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Game   : Way of the Samurai 3
Title  : Upgrading Guide
Author : Pang Tong
Version: .80
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Table of Contents - For quick Navigation use Ctrl+F and use the Part Number
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Part 1
- 1.1 Introduction
- 1.2 Authorized Sites
- 1.3 Copyright Information
- 1.4 Contact Information
- 1.5 Thanks

Part 2
- 2.1 Sword Guide Information
- 2.2 Sword Location Information
- 2.3 Spear Location Information
- 2.4 Other Location Information

Part 3
- 3.1 Information
- 3.2 Upgrading
- 3.3 Titles
- 3.4 Weapon Creation

Part 4
- 4.1 Charms


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                                       Part 1 
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Part 1.1 Introduction
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Here we are, yet again. I've noticed some concerns regarding this new and
updated system. As usual this will be an ongoing process, and you should expect
to see updates in the coming months. If you're familiar with my previous
guides for the Way of the Samurai franchise, you should know what to expect.

I've dropped my Ratings system, as weapons are purely cosmetic and based on
personal preference now; Style and moves are tied to the Player Character,  
and not a weapon itself.

As always, Dojima is a complete *******. Upgrading is much more simple, and 
it is not difficult to maximize a weapon. This is a fairly simple process, and 
has been becoming much easier from the past Way of the Samurai games.

Weapon Creation is once again the main draw. This system has also been 
noticeably improved.


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Part 1.2 Authorized Sites
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www.GameFAQs.com

If you want to host my FAQ, contact me. If you are reading this one a site that
is not GameFAQs, please contact me.


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Part 1.3 Copyright Information
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Written by Pang Tong. Use is free. You may not host this without my consent.


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Part 1.4 Contact Information
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Do not contact me with questions until you have consulted the message boards 
at GameFAQs.

Send all message to me via Private Message at GameFAQs. I'll probably read 
these, which will certainly be different, lol.


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Part 1.5 Thanks
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Thanks to the community for making me want to write another FAQ, and every
single entity responsible for Way of the Samurai 4 having a Western release.

Neonwarrior1243, thank you for the vast majority of the weapon list and
corresponding locations. Just great work. Seriously, thank you.


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Part 2.1 Sword Guide Information
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Most weapons are easy to acquire. I will include a complete list, as to the 
best of my knowledge, at least. As I have said, work in progress!

As I have done away with Ratings, this is a very basic list. It comes down to
personal preference, and chances are you will simply make your own weapon at
some point.

The statistics of a weapon are irrelevant. You can maximize any weapon, and 
the statistics mean little. I would suggest looking for a higher Degradation 
number, simply to make upgrading easier and cheaper.

Obtain information is very vague, and I'll update it when I have the chance.


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Part 2.2 Sword Location Information
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Sword  : Accountability
Obtain : Yakuza thugs may wield this.
Look   : Tanto. Green.


Sword  : Aleshaft
Obtain : Jubei carries this on Normal and lower. Procured during the Amihama 8.
Look   : Longer length katana. Black and silver, ornate handle.


Sword  : AruKinza Toothpick
Obtain : Sensei may wield this, and may be obtained via Amihama 8.
Look   : Katana. Red with a black wrapping.


Sword  : Asura
Obtain : Akagi carries this. You may fight him in numerous Endings.
Look   : Noadchi length. Engraved blade, with a combination of wood and gold.


Sword  : Basal Blade
Obtain : Default, and numerous lower-end Ramurai, Ronin, etc...
Look   : Classic katana with a black sheath.


Sword  : Bamboo Sword
Obtain : Sensei wields this after relocating to the Dojo.
Look   : Bamboo Sword.


Sword  : Beeline
Obtain : Kotobuki carries this. You may fight him in a few Endings.
Look   : Katana. Ornate gold. Sword-breaker on base of the blade.


Sword  : Big Deal
Obtain : Mayu carries this. You may fight the Three Sisters in a few Endings.
Look   : Purple-esque katana. A wicked look, of sorts.


Sword  : Big Bertha
Obtain : Numerous lower-end characters wield this.
Look   : Katana. Engraved blade, with a white-gray sheath.


Sword  : Blazelet
Obtain : Yuri carries this. You may fight the Three Sisters in fewer Endings.
Look   : Katana. Black and red; like a blaze...


Sword  : Black Mark't
Obtain : Dojima wields this before he becomes a Blacksmith.
Look   : Longer length katana. Black sheath, with many wrappings.
Note   : This is an excellent weapon to start with.


Sword  : Blunt Sword
Obtain : Numerous lower-end characters wield this.
Look   : Katana. Very standard black.


Sword  : Boy Howdy
Obtain : Yakuza leader wields this on Normal; Amihama 8.
Look   : n/a


Sword  : Breakright
Obtain : Kenzaki may wield this during the Prajna quest line.
Look   : Katana. Classic look, but brown.


Sword  : Cavitater
Obtain : n/a
Look   : n/a


Sword  : Centurion
Obtain : Melinda carries this. You may face her at numerous times.
Look   : Claymore. Gold, white, and purple.


Sword  : Ceiling Cut
Obtain : Numerous lower-end characters wield this.
Look   : Nodachi. Classic black.


Sword  : Chieftan
Obtain : Melinda may wield this on Hard or higher.
Look   : Claymore. Gold, red, and pink.


Sword  : Choking Earl
Obtain : Yakuza thugs may wield this.
Look   : Tanto length. White-gray, engraved sheath.


Sword  : Cicadian Schism
Obtain : Yakuza thugs may wield this.
Look   : Tanto. Brown.


Sword  : Critical Frame
Obtain : Yuri may wield this on Hard or higher.
Look   : Katana. White, with a green wrapping.


Sword  : Crusader
Obtain : Blondie Soldiers wield this.
Look   : Western sword. Silver, black, and blue.


Sword  : Cyclone
Obtain : Kotobuki may wield this on Hard or higher.
Look   : Katana. Black and silver.


Sword  : Devotion
Obtain : Madara carries this. You may face her at the Tournament.
Look   : Ninjato. Stylish blade, with a black sheath.


Sword  : Demonbane
Obtain : Bookkeeper in the Gambling Den, as well as Amihama 8.
Look   : Nodachi. Black with a large purple cloth wrap.


Sword  : Diet Slice
Obtain : Sensei wields this on Normal and lower, before the Dojo.
Look   : n/a


Sword  : Dragonfly
Obtain : Numerous enemies wield this.
Look   : Ninjato. Slim blade, with a black and silver sheath.


Sword  : Fever
Obtain : The New Commander who replaces Melinda may wield this on Hard.
Look   : n/a


Sword  : Finisher
Obtain : Opponent at the Tournament.
Look   : Katana. Classic look, but brown.


Sword  : Flesh Spelunker
Obtain : Yakuza leader wields this; Amihama 8.
Look   : n/a


Sword  : Full Moonflower
Obtain : Numerous enemies wield this; Prajna more likely.
Look   : Nodachi. Stylish blue sheath.


Sword  : Garuda
Obtain : Akagi may carry this on Hard.
Look   : Asura blade, with a solid gold sheath and ivory-esque grip.


Sword  : Goro Doe
Obtain : A staple on Normal difficulty.
Look   : Katana. Black and gold.


Sword  : Great Tengu
Obtain : Yakuza leader wields this on Normal and lower; Amihama 8.
Look   : n/a


Sword  : Haruyuki
Obtain : Moro may carry this. Limited chances to engage.
Look   : Katana. Blue and gold.


Sword  : Heatsink
Obtain : The New Commander that replaces Melinda carries this.
Look   : Rapier. Remeniscint of the Binetsu.


Sword  : Hundred-Year Itch
Obtain : Black Masks wield this.
Look   : Ninjato. Red.


Sword  : Icy Glare
Obtain : Yuri carries this. You may fight the Three Sisters in fewer Endings.
Look   : Katana. Black and blue. The twin of Blazelet.


Sword  : Integrity
Obtain : Blind swordsman in the Tournament.
Look   : Katana. Kansei with a different color scheme.


Sword  : Ipscalibur
Obtain : Leader of Invaders carries this during Amihama 8.
Look   : n/a


Sword  : Josephine
Obtain : J.J. will carry this on Normal and lower if you do not use a pistol.
Look   : Rapier. Green and silver.


Sword  : Joanna
Obtain : J.J. may wield this on Hard and higher if you do not use a pistol.
Look   : Rapier. Gold and brown.


Sword  : Last Rites
Obtain : Numerous enemies wield this.
Look   : Katana. Blue-green and gold.


Sword  : Laundry Pole
Obtain : Numerous lower-end enemies wield this.
Look   : Nodachi. Red.


Sword  : Lost Prayer
Obtain : Sensei wields this on Normal and lower, before the Dojo.
Look   : Katana. Black and silver, with a purple wrapping.


Sword  : Longshaft
Obtain : Kogure may carry this. Numerous chances to face him.
Look   : Katana. Blue, black,and silver. Very stylish.


Sword  : Longarm
Obtain : Numerous enemies may wield this.
Look   : Nodachi. Brownish-green.


Sword  : Lucky Bamboo
Obtain : Students in the Dojo, and certain quest line enemies.
Look   : Bamboo sword.


Sword  : Masatoshi
Obtain : Moro may wield this on Hard and higher.
Look   : n/a


Sword  : Marigold
Obtain : Black Masks wield this.
Look   : Ninjato. Brownish-green.


Sword  : Manjusaka
Obtain : Black Masks wield this.
Look   : Ninjato. Black.


Sword  : Monkeytail
Obtain : Rarely wielded by random enemies.
Look   : Tanto. Red.


Sword  : Morning Vainglory
Obtain : Wielded by numerous enemies.
Look   : Nodachi. Red, with a wrapping.


Sword  : Muramassa
Obtain : Amihama 8 Invaders.
Look   : n/a


Sword  : Nerveknive
Obtain : Kinugawa may wield this on Hard and higher.
Look   : n/a


Sword  : New World
Obtain : Sensei may wield this on Hard and higher, before Dojo.
Look   : Katana. Ornate gold.


Sword  : New Religion
Obtain : n/a
Look   : Katana. Brownish-green.


Sword  : Nihonbashi
Obtain : Numerous enemies wield this.
Look   : Nodachi. Brown.


Sword  : Norris
Obtain : Hosokawa wields this. You may face him at the Tournament.
Look   : Nodachi. Red, with a wrapping.


Sword  : Ogrenip
Obtain : Demonscale Elite may wield this.
Look   : Nodachi. Reddish-brown, with a larger cloth wrapping.


Sword  : Pain' the Town
Obtain : Kinugawa may wield this. True Ending.
Look   : Katana. Stylish, metallic, and evil.


Sword  : Poison Viper
Obtain : Toguro may wield this on Hard and higher.
Look   : n/a


Sword  : Raincloud
Obtain : Amihama 8 Invaders.
Look   : n/a


Sword  : Red Viper
Obtain : Toguro may carry this. True Ending.
Look   : Tanto. Brown grip, with a black-gray sheath.


Sword  : Rice Burner
Obtain : Rarely wielded by enemies.
Look   : Katana. Standard fare, but with a reddish-brown sheath.


Sword  : Rose of Sharon
Obtain : Yakuza members may wield this.
Look   : Tanto. Black.


Sword  : Scapulator
Obtain : Yakuza leader will wield this on Normal or lower; Amihama 8.
Look   : n/a


Sword  : Sharkfin Mk. 9
Obtain : Yakuza leader on Normal or lower; Amihama 8.
Look   : n/a


Sword  : Shady Deal
Obtain : Dojima may wield this on Hard, before becoming Blacksmith.
Look   : Longer length katana. Red sheath, with many wrappings.


Sword  : Sharkfin Sluicer
Obtain : Kinugawa's double. Failed True Ending.
Look   : Katana. Samehadamaru.
Note   : Poor, poor Karibe...


Sword  : Silent Song
Obtain : Black Masks wield this.
Look   : Ninjato. Brown.


Sword  : Smackuza
Obtain : Yakuza may wield this.
Look   : Tanto. Woodish, and white.


Sword  : Snowcloud
Obtain : n/a
Look   : Tanto. Stylish white-gray sheath.


Sword  : Snatcher
Obtain : Numerous lower-end enemies wield this.
Look   : Katana. Reddish-orange sheath with markings.


Sword  : Soul Culler
Obtain : Kogure may wield this on Hard and higher.
Look   : n/a


Sword  : Spindler
Obtain : Toguro may wield this. True Ending.
Look   : Tanto. Red blade, with a black-patterned sheath.


Sword  : Strike Two
Obtain : Demonscale Elite may wield this.
Look   : Large machete-esque blade, with a purple grip.


Sword  : Strike One
Obtain : Bandit Chief in the Tournament.
Look   : Large machete-esque blade, with a red grip.


Sword  : Tailbwnd
Obtain : Invaders in Amihama 8, and Melinda's replacement in the Tournament.
Look   : Katana. Wicked-looking blade.


Sword  : Two-Face
Obtain : A staple of Demonscale samurai.
Look   : Katana. Green sheath with markings.


Sword  : Two Heart
Obtain : Madara may wield this on Hard and higher.
Look   : Ninjato. Dark red.


Sword  : Warhead
Obtain : Mayu may wield this on Hard and higher.
Look   : Katana. White, with a pink wrapping.


Sword  : Wyvernfly
Obtain : Numerous random enemies may wield this.
Look   : Ninjato. Wicked blade with an odd-patterned sheath.


Sword  : Xerter
Obtain : Yakuza leader on Normal or lower; Amihama 8.
Look   : n/a


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Part 2.3 Spear Location Information
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Spear  : Black Lion
Obtain : Numerous random enemies may wield this.
Look   : Spear. Darker in coloring.


Spear  : Borrower
Obtain : Numerous random enemies may wield this.
Look   : Spear. Lighter in coloring.


Spear  : Fat Messenger
Obtain : Numerous random enemies may wield this.
Look   : Spear. Lighter in coloring.


Spear  : Hellgirl
Obtain : Yakuza leader on Normal or lower; Amihama 8.
Look   : Quasi-cross spear. White in coloring.


Spear  : Ice Needle
Obtain : n/a
Look   : Naginata. White in coloring.


Spear  : Kiritampo
Obtain : Numerous random enemies may wield this.
Look   : Naginata. White in coloring.


Spear  : Prodigy
Obtain : Numerous random enemies may wield this.
Look   : Spear. Darker in coloring.


Spear  : Rakshasa
Obtain : Chubby female in Tournament.
Look   : Quasi-cross spear. Red in coloring.


Spear  : Snowdrift
Obtain : n/a
Look   : Naginata. Darker in coloring.


Spear  : Wisterianum
Obtain : Chiku may wield this on Hard or higher.
Look   : Naginata. Darker in coloring.


Spear  : Wisteriam
Obtain : Chiku carries this. You may fight the Three Sisters in fewer Endings.
Look   : Naginata. Purple in coloring, and feminine.


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Other  : 53 Rifle
Obtain : British soldier wield this.
Look   : Standard rifle.


Other  : Angel
Obtain : Charles may wield this on Hard or higher; fight for Prajna during the
         Tournament.
Look   : Black rifle.


Other  : Bamboozler
Obtain : Dojima wields this after becoming the blacksmith.
Look   : Hammer. A giant hammer.


Other  : Cutlette
Obtain : At times outside of Sushi-ya.
Look   : Fish. A giant fish.


Other  : Dragon Claw
Obtain : Fight for the British during the Tournament, but must be on Harakiri.
Look   : n/a


Other  : Hooked Truncheon
Obtain : Thief-takers wield this.
Look   : Truncheon. A hooked truncheon.


Other  : Jacqueline
Obtain : J.J. may use this, if you start a game with a pistol.
Look   : Silver-plated pistol.


Other  : Maidenmaker
Obtain : Yakuza side quest.
Look   : Scepter. Enjoy your spanking!


Other  : Ogre Isle
Obtain : Clear 'Fevered Spirits' with the Prajna, unlock it, and you may
         purchase it at Lost and Found.
Look   : Revolver.


Other  : Sharp Knife
Obtain : Sequenced events at times have a person wield this.
Look   : Knife. A sharp knife.


Other  : Tiger Claw
Obtain : Fight for the British during the Tournament, but must be on Hard.
Look   : n/a


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Part 3.1 Information
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The new system eliminates Defense on a weapon, and Strength is the lone 
statistic outside of Durability. Quality has become Degradation, and the change
is simply one of semantics.

Every time you upgrade Strength or Durability, Degradation will increases, i.e.
your first upgrade will increase your base Degradation of 1/x to 2/x. This 
will continue until it reaches maximum Degradation x/x, and beyond.

I will not list prices, as they change depending on Crime Rate. They can become
very high, or stay within reasonable parameters.

There are two potential blacksmiths: Smithy and Dojima.

There are minor differences between the two, but I will not address those 
until I have confirmed them. Dojima is, however, the better blacksmith.

The main difference is that Smithy retires on the Fourth Day, and Dojima does 
not. 

We'll start with some basic information, i.e. Services.

The first three choices: Forge, Buy, and Sell.

- Forge is the gateway to all the major blacksmith services
- Buy and Sell are self-explanatory

Forge leads to five more choices: Refine, Recast, Apparaise, Extract, and 
Create

- Refine and Recast are the major services to better your weapon
 - I'll go into greater detail shortly
- Appraise Titles your weapon, if possible
- Extract destroys the weapon and gives you either Scrap Metal or
  Ground Metal, depending
- Create allows you to make your own Katana or Spear based on the Parts you
  have

This covers the basics.


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Part 3.2 Upgrading
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The first thing you have to decide is on what you want your Title to inevitably
be. My Upgrading this time around focuses on maximizing a weapon as soon as 
possible.

Maximizing a weapon means taking Strength to 500, and Durability to 2000.

This is where deciding what to Title your blade matters; the Oddity title adds
250 to Strength. This means you want to Title the blade before your Strength
hits 250, or is exactly at 250. This will take you very close to 500.

Durability upgrades always cost more, and should be prioritized. Durability
upgrades are a set number, 500 per upgrade.

Refine and Recast now will be explained.

Refine has three options: Make Stronger, Make Harder, and Polish.

- Make Stronger increases Strength
- Make Harder increases Durability
- Polish restores Durability to your maximum

Recast has two options: Make Stronger, and Make Harder.

- See above

The major differences are thus:

- Refine costs money, increasing sums per upgrade
- Recast initially costs 10 Scrap Metal, or 5 Ground Metal, followed by a 
  very low amount of money; this is a set cost depending on Crime Rate, and
  will remain at that cost
  - Recast is much cheaper, and should always be used for increasing
    Durability as it is a set upgrade
- Refine will offer much better increases for Make Stronger; double what
  Recast offers
- Refine will no longer work once you reach Degradation of x/x, whereas
  Recast can go x+y/x until maximum is reached

This is why choosing a Title before upgrading is important.

It is a fairly simple process. If you plan on using Oddity, aim for 250 
Strength and Recast as needed. If you plan on using any other Title, do 
not use Recast until you have reached maximum Degradation.


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- Strength Series


Title      : Assassin
Requirement: 50 kills
Effect     : +25 Attack


Title      : Crazy Eyes
Requirement: 100 kills
Effect     : +50 Attack


Title      : Bloodbath
Requirement: 250 kills
Effect     : +75 Attack


Title      : Road to Hell
Requirement: 500 kills
Effect     : +120 Attack


Title      : Oddity
Requirement: 1000 kills
Effect     : +250 Attack


These Titles may only be chosen if they will not exceed the maximum of 500.


- Durability Series


Title      : Stone Head
Requirement: Repair 20,000 Durability
Effect     : -10% Durability cost


Title      : Iron Wall
Requirement: Repair 40,000 Durability
Effect     : -25% Durability cost


Title      : Platinator
Requirement: Repair 70,000 Durability
Effect     : -50% Durability cost


Title      : Adamantor
Requirement: Repair 100,000 Durability
Effect     : -75% Durability cost


Title      : Unbreakable
Requirement: Repair 200,000 Durability
Effect     : Weapon will never break.


- Extraction Series


Title      : One Twinkle
Requirement: Retrieve weapon from Thief once
Effect     : +1 during Extraction


Title      : Two Articles
Requirement: Retrieve weapon from Thief twice
Effect     : +2 during Extraction


Title      : Three Lights
Requirement: Retrieve weapon from Thief three times
Effect     : +3 during Extraction


Title      : Four Seas
Requirement: Retrieve weapon from Thief four times
Effect     : +6 during Extraction


Title      : Enlightener
Requirement: Retrieve weapon from Thief five times
Effect     : +10 during Extraction


- Spring Harvest Series


Title      : Razor
Requirement: Kill 30 in Spring Harvest
Effect     : +20% Strength during Spring Harvest


Title      : Westerner
Requirement: Kill 70 in Spring Harvest
Effect     : +40% Strength during Spring Harvest


Title      : Cold Steel
Requirement: Kill 100 in Spring Harvest
Effect     : +70% Strength during Spring Harvest


Title      : Demon Lord
Requirement: Kill 250 in Spring Harvest
Effect     : +100% Strength during Spring Harvest


Title      : Honor Kill
Requirement: Kill 500 in Spring Harvest
Effect     : +150% Strength during Spring Harvest


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Part 3.4 Weapon Creation
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This requires Parts; blade, guard, and grip.

It is purely cosmetic, and Parts are plentyful. This system has been entirely 
redesigned, and you should focus on making a weapon you actually like.

Disassembling weapons is the easiest way to acquire quality Parts. They may 
also be bought from Dojima, but his selection is limited. At times, certain 
enemies may drop Parts as well.


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Part 4.1 Charms
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These Charms can be incredibly powerful, and it is advised that you at least 
attempt to apply one, or two, to your favored weapon. You may have up to three 
Charms on any idividual weapon.

Charms are found on individual Parts, and applied to a weapon if they align in 
the proper fashion when creating said weapon. Charms are randomly generated 
every time you Disassemble a weapon, or enter a Buy window with Dojima.

Each Part has three spots that may contain a Charm. Each weapon requires three
Parts with a total of nine spots for potential Charms. This means you may have
a total of three Charms per weapon.

Now, to make them align, they need to be laid out properly on the weapon. The
Charm must link either vertically, or diagonally, with the same exact Charm. 
Think of it like Tic-Tac-Toe, as in they must connect, and be of the same type 
to have the Charm applied to the weapon.

The easiest way to apply the same Charm three times to a weapon is by use of
the K pattern:

- The Charm on the first and third spot, on the top part of the 
  weapon
- The Charm on the first and second spot, or second and third spot, on the 
  middle part of the weapon
- The Charm on the first and third spot, on the bottom part of the
  weapon


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