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    Ghosts 'n Goblins FAQ
    (c) Copyright 2006 ThisIsD7
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    1. Version History
    2. Introduction
    3. Controls
    4. Weapons
    5. Items
    6. Enemies
    7. Walkthrough
    8. Tips and Tricks
    9. Facts
    10. Credits
    1. Version History
    Version 1.5 - 4/18/2006
    - Completed the whole walkthrough
    - Added Tips and Tricks
    - Added Enemies
    - Added Facts
    - Added Credits
    - Added Introduction
    Version 1 - 4/17/2006
    - Started writing this guide
    - Added all the controls, weapons, items
    - Started the walkthrough
    2. Introduction
    Ghosts 'n Goblins is by far one of the greatest games Capcom has ever put out.
    There is really no other platform game I enjoy playing more then Ghosts N
    Goblins. The story starts off taking on the role of Sir Arthur Arthur, who
    sees his sweetheart, Princess Guinevere, kidnapped by the Goblin King.
    Arthur must run and jump through six horizontal and eight-way scrolling levels
    in his bid to rescue the kidnapped princess. Arthur is initially armed with
    throwable lances, but a variety of other throwing weapons, such as axes,
    flaming torches, swords etc. are dropped by defeated enemies and can be picked
    up and used to fend off the zombies, bats, demons and other assorted satanic
    minions that Sir Arthur has to face. Each of the six end-of-level gates is
    guarded by one of Satan's generals; huge, end-of-level guardians who must be
    defeated before the player can finally reach the Goblin King and rescue the
    princess. . This game is not easy by any means infact it's usually regarded
    as one of the harder arcade games.
    3. Controls
    4-way Joystick moves Arthur side to side and up and down. There is 1 set of
    buttons. 1 controls his weapon while the other jumps. Fairy simple controls
    4. Weapons
    - The player begins with this weapon. Moves in a straight line across the
    - A powerful weapon. Similar to the Lance but travels much faster.
    Flaming Torch
    - A weapon of dubious value. Moves in a descending arc from the point of
    release. It momentarily burns on the ground, destroying any enemy it comes in
    contact with. It will kill enemies quicker than the Lance or Dagger but is more
    awkward to use.
    - Moves in a similar manner to the Flaming Torch. However, this weapon
    continues through enemies, allowing one axe to kill multiple targets. More
    powerful than the Flaming Torch but, again, is awkward to use.
    Shield (or Crucifix if you are playing the Japanese version)
    - Similar to the Lance in movement but with a very limited range. However,
    unlike all other weapons, it can also block enemy fire. The Shield is the only
    weapon capable of defeating the final boss.
    5. Items
    Skull Coins - 200
    Wreaths - 200
    Young Arthur Doll - 200
    Foot Soldier Doll - 400
    Knight Arthur Doll - 400
    Princess Doll - 400
    Ghost Dolls - 400
    Devil Doll - 400
    King Arthur Doll - 10,000
    Money Bags - 500
    The Princess' Ring - 100
    The Princess' Shoe - 800
    The Princess' Dress - 1,000
    Arthur's Knickerbockers - 2,000
    Arthur's Crown - 5,000
    6. Enemies
    Zombie -  200
    Crows - 100
    Eyeball Plant  - 100
    Grave Spirit -  200
    Sons of Satan - 1000
    Dark Shield Knights -  100
    Wraiths -  100
    Cyclops  - 2000
    Blue Devils 	- 100
    Ogres - 500
    Purple Goblins - 100
    Bats -  100
    Two-Headed Golems - 300
    Dragons -	200 body part and 1000 head
    Skeletons - 100
    The Red Guard - 3000
    Satan (a.k.a Lucifer, Mephisto, The Devil) "Prince of Darkness" -  10000
    7. Walkthrough
    -The Graveyard and Forest
    The games begins in a graveyard walking to your right start shooting your weapon
    repeatedly to kill the zombies that appear from the ground. If you see a zombie
    with a basket attached to them they are carrying an item. So make sure you
    dont kill them on a tombstone and wait for them to be in the clear then kill
    them and pick up the item. Now make sure you jump over the tombstones. If you
    want to get a quick 2,000 points hit one of the tombstones 15 times and a
    Grave Spirit will appear. Quickly shoot him before he can turn you into a
    frog and you get 200 points. You can do this with all tombstones. Anyways
    sooner or later you will see a raised piece of land over you with a ladder. You
    can either go the top or bottom way. Both lead to the same thing and personally
    I'd go with the top only because if you take the bottom you have to worry
    about zombies plus the eyeball plant spitting at you where if your ontop you
    only have to worry about the eyeball plant. Also by now you should have the
    torch. If you don't have the torch don't worry you can still use your lance
    no problem. So taking the ladder up wait for the zombies to clear away
    (they don't go down the ladder) and make sure the eyeball plant stops
    spitting. Now is your chance quickly get up and shot your weapon at the
    eyeball plant. If you miss or he shoots first you can jump over the shot with
    no problem. Now hopefully you got by that ok. Move to your left and grab
    the skull coin and move back to your right. Staying on top walk forward
    jumping over tombstones and killing the enemies. Watch out for the eyeball
    plant on the edge. This one always gets me cause I totally forget about
    him. Now move down to the ground and keep moving right kill the enemies and
    soon you will run into your first "boss". Sons of Satan is pretty quick so
    shoot him 4 times with the lance or torch will kill him no problem. If you get
    hit or you have no armor. You can get armor between the sons of Satan starting
    position and last money bag. If you have armor the armor will not show up.
    Moving on hop over the water. You will soon find Dark Shield Knights flying by
    you watch out for the last one he moves low to the ground and will end up
    hitting you. Again if you have no armor you can get it between the eyeball
    plant and the money bag. Now going forward you will soon see Wraiths moving
    back and forth across the screen. The safe way out is to ignore them unless
    they happen to be in your way or will end up hitting you. Now keep going
    quickly shoot the spitting plant and pick up the skull coin. Now you will find
    your first REAL boss. But before you go killing Cyclops make sure you kill all
    the Wraiths or they will follow you to cyclops and still try and get you there.
    Now for Cyclops he's pretty fast and likes to jump all over the screen so all
    you can really do is move out of his way and keep shooting. It takes about 10
    to 15 hits pending on if you have the lance or torch to kill him. After you
    kill him a key will come down. Go grab it and your onto the next level.
    - The Ice Palace
    This level more or less isn't hard it's just annoying. When you first start off
    you will be greeted by Blue Devils. These guys are very fast and get annoying
    pretty fast. So jump onto the first platform infront of you and move straight
    right. You will find a platform moving up and down, jump up on it and jump
    across to the platform under the eyeball plant. Moving forward quickly jump
    onto the other platforms and finally you'll see regular land but before you
    jump onto the last platform note that it drops the minute you step on it. So
    be ready to do a fast jump and then another quick jump while holding right.
    You should make it with no problem. Now that your on flatland walk forward
    and go by the first building don't worry there's no enemies yet. Now you will
    come up on a second house. This house has Blue Devils flying out the windows
    from all directions. You have 2 choices, first choice is to stand your ground
    and fight them. Or second choice and keep walking and pass them unless they
    come straight at you. Note that the torch is useless against these guys because
    they are slightly to fast for the torch so you'd need the lance. Jump over the
    water gap and you will see Ogres. These guys take about 10 hits with the lance
    to kill. So take the first ladder and start firing your weapon asap at them.
    You SHOULD have enough time to kill them before they hit you. Now you'll see
    2 ladders it's personal preference this time both ladders lead to the same
    place. Which one you pick kill the Orges and grab the Skull coin. Moving on
    go to your right and kill the ravens that are flying around. Do not take any
    ladders going up for they are useless and you'll need to take a ladder down to
    actually go anywhere else. There's 2 skull coins up there so if you want them
    watch out for the Ogres and go get them. Now take the ladder down and kill
    that Ogre grab the skull coin and go down the ladder.  Also Orges can
    walk through the stone walls so watch out. Now your done with that mess,
    going forward you will see 3 stone blocks over water. The minute you step on
    them they move up and down. So jump carefully on them to make it across the
    water. You will then be on a platform with yet another water gap with stone
    blocks do the same thing you did last time. Watch out for the red ravens these
    are different from the blue ravens because they pick a target, and fly right
    at it. So make your way across that and then theres 2 more of these so do
    the same thing you did before. Take your time dont rush or you'll end up dying.
    What I found out was that if you let the blocks go through their movements
    first THEN I make my way across so there's no surprise. You hopefully finished
    that and now your back to stable land. Move to your right and welcome to boss
    number 2 which is two (2) Cyclops. There really is no easy way to beat them
    they love to jump and shoot fireballs. So what you should do is take a few
    shots then stop and be on the defense then go back to shooting. Try and kill
    the Cyclops with the basket first because he holds the knife. When you get the
    knife I suggest you keep it as long as you can because it's a really good
    weapon to have. Hopefully you killed them and got the key and completed that
    - The Caves
    When the level starts you'll see bats at the top of the screen and probably a
    zombie coming at you. First duck then kill the zombie, the bats won't bother
    with you. Now move forward and go up the first ladder. Grab the skull coin and
    stay ontop and kill the zombies that come up to you. You should see a zombie
    with a basket. Kill him and you should see The Princess' Shoe. Pick it up and
    you get a fresh 800 points. Jump over the stones if you want you can do the
    "turn into a frog" trick here where if you hit the stone 15 times Grave Spirit
    comes out and trys to turn you into a frog. Killing him gives you 200. Now
    you should be near the end of the top level. You can either take the ladder or
    jump off the side. But before you do that you have to kill the Two-Headed
    Golems. These guys aren't exactly easy, they have 2 heads so they can shoot
    either from the top or bottom or both. So kill the Two-Headed Golem on the top
    jump off the side. Kill the Two-Headed Golem infront of you and go forward. Now
    going forward you will see your buddy Sons of Satan but he's slightly faster
    now and every time you shoot your weapon he'll move out of the way. So this is
    where I pray that you still have the knife. Shoot repeatedly with the knife and
    he will die in 3-4 hits from the knife. Make your way up and watch out for the
    Wraiths. Moving up more you'll see yet another Sons of Satan. Kill him with
    your knife and keep moving forward. Take the ladder and go up, grab the money
    bags and kill the Wraiths. Make your way thro the top section killing the
    Wraiths and Blue Devils. Just before you jump down watch out because under you
    is yet another Sons of Satan. Again kill with the knife and move down grab the
    money bag and jump down to the ground. Sadly there is yet ANOTHER Sons of Satan
    killing him with the knife and move to the right. You will bump into your boss
    Dragons. The first thing you want to do is never shoot directly at him you
    need to kill off his tail first then go for his head. Each section of the
    tail takes only 1 hit the head takes 3-4 hits. Kill him off grab the key
    and move to the next level.
    - The Great Abyss
    This level is one of the quickest yet hardest levels in the game. You will see
    a bunch of moving platforms. You need to make your way carefully over the big
    gaps under you. Take your time and don't rush. Just before your done you'll find
    Sons of Satan waiting for you on the bridge. Stop jumping and focus on killing
    him asap. Once you kill him move onto the bridge. Note that if you don't kill
    Sons of Satan he will follow you until the end of the level which isnt a good
    thing. Now carefully make your way through the bridge watch out for the
    fire that spits up. At the end of the bridge is yet another Sons of Satan.
    Kill him off and meet your boss which is Dragons again. Remember kill the
    tail first and then the head. Grab the key and move to the next level.
    Like I said this level is quick
    - Satan's Castle Entrance
    Make sure you still have the knife with you in this level. Also this is the
    level where the cross/sheild starts to make an appearance so basically
    anything with a basket kill it. It's not the easiest weapon to get. Now when
    you get it DO NOT GET ANOTHER WEAPON or you can't beat the game.
    When you start the level you will see Blue Devils and a ladder..take the ladder
    up and hit the skull as soon as you can or it will turn into a skeleton and
    most likely hit you. So kill him and grab the skull coin, go back down the
    ladder and kill the skull infront of you keep walking and then take the ladder
    up. By now you should have noticed plenty of Wraiths and Blue Devils. So after
    you take the ladder up grab the skull coin and take the ladder up thats to your
    left. Grab the skull coin there. You'll notice 2 bats, ignore them because they
    wont touch you and jump over the gap. Kill the skull and take the ladder up now
    walk to the right and take that ladder up and you need to beat yet another Sons
    of Satan. For some odd reason this Sons of Satan isn't that annoying simply
    hit him with the knife 4-5 times and he's done. Now you need to take the ladder
    to your left and stay on that side following the ladders up until you can't go
    up anymore. Then you need to go to your right and jump on the moving platform
    and go across and jump onto the other side. Now take that ladder up and kill
    the Ogre, jump over the gap and take that ladder up. Then quickly take the next
    ladder or the Ogre will spot you and attack you. Go up yet another ladder and
    grab the skull coin. Walk across and take the ladder up then the next ladder
    on your right and before you know it you'll be met by The Red Guard. He's
    pretty fast and when he covers himself he's blocking your shots so just keep
    shooting and hopefully he'll die soon. Grab the key and your onto the next
    - Satan's Castle Tower
    This level is quite annoying if you don't have the shield your basically
    screwed. But hoping you have the shield kill the wraith and go up the ladder
    you need to move quickly and get off the ladder and then QUICKLY run to the
    next ladder on the left side don't even bother with the 2 cyclops. Go to the
    right and take that ladder and now you'll see your buddy the dragons. Kill him
    and stay to your left. DO NOT go to your right or you'll meet Sons of Satan and
    trust me you don't want to even tho he's easy you want to save your health. Go
    up the series of ladders and kill the Ogre and go to your right kill the skull
    and you'll see Sons of Satan under you. Don't worry he won't wake up go up the
    ladder kill the Ogre and the skulls and go up the ladder on your left side. Go
    across and kill the skulls and Ogre then up that ladder and now sadly you have
    to kill off the skeleton quickly and worry about three (3) Sons of Satan. Tho
    you have the shield its quite easy since you can block their shots at you. So
    kill them off. Kill the skull and now take the ladder and stay to your far left
    as much as possible. And go up the stone ladder again staying to your far left.
    You will see The Red Guard, kill him off again remember you can block his shots
    after you kill him move to your right and surprise theres yet another Red
    Guard. Kill him off and grab the key. Congrads your at the final boss now if
    you have the shield. If you don't you will be warped back to Satan's Castle
    Entrance until you get the shield and have to repeat this level all over again.
    - Satan's Throne Room
    Wow this guy is ugly! Keep as far away as you can but make sure you are
    in reach to use your shield. Jump the fireballs which don't move to quickly so
    you should have no problem. Once you kill him sadly the screen flashes and
    says it was just an illusion and you need to start the game over. When you
    play the game over again the enemies move slightly faster but when you kill
    Satan this time you get a good ending. Congradulations you beat one of the
    hardest games in the arcade.
    8. Tips and Tricks
    Game Tricks :
    * Turn Into A Frog : As soon as you become a duck, shoot a tombstone 15 times
    in a row and a Grave Spirit will appear. The Grave Spirit will fire
    a bolt at you. Let it hit you and you'll become a frog.
    * Frog Bug Trick : Wait until the timer reaches 0 :01 and then have the
    Grave Spirit turn you into a frog, if he turns you into a frog as the timer runs
    out, Arthur becomes distorted (sprite broken) and the timer becomes crazy.
    But you can continue the play like this. :)
    * Levitating Monsters : At level 6 (just after having beaten the big red
    guardian), kill the 5 skulls, then climb up the ladder to wake up the 2
    doglike monsters. Go down again and walk right until you're blocked by the
    wall. Then wait for the monsters to stand just over you (possibly at the
    rightmost possible point), shoot at this very moment and it happens that they
    jump and remain in mid-air. It's not easy to do that, but you can manage to
    have both jumping and stuck. After that, you can safely climb up the ladder
    and walk while the monsters are moving above you without touching you. Don't
    shoot again, or they may jump up and go to the upper platform.
    Boss Tricks :
    1) Dragon Trick - You can pass the level four dragon by fleeing! Just walk
    until music changes to boss theme (if you can't hear that, the spot is where
    you have the last two flames on the left of the screen), then go to extreme
    left : if everything is okay, the music should stop and the flames freeze. Go
    to the door to collect the key.
    2) Demon Trick - To make disappear the demon boss at end of level five, try
    running away from him as fast as you can! Reach the floor with the hole in it
    and jump through it. If you have correct timing, you will fall in the pit,
    avoiding the moving platforms, and eventually escape the boss. Ogre boss tricks
     - The ogre bosses tend to jump when you fire, even if not directly at them.
     This is very useful in level six, when you can avoid losing your armor by
     activating the ogres, then going down the ladder and firing while holding your
     man in the same position where he starts at the beginning of the level.
    Other Tricks :
    1) Weapon Trick - After having defeated a level boss(es), the Arthur can fire
    two or three "invisible shots"; if the man is facing the right border of the
    screen while doing so, the shots will reappear in the following stage.
    This can be exploited to kill some of the skulls at beginning of level six
    2) Fire Bridge Trick - If the game difficulty level is not set to hard (you
    can check this by the zombies' speed), the fire bridge can be traversed
    by simply going right without stopping.
    3) Weird Spots - In levels five and six there are spots where you can jump
    through the yellow rock background : usually getting blocked or killed. In
    level six, the floor below the bosses' has an invisible hole in it at the
    extreme left : this can be used to the player's advantage.
    4) Cemetery Glitch - Reach the last tomb before the devil, jump it and go
    right two or three steps. Arthur should now be in front of a tree on the
    background. Don't go any further - go back, instead. Climb the first ladder
    you'll meet, then climb down the one on the left, which shouldn't be completely
    on the screen if you peformed the trick correctly : surprise!
    5) Warp Trick - This is very odd : by a strategy similar to the one to reveal
    the cemetery glitch (that is, fiddling with scroll), you can activate a 'level
    warp' in the platform section at the beginning of level four. It involves
    going right, then trying to have some platform carry you beyond the
    'scroll stops' line on the left. This should kill Arthur and possibly
    make the next life start on the fire bridge or in level 5.
    Where is the  Armor? :
    1) The first armor is in the cemetery, between the red devil's starting
    position and last money bag : jump there to catch it. In the forest, there's
    the infamous unreachable armor : to collect it you should reach a spot just
    above the money bag right after the first eyeball plant. This cannot be done by
    2) There are two armors in the ice palace. One can be gotten by walking left
    off the topmost platform; the other will fall right in front of the inferior
    plant by roaming around the other plant's location.
    3) There are two armors in the blue cave. The first one is obtained by climbing
    the leftmost ladder and falling off the ledge. To get the second, perform a
    well-placed jump (you have to cross some precise point in mid-air while
    falling) before the fight with the last red devil.
    4) The last armor is collected in level six by simply walking right on the
    first floor with hulk-like monsters on it.
    9. Facts
    Licenced to Taito for US manufacture and distribution.
    Also licensed to Romstar for US distribution.
    This game is known in Japan as "Makaimura".
    The princess was officially called 'Prin Prin' (this is a onomatopeia for
    the buttocks which make a pretty movement).
    The main character, Arthur, appears as a striker character in "Marvel vs.
    Capcom - Clash of Super Heroes".
    The red flying gargoyle enemy that you come across in the first level actually
     has his own game on the Nintendo Game Boy called "Gargoyle's Quest -
     Ghosts'n Goblins" and a few sequels on Nintendo Famicom / SNES. The
     gargoyle has been also included as a secret boss in Neo-Geo's "SNK Vs.
     Capcom - SVC Chaos".
    Alfa Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game
    Bandai made a board game for GnG in Japan back in the 80s. Of course it was
    only released in japan.
    10. Credits
    Info taken from Ghosts 'n' Goblins Online, Wikipedia, The Ghoul Realm,  and
    Mame's History .dat