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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.

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