Dynasty Warriors 3 - Character Guide
Wei Yan : Good... Motivational... Speaker...

...okay, maybe not.

FAQ Guide by OneWinged-Dragon
             tamisking@swirve.com

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Contents:
1) Who is Wei Yan?

2) Why Should I Use Him?

3) Moves and Weapons

4) Overview

5) Stage Strategy

6) Questions and Answers
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1) Who is Wei Yan?
   
   Style name Wenchang. He served under Liu Biao until his death, at which
   point he joined Liu Bei. At the time, despite his rebellious spirit,
   and the disapproval of Zhuge Liang, Liu Bei took him in as one of his
   own, eventually promoting him. He later went on to continue the line 
   of the Five Tigers with his bravery and was a major force in the Shu
   efforts to take the North.
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2) Why Should I Use Him?

   Wei Yan is a fun character to use, with awesome and practical moves at
   his disposal.
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3) Moves and Weapons

   Regular Attack: Wei Yan's regular attack set consists of hack and
                   slash attacks with his double voulge.

   T             : Pounce attack.

   ST            : Standard juggler with his voulge.

   SST           : Wei Yan does another leaping pounce strike. Decent
                   range, and stuns.

   SSST          : Swings his double voulge in a wide strike. Good crowd
                   clearer.

   SSSST(T)      : Standard high juggler. If you got a pretty good Wind Scroll,
                   you can even hit foes behind you with this move. Hit T for
                   a followup attack.

   SSSSST(T)     : Spins his voulge above his head 5 times, then finishes off
                   by sending everyone flying in a final spin, with a knock
                   back effect. You must tap T all the way through for Wei Yan
                   to completely 'finish' this move.

   Mounted Attack: Like every other mounted attack in the game(save for those
                   few good ones). Standard right-to-left swinging.

   Dash Attack   : Spinning strike. A pretty good dash attack

   Jump Attack   : Horizontal slash.

   Musou Attack  : Wei Yan definitely gets cool points for his Musou. He slides
                   and spins up and down from the ground, whilst spinning his
                   double voulge simultaneously. Good crowd clearer, and easy
                   to juggle.

   True Musou    : Fire element added, three additional hits are placed at the
                   end.

   Weapons:
   Double Voulge
   Attack +18  4 Hits
   (Varying Stats)


   Strike Voulge
   Attack +33  5 Hits
   (Varying Stats)


   Double Star
   Attack +46  6 Hits
   (Varying Stats)


   Double Comet
   Attack +46  6 Hits + Death

   Jump +23
   Attack +24
   Defense +56
   Reach +22

   Weapons are obtained randomly in each stage. The later the stage, and harder
   the difficulty, the better the weapon you will receive. However, 4th weapons
   must be obtained in a precise manner.

   Stage: The Battle of Jie Ting
   Requirements: Save Ma Su, defeat all enemy generals, enter Sima Yi's camp

   One of the more difficult 4th weapons to get due to those fuggin crossbowmen.
   While you wait for Zhang He to ambush Ma Su, go around and kill all the
   officers you can. Once Ma Su is ambushed, come to his aid by either defeating
   Zhang He or Xin Pi(who should be near Ma Su). Finish off all other officers,
   then run into Sima Yi's camp. A Precious Item report should pop up, so grab
   the weapon and finish the stage.

   An easy way to complete 4th weapon quests is to have a fresh character(one
   who is not leveled up) be first player, and a stronger character be second
   player. It does not matter who the 4th weapon is for, or who kills the supply
   captain/gets the item. The objective is what's needed to be completed.
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4) Overview

   Let's address his crud stuff first. Wei Yan has horrible bow defense. He
   walks rather funny. He talks like Kane. That mask is horrible design. His
   Musou isn't exactly very strong.

   Okay, still with me? Good. Wei Yan has a rather effective attack set, and
   all of his moves are very useful, save for his 6th S. Some staple moves you
   should find yourself using is SST, SSST, and SSSSST(T). His 6th charge is en-
   hanced by the fact it has Death in it, plus a neat knockback effect. It's not
   the 360 kill-all DEA you want, but it's close(fuggin step he takes. >_<), and
   it's on a great move. Crowd control shouldn't be tough, but eliminate archers
   ASAP.

   Wei Yan should have a simple time against enemy officers. His SSSST becomes
   the ultimate juggler in the game because it gets a nice little Death element.
   If you had fun with Fire element and infinite combos, you'll find Wei Yan to
   be just as fun.

   A neat little trick you guys should know is Wei Yan's stylish infinite combo.
   Basically, you do his SSSSST(T) move, stopping it where Wei Yan's spinning
   lifts the enemy a bit higher into the air. Stop it there, then do another
   6th charge attack and repeat! It's somewhat difficult to get off, but it's
   possible, and stylish, not to mention useful.


   Recommended Equipment:
   Speed Scroll/Red Hare Saddle
   Peacock Urn
   Dragon Amulet/Way of Musou/Shell Armor
   Elixir
   Tortoise Amulet
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5) Stage Strategy

   1. The Yellow Turban Rebellion
      Pretty simple. Take out all officers around your area first, then work
      clockwise to take out the rest. Take the opportunity to kill Zhang Jiao
      every chance you get before he teleports north, for some decent powerups.

   2. Raid on the Rogue Fortress
      Run to either gates and look for a Lieutenant(shouldn't be hard; all other
      regular troops are private-class). Kill them to open the gates, then run
      in and clear out any Lt Commanders in the area. Find the Lieutenant guard-
      ing the gate and take him out. Clear out any Lt Commanders in the area,
      then run up the West stairs and head North past the other stairs. Jump off
      the edge leading into the Northern section, then take out the sole Lt
      Commander there. When the gate opens up, rush in and kill off the
      Commander. 

   3. The Battle at Hu Lao Gate
      Defeat the sub officer outside the gate, then eliminate Hua Xiong,
      Niou Fu, and Xu Rong. With Liu Bei, Gongzun Zan, Cao Cao's, and Sun Jian's
      forces ready to go, advance southward. By now, Yuan Shu's dead. Either
      engage Lu Bu, or just avoid him. Take out Li Meng, run through the ambush,
      then protect the Assault Captain. Sometimes, the game is cheap, and a hor-
      rendous group of archers appear on the southern wall of Hu Lao Gate. Once
      the gate is down, standard buttkicking. If Li Jue and Guo Si's forces pop
      up, ignore them if Yuan Shao's morale is pretty high.

   4. The Battle at Chang Ban
      Start by clearing out Zhang Liao and Xiahou Dun at the top. Head south and
      take care of Xu Zhu. Head West and kill Xiahou Yuan and Zhang He. Go North
      to take out Xu Huang's forces. Cao Cao's force should have arrived by now,
      so proceed to shut off any remaining gates, take out Cao Cao's subofficers,
      and then Cao Cao himself. Exert any anger onto archers to prevent future
      anger-inducing attacks.      

   5. The Battle at Yi Ling
      Definitely one of the toughest stages in the game. Work on killing off Lu
      Meng as best you can. If you're playing on Easy or Normal, attack Zhu Ran's
      unit when it shows up. Otherwise, don't bother. After beating Lu Meng, head
      West and kill Sun Shang Xiang and Cheng Pu. If you were fast enough in beat-
      ing them and Lu Meng, you might've been able to preserve Huang Quan's, Huang
      Zuong's, and Zhao Yun's unit. Ma Chao's unit is probably dead by now, so
      go East and engage Gan Ning. When all that's done, lead the offensive into
      the Wu encampment and take out Lu Xun. There is a 10 sec. Musou near Lu 
      Xun's initial position, so it that to your advantage. Once Lu Xun is gone,
      take out all the Gate Captains ASAP, and don't bother racking up the kills
      here. The rate at which crossbowmen respawn from those points is insane!
      Now all that's left is taking care of Sun Quan. 

      A rather cheap tactic I picked up from LordKarasuman's FAQs involves letting
      the fire attack happen, which causes Lu Xun's unit to take the offensive and
      abandon their position. Now run up to the boat West of Lu Xun's initial
      spot, and snipe Sun Quan from there with arrows! It's a pretty good tactic,
      unless you got a horrible archer of a character.

   6. The Battle at Jie Ting
      Start off the level by killing Cao Zhen and Zhen Ji. Whoops, there goes
      most of the Wei offensive. Eliminate Zhang He next, then work your way into
      Sima Yi's camp and take out the Gate Captains. Exert any and all anger on
      remaining crossbowmen, then finish off Sima Yi.

   7. The Battle at Wu Zhang Plains
      Whittle down Sun Li's forces and kill him off. At this point, Cao Xiu
      will show up with reinforcements. Bear with the sheer number of crossbowmen
      and kill Cao Xiu. Head North and take out Sima Zhao's forces to stop his
      catapult attack. At this point, Man Chong should show up, so take care of
      those reinforcements. Head West and work on Xu Zhu's and Cao Hong's forces.
      When they're gone, head south and attack Zhen Ji's and Xu Huang's army. Try
      to avoid getting into battle with them simultaneously. The only threat left
      would be Cao Ren/Zhang He, so eliminate their forces. Now, lead the offensive
      into Sima Yi's HQ. Be sure to taunt him; kill Zhang Liao, exert any and all
      anger onto the crossbowmen in the general area, take out the Gate Captains,
      and deal death to Sima Yi.
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6) Questions and Answers

   Q: Wei Yan is ugly.
   A: That's not a question. And that's mean. :(

   Q: I fufilled the requirements for Wei Yan's 4th weapon, but no Precious Item?
   A: You sure you're playing on Hard? Maybe try waiting a bit for the report
      to come up.
   Q: Are you asking me a question? You're supposed to answer.
   A: It's, uh, rhetorical.

   Q: I grabbed the Precious Item, but all I got was this cruddy 1st/2nd/3rd weapon.
   A: :PpP, you used Gameshark/Sharkport save that has basic 4th Weapons. Start a
      brand new game file, or use EvilR's Weapon Customizable FAQ on GameFAQ.com to
      fix the problem.

   Q: My Wei Yan does no damage!
   A: 3rd time you didn't ask a question. :p Refer to above and get yourself a +20
      Tiger Amulet somehow. 

   Q: Where do I get 2nd/3rd weapons and good items?
   A: I shop at You Ting Wei side for weapons, Wu side for items. Hard mode for best
      results.

   Q: This FAQ is horrible.
   A: Make a better one then.
   Q: I just did.
   A: >_<
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7) Super Duper Secret Stuff
   There's a reason this wasn't on the contents. 

   It's because