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Model A Biometal
Model A
"C'mon, let's go make Albert tell us everything he knows. And yeah, we can do heroic rescues along the way!"
—Model A

Model A- 'The Copy Mega Man'

History

Model A gets its name from Master Albert, who created Model A as his personal back-up system. By defeating powerful enemies, Model A absorbs the DNA Core into its database, allowing the user to access the new form and its powers, albeit at a somewhat limited scale. The DS touchscreen allows for instant transformations without the need to scroll through forms first by simply touching the icons. The in-story explanation is that it is a backup system for Albert as the Zero series does not acknowledge or allude Axl's existence at all. This is most likely because Mega Man Zero was released two years earlier than Mega Man X7, the game in which Axl made his debut. Also, Biometal Model A is the only Biometal who has different sprites for each main protagonists.

Appearance

Compared to the other Biometals, Model A seems a bit older in appearance. Model A himself is a triangular shape with a black and white coloration and the standard "face" on the front. In place of a jewel is a bolt with a line-shaped dent on it. When Megamerged, the user gains dark blue and light gray armor with red accents and a red and dark blue chestplate. The arms resemble the ones used on older generation Reploids having the standard wrist ring on them as well as on the ankles and lacks any sort of jewel on them. The helmet is mostly black with a two-pronged red crest with yellow horns extending further from their end and the bolt from Model A is situated on the center. The bolt itself turns and glows whenever Megamerging or A-Trans is used. A pair of large retractable holsters are located on the waist where they can open up and reveal the hand cannons that come equipped with the Biometal. Lastly, users retain their unique trait whenever Megamerged; Grey keeps his red wires and the helmet forms a hole for where Ashe's long hair can flow. While the overall look resembles Axl and despite the Biometal's advanced abilities, it appears to resemble something much older than the other Biometals.

Power and Abilities

This Biometal's Mega Man form allows the use of twin hand cannons, as well as the A-Trans copy ability, in the use of DNA Cores. Unlike other Biometals, Model A's Weapon Energy is perpetual as it can continually regenerate over time without the need of Weapon Energy items.

Attacks available include the powerful Charge Shot, the before-mentioned A-Trans ability, and the Homing Shot, an attack capable of targeting up to eight enemies over a reasonable range. However, unlike Vent and Aile, the hand cannon's shots differ greatly on who is using them. Grey's Buster Shot can fire up to three shots and his charged attack fires an energy orb similar to that of Model X's first fully charged shot. Ashe's Laser Shot can fire up to two larger and more powerful shots; when partially charged it becomes the Charge Laser; and her fully charged attack, Reflect Laser, fires a thick, powerful laser beam that reflects on surfaces, similar to the Gemini Laser. Grey's Homing Shots have a wider range and fires up to eight shots on screen, while Ashe's range is more narrow, but longer and fires a single energy torrent that travels from target to target. Model A can also perform the Giga Crush technique, flinging out both pistols in a flurry of bullet fire.

Because of Model A's status as a backup system for Master Albert, it also possessed five ciphers, which would activate after dealing battle with Mega Men and absorbing their DNA cores and reveal data on Master Albert's plans to the biomatch for Model A, a process that's also extremely painful. It's also implied that any Mega Men who fail to retreat prior to the Model A Mega Man absorbing the DNA core of the defeated Mega Men are also exposed to the information as well, as evidenced by Model ZX being exposed to the details of the final cipher regarding the cumulation of Albert's final plans.

A-Trans Abilities

By obtaining DNA cores, Model A can mimic the forms of enemy characters, allowing use of their attacks.

Boss Image Description
Buckfire the Gaxelleroid ZXABuckfire In this A-Trans form, access to a series of agility attacks is unlocked, including a diving kick that can destroy certain boxes. This is the fastest for travel in the game as the player is always in a dashing motion while moving.
Chronoforce the Xiphosuroid Chronoforce In this A-Trans form, the player can move freely through water (similar to Model L), and fire icicles. His hide is completely invulnerable to all forms of offense. In addition, he possesses an electronic-disrupting technique called 'Time Bomb' that gives the sensation of slowing down time. Chronoforce is rendered immobile if not in water, but can still use Time Bomb combined with his hide makes his ability just as ideal on the ground.
Rospark the Floroid ZXARospark In this A-Trans form, the player can climb ropes, shoot Rose Stingers, and use his whips to attack enemies on ground or attached to poles or electrify them with a charged attack as well as airborne enemies. On the ground, Rospark remains in an extremely slow-moving bulb form, while his true power blossoms in flower form whenever attached to a pole.
Argoyle & Ugoyle the Shisaroids ZXAShisaroids In this A-Trans form, the player controls Argoyle and attacks with AR Bombs, spherical weapons that explode after ricocheting. This form can 'infinite dash' and summon Ugoyle as a 'ghost' player that follows all over the player's movements and is invulnerable to harm. In addition, Ugoyle is not affected by terrain and can retrieve items in out-of-reach areas. There is a special monthly unlockable chip which changes the form's AR Bombs into soccer balls.
Queenbee the Hymenopteroid ZXAKaizemine In this A-Trans form, the user can fly into the air to collect items previously inaccessible. The player is also able to carry objects larger than itself, usually by pulling it from underground.
Hedgeshock the Erinaceroid Hedgeshock In this A-Trans form, the character can roll through small spaces without having to transform into their human form (very much like Sonic's spin abilities) and can cut through obstacles while doing so. She also has access to a Rakuhouha-like attack.
Vulturon the Condoroid ZXACondorrock In this A-Trans form, the ability to stick to walls and weights to move them is available. The user is able to hover in the air until Biometal energy runs out.
Bifrost the Crocoroid Bifrost the crocoroid In this A-Trans form, the user gains a drastic size increase. Bifrost can attack with buzz-saws that deals multiple hits. Its other attack includes Ice Fangs that fire ice shards while the mouth is completed extended, giving the user limited invulnerability with the mouth. It also has two attacks not listed in the move list screen: Tail Swing, which flings enemies away while turning the opposite direction; and crushing enemies while falling to the ground or landing on them. This form's jaws are strong enough to destroy certain blocks.
Aeolus - Model H AeolusModelH As a copy of Aeolus using the Model H Biometal, this A-Trans form allows the use of the same abilities of Model HX in the first Mega Man ZX game, including Enemy Analyzing.
Atlas - Model F AtlasModelF As a copy of Atlas using the Model F Biometal, this A-Trans form allows the use of the same abilities of Model FX in the first Mega Man ZX game, including Buster Edit.
Thetis - Model L ThetisModelL As a copy of Thetis using the Model L Biometal, this A-Trans form allows the use of the same abilities of Model LX in the first Mega Man ZX game, including Item Searching.
Siarnaq - Model P SiarnaqModelP As a copy of Siarnaq using the Model P Biometal, this A-Trans form allows the use of the same abilities of Model PX in the first Mega Man ZX game, including Night Scope and attacking enemies on the touch screen.
Vent/Aile - Model ZX Vent ZX Alie ZX Imitating Vent/Aile in the Model ZX form is available. The abilities of Model ZX from the previous Mega Man ZX game are available for use, as well as a character-specific ability for Grey and Ashe that was not featured in the first ZX game. Grey's (Aile's) character-specific ability in Aile's form is 'Energy Fissure' ('Fission' in the English version), a downward stab move that spews forth rocks on impact, while Ashe's (Vent's) form is 'Rising Fang', which consists of a jumping upper slash and a saber-wave projectile (distinct from a Sonic Boom in that it does not penetrate enemies or obstacles). However, only the boss can link up this attack with the standard three-hit combo.

Ciphers

As noted above, if a Model A Mega Man defeated another Mega Man, a cipher is unlocked, with the process being painful for both the Mega Man and, should he/she not escape before it is unlocked, the opposing Mega Man.

Cipher 1

????: EXTRACTING FROM CODE AW15 TO CE70. EXPANDING REPORT DATA. ......Congratulations. The Model A which I created is protected by a cipher that is broken only in battle. You, who broke the first cipher, are worthy to know its truth and power. Through my research of the lost technology, I have created a key to unlock the door to a new evolution. Biometal Model W... He who holds it, will hold the power to rule the world. But it will take much time before people will finally appreciate my work. Sacrifices are necessary to awaken Model W. Model Ws which I have hidden throughout the world are waiting to be awakened. Waiting for when the one who understands my work appears, to receive the power.

Cipher 2

????: EXTRACTING FROM CODE CE71 TO FC60. EXPANDING REPORT DATA. ...You who have broken the second cipher now stand at a fateful crossroads. If you continue to read this data, there is no turning back. You too are part of this plan. Biometal has the ability to give its "Chosen One" superhuman powers and combine to become a new lifeform. This combination results in a Megamerge, the transformation into a Mega Man. I've decided to select a new Chosen One suitable for Model W, the next step in evolution. Finding a suitable candidate in this world is nearly impossible. But I can do it, because as one of the Legion's Sage Trinity, I know everything about the world...

Cipher 3

????: EXTRACTING FROM CODE FC61 TO UC79. EXPANDING REPORT DATA. In order to find a Biomatch for Biometal Model W, first I created sibling Reploids. As well as giving them a portion of Model W's power, I gave them 1 commandment. That was to determine the most powerful Mega Man. A commandment to Biomatch each of my Chosen Ones to a Biometal. And have them fight until only one of them was left. The survivor of this contest will attain the power of Model W, and become the ultimate Mega Man. Yes, the new King of the world, the Mega Man King.

Cipher 4

????: EXTRACTING FROM CODE UC80 TO AC195. EXPANDING REPORT DATA. The power of Biometal isn't something to be had by just anyone. It's a power which should only be obtained by a Chosen One, one with the ability to change the world. I devised this cipher to lock away the power of the Biometal. A cipher that would allow only the Chosen One to unleash its power. In other words, it's locked to its Biomatch. All Reploids have come to Legion to have their life-cycle setting checked. I made sure that every Reploid I inspected was infused with my DNA. That is the key to the cipher, the proof of being the Chosen One. Yes, by viewing this data, you now have within you my DNA.

Cipher 5

????: EXTRACTING FROM CODE AC196 TO TC2343. EXPANDING REPORT DATA. This is the last cipher. You, who knows all about the plan. You have earned the right to receive the ultimate Biometal. Sleeping Model Ws everywhere feed on the fear of humans, waiting for their day of awakening. And when all Model Ws have combined, the ultimate Biometal will be born. Its name will be Ouroboros... The who holds the Ouroboros will evolve beyond the mere fusion of man and machine. What I seek is to become the ultimate Mega Man. My name is Master Albert. And I decide how things are going to be. You, who will usher in a new way of life in a new world... I hope that one day my research will pave the way to a new course of evolution.


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Trivia

  • It is interesting to note that Model A's overall triangular shape resembles an upside down version of the Model W used by Serpent and Albert to Megamerge, a clever allusion to its 'predecessor'.
  • Model A has a very perverted personality in the ZXA Manga.
  • Model A could actually be a Biometal based on Axl, instead of Albert, as he claims, as the Model is "A", he can A-Trans, similar to Axl's Copy Chip transformation, and has a similar color scheme.


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