Essence Farming FAQ by MasterGamer00

Version: 1.2 | Updated: 12/27/04 | Printable Version


Platform:  Xbox
Game:  Ninja Gaiden
Release:  March 2004
Genre:  Action/Adventure
Rating:  9.6/10
Rated:  Mature

Guide made by:  MasterGamer00

Update 1.1:  Revisions/Grammatical corrections.
Update 1.2:  Revisions/re-wording.

Table of Contents

1.	Introduction
2.	Notation
3.	Essence Pools
a.	Chapter 1 - The Way of the Ninja
b.	Chapter 2 - The Hayabusa Ninja Village
c.	Chapter 3 - Skies of Vengeance
d.	Chapter 4 - Imperial City Infiltration
e.	Chapter 5 - The City of Fiends
f.	Chapter 6 - The Monastery
g.	Chapter 7 - Hidden Underground
h.	Chapter 8 - Tairon Under Alert
i.	Chapter 9 - The Military Supply Base
j.	Chapter 10 - The Aqueduct
k.	Chapter 11 - The Path to Zarkhan
l.	Chapter 12 - The Caverns
m.	Chapter 13 - The Fiendish Awakening
n.	Chapter 14 - Vengeful Spirit
o.	Chapter 15 - The Core
p.	Chapter 16 - The Dark Dragon Blade
4.	Copyright

~ 1.  Introduction ~
Thanks for looking here.  Here will be basic information for the
Advance gamers that are looking for some money (Essence currency).  The
organization of this guide is in just ordinary chronological chapter
order.  I tried dividing the types of Essence Farming but it just
didn't work, and this is way much easier to navigate.

Essence Pools also known as (Re-spawn pools) basically give you essence
in mass amounts depending on how much you fight the infinitely spawning
enemies.  Also the amounts of essence you receive depend on the combo
or let's say the number of "hits" your combo consists.  This also gives
it the name Spawning Pool as well.  This method is used to gather
Essence quickly to upgrade weapons, buy items, and just to look cool.
Throughout the game there are many, many Essence Pools.  And this FAQ
will show you where they are and give you some sort of technique to
gather Essence quickly.

This FAQ is one big spoiler so if you are a person that does not like
to read ahead, use with caution.  I also assume you have a pretty good
idea where everything is relatively located.  Please, also e-mail me if
you have found essence pools that could be used in this FAQ.  Thanks in

~ 2.  Notation ~
I might use abbreviations in this FAQ so here I will tell you what I
will use.

DS = Dragon Sword (TDS = True DS)
UF = Unlabored Flawlessness
VF = Vigoorian Flail
EP = Essence Pool
SP = Spawning Pool
UA = Ultimate Attack

NOTE - If you would like even more essence then use the ultimate
attacks that you can do.  With that more essence will be created
because of your combos, actually just because it is an UA, it'll give
you more.

~ 3.  Essence Pools ~
a. Chapter 1 - The Way of the Ninja
Location:  Right after the dojo fight.  (Room with trap door and sliding panels)

Well here is the first spawning pool you will encounter in the game.  Here you
will have had to cut through the wall and you are now in another room only with
gliding hidden panels which enemies come out.  You should be able to beat them.
You will also encounter white ninjas, a new enemy type.  They are a bit
stronger than your brown ones.  You should be able to kill them all.  Again
repeat as many times as you want by exited by cutting through the wall or going
back.  Use (Highly recommend you save)

Location:  Right after you have beaten the room with sliding panels.

This is where you first see bats.  There will be like 5 in there, but they will
still give you essence.  There are two paths, one to the right and one to the
left, both containing bats on the ceiling.  Just kill them with your shurikens
and collect their remaining essence.  Repeat as many times as you wish.

b. Chapter 2 - The Hayabusa Ninja Village
Location:  Right after you get out of the Murasama's building.

Here is not an enemy spawning pool but an archery range.  There will be a plank
of wood lying down on the ground somewhere.  And there will be some targets
across from that.  You must be behind the plank to shoot and get essence.  You
can do this as many times as you wish.  There is also a dead ninja that gives
you infinite amounts of arrows northeast of where the plank is sitting.  The
left target gives you blue essence, bottom right gives you red essence, and the
top right gives you your "money" essence.

c. Chapter 3 - Skies of Vengeance

None (as of now, if I find some, I will post)

d. Chapter 4 - Imperial City Infiltration
Location:  Around Murasama's shop.

Here you will have to run around in doors and get away from a spot.  There is
no specific spot so I recommend you just go through a door available and just
re-enter.  But if you enter and exit the shop no enemies will appear (that you
already killed).  Just re-enter like I said before and then just kill them and
do it as many times as you wish.

(NOTE:  Might not always work depending on your completion status.)

Location:  Han's Bar after you get the ticket.

After you get that guy to say that you can't come in, go to the sign and read
it and then go back to Muramasa's shop to get the ticket, but you must purchase
something there.  Come back and you will see a brief cut scene with a Gallas
(Red reptile fiend) and a chick, Rachel a new character.  This now is going to
be a new spawning pool.  Even though you are on top of the building just go
down through the obvious one way hallways and out you go.  There is a save
point nearby and also that "secret weapon" up on the balcony.  There is also
the Xbox logo that gives you health.  So when you do exit enemies will appear,
kill them, then enter the Han's Bar and then exit again.  Repeat as many times
as you wish.  *This is one of the most useful essence pools to get weapons
upgraded and other helpful items early on in this game.*

e. Chapter 5 - The City of Fiends
Location:  Right outside the Monastery.

This area is in Dworku, just outside the Monastery after you have unlocked it
or if you didn't.  But if you have unlocked it, it is much easier to gather
essence.  This area is met with three passages coming directly in front of the
doors to the Monastery and on from the left and right.  Here you will have to
fight around 5 yellow fiends.  These fiends don't leave a whole mess load of
essence but if you use your UA on them after killing 2 of them you can gather
much more.  Again if you have unlocked the Monastery doors then just go through
and go out of them and they will re-spawn.  But if you don't have them unlocked
then you will have to go through one of those passages out and back in.

Location:  Left passage of the Monastery doors.

Here will be your left if you face the Monastery doors.  Here you will be
facing up to 3 black ninjas (spider clan), one of the hardest enemies in the
game for beginners.  But they do drop good amounts of essence so that is good.
Just kill them and gather with an UA and your good to go.  You could use this
as a combo with the EP above because once you kill these guys you can go right
ahead and kill the yellow dudes.  Repeat as many times as you wish by exiting
the area and entering.

f. Chapter 6 - The Monastery
Location:  After or before you beat the Dino Boss.

There is a room where you have to do multiple jumps to get to the top to the
save point. You should save. Again bats are key. In that room I believe there
is a scarab which you must bird flip up to it to get it. Anyways in that room
are many bats. Do the technique I mentioned above: kill 2, absorb them with the
tornado UA = high essence.

Location:  In the Ritual Room where you fight the 100 Skeleton Fiends.

Here you will fight 100 Skeleton Fiends.  You can fight them all and rack up
essence or you can just fight 99, exit then simply re-enter.  Or instead just
defeat them all and you can enter and they re-appear.  They will be limited but
they do re-spawn.  Repeat as many times as desired.

Location:  The Archive.  After you have beaten the boss.

This is, I believe the first 100 Fiend Challenge you will come up against.
(Correct me if I am wrong, I am tired)  It is a mix between flying scythe
fiends and wolverines.  Use many UA.  You can either kill them all or kill just
99 and leave and re-enter, again they should just re-appear.

g. Chapter 7 - Hidden Underground
Location:  Suspension Bridge room.

If you try to go over the bridge, you will fall because a dumb skeleton hammers
it down.  You will fight a couple sewer fiends and a decent about of Skelies.
Kill the sewer fiends first, they are annoying.  Then just kill the skeletons,
not all, because if you do, they will not spawn ever again.  This is a part
similar to a 100 Fiend Challenge because if you kill all they disappear forever.
So don't kill them all, there are like 19 kills in total, or something in the
20 area.  Kill a couple, enter a door on either side then re-enter where you
just had fought.  Skelies are extremely slow, so just flying swallow them and
their heads pop off, then do the Blade of the Dragon's tail move like 3 times
facing their backs.  Make sure both of there heads are off.  Then kill two and
absorb for a UA and they will drop 2 large hunks of essence.  Then just repeat,
absorb them 2 and so on.

h. Chapter 8 - Tairon Under Alert
Location:  Around Han's Bar (again)

If you read it before then you know what to do.  (Go to 2.4)

Location:  Around Murasama's Shop (again)

If you read it before then you know what to do.  (Go to 2.4)

Location:  Outside The Monastery's main entrance.  (again)

If you read it before then you know what to do.  (Go to 2.4)

i. Chapter 9 - The Military Supply Base
Location - Where you get the card key after you beat the bosses.

There should be 3 army guys that launch rockets in a room at you.  Just kill
them.  Most likely you won't get the card key right away.  So you must go down
and check the door that is locked, in needing of the card key of course.  Just
go back and kill them again, repeat.  Again not a whole lot of essence here but
it's the only EP in the chapter so far.

j. Chapter 10 - The Aqueduct
Location:  Right before you enter the Aqueduct.

There is another save point right before you do this trick just like above.
Hopefully you read the above Essence trick and understand it because this is
going to be similar. This trick also has bats to deal with. Kill 2 bats then
absorb with that same Essence attack like before. (spin joystick and hold Y)
Ryu will spin up in a tornado and then kill them leaving huge amounts of
essence to be gathered.

Location:  Right when you enter that door from the foyer with the bats.  (Game
should start loading)

You will have to fight more annoying sewer fiends, very, very easy.  Just kill
2 and instant charge with a UA.  And repeat as many times as you want.

Location:  The hallway with the entrance to the "Door with an Insect Symbol".

Here more sewer fiends.  Kill 2 and charge with instant charging with a UA.
There are about 16 of these fiends.  And for faster gameplay, just use the UF
and counter with X.  It should just decapitate them.  Then UA them.

Location:  Stair-step cave.

Here are even more annoying sewer fiends.  By now you should know what to do.
If you are a beginner and still haven't gotten the "good" part of the fighting
down, the steps might be a little trip to adjust to.

Location:  The "Nameless" Room with the stone elevator.

This is another 100 Fiend Challenge.  Just kill them all, using a lot of UA,
and you can't exit.  You can get loads of essence with this.

Location:  The Peristyle Passage.

This is a 100 Fiend Challenge.  Either just kill them all, of course using you
UA frequently.  Or kill 99 or whatever exit then re-enter; they should just
come back.  If you do kill all 100 then when you exit and enter the passage,
which ever way you choose, a couple more of these fiends will pop up.  Just
kill, UA, and then repeat.

k. Chapter 11 - The Path to Zarkhan
Location:  Everywhere where there is fish.

Kill them, go somewhere else and then re-enter, and kill them again, and repeat.

Location:  The second save point you encounter.  (Near Murasama's Shop)

There are a couple bats, you know what to do.

Location:  The Stairway of the Imperial Palace.

Another darn 100 Fiend Challenge.  A mix of wolves and sewers, very easy.  Just
decapitate them with the UF.  You can either kill them all and rack up essence,
or kill 99 run away until it disappears and them come back to kill them again.

Location:  After you kill Doku, anywhere before you enter the Caverns.

Another freakin' 100 Fiend Challenge.  This time 100 Red Dragons.  Have fun.
The UF, I found was the easiest method.  The XXY is good when your health is
low and the UF is glowing in joy.  The Red Dragons drop a ton of blue essence
so if absorbed with a UA and it attacks, they will drop a ton of yellow essence.
You could leave 99 and restart or just kill them all.  Most likely sometime
they will bite you and "somehow accidentally" throw you out of the arena,
making you start over again.  Again, have fun.

l. Chapter 12 - The Caverns
Location:  Right before entering the Caverns.

By now you should have a level 3 Dragon Sword, and also be able to do a couple
moves. After you save,(highly recommended) you see a lake on one side, just run
over to the other side. Then you drop to a hole. Here are bats, mans best
friend. Before you drop do a flying swallow or just jump and slash and kill at
least 2 and then gather their essence with Annihilating Gleam (360 analog,
charge Y).  With the two gathered Ryu will spin up in a tornado and kill the
bats.  And of course they will give off awesome amounts of essence. The bats do
come in waves one after another until you kill them all. Then you CAN climb
right back up; Ryu just barely can make it.  Then go up at least to where the
waterfall is and then just go back. And repeat.

Location:  Right by the save point before the entrance to the Caverns.

There will be a save point will a rather large unimportant area.  There will be
a log on one side just jump over it, you will be by the Stairway to the
Imperial Palace.  There will be re-spawning enemies, mix between wolves and
sewers.  It must be a glitch in the game, because it doesn't add to your Karma.
Just get out of the area and then repeat.

m. Chapter 13 - The Fiendish Awakening
Location:  Any room with beetles.

Any room with Beetles can get you tons and tons of essence.  Anywhere, just
kill them and they drop huge amounts of essences.

n. Chapter 14 - Vengeful Spirit
Location:  Anywhere where there are Ghost Fish.

Just equip the VF or DS and A...X, A...X, A...X (jump, hit X) or just slash
away with anything, weapons and Ninpo except projectiles.  The move I mentioned
before is just a jump basic hit, repeat etc.  If you get a 20 or more combo
they will give you more essence.

Location:  When you first encounter the Clawed Fiends.

There are Ghost Fish to deal with and there is a fat dude that distracts you so
be careful.  Take the GF out first then the Claw dudes.  They drop decent
amounts of essence.

o. Chapter 15 - The Core
Location:  Anywhere and anything I mentioned above.  So basically everything is
unlocked for you to explore.

p. Chapter 16 - The Dark Dragon Blade


~ 4.  Copyright ~
I composed everything I have on this and is copyrighted by law by MasterGamer00.
Updates with other information coming from other people will be credited.  This
is only for personal use and may print for individual use.