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Patch the Good Luck Emblem.jpg
Patch the Good Luck
General information
Classification Lynx
Gender Male
Affiliation and military information
Affiliation Collared
Rank 27
Craft NEXT No Count
Real world information
Appearances Armored Core: For Answer
Voice actor Naomi Kusumi (JAP)

Patch the Good Luck is a Lynx that appears in Armored Core: For Answer. He is ranked #27 in Collared.

In-Game Biography[]

This independent mercenary has more history on the field of battle than most, piloting a strange looking reverse-legged craft. His favored combat strategy is to snipe from the air or from concealed locations to catch his opponents off guard.

Information[]

Patch the Good Luck appears as an enemy during the mission Defeat Unknown NEXT+No Count, hired by Buppa Zu Gan to assist ORCA. During the mission, he is shown to be reluctant and distrustful of ORCA's intentions stating that he wants no trouble from them. Along with Buppa Zu Gan and PQ, he is ambushed and overwhelmed by Strayed. Bearing witness the defeat of both his fellow ORCA associates, he surrenders to his enemies and begs for their mercy. His fate is left unknown as he can either be spared by Strayed or destroyed.

NEXT No Count[]

NEXT No Count

His NEXT, No Count, is a strange looking reverse-joint craft designed by Kamisori Johnny specifically for long-range sniping from the air; it also employs ECM, making it easier for him to attack from concealed locations. A lightweight unit, it nevertheless uses a heavyweight SUNSHINE core. This design choice may be good for its ballistic defense, but it trades off some of the maneuverability that reverse-jointed ACs are known for.

Parts[]

  • Head Stabilizers
  • Core Stabilizers
    • Core R Upper: None
    • Core L Upper: None
    • Core R Lower: None
    • Core L Lower: None
  • Arm Stabilizers
    • Arm Right: None
    • Arm Left: None
  • Leg Stabilizers
    • Legs Back: None
    • Legs R Upper: None
    • Legs L Upper: None
    • Legs R Middle: None
    • Legs L Middle: None
    • Legs R Lower: SOLUH-LEGS-5
    • Legs L Lower: SOLUH-LEGS-5

Strategy[]

Order Match[]

Thanks to No Count's low ammo count on both his sniper rifle and laser rifle, low damage per second output as well as being quite cumbersome for a lightweight, No Count is one of the easier opponents around. His laser rifle and sniper rifle combined may add up some damage, but is nevertheless quite weak overall. He only rarely use his AS Missile, so don't worry too much.

Mission[]

Interestingly, during the mission in which No Count appears, it is actually unnecessary to fight him at all. If the player ignores him and instead goes after Buppa Zu Gan, Patch will immediately cease fire upon his consort's defeat, and begs for mercy. If the player then waits without attacking, he'll Overboost out of the arena, resulting in a Mission Complete. The same cannot be said for Hard Mode however, as Patch will continue fighting even when his consorts are destroyed. Nevertheless, Patch is the weakest link of the trio and it is highly advisable to destroy No Count first before tackling other NEXTs; not the least due to prevent him from using his ECMs.

No Count is no harder than in the Order Matches. However, since you are dealing with multiple NEXTs, concentrating on No Count will be slightly tricky. Thankfully, No Count is placed at the front most junction, and will almost always jump up and fly. Engage him with whatever you have, but make sure to neutralize him first.

Quotes[]

  • I get it, I get it. Let's get this over with. Remember your promise Buppa Zu Gan. I don't want any trouble.
  • Where's my support?! This isn't what we discussed! (if severely damaged)
  • Y-you're kidding right? T-this is a dream! Somebody p- (if killed)
  • Wait wait! I give up! H-hey, I'm just following orders here! If he's pulled out, why should I...? Y-you guys, you're still alive right? This is No Count, come in! We're allies right? Right? (If Buppa Zu Gan is killed first)
  • This can't be happening! You can't be serious!
  • You're messing with the wrong guy, infant.

Gallery[]

Trivia[]

  • The name No Count is actually a borrowed English phrase used in Japanese to denote something that "didn't count", as in a bet or an action that did not count. While the US version mistranslates Patch's plea for ceasefire as an identifying call ("This is No Count, come in!"), the Japanese line was actually "(I might have fought you, but) you didn't die, so it doesn't count".
  • Patches in From's Souls games and Bloodborne are a reference to this Lynx, with the name in the Japanese versions of the games being "Patch": "Patches" is a localization change. The versions seen in the Souls games and Bloodborne always uses the same phrase "No Count" in the Japanese version, which is likewise removed by the localization. The version in Dark Souls even has, though with different wording, a line of dialogue in which he says "you didn't die, so it doesn't count".
  • The equipment used by Patches in Dark Souls and Elden Ring are further acknowledgement of Patch and No Count. The mech's reversed legs are represented by his sales of equipment with a horse's hind leg(s) on them, and his long-range sniping tactics from Armored Core are represented by his usage of a long spear and a large shield in combat. Finally, Patches often retreats, and surrenders when confronted directly.
  • No Count's emblem depicts a die with all of the sides with bullet holes changing their numbers to sixes, which is the origin of the name "patch the good luck", the bullet holes being his way of "patching" the die to bring him good luck (sixes).
  • Originally, Patch was suppose to be replaced by PQ when the difficulty is set to hard mode. This mechanic however was not added probably due to the unchanged difficulties and not leaving enough pressure for both the Player AC and the hired ally mercenary.
  • Patch's japanese voice actor, Naomi Kusumi would later voiced Patches the Spider in japanese dub of Bloodborne and Patches the Hyena in japanese dub of Demon's Souls PS5 remake.
    • Both of them are the incarnations of Patches in other FromSoftware's games.
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