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    Sengoku BASARA : Battle Heroes
    General FAQ By: DDT213
    Copyright 2009 DDT213
    
    Platform: Playstation Portable
    Genre: Action
    Developer: Capcom
    Number of Players: 1-4
    
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    Disclaimer
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    This document is not to be posted, printed, or any other forms of creation to
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    this guide.
    
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    Version update
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    -April 25, 2009 v1.00
    FAQ completed.
    
    
    -April 28, 2009 v1.01
    1. Password for Challenge Mode revealed. Section 1a updated.
    2. Section 5c Password Unlockables added.
    
    
    -April 29, 2009 v1.02
    1. Section 3b, Houjou Ujimasa's character analysis updated.
    2. Section 2b, Battle Drive updated.
    3. Section 3b, Chousokabe Motochika's character analysis updated.
    4. Section 3b, Sarutobi Sasuke's character analysis updated.
    5. Section 3b, Kasuga's character analysis updated.
    6. Section 3b, Mouri Motonari's character analysis updated.
    7. Section 3b, Itsuki's character analysis updated.
    8. Section 3b, Zabii's character analysis updated.
    9. Section 3b, Imagawa Yoshimoto's character analysis updated.
    
    -May 1, 2009 v1.03
    1. Section 5b. Exclusives corrected. Sanada Yukimura and Date Masamune's Lv10
    weapons are unlocked by clearing Story mode on Extreme with 20 and 30 different
    characters respectively, not through passwords (at least not at the moment).
    Sorry about the mistake.
    
    -May 2, 2009 v1.04
    1. Section 3c. Tier List added. Character List moved down to 3d.
    
    -May 6, 2009 v1.10
    1. Section 3c. Tier List updated.
    
    2. Section 3b. Date Masamune's character analysis updated. Combos added.
    3. Section 3b. Katakura Kojuurou's character analysis updated. Combos added.
    4. Section 3b. Toyotomi hideyoshi's character analysis updated. Combos added.
    5. Section 3b. Takenaka Hanbei's combos added.
    6. Section 3b. Sarutobi Sasuke's combos added.
    7. Section 3b. Takeda Shingen's character analysis updated. Combos added.
    8. Section 3b. Uesugi Kenshin's character analysis updated. Combos added.
    9. Section 3b, Kasuga's character analysis updated. Combos added.
    10. Section 3b, Mouri Motonari's character analysis updated. Combos added.
    11. Section 3b, Itsuki's character analysis updated. Combos added.
    12. Section 3b, Zabii's character analysis updated. Combos added.
    13. Section 3b, Honganji Kennyo's character analysis updated. Combos added.
    14. Section 3b, Imagawa Yoshimoto's combos added.
    15. Section 3b, Miyamoto Musashi's character analysis updated. Combos added.
    16. Section 3b, Shimazu Yoshihiro's character analysis updated. Combos added.
    17. Section 3b, Honda Tadakatsu's character analysis updated. Combos added.
    18. Section 3b, Tokugawa Ieyasu's character analysis updated. Combos added.
    19. Section 3b, Houjou Ujimasa's character analysis updated. Combos added.
    20. Section 3b, Fuuma Kotarou's character analysis upfated. Combos added.
    21. Section 3b, Maeda Toshiie's character analysis updated. Combos added.
    22. Section 3b, Matsu's combos added.
    23. Section 3b, Akechi Mitsuhide's combos added.
    24. Section 3b, Mori Ranmaru's character analysis updated. Combos added.
    25. Section 3b, Nou-hime's character analysis updated. Combos added.
    26. Section 3b, Oda Nobunaga's combos added.
    27. Section 3b, Azai Nagamasa's character analysis updated. Combos added.
    28. Section 3b, OIchi's character analysis updated. Combos added.
    29. Section 3b, Chousokabe Motochika's character analysis updated.
    30. Section 3b, Maeda Keiji's character analysis updated. Combos added.
    31. Section 3b, Sanada Yukimura's combos added.
    
    
    Big update this time, and probably gonna be my last.
    
    I listed some of my most used combos that are chainable with no chance of being
    blocked, parried, or even counterattacked if your opponent recovers in the air.
    For certain characters that have trouble connecting their skills with S-string,
    I also put down some combos that can be done with the help of Battle Drive.
    There will be a *Battle Drive ONLY* note at the beginning to indicate such
    conditional combos. Refer to section 3b for the terms and notations used.
    
    Also, if you would like to see how the combos are executed, you can find them
    at the following links.
    
    --Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrMeH9IcEB8&fmt=18
    --Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNzU4jIxLm4&fmt=18
    
    For the passwords that have yet to be revealed, you can visit the official site
    here for any possible updates:
    
    http://www.capcom.co.jp/basara-bh/main.html
    
    Alright that's about it guys. Here's hoping that SB3 comes out soon~
    
    
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    Table of Contents
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    0. Introduction
    
    1. Menu Translation
       1a. Main Menu
       1b. Prep Screen
    
    2. Basic Gameplay
       2a. On-screen Visibles
       2b. Controls
    
    3. Character Info
       3a. Character Descriptions
       3b. Character Analysis
       3c. Tier List
           I. Against CPU on EXTREME
           II. Against players
       3d. Character List
           I. Sort by Basic Cost
           II. Sort by Basic HP
           III. Sort by Basic Attack (with Lv1 weapon)
       3d. Ranks
    
    4. Weapons & Armors
       4a. Weapons
       4b. Armors
    
    5. Unlockables
       5a. Unlockable Characters
       5b. Exclusives
       5c. Password Unlockables
    
    6. Frequently Asked Questions
    
    7. Credits & Acknowledgements
    
    8. Copyrights
    
    
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    0. Introduction
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    Sengoku BASARA : Battle Heroes (referred as SB:BH later on) is a 2 vs 2 action
    game featuring some of the most well-known historical figures during the
    Warring States of Japan. Anyone who is acquainted with Capcom's GUNDAM Versus
    series (AvZ, GvG...etc.) will immediately notice the similarities between
    these games. Basically, replace the mobile suits with Daimyou's and Samurais,
    however they are portrayed, boom! you get SB:BH.
    
    This guide will cover everything from translation to the fundamental gameplay.
    What I will NOT be focusing on, are stuff like character backgrounds or
    toponyms because they have very little to no relation to the game.
    
    
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    1. Menu Translation
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    Remember, in Japanese games, O is Confirm and X is Cancel. When given 2 options
    before getting out of a screen, the left choice is Yes and the right one is No.
    
    
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    1a. Main Menu
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    1) Challenge Mode
     - ??? at first, unlocked by clearing any 1 of the scenario-ending stages in
       Mission Mode. ie. Stage 49 and Stage 50 in Yukimura's Mission Mode are both
       scenario-ending stages. Beat either one of them, and Challenge Mode will be
       unlocked.
    
       The alternative way of unlocking this mode is by entering the password in
       the option menu (under save). The password is Ki-N-Ni-Ku-No-Sa-I-Te-N, all
       9 letters in Hiragana.
    
    2) Mission Mode
     - Date Masamune Scenario: Soukyuu
     - Sanada Yukimura Scenario: Guren
     - Maeda Keiji Scenario: Ouka
    
    3) Story Mode
     - Normal --> Hard --> Extreme
    
    4) Free Mode
     - Player / CPU
     - Team ''Ten'' --> Team ''Chi'' --> Random --> Inactive
     - Character selection
       - Attack
       - Health
       - Cost
     - Weapon
     - Armor
     - Costume
     - Character Rank / AI Level
    
    5) Link Play
     - Free Battle
     - Co-op Story Mode
    
    6) Options
     - Game Setting
       (Free Mode Setting)
       - AI Level
       - Health
       - Time Limit
       - Battle Drive Increase Rate
       - Battle Drive Duration
       (Sound Setting)
       - BGM Volume
       - Sound Effect Volume
       - Voice Volume
    
     - Button Configuration (Press Select to set as Default)
       - []: Normal Attack
       - /_\: Special Attack 1
       - X: Jump
       - O: Change Target
       - L: Guard
       - R: Shift
       - R+[]: Hinder
       - R+/_\: Special Attack 2
    
     - Save / Load / Password
       - Load
       - Save
       - Delete Data
       - Auto-save
       - Password
    
    
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    1b. Prep Screen
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    Before starting a match in Story Mode or Mission Mode, you will be taken to the
    prep screen where you can buy stuff and change the setup for the chosen
    character and your CPU partner(s). To enter the shop, simply press the Select
    button. To switch to your AI partner's setup screen, press R or L.
    
    
    Left Side:
    1) Weapon
       - Attack Power
       - Additional Cost
    
    2) Armor
       - Health
       - Additional Cost
    
    3) Costume
    
    
    Right Side (Unchangable):
    1) Faction
    
    2) Character Name and Element
    
    3) Total Attack Power
    
    4) Total Health
    
    5) Total Cost
    
    
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    2. Basic Gameplay
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    This section will cover the basics of the game including the controls and
    whatnot.
    
    
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    2a. On-screen Visibles
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    1) Radar: This is shown on the upper right hand corner. You will be marked as
              a green arrow. Your allies will be shown as blue dots while the
              enemies are shown in red dots. Unique enemy characters are shown as
              red helmets.
    
    2) Battle Gauge: This is located on the upper left hand corner. Each bar is
                     composed of 1000 points normally. Your goal is to deplete
                     your opponent's gauge before they do yours. Every character
                     is worth a different cost, and can be changed via equipping
                     weapons and armors.
    
                     Note that if you win a match without losing ANY points at all,
                     you will be rewarded some extra money for the 'Perfect Win'.
    
    3) Timer: Underneath the Battle Gauges is the timer. In Story Mode, you fail a
              stage if time runs out. Some stages in Mission mode require the
              player to defend something or himeself for a period of time. In
              which case, the battle ends in your favor when time is up.
    
    4) Health: The health bar is shown on the bottom left hand corner in yellow.
               When your health drops zero, your team loses the amount of points
               equal to the cost of your character from the battle gauge.
    
    5) Battle Drive: The Battle Drive meter is right under your health bar, shown
                     in blue. It starts out empty, and fills up whenever you land
                     a hit on your opponent or get hit. The meter will start
                     shining when it's full.
    
    6) Boost Gauge: Boost gauge would only appear if you are doing a long step on
                    the ground or an air step. It's on the bottom center of the
                    screen, shown as a grey bar.
    
    7) Command: Whenever you have a unique character controlled by AI as your
                partner, you will be able to give him/her different commands. The
                command in effect will be shown just above your health bar. You
                can change it by pressing the Select button.
    
    8) Lock-on: Your attacks will track whichever enemy you are currently locking
                onto. Note that when you and your partner are locking on the same
                target, there will be a big square outside of the original lock-on
                symbol.
    
    9) Warning Arrow: Whenever you are being targeted, a yellow arrow will appear
                      on the side that you are getting targeted from. When that
                      opponent initiates an attack, the arrow will flash red as
                      a warning signal.
    
    
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    2b. Controls
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    Movement
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    1) Run: You can move around using either the D-pad or the analog stick.
    
    2) Jump: Press X to jump. The following characters have a mid-air ''gliding''
             move that can be done by pressing the jump button again in the air.
    
             -Sarutobi Sasuke
             -Kasuga
             -Fuuma Kotarou
             -Honda Tadakatsu
    
             Note that for the gliding to start, you will need to HOLD the jump
             button when you press it the second time.
    
    3) Step: You can perform a step on the ground or in the air by quickly tapping
             the same direction twice. You may also hold the direction key for the
             second tap to make your step last longer, which will cost some of
             your boost gauge.
    
             You can cancel any time during a step with either an attack or a jump
             if you are on the ground. Doing so will reduce the recovery time in
             between steps.
    
    
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    Offense
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    1) Normal Attack: Each character has a normal attack string that can be chained
                      together by pressing the square button up to 5 times. You
                      can also cancel a normal attack with a step any time during
                      the chain EXCEPT after the last hit.
    
    2) Jump Attack: You can do a jump attack by pressing the square button in the
                    air. There are 3 types of jump attacks in the game. The heavy
                    single hitter (Kenshin, Shingen..etc.), the 3-hit combo attack
                    (Yukimura, Masamune...etc.), and the 5-hit combo which can
                    only be done by the three ninja's.
    
    3) Jump Charge: JC is done by pressing the triangle button in the air. It comes
                    with a guard-breaking property.
    
    4) Special Attack 1: You can perform Sp1 by pressing the triangle button. Some
                         of the characters can charge their Sp attack by holding
                         the triangle button while the others can extend the
                         attack by tapping the button repeatedly.
    
    5) Special Attack 2: You can perform Sp2 by pressing the triangle button while
                         holding the shift button. Some of the characters can
                         charge their Sp2 attack by holding the triangle button
                         while the others can extend the attack by pressing the
                         button again. A handful characters can also use Sp2 to
                         power themselves up.
    
    6) Restrain: You can perform a restraining move by pressing the square button
                 while holding the shift button. The majority of the characters
                 have projectile attacks for their restraining move while some
                 others do a swift thrust at the target. Some Restrains can be
                 charged.
    
    7) Battle Drive: As mentioned above, the meter starts to fill up as the match
                     goes on. You can activate it by pressing the square, triangle
                     , and the cross button at the same time. During Battle Drive
                     mode, your attack power, attack speed, running speed, will be
                     increased drastically. You will not get flinched during Battle
                     Drive so the only way your opponent's gonna stop you is parry
                     you. However, if the opponent is blocking when you activate
                     it, you'll break his guard with the blast.
    
                     You can also use it as a defensive maneuver and activate it
                     when you get hit. Doing so will not only push whoever that's
                     attacking you out of his combo, but also damage any nearby
                     enemies.
    
                     Note that since you will never get flinched or knocked away
                     by any attack, you will basically just eat everything thrown
                     at you, which can be lethal if you are playing on higher
                     difficulties.
    
    8) Circling Behiind: Although this is not exactly an attack, I feel that I
                         should list it under Offense. If your attacks are being
                         blocked by the opponent, simply perform a side step, and
                         you will end up right behind him. The next successful
                         attack hitting his back will also become a critial hit.
    
                         When someone circles behind you, simply step FORWARD, and
                         follow with a jump if one step doesn't get you out of the
                         jam.
    
    
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    Defense
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    1) Guard: You can block your opponent's attack by pressing the L button.
    
    2) Parry: A well-timed block will not only defend yourself from the attack,
              but also render your opponent totally vulnerable for counterattacks.
              Characters with big, but slow attacks are often victims of Parry
              since you would have much more time to plan your block right before
              they hit you.
    
              You can tell a successful Parry from the pink flash and the sharp
              clashing sound upon occuring, followed by the victim getting his
              ass kicked, of course.
    
    
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    Targeting
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    1) Lock off: This game uses an auto-lock on system, which means you will
                 always be targeting someone on the map. However, by holding the
                 circle button for a second or so, you can switch it off. It won't
                 do much good though since it's not exactly free roam anyway.
    
    
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    Others
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    1) CPU Command: You can give your UNIQUE CPU allies commands by pressing the
                    Select button during the battle. There are 5 commands in total.
    
    -Normal : CPU plays normally.
    -Focus : CPU will always try to target the same opponent.
    -Disperse : CPU will always try to target a different opponent from yours.
    -Assault : CPU plays more aggressively.
    -Evade : CPU plays more conservatively; uses a lot of Restrain.
    
    ^ In that specific order. Don't expect too much from the CPU though; it fails
    in terms of following orders (Sigh, why can't Capcom just get this right?).
    
    
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    3. Character Info
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    This section will cover everything about the characters from their stats and
    attacks to what they look like in the game for those who are not familiar with
    the Japanese language.
    
    
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    3a. Character Descriptions
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    1) Date Masamune: Guy in blue armor with a huge crescent on his helmet.
       -Weapon: Sword / 6 Swords
    
    2) Katakura Kojuurou: Guy in brown coat and green boots. Masamune's retainer.
       -Weapon: Sword
    
    3) Toyotomi Hideyoshi: Huge guy in red and black armors. Grabs people.
       -Weapon: Barehanded (Gauntlets)
    
    4) Takenaka Hanbei: White hair, purple half mask. Dressed in white and purple.
       -Weapon: Chain sword
    
    5) Sarutobi Sasuke: Ninja in dark green with spiky hair.
       -Weapon: Shurikens
    
    6) Takeda Shingen: Big guy in red tiger skin. Has horns on his helmet.
       -Weapon: Giant Axe
    
    7) Uesugi Kenshin: Feminine guy in white and light blue clothes.
       -Weapon: Iai Katana
    
    8) Kasuga: Blonde Kunoichi (female ninja). In love with Kenshin.
       -Weapon: Kunai
    
    9) Mouri Motorai: Guy in green hat and green robe.
       -Weapon: Ring blade
    
    10) Itsuki: Lo...I mean little girl with silver hair.
        -Weapon: Hammer
    
    11) Zabii: Missionary in black robe.
        -Weapon: Dual cannons
    
    12) Honganji Kennyo: Muscular guy with gold cap and gold boots.
        -Weapon: Staff
    
    13) Imagawa Yoshimoto: Guy wearing white make-up.
        -Weapon: Fan
    
    14) Miyamoto Musashi: Short, half-naked guy with spiky hair.
        -Weapon: Wooden sword and oar
    
    15) Shimazu Yoshihiro: Old man with white beard.
        -Weapon: Giant sword
    
    16) Honda Tadakatsu: Gundam.
        -Weapon: Drill
    
    17) Tokugawa Ieyasu: Short guy in yellow. Usually comes out with Tadakatsu.
        -Weapon: Spear
    
    18) Houjou Ujimasa: Old man in light blue and purple armor.
        -Weapon: Spear
    
    19) Fuuma Kotarou: Ninja in black. Never speaks.
        -Weapon: Dual ninja swords
    
    20) Maeda Toshiie: Half-naked guy. Usually accompanied by his wife.
        -Weapon: Spear
    
    21) Matsu: Woman in light green clothes and bandanna. Shows up with Toshiie.
        -Weapon: Naginata / Animals
    
    22) Akechi Mitsuhide: White long hiar, dark clothes. Laughs like a maniac.
        -Weapon: Dual scythes
    
    23) Mori Ranmaru: Kid in purple.
        -Weapon: Bow & Arrow
    
    24) Nouhime: Woman in Kimono.
        -Weapon: Dual pistols
    
    25) Oda Nobunaga: Guy in silver armor with a red cape.
        -Weapon: Gun x Sword
    
    26) Azai Nagamasa: Guy in silver and red armor.
        -Weapon: Sword & Shield
    
    27) Oichi: Sad-looking girl in pink / purple with long, dark hair.
        -Weapon: Double-Naginata
    
    28) Chousokabe Motochika: Pirate.
        -Weapon: Anchor
    
    29) Maeda Keiji: Guy with ponytail and feathers on the back of his head.
        -Weapon: Giant blade / spear
    
    30) Sanada Yukimura: OYAKATASAMA! (YUKIMURA!!) OOOYAKATASAMAAAA!!!
        -Weapon: Dual spears
    
    *31) Matsunaga Hisahide: Guy in black and white clothes. Uses flames.
        -Weapon: Sword / Fire
    *He is NOT playable.
    
    
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    3b. Character Analysis
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    Some terms I will be using in this section...
    
    -S-string: Normal Attack string
    
    -JA: Jump Normal Attack
    
    -JC: Jump Sp Attack
    
    -Sp1: Triangle button
    
    -Sp2: Shift + Triangle button
    
    -Restrain: Shift + Square
    
    -Charging: Hold the corresponding button
    
    -AoE: Area of Effect. Refers to how much ground an attack covers.
    
    -Cut: Combo interrupted by opponent's partner.
    
    -Hyper Armor Effect: Attacks that do not get interrupted by normal S-string or
    Restrain are said to have hyper armor effect. Damage calculation still applies.
    
    -Priority: When two attacks clash, the one that comes out on top is said to
    have the higher ''Priority''. Reach is not taken into considerations here.
    
    -Flinched: Staggered by your opponent's attack. You will NEVER get flinched
    during Battle Drive mode.
    
    
    Note that the combos and damage calculation is done in Free mode. The numbers
    will vary outside of Free mode depending on the difficulty and the weapons you
    are using.
    
    ''>>'' means to cancel out normal attacks with a step, preferably a forward
    one so you can catch up and stick to your target.
    
    Ex: S2 >> S2 >> Sp1 means Square x2, step, Square x2, step, Triangle.
    
    While
    
    Ex: S2 - Sp1 - Restrain means Square x2, Triangle, Restrain with no pauses in
    between.
    
    I also made a couple of videos showing exactly how the combos are executed.
    They can be found at the links below. The ones shown in the videos match what's
    listed in this FAQ.
    
    Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrMeH9IcEB8&fmt=18
    Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNzU4jIxLm4&fmt=18
    
    
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    01 Masamune
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    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Date Masamune    | OuShuu Hittou      | 470  | 1000 | 190+10 | Date         |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         ++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Death Fang ++|
         ++++++++++++++++++
    Hold Tri button to elevate. You can then follow up with JA combo, or keep the
    button held for a JC.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    --
    
         +++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ War Dance ++|
         +++++++++++++++++
    Enters 6-claw stance. Stomp with small AoE upon activation. Loses the ability
    to block. Stance ends once flinched by opponent. Can also do a stance-ending
    attack by inputting the command for Sp2 again. The skill comes with a hyper
    armor effect.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Ridiculously overpowered.
    
    The fact that you can't block during War Dace doesn't really matter now that
    Masamune's attacking speed, recovery time, and reach are improved immensely,
    which means you'll constantly keep the offensive tempo on your side.
    
    The boost in attack power is just outrageous. Take advantage of the attack
    speed and you can perform some pretty nasty combo without giving your opponent
    any chance to recover or block.
    
              +++++++
    -Restrain | N/A |
              +++++++
    High-speed lightning bolt.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Executes pretty fast and the bolt itself is fast as well.
    
    -Combos:
    1) S3 - Sp1 (elevate) - JA x 3 - Restrain. Damage: 350
    2) *Sp2* S3 >> S2 >> S2 >> S1 >> Sp1 (hold). Damage: 500
    3) *Sp2* S2 >> S2 >> S2 >> S2 >> S4 - Sp2. Damage: 640
    
    Comments:
    An all-around character with decent cost. While lacking a bit in normal stance,
    Masamune makes up with the ever deadly War Dance mode, which is very useful vs
    CPU as well as players. Abuse it by all means; that's what makes Masamune a
    top tier material.
    
    ARE YOU READY GUYS?? PUT YOUR GUNS ON!!!!
    
    
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    02 Kojuurou
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    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Katakura Kojuurou| JinKou GiKyou      | 400  | 1000 | 160+10 | Date         |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         ++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Gekkou ++|
         ++++++++++++++
    Hold Tri button to elevate. You can then follow up with JA combo, or keep the
    button held for a JC. You could also extend the attack by pressing Tri button
    again which does an additional slash to the ground.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Fast execution with a very nice AoE as well as good damage output. Kujuurou's
    bread and butter move. This attack could also blow your opponents so far away
    that they can't recover in the air and come back to counterattack you, given
    that you hold the Tri button, which I recommend instead of pressing Tri button
    again.
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++    ++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Mugetsu Gokusatsu ++| w/ |++ Oboro Zangetsu ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++    ++++++++++++++++++++++
    In exchange for attack power, Kojuurou loses the ability to block during the
    stance. S-string becomes a combination of punches, kicks, and headbutt. Stance
    ends once flinched by opponent. You can also do a stance-ending attack by
    inputting the command for Sp2 again. Comes with hyper armor effect.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Kojuurou's ass-kicking mode. Play Sengoku BASARA 2 Heroes, and you will get to
    see the story behind this attack.
    
    Compared to Masamune's Sp2, it doesn't increase Kojuurou's reach all that much,
    if any, but his attack power and attacking speed are both raised drastically.
    This alone makes Kojuurou a very formidable character. Although in Kojuurou's
    case, not being able to block WILL hurt him as he does not get boost in terms
    of reach. Oh well, Masamune does cost 70 points more. Guess it's only fair.
    
    *The ending slash for this move is the ''Oboro Zangetsu'' from SB2: Heroes.
    
              ++++++++++++++++
    -Restrain |++ Sengetsu ++|
              ++++++++++++++++
    Inazuma thrust.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Executes a bit slow. Dashes in a straight line and sends any enemy on the path
    flying. A good PvP move.
    
    -Combos:
    1) S3 >> S3 - Sp1 (hold). Damage: 350
    2) S3 >> S3 >> S3 - Restrain. Damage: 350
    3) *Sp2* S1 (2 hits) >> x4 >> S3 (5 hits) - Full Sp1. Damage: 700
    
    Comments:
    Masamune's right eye. Senior retainer of the Date clan.
    
    Compared to Masamune, Kojuurou has an S-string with longer reach, a better Sp1,
    and a lower cost of 400. Like Masamune, Kojuurou can dish out some crazy damage
    thanks to his Sp2. Note that during his Sp2, both S1 and S2 consist of 2 hits
    instead of 1 so it might take a while to get used to the timing for canceling.
    
    All in all, Kojuurou's an all-around character with a very good damage output.
    Work Sp2 into your combos and watch your opponents drop like flies.
    
    
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    03 Hideyoshi
    ------------
     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    |Toyotomi Hideyoshi| RetsuKai BuTei     | 550  | 1300 | 190+10 | Toyotomi     |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Denshou Rekki ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++
    Can be charged and increase the duration of the dragging part and increase the
    damage output. Can control the direction and damage any enemy on the path
    during dragging.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    --
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Tenchi Sousou ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++
    Can be charged and increase the numbers of thrusts to the ground and the damage
    output. Unblockable move. Comes with hyper armor effect.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    --
    
              ++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Restrain |++ Kongou Hametsu ++|
              ++++++++++++++++++++++
    360 shock wave.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Good execution time with a VERY nice AoE. It also works surprisingly well
    against enemies in the air for some reason.
    
    -Combos:
    1) S4 - Charged Sp1. Damage: 420.
    2) *Battle Drive ONLY* S4 >> S4 - Charged Sp1. Damage: 720
    3)
    
    Comments:
    Hideyoshi might seem pretty good at first with all the grabbing and the high
    damage output, but he's actually pretty hard to get used to.
    
    First, his Sp1 can be chained perfectly, but his S-string is just horrible,
    making this point moot. The good things about this move are that your opponents
    do not gain any Battle Drive gauge while being dragged around, and of crouse,
    the collateral damage that comes from it.
    
    Second, you'll get severely punished for every missing grab. I know this can be
    said for the majority of the skills in the game, but it affects Hideyoshi more
    because the grabs are all he's got. Good as his Restrain might be, you can't
    exactly live on it.
    
    When up against players, once your opponents start turtling and jumping around,
    you're toast. Being horrendously slow doesn't help the cause either. Of course,
    Hideyoshi can be good against CPU opponents since all you need to do is wait
    and grab.
    
    Bottom line, using Hideyoshi will require a great deal of patience and some
    nimble fingers. I find the whole charging scheme so anti-ergonomics.
    
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    04 Hanbei
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     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Takanaka Hanbei  | SouRetsu ShunRin   | 370  | 800  | 150+10 | Toyotomi     |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         ++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Hanayakani ++|
         ++++++++++++++++++
    Press Tri button repeatedly to increase the number of slashes and the damage
    output.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Hanbei's bread and butter move. Hanayakani has a very nice hitbox during the
    slahsing part, and it comes with a decent finisher. Also comes in quite handy
    when you want to fill your Battle Drive gauge in a hurry.
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Ikari wo Komete ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++++
    Can be charged to increase Hanbei's attack power for a set time. Stomp with a
    small AoE upon activation.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Handy power-up move. It takes a while to charge for the power-up effect, so use
    it after you've sent your opponent flying. The downside of this move is that
    it does not have hyper armor while you're charging, but the good part is, the
    effect continues even if you get hit, unlike some of the other power-up moves
    in the game, and the amount of increase is just amazing.
    
              +++++++
    -Restrain | N/A |
              +++++++
    Dark energy sphere.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Travels slowly, but tracks and keeps tracking for a VERY long time. A lot of
    times when you release the 2nd one, you can still see the 1st one circling
    around the field trying to hunt down the target.
    
    -Combos:
    1) S2 >> S2 >> S2 - Sp1. Damage: 290
    2) *Charged Sp2* S2 - Sp1. Damage: 320
    3)
    
    Comments:
    Ahh...dear Athrun *cough*. Hanbei did not get his Inochi Taeruyouni (the
    running attack) from SB2...such a shame. That being said, Hanbei is still
    a decent character with good damage potential. Watch out for his S-string
    though...it's a Parry trap, and quite frankly, not worth your time. Use the
    first 2 hits and mix up with step to create chances to launch Sp1.
    
    Sp2 will increase Hanbei's attack power drastically even though it takes a
    while to execute. Do use it whenever it's safe.
    
    
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    05 Sasuke
    ---------
     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Sarutobi Sasuke  | SouTen Shikku      | 400  | 1000 | 160+10 | Takeda       |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Hikiyose no Jutsu ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    --
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Great crowd-control skill. The shuriken arcs to the right side and covers a
    huge area before circling back to Sasuke. This is very useful for Sasuke given
    the fact his S-string and other attacks don't have much reach.
    
    Sp1 - Sp2 - back step - Sp1 - Sp2 *rinse and repeat* will get you out of the
    jam unharmed when you're up against CPU grunt waves.
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Kumogakure no Jutsu ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Shock wave with small AoE upon activation. Opponent loses lock and the ability
    to target you for a few seconds.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    One of the most broken skills in the game. Fast execution with no drawback or
    any sort of limitations at all. If your opponents decide to go after you, you
    can easily get around and counterattack. If they opt to ignore you, just run
    straight up and attack them on the back.
    
              +++++++
    -Restrain | N/A |
              +++++++
    Dark energy sphere. Can be charged for for an additional sphere.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Travels slowly, but tracks and keeps tracking for a VERY long time. Recovery
    time is a bit long compared to the others'.
    
    -Combos:
    1) Sp1 - S2 >> S2 >> S2 - Sp2. Damage: 270
    2) S2 >> S2 >> S2 >> S4 - Sp1. Damage: 340
    3)
    
    Comments:
    No doubt a top tier in PvP thanks to his Sp2. What other attacks he has does
    not really matter anymore. You can do a double jump and HOLD the jump button
    the second time to perform a gliding move. Though all 3 ninjas can do this,
    Sasuke's gliding has the shortest landing recovery, which is another plus.
    
    His Sp1 is amazing in PvP as well. It has large hitbox on the right side, and
    it hits the opponent on the back which makes it hard to get away from. More
    PvP power ftw!
    
    
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    06 Shingen
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     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Takeda Shingen   | SenJin HaOu        | 470  | 1300 | 190+10 | Takeda       |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Ugokazarukoto Yama no Gotoku ++| w/
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
         |++ Ugokukoto Kaminari no Furuuga Gotoku ++|
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Extend the attack by pressing Tri button again, which does a horizontal swing.
    Comes with hyper armor effect.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Slow, but hurts a lot. The execution is so slow that you can't chain it from
    S-string. The only ways to use this against players is to either do it after a
    successful parry, or read your opponent and tank a few hits to get it out. It
    is not chain-able during Battle Drive either.
    
    One way to abuse this skill against the CPU is to knock them down, keep a safe
    distance long enough that neither their attacks or yours will reach, and then
    launch this move. The CPU will see this as an opening thus going after you.
    When they finally get close enough, your axe will be just in time to smash them
    away. Rinse and repeat. It's a similar technique as Keiji's Sp2.
    
    During Battle Drive, a simple full set of Sp1 deals about 370 damage so don't
    be afraid of trading hits. You have the HP advantage anyway.
    
    *The 2nd swing of the attack is the ''Ugokukoto Kaminari no Furuuga Gotoku''
    from SB2: Heroes.
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Hayakikoto Kaze no Gotoku ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Can be charged to extend the duration for the spinning and increase damage
    output. Skill comes with hyper armor effect.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Comes out slightly faster than Sp1 thus making it chain-able during, and ONLY
    during Battle Drive. Not much use in any other situations. The damage output
    isn't exactly worth the risk either.
    
              ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Restrain |++ Shinryakusuru Hi no Gotoku ++|
              ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Fire punch.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    YUKIMURA!! *punch*
    
    Good execution time, good damage, and sends the enemy flying. A very practical
    move, good against CPU and players. Also Shingen's ONLY attack that is actually
    chain-able through S-string without the help from Battle Drive. Abuse this by
    all means.
    
    -Combos:
    1) S4 (5 hits) - Restrain. Damage: 200
    2) *Battle Drive ONLY* S3 >> S3 >> S3 - Sp2. Damage: 580
    3)
    
    Comments:
    Oyakatasama's all about the Restrain. Being a slow attacker, you'll not get a
    lot of chances to really make use of his S-string and Sp2. Take advantage of
    Shingen's range and quickly cancel into the Restrain to create 2v1 situations.
    
    Sp1 comes out slowly, but hurts like hell. The second swing can catch your
    opponents off guard sometimes. Pretty useful against hoards of CPU grunts too.
    
    You can pretty much forget about doing combos with Shingen because it'll be a
    total waste of time. Instead, focus on sitcking with your partner and wait for
    your chances.
    
    
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    07 Kenshin
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     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Uesugi Kenshin   | ShinSoku SeiShou   | 470  | 800  | 160+10 | Uesugi       |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         +++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Shinretsu ++|
         +++++++++++++++++
    Extend the attack by pressing Tri button repeatedly.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Kenshin's bread and butter move. Still good as ever and fills up Battle Drive
    gauge nicely. Its range got nerfed just a bit compared to the other BASARA
    games so if you want to chain with S-string, do it on the first 3 hits or it
    could miss the target.
    
         +++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Shinjin ++|
         +++++++++++++++
    Can follow up with S-string or Sp1 after freezing the opponent.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Still takes a while to pull it off. I never really found any use for this move
    as Kenshin's other attacks were just so amazing. The icicle does cover a pretty
    big area though.
    
              +++++++++++++++
    -Restrain |++ Shinzan ++|
              +++++++++++++++
    Kenshin does an Iai slash forward.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Nerfed. BIG TIME. It's still a 2-hitter, but instead of the sheathing pose
    being the second hit, Kenshin now _pushes_ the opponents before he sheathes the
    Katana, which gives PLENTY of time for them to counterattack now that Kenshin
    doesn't actually cut through the enemies.
    
    It doesn't curve or freeze enemies on track anymore either. Damnit, give me my
    drifting Kenshin-sama back.
    
    
    -Combos:
    1) S3 - Full Sp1. Damage: 250
    2) Sp2 - (close in) Full Sp1. Damage: 270
    3) S2 >> S2 >> S2 >> S2 >> S2 - Retrain. Damage: 340
    
    Comments:
    Kenshin-sama~~~~~~ *cough*
    
    Despite more than one attack being nerfed, Kenshin is still a good character
    with a lot to offer (Yes, he was just THAT good before). Shinzan without the
    sheathing hit means you will actually have to watch out for the recovery time
    now. It's still very good when chained into a combo as it will prevent your
    opponent's partner from making a cut. Also pretty handy when you need to save
    your partner you can't reach with your S-string.
    
    It can also be used to chase down knocked-away targets such as JA - Restrain,
    which does about 120 damage. Not a whole lot, I know, but better than nothing
    right?
    
    It's a shame that Kenshin did not get Shinsoku, his trademark move. Kinda puts
    his title in vain. Also, Kenshin is the kind of fast characters with a lower HP
    compared to the others of the same cost. Avoid making hasty moves that leave
    yourself vulnerable, or you're not gonna get the cost's worth with just 800 HP
    plus armor.
    
    Regarding to the Story mode, Kenshin's got one of the worst last stage ever.
    You have your destined rival, Takeda Shingen, for entre and his two well-versed
    subordinates, Yukimura and Sasuke, as appetizer. Believe me, that can be REALLY
    difficult when you're playing on Extreme. Do stay away from his story if you're
    just looking for an easy one to unlock the weapons.
    
    
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    08 Kasuga
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     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Kasuga           | Gekka IKun         | 320  | 800  | 160+10 | Uesugi       |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Mitsugi ''Getsurin'' ++|
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Can extend the attack by pressing Tri button repeatedly.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    This move turns out to be surprisingly useless. First, it doesn't have much
    reach, and the damage isn't that great either. Second, due to the flip Kasuga
    does before she starts spinning, it actually gives your opponent enough time
    to block it, which can very easily turn into a Parry since by the time your
    opponent is able to start blocking, it'll be RIGHT before your spin kicks in.
    So S-string - Sp1 is out of the question on higher difficulty.
    
    That leaves, again, 2 options: Parry, and Battle Drive. Unfortunately, both are
    conditional...well, you get the idea.
    
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Mitsugi ''Yamikeshi'' ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Can extend the attack by inputting the command for Sp2 again, which will
    detonate the web and blow opponents away.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Crowd-control skill. While not being able to re-track, the web does cover a
    pretty good area, and the effect is continuous, meaning those who try to get
    close to Kasuga from the front will get caught any time during the attack.
    
    This is a life saver for Kasuga given that her S-string and Getsurin do not
    work that well against grunts. You can also safely initiate a combo against
    enemy officers with it by not detonating the web and wait for the CPU just walk
    right into it.
    
    This skill also hurts a lot and fills up Battle Drive gauge rather nicely. The
    downside is, you can't chain it, not even during Battle Drive.
    
              +++++++
    -Restrain | N/A |
              +++++++
    Light energy wave. Can be charged for an additional wave.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Same as Motonari, Yoshimoto, and Nagamasa's.
    
    -Combos:
    1) S2 >> S2 >> S2 >> S2 >> S2 - Restrain. Damage: 330
    2) *Battle Drive ONLY* S3 >> S3 >> S3 - Sp1. Damage: 550
    3) Sp2 -Battle Drive- Full Sp1. Damage: 550
    
    Comments:
    Kenshin's ''Gorgeous Blade''.
    
    Oh Kasuga's gorgeous alright. Unfortunately, that's about as much as she has
    to offer. Gameplay-wise, she's got 2 not-so-useful skills, and a fast, yet
    short-reached S-string, which means she's not exactly a beginner friendly
    character.
    
    Like mentioned above, her major weakness is, as a fast character, none of her
    skills can be connected properly through S-string. This forces her to rely on
    her S-string canceling combo as listed above. Not only does that take a long
    time to pull off, 1 off-timing step during the combo, it'll give your opponent
    a chance to escape or even fight back. And CPU on higher difficulty WILL fight
    back (most likely parry you), let alone human players.
    
    Her story mode is also one of the hardest of all. It's basically like Kenshin's
    except that Kasuga doesn't have what it takes to complete the tasks on Extreme.
    A friend of mine and I failed probably more than 10 times before we finally
    beat the last stage on Extreme, and we certainly got lucky that time. Put it
    simply, stay away from her story if you're just looking for an easy one to
    unlock the weapons.
    
    On a side note, Kasuga, like the other 2 ninjas, can perform a gliding move by
    doing a double jump and hold the jump button. Kasuga has the longest landing
    recovery time out of all 3 so it's a good idea to cancel it by doing a JA just
    before her feet touch the ground. That way, you can move immediately after you
    land. This will come in handy when someone's chasing you. If someone gets too
    close to your that it's not safe to JA, turn the lock off by holding O button.
    
    
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    09 Motonari
    -----------
     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Mouri Motonari   | KiKei ChiShou      | 350  | 1000 | 160+10 | Mouri        |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Nuki Te ''Retsu'' ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Extend the attack by pressing Tri button repeatedly.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Not worth extending to be honest. Do it when there's only 1 opponent on the
    field and you're in need for some Battle Drive. Otherwise, just quickly blast
    them away.
    
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Hajiki Te ''Heki'' ++|
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Hold Tri button to set the wall farther away from Motonari. Skill comes with
    hyper armor effect.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    This is actually more useful than it looks. Not only do the traps limit your
    opponent's movement, they can also act as barriers against most Restrains and
    other projectiles in the game. The only ones that they can't block for you are
    the fire ball Restrain, cannon shots, both of which will arc over the top of
    the rings given a certain distance, and the whirlwind Restrain which sneaks
    right through the bottom.
    
    It can also be properly chained through S-string during Battle Drive.
    
              +++++++
    -Restrain | N/A |
              +++++++
    Light energy wave.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Same as Kasuga, Yoshimoto, and Nagamasa's.
    
    -Combos:
    1) Sp2 - Full Sp1. Damage: 280
    2) S4 >> S3 - Sp1. Damage: 290
    3) S4 >> S4 >> S2 - Restrain. Damage: 330
    4) *Battle Drive ONLY* S4 >> S4 >> S4 - Sp2. Damage: 680
    
    Comments:
    Motonari has a very reliable S-string that works in pretty much any situations,
    and honestly, that's all you need to clear the game on the highest difficulty.
    Just S4 loops all the way.
    
    Sp1 isn't really worth extending since it doesn't cover that big of an area
    for a move that leaves you completely stationary, so you should just aim for
    the finishing blast. The damage is subpar at best too.
    
    Sp2 is a handy set-up move good for breaking grunt waves and isolating your
    target. It also works wonders on those big, annoying Oni soldiers. Too bad one
    ring will only work on one target this time around.
    
    Note that the rings will shift directions so they ALWAYS face Motonari. Take
    advantage of this by moving to the opposite direction that your opponents are
    approching you from. That way they'll have a tough time getting around them.
    
    Opponents that get hit by the rings will always be blasted towards Motonari.
    You can then follow up with a full Sp1 or JA, and of course, if you happen to
    have a second ring ready, 200 easy damage right there (each ring does 100).
    Quite versatile, is it not?
    
    Overall, Motonari is fun and easy to use. Get the canceling timing down for his
    S4, and you're good to go; the traps are just icing on the cake. On a side
    note, Motonari cannot hit his own allies anymore like he used to.
    
    
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    10 Itsuki
    ---------
     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Itsuki           | TenShin RanMan     | 350  | 800  | 160+10 | **Ikki       |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Yukikaki Ondo ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++
    Hold Tri button to elevate. You can then follow up with JA, or keep the button
    held for an additional smash with the hammer. I recommend doing JA which can
    prevent your opponent from recovering in the air and come back for a quick
    counterattack.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Fast execution on the 1st swing thus making it perferctly chain-albe through
    S-string without getting bloacked or parried. Both hits cover a lot of ground
    as well. A very practical move. Best chaining point during S-string is after
    the 3rd hit.
    
         ++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Ora sa Chikara ++|
         ++++++++++++++++++++++
    Can be charged for a bigger hammer that covers a wider area.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    The old hammer ditching move. A couple changes though...
    
    1) The start-up swings no longer make any sort of contact with the enemies,
    which means you're not safe until the hammer actually goes out.
    
    2) The hammer now comes back, boomerang style, and you can step forward and
    start a combo with the 2nd hit.
    
    3) No more barehanded running attack. For shame; I think everyone can agree
    that move was pure awesomeness, in so many ways.
    
              +++++++
    -Restrain | N/A |
              +++++++
    Small icicle that travels in a straight line on the ground.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Not much tracking, if any, same as Ujimasa's. The less effective Restrain type
    in the game simply because it often gets screwed up by terrains.
    
    -Combos:
    1) S4 >> S3 - Sp1 (elevate) - JA. Damage: 380
    2) Charged Sp2 - S3 - Sp1 (elevate) - JA. Damage: 400
    3)
    
    Comments:
    **: Ikki refers to a group of people gathered together for the same cause.
    Not exactly a specific faction or anything, but it is said that she represents
    the Ainu tribe.
    
    A little girl with an oversized hammer, um...yummy. Itsuki's S-string got
    severely nerfed in terms of reach while maintaining the same attacking speed.
    This puts her at a natural disadvantage in PvP when you really need to get that
    first swing in.
    
    However, her special attacks more than make up for it. Her Sp1 comes out pretty
    fast and has a nice tracking ability. The smash on the 2nd hit also has a nice
    AoE on it. And the good thing about this move is, of course, that you will
    rarely get cut. You can also do a quick JA to smash your target far away, and
    then go after the other opponents. Very useful against CPU and players.
    
    Her Sp2 is slightly different now, but still nasty as ever. Note that you do
    NOT have to wait for the hammer to go out to start charging for a 2nd shot.
    With some easy timing, you can pretty much keep throwing big hammers over and
    over again. The hit-back quality of this attack will also come in handy against
    players.
    
    On a side note, Itsuki probaby has one of the easiest story mode in the game
    mainly because all the boss fights consist of 1 enemy officer + 2 grunts, and
    no reinforcements. So if you're looking for an easy story mode to unlock
    those high level weapons, go for Itsuki's.
    
    
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    11 Zabii
    --------
     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Zabii            | NanBan GaDou       | 370  | 1000 | 190+10 | **Zabii      |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Totsugeki Are ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++
    --
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    A funny move. Instead of firing shots from his cannons, Zabii himself goes out
    spinning. Although slow, it will track and keeps tracking for a VERY long time
    until Zabii hits something or gets hit. Very good damage output as well.
    
    Don't abuse the attack though. Once you lose the surprise element and your
    opponent starts blocking, you're screwed.
    
         ++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Tenbatsu Are ++|
         ++++++++++++++++++++
    Hold Tri button to adjust the firing timing. Comes with hyper armor effect.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Throws a mini Zabii. This skill is all you need against CPU. It's fast, and
    deals decent damage.
    
              +++++++++++++++++
    -Restrain |++ Honoo are ++|
              +++++++++++++++++
    Projectile cannon shot. Can be charged into a double shot.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    --
    
    -Combos:
    1) S4 >> S5. Damage: 320
    2) *Battle Drive ONLY* S4 >> S4 >> S3 - Sp1. Damage: 820
    3)
    
    Comments:
    **: As a fictional character, Zabii does not really belong to any faction. If
    anything, he spreads his love around and tries to convince people to see his
    way. He is said to be based on the Catholic missionary Francisco Xavier.
    
    Zabii is slow, but he can dance around the field (literally) with his quick,
    and long steps. Not much of an S-string to just rush in and start something, so
    you'll have to rely on your partner to do that and you capitalize with your
    Sp1. Quite a passive character IMO. Fortunately, he's got a nice amount of HP
    for his mid-low cost so he can stay alive long enough to wait for his chances.
    
    Against CPU, Zabii's Sp2 is the way to go. The range and speed on that thing
    is just amazing. It also overrides the majority of the Restrains in the game,
    and you can manually adjust the timing at which you fire the shot off. Very
    absuable against grunts as well as officers.
    
    Regarding to Zabii's step, it actually comes with hyper armor effect. Guess
    all that spinning ain't just for show.
    
    
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    12 Kennyo
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     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Honganji Kennyo  | ShinZai SeiOu      | 350  | 1000 | 160+10 | Honganji     |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Kinniku Tatsumaki ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    --
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Low damage, short reach, but fills up Battle Drive gauge quickly. Use it in
    combination with Sp2. For some reason, this move recovers surprisingly fast for
    a skill, not that it matters a whole lot or anything.
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Tokusen Kinnikudama ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Increases attack power and range. Also affects Sp1. Stomp with small AoE upon
    activation. Can turn back to normal size by inputting the commands for Sp2
    again.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Use in combination with Sp1 for good crowd control.
    
              +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Restrain |++ Yakudousuru Daitaikin ++|
              +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Drop kick.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Fast execution. Breaks Guard. A very practical close-range move.
    
    -Combos:
    1) S4 >> S4 - Restrain. Damage: 280
    2) *Sp2* S4 >> S2 - Sp1. Damage: 300
    3)
    
    Comments:
    Slow character with a below average S-string. Kennyo relies heavily on his Sp2
    to survive grunt waves. Not only does it turn his Sp1 into a killing machine,
    it also helps with his otherwise awkward normal attacks.
    
    Always try to find a safe spot to activate Sp2 or you'll find yourself struggle
    in many situations.
    
    
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    13 Yoshimoto
    ------------
     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Imagawa Yoshimoto| KyoChou SeiSei     | 320  | 800  | 160+10 | Imagawa      |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Nanairo Harebutai ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Extend the attack by pressing Tri button repeatedly.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    No reach whatsoever. Don't extend it unless you are sure that no one else is
    around to interrupt you.
    
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Kimagure Ukiougi ++|
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Can be charged for a bigger fan that covers a wider area. Breaks guard if it's
    charged.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Set-up move. Probably Yoshimoto's best attack. The downside of this attack is
    that Yoshimoto remains in the same spot while charging. Oh well, it's still
    your go-to move against everything.
    
              +++++++
    -Restrain | N/A |
              +++++++
    Light energy wave.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Same as Kasuga, Motonari, and Nagamasa's.
    
    -Combos:
    1) S3 - Full Sp1. Damage: 260
    2) S3 >> S3 >> S4 - Restrain. Damage: 320
    3)
    
    Comments:
    Short-reached S-string, short-reached Sp1, Yoshimoto really struggles against
    ...well, pretty much anyone who's not barehanded. But let's focuse on what he
    CAN do instead of going through all the obvious flaws he has.
    
    First, one of his best assets is his quick and long steps, which means he's
    good at escaping. Oh why am I not surprised? Of course, it also allows him to
    quickly cancel out his attacks and keep the tempo in his favor.
    
    Second, his Sp2 is useful to set up the table for him to move in with his
    normal attack or Sp1. The fact that it breaks guard means that your opponent
    will actually have to jump out of the way or back off since the charged Sp2
    covers a pretty wide area. Either way, it'll buy you some time to think about
    what you're gonna do next.
    
    That's about it. If you constantly find yourself unable to start something
    with Yoshimoto, don't feel bad. It's probably time to switch to some other
    better characters. When you're playing certain stages in mission mode where
    you are forced to use him, namely Yukimura's 23, learn to drain with your
    Battle Drive. Otherwise, you can just forget about getting a Perfect Win. It's
    simply too hard to play normally.
    
    
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    14 Musashi
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     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Miyamoto Musashi | TenKyou DouChi     | 220  | 500  | 130+10 | None         |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Nitenichiryuu ''Hissatsu Fukurodataki'' ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Extend the attack by pressing Tri button repeatedly.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Musashi's go-to move. Can be connected from S1, S2, or S4. This attack downs
    the opponent regardless of how you chain it.
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Nitenichiryuu ''Isshinnyuukon'' ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Can be charged for an additional swing.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Good luck working this into your combo without Parry or Battle Drive.
    
              +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Restrain |++ Nitenichiryuu ''Oku no Te'' ++|
              +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Rock throws.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Being a projectile Restrain, the range on the attack is very awkward. You
    can't extend or charge it to throw more rocks at your opponent anymore either.
    One of the worst Restrain in the game. Looks hilarious if used to kill your
    opponent though.
    
    -Combos:
    1) S3 - Full Sp1. Damage: 270
    2)
    3)
    
    Comments:
    The legendary swordsman has the lowest cost in the game, and the lowest HP to
    go with that. Musashi gains his Battle Drive at an AMAZING rate that it might
    be a good strategy to abuse his low cost for a second chance of Battle Drive
    in a PvP match perhaps!?
    
    Musashi lives on his Sp1 which will annihilate any chances for the opponents
    to recover. It's also perfectly chainable through S-string except on the 3rd
    and last hit.
    
    Charged Sp2 hurts a lot, but you'll have a tough time initiating an attack
    with it because while you're charging it up, you're left with nothing but that
    stupid rock throw. That's not gonna get you anywhere. Parry does work though.
    
    Musashi's story mode is definitely one of the most hilarious and easiest one
    at the same time. It's a good choice for high level weapon unlocking.
    
    
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    15 Yoshihiro
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     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Shimazu Yoshihiro| Ittou Hissatsu     | 470  | 1000 | 190+10 | Shimazu      |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Jigenryuu ''Takanami'' ++|
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Can follow up with another Sp1 if opponent does not recover in the air.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Very good execution time and a nice damage output. Sp1 x 2 deals more than 300.
    Also comes with hyper armor effect. This can be used as a set-up move as well.
    First, launch Sp1 from a safe distance...
    
    1) If opponent falls for the ground wave, follow up with anything you deem fit.
    2) If opponent blocks, you can charge in, or keep him at bay with another one.
    3) If opponent tries to jump over, step back, and then launch another wave,
    which will definitely put him on the defense if he doesn't want to get hit.
    
    
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Jigenryuu ''Dangan'' ++|
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Unblockable. Comes with hyper armor effect.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    One blow deals around 250-300 damage. Now the attack will actually track the
    opponent while getting ready. Still not easy to hit someone with it though.
    
              ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Restrain |++ Jigenryuu ''Rokushin'' ++|
              ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Horizontal slash that thrusts forward.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Yoshihiro's best attack in the past BASARA games. Still works very nicely
    against CPU and players. Covers quite an area and the damage is pretty good for
    a Restrain too. On top of that, the priority of this attack is surprisingly
    high (as in when 2 attacks clash, it will come out on top most of the time).
    
    Overall, very abusable.
    
    -Combos:
    1) Sp1 (shockwave) - Sp1. Damage: 340
    2) *Battle Drive ONLY* S3 - Sp1 - Sp1. Damage: 640
    3) Sp1 - JA >> JA >> JA >>...*JA loops*. Damage: 1000+
    
    Comments:
    Yoshihiro got buffed quite a lot. S-string still has some coverage problem, but
    the execution time is pretty good. Sp1 hurts like hell. So does Sp2, of course,
    if you can manage to land it. Restrain is very practical in PvP as well as
    against CPU.
    
    To add icing on the cake, Yoshihiro has a nasty JA that not only comes out in
    a blink of an eye, but hurts quite a lot as well (100 damage per slash). It
    also covers a big area up front.
    
    You can really put a dent to an airborne target by connecting your consecutive
    JA's with the help of forward steps. If done right, you would keep ''picking''
    your opponent off the ground with your JA's, and each additional JA will do
    another 100 damage. Combined with Battle Drive, meaning you will never get
    interrupted, you can single-handedly destroy your opponent with this move.
    
    Finally, Jigenryuu's time has come.
    
    
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    16 Tadakatsu
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     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Honda Tadakatsu  | Sengoku Saikyou    | 680  | 1300 | 250+10 | Tokugawa     |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         ++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Kougeki Keitai ++|
         ++++++++++++++++++++++
    Can be charged for a 3-shot attack.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Not much use besides fighting those oni soldiers and Motochika's mobile turret.
    
         +++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Engo Keitai ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++
    Deploys the funnels around him. Funnels fire during S-string and JA, and form
    a funnel barrier in front of Tadakatsu during Restrain. Input Sp2 command again
    for a 360 attack with the funnels, which will be gone after said attack. Hyper
    armor effect upon activation. Cannot block while funnels are deployed. Effect
    ends when flinched or parried by opponent.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Works pretty much the same as a power-up move as the funnels will increase the
    total damage output. The activation time is decent; problems is the ending lag
    which will leave you wide open for a few seconds.
    
    To get around said recovery time, you can either initiate an attack, be it JA,
    S-string, Restrain, Sp1, or Sp2, and down your opponent so you could retrieve
    the funnels safely, or, you can fall back and find a safe spot to do that.
    You should be able to shake them off easily with Tadakatsu's flying speed. The
    funnels will stay deployed when you're attacking or flying.
    
    Or, you could always just use Battle Drive.
    
              ++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Restrain |++ Totsushin Keitai ++|
              ++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Drill dash in a straight line. Starts up slow, but thrusts forward fast.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Not chainable through S-string outside of Battle Drive.
    
    -Combos:
    1) *Sp2* Full S-string. Damage: 250
    2) *Sp2* S4 - Sp2. Damage: 280
    3)
    
    Comments:
    Tadakatsu has the highest attack, HP, and cost in the game. Unfortunately, that
    does not give him the edge over the other characters. At all. Sengoku Saikyou?
    Hardly.
    
    First of all, his basic cost is way too high. Because of that, Tadakatsu has to
    sacrifice some attack or HP in order to stay under 1000 cost. In the end, other
    characters would actually surpass his stats with their best set-up while still
    maintaining a cost under 1000.
    
    And second, his S-string, while wide, is just too slow. Opponents can easily
    block a few swings and counterattack, or even parry you. Of course, having a
    wide S-string also means he's un-cuttable. Coupled with the fact that a full
    set will knock down any opponent, it's still your best bet even though it only
    does 150 damage without having funnels around.
    
    Restrain is a pretty good way to rush into a grunt wave. It's also good for
    saving your partner. Not exactly abusable against player since it takes a while
    to execute, but there's not a whole lot of options left for Tadakatsu to start
    something up to be honest.
    
    Being a gundam, Tadakatsu can fly in the air by doing a double jump and hold
    the jump button. To cancel out the landing recovery time, do a quick JA just
    before you touch the ground, and you'll be able to move right away after that.
    This will come in handy when you're trying to get out of the way. If your
    opponents are too close to you, turn the lock off before doing the JA so you
    don't end up charging with it instead.
    
    
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    17 Ieyasu
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     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Tokugawa Ieyasu  | TouShou KenGen     | 300  | 800  | 160+10 | Tokugawa     |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         +++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Bouboubou ++|
         +++++++++++++++++
    Can follow up with S-string or hold Tri button for a JC.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Holding triangle button for a JC to blast your opponent away is the safe way
    to go. The only perfect canceling point in S-string is after the FIRST hit of
    S2, which consists of two swings. Any other time, your opponent CAN block you.
    Of course, this is not a problem during Battle Drive as everything speeds up.
    
         +++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Gangangan ++|
         +++++++++++++++++
    --
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    A sequence of attacks that only fully executes when the first swing hits. This
    is perfectly chainable though S-string, unlike Sp1.
    
              +++++++
    -Restrain | N/A |
              +++++++
    Lightning bolt. Executes very fast.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    --
    
    -Combos:
    1) S4 >> S4 >> S3 - Restrain. Damage: 310
    2) S2 (3 hits) - Sp2 - Restrain. Damage: 320
    3) S4 >> S2 (3 hits) -Battle Drive- S4 >> S2 (3 hits) - Sp1 (hold) - Restrain.
    Damage: 740
    
    Comments:
    Average S-string with a fast and wide first swing which makes it easy to start
    a combo. Sp2 has a nice priority and the damage is pretty decent. Ieyasu also
    has good stats and a low cost that is actually low enough to team up with
    Tadakatsu without overcosting, which makes sense given their backgrounds.
    
    All in all, a solid character with some PvP potential.
    
    
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    18 Ujimasa
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     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Houjou Ujimasa   | RouSei GouKi       | 320  | 1000 | 170+10 | Houjou       |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Houjouke Hyouketsu Ougi ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    --
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Not much of an attack. Leaves you wide open whether you hit or not. The reach
    is also considerably shorter than S-string making it hard to connect unless
    you're real close to your opponent to begin with. Ideal canceling point is at
    S2 or S3.
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Houjouke Saikoukyuu ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Attack power AND speed up. Stomp with small AoE upon activation. Hyper armor
    effect. Can throw the moxibustion at opponent by inputting the Sp2 command any
    time, which will end the effect. The moxibustion pot throw is unblockable.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    A very useful power-up move. Hyper armor, good stomp upon activation, and the
    effect won't stop when you get hit. Not only does it raise Ujimasa's attack
    power, it also gives the old man what he desperately needs: attacking speed.
    Houjou family's secret treatment is not just a false reputation!
    
    1) Use Sp2
    2) Use Battle Drive
    3) ???
    4) Profit!
    
              +++++++
    -Restrain | N/A |
              +++++++
    Icicle that travels in a straight line.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Not much tracking, if any, same as Itsuki's. It's the less effective type of
    Restrain in the game simply because it often gets screwed up by terrains.
    
    -Combos:
    1) *Sp2* S3 - Sp1. Damage: 260
    2) *Sp2* S3 >> S4 - Restrain. Damage: 360
    3)
    
    Comments:
    Ujimasa seems week at first sight. Slow S-string, subpar Sp1, and an average
    Restrain. But he actually turns out to be pretty good with his Sp2. Basically,
    his S-string becomes very lethal and difficult to cut thanks to the speed and
    coverage. A simple S2 - S5 does over 250 damage just like that.
    
    In terms of defense, when someone circles behind you while you are blocking,
    normally, with other characters, you'll have to quickly step out of the way or
    you'll be in trouble. Not with Ujimasa though! Since his S-string is SO wide,
    coupled with the fact that he starts he 1st swing from the back, you can
    actually just start swinging blindly and still manage to hit your opponent that
    way (just lock on him later). This is very convenient against CPU as well as
    players.
    
    Overall, abuse his Sp2 as much as possible, and he should be pretty easy to
    use. As his title suggests: HE STILL GOT IT!
    
    
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    19 Kotarou
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     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Fuuma Kotarou    | Shippuu ShouDou    | 450  | 1000 | 190+10 | Houjou       |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         ++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Chou ++|
         ++++++++++++
    Hold Tri button to elevate for JA or keep it held for a JC.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Chainable through S1 or S2 ONLY.
    
         +++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Sen ++|
         +++++++++++
    Can follow up with S-string or Restrain.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Good move to keep your opponent at bay. Pretty big hitbox and actually tracks
    a bit. Note that the blades come back to you vertically at a certain height
    it is _possible_ to nail a jumping opponent with them.
    
              ++++++++++++++
    -Restrain |++ Shitsu ++|
              ++++++++++++++
    Dashes striaght forward with spinning ninja katana on both hands.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Fast execution, wide hitbox, a very useful attack for all kinds of situations.
    
    -Combos:
    1) S2 (3 hits) - Sp1 (hold). Damage: 210
    2) S2 (3 hits) - Sp1 -pause 0.5 sec- Full S-string. Damage: 280
    3) S2 (3 hits) - Sp1 - S2 (3 hits) - Sp1. Damage: 320
    
    Comments:
    Houjou's silent mercenary. Fuuma has a fast S-string that moves around, which
    prevents getting cut, a practical Restrain, and a very nice finisher on his
    JA combo. His main combo S2 - Sp1 - JA x 5 does over 280 damage with a low
    chance of getting cut since you'll be in the air during most part of it.
    
    Like the other ninjas, Fuuma can glide (more like fly in his case) after a
    double jump by holding the jump button. To cancel the landing recovery time,
    do a quick JA just before landing, then you can start moving right away. If
    your opponents are too close to you, turn off the lock by holding O button for
    a second so you don't end up charging with the JA instead.
    
    All in all, Fuuma's a good character that's fun to use.
    
    
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    20 Toshiie
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     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Maeda Toshiie    | GouHou RaiRaku     | 350  | 1000 | 160+10 |**Oda / Maeda |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Kemono no Rengeki ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Extend the attack by pressing Tri button repeatedly.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Can be perfectly chained with S1, S2, or S4. Good execution time on its own as
    well.
    
         ++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Koi, Takayo! ++|
         ++++++++++++++++++++
    --
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Since the hawks are coming from the opposite direction, it'll turn your
    opponent around if he opts to block, which will give you a chance to attack
    him on the back. Though it doesn't come with hyper armor effect like Matsu's
    does, and the reach is also considerably shorter...guess it's only fair.
    
    Since you can't follow with a whole set of S-string, doing a JA would be the
    most profitable way to deal some extra damage when your opponent falls down.
    
              +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Restrain |++ Higuchi no Rendan ++|
              +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Projectile fire ball.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    You can't spit more than 1 fire ball anymore; nevertheless, it's still decent
    as a Restrain. Nou, Motochika, and Yukimura share the same Restrain.
    
    -Combos:
    1) Sp2 - JA - Restrain. Damage: 220
    2) S3 (4 hits) - Full Sp1. Damage: 260
    3)
    
    Comments:
    For Matsu!!!
    
    Toshiie is a solid character with a practical Sp1 and a nifty hawk-summoning to
    boost. Due to the fact that his Sp1 lifts the opponent up, it'll prevent Battle
    Drive escape (as in activating it to interrupt your attack) or getting parried
    should your attack knock the target too far back.
    
    His hawks summoming is a good way to set up the table too as it pretty much
    forces your opponent to either get out of the way, or rush in and attack you
    before you finish the whistle. It's always a good thing to keep them on their
    toes.
    
    I also highly recommend playing co-op with a friend who uses Matsu for some
    hawk rampage. It doesn't get any more fun than that.
    
    **: As far as faction goes, Toshiie should've really gone under the Oda force.
    But since his story here has nothing to do with Oda (more like it has always
    been more about Matsu and Keiji), I also put Maeda there. The couple show up
    together more often than not anyway.
    
    
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    21 Matsu
    --------
     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Matsu            | KenSai ShunRei     | 320  | 800  | 160+10 |**Oda / Maeda |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Koryuu Suiseidzuki ++|
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Entend the attack by pressing Tri button repeatedly.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    As far as multi-hitter skill goes, the hitbox is horrible. Use when you've got
    your opponent pinned down in a chain or it might miss.
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Mio, Maeda Sanjuushi! ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Hold Tri button and wait for the icon of the animal you want to summmon to
    appear, and release the button. Comes with hyper armor effect.
    
    There are 3 types of animals. In the specific order:
    
    1) Tobe, Taroumaru! : Summons Taroumaru, the hawk.
    2) Onegai, Saburoumaru! : Summons Saburoumaru, the mole.
    3) Debanyo, Goroumaru! : Summons Goroumaru, the bear.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Reach: Mole > Hawk >>>>> Bear.
    Damage: Bear(250) >>>>> Hawk(100) > Mole(50)
    Speed: Bear > Hawk >>>>> Mole
    Tracking: Mole >>>>> Bear > Hawk
    
              +++++++
    -Restrain | N/A |
              +++++++
    Whirlwind on the ground that travels in a zig-zag pattern.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Same as Keiji's.
    
    -Combos:
    1) Sp2 (hawks) - JA. Damage: 180
    2) S3 - Full Sp1. Damage: 270
    3) S3 >> S3 >> S3 >> S2 - Restrain. Damage: 320
    
    Comments:
    Our animal queen is back! I was kinda worried what they would make of all the
    animals, but fortunately, we got 3 of them (out of 4, missing Jiroumaru)!
    Each serves a different purpose.
    
    1) The hawks are great for keeping your opponents away. It has good reach, good
    speed, decent damage, and covers a wide area. And the fact that it's the first
    one in the lineup means you'll be using them a lot.
    
    2) The moles might seem a bit useless at first, but when you pay attention to
    how they approach the target, you'd know how they could save your ass. First,
    they are slow, damn slow, but track like crazy, much like the dark energy
    spheres Restrain the others have in the game.
    
    The way to use the moles is set them off, and you run up to the target. Since
    they're so slow, you will actually get ahead of them. And when your opponent
    is busy dealing with you, the moles are ready to sneak one in. Even if they
    miss the target, they will, get this, CIRCLE BACK and try again. I've seen
    them redirect 2-3 times before they finally got my opponent. How great is that?
    
    And the thing about the moles is, unlike an energy sphere just floating around,
    a lot of times your opponent won't see them coming, especially if they are
    re-approaching.
    
    3) Bear is pretty straightforward. Wanna cash in on big openings? Goroumaru!
    Boom, 250 right there. It doesn't have much reach and is the last one in the
    lineup, which means you'll have to wait for your chances.
    
    The only downside about them animals is that, well, your opponent can see what
    you're trying to summon. This gives them time to think about how to deal with
    it. Oh well~
    
    Animals aside, Matsu's S-string is pretty below average, and her Sp1 honestly
    isn't that great either. But that's not stopping her from being one of the
    best characters in the game. With a low cost like that, Matsu can pretty much
    afford having anyone as her partner to protect her and give her room to abuse
    the animals.
    
    On a final note, Matsu's got a great JA. It's the only good attack she has
    that's not an animal.
    
    
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    22 Mitsuhide
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     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Akechi Mitsuhide | ReiGan KaKan       | 350  | 750  | 160+10 |**Oda / Akechi|
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Shougekiteki Houyou ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Press Tri button again for an additional strike.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Great attack. Fast execution with a great coverage. Does about 160 damage when
    both hits land. The attack can be easily chained into a combo without giving
    your opponent a chance to parry. Though if the first hit only gets the target
    by the tip of the scythes, there's a good chance that the following ground
    smash won't reach. Make sure you are close enough when you cancel into this
    attack.
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Koukotsuteki Kyuushuu ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Absorbs HP. Press Tri button repeatedly while holding Shift button to increase
    the amount of HP absorbed.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Slow and short reached. Chainable throuhg S-string from S1-S3. Avoid using this
    directly as it would leave you wide open if you miss.
    
    A full absorption (6 ''pumps'') would restore 200+ HP while a short absorption
    (2 pumps minimum) restores about 70 HP. The amount of damage dealt to the
    opponent is the same as the amount of HP absorbed.
    
    Do try to get as many pumps as possible every time because it will send your
    opponent flying after you're done. Otherwise, he can just recover in the air
    and counterattack you right away while you're still in the stance. Don't worry
    about getting cut off by his partner because you're gonna get hit one way or
    another. Might as well just go for it.
    
              +++++++
    -Restrain | N/A |
              +++++++
    Dark energy sphere. Can be charged for an additional sphere.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Travels slowly, but tracks and keeps tracking for a VERY long time. A lot of
    times when you release the 2nd one, you can still see the 1st one circling
    around the field trying to hunt down the target.
    
    -Combos:
    1) S4 >> S4 - Full Sp1. Damage: 400
    2) S4 >> S3 - Full Sp2. Damage: 440
    3)
    
    Comments:
    One of the cheap characters. Thanks to his Sp2, Mitsuhide can survive a lot
    longer than those high-cost characters, which makes him the best character in
    Mission mode.
    
    His Sp1 is easy to use and gets the job done. Restrain is nice too. I just love
    those dark energy that keeps going after the opponents. Mitsuhide's weakness
    is still his speed. He also has a horrible, albeit hilarious, way of stepping
    that would stop him on track after each step. Luckily, you can cancel it with a
    jump or any attacks. Overall, Mitsuhide's definitely a top tier.
    
    Regarding to the faction, most people probably already knew this a long time
    ago, but just for the ones who don't, Mitsuhide served under Oda before his
    revolt at Honnoji, hence the Oda / Akechi up there.
    
    
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    23 Ranmaru
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    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Mori Ranmaru     | HaJa SeiShin       | 320  | 800  | 160+10 | Oda          |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         +++++++++++++++++    ++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Aogi Yumi ++| w/ |++ Gourai ++|
         +++++++++++++++++    ++++++++++++++
    Extend the attack by pressing Tri button.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Good skill. Chainable throuhg S-string any time from S1 to S4. The finishing
    blow is the old ''Gorai'' from SB2: Heroes.
    
         ++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Arashiya ++|
         ++++++++++++++++
    Hold Tri button to adjust the release timing for the arrow.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Not a whole lot you can do with this combo-wise. It's good for dealing with
    those annoying archers that don't move at all or those Oni soldiers though.
    
              ++++++++++++++++
    -Restrain |++ Samidare ++|
              ++++++++++++++++
    Lightning arrow that travels straight. Can be charged into a double shot.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    A rather unique Restrain that no one else shares. It's actually the old skill
    ''Samidare'' from SB2: Heroes. Only difference is, the charge attack doesn't
    shoot multiple arrows anymore.
    
    -Combos:
    1) S4 - Full Sp1. Damage: 270
    2) S4 >> S4 >> S4 - Restrain. Damage: 340
    3) S2 -Battle Drive- >> S4 >> S4 >> S4 - Restrain. Damage: 600
    
    Comments:
    Ranmaru's a solid character. He has a fast S-string that can cancel into Sp1
    with no troubles, and an Sp2 good for keeping your opponent at bay. Being able
    to adjust the firing timing is just icing on the cake. He's also got a nice JA
    that can be abused against grunt waves.
    
    
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    24 Nou-hime
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     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Nou              | RyouRan MuHi       | 320  | 800  | 160+10 | Oda          |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Orochi no Kou ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++
    Can manually aim. Press Tri button repeatedly to extend the attack.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Used to be one of the most nasty skills back in the days; now it's officially
    useless. Average damage, crappy aiming, and recovery time can't be helped. It's
    the kind of attack that will leave you in danger whether you hit or miss.
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Watatsumi no Nageki ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Fires a bazooka shot that travels underground. Can mannually control the
    direction of the shot. Input the command for Sp2 again to manually detonate
    the shot.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Not a bad skill actually, mainly due to the fact that you have total control
    over the bazooka shot. The explosion has a nice AoE on it as well. Abuse this
    against CPU.
    
              +++++++
    -Restrain | N/A |
              +++++++
    Projectile pistol shot. Can be charged in to a double shot.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    VERY good execution. Charging time is pretty short too, and the butterflies
    look pretty. ^_^ Toshiie, Motochika, and Yukimura share this very projectile.
    
    -Combos:
    1) JA - Restrain. Damage: 120
    2) S2 (4 hits) >> S2 (4 hits) >> Full S-string - Restrain. Damage: 320
    3)
    
    Comments:
    If I say Nou doesn't suck, I'd be lying. Both of her skills leave her totally
    vulnerable to any sort of counterattack, and the reach on her pistols has been
    tweaked so much to the point that it's shorter than Hideyoshi's fists. She's
    definitely one of the worst characters in the game. Now we've got that cleared
    up, let's focus on what she CAN do.
    
    Her best asset in the past games, JA, is still usable. Use it in combination
    with Restrain and then quickly fall back to a safe spot.
    
    Mix up the bazooka and gatling attacks to keep your opponent as far away from
    you as possible. When they do manage to cross the safe line (and they will,
    it's not that hard), be prepared to shoot them down with Restrain or JA. The
    pistols are your life saver.
    
    If you're forced to play close combat, know that Nou's S-string consists of 8
    hits, but none of which will cover anything more than a small area up front.
    It's best that you just quickly finish the set and get away. The whole string
    looks something like this:
    
    S1 (2 shots)-S2 (2 shots)-S3 (sweep kick)-S4 (flip)-S5 (toss gun>blast away).
    
    It might take a while to get used to her rather unique canceling timing. Also,
    unlike all the other characters, Nou does NOT need to take the time to recover
    after the last hit of her S-string. You can quickly cancel it with a step, or
    even follow up with a Restrain for some additional damage.
    
    That's about it. To survive with Nou, you basically have to do the opposite of
    what you do with the others. Once you get used to that, she can act as a long-
    range support for the team.
    
    
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    25 Nobunaga
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    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Oda Nobunaga     | SeiTen MaOu        | 550  | 1300 | 190+10 | Oda          |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Shouheki Shinku ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++++
    --
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Cape sweep with a great reach, damage, and execution time that can be chained
    easily into a combo. A very useful move against CPU and players.
    
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Doukokusuru Tamashii ++|
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Power-up move that increases Nobunaga's attack. Loses the ability to block
    during power-up mode. Effect ends when flinched by your opponent. Input the
    Sp2 command again any time to fire a powerful shot with the shotgun, which will
    end the effect as well.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    After activating the skill, every time you land the 5th hit of your S-string,
    you get a soul that will follow you around. The more souls you get, the more
    powerful you become. The maximum number of souls you can have at the same time
    is 4.
    
    Note that once you get flinched by your opponent's attack, or fire the shot
    off, you lose ALL the souls, and you will have to start collecting all over
    again.
    
    The shot itself is VERY powerful even without any souls around. A single shot
    can do almost 250 damage, and you can deal up to 400 when you're powered up by
    4 souls. You can also chain the shot through S-string while you're in Battle
    Drive.
    
              +++++++
    -Restrain | N/A |
              +++++++
    Dark energy sphere from the shotgun.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Travels slowly, but tracks and keeps tracking for a VERY long time. A lot of
    times when you release the 2nd one, you can still see the 1st one circling
    around the field trying to hunt down the target. The execution is a bit slower
    than the rest of the Restrains.
    
    -Combos:
    1) S4 >> S3 - Sp1. Damage: 350
    2) *Sp2* *Battle Drive ONLY* S4 >> S4 >> S3 - Sp2. Damage: 750
    3)
    
    Comments:
    One of the most powerful, and easy-to-use characters in the game. Worth every
    single point of the 550 cost.
    
    The cape alone is great against pretty much everything without even using it in
    a combo. The hitbox is focused on Nobunaga's right hand side, so if you're
    facing Nobunaga, you want to go to YOUR right. Otherwise you'll get swept away
    again and again by his cape. It also works great as an anti-air.
    
    Nobunaga's Sp2 makes him a very formidable opponent, not because of the souls,
    but that shotgun. 250 damage per shot is just way too much. The skill even
    comes with hyper armor effect, which makes it even easier for Nobunaga to
    abuse the shotgun.
    
    Cape in close range, shotgun in long range, good Restrain, good stats, Nobunaga
    got it all covered. I'm sure Wakamoto will be very pleased with the way his
    character turned out. ^_^
    
    
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    26 Nagamasa
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     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Azai Nagamasa    | ShinGi FuTou       | 350  | 1000 | 160+10 | Azai         |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Kizan - Juumonji ++|
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Extend the attack by pressing Tri button again.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Kizan! Juumonji!! *poses*
    
    God I love this skill. It's actually perfectly chainable even though the poses
    seem as if they're gonna get in the way. Damage output is quite good as well,
    and the extension will keep opponent away from making a recovery in the air
    and counterattack you.
    
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Riryoku - Soukou ++|
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Increase attack and reach for a set time. Stomp with small AoE on the second
    sword thrust.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Riryoku! Soukou!! *moar poses*
    
    Not exactly your fastest power-up move due to all the poses, but once you get
    one out, it'll be faster to pull a second one, provided the 1st power-up is
    still in effect.
    
    The damage boost isn't really that much compared to, say...Hanbei's Sp2, but
    reach increase really makes a difference when you need get a combo started. Do
    use it whenever it's safe.
    
              +++++++
    -Restrain | N/A |
              +++++++
    Shoots light energy wave with shield.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Nothing special. Same as Kasuga, Motonari and Yoshimoto's Restrain.
    
    -Combos:
    1) S4 >> S4 >> S2 - Restrain. Damage: 330
    2) S4 >> S4 - Full Sp1. Damage: 340 / 440**
    3)
    
    Comments:
    Our justice warrior in the BASARA series.
    
    Nagamasa is pretty easy to use. He has a fast 1st swing on his S-string, and
    decent reach for the rest of the attack, which can be further increased by
    activating his Sp2.
    
    On the subject of Sp2, ideally, you'd want to constantly have it on even though
    Nagamasa can do just fine without it. The extra reach does help, so try to
    refresh your power-up whenever it's safe to do so. Besides it goes faster than
    starting up a Sp2 from scratch.
    
    Nagamasa's one of those characters who have a really loose canceling timing in
    their S-string (thanks to all the poses). You'll rarely get parried even if
    your timing is slightly off, unlike some others like Nobunaga. Just icing on
    the cake.
    
    Also, his JC is simply awesome. Abuse it against those who like to guard all
    day long.
    
    **: This combo (S4 >> S4 >> Full Sp1) will knock your opponent away on the 1st
    hit of your Sp1, which deals 340 damage. In which case, the extension won't add
    anything to the actual combo. You'll be able to recover before he gets up too
    so no worries there.
    
    However, if your opponent recovers in the air, which the CPU LOVES doing, and
    tries to come back for a counterattack, he WILL get nailed by the red bolts
    from the extension part of your Sp1. The whole set will then knock him down
    completely, and deals a whopping 440 damage instead.
    
    
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    27 Oichi
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     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Ichi             | GenYou GenWaku     | 350  | 800  | 160+10 | **Oda / Azai |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Kurae Kare no Harawata ++|
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Extent the attack by pressing Tri button repeatedly.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Can be chanined, but the reach one the first swing is a bit awkward that it
    might miss the target if you're not close enough to begin with.
    
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Kitare Ne no Yami ++|
         +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Opponents that touch the dark hands after they appear will be knocked back.
    Opponents that get CAUGHT by the dark hands from underneath will be absorbed
    of their life. Ichi restores 100 HP. This skill is unblockable, and also comes
    with hyper armor effect for as long as the dark hands stay on the field.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    A very nice skill, perfectly chainable throuhg S-string. Coupled with the facts
    that it's unblockable, and the dark hands _can_ act as a barrier, you will be
    relying on this move a lot. Of course, HP replenish is always welcome.
    
    Interesting note regarding to the hyper armor effect that comes with this
    attack, not only will Ichi not get flinched, she will not die either. In the
    case where she would supposedly be killed by an attack, she would be left with
    1 last drop of HP instead. This continuous effect does not wear off until the
    dark hands disappear.
    
    So if you're trying to finish her off, wait until she's about to get up. You
    should have enough time to do that before Ichi gets healed or starts moving
    again.
    
              +++++++
    -Restrain | N/A |
              +++++++
    Dark energy sphere.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Travels slowly, but tracks and keeps tracking for a VERY long time. A lot of
    times when you release the 2nd one, you can still see the 1st one circling
    around the field trying to hunt down the target.
    
    -Combos:
    1) S2 (3 hits) - Full Sp1. Damage: 260
    2) S3 >> S3 >> S4 - Restrain. Damage: 330
    3) S3 >> S3 >> S2 - Sp2. Damage: 400
    
    Comments:
    Ichi is all about her Sp2 IMO. Her major weakeness is her attacking speed,
    which is beyond hopeless. And the fact that her skills will leave her wide open
    means you will often find yourself trading hits.
    
    Regarding to her Sp2, the dark hands will stay on the field for a few seconds
    after they're done sending the target off, which will prevent your opponent
    from making a recovery in the air and counterattack. No worries there.
    
    Problem's on the other enemies. If it's a human player, you'll be in a world of
    pain if he's close to you. Hyper armor =/= no damage taken. Only thing you can
    do is pray that your partner would cover you. Still, this doesn't mean it's not
    worth the risk. You just have to wait for your chances.
    
    **: As you may have already known, Ichi is Nobunaga's younger sister who then
    married Nagamasa in exchange for the alliance with the Azai clan. A few years
    after the political marriage, Nagamasa had to betray said alliance and declare
    a state of war with the Oda clan on behalf of the Asakura family, who had an
    alliance relationship with the Azai clan generations before that, hence Ichi's
    Oda / Azai status in the faction up there.
    
    
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    28 Motochika
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     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Chousokabe       |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Motochika        | TenI MuHou         | 350  | 1000 | 160+10 | Chousokabe   |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         ++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Dokyuu ++|
         ++++++++++++++
    Starts surfing on his anchor. Can control direction and jump during surfing.
    End surfing with a thrust by pressing Tri button any time.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Fun skill. Good for attacking and escaping at the same time. Use the d-pad or
    analog to wiggle / make turns, and press the jump button to flip and jump over
    obstacles. Opponents that make contact with the anchor while you're wiggling,
    turning, or jumping will recieve damage.
    
    The ending thrust hurts a lot. 2 wiggles --> finish deals more than 250 damage
    in mere seconds. Remember you will always start towards the direction Motochika
    is facing, not where the target is, and always watch the radar to make the best
    of it!
    
         +++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Shibaku ++|
         +++++++++++++++
    Unblockable. Opponents that get caught by the net cannot move for a set time.
    Attacks hitting the net ALL become critical hits. Opponents do not gain any
    Battle Drive while inside the net.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Being a fast and unblockable move makes it beyond broken. However, you cannot
    normally chain your S-string into it since the starting stance takes just a
    little too long that would give your opponent a chance to escape, block, parry,
    or even counterattack if his attack comes out fast enough.
    
    So that leaves you 3 options.
    
    1) Use it to capitalize on big openings, such as after dodging/blocking your
    opponent's special attacks that would leave them vulnerable while recovering.
    
    2) Parry. This is a guarantee hit because your opponent won't recover in time
    to do anything to stop you, and you'd be in the perfect range.
    
    3) Battle Drive. With the increase in attack speed, it becomes chainable from
    S-string. You can rack up some crazy damage with it.
    
              +++++++
    -Restrain | N/A |
              +++++++
    Throws projectile fire ball with anchor.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Same as Toshiie, Nou, and Yukimura's. Good for anti-air.
    
    -Combos:
    1) S3 >> S3 >> S3 >> S2 - Restrain. Damage: 320
    2) Sp2 - S2 - Sp1 (start) - Sp1 (end). Damage: 400
    3) S3 >> S3 >> S3 - Sp1 (start) - Sp1 (end). Damage: 440
    4) *Battle Drive ONLY* S3 - Sp2 - S3 - Sp1 (start) - Sp1 (end). Damage: ~800
    
    Comments:
    One of THE most broken characters in the game. Opoonents are meat once they
    get caught by the net, and trust me, in a 2v2 match, they WILL get caught.
    Every time they get caught, we're talking about 250-400+ damage here.
    
    Sp1 comes in quite handy when you need a quick getaway, and it's difficult to
    get cut when you're using it as an offensive measure too.
    
    Motochika's only actual weakness is his feeble S-string, which doesn't really
    hurt him in a 2v2 match because you'll have a partner to help you out. All you
    really need to do is wait for your chaces to net them. Not to mention he's a
    mid-low cost character with good HP to take a beating. He also has a great JA,
    but that's just icing on the cake.
    
    In short, you want an effortless Perfect Win? Go with Motochika! A-NI-KI!!!
    
    
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    29 Keiji
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     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Maeda Keiji      | KenRei GouSou      | 400  | 1000 | 190+10 | Maeda        |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         ++++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Koi Tsudzuri ++|
         ++++++++++++++++++++
    Extend the attack by pressing Tri button repeatedly.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Bread and butter move. Full set deals just over 200 damage. Chain-able through
    S-string any time from S1-S4. Though if you want to get the last swing in for
    the full set, do it between S1-S3.
    
         ++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Hitomebore ++|
         ++++++++++++++++++
    Can be charged for a stronger smash.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Not really chain-able because it takes too long to execute. Deals about 300
    damage when charged while a normal Sp2 deals 200 damage. The skill comes with
    hyper armor effect and has a longer reach than Yoshihiro's Sp2. Works wonders
    on CPU.
    
    For what it's worth, it actually executes much faster than Yoshihiro's Sp2 so
    it's feasible to capitalize on big openings with it.
    
    One way to abuse this against the CPU is knock them down, keep a safe distance,
    launch the attack and hold it, wait for the CPU to get up and walk into the
    effective range.
    
              +++++++
    -Restrain | N/A |
              +++++++
    Whirlwind on the ground that travels in a zig-zag pattern.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Same as Matsu's.
    
    -Combos:
    1) S3 - Full Sp1. Damage: 310
    2) S3 >> S3 >> S3 - Restrain. Damage: 330
    3)
    
    Comments:
    An all-around character with good stats and a reasonable cost.
    
    One of Keiji's strong suits is his fast and VERY wide S-string, which makes it
    extremely easy for him to start a combo. In fact, the first hit is so fast you
    can actually do something like S1 > step > S1 > step with it, provided you got
    the timing down. That will come in handy when trying to prevent cut.
    
    His Sp1 is also pretty easy to use with a fast execution that won't get you
    parried. Combined with his S-string, you can cash in on a lot of opportunities.
    
    Another one is his JA. The first swing has a very nice hitbox. Overall, Keiji
    is quite a beginner friendly character.
    
    
    -----------
    30 Yukimura
    -----------
     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |       Name       |   MAX Rank Title   | Cost |  HP  | Attack |   Faction    |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    |                  |                    |      |      |        |              |
    | Sanada Yukimura  | Ten-Ha Zessou      | 450  | 1000 | 180+10 | Takeda       |
    |__________________|____________________|______|______|________|______________|
    
         +++++++++++++
    -Sp1 |++ Rekka ++|
         +++++++++++++
    Extend the attack by pressing Tri button repeatedly.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Yukimura's bread and butter move. Very good tracking, decent hitbox, decent
    damage, and fast execution. It's also easily chained with S-string that won't
    get you parried. One full set does over 170 damage. An old (it's been in every
    single BASARA games including BASARA X), yet very practical move.
    
         ++++++++++++++++++
    -Sp2 |++ Kaenguruma ++|
         ++++++++++++++++++
    Increase the number of spins by pressing Tri button repeatedly while keeping
    the Shift button held.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Neta move. Flashy, but virtually useless. It also got nerfed pretty bad. In
    BASARA 1, the Firewheel can keep going and going if you press Tri button with
    the correct timing. BASARA 2 limited the number of spins and made it not
    infinite anymore. Now in Battle Heroes, Yukimura can only do about 8 spins
    before coming to a stop. You can extend it by pressing the Tri button, but it
    is still not what it used to be.
    
    The worst thing is, the priority for this move SUCKS. Any peon can just poke
    you out of it, and the spin doesn't have much reach to prevent that from
    happening either. Lame.
    
    If by some miracle, you do manage to get every single hit in, the full set can
    do about 300 damage, which is hardly worth the risk in my opinion. I simply
    can't find any use for this move. It doesn't even start fast enough after a
    parry! It's good for some giggles I guess.
    
    On a side note, this is what Yukimura used in the 2nd episode of the anime
    against Masamune's Death Fang when they're trying to decide who gets to finish
    off Yoshimoto. They didn't show the move though.
    
              +++++++
    -Restrain | N/A |
              +++++++
    Throws a projectile fire ball.
    
    *Skill Analysis:
    Same as Toshiie, Nou, and Motochika's. Good anti-air.
    
    -Combos:
    1) S3 (5 hits) - Full Sp1. Damage: 270
    2) S2 >> S2 >> S2 >> S2 >> S2 - Restrain. Damage: 340
    3)
    
    Comments:
    OOOOYAKATASAMAAAAA!!!!
    
    *Cough* I love Yukimura. He's an all-around character that's very easy to use.
    Slightly higher cost than the majority of the roster, he makes it up by having
    hotblood yellings and manly interaction with Shingen. ^_^
    
    Joking aside, Yukimura has a solid S-string that can be chained into Rekka
    easily with very little to no chance of getting parried. Unless, of course,
    your opponent is pushed too far back you only got him by the tip of the spear,
    then you MIGHT get blocked/parried on a bad day, but that doesn't happen very
    often because Rekka has quite a reach on it.
    
    Like mentioned above, you can either just ignore his Sp2, or you can try your
    luck with it. Who knows, maybe you can catch your opponents off guard. I really
    don't recommend using it though. There are better options.
    
    ''Mere castle gate won't stop my spears. TEN! HA! ZESSOU! Sanada Yukimura,
    kenzan!!!!''
    
    
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    3c. Tier List
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    
    After playing this game extensively for over 3 weeks, I have compiled two sets
    of tier lists, one against CPU on the highest possible difficulty in different
    modes, and the other against human players.
    
    This is only based on my opinions, of course. Take it with a grain of salt.
    
    
    -------------------------
    I. Against CPU on EXTREME
    -------------------------
    
    
    -S Tier: Ridiculously overpowered. Crazy damage potential during Co-op.
     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |     Character Name     |                   Abusable Moves                   |
    |________________________|____________________________________________________|
    | Akechi Mitsuhide       | Sp2. Chargable Restrain.                           |
    | Chousokabe Motochika   | Sp2.                                               |
    | Oda Nobunaga           | Sp2. Sp1.                                          |
    |________________________|____________________________________________________|
    
    
    -A Tier: Very good characters who can handle most situations effortlessly.
     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |     Character Name     |                   Abusable Moves                   |
    |________________________|____________________________________________________|
    | Matsu                  | Sp2.                                               |
    | Sarutobi Sasuke        | Sp1. Sp2.                                          |
    | Shimazu Yoshihiro      | Sp1. Restrain. JA.                                 |
    | Date Masamune          | Sp2.                                               |
    | Itsuki                 | Chargable Sp2.                                     |
    | Maeda Keiji            | S-string. Sp2.                                     |
    | Takenaka Hanbei        | Sp1. Chargable Sp2.                                |
    |________________________|____________________________________________________|
    
    
    -B Tier: Solid characters with no fatal flaws, nor any outstanding abilities.
     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |     Character Name     |                   Abusable Moves                   |
    |________________________|____________________________________________________|
    | Katakura Kojuurou      | Sp1. Sp2.                                          |
    | Fuuma Kotarou          | Sp2.                                               |
    | Mouri Motonari         | S-string. Sp2.                                     |
    | Mori Ranmaru           | S-string. JA. Sp2.                                 |
    | Sanada Yukimura        | --                                                 |
    | Azai Nagamasa          | Sp2. JC.                                           |
    | Tokugawa Ieyasu        | Sp2.                                               |
    | Maeda Toshiie          | Sp2.                                               |
    | Honda Tadakatsu        | Sp2. S-string. Restrain.                           |
    | Toyotomi Hideyoshi     | Chargable Sp1. Restrain.                           |
    |________________________|____________________________________________________|
    
    
    -C Tier: Characters that rely on certain playing style or absuable moves to
             stay alive.
     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |     Character Name     |                   Abusable Moves                   |
    |________________________|____________________________________________________|
    | Uesugi Kenshin         | Restrain.                                          |
    | Takeda Shingen         | Restrain.                                          |
    | Miyamoto Musashi       | Sp1.                                               |
    | Zabii                  | Sp2. Step.                                         |
    | Honganji Kennyo        | Sp2.                                               |
    | Houjou Ujimasa         | Sp2.                                               |
    | OIchi                  | Sp2.                                               |
    |________________________|____________________________________________________|
    
    
    -D Tier: Characters who can barely hold his/her own. Major liability to the
             team.
     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |     Character Name     |                   Abusable Moves                   |
    |________________________|____________________________________________________|
    | Kasuga                 | Sp2.                                               |
    | Nou-hime               | JA. Sp2.                                           |
    |________________________|____________________________________________________|
    
    
    -Joke Tier: Roflcopter.
     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |     Character Name     |                   Abusable Moves                   |
    |________________________|____________________________________________________|
    | Imagawa Yoshimoto      | Chargable Sp2. Step.                               |
    |________________________|____________________________________________________|
    
    
    -------------------
    II. Against players
    -------------------
    
    
    -S Tier: Ridiculously overpowered. Crazy damage potential during Co-op.
     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |     Character Name     |                   Abusable Moves                   |
    |________________________|____________________________________________________|
    | Akechi Mitsuhide       | Sp2. Chargable Restrain.                           |
    | Chousokabe Motochika   | Sp2. Sp1.                                          |
    | Oda Nobunaga           | Sp2. Sp1.                                          |
    | Sarutobi Sasuke        | Sp2. Sp1. Double Jump Bug.                         |
    | Matsu                  | Sp2.                                               |
    | Date Masamune          | Sp2.                                               |
    |________________________|____________________________________________________|
    
    
    -A Tier: Very good characters who gain the upper hand easily most of the time.
     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |     Character Name     |                   Abusable Moves                   |
    |________________________|____________________________________________________|
    | Katakura Kojuurou      | Restrain. Sp1. Sp2.                                |
    | Shimazu Yoshihiro      | Sp1. Restrain. JA.                                 |
    | Maeda Keiji            | S-string.                                          |
    | Itsuki                 | Chargable Sp2. JA. Sp1.                            |
    | Fuuma Kotarou          | Restrain. Double Jump Bug.                         |
    |________________________|____________________________________________________|
    
    
    -B Tier: Solid characters with no fatal flaws.
     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |     Character Name     |                   Abusable Moves                   |
    |________________________|____________________________________________________|
    | Mouri Motonari         | S-string. Sp2.                                     |
    | Mori Ranmaru           | S-string. JA.                                      |
    | Azai Nagamasa          | Sp2. S-string. JC.                                 |
    | Sanada Yukimura        | --                                                 |
    | Takenaka Hanbei        | Sp1. Chargable Sp2.                                |
    | Uesugi Kenshin         | Restrain.                                          |
    | Takeda Shingen         | Restrain.                                          |
    | Tokugawa Ieyasu        | Sp2. S-string.                                     |
    | Maeda Toshiie          | Sp2.                                               |
    | Miyamoto Musashi       | Sp1.                                               |
    | Houjou Ujimasa         | Sp2.                                               |
    |________________________|____________________________________________________|
    
    
    -C Tier: Characters that rely on certain playing style or absuable moves to
             stay alive.
     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |     Character Name     |                   Abusable Moves                   |
    |________________________|____________________________________________________|
    | Toyotomi Hideyoshi     | Chargable Sp1. Restrain.                           |
    | Honda Tadakatsu        | Sp2. S-string. Restrain. Double Jump Bug.          |
    | OIchi                  | Sp2.                                               |
    | Zabii                  | Sp2. Step.                                         |
    | Honganji Kennyo        | Sp2. Restrain.                                     |
    | Kasuga                 | Double Jump Bug.                                   |
    |________________________|____________________________________________________|
    
    
    -D Tier: Characters who can barely hold his/her own. Major liability to the
             team.
     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |     Character Name     |                   Abusable Moves                   |
    |________________________|____________________________________________________|
    | Nou-hime               | JA.                                                |
    |________________________|____________________________________________________|
    
    
    -Joke Tier: Roflcopter.
     _____________________________________________________________________________
    |     Character Name     |                   Abusable Moves                   |
    |________________________|____________________________________________________|
    | Imagawa Yoshimoto      | Chargable Sp2. Step.                               |
    |________________________|____________________________________________________|
    
    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    3d. Character List
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    
    Here are the lists of the characters in the game, sorted in different ways.
    
    
    ---------------------
    I. Sort by Basic Cost
    ---------------------
     ____________________________________
    |            Name            | Cost |
    |____________________________|______|
    | 1) Honda Tadakatsu         | 680  |
    |____________________________|______|
    
    
     ____________________________________
    |            Name            | Cost |
    |____________________________|______|
    | 2) Oda Nobunaga            | 550  |
    | 2) Toyotomi Hideyoshi      | 550  |
    |____________________________|______|
    
    
     ____________________________________
    |            Name            | Cost |
    |____________________________|______|
    | 4) Date Masamune           | 470  |
    | 4) Takeda Shingen          | 470  |
    | 4) Uesugi Kenshin          | 470  |
    | 4) Shimazu Yoshihiro       | 470  |
    |____________________________|______|
    
    
     ____________________________________
    |            Name            | Cost |
    |____________________________|______|
    | 8) Sanada Yukimura         | 450  |
    | 8) Fuuma Kotarou           | 450  |
    |____________________________|______|
    
    
     ____________________________________
    |            Name            | Cost |
    |____________________________|______|
    | 10) Maeda Keiji            | 400  |
    | 10) Katakura Kojuurou      | 400  |
    | 10) Sarutobi Sasuke        | 400  |
    |____________________________|______|
    
    
     ____________________________________
    |            Name            | Cost |
    |____________________________|______|
    | 13) Takenaka Hanbei        | 370  |
    | 13) Zabii                  | 370  |
    |____________________________|______|
    
    
     ____________________________________
    |            Name            | Cost |
    |____________________________|______|
    | 15) Chousokabe Motochika   | 350  |
    | 15) Mouri Motonari         | 350  |
    | 15) Azai Nagamasa          | 350  |
    | 15) OIchi                  | 350  |
    | 15) Akechi Mitsuhide       | 350  |
    | 15) Maeda Toshiie          | 350  |
    | 15) Itsuki                 | 350  |
    | 15) Honganji Kennyo        | 350  |
    |____________________________|______|
    
    
     ____________________________________
    |            Name            | Cost |
    |____________________________|______|
    | 23) Kasuga                 | 320  |
    | 23) Nou-hime               | 320  |
    | 23) Mori Ranmaru           | 320  |
    | 23) Matsu                  | 320  |
    | 23) Imagawa Yoshimoto      | 320  |
    | 23) Houjou Ujimasa         | 320  |
    |____________________________|______|
    
    
     ____________________________________
    |            Name            | Cost |
    |____________________________|______|
    | 29) Tokugawa Ieyasu        | 300  |
    |____________________________|______|
    
    
     ____________________________________
    |            Name            | Cost |
    |____________________________|______|
    | 30) Miyamoto Musashi       | 220  |
    |____________________________|______|
    
    
    --------------------
    II. Sort by Basic HP
    --------------------
     ___________________________________
    |            Name            |  HP  |
    |____________________________|______|
    | 1) Honda Tadakatsu         | 1300 |
    | 1) Takeda Shingen          | 1300 |
    | 1) Oda Nobunaga            | 1300 |
    | 1) Toyotomi Hideyoshi      | 1300 |
    |____________________________|______|
    
    
     ___________________________________
    |            Name            |  HP  |
    |____________________________|______|
    | 5) Date Masamune           | 1000 |
    | 5) Sanada Yukimura         | 1000 |
    | 5) Maeda Keiji             | 1000 |
    | 5) Chousokabe Motochika    | 1000 |
    | 5) Mouri Motonari          | 1000 |
    | 5) Katakura Kojuurou       | 1000 |
    | 5) Azai Nagamasa           | 1000 |
    | 5) Fuuma Kotarou           | 1000 |
    | 5) Sarutobi Sasuke         | 1000 |
    | 5) Maeda Toshiie           | 1000 |
    | 5) Sabii                   | 1000 |
    | 5) Shimazu Yoshihiro       | 1000 |
    | 5) Houjou Ujimasa          | 1000 |
    | 5) Honganji Kennyo         | 1000 |
    |____________________________|______|
    
    
     ___________________________________
    |            Name            |  HP  |
    |____________________________|______|
    | 19) OIchi                  | 800  |
    | 19) Uesugi Kenshin         | 800  |
    | 19) Kasuga                 | 800  |
    | 19) Takenaka Hanbei        | 800  |
    | 19) Nou-hime               | 800  |
    | 19) Mori Ranmaru           | 800  |
    | 19) Matsu                  | 800  |
    | 19) Itsuki                 | 800  |
    | 19) Tokugawa Ieyasu        | 800  |
    | 19) Imagawa Yoshimoto      | 800  |
    |____________________________|______|
    
    
     ___________________________________
    |            Name            |  HP  |
    |____________________________|______|
    | 29) Akechi Mitsuhide       | 750  |
    |____________________________|______|
    
    
     ___________________________________
    |            Name            |  HP  |
    |____________________________|______|
    | 30) Miyamoto Musashi       | 500  |
    |____________________________|______|
    
    
    -------------------------------------------
    III. Sort by Basic Attack (with Lv1 weapon)
    -------------------------------------------
     _____________________________________
    |            Name            | Attack |
    |____________________________|________|
    | 1) Honda Tadakatsu         | 250+10 |
    |____________________________|________|
    
    
     _____________________________________
    |            Name            | Attack |
    |____________________________|________|
    | 2) Date Masamune           | 190+10 |
    | 2) Maeda Keiji             | 190+10 |
    | 2) Fuuma Kotarou           | 190+10 |
    | 2) Takeda Shingen          | 190+10 |
    | 2) Oda Nobunaga            | 190+10 |
    | 2) Toyotomi Hideyoshi      | 190+10 |
    |____________________________|________|
    
    
     _____________________________________
    |            Name            | Attack |
    |____________________________|________|
    | 8) Sanada Yukimura         | 180+10 |
    | 8) Zabii                   | 180+10 |
    | 8) Shimazu Yoshihiro       | 180+10 |
    |____________________________|________|
    
    
     _____________________________________
    |            Name            | Attack |
    |____________________________|________|
    | 11) Chousokabe Motochika   | 160+10 |
    | 11) Katakura Kojuurou      | 160+10 |
    | 11) Azai Nagamasa          | 160+10 |
    | 11) OIchi                  | 160+10 |
    | 11) Sarutobi Sasuke        | 160+10 |
    | 11) Uesugi Kenshin         | 160+10 |
    | 11) Kasuga                 | 160+10 |
    | 11) Akechi Mitsuhide       | 160+10 |
    | 11) Nou-hime               | 160+10 |
    | 11) Mori Ranmaru           | 160+10 |
    | 11) Maeda Toshiie          | 160+10 |
    | 11) Matsu                  | 160+10 |
    | 11) Itsuki                 | 160+10 |
    | 11) Tokugawa Ieyasu        | 160+10 |
    | 11) Houjou Ujimasa         | 160+10 |
    | 11) Honganji Kennyo        | 160+10 |
    |____________________________|________|
    
    
     _____________________________________
    |            Name            | Attack |
    |____________________________|________|
    | 27) Mouri Motonari         | 150+10 |
    | 27) Imagawa Yoshimoto      | 150+10 |
    |____________________________|________|
    
    
     _____________________________________
    |            Name            | Attack |
    |____________________________|________|
    | 29) Takenaka Hanbei        | 140+10 |
    |____________________________|________|
    
    
     _____________________________________
    |            Name            | Attack |
    |____________________________|________|
    | 30) Miyamoto Musashi       | 120+10 |
    |____________________________|________|
    
    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    3d. Ranks
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    
    Each character has a rank, which can be leveled up by winning matches
    consecutively. Ranks do NOT affect your characters in terms of their abilities.
    But by leveling up, you will be rewarded with some money, as well as additional
    costumes (pallet swaps).
    
    There are 15 levels in total. Every time you get enough wins consecutively, a
    ''BASARA Qualification Battle'' occurs. It does not change anything in the
    battle, but after you win that match, you would gain a rank.
    
    You can do this in Story Mode, Free Mode, or Ad-hoc VS. The quickest way of
    gaining ranks is to repeat Free mode matches again and again without getting
    out.
    
    Here is a list of how many matches it takes for the BASARA Qualification Battle
    to occur, and what you can make out of it. Note that the number only applies to
    repeating Free Mode.
    
    
     _________________________________________________________________
    | Rank | Number of Wins Required | $ Rewarded | Costumes Unlocked |
    |______|_________________________|____________|___________________|
    | 01   | --                      | --         | --                |
    | 02   | 3                       | 2000       | --                |
    | 03   | 3                       | 3000       | --                |
    | 04   | 4                       | --         | 2nd Color         |
    | 05   | 4                       | 5000       | --                |
    | 06   | 5                       | 6000       | --                |
    | 07   | 5                       | 7000       | --                |
    | 08   | 6                       | 8000       | --                |
    | 09   | 6                       | 9000       | --                |
    | 10   | 7                       | 10000      | --                |
    | 11   | 10                      | --         | 3rd Color         |
    | 12   | 12                      | 15000      | --                |
    | 13   | 13                      | 20000      | --                |
    | 14   | 13                      | 30000      | --                |
    | MAX  | 16                      | --         | 4th Color         |
    |______|_________________________|____________|___________________|
    
    
    ===============================================================================
    4. Weapons & Armors
    ===============================================================================
    
    
    This section covers weapon and armor stats and how to unlock them in the shop.
    
    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    4a. Weapons
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    
    The same level of weapons have identical attack power, cost, and price. Once
    unlocked, it becomes available for purchase in the shop for every character.
    
    There are 8 levels of weapons in total for every character, except Yukimura and
    Masamune, who both have 10. Their exclusive weapons are unlocked by completing
    different tasks in the game. Check section 5b ''Exclusives'' for detail.
    
    
     _____________________________________________________________________________
    | Level | Attack | Cost | Price |                How to Unlock                |
    |_______|________|______|_______|_____________________________________________|
    | 1     | 10     | 0    | --    | Default Weapon                              |
    | 2     | 30     | 20   | 1000  | Available from the start                    |
    | 3     | 60     | 50   | 3000  | Clear stage 2 of Story mode on NORMAL       |
    | 4     | 100    | 90   | 8000  | Clear stage 5 of Story mode on NORMAL       |
    | 5     | 140    | 110  | 12000 | Clear stage 2 of Story mode on HARD         |
    | 6     | 190    | 150  | 20000 | Clear stage 5 of Story mode on HARD         |
    | 7     | 240    | 190  | 35000 | Clear stage 2 of Story mode on EXTREME      |
    | 8     | 300    | 250  | 60000 | Clear stage 5 of Story mode on EXTRENE      |
    |*9     | 400    | 330  | --    | Yukimura and Masamune ONLY. See 5b below    |
    |*10    |-80     |-80   | --    | Yukimura and Masamune ONLY. See 5b below    |
    |_______|________|______|_______|_____________________________________________|
    
    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    4b. Armors
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    
    The same level of armors have identical stats, cost, and price. Once unlocked,
    it becomes available for purchase in the shop for every character.
    
    There are 3 levels of armors in total for every character, except Yukimura and
    Masamune, who both have 5. Their exclusive armors are unlocked by completing
    different tasks in the game. Check section 5b ''Exclusives'' for detail.
    
    
     _____________________________________________________________________________
    | Level |  HP  | Cost | Price |                 How to Unlock                 |
    |_______|______|______|_______|_______________________________________________|
    | 1     | 250  | 80   | 5000  | Clear Story mode with 3 different characters  |
    | 2     | 500  | 160  | 30000 | Clear Story mode with 10 different characters |
    | 3     | 750  | 250  | 70000 | Clear Story mode with 20 different characters |
    |*4     | 1000 | 350  | --    | Yukimura and Masamune ONLY. See 5b below      |
    |*5     |-500  |-160  | --    | Yukimura and Masamune ONLY. See 5b below      |
    |_______|______|______|_______|_______________________________________________|
    
    
    ===============================================================================
    5. Unlockables
    ===============================================================================
    
    
    This section will cover all the unlockables in the game.
    
    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    5a. Unlockable Characters
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    
    Clear Story mode on any difficulty to unlock more characters. You can do it
    alone, or in ad-hoc mode with another player. In co-op Story mode, both players
    get the credit for clearing the chosen scenario.
    
    
     _____________________________________________________________________________
    | Unlockale Characters |                     How to Unlock                    |
    |______________________|______________________________________________________|
    | Nou-hime             | Clear Story mode with Nobunaga                       |
    | Mori Ranmaru         | Clear Story mode with Nou-hime                       |
    | Houjou Ujimasa       | Clear Story mode with Fuuma Kotarou                  |
    | Imagawa Yoshimoto    | Clear Story mode with Houjou Ujimasa                 |
    | Uesugi Kenshin       | Clear Story mode with Kasuga                         |
    | Honganji Kennyo      | Clear Story mode with Uesugi Kenshin                 |
    | Honda Tadakatsu      | Clear Story mode with Chousokabe Motochika           |
    | Tokugawa Ieyasu      | Clear Story mode with Honda Tadakatsu                |
    | Takenaka Hanbei      | Clear Story mode with Toyotomi Hideyoshi             |
    | Shimazu Yoshihiro    | Clear Story mode with Takenaka Hanbei                |
    | Sarutobi Sasuke      | Clear Story mode with Sanada Yukimura                |
    | Takeda Shingen       | Clear Story mode with Sarutobi Sasuke                |
    | Itsuki               | Clear Story mode with Date Masamune                  |
    | Zabii                | Clear Story mode with Itsuki                         |
    | Azai Nagamasa        | Clear Story mode with OIchi                          |
    | Akachi Mitsuhide     | Clear Story mode with Azai Nagamasa                  |
    | Mouri Motonari       | Clear Story mode with Katakura Kojuurou              |
    | Miyamoto Musashi     | Clear Story mode with Mouri Motonari                 |
    | Matsu                | Clear Story mode with Maeda Keiji                    |
    | Maeda Toshiie        | Clear Story mode with Matsu                          |
    |______________________|______________________________________________________|
    
    
    Quicklist:
    -Availabe at start --> Unlockable --> Unloackbale
    
    -Nobunaga --> Nou --> Ranmaru
    -Kotarou --> Ujimasa --> Yoshimoto
    -Kasuga --> Kenshin --> Kennyo
    -Motochika --> Tadakatsu --> Ieyasu
    -Hideyoshi --> Hanbei --> Yoshihiro
    -Yukimura --> Sasuke --> Shingen
    -Masamune --> Itsuki --> Zabii
    -Ichi --> Nagamasa --> Mitsuhide
    -Kojuurou --> Motonari --> Musashi
    -Keiji --> Matsu --> Toshiie
    
    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    5b. Exclusives
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    
    As mentioned above, Sanada Yukimura and Date Masamune both have 2 additional
    weapons and armors. They can be unlocked by completing different tasks in the
    game.
    
    
    ---------------
    Sanada Yukimura
    ---------------
    
    -Level 9 Weapon: Clear all 50 stages in Yukimura's Mission mode with PERFECT
    Win. You can tell a Perfect Win from the golden center on the war fan as
    opposed to the red center and small war fan for Easy Win and Struggle.
    
    -Level 10 Weapon: Clear Story mode on EXTREME with 20 different characters.
    
    -Level 4 Armor: Clear all 50 stages in Maeda Keiji's Mission mode with PERFECT
    Win. You can tell a Perfect Win from the golden center on the war fan as
    opposed to the red center and small war fan for Easy Win and Struggle.
    
    -Level 5 Armor: Clear Story mode on EXTREME with 10 different characters.
    
    
    -------------
    Date Masamune
    -------------
    
    -Level 9 Weapon: Clear all 50 stages in Masamune's Mission mode with PERFECT
    Win. You can tell a Perfect Win from the golden center on the war fan as
    opposed to the red center and small war fan for Easy Win and Struggle.
    
    -Level 10 Weapon: Clear Story mode on EXTREME with all 30 characters.
    
    -Level 4 Armor: Clear all levels in Challenge mode on the highest difficulty.
    
    -Level 5 Armor: Clear Story mode on any difficulty with all 30 characters.
    
    
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    5c. Password Unlockables
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    
    Password is under ''Option --> Save/Load/Password''.
    Refer to section 1a. Main Menu if you're not sure which one or where it is.
    
    So far the official site has only revealed the first password. Let's hope more
    are on the way. For those who have trouble with Hiragana, refer to the chart
    below.
     _____   _____   _____
    |  A  | |  Ka | |  Sa |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ta | |  Na | |  Ha |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ma | |  Ya | |  Ra |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    | Pun | | Wa  | |     |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
    
    This should be what you would see on the keypad. To know which letters you have
    to enter, simply choose the ones according to the numbers right next to the
    syllables. For example: Ka3 means the 3rd syllables on the ''Ka'' pad. So go
    to ''Ka'', and choose the 3rd syllable you see there.
    
    
    1)
    Date: April 24
    Unlockable: Challenge Mode
    Password: Ki-N-Ni-Ku-No-Sa-I-Te-N
     _____   _____   _____
    |  A  | |  Ka | |  Sa |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ta | |  Na | |  Ha |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ma | |  Ya | |  Ra |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    | Pun | | Wa  | |     |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
    
    Syllables: Ka2 - Wa3 - Na2 - Ka3 - Na5 - Sa1 - A2 - Ta4 - Wa3
    Visual aid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS9RXOAcrtA
    
    
    2)
    Date: May 8
    Unlockable: Exclusive free missions in Date Masamune's Mission Mode
    Password: Ryu-U-Ha-Te-N-Ni-Ka-E-Ru
     _____   _____   _____
    |  A  | |  Ka | |  Sa |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ta | |  Na | |  Ha |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ma | |  Ya | |  Ra |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    | Pun | | Wa  | |     |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
    
    Syllables: Ra2 - Ya5 - A3 - Ha1 - Ta4 - Wa3 - Na2 - Ka1 - A4 - Ra3
    Visual aid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6fxy_Pqs_w
    
    
    3)
    Date: May 15
    Unlockable: Exclusive free missions in Sanada Yukimura's Mission Mode
    Password: Ta-Ke-Ru-Ta-Ma-Shi-I
     _____   _____   _____
    |  A  | |  Ka | |  Sa |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ta | |  Na | |  Ha |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ma | |  Ya | |  Ra |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    | Pun | | Wa  | |     |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
    
    Syllables: Ta1 - Ka4 - Ra3 - Ta1 - Ma1 - Sa2 - A2
    Visual aid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qkk5YJMCemU&fmt=18
    
    
    4)
    Date: May 22
    Unlockable: Exclusive free missions in Maeda Keiji's Mission Mode
    Password: Ji-Ka-N-Ha-Mo-Do-Ra-Na-I
     _____   _____   _____
    |  A  | |  Ka | |  Sa |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ta | |  Na | |  Ha |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ma | |  Ya | |  Ra |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    | Pun | | Wa  | |     |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
    
    Syllables: Sa7 - Ka1 - Wa3 - Ha1 - Ma5 - Ta11 - Ra1 - Na1 - A2
    Visual aid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3bX4mm3yns&fmt=18
    
    
    5)
    Date: May 29
    Unlockable: 3rd costume for 10 characters (listed in the video link below)
    Password: Sa-Ru-Ki-Ji-I-Nu
     _____   _____   _____
    |  A  | |  Ka | |  Sa |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ta | |  Na | |  Ha |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ma | |  Ya | |  Ra |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    | Pun | | Wa  | |     |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
    
    Syllables: Sa1 - Ra3 - Ka2 - Sa7 - A2 - Na3
    Visual aid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5U2y5zN1QUU&fmt=18
    
    
    6)
    Date: June 5
    Unlockable: 3rd costume for 10 characters (listed in the video link below)
    Password: O-N-Na-No-Mi-Chi
     _____   _____   _____
    |  A  | |  Ka | |  Sa |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ta | |  Na | |  Ha |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ma | |  Ya | |  Ra |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    | Pun | | Wa  | |     |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
    
    Syllables: A5 - Wa3 - Na1 - Na5 - Ma2 - Ta2
    Visual aid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFMoBMg3gjA&fmt=18
    
    
    7)
    Date: June 12
    Unlockable: 3rd costume for 10 characters (listed in the video link below)
    Password: Su-Ge-E-Mu-Te-Ki
     _____   _____   _____
    |  A  | |  Ka | |  Sa |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ta | |  Na | |  Ha |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ma | |  Ya | |  Ra |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    | Pun | | Wa  | |     |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
    
    Syllables: Sa3 - Ka9 - A4 - Ma3 - Ta4 - Ka2
    Visual aid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36UOolI6fvY&fmt=18
    
    
    --)
    Date: Not yet revealed
    Unlockable: 4th costume for all 30 characters
    Password: To-O-Ri-Su-Ga-Ri-No-Yu-Ki-Da-Ru-Ma
     _____   _____   _____
    |  A  | |  Ka | |  Sa |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ta | |  Na | |  Ha |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ma | |  Ya | |  Ra |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    | Pun | | Wa  | |     |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
    
    Syllables: Ta5 - A5 - Ra2 - Sa3 - Ka6 - Ra2 - Na5 - Ya2 - Ka2 - Ta7 - Ra3 - Ma1
    Visual aid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feeVD01Fkss&fmt=18
    
    
    --)
    Date: Not yet revealed
    Unlockable: Date Masamune's 9th weapon & 4th armor
    Password: Do-Ku-Ga-N-Ryu-U-No-Tsu-Me
     _____   _____   _____
    |  A  | |  Ka | |  Sa |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ta | |  Na | |  Ha |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ma | |  Ya | |  Ra |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    | Pun | | Wa  | |     |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
    
    Syllables: Ta11 - Ka3 - Ka6 - Wa3 - Ra2 - Ya5 - A3 - Na5 - Ta3 - Ma4
    Visual aid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OA65UZHdRbo&fmt=18
    
    
    --)
    Date: Not yet revealed
    Unlockable: Sanada Yukimura's 9th weapon & 4th armor
    Password: Bu-No-Shi-N-Zu-I
     _____   _____   _____
    |  A  | |  Ka | |  Sa |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ta | |  Na | |  Ha |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ma | |  Ya | |  Ra |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    | Pun | | Wa  | |     |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
    
    Syllables: Ha8 - Na5 - Sa2 - Wa3 - A2
    Visual aid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIvwE6oOwKg&fmt=18
    
    
    --)
    Date: Not yet revealed
    Unlockable: Date Masamune's 10th weapon & 5th armor
    Password: Ya-Bo-Ha-Na-Shi-Da
     _____   _____   _____
    |  A  | |  Ka | |  Sa |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ta | |  Na | |  Ha |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ma | |  Ya | |  Ra |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    | Pun | | Wa  | |     |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
    
    Syllables: Ya1 - Ha10 - Ha1 - Na1 - Sa2 - Ta7
    Visual aid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhUVQJf5sJ8&fmt=18
    
    
    --)
    Date: Not yet revealed
    Unlockable: Sanada Yukimura's 10th weapon & 5th armor
    Password: Ya-Ga-I-O-To-Ko-Ma-Tsu-Ri
     _____   _____   _____
    |  A  | |  Ka | |  Sa |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ta | |  Na | |  Ha |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    |  Ma | |  Ya | |  Ra |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
     _____   _____   _____
    | Pun | | Wa  | |     |
    |_____| |_____| |_____|
    
    Syllables: Ya1 - Ka6 - A2 - A5 - Ta5 - Ka5 - Ma1 - Ta3 - Ra2
    Visual aid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJccqoYQ9dw&fmt=18
    
    
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    6. Frequently Asked Questions
    ===============================================================================
    
    
    1) Q: What's this FAQ about? Why is it here?
       A: It pretty much covers everything game-related. It's here because I felt
          like making one, and GameFAQs was kind enough to host it.
    
    2) Q: What's that option? I don't understand Japanese.
       A: See section 1. Menu Translation.
    
    3) Q: Who is this? And how do I unlock him/her?
       A: See section 3a. Character Descriptions, and 5a. Unlockable Characters.
    
    4) Q: How do I unlock more weapons and armors for my characters?
       A: See section 4. Weapons & Armors
    
    5) Q: What's the ''???'' in the main menu? How do I unlock it?
       A: It's Challenge Mode. See section 1a. Main Menu.
    
    6) Q: What's the Password option for?
       A: You can unlock some stuff by entering the passwords revealed on the
          official site. See section 5c. Password Unlockables for more detail.
    
    7) Q: Can I change my attacks? Will my characters learn more attacks later on?
       A: No, and No. All the attacks are pre-set.
    
    8) Q: Is there alternate costumes?
       A: Yes and No. They're just pallet swaps.
    
    9) Q: How do I do this move?
       A: See section 2b. Controls, and 3b. Character Analysis.
    
    10) Q: How do I use BASARA attack?
        A: Unfortunately, you can't. It's been taken out.
    
    11) Q: Are Sasaki Kojirou, Naoe Kanetsugu, Ishida Mitsunari in the game?
        A: No, none of them is a playable character or unique NPC in the game.
    
    12) Q: Is Matsunaga playable?
        A: No, he's not, at least not at the moment.
    
    13) Q: Do you know any working cheats?
        A: No, I don't use cheats.
    
    14) Q: Can you send me the songs? Or tell me where to get them?
        A: No, that'd be illegal.
    
    15) Q: Who's the best character in the game? Tier list?
        A: Matter of opinions. See section 3b. Character Analysis, and 3c. Tier
           List for detail.
    
    16) Q: Would you recommend buying this game? Will I like it?
        A: If you're a BASARA fan, and have friends who are also fans of the
           series, yes I do recommend it. Otherwise, I suggest you watch some game
           play videos first, then decide for yourself.
    
    17) Q: How does the game play? Is it like AvZ / GvG?
        A: To a certain degree, yes it is.
    
    18) Q: I found a mistake!
        A: You could help me fix it by sending me an email, or post on the board.
           I'll be sure to fully credit you. I do not accept any corrections on
           typo though.
    
    19) Q: Would you create a section for ''xxxxx'' ?
        A: I would take any REASONABLE, and GAMEPLAY-RELATED suggestions.
    
    
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    7. Credits & Acknowledgements
    ===============================================================================
    
    
    Credit goes to the following
    
    -Users on Bahamut(Taiwan's BBS) @ gamer.com.tw
    
    -Users on JP wiki
    
    -DivideR, for various contributions including combos and suggestions.
    
    
    Special thanks to
    
    -Capcom, for developing this game and the awesome BASARA series.
    
    -GameFAQs, for hosting this guide.
    
    -sakuyachan, for his disclaimer.
    
    -DivideR, for helping me get through Kasuga, Kenshin, and Ichi's Story mode on
    Extreme. We had some awesome moments; Full aerial Kaenguruma, Ichi's 5th stage
    with 7 seconds left on the clock and both of us near death, Kasuga's last stage
    (god that was a major pain in the ass)...etc. Couldn't have done it by myself.
    
    -VitaLemon, ZGMFX10Amod00, zidanet129, jiaodaye, and DivideR for gaming with
    me.
    
    -You, for getting the game and reading this guide.
    
    
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    8. Copyrights
    ===============================================================================
    
    
    Sengoku BASARA : Battle Heroes
    General FAQ (c) 2009 William Hu, DDT213.
    Sengoku BASARA : Battle Heroes (c) 2009 CAPCOM
    All Rights Reserved.

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