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                         |  Naruto: Path of ninja 2  |                         
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/Intro/
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Welcome: This time weíll be taking a look at Naruto: Path of Ninja 2 for the
Nintendo DS.  A solid RPG with a very diverse set of characters, this is one
that any Naruto fan will enjoy.  The downside of the game is its length, you
can beat the story mode in about ten hours.  Less if you Rush it.  Thankfully
there's a load to do after the game is over.
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1.0     01-09-2009     Updated to Gamefaqs
1.1     04-23-2009     Corrected Spelling and Grammar errors, more coming soon
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/table of contents/
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those sections marked with a * are not completed yet

Intro
Update Guide
Table of Contents
Formations
General Tips
Walkthrough
     First mirror
     Second mirror
     Third mirror
     Fourth mirror
     Fifth mirror
     Sealing the beast
Aftermath
     Tips *
Kumite Missions
     Kumite *
     Limited Kumite *
     Survival Kumite *
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/Formations/
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|x| | |   
| |x| | - Raises Resistance to poison and blind
|x| | |  

This will be the formation you'll want to use near the beginning of the game,
before you gain the status healing Jutsu.  This works especially well in
the first boss battle as well, though the defensive formation works better.

|x| | |   
|x| | | - Raises ATK of Main Members
|x| | |   

I use this formation for random encounters only.  It doesn't work well for boss
battles because your team will also take a lot more damage.  It does make
random encounters much faster though, often letting you take all enemies out
before they get a chance to move.

| |x| | 
|x| | | - Raises Defense of main members 
| |x| |

This formation works well for many boss battles, the two charachters in the
back should either have long range weapons or offensive jutsu.  Temari makes
a good back row character, as does shino.

| | |x|
|x| | | - Strengthens fire and water of main members
| | |x|

This formation never found a use through either of my playthroughs, but if you
use Kiba as your front line member and load the two back units with fire and
water chakra tags, I suppose this is viable.  I prefer the defensive formation
better

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|x|x|x| - Increases agility of the main members
| | | |

This formation works well as a temporary formation.  Start the battle in this
formation and then move your characters into a different formation when you
get your buffs set up.  I don't use it much, but it works quite well against
particularly speedy bosses, like sasuke.

|x| | |
| |x| | - increases luck, makes members resistant to sudden death
| | |x|

There is only one ability that causes instant death, silent killing, and it
doesn't warrant its own formation.  Pass this one up for better ones.
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/General Tips/
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1. Search everywhere - My guide simply walks you from point A to point B.  If
you have to go out of your way to find an item, Iíll mention it, but generally
Iíll assume that you explore on your own.

2. Fight - About fifteen minutes into the game, you gain the escape jutsu,
which allows you to escape from battle.  I recommend that you use this
sparingly, as battles are important for gaining money and experience.

3. Don't try to equip everyone - Pick a team of four and make sure they get
the best equipment available, keep everyone else unequipped, they don't
need equipment, if you switch characters, switch armor/weapons.

4. Stock up - Don't sell any high level healing items, like medical packs or
Family secret ointment.  Don't use them either.  You can buy chakra and health
restoring items for a relatively low price.  Use them instead.

5. Spend Chakra, don't waste it - chakra is important in this game, as you
can't use your most powerful attacks without it.  if you have an attack
that hits multiple enemies, use it for multiple enemies.  Don't use Gaara's
Sand Tsunami for two enemies, make sure you get the full effect if you're
going to spend all the chakra for it.

Well, on those happy notes, let's get started...

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/the first mirror/ 
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Our game opens with a trio talking in front of a large cave.  They speak about
breaking barriers and seals.  Sounds like they're up to no good.  Afterwards
the village chief is informed and hands someone named nazuna a mirror.  She
runs after him and after a bit of dialogue he falls from a cliff.

Now we switch to the front of the Hidden leaf village, where Naruto, Sakura, 
and Kakashi enter.  They talk for a while and then run into nazuna. (Naruto
falls in love immediately, shallow thing that he is).  The three from before
show up and demand the mirror.  After they rough Naruto up a bit, it's time
to show them a lesson.  Battle time.

This battle works like a tutorial.  Simply follow Kakashi's orders and you'll
put your first win under your belt in no time.  After you knock the first one
down, Kakashi will introduce you to jutsu.  Don't worry about using it if you
don't want to, just have Sakura and Naruto attack until he falls.

Afterwards, you are told to talk to the Hokage, to alert her about what's
happened.  First, step to the right and stand on the hidden leaf symbol.
This will heal your entire party, both HP and Chakra.  Use them whenever
you see them.  While standing on the symbol, press the select button to save
your game.

Feel free to explore the town, there's plenty of items scattered around.  When
you get ready to continue, head up a screen and to the right.  Head through the
gate and into the round house with a woman standing next to the door.  Talk
to Lady Tsunade.  After she gives you your mission, Jiraiya shows up and gives
you a summoning ninja card.  and a summoning tutorial. Now, on to the valley
of great evil...  You are also granted the first Hope mirror.  Well, that
wraps that up, four to go.
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/The Second Mirror/
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First off, we need to head to the valley.  If you picked up some of the items
from the village, you can sell them off for some cash and upgrade weapons
and armor for Sakura and Naruto, but it's not required.  When you're ready,
head out of the village, saving on the way.

Head down and to the right, continue heading right until you come to two
torches.  When prompted, blow into the microphone to light them.  After a
brief intro from Jiraiya, we'll enter our first high speed map.

Just press left and right to change positions and A to jump.  Grab all the
scrolls and the frog icon, and avoid all the enemies.  Get all 20 tokens
and the frog icon and you'll get the Jin scroll, collect all of them to
"gain power"... We'll just have to wait and see...

After the map, win or lose, you come to the Valley of great evil (who named
this place anyway.)  Just press A in front of all the houses and then walk
up to Jiraiya to continue the story.  After the cut scene, we find ourselves
back in the high speed map, if you missed all the scrolls the last time
around.  In fact, keep going in and out until you get all 20.  This is good
practice anyway.

When you're done, head back to the Leaf village, just follow the path or use
the escape scroll if you found it back in the village.  Once you're back,
go talk to Tsunade again.  This time, she dispatches you to find the other
mirrors within a week.  She also dispatches Shikimaru, Choji, and Ino too.

Keep in mind that you have a team of four now.  At such low levels, healing
is important, so I recommend a team of Choji, Shikimaru, Ino and Sakura, Make
either Ino or Sakura your reserve character, and build an anti-status
formation.  See the formation section for more information.  I also recommend
you hit the weapon shop and upgrade Shikimaru, Choji, and Ino's weapons.  Also
remember to keep a long range weapon on Ino.  When you're ready, head out
of town.

to start, head straight down to the training field, here you can pick up a few
good items, when you're done, head back to the leaf to heal and then head back
out.  Exit to the left and cross the bridge, a little north of here is the
entrance to the sulfurous valley.  When you arrive there will be a short
cut scene.  once you're free to move, hit the save point to the left and take
the LEFT entrance, enter the cave.

Cross the bridge and head down the stairs.  Pick up the items here and head
right.  Go down through the exit to emerge back outside.  Pull the lever and
you'll get a message that something has changed in the cave.  Grab the two
items below you and, if you followed my advice and put shikimaru in your
party he should have learned the escape jutsu by now, use it to return to
the entrance to the area.  Save and head to the right.

Here you'll run into a rock.  When prompted, spin the wheel in the direction
requested to have Choji perform the human boulder and knock it out of the
way.  First, go into the other entrance, the one he didn't knock in.  Pick up
the two items in here and ignore the one behind the rocks, we can't get it
until much later in the game.  Head through the path Choji cleared earlier.

Cross the bridge and pick up the three items in this area.  Afterwards, head
down the stairs, and cross the bridge again.  Head up the stairs.  Cross the
bridge and save.  Head down stairs when you're ready.  Head to the left and
use Shikimaru's shadow possession to take control of the dog (draw a line from
him to the dog.  After you get the dog to pull the lever 

GO BACK DOWNSTAIRS AND SAVE!!!!

Really, I can't stress this enough.  A tough boss is coming up and you really
should save.  Also, I recommend you place your units in the high defense
formation with Choji in the front row and Ino and Shikimaru in the back.  It'll
be easier.

Make sure you save before continuing, last warning.  Now, head back down the 
stairs and cross the bridge.  After a cut scene, it's time to rumble...

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boss: Rokkakku
      Disciple of MU x 2
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don't worry, this isn't the tough battle I was talking about, but it will
require a bit of work.  IF you followed my advice above, you should have
Shikimaru, Choji, and either Ino or Sakura as your main team (the girl you
didn't choose should be your alternate character)  You should also be in
the defensive formation.  To begin with, have Choji throw a human boulder
at everyone.  Don't do it unless you can hit all enemies with it though.

Shikimaru should try to use his shadow possession jutsu on Rokkakku.  If it
works it'll keep him out of the battle for three turns or so.  Once the
minions are down, Rokkakku get's a bit meaner, and starts using Force
Dragon Palm.  Heal immediately after he uses this attack.  He can't hit
more than one person at a time because of the formation we have, so just
heal the person he hits.  After he uses his power up ability make sure you
keep a good eye on your health.   Start having Ino heal every turn, if she
runs out of chakra, switch Sakura in.  He should fall soon, just keep at him.
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Now, before you do anything else, trudge back to the heal/save point and
heal/save.  Before you continue on, make sure you meet the following
criteria.

Sakura knows Heal all Jutsu and Release: Genjutsu
Shikimaru knows hidden leaf shield
Choji knows Choritos Chips.

Level up near the Healing point if you need to, so that you can hit the enemies
with heavy jutsu, then restore it all after each battle.  Once You're ready,
set your formation as follows:

| | |2|     1 - Choji
| |1| |     2 - Shikimaru
| | |3|     3 - Sakura

Save and head back across the bridge.  Head up a screen for a cut scene.  After
the cut scene is over, a battle begins.
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BOSS: Zabuza
      Haku
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This battle can be rough, but there's a simple way to win it.  If you followed
my directions earlier, you have Choji in the second row with shikimaru and
sakura in the back.  This means you will take less damage.  Now we play a stall
game until Zabuza runs out of Chakra.  Have Shikimaru keep everyone under the
hidden leaf shield status, have sakura focus on healing, and have Choji focus
on attacking Haku or casting Choritos chips on himself to keep his attack up.

In between Shikimaru's casting of hidden leaf shield, he can throw chakra pills
on himself and sakura when it becomes necessary.  Eventually, Zabuza will try
to use an attack and it will say "Opponents attack Failed".  When this happens
move everyone up a row, while keeping the same formation, and Have everyone
focus on Haku.  Once he goes down, Have everyone focus on Zabuza, who is near
helpless now.  He'll fall soon.
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After the battle you receive some gold, a load of exp, hidden mist greaves, and
white silver Senbon.  Equip the greaves to Naruto or Choji and the Senbon to
Ino.  The second hope mirror is also added to your key items.

Have Shikimaru use his Escape Jutsu to return to the beginning of the area. Go
down one screen and use it again to appear right in front of the hidden leaf
village.  Save and head back into town with the second hope mirror in hand...

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Go Visit the Hokage as soon as you get back in town.  She will grant you the
summoning jutsu Mini Katsuyu.  Who will prevent you from taking terrain damage.

Spend a little time shopping.  Upgrade everyone's armor first, and if you have
enough cash, upgrade the weapons as well.  Step out of town to battle a bit for
some more cash if you need to.  Don't bother buying a weapon for Sakura, as
we'll get a better weapon for her in a minute.

When you're ready, head out of town and use Naruto's Jutsu to summon
mini-katsuyu, no point putting it off when we'll need her eventually.
Exit to the left, then exit to the bottom, this will put you in a new
area.  Take the exit immediately to your right for another speed map.

Complete it to get the next scroll in the set.  If you want to just wait, we'll
get something later that makes these maps MUCH easier, so you can do it now
or wait till later, your choice.  Exit this town through the right for yet
another speed map.  On the other end is Tanzaku Town.  Explore the area here
for a "Sakura blizzard"  Equip this to sakura and spend a few minutes looking
around the town, there's a ninja tag for Naruto among a few items to pick up.

When you're done, Save and head out of town.  After the speed map, head up
to find the crystal ravine.  Our destination.

The first thing you'll notice about this area is that it if packed with purple
sludge, this is the reason we summoned our pet.  Just walk to the sludge while
Mini-Katsuyu is with you and she'll ferry you across, good slug... thing

Spend a few minutes exploring the area, just run from battles or fight them out
it doesn't matter.  We're about to change our party around, so there's no point
in trying to level everyone up through this area.  Pick up the "clip on needles"
and then head up below the bridge and step on the ninja tag.  Cross the bridge
and circle around.  Cross the second bridge and save your game.  Head north.

Here we'll run into a small cut scene.  After it's over, head a little more
north for a save point.  Kiba and Shino will Show up, but something isn't right.
They're under a jutsu of some kind, time to knock them out of it.

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This battle is cake.  Just focus your attacks on Shino, as he's the most
dangerous.  Keep everyone's health up and this battle will be over in less time
than it took me to type this.  If you have trouble with it, Go on the defense
and wait them out, but there really should be no need.  Finish this quickly
to add the two guys to your team.
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Now that you have these guys, I suggest a team change.  Swap Shikimaru for Shino
and Choji for Kiba.  If you don't want to, fine, but Iíll be using them for this
walkthrough.  Kiba has higher attack than Choji, and Shino has a wider range of
status effects than Shikimaru does, plus the ability to Deal damage.  Later on,
Shino gains some truly frightening Jutsu, so be sure to make a place for him in
your team.  Kiba is fast and very good at hitting multiple enemies, so he's my
new front line attacker.

Now, strip the equipment off of anyone not in your battle party and re-outfit
your battle party with the best of the best, the exception being Shino, leave
his parasites equipped, as they factor into our next boss strategy.

Save your game and set some ninja cards on your battle team.  Make sure that
sakura has fire style defense and defense up, Give Kiba the agility up tag,
give shino the insect feast and the hidden leaf style tag, and give Ino
anything you've got for her.

Feel free to equip others, but I will assume that this I what you have for your
ninja tags.  Now, save your game and head up one screen for a cut scene, when
the cut scene is over, the battle begins.

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For this battle, Keep on the offense.  Let Sakura keep everyone under the ATK
up status and revert to healing when that's not needed.  Kiba can use fang over
fang at the beginning of battle to wipe out the disciples and dish damage to
Jako.  Have Shino use Insect wind Jutsu to help crowd control, and if sakura has
her first spring jutsu, use it as well.  Keep everyone healed and let Shino and
Kiba stay on the offensive to rip this guy a new one.  Afterwards, You get to
do it again
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After the battle, Hinata breaks out of her bonds and challenges Jako to a
battle of her own, one on one...  Poor Jako.

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This battle takes all of five turns.  First, move to the back row and cast
Byakugan.  Next turn cast substitution jutsu.  Now hit him with four water
Senbon Jutsu and watch him fall.  If that doesn't take him down (he stayed in
the front row for me) Then move in and wipe him out with hinata's boosted
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When he falls, Hinata re-heals everyone and it's time to battle again.  This
battle is a carbon copy of the first one, so I won't repeat myself, just look
above for the strategy, just be aware that everyone has more attack and more
health than last time, so make sure you play a bit more defensively.  Nothing
much changed, so don't worry about it too much, just kill everyone off so we
can move on.

After that bit of unpleasantness, head back down and heal/save.  You may also
want to swap Ino out for Hinata.  She's a better healer all round.  Now go back
up the stairs and into the cave.  After a quick cut scene Hinata will make sure
everyone can see.  You'll find a few items in this room, including an insect
master ninja tag, equip it to shino, as it raises his critical hit ratio when
he has insects equipped.  Make your way through this maze-like area and pick
up the chest with Man best Taijutsu, which does the same for Kiba as long as
he has claws equipped.  Make sure the claws are equipped on him and swap his
ninja tags around so that he has this tag on, throw on a few ally protecting
tags as well.

Climb the rope to get to the next room.  In here there are quite a few chests.
Head up into the next area after you've pilfered them (who the hell left them
here anyway, is there some dude running around putting stuff in boxes at
random?)

In this room, step on the ninja tag and use it to teleport to an area with two
more tags.  Take the right one for "parasites: Two" which you should equip to
Shino.  Head back via the ninja tag and take the left one.  This gives you the
option of two more tags.  Take the bottom one.  Slide down the ice to get
"Sannin's Senbon" which fits well into Hinata's hands.  Make your way back via
the ninja tags and take the top tag this time.  This leads you to the exit,
head one screen north.

In here, a cut scene, after which we control Akimaru (Kiba's dog) make your
way through the cavern and take the left entrance first.  Pick up the
item and head back into the cavern, take the right entrance and Akimaru will
drop the rope so you can climb up.  Set your formation to the following:

| |2| |     1 - Kiba
|1| | |     2 - Shino
| |3| |     3 - Sakura

This gives you Kiba's offensive options as well as allowing Shino to attack
fairly well.  Sakura can keep everyone healed and the formation bonus offsets
the increased damage from being in the front row.  This will be your standard
battle formation for the remainder of the game, unless I specify otherwise.

Save your game and head north, where we'll find another mirror. After a quick
cut scene, It's battle time.  

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Remember the big sand thing that Gaara becomes, this is who we're fighting this
time.  When he uses Shakakku's sand, make sure you keep everyone out of the row
it's summoned in.  If you can, keep at least Kiba on the offense at all times,
but only attack if he's under the attack up state.  Have Sakura hit everyone
with heal all level 2 and hidden leaf shield.  Have her Keep Kiba under the ATK
up state as well.  Shino can focus on support, throwing healing or attack items
when needed.  Since Shakkaku doesn't move, using a summon toad scroll or a
insect weed will help speed the damage a bit.  Just keep at him and keep
everyone healed.  For winning you get the chakra control ninja tag, which cuts
required chakra by half.  I recommend giving it to Sakura or Hinata, to help
them with healing chakra costs.
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after the battle, everyone gets pissed at Naruto, and we get another cut scene.
Use Shikimaru's escape jutsu just like before to get back to the hidden leaf
village.  Walk back in with the third mirror in hand.  Just two more to go.
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First, make sure all your battle characters have the best equipment on hand
and that all of the characters not in your party have nothing equipped.  Sell
all of the leftover equipment and upgrade the equipment of your main
characters.  Just buy the best of the best, you should have plenty of money
to blow.

At the very least, pick up a heaven ninja fan for sakura, tiger claws for Kiba
and four ninja suits for everyone.  If you're a little short, unequip the four
armor vests and sell them to buy the ninja suits.  Head to the Hokage's house
when you're done.

We're headed to the hidden sand village, And Lady Tsunade also gives us Tonton,
a pig who can knock down rocks that are blocking the way.  Summon Tonton as
soon as the cut scene is over, as we'll need her soon.  If you want, head back
to the sulfurous valley, where we found the second mirror, go back to the
area where Choji busted that boulder for you, and head through the right
door, pick up the moonlight sword courtesy of Tonton and warp back to the
hidden leaf.  Save and head back out of town.

exit to the left, then exit down, pick up the two items and step on the ninja
tag.  Use Tonton to bust the rocks and step on the tag here as well.  This
takes you to an area below the cliff.  Pick up the talent for Genjutsu tag
in the top left and then head down and exit left.  Exit this area to the
north to find a save point, which you should use.  Head north for a speed
map, after which we'll enter the hidden sand.

We need to find the old man that Temari was talking about earlier.  He happens
to enjoy naps in the shade, which you can find out by talking to the
villagers.  If you head just north of the entrance you'll spot a sign with
pots in front of it, he's behind the right support girder of the sign, talk
to him to continue the story.  Yell into your microphone so you can wake
the old man up, and then he'll talk to you (wake me up by yelling at me
and Iím more likely to cause you pain, but go figure.)

There are no items in the village per say, but feel free to head north into
the kazekage's mansion.  Here we'll find several items that make up for
that fact, including a heavy pot for Gaara later, and a family secret
ointment

head back out, leave the village through the high speed map, and save your
game again.  head a little south to find a giant rock, which we don't have
a way to break.  This is where Lee, Neji, and Tenten come in.  the group
will show up and lee will break the rock.  Afterwards, they join the team.

First, strip Lee, Temari, and Kiba of their equipment.  Afterwards, change
Kiba out for Neji and make sure everyone is wearing the best of the best.
If you happen to have a few stat items on hand, give any chakra/health items
to Hinata and any attack items to Neji.  Save your agility and defense items
for later.  Also, strip everyone's ninja tags and give the following

Hinata: Gutsy reserve, Defense up: Toh
Sakura: Attack up:Rin, Defense up: Rin, BTL summon: mini-katsuyu
Neji: agility up: Toh, Eagle eyes, Healing
Shino: Insect master, Blind resistance: Hyo, Hidden leaf style, Insect feast

This gives you a heavy defense healer, a fast, high critical attacker with
healing options, a battle summon, and Shino to protect injured allies.

Head south and hit the desert of death.  Here, we have a timer, if the
timer runs out, you'll start taking damage, make sure to drop into one
of the holes in the ground to get out of the sun.  Pick up the 5000 ryo
and climb the opposite rope.  Head back down into the hole and get to
another puzzle.  Yell GUTS!!! into your microphone to jump the gap.
across here you'll find a secret family ointment (good) and a cursed
mark vest (BAD, do not equip)

hit the surface and head back down in the new hole (there's an item to the
right if you want it, just be quick) here, move across the path to find a
small hourglass on the ground.  Neji will step out and use rotation
to deflect some incoming kunai.  Pick up the chests here and save your
game before heading back to the surface.  As you get to the surface, a
cut scene and then a battle.

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boss: Jako
      Rokkakku
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This battle is not too hard, as long as you have a heal all jutsu ready.  Both
of the bosses have the ability to hit multiple enemies (Rokkakku will have a
hard time if you have the defensive formation)  Neji should hit them with the
8-trigrams 64 palms attack, but only when under the effect of attack up.  Shino
can throw insect wind jutsu out, or if you have it, parasite: blood suck. Let
Sakura keep everyone healed and Neji under the attack up status.  Just focus on
Jako, ignore Rokkakku.  when Jako falls, he'll hit you with a 999 all attack
and the battle ends.
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after the battle, Rokkakku tries to finish you guys off, but Kakashi and Guy
show up, and offer to fight in your stead.  Take them up on their offer and
let's show them a thing or two.

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Boss: Jako
      Rokkakku
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Same battle, but things will be so much easier this time (not that it was hard
the first time).  Just go on the offensive, have Guy unseal the 8 gates and
hit them with the hidden lotus for a quick kill.  have Kakashi use Sharingan
and the lightning blade combo.  If Guy falls (his gates ability deals damage
to him) have Kakashi summon the eight ninja dogs and use their combo attack
to crush the opposition.  This battle isn't even a challenge, just a chance
to cool down from the last one, and a little revenge.
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after they fall, Kakashi grants you the use of Pakkun, who will make the
number of enemies on the high speed maps decrease, which makes them much
easier.  Start summoning him before you hit the high speed maps from now on.

Pick up the two treasure chests and head to the left.  Here, save your game
and start pressing A in front of the headstones to break them.  Some have
treasures under them and some have holes, use the holes to keep the heat
down and make sure you break all of them to get all the treasures.  Just
hop in and out of holes until all of them are broken and all chests are
gathered.

After you get all the chests, start at the right and step into the holes one
by one.  Get all the treasures and erase the seals by rubbing them with the
stylus or your finger.  Once you knock down all the seals,  the door will
open, but don't go in until you visit all the holes to get all the chests.
(you may need to summon mini katsuyu for a few of the holes, some have
poison)

Once all the seals are open and all the items are gathered, save and
head through the gate.  Go north a bit to find a new mirror.  You know what
that means.  Battle time.  After the cut scene, all hell breaks loose.

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Boss: Itatchi
      Kisame
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This battle is actually quite easy if one condition is true, Shino knows
Parasite: Blood suck.  Have sakura use fighting spirit injection on him and
Neji, and have Shino use Blood suck as many times as possible (he recovers
chakra when he uses it.)  It will deal incredible damage and drain chakra.
Focus on Kisame first, as he's the greater threat (he drains chakra).  have
Neji use the 8 trigrams 64 palms attack, but only when under the effect of
Sakura's attack up ability.  Once Kisame falls, Have Sakura revert to doing
nothing but healing, and let the other two rip Itatchi a new one.  Too bad
Sasuke wasn't here, this would be a choice battle for a one on one.
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After the battle we are awarded some new greaves and a load of exp points.  we
also get a ninja tag for eagle eyes, but it's not important, we already have
one.  As the cut scene comes to a close, a ninja from the hidden leaf teleports
in (why couldn't we do that, would have saved a lot of time.) he tells us that
the hidden sand is under attack.  Use the escape jutsu ONCE ONLY to exit this
area, save your game, and head up to the hidden sand (summon Pakkun to make
the high speed map easier.
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/the fifth mirror/
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When you enter the hidden sand, the area's covered in that purple mist from
before.  Naruto will summon some clones to knock out some infected villagers,
which wears him out.  Afterwards, some hidden sand ninja come out of hiding
to challenge your team.  Compared to Kisame and Itatchi, they're pushovers,
(compared to Zabuza and Haku they're pushovers) but Iíll do a section for
them anyway.

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Boss? : sand ninja x 3
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Really, I don't even consider these guys bosses, but I've been classifying any
non random encounter as a boss battle, and technically these guys qualify.
Just use your strongest attacks and watch them fall one by one.  If they get
a lucky critical hit or something, have sakura heal them.  If you have to use
mobility heal at any point in this battle, level up some more after it, you've
been running from too many battles.  Hurry up with this battle so Gaara and his
team will join us already.
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After the battle, a cut scene where a small child is in trouble.  Gaara comes
to the rescue and then the hidden sand trio join your team.  Time for the
final team change.

I recommend that you switch Sakura out for Gaara, and then the choice is yours
between Temari or Shino, as either are a good choice at this point.  Temari
will make the next boss battle shitloads easier, but Shino has more damaging
potential with his higher level jutsu.

Personally, I recommend Temari, as she gets better attack's later on and has
a special battle summon.  Set up everyone's equipment and ninja tags as
follows.

Gaara should focus on defense increasing tags, as well as protection tags,
to guard other members.  Neji should focus on attack and critical hits. As
he is our main attacker and all of his jutsu are contact based, you should
also give him release Genjutsu, so he can deal with all status effects.  Temari
should get the healing jutsu tags and any stat increasing tags you have left.
If Hinata is level 39, give her Chakra control, if not, get her to level 39, she
should be close as it is.

Now, this is what I consider the final team.  Use those stat increasing items
you've saved since the beginning.  Give Gaara any Ninjutsu and defense items,
Hinata gets any chakra items, and Neji gets any attack.  Divide the agility
out amongst your team.  Go ahead and use the Morale increasing items on
everyone, so everyone has highest morale.

Head to the right and Jiraiya will show up, he will grant you your last two
summon jutsu: Gamatatsu and Gamakitchi, who let you walk across water and climb
cliffs, respectively.  Head back to the save point and save, then head out to
the right.

Here, step on the ninja tag and exit to the left.  Summon Gamatatsu and walk
across the rocks.  Summon Pakkun on the other side and enter the speed map.
On the other side, we'll find a few treasures, including a new fan for Temari.
After everyone's equipped, head a little north to get to two cave entrances.
Your team will split up, with the sand ninja going left any the leaf ninja
going right.

Take a moment to set up your team with Shino, Sakura, Neji, and Hinata,
with Hinata as your backup character.  Head deeper into the volcano, going up
first, to pick up parasites: Three.  Now go back and go left.  Pick up
Sanin's ninja sword and continue down the path.
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When you get to the rocks in the magma, summon Gamatatsu and walk across.  Pick
up the master of shadows tag and head up a bit until you hit the giant rock.
Now we'll switch over to the sand ninja.  Equip Kankuro with a bit of equipment
and move in, follow the linear path, picking up equipment as you go.
Eventually you'll catch up to the leaf ninja and Temari will give you a hand
with that giant rock in your way.  Back to the leaf ninja.

Pick up the family secret ointment and, on the next screen, the Sanninís sickle.
Head to the right across the lava stones to pick up an adamantine staff and
some super brand chakra pills.  Sweet.  After you get done gathering items
step on the rock to take it across the lava flow, but it will end up going in
a circle.  After you go around a few times, Naruto steps in to state the
obvious.  Time for the sand ninja to save us again.

Walk around the path until you get to Naruto.  Gaara will use his sand to part
the magma waterfall, what a hard ass.  Continue on across the bridge and behind
the magma fall.  (it's not water, what else do you call it).  Here, we need to
blow on the wicks at the same time, wait till Gaara gets done with the]
countdown and blow.  After this is over, we re-join forces.  Re-make your team
and pick up the item nearby.  Save your game and re-set everyone's equipment,
making sure everyone has the best of the best.  Be sure to equip Naruto too,
though you won't be using him much, just throw whatever you have left over on
him

After you fix your equipment, save again and head into the next room.  Rokkakku
greets you in this room.  After a bit of conversation the battle begins.

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Boss: Rokkakku
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he has a bit more power and a new jutsu, but he's still the same old pushover.
Let Gaara and Neji beat up on him while Temari keeps everyone healed.  No
Particular strategy needed,  If he boosts his strength, have Temari knock it
off with her wind jutsu.  Feel free to tease him a bit, but don't worry, this
will be the last time we fight him.  Have Gaara summon Shakakkuís sand to dish
out some more damage to him.  Temari should focus on healing and removing buffs
and Neji should use Byakugan and then 8 trigrams rotation to return his fire.
he'll fall soon when faced up against your well oiled machine of a combat team.
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When he falls, he comes back with a good hit on the whole team... Except Gaara.
Gaara's sand defends him and he decides to remove Rokkakku from the scene, by
throwing him in Lava.  That solves one problem, now on to the mirror.  return
to the last room and save, then continue on to the mirror (this time Naruto
doesn't set it off on purpose, it's mostly an accident)

This time, we get to fight our favorite traitor, Sasuke.  After the cut scene,
Sasuke tries to act all tough and tries to take out a full team of four. FIGHT

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Boss: Sasuke
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this battle is either a piece of cake or a pain in the ass, depending on
whether you have Temari in your party.  If you do, this battle will go rather
smoothly.  Every time he powers up in any way, be it the Sharingan or dancing
leaf shadow, throw a great fan windblast at him.  He's way too powerful if you
allow him to power up his speed and activate the Sharingan.  Have Neji use the
eight trigrams rotation and then just wail on him.  Have Temari power everyone
up with fan telling off and herself with fan defense.  If Gaara knows Shakakkuís
shield, use it to boost his defense, it also stacks with sand shield, making him
untouchable.  Just keep healed, stay focused, and he'll fall eventually.
Shakakkuís sand will speed things along as well, use it.
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after Sasuke falls, he knocks everyone over and you have to fight him one on
one with Naruto.  Don't worry if Naruto is under leveled (level 8 on mine) he
unseals the nine tailed fox and his stats are fixed anyway.

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Boss: Sasuke
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The first thing you should do is move to the back row and throw nine tailed fox
healing.  attack him a few times to lower his attack and then hit him with two
perfect rasengan from the front row to wipe him out.  Don't be afraid to throw
medical packs on Naruto, if you lose this fight, you have to go through both
battles all over again.  DO NOT DIE HERE.
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After you're finished, a cut scene plays and we need to get back to the hidden
leaf.  Use Gaara or Shikimaru's jutsu to get there quickly.  Make sure you
save on the way too.
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/sealing the beast/
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Ok, we have all the mirrors, we have our final attack team, we're ready to go
kick some ass on this giant catfish thingy... Almost.  Still a few things to do
beforehand.  First, make sure all characters not in your party have no
equipment, and make sure that your combat team has the best of the best out of
what you have in your inventory.  Sell all equipment you don't need and then
buy the best of the best for everyone.  (Not the 100,000 ryo equipment, it's
probably out of your price range, just buy the best you can afford.)

When you have the best of the best, go browse the ninja tag store and upgrade
Temari's healing tags.  Make sure she can use wide healing.  You may want to
pick up a few more attack up or defense up tags.  Just buy whatever you think
you need and then set up the ninja tags however you want.  I also recommend you
hit the item store and stock up on anbu chakra and anbu food pills.  You may
want to pick up a few medical packs too.  Prepare well and the final battle will
be that much smoother.

Also, I know I told you that we were done changing party members, but I have one
last recommendation.  Leave the hidden leaf and head towards the hidden sand
village.  On the way there, you'll find a ledge.  Summon Gamakitchi and climb
the cliff to pick up the chakra damage ninja tag.  This tag makes Shino a beast
from hell.  If Shino has enough Nin to equip the chakra damage tag and still a
little left over for a healing tag or two, feel free to swap him out for Temari.

I also gave him insect master and hidden leaf style.  He will make a great
character here.  I'll explain why when it comes to that.  For now, head to the
roof of the ninja academy.  there you'll find Tsunade.  She'll tell you to seal
the beast and classifies this as an S rank mission.  

Make sure you have at the very least 1 anbu food pills, 2 Toad brand chakra
pills, and 2 versatile pills.  If you want to buy more, all the better, but
you can easily make it with the above.

Now, head to the valley of great evil, the area where the first cut scene in the
game was.  Head to the back of the village and enter through the cave entrance.
Here, summon mini katsuyu and travel across the sludge.  there are a few chests
around here.  Pick up the Idaten greaves and give them to Shino, then head
north for a cut scene.  We can't touch the save point yet, but we've got bigger
things to worry about right now.  Jako shows up with Nazuna in tow, and he's
holding her hostage for the mirrors.  Naturally, we hand them over, meaning
that those things we worked this whole game for are no longer in our possession.

We'll have to remedy that.  Jako has also sealed the door by scattering the
four orbs that act as the key to the door.  We'll have to hunt them down in
the surrounding area.  To start with, save, then head to the right.  Pick up
the Hokage kunai and make your way through this area, summoning the correct
pet to cross the obstacle in front of you (mostly cliffs).  Be sure to pick
up all the items here and equip the Parasites: four to Shino, the Hokage
shuriken to Hinata and the Hyuga wraps to Neji.  Save at the save point
and walk up to the yellow orb.

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Boss: Treasure Keeper 1
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You'll fight this battle a total of four times, get used to it.  Shino should
nail the puppet with parasite: blood suck.  due to his increased chakra drain,
he'll get back more than he used to begin with.  Neji should hit the big boy
with 8-trigrams, 64-palms until he runs out of chakra, then he should attack.
Gaara should Throw sand showers at him, he'll fall eventually.
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Head further down and make your way around the path.  Fall down the hole and
walk down the side path to pick up instant inner sakura.  useless to us, since
we're not using Sakura.

Head back and teleport across the stepping stones.  Save your game and teleport
again.  Sakura steps in and releases the Genjutsu, allowing you to walk to the
green orb

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Boss: Treasure Keeper 2
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Two out of four, just use the same strategy as the last one.  Feel free to go
all out, there are 5 different healing/save points in this dungeon.  Crush him
with overwhelming force, heal if needed, and summon Either Shakakkuís sand or
parasite: Female.  these are quite good as the foe doesn't move, so it does max
damage.
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Teleport to the ledge to the upper left and climb the rope.  This is the first
half of the dungeon checkpoint.  Save your game and head left.  Here we need to
solve a ninja tag puzzle.  take the first tag you reach to pick up a
ninja tag for awesome strength, which increases critical rate with knuckles
equipped.  The only one with Knuckles is Neji, and he can't use the tag, so just
teleport back and take the next one in line.

Here there are three tags and a broken one. Examine the broken one for a quick
cut scene and then step on the far left one.  The path is linear and it leads
to the other half of the broken tag, that was easy.  warp back and take the
center tag to get a chest with Taijutsu master.  Hold on to this, we'll arrange
our ninja tags in a minute.  Step on the return tag and fix the broken tag.
take it to find a save point.  I recommend you do the following.

Give Gaara any defensive tags you can along with Instructor
Give Neji Taijutsu master along with eagle eyes and release: general
Give Shino Insect master, Chakra damage, and a few stat increasing tags
give Hinata guts and Chakra control, this makes her your number 1 healer

Make sure everyone has the best equipment and save your game:  walk up to
the blue orb

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Boss: Treasure Keeper 4
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same as always, hit him hard and fast and heal when needed.  he can't do much
to you.  When he falls, you only have one to go.
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Teleport with the tag above where the orb was.  Go left and hit the next tag
to pick up a twin dragon sickle.  which we can't use at the moment.  Hang on
to it and work back a teleport tag.  head to the right and into the hole.
Teleport across the stepping stones.  head up and save your game, then jump
across the cavern by yelling guts into the microphone.  Hit the red orb.

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Boss: Treasure Keeper 3
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We went a bit out of order, but who cares, the important thing is they're all
dead.  Kill this one the same way you killed the other three.  Hard hits and
light healing.
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Finally, that's over.  Head up and grab the treasure chest for a wind shadow
pot.  give it to Gaara and climb the ladder.  walk toward the door to have the
four orbs enter and open it.  Save your game and use escape jutsu to get back
to the hidden leaf.

If you don't already have the professor ninja tag, head out like you're going
to the hidden sand village, cross the water nearby and get a treasure chest
there, then continue down and climb a cliff (near the two ninja and the
teleport tag) and pick up a chest there, itís in one of those, I just don't
remember which one.

Now, head back to the leaf and hit the ninja tag store.  Set up Neji with
Attack up: Toh, Hot blood, Blinding speed, and Eagle Eyes.  Set up Gaara
with Defense up: Toh, Shakakkuís strength, Gutsy reserve, professor, hidden
leaf style, and Team work.  Set up Shino with Insect master, Chakra Damage,
medical license, and attack up: Hyo.  Hinata should have Chakra control, 
guts and defense up: Rin.


Save your game on the way out of the village and head back to the valley of
great evil.  Save in front of the door and head on in.  Get the playing possum
jutsu at the end of the poison path.  This is the best summoning jutsu in the
game, in my opinion, it summons Shakkaku, the boss from earlier.  If you like
summoning jutsu, throw this on Gaara, just keep defense up: Hyo on as well.
Personally, I don't like summoning jutsu of any kind, so I'll keep Gaara as
a wall.

Go up to the floor with the 30 on it and have Naruto summon 30 shadow clones,
which you have to charge up.  Afterwards, climb the wall and cross the poison
path.  Take the teleport pad and cross the lower poison path.  Get instant
Byakugan and equip it to Neji or Hinata (either is fine, I recommend Neji,
as Hinata doesn't have the room, just replace Taijutsu master, or just don't
equip it if you want Neji to stay as your high attack destroyer.

Go back down and take the higher poison path.  Climb the cliff and cross the
bridge.  Drop down the cliff and step on any one of the ninja pads, it just
links to the other one.  Kiba steps up and gives one to Akimaru, looks like
were going spelunking.  Pick up the chest to power up Akimaru and have him
break the boulder at the end of the path.  Leave and you'll get a cut scene
where Akimaru will drop the teleport scroll on the other side of the wall.

Take the teleporter and go under the bridge.  Summon Gamatatsu and head out
to the right.  follow the path around to get to the chest for an instant
shadow clone (useless, we haven't used Naruto since the beginning of the
game.  Go back to the entrance and go left to get the jinsoku Greaves.
Give them to whoever's wearing the Idaten greaves and give the Idaten
greaves to someone else. (hand me downs rock) :)

Double back on the path, as the rest of it is a dead end.  Go back to the
right and continue up (don't turn to go to the treasure chest).  Climb
the wall with Gamakitchi and you'll land on a 100 floor.  Walk to the door
and Naruto will try to summon 100.  I've never been able to do this fast
enough, but after three tries, Naruto automatically does it for you.  Exit
through the door to the next area.

Save your game, the final boss awaits.  Make sure your Ninja tags are set
up, everyone's equipment is set up, and that Hinata is your reserve
character.  Also, I recommend you place the Repel Genjutsu tag on Neji, as the
final boss will throw heavy status on you.
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Boss: Jako
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The final battle with this jerk is the hardest by far,  meaning that it may
take you more time than usual, nothing more.  Pull Hinata in to increase Neji
and Gaara's strength.  Swap her back out quickly and let the two fighters do
their job.  Once he falls, brace yourself, the funs just begun.  Keep in mind
that if you are going to bring Hinata in, have her cast guts on herself, so she
doesn't fall.  you don't have anyone to revive her if she goes down.
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After the battle, Jako ties everyone up with some Genjutsu and our loyal final
boss takes him out to feed his chakra to the spirit beast.  What a loser.
Anyway, after a lengthy cut scene, we get to go at Gensho as a foxed out Naruto.
(where are the sand ninja during this cut scene anyway, you'd think garra
would help us out while everyone's getting wailed on.)
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Boss: Gensho
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Start with a fox healing and then start pummeling him.  No Sharingan counter
to worry about this time, so wail on him.  Again, don't die.  Just hit him a 
few times and then blast him with two Ultimate Rasengan to finish him off.
I hate how everyone bitches at Naruto, but when they're in trouble, he's the
first one they turn to for help.
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After this battle, a long cut scene and the final battle starts.  This is your
battle team versus the spirit beast, and yes, it looks like a freaking catfish.

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Boss: Spirit beast Gensho
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Yeah yeah, he's not all that powerful for being the final boss.  First, have
Gaara use Shakakku's Shield to raise his defense, on his next turn, have him
use sand shield, then start pelting the boss with sand shower.  Neji should
blast the enemy with a high attack power punch, and he should critical quite
often.  Shino should summon an insect to deal damage over time, and heal.  If
no one needs healing (if he focus on Gaara) then feel free to blood suck a
bit.  Keep everyone's health up and keep Hinata out of the battle as much as
possible, if she dies, it's a downhill run.  Keep Neji focused on him and keep
Gaara on him when he's not shielding, and he should fall before fifteen turns
or so.  Less if you get the chance to Blood suck with Shino a few times.  keep
Neji ready with a few release: general to keep everyone healed.  If you die, go
back to the hidden leaf to buy a load of revive/ healing items, just to make
sure you have enough.  I was able to beat it on three revive items and two
chakra items, but Iíve been through the game a few times.
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CONGRATS, GAME OVER.

Note to readers.  As of now, I'm uploading this to Gamefaqs, but I will continue
working on it.  I simply wanted to get it on Gamefaqs so everyone would have
something to get them going.  The bonus sections will come later, promise.