Edge Master Mode FAQ by AnotherGamer
Version 1.21

Copyright: Use for whatever you want, as long as you don't cut out my name
and claim this FAQ to be yours and no money is involved. 

Intro: Since the other Edge Master Mode FAQ I've seen is mainly a list of
tasks you need accomplish to beat opponents and what weapons you get from them,
I've decided to whip up something a bit different. This is supposed to be a
guide of how to actually win those seemingly impossible fights instead of
providing oh-so-helpful info such as "beat Voldo with CriticalEdge". I'll
list the characters in the order they appear in character select screen.

General Info: Self-explainatory.
Episode: Episode's number and name, given by the game (Hey, that rhymes!-))
Opponent: Also self-explainatory. In case of several opponents, I'll just
use name used next to energy meter.
Weapon: Also self-explainatory. In case of several opponents, I'll list their
weapons in the same order.
Relative difficulty: Difficulty of the battle based upon my experience.
Recomended weapon: Self-explanatory.
Tactics: All that this FAQ is about. Info on winning the battle if you get
stumped.
Weapon received: Guess what? Self-explainatory. If you need any further info
about the weapon, consult my crappy weapon FAQ. I'll use spellings I've used
to seeing instead of ones the game gives you.
Final Weapon: After beating Cerv & Soulie, you can get this by wandering
around randomly all over the map and winning battles. If that doesn't appeal
you, consult the Soul Edge Secrets FAQ by Richard Uyeyama.

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Hwang Sung Kyung
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General info: Hwang's B,B,A,B_d+A is a pretty good CPU killer that can be
followed up by d/f+K ground attack. d/f+A,A,B is a good move too since it hits
at all three heights. Generally, EMM with Hwang isn't too hard.

Episode 1: The Pirate's Castle
Opponent: Heishiro Mitsurugi
Weapon: Korefuji
Relative difficulty: If you can't beat him, you definately need practice!-)
Recomended weapon: Blue Storm
Special requirements for victory: Time limit of 35 seconds
Tactics: Since he's Hwang's first opponent, he shouldn't pose much of a
threat. Use B,B,A,B_d+A followed by d/f+K and he'll go down without much of a
trouble. The time limit's not that strict to limit you much.
Weapon received: Nippon Blade

Episode 2: The Old Temple
Opponent: Seung Han Myong
Weapon: Mountain Breaker
Relative difficulty: Not too hard, but can take a few tries
Recomended weapon: Nippon Blade
Special requirements for victory: Endure Han's attack for 20 seconds
Tactics: Well, it depends...If you're good, you can preasure him with constant   
attacks and survive the 20 seconds pretty easily. Alternatively, you can
block or sidestep everything he throws at you. The main problem is that the
ring is so small so he might ring-out you quite easily. If you haven't
equipped Nippon Blade by now (and why on earth you wouldn't have done so is
beyond me:)), do so immediatedly!-)
Weapon received: Mountain Breaker

Episode 3: The Gorge
Opponent: Li Long
Weapon: Snake Wind
Relative difficulty: This can be a major pain. Prepare to be frustrated.
Recomended weapon: Mountain Breaker
Special requirements for victory: Beat Long with throws WHILE POISONED!
Tactics: This battle can be so damn frustrating. My tactic includes trying
to throw at every opportunity. Try dash out, dash in and a quick throw. Btw,
equiping Mountain Breaker helps also, since with it, you only need 2 throws
to beat him, while using Blue Storm or Nippon Blade leaves him with tiny
amount of life after 2 throws. Such is the difference that one point of
power can do:) Finally, use Steel Avalance (B+G) as a throw since it does
more damage (and looks cooler:)).
Weapon received: Thunderous Fire

Episode 4: The Desert
Opponent: Seung Mi Na
Weapon: Nagamaki (book says it's Halberd but it's incorrect)
Relative difficulty: Quite easy
Recomended weapon: Nippon Blade
Special requirements for victory: Knock away her weapon
Tactics: Pretty easy. Equip Nippon Blade since it's got the highest strenght
of weapons you've gotten by this point. Just whack away with some quick moves
(A,A,A works pretty well) and you'll break her weapon pretty easily.
Weapon received: None

Episode 5: The Colosseum
Opponent: Mitsurugi, Taki, Li Long, Rock
Weapon: Kojiro's Sword, Kunai(?), Phoenix, Twin Ax
Relative difficulty: Can take some time because of amount of opponents, but
not overly hard.
Recomended weapon: Nippon Blade
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: Mitsurugi can be pain in the butt, mainly because that Kojiro's Sword
has such a long reach. Luckily, it can't take too much punishment. Taki, on
the other hand, isn't too hard, since her Kunai is such a weak weapon. Li Long
can be hard, too, since he's so fast and Phoenix is pretty fast weapon, too.
Rock can also be nasty, since his moves are so damaging.
Weapon received: Falchion

Episode 6: Eurydice Shrine
Opponent: Sophitia(x2), Hwang
Weapon: Gaea Sword(x2), Sword Of Dawn
Relative difficulty: At par with Episode 3, meaning _HARD_
Recomended weapon: Nippon Blade, Falchion
Special requirements for victory: Defeat everyone with juggles
Tactics: If you're the local juggle master, this episode will be good
practice for you. If not, well, then you'd better start training <g>.
Seriously, if you chose the Nippon Blade, you can try d/f+B, A,A,A for some good
damage. If you chose the Falchion, you can try the same, but it's much harder to
do since it's so heavy. Instead, if you are not that good with juggles, you
can try f,f+K,K,K. It's a triple flying kick that juggles on second or third
hit if the first or second hit hits. It does more damage if second hit hits
and third juggles. (Can it be explained any unclearer?-))
Weapon received: Sword Of Dawn

Episode 7: The Secret Treasury
Opponent: Voldo (3 rounds)
Weapon: Iron Claw, Poison Arrow, Buffalo Horn
Relative difficulty: Not that hard, but can pose some problem
Recomended weapon: Falchion
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: Not much to say, just use the standard B,B,A,d+A d/f+K constantly.
He can get nasty, though, especially on final round since Buffalo Horn
recovers his energy.
Weapon received: Midas Blade

Episode 8 & 9: The Final Battle
Opponent: Cervantes & SoulEdge
Weapon: Soul Edge
Relative difficulty: Can be quite frustrating
Recomended weapon: Midas Blade
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: Cervie can be pretty cheap opponent, since he's constantly attacking
you from all heights. Be defensive and kick his ass with You-Know-What-Move
whenever you get the chance. SoulEdge isn't as agressive as Cerv, he likes to
dash around and attack occationally so he can be pretty unpredictable. You
might want to try a CriticalEdge for him.
Final Weapon: Phantom

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Rock (Nathaniel William Adams)
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General info: Rock has two moves that can take out CPU opponents quite easily.
f+A,A,A does good damage and hits high, high, low. f,f+A,B does at least the
same amount of damage in addition of knocking a huge chunk off their weapon
meter if they block, though it's slower. There is also B,B,B that can be quite
powerful but it's slow and completely vertical, though you might want to
give it a shot every now and then. Use his special throw (Qcb+A&G) whenever 
you need fast damage (or throws only), and it will often hit after a F+A just 
as it would on a human opponent.


Episode 1: The Journey
Opponent: Voldo
Weapon: Katar
Relative difficulty: Easy peasy
Recomended weapon: Battle Ax
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: Probably as simple as it can get. Just maul him with your best moves.
Weapon received: Stone Club

Episode 2: The Shrine Of Confined Demons
Opponent: Mitsurugi, Taki, Rock
Weapon: Korefuji, Rekkimaru, Cresent Ax
Relative difficulty: Might take a few tries but not too hard
Recomended weapon: Stone Club, Battle Ax
Special requirements for victory: Your energy falls down slowly 
Tactics: Not very hard. If you think you can beat them without blocking much,
use Stone Club, but if you are worried about the block damage, use Battle Ax.
Weapon received: Cresent Ax

Episode 3: The Desert
Opponent: Hwang, Mi Na
Weapon: Blue Storm, Zanbatoh
Relative difficulty: Can possibly lead to some sort of frustration but not
overly hard.
Recomended weapon: Stone Club
Special requirements for victory: Beat them with throws
Tactics: Can be nasty, since you must win both rounds with throws. Luckily,
Mi Na will lose all her energy from one. Stone Club is recomended because of
damage and if you're only going to use throws, why bother yourself with your
weapon's weight?-) Finally, use the headbutt-and-jump-on throw (forgot it's
name) since it does more damage.
Weapon received: War Hammer

Episode 4: The Arena
Opponent: Li Long, Sophitia, Mitsurugi
Weapon: Steel Dragon, Sword Breaker, Korefuji
Relative difficulty: Probably easiest battle you're going to do in this
location.
Recomended weapon: War Hammer
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: Use War Hammer since it does so much damage and there are only 3
opponents so you don't have to be afraid of getting killed. As you can see,
first two have weapon-breaking weapons so that's another reason why you
should use War Hammer.
Weapon received: Twin Ax

Episode 5: Ostrhinesburg Castle
Opponent: Siegfried, Li Long
Weapon: Hard Steel Blade, Snake Wind
Relative difficulty: Can take quite a few tries
Recomended weapon: War Hammer
Special requirements for victory: Time limit of 20 seconds on both
Tactics: Again, War Hammer is a good choice because of amount of damage it
inflicts and that's the main thing here, kill as quick as possible. If you
can't seem to kill them in time, consider a CriticalEdge.
Weapon received: Cross Ax

Episode 6: The Secret Treasury
Opponent: Taki
Weapon: Kunai
Relative difficulty: Has some frustraton factor
Recomended weapon: War Hammer, Cross Ax
Special requirements for victory: You have only a tiny amount of life
Tactics: Depends on your style and taste. If you think you can beat her
without getting hit, use War Hammer but if you want to try being defensive,
which I recommend, use Cross Ax.
Weapon received: Double Tomahawk

Episode 7: The Final Battle
Opponent: Cervantes & SoulEdge
Weapon: SoulEdge
Relative difficulty: Not too hard
Recomended weapon:  War Hammer, Cross Ax
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: Much like Taki. If you think you can beat them without much blocking,
use War Hammer, but if you plan to be defensive, that I once again recommend,
use Cross Ax. Use the CPU killer moves and it shouldn't take you too long to
win.
Final Weapon: Great Ax

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Taki
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General info: She's fast and should be played accordingly. As far as her
CPU killer moves go, there's not too much of them. f,f+B can be useful
sometimes since it's so quick and does good damage. If you want to break your
opponent's weapon, the f+A,B,B,B is one of the best in the game for that
purpose. It's weakness is that it's first hit is somewhat slow to come out.
Hell, if you're desperate, you might even want to risk using her unblockable.
It's somewhat fast as far as unblockables go and has pretty good range.
Besides, it looks neat:) CPU also falls for B,A,f+K often, mix it up with 
B,A,d+K for best results. On some opponents you can use the roll into blade 
upper into kick (QCT,B,K) for an easy ring out... or use the roll into kick 
(QCT, K) for some tiny damage and maybe follow with a WS move (B,B for example).

Episode 1: The Shrine Of Confined Demons
Opponent: Voldo
Weapon: Katar
Relative difficulty: Pretty hard for a first fight
Recomended weapon: Rekkimaru
Special requirements for victory: Beat Voldo with ring-out twice
Tactics: Depends...in order to RO him, it's best to use juggles.
If you're not so good of a juggler, you might want to try B,B,B in hopes of
getting the last hit connect when he's near the edge. As far as juggles go,
the general d/f+B, A,A,A does the trick quite nicely. Luckily, the ring is
quite small. Alternatively, you might want to back up to the edge of ring,
let him close in and at the last moment, use Stalker (f,f+A+B) to jump over
him and literally kick his ass!-)
Weapon received: Iron Fan

Episode 2: The Pirate's Castle
Opponent: Heishiro Mitsurugi
Weapon: Korefuji
Relative difficulty: Pretty easy, at least compared to previous one
Recomended weapon: Rekkimaru
Special requirements for victory: Time limit of 30 seconds
Tactics: Not much to say, use pretty much whatever you want.
Weapon received: Mekkimaru

Episode 3: The Narrow Gorge
Opponent: Li Long
Weapon: Snake Wind
Relative difficulty: Medium
Recomended weapon: Mekkimaru
Special requirements for victory: Beat him with throws
Tactics: Not much to say here that hasn't been said before in similar
episodes and wouldn't apply here as well. Use Mekkimaru since it does the
most damage and use Human Trampoline (QCB+B+G) as throw since it does the
most damage. If you're having problems with the command input, you can use
Back Stabber (B+G) since it's her second most damaging throw.
Weapon received: None

Episode 4: The Fighting Arena
Opponent: Mitsurugi, Mi Na, Hwang, Voldo
Weapon: Iron Slasher, Zanbatoh, Mountain Breaker, Iron Claw
Relative difficulty: Might pose some problem
Recomended weapon: Rekkimaru, Mekkimaru
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: This can be hard since you don't have many good weapons at this
point. Mekkimaru does good damage but uses energy, is slow and has low
defence. Therefore, I recommend the good ole Rekkimaru. Mitsu can be somewhat
nasty if you're a defensive player, since if you block too much, his Iron
Slasher will hack your weapon to pieces. Mi Na with her Zanbatoh shouldn't be
too difficult. Hwang and his Mountain Breaker might be a difficult opponent to
overcome since MB is such a fast weapon. Voldo, on the other hand is quite
easy, since that Iron Claw is a pretty crappy weapon.
Weapon received: Jitte

Episode 5: Eurydice Shrine
Opponent: Sophtia, Taki
Weapon: Gaea Sword, (R)(M)ekkimaru
Relative difficulty: Not overly hard
Recomended weapon: Mekkimaru, Jitte 
Special requirements for victory: Beat Sophitia with CriticalEdge, Fake Taki
normally
Tactics: Hope you have practiced Critical Edges and their extensions,
otherwise it's a damn good time to do so.<g> Seriously, just try to CE
Sophie whenever she is close enough. Getting the extension to kick in is
another story but it's not too hard to perform with Taki. Bear in mind that
you only need to connect with one extended CE. The weapon selection here is
mainly for fake Taki. I recommend Jitte since you can break her weapon quite
easily with it and it's got pretty high defence.
Weapon received: Gaea Sword

Episode 6: Attack on Osthrinesburg Castle
Opponent: Siegfried
Weapon: Flamberge
Relative difficulty: Can be difficult
Recomended weapon: Mekkimaru, Jitte
Special requirements for victory: Time limit of 20 seconds
Tactics: Simple victory with time limit of 20 seconds. What's so hard with
that? Well, his Flamberge is somewhat quick weapon and he's got pretty high
difficulty AI. Once again, if it seems that you can't waste him fast enough,
use a CriticalEdge.
Weapon received: Kunai

Episode 7: The Money Pit
Opponent: Li Long
Weapon: Snake Wind (wow, he sure likes this weapon:))
Relative difficulty: Not too hard
Recomended weapon: Mekkimaru, Jitte
Special requirements for victory: You're poisoned
Tactics: Not much to say...just try to waste him before you die.
Weapon received: Tanto

Episode 8: The New Continent
Opponent: Rock
Weapon: Stone Club
Relative difficulty: Could be nasty
Recomended weapon: Tanto
Special requirements for victory: Beat him with RO
Tactics: Either you can do the same thing to him as you did to Voldo in the first
episode, or you can try another tactic...Equip Tanto and fight him. Back away
near the edge and start blocking. Since Tanto only has durability of 1, it'll
break apart in no time. Now, just throw him and he'll go flying over the
edge:)
Weapon received: None 

Episode 9 & 10: The Final Battle
Opponent: Guess who? Cerv & Soulie!
Weapon: SoulEdge
Relative difficulty: Might be a major PITA
Recomended weapon: Mekkimaru, Tanto
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: Ouch, this is hard. As stated before, Taki has no guaranteed CPU
killer moves. So, it's pretty hard to tell. You could try to give'em a taste
of your trusty old CriticalEdge but you'll need about 2 each and you can do 3
per one of them. One move that you might want to try is B,A,d+K though it's
not much...Also, WS+B,B works sometimes.
Final Weapon: Spirit Blade


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Sophitia Alexandra
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General info: Like Taki, she's not your idea of a character who'll wipe the
floor with the CPU. She has some good moves, though. B,B,A,B is a good string
to use, even though it has no low attacks. QCT+B is a good move also, since
it's so quick, and it also works great for countering anything that whiffs 
though it's recovery leaves lot to be desired. A,A,K seems to work nicely 
against the AI as well. One option would be to use UF+K, then either K if 
blocked or B if it connects can hurt the aggressive AI opponents.
Also for aggressive AI (Mitsu, Taki, etc.) a great string is:
	B,B,d+A, -> WS+A to hit on counter for stun, QCT+B
		 -> WS+B to lift, then juggle
Finally, always use part 2 of her 2 part throw.


Episode 1: Eurydice Shrine
Opponent: Fake Sophitia
Weapon: Omega Sword
Relative difficulty: E-Z
Recomended weapon: Omega Sword
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: Another completely basic battle. Just waste the fake Sophie with your
best moves.
Weapon received: None

Episode 2: Unknown Land
Opponent: Rock
Weapon: Battle Ax
Relative difficulty: Somewhat easy
Recomended weapon: Omega Sword
Special requirements for victory: RO Rock
Tactics: Much like Taki's Episode 8, though this time ring is smaller. Use
d/f+B, A,A,A and you'll win pretty easily.
Weapon received: Gaea Sword

Episode 3: The Shrine Of Confined Demons
Opponent: Voldo
Weapon: Full Moon
Relative difficulty: Might take a few tries
Recomended weapon: Gaea Sword
Special requirements for victory: Voldo gets his energy back _really_ fast
Tactics: Now this is a bit more unique. Constantly preasure him with your most
damaging moves since if you give him a slightest break, he'll get his meter
filled up faster than you can say "Critical Edge". If you just cannot beat
him before he gets all his energy back, you can also try ROing him, which
might be easier, since the ring is somewhat small.
Weapon received: Sword Breaker

Episode 4: Ancient Temple
Opponent: Seung Mi Na
Weapon: Tiger Fang
Relative difficulty: Might take a few tries
Recomended weapon: Gaea Sword
Special requirements for victory: Survive her attack for 20 seconds
Tactics: Again, stay defensive, be sure to attack if you get a chance and
don't let her RO you.
Weapon received: None

Episode 5: The Desert
Opponent: Taki
Weapon: Rekkimaru
Relative difficulty: Medium
Recomended weapon: Gaea Sword
Special requirements for victory: Sophie has only a tiny amount of life
Tactics: If you are _very_ patient, you can wait until Gaea Sword has filled
up your energy to the max, but seeing how long that would take, it's just
best to fight it out normally:) Again, stay defensive and use your best moves.
Weapon received: Fire Blade

Episode 6: Colosseum
Opponent: Mitsurugi, Seung Mi Ma, Hwang
Weapon: Water Moon, Morning Star, Falchion
Relative difficulty: Can be frustrating
Recomended weapon: Gaea Sword, Fire Blade
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: Though there isn't many opponents, this battle can (and will) be
hard since they all have such good weapons. Mitsu's the bastard he always is,
and that damn Water Moon he has restores his energy way faster than normally.
Mi Na, for some reason, is pretty easy but be prepared to get your ass kicked
many times from Hwang and his Falchion. This battle is a prime example how
things can be difficult only because of nasty weapons opponents have. Speaking
of which, I recommend Gaea Sword over Fire Blade since it gives energy instead
of taking it and is only one point weaker power-wise. So what if your defence
is one point higher if you lose energy every time you slash with your sword?
Anyways, use your best moves.
Weapon received: Blue Crystal Rod

Episode 7: The Secret Treasury
Opponent: Taki
Weapon: Jitte
Relative difficulty: Not too hard
Recomended weapon: Gaea Sword, Fire Blade
Special requirements for victory: Sophie is poisoned
Tactics: This is quite simple, too. I don't recommend Fire Blade too much
since playing with fire while poisoned can be quite hazardous to your health,
if you know what I mean:)
Weapon received: Rapier

Episode 8: The Capture of Ostrhinesburg Castle
Opponent: Siegfried Sctauffen
Weapon: Faust
Relative difficulty: Might take a few tries
Recomended weapon: Fire Blade
Special requirements for victory: Beat Siggy with throws in two rounds
Tactics: Ouch. This can be another PITA (I hate these throw episodes since not
only enemy can duck under them, they can escape them, too). The throw to use
is Heaven To Hell (B+G, d+A+B+K) because of superior damage it does. Equipping
Fire Blade is useful here since you won't need to slash so you won't lose
energy either. Do remember that you need to beat _both_ rounds with throws.
Don't get ROed since the ring is somewhat small.
Weapon received: Apollo Sword

Episode 9 & 10: Decisive Battle
Opponent: Cerv & Soulie
Weapon: SoulEdge
Relative difficulty: Can be pretty hard
Recomended weapon: Apollo Sword
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: Eek. This isn't going to be easy. Cerv seems to be a sucker for
QCT+B since he's so agressive. For Soulie, you might (once again) consider
a CE.
Final Weapon: Valkyrie


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General info: Much like Hwang, the B,B,A,B/d+A d/f+B is a good CPU killer. He
can also juggle easier than Hwang since his d/f+B uppercut has quicker
recovery. If you get into a situation where you're sure to lose, try using
his unblockable. Sure, it's really slow and has a pretty crappy range but if
it hits, it does a ton of damage. Hell, if you are using Korefuji and manage
to hit with this on MC, it kills instantly! Using b+K, B can make for easy 
juggle damage and easy ring-outs. Also, using d+K, B is another easy way of 
doing some easy juggle damage (easier than landing a df+B anyway).

Episode 1: The Shrine Of Confined Demons 
Opponent: Rock, Fake Mitsu
Weapon: Cresent Ax, Korefuji
Relative difficulty: Pretty easy
Recomended weapon: Korefuji
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: I believe you have seen something similar before. Just kick some
ass:)
Weapon received: Onimaru

Episode 2: The Pirate Fortress
Opponent: Taki
Weapon: Rekkimaru
Relative difficulty: Easy
Recomended weapon: Onimaru
Special requirements for victory: Time limit of 30 seconds
Tactics: Just whoop some ninja butt. She's not that hard, perioid.
Weapon received: Iron Slasher

Episode 3: The Old Temple
Opponent: Seung Mi Na
Weapon: Nagamaki
Relative difficulty: Medium
Recomended weapon: Onimaru
Special requirements for victory: Beat her with throws
Tactics: Sheesh. Another throw episode. Be sure to use Hell Striker (B+G) for
best damage.
Weapon received: None 

Episode 4: The Narrow Gorge
Opponent: Li Long
Weapon: Snake Wind
Relative difficulty: Pretty easy
Recomended weapon: Onimaru
Special requirements for victory: You are poisoned
Tactics: Nothing much to say. 
Weapon received: Kojiro's Sword 

Episode 5: The Desert
Opponent: Hwang
Weapon: Mountain Breaker
Relative difficulty: Not too hard
Recomended weapon: Kojiro's Sword, Iron Slasher
Special requirements for victory: Use juggles to beat him 
Tactics: Like said before in this FAQ numerous times, d/f+B, A,A,A works the
best. If you use Iron Slasher, d/f+B, B,B,A,B is possible with _very_ good
timing. This will also kill Hwang instantly, so I recommend trying it out!
Weapon received: None

Episode 6: The Fighting Arena
Opponent: Rock, Sophitia, Mi Na, Hwang, Li Long
Weapon: Twin Ax, Rapier, Nagamaki, Falchion, Snake Wind
Relative difficulty: Can be pretty hard
Recomended weapon: Kojiro's Sword
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: This is possibly the second hardest Colosseum battle you'll fight.
Rock with his Twin Ax isn't overly hard. Sophitia is quite easy too, just
watch out since her Rapier has quite a long reach. Mi Na with her Nagamaki
isn't too hard either but Hwang with his Falchion can give you some headache.
Finally, Li Long isn't overly hard, either.
Weapon received: Water Moon

Episode 7: Attack on Osthrinesburg Castle
Opponent: Siegfried Schtauffen
Weapon: Flamberge
Relative difficulty: Can take quite a few tries
Recomended weapon: Onimaru
Special requirements for victory: Time limit of 15 seconds
Tactics: Now this is a battle where time limit can actually be a serious
problem. Try CEing him to death.
Weapon received: Two Handed Sword

Episode 8: The Secret Treasury
Opponent: Voldo
Weapon: Iron Claw (another misprint...is Namco trying to scare us by telling
they have better weapons than they really have?-)
Relative difficulty: Easy
Recomended weapon: Iron Slasher
Special requirements for victory: CE Voldo
Tactics: Much like Taki's Episode 5, except you only have to win once and
Mitsu's CE is a bit harder to extend than Taki's (unless you're an avid SF2
veteran). I recommend Iron Slasher since it's fastest you have by now and CE
will kill regardless of weapon.
Weapon received: Falx

Episode 9 & 10: The Final Battle
Opponent: Cerv & Soulie
Weapon: SoulEdge
Relative difficulty: Not too hard
Recomended weapon: Two Handed Sword
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: The standard crap: use best moves, use CE, be defensive. Seriously,
just do the same you did with Hwang.
Final Weapon: Murasame


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Siegfried Schtauffen
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General info: Siggy's not that hard to use in EMM, either. B,B,B does
generous damage and last hit hits low. Also, his Sledgehammer (f,f+A+B) is a
damaging attack that hits opponents on the ground. f+B is another good attack
since it has such a long range. Finally, his Spiral Blade (WS+A,A) is a very
good attack to use if you are having difficulties hitting the opponent. It's
fast, second hit is low, it has good range, it hits sidesteppers and it does
generous damage. Finally, db+B, b+B can be tried in a pinch for throw damage or 
a back-to-the-ropes ring-out attempt.

Episode 1: Conquest of Osthrinesburg Castle
Opponent: Heishiro Mitsurugi
Weapon: Korefuji
Relative difficulty: Easy
Recomended weapon: Faust
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: Nothing much to say, as simple as it can get. Ship his samurai ass
back to Japan:)
Weapon received: Grimblade

Episode 2: Eurydice Shrine
Opponent: Sophitia(x2), Siegfried
Weapon: Omega Sword(x2), Grimblade
Relative difficulty: May require a few tries
Recomended weapon: Grimblade
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: This might be difficult. Use B,B,B and WS+A,A a lot.
Weapon received: Atlas Sword

Episode 3: The Arena
Opponent: Mitsurugi, Rock, Mi Na, Sophitia
Weapon: Korefuji, Cross Ax, Tiger Fang, Gaea Sword
Relative difficulty: Medium
Recomended weapon: Faust, Grimblade
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: This is like Sophitia's Episode 6. The main problems are Rock's
Cross Ax and Mi Na's Tiger Fang since they both have such high attack power.
Weapon received: Flamberge

Episode 4: The Desert
Opponent: Rock
Weapon: Cross Ax
Relative difficulty: Quite easy
Recomended weapon: Grimblade
Special requirements for victory: Your energy meter falls slowly
Tactics: Just whack him hard with some B,B,B and WS+A,A
Weapon received: None

Episode 5: The Pirate Castle
Opponent: Taki
Weapon: Rekkimaru
Relative difficulty: Hard 
Recomended weapon: Grimblade
Special requirements for victory: Time limit of 12 seconds(!)
Tactics: Now this can be one major PITA. Try this: as soon as the round
begins, step back and use WS+A,A. If it knocks down, use f,f+A+B and retreat.
Try another WS+A,A and if you got lucky, she should be dead.
Weapon received: 7 Branch Sword

Episode 6: The Valley
Opponent: Li Long
Weapon: Phoenix (Oh lookie! He finally got rid of that Snake Wind!-))
Relative difficulty: Medium
Recomended weapon: Grimblade
Special requirements for victory: Use throws to beat him
Tactics: Argh! If there's gonna be one more throw episode, I'll puke!-)
Anyways, I have nothing further to add, except maybe an advise to use
Hurricane Slash (B+G) as a throw.
Weapon received: Hard Steel Blade

Episode 7: The Secret Treasury
Opponent: Voldo
Weapon: Iron Claw, Poison Arrow
Relative difficulty: Hard
Recomended weapon: Hard Steel Blade
Special requirements for victory: You have only a tiny amount of life
Tactics: Argh! This maniac can sure be difficult. I especially hate his Lunar
Dive since it comes out of nowhere and has such a long range. He has one
downfall, though...If you see him perform his turnaround slash(es),
immidiately kick his ass with B,B,B followed by f,f+A+B that will surely kill
him.
Weapon received: Claymore

Episode 8 & 9: The Final Battle
Opponent: Cerv & Soulie
Weapon: SoulEdge
Relative difficulty: Not too hard
Recomended weapon: Hard Steel Blade
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: This is child's play compared to hell with Voldo the hell guardian
you've just been through. Still, they might pose some challenge. Stay
defensive and punish them when opportunity presents itself.
Final Weapon: SoulEdge

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Seung Mi Na
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General info: Mi Na's not much of a CPU killer, either. But that doesn't mean
she'd be completely at their mercy, either. For example, f+B,A is a good move
since it has somewhat good range and does nice damage. B,d+A is another good
one. It's drawback is somewhat slow start and the fact that it doesn't knock
down. You might also want to try B,B,B for fun against first few opponents.
Also, a good move that knocks down and guarantees the second hit if first
hits, is b+B, d+A+B. It also does nice weapon damage. But if the first hit
misses, they have an eternity to punish you. Her CE is also somewhat useful
since it's quite quick for a CE and is easily extended. Since the AI hates high 
to low combos be sure to abuse:
	B,B, d+A
	B, d+A
	A, f+A, A, d+K
Finally, f,f+k can be used for ring-outs.



Episode 1: The Old Temple
Opponent: Heishiro Mitsurugi 
Weapon: Korefuji
Relative difficulty: Quite easy
Recomended weapon: Zanbatoh
Special requirements for victory: Time limit of 30 seconds
Tactics: He shouldn't be much of a problem. Just whack away.
Weapon received: None

Episode 2: The Shrine Of Confined Demons
Opponent: Rock(x3)
Weapon: Cresent Ax
Relative difficulty: Can take a few tries. Why do female fighters always have
such a rough start?
Recomended weapon: Zanbatoh
Special requirements for victory: Rock recovers his energy slowly
Tactics: This could be hard. Like Sophie's Episode 3, attack constantly.
And don't hesitate to use a CE.
Weapon received: Tiger Fang

Episode 3: The Pirate Fortress
Opponent: Taki
Weapon: Rekkimaru
Relative difficulty: Can take quite a few tries
Recomended weapon: Zanbatoh
Special requirements for victory: Time limit of 15 seconds
Tactics: Ouch. She can be such a bitch. Try moves described in general info
but if they don't work, consider a CE.
Weapon received: Long Handled Sword

Episode 4: The Narrow Gorge
Opponent: Li Long
Weapon: Falcon
Relative difficulty: Not too hard
Recomended weapon: Tiger Fang
Special requirements for victory: Beat him with throws
Tactics: *puke*:) Use Seek And Destroy as a throw (Guess what? The command is
once again B+G:)).
Weapon received: Nagamaki 

Episode 5: The Desert
Opponent: Hwang Sung Kyung
Weapon: Thunderous Fire
Relative difficulty: Quite easy
Recomended weapon: Nagamaki
Special requirements for victory: Destroy his weapon
Tactics: B,B,B works pretty well.
Weapon received: None

Episode 6: Eurydice Shrine
Opponent: Sophitia(x3)
Weapon: Fire Blade
Relative difficulty: Can take a few tries
Recomended weapon: Nagamaki
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: She can be quite hard. Use CEs and other powerful attacks.
Weapon received: Halberd

Episode 7: The Capture Of Osthrinesburg Castle
Opponent: Siegfried Schtauffen
Weapon: Atlas Sword
Relative difficulty: Not overly hard
Recomended weapon: Halberd
Special requirements for victory: Time limit of 22 seconds
Tactics: He can be nasty because his Atlas Sword recovers his energy way
faster than normal. Use your best attacks.
Weapon received: Morning Star

Episode 8: The Secret Treasury
Opponent: Voldo
Weapon: Full Moon
Relative difficulty: Can take a few tries
Recomended weapon: Halberd
Special requirements for victory: You only have a tiny amount of life
Tactics: Thankfully not as hard as Siggy's Episode 7, as you only have to
defeat him once. Also, the ring is much smaller. Just play defensively.
Weapon received: Sickled Spear

Episode 9 & 10: The Final Battle
Opponent: Cerv & Soulie
Weapon: SoulEdge
Relative difficulty: Could be easier
Recomended weapon: Halberd
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: Use your best attacks. Also, CEs work somewhat well on them. 
Final Weapon: Spiked Mace

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Li Long
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General info: He hasn't got too many good CPU killer attacks but ones he has
work pretty well. (f+)A,A,d+K,B is an useful attack since it mixes up levels
quite nicely and if the d+K hits on MC, the B after is guaranteed. Some other
attacks you might want to try include B,B,B ,b+A, f,f+B, A+B and of course
his CE. Li can also abuse his A,A,d+A string and end it with a df+K stomp.


Episode 1: The Shrine Of Confined Demons
Opponent: Rock(x2)
Weapon: Cresent Ax
Relative difficulty: Pretty easy
Recomended weapon: Falcon
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: Easy peasy. Give'em a taste of your A,A,d+K,B.
Weapon received: Snake Wind

Episode 2: The Pirate Castle
Opponent: Siegfried
Weapon: Faust
Relative difficulty: Not too hard
Recomended weapon: Snake Wind
Special requirements for victory: Time limit of 20 seconds
Tactics: Just use your best attacks. If you get in a hurry, use your CE.
Weapon received: Titan

Episode 3: The Narrow Gorge
Opponent: Mi Na, Taki, Sophitia
Weapon: Zanbatoh, Rekkimaru, Gaea Sword
Relative difficulty: Quite easy
Recomended weapon: Snake Wind, Titan
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: If you are concerned about getting hit, use Titan, otherwise use
Snake Wind. This shouldn't be too hard of a battle since Sophie is only one
to have something other than her default weapon.
Weapon received: Phoenix

Episode 4: The Desert
Opponent: Hwang Sung Kyung
Weapon: Nippon Blade
Relative difficulty: Not very hard
Recomended weapon: Snake Wind
Special requirements for victory: Beat him with juggles
Tactics: d/f+B, B,B,B can be somewhat hard to time but does good damage.
f+B,B and A,A,A work also.
Weapon received: Steel Dragon 

Episode 5: The Colosseum
Opponent: Mi Na, Siegfried, Rock, Taki, Hwang, Mitsurugi
Weapon: Long Handled Sword, Grimblade, War Hammer, (R)(M)ekkimaru, Mountain
Breaker, Onimaru
Relative difficulty: Pretty damn hard
Recomended weapon: Titan, Steel Dragon
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: Prepare to be frustrated. This is one of the hardest EMM battles in
the game. Mi Na isn't all that hard since Long Handled Sword isn't too
powerful. Siggy with his Grimblade can be pretty damn difficult since he does
so much damage. Beating Rock doesn't take too long but be careful not to let
him hit you, his War Hammer can do some major damage. Taki is just another
easy opponent. Beating Hwang might pose some problem since he has such a fast
weapon. And finally, Mitsurugi. He can be pretty nasty, with or without the
Onimaru so don't think you've won if both of you have little energy and you've
knocked his weapon away.
Weapon received: White Tiger

Episode 6: Secret Treasury
Opponent: Voldo, Taki
Weapon: Guilotine, Jitte
Relative difficulty: Not too easy
Recomended weapon: White Tiger
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: Voldo shouldn't be too hard since he's got such a slow weapon,
but Taki can be nasty because of high defence and weapon-breaking qualities
her Jitte has. Just use your best attacks.
Weapon received: Asura

Episode 7 & 8: The Pirate Ship
Opponent: Cerv & Soulie
Weapon: SoulEdge
Relative difficulty: Could be easier
Recomended weapon: White Tiger
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: A,A,d+K,B works quite well on Cerv and on certain extent to Soulie.
Give Soulie some CEs and he'll go down quite well.
Final Weapon: Twin Thunder

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Voldo
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General info: Voldo's not the CPU killer type but he has some tricks up to his
sleeves. For example, f,f+B is a good power move, though it's recovery leaves
a lot to be desired. B,B is a good move, too since if it MCs, continue tapping
B and Voldo'll add 3 more hits, doing tons of damage. A+K is a good surprise
move, too since it comes out so suddenly. It's major weakness is that all of
it's hits hit only high. Remember to use his special throw (QCT+B&G).
Also, d+A&B seems to work often if you have some breathing room.
Be sure to never use the A,A,B string, use A,B,A instead. Finally, db+K can work 
as a launcher that the AI has a hard time punishing if you get the range right.


Episode 1: The Secret Treasury
Opponent: Sophitia Alexandra
Weapon: Omega Sword
Relative difficulty: Easy
Recomended weapon: Katar
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: Just beat her up:)
Weapon received: Full Moon

Episode 2: Recollection
Opponent: Hwang Sung Kyung
Weapon: Blue Storm
Relative difficulty: Not too hard
Recomended weapon: Katar
Special requirements for victory: Beat Hwang with juggles
Tactics: d/f+B, A,A,B works pretty well. You can also use d+B,B, since it
juggles on second hit.
Weapon received: None

Episode 3: Capturing Osthrinesburg Castle
Opponent: Siegfried Schtauffen
Weapon: Faust
Relative difficulty: Somewhat easy
Recomended weapon: Katar
Special requirements for victory: Time limit of 25 seconds
Tactics: Should be pretty easy. Just hack away.
Weapon received: Iron Claw

Episode 4: "Cervantes De Leon"
Opponent: Cerv
Weapon: SoulEdge
Relative difficulty: Could take a few tries
Recomended weapon: Full Moon
Special requirements for victory: Survive his attack for 20 seconds
Tactics: Like other "stay-alive"-battles, try to stay away and block
everything he throws.
Weapon received: None

Episode 5: The Unknown Land
Opponent: Rock
Weapon: Stone Club
Relative difficulty: Not too easy
Recomended weapon: Katar
Special requirements for victory: RO Rock
Tactics: You can try juggles, f,f+B or a modified Taki trick: Back off near
the edge, jump over him and use Puppet Master (back: d+A+B).
Weapon received: None 

Episode 6: The Pirate Fortress
Opponent: Heishiro Mitsurugi
Weapon: Iron Slasher
Relative difficulty: Medium
Recomended weapon: Katar
Special requirements for victory: Time limit of 25 seconds
Tactics: He's not overly hard. f,f+B works quite well. Just nail him with your
best attacks and remember, if all else fails, use CE:)
Weapon received: Guillotine

Episode 7: The Canyon
Opponent: Li Long
Weapon: Snake Wind
Relative difficulty: Medium
Recomended weapon: Guillotine
Special requirements for victory: You are poisoned
Tactics: Pretty easy, just use your best attacks since your new Guillotine can
put a world of hurt on him.
Weapon received: Poison Arrow

Episode 8: Colosseum
Opponent: Sophitia, Rock, Mitsurugi, Siegfried
Weapon: Sword Breaker, War Hammer, Kojiro's Sword, Grimblade 
Relative difficulty: Can take quite a few tries
Recomended weapon: Guillotine
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: This fight can and will be a bast because of Siggy at the end. Why
does he have to use his Grimblade so damn often? Anyways, a good way to beat
him and the others is to just attack constantly.
Weapon received: Buffalo Horn

Episode 9: The Desert
Opponent: Taki
Weapon: Kunai
Relative difficulty: Can require a few tries
Recomended weapon: Buffalo Horn
Special requirements for victory: You have only a tiny amount of life
Tactics: Use Buffalo Horn instead of Guillotine since it recovers energy.
Just stay defensive.
Weapon received: 

Episode 10 & 11: The Decesive Battle
Opponent: Cerv & Soulie
Weapon: SoulEdge
Relative difficulty: Can be quite hard
Recomended weapon: Buffalo Horn
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: While playing EMM through the first time, I got so goddamn
frustrated because I couldn't beat Cerv & Soulie. That's how hard this can be.
Anyways, for Cerv be defensive and punish his mistakes. For Soulie, use
everything you've got. Oh btw, you might want to try the MC B,B trick.
Final Weapon: SoulEdge

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Cervantes De Leon
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General info: He's got many good moves in his arsenal.  B,B,B works well
against many opponents and f+B,B,B works even better. Other useful moves
include A,A,B, f,f+A+B and maybe B,B,d+A. The AI has a hard time with Cervantes 
when he is far away, so use f,f+A&B and QCb, B when that situation occurs.

Episode 1: Imitation
Opponent: Fake Cervantes
Weapon: Main Gauche 
Relative difficulty: Easy
Recomended weapon: SoulEdge
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: Simple. Just do as the game says and "tear this impostor apart!":)
Weapon received: Main Gauche

Episode 2: Eurydice Shrine
Opponent: Sophitia Alexandra(x2)
Weapon: Gaea Sword, Sword Breaker
Relative difficulty: Pretty easy
Recomended weapon: SoulEdge
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: Once again just do what the game tells you and "Crush all your
enemies!":)
Weapon received: Defender

Episode 3: The Desert
Opponent: Hwang(x2), Mi Na(x2)
Weapon: Thunderous Fire, Nagamaki
Relative difficulty: Quite easy
Recomended weapon: SoulEdge
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: This is a funny battle since you first beat them once, then get your
energy filled up and then fight them again. Weird. Anyways, there's not much
skill involved in beating them.
Weapon received: Jirotoh

Episode 4: The Shrine Of Confined Demons
Opponent: Rock
Weapon: Cresent Ax
Relative difficulty: Might take a few tries
Recomended weapon: Main Gauche
Special requirements for victory: RO Rock while your energy drops
Tactics: Another variation of theme...use B,B,B. You can also use either one
of Cerv's throws to RO when you are near the edge.
Weapon received: Katana

Episode 5: The Canyon
Opponent: Li Long
Weapon: Titan
Relative difficulty: Medium
Recomended weapon: Jirotoh
Special requirements for victory: Beat him with throws
Tactics: Not again...I won't say anything.
Weapon received: 3 Bladed Edge

Episode 6: Ostrhinesburg Castle
Opponent: Siegfried (x2)
Weapon: Flamberge
Relative difficulty: Not much of a challenge
Recomended weapon: 3 Bladed Edge
Special requirements for victory: Time limit of 20 seconds
Tactics: Easy. Just use f+B,B,B and you'll win in no time.
Weapon received: Heavy Lance

Episode 7: Secret Treasury
Opponent: Voldo
Weapon: Buffalo Horn
Relative difficulty: Not too hard
Recomended weapon: 3 Bladed Edge
Special requirements for victory: Beat him with juggles
Tactics: d/f+B, B,B,B should do the job quite nicely. Do notice that he
recovers energy slowly due the Buffalo Horn.
Final Weapon: Serpent's Tongue

Episode 8: Hot Soul
Opponent: Mi Na, Siegfried, Taki, Rock, Hwang, Mitsurugi 
Weapon: Halberd, Grim Blade, Kunai, Cross Ax, Sword Of Dawn, 2 Handed Sword
Relative difficulty: Might take quite few tries
Recomended weapon: Serpent's Tongue
Special requirements for victory: None
Tactics: Wow, lots of opponents. 
f+B,B,B should once again do the trick nicely.

Episode 9: SoulEdge
Opponent: SoulEdge
Weapon:  SoulEdge
Relative difficulty: Not overly hard
Recomended weapon: Serpent's Tongue
Special requirements for victory: You lose energy slowly
Tactics: Soulie is pretty hard normally and you have to fight him with your
energy meter draining? Ouch. Well, f+B,B,B saves the day.

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Some notes on parrying
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I have to say that parrying (f+G just before a weapon impact) can be a great 
help when you are facing aggressive CPU opponents because they often use 
strings that are easy to parry against (Mitsu's ?,?,B or Cervantes' ?,?,B_d+A 
for example can all be easily parried on the last hit because the AI never 
seems to cut strings short like good human players do).  Parrying can be the 
key in EMM battles where short time limits make turning the momentum necessary 
or EMM battles where you start with next to no life.



Credits:
Namco         -for making another rocking beat'em-up

Chris Keppler -for general strategies for almost all the chars and notes on 
               parrying

TRock2K2      -for telling me most of Cervie's opponents and their weapons
	       in the 8th episode

Me            -for writing this thing

Revision History:

1.0 Initial release.
1.1 Got some more general strategies for almost all characters & made a new 
section on parrying.
1.2 Got to know all opponents and their weapons at Cervie's 8th episode.
Also, redid the copyright notice a bit.
1.21 Changed a contributor's name at his request.

Contacting the author:
E-mail: Gamer777@hotmail.com