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Mega Man 4 - The Attack of Dr. Cossack

Updated on January 22, 2018
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The Plot

After three wars with Mega Man, Dr. Wily is nowhere to be seen. He might have been killed in the previous scrimmage with Mega Man or might have retired after three loses.

Out of nowhere, a relatively unknown scientist named Dr Mikhail Cossack appears and challenges Dr. Light for scientific supremacy. Dr. Cossack felt that the world was overrating Dr. Light and under appreciating his genius.

Dr. Cossack then set up a fortress in Siberia and deployed eight robot masters - Drill Man, Pharaoh Man, Ring Man, Skull Man, Bright Man, Dive Man, Dust Man and Toad Man to conquer the world and to destroy our favorite Blue Bomber.

What are Dr. Cossack's motives? Why does he hold a grudge against Dr. Light and Mega Man? What have they ever done to him? Only time will tell.

Mega Man 4 / Rock Man 4 Japanese Commercial

Mega Man 4 US Box Art

Box art for the US version of Mega Man 4 / Rock Man 4
Box art for the US version of Mega Man 4 / Rock Man 4 | Source

Mega Man 4 PAL Region Box Art

Box art for the PAL Region version of Mega Man 4 / Rock Man 4
Box art for the PAL Region version of Mega Man 4 / Rock Man 4 | Source

Mega Man 4 / Rock Man 4 Japanese Box Art

Box art for the Japanese version of Mega Man 4 / Rock Man 4
Box art for the Japanese version of Mega Man 4 / Rock Man 4 | Source

Concept of the Game

Mega Man 4 is a a platformer with the rock-paper-scissors concept. Each robot master has powers that trump the other. This particular installment features Ring Man, Dive Man, Skull Man, Pharaoh Man, Bright Man, Toad Man, Drill Man and Dust Man. One new feature is the ability of Mega Man to throw a charged buster shot which does more damage.


Mega Man 4 Menu Screen

Mega Man 4 Stage Select Screen

Mega Man 4 Minor Enemies

Dr. Cossack aims to be the world's best roboticist and has amassed an army to thwart the blue bomber. For far too long Dr. Light was the gold standard in the filed of robotics. Dr. Cossack aims to change that.

Mega Man 4 Minor Enemies

A legion of Dr. Cossack's minions aim to stop you in your tracks.
A legion of Dr. Cossack's minions aim to stop you in your tracks. | Source

Robot Masters

Dr. Cossack has sent eight of his finest robots to crush Mega Man and prove his superiority in the robotics arena.This installment features Bright Man, Ring Man, Dive Man, Skull Man, Pharaoh Man, Toad Man, Drill Man and Dust Man. Defeating a robot master would yield you his power.

Robot Masters

Dr. Cossack sends eight of his finest robots to stomp Mega Man to the ground.
Dr. Cossack sends eight of his finest robots to stomp Mega Man to the ground. | Source

Bright Man

Bright Man blinds you with 10 millions watts of bright light.
Bright Man blinds you with 10 millions watts of bright light. | Source

Bright Man

Bright Man actually lives up to his name as one of the smarter robot masters. He thinks fast and tinkers and likes to invent things. On the battlefield, however his light shines bright as well with ten million watts of light. This light temporarily blinds his opponents and this gives him the prefect opening to attack. Defeat him and gain the Flash Stopper.

Bright Man Stage

Toad Man

Toad Man uses his mastery of the power of rain to wash you out.
Toad Man uses his mastery of the power of rain to wash you out. | Source

Toad Man

Toad Man was originally created to alleviate drought stricken areas and bring about rain. He however now takes his talents to the battlefield with deadly acid rain. Just to add to his affinity to the toad, Toad Man has tremendous leaping ability to either pounce on his foes or to avoid attacks. Defeat him and gain the Rain Flush.

Toad Man Stage

Drill Man

Drill Man uses his drill hands to dig underground and surprise his foes.
Drill Man uses his drill hands to dig underground and surprise his foes. | Source

Drill Man

Drill Man is a construction robot that was used to dig the foundation for structures and to explore underground. When Dr. Cossack went rogue, Drill Man uses his drilling ability to surprise opponent's as well as to avoid opponent's attacks. He could also launch drill bombs at his opponents which drill at his opponents then detonate soon after impact. Defeat him and gain the Drill Bomb.

Drill Man Stage

Pharaoh Man

Pharaoh Man uses the power of the sun to vanquish his foes.
Pharaoh Man uses the power of the sun to vanquish his foes. | Source

Pharaoh Man

Pharaoh Man was created to explore Egypt and its many tombs and ruins. He has since brought his talents to the battlefield as a powerful solar robot that focuses the power of the sun into a concentrated energy shot. Defeat him and gain the Pharaoh Shot.

Pharaoh Man Stage

Ring Man

Ring Man uses chakram (ring-like weapons) to destroy his opponents.
Ring Man uses chakram (ring-like weapons) to destroy his opponents. | Source

Ring Man

Ring Man was created to terminate Mega Man. As such he is an expert combatant and tactician. He uses metallic rings that are similar to the Indian chakram which are metallic throwing weapons. Defeat him and gain the Ring Boomerang.

Ring Man Stage

Dust Man

Dust Man uses his giant vacuum to suck his foes towards him.
Dust Man uses his giant vacuum to suck his foes towards him. | Source

Dust Man

Dust Man was originally created for sanitation purposes. Thus, he has a giant vacuum on his head. He then uses this same vacuum to draw his opponents towards him. His secondary weapon is a bomb encased in scrap metal. Defeat him and gain the Dust Crusher.

Dust Man Stage

Dive Man

Dive Man has heat seeking torpedoes which accurately seek out his foes.
Dive Man has heat seeking torpedoes which accurately seek out his foes. | Source

Dive Man

Dive Man was originally created to explore the world's oceans just as a submarine would. When he was converted for combat, he would launch heat seeking torpedoes from his chest. He would also lunge into his opponents as a robot torpedo. Defeat him and gain the Dive Missile.

Dive Man Stage

Skull Man

Skull Man uses his energy barrier to protect himself from harm.
Skull Man uses his energy barrier to protect himself from harm. | Source

Skull Man

Skull Man is another robot master tasked to exterminate Mega Man. He has a good combination of offense with his buster gun and defense with his energy barrier. Defeat him and gain the Skull Barrier.

Skull Man Stage

Dr. Mikhail Sergeyevich Cossack

Dr. Cossack is a Russian roboticist who aims to prove his superiority to Dr. Light.
Dr. Cossack is a Russian roboticist who aims to prove his superiority to Dr. Light. | Source

Dr. Mikhail Sergeyevich Cossack

Dr. Cossack is a Russian scientist who was one of the world's best robot designers. He suddenly appeared out of nowhere to issue a challenge to Dr. Light and Mega Man as he felt that Dr. Light was overrated and that he was the best in the world.

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One on One with Dr. Cossack

Do you have what it takes to go one on one with the great one?
Do you have what it takes to go one on one with the great one? | Source

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