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    Ninja Gaiden 
    Items List Guide
    Authored by VampireHorde
    
    
    
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    INTRODUCTION
    
    
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    Thanks for clicking on the FAQ. This is a simple guide of all the items 
    that Ryu collects throughout the entire game.  
    
    Most (if not all) Ninja Gaiden players just collect the key items and 
    never actually read the item's description.  (Does it even matter?)
    If you're one of those kinds of people then this guide is perfect for 
    you. I will list all the items that are received per chapter and the 
    description that the in-game menu lists for it.
    Everything from primary weapons to technique scrolls will be listed in 
    their entirety. Basically, I'm giving you a text version of the menu 
    screen.
    
    
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    ++TABLE OF CONTENT++
    
    
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    I. FMV INTRO
    The opening movie dialogue in text form.
    
    II. PRIMARY WEAPONS
    This is Ryu's entire collection of melee weapons for combat use.
    
    III. SECONDARY WEAPONS
    This is Ryu's entire collection of projectiles for combat use.
    
    IV. ARMLETS
    This is Ryu's collection of various Armlets with different uses.
    
    V. NINPO MAGIC
    Scrolls that contain information on the specific uses of magic
    
    VI. ENERGY ENHANCEMENTS
    Items used to heal or extend Ryu's life and magic bar.
    
    VII. KEY ITEMS
    Items that Ryu will use to progress in each chapter
    
    VIII. TECHNIQUE SCROLLS
    Scrolls with information about special combat maneuvers
    
    IX. DIARIES AND LETTERS 
    Basically what the title means.
    
    X. CHAPTER INTRODUCTIONS
    The introductory paragraph for the beginning of each chapter
    
    XI. DIARY OF THE MONK
    All the pages that give away the combination of the safe.
    
    XII. KUNAI SCROLLS
    As an added bonus I will include every Kunai scroll in this list.
    First of all, I'm surprised that anybody reads the scrolls (or even 
    picks them up for that matter).  It is my duty to include all the 
    scrolls in a readable format so that you don't have to waste time 
    reading them during the game.  
    
    
    And even more extras not listed! LET'S BEGIN!
    
    
    
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    I. THE FMV INTRO
    
    
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    THE EVIL DARK DRAGON BLADE...A legendary sword, said to have been 
    carved out of the bones of a Black Dragon, it brought plague and death 
    to the world during the age of ancient myth. It has been sealed by 
    those of the Dragon Lineage since the dawn of history because of its 
    incredible capacity for evil, made possible by the souls of the 
    vanquished Black Dragons that dwell within it. It is said that if the 
    blade's seal were to be broken, it would gather the hatred and evil of 
    mankind and confer it upon the one who wields it, transforming him into 
    the Devil incarnate; however not even those of the Dragon Lineage who 
    protect it know the true extent of its power...
    
    THE DRAGON SWORD...Another weapon protected by the Dragon Lineage since 
    ancient times. This sword, which is said to have been used by Ancient 
    Warriors to slay the Black Dragons, is now handed down from generation 
    to generation in the Hayabusa Ninja Clan. The modern descendants of the 
    Dragon Lineage.
    And now, the Dragon Sword is firmly gripped in the hands of young 
    Ninja, Ryu Hayabusa...
    
    
    
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    II.PRIMARY WEAPONS
    
    
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    **HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: NEW WEAPON ADDED! Weapon inventory has also 
    been changed. Details below.
    
    
    -DRAGON SWORD
    A Japanese Sword handed down in the Hayabusa Ninja Clan. It is carved 
    out of the fang of a dragon.
    
    -TRUE DRAGON SWORD
    The legendary ultimate form of the Dragon Sword, achieved by fitting 
    the Dragon's Eye into it. 
    
    -PLASMA SABER
    A state-of-the art weapon that uses a magnetic field to contain a 
    stream of superheated plasma. 
    
    -PLASMA SABER MK. II
    A upgraded version of the Plasma Saber, in which the plasma oscillator 
    has been tuned to the maximum.
    
    -NUNCHAKU
    A weapon made by joining two sticks together with a chain. It is very 
    suited to free-form combo attacks.
    **HP UPDATE: These are in Ryu's inventory at the start of the game.
    
    -VIGOORIAN FLAIL
    A weapon used by medieval Vigoorians. It can be swung like Nunchaku in 
    combat.
    **HP UPDATE: The Flails are no longer found in the Tomb of Eons. You 
    have to give Muramasa 15 or more Golden Scarabs to obtain this weapon.
    
    -WAR HAMMER
    Rachel's War Hammer. A Fiend Hunter's weapon, it is suitable for taking 
    the heads off of fiends.
    
    -DABILAHRO
    A two-handed sword used by ancient Vigoorian berserkers. Due to its 
    100-pound heft it is very powerful. 
    (IMO, this weapon is a better-looking rip-off of Cloud's Buster sword 
    from Final Fantasy VII.)
    
    -SPEAR GUN
    An auto-reloading spear gun. It is not of much use outside water.
    
    -WOODEN SWORD
    A sword made from wood. It is used mainly to practice sword fighting 
    and is incapable of cutting attacks.
    **This weapon is no longer purchasable. Instead, Muramasa will give you 
    this weapon free when you lend him 5 or more Golden Scarabs.
    
    -UNLABORED FLAWLESSNESS
    The true form of the Wooden Sword. Containing an ethereal sense of 
    weight, its impacts are incredibly powerful.
    
    -KITETSU
    The weapon used by Doku, it is a cursed Japanese sword that feeds on 
    the souls of those it slays.
    
    -DARK DRAGON BLADE
    It is an evil blade that has been sealed away by the Hayabusa Ninja 
    Clan.  Chaos brings out its hellish power.
    
    **HP ADDITION:
    -LUNAR
    A weapon said to obtain mysterious power of the Moon. It's made of a 
    strong willow tree.
    
    
    
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    III. SECONDARY WEAPONS
    
    
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    -SHURIKEN
    A simple cross-shaped throwing star.
    
    -INCENDIARY SHURIKEN
    A shuriken with a small timer-detonated explosive at the tip.
    
    -WINDMILL SHURIKEN
    A giant shuriken with four folding blades. When thrown, it returns to 
    the thrower like a boomerang.
    
    -BOW
    A typical bow. As a projectile weapon that makes no sound, it has an 
    advantage over firearms.
    
    -STRONGBOW
    A composite bow made in Vigoor in medieval times. It cannot be pulled 
    by people of average strength.
    
    -APFSDS CORES
    The core section of tank shells. Made from a heavy tungsten material, 
    they have superb penetration capability.
    
    -EXPLOSIVE ARROWS
    Arrows with explosive tips. Very destructive.
    
    
    
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    IV. ARMLETS
    
    
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    -THE ARMLET OF THE SUN
    An armlet engraved with a picture of the sun. When equipped, Ryu's 
    attack power will increase.
    
    -THE ARMLET OF THE MOON
    An armlet ingraved (yes, it's spelled that way) with a picture of the 
    moon. When equipped, Ryu's defensive power will increase.
    
    -THE ARMLET OF BENEDICTION
    An armlet emblazoned with the figure of a goddess. When equipped, it 
    increases Yellow Essence absorption. 
    
    -THE ARMLET OF FORTUNE
    An armlet emblazoned with the figures of two elephants. When equipped, 
    it increases Ki power build-up.
    
    -THE ARMLET OF TRANQUILITY
    An armlet engraved with the picture of an angel. When equipped, it 
    gradually replenishes Ryu's health.
    
    
    
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    V. NINPO MAGIC
    
    
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    **HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: Ninpo scrolls are now available for purchase 
    from Muramasa for the hefty sum of 20000 essence each starting in 
    Chapter 2.
    
    -THE ART OF THE FIRE WHEELS
    Allows Ryu to control the spiritual waveforms around himself and create 
    fire wheels that circle him.
    
    -THE ART OF THE INFERNO
    Allows Ryu to control fire at will, first enveloping him in flames and 
    then shooting a fireball in front of him.
    
    -THE ART OF THE ICE STORM
    Allows Ryu to quickly change the atmosphere around him, creating a 
    whirlwind containing shards of ice.
    
    -THE ART OF THE INAZUMA
    Allows Ryu to amplify his internal bioelectric current and blast it out 
    to the surrounding area.
    
    
    
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    VI. ENERGY ENHANCEMENTS
    
    
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    -ELIXIR OF SPIRITUAL LIFE
    A spiritual elixir that heals Ryu's wounds slightly.
    
    -GREAT SPIRIT ELIXIR
    A spiritual elixir that completely heals Ryu's wounds.
    
    -ELIXIR OF THE DEVIL WAY
    A spiritual elixir that replenishes Ryu's Ki power slightly.
    
    -GREAT DEVIL ELIXIR
    A spiritual elixir that replenishes Ryu's Ki power greatly.
    **HP UPDATE: This item has been removed in the HP.
    
    -LIFE OF THE GODS
    A jewel that shines bright blue. Ryu's health limit can be increased by 
    using nine of these jewels.
    
    -LIVES OF THE THOUSAND GODS
    Nine shining jewels bound together. It raises Ryu's maximum health 
    limit instantly.
    
    -SPIRIT OF THE DEVILS
    A jewel that shines bright crimson. It increases Ryu's Ki limit. 
    
    -JEWEL OF THE DEMON SEAL
    A jewel that shines dark purple. It can be used to increase the potency 
    of certain Ninpo techniques.
    
    -TALISMAN OF REBIRTH
    A talisman that protects its owner. When Ryu's health is fully depleted 
    it will automatically revive him.
    
    
    
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    VII. KEY ITEMS 
    
    
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    **HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: Three Key Items have been switched from their 
    original places!
    
    
    -FANGS OF THE SAMURAI
    Part of a ceremonial suit of armor. The sharp fangs are made of ivory.
    **NEW HP LOCATION: In the chest where you find the Talisman of Rebirth.
    
    -KEY OF COURAGE
    An ancient key, sculpted to appear as though it were made out of bone. 
    It opens the door to the Inner Sanctum.
    
    -STATUE HEAD
    The stone head of a Jizo statue.
    
    -WING KEY
    A key sculpted with a wing design.
    
    -ID CARD
    A card carried by airship crew. It is used to open certain doors.
    
    -HAN'S BAR PARTY TICKET
    A ticket that allows entrance into Han's Bar. It can only be used once.
    
    -LILY KEY
    A key crafted in the shape of a lily.
    
    -KEY OF PEGASUS
    A key in the shape of the mythical winged horse, Pegasus.
    
    -BOOK OF THE EONS
    On the cover a message is written: "Offer up this book on the Altar. 
    The stair will open leading to the Hall of Eons."
    
    -HOLY GRAIL
    A holy cup once used for ceremonial purposes. It still gives off a fine 
    glow.
    
    -SKULL KEY
    A key in which is carved a disturbing skull design.
    
    -WAREHOUSE KEY
    A bronze key used to open the door to the Warehouse.
    
    -SHUTTER CONTROL CARD KEY
    A card key possesed (yes it's spelled that way) only by those who work 
    in the base. It is used to open shutters.
    
    -CONTROL ROOM KEY
    A keycard carried only by base personnel. It is used to open the 
    control room door.
    
    -KEY OF THE INSECT
    A key carved with an insect design.
    **HP UPDATE: Item is now found in the Red Water Reservoir
    
    -RED TABLET OF THE STREAM
    A stone tablet curved like a bow. It is engraved with a wave pattern.
    
    -STATUE OF THE WATER SPIRIT
    A statue of the Water Spirit (huh?)
    
    -BLUE TABLET OF THE STREAM
    A stone tablet curved like a bow. It is engraved with a wave pattern.
    
    -BRAND OF VALOR
    A fairly old ceremonial sword. It is highly decorated.
    
    -GOLD MEDALLION
    A ceremonial medallion. Shines bright gold.
    
    -SILVER MEDALLION
    A ceremonial medallion. Shines bright silver.
    
    -HAND CRANK
    A tool for spinning the reel.
    
    -SHIELD OF VIGOOR
    An ancient shield fashioned from stone. On it's surface, the figure of 
    the Sun God is portrayed.
    
    -COG OF VIGOOR
    An iron cog forged using the ancient smelting furnace. On its surface, 
    the figure of the God of Rain is portrayed.
    
    -EYE OF FLAME
    A jewel that shines bright red, like a flame.
    
    -EYE OF ICE
    A semi-transparent blue jewel.
    
    -TABLET OF FLAME
    An old stone missing sections here and there. It is decorated with a 
    flame pattern.
    
    -TABLET OF LEAVES
    An old stone missing sections here and there. It is decorated with a 
    leaf pattern.
    
    -TABLET OF WATER
    An old stone missing sections here and there. It is decorated with a 
    water pattern.
    
    -GRIFFON KEY
    A key made in the shape of the Griffon, a beast in ancient Greek myth.
    
    -KEY OF THE LION
    A key in the shape of the Lion. It shines gold.
    
    -KEY OF THE LIONESS
    A key in the shape of the Lioness. It shines silver.
    **HP UPDATE: Item is now in the second to last chest in the Labyrinth
    
    -KEY OF THE DECAYED SOUL
    A key in the shape of a rotted heart.
    
    -STONE TABLET (TOP)
    One part of a stone tablet. "Offer me up before the twin-headed 
    serpent; use me as a key to open the path..."
    
    -STONE TABLET (RIGHT)
    One part of a stone tablet. "There is another who travels the paths 
    formed in the bowels of the Earth by Dragons."
    
    -STONE TABLET (LEFT)
    One part of a stone tablet. "These paths tie together far away places, 
    making them but a few steps away."
    
    -OWL'S EYE
    A charm made in the shape of an owl. With it, Ryu is able to see even 
    in dark areas.
    
    -OXYGEN CYLINDER
    A tank filled with compressed oxygen gas. It allows unlimited movement 
    underwater.
    
    -IRON ORE
    A stone of iron ore that can be purified to make iron.
    
    -RAPTOR, DEITY OF SENTIMENT
    One of the sculptures that portray the Five Great Deities. This one 
    depicts the Raptor.
    
    -WOLF, DEITY OF WISDOM
    One of the sculptures that portray the Five Great Deities. This one 
    depicts the Wolf.
    
    -DEVIL, DEITY OF IMMORALITY
    One of the sculptures that portray the Five Great Deities. This one 
    depicts the Devil.
    
    -SERPENT, DEITY OF CREATION
    One of the sculptures that portray the Five Great Deities. This one 
    depicts the Serpent.
    
    -DEMON, DEITY OF DESTRUCTION
    One of the sculptures that portray the Five Great Deities. This one 
    depicts the Demon.
    
    -NINJA GAIDEN I
    Ninja Gaiden. A game disc. It can be played if the proper game machine 
    can be found.
    
    -NINJA GAIDEN II
    Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos. A game disc. It can be played 
    if the proper game machine can be found.
    
    -NINJA GAIDEN III
    Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom. A game disc. It can be 
    played if the proper game machine can be found.
    
    
    
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    VIII. HISTORY OF VIGOOR
    
    
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    These books can be found inside the Archive in the Monastery. Look for 
    the blue books and learn a little something about the bad guys.
    
    THE HISTORY OF VIGOOR I
    ...ever since, these monsters have come to be known as Fiends. The 
    majority of them are mutations of human beings, existing in a condition 
    of living without a soul due to their corruption by evil...
    
    THE HISTORY OF VIGOOR II
    ...however the extraordinary power of the Fiends is incomparable to 
    that of humans; in fact the highest level of Fiends exist in a state 
    that can only be described as having transcended physical boundaries of 
    form. Looking back through the pages of history, it is quite probable 
    that many of the most powerful members of the Vigoorian ruling class in 
    fact belonged to this classification. It is not surprising, then, that 
    the Fiends have been seen as gods...
    
    THE HISTORY OF VIGOOR III
    ...it is said that sometime Fiends may rise up from dead bodies; in 
    fact there were many Monks of the Vigoor Order during the Middle Ages 
    who labored for years to recreate this phenomenon...
    
    THE HISTORY OF VIGOOR IV
    ...the vast majority of records dealing with the Fiends date from the 
    Middle Ages or earlier. During recent times the Fiends have greatly 
    decreased in numbers; so much so that for a member of the general 
    Vigoorian public to come into contact with a Fiend has become an 
    extremely rare occurrence...
    
    THE EMPEROR, LORD OF ALL CREATION
    ...the Vigoor Emperor is the figurehead of the commoners, and his 
    absolute authority as the Holy leader of our Vigoorian Order cannot be 
    denied. He controls all, physical and ethereal, regardless of time or 
    place... 
    
    
    
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    IX. THE DIARY OF THE (INCREDIBLY DUMB) MONK 
    
    
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    Other than obtaining the combination for the safe, do you actually read 
    the rest of what this guy says?
    
    FIRST COMBINATION:
    A diary written by a monk: "It is the 27TH day of the 12TH month, I have 
    received the Book of the Eons as a birthday gift from His Majesty the 
    Emperor. It is a great honor. I shall place it in the safe that no one 
    will take it." At the end of the entry, there are notes reading LEFT, 
    RIGHT, RIGHT, LEFT.
    
    SECOND COMBINATION:
    On the last page there is a hastily scribbled message: "I cannot 
    believe it. Someone has opened the safe. The Book of the Eons I had 
    received from the Emperor himself was stolen. In order to prevent this 
    from ever happening again, I shall change the combination. The date of 
    my daughter's birthday should suffice." At the end of the message, 
    there are notes reading RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT.
    
    A message was found on one of the previous pages: "It is the 14TH day 
    of the 10TH month, my beloved daughter's birthday. I remember her birth 
    as if it were yesterday. What a glorious event that was!"
    
    THIRD COMBINATION:
    On the last page there is yet another scribbled note: "My safe has been 
    tampered with again! I have no choice but to change the number once 
    again; this time I shall use my granddaughter's birthday. December 
    23RD, yes, I think that's right. No one will break into my safe again!" 
    At the end of the entry, there are noted reading LEFT, LEFT, RIGHT, 
    LEFT.
    
    LAST COMBINATION?
    On the last page, there a faint barely readable entry: "That safe is 
    worth about as much as a dog turd."
    
    
    
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    X. TECHNIQUE SCROLLS
    
    
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    **HURRICANE PACK UPDATE! A new scroll has been added: INTERCEPT. 
    Description below.
    
    
    -INTERCEPT
    The technique lets you execute an action immediately after blocking an 
    attack. It's an advanced technique that, if executed successfully, will 
    increase your Karma score.
    While the enemy is attacking use split-second reflexes to block and 
    guard yourself. If successful, immediately execute your next action 
    when the lightning is flashing.
    Blocking with the Intercept method is very affective (**yes it's 
    spelled that way) against strong attacks.
    Also when the Intercept is used with "Y", the Ultimate Technique will 
    be unleashed instantly.
    
    **HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: The following three scrolls are no longer 
    "found" in the game. Instead, all scrolls must be purchased from 
    Muramasa for the hefty sum of 10000 essence!
    
    -COUNTER ATTACKS
    Contains the Counter Attack techniques "Gleaming Cross" and "Fiend's 
    Bane Kick" which allows Ryu to counter enemy attacks immediately after 
    blocking them.
    
    -GUILLOTINE THROW
    Contains the technique "Guillotine Throw", in which Ryu grabs the 
    enemy's neck while jumping and uses his momentum to toss the enemy for 
    high damage.
    
    -IZUNA DROP
    Contains the technique "Izuna Drop", an air attack in which Ryu grabs 
    his enemy in mid-air and slams them down on the ground for massive 
    damage.
    
    
     
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    XI. LETTERS AND DIARIES
    
    
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    -LETTER FROM MURAI
    If you wish to find the Dark Dragon, you must simply start killing. It 
    is said that the Dark Dragon's power grows as chaos and destruction 
    grow in this world. There is no need for you to spare the subjects of 
    the Vigoor Empire. You go there for revenge, do you not? The Dark 
    Dragon revels in killing and destruction. If you provide these things, 
    it is certain to call out to you.  That is your destiny as a Dragon 
    Ninja. Be aware of this as you enact your revenge!
    
    -SUKE'S DIARY
    January 24
    The woman that I saw tonight in Vigoor...she was extremely beautiful. I 
    must persevere to keep my wits about me. Perseverance...Patience.
    February 2
    I encountered her again. That woman slays the beasts as if they were 
    flies. The vicious way she fights is so unlike her beautiful 
    appearance. A perfect example of extreme intensity...she is no ordinary 
    female.
    February 6
    During the fight with the MSAT I slipped up and suffered a grave 
    injury. I cannot reach my Black Spider brethren, my provisions are 
    almost all gone, and my life is near its end. Death during an 
    assignment is the wish of every Ninja, but we still have no clues 
    regarding what happened to the Dark Dragon Blade. That is my only 
    regret. All that is left is for me to trust my comrades, and accept 
    these last painful moments of my destiny...
    February 7
    Although I have become so weak, I still await my death. Although I know 
    it is only a matter of time before I perish, I wish I could glimpse 
    that woman one more time...
    
    -TARO'S DIARY
    January 28
    I have not seen the young one, Sabu, for several days now. It worries 
    me, seeing as he is so inexperienced.
    February 5
    I have heard nothing from Suke yet. I do not believe that a Ninja as 
    powerful as he could have been defeated. However, the unstable look on 
    his face the last time we met was very much unlike his usual manner.
    February 8
    I was able to track down Doku, the Lord of Greater Fiends, but I was 
    unable to lay even a finger on him. Burned by an evil blue fire, I 
    accepted my fate. The blade gripped in the hands of that devil was none 
    other than the Dark Dragon Blade, the artifact that, for 450 years, our 
    Black Spider Clan has been searching for. My brothers, hurry! You must 
    not allow the young Hayabusa to possess that awful power...
    
    -SABU'S DIARY
    January 5
    I can't believe my first mission as a full-fledged Ninja is something 
    so important! I feel the pride and honor of the Black Spider Clan. I'm 
    going to distinguish myself here and rise through the ranks.
    January 20
    I think I might not be cut out to be a Ninja...
    January 25
    Dear Mother, I have no more strength left, and I will die here, in this 
    forsaken place. Although Ninja are taught patience and perseverance 
    even in the face of death, I just don't want to die. Please, please, 
    please...
    
    -SARU'S DIARY
    February 3
    Everyone here trembles in fear. We witness a person turning into a 
    Fiend. What is happening in this place? Even a Ninja as experienced as 
    myself has no hope against these beasts...
    February 10
    I have discovered that the mastermind behind the plot to steal the Dark 
    Dragon Blade is none other than the Holy Vigoor Emperor. Like our 
    master, the Emperor must also be plotting to so something with the 
    Blade...
    February 12
    What a disaster...the Dark Dragon Blade is cursed. I have been 
    defeated, not by the enemy, but by the curse...
    
    -SAN'S DIARY
    January 30
    I have gathered some new information. According to the ancient legends 
    of this place, "he who offers the lost stone tablet to the Twin 
    Serpents may gain entrance to Zarkhan." The tablet, now apparently 
    split into three pieces, is said to have been scattered throughout 
    Vigoor. I was able to learn the locations of the pieces:  One is at the 
    Twin Serpents Plaza in Tairon. One is in the Archive on the Monastery. 
    One is near the Stone Circle in the Magma Cavern.
    I must gather the fragments and then begin my approach to Zarkhan.
    February 5
    I'm hungry...(yes that's what it says!)
    
    -GEN'S DIARY
    January 14
    I have arrived in Vigoor in search of the Dark Dragon Blade, leading a 
    group of my comrades.
    February 18
    I have succeeded in infiltrating the Imperial Palace. I must accept 
    that my comrades have all been slain...except for Dai, yes, he must 
    certainly still be alive. I am sure he is hurrying to meet me at this 
    moment, with the key to the Palace Core firmly I hand. I must join up 
    with Dai as soon as possible, then plan out our attack on the Emperor.
    February 29
    While it may be true that the Dark Dragon Blade is formed out of dragon 
    bones, one of the greatest delicacies in the ancient world, our 
    master's plan to grind it up and use it for herbal tea is ridiculous. 
    Of course I cannot tell anyone this, and therefore I must take this 
    laughable secret with me to the grave...If we are forced to die for 
    such goals as this, our Black Spider Clan will not last much longer. 
    The Vigoor Emperor will gather his power and become the Devil on Earth, 
    enslaving the human race for millennia to come...I have not been able 
    to contact Dai, but it does not matter. His fate must be similar to 
    mine...
    
    -DAI'S DIARY
    February 1
    As a member of the Black Spider Clan, I will fulfill my mission and 
    gain the respect of our clan leader. I have promised so to Gen, and I 
    will not break that promise.
    February 21
    I have been badly wounded, but I have obtained the key to the Core. I 
    do not have much longer; I must get this to Gen...
    February 29
    With this last bit of strength in me, I have made it this far. However, 
    I cannot find a way to pass though this door...
    
     
    
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    XII. CHAPTER INTRODUCTIONS
    
    
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    -Chapter 1: The Way of the Ninja
    In the mountains of Autumn, there is one who walks the path of the 
    Ninja...
    
    -Chapter 2: The Hayabusa Ninja Village
    The village is burning. Before long, Ryu hears the screams of his 
    brethren...
    
    -Chapter 3: Skies of Vengeance
    The Hayabusa Village has burned, and the Dark Dragon Blade is gone. Ryu 
    has stowed aboard an Airship headed for the Vigoor Empire. His goal: 
    vengeance...
    
    -Chapter 4: Imperial City Infiltration
    Ryu has escaped from the crash of the Airship. Spread out before him is 
    the city of Tairon, capital of the Vigoor Empire...
    
    -Chapter 5: City of Fiends
    Tairon is full of mysteries; strange creatures called Fiends and Rachel 
    the Fiend Hunter. However, Ryu still has no clues to the whereabouts of 
    Doku...
    
    -Chapter 6: The Monastery
    It is said that there is a secret path leading to the Palace of Zarkhan 
    underneath the Dworku Monastery...
    
    -Chapter 7: Hidden Underground
    A dark underground world leading deeper and deeper. Does the path to 
    Zarkhan truly exist?
    
    -Chapter 8: Tairon Under Alert
    The battle with Rachel's sister, the Greater Fiend Alma, ended without 
    a victor. However, the aftermath of the battle has caused the Vigoor 
    Army to be deployed...
    
    -Chapter 9: The Military Supply Base
    The Vigoor Army is after the renegade element, Ryu. The Military Radio 
    Tower is key to the Army's organization...
    
    -Chapter 10: The Aquaducts
    The Army's organization has crumbled; there is no need for Ryu to stay 
    in the now-silent capital...
    
    -Chapter 11: The Path to Zarkhan
    Using the Aquaduct, Ryu has arrived at the moat surrounding Zarkhan. 
    However, a great wall blocks his path into the Palace itself...
    
    -Chapter 12: The Caverns
    Although it appears as though Ryu defeated Doku, his vengeance is still 
    incomplete; the Dark Dragon in the hands of the Holy Vigoor Emperor. 
    What will become of Rachel and her sister?
    
    -Chapter 13: The Fiendish Awakening
    All events thus far have lead up to one place: the depths of the Palace 
    of Zarkhan. Will Ryu be able to discover the path inside?
    
    -Chapter 14: Vengeful Spirit
    The fate of the sisters has been decided. Ryu now heads for the depths 
    of Zarkhan, determined to fulfill his vengeance once and for all...
    
    -Chapter 15: The Core
    Doku's hate continues to slowly transform Ryu into a Fiend. Feeling the 
    blood of the Fiends pounding in his viens (yes it's spelled that way), 
    the Dragon Ninja stands before the gates to the source of all evil, the 
    Core of the Imperial Palace!
    
    -Chapter 16: The Dark Dragon Blade
    Ryu has defeated the evil Vigoor Emperor, and the Dark Dragon Blade is 
    out of the reach of the Fiends. Now, Ryu must quickly escape the depths 
    before the caverns come crashing down on him!
    
    
    
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    XIII. KUNAI SCROLLS (IN COMPLETE ORDER BY CHAPTER)
    
    
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    These are all the scrolls that are thrown in Ryu's way throughout the 
    game. And like the other stuff, do you actually read these scrolls?
    
    What is a Kunai Scroll?
    As Ryu traverses from area to area, a dagger with a purple flower will 
    be thrown (not tossed) into Ryu's vicinity on a wall or on the floor.  
    The scroll inside the dagger will usually offer advice, tips, or even a 
    foreshadowing of events to happen.  As silly as it sounds, everyone 
    claims that it is Ayane who throws these scrolls to Ryu.  I disagree.  
    I think it's the Dark Disciple who's behind ALL the silliness.
    
    **HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: Most of the kunai scrolls in the HP have now 
    been changed or moved! 
    
    
    CHAPTER 1:
    -A Ninja must be able to find his way even when his path is blocked. 
    When facing an obstacle, jump towards it and run vertically up its side 
    until you grab its upper ledge. Move to the left or right and climb up 
    or drop down.
    
    **NEW HP VERSION:
    -Beware! Wickedness has covered the world causing new fiends to be 
    born. Your way will be obstructed by these unknown fiends. They're 
    extremely violent so please be wary!
    
    -Don't underestimate the agility that your training has given you. 
    Feats such as running along walls should be simple for you to perform. 
    If you cannot reach your destination with a single leap, make use of 
    the surrounding walls.
    
    **NEW HP VERSION:
    A new mode of camera control has been added. You can toggle between 1ST 
    and 3RD person camera control by pressing in the Right Thumbstick. With 
    this new 3RD person camera mode, moving the Right Thumbstick gives you 
    a whole new perspective of the world that surrounds you. (You can also 
    see this text in the scroll, "Camera Control," in Archives.)
    
    **NEW HP VERSION:
    -New Ultimate Techniques have been added. You'll be able to execute 
    these techniques without any of your essence being absorbed, by simply 
    pressing down the "Y" Button.
    
    -One of your most useful techniques is the Flying Bird Flip. Jump 
    towards a wall and run up to it, then jump off again. This allows you 
    to travel to areas that may first seem unreachable. Repeat the Flying 
    Bird Flip to climb certain shafts and passages.
    
    -Some ledges or platforms above you can be reached simply by jumping 
    towards them and running straight up. A Ninja must know the appropriate 
    technique to use in every situation. Remember that unnecessary 
    acrobatics may backfire on you.
    
    
    CHAPTER 4:
    -In this city there is a club called Han's Bar that is a well-known 
    watering hole, as well as the center of Vigoor's underground 
    intelligence. There will you find clue's about Doku's whereabouts. Go 
    there now. You should be able to find it easily by its garish neon 
    sign.
    
    -When in doubt, look to the color blue for the path.
    
    -A group of Ninja dressed in black garb act with wicked intent in 
    Tairon. They are members of the Black Spider Clan, and they act behind 
    the scenes to hinder our progress. Do not let them leave Tairon alive.
    
    -I have brought a legendary weapon to Tairon, a weapon known only by a 
    select few. I have hidden it in a dark alley, in a location where only 
    a Ninja will be able to reach it. I suggest that you find it and make 
    use of it.
    
    
    CHAPTER 5:
    -If you wish to follow Doku, first investigate the Dworku Monastery. It 
    is located in the Dworku district across the drawbridge.
    
    -Run along the wall, jump to another wall, and keep running to reach 
    higher areas. This is the continuous wall running technique. Practice 
    until you have perfected it.
    
    
    CHAPTER 8:
    -Tairon is now under alert. You are completely surrounded and the 
    situation is grave, but you should be able to disrupt the military's 
    organization by attacking the Radio Control Tower next to the Military 
    Supply Base. To reach the Supply Base, you must first cross the 
    drawbridge. That is where your path should lead you. 
    
    
    CHAPTER 9:
    -The military's communications are down and their organization is in 
    shambles. Now is the time to escape the base. Resistance around the 
    train turntable is low and it is the perfect time to steal a train. The 
    rail runs through the Dworku district.
    
    
    CHAPTER 11:
    -The secret path to the Imperial Palace of Zarkhan is located under 
    this building. You should now be able to forge your way through the 
    water that fills this passage.
    
    
    CHAPTER 12:
    -Muramasa, the owner of the weapon shop and a world-renowned 
    swordsmith, is looking for you. It seems that something is bothering 
    him so much that he cannot sleep at night. The old man must have 
    something quite important to tell you. If you follow this path you will 
    eventually arrive at the gate back to Tairon. From there, it is only a 
    short way to Muramasa's shop.
     
    -It is said that near the Palace of Zarkhan waterfall there is an 
    entrance to a cave that leads somewhere. It is rumored to connect to 
    the greatest depths of Zarkhan.
    
    
    
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    XIV. THE FIRST SAVE POINT
    
    
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    This is the description of the save point when Ryu first accesses it in 
    Chapter 1:
    
    There is a message engraved on the tablet in the dragon's mouth:
    "The sacred underground paths of the Dragons record all that occurs in 
    the world of men. We have not forgotten those who live on the surface 
    of the Earth..."
    
    
    
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    XV. MURAMASA BANTER
    
    
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    **HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: New prices and new items in stock!
    
    **NEW HP PRICES:
    -Elixir of Spiritual Life	500
    -Elixir of the Devil Way	5000
    -Great Spirit Elixir		5000
    -Talisman of Rebirth		15000
    -TS SCROLL: Counter Attacks	10000
    -TS SCROLL: G. Throw		10000
    -Art of Inferno			20000
    -Art of Ice Storm			20000
    -Art of Inazuma			20000
    
    Ever actually read what Muramasa says to you when you choose the 
    "SPEAK" option?  I didn't think so either.  I've decided to add his 
    entire list of chatterbox lingo just so you don't have to speak with 
    him ever.
    
    
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    MURAMASA STATUE DESCRIPTION:
    A statue of the diligent old man Muramasa, a legendary blacksmith who 
    was said to have traveled the world erecting statues of himself. There 
    are folk tales of people who have approached the statue and walked away 
    with various items and weapons... 
    
    
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    "Ahh, I see you have one of the Golden Scarabs, a legendary artifact of 
    which many are scattered around the world. If you give it to me, I will 
    exchange it for something worth your while."
    
    "50 Golden Scarabs...that's all that exist in the world! I can't 
    believe it!"
    
    "Here, I'll give you this in exchange!"
    
    "You're a Ninja, right? A while back there were a lot of Ninjas dressed 
    like you running around here, but they disappeared as of late. I wonder 
    if the were all killed?"
    
    "Please, take a look at whatever you like. I carry only the finest 
    weaponry."
    
    "Oh, the inflation in this city...At this rate, I will lose even more 
    customers. But, for me I guess this is just about right. No need to be 
    busy at my age, that is what I always say."
    
    "Hmmmmmmm...Ahhhh...Oh sorry, I must've fallen asleep. Blacksmithing 
    takes a lot away from you, especially at my age. I'm afraid there is 
    nothing I can do to turn back time..."
    
    "I sell good products for cheap. Why, they would cost you an arm and a 
    leg anywhere else...By the time you get to be my age, you too will see 
    that there is more in life to be gained than money."
    
    "Near the Great Bridge, there is an entrance to the feared Fiend Realm. 
    It is said that a warrior who is victorious in that Realm without a 
    scratch on him will be blessed with a treasure that will save his life. 
    However, I've never heard of anyone actually succeeding at this 
    feat..."
    
    
    
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    XVI. THE MUSIC OF NINJA GAIDEN
    
    
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    Once you beat Ninja Gaiden, you automatically unlock and have access to 
    the entire musical soundtrack. Just go to Options and select AUDIO 
    SETTINGS and look for the SOUND TEST options. From here you can choose 
    the following tracks:
    
    OPENING
    This is the music during the introductory FMV.
    
    WORSHIP
    This is the theme to the Ninja Fortress.
    
    TRIAL
    This is the theme when facing off against Murai in Chapter 1.
    
    VANISHED MEMORIES
    This is the theme once you reach Hayabusa Village in Chapter 2.
    
    ANNOYANCES
    The theme for the samurai horsemen sub-bosses.
    
    STAND IN THE WAY
    The theme for the Chapter 2 boss. Also used for all the worm bosses.
    
    LORD OF THE GREATER FIENDS
    Doku's theme
    
    MILITARY STRENGTH
    The theme played during the introductory FMV in Chapter 3. 
    
    AIRSHIP
    The theme for all of Chapter 3
    
    AN EASY ENEMY
    The theme for every encounter with the soldiers
    
    TAIRON AT NIGHT
    Exactly what it means. 
    
    MURAMASA
    His theme song
    
    MYSTERY
    Where is this played?
    
    RACHEL
    This is NOT her theme song. This only plays when you reach the 
    Drawbridge/Monastery area.
    
    SUDDEN THREAT
    The theme when fighting off the red dino fiends in Chapter 5
    
    THE FIEND
    The theme when you fight the Tentacle Boss. Also used for Chapter 12 
    Ice Fiend and Chapter 15.
    
    PRAY TO GOD
    The theme to the Monastery
    
    CRYPT
    The theme whenever you are underground (Tomb of the Eons, Econtra Babel 
    Specus, Hidden Underground).
    
    REVIVAL OF THE DEAD
    The theme inside the Ritual Room when obtaining the Holy Grail and 
    until you reach the Chapter 6 boss.
    
    DINOSAUR
    The theme for the Chapter 6 and Chapter 10 bosses
    
    TAKE IT EASY
    Used in the Hurricane Pack Volume 2
    
    FORSAKEN HUMANITY
    The theme song for Alma in Chapter 7 and Supreme Fiend in Chapter 15
    
    UNDER ALERT
    The theme that plays during Chapter 8
    
    MONASTERY DESTROYED
    The same theme as "Pray To God"
    
    IRON AND SWORD
    The theme for the Chapter 3 boss and the Chapter 9 Tomahawk helicopter 
    fight.
    
    WAREHOUSE
    The theme played once you activate the lights in the Warehouse in 
    Chapter 9.
    
    SUPPLY BASE
    The theme played throughout the second half of Chapter 9.
    
    ESCAPE FROM CRISIS
    The theme played during the Chapter 9 FMV and during the escape in 
    Chapter 16.
    
    AQUADUCT
    The name says it all.
    
    TOXIC WASTE
    The theme played whenever fighting the large beetles in Aquaduct 3.
    
    MOAT OF ZARKHAN
    The theme song for all of Chapter 11
    
    DISTORTED WORLD
    The theme played in Zarkhan Stadium and Stairway to the Imperial 
    Palace.
    
    FREEZE UP
    The theme for the Ice Caverns
    
    BURN AWAY
    The theme for the Underground Sanctuary and the Magma Caverns
    
    CITY OF FIENDS
    The theme for Tairon after Chapter 12
    
    LYRIC
    The theme for Hayabusa Village when Ryu returns through the portal in 
    Chapter 13
    
    ALMA AWAKENED
    The theme for the Alma fight in Chapter 13.
    
    PYRAMID
    The name says it all.
    
    LABYRINTH
    The theme throughout Chapter 14
    
    NIGHTMARE 
    The theme at the Imperial Palace
    
    EVIL SPIRIT MARCH
    The Fiendish Depths theme
    
    TO A DIFFERENT WORLD
    The theme during the FMV when Ryu encounters the Emperor in Chapter 15
    
    EMPEROR
    The theme for the first of half of the Chapter 15 Emperor fight
    
    THE DARK DRAGON BLADE
    The theme as Ryu grabs the DDB in Chapter 16.
    
    GO THE DISTANCE
    The theme for the Murai fight in Chapter 16. Also used in the beginning 
    of Chapter 2.
    
    AFTER THE BATTLE
    The theme played during the FMV ending.
    
    A NEW CHALLENGE
    The theme for the Master Ninja Tournament
    
    CHAPTER CLEAR
    The name says it all.
    
    GAME OVER
    The name says it all.
    
    NINJA GAIDEN THEME
    This theme was only used in the trailers but not in the actual full 
    game.
    
    
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    Hey you made it down here!  
    Reading and typing all this stuff was pretty fun to do.  If anything, 
    Team Ninja knows how to make a good game but can't seem to use the 
    spell-check to save their lives.  Almost all the descriptions and text 
    within the game are either run-on sentences or fragments. But then 
    again, who's keeping track?
    The only thing I hated was typing the Diaries section.  These Black 
    Spider Ninjas are deadly but are the most depressing authors I've ever 
    read! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading this stuff. I couldn't make it 
    up! Everything here is typed verbatim! If you find the descriptions 
    corny or too simple then blame Team Ninja and Tomonobu Itagaki for it 
    all.
    If you have any questions about this FAQ then e-mail me at 
    kroqjock@charter.net for all inquiries.
    
    
    
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    you want to use my FAQ please e-mail me at the address above. I have no 
    problems with anyone who asks. June 2004.
    

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