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    *                                                      v.02          *
    *                        Lord of the Rings:                          *
    *                   The Return of the King (GBA)                     *
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    *                    FAQ Created by zephyrmaster                     *
    *              Andrew Sherman - zephyrmaster@yahoo.com               *
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    Created by Zephyrmaster on (11/17/03)                             v.02
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    Table of Contents:                       Quick Code (crtl+F)
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    Introduction                             s0
    Version History
    
    
    1.) FAQ - Frenquently asked questions    s1
    
    2.) Playing Guide                        s2
       + How to play
           - Controls
           - Menu Options
       + Strategies/Info
           - Can't beat ********
           - Stuck on a Level
           - Corruption
       + Items
           - Selling Items for Gems
           - Special Item Modifiers
           - Unique List
    
    3.) Artifact/Unlockables Guide           s3
    
    4.) Aragorn Character Guide              s4
    - Introduction
    - Skills List
    - Character Builds
    - Full Walkthrough
    
    5.) Legolas Character Guide              s5
    - Introduction
    - Skills List
    - Character Builds
    - Full Walkthrough
    
    6.) Frodo Character Guide                s6
    - Introduction
    - Skills List
    - Character Builds
    - Full Walkthrough
    
    7.) Gimli Character Guide                s7
    - Introduction
    - Skills List
    - Character Builds
    - Full Walkthrough
    
    8.) Gandalf Character Guide              s8
    - Introduction
    - Skills List
    - Character Builds
    - Full Walkthrough
    
    9.) Eowyn Character Guide                s9
    - Introduction
    - Skills List
    - Character Builds
    - Full Walkthrough
    
    10.) Credits, etc...                     s10
    
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    *                            Introduction                            *
    *********************************s0***********************************
    
    Welcome, this is my 6th FAQ, and definitely one of my most ambitious,
    unfortunately. I'm sorry if updates are slow coming, it's my senior
    year of high school and a combination of extra homework, college apps,
    and more have eaten a significant amount of my time. Thanks for your
    understanding.
    
    Return of the King is the sequel to The Two Towers for the GBA, made
    by the same company (Griptonite Games). It's an awesome game, and I
    hope my FAQ can increase your enjoyment of it. Published by EA Games.
    
    ---------------
    Version History
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    0.02 (11/22/03) - Added ASCII, more information, artifacts, etc...!
    0.01 (11/18/03) - Started FAQ.
    
    
    
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    *                     Frequently Asked Questions                     *
    *********************************s1***********************************
    
    
    Q: Where can I buy this game? And how much is it? And is it fun?
    A: Any game store, $30.00, yes.
    
    
    Q: Exactly HOW many characters are in this game? I've seen 6, 8, and
    10, it can't be all those at once!
    A: 8 characters. 6 are usable from the beginning, 2 are unlockable.
    Unfortunately, one is only unlockable if you own the GCN version of
    this game (see the Secrets section).
    
    
    Q: Argh! I think I unlocked Gollum/Smeagol! How do I use him!
    A: First, you can only use him in bonus maps or in multiplayer. I
    know, a bummer. Anyways, make sure you have an empty slot. Then start
    a bonus map or multiplayer game. In that empty slot, start a character,
    and simply press the control pad until you reach Gollum!
    
    	
    Q: Ok, for the Moria and the Helm's Deep, is there only 1 spot? Like
    Helm's Deep's first option is Hornburg, is that the only map for it,
    our is their another map for it? And Moria as well, the Dwarf Halls,
    is that the only map for it?
    A: Yes. All of that empty space is utilized if you play the single
    player quests in multiplayer. It's a way of saving your progress
    through the levels... but only in multiplayer. Sorry! :)
    
    
    Q: What would you rate this game?
    A: 9/10.
    
    
    Q: Are there any unlockables?
    A: Go to Section 3 - Artifacts/Unlockables Guide.
    
    
    Q: Do you make up most of your questions?
    A: No comment. No. I mean yes.
    
    
    Q: You didn't answer a question I want answered! You son of human! How
    dare you!
    A: Calm down, just drop me a line at zephyrmaster@yahoo.com or post
    your question on the www.gamefaqs.com message boards. I'm here to help.
    
    
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    *                          Playing Guide                             *
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    # How to Play the Game #
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    Not all games come naturally to all people! If you find yourself
    confused as what to do, this section could help.
    
    --------
    Controls
    --------
    In game:
    
    A - Use skill
    B - Use weapon/Punch
    L - Switch skill
    R - Pick up item/Access location
    Start - Pause the game, access inv. and stat screens
    Select - Pause the game, access options menu
    
    ------------
    Menu Options
    ------------
    
    Select Menu:
    
    Save Game - Saves your game in one of four slots
    Options - View the game options
    Artifacts - View the artifacts you have collected
    Quit Game - Quit the game, obviously :)
    
    Options Menu:
    
    Music Volume - Adjust the music volume
    SFX Volume - Adjust the sound effects volume
    Quick Skill Select - Turn on/off Quick Skill Select (more later)
    Auto Healing - Turn on/off auto healing
    Fast Discard - Turn on/off fast discard
    Language Select - Choose your language (5 to choose from)
    Credits - View the game credits
    
    Quick Skill Select- Alters the controls when on. The L button no
    longer changes the selected skill, instead skills are used by pressing
    a combination of L and another button. To assign skills to buttons, go
    to the skill screen and press select over a skill. Press it over and
    over again to change the button it's assigned too. This could be
    useful for some, but sometimes in the heat of battle, you may not be
    able to press two buttons quickly AND fight the enemies. Use at your
    own discretion.
    
    Auto Healing- When this option is turned on, the computer takes care
    of herbal healing, healing you when you are low in health. I'm not
    sure how low your health has to be before it kicks in, but I don't
    use this option. Why? If you heal yourself manually, you'll know
    when you don't need to waste herbs and when it's essential, and you
    are more aware of how many herbs you actually have. To each his own.
    
    Fast Discard- When this option is turned on, there is no warning screen
    when you move to discard an item, checking to make sure you want to
    dump it off. I have it turned ON, because I don't appreciate the
    extra tiny bit of hassle. If you are afraid you might drop that Sting
    by accident, than turning this off may be prudent.
    
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    # Playing Strategies #
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     *Note: For strategies specific to a character, look at that section*
    
    This section contains general play strategies that could help any
    adventurer in his/her quest to defeat Sauron and his forces.
    
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    How to I beat **********
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    Stuck on a level because of a tough boss? Here are some general hints
    that apply to nearly every boss:
    
    - Most of the bosses have a horde of enemies near them protecting them.
    Either focus all your energy on the boss from the get go or kill the
    weaker enemies first. I would pick off the weaker enemies one by one if
    I were stuck.
    - Level up in the level. What do I mean by that? Kill some enemies,
    save, quit, and reload. Do this until you gain enough levels, etc...
    to defeat the boss.
    - Level up on a bonus map. If you have unlocked any of the bonus maps,
    this is an option.
    
    -----------------
    Stuck on a level?
    -----------------
    Stuck on a level? Here are some general tips and hints:
    
    - Follow your compass. It's in the lower right hand corner of the
    screen, the green "leaf" looking object. It points in the direction
    you need to go to finish the level. You know you are near when it
    turns red.
    
    - Look for signs that would lead to the exit of the level. Many levels
    have a path or footsteps that lead right to the end of the level.
    
    - If you are stuck because you keep getting killed, try to gain some
    levels in the level you are stuck in. Kill some enemies, save, quit,
    and repeat until you are confident that you can defeat ALL of them.
    
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    Corruption
    ----------
    
    Ah, corruption, the bane of RotK adventurer's everywhere. Corruption
    is represented by Sauron's eye, an image that appears in the upper
    right hand corner as you gain corruption. The bigger the eye, the more
    corruption you have. As it becomes bigger, Sauron's forces become
    stronger. If it becomes big enough, it will turn grey, and that means
    Ringwraiths are being summoned. These fierce opponents easily kill
    lower level characters, so watch out. Some tips to avoid corruption:
    
    - Do NOT let Crebain get away. A ranged attack is useful for all
    characters because of this situation.
    - Don't let goblin drummers run mad, try to kill them quickly. They
    won't actually summon Ringwraiths, but they can raise your corruption
    to a point that one escaped crebain would unleash the Ringwraiths upon
    your poor character.
    - Don't let crebain get away. I just want to give this emphasis.
    
    If Ringwraiths do come, here are some things you can do:
    
    - Save and quit. Even though you'll have to start the level over again,
    you don't lose experience and your corruption disapears.
    - Run to the end of the level. If you are near it, why not?
    - Give the Ringwraiths the ring. Just kidding.
    - Fight the Ringwraiths. I would recommend that you be at least level
    20 before you start actively duking it out with Ringwraiths, and the
    higher the level, the better.
    
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    # Items #
    #########
    
    *Note: This isn't a compendium of all items, just tips and hints etc..
    related to them. I may add a list of uniques in the future, but you'll
    have to consult Number's FAQ (once it's up) for suffix/prefix info.*
    
    ----------------------
    Selling Items for Gems
    ----------------------
    
    Obviously, you won't be able to use all the items you find. Actually,
    you won't be able to use MOST of the items you find, or you wouldn't
    even want to use them! How can you know if an item's valuable enough
    to keep until the forge and which items you should skip?
    
    - Red items are almost ALWAYS worth more gems than their normal or
    magic counterparts. If you need gems, pick up every red item you find,
    even if they have poor modifiers.
    
    - Orc Heads and Orc Drums are two fairly common items that each sell
    for a hefty 300+ each. Pick these up whenever you see them (they are
    distinctive), but sell them, since their value as items is poor
    compared to their value in gems.
    
    - All items with the 'valuable' modifer are just that, valuable. Even
    if the item may stink, the item will still be worth more than most
    other magic items.
    
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    Special Item Modifers
    ---------------------
    
    In the manual:
    
    + Extra Shot - Allows a bow to fire additional arrows (Legolas only).
    A great bonus if you can find a bow with it.
    + Knockback - Knocks back a foe upon striking. Not as useful as you
    might think, sometimes knockback can be back (especially if you knock
    away something you need to kill immediately).
    + Immobilize - Has a chance of making an enemy immobile for a few
    seconds. A great propertie to have on an item, could save your person!
    + Armor Piercing - Reduces opponents armor. Speaks for itself.
    + Fragile - Has a chance of breaking. A chance? No. It's going to
    break, and if you are me, the moment you use it. :) Seriously though,
    the few times I used a fragile item, it broke right away. Too bad many
    of the +35% exp weapons are fragile!
    + Wisdom - Spells do bonus damage (Gandalf). Useful.
    + Sunburst - Has a chance of producing a sunburst. A very useful trait,
    and it is very colorful and neat to see.
    + Nightburst - Has a chance of a nightburst. See above.
    + Corrupt - Ringwraths and monsters do additional damage to the
    character. Not a good property to have, obviously.
    + Fire burst - Inflicts additional fire damage if armor is broken into.
    + Backstab - Opponent loses armor bonus when attacked from behind. In
    conjunction with a stunning skill or move, this property can come in
    very handly.
    + Valuable - Item sells for a high price. Good if you want gems!
    + Cheap - Item sells for a low price. Bad if you want gems!
    + Venomous - Inflicts bonus damage if armor is broken into. Similar to
    fire burst... almost.
    
    Not in the manual:
    
    + Cursed - Increases corruption?
    +% Treasure find - Increases your chances for finding treasure. Needed
    for treasure hunting Gimlis!
    
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    Uniques
    -------
    Finding a unique is both a fun and surprising experience. Uniques have
    blue text, and are easily recognizable.
    
    Sting
    Symbolblade
    Glamdring
    Orcrist
    Narsil
    Madhafang
    Silveraxe
    Staff of Five Mages
    Starfall Bow
    Nightfell Bow
    Celeborn's Phial
    Boromir's Horn
    Cyclopedia of Herbs
    Sam's Cookpot
    Fletching Kit
    Scrolls of Minas Tirith
    Evenstar of Arwen
    Galadriel's Phial
    Forgottens Palantir
    Cracked Palantir
    Orc Drum
    Wooven Goblin Doll
    Oliphaunt Ivory Statuette
    Orc Head - +1 Courage. Keep in backpack.
    Swollen Spider Glands
    Featherwood Flute
    King Aldazar's Longsword
    Hawly's Sword of Leaves
    The Witch King's Daughter
    Brakash's Dwarf Axe of Hacking
    Meat Cleaver of Maeck
    Green Mace of the Outlander
    Crystal Crook of Jas Mynn
    Staff of Brilee the Scarlet
    Oakstaff of Old Thalcos
    Vella of Lorien's Goldbow
    Maegborion Elfbow
    Orc Lump's Big Bow
    Blue Chainmail of Zephyrmaster <-- Look! Haha. Cha-ching!
    Fomac's Mail
    Scalemail of Marr Kuz the Tall
    Mage Crown of Ulrick
    Shining Helm of Jae Sunbae
    Erlina's Guamanian Boar Helm
    Wizard Robes of Bilroy the Brown
    Love-Blessed Cloak of Adin-Ari
    Aramat's Garnet Cowl
    Sindalvin Gloves of Elf Bowyers
    Dusten Bardic Gloves
    Guantlets of Numbers
    The Unknown Amulet of Kempor
    Devitt Crystal Amulet
    Nickohare's Foot
    
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    *                     Artifact/Unlockable Guide                      *
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    *If you know the location of the artifacts, I would appreciate it!*
    zephyrmaster@yahoo.com. I can't remember where I got some of them...
    :(
    
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    Artifact Guide
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    There are 8 artifacts. When you collect them all, you unlock a set of
    bonus levels!
    
    Artifacts (Who can get them):
    
    Simbelmyne (Eowyn)
    Saruman's Palantir (Gandalf)
    Shelob's Stinger (Frodo)
    Feather of Gwaihir (Gandalf)
    Witch King's Crown (Eowyn)
    Deagol's skull  (Frodo)
    There and Back Again (Legolas/Aragorn/Gimli)
    Galadriel's Lock (Legolas/Aragorn/Gimli)
    
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    Simbelmyne: Dunharrow - River Crossing (Eowyn)
    ----------
    On this level, the game will show you a bunch of Orcs. Simbelmyne is
    below them. If you have trouble finding it, just defeat everything in
    the level... I did. :)
    
    
    Saruman's Palantir: Isengard - Orthanc (Gandalf)
    ------------------
    Saruman is in this level... uh oh... anyways, before defeating him,
    you have to open a chest in the room where Saruman is. It's essential
    you do this BEFORE you defeat him, because you can't do it after...
    try it and see!
    
    
    Shelob's Stinger: Cirith Ungol - Ambush (Frodo)
    ----------------
    After chasing around Shelob and having a blast, its Stinger will
    appear by Frodo after you kill it with Sam.
    
    
    Feather of Gwaihir: Pelennor Fields - Fork (Gandalf)
    ------------------
    In this level you have to light up beacons. To get this artifact, light
    just ONE beacon, and return to the beginning of the level. There,
    you'll be able to get the Feather.
    
    
    Witch King's Crown: Pelennor Battle - Witch King (Eowyn)
    ------------------
    This is Eowyn's final level, and the Witch King is a tough fight! The
    artifact appears by Eowyn's father Theoden after you kill the Witch
    King. Make sure that you don't exit the level before getting the
    crown!
    
    
    Deagol's skull: Mt. Doom - Slopes of Mt. Doom (Frodo)
    --------------
    To get this artifact, you have to first kill a banner orc on the hill,
    banner orcs are those orcs that hold banners... haha... get it? Those
    orcs are identifiable because they have black auras and are strong.
    Anyways, return to the beginning and go to the right until you find
    Smeagol/Gollum. There will be a chest by him. Open it. Can you guess
    what's in the chest?
    
    
    There and Back Again: Anduin River - Corsair Camp (LAG)
    --------------------
    In this level, there is a woman in the upper left hand corner of that
    wants you to return her missing brother who is on the other side of a
    river. Complete this quest first. When you finish, go back to the
    beginning of the level and defeat the monsters near the building you
    see. The building should now be unlocked, and inside you'll find
    There and Back Again (near a boy). He doesn't seem to mind you taking
    it! :)
    
    
    Galadriel's Lock: Ithilien - North (LAG)
    ----------------
    Head to the southeast corner of the level, where you should see a tree
    with an abnormal amount of butterflies on it. Drive them off the tree,
    and then follow them. They'll take you to the Lock.
    
    
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    Unlockables
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    Bonus Maps:
    
    Moria - Kill 2000+ enemies with one character.
     + A carry over from Two Towers, the levels are much different, but
    the ending is the same. If you never got to play the Two Towers, you'll
    soon realize you should have played it :).
    
    Fanghorn - Beat the game with all 6 characters.
    + The forest is creepy isn't it...
    
    Helm's Deep - Beat the game with any character.
    + A carry over from Two Towers also, this time, it's almost exactly
    the same. The orcs are attacking, and threating to breach the wall!
    Good luck! (And for those who have play TTT but not this level, the
    last few enemies may surprise you...)
    
    Weathertop - Collect all 8 artifacts.
    + Ringwraith haven... not your heaven.
    
    ---
    
    Bonus Characters: (Can only be played on Bonus Maps or multiplayer)
    
    Sam - Hook up the GBA to the Gamecube.
    + Frodo v.2.0.1
    
    Gollum/Smeagol - Beat the game with 2 or more characters.
    + Can't wear items, looks pathetic, deserves pity, and has a strange
    attack. What's great about him? He's Smeagol! Since he can't really
    use any items, good skill selection is imperative.
    
    
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    *                      Aragorn Character Guide                       *
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    Aragorn is the brave, sword wielding ranger defending the lands of
    Middle Earth from utter destruction. His goal is to lead to the defeat
    of Sauron and his evil forces, and he uses his skill and cunning to
    win fights he shouldn't win. In RotK for the GBA, some call him a
    generic fighter, but I seriously think everyone should at least beat
    the game once with him, because he has some unique traits...
    
    Skill Listing/Analysis
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    # Character Builds #
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    *                       Legolas Character Guide                      *
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    Skill Listing/Analysis
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    # Character Builds #
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    *                       Frodo Character Guide                        *
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    Skill Listing/Analysis
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    # Character Builds #
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    *                        Gimli Character Guide                       *
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    Skill Listing/Analysis
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    # Character Builds #
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    *                       Gandalf Character Guide                      *
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    Skill Listing/Analysis
    ----------------------
    
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    # Character Builds #
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    *                       Eowyn Character Guide                        *
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    Skill Listing/Analysis
    ----------------------
    
    ####################
    # Character Builds #
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    *                       Credits, Extras, Etc...                      *
    ********************************s10***********************************
    
    Thanks to these people:
    
    Price Power, NetQ
    
    
    Thanks to:
    
    Griptonite Games - Particularly Thalcos and Horklump. :)
    EA Games - For publishing a game with such a goldmine license
    RotK Message Board Members - For being you.
    
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