******************************************* * * * SAMURAI WARRIORS 2 - Shingen Takeda FAQ * * Created by Mythril Wyrm * * Version 1.01 * * * ******************************************* Table of Contents I. Update History II. Legal Notice/Disclaimer III. About Shingen Takeda IV. Unlocking Shingen V. Using Shingen A. Vital statistics 1. Initial 2. Maximum 3. Titles B. Moveset 1. Regular attacks 2. Charge attacks 3. Mounted attacks 4. Special attacks 5. Musou attacks C. Maximizing Shingen's effectiveness D. Shingen's Story Mode 1. Battle of Kawanakajima 2. Pirate Hunt 3. Battle of Mikatagahara 4. Battle of Nagashino 5. Showdown at Sekigahara 6. Shingen's Dream: Conquest for Kyushu VI. Shingen's Weapons A. War Fan B. Takeda Fan C. Pressed Element D. Heaven's Sign 1. Obtaining the Heaven's Sign 2. Is it worth using? VII. Questions & Answers VIII. Special Thanks IX. Contacting Me To skip to a specific section, press Ctrl + F, type in a section name, and press Enter. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I. Update History v1.00 - Completed almost all sections. Will add missing information after working with Shingen more extensively. v1.01 - Filled in missing descriptions of Shingen's musou attacks and made minor changes to a few sections. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- II. Legal Notice/Disclaimer This FAQ is copyright 2006 by Devin McCain. At this time, only the following websites have permission to host this FAQ: GameFAQs (http://www.gamefaqs.com) IGN (http://www.ign.com) Neoseeker (http://www.neoseeker.com) Super Cheats (http://www.supercheats.com) Please notify me as soon as possible if you find it posted anywhere else. 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About Shingen Takeda The following information about Shingen Takeda is taken from the Sengoku-Jidai Database: "Shingen Takeda had a profound effect on the Sengoku-Jidai period of Japan. He influenced many lords with his law system, tax system and administration system. He was probably not as cruel as other warlords but he was aggresive toward military enemies. His war banner contained the famous phrase Fu-Rin-Ka- Zan, taken from Sun Tzu's 'The Art of War.' This phrase translates to Swift as the wind, Silent as a forest, Fierce as fire and Immovable as a mountain. The phrase demonstrates both Shingen's policies and warfare strategy. Shingen was indeed fierce as fire and was one of the most aggressive warlords of the time period. He moved swiftly as the wind and even after a defeat he would quickly avenge his loss and make a counter-attack. However Shingen's intentions weren't always clear. He would move cautiously and could suddenly attack enemies, thus he was silent as a forest. Despite all of this Shingen was indeed immovable as the mountain. In battle he moved cautiously and made sure he was well defended. Once he had gained a firm hold on territories in Shinano and Kai, Shingen made sure he did not rush into battle and Shingen carefully checked his borders. Even after a defeat he would still hold his ground and thus during his reign the Takeda was well defended. Shingen Takeda is known as 'The Tiger of Kai' and was a major warlord during the Sengoku-Jidai period. He was the son of Nobutora Takeda. At some point in his life Shingen rebelled against his father and took control of the Takeda. Yoshimoto Imagawa helped this rebellion and the Imagawa, Hojo and Takeda would be a sort of allied union. (Mostly thanks to Yoshimoto Imagawa who was a master diplomat of his time) Shingen's first act was to gain a hold of the area around him. His goal was to conquer Shinano province. He fought with many warlords and expanded his conquest. However the warlord was defeated at Uehara by Yoshioki Murakami who won by utilizing guns which would play a prominent role in Sengoku-Jidai warfare. Shingen managed to avenge this loss and the Murakami clan eventually was defeated as well. Yoshioki Murakami fled and became a vassal of the Uesugi later. By this time the Takeda had unified Shinano and had gained a fairly vast domain of Shinano and Kai. Unlike many other clans of the time, the Takeda were lucky enough to have a large number of horses in their provinces which allowed them to make use of cavalry. (Many clans could barely get enough horses for their officers let alone have cavalry units) The Takeda was emerging as a threat to other clans. After he had gained Shinano, Shingen faced his greatest rival and archnemesis, namely, Kenshin Uesugi. The two would battle it out in the great battles of Kawanakajima. Even when faced with his greatest enemy, Kenshin Uesugi, Shingen would not completly make a bold move against the enemy. Instead he moved carefully and did not make one full attack, he made sure that he was well defended while slowly taking forts.These battles snowballed back and forth between the two clans. No side gained complete victory until Shingen Takeda died. In these battles Shingen would come up with the genius strategy to dam the Fuji river which was a genius ploy on his part. In these battles also comes the famous tale of Kenshin Uesugi's forces clearing a path through Takeda troops and Kenshin fighting with Shingen. The tale has Kenshin Uesugi attacking Shingen with his sword while Shingen defends with his iron war fan or 'Tessen.' After Yoshimoto Imagawa (a close ally of the Takeda) was defeated, Shingen made a clever move against the weak Imagawa. He fought against Yoshimoto's heir and expanded his domain. After this he made a move against the Tokugawa clan which had also taken advantage of the situation of the weakened Imagawa. This culminated in his famous victory at Mikatagahara where he defeated the Tokugawa. This would be Shingen Takeda's last major victory. He died soon after this battle and his son Katsuyori took over. Soon after Shingen died, his rival Kenshin weeped the death of a great nemesis. The Takeda was not defeated however. Shingen's son Katsuyori took over and would bring the clan to ruin by trying (unsuccessfully) to fulfill the ambition of his father by further pressing onto Tokugawa lands. At Nagashino, Katsuyori Takeda would be defeated by an allied contingent of Nobunaga Oda and Ieyasu Tokugawa marking the almost total annhilation of the Takeda." ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- IV. Unlocking Shingen To unlock Shingen Takeda, you must complete the following steps: -Clear Story Mode with Yukimura Sanada to unlock Kanetsugu Naoe. -Clear Story Mode with Kanetsugu Naoe to unlock Kenshin Uesugi. -Clear Story Mode with Kenshin Uesugi. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- V. Using Shingen A. Vital statistics 1. Initial Life 128 Musou 80 Attack 93 Defense 95 Ride 83 Speed 88 Dexterity 82 Luck 87 Skills: Sensei 1, Cutthroat 1, Fitness 1 2. Maximum Life 317 Musou 240 Attack 195 Defense 198 Ride 167 Speed 148 Dexterity 142 Luck 181 Self Skill: Resist - Resist becoming stunned when musou gauge is full. 3. Titles Lv. 1-10: Strategist Lv. 11-20: Scholar of War Lv. 21-30: Tiger of Kai Lv. 31-40: Elder Tiger Lv. 41-49: Master of War Lv. 50: Omnipotent B. Moveset 1. Regular attacks These are the attacks that are available to Shingen Takeda once his full combo has been unlocked. Some attacks will vary if his full combo has not yet been unlocked. S - A right-to-left strike. SS - A left-to-right upward strike. SSS - A right-to-left strike. SSSS - An elbow bash. +SS - A right-to-left strike followed by a spinning strike. Available at Level 4. +SSSS - A right-to-left strike followed by an elbow bash, a right-to-left strike, and a spinning strike. Available at Level 16. X + S - A left-to-right strike. Dash attack - Shingen charges forward with his arms spread, stunning all enemies in his path. 2. Charge attacks T - Shingen stomps the ground, producing a gust of wind that launches the enemy into the air. Breaks the enemy's guard. TT - Shingen stomps the ground, producing a larger gust of wind that launches enemies in a larger area into the air. Takes a little longer to execute than T. Available at Level 10. ST - Shingen swings his gunbai upward, launching the enemy into the air amidst a flurry of leaves. STT - Shingen does a series of kicks, the last of which knocks the enemy away. Available at Level 10. SST - Shingen swings his gunbai downward, producing a stream of fire that stuns any enemies it strikes. SSTT - Shingen dashes around and does a series of goring headbutts, launching any enemies he strikes into the air. Available at Level 13. SSST - Shingen waves his gunbai and stomps the ground, producing a shockwave that knocks away all surrounding enemies. SSSTT - Shingen waves his gunbai and stomps the ground, producing a larger shockwave that knocks away enemies in a larger area. Takes a little longer to execute than SSST. Available at Level 13. X + T - Shingen stomps the ground, knocking down all surrounding enemies. 3. Mounted attacks SSSS(SSSS) - A series of three strikes with Shingen's gunbai followed by five rapid strikes. ST - A right-to-left upward strike. Launches the enemy into the air. SST - A left-to-right strike. Stuns the enemy. SSST - A right-to-left strike. Knocks the enemy away. 4. Special attacks R1 + S - Shingen grabs one enemy, swings him around, and throws him for major damage. Unblockable. R1 + SS - Shingen grabs one enemy, swings him around, and throws him for major damage. Unblockable. Does more damage and sends the enemy flying farther than R1 + S. Available at Level 7. R1 + SSS - Shingen grabs one enemy, swings him around, and throws him for major damage. Unblockable. Does more damage and sends the enemy flying farther than R1 + SS. Available at Level 19. R1 + T - Shingen gives himself double attack, double defense, or maximum speed for 10 seconds. Has the best chance of giving maximum speed. R1 + TT - Shingen gives himself double attack, double defense, or maximum speed for 10 seconds. Has the best chance of giving double defense. Available at Level 7. R1 + TTT - Shingen gives himself double attack, double defense, or maximum speed for 10 seconds. Has the best chance of giving double attack. Available at Level 19. 5. Musou attacks Lv. 1 musou - Shingen slowly walks forward and does a series of alternating right-to-left downward and left-to-right strikes with his gunbai, finishing up with a shockwave that knocks away all sur- rounding enemies. Lv. 2 musou - Same as Lv. 1 musou, but more damaging and with a larger final shockwave. Lv. 3 musou - Shingen slowly walks forward and does a series of alternating right-to-left downward and left-to-right strikes with his gunbai as red energy blasts rain down around him. True musou - Same as regular musou, but adds a fire element and an elbow bash, a right-to-left strike, and a spinning strike before the final shockwave. Double musou - Same as regular musou, but adds a lightning element and an elbow bash, a right-to-left strike, and a spinning strike before the final shockwave. C. Maximizing Shingen's effectiveness As his massive built suggests, speed is not one of Shingen Takeda's strong suits. He's a painfully slow runner, which can put you at a disadvantage during missions that call for speed. In addition, he has poor reach, his mounted at- tacks are virtually worthless, none of his moves other than his throw can hit enemies from a distance, and most of his charge attacks are easy to interrupt due to their long execution time. In order to use Shingen effectively, you must take advantage of his awesome dueling ability. He's much better at fighting individual enemies than he is at clearing crowds, and his moveset reflects this. Several of his combos are geared towards separating a single enemy from a group, so try to isolate strong enemies and focus on them one at a time. When you first start using Shingen, use SST, SSSS, and R1 + S to defeat generals quickly and SSST to disperse crowds. If you get completely surrounded, roll out of the crowd so that you can get off SSST with less fear of interruption. Shingen's higher-level combos make him an even better duelist; use STT to take down generals and SSTT to break up crowds. Don't bother with SSSTT unless you're facing a small or medium-sized group of enemies or you're mighty enough to shrug off enemy attacks. Use your SSSSSSSS combo when all else fails; the spin attack at the end can buy you a second or two to either pull back or refocus your attack. Finally, there a few things to keep in mind about Shingen's throw. Shingen doesn't have any effective staple moves, but the throw comes close. In addition to being unblockable and dealing massive amounts of damage, it does some damage to any enemies struck by the spinning (or flying) body and works well for sepa- rating enemies from their cohorts. Best of all, you're invincible from the time you grab the enemy until you release him! The only drawbacks to the move are its execution time and the careful aim required to hit with it. For best re- sults, use it after stunning your target with SST and doubling your attack power with R1 + TTT. D. Shingen's Story Mode 1. Battle of Kawanakajima "The dragon and the tiger clash. Which side will destiny favor?" Victory Conditions: Defeat Kenshin. Defeat Conditions: Shingen is defeated, or Main Camp is captured. You know what they say about first impressions, so be sure to make a good one on your nemesis. Start by heading northeast and defeating Shigenaga Honjo and Tomonobu Saito to clean up the center, then approach the main camp via the east path. Katsunaga Irobe, Sadamitsu Usami, and Masayori Takanashi will retaliate by ambushing your main camp; rush back there and beat them down. Next, head south for Kagetsuna Naoe and Sadanaga Sanbonji, and continue southeast to mop up Yoshikiyo Murakami and Takahiro Kitajo. Once the south is secure, head northwest to reach Kaizu Castle and repel Kanetsugu Naoe's assault, then head for the west garrison and defeat Kageie Kakizaki to capture it. Kenshin Uesugi will relocate to the center of the battlefield, and Yataro Onikojima and Kagemochi Amakasu will appear in Zenkouji and charge towards you. Head south to meet them and beat them into submission. With all of the other enemy generals defeated, make a beeline for Kenshin Uesugi and send him to join his allies. 2. Pirate Hunt "Those pirates sure caught me by surprise! I guess I'll have to return the favor." Victory Conditions: Defeat the Marauder. Defeat Conditions: All peasants are eliminated, or any Main Camp is lost. The pirates must pay for ruining your sabbatical...and for endangering the in- nocent peasants, of course. Punish them by going straight for the southernmost ship and cutting down the Raider there, then heading north and stopping the two Raiders from getting too close to the main camp. Continue north and west and save the peasants from two more Raiders, then make your way west to do battle with the last two. Reinforcements and several new ships will appear while you're fighting them; as soon as you're done dispatching them, head south and take down the first Raider you see to lower the plank. Cut your way through the Raider to your west, head north, and save your main camp from the three Raiders who are attacking it. Make your way back to the southeast and take care of the two Raiders who are menacing the peasants. The Marauder will come out of hiding now, and neither he nor the two Raiders he brings along with him will pose a significant threat to you. Teach them a lesson they won't soon forget. 3. Battle of Mikatagahara "I advance in the name of peace, fight in the name of honor." Victory Conditions: Defeat Ieyasu. Defeat Conditions: Shingen is defeated, or Ieyasu reaches the Escape Point. Ieyasu Tokugawa must not be allowed to escape! Thwart his efforts by bolting west as soon as the battle begins and stopping the three Oda generals from escaping. Ietada Matsudaira and Tadatsugu Sakai will follow you; beat them down and head south through the garrison to catch Ieyasu, who turns out to be a double. Another will appear by the eastern garrison; follow the path to reach him, cutting down Hanzo Hattori and avoiding Tadakatsu Honda as you progress. This Ieyasu, too, is a double (triple?), and another Ieyasu will appear in the west when he expires. Hurry back to the west, stopping only to take out Moritsuna Watanabe and Yasumasa Sakakibara as they attack the garrisons, then veer south and eliminate Tadayo Okubo and another of Ieyasu's doubles (his quadruple?) in the valley. Three more Ieyasus will appear by the garrisons; blaze a trail to the east through Nagatada Ogasawara and Morotada Torii, then loop around to the north and start hunting down the Ieyasu doubles (quintuple and sextuple?) as you work your way from east to west. One of them is the real Ieyasu Tokugawa; defeat him to seize victory. 4. Battle of Nagashino "For the sake of this land, I cannot die yet!" Victory Conditions: Defeat Nobunaga. Defeat Conditions: Shingen or Katsuyori is defeated. You must prove to Nobunaga that your cavalry are a match for his musketeers. Do so by heading south and taking down Kagetado Matsudaira, then clearing Nobumasa Okudaira and Koretada Matsudaira out of Nagashino Castle to capture it. Next, head south and flush Nagachika Kanamori and Tadatsugu Sakai out of the Tobigasu garrison to claim it as your own. Mitsuhide Akechi will charge in from the west and try to recapture the garrison; give him a well-deserved beating for his in- solence. At this point, Hideyoshi Hashiba and Tadakatsu Honda will move to at- tack your main camp, and Sakon Shima and Yukimura Sanada will move in to inter- cept them. Cut your way west and north through Tadakatsu Honda to reach the main camp. If you can't stand up to Tadakatsu alone, let Yukimura soften him up first. Tadasuke Okubo and Hideyoshi Hashiba in the north will be much easier targets. Once Tadakatsu and Hideyoshi have been dealt with, a rainstorm will move in and disable the Oda's musketeers. Take advantage of the ensuing chaos by heading east, defeating Nobumori Sakuma, and doubling back for No and Katsuie to thwart their attack on your main camp. Continue west for Toshiie Maeda, Kazumasu Takigawa, and Nobutada Oda before heading south and slaying Ieyasu Tokugawa. This will open the gates to the Oda main camp; rush in and dispatch Ranmaru Mori, then end the menace of Nobunaga Oda once and for all. 5. Showdown at Sekigahara "Welcome, dear nemesis! Let our battles come to an end here!" Victory Conditions: Defeat Kenshin. Defeat Conditions: Shingen or Katsuyori is defeated. It's time for the final battle with your nemesis! Kenshin doesn't hold back during this battle, and you should do the same. Cripple his forces by heading east as soon as the battle begins and defeating Kagetsugu Amakasu, Shigenaga Honjo, and Yataro Onikojima to secure the center. Cut down Nagazane Irobe when he approaches you and head northeast for Chikanori Suibara. Make your way south after felling him and take out Kagekatsu Uesugi and Tomonobu Saito, then con- tinue south for and beat down Kanetsugu Naoe, Takahiro Kitajo, and Naganori Kawada before they get too close to the main camp. The Oda remnants will show up at this point; charge northeast and bloody their nose by taking down Toshiie Maeda. Follow the northernmost path to the west and cut your way through Kazumasu Takigawa to reach Nagamasa Azai, whose speed and reach combine with his enhanced stats to make him a worthy adversary. After defeating him, cleave your way south through the enemy ranks to reach Mitsuhide Akechi and Nagahide Niwa. Beat them senseless and chase down Katsuie Shibata and Naomasa Ii, who should be closing in on Katsuyori. Hanzo Hattori will also appear to threaten your son; charge into the main camp and send him scurrying back to the shadows. With Katsuyori safe, head north and eliminate Tadasuke Okubo and Yasumasa Sakakibara, then make a quick jaunt to the west and exterminate Tadayo Okubo and Tadatsugu Sakai to crush the Uesugi offensive. You now have a clear shot at the northeast corner; go for it, but be ready to fight Kagetsuna Naoe and Tadakatsu Honda in order to gain entrance to Kenshin's camp. If you want a lit- tle extra experience before the you finish the fight, beat Kagemochi Amakasu and Nagahide Yasuda into submission before engaging Kenshin; if not, rush forth to meet your nemesis and show him how sharp an old tiger's fangs can be. Once Kenshin falls, the battle is yours. Enjoy the ending! 6. Shingen's Dream: Conquest for Kyushu "Kenshin was an excellent enemy. He should make an even better friend." This battle becomes available after clearing the first five battles of Shingen's Story Mode. Victory Conditions: Defeat Yoshihiro and Yoshihisa. Defeat Conditions: Any allied officer is defeated. Even with the aid of your old nemesis, this battle can be fiendishly difficult if you don't take proper care of your allies and capture the enemy strongholds at every opportunity. Minimize your frustration by charging into Tsuruga Castle and beating Hideyoshi Hashiba, Hidemasa Hori, and Koroku Hachisuka into paste as soon as the battle begins. While you're fighting them, Nene and Toshiie Maeda will appear to your north and start attacking Yukimura Sanada, so you should rush to his side and save him as soon as you're done clearing the castle of enemies. Once he's safe, make your way south through the castle and head east for Narimassa Sassa. He'll block the trail with a landslide and call in Kazumasu Takigawa and Nagahide Niwa for backup, but you should have little trouble defeating the three of them all the same. Next, you'll need to head west and save Kanetsugu Naoe, who'll be under heavy attack. Defeat Toyohisa Shimazu, Nagamasa Kuroda, and Kanbei Kuroda to save him, then make a beeline for the Shimazu main camp in the northwest corner. The gates will close when you enter, and Yoshihiro will reveal that he and his brother are doubles as the real Yoshihiro and Yoshihisa Shimazu appear in Tsuruga Castle. Slay both the fake Shimazus along with Nobutada Oda and No, who will charge in from the south to join the fight, to make Yoshihiro call in Mitsuhide Akechi and Ranmaru Mori as reinforcements. Bolt east and cut down Ranmaru before turning south and helping out the defenders of the Uesugi main camp, which will be under attack by Toshihisa and Tadatsune Shimazu. After dealing with them, make a mad dash for your main camp and stop Iehisa and Tadanaga Shimazu from capturing it. Kenshin should now be doing battle with the real Shimazus and Mitsuhide; if at all possible, lure Mitsuhide away from Kenshin and the Shimazu brothers so that you can dispatch him without interference. Don't ignore him, or Kenshin will suffer for it. With all of your allies safe from harm, you'll be free to focus on Yoshihiro and Yoshihisa Shimazu. I recommend taking down Yoshihisa first; he's not as strong as Yoshihiro, but he's faster and his attacks can still cause quite a bit of damage if he gets in some lucky shots while you're fighting his brother. Yoshihiro is another story; his combos can flatten you in seconds, and his de- fense is so high that he'll shrug off most of your blows unless your attack is maxed out. Make liberal use of your SST combo and both of your special attacks, and don't be afraid to hide behind your allies if they haven't taken too much of a beating. If Yoshihiro clobbers you to the brink of death, roll around and try to get him to chase you while you wait for your musou gauge to charge. As soon as he starts swinging at you, let him have it. Once the last of the Shimazu Devils falls, victory is yours. Congratulations on mastering Shingen Takeda's Story Mode! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VI. Shingen's Weapons A. War Fan Base attack 21 Element, bonuses, and number of open slots will vary. B. Takeda Fan Base attack 31 Element, bonuses, and number of open slots will vary. C. Pressed Element Base attack 39 Element, bonuses, and number of open slots will vary. D. Heaven's Sign Base attack 48 Element: Wind Bonuses: Life +18, Attack +20, Defense +51, Ride +20, Speed +19, Range +19 1. Obtaining the Heaven's Sign Where to Get It: Battle of Nagashino How to Get It: Capture Nagashino Castle and the Tobigasu garrison, and defeat Hideyoshi Hashiba and Tadakatsu Honda before they enter your main camp. Where It Is: In the hands of a supply team. It appears by the central southern stronghold and heads east. How I Did It: From the start, I went south and defeated Kagetada Matsudaira, then cleared out the officers in Nagashino Castle and continued south to cap- ture the Tobigasu garrison. I beat down Mitsuhide as he charged me, then headed west and north for Tadakatsu Honda and struck him down. I continued north for Tadasuke Okubo and Hideyoshi Hashiba; the rain began to fall and the supply team appeared once I beat Hideyoshi into submission. I bolted south to inter- cept them and secured my weapon, then headed north to beat back Katsuie Shibata and No, who were attacking my main camp. I headed west and defeated Nobutada Oda, Toshiie Maeda, and Kazumasu Takigawa, then beat down Ieyasu Tokugawa and charged into the Oda main camp and beat both Ranmaru and the Demon King to a pulp. With a Lv. 16 Shingen Takeda and Matsukaze, I was able to secure the weapon and complete the battle in a little over 15 minutes. Honestly, this weapon isn't very hard to get. I obtained it with a recently reset Shingen while replaying his Story Mode, and it wasn't as difficult as I'd expected. Defeating Tadakatsu Honda is the hardest part of obtaining it, and you should have little trouble doing so if you have a decent 3rd weapon. If you just can't stand up to him, replay some of the other battles until you're at a high enough level to take him down. As long as you're strong enough to beat him, you'll easily be able to get the weapon by following the battle plan above. Remember that the Heaven's Sign, like most 4th weapons, can only be obtained in Story Mode on Hard or Chaos difficulty. 2. Is it worth using? Only if you don't have anything better. The best thing about this weapon is the sizable defense bonus, which turns Shingen into even more of a tank. While the attack bonus is kind of nice, the rest of the bonuses aren't high enough to be of any great use. Removing the life bonus and adding another bonus to speed or range would have made this weapon far better. The wind element isn't all that helpful, either. If you have a 3rd weapon with an ice, lightning, or demon element and some more useful bonuses than Shingen's 4th, use that one instead. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VII. Questions & Answers Q: Why a Shingen Takeda FAQ? A: It hadn't been done yet, and I really like him as a character. Q: You got all the characters' names backwards! You're an ignorant dolt who knows nothing of Japanese! A: Blame KOEI for that one. I know that they anglicized the names, but I also know that most of the people who read this FAQ are going to be more used to seeing the anglicized names than the original Japanese. Therefore, I decided to use the anglicized names to keep the confusion to a minimum. Q: I fulfilled the requirements to obtain Shingen's 4th weapon, but I didn't get it! What gives? A: Make sure that you've already cleared Shingen's Story Mode, that you're playing his Story Mode on Hard or Chaos difficulty, and that you personally defeat Tadakatsu Honda and Hideyoshi Hashiba. Q: Shingen Takeda's a goofy old man. A: That's not a question, even if it is partially true. If you're commenting on his dialogue, I suspect that he was given so many comical lines because of his reputation for being intelligent and witty. Q: Shingen wields a war fan, not a gunbai! What are you, blind and stupid? A: Actually, Mitsunari's weapon is a war fan. Shingen's weapon is indeed a gunbai, and they still see use in Japan today. Q: How do you know that? A: The Internet is full of useful information if you know the right places to look. Q: Your FAQ sucks! I've crapped out better FAQs than this! A: As soon as you find a way to upload excrement, you should post your wondrous creation for all to see. Q: I posted my FAQ, and everyone I know thinks it's better than yours! Your FAQ really DOES suck! A: Congratulations! I am in awe of your superior FAQ-writing skills! Now go away. Q: This is the best FAQ I've ever read! You're a genius and a god among men, and I want to know more about you so that I can immortalize you! A: Yeah, I get that a lot. My contact info's listed below. Q: <insert some question that has nothing to do with the FAQ here> A: See the second sentence of my previous answer. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VIII. Special Thanks I would like to thank... ...KOEI and Omega Force, for creating the Samurai Warriors series. ...the Sengoku-Jidai Database (http://sengokudatabase.tripod.com/id1.html), for providing a concise but informative bio of Shingen Takeda. ...Edward Chang, for his helpful and well-written Samurai Warriors 2 FAQs. ...CJayC of GameFAQs, for posting this FAQ. ...Leo Chan of Neoseeker, for posting this FAQ. ...Dennis of Super Cheats, for posting this FAQ. ...the folks at IGN, for posting this FAQ. ...you, for reading this FAQ. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- IX. Contacting Me If you want to get in touch with me, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to put the word "FAQ" in the subject line of your e-mail, or I'm likely to mistake it for spam and delete it. I check my e-mail every day, so you should receive a reply quickly in most cases. 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