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Meet Gunvolt’s Rival, Copen, In Azure Striker Gunvolt


Gunvolt has a rival in Azure Striker Gunvolt. His name is Copen and he’s dubbed “the Psychic Slayer”. Copen harbours a deep hatred for Psychics and the Sumeragi group, and is dedicated to eradicating psychics.


Copen feels that, left unchecked, Psychics are a threat that will eventually subjugate anyone that doesn’t have their powers, and has made it his mission to destroy them. He has no powers of his own, but his scientific mind is on par with Sumeragi’s best scientists.


He’s also a highly skilled fighter. Using Psychic Element samples that he has stolen and analyzed, Copen has created equipment that can replicate Psychic powers. As a result, when you face him, he will use powers that he has replicated from the game’s Psychic bosses.


Lazy Laser: Copen fires a giant laser that continues going after Gunvolt by passing through a series of wormholes. Based on the psychic elements of Merak.

Arrogant Radiance: Copen switches his shield to attack mode and fires at Gunvolt with a giant laser beam and photo guns. Based on Iota.




Blazing Bombers: Copen fires rapid balls of energy that explode as they charge forward. Based on the psychic elements of Viper.



Power Grab: Copen fires three special shots that temporarily freeze Gunvolt’s abilities. Based on the psychic elements of Carrera.


Gorgon’s Gaze: Copen fires a special beam of light that paralyzes all in its path. Based on the psychic elements of Elise.


Flesh Eater: Numerous flies chase Gunvolt around the screen. Based on the psychic elements of Stratos.


Multiplicity: Copen’s Special Ability allows him to produce several doppelgangers that all charge at Gunvolt at once. Based on the psychic elements of Zonda.


Azure Striker Gunvolt will be available in North America via the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS on August 29th. It will cost $15. A release is being prepared for Europe as well, but has not been dated yet.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.