How To Beat Sky Pirate In Islets

A boss fight where you have no way of attacking? Islets wouldn’t throw that at you!

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So you have mastered the first challenges islet and acquired your own ship that flies through the air! How does the game reward you? Quickly setting up a whole new boss fight to face – some sneaky rats hiding in their ship – this is the battle of the sky pirates.

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Airship battles on the islets play out a bit differently than regular ground combat – they’re more like bullet hell stages that will push your ability to dodge and weave through waves of projectiles to the absolute limit. And in this fight? You have nothing to do but evade and pray.

Air pirate attacks

You’ll find out pretty early on that you don’t have a weapon – unfortunate for you, Sky Pirate does.

attack description How to avoid
bombs The Sky Pirate shoots four large bombs that target the other side of the screen from top to bottom. If they hit a wall, the bombs explode in fish-shaped projectiles that you have to dodge. If you’re relatively close to the center of the screen, you’ll have most of your time looking out for the fish projectiles. You should start heading to the top of the screen as soon as the third bomb comes out to give you even more time to dodge.
fish waves The Sky Pirate conjures spiraling waves of fish projectiles. The waves spread out as they get bigger. You’ll get a bunch of warnings as soon as this attack starts – go to the opposite side of the screen and weave in and out between the projectiles. The dodge windows narrow a bit as the attack progresses, so don’t get complacent.
fish mines The Sky Pirate fires three slow-moving mines that periodically shoot out fish at random angles. If they hit a wall, they will explode and shoot more fish. This attack looks like the bomb attack but is more unpredictable. When it starts, try to get a little closer to the Sky Pirate – the projectile explosions that occur when the mines hit the wall are pretty random and can be really hard to dodge.
clam shot The Sky Pirate summons a circle of shell projectiles around itself before firing them all at you. If you notice this attack, wait a second. Only move when the shells are fired, and move either up or down to easily dodge the barrages.
boomerang shot The Sky Pirate shoots a very large boomerang-shaped projectile at you. It will fly back to the Sky Pirate. This is easy to dodge, just keep away from the sky pirate’s mouth at all times. If the boomerang flies back to the Sky Pirate, it will take damage – this is the only way to defeat this boss.

How to defeat the Sky Pirates

You will find that one of Sky Pirate’s attacks – boomerang shot as we called it – will actually backfire and damage the boss. Since you don’t have a weapon on your ship, waiting for this attack is the only way to defeat the boss.

Your hitbox is not the whole ship! The only part of the ship you need to protect from damage is the Circle of red lines.

You must survive the Sky Pirate’s attacks long enough for him to use Boomerage Shot a total of four times. When the fourth comes out, you know you’ve won. Easier said than done if you’re not used to the bullet hell style this boss emulates.

Practice your dodges and Don’t feel too much pressure to learn the fight perfectly – If you die, don’t respawn too far away.

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