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"... You're so naive. ... Listen closely. I let the Sky Lagoon fall! And I'd do it again! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!"
―Magma Dragoon, Mega Man X4

Magma Dragoon, known as Magmard Dragoon (マグマード・ドラグーン?) in Japan, is a dragon-based Reploid who appears in Mega Man X4. Once a member of the 14th Grapple Combat Unit he betrayed the Maverick Hunters, becoming a Maverick himself, all for a chance to duel with X and Zero.

History

Under the promise of obtaining what he desired most, he followed Sigma's orders and sabotaged the power generator of the floating colony, Sky Lagoon causing it to crash onto the city below it. This not only killed probably thousands of innocent civilians, but resulted in Repliforce (who were on patrol in the area at the time) being blamed for the incident, pushing General into starting a bid for Reploid independence which in turn was viewed as a coup d'état by the Maverick Hunters. When defeated, he apologizes for his actions, stating how he had always dreamed of fighting X/Zero, and that "a mysterious man" offered him that chance, which he simply could not refuse.

Strategy

X can defeat him easily with Double Cyclone. Zero on the other hand will have a much harder time, and will have to get creative in order to damage him with the Raijingeki. When encountering him, if the player can manage to bring the Ride Armor with close to full health, it may be possible to defeat Magma Dragoon before the Ride Armor is destroyed. Otherwise, probably the safest (but still dangerous) strategy is to cling to the right wall as much as possible only coming down to attack or to possibly avoid a Shoryuken or the fireballs he throws in to the lava under the wall to make the lava erupt (which will result in death if touched). If on the ground the player will have to either dash or jump over his Hadoukens. When he hunches over and opens his mouth, he's preparing to unleash a long stream of fire; this can be avoided by jumping over him, by climbing up the wall, or if playing as X and have gained the Fourth Armor Leg Parts from Web Spider's stage, hover. Dragoon will also perform a flaming downward kick, which is easily avoided by dashing under him. When his health is down to half, Dragoon will rear back and roar, causing large fire balls to rain down from the ceiling; afterwards he will continue on with his normal attack patterns.

Most bosses show the ability that the player will gain during the battle. For X, his Rising Fire is a fusion between Dragoon's Hadoken and Shoryuken. Zero's Ryuenjin is very similar to the Shoryuken as well, as he nearly does an uppercut action with his Z-Saber.

Data

Stage description: Dragoon of the 14th unit is a traitor. Locate and bring him back to Hunter H.Q..

Stage enemies


Powers & Abilities

It should be noted that Magma Dragoon's fighting style is very similar to Ryu, Ken, Sagat, Akuma, and Adon (to a lesser extent) from the Street Fighter series.

  • Hadoken (波動拳) - Magma Dragoon releases between 1-3 fireballs from his hands saying the word "Hadoken" while standing or kneeling. This move is similar to Sagat's High and Low Tiger Shot.
  • Shoryuken/Rising Fire (ライジングファイア) - Magma Dragoon uses a fiery jumping uppercut and says Shoryuken. This move is similar to Ken's Hado Shoryuken.
  • Dive Kick (急降下) - A diving kick similar to Akuma's Tenmakujinkyaku or Adon's Jaguar Tooth.
  • Fire Pillar Attack (火柱攻撃) - Magma Dragoon throws a fireball in one of the corners of the area to rise the lava.
  • Flame Attack (火炎攻撃) - Magma Dragoon releases several fireballs from his mouth.
  • Flame Bullet (炎弾) - When his health is reduced by half, Magma Dragoon releases several fireballs in the area.

Dialogues

When Playing as X

X: You're Dragoon from the 14th unit!


Dragoon: This isn't good, X! That Maverick just destroyed the power reactor!


X: What?! Then the Sky Lagoon will... come crashing into the ground!


Dragoon: It's too late, X! It's time I made my escape. I suggest you do the same... don't do anything reckless on the way out, okay?


X: The city below will become a sea of flames. Many people will perish... I have no choice but to escape from here and head to the city below!

Dragoon: X... You've arrived.


X: Dragoon! Why did you betray the H.Q.!?


Dragon: Heh... You'll have to defeat me first.


X: But... We're allies!


Dragoon: ... You're so naive. ... Listen closely. I let the Sky Lagoon fall! And I'd do it again! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!


X: No! Those were innocent people! You're not Dragoon! Just a Maverick!


Dragoon: You got that right! Power up X! It's time you showed me what you can do!

Dragoon: ... You... are... strong... X...


X: Such a waste... Why Dragoon?


Dragoon: ... Always... wanted... to fight... you. ...Then ...he ... appeared ... and


X: He appeared? Who?!


Dragoon: ...told me to work for Repliforce. To goad you into fighting...


X: You did it just so you could fight me?


Dragoon: ... was worth it... for a final duel...


X: Dragoon!!!

When Playing as Zero

Zero: Dragoon!? You're in the 14th unit. Why...?


Dragoon: This doesn't look good, Zero! That Maverick took out the power!


Zero: What! Then the Sky Lagoon will... come crashing into the ground!


Dragoon: Yes... and destroy the entire city.


Zero: We have to do something!


Dragoon: It's too late. I must escape now. You'd best do the same, Zero...


Zero: Damn! If the Sky Lagoon falls... it will be disastrous! There's no time... I'm going down!

Dragoon: Zero... It's really you!


Zero: Why did you betray us?!


Dragoon: .........


Zero: Answer me, Dragoon!


Dragoon: I have no answer for you my friend.


Zero: Dragoon!

Dragoon: ...I ...wanted ...to ... defeat... you... ...Then ..he ...appeared...


Zero: He? Who!?


Dragoon: ...He ...told me... he'd give me power.. only if I worked... for Repliforce...


Zero: ...What!?


Dragoon: I couldn't... refuse the offer... Sorry Zero...


Zero: ...Dragoon!!!

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Trivia

  • The battle with Dragoon is the first time in the series where players are allowed to bring a Ride Armor into the battle.
  • Magma Dragoon is the first Maverick in the X series to be based on a mythological or fantasy creature.
  • He is thought to be a tribute to the Street Fighter series, using both "Hadōken" and "Shōryūken". His appearance as a dragon further tips towards a tribute to that series, where the ryū in Shōryūken translates to "dragon". Ken's signature move, the Fierce Shōryūken, is mirrored by Zero's Ryuenjin. His dive kick also bears some resemblance to Akuma's Tenmakuujinkyaku (Sky Demon Air Blade Leg).
    • The bead structure around Magma Dragoon's neck is similar to the prayer beads worn by the Street Fighter character Akuma.
    • There is a small plate under Dragoon's chest, which bears the "Heaven/Sky" symbol (天), the same symbol also appears on Akuma's back.
    • The ridges above Dragoon's eyes resemble the signature bushy eyebrows of Ryu and Ken as they were drawn for Street Fighter II. This art style is also evoked by Dragoon's fixed downward scowl.
  • A digitized emulation of him appears as the boss of the training stage in Mega Man X5. If external cheating devices (that enables Special Weapon usage) are used, it is found he has a weakness, that being the Spike Ball (hitting him with it makes him react as though he'd been hit with a Double Cyclone and also shows a Double Cyclone flying around him). However, the damage this attack will do to Dragoon is much smaller than when hit with your native weapons. Also, Zero's technique equivalent, the Twin Dream, does not have the same exact effect on Dragoon as with Spike Ball under the exact same conditions.
  • In Mega Man X8, when Zero has the K-Knuckle equipped, his Enkoujin is changed into a downwards flaming kick (Enkoukyaku), which is similar to a move Dragoon performs in Mega Man X4. However, it is actually similar to what Burn Rooster uses while crying out "Enkoujin!" in Mega Man X8.
  • Magma Dragoon's descriptive screen after selecting him on the stage select screen is the only time the Maverick Hunters are referred to as the "Irregular Hunters" in a localized version of an X title. This is likely a localization oversight. 
  • Despite having a desire to fight X or Zero, Dragoon's demeanor is different depending on who it is; he seems cold and hateful towards X (although it could be taken as him trying to goad the normally peaceful X into fighting), while maintaining a friendly respect for Zero, presumably an identical desire expressed by Sigma himself when he turned Maverick.
  • Magma Dragoon is the only stage-level Maverick Boss in Mega Man X4 (or the series in its entirety) to have post-battle dialogue.
    • Also is the only Maverick Boss that does not give X/Zero a victory pose before leaving the stage.
    • On a similar note, the post-battle dialogue Magma Dragoon gave to X/Zero would be a precursor to the Mega Man Zero Series in which most Mavericks would have post battle dialogue when defeated.


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