It'll often be necessary as you'll find a zombie bursting from the ground right where you're about to land, or a bird swooping in from above on a collision course.
If you manage to survive long enough in the Gold armour to find yet another upgrade chest, you can get your hands on the Moon shield which will absorb one hit for you, provided you're standing still at the moment of impact.
Beyond that there's a Sun shield, which works the same way but absorbs three hits.
And save Guinevere from the mysterious depths of the Phantom Zone in Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts!
These days, it's in vogue to bemoan Mega Man's absence from the gaming scene.
Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts was one of the first SNES titles, launching just two months after the console's 1991 release.
The story begins with the kidnapping of Princess Guinevere at the hands of the evil Emperor Sardius, which promptly sets Sir Arthur on his quest to rescue her from all manner of, well, ghouls and ghosts.
Fiendish foes and grim demons are about to hurl disaster your way! Who knows what creeping, leaping terrors haunt this dripping realm!
The reeking ruler of the forbidden land can call forth evil and destruction.
As difficult as it is, deaths in Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts never feel unfair.
Instead, we found ourselves wondering what we could do to keep our hero alive.
It's a throwback to Capcom's greatest years and one of the hardest games on Nintendo's most popular platform.