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        SOUL CALIBUR II (Nintendo GameCube)
            Weapon Master Mode Walkthrough, version 2.02 / March 13, 2005
                By American Arsenal <americanarsenal4 (at) gmail (dot) com>
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                 "... a tale of souls and swords, eternally retold."
    
    
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                  TABLE OF CONTENTS
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              I.  Introduction
             II.  Main Walkthrough
                  a.  Regulus
                  b.  Thuban
                  c.  Benetnasch
                  d.  Mizar
                  e.  Altair
                  f.  Aldebaran
                  g.  Rigel
                  h.  Merak
                  i.  Algol
                  j.  Antares
            III.  Subchapter Walkthrough
                  a.  Schedar
                  b.  Alioth
                  c.  Pollux
                  d.  Procyon
             IV.  Extra Chapter Walkthrough
                  a.  Castor
                  b.  Cepheus
              V.  FAQ
             VI.  Revision History
            VII.  Legal Disclaimer
           VIII.  Closing
    
    
    WHAT'S NEW?
      Finally got around to adding in many reader contributions.  If you're stuck
      on the Merope Monastery Extra Mission, check out the various new strategies
      that my awesome readers contributed!
    
    
    
    
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         I ------------------------------------------------------ INTRODUCTION
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    Welcome, one and all, to AA's latest monstrosity of an FAQ.  After having
    looked over this old guide of mine recently, I couldn't help but ask myself:
    "What was I smoking when I wrote this?".  Honestly, the original version of
    this FAQ defined terrible, and especially after seeing that 300-400 people look
    this over every day, I had no choice but to redo the entire thing, from the
    ground-up.  What you see before you is the product of much hard work,
    frustration, and more than a few late night writing sessions.  I sincerely hope
    that this guide is able to help you hurdle any problem you might encounter;
    from digging your way through the depths of the Hero's Tomb to the difficulty
    difficult escapades in Merope Monastery, I'm there to help.
    
    Enjoy the guide, hope it helps!
    
      - American Arsenal
          americanarsenal4 (at) gmail (dot) com
    
    
    
    
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         II ------------------------------------------------- MAIN WALKTHROUGH
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    Before the actual game begins, you will be prompted to select a name for your
    character.  It doesn't matter what you choose, so go ahead and pick whatever 
    tickles your fancy the most.  Afterwards you'll be treated to a short cinema
    which provides a basic premise for Soul Calibur II's storyline.  When that
    fades away, you'll get to read about the basic, essential knowledge that will
    prove important as you play.  Finally you're allowed to choose a fighter.  Pick
    whoever you want--each character has their own strengths and weakness, so try
    everyone out in one of the other modes first to see who you like best.  Keep
    in mind that the fighter you select here CAN be changed at any time, so don't
    feel too pressured.  With that, it's time to begin!
    
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    a.  Regulus
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    First, the stuff available for purchase from the get-go...
    
    REGULUS SHOP ==================================================================
    ITEM NAME ----------------- PRICE ------------ USED BY... ---------------------
    Epee                        800                Raphael
    Wind Guide                  600                Talim
    Machete                     800                Yunsung
    Spiked Shield               800                Cassandra
    Korefuji                    800                Mitsurugi
    Kunai                       600                Taki
    Cat Claws                   600                Voldo
    Flamberge                   600                Nightmare
    War Hammer                  600                Astaroth
    Mirage Blade                600                Ivy
    Quarterstaff                800                Kilik
    Kard                        600                Xianghua
    Tetsuryu                    600                Maxi
    Lemures                     600                Necrid
    Razor Sword                 600                Link
    Shiranui                    600                Yoshimitsu
    Weapons Gallery             2000               --
    New Costume                 21600              Mitsurugi
    
    And onto the missions...
    
    
    == PROVING GROUNDS ============================================================
    
       Opponent              - Mitsurugi
       Difficulty            - *
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Clear all the exercises!
    
    Since this is your first battle, you shouldn't expect it to be very tough.  In
    fact, it's nothing more than a tutorial to show you the basics!  Your opponent,
    Mitsurugi, will give you some instructions and you'll get to try them out.  
    Here is a blow-by-blow description of how the "battle" plays out:
    
      * The first move is simple - just press A to strike with a horizontal attack.
        Horizontal attacks provide a great way to damage a circling foe.
    
      * Secondly you need to try out the vertical attack.  Press Y.  These kinds of
        attacks are especially useful to counter an enemy's horizontal attack.
    
      * The third thing you'll learn about is the kick, which can be performed by
        pressing the X button.  Kicks tend to be a bit on the weak side, but their
        quickness allows you to catch a foe off-guard.
    
      * Next up is guarding.  Wait for Mitsie to begin his attack, then hold either
        B or one of the two triggers to block his move.  You'll soon learn that
        guarding is absolutely essential if you plan on becoming good at this game.
    
      * Now you're told to practice moving around.  Simply circle around your foe
        a few times.  This is a great way to evade enemy attacks.
    
      * The next move you'll be taught is called a throw.  You can pull one of
        these flamboyant moves off by approaching your opponent and pressing one of
        the guard buttons in addition to either A or B.  Throws are very powerful,
        so it's a good idea to go for one when you're up close to your enemy.
    
      * Another form of the guard is called a Guard Impact.  To see how it's done,
        attack Mitsie and watch as he deflects your strike with the greatest of
        ease.  It seems you can execute this maneuver by pressing one of the guard
        buttons and either left or right on the control pad.  It may take a few
        tries to get it down, but you'll learn the timing soon enough.
    
      * Finally we get to learn all about the Soul Charge.  There are several ways
        to perform one of these, the easiest being a simple tap of the Z button
        (you can also press up on the C-Stick or A, Y, and X all at once).  So, 
        what's the purpose of Soul Charging?  Well, for one thing, it looks pretty
        darned cool.  Ah, but that isn't the best reason, now is it?  It also
        increases the power of your attacks.  Quite spiffy, I say!
    
    And with that, this so-called battle ends!
    
       Rewards - * 400 Experience
                 * 600 Gold
                 * Extra Practice Mode
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Random
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Combatants are launched high into the air when
                               knocked against the wall or ground.  Both
                               combatants' health recovers.  Defeat the enemy
                               under these conditions!
    
    The goal of this battle is, more or less, to repeatedly knock your foe against
    the ground or wall and nail them with an air combo to offset the constantly
    recovering health.  Although normal attacks are perfectly useful here, I
    suggest going instead for the air combo.  Try some of these moves to send your
    foe flying against the wall / ground:
    
      Kilik - * Back + X-Y
              * Forward-Forward + A
    
      Nightmare - * Forward-Forward + A
                  * Forward-Forward + Y
                  * Back-Back + X
                  * Back-Back + Y
    
      Cassandra - * Back + X
    
    Simply pepper your foes with moves such as those, then hit them with anything
    as they fall to score some huge damage.
             
       Rewards - * 800 Experience
                 * 1200 Gold
    
    
    == BULWARK RUINS ==============================================================
    
       Opponent              - Kilik, Xianghua, Maxi
       Difficulty            - *
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Utilize all that you learned to defeat all the
                               enemies!
    
    Your first real battle!  Fortunately, this three-stage battle is pretty simple
    and serves to hone your skills before letting you loose on some of the more
    difficult missions out there.  Your opponents--Kilik, Xianghua, and Maxi--are
    fought in succession, but none of them are especially difficult and you recover
    health between fights.  Apply the basic knowledge you learned in the previous
    mission and you shouldn't meet much trouble here.  The toughest opponent in
    this battle is probably Maxi, due to his lightning-quick speed.  Be sure not to
    forget about guarding, as it's certain to help take him down more easily.
    
       Rewards - * 400 Experience
                 * 900 Gold
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Ivy, Astaroth, Nightmare
       Recommended Character - Anyone quick
       Objective             - Defeat all the enemies!
    
    What we've got here is a simple ladder match against three fighters who are at
    least somewhat difficult-to-deal-with.  Unless you're _really_ skilled with a
    certain character by this time (in which case you probably won't be reading
    this guide anyway, but whatever), I really suggest going with a fast fighter,
    such as Maxi or Taki.  Ivy is always troublesome, but being able to match her
    speed will help to level the playing field.  Following her defeat are two
    slower yet much more powerful guys in Asty and Nightmare.  Although you won't
    be able to go toe-to-toe with them in terms of brute force, someone speedy can
    dash in with a quick combo or two, then back off throughout the whole battle
    for an easy win.
    
       Rewards - * 800 Experience
                 * 1800 Gold
    
    
    == WARRIOR'S TRIAL GROUNDS ====================================================
    
       Opponent              - Character specific
       Difficulty            - *
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Overcome the enemy to clear the trial!
    
    Depending on which character you're playing as you'll be pitted against a
    different opponent here, as well as in many battles that have yet to come.  
    From this point onward, this enemy will be referred to as "Character specific",
    since not everyone will be facing off with the same opponent.  As for the
    actual battle itself, there isn't a whole lot to it.  One round, one opponent,
    pretty standard stuff, really.  Just toss together some nice combos, mix things
    up with horizontal and vertical attacks, kicks, et cetera, et cetera, and
    you're golden.  Nothing to worry about!
    
       Rewards - * 400 Experience
                 * 1500 Gold
                 * Lakeside Coliseum Stage
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Sophitia, Seung Mina, Necrid, Link
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - The enemies have strange weapons.  Defeat all the
                               enemies under this condition!
    
    Beware the Broom of Doom!  This mission is pretty fun, given that each and
    every foe is equipped with a joke weapon, ranging from Seung Mina's broom to
    Link's bug-catching net.  Know that these hilarious weapons don't make your
    enemies any less dangerous, although it does make them a wee bit less
    intimidating.  In any event, there is nothing special about any of your enemies
    in this mission, so dispatch of them with a simple mix of kicks, throws, and
    weapon attacks.
    
       Rewards - * 800 Experience
                 * 3000 Gold
    
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    b.  Thuban
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    The item listings...
    
    THUBAN SHOP ===================================================================
    ITEM NAME -------------------  PRICE ------------- USED BY... -----------------
    Wind Guide                     600                 Talim
    Spiked Shield                  800                 Cassandra
    Kunai                          600                 Taki
    Mirage Blade                   600                 Ivy
    Kard                           600                 Xianghua
    Stiletto                       1100                Raphael
    Tonfa                          900                 Talim
    Khanjar                        1100                Yunsung
    Dark Blade                     1100                Cassandra
    Two-Handed Sword               1100                Mitsurugi
    Slicer                         900                 Taki
    Tofana Scissors                900                 Voldo
    Great Blade                    900                 Nightmare
    Terror Moon                    900                 Astaroth
    Wiseman Mace                   900                 Ivy
    Ling-Sheng Su Bo               1200                Kilik
    Northern Star                  900                 Xianghua
    Chained Kozuka                 900                 Maxi
    Morphos                        900                 Necrid
    Armos Series                   900                 Link
    Kastane                        900                 Yoshimitsu
    Reiterpallasch                 1500                Raphael
    Xiao Lan                       1500                Yunsung
    Shamshir                       1500                Mitsurugi
    Shame & Blame                  1200                Voldo
    Iron Staff                     1600                Kilik
    Battle Theater                 4000                --
    New Costume                    4200                Taki
    
    And the missions...
    
    
    == THUBAN FERRY ===============================================================
       
       Opponent              - Voldo
       Difficulty            - *
       Recommended Character - Link, Maxi, Yunsung, Ivy, or anyone else fast
       Objective             - Land 20 hits on the enemy and survive the round!
    
    Okay, so we've got a mere 20 seconds to bust out 20 hits on that quick little
    devil Voldo.  What to do?  Well, if, by chance, you're any good with one of
    the quicker characters (e.g., Maxi, Ivy, and the like) then you should be able
    to just lay down some pain.  But you wouldn't be here if you could do that. So.
    What to do?  You can always try to string together some lengthy combos using 
    any of the recommended characters listed above.  Or button-mash.  If all else 
    fails, use fire... wait, this ISN'T Zelda II.  Link does a surprisingly useful
    move for the mission, however.  Press Forward + Y and continually press Y to
    stab with your sword over and over, racking up plenty o' hits.  Do this for
    the entire battle and you shouldn't have much trouble.  Kinda cheap, but
    totally effective.
    
    However, if you happen to be playing the Xbox or PS2 version of SCII, then the
    above strategy just isn't gonna cut it.  No need to worry, folks--I've come
    prepared with some sweet moves for everyone to enjoy.  Raphael's got a quick
    three-hit combo that works very well.  The commands?  Forward + Y-Y-Y.  Mix in
    some additional sword strikes/kicks and you'll do well, I should think.  Just
    avoid throws, as they consume far too much time.  If you're one of those people
    who just hates the French, though, then everyone's favorite samurai (that'd
    be Mitsurugi) has two nice moves to use, also.  First off is a combo similar
    to the aforementioned one (used by Raphael).  Forward + Y-Y-Y will execute it.
    The second move is a little trickier to perform, but just as useful, if not
    more so.  First of all you need to enter the correct stance by pressing Forward
    + AY (with A and Y being pressed at the same time).  Once you've done that,
    repeatedly press A to rack up some major hits.
    
      * If you cause a ring out during the battle, you can move on as if you'd
        won the battle according to the objective.  You'll even get the normal
        amount of experience!  So what's the catch?  No gold will be awarded. 
        Bummer.  :/
    
       Rewards - * 500 Experience
                 * 400 Gold
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Taki
       Recommended Character - Someone fast, or Link
       Objective             - Land 20 hits on the quick enemy and survive the
                               round!
    
    The tricky thing about this battle is not racking up 20 hits on Taki, who is
    devilishly quick, but rather avoiding your foe wipe the floor with you.  See,
    unlike the regular mission, you're pitted against an insanely agile foe and
    are expected to land 20 hits in as many seconds.  Quite the difficult task,
    wouldn't you say?  There are a few ways to go about this battle 1) repeatedly
    use Link's Forward + Y-Y-Y... move 2) select a fast character (Talim, Maxi,
    Ivy, etc) and try to string together some combos or 3) choose Kilik and strike
    quickly with moves like his A+Y and Forward +AY.  Using the third option, I was
    able to amass 28 hits in one go.  Translation:  if all else fails, Kilik will
    help you.  For sure.
    
       Rewards - * 1000 Experience
                 * 800 Gold
    
    
    == VILLAGE OF ARCHE ===========================================================
    
       Opponent              - Yunsung
       Difficulty            - *
       Recommended Character - Kilik, Mitsurugi, Raphael, Cassandra
       Objective             - Strong gusts constantly push you and prevent you
                               from stopping at the edge of the stage.  Defeat the
                               enemy under this condition!
    
    This battle isn't too bad.  If you like, you approach it as if it was just a 
    normal battle with no special conditions and try to beat your foe silly.  
    However, I find that it's a lot easier to go for the ring out.  Just be sure to
    stay away from the edge of the stage yourself and use an attack that knocks
    your foe back.  Don't know of any such moves?  Try some of these:
    
      Kilik - * Forward + A
              * Back, back + X
              * Back + X-Y
    
      Mitsurugi - * Back + X
    
      Raphael - * Back, back + X
                * Back, back + Y
    
      Cassandra - * Back, back + X
    
      Most characters also have a throw or two that work well here.
    
    If none of the above listed moves don't work for you, then feel free to tell
    the mafia that I'm the one who ratted them out.  :P
    
       Rewards - * 500 Experience
                 * 800 Gold
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Mitsurugi
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Strong gusts constantly push you and prevent you
                               from stopping at the edge of the stage.  Furthermore
                               both combatants speed is increased.  Defeat the
                               enemy under these conditions!
    
    The obvious choice in this mission is to aim for the ring out.  It's also the
    easiest and quickest method to end the battle.  Basically, from the beginning
    of the battle try to stay on the inside (e.g., keep your opponent between
    yourself and the edge of the stage) and strike with whatever you've got.  As
    long as you can keep yourself away from the edge, this battle should be over in
    a matter of moments.
    
       Rewards - * 1000 Experience
                 * 1600 Gold
    
    
    == MINKAR MINE ================================================================
    
       Opponent              - Boss: Yoshimitsu
       Difficulty            - **
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Navigate through the enemy-infested dungeon and
                               defeat the boss!
    
    Welcome to your very first dungeon!  It may seem like a cool concept now,
    but you'll be singing a different tune when you see some of the later dungeons,
    trust me.  In any event, I walk you through the dungeons differently than I do
    normal missions.  I'm not going to describe every possibly battle that you may
    encounter in a dungeon.  Instead, I'll warn you of any particularly tricky
    battles or aspects of the dungeon, give you a map of the entire place, and tell
    you how to send the boss crying for his mommy.  Sound good?  Then let's get
    goin'!  Here's that map I promised you:
    
      [*]-[ ]-[ ]     Key
               |      ---
              [!]     * - Entrance
                      ! - Boss
    
    Pretty small, but it's only the first dungeon, so what'd you expect?  ;)  In
    any event, the battles here aren't too difficult, as there are no special
    conditions or anything of the sort to spice them up.  Nevertheless, if you do
    find yourself having trouble defeating your opponents, it's never a bad idea to
    go for the ring out.  Many of the moves listed in the previous mission strategy
    are great for getting one.  Try 'em out!
    
    As for the boss, there isn't much to worry about.  Yoshi's fighting style
    borrows a lot from Mitsurugi's, so it isn't a big deal that you haven't fought
    him before and don't know how to go about beating him down.  As with any other
    battle, try to mix together a nice variety of weapon strikes, kicks, and 
    throws.  Of course, if things don't go smoothly, a ring out is always a healthy
    alternative (just like sliced apples!).
    
       Rewards - * 400 Experience
                 * 1600 Gold
                 * Yoshimitsu character
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Boss: Raphael
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Navigate through the enemy-infested dungeon and
                               defeat the boss!
    
    After navigating through the dungeon, which mirrors that of the normal mission,
    you'll encounter the boss--Raphael.  You've dealt with him a number of times
    before, I'm sure, so apply some basic strategies; attack when you're open,
    guard when he's on the offensive, and try to knock him out of the ring if he's
    near the edge.
    
       Rewards - * 800 Experience
                 * 2200 Gold
    
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    c.  Benetnasch
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    List of items, first and foremost...
    
    BENETNASCH SHOP ===============================================================
    ITEM NAME ---------------- PRICE ----------- USED BY... -----------------------
    Stiletto                   1100              Raphael
    Khanjar                    1100              Yunsung
    Two-Handed Sword           1100              Mitsurugi
    Ling-Sheng Su Bo           1200              Kilik
    Chained Kozuka             900               Maxi
    Reiterpallasch             1500              Raphael
    Side Harpe                 1200              Talim
    Xiao Lan                   1500              Yunsung
    Metesashi                  1500              Cassandra
    Shamshir                   1500              Mitsurugi
    Kagekiri                   1200              Taki
    Shame & Blame              1200              Voldo
    Steel Paddle               1200              Nightmare
    Battle Ax                  1200              Astaroth
    Dream Blade                1200              Ivy
    Iron Staff                 1600              Kilik
    Fatibal                    1200              Maxi
    Orcus Claw                 1200              Necrid
    Megaton Hammer             1200              Link
    Zantetsuken                1200              Yoshimitsu
    Double Crescent Blade      1600              Talim
    Spine Blade                2000              Cassandra
    Yoroitoshi                 1600              Taki
    Chained Flail              1600              Ivy
    Kopis                      1600              Xianghua
    Ignis Fatuus               1600              Necrid
    Cane of Byrna              1600              Link
    New Costume                22000             Voldo             
    
    ... followed by the mission strategies...
    
    
    == CARNIVAL ===================================================================
    
       Opponent              - Charade
       Difficulty            - **
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - You cannot hold your footing at the edge of the
                               stage.  Defeat the enemy with a ring out!
    
    This battle isn't too tricky.  The idea is to knock your foe off the edge of
    the stage, so naturally you'll want to lure him toward the perimeter.  From
    there, most characters have a throw that works well to send someone flying off
    the edge, and kicks tend to have a similar effect.  Kilik's Back + A is a
    fantastic move to use in this situation, as is Mitsurugi's Back + X-Y.  If you
    are using a different character, try pressing Back + X, Y, or A and you're sure
    to come up with something useful for ring outs.
    
       Rewards - * 700 Experience
                 * 1000 Gold
                 * Charade character
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Berserker
       Recommended Character - Astaroth, Nightmare, Berserker
       Objective             - You cannot hold your footing at the edge of the
                               stage, and the gravity is weaker.  Defeat the enemy
                               with a ring out!
    
    An interesting aspect of this battle is that normal attacks hardly scratch your
    foe, absolutely forcing you to win with a ring out.  Unfortunately, the same
    doesn't apply to the enemy.  :/  Additionally, since the gravity is weaker,
    it's possible to knock your foe high into the air.  To win this battle, I
    suggest grabbing someone that can match Berserker's sheer brute force, namely
    either Nightmare or Astaroth.  Either character can knock Berserker around and
    drive him to the edge of the stage, where a single blow can seal the deal.
    
       Rewards - * 1300 Experience
                 * 2000 Gold
    
    
    == TALITHA GAMBLING DEN =======================================================
    
       Opponent              - Character specific
       Difficulty            - **
       Recommended Character - Link, Mitsurugi
       Objective             - Receive heavy damage when knocked against the ground
                               or wall.  Defeat the enemy under this condition!
    
    In this fight, damage received and dealt from normal attacks is drastically
    reduced, so you'll need to take advantage of moves that knock your foe to the
    ground.  Since being knocked against the wall also causes mass damage, you'll
    want to do whatever you can to stay toward the inside--move around a lot and
    don't be afraid to use throws to switch places with your foe.  Hit your enemy
    hard with moves such as Link's Forward + Y or Mitsurugi's Back + X and you
    should be able to make it through.  If at all possible, try to get your
    opponent's back to the wall, then go crazy with almost anything to garner the
    win.
    
      Reward - * 700 Experience
               * 1000 Gold
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Three random fighters
       Recommended Character - Lizardman
       Objective             - Combatants receive heavy damage when knocked against
                               the ground or wall.  Furthermore, your appearance
                               has changed.  Defeat all the enemies under these
                               conditions!
    
    Simply put, this mission is hard, mainly due to the fact that you're forced to
    play as Lizardman, a difficult character to get the hang of.  As for you're
    actual objectives, you've seen battles like this countless times before, so all
    you need to know is some decent moves to knock your foe to the ground or wall.
    Try these:
    
      Knockdown moves
      ---------------
      A + Y
      Up + A
    
      Near the wall moves
      -------------------
      Back-Back + X
      Forward-Forward + AY
      Forward-Forward + X
    
    Even with these moves, it may still take a few tries, so persevere and don't
    get discouraged.
    
       Rewards - * 1300 Experience
                 * 2000 Gold
    
    
    == DIPHDA TEMPLE ==============================================================
    
       Opponent              - Raphael
       Difficulty            - **
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Throws are more effective.  Defeat the enemy!
    
    Repeatedly pummeling your opponent with throws is the name of the game in this
    battle.  That's not to say that normal attacks are completely useless here, so
    toss a few in to mix things up and keep Raphael on his toes.  However,
    predominantly using throws is the easiest way to finish off this battle.  Just
    beware of the relatively short time limit (30 second) that you're given; since
    throws tend to take a few seconds each, you'll want to be quick about things.
    
      Rewards - * 700 Experience
                * 500 Gold
                * Subchapter 1
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Charade
       Recommended Character - Nightmare, Astaroth
       Objective             - The enemy will continually guard.  Cause a Guard
                               Break and attack while the enemy's defenses are
                               down.
    
    The gist of this mission is that you've got a good 20 seconds to take down
    Charade, who'll be guarding the entire battle, making it near impossible to
    land a hit.  Select a heavy, powerful fighter such as Nightmare and, if
    possible, equip a weapon with guard-breaking capabilities.  From there, enter
    the battle and go to town on Charade with anything you've got.  Repeatedly
    blows from Astaroth's axe or Nightmare's sword will be more than enough to
    break through Charade's guard.
    
       Rewards - * 1300 Experience
                 * 1000 Gold
    
    
    == BENETNASCH HARBOR ==========================================================
    
       Opponent              - Maxi, Ivy, Voldo, Cervantes
       Difficulty            - **
       Recommended Character - Maxi, Ivy, or anyone else quick
       Objective             - The enemies' weapons have poison, so you will go
                               numb if you are damaged!  Defeat all the enemies
                               under this condition!
    
    Although this may seem like little more than a simple ladder match, there's
    actually a lot more to it.  Every time you get hit your character will be
    temporarily stunned, and there's limited health replenishment between battles.
    Be sure to guard often to avoid being stunned, go for ring outs if you can.
    If you're decent with a fast character such as Ivy or Maxi, you'll definitely
    want to use them to prevent your foes from planting strings of attacks on you.
    It may sound cheap, but if you're really having a tough time, button-mashing
    with Maxi is a possible solution.  It's rather easy to string together an
    endless string of moves by hitting a few random buttons with Maxi, albeit being
    a cheap alternative.  Additionally, if you've got a weapon that replenishes
    your character's health with each hit, be sure to equip that, as you're going
    to need as much recovery as possible.
    
      Rewards - * 800 Experience
                * 2500 Gold
                * Cervantes character
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Ivy, Raphael, Cervantes, Voldo
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Defeat all the enemies!
    
    After the last few grueling missions, it seems Namco decided to throw us a bone
    and let us off the hook (temporarily, at least), as this mission is nice and
    simple.  It consists of a simple ladder match versus four opponents (three of
    whom tend to be difficult to deal with in all situations, however), devoid of
    any tricks or special advantages.  Also, your health will be fully restored
    after each battle.  Rejoice!
    
       Rewards - * 1500 Experience
                 * 5000 Gold
    
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    d.  Mizar
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    The shop listing...
    
    MIZAR SHOP ====================================================================
    ITEM NAME ---------------- PRICE ----------- USED BY... -----------------------
    Side Harpe                 1200              Talim
    Metesashi                  1200              Cassandra
    Kagekiri                   1200              Taki
    Dream Blade                1200              Ivy
    Wo Dao                     1600              Raphael
    Double Crescent Blade      1600              Talim
    Giant Butcher Knife        2000              Yunsung
    Spine Blade                1600              Cassandra
    Basilard                   2000              Mitsurugi
    Yoroitoshi                 1600              Taki
    Iron Ram                   1600              Voldo
    Glam                       1600              Nightmare
    Great Maul                 1600              Astaroth
    Chained Flail              1600              Ivy
    Kunlun Bamboo              2100              Kilik
    Kopis                      1600              Xianghua
    Raimei                     1600              Maxi
    Ignis Fatuus               1600              Necrid
    Cane of Byrna              1600              Link
    Dha                        1600              Yoshimitsu
    Acheron                    1600              Cervantes
    Heavy Jur                  2200              Voldo
    Requiem                    2200              Nightmare
    Tabar                      2200              Astaroth
    Lambent Viper              2200              Necrid
    Phlegethon                 2200              Cervantes
    New Costume                22800             Nightmare
    
    And the battles...
    
    
    == AL GIEBA RUINS =============================================================
    
       Opponent              - Assassin
       Difficulty            - **
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Force the bomb off onto the enemy with your attacks!
                               You win if the enemy has the bomb when the timer
                               runs out.
    
    Here's a really fun mission!  Basically, you're playing a game of hot potato,
    only it's a lot more dangerous, what with the swords and bombs and whatnot.
    Anyway, the gist is that your foe starts with the bomb, but when he hits you
    with an attack it becomes yours.  You will, of course, want to return the
    favor and hit him back, returning the bomb to it's original owner.  When the
    20 second time limit expires, whoever has the bomb will be the loser.  After
    transferring the bomb to your enemy, nail him with some throws to quickly wear
    down the timer, and don't forget to block!
    
      Rewards - * 800 Experience
                * 1200 Gold
                * Money Pit / Top Tier Stage
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Random
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Force the bomb off onto the enemy with your attacks!
                               You win if the enemy has the bomb when the timer
                               runs out.
    
    A carbon copy of the regular mission.  Get the first hit to transfer the bomb
    to your foe, then run down the timer with combos and throws.
    
       Rewards - * 1500 Experience
                 * 2400 Gold
    
    
    == WINDMILL ===================================================================
    
       Opponent              - Yoshimitsu, Taki
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Kilik
       Objective             - Your health is low.  Defeat all the enemies under
                               this condition!
    
    Since we've only got half our life gauge to take down two opponents, it's a
    good idea to play it safe in the first battle.  Block often, strike when you
    have to chance, and even go for the ring out if you've got the chance.
    If you can make it through the first battle without minimal damage, you'll
    regain a good amount before the second, helping to level the playing field.
    Additionally, if you can play as Kilik, I highly recommend buying and equipping
    a weapon called the Kunlun Bamboo--every time you connect with a hit you'll
    have a small portion of your life refilled.  Cool beans!
    
      Rewards - * 800 Experience
                * 1200 Gold
                * Double Crescent Blade (Weapon for Talim)
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Assassin, Assassin
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Your health is low.  Defeat all the enemies under
                               this condition!
    
    Right from the get-go you'll be at a disadvantage--you've got half of a health
    gauge and two enemies to take down.  The first thing that should pop into your
    mind is ring out.  If you can quickly push Assassin No. 1 toward the edge and
    knock him off, it'll really make the second round easier.  If you aren't able
    to do this, try equipping your character with a health-restoring weapon (e.g.,
    Kilik's Kunlun Bamboo or Cassandra's Red Crystal Rod).  Although these weapons
    won't win the battle for you, they'll most certainly help to soften the blows
    received from your opponents.
    
       Rewards - * 1500 Experience
                 * 2400 Gold
    
    
    == MEROPE MONASTERY ===========================================================
    
       Opponent              - Yunsung, Ivy, Mitsurugi, Astaroth, Nightmare
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - The timer increases with each enemy you defeat.
                               Defeat all the enemies before time runs out!
    
    A few things you should note about this fight:  you need to defeat the first
    couple of foes quick, otherwise you'll be left with little time to take out
    the others.  Also, as you should already know, ring outs tend to save a lot of
    time, although they're a bit difficult to achieve in this stage.  Even so, try
    your best to knock your foes off the edge.  That aside, the foes in this
    mission have no advantages over you, so it should be a straight fight.  One
    last thing:  your health will be completely restored between every battle, so
    there's no need to worry about conserving it.
    
      Rewards - * 800 Experience
                * 3200 Gold
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Mitsurugi, Voldo, Taki, Nightmare, Cervantes
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - The timer increases with each enemy you defeat.
                               Figure out the best way to defeat all the enemies
                               before time runs out!
    
    Hands down, this is THE most frustrating mission in the game.  Ring outs will
    making the later battles significantly easier, although actually getting one is
    a bit difficult.  However, if you can, try to lure the first few opponents,
    Mitsie and Voldo especially, toward the edge and knock them off if at all
    possible.  Another hurdle you've have to leap, however, is that each foe has an
    increased defense and some, Taki especially, refuse to stop guarding.  Keeping
    that in mind, you'll want to equip a weapon that can penetrate your enemy's
    guard.  Also, look in your character's movelist for anything marked with a
    "GB" next to it.  Those moves can break through a guard, so they'll definitely
    help out in this situation.
    
      * Reader Strategies!
    
        - M Thomson suggests using Nightmare's forward + A move to ring out the
          first two opponents, then using A-A-B to deal with Taki.
    
        - Pelend sez: "Equip Talim with her joke-weapon. RO both Voldo and
          Mitsurugi. With Taki, just keep doing Talim's 8A+B at her. It KO'ed her
          with three hits. Proceed to ring out Nightmare and Cervantes."
    
        - Patrick sez: "Use Link. His simple front on A throw move grabs the
          opponent and throws them behind him. To beat this level then all you need
          to do is get your back facing the ring out area and then simply A throw
          the enemy behind you for an easy ring out. Try it and you'll see."
    
        - Neil Goodall sez: "After 20 or so unsuccessful attempts with Cervantes I
          switched to Link, because although not a great character overall, he does
          have one very useful attribute, a very long throw.
     
          Using A+G (Link's Arm Twist Throw) is very effective at scoring ring outs
          because not only does it throw the opponent a significant distance (i.e.
          over the ledge) but it throws them opposite to the direction Link is
          facing which means you don't have to try and corner your opponent, you
          can walk yourself to the edge and wait for your opponent to follow you.
          This is especially useful against constantly guarding enemies.
     
          Using this tactic I went from not being able to get past Taki, to
          completing it with 50 seconds left!
     
          The only slight danger is that by walking yourself to the edge, you risk
          being Ring Outed yourself, but for any player at this stage, this should
          be a minor draw back.  The only other bad point is that this strategy can
          only be used on the Gamecube version of SC2."
    
        - John Ho sez: "There's a secret method to beat Taki almost instantly with
          Nightmare(haven't tried other characters, and I don't want to).
    
          Nightmare's A-A-B attack has two versions -- a delayed one, and the
          normal one. The delayed one has this blue flame about the third hit. If
          you hit Taki with the blue flame, she'll die almost instantly. I managed
          to cut off 3/4 of her life just by doing that as she blocks."
    
       Rewards - * 1500 Experience
                 * 6000 Gold
    
    
    == DESERTED VILLAGE ===========================================================
    
       Opponent              - Mitsurugi, Raphael
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Kilik, Link
       Objective             - The enemies favor Vertical Attacks and are armed
                               with weapons that excel in Breaks.  Defeat all the
                               enemies under these conditions!
    
    Since both opponents in this mission, Mitsurugi and Raphael, use vertical
    attacks almost exclusively and can easily break your guard, the best way to
    avoid taking damage is to stay on the move.  The moment you see your foe tense
    up or move his arms, sidestep around and quickly retaliate with a fast blow.
    Also, to help conserve health throughout the two fights, you may be interested
    in using Kilik (equipped with the Kunlun Bamboo), Link (equipped with the Cane
    of Byrna) or anyone else who was a weapon that replenishes life.  These items
    tend to be life-savers, and really shine in missions like this one.  Of course,
    your life is restored in it's entirety between the two battles here, so using
    such a weapon is far from necessary.
    
      Rewards - * 900 Experience
                * 1200 Gold
                * Schweizer (Weapon for Raphael)
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Necrid, Astaroth
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - The enemies favor Horizontal Attacks and are armed
                               with weapons that are strong against Breaks.  Defeat
                               the enemies under these conditions!
    
    This mission is the exact opposite of it's predecessor--instead of using
    Vertical attacks often, your foes stick to horizontal blows for the most part.
    To combat this, you'll want to stay on your guard and strike quickly in spurts
    before backing up, preparing yourself, and dashing in to attack again.  Truth
    be told, this battle isn't too far removed from your basic match with no tricks
    to make it any more difficult, so don't over think it and screw yourself over.
    
       Rewards - * 1800 Experience
                 * 2400 Gold
    
    
    == CHARON'S PASS ==============================================================
    
       Opponent              - Boss: Sophitia
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Navigate through the booby-trapped dungeon and
                               defeat the boss!
    
    The interesting thing about this dungeon is that many of the battles take place
    in stages with unorthodox terrain, such as ice or fire.  Generally, the best
    strategy for battles that take place on ice is to go for the ring out.  Try
    to keep yourself in the center of the ring, and give your opponent a powerful
    blow or two.  However, try to stay away from large combos, as you might
    accidentally carry yourself off the edge.  Not cool.  As for the fire stages,
    you'll find a circle of lava around the perimeter of the ring.  The idea here
    is, obviously enough, to lure your foe into the fire.  If either you or an
    enemy stands in the lava for about a second, that fighter will take damage and
    become an easy target for a powerful retaliatory attack.
    
    Additionally, some battles take place in quicksand.  Basically what you want to
    do in such cases is stay on the move to avoid getting swallowed up and losing
    mobility.  Other than that, the quicksand doesn't pose too much of a problem,
    so don't worry too much about it.  One last thing to remember is that the foes
    in certain stages will automatically regain health throughout the entire
    battle, meaning that you need to dispatch of them as quickly as possible.
    
                    [W]            Key
                     |             ---
                    [ ]-[ ]-[!]    * - Entrance
                     |             ! - Boss
    [*]-[I]-[Q]-[F]-[ ]            I - Battle on ice
                                   Q - Battle on quicksand
                                   F - Battle with fire ring
                                   W - Win this battle to gain a new weapon
    
    The boss fight is against Sophitia who, like most everyone else in this
    dungeon, is constantly regaining health.  Because of that, you'll want to hit
    her quick in an attempt to take her down ASAP.  If you can fight well against
    Cassandra, then Sophitia shouldn't offer anything new, as their fighting styles
    are strikingly similar.  Anyhoo, you needn't worry about ice, fire, or
    quicksand bothering you in this fight, as the stage takes place on normal
    ground.  Another great way to counteract the health-restoration is to go for
    the ring out, which is quite easy in a smaller stage like this one.
    
      Rewards - * 1500 Experience
                * 3000 Gold
                * Sophitia character
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Boss: Maxi
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Navigate through the booby-trapped dungeon and
                               defeat the boss!
    
    As with the normal version, the dungeon is still infested with unique terrain
    that you probably aren't used to; ice, quicksand, and lava.  Even so, all of
    this can just as easily be used to your advantage as it can be used against
    you.  On icy stages, the most obvious course of action is to go for the ring
    out--the slick surface makes sending your foe flying off the edge no problem.
    The quicksand slows both combatants down, whilst lava will temporarily stun
    anyone who stands in it for about a second.
    
    When boss time rolls around, be prepared for a bout with that nunchuck-wielding
    Elvis-wannabe pirate Maxi!  You've dealt with him many times before, so I'm
    gonna assume you know the general tidbits about his style--he's quick, he
    breaks into combos often, and once he gets going it's hard to stop him.  To
    prevent him from doing this, guard a lot and try to beat him to the punch and
    attack before he gets the opportunity.
    
       Rewards - * 1500 Experience
                 * 6000 Gold
                 * Fuzoroi (Weapon for Maxi)
    
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    e.  Altair
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    The shop listings...
    
    ALTAIR SHOP ===================================================================
    ITEM NAME ---------------- PRICE ----------- USED BY... -----------------------
    Reiterpallasch             1200              Raphael
    Xiao Lian                  1500              Xianghua
    Iron Staff                 1800              Kilik
    Fatibal                    1500              Maxi
    Megaton Hammer             1200              Link
    Wo Dao                     1600              Raphael
    Double Crescent Blade      1600              Talim
    Giant Butcher Knife        2000              Yunsung
    Spine Blade                1600              Cassandra
    Basilard                   2000              Mitsurugi
    Yoroitoshi                 1600              Yoshimitsu
    Iron Ram                   1600              Voldo
    Glam                       1600              Nightmare
    Great Maul                 1600              Astaroth
    Chained Flail              1600              Ivy
    Kunlun Bamboo              2400              Kilik
    Kopis                      1600              Xianghua
    Raimei                     2000              Maxi
    Ignis Fatuus               1600              Necrid
    Cane of Byrna              1600              Link
    Blue Crystal Rod           1600              Sophitia
    Dha                        1600              Yoshimitsu
    Acheron                    1600              Cervantes
    Chaqu                      2200              Talim
    Katzbalger                 2200              Cassandra
    Fumakugi                   2200              Taki
    Viper Edge                 2200              Ivy
    Qi Xing Sword              2200              Xianghua
    Art Gallery Hi-Res         8500              --
    New Costume                17000             Astaroth
    
    And the missions...
    
    
    == NEREID GORGE ===============================================================
    
       Opponent              - Three random fighters
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Three random fighters
       Objective             - Team up with the fort's soldiers and defeat all the
                               enemies!
    
    Depending on your skill with the three provided characters, this mission can
    prove either very easy or a nightmare.  Basically, it's a three-on-three match
    in that once a character is defeated, the next fighter from that side will be
    put into battle.  Hopefully you can fight well with at least one of the three
    characters you're required to use.  Providing a strategy for this battle isn't
    easy, since everything is so random.  If you can't win, just keep trying until
    you end up with a group of fighters that you're best with.
    
      Rewards - * 900 Experience
                * 2100 Gold
                * Extra Time Attack Mode
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Three random fighters
       Recommended Character - Assassin, Berserker, Lizardman
       Objective             - Control a special team and defeat all the enemies!
    
    Unfortunately, this mission requires you to take control of Assassin (aka the
    Yunsung reject), Berserker (aka the Astaroth reject), and Lizardman (who just
    sucks) to defeat three random opponents.  Luckily, your foes are simple enough
    that they can be defeated with basic moves and throws, so apply what you know
    for the easy win.
    
       Rewards - * 1800 Experience
                 * 4200 Gold
    
    
    == PARADISE OF ALTAIR =========================================================
    
       Opponent              - Yourself
       Difficulty            - ****
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - You are your worst enemy... Defeat yourself!
    
    Except for the fact that you're pitted against whoever you're playing as, this
    is a straight-up battle with no tricks.  At this point, you should be at least
    decent with a character, so use that fighter to win here.  If you still aren't
    too great, try going for the ring out, as the stage isn't too large and there
    are no barriers on the perimeter whatsoever.
    
      Rewards - * 900 Experience
                * 1400 Gold
                * Soul Calibur [Evil] (Weapon for Xianghua)
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Your character, Mitsurugi
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - The enemies have excellent speed and health.  The
                               ability to knock back the enemy has increased.
                               Defeat all of the enemies within the time limit!
    
    Thanks to several attributes of this mission (the stage with no walls, being
    able to knock foes way back with a single hit), the best way to end this battle
    quickly is to aim for the ring out.  In both battles.
    
       Rewards - * 1800 Experience
                 * 2400 Gold
    
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    f.  Aldebaran
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    The shop listings...
    
    ALDEBARAN SHOP ================================================================
    ITEM NAME ---------------- PRICE ----------- USED BY... -----------------------
    Double Crescent Blade      1600              Talim
    Spine Blade                1600              Cassandra
    Chained Flail              1600              Ivy
    Kopis                      1600              Xianghua
    Schweizer                  2000              Raphael
    Chaqu                      2200              Talim
    Cheng Ying                 2700              Yunsung
    Katzbalger                 2200              Cassandra
    Gassan                     2700              Mitsurugi
    Fumakugi                   2200              Taki
    Heavy Jur                  2200              Voldo
    Requiem                    2200              Nightmare
    Tabar                      2200              Astaroth
    Viper Edge                 2200              Ivy
    Rokushakuboh               3300              Kilik
    Qi Xing Sword              2200              Xianghua
    Fuzoroi                    2700              Maxi
    Lambent Viper              2200              Necrid
    Mirror Shield              2200              Link
    Fire Blade                 2200              Sophitia
    Kagekiyo                   2200              Yoshimitsu
    Phlegethon                 2200              Cervantes
    Karma & Mara               3000              Voldo
    Faust                      3000              Nightmare
    Nanbanfu                   3000              Astaroth
    Hex Luminae                3000              Necrid
    Magic Sword                3000              Link
    Pakayun                    3000              Yoshimitsu
    Art Gallery                5500              --
    New Costume                22500             Ivy
    
    And the missions...
    
    
    == CASTLE OF THE DEAD =========================================================
    
       Opponent              - Berserker
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Ivy, Talim, Maxi, anyone quick
       Objective             - Defeat the enemy within the time limit!
    
    While this battle may at first seem to be nothing special, with no gimmicks or
    anything to spice it up, you'll soon find that your blows aren't doing nearly
    as much damage as they should be.  Now, the 50 second time limit really isn't
    anything to worry about, but Berserker is a powerful opponent who is best
    dealt with by a speedy character.  To avoid getting smacked around too much,
    you'll want to keep the combos coming at him.  Also, if he crouches and looks
    like he's charging up an attack, either back far away or quickly run in and
    nail him, as he's prepping for a devastating move that you don't want to be
    caught in.  Fortunately, Berserker isn't the most mobile fighter, so you can
    pretty easily run circles around him, dodging attacks.  Even so, be wary of
    him, since his axe can cut you down surprisingly fast.
    
      Rewards - * 1000 Experience
                * 800 Gold
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Assassin
       Recommended Character - Taki, Ivy, or anyone fast or Nightmare, Astaroth
       Objective             - The enemy has excellent speed and health.
                               Furthermore, your health decreases over time.
                               Defeat the enemy within the time limit!
    
    The name of the game in this mission is finishing off the battle ASAP.  Take
    into consideration that you're facing a quick and deadly foe with your health
    actively decreases the entire time and you'll see why.  There are two solid
    choices to go for the victory here:  by speed or by power.  With the former,
    you'll want to choose a quick fighter such as Taki or Ivy and constantly chain
    moves into Assassin, preventing him from getting back at you and quickly ending
    the battle.  In the latter, select a character who relies on brute force, like
    Asty or Nightmare, and can easily smack little Assassin around all battle long.
    
       Rewards - * 2000 Experience
                 * 1600 Gold
    
    
    == CITY OF NASHIRA ============================================================
    
       Opponent              - 5 random fighters
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - The prize money doubles with each win.  Gauge your
                               strength and win the matches!
    
    The structure of this mission entails that you fight until you either defeat
    all five opponents and take home the cash prize (4800 gold) or that you play it
    safe and walk away with your money while you can.  Every time you win a battle,
    you'll be asked to either put it on the line and fight another round or back
    away and quit while you're ahead.  The latter is a simple way to complete this
    mission, but hardly fun.  I highly recommend trying to win all five battles so
    you can get the full reward.  To do this, you'll need to conserve one life
    gauge throughout five battles, so equipping a healing weapon such as Kilik's
    Kunlun Bamboo or Link's Cane of Byrna is a very good idea.  In addition, you'll
    want to use the character you're most familiar with, even if that fighter does
    not have a healing weapon.
    
      Rewards - * 1000 Experience
                * However much you win (ranges from 300-4800)
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Five random fighters
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - The prize money doubles with each win.  Gauge your
                               strength and win the matches!
    
    As with before, it's not absolutely necessary to win the entire tournament--you
    can pussy out and walk away with a lesser prize.  However, should you decide to
    go for the gold, there are a few things to keep in mind.  First, ring outs are
    terrific for ending these battles before you take excessive damage, but don't
    focus on getting one so much that you end up losing the battle.  Next, don't be
    afraid to guard often; it's better to take a bit longer ending a battle and
    come out with full health than end it fast and be left with only half of your
    gauge.
    
       Rewards - * 2000 Experience
                 * However much you win (ranges from 800-16000)
    
    
    == SEGINUS TEMPLE =============================================================
    
       Opponent              - Seung Mina
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - The enemy's weapon has the ability to Guard Break.
                               Defeat the enemy under this condition!
    
    Granted you don't rely too much on guarding, this battle shouldn't prove too
    difficult.  Just bust out some nice strong moves and try to stay on the move
    moreso than usual to compensate for the inability to guard.  Although you've
    never fought Seung Mina before, you should know her style because she fights
    very similarly to Kilik.
    
      Rewards - * 1000 Experience
                * 800 Gold
                * Seung Mina character
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Seung Mina
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - The enemy's weapon has the ability to Guard Break.
                               Defeat the enemy under this condition!
    
    Granted you can go a single battle without guarding and still come out on top,
    this one won't be trouble.
    
       Rewards - * 2000 Experience
                 * 1600 Gold
    
    
    == CRYTOMERIA RIDGE ===========================================================
    
       Opponent              - Cassandra
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Guard Impact the enemy's attacks!
    
    Since normal attacks do next to no damage here and there's not enough time to
    whittle Cassie's life down like that, we'll need to find an alternative
    solution.  If you can block one of her attacks with a Guard Impact (block +
    left or right on the Control Stick), she'll take a hefty amount of damage.
    Watch for her movements and try to predict when she's gonna strike, then hit
    the Guard Impact.  Two should be enough to end the mission.
    
      Rewards - * 1200 Experience
                * 800 Gold
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Sophitia
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - The enemy excels in Guard Impacts.  Reverse the
                               Guard Impacts back at the enemy!
    
    Same deal as with the regular mission.  Anticipate Sophie's attacks, then hit
    the Guard Impact and she'll take heavy damage.  Perhaps she can't stand the
    sound of swords clashing?  In any event, two Guard Impacts should seal the
    deal.
    
       Rewards - * 2300 Experience
                 * 1600 Gold
    
    
    == SIAM RUINS =================================================================
    
       Opponent              - Yunsung
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - The enemy's weapon absorbs life.  Defeat the enemy
                               under this condition!
    
    The premise of this mission is rather simplistic--you need to slap Yunsung
    silly.  The trick is that his weapon not only hurts you, but it also helps to
    recover Yunsung's life.  A great way to counteract this is to equip a weapon
    like that for yourself (Kilik's Kunlun Bamboo comes to mind, although I've been
    suggesting that you use it for the last ten or so missions :/).  Either way,
    Yunsung isn't too difficult of an opponent here; just toss together some nice
    moves and add in a throw or two to spice things up.  Next!
    
      Rewards - * 1200 Experience
                * 800 Gold
                * Extra Survival Mode
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Taki
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Crouch or jump to avoid the effects of the frequent
                               earthquakes.  Furthermore, the enemy's health
                               recovers over time.  Defeat the enemy under these
                               conditions!
    
    Although your foe in this battle will be constantly regaining life through the
    battle, you've got a trump card of your own, so to speak.  Every so often,
    there will be a 3-2-1 countdown, leading into an earthquake that will stun both
    you and your opponent for a moment.  However, if you jump or crouch as the
    quake hits, you'll dodge the blow, allowing for a free go at you're enemy.
    These earthquakes occur so often that you'll be able to win the battle based on
    the freebies you get from them alone.
    
       Rewards - * 2300 Experience
                 * 1600 Gold
    
    
    == UNDERGROUND JUNO ===========================================================
    
       Opponent              - Bosses: Assassin, Astaroth
       Difficulty            - ****
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Navigate through the enemy-infested dungeon and
                               defeat the boss within the time limit!
    
    In this dungeon, you've got a mere 200 seconds to make your way through the
    rooms and find the boss.  With this in mind, you'll want try to finish off the
    minor battles as quickly as possible, especially if you're going for the prize
    weapon in the top corner of the dungeon.
    
            [ ]-[ ]-[ ]-[W]   Key
             |       |        ---
    [*]-[ ]-[ ]     [ ]       * - Entrance
             |       |        ! - Boss
            [ ]-[ ]-[ ]       W - Win this battle to gain a new weapon
                 |
                [ ]
                 |
                [!]
    
    As for the bosses, neither one has any tricks up their sleeves that you haven't
    seen before.  As long as you've made it through the dungeon quick enough,
    defeating them should be easy enough.  If not, try restarting the dungeon and
    heading straight for the boss, even if that means forgoing the prize weapon,
    it'll help you complete the mission.
    
       Rewards - * 2300 Experience
                 * 3800 Gold
                 * Labyrinth Stage
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Bosses: Xianghua, Seung Mina
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Navigate through the booby-trapped dungeon and
                               defeat the boss!
    
    Very much like the original mission, you've got a time limit this time around,
    as well.  However, you've got an extra 40 seconds now.  Additionally, as you
    venture through the dungeon, be wary of the booby-traps in each individual
    room.  Sometimes the floor is mined and sometimes you can knock your foe
    further, so be aware!
    
    As for the bosses, neither one has any obvious advantages over you, so slap
    them silly in whatever manner pleases you most.
    
       Rewards - * 4600 Experience
                 * 7600 Gold
    
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    g.  Rigel
    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
    
    The shop listings...
    
    RIGEL SHOP ====================================================================
    ITEM NAME ---------------- PRICE ----------- USED BY... -----------------------
    Wo Dao                     1600              Raphael
    Giant Butcher Knife        2000              Yunsung
    Basilard                   2000              Mitsurugi
    Kunlun Bamboo              2400              Kilik
    Raimei                     2000              Maxi
    Schweizer                  2000              Raphael
    Chaqu                      2200              Talim
    Cheng Ying                 2700              Yunsung
    Katzbalger                 2200              Cassandra
    Gassan                     2700              Mitsurugi
    Fumakugi                   2200              Taki
    Heavy Jur                  2200              Voldo
    Requiem                    2200              Nightmare
    Tabar                      2200              Astaroth
    Viper Edge                 2200              Ivy
    Rokushakuboh               3300              Kilik
    Qi Xing Sword              2200              Xianghua
    Fuzoroi                    2700              Maxi
    Lambent Viper              2200              Necrid
    Mirror Shield              2200              Link
    Fire Blade                 2200              Sophitia
    Bardiche                   2200              Seung Mina
    Kagekiyo                   2200              Yoshimitsu
    Phlegethon                 2200              Cervantes
    Cao Ankana                 3000              Talim
    Red Crystal Rod            3000              Cassandra
    Silent Edge                3000              Taki
    Alraune                    3000              Ivy
    Krita-Yuga                 3000              Xianghua
    Art Gallery (Special)      4700              --
    New Costume                24000             Xianghua
    
    And the missions...
    
    
    == UNDERGROUND PRISON =========================================================
    
       Opponent              - Maxi
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Receive heavy damage when knocked against the ground
                               or wall.  Defeat the enemy under this condition!
    
    You've seen a mission like this before.  The only tricky thing is that you're
    fighting in an enclosed arena, meaning that you need to always need to be
    moving to try to avoid getting caught with your back to the wall.  Since
    normal attacks cause scarce damage, instead you'll need to use moves that
    either knock your foe to the ground or against the wall.  Try some of these
    moves for assorted characters:
    
      Kilik - * Back + X-Y (great when you're foe's back is to the wall)
              * Forward + AY (also good for a wall hit)
    
      Mitsurugi - * Back + X
                  * Back + AY-Y
    
      Yunsung - * Circle around by pressing up or down, then hit X
                * Forward + A-A
                * Back-Back + X
    
      Talim - * Forward + Y-Y
              * Forward-Forward + Y (awesome move when near a wall)
    
      Nightmare - * Forward-Forward + A
                  * Forward-Forward + Y
                  * Back-Back + Y
    
    Even if you aren't particularly adept with any of the above characters, the
    aforementioned moves are simple to execute and work wonders.
    
       Rewards - * 1200 Experience
                 * 1800 Gold
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Random
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Knock the enemy against the wall and utilize wall
                               combos to defeat the enemy!
    
    Pretty much the same ol' mission as before; no new twists have been added in to
    spice things up and piss you off.  The various moves listed above still work
    terrifically, so apply them as you did before.
    
       Rewards - * 2300 Experience
                 * 3600 Gold
    
    
    == RIGEL, SPIRITUAL CITY ======================================================
    
       Opponent              - Character specific
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Neither you nor the enemy can guard against attacks.
                               Defeat the enemy under this condition!
    
    While not being able to guard may seem like a huge handicap, keep in mind that
    your opponent is unable to block, as well.  With that in mind, go pell-mell on
    your enemy with whatever combos you've become accustomed to using in battles
    like this one.  Just try not to rely on guarding, as it won't do you any good
    whatsoever!
    
       Rewards - * 1300 Experience
                 * 1800 Gold
                 * Hwangseo Palace / Phoenix Court Stage
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Random
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Neither you nor the enemy can guard against attacks.
                               Defeat the enemy under this condition!
    
    So long as you remember not to fall back and guard when in doubt, this battle
    will be a cinch.  Just keep in mind that it'll take a bit more than usual to
    defeat your enemy, as his/her it's defenses seem somehow reinforced.
    
       Rewards - * 2500 Experience
                 * 3600 Gold
    
    
    == FORBIDDEN GROUNDS ==========================================================
    
       Opponent              - Inferno
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Defeat the enemy!
    
    Since you've never dealt with Inferno before (unless you've also been playing
    Arcade mode, that is), allow me to explain about him.  Much like Combot from
    Tekken 4 or a wealth of other fighting game characters, he doesn't have his own
    distinguishable fighting style.  Instead, he borrows his moves and everything
    from a random character.  With that in mind, the first thing you'll find to
    find out is who Inferno is impersonating.  The weapon it's holding along with
    some of the moves should be enough for you to determine who you're really
    fighting.  Once you know that, you can figure out how to approach the fight.
    That aside, there's little strategy I can impart here; pull no punches and use
    all your best moves.
    
       Rewards - * 1300 Experience
                 * 900 Gold
                 * Soul Edge [Growth] (Weapon for Nightmare)
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Inferno
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Defeat the enemy!
    
    A perfect mirror of the regular mission.  Remember to find out who Inferno is
    masquerading as before rushing into battle, otherwise you may be caught off
    guard by an unexpected fighting style.  Other than that, simply break out with
    everything you've got and hope for the best.
    
       Rewards - * 2500 Experience
                 * 1800 Gold
    
    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
    h.  Merak
    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
    
    The shop listings...
    
    MERAK SHOP ====================================================================
    ITEM NAME ---------------- PRICE ----------- USED BY... -----------------------
    Chaqu                      2200              Talim
    Kaztbalger                 2200              Cassandra
    Fumakugi                   2200              Taki
    Viper Edge                 2200              Ivy
    Qi Xing Sword              2200              Xianghua
    Holy Antler                3000              Raphael
    Cao Ankana                 3000              Talim
    Ramdao                     3600              Yunsung
    Red Crystal Rod            3000              Cassandra
    Tulwar                     3600              Mitsurugi
    Silent Edge                3000              Taki
    Karma & Mara               3000              Voldo
    Faust                      3000              Nightmare
    Nanbanfu                   3000              Astaroth
    Alraune                    3000              Ivy
    Amud                       4500              Kilik
    Krita-Yuga                 3000              Xianghua
    Modified Flail             3600              Maxi
    Hex Luminae                3000              Necrid
    Magic Sword                3000              Link
    Gladius                    3000              Sophitia
    Halberd                    3000              Seung Mina
    Pakayun                    3000              Yoshimitsu
    Cocytus                    3000              Cervantes
    Estoc                      4000              Raphael
    Blue Thunder               4800              Yunsung
    Masamune                   4800              Mitsurugi
    Duel Rod                   6000              Kilik
    Falcon                     4800              Maxi
    Biggoron's Sword           4000              Link
    New Costume                19600             Raphael
    
    And the missions...
    
    
    == SIRIUS, CITY IN THE SKY ====================================================
    
       Opponent              - Yunsung, Cassandra, Raphael, Ivy, Xianghua
       Difficulty            - ****
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - The timer increases with each enemy you defeat.
                               However, the enemies' weapons penetrate defenses.
                               Defeat all the enemies before time runs out!
    
    The trickiest thing about this battle is not the time limit, but rather the
    fact that enemy attacks damage you even when guarding.  Indeed, you've got more
    than enough time for each battle, so you don't need to force yourself to hurry
    through.  Because guarding is useless, however, playing a defensive game is a
    wee bit difficult.  As long as you can focus on the offensive, this mission
    shouldn't prove too tough, especially since you're health meter is completely
    restored after each individual fight.
    
       Rewards - * 1300 Experience
                 * 5000 Gold
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Five random fighters
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - The timer increases with each enemy you defeat.
                               However, the enemies' health recovers over time.
                               Defeat all the enemies before time runs out!
    
    We begin with 50 seconds on the clock and, although we only regain a measly
    10 seconds per win, it's nothing to worry about unless a battle really drags
    on.  You'll want to finish the battles off as quick as possible anyway, in an
    attempt to stave off the effects of your enemies' health recovering status.
    Fortunately, you don't have to worry about conserving your own health too much,
    as it recovers in full following each fight.
    
       Rewards - * 2500 Experience
                 * 10000 Gold
    
    
    == CRYSTAL MINE ===============================================================
    
       Opponent              - Random
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Mitsurugi
       Objective             - The ability to knock back the enemy has been
                               increased, but your health decreases over time.
                               Defeat the enemy under these conditions!
    
    The name of the game here is to dispose of your opponent as quickly as
    possible.  Thanks to your newfound ability to send people flying with certain
    moves, going for a ring out is the obvious solution.  Select Mitsurugi, lure
    your foe toward the edge of the arena and press Back + X.  Blammo.  We're done
    here.
    
       Rewards - * 1400 Experience
                 * 2000 Gold
                 * Subchapter 3
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Charade
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Combatants are launched high into the air when
                               knocked to the ground.  Furthermore, the ability to
                               knock back the enemy has been increased.  Defeat the
                               enemy under these conditions!
    
    Well, you've got two options here; ring out or pure beat down.  Nabbing a ring
    out should be easy enough, given your newfound abilities coupled with open
    stage.  Should you opt for the beat down method, use some moves such as
    Mitsurugi's Back + X or Nightmare's Forward-Forward + Y to put Charade on it's
    back, scoring some bonus damage.
    
       Rewards - * 2800 Experience
                 * 4000 Gold
    
    
    == DUBHE ARENA ================================================================
    
       Opponent              - Voldo
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Mitsurugi
       Objective             - Knock the enemy against the wall and utilize wall
                               combos to defeat the enemy!
    
    What really sucks about this mission is that while we have to utilize wall
    combos in order to win, Voldo can just slice 'n' dice right through us without
    bothering with the wall combos.  Lame.  Anyhoo, use whatever moves you want to
    get him near any of the arena's four walls, then use Mitsie's Back + X move.
    Two of those will do the trick quite nicely, maybe even one if you link some
    other move into it while Voldo's on the wall.
    
       Rewards - * 1400 Experience
                 * 2000 Gold
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Random
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Knock the enemy against the wall and utilize wall
                               combos to defeat the enemy!
    
    As with many a mission before this, you need to find some moves that send your
    randomly-chosen foe flying toward the walls.  Try these:
    
      Talim - * Forward + Y-Y
              * Forward-Forward + Y
    
      Kilik - * Back + X-Y
              * Forward + AY
    
      Mitsurugi - * Back + X
    
      Nightmare - * Forward-Forward + A
    
      Yunsung - * Forward + A-A
                * Back-Back + X
    
    With moves like those in tow, your foes may as well buy a house on the wall,
    since they're living there anyway!  </lame>... In any event, just deliver a few
    quick blows once they've hit the wall and the battle will end.
    
       Rewards - * 2800 Experience
                 * 4000 Gold
    
    
    == IO'S VASE ==================================================================
    
       Opponent              - Kilik
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Mitsurugi
       Objective             - Airborne time is increased due to blasts of wind
                               from below.  Defeat the enemy using air combos!
    
    If you know what to do here, this battle can be over in a simple matter of
    seconds.  Use Mitsie's Back + X-Y move to deplete about 9/10 of Kilik's health
    gauge.  If you don't wanna be repetitive and cheap by using the same move
    again, press A+Y then use any move you want to slam your foe with as he falls
    from above.  Easy.
    
       Rewards - * 1400 Experience
                 * 2000 Gold
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Random
       Recommended Character - Mitsurugi
       Objective             - Airborne time is increased due to blasts of wind
                               from below.  Defeat the enemy using air combos!
    
    Just like before, you can bring your foe's health to a fatal level in one
    fell swoop by applying Mitsie's Back + X-Y move.  Following that, try his A + Y
    to send the enemy flying high above; nail the stool pigeon as s/he falls to
    cause mass damage.
    
       Rewards - * 2800 Experience
                 * 4000 Gold
    
    
    == GRAND SHRINE OF MERAK ======================================================
    
       Opponent              - Nightmare
       Difficulty            - ****
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - The enemy's health recovers over time.  Defeat the
                               enemy under this condition!
    
    The name of the game here is to finish off Nightmare as quickly as possible.
    Since his health is actively recovering, you'll want to hit him with a
    continuous stream of attacks in order to render this condition useless.  With
    this in mind, you need to play this match with an offensive style--sitting on
    your heels and guarding isn't going to work.  If that's something you are not
    quite used to, just run in guns blazing (figuratively speaking, of course) and
    don't back down.
    
       Rewards - * 1500 Experience
                 * 1000 Gold
                 * New costume (Nightmare)
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Ivy, Necrid, Kilik
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - The enemies recover their health over time.  Defeat
                               all the enemies under this condition!
    
    Foes with recovering health is a hurdle that you've jumped various times in
    past missions, so there isn't anything new or surprising here.  You'll simply
    have to play a more defensive game to get the most out of your life gauge.
    Stand back and only attack when you've got a clear opening; otherwise, sit on
    your heels and be ready to guard.  Once you've caused a good chunk of damage,
    switch to the offensive and beat your opponent into the ground to try to negate
    their advantage.
    
       Rewards - * 2800 Experience
                 * 2000 Gold
    
    
    == PHANTOM CAVE ===============================================================
    
       Opponent              - Boss: Lizardman
       Difficulty            - ****
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Navigate through the booby-trapped dungeon and
                               defeat the boss!
    
    First of all, you're probably wondering how to unlock this most mysteriously
    mysterious stage.  In Subchapter 4 - Procyon, beat Stage 2: Tower of Happiness
    [Extra Mission].  As for the actual dungeon, there are four different types of
    stages: normal, ice, lava, and quicksand.  All things you've dealt with before.
    
    [*]-[ ]-[ ]-[Q]-[Q]-[ ]
             |           |
            [ ]         [Q]
             |           |
            [I]         [ ]
             |           |
        [ ]-[ ]         [F]
         |               |
        [I]     [ ]-[F]-[ ]-[!]
         |       |
        [ ]-[ ]-[ ]
    
    During the boss battle versus Lizardman, you've got two choices.  You can
    either beat him down the normal way, or you can lure him into the lava for a
    second or two and wait for it to stun him, giving you an opening to smash him
    into the stage's walls.
    
       Rewards - * 3100 Experience
                 * 6200 Gold
                 * Egyptian Crypt stage
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Boss: Lizardman
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Navigate through the booby-trapped dungeon and
                               defeat the boss!
    
    Everything, from the dungeon layout to the masses of Lizardman grunts you need
    to face en route to the boss, is the same as before.  Enjoy!
    
       Rewards - * 6200 Experience
                 * 12400 Gold
                 * Ethereal Edge (Weapon for Necrid)
    
    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
    i.  Algol
    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
    
    The shop listings...
    
    ALGOL SHOP ====================================================================
    ITEM NAME ---------------- PRICE ----------- USED BY... -----------------------
    Schweizer                  2200              Raphael
    Heavy Jur                  2200              Voldo
    Requiem                    2200              Nightmare
    Tabar                      2200              Astaroth
    Lambent Viper              2200              Necrid
    Holy Antler                3000              Raphael
    Cao Ankana                 3000              Talim
    Ramdao                     3600              Yunsung
    Red Crystal Rod            3000              Cassandra
    Tulwar                     3600              Mitsurugi
    Silent Edge                3000              Taki
    Karma & Mara               3000              Voldo
    Faust                      3000              Nightmare
    Nanbanfu                   3000              Astaroth
    Alraune                    3000              Ivy
    Amud                       3900              Kilik
    Krita-Yuga                 3000              Xianghua
    Modified Flail             3600              Maxi
    Hex Luminae                3000              Necrid
    Magic Sword                3000              Link
    Gladius                    3000              Sophitia
    Halberd                    3000              Seung Mina
    Pakayun                    3000              Yoshimitsu
    Cocytus                    3000              Cervantes
    Maila Kari                 4000              Talim
    Ivan the Terrible          4000              Cassandra
    Kamizoroe                  4000              Taki
    Demon Tail                 4000              Ivy
    Blue Storm                 4000              Xianghua
    Synval                     4000              Sophitia
    New Costume                23600             Talim
    
    And the missions...
    
    
    == CORRIDOR OF THE SKY ========================================================
    
       Opponent              - Astaroth
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Only the enemy's weapon is visible.  Defeat the
                               enemy under this condition!
    
    Although you can only see his massive axe floating around, Asty is a rather
    massive target himself, meaning that you shouldn't have too much trouble
    striking him.  Generally, it's pretty easy to tell where Astaroth is standing
    just by the position of his axe, so don't get too worried about this one.
    
       Rewards - * 1500 Experience
                 * 2200 Gold
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Two random fighters
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Only the enemies' weapons are visible.  Defeat all
                               the enemies under this condition!
    
    Very much like the regular version of the mission, except that you've got two
    opponents this time.  Since your health is fully restored between rounds, all
    you need to worry about is defeating the invisible foes.  Watch their weapons
    attack only when you know you'll connect, leaving the enemy without the
    opportunity to slap you silly.
    
       Rewards - * 2800 Experience
                 * 4400 Gold
    
    
    == ANCIENT AMPITHEATER ========================================================
    
       Opponent              - Cassandra, Yunsung, Raphael, Mitsurugi
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Yunsung, Kilik, Link, or anyone else with a health-
                               restoring weapon
       Objective             - Unseen forces push the combatants together.  Defeat
                               the enemy opponents under this condition!  A bonus
                               is available during the matches!
    
    The mission is a tournament-style battle with four different matches against
    four different opponents.  The fights are incredibly short, a mere 15 seconds
    each, so it's necessary to finish them off quickly.  As if that wasn't enough,
    you're only given one health gauge to conserve throughout all four battles.  As
    such, it's far from a bad idea to use a health-restoring weapon, such as
    Yunsung's Ramdao.  As for the "unseen forces" pushing your characters together,
    it's really nothing at all, except that it makes it easier to get ring outs.
    Speaking of ring outs, going for one is a terrific idea in this battle; as I
    said before, the faster you end this thing the better.  Finally, by exploiting
    the special bonus during this battle, you can really rack up some cash.  Each
    time you connect a hit with a foe, you'll receive some gold.  So basically,
    you'll want to end this battle as soon as possible while getting in as many
    hits as possible.  Sound easy?  It ain't.  Don't worry about the gold bonus for
    now; come back to it after beating the mission.  Just focus on winning for now.
    
       Rewards - * 1700 Experience
                 * Gold winnings vary depending on how many hits you land
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Two random fighters, Link
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - There is a bomb on your body; falling down means
                               certain death.  Defeat all the enemies under this
                               condition!  A bonus is available during the matches!
    
    This mission can be extremely frustrating, given that you immediately die the
    moment you hit the ground.  The most effective way I've found to go about this
    battle is to forget playing it safe (the time limit really doesn't allow for
    anything like that, anyway) and pull an all-out offensive from start to finish
    of each round.  If you're busy comboing a foe, they certainly won't have the
    chance to knock you down, ending the mission.  Also, forget about the bonus for
    now; you'll have plenty of time later on to return and make all the cash you
    want.  At this point, you just want to focus on beating your opponent senseless
    or knocking them out of the ring.
    
       Rewards - * 3000 Experience
                 * Gold winnings vary depending on how many hits you land
    
    
    == RECLUSIVE PALACE ===========================================================
    
       Opponent              - Charade
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Kilik, Nightmare, Seung Mina
       Objective             - Only one part of the enemy can be seen.  Defeat the
                               enemy under this condition!
    
    This battle is somewhat similar to the first stage here in Algol in that you
    can only see a portion of your foe.  However, instead of a weapon, all you get
    here is Charade's legs.  Fortunately, this limits Charade's attacks to nothing
    but kicks, albeit it means that you must use low moves exclusively in order to
    strike this unique enemy.  Just throw down some low kicks or vertical slices
    that extend to the ground.  Preferably, though, you'll choose one of the
    suggested characters, all of whom have some nice ground-based moves or other
    attacks that will work very well here.
    
       Rewards - * 1700 Experience
                 * 2200 Gold
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Charade
       Recommended Character - Kilik, Nightmare, Seung Mina, Voldo
       Objective             - Only one part of the enemy can be seen, and the
                               enemy has excellent speed.  Defeat the enemy under
                               these conditions!
    
    Somewhat of a mirror to the original mission, except that Charade has suddenly
    become a lot faster.  Still, the suggested fighters from before still work
    quite well.  Kilik and Seung Mina are quick and have some terrific ground
    based attacks (Down + AY, for one), Nightmare's got a myriad of overhead
    chops that will knock Charade's legs around a bit, and Voldo's, well, Voldo.
    
       Rewards - * 3000 Experience
                 * 11000 Gold
    
    
    == NORTHERN ALGOL =============================================================
    
       Opponent              - Cassandra, Sophitia
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Defeat the enemies!
    
    First of all, you're probably wondering how to unlock this stage, eh?  Simply
    clear the Ancient Amphitheater [Extra Mission] and you're good to go.  As for
    the actual fight itself, you'll soon find that the Greek sisters have no
    significant advantages over you, so all that should worry you is conserving
    enough health during the first bout to last you the second.
    
       Rewards - * 1700 Experience
                 * 2200 Gold
                 * Extra Time Attack (Alternative) Mode
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Cassandra, Sophitia
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Defeat all the enemies!
    
    Again you get face off with Cassie and Sophie, and again there's to worry about
    other than making it through the first battle with at least half your health
    meter.  To do this, stand back and play it safe, only attacking when you're
    blatantly open to do so.
    
       Rewards - * 3000 Experience
                 * 4400 Gold
    
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    j.  Antares
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    The shop listings...
    
    ANTARES SHOP ==================================================================
    ITEM NAME ---------------- PRICE ----------- USED BY... -----------------------
    Cao Ankana                 3000              Talim
    Red Crystal Rod            3000              Cassandra
    Silent Edge                3000              Taki
    Alraune                    3000              Ivy
    Krita-Yuga                 3000              Xianghua
    Estoc                      4000              Raphael
    Maila Kari                 4000              Talim
    Blue Thunder               4800              Yunsung
    Ivan the Terrible          4000              Cassandra
    Masamune                   4000              Mitsurugi
    Kamizoroe                  4000              Taki
    Full Moon                  4000              Voldo
    Soul Edge (Growth)         4000              Nightmare
    Bulova                     4000              Astaroth
    Demon Tail                 4000              Ivy
    Duel Rod                   5200              Kilik
    Blue Storm                 4000              Xianghua
    Falcon                     4800              Maxi
    Infernal Edge              4000              Necrid
    Biggoron's Sword           4000              Link
    Synval                     4000              Sophitia
    Ambassador                 4000              Seung Mina
    Monohoshizao               4000              Yoshimitsu
    Styx                       4000              Cervantes
    New Costume                23600             Talim
    New Costume                21600             Mitsurugi
    New Costume                22000             Voldo
    New Costume                76500             Cassandra
    
    And the missions...
    
    
    == MIDNIGHT COLISEUM ==========================================================
    
       Opponent              - Talim, Xianghua, Seung Mina, Taki, Ivy
       Difficulty            - ****
       Recommended Character - Yunsung, Kilik, Link, or anyone else with a health-
                               restoring weapon
       Objective             - Your health is low.  Defeat all the enemies under
                               this condition!
    
    So.  We're at 75% of our normal health capacity and five angry females want to
    kill us.  What to do?  As with countless other battles, it's highly recommended
    that whoever you choose has a life-restoring weapon similar to Yunsung's
    Ramdao.  Also, since a small portion of your health will be restored between
    bouts, you don't need to worry too much about that.  Just concentrate on taking
    down your foes and forget about your disadvantage; it's nothing.  Of course,
    ring outs are perfect equalizers, but don't kill yourself just to get one.
    
       Rewards - * 1800 Experience
                 * 6000 Gold
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Raphael, Taki, Mitsurugi, Xianghua, Talim
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Your health is low, and does not recover.  Defeat
                               all the enemies under this condition!
    
    Fortunately, "low" in this case is equivalent to about 3/4 of your health
    meter; not too large of a deficit.  Problem is, it won't recover between any
    of the battles.  At all.  As such, I definitely suggest arming your fighter
    with a weapon that has recovery abilities; otherwise you'll likely find
    yourself in a hole during the later rounds.  Also, make sure that you are aware
    of the various styles you'll be facing through this mission.  Raphael's swift
    with his sword, but can be easily blocked.  Taki is even quicker, but can be
    knocked around with relative ease by almost anyone, much less the likes of
    hulks such as Asty and Nightmare.  Mitsurugi relies more on power than either
    of the previous two, but he's no slowpoke.  As for Xianghua and Talim, well,
    they're some quick chicas, but can be pushed around by a heavy fighter.
    
       Rewards - * 3000 Experience
                 * 12000 Gold
    
    
    == COURT OF THE DEAD ==========================================================
    
       Opponent              - Boss: Character specific
       Difficulty            - ****
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Navigate through the enemy-infested dungeon and
                               defeat the boss!
    
    All of the battles leading up to the boss him/herself are pretty
    run-of-the-mill, so I don't see many people having too much trouble with that.
    Just know that there are two different rooms in this dungeon where you can gain
    a nice prize by winning there.  Use the map below the find your way around:
    
    [*]-[ ]-[ ]-[ ]-[D]-[ ]      Key
         |               |       ---
        [ ]-[ ]-[ ]-[ ]-[ ]-[W]  * - Entrance
                     |   |       ! - Boss
                    [ ] [ ]      W - Win this battle to gain a new weapon
                     |   |       D - Your health will actively decrease in this
                [!]-[ ]-[ ]          room
                         |
                        [W]
    
    As for the boss, it's your old character specific buddy again!  Not much to say
    here as the strategy differs depending on who you're playing as.  Even so, this
    shouldn't be too difficult of a battle and, if it is, go for the ring out!
    
       Rewards - * 4200 Experience
                 * 3700 Gold
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Boss: Character specific
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Navigate through the enemy-infested dungeon and
                               defeat the boss!
    
    As per usual, the dungeon layout is a mirror of the original mission, so keep
    an eye on the map above.  Granted that you've been faced with much more
    challenging tasks before, breezing through the regular rooms should be of small
    difficulty.  Just be careful of the mines in the floor and try not to get
    knocked down too frequently.  As in the normal mission, the boss is your
    fighter's rival whom you've encountered several times in the past.  By this
    time, I'm sure you're accustomed to dealing with this foe, so have fun beating
    him/her into the ground.
    
       Rewards - * 8400 Experience
                 * 7400 Gold
                 * Souvenir Gift (Weapon for Mitsurugi)
    
    
    == TARTAROS ===================================================================
    
       Opponent              - Inferno
       Difficulty            - ****
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Unleash all of your power and vanquish the enemy!
    
    Here we are:  the final battle!  This fight mirrors the finale of Arcade mode;
    your opponent Inferno will draw upon the styles of three random characters
    throughout the battle.  The idea is to quickly identify who's moves he's using
    (the weapon he's holding tends to be a good indicator) so you can figure out
    how to counteract him.  By this time, I assume you've taken a liking to at
    least one character and have learned some decent moves with him/her/it.  Pull
    no punches here and bust out with everything you've got.  There's only one
    round, so go all out with a nice mixture of throws, kicks, and weapon strikes
    to garner the win!
    
       Rewards - * 2500 Experience
                 * 1200 Gold
                 * Weapon Master Opening (viewable in the Museum)
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Inferno
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Unleash all of your power and vanquish the enemy!
    
    If you though the regular version of this mission was tough, get ready to go
    through hell!  In all honesty, there's not much new to say here; figure out
    who Inferno's posing as soon and apply the proper strategy from there.  Good
    luck!
    
       Rewards - * 3500 Experience
                 * 2400 Gold
                 * Weapon Master Ending (viewable in the Museum)
    
    
    
    
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         III ------------------------------------------ SUBCHAPTER WALKTHROUGH
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    a.  Schedar
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    ========================
    HOW DO I UNLOCK SCHEDAR?
    ========================
    
    Beat Stage 3  (Diphda Temple) in Benetnasch.  Easy enough, right?
    
    The shop listings...
    
    SCHEDAR SHOP ==================================================================
    ITEM NAME ---------------- PRICE ----------- USED BY... -----------------------
    Exhibition Theater         6400              Raphael
    Exhibition Theater         3500              Talim
    Exhibition Theater         4800              Yunsung
    Exhibition Theater         5100              Cassandra
    Exhibition Theater         2800              Mitsurugi
    Exhibition Theater         2500              Taki
    Exhibition Theater         2800              Voldo
    Exhibition Theater         2600              Nightmare
    Exhibition Theater         2700              Astaroth
    Exhibition Theater         3100              Ivy
    Exhibition Theater         3900              Kilik
    Exhibition Theater         3700              Xianghua
    Exhibition Theater         2400              Maxi
    Exhibition Theater         4300              Necrid
    Exhibition Theater         6000              Link
    Exhibition Theater         1900              Yoshimitsu
    Exhibition Theater         4600              Charade
    
    And the mission...
    
    
    == STONE TEMPLE ===============================================================
    
       Opponent              - Boss: Berserker
       Difficulty            - ****
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Navigate through the booby-trapped dungeon and
                               defeat the boss!
    
    Though most of the rooms in this large dungeon contain regular battles against
    opponents with no advantages, there are a few places you might want to take
    note of.  In this dungeon you'll find a single room where your health will
    automatically recover the entire time, as well as another place where you can
    gain a new weapon for winning.  Cool beans!
    
            [ ]-[R]-[ ]              Key
             |       |               ---
            [ ] [W]-[ ]-[I]-[ ]      * - Entrance
             |       |       |       ! - Boss
            [ ]-[ ]-[ ]     [ ]-[W]  W - Win this battle to gain a new weapon
             |               |       R - Your health will actively restore here
            [ ]             [ ]      I - Only your foe's weapon can be seen
             |               |
            [ ]             [ ]
             |               |
    [*]-[ ]-[ ]             [!]
    
    All of the battles leading up to the boss are against Berserker, and none of
    them are particularly difficult.  This is mainly because Berserker's health
    will rarely start at its maximum level, so the fights will probably end rather
    abruptly.  As you may guess, ring outs are quite useful in ending these
    battles even more rapidly--not that you'll need to.
    
    The boss is just another version of Berserker, whom you should have plenty of
    experience fighting against by now.  So just apply any of the strategies you've
    been using throughout this place and you'll do just fine.  Be sure to watch out
    for the countdown--every three seconds there will be a ground-shaking
    earthquake which will stun you unless you jump or crouch.  It isn't too
    difficult to avoid, and it has the same effects against you foe, as well,
    giving you a nice advantage if you can dodge it.
    
       Rewards - * 1100 Experience
                 * 1000 Gold
                 * Extra Team Battle Mode
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Boss: Berserker
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Navigate through the booby-trapped dungeon and
                               defeat the boss!
    
    This Extra Mission mirrors the normal mission in terms of the dungeon's layout
    and your opponents.  However, you'll really need to conserve your health this
    time around, as it carries over from battle to battle, with only slight
    recovery between bouts.  As I've said far too many times before, it's a great
    idea to use a weapon such as Cassandra's Blue Crystal Rod or Link's Cane of
    Byrna--they may not be the strongest weapons, but they provide an invaluable
    edge over your foes.  One final thing to take note of is that during the boss
    battle you gain bonus gold every time you connect with a hit.
    
       Rewards - * 2200 Experience
                 * Gold winnings vary depending on how many hits you land
                 * Berserker character
    
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    b.  Alioth
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    =======================
    HOW DO I UNLOCK ALIOTH?
    =======================
    
    The main requirement to unlock Subchapter 2 is that you need to be at least
    Level 72 (Iron Edgemaster).  Once you've hit that landmark, go beat Stage 3 of
    Chapter 4 (even if you've already done it, you need to beat the level again).
    With that done, Subchapter 2 will be all yours.
    
    The shop listings...
    
    ALIOTH SHOP ===================================================================
    ITEM NAME ---------------- PRICE ----------- USED BY... -----------------------
    Cane                       12500             Raphael
    Weight                     12500             Talim
    Child's Sword              12500             Yunsung
    Keepsake                   12500             Cassandra
    Souvenir Gift              12500             Mitsurugi
    Tobacco Pipes              12500             Taki
    Tambourines                12500             Voldo
    Galley Oar                 12500             Nightmare
    Rock                       12500             Astaroth
    Prototype Ivy Blade        12500             Ivy
    Bamboo Staff               12500             Kilik
    Calligraphy Brush          12500             Xianghua
    Termite Snack              12500             Maxi
    Ethereal Edge              12500             Necrid
    Bug-Catching Net           12500             Link
    Memento                    12500             Sophitia
    Feather Broom              12500             Seung Mina
    Shepard's Crook            12500             Yoshimitsu
    Imitation Sword            12500             Cervantes
    New Costume                51000             Sophitia
    New Costume                21000             Seung Mina
    
    And the missions...
    
    == CELBARAI FORTRESS ==========================================================
    
       Opponent              - Xianghua
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Defeat the enemy under unknown conditions!
    
    If you remember the "hot potato" battles from earlier on, you'll know just what
    to do here.  Your foe, Xianghua, will begin the battle with the bomb, or
    potato, but when she hits you, you'll get the bomb.  So in the end, you want to
    make sure you get the last hit.  A good way to do this is to smack Xianghua so
    that she's got the bomb, then quickly run down the timer by tying her up with
    throws and combos.
    
       Rewards - * 3800 Experience
                 * 3000 Gold
                 * Soul Edge [Complete] (Weapon for Xianghua)
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Xianghua
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Defeat the enemy under unknown conditions!
    
    From what I can tell, the "unknown conditions" referred to in the objective
    are nonexistent, as Xianghua has no obvious advantages over you.  Just approach
    the mission like a normal battle; throw a nice blend of combos, kicks, and
    throws at Xianghua and you'll do fine.
    
       Rewards - * 7500 Experience
                 * 17000 Gold
    
    
    == CERES STRONGHOLD ===========================================================
    
       Opponent              - Voldo
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Defeat the enemy under unknown conditions!
    
    The added condition in this battle is that unseen forces will push you and your
    adversary together.  Just slap a weapon that has the ability to guard break
    onto your fighter and slam Voldo with everything you've got (the weapon is
    necessary because Voldo tends to guard often during this mission).
    
       Rewards - * 3800 Experience
                 * 3000 Gold
                 * Soul Edge [Complete] (Weapon for Voldo)
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Voldo
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Defeat the enemy under unknown conditions!
    
    A nice follow-up to the previous mission, this is the same thing as before,
    except that Voldo now regains health throughout the battle.  Again you'll want
    to grab a guard breaking-weapon and go to town on him with everything you've
    got.
    
       Rewards - * 7500 Experience
                 * 20000 Gold
    
    
    == ANCIENT LIBRARY ============================================================
    
       Opponent              - Taki
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Defeat the enemy under unknown conditions!
    
    During this fight, your health will SLOWLY decrease throughout.  Fortunately,
    it moves down at a snail's rate, meaning you really don't need to worry about
    it and can concentrate and taking down Taki.  Also, Taki blocks rather often,
    so you may want to arm yourself with a weapon that can break through her
    guard.
    
       Rewards - * 3800 Experience
                 * 3000 Gold
                 * Soul Edge [Complete] (Weapon for Taki)
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Taki
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Defeat the enemy under unknown conditions!
    
    Its more or less the same thing as before, except that your health decreases at
    a more rapid pace.  If it's going down too fast for you, try going for a ring
    out.  Otherwise, do the same thing you did before.
    
       Rewards - * 7500 Experience
                 * 24000 Gold
    
    
    == TEMPLE IN THE CLOUDS =======================================================
    
       Opponent              - Cassandra
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Defeat the enemy under unknown conditions!
    
    In this mission, the strong winds push both fighters toward the wall on the
    far side of the stage.  Although this makes getting a ring out rather
    difficult, it also provides the opportunity to smash Cassie into the walls,
    racking up some powerful hits.  Additionally, the ground seems to be mined, so
    you can cause some major havoc by knocking Cassie to the ground.  Just be sure
    to avoid having the same done to you.
    
       Rewards - * 3800 Experience
                 * 6000 Gold
                 * Soul Edge (Complete) (Weapon for Cassandra)
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Cassandra
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Defeat the enemy under unknown conditions!
    
    The winds from last time around are now gone, so you'll want to smash Cassie
    into the ground to quickly wear her down.  Of course, you can also go at her
    with some good ol' brute force.  The decision is yours.
    
       Rewards - * 7500 Experience
                 * 17000 Gold
    
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    c.  Pollux
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    =======================
    HOW DO I UNLOCK POLLUX?
    =======================
    
    Beat Stage 2 (Crystal Mine) in Merak.
    
    The shop listings...
    
    POLLUX SHOP ===================================================================
    ITEM NAME ---------------- PRICE ----------- USED BY... -----------------------
    Schweizer                  2000              Raphael
    Cheng Ying                 2700              Yunsung
    Gassan                     2700              Mitsurugi
    Heavy Jur                  2200              Voldo
    Requiem                    2200              Nightmare
    Tabar                      2200              Astaroth
    Rokushakuboh               3300              Kilik
    Fuzoroi                    2700              Maxi
    Lambent Viper              2200              Necrid
    Mirror Shield              2200              Link
    Kagekiyo                   2200              Yoshimitsu
    Phlegethon                 2200              Cervantes
    Holy Antler                3000              Raphael
    Ramdao                     3600              Yunsung
    Tulwar                     3600              Mitsurugi
    Karma & Mara               3000              Voldo
    Faust                      3000              Nightmare
    Nanbanfu                   3000              Astaroth
    Amud                       4500              Kilik
    Modified Flail             3600              Maxi
    Hex Luminae                3000              Necrid
    Magic Sword                3000              Link
    Pakayun                    3000              Yoshimitsu
    Cocytus                    3000              Cervantes
    Estoc                      4000              Raphael
    Blue Thunder               4800              Yunsung
    Masamune                   4800              Mitsurugi
    Full Moon                  4000              Voldo
    Soul Edge (Growth)         4000              Nightmare
    Bulova                     4000              Astaroth
    Duel Rod                   6000              Kilik
    Falcon                     4800              Maxi
    Infernal Edge              4000              Necrid
    Biggoron's Sword           4000              Link
    Monohoshizao               4000              Yoshimitsu
    Styx                       4000              Cervantes
    
    And the missions...
    
    
    == ETERNAL PALACE =============================================================
    
       Opponent              - Talim
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Mitsurugi, Link
       Objective             - The ground is strewn with landmines; falling down
                               means certain death.  Defeat the enemy under this
                               condition!
    
    At last a mission where the conditions apply not just to us, but to the enemy
    also!  This battle is kind of a quick draw situation--whoever can knock down
    their foe first is the winner.  Moves like Mitsie's Back + X-Y or Link's
    Forward-Forward + Y were made for this battle.  The only trouble is getting
    around Talim's stalwart guarding, so equip a weapon that's good at penetrating
    defenses.
    
       Rewards - * 2200 Experience
                 * 1500 Gold
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Random
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - The ground is strewn with landmines; falling down
                               means certain death.  Defeat the enemy under this
                               condition!
    
    Unlike last time around, a single knockdown won't kill your foe, although one
    will still kill you in an instant.  Because of this, you need to be extra
    careful; don't even let your foe get the chance to attack.  Stay on the
    offensive at all times and hit the enemy with a constant barrage of moves.
    
       Rewards - * 3000 Experience
                 * 3000 Gold
    
    
    == CASTLE OF THE DAMNED =======================================================
    
       Opponent              - Voldo, Ivy, Yoshimitsu, Taki, Assassin
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Your health decreases over time.  Defeat the enemy
                               under this condition!
    
    While having your health actively decreasing over five battles may seem like
    an insurmountable task, there's actually a very simple solution.  With a
    restorative weapon firmly in tow, you'll basically be able to completely negate
    the negative effects granted that you can keep a flow of moves going.  Add to
    that the fact that you'll get a nice portion of health back between each round
    and you won't need to worry about your health.  Just concentrate on defeating
    this five quick foes; if you're character is also fast, try to make good use
    of short combos.  If you're fighting as someone slower but stronger, stick more
    to singular moves, as they've got a nice effect against these somewhat small
    fighters.
    
       Rewards - * 2200 Experience
                 * 7500 Gold
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Voldo, Ivy, Yoshimitsu, Taki, Assassin
       Recommended Character - Someone quick
       Objective             - The enemy is quick, and your health decreases over
                               time.  Defeat all the enemies under these
                               conditions!
    
    Although you're doing battle with the same gang from before, they've been
    buffed up and made a good bit faster.  As such, you might want to choose a
    quicker character; preferably someone who can keep up with them.  Remember to
    use a weapon that can restore health to counteract the decreasing effects and
    you should be good.
    
       Rewards - * 3000 Experience
                 * 15000 Gold
                 * Assassin character
    
    
    == HERO'S TRAIL ===============================================================
    
       Opponent              - Boss: Kilik
       Difficulty            - ****
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Navigate through the booby-trapped dungeon and
                               defeat the boss!
    
    This dungeon revives the ice, quicksand, and lava battles you were faced with
    a few times earlier on.  Remember, ice is great for a ring out, especially if
    you can knock your foe on his/her back.  Quicksand just slows you down and the
    ring of lava around some stages will temporarily stun anyone standing in it.
    Use these different types of terrain to your advantage!
    
                [ ]-[I]-[ ]-[ ]             Key
                 |           |              ---
                [ ]         [I]             * - Entrance
                 |           |              ! - Boss
    [*]-[ ]-[Q]-[ ]         [ ]-[Q]-[ ]-[!] I - Battle takes place on ice
                 |                   |      Q - Quicksand battle
                [ ]                 [ ]     F - Lava ring battle
                 |                   |
                [ ]-[F]-[ ]-[ ]-[F]-[ ]
    
    The boss battle against Kilik takes place in an enclosed ring (meaning no ring
    outs :/) with lava around the edges (meaning you should try to lure Kilik into
    it).  Just pummel him with everything you've got and stay out of the lava by
    all means.
    
       Rewards - * 2300 Experience
                 * 8400 Gold
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Boss: Voldo
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Navigate through the booby-trapped dungeon and
                               defeat the boss!
    
    Much like every other dungeon, the layout is exactly the same as the regular
    mission.  There's a new boss this time around, however, in Voldo.  The catch
    in this battle is that normal attacks don't do much damage, so you'll need to
    get him into the lava for a second or two before opening fire, so to speak.
    One plus for you, though, is that he's equipped with his Soul Edge weapon, so
    every time he attacks he'll lose a tiny portion of health.
    
       Rewards - * 4600 Experience
                 * 16800 Gold
    
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    d.  Procyon
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    ========================
    HOW DO I UNLOCK PROCYON?
    ========================
    
    Beat Stage 3 - Hero's Trail in Pollux.
    
    The shop listings...
    
    PROCYON SHOP ==================================================================
    ITEM NAME ---------------- PRICE ----------- USED BY... -----------------------
    Chaqu                      2200              Talim
    Katzbalger                 2200              Cassandra
    Fumakugi                   2200              Taki
    Viper Edge                 2200              Ivy
    Qi Xing Sword              2200              Xianghua
    Fire Blade                 2200              Sophitia
    Bardiche                   2200              Seung Mina
    Cao Ankana                 3000              Talim
    Red Crystal Rod            3000              Cassandra
    Silent Edge                3000              Taki
    Alraune                    3000              Ivy
    Krita-Yuga                 3000              Xianghua
    Gladius                    3000              Sophitia
    Halberd                    3000              Seung Mina
    Maila Kari                 4000              Talim
    Ivan the Terrible          4000              Cassandra
    Kamizoroe                  4000              Taki
    Demon Tail                 4000              Ivy
    Blue Storm                 4000              Xianghua
    Synval                     4000              Sophitia
    Ambassador                 4000              Seung Mina
    New Costume                23600             Talim
    New Costume                76500             Cassandra
    New Costume                42000             Taki
    New Costume                22500             Ivy
    New Costume                24000             Xianghua
    
    And the missions...
    
    
    == MULIPHEIN'S CRYPT ==========================================================
    
       Opponent              - Necrid, Lizardman, Charade, Astaroth
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - The ability to knock back the enemy has been
                               increased.  Moreover, you cannot hold your footing
                               at the edge of the stage.  Defeat the enemy under
                               these conditions!
    
    In case the information imparted in the objective wasn't enough to clue you in,
    the goal here is to go for a ring out.  Thanks to your new abilities, doing so
    is a rather simple task.  Just use some strong horizontal moves to push your
    foe toward the edge, then finish the job in one fell swoop.  Make sure you're
    careful around the edge of the stage yourself, though, as you'll fall off
    immediately if you get too close.
    
       Rewards - * 2000 Experience
                 * 7500 Gold
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Assassin, Lizardman, Berserker, Necrid
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - You cannot hold your footing at the edge of the
                               stage, unseen forces push the opponents apart.
                               Defeat the enemy under these conditions!
    
    This one's a bit similar to the regular mission, but it differs in one
    important way:  instead of being able to knock your foes way back, "unseen
    forces" push you and your enemy apart.  Basically what this means is that you
    will probably just want to beat your foes senseless instead of aiming for a
    ring out.  Again, you'll need to be especially careful when near the stage's
    edge, but other than that all you need to be concerned with is your health.
    
       Rewards - * 4000 Experience
                 * 15000 Gold
    
    
    == TOWER OF HAPPINESS =========================================================
    
       Opponent              - Charade
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - The strong gusts increase your ability to knock
                               back the enemy.  Defeat the enemy with a ring out!
    
    Much like the previous mission you've got a nifty new ability, only this time
    you're required to exploit it to win with a ring out.  Simply lure your foe
    toward the edge of the stage and deliver a solid horizontal attack, a good
    throw, or a nice kick to seal the deal.
    
       Rewards - * 2000 Experience
                 * 3000 Gold
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Charade
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - The ability to knock back the enemy has been
                               increased.  Furthermore, receive heavy damage when
                               knocked into the wall or ground.  Defeat the enemy
                               with a ring out!
    
    Same deal as last time, only you can soften up Charade by knocking it to the
    ground or against the walls repeatedly.  Just make sure the same doesn't happen
    to you, eh?  Drive to the edge of the stage and end the battle with a swift
    attack.
    
       Rewards - * 4000 Experience
                 * 6000 Gold
    
    
    == MOUNT PROCYON ==============================================================
    
       Opponent              - Yunsung
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Mitsurugi
       Objective             - You will be launched high into the air when knocked
                               to the ground.  Defeat the enemy under this
                               condition!
    
    Conventional attack methods are entirely ineffective here, so you'll need to
    rely solely on air combos.  Using Mitsurugi you can end this battle in no less
    than two moves:  A + Y will take out a large chunk of your foe's health gauge,
    and Back + X-Y will finish Yunsung off.
    
       Rewards - * 2000 Experience
                 * 3000 Gold
                 * Extra Survival (Death Match) Mode
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Random
       Recommended Character - Mitsurugi
       Objective             - Combatants are launched high into the air when
                               knocked to the ground.  Use air combos to defeat the
                               enemy.
    
    As with before, Mitsurugi is a doll here.  Apply the same moves from above,
    possibly tossing in some other random move to spice things up.
    
       Rewards - * 4000 Experience
                 * 6000 Gold
                 * Termite Snack (Weapon for Maxi)
    
    
    == LYNX ARBOR =================================================================
    
       Opponent              - Four random fighters, Link
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - The monetary prize doubles with each win.  Gauge
                               your strength and win the matches!
    
    This is one of those missions where you don't need to put up with any gross
    disadvantages you're given.  All you have to bother with is making sure your
    health stays high enough for you to go all five rounds, if you're going for the
    big cash prize, that is.  If not, you can simply whip up your first opponent
    and walk away.  The choice is yours.
    
       Rewards - * 2000 Experience
                 * Gold ranges from 800-12800
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Four random fighters, Link
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - The enemies are quick and possess weapons that excel
                               in Guard Breaks.  The monetary prize doubles with
                               each win.  Gauge your strength and win the matches!
    
    Extremely similar to the above version, only more difficult.  Again you're
    given the choice of going all the way to get the huge cash prize or taking the
    easy way out and quitting after the first few bouts.  If you do plan on going
    the full nine yards, arming yourself with a health-restorative weapon should go
    without saying.
    
       Rewards - * 4000 Experience
                 * Gold ranges from 1200-19200
    
    
    == RUCHBA'S MANDIBLE ==========================================================
    
       Opponent              - Boss: Ivy
       Difficulty            - ****
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - The ability to knock back the enemy has been
                               increased.  Navigate through the booby-trapped
                               dungeon and defeat the boss before your health runs
                               out!
    
    Welcome to the biggest dungeon you've seen yet.  Enjoy your stay.  The one
    thing that makes this mission different from the other dungeon-crawlers is
    that you've got one health gauge to last you for the entire dungeon.  What this
    means is that you really need to conserve what you've got.  Granted, you will
    receive partial replenishment between battles, but you'll still want to make an
    effort to end battles as quickly as possible, preferably with a ring out (which
    are easier to score than usual in this dungeon).
    
        [ ]-[ ]-[ ]-[ ]-[A]-[ ]-[ ]        Key
         |       |               |         ---
        [ ]     [ ]             [ ]        * - Entrance
         |       |               |         ! - Boss
        [ ]     [A]     [ ]-[A]-[ ]-[ ]    A - Must win this battle using air
         |       |       |       |             combos or ring outs
        [ ]-[ ]-[ ]     [ ]     [ ]        W - Win this battle to gain a new weapon
             |           |       |
            [ ]         [ ]     [ ]
             |           |       |
    [*]-[ ]-[ ]         [ ]-[W]-[ ]-[ ]-[!]
    
    Your resident boss for this lengthy dungeon is the agile and always potent Ivy.
    If you're fighter of choice can't match her speed, try use some more powerful
    attacks to prevent her from getting into a groove with that whip of hers.
    
       Rewards - * 4300 Experience
                 * 8100 Gold
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Boss: Taki
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Navigate through the booby-trapped dungeon and
                               defeat the boss!
    
    The layout is the same thing as before, but you can't rely so much on ring outs
    during the normal battles anymore.  Oh, well. Taki fights similarly to Ivy,
    only she doesn't have the same range and, as such, is an easier opponent to
    deal with.
    
       Rewards - * 8600 Experience
                 * 16200 Gold
                 * Imitation Sword (Weapon for Cervantes)
    
    
    
    
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    a.  Castor
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    =======================
    HOW DO I UNLOCK CASTOR?
    =======================
    
    Beat Stage 4 - Northern Algol [Extra Mission] in Algol.
    
    The shop listings...
    
    CASTOR SHOP ===================================================================
    ITEM NAME ---------------- PRICE ----------- USED BY... -----------------------
    Soul Edge [Complete]       7800              Raphael
    Soul Edge [Complete]       7800              Talim
    Soul Edge [Complete]       7800              Yunsung
    Soul Edge [Complete]       7800              Cassandra
    Soul Edge [Complete]       7800              Mitsurugi
    Soul Edge [Complete]       7800              Taki
    Soul Edge [Complete]       7800              Voldo
    Soul Edge [Complete]       7800              Nightmare
    Soul Edge [Complete]       7800              Astaroth
    Soul Edge [Complete]       7800              Ivy
    Soul Edge [Complete]       7800              Kilik
    Soul Edge [Complete]       7800              Xianghua
    Soul Edge [Complete]       7800              Maxi
    Soul Edge [Complete]       7800              Necrid
    Soul Edge [Complete]       7800              Link
    Soul Edge [Complete]       7800              Sophitia
    Soul Edge [Complete]       7800              Seung Mina
    Soul Edge [Complete]       7800              Yoshimitsu
    Soul Edge [Complete]       7800              Cervantes
    New Costume                19600             Raphael
    New Costume                21600             Mitsurugi
    New Costume                22000             Voldo
    New Costume                22800             Nightmare
    New Costume                17000             Astaroth
    New Costume                21000             Link
    
    And the missions...
    
    
    == CASTOR'S EYE ===============================================================
    
       Opponent              - Cervantes
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Crouch or jump to avoid the effects of the frequent
                               earthquakes.  Defeat the enemy under this condition!
    
    While this mission may initially seem to be no more than a regular fight,
    chances are that you'll soon notice the 3-2-1 countdown.  At one, a minor
    earthquake will take place, stunning both you and your opponent.  However,
    there is a rather simple way to dodge this bullet; if you're crouching or in
    the air when the counter hits one, the earthquake won't have an effect on you.
    So generally you'll want to crouch during the countdown to avoid the quake,
    allowing a free hit on your foe who just wasn't smart enough to do the same as
    you.
    
       Rewards - * 3200 Experience
                 * 5000 Gold
                 * Extra Time Attack (Extreme) Mode
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Random
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Defeat the enemy under unknown conditions!
    
    The "unknown conditions" mentioned in the objective entail two different ways
    in which this battle is different from a normal match: first, earthquakes hit
    every so often (exact same thing as above) and secondly, knocking your foe to
    the ground will cause bonus damage.  Even better way to cause huge damage, I'd
    say.
    
       Rewards - * 6300 Experience
                 * 10000 Gold
    
    
    == GATEWAY TO HELL ============================================================
    
       Opponent              - Five random fighters
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - The monetary prize doubles with each win.  Gauge
                               your strength and win the matches!
    
    As with several missions like this before, you've got two main choices: either
    bare through all five matches and go home with the gold or win a match or two
    and leave early with a lesser the prize.  The decision is yours, but be sure
    to keep an eye and a half on your life gauge should you decide to go all the
    way.
    
       Rewards - * 3200 Experience
                 * Gold ranges from 600-9600
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Five random fighters
       Recommended Character - Taki, Ivy, Maxi, someone quick OR Astaroth/Nightmare
       Objective             - The enemy is quick, and you cannot guard.  The
                               monetary prize doubles with each win.  Gauge your
                               strength and win the matches!
    
    Same deal as above, only this time you're foes are a lot quicker and things
    are even more difficult since you can't guard.  There are two effective ways to
    go about winning this more-difficult-than-most mission: by power or by speed.
    The former consists of taking a powerhouse fighter in the vein of Nightmare or
    Asty and going pell-mell on you're foes, basically smacking them around and not
    giving them the light of day.  The latter, on the other hand, relies on you
    picking out someone particularly speedy (e.g., Maxi, Ivy, Taki, Talim, or
    someone else of the like) and trying to smother your enemy with a constant
    barrage of quick combos.  You need to stay on the offensive at all times here,
    as your defense is severely limited without the ability to guard.
    
       Rewards - * 6300 Experience
                 * Gold ranges from 1500-12000
                 * Bamboo Staff (Weapon for Kilik)
    
    
    == SWORDSMEN'S GRAVE ==========================================================
    
       Opponent              - Boss: Necrid
       Difficulty            - *****
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Conquer this uncharted dungeon!
    
    Huge dungeon alert!  The (many, many) battles leading up to the boss are
    basically just an amalgam of ice, lava, quicksand, and normal fights.  Simple
    stuff that you got used to a while ago.
    
    [ ]-[Q]-[Q]-[Q]-[Q]-[ ]-[*]  Key
     |                           ---
    [Q]                          * - Entrance
     |                           ! - Boss
    [ ]-[Q]-[Q]-[ ]              W - Win this battle to gain a new weapon
                 |               I - Battle takes place on ice
                [W]-[I]-[I]-[ ]  Q - Battle takes place in quicksand
                             |   F - A ring of lava surrounds the stage
                            [I]
                             |
    [!]-[F]-[F]-[F]-[F]-[ ]-[ ]
    
    When you arrive at Big Mister Boss Man Necrid's lair, don't be too intimidated;
    the guy's a pushover.  If you want, you can even lure him into the lava to
    score some massive damage, but it's far from necessary.  All you really need to
    do is pepper the green beast with a few combos and it'll be over before it even
    started (if that's possible).
    
       Rewards - * 6800 Experience
                 * 11500 Gold
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Boss: Link
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Conquer this uncharted dungeon!
    
    The only thing that has changed from the original mission is the who you'll
    be facing as the boss (Necrid -> Link).  Nintendo's tight-wearing hero isn't
    too difficult, as I'm sure you've realized at this point.  Knock him into the
    lava and wait for it to burn him back to Hyrule (if that makes sense).
    
       Rewards - * 13600 Experience
                 * 23000 Gold
                 * Galley Oar (Weapon for Nightmare)
    
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    b.  Cepheus
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    ========================
    HOW DO I UNLOCK CEPHEUS?
    ========================
    
    Beat Stage 4 - Lynx Arbor in Procyon.
    
    The shop listings...
    
    CEPHEUS SHOP ==================================================================
    ITEM NAME ---------------- PRICE ----------- USED BY... -----------------------
    Queen's Guard              9800              Raphael
    Soul Calibur               9800              Talim
    Han Guang                  9800              Yunsung
    Valkyrie                   9800              Cassandra
    Damascus Sword             9800              Mitsurugi
    Kris Naga                  9800              Taki
    Guillotine                 9800              Voldo
    Soul Calibur               9800              Nightmare
    Thanatos                   9800              Astaroth
    Kaleidoscope               9800              Ivy
    Jingu Staff                9800              Kilik
    Soul Calibur               9800              Xianghua
    Vajra                      9800              Maxi
    Chaos                      9800              Necrid
    Great Fairy Sword          9800              Link
    Orichalcum                 9800              Sophitia
    Hraesvelgr                 9800              Seung Mina
    Hihiirokane                9800              Yoshimitsu
    Lethe                      9800              Cervantes
    New Costume                23600             Talim
    New Costume                76500             Cassandra
    New Costume                42000             Taki
    New Costume                22000             Voldo
    New Costume                24000             Xianghua
    New Costume                51000             Sophitia
    New Costume                21000             Seung Mina
    Ending (Arcade Version)    5000              -
    
    And the missions...
    
    
    == COR CAROLI =================================================================
    
       Opponent              - Ivy, Taki, Sophitia, Seung Mina, Cassandra, 
                               Xianghua, Talim (all the ladies)
       Difficulty            - ****
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Defeat all the enemies under unknown conditions!
    
    Although the objective suggests otherwise, this mission is really nothing more
    than a simple seven round ladder match versus the lovely ladies of Soul
    Calibur.  None of the foes seem to be in control of any noticeable advantages,
    so beat them to a pulp with everything you've got.  Between battles, you'll
    receive partial health restoration, so don't worry about conserving health too
    much.
    
       Rewards - * 3800 Experience
                 * 17500 Gold
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Seung Mina, Voldo, Mitsurugi, Sophitia, Taki,
                               Cervantes, Nightmare
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - The enemy recovers health over time.  Defeat all the
                               enemies under this condition!
    
    As you may have expected, this mission is the same thing as last time, only
    now you have to be quicker in ending the battles, as your foes' health is
    always recovering.  However, you've dealt with this far too many times to count
    in the past, so I'm sure you're aware of how it works.  As with before, your
    health is restored in part between battles.
    
       Rewards - * 7500 Experience
                 * 35000 Gold
    
    
    == ER RAI =====================================================================
    
       Opponent              - Raphael
       Difficulty            - ***
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Defeat the enemy under unknown conditions!
    
    With just a single move you can send Raphie flying way back, thanks much to
    the "unknown condition."  Since the stage has no walls, the obvious decision
    here is to knock Raphael out of the ring.  Lure him somewhat near the edge and
    deliver a nice horizontal blow the end it.
    
       Rewards - * 3800 Experience
                 * 5000 Gold
                 * Extra Survival (No Recovery) Mode
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Random
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Defeat the enemy under unknown conditions!
    
    The unknown factor in this battle is that every so often an earthquake will
    occur, stunning anyone who isn't in the air, crouching, or on the ground when
    the counter hits one.  You know the deal, crouch during the countdown, then
    strike your prone foe quick and hard.
    
       Rewards - * 7500 Experience
                 * 10000 Gold
                 * Prototype Blade (Weapon for Ivy)
    
    
    == HERO'S TOMB ================================================================
    
       Opponent              - Boss: Charade
       Difficulty            - *****
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Conquer this uncharted dungeon!
    
    Time for yet another mind-numblingly long dungeon.  Fun!  All of the chambers
    leading up to the boss are filled with normal, the-enemy-has-nothing-on-you
    battles, so hopefully you can breeze through them and cut down on the place's
    length.
    
    [ ]-[ ]-[ ]-[ ]-[ ]-[ ]-[ ]-[ ]-[ ]-[*]
     |
    [ ]  Key
     |   ---
    [ ]  * - Entrance
     |   ! - Boss
    [ ]  W - Win this battle to gain a new weapon
     |
    [ ]
     |
    [W]-[ ]-[ ]-[ ]-[ ]-[ ]-[ ]-[ ]-[ ]-[!]
    
    The boss, Charade, is a bit erratic, in that you never know which character
    it'll try to impersonate.  As such, there's not much to say here.  By now you
    should know how to deal with most of the other fighters, anyway.
    
       Rewards - * 7300 Experience
                 * 18600 Gold
    
    -- EXTRA MISSION --------------------------------------------------------------
    
       Opponent              - Boss: Charade
       Recommended Character - Anyone
       Objective             - Conquer this uncharted dungeon!
    
    Nothing's changed from before, so bare through the far-too-long dungeon and
    take down Charade.
    
       Rewards - * 14600 Experience
                 * 37200 Gold
                 * Memento (Weapon for Sophitia)
    
    
    
    
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    Answers to make-believe questions...
    
    1.  OKAY, SO I'M NEW TO THE GAME.  WHO'S THE BEST CHARACTER?
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Honestly, there is no true best character, as your personal skill far outweighs
    the importance of a character's innate "goodness" (although I believe Cervantes
    is generally considered the "best" character, according to the tiers).  Really,
    the best way to get good is to pick an appealing fighter and stick with him/her
    until you start learning some good moves, combos, and strategies.  As for my
    personal favorite, I'm really a Mitsurugi kinda guy.  However, I will concede
    that Kilik and Maxi serve as great backups.
    
    If you're looking to start out with a more simplistic character before moving
    on to someone complex (such as Ivy), you might want to try out the likes of
    Yunsung, Mitsurugi, or Nightmare.  All are relatively simple characters who are
    easy to get the hang of and allow you to get a feel for the game.  After
    practicing a bit with one of them, try out Ivy or whoever it is that you really
    want to play as.
    
    
    2.  WHAT ABOUT THE WORST CHARACTER?
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Not a clue.  I'd guess either Link or Yunsung, since I hear a ton of crap about
    them.  Really, though, it's quite possible to get really good with any
    character if you work at it.
    
    
    3.  WHAT'S THE EASIEST WAY TO MAKE QUICK MONEY?
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Repeatedly play the second level (Ancient Amphitheater) of Chapter 9 (Algol).
    Either the normal version or the extra mission is sure to net you a ton of cash
    if you can win over and over.
    
    
    4.  I WANNA UNLOCK ALL OF THE SECRET CHARACTERS!  HOW DO I DO THIS?
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Pretty easy, actually, beat a certain stage to unlock each character.  Here's
    the lowdown:
    
      * Yoshimitsu - Thuban Stage 3
      * Charade    - Benetnasch Stage 1
      * Cervantes  - Benetnasch Stage 4
      * Sophitia   - Mizar Stage 5
      * Seung Mina - Aldebaran Stage 3
      * Assassin   - Subchapter 3, Stage 2 [Extra Mission]
      * Berserker  - Subchapter 1, Stage 1 [Extra Mission]
      * Lizardman  - Beat everything in Weapon Master Mode, including all of the
                     Extra Missions
    
    
    5.  OKAY, I ALSO WANNA GET ALL THE SECRET STAGES?  HOW DO I DO THIS?
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Same deal as with the secret fighters:
    
      * Lakeside Coliseum               - Regulus Stage 3
      * Money Pit / Top Tier            - Mizar Stage 1
      * Labyrinth                       - Aldebaran Stage 6
      * Hwangseo Palace / Phoenix Court - Rigel Stage 2
      * Egyptian Crypt                  - Merak Stage 5
    
    
    6.  I AM REALLY BAFFLED!!  HOW I DO UNLOCK SUBCHAPTER 2?  IT IS A MYSTERY!
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    The main requirement to unlock Subchapter 2 is that you need to be at least
    Level 72 (Iron Edgemaster).  Once you've hit that landmark, go beat Stage 3 of
    Chapter 4 (even if you've already done it, you need to beat the level again).
    With that done, Subchapter 2 will be all yours.
    
    
    7.  HOW DO YOU UNLOCK THE EXTRA MISSIONS?
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Simply enough, beat Stage 3 of Chapter 10 and they'll be all yours!
    
    
    8.  WHERE CAN I PURCHASE EVERYONE'S LAST THREE WEAPONS?  I CAN'T FIND 'EM!
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    You can purchase them in Subchapter 2 (see question number six), as well as in
    the two Extra Chapters (not to be confused with Extra Missions--they are two
    different things!).
    
    
    
    
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    Care to take a gander at what can be found in this version of the FAQ?  If so,
    this is the place to be!
    
    
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    Version 2.02 / February 6, 2005
      Finally got around to adding in many reader contributions.  If you're stuck
      on the Merope Monastery Extra Mission, check out the various new strategies
      that my awesome readers contributed!
    
    Version 2.01 / October 9, 2004
      Many thanks to M Thomson for providing a worth-checking-out new strategy for
      getting past that pesky Merope Monastery Extra Mission.
    
    Version 2.0 / June 15, 2004
      I took the time to completely redo everything--the format, all the mission
      descriptions, everything!  I feel this new version is infinitely more useful
      than the original, so enjoy it!
    
    Version 1.1 / February 11, 2004
      Added in some purty ASCII, compliments of the incredibly-talented osrevad.
    
    Version 1.0 / October 18, 2003
      The first complete version of this FAQ.  There probably won't be any more 
      updates, so this is it!  Enjoy!
    
    
    
    
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         VII ------------------------------------------------ LEGAL DISCLAIMER
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    This document is copyright (c) 2003-2005 Chris Noonan (American Arsenal).  It
    is not to be reproduced in any way, shape, or form.  However, feel free to
    download it, print it out for personal use, or send it to your buddies, as long
    as you leave it unaltered and do not make a profit off of it.  Doing so would
    be very illegal, so I suggest that you do nothing of the sort.  One final note:
    this document should absolutely *NOT* be found on any websites with the
    exception of <www.gamefaqs.com>, <www.ign.com>, <www.neoseeker.com>,
    <www.honestgamers.com> and <www.gamerhelp.com>.  Don't even bother asking for
    permission to use it, as the answer will always be no.
    
    
    
    
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         VIII -------------------------------------------------------- CLOSING
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    While it makes me sadly sad to give you this news, its due time to bring this
    so-called guide of mine to a close!  Before that, however, it's necessary to
    give props to the people who made this FAQ possible.
    
    --- Ceej <GameFAQs.com>
        For running the best videogame-related website I've ever stumbled across.
    
    --- osrevad
        For creating the incredibly incredible ASCII art you see at the top of this
        here document.  Should you be interested into bribing him into making some
        for you, go ahead and contact him.  You can drop him a line via e-mail 
        (osrevad [at] gmail [dot] [com]) or on AIM as nahuwe.
    
    --- The following contributors (without whom, my guide would be *incredibly*
        crappy instead of just crappy)...
    
        M Thomson, Pelend, Patrick, John Ho, and Neil Goodall: For providing many
        diverse and awesome strategies for clearing that pesky Merope Monastery
        Extra Mission.
    
        Meredyth and Richard Nguyen:  For pointing out errors in my shop listings.
    
        Rani: For informing me of a nice reward I somehow missed in Alioth.
    
    --- Coheed & Cambria, Dream Theater, and Green Day
        For making terrific music that made rewriting this guide a lot less
        painful.
    
    
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                         T H A N K S   F O R   R E A D I N G ! !
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    All-righty then, it's over!  That's it!  Done deal!  Over and out!  Bon voyage!
    See ya next time! ... (that's all)
    
    And be sure to check out all of my other FAQs:
    http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/39691.html
    
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