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Xing Cai Character FAQ
Version 1.0
Made by Tornado Kirby 
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Table of Contents
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1. Introduction
2. Xing Cai In General
3. Xing Cai's Musou Story
3.1. Battle of Cheng Du
3.2. Battle of Mt. Ding Jun
3.3. Battle of Yi Ling
3.4. Battle of Jie Ting
3.5. Battle of Bai Di Castle
4. Weapons
5. Moveset
5.1. Normal/Charge Attacks
5.2. Musou
5.3. Horse Attacks
6. Costumes
7. Credits/Special Thanks
8. Copyright Info.

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1. Introduction
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Hello, this is my guide to Xing Cai. I decided to write a FAQ on her because
I think she is a unique character with a cool weapon. I am also one of the few
who thinks she's a good character. Hopefully, this FAQ will make you all 
better Xing Cai players. This is the second FAQ I've written so far (Oichi is 
my first FAQ.) Check out my Oichi FAQ, if you'd like! ^^

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2. Xing Cai In General
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Xing Cai was the daughter of Zhang Fei. She was more calm than her father and
she was a brave warrrior. As she grew up with her father, Liu Chan, and Guan 
Ping, she became stronger and she helped Shu in its later years when her 
father was killed at Fan Castle. Her dates of birth and death are unknown

Xing Cai is one of the stronger female character, in terms of power. She is
not very fast but she has good crowd control. Her C3 is the best charge attack 
for crowd control and her C1 is very fast and can stun enemies. She is a very 
good character once you know how to play her. Xing Cai is a starting 
character by the way.

Here's how I would rate her (S is strongest, F is weakest)

Life: C
Musou: B
Attack: B+
Defense: C+
Attack Range: C
Crowd Control: S
Musou Power: A
True Musou: A
Attack Speed: C
Running Speed: B+

So as you see she is good in crowd clearing and musou, she is also not a 
bad runner especially with her dash move where she gains extra speed.


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3. Xing Cai's Musou Story
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In Xing Cai's Musou Mode there are 5 levels, I will just tell the general
objectives of each level. In all of her musou levels be sure to kill the guard
captains at the base to raise morale and give you attack and defense plus
items. Don't be afraid to use an interim save before a key event. Keep in
mind that levels get harder so if you need to level up Xing Cai before
you start another level.

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3.1. Battle of Cheng Du
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Lui Bei's Forces vs. Liu Zhang's Forces

The main objective of this fight is to surround Cheng Du and lure out Liu
Zhang. Unfortunately, Pang Tong is the one who carries out this task but he 
dies during the battle. Zhang Fei and Zhao Yun tell you to stay close to them.
Of course you don't have to, but they pretty much follow you anyways. Ambush
troops appear in the forest but it's not much to worry about. Be careful of
archers, that's what killed Pang Tong :P This first level is pretty easy, as 
a whole. Hardness Scale: 1/5

*Rare Item Alert!* Hex Mark Harness: Defeat Zhang Ren within 1 minute after he
appears with ambush troops. Hex Mark is a very useful saddle, Liu Bei always
rides it.

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3.2. Battle of Mt. Ding Jun
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Shu Forces vs. Wei Forces

The main objective of this fight is to take the mountain base and defeat Wei,
of course. You can follow Zhuge Liang's orders if you want. Xiahou Yuan is 
near the Wei main camp and in this level he is a powerful foe so keep an eye 
on him. Cao Cao's unit comes in later during the battle (as always, lol). 
Defeat Cao Cao as soon he comes. The only obstacle here is Xiahou Yuan so just
keep an eye on him. This level is a bit harder than the first level because
of Xiahou Yuan but it's pretty easy overall. Hardness Scale: 2/5

*Rare Item Alert!* Way of Musou: Defeat Xiahou Yuan before Cao Cao arrives.
Way of Musou is a must have item, especially for Xing Cai!

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3.3. Battle of Yi Ling
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Shu Forces vs. Wu Forces

The main objective of this battle is to avenge the deaths of Guan Yu,
Guan Ping, and Zhang Fei at Fan Castle. Liu Bei is very angry! Defeating Sun
Quan is the main objective here. Be aware of southern troops because they can
be a nuisance and watch out for Gan Ning as he is very speedy and quite an 
attacker. Protecting your army is the key here, so watch out for any Wu troops
that are heading towards main camp or any officers. Be careful of all the
troops at the Wu main camp. This level is somewhat hard with all the added
troops in this level. Hardness Scale: 2.5/5

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3.4. Battle of Jie Ting 
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Shu Forces vs. Wei Forces

The main objective of this battle is to crash the summit and take the Wei 
camp. Cao Pi will come in the battle later (Gee, I wonder who he got that 
trait from!). So when Cao Pi comes, kill him. The tough part of this battle is
protecting the camp and Ma Su when the Wei begins storming the Shu army. For
me, Ma Su came first so I protected him and then I went back to camp to kill
any remaining officers and troops. Definitely use an interim save before this
event. That is the only hard part of the battle, the rest is pretty easy.  
Hardness Scale: 3.5/5

*Rare Item Alert!* Green Scroll: Defeat Xu Zhu, and then Sima Yi in less than
three minutes.

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3.5. Battle of Bai Di Castle
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Shu Forces vs. Wu Forces

The main objective here is to defeat Sun Quan and to keep Liu Chan safe. When
the battle starts Liu Chan begins to go out of his castle, if you meet him he
will want to escort him back to the castle. Escort him back, it'll make the
battle much easier. Now, when Gan Ning arrives be sure to kill Gan Ning and
Huang Gai as they will go to main camp where Liu Chan is. They are a bit tough
so use an interim save if you have to. After that I would kill Lu Xun and then
go towards Sun Quan. When you fight Sun Quan, since this is the final level, 
he will gain 2x Attack Power when he hit him enough, and then he'll go into 
Musou Rage when his health is low. When he is in Musou Rage, just defend 
until it wears off, then attack him until he dies. Use an interim save before
you fight Sun Quan. Now if you beat this level, Congratulations on beating 
Xing Cai's Musou Mode and enjoy the ending! Hardness Scale: 4/5

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4. Weapons
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Long Fork
Power 3
Attacks 4

Cobra Fork
Power 7
Attacks 5

Sacred Light
Power 11
Attacks 6

Brilliant Sky
Power 34
Average Weight
Attacks 6
Mounted Lv. 15
Speed Lv. 16
Defense Lv. 17
Musou Lv. 17
Life Lv. 15

Brilliant Sky also has Evolution Attacks with it. If you get a heavy weapon
don't use it, her normal combos are very slow as with any other character, 
but she actually has to struggle to pick up her shield XD
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5. Moveset
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Here, I will seperate her movesets by type.

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5.1. Normal/Charge Attacks
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SSSSSS- Swings her spear to the left, then swings her shield upward, then
swings her spear to the right, then does 2 stabs with her spear in fron of
her, and then runs forward with her shield in front of her. Usefulness: 8/10

T- Jumps up and hits enemies with her shield  Usefulness: 7/10

ST- Does an upward motion with her shield  Usefulness: 3/10

SST- Spins around three times with her spear, and then slides with her spear,
great crowd control!  Usefulness: 10/10

SSST- Hits enemies in front of her with a horizontal spear swipe then throws
her shield in front of her. Usefulness: 9/10

SSSST- Shoots a spinning vortex out of her spear that goes forward for long
range. Usefulness: 5/10

SSSSST- Throws her shield up and then hits enemies with her spear in front of
her, I don't like this move.  Usefulness: 3/10

SSSSSS(SSS)- After her normal 6 hit combo, her evolution attack is basically
her C4. Usefulness: 9/10

Jump Attack- A basic spear swing. Usefulness: 5/10

Jump Charge- Falls on the ground with her spear in front of her and creates
a ground shockwave. Usefulness: 7/10

Counter Attack- Basically her C4 spear swing. Usefulness: 6/10
 
Dash Attack- Runs with her spear in front of her, and then jumps and creates a
shockwave. Usefulness: 8/10

My recommended moves: Her Evolution combos are quite good with a nice Tiger
Amulet. Her C3 is great for crowd clearing and has above-average power. C4
also has good crowd clearing but when she throws her shield it can miss
enemies in front of her. C1 is good if you need to run away from an officer.

Don't use: Her C5 and C6. They are both horrible and slow. C2 also doesn't 
have very much range. Stick with C1, C3, and C4 and also her Evolution
combos.

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5.2. Musou
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Musou- She swings her spear left and right and hits enemies in front of her
and some enemies close behind her, then she spins forward. Looks kind of like
Keiji Maeda's Musou but with less range. She's saying "Time to go."\
Usefulness: 8/10

True Musou- Basically the same as her normal musou except it engulfs the
enemies in flames and there's an extra explosion at the end. She's saying
"That outta do it." Usefulness: 9/10

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5.3. Horse Attacks
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Normal Attack- Swings her spear left and right. Usefulness: 8/10

Charge Attack-  Swings her spear to the right or left with more power.
Usefulness: 7/10

Musou- Swings her spear left and right but quicker and more powerful.
Usefulness: 7/10

True Musou- Same as musou, but with fire added. Usefulness: 8/10

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6. Costumes
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1st costume- Default costume, light green skirt with light green shoulder pads
and a light green flower in her hair.

2nd costume- Same design as first but a darker green.

*Coming soon: 3rd and 4th costumes! I promise*

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7. Credits/Special Thanks
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Well that's the end, I hope you found this FAQ useful. If you have any 
questions, comments, or concerns feel free to e-mail me at
goldphalanx@yahoo.com or GoldPhalanx@aol.com. My AIM is GoldPhalanx also if
you want to contact me quickly, I'm not online often so maybe an e-mail
would be better.

I'd like to thank the following:

Koei and Omega Force for making this awesome game (and character!)

EChang for his wonderful Rare Item FAQ!

Myself, for having the motivation to write this. :P

School, for helping me in grammar woot!

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8. Copyright Info.
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Copyright 2004 TornadoKirby

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