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    "ART Of WAR" FAQ
    DYNASTY WARRIORS II
    SPECIAL [ABRIDGED-VERSION]
    
    Contents
    ========
    
    0.    INTRODUCTION
          -Commentary-
    
    I.    The ARTS Of WAR
          A. Basic Attacks & Combos
          B. Juggling & Combo Attacks
          C. Attack Motions & Range
          D. Charge Attacks
          E. Musou Attacks
          F. Dueling 1-on-1
          G. Mounted Attacks
          H. Special Attacks
          I. Defense
          J. Engaging the Enemy
          K. Mobility on the Battlefield
    
    II.   MUSOU MODE & FREE MODE
          A. Musou Mode
          B. Free Mode
    
    III.  The "THREE KINGDOMS"
          -Commentary-
          A. SHU Kingdom
          B. WEI Kingdom
          C. WU  Kingdom
          D. ROGUES; Extra Characters
    
    IV.   RULES Of ENGAGEMENT
          -Commentary-
          A. The Formula; Infinite Combos
          B. In-Depth Guide; Chain Combos
          C. Alternate Formula; Chain Combos
          D. Advanced Formula; Chain Combos
          E. Expert Formula; Chain Combos
    
    V.   The SYSTEM
          A. Historic Character Rating
          B. Character Performance
          C. Ability Rating/Character Stats
    
    VI.   The BATTLEFIELD
          A. Yellow Turban Rebellion
          B. Battle at Hu Lao Gate
          C. Battle at Guan Du
          D. Battle of Chang Ban
          E. Battle at Guan Du
          F. Battle at Chi Bi
          G. Battle at Yi Ling
          H. Battle on the Plains of Wu Zhang
    
    VII.  KEY EVENTS
          A. Dispatching Key Warriors
          B. Events
          C. Location Events
    
    VIII. TRICKS
          A. Restart Game
          B. Character Models
          C. Free Health
          D. Boosting Stats by Mount
          E. Riding your Horse in Restricted Areas
          F. Boosting Stats by Bow & Quiver
          G. Coaxing Zhang Bao
          H. Retaliating Retreat
    
    IX.   SECRETS & CODES
          A. Secrets
          B. Codes
          C. Game-Shark Codes
    
    X.    SPOILS OF WAR
          -Commentary-
          A. Yellow Turban Rebellion
          B. Hu Lao Gate
          C. Guan Du
          D. Chang Ban
          E. Guan Du
          F. Chi Bi
          G. Yi Ling
          H. Wu Zhang Plains
    
    XI.   THEATRICAL TRAILERS
          -Commentary-
          A. Shu Kingdom
          B. Shu Kingdom
          C. Wei Kingdom
          D. Wu  Kingdom
          E. Dong Zhuo's Theme
          F. LU BU's Theme
    
    XII.  FAMOUS QUOTES
          A. Shu Kingdom
          B. Wei Kingdom
          C. Wu  Kingdom
          D. Miscellaneous
    
    XIII. NUFF PROPS & SPECIAL THANKS
          A. PROPS & SPECIAL THANKS to
          B. "THREE KINGDOMS" (Web-links)
          Copyright: (c) 2001 KWAME'
    
    
    0. INTRODUCTION
    ===============
    
    -COMMENTARY-
       Since the release of Dynasty Warriors 2 in the U.S, I've become
    a real "BIG" Fan of the Three Kingdoms Period. The game grasped my
    attention... the moment I saw the first few screen shots of it online.
    Ironically, everytime I play the game and learn more about the
    characters and their history... the more I regret falling asleep back
    in highschool during my history lessons. I find it typical, that it
    took a videogame to spark my interest, although I still find those RTK
    Strategy games rather distasteful! For those of you who've never played
    this game... you're in for a real treat!
    
    
    STORY:
    
       "The saying goes: Domains Under Heaven, after a long period of
    division, will unite; after a long period of union will divide." For
    more than six centuries these lines have announced the beginning of
    Luo Guanzhong's The Romance Of the Three Kingdoms.
    
       In the third century three warlords helped topple the Han Dynasty,
    which had ruled China for four centuries. Strictly speaking, the Three
    Kingdoms period is from 220 (the founding of the kingdom of Wei)
    to 280 (the conquest of Wu). However, due to popular culture, most
    people use it to describe the period between 184 (the start of the
    Yellow Turban Rebellion) to 280. Its historical context was recorded in
    the fourth century "SAN-GUO-ZHI" History of the Three Kingdoms and
    romanticised in the sixteenth century novel "SAN-GUO-YAN-YI" The
    Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Tales of the times have been popular
    with Chinese for generations and to this day is an embodiment of
    Chinese culture.
    
    --Three Kingdoms Chronicle
    
       Select from a total of "28" characters and help alter the course
    of history. Whether you play as one of the "Five" Tiger Generals, or as
    LU BU's mistress, or even as LU BU himself, you can change the outcome
    of this Epic Saga. You are a solitary warrior, who will ultimately
    determine how the "Three Kingdoms" become one. Succeed and you will be
    immortalized in China's Annals. Fail, and you will be no more than an
    insignificant peon who participated in one of China's greatest epics.
    
    
    I. The ARTS Of WAR
    ==================
    
    (A) BASIC ATTACKS & COMBOS
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    
       To face other warriors on the battlefield, you must know the basic
    forms of combat. Which are the following:
    
    
    Normal Attack
    -------------
    
       Each warrior's normal attack is different, but it is usually the
    quickest one-hit attack available. From this attack, warriors can
    go into various combos.
    
    
    Double Attack
    -------------
    
       A quick two-hit combo, but you can't continue from here unless
    you move on to a triple attack. Even slow warriors have a good chance
    of landing it, but when using a fast warrior, the second hit almost
    always lands.
    
    
    Triple Attack
    -------------
    
       Here is where the differences between the fast and slow warriors
    usually come into play. If you're surrounded and can't guard your
    back, moving into a triple attack usually isn't a good idea. You
    have other options. Only use the triple attack for linear attacks.
    Even then it may be good to move on to a four hit attack combo.
    
    
    Four Hit-Combo
    --------------
    
       Use a four hit attack combo against generals and other high-ranking
    warriors. You can also use it to slash your way into the midst of
    your opponents.
    
    
    (B) JUGGLING & COMBO ATTACKS
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    
       To execute a combo, you must link at least two different attacks
    to make the overall assault last longer. There are several ways to
    do this. The easiest, most basic way to initiate a combo is by lifting
    the enemy warrior off of the ground. You can do this with a lifting
    charge attack, and then follow up with a normal combo of up to four
    hits. If you knock down an opposing warrior, execute a normal attack
    right away to juggle him on the ground.
    
       You can do this with almost all of the characters. You can also
    start a combo directly after a stunning charge attack. Immediately
    after you finish a charge attack, follow up with a normal attack. You
    might be able to get in a few extra hits, and with the faster warriors,
    you'll be able to get in an eight-hit combo.
    
    
    (C) ATTACK MOTIONS & RANGE
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    
       Each weapon in Dynasty Warriors 2 has different characteristics.
    By learning those characteristics, you'll be better able to use
    each warrior effectively.
    
    
    Vertical Swing
    --------------
    
       The vertical swing - either upward from the feet or downward
    from overhead - has three strong points. It works well against
    mounted enemies by knocking them off their horses, making them
    vulnerable. The vertical swing is also great when used against
    characters that are already on the ground. You can juggle opponents
    and do even more damage. It also works well on a slant. In the hilly
    levels, warriors with a vertical swing have the advantage.
    
    
    Horizontal Swing
    ----------------
    
       The horizontal swing hits a wide range of enemies and, in most
    cases, lets the warrior move in closer for another attack. When
    attacking, the warrior's sides are guarded, unlike the vertical
    swing. The horizontal swing is good when you are on the move and
    don't have time to work your way around an entire group.
    
    
    (D) CHARGE ATTACKS
    ++++++++++++++++++
    
       A Charge Attack is a very "flashy" move usually used to scatter
    or quickly dispatch the enemy! It has it's downsides however,
    it doesn't inflict much damage (to strong or stronger generals),
    it's very brief and it leaves you completely vulnerable to enemy
    attack when it's finished! On the plus-side it can be woven into
    almost any combo attack, thus making it a very valuable technique!
    
    
    (E) MUSOU ATTACKS
    +++++++++++++++++
    
       A Musou Attack is the deadliset technique in a characters arsenal!
    It's "flamboyant," and usually drains an enemies energy efficiently.
    It can be used to scatter troops or back you in a 1-on-1 confrontation,
    and like a Charge Attack it can be used in a combo! There are "3"
    different types of Musou Attacks: NORMAL, JUGGLING, and REPELLING.
    They vary among characters, some are better than others.
    
    
    [NORMAL/STANDARD] MUSOU ATTACKS
    -------------------------------
    
       Normal Musou's are the standard type of Super Attacks... they are
    good for 1-on-1 confrontations, but the only draw-back is that they
    can easily be "countered" or interrupted by an enemy's "Musou Attack."
    But they can be "MODIFIED" to perform like a Juggling Musou Attack when
    you press; SQUARE, TRIANGLE. This juggles your character (momentarily).
    You can capitalize on this by following up with your Musou Attack! The
    only problem... is you're open to attack while you're waiting for your
    target to fall, and if you're hit, sometimes you can miss your mark!
    
    NOTE: The following characters use "NORMAL" Musou Attacks;
    LIU BEI, SUN JIAN, SUN QUAN, ZHANG LIAO, SIMA YI, LU XUN,
    LU MENG, SUN SHANG XIANG, DONG ZHUO, YUAN SHAO, ZHANG JIAO.
    
    
    [JUGGLERS] MUSOU ATTACKS
    ------------------------
    
       Juggling Musou's are by far the "BEST" they render your target
    completely helpless! Leaving "NO" room for the enemy to counter or
    interrupt your Musou with their own Musou Attack!
    
    NOTE: The following characters use "JUGGLING" Musou Attacks;
    ZHANG FEI, ZHAO YUN, HUANG ZHONG, ZHUGE LIANG, CAO CAO, DIAN WEI,
    XIAHOU DUN, XIAHOU YUAN, ZHOU YU, GAN NING, DIAO CHAN.
    
    
    [REPELLING] MUSOU ATTACKS
    -------------------------
    
       Repelling Musou's are the worst of the 3, the intensity of the 1st
    blow strikes your opponent (or opponents) out of range! It's "BEST"
    used when your character is bogged down or completely surrounded by
    enemy troops! Like a NORMAL/STANDARD Musou, a REPELLING Musou can be
    "MODIFIED" to perform like a Juggling Musou Attack when you press;
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE. SEE: NORMAL/STANDARD for more details!
    
    NOTE: The following characters use "REPELLING" Musou Attacks;
    GUAN YU, MA CHAO, JIANG WEI, XU ZHU, TAISHI CI, LU BU.
    
    TIP: Guan Yu's Musou Attack also has the tendancy to juggle... but it
    primarily repels.
    
    
    (F) DUELING 1-on-1
    ++++++++++++++++++
    
       This is by far one the best features of the game because the
    gameplay is fairly cooperative! The first step of mastering 1-on-1
    confrontations is to know your characters abilities, as well as your
    opponents (strong points & weakness), and use them to your advantage!
    There are certain techniques regardless of any character's abilities
    that are "UNIVERSAL!" Example: Any SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE technique
    will render the opposing party in a dizzy stupor! Any SQURE, SQUARE,
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE technique is generally the strongest Charge Technique.
    Charging an Arrow will also leave your opponent listless! The "KEY" is
    to concentrate on your position, technique, and above all else
    "TIMING!" Rely on the basics and save the fancy stuff for sure kills!
    
    
    Learn the Basics
    ----------------
    
    1) Never let your defense down unless you're attacking.
    
    2) Learn to read your adversary... even try to predict their next move.
    
    3) Practice interrupting a character's normal moves.
    
    4) When being overwhelmed by an opponent, use your counter!
    
    5) Evasive manuevers, if a foe is opening up with a serious attack,
    dance out of range, then dart back in while their guards temporairly
    down and take advantage of the situation.
    
    6) When you break the enemies guard, always follow-up with a combo,
    musou, or a combo that ends with a charge or musou!
    
    
    Become Advanced
    ---------------
    
    1) Master interrupting the enemies Musou Attacks with your own. Which
    is done in-between strikes!
    
    2) Master locking blades, learn to time your strike with the enemies,
    once your blades are locked use this opportunity to phyically over-
    power your opponent, then attack them while they're open!
    
    3) Never forget your supply of arrows, especially if you're low on
    energy! Charge 1 to make your rival dizzy, or use your Musou to release
    a barrage of them!
    
    4)It behooves you to learn infinite combos, when push comes to shove &
    you have exhausted your resources; power, arrows etc... then learning
    to use infinte combos, which will save your ass in times of need!
    
    
    (G) MOUNTED ATTACKS
    +++++++++++++++++++
    
      When you see a horse with no rider, you have the option to mount it.
    If you decide to do so, you'll not only have better mobility, but
    you'll also be above your enemies (which is to your advantage because
    it makes it more difficult for the enemies to attack you). Be careful,
    though; the enemies will try to jump and knock you off the horse. When
    you get on a horse, your moves change. But you can still block while
    you're on horseback. You'll only have three attacks, and your combos
    will be limited, based on how well you steer your steed. Despite these
    limitations, you'll see the good side to being on a horse as you
    advance through the levels.
    
    
    Bowling on Horseback
    --------------------
    
      While riding a horse, you can pick up speed and bowl your enemies
    over, knocking them to the ground and doing a substantial amount of
    damage. However, this is not always possible against an enemy of
    superior power!
    
      Your steed is designed to hit targets at specific angles. EXAMPLE:
    If you bowl your enemy from the right then they will be repelled to the
    right side, like-wise... left will propel thim to the left side. If
    you hit the enemy dead on, then they will be projected foward.
    
    NOTE: Always remember, a horse's ability to charge is directly
    prorportional to the attack strength of the officer riding it.
    
    TIP: Check VIII. TRICKS SECTION for a neat bowling tip.
    
    
    Attacking on Horseback
    ----------------------
    
       While on horseback, you have four different attacks to choose from:
    bowling, normal, charge, and the Musou attack. All these attacks have
    the same range, but the damage increases accordingly.
    
    TIPS: When dueling an opponent on a mount, try to remember the
    following.
    
    1) Remember to guage your attack, learn your characters attack range!
    They vary for certain characters... due to the nature of their weapons
    (length, size, weight, style etc.) Always keep into consideration which
    side is your sword-arm while attacking. The majority of fighters sword-
    arms are on the right but some carry two weapons. If your enemy should
    be on your left side when charging one another then this puts you at a
    dis-advantage. This will force you to try and catch the enemy on the
    2nd stroke (which covers the left side).
    
    2) Standard Attacks atleast "1" to "2" seconds... before crossing paths
    or when the horses are neck and neck! There are slight variations in
    the timing, depending on the character ofcourse.
    
    3) Charge Attacks should be performed at distance meaning atleast "2"
    to "3" seconds before the horses cross paths! Which is efficient time
    for you to prep your attack!
    
    4) Musou Attacks should be done at very close quarters, atleast "1" to
    "2" seconds... before crossing paths or when the horses are neck and
    neck! There are slight variations in the timing, depending on the
    character ofcourse.
    
    5) If you miss during your initial charge, quickly swing back around.
    If you're good (meaning fast enough) you can catch your quarry before
    they can turn around themselves. If the situation happens to be vice-
    versa, swing around but remain immobile then hold the (L1) button.
    
    TIP: There are instantces when you may not be able to swing around in
    time (for whatever reason), if this is the case remain completely still
    while your opponent bears down upon your position. Once he or she is
    close enough, press and hold your Musou Attack (CIRCLE)! This should
    knock them out of the saddle if they come within range, don't forget to
    use your map located on the right-hand side to monitor their approach.
    
    
    Defending on Horseback
    ----------------------
    
    TIPS: While mounted, always bear in mind that you're most vulnerable in
    "3" particular areas;
    
    1) From behind, it's hard to guard your back! The way to cut down your
    chances of getting knocked from the saddle is to try a stay in constant
    motion! Even while stationary (when holding the R1 button) you can turn
    and move forward, backwards side to side etc... while cutting down the
    opposition! Foot soldiers trying to jump up and knock you down will
    have hard time doing so if you use evasive manuevers while at a trot!
    
    2) Archers will more than likely be your main problem! They're almost
    impossible to detect unless their in plain site, and they can snipe you
    at any given time from any given direction! The remedy for this is
    generally the same, stay in constant motion! This means they'll be
    trying to lock onto your positon! At times you may even see projectiles
    zip past you while you're in the heat of battle! Even at a dead run...
    always remember to zig-zag when there are archers located to your rear!
    They can still clip you from a good distance off... even while you're
    retreating! Sometimes I'll locate their postion and just wipe them
    out, this will save you alot of headache in the long-run.
    
    3) When your Horse rears you are ripe for the pickings. There's nothing
    you can do if your horse rears and your swamped by enemy fighters! My
    only suggestion is to exercise caution, if you know you can't mow down
    the enemy, which is predominatly subject to characters in "HARD MODE"
    or someone of superior strength (like LU BU) then don't bother! In
    "HARD MODE" a steed is almost useless... unless you simply need to
    travel great distances in a hurry! You own personal guards are subject
    to make your steed rear also, so it helps to monitor their position on
    the map when under heavy fire. Lastly bear in mind that any enemy
    fighter who happens to be on a mount is just as vulnerable if their
    horse rears too.
    
    NOTE: If you plan on traveling great distances it's best to stay within
    the proximity of your own horse. When engaging enemy troops you may
    have a tendancy to veer off from your steed... which usually disappears
    after you've left it behind, depending on the distance you've moved
    from it!
    
    TIP: When on foot sometimes it can be difficult to battle an opponent
    whose on horse-back. You have 2 options;
    
    1) You can jump up and knock the rider off his mount, which is
    basically the easiest way to handle the situation.
    
    2) Or you can press SQUARE, TRIANGLE, your fighter will then strike...
    followed by a Charged Attack in the form of an upward thrust, knocking
    the rider off his mount! This can prove to be difficult because your
    timing and position must be precise!
    
    
    (H) SPECIAL ATTACKS
    +++++++++++++++++++
    
    Shooting Arrows
    ---------------
    
      You can shoot arrows by holding the L1 button. Charge arrows by
    pressing the X button while still holding the L1 button. To use a Musou
    Attack apply the same concept but press the Circle button instead (hold
    the Circle button get a more effective shot)!
    
    TIP: Not many people realize this but you can move while shooting
    arrows, simply hold R1 and L1 at the same time... this give you
    mobility!
    
    
    Dash Attack
    -----------
    
       You can use the dash attack when you are joining a fight in which
    your allies desperately need assistance. It's not a good idea to use
    this attack when you're alone.
    
    NOTE: Some characters can use the dash attacks and follow them up with
    a Musou Attack!
    
    
    (I) DEFENSE
    +++++++++++
    
    Guarding and Counters
    ---------------------
    
       When on the defensive, if any warrior attacks you from the front,
    you'll block the attack. Once you block, you can do a quick counter,
    which, with most warriors, will send the enemies in front of you to the
    ground.
    
    
    Locked in Combat
    ----------------
    
       Your warrior becomes locked in combat if both you & another warrior
    attack each other with the same force at the same time. It also happens
    if you exchange numerous comparable-quality blows in succession. If you
    become locked in combat, press any button as quickly as possible. If
    you're quicker than the opponent, you'll force him back and he'll be
    left wide open. If you're slower than the opponent, you will be wide
    open, so be careful.
    
    
    (J) ENGAGING the ENEMY
    ++++++++++++++++++++++
    
       When you have only a few men with you it's difficult to engage a
    group of enemy warriors and survive, especially in the higher-level
    battles. Stay with the troops that are advancing to avoid being
    surrounded and massacred. Once you have six or more bodyguards,
    moving ahead will be easier.
    
       If you see a small group of enemies approaching, you can switch to
    your bow and hit the warrior in the lead. By knocking him down you will
    delay his troops, they will not advance until he recovers. Exploit this
    opportunity to your advantage, the same can be done when faced with
    multiple groups of enemies; just switch back and forth among the
    leaders.
    
       You can do several things once the enemy units are upon you. If a
    horde of them charge you, it might be smart to start with a Musou
    attack to spread them out a bit. By the time you take out a group of
    them, your Musou Charge Meter will be fully charged again. Also, if
    you're using a warrior with a range of six or more, you can move toward
    enemies as they approach and break them up with one of your swinging
    attacks.
    
       Always watch for enemy units who drop helpful items. Don't pass by
    the Axe or Armor... in many situations, those items will save your
    life. Also watch for Meat Buns. If your Life Meter gets too low,
    don't hang around the battle... fall back and use your bow. It helps
    you scan the area for items, you can rush in when you see a Meat Bun.
    
    
    (K) MOBILITY on the BATTLE FIELD
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    
       You have a clear objective for each battle. However, as the battle
    progresses, situations might arise in which you need to backtrack
    to help other units. Example: During the battle of Hu Lao Gate, when
    your commander is ambushed. In order to help quell this attack,
    you need to get back to your command fast. If you run through enemy
    units, you normally come out on the other side pretty well off, but
    it's smarter to find a horse so you can get there faster. If you run
    the whole way you might be too late.
    
    
    Keeping Track of Units on Your Maps
    -----------------------------------
    
       A quick way to see how much progress the other generals made is
    to switch to the main map. Here you'll be able to find the location
    of other major leaders in the battle, whether friend or foe. Re-asses
    your strategy to make it through the level with minimum casualties.
    
       As a quick reference, you can use the small map in the top right
    corner of the screen. Each red dot represents a single enemy unit.
    Bright red dots represent a general or some other type of leader.
    Blue dots represent your troops, and light blue dots are your leaders.
    Flashing yellow dots indicate where battles are taking place.
    Be careful not to let the enemy forces push back your forces...
    that could spell the end of the battle.
    
       You can toggle the map on the top right of your screen to show a
    zoomed-in view of your surrounding area. On the zoomed-in map, it's
    easier to see how many enemy units are approaching and the different
    paths you can take. With every major occurrence in the game, you are
    automatically switched to the zoomed-out version of the map, which
    shows you where the event is happening.
    
    
    Messages
    --------
    
       You'll receive messages across your screen during each battle.
    These messages help tell you what's going on in the battle. You'll
    find out about morale, advancements, and other battles that are raging
    on the map. In a heated battle, you might not be able to read all of
    the messages sent, because you only can see three or four at a time in
    the review area, so try to catch as many of them as possible when they
    first arrive.
    
    
    
    II. MUSOU MODE & FREE MODE
    ==========================
    
    (A) Musou Mode
    --------------
    
       Musou mode is the story mode. In Musou mode, you progress through
    five battles, all of which have something to do with the warrior or
    kingdom that you are fighting for. Progress is quickest in this mode,
    so you don't have much time to mess around. You need to win each battle
    quickly. Always be aware of your commander; if he dies, you'll have to
    begin again, and that's not fun.
    
       While in Musou mode, you can't go back and replay another level,
    and you can't change to another warrior in the middle of a series of
    battles. Once you get far along in Musou mode, you won't want to
    start with another character anyway, because the first character's
    achievements will be lost. Fortunately, the character will still keep
    his or her advancements in strength.
    
       Make sure you understand the role of your warrior in each battle.
    If you're trying to prevent enemy troops from getting through, be sure
    that's what you focus on so you don't get in trouble with your
    commander... and remember: you don't want to let him die. If he does,
    the battle will end.
    
    
    (B) Free Mode
    -------------
    
       In Free mode, you have more options. You can play any map you've
    reached in Musou mode. When you start the game, the first two battles
    will be unlocked. These are the battles that every warrior fights in.
    You can't use other maps until you get to the third battle with a
    warrior in Musou mode. Each kingdom has its own battles to fight; when
    you reach a new battle, you unlock it.
    
       In Free mode you don't have to fight in any order, and you can fight
    the same battle several times. You can fight each battle in different
    ways, and doing so lets you test the different paths you can take.
    Experiment with several warriors in Free mode so you can see what it's
    like to start in different positions.
    
    
    
    III. The "THREE KINGDOMS"
    =========================
    
    -COMMENTARY-
      The character Bio's vary in order & in length due to the significance
    or popularity of each individual character. Since no one else has done
    this in their own DW2 FAQ, I've taken the liberty of naming "ALL" the
    character's Counters, Charges, Musou Attacks, and Combos... based upon
    the nature and appearance of their moves. Hell, I couldn't resist using
    a little creative embellishment. All techniques are presented in the
    order of effectiveness and power, first to last. The 1st combo being
    the weakest and the last being strongest!
    
    
    (A) SHU KINGDOM; "Western Kingdom" Historical Insignia: (GREEN)
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    
    -COMMENTARY-
    
    SHU: Situated in isolated Xichuan, Shu had always been an outpost of
    regional power. During the Warring States it had been an independent
    power and later during Wang Mang's rebellion, was one of the rebels'
    last strongholds. The Kingdom of Shu stretched from Hanzhong in the
    north, to Yongchang in the far south, where semi independent Thai
    tribes roamed. It was centred on the province of Yi.
    
       The capital Chengdu was strategically in the fertile Xichuan plain
    and watered by the ancient irrigation systems from the Min River. This
    system enabled the capital to boast the most intense agarian population
    in China. Its walls were slighty smaller than that of Luoyang but it
    nevertheless had a population of 300,000, supported in part by the
    extensive trade it controlled through its waterways to the Yangzi. The
    city's name in antiquity was Shu (hence the name of the region) and in
    the Three Kingdoms it was also known as Yizhou.
    
       Having the smallest area and population of the Three Kingdoms, it is
    no wonder that Shu was the first to capitulate to the north. It had an
    population of only 940,000 and an army of just above 100,000. However
    it did hold out for a long period by virtue of its mountainous terrain,
    flanked in the north by five strategic passes, in the east by the
    Gorges of Yangzi River and in the west by the start of the Himalayas.
    
    --Three Kingdoms Chronicle.
    
    
    Feedback: The Shu kingdom was founded by Liu Bei... Zhuge Liang and
    Xuande's brothers in arms; Guan Yu & Zhang Fei. They gathered many
    great men around them, including the legendary Prime Minister Kongming.
    United in their dream to restore the later Han Dynasty to power, this
    small kingdom holds its own against the much larger kingdoms of Wei &
    Wu. Most members of the Shu Kingdom use long range weaponary,
    specializing with poles; spears, halbreds, tridents etc.
    
    
    LIU BEI: Style; (XUANDE)
    Born in: Zhwo 161
    Died in: BaiDiCheng 221-222 AD
    
       Considered to be the most virtuous ruler in the entire story.
    Liu Bei was a sworn brother of Guan Yu and Zhang Fei, as well as the
    uncle of Emperor Xian, earning him the title of Imperial Uncle. After
    the Yellow Turban Rebels were destroyed, he helped LU BU when he was
    fleeing from Cao Cao, however LU BU later back stabbed Liu Bei by
    rebelling against him. After his defeat, he was forced to flee to Yuan
    Shao, but after Yuan Shao died, he left and reunited with his brothers.
    Eventually, He persuaded Zhuge Liang to become his Advisor.
    
       After many defeats by Cao Cao, Liu Bei went south to Sun Quan.
    There he and Zhuge Liang helped Zhou Yu defeat Cao Cao at the Battle at
    Redwall. Under Zhuge Liang's guidance he gathered many talented men,
    such as 3 of the Five Tiger Generals; Huang Zhong, Zhao Yun, & Ma Chao.
    With Zhuge Liang, his two brothers, and Zhao Yun, they conquered the
    west and there Liu Bei became the first emperor of the Shu Han Dynasty.
    A charismatic and humble fellow, Liu Bei was very popular among the
    Chinese during his time, and Cao Cao considered him a "True Hero,"
    despite being enemies. After Guan and Zhang's death, he went on a
    massive vengeance counter attack, but due to incompetance and lack of
    knowledge pertaining to the Arts Of War he was beaten by Lu Xun of Wu.
    Liu Bei died of exhaustion and depression at the age of 55.
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       Liu is quite an average warrior, he has medium reach, limited
    defense and power. Nonetheless, he's not to be under-estimated. He
    performs combos quite easily, due to the large steps he takes when
    advancing! His style of fighting is quite common in this game, they are
    identical to; Sun Jian, Sun Quan, Sima Yi, Dong Zhuo, Yuan Shao and
    Zhang Jiao. Koei did an excellent job on Liu, except historically
    Xuande's character is supposed to use two swords (like Lu Xun) instead
    of one!
    
    Title: First Emperor Of Shu
    Weapon: Long Sword (Sword Of Fate) or (Ancestral Blade)
    Life: 220
    Attack: 88
    Defense: 90
    Reach: 5
    Value: Life Up +10
    Horse: (Dilu) (Stallion Of the Storm) & (Stallion Of Fierce Winds)
    
    Counter:       SWEEPING BACK-HAND
    Dash Attack:   LOW RAIL STROKE
    Charge Attack: STORM SHADOW
    Musou Attack:  HIDDEN DRAGON
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    ADVANCING FATE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    WHITE SHADOW:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    HIDDEN SHADOW:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    MOMENT Of TRUTH:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    TRUE VIRTUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    FLASHING VIRTUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    LONG SWORD; "HIDDEN DRAGON" TECHNIQUES
    --------------------------------------
    
    REVELING SCORE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    SHINING VIRTUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    MIGHTY ASSAULT:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    BLADE Of RETRIBUTION:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    
    
    
    ZHUGE LIANG: Style; (KONGMING) (WOLONG) [SLEEPING DRAGON]
    Born in: 181
    Died in: 234 AD
    
       One of China's greatest strategist, who managed to outwit everyone!
    His plots and traps were decisive & effective. Zhuge Liang "Kongming"
    was the most celebrated sage of his time. He was the master-mind
    behind splitting China into 3 kingdoms... a recluse living a simple
    country life who had an enormous reputation in his local area. His
    Taoist appellation, "Sleeping Dragon" served to preserve his anonymity
    in these early years until Liu Bei discovered his true identity from
    Shu. Liu Bei made "3" trips to Kongming's thatch cottage, pledging his
    utmost sincerity and eagerness to bring peace to the land, in-order
    restore the Han. Once Liu Bei persuaded Zhuge Liang to join his
    entourage... the inexperienced genius made a devoute pledge to aid
    Xuande with his righteous cause.
    
       Liang was Liu Bei's chief advisor and eventually became the Prime
    Minister of Shu Han. His precise plans combined with innovative genius
    and excellent administrative policies changed Liu Bei's status from a
    struggling soldier to an Emperor. But Liu failed to live up to the
    countries expectations, insisting on taking revenge against Wu (for the
    death of his sworn brother; Guan Yu)! Yet, Liu Bei was ignorant to the
    "Art Of War" & his army was completely annihilated by Lu Xun! Xuande's
    subsequent death left Kongming to expand and consolidate the Kingdom of
    Shu. It was only the arrival of Sima Yi of Wei in a senior commanding
    rank that prevented the Sleeping Dragon from taking ChangAn, the
    western metropolis. The Sleeping Dragon ran six northern campaigns
    against Wei. Liang's inability to decisively defeat Yi gnawed away at
    his conscience. Kongming's physical and mental output suffered as a
    result! In the midst of his sixth campaign, Zhuge died at the age of
    54. His protege, Jiang Wei succeeded his military command.
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       Zhuge Liang, although not my favorite fighter is "one" of the few
    RTK characters that I sincerely idolize... because of his divine
    wisdom, overall intelligence and keen insight. Yet, these attributes
    are of little worth in a game such as this. Kongming has the shortest
    reach & life meter in the game. Hell, even his Musou Attack is limited
    in range and striking ability... his character is hardly worth the
    effort play-wise! However his high defensive skills somewhat compensate
    for this, but not entirely! On foot this guy's a real push-over, but on
    a steed... he's poetry in motion! Liang is one of the best fighter on a
    mount, the nature of his fans giving him a steep advantage!
    
       This character can be manipulated by newbies and veterans alike,
    since he is rather weak compared to the other fighters. Its best to
    access the situation before jumping into the heat of battle! Kongming
    is also more dependant upon his guards as opposed to most fighters.
    When using him in 1-on-1 situations, I suggest relying on juggling and
    counters! Personally I think he's a waste of time in the field, and
    would only recommend him to "DIE-HARD FANS"!
    
       The Sleeping Dragon (including Liu Bei, Cao Cao, Sun Quan, Sima Yi,
    Zhou Yu and Lu Xun) are the main reason why I believe this game should
    have more planning and strategic value (like Kessen)! I firmly believe
    that if KOEI combined the strategic elements of an RPG like Kessen with
    a hands on fighter like Dynasty Warriors 2... it would break the mold
    an re-innovate both Fighters & RPGS alike. Hopefully in the future KOEI
    implements features where the player has complete autonomy over their
    armies, allowing gamers the ability to issue orders and command troops
    on a grand scale! Imagine the CPU's A.I. responding accordingly to your
    troops activity, and vice versa. This would add more depth & flavor to
    the game. It would almost be like simulated warfare, but with an arcade
    type feel to it! Oh... well, I can always fantasize about it.
    
    Title: Sage, Adviser, Commander, Prime Minister [Strategist]
    Weapon: Magic Fans (Spirit Of Thunder)
    Life: 200
    Attack: 90
    Defense: 100
    Reach: 1
    Value: Defense Up +8
    
    Counter:       FLOATING SPIRIT
    Dash Attack:   FANING BACK-HAND
    Charge Attack: MYSTIC FAN
    Musou Attack:  REFLECTION Of DECEPTION
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    WINDY SPIRIT:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    FLOATING SPIRIT:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    UNDER CURRENT:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    UPDRAFT:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    UPDRAFT, LOW-BREEZE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    RAPTURE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    MASTERY Of the "GREAT DESIGN"
    -----------------------------
    
    SLEEPING DRAGON:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    MAJESTIC MYSTICISIM:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    FATE Of the DRAGON:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    MYTHIC MAZE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    MYSTIC HAZE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    
    
    
    GUAN YU: Style; (YUNCHANG)
    Born in: HerDong 161
    Died in: JyuehSs Oct 219 AD
    
       Also known as Lord Guan or Guan the Noble. Yu was one of the most
    feared and respected Generals in all of China. He, Liu Bei, and Zhang
    Fei swore an oath of brotherhood and promised to fight the rebels,
    rule with virtue, and restore the Han Dynasty. He furnished the famous
    weapon called the "Black Dragon," and rode LU BU'S famous steed,
    "Red Hare." After Liu Bei's defeat at Xu Chou, Liu Bei fled to Yuan
    Shao, and Guan Yu was forced to join Cao Cao under certain
    circumstances. The brothers were reunited and Guan Yu served him until
    Liu Bei finally became the Emperor of Shu. He was the first of the Five
    Tiger Generals, and Governor of Jingzhou. He was captured by Lu Meng
    during the Battle at Yi Ling, both he and his son Guan Ping were
    executed (beheaded) by Sun Quan of Wu. Guan Yu's spirit haunted Lu Meng
    to death. Guan Yu also killed Yan Liang, Wen Chou, Pang De, Hua Xiong,
    some of the most distinguished and bravest officers.
    
       Today, Guan Yu is known as the "GOD Of WAR", chinese worship Guan Yu
    not because of his might and honor, but because of his loyalty to his
    sworn brothers. Guan was captured by Cao Cao once but when Yu found out
    where his elder brother "Liu Bei" was, he crossed 5 gates and killed 6
    generals to reach him. There are many statues of Guan Yu in Hong Kong
    police stations, restaurants, and temples of worship. The Triads also
    worship Guan Yu before they actually become members, swearing
    "brotherhood" to each other, helping each other and "NOT" betraying one
    another!
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       Most people tend to go either way with Yunchang... some complain
    he's to slow while others believe that his power compensates for his
    lack of speed. My opinion lies with the latter! On the whole Guan Yu is
    a solid fighter, he's quite effecient both offensively and defensively.
    Yet the weight of Yu's weapon slows down his attacks, but his power
    really does compensate for this! Yu's biggest weakness is the inability
    to cover his back... but he's still a superb fighter (especially one-
    on-one)! A rare and eccentric ability Guan has, is his Musou Attack
    "BREATH Of FIRE", it repels but can also juggle opponents. Although
    it's properties do tend to lean more so towards repeling the enemy.
    
       Guan is the ONLY known character who posses this strange anomaly! If
    you attempt to perform his "BREATH Of FIRE" and your opponent is
    positioned on your left side (literally adjacent or even behind your
    left-side) then Guan Yu will juggle that specific opponent while others
    are repelled! Yet, it would be much wiser to juggle the enemy first
    (SQUARE, TRIANGLE). This way you're centering the enemy directly
    infront of you, allowing you to juggle the desired opponent more
    easily! Regardless of Guan's trivial short-comings I do enjoy using
    him... he's one of my favorite Shu characters.
    
    NOTE: Refer to IV. The SYSTEM for detailed info.
    
    Title: Chief Of the "5" Tiger Generals
    Weapon: Spear, Glaive (Black Dragon) (Green Dragon) (Frozen Glory)
                    (Qinglong Yanyue Dao: Green Dragon Crescent-Moon Saber)
    Life: 280
    Attack: 98
    Defense: 84
    Reach: 9
    Horse: (Red Hare)
    Value: Attack Up +4
    
    Counter:       SPINNING BACK-HAND
    Dash Attack:   BROAD SCISSOR STROKE
    Charge Attack: BLACK SNARE
    Musou Attack:  BREATH Of FIRE
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    SHEDDING SCALES:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    PARTING SEAS:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    PARTING WAYS:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    "NO MERCY" WHITE LIGHTING, BLACK SNARE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    "GREEN DRAGON SABER" BLACK SNARE TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    "DARK DRAGON SABER" BLACK SNARE TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    "BREATH Of FIRE" FIRE-BRAND TECHNIQUES
    --------------------------------------
    
    "SERPENT Of FIRE" FIRE-BRAND TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    "SHOWERING INFERNO" FIRE-BRAND TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    "HEAT WAVE" FIRE-BRAND TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    "GOD Of WAR" FIRE-BRAND TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    
    
    
    ZHANG FEI: Style; (YIDE)
    Born in: Zhwo 167
    Died in: LangZhong Pass 221 AD
    
       His nickname was Flying Virtue. He swore an oath of brotherhood to
    Liu Bei and Guan Yu and promised to fight for the good of the people
    and rule virtuously. Fei fought long and hard with his brothers and was
    one of the most feared Generals ever. Zhang Fei was however bad
    tempered and a drunkard. Only Ma Chao and LU BU were able to hold their
    own in a fight against him.
    
       Once when Liu Bei was fleeing to Liu Biao, Cao Cao's army came
    behind them and Zhang Fei rode up to them alone challenging them
    to a duel. None dared to fight him and the entire army turned back.
    When Guan Yu was with Cao Cao, Guan Yu told all of Cao Cao's officers
    to write on their sleeves, "Beware of Zhang Fei." He became one of the
    Five Tiger Generals but was assassinated soon after his brother Guan
    was captured and killed. Fei's drinking and the abuse of his men
    ultimately led to his downfall. Two of his officers who he'd previously
    tied up an beaten, plotted to assasinate him while he slept after a
    long night of drinking. Fei's head was taken to Sun Quan... which
    further instigated the war between the Shu and Wu Kingdoms! The last
    remaining brother "Liu Bei" deeply mounred Zhang's death!
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       Zhang Fei is one of the strongest fighters in the game... but like
    his elder brothers he has no way of guarding his back. What he lacks in
    speed, he makes up for with sheer strength! Regardless of his strength
    his moves are easily interrupted... which can be quite vexing at times.
    On foot he's one of the best fighters to challenge opponents that are
    on horse-back! Yide's Musou Attack "POISON STEEL," juggles opponents...
    and inflicts heavy damage, the arc at which he swings his spear can
    quite literally dispatch any rider! Fei is definitely one of my all
    time favorites! His ability exceeds both his sworn brothers, and rivals
    that of the Tiger General "Dian Wei"!
    
    Title: "2nd" Tiger General
    Weapon: Serpent Spear (Zhangba Xiemao - Eight-Meter Snake Spear)
                          (Cobra) (Serpent Tongue) (Octane Serpent Spear)
    Life: 280
    Attack: 99
    Defense: 83
    Reach: 9
    Value: Attack Up +4
    
    Counter:       OVER-HEAD WINDMILL
    Dash Attack:   RUSHING SIDE-ARM
    Charge Attack: VENOM
    Musou Attack:  POISONED STEEL
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    APPRAOCHING THUNDER:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    TOUCH Of VENOM:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    TASTE Of VENOM:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    FLYING VIRTUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    5 DEADLY VENOMS:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    SPITTING COBRA:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    "8" METER SNAKE TECHNIQUES "POISONED STEEL"
    -------------------------------------------
    
    SERPENTS FANG:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    STRIKING SERPENT:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    THE END IS NIGH:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    DRIPPING FANG:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    
    
    
    ZHAO YUN: Style; (ZILONG)
    Born in: 158 AD
    Died in: 228 AD
    
       Known as the Dragon child. He saved Gongsun Zan from Wen Chou and
    became an officer under Gongsun. After Gongsun Zans defeat by Yuan
    Shao, Zhao Yun turned his allegiance to Liu Bei. He served Liu Bei
    loyally and was a very feared warrior. Yun also saved the infant Liu
    Chan (Liu Bei's son) from enemies by dashing into enemy army alone and
    fighting his way through on horseback. When Cao's forces were pressing
    on Xuande and his army, they were forced to flee. Burden with several
    hundred civilians... disaster was imminent! Guan Yu and Zhuge Liang
    were sent to get reinforcements and Zhao Yun and Zhang Fei were to take
    up the rear of Liu Bei's forces, to guard against Cao. Admist their
    retreat Xuande's army went into disarry, Zilong in a dire situation had
    to rescue Liu Bei's wives. He killed Chunyu Dao, Cao Ren's corps
    commander, saved Mi Zhu and Lady Gan... he then returned back to the
    massacre for Lady Mi & Liu Chan (Xuande's wife and child). Along the
    way he saw a captain with an iron spear and sword strapped to his back.
    Behind him were a dozen or so horsemen advancing at a gallop. Zhao
    challenged the leader, dropping him in a single engagement, the other
    riders fled. The man he slew was Xiahou En, Cao Cao's sword bearer.
    
       Cao Cao had two swords of exceptional value. One was known as
    "Heaven's Prop" the other "Black Pommel". Cao wore the first himself,
    Xiahou En bore the second. It's is said that the blade could slice
    through iron as if it were mud, and it's point was dagger sharp! Upon,
    examining the sword, Zhao saw the words "BLACK POMMEL" engraved in gold
    on the swords handle. Realizing the swords value, he thrust it into his
    belt, raised his spear and resumed his assault on the enemy. When he
    finally located Lady Mi she was severly wounded. He propmpted her to go
    to safety with him. Seeing that he only had one horse, she stubbornly
    refused to leave, when he inquired what would she do when the enemy
    arrived, Lady Mi set Liu's son on the ground, turned, and threw herself
    in a nearby well! To prevent the enemy from retrieving her corpse, Zhao
    Zilong pushed over an earthen wall, burying the well. He then loosened
    his armour straps, lowered his breast-plate, and placed the baby
    against his bosom.
    
       While retrating (with the child), he killed Cao Hong's Corps
    Commander, Yan Ming and several of his squad, fought ten rounds with
    Zhang He, then fled! While still retreating he used the Black Pommel
    and killed Ma Yun, Zhang Yi, Jiao Chu and Zhung Nan; all four were
    former generals of Yuan Shao, before surrendering to Cao. Completely
    surrounded by Cao Cao's troops he cut his way through enemy lines, and
    slowly drove back the swarm of commanders who encircled him! From a
    vantage point on a scenic Mountain, Cao Cao observed the general whom
    none could best, he asked his attendants who the man was... Cao Hong
    sped down the hill, shouting: "Let the fighter speak his name!" "Zhao
    Zilong of Changshan!" was the reply. Cao wanted Zilong captured alive
    and issued an order that no arrows be shot. And so, Zhao Yun managed to
    get away. After cutting through the enemy troops, the baby prince still
    under his breast-plate, Zhao downed two standards and captured three
    spears. The total sum of captains speared or slashed by Zilong amounted
    to more than "50"! His surcoat was drenched in blood and he was near
    complete exhaustion. Yun went on to kill; Zhong Jin, Zhong Shen, until
    he reached safety!
    
     Zhao Yun was Zhuge Liang's favorite General because he was cautious
    and brave. He once fought a duel against Xiahou Dun and his very
    banners alone scared Cao Cao away from seizing a city. He assisted
    Zhuge Liang on the Northern Campaigns and became one of the Five Tiger
    Generals. After Liu Bei passing Yun became the Pillar of the State.
    Liang relied upon Zilong through several critical campaigns after the
    deaths of Liu Bei, Guan Yu, Zhang Fei & Huang Zhong! One day a violent
    gust of wind from the north-east blew down a pine tree. Kongming made a
    remark about the significance of the particular event; "This portends
    the fall of a great general," his peers listened skeptically. Moments
    later Zhao Tong, and Zhao Guang (Zhao Yuns two sons) presented
    themselves before the Prime Minister. Upon seeing them Kongming wept
    saying "We have lost Zhao Zilong!" Tearfully Liang went on; "In Zilong
    the Dynasty had a pillar; and I my right arm!" All the assembled
    commanders wept. Zhao died of illness, he was 80 years old. A temple
    was built in his memory and he was buried with full honors.
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       Another one of my favorite characters, why... because his style
    (primarily combos) is not the easiest to master! Yun's spear has one
    of the broadest strokes in the game which protects him on "ALL" sides,
    rivaling the reach of LU BU's legendary halberd! The down-side is that
    some of his combos are quite difficult to link because of the way he
    levels his weapon. This shouldn't discourage veterans, but newbies may
    tend to get frustrated from time to time.
    
       Zilong's Musou Attack "SWORD-FISH TECHNIQUE" is in alot of respects
    similar to LU BU's "SUDDEN DEATH" except Yun spins with it counter
    clock-wise, unlike LU Fengxian who jumps while twirling his halberd
    clock-wise. The arc at which Zhao Yun swings it is perfect for knocking
    down mounted opponents! Zilong also happens to be one of "3" characters
    who can succesfully link an SSSSO combo "6" DEGREES Of SEPARATION, the
    others are Zhuge Liang and Dian Wei. Lastly, Zhao Zilong is also one of
    the few fighters that can link a chain combo after intiating a counter.
    
    Title: "3rd" Tiger General
    Weapon: Spear (Spear Of the Eclipse) (Spear Of Shadow) (Shadow Spear)
    Life: 240
    Attack: 97
    Defense: 89
    Reach: 9
    Value: Attack Up +4 (Attack +10: Chang Ban)
    
    Counter:       THROW-POLE TECHNIQUE
    Dash Attack:   LUNGING SLASH
    Charge Attack: FLOATING MOON CUT-DOWN
    Musou Attack:  SWORD-FISH TECHNIQUE
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    DRIVING LANCER:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    ILL GAIN:
    COUNTER, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE. (Press in rapid sucession)
    
    FULL ECLIPSE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    TOTAL ECLIPSE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    SPLITTING SEAS:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    DRYING "POLE" TECHNIQUE:
    COUNTER, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE. (Press in rapid sucession)
    
    PARTING WATERS:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    TROUBLED WATERS:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    THROWING POLE "SWORD-FISH" TECHNIQUES
    -------------------------------------
    
    "ILL DIVIDE" SWORD-FISH TECHNIQUE:
    DASH ATTACK, CIRCLE.
    
    "FULL DIVIDE" SWORD-FISH TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    "6" DEGREES Of SEPARATION; SWORD-FISH TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE. (Yun's position is crucial)
    
    "DIVIDE & CONQUER" SWORD-FISH TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE. (Zhao Yun's position is crucial)
    
    "HIGH SEAS" SWORD-FISH TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    "PARTING SEAS" SWORD-FISH TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    NOTE: To implement Zhao Yun's "ILL DIVIDE" technique properly, the
    timing is crucial, also make sure your target is centered directly in
    front of you!
    
    NOTE: To properly execute Zhao Yun's "6" DEGREES Of SEPARATION
    technique, your timing must be precise and you need to be relatively
    close to the target!
    
    
    
    
    
    HUANG ZHONG: Style; (HANSHENG)
    Born in: NanYang 147
    Died in: ShiaoTing 222 AD
    
       Huang Zhong was a magnificent man, tall and straight with a beard
    of flowing silver. He received his reputation as a mighty warrior
    only late in life. At sixty, he was still able to bend a three hundred
    catty bow and was a perfect archer. His skill was so great, that he was
    said to be able to pierce a willow leaf at a hundred paces. Huang Zhong
    was a famous archer and warrior.
    
       Originally, he served under Liu Biao and then Han Xuan, but turned
    his allegiance to Liu Bei after the fight with Guan Yu. For his deeds
    of valor, he was appointed to one of the Five Tiger Generals of Shu.
    He was very active under Liu Bei, fighting in the west and subduing
    the barbarians of Western China. But he is generally remembered for
    the coaxing the general in charge of defense "Xiahou Yuan" out to
    fight. Huang waited till his opponents guard was down... then he chased
    the unarmed Wei general and cut the man in two!!!!!
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       Zhong is very strong & his age does not affect his fighting skill!
    He advances very quickly when attacking, but his strength is limited
    by the reach of his sword! He's also another warrior that can link a
    chain combo after intiating a counter. Lastly, his power and accuracy
    with a bow is unsurpassed, only LU BU comes close! Huang does nearly
    twice the damage of any other warrior! He uses the same style as Xiahou
    Yuan and Gan Ning!
    
    Title: "4th" Tiger General
    Weapon: Broad Sword, (Sanjian Gong - Triple-Arrow Bow)
    Life: 220
    Attack: 95
    Defense: 93
    Reach: 4
    Value: Attack Up +4
    
    Counter:       SHORT BACK-HAND
    Dash Attack:   RISING KNEE
    Charge Attack: METAL MANTIS
    Musou Attack:  DARK HORIZON
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    PARTING GRASS:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    PARTING MIST:
    COUNTER, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    STINGING EDGE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    PRAYING MANTIS:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    STEEL JUSTICE:
    COUNTER, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    OUTER EDGE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    STEEL MANTIS:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    COLD STEEL:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    "DARK HORIZON" RIVER Of GRASS; FINISHING TECHNIQUES
    ---------------------------------------------------
    
    "STEEL MIST" FINISHING TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    "FADED HORIZON" FINISHING TECHNIQUE:
    DASH ATTACK, CIRCLE.
    
    ABSOLUTE "MOW-DOWN" FINISHING TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    "LIGHTING-MOON SABER" FINISHING TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    "JAGGED EDGE" FINISHING TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    
    
    
    MA CHAO: Style; (MENGQI)
    Born in: 176 AD
    Died in: 225 AD
    
       The oldest son of Ma Teng, this man is truly reminscent of LU BU!
    He was often compared to the latter. After Cao Cao killed his father
    and brother, Chao with his brother Mai Dai and their fathers friend
    "Pang De" attacked Cao Cao. As a matter of fact Ma Chao almost killed
    Cao Cao but Cao Hong came to the Prime Ministers rescue. Ma Chao was so
    good that he fought over 200 bouts with Xhu Zhu, Cao Cao's famous Tiger
    Guard. Only through deception was Cao able defeat the invincible
    warrior! Eventually his fathers sworn brother "Pang De" defected and
    joined Cao Cao. With the odds staked against him Ma Chao and Mai Dai
    were forced to retreat.
    
       Later on, fate played Chao against Liu Bei's forces. Liang sent
    Zhang Fei to do battle with the rebel, yet neither could prevail
    against the other after fighting around 500 bouts (which lasted from
    the evening till night)! They were both openly impressed by each
    other's strength and courage. Liu Bei and Zhuge Liang were also
    impressed with Ma Chao's courage and valor! Liang used a scheme to have
    Chao defect from his previous lord and join their righteous cause.
    Allied with the newly found Shu Kingdom, Ma Chao became a famous hero
    under Liu Bei and was henceforth known as one of the prestigious Five
    Tiger Generals.
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       Now here is a prime example of another character that simply fell
    short of my true expectations! KOEI may have given Chao a decent look
    but his style of fighting didn't do his character justice. Because of
    the way Ma Chao holds his Trident it has a much shorter range than it
    should. Furthermore he swings it overhead... so his attack range is not
    broad as it could be! His attacks don't inflict much damage, but they
    do spread out enemies, by knocking them far and wide. This enables you
    to single out key adversaries! Chao's a very abstract fighter... his
    moves can be difficult to set up, which is really frustrating. I'd
    reccomend him to veteran players only. "Newbies" should get more
    experience with the other clientele before experimenting with this guy.
    
    Title: "5th" Tiger General
    Weapon: Trident
    Life: 250
    Attack: 98
    Defense: 87
    Reach: 8
    Value: Attack Up +4
    
    Counter:       EXTENDED BACK-HAND
    Dash Attack:   POLE VAULT
    Charge Attack: SIDE WINDER
    Musou Attack:  SHINING TRIDENT
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    STILL DRAGON:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    STINGING SPIKE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    SHIMMERING TRIDENT:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    WEEPING DRAGON:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    DRAGON'S BITE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    LASHING TONGUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    DEADLY TECHNIQUES Of the "SHINING TRIDENT"
    ------------------------------------------
    
    SPIT FIRE:
    DASH ATTACK, CIRCLE. (Positioning Ma Chao is crucial)
    
    SLOW BURN:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    RIPPING SERPENT:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    DRAGON'S BANE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    VICIOUS EDGE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    NOTE: The "SPIT FIRE" Technqiue is very difficult and is best used on
    a group as opposed to a single adversary!
    
    
    
    
    JIANG WEI: Style; (BOYUE)
    Born in: 201
    Died in: 264AD
    
       He was an excellent general with skills rivaling those of Zhao Yun's
    and intelligence rivaling that of Zhou Yu! Jiang Wei became a general
    towards the final days of the Shu Kingdoms existence. After Zhuge Liang
    died, he turned over all his forces to Jiang Wei. Jiang Wei continued
    the Northern Campaigns but failed. He defended the Shu Kingdom for some
    time using wise strategies against Deng Ai and killed Guo Huai in a
    duel. Although he was an active participant in the northern campaigns
    he couldn't keep the territories after Zhuge Liang's untimely death. He
    joined the Wei force after Shu fell. With the help of Xiahou Ba, they
    defended the country but exhausted their strength and it fell to Deng
    Ai. Later, he surrendered to Zhong Hui, he helped Hui devise a revolt
    against Sima Zhao but it proved useless. Jiang Wei committed suicide,
    by cutting his throat... he was 59.
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       Because of his arc, Wei is very good at fighting against mounted
    enemies. His reach also plays a key factor, it's long enough that he
    can still do considerable damage from a distance. His moves are
    identical to Mao Chao's, which means he's also an abstract fighter...
    the only difference between the two are the way they hold the trident.
    Their moves can be quite difficult to set up, "Newbies" should get more
    experience with other clientele before experimenting with him.
    
    Title: Commander Of the Shu Kingdom (succeded Zhuge Liang)
    Weapon: Trident
    Life: 220
    Attack: 94
    Defense: 94
    Reach: 8
    Value: Attack Up +4
    
    Counter:       EXTENDED BACK-HAND
    Dash Attack:   POLE VAULT
    Charge Attack: SIDE WINDER
    Musou Attack:  SHINING TRIDENT
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    STILL DRAGON:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    STINGING SPIKE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    SHIMMERING TRIDENT:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    WEEPING DRAGON:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    DRAGON'S BITE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    LASHING FORK:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    KILLING TECHNIQUES Of the "SHINING TRIDENT"
    -------------------------------------------
    
    SPIT FIRE:
    DASH ATTACK, CIRCLE. (Positioning Jiang Wei is crucial)
    
    SLOW BURN:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    RIPPING SERPENT:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    DRAGON'S BANE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    VICIOUS EDGE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    NOTE: The "SPIT FIRE" Technqiue is very difficult and is best used on
    a group as opposed to a single adversary!
    
    
    
    
    (B) WEI KINGDOM; "Northern Kingdom" Historical Insignia: (BLUE)
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    
    -COMMENTARY-
    
    WEI: Based on the Imperial traditions and government structures at the
    Han capital, the kingdom of Wei was the most cosmopolitan of the three
    kingdoms, and accumulated considerable wealth. It was based in the
    Central Plain and the Yellow River, the heartland of Chinese
    civilization at the time, but its centralized authority also stretched
    in the east to Lelang colony in Korea and west to Gua (Dunhuang) in
    Gansu. Wei controlled the provinces of Si, Yu, Yan, Qing, Xu, Liang,
    Yong, Ji, You, Bing, and the northern parts of Jing and Yang.
    
       The capital of Xuchang boasted many fabulous palaces and temples,
    where the Cao lineage of rulers found amusement. Later, after the
    political situation stabilised, the capital was moved to Luoyang, whose
    walls enclosed over ten kilometres. At night, twelve gates controlled
    access to the 400,000 inhabitants within its boundaries. Although the
    disruptions of 190 had caused major damage to the city's buildings,
    many of the libraries, temples and palaces were rebuilt.
    
       The population of Wei was the largest, with roughly 60% living
    within its borders. It had 660,000 households living within its
    borders, with approximately 4,400,000 residents and a standing army of
    330,000. Its terrain was typical of Northern China, with open hills and
    flat grassland being the norm. The weather was drier and colder than
    that of the southern kingdoms, making it suitable for cavalry.
    
    --Three Kingdoms Chronicle
    
    
    Feedback: Wei is the large area of Northern China ruled by the
    legendary Cao Cao, fueled by ambitious rulers, intent on uniting China
    under one rule. Cao Cao built up an impressive army by gathering the
    best fighters in China. Of the 3 warring states, his was the closest to
    realizing the dream of unification. You'll find that the majority of
    the Wei characters use eccentric weapons, that utilize short and mid
    range techniques; axes, maces, swords, spears, etc.
    
    
    CAO CAO: Style; (MENGDE) [AH MAN]
    Born in: Jiao 155
    Died in: 220 AD
    
       Cao Cao was a very devious man by nature. Out of all the "warlords"
    he was the most ambitious, intelligent and shrewd of tacticians. I'd
    put him in league with Zhou Yu (Supreme Commander Of Wu), both were
    overly familiar with the Arts Of War and military protocol. Mengde was
    also quite arrogant to those he percieved to be inferior to himself,
    and he surrounded himself only by men of talent; strategists and those
    of the warrior class. Each group acted as his right and left hands by
    aiding his conquest to secure and maintain control over the northern
    territory of China!
    
       Once an officer under Dong Zhuo's command, Cao tried to assassinate
    Dong and failed! He fled... fearing for his life but was eventually
    apprehended. Yet, a district official named Chen Gong saved him.
    Chen considered Cao Cao to be a righteous man and instead of having him
    sent to Dong Zhuo for execution, he chose to flee with him instead!
    After the two parted company, Cao joined the Allied Forces against Dong
    Zhuo as a General. Soon after Dong Zhuo's death, he recruited the
    remnants of the Yellow Turban Rebels into his army and became very
    powerful. He served as Prime Minister under Emperor Xian, when in truth
    Cao Cao was emperor all but in name. Successful in the north, Cao Cao
    often recruited his former rivals in his campaigns, and often persuaded
    men of great talent to serve him. He destroyed LU BU, Yuan Shao, Ma
    Teng, and many other rulers. He fought Liu Bei several times, and was
    even able to recruit Guan Yu, an archenemy of his, but only for a short
    while.
    
       Although Mengde conquered the northern, half of China his forces met
    a crushing defeat at the Battle of Redwall, when he tried to invade the
    south. Later Cao met another defeat at the Battle of Yi Ling (A three
    way war between him, Sun Quan, and Liu Bei) but these defeats did not
    harm his superior hold on the northern half of China. He died from a
    brain tumor (210 AD) at the age 66 years. His son Cao Pi succeeded him
    as the King of Wei, and later forced the Emperor to abdicate.
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       It's the villain you love to hate, Mengde is my favorite fighter
    from the Wei Kingdom! The "1st King" Of Wei has a truly unique fighting
    style! His combination of strength and defense makes him a very
    formidable opponent. Cao Cao is also stronger & a more effective sword
    fighter than many of the other warriors. He starts off with 6 personal
    body guards! Now, here's the real skinny on Cao Cao, there are no other
    characters in the game with his particular form of sword play, so he
    tends to stand out from the other sword users! His particular style is
    strong... yet supple!
    
       Mengde's Charge Attack "BETWEEN HEAVEN & EARTH" has such a broad
    range that it's has massive crowd clearing abilities! His Musou Attack
    "SCREAMING PHOENIX" is lethal at close quarters and is a juggler to
    boot, it's also quite effecient at knocking an enemy off a mount! The
    only down-side is that the nature of his Musou Attack is somewhat
    abstract... at times it may feel hard to maintain juggling your
    opponent. On a positive note Cao Cao is one of the few characters that
    can link a chain combo after initiating a counter.
    
    Title: Prime Minister, King Of Wei, First Wei Emperor
    Weapon: Long Sword (Yi-Tian Jian - Sword Of Heaven/Supporter Of Heaven)
                       (Sword Of Trust) (Sword Of Oracle)
                       (Black Pommel) (Heaven's Prop)
    Life: 240
    Attack: 93
    Defense: 98
    Reach: 5
    Value: Life Up +10
    Horse: (Jue Ying aka; Shadowless) (Flying Lightning) (Shadow Runner)
           (Fergana Horse)
    
    Counter:       THRUSTING SIDE-ARM
    Dash Attack:   ADVANCING SIDE-ARM
    Charge Attack: BETWEEN HEAVEN & EARTH
    Musou Attack:  SCREAMING PHOENIX
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    ADVANCING RAZOR:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    HEAVENS PROP:
    COUNTER, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    TRAGIC END:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    SHADES Of FLAME:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    KINGDOM COME:
    COUNTER, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    TRAGIC KINGDOM:
    COUNTER, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    HEAVEN'S PEARLESS BLADE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    MIGHTY "YI-TIAN JIAN" SWORD Of HEAVEN TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    FEARLESS "YI-TIAN JIAN" SUPPORTER Of HEAVEN TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    "5" STYLES Of SCREAMING PHOENIX
    -------------------------------
    
    "SCREECHING PHOENIX" STYLED 1:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    "RISING PHOENIX"     STYLED 2:
    DASH ATTACK, CIRCLE. (Cao Cao's position after 1st blow is critical)
    
    "BURNING PHOENIX"    STYLED 3:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    "RAGING PHOENIX"     STYLED 4:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    "SCORCHING PHOENIX"  STYLED 5:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    
    
    
    DIAN WEI: Style; (?)
    Born in: ChenLiu 159
    Died in: ShianTseng 197? AD
    
       Dian Wei was recruited into Cao Cao's army by Xiahou Dun, Mengde's
    officer & relative (cousin). Mengde was extremely impressed with his
    tremendous strength & martial prowess! Dian was immediately called into
    Cao Cao's personal guard, and also served as the van-leader (point-man)
    for several campaigns. Wei was active in Cao Cao's campaigns... against
    the Yellow Turbans & LU BU. He also had a memorable encounter with a
    swash-buckler named Xhu Zhu! With Cao's instruction Dian Wei did
    eventually capture Xhu Zhu (using a pitfall trap) but neither could
    prevail against the other in one-on-one combat.
    
       Dian Wei's death was contributed by Cao Cao's lust and greed! Zhang
    Shio (city magistrate) had previously surrendered to Mengde but was
    angered when Cao began a secret affair with his uncle's widow. Zhang
    Shio's captain, a man named Hu TserErh stole Dian Wei's weapon, a
    famous double-halberd, while he was drunk after retiring from a
    banquet. The following surprise attack by Zhang Shio's army led to a
    huge defeat for Cao Cao. When Dian Wei was awakened by the sounds of
    battle, he found himself without armour and without his trusty halberd.
    Grabbing a infantry man's short sword, he managed to slay twenty of the
    enemy's spearmen, advancing through the main camp gates. Although the
    thick nest of spears heavily wounded him, Dian fought on desperately
    until his sword snapped. In a legendary scene, he then picked up two
    soldiers corpses and used them as giant mallets, felling another ten
    enemies. Despite the intense onslaught, Dian Wei held the main camp
    gate steadily, allowing Cao's escape out the rear gate.
    
       Eventually Dian was mortally wounded from by a spear in his back;
    the killer had entered from the rear gate (It is said that he died
    while on his feet)! Mengde's eldest son Cao Ang, his nephew Cao An-Ming
    and most importantly his gallant protector Dian Wei were killed in the
    fiery battle. Dian Wei's might had held the main gate, keeping at bay
    many enemy troops, and ultimately ensuring Cao Cao's safety. Cao was
    deeply grieved his favorite guard's sacrifice (his body was never
    recovered). Cao Cao instituted honours and sacrifices for him and took
    care of his son, Dian Man. At the mourning ceremony Mengde wailed and
    prostrated himself, and said "I have lost my first-born son, but I do
    not grieve as heavily for him as for Dian Wei. I weep for him."
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       This guy is really popular with DW2 Fans. Dian Wei is arguably the
    "2nd" strongest fighter in the game, and with good reason! His battle
    Axe allows him to mow through enemy units with little or no resistance.
    Wei's power is above Zhang Fei's, and falls moderately shy of the
    mighty LU BU (in some aspects)! All of the Tiger General's "REAVER"
    techniques harness the ability to knock riders out of the saddle (Musou
    Attack included), even his IRON-HIDE "FLOATING AXE" can be potentially
    fatal to riders! The only down-side is Dian Wei can't cover his rear,
    but his Musou Attack "IRON REAVER" juggles enemies which is an added
    bonus! If you're looking for a real solid fighter, who's generally
    player friendly (easy for newbies), then this is the man to use!
    There's not much else to say about him, except that Dian's phenomenal
    at clearing enemy troops and 1-on-1 combat. There are very few warriors
    that can hold their own against him!
    
    Title: Tiger Guard Commander
    Weapon: Giant "Battle" Axe (Whispering Blade)
    Life: 270
    Attack: 98
    Defense: 85
    Reach: 5
    Value: Attack Up +4
    
    Counter:       VIOLENT SWEEP
    Dash Attack:   HEAD BUTT
    Charge Attack: COLD REAVER
    Musou Attack:  IRON REAVER
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    SOUL REAVER:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    STUNNING REAVER:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    IRON-HIDE "FLOATING AXE":
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    REVERSE IRON SIDE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    REVERSE IRON SIDE; METAL REAVER:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    REVERSE IRON SIDE; COLD REAVER:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    "IRON REAVER" TECHNIQUES Of the WHISPERING BLADE
    ------------------------------------------------
    
    "GOBLIN REAVER" TECHNIQUE Of the WHISPERING BLADE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    "WROUGHT IRON" TECHNIQUE Of the WHISPERING BLADE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    "GOBLIN CLEAVER" TECHNIQUE Of the WHISPERING BLADE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    MIGHTY "DEMON CLEAVER" TECHNIQUE Of the WHISPERING BLADE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    WHEN "EVIL COMES" TECHNIQUE Of the WHISPERING BLADE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    
    
    
    XIAHOU DUN: Style; (YUANRANG)
    Born in: 156
    Died in: 225 AD
    
       Cao Cao was actually a member of the Xiahou clan, but his father was
    adopted into the Cao line. Xiahou Dun was thus a cousin of Mengde's and
    joined him in his early years. As Cao expanded throughout Northern
    China, he consistently used Dun as a general in all of his major
    campaigns, such as the wars against LU BU, Yuan Shao, and the incursion
    through JingZhou. Dun was also the one who recommended the infamous
    Dian Wei to Cao Cao! However he is most remembered for having one eye.
    During the campaign against LU BU, he was shot in the left eye with an
    arrow. He pulled out the arrow with the eye skewered on it and said;
    "Essence from my father, blood of my mother, I can not throw this
    away," then he swallowed it! He then charged off into the heat of
    battle and killed an enemy calvary man! Xiahou Dun was a brave fighter
    and brilliant general, who served his cousin loyally until his death.
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       Xiahou Dun uses a broad sword, yet the head of his blade is
    noticebly wider than the shaft! It has a much wider area of attack
    than the average sword used by other characters. You can use it to
    defend yourself from the front & sides. He's a serious power house...
    but Dun's broad sword hinders him from effectively guarding his rear!
    His blade is similar to Zhou Yu's... except his is much heavier and
    causes significantly more damage! Even his Musou Attack is similar to
    Zhou Yu's except he uses two hands while Zhou relies on one! What I
    find rather astonishing is the speed at which Dun wields it, despite
    its immense weight! This guy is an above average fighter. I'd say
    he's in league with Gan Ning, perhaps falling just shy of Guan Yu!
    
    Title: Marshal, General
    Weapon: Broad Sword (Sword Of Spectrum)
    Life: 250
    Attack: 97
    Defense: 88
    Reach: 6
    Value: Attack Up +4
    
    Counter:       DEEP STROKE
    Dash Attack:   FLOATING BROAD-SIDE
    Charge Attack: BLADE Of ANNIHILATION
    Musou Attack:  METAL MASSACRE
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    MOMENT Of PAIN:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    VIOLENT THUNDER:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    GLORIOUS DEATH:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    MASS MAYHEM:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    COMPLETE ANNIHILATION:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    TOTAL ANNIHILATION:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    "MAIDEN/MASSACRE" STYLE KILLING TECHNIQUES
    ------------------------------------------
    
    "OVER-KILL" STYLED METAL MAIDEN:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    "LAST STAND" STYLED METAL MAIDEN:
    DASH ATTACK, CIRCLE.
    
    "HEAVY METAL" STYLED HEAVY MASSACRE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    "RUE BLADE" STYLED HEAVY MASSACRE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    "TOTAL RUIN" STYLED HEAVY MASSACRE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    "RUE SWORD" STYLED HEAVY MASSACRE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    NOTE: Any SQUARE, TRIANGLE combo can be substituted with Dun's
    DASH ATTACK: (FLOATING BROAD-SIDE) It also juggles opponents.
    
    
    
    
    XIAHOU YUAN: Style; (?)
    Born in: 157
    Died in: ??? AD
    
       Yuan was another cousin of Cao Cao's. An efficient archer-one of
    the best of his time. He was spirited, bold and just as active as
    Xiahou Dun! After Cao Cao established the northern territories, Xiahou
    Yuan was deployed as the major general on the western frontline, and
    entrusted with the command of the defence. Yuan was an accomplished
    warrior but did not possess the brilliance of a true tactician. When
    Huang Zhong, aided by Fa Zheng approached HanZhong, Cao Cao ordered his
    cousin to personally command the defenses while he remained in reserve.
    Huang Zhong sought Fa Zheng's advice and their strategies focused on
    taunting and coaxing the aggressive Xiahou Yuan.
    
       Yuan and his troops tired from hours of unanswered challenges and
    grew lax, Fa Zheng orchestrated the Shu to attack. Huang Zhong charged
    straight at a weary and defenseless Xiahou Yuan, Xiahou spotted Zhong
    but it was too late. Xiahou Yuan was decapitated from the shoulders by
    the Shu General. When Cao Cao learned of his cousins demise he grieved
    deeply! Mengde swore revenge against Huang Zhong but his goal was never
    achieved.
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       Xiahou Yuan is a large man, and he's just as strong as he appears.
    His attack power is the same as Huang Zhong's! For a man of Yuan's size
    he's quick and may prove to be difficult to counter. Xiahou's also
    another general that can link a chain combo after intiating a counter.
    Yuan's moves are identical to Huang Zhong's and Gan Ning's!
    
    Title: Marshal, General
    Weapon: Broad Sword
    Life: 250
    Attack: 95
    Defense: 90
    Reach: 4
    Value: Attack Up +4
    
    Counter:       SHORT BACK-HAND
    Dash Attack:   RISING KNEE
    Charge Attack: COLD REAPER
    Musou Attack:  DARK HORIZON
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    PARTING GRASS:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    PARTING MIST:
    COUNTER, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    STINGING REAPER:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    STAYING REAPER:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    STEEL REAPER:
    COUNTER, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    MOWING SCISSOR DRILL:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    GRIM REAPER:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    MORNING STAR:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    "DARK HORIZON" RIVER Of GRASS; SHEARING TECHNIQUES
    --------------------------------------------------
    
    "DIVIDING MIST" SHEARING TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    "FADED HORIZON" SHEARING TECHNIQUE:
    DASH ATTACK, CIRCLE.
    
    ABSOLUTE "MOW-DOWN" SHEARING TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    "CRESCENT-MOON SABER" SHEARING TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    "RUGGED EDGE" SHEARING TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    
    
    
    ZHANG LIAO: Style; (?)
    Born in: 168
    Died in: ??? AD River Huai
    
       He once served LU BU, after LU BU's defeat he wanted death but Guan
    Yu wanted to vouch his own life to save Zhang Liao's. Cao Cao was truly
    impressed with Zhang Liao's demeanor, so he recruited him into his
    army. Liao was known for having held back the forces of the Wu Kingdom
    many times. In one particular battle Zhang held off the Wu force of
    approximately 10,000 with only 800 men. It was said that when he
    fought... it were as if he was possessed by demons! Zhang fought in
    many wars around China and also invaded Sun Quan's territory where he
    killed the warrior Taishi Ci. His name became so feared in Wu that
    children could be made to stop crying by the mention of his name.
    During the golden years of his military career, Ding Feng shot an arrow
    and wounded Liao while he was attempting to rescue Cao Pi (Cao Cao's
    eldest son)! Zhang Liao returned to Xuchang where he later succumbed to
    his open wound. Cao Pi buried him with honors. Of this no more need be
    said.
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       Zhang Liao is one of the few warriors who can defend his back. Liao
    has an extremely long reach and good strength. The downside is that
    he's rather slow. I've noticed that not many people seem to care for
    him, but I think he's fairly decent! Zhang's at his best up close and
    since he's rather sluggish compared to the majority, he's a better
    defensive fighter than offensive! Liao also has some pretty intense
    combos, which if used appropriately can fell the best of enemy's! His
    "TAXING DEMON" although a standard Musou is handy for un-seating any
    calvary-man. Here's yet another fellow that can link a chain combo
    after intiating a counter. His moves are also identical with Lu Meng's
    but they use different weapons. Actually Liao's spear is the same
    weapon Guan Yu uses (Black Dragon) or (Green Dragon Blade)!
    
    Title: Marshal, General
    Weapon: Halberd, Spear (Black Dragon) same as Guan Yu's.
    Life: 240
    Attack: 94
    Defense: 92
    Reach: 9
    Value: Attack Up +4 (Attack Up +10: Hei Fei)
    
    Counter:       HELL SWEEP
    Dash Attack:   SCISSOR STROKE
    Charge Attack: HELL-WIND
    Musou Attack:  TAXING DEMON
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    FLOATING SPEAR:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    TECHNIQUE Of the "5" DEMON BLADES:
    COUNTER, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    SPLITTING BLUE SKY:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    ADVANCED HELL-WIND:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    SCORCHED EARTH:
    COUNTER, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE. (Position is essential)
    
    HADES FURY:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    FIRE & BRIMSTONE:
    COUNTER, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE. (Position is essential)
    
    ULTIMATE HELL-WIND:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    BLEEDING DEMON:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    TECHNIQUES Of the FATAL SPEAR
    -----------------------------
    
    "GLIMPSE Of HELL" FATAL SPEAR TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    "HELL in HIGH WATER" FATAL SPEAR TECHNIQUE:
    DASH ATTACK, CIRCLE.
    
    "HELLS-RAKE" FATAL SPEAR TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    "HELLISH NIGHTMARE" FATAL SPEAR TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE. (Position is critical)
    
    DEMON "DEATH-RAKE" FATAL SPEAR TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    
    
    
    XU ZHU: Style; (ZHONGKANG)
    Born in: Jiao 169
    Died in: 240 AD
    
       He was once a Yellow Turban Rebel but joined Cao Cao when he was
    defeated by him. He was active in the Battle of Redwall and saved Cao
    Cao's life on many occasions; during the fight against LU BU when a
    flaming pillar almost crushed Cao Cao, when Huang Gai almost killed
    Cao Cao the Redwall, and when Ma Chao attacked the capital. Xu Zhu
    became leader of the Tiger Corps and was nicknamed "Crazy Tiger" for
    his exceptional exploits.
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       I've got a personal gripe with this character! Xhu really didn't
    live up to my expectations. Theoretically speaking, Xhu Zhu was equal
    in strength and skill to Dian Wei and Ma Chao! But the designers at
    KOEI decided to make him obese, slow, and carry a mace! The rendition
    of the DW2 character is a far cry from the original version portrayed
    in the novel! Anyway's this guy is very, very, strong... he's one of
    the hardest hitters in the game! Xhu's also very good defensively but
    he's a slow fighter. This largely negates his advantages, so you'll
    have to be careful when attacking. His lack of speed and vulnerability
    from behind, is his true weakness.
    
       Since he's so slow his moves can be easily interrupted too. A
    helpful tactic, is to use his "FINAL IMPACT" technique, this should
    give him some room to manuever when surrounded by enemy troops or
    overwhelmed by a superior opponent! Lastly, his Musou Attack repels
    enemies, the key to using it effectively, is to tryand inflict a
    considerable amount of damage first! Next try juggling your opponent
    (SQUARE, TRIANGLE), while their airborne perform his Musou Attack
    "STUNNING MACE"... they'll usually hover a foot or so off the ground
    while you're literally pulverizing them!
    
    TIP: When facing strong fighters like LU BU, Guan Yu or Zhang Fei, use
    his repeling combos; Final Impact & Full Iron Impact! The latter combo
    does extensive damage!
    
    Title: Tiger Guard Commander
    Weapon: Giant Mace (Metal Thorns)
    Life: 280
    Attack: 99
    Defense: 83
    Reach: 5
    Value: Attack Up +4
    
    Counter:       FORWARD THRUST
    Dash Attack:   TUCK & ROLL
    Charge Attack: FLYING MACE
    Musou Attack:  STUNNING MACE
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    GLANCING BLOW:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    STUNNING BLOW:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    FINAL IMPACT:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    FULL MACE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    DARK FLYING MACE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    FULL IRON IMPACT:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    "IRON MACE" FINISHING TECHNIQUES
    --------------------------------
    
    "FULL IMPACT" FULL FINISHER:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    "LIGHT MACE" FULL FINISHER:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    "IRON HAUL" FULL FINISHER:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    "MIGHTY STUNNER" FULL FINISHER:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    "FULL IRON MACE" FULL FINISHER:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    
    
    
    SIMA YI: Style; (ZHONGDA)
    Born in: ???
    Died in: ???
    
       The greatest tactician of Wei, Sima Yi was Zhuge Liang's chief rival
    during the Shu-Wei campaigns. The infamous Wei strategist consistently
    turned back Zhuge Liang's Northern Campaign! He was a very wise man and
    the only strategist who could hold his own against Liang. Kongming had
    Yi mixed up in a plot of rebellion, which got Sima Yi dismissed from
    office. After the Wei Kingdom met several defeats from the hands of the
    crafty Zhuge Liang, Cao Rui restored Sima Yi back to power. Sima Yi
    successfully defended the Wei Kingdom from Zhuge Liangs Northern
    Campaigns. When Zhuge Liang died, Yi attacked the Shu camps but saw
    Zhuge Liang sitting on top of his carriage which frightened Sima Yi. He
    later found out that it was only a wooden carving of the dead leader.
    He and his successors eventually usurped the power of Wei; Sima Yen
    finally overthrew Wei and united China at the end of the Three Kingdoms
    period.
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       Sima Yi's weapon is quite similar to Liu Bei's except Yi supposedly
    has a higher level of attack & defense, but his life meter is shorter.
    When using him, avoid fighting in the center of group. It's best to
    wait for back up, then concentrate on the Unit Captains and Generals,
    while your men attend to the masses. I "HATE" this dude, out of all the
    fighters... he has the most annoying voice! Yi has this weird laughter
    for a battle cry, dude sounds like "Curly" from the "Three Stooges!"
    
    Title: Advisor, Strategist
    Weapon: Long Sword
    Life: 220
    Attack: 89
    Defense: 99
    Reach: 5
    Value: Defense Up +8
    
    Counter:       SWEEPING BACK-HAND
    Dash Attack:   LOW RAIL STROKE
    Charge Attack: STRATEGIC STRIKE
    Musou Attack:  BLADE Of DECEPTION
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    ADVANCING STRIKE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    BRIGHT COUNTER STRIKE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    ADVANCING REVERSE COUNTER STRIKE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    LASTING COUNTER STRIKE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    STRATEGIC COUNTER STRIKE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    REVERSE COUNTER STRIKE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    LONG SWORD; "4" BLADES Of DECEPTION
    -----------------------------------
    
    FLEETING DECEPTION:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    SHARP DECEPTION:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    ART Of DECEPTION:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    SWORD Of DECEPTION:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    
    
    
    (C) WU KINGDOM; "Southern Kingdom" Historical Insignia: (RED)
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    
    -COMMENTARY-
    
    WU: With its economic, military and transportation needs relying on the
    Yangzi River, naval technology played an important part in Wu. The
    Yangzi Valley supported the majority of the population and sustained
    trade between the lower and middle reaches of the river. Because of the
    size of Wu, being the largest of the three kingdoms, control over the
    southern territories such as Nanhai and Jiaozhi was very minimal. Wu
    controlled the provinces of Yang, Jing and Jiao.
    
       The capital was originally at Wuchang, then transferred to Jiankang,
    also known as Jiangye (modern day Nanjing), near the widest part of the
    Yangtze River and north of Tai Lake. It was part of Danyan county and
    was chosen by the Sun clan due to its proximity to their power base in
    the region of Wu, directly to its south. The city was protected by
    Jinling Fort and its four walls. During the Three Kingdoms, Jiankang
    became a major cultural and political centre of Southeast China,
    experiencing few major disruptions to city life.
    
       The population of the south was not yet built up to the extend of
    the present day and the north-south population ratio was in favour of
    the north. Wu had around 520,000 households and 2,300,000 residents
    under its rule, including 30,000 bureaucrats and armed forces of
    230,000. The climate of Wu was tropical and the terrain was mostly
    marshland and densely covered forest and jungle. Hence the northern
    armies of Wei found it extremely difficult to win a decisive victory
    before they were overcome by malaria.
    
    --Three Kingdoms Chronicle
    
    
    Feedback: It took approximately three generations for the Wu Kingdom to
    rise to power! Founded by Sun Jian, who was slain before Wu actually
    came to power, it was developed by his children. The Wu Kingdom's
    position in the basin of the Yangtze River allows it a large sphere of
    influence. As opposed to the other two kingdoms the Wu Kingdom relies
    on short range weaponary, primarily swords!
    
    
    SUN JIAN: Style; (WENTAI)
    Born in: FuChun (Wu) 155
    Died in: ShiangYang/ShienSan (NanYang) 192 AD
    
       He was active in the battle against Dong Zhuo and the Yellow Turban
    Rebels. After he was able to capture the old capital Lo Yang, Dong Zhuo
    moved it to Chang An. Sun Jian found the Hereditary Seal (an Imperial
    Crown) and stole it. Yuan Shao suspected Sun Jian of the theft and Sun
    Jian denied it saying that if he did, he would die a horrible death. On
    his way home, Yuan Shao ordered that Liu Biao stop him. Sun Jian fought
    Liu Biao but he was struck & killed by many arrows.
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
      Sun Jian is very powerful, although his fighting style isn't unique,
    he uses it much better than other warriors do, due to his strength and
    defensive prowess. Overall he's pretty decent fighter... but I prefer
    to use Liu Bei!
    
    Title: Warlord, Lord Of Wu
    Weapon: Long Sword (Guding Jian - Ancestral Sword)
                       (Gu Ding Sword)
    Life: 250
    Attack: 93
    Defense: 92
    Reach: 5
    Value: Life Up +10
    
    Counter:       SWEEPING BACK-HAND
    Dash Attack:   LOW RAIL STROKE
    Charge Attack: FLAMING BACKHAND
    Musou Attack:  CROUCHING TIGER
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    TIGERS CLAW:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    FLAMING SHORT HAND:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    BURNING REVERSAL:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    CREEPING TIGER:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    PARTING FLAMES:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    ROARING FLAME:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    LONG SWORD; STYLED "CROUCHING TIGER"
    ------------------------------------
    
    BURNING SENSATION:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    BLOODY TIGER:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    MIGHTY TIGER ASSAULT:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    FLAMING TIGER:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    
    
    
    SUN QUAN: Style; (ZHONGMOU)
    Born in: 182
    Died in: 252 AD
    
        His father and male sibling were both fated to die before their
    time, which left Quan as the reigning monarch of Wu! Quan was the first
    Emperor of the Wu Kingdom, and Sun Jian's second son. He inherited the
    kingdom of Wu from his older brother Sun Ce who laid down the
    foundations. Sun was installed as the new ruler at a very early age,
    and became friends with Lu Su and Zhou Yu. He housed Liu Bei after Liu
    Biao's defeat. He invited scholars and warriors from everywhere to join
    his army including Gan Ning a former pirate. Like Cao Cao, Sun Quan was
    a very shrewd individual and generally considered all those who weren't
    allied with himself as the enemy.
    
       Quan appointed Zhou Yu as Commander-In-Chief during the Battle at
    Redwall and made Lu Su his assistant. He also sought the help of Zhuge
    Liang who was with Liu Bei, and recruited Zhuge Liang's older brother,
    Zhuge Jin into his counsel. Like Zhou Yu he had a very devious
    demeanor... both attempted to assassinate Liu Bei on several occasions
    but failed! After Cao Pi proclaimed himself Emperor of Wei, Sun Quan
    proclaimed himself the Emperor of Wu and Liu Bei became Emperor of Shu
    thus starting the Three Kingdoms. Quan was shrewd ambitious, and a man
    of no nosense... he often used devious tactics to get his own way!
    Through out the years he outlived all his brothers; he even outlived Lu
    Xun. Sun died when he was 71. The Wu Kingdom was the last of the Three
    Kingdoms to fall.
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       Sun Quan Has the same moves and attributes as his father (Sun Jian)!
    See Sun Jian above. Quan is a solid fighter... but his screeching voice
    annoys the hell out of me!
    
    Title: King Of Wu, Emperor Of Wu
    Weapon: Long Sword (Guding Jian - Ancestral Sword)
    Life: 230
    Attack: 92
    Defense: 90
    Reach: 5
    Value: 0
    
    Counter:       SWEEPING BACK-HAND
    Dash Attack:   LOW RAIL STROKE
    Charge Attack: FLAMING BACKHAND
    Musou Attack:  CROUCHING TIGER
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    TIGERS CLAW:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    FLAMING SHORT HAND:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    BURNING REVERSAL:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    CREEPING TIGER:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    PARTING FLAMES:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    SEARING FLAME:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    LONG SWORD; "CROUCHING TIGER" STYLE
    -----------------------------------
    
    BURNING SENSATION:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    MIGHTY TIGER TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    FEROCIOUS TIGER'S CLAW:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    FLAMING TIGER TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    
    
    
    ZHOU YU: Style; (GONGJIN)
    Born in: Shu (LuJiang) 175
    Died in: 210
    
       Out of all the characters that played a role in the Three Kingdoms
    epic... I'd say hands down that Zhou Yu was the most decietful, kniving
    and devious! Yu was sworn brother and brother in law to Sun Ce and
    helped in capturing south China. He married the 2nd most beautiful
    woman in all of China (Sun Ce's wife's sister). After Ce died, he
    served Sun Quan. Zhou Yu was very devious in nature, and full of
    schemes... he out-foxed Cao Cao several times, and was one of the most
    highly decorated officers in Wu. He recommended Lu Su to Sun Quan and
    was appointed Commander In Chief during the Battle at Redwall. Zhou
    tactfully had Cai Mao (a general training Cao's navy) mixed up in a
    conspiracy which ultimately provoked Cao Cao to have him put him to
    death (he was beheaded)!
    
       Later Yu tried to assassinate Liu Bei but changed his mind after he
    saw the hero Guan Yu standing next to him. He also feared Zhuge Liang's
    prowess and ploted to have him executed on several occasions, but was
    unsuccessful because Liang was always constantly able to out-smart him!
    Zhou Yu, Zhuge Liang and Pang Tong helped Zhou win a stunning, victory
    over Cao Cao during Redwall, even though they were outnumbered 10 to 1.
    Later after the triumph over Cao Cao, Yu was shot with a poisoned
    arrow... and nearly died! He survived but his health had diminished
    drastically. Eventually Zhou Yu succumbed to the chronic wound, due
    over-exertion and stress!
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       Zhou Yu is quite literally one of the most talented fighters in the
    game! One-on-One this guy's no joke, his style is rather abstract and
    his combos are complex. Although, Yu's power isn't any where near
    porportional to his speed. The Supreme Commander moves so fast that he
    can successfully counter, interrupt anyones combo attacks, and also
    link a number of aerial attacks! This makes him a hell of an offensive
    and defensive fighter! Lu Xun, Sun Shang Xiang, Gan Ning, Huang Zhong
    and Xiahou Yuan are the only fighters who come even remotely close to
    matching his speed! Another added bonus is the Supreme Commander's
    Musou Attack "SCARLET TEARS," it juggles opponents and is quite easy to
    link from a combo. But, I can't help but point out that he'd be even
    more lethal if he could link his counter attack with a combo too.
    
    Title: Supreme Commander
    Weapon: Broad Sword (Guding Jian - Ancestral Sword)
    Life: 220
    Attack: 90
    Defense: 98
    Reach: 5
    Value: Defense Up +4
    
    Counter:       SWEEPING WIND
    Dash Attack:   ADVANCING MID-SLASH
    Charge Attack: WHIMSICAL FLASH
    Musou Attack:  SCARLET TEARS
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    SLAHING TALONS:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    LUNGING BLADE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    SILENT WING:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    SILENT WINGS:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, TRIANGLE, TRIANGLE.
    
    PIECRING SPARROW:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    GLIDING SPARROW:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    WEEPING SPARROW:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    DIVING SPARROW:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, TRIANGLE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    MASTERY Of the "5" RAZORS
    -------------------------
    
    "MARK Of DEATH"   1ST RAZOR:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    "SCARLET WINE"    2ND RAZOR:
    DASH ATTACK, CIRCLE.
    
    "SCREAMING EAGLE" 3rd RAZOR:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    "EBONY TEARS"     4th RAZOR:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    "SWORD Of RUIN"   5th RAZOR:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    
    
    
    LU MENG: Style; (ZIMING)
    Born in: ???
    Died in: ???
    
       Lu was a Wu officer after the Battle of Red Wall, he was also one of
    the main supporters of the Wu Kingdom after Zhou Yu's death. When Lu
    was younger, he was a great fighter. He thought that was all he needed
    to be successful, but Sun Quan taught him that he also needed to know
    the strategies & politics of war. From that point on, Meng studied
    furiously to advance. Lu Meng proposed to invite Gan Ning and Lu Xun to
    Sun Quan. He was active in the Battle at Yi Ling where he captured the
    invincible Guan Yu and Guan Ping. Where the latter two were
    subsequently executed (beheaded)! Soon after Guan Yu's spirit takes
    possesion of Meng's body, killing him in the process!
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       Lu Meng has awesome reach with his weapon. His only problem is his
    lack of speed. He isn't as slow as some, but he's slow enough that
    enemies can successfully counter most of his attacks... actually his
    movements are "identical" to Zhang Liao's! Look under the Wei Kingdom
    and see Zhang Liao for further information.
    
    Title: General
    Weapon: Halberd, Spear (Spear of Mortal Thorns)
    Life: 228
    Attack: 92
    Defense: 96
    Reach: 9
    Value: Defense Up +4
    
    Counter:       SPINNING SWEEPER
    Dash Attack:   SCISSOR STROKE
    Charge Attack: CRIMSON TIDE
    Musou Attack:  STREAMING DEATH SCYTHE
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    STREAMING SCISSORS:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    "5" BLADES TECHNIQUE:
    COUNTER, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    SPLITTING RED SKY:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    DEATH RAKE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    PARCHED EARTH:
    COUNTER, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE. (Position is essential)
    
    CROSS GUARD:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    SPEAR Of MORTAL THORNS:
    COUNTER, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE. (Position is essential)
    
    WAVERING TIDE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    CRIMSON DAWN:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    PRACTICES Of the MORTAL THORN
    -----------------------------
    
    BLEEDING "DEATH SCYTHE" PRACTICES Of the MORTAL THORN:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    "METAL SCORN" PRACTICES Of the MORTAL THORN:
    DASH ATTACK, CIRCLE.
    
    "BLOODY-RAKE" PRACTICES Of the MORTAL THORN:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    "POISONED-THORN" PRACTICES Of the MORTAL THORN:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE. (Position is critical)
    
    "METAL-RAKE" PRACTICES Of the MORTAL THORN:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    
    
    
    TAISHI CI: Style; (ZIYI)
    Born in:
    Died in:
    
       Taishi Ci once rescued Kong Rong from the remnants of the Yellow
    Scarve Rebels. Ci felt indebted to him because of Kong Rong's kindness
    to his mother while he was away. Later he joined Liu Yao and fought
    against Sun Ce. The two dueled for 50 bouts, neither could prevail
    against the other! Later, Taishi Ci was captured by Sun Ce who treated
    him with respect, and so he surrendered. Ci immediately promised Sun
    that he'd bring 1000 soldiers 3 days! No one in the Wu army trusted
    Taishi besides Sun... as promised Taishi Ci returned with 1000 soldiers
    on the third day. After the Battle of Red Wall, Sun Quan attacked He
    Fei where Cao Cao's general Zhang Liao was in command. Taishi Ci fell
    into a scheme designed by Liao's and was shot by thousands of arrows.
    He was only 41. His last words were, "When a worthy man is born into a
    turbulent world, he has to be a soldier and gird on a three spans sword
    to step on the mountain to mend the sky. I have not rendered great
    service. Why must I die before I have attained my desire?"
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       This guy has a very limited arsenal, he's strong... but his attacks
    are so linear that he can't effectively attack anyone except those
    who are centered directly in front of him. Wandering into the middle of
    a large battle with him would probably be catastrophic. Ci's Musou
    Attack the "DREADED FOE HAMMER" packs sheer power, one blow could send
    an enemy about 10 to 15 yards away! But those who are unfortunate
    enough to get in his path can easily counter him. Despite the fact that
    his musou is strong it's slow and also easily avoidable. Actually, he's
    perfect for newbies... I'd recommend him to anyone just starting
    out in this game.
    
    Weapon: Steel Tusks (Striking Hand)
    Life: 260
    Attack: 97
    Defense: 87
    Reach: 4
    Value: Attack Up +4
    
    Counter:       SIDE-THRUST
    Dash Attack:   RUSHING SIDE-THRUST
    Charge Attack: ADVANCING SMITE
    Musou Attack:  DREADED FOE HAMMER
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    TORTISE TROMP:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    STINGING ANVIL:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    HAMMERING ERUPTION:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    TURTLE TREMOR:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    TURTLE THURST:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    DREADED HAMMER:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    DREADED "FOE HAMMER" TECHNIQUES Of the STRIKING HAND
    ----------------------------------------------------
    
    "SHELL PLOW" TECHNIQUE Of the STRIKING HAND:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    MIGHTY "SHELL CRACK" TECHNIQUE Of the STRIKING HAND:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    MIGHTY "SHELL STOMP" TECHNIQUE Of the STRIKING HAND:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    "SPLITTING ANVIL" TECHNIQUE Of the STRIKING HAND:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    
    
    
    GAN NING: Style; (XINGBA)
    Born in: Linjiang in Bajun ???
    Died on: ???
    
       He was once a famous pirate known as "Bandit of the Colored Sails."
    He received recommendation by Lu Meng and so he served Sun Quan in the
    Wu Kingdom's navy, and was responsible for leading a suicide squad
    against Cao Cao. He took 100 Calvary troops and literally hacked
    through the enemy. Not a single man under his command died in that
    mission. Sun Quan, upon learning of Gan Ning's bravery, said, "Cao Cao
    may have Zhang Liao, but we have Gan Ning!" Gan Ning was one of the
    fiercest generals and was an Admiral during the Battle of Red Wall. Yet
    he was killed at Yi Ling by Shamoke, who shot an arrow in the back of
    his skull, while trying to flee. His corpse was found sitting under a
    tree being scavenged upon by crows.
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       Here's my favorite fighter from the Wu Kingdom. Gan Ning's got that
    ruthless appearance... red and black serpent tattoos, dread locks,
    shrewd demeanor etc (but corny dialouge). His style is identical to
    Huang Zhong's & Xiahou Yuan's, but his attributes put him ahead of the
    latter two. Ning's better than most fighters in a 1-on-1 match, due to
    his speed and strength; interrupting moves, out-gunning, overpowering,
    & countering. Gan's combos and chain-combos are fairly easy to link
    even after countering too. He's a well rounded character, I'd highly
    reccomend him to "Newbies" looking for a solid fighter.
    
    Title: Pirate, Bandit Of the Colored Sails, District Commander
    Weapon: Broad Sword
    Life: 240
    Attack: 98
    Defense: 88
    Reach: 4
    Value: Attack Up +4
    
    Counter:       SHORT BACK-HAND
    Dash Attack:   RISING KNEE
    Charge Attack: DARK HORIZON
    Musou Attack:  GLEAMING BARRAGE
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    PARTING GRASS:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    PARTING MIST:
    COUNTER, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    DARK EMBRACE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    WICKED EMBRACE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    DEVIL'S EMBRACE:
    COUNTER, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    FLESH & BONE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    STEEL TEMPERANCE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    DARK TEMPERANCE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    "GLEAMING BARRAGE" RIVER Of GRASS; RAZING TECHNIQUES
    ----------------------------------------------------
    
    "WICKED END" RAZING TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    "FADED BARRAGE" RAZING TECHNIQUE:
    DASH ATTACK, CIRCLE.
    
    ABSOLUTE "MOW-DOWN" RAZING TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    "WICKED-SABER" RAZING TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    "WICKED EDGE" RAZING TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    
    
    
    LU XUN: Style; (BOYAN)
    Born in: ???
    Died in: ???
    
       One of Wu's greatest officers! Scholar and son-in-law of Sun Ce. He
    succeeded Lu Su after being appointed as the Commander-in-Chief out of
    the blue from Kan Ze's recommendation. East Wu was in danger of being
    overrun by Liu Bei's deep incursion into Wu territory (to avenge the
    deaths of Guan Yu & Zhang Fei). Veteran officers opposed the promotion
    of Boyan's rank to commander-in-chief, due to his scholarly background.
    Sun Quan went ahead with the appointment nonetheless. Lu's orders of
    holding and defending the important passes and castles and ceasing all
    attacks on the enemy has raised the eyebrows of many generals. They
    thought he was a coward, though misunderstood & could be in danger of
    insubordination among his officers, Lu Xun held steadfast to his
    strategy waiting for the approciate strategy to strike.
    
       The time to strike finally arrived when Liu Bei moved his army into
    the more shady woods during the summer. Ma Liang cautioned Liu Bei
    against Lu Xun's motive for his seemingly cowardly defensive stance
    could be waiting for this very moment whereby to make use of the hot
    summer heat to launch an counter offensive with fire. Unfortunately Liu
    Bei turned a deaf ear to Ma Liang's advise and was subsequently
    defeated! Lu Xun's pursuit of Liu Bei ended when he was lost and
    trapped inside the rock formation set up by Zhuge Liang ("Eight Fold"
    Maze: (Desist, Survive, Injure, Confound, Exhibit, Perish, Surprise,
    and Liberate)! After Liu Bei's death, Boyan was later appointed as the
    Prime Minister of Wu and honored the pact of alliance with Shu with
    reinforcements and attacks Wei.
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       Lu Xun along with Lady Sun and Kongming are all considered to be
    lightweights in the game. Actually I believe he's the strongest of the
    three. He also has many moves that stun enemies. There are quite a few
    characters that can't cover their rear... Lu Xun happens to be one of
    the weakest in this department. When your fighting in massive crowds,
    it's best to use hit and run tactics. On the positive side... Boyan is
    quite easy to use, his style of sword-play and even his phenomenal
    speed rivals Zhou Yu's. Lu Xun is the first character I played with,
    this is another cat I'd reccomend to players just starting out.
    
    Weapon: Twin Swords (Shuang Jian - Double Swords) (Swords-of-War)
                        (Phantom Swords)
    Life: 200
    Attack: 93
    Defense: 97
    Reach: 4
    Value: Defense Up +4
    
    Counter:       TWIN BRIDGE-TECHNIQUE
    Dash Attack:   FLOATING BRIDGE-TECHNIQUE
    Charge Attack: TWIRLING BLADES
    Musou Attack:  WILD PHEASANTS
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    TWIN FLOW:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    TWIN HEAVENS:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    SWEEPING SWALLOW:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    RAZOR TALONS:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    FALLING SWALLOW:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    WHEN DOVES CRY:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    WHITE TIGER TALON:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, pause a sec, repeat.
    
    BRIGHT TIGER TALON:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, repeat.
    
    
    "WILD-STYLE" SWORDS Of WAR
    --------------------------
    
    WILD SEASONS:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    DIRTY WILD-STYLE:
    DASH ATTACK, CIRCLE.
    
    DEADLY WILD-STYLE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    WILD "SHADOW" SKILL:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    WILD SWALLOWS:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    
    
    
    SUN SHANG XIANG: Style; (?) [LADY SUN]
    Born in: ???
    Died in: ???
    
        Sister of Sun Quan and third wife of Liu Bei. With a marriage
    proposal, she was initially used to get Liu Bei to Wu Kingdom to get
    killed but the plan was seen through by Zhuge Liang so the plan
    backfired instead. This led Zhou Yu to later change his plan to trap
    Liu Bei in Wu kingdom by building a luxurious palace for Liu Bei and
    Lady Sun to stay in the hope that the luxurious lifestyle would sap Liu
    Bei mind's into forgetting about Jingzhou as well as his men and
    ambition. It failed again and on the return trip to Jingzhou, Lady Sun
    and Liu was pursued by the Wu troops. With the help of Lady Sun
    reprimanding the pursuing generals, Liu Bei and her managed to make it
    back safety to Jingzhou.
    
       The plan did not stop there as later Lady Sun was tricked into going
    back to the Wu kingdom to meet her dying mother Madam Wu with Liu Bei's
    son Liu Chan. Halfway they were intercepted by Zhao Yun and Zhang Fei
    and both of them brought back Liu Chan and allowed Lady Sun to go back
    to Wu. The recovery of Liu Chan made the plan fell apart since the plan
    involves using Liu Bei's son Liu Chan as hostage in a bid to force Liu
    Bei to exchange for the return of his son with Jingzhou. From then
    onwards, Liu Bei and Lady Sun were seperated. When Liu Bei invaded East
    Wu with 750,000 troops to avenge his sworn brother Guan Yu's death, Sun
    Quan offered to return his sister along with Jingzhou as well as the
    surrendered officers to Liu Bei to make peace but was promptly
    rejected.
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       Lady Sun is a very quick fighter, but she's a light hitter and has
    a timid defense. Her short range of attacks aren't much help either.
    To compensate, she must use hit and run tactics. The plus side is she
    does have a few techniques to save her a$$... Sun happens to be one of
    the best at clearing enemy troops! Shang can easily work her way
    through hordes of lower level troops, but she needs a strategy when
    fighting a foe with superior strength!
    
    Title:
    Weapon: Steel Discs
    Life: 200
    Attack: 94
    Defense: 96
    Reach: 2
    Value: Life Up +10
    
    Counter:       SIDE-KICK
    Dash Attack:   TWIN BRIDGE-TECHNIQUE
    Charge Attack: SUNFLOWER
    Musou Attack:  SEAMLESS SPIRAL
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    SINGING DISCS:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    WHISPERING WILLOWS:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    WITHERING WILLOW:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    WEEPING WILLOW:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    WILLOW Of THE WISPS:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    KISS Of DEATH:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    SECRETS Of the SPIRAL
    ---------------------
    
    "LIGHTNING SPIRALS" SECRET SPIRAL TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    "LIQUID SHADOW SKILL" LIQUID SPIRAL TECHNIQUE:
    DASH ATTACK, CIRCLE.
    
    "TIGER LILLY" LIQUID SPIRAL TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    "LIQUID SKILL" LIQUID SPIRAL TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    "TWIN FEARS" LIQUID SPIRAL TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    
    
    
    (D) ROGUES; Extra Characters
    ----------------------------
    
    -COMMENTARY-
       This section consists of an array of miscellaneuos characters that
    played significant roles in the epic saga! However they are only
    playable in "FREE MODE!"
    
    
    Zhang Jiao: Style; (?)
    Born in: ???
    Died in: ???
    
       Jiao represented the people's frustration, under a unjust and cruel
    corrupted Han Dynasty. Rumored to have received the Book of Heaven,
    Jiao took up the study of magic & sorcery. After mastering the Mystic
    Arts, he founded his own religion... the Yellow Turban Bandits! He died
    of illness the same year. After several months of fighting, Cao Cao and
    Sun Jian quelled what was left of the rebellion.
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       Zhang Jiao isn't very strong, but he's quick. Relying on speed, he
    can do a great deal of damage with little interruption. Like "all" the
    warriors who use swords, his weakness is covering his back! Jiao is
    another good character for newbies to perfect their skill.
    
    Title: Heretic
    Weapon: Long Sword
    Life: 250
    Attack: 125
    Defense: 130
    Reach: 5
    Value: 0
    
    Counter:       SWEEPING BACK-HAND
    Dash Attack:   LOW RAIL STROKE
    Charge Attack: FLAMING BACKHAND
    Musou Attack:  BURNING HEAVEN
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    MAD HERETIC:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    SOUL SHOCK:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    SWORD Of OMEN:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    HEAVEN'S SCORN:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    HEAVEN'S WILL:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    HEAVEN'S WRATH:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    LONG SWORD; ARTS Of HEAVENS
    ---------------------------
    
    ART Of HEAVEN:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    CELESTIAL BLAZE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    HEAVEN'S ASSAULT:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    HEAVEN'S REBELLION:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    
    
    
    YUAN SHAO: Style; (BENCHU)
    Born in: ??? AD
    Died in: 202 AD
    
       Was a member of one of the Han Dynasty's noble houses, and the ruler
    of north China. He was the Commander In Chief in League against Dong
    Zhuo. He suspected Sun Jian of stealing the Hereditary Seal and ordered
    Liu Biao to stop him. After Dong Zhuo's death, he went back home and
    attacked Gongsun Zan. Shao also housed Liu Bei after Lu Bu's previous
    betrayal to his guest. Towards the end his lack of ambition, and
    indecisive behavior (verging on INCOMPETENCE) cost him the battle at
    Guang Du, by Cao Cao! Yuan failed to listen to the advice of Tian Feng
    along with his strategists, Guo Jia and Cheng Yu. After he lost the
    battle, Shao became very sick... he made his son Yuan Shang successor,
    then he died soon after.
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       Shao is a good character to use for simply walking around and
    slashing enemies. He's quite strong, like Dong Zhuo & Zhang Jiao he
    starts with 8 personal guards. His attributes are virtually identical
    to Dong Zhuo's but Yuan is slightly weaker! Overall he's an excellent
    character for newbies to perfect their skill.
    
    Title: Warlord, Commander of the Allied Forces
    Weapon: Long Sword
    Life: 270
    Attack: 125
    Defense: 125
    Reach: 5
    Value: 0
    
    Counter:       SWEEPING BACK-HAND
    Dash Attack:   LOW RAIL STROKE
    Charge Attack: FLAMING BACKHAND
    Musou Attack:  DEATH'S BANE
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    REBEL CLAW:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    CONQUERING AMBITION:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    METHODIC GLARE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    ADVANCING DOOM:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    BURNING NOBLE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    REBELLIOUS CLAW:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    LONG SWORD; DEADLY "SHAO" STYLE
    -------------------------------
    
    BANE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    DIVINE SEVERANCE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    MIGHTY "REBEL" ASSAULT:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    REBELLIOUS ASSAULT:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    
    
    
    DONG ZHUO: Style; (ZHONGYING)
    Born in: ???
    Died in: 192
    
       The first "real villain" in the Epic. He helped to save the capital,
    Lo Yang, from destruction by the Yellow Turban Rebels. The "3" sworn
    brothers Liu Bei, Guan Yu and Zhang Fei saved his life during the heat
    of battle against the rebels, but when he learned that they were of
    commoner status he sneered down upon them. Later He Jin called upon him
    for aid against the "10" Eunuchs, but throughout history Dong Zhuo was
    truly know for bribing LU Fengxian (LU BU) with the famous Red Hare
    Horse. After taking the bribe Dong adopted Fengxian as his son, giving
    him rank as a general, and also making him his personal bodyguard. With
    LU BU by his side, his army was able to repel the attacks of Yuan
    Shao's Allied Forces.
    
       After Dong rose to high power, he became a tyrant, controlling the
    Emperor like a puppet. Mutilating civilians by toture and other
    perverse acts! Eventually having the Emperor himself dispatched and
    replacing him with his younger sibling! Abusing protocol; debaunching
    the imperial concubines, sleeping in the Emperors quarters! One day he
    led his troops to the city of Yang, located outside Luoyang. The
    villagers there were celebrating a spring thanksgiving fesitval, in
    honor of their local god. Dong Zhuo ordered the crowd surrounded and
    had all the men beheaded! He seized the women, goods and loaded them in
    carts, with the severed heads tied to the sides! When Zhongying's army
    returned to the capital he announced he'd returned from a great victory
    over some bandits! The heads were burned at the city gate and the women
    and valuables distributed freely among the army!
    
       On another occasion with all his officials present, several hundred
    enemy troops from the north voluntairily surrendred to him. Then and
    there Zhuo ordered his guards to mutilate them; some had their ears,
    limbs, and tongues lopped off! Others had there eyes gouged out, and
    were boiled in vats! Once he was almost assassinated by Cao Cao, but
    Cao failed and he fled fearing for his life. Later, he was forced to
    move the capital from Lo Yang to Chang An because Sun Jian, broke
    through the camps. In Chang An he ruled with extreme violence. In the
    end he was eventually assassinated by LU BU (over a woman)! His whole
    family-line was subsequently executed! Dong's head was severed and put
    on public display, commoners would walk by and hit it! It is said that
    there was so much "FAT" in his body that the guards lit a fire in his
    navel; as it burned... grease from the corpse ran over the ground.
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       One of the strongest Warriors in the game, he has a huge life meter
    and very strong defense! This combination makes his fat ass a serious
    contender. Because he's quite a strong character, his eight personal
    guards are also very formidable. Zhuo's primary attacks focus mainly on
    enemies directly in front of him... like all warriors who use a sword,
    his weak point is his rear!
    
    Title: Warlord, Prime Minister, (appointed himself as Honorary Father)
    Weapon: Long Sword (Sword of Seven Stars)
    Life: 280
    Attack: 130
    Defense: 130
    Reach: 5
    Value: 0
    
    Counter:       SWEEPING BACK-HAND
    Dash Attack:   LOW RAIL STROKE
    Charge Attack: FLAMING BACKHAND
    Musou Attack:  REIGN Of TERROR
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    MID-SLUAGHTER:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    "MAME" FLAMING CUT THROAT:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    HIDDEN, BLADE Of TYRANNY:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    ENDLESS TORMENT:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    RISING SLAUGHTER:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    DIRTY, BLADE Of TYRANNY:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    LONG SWORD; "REIGN Of TERROR" TACTICS
    -------------------------------------
    
    RABID FURY:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    TREACHEROUS REIGN:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    ENDLESS TOTURE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    DARK REIGN:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    
    
    
    LU BU: Style; (LU FENGXIAN)
    Born in: 156 AD
    Died in: 198
    
       The strongest and most feared Warlord in the Three Kingdoms period,
    is arguably the undisputed martial champion of his time! He joined the
    "Evil" Prime Minister Dhong Zhuo, after being bribed for "Red Hare"
    (Chi Tu Ma). One of the greatest horses in Chinese History. A giant
    stallion of red color, supposedly able to gallop 250 miles a day,
    decorated with lavish silk, gold, and jewels. LU betrayed his adoptive
    father Ding Yuan, by killing him for the horse. Hours later, Ding
    Yuan's head lay in Dong Zhuo's camp, his adopted son having realigned
    himself with his former enemies. Although he was untrustworthy, LU BU
    possessed uncanny skills. When LU faced the Allied Forces at Hu Lao
    Gate, he fought a duel with Liu Bei, Guan Yu, & Zhang Fei at the same
    time, until he was finally forced to retreat due to fatigue!
    
       He fell in love with a beautiful maiden named Diao Chan who was
    promised to him. However, she was later Dong Zhuo's concubine. This
    made LU BU  furious & jealous. Eventually LU BU killed Dong Zhuo too,
    so he could have Dong's mistress. Throughout out his life Fengxian
    participated in many battles, but in the end... LU BU's men betrayed
    him, by turning him over to Cao Cao, who inevitably had him executed by
    hanging. Afterwards LU's headed was put on public display. To this day
    LU BU's name is synonymous with treachery.
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       Personally I despised his character in the novel, but the game is
    entirely a different matter. LU BU is my all time favorite DW2 fighter!
    Why, because LU Fengxian has "NO EQUALS" on the battlefield! He can
    wade through enemy troops with the greatest of ease. His power is so
    immense that he doesn't even need a strategy, and the sheer intensity
    of his attacks can break even the best-defenses. As a matter of fact
    any attack ending with his Charge Attack "SCORCHING HEAVEN" can break
    anyones defense! Playing with him in Hard Mode is like using a regular
    character in Normal Mode, using him in Normal is like playing with any
    charcter on Easy, and playing with him on Easy Mode is mere childs play
    to say the least!
    
       He has the highest Life, Attack, & Defense, his halberd also has the
    longest reach! Even LU's archery skills are on par with Huang Zhong's,
    causing atleast twice the damage of anyone else. LU BU's Musou Attack
    "SUDDEN DEATH" is extremely lethal and is an excellent crowd clearer.
    Although it repels it can be modified to juggle, lastly it's also quite
    handy for dispatching mounted enemies! Another factor to take into
    consideration is LU's ability to feld enemies. The majority of his
    attacks have properties which repel opponents on a grand scale, any
    intial person hit can cause a huge chain reaction... knocking down
    bystanders. When using him I've literally knocked down atleast 15 to 20
    opponents with a single stroke & also mowed through 5 prestigious
    generals (40 to 1 odds, on Hard Mode)!! I'm not exaggerating when I say
    that "NO ONE" is as strong as LU BU, the man is damned near invincible!
    
    Title: Warlord, General
    Weapon: Halberd, (Fangtian Huaji - Drawed Pole-Axe of Square Heaven)
            (Lunar Spear - Crescent Moon, Chinese Halberd)
    Life: 300
    Attack: 160
    Defense: 160
    Reach: 10
    Value: Attack Up +8
    Horse: (Red Hare)
    
    Counter:       OVER-HEAD SKULL CRACK
    Dash Attack:   RIPPING SPIRAL
    Charge Attack: SCORCHING HEAVEN
    Musou Attack:  SUDDEN DEATH
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    BITING STEEL:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    SCORCHING STEEL:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    HIDDEN SCORPION:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    DRIPPING SCORPION:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, TRIANGLE.
    
    "SHOWER Of TREACHERY" VANQUISHING SKY HALBERD:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    "LOOMING DOOM" DRIVING POLE-AXE TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    "PENDING DOOM" DRIVING POLE-AXE TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    "CERTAIN DOOM" DRIVING POLE-AXE TECHNIQUE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, repeat.
    
    
    "SUDDEN DEATH" LIGHTNING ROD TECHNIQUES
    ---------------------------------------
    
    "HOLLOW END" POLE-AXE Of SQUARE HEAVEN:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    "GOD-HAND" MIGHTY POLE-AXE Of SQUARE HEAVEN:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    "MAGNIFICENT END" DRAWED POLE-AXE Of SQUARE HEAVEN:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    "FINAL ONSLAUGHT" SUPREME POLE-AXE Of SQUARE HEAVEN:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    TIP: When using his Musou Attack "SUDDEN DEATH" it's best to juggle
    your opponent first by pressing SQUARE, TRIANGLE. This will open the
    enemy up for numerous strikes, as opposed to using his Musou without
    juggling... which will simply repel your desired target out of
    striking range! Also his "Hidden Scorpion" does extensive damage,
    this is one of the best moves to use when fighting a strong warrior!
    
    
    1-on-1 against LU BU
    ++++++++++++++++++++
    
    TIP: Here's a few tips on how to fight against LU BU 1-on-1! There is
    no one... I reiderate... "NO" one, stronger than LU BU! In order to
    succesfully beat him you must out-manuver and out-smart, by relying on
    sheer skill! The "BEST" characters to use are the ones with juggling
    Musou's. Those that don't use jugglers are in for a harder time!
    
    
    On the OFFENSIVE
    ----------------
    
    NOTE: While in the face-off position ALWAYS hold the guard button!
    
      I love to fight LU BU at close quarters. Watch his movement, if you
    see him preparing to attack, then try either of the following:
    
    1) Attack him first! LU BU's easy to out gun... to the trained eye!
    Initiate a Chain Combo, preferablly one that ends in a Charge Attack or
    Musou Attack!
    
    
    2) Or you can simply intiate a Musou Attack! If you're using a
    character who uses a NORMAL/STANDARD or REPELING Musou Attack then
    try juggling him first (SQUARE, TRIANGLE)! SEE I. The ARTS Of WAR;
    (E) MUSOU ATTACKS, for more details. "NEVER EVER"...  use a Standard or
    Repelling Musou with out modifying either first, or LU BU will more
    than likely counter your Musou Attack with his own! You can "ONLY" try
    either Musou Attack immediately after he's already used his own Musou
    Attack, but I still wouldn't reccomend it!
    
    
    In the event LU BU's preping up for a Charge Attack try either of the
    following methods:
    
    1) Jump above (&) or over (NOT AWAY from) him, once you've jumped his
    "Scorching Heaven," he will be wide open! After you descend, attack...
    get in as many hits as possible! Whatever offensive method you decide;
    combo, musou, whatever.
    
    NOTE: His "BITING STEEL" (SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE), a move he
    uses quite often, can be jumped over "literally!" The arc at which he
    swings his weapon does not cover or extend over-head leaving him wide
    open! Technically speaking this move also ends the same as his Charge
    Attack; "SCORCHING HEAVEN." The final move results in a 360 degree
    back-hand stroke... the only difference is the latter is slower but
    much stronger! Since the final move of LU BU's "BITING STEEL" technique
    is technically the same as his "SCORCHING HEAVEN," you can also jump up
    (&) or over it in the same fashion!
    
    
    2) Initiate an barrge of attacks... try to get in as much damage as you
    can! If possible try to end your combo with a Musou Attack, unless your
    characters Musou is a Standard or Repelling Musou! If you're using a
    character that uses either Musou Attacks... then initiate a juggling
    combo first!
    
    
    3) There a 3 techniques in paticular that will help you out depending
    upon your circumnstances:
    
    A. SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE. This is the strongest Charge
    Attack! When LU BU's to much to handle use it to put some distance
    between the 2 of you!
    
    B. SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE. This will render him helpless in
    any event. It is possible to end it with the TRIANGLE, in which case
    you can use simply finish with your Musou Attack or you can use arrows
    instead!
    
    C. When you've built up some speed and you're headed directly at him,
    then use your Dash Attack. This is a tad bit complicated... so I'll try
    to be specific! "All" characters have a Dash Attack, yet there are a
    select few who can use it as prerequisite to achieve a Musou Attack!
    Those who can, have "2" options:
    
    I. Follow your Dash Attack up with a Musou Attack! Which is best used
    after you've had the opportunity to repel him a good distance, the
    "SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE" combo is the best method for
    repelling a character.
    
    II. In the event that his defenses are up, use your Dash Attack to
    momentairly break his defense, then follow it up with a Musou Attack!
    
       Those characters who can't use their Dash Attack to follow up with a
    Musou Attack are stuck with the second option!
    
    
    4. At a distance you have the upper hand, you can wait until he's
    atleast at good distance away or relatively close (NOT too close),
    whatever makes you comfortable! Then light his ASS up with a string of
    Arrows! Charge "1" to make him dizzy (and do whatever), or let loose a
    Musou Attack (of arrows) while he's dizzy or even when he's not dizzy!
    
    
    On the DEFENSIVE
    ----------------
    
      LU BU without question is prone to releasing a flurry of attacks...
    without any tactics involved! You can exploit his attacks to your own
    means! When he's simply swinging, try one or all of the following:
    
    1) Counter him (try and catch him on his 1st swing), he's by far one of
    the easiset characters to counter because he's so predictable! He may
    be fast but he's not that resourcefull! If by chance you're using a
    character who can follow through after performing a counter, then by
    all means do so. Try to end your combo with a Musou Attack!
    
    
    2) As a matter of fact some characters are much faster than LU BU, if
    you see him gearing up to strike, simply out gun him with a Chain
    Combo, Musou Attack, or Chain Combo that ends with a Charge or Musou!
    
    
    3) When push comes to shove and all your energy & power is spent, rely
    on counters and evasive manuevers! If you feel you need to make an
    immediate retreat... then do so! If you need to go and he's bearing
    down on you... then face him! Wait for him to strike then counter (then
    leave)! REMEMBER YOU CAN ALWAYS COUNTER!
    
    
    TIP: The "KEY" is to wear him down, get him to exhaust all his life!
    If you constantly knock him down he will more than likely keep
    replenishing his energy! This will take quite a while, but that's half
    the FUN!
    
    FINAL NOTE: If you want to eliminate him quickly, then get inside his
    defenses and perform chain combos (WITHOUT knocking him down)! Since he
    hasn't fallen he won't feel the need to replenish his energy! When
    you've finally worked him down to a small amount of energy (I'll leave
    that up to your professional judgement), initiate a Musou Attack or
    chain combo ending with a Musou Attack!
    
    
    
    
    DIAO CHAN: Style; (?)
    Born in: ???
    Died in: ???
    
       Diao Chan, whose name is not to be found in official history books,
    played a crtical role in the three kingdoms period. Her story, which is
    still well-known today, tells how two allies were so blinded by lust
    that they became enemies, one intent on destroying the other. The
    events of this tale took place during Dong Zhuo's monopolization of
    power. One day, during a palace banquet, Dong Zhuo leveled false
    accusations against Situ Zhangwen, an official. All the eminent
    officials who had gathered for the feast watched in horror as Situ
    Zhangwen was dragged outside and beheaded. Each man feared that the
    fate of the Situ Zhangwen might well be his own!
    
       When Prime Minister Wangyun returned to his residence, he was so
    disturbed by what he had seen at the palace that he was unable to
    sleep. He went for a stroll in the garden. Suddenly, he heard someone
    praying. The sound seemed to have come from behind a clump of peony
    trees. Stepping over to investigate, Wangyun realized that it was Diao
    Chan, a singing girl from his own household. Diao Chan had come to the
    Wang mansion as a young child and Wangyun had looked upon her almost as
    if she were his own daughter. He asked her: "What are you doing here in
    the middle of the night?" She answered him: "From early childhood, I
    have benefitted from your kindness and have often wondered how I may
    one day repay you. Recently you have been so sad and despondent; yet I
    do not know how to alleviate your suffering. That is why I am sighing.
    Please tell me how I can help you. I will do whatever I can while I
    still have the strength."
    
       Wangyun led Diao Chan into an inner room and, having dismissed the
    servants, went down on his knees before her. Shocked and flustered,
    Chan begged to know what was troubling him. Wangyun spoke to her
    earnestly: "Our country is in great peril. I think you may be our only
    salvation. The despot Dong Zhuo wants to see himself enthroned as the
    Son of Heaven while the court officials can only look on helplessly. I
    have a plan to end his scheming. With your wit and charm we may be able
    to drive a wedge between Dong Zhuo and his adopted son LU BU. If we can
    end their alliance, and pit them to against each other, we may be able
    to eliminate them both!"
    
       Diao Chan agreed at once to do her best. Wangyun took the earliest
    opportunity to betroth Diao to LU BU; soon after he presented her to
    Dong Zhuo as a concubine. Both Dong Zhuo and LU BU became fond of her
    and could not decide how to settle the matter. As the hostilities grew,
    Diao Chan took every opportunity to add fuel to the fire by playing one
    against the other! The two men became fiercely jealous. Eventually,
    Wangyun was able to gain LU BU's assistance in assassinating Dong Zhuo.
    
       Unfortunately, soon after, both Wangyun and Diao Chan were put to
    death by surviving members of Dong Zhuo's clique.
    
    Physical Summary
    ----------------
    
       Diao Chan is a pretty quick character and also a heavy hitter, who
    can deliver various decimating blows. Her defense is okay and she pulls
    off combos quite easily, but the nature of her techniques are mediocre
    at best! I can't say for certain... but I think a few of her moves
    posses properties that make foes dizzy upon impact! Although Chan's not
    a particular favorite (I prefer Lady Sun), she's an excellent character
    for newbies to break-in.
    
    Title: Concubine
    Weapon: Enchanted Maces
    Life: 240
    Attack: 120
    Defense: 140
    Reach: 3
    Value: Defense Up +4
    
    Counter:       ENCHANTED IRON
    Dash Attack:   ADVANCING FLIP-KICK
    Charge Attack: MAIDEN DANCE
    Musou Attack:  IRON BUTTERFLY
    
    Special Combos & Juggles
    ------------------------
    
    ADVANCING RHYTHM:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    FANCIFULL STEP:
    COUNTER, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    PLAYFUL RHYTHM:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    MASQUERADE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    ENCHANTED RHYTHM:
    COUNTER, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    ENCHANTED MAIDEN:
    COUNTER, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    DEADLY RHYTHM:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    VENGEFUL LUST:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    RHYTHMIC HALLUCINATION:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE.
    
    
    RHYTHUM Of the "IRON BUTTERFLY"
    -------------------------------
    
    IRON MAIDEN:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    BURNING DESIRE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, CIRCLE.
    
    FLASH DANCE:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, CIRCLE.
    
    LAST DANCE:
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, pause a sec, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, CIRCLE.
    
    
    
    IV. RULES Of ENGAGEMENT
    =======================
    
    -COMMENTARY-
       There are a few characters that are able to extend the regular
    "normal-special" combo (SQUARE, TRIANGLE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE,
    CIRCLE) into a combo with infinity hits (99), if your skill permits!
    
    
    (A) THE FORMULA; INFINITE COMBOS
    --------------------------------
    
       I am not talking about Lu Xun's infinite air juggle or his
    "jump slash" technique. The way to do it is simply this:
    
    SQUARE, TRIANGLE, SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE... SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE...
    SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE... SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE... etc, then end it
    with or without a CIRCLE if you need to. The "key" is to extend the
    "SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE," depending on the speed of your character.
    
       Look for the "SWEET SPOT" or hit area of the 3rd normal swing, and
    timing of when to hit your enemy. In essence your just synchronizing
    your strikes! Ideally, whoever is kind of fast and has a wide range
    motion for the 3rd normal hit works best because the 3rd hit in each
    "SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE" is very crucial to keep the combo chain going.
    If you miss the 2nd, but make the 3rd, you may still be able to keep it
    going. But if you miss the third, the combo ends.
    
       However, not everybody has a wide range 3rd hit can do it. Take
    "Zhao Yun" for example, always misses the 3rd swing because his 3rd hit
    is only around the tip of his spear, not the entire stem. This makes
    him miss every time when the enemy is very close.
    
    
    (B) IN-DEPTH GUIDE; CHAIN COMBOS
    --------------------------------
    
       Press SQUARE, TRIANGLE, to lift your enemy into the air, then move
    your character to a favorable spot (that "SWEET SPOT" where your 1st
    hit won't miss) a little bit before the enemy lands on the ground. Once
    the enemy's body lands and bounces, then press; SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE
    while advancing towards the enemy at the same time, keeping him/her in
    your hitting range. Don't forget to move slightly left or right to keep
    him/her in your "SWEET SPOT" for your 3rd hit, so you won't miss.
    
       After the 3rd hit, keep approaching while timing when the enemy
    lands and bounces again, then "REPEAT" another set of "SQUARE, SQUARE,
    SQUARE" again and again! Finish him off with a "Musou Attack" for a
    final finale! Or use it as a safety finish if you misses the previous
    3rd hit. Lastly, it's easier to miss when the enemy is dead while you
    are still chaining the combo. So practice with enemies with a longer
    life or a boss in a not too crowded area.
    
       The easiest characters I found to pull this off so far are Ma Chao &
    Jiang Wei. They're two of the fastest tacticians with a spear, and both
    have a very good 3rd swing. You just need to locate your enemy slightly
    to your left to make sure the 3rd hit won't miss. But the "sweet spot"
    for their 3rd hit is really big! Another character that is real good is
    Gan Ning and others with the same style (Huang Zhong & Xiahou Yuan).
    Even though their 3rd hit is a narrow stab and is quite hard to aim at
    times, yet their style of slashes somehow keeps the enemy in decent
    range, making the foot-work on following the enemy's hovering body a
    bit easier!
    
       This is a pretty advance combo to pull off because you need to know
    your moves & "sweet spot" really well. You must position your character
    at the right spot at the right time within a split of a second. But
    when you are able to pull this off more and more often after some
    practice, it feels so good because you are really using skill to beat
    the bosses without avoiding from knocking them down! This way they are
    unable to stand up & recover. If you are good, they will only fall once
    and will never stand back up! No more sneaky sniper attack, nor "3
    slashes and go" formula. Just beat them with a skillful and deadly
    combo! And the hit count is all up to your "ART Of WAR."
    
    
    (C) ALTERNATE FORMULA; CHAIN COMBOS
    -----------------------------------
    
       Liu Bei & fighter's with the same style (Sun Jian, Sun Quan, Yuan
    Shao, Sima Yi, Dong Zhuo, Zhang Jiao), posses superb combo ability!
    Instead of doing Ma Chao & Gan Ning's infinite combo, Liu Bei goes just
    SQUARE, SQUARE continuously instead of SQUARE, SQUARE, SQUARE, after
    lifting your enemy into the air! Strike right when the enemy lands and
    does the little bounce on the ground. And surprisingly, the percentage
    of pulling off this infinite combo is almost a 100%!! This is due to
    the wide hitting range of Liu Bei's first 2 normal slashes, and his big
    forward steps in every move. Other characters like Xiahou Yun, Guan
    Yu.. etc. can do the same, but either they're too slow to keep up the
    combo, or the enemy will drift out of range.
    
    
    (D) ADVANCED FORMULA; CHAIN COMBOS
    ----------------------------------
    
       Here's another difficult combo but it's great! You will need a full
    Musou gauge and atleast 10 to 20 arrows! Press SQUARE, TRIANGLE, to
    lift your opponent. Immediately hold R1 and L1 then push down, your
    character will then move backwards. While the enemy is descending use
    your Musou Attack to shoot him (or her) with a barrage of arrows!
    
    NOTE: You may find it difficult but with a little practice it is
    possible. LU BU has the most success at this since his SQUARE, TRIANGLE
    technique lifts opponents much higher than the other characters! With a
    little bit of practice you should be able to accomplish this feat with
    almost anyone.
    
    
    (E) EXPERT FORMULA; CHAIN COMBOS
    --------------------------------
    
       Jump straight up and press SQUARE, successfully knock down your
    opponent (ie, he didnt block you). Wait for his body to hit the ground
    and bounce back up. As he bounces up, tap jump and press SQUARE again.
    Repeat the process over and over. Timing is based upon the length of
    the weapon being used, the smaller the range the smaller the jump.
    
    Here's an alternate method for the same combo:
    
       Try jumping low, SQUARE, jumping low, SQUARE, with out waiting for
    the body to bounce, its much easier that way. Both methods are still
    complicated yet each technique should be "UNIVERSAL" with everyone,
    it's been tried and tested with; Zhang Fei, Zhao Yun, Jiang Wei, Dian
    Wei, and Zhou Yu, and Gan Ning.
    
    
    
    V. The SYSTEM
    =============
    
    (A) HISTORIC CHARACTER RATING
    -----------------------------
      This section is desgined to gauge each individual characters physical
    aptitude by "Historical Reference." There are those who simply like to
    "MAX OUT" their favorite characters, well I've taken a more realistic
    approach with this chart. I've rated each character based on their
    notoriety from the novel, skill, & nature of their moves in the game!
    
      Each meter has a total of 21 bars... (LIFE, POWER, DEFENSE). It takes
    a total of 8 to 10 points to fill 1 bar! Stats with ?? should either
    remain the same or be altered at your own discretion.
    
    SHU KINGDOM
    +++++++++++
    
    LIU BEI:     LIFE - 19, POWER - 16, DEFENSE - 13.
    
    ZHUGE LIANG: LIFE - ??, POWER - ??, DEFENSE - ??.
    
    GUAN YU:     LIFE - 19, POWER - 19, DEFENSE - 19.
    
    ZHANG FEI:   LIFE - 20, POWER - 20, DEFENSE - 20.
    
    ZHAO YUN:    LIFE - 19, POWER - 18, DEFENSE - 17.
    
    HUANG ZHONG: LIFE - 18, POWER - 16, DEFENSE - 14.
    
    MA CHAO:     LIFE - 19, POWER - 20, DEFENSE - 17.
    
    JIANG WEI:   LIFE - 19, POWER - 17, DEFENSE - 14.
    
    
    WEI KINGDOM
    +++++++++++
    
    CAO CAO:     LIFE - 18, POWER - 16, DEFENSE - 14.
    
    DIAN WEI:    LIFE - 20, POWER - 20, DEFENSE - 20.
    
    XIAHOU DUN:  LIFE - 20, POWER - 17, DEFENSE - 15.
    
    ZHANG LIAO:  LIFE - 18, POWER - 18, DEFENSE - 18.
    
    XIAHOU YUAN: LIFE - 18, POWER - 17, DEFENSE - 16.
    
    XU ZHU:      LIFE - 20, POWER - 20, DEFENSE - 20.
    
    SIMA YI:     LIFE - 14, POWER - 13, DEFENSE - 12.
    
    
    WU KINGDOM
    ++++++++++
    
    SUN JIAN:    LIFE - 19, POWER - 16, DEFENSE - 13.
    
    SUN QUAN:    LIFE - 18, POWER - 16, DEFENSE - 14.
    
    ZHOU YU:     LIFE - 17, POWER - 15, DEFENSE - 13.
    
    LU MENG:     LIFE - 17, POWER - 17, DEFENSE - 17.
    
    GAN NING:    LIFE - 19, POWER - 17, DEFENSE - 15.
    
    LU XUN:      LIFE - 17, POWER - 14, DEFENSE - 11.
    
    TAISHI CI:   LIFE - 18, POWER - 18, DEFENSE - 18.
    
    LADY SUN:    LIFE - ??, POWER - ??, DEFENSE - ??.
    
    
    MISCELLANEOUS
    +++++++++++++
    
    ZHANG JIAO:  LIFE - 13, POWER - 12, DEFENSE - 11.
    
    YUAN SHAO:   LIFE - 14, POWER - 14, DEFENSE - 14.
    
    DONG ZHUO:   LIFE - 16, POWER - 16, DEFENSE - 16.
    
    LU BU:       LIFE - 21, POWER - 21, DEFENSE - 21.
    
    DIAO CHAN:   LIFE - ??, POWER - ??, DEFENSE - ??.
    
    
    (B) CHARACTER PERFORMANCE
    -------------------------
    
       This section is desgined to relate the "BEST" characters who excel
    in certain situations, in reference to their Historic Character Rating,
    Performance; Style, Power, Speed, Offense, Defense etc. This section is
    also based upon a matter of "opinion."  So don't come bitchin to me
    that I forgot to put a particular character in a certain area or one
    doesn't belong under one (or more) of the following!
    
    (1) Best for 1-on-1 combat (when fighting Generals or Commanders):
    LU BU, ZHANG FEI, GUAN YU, DIAN WEI, ZHAO YUN, GAN NING, HUANG ZHONG,
    XIAHOU YUAN, XIAHOU DUN, ZHOU YU, ZHANG LIAO, CAO CAO, SUN JIAN,
    SUN QUAN, LIU BEI, DONG ZHUO, YUAN SHAO, LU XUN.
    
    
    (2) Best for Clearing out Enemy Troops:
    LU BU, ZHANG FEI, GUAN YU, DIAN WEI, ZHAO YUN, MA CHAO, JIANG WEI,
    SUN SHANG XIANG, XU ZHU.
    
    
    (3) Best MIX of 1-on-1 and Clearing Ability:
    LU BU, ZHANG FEI, GUAN YU, DIAN WEI, ZHAO YUN.
    
    
    (4) Easiest/Best Multi-Hit Combo (withOUT using their Musou Attack):
    ZHOU YU, LU XUN, SUN SHANG XIANG, DIAO CHAN.
    
    
    (5) Best Mounted Fighters:
    ZHUGE LIANG, LU BU, ZHANG FEI, GUAN YU, ZHAO YUN, ZHANG LIAO, LU MENG,
    MA CHAO, JIANG WEI.
    
    NOTE: Primarily any character who's weapon has an extended reach
    (fans, spear, halberd etc). There are discrepancies however; Ma Chao
    and Jiang Wei's trident cannot completely cover the area directly
    infront of them, depending on the position of the enemy. At times both
    are subject to miss their target!
    
    
    (6) Strongest Musou Attack:
    LU BU, TAISHI CI, ZHANG FEI, DIAN WEI, GUAN YU, XHU ZHU, XIAHOU DUN,
    ZHAO YUN.
    
    
    (7) Best Musou Attack:
    ZHANG FEI, ZHAO YUN, ZHOU YU, XIAHOU DUN, DIAN WEI, GAN NING,
    HUANG ZHONG, XIAHOU YUAN, CAO CAO.
    
    NOTE: Primarily any character who's Musou Attack intially juggles and
    inflicts a substantial amount of damage without repelling the desired
    target out of range!
    
    
    (C) ABILITY RATING / CHARACTER STATS
    ------------------------------------
    
       Okay, I've designed this specific section to carefully gauge each
    characters attributes! At one point in time I used to bicker on the
    message boards back and forth on who was stronger and why (hell, who
    hasn't???)! Anyway, the discussions although fruitless at times... were
    entertaining and stimulating to say the least. Yet there's always
    atleast one devout FAN (or IDIOT, take your pick) who believes his or
    her favorite character is the best, strongest etc, etc. So I took the
    liberty of special ordering both Japanese "Strategy Guides" for DW2!
    Guess what... the characters physical attributes are collectively noted
    as the same in the Japanese and US Strategy Guide. This being the case
    I can accurately compare each characters stats and safely say who's
    physically stronger or weaker. Bear in mind that this DOES NOT
    necessarily mean that one character is better than the other (although
    there is a really thin line)! Some will argue he's slow, or she's weak,
    all that's a matter of OPINION *capeesh*!
    
       This on the other hand, is as close as it gets to accurately gauging
    who has the highest (or higher) stats overall! I REIDERATE, this is NOT
    rating who's best (although this can be used as support). This is a
    record used to factor in each individual characters OVERALL ABILITY!
    The rating is simple... all the stats; Life, Attack, Defense, and Reach
    are tallied up. Each stat plays a crucial part in each fighters general
    performance! The combined result or score is that particular characters
    overall performance rating! Believe me there are arguably some
    discrepancies with the figures. In my humble opinion all the extra
    characters (Rogues) except LU BU have been over scored. I didn't create
    the numbers, wanna BEEF about it, then take it up with KOEI!
    
    NOTE: The star (*) symbols are simply a decorative notation... used to
    commend characters with exemplary stats. Those who have a rating of 440
    or above have a (*). Individuals who have scores 540 or above will have
    (**). Lastly, the individual with (***) has the BEST stats overall! Any
    character who comes marginally close (within 5 points or more) will be
    rounded off to the highest set (440, or 540). The difference between
    the original figures and the set number will be posted to the right of
    their ability rating. The plus (+) symbol will be used to show the
    exact number of extra points that were added.
    
    EXAMPLE: Xiahou Yuan is only one point shy of the (**) rate of 440.
    This being the case I've rounded his Ability Rating off to the highest
    number! Since he rates 439 he might as well be rated as 440! The same
    goes for a few of the other generals, although their figures vary.
    
    
    SHU KINGDOM     LIFE    ATTACK    DEFENSE    REACH    ABILITY RATING
    -----------     ----    ------    -------    -----    --------------
    
    LIU BEI---------220-----88--------90---------5--------403
    ZHUGE LIANG-----200-----90--------100--------1--------391
    GUAN YU---------280-----98--------84---------9--------471*
    ZHANG FEI-------280-----99--------83---------9--------471*
    ZHAO YUN--------240-----97--------89---------9--------435* (5+)
    HUANG ZHONG-----220-----95--------93---------4--------412
    MA CHAO---------250-----98--------87---------8--------443*
    JIANG WEI-------220-----94--------94---------8--------416
    
    
    WEI KINGDOM     LIFE    ATTACK    DEFENSE    REACH    ABILITY RATING
    -----------     ----    ------    -------    -----    --------------
    
    CAO CAO---------240-----93--------98---------5--------436* (+4)
    DIAN WEI--------270-----98--------85---------5--------458*
    XIAHOU DUN------250-----97--------88---------6--------441*
    XIAHOU YUAN-----250-----95--------90---------4--------439* (+1)
    ZHANG LIAO------240-----94--------92---------9--------435* (+5)
    XHU ZHU---------280-----99--------83---------5--------467*
    SIMA YI---------220-----89--------99---------5--------413
    
    
    WU KINGDOM      LIFE    ATTACK    DEFENSE    REACH    ABILITY RATING
    ----------      ----    ------    -------    -----    --------------
    
    SUN JIAN--------250-----93--------92---------5--------440*
    SUN QUAN--------230-----92--------90---------5--------417
    ZHOU YU---------220-----90--------98---------5--------413
    LU MENG---------220-----92--------96---------9--------417
    GAN NING--------240-----98--------88---------4--------430
    LU XUN----------200-----93--------97---------4--------394
    TAISHI CI-------260-----97--------87---------4--------448*
    SUN SHAN XIANG--200-----94--------96---------2--------392
    
    
    ROGUES          LIFE    ATTACK    DEFENSE    REACH    ABILITY RATING
    ------          ----    ------    -------    -----    --------------
    
    ZHANG JIAO------250-----125-------130--------5--------510*
    YUAN SHAO-------270-----125-------125--------5--------525*
    DONG ZHUO-------280-----130-------130--------5--------545**
    LU BU-----------300-----160-------160--------10-------630***
    DIAO CHAN-------240-----120-------140--------3--------503*
    
    
    
    VI. The BATTLEFIELD
    ===================
    
    (A) Yellow Turban Rebellion
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    
       In Spring of the year 184, Zhang Jiao raised the Chinese people
    against the decadent & corrupt Han Dynasty! Followers of Zhang proudly
    wore yellow cloths around their heads. Thus was born the "Yellow Turban
    Rebellion." The beleaguered Han sent out their call for help & ordered
    a campaign against the "Yellow Turbans" who numbered in the hundreds of
    thousands. From all across the country brave men and women stood to
    answer this call of duty. Their stories... their legends are about to
    begin...
    
       Led by Zhang Jiao, the Yellow Turban Rebels take on the armies led
    by He Jin, Liu Bei, Cao Cao, & Sun Jian, united they were known as the
    Imperial Forces.
    
    
    Strategy for the Allied Forces:
    -------------------------------
    
       Secure all Enemy's Gates within encampment (Generals & Gate
    Captains), work your way inside the interior of its forces! Once you
    reach the ravine, you have 2 of the following options;
    
    1. In the event you choose to face Zhang Bao then you may either;
    foolishly confront him while his winds keep you at bay, in which case
    you'll be an easy target for his archers! Or you can trick him into
    coming down to you...
    
    NOTE: See; VII. TRICKS (Coaxing Zhang Bao)!
    
    2. You can also double back and use the Eastern Route through the rough
    terrain, which will give you the option of flanking Zhang Bao (and) or
    proceeding towards the East, in which event you will face Zhang Liang,
    before you reach Zhang Jiao!
    
       Before you reach Zhang Liang you have another 2 options. Follow the
    trail West of Zhang Liang's location & you will have to go through a
    ravine; in which case will be bombarded with falling boulders! Take the
    trail to the South of his position and you will flank him!
    
    NOTE: Once you have dealt with either Bao or Liang (or both), proceed
    towards Zhang Jiao... dispatching any Gate Captains you may come across
    and deal with Jiao at your own leisure!
    
    
    Strategy for the Yellow Turbans:
    --------------------------------
    
    Systematically defeat all Generals of each Army. Destroy He Jin...
    
    
    
    (B) Battle at Hu Lao Gate
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    
       The Campaign against the Yellow Rebels was successful. However, the
    hard won peace was short lived. Emperor Ling died and the land was once
    again plunged into war. One man clawed his way to the  top during this
    time of turmoil. His name was Dong Zhuo... Dong seized control of the
    armies and enlisted as his personal bodyguard the fierce LU BU. Secure
    in this power, he began his own despotic rule. Han loyalist determined
    to end the depravity of Dong Zhuo. They gathered their forces into a
    strong alliance and chose Yuan Shao to lead them. In 191, the two
    forces met at the impregnable Hu Lao Gate. The battle to save the Han
    was once again about to begin...
    
       The allied forces, led by Yuan Shao, clashes with the force led
    by the tyrant Dong Zhuo. Lu Bu, the strongest warrior in the Three
    Kingdoms period, and his co-conspirator & mistress Diao Chan also
    appear in this stage.
    
    Strategy for the Allied Forces:
    -------------------------------
    
       Secure all gates, assist your comrades when nescessary (fellow
    Generals). Neutralize LUBU... monitor Yuan Shao's position (in case of
    an ambush), slay Dong Zhuo.
    
    NOTE: It's best to secure the gate nearest to LU BU's location before
    facing him! This way his support diminshes drastically!
    
    
    Strategy for Dong Zhuo's Forces:
    --------------------------------
    
       Systematically defeat all Leaders of each Army. NOTE: Monitor Diao
    Chan's unit... in case LU BU and his men (Zhang Liao & Gao Shun) decide
    to switch sides!
    
    NOTE: LU BU will only switch sides in "FREE MODE," you must be a
    General under Dong Zhuo's command or play the role of Dong Zhuo!
    
    
    
    (C) Battle at Guan Du
    +++++++++++++++++++++
    
       The Alliance had destroyed Dong Zhuo. Still, the Han remained
    powerless as each Lord began to dream his own dreams of conquest and
    power. War once again brings chaos to China. Each Lord pitted his
    ambition and remaining men against all comers. The warring states
    period was at hand. Two Lords stood out: Yuan Shao, master of the four
    provinces of He Bei, and Cao Cao, Guardian of the Emperor. In the year
    200, these Great Lords faced off at Guan Du. Only one would survive to
    gain control of the richest land of China. The heavens weep. The Land
    groans. Battle once again is joined...
    
       Cao Cao and Yuan Shao fight for control over China's central plains.
    Facing certain defeat at the hands of Yuan Shao's much larger forces,
    Cao Cao must attempt a bold tactical move, he attempts to burn Shao's
    provisions.
    
    
    Strategy for Yuan Shao's Forces:
    --------------------------------
    
       Cut off all support surrounding the castle (There are 3 Gates; 2
    behind Guan Du, 1 adjacent)... lay Guan Du under siege! Remember to
    monitor your Supply Depot guarded by Chun Yuqiong, located in the
    central area of the Map! If you loose your supplies, this will weaken
    your forces dramatically! Cao Cao will then proceed an all out assault
    on HQ!
    
    NOTE: If you play as Liu Bei or Zhang Fei and fight for Yuan Shao, then
    advance on Guan Yu's position, located in the North. Guan Yu will draw-
    back... and retreat! Subsequently this is another tactic that weakens
    Cao Cao's forces (ONLY in the NORTH)! Remember his actual stronghold
    "Guan Du" is in the South-East!
    
    
    Strategy for the Wei Kingdom:
    -----------------------------
    
    NOTE: Choose between Strategies A or B
    
    PLAN (A) Take out both Generals (Yuan Shang & Zhang He), secure both
    gates on the main grounds, both are adjacent to the river. Cross the
    river and secure all gates surronding Yuan Shao's encampment! Locate
    Yuan Shao's Supply Depot, slay the commanding officer (Chun Yuqiong).
    Attack Yuan Shao's HQ!
    
    PLAN (B) Take out both Generals Yuan Shang & Zhang He, secure both
    gates adjacent to the river. Force Yuan Shao's troops to advance on
    Guan Du, by killing Yan Liang! Weaken Shao's offensive by locating
    his Supply Depot, slay the commanding officer (Chun Yuqiong). Advance
    on Yuan Shao's position!
    
    NOTE: If you play as Guan Yu and fight for Cao Cao, then head towards
    Yan Jin Stronghold Gate, located in the upper North-West corner. Liu
    Bei will draw-back... and retreat! Subsequently this is another tactic
    that helps weaken Yuan Shao's forces, leaving him with only 3 Generals
    (Yan Liang, Wen Chou, and Chun Yuqiong) in the Northern District!
    
    
    
    (D) Battle of Chang Ban
    +++++++++++++++++++++++
    
       The Alliance had destroyed the ambition of Dong Zhuo. Still, the Han
    remained powerless as each Lord began to dream his own dreams of
    conquest and power. In the Year 200, Cao Cao defeats Yuan Shao and
    gains control over the Central plains. Supreme power rests in his hands
    and his forces grow tremendously. Cao Cao works to bring the entire
    land under his control. In 208, he personally leads his men south to
    Jing. After years of wandering Liu Bei had finally come to rest in
    Jing. Now he must find a way to escape the overwhelming force soon to
    reach him...
    
       Liu Bei's force fights furiously to defend itself against Cao Cao
    and the Wei army, who are pressing in from all directions. The two
    commanders exchange devastating blows in this stage.
    
    
    Strategy for the Wei Kingdom:
    -----------------------------
    
       Overwhelm and decimate Liu Bei's forces, cut them off before they
    retreat to the North! Since you have the superior numbers you do have
    the advantage, technically speaking! All you need to do is hold out
    long enough for reinforcements to arrive, which has been timed around
    95'00'00. The time frame may vary due to cut scenes or other
    significant events.
    
    
    Strategy for the Shu Kingdom:
    -----------------------------
    
    NOTE: Choose between Strategies A or B
    
    PLAN (A) Quickly secure the 3 enemy gates within the southwest region.
    Destroy all Cao Cao's opposing Forces within the vicinity... monitor
    the battle field, hold your position & wait for the arrival of Wei's
    reinforcements. All you need to do is mop up Cao Cao's Foot-Soldiers &
    Generals; Cao Pi, Cao Zhang, and Xiahou En... then advance on Cao Cao!
    
    PLAN (B) Eliminate Dian Wei and Xhu Zhu as soon as possible (killing
    the 2 triggers Cao Cao's reinforcements to arrive)! Head to the East
    "immediately," take out the gate directly South of the "key" bridge!
    Advance up North and dispatch Cao Ren, if Cao Cao's reinforcements
    arrive at the bridge before you finish him off... then continue to
    proceed as planned! Once you've finished Ren then return south to the
    bridge and assist (or prepare to assist) Zhang Fei! You must accomplish
    all the above before Cao Cao's troops have the opportunity to mobolize
    and reach the bridge!
    
       In the event that you accomplish all the above, and Zhang Fei is
    still located in the central area, then advance on his position and
    assist him there! By this time Liu Bei should be safe in the
    North/North-East, and Cao's remaining generals will be descending on
    your position from the North-West! When Fei retreats... take leave with
    him! Leave him behind only under the following circumnstances:
    
    1) Enemy Troops are attempting to cross (or have crossed) the bridge!
    
    2) He dies before the two of you reach the bridge!
    
       If the latter happens then it will be up to you to keep Cao Cao's
    Forces at bay until the reinforcements arrive, which will happen around
    80'00'00 (give or take). The time frame may vary due to cut scenes or
    other significant events. If you're "REAL" good, Cao Cao's force won't
    even be able to cross the Bridge!
    
    NOTE; Liu Bei's son "Liu Chan" (the "baby") only appears "after" Cao
    Cao's reinforcements arrive!
    
    
    
    (E) Battle at Chi Bi
    ++++++++++++++++++++
    
       The Alliance had destroyed the ambition of Dong Zhuo. Still, the Han
    remained powerless as each Lord began to dream his own dreams of
    conquest and power. Chief among these was Cao Cao. He gains control of
    the Emperor, defeats Yun Shao, and wins control over most of the North.
    In 208, Cao Cao began his southern campaign. He easily gained control
    of Jing and continued on towards Yang, the land ruled by Sun Quan. Sun
    called up his elite naval forces to thwart the invasion. However, still
    he was vastly outnumbered. Zhou Yu commands the defense. Victory or
    death. The defense of Wu begin...
    
       Sun Quan's will attempt to use firetraps to end Cao Cao's plan to
    unite all of China, by taking the Wu kingdom. This stage consists of
    many boats tied together, and is mazelike in its complexity.
    
    
    Strategy for the Wei Kingdom:
    -----------------------------
    
       Cut off all advancing Forces at the docks, quickly neutralize Wu's
    "key" General (Zhou Yu), his role is essential in giving Wu the upper-
    hand. Time is of the essence, you don't want Huang Gai to burn your
    Naval Ships & Docks! Slay Yu then concentrate your efforts on Lu Meng,
    Lu Xun, & Gan Ning! Dispatch them at your own leisure. Next; Secure the
    South-East Perimeter by killing Zhou Tai & claim the nearest gate (it's
    not nescessary to claim the one in the farthest South-Eastern corner)!
    
       At this point all your doing is slowly working your way towards Sun,
    after systematically clearing all the generals in your region! Simply
    proceed towards him while eliminating any opposition! Dispatch the Gate
    Captain first (located in the rear of his sector) then concentrate on
    Sun Quan!
    
    NOTE: I usually take out the archers also, in the towers and on the
    ground after I've dealt with the Gate Captain! It's not nescessary but
    it does make your task much easier!
    
    
    Strategy for the Wu Kingdom:
    ----------------------------
    
       Cut off all advancing Forces in the South-West Region (Xiahou Dun,
    Yue Jin & Xiahou Yuan), head North-West (behind enemy lines, collect
    arrows along the way)... defeat all opposing forces in the region (Xu
    Zhu & Zhang He), claim all 3 enemy gates. If Huang Gai's Unit is in
    jeopardy while you're in route, then by all means abandon your mission
    and help him (If not then proceed as planned)!
    
       After finishing your grueling task, work your way South-East and
    help support Huang Gai. Wait for Zhuge Liang to summon the wind (which
    will happen once you've earned 100 kills), shortly after... Zhou Yu
    will give the order to set fire to Cao Cao's Navy! Aid fellow comrades
    who need critical support (while monitoring Cao Cao's movements from
    time to time, if he's on the run apprehend him before he escapes)! If
    no one needs assistance then immediately push North, position yourself
    behind Cao Cao's Unit. Either wait for Cao Cao to escape or initiate an
    all out assault from his rear!
    
    NOTE: Do "NOT" kill Cao Ren before the wind blows. If you don't kill
    him then Lu Xun will appear, if you do kill him Lu Xun will not
    appear... unless you are Lu Xun of course.
    
    
    
    (F) Battle at He Fei
    ++++++++++++++++++++
    
       The naval forces of Sun Quan deal Cao Cao a major defeat. Cao Cao is
    forced to relinquish even his recently won Jing as he is driven back
    north. The real benefactor of this battle is Liu Bei. As Cao is driven
    back, he gains control of southern Jing. He later moves to Shu and
    builds his forces. In the year 215, Sun Quan and Liu Bei plan a joint
    attack on Cao Cao. They agree to move north, Sun Quan to He Fei and Liu
    Bei to Hon Zhong. Sun Quan gathers a hundred thousand men, and
    personally begins the invasion. In Wei, Cao Cao, is informed of the
    attack and personally leads his army to repel the invasion. He swears
    to repay Sun for his humiliating defeat at Chi Bi...
    
       The Wu & Wei armies wage a battle for control of He Fei. Ultimately
    the outcome of the battle is characterized by the guerilla units led by
    Zhang Liao & Gan Ning!
    
    
    Strategy for the Wei Kingdom:
    -----------------------------
    
       Take control of all bridges! Quickly neutralize Gan Ning's troop.
    Work your way to Wu's HQ.
    
    
    Strategy for the Wu Kingdom:
    ----------------------------
    
       Tactfully immobilize all Wei Units in the southeast. Quickly "RE-
    GROUP", prepare to repel Zhang Liao's assault upon HQ. Next secure all
    boarders, working your way towards Wei!
    
    
    
    (G) Battle at Yi Ling
    +++++++++++++++++++++
    
       At Chang Ban, Liu Bei barely escapes with his life. Joining forces
    with Sun Quan, he manages to destroy Cao Cao's pursuit. At the same
    time , he regains control of Jing. They call this the Battle of Chi Bi.
    With Jing as a base, Liu Bei turns west to Shu. Winning control of Shu,
    he is finally in a position to begin Zhuge Liangs "Heavenly Triangle."
    However, Sun feels threatned by Bei's growth. He allies with Wei and
    together they seize control of Jing. A furious Bei swears revenge. By
    221, Bei's army had been attacking Yi Ling castle for a year. The men
    are exhausted and so worn out that at first they don't notice Wu's
    counter-attack...
    
       Liu Bei attempts to save Guan Yu, who is surrounded by the Wu
    forces. The Shu forces close in from three sides. Horrible weather
    conditions and difficult roads await the two armies.
    
    
    Strategy for the Shu Kingdom:
    -----------------------------
    
       Assist Guan Yu, systematically take all the roads in the North,
    quickly neutralize Lu Xun and his remaining forces. After defeating Lu
    Xun "REGROUP", and attack enemy troops that have landed to the east of
    Shu HQ's (ONLY if necessary). Lastly, converge on Wu HQ.
    
    
    Strategy for the Wu Kingdom:
    ----------------------------
    
       Destroy Guan Yu and his troop, systematically take all roads in the
    North. Next, assist Lu Xun in the South... converge on Shu HQ (use the
    roads, "NOT" the "Eight Fold" Maze!)
    
    Note: However if you are playing as "Lu Xun," dispatch Zhang Fei first,
    manuever through the mountain pass behind Zhang Fei's encampment...
    Lu Xun should automatically set fire to Fei's camp! Then proceed to
    dispatch Guan Yu and Zhao Yun! If you're playing the role of another
    Wu General then take the following steps:
    
    (A) Clear out the two enemy gates on the path to the rear of Zhang
    Fei's camp. Once that's done, head back to the mouth of the pass and
    assist Lu Xun.
    
    (B) While in transit, you should fight Yan Yan, and Zhang Bao. Defeat
    them both as quickly as possible. If Zhang Fei heads towards your
    position and blocks the path to the rear of the camp, then just restart
    the battle, since it's virtually impossible to get Lu Xun to the other
    side without killing Zhang Fei, negating the whole ordeal.
    
    (C) Make sure to slay any soldiers obstructing Lu Xun. With the two
    gates gone, this should be a simple task. Be quick about it, or Zhang
    Fei will surely come to hinder your progess.
    
    (D) Once the path is clear, inch forward, making sure that Lu Xun
    trails you. Once he reaches the camp, he will say something to the
    effect of "I have reached the rear of Zhang Fei's camp," and the event
    will start.
    
    
    
    (H) Battle on the Plains of Wu Zhang
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    
       Liu Bei manages to defeat the forces of Sun Quan at Yi Ling and
    retake Jing. He goes on to take all of Wu. Now there are only two
    forces in the land. In 227, Bei begins a campaign against the traitor
    who destroyed the Han, Cao Cao and his Wei. However, the brilliant
    offensive strategies od Shu's Zhuge Liang are conquered by the superb
    defensive planning of Wei's Sima Yi. Neither can hold the advantage for
    very long. In 234, Liu Bei moves to break the deadlock. Following
    Zhuge's advice, he moves his forces to the plains of Wu Zhang. Cao Cao
    moves once again to stop Liu Bei's advance. He heads with Sima Yi to Wu
    Zhang. Two armies, two brilliant strategists, only one outcome. The
    fate of China is about to be decided...
    
       This is a major battle fought by the Shu and Wei forces. The stage
    is split by a river, which makes four different front lines. This is
    the last battle between the Shu and Wei forces.
    
    
    Strategy for the Wei Kingdom:
    -----------------------------
    
       Your job is to take over all 4 fronts on the river and converge on
    Shu HQ. Then hinder Jiang Wei and Wei Yan's ambush. Jiang will come
    from the East and Wei Yan from the West. The idea is to cripple Zhang
    Fei and Guan Yu's Forces, and stop this event from ever occuring!
    You've got to keep the majority of their troops from crossing the
    bridge. Technically speaking this is basically a suicide run, you'll be
    thankfull for those 8 personal guards because the enemy troops will out
    number you almost 60 to 1. Slaying both Tiger Generals will open up Wu
    Zhang's East and West Gates, and officers under both generals will pull
    back! Remember dispatching "KEY" Generals is the quickest way to stack
    the odds in your favor!
    
       After you've finally done away with Zhang Fei and Guan Yu, move to
    the center of the Wu Zhang Plains heading to Zhuge Liang's position!
    "KILL" him and Jiang Wei and Wei Yan's ambush will never happen! Be
    careful, he will have a full arsenal of Enemy Cross Bows waiting! After
    dispatching Liang... keep the momentum going and hit Ma Chao and Zhao
    Yun's Forces! Take the bridge located behind Zhao Yun's troops. At this
    point you should be in transit towards Huang Zhong's vicinity. Xhu Zhu
    should be under heavy fire or dead! Timing is of the essence you might
    be able to save your comrade, wipe out the last remaining Tiger
    General. Then converge on Liu Bei with your remaining troops.
    
    
    BIG TIP: Locate as many arrows as you can, you shouldn't need more than
    40... depending on your characters power! Forget about all the strategy
    above. Race behind enemy lines and kill Zhuge Liang, enter Shu's
    fortifications and make your way to either stairway located on the EAST
    and WEST ends of the castle (located just outside of the entrance to
    where Liu Bei is waiting)! Use your map to locate Liu Bei's position.
    Once you've located him, position yourself on his EAST or WEST flank,
    depending upon which side of the stairs you ascended! Use R1, to locate
    your mark! Use (CHARGE/MUSOU) arrows to kill him!
    
    
    Strategy for the Shu Kingdom:
    -----------------------------
    
    Take over all fronts on the river and converge on Wei HQ.
    
    BIG TIP: If you're playing as Guan Yu or Zhang Fei then your initial
    location will be the interior of Wu Zhang Plains! Across the river on
    both sides are two enemy generals! Xhu Zhu and Zhang He are West of
    Guan Yu and Xiahou Yuan and Li Dan are East of Zhang Fei! You can
    eliminate either... depending which particular Tiger General you are!
    Go to the East or West Gate (depending on which general you are), get
    an extra supply of arrows. Head to the the rivers edge and press L1
    then hold the R1 button to help locate the Wei Generals position! Your
    map located on the right side will focus on the enemies exact position.
    Charge atleast two or three arrows... try to get his life meter atleast
    halfway! Take your time this is a delicate process. Make sure the
    enemies dizzy then shoot a volly of arrows with your Musou Attack!
    
       Both generals will slowly descend towards the opposing forces on
    their side of the river. It's up to you to nail one of them before they
    make contact, if they engage enemy troops before you can kill one of
    them then your chances will be lost! Xiahou Yuan is harder to kill
    because of his position across the river, also there's not much
    distance between his troops and Zhao Yun's! Xhu Zhu may run back and
    forth across the rivers edge after he's recovered from a Charge
    Attack... take this time to power up for a Musou Attack! "REMEMBER"
    you'll only have enough ammunition to kill atleast one General!
    
    
    
    VII. KEY EVENTS
    ===============
    
    (A) Dispatching Key Warriors
    ----------------------------
    
       For every famous warrior you dispatch, you receive bonus points.
    You can receive many points while taking your time in the battles. Try
    to take out as many generals and famous warriors as you can. Doing that
    isn't too difficult during the Yellow Turban Rebellion, but on some of
    the other stages you'll encounter a lot of difficulty.
    
    
    (B) Events
    ----------
    
       Throughout the battles, specific events will either help or hinder
    your movement or cause. The key to events is to react appropriately.
    Some of them happen when you reach a particular location in the game,
    others are timed. Whenever an event happens, a large flashing circle
    will appear on the map in the top right corner of your screen. If you
    see in an event movie that your troops are getting wiped out, get over
    to their location and help them out.
    
    
    (C) Location Events
    -------------------
    
       Location events occur when troops or certain warriors reach a
    particular point. If you've played the level before and know that an
    enemy general is going to do some major damage to your plans if he
    reaches a particular point, make sure to stop him before he gets there.
    Some location events will help you, though many of them won't. Watch
    and learn so that when you go through the battle again you'll know what
    to expect and when to expect it.
    
    
    
    VIII. TRICKS
    ============
    
    (A) Restart Game
    ---------------
    
    PRESS: SELECT & START at the same time. The game will immediately
    revert to the title screen!
    
    
    (B) Character Models
    --------------------
    
      After each battle is won, wait till the screen switches to the score
    board. Press & hold L1 or R1 &  your character will rotate enabling you
    to see the character in a different perspective!
    
    
    (C) Free Health
    ---------------
    
       Find a save point in the game, even if you don't have a memory card.
    When the computer asks you if you want to save you can either save or
    decline the option. Once you return to the game you will have all of
    your health restored.
    
    
    (D) Boosting Stats by Mount
    ---------------------------
    
       You must have a Horse to pull this trick off. Try this on a Gate
    Captain or any General. Coax the opposition to follow you... while
    holding L1 guide your horse to a corner (side of a mountain, fence,
    barracks, wall, any tight enclosure, there are usually decent corners
    available at most gates). While facing the corner, wait for the quarry
    to attack. They'll try to jump & knock you off your steed!  At the very
    moment they jump... pull back (REMEMBER to continue holding L1), or you
    could simply block. They'll land directly infront of your horse... at
    that moment, release L1 & charge them. Continue to bowl & attack them
    until you reach atleast 24 hits. This will maximize your stat
    advantage.
    
    Gate Captains: 8+ Defense
    Generals: 8+ Attack
    
    Remedies:
       Make sure you neuturalize any archers in the vicinity or they'll
    shoot you in the back, also it helps to have your Musou Attack Guage
    full. Sometimes other enemy soldiers will try to attack you while your
    bowling the Gate Captain or General! Wait till they jump, then press &
    hold the Musou Attack!
    
    NOTE: For those characters who have minor problems actually striking
    their target while performing this trick (MA CHAO, JIANG WEI, ZHUGE
    LIANG, TAISHI CI,) simply tap the "CHARGE" button (TRIANGLE) repeatdly.
    
    
    (E) Riding your Horse in Restricted Areas
    -----------------------------------------
    
       Find part of a wall (or barrier) that the horses head & hoves  can
    go through... next turn your horse around, at the same time press block
    (on some occasions the defense button isn't necessary), back up into
    the wall. With some patience, you should go through the obstruction;
    wall, gate, etc. By doing this you can get your horse past the point
    were it normally isn't allowed to go. This has been tested at the
    Yellow Turban Rebellion, HuLao Gate & the Battle of Chi Bi. This being
    the case... no particular stage should be an exception to the rule.
    
    
    (F) Boosting Stats by Bow & Quiver
    ----------------------------------
    
       Try killing by using your Musou Attack while using the bow. When
    killing officers in this manner, you can reach a 28-hit combo; but
    instead of receiving "Attack/Defense +1", "+2", or "+4", you can get
    "Attack/Defense +8".
    
    
    (G) Coaxing Zhang Bao
    ---------------------
    
       While making your way to the ravine where Zhang Bao is located...
    stop, move just far enough to get him in your sites, press L2 so you
    can confirm his position (switch to first person perspective)! Use your
    bow an Arrows and shoot him. In some cases he will run to the adjacent
    ravine, but usually he will more than likely come down to attack you!
    Then you can finish him off at your own disposal, with NO hassle from
    enemy archers & opposing winds!
    
    NOTE: If your skill permits you may even be able to kill him before he
    descends down the slope! I usually Charge my first arrow, then I follow
    up with a Musou Attack!
    
    
    (H) Retaliating Retreat
    -----------------------
    
       This is a method I usually use when I'm completely outnumbered and
    over powered by enemy troops (Comes in quite handy on HARD MODE)!
    
       When bogged down by enemy troops... and you need to make a hasty
    retreat, check for any signs of an general trailing you with a steed!
    The best way to check is to use your map (it beats turning around to
    see), if you see an enemy approaching and thery're moving faster than
    you are... then they're on a horse! As soon as they pass you,
    immediately shoot him with an arrow! Try to hit him/her before they can
    turn around. Hop on the horse and make a faster escape!
    
    NOTE: The same thing goes if an enemy troop is advancing on your
    position from in front of you. Snipe them with an arrow, steal their
    mount and proceed on your way!
    
    
    
    IX. SECRETS & CODES
    ===================
    
    (A) SECRETS
    -----------
    
    Fight as Diao Chan, Dong Zhuo, Yuan Chao, and Zhang Jiao in Free Mode:
    Successfully complete Musou mode with at least one member of each
    kingdom. Note: This also unlocks the Side Selection in Free Mode.
    
    
    Fight as Sun Quan:
    Successfully complete Musou Mode with all Wu Kingdom members
    (Zhou Yu, Lu Xun, Sun Shang Xiang, Taishi Ci, Gan Ning, Lu Meng).
    
    
    Fight as Sima Yi:
    Successfully complete Musou Mode as Xiahou Dun, Xiahou Yuan, Dian Wei,
    Xu Chu, and Zhang Liao.
    
    
    Fight as Cao Cao:
    Successfully complete Musou Mode with all Wei Kingdom members including
    Sima Yi.
    
    
    Fight as Zhuge Liang:
    Successfully complete Musou Mode as Guan Yu, Zhang Fei, Zhao Yun,
    Ma Chao, Huang Zhong, and Jiang Wei.
    
    
    Fight as Liu Bei:
    Successfully complete Musou Mode with all Shu Kingdom members including
    Zhuge Liang.
    
    
    Fight as LU BU (Free Mode only):
    Beat Hulao Gate in Musou Mode or Free Mode with atleast 1000 KO's.
    
    
    Alternate introduction sequence:
    Successfully complete Musou Mode as any general.
    
    
    Restore Health:
    Pause game play, choose the save option, then resume game play without
    saving.
    
    
    (B) CODES
    ---------
    
       Enter in the following codes at the title screen. If you enter the
    codes correctly you should hear the sound of charging warriors.
    NOTE: These codes are for the US Version; DYNASTY WARRIORS 2.
    
    Unlock All Hidden Characters:
    SQUARE, R1, SQUARE, R2, SQUARE, R2, SQUARE, R1.
    
    
    Free Mode Side Selection:
    Hold the TRIANGLE button and press: R1, L1, L2, R2, R1, L1, L2, R2.
    
    
    Opening Cinema Editor:
    R2, R2, R2, L2, L2, L2, R1, L1.
    
    
    BMG Test option:
    L1(3), R1(3), L2, R2.
    
    
      Enter in the following codes at the title screen. If you enter
    the codes correctly you should hear the sound of charging warriors.
    NOTE: These codes are for the Japanese Version; SHIN SANGOKU MUSOU.
    
    Unlock All Hidden Characters:
    SQUARE, SQUARE, L1, L2, R1, R2, SQUARE, SQUARE.
    
    
    Opening Cinema Editor:
    L1, L2, R2, R1, L1, L2, R2, R1.
    
    
    BMG Test option:
    R1, R1, R2, R2, L1, L1, L2, L2.
    
    NOTE: The Free Mode Side Selection Code is "UNIVERSAL!"
    
    
    (C) GAME-SHARK CODES
    --------------------
    
    INFINITE ARROWS:
    4CA630261456E788
    
    
    THE GOLDEN HORDE:
    
    4CB65010 1456E7A6
    4CB54298 1456E7A6
    
    
    NOTE: This particular code is an Action Mod, it's also enhances the
    CPU's A.I. The "GOLDEN HORDE" code works on all levels, but its effect
    is most apparent during the Yellow Turban campaign. All enemy units
    will converge on you and (or) your leader! Enemies/Allies in all levels
    are more aggressive and defensive!
    
    
    Character Modifier:
    4CB855F0 1456E7A6
    4CB85274 1456E7A6
    
    Special Character Chart
    =======================
    
    NOTE: This particular portion consists of "2" combined codes, which
    alters both your General and your Personal Body Guards... figuratively
    speaking. Code "1" only works for the left side of the Free Mode
    Selection screen. To play as an unavailable character use the chart
    below. Once the game begins, you will change into another character.
    Your character will still retain the voice and private settings of the
    intial chosen character (Life, Attack, Defense)... your personal body
    guards are also equivalent to those they formely replaced. Code "2"
    overrides the settings for any in-battle general's default body guards
    for whatever particular battle being played. Meaning you get the
    default weapon body guards! Characters with stars (*) next to their
    names start off the map (in a variety of places). WARNING!!! DO NOT
    save the game while the code is on!
    
    
    YELLOW TURBAN REBELLION
    +++++++++++++++++++++++
    
    Imperial Forces
    ---------------
    Liu Bei--------Liu Bei-------(Starts with no horse)
    Kongming-------Sergeant------(Uses unique sword techniques)
    Guan Yu--------Zhu Jun-------(Uses Zhang Liao's FATAL SPEAR TECHNIQUES)
    Zhang Fei------Major---------(Uses Zhang Liao's FATAL SPEAR TECHNIQUES)
    Zhao Yun-------Cao Hong------(Uses Huang Zhong's FINISHING TECHNIQUES)
    Huang Zhong----Huang Zhong
    Ma Chao--------Ma Chao
    Jiang Wei------Jiang Wei
    
    Cao Cao--------Major---------(Uses Zhang Liao's FATAL SPEAR TECHNIQUES)
    Dian Wei-------Cheng Pu------(Uses Zhang Liao's FATAL SPEAR TECHNIQUES)
    Xiahou Dun-----Major---------(Uses Xiahou Yuan's SHEARING TECHNIQUES)
    Xiahou Yuan----Xiahou Yuan*--(Clones, you all use Zilong's Spear)
    Zhang Liao-----Zhang Liao
    Xhu Zhu--------Major---------(Uses Xiahou Yuan's SHEARING TECHNIQUES)
    Sima Yi--------Sima Yi
    
    Sun Jian-------Sun Jian------(Starts with no horse)
    Sun Quan-------Sun Quan------(Starts with no horse)
    Zhou Yu--------Zhou Yu*------(Clones, you all use Zilong's Spear)
    Lu Meng--------Lu Meng
    Gan Ning-------Gan Ning
    Lu Xun---------Major---------(Uses Gan Ning's RAZING TECHNIQUES)
    Taishi Ci------Taishi Ci
    Sun Shang X----Sun Shang X*--(Clones, you all use Zilong's Spear)
    
    
    Dong Zhuo------Dong Zhuo
    LU BU----------LU BU
    Diao Chan------Cao Ren-------(Uses Xiahou Yuan's SHEARING TECHNIQUES)
    Yuan Shao------Yuan Shao
    Zhang Jiao-----Zhang Jiao
    
    
    Yellow Turbans
    --------------
    
    NOTE: Player remains the same but always starts off the map.
    
    
    HU LAO GATE
    +++++++++++
    
    Allied Forces
    -------------
    
    Liu Bei--------Liu Bei*------(Clones, you all use Zilong's Spear)
    Kongming-------Mounted Major-(Uses Zhang Liao's FATAL SPEAR TECHNIQUES)
    Guan Yu--------Cheng Pu------(Uses Lu Meng's MORTAL THORN TECHNIQUES)
    Zhang Fei------Gate Captain*-(Uses Zhang Liao's FATAL SPEAR TECHNIQUES)
    Zhao Yun-------Liu Bei*
    Huang Zhong----Huang Zhong*
    Ma Chao--------Ma Chao*
    Jiang Wei------Jiang Wei*
    
    Cao Cao--------Cao Cao*
    Dian Wei-------Zhang Fei
    Xiahou Dun-----Xiahou Dun*---(Clones, you all use Zilong's Spear)
    Xiahou Yuan----Xiahou Yuan*--(Clones, you all use Zilong's Spear)
    Zhang Liao-----Zhang Liao*
    Xhu Zhu--------Gate Captain*-(Uses Zhang Liao's FATAL SPEAR TECHNIQUES)
    Sima Yi--------Sima Yi*
    
    Sun Jian-------Sun Jian*-----(Multiple clones that use Zilong's Spear)
    Sun Quan-------Sun Quan*-----(Multiple clones that use Zilong's Spear)
    Zhou Yu--------Zhou Yu
    Lu Meng--------Major*--------(Uses Ma Chao's SHINING TRIDENT)
    Gan Ning-------Gan Ning
    Lu Xun---------Lu Xun*-------(Clones, you all use Zilong's Spear)
    Taishi Ci------Taishi Ci
    Sun Shang X----Sun Shang X*--(Clones, you all use Zilong's Spear)
    
    Dong Zhuo------Dong Zhuo
    LU BU----------LU BU
    Diao Chan------Gongsun Zan*--(Uses Liu Bei's HIDDEN DRAGON TECHNIQUES)
    Yuan Shao------Yuan Shao*
    Zhang Jiao-----Zhang Jiao
    
    
    Dong Zhuo's Forces
    ------------------
    
    NOTE: Player remains the same but always starts off the map.
    
    
    GUAN DU
    +++++++
    
    Cao Cao's Forces
    ----------------
    
    Liu Bei--------Liu Bei
    Kongming-------Sergeant------(Uses Xiahou Yuan's SHEARING TECHNIQUES)
    Guan Yu--------Cao Ren-------(Uses Xiahou Yuan's SHEARING TECHNIQUES)
    Zhang Fei------Major*--------(Uses Ma Chao's SHINING TRIDENT)
    Zhao Yun-------Zhang Liao
    Huang Zhong----Huang Zhong
    Ma Chao--------Ma Chao
    Jiang Wei------Jiang Wei
    
    Cao Cao--------Cao Cao
    Dian Wei-------Sergeant------(Uses Xiahou Yuan's SHEARING TECHNIQUES)
    Xiahou Dun-----Sergeant------(Uses Xiahou Yuan's SHEARING TECHNIQUES)
    Xiahou Yuan----Xiahou Yuan*--(Clones, you all use Zilong's Spear)
    Zhang Liao-----Zhang Liao*---(Clones, you all use Zilong's Spear)
    Xhu Zhu--------Sergeant------(Uses Xiahou Yuan's SHEARING TECHNIQUES)
    Sima Yi--------Sima Yi
    
    Sun Jian-------Sun Jian
    Sun Quan-------Sun Quan
    Zhou Yu--------Li Dian-------(Uses Xiahou Yuan's SHEARING TECHNIQUES)
    Lu Meng--------Lu Meng
    Gan Ning-------Gan Ning
    Lu Xun---------Major*--------(Uses Ma Chao's SHINING TRIDENT)
    Taishi Ci------Taishi Ci
    Sun Shang X----Sun Shang Xiang
    
    Dong Zhuo------Dong Zhuo
    LU BU----------LU BU
    Diao Chan------Xiahou Yuan
    Yuan Shao------Yuan Shao
    Zhang Jiao-----Zhang Jiao
    
    
    Yuan Shao's Forces
    ------------------
    
    NOTE: Player remains the same but always starts off the map.
    
    
    CHANG BAN
    +++++++++
    
    Liu Bei's Forces
    ----------------
    
    Liu Bei--------Liu Bei*------(Starts with no horse)
    Kongming-------Sergeant*-----(Uses unique techniques with spear)
    Guan Yu--------Guan Ping-----(Uses Zhang Liao's FATAL SPEAR TECHNIQUES)
    Zhang Fei------Gate Captain--(Uses Zhang Liao's FATAL SPEAR TECHNIQUES)
    Zhao Yun-------Zhou Cang-----(Uses Ma Chao's SHINING TRIDENT)
    Huang Zhong----Huang Zhong*
    Ma Chao--------Ma Chao*
    Jiang Wei------Jiang Wei*
    
    Cao Cao--------Cao Cao*
    Dian Wei-------Sun Qian*-----(Uses unique sword techniques)
    Xiahou Dun-----Gate Captain*-(Uses Zhang Liao's FATAL SPEAR TECHNIQUES)
    Xiahou Yuan----Xiahou Yuan*
    Zhang Liao-----Sergeant------(Uses unique sword techniques)
    Xhu Zhu--------Zhao Yun*-----(Guards are all clones of Zhao Yun)
    Sima Yi--------Sima Yi*
    
    Sun Jian-------Sun Jian*-----(Guards are all clones of Zhao Yun)
    Sun Quan-------Sun Quan*-----(Guards are all clones of Zhao Yun)
    Zhou Yu--------Major*--------(Uses Lu Meng's MORTAL THORN TECHNIQUES)
    Lu Meng--------Lu Meng*
    Gan Ning-------Gan Ning*
    Lu Xun---------Major---------(Uses Huang Zhong's FINISHING TECHNIQUES)
    Taishi Ci------Taishi Ci*
    Sun Shang X----Zhao Yun*-----(Guards are all clones of Zhao Yun)
    
    Dong Zhuo------Dong Zhuo*
    LU BU----------Zhao Yun*-----(Guards are all clones of Zhao Yun)
    Diao Chan------Kongming*
    Yuan Shao------Yuan Shao*
    Zhang Jiao-----Zhang Jiao*
    
    
    Cao Cao's Forces
    ----------------
    
    NOTE: Player remains the same but always starts off the map.
    
    
    CHI BI
    ++++++
    
    Sun Quans Forces
    ----------------
    
    Liu Bei--------Major*--------(Uses Lu Meng's MORTAL THORN TECHNIQUES)
    Kongming-------Major---------(Uses Lu Meng's MORTAL THORN TECHNIQUES)
    Guan Yu--------Cheng Pu------(Uses Lu Meng's MORTAL THORN TECHNIQUES)
    Zhang Fei------Major---------(Uses Gan Ning's RAZING TECHNIQUES)
    Zhao Yun-------Gan Ning*
    Huang Zhong----Huang Zhong*
    Ma Chao--------Major*--------(Uses Ma Chao's SHINING TRIDENT)
    Jiang Wei------Jiang Wei*
    
    Cao Cao--------Cao Cao*
    Dian Wei-------Huang Gai-----(Uses Ma Chao's SHINING TRIDENT)
    Xiahou Dun-----Major---------(Uses Lu Meng's MORTAL THORN TECHNIQUES)
    Xiahou Yuan----Xiahou Yuan*
    Zhang Liao-----Zhang Liao*
    Xhu Zhu--------Gate Captain--(Uses Lu Meng's MORTAL THORN TECHNIQUES)
    Sima Yi--------Sima Yi*
    
    Sun Jian-------Sun Jian*
    Sun Quan-------Sun Quan*
    Zhou Yu--------Major---------(Uses Lu Meng's MORTAL THORN TECHNIQUES)
    Lu Meng--------Sergeant*-----(Uses unique techniques with spear)
    Gan Ning-------Gan Ning*-----(Clones, you all use Zilong's Spear)
    Lu Xun---------Major---------(Uses Gan Ning's RAZING TECHNIQUES)
    Taishi Ci------Major*--------(Uses Lu Meng's MORTAL THORN TECHNIQUES)
    Sun Shang X----Sun Shang X*--(Clones, you all use Zilong's Spear)
    
    Dong Zhuo------Dong Zhuo*
    LU BU----------LU BU*
    Diao Chan------Lu Meng
    Yuan Shao------Yuan Shao*
    Zhang Jiao-----Zhang Jiao*
    
    
    Cao Cao's Forces
    ----------------
    
    NOTE: Player remains the same but always starts off the map.
    
    
    HEI FEI
    +++++++
    
    Sun Quan's Forces
    -----------------
    
    Liu Bei--------Major*--------(Uses Lu Meng's MORTAL THORN TECHNIQUES)
    Kongming-------Major*--------(Uses Lu Meng's MORTAL THORN TECHNIQUES)
    Guan Yu--------Gan Ning
    Zhang Fei------Major*--------(Uses Lu Meng's MORTAL THORN TECHNIQUES)
    Zhao Yun-------Lu Meng
    Huang Zhong----Huang Zhong
    Ma Chao--------Ma Chao
    Jiang Wei------Jiang Wei
    
    Cao Cao--------Cao Cao
    Dian Wei-------Cheng Pu------(Uses Lu Meng's MORTAL THORN TECHNIQUES)
    Xiahou Dun-----Major---------(Uses Gan Ning's RAZING TECHNIQUES)
    Xiahou Yuan----Xiahou Yuan
    Zhang Liao-----Zhang Liao
    Xhu Zhu--------Major---------(Uses Ma Chao's SHINING TRIDENT)
    Sima Yi--------Sima Yi
    
    Sun Jian-------Sun Jian
    Sun Quan-------Sun Quan
    Zhou Yu--------Lady Captain*-(GLITCH, she runs backwards)
    Lu Meng--------Major---------(Uses Lu Meng's MORTAL THORN TECHNIQUES)
    Gan Ning-------Gan Ning
    Lu Xun---------Major---------(Uses Ma Chao's SHINING TRIDENT)
    Taishi Ci------Ling Tong*----(Uses Ma Chao's SHINING TRIDENT)
    Sun Shang X----Major---------(Uses Ma Chao's SHINING TRIDENT)
    
    Dong Zhuo------Dong Zhuo
    LU BU----------LU BU
    Diao Chan------Sun Shang X---(GLITCH, Sun Shang Xiang runs backwards)
    Yuan Shao------Yuan Shao
    Zhang Jiao-----Zhang Jiao
    
    
    Cao Cao's Forces
    ----------------
    
    NOTE: Player remains the same but always starts off the map.
    
    
    YI LING
    +++++++
    
    Sun Quan's Forces
    -----------------
    
    Liu Bei--------Major---------(Uses Gan Ning's RAZING TECHNIQUES)
    Kongming-------Sergeant*-----(Uses unique techniques with halberd)
    Guan Yu--------Gan Ning
    Zhang Fei------Major*--------(Uses Gan Ning's RAZING TECHNIQUES)
    Zhao Yun-------Lu Meng
    Huang Zhong----Huang Zhong*
    Ma Chao--------Ma Chao*
    Jiang Wei------Jiang Wei*
    
    Cao Cao--------Cao Cao*
    Dian Wei-------Cheng Pu*-----(Uses Lu Meng's MORTAL THORN TECHNIQUES)
    Xiahou Dun-----Major*--------(Uses Lu Meng's MORTAL THORN TECHNIQUES)
    Xiahou Yuan----Xiahou Yuan*
    Zhang Liao-----Zhang Liao*
    Xhu Zhu--------Sergeant*-----(Uses unique techniques with spear)
    Sima Yi--------Sima Yi*
    
    Sun Jian-------Sun Jian
    Sun Quan-------Sun Quan
    Zhou Yu--------Major*--------(Uses Lu Meng's MORTAL THORN TECHNIQUES)
    Lu Meng--------Zhao Yun*-----(Guards are all clones of Zhao Yun)
    Gan Ning-------Zhao Yun*-----(Guards are all clones of Zhao Yun)
    Lu Xun---------Major---------(Uses Gan Ning's RAZING TECHNIQUES)
    Taishi Ci------Sergeant*-----(Uses unique techniques with halberd)
    Sun Shang X----First Bow*----(DO NOT use Musou, unless in 1st person)
    
    Dong Zhuo------Dong Zhuo*
    LU BU----------LU BU*
    Diao Chan------Sun Shang Xiang*
    Yuan Shao------Yuan Shao*
    Zhang Jiao-----Zhang Jiao*
    
    
    Liu Bei's Forces
    ----------------
    
    NOTE: Player remains the same but always starts off the map.
    
    
    WU ZHANG PLAINS
    +++++++++++++++
    
    Liu Bei's Forces
    ----------------
    
    Liu Bei--------Liu Bei*
    Kongming-------Major---------(Uses Zhang Liao's FATAL SPEAR TECHNIQUES)
    Guan Yu--------Huang Zhong
    Zhang Fei------Major---------(Uses Zhang Liao's FATAL SPEAR TECHNIQUES)
    Zhao Yun-------Ma Chao
    Huang Zhong----Zhao Yun*-----(Guards are all clones of Zhao Yun)
    Ma Chao--------First Bow-----(DO NOT use Musou, unless in 1st person)
    Jiang Wei------Jiang Wei
    
    Cao Cao--------Cao Cao
    Dian Wei-------Major*--------(Uses Zhang Liao's FATAL SPEAR TECHNIQUES)
    Xiahou Dun-----Major---------(Uses Zhang Liao's FATAL SPEAR TECHNIQUES)
    Xiahou Yuan----Xiahou Yuan
    Zhang Liao-----Zhang Liao
    Xhu Zhu--------Major---------(Uses Xiahou Yuan's SHEARING TECHNIQUES)
    Sima Yi--------Sima Yi
    
    Sun Jian-------Sun Jian*
    Sun Quan-------Sun Quan*
    Zhou Yu--------Guan Xing-----(Uses Zhang Liao's FATAL SPEAR TECHNIQUES)
    Lu Meng--------Lu Meng
    Gan Ning-------Gan Ning
    Lu Xun---------Major*--------(Uses Ma Chao's SHINING TRIDENT)
    Taishi Ci------Taishi Ci
    Sun Shang X----Zhao Yun*-----(Guards are all clones of Zhao Yun)
    
    Dong Zhuo------Dong Zhuo
    LU BU----------LU BU
    Diao Chan------Kongming*
    Yuan Shao------Yuan Shao
    Zhang Jiao-----Zhang Jiao
    
    
    Cao Cao's Forces
    ----------------
    
    NOTE: Player remains the same but always starts off the map.
    
    
    
    X. SPOILS OF WAR
    ================
    
    -Commentary-
       Last, but not least, this section consists of a list of all the
    "KEY" Cinematic Scenes during gameplay. See: 5. KEY EVENTS; Events.
    This section may be considered as a "SPOILER" for those who have not
    yet played the game!
    
    (A) The Yellow Turban Rebellion
    -------------------------------
    Zhang Bao; Summons Wind-Storm
    The Wind ceases, after Zhang Bao's death
    Zhang Liang; Summons Rock-slide
    Rock Slide ceases, after Zhang Liang's death
    Zhang Jiao; Sacred Fire; Burn Non-Believers
    
    
    (B) Hu Lao Gate
    ----------------
    Archers on Fan Shui Gate
    Xiahou Dun; Loses an Eye
    Lu Bu's; Opening Cameo
    Appearance of Hu Lao Gate
    
    
    (C) Guan Du
    -----------
    Yuan Shao at Guan Du Castle
    Bowmen at Guan Du Castle
    Catapults at Guan Du Castle
    Burning Supply Depot at Wu Chao
    Cao Cao's cameo; So they've arrived
    
    
    (D) Chang Ban
    -------------
    Wei's Reinforcements
    Zhang Fei Protects Bridge
    Shu's Reinforcements
    
    
    (E) Chi Bi
    ----------
    Zhuge Liang; Summons South-East Winds
    Zhou Yu sets Fire to Cao Cao's Navy
    Cao Pi finds Cao Cao
    Cao Cao Retreats
    
    
    (F) Hei Fei
    -----------
    Zhang Liao; Ambush
    Gan Ning; Counter Attacks
    Wu's Reinforcements
    
    
    (G) Yi Ling
    -----------
    Lu Xun, burns Zhang Fei's Camp
    "Eight Fold" Maze: (Desist, Survive, Injure, Confound, Exhibit, Perish,
    Surprise, and Liberate)
    
    
    (H) Wu Zhang Plains
    -------------------
    Zhuge Liang alerts his Archers
    Ambush by Jiang Wei and Wei Yan
    Sima Yi Orders Rock-slide
    Falling Star, Zhuge Liang Dies
    
    NOTE: Tecnically speaking the are also opening scenes for "FAMOUS"
    characters, along with brief cameos when "you" have defeated them!
    They may either die or flee depending upon when, where, & who you're
    using at that paticular time!
    
    
    
    XI. THEATRICAL TRAILERS
    =======================
    
    -Commentary-
       This section consists of re-arranged FMV for the Opening Cinema
    Editor. I've created "8" Versions... "2" for each Kingdom, and "2"
    miscellaneous (Dong Zhuo & LU BU)! All of which have respectively been
    used to try and match characters to each scenario and (or) weapons
    being used! Characters are labeled from left to right, top to bottom.
    
    (A) SHU KINGDOM
    ---------------
    SCENE 1; (SHADOW FIGHTING): LIU BEI (or ZHUGE LIANG).
    SCENE 2; (DUEL): LU BU, GUAN YU.
    SCENE 3; (AMBUSH): ZHAO YUN (MA CHAO or JIANG WEI).
    SCENE 4; (JUGGERNAUT): ZHANG FEI, HUANG ZHONG (or LIU BEI, GUAN YU).
    SCENE 5; (EVASIVE MANEUVERS): MA CHAO (or JIANG WEI).
    SCENE 6; (WARLORD): ZHUGE LIANG (or LIU BEI).
    SCENE 7; (THE CLASH): ZHAO YUN, ZHANG FEI, GUAN YU, LIU BEI,
                          CAO CAO, DIAN WEI, XIAHOU DUN.
    SCENE 8; (BATTLE ROYAL): LU MENG, SUN QUAN , LU XUN.
    SCENE 9; (THE RIVALS): CAO CAO, XHU ZHU, DIAN WEI.
    SCENE 10;(THE HEROS): LIU BEI, ZHANG FEI, GUAN YU.
    
    
    (B) SHU KINGDOM
    ---------------
    SCENE 1; (SHADOW FIGHTING): LIU BEI (or ZHUGE LIANG).
    SCENE 2; (DUEL): ZHANG FEI, LU BU.
    SCENE 3; (AMBUSH): ZHAO YUN (MA CHAO or JIANG WEI).
    SCENE 4; (JUGGERNAUT): LIU BEI, GUAN YU (or ZHUGE LIANG, ZHOU YU).
    SCENE 5; (EVASIVE MANEUVERS): JIANG WEI (or MA CHAO).
    SCENE 6; (WARLORD): ZHUGE LIANG (or LIU BEI).
    SCENE 7; (THE CLASH): MA CHAO, ZHANG FEI, GUAN YU, ZHUGE LIANG,
                          SIMA YI, DIAN WEI, XIAHOU DUN.
    SCENE 8; (BATTLE ROYAL): LU MENG, SUN JIAN, LU XUN.
    SCENE 9; (THE RIVALS): SUN JIAN, SUN QUAN, SUN SHANG XIANG.
    SCENE 10;(THE HEROS): LIU BEI, GUAN YU, ZHANG FEI.
    
    
    (C) WEI KINGDOM
    ---------------
    SCENE 1; (SHADOW FIGHTING): CAO CAO (or SIMA YI).
    SCENE 2; (DUEL): XIAHOU YUAN, HUANG ZHONG
    SCENE 3; (AMBUSH): ZHAO YUN (MA CHAO or JIANG WEI).
    SCENE 4; (JUGGERNAUT): GUAN YU, ZHANG FEI (or SUN QUAN, LU MENG).
    SCENE 5; (EVASIVE MANEUVERS): DIAN WEI.
    SCENE 6; (WARLORD): CAO CAO (or SIMA YI).
    SCENE 7; (THE CLASH): MA CHAO, ZHANG FEI, GUAN YU, LIU BEI,
                          CAO CAO (or SIMA YI), DIAN WEI, XIAHOU DUN.
    SCENE 8; (BATTLE ROYAL): LU MENG, SUN JIAN, LU XUN.
    SCENE 9; (THE RIVALS): LIU BEI, ZHANG FEI, GUAN YU.
    SCENE 10;(THE HEROS): XHU ZHU, XIAHOU DUN, ZHANG LIAO.
    
    
    (D) WEI KINGDOM
    ---------------
    SCENE 1; (SHADOW FIGHTING): CAO CAO (or SIMA YI).
    SCENE 2; (DUEL): LIU BEI, CAO CAO.
    SCENE 3; (AMBUSH): ZHAO YUN (MA CHAO or JIANG WEI).
    SCENE 4; (JUGGERNAUT): SUN QUAN, GAN NING  (or GUAN YU, ZHANG FEI).
    SCENE 5; (EVASIVE MANEUVERS): XIAHOU DUN.
    SCENE 6; (WARLORD): CAO CAO (or SIMA YI).
    SCENE 7; (THE CLASH): ZHAO YUN, ZHANG FEI, GUAN YU, LIU BEI,
                          CAO CAO (or SIMA YI), DIAN WEI, XIAHOU DUN.
    SCENE 8; (BATTLE ROYAL): LU MENG, SUN JIAN, LU XUN.
    SCENE 9; (THE RIVALS): SUN QUAN, ZHOU YU, LU MENG.
    SCENE 10;(THE HEROS): XIAHOU DUN, XIAHOU YUAN, ZHANG LIAO.
    
    
    (E) WU KINGDOM
    --------------
    SCENE 1; (SHADOW FIGHTING): SUN JIAN.
    SCENE 2; (DUEL): ZHOU YU, ZHUGE LIANG (or GUAN YU, LU MENG).
    SCENE 3; (AMBUSH): ZHAO YUN (MA CHAO or JIANG WEI).
    SCENE 4; (JUGGERNAUT): ZHUGE LIANG, ZHOU YU (or LU MENG, GAN NING).
    SCENE 5; (EVASIVE MANEUVERS): GAN NING.
    SCENE 6; (WARLORD): SUN QUAN.
    SCENE 7; (THE CLASH): ZHAO YUN, ZHANG FEI, GUAN YU, ZHUGE LIANG,
                          SIMA YI, DIAN WEI, XIAHOU DUN.
    SCENE 8; (BATTLE ROYAL): LU MENG, SUN QUAN, LU XUN.
    SCENE 9; (THE RIVALS): LIU BEI, ZHANG FEI, GUAN YU.
    SCENE 10;(THE HEROS): SUN JIAN, TAISHI CI, SUN SHANG XIANG.
    
    
    (F) WU KINGDOM
    --------------
    SCENE 1; (SHADOW FIGHTING): ZHOU YU.
    SCENE 2; (DUEL): GUAN YU, LU MENG.
    SCENE 3; (AMBUSH): ZHAO YUN (MA CHAO or JIANG WEI).
    SCENE 4; (JUGGERNAUT): ZHOU YU, GAN NING (or ZHUGE LIANG, ZHOU YU).
    SCENE 5; (EVASIVE MANEUVERS): SUN SHANG XIANG.
    SCENE 6; (WARLORD): SUN QUAN.
    SCENE 7; (THE CLASH): ZHAO YUN, ZHANG FEI, GUAN YU, ZHUGE LIANG,
                          CAO CAO (or SIMA YI), DIAN WEI, XIAHOU DUN.
    SCENE 8; (BATTLE ROYAL): LU MENG, SUN QUAN, TAISHI CI.
    SCENE 9; (THE RIVALS): CAO CAO, XHU ZHU, DIAN WEI.
    SCENE 10;(THE HEROS): ZHOU YU, GAN NING, LU XUN.
    
    
    (G) MISCELLANEOUS; DONG ZHUO'S THEME
    ------------------------------------
    SCENE 1; (SHADOW FIGHTING): DIAO CHAN.
    SCENE 2; (DUEL): YUAN SHAO, DONG ZHUO.
    SCENE 3; (AMBUSH): LU BU.
    SCENE 4; (JUGGERNAUT): LU BU, ZHANG LIAO.
    SCENE 5; (EVASIVE MANEUVERS): DIAO CHAN.
    SCENE 6; (WARLORD): DONG ZHUO.
    SCENE 7; (THE CLASH): LU BU, DIAO CHAN, ZHANG LIAO, DONG ZHUO,
                          CAO CAO, DIAN WEI, XIAHOU DUN.
    SCENE 8; (BATTLE ROYAL): LU MENG, SUN QUAN, LU XUN.
    SCENE 9; (THE RIVALS): YUAN SHAO, LIU BEI, CAO CAO.
    SCENE 10;(THE HEROS): LIU BEI, CAO CAO, SUN QUAN.
    
    
    (H) MISCELLANEOUS: LU BU'S THEME
    --------------------------------
    SCENE 1; (SHADOW FIGHTING): LU BU.
    SCENE 2; (DUEL): LU BU, ZHANG FEI.
    SCENE 3; (AMBUSH): ZHANG LIAO.
    SCENE 4; (JUGGERNAUT): DONG ZHUO, LU BU.
    SCENE 5; (EVASIVE MANEUVERS): LU BU.
    SCENE 6; (WARLORD): CAO CAO.
    SCENE 7; (THE CLASH): ZHAO YUN, ZHANG FEI, GUAN YU, ZHUGE LIANG,
                          SIMA YI, DIAN WEI, XIAHOU DUN.
    SCENE 8; (BATTLE ROYAL): GUAN YU, ZHUGE LIANG, LIU BEI.
    SCENE 9; (THE RIVALS): DONG ZHUO, LU BU, DIAO CHAN.
    SCENE 10;(THE HEROS): CAO CAO, XIAHOU DUN, DIAN WEI.
    
    
    
    XII. FAMOUS QUOTES
    ==================
    
    SHU KINGDOM
    +++++++++++
    
    ZHUGE LIANG
    -----------
    
       "A military commander is a medeocrity, unless he is versed in the
    patterns of the heavens, recognizes the advantages of the terrain,
    knows the interaction of prognostic signs, understands the changes in
    the weather, examines the maps of deployment, and is clear about the
    balance of forces."
    
       "Those who are skilled in combat do not become angered, those who
    are skilled at winning do not become afraid. Thus the wise win before
    they fight, while the ignorant fight to win."
    
    ". . . An enlightened ruler does not worry about people not knowing
    him, he worries about not knowing people. He worries not about
    outsiders not knowing insiders, but about insiders not knowing
    outsiders. He worries not about subordinates not knowing superiors, but
    about superiors not knowing subordinates. He worries not about the
    lower classes not knowing the upper classes, but about the upper
    classes not knowing the lower classes."
    
    "To overcome the intelligent by folly is contrary to the natural order
    of things; to overcome the foolish by intelligence is in accord with
    the natural order. To overcome the intelligent by intelligence,
    however, is a matter of opportunity. There are three avenues of
    opportunity: events, trends, and conditions. When opportunities occur
    through events but you are unable to respond, you are not smart. When
    opportunities become active through a trend and yet you cannot make
    plans, you are not wise. When opportunities emerge through conditions
    but you cannnot act on them, you are not bold. Those skilled in
    generalship always achieve their victories by taking advantage of
    opportunities."
    
    "In one sitting a thousand words may flow from [a petty scholar's] pen,
    but inside them not a single useful idea is to be found."
    
    "Battle is not won by weapons alone."
    
    
    LIU BEI
    -------
    
       "Do no evilness because it is a small one; do not leave a small deed
    undone because it is just a petty one."
    
    LIU BEI, GUAN YU, ZHANG FEI:
    (Oath of the Peach Garden)
       "We three---Liu Bei, Guan Yu, and Zhang Fei---though of different
    families, swear brotherhood, and promise mutual help to one end. We
    will rescue each other in difficulty; we will aid each other in danger.
    We swear to serve the state and save the people. We ask not the same
    day of birth, but we seek to die together. May Heaven, the all-ruling,
    and Earth, the all-producing, read our hearts; and if we turn aside
    from righteousness or forget kindliness, may Heaven and Human SMITE
    us!"
    
    
    WEI KINGDOM
    +++++++++++
    
    CAO CAO
    -------
    
    "The true battle is not fought with men... it is fought with this."
    
    "I would rather betray the world than let the world betray me!"
    
    "I can turn my back on the world, but I can't allow the world to turn
    its back on me."
    
    
    SIMA YI
    -------
    
    "A wise ruler will assess every situation and give appropriate
    orders."
    
    
    WU KINGDOM
    ++++++++++
    
    TAISHI CI
    ---------
    
       "When a worthy man is born into a turbulent world, he has to be
    a soldier and gird on a three spans sword to step on the mountain to
    mend the sky. I have not rendered great service. Why must I die before
    I have attained my desire?!"
    
    
    MISCELLANEOUS
    +++++++++++++
    
    YUAN SHAO
    ---------
    
    "If your sword is sharp, mine is never blunt."
    
    
    
    XIII. NUFF PROPS & SPECIAL THANKS
    =================================
    -=The ART Of WAR=- was produced & revised by Kwame' Burney
    aka: LARRSZ, Tendo-GAI, & Natt the HATT.
    
    
    (A) PROPS & SPECIAL THANKS to all Of the following:
    ---------------------------------------------------
       "Three Kingdoms" by: Luo Guanzhong, Translated by: Moss Roberts.
    "Three Kingdoms Chronicles" for divine insight on the kingdoms history.
    KOEI, "Lu Baihu's" website, Prima Games, David's Three Kingdoms Page.
    "PeterLao" for discovering "MORE" Infinite Combos and Chain Combos.
    "Pretty Boy" & "Lightning Striker" for ADVANCED FORMULA; CHAIN-COMBOS.
    "baka" for his keen insight on GUAN YU's (YUNCHANG) Biography.
    "NekkiBasara" for his strategy on the Battle at Yi Ling and Chang Ban
    pertaining to Liu Bei's son. I'd, also like to give a shout out to
    "LORD Zhou Yu" from the SHIN SANGOKU MUSOU Club at Yahoo; Thanks for
    the TRICK; Riding your Horse in Restricted Areas. Lastly a small thanks
    to; "Ryan Toluchanian" for the "GOLDEN HORDE" & CHARACTER MODIFIER
    CODES. Special Props go out to "Pretty Boy" for providing the
    "GOLDEN HORDE" CODE.
    
       "Slurktan" for providing info on Cao Ren at the Battle at Chi Bi,
    adding extra information regarding the charachters stylistic names.
    "Golem No9" with assistants on the "SPOILS OF WAR." and "Guan Du."
    "ROMANCE Of the THREE KINGDOMS FRONTIER" on LU XUN & LADY SUN.
    "BU-Ching's Three Kingdoms" on Kongming, Dian Wei, and Xiahou Dun.
    www.gamefaqs.com "Dynasty Warriors 2" message board. Last but not least
    Lisan (my loving wife) for helping edit this piece. This project
    couldn't have been done properly without all of you!
    
    
    (B) "THREE KINGDOMS" (Web-links)
    --------------------------------
    
    SHIN SANGOKU MUSOU:
    http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/00shinsangokumusou00
    
    Site Review: This is my personal "DYNASTY WARRIORS" club at Yahoo, it's
    open to anyone who's interested in the series. You'll find a discussion
    board there and a photo album. The club is designed for people to meet
    and arrange campaigns for online gameplay, when the feature becomes
    available in the near future.
    
    
    ROMANCE Of the THREE KINGDOMS:
    http://www.threekingdoms.com
    
    Site Review: Ever wonder where the Dynasty Warriors saga originated
    from... then look no further. This site has the complete novel online
    (full text in english) written by Luo Guanzhong; Translated by: C.H.
    Brewitt Taylor. Included is a board for group discussions, photo
    gallery, downloads etc. This site also has information on the different
    versions of the novel. Take a peep it's really worth the look!
    
    
    ROMANCE Of the THREE KINGDOMS FRONTIER:
    http://www.3kingdoms.net
    
    Site Review: This is the "BEST" site in my opinion! Although it appears
    rather dated, it has plenty info regarding the Three Kingdoms. Included
    is a discussion board, extensive; pictures, character bios etc. You'll
    also find data on military protocol and weaponary during the era,
    information on books (novels and comics), games (primarily strategy),
    and a small summary on the 84 episode T.V series!
    
    
    THREE KINGDOMS CHRONICLES:
    http://threekingdoms.cjb.net/
    
    Site Review: Here's one of the best places to visit. It has extensive
    information on the Three Kingdoms history... including; geography,
    summaries on the economy, living conditions, landscape and terrain. You
    may have noticed some quotes taken from the site which all have been
    credited in this FAQ! The only problem is the site is down 50% of the
    time. Try stopping by every now and again you might make get lucky!
    
    
    BU-CHING'S THREE KINGDOMS:
    http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Garden/2744/Frames.html
    
    Site Review: Okay, now this website is centered on characters and
    geography. Ching's info is accurate, however he uses the Yale system to
    translate chinese names. For example: Liu Pei, Ts'ao Ts'ao, and Sun
    Ch'uan (instead of Liu Bei, Cao Cao, and Sun Quan). The names are
    written the way they are pronounced. This system is used in many
    countries, but not in mainland China.
    
    
    ROMANCE Of the THREE KINGDOMS:
    http://hometown.aol.com/liubei98/main.html
    
    Site Review: This is a pretty average site. It has character bios,
    pics, quotes, and links. Not much here... but if you ever decide to
    write a FAQ or term paper on the Three Kingdoms Era it's definitely a
    worth a look!
    
    
    PHOENIX PAVILLION; LU BAIHU'S SITE:
    http://lubaihu.homestead.com/
    
    Site Review: Some of you may be familiar with Lu Baihu on a few of the
    Game FAQS message boards! Well here's a shrine of his dedicated to the
    Three Kingdoms era. His main focus is primarily on LU BU! This site is
    a must for newbies!
    
    
    ROMANCE Of the THREE KINGDOMS WEB:
    http://www.rtkweb.com/
    
    Site Review: This another excellent site... it's simple but detailed.
    This site doesn't concentrate on any particular character, which is
    perfect for filling in miscellaneous bios and what not.
    
    
    
    Copyright: (c) 2001 KWAME'
    All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole and in
    part in any form of this document. Dynasty Warriors 2 is a registered
    trademark of KOEI and W-OMEGA Force. This FAQ and all of its contents
    is a registered trademark of Kwame' Burney. This file is meant for
    personal use only! You may "NOT" use this document for SALE or RENTAL!
    "WARNING" DO NOT: MODIFY, DIS-ASSEMBLE, DECOMPILE, this document in any
    form or fashion. Violation of this disclaimer will be considered as
    "PLAGIARISM", LEGAL ACTION "WILL" be taken!
    
    -nuff said...