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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