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Kengo 2 Sword FAQ
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Version 1.0, last updated 3/10/2003
Researched and written by Jack Power
Questions and comments may be directed to JackPower@aol.com with "Kengo" in the subject line.
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---Notes---

This document was made to help players who imported or plan to import the Japanese version of Kengo
2. When it is released in North America I will update the information as necessary, but most of
this guide will still be useful. Some text was made with a Japanese word processing program. As
such it is best viewed with Japanese text support (Shift-JIS).

Version history
0.9: First release
1.0: Fixed some formatting and typographical errors; added a few more questions and answers

---The Swords---

This is a listing of all the two-star swords in the game and the bonuses they provide. They are in
order as they appear in the game once you've collected them all.


ǂ				r	؂	rq		_	拭	
Smith's name			Power	Slice	Quick	Abandon	Spirit	Resolve	Recover	Total
Mikazuki Munechika              1000	 -	 200	 700	1000	 700	 400	4000
Kobizen Tomonari                 300	-500	-300	 200	 800	 800	 600	1900
Houki Yasutsuna                 1000	-400	 -	1000	 900	 900	 900	4300
Shintou Gokunimitsu              200	-500	 -	 300	 300	 600	 600	1500
Rai Kuniyuki                     800	 500	 200	 500	 700	 700	 400	3800
Rai Kunitoshi                    700	 400	 300	 500	 800	 700	 500	3900
Gorou Nyuudou Masamune          1000	 -	 -	 900	1000	 900	 800	4600
Koichimonji                      800	 300	 -	 500	 600	 700	 200	3100
Bizen Ichimonji                 1000	1000	 900	 400	 700	 700	 700	5400
Bizen Osafune Mitsutada          500	 300	 700	 600	 700	 800	 400	4000
Bizen Osafune Nagamitsu          700	 200	 800	 500	 800	 800	 200	4000
Mino Kaneuji                     400	 -	 -	 800	 800	 600	 500	3100
Bizen Osafune Kanemitsu          800	1000	 200	 400	 700	 700	 700	4500
Chikushuu Samonji                300	 500	 500	 600	 600	 200	 500	3200
Magoroku Kanemoto                600	1000	 400	 700	1000	 700	 700	5100
Ise Senji Muramasa               -	 -	 -	1000	1000	 700	1000	3700
Izumikami Kunisada               500	 600	 -	 300	 500	 700	 700	3300
Umetada Meija                    700	 800	 200	 400	 700	 700	 400	3900
Echizen Yasutsugu                400	 400	 400	 700	 700	 700	 700	4000
Bizen Tadayoshi                  700	1000	 600	-500	-300	 200	 -	1700
Sendai Kunikane                  800	 700	 700	 700	 500	 400	 400	4200
Izumikami Fujiwara Kaneshige     800	-300	 800	 800	 300	 200	 200	2800
Inoue Shinkai                    600	-500	 200	 700	 900	1000	 700	3600
Iganokami Kanemichi              700	 300	 300	 600	 -	 -	 -	1900
Tsuda Echizenkami Sukehiro	 300	 200	 300	 500	 800	 600	 500	3200
Nanki Shigekuni			 -	-200	 -	-400	-200	 300	 300	-200
Nagasone Kotetsu		 500	1000	 -	 400	 900	 900	1000	4700
Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki		 400	 -	 600	 300	 500	 700	 700	3200
Suishinshi Masahide		 600	 300	 200	 600	 700	 700	 700	3800
Taikei Naotane			 -	-700	1000	 -	 -	 -	 -	 300
Izumikami Hirosada		 -	-	 800	 600	-400	 -	-300	 700
Minamoto no Kiyomaro		 200	-	 500	 500	 700	 700	 400	3000
Izumikami Kanesada		 300	 300	 300	 500	 800	 700	 200	3100
Yoshioka Ichimonji		 500	 300	 -	 -	 300	 400	 600	2100
	

---Name Pronounciation Guide---

Even if you can read some Japanese, the names of these historical smiths are very difficult because
the game doesn't provide the pronounciation for the kanji (Chinese characters). I couldn't fit this
into the chart above, but it's in the same order. Use this to find out what swords you have and how
to write/say their names in English.

                  ǂ
Smith's Name            Pronounciation
O@                Mikazuki Munechika
ÔOF              Kobizen Tomonari
ˍj              Houki Yasutsuna
V܍              Shintou Gokunimitsu
s                  Rai Kuniyuki
r                  Rai Kunitoshi
ܘY@            Gorou Nyuudou Masamune
Èꕶ                Koichimonji
Oꕶ              Bizen Ichimonji
OD            Bizen Osafune Mitsutada
OD            Bizen Osafune Nagamitsu
Z                Mino Kaneuji
OD            Bizen Osafune Kanemitsu
}B              Chikushuu Samonji
Z                Magoroku Kanemoto
ɐq            Ise Senji Muramasa
򎆎獑              Izumikami Kunisada
                Umetada Meija
zONp                Echizen Yasutsugu
Og                Bizen Tadayoshi
䍑                Sendai Kunikane
򎆎瓡d          Izumikami Fujiwara Kaneshige
V                Inoue Shinkai
ɉ              Iganokami Kanemichi
ÓczO珕L          Tsuda Echizenkami Sukehiro
Id                Nanki Shigekuni
]IՓO              Nagasone Kotetsu
gs              Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki
[qG              Suishinshi Masahide
c                Taikei Naotane
򎆎S              Izumikami Hirosada
                  Minamoto no Kiyomaro
򎆎猓              Izumikami Kanesada
gꕶ              Yoshioka Ichimonji


---Swords owned by Kengo---

Most of the Kengo use some of these famous (two-star) swords by default, both in story and versus
mode. If you want their swords, you'll have to hunt them down. I've tried to provide a short
description for each one so you know who to look for.

Sword				Owner
Mikazuki Munechika		Morooka Ippa (bald, little moustache, up and down slices)
Gorou Nyuudou Masamune		Higuchi Sadatsuku (Oval face, blue outfit, lots of counters)
Bizen Ichimonji			Tougou Shigetada (thich face, high eyebrows, charging attack)
Bizen Osafune Mitsutada	 	Ooishi Susumu (Stern expression, fast left-right slash)
Bizen Osafune Nagamitsu		Sasaki Kojiro (You'll know him when you see him)
Mino Kaneuji			Yagyuu Jubei (As if you didn't know, the guy with the eyepatch)
Ise Senji Muramasa		Yagyuu Hyougonosuke (Blue and white costume, creepy smile)
Izumikami Kunisada		Horibe Yasubei (The bad-ass fighting in the rain in the opening)
Bizen Tadayoshi			Okada Izou (narrow set eyes, small jaw, green and brown outfit)
Sendai Kunikane			Chiba Shuusaku (Bald, fat frowning face, counterattacks often)
Izumikami Fujiwara Kaneshige	Takayanagi Matashirou (Pale sunken face, incredibly fast attack)
Inoue Shinkai			Tsuji Gettan (brown hair, ponytail, blue outfit)
Iganokami Kanemichi		Araki Mataemon (Squarish face, five o'clock shadow, lunge attack)
Nagasone Kotetsu		Kondou Isami (Big fat angry face, white and green outfit)
Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki		Sakamoto Ryouma (Thick brown hair, black and sky blue outfit)
	

---The Stats---

Since the game is not localized yet, I have no idea what these will be renamed in the English
version. I've tried to translate them as closely as I can to the original Japanese without them
sounding as bizarre as they do to me. You can use this information with the chart above to help
decide on the perfect sword for your character.

-Power (r): This is your attack strength. A high Power bonus can make the difference between
killing your opponent in a single blow or leaving him standing and able to counterattack. Also,
having a significant power advantage over your enemy means that you can overpower him even if he's
blocking, and similarly that you can block his attacks with ease.

-Slice (؂): This is your attack speed. Being able to strike before your opponent can strike you,
and often before he can even react to counter, is extremely helpful. If you are fighting
defensively and relying on parries and counterattacks, Slice is not that crucial, but if you prefer
to use long chain combos, this is the most important stat.

-Quickness (rq): This is your movement speed. A high Quickness stat not only lets you outrun and
outmaneuver your enemies, but decreases your recovery (a.k.a. hit-stun) time, leaving you less
vulnerable and in a better striking position. If your power isn't so great, you can use your high
speed (in conjunction with careful use of the L1 button) to simply sidestep attacks.

-Abandon (): As in "reckless abandon," or possibly translated as "perception," this is your
defense against sword attacks. Since the katana is such an unforgiving weapon and deals far more
damage than a wooden sword, this stat is very important and can mean the difference between life
and death. While your goal should be to not get hit at all, this insurance is a life saver.

-Spirit (_): This stat has a dual purpose. First, it increases your health regeneration while in
combat with wooden swords. With a high Spirit rating, you'll see your health practically skyrocket
back up while you're just standing there. Second, it decreases how fast you stop bleeding when cut.
This is critical in long fights or in mission stages so you don't bleed to death.

-Resolve (拭): This stat is also dual purpose. First, it increases your defense against wooden
sword attacks. I believe this includes a certain character's huge boat oar, but I can't be sure.
It's vital for learning new techniques in the field and when dueling Kengo, because you almost have
to get hit. Second, it decreases how much life you lose while bleeding, which can help save your
life in conjuction with high Spirit.

-Recovery (): This stat is simple. It determines how much life you recover at the end of each
day. When this stat is high enough, you can be back on your feet even after a brutal sparring match
without having to sleep in for a day. While unimportant in duels and meaningless in Vs. Mode,
Recovery power is very important after fights so you can be in top condition for tournaments and
meetings with Kengo.


---Frequently Asked Questions---

Q: How many swords are there?
A: There are a total of 103 swords, with 34 of each rank and one no-name sword your character
starts with. If you count your wooden sword, it's 104.

Q: What are the different ranks of swords?
A: They are Ȃ܂ (junk), ƕ (exceptional, 1 star), and ƕ (masterpiece, 2 stars). The
above chart lists the bonuses for only the masterpiece swords. The exceptional ones have only half
the bonuses, and the junk swords don't change stats at all. After you win a duel or tournament,
you'll be told what kind of sword you got. In addition, if you got a 2 star sword, your character
will inspect it the next day.

Q: How do I get them?
A: The first way is to complete a tournament. You'll get your first non-sucky sword this way.
Usually you get 1-star swords, but just recently I got a two-star. The second and easiest way is
the betting matches (4th option down once you are in Edo). Two characters will approach you, state
what sword they have (though even if you can read Japanese, you'll have no way of telling what rank
it is), and you get to choose who to fight. If you win, you get their weapon, and if you lose, you
lose yours so SAVE first. Typically your rivals, a.k.a. the main characters, have a higher chance
of having better swords, but just go with your gut instinct and try to remember which swords you
already have. The last way is to kill Kengo. Each swordmaster has a powerful (2-star) weapon;
consult the list above. After beating them in sparring matches and learning all their techniques,
the next time you meet them they will offer to duel with live swords (press the Square button when
the choice comes up).

Q: What happens if you collect all 103 of them?
A: You become a Pokemon master!! ...uh, no. All that happens is that if you try to do a betting
duel, your opponents will only have no-name swords to wager with. However, collecting all the 2
star swords is vital to get the special ending and unlock certain characters.

Q: Speaking of which, what about Musashi's swords?
A: As far as anyone knows, there's no way to use his two-sword style nor his big-ass boat oar
except for playing as him in versus mode. (Pray for a PAR code.) Regardless, don't worry about
adding his swords to your collection. He likely didn't use anything famous, as Musashi would fight
with whatever he got his hands on (hence the big-ass boat oar).

Q: Do I need to get every 2 star sword to fight musashi?
A: No, you just need to defeat (not necessarily kill) Sasaki Kojiro.

Q: What should I do after collecting every sword in the game? Have I mastered it?
A: Try and collect every technique in the game. That's even more difficult.

Q: Which is the best sword?
A: In terms of sheer numbers, the Bizen Ichimonji is the best. It has good bonuses in all
categories and the highest total. However, the real answer is that whatever sword best suits your
character and playing style is the best. You can either emphasize your character's strengths or
cover your weaknesses. Heck, you might even want to match the sword with your character's outfit.
Sometimes style is more important than stats.

Q: Which is the coolest-looking sword?
A: My vote goes to the Muramasa, which has a beautiful engraving on the lower part of the blade.
However, it's hard to see while fighting. Other than that, the Nagamitsu stands out because it is
actually a good deal longer than the other swords.

Q: Where have I heard some of these names before?
A: Anime and other video games, most likely. In particular, swords by Kotetsu, Osafune, Ichimonji,
Yoshiyuki, Muramasa, and Masamune have been referenced in the Final Fantasy series, the last of
which is often the most powerful weapon in the game.

Q: What's the point of being able to look at the sword without its handle?
A: The blade viewing option becomes available when you get a two-star sword. Japanese smiths signed
the swords they made, as each one is a work of art that could take months of strenuous and careful
effort to produce. With this feature you can see the inscription on the tang and get a closer look
at the blade, both of which were supposedly scanned from the real thing.

Q: Why the heck would I want to put away my sword in the middle of a fight?
A: It enables you to do the iaijutsu (quick-draw) moves. When your sword is sheathed, press R1
immediately followed by circle to perform the attack. Iai draws are extremely fast and damaging,
and dueling with a friend this way is crazy fun. However, you're vulnerable while you sheathe your
sword, and you can't block or counter in that stance unless you learn the right techniques and set
them up beforehand.

Q: Are there any other cool things you can do with your sword?
A: After you kill someone, stand still and press Circle. You'll swing your sword downward to throw
the blood off of it. It's a very cool little effect. Too bad there are no "late hits" like in
Bushido Blade...

Q: I just got killed in one hit... again! Are katanas that sharp in real life?
A: Yes. I once saw a demonstration at a museum where a katana was held edge up and a piece of silk
cloth was dropped onto it. The cloth was cut in half on contact with the blade. Until technology
gives us mono-molecular wires, a good katana is the most deadly bladed weapon you'll find.

Q: Are there any legends behind these swords and swordsmiths?
A: Yes, there are several. First, there's the sword of Sasaki Kojiro. According to most accounts he
did indeed use a sword made by Nagamitsu which he called "Monohoshi no Sao" (Drying Pole). It was a
very long sword, and is well-represented in the game and the opening movie. Next, there are many
stories about Masamune, who (despite what the stats in this game would have you believe) was the
greatest swordsmith who ever lived. His secrets were well-guarded, and I remember reading about the
smith chopping off the hand of a man who tried to test the temperature of the water Masamune used
for tempering. Often mentioned along with him is his student Muramasa, who was apparently a little
disturbed. While Masamune's swords were perfect, sacred weapons, Muramasa's are said to be haunted
by his tormented spirit. There have been several historical accounts of owners of such weapons
having "accidents," nightmares, or urges to draw someone's blood with the sword.

Q: I like swords.
A: That's not a question now, is it Fighter?



---Legal Info---
This document is copyright 2003 by Jack Power.
It is not to be used for profit in any way. If you wish to reference part of it in your own guide,
please ask.

Kengo 2, game data, and all character designs are property of Genki and Crave. Thanks to them for
making the greatest swordfighting game yet.