I've been stuck for quite a while in Cave Story+, fighting the following boss (Monster X):
Since I'm playing on hard I don't really get the chance to 'explore' what I'm supposed to do, as every hit is an instant death. When he starts shooting at me I can't seem to fend off all his projectiles, there are always some that come through.
Any pointers on how to hit/where to hit this boss?
Monster X actually consists of two phases, and you can only deal damage to his health during the second phase. In either phase though, you can only deal damage to Monster X when he moves away the armour concealing his weak point (pictured below).
When his weak point is exposed, you need to destroy the 4-yellow orbs at each corner of the weak point. Once you destroy those, you'll enter the second phase of the fight. You'll finally be able to damage Monster X by hitting him in his weak point when it's exposed, similar to the first phase. Only this time you'll actually damage his health too.
He's a very tough boss, so don't be surprised if it takes you awhile to beat him. I'd highly suggest using the level 3 blade since it makes quick work of the missiles he fires at you. The level 3 bubbler also works well.
Here's a video of someone beating the boss, which may prove helpful:
It took me ages to finally pass this boss ... but for those of you also stuck, here are a few tips I found out which allow you to save some time/prevent you from dying as quickly.
For phase two it's best to fire while standing in between the tracks of the boss. It takes quite a while before the homing missiles reach you. Only worry about those once the boss starts moving again.
The following video shows what you're supposed to do, but hopefully the added tips here can help.
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