Blood Omen 2 (Xbox Version) Boss FAQ v1.2 By Raven0uS (AkA David Tavernier) 3/31/02 firstname.lastname@example.org This is my first FAQ at www.gamefaqs.com (or anywhere for that matter), so I decided to tackle something pretty easy. This is a FAQ for all of the bosses in Blood Omen 2 for the Xbox. This should help you if you are stuck on a certain boss. These are only strategies, so I assume that you already have a basic knowledge of how to play Blood Omen 2. I have broken up each boss battle into multiple stages. Enjoy! TABLE OF CONTENTS 1.Faustus 2.Marcus 3.Sebastian 4.Magnus 5.The Sarafan Lord -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=1.Faustus=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Faustus is the first boss you will encounter in the game. He was once a legionnaire in your army, but now he is a traitor. This boss fight consists of three stages and takes place in two rooms. You will earn the "Jump" Dark Gift from Faustus once you defeat him. ::Stage 1:: Room 1 _________ .' '. / \ / \ . . | | | | \ / \. ./ '.________.' This stage of the battle takes place in a small circular room. There is no real need to use your surroundings. This battle is hand-to-hand combat. Faustus uses a wide variety of attacks. Sometimes he will hit you with a five hit combo that ends in a yellow super punch. Other times he will strike you only once and then follow up with a yellow super punch. He will even dodge your attacks and then go right into an UNBLOCKABLE red jump kick. Also, he will often dodge your attacks and flip over you so that your back is turned to him. When he does this, just press the block button when he tries to attack you. You will automatically face in his direction if you successfully block his next attack. Equip your "Fury" Dark Gift, and begin blocking as many of his hits as you can to charge up your "Rage Meter". Once you are glowing red, hit him with a Fury attack by pressing the "B" button. If you see him getting ready to do a red jump kick, always dodge it by holding left or right on the analog stick and pressing "A". Luckily, you will only have to take away about one eighth of his life. Keep hitting him with Fury attacks, and eventually Faustus will run through a hole on the second floor of the room. A door will open on the first floor. When you are ready, follow him to the next stage. ::Stage 2:: Room 2 ______________________ | |_|<-Switch | | | | | | | |_ _| |_|<-Switch |_|<-Switch | | | | | | | _ | |_________|_|<-Switch_| This stage takes place in a large square room. On each side of the room, there is a large incinerator, and a switch that ignites what is standing on top of it. Faustus will jump on top of one of the incinerators, and begin lobbing fireballs at you. These fireballs rest on the floor for a while, and then explode. Keep moving, and don't get near them. You are supposed to pull the switch that controls the incinerator that Faustus is standing on top of. Once you pull the switch, Faustus will light on fire and lose a portion of his life. The hard part is that if you get too close to the incinerator Faustus is on top of, he will jump to another one quickly. Equip your "Mist" Dark Gift. You will notice that near each of the four levers that activate the four incinerators, there is a thin layer of mist on the ground. The trick is to enter the mist as far away from the switch as possible, and slowly make your way to the switch. Once you are right next to it, pull it, and Faustus will ignite. Do this three to four times, and you will move on to the third stage of the battle. ::Stage 3:: This stage takes place in the same room as Stage 2, but now the mist on the floor will disappear, and Faustus will jump to the top of the room. On the top of the room is a complex of iron girders. Faustus will move along these girders. Use your right analog stick to keep track of him so you know where he is. Eventually he will jump down. To warn you there will be a whooshing sound as he jumps down. He will now try to hit you with a long flying kick. You will not be able to block this kick, so just as he starts to jump at you, hold down the "R Trigger" and press right or left on the analog + "A" and dodge it. He will fall down, and when he gets up hit him with a three hit combo. He will then jump back up to the iron girders and repeat the process. You will only have to do this about 4 times. After his life is gone, the battle will be over, and you will move on to the next level. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=2.Marcus=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Marcus is an old enemy of yours. Apparently you once asked him to join your army, but when he refused, you tried to kill him. You thought you had succeeded, but many years later you now find him alive and well. He is now a traitor, and he has allied himself with the Sarafan. Marcus has powerful psychic abilities. He can put humans under his control. The Bishop is now in a state of confusion, and you cannot get any information from him until Marcus is dead. This battle with Marcus has two stages. They both take place in one room, but they take place in different parts of the room. This room is a large cathedral hall, with two bells, one on each side of the room. Each bell has a switch that activates the bells when you pull it. When you defeat Marcus you will receive the "Charm" Dark Gift. ::Stage 1:: Bottom Floor ________________ | | | | | | _____| |_____ |_ _| |_| <- Switch Switch-> |_| |_____ _____| | | | | | | |_____ _____| | | |___|<-Staircase This stage takes place in the lower part of the room. Marcus will be roaming around the room, COMPLETELY INVISIBLE. You will not be able to fight him without being able to see him. The key to fighting him is by activating the bells on either side of the room. Apparently Marcus has very sensitive ears. Pull either switch on either side of the room, the bells will ring, and Marcus will become visible for a short period of time. Run quickly to where he is and hit him with a three hit combo. He will become invisible again after you knock him over. Now head over to the switch that is opposite to the one you first pulled. Pull that switch, and hit Marcus with another three hit combo. Be careful while pulling the switches. Sometimes Marcus will run up behind you and attack you while you are waiting to pull a switch. A cutscene will take place when Marcus' life is reduced to about sixty percent. You have made it to Stage 2. ::Stage 2:: Balcony ________________ | _____ | | _| |_ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |_ _| | | |_____| | |_______________| In the cutscene Marcus sends out two brainwashed soldiers to cut the ropes of the bells. These soldiers are then brought up to a balcony that overlooks the first floor of the room. Take the staircase at the end of the room up to the balcony. Marcus is up on the balcony with the two soldiers. The soldiers carry clubs, but they shoot arrows when you are at a distance from them. For each soldier you kill, another soldier will be brought into the room. Only kill the soldiers when you need blood. You cannot kill all of them. I would recommend going after Marcus first and ignoring the soldiers. He will be completely visible at first, and most likely standing on one of the circular parts that jut out from the balcony. Try to avoid the soldiers, and pound on Marcus over and over. He won't try to attack you. Once you get Marcus down to very low health, he will become almost completely invisible and start running away. He flickers visible slightly. It's pretty hard to find him now. He almost always stays on the balcony though. The best way to find him usually is to attack some of his brainwashed soldiers. He will often come to gang up on you and inflict some extra pain. Try to turn on him and finish him off. Also, sometimes if you simply stand still, he will seek you out and try to fight you. Just keep pounding on him once you hit him. ***Here is another strategy to beat Marcus that was emailed to me by Jason Lyon: "Hello, I have another neat way to kill Marcus rather easily. Simply hit a brainwashed soldier a few times (until you can pick him up) then toss him against a bell. Marcus will grab his head in agony just like on the first stage, then just beat the crap outta him, simple. One note though the soldier has to be near a bell, kinda common sense I know but I just felt like including it."*** (Other people emailed me about this as well. Thank you.) Once his life bar is drained, you have won the battle. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=3.Sebastian=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- ***First off, if you don't want to beat Sebastian the hard way, there is a cheesy method that I discovered myself. I'm not sure if this works on everyone's copy, but it has worked every time for me. First, let Sebastian kill you, and the battle will restart. When the battle with Sebastian starts again, don't touch ANYTHING on the controller. Just leave it the way it is, and Sebastian will slowly die from getting hit by the steam. It takes a while, but he will die, and the battle will be over. You didn't even have to do a thing either. If you want to beat him the hard way, continue reading.*** (I have confirmed that this works on the Xbox version. However, some people that have the Ps2 version have emailed me and said that it only takes you to his second stage. Thanks to everyone that emailed me.) Sebastian was once one of your allies, but hundreds of years ago he conspired with the Sarafan to set up the ambush that lead to your defeat. You came to the industrial complex to find the Nexus Stone, but Sebastian was sent to stop you by the Sarafan Lord. You now have to kill Sebastian to take the Nexus Stone. This boss fight consists of 3 stages. All three stages take place in the same area, although the area changes throughout the fight. This area is a circular room, with a small platform in the middle that is lowered to begin with, but raises at the end of the fight. There are slits on the walls that shoot out hot steam throughout the fight. You will earn the "Berserk" Dark Gift from Sebastian once you defeat him. ::Stage 1:: Circular Room _________ .' '. / \ / ____ \ . / \ . | | |<---------Small circular platform | \____/ | \ / \. ./ '.________./ |_______|<-Window with servant This will be a strictly hand-to-hand battle with Sebastian. One jet of steam will be running counter-clockwise around the room. It will burn you if you run into it. I suggest you stay in the center of the room, on top of the small circular platform. Equip the Dark Gift called "Fury", and begin the fight. He will repeatedly attack you with five hit combos. Sometimes he will add in a sixth hit, and sometimes that attack will be UNBLOCKABLE. This is what you should do. Block all five hits and then do either of these two things. If your "Rage Meter" is halfway full, and you are glowing red, execute your Fury by pressing the "B" button right as he finishes his fifth hit. Your Fury attack will send him flying, but when he gets up he will rush you with an unblockable counter-attack. Dodge it, just as he starts to rush, by pressing right or left on the analog + "A". If you are not glowing red by the end of his fifth attack, dodge just in case he uses his unblockable attack as a sixth hit. He also does a powerful but BLOCKABLE attack as a sixth hit sometimes, but I recommend dodging just in case it turns out to be unblockable. After you dodge, follow up with a three hit combo of your own. Sometimes you will be able to hit him with it. He will keep hitting you with combos over and over until you have taken away about one fourth of his life. Now he will go into his second stage. ::Stage 2:: During this stage of the battle, the small circular platform in the middle remains lowered but becomes an ELECTRICAL FIELD. Get off of the small circular platform, and stay along the edge of the room. Sebastian will begin running clockwise around the edge of the room, and two jets of steam will shoot from the sides of the room, moving counter- clockwise. Try to stay right behind one of the jets of steam, and move along with it as Sebastian runs around the room. Sebastian will circle the room two to three times, and then he will perform a leaping attack in your direction. Before he does his leaping attack, the two jets of steam will shut off. The trick here is to get Sebastian to hit the electric field of energy in the center of the room when he makes his leap. The way to do this is to keep track of Sebastian and look to see where he stopped running, and then get on the opposite side of the room. When he leaps at you, he will hit the field of energy and lose a portion of his life. Do this three times, and you will get to his third and final stage. ::Stage 3:: The circular platform in the middle of the room will raise, and Sebastian will get his servant in the control room to destroy the industrial complex, and you with it. Jump up to the top of the platform where Sebastian is, and find the slit in the wall where the servant is. Take control of the servant by using your "Charm" Dark Gift by pressing the "B" button, and then selecting the servant and pressing "B" again. Get the servant to pull the switch on the right side of the window that looks out into the room. If you don't do this quickly, the room will blow up, and you will die. The battle will then restart. Once you have stopped the room from blowing up, you will be stuck on top of the small raised platform. Sebastian will then start hitting you with five hit combos again. This time he will try to fake you out by PRETENDING to start his first hit. Use the same strategy as in Stage 1, except make sure to watch for when he does his first hit in the combo very carefully. Another strategy is to keep hitting him with a three hit combo as soon as he gets up. You can usually do this until he dies. You can also grab him by the neck by pressing the "Y" button, and if you throw him off of the platform by pressing forward on the analog + "X" he will die instantly. I read this on the Gamefaqs.com message board. Thanks and credit goes to Zipp0 from the Gamefaqs.com forums. After his life has drained, you will continue on to the next level. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=4.Magnus=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Magnus was once the greatest warrior in your army. The Sarafan sent him to the Eternal Prison when he tried to put a stop to them single- handedly. He is now a wretched beast, in constant agony. Your fight with Magnus consists of three stages (So many of them do hehe...), and takes place in two rooms. DURING THIS BATTLE YOU DO NOT NEED TO PHYSICALLY ATTACK MAGNUS AT ALL. When you defeat Magnus you will receive the "Immolation" Dark Gift. ::Stage 1:: Room 1 _________ .' '. / .+---+ \ / / \ \ . +| Water \+ . | | + | | | +\ /+ | \ '.___.+ / \. + / '.________.' + = Statues Stage 1 takes place in a circular area, with a circular pool of water in the middle. Magnus is perched on top of a small statue in the middle of this pool of water. Eight other statues surround the pool of water, forming a circle around its edge. At the start of this first stage, Magnus will immediately begin to use his "Immolation" Dark Gift. This Dark Gift will kill you INSTANTLY. Equip your "Telekenesis" Dark Gift, and use it on Magnus by pressing "B" and selecting him, and then pressing "B" again. He will be knocked off of his perch into the water below. It's not over yet though. Magnus will jump out of the water and land back on his perch. You will not be able to use Telekenesis before he uses Immolation this time. You will have to hide behind one of the statues that surround the pool of water. The statue you hide behind will be destroyed when he uses Immolation (better than you dying). Make sure you don't get out from behind the statue too early. Wait until you see a YELLOW FLASH, and then rush out from behind the statue, and immediately use Telekenesis on him. He will fall off again. When he gets back up, hide behind a different statue. Pop out again once you see the yellow flash and use Telekenesis on him. Repeat this until you reach Stage 2. Once you knock Magnus off four times you will move on to the second stage. ::Stage 2:: Room 2 .------------. / + + \ /+ +\ | | | | | | | ___ | | / \ | | |Small | | | | oval | | | |platform | | \____/ | | | | | | | | | |__________________| + = Statues Both Stage 2 and Stage 3 take place in the same room. It is a large rectangular room with a small oval platform in the middle. This platform is elevated about ten feet above the ground floor. There is a lot of rubble surrounding the platform. There are four statues in the room as well. These statues look like grim reapers, and they have large sickles. Magnus is in a rage, and he will be walking slowly around the bottom floor of the room. If at any time you want to avoid him, jump on top of the oval platform in the center of the room. Make sure not to take many hits from Magnus. He will take away about one fourth of your life for every hit he deals you. You can actually defeat Magnus by picking him up using the "Y" button, and then pressing forward + "X" to perform a strong attack on him. However, this only does a small amount of damage and would take a lot longer than beating him the normal way. There is also the danger of Magnus hitting you with a combo while you are trying to grab him. (Thanks to CreatureCore13 for emailing me about this.) To defeat Magnus, you need to use your Telekenesis ability to knock him over. After he gets back up, he will turn red and charge you like a bull. Always dodge to the left or right when he is charging you by pressing left or right + "A". What you have to do is stand in front of one of the four statues, and use Telekenesis on him to get him to charge into the sickle the statue is holding (kind of like bullfighting). When Magnus hits one of the statues, the sickle will break, and a "Telekenesis Emblem" will be revealed. Use Telekenesis on this emblem to activate it (it will turn upside-down to show its activation). Try to avoid Magnus while doing this. He may charge you while you are standing still. Get him to charge into all four statues, and activate all four of the Telekenesis Emblems. A cutscene will now show a large statue, holding a staff, being created out of the rubble that was on the ground. This statue uses the oval platform in the middle of the room as its base. You are now at the third stage of the battle. ::Stage 3:: You now have to get Magnus to charge into the large staff the statue is holding. Do this by standing directly in front of the staff, and then using Telekenesis on Magnus. Dodge out of the way as soon as he comes charging at you. It should only take ONE direct hit from Magnus to break the staff the statue is holding. Once the staff is broken, get Magnus to charge into the INFINITY emblem on base of the statue. After this has been done the statue will fall on Magnus, crushing him. (Sometimes it can take more than one hit from Magnus to destroy the staff. Blood Omen 2 has some collision detection problems.) You will now move on to the next level. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=5.The Sarafan Lord=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- The Sarafan Lord is your nemesis. He defeated you many years ago in battle by using the Nexus Stone. By this point in the game you have found out that he is really part of an ancient race that was in a feud with the vampires. He has been bringing his race called the Hylden through a gate in order to retake Nosgoth. You are now at the Hylden Gate, trying to close it and destroy the Sarafan Lord once and for all. This is the final battle of the game. It takes place on top of multiple platforms that hover over a large abyss. Four platforms surround one large platform in the middle. If you fall off any of the platforms at any time, you will die and the battle will restart. When you beat the Sarafan Lord, you will have completed the game. ::Stage 1:: Platforms above the Abyss ______ ______ | |______________| | | ______________ |<-Outer platforms |_ _| |_ _| | | | | | | ______ | | | | | | | | | | | | | |<-Bridges | | |______| | | | | Center Platform | | _| |_ _| |_ | |______________| | | ______________ | |_____| |_____| The first two stages take place on the four platforms that surround the platform in the middle. Equip your "Telekenesis" Dark Gift. The Sarafan Lord will begin hurling blue energy bolts at you as soon as the battle starts. Dodge these bolts by either running from one platform to another, or jumping the first bolt, standing still during the second, and jumping the third. Once he has unleashed his first three bolts of energy, he will charge up to unleash three more. Now is the time to strike. Use your Telekenesis ability on him by pressing the "B" button, selecting him, and then pressing "B" again. He will be knocked to the edge of the platform he is standing on. He will be stunned momentarily, so select your "Jump" Dark Gift, and jump onto him by pressing the "B" button, selecting him, and pressing "B" again (wait for the cursor to turn red). He will be smacked off of the edge, and you have completed Stage 1 (Easy eh?). ::Stage 2:: Well, it's not that easy. The Sarafan Lord comes back up, and you now have to fight him in a melee battle. You cannot damage the Sarafan lord during this stage with ANYTHING except the "Immolation" Dark Gift. Sometimes you might get a regular hit in, but it is unusual. Equip your "Immolation" Dark Gift. The Sarafan Lord will attack you repeatedly with a six hit combo that ENDS WITH AN UNBLOCKABLE ATTACK. So once he gets done that fifth hit, dodge out of the way by pressing left or right on the analog + "A". Charge up your "Rage Meter" by blocking his attacks, and when you glow red, use your "Immolation" Dark Gift by pressing "B". The safest way to make sure the Immolation hits him is to use it when he is in the middle of his combo. Keep blocking his attacks and using Immolation (It takes 4 Immolations. Credit goes to Justin Larkin) and there will be a cutscene. You have now made it to the third stage. ::Stage 3:: Well, this is it. This is the final stage of the game. The outer platforms that make up the structure are destroyed. You and the Sarafan lord jump to the platform in the center. The Sarafan Lord will now hit you with a vicious six hit combo again and again. This combo is made up of extremely powerful yellow hits, and the last hit is an UNBLOCKABLE red blow. Make sure you time your blocks right, and dodge out of the way when he is making his sixth hit. Equip your "Fury" Dark Gift. To land a Fury on him you need to time it JUST RIGHT. After he makes his combo, and you dodge the sixth hit, wait until he turns toward you again, THEN hit him with the Fury. Also, if you want to try to land a three hit combo on him when you avoid his red attack it sometimes works. HiESTpower recently tipped me off in an email that it is also possible to use Berserk on this stage of the Sarafan Lord. Equip your "Berserk" Dark Gift. To use Berserk on him, wait until right when he turns toward you after you dodge the sixth hit in his combo. As soon as he faces toward you, press "B". You should land all of it's hits. It will only take TWO Berserks to finish him off. I would say this is even better than using Fury, so if you are willing to wait the extra few blocks to charge up Berserk, use this method. Another way to defeat the Sarafan lord is by picking him up and stabbing him with the Soul Reaver. I received this information from Dewey Brown. Just block his combo and dodge the sixth hit, and then when he turns toward you press forward on the analog + "Y" to pick him up. Then you can press forward + "X" to stab him with the Soul Reaver. It takes 3 stabs to finish him off. Thanks Dewey. Of course you do not have to use only one of these strategies. You can mix it up. You could stab him two times and then use a Fury, or you could use Berserk and then a couple of Furys. There are numerous ways to finish off the Sarafan Lord. When you have taken down all of his life the final cutscene will ensue, and the game will be over. Congratulations. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=FAQ STUFF=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- 3/26/02 v1.1 additions and changes: -Added a little background info about each of the bosses. -Maps added -Changed the design to make the FAQ more readable (Hopefully) -Corrected a few grammatical errors -Corrected my Gamefaqs name (ahhh I can't believe I spelled it wrong!) 3/26/02 v1.11 additions and changes: -Added another strategy for beating Stage 3 of Sebastian -Corrected a mistake on Stage 3 Magnus 3/27/02 v1.15 additions and changes: -Added a few more in-depth hints on how to beat Magnus -Added a strategy for using Berserk to beat The Sarafan Lord -Clarified exactly how many Immolations it takes to defeat the Sarafan Lord. -Corrected an error where I said that Kain could "duck" -Corrected as much bad writing as I could ;) 3/31/02 v1.2 additions and changes: -Confirmed the trick to kill Sebastian the easy way -Added another strategy for beating Marcus' second stage -Added another strategy for defeating Magnus -Added another strategy for killing the Sarafan Lord -Corrected the dates for my updates People who have emailed me or in any other way contributed to this FAQ: Thanks to Zipp0 for adding another strategy to beat Sebastian. Thanks to Kyle Hanson for emailing me about it as well. Thanks to Justin Larkin for clarifying how many Immolations it takes to beat the Sarafan Lord's second stage. Thanks to HiESTpower for the tip on using Berserk on Stage 3 of the Sarafan Lord. Thanks to Ngfl18 for pointing out a mistake where I told the reader to "duck" one of the Sarafan Lord's energy bolts. I have now changed this to read "standing still" because Kain cannot duck. Thanks to DJ Bass, Hoe Brown, Marcus Mann, David, Sam, nobody, Phil, Julian Boardman, Toby Carlson, TKf5000, Patrick Shannon, Paul Bend, Jordan Corrigan, Jaysin125, RetroStatic, Aaron Mesnar, Bearhawk13, Rick Reicker, and Isaac for emailing me confirming the Sebastian trick. Thanks to Jason Lyon, Justin Pauls, Victor Ravelo, and Darien for telling me about another strategy to finish off Marcus. Thanks to CreatureCore13 for telling me about another way to defeat Magnus. Thanks to Dewey Brown for telling me about another strategy to kill the Sarafan Lord. If you spot any mistakes that I make please email me, tell me, and I'll try to fix them ASAP. Thanks. This document Copyright 2002 David Tavernier This can be put anywhere you want as long as it isn't modified from its original form.