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    True Dragon Sword FAQ by VampireHorde

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    Ninja Gaiden
    True Dragon Sword/ Plasma Saber MK II Guide
    Authored by VampireHorde
    
    
    **I will give hints and tips for the Hurricane Pack Volume 1 only. I 
    don't plan to update the FAQ anymore for Volume 2 so please don't ask.
    
    
    
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    INTRODUCTION
    
    
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    Thanks for clicking on the FAQ. This guide will focus on using the True 
    Dragon Sword and its cousin the Plasma Saber MK II.
    
    What is the True Dragon Sword?
    The legendary ultimate form of the Dragon Sword, achieved by fitting 
    the Dragon's Eye into it. 
    In Chapter 12, a kunai scroll will a have message to speak with 
    Muramasa. When you visit him, he will tell of a Dragon's Eye that can 
    be placed underneath the sword. After Ryu activates the portal in Twin 
    Serpents Plaza in Chapter 13 he will be transported back to Hayabusa 
    Village. Run up to the Graveyard and a cutscene will show Ryu placing 
    the Dragon's Eye on the Dragon Sword. This in turn transforms the sword 
    into the True Dragon Sword.
    
    **The True Dragon Sword is NOT an unlockable item! (And neither is the 
    Unlabored Flawlessness.) 
    
    **HP UPDATE: The TDS/PSMKII is still obtained the same way in the HP.
    
    
    
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    THE ULTIMATE POWER OF THE TRUE DRAGON SWORD
    
    
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    The True Dragon Sword has a purple glow and becomes very powerful when 
    the Dragon's Eye is inserted. With it, FOUR new moves are unlocked and 
    each move is VERY powerful in their own right:
    
    
    CRIMSON SLASH: 				X, X, X
    DRAGON TEAR: 				X, X, X, Y (TDS EXCLUSIVE)
    TIGER ROAR: 				X, X, Y
    FANG OF THE WOLF: 			X, X, Y, Y
    BLADE OF THE DRAGON'S TAIL: 		X, X, Y, Y, Y
    FIEND'S BANE KICK: 			X, X, RIGHT, X, X
    EARLY WINTER RAIN: 			X, X, RIGHT, X, Y
    BLADE OF NIRRTI: 				X, Y, X, X, X, X
    IZUNA DROP: 				X, Y, X, X, X, Y
    WINDMILL SLASH: 				RIGHT, X
    BLADE OF THE UNDEFEATABLE: 		Y
    HAZE STRAIGHT SLASH: 			HOLD Y
    EXTINCTION STRAIGHT SLASH: 		HOLD Y W/ ONE ESSENCE
    STORM OF THE HEAVENLY DRAGON: HOLD Y W/ MAX ESSENCE (TDS EXCLUSIVE)
    AZURE DRAGON: 				RIGHT, Y
    SCARLET DRAGON: 				RIGHT, HOLD Y
    BLADE OF THE TWIN DRAGONS: 		RIGHT, HOLD Y, Y, Y (TDS EXCLUSIVE)
    VIOLENT WIND: 				X WHILE RUNNING
    VIOLENT GALE: 				X, X, WHILE RUNNING
    THUNDERCLAP KICK: 			Y WHILE RUNNING
    FLYING CRANE: 				ROTATE ANALOG STICK, Y
    GLEAMING BLADE: 				ROTATE ANALOG STICK, HOLD Y
    ROARING GLEAM: 		ROTATE ANALOG STICK, HOLD Y W/ ONE ESSENCE
    TRUE DRAGON GLEAM: 	ROTATE ANALOG STICK, HOLD Y W/ MAX ESSENCE (TDS 
    EXCLUSIVE)
    GLEAMING CROSS: 				Y WHILE BLOCKING
    FIEND'S BANE KICK: 			X, X WHILE BLOCKING
    FIEND SEALER: 				Y NEXT TO A DOWNED ENEMY
    
    
    Two new ultimate moves are unlocked and pretty impressive to pull off: 
    
    -THE STORM OF THE HEAVENLY DRAGON: 
    Basically, it's a better-looking rip-off of Squall Leonhart's Lionheart 
    attack from Final Fantasy VIII. 
    
    -THE TRUE DRAGON GLEAM:
    It's a little harder to pull off considering the situation. But when 
    executed properly, Ryu ends up spinning in a frenzied circle so fast 
    like a mini-hurricane. All enemies are decimated instantly with these 
    two new moves. 
    (Maybe with the exception of Very Hard difficulty.)
    
    
    **HP UPDATE: The Lunar weapon's ultimate attack is similar to the True 
    Dragon Gleam and more powerful.
    
    
    
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    TRUE DRAGON SWORD VERSUS BOSSES
    
    
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    After obtaining the True Dragon Sword, you immediately get to use it 
    for the Alma fight in Chapter 13 (whether you like it or not).
    
    
    <<CHAPTER 13: ALMA>>
    Because of the sword's new power the Alma fight becomes increasingly 
    easy (if you know what you're doing). The key technique to reducing 
    Alma's health dramatically is the Gleaming Blade attack. 
    
    Have Ryu a long distance away to perform this move. When Alma is on the 
    ground and begins running towards Ryu, immediately charge the Gleaming 
    Blade and release when she comes within sweeping distance (TIME IT 
    CORRECTLY!). If done correctly, you will have stripped away 25-30% of 
    her health easily. If done incorrectly, you strip away 20% and you take 
    damage (funny how that happens, can anyone explain to me why that 
    happens?). If you can pull off this move 3-4 more times the fight is 
    over in a minute!
    
    **HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: Alma's fireball attacks have been made faster. 
    Be evasive when she starts firing up her fireball attacks.
    
    
    <<CHAPTER 14: DOKU>>
    Since Doku is airbound throughout the fight, he becomes a faster 
    nemesis than in Chapter 11. BUT Doku can be defeated in 30 seconds 
    EASILY!
    
    The secret? The Blade of Nirrti attack is the secret. I've seen 
    numerous Ninja Gaiden players (beginners and intermediate mostly) try 
    to spend the whole fight doing the Flying Swallow on him only to be 
    grabbed and have the life sucked out of them.
    Here's the technique: 
    -Perform a Flying Swallow attack to make Doku block. (Making him block 
    is the key!)
    -Immediately roll away to avoid his swipe THEN immediately begin the 
    Blade of Nirrti attack! Doing this will strip away 25% easily. Roll 
    away then repeat the process again. (You can also try to lure him into 
    doing his charge attack, but it's a little difficult to pull off.)
    Just four more B.O.N. attacks and the fight will be over in 30 seconds. 
    No health lost, no ninpo wasted. See how easy that was!
    
    **HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: This method is no longer effective on Doku. If 
    attempted, the attack will push him back. Instead of doing the B.O.N. 
    attack, use an XYY combo. Roll away and repeat. It'll take longer with 
    this method but remember that any attack with the TDS on Doku will take 
    away chunks of his health.
    
    
    <<CHAPTER 15A: TENTACLE, ICE, AND SUPREME FIEND>>
    The advantage for the Tentacle Fiend fight is that this is 1 of the 
    only 2 boss fights where you can use the Storm of the Heavenly Dragon 
    attack. Lop off those tentacles and use the ultimate!
    
    For the Ice Fiend, use the Gleaming Blade every chance you get. This 
    should reduce its health dramatically and make the fight shorter.
    
    For the Supreme Fiend, kill all of its summonings and lure him to doing 
    his cannonball attack. Roll away then do the Storm of the Heavenly 
    Dragon attack when he's recovering.
    
    **HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: The Supreme Fiend will summon catwomen in 
    between boss fights so be on your guard! Also, the Ice Fiend now 
    summons pink fiends to assist him in the fight (meaning you can finally 
    use ultimate attacks on it!).
    
    
    <<CHAPTER 15B: EMPEROR FORM 1 ONLY>>
    The TDS does not seem to be as powerful in this fight for some reason. 
    Considering that you are moving the platform constantly and trying to 
    pull off a combo, you have no choice but to do the Fiend's Bane Kick or 
    Early Winter Rain. Has anyone pulled any combos on this boss other than 
    these two attacks?
    
    I don't suggest using the TDS on the Emperor's second form. Equip any 
    ninpo and a bunch of projectiles and the Vigoorian Flail for this one.
    
    
    <<CHAPTER 16: ???>>
    Let's keep this boss's identity secret, yeah?  Anyway, an obvious 
    technique can be used on this boss to beat him flawlessly. No damage to 
    you, no ninpo wasted. E-mail me if you want this OBVIOUS technique. 
    (You'll bang your head for not knowing this technique!)
    
    **HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: This boss is immune to the Flying Swallow 
    attack. He was also made much quicker than his original version. You'll 
    need to stick with up close melee combat to finish him.
    
    
    
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    THE PLASMA SABER MK II
    
    
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    The Plasma Saber is just a green saber with the Dragon Sword's attacks. 
    There are NO new additional moves with this weapon! Don't believe what 
    anyone says about it.
    
    How do you obtain the Plasma Saber?
    Beat Ninja Gaiden on Normal or Hard difficulty. Begin a new game by 
    pressing the LEFT Trigger. You'll hear Ryu grunt and he'll start the 
    game with football padding and a Plasma Saber.
    
    What is the Plasma Saber MK II?
    A upgraded version of the Plasma Saber, in which the plasma oscillator 
    has been tuned to the maximum.
    When Ryu inserts the Dragon's Eye underneath the saber, the sword 
    begins to pulsate with electricity. This shows the power of the Plasma 
    Saber MK II.
    
    Like the True Dragon Sword, the PSMK II has the same exact attacks and 
    combos as the TDS. BUT the one main difference is the sound effect. The 
    PSMK II has a "swooshing" sound to it. Yeah, it's not that impressive 
    to me either.
    
    
    **HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: To use the Ninja of the Future costume w/ the 
    Plasma Saber in the HP, simply hold the L-Trigger when selecting the 
    Round 2 Trial Mission.
    
    
    
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    TRUE DRAGON SWORD VERSUS THE UNLABORED FLAWLESSNESS
    
    
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    In a battle for best weapon, the Unlabored Flawlessness is hands-down 
    the more powerful of the two. Why? Let me explain.
    
    The True Dragon Sword's ultimate attack only targets ONE enemy. 
    Impressive as it looks it doesn't really help especially when doing 
    Fiend Challenges.
    It also DOESN'T have the 5% health trick like the UF and the counter 
    attack isn't so useful on multiple enemies.
    IMO, the TDS (or PSMK II) is only best when fighting the last few 
    bosses. 
    
    
    
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    TRUE DRAGON SWORD VERSUS KITETSU
    
    
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    Of these two weapons, the TDS is the winner. Even though the Kitetsu 
    has a better-looking ultimate attack, its power pales in comparison to 
    the TDS. 
    
    But since you don't obtain the TDS or PSMK II until Chapter 13, the 
    best alternate weapon to use in Chapter 12 is the Kitetsu. Abuse its 
    power as much as you can until you've gotten the TDS.
    
    
    
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    COUNTER ATTACK FLAWS
    
    
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    The counter attack is good for use in any situation. The only problem 
    with the counter attack of the Dragon Sword is its slow animation time 
    after landing the attack.
    
    Once Ryu counters an enemy while blocking he can still sustain damage 
    during the attack or even after. This is VERY annoying especially when 
    fighting multiple enemies. (The Black Ninjas are a good example.)
    
    Bigger weapons like the Dabilahro, War Hammer, Unlabored Flawlessness, 
    and Dark Dragon Blade have much faster counter animations and can be 
    done back-to-back-to-back seamlessly WITHOUT damage.
    I only suggest using the TDS counters only when Ryu isn't outnumbered 3 
    to 1.
    
    
      
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    GHOST FISH
    
    
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    This has nothing to do with the TDS or PSMK II but did you know that 
    you could defeat all the ghost fish in Chapter 14 and 15 seamlessly 
    without damage using the Dragon Sword?
    
    Many strategy guides suggest using the Vigoorian Flails. (It's the kiss 
    of death if you ask me.)
    The problem with using the Flails is its slow lag time between combos. 
    You might pull off killing all the fish BUT can you do it flawlessly? I 
    didn't think so either.
    
    What is the secret technique to killing ghost fish? 
    Just one attack: X, Y. 
    This is the slash/uppercut slash part of the Izuna Drop or Blade of 
    Nirrti. Press XY to do the move. Press X again just as Ryu is about to 
    land on the ground to do a spin slash and then press Y to do another 
    slash uppercut.  Repeat over until all the fish are decimated. (Also be 
    sure to have the Armlet of Benediction equipped, each encounter garners 
    over 6000 to 8000 essence per go.) 
    Doing this makes Ryu attack continuously without fear of attack from 
    the ghost fish. 
    
    The key here is that there is no lag time between Ryu landing on the 
    ground and doing the move again. This is MUCH more helpful in gathering 
    essence than using the Flails. You can have 99,999 essence in 10 
    minutes easily!
    
    **HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: This method is now ineffective. The fish will 
    bite Ryu before he even lands. You'll have to equip the Vigoorian 
    Flails in order to successfully string the combos without getting bit. 
    
    
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    Hey, I hope you learned more about the advantages and disadvantages of 
    this weapon. Although I prefer using the UF on Fiend Challenges I 
    wouldn't discount the power of the True Dragon Sword or the Plasma 
    Saber MK II. E-mail me at kroqjock@charter.net for any questions or 
    inquiries about my FAQ or about the game.
    
    **Big thanks to Shinobier at master-ninja.com for the ghost fish 
    tactic. I'll never use the Flails on ghost fish ever again!
    
    
    
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    I have no problems with anyone who asks. June 2004.
    

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