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    Fourth Weapons FAQ (JIS) by EChang

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    SHIN SANGOKU MUSOU 4
    (DYNASTY WARRIORS 5)
    FOURTH WEAPONS FAQ
       (v1.2, 4-5-05)
    by Edward Chang (chang dot 459 at osu dot edu)
    
    Revision History
    v1.2 (4-5-05)
       Some revisions. FAQ is now available on kongming.net.
    
    v1.1 (4-3-05)
       Added a tip on Guan Yu's 4th, thanks to Brandon Boon.
    
    v1.0 (3-22-05)
       All methods complete and verified. Fixed a few typos (such as giving
       the wrong stage for Zhang Jiao's 4th... whoops!) Added a few tips.
       Barring mistakes and revisions, this FAQ is now complete.
    
    v0.98 (3-20-05)
       FAQ is almost complete (only Yue Ying and Cao Pi have not been written
       up). Please make sure you read the Frequently Asked Questions (which 
       have been updated) before emailing me; I will ignore any email that 
       asks something already answered there.
    
    v0.95 (3-16-05)
       All but ten of the weapons complete. Everything should be finished by
       the next revision.
    
    v0.9 (3-14-05)
       A little more than half of the 4th weapons are now fully verified and
       written up.
    
    v0.85 (3-12-05)
       Fifteen of the 4th weapons fully verified and written up.
    
    v0.8 (3-3-05)
       Reformatted and revised.
    
    v0.7 (2-28-05)
       All preliminary notes completed.
    
    v0.6 (2-25-05)
       More preliminary notes.
    
    v0.5 (2-24-05)
       Preliminary version, brief notes and descriptions for some generals
       only.
    
    
    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    1. Introduction
    2. Fourth Weapons List
    3. Frequently Asked Questions
    4. Credits
    
    
    1. INTRODUCTION
    
    This is a FAQ for the latest in Koei's Musou action series, Shin Sangoku
    Musou 4 (which will be released in the US as "Dynasty Warriors 5", odds
    are). As in previous Musou games, each playable general has a unique
    weapon that can only be earned by fulfilling certain conditions. In
    this game, there are only three levels of normal weapons (which are
    picked up randomly) per general and thus the unique weapon is each
    general's 'fourth weapon'.
    This FAQ will go into the details of each general's fourth weapon as well
    as how to earn each one.
    
    This FAQ makes use of SJIS encoding in order to display Japanese
    characters. I included this feature so that if you do not know
    Japanese, you can easily match up the characters on your TV screen
    to the characters in this guide. You will need to have support for
    viewing Japanese characters on your computer, however. Certain versions
    of Windows should have it built in; otherwise, you'll either need to
    get a program like NJStar Communicator, or you'll need to get 
    Japanese character support for Internet Explorer and open this file 
    in IE instead of Notepad/Wordpad.
    
    The only websites authorized to post this FAQ are www.gamefaqs.com and
    www.kongming.net. If you see this document elsewhere, not only are they 
    posting without my permission, but they likely do not have the most 
    current version of this FAQ. Emails to me asking questions already answered 
    in the FAQ, even if the answers are not in the version you are reading, will 
    be deleted without response.
    
    
    2. FOURTH WEAPONS LIST
    
    This list is ordered simply by character name, in Pinying (anglicized
    Chinese spelling). Thus even though Wei's leader is named Sousou
    in Japanese, he is given in this FAQ as Cao Cao, (and thus comes first
    in the alphabetized list) as that is how his name will be spelled in the 
    US release. 
    Each entry will list the general's name, the name of the weapon (in
    kanji and translated), the weapon's stats, and then how to get that
    weapon. Some entries may be unfamiliar as they are new to the Musou
    series. "Weight" is a new attribute on every weapon and comes in three
    forms: Light, Average, and Heavy. Light weapons can be swung faster
    than normal, but they do less damage overall, whereas Heavy weapons
    are just the reverse. A Light and a Heavy weapon, both with the same
    base attack, will NOT do the same damage, thanks to this new attribute.
    "Bow" and "Mounted" are somewhat different from before. In this game,
    attack and defense for those two categories are consolidated into
    one statistic. Thus if a weapon has "Bow Lvl 15" on it, that means
    that weapon grants a level 15 enhancement to BOTH Bow Attack and Bow 
    Defense. The highest possible base attack in this game is 40; the
    highest enhancement is 20.
    Fourth weapons can only be earned on Hard difficulty or above. Make
    sure the difficulty is set as such “ï‚ĩ‚Ē when you play. You can play
    either Musou or Free modes to earn Fourth Weapons.
    
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    CAO CAO
    ˜ß“V‚Ė›@Œ•
    Treacharous Sword of Heaven's Dependence
    Stats: Base Attack 34
           Average Weight
           Charge Attack Lvl 17
           Bow Lvl 15
           Life Lvl 17
           Mounted Lvl 17
           Attack Lvl 17
    Battle of Xia Pi ‰š“@‚Ėí‚Ē
    Defeat Gao Shun ‚‡ before you get the message that he's guarding the dam
    (•â‹­’†). You can get the message that he's BEGUN guarding the dam, but you
    must defeat him quickly after that. Then just defeat Zhang Liao. The
    Precious Item box will show up outside the castle just outside the south
    gate. Since defeating Gao Shun makes the castle be flooded, you'll have
    to go in the castle from the north gate and go through to the south gate.
    Now just attack Lu Bu. You don't even need to defeat him; if you don't
    defeat him fast enough, he'll get bored and run, and his troops will turn
    on him and capture him, making you win the stage all the same.
    
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    CAO PI
    –ģ‘t
    Irreverence
    Stats: Base Attack 34
           Average Weight
           Musou Charge Lvl 15
           Defense Lvl 15
           Musou Lvl 19
           Speed Lvl 19
           Attack Lvl 15
    Battle of Wu Zhang Plains ŒÜäŒī‚Ėí‚Ē
    Here is an example of where it would be better to do this in Musou Mode
    than Free Mode. Wu Zhang Plains is a five-star battle, but in Cao Pi's
    Musou Mode it's only his fourth stage. Thus, if you do this in Musou
    Mode the difficulty will be lowered somewhat.
    First things first; defeat any three generals (not subgenerals) quickly.
    The ones all bunched up in the center make good fodder, as except for
    Wei Yan they're all generic guys. Once you kill three generals, Zhuge
    Liang will pass away. Continue fighting normally; at this point it would
    be a good idea to seal the enemy's supply route over to the east. Pretty
    soon you'll see an event where Jiang Wei lays a bunch of automatic
    crossbows on the central platform. Now all you have to do is get up there
    and break all of them. There will also be juggernauts floating around,
    not to mention archer towers, so be careful. Once you've destroyed every
    single automatic crossbow, the Precious Item box will conveniently
    appear right in the middle of that central platform. Pick it up and finish
    the stage to earn your fourth.
    
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    CAO REN
    –PƒV™€—ƒ
    Phoenix Wing
    Stats: Base Attack 32
           Light Weight
           Musou Charge Lvl 15
           Bow Lvl 15
           Defense Lvl 18
           Attack Lvl 15
           Life Lvl 19
    Retreat of Chi Bi Ô•Į“Ķ–Sí
    Your task is to defeat all enemy reinforcements quickly. "Quickly" in this
    case means that you should be able to defeat the reinforcement before Cao
    Cao's own reinforcement says something along the lines of "Go on first,
    I'll take care of things here!". You don't need to worry about subgenerals,
    just get each major general as they show up. After you defeat Guan Ping,
    immediately head down south, as Sun Quan will show up in the southeast.
    Once you defeat Sun Quan, the Precious Item box will show up in the little
    nook between where Zhao Yun and Zhang Fei showed up. Grab the item, then
    go up and defeat Liu Bei to help Cao Cao escape.
    
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    DA QIAO
    ‹Š”ü—í
    Qiao Beauty
    Stats: Base Attack 32
           Heavy Weight
           Luck Lvl 18
           Attack Lvl 16
           Life Lvl 15
           Defense Lvl 15
           Musou Lvl 19
    Battle of Xia Kou ‰ÄŒû‚Ėí‚Ē
    You must defeat Cai Mao äïāî and Gan Ning before Ling Tong is defeated.
    Go up the left side first; Gan Ning will appear almost immediately and kill
    Ling Cao, which will prompt Ling Tong to charge. Gan Ning's in hyper mode
    for this battle, so be careful. Luckily you'll have Huang Gai and Ling Tong
    also keeping him busy. Now just head to the center section and defeat Cai
    Mao, who is nowhere near as hard. The Precious Item box appears just north
    of Cai Mao's position.
    
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    DIAN WEI
    ^‹É‹“Š
    True Ultimate Oxhead
    Stats: Base Attack 36
           Light Weight
           Charge Attack Lvl 15
           Musou Charge Lvl 15
           Attack Lvl 18
           Musou Lvl 17
           Life Lvl 17
    Battle of Wan Castle ˆķé‚Ėí‚Ē
    First rendezvous with Cao Cao. Now lead him to the escape gates, defeating
    enemies and generals (there'll be two of them) along the way. Once Cao
    Cao leaves the castle and you get the event where Dian Wei stays behind
    to block the gates, the hard part begins. You must not let a single
    enemy past the gates until you get the message that Cao Cao's escape is
    in progress. This usually happens after you've defeated 5 or 6 troop
    leaders (the generic enemies with names over their heads). Be careful,
    as the troop leaders tend to ignore you and just run straight past you.
    Once you get the message, the Precious Item box will appear slightly in
    front of you. At this point it doesn't matter if you let people past the
    gates (let too many and you lose the stage though) so go pick it up.
    
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    DIAO CHAN
    ‹ā—í‹ĘŽ
    Gold Beautiful Jade Mace
    Stats: Base Attack 32
           Heavy Weight
           Musou Charge Lvl 18
           Luck Lvl 18
           Speed Lvl 19
           Defense Lvl 16
           Musou Lvl 18
    Battle of Xia Pi ‰š“@‚Ėí‚Ē
    You must defeat all generals and subgenerals before Cao Cao arrives. You
    must also save your generals who are off in the west from being killed.
    Immediately head out to the western area and get Xiahou Dun and Xiahou
    Yuan's subgenerals; this will trigger them to come charging themselves,
    so defeat them next. Once you've saved your allies, simply defeat Liu
    Bei, Guan Yu, and Zhang Fei. Defeating all generals will cause Cao Cao
    to show up early; no worries though, as this should also trigger the
    Precious Item box to show up in the middle of the southwestern area. Pick
    it up and then defeat Cao Cao to finish the stage.
    
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    DONG ZHUO
    ˆĒC—…
    Ashura
    Stats: Base Attack 36
           Average Weight
           Luck Lvl 17
           Mounted Lvl 17
           Defense Lvl 15
           Attack Lvl 18
           Life Lvl 15
    Battle of Liang Zhou —ÁB‚Ėí‚Ē
    First, take all 5 of the enemy bases. This shouldn't be too tough. The
    ones in the southwest and northeast call in reinforcements if you wait
    too long, but you should have no problem getting to them first. Now
    defeat Ma Chao. He'll have charge your base by now, so he'll be somewhere
    in the east amongst your army. Again, isolated as he is, he won't be too
    tough. Now take on Pang De. He's the toughest as he waits in the middle
    of his army. Take out the other generals first, one at a time if at all
    possible. After defeating Pang De, the Precious Item box will appear
    in the western part of the map, a little bit to the south.
    
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    GAN NING
    ”eŠC
    Sea Conqueror
    Stats: Base Attack 38
           Light Weight
           Charge Attack Lvl 15
           Luck Lvl 18
           Speed Lvl 15
           Attack Lvl 19
           Musou Lvl 15
    Battle of Xia Kou ‰ÄŒû‚Ėí‚Ē
    You need to defeat Ling Tong and Ling Cao —―‘€ within two minutes of the
    stage starting. Xia Kou is a 1-star difficulty stage, so this is actually
    quite simple if you remember one little thing - if you defeat Ling Cao
    first (which most people do since he's closer), Ling Tong will get enraged
    and go into hyper mode, making him much much harder to kill. Simply charge
    past Ling Cao, take out Ling Tong first, and then double back to Ling
    Cao, and you should have plenty of time to spare. The Precious Item box
    appears near the center of the map, near the boats.
    
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    GUAN PING
    _—īļ“V“
    Dragon God's Ascendant Blade
    Stats: Base Attack 36
           Light Weight
           Charge Attack Lvl 16
           Luck Lvl 15
           Bow Lvl 15
           Attack Lvl 17
           Life Lvl 15
    Retreat of Chi Bi Ô•Į“Ķ–Sí
    You must defeat all of the generals that appear; subgenerals don't matter.
    At first, only Cao Ren, Zhang Liao, and Xiahou Dun are on the map; these
    are coincidentally also the hardest guys to defeat. As time passes four
    more generals will show up; defeat all of them as well. Now hang out in
    the northeast corner. After quite a bit of time, Cao Cao's final
    reinforcement will show up. Defeat him to seal off Cao Cao's escape route,
    and the Precious Item box will appear near the center of the map. Now
    just finish off Cao Cao.
    
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    GUAN YU
    ‰Đ—ī‰ŒŽ“
    Gold Dragon Halberd
    Stats: Base Attack 38
           Light Weight
           Charge Attack Lvl 16
           Mounted Lvl 16
           Defense Lvl 17
           Attack Lvl 18
           Life Lvl 18
    Battle of Fan Castle žæé‚Ėí‚Ē
    You must defeat Niu Jin ‹‹ā and Yue Jin Šyi before the water attack
    succeeds, which happens four minutes into the stage. Neither are very
    tough; they're both Cao Ren's subgenerals, and they both charge for the
    dam where Guan Ping is located, so if you just head north and wait in
    front of the dam you can easily cut them off. Once you defeat them,
    wait for the water attack to trigger; once it does the Precious Item
    box will appear along the southern wall of the castle. Now comes the
    hard part - you have to get to the castle itself. Pang De is blocking
    your way, and he's pretty damn tough on this stage. Try and clear out
    the area around him first and make good use of the two enemy supply
    depots near him (remember, supply depot captains always drop full heal
    items). Don't take too long, or Wu reinforcements will show up, which
    will cause your army's morale to plummet, as well as some of your generals
    to defect. Once you defeat Pang De a bridge to the castle will appear.
    Head in, turn right and grab your weapon, then go and defeat Cao Ren;
    he should have next to no morale at this point, and he's much easier than
    Pang De.
    
    Brandon Boon has the following tip that you can try if you're having trouble
    with Pang De:
    Hey, just a comment on your strategy for getting Guan Yu's 4th weapon.  If 
    you want to save a lot of heartache fighting Pang De, do the following:
     
    1) Kill Niu Jin and Yue Jin.
    2) Make sure you have some time left before the water attack.
    3) Pick a fight with Pang De, and get him to chase you into the low-lying 
       grounds surrounding the castle (the part that will be flooded).
    4) Wait for the message telling you to get to higher ground.
    5) Run up, making sure Pang De is behind you.
     
    The second you make it to higher ground, the water attack will trigger, and 
    anything in the flood zone will get wiped--if you did it right, Pang De will 
    be a few steps behind you, and thus behind the arbitrary death marker.  
    Instant kill without taking a swing.
    
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    HUANG GAI
    ’fŠC•Ú
    Sea-splitting Whip
    Stats: Base Attack 36
           Average Weight
           Charge Attack Lvl 15
           Luck Lvl 16
           Defense Lvl 17
           Attack Lvl 17
           Life Lvl 15
    Yellow Turban Rebellion ‰Đ‹Ð‚Ė—
    You must defeat all generals and subgenerals outside of Zhang Jiao's fort.
    The subgenerals are spread all over the place so check your map frequently.
    Remember, if an ally general defeats a subgeneral instead of you, you
    will fail to earn the weapon, so make sure you defeat every general and
    subgeneral personally, and take out enemy generals that are engaged with
    your army first.
    Once you've defeated everybody, the Precious Item box will appear inside
    Zhang Jiao's fort, right in front of the altar.
    
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    HUANG ZHONG
    ”jŽŨų•—Ža
    Evil Destroying Whirlwind Cutter
    Stats: Base Attack 36
           Light Weight
           Musou Charge Lvl 18
           Mounted Lvl 15
           Bow Lvl 20
           Defense Lvl 15
           Musou Lvl 15
    Battle of Mt. Ding Jun ’čŒRŽR‚Ėí‚Ē
    First capture the central mountain. This is as easy as defeating the
    general camped out there; you can ignore the base if you want to. Now
    comes the toughpart. You must charge downhill and defeat Xiahou Yuan within
    the next three minutes. Xiahou Yuan is in hyper mode in this stage, and
    this is going to be pretty tough as Huang Zhong isn't really that strong
    in the first place. Use a Musou Kakusei, Ice Orb or Yang Orb, and anything
    else you can think of to give you an edge. Once you defeat Xiahou Yuan,
    you're still not done; the last thing you need to do is defeat Zhang He
    before Cao Cao shows up. Thankfully, Zhang He is nowhere near as tough
    as Xiahou Yuan on this stage. Once you do all of this, the Precious Item
    box will show up when Cao Cao shows up at the bottom of the slope that
    you charged down (i.e., near Xiahou Yuan's initial position).
    
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    JIANG WEI
    ã—īŠ{‘M
    Rising Dragon's Flashing Jaw
    Stats: Base Attack 36
           Average Weight
           Luck Lvl 15
           Speed Lvl 15
           Attack Lvl 16
           Musou Lvl 18
           Life Lvl 17
    Battle of Tian Sui “V…‚Ėí‚Ē
    Note that you must be playing as the Wei army, even though Jiang Wei is
    Shu. This makes sense as at Tian Sui Jiang Wei was fighting for Wei, and it
    was here where Zhuge Liang convinced him to join Shu. Your goal is to defeat
    the reinforcement Gao Xiong ‚ãÄ. Gao Xiong shows up in the northeast when
    your commander tries to run, which he'll do when his morale gets low.
    To start off, don't advance any; don't defeat too many generals either,
    lest it boost your morale too high. You can probably take out Wei Yan, but
    leave the fake Jiang Wei alone. Once both forts fall and the gates to
    the castle opens, your commander should run. Go to the northeast and lie
    in wait for Gao Xiong. He isn't very tough at all, so take him out. The
    Precious Item box will appear in the route leading west from the castle.
    Now it's just a matter of if you can beat Zhuge Liang before your commander
    gets beaten up. Charge down to Zhuge Liang as fast as possible, ignoring
    the other generals, as your commander will get lost and charge straight
    into the enemy camp - he'll die very quickly if you aren't there.
    
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    LING TONG
    “{““
    Raging Waves
    Stats: Base Attack 36
           Average Weight
           Charge Attack Lvl 16
           Speed Lvl 19
           Life Lvl 15
           Luck Lvl 16
           Attack Lvl 17
    Battle of He Fei ‡”ė‚Ėí‚Ē
    You must defeat Zhang Liao four times. Once the stage starts defeat generals
    and claim bases as normal, but don't stray too far from the center area.
    After awhile Zhang Liao will surprise attack Sun Quan from the south. Cut
    him off and defeat him. After awhile Zhang Liao will show up from the north
    center gate; defeat him again. After a little bit longer he'll show up
    from the southwest corner; then from the gate along the north wall right
    next to Cao Cao's castle. Defeat him all four times and the Precious Item
    box will appear on top of the castle wall's southeast corner. Climb
    the stairs from the inside of the castle and claim your prize. Zhang Liao
    is in hyper mode throughout the stage, which would be a problem for
    anybody else, but thanks to Ling Tong's ridiculously broken C4 (add on
    Ice Orb for a truly sick effect) he should be no match for you.
    
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    LIU BEI
    ^‰Đ—īŒ•
    True Gold Dragon Sword
    Stats: Base Attack 34
           Average Weight
           Luck Lvl 20
           Mounted Lvl 15
           Speed Lvl 18
           Defense Lvl 18
           Musou Lvl 15
    Battle of Yi Ling ˆÎ—―‚Ėí‚Ē
    You'll have to defeat a number of generals for this one. Take out the
    nearby enemy supply depot and gate; now just wait. That bridge you see
    to your north? The enemy will try and use it soon enough to fire attack
    you. Charge up your musou meter while you're waiting. Find some arrows
    if you can, too. Ling Tong will come over and camp out by the bridge at
    some point. This is an excellent chance to snipe him with arrows. In
    fact if you have enough, you can easily take him out before the bridge
    even deploys, which will make your job easier. Once the bridge
    deploys, Zhu Ran Žé‘R and Ling Tong (unless you already killed him)
    will come charging across. Defeat them both. Get Zhu Ran first if you
    can, as he sometimes runs away from you. After defeating Ling Tong,
    head north further and take out Gan Ning. He isn't too tough either. Head
    east and get Lu Xun next. Finally, head southeast (check your map for
    the precise location); you want to meet Sun Shang Xiang. She's a
    subgeneral of Sun Quan on this stage. When you do you'll get an event.
    So sad... Sun Shang Xiang will begin retreating, but apparently to get
    Liu Bei's fourth you have to be a real asshole, as you have to defeat
    her after she starts retreating. Way to go, Liu Bei. Once you defeat her,
    the Precious Item box will show up along the east side of the map, around
    the center.
    
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    LU BU
    –ģ‘o•û“VŒ
    Unparalleled Heavenly Halberd
    Stats: Base Attack 40
           Average Weight
           Mounted Lvl 20
           Defense Lvl 20
           Attack Lvl 20
           Musou Lvl 19
           Life Lvl 19
    Battle of Chang Mountain íŽR‚Ėí‚Ē
    All you have to do is defeat 1000 enemies. This is pretty straightforward,
    although there is a small danger of running out of enemies before you hit
    1000. Charge north as soon as the stage begins. Ignore Zhang Yan ’Ģ‰ and
    go to his north. Take out the attack base that Zhang Yan is in if you can,
    as its catapults can be annoying. Also take out the nearby archer towers.
    Now sit in front of the gate (not so close that the gate captain comes
    charging after you) and just beat up people. And more people. And more
    people. Eventually your allies will come in and clean up after you, and
    they'll probably start beating up the gate captain as well. Still, if you
    have around 800 kills by this point, you should be just fine. Head on into
    the castle and rack up your remaining 200 kills. Watch out for Zhao Yun
    and Guan Yu, though... upon reaching 1000 kills, the Precious Item box
    will appear smack dab in the middle of the castle courtyard.
    
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    LU MENG
    ”’ŒÕŠ{
    Byakko's Jaws
    Stats: Base Attack 36
           Average Weight
           Charge Attack Lvl 15
           Mounted Lvl 16
           Bow Lvl 15
           Defense Lvl 17
           Life Lvl 17
    Battle of Fan Castle žæé‚Ėí‚Ē
    Your goal is to defeat Zhang Bao ’Ģäš and Zhang Fei. These guys show up as
    reinforcements pretty far into the stage. Start the stage as you normally
    would. After about five minutes in, you'll be told that an enemy gate is
    holding up Wei reinforcements. Go and capture the indicated gate (over on
    the east side of the map). Once you do, enemy reinforcements will show up,
    and Xu Huang will show up for your side. About another five minutes after
    that, Zhang Fei and Zhang Bao will show up in the southwestern fort. Since
    you have time to spare, try and clear out that area first. Zhang Bao is
    Zhang Fei's subgeneral, so go after him first. Once you've defeated them
    both, the Precious Item box shows up near the dam along the rivershore
    in the northwest.
    
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    LU XUN
    ‘M”ō‰
    Flashing Flying Swallow
    Stats: Base Attack 34
           Average Weight
           Musou Charge Lvl 15
           Luck Lvl 18
           Speed Lvl 20
           Attack Lvl 15
           Musou Lvl 19
    Battle of Bai Di Castle ”’’éé‚Ėí‚Ē
    Here your goal is to defeat both Ma Chao and Jiang Wei before Yue Ying
    arrives. Luckily for you, Yue Ying doesn't arrive at a set time; rather,
    she is set to show up 1 minute and 30 seconds after you either defeat
    Xing Cai or set foot in Bai Di Castle. As long as you know this, it's
    pretty easy not to trigger Yue Ying's appearance; just don't do either
    of those things (Xing Cai is in hyper mode anyway, plus she's got a row
    of automatic crossbows with her, meaning you're not too likely to defeat
    her even if you wanted to).
    Head north and take out Huang Zhong and his subgeneral. Along the way
    Ma Chao will get angry and disappear from the map. Suspicious...
    depending on how long you take, you may or may not reach the northern
    maze before Ma Chao sneak attacks Sun Quan. In any case, it wouldn't
    hurt to camp out by Sun Quan and minimize your losses when Ma Chao
    does show up. He too is in hyper mode, plus he uses a Musou Kakusei after
    a bit, making him very dangerous. Run away when he uses the Musou Kakusei
    and for the love of god take out the archers, especially since Lu Xun
    doesn't handle crowds too well.
    Once you defeat Ma Chao, head to the maze. Take out the subgeneral
    guarding the entrance, then head around the maze in a clockwise fashion
    until you get to the center. There's a strange statue here. Break it;
    this will prompt some generic troops to show up. All you have to do now
    is defeat all of the generic troops here, and you'll have cleared the
    maze (every single door will open). There is a full heal in the northeast
    corner if you need it. Now all that's left to do is to take out Jiang
    Wei. Get behind the automatic crossbow as fast as possible. Jiang Wei
    isn't in hyper mode or anything, so he should be pretty easy. Once you
    defeat him, the Precious Item box will show up in the northeast corner
    of the maze (same room as where the full heal is).
    
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    MA CHAO
    —ī‹Rë
    Dragon Knight Edge
    Stats: Base Attack 38
           Average Weight
           Mounted Lvl 20
           Defense Lvl 16
           Life Lvl 15
           Speed Lvl 15
           Attack Lvl 17
    Battle of Tong Gate āMŠÖ‚Ėí‚Ē
    This is without a doubt the easiest weapon to get in the entire game. 
    Actually, this is the easiest weapon to get in the entire history of
    Dynasty/Samurai Warriors games. Soon after the stage starts, Cao Cao
    will begin heading north. All you have to do is knock him off of his 
    horse before he crosses the river in the north. Simply put Ma Chao on
    a horse (as if you wouldn't anyway), charge for Cao Cao as soon as the
    stage starts, and smack him once. The Precious Item box will appear in
    the north area, east of the river. Now just loop back and beat up Cao
    Cao.
    
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    MENG HUO
    •Sb‰Ī
    King of Hundred Beasts
    Stats: Base Attack 36
           Light Weight
           Charge Attack Lvl 15
           Musou Charge Lvl 15
           Mounted Lvl 15
           Attack Lvl 18
           Life Lvl 19
    Pacification of Nan Zhong “ė’†•―’čí
    Your task is pretty straightforward - just defeat Wei Yan, Huang Zhong, and
    Yue Ying. Upon doing so the Precious Item box will show up in the southern
    secret passage (the dark gray areas of the map that you can see but the Shu
    army cannot). Meng Huo is so freakin' slow you'll definitely want a horse,
    but otherwise there isn't really any trick or strategy to this one (though
    watch out for the juggernauts when facing Yue Ying).
    
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    PANG DE
    ‹Á“V“Ū’n
    World-shaking
    Stats: Base Attack 36
           Light Weight
           Luck Lvl 15
           Mounted Lvl 17
           Defense Lvl 15
           Attack Lvl 16
           Life Lvl 18
    Battle of Mt. Ding Jun ’čŒRŽR‚Ėí‚Ē
    Here you need to defeat all generals besides Liu Bei and Fa Zeng –@ģ 
    before Cao Cao arrives. There is a trick to this; if you enter the
    central mountain at any point, Huang Zhong will charge downwards and kill
    Xiahou Yuan pretty quickly, which makes Cao Cao show up. Thus, you should
    avoid going onto the mountaintop until you're ready to take Huang Zhong.
    First head south and take care of Zhao Yun and Guan Ping. Then loop around
    north without climbing the mountain to get Wei Yan. Go back towards your
    own camp; two more of the Shu generals should've come charging by now,
    defeat them both. Finally just defeat Huang Zhong. He's pretty ridiculously
    tough on this stage, so make sure you're amply buffed. Once you defeat
    him, the Precious Item box will appear along the southern edge of the map.
    
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    PANG TONG
    ‹•—_ņ
    Superb Wind God's Staff
    Stats: Base Attack 32
           Average Weight
           Musou Charge Lvl 18
           Luck Lvl 15
           Bow Lvl 16
           Defense Lvl 17
           Life Lvl 15
    Pacification of Nan Zhong “ė’†•―’čí
    Follow Zhuge Liang's orders and clear the poison lakes, beast units,
    and armored troops 'missions'. The poison lake mission simply requires
    taking the base to its east (the one right in front of you); the beast
    unit mission involves taking the base to the east of the northern
    central area. The armored troops mission is a little trickier. When you
    enter the area with Wu Tugu ™Y“ˍœ, armored troops will show up. Zhuge
    Liang will send out a tactics squad and some pots that explode to that
    area. You simply have to defeat Wu Tugu before the tactics squad is
    defeated, which isn't too hard. After clearing all three of these
    missions, the Precious Item box will appear a little to the northwest
    of the poison lakes area. 
    
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    SIMA YI
    ‹‡Šï‰Hî
    Odd Miracle Feathered Fan
    Stats: Base Attack 32
           Average Weight
           Charge Attack Lvl 15
           Defense Lvl 16
           Musou Lvl 19
           Musou Charge Lvl 15
           Attack Lvl 15
    Battle of Chen Cang ’‘q‚Ėí‚Ē
    You must stop the siege machine lines by taking all three of the enemy
    defense bases along the south before any damage is done to your castle
    walls. It takes awhile for the walls to be damaged so you can pretty much
    ignore the siege machines that are already on the map and just head
    straight for each defense point. Ignore generals if possible. Once you
    get all three defense points, the Precious Item box will appear just
    inside the castle near where you started. After this it doesn't matter
    if the castle walls are breached; just have a field day killing generals
    and finish the stage at your leisure.
    
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    SUN CE
    ”e‰Ī
    Conqueror King
    Stats: Base Attack 36
           Average Weight
           Charge Attack Lvl 15
           Attack Lvl 18
           Life Lvl 15
           Speed Lvl 18
           Musou Lvl 15
    Sun Ce Illusionary Battle ‘·ôŒķ‰eí
    Have fun with all the clones... your end goal is to defeat all of the
    illusory Gan Jis ˜°‹g within 10 minutes of the stage starting. The
    stage starts pretty straightforward. Gan Ji will do annoying things like
    summon phantom soldiers, summon your own soldiers against you, and
    eventually summon illusions of Sun Jian and Da Qiao. Defeat Sun Jian in
    the west and Da Qiao in the east. Now SAVE. After all of this, Gan Ji
    will clone himself again. Your goal now is to defeat all of the clones
    (again, all of this needs to be done within 10 minutes). The first couple
    clones aren't too bad, but as you defeat them the remaining clones power
    up (go into hyper mode). If you have a Musou Kakusei, use it. Also be
    careful that you don't defeat the real Gan Ji (he'll have nearly two
    full life bars, so you should be able to tell which one is the real one)
    because if you do, the stage ends and you don't get your weapon. Once
    you defeat all of the illusory Gan Jis, the Precious Item box appears
    in the small area to the north. Grab it, then go back down south and
    finish off the real Gan Ji to complete the stage.
    
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    SUN JIAN
    ^“V˜TŒ•
    True Heavenly Wolf Sword
    Stats: Base Attack 34
           Light Weight
           Musou Charge Lvl 18
           Defense Lvl 16
           Mounted Lvl 16
           Musou Lvl 15
           Life Lvl 15
    Battle of Si Sui Gate úö…ŠÖ‚Ėí‚Ē
    Your task is a simple one, but it isn't easy. You have to defeat Lu Bu
    within 5 minutes of him showing up, which triggers once you get in front
    of the castle gates. Of course, Lu Bu is Lu Bu, and rather tough. You'll
    need to buff Sun Jian up fairly well, and using a Musou Kakusei always
    helps. Once you complete that, the Precious Item box will show up right
    in front of the gate, which is convenient.
    
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    SUN QUAN
    ”’‰Šc˜TŒ•
    White Flame Emperor Wolf  Sword
    Stats: Base Attack 34
           Average Weight
           Musou Charge Lvl 15
           Bow Lvl 15
           Attack Lvl 16
           Musou Lvl 18
           Charge Attack Lvl 17
    Battle of Chi Bi Ô•Į‚Ėí‚Ē
    This is one weapon that I recommend doing in Musou mode instead of Free
    mode. The reason is that in Free mode, Chi Bi is a 5-star difficulty
    battle for Wu and Shu. However, in Musou mode, Chi Bi is only Sun Quan's
    second stage. Thus, if you do it in Musou mode, even on Hard difficulty,
    it won't be nearly as hard as it is in Free mode.
    To get this weapon you'll need to succeed in all three parts of the
    fire attack, namely linking the enemy boats, causing the southeast
    wind to blow, and actually setting the fire itself. First things first,
    you need to cause the boats to be linked. This is done by defeating
    Cai Mao äïāî and Wang Lang ‰Ī˜Y, which will drop the bridges in the 
    center. Now Zhuge Liang will begin praying for the wind and Huang Gai
    will begin preparations to set off on the boats. Xiahou Yuan will come
    down to intercept Huang Gai, while Zhang Liao and his two subs will work
    their way down the west side to try and interrupt Zhuge Liang. Thus, if
    you just defeat Xiahou Yuan and Zhang Liao, you should be able to succeed
    at the next two parts. While you're waiting you should probably go up
    the east side of the map as Zhen Ji and her subgenerals are rather fierce
    and are probably beating up your generals by now. Once the fire attack
    succeeds, though, this will all change, as the Wei army morale drops
    to pretty much nothing. This will cause the Precious Item box to appear
    on the large boat directly south of Cao Cao's boat.
    
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    SUN SHANG XIANG
    “úŒŽŠĢĢŒ—
    Sun and Moon, Heaven and Earth Ring
    Stats: Base Attack 32
           Heavy Weight
           Luck Lvl 19
           Bow Lvl 15
           Speed Lvl 19
           Defense Lvl 17
           Life Lvl 15
    Battle of Nan Zhong “ė’†U—Ší
    Do not defeat any generals until you trigger the event where Sun Shang
    Xiang rendezvous with Sun Quan successfully. To trigger this event, 
    charge towards Meng Huo (again, ignore all generals, although you can
    take out bases). Ambush troops will appear near your home base and a
    squad will try to take out the bridge to the south of main base. Wait
    for a minute or so; eventually the bridge will be destroyed. Now
    approach Sun Quan. You should see a cutscene where Sun Quan and Sun
    Shang Xiang are talking.
    Now for the real event - you must defeat all generals and subgenerals
    except Meng Huo. You must do so yourself - if your bodyguard or an
    ally general lands the finishing blow, it doesn't count. So set your
    bodyguard to defend only and take out generals who are engaged with
    your army first. There are a total of three subgenerals (Ahui Nan and
    Dong Tu Ne in the middle area, and Meng You deep in enemy territory),
    make sure you kill them before you take out their commanding officer.
    There will be three reinforcements showing up as time goes by; you must
    defeat them all as well. As long as an enemy general isn't defeated
    by your allies first, this is actually pretty straightforward once you
    trigger the event.
    The Precious Item box will appear just outside the base in the northwest,
    next to the river.
    
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    TAISHI CI
    ŒÕ–o‰Ģ˜T‰ü
    Revised Tiger Repelling Wolf Basher
    Stats: Base Attack
           Average Weight
           Charge Attack Lvl 15
           Mounted Level 15
           Bow Lvl 15
           Defense Lvl 18
           Life Lvl 18
    Battle of Wu Territory ŒāŒS‚Ėí‚Ē
    You must be playing on the Allied Army side, not for Wu, when you do this
    stage. Historically Taishi Ci was against Wu during this battle/campaign
    anyway, so this all makes sense.
    After Zhang Ying lures Sun Quan into the eastern fort (which happens soon
    after the stage begins), defeat Sun Quan before Zhou Tai can rendezvous
    with him. Then defeat Zhou Tai. The Precious Item box will appear along
    the north of the map, in front of the gate.
    
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    WEI YAN
    ‘o‹É–ŐŊ
    Twin Ultimate Star Destroyer
    Stats: Base Attack 36
           Average Weight
           Charge Attack Lvl 16
           Luck Lvl 15
           Defense Lvl 16
           Attack Lvl 18
           Musou Lvl 15
    Battle of Chen Cang ’‘q‚Ėí‚Ē
    You need to defeat the four guard captains Žį”õ•š’· that are running the
    defensive machines of the castle. They're all just inside the south wall
    of the castle, three in the main part and one over on the far west. When
    the stage starts charge up the eastern road and enter the castle from
    the east, then turn south. Along the wall you should find three of the
    four guard captains. Defeat them. Now loop around north and to the west
    to get to the fourth guard captain. Once you've defeated all four, the
    Precious Item box will appear on top of the wall just south of Sima Yi's
    area. Go back around to the east and head towards Sima Yi's area from
    east to west; once you enter his area, take the stairs along the south
    wall up and claim your weapon, then just go back down and defeat Sima Yi.
    
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    XIAHOU DUN
    –Åęi—Ų‰å
    Kirin Destroying Fang
    Stats: Base Attack 36
           Average Weight
           Mounted Lvl 16
           Defense Lvl 17
           Attack Lvl 17
           Musou Lvl 16
           Charge Attack Lvl 17
    Battle of Fan Castle žæé‚Ėí‚Ē
    You must stop the water attack on Fan Castle. This is as simple as
    defeating Guan Ping, up in the northwest corner. However, Guan Ping has
    the capability to go into hyper mode (though he doesn't start that way),
    so try and get him as fast as possible. This is further complicated by
    the fact that other generals and subgenerals tend to chase you into the
    damn and mob you when you're trying to take out Guan Ping. Go for lesser
    generals first, as they die faster, but can still interrupt all of your
    attacks. Once you defeat Guan Ping and you get the message that you
    succeeded in stopping the water attack, the Precious Item box will appear
    in the northeast corner of Guan Yu's base. By this time Wu reinforcements
    should have shown up as well. Guan Yu will begin a charge out of the base,
    so sneak in behind him and grab your weapon, then go back and defeat him
    to finish the stage.
    
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    XIAHOU YUAN
    ‹ā„‹ã“V’f
    Hard Gold Nine Heavens Splitter
    Stats: Base Attack 36
           Average Weight
           Charge Attack Lvl 16
           Attack Lvl 16
           Life Lvl 17
           Bow Lvl 19
           Musou Lvl 17
    Battle of Chi Bi Ô•Į‚Ėí‚Ē
    Your goal is to stop all of the parts of the enemy's fire plan. As soon as
    the stage starts, follow Pang Tong; once he reaches the other army, he'll
    switch sides, so defeat him once he does. Now head down to Zhuge Liang's
    altar and defeat him before he can call the wind. After doing that, go
    over to the east side and wait for Huang Gai to show up. Once he does,
    defeat him before he can start the fire plan. After finishing these three
    tasks, the Precious Item box will appear near Zhuge Liang's altar.
    
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    XIAO QIAO
    ‹Š‰Ā—í
    Qiao Grace
    Stats: Base Attack 32
           Heavy Weight
           Charge Attack Lvl 17
           Musou Charge Lvl 15
           Speed Lvl 19
           Defense Lvl 15
           Musou Lvl 15
    Battle of Jing Zhou ŒtB‚Ėí‚Ē
    Defeat Cai Mao äïāî and Lu Gong ˜CŒö before Sun Jian gets ambushed and
    retreats. This happens pretty quickly, but luckily both Cai Mao and Lu
    Gong are rather weak and you won't need a very highly buffed Xiao Qiao
    to do this. The Precious Item box appears just south of the entrance to
    Liu Biao (the enemy commander)'s courtyard.
    
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    XING CAI
    āŠ“V
    Brilliant Sky
    Stats: Base Attack 34
           Average Weight
           Mounted Lvl 15
           Speed Lvl 16
           Defense Lvl 17
           Musou Lvl 17
           Life Lvl 15
    Battle of Bai Ti Castle ”’’éé‚Ėí‚Ē
    Three minutes into the battle, peasant troops will appear southwest of the
    castle. Once they do, go and kill all the generals in the area. You should
    get a message that the peasant troops have been successfully saved, and they
    and Ma Chao should retreat to the castle. Now the tricky part - you must
    purposefully let your health drop to a fairly low amount (rather red).
    While you're at it take out Zhou Tai, to your north; this'll make things
    easier later. Once your health drops fairly low, Liu Shan (your commander)
    will get worried and come out of the castle after you, out of the south
    door. Immediately go and rendezvous with him. You'll get a cutscene, and
    now you have to lead Liu Shan back to the castle. Do so and this completes
    the requirements. Conveniently, the Precious Item box appears inside the
    castle just along the west wall; also conveniently, there is a jar south
    of the Precious Item box that contains a Health +400 roast chicken, so you
    can get back all the health that you lost. If the castle is already
    surrounded, fight your way out; otherwise head to the northwest area (Sun
    Quan will teleport to the southwest, so chase him) and beat up Sun Quan
    to finish the stage.
    
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    XU HUANG
    ”’ŒÕ‰å’f
    Bai Hu's Fang
    Stats: Base Attack 38
           Light Weight
           Attack Lvl 20
           Defense Lvl 19
           Speed Lvl 17
           Musou Charge Lvl 16
    Battle of Chang Ban ’·â‚Ėí‚Ē
    Here you need to defeat Zhang Fei and Guan Yu, but only once Liu Bei's
    final reinforcements show up. Once the stage starts, go down south and
    claim the two neutral bases down there; avoid claiming the bases in the
    center, though, as if Liu Bei is held up too long it decreases your chances
    of getting this weapon. Liu Bei will come to a halt somewhere in the center
    of the map. Take the opportunity to defeat enemy generals (don't get too
    close to Liu Bei) and claim gates/bases while you can. After awhile
    Guan Yu will show up in the southwest. This will prompt Liu Bei to head
    down that way, which is why you shouldn't block Liu Bei's path by
    claiming the center bases. At around the same time Zhang Fei will stop
    guarding the bridge up north and retreat towards the center. Now camp
    out near the center near Zhang Fei (not so close that he comes to attack
    you). After waiting some more, Liu Bei's navy will arrive in the southeast.
    Now is your cue to do your stuff. Defeat Zhang Fei, and then head south
    and defeat Guan Yu. If you claimed the two southern bases before like I
    told you to, Liu Bei won't be going anywhere. Once you defeat the two
    brothers, the Precious Item box will appear in the southwestern corner, near
    where Guan Yu showed up.
    
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    XU ZHU
    ƒV–Þāe•zÓ
    Superb Waterfall Crusher
    Stats: Base Attack 38
           Light Weight
           Musou Charge 17
           Bow Lvl 19
           Life Lvl 20
           Luck Lvl 15
           Defense Lvl 19
    Battle of Tong Gate āMŠÖ‚Ėí‚Ē
    Defeat Pang De and Ma Chao. Since the conditions for winning this stage
    are to defeat Pang De, Ma Chao, and Han Sui ŠØ‹, you need to make sure 
    you don't defeat Han Sui first. This shouldn't be a problem though since 
    he's isolated way up north, where Ma Chao and Pang De are west from your
    starting location. Ignore Cao Cao's orders to charge north. Ma Chao will
    charge Cao Cao's position, but you'll run across him if you simply head
    west. He's pretty tough so be careful; it really helps having a fan-using
    bodyguard. Also watch out for the lesser generals in the area; they aren't
    tough, but getting mobbed while you're trying to take Ma Chao is a serious
    pain. Try to take out as many archers as you can too, as they're a serious
    liability for Xu Zhu (or, just equip the Musou Armor). Now onto Pang De,
    who is even tougher on this stage. As long as you got everybody else in
    the area, though, you should be able to handle him. Just run away if he
    uses a Musou Kakusei. Once you defeat the both of them, the Precious Item
    box will appear in the river west of where you started. Just go back and
    get it, then join Cao Cao in the north and finish of Han Sui.
    
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    YUAN SHAO
    ^”e“đŒ•
    True Conqueror's Sword
    Stats: Base Attack 34
           Average Weight
           Attack Lvl 18
           Mounted Lvl 15
           Bow Lvl 15
           Defense Lvl 18
           Musou Lvl 17
    Battle of Guan Du ŠŊ“n‚Ėí‚Ē 
    To earn this weapon you'll need to protect your own generals Yan Liang
    and Wen Chou, and demoralize Cao Cao's army to the point where they open
    the gates for you. If you know your history well, you'll know that Guan Yu
    killed Yan Liang and Wen Chou pretty much off the bat at Guan Du, and 
    of course the game is the same way. You'll need to defeat Guan Yu before
    he encounters either of those two generals (else they die suddenly in a
    cutscene). Afterwards it's just a matter of demoralizing Cao Cao's troops,
    so defeat generals and take enemy bases as you go along. Once their
    morale is reduced to nothing, the troops will throw open the side gates
    of the castle. The Precious Item box will appear on top of the castle
    gates, on the east side. Climb the stairs up to the walls from inside the
    castle to get it.
    
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    YUE YING
    ŒÎ’ę‘“ŒŽ
    Pale Moon at Lake's Bottom
    Stats: Base Attack 36
           Average Weight
           Charge Attack Lvl 15
           Mounted Lvl 15
           Bow Lvl 16
           Defense Lvl 17
           Life Lvl 16
    Battle of Wu Zhang Plains ŒÜäŒī‚Ėí‚Ē
    This is going to be a tough one. Wu Zhang Plains is a five-star stage,
    and even after you get the weapon you'll have quite a time just trying to
    win, so make sure Yue Ying is fairly built up. To trigger the weapon to
    appear, you must defeat Deng Ai ûđäˆ before he manages to set up the
    catapults. Deng Ai will appear as soon as you enter any of the three
    supply depots on the enemy front lines. If you wait too long, too, he'll
    appear anyway. First things first; head northwards and take out the
    varied subgenerals and generals headed your way. I also like to take
    the two enemy gates as well as the attack base on the western side of
    the map; it'll make the later stage much easier. Once you've cleared
    out this side, go up to the far left supply depot. Kill the captain
    guarding the doors, then hop on your horse and speed through the supply
    depot north. Don't worry about taking the supply depot itself, for now;
    Deng Ai will already be well on his way to setting up the catapults, in
    the center of the map. Run him over with your horse, then get off and
    beat him up. He isn't too hard, but if you let him he WILL run away from
    you, and he's surprisingly fast. So just keep up the pressure. A few
    good combos should take him out. Once you've defeated him, the Precious
    Item box will appear in the dead end (where the catapults WOULD have
    gone) on the enemy's side of the map, south of Zhen Ji's position.
    Now back to winning the real battle. By now one or more enemy generals
    will probably have made their way pretty far down the east side of the
    map. Chase them and take them out so you don't have to worry about your
    commander dying. Take the enemy supply depots one by one. The only
    generals you really have to worry about are Cao Ren, Zhen Ji, and Xu Zhu;
    the rest are generic weaklings. Still, go ahead and take out subgenerals
    first; you'll get a lot of good Attack and Defense +4/8s on this stage,
    so you might as well. If you get this far, the rest of your army should
    be quite able to help you take out Sima Yi at the top of the map.
    
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    ZHANG FEI
    ”jŒRŽÖ–ĩ
    Army-destroying Snake Spear
    Stats: Base Attack 39
           Light Weight
           Musou Charge Lvl 16
           Mounted Lvl 16
           Defense Lvl 15
           Attack Lvl 19
           Musou Lvl 17
    Battle of Chang Ban ’·â‚Ėí‚Ē
    As soon as the stage starts, defeat Wen Pin •ķãŲ, Xiahou Dun, and Xiahou
    En ‰ÄŒō‰ķ. The first two will come charging your position, so they should
    be easy enough; Xiahou En is one of Yu Jin's subgenerals, so go out and
    find him. Once you've defeated all three, the Precious Item box appears
    on the bridge that you were supposed to be guarding... ahem. Pick it
    up and finish the stage normally.
    
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    ZHANG HE
    Žé“ø
    Zhu Qiao's Rainbow
    Stats: Base Attack 36
           Average Weight
           Musou Charge Lvl 15
           Speed Lvl 19
           Attack Lvl 16
           Musou Lvl 18
           Charge Attack Lvl 15
    Battle of Jie Ting ŠX’ā‚Ėí‚Ē
    First you need to surround Ma Su. Defeat Gao Xiong ‚ãÄ and take the gate
    near him to seal off one ally route; then do the same with Wang Ping ‰Ī•― 
    and the gate near him. Now claim the supply depot in Ma Su's camp. This
    will complete the plan to surround Ma Su; he'll be demoralized and begin
    to retreat (or, if you do all of this quickly enough, he'll never have
    left his camp in the first place). You'll know when he begins retreating
    because he'll lose his hyper mode enhancement. Once this occurs, simply
    kill him. The Precious item box will appear in the corridor leading
    eastwards from Ma Su's camp. 
    
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    ZHANG JIAO
    Œ‰Î_ņ
    Roaring Fire God's Staff
    Stats: Base Attack 34
           Light Weight
           Life Lvl 17
           Musou Lvl 19
           Musou Charge Lvl 17
           Charge Attack Lvl 16
           Defense Lvl 18
    Yellow Turban Rebellion ‰Đ‹Ð‚Ė—
    This is probably the hardest fourth weapon to get in the game, both because
    the conditions are strict and because Zhang Jiao is a pretty crappy 
    character. You must rendezvous with Zhang Bao ’Ģ•ó and brainwash Cao Cao's 
    army, rendezvous with Zhang Liang ’Ģ—Ā and brainwash Sun Jian's army, and let
    Zhang Man Cheng ’Ģ™ÖŽ drop rocks on the enemy; and the kicker is you must
    accomplish all of this without letting any of your allies die. Thanks a lot,
    Koei.
    First things first; to have Zhang Man Cheng succeed in dropping the rocks,
    you'll have to take care of Gongsun Yue Œö‘·‰z who's in his way. Do this
    as quickly as possible. Now go to the southern altar and rendezvous with
    Zhang Liang to brainwash Sun Jian's army. You have to stay on the altar with
    Zhang Liang until you get the cutscene where you succeed. You can kill stray
    Sun Jian subgenerals that get onto the altar, but you can't kill Sun Jian
    himself. After awhile you'll succeed. Immediately head for the central
    altar and meet up with Zhang Bao to do the same thing to Cao Cao's army.
    If you manage to complete all three successfully with all of your generals
    still alive, the Precious Item box will show up near Zhang Liang's altar.
    If your generals are dying, there are several things you can do; you can
    try and take out enemy generals near them (though remember, you cannot
    get Cao Cao or Sun Jian); you can take a strong bodyguard and leave them
    next to your allies (by pressing select until the 'hand' icon comes up);
    you can use a bodyguard with the 'Kobu' skill (which raises your ally
    morale); or you can play 2P and have the second player guard any of your
    allies in danger of dying.
    If you successfully get the weapon, you still have to clear the stage; 
    again, no mean feat for Zhang Jiao, since you have to kill every general
    that's left. Dong Zhuo shows up midway through the battle and yes, you
    have to get him too. Good luck, you'll need it.
    
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    ZHANG LIAO
    ‰Đ—īšÜÚݓ
    Stats: Base Attack 37
           Average Weight
           Life Lvl 17
           Attack Lvl 15
           Bow Lvl 19
           Musou Charge Lvl 18
           Charge Attack Lvl 12
    Battle of He Fei ‡”ė‚Ėí‚Ē
    Your goal is to scare the enemy troops within 10 minutes. Scaring the
    troops has three stages; first the enemy troops will say something like
    "This guy's strong!"; the second step will have them say something like
    "We can't win again him!", and finally on the third step Zhang Liao will
    announce himself and scare the enemy completely. Normally you can scare
    the troops by defeating 9 generals or subgenerals (each stage taking three
    kills), but if you manage to kill a lot of generic troops as well it
    sometimes takes fewer than 9. In any case, go after the subgenerals first
    since they're easy to kill. Once Sun Quan retreats into the corner, Taishi
    Ci and Lu Meng will rush in to join him; ignore them and go for the other
    generals and subgenerals out in the field. Once you've scared everybody,
    the Precious Item box will appear in one of the islands in the southeast
    of the map. Since your army will have broken the bridge by now, you'll
    have to head in from the south. It would also be a good idea to take out
    Gan Ning when he shows up so he doesn't kill Cao Cao and ruin your record.
    
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    ZHAO YUN
    ‹—ģ’_
    Master Gentian
    Stats: Base Attack 36
           Average Weight
           Charge Attack Lvl 16
           Attack Lvl 17
           Life Lvl 17
           Defense Lvl 17
           Musou Lvl 17
    Battle of Cheng Du Ž“s‚Ėí‚Ē
    Your goal is to conquer the southern fort. Defeat Liu Xun —Ŧz's three
    subgenerals, then defeat him. Now open the west and north gates to the
    southern fort by defeating the gate captains in front of them. The
    Precious Item box will appear in the middle of the fort. Pick it up
    and complete the stage normally - this is a pretty easy one to get.
    
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    ZHEN JI
    ŒŽ—d“ú‹ķ
    Moon Fairy Crazed Sun
    Stats: Base Attack 32
           Average Weight
           Musou Charge Lvl 20
           Mounted Lvl 17
           Bow Lvl 18
           Defense Lvl 18
           Life Lvl 17
    Battle of New He Fei Castle ‡”ėVé‚Ėí‚Ē
    Your task is simply to rack up 300 kills, then rendezvous with Cao Pi. As
    long as your Zhen Ji isn't woefully underpowered, this should be a piece
    of cake. Simply go around the castle killing generals and generic enemies;
    once the ambush troops appear, it would be a convenient time to loop
    back and meet Cao Pi. If you can destroy the two army siege machines
    that head for the front gate of the castle, that will help your morale
    for the latter part of the battle. Once you approach Cao Pi, you should
    get a cutscene with him and Zhen Ji (not the one where they talk about
    the ambush; it should begin with a scene of Zhen Ji dispatching a number
    of enemy troops with her flute). Afterwards the Precious Item box will
    appear. Unfortunately it appears right on Sun Quan's boat, past Zhou Tai.
    So you'll have to fight your way down there; don't forget to pick up the
    box before beating up Sun Quan.
    
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    ZHOU TAI
    Š
    Dusk
    Stats: Base Attack 36
           Average Weight
           Musou Charge Lvl 16
           Attack Lvl 17
           Life Lvl 15
           Speed Lvl 15
           Musou Lvl 18
    Battle of Yi Ling ˆÎ—Ë‚Ėí‚Ē
    You must defeat Zhao Yun before the fire attack, and then you must
    succeed in the fire attack itself. Zhou Tai starts on the opposite side
    of the map from Zhao Yun; a horse is necessary. While you're headed over
    there, go ahead and defeat the one or two generals that charge east;
    you'll have plenty of time, and this will reduce the chances that Sun
    Shang Xiang will die. Ignore the generals in the middle and charge for
    Zhao Yun. He isn't too tough. Take him out, then go north and take out
    Shamoke. Shamoke's a real monster and can take out Ling Tong and Gan
    Ning all by himself if you leave him alone, but oddly if you face him
    yourself he isn't so bad (no hyper mode or anything). By now the
    preparations for the fire attack should be complete. Zhu Ran Žé‘R will 
    charge into the enemy camp; escort him to his destination. Although
    he doesn't run across any enemies, really, if you aren't on the same
    screen with him he tends to die, so just stick with him until the fire
    attack succeeds. When it does, Liu Bei will begin retreating into the
    southwest corner, and at the same time the Precious Item box will
    appear in your favorite place - the Stone Warriors maze. As usual,
    you cannot access the map while you're in the maze, and the screen
    will go all hazy to boot. Still, at least the box is easy to find;
    simply head straight south (i.e., forward) from the entrance, and
    you should find it. After finding it, turn right (westwards) and try
    to go forward. If you follow the south wall, which does contort
    a lot, you SHOULD be able to find the exit. Good luck.
    After that all that's left is defeating Liu Bei.
    
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    ZHOU YU
    ŒÃų“^‘Å
    Ancient Crafted Blade
    Stats: Base Attack 34
           Average Weight
           Charge Attack Lvl 17
           Defense Lvl 15
           Musou Lvl 18
           Bow Lvl 16
           Attack Lvl 16
    Battle of Wu Territory ŒāŒS‚Ėí‚Ē
    Your only goal is to take both enemy forts. The northeastern fort can be
    taken simply by defeating Yan Baihu Œĩ”’ŒÕ whereas the western fort is
    taken by defeating Wang Lang ‰Ī˜Y. After defeating the pair, the Precious
    Item will appear on top of the west wall of Taishi Ci's fort. Take the
    stairs on the inside of the fort up and grab the box, then just defeat
    Taishi Ci for the win.
    
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    ZHUGE LIANG
    Žé‰Hî
    Zhu Qiao's Feathered Fan
    Stats: Base Attack
           Average Weight
           Musou Charge Lvl 15
           Defense Lvl 18
           Bow Lvl 15
           Musou Lvl 20
           Charge Attack Lvl 18
    Battle of Tian Sui “V…‚Ėí‚Ē
    Take both forts in front of you by defeating the generals inside them.
    Now after awhile, Jiang Wei will decide that he'd better go back to the
    castle. Intercept him from the eastern route and defeat him before he gets
    back. Do so and the Precious Item box will appear in the middle of the
    eastern fort.
    
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    ZHU RONG
    ‹Æ‰Î
    Inferno
    Stats: Base Attack 34
           Average Weight
           Charge Attack Lvl 16
           Musou Charge Lvl 17
           Bow Lvl 15
           Defense Lvl 15
           Musou Lvl 18
    Invasion of Nan Zhong “ė’†NUí
    Here you need to defeat Jiang Qin Ó‹Ô and Gan Ning without having destroyed
    the bridge first. The two show up as reinforcements. Clear out the area
    but don't get near the bridge (which is just south of Lu Meng), as that
    will trigger the bridge-destroying event. Instead just sit tight. About
    17 minutes into the stage, your elephant troops will get restless and charge
    the main camp anyway. At this point the reinforcements for Wu should show
    up along the west side of the map. Defeat them both and the Precious Item
    box will appear near the bridge you were supposed to destroy. Pick it up
    and finish off Sun Quan.
    
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    ZUO CI
    –ŧ“VÆ•„
    Heaven and Hell Glowing Charm
    Stats: Base Attack 40
           Average Weight
           Charge Attack Lvl 15
           Bow Lvl 15
           Musou Charge Lvl 20
           Defense Lvl 15
           Musou Lvl 20
    Battle of Hu Lao Gate ŒÕ˜SŠÖ‚Ėí‚Ē
    Here you simply have to defeat Lu Bu. Unlike Sun Jian's task, there appears
    to be no time limit, and Zuo Ci is pretty overpowered anyway. Still, Lu Bu
    is in super-hyper-mode on this stage, so if you aren't somewhat buffed
    you'll still die... Once you defeat Lu Bu, the Precious Item box will
    show up on top of the south wall of the castle. Climb the stairs from
    the inside on the south side and pick up the box, then defeat Dong Zhuo.
    
    
    3. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
    
    Q. The method you gave isn't working!
    A. Try again. Make sure your difficulty is set to "Hard" or above.
    Be wary of time limits. If you just can't do things fast enough, power
    up your character and try again. Note that even if you play 2P, the
    CHARACTER WHO IS EARNING THE WEAPON MUST FULFILL ALL CONDITIONS HIMSELF.
    If the conditions are to defeat 3 generals, and you defeat 2 of them,
    but the 2P person defeats the third, or your bodyguard defeats the
    third, or an ally general defeats the third, you will NOT get the item.
    If I tell you to take an enemy base, YOUR CHARACTER must defeat the base
    captain. To save yourself the frustration, set your bodyguard to defend
    (press Select until the shield icon comes up) and don't let whoever's
    playing 2P kill anybody important.
    
    Q. These weapons kind of suck, don't they?
    A. They might suck compared to previous games, but it's all relative.
    In this game the base attack of the normal weapons is very low and
    grows very slowly; the fourth weapons generally have base attacks
    around 20 points higher than the third weapons. Thus, unlike previous
    games, it's hard (maybe even impossible) to find a random third weapon
    that is better than a general's fourth.
    
    Q. If a weapon has Attack+ on it and I equip the Attack+ item, will it
    stack?
    A. Yes. Incidentally this is the same as DW3 and SW; in DW4, it did not
    stack.
    
    Q. How come all the heavy weapons are for the girls? Isn't that stupid?
    A. Yes, it is. I have to wonder if the Koei developers suddenly
    developed sexism.
    
    Q. Why do heavy weapons suck?
    A. This is just my opinion, but heavy weapons without attack+ suck. Why?
    Because they make you run slower and swing slower, and the damage bonus
    is minimal at best. Since the characters that get heavy 4ths (Sun Shang
    Xiang, Diao Chan, and the two Qiaos) aren't exactly powerhouses, speed
    is their biggest asset, and their fourths just obliterate their advantage.
    This isn't that a big deal on Easy or Normal, but on Hard and above
    you're just going to get all of your combos blocked or interrupted.
    Compare to strong slow characters like Dian Wei and Xu Chu, for whom
    their 4ths have both light weight and attack+, making them both faster
    and stronger. And some rather strong-in-the-first-place characters like
    Sun Jian and Gan Ning get light weapons with attack+, making them game-
    breaking cheap monsters. Therefore for no good reason, Sun Shang Xiang, 
    Diao Chan, and the two Qiaos (none of whom were exactly overpowered in the
    first place) are pretty much screwed over by their fourth weapons.
    
    Q. Is there a difference between earning weapons on Free Mode or Musou
    Mode?
    A. Yes, there is. Aside from just picking "Hard" difficulty, each battle
    has a rating in free mode. Sometimes this difficulty rating is far
    different from the rating that would be encountered in Musou mode. For
    instance, the Battle of Chi Bi for Wu is a 5-star difficulty battle in
    Free mode. However, in Sun Quan's Musou mode, Chi Bi is only the second
    stage, and therefore is not very tough at all. Since Sun Quan's 4th
    weapon is earned on Chi Bi, in his case it is much easier to try and
    earn his 4th in Musou Mode rather than Free Mode. Note that this also
    affects the quality of items and weapons you find; in Free Mode, since
    Chi Bi is a 5-star difficulty stage, you can easily find good 3rd
    weapons and high (Lvl 16-20ish) items, whereas if you do the same on Chi
    Bi in Sun Quan's Musou Mode, you'll only find average 2nd weapons and
    some mediocre items.
    There are cases where Free Mode is better, as well; Guan Yu's 4th is
    earned at the Battle of Fan Castle, which is his last stage and therefore
    pretty tough, but in Free Mode it's 'only' four stars. Thus, not only
    do you save the time of having to go through Guan Yu's Musou mode, you
    also reduce the difficulty slightly by playing Free Mode.
    
    
    4. CREDITS
    Thanks go to:
    Koei as usual.
    All contributors to Shin Sangoku Musou 4 Wiki (http://musou4.s114.xrea.com)
    
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