Dynasty Warriors 3 - Character Guide
Liu Bei : Jedi Knight

...okay, maybe not.

FAQ Guide by OneWinged-Dragon
             tamisking@swirve.com

This Guide (Copyright 2002) was made entirely on the experiences of 
OneWinged-Dragon. This Guide may not be altered in any way without my 
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rules will result in something horrible, preferably something bad.

Guide best viewed in courier new font.

Most of this info can be used for Yuan Shao as well.

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Contents:
1) Who is Liu Bei?

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 Liu Bei?
   
   Style name Xuande. The first Emperor of the Shu Kingdom. Along with 
   his sworn brothers, Guan Yu and Zhang Fei, he participates in the
   campaign against the Yellow Turbans. After fighting in various battles,
   he establishes the Shu Kingdom, signifying the beginning of the Three
   Kingdom era. His aim is to restore the Han Dynasty, thereby bringing
   peace to the troubled land.

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2) Why Should I Use Him?

   Liu Bei is a great all-around character that most people can use
   with ease.
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3) Moves and Weapons

   Regular Attack: Liu Bei's regular attack moveset focuses mainly on
                   taking out the front side, but some hits can cover
                   his back.

   T             : Spinning slash. Good coverage.

   ST            : Standard juggler.

   SST           : Forward slash. Stuns, and has a fairly decent range

   SSST          : Downward slash, plus knockback effect. Not good at broad
                   clearings.

   SSSST(T)      : Standard high juggler. Press T for a followup attack.

   SSSSST        : Fires a circular shockwave that hits everyone around him.
                   Ace.

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

   Dash Attack   : Slides forward, slashing his sword. Good attack.

   Jump Attack   : Downward slash.

   Musou Attack  : Liu Bei swings his sword back and forth, then ends with
                   extreme light sabre action!!!111

   True Musou    : Fire element added, plus extra extreme light sabre action!!!
                   111

   Weapons:
   Broad Sword
   Attack +17  4 Hits
   (Varying Stats)


   Long Sword
   Attack +32  5 Hits
   (Varying Stats)


   Gold Dragon
   Attack +40  6 Hits
   (Varying Stats)


   Gold Moon Dragon
   Attack +40  6 Hits 

   Speed +20
   Musou Max +70
   Mounted Attack +44
   Mounted Defense +52
   Luck +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 Yi Ling
   Requirements: Defeat Sun Shang Xiang.

   If you're religious, plead for help from your all-seeing mighty superior.
   Definitely one of the harder weapons to get, mainly because it's on Yi Ling
   Shu side. If you can survive the bloodshed, the Precious Item report will
   show up near Sun Quan's Northeast Gate Captain.

   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

   Liu Bei's 4th weapon sucks period. Liu Bei's SSST is cruddy(but it's cool).

   Okay, bad stuff aside, let's look at some of the more positive aspects of
   Liu Bei's 4th. The Speed juice definitely helps out, and oh boy, gotta love
   that Musou increase. Being one of the Musous that leaves your foe standing
   up, that's a lot more damage being dealt. The Luck is definitely helpful,
   as it means more Battle Axes, Chain Armor, and Meat Buns, which translates to 
   making up for all those yummy stat increases Liu Bei could've had. The
   Mounted modifiers aren't exactly that useful for Liu Bei, although if you
   like using someone other than Sima Yi/Zhuge Liang as a Mounted Attacker, it
   helps. Liu Bei's 6th charge is godly, as it's full 360 coverage, nice range,
   and with Liu Bei's effective regular attack set, hard for him to get inter-
   rupted. With a good Wind Scroll, Liu Bei's SST becomes much more useful, as
   it can stun the front lines. Liu Bei's Musou is definitely awesome. You get
   maximum range on it, and that means you can hit lotsa more people. True Musou
   lets you hit everyone around you. 

   Dueling generals, if you don't have Way of the Musou, use short 2-4 hit
   bursts of Liu Bei's Musou, unless you're godly at weapon locks. With WotM,
   you can expect at least half of an officer's life drained in a full combo
   from Liu Bei.

   Overall, if Cao Cao didn't have his DEA, Liu Bei would definitely be the
   best overall ruler-type character in the game.


   Recommended Equipment:
   Speed Scroll/Red Hare Saddle/Hex Mark Saddle(You KNOW you want cool points!)
   Peacock Urn
   Dragon Amulet/Way of Musou/Wind Scroll
   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. The Battle at Hu Lao Gate
      Defeat the two sub officers outside the gate, then eliminate Hua Xiong,
      Niou Fu, and Xu Rong. With Gongzun Zan, Cao Cao's, Sun Jian's, and your
      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.

   3. 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.   

   4. The Battle at Chi Bi
      Work through the stage in a counterclockwise manner, and you should be able
      to clear out most of the officers, save for the ones in the middle. If rein-
      forcements pop up, feel free to take them out, although they won't pose any
      threat at all.

   5. The Assault on Cheng Du
      Work your way through the cotton field and take out Zhang Ren before he
      eliminates Pang Tong. Since you're out of the forest now, and have Pang Tong
      laying siege to Liu Zhang, head around and attack the rear of every officer's
      attack force and take them out. Clear out Liu Zhang's Gate Captain, and then
      exert any anger onto any archers still alive. Finish the stage.

   6. The Battle of Mt. Ding Jun
      Take the West path and defeat Zhang He. Continue on and kill off Xiahou Yuan.
      Charge through the gate and take either the East or West path. Kill off the
      Gate Captain and any archers, eliminate any of Cao Cao's subofficers still
      idling around, and then defeat Cao Cao.

   7. 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 use 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.   

   8. The Nanman Campaign
      When the level starts, take out Meng Huo, then go aid Zhang Fei by clearing
      out the West side. Meng Huo should pop up around there, so smack him a second
      time. Next head East to aid Ma Chao's forces. Eliminate any officers in the
      vicinity, and smack Meng Huo a third time when he shows up. Now head to the
      Western fort, and clear out all enemy forces there. When dealing with the
      elephant troops, you can let other soldiers knock the rider off, jump attack
      the rider, use Arrows, or if you got a nice amount of life, take a hit, tap
      L1 in the air, and you should be in position to attack the rider. Anyhow,
      Meng Huo should pop up near HQ, so smack him again when you've cleared out
      the area. Next on the list is the Eastern compound. If all's been going
      smoothly, whatever enemy force was there before should've been dwindled con-
      siderably. Clear out the troops there. At this point, Meng Huo will appear
      in the Western fort, accessible only through elephant, or a VERY long walk
      around the map. Now lead the offensive(or catch up) to the South and clear
      out whatever forces remain. Meng Huo should pop up one last time near HQ,
      so smack him once more. After breaking through Zhu Rong(and those goshdarn
      annoying crossbowmen, and those goshdarn hot Amazons), show Meng Jie some
      butt kick, then advance torwards Meng Huo. Knock him off his elephant, kill
      the Gate Captain, then exert any and all stress accumlated in this level onto
      Meng Huo.

   9. The Battle of 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.

  10. The Battle of 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: Liu Bei's light sabre scuks really scuky in a scuky manner.
   A: That's not a question. And that's mean. :(

   Q: I fufilled the requirements for Liu Bei's 4th weapon, but no Precious Item?
   A: You sure you're playing on Hard? Did you kill all the subofficers?
   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 Liu Bei 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. 

   Okay, this is one of the few 4th weapons that everyone agrees on one thing: not
   very useful. Don't feel afraid to customize one for yourself, just say to your-
   self, "It's for the better that I needlessly slaughter all in one hit, rather
   than several."