Cao Cao by Lord Deng Ai

Version: 1.0 | Updated: 04/16/03 | Printable Version

Cao Cao Guide

Dynasty Warriors 4
By: Lord Deng Ai
Version: 1.0

Started: April 11, 2003


Table of Contents

1)	Intro and Copyrights
2)	History of Cao Cao
3)	Why use Cao Cao
4)	Unlocking
5)	Cao Cao's moves
6)	Unlocking Cao Cao's level 10 weapon (Wrath of Heaven)
7)	Cao Cao's models
8)	My strategies using Cao Cao
9)	Suggested items for Cao Cao
10)	FAQ's
11)	Credits
12)	Contact

Introduction and Copyrights

	This guide is the forth guide I made on GameFAQs, all the contents
are based on my own experiences (Copyright 2003 Vince Yang).  This may be not
be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, private use. It may
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History of Cao Cao

	Cao Cao, stylename Meng De, lived between 155-220 AD.  When the yellow
Turban Rebellion started, he joined the Han force to crush the yellow turbanx.
He distinguished himself on the battle field and was promoted after.  He also
joined the allies against the tyrant Dong Zhuo, but was defeated by Dong Zhuo's
troops.  He reorganized his army with the help of his cousins and Guo Jia after
the death of Dong Zhuo.  After he defeated Lu Bu at the battle of Xia Pi, he
had to fight against a much larger force of Yuan Shao to gain control of the
north.  At the decisive battle of Guan Du, he sent Yuan Shao's larger force
fleeing with the help of Guan Yu and a good Strategy.  With Yuan Shao
elimiated, Cao Cao founded the kingdom of Wei.  He later fought against the
allied force of Wu and Shu at Chi Bi, but lost due to the lack of experiences
on water and plots set by Zhuge Liang.  After the death of Guan Yu, Guan Yu's
head was sent to Cao Cao by Wu.  It is rumored that Cao Cao started to have
brain problems after seeing the head of Guan Yu.  A great doctor named Hua Tuo
was willing to perform a brain surgery on Cao Cao, but Cao Cao feared Hua Tuo
was planning to kill him, so he refused and thrown Hua Tuo into jail.  Both Cao
Cao and Hua Tuo died soon after.

Why use Cao Cao

	Cao Cao has average speed, power, and attack range, making him a decent
choice among the characters.  He also has good combo attacks that allow him to
do extra element attacks.

Unlocking Cao Cao

	Cao Cao is initially unlocked in the game

Cao Cao's moves

Keys: S = Square button, T = Triangle button, C = Circle button

Basic S moves:

S - A right to left swing of the sword
SS - A left to right swing back
SSS - An underhand swing to the top
SSSS - A tilted left to right swing
SSSSS - A tilted right to left swing below Cao Cao's waist
SSSSSS - A 180 swing from the left to the right

Running S move:

S (while running): A charging punch from the bottom of the sword

Charged moves (with T):

T - A singer laser is shot from the sword without orb equiped, with orb three
lasers are shot attached with elements.  This is a good move to stun the enemy,
it can also do a good damage if good orbs are equiped with Cao Cao.  The only
problem is that it can be blocked easily by enemies.

ST - An underhand swing to the top that sends enemy flying in the air.  It is a
good move if you're planning to do more combos on the enemy.

SST(TTTT) - A continuous, zig-zagging, charging movements while swing the sword
from right to left.  If all hits are connected, you can hit 5 charged attacks
on the enemy.  This is a very dangerous attack if all hits are connected and a
good orb is attached.  But this attack can be very hard to control and hit a
specific enemy because it zig-zags.  I found it eaiser to use if don't touch
the movement buttons while performing the attack.

SSST - A charged up big 180 swing from the left to right that clears the enemy
infront of Cao Cao.  This isn't that great of a crowd clearing move, but it can
do some damage and clear at least half of the enemy around Cao Cao.

SSSST(TT) - A turn-around underhand swing that sends the enemies flying high in
the air.  This move gives you chance to combo the enemy more.  If another T
is pressed, Cao Cao will jump up and hit the enemy twice before the enemy falls
back down.

SSSSST(TTTT) - A continuous charged underhand swings of the sword.  You can
hit 5 charged attacks on the enemy.  This move is better than the SST(TTTT)
because it doesn't zig-zags that much.  This also is a very dangerous move if
a good orb is attached.  This is Cao Cao's best move.

Normal moves and charged moves summary: Cao Cao's moves aren't great at crowd
clearing, but they can really hurt the enemies.  Find him a good orb and his
charged attacks will rip the enemies apart.

Musou moves:

C - A continuous up and down swing of the sword.  It ends with a big
360 counter-clockwise swing.  This is not one of the best musous, but one of
the worst.  The beginning attacks knocks the enemies back when they are hit,
making it harder to combo the enemies with the musou.  The only good thing
about it is the last 360 swing.  It really opens up some room for Cao Cao.

C (True Musou) - It begins the same with the regular musou move except the
enemies that are hit catches on fire.  Near the end Cao Cao swings the sword
from left to right, then back to left, then a vertical top to bottom swing.
It finishs with the same 360 swing with the regular musou.

Jump moves:

S - A horizontal swing that can both clear crowds and knock enemies off their

T - A good crowd-clearing move that knocks down the enemies around Dian Wei.
It's a good move if it's connected, but it can be broken by the jump attacks
from the enemies around Dian Wei.

On horse moves:

S attacks - Normal right to left swings.

T attacks - A charged up left-right swing that does more damage than the S
attacks, but nothing special.

C attack - The mosou attack on horse is nothing more than the S attacks except
that it does more damage and looks cooler.

Unlocking Cao Cao's level 10 weapon (Wrath of Heaven)

	First you must have Cao Cao's level 9 weapon before getting his level
10 weapon.

	The requirements: Play the battle of Chi Bi, Cao Cao's side.  First
see through Pang Tong's ploy.  Then defeat Zhuge Liang before he summons the
wind.  Defeat Lu Meng and Gan Ning before Huang Gai appears at the destnation
point.  After Gan Ning and Lu Meng are defeated, defeat Huang Gai before he set
the ships on fire.  Cao Cao should get the Wrath of Heaven accquired message
soon after Huang Gai is defeated.

My suggestions for getting the weapon

	When the battle of Chi Bi starts, go directly the northwest of the map
where Pang Tong is.  After you get close to him the ploy should be broken, then
quickly go down south where Zhuge Liang is.  Enemy back up troops (I think Guan
Yu) will show up when you're half way there, but just ignore them, you don't
have any time to waste.  When you reach Zhuge Liang defeat him as quickly as
possible and go for Gan Ning right after that.  This is the part where you
really need to hurry, if you don't defeat both Lu Meng and Gan Ning before
Huang Gai gets to the destination point, you'll have to kiss Wrath of Heaven
good bye.  If you're lucky, they might ask you into duels, try to defeat them
there.  After the two dies don't waste any time and go toward where Huang Gai
will show up and defeat him there.

Note: Try not to waste any time when you're completeing the tasks

Cao Cao's models

Model 1 (get this initially): Red-orange shoulder guard, silver waist guards.
Blue headgear, clothing, and pants.  Along with a dark blue cape with designs
of little dragons.

Model 2 (get rank 12): Blue-purple shoulder guard, purple waist guards.  Red
headgear, light puple clothing and pants.  Along with a purple cape with the
end being red, same little dragons design.

Model 3 (get rank 7): The exact same custom as model 1, but the cape lost the
little dragons and were replaced by a red fire design at the bottom.

Model 4 (get rank 7): The exact same custom as model 2, but the cape lost the
little dragons and were replaced by a light purple fire design at the bottom.

Model 5 (get rank MAX): Cao Cao's custom from DW3.  Red-orange shoulder and
waist guards.  Purple  clothings and pants with a blue sash.  The headgear
is also different from models 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Model 6 (get rank MAX): Dian Wei's alternate custom from DW3 XL.  Patterned
shoulder guard and black waist guards.  White clothings and pants, with purple
blue sash.  Same headgear as model 5.

My strategies using Cao Cao

Against normal crowds of soldiers:

	When I'm up against a group of normal useless soldiers, I tends to use
Cao Cao's SST(TTTT), SSST, and SSSSST(TTTT).  The SST(TTTT) is a great all
around move, even though it's not great at crowd clearing, it hurts whoever it
hits.  With an orb equiped, this is a killer move.  If you're really need a
crowd clearing move, the SSST is the next best move next to Cao Cao's musou.
It only clears half of the enemy around Cao Cao, but it's a lot better compared
to other moves of Cao Cao.  SSSSST(TTTT) is a real killer, even if it's not
that great against crowds, but if try to walk in a cirle while use this move,
it can hit most of the enemies around Cao Cao.  A good orb can turn this move
into one of the best moves in the game.

Against officer along with soldiers:

	When an officer and solider comes along, I use T, SST(TTTT), and the
SSSSST(TTTT).  I try to use as much of T as I could, it both stuns the enemy
officer and does great damage.  The SST(TTTT) is more useful in this situation
than the SSSSST(TTTT).  When the officer is stunned or away, you want to take
down as much as the normal soldier as possible.  That's where the zig-zagging
comes in handy.  When using it try to use it in a cirle because it doesn't
cover that much range.  When most of the soldiers are down the SSSSST(TTTT)
becomes useful.  It can both take care of the remaining soldiers or focous on
the single officer.  Once again, a great orb will help the SST(TTTT) and

When dueling:

	When the duel first start, I like to try out my luck and use the T, but
most time the enemy officer just blocks it.  But whenever I can get a clear
shot at him I try to stun them with the T.  Normaly, I would go into the guard
mode and wait for the enemy to finish their attacks.  Then I would go for the
SSSSST(TTTT), if the last hit connects, the enemy should be stunned and waiting
to be attacked again.  I then would go for SSSST(TT), the reason is because the
SSSSST(TTTT) or the SST(TTTT) would be too hard for all the hits to connect
because the officer will be in the air when you're attacking them.  So the
SSSST(TT) is the best choice here.

Suggested items for Cao Cao

	In DW4, you have a wide range of items you can choose from, different 
horses, orbs, and items.  Here want I suggest to use when playing Cao Cao.
Cao Cao (5 item slots)


Shadow, Red Hare.  (Use the Shadow so you caní»t get knocked off, but 
when you're rushing through a stage, take the Red Hare)

Lightning Orb, Slash Orb, or Fire Orb.  
(With Cao Cao, I usually go for my Vorpal Orb.  This orb deals out a lot of
damage and it's the best for Cao Cao.  It also only stun the enemy, unlike the
Lightning which make the enemy falls to the ground)


-Peacock Urn
-Wind Scroll
-Tiger Amulet
-Tortise Shell
-Charge Bracer

	I always carry a Peacock Urn with me when I go into a battle.  You
want to extract the very last bit of hit-point possible, they could be the
difference between victory and defeat.  Don't go into a battle without one.
I use the Wind Scroll to enhance Cao Cao great charge moves' range.  The Tiger
Amulet makes Cao Cao a even more hard hitting character.  Tortise Shell, it
never hurt to have a good defense.  The last but certainly not the least, the
Charge Bracer.  It's probably the most important if you use a lot of Cao Cao
great charge moves.  The Charge Bracer will make sure you're charge moves won't
get interrupted, making it a lot eaiser to pull of charge moves.


	When I get questions about Cao Cao, I will post them in this section
along with my answers.


	I created this guide all by myself, but still, I have a couple of 
people to give out thanks to.

Special Thanks to:

Muni Shinobu - For his Level 10 weapon unlocking guide, and the Character
unlocking guide.

CJayC - For creating this great site.

Koei - For creating this great game.

That's all.


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