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        The Bushido Blade 2 Complete FAQ 1.1.
    	    The Most Tactical Analysis FAQ to BB2!
    		     By Arlen Kwong (armorMODE@thekingoffighters.com.)
    
    Bushido Blade 2 is arguably one of the coolest fighting 
    games on the market. Well, I couldn't wait to get my hands 
    on the U.S. Version, so I imported mine from Japan. Well, 
    Bushido Blade 2 is one of those games that you will either 
    hate or love..frankly, I loved it. Even though doing 
    sidesteps, sidestep attacks, and leaping air moves were 
    removed, I'm thankful for what they put in. Crisp graphics, 
    tight controls, new features, and the classic Bushido Blade 
    gameplay is what this game is all about. The roster was 
    geared up from a mere seven (including Katze-gotta think 
    that guy's cool) to a tight 22!!! (more on that later).
    
    My guide will tell you all the tactics you'll need to know 
    for winning a duel in Bushido Blade 2. It will also tell how 
    to acquire all the secret characters, as well as which 
    weapons I think are the best, and which characters I think 
    are the best. It also tells how to play each mode 
    effectively, so you will build up your samurai skills. 
    However, I do somewhat, no HIGHLY suggest that you do NOT 
    use a GameShark to play this game. Since most fighting games 
    nowadays are plagued with little replay value (with the 
    exception of Namco and Capcom fighters, mind you,) it's best 
    to earn the secrets fairly so you will get the most out of 
    your gaming buck ($39.99 for me..exact). If you are looking 
    for a complete movelist on Bushido Blade 2 in here, well, 
    not yet. If you were hoping for that, I suggest you take a 
    look at some of the great FAQs at [http://www.gamefaqs.com] 
    that have them. However, soon they will probably be 
    implemented in my FAQ.
    
    Final Note: This guide was based on the JAPANESE version of 
    Bushido Blade 2. We did not change any of the names of 
    characters that may have been changed for the U.S. version, 
    as well as any of the mode names that have been changed 
    (maybe). However, as I can tell, everything in this guide 
    will be applicable to the U.S. version of Bushido Blade 2. 
    Hey, some of the info in here may be wrong, since I'm living 
    in the U.S., can barely read Kanji, and only know so much of 
    Katakana!!!! But probably should be right. Again, e-mail me 
    for bug fixes. Credit will be given for all submissions to 
    my FAQ.
    
    [Legal Information]
    This FAQ is Copyright (c) 1998 Arlen Kwong. No one 
    may reproduce this FAQ without my prior consent-you heard 
    me. You may reproduce this document for personal use, but 
    commerical use and use for profit is strictly prohibited. 
    Unauthorized modification is also very illegal, plagurizers.
    
    `Bushido Blade 2T,' and it's characters are property of 
    Squaresoft Inc.
    
    E-Mail armorMODE@thekingoffighters.com for any fixes, etc, that you find
    in this FAQ. ;)
    
    [Version History]
    Version 1.1.: Added more on Chambara Mode Strategies, First-
    Person Prespective Strategies, Katze Individual Character 
    Analysis, Added Translation for Japanese Import Menus.
    
    Version 1.0.: First version of FAQ. I hope to update this 
    FAQ when I feel it is necessary.
    
    [Table of Contents]
    I.  Character Rankings
    II.  Individual Character Analysis
    III.  Weapon Rankings
    IV.  Individual Weapon Analysis
    V.  Battle Tactics
    VI.  Story Mode Strategies
    VII.  Vs. CPU Strategies
    VIII.  2P Mode Battle Strategies
    IX.  Tournament Mode Strategies
    X.  First Person Prespective Strategies
    XI.  Chambara Mode Strategies
    XII.  Unlocking the Secrets of Bushido Blade 2
    XIII.  Japanese Import Menu Translations
    XIV.  Credits
    XV.  Future Prospects
    
    [Character Rankings]
    Strength: How powerful I feel that character is. 
    Speed: How fast I think that character is.
    Control: How well is that character playable.
    
    
    All rating criteria are measured on a 1-6 scale. 
    
    Name		Strength	Speed	Control		Total
    Kannuki		6.0		3.0		4.5			13.5
    Mikado		4.0		4.5		4.5			13.0
    Tatsumi		3.5		5.5		5.0			14.0
    Utsusemi	4.5		4.5		4.5			13.5
    Hotarubi	3.5		6.0		4.0			13.5
    Matsumushi	4.0		5.5		4.5			14.0
    Suminagashi	6.0		3.0		4.0			13.0
    Night Stalker	4.0		6.0		3.5			13.5
    Sazanka		3.5		3.5		4.5			11.5
    Machine Gun Girl4.5		5.5		4.0			14.0
    Meikyo Kabuki	n/a		n/a		n/a			n/a
    Gengoro		4.5		3.5		5.0			13.0
    Kaun		4.0		3.5		4.0			11.5
    Jou		4.5		5.5		4.5			14.5
    Chihiro		3.5		4.5		4.5			12.5
    Isohachi	5.0		4.5		4.0			13.5
    Utamaru		4.5		3.5		3.5			11.5
    Hongou		5.5		3.5		5.0			14.0
    Tony Umeda	4.0		6.0		3.5			13.5
    Highwayman	4.0		4.0		4.0			12.0
    Katze		4.5		5.5		4.0			14.0
    Shainto Kabuki	n/a		n/a		n/a			n/a	
    
    Best Character Overall: Jou
    Worst Character Overall: Sazanka/Utamaru	
    
    [Individual Character Analysis]
    These are basically what I think of each character, and what 
    strategies you should employ, if I have any. This will 
    probably be updated in Version 1.1., if I have the time to 
    update my FAQ.
    
    Kannuki: Kannuki is one of the most powerful characters in 
    Bushido Blade 2. Therefore, you should use the power 
    weapons, like the Nodachi and Naginata, to take full 
    advantage of his strong points. However, Kannuki should be 
    played defensively. Wait for an enemy to be ambitious and 
    strike too early, dodge, and then go in for the victory.
    
    Mikado: Once again, Mikado comes as one of the more well-
    rounded characters of the game. She has pretty good speed to 
    employ, in addition to her above-average power. Like most 
    lightweights in the game, you can play Mikado either 
    offensive or defensively. Use weapons like the Long Sword or 
    Katana, but steer away from the larger weapons that make her 
    sluggish.
    
    Tatsumi: Haha.. From the original Bushido Blade cast comes 
    Tatsumi, my personal favorite. Tatsumi has the good speed 
    needed, but he is somewhat lacking in terms of power. But he 
    chain lots of hits together, so use him with the Katana or 
    Long Sword. Since he is not too powerful, stay on the 
    offensive with him. You will need to.
    
    Utsusemi: Again, like Tatsumi, Utsusemi comes back from the 
    original cast of Bushido Blade. Much more improved in my 
    opinion, Utsusemi has very good speed, in addition to 
    excellent power. He is pretty much universal in terms of 
    weapon choice, but you shouldn't use a weapon like the 
    Naginata. His best weapon could be the Broadsword or 
    Nodachi.
    
    Hotarubi: Hotarubi has very good speed in the game, but her 
    control could be better. Hotarubi seems to remind me of Red 
    Shadow from Bushido Blade, but her speed has greatly 
    increased. Again, like Tatsumi, stay on the offensive and 
    use the weapons sutible for lightweights. However, since her 
    speed is naturally very fast and controlling her can be 
    somewhat unpredictable, only advanced players should stick 
    to using her.
    
    Matsumushi: Matsumushi got my attention by how he smokes a 
    pipe. But he is more than just an Ebisumaru look-alike: 
    Matsumushi is one of the most excellent characters in the 
    game. His speed is surprising, especially for an old man. 
    His weapon skills are alright, making him a good beginner's 
    choice. 
    
    Suminagashi: For the hardcore Kannuki player, we have 
    Suminagashi, the most powerful of all characters in Bushido 
    Blade 2. He is good with any weapon, which is a good thing. 
    Even though he is not that quick, he can take some pretty 
    good hits before going down. He is very controllable, which 
    is why Suminagashi is a good choice. Just remember-you are a 
    powerful, vicious samurai : ).
    
    Night Stalker: Night Stalker is the coolest ninja I've ever 
    seen, and he's one of my favorites in Bushido Blade 2. For 
    one thing, he is extremely fast. This is a huge plus in 
    terms of offense. Since he is very fast, you should play 
    Night Stalker offensively and never let up, only to throw 
    shurikens or when your arm is cut. He does have a huge 
    drawback, though: only advanced players can truly play Night 
    Stalker right. If you are a beginner, I suggest you start 
    off with Suminagashi.
    
    Sazanka: Never have I EVER seen such a crappy character in a 
    fighting game. Sazanka just.well..sucks. He's too slow to be 
    offensive, and his movements are too sluggish. Pass this guy 
    up. BUT, if you are using him for bragging rights, better 
    use the Naginata and play defensively.
    
    Machine Gun Girl: Machine Gun Girl is an excellent choice 
    for ending it `executioner' style (no duh!) Just play keep 
    away and use your gun when you get far away. However, what 
    kinda sucks is that when you play as her you shouldn't keep 
    firing like there's no tomorrow. Why? Because you CAN run 
    out of ammo. After that, you must reload with the Square 
    Button, which will freeze you for a few seconds.
    
    Gengoro: Gengoro is the average ho-hum character of Bushido 
    Blade 2. Probably the best weapon for him is the Katana, 
    since sheething his sword and unsheething his sword is 
    probably the best when using that weapon. He is not that 
    quick, so play defensively, and only play offensively when 
    you are playing for bragging rights or against a person that 
    really sucks. Be careful of using the Low Stance too much-
    when sheething your sword.
    
    Kaun: Another mediocre Bushido Blade 2 character, I can't 
    think why a lot of people would play with this guy. Well, 
    only advanced players should pick him, since he has average 
    speed and average power. However, he is deadly with the Yari 
    and can be played very good defensively.
    
    Jou: Jou is a very good character in Bushido Blade 2. In our 
    rankings, she earned the highest ranking out of all the 
    characters-14.5. Jou has the speed and good power to win a 
    fight. She is also very good with the Katana, but can do 
    with other weapons, as long as they do not make her too 
    sluggish. Good choice for advanced or beginner players.
    
    Chihiro: She is a pretty good character, but you cannot 
    depend on her. Like many other characters in the Shainto 
    Clan, Chihiro is mediocre, but not as mediocre as others. 
    You should stick to the Katana, and perhaps the Yari or Long 
    Sword, but play offensive. Her middle stance is good for 
    fighting, especially in Chambara Mode.
    
    Isosachi: Isosachi is a pretty nice character to use for 
    Bushido Blade 2. Like Chihiro, his middle stance is good for 
    fighting in Chambara Mode. Isosachi can use any weapon 
    alright, so keep that in mind when selecting a weapon. Use 
    him in Tournament Mode-he can be a great addition.
    
    Utamaru: Really mediocre-just like Sazanka. He sucks at 
    controlling even the most simple of weapons, the Katana. 
    Utamaru shouldn't have been in Bushido Blade 2. His speed is 
    only average, and you shouldn't use him in Tournament Mode 
    unless absolutely necessary.
    
    Hongou: Hongu simply kicks butt in Bushido Blade 2. He is 
    another one of my favorites in the Shainto Clan. Besides 
    being able to use ANY weapon practically useful, he can also 
    be very strong and take plenty of hits. Anyone, beginner or 
    advanced, should use Hongou regularly. It will gain you 
    plenty of wins. Great for Chambara Mode-the best for the 
    Shainto Clan!
    
    Tony Umeda: Tony Umeda is essentially the Night Stalker of 
    the Shainto Clan. Too, too, TOO fast. His blade can be quick 
    and can slice easily. Use Tony Umeda in any mode you want, 
    especially in Chambara Mode, since he can take out the first 
    half of the characters quite easily, but it gets pretty 
    harder later on. Overall, like Night Stalker, only advanced 
    players should use him.
    
    Highwayman: I guess anyone could say the Highwayman is 
    pretty average, but you can still take out people with him, 
    especially with his twin sword stance. I like how you can 
    have the two swords drawn at once, and how he can easily 
    stab someone with those toys. But again, his speed ain't all 
    that, and he certainly cannot hold his own very well against 
    Hongou or Kannuki.
    
    Katze: Shinina! That's Katze quote, meaning "Die!" Katze is 
    extremely effective far away.There's not much tactic on this 
    one. Just go far and unload.... But he sucks in Tournament 
    Mode, due to the small area. Even in 2P Mode Battle, better 
    make sure that you don't fire off like a wild dog. You'll 
    run outta ammo, have to reload, and BAM!!! Someone gonna get 
    ya..
    
    [Weapon Rankings]
    Here are my rankings for the weapons in Bushido Blade 2. 
    Keep in mind that not all characters can use weapons as good 
    as others, and vice versa. These are the criteria the 
    weapons are rated on:
    
    Power: How powerful is that particular weapon
    Speed: How fast do those attacks come out
    Control: How much control do you have on your weapon
    Range: How much range do you have on your weapon
    
    All criteria are rated on a 1-6 scale. Also, since there are 
    only six weapons, even though the worst may not seem like 
    the worst, I'd probably agree unless I did a really good 
    analysis of the weapon. I think that all the weapons are 
    cool, but when it came down to ranking them...
    
    Weapon	        Power	        Speed		Control	       Range	        Total
    Naginata	6.0		2.0		2.5		6.0		16.5
    Broadsword	4.5		3.5		3.0		4.0		15.0
    Katana		4.0		4.0		4.0		3.5		16.5
    Nodachi	        5.5		3.0		3.0		5.5		17.0
    Long Sword	3.5		6.0		4.0		3.0		16.5
    Yari		6.0		2.0		2.5		6.0		16.5
    
    Best Weapon Overall: Nodachi
    Worst Weapon Overall: Broadsword
    
    [Individual Weapon Analysis]
    Here is my personal, in-depth analysis of each weapon for 
    Bushido Blade 2. Probably will be updated in Version 1.1. or 
    Version 1.1. of my FAQ.
    
    Naginata: The Naginata is one of the most powerful weapons 
    in Bushido Blade 2, period. It has very good range, very 
    good power, but it kinda fails in terms control. This weapon 
    works especially well for strong characters in Story Mode 
    and Vs. CPU Mode. Overall, a good weapon, but only if you 
    can handle it.
    
    Broardsword: This is a pretty good weapon to use, but it got 
    rated kinda mediocre by my ratings compared to other 
    weapons. Don't get me wrong, it's a good weapon to use an 
    all, but it is kinda sluggish. It's good to use for 2P Mode 
    Battle and Tournament Mode, but other than that, don't even 
    bother with this.
    
    Katana: Ah yes..the Katana. Perhaps the most used weapon in 
    all Bushido Blade games, there's nothing I can say about 
    this weapon other than it is pretty cool. It has decent 
    range and damage, and just about anyone can use this weapon. 
    It's also usable in all modes adequately. My final verdict: 
    Use it when you wanna, since it can grant a good victory.
    
    Nodachi: Tight, tight, TIGHT weapon. The Nodachi is an 
    extremely powerful weapon, not to mention the fact that it's 
    usable efficiently with a lot of the characters in this 
    game. There are many good attacks you can use with it, and 
    the "reflect" attack with Kannuki is just too tight! Use 
    this weapon and try to master it-it'll do ya good.
    
    Long Sword: I don't know why, but it seems like the Long 
    Sword has been transformed in the Saber of Bushido Blade 2. 
    It plays almost exactly the same as the Saber of the 
    original Bushido Blade, except that you can't do sidestep 
    flips with it. Overall, practically anyone can use this 
    weapon, and it's a good one to use in most modes.
    
    Yari: Really good weapon for the Shainto Clan. The Shainto 
    Clan has a lot of good points in the game, and the Yari is 
    one of them. It has very good range and very good attack 
    power, not to mention the fact that you can easily do 
    spectacular combos with it! It's best used with Hongou-then 
    it's the best combination of a character and weapon you can 
    get to.
    
    [Battle Tactics]
    These are basically strategies on offense and defense, and 
    what kind of things you can do in a heated battle between 
    you and the computer. Or someone that you invited over to 
    beat the seven shades crap out of. Note: In techniques 
    available, I have put a >> to signify that you must combo 
    into that particular button or whatever.
    
    Throw Sub-Weapon
    Press R2 >> Circle quickly. Depending on the character, some 
    can throw sub-weapons, and some cannot, while others can 
    only throw in a certain stance. Gotta experiment.
    
    Throw your Opponent
    Press away from your opponent with the X button also. You 
    will do a throw. Some characters can only do these, but the 
    end results are cool. Gengoro can break your neck!
    
    Jump
    Press R2 >> R1 quickly.
    
    Reflect Attacks
    Sometimes when fighting in Bushido Blade 2, you will see 
    some white sparks. This signifies a reflect attack can 
    occur. Simply press any attack button as soon as this 
    happens, and your character will perform a powerful attack 
    that seems to come out of nowhere. Really, really cool!
    
    Guarding Attacks
    There are basically three ways in this game to guard 
    attacks. A) Simply stand there and hope your weapon in place 
    will block off the attack, B) Press the X button to block an 
    attack made by the Circle button, and C) Press the Circle 
    button to block an attack made by the X button. Now, for the 
    latter two, you may be confused on how to tell when you can 
    tell which button was pressed to attack. Well, a Circle 
    button attack will always be kinda like an overhead attack. 
    Better put, an attack that is coming from the back of the 
    attacker to the front. A X button attack is tell-tale 
    because it's kinda like a stab attack. It can come from the 
    side of the attacker to the opponent. Well, experiment to 
    find out better. I can only show you throw pics of Bushido 
    Blade 2, yet, I don't have a scanner yet, so it's 
    impossible. 
    
    When you try to guard an attack with another attack, it will 
    show one of three things. A) A blue spark, meaning you used 
    the correct button to block, and you have little recovery 
    time, or B) You got a green spark for using the wrong button 
    to block, and you may get hit since your recovery time is 
    longer than a blue spark appearing, or C) A white spark, 
    meaning a reflect attack may occur.
    
    Creating Combos
    Essentially, it can be said that in Bushido Blade 2 you can 
    create your own combos. Simply cancel attacks like this:
    
    Attack >> Attack >> Attack
    
    There are more ways to do this, but that's pretty much a 
    simple formula to build combos. Keep in mind that this will 
    not always work with a character, and it varies with the 
    character with the weapon in hand. You may occasionally need 
    to delay attacks also.
    
    Offense in Bushido Blade 2
    Offense is pretty complex in Bushido Blade 2. First off, you 
    should always start a match
    by dashing. Dashing is a good way to start off a match since 
    it pumps you up to be offensive minded. Since not that many 
    weapons can hit a good dashing opponent, you can start to 
    look for openings in your opponent's weak defense. 
    
    Use the formula to create combos when fighting a weak minded 
    opponent. As always, it may not work correctly, but it can 
    get your opponent too ambitious and start to attack wildly. 
    After this, go in for a victory.
    
    Appropriately, never use an attack like this:
    
    Jump >> Attack
    
    For one thing, you'll never be able to attack mid-air. 
    Second, as you land, you'll do an attack, which is 
    predictable and will leave you open afterwards. Only use the 
    above technique unless you are sure the person you are 
    playing sucks at the game.
    
    The best technique to win a fast fight is to do this:
    
    Dash >> R2 >> X Button >> Circle Button
    
    This attack especially works good in Chambara Mode, since 
    you can easily defeat sub-bosses. You're character will need 
    to be in a stance that will allow their attack to hit an 
    opponent on the ground quickly and easily, so you can defeat 
    your opponent easier. This technique usually works always 
    with a Katana, but I haven't really tried it with other 
    weapons.
    
    Finally, when you see your opponent to spin a Yari or 
    Naginata around, wait for them to stop. As soon as that 
    occurs, attack. Don't use throws too often, since they can 
    leave you open to attacks. Also, when fighting against Katze 
    and Machine Gun Girl, don't EVER use throws and don't EVER 
    go far range. It's just too easy for them to defeat you 
    these ways.
    
    Defense in Bushido Blade 2
    Well, reading the offensive part of this FAQ, you will 
    probably think that you will simply need to improve on those 
    aspects and not jump in too quickly, and you will be fine, 
    right? Well, you're really wrong. That's just part of it in 
    Bushido Blade 2. There's also much more to employ.
    
    Well, you've got to REALLY learn how to guard efficiently. 
    If you can't, don't bother trying to be an expert in Bushido 
    Blade 2. Got it? It won't work this way since, when you play 
    2P Mode Battle with gun-totting characters, you will need to 
    learn how to parry their attacks efficiently.
    
    Learn to wait for your opponent to get too ambitious and 
    excited. When there's an opponent, do a quick stab attack. 
    For fun, take out an arm to make your opponent even more 
    frustrated. It will keep them from making attacks fast and 
    powerful.
    
    Read the offense section and read about what players on 
    offense use against players on defense. This should give you 
    a general idea of what to do. Get it? Got it? Good.
    
    [Story Mode Strategies]
    In Story Mode, you must fight plenty of ninjas and other 
    cronies before fighting a main boss. This is for each area. 
    There are multiple areas before you fight a boss. Along the 
    way, you will also be able to control alternate characters.
    
    Well, fighting the ninjas should be too hard. Just dash and 
    do a standard stab attack to take them out.
    
    For sub-bosses, it's safe to say that using the technique 
    for Chambara Mode I explained in the Offense in Bushido 
    Blade 2 section will help you greatly. Add in some skills 
    and swordsmanship, and you should be fine.
    
    For the Shainto Clan's Boss: As you will notice, each time 
    you hit him, he will get closer to you. Keep doing this 
    until he gets pretty close. Then, do a combo when close-it 
    will hit him as soon as he reapears.
    
    For the Meikyo Clain's Boss: This guy is hard. The only weak 
    spot is on his back. Knock him down and then hit his back 
    for an easy win.
    
    Last minute Note: Don't die when you get an alternate 
    character! More info on the section Unlocking the Secrets of 
    Bushido Blade 2.
    
    [Vs. CPU Mode Strategies]
    This mode has pretty much has you fighting all the main 
    characters you've earned. It's kinda cool, cuz you getta 
    practice fighting everyone. What's cool though, is, I think 
    it shows how long it took you at the end of the mode. 
    
    For strategy, there's not much to it. Pick a character, any 
    character, and just, well, fight. Use your standard 
    judgement as well as our strategies on offense and defense.
    
    This mode is kinda like Kumite from Dead or Alive, except 
    that I don't think your status carries on from one battle to 
    another. But this is my all-time favorite mode (at least one 
    of my favorites), simply because I get to practice against 
    all my characters I've earned. 
    
    [2P Mode Battle Strategies]
    Ah yes, multiplayer. What more does a game like Bushido 
    Blade 2 need. A four-player mode on one T.V.? What a dream. 
    Even though it might require 4 MB RAM Expansion (which, BTW, 
    I'm STILL waiting for,) it'd be ever so cool. Well, until 
    then, a standard 2P Mode Battle will have to do.
    
    Play mind games against your opponent. Wait for him to 
    choose a character before choosing yours. Do the same for 
    weapons. Make him/her afraid when the fight starts be 
    running-in, then faking out and running away. This will 
    cause your opponent to attack, which you will then be able 
    to attack and win.
    
    Use weapons that suit your opponent's dilemna. A beginner 
    will have lots of trouble against a weapon like, oh, say, 
    the Nodachi or Naginata. Well, for advanced players, a more 
    controllable and combo-heavy weapon like the Katana or Long 
    Sword should do it. Experiment who you play against and see 
    what they hate to figure out what you're going to use.
    
    Last, but not least, pick a stage that suits your fighting 
    style. Like one-on-one, deathmatchs? That stage that is only 
    left-right with the fishes at the corners is a great choice 
    to defeat your opponent easily in a tight situation. Or how 
    about a more strategic fight? Long, more drawn out and 
    larger battlefields will do.
    
    [Tournament Mode Strategies]
    There's finally a Team Battle Mode for Bushido Blade, and 
    frankly, it's pretty cool. You can choose characters and 
    select their weapons, and duke it out with your teammates.
    
    Choose a character that's powerful for the beginning and 
    last parts of the fight. That way, you can get an offensive 
    start at the beginning, and a strong finish at the end. Or 
    if you're really desperate, having all the strong guys at 
    the end will defintely help you.
    
    Don't rely on some of the dashing tactics we've said before-
    the arena is way too small for those. The longer, more 
    sluggish and powerful weapons are perfect for this mode. You 
    shouldn't worry about who gets which weapon, since the 
    fights will be quick.
    
    What also sucks for fast characters like, say, Tatsumi or 
    Night Stalker, is that when you try to be offensive and 
    start running around really quickly can't have too much 
    range to run in, and often get disqualified when they run 
    out of the ring.
    
    [First-Person Prespective Strategies]
    Akin to Tekken 2's "Quake" Mode, Bushido Blade 2 gets this 
    mode, just like in the original. And it lives up to it's 
    name.
    
    Actually, this isn't really a mode. It's a selection you 
    make for certain modes that let you play it in a first-
    person prespective. It's actually harder to play in this 
    mode than in a normal mode's prespective, since you must 
    constantly try to find your opponent to fight. Sometimes, 
    they even get cheap wins against you.
    
    But. if you really wanna play in this mode, then you better 
    start practicing with it a lot. For one thing, you'd better 
    get used to the "find-your-opponent" technique. This is done 
    by pressing a X/Circle+Left/Right. This will direct you to 
    your opponent. It's not even harder to time your stabs, so 
    make sure you will get your opponent absolutely when you run 
    up to them and try to stab them. Many times, I'd try to do 
    this, yet as soon as I did stab, it was just inches away 
    from a ninja. Iksui, and then they got me.
    
    Also, start getting used to choosing powerful characters 
    will long weapons. Playing as, say, Jou or Tatsumi is nearly 
    suicidle in this mode. Apparently, since it's so hard to 
    directly find your opponent, you'll need to constatly do the 
    "find-your-opponent" technique when you play quick and 
    offensive. With Kannuki, Hongou, or even Suminagashi, you 
    can use the Nodachi, Naginata, or Yari to get lots of reach 
    towards your opponent, make it a lot easier to stab them.
    
    I wouldn't play with this option in any mode, personally. 
    Only a POV Mode against my opponent on a Link Cable could be 
    considered. But then again, who has 2 PlayStations, a Link 
    Cable, 2 T.V.s, 2 Bushido Blade copies, 2 controllers, and 
    another friend readily available? Not this kid who's writing 
    the FAQ..
    
    [Chambara Mode Strategies]
    Note: Chambara Mode is a special mode. For more info, look 
    at Unlocking the Secrets of Bushido Blade 2.
    
    Chambara Mode is pretty much the Slash Mode of Bushido 
    Blade, which, though thought to be gone, is back again in 
    Bushido Blade 2 as a secret mode!!!
    
    The Chambara Mode technique is the following combination:
    
    Dash >> R2 >> X Button >> Circle Button (stance for combo 
    must be so opponent on ground can be hit quickly and easily)
    
    For the most part, use the run n' stab technique for the 
    ninjas and people in the middle of boss fights. For the 
    bosses, use the Chambara Mode technique above.
    
    Also, for the opponents #81-89, run just so that you're 
    behind them and do a stab technique on them. 
    
    For this mode, use strong characters. Not Tatsumi, Jou, 
    Mikado, or anyone weak like that. You should also use 
    characters you can actually control. Night Stalker and Tony 
    Umeda, though they may seem to be pretty slick and quick, 
    and may get you far, simply just don't cut it because: A) 
    They are too quick to control, and B) Because they have weak 
    attacks and will have serious trouble against the later 
    foes.
    
    My top picks for Chambara Mode: Suminagashi, Hongou, and 
    Kannuki. 
    
    [Unlocking the Secrets of Bushido Blade 2]
    Acquire all the Alternate Characters
    To do this, when you playing Story Mode, do not die while 
    using your Sub-Character. When you finally beat the mode, 
    you will gain a sub-character(s). There are two to gain for 
    each main character-for a total of 18 characters after 
    getting earned.
    
    Acquire Chambara Mode
    Earn all but one Alternate Character, and Chambara Mode 
    should appear before POV Mode on the Mode Select Screen. 
    This is pretty much the Slash Mode of Bushido Blade, but 
    it's called Chambara Mode, and it's way easier!!! (At least 
    in the Japanese Version it's called Chambara Mode).
    
    Acquire Katze and Machine Gun Girl
    To do this, simply beat Chambara Mode in under 15 minutes. 
    You will need to beat it with a Meikyo Character to earn 
    Machine Gun Girl, and Shainto Clan for Katze. Both are only 
    playable in 2P Mode Battle and Tournament Mode.
    
    Acquire Freaky Kabuki Guys
    Beat Chambara Mode without dying. Again, you must beat it 
    with both Shainto Clan and Meikyo Clan to get both of them. 
    Both are only playable in 2P Mode Battle and Tournament 
    Mode.
    
    [Japanese Import Menu Translations] 
    For those of you in the U.S. who, well, really wanted the 
    original version of the game and imported the Japanese one, 
    I can tolerate that. Well, being the nice guy I am, I've 
    decided to make a basic translation of all the menus. Enjoy!
    
    (nothing is here ... why?
     my translation was quite wrong
     therefore, read the translation faq for this game
     available at gamefaqs.com)
    												
    
    												
    CREDITS
    
    armorMODE@thekingoffighters.com.			For writing entire V 1.1.
    							FAQ
    
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    FUTURE PROSPECTS FOR BUSHIDO BLADE 2 FAQ
    
    -Plan to add more in-depth look in Offense
    -Plan to add more in-depth look in Defense
    -Plan to add some combos for the weapons
    -Plan to make FAQ better overall
    -Plan to add Meiyko Kabuki into guide
    -Plan to add Shainto Kabuki into guide
    
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    This FAQ was last updated on:
    
    November 24th, 1998.
    
    By:
    
    armorMODE@thekingoffighters.com