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    SAMURAI SPIRITS : ZANKUROU MUSOU KEN (SAMURAI SHODOWN III : BLADES OF BLOOD)
    	MiniFAQ v2.7
    	by : Joseph Palanca (jgpalanca@csupomona.edu)
    
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    STORY :
    
    	Zankurou the Demon, a brutal killing machine has been seen and heard
    travelling amongst the villages of ancient Japan, slaughtering and leaving
    trails of innocent blood in his wake.  One day, amongst the destruction and
    death he laid down under his hands, a fallen mother clutched an innocent baby
    crying for his lost gift of life.  Zankurou heard these cries, and it struck
    within him a fear and a knowledge...that he would cease that very day, to
    strike down the innocent.  For the realization came to him...that it was the
    competent and the strong that would be his greatest test...and proudest
    defeat...
    
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    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS :
    
    SNK
    	For making the game...
    Greg Kasavin (shrike@slip.net)
    	His NewType page had some info I used
    Shawn Holmes (shawnh@csn.net)
    	TapFaq info
    Scott Fujimoto (sfujimoto@delphi.com)
    	Posting various info on the NeoGeo mailing list
    Red Fox (redfox08@aol.com)
    	The basic setup was from his move list
    
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    NEW/OLD CHARACTERS :
    
    New Characters : Shizumaru Hisame, Basara the Executioner, Gaira Caffeine,
    	Rimururu, and Zankurou Minazuki.
    
    Old Characters : Haohmaru, Nakoruru, Galford, Kyoshiro Senryo, Ukyo
    	Tachibana, Genjuro Kibagami, Hanzo Hattori, Amakusa Shiro Tokisada
    	(now playable), and Kuroko (morphs into your character for mirror 
    	match)
    
    Gone Characters : Cham Cham, Caffeine Nicotine, Neinhalt Sieger, Wan-Fu,
    	Gen-an Shiranui, Earthquake, Charlotte, Mizuki, Tam Tam, and Edo 
    	Express Delivery Man.
    
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    GAME OPTIONS :
    
    Character Mode :
    	All characters have two versions : Slash and Bust.  For each version,
    there are a different set of moves.  Some moves are found in both versions,
    and others only in one version.  This significantly doubles the amount of
    character choices in the game.
    
    Level Select :
    	You can now choose from three different levels of play : Beginner,
    Medium, and Upper Class.  In beginner, attacks are less-damaging and there is
    auto-blocking.  Medium is standard game play.  Upper has a fully charged POW
    meter at all times and no blocking!
    
    Color Choice :
    	There are technically four colors for each character (two for Slash,
    two for Bust).  After you choose Bust or Slash, press A or B to determine the
    color (A is default, B is alternate).
    
    Pre-Fight Movement :
    	Taken from X-men : Children of the Atom, you can now move before the
    fight begins.
    
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    BASIC PLAYER MOVEMENTS AND ATTACKS :
    
    A - Weak Slash  
    B - Medium Slash   
    C - Fierce Slash   
    D - Kick
    BC - Hop Crush :
    	Hop to attack crouching defenses (can't block crouching).
    Forward + C - Pulling Guard Crush :
    Back + C - Pushing Guard Crush :
    	Grab your opponent, temporarily paralyzing them.
    Forward + D - Downwards Attack :
    	Can't block standing.
    Back + D - Upwards Attack :
    	Can't block crouching.
    Down-Forward + D - Foot Sweep
    Half Circle Towards - Catch Throw :
    	Catch your opponents weapon then throw them (can be done with weapon)
    Back, Back - Back Dash
    Forward Forward - Forward Dash
    Hold ABC - POW Charge :
    	Slowly raises your POW meter
    AB at distance - Dodge :
    	Dodge opponents attack (must be at least two character spaces away)
    AB Close - Sidestep :
    	Step around your opponent (must be right next to opponent)
    
    Items : The Edo Express Delivery Man no longer runs by dropping off items.
    	Now they just drop or appear out of nowhere.  The bombs will drop
    	your guard if they are blocked.  The meat is still given as well.
    
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    CHARACTER MOVES :
    
    BASARA (KUBIKIRI) THE EXECUTIONER :
    	Killed by Zankurou, along with his lover.  This character's hatred
    for the demon was so powerful, he rose from the dead to destroy that which
    Zankurou took away.
    	
    SLASH :
    	Friendly Rip - (close) hcf, A
    	Stabbing Feet - (jump) down+D
    	Soul Sucker - qcb, D
    	Airborne Slash - (peek of jump) qcf, Slash
    	Ground Slash - qcf, Slash
    	Shadow Stitcher - hcb, Slash
    	Soul of the Beast - b, df, d, db, C
    	SHADOW DANCE PAYBACK - hcf, b, A+B
    BUST :
    	Friendly Rip - (close) hcf, A
    	Stabbing Feet - (jump) down+D
    	Soul Sucker - qcb, D
    	Airborne Slash - (peek of jump) qcf, Slash     
    	Ground Slash - qcf, Slash
    	Shadow Exit - f, db, d, df, Slash
    	Shadow Feint - f, b, f, b, any button
    	SHADOW DANCE DREAM PULL - hcf, b, B+C
    
    GENJURO KIBAGAMI : 
    	"A problem can be solved with the slash of a sword!"  That's
    Genjuro's motto in life, and this whole demon business certainly is no
    exception.  Though feigning interest in the matter, Genjuro's only goal is to
    slay his long-time rival Haohmaru.  The demon is one thing, but personal 
    glory is entirely another.  Thus Genjuro's journey to kill Haohmaru
    continues...
    
    SLASH :
    	Lightning Wings - f, d, df, Slash
    	Triple Death Hack - qcf, Slash (x3)
    	Cherry Blossom Slice - qcb, Slash
    	Death Drops - (close) b, d, db, C
    	Scarlet Slash - f, df, d, Slash
    	FIVE FLASH RIP - f, hcf, A+B
    BUST :
    	Lightning Wings - f, d, df, Slash
    	Death of 100 Demons - f, b, f, Slash
    	Cherry Blossom Iris Reverse - qcb, Slash (hold down)
    	Three Heavens Death - qcf, Slash (x3)
    	Purple Sunset - f, df, d, Slash
    	REVERSE FIVE FLASHES - f, hcf, C+D
    
    GALFORD : 
    	Always working against evil, Galford found a refugee from the demon's
    massacre and promised him justice.  With his dog Poppy, Galford prepares to
    bring good to the world a third time.  What a swell guy!
    
    SLASH :
    	Plasma Blade - qcf, Slash
    	Shadow Copy - f, hcf, A or B
    	Replica Attack - hcb, A+C or B+D
    	Imitate Replica - A+C or B+D (when hit)
    	Rolling Crush - (close) f, d, df, C
    	Rush Dog - qcb, A
    	Plasma Dog - qcb, qcb, A
    	Mauling Dog - qcb, B
    	Replica Dog - qcb, C
    	Overhead Crash - qcb, D
    	DOUBLE MEGA STRIKE HEADS - f, hcf, C
    BUST :
    	Plasma Factor - f+A+B, or df+A+B
    	Plasma Break - qcf, Slash
    	Shadow Copy - f, hcf, A or B
    	Replica Attack - hcb, A+C or B+D
    	Imitate Replica - A+C or B+D (when hit)
    	Striking Heads - (close) f, d, df, D
    	Strike Heads Dash - (dashing close) f, d, df, D
    	Lightning Slash - f, d, df, C
    	LIGHTNING STRIKE THREE - hcb, f, C
    
    SHIZUMARU HISAME : 
    	A young boy with amnesia with only the knowledge of his mother's
    dying scream...and a thirst for revenge...
    
    SLASH :
    	Scarlet Sword Windshear Slice - hcb, Slash
    	Scarlet Sword Crosscurrent Slicer - f, db, d, df, Slash
    	Scarlet Sword Mist Blast - qcf, Slash
    	Scarlet Sword Hailfire - hcf, A
    	Scarlet Sword Downpour Thrust - b, d, db, Slash
    	SCARLET SWORD HURRICANE SHREDDER SLASH - hcb, hcb, CD
    BUST :
    	Scarlet Sword Rains of Time - (jump) down+C
    	Scarlet Sword Deadly Drizzle - (jump) up+C
    	Scarlet Sword Mist Blast - qcf, Slash
    	Scarlet Sword Crosscurrent Slicer - f, db, d, df, Slash
    	Scarlet Sword Downpour Thrust - b, d, db, Slash
    	SCARLET SWORD DEADLY DOWNPOUR SLICE - f, hcf, A+B
    
    RIMURURU (RIMNEREL) : 
    	Nakoruru's younger sister who believes that the cause of the trouble
    stems from Amakusa Shiro Tokisada, the original villain of Samurai Shodown.
    Rimururu is the ice-cold snow maiden.
    
    SLASH :
    	Kamui Shtokke - qcb, f, C
    	Konril Myu - b, db, d, A
    	Lupu Quall - qcf, Slash
    	Konril Shira - (jump) f, df, d, A
    	Rupu Tu Nu Tiu - (close) hcb, B
    	Konril Nonril - f, d, df, A
    	RUPU KAMUI EMYU - hcb, hcb, C+D
    BUST :
    	Lupu Thomumu - f+A+B, df+A+B
    	Konril Myu - b, db, d, A
    	Lupu Quall - qcf, Slash
    	Konril Shira - (jump) f, df, d, A
    	Rupu Tu Nu Yaku - (close) hcb, D
    	Upun Wo - Slash (rapidly)
    	RUPU KAMUI EMYU - hcb, hcb, C+D
    
    KYOSHIRO SENRYO : 
    	Observing the demon mercilessly fell its prey, Kyoshiro found the
    killing to be the best piece of artwork he ever witnessed.  Silently swearing
    to perfect such a dance, Kyoshiro declared to fight the demon in an effort to
    bring his Kabuki skills to an ever higher level of supremacy.
    
    SLASH :
    	Twirling Flame - qcf, Slash
    	Twisting Heavens - f, d, df, Slash
    	Toad Plaque - f, hcf, A+C
    	Tsunami Crunch - qcb, Slash
    	Smoldering Blood Pounce - (jump) down+A
    	Kyoshiro Jig - qcf, qcf, C
    	Lion Tail Blast - hcb, Slash
    	KYOSHIRO DEMON BOOGIE - qcf, qcf, B+C
    BUST :
    	Hades Twirling Flames - qcf, Slash
    	Swirling Hades - f, d, df, Slash
    	Eight Coil Serpent - qcb, qcb, C
    	Kyoshiro Jig - qcf, qcf, C
    	Raging Lion's Tail Blast - hcb, Slash
    	Smoldering Blood Pounce - (jump) down+A 
    	KYOSHIRO DEMON BOOGIE - qcf, qcf, B+C
    
    HAOHMARU : 
    	As Haohmaru continued his everlasting search for new opponents, he
    came upon the remains of what was once a flourishing town.  There he met a
    child to whom he swore vengeance against the demon who crushed his town and
    killed his family.  Not knowing that the child was actually he who stopped
    the demon from its killing spree to begin with, Haohmaru embarked on a new
    mission which he felt was the most vital one yet.
    
    SLASH :
    	Sword Slash Attack - hcb, C
    	Secret Cyclone Slash - qcf, Slash
    	Secret Crescent Moon Slash - f, db, d, df, Slash
    	Secret Hurricane Thrust - (dashing) f, db, d, df, Slash
    	Secret Earthquake Slice - b, d, db, Slash
    	Secret Flying Earthquake Slash - (jump) d, db, b, C
    	Secret Flying Cyclone Slash - (jump) qcf, Slash
    	TOP SECRET HEAVEN CONSTRAINT BLAST - f, d, df, f, d, df, A+B
    BUST :
    	Force Fang - After taking strong hit, press C
    	Broiler Blast - After taking a strong hit while crouching, press C
    	Secret Cyclone Homicide Slash - qcf, Slash
    	Secret Crescent Moon Slash - f, db, d, df, Slash
    	Secret Driving Crescent Moon Slash - (during D) f, db, d, df, Slash
    	Sword Shockwave - f, d, df, D
    	Typhoon Wave - qcf, D
    	Serene Slice - qcb, f, C
    	SUPER SECRET HEAVEN CRUNCHER - f, hcf, C+D
    
    NAKORURU : 
    	Like her sister, Nakoruru also felt the change in mother nature,
    though she gleaned the presence of the demon and not of Amakusa.  So as
    Rimururu ran off to find the wizard, Nakoruru searched for the demon together
    with her falcon, Mamahaha and wolf, Silkou.
    
    SLASH :
    	Lela O Chikiri - (close) f, d, df, D
    	Annu Mutsube - b, db, d, Slash
    	Lela Mutsube - qcf, Slash
    	Kamui Risse - b, d, db, Slash
    	Mamahaha Flight - qcb, D
    	Mamahaha Attack - (on Mamahaha) A, B, or C
    	Kamui Mutsube - (on Mamahaha) qcf, C
    	Shichikabu Etu Brute - hcb, B
    	Shichikabu Amyu - hcb, C
    	Le Lashe - hcb, A
    	ELELYU KAMUI RISSE - hcb, hcb, A+B
    BUST :
    	Lela O Chikiri - (close) f, d, df, D
    	Annu Mutsube - b, db, d, Slash
    	Lela Mutsube - qcf, Slash
    	Kamui Risse - b, d, db, Slash
    	Wolf Pounce - qcb, D
    	Riding Wolf Attack - (on wolf) A, B, or C
    	Myu Shikite - (on wolf) b, db, d, C
    	Kanto Shikite - (on wolf) qcf, C
    	Imel Shikite - (on wolf) jump, f, d, df, C
    	Epunkine Shikite - (when knocked down) A+C
    	NUBEKI KAMUI SKIKITE - hcf, d, df, B+C
    
    AMAKUSA SHIRO TOKISADA : 
    	In order to attain enlightenment, Amakusa sees fit to go around
    killing everyone as a religious sacrifice.  Seeing the Demon as a source of
    ultimate power, Amakusa singles him out as the next target.
    
    SLASH :
    	Evil Hornet Gouger (Forward) - hcf, D 
    	Evil Hornet Gouger (Reverse) - hcb, D
    	Holy Spirit Slicer - qcf, Slash
    	Dark Destroyer - f, hcf, C, Slash (D to abort)
    	Judgement Blow - f, df, d, C
    	Phoenix Flash - b, f, b, f, Slash
    	Miasma Plasma - b, d, db, A
    	LEGIONS OF HADES BLITZ - b, f, d, df, B+C
    BUST :
    	Evil Hornet Gouger (Forward) - hcf, D
    	Evil Hornet Gouger (Reverse) - hcb, D
    	Underworld Lord Blast - qcf, Slash
    	Dark Destroyer - f, hcf, C, Slash (D to abort)
    	Invitation to Evil - b, f, b, f, Slash
    	Judgement Blow - f, df, d, C
    	Miasma Plasma - b, d, db, A
    	LEGIONS OF HADES BLITZ - b, f, d, df, B+C
    
    HANZO HATTORI : 
    	Tortured by the darkside, and living with evil, Hanzo searches for
    death itself.  He comes across the death of innocents by the hand of 
    Zankurou.  He must prevent further innocent deaths, for the death that has 
    been dealt is only for those who are guilty and deserving of punishment.
    
    SLASH :
    	Ninja Shadow - d, d, A
    	Ninja Exploding Dragon Blast - qcb, Slash
    	Ninja Shadow Splitter - f, hcf, A or B
    	Ninja Heaven Splitter - hcb, B+C+D
    	Utsusemi Earth Opener - hcf, B+C+D 
    	Ninja Buddha Reverse Blow - A+C (when hit)
    	Ninja Demon Reverse Blow - B+D (when hit)
    	Ninja Windsplitter - (jump) qcf, Slash
    	Ninja Strike Dash - (close) f, d, df, C+D
    	Rustling Ninja Strike Dash - (dashing close) f, d, df, C+D
    	FLASH FINISHER - d, d, d, A+B
    BUST :
    	Ninja Silent Shadow - d, d, A
    	Ninja Shadow Splitter - f, hcf, A or B
    	Ninja Heaven Splitter - hcb, B+C+D
    	Ninja Windsplitter - (jump) qcf, Slash
    	Utsusemi Earth Opener - hcf, BCD
    	Ninja Exploding Dragon Blast - qcb, Slash
    	Ninja Exploding Atom Flash - (close) f, d, df, C+D
    	Ninja Monkey Dance - b, d, db, any button
    	DRAGON POISON FINALIZER - hcb, f, C+D
    
    UKYO TACHIBANA : 
    	Upon returning to his trainer's dojo, Ukyo was greeted by rotting
    corpses instead of his teacher and students.  Later, learning that this was
    the work of the demon, the enraged Ukyo whisks away to kill the fiend.
    
    SLASH :
    	Vanity Sabre Snowfall Slash - qcb, D
    	Concealed Sabre Snowfall Slash - qcb, Slash
    	Concealed Sabre Swallow Swipe - (jump) db, d, df, f, Slash
    	Concealed Sabre Haze Hack - qcf, Slash
    	Concealed Sabre Heaven's Gale's - hcb, C, then A
    	Concealed Sabre Warrior Wind - hcb, C, then B
    	TSUBAME SIX FLASH - hcb, f, B+C
    BUST :
    	Concealed Sabre Snowfall Slash Flash - qcb, Slash
    	Concealed Sabre Skylark Swipe - b, f, A
    	Concealed Sabre Swallow Swipe - (jump) b, db, d, df, Slash
    	Concealed Sabre Dream Mist - (sword catch) df, d, db, b, f, C
    	Concealed Sabre Heat Flash - f, d, df, Slash
    	FLASHBACK FLASH BLAST - f, b, f, C+D
    
    GAIRA CAFFEINE (KAFUIN) : 
    	Gaira had a big fight with his grandfather, Nicotine, and was kicked
    out of the Buddhist Temple for his blasphemy.  Wandering the streets with
    nothing to do, Gaira witnessed the demon killing a civilian.  Still a
    religious man at heart, Gaira knew he must stop the heretic from repeating
    his crimes.
    
    SLASH :
    	Prudence Punch - (jump) down+C
    	100 Heave Body Blow - (jump) down+D
    	Profound Pummel - qcf, A+B
    	Victory Riser - f, d, df, Slash
    	Nag Blast - qcb, A
    	Earthquake Assault - d, d, A+B
    	Hard Head Grabber - (close) b, d, db, B
    	Ceiling Slam Grabber - (close) b, d, db, A
    	Reverse Twirl Grab - (close) b, d, db, C
    	FIST FLASH DANCE - qcf, d, df, A+B
    BUST :
    	Deadly Pokes - qcf, Slash
    	100 Dropper - (jump) down+D
    	Nag Blast - qcb, A
    	Earthquake Assault - d, d, A+B
    	Heaven Heart Slicer - qcb, f, A+B
    	Hades Heart Slicer - qcb, f, C+D
    	FIST FLASH DANCE - qcf, d, df, A+B
    
    KYROKOU (KUROKU) :
    	It is unknown at this time what his story is and whether or not he is
    playable.  He fights you for the sixth match and morphs into your character.
    
    ZANKURO CODE:
    		1  2  3  4  5  6
    		7  8  9 10 11 12
    	This represents the character select screen with 4=Shizumaru Hisame.
    	This code can only be used in versus matches.  Go to Shizumaru and 
    	stay there for one second.  Then pass through the characters in the 
    	following order:  3 2 1 7 8 9 3 4 10 11 12 6 5 4.  Then press and 
    	hold your start button.  When the counter reaches exactly three 
    	seconds, press A+B+C.  (Note:  If you are player 2, the cursor starts 
    	at Shizumaru, so just leave it there for a second, then proceed 
    	through characters as normal.)
    
    ZANKURO MINAZUKI :
    	The dreaded "demon."  The evil Zankuro, from time immortal, has
    indiscriminately attacked villages, slaughtering all in his way.  Falling
    under his mighty blade, victims screamed in terror of the dreaded demon
    before drowning in an endless sea of blood.  All stood impotent to his evil
    deeds.  But then...in a distant village, Zankuro failed to kill an infant.
    Some insist, perhaps that the evil one could not kill him.  The truth remains
    unknown.  But from then on, Zankuro marked all swordsmen for slaughter.
    	Years later...twelve samurai and swordsmen begin their own quests.
    All seek one goal...the head of the dreaded Zankuro Minazuki.
    	
    SLASH :
    	Demon Flash - qcf, Slash
    	God Sword Crush - f, d, df, Slash
    	Face Crush - b, f, A (can be done w/o weapon)
    	Halting Demon Skull Splitter - (jump) down+C
    	Electric Demon Razor Swipe - qcb, f, Slash
    	??? - b, db, d, A+B
    	??? - hcf, D
    	RAGING DEMON DENIAL QUAKE STRIKE - d, d, d, df, f, A+B
    BUST :
    	Demon Flash - qcf, Slash
    	God Sword Crush - f, d, df, Slash
    	Face Crush - b, f, A (can be done w/o weapon)
    	Halting Demon Skull Splitter - (jump) down+C
    	Electric Demon Razor Swipe - qcb, f, Slash
    	??? - b, db, d, A+B
    	??? - hcf, D
    	RAGING DEMON DENIAL QUAKE STRIKE - d, d, d, df, f, A+B
    
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    SAMURAI SHODOWN ]I[ : BLADES OF BLOOD MiniFAQ           (C)1996 JGPalanca
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