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    ========================= Saiyuki: Journey West =========
    		              Secrets and Side Quests Guide
    Written by: Payzmaykr
    E-Mail me: Payzmaykr@yahoo.com
    Started: 6/30/04
    Finished: N/A
    1. Revision History
    2. Introduction
    3. Disclaimer
    4. Secrets and Side Quests
    	4.1- Chef's Paradise
    	4.2- Gallant Ale
    	4.3- Star Ore
    	4.5- Emperor Summon
    5. Secret Characters
    	5.1- Kinrei & Ginrei 
    	5.2- Reikan
    	5.3- Genshi
    	5.4- Taurus & Tessen
    6. My Review
    7. Credits
    ===================REVISION HISTORY==============/
    Version 1.0
    Started Walkthrough
    Added table of contents and set up basics
    Version 1.1
    Wrote Section 4.1-4.2
    Added extra information to 4.1
    Version 1.2
    Added more detailed information 
    to the Introduction and Disclaimer
    			Revision History started on
    			June 30, 2004. Finished at
    			a later, unknown date.
    Welcome to my walkthrough for Saiyuki: Journey West. This is actually
     my second guide in general, and my second Saiyuki guide. Here, I will
     basically cover what you see in the table of contents, which mainly 
    consists of five secrets and side quests that can be found or
     accomplished by starting at the beginning of the game and playing 
    through. Some are worth the while, while some you could easily play
     without. Personally, 
    I never got them the first few times I played through, but I seemed to
     do okay. If you are dependant on getting everything in the game, it is
     important that you have a good guide to follow, and I don't see that
     anyone's made a Secrets and Side Quests guide for Saiyuki 
    yet that can be found on Gamefaqs.com. 
    The four secrets/side quests are rather easily accomplished, and some
     of their requrements
    are actually beneficial to building a strong party (the key to 
    enjoying this game). Do as I say
    to get there, and you should do fine. If you find something to not
     be clear in my guide, I made
    a small section for this in my first guide, and you can check for
     additional information there. 
    If you still need help, I recommend that you check the other guides
     written (which I used the 
    first few times through), or you can just email me. Here is my guide, 
    and I hope this hasn't
     bored you (enjoy)!
    By reading this guide, you agree to apply the information gained to your 
    save file in order to furthur your gameplay. This guide is written to help
     people who are stuck and is in no way made for profit. If you desire
     to use this guide on another site, email me exclusively at 
    jhead816@yahoo for approval. The answer will most likely be yes, 
    but I just have to check out the site and make sure it's a non-profit site.
     Don't forget,if I, the author of this guide, am not profiting from it, you
     should not either. 
    If you see this guide on another site credited to anybody but 
    "Payzmaykr," please inform me immediately. Not only is stealing a sin,
     but it is a crime. I will report it to your internet prividor, and they can
     and will shut down your internet service for means of using it for
    neglegant deeds. Trust me, it's happened before, and it could happen 
    again, just do the right thing and ask before you post it.
    ============SECRETS AND SIDE QUESTS==============/
    Chef's Paradise is a spell used by Cho Hakkai. It is easily-obtainable,
     however, the preperations necessary and the outcome of the work 
    make it even more worth it, especially if you use him in your party later
     in the game when the battles get more intense.
    In order to get this, you need to get a certain number of recipes. The
     way you get them is by randomly visiting a certain place, whether it
     is a resturant or a shop, or whatever. Here are the recipes necessary
     to accomplis it.
       RECIPE ONE- Eggrolls
       Location- Yuimen Shop
       To get this recipe, simply enter the shop, and when you leave, 
       the owner will tell 
       you the recipe. Part one is now done. Easy huh?
       RECIPE TWO- Rice
       Location- Biku Dojo
       Go to the dojo to train up some, and Hakkai will smell something. 
    He simply HAS to get this recipe, and persistant as he is, he gets it 
    by just asking. : )
       RECIPE THREE- Beef
       Location- Kucha Smith
       Go to upgrade your weapons, and as usual, he smells something strong. 
        It's some   kind of food, no doubt, and beef at that. Get the recipe and 
         continue in the story.
     RECIPE FOUR- Jelly
     Location- Infidel City Chemist
     Hakkai's sensor goes off presistantly just as it has done in the past, 
     and he collects the recipe for a kind of Chinese Jelly. You are now 4/5
     of the way there. Now all you have to do is combine the four recipes..... 
     and you've got the spell!
    	Go to the city of Tokhara, and enter the post. Do whatever 
    you want to do here for the time being, and then be on your way. When 
    you leave, the owner will stop you, and you see a scene. Afterwards, 
    Cho Hakkai is now the owner of one of the most powerful spells in
     the game, CHEF'S PARADISE!
    	If there is one item that you should be sure to get, it is the 
    Gallant Ale. With a very meaningful purpose, of course, the Gallant Ale
     is considered one of the best items in the game.It is a potion that the 
    male characters in the game can take, and it can only be used one time.
     Its effects raise your WAR status by 8. Don't forget, however, it is only
     to be taken by male charcters! "But eight points surely doesn't sound
     like much at all," you might be telling yourselves right now. I can assure
     you that in this game it makes all the difference in your status and 
    how much damage you can deal. Just don't forget that it should be
     used on someone with dependable attack and good speed and range
     and stuff. In this case, I would recommend that you use it on Goku.
     He has some of the best attacking stats in the game, you just have
     to manipulate them so that they are at their full potential.
    	Imagine a potion that makes you stronger. STRONGER.....
     How ever would we go about 
    getting this? Surely it would be a great reward for somebody who is the 
    strongest of them all, but how 
    could we  become that strong, you might ask. Simple! By training in the 
    dojos. As a veteran of this game, 
    it is my professional opinion that you master each dojo that you come 
    across. By doing so, you are sure to get
    the Gallant Ale, and that happens to be the method of doing so. Simply
     beat the dojo master in the following
    cities to recieve it. Mire River, Ko Lodge, Yuimen, Turfan, Biku, Infidel 
    City, Kucha, Cherchen, Inns Town,
    Tokhara, Pteron, Pine City, Frontier City, Midnight Tor, plus Port Town, 
    and you will get it.
    	Star Ore is a rare material that can only be found one time in
     the game, and it is not likely
    that you will find it without the right information. It just so happens that I
     can help you with this task. You
    should probably know what it is and what it does before you go out on
     some wild goose chase for some
    item with a cool-sounding name. Basically what we're looking for here
     is forging material for your weapons.
    It will increase your attack power to MAX, which increases the 
    damage that you do when you attack someone.
    It also gives you better attack range, which really comes in handy, 
    especially for Goku or Hakkai. Okay, here's
    how you can get it.
    	STEP ONE- Go to Midnight Tor and go to the smith there.
     Have him upgrade your weapons to
    level 5 (if you already did that, it's no problem, just keep reading here). 
    Then have him upgrade them again,
    althrough five is the highest level that you can reach. Now you are done. 
    Head to the Chemist in Midnight Tor.
    	STEP TWO- When you are in the Chemist's shop in
     Midnight Tor, a scene should have triggered,
    so it seems. If one doesn't then keep going with the walkthrough. 
    Now you need to go to Frontier City.
    	STEP THREE- Once you get to Frontier City, go to 
    the Chemist, like you did in the previous town.
    Something should have happened to indicate that you are in the 
    right place, and are doing stuff right, so keep going
    on to the next place, which happens to be Port Town, the 
    Port Town Post.
    	STEP FOUR- In Port Town, go to the Post as soon
     as you get there. Something should happen to
    trigger a fight with Ceylon. The fight is not hard, unless you
     haven't been training. Complete the fight and get the
    star ore. Once you get it, you will probably want to use
     it immediately, so go to the Smith.
    	Emperor is a summon that can be called to the 
    battlefield by Sanzo, as he/she can do as his/her
    ability replacing the ability to transform into a weremonster. 
    This summon, however, is better than all of the rest.
    It is so good, in fact, that it is hidden throughout the game in 
    treasure chests and other places on the battlefield. 
    There are many pieces of Emperor Equipment that you 
    have to collect and keep (DON'T SELL THEM). They
    are four peices of equipment, to be exact. They are the 
    Emperor Band, Emperor Soul, Emperor Helmet, and 
    Emperor Armor. Here are directions to getting the 
    following items.
    	Emperor Band- Battle 19
    	Emperor Soul- Battle 27
    	Emperor Helmet- Battle 9
    	Emperor Armor- Battle 11
    Also, you have to talk to the Chemist in Pine City and the
     person in the Port Town Dojo. When you talk to
    them, they will say something about the equipment, and 
    that will make it so you can find the items in upcoming battles.
    Finally, once you are done with those things, go to Ice Peak 
    and prepare for a battle. Once you win, you get Emperor.
    ==============SECRET CHARACTERS================/
    Like many other games, this one features some characters that
     can only be found be accomplishing certain things.
    In other words, they are "secret characters." I won't lie to you, 
    some of them are good and some of them are not
    as good as others, but surely one or two of them will find his 
    or her way into your party after you try them all our 
    for strength testing. Here they are and here is how to get them. 
    Kinrei and Genrei are two girls that you stumble across a good
     ways into the game. They are not 100% secret, as
    they usually join your party anyway, but they are certain
     characters that you can avoid having join your party. The 
    only way you can get them to join you is basically to be strong.
     They both can transform into weremonsters, so you
    know there's bound to be trouble before they join you.
     It turns out that the two of them got lost, and went in a cave
    to be sheltered. In this cave, they found a gourd that they 
    drank from. It unleashed the were side of them, and they were
    going crazy bustin' stuff up and..... stuff. Being the 
    super-powerful group of misfits that you are, your 
    superhero sence will take over, and you will decide to 
    save the day. First you come across one of them by
     herself in her giant gorilla-like
    form. Take out her and her subordinates so she 
    regains consciousness, then she tells you about her
     sister's and her problem. 
    Enter the cave which she is coincidentally close to
     to fight her sister. After beating them and escorting
     them back to the nearest city, they ask to come with
     you, due to their monsterous powers. If I remember
     correctly, Goku protests, but
    Sanzo just says "the more the merrier" and lets them join.
    The two of them on the field serve their purpose, although
     it is a small one. They are weak in general, with low HP, DEF, and
    WAR, that's just the tame side of the beast. Transform 
    them into their monsterous (as I said earlier) gorilla-like forms to crash
    da' club from across the battlefield. The only downside
     is that only one person can transfor at one time.
    Reikan is a very feminine dude sent after Ryorin by her dad.
     Her was her chosen suitor, and having decided that he..... 
    sucks, she took off without him. Later on in the game, this
     dude will follow after you. He fights you from time to time,
    and even with Goku's help, Ryorin manages to evade his
     persistancy. He attacks you along with monsters of all things,
    as I figured someone of his temper might be more inclined
     to cast a rainbow spell or hit you with a parasol. Reikan is 
    water elemental, like Gojo, but in my opinion, he is not as
     good. His magical skills are pretty good, and he was a two-
    square attack that holds its own in the Saiyuki world
     (which more than outclasses some of the attacks by teammates in
    the party). 
    Reikan has the ability to transform into a giant turtle as 
    his Were Form, and it is actually a good form to take in  battles
    that you bring him on. His attacks are somewhat differnet 
    from Gojos under the grounds that Gojo attacks from a range
    doing moderate damage and sometimes status effects, 
    and Reikan attacks from generally closer ranges to do amazingly-
    strong water and ice based attacks that can take out a
     character in just one hit, especially if you weakened them up a bit
    beforehand.One attack in general, I believe has the
     ability to freeze you, and once you're frozen, he can just attack you 
    to win. The way I remember all of this is because 
    of the fight that you have to do before you get him in your party. You
    have to fight him one more time with his hordes 
    of monsters (which are rather easy to take out), and then you have to 
    cross a bridge and fight him with your characters. 
    It is best to hit him from a range than to hit from far away.
    Reikan's attack power and defense are moderate, but can easily be
     overcome by Gojo, Goku, and Hakkai. His magic
    isn't bad, but it's nothing that Gojo himself can't do, he looks rather 
    fruity, and don't forget the countless times that he
    tried to kill you for "kidnapping" Ryorin.
    Genshi is an old, weird dude who lives up in a sort of mountain
     retreat place. He has a special fruit tree that can heal 
    certain things, and it comes into play later on in the game. 
    Once you find him, Hakkai reveals that Genshi was his master
    before he left on his quest, and they made a 10,000 dollar 
    bet whether or not Hakkai will learn the ways of the world. 
    When you meet him, you find out that Genshi still hasn't 
    forgotten about their bet, and it's time to see if Hakkai
     has proved himself worthy or not after having traveled 
    with you. He will challenge you to a fight, but the fight
     happens to be against some grunts and that tree! But it's
     no normal tree, it's the old man's Were Form. 
    The fight shouldn't be too much for you
    if you have already been trying to get the Gallant Ale 
    by fighting in the Dojos.
    Genshi fights with some kind of stick, like Sanzo. His attack
     power is not remarkable, and neither is his defense, but 
    as most of the fighters in this game do, he has his strong points.
     Not being a physical person, you discover that he's skilled
    with using magical spells. He is wood-elemental, as is Sanzo. 
    As you should already know, he takes the form of a giant tree
    in battle when he transforms into his Were Form. He is truly 
    a secret character, and should not be left behind while on your
    journey to India. After all, you ARE going from China to 
    India on foot, might as well bring along as many people as possible.
    Taurus & Tessen
    Taurus and Tessen play a big role in this story. I will try to not spoil
     anything  about them, because they are what we know
    in the literary world as "Dynamic Characters." I will, however,
     tell you this much. Taurus (the dude) and Goku had beef about
    500 years ago before Goku went "ape ****" and took on Buddah.
    Taurus's wife, Tessen is mostly in charge of taking care
    of their son, Kid Pyro. He takes after his mother, being fire-elemental, 
    even though Taurus is Earth-elemental. He fights with
    what looks like a barbell, and his strengths are power, defense, and HP. 
    Where he lags behind are in the speed, range, and 
    magic departments. His wife, on the other hand, is just a regular fighter. 
    There's nothing too special about her, she just gets 
    regular attack, defense, HP, magic, speed, and range. She is a fire user, 
    as I already said, and she will introduce some new
    fire magic on the party earlier in a point in the game where you but heads 
    with her.
    Taurus seems to have a thing for monks like Sanzo. Well, it's not a 
    sexual thing, you see, he already has a wife, but he wants
    to EAT him/her after you beat up his minions. He also things it
     will give him eternal life or power or something like that. That's
    a greedy thing to do, and it's up to you whether or not he pays the 
    price. Taurus turns into a giant bull when he goes into Were-
    Form, and Tessen takes the shape on a giant humanoid scorpion. 
    Taurus features dangerous power, and Tessen can poison 
    the enemy. You have to fight them both in both forms, although
     if you tran they shouldn't be that much to handle.
    =====================MY REVIEW================\
    Here is my review for Saiyuki: Journey West that can be viewed either
     here, or on gamefaqs.com.
    Review by Payzmaykr
    Reviewer's Score: 9/10
    Saiyuki: Journey West is a really good, solid game for the Playstation.
     It is unique in its own way, and I would recommend
     you buy it, especially if you like Final Fantasy Tactics. In Saiyuki, you 
    can transform into a 'Were-form', which is a powered 
    up form of a character. (If you are in a hurry, the Flaws and
     High-points are at the bottom.) 
    Story: 10/10 
    Saiyuki has a very good story, which is one reason that I kept on playing 
    (aside from the other good features.)The main 
    character's name is Sanzo, who is a monk. It starts off with a young 
    boy/girl (you can choose) name Sanzo who has a dream 
    at his/her monastery about the goddess entrusting him or her with
     a Holy Staff to take from China to India. After starting the 
    journey (for now on, I will say 'he' or 'his' because Sanzo was
     a man in the legend), Sanzo is accompanied with Son Gokuu, 
    who is where Dragon Ball Z got its main character from. Gokuu 
    was entrapped in a stone because he invaded heaven looking
     for a good fight. He met his match when he made it to Buddha.
     He is then freed by Sanzo. 
    Music: 10/10 
    The music in Saiuki is great. It is Asian music with a great blend
     of harmony between the different instruments. You will be
     treated to a happy tune that is really pleasant and catchy if you 
    choose to play Saiyuki. 
    Gameplay: 10/10 
    The gameplay is a well-thought and challenging (at times) element 
    that makes this game what it truly is. Saiyuki is a 
    strategy-RPG game. If you are a fan of Strategy-RPG games, especially
     Final Fantasy Tactics (as I mentioned above), 
    then you will like this game. Many times, you will be challenged to rescue 
    someone or unleash Hell on someone at the top 
    of a mountain. Like most other Strategy-RPG's, you have a limit to how
     far you can move. When in doubt, just transform into
     your Ware-form and whoop up on your enemies. You should always
     keep many healing items with you, because sometimes,
     you are forced to fight many battles without a resting break. 
    High-Points: 10/10 (Like I would give the High Points less) 
    High points of Saiyuki are mainly the features of the battle system. 
    One of them is the Abililty to transform into a form of a 
    big, powerful monster. That is called a ''Were-Form''. The Were-Forms
     have their own special moves. Along with Were-Forms, 
    you can also get many characters. They are often people who you 
    wouldn't expect. Saiyuki's music was so good that I've got 
    to put it in here, again. 
    Flaws: 1/10 
    Saiyuki has some flaws, as do all games that I can think of, but Saiyuki
     has hard flaws. For example, you sometimes have to fight several
     different numbers of battles in a row. You sometimes also have to 
    fend for yourself in unfair fights where you are 
    outnumbered. One battle in particular is a battle with all of the
     bosses that you have beaten(yikes), but they have boulders 
    coming at you, sometimes which can be used for your advantage 
    you dis-advantage. 
    Overall, I think that Saiyuki: Journey West is a good game
     that is very worthy of researching. It is recognized my many
     people, although I think it is underrated. 
    Credits go out for the hosts and verteran users of Gamefaqs.com, 
    as well as the moderating 
    staff  (wink wink).
    Here's to Goryus and Syusup for writing the first to walkthroughs
     published on Gamefaqs 
    for Saiyuki: Journey West. They are the ones that I personally used.
    Thanks again to CJayC and Gamefaqs for posting my review and 
    walkthrough (with this one, too).
    I say that last part hopefully, and not doubtfully. 
    Thanks to Koei for making this game and turning me on to the 
    strategy RPG genera. Hey, you guys
    should make another one! (I asked the guy who works at 
    Electronics Boutique if they are, but he got
    all snoody and said they weren't because it sucked. Don't
     worry, though, that dude is a loser. **mumble
    mumble ** last time you accuse me of stealing you 
    nerdy &^%@# **).