increases Speed by 10.3030000 Boost Speed
Build Power
Power +5
Obtain 70 or more Main Weapons.
Protect +1
(プロテクト+1)
4 Increases Armor and Shield by 1.1080 Boost Armor
Boost Shield
Armor +1
Shield +1
Protect +3
(プロテクト+3)
10 Increases Armor and Shield by 3.15400 Boost Armor
Boost Shield
Armor +3
Shield +3
Inflict at least 60 hits in a Final Strike.
Protect +5
(プロテクト+5)
16 Increases Armor and Shield by 5.202400 Boost Armor
Boost Shield
Armor +5
Shield +5
Inflict at least 100 hits in a Final Strike.
Protect +10
(プロテクト+10)
30 Increases Armor and Shield by 10.3024000 Boost Armor
Boost Shield
Armor +10
Shield +10
Inflict at least 180 hits in a Final Strike.
Full specs +1
(フルスペック+1)
6 Increases Power, Armor, Shield and Speed by 1.15300 Reboot
Power +1
Speed +1
Protect +1
Inflict at least 7500 damage in a Final Strike.
Full specs +3
(フルスペック+3)
15 Increases Power, Armor, Shield and Speed by 3.201500 Reboot
Power +3
Speed +3
Protect +3
Inflict at least 15000 damage in a Final Strike.
Full specs +5
(フルスペック+5)
24 Increases Power, Armor, Shield and Speed by 5.309000 Backup
Power +5
Speed +5
Protect +5
Inflict at least 100000 damage in a Final Strike.
Full specs +10
(フルスペック+10)
40 Increases Power, Armor, Shield and Speed by 10.4090000 Backup
Power +10
Speed +10
Protect +10
Inflict at least 200000 damage in a Final Strike.
Massimo Plus
(ザ・マッシモ)
10 (Massimo only) All abilities +1. Counterattacks against Combat and Shot attacks +25%. Unrefinable
Assassin Mind
(アサシンマインド)
15 Critical strike percentage +10131000 3 Boost Power
Eagle Eye
Eagle Eye
(アイポイント)
3 Hit ratio +10101000 3 Boost Speed
Assassin Mind
Fat Slicer
(ファットスライサー)
7 (Marino only) Combat and Shot dodge percentages +10 Unrefinable
Light as a Feather
(フェザーライト)
6 Combat and Shot dodge percentages +5153000 Boost Speed
Build Speed
Speed +1
SFM Fragment α
(超FMのかけらα)
99 Additional 50 WE gained by turn, recovers 10% of users LE each turn Unrefinable - "Constitution unknown, but this mere fragment greatly raises all parameters."
SFM Fragment β
(超FMのかけらβ)
99 Power, Armor and Shield +100, Speed +20 Unrefinable - "Constitution unknown, but this mere fragment greatly raises all parameters."
Fire Guard
(ファイアガード)
3 Reduces damage from Fire attacks5300 3 Mega Fire
Protect +1
A party member suffers a Fire attack
Fire Resist
(レジストファイア)
8 Reduces damage from Fire attacks153000 3 Ultra Fire
Protect +3
Cinnamon suffers a Fire attack
Reverse Fire
(リバースファイア)
16 Absorbs damage from Fire attacks Unrefinable
Water Guard
(ウォータガード)
3 Reduces damage from Water attacks5300 3 Mega Blizzard
Protect +1
A party member suffers a Water attack
Water Resist
(レジストウォータ)
8 Reduces damage from Water attacks153000 3 Ultra Blizzard
Protect +3
Cinnamon suffers a Water attack
Reverse Water
(リバースウォータ)
16 Absorbs damage from Water attacks Unrefinable
Thunder Guard
(サンダーガード)
3 Reduces damage from Thunder attacks5300 3 Mega Thunder
Protect +1
A party member suffers a Thunder attack
Thunder Resist
(レジストサンダー)
8 Reduces damage from Thunder attacks153000 3 Ultra Thunder
Protect +3
Cinnamon suffers a Thunder attack
Reverse Thunder
(リバースサンダー)
16 Absorbs damage from Thunder attacks Unrefinable
Virus Protection
(ウィルスチェック)
2 Resistance to Virus up380 3 Vaccine Program
LE +100
A party member is unaffected by Virus once
Virus Block
(ウィルスブロック)
5 Full resistance to Virus12400 Virus Missile
LE +300
A party member is Virus at least once
Bind Protection
(バインドチェック)
1 Resistance to Bind up380 3 Anti-lock
LE +100
A party member is unaffected by Bind once
Bind Block
(バインドブロック)
3 Full resistance to Bind12400 Tractor Net
LE +300
A party member is Bind at least once
Freeze Protection
(凍結チェック)
1 Resistance to Freeze up380 3 Warm-up
LE +100
A party member is unaffected by Freeze once
Freeze Block
(凍結ブロック)
3 Full resistance to Freeze12400 Cryogenic
LE +300
A party member is Freeze at least once
Berserk Protection
(暴走チェック)
1 Resistance to Berserk up380 3 Cooler
LE +100
A party member is unaffected by Berserk once
Berserk Block
(暴走ブロック)
3 Full resistance to Berserk12400 Cracker
LE +300
A party member is Berserk at least once
Blind Protection
(ブラインドチェック)
2 Resistance to Blind up380 3 Clear Vision
LE +100
A party member is unaffected by Blind once
Blind Block
(ブラインドブロック)
5 Full resistance to Blind12400 Smoke Missile
LE +300
A party member is Blind at least once
DOA Protection
(即死チェック)
2 Resistance to DOA up5100 Justice Missile
LE +100
A party member is unaffected by DOA once
DOA Block
(即死ブロック)
5 Full resistance to DOA15500 3 DOA Protection
LE +300
A party member is killed by DOA once
Firewall
(ファイアウォール)
15 Higher chance of retaining normal status203000 Liquid Suffocation
Chaff
Hacking
Discover all 6 recipes in the Status Effect series.
Block All
(オールブロック)
25 Full resistance to all status effects Unrefinable
Resist
(セーブアビリティ)
3 Resistance to ability loss +10% 10 1000 Rust Missile
Drill Missile
Melt Missile
Slime Missile
Super Resist
(ガードアビリティ)
15 Resistance to ability loss +30% 20 3000 2 Resist
Protect +3
The party has been subject to general ability loss attacks 30 times.
Infinite Resist
(キープアビリティ)
25 Full Resistance to ability loss Unrefinable
Minus Metal 10
(マイナスメタル10)
-10 Uses one slot and reduces Erosion by -10 points 201000 Self-repair
Unlock Limiter
Obtain at least 10 types of Force Metal.
Minus Metal 20
(マイナスメタル20)
-20 Uses one slot and reduces Erosion by -20 points 303000 2 Self-repair
Unlock Limiter
Obtain at least 20 types of Force Metal.
Auto Sub Tank
(オートサブタンク)
0 Automatically recovers LE once per battle with Life Gain 25 if LE is reduced to 1/4 201500 Build LE
LE +300
Vengeful Counter
Capacity of Sub Tank exceeds 600%.
Auto Recover
(オートリカバー)
0 Revives KO'ed character at the end of round with 25% of max LE 10 500 Reboot
Bait
Capacity of Sub Tank exceeds 800%.
Auto Barrier
(オートバリア)
10 10% chance of raising barrier when attacked 20 3000 Build Armor
Build Shield
Protect +3
Finish off at least 3 enemies with a counterattack.
Bluff
(ブラフ)
0 (Spider only) Can avoid one enemy attack during battle Unrefinable
ZERO Shift
(ZEROシフト)
13 (Zero only) Damage less than Level x 5 is reduced to 0 287000 Liquid Suffocation
Auto Barrier
Protect +3
Successfully input 16 consecutive commands for Zero's Command Arts.
X Heart
(Xハート)
0 (X only) X revives from KO once per battle with 10% LE Unrefinable
Decoy
(スペアボディ)
0 Revives KO'ed character with 25% of max LE. This Force Metal is disposed after usage 2500 Reboot
Backup
Obtain at least 30 Figures.
Parry Impact
(チェンジインパクト)
4 Each hit from an enemy attack recovers 1 WE 17 4000 Build WE
WE +5
Item Capture
Succeed at stealing enemy items at least 50 times.
End to All
(絶対ファイナル)
0 Normal attacks won't kill, Final Strike chance up 19 10000 FS Canceller
Justice Missile
Hawkeye
Activate Final Strike at least 100 times.
FS Canceller
(FSキャンセラー)
0 Automatically cancels Final Strike 7 300 Justice Missile
Eagle Eye
Activate Final Strike at least 50 times.
Analyzer
(アナライザー)
0 Adds "Analyze" to the Battle Menu when equipped unit is in front row Unrefinable
Learning Aid
(学習サポーター)
10 Adds an extra 5% to each EXP point earned in battle 16 5000 Get EXP +
Item Capture
Obtain over 70,000 EXP (Party total).
Caution
(けいかい)
0 Halves chance of enemy encounter 30 2000 Neutralizer -10
Attractor
Succeed in Run at least 10 times.
Attractor
(敵よせ)
0 Doubles chance of enemy encounter 4 100 2 Exodus Fight at least 30 consecutive battles without saving.
Initiative
(イニシアチブ)
0 Doubles chance of preemptive strike 21 500 Caution
Cutting Edge
Be hit by at least 30 enemy blitzkriegs.
Neutralizer -10
(中和メタル-10%)
-10% Uses one slot and reduces Erosion by 10% Unrefinable
Neutralizer -20
(中和メタル-20%)
-20% Uses one slot and reduces Erosion by 20% Unrefinable
Neutralizer -30
(中和メタル-30%)
-30% Uses one slot and reduces Erosion by 30% Unrefinable
Self-repair
(自己修復)
5 Restores 1% of LE per turn while in reserve 15 8000 Build LE
LE +300
Power Charge
Defeat at least 15 Preon-series enemies.
Exodus
(エクソダス)
0 Guarantees ability to flee from normal encounters 2 100 9 Boost Speed Fail to run once
Cutting Edge
(ワントップ)
5 Unit gets first attack every time 20 3000 Caution
Good Luck
Defeat the enemy "Mettaur Gigant".
Lucky Girl
(ラッキーガール)
5 (Cinnamon only) Increases Zenny gained in battle by 10% 35 10000 Good Luck
Get FME +
Use the FMG to refine at least 30 types of FM.
Good Luck
(グッドラック)
7 +3% chance of winning item in combat 10 700 Gain Hyper
Item Capture
Obtain the contents of at least 100 item boxes.
Monopoly
(ひとりじめ)
7 All battle EXP goes to a single character 35 99999 Learning Aid
Cutting Edge
Get EXP +
Obtain over 250.000 EXP (Party total).

Gallery

Trivia

  • A substance simply called Metals appear in Mega Man X8, but bear no relation to Force Metal as it had not yet been discovered at this point in the timeline.
  • The Force Metal Energy used in the Force Metal Generator was called DNA during development.[1]
  • After Ferham's self-destruction, there appear to be exactly 8 re-entry trails visible emanating from the blast: it is possible that it was done to leave a window in for a sequel, to power 8 new Mavericks/Robot Masters.

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