Battle Garegga

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Battle Garegga

Title screen

Developer: Raizing
Music: Manabu Namiki
Program: Shinobu Yagawa
Yasunari Watanabe
Yuichi Ochiai
Art: Shinsuke Yamakawa
M. Tatsuda
Release date: Arcade: 1996
Sega Saturn: 1998
Playstation 4, Xbox One: 2016
Previous game: Shippu Mahou Daisakusen
Next game: Soukyugurentai

Battle Garegga is a vertically scrolling shoot'em up game developed by Raizing and published by Eighting in 1996. It is notable for its rank system that dynamically updates the difficulty of the game during gameplay based upon the player's actions.

It was later ported to the Sega Saturn in 1998, and an updated version, Battle Garegga Rev.2016 was released in 2016.

For replay videos, visit the Video Index.


Battle Garegga uses 3 buttons by default. Many arcade cabinets also feature an additional dial for controlling the game’s autofire rate.

  • A (Press): Fires the ship's main shot and option shots
  • A (Hold): Continuously fires the ship's main shot and option shots at the current autofire rate
  • B: Deploys the ship's special weapon
  • C: Changes the option formation
Auto-fire Rate

The auto-fire rate of the player’s ship may be adjusted in one of two ways. The first method is to tap the A button in the frequency that you want to set auto-fire to. The game counts the amount of frames between button pushes and will then set the auto-fire rate to the corresponding frequency. However, arcade cabinets often install a dial for selecting the rate of auto-fire. The second method, available on such cabinets, is to simply use the autofire dial to manually choose a desired autofire rate. The default autofire rate is 8.6 Hz, with available faster autofire rates of 10 Hz, 12 Hz, 15 Hz, 20 Hz, and 30 Hz available. Care must be taken by the player when choosing an autofire rate since higher rates will cause the game’s rank to increase significantly faster.

In the Battle Garegga Rev.2016 port, the player may assign multiple buttons on their controller as shot buttons and assign different autofire rates to individual buttons, allowing them to change the autofire rate without having to mash at the desired frequency. It is recommended that the player also sets a "clean" shot button without an autofire rate to be held down as their primary shot button so they have a means of inputting A (Hold). Otherwise, using an autofire button can cause the autofire rate to increase beyond the desired rate when the game encounters slowdown, such as during stage transitions or when there are a large amount of objects (such as bullets) on screen.

In addition to these core functions, the Battle Garegga Rev.2016 port also allows the player to set a quick restart button that when held will allow them to restart the game or start from their most recently loaded save state.


Main Shot

Each ship has a unique main shot that is fired by pressing the A button. Tapping the A button will fire a single volley while holding the A button will fire continuous volleys of the main shot at the current autofire rate. Rapidly tapping and then holding the A button can be done to increase the autofire rate, but care must be taken when doing so since this will also increase the rate at which the game's rank increases.

The main shot has five normal power levels and a secret "special" power level, and is powered up by collecting shot icons which drop from airborne enemies. The number of small shot icons required to power up the main shot increases depending on the current shot level, varying from one small shot icon required to level up the main shot from Level 1 to Level 2 to eight small shot icons required to level up the main shot from Level 4 to Level 5. Picking up a large shot icon will immediately level up the main shot regardless of the number of small shot icons collected.

Special Shot Level During the game, let five small shot items fall off the screen. If you pick up the sixth small shot item and are at shot level 5, your main shot will be upgraded to its most powerful shot level. The main shot will downgrade to level 5 upon the next death. If you pick up an option after the fifth dropped small shot item, the wide option formation is triggered. If you want to trigger special shot, you will therefore need to collect the next small shot item, then let 5 more small shot items fall off the screen before having another opportunity to activate special shot level.

Special Weapon

Each ship has a unique special weapon, deployed by pressing the B button. The special weapons are the closest analogue to traditional smart bombs in Battle Garegga, but have subtle differences. The special weapon can be used to destroy enemy bullets and background scenery in addition to damaging enemies, but does not clear the screen of all obstacles as in other shmups. When a special weapon is triggered, the player will get a brief period of invincibility and the special weapon will then be deployed. All ships have different properties when it comes to special weapon deployment time and invincibility frames.

Activating a special weapon requires ammunition which may be gathered by collecting weapon fragments that drop from grounded enemies such as tanks or turrets. Picking up 40 small weapon fragments gives the player one full weapon stock, whereas a large weapon fragment will award a full weapon stock. Up to five weapons may be stocked at once. Activating a special weapon consumes one weapon stock. If the player does not have a full weapon stock available, the weapon will use the stocked weapon fragments to activate at reduced power.


Each ship can collect option power ups to gain miniature drones that fly in formation around the player ship. These options shoot when the main shot is fired and their formation may be manually cycled through five preset formations with the C button.

The standard option formations, which are cycled through in order, include:

  1. Spread: The default formation. Options point forward with a slight outward angle for more coverage.
  2. Tail: Options point backwards in a fan shape.
  3. Front: Options point straight forward, giving a much narrower shot than the default formation.
  4. Rotate: Options rotate around the ship in a ring, allowing for shooting in all directions.
  5. Trace: Options follow behind the ship, pointing in the opposite direction of the player's movements.

In addition to the standard five formations, there are several hidden formations activated through specific circumstances:

  • Wide During the game, let five small shot items fall off the screen. If you pick up an option item before the sixth small shoot item falls off the screen, you will activate the wide formation. Options in the wide formation provide wider coverage than the standard spread formation, being aimed nearly horizontally. This formation will persist until death or cycling option formations with the C button.
  • Homing During the game, let five small bomb fragments fall off the screen. If you pick up an option item before the sixth small bomb fragment falls off the screen, you will activate the homing formation. Options in the homing formation will automatically fly across the screen to shoot enemies from point-blank range. This formation will persist until death or cycling option formations with the C button.
  • Search During the game, let five option items fall off the screen. If you pick up the sixth option item before it falls off the screen, you will activate the search formation. *Exception: Options spawned from the player ship after a death will not count towards the search formation but can be used to activate it.* Options in the search formation will automatically rotate in place to aim at enemies on screen. This formation will persist until death or cycling option formations with the C button.
  • Shadow During the game, let five medals fall off the screen. If you pick up an option item before the sixth medal falls off the screen, you will activate the shadow formation. Options in the shadow formation will follow the player ship while shooting straight up, similar to the options in Gradius. This formation will persist until death or cycling option formations with the C button.
  • Chain In a two-player game, the chain formation will have a 50% chance of activating whenever the conditions to activate any secret option formation are satisfied. Options in the chain formation will link the two player ships while shooting upwards. The options of the player who did not activate chain formation will remain unaffected.
  • Rolling In a two-player game, a player with the chain formation active will obtain the rolling formation when their partner game overs. Options in the rolling formation will rotate around the player ship while shooting upwards. If the player's partner continues, the rolling formation will revert back to the chain formation.

If a secret option formation is manually deactivated by pressing the C button, the options will change to the spread formation.

Death Shrapnel

When the player dies, the ship will explode into a wave of shrapnel. This shrapnel has penetrating properties, meaning it will travel through enemies. It deals damage and cancels bullets, although enemies killed by shrapnel will never award any points. The shrapnel deals a set amount of damage to bosses, but will never kill a boss.

Dying awards the player with 20 small weapon fragments, but will also weaken the player's main shot by one level and take away their options. However, the explosion will release a large shot icon (even if they were already at shot Level 1) and an option power up for each option lost, allowing the player an opportunity to regain their previous power level.


There are four playable ships in Battle Garegga by default, as well as four additional secret characters who originally appeared in the earlier Raizing game Mahou Daisakusen. The secret characters are unlocked by inputting the code "Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, A, B, C, Start" at the title screen of the arcade version or enabled in the option settings on the console ports.

The button the player uses to select their ship will change its color as well as slightly influence its speed and hitbox size.

Button Effect
A button Default speed and hitbox
B button Increased speed
C button Smaller hitbox
A, B, and C buttons simultaneously (or wait for the selection screen to time out) Increased speed and smaller hitbox

Upon the start of a credit, the player starts with shot level 1, a fire rate of 8.6 Hz, and 20 weapon fragments (equivalent to ½ weapon stocks). These default settings will reset upon continuing after a game over.

Silver Sword

Silver Sword A B C ABC
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"Silver Sword"

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"Cannon Ball"

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"Shatter Star"


Main Shot: Forward shot that becomes a 3-way shot at Level 3.

Option Shot: Standard bullets.

Special Weapon: Napalm cone that is aimed in the direction opposite the ship's movement.

Silver Sword is unremarkable in many ways. It has a standard non-piercing shot and decent speed. Its special weapon is unique in that it does a flat amount of damage regardless of the weapon fragments consumed, making it one of the strongest at low power but the weakest by far at full power. Instead, Silver Sword's weapon increases its range as more weapon fragments are used. Furthermore, the weapon can be aimed; it moves in the opposite direction as Silver Sword is moving when deployed, making it very flexible overall. The most curious thing about Silver Sword is its hitbox, which is slightly lower on the sprite than every other ship. This can help with item collection but is hardly the advantage a new player may be looking for when trying to clear the game for survival.

Easter Eggs

  • Silver Sword's weapon is an homage to the bomb from the Taito shmup Gun Frontier.


Grasshopper A B C ABC
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"DGR October"

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"Diving Fox"


Main Shot: Forward shot that gains penetrating bullets at Level 4.

Option Shot: Standard Bullets.

Special Weapon: Chain gun that fires bullets in a narrow cone in front of the ship. Spent shell casings are also discharged at oblique angles behind the ship.

Grasshopper is most defined by its shot, which is very weak initially but becomes one of the strongest in the game upon gaining piercing bullets at shot Lv 4. However, there's a catch: the shot is very narrow at all levels, so Grasshopper is far more reliant on options for coverage than any other ship in the game and often vulnerable without that coverage since it is quite slow. Grasshopper's weapon is fast to start up and offers limited off-center coverage in front of the ship, but it's a little weaker than you might expect. The trick is that the spent shell casings dispensed behind the ship do much more damage, which is useful in a few spots but ultimately makes it awkward to use in many scoring tricks. Grasshopper is the lowest-scoring ship in the game, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's bad for survival. On the contrary, it shot can melt through bosses.

Flying Baron

Flying Baron A B C ABC
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"Flying Baron"

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"Stormy Omen"

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"Red Impulse"

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"Black Zeppelin"


Main Shot: Forward shot that becomes a 3-way shot at level 3 and a 4-way shot at level 5.

Option Shot: Standard Bullets.

Special Weapon: Unleashes a homing missile barrage. Missiles are initially deployed behind the ship.

Don't use Flying Baron. Yes, it has an awesome design and some of the coolest ship names, but it's not worth it. To be clear, it is reasonably fast and has a non-piercing shot, which isn't exceptional but not uniquely bad either. What brings Flying Baron down is its weapon, which is one of the worst bombs in the game (if not the worst). In fairness, you can influence the direction the weapon's missiles fly in since the missile "cloud" will roughly follow the horizontal movement of the ship, but the missiles' homing capabilities leave much to be desired and their random nature makes some tricks (i.e. Mad Ball's outer ring) incredibly unreliable to execute. Flying Baron's weapon is also somewhat lacking in defensive utility since the missiles are deployed behind the ship; it takes a little extra time for them to provide the proper cover from enemy bullets likely coming from the front. Flying Baron is not recommended for players at any skill level unless they are morbidly curious, brave, and/or exceptionally dedicated.

Wild Snail

Wild Snail A B C ABC
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"Wild Snail"

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"Iron Mackerel"

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"Rust Champion"

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"Golden Bat"


Main Shot: Forward shot that becomes a 3-way shot at Level 3 and a 4-way shot at Level 5. Has penetrating bullets at all shot levels.

Option Shot: Standard Bullets.

Special Weapon: Twin flamethrowers that lock on to nearby targets.

Wild Snail is the best ship for general survival play. It is the slowest one but has a powerful main shot with piercing bullets that easily destroy all enemies encountered throughout the game, including the later bosses. Furthermore, its weapon is very damaging and has some aiming capabilities so it can provide good cover regardless of the ship's position on screen. However, the aiming on the flamethrowers is random so if you want it to fire in a specific direction you need to carefully position yourself so that there is a target in that direction. Unfortunately, the random nature of the weapon makes it unreliable for many scoring tricks.


Gain A B C ABC
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Main Shot: Forward shot that becomes a 3-way shot at Level 4.

Option Shot: Large swords that function as penetrating bullets.

Special Weapon: Magic circle that deals area-of-effect damage in front of the ship.

Gain is the second fastest ship and has a standard non-piercing shot. However, his options fire swords that are piercing and quite strong, although they can only fire one sword at a time and have to wait for the previous one to go offscreen before they fire again. Gain's strongest tool is his weapon, an area-of-effect bomb that does a lot of damage and trivializes many scoring tricks. Gain is the highest-scoring ship in the game but arguably the hardest to achieve a truly elite score with since you need to juggle both piercing and non-piercing shots for enemy destruction as well as max out rank to wring every point out of the last bosses. However, don't let this dissuade you from playing as Gain if you're going for a survival clear; he has all of the tools one could ask for.

Easter Eggs:

  • Gain's options are his F-subweapon from Mahou Daisakusen, as are the swords they shoot
  • Gain's special weapon is the bomb that was shared between all ships in Mahou Daisakusen and his personal bomb in Shippu Mahou Daisakusen
  • Gain's pet monkey is nowhere to be seen :(


Chitta A B C ABC
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Main Shot: Forward shot that becomes a 3-way shot at Level 3.

Option Shot: Special bullets with homing properties.

Special Weapon: Genie in a bottle that hits an area in front of the ship.

Chitta is a monkey's paw personified. She has a standard speed and non-piercing shot type, but her options and weapon have special properties that sound really good on paper but don't perform well in practice. Her options shoot homing bullets, but are less useful than promised since the homing isn't particularly effective. They also often aim away from the targets you want to shoot or towards targets you don't want to shoot, so it can feel like you are fighting them as well as the enemies on screen. Needless to say, properly controlling Chitta's options is a skill unto itself. She also has an area-of-effect bomb, but it is weak and doesn't have very many active frames. Furthermore, it has such an excessive amount of startup that it is awkward to time and has practically no defensive utility. Chitta does have more invincibilty frames than any other ship during her weapon startup, but this doesn't make up for the weapon's shortcomings. Chitta can score fairly well since area-of-effect bombs are well-suited to many scoring tricks, but she is still one of the worst ships and not generally recommended, unless you don´t care and you wanna play as her anyways. |:(

Easter Eggs:

  • Chitta's options are her H-subweapon from Mahou Daisakusen
  • Chitta's special weapon is her bomb from Shippu Mahou Daisakusen


Miyamoto A B C ABC
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Main Shot: Narrow forward shot that becomes wider at Level 4.

Option Shot: Special bullets that explode on impact, dealing area-of-effect damage.

Special Weapon: Sword slashes that propel wind blades in a wide cone in front of the ship.

Miyamoto is the fastest ship in the game. He has a non-piercing shot, but his options shoot bullets that explode on impact and are overall the strongest options in the game. Furthermore, his options give a large amount of tick points, which benefit a uniquely aggressive playstyle that emphasizes point-blanking and tick point milking. His weapon is actually pretty weak since Miyamoto can't shoot while using it, but it covers almost the entire screen in front of him and comes out nearly instantly. Although Miyamoto has hardly any invincibility while bombing, he doesn't really need it since his weapon is the closest to a traditional panic bomb in the game. As a result, he is excellent for survival play.

Easter Eggs:

  • Miyamoto's options are the ninjas from his F-subweapon in Mahou Daisakusen, but the bullets they shoot are from his W-subweapon of the same game
  • Miyamoto's special weapon is his bomb from Shippu Mahou Daisakusen


Bornnam A B C ABC
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Main Shot: Forward shot that becomes a 3-way shot at Level 3 and a 5-way shot at Level 5.

Option Shot: Special wide bullets.

Special Weapon: Summons a demon to attack an area in front of the ship.

Bornnam is one of the slower ships but makes up for it with his main shot, a non-piercing shot with excellent screen coverage. Furthermore, his options shoot wide bullets for even greater coverage. However, his strongest asset is his area-of-effect bomb, which makes many scoring tricks much easier to execute. Between his shot and weapon he is probably one of the most consistent ships for mid-level score play and the best ship to learn how to score with.

Easter Eggs:

  • Bornnam's options and the bullets they shoot are his W-subweapon from Mahou Daisakusen
  • Bornnam's special weapon is his bomb from Shippu Mahou Daisakusen

Ship Hitboxes



There are a number of power up items in Battle Garegga. Shot power ups, option power ups, and medals drop from popcorn enemies according to the item drop order. Grounded enemies will drop weapon fragments.

Normally, collecting shot power ups, weapon fragments, and option power up items awards no extra points. However, when at maximum shot level, weapon ammunition or options, picking up excess power ups will award bonus points. However, this is generally not recommended since the bonus points awarded does not outweigh the rank increase from picking up the items.

Shot Power Ups

Icon Bonus Point Value Description
100 Small Shot Power Up
Dropped by popcorn enemies based on the Item Drop Order.
Collect multiple small shot power ups to level up the ship's main shot.
5,000 Large Shot Power Up
Dropped by popcorn enemies based on the Item Drop Order, or by the Player when losing a life.
Levels up the ship's main shot.

Weapon Fragments

Icon Bonus Point Value Description
1,000 Small Weapon Fragment
Dropped by grounded enemies such as tanks or turrets.
Adds one weapon fragment to the player's weapon ammunition. 40 weapon fragments are required to create one full weapon stock.
10,000 Large Weapon Fragment
Obtained as a pickup by destroying all parts of large tanks in Stage 4 and Stage 6.
Adds a full weapon stock to the player's weapon ammunition.

Option Power Ups

Icon Bonus Point Value Description
500 Option Power Up
Dropped by popcorn enemies based on the Item Drop Order, or by the Player when losing a life.
Summons one option drone to assist the player.


Medals are golden icons dropped by popcorn enemies based on the Item Drop Order that may be collected for points. The value of medals ranges from 100 to 10,000 points. Usually, the value of a medal will be one increment higher than the previous medal collected, allowing the player to create a chain of high point-value medals. However, if a medal falls off the bottom of the screen, the next one to spawn will be of the lowest value.

More specifically, the value of the next medal to spawn will be either

  1. one increment more valuable than the last medal collected, or
  2. base value, if the last medal fell off the screen.

This means that if a medal falls off the screen, the chain may still be salvaged if another high-value medal has already spawned and is collected before a base-value medal is dropped by an enemy.

Medals can also be found upon using a special weapon to destroy certain parts of the background scenery.

From 100 to 900 points, medals increase in value by 100 points each:

Value (Points)    100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900

From 1,000 to 10,000 points, medals increase in value by 1,000 points each:

Value (Points)    1,000 2,000 3,000 4,000 5,000 6,000 7,000 8,000 9,000 10,000

Item Drop Order

Popcorn enemies may drop items when destroyed. Under normal circumstances, every fifth enemy destroyed will drop an item. However, in Stage 3, Stage 5, and Stage 6, grounded popcorn enemies appear which are guaranteed to drop items. When an enemy drops an item, the item dropped is determined according to a specific order, governed by the following table.

Drop Number Item
6-10 Repeat of entries 1-5
11-15 Repeat of entries 1-5
16-20 Repeat of entries 1-5
26... Repeat starting from 1


The game features an adjustable difficulty system (rank) that will increase difficulty based on the actions of the player. As rank increases, more popcorn enemies spawn, enemies gain more health, enemies shoot more frequently, enemy bullets travel faster, and items fall off the screen faster. Uncontrolled increase of the game's rank can quickly turn it into a manic shooter. In brief, things that increase rank are:

  • Time: rank increases by a set value every frame, the value primarily determined by the player's autofire rate
  • Shots: rank increases by a set value for every shot fired, the value determined by the player's ship, shot level, and number of options
  • Items: rank increases every time an item is collected, with the value determined by the item
  • Special Weapons: rank increases by a set value every time the player deploys their special weapon
  • Bullets Sealed: rank increases by a set value for every enemy bullet sealed (note that cancelling bullets by bombing does not affect rank)

Losing a life will decrease the rank. The fewer lives a player has when they die, the more rank is decreased. Thus, the game rewards a player who doesn't stock up many lives at a time by more drastically reducing its difficulty.

Although rank is hidden from the player in the arcade release, in the Battle Garegga Rev.2016 port rank may be displayed in a widget on the side of the screen. The rank is displayed on a graph as a percentage ranging from 0.0% to 100.0% that updates in real time during gameplay.

Simple Rank Mitigation Strategies

There are many rank mitigation strategies you can implement in order to keep rank relatively low. Some of the more common strategies include:

  • Playing with the default or 10 Hz autofire rate
  • Keeping ~two extra lives and trying to suicide slightly before you gain an extra life
  • Powering up slowly with large shot icons and playing with fewer than four options
  • Avoiding unnecessary item pick-ups, focusing instead on what you need in the moment
  • Exercising a little shot discipline by not firing when there are no enemies on screen (you can also often tap fire to wipe out popcorn waves)

Luckily, none of these strategies are strictly required to clear the game and mistakes can almost always be played around, so it is probably better to think of them more as guidelines to keep things from getting too crazy rather than rules to abide by. In addition, sometimes deviating from these strategies can make things easier. For instance, while collecting every weapon fragment might increase the rank a fair bit you may still find yourself often collecting them anyway to bomb scenery for score and secrets. This helps get you extra lives that you can then use to lower rank, or you can simply keep a few fragments in stock in case you need to panic bomb.

Trying to internalize all of this can be difficult when you first pick up the game, especially since there is rarely direct feedback if you are doing something "wrong". In this case, it is probably better to pick one or two rank strategies to focus on while you learn the stage layouts. You can then slowly add in more rank control strategies if desired as you become more comfortable with the game. Here is a simplified view of rank factors in order of relative importance:

Autofire >>>>>> Collecting excess low-value medals >>>>>> Options > Extra lives >> Main shot level > Collecting excess weapon fragments

See Battle Garegga/Advanced Rank for a detailed discussion on rank in Battle Garegga.


Extends, or extra lives, are gained every 1,000,000 points or from collecting the secret 1UP in stage 3 by letting the mid-boss drive all the way to the end of its track until it fully parks.


For world record scores, please refer to the STG Hall of Records.
See Battle Garegga/Strategy for a detailed discussion on score routes and character-specific considerations in Battle Garegga.

Scoring in Battle Garegga involves many mechanics, listed as follows:

  • Item Collection The primary intended scoring mechanic of Battle Garegga is to maintain a chain of maximum-value medals throughout the entire game. In addition, other items will award (very meager) bonus points when collected in excess at the cost of high rank increase.
  • Damage Optimization Many enemies throughout the game will award different point values depending whether they are destroyed with a special weapon or standard non-penetrating shot. In addition, many enemies will drop set items under special conditions, often medals or valuable resources. See Battle Garegga/Stages for more information.
  • Boss Destruction and Milking Nearly every boss may be destroyed in a specific way to yield more points than normal. Most often this involves dismantling a boss (i.e. destroying individual components before destroying the main core, often with damage optimization), milking respawning targets, or tick point milking. See Battle Garegga/Bosses for a detailed discussion on boss fights in Battle Garegga.
  • Scenery Destruction There are many background elements throughout the stages that may be destroyed by the player's special weapon. These reveal many secrets, including hidden items (often large medal caches), extra points, and other targets such as extra enemies or the infamous pink flamingos. See Battle Garegga/Stages for detailed information on the stages in Battle Garegga.
  • Tick Points Hitting a target will award a meager amount of tick points. However, some targets (generally boss parts) are invincible and can be hit continuously for points until time out.


See Battle Garegga/Strategy for a general FAQ and detailed discussion on routes and character-specific considerations in Battle Garegga.
See Battle Garegga/Stages for a detailed information on the stages in Battle Garegga.
See Battle Garegga/Bosses for a detailed discussion on the boss fights in Battle Garegga.

Quick Tips

Even for a survival clear, it is recommended for the player to devise a strategy that accounts for the rank system in order to keep the last few stages of the game playable. Since the player gains an extend for every 1,000,000 points scored, the rank system encourages players to make at least a modest attempt to score points to gain extends that can then be traded for reduced difficulty via intentional suicide. Other rank mitigation strategies that focus on reducing the rate that rank increases include keeping a low autofire rate, slowly powering up, and conserving shots fired. It is possible to finish the game in one life, but this requires intricate knowledge of the game's rank system and an ultra-prudent playstyle.

Some useful tips for beginners aiming for a 1 credit clear:

  • The ABC variant of Wild Snail (aka "Golden Bat") is a popular ship for obtaining a first clear because of its powerful main shot whose penetrating bullets simplify many boss fights. Miyamoto is another good ship due to his powerful options and defensive special weapon, but only if you can handle his speed.
  • It is more important to learn the stage layouts and boss attack patterns then to stress out about rank when first picking up the game.
  • Think of the game as having two distinct parts. During the first part, Stages 1 through 5, you should aim to control rank by suiciding and maintaining a lower than maximum power level. Stages 6 & 7 are very difficult even at low rank and seemingly impenetrable at high rank. During these stages you should stop worrying about rank control and fully power up, activate homing options, and hoard lives and bombs to maximize your chances of surviving the Stage 7 bosses.
  • Use your options! The default spread formation is good for most situations, but the other formations can provide quite a bit of utility. At minimum, becoming comfortable with switching to and from the forward formation can allow you focus fire as you would with a CAVE-style laser for some extra damage and precision.
  • Keep an eye out for easy scoring opportunities such as the pink flamingos or partial boss dismantles to more quickly gain extra lives. Learning how to maintain a max-level medal chain is a fundamental first step that allows you to use special weapons to harvest lots of max-value medals from background scenery in Stages 3 & 4 for lots of points at little risk.
  • Learn how to obtain the secret 1-up from the Stage 3 mid-boss.
  • Finally, don't worry if you accidentally make a mistake. The rank system is not so strict that a single slip-up will lead to a game over, and often allows the player a degree of flexibility to adjust their strategy accordingly.


If rank is the fundamental gameplay system underpinning Battle Garegga, than the result of that is a cycle of resource management at every level of play, whether for survival or score. Broadly speaking, the resources available to the player are weapon fragments and lives. Weapon fragments are critical for much of the game's scoring, including enemies worth more points when destroyed by special weapons, destructible scenery, and one-off tricks such as the pink flamingos in Stage 2. Smart use of weapon fragments throughout the game will greatly increase the player's score and net them more extra lives, but it will also significantly increase rank as well. In comparison, lives are a resource that may freely be "traded" for weapon fragments and reduced rank at nearly any time via dying (whether intentionally or not). Finally, adjustments to the player ship's power via upgrading the main shot, collecting options, and increasing the autofire rate can be considered in a resource management context as well since the timing of these adjustments may have critical implications for survival, optimal scoring, and rank.

In a survival context, the primary question the player should ask themselves throughout the game is "How much am I increasing rank during this section?" Rank will always increase regardless of the player's actions, so it is worth identifying the scoring tricks can be performed at relatively low risk, low power, and low rank increase to balance the rate at which score extends are earned and the rate at which rank increases. Ideally, the goal is to establish a feedback loop: The player gathers resources that they use to score enough points for an extra life, suicides to negate the rank increase they incurred while scoring, and repeats the process. If done correctly, rank will not increase to an egregious level and the difficulty of the game remains reasonable. In general, following the quick tips above will go a long way in establishing this feedback loop.

In a scoring context, the focus shifts to a question of "What resources or conditions are required to maximize the points scored at any given section of the game?" Often times a scoring route will require dying not for decreased rank but rather for weapon fragments or a scoring trick that requires a suicide for shrapnel damage, invincibility, or both. Rank control is still important for keeping the difficulty of the game reasonable and scoring tricks easier to execute, but many scoring tricks involve taking actions that will increase rank at a much higher rate than in the survival context such as using lots of special weapons (often immediately using single weapon fragments), or tick milking bosses for extended periods of time. Rank can still be controlled in a scoring context due to the relative surplus of score extends, but the primary reason for controlling rank is simply that certain sections of the game (such as the flying platforms in Stage 5 or the laser turrets in Stage 6) are far easier to play for score at low rank or outright require low rank when played for score.

Extra Modes

The following modes may be played on the arcade release by inserting a coin and holding a specific button combination when pressing start. These modes change the game as follows:

Mode Unlock Code Changes
Harder Hold A and Press Start Starting rank is 43.2% (PS4/XBox One), 0x960000? (Hex).
Extended Hold B and Press Start Two loop mode. First loop is normal. Second loop has starting rank of 43.2% (PS4/XBox One), 0x960000? (Hex).
Special Hold A+B and Press Start Two loop mode. First loop has starting rank of 43.2% (PS4/XBox One), 0x960000? (Hex). Second loop has starting rank of 70.3% (PS4/XBox One), 0x5D0000? (Hex).

Battle Garegga Rev.2016 version differences

This version was made by M2. Here are some key differences :

- M2 Gadgets can be activated to display informations : Score, Controller, Rank Graph, Ship Stock, Special Weapon, Boss Timer, Boss Stamina, Next Item, Rapid Count, Hidden Option Formation and Music.

- Ability to change enemy bullet color : No Flashing, Flashing (Bright), Flashing (Dark), Flashing (Pink bullets), Flashing (Blue bullets), Flashing (Yellow bullets), Flashing (Green bullets).

- Bugs like "endless patterns" and "being unable to continue" were corrected.

- Four different soundtracks are now selectable for gameplay : the original arcade BGM, the Saturn version BGM, the SweepRecord Remix 2016 and Rev.2016 perfect edition soundtrack.

- Includes additional modes that are not present in the arcade release : Premium Mode, Super Easy Mode and Custom Mode.

Premium Mode

It is a new arrange mode created by M2.

Default settings differences compared to the original arcade mode :

- Score extends : Only 1 million and 2 million

- Fixed Rank : Fixed per stage

- Mad Ball random attacks : Fixed Premium

- Item received from Slayer : Extend

- Special Weapon at start : 1 Large

- Small weapon item value : 2 Small

- Auto Special Weapon : If there is 1 or more Large weapon in stock AND if the shot button is being pressed when hit, auto-weapon is activated

- Special Weapon Score : Always provide bonus

- Item Fall Speed : Fixed to 75 % of lowest rank

- Auto collect Medals : On (very short range)

- Missed Medal penalty : 5 levels lower

- Special Weapon invincibility extension : On

- Player ship hitbox reduction : 1/2 size

- In-game rapid fire speed : Fixed at 15 rapid fire shots

There are also differences in these parameters : Enemy HP, Enemy bullet density and Enemy bullet speed. Set as Premium, but said to be based on arcade version as 100 % (default setting).

Other extends :

- The hidden extend from the mid-boss of the Factory stage is still there. The condition to get it is the same as Arcade Mode. Both side parts must be destroyed and the center part have to be destroyed only when the mid-boss stops moving when it reaches his destination.

- Each mid-boss and boss will give you an extend when you destroy them IF you don't have any extend in stock AND IF you destroy it while it's actively shooting bullets. Destroying it when it's not shooting bullets will give a Large weapon instead. (Theory by Liquidus0 after multiple tests, has to be confirmed).

Change for the stages order :

Factory is now the second stage instead of being the third one and Plateau is now the third stage instead of being the second one.

Blast Branch Mode

Blast Branch Mode is a hidden feature in Premium Mode. Once certain conditions are met, you enter a high-risk/high reward situation where you can score a lot of points.

To enter Blast Branch Mode you have to :

1. Not loose a life in the first stage.

2. Reach a particular medal value before the end of the first stage :

Silver Sword : 5 000

Grasshoper : 8 000

Flying Baron : 8 000

Wild Snail : 10 000

Gain : 5 000

Chitta : 1 000

Miyamoto : 8 000

Bornnam : 3 000

If those 2 conditions are met, starting stage 2, the following changes occur :

- The rank will rise to 100 % Premium (more flying enemies, more bullets, faster bullets)

- An item will appear every 2 destroyed flying enemies

- If your ship is fully powered-up, all item that appears from flying enemies will be medals

- The Auto Collect Medals now covers the whole screen. Every medal that appears on the ground or in the air will be self-guided toward your ship.

- Each boss and mid-boss destroyed will give you an extra 200 000 points

To remain in Blast Branch Mode, the total amount of extends must be as follow at the beginning of each stage :

Stage 2 : 2 extends

Stage 3 to 7 : 3 extends

You can get out of Blast Branch Mode if you activate an Auto Special Weapon. The rank will then drop to the value fixed per stage of Premium Mode until the end of the stage. The ability to Auto Collect Medals all over the screen will be lost as well and all the modified values revert to Premium Mode ones.

To re-activate Blast Branch Mode, you must wait for the beginning of another stage AND you must respect the minimum extends in stock condition mentioned above when you begin the stage.

Super Easy Mode

Custom Mode


Unlike in most other scrolling shooter games, where bullets are often brightly colored to distinguish from the background, bullets are realistically colored, making it difficult for players to see them. Exploding enemies and objects also create flying debris, further camouflaging incoming fire. This was ameliorated to some extent in the Type 2 version, which replaces most of the standard bullets with yellow dots.

Note: Not sure if this is the best place to put it, but it seemed like an OK option - feel free to move if it doesn't meet standards
A fan website, The Genius of Garegga, presents a thesis about the game's design. It argues that the entire game is intentionally designed to encourage intuitive learning, that the game is designed around a philosophy of opportunity and consequence, and that it rewards thoughtful play and intentionality more than raw execution. To quote the abstract:

 Unlike the large majority of games which primarily exist to be good games, Battle Garegga has a thesis which flows through every facet of the game’s design:
 You can do anything, but everything has consequences.
 ...take what you need and make the most of what you have.
 ...your wits can make up for where your reflexes fail.

Though not universally accepted within the community, it's an interesting and valuable perspective regardless, and presents compelling evidence for some claims.


References & Contributors

  1. Battle Garegga Rev.2016 Online Manual,
  2. Icarus, ST: Battle Garegga,
  4. Primary info provided by IrateIrem
  5. Additional info provided by VxD
  6. Rev.2016 and Premium Mode infos gathering (From Icarus, T3-Kamui and M2) and tests by Liquidus0