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Mega Man X8

Also known as: Rockman X8 (JP)
Developers: Capcom Production Studio 1, Value Wave, Prosoft Corporation
Publisher: Capcom
Platforms: Windows, PlayStation 2
Released in JP: March 10, 2005 (PS2/PC)
Released in US: December 7, 2004 (PS2), March 8, 2006 (PC)
Released in EU: February 11, 2005 (PS2), November 2005 (PC)
Released in KR: February 3, 2004 (PS2), April 14, 2005 (PC)
Released in CN: November 8, 2005 (PC)

AnimationsIcon.png This game has unused animations.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
BonusIcon.png This game has hidden bonus content.

ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article

To do:
  • In the 2nd PC CD of Mega Man X8, there's a folder of Japanese voice actors' sound data, including the main character's voice as Navigators. Document it. There are wallpapers too.
  • Document more differences between the PC and PS2 releases.

Mega Man X8 is the last game in the Mega Man X series. Sadly, it was released in limited numbers due to X7's poor sales. Fortunately, this was mitigated with the release of the X Legacy Collection.


Read about prototype versions of this game that have been released or dumped.
Prototype Info

Unused Graphics

Screens used in demo versions of the game are present in the final version.

Unused/Hidden Script

Cancelled Intermissions

In the game's dialogue files there are descriptions for intermissions which didn't make it into the game. These are found in the file "mes/USA/HB_IM.mcb".

Pitch Black [Pallette]

Emergency transmission! News of a priceless Metal stolen from Metal Valley.
This Metal is concealed in the underground logistics base Pitch Black.
But since you cleared that mission, security is even tighter.
The only option we have is to send Axl in disguised as a security droid.
We need that metal to make new Chips! Go get it and bring it back!

Dynasty [Layer]

Emergency transmission! Something's happened at the floating city Dynasty.
Someone has snuck in and set explosives thoughout the whole area...
Dynasty will be destroyed unless we get over there and stop this scheme.

Metal Valley [Pallette]

Hey, everyone! I have an emergency mission for you!
The rebellion at the Metal Valley mine are still in progress!
The Reploids there can't continue their work like this!
Space development depends on the ore mined there! We have to help them!

Unused Audio Clips

Japanese English Description
When using the Ultimate Armor, X can perform a Shoryuken with Up + Triangle, but his audio bank contains a "Hadou-Ken" voice clip which is not used anywhere in the game.
Since Alia is an analog character to X, she has all of his corresponding voice clips, including the Shoryuken and Hadou-Ken clips. However, Alia does not have access to the Ultimate Armor to perform either of these.
(Source: Twitch-REVO)

Unused Animations

Despite not being able to use them in-game, both Alia and Pallette have the animations for their corresponding characters' unique abilities in their model files. Alia has an animation for the Giga Attack, Shoryuken and Nova Strike, while Pallette has the animation for the A-Trans, in the same animation IDs of X and Axl, respectively.

(Source: IrregularSaturn)

Unused Models

In the playable character model folder of the PC version of Mega Man X8, there is a file called "PL_BOKO" containing an unused version of the Guardroid enemy, which resembles a ninja. It does not seem to have an unique ability aside from the normal dash, and any projectiles it might have been able to shoot are not in the game's files.

(Source: lucasfera15)

Regional Differences

North America Europe
MegamanX8-Title.png Megaman x8 ps2 europe title.png

Once again, a different European title screen, the same that was used in Mega Man Zero 2 to 4 and Mega Man Battle Network 4 and 5 (GBA version only). In the PC version, the logo changes depending on the selected language.

Opening Song

Japan International

The opening song in the Japanese PS2 version is "Wild Fang" by Janne Da Arc, while the International PS2 versions use the instrumental song from the title screen together with a voiced narration instead. The opening movie is also completely different in the International PS2 release.

The PC version sticks to the Japanese opening in all regions, the only difference being the omission of the game title in order to fit with both Rockman/Megaman variants of the game.

Name Changes

Hey, bet you didn't see this coming! Right? Right?!

Japan International
Bamboo Pandemonium Bamboo Pandamonium
Optic Sunfloward Optic Sunflower
Darkneid Kamakil Dark Mantis
Gravitate Ant-Onion Gravity Antonion
Earthrock Torirovich Earthrock Trilobyte
Gigabolt Dokragen Gigabolt Man-O-War
Ice-Snow Yetinger Avalanche Yeti
Burn Kokekokker Burn Rooster


The AA and AAA ranks are 特A (Special A) and S in Japan.

Version Differences

There are a few differences between the PS2 and PC releases of Mega Man X8, the latter of which served as the basis for the X Legacy Collection 2 release and was released everywhere but North America (unless you downloaded it from GameStops).

  • There are two PC releases, the second one (presumably European) being released on two discs with each disc containing different languages.
  • The PC release adds an option for English or Japanese audio.
  • Sound quality is overall improved compared to the PS2 release.

X Legacy Collection 2

  • Due to being a port, rather than emulated, load times are far shorter.
  • Because of presumed licensing issues, playing the Japanese version in non-Japanese releases will use the international introduction.
  • A glitch triggered by pressing the down button while holding the up button with Rasetsusen had been fixed.
  • A glitch involving negative overflow of metals through Life Sub Tank refill function in the Research and Development Lab had been fixed.