Jaguarandi (Japanese: ヤガランデ Yagarande) is a recurring, Virtuaroid-like entity seen in the lore of the Cyber Troopers Virtual-On series. It is fought as a boss in Operation Moongate, Force, and in MARZ.
It also appears in the comedy manga spin-off two-parter, Go Go! Funky Virtual-On School as the vice-principal.
During one of the many tests that the DN Corp. conducted to find prospective VR pilots with a high VOP rating, the consciousness of a young pilot was absorbed into a Raiden during the Reverse-Conversion process, mind-melding the controller and the machine. The result was a horror-inducing glitch and mutation in the M.S.B.S.'s gameplay. Should a player succeed in disengaging against the computers made to challenge the pilot, the bug will manifest itself in the form of a mutated Raiden known as Jaguarandi (pronounced "ya-ga-ran-dee"). This particular entity is armed to the teeth with a spreading laser and powerful homing explosives.
While the armament has been confirmed by reports, the Jaguarandi's size and appearance has varied greatly. Respective eyewitnesses testify to have seen it as red, green, and many other colours. Certain players claim it was as large as a battleship, while some swear blind it was as small as a Dorkas. Regardless of the specific details, one thing is certain; while Jaguarandi has proven to be significantly irritating to players of the M.S.B.S. control games, DN found it to be nothing more than a generic bug, and have no plans whatsoever to remove it from the program.
Phantom Beast Trooper Jaguarandi
The greatest, strongest, and most brutal God of Destruction ever encountered by mankind in the Virtual Century. Taking a form similar to a VR, it appeared without its true nature being clear and both size and ability deviate greatly from that category.
Unfortunately, details on the actual condition of this machine have not been clarified yet. Since there are no development records in any of the existing plants, the theory that it is another sort of VR-like figure has more credence in recent years. In V.C.0090, although there was a theory that Anbel IV was somehow involved in the development of this machine, the truth is not certain.
By the end of V.C.009f, DNA, which entered the center of the 4th Plant in a campaign to regain control of it from Drammen, suffered catastrophic damage. Many surviving DNA soldiers from the disaster, which is referred to as the "Scourge of Jaguarandi", were reduced to a vegetable-like state with their consciousness lost, but there were a few healthy individuals among them. According to their testimony, the unit encountered an "illusion of Jaguarandi" within the plant. Generally, this was regarded as the first sighting of this machine.
Even by analogy from limited data, the machine possessed explosive attack power unmatched by any existing weapons. Its drive to destruction is indiscriminate, exerting devastating power, even if it is due to the illusion. Its fury is well-proven in Wild Launcher V.C.a5.
As it stands, no reports were made that the machine works after it is fully materialized. However, it is said that if such a thing were to happen, both the Earth and the entire Solar System would collapse in an instant.
"What is the Scourge of Jaguarandi?"
In general, the incident known as the "Scourge of Jaguarandi" occcurred in the 4th Plant by the end of V.C.009f. It was at the time that DNA entered into the center of the 4th Plant to recapture it, only to suffer catastrophic damage to their forces. *It was later that VCa's OMG had converged, that the DNA that entered the center for the recruitment of the plant suffered catastrophic devastation, as DN company It is speculated that the following situation occurred by linking fragmentary information after bankruptcy.
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In the central area of the ancient ruins, the central building of the 4th Plant, there was a huge V-Crystal, which would later be known as the Earth Crystal. When the incoming corps. witnessed its grandeur as the forefront of the recapture operation, all DNA troops that were deployed inside and outside of the plant ceased all communications at once.
Most of the rescued survivors had lost consciousness and were left in a vegetative state, but there were a few healthy individuals among them. According to their testimony, the unit encountered an "illusion of Jaguarandi" within the plant. They were frightened by their fears, and told their parts of the story in fragmented words.
"I cannot believe it...I cannot believe it...I do not think I can believe it when I told you this...There is a huge quartz crystal on the circular platform of the ruins' central area ...and more! Besides ...! What should I say...? What on earth are you? Is that huge illusion...?"
"...I did not listen to anything and I could not see anything. But...something that I don't understand something is deep inside my heart...There is a dull pain like suddenly stabbing... ...,right after that, I felt like my own consciousness spreading all at once...I am desperate to stay trampled It was. After that, I do not remember anything..."
"... At that time, I heard. Indeed, I think that it was a boy's scream. That voice is "Jaguarandi!" I think I was screaming..."
There several other soldiers who heard similar words to what was mentioned in the above statement. Their testimonies taken together, the scream of the problem seemed to be a question of content; "011...? Jaguarandi, you're whole...!" However, it has not been clarified yet as to who the boy is, and it is not yet clear whether the owner of the voice is actually a boy or not.
Initially, what they saw and heard was thought to be hallucinations due to the severe Virtual-On phenomenon that was inadvertently caused by careless intrusion into the Earth Crystal's sphere of influence.
However, as time went on, it became realized that there are many aspects that cannot be necessarily said. In fact, even in Wild Launcher V.C.a5, the illusion of Jaguarandi is emerging in the SBRV Forbidden Zone that spreads around the 4th Plant. This phenomenon is presumed to be caused by a Moon Crystal in V.C.009f and a semi-awakened Earth Crystal acting as a catalyst. But hard evidence of this has not been found yet. However, if this hypothesis is correct, then there is the possibility that Jaguarandi may become completely materialized when the Earth Crystal fully awakens in earnest. This is a disastrous situation that would lead to the devastation of the Earth and humankind.
Technical Specifications - Operation Moongate
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Statistics - Operation Moongate
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Other - Operation Moongate
- Stage: Penalty Stage - Secret Base
- BGM: Alice in the Wonderland
- Nickname (Virtuaroid Technical Manual): the Punisher, Trespassing into the Secret Base
- Introductory Text (Virtuaroid Technical Manual): CAUTION: Those who think that nightmares are just dreams do not know about JAGUARANDI at all.
Jaguarandi returns in Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Force, as massive and ferocious as ever, as well as more agile.
With the threat of the Phantom Beast Trooper looming as it began manifesting from the old M.S.B.S. v3.33 control terminals, L'ln Plajiner developed the VR-011 Guarayakha for the express purpose of capturing and containing Jaguarandi so that humanity could study it.
However, much like with the VR-017 Ice Doll (the prototype of the SGV-417 Angelan), this ended in failure. Jaguarandi proved too powerful to be contained, so it used the Guarayakha as a conduit to materialize into the physical world. When the transformation became reversed, the Guarayakha was left non-functional with its pilot having been killed in the incident. Nonetheless, the Guarayakha was put into production as the TG-11-M Guarayakha, which is capable of transforming into a smaller version of Jaguarandi.
It also appears as a boss in Cyber Troopers Virtual-On MARZ, in both the Challenge Mode and the Dramatic Mode.
In some cases, in both Force and MARZ, the player would fight not one, but TWO of Jaguarandis at the same time, presenting an even tougher challenge if they're going it alone.
Jaguarandi comes with new combative capabilities for Force and MARZ. First is its RW, the Buster R, which fires very large beam shots with homing capabilities that can knock down any opponent. Then there is the LW, the Buster L, which fires a slow-moving, bouncing plasma bomb with homing ability. It detonates on contact, temporarily disabling the opponent's ranged and CC attacks. Lastly is the CW, the TCF Eraser, an eight-way sweeping laser spread that is hard to avoid. If its ranged weapons aren't bad enough, Jagauarandi is now also capable of close combat, using its immense strength to blow away and knock down opponents.
As Jaguarandi - Operation Moongate
Jaguarandi is playable in both the Sega Saturn port of Operation Moongate and in Sega AGES 2500 Vol. 31: Cyber Troopers Virtual-On for the Sony PlayStation 2.
NOTE: To play as Jaguarandi in the Sega Saturn version, a cheat code must be entered; At the title screen, hold down on the D-pad and then press the L and R shoulder buttons simultaneously. If done right, you will be able to play as Jaguarandi.
Compared to the boss version, Jaguarandi's defenses are watered down, meaning that it could take as much damage as a regular VR. In addition, its walking speed is sluggish (more so than even the Raiden's!) and is a larger target, so dash as often as you need to. But worry not, it still maintains its signature set of weapons, especially the much-dreaded Trap Bomb.
As Jaguarandi - Force
When playing as the TG-11-M Guarayakha in Force, she features an Anger meter, which fills up from taking damage or missing shots against enemies. If this meter reaches full capacity, input crouch + CT + CW and Guarayakha will temporarily transform into a smaller version of Jaguarandi. During this transformation, take advantage of Jaguarandi's immense firepower to let your opponents have it! The transformation lasts around 15 seconds, and when it recedes, Guarayakha will return to normal and will be temporarily unable to jump.
A standalone version of the smaller Jaguarandi can be unlocked as a playable machine in Force by achieving SS rankings in a total of 11 missions in Mission Mode.
However, even though the playable version of Jaguarandi, whether by its standalone version or the transformation via Guarayakha, is smaller than the boss version, it is still larger than a standard VR, so it presents your opponents with a larger target. The Buster R has to recharge like any other VR's RW, though the energy gauge for the Buster L and TCF Eraser does not appear when used, suggesting that both the LW and CW have infinite energy. Moreover, the number of laser beams from the playable Jaguarandi's TCF Eraser is reduced from eight to four.
As Jagauarandi - MARZ
Guarayakha cannot transform into Jaguarandi like she could in Force. However, there is a Pro Action Replay code that allows the player to use Jaguarandi, but this works only in the Japanese version of the game.
When you use the code to play as Jaguarandi, you are playing as the full-sized boss version, rather than the smaller version from Force, meaning that Jaguarandi's full power would be at your fingertips. Though you would be a much larger target for standard-sized VRs, but with Jaguarandi's immense firepower, you would have little to no problem defeating them.
WARNING: Using the Pro Action Replay code may potentially cause the game to crash!
Against Jaguarandi - Operation Moongate
Although this machine is considered a "penalty boss" rather than a true boss, it is a difficult opponent for most players. There is a significantly higher chance of encountering it if the player attains a longer overall play time during the simulated missions. This, in turn, affects one's ratings and if the player's overall play time is long enough by the time that the 5th Mission is completed, Jaguarandi will appear as a compulsory opponent.
Shoot him until he retaliates, then dash around the arena until time runs out. Easier said than done, of course, since he makes extensive use of his bazooka...and if you happen to run into his spreading lasers, then YOU will lose thanks to the tight time limit. However, since each laser projectile has a gap between them, staying in any of these gaps might save you. Oh, and don't forget those Trap Bombs!
For Temjin, Apharmd, and Raiden pilots, toss a bomb and he'll dash back. He can't evade during this sequence, so use this to initiate a counterattack.
Dash to either side, and he'll jump for no apparent reason whatsoever. He's also vulnerable when this happens, so let loose with your arsenal.
Another distinctive quirk about Jaguarandi is that when you lose to him and choose to Continue, you'll be up against him again, this time being smaller and less durable, but his offensive capabilities can still cause heavy damage. Every time you lose against him and you continue, Jaguarandi would get smaller. He would be at his smallest after you lose against him and continue at least fifteen times.
Against Jaguarandi - Force
Jaguarandi is a fierce opponent that could take plenty of punishment, and his firepower is immense, with its massive size adding to his intimidation factor. When he fires his TCF Eraser, it either comes out as a full eight-way spread, or two consecutive four-way spreads, one from each shoulder. His skirt armor protects him from attacks made at the rear, meaning that if you want to use CC against him, it has to be face-to-face.
Against Jaguarandi - MARZ
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- In the beta version of Operation Moongate, Jaguarandi was much more massive and its RW and CW are different than in the final version of the game. The RW fires pillar-like energy shots, and the CW sends rapid-fire beams at the target. It still retains the Trap Bomb. (see video above)
- In all of its incarnations, the lid on Jaguarandi's V-Converter never opens during gameplay.
- Jaguarandi is the first seen example of the now-iconic "Tangram Eye" iconography, which is engraved on its shoulders. The version seen in Operation Moongate is an early version of the design, which would be replaced with the better known design in Oratario Tangram. With Jaguarandi's return and redesign for Force, it now bears the modern Tangram Eye symbol on its shoulders.
- In Operation Moongate, Jaguarandi constantly changes in size. When it first appears, it will seemingly grow into its full height (which varies under different circumstances) during the battle startup. If Jaguarandi wins the battle, it will continue to grow in size during its victory animation. Should Jaguarandi lose the battle, it will shrink back into nonexistence as it explodes. If you lose against him and then continue, he would be smaller than at full height.
- Jaguarandi can be unlocked for gameplay in the home ports of Operation Moongate. Strangely, its selectable icon showcases Jaguarandi as a wireframe model rather than the complete design, presumably reflecting its status is a malignant entity.
- If Jaguarandi is selected in Arcade mode in the home ports of Operation Moongate, no DN Corp. hangar personnel will be present during its launch sequence.
- Jaguarandi's armor does not show physical damage during gameplay when it loses HP from enemy attacks.
- For unknown reasons, Jaguarandi's colors were altered for the Sega AGES 2500 release of Operation Moongate. Jaguarandi's 1P color is changed to the 2P color used for the Sega Saturn release, which swaps the primary and secondary color choices, while the 2P color choice is changed to that of Z-Gradt's color pallette.
- The large V-Crystal in the center of the Secret Base stage in Operation Moongate is the Earth Crystal. This would later be housed within Bradtos, the mid-boss of Oratario Tangram. The Distorted Shrine level in Oratorio Tangram is a changed form of the Secret Base, with the transformation having been triggered by adverse effects caused by the angered souls within the eight artificial V-Crystals created to contain the Earth Crystal.
- When Jaguarandi manifested through Guarayakha, it gained certain aesthetic traits from the diminutive VR that was made to contain it, most particularly its witch hat and cat ears.
- If Jaguarandi's gameplay model is inspected through the Virtuaroid viewer in the Xbox 360 home port of Force, its V-Converter can be discovered mounted behind its head, as was the case with the original Guarayahka prototype. Interestingly, however, its V-Converter appears to be inactive with a non-moving V-Disc, reflecting of its nature as a malignant entity.
- Incomplete code exists within Cyber Troopers Virtual-On MARZ to play as Jaguarandi. This is only possible through use of Pro Action Replay, but can potentially crash the game. Despite Jaguarandi not being playable by official means, it does have a new MARZ-faction paintjob available for use.
- In Force, Jaguarandi is summoned by the Earth Crystal. In MARZ, however, it is summoned by the collected Wild Crystals, which opens the Wild Gate. The sequences are graphically identical, with the Wild Crystals simply being a recolored Earth Crystal.
- When you beat Operation Moongate, you will see a sequence of Jaguarandi fighting Z-Gradt at the Nirvana stage in the name entry screen. The Z-Gradt is the victor in this particular battle.
- Jaguarandi may have been named in reference to the jaguarundi, a species of small wild cat native to southern North America and South America, as the illusion of Jaguarandi was first encountered in SA-C49, which is in South America, and jaguarundis are found in South America.
- Jaguarandi's "perfect" win animation in Force is a reference to the shiko, a sumo wrestling exercise where each leg in succession is lifted as high and as straight as possible, and then brought down to stomp on the ground with considerable force.