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                                      DRAGON FORCE FAQ
                                        Version 3.0
                                        April 7,1997
                            Copyright (C) 1997 by Manny Trinidad
    1.  Introduction
    2.  The Rulers
    3.  Generals
    4.  Soldier Types
    5.  Battle Formations
    6.  Character Descriptions
    7.  Locations
    8.  Items List
    9.  Skills and Magic
    10. Closing Notes
    11. Release Versions 
         This is the third release of my Dragon Force FAQ. It is meant to be a 
    reference and strategy guide to this most addicting game by Working Designs. 
    This should be particularly helpful to people new to the Strategy/RPG genre of 
    the game.
    2.  THE RULERS
         While much of the tasks you have to complete in order to finish the story 
    are the same from ruler to ruler, there are a few differences here and there. 
    These are detailed below.
    WEIN: Wein is visited by Astea and given the task of finding the other members 
    of the Dragon Force. He has to deal with Borgon, the oppressive lord of Travan 
    Castle, and his Flash Knights. Once you enter the vicinity of Palemoon, Teiris 
    will eventually ally her forces with yours. After your initial defeat of Ryskim, 
    he will return and kidnap Teiris, who you must rescue. The Dragon Power will be 
    given to Wein by Miral.
    TEIRIS: Teiris is given the task of finding the Dragon Force members by Farla, 
    the first queen of the Elves. (Farla will also be the one to give Teiris the 
    Dragon Power.) Right at the beginning, she has to confront Laine, an elf who 
    wants to be the queen. Wein will come and ally his forces with you very early 
    into the game. Wein will leave, however, and travel the land as a mercenary, in 
    order to find the other members of the Dragon Force. Later in the game, he will 
    return when word gets to him that Teiris was in trouble (it was in fact, Laine). 
    Most of the other chosen will readily ally with Teiris without having to fight. 
    In fact, Reinhart will travel to Teiris himself.
    JUNON:  Frest visits Junon and gives her the task of finding the others. Junon 
    initially has to deal with Gustav, a mercenary hired to kill her, and Golem, the 
    man who hired Gustav. Ramda is murdered by Scythe and Gaul in this scenario, and 
    it is Goldark who fights Katmando. In this storyline, there is a different twist 
    to Zanon. Faust, a ghost knight, will come to take the sword Eclisis from Zanon. 
    (Zanon will still kill himself, but if Junon ignores Lightan Castle, she will be 
    given a report that the castle and its inhabitants has been destroyed.) Faust 
    will attempt to tempt Junon, offering her Eclisis, and returns later to give the 
    Dragon Power to her.  
    MIKHAL:  Mikhal is given his task by Frest. It is only in MikhalOs storyline 
    that we see more detail about Hayate. Wein will readily join up when Mikhal goes 
    to Highland. Ryskim kidnaps Shione after his defeat by Mikhal and Vlad.
    LEON:  Kazabu, LeonOs kung fu master, visits and alludes to the coming events 
    and disappears. Later, Frest appears and gives Leon the mission. Leon then has 
    to deal with a mercenary unit trying to kill him so that its leader can take the 
    throne. After conquering Junon, she will not immediately join and leave. After 
    defeating him with Vlad, Ryskim kidnaps Yanna for Leon to rescue. When Leon has 
    his showdown with Goldark, Junon comes back and is injured by Goldark. After 
    defeating him, Goldark and Junon finally join. Kazabu will return later in the 
    game to OtestO Leon at the Shrine.
    GONGOS:  This storyline is similar to GoldarkOs in the opening stages. Gongos 
    sets out to stop Goldark and subdue the continent. Like Goldark, none of the 
    other rulers will join up. Wein and Teiris will mysteriously vanish, Mikhal and 
    Reinhart will escape, and Reinhart will come to take Leon and Junon from GongosO 
    prison. Mikhal, Reinhart, and WeinOs forces will join you. Later, the other 
    rulers are taken prisoner by Gaul and Scythe, and Gongos travels to Fandaria 
    Castle to rescue them. It is around this time that Frest and Ramda will appear. 
    RyskimOs kidnap victim in this scenario is Katt. After recovering the Bracelet 
    of the Sun, Gongos is attacked by Gunner, possessed by the spirit of Leviathan, 
    the Beast King. After his defeat, Leviathan reveals the reason for the animosity 
    between elves and beastmen and gives Gongos the Dragon Power.
         The next two rulers are only playable after defeating the game once.
    REINHART:  ReinhartOs story begins with him already knowing that the Dragon 
    Force must be assembled. Reinhart actually remains in the background, letting 
    Wein look for the chosen. Early in the game, it is revealed that Uryll, one of 
    his generals was sent by Gaul to watch him and kill him. But, having developed 
    feelings for Reinhart, Uryll instead leaves to report her failure. This results 
    in Reinhart and Ardor charging to her rescue. ReinhartOs is also the only 
    scenario where Zanon can join up with you, as Reinhart uses his magic to seal up 
    Eclisis. After assembling the members of the Dragon Force, Wein shows up at 
    ReinhartOs castle offering all forces to your command.
    GOLDARK:  This is an interesting scenario, as Goldark actually sets out to 
    conquer the continent. It begins with GoldarkOs killing of his brother Gyzzdark. 
    It is actually Gyzzdark that sets the whole war into motion. Goldark decides at 
    first to conquer the continent to end the war, but ends up doing it to assemble 
    everyone to overcome Madruk. Early in the game, he has to deal with Talon, the 
    son of Gyzzdark. Scythe and Gaul will ask Goldark to join them and Goldark 
    decides to accept it to use their power for the time being. Reinhart will 
    suspect GoldarkOs true intentions, but cannot overtly join due to his 
    association with Gaul and Scythe. Goldark will capture everyone except for Wein, 
    who will escape. After everyone is assembled, Goldark stages an execution to 
    flush out Wein. It is then that Goldark turns on Gaul and Scythe and the Dragon 
    Force is formed. Zanon can be defeated like any other general in this scenario, 
    but will never join.
         If you want an easier time of it, play as Teiris or Reinhart, as these 
    rulers go through less combat, and while you do have to do some conquering, your 
    forces grow fast through alliances with the other chosen. The other kingdoms are 
    more combat oriented, which is what makes this game so fun! Wein and JunonOs 
    storylines are a little harder, since you have to conquer everyone else except 
    Teiris, who will ally with you. Mikhal and LeonOs are probably the most 
    challenging. They have combat intensive scenarios, and their starting locations 
    are difficult to defend at first. Mikhal directly borders Fandaria, and Leon 
    kingdom is smack in the middle of the continent! Goldark and GongosO scenarios 
    are challenging in that you donOt really have any control in building up the 
    experience and levels of the other members of the Dragon Force. With these two, 
    you have to fight everyone, but no one will join you until right at the end.
    3.  GENERALS
         There are ten different different types of generals. Using a generalOs 
    abilities effectively can also be a factor in a battle going your way, even if 
    your troops are inferior to those you are facing. However, it isnOt just how you 
    use a particular general. While effective use of a general can swing a battle 
    your way, remember that the enemy general can likewise swing the outcome of the 
    battle to a loss for your army! Below are the descriptions of the different 
         FIGHTER:  Fighter generals normally will have Soldiers as troops. All 
    fighters are capable of casting some form of the Sonic Boom techniques. When 
    using such a general, be sure to use your Sonic Boom immediately to clear out as 
    many enemy troops as you can. If you face a 5th or higher level fighter, odds 
    are heOll have Sonic Wave and/or Sonic Blast, so donOt use a Breach formation in 
    these circumstances unless you want to lose your breach unit!
         KNIGHT:  YouOll normally find yourself facing Cavalry when you go up 
    against Knights. Typical Knights will be similar to fighters in respect to the 
    Sonic Booms, but rather than Sonic Blasts, theyOll have Hyper-Storm, which can 
    cover a greater area than the Sonic Booms, which move through the center ranks. 
    When facing knight generals, however, you will face a greater variety of spells 
    (See descriptions of Ardor, Ramda, Wein, Goldark, etc.), but youOll also be able 
    to command a greater variety of spells as well!
         SPIRIT USER:  Spirit Users normally start the game with poor troops, either 
    Archers or Mages. Fortunately, Spirit Users use magic meant to clear out numbers 
    of enemy troops. Some timing is required when using her spells, however, as 
    casting a spell at the wrong time can possibly affect no enemy troops. Some of 
    the spells will also affect any troops in the area, friend or foe, so be 
         MAGICIAN:  Magicians command a large range of destructive magic. Taking on 
    a Magician can be a tricky thing because (1) they normally will have Mages as 
    their troops, and youOll need to get your troops downfield quickly or the Mages 
    can take out a good chunk of your men out during the approach. (2) Like Spirit 
    Users, Magicians also have spells that can take out numbers of your army during 
    their run down the battlefield (Meteor Storm comes to mind). (3) Even if you 
    close in, if you face a 5th level or highter Magician, odds are pretty good that 
    heOll have the Holy Shield spell, which can devastate the troops that do make it 
    that far! Using battle formations that have two groups could be the solution, 
    but you leave troops in the back as sitting ducks for the Mage troops.
         PRIEST:  Priests are similar to the other two spellcasting generals, in the 
    respect that they normally will have mages as troops, making the approach to the 
    general somewhat tricky. Like Magicians, a 5th or higher level Priest is likely 
    to also have Holy Shield. One of the PriestOs most dangerous weapons is the 
    Resurrect spell. Even with inferior troops, a Priest is capable of defeating you 
    with overwhelming numbers of troops. If a Priest manages to get a High ability 
    troop like Dragons, a Priest with a high MP and Resurrect is near invincible!
         MONK:  MonksO special abilities are geared to inflicting damage on an enemy 
    general. As such, these are effective generals to use against Magicians, 
    Priests, and Spirit Users. A high level Monk is capable of inflicting enough 
    damage to finish off the job begun by your troops.
         SAMURAI:  Samurai generals are similar in many respects to Fighters. You 
    have to watch out for Sonic Booms or Sonic Blasts. Many Samurai, however, also 
    have a Cross Flash to attack enemy generals directly. Samurai also do well in 
         NINJA:  Absolutely the best deterrant to the three major spellcasting 
    generals. A ninja can keep a spellcaster from casting anything during an entire 
    combat. Use of the AssassinOs Star or Mirage Star will take out enemy troops as 
    well as drain the Magic Power Gauge. Ninja also have a faster recovery time 
    after casting a spell than other generals. Added to this, Ninja also have some 
    sort of ability to attack generals directly, and are very good when fighting a 
    duel. When facing a Ninja, always try to get a spell out before he does. If you 
    donOt, you may never get a spell out and that will often swing things in the 
    enemyOs favor.
         BEAST:  Beast generals are fairly similar to Monks, but seem to be a little 
    more effective when a duel situation arises. Use them against the major 
    spellcasters, where their special abilities will do very well.
         THIEF:  Thieves are a similar to Ninja, but a little weaker. They normally 
    have less skills, and lack an attack to take out large amounts of troops like 
    the NinjaOs Mirage Star. They also donOt recover their Magic Power Gauge as 
    quickly as Ninja. When facing Thieves, be careful against them the way you would 
    a Ninja. For your own forces, Thieves are useful when you donOt have Ninja.
         DRAGONMAN:  While not a commonly reoccuring general, Dragonmen need to be 
    mentioned, as they will pop up from time to time. These are some of the toughest 
    generals you can have in your armies, as their troops will be Dragonmen as well. 
    (And youOll have a chance to get two Dragonmen as generals!) YouOll see the same 
    spell selection in all Dragonmen generals. They tend to have a more effective 
    Flame Cannon than others with the same ability, but when facing a Dragonman, the 
    ability that will be used the most against your forces will be the Stone 
    Pedestal. This can actually be one of the most frustrating things about a 
    Dragonman, as this one spell will prolong the battle long enough for time to run 
    out, resulting in a draw. While Samurai are always effective for dealing with 
    the DragonmanOs troops, Harpies and Dragons are not affected by the Stone 
    Pedestal, and they can reach the general without any hindrances after the enemy 
    soldiers are dealt with.
         IMMORTAL TRIBESMEN:  This encompasses generals like Vlad, Sierra, Uryll and 
    others of the like. These generals are arguably the most powerful. Resurrect is 
    a spell they typically have, so the initial number of troops you face is not 
    necessarily all you have to fight! The most dangerous spell these generals 
    possess, however, is Ensnare, which will prevent retreat as well as freeze the 
    Magic Power Gauge of its victim.
         There are ten different types of soldiers in Dragon Force, the manual 
    breaking them into three subgroups. The High ability soldiers are Dragons, 
    Cavalry, Harpies, and Zombies. Soldiers and Samurai make up the Average ability 
    fighters. Finally, there are the Low ability soldiers, Mages, Archers, Monks, 
    and Beasts. While it may look like you should always give your generals High 
    ability soldiers, each type has their own strengths and weaknesses, and 
    understanding those of each troop type will make the big difference in winning 
    battles. Sheer numbers are not necessarily the key. IOve seen an army of one 
    hundred be decimated by an army of ten! Furthermore, the terrain, or being 
    within the walls of a castle can be a key factor in defeating an army that 
    outnumbers yours. DonOt get too locked the High/Average/Low breakdown the manual 
    gives, though, as there are some balances in the game. The High ability troops 
    are generally very easily defeated by a particular Low ability troop. An 
    understanding behind how a troop type fares against another is really the key to 
    winning battles.
         The troop types are as follows:
         DRAGON: Without a doubt, the Dragonmen are best troops to have. Unless they 
    are facing Samurai (and other Dragons, of course), they generally will have the 
    upper hand. Dragons are also generally unaffected by most terrain. Dragons are 
    generally useful with any battle formation. While it is possible to recruit a 
    general that has Dragons as troops (there are two or three), you will have to 
    find a Dragon Crest in order to give Dragon troops to other generals, and none 
    of the Dragon Force members have Dragon as a possible troop type to begin with.
         ZOMBIE: Another high ability troop. Zombies have three major weaknesses, 
    Dragons, Mages and Monks. When using Zombies, try to avoid engaging in battle 
    against monks, as monks will absolutely tear you apart! Zombies are very 
    effective against archers. If you are facing enemy Zombies, itOs wise to hold 
    your forces in a defensive stance at first, as generals that normally command 
    Zombie troops normally have the Resurrect spell. Even if you have troops 
    superior to Zombies, one of the dangers of facing them is the possibility of 
    being overwhelmed by the large numbers.
         HARPY: Harpies make an excellent troop type. Like Dragons, they generally 
    are not affected too much by surrounding terrain like other soldiers can be. 
    Harpies are in serious trouble when they encounter Mages and Archers. Harpies 
    (and Dragons) are not affected by the Stone Pedestal and similar spells.
         CAVALRY: Despite being the weakest of the High ability troops, Cavalry make 
    good solid soldiers. Be careful when facing off against Monks and Beasts as 
    these troops are very strong against them. There is one big advantage that they 
    have (at least from my observation). When Cavalry reach him, they are extremely 
    effective at damaging the enemy general.
         SAMURAI: Of the two Average ability troops, Samurai are better to have than 
    Soldiers due to their ability to decimate troops of Dragons like the proverbial 
    hot knife through butter! Except for Dragons, Samurai perform poorly against the 
    High ability troops, but are superior to all the Low ability troops. 
         SOLDIER: Soldiers are very similar to Samurai in all respects, except the 
    SamuraiOs specialty above. Soldiers (and Samurai) can work very well when used 
    in a Defensive Formation (front line on Standby), when facing superior troops.
         MAGE: Forget what the manual says! I know that Mages are Low ability 
    troops, but from playing this game for hours on end, IOve come to the conclusion 
    that the manualOs troop vs. troop chart is for close combat. Mages should always 
    be put in Standby when the battle first starts. Remember that while your troops 
    may be superior to Mages, you still have to run across the battlefield to engage 
    them in close combat before you plow through them. A lot of times, by the time 
    your soldiers get in close enough to kill the Mages, youOve only got a handful 
    of your starting troops left! Never take Mages likely! Mages are good to use 
    against Zombies and are highly effective against Harpies.
         ARCHER: Archers are similar to Mages. They are very weak troops, but 
    opposing troops have to close the gap before tearing them apart. Unlike Mages, 
    though, Archers are very poor against Zombies. There seems to be some sort of 
    error regarding Archers vs. Monks in the chart. I only discovered this recently, 
    but it says that both troops are bad against each other. Archers, sad to say, 
    are probably the worse troops to have. If you have a general with Archers as 
    troops, find a Crest, any Crest!
         The best way to approach enemy Archers and Mages is to go into Special 
    formation and issue the Disperse command. When your troops are at the extreme 
    ends, Advance. The big disadvantage is that dispersing your troops opens a clear 
    path for arrows and fireballs to hit your general, so keep an eye on your 
    commanders life bar!
         MONK: Monks are good to use when up against Mages and Cavalry. Their 
    biggest strength is using them against Zombies. Use these troops mainly in 
    defensive formation so that they last a little longer.
         BEAST: Beasts are similar to Monks in respect to fighting Mages and 
    Cavalry. They are on an equal footing with Zombies. Beasts are not also affected 
    severely as other troops in harsh terrain.
         One last thing on troops... While it is possible to find a decent amount of 
    Dragon Crests, you wonOt find enough for all generals. ItOs actually wise to 
    keep a good mix of fighter types with your generals. In fact, itOs not really 
    necessary to always go for High ability troops. Make sure that you have enough 
    generals that command Soldiers, or preferably, Samurai. Remember that  (1) 
    Soldiers and Samurai, the two Average ability troops, are better than all Low 
    ability troops. (2) The correct number of Average troops, terrain effects, 
    castle effects, battle formation and decisions can still overcome any troops, no 
    matter how tough theyOre supposed to be!
         There are eight different battle formations. While the manual shows the 
    formations and commands, it is seriously lacking in how to USE the commands 
    within each formation. For the sake of simplification, See the diagram below:
                            FFFFFFFFFF - 1st or front rank
                            xxxxxxxxxx - 2nd rank
                            xxxxxxxxxx - 3rd rank
                            xxxxxxxxxx - 4th rank
                            xxxxxxxxxx - 5th rank (and so on)
         For simplicityOs sake, we will use the Special formation. The OGO denotes 
    the general, standing behind the troops. Each OxO is an individual soldier. The 
    OFO denotes a soldier in the front rank. In the above example, we have a Special 
    formation that is 5 ranks deep, and made up of 10 OcolumnsO. The column that the 
    general stands behind will always be called the Ocenter.O Keep these terms in 
    mind, as theyOll pop up later.
         There are four particular commands that most of the formations have:
         Advance (or FAdvance): This command moves the main offensive unit forward 
    towards the opposing general. Soldiers in the offensive unit generally hold the 
    formation, until they reach the general. If both armies advance, they will 
    briefly clash when they meet, and any survivors will continue moving forward 
    unless the Retreat (or FRetreat) command is issued.
         Retreat (or FRetreat): This command moves the main offensive unit back 
    toward your general. Soldiers in the unit will keep their formation.
         Standby (or FStandby): Issuing this command will keep the forward unit 
    still, if you choose to wait for the enemy to come to you. If issued while 
    forces are advancing, it will halt advancing soldiers in their place.
         Melee: This command orders all your forces to attack opposing troops. Your 
    soldiers will break any formation they are in and charge forward. If any enemy 
    soldiers make it past yours and head toward your general, your troops will turn 
    around and pursue. This is the only command you can give to make the defensive 
    unit of your forces advance forward. The major disadvantage of issuing this 
    command is that you will not be able to issue commands to your troops. They will 
    fight until they defeat the enemy or until they are all killed. Another danger 
    to this command is that all troops tend to run down the middle columns, making 
    the troops very vulnerable to Sonic Booms and the like. Use this command with 
         Always take into consideration the formation the enemy army is in before 
    you choose yours, as this can clue you to what it will do. There is one very 
    important thing to remember, though: If you face Mage or Archers as enemy 
    troops, then you know that the enemy army will wait for you to approach. Unless 
    you have Archers and Mages yourself, youOll need to get your troops down the 
    battlefield fast, as such troops will not move until they have taken most of 
    your troops out.
         All generals will have the Special, Offense, and Defense Formations. In 
    addition to this, all generals will have one additional formation:
         SPECIAL: All troops line up in front of the general. Giving the Disperse 
    command will split the troops in half. One half will move toward the top 
    (relative to the OradarO screen) and the other toward the bottom. Regroup will 
    move them toward the middle. Generally, if enemy forces are in this formation, 
    they will advance on you (see above).
         Use this formation if you wish to make an all-out attack on the enemy. If 
    youOre using Mages or Archers, and are facing the same, this is the basic 
    formation to use (on Standby, of course). Be careful about using Special when 
    opposing forces are in a Raid formation, as advancing your troops will leave 
    your general vulnerable.
         OFFENSE: The offense formation divides your troops into two units. Seventy 
    percent make up the main fighting unit (the one affected by the Advance 
    command). The other thirty percent will remain behind to protect your general. 
    If the opposing forces are in this formation, they will advance on you (see 
         This is your basic attacking formation. This is also good to use in 
    Standby, letting the enemy come to you. If your troops are more powerful and 
    your opponent advances in Special formation, advancing your attack unit can do 
    serious damage to the opposing general quick. If using Mages or Archers as 
    troops, using this formation (or Defense) is a little safer to use than Special 
    when you face troops other then the same, as this formation will give your 
    general some protection. 
         DEFENSE: The defense formation is similar to the offense, except that the 
    percentages are switched. If the enemy army is in this formation, they will wait 
    for you to come to them, regardless of their troop type.
         This formation works best when used in Standby mode. I prefer to use this 
    when greatly outnumbered, or if my general is one of the spellcasting types 
    (Magician, Priest, or Spirit User). This is also a formation to use if you are 
    facing a superior troop type. When using Archers or Mages, this can be used in 
    the same manner described above (in Offense), but will give your general a 
    greater degree of protection.
         SURROUND: A defensive formation. Troops divide into three units, a rear 
    defense unit and two raid units that line at the ends, in front of the defensive 
    unit, creating a OpincerO shape. Troops in this formation will have a bonus to 
    their defensive ability. The rear unit will close up whenever a path is opened 
    to the general. When the enemyOs offensive unit moves past your two raid units, 
    you can either Advance the survivors of the two raid units on the enemy general, 
    or select Melee to have your troops enclose the enemy. Naturally, when you see 
    the enemy forces in this formation, they will wait for you.
         This is a formation you use on Standby. Use when you face numerically 
    superior armies, or if you face a stronger troop type. If using Archers/Mages, 
    use as an alternative to Special when facing the same, so that you can take 
    advantage of the defensive bonus. While being a good formation to use when your 
    forces are at a disadvantage, Surround is a POWERFUL formation when you are at 
    the advantage, as your forces can oftentimes dispatch the enemy quickly, without 
    taking to many losses.
         PROTECT: Another defensive formation. Your troops will have a slight 
    increase in their defensive ability when in Protect. If your front unit is hit 
    with a magic spell, you can use the Recover command to send soldiers in the rear 
    unit to fill in the spaces. If the enemy gets in between the two formations, use 
    the Defense command to surround them, or FRetreat to sandwich them in. You can 
    still use the FAdvance command after youOve issued the Defense command. If the 
    enemy forces are in Protect formation, they will not advance on you initially.
         This is another formation you use the Standby command. If your general has 
    this, this should be the formation you use if you plan to let the enemy forces 
    come to you. When using Archers or Mages in a firefight with the same, this is a 
    good formation to use, as your forces will have a defensive bonus, and fallen 
    troops can be Recovered, keeping your front line filled with soldiers.
         SQUAD: An offensive formation. Your forces are divided into five divisions. 
    One remains behind and protects your general using the Defense command. The 
    other four can be sent in one division at a time throught the DivRush commands. 
    The attack ability of your soldiers is a little better in this formation. The 
    opposing army will advance when in this formation.
         Use this formation when you want to conserve your troops, rather than just 
    sending everyone out at once. This formation is more effective when your troops 
    are superior to an enemyOs. Use this only if you are sure you will win, as this 
    formation has NO Retreat command. You can still surrender normally, but once you 
    order your forces in, you cannot pull them back.   
         BREACH: An offensive formation. Use this when you want to get to the 
    opposing forces quickly, as speed is increased when using this formation. Your 
    forces are divided into two units, an attack (or breach) and defense. The 
    breaching unit travels down the center five columns in a wedge shape. Enemy 
    forces in this formation will always advance on you.
         Use this formation when you want to break through an advancing formation 
    and head straight for the general. This is also a good formation to use when 
    facing a Protect formation. This can also be a good counter if you face a Raid 
    formation, especially if your numbers are large. You also donOt lose as many men 
    against a Surround formation with this. While this formation can be fairly 
    versatile, it has its dangers. Be careful about using this formation on armies 
    that have a Knight,Fighter, or Samurai as a general, however. Why? Three 
    reasons: Sonic Boom, Sonic Wave, and Sonic Blast. The attack unit travels down 
    the 5 center columns. The above three skills travel along the center column as 
    well. A Sonic Blast will totally wipe out the Breach unit, and still take out 
    some of the defensive unit, AND damage the general!  
         RAID: This splits your forces into a defensive and raid unit. Your 
    soldiersO speed is also increased a little when you use this formation. Using 
    the Raid command sends the Raid unit around the edge of the battlefield and 
    straight at the general. The Defense command pulls your defensive unit to 
    protect the general. 
         Use this formation when you want to get at the enemy general. This is 
    pretty effective against a Special formation, as a group of your soldiers can do 
    some potentially large damage to the general while all enemy forces are trying 
    to break through your defenses. If you have a superior troop type, this can be a 
    good formation against a general with the Protect formation. This formation is 
    most effective when you have large numbers of troops, so that youOll have decent 
    numbers of soldiers dedicated to raiding and defense. This is one of the 
    trickier formations when the CPU uses it against you. The raid unit will 
    generally not move right away, usually waiting until you break through the first 
    rank or so of the defensive unit. In this event, youOll need to take your troop 
    type and numbers into consideration. If you have the edge on numbers and troop 
    power, attack. If not, stay on defensive and let them come to you.
         A final note to battle formations. Never feel you HAVE to attack when you 
    see the opposing army in a defensive stance (except maybe if you face Mages and 
    Archers). If your troops are outnumbered or inferior, keep them in defensive 
    formation. Two things will happen. One, the CPU will send the forces at you 
    anyway, and your defensive stance could possibly a factor in your winning the 
    battle (or you can take out a lot of troops and make it easier for a general you 
    have waiting in the wings). Second, the battle will end in a draw. There is 
    absolutely nothing wrong with a draw. Some people may equate it with losing, but 
    consider this: First, you suffer little or no casualties. Second, while you 
    canOt use that general again in this particular sortie, neither can the CPU. 
    Third, if you were caught off guard, isnOt it better that you walk out 
    unscathed? And lastly, when the next domestic affairs comes around, a draw still 
    gets your general a merit, and you have one more award you can give.
         Detailed below are the various characters in Dragon Force. Not all of the 
    generals listed below can be brought into your army, but this can serve as 
    reference should you want to know what an approaching armyOs generals are 
    capable of without having to go through all the button presses to check each 
    individual screen. The following format will be used:
      Name (General Type)/Main Troop (Secondary Troop)/4th Battle Formation/Initial 
    Spell/Spell at 5th Level/Spell at 10th Level
         A O*O next to an entry indicates that a particular character has a 
    likelihood of dying when defeated his HP is reduced to zero, as opposed to being 
    captured or sustaining injury.
         Note: Entries that have a O-O do not necessarily mean that a spell or 
    formation does not exist. I just have not really used that particular character 
    enough to see what they have, or have yet to see that particular general use a 
    spell or formation on me. 
         Main Troops are the units assigned to you by the game. For example, while 
    Wein is capable of commanding Cavalry at the start of the game, his main troop 
    will be listed as Soldiers, as that is the troops he actually starts with. 
         Generals will be grouped according to the armies they begin with, based on 
    storylines that occur within different scenarios. The manual makes a comment in 
    the translation notes regarding the amount of context sensitive text there is 
    for each character. ItOs fun to pit generals that have some relationship against 
    each other just to see what they say! For example, in the Teiris storyline, you 
    encounter Laine, Varshyl, Piper, and Nyvkall as an independent army. If you play 
    with a different ruler, itOs possible for you to capture Varshyll from a 
    different army. Now, if you come up against an army with one of the other three, 
    you wonOt necessarily get the standard OSo youOre my enemyO taunt at the 
    beginning. (Try putting Laine and Varshyl against each other, youOll see what I 
    mean). This is kind of amusing when youOve played through several of the 
      Goldark (Knight)/Cavalry(Soldier)/Protect/Sonic Boom/Holy Blast/Cross Rush
      Gongos (Beast)/Beast(Mage)/Breach/Cross Flash/Cross Rush/Sky Driver
      Junon (Knight)/Harpy(Soldier,Cavalry)/Squad/Flame Cannon/Meteor Storm/Sonic 
      Leon (Monk)/Monk(Soldier,Cavalry)/Surround/Aura Assault/Stone Pedestal/Cross 
      Mikhal (Samurai)/Samurai(Soldier,Cavalry)/Breach/Sonic Boom/Sonic Blast/Gale 
      Reinhart (Magician)/Mage(Soldier,Cavalry)/Raid/Thunder Fall/Meteor 
    Storm/Summon Guardian
      Teiris (Spirit User)/Archer(Soldier,Cavalry,Mage)/Squad/TridentOs 
    Daughter/Dark Vortex/Summon Wyvern
      Wein (Knight)/Soldier(Cavalry)/Surround/Sonic Boom/Hyper-Storm/Sword Rush
    ARDOR & URYLL:  If you begin the game as Reinhart, you have this pair of 
    generals, Gigg, and Santana as well. Early in the game, it will be revealed that 
    Uryll was sent to kill Reinhart, but finds herself unable to, having fallen in 
    love with him. She instead returns to Fandaria having failed in her mission. For 
    her failure, she is sentenced to execution. Ardor asks Reinhart to rescue her 
    with him, and after doing so, they remain with you for the game. These are two 
    very powerful generals that are well worth capturing when not playing as 
    Reinhart also, as ArdorOs spellcasting abilities are on par with some of the 
    Magicians and Priests. Uryll begins with Dragons as her troops, but can also 
    resurrect them as well!
      Ardor (Knight)/Cavalry/Raid/Flame Cannon/Thunder Fall/Hyper-Storm
      Uryll (Underling)/Dragon/Breach/TridentOs Daughter/Resurrect/Ensnare
    BASTION:  Bastion is initially found in the town north of VladOs tower and south 
    of the site of Magicka Castle. Depending on the scenario you play, you may find 
    him roaming around elsewhere. He seems to automatically join your army as when 
    you encounter him, provided there is at least one female general in the army he 
    encounters. Bastion has good abilities, as he is strong in combat, and has a 
    high enough INT to search/fortify. Unfortunately, heOs not very reliable. In the 
    beginning, he will normally abandon you and join up with the enemy army when you 
    encounter one! (Although he will not actually join in that combat.) Using a 
    Faith Coin will not usually change this. He can eventually begin to fight for 
    you, but his best use is to leave him in one of your remote castles for 
    searching or fortifying.
      Bastion (Thief)/Soldier/Breach/ShivaOs Dagger/*None*/Cross Flash
    BORGONOS ARMY:  Borgon is the ruler of Castle Travan when you play the game as 
    Wein. You first hear about him when you encounter Hilga and Rock, who mistake 
    you as BorgonOs cronies. This will be WeinOs first major challenge as Borgon 
    will also have the listed forces as well as a couple of the freelance generals. 
    Borgon is always killed in battle when defeated, but it is possible to gain 
    Faliel and Diablo as generals in scenarios other than WeinOs.
     *Borgon (Fighter)/Soldier/-/Sonic Boom/*None*/*None* 
     *Diablo (Knight)/Cavalry/Breach/*None*/Sonic Wave/Hyper-Storm
     *Faliel (Knight)/Cavalry/-/*None*/Sonic Wave/-	
    BOZACK NATION GENERALS: Rygar and his family make up GongosO main commanders. 
    With the exception of Katt, who is a Spirit User (and the ONLY general that can 
    cast Summon Reaper, there is really nothing unusual about them, as Beast 
    generals have no variation in their abilities. (But Yuni is just sooooo cute! 
    Mew! She also tends to make comments about the main female generals of enemy 
      Baghib (Beast)/Beast/Breach/Cross Flash/Sky Driver/Cross Rush
      Katt (Spirit User)/Mage(Beast)/Raid/Flame Cannon/Summon Golem/Summon Reaper
      Rygar (Beast)/Beast/Squad/Cross Flash/Sky Driver/Cross Rush
      Yuni (Beast)/Beast/Surround/Cross Flash/Sky Driver/Cross Rush
    DRAGONMEN:  Depending on the scenario you play, you can encounter various enemy 
    dragonmen throughout the game. Toward the end of the game, they will begin to 
    show up in numbers. The power of Madruk will constantly resurrect them, so donOt 
    waste time on them, and if you have all of the holy artifacts, head for Bloodly 
    Castle with the Dragon Force. Let your other generals take care of them.
     *Fynn (Dragonman)/Dragon/Raid/Flame Cannon/Stone Pedestal/Sky Driver
     *Grog (Dragonman)/Dragon/Squad/Flame Cannon/Stone Pedestal/Sky Driver
     *Klaww (Dragonman)/Dragon/-/Flame Cannon/Stone Pedestal/Sky Driver
     *Paxx (Dragonman)/Dragon/-/Flame Cannon/Stone Pedestal/Sky Driver
     *Razor (Dragonman)/Dragon/Breach/Flame Cannon/Stone Pedestal/Sky Driver
     *Slytt (Dragonman)/Dragon/Protect/Flame Cannon/Stone Pedestal/Sky Driver
    FANDARIA EMPIRE GENERALS:  Starting the game with Goldark gets you the most 
    powerful generals. Kharhaz, Gaul and Scythe start the game above 5th level, so 
    your opening conquests will not be too difficult. Obviously, Gaul and Scythe 
    will not stay with you, as you will turn on them. When playing the other kings, 
    you will find that Gaul and Scythe cannot be captured. They will always escape 
    when defeated. After you visit the Shadow Tower, they will leave the Fandarian 
    army, and attack you shortly. A tip when fighting Gaul and Scythe after they 
    leave Fandaria: When you visit the Shadow Tower, make sure your army has at 
    least one ninja general with 6 or more MP and AssassinOs or Mirage Star! The 
    only difference in the pair after they leave GoldarkOs service is that Scythe 
    changes to Zombie troops, and that the pairOs MP is dramatically increased. 
    Despite this, they are defeatable. The 50+ MP is really meant (at least I feel) 
    to intimidate.
      Gaul (Magician)/Mage/Squad/Flame Cannon/Thunder Fall/Meteor Storm  
      Kharhaz (Knight)/Cavalry(Monk)/Breach/Sonic Boom/Sonic Wave/Hyper-Storm
      Lyria (Priest)/Mage/Surround/Resurrect/Holy Shield/Holy Blast
      Scythe (Spirit User)/Mage/Raid/Summon Golem/Ensnare/Dark Vortex
    FLASH KNIGHTS:  In WeinOs scenario, the Flash Knights stand on guard outside of 
    Travan Castle. It is strongly recommended that you capture these two before you 
    take on the residents of Travan. After defeating them, Wein will convince them 
    to join his army. With their Cavalry troops added to your forces, taking on 
    Borgon will be much easier.
      Ogredd (Knight)/Cavalry/Raid/Sonic Boom/Sonic Wave/Hyper-Storm
      Lone (Knight)/Cavalry/Surround/Sonic Boom/Sonic Wave/Hyper-Storm
    GIGG:  Although not mentioned in the manual, Gigg is another general that 
    Reinhart starts the game with. Fortunately, there are no complications like with 
    Uryll and Santana, and Gigg will remain loyal to you through the game.
      Gigg (Dragon)/Dragon/Surround/Flame Cannon/Stone Pedestal/Sky Driver
    GOLEM & GUSTAVOS ARMY:  Gustav and his army occupy Blazart Castle in the 
    beginning of JunonOs story. After capturing them, Gustav reveals that he was 
    hired by Golem to kill Junon. Shortly afterward, Golem will take over Sophnik 
    Castle, and confronting him reveals that Fandaria promised Golem rule of Tristan 
    if he killed Junon. Golem only appears in JunonOs scenario, while Gustav and his 
    army can be found in the others.
     *Golem (Fighter)/Soldier/-/Sonic Boom/*None*/*None*
      Gustav (Knight)/Cavalry/Surround/*None*/Cross Flash/*None*
      Kidd (Thief)/Soldier/Squad/ShivaOs Dagger/*None*/Cross Flash
      Ramzal (Fighter)/Soldier/Protect/Sonic Boom/Flame Cannon/Solar Flare
    GUNNEROS ARMY:  GongosO father exiled Gunner years ago.  If you play as Gongos, 
    this army is your first conquest. Gunner has taken up residence in Sardia Castle 
    with the intent of killing Gongos and becoming King of Bozack. After defeating 
    him, Gongos convinces Gunner to join him, promising to give Fandaria to Gunner 
    to rule after they defeat Goldark. Regardless of which ruler you play as, watch 
    out for Norse, as he can be a potential deserter.
      Gunner (Beast)/Beast/Squad/Cross Flash/Sky Driver/Cross Rush
      Norse (Fighter)/Soldier/Surround/Sonic Boom/Sonic Wave/Sonic Blast
      Rykker (Knight)/Cavalry/Breach/Cross Flash/Sonic Wave/*None*
      Silva (Beast)/Beast/Raid/Cross Flash/Sky Driver/Cross Rush
    GYZZDARK:  GoldarkOs story begins with his killing of his brother Gyzzdark. It 
    is revealed that the state of war that was brewing in Legendra was actually the 
    doing of Gyzzdark, who was seduced with notions of power and domination by Gaul. 
    Goldark came to the decision that killing his brother was the only way to stop 
    him. Wanting to preserve the memory and honor of his brother prior to his 
    corruption by Gaul, Goldark adopts his Omad lionO reputation and continues the 
    war his brother started to unite the continent and end the war as quickly as 
    possible. At the Snow Shrine, Goldark and Wein encounter the now-undead 
    Gyzzdark, who awaits his brother for a final showdown.
      Gyzzdark (Knight)/Cavalry/-/Flame Cannon/Thunder Fall/Hyper-Storm
    HAYATE AND SHIROX:  In most of the scenarios, you can get these two ninjas. 
    Hayate is revered as a legend in Izumo for his skill. There seems to be some 
    sort of love triangle between him, Mikhal, and a woman named Madoka. Hayate went 
    into hiding shortly after Madoka was killed by Kyoem, an enemy ninja. Get them 
    as soon as possible if playing with Mikhal and Reinhart, as they are close by 
    and can be extremely powerful generals to have. First you must go to the town 
    due south of Mikeral Castle. You must actually stop at the town. If you pass 
    over it on the way toward castles, you will miss them completely. The first time 
    you go there, you will encounter Shirox in combat. After the fight, Hayate will 
    show up, give you a Strategy Runes (if you win) and send you on your way. 
    (Hayate does not appear in MikhalOs story until your second visit) During your 
    next Domestic Affairs, you will be given a nudge to return, after which you must 
    fight Hayate. He will join you after fighting him in a duel. These two do not 
    appear in GoldarkOs story.
      Hayate (Ninja)/Samurai/Surround/AssassinOs Star/Cross Flash/Mirage Star
      Shirox (Ninja)/Samurai/Protect/Reptile Cannon/AssassinOs Star/Mirage Star
    HIGHLAND KINGDOM GENERALS:  WeinOs generals are fairly versatile. With Cavalry 
    and Soldiers making up the backbone of their troops, they can hold their own in 
    the opening stages of the game, particularly when defending from within the 
    walls of a castle. 
      Galam (Knight)/Cavalry(Soldier)/Raid/Sonic Boom/Sonic Wave/Hyper-Storm
      Link (Fighter)/Soldier/Protect/Sonic Boom/Sonic Wave/Sonic Blast
      Nina (Priest)/Mage/Surround/Resurrect/Holy Shield/Holy Blast
      Rudger (Fighter)/Soldier(Monk)/Breach/Sonic Boom/Sonic Wave/Sonic Blast
    HIKKISO ARMY:  Hikkis is the ruler of Maryware Castle when you begin the game as 
    Wein. Send troops to Maryware immediately to capture Hikkis, so that you can 
    bolster your troops with his Cavalry. Hikkis is not a particularly loyal sort, 
    however, so you need to watch out for him.
      Hikkis (Knight)/Cavalry/Surround/Sonic Boom/Sonic Wave/Hyper-Storm
    HILGAOS ARMY:  In WeinOs story, you will encounter this pair in a town north of 
    Highland Castle. Hilga will mistake you as men sent by Borgon (see BorgonOs 
    Army). After capturing them, Hilga will discover her mistake and joins you if 
    you promise to go after Borgon (which of course, you will). Rock will also join 
    but is a prime candidate for a Faith Coin. 
      Hilga (Thief)/Soldier/Breach/ShivaOs Dagger/*None*/Cross Flash
      Rock (Thief)/Soldier/Raid/*None*/ShivaOs Dagger/Cross Flash
    IZUMO NATION GENERALS:  IzumoOs generals are a pretty powerful bunch. Samurai 
    troops are generally able to hold up to anything (yes, even against superior 
    troops, as long as used properly). Be sure to build up Shione, as she can 
    absolutely decimate generals that rely heavily on their magic. Her Magic Power 
    Gauge has the fastest recovery time IOve ever seen! Between this and her Star 
    spells, Magicians, Spirit Users and Priests can be totally kept from casting any 
      Jackal (Samurai)/Samurai(Soldier,Monk)/Protect/Sonic Boom/Sonic Wave/Sonic 
      Mistal (Samurai)/Samurai/Breach/Sonic Boom/Cross Flash/Sonic Blast
      Shione (Ninja)/Samurai/Squad/Flame Cannon/AssassinOs Star/Mirage Star
      Zagat (Samurai)/Samurai/Surround/Sonic Boom/Sonic Wave/Sonic Blast
    KYOEMOS NINJA ARMY:  North of Izumo in Royal Castle is MikhalOs first major test 
    in battle. Kyoem (see MadrukOs Followers for stats) is a figure from Mikhal and 
    HayateOs past. Kyoem killed HayateOs lover some years ago. ItOs also revealed 
    that Mikhal was possibly in love with her as well. In addition to the two below, 
    there will also be two of the freelance ninjas as well. After defeating Kyoem, 
    he escapes, vowing to return. (Unfortunately when I played as Mikhal, he didnOt 
    come back.) Kyoem also appears in GoldarkOs scenario.
      Kumonn (Ninja)/Samurai/Squad/AssassinOs Star/Cross Flash/Mirage Star
      Sayaka (Ninja)/Samurai/Raid/Flame Cannon/Mirage Star/AssassinOs Star
    LAINEOS ARMY:  Laine was the runner up when Teiris was selected as the Queen of 
    Palemoon. Along with her fiancee Varshyl, she has taken up residency in Orvue 
    Castle, planning to kidnap Teiris and take her place as queen. After conquering 
    her forces, Teiris promises to abdicate her throne to Laine after the current 
    crisis is over, much to the chagrin of her advisor. With the prospect of 
    becoming the ruler, a leather wearing, whip wielding, dominatrix of an elf like 
    Laine just canOt refuse!
      Laine (Spirit User)/Mage/Surround/DanteOs Inferno/ThorOs Fist/Dark Vortex
      Nyvkall (Fighter)/Soldier/Squad/Sonic Boom/Sonic Wave/Sonic Blast
      Piper (Spirit User)/Mage(Soldier)/Breach/Wind Dancer/Summon Wyvern/Dark Vortex
      Varshyl (Knight)/Archer(Cavalry)/Protect/Flame Cannon/Thunder Fall/Hyper-Storm
    LIBERATION ARMY:  When playing as Leon, one of your first battles will be 
    against Dayn and his Liberation Army. Dayn wants to kill you so that he can 
    become the King of Topaz. By defeating them, you quickly increase your numbers, 
    as Leon will convince Dayn to join his army.
      Dayn (Monk)/Monk/Surround/Aura Assault/Cross Flash/Cross Rush
      Kodiak (Samurai)/Samurai/Protect/Sonic Boom/Cross Flash/Sonic Blast
      Myria (Magician)/Mage/Squad/Flame Cannon/Thunder Fall/Meteor Storm
      Wriph (Spirit User)/Archer/Breach/Wind Dancer/Summon Wyvern/Dark Vortex
    LITONIANS:  Lightan Castle is ruled by Zanon. He is in possession of the sword 
    Eclisis, which grants him a power. For most of the game, visiting this castle 
    will result in fighting Zanon and his armies. While you can defeat them in 
    combat, they will always escape and return to keep fighting you, as Eclisis will 
    constantly heal Zanon to full strength. (This is a good way of building up 
    experience, however). The sword is slowly taking possession of Zanon, gradually 
    stripping him of his humanity. DonOt concern yourself with trying to kill him 
    until the story itself unravels and OpromptsO you to visit Zanon. In ReinhartOs 
    game, it is actually possible for Zanon to join you. In GoldarkOs scenario, he 
    can be captured like any other general but will refuse to join the entire game.
      Zanon (Knight)/Cavalry/Raid/Sonic Boom/Hyper-Storm/Thunder Fall
      Grudar (Fighter)/Soldier/Squad/Sonic Boom/Sonic Wave/Solar Flare
      Veltarna (Spirit User)/Archer/Protect/Wind Dancer/Summon Wyvern/Dark Vortex
      Yuri (Magician)/Mage/-/Flame Cannon/Thunder Fall/Summon Guardian
    MADRUKOS FOLLOWERS:  While these four generals appear in the different 
    storylines under various circumstances, playing Goldark will give you command of 
    all four of them at once. Shortly after the game begins, Scythe and Gaul will 
    offer their support to Goldark if he helps in the revival of Madruk. Goldark 
    agrees to a Otemporary partnershipO which Gaul and Scythe take as a full 
    commitment. The following week, these four generals appear with their troops for 
    you to command. These generals are very powerful! (Zado comes to you as 
    described below, with 100 Dragons as troops!) They will leave when Goldark saves 
    Wein from an attack, Gaul and Scythe realizing that Goldark was using them from 
    the beginning. Ryskim will make appearances in the other storylines as an enemy 
    of Vlad. After defeating him with Vlad, Ryskim will kidnap a friend of the ruler 
    you chose, sidetracking you with a rescue mission.
      Kyoem (Ninja)/Samurai/Squad/Reptile Cannon/AssassinOs Star/-
      Ryskim (?????)/Zombie/Breach/DanteOs Inferno/Resurrect/Quagmire
      Santana (?????)/Zombie/Protect/DanteOs Inferno/Resurrect/Quagmire
      Zado (Dragon)/Dragon/Breach/Flame Cannon/Stone Pedestal/*None*
    NELSONOS ARMY:  Nelson and his army inhabit Ginan Castle in the beginning of 
    GoldarkOs game. They are allied with Talon and will automatically join up with 
    Goldark when Talon joins GoldarkOs army. Erin and Mileen are sisters.
      Nelson (Knight)/Cavalry/Protect/Sonic Boom/Sonic Wave/Hyper-Storm
      Erin (Spirit User)/Archer/Breach/Wind Dancer/Summon Wyvern/Dark Vortex
      Mileen (Magician)/Mage/Raid/Flame Cannon/Thunder Fall/Summon Guardian
    PAINE AND AGONNI:  Normally, the Skull Children will plague you every month of 
    game time. Once in a while, their path to you will be hindered by an army other 
    than yours. If that enemy army manages to defeat the Skull Children, Paine and 
    Agonni will begin to appear in their place. Like the Skull Children, Paine and 
    Agonni are followers of Mardruk that appear once a month and head in the general 
    direction of your chosen ruler. There forces are always composed of the two 
    thieves, each with 30 Soldiers. 
     *Agonni (Thief)/Soldier/Surround/*None*/ShivaOs Dagger/Cross Flash
     *Paine (Thief)/Soldier/Raid/*None*/ShivaOs Dagger/Cross Flash
    PALEMOON KINGDOM GENERALS:  TeirisO main generals have good magic ability to 
    offset two of them having the worse type of soldier in the game. These generals 
    can become quite powerful, but first things first, get some better troops to 
    Manoa and Reiner immediately!
      Duran (Fighter)/Soldier/Breach/Sonic Boom/Flame Cannon/Solar Flare
      Gulen (Knight)/Cavalry(Monk)/Protect/Cross Flash/Sonic Wave/Hyper-Storm
      Manoa (Priest)/Archer/Squad/Resurrect/Holy Shield/Holy Blast
      Reiner (Magician)/Archer/Raid/Flame Cannon/Holy Shield/Meteor Storm
    RAMDA:  300 years ago, Madruk purged that last amount of compassion in his 
    heart. However, being a god, his compassion was able to take on a physical body 
    and became Ramda. While Ramda is technically a Knight, his spell selection is 
    that of an Immortal Tribesman. When you first find Ramda, he will be in the 
    Shadow Tower, using his power to help guide Frest back to Legendra. After 
    accomplishing this, he will join your army. While he is a powerful ally, Ramda 
    will at some point give his life to help weaken Katmando, the last of MadrukOs 
    Dark Apostles, so that the main hero can defeat it. 
      Ramda (Knight)/Zombie(Soldier,Cavalry,Mage)/Raid/Resurrect/Mega 
    SKULL CHILDREN:  In the second week of each month, this army of MadrukOs 
    followers will appear and make the most direct path toward the ruler you 
    control. This will be a monthly occurence, as they will be constantly 
    resurrected. It can be rather annoying, but look at it as experience building. 
    Depending on whose scenario you play, itOs possible that with each subsequent 
    appearance, one of the generals listed below will have his troops increased by 
    ten more fighters! While it is not possible for you to destroy them permanently, 
    an opposing army can, after which Paine and Agonni will replace the Skull 
    Children for monthly appearances.
     *Gasper (Knight)/Cavalry/Raid/Sonic Boom/Sonic Wave/*None*
     *Helm (Fighter)/Soldier/Surround/Sonic Boom/Flame Cannon/*None*
     *Tzuvan (Fighter)/Soldier/Protect/Sonic Boom/Cross Flash/*None*
    TALONOS ARMY:  After killing his brother Gyzzdark and taking the throne, Goldark 
    is informed that GyzzdarkOs son Talon is Ocausing unrest.O After capturing his 
    band, Goldark convinces Talon to help him, telling him that if he worked with 
    him, Talon would be free to avenge his fatherOs murder, as Goldark would always 
    be in striking distance, should Talon wish to make an attempt at his life.
      Talon (Knight)/Cavalry/Squad/Sonic Boom/Sonic Wave/Hyper-Storm
      Aisha (Priest)/Mage/Breach/Resurrect/Holy Shield/Holy Blast
      Bagril (Fighter)/Soldier/Raid/Sonic Boom/Sonic Wave/Sonic Blast
      Hagane (Monk)/Monk/Squad/Aura Assault/*None*/Cross Flash
      Viper (Knight)/Cavalry/Surround/Sonic Boom/Sonic Wave/Hyper-Storm
    TOPAZ KINGDOM GENERALS:  From playing LeonOs scenario, it appears that Raizak 
    and Yanna are LeonOs students in martial arts. Shaia appears to have some ties 
    to the Tradnor generals.  
      Garyus (Fighter)/Soldier(Cavalry)/Breach/Sonic Boom/Cross Flash/Sonic Blast
      Raizak (Monk)/Monk/Protect/Aura Assault/Cross Flash/Cross Rush
      Shaia (Priest)/Monk/Surround/Thunder Fall/Holy Shield/Holy Blast
      Yanna (Monk)/Monk/Raid/Aura Assault/Cross Flash/Cross Rush
    TRADNOR KINGDOM GENERALS:  All of TradnorOs generals are powerful spellcasters. 
    It may be a bit of a challenge building them up in the beginning, but itOs well 
    worth it. Despite having relatively weak troops, ReinhartOs generals can provide 
    excellent spell support in order to win battles.
      Bardal (Magician)/Mage/Squad/Flame Cannon/Holy Shield/Meteor Storm
      Presto (Knight)/Cavalry/Raid/Flame Cannon/Thunder Fall/Hyper-Storm
      Sophie (Magician)/Mage/Surround/Flame Cannon/Thunder Fall/Meteor Storm
      Tsugal (Priest)/Monk/Protect/Resurrect/Thunder Fall/Holy Blast
    TRISTAN EMPIRE GENERALS:  With Harpies making up the bulk of their troops, 
    JunonOs troops make formidable opponents. While Scar begins with JunonOs forces, 
    he is not really considered a special general like all the other generals that 
    make up their rulersO Oinner circle.O If Scar is captured before you have 
    conquered Junon, he will ask to join you if you allow him to fight Scythe when 
    you encounter her. Unlike Vlad (see Vlad & Sierra entry), however, nothing will 
    happen if you encounter Scythe and defeat her without him.
      Ayrios (Knight)/Harpy(Cavalry)/Protect/Sonic Boom/Sonic Wave/Hyper-Storm
      Cinna (Magician)/Mage(Harpy)/Squad/Flame Cannon/Thunder Fall/Summon Guardian
      Ortega (Fighter)/Soldier(Monk)/Breach/*None*/Cross Flash/*None*
     *Scar (Fighter)/Harpy(Soldier)/Raid/Sonic Boom/Cross Flash/Sonic Blast
    VANGAL:  Be sure to have your armies make a stop at the towns that sit on a 
    mountain (like the town north of Travan Castle). The location changes from ruler 
    to ruler. If an army that goes to the town is not accompanied by a ruler, you 
    will be told that there is a secret passage. If you visit later on, you will 
    encounter Vangal, a dragonman who challenges you to combat. After beating him, 
    he tells you his story and eventually joins up with your army. Be warned, 
    though! Shortly after first encountering Vangal, your army will by attacked by 
    Zado (see MadrukOs Followers entry) with 100 Dragons!
      Vangal (Dragon)/Dragon/Squad/Flame Cannon/Stone Pedestal/Sky Driver
    VLAD & SIERRA:  If you visit the Shadow Tower, you will be told by itOs resident 
    that he will only see the ruler, and the ruler alone. When you visit the tower 
    again with your chosen ruler, you will meet Vlad, a vampire who challenges you 
    to combat. He will meet the king with as many Zombies as troops you bring, or 
    duel you, if you bring no troops. After defeating him, he will join you provided 
    you allow him to fight Ryskim when he surfaces. When Ryskim appears, he will 
    have Sierra in his tow. Sierra is VladOs fiancee, and is under his control until 
    after you defeat him. After defeating Ryskim, Sierra will also join. Note that 
    when Ryskim first appears, it is possible to attack without Vlad. If Ryskim is 
    defeated without Vlad, however Vlad will leave your army in anger for breaking 
    your promise.
      Sierra (Underling)/Zombie/Protect/TridentOs Daughter/Resurrect/Ensnare
      Vlad (Bloodsucker)/Zombie/Squad/Resurrect/Mega Tornado/Ensnare
    YUUG:  Yuug is a magician working for Gaul. He was responisible for bringing 
    Gunner to Bozack to attack Gongos. After defeating Gunner, he is discovered to 
    have disappeared, when he is tracked down north of Sardia Castle, he reveals his 
    allegiance to Gaul, then vanishes. (He didnOt return when I played as Gongos, so 
    if he does come back, IOd like to hear so and the circumstances of what brings 
    him back.) 
      Yuug (Magician)/Mage/-/Flame Cannon/-/-
    FREELANCE GENERALS:  These OgenericO generals are normally found through castle 
    searches in the first few weeks of game time, or captured from enemy armies. 
    ItOs not unusual for these characters to be killed in combat, rather than being 
      Atakin (Fighter)/Soldier/Squad/Sonic Boom/Flame Cannon/*None*
      Gunter (Fighter)/Soldier/Breach/Sonic Boom/Sonic Wave/Solar Flare
      Saul (Fighter)/Soldier(Monk)/Protect/Sonic Boom/Sonic Wave/Sonic Blast
      Taulus (Fighter)/Soldier(Monk)/Surround/Sonic Boom/Cross Flash/Sonic Blast
      Ruix (Fighter)/Soldier/Raid/Sonic Boom/Sonic Wave/Solar Flare
      Crawford (Knight)/Cavalry/Breach/Sonic Boom/Sonic Wave/Hyper-Storm
      Gorudias (Knight)/Cavalry/Raid/Sonic Boom/Sonic Wave/Hyper-Storm
      Randolph (Knight)/Cavalry/Squad/Sonic Boom/Sonic Wave/Hyper-Storm
      Cher (Spirit User)/Mage/Protect/Wind Dancer/Summon Wyvern/Dark Vortex
      Fiina (Spirit User)/Mage/Breach/Wind Dancer/Summon Wyvern/Dark Vortex
      Katis (Spirit User)/Mage/Protect/DanteOs Inferno/ThorOs Fist/Dark Vortex
      Marina (Spirit User/Mage/Breach/DanteOs Inferno/ThorOs Fist/Dark Vortex
      Mea (Spirit User)/Mage/Squad/DanteOs Inferno/ThorOs Fist/Dark Vortex
      Milishea (Spirit User)/Mage/Raid/DanteOs Inferno/ThorOs Fist/Dark Vortex
      Phylicia (Spirit User)/Mage/Surround/Wind Dancer/Summon Wyvern/Dark Vortex
      Alex (Magician)/Mage/Raid/Flame Cannon/Thunder Fall/Summon Guardian
      Beykall (Magician)/Archer/Surround/Flame Cannon/Holy Shield/Meteor Storm
      Farilis (Magician)/Mage/Surround/Flame Cannon/Holy Shield/Meteor Storm
      Ishtar (Magician)/Mage/Squad/Flame Cannon/Thunder Fall/Summon Guardian
      Kilrein (Magician)/Mage/Protect/Flame Cannon/Thunder Fall/Summon Guardian
      Neil (Magician)/Archer/Breach/Flame Cannon/Holy Shield/Meteor Storm
      Saharzad (Magician)/Mage/Protect/Flame Cannon/Holy Shield/Meteor Storm
      Enya (Priest)/Mage/Breach/Resurrect/Holy Shield/Holy Blast
      Fern (Priest)/Mage/Squad/Thunder Fall/Holy Shield/Holy Blast
      Kulien (Priest)/Mage/Protect/Resurrect/Thunder Fall/Holy Blast
      Phylla (Priest)/Mage/Squad/Flame Cannon/Thunder Fall/Summon Guardian
      Barrat (Monk)/Monk/Squad/Aura Assault/Cross Flash/Cross Rush
      Gator (Monk)/Monk/Breach/Aura Assault/Cross Flash/Cross Rush
      Livion (Monk)/Monk/Raid/Aura Assault/Cross Flash/Cross Rush
      Stegalt (Monk)/Monk/Surround/Aura Assault/Cross Flash/Cross Rush
      Gekai (Samurai)/Samurai/Surround/Sonic Boom/Cross Flash/Sonic Blast
      Hagar (Samurai)/Samurai/Breach/Sonic Boom/Cross Flash/Sonic Blast
      Raitt (Samurai)/Samurai/Raid/Sonic Boom/Cross Flash/Sonic Blast
      Narrak (Ninja)/Samurai/Raid/Reptile Cannon/AssassinOs Star/Mirage Star
      Shadow (Ninja)/Samurai/Protect/Reptile Cannon/Mirage Star/AssassinOs Star
      Slate (Ninja)/Samurai/Breach/AssassinOs Star/Reptile Cannon/Mirage Star
      Sliver (Ninja)/Samurai/Breach/AssassinOs Star/Reptile Cannon/Mirage Star
      Slythis (Ninja)/Samurai/Protect/Reptile Cannon/Mirage Star/AssassinOs Star
      Zatai (Ninja)/Samurai/Surround/AssassinOs Star/Cross Flash/Mirage Star
     *Barat (Beast)/Beast/Squad/Cross Flash/Sky Driver/Cross Rush
      Fyffer (Beast)/Beast/Squad/Cross Flash/Sky Driver/Cross Rush
      Rufas (Beast)/Beast/Surround/Cross Flash/Sky Driver/Cross Rush
      Sylphia (Beast)/Beast/Breach/Cross Flash/Sky Driver/Cross Rush
      Zakk (Beast)/Beast/Raid/Cross Flash/Sky Driver/Cross Rush
      Gilette (Thief)/Soldier/Raid/ShivaOs Dagger/*None*/Cross Flash
      Rog (Thief)/Soldier/Protect/ShivaOs Dagger/*None*/Cross Flash
      Voitt (Thief)/Soldier/Surround/*None*/ShivaOs Dagger/Cross Flash
         There are various locations in the game that need to be visited. In the 
    case of castles, they are outright necessary in the game in order to establish a 
    strong power base. 
         Conquering castles is one of the most important things to do. Castles 
    provide extra protection for the troops fighting within its walls, giving a 
    bonus to attack for the soldiers inside based on the castleOs level. In 
    addition, they can be searched to find items that you can equip your generals 
    with to increase their power. Castles are the only place where you can restock 
    troops that have fallen in battle. Castle reserves are automatically replenished 
    over time, provided you maintain the presence of at least one General in that 
         The higher the level of a castle, the higher the bonus troops within are 
    given in battles when an enemy army storms the castle. Castles have a limited 
    amount of reserves that it can hold, a limit that can be raised by fortifying 
    the castle to raise its level. A general needs to have an INT score of 70 or 
    higher to be able to search or fortify a castle.
         Remember that each general that is capable of searching or fortifying can 
    only do one per domestic affairs. Search and fortify attempts can fail, and once 
    in a while, rather than raising a castleOs level, a fortify attempt may instead 
    fill a castle to maximum reserves. 
         Below are descriptions of the castles in Legendra.
         BLAZART:  Like any of the castles in the Tristan EmpireOs environs, Blazart 
    Castle is just too far north to be of any major strategic value. It really is 
    just one of the castles you conquer as you make your way toward Tristan Castle. 
    Blazart seems to be a good place to search for Dragon and AsteaOs Statues, 
         BLOODLY:  This castleOs main significance is that this is the castle to 
    gather the members of the Dragon Force near the end of the game, after which 
    youOll move on to Mt. Ruinledge. This castle doesnOt figure much in the game 
    strategically, as it is on the edge of the Fandarian Empire and usually one of 
    the last castles you try to capture anyway (unless you play as Goldark, of 
    course). A decent mix of items can be found here.
         BOZACK:  Bozack Castle is where you initially find Gongos when you invade 
    the Bozack Nation. Bozack is in a good location strategically, as attacks 
    generally have to come from the north or west from Sardia Castle. Added to this, 
    the treks an army makes to get to your castle gives you enough time to prepare 
    for attacks. Bozack castle also guards the path to the Forest Shrine to the 
         CLAYSTAL:  This castle guards Palemoon from invasion from the north, as 
    armies coming from Tristan need to pass through here to get to the southern part 
    of the map (unless they take the long way through Topaz). Claystal guards the 
    path east toward the Cape Shrine. Early in the game, forces from Starfall Castle 
    tend to attack this castle periodically.
         CRYSTAL:  Crystal castle is on the western edge of the forest where the 
    Palemoon Kingdom lies. This can be an important location, depending on who you 
    play. If you play as Teiris, this castle is of utmost importance, as this castle 
    must be crossed by forces invading from the west and south. Only one item can be 
    found when searching this castle, but it is one of the better items in the game, 
    the Dragon Crest.
         DANYAN:  Danyan can be a valuable castle to hold. If you are one of the 
    eastern kingdoms moving toward the west, itOs a good strike point when you begin 
    to make your move on Tradnor. Danyan guards a passage through the mountain range 
    nearby. Holding this castle gives you access to the southern area of the map 
    without having to travel around through Tradnor or Highland Kingdoms. Forces 
    coming from Stalwart Castle tend to attack this castle a lot. Danyan Castle is 
    also the only place to search in order to obtain a True Ring, the best item for 
    enhancing a generalOs CMD score.
         DAIDEN:  Daiden Castle is situated in the heart of Highland Kingdom. There 
    is not much strategic value in the castle, but it is the only castle that you 
    can search for Battle Armor.
         ESTONIA:  All forces moving into Fandaria must pass through this castle, 
    making it the most important strategic point in that area. If you play as 
    Goldark, holding this castle keeps all armies out of your territory. When 
    playing as the other rulers, holding this castle will effectively cut off any 
    means of escape for Fandarian troops and generals. (The CPU does not make use of 
    the path around Lake Topaz.) 
         ETERNAL:  This castle is south of Izumo Castle and guards the southern 
    entrance into the Izumo Nation. Eternal Castle can be searched for weapons for 
    Samurai generals.
         FANDARIA:  Fandaria Castle is your starting point when you play as Goldark. 
    Unlike most of the other rulers, Goldark will not necessarily be here when you 
    attack Fandaria (HeOll sometimes come to YOU!). Like the other castles in the 
    Fandarian Empire, they are not of great strategic importance, as they will 
    normally be the last castles you conquer, but in GoldarkOs scenario, you have to 
    watch out for an attack from the residents of the surrounding castles early on 
    in the game.
         GALFIEL:  If Maryware castle is not currently under your control, then this 
    castle defends the most direct path to Highland and Daiden Castles from western 
    invasion. Other than that, holding this castle gives you no real strategic 
    advantage, as troops coming in from the west can still move against Highland and 
    Daiden by taking the northern path out of Maryware Castle. To prevent attacks 
    from the west, use this castle as a striking point to conquer Maryware instead. 
         GASPARL:  Gasparl is where you will find Dayn and his Liberation Army. If 
    you play LeonOs scenario, this should be your first conquest so that you can 
    increase your forces immediately, as they will join you after you defeat them. 
    Holding this castle helps control movement between the east and west, but 
    doesnOt cut it off completely unless you also control Magicka and Travan Castles 
    as well. In the earlier stages of the game, this castle will tend to get 
    attacked a lot by forces from neighboring Topaz and Starfall Castles. 
         GINAN:  If playing GoldarkOs scenario, Ginan is one of the castles you 
    capture early on to get yourself some more generals (NelsonOs Army). Like most 
    castles in the heart of Fandaria, holding this castle gives no strategic 
         HIGHLAND:  WeinOs starting castle is in a relatively secure position. If 
    you play as Wein, you can actually leave the castle unattended to make your 
    first conquests. If youOre playing another ruler, this is where youOll find him 
    in most of the scenarios.
         IZUMO:  Izumo Castle is MikhalOs seat of power. If attacking Izumo, this is 
    normally where youOll find him. 
         LIGHTAN:  This castle houses Zanon and his men. This castle makes a nice 
    safe zone once youOre able to get rid of Zanon, as enemy armies seem to just 
    leave it alone. Because of this, you can use it to cut off invasions moving 
    east-west through the southern portion of the continent. Just keep a garrison in 
    the castle and when you see troops moving through, deploy your army to one of 
    the towns north of Lightan to intercept them. Lightan Castle is also the only 
    place where you can search to find Dark Claws, the best claw that Beastmen can 
         MAGICKA:  Magicka Castle starts the game as ruins. By deploying an army to 
    this location, you can fix up the ruins and build a new Level 1 castle. Magicka 
    is vulnerable from attacks from all directions. If either Crystal or Ogrekeep 
    Castles house enemy forces, youOll need to keep this castle stocked. This castle 
    is also haunted. Forces inside the castle will report a ghostly wailing and will 
    abandon the castle. You will need to investigate the situation with your ruler 
    without any other generals. You will discover that the ghost of the former ruler 
    wants to help and leaves behind a Spirit Crest, which incidentally is the only 
    thing youOll find when searching this Castle.
         MARYWARE:  Lying on the western edge of the Highland Empire, Maryware is 
    strategically very important, as invasions from the western part of the 
    continent must pass through this castle in order to get into the Highland 
    kingdom. In the earlier stages in the game, this castle will get attacked 
    periodically by forces from the Bozack Nation (once in a while from Izumo). Keep 
    this castle filled with generals with full complements of troops at all times 
    unless you have the entire southern half of the continent under your thumb (or 
    at least, Lightan Castle).
         MIKERAL:  Control of Mikeral Castle is very important.  Armies from the 
    Izumo must pass through here to start their conquests (unless they want to start 
    with Fandaria), likewise for Fandarian troops moving through Izumo. This castle 
    also keeps the Bozack Nation out of the central region of the continent. This 
    castle will fall under attack quite a bit, depending on how little of the nearby 
    castles are under your control. Mikeral is an excellent castle to search for the 
    various Crests.
         NIKERAL:  Nikeral CastleOs main strategic value is that holding this castle 
    prevents forces from the east from invading the Fandarian Empire.  Enemy armies 
    can still come up south from Izumo to enter, however. If you are moving into 
    Fandaria from the east, take Nikeral, then move quickly into Estonia, to cut off 
    any escape for the Fandarian armies. While a variety of one-shot items can be 
    found here, this castle is the only one that has the Murasame Sword, the best 
    weapon in the game.
         OGREKEEP:  Ogrekeep Castle is a crossroads castle. The only possible 
    advantage of holding this location is that it can inhibit movement by armies 
    east-west. In order to totally control east-west movement, you need to also 
    control Topaz and Danyan castles, as well. Ogrekeep is the only castle that can 
    be searched to find Death Claws, the best weapon a Monk can use (and also the 
    only item that can be found here).
         ORVUE: If you play as Teiris, this castle houses Laine and her entourage. 
    Capturing this castle will add to your initial number of generals. Orvue is the 
    castle everyone must move through in order to get to Palemoon Castle. Early in 
    the game, this may be important, but after Teiris has joined you, holding this 
    castle becomes less important. 
         PALEMOON:  Palemoon is a relatively secure castle. The only real important 
    thing about Palemoon is that you must invade it to get Teiris to join you (in 
    some of the scenarios). In fact, if your main forces are holed up in Palemoon 
    Castle, and youOre trying too hard to hold it, youOre probably not progressing 
    very well in the game.
         ROGUEWAR:  This castle, like many of those in the central part of the 
    continent, can be used to control movement between the east and west, but in 
    order to totally do so, you must also hold Stalwart and Mikeral Castles.
         ROYAL:  Royal Castle blocks northern invasion into Izumo. In MikhalOs game, 
    this castle holds MikhalOs first major battle as it is the home base of Kyoem 
    and his ninja army. Defeating the army here will give MikhalOs army strong 
    generals, but will also open the northern end of the Izumo Nation to invasion by 
    Fandaria, which will periodically send forces to attack this castle when Kyoem 
    is gone. This castle is the only one you can search to find Kamui Blades, a 
    powerful weapon that only Ninja can equip.
         SARDIA:  Sardia Castle is very similar to Bozack. It can only be attacked 
    from the north or from forces moving west from Bozack Castle. It has no real 
    strategic value, but can be searched to find the Igneous Axe.
         SOPHNIK:  The most remote of all the castles on the continent, Sophnik has 
    no major strategic value. In the beginning of JunonOs scenario, a would-be king 
    takes it over shortly after you capture it, but JunonOs forces can reclaim it 
    with ease. Most of the time, it is left alone by the CPU. Sophnik Castle will 
    yield only one item for searching, the Gaia Sword, the best sword usable by 
    Fighter and Knight generals (and the only place you can find it). 
         STALWART:  Stalwart Castle makes an excellent striking point to attack 
    various castles, but is open to attack from many directions, as well. Stalwart 
    also must be moved through before attacking Tradnor Castle. By holding this 
    castle along with Mikeral and Roguewar (or Nikeral) Castles, you can totally 
    control movement by armies east to west.
         STARFALL:  Starfall Castle lies roughly along the border between Tristan 
    and Palemoon. Strategically speaking, holding this castle helps control invasion 
    into Tristan or Palemoon, but the CPU doesnOt aggressively go after Tristan. If 
    playing as Teiris, hold this castle with some troops as you sweep northward into 
    Tristan. This way, you can watch out for Topaz troops moving eastward. If you 
    have armies to spare, itOs better to take Gasparl. This tends to be a castle 
    attacked by the dragonmen in the late stages of the game, so make sure you leave 
    a lot of troops (preferably Samurai) in here or none at all.
         STOIC:  Stoic Castle is where TalonOs army is initially found. This castle 
    lies along the most direct route to Fandaria Castle, but otherwise is not that 
    great as a strategic location.
         TOPAZ:  Arguably being the most difficult castle to defend, Topaz Castle 
    can be attacked from six different directions! Watch the eastern and western 
    paths carefully as most attacks on Topaz will come from these directions. Topaz 
    guards the path to the Shadow Tower to the northwest. Holding this castle along 
    with Danyan and Ogrekeep will let you control the movement of armies from east 
    to west.
         TRADNOR:  Tradnor Castle is where you will find Reinhart. While being smack 
    in the middle of the continent, access to this castle is well guarded by 
    Stalwart. ItOs much better to try to hold Mikeral and/or Stalwart, retreating to 
    Tradnor if you only really need to. Tradnor is the only place you can find 
         TRAVAN:  If you play as Wein, Travan starts out as the home base of Borgon 
    and his cronies. This is WeinOs first major battle, but defeating the generals 
    here will greatly add to WeinOs strength. BorgonOs forces will actually keep 
    enemy forces away until you take care of them yourself. Strategically, this 
    castle is important, as invasions from the north into Highland must pass through 
    this castle.
         TRISTAN:  Tristan Castle is JunonOs main castle. Like most of the castles 
    up north, it is typically ignored by the CPU. Tristan guards the path north to 
    the Snow Shrine.
         This location lies east of Ogrekeep Castle. When you reach this point, you 
    will be asked if you wish to make repairs. Doing so will transform the ruins 
    into Magicka Castle.
         Shrines are where you will find the three holy artifacts needed to win the 
    game. It is also where your chosen ruler will receive the Dragon Power. 
    Deploying armies here will be useless, as only members of the Dragon Force are 
    allowed to visit here. In fact, each of the Shrines can only be visited by a 
    particular member.
         CAPE SHRINE: This is the shrine on the easternmost point of the continent. 
    Only Mikhal, Junon and Leon together can visit this place. This is where you 
    will find the Moon Cane.
         FOREST SHRINE: This is the shrine to the south of Bozack Castle. The 
    Bracelet of the Sun is here to be found. Only Reinhart, Teiris, and Gongos can 
    visit this shrine.
         SNOW SHRINE: The northernmost shrine houses the Stargem Sword. Wein and 
    Goldark are the only two that can visit this shrine, where theyOll face the now 
    undead Gyzzdark.
         There are two towers that can be visited.
         FIEND TOWER: This tower lies west of Travan Castle. This is where you will 
    find Vlad (see entry in Character section). You donOt have to visit this castle 
    to win the game, but Vlad (and later, Sierra) will make an excellent addition to 
    your army.
         SHADOW TOWER: In the northwest part of the continent there is a lake with a 
    tower on the northern tip. This tower is where you will meet Ramda (see entry in 
    Character section). Visiting this tower is necessary for the game to move along. 
    While you donOt have to send troops immediately here, you will be told to go 
    there eventually by the story. Be sure to take your stronger generals with you 
    when you visit here, as Gaul and Scythe usually will attack soon after.
         While holding towns donOt really give any tangible advantage like castles 
    do, they can be fairly useful. Towns are locations where you can deploy your 
    troops to. You can use towns as a staging point for an attack on a nearby 
    castle. You can leave an army in a town to delay or weaken an advancing army. 
    There are two towns of importance that need mentioning. The first is the town 
    south of Mikeral Castle, where you will find Hayate and Shirox (see their entry 
    in the Characters section). The second one changes, depending on which ruler you 
    are playing as. For this second town, deploy your armies to the towns that rest 
    on top of a mountain. This is the place where you will find Vangal (see his 
    entry in the Characters section).
    8.  ITEMS LIST
         There are two types of items. The first are items that are equipped and 
    remain with a general until it is unequipped or replaced with another such item. 
    Generals can only have one of these equipped at all times. The second type of 
    item are the one shot items, such as coins and crests. These items can be used 
    on a general whether he has an item equipped or not as its purpose is to 
    permanently modify a generalOs abilities (or in the case of the Faith Coin, 
    force a general to be loyal, I wonOt go into the questionability of morals of 
         One thing the manual leaves out is that the kinds of items you find can 
    vary from castle to castle. While some of the castles are not strategically very 
    important, they turn out to hide some of the more powerful magic items. Also 
    included are any effects and/or restrictions associated with them, as well as 
    any other miscellaneous notes.
    AXES:  Axes are usable only by generals that are either Fighters or male Beasts 
    (apologies to Yuni, Silva, Fyffer and Sylphia). They are typically found in the 
    environs of Fandaria, Bozack and Topaz.
         Dark Axe - +6 STR. Only fighters can equip this.
         Earth Axe - +7 STR. Only three castles seem to have this axe; Fandaria, 
    Estonia, and Ginan.
         Igneous Axe - +7 STR. This item only seems to pop up in Sardia Castle. 
         Thunder Axe - +5 STR.
    SWORDS:  There are two groups of swords, the first are swords usable only by 
    fighters/knights, and the second group usable only by samurai/ninja. The 
    OstandardO swords are usually found in the castles in the regions of Highland, 
    Tristan, and Fandaria. The OorientalO swords are found in the areas of Izumo and 
         Gaia Sword - +8 STR. Found only by searching Sophnik Castle.
         Mars Blade - +3 STR.
         Psycho Sword - +6 STR. Although Junon of Tristan starts the game with this, 
    it is possible to find it through searching castles within the Highland area.
         Soul Buster - +4 STR.
         Kamui Blade - +8 STR. Ninjas are the only general able to equip this 
    weapon. It can only be found by searching Royal Castle.
         Kusanagi Blade - +6 STR. Mikhal begins the game with one, but this sword 
    can be found by searching Fandaria, Bloodly or Stoic.
         Moonbeam Sword - +3 STR. Can only be equipped by Samurai.
         Moon God Sword - +5 STR. Can only be equipped by Samurai.
         Murasame Sword - +10 STR. Only found by searching Nikeral Castle.
         Phantom Sword - +7 STR. Zagat of Izumo Nation begins the game with this 
    sword. It cannot be found by searching castles. Only Samurai can equip this 
    RODS:  Rods are usable only by the OspellcastingO generals (Magicians, Spirit 
    Users, and Priests).
         Jeweled Rod - +4 STR. 
         Miracle Rod - +5 STR.
         Tempest - Usable only by Magicians, Tempests give extra protection to its 
    wielder during a duel.
    SPEARS/LANCES:  This group of weapons is usable only by Knights.
         Battle Spear - +5 STR.
         Javelin - +2 STR.
         Magical Lance - +8 STR. Presto of Tradnor has one of these equipped when 
    the game starts. It is unknown to me whether you can find one by searching, 
         Rune Lance - +8 STR. Ayrios of Tristan begins the game with this, but I 
    have yet to see it pop up when searching a castle.
    CLAWS:  Claws are usable by beasts and monks. These weapons are normally found 
    in the areas of Topaz and Bozack. 
         Beast Claw - +3 STR. 
         Dark Claw - +7 STR. Only Lightan Castle will produce these weapons.
         Death Claw - +9 STR. This claw is only usable by monks.
         Wicked Claw - +4 STR.
    PROTECTIVE GEAR:  Armor and shields are normally usable only by the warrior 
    generals. While these items have no affect in normal combat, armor and shields 
    provide added defense in a duel.
         Battle Armor - gives defense. Can be equipped by Knights and Fighters.
         Gauze Armor - gives defense. Only Knights can equip this. Can be found 
    largely in the Castles in the Fandarian region.
         Shogun Armor - gives defense. Only usable by Samurai.
         Divine Shield - gives defense. Only usable by Fighters
         Sacrifice Shield - gives defense.
    COMMAND ENHANCERS:  The following items will enhance the CMD score of a general. 
    These items are usable by all generals, in most cases. While such items pop up 
    here and there, the best place are in the area of Palemoon and Tradnor.
         AsteaOs Ring - +7 CMD.
         Ambition Ring - +6 CMD. Gunner, a Beast general always has this in his 
    possession. The item itself cannot be found by searching a castle. Other than 
    Gunner himself, Monks are the only generals able to equip this item. 
         DragonOs Eye - +6 CMD. Katt of Bozack starts out with this in her 
    possession. I have not found one in any castle yet.
         Emerald - +7 CMD. Usable only by Spirit Users.
         Goddess Tear +7 CMD.
         True Ring - +9 CMD. This item can only be found by searching Danyan Castle.
         ValhartOs Charm - +3 CMD
    COINS:  Coins are one shot items that have a permanent effect on the general it 
    is used on. It can be used on any general.
         Bravery Coin - adds up to two points to generalOs STR score.
         Faith Coin - use on a general that you suspect could be a possible   
    deserter. (Music change when interviewing generals). This will keep them loyal 
    to you 
         Honor Coin - adds up to two points to generalOs CMD score.
    CRESTS:  Crests are one shot items that give a general the ability to command 
    new troops. Using a crest gives a general the ability to command ten of the 
    corresponding troop type. Through the Awards function in domestic affairs, that 
    general can now be awarded with more of the new troops as normal. Mikeral Castle 
    is the one place you can find all of the crests.
         Arrow Crest - command archers.
         Cleric Crest - command monks.
         Dragon Crest - command dragons. While found in a few castles, they happen 
    to be the only item you find when you search Crystal Castle.
         Flying Crest - command harpies.
         Honor Crest - command cavalry.
         Magic Crest - command mages.
         Samurai Crest - command samurai. Interestingly enough, this is the hardest 
    crest to find in searches.
         Savage Crest - command beasts.
         Soldier Crest - command soldiers.
         Spirit Crest - command zombies. While this occurs randomly in a few 
    castles, search Magicka Castle if you specifically want one. 
    STATUES:  Statues are one shot items that permanently add to a generalOs HP and 
    MP. It is usable on all generals.
         AsteaOs Statue - +1 MP.
         Dragon Statue - +3 HP, to a maximum of 127.
    RUNES:  These books are one shot items that permanently add to a generalOs INT 
    scores. Oddly enough, the only difference between them are the three different 
    names. They can be use on all generals.
         Ancient Runes - +6 INT.
         Strategy Runes - +6 INT.
         Virtuous Runes - +6 INT.
    HOLY ARTIFACTS: After visiting the shrines, you will recover the Moon Cane, 
    Stargem Sword, and Sun Bracelet. RamdaOs sacrifice will activate the Dragon 
    Power and change the one the main character is equipped with to either the Star 
    Dragon Armlet, Star Dragon Sword, or Star Dragon Cane. 
         Moon Cane - +9 CMD. Can only be equipped by Teiris and Reinhart.
         Star Dragon Armlet - +9 STR. Leon and Gongos are the only ones that can 
    equip this.
         Star Dragon Cane - +8 STR. Usable by Teiris and Reinhart.
         Star Dragon Sword - +9 STR. Usable only by Wein, Junon, Mikhal or Goldark.
         Stargem Sword - +9 CMD. Wein, Goldark, and Junon are the only ones that can 
    equip this.    
         Sun Bracelet - +9 CMD. Can only be equipped by either Leon or Gongos.
         AsteaOs Herb - Use when a general has sustained injury. This will allow the 
    injured general to return to full duty without the required stay in the 
    hospital. Note that this will bring the general back to duty wherever the ruler 
    happens to be, regardless if the general was injured clear across the continent!
         Sage Bracelet - +6 INT. Laine begins the game with this. It can be equipped 
    by Spirit Users only. It is unknown whether one can be produced by searching a 
         Wisdom Armlet - +6 INT. Shaia of Topaz begins the game with this in her 
    possession, and this can be found by searching Eternal Castle. As to what kind 
    of generals can equip this item, it seems to change. Shaia (a Priest), can 
    always equip it, but in some games only Magicians can equip it. When playing as 
    other characters only Ninja and Thieves can.  
         A generalOs proper use of his skills and/or magic can most often be the key 
    to winning battles in which the odds are against you. Consequently, you have to 
    recognize the potential for certain spells to be cast at you when meeting up 
    with an enemy general. At one point or another weOve probably all gotten into a 
    battle with your 100 Dragons, thinking that it couldnOt be all that hard to 
    defeat the upcoming army, then finding yourself issuing a Retreat command after 
    a couple well-placed spells/skills by the opposing commander turns the table on 
    your forces. Below are the various spells/skills that generals can use, as well 
    as their effects. 
    AssassinOs Star:  One of the most effective spells in the game. The AssassinOs 
    Star travels down the center column, eliminating all troops in itOs path, doing 
    no damage to the general, but instead draining the commanderOs Magic Power Gauge 
    level. The amount it drains varies, but serves the purpose of keeping a general 
    from using any skills or magic. While it works against all generals, it tends to 
    work best against Magicians, Priests and Spirit Users.
    Aura Assault:  This is an attack on the enemy general used by Monks. Use of this 
    launches a projectile at the enemy general, causing some damage.
    Cross Flash:  Another direct attack on the enemy general. YouOll see Monks, 
    Beasts, Thieves, Samurai, and Ninja using this skill. The general using this 
    technique charges across the battlefield, inflicting damage on the opposing 
    Cross Rush:  A similar but more effective version of the Cross Flash, the 
    general using this skill travels down the center column of the battlefield, 
    taking out any enemy troops in the path. After reaching the enemy general, he 
    damages him by launching into a finishing combo ala an SNK fighting game!
    DanteOs Inferno:  Used mainly by Spirit Users, this spell summons an elemental 
    that damages the opposing army and general with fire. The spell only harms the 
    opposition, but timing is necessary when using this spell. The spell appears in 
    one of three spots, the two ends of the battlefield, and the center of the 
    battlefield. When this spell is cast, it will appear in the area where there is 
    the greatest concentration of enemy soldiers. If enemy forces are standing by in 
    a defensive formation, casting this spell will hit on the enemy generalOs side. 
    If you cast it while the soldiers are advancing, the tendency will be for the 
    elemental to appear in the exact center. If you want to cast this spell on your 
    generalOs side of the battlefield, keep you soldiers on standby and wait for the 
    enemy soldiers to advance until just before their attack unitOs front rank is 
    just about to engage yourOs. 
    Dark Vortex:  Opens a portal in the center of the battlefield, sucking in 
    soldiers that are too near. While potentially powerful, a lot of timing is 
    needed when using this, as it only opens up in the middle. The other 
    disadvantage is that it is not selective as to who it sucks in, so your own 
    forces can be lost as well. This is best to cast the moment enemies move from 
    the vicinity of their general, as the vortex opens as soon as they reach the 
    middle. If you are willing to sacrifice a few troops, you can Advance troops to 
    meet the opposing soldiers in the middle, keeping them there long enough for the 
    vortex to open. (Note: TeirisO version of this spell works the same manner but 
    only affects opposing troops.)
    Ensnare:  One of the most useful, but one of the most dangerous when used on 
    YOUR general. Ensnare will prevent a general from retreating the current battle. 
    This will actually disable the Retreat command, forcing the general to fight 
    until he defeats everyone, or is himself defeated. A dangerous side effect of 
    that it also freezes any movement of the Ensnared generalOs Magic Power Gauge, 
    preventing any spell casting. (Although if the Gauge was at full power when 
    Ensnared, a spell can still be cast, but the bar will not refill). If you have a 
    general that can cast this and you face a spellcaster with a large amount of MP, 
    cast this spell as soon as your MP Gauge is filled.
    Flame Cannon:  Similar in effects to Aura Assault, except that youOll see this 
    version being used by Magicians, Knights, Fighters & Ninja.
    Gale Blast:  MikhalOs version of the Cross Flash. It works exactly the same way 
    as the former spell.
    Holy Blast:  This spell causes an explosion in the center of the battlefield. 
    Enemy troops caught in this will be damaged. The best time to use this spell is 
    either just as enemy troops begin to move toward your general, or by sending 
    your attack unit out to engage the advancing enemy in the center of the 
    battleground in order to delay their approach long enough for the spell to take 
    Holy Shield:  A major defensive ability for Priests and Magicians, Holy Shield 
    surrounds the caster with an expanding field that can eliminate enemy soldiers 
    that get too close. This can be the most annoying spell when facing a general 
    that can cast it! The only real defense to this spell is by using troops that 
    attack from a distance (like Archers and Mages).   
    Hyper-Storm:  This spell sends three connected tornadoes down the battlefield, 
    which will sweep up a number of enemy troops away. Unlike the various Sonic Boom 
    spells, this can affect soldiers in every column, not just the center ones. No 
    damage will be inflicted on the enemy general by this spell. Troops swept away 
    by this spell return to their general after the current combat.
    Mega Tornado:  This works in the same manner as Hyper-Storm but will affect all 
    troops, friend or foe!
    Meteor Storm:  One of the more visually impressive spells, this spell showers 
    the entire battlefield with meteors. This has the effect of eliminating numbers 
    of enemy troops and inflicting decent damage on the opposing general, as well. 
    Your own forces are not affected by this.  
    Mirage Star:  Similar in effect to the AssassinOs Star, but more powerful, as 
    the Mirage Star travels down the center, but three columns wide.
    Quagmire:  This spell brings forth stone from the ground to grab soldiers and 
    hold them in place. Troops affected by the spell are unable to move until the 
    spell wears out. Unfortunately, both enemy and friendly troops are affected by 
    this spell. Dragon and Harpy soldiers are not affected by this spell.
    Reptile Cannon:  This is the NinjaOs version of the Flame Cannon/Aura Assault 
    techniques, working as described above.
    Resurrect:  This spell restores life for up to twenty fallen soldiers. These new 
    troops will appear at the rear of the battlefield and do whatever the advance 
    unit is doing. For example, if the front unit of the Offense formation advanced, 
    they will advance as well.
    ShivaOs Dagger:  Works the exactly the same way as the AssassinOs Star, only 
    this is the ThiefOs version of the skill.
    Sky Driver:  A skill used by Beast and Dragon generals, the Sky Driver has the 
    general launching himself into the air, landing on the enemy general and 
    inflicting damage.
    Solar Flare:  The FighterOs version of Dark Vortex and Holy Blast. Use this in 
    the same way you would use the former.
    Sonic Blast:  The most powerful version of the Sonic Boom (see below), except 
    that five projectiles fly down the five center columns.
    Sonic Boom:  Sonic Boom creates a projectile that flies down the center column, 
    eliminating troops along itOs path, and damaging the general. This is a basic 
    skill Fighters and Knights have.
    Sonic Wave:  Similar to Sonic Boom, the Sonic Wave works in the same manner but 
    with three projectiles traveling down the three center columns.
    Stone Pedestal:  This is similar to Quagmire, save only enemy troops are 
    Summon Golem:  When your general casts this spell, a golem is summoned and 
    charges down the center column, taking out any enemy troops in the path, and 
    damaging the opposing general at the end. One minor disadvantage of using this 
    is that any of your soldiers standing where the golem first appears will be 
    Summon Reaper:  Only Katt of the Bozack Nation can cast this spell. This brings 
    the Grim Reaper to attack the enemy general. The Reaper will reduce the enemy 
    general to 1 HP. The downside is that Katt will also be reduced to 1 HP as well. 
    Use this only if you are surrounded by a large defensive unit, and the opposing 
    general does not have any spells that target or can affect you. 
    Summon Guardian: Similar to Stone Pedestal and Quagmire, but only affecting 
    enemy troops.
    Summon Wyvern:  This spell summons a wyvern in front of the enemy general, which 
    breathes fire on the opposing commander. Any troops (enemy or friendly) caught 
    in the line of fire will be damaged.
    Sword Rush:  Like Mikhal, Wein has his own version of the Cross Flash.
    ThorOs Fist:  This spell is yet another version of the Stone Pedestal and the 
    like, affecting all enemy troops.
    Thunder Fall:  A number of lightning bolts are called forth, eliminating enemy 
    troops. The number of bolts that come down vary from casting to casting, and 
    will only damage an enemy general when all his troops are gone.
    TridentOs Daughter:  This spell is similar to DanteOs Inferno, only that a water 
    elemental is summoned.
    Wind Dancer:  Like TridentOs Daughter and DanteOs Inferno, this spell works in 
    the same manner, but summons an air elemental.
         Thats about it for now. Hope all of you found this helpful. IOd appreciate 
    any comments, corrections, praise (yeah, lots of praise) and particularly any of 
    the blanks that need filling to: triniman@aol.com. 
    Thanks to Rune Walsh@aol.com for answering some of my technical questions about 
    the game.
    Also, thanks to Paul, Mike, and Layne for introducing me to this game; to the 
    people in the AOL and CompuServe forums for the input.
    1.0  Initial Release
    1.1  Some blanks in Characters section filled in.
    2.0  Filled in more blanks in Characters section.
         Added section on spells/skills.
         Information added in various sections.
    3.0  Revised Battle Formation Section
         Filled in more blanks in Characters section.
         Changed Castles section to Locations section.
         Minor corrections in various sections.

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