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    Ookami - Enemy and Floral Finishers FAQ
    Written by Wong Si Yuan (a.k.a ranmafan) for GameFAQs.
    V 1.1
    This FAQ is intended primarily to help players acquire the Demon Fang item
    from monsters. If you don't already know, Demon Fangs are required to trade
    for the extremely useful Holy Artifact items from certain traders.
    Also included are short notes on monster tactics on how to best deal with
    some of them.
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    And now, without further ado!
    What are Floral Finishers?
    Floral Finishers are Ookami's particular method of finishing off a monster
    in a fairly spectacular fashion and create lots of pretty flowers at the
    same time. Please don't be discouraged if you encounter an enemy that you
    don't have a Floral Finisher for yet. This is a common occurrence.
    How do I use a Floral Finisher?
    Floral Finishers basically mean using a brush technique Amaterasu has learned
    to 'finish' off the enemy. There are 13 brush strokes in total, and each
    monster is affected by only one particular style of brush technique.
    An example would be: Green Imp - Power Slash
    This means that the monster 'Green Imp' has to be finished off with the
    Power Slash brush technique when its life bar is emptied.
    When to use a Floral Finisher?
    When a monster's lifebar is depleted, it will let out a death rattle and it
    will enter its 'death sequence'. Most of the time this entails either floating
    into the air with its back arched, or a last feeble struggle to get up while
    clawing at the air.
    This is when you use the finisher on them. If successful, the monster will
    let out a second death cry and drop Demon Fangs before exploding into a shower
    of flowers. (hence Floral Finisher)
    Please take note that when you have killed a monster, you CAN NOT hit it again
    with a regular attack or you will NOT be able to perform the Floral Finisher
    on it. Hence some restraint is called for when mashing that square button.
    Elemental Properties
    When a particular Finisher is given, it has an elemental property attached
    to it. (Especially Fire, Ice & Lightning) It is not necessary to use a
    particular brush stroke so long as that elemental is used.
    For example, if a monster requires Fire to finish off, you can either use
    the Fireburst brush stroke, or connect a convenient source of fire nearby
    (via Inferno) to burn it instead. Useful when you want to save on Ink Pots
    for those difficult fights.
    Later on in the game, you will be able to acquire a permanent source of the
    three main elementals (Fire/Ice/Lightning) which makes performing these Floral
    Finishers easier.
    Trading for Artifacts
    Also, using Floral Finishers also nets you the important Demon Fangs,
    which you can then trade for some of the following Artifacts at certain NPCs:
    All Traders:
    Usable items -
    Traveller's Charm - Increases Godhood (your shield) by 1. (Max levels: 3)
    Cost: 3 fangs
    Godly Charm - Maxes your Godhood
    Cost: 8 Fangs
    Golden Peach - Fills your Astral Pouch completely
    Cost: 15 fangs
    Agata Trader -
    Golden Lucky Cat - Draws items to you like a magnet. Invaluable addition.
    Cost: 50 Fangs
    Wooden Mat - Stand still and let Amaterasu fall asleep. Yen will be deducted
    and Ammy will regenerate Solar Energy. Good for regenning without using items.
    Cost: 30 Fangs
    Peace Bell - Prevents monster scrolls from chasing you when you get near to
    them. Useful for picking your fights.
    Cost: 20 Fangs
    Emperor of Sei-An -
    Thief's Glove - Allows you to draw a line from Issun (on your head) to the
    enemy to steal items. Items can be anything from Treasure to usable items.
    Cost: 70 Fangs
    Fog Pot - Allows you to upgrade Amaterasu's Veil of Mist brush technique to
    include the ability (Mist Warp) to travel between Ultimate Origin Mirrors.
    Cost: 80 Fangs
    Golden Ink Pot - Singularly the most important artifact in-game. Increases
    regeneration of ink pots dramatically.
    Cost: 100 Fangs
    Water Tablet - Allows Ammy to run across the surface of water like it was
    solid ground. (Available only after a certain boss fight)
    Cost: 100 Fangs
    You can only equip 3 artifacts at any time.
    General Tactics
    Learning Fleet Foot is an important part of fighting. It allows you to dodge
    enemy attacks or follow them quickly. It also allows you to cancel your
    attacks half-way.
    Note that most monsters will attempt to evade your attacks after a number of
    hits. Mostly, it's about 3-4 hits. As soon as they start evading, simply use
    the R2 button to quickly give chase and push them up against the wall. Then
    kill them because they can't escape any more.
    Acquiring more Fangs
    Are there any other ways of acquiring Fangs?
    Yes, there are several ways of doing so. Two of these are skills Amaterasu
    can learn, called Golden Fury and Brown Rage. Read on for more details.
    Golden Fury? Brown Rage? What are these?
    Glad you asked. These two learnable skills costing 100,000 and 2,000,000 yen
    respectively are one of the many ways of acquiring additional Demon Fangs in
    addition to the regular Floral Finishers. They are, in a nutshell, Amaterasu's 
    rather repugnant ways of rebuking the enemy.
    Golden Fury can be acquired at the Shinshu Field dojo. Hits twice. Nets one
    Fang per enemy.
    Brown Rage can be acquired at the Ryoshima Coast dojo. Hits once, but is
    explosive. Nets two fangs per enemy.
    Note that these skills can be used independently of each other to acquire a
    grand total of 3 additional Fangs PER ENEMY.
    Any other ways of acquiring Fangs?
    Using a Reflector as a Subweapon, Ammy can use it like a shield to stop enemy
    attacks from the front. However, here's its secret: If used for Melee attacks
    (close ranged attacks), it causes the enemy to drop one Fang and results in a
    spinning piledriver-style attack for non-boss enemies which does incredible
    I need more Fangs!
    Well, if you've read the manual you'll know then that during loading screens,
    there are two variations. The one with a trail of pawprints and the blank
    Pawprint Trail:
    Time your X button presses during the pawprint screen and if you get a full
    series of Big pawprints, the picture of Issun will be replaced by a Demon Fang
    which will be added to your inventory.
    Blank Scroll:
    Mash the X button. Every 50 pawmarks nets you one Demon Fang (which will appear
    in place of the pawprint)
    Monster info will be presented in the following manner:
    Monster Name - Floral Finisher
    Fangs Dropped
    Notes (if any)
    Green Imp - Power Slash
    Fangs: 1
    Description: Basic imp. Looks like a Monkey with a paper mask.
    Notes: Nothing special. They shoot blowdarts at you but nothing killing
    them first won't fix.
    Red Imp - Power Slash
    Fangs: 1
    Description: Slightly beefier than the Greens. They carry a Japanese Lute 
    (the Shamisu) which they use to defend themselves with. They can throw their
    Lute like a boomerang to attack you.
    Notes: After attacking them 3 times, use Power Slash when they block to break
    the Lute. They're defenseless after that. Killing them before 3 hits also
    Yellow Imp - Power Slash
    Fangs: 1
    Description: The biggest of the lot. They have a giant drum which they use
    to cause earth-based attacks and launch explosives at you. They burrow under-
    ground to get around.
    Notes: Use the ink smear to blind them (just daub them like you would use
    the Restoration brush technique). They attack wantonly when blinded, and you
    can either attack them from behind, or use a Reflector Subweapon to perform a
    Perfect Shield Counter.
    Blue Imp - Galestorm
    Fangs: 1
    Description: These guys are purplish version of the green imps, except they
    fly on kites and are tougher. They spit blue balls at you.
    Notes: When you first meet them, you can use Power Slash to knock them down.
    When you later acquire Galestorm, you can knock down multiple Imps at once.
    Note that this applies to all flying enemies: They MUST be visible on-screen
    at the moment when you activate Galestorm, or they will not be affected.
    Black Imp - Power Slash
    Fangs: 3
    Description: Attacks using the 5 floating skulls around it. Also has a drum.
    Medium sized and dressed like a shogun.
    Notes: His floating skulls can injure Ammy on contact. Power Slash them to
    destroy them. They explode when destroyed, and the explosions can also hurt
    Ammy. They can attack by using things like laser beams, headbutts, etc. etc.
    Hence destroy them first.
    Headless Guardian - Cherry Bomb
    Fangs: 2
    Description: Looks like a headless stone Buddha/Earth Deity statue. Attacks
    the same way as Red Imps. Use the same tactics.
    Note: In order to use Cherry Bomb effectively, remember that the size of the
    drawings affects proximity to the CAMERA. Best to either press them against a
    wall and draw a bomb on the wall, or draw a bomb from the overhead view. The
    bombs will go off if they touch the monster.
    Bell Guardian - Power Slash
    Fangs: 2
    Description: A bigger version of the Headless Guardian. Fights the same as the
    Yellow Imp. Use the same tactics.
    Note: Nothing special.
    Halo Guardian - Cherry Bomb
    Fangs: 2
    Description: Similar to the Blue Imps, except they use a halo to fly instead.
    Notes: Use Galestorm to bring them down, then kill them.
    Executioner Guardian - Cherry Bomb
    Fangs: 2
    Description: The headless guardian version of the Black Imp.
    Notes: Again, destroy their floating glowing stone heads first. Same tactics
    as Black Imps.
    Bud Ogre - Bloom
    Fangs: 1
    Description: Looks like a treasure bud, but with a demon's face, four legs
    and a tail.
    Notes: Simply keep hitting it, or Power Slashing its purple globs back at it.
    Glaives can use their charged ability to immediately cause them to go down.
    When down, use Bloom on their buds to expose their vulnerable core. When they
    die, use Bloom on them to get the Finisher.
    Chimera - Power Slash
    Fangs: 2
    Description: A monkey-faced, incense burner version of the Bud Ogre.
    Notes: Keep hitting it again. It'll run and fly when hit, so just use your
    Fleet Foot technique to keep up. Note that when it's down, every hit causes
    damaging water to spurt out. Reflectors can hit it twice before you have to
    R2 (fleetfoot) back, Beads can use their range to avoid damage, Glaives can
    kill them in one or two charged hits.
    Dead Fish - Power Slash
    Fangs: 1
    Description: A flying goldfish in a white death robe (kimono-looking)
    Notes: Power slash to bring them down, or hit them in the air for maximum
    damage. When their life gets to a certain level, their defense goes up and
    they latch onto Ammy. They then blow themselves up. To counter this, either
    stay in the air while hitting them, use power slash and regular attacks to
    bring their health down quickly, or just power slash them if they manage to
    latch onto you.
    Crow Tengu - Galestorm
    Fangs: 1
    Description: A long necked storklike monster with a sword and dressed like a
    samurai (not the armoured version). Has two fans which it uses to stay afloat.
    Notes: Power Slash or Galestorm to bring them down. Attack once to cause it
    to defend itself. Power Slash to break its defence. Note that you can use
    Golden Fury as an attack to net a Fang and force it to defend itself at the 
    same time. Brown Rage takes too long and allows the Tengu to escape.
    Ubume - Veil of mist
    Fangs: 2
    Description: Similar to the Crow Tengu in appearance, but with a straw hat
    and long hair instead. It carries a giant umbrella instead of a pair of fans.
    Notes: Power Slash to bring it to ground level, attack it once to get its
    fan up. Use Galestorm to open up its defence, then kill it quickly.
    Fire Eye - Galestorm
    Fangs: 2
    Description: A wooden wheel with a giant eye in the middle, wreathed in
    Notes: Often comes in pairs with another Wheel type enemy. Use Galestorm or
    Deluge to extinguish the flames, then attack it. Their fires can be used as a
    source for the Inferno brush technique. Don't touch it, it hurts.
    For all wheels, an easy way to score a fang is to wait for it to start rolling
    in circles around the arena, then use your Reflector subweapon to stop it in
    its tracks.
    Special notes:
    Veil of Mist works with almost ALL wheel type monsters to bring down their
    As written by Drakulakun:
    "The wheels have another finish as well (although you will get one demon fang)
    When their death animation kicks in, wait until they do the first bump on the
    floor. Then, after they lift in the air for a second time, slash them."
    Ice Mouth - Inferno
    Fangs: 2
    Description: A wooden wheel with a giant pair of lips in the middle. Covered
    in icy crystals.
    Notes: Often comes in the company of a Fire Eye. You can use the fire from
    Fire Eye to melt Ice Mouth's crystals. Conversely, when you acquire the
    appropriate brush technique, you can use Ice Mouth's crystals to freeze any
    enemy on-screen.
    Special Note: This applies to any situation when Ammy is frozen. Use Power
    Slash or Inferno to free yourself when frozen.
    Thunder Ear - Galestorm/Power Slash (this is the only confirmed one that
    drops 1 fang when Slashed)
    Fangs: 2/1
    Description: A wooden wheel with a giant ear in the middle. Covered in bolts
    of lightning.
    Notes: A source of Lightning, for one. Simply use Veil of Mist to slow it down
    and smack it around.
    Earth Nose - Veil of Mist
    Fangs: 3 Fangs
    Description: A wooden wheel with a giant Hanadaka nose in the middle. Covered
    in puffs of wind (green colour. I assume this is the same green smoke as in
    your Brush Technique screen)
    Notes: It can only be attacked when Veil of Mist is used. It's ridiculously
    fast otherwise, so finish this off first if you can.
    Thunder Doom Mirror - Power Slash
    Fangs: 2
    Description: A mirror with a Kabuki actor's face in the middle. Almost the
    same as Thunder Ear.
    Notes: Fight it the same as a Thunder Ear.
    Wind Doom Mirror - Veil of Mist
    Fangs: 3
    Description: A mirrow that resembles the Earth Nose, but with a picture of an
    Old Man. (The God of Longevity in Chinese lore)
    Notes: Same tactics as Earth Nose
    Ice Doom Mirror - Fireburst
    Fangs: 2
    Description: A mirror with a leering woman's face in the middle. Almost the
    same as Ice Mouth.
    Notes: Same tactics as Ice Mouth.
    Poltergeist - Galestorm
    Fangs: 2-4
    Description: Three Weasels carrying scythes linked together into one giant
    razor sharp wheel of death. 
    Notes: Its default element is Wind/Earth (can never tell with those green
    fluffs). It takes on the attack patterns of the element it uses. If you hit
    it enough, Power Slash it, or at random, they will change their elements.
    Counts as a wheel type enemy.
    Tube Fox - Power Slash
    Fangs: 2
    Description: Looks like a regular fox gone psycho. You'll always fight 2-3 of
    them at a go.
    Notes: They have the ability to throw out foxfire, and drain your ink pots.
    Don't step in the fire. If you notice your ink pots going down inexplicably,
    look for a black cloud of ink streaming out from you, and follow it to the
    Tube Fox draining you of your ink. Hit it once to stop it.
    Red/Blue Oni - Thunderstorm (as usual, any electrical source will do)
    Fangs: 3 (I think)
    Description: They always come together in a pair. They're like giant centaurs
    coloured blue or red. They wear a giant metal mask with a demon's face etched
    into it. They wield giant spiked clubs.
    Notes: Their iron masks protect them from frontal attacks. Attack from behind
    or the flanks. Countering the Red Oni's fire breath with wind will stun him.
    Blue Onis aren't much different with their attacks. They will occasionally
    jump and try to stomp on you, if they miss their mask will get stuck in the
    ground and render them vulnerable from all sides.
    When you eventually get Thunderstorm, zapping them with it will also stun them
    and deal substantial damage.
    Jiro/Saburo - Thunderstorm
    Fangs: 2-4 (variable)
    Description: A pair of hermit crabs with shells that resemble the front and 
    rear end of a shark. Jiro is the bluish green one, Saburo is red.
    Notes: Jiro will launch explosive sea urchins at you. Saburo will focus on
    digging water holes to flood the arena. Both are protected by a hard shell
    that must be destroyed by attacks/cherry bombs before the monster inside can
    be killed. A charged glaive attack or a strong Lightning bolt attack will
    break the shell in one go.
    Before you get the Water Tablet, focus on killing Saburo first. If Saburo
    manages to dig successfully, the arena will be flooded and Ammy will have
    trouble killing it. If you can't kill either one in time and the arena is
    flooded, they'll combine and you'll face off with Ichiro.
    Jiro's urchins can be destroyed with Power Slashes.
    Fangs: 3 (Not confirmed)
    Description: The Shark. Result of Jiro/Saburo joining powers. Swims in the
    water and deals damaging attacks to Ammy.
    Notes: Explosives stun Ichiro (the first fight, Slash the explosive barrels),
    Cherry Bombs also work. But once you get the ability to create lightning, just
    zap him dead. Remember, you can create lily pads to stand on if you don't have
    a Water Tablet.
    Blue Cyclops - Deluge
    Fangs: 2-3
    Description: A one-eyed giant flying tengu that resembles the One Eyed
    Flying Purple People Eater. He smokes a pipe.
    Notes: While his attacks may tempt you into countering with Wind or Water,
    try to avoid doing so if you can. They will blow out the fire in his pipe, and
    that makes him VERY mad. Attacking him from the front repeatedly will also
    put out the fire (but does more damage.)
    If he gets mad, he'll transform into his invincible warrior form and THEN the
    pain will begin. He has two screen-wide attacks that take off tons of life,
    and then you can only run around until he reverts to his regular form.
    To prevent this, as SOON as you see him get angry (he'll curl up and start to
    shudder), either cast Fireburst to light his pipe, or find a source of fire
    and light his pipe quickly. This calms him down and lets you kill him easily.
    Namahage (Green) - Galestorm
    Fangs: 1
    Description: The high-levelled version of the Green imp, it's a monster that
    wears a wooden painted mask and straw clothes.
    Notes: Not very dangerous. Just beat it up.
    Blade Namahage (Red) - Galestorm
    Fangs: 2
    Description: The high-levelled version of the Red Imp. Almost the same as the
    regular Namahage but red in colour.
    Notes: Same tactic as Red Imps.
    Bucket Namahage - Cherry Bomb
    Fangs: 3
    Description: A big Namahage with a bucket. It's the high levelled Yellow-imp.
    Notes: Fairly dangerous, it can attack you while burrowing around. The game's
    Bestiary mentions creating a loud sound and running to get it to appear, but
    I don't know how that works. Just Cherry Bomb I guess.
    Anyway, same tactics as the Yellow Imp. Use the same bombing tactics as with
    Headless Guardians, but it's easier because he's bigger.
    Cannon Namahage - Galestorm/Whirlwind
    Fangs: 3 (Not confirmed)
    Description: A high levelled Black Imp, with floating Namahage masks instead
    of skulls or stone heads.
    Notes: Same tactics as Black Imps/Executioner Guardians.
    Umbrella Namahage - Galestorm
    Fangs: 2
    Description: Blue version of the Namahage family, with an umbrella to fly
    around. Yes, it's the high-level version of the Blue Imp.
    Notes: Use Galestorm to take it down and kill it as usual.
    Igloo Turtle - Inferno
    Fangs: 2
    Description: An igloo on four icy legs with a lantern for a tail. There's a
    straw-raincoat figure inside the igloo.
    Notes: Attack it like a Chimera. When it's taken enough hits/damage (no life
    lost), it will go down. Use the fire from its tail to melt the Igloo, then
    attack the figurine inside. Again, Power Slash whatever it throws at you. It
    is not affected by fire until it's stunned/goes down.
    Bull Charger - Inferno
    Fangs: 4
    Description: The big brother to the Red/Blue Onis. Has a giant wok-shaped
    mask with a pair of horns, and has a protruding rear end that resembles a bee.
    Attacks with Ice.
    Notes: Its ice breath cannot be countered with fire, so just run in circles
    and attack from behind/side. It is vulnerable to fire at any time, so burn it
    at will.
    Clay Soldier - Veil of Mist
    Fangs: 1
    Description: A Niwa-style Japanese clay statue. It's just a high-level Green
    Notes: Kill it as usual.
    Clay Samurai - Veil of Mist
    Fangs: 2
    Description: Same as the Clay Soldier, but with a sword.
    Notes: Same tactics as the Red Imp.
    Clay Flyer - Power Slash
    Fangs: 2
    Description: A bluish version of the Clay family, uses a triangle straw-glider
    to fly around.
    Notes: Same tactics as Halo Guardian (Galestorm only).
    Clay Shogun - Veil of Mist
    Fangs: 3
    Description: A big brute version of the Clay family. Has floating clay heads
    as its guardians.
    Notes: Its floating heads take two slashes to bring down, but otherwise the
    same tactics as the Black Imp. (Remember to stay clear when they blow up!)
    Clay Drummer - Veil of Mist
    Fangs: 2
    Description: The big brother of the Bell Guardian, Yellow imp, etc. Also able
    to attack you while burrowing around so be careful!
    Notes: Attack it as you would a Bucket Namahage.
    Dogu - Power Slash
    Fangs: 4
    Description: A Dogu-style clay figurine. Yes, the in/famous Alien figure
    pottery figures. This one is huge and carries a Sword though.
    Notes: It has the ability to teleport (similar to Blight) and perform those
    invisible slashes. However, Veil of Mist counters these two moves by making
    them visible during these actions and allowing you to hit them. They are also
    extra weak to Blizzard/Ice, and when frozen, take extra damage. Abuse this as
    necessary. (You'll know if you take on the Kamui Stray Bead challenge)
    Great Tengu - Blizzard
    Fangs: 3
    Description: The big brother to the Blue Cyclops and the nastiest of the lot
    next to the Bull Charger. Wears a red Hanadaka mask. (often wrongly named as
    the Tengu mask, although in myth they are sometimes portrayed as doing so)
    Doesn't smoke a pipe though.
    Notes: He spits fire and poison, the former of which can be prevented using
    Galestorm. Just stay behind him when he spits poison because it hurts. Note
    that if you don't kill him fast enough, he gets angry on his own and if he
    transforms, he deals even MORE pain than the Blue Cyclops.
    To prevent that, use Deluge when he's getting mad to calm him down. Note that
    in your early encounters with him, you won't 'have' the powered up Blizzard
    snowstorm attack, but you WILL have other sources of ice...
    Well, that's it for the Monster/Fang FAQ. With this FAQ you should be able to
    acquire enough fangs for both a full collection of Artifacts as well as an S
    ranking in Fangs Collected.
    Special thanks for the confirmation of Floral Finishers and Fang information
    provided primarily by Trepper of GameFAQs.
    Thanks also goes out to the following fine folk from GameFAQs:
    nikalbo (for encouraging me to start this FAQ)
    Weltall Zero
    and all the other great people at the Ookami board!
    Contacting Me
    You can probably contact me via the GameFAQs Okami board, but if you have to
    email me you can use ranmafan@hotmail.com. Do note that as I screen all my
    mail for junk, use something like 'Okami FAQ' in the subject line. Also, I
    don't check my mail too often so send again if I don't reply.