Neon White – Every Shortcut Location For Mission 4: The Old City
- The Forgotten City
- The Clocktower
Neon White's fourth mission is certainly a bit of an odd duck. Instead of consisting of the usual ten levels, there are only three here. And the third of the bunch is a boss battle of sorts. We will, of course, take you through the shortcuts you will encounter in the first two stages as per usual, but don't worry, we aren't going to leave you out to dry in your confrontation with Neon Green.
While you cannot unlock any hints for the boss battle, and there don't appear to be any formal shortcuts, there are still medals in play! So, we will take you through the entire boss battle and give you all the hints—and little time skips—you need to finish it fast enough to claim that platinum medal.
This shortcut is a little tricky, as it demands some pretty precise shooting. Thankfully, it is all worth it, as it will shave off the better part of five seconds from your time and will essentially guarantee that you get the platinum medal if you do it correctly.
You will start the stage by platforming across a few glass platforms and then running down a series of canals. The second you hit the canal you will obtain a sniper rifle. Now, you need to try and line a few shots up. You need to hit one of the red barrels that are sitting among the group of demons that are at the end of the canal (this is the easy shot), and you will need to hit a red barrel that is on top of the building in front of you (this is the hard shot).
Your best bet is to try to hit the barrel on the roof it when you are farther away, as you will have a better angle. You can hit it when you are closer up, but that will require you to come to a stop, which is never ideal. Once you have successfully blown up both groups of demons, jump under the arch to your left, and discard the rifle to boost yourself to the canal on the other side of the gap. Do this right, and you are for sure getting that platinum medal.
The Forgotten City
Proceed as you normally would, hopping on balloon demons, boosting across gaps, and generally running amok. Once you hit the second treasure chest in the stage (the first is at the beginning of the stage), make sure to not use the sniper rifle's discard ability as you are jumping over to the next platform (where there is another rifle card in plain sight). This is important; you will need both rifles.
In the very next section, you will hop on a line of balloon demons; however, once you hop on the last demon, you are going to take a right instead of traveling straight ahead.
Use one of your rifle discards to travel past the tower, and use the next to boost into the next line of balloon demons. The most important element that you have to ensure is that you do not lose any height here. Continue the stage as you would normally and that skip should almost guarantee a platinum medal.
And here we have the game's very first boss battle. You will be squaring off against Neon Green. The primary thing to remember is that Neon Green cannot be hurt normally. He is only capable of being injured once he is in a staggered state (it isn't subtle when this happens). You stagger Green by destroying his diamonds. His health bar has a diamond counter underneath, so that will tell you how many diamonds are currently deployed. Much like any other stage, you should not be stopping to shoot with the sole exception of when Green is staggered.
At the beginning of the stage grab the two handguns and run towards the left, shoot the crystal when it appears, then discard the pistol to hop up to the next. Shoot the crystal up here, grab the sniper rifle, and discard it to dash across the gap toward where Green is. Shoot both crystals here, then discard the pistol to hop up to the next level. From here, grab the pistol, jump across the gap, and you will be in the courtyard.
Green will place five crystals here. Grab the two assault rifles and run toward the crystal on the left. Shoot that crystal, then turn to the right; shoot the other crystal crystals, then discard one of your rifles to perform a bomb jump up to the level where Green is. There will be two more crystals to destroy. Once you destroy the remaining crystals, you will have an opportunity to unload on Green.
Now, he will start levitating away from you. Shoot the yellow demon and discard the pistol to jump up to the next level. You will now climb the rubble by shooting treasure chests, getting handguns, and using their discard ability to hop to the next piece of rubble. All the while, you will be shooting crystals. When you get to Green, there will be two crystals to shoot. Once you get both of them, Green will again be stunned. Unload on him.
Green will flee into the clocktower. You want to jump down with him the second you see his barrier appear. If you took any damage, make sure to grab the heart along the way (it is just to the left of the clocktower door, you can grab it without adding a millisecond to your time).
Now, you will shoot a blue demon; use the sniper rifle it drops to boost across the gap and into the balloon demon. Then, while in midair, shoot the yellow demon, grab the handgun, and discard it to double jump into the balloon demon above. Hop from balloon demon to balloon demon until you get to one final yellow demon; shoot it and use the pistol you gain to jump up to the next floor.
Now, jump on top of the balloon demons; they will lead you to a room above. Green is waiting for you here. He will have deployed a grand total of six crystals. Take them out quickly by charging the crystals on the right side of the room; then you will have a clear shot at the remaining three on the opposite end.
Destroying all the crystals will stun Green, so unload into him again. Once he runs away, a set of balloon demons will appear. This is an opportunity for you to cut a little time. Jump into the balloon demons just as they start to form; you don't need to wait for them to fully appear. If you time this right (which isn't hard to do), you will cut a second off of your runtime.
Now, platform up to the top of the clocktower by way of hopping on balloon demons. Once you are at the top, Green will deploy 12 crystals. Charge towards Green, shooting the crystals as you go (there will be three in the narrow entryway that leads to the main room). The remaining nine crystals are floating in clusters of three around Green. If you aim your assault rifle at the space in between each cluster, that gun's spread will take out the entire cluster with a burst.
Once you have destroyed all the crystals, unload your assault rifle into Green. Once you have fully depleted his health bar prepare to jump into where he had been floating previously, grab the SMG, and use the discard ability to slam down on him below immediately. With that, you should have beaten Neon Green. As long as you never stopped moving forward, you should now have the platinum medal. However, don't be surprised if you have to repeat this one a couple of times, as the timing is pretty tight.
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