The first boss in Armored Core 6 is a giant PCA heavy combat helicopter, and though it may initially seem intimidating, there are strategies you can employ to bring it down. Armed with only a weak and uncustomized Armored Core, you’ll have to make smart use of the tools at your disposal.
When facing the helicopter, it’s important to remember that it has a greater arsenal than the MTs and drones you’ve encountered thus far. It will attack with a barrage of guns and missiles, but the key is to stay in the air to avoid the more damaging ground explosions caused by missile hits. Keep your boosters activated to maneuver around the ground while allowing your energy to recharge, and take to the air whenever a high-pitched siren warns you of an incoming attack.
Your Armored Core is equipped with a machine gun, missiles, and a pulse sword. Use these weapons strategically to weaken the helicopter’s ACS (Armor Core System) and deal critical damage. Start by using your assault boost to close the gap and strike the helicopter with a pulse sword combo while airborne. Then, allow your energy to recover by turning off the boosters, unleash your missiles, and fire a magazine of rounds at the target. This should stagger the helicopter, allowing you to follow up with another devastating pulse sword combo.
Repeat this strategy of attacking, dodging missile barrages, and countering with your own assault until the boss is defeated. Remember to maintain an aggressive playstyle, as the ACS will recover over time. Stick to the offense and hit the helicopter with everything you’ve got.
By employing these tactics, you’ll be able to take down the first boss in Armored Core 6 in no time. And if you’re struggling, don’t worry—there are plenty of beginner tips and tricks available to help you improve your skills in the game.
Issy van der Velde