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  DYNASTY WARRIORS 5: XTREME LEGENDS (US)
                Items FAQ
               Version 0.7
         Created by: Sima Zhongda
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  CONTENTS
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 1. Introduction
 2. Saddles
 3. Orbs
 4. Items
 5. Special Items
 6. New Special Items
 7. Frequently Asked Questions
 8. Thanks
 9. Copyright and Contact Information



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  1. Introduction
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Welcome to my Dynasty Warriors 5: Xtreme Legends Items FAQ. The purpose of this
guide is to provide a complete list of the items available in KOEI's expansion
to Dynasty Warriors 5, as well as the requirements to unlock special items. To
my knowledge, there is no strategy guide for this game; hence the information
provided here is mostly based on my experience. However, I have tested the
details several times (at least) and I am confident in the effectiveness of
what I have written.

This guide is a work in progress. There are special items from the original DW5
that I have not yet found in DW5:XL, but the section regarding new special items
that can be found only in DW5:XL is complete.



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  2. Saddles
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Saddles were already available in the original Dynasty Warriors 5, but can also
be obtained in Dynasty Warriors 5: Xtreme Legends' Legend Mode. I have included
instructions ONLY for Legend Mode; for Musou Mode or Free Mode instructions,
consult the Special Items FAQs posted for the original Dynasty Warriors 5.

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  Red Hare Harness
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Item Description: Begin stage mounted on Red Hare
Stage: Battle of Yan Province
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements: Before Cao Cao arrives, personally occupy all five enemy attack
     bases and defeat Li Dian, Man Chong and Yue Jin (their officers are
     irrelevant), while keeping KO count below 300. Once the three gates of
     Pu Yang Castle have been surrounded, achieve a KO count of 300.
Location of Valuable Item: Central area, north from the river.
Recommendations: Play as Lu Bu. About 5 minutes into the stage, Xun Yu calls
     for an ambush party to hunt down Lu Bu and he may very possibly die if not
     assisted soon enough; since he is the commander, his death means defeat.
     While assisting him is not a major problem under normal circumstances, it
     may be difficult to help him and keep KO count below 300.
Note: Cao Cao arrives approximately 10 minutes after the battle begins.

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  Hex Mark Harness
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Item Description: Begin stage mounted on Hex Mark
Stage: Rescue at Lou Sang Village
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements: Rescue the three villages, in any order, by defeating Bo Zhang,
     Gao Sheng, Zhang Man Cheng, Yan Zheng, Guan Hai and Chen Yuanzhi.
Location of Valuable Item: Central area, by lower right gate.
Recommendations: Entering the central area triggers a phantom army to appear
     all over the map; avoid this area until picking up the valuable item.

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  Storm Harness
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Item Description: Begin stage mounted on Storm Runner
Stage: Imperial Rescue
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements: Without encountering Li Jue, defeat Li Jue's officers Hu Che Er,
     Li Meng and Zhao Cen. Then defeat Li Jue and have the Emperor's carriage
     enter any of the two lower branches of the western road completely
     unharmed.
Location of Valuable Item: Northwest area, by the entrance to the lower right
     branch of the western road.
Recommendations: 
     + Choose a character with good crowd control skills, since a single enemy
       soldier standing in the carriage's way is enough to make it stop and may
       even harm it.
     + Close all enemy gates along the way (one on the northeast corner, one
       around the center of the northern path, and two on the northwest corner).
     + Start by going east and defeating Li Jue's three officers, as well as the
       units that accompany them.
     + Avoid encountering Li Jue until the northeast area is clear and the enemy
       gate closed; that way the carriage will not be surrounded by enemy units
       when it is rescued.
     + Pull Li Jue away from the carriage before fighting him. If the carriage
       is harmed, the item will be lost.
     + Use the detailed map (R2) while fighting down the pathway and make sure
       no enemy soldiers get past you. The item is not lost if enemy units get
       to the carriage, but too much delay in the advance might become a problem
       once Lu Bu's forces arrive (about 4 minutes into the stage).
     + Clear the northwest corner of enemies and close the two gates as soon as
       possible. Also defeat Guo Si and Zhang Ji (according to my various tests,
       to defeat their subgenerals is not required, though recommended if they
       are in position of threatening the safety of the carriage).
     + When Lu Bu's forces arrive, they will quickly advance towards the
       northwest corner. Keep them away from the carriage.
Note: When Li Jue is encountered, there is a report telling that "Li Jue is
     interfering with <your character>". From what I have tested, if he is
     encountered while his officers are still alive, the item does not appear.
     What branch of the western road the carriage takes after clearing the
     northern road depends on whether or not Lu Bu's forces have started pursuit
     by that time. The item appears either way.

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  Shadow Harness   ** COMING SOON **
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Item Description: Begin stage mounted on Shadow Runner
Stage:
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements:
Location of Valuable Item:


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  Elephant Harness
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Item Description: Begin stage mounted on Elephant
Stage: Showdown at Nan Zhong
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements: Defeat Xiahou Ba; defeat Jia Kui and eliminate the Wei Destroyers
     (6 total). These requirements may be met in any order.
Location of Valuable Item: Central area, south from the Nanman fence.
Recommendations: Equip Shadow Harness and play a character with a good horseback
     attack, since Destroyers work only against units on foot. Fully trained
     Meng Huo's horseback charge attack works nicely for this task because it is
     long-ranged, easy to aim and powerful enough to one-shot Destroyers in
     Normal or lower difficulty.



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  3. Orbs
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Orbs were already available in the original Dynasty Warriors 5, but can also be
obtained in Dynasty Warriors 5: Xtreme Legends' Legend Mode. I have included
instructions ONLY for Legend Mode; for Musou Mode or Free Mode instructions,
consult the Special Items FAQs posted for the original Dynasty Warriors 5.

All orbs must be obtained in Hard difficulty level.

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  Fire Orb    ** COMING SOON **
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Item Description: Adds fire damage to attacks
Stage:
Difficulty Level: Hard
Requirements:
Location of Valuable Item:

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  Ice Orb
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Item Description: Enemies may be temporarily frozen
Stage: Battle of Mt. Qi
Difficulty Level: Hard
Requirements: Ignore Zhuge Liang's instructions to feign retreat; defeat Xiahou
     Ba, Dai Ling, Fei Yao and Zhang He, in any order, and achieve a KO count
     of 250.
Location of Valuable Item: Left side of the north area, by the mountain range.
Note: Defeating subgenerals is not necessary.

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  Shadow Orb
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Item Description: Empties Musou Gauge and enemies may be defeated in one blow
Stage: Battle of Jia Meng Gate
Difficulty Level: Hard
Requirements: Convince Ma Chao of joining Liu Bei's forces by defeating him
     twice before he goes back to protect Zhang Lu.
Location of Valuable Item: Northeast corner, in the middle of Zhang Lu's main
     camp.

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  Light Orb    ** COMING SOON **
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Item Description: Attacks break through the enemy's guard
Stage:
Difficulty Level: Hard
Requirements:
Location of Valuable Item:



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  4. Items
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The following items may be found at random, in any stage. There are certain
wooden crates that contain items, and some enemy officers drop an item when
defeated. While there is no difficulty level requirement, higher difficulty
improves the chances of finding items of higher level.

Note: Item bonuses DO stack with weapon bonuses.

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  Peacock Amulet
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Item Description: Life MAX increases
Maximum Level: 20
Stage: Any
Difficulty Level: Any

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  Dragon Amulet
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Item Description: Life MAX increases
Maximum Level: 20
Stage: Any
Difficulty Level: Any

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  Tiger Amulet
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Item Description: Attack increases
Maximum Level: 20
Stage: Any
Difficulty Level: Any

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  Tortoise Amulet
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Item Description: Defense increases
Maximum Level: 20
Stage: Any
Difficulty Level: Any

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  Speed Scroll
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Item Description: Character's speed increases
Maximum Level: 20
Stage: Any
Difficulty Level: Any

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  Huang's Bow
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Item Description: Bow Attack & Defense increase
Maximum Level: 20
Stage: Any
Difficulty Level: Any

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  Horned Helm
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Item Description: Mounted Attack & Defense increase
Maximum Level: 20
Stage: Any
Difficulty Level: Any

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  Seven Star Sash
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Item Description: Luck increases
Maximum Level: 20
Stage: Any
Difficulty Level: Any

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  Ginseng
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Item Description: Musou Gauge fills faster
Maximum Level: 20
Stage: Any
Difficulty Level: Any

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  Herbal Remedy
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Item Description: Charge Attack strength increases
Maximum Level: 20
Stage: Any
Difficulty Level: Any



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  5. Special Items
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The following items were already available in the original Dynasty Warriors 5,
but can also be obtained in Dynasty Warriors 5: Xtreme Legends' Legend Mode. I
have included instructions ONLY for Legend Mode; for Musou Mode or Free Mode
instructions, consult the Special Items FAQs posted for the original Dynasty
Warriors 5.

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  Art of War    ** COMING SOON **
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Item Description: Ability boost items have longer effect
Stage:
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements:
Location of Valuable Item:

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  Survival Guide
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Item Description: Attack doubles when knocked down and health is low
Stage: Battle of Shi Ting
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements: Secure the northeast and southwest flanks (this includes defeating
     Xu Huang and Xu Zhu, personally), rescue Sun Quan by defeating Jia Kui and
     Wang Shuang before Zhou Fang defects to Wu, collapse the two bridges on the
     southwest in order to stop Wei's pincer attack, and have Lu Xun's fire
     attack succeed.
Location of Valuable Item: Lower right corner of the central area.
How to do it:
     + Defeat Zhang Hu and Xiahou Hui (east) and Xin Pi and Xiahou Ba (south).
       Which side is aided first does not matter.
     + Once both sides have been cleared, proceed to the closest enemy attack
       base, take it and defeat the enemy officers nearby: Fei Yao, Wen Pin and
       Xu Huang on the northeast; Xiahou Shang, Cao Ren and Xu Zhu on the
       southwest. It does not matter if your allies defeat Cao Ren or Wen Pin;
       just make sure you get the KO for Xu Huang and Xu Zhu. (NOTE: Xu Huang
       and Xu Zhu arrive during the battle, so wait for them if they are not
       there yet when you take the corresponding enemy base.)
     + On the way to the next base, stop by Sun Quan and rescue him from Jia Kui
       and Wang Shang, who should be attacking him by then.
     + Take the next enemy attack base. Zhou Fang will defect to Wu and the Wu
       army will advance towards Cao Xiu. Soon afterwards, Cao Zhang and his
       subgeneral Wang Lang will appear on the southeast corner, and Lu Xun will
       send two task units to destroy the bridges in the area. You may defeat
       Wang Lang in order to protect the task units, but let Cao Zhang live. The
       bridges will soon be destroyed, and if Cao Zhang is still alive, Lu Xun
       will launch a fire attack. The valuable item appears upon success.

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  Bodyguard Manual
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Item Description: Bodyguards become stronger
Stage: The Ten Eunuchs' Rebellion
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements: Foil Dong Zhuo's plan by defeating the fake Ten Eunuchs Dan Gui,
     Cao Jie and Hou Lan, while He Jin is alive.
Location of Valuable Item: Northeast corner, by He Jin's location.
Note: He Jin is severely wounded when the fake eunuchs appear, so they must be
     eliminated quickly in order to save him. Defeating the other eunuchs near
     He Jin makes things easier and does not affect the requirements to unlock
     the item.

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  Demon Band
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Item Description: Extends the length of the Musou Rage
Stage: Battle of Jia Meng Gate
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements: Achieve a KO count of 200.
Location of Valuable Item: Northeast corner of the map.

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  Way of Musou    ** COMING SOON **
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Item Description: Can use True Musou Attack regardless of health
Stage:
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements:
Location of Valuable Item:

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  Wind Scroll
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Item Description: Attack range increases
Stage: The Two Qiaos
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements: Defeat Zuo Ci.
Location of Valuable Item: Left side of the northeast area.

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  Fire Arrows
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Item Description: Can use fire arrows
Stage: Battle of Han Shui
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements: Defeat Xu Huang before he destroys the southern bridge to the Wei
     Main Camp.
Location of Valuable Item: West side, across from the Shu Main Camp.
Note: Xu Huang arrives approximately 8 minutes after the battle begins. If the
     Wei Main Camp has not been captured and Zhao Yun has succeeded in defending
     the Shu Main Camp, he will advance towards the bridge and destroy it;
     otherwise he will just charge toward the Shu Main Camp. Whichever the case,
     if Xu Huang is defeated while the bridge is still standing, the Fire Arrows
     will appear.

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  Arm Guards
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Item Description: No damage taken during charge attacks
Stage: Battle of Mai Castle
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements: Defeat the enemies that come near Mai Castle: Zhu Ling, Man Chong,
     Niu Jin, Jiang Qin, Cheng Pu, Zhu Ran, Xu Sheng and Xu Huang. Secure the
     three roads leading to Shu by taking the three enemy gates on the east side
     and defeating Ma Zhong and Lu Xun. When Gan Ning appears, defeat him and
     Han Dang, his subgeneral.
Location of Valuable Item: Inside Mai Castle, on the northeast corner.

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  Tiger Collar    ** COMING SOON **
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Item Description: Begin stage accompanied by a tiger
Stage:
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements:
Location of Valuable Item:

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  Green Scroll
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Item Description: Attack increases but defense increases
Stage: Battle of Han Shui
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements: Succeed in defending the Shu Main Camp until Zhuge Liang arrives;
     defeat Xu Huang after he has destroyed the Wei Main Camp's southern bridge.
Location of Valuable Item: Northeast corner, inside the Wei Main Camp.
Note: Cao Pi must be alive for Xu Huang to destroy the bridge; he will become
     enraged upon doing so. If Xu Huang is defeated before he destroys the
     bridge, the Fire Arrows will appear instead.

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  Musou Armor    ** COMING SOON **
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Item Description: Wearer not stunned by bow attacks
Stage:
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements:
Location of Valuable Item:

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  Tribal Remedy    ** COMING SOON **
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Item Description: Health recovers for every 100 enemies defeated
Stage:
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements:
Location of Valuable Item:

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  Serpent Earrings    ** COMING SOON **
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Item Description: Attack increases for every 100 enemies defeated
Stage:
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements:
Location of Valuable Item:



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  6. New Special Items
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The following items are exclusive of Dynasty Warriors 5: Xtreme Legends and
must be obtained in Legend Mode.

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  Naga Earrings
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Item Description: Defense increases for every 100 enemies defeated
Stage: Battle of Xin Castle
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements: Within 2 minutes from the beginning of the stage, defeat Deng
     Xian, Li Fu, Shen Dan and Shen Yi, in any order, and achieve a KO count of
     80.
Location of Valuable Item: Inside Xin Castle, by the northern gate.
Recommendations:
     + Equip Red Hare or Shadow Harness and choose a character with long range
       and outstanding horseback attack skills, such as Pang De or Ma Chao.
     + Do not stop for any reason. Kill the enemy generals and try to complete
       the KO count of 80 along the way; whether the 80th KO occurs before or
       after the last general is defeated, the item will appear.
     + Although the four enemy officers may be defeated in any order, the most
       efficient route is: Deng Xian, Li Fu, Shen Yi, Shen Dan (from Xu Huang's
       starting point). The second most efficient route is: Shen Dan, Shen Yi,
       Li Fu, Deng Xian (starting on the west side of the map).
     + For best results, play Easy or Novice difficulty.
Note: The starting position for characters other than Sima Yi, Xu Huang and Cao
     Pi is determined by their kingdom. Wei and Wu start on the northeast, near
     Xu Huang; Shu starts on the left branch of the western road, near Cao Pi;
     and other kingdoms start on the right branch of the western road, near Sima
     Yi.

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  Dragon Arms
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Item Description: Can jump during Charge Attacks
Stage: Battle of Mt. Qi
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements: Ignore Zhuge Liang's orders and defeat Xiahou Ba, Dai Ling and
     Fei Yao, in any order; then defeat Zhang He.
Location of Valuable Item: Northeast corner, on the road to the south from Sima
     Yi's main camp.
Note: Defeating subgenerals is not required.

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  True Way of Musou
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Item Description: Strength and duration of Musou Attack increases
Stage: Battle of Mai Castle
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements: Achieve a KO count of 1000.
Location of Valuable Item: Inside Mai Castle, on the southwest corner.

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  Ice Arrows
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Item Description: Can use ice arrows
Stage: Battle of Yang Ping Gate
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements: Within 5 minutes from the beginning of the stage, destroy the 20
     statues (9 on the second level, 2 on the east road near the third level,
     and 9 on the third level).
Location of Valuable Item: Inside the castle, by the northern gate.
Recommendations: Equip Shadow Harness and play a character with outstanding
     horseback attack skills, such as Pang De, Ma Chao or Zhou Tai. It takes
     several hits to destroy each statue and enemy troops make it difficult to
     do so fast enough. Always take the roads on the east, since the west side
     is blocked.

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  Vampire Arms
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Item Description: Health restored by guarding just before an enemy attack
Stage: The Ten Eunuchs' Rebellion
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements: Allow He Jin to be defeated. Defeat four Rogue Chiefs.
Location of Valuable Item: Lower southwest quadrant, between the gate and the
     corner.
Note: The Emperor's carriage appears by the southern gate, shortly after He Jin
     is defeated. A small unit of rogues led by a Rogue Chief comes through that
     same gate and try to attack the carriage; more arrive later, each of them
     approximately 1 minute after the last. Meanwhile, the Ten Eunuchs reappear
     with their troops. Let your allies take care of them until the fourth Rogue
     Chief is defeated, because once all eunuchs are defeated Zhang Rang comes
     out, the carriage begins to retreat and no more rogue units show up.

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  Meat Bun Sack
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Item Description: Defeated enemies drop meat buns at a set probability
Stage: Battle of Jia Meng Gate
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements: Defeat Yang Ren, Yang Ang and Yang Song, in any order, without
     having previously defeated any other enemy officers.
Location of Valuable Item: Straight south from the central enemy defense base.

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  Kirin Hoof
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Item Description: Increases the strength of your mounts and tigers
Stage: Showdown at Nan Zhong
Difficulty Level: Any
Requirements: Defeat Xu Huang.
Location of Valuable Item: Northeast corner, on the road to Sima Yi's camp.



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  7. Frequently Asked Questions
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Q. Do item bonuses stack with weapon bonuses?
A. Yes, they do. I indicated so in section 3, but might as well do it here as
   well.

Q. Can I get more than one special item while playing a stage once?
A. Yes, you can. Fulfill the requirements for both special items and they will
   appear at their corresponding location.

Q. I didn't do everything you listed as requirements and still got the item.
A. Well, that is not really a question, but I am very much aware of the fact
   that I might have included unnecessary steps. This is because there is no
   strategy guide for DW5:XL (at least not in English) and I had to find most of
   these items on my own. If you see any unnecessary requirements on my guide
   and consider them worthy of mention, feel free to let me know; I only ask
   that it is done in a clear, detailed and respectful way, and that the subject
   of your message states that it is related to GameFAQs or DW5:XL. I will
   verify the information and give credit to the person who contributed anything
   I decide to include in this guide.

Q. I did everything you said, but didn't get the item.
A. That is more of a complaint than a question, but before further complaining,
   make sure you have, in fact, done everything I said. This includes: playing
   Hard difficulty level in the case of orbs, personally defeating any enemy
   generals and/or subgenerals when indicated, meeting the requirements within
   the specified time limit (if any), etc. If you are absolutely sure you did as
   I said and still did not get the item you were trying for, feel free to
   e-mail me, providing detailed information of what you did. Again, be clear
   and respectful, and have the subject of your message indicate you are writing
   to me about GameFAQs or DW5:XL. I will run my own tests and reply as soon as
   possible.

Q. When are you going to finish this guide?
A. As soon as I possibly can. It is my winter break project and I dedicate time
   to it every day. I do not usually submit incomplete guides, but this might
   take a while and it would be awful if all this work were to go to waste.
   


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  8. Thanks
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+ To KOEI, for creating the Dynasty Warriors series.
+ To the people who contributed the codes that helped me find some of the less
  obvious items, such as the Ice Arrows and Naga Earrings.
+ To the undying spirits of Love, Honor, Sorrow, Dragon, Truth, Sword and Chaos.
+ To GameFAQs, for publishing my work.



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  9. Copyright and Contact Information
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Copyright 2005-2006 Sima Zhongda.

This document may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for
personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise
distributed publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on
any other web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited,
and a violation of copyright.

For questions, contributions, etc., e-mail me at sima_zhongda@hotmail.com. I
will give proper credit to the author(s) of any contributions I decide to post
as part of this guide.