Please note that this is the Goldeneye Wiki's article on the level in GoldenEye for the N64. If you are looking for the article on the level in the Wii remake and Reloaded then you should head to Cradle (2010). For other uses, see Cradle (disambiguation)
Bond's final showdown with Alec Trevelyan, and the end of GoldenEye's main storyline, takes place on the Antenna Cradle.
Overview[edit | edit source]
The Cradle is a large radio antenna suspended over a massive dish built into the ground. The structure is supported by three pylons, which (in the film) can be retracted into the ground to conceal the antenna inside of the dish, which is usually flooded with water. This prevented the CIA from knowing of the GoldenEye control centre's existence. There are two shed-like structures on the second level of the cradle, and these house machinery used for aligning the antenna. As well as this, they also contain a backup control console; seeing as Natalya had previously sent the GoldenEye's path of alignment off course, Trevelyan uses this control console in an attempt to send another firing command to the satellite. However, the antenna must be realigned first, giving Bond the time he needs to destroy the console. The third level of the cradle structure has another shed, this one leading to an extremely small platform hanging over the dish. This platform is where Bond and Trevelyan's final shots will be exchanged, and if either one of them falls off the edge at this point, they will plunge a long way to their doom while the other watches from the platform.
The guards found on this level wear light armor and the color of their beret shows their level of lethality. The black berets wield a single ZMG (9mm) and may toss grenades on occasion. While still dangerous due to the accuracy and action speed increase from their action block, they are the least imposing with 50% accuracy. Red berets wield dual ZMGs and have 60% extra accuracy. The blue berets also dual wield ZMGs just like the red berets, but have 80% extra accuracy, making them the most threatening of Trevelyan's personal guard. These guards will constantly pursue Bond, trying to protect Trevelyan and the satellite control console.
Weapons[edit | edit source]
- PP7 Special Issue - Default
- ZMG (9mm) - Janus Special Forces
- US AR33 Assault Rifle - Trevelyan
- Hand Grenade - Often can probably be dropped by Trevelyan, but sometimes - Janus Special Forces
Enemies[edit | edit source]
- Janus Special Forces (Most are equipped with Dual ZMGs here, some have single ZMGs.)
- Alec Trevelyan (Equipped with a single AR33 rifle and hand grenades)
- Autoguns (Wall Guns)
Music[edit | edit source]
Pad List[edit | edit source]
Basic Pads (Mission)[edit | edit source]
Advanced Pads (Mission)[edit | edit source]
Basic Pads (Multi)[edit | edit source]
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- On December 1st, 2020, the real life Arecibo Observatory collapsed after withstanding many years of hurricanes, earthquakes, and an ever shrinking budget leading to a lack of maintenance, still seeing active use in radio astrology to its very last day.
- The Cradle is based on Arecibo Observatory, the world's largest radio telescope. The most obvious change is that the Goldeneye Cradle has three walkways extending from the tops of the support towers, while the real antenna has only one which extends from the base of the North tower to the central platform. This is presumably a change made for the abandoned multiplayer version of the map, as the two additional walkways have little function in singleplayer (guards spawn here and run to the main portion of the structure).
- The lower platform in the movie is further down and the platform at the base too small to stand up on; these were changed in the game due to engine limits in the former case and the need to have a final confrontation in the latter.
- The Cradle was originally supposed to have a multiplayer variant, but it was cut because of the performance issues (this was discovered, when people had tried to run The Cradle map/level in the multi, using GameShark). It can still be accessed through the Gameshark.
- In the movie, Alec is trying to catch up with Bond, while in the game Bond is chasing Alec.
- Also, in the movie version only Bond and Trevelyan are present on the actual antenna, while in the game, there are guards trying to stop Bond.
- In the game, it is not possible to see the ground. In multiplayer, if the player falls off the platform, they will fall to the "ground", which is really the bottom of the skybox.
- The Cradle makes an appearance in Goldeneye: Rogue Agent as a multiplayer level, called Critical.
- In the game, Trevelyan does not take damage, unless, in cases where he stops and starts shooting at you. However, In some cases, shooting him may not inflict damage on him, and he will start running again. In this case, if you shoot him again, he will actually take damage, and it will be seen and heard.
- This is the only level where a regular enemy doesn't wield any of the main 3 rifles, but a boss does. The 3 rifles being the KF7 Soviet, D5K Deutsche, and AR33 Assault Rifle.