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                           CASTLE OF DRAGON FAQ version 1.05
                                by Wilson Lau <darktoshi@yahoo.com>
    
    
    Copyright (c) 1999-2000 Wilson Lau
    
    This faq is best viewed in Courier, 10 point font.  This faq may be 
    distributed FREELY so long as it remains unaltered.  It is intended for 
    PRIVATE USE may NOT be reproduced for commercial purposes by mechanical, 
    electronic, or any other means.  Do not try to sell it even if no profit is 
    made off this work.  Email any changes, typos, etc. to me at 
    darktoshi@yahoo.com
    
    Castle of Dragon is (c) 1989 Seta USA, Inc.
    
    
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       CREDITS
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    World of Nintendo   <http://www.world-of-nintendo.com/>
       Game Genie codes and manual information.
    
    Gamesages  <http://sages.ign.com/>
       Game Genie codes.
    
    
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       CONTENTS
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    I.         Faq History
    II.        Story
    III.       Controls
    IV.        Life, Experience, and Continues
    V.         Equipment and the Four Relics
    VI.        Enemies
    VII.       Locations
    VIII.      Walkthrough
    IX.        The Ending
    X.         Tips and Codes
    XI.        Credits
    XII.       Disclaimer
    
    
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     I.  FAQ HISTORY
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    Version 1.05 (2/09/00)
         Added official story
         Added names of monsters
         Revised faq
    
    Version 1.00 (10/18/99)
         Initial release
    
    
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     II.  STORY
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    The Dragon Master, DARKLARZA, has been laying siege to Offeria for two 
    decades.  King Boros has been forced to live in exile in the mountainous 
    region of Menlary.  Geraden, Duke of Menlary, has successfully defended his 
    castle from the hideous Legions of the Undead, but Darklarza's forces are 
    growing in numbers and confidence.
    
    King Boros has offered the hand of his lovely daughter Princess Amoreena to 
    Geraden but the duke has vowed never to marry while Offeria is under the 
    Dragon Master's control.
    
    Under the cover of darkness, Darklarza's horde has assaulted Castle Menlary, 
    a bold but futile attempt to seize the last stronghold of the living.  As 
    Geraden is fighting his way to the Death Stalker leading the attack, he 
    learns that the entire battle was only a diversion.
    
    Dragon Cub, the wicked offspring of Darklarza, has dispatched the royal 
    guards and kidnapped the Princess, mortally wounding King Boros.  Geraden's 
    fate is now clear.  He must fight his way to Darklarza Castle to do battle 
    with the Dragon Master himself.
    
    But Darklarza's power makes him virtually invincible.  The duke will need 
    many items to help him defeat the scourge on Offeria.  The only things that 
    cannot be destroyed by the dragon's fiery breath are the scales that cover 
    its body.
    
    The Dragon Master's dark magic is unbelievable.  Part of his magical strength 
    comes from a crystal ball that once belonged to Geraden's mother, Offeria's 
    greatest sorceress.
    
    Darklarza also holds King Boro's golden suit of armor.  The duke will need 
    this to protect himself from the crushing blows of the dragon's massive tail.
    
    Only one weapon in all of Offeria is strong enough to pierce the flesh of the 
    Dragon Master.  Even so, the DRAGON SLAYER is not long enough to do any
    damage except where the skin is the thinnest.
    
    Even after twenty years of fighting, Geraden is still not ready to take on 
    his arch enemy.  Darklarza knows this and that is why he has stolen the 
    princess.  The duke must now hope that the experience he gains in fighting 
    his way to the castle will be enough to protect him from the Dragon Master's 
    spells.
    
    There will be one experience that Geraden cannot prepare himself for.  Before 
    he can face the Dark Lord he must first face his most dangerous 
    foe....himself!
    
    Most important, Geraden needs your help to fight through the never ending 
    onslaught of the Legion of the Undead.  It will be your skill and wisdom that 
    will guide him through the perils that await.
    
    For Amoreena, for the honor of the house of Menlary!  FOR ALL OF OFFERIA!
    
    
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     III.  CONTROLS
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    Up        :  Move up on the map
    Down      :  Crouch and raise shield/Move down on the map
    Left/Right:  Move left or right on the screen or the map
    A button  :  Jump
    B button  :  Attack
    Select    :  Pause/Resume game
    Start     :  Start game/Switch weapons
    
    
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     IV.  LIFE, EXPERIENCE, AND CONTINUES
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    The orange bar in the upper left corner of the screen is your life meter.  
    You start off with 16 bars of Health.  You only get one life but the meter 
    may be increased to a maximum of 32 bars.  Armor also adds another full bar 
    of health so you can get up to 64 bars of health.
    
    The blue bar in the upper left corner of the screen is the experience meter.  
    It will increase whenever you kill an enemy.  When it fills completely, your 
    life meter will increase (up to 32 bars max).
    
    While you have no continues you'll restart the game with the same life meter 
    and weapons as when you died.
    
    
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     V.  EQUIPMENT AND THE FOUR RELICS
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     Equipment
    ------------
    Sword              :  Duke's basic weapon.  Medium damage.
    Throwing Knife     :  Doesn't inflict much damage but is very quick.  Can be 
                          used to hit distant enemies.
    Mace               :  Powerful and hits multiple times but is heavy.  Takes a 
                          lot of energy to swing.  It can also hurt you too.
    Sonic Sword        :  (orange sword icon)  Emits deadly sound wave damaging 
                          anything in its path.  Lasts for a short time only.
    Lightning Sword    :  (blue sword icon)  Temporarily focuses electrical 
                          energy through Geraden's sword.
    Armor              :  (blue icon)  Provides some protection.  Adds another 
                          bar of health equal to your current maximum life.
    
     Four Relics
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    Golden Armor       :  (orange icon)  Deflects Dragon Master's spells and 
                          lessens physical damage.
    Crystal Ball       :  Source of great mystical power.  Essential to victory.  
                          Prevents Darklarza's resurrection.
    Dragon Scale Shield:  Only material that will stop Darklarza's flames.
    Dragon Slayer      :  Replaces duke's sword.  Awesome weapon, if used  
                          correctly.
    
    
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     VI.  ENEMIES
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    Amphorg             Creature of the deep forced to live on land by Darklarza.
    Bloodbats           Razor-sharp saberlike fangs can penetrate the duke's 
                        armor.
    Chess Knights       Created from King's chessboard.  They play a deadly game.
    Cyclops             One eyed giant slings burning spheres.
    Darklarza           Geraden's arch enemy.
    Death Stalker       Cloaked specter that throws out balls of ghostly energy.
    Dragon Cub          Darklarza's offspring.  Lacks only his father's magic and 
                        size.               
    Dragon Wisp         They will try to find a hole in dukes armor to sting him.
    Fairies             The fairies are the souls of Darklarza's victims that 
                        have escaped his enslavement. They are the only friends 
                        Geraden will bring him the precious gift of life!
    Falcoren            Once Geraden's hunting falcon, transformed by dark spell.
    Fireballs           Tortured souls of Darklarza's soldiers who have 
                        displeased him.
    Ghost Knight        Possessed suit of armor.
    Guardian Dragon     Guards exit from game room.  Will try to crush the duke.
    Iguanados           Reptilian warrior from the Isle of Zaraos
    Malogs              Forced to roam dry land when Darklarza burned the swamp.
    Man-O-War           Salamander's Henchman.  Lives in damp, dark places.
    Medusa              Serpent-haired witch.  Her gaze can turn a man to stone.
    Minotauros          Axe wielding giant half man and half bull.  All mean!
    Quetzalcoatl        Mythological creature brought to life by evil 
                        incantations.
    Salamander          Spits acid strong enough to eat through Geraden's armor.
    Skeletal Knights    Erected from skeletons in the Crypt of Darklarza.
    Sphinx              Animated statues from ramparts of Darklarza Castle.
    The Undead          Hideous zombies that rise from their graves
    Zombie Knights      Mindless victims of the Dragon Master's horrible spell.
    
    
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     VII.  LOCATIONS
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    The Wenlary Castle  :  Your castle
    The Heresy Forest   :  Home of many foul dark creatures
    The Darklarza Castle:  The enemy's fortress
    
    
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     VIII.  WALKTHROUGH
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      The Wenlary Castle (level 1)
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    You'll start the level fighting a skeletal knight.  Defeat it by crouching 
    and slashing.  Continue forward past the groups of 2 and 3 bloodbats.  You'll 
    face a zombie.  Slash it once or twice and jump away.   Then slash again.  
    Repeat until its dead.  You'll get a sonic sword for defeating it.  Now 
    charge ahead past the groups of 2 and 3 fireballs.  You'll see another 
    skeletal knight.  Use the sonic sword to kill it.  Now continue forward past 
    the groups 2 and 3 bloodbats. You'll now fight 10 white ghost knights who 
    attack you from both sides.  Quickly use your sonic sword to kill them.  If 
    it ran out already, then just slash the ghost knights.  They only take 1 
    slash to kill anyway.  After defeating them, continue ahead past the 3 
    fireballs.  Then you'll see a fairy come down from the sky.  DON'T KILL IT!  
    Touch it and your energy will be replenished.  Now continue forward and 
    you'll meet the boss of the level.
    
    Boss:  Death Stalker
    This enemy uses a spread fireball on you so your best tactic would be to 
    slash the death stalker until it's dead without worrying about your health.  
    If you grabbed the fairy, it will die before you die.  Just make sure you 
    don't take extra damage by touching the death stalker.  You'll receive armor 
    for winning.
    
    
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      The Heresy Forest (level 2-3)
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     The Heresy Forest 1
    ----------------------
    You'll start the level fighting a blue zombie similar to the one you fought 
    in the last level.  Use the same hit and run tactic from before.  Now 
    continue forward past the groups of 2 and 3 fireballs and you'll face a 
    skeletal knight.  Just slash it and continue forward past the 2 yellow malogs 
    and you'll see a fairy.  Heal up and face the boss of the level.
    
    Boss:  Cyclops
    This boss also uses a spread fireball attack like the death stalker so just 
    get up close and slash until it's dead.  If you healed, you should win.  
    You'll receive the knives for winning.
    
    
     The Heresy Forest 2
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    You'll start the level fighting Falcoren, your former hunting falcon.  It'll 
    try to touch you so use a hit and run tactic to defeat it.  Make sure you 
    crouch and slash because a standing slash will miss it.  You'll get the 
    lightning sword for winning.  Now continue forward past the groups of 2 and 3 
    bloodbats and you will fight a skeletal knight.  One lightning sword slash 
    will kill it.  Now quickly move forward past the groups of 3 and 2 green 
    malogs and you'll fight an iguanados.  2 or 3 lightning sword slashes will 
    kill it.  You'll get armor for winning.  Up ahead is another fairy.  Heal up 
    and you'll fight a death stalker.  Use the same tactic you used on the 
    previous death stalker.  You'll get the sonic sword for winning.  Now you'll 
    see a pit with 2 platforms that go up and down.  Be careful not to fall in 
    the pit and jump when the first platform is at the lowest position.  Now do 
    the same for the second platform, but make sure the platform you are standing 
    on is high enough so you don't miss the second platform.  Once you pass the 
    pit, you'll fight an orange zombie.  A few sonic sword slashes and it'll die.  
    Now continue forward past the green malog and the 3 yellow malogs and you'll 
    face the boss of the level.
    
    Boss:  Minotauros
    This guy will charge back and forth across the screen so you'll want to slash 
    it a few times and then jump out of its way and slash it again.  Repeat until 
    it's dead.  You'll get the mace for winning.
    
    
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      The Darklarza Castle
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                 | Roof                   |
                 +------------------------+
                 | Main hall              |
                 +------------------------+
                 |             Final Area |
                 +------------------------+
                 | Fire pits              |
                 +------------------------+
                 | Caverns                |
                 +------------------------+
    
    The castle is divided into 5 areas.  You can freely select any level you 
    want.  While you can enter the final battle now, you will die immediately 
    because you do not have the 4 relics needed to win.  The top 2 floors have 2 
    additional bosses to fight while the lower 2 do not so you might want to 
    enter the lower levels first.
    
    
     Roof 
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    You'll start the level fighting a zombie knight.  Just attack with the mace.  
    You'll get a sonic sword for winning.  Continue forward past the groups of 3 
    bloodbats and you'll fight a sphinx next to a pit.  Move to the right side of 
    the screen and use the sonic sword to hit the sphinx from afar.  If it runs 
    out, then wait for the sphinx to get close and use your mace.  Continue 
    forward past the groups of 3 dragon wisps and you'll fight another zombie 
    knight.  Use the same tactic as before and you'll get armor for winning.  Now 
    continue forward past the groups of 3 fireballs and you'll see another pit 
    and another sphinx.  Like before, just stay on the right side and attack it 
    when it gets close.  Continue forward past the bloodbats and you will see 
    some more pits.  After jumping onto the second pillar, you'll fight another 
    sphinx.  Be careful not to get pushed off the pillar and attack the sphinx 
    when it gets near.  Now continue forward and you'll see another rising 
    platform like the ones in the Heresy Forest.  Jump across and you'll see a 
    fairy.  Heal up and fight the boss.
    
    Boss:  Dragon Cub
    This monster will fly in the air, raining a fireball spread down on you.  It 
    will also land and shoot fireballs too.  You can avoid the air fireballs by 
    staying under it.  Your best strategy would be to concentrate mostly on 
    attacking while dodging the fireballs whenever possible.  You'll get the 
    first relic for winning.  However it's not over yet.  You have to fight 
    another boss.
    
    Boss:  Quetzalcoatl
    This monster will shoot 3 fireballs and then jump forward in a triangular 
    pattern.  Just stand in between two fireballs and jump and slash its head 
    with the mace.  Be careful not to touch Quetzalcoatl.  After 7-9 slashes, 
    it'll die.  Use can also use the throwing knives to attack from a distance.
    
    
     Main hall
    ------------
    You'll start the level fighting a death stalker.  Use the same tactic as on 
    other death stalkers.  Continue past the groups of 3 fireballs and you'll 
    encounter 10 white ghost knights like the ones in the Wenlary Castle.  Just 
    slash them all and continue forward past the groups of 3 chess knights.  
    You'll then fight an armored white ghost knight.  He fights like the zombie 
    knights so just duck and mace him to death.  You'll get the sonic sword for 
    winning.  Continue past the groups of 3 fireballs and you'll fight another 10 
    white ghost knights.  After the white ghost knights are two more groups of 3 
    chess knights and then a purple death stalker.  The death stalker is just 
    like the death stalkers you've been fighting so far so just get up close and 
    mace away.  You'll get armor for winning.  Now continue ahead past the two 
    groups of 3 fireballs and you'll fight another zombie knight.  Defeat him and 
    after the next group of 3 chess knights, you'll face the boss of the level.
    
    Boss:  Medusa
    It will charge at you and shoot a paralyze ball when it gets close enough.  
    So don't let it get too close by crouching and macing.  You should be able to 
    mace the medusa fast enough so it can't get close enough to use the paralyze 
    ball.  After 8-10 hits it'll die and you'll receive the second relic for 
    winning.  Like the roof level, you'll now face another boss.
    
    Boss:  Guardian Dragon
    This monster uses a jump attack similar to Quetzalcoatl's only it will jump 2 
    short hops instead of one big jump that Quetzalcoatl does.  It might not jump 
    sometimes too.  You can easily get 2 or 3 good hits when this happens.  
    Unlike Quetzalcoatl, the Guardian Dragon does not shoot fireballs so its only 
    damage to you is through contact.  Knowing this, just stand a step in front 
    of the dragon.  Then, as it jumps forward at you, move towards it, being 
    careful not to touch it.  Then when it jumps back, move back.  Then jump and 
    slash it in the head.  Repeat until it's dead.
    
    
     Fire pits
    ------------
    You'll start the level fighting a zombie knight.  Defeat it like the other 
    ghost knights and continue forward past the 3 dragon wisps.  You'll now see 2 
    platforms moving up and down above a fire pit.  Try jumping on the platform 
    only when it is rising out of the fire so you don't get hurt.  While you 
    won't die if you touch the fire, it's better to avoid taking damage whenever 
    possible.  After crossing the platforms, you'll face an orange skeletal 
    knight.  Defeat it like you did the other skeletons.  You'll get a lightning 
    sword.  Now proceed ahead quickly past the 3 dragon wisps and the 3 fireballs 
    and you'll face a purple death stalker.  2 lightning sword slashes should do 
    the trick.  Now keep moving quickly ahead past the 3 dragon wisps and the 3 
    fireballs and you'll fight a green cyclops.  2 lightning sword slashes will 
    kill it if you still have it.  Otherwise, just get close and attack with the 
    mace.  You'll get armor.  Now you'll see another fire pit and another moving 
    platform.  Like the platforms before this, just wait for it to rise out of 
    the fire before jumping.  After crossing, there will be a fairy.  Heal up and 
    face the boss of the level.
    
    Boss:  Orange Salamander
    This guy fights like the death stalker only it will release the fireballs 
    when it is close enough.  Therefore, use the same rapid attack strategy that 
    you used against the medusa.  Several hits should finish it off.  You'll 
    receive the third relic.
    
    
     Caverns
    ----------
    You'll start the level fighting a blue salamander.  Use the same strategy you 
    used on the red salamander.  You'll get a sonic sword.  Now walk forward past 
    the groups of 2 and 3 man-o-wars.  Now you'll face amphorg, the creature of 
    the deep.  Let it move halfway across the screen and then let it have a few 
    sonic sword slashes.  3 should kill it.  Now keep moving ahead past the 
    groups of 3 bloodbats and you'll reach a pit.  Carefully jump across, 
    avoiding the groups of 2 and 3 man-o-wars.  After crossing the last pit, 
    you'll fight another blue salamander.  Defeat it and you'll get armor.  Move 
    ahead past the groups of 3 bloodbats and you'll fight a zombie.  Like the 
    zombies from before, just mace it to death.  Now charge ahead past 3 man-o-
    war and you'll fight another amphorg.  After that, you'll pass a bloodbat and 
    another group of 3 bloodbats before fighting the boss of the level.
    
    Boss:  Green Minotauros
    Like its predecessor, this guy moves quickly back and forth across the 
    screen.  With the mace, you can hit it multiple times which slows its 
    approach at you so 13-15 hits should kill it.
    
    
     Final Area
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    If you didn't win the four relics from the four levels, then you'll 
    immediately face and eventually lose to Darklarza.
    
    If you won the four relics, then you'll enter a hall with mirrors on the 
    wall.  When you come to the third mirror, your reflection will emerge and 
    block your path.  It mirrors all your moves so whatever you do, it does too.  
    It will disappear when you have only half your life left without armor.  You 
    can slowly attack it or just walk into it and let it damage you by contact.  
    After it disappears, you'll get armor.  Then just ahead, you will see 3 
    fairies.  Heal up and switch your weapon to the sword by pressing START until 
    you're holding the sword.  Now prepare to enter the final battle.
    
    Boss:  Darklarza, the Red Dragon
    This dragon is tough.  That is if you don't know what to do.  First, make 
    sure you have the sword equipped because the other weapons will not hurt him.  
    Second, the dragon uses 2 attacks.  The first is a triple fireball breath 
    similar to Quetzalcoatl's attack only its more powerful.  The second attack 
    is the dragon's tail which will hit you if you get too close.  Third, while 
    you take less damage by having the 4 relics, you do have a limited life.  If 
    you lose your armor, the fight is over, so you have to win with 1 meter of 
    life.
    
    Begin the fight by getting close to the dragon but at the same time avoiding 
    the tail.  While you can't avoid the fireballs entirely, try your best to 
    avoid taking too much damage from them and concentrate on attacking the 
    dragon's head.  If you jump too close to its head, the dragon will retract 
    its head.  If you're quick, you can get 2 quick hits for every jump.  It will 
    take about 13-15 hits to kill it.
    
    
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     IX.  THE ENDING
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    After killing Darklarza, you're walking in a brightly lit hall of mirrors and 
    then Princess Amoreena comes out.  The screen switches to a view of the 
    castle much like the one in the introduction with the exception that the 
    skies are now clear.  Then the credits play.
    
    Staff
    
    Producer          Sakae Nakamura
    Director          Zensuc
    Planner/Designer  Undead Tamai
    Composer          Sho
    Sound Editor      K. Red
    Thanks            Sayuri M.
                      Kudochan
    Special Thanks    Tomboy
    
    Thank you for playing
    
    The End
    
    
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     X.  TIPS AND CODES
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     Tips
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    01.  Certain creatures move slower when Geraden is jumping.
    02.  Darklarza is not the only scale covered dragon.
    03.  The shield is effective against swords.
    04.  Throwing knives are very effective on Quetzalcoatl and Guardian Dragon.
    05.  Try not to push characters off screen.  From there they can attack you, 
         but you cannot inflict damage on them.
    06.  Four relics, each guarded by the bosses of the four levels of the 
         Darklarza Castle, are required to defeat Darklarza.  You'll receive 
         them in the following order, regardless of the order of the level 
         picked.
    
         Golden Armor       :  You can fight Darklarza but can't hurt him.
         Dragon Scale Shield:  You can hurt Darklarza now.
         Dragon Slayer      :  You'll take 1/6 the damage from before so you can 
                               kill Darklarza but he will "resurrect" afterwards 
                               infinitely many times.
         Crystal Ball       :  Prevents Darklarza's "resurrection" so you can
                               finally win.
    
    
     Game Genie Codes
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    PEVPULAP        Stop skeletons from fighting
    GEOGYZPA        Enemies and you each fight faster
    ZPSLONLP        Super strong monsters
    SZVUSNVK        No harm from most monster attacks
    YNOLSYAE        Infinite energy
    NYXKLAGE        Super energy
    ZAXGLAAA        Start with knives
    LAXGLAAA        Start with knives and mace
    EAXGLAAA        Start with armor
    UAXGLAAA        Start with armor, knives, and mace
    
    
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     XI.  CREDITS
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    World of Nintendo   <http://www.world-of-nintendo.com/>
       Game Genie codes and manual information.
    
    Gamesages  <http://sages.ign.com/>
       Game Genie codes.
    
    
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     XII.  DISCLAIMER
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    This faq is neither affiliated nor endorsed by Seta USA, Inc.  It may be 
    distributed FREELY so long as it remains unaltered.  It is intended for 
    PRIVATE USE and may NOT be reproduced for commercial purposes by mechanical, 
    electronic, or any other means.  Do not try to sell it even if no profit is 
    made off this work.  Email any changes, typos, etc. to me at 
    darktoshi@yahoo.com
    
    Copyright (c) 1999-2000  Wilson Lau.