Table of Contents:
0. "Before I begin..."
1. "Find out about me"
2. "Version History"
4. "Why do I like Colin?"
5. "What can Colin do?"
6. "Going into Colin"
7. "In-depth Colin"
8. "Colin Verses...."
10. "My favorite CO's in the order"
12. "Contact me"
---------0. Before I begin...-------
BEFORE I BEGIN-I would like you to know that I expect you to be very used
to Advance Wars 2, and that you know strategies, and other stuff. If you don't,
then go look at other guides. Most of them have strategies. However, I like to
believe that you should play on your own-develop your own strategies. I'm not
here to tell you how to play the game. I'm just giving you more info about
Colin and why I think he's underrated and stuff along those lines. I don't have
master "strats" as they call them. I believe some people take this game WAAAY
to seriously. I think the objective of this game is fun, not your life. I have
gotten this in every email I received so far, and I'm going to put an end to it
right now. THE DOCUMENT I USE FOR THIS GUIDE DOES NOT HAVE A SPELL CHECK. I
should have stated that before, and I apologize for it. Also, I'm going to say
this too. I DO NOT HAVE ANYBODY ELSE TO FIGHT BUT MYSELF. I have also heard
that in every email I got. I apologize if I offended the people who have
emailed me thus-far, but I'm just sick of hearing this. Also, please understand
UPDATES ARE ON THE WAY. Just give me some time, that's all. Anyway, I just
wanted to make that clear. Now, let's get on with this!
-----1. Find out about me-----
Hello, and welcome to my guide. Name's SuperSonic612, or Kai; either will
work. I hope this guide will help you somehow. AW2 definitely isn't a game to
be missed, and with CO's like Colin, Eagle, and everybody else, this game is
just perfect. I like to collect comic books, and I also enjoy going for a nice
swim in my pool. And of coarse, I love to play video games. I've been playing
since the Atari, but the Sega Genesis is when I really started getting into
gaming. But enough about me-we got ourselves a Colin to learn about.
----------2. Version History---------
0.1 Created Table of Contents, Find out about me, Why do I like Colin?,
and Going into Colin.
0.2 Created In-depth Colin, started Colin vs.....
0.3 Finished Colin vs....
0.4 Created Legal
0.5 Created My favorite COs in the order, Thanks!, and Contact me.
Finished document. Read "Contact me" for info about how to add things to this
guide if I missed any. I will also be updateing when I find something wrong.
0.6 I felt bad that this was so short, so I decided to increase it's
length alittle. Added bits and pieces all over the place.
0.7 Added more stuff here and there.
0.8 Made crucial updates, and created Before I begin...
0.9 Made updates that I kept getting in emails to do.
1.0 Continued from where I left off. Also created "Strats."
1.1 Added "Rush" to "Strats." Also fixed a few typoes.
This is copyrighted by Kai, 2005.
Only use this for your own, personal use. If I see this guide anywhere
that doesn't have my permission, you wouldn't beleive what I could do. Be cool;
email me first. If I give you permission, you are alowed to use it on your
site. Visit "Contact me" at the bottom of this here document for my email.
----------4. Why do I like Colin?--------
Colin is awesome, simply put. While his units are weaker than most, he can
pop 'em out really fast. Got a Neotank breathing down your neck? Build two,
surrond it, then BLAM! Crush it. Colin needs alot of skill to work with, and,
fortaintly for all of my loyal fans (lol), I have that skill. You know what?
Most people like Kanbei. And with good reason. He has the most powerful units
in the game, but for the same price as Kanbei's bomber, you could get two
fighters to counter that bomber, and have a little left over. Colin's units
might be bad; but they're cheap. In my eyes, Colin is actually a bit
overpowered. Many people think Sturm is cheap (check out Colin vs....for my
feelings on that), and I suppose he is. But when you got 10 bombers, $40,000 in
the bank, and Power of Money activated, we'll see how far that "cheapness" gets
---------5. What can Colin do?------
Spam units, that's what Colin can do! Pesky A-Air hit that precious bomber?
Smoke it with your Md. Tank, then go in there with another bomber. What Colin
can do is endless. I say, for this game, it isn't about who you pick-it's about
how good you are. You could pick the worst character in the game, up against
the best in the game, you would still win as long as you had more experiance.
Colin is in the top three favorites of my COs (look at the section "My favorite
COs in the Order"). His true power is hidden. Look at the description in the
game. Now play him a few times. There are probably three kinds of people out
Love-absolutely loved him. I didn't know he was this strong and fun to play.
OK-he was OK, but I'm gonna stick with Eagle/Hawke/Kanbei etc.
Hate- Worst player in the game (shame on all of you!)
In case you couldn't guess, I was part of the first one. The first time I ever
played Colin (campaign mission Reclamation), I knew he was special. I picked
him for every thing I had the chance to in the rest of Campaign. And you want
to know something? He beat the Deathray once I got to the end. Right there, I
knew that he was the character....my character. I used him for a very long
time, that is, until I beat Green Earth and unlocked Eagle. Me and him were
inseperable. Well, now I gave Colin another chance. Between Colin (1st-2nd
favorite), Eagle (1st-2nd favorite) and Andy (third favorite), I was
unstoppable. Well, now the Colin just awoke in me and it's time to show you
what he can really do.
----------6. Going into Colin--------
As stated in the above section, Colin spams units, and he spams 'em
good. Now, though I don't have him, I know what Hachi does. I do my homework,
afterall. He has the same prices as Colin, but his units are normal strengh.
Sure, that's awesome, and is probably better than Colin in predeployed
matchs....key word=probably. Sure, Colin's units are weaker than Hachi, and the
old coot can also build from cities with his SCOP, but I like to believe that
Colin's Super power is far greater than that. By the time you get your super
power, you will probably have so much money, it will just devestate your foe. I
mean, you aren't going to be buying anything. Speaking of getting your super
power, let me show you what his CO power meter bar looks like:
When you look at it, you probably say, "Wow, he must get his regular power
pretty fast." And that is true, he does, only being two stars. But now let me
explain to you what the powers do:
Gold Rush-increases funds by 1.5. It is pretty good, and the more money you
have, the better, obviously. Now go through a couple long battles, using GR
whenever you get it. Sure, you probably got to use it alot, but it probably
won't help you out nearly as much as his Super. YuGiOh15 also wanted me to
mention something called Double Gold Rush, or DGR. Basically, you just save up
for Power of Money, and then use Gold Rush as many times as you can, instead of
using PoM. Effective, I'm sure, but if you have his SCOP, I recommend using
that, unless you are $1,000 away from that game-breaking bomber or whatever.
Power of Money-the more money you have, the more offense you get. Now that's a
spicy meatball. Very spicy. If you are Colin's opponent, you won't want to go
to this restarant again, if you know what I mean. Now let me give you a few
tips on how you should use this grand power:
MAKE SURE YOU USE IT AT THE RIGHT TIME-just getting PoM and throwing it out
there won't probably even flinch your opponent, unless you're really lucky.
Don't take the chance. Try to have as much money as possible, but don't wait so
long as to lose all your units. Kinda takes the point out of it, don't you
MAKE SURE YOU CAN ATTACK WITH AS MANY UNITS AS POSSIBLE- it doesn't matter how
much you want to destroy that Rocket that always shoots an important unit, if
you can only hit one unit, then you just completely wasted your power, and, if
against a very powerful foe, will probably just flush that victory down the
toilet. I, unfortainately, did the same thing just a little earlier today,
without even realizing it.
------7. In-depth Colin-----
Colin doesn't take skill to learn; he takes skill to master. Let me define
how I look at skill for a moment:
Skill is the amount of time you took to really learn something. Like Yu-Gi-Oh!
You can't just throw a deck together, win once, and call yourself a Master
Duelist. It doesn't work that way. If you look up skilled in the dictionary it
says, "Skilled. Having skill; trained or experienced." Colin needs skill. Just
like it might take awhile to master Kanbei, or if you are an outside-er, than
maybe getting skilled at a bike. Well, while playing as Colin, you might not
get as much exercise as a bike, but you can definitely become a better AW2
player. And if atleast SOME people are like me, that might actually matter. I'm
still playing this game. I don't care how long ago it came out. I'm still
playing Super Mario 64 for crying out loud! And that game came out in, like,
1996! My point: if you truely are dedicated to anything, you're going to keep
coming back, no matter how old it is. But this isn't a life lesson, so let's
get back to the subject here. When push comes to shove, Colin's almost always
going to win. Now, I BELIEVE that his units take a 10% deduction. But with the
cost, it's going to be worth it. Let's take a look at Colin's cost for units
(ground, air, then sea. Also in order they are found when you select either a
port, airport, or base):
I didn't do anything fancy, and if you need to know what each unit does, either
email me or just simply go to another guide-that is much more prefered. Like I
said, each unit is decreased in power, but you can just put more out on the
field and more than do anything about that. Let's see, if each unit is
decreased by 10%, and your
attacking with two units, that's another 80% damage right there. OK, now let's
talk if you like to play with CO powers off. As long as there are bases (which
there almost always are), Colin can still pull through, unlike, let's say, Olaf
or Andy, who rely on the powers. A better chance anyway. In fact, I think Colin
might be at an advantage when they are off. That way, if up against, oh let's
say a Kanbei player, they don't have to worry about his immense and overall
scary powers. Of coarse, you don't get your PoM, but when you look at some
other people's CO powers, like Kanbei, that won't matter. Actually, that would
be an interesting battle, Colin v. Kanbei. Oh well, I'm doing that section a
little later, so anyway, back to this one. I would like to mention something
about his SCOP. If you either know that you are going to get it next turn, or
got it during your turn, don't buy anything. Here's an example that I swear is
real-it just happened today: I had a Neotank, 9HP (I think), against Lash's
Infantry (8HP I think). Now I didn't buy anything at the end of the turn. So on
my next turn, I had about $40,000 in the bank, slapped on PoM, and I did 222%
to it. Another one, if you didn't beleive that one: It was the same turn,
except this time it was Infantry v. Infantry. Mine had 8HP, and her's had 9. I
went up to attack it, and it did 86% to it. If you don't get it, it means that
PoM is very effective, but it isn't neccessary.
--------8. Colin vs....-----
It's that time now, kids! This will probably be my most favorite part of
the guide. It's time to figure out how easily you can crush your foes with
everything I just taught you so far in this guide. I want to say this right
here. I cannot give very good "strats" to these characters because I HAVE NO
ONE TO FIGHT. I am sorry if you are sick of hearing that, but by all the emails
I got, so am I. To quote The Master in Paper Mario, "To Battle!"
Colin vs....Andy! Probably either a big threat or a pushover. It depends if
your fighting a human (big threat) or the computer (pushover). The computers
are sad in Versus, but are absolutely ruthless in War Room and Campaign. I
can't really tell you here; I don't think you have to much to worry about
though. Be careful of his healing powers. Even 2HP could destroy you, if used
at the right time.
Colin vs....Sami! MAKE SURE YOU PREPARE AGAINST A MECH SWORM!! You don't have
to worry about this as much if you are fighting a computer, but otherwise you
must be extreamly careful. If she is doing a MS, make the best possible use out
of the cost reducing effects. If you were able to pop out a Neo every turn (or
better yet, Bomber/B. Ship) then you might be able to pull through fairly
easily. But since that is a total of $18,000 a turn, unless your playing on a
map with alot of money, that isn't to likely. Also, don't forget, she doesn't
need much money to attack ($1,000, $3,000, $6,000, and maybe $8,000 for
Infantry, Mechs, Artillry, and an A-Air, if there are airports). However, if
you use battleships, unless she came up with a master plan to defeat that
attack, will pretty much always win. But since they cost more than
Neos/Bombers, see what you can do with those first. One more thing, NEVER leave
your HQ ungarded. Against Sami, that would be stupid. Especially in FoW. One
Victory March will just end it right there. Always put something on the HQ
Colin vs...Max! He might be about as much trouble as Kanbei is. With his suped
up units, at no price cost, you might have alot of trouble. However...if you
could counter him with his greatest weakness, he probably won't stand a
Colin vs....Nell! Nell is also a fun CO to use. I used her for awhile, but
Colin is just better to me. You shouldn't have that much trouble, as her luck
means nothing to Colin as he can just deploy more units than what she can
destroy. Not too much trouble, but you should still be careful if up against a
Colin vs.....Hachi! This is an interesting battle. Unfortainately, I can't tell
you much on him, for I haven't unlocked him yet. I'm trying hard to though. Go
to another guide, learn his strategies, then beat him back with every weak
point you found out. Right now I'm about 95% through Blue Moon, so that just
leaves two and a 1/4 more countries (I don't count Black Hole) to go. I'll
update this as soon as I unlock him.
Colin vs.....Olaf! Look at Andy, and then substitute everything from "Andy" to
"Olaf." However, Olaf might be a little harder to beat than Andy, seeing as how
you will have so many units, the snow will be a huge "snow"-down. Heh heh...
Try to play with CO powers off if you have the chance. If you fight the
computer, you have absolutely nothing to worry about. If you can play with CO
powers off, he won't stand a chance. By the time he gets two tanks, you'll
already have a Md. and possibly a Neo.
Colin vs.....Grit! Phew, Grit eh? This could get annoying. However, as long as
you mass-produce units, it shouldn't be that hard, but you really need to be
careful. ALWAYS do air units when fighting him. Since Colin is so
unpredictable, you could try to get him to focas on Artillrey/Rocket units, and
then go in there with a Bomber swarm and blow away everything before he can get
Missles set up.
Colin vs....Colin! Umm....this is a little weird. It's pretty strange they even
let you fight the same character as you're playing....freaky. But anyway, I
don't think this would be that hard...I don't know: I've never fought myself
before. If you are fighting a computer, go beat up a twig outside-you'll get
more of a challenge. If you are fighting another human player, as long as you
got more experiance, you shouldn't be that worried.
Colin vs....Sonja! Sonja, if caught off-gaurd, will be simple. If you fight her
in FoW.....good luck. Once more, if it's the comp., you won't have anything to
worry about. However, if you play against a friend, chances are they know what
they are doing-not good for you. If you know how Colin works, it shouldn't be
too bad. As for her ?HP for all her units, you are going to be swarming her, it
doesn't matter. It won't save her. The extra sight will. Even if it is only 1
extra sight, that is one more than you have. If you can play without FoW, don't
worry about anything. Be careful, but don't worry. As Grit said in Campaign,
"Don't mistake what I said, son. Being relaxed and being careless are two
Colin vs....Sensei! Once more, PREPARE FOR A MECH SWARM. This battle shouldn't
be as hard as a Sami battle. Still, make sure your covered. Just like his
sister, always keep a unit on the HQ. Whether it be an APC, or even an
Infantry, make sure you never leave it ungaurded. Build A-Airs: they are strong
against both of his strengths. Of coarse, don't do JUST A-Airs. Throw in tanks,
Md. Tanks, and even a Bomber. He won't stand a chance.
Colin vs....Kanbei! You thought I forgot about him, didn't you? Haven't you
ever heard of saving the best for last? Anyway, Kanbei is a very challenging
opponent. I have a friend far away from where I live who likes to play with the
emperor, and it would be a blast to challenge him. I can't give you much info.
If I can get any, I'll update this (hopefully soon after, maybe before, I
Colin vs.....Drake! Drake....phew....got our work cut out for us here. Even if
there are no ports, it doesn't mean to just put down Drake. He is an awesome
CO....and a better challenge. Since you are going to have so many units, both
of Drake's powers are going to seriousely hurt you; the fuel-halving effect,
and the damage. Very difficult. And if there are ports....I don't even want to
go there. Try to use air units against him, and also try to avoid being in
water. If you are in a spot where Cruisers can't reach you, with a Bomber, than
he can't do anything about it. Just try your best; you'll need to.
Colin vs....Jess! My brother plays her. He plays very fiercely though. You
almost never see him use her SCOP; he always uses his power. However, since
most people have more strategy than my stupid brother, you got a challenge
ahead of you. Just try to save up for your SCOP, and unleash it at the right
time. Since she has strong tanks, try to use air or sea. She is very difficult.
Just do your best. Like Drake; you'll need to.
Colin vs.....Eagle! WOW! The hardest of all the Green Earth COs. Air units are
hard to get by. Ignore all commen sense when fighting him and do a solid 5-6
Fighters, 7-8 A-Airs, 0-2 Missles. I don't reccomend missles. I don't beleive
them to be as effective. And also a Cruiser or two, if there's water. Now, this
is kinda situational. Build Subs. Although that might be weird, though
extreamly weakend, Eagle's sea units are very powerful, and very surprising. I
don't recommend very many subs, unless you know that he is launching a surprise
attack. Also throw in the usual Md. Tank, Neo, you know. Commen stuff like
that. Be extreamly careful of Lighting Strike, and even L. Drive can be
devastateing if done at the right time.
Colin vs.....Flak! Now we're entering familer taratory. I fight Black Hole
almost every battle, so I know the ins and outs of these idiots. Flak is
stupid. I see absolutely nothing that interests me, besides beating the crap
out of him. I'm sorry if I offended the one person out there that plays Flak,
but there are SO many more better...good players out there. Trust me, you don't
need a strategy to beat the clown. Flak is like a rock to water-sinks every
Colin vs....Lash! One of the 2 1/2 people in Black Hole, if you know what I
mean. She can be trouble, but you still have nothing to worry about. You know
how a quoted Grit a little bit above? Well, except this time, you can be
careless. If you are fighting a very experinced player, be careful of what she
can do. Watch out for for her powers, too. They can be cruel, especilly if she
can get on a mountain. Harsh. But still, just keep calm, and fight til the
Colin vs....Adder! I think were going pretty far down on the totem poll here.
Adder blows chunks. It doesn't matter how fast it gains it's power. Notice I
said "it's." A gender hasn't been proven yet (just kidding). While his CO
powers are pretty brutal, and ruin that base that you thought you were going to
capture next turn, it's still nothing you can't recover from, especially if you
are Colin. Rip the Michel Jackson-wanna-be in two, and go on to a better
Colin vs....Hawke! Now we're going somewhere. Hawke can be pretty good, but he
does come from BH, so you got to subtract points for that. Hawke's units get
the 10% bonus that Colin loses (Thanks YuGiOh15!), but trust me-he doesn't have
that much to show for it.
Colin vs....Sturm! The leader of Black Hole.... Shows quite a bit, when you
think about it a little. He sucks just like all the other Black Hole COs. Don't
worry about anything, except maybe if your are going to run out of rocks to
shoot in the water. It doesn't matter how strong his units are. It doesn't
matter how much it takes for him to cross woods and rivers-when you got blahby
(just made that word up) computers built in this game, you don't have anything
to worry about. ANYTHING. Don't even worry about Meteor Strike-you'll have so
many units, it won't matter anyway. Note: I received an email from YuGiOh15
that complained about what I say about BH. That is true. I do put them down a
lot. However, for every CO that I mentioned, you are going to have to come up
with your own stratigies. I cannot help you in this department, for I don't
have anyone to fight but myself. And I could fight myself, but what good would
that really do?
Note: I have never fought any human, so all these have been against the
computer. I live in the middle of nowhere, so I don't know many people, let
alone people who have this game.
I've refered to them several times in this guide, so I decided to add a
few. If anybody knows any others, don't be a stranger to email me.
Mech Swarm: I do believe Colin's quite good at this. Here's how I would do a
mech swarm: 3 subs, 2 fighters, 2 A-Airs, 4-5 Artillery, and about an endless
supply of Mechs. Obviously, Colin is going to be pretty good at this, as he
swarms anyway. Why not swarm a popular way?
Blitzgreig: I think it's called something like that....Anyway, what you do here
is, build a bunch of something. I know that sounds like a mech swarm, but it
does have a cooler name. I suggest building two things to counter everything
your opponent can throw at you (example: bombers and fighters).
Rush: Thanks to YuGiOh15 who I believe was trying to tell me this in his email.
This tactic is very simple; just go send normally-would-be expensive units
early in the game over to your opponents side and devestate them before they
can get going. This might be THE only way to beat a good Kanbei player. Take a
few Md. Tanks in there and pummle the crap out of your opponent before they can
get the engine going. This move ain't too bad; probably at it's prime against
Kanbei and Grit. Not that I have anything against those two, they can just have
a rough starting sometimes.
---: Hmm..don't really have a name for this one. Anyway, this works best, and
maybe only, in FoW. I like bombers. I like bombers alot. They are easily my
favorite unit. So pretend your me, and love to build bombers. So do that, but
then build B. ships (I think the B. Ship is most effective in this move), while
still holding your foe's attention on bombers. Colin is very good at this, as
his lower prices make buying bombers and B. ships as easy as can get. This is
probably my favorite, as you completely screw the comp./friend over. Nice.
Any others, anybody? I know that four isn't alot, but it's all I could
really come up with. If I can dig up any more, rest assured that they'll be
---------10. My favorite COs in the order-----------
Well, here we are. The last part of the guide that anyone really looks at.
I apologize if this was a little short. I'll be updateing it as soon as I find
something wrong with it, if time allows. Anyway, here is the list of my
favorite COs, in the correct order:
14-19. Black Hole. I didn't appreciate them very much in the guide, why would I
like them here? The only one that I have some urge to play is Sturm, and I only
do him in War Room. And I also try to avoid doing him. Also, please, please
don't be offended by this. Just because Olaf only came in 10, doesn't mean I
don't like to play him now and again. Just like everybody else. Sure, Colin is
my favorite, and I play him most often, but I also like to play as Andy
sometimes, and look where he came in! Note: My favorites have changed since
section 5. I said that Andy is my third favorite, but when you look at it a
second time, I said that they WERE my favorites, not my current ones. Also take
into account that my favorites change often. Since, however, they do change so
much, don't expect too many updates here, unless I really have the time to kill.
I would like to thank me, for my perfection....lol. Just kidding. However,
seeing as how much patiance I have, I'm surprised I did write this. Thanks me!
I would like to thank the creator of Gamefaqs, CJayC. Thanks for creating an
awesome site (that I visit just about every day)!
Also on my thanking list, I would like to mention Ebooz, who I saw in his
Sami guide how much HP she needs to capture a properity. Thanks!
Thanks out to YuGiOh15, who pointed out many things I did wrong, especially
how much Colin's units are reduced, and how much Hawke gains.
My bro, who, for some reason, has inspired me in many places, both in this
game and life. As weird as this is, Haruka, I couldn't have done this guide
without you. Thanks!
And I would like to thank everybody that endured me, my beloved audiance.
Thanks for reading everybody! And don't forget! COLIN RUELS!!
-------12. Contact me--------
I would like to thank everyone one last time, and I assure you that updates
are on the way! Just let me unlock Hachi, and maybe even come up with more
strategies. You better hope so; Kanbei's a tough customer.
My email is: ChaosInferno@animail.com
Do not send me spam. I WILL block you. Do not even think about doing anything
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However, if you would like to state your opinion, for example, why Olaf should
be number 1 instead of ten, be my guest. I aplaude that kind of behavior (as
long as you put it in a nice way. Example: I beleive that Olaf should be in
your #1 spot because...." not anything like, "Yo, you jerk! Colin sucks eggs,
he's horrible! You must be on somethin', 'cuz the CO you picked sux.") Follow
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don't want to know what I could do. Thank you.