"At the bottom of the sea awaits a cunning adversary: Merak, who forges deadly traps from the fabric of space itself..."
Subaquatic Base (3rd Seabed Base in Japan) is one of the Boss Stages in Azure Striker Gunvolt, host to the mission Abyss. It is a massive underwater base that Gunvolt has been commissioned to investigate after QUILL receives word of secret weapons development.
Moniqa: We've received some new intel from a secret operative... Sumeragi is moving a lot of materials to their subaquatic base. These supplies, and the recent construction of a new docking platform... Suggests intent to build some kind of massive armed submarine.
Gunvolt: I see. I guess you're gonna need confirmation.
Moniqa: Right, and if there is an armed submarine down there...
Gunvolt: Disarm it, right? Got it, I'll take care of this one.
Moniqa: Thank you. You sure kept it quick.
This is the game's obligatory water stage, though no water actually shows up until the second half. Instead, the main gimmick in the first half is the wormhole traps placed by the boss, Merak. These wormholes lead to enemy-filled corridors, and there's three of them total. However, one is placed in an avoidable place right above a platform, so it's easy to avoid it by just jumping straight to the area above the platform.
There also exists a hidden route right before the first wormhole that requires either Anthem or the use of Equipment that grants at least two air hops. This hidden route leads to a secret wormhole that grants 300 Kudos for just entering, though the area it leads to is identical to the third and final wormhole area. Once you leave this area, you'll instantly be transported to the last part of the first section, a short walk away from the hexapyle.
The second half of the stage is where the "water" part of this water level finally comes into play. After a short walk, you'll arrive at a vertical section with rising water. Obviously, you need to outrun this water, though don't worry, it won't instantly kill you if you land in it. Instead, you'll slowly begin to take damage after spending too much time in it, and you'll be unable to use the Flashfield without instantly overheating. After this long vertical section, there's just a small area before an enemy room, then an even shorter corridor leading to a hexapyle and the boss, Merak.
Proceed through the stage as normal until you reach the flooding sequence.
During the last part of this section, you'll find the jewel near the top of the ascent in a little area.
- Subaquatic Sprint: Clear in 8 minutes or less. (Reward: Garnet x8)
- Euphotic Euphoria: Clear in 5 minutes or less. (Reward: Microdegenerator x1)
- Trench Fighter: Clear with a rank of B or higher. (Reward: Graym Culture x8)
- Power Plunge: Clear with a rank of S or higher. (Reward: Antigravity Engine x1)
- Aphotic Apotheosis: Clear with a rank of S+. (Reward: Antigravity Engine x5)
- Early Bird: Clear while avoiding as many wormhole traps as possible. (Reward: Microdegenerator x2)
- Above the Brine: Clear without getting submerged in seawater. (Reward: Antigravity Engine x1)
- This stage has a secret icon that can be found by shooting an area below an elevator with Mizuchi five times, and will set your Kudos to 1000. This icon is the mascot of the gaming news site "Game*Spark".
- It is normally impossible to hear all of the stage dialogue that plays during the rising water sequence, as it will be cut off by either GV's drowning dialogue or the dialogue that is triggered by encountering the trapped soldier. The only way to hear it is to get Anthem prior to the sequence, as it prevents GV from drowning. Even then, it is still impossible to hear all of it. Moniqa apologizing after GV's monologue will be cut off by the soldiers who stop the water, which appears to be automatically triggered when the water level reaches a certain height.
- If you allow GV and a single Sumeragi Gunner to be submerged in deep water for one minute, the former will drown, but the latter, oddly, will not.