UPDATE! 8/14/2008 - Sean Paul fight at Babylon added. - ďBasic Fighting TipsĒ section added and ďHow Stats Are ImportantĒ section updated. - ďBest Character Fighting Style CombinationsĒ section added as well. - My email address has changed to firstname.lastname@example.org for those who wish to contact me. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------- Def Jam: Fight For NY Hard Story Mode Fights Guide Ver. 1.1 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------- Table of Contents: A. Copyright Information B. Contacting Information / Introduction C. Hard Fights a. How Stats Are Important b. Basic Fighting Tips c. Best Character Fighting Style Combinations X1. Martial Arts + Kickboxing + Submissions X2. Kickboxing + Martial Arts + Submissions X3. Wrestling + Kickboxing + Streetfighting 1. Ice-T at Club-357 2. FFA Round 1 at Power Plant 3. Sean Paul at Babylon a. Skull at Babylon (Right before Sean Paul fight) 4. WC at Red Room 5. Crack at Club Murder - Cage Match 6. FFA Round 2 at Huntís Point 7. Crazy Legs at The Terror Dome 8. Team Tournament at Chopshop a. Prodigy & Havoc b. Mack 10 & WC c. Elephant Man & Sean Paul d. Bone Crusher & David Banner e. Ice-T & Magic 9. FFA Round 3 at Foundation 10. Lilí Flip at Gauntlet 11. Magic at Gun Hill Garage - Demolition Match 12. Fam-Lay at 7th Heaven 13. WC at Chopshop 14. Warren G at Chopshop 15. Mack 10 at Chopshop 16. Xzibit at The Limit 17. FFA Round 4 at Babylon - Final Round 18. Crack at Gauntlet - Round 3 of 1 on 1 Tournament 19. Henry Rollins at Gauntlet - Round 5 of 1 on 1 Tournament - Final Round 20. David Banner at The Pit 21. Prodigy at The Heights 22. Ghost Face Killah at Dragon House 23. N.O.R.E. at The Heights 24. Capone at Foundation 25. Joe Budden at Babylon 26. Scarface at Babylon 27. Ludacris at Club DTP (7th Heaven) 28. Flava Flav at The Terror Dome 29. Doc at Club-357 30. Magic & Crack at Huntís Point 31. Sticky Fingaz at Red Hook Tire Co. - Inferno Match 32. Crow at Crowís Office - Window Match D. Conclusion ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------- A. Copyright Information This is a copyrighted guide by me, Robert Bates. No site or any one is authorized to use this guide except for www.gamefaqs.com . ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------- B. Contacting Information / Introduction Iím making this guide for the reason that on forumís people are always asking for help on certain fights throughout the story mode of Def Jam: Fight For NY. So I am going to help you all out with those hard fights. Please note this is not including every single fight throughout story mode. So if I donít cover some one youíre having trouble with or just believe I should have covered, then please feel free to email me at email@example.com . Make sure include in the subject of the email ďDef Jam GuideĒ or some thing along those lines. Thank you and I hope you benefit from my guide. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------- C. Hard Fights Quick note here that this is based on playing on the Hard difficulty wich does make a difference. a. How Stats Are Important A lot of people donít really pay attention to the stats of fighters. Or atleast donít know how and what they effect exactly. So Iím going to fill you in so you will understand my guide better. Upper Power - This effects how much damage you do with punchs and grapple moves involving the upper body of your fighter including submission holds. An example is if say your fighter has Submission as a style and your opponents upper power stat is around the mid area, then their arm health will go down faster in submission holds. Lower Power - This is exactly the same for Upper Power except it effects the lower part of the fighter. It effects every thing in the same way for the lower body as Upper Power does for the upper body. Speed - Obviously this effects how fast the fighter moves. Toughness - This mainly effects your health bar. You got a dark green bar under the green bar wich shows where your health can regenerate too. Big time strong grapple wrestling moves will take away more of that dark green bar than say Martial Arts strong grapple moves. Also crowd double team moves, weapons, and useing walls against the fighter will bring it down more as well. How high your Toughness stat is effects how much those big moves will take away. So you can say if a fighter has their Toughness stat down in the mid area then that is a big advantage for a fighter with Wrestling. Health - This effects your health bar ofcourse, but it also effects how fast your head, arm, and leg health will replenish when in a submission hold. A fighter with a lower health stat can be taken advantaged of by a fighter with Submission so get them to submit faster and easier. This stat with a combination of a low upper or lower body power stat can really be bad for that fighter if fighting a Submissioner. b. Basic Fighting Tips Now before we get started here is a run down of some basic and very helpful fighting tips. - CounteringÖ as the opponent tries to grapple strike at the same time to counter leaving them wide open for an attack. To counter strikes however you must press block +any direction at the same time the opponent would hit you with a punch/kick. - Whatever you do, as in do a move that looks like it hurts the head, arm, or leg, it DOES decrease their head/arm/leg health. Nice to know if you choose to have Submission. - Use the weapons and environment of the levels to your advantage. - Get into the habit of doing strong grapples after a grapple counter on your opponent if you intend on using Wrestling, Submission, Kickboxing, and/or Streetfighting. - Your character is never developed to full potential without learning 3 styles. c. Best Character Fighting Style Combinations In this section Iíll have the best combinations of 3 fighting styles that the end results end up with a 5/5 moveset I guarantee. Currently have 4, but you can expect another 4 or 5 plus+ my special DMX CAW in the near future hopefully. X1. Martial Arts + Kickboxing + Submissions A really great technical moveset. You got the MA and KB strikes. You got the MA counters. Strong grapple is Kickboxing clinch and 3 submission head holds and 2 arm hold. Weak grapple consist of many many moves that damage the arm decreasing arm health. With this type of character basic gameplan would be to do a lot of damage to the head or arm (you can do head damage during Kickboxing clinch with knees to the head) to weaken their health do you can make them submit quicker. And well with Kickboxing you can clinch kick them some till they in danger (red) and then use a wall to finish them off. Really this is a style with some versatility and is very very technical. (I would recommend having at least 1 Blaziní move that hurts the arm.) X2. Kickboxing + Martial Arts + Submissions Yes this is a similar style as the one above. There are differences for sure though. This style has Kickboxing clinch in both weak and strong grapple which limitís the amount of weak grapple moves there are. However which ones there is are very good for technical reasons. In strong grapple will have 3 head submissions (one being what you may know as a ďCrippler CrossfaceĒ), 1 arm, and 1 leg submissions. (these being from font grapple) Another difference is that this style strikes very differently. Basically this combo of fighting styles is a little more versatile and youíll play with it lil differently because of the different strike moves/combos. Overall best gameplan really is to target the head. If they have noticeably weak upper body then you can target the arm and same with the leg if they have weak lower body. There really no way to hurt the leg however except low clinch kicks that donít do too much and just normal kicks that would hit the legs. Still the versatility is there. X3. Wrestling + Kickboxing + Streetfighting This fighting style combination is monstrous . In my opinion it has the best type of Streetfighting Haymaker KO punch. Good combos. Weak grapple are nice perhaps a lil stronger than usual grapple moves. Strong grapple has Kickboxing clinch and strong wrestling moves. Main gameplan with this fighting combination is just to put the hurt on the opponent. Maybe start out the match throwing around the haymaker punch a lil and/or weak grapple to weaken them some early on. But eventually will want to strong grapple, do like 4 or 5 (or maybe 6 or 7 even if they weak enough) kicks/kness in the clinch followed by a big wrestling move that does big damage. So yeah itís smart to do Kickboxing clinch kicks till their health is in danger (red) and follow with a wrestling move to knock them out. 1. Ice-T at Club-357 This is really early on in the story meaning your fighters stats still are very low. Because of them being low it seems most people have trouble beating him. Well for whatever style you choose first (since you will still only have the one style at the moment), here are strategies on how to beat him for each style. Kickboxing - Not the best against him. Not as affective. Go with your strength with kick comboís. Get in strong grapples to go into clinch after reversals and just keep punching while in the clinch. Speaking of reversals, that is what will help you big time so try your best. See a bottle or small pipe that is pushed into the ring, go and get it right away and use it to its full potential. Street Fighting - With this style youíll want to be throwing haymaker punches after reversals. Do punching comboís. Grab him with weak grapples and do a weak grapple move, toss him against the ropes then do a move, or throw him into a turnbuckle and strong grapple. Besides that, get and use the weapons when you see them, and focus on reversing. Martial Arts - Focus a great deal on reversals. Get strong grappleís when possible. Keep switching up with puch and kick comboís. Try not to do the same thing over and over. Get and use weapons when you see them. Wrestling - The strength in a wrestler is in his big wrestling moves. Focus on countering his grapples and getting a strong grapple right away. Pull off a big wrestling move. Keep that up untill he is down and out. Donít forget to get and use the weapons when possible. Submission - This is the best style against Ice-T. Why? Because Ice-T does have a weakness wich is his health stat wich effects his head, arm, and leg health in submission holds. Basically just do the same thing as I said for a wrestler. Counter and then strong grapple and pull off a submission hold. Focus only on one of the areas to make him tap out faster. Once again, use weapons when possible. 2. FFA Round 1 at Power Plant In the first round of the FFA Tournament you will be facing, Havoc, Bo, and Trick or Solo (changes). Key to winning this fight is by taking on one of the other fighters on the other side of the venue. Use your strengths of what styles you have. Also use weapons when you can and the fench very often. Something that the 3 opponents of yours in this match have is that they all like to strike a lot. So be ready to counter their punch and kicks a lot. Especially watch out for Trickís haymaker punch. Once some one gets KOíed, then itís time to double team on some one. If you are the one getting double teamed you should run away till the other 2 start fighting each other. This is a fairly easy fight. Just donít get double teamed and you should be alright if you got good counter skills. 3. Sean Paul at Babylon Sean Paul can be a little pain because he has unique strikes and is pretty fast. Luckily only style he has is Martial Arts which hurts him. Pretty much he will need to do an environmental attack or hit you with a weapon to knock you out, but you should by this point have at least a couple styles. Anyways if you have Submissions then target his arm if you can. If you got Wrestling then go for those big grapple moves. Besides that he donít got much else weaknesses. Just use the strengths of whatever styles you have and use weapons and the environment a lot to beat him easier. One thing that can make this fight so much more harder is that if you end up choosing Carmen Electra for your girlfriend, then right before this fight you will have to fight Skull first and the damage carries over to the next fight either win or lose as far as I can tell. So generally to make this fight easier just stick with the girl friend you first get. However if you do go with Carmen then here are some tips for Skull. a. Skull at Babylon His main weakness is his health and lower body. Really kind of need Submissions to really take advantage of these weaknesses. If you got Submissions then target his legs. If you donít then just use the environment and your styles strengths best you can. Just watch out for his haymaker punch he likes to throw, and he also has Submissions so donít get caught too much by grapples. 4. WC at Red Room This guy doesnít really have a weakness that you can really use against him at this point and time of the game. Plus he isnt that predictable wich is bad for you. Use weapons when possible to give you the upper hand. Keep to the strengths of the style you have (or styles if you were saving up early on). Got Street Fighting then start throwing punches. Got Submission then get him in those holds. Like I said, use the strengths of whatever style(s) you have. Just do not get too predictable. Overall he really shouldnít be that hard for most people (if so then you can contact me with more specific help on specifically what problem youíre having with him and ill include in guide.). After beating WC you will get 2500 development points wich is exactly the ammount you need to learn a new style. So go learn! 5. Crack at Club Murder - Cage Match This can either be a very easy fight or a very hard fight. For it to become easy all you gotta do is be the faster one. Now if you havenít been giving any development points to speed then shame on you. Crack is slow and likes to strong grapple a lot wich is easy to scout. Counter his grapples and grab him yourself. Now use the cage and throw Crack into it. Grab him again to perform a move on the cage. That is the main way youíre going to beat him and is all you need to know about this match. Just for the love of God do not! let him get strong grapples on you or you will pay big time every time. 6. FFA Round 2 at Huntís Point This should be against Memphis Bleek, Bless, and Baby Chris. Memphis Bleek likes to throw a heavy haymaker around so watch out for that. He also likes to grab you tho so be ready for the grapple as well. Bless likes to throw out a lot of martial arts comboís and is good at countering your strikes. Countering him and getting the strong grapple on him will help take him out fast. Baby Chris grapples a bit and likes to use the enviorment against you as well as kicking you in a kickboxing clinch. Instead smash his head into things rather than the other way around. When you can get your hands on one, weapons are helpful as always. By now you should have 3 styles learned and if one of those is Submission, then doing submission holds a lot is very helpful in a FFA match such as this so take full advantage. Besides that just remember to stay out of the way of the other 2 fighters and try not to get double teamed. 7. Crazy Legs at The Terror Dome This guy is very fast and loves to do crazy kick comboís all the time that can be a big pain to counter. Although he does have a few weaknesses. The combination of him having poor health and upper power is very good if your fighter has Submission for a style. If so then target either his head or arm with submission holds to get him to submit. If you donít have Submission, but you do have Street Fighting, then have fun throwing those big haymakers when you get him open. The other weakness he has is that he isnt very tough. If your fighter has Wrestling then strong grapple wrestling moves is a big help here. If not then you always can throw him up against the wall often and beat him that way. Just watch out for his feat at all times. 8. Team Tournament at Chopshop You get to choose between Ice-T and O.E. to have as your partner for this tournament. Wich ever you donít choose will end up being partners with Magic. So who should you choose? Iíd say O.E. stat wise is better and that you should go with him. To be honest I donít even like O.E. and I usually go with Ice-T, but Iím here to help you out and O.E. is the better partner. So pick him. a. Prodigy & Havoc Iím just going to say this once instead of repeating it over and over. Trust your partner to take care of himself. Usually he will be able to do just fine without your help. Also weapons will always help. Prodigy - He doesnít really have much of a weakness to tell you the truth. He isnít predictable either. Best I can suggest against him is to try to get strong grapple moves on him, do moves on him on the railing, and use weapons. Submission holds will slow him down if your fighter has Submission. Havoc - On the other hand, Havoc has low lower power and low health. The combination of the two is good for a Submissioner who has leg holds. The low lower power is also real good for Kickboxers. If your fighter has Kickboxing then getting him in those strong grapple clinchs and kicking him a lot will beat Havoc. b. Mack 10 & WC Mack 10 - Heís a little bit on the slow side so speed can really be your friend with him. Also his lower power stat isnít that high so if your fighter has Kickboxing, Mack 10 shouldnít be much trouble. Plus he likes to throw a haymaker punch wich is good because itís slow and has very very very short range. WC - If your fighter has Wrestling then get those strong grapple wrestling moves in. Also throw him into the railing and do moves on him on the railing a lot. Ofcourse use weapons when possible. The main thing you got to do is keep the upper hand. Donít let him take control of you. Watch out for the comboís from him and the haymaker that he will throw here and there. Keeping some distance so he misses with him comboís will help you out so you can then counter with a grapple or combo of your own. c. Elephant Man & Sean Paul These two guys are so much alike in the way of how they fight. They like to combo a lot and mostly strike at you with a grapple here and there. Also they are very good at countering you over and over. Key to beating either one is countering their strikes followed up by a haymaker, strong grapple move, or throw them into the railing and do a move. As long as you keep countering them you should be fine. Weapons will also help a lot. d. Bone Crusher & David Banner Bone Crusher - He is very slow, but he is strong and likes to do those strong grapple wrestling moves. The chances of him getting one done on you isnít very likely since hes so slow that itís super easy to counter his grapples. Only time he should be able to get you is if he counters you. He doesnít just grapple all the time. He does like to do single power stikes at you wich can be hard to counter since you have to adjust to him being real slow with his moves. Speed is all you need to defeat Bone Crusher. David Banner - This guy on the other hand isnít that slow and can be pretty hard. He loves to throw the haymaker at you so you must watch out for that. Make him miss the haymaker and that leaves him wide open for you to do a strong grapple. Useing the railing will also help and weapons ofcourse. Just remember to dodge (not block) his haymaker and counter with a strong grapple. e. Ice-T & Magic Now if you listened to me it will be Ice-T and Magic your fighting instead of O.E. and Magic. Well this is if you listened to me. Ice-T - His weakness is low health. If your fighter has Submission then target either his head, arm, or legs with submission holds and make him submit. Ice-T does have some what of a patteren that goes, Strike, Strike, Grapple. Thatís not always, but he does that often. Itís alright if you get hit by the strikes. Just counter the grapple and put him into a hold. If you donít got Submission then just do the same thing and also use the railing and weapons. Magic - Magic is all about getting you into submission holds. This means he strong grapples a lot wich is very easy to scout out since Magic doesnít have the best speed either. Use your speed against him and counter his grapple attempts. Follow up by a strong grapple of your own, a haymaker, or throw him into the railing and do a move. If your fighter has Kickboxing then that can help a lot too since he doesnít have the best lower power either. Get him in the clinch and kick him to death. 9. FFA Round 3 at Foundation Opponents are N.O.R.E. , Bone Crusher, and David Banner. Watch out for the haymakers from both N.O.R.E. and David Banner. Adjust your countering for Bone Crusher so you donít counter too early and actually end up getting hit or grappled. Itís best to take on Bone Crusher of the 3 since youíre faster than he is and he should be easy. After you take him out, go double team David Banner if he isnít out already. Or if Banner takes out N.O.R.E., then double team him with Bone Crusher. But if you stay on Bone Crusher and take him out fast then it should be real smooth sailing from there on. Donít forget to use weapons. 10. Lilí Flip at Gauntlet Lilí Flip likes to keep some distance and throw a lot of comboís at you involving kick moves. Itís ironic that he likes to kick a lot since his weakness is the lack of lower power. If your fighter has Submission and has atleast one leg hold then you can use that as your main attack. Otherwise only if your fighter has Kickboxing can you really take advantage of this weakness by getting him in the clinch and kicking him a lot. So if you got neither then best thing to do is use the cage on him always. Keep countering his comboís and try throwing him up on the cage to start slamming his head against it. Shouldnít have much trouble if you follow the simple strategy. Also Remember that most your successful offense will be from successful defense. The only real hard thing about Lilí Flip is countering those wild kicks of his. 11. Magic at Gun Hill Garage - Demolition Match Magic is a little bit on the slow side and has a pattern of, Strike, Strike, Grapple. All you got to do is counter him, grab him, and throw him into his car (the one on the right side) and do a move on it to damage the car. To ďTotalĒ his car and winning that way you have to do a move on a area of the car (such as a door) three times on two different areas. Or you can just go for the easy KO wich will probably happen anyways if your trying to ďTotalĒ his car. 12. Fam-Lay at 7th Heaven This guy can be a pain at times since he doesnít have a real weakness and isnít that predictable. You will want to try to make this fight as short as possible, because if you make it a longer fight then theres a good chance that it will end up being a very close match that you may or may not come out of on top. So going for submission holds isnt what id suggest for this fight. Throw him up against the sides of the venue and deal some good damage smashing his head into the walls of this round venue youíre in. Also use a lot of beer bottles to smash over his head as well. There usually is always a bottle you can go grab at all times. Smashing bottle after bottle over his head will really take him out of his game. 13. WC at Chopshop This is the third time fighting him now. This time he should be pretty easy actually since your stats are much higher than when you fought him at the Red Room. Throw him into and use the railing of the venue on him often. Always use a weapon when able too to take him out faster. If your fighting has Wrestling then strong grapple wrestling moves will be real effective as well. 14. Warren G at Chopshop Weakness of this great fighter is lack of upper power. If your fighter has Street Fighting, Wrestling, or Submission (wich he does have 1 of the 3 atleast unless you only got 2 styles) with a head or arm submission hold, then this is good for you. Just keep attacking his upper body mainly with grapples. Striking doesnít work best against Warren G since he likes to sit and wait for you to strike so he can counter. Seriously at times he will just stand there and do nothing till you attack and counter. So you want to get him on the offensive side so you can counter him and get those strong grapples. Weak grapples are always good too so you can throw him up against the railing and do a move on that. Just donít be all about the striking game against him and focus more on grapples. Although you still gotta watch out for his strong grapples. Otherwise he will get you in a clinch and kick you a few times before doing a big wrestling move. 15. Mack 10 at Chopshop A friend of mine had some trouble with this fight, but for me this fight is really easy. Yet most the fights are easy for me since I got 150+ hours experience with this game. Anyways for whom is having trouble with this fight..... Mack 10ís weaknesses is that he is slow and has a lack of lower power. Well forget about the lack of lower power he has since itís the difference in speed that will win you this fight fast and easy. Just stay on the attack with grapples and comboís. Throw him up against the railing and smash his head into it. Thatís really all you need to do. If you just stay faster than him and donít get predictable, then you should be able to easily win this fight without getting hit once. 16. Xzibit at The Limit This is one of the hardest fights period! Not only in story mode, but just in general. I believe the reason is is that he has no weakness what so ever. Not even close to having one. Heís like Crow and Suspect that have no weakness at all and has really high stats. So how do you beat Xzibit? If your fighter has Submission, then making this a long fight going after him with submission holds can really do the trick. For example he can have about half his life bar left while yourís is all the way down yet you can still get him to submit. If your fighter doesnít have Submission or that strategy isnít working out then comboing a lot on him will be effective since he does not counter very often. Also get in grapples when he isnít able to counter them. Useing weapons is a must. And he likes to mostly do comboís, but he will go for strong grapples. Do not let him get you in a strong grapple, otherwise youíll pay. How ever the fight goes it will remain a very close fight if your not getting competely owned. For this fight I must say to you, good luck. 17. FFA Round 4 at Babylon - Final Round This is the final round of the FFA tournament. Although if you want to win you will have to get threw Lilí Flip, Manny, and Pockets. Remember Lilí Flip likes to kick a lot yet has a lack of lower power wich you can use to your advantage with leg submission holds if you fighter has Submission. Either way if your fighter does or doesnít I suggest going after Lilí Flip first. After he has been taken care of go double team whom ever has the most health left. Try to work them both without you getting double teamed yourself. That way once you take out one of them the other wonít have a lot of life left either so you can take him out easier and faster. Ofcourse you got to remember that weapons are your friend as well as the walls on each side of the venue and the big speakers. Try not to get double teamed ever. While taking care of Lilí Flip first, stay on the opposite side of the venue from the other two fighters. 18. Crack at Gauntlet - Round 3 of 1 on 1 Tournament This fight is just like when you fought Crack at Club Murder in the Cage Match. The only difference is that youíre a lot more faster now and because of that this should be a pretty easy fight. Just mix up with somce 2 hit comboís and weak grapples. When you grapple him just throw him into the cage and perform a move on it on him. continue to do so and you should have complete control of the entire fight. Just donít get predictable so that he starts to counter and he starts to control. 19. Henry Rollins at Gauntlet - Round 5 of 1 on 1 Tournament - Final Round Henry Rollins is unique since he has four styles. Whatís unique about that is that no one else has more than three styles. Not even your own created fighter can have more than three styles. Anyways his weakness is that he isnít the fastest guy around. So your going to beat Henry Rollins just like how you beat Crack. Youíre going to use your speed to your advantage and use the cage walls very often. Just watch out for that haymaker of Rollins that he likes to throw around a lot. Best way to counter his haymaker is by punching him. When you see him doing the animation for his haymaker just punch him a couple times to counter. He doesnít grapple a whole lot, but when he does you should be able to counter without problem. 20. David Banner at The Pit Weaknesses is that he is slow and has a lack of lower body power. Use your speed to full advantage. Kick comboís you should favor over punching comboís. If your fighter has Kickboxing then get him in the clinch in the strong grapple and kick him to death. Use the wood walls on both sides of the venue against him. Use weapons when possible. Watch out for that big haymaker that he loves to throw all over the place. Try side stepping his haymaker punch and strong grapple him. 21. Prodigy at The Heights This guy can come at you in all kinds of ways. He likes to do comboís with his unique style in the game. He also likes to make you cry for your Mama by making you submit. Got to watch out for that haymaker. Plus he likes to counter your strikes a bit of the times. So how can you beat him? Well it isnít exactly easy no matter what you do unless your a pro at this game. He is a little bit on the slow side so the speed advantage can help. Although it doesnít help that much. His other weakness is low on the health stat. Thatís good if your fighter has Submission so you can start targeting his head, arm, or leg. Still that could make the fight a long fight, but it still can get the job done. Best I can suggest is put him into submission holds if your fighter has Submission. If not then just use the strengths that your fighter has to your advantage (such as if heís a Wrestler then use strong grapple wrestling moves). Also take full advantage of the crowd and weapons. Prodigy isnt the easiest guy, but he isnít the hardest either. If youíre having trouble with him it really shouldnít take more than a few tries to beat him. (If so then you can contact me) 22. Ghost Face Killah at Dragon House This is probably one of the best fighters in the game. That doesnít mean he is super hard, but he can be. Think of him as if he was Crack. Really the two fighters are a lot alike. Speed is at your advantage big time here. just be faster than him, counter his grapples, and use the breakable fence on him. Also getting a Ring Out win is the best way to go. So focus on doing moves on him on one part of the fence till it breaks. Then push him in that area again and punch him off the legde to win. 23. N.O.R.E. at The Heights N.O.R.E. actually is a lot like Prodigy. Main differences is that N.O.R.E. likes to throw his haymaker around more and likes to grapple a little bit more. Besides that he is very much like Prodigy. So youíre going to beat him just like you did Prodigy. Either make him submit if your fighter has Submission or use the strengths of what ever styles you do have against him as well as weapons and the crowd often. Making him submit is probably the easiest and fastest way to beat N.O.R.E. 24. Capone at Foundation Capone is a real heavy hitter. He likes his haymaker punch, but unlike a lot of fighters he is smart about when he throws the haymaker punch. Overall he is probably the smartest Street Fighter in the game CPU wise. So yes you got to watch out for that haymaker. Best way to beat him is by useing the crowd, the speakers, the post, and weapons against him. Really he shouldnít be too difficult since youíre fighting him at the Foundation venue wich is really good for you. If your fighter has Wrestling then strong grapple wrestling moves will get the job done. If your fighter has Kickboxing then the strong grapple clinch kicks will help a lot too. If you got both those styles and can do both clinch kicks and strong grapple wrestling moves in the strong grapple then you shouldnít have any problem what so ever. If you got neither style for your fighter just stick to useing the venue to your advantage and watch out for his haymaker. If you do that you should be just fine. 25. Joe Budden at Babylon Joe Buddenís weakness is that he isnít that tough. So you will want to use the crowd, speakers, walls on each side of the venue, and weapons as much as possible. Especially if your fighter does not have Wrestling. If he does have Wrestling then still do that, but also do big time strong grapple wrestling moves. You should be able to put him away without much problem that way. 26. Scarface at Babylon In my opinion this is in the top five of the hardest fights throughout story mode. Scarfaceís only weakness is that youíre faster than he is. Although that doesnít make much of a difference since Scarface is one of the smarter fighters. Itís like when he starts to get predictable he changes what he is doing. He likes to throw the haymaker at you and get you in the strong grapple. Those are the top things you want to avoid the most when fighting Scarface. So what should you do to beat him? Well to be honest to beat him you should just play. What I mean is pretty much do what ever is working as long as you donít get predictable. When he really gets you is after he counters you. I wouldnít suggest trying to make him submit since itís best to try to KO him as fast as possible. Donít really focus on doing one thing to him over and over, but use the strengths of what styles you have against him besides submission holds (since that takes too long). Always use the walls at both end of the venue, the crowd, the two speakers, and always use weapons when able to. Chances are is that this will come down to being a pretty close even fight till one of you win. That is if youíre not getting totally owned. So donít get predictable, use your fighters strengths, and watch out for his haymaker and strong grapples. 27. Ludacris at Club DTP (7th Heaven) Ludacris is a tough guy to beat. Well that is unless you use my strategy here to easily defeat him. His weakness is lack of upper strength so if your fighter has Street Fighting this should be a walk in the park. Well you got to be patient and get him to try to do a combo on you. Counter it and throw a big haymaker punch. Continue to do this and you will KO him in no time. If your fighter doesnít have Street Fighting then just keep attacking his upper body. You must have atleast either Street Fighting, Wrestling, or Submission for your fighter so you will be able to attack his upper body without problem. If you donít have Street Fighting, but you do have Wrestling then counter and do strong grapple wrestling moves. If you got neither of those and got Submission instead then counter and put him into a head or arm submission hold over and over. Unless you donít have any arm or head submission holds then the next best thing to do is use weapons a lot and slamming his head into the railing around the fight area. 28. Flava Flav at The Terror Dome This guy is envied by so many of you players with his drunken kung fu comboís. Speaking of those drunken kung fu comboís, that is what he favors to punish you with and it is straight up hard to time just right to counter. Donít think about throwing big comboís back at him because he will counter you a lot. Thatís what he is really good at. Countering and pulling off comboís. Plus he is pretty fast. He does have a few weaknesses that can help. Lacking in the toughness, upper body power, and lower body power stats. Thing is is that itís hard to take advantage of these weaknesses and that is what makes him hard. The only time you usually can get a strong grapple on Flava Flav is after countering him wich isnít all that easy. Not even real easy countering a grappleof his since he grapples at random times when youíre not expecting a grapple. Still when your able to, get a strong grapple move done on him. Although mostly you will be hitting him once or twice and going for the weak grapple to then throw him into a wall and do a move on it. That is how youíre going to beat him. Use the walls to your full advantage against Flava Flav as well as those three steele somethings around the middle of the venue (you know what Iím talking about). So try to counter his comboís always and if you do try pulling off a strong grapple manuver. Besides that just use the venue as much as possible. 29. Doc at Club-357 Doc is a fighter that just doesnít let up on you. He just keeps coming and coming. So you got to take it right back to him and keep coming and coming at him. Donít focus on getting strong grapples because most the time Doc wonít let you get them. Focus on countering his comboís and comboing him. Mix it up with weak grapple moves. Throw him into a turnbuckle and do a move on him on that. Use weapons when available. As long as you stay on him and donít let up you should be in control of the fight. As long as the momentum doesnít change sides then it should be smooth sailing from there on. Remember he wonít let up except for when he will tuant here and there. So you canít let up on him. Donít even need to use any weapons really untill you get his health low. Then start useing weapons to finish him off. 30. Magic & Crack at Huntís Point Now this is the number one fight that inspired me to write this guide for all you. This is the hardest fight. Itís a Team Battle with you and Blaze as your partner against Magic & Crack. The thing that makes this fight so hard is that Blaze starts out with about half of his health bar and can get knocked out very fast and easily leaving you to take on Magic and Crack alone wich is nearly impossible to beat them by your self. Hereís how to win this fight.... Itís best for you to take on Crack and leave Blaze with Magic. Magic will mostly be on the offensive side of things against Blaze, but itís alright because Magic will mostly put him into submission holds giving you time to take out Crack. Just donít worry about Blaze bacause he can take care of himself although you may need to retry this fight a couple times because of him getting knocked out quickly, but most the time he will be able to survive long enough. So how can you take out Crack fast and easily in time to go help Blaze? If your fighter has Submission then the best thing to do is wait for Crack to attempt a grapple and counter it. Then put him into a head submission hold. Keep doing that till he submits and then go double team Magic till you KO him. On the other hand if your fighter doesnít have Submission then still get Crack into the strong grapple and big wrestling moves, kickboxing clinch kicks, or haymaker punches (or combination of clinch kicks and then wrestling move or haymaker if possible for your fighter). Also use weapons when possible. After you KO Crack, go double team Magic till you KO him. 31. Sticky Fingaz at Red Hook Tire Co. - Inferno Match Itís just you and Sticky in the ring of fire. Well how about useing that fire to your advantage? Doing moves that knocks Sticky into the fire will deal more damage too him. When you get Sticky in danger and push him into the fire it will KO him. So use the fire to your advantage. Also you will need to look out for the haymaker that Sticky loves to throw around a lot. You will need to stay on him like when you fought Doc because Sticky will stay on you and wonít let up. If you let him have control of the fight he will make you pay. So stay on him and donít let up. Watch out for the haymaker of his. Use the fire to your advantage. 32. Crow at Crowís Office - Window Match Finally you get to fight Crow. He has no where near to having any kind of weakness. All of his stats are almost perfect. He is one of the fastest, if not the fastest fighter youíll fight. Also he has this special strong kick that can actually knock you out if in danger. To make this fight harder, you will start out with a good chunk of your health already gone. So how can you beat him? Well the long way there isnít a easy way. Just got to try your best. The fast and semi-easy way is to throw him out a window. Thereís three windows. Grapple and push him up against one of them and do a move on him on a window. When you do the window will crack. The third time you do a move on Crow on the same window you will send him threw the window down to his death and win the fight. So stick close to the windows for this fight. Just try not to get thrown up against a window yourself. Especially if two moves have already been done on it otherwise you will need to do a rematch. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------- D. Conclusion I wrote this guide to help others and I really hope I have. I choose the fights based on wich ones I use to have trouble with and wich ones my friends have had trouble with. If you think I should change some thing or add some thing about one of the fights or think thereís a fight that I should of covered, but didnít, or just want to comment on my guide please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Iíll be adding all the fights in the tournaments that take place after beating Crow some other time soon hopefully so check back later if those are the fights youíre needing help with. I thank you for reading my guide and really hope it was helpful for you. I also want to thank Game FAQs for accepting my guide. And lastly, but not least, I have to thank EA and Aki for making one of my all time favorite games ever.