"Mysterious encounters in the heart of the jungle."
|Location:||Guayana Region, South America|
|Followed by:||Neo Hong Kong City|
|Sub-boss(es):||Boost Tail, Cannon Tail, Snake Tail, Carrier Tail, Drill Cruiser|
The Ruins of El Dorado (エルドラド遺跡) is the special "Mission 00" stage introduced in the PlayStation port of Strider 2, unlocked after completing the original Strider and creating a clear file. The stage's official full name is "Investigate the Ancient Ruins" (超古代遺跡調査, lit. Investigate the Super-Ancient Ruins).
El Dorado is the name of a mysterious ruined temple found deep within a forest area beneath Guaiquinima Hill, in Venezuela's Guayana region. The ruins are extremely ancient and extend throughout the underground, but no information is known about their origin or purpose. Deep within, however, Grandmaster Meio is resting inside a strange coffin-like contraption, awaiting the time for his return to the "Unified Earth" he has crafted.
The Light Sword Cypher organization sent in a survey team in order to search the area and find the temple ruins. Hiryu arrives at the area to investigate and has to face the commando unit in his way to the ancient ruins. He eventually arrives at the burial chamber deep beneath the temple, but he instead finds an unexpected person. He arrives just after his former comrade Hien has released the Grandmaster from his coffin, being only able to witness as the Grandmaster teleports out.
Hiryu and Hien have a brief scuffle until Hien calls it off, stating there's no point since Meio has left the place. Hien tries to convince Hiryu to stop his foolish mission, standing against the Creator of everything and everyone on the world. But Hiryu rejects him, instead warning him that he's going to hunt Meio down and telling him to fight seriously next time they meet. He then departs, leaving behind a saddened Hien.
Guaiquinima Waterfalls (グアイキニマ滝)
Known as "South America - Guyana Guaykinima falls" in the English script.
A three-tiered, large area found on a cliffside with several flowing waterfalls. Hiryu has to contend with the Commando Troops send to survey the area as well as some of the strange local fauna living there. Falling rocks are also a hazard in the middle section of the cliff as well. At the top, there are two long waterfall cavities and a flamethrower-wielding soldier guarding the exit.
Unexplored Region El Dorado (秘境エルドラド)
Known as "Mysterious region - El Dorado" in the English script.
Hiryu starts in a swamp-like area in the middle of a deep crevice, and he must climb upwards by grabbing onto hanging vines while avoiding snakes and other animals. A large tree stands on the top of the rock wall, and jumping at the other side there's a small wooden dock. From there Hiryu must jump across a river by using several plants hanging above as foothold, while dodging the dangerous Flat Eels flying around, then jump off a rotten trunk at the waterfall in the end to reach the ruins' entrance.
Ruin Excavation Tunnel (遺跡発掘坑道)
Known as "Tunnel to the ruins" in the English script.
A large underground tunnel being drilled through by the massive Drill Cruiser. Hiryu pursues the large machine, confronting its several compartments or "tails" as he moves forward. Besides the tails' weapons, rocks falling at the far right side prevent him from standing idle.
Inside El Dorado Ruins (エルドラド遺跡内部)
Known as "Interior of the El Dorado ruins" in the English script.
Hiryu arrives at the head of the Drill Cruiser and attacks it as it continues drilling through the ancient temple and its large walls filled with mysterious markings.
El Dorado Ruins Burial Chamber (エルドラド遺跡玄室)
Known as "The bottom of the El Dorado ruins" in the English script.
Standing deep underground in the temple ruins, this room houses a strange technological-looking "coffin" housing Grandmaster Meio. Hiryu arrives too late as he sees the Grandmaster floating above his tomb and Hien ready to fight. The area is a single square-shaped room with no obstacles.
Enemies present in this stage include:
- Commando Troop (Scene 1)
- Flying Chameleon (Scene 1)
- Poisonous Horned Frog (Scene 1)
- Mutant Mushroom (Scene 1)
- Snake (Scene 2)
- Crocodile Owl (Scene 2)
- Flat Eel (Scene 2)
- Boost Tail (Scene 3 Boss)
- Cannon Tail (Scene 3 Boss)
- Snake Tail (Scene 3 Boss)
- Carrier Tail (Scene 3 Boss)
- Drill Cruiser (Scene 4 Boss)
- Strider Hien (Scene 5 Boss)
- "El Dorado" is the name of a mythological city or kingdom located somewhere on South America, reputedly holding an immense treasure of gold and precious jewels. The term "el dorado" is Spanish and means "the golden one". *
- The stage is likely inspired in the original Arcade game's Amazon stage, being both dense jungle settings and sharing the same monicker of "unexplored region".
- El Dorado was originally planned to be part of the Arcade version as well, but was cut mid-development for unknown reasons. The 3D areas for the first and second scene ended up repurposed as background for the High Score screens instead.
- A mostly-complete version of the entire stage can be found within the files of the Arcade game. The stage's internal listing places it as the 4th stage, right between the Antarctica Research Lab and the Flying Battleship Balrog.
- The stage is the only one to be formed by 5 areas instead of 6. There's actually an unused sixth area in the Arcade game's unfinished version placed between the third and fourth areas.
- ↑ Capcom (February 2000, PlayStation). Strider Hiryû 1&2 (Japanese). Mission 0: Investigate the Ancient Ruins; Scene 1: South America Guayana Region. Guaiquinima Waterfalls.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Capcom (February 2000, PlayStation). Strider Hiryû 1&2 (Japanese). Stage 0 Briefing
- ↑ Capcom (1999). Capcom Secret File #26: Strider Hiryu 2 (Japanese). Pg. 11