Armored Core VI: How to Beat the First Boss, HC Helicopter

    Destroy that pesky helicopter once and for all.

    Are you stuck trying to defeat the first boss of Armored Core VI? The HC Helicopter may seem overwhelming at first, but the solution is more simple than you might expect. Here is how to beat the first boss of Armored Core VI

    First Steps

    The first thing anyone should do before taking on the first boss is to get comfortable with the controls. There are a lot of things to keep track of, so piloting your Armored Core may feel awkward at first. This is a game that gives the player a lot of movement options, and using all of them will be necessary as you progress throughout the game. 

    As you may know, Armored Core VI features deep customization, but you have no access to it in the first mission. There’s a reason for this, as the game wants the player to learn the basics of piloting by using all the tools given to them. Fortunately, it’s entirely possible to utilize these tools available at the beginning to dominate the first boss fight.

    How to Beat the First Boss of Armored Core VI

    One of the most important things to note is the purpose of the HC Helicopter fight. This first boss fight aims to teach players the basics of Armored Core VI‘s aggressive combat. Being shy isn’t going to help you out very much, so the Assault Boost is going to be one of your best friends in this battle.

    Using the Assault Boost to approach the HC Helicopter
    Use the Assault Boost and follow up with a melee attack when possible.

    The other most important tool in this fight is your blade. It will quickly damage the opponent’s attitude control system, making them much easier to stagger. Once the HC Helicopter is staggered, be sure to go in with a melee attack as soon as possible. If you are able to repeat this process, you will beat the first boss of Armored Core VI in no time. 

    It is vital to remain mobile and stick as close to the boss as possible. Don’t be afraid to use the Assault Boost to clear the gap between you and the boss. You may even be able to get a hit in with your blade while you’re at it. The HC Helicopter may seem intimidating, but approaching it head-on will make the fight a lot less of a hassle. 

    For more guides on Armored Core VI, be sure to keep an eye on Final Weapon! Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon is currently available for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. 


    Itch has a strong passion for PC gaming and retro consoles (especially the Dreamcast). From Melty Blood: Actress Again to Forza Horizon, he will play just about anything that catches his eye. Ever since playing Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit as a young child, he has been in love with the medium of video games and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.

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