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The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match
Challenge Mode FAQ

by Hiryu no Ken / Kyle O'Brien
hiryunoken7@yahoo.com
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The information contained in this FAQ is intended to be free to read 
and use. However, please do not plagiarize my writing - if you need to
reproduce this information elsewhere, do it with your own words. If 
for some reason you still find it necessary to copy my words, please 
provide the proper credit.

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Table of Contents
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A. Opening
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A1. Version History & Thanks
A2. Notation & Terms

B. Challenge Objective List
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B1. Normal Challenges
B2. Expert Challenges

C. Tips
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C1. Normal Challenges
C2. Expert Challenges

D. Unlockables
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D1. For Success
D2. For Failure

Not all challenges are available right off the bat - they must be
unlocked either by succeeding at a number of the challenges available 
or failing at them enough times. See "Unlockables" for details.

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A.  Opening
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A1. Version History
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4/3/10: Version 1.0
The main intention of this FAQ is to be a centralized source for the
objectives of KOF 2002 UM's Challenges, since they're in Japanese in
the PS2 version of the game this guide is based on.

Thanks
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nekich - For the first complete listing of challenge mode
objectives that I know of.

LeadTester and Eiji Kisaragi -
Their outlines/tips for the expert challenge objectives on YouTube 
were the first indicators I saw of what was what and helped set me in 
the right direction to figuring these out. Go check out LeadTester's 
channel for great examples of how to get through the expert challenges!

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A2. Notation & Terms
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This FAQ shortens direction descriptions to the notation on the left.

ub  u  uf         Up-Back     Up      Up-Forward
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b - c - f            Back -  Center - Forward
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db  d  df       Down-Back    Down     Down-Forward

dp = Dragon Punch motion (f, d, df)
LP, LK = Light Punch, Light Kick 
HP, HK = Heavy Punch, Heavy Kick

Command Normal = Extra normal done with a direction and button press,
i.e. Kyo's f + LK (see in-game movelists - these are listed early).

MAX = aka SDM, stronger DM/super, requires 3 super gauge bars.
MAX2 = aka HSDM, strongest DM/super, which can only be done when the
character has 30% health or less and 3 super gauge bars.

MAX Mode = Special mode that allows for attack cancels: 
LK+HP activate. Costs 1 super gauge bar when activated normally
and 2 when activated in the middle of a combo.
MAX and MAX2 only cost 2 super gauge bars while in this mode.

See in-game movelists for specifics on how to perform command,
special, and super attacks. MAX and MAX2 supers are labeled as such in
English letters at the end of the movelists, so they're hard to miss.

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B.  Challenge Objective List
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B1. Normal Challenges
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01. Execute Throw Escape (forward + HP/HK while being thrown) 5 times.
02. Execute Recovery Roll (LP+LK when knocked down) 5 times.
03. Crush the opponent's guard and defeat them.
04. Execute Guard Cancel Evasion (LP+LK while blocking) 5 times.
05. Execute Guard Cancel Blow Back (HP+HK while blocking) 5 times.
06. Beat an opponent who uses Guard Cancel Blow Back on all attacks.
07. Beat an opponent who uses Roll repeatedly.
08. Execute a combo that ends with a DM (Desperation Move/Super).
09. Combo: Normal -> Command Normal -> Special
10. Combo: Include MAX Mode Activation (i.e. LP -> MAX Mode).
11. Combo: Small jump normal -> Normal -> Special
12. Combo: Include 4 MAX cancels (doable in MAX Mode).
13. Use Crow Bites (dp + LP/HP) to counter hit 5 times. 
14. Combo: Do 50% damage.
15. Beat Kyo-1, Kyo-2, KUSANAGI, and Kyo Kusanagi.
16. Beat Orochi Team (O. Yashiro, O. Shermie, O. Chris) and Goenitz.
17. Use d, d + P to survive Clone Zero's DM.
18. Hit opponent w/ Overkill (db, d, df, f, uf, u, d + P in air, close)
19. Combo: Include MAX Mode Activation and a MAX2 move.
20. Beat Krizalid.
21. Combo: Do 70% damage.
22. Using Kensou, whose health is gradually draining, beat 3 opponents.
23. Beat Clone Zero and Zero.
24. Combo: 20 hits without DMs (Supers), MAX, or MAX2.
25. Beat the opponent by finishing them with a DM. Invisible life bar.
26. Beat the opponent with 10 hits or less.
27. Survive for 30 seconds. You can't block or attack.
28. Beat the opponent while controls are inverted (up is down, etc).
29. Avoid being hit by Choi's MAX2 3 times. You have 0 health.
30. Beat Igniz and Omega Rugal.

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B2. Expert Challenges
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01. Use Vanessa's dp + HP to reflect 5 fireballs.
02. Use Seth's HP+HK Blow Back to interrupt Foxy's MAX2 3 times.
You need to take advantage of this move's auto-block frames.
03. Mirror match: Beat the opponent, who uses the same character as you
and copies everything you do exactly.
04. Combo: Include a normal, command normal, special, DM, MAX, and MAX2
05. Combo: Include Kyo's d, df, f + LP 5 times.
06. K.O. opponent using the follow up on Ralf's MAX2. The main motion:
d, db, b, db, d, df, f + LK+HK. The follow-up is d, df, f x 2 + LP+HP
07. Combo: Include EX Robert's d, df, f x 2 + K DM 3 times.
08. Combo: Include Andy's df + LP 4 times.
09. Beat Krizalid and Igniz while controls are inverted.
10. Beat 6 opponents in 99 seconds.
11. Combo: K.O. opponent. Jump and Roll are disabled.
12. Use Jhun's d + LK in air to stay in the air for 30 seconds by
bouncing on the opponent.
13. Combo: Normal -> Command Normal -> Special -> DM -> MAX
14. Hit opponent w/ Overkill (db, d, df, f, uf, u, d + P in air, close)
15. Combo: K.O. opponent. 
16. Beat Goenitz and Geese; only damaged when timer is multiple of 3.
17. Survive attacks by blocking right as they hit.
18. Parry opponent's attacks with Ryo's f + LK &/or df + LK and
counterattack to do damage until opponent is defeated.
19. Beat Krizalid, Clone Zero, Zero, Igniz, and Omega Rugal.
20. Beat Nightmare Geese. 

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C.  Tips
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Please note that not every challenge will have a tip, as there are
some that are just really straight forward and others I have no
particular comments on.

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C1. Normal Challenges
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01. Execute Throw Escape (forward + HP/HK while being thrown) 5 times.
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T: Note that the button you should use to escape successfully (HP or 
HK) depends on which throw (HP or HK) the opponent uses. If you fail 
to escape the first time, they'll start alternating between their HP 
and HK throws - otherwise, they'll start with HP and just keep using
it, meaning you can just use f + HP to escape a bunch consecutively.

06. Beat an opponent who uses Guard Cancel Blow Back on all attacks.
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T: Brain dead way: Spam King's Double Strike (d, df, f + HK). For most
characters, the second strike will hit. Just watch your time. In any
case, a projectile followed by another attack that can reach without
being interrupted should work well here.

07. Beat an opponent who uses Roll repeatedly.
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T: Simply spamming LK and occasionally HK will take care of this.

10. Combo: Include MAX Mode Activation (i.e. LP -> MAX Mode).
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T: Yes, it's really as simple as hitting the opponent with LP or LK
or something and then activating MAX Mode quickly.

17. Use d, d + P to survive Clone Zero's DM.
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T: Just do it right at the beginning and you will be fine.

18. Hit opponent w/ Overkill (db, d, df, f, uf, u, d + P in air, close)
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T: Chris will constantly be attacking you with Shooting Dancer: Step,
which is a dash attack followed by a jump and boot to the head when it
hits (even when blocked). You can hit him with Overkill any time he's 
in the air, whether that be during the jumping step attack or when 
he's flying backwards after the move is blocked or when he's jumping 
to perform the step kick after the elbow dash.

22. Using Kensou, whose health is gradually draining, beat 3 opponents.
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T: Fortunately, Kensou will not be K.O.'d if your health reaches 0 via
this special drain - only the enemy can finish you off. Take
advantage of Kensou's MAX2 (d, df, f x 2 + LK+HK), a fast fireball
which will return to him as a smaller one and power up his attacks.
Just remember that his fireball special can kill said smaller one
while it's returning, so don't get too carried away with the
projectile spam.

26. Beat the opponent with 10 hits or less.
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T: As you might imagine, grapplers work well here, since they have
attacks that do a lot of damage with only one hit. You can also
sit back and whiff specials to gain some meter and pull a DM, but
keep an eye on the timer.

29. Avoid being hit by Choi's MAX2 3 times. You have 0 health.
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T: Roll backwards a lot. Look out for the finisher, in which Choi will
appear again to deliver the final blow - you may need to time your
roll to avoid it when it comes time for that.

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C2. Expert Challenges
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02. Use Seth's HP+HK Blow Back to interrupt Foxy's MAX2 3 times.
You need to take advantage of this move's auto-block frames.
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T: Said auto-block frames occur early on in the attack's animation, so
start doing it when Foxy is close to you.

03. Mirror match: Beat the opponent, who uses the same character as you
and copies everything you do exactly.
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T: Basically, you need to hit your opponent with one attack that won't 
hit you too and then just do normal attacks to trade hits until they're 
K.O.'d. A special grab of some sort should do the trick, although you 
may end up needing to do it more than once if you mess up and they 
grab you first.

06. K.O. opponent using the follow up on Ralf's MAX2. The main motion:
d, db, b, db, d, df, f + LK+HK. The follow-up is d, df, f x 2 + LP+HP
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T: The timing for the follow up, which is basically a real deal
Galactica Phantom that you need to hit them with as they fall back
down after the initial MAX2, is EXTREMELY TIGHT. We're talking like,
one frame tight. It's all about good timing. Keep in mind, in the
regular game, aside from bosses, this is an instant K.O. (!!)

11. Combo: K.O. opponent. Jump and Roll are disabled.
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T: Use Iori's Scum Gale special grab (f, df, d, db, b, f + P) to keep
the combo going. This is the one where he makes the opponent
switch sides.

18. Parry opponent's attacks with Ryo's f + LK &/or df + LK and
counterattack to do damage until opponent is defeated.
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T: Follow up with a special attack. His dp + P works well.

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D.  Unlockables
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Yes, you can get things from failing at challenges often enough. Just
remember to save or turn auto-save on.

To select EX characters, press select over the regular version of the
character on the selection screen, just like with the Orochi versions
of the New Face Team.

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D1. For Success
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Normal
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Succeed at Challenge 01 to 10 - EX Robert, Challenge 11 to 20
Succeed at Challenge 11 to 20 - EX Kensou, Challenge 21 to 30
Succeed at Challenge 21 to 30 - EX Takuma, Demo Movie

Expert
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Succeed at Challenge 01 to 19 - Expert Challenge 20
Succeed at Challenge 20       - Nightmare Geese

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D2. For Failure
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Normal
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Fail  25 Times - EX Robert, Challenge 11 to 20
Fail  50 Times - EX Kensou, Challenge 21 to 30
Fail  75 Times - EX Takuma
Fail 100 Times - Demo Movie, Expert Challenge 01 to 19

Expert
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Fail 300 Times - Unlocks everything you haven't already.

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If you have any questions, comments, corrections or possible 
additions, feel free to e-mail me at hiryunoken7@yahoo.com. 
Make sure to mention the FAQ in the title.
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Copyright 2010 Kyle O'Brien
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