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                         Soul of The Samurai FAQ
                                Version.102
                                (C) Konami.
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                             (Kotaro FAQ)
    Written by Godhand <FAQ@GodhandProduction.com>. 13 October 1999.

                             Contents :
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                            -Disclaimer.
                            -About this FAQ
                            -FAQ Existence
                            -Kotaro Walkthrough
                            -Kotaro's Skills
                            -Kotaro Weapons
                            -Kotaro Items
                            -Medicines
                            -Tips
                            -Secrets
                            -Credits
                            -End

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                               Disclaimer
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                    No portion  from this article
                    can  be re-edited , modified,
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                    This FAQ is for personal  use 
                    only .  If you want to put my
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                    that uauthorized modification
                    is illegal under copyright 
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                                About      
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                   Im glad i did not use any guides
                   or FAQ to finish and reveal this 
                   game secrets. And of course im 
                   not one of those cheaters.If you
                   want to know, im not interested
                   of any cheats, codes or FAQ. Im
                   sure they will spoil my game.
                   This FAQ is only about Kotaro, 
                   the ronin as a main hero in 
                   this game. This FAQ was made by
                   my playing experience.      
                  

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                              FAQ Existance
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               1.GAMEFAQS
                 http://www.gamefaqs.com

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                              Walkthrough
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The story begins at the end of Edo period in japan. Now let me explain 
about Edo period first. In 1603 , Tokugawa Ieyasu became shogun, and 
founded the Edo Shogunate. The period till the fall of the shogunate in 
1867 is called the Edo Era. During this period, the sovereignty was 
strongly hold by shogun . The shogunate closed the country, and Japan 
prospered isolated from the most of the world. There was no civil war, 
people admired the peace. During the two and half centuries, major wars 
occured only twice. Bushi fought no longer, but governed the country 
as the bureaucracy instead.


Chapter I.Homecoming
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Kotaro Hiba, a masterless samurai in training, makes his return to
visit his parents' graves. Upon arrival, he is caught up in a deadly
incident with a young girl and the law.

The ronin makes his way to a bushido dojo to meet Yukinosuke, a
childhood friend.

Save : First storm of the year
       holding an umbrella o'er
       small chrysanthemums

<Boss : Ronin, try to avoid his Moon Slash Dance>

Save : Bellflowers in sight
       my heart bouncing up
       and down from pure nostalgia.


Chapter II.Mistery
------------------
On the way to the temple, Kotaro is beset by murderous samurai.
After defeating the grotesque and sinister enemies, Kotaro 
comes to the aid of mysterious monk.

But too late, the monk dies before Kotaro's eyes, having only
the words, Bugs.

Save : Cape jasmine flowers 
       remind me of my dear mother
       lone clouds in the sky

<Boss : Priest Muga, move fast and do counter attack is the 
        best way>

Save : Dews drop to the ground
       This must be a demon's lair
       or a nest of snakes.


Chapter III.Soul Bugs
---------------------
The temple priest ,Muga, had been transformed into a bizarre
monster. To solve the mystery of the priest's mutation and
a mound of newly disinterred corpses, Kotaro, alone, ventures
into an underground cave where unknown horrors await.

Save : The moon hides her face
       digging soil for potatoes
       tell me the season
   
<Boss : Urabe, and he will transformed in to monster Urabe
        so, you will fight him twice>

Save : Giant katydid finding 
       no good place to die
       keep on walking around


Chapter IV.The Nest
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In the horrific cavern, Kotaro discovers a subterranean lake.
The lake teems with soul bugs, profare creatures that turn 
mortals into monsters.

Kotaro barely escapes the collapsing cave with the knowledge
that the fiefdom's ruler is somehow involved.

Save : The hem of garments
       turn vermillion in autumn
       hoping it never ends

<Boss : Hundreds of zombie villagers>

Save : The tranquill autumn sea
       Ghouls and crows in harmony
       loudly choke in tears.


Chapter V.Friend
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Kotaro emerges to find his home village overrun by monsters.
Enraged, he mows them down in the knowledge that they are 
villagers who have been infected by the soul bugs.

He hurries to Yukinosuke's dojo to protect his childhood
friend from the ghastly carnage.

Save : An injured wild boar
       willow branches are scattered
       by the winter winds

<Boss : Yukinosuke, his "Draw attacks" is very deadly, so 
        you better dodge it, and attack him immediatly>

Save : Cold autumn showers
       Pour over and soak thousands
       of wandering souls.


Chapter VI.Showdown
-------------------
Yukinosuke had been under the foul spell of a soul bug.
His desire to best Kotaro made him fall prey to Gendo Tohjo's
machinations.

Clutching his fallen friend's sword, Kotaro races to the 
castle, his heart filled with sorrow and rage for the
showdown with the mad tyrant.

Save : Stems start bending down
       the silver gross realizes
       its own weight increase

<Boss : Gendo Tohjo, use weapon MURAMASA (Yukinosuke's sword)>

From now, use Lin to beat the game, refer to my Lin FAQ.


Conclusion ASCENDANCE
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A homecoming ronin and a shogunate ninja seeking her sibbling,
brought tohether by cruel twists of fate, are united in righteous
anger to end the nightmare. Before their eyes, a stairway appears
,inviting them to come face to face with the ultimate evil.

<Boss : Infected Ryu Oda>

<The End>

Save : One autumn twilight
       in the name of the hell lord
       i slay those demons


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                            Kotaro's Skills
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1.SPINNING EAGLE
  Mp    : 1 
  Press : Right + Left + Square

2.PIGEON SONIC
  Mp    : 2
  Press : Hold Square & release

3.HAWK DANCE
  Mp    : 3
  Press : Square 5 times .... 
  *Only can be used when Kotaro is heavily wounded.

4.PHOENIX
  Mp    : 3
  Press : Square rapidly

5.MOONLIGHT CYCLONE
  Mp    : 3
  Press : Square 3 times ....
  *Only can be used with Musashi's weapon, KOGARASUMARU & ONIMARU. 
 
6.RAI-JIN
  Mp    : 2
  Press : Hold Square & release
  *Only can be used with Yukinosuke's weapon, MURAMASA.

Note : 1.Command are for the default key setting.
       2.Do the skills before you launch your last hit combo.


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                               Weapons
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1.DENTA
  A famous sword, but years of hard use have taken its toll on its 
  edge.
  Sharpness : Dull
  4'3" 46oz

2.MONIHOSHIZAO
  Named "Laundry Pole" for its remarkable length. Famous as Kojiro
  Sasaki's sword.
  Sharpness : Ordinary
  6' 71oz
  From : After beating Ronin (the first boss).

3.OSAFUNE
  The reowned sword, Bizen Osafune. With a good balance of reach and
  heft, this sword is extremely easy to use.
  Sharpness : Good
  4'3" 36oz
  From : After beating Priest Muga.

4.RAN-UN
  A jaggeed sword that is said to beekon storms. It appears to have 
  been made in a foreign land.
  Sharpness : Good
  5'4" 34oz
  From : After you defeat Urabe.

5.DOUJIKIRI
  The sword that is said to have vanquished the legendary monster
  Shutendouji. Over time, it gained the power of fire.
  Sharpness : Good
  5'4" 34oz
  From : After you escape from underground cave.

6.MASAMUNE
  A short sword that is commonly known as 'butcher knife' MASAMUNE.
  Its compact size enables rapid slashes.
  Sharpness : Good
  2'9" 26oz
  From : some room in Yukinosuke's dojo.

7.MURAMASA
  Perhaps because of Yukinosuke's lingering despair, this sword 
  could only be used for quick draw attacks.
  Sharpness : Excellent
  4'1" 33oz
  From : Yukinosuke corpse.

8.HOUHOU
  An ancient japanese sword. Although its sharpness is merely
  average, it exudes an oddly evil atmosphere.
  Sharpness : Good 
  5'6" 37oz
  From : Tohjo Castle

9.KOGARASUMARU & ONIMARU
  Two reowned swords that are specifically intended for use as
  a pair. It is unknown how Musashi came into their possesion.
  Sharpness : Good
  4'3" 36oz
  From : Refer to my Secret section.

10.NIHON
  A magnificent sword that glitters with divine brilliance.
  Its sharpness is simply outstanding.
  Sharpness : Excellent
  5'9" 26oz
  From : Refer to my Secret section.  


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                                Items
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1.ARCHER FIGURE
  One side of a statue of a two-headed demon. It holds a bow and arrow
  in its weapon.

2.SWORDSMAN FIGURE
  One side of a statue of a two-headed demon. It holds sword in its 
  weapon.

3.DOJO KEY
  A key that you can get a monster in dojo somewhere. It needed to 
  open the door of training room.
  

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                               Medicines
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1.HEAL HERB
  A mix of mugwort and other plants that cures infection
  HP Recovery : Low

2.OINMENT
  An oinment that suppresses bleeding. Also prevents infection.
  HP Recovery : Medium

3.FOREIGN MEDICINE
  A medicine that instantly stops bleeding.Its ingredients are unknown.
  HP Recovery : High

4.ANTIDOTE
  A curative herb that neutralizing poison. It must be ground into a
  paste and igested.
  HP Recovery : Cures poison.

 

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                                Tips
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                 Dont put your weapon up ready if you want
                 to ignore that common enemies troops.Just 
                 keep your weapon at its place , and run 
                 over through the enemies screen by screen
                 Beware, this is takes so much risk.

                 And , try to back to the visited place , 
                 you will find some more medicines.

                 Dont waste your medicines in boss fight.
                 Just wanted you to know, your health 
                 will completely restored in each chapter

                 Fun with blood colors, he he he.. in the 
                 chapter 1. Kill one villager, then go to
                 option, change the blood color. Kill 
                 another one, choose different blood 
                 color, kill again ,repeat it, and you 
                 will see a very colorful murderous. XD


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                                Secrets
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1.CHANGE CLOTHES
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  In chapter V, kill about more than 250 zombie villagers and Now try 
  go to Ito place, the only survival tailor in the town located at 
  North-West from the town Square. You will encounter with him attacked
  by 2 zombies. Well, what are you waiting ? Go save him ! After a few 
  scene , Kotaro will be able to change his clothes.
  
  Here is the clothes type :
  1.Your Normal Cloth.
  2.Red cloth. 
  3.Black Ninja looking Cloth.
  4.Geese Howard looking Kotaro.
  5.Standard blue samurai cloth.


2.WEAPON KOGARASUMARU & ONIMARU
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  First, do the instruction above. And now try to go back to Yukinosuke
  dojo, you will encounter with great legendary swordsman called, 
  Musashi in the front gate. He ask you to keep your honor by 
  challenging him at Ganryu beach. Now, go find and follow him to 
  Ganryu beach. Beat him and he will ask you to take his swords.


3.WEAPON NIHON
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  First of all, in chapter II, you will encounter with a pretty lady
  named Kurenai. She is a daughter of Beni, the blacksmith shop. 
  Well, you must protect her until you beat Pries Muga,the boss in
  Chapter II. She will ask you to promise her to visit his father at
  his shop. Now...

  In chapter V, you will be attacked by hundreds of zombie vilagers.
  Try to kill 300 zombies of them. And you will received a "Rusted 
  Sword". If you still cant kill 300 zombies. Try to get weapon 
  MASAMUNE first. Since it have incredible speed, so get it, finish 
  the game and save it. Play again using that save till you reach 
  chapter V again. 

  Bring that "Rusted Sword" to Kurenai father at blacksmith shop Beni. 
  the shop is located at the screen before you get into Raven Forest.
  Give him your Rusted Sword, and he promised to repair it. But that
  need a time. So, makes your way until you reach Chapter VI. Back to
  his shop and you will see Kotaro's strongest sword is well prepared 
  for you.  
  

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                                 Credits
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                     - Godhand (St.Evan Lee Yonny)
                       For writing this FAQ.
                       
                     - My hand
                       This what i need to write this FAQ.

                     - Henry A Moriarty (http://mmcafe.syste.ms)
                       For teach me about japanese history.
  
                     - All Konami Staffs
                       For creating this game.
                       
                     - God
                       For letting me keep alive this far.


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             Thanks for you participations, i hope im not
             spoiling your game. Feel free to email me at
             FAQ@Godhand.Net for your corrections or  
             feedbacks. This FAQ is copyright Godhand 
             Productions.Co.Ltd. 1999. 

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        Godhand Production. <Http://www.GodhandProduction.com>
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