Dynasty Warriors 3 FAQ
                                        Zhang Liao
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                                         Version 1.3
                                      FAQ by: Rustysolo
                                     rustysolo@excite.com


               



  
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    -Contents-

  1) Copyright Stuff (Above)
  2) Contents (You're reading it now, lummox.)
  3) Version History
  4) Historical Facts about Zhang Liao
  5) Reasons to use Zhang Liao
  6) Moves and Weapons
  7) Stages
  8) Questions
  9) Closing stuff.
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    -Version History-
1.0	(July 20, 2002) First Version submitted to GameFAQs
1.1	(July 22, 2002) Slight changes to history section
1.2	(July 26, 2002) History section updates, history for stages
1.3	(August 6, 2002) Minor changes, added some questions.
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    -Historical Facts about Zhang Liao-

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Styled name Zhang Wenyuan. Zhang Liao served in many battles under Lu Bu, but 
after Lu Bu's death, he joined Cao Cao. At the battle of He Fei, he repelled 
over 10,000 Wu soldiers with just 800 men. Also at He Fei, he ambushed and 
killed Taishi Ci. He was a close friend of Guan Yu, and helped him return to Liu 
Bei, swearing, 'Guan Yu, we will meet again, on the battlefield.'  Children in 
Wu were frightened into silence at night by stories of his might. He had a sense 
of honor, believed harming innocents was wrong, and that only warriors should 
fight in a battle. He almost refused to fight at Chang Ban because of the 
peasants following Liu Bei were targets for the Wei army. He became the leader 
of the Five Wei Generals. He was not at the Seige of He Fei Castle but in fact 
died ten years earlier. 
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  -Reasons to use Zhang Liao-

Because Zhou Yu isn't as good.

Well, that, and this...

Zhang Liao is a quick attacker, and has some good power behind his strikes. 
Unlike Guan Yu, he's not slow and lumbering in his walk or attacks, and he can 
clear a crowd quickly and effectively.
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    -Moves and Weapons-

You should know the Square and Triangle combos for attacking, but for those of 
you who didn't read the game manual, (Which would be MOST of you,) Here's the 
breakdown, hitting the Square button once makes you attack once, simple enough, 
but if you hit Triangle once, then, after a charge-up, you release more powerful 
attack, which lets you hit with more power. But wait! Here's where the tricky 
part begins! Hit square two or more times, and you'll attack that many times in 
succession. Got it? Mull over it for an hour or so if you need to.

Finished? Good. Now hit Triangle at after hitting Square once-five times, and 
you'll finish the attack off with a special end blow.

There, that only took about 10 lines of typing.

Here are Zhang Liao's sets of Square attacks.

  S- Swings across, at a slightly diagonal angle
  SS- Swings back in the opposite direction, at a similar angle
  SSS- Turns around and jabs the enemies in front of him
  SSSS- Swings across, like the S attack, but slightly more powerful
  SSSSS- Swings back the other way, like SS again, little more power
  SSSSSS- Swings downward, less radius, but sends enemies farther if thrown.

And his T-Charge Attack combos...

  T          :Broad slash, more powerful than a normal attack
  ST         :Sends enemy upward, follow up attack possible, but harder to do
  SST        :Paralyzes enemies in front of you, long reach
  SSST       :Sends enemies flying, wide radius, good reach
  SSSST (T)  :Sends enemies higher upward, T again to leap and attack
  SSSSST     :A magic attack is released around him, enemies around you 
              are thrown back in the air

His Jump Attack is an average downward jumping slash, but reaches lower towards 
the ground than most others, can strike twice in one jump.

His Mounted Attack is the standard right to left swinging.

His Dash Attack is a Broad slash, high power, almost all enemies go to the 
ground.  
  
His Musou Attack is a set of Slashes back and forth, sideways, at a slight 
angle, ends with a wider slash, with more power.

His True Musou Attack has Fire Element added, same slashing, ends with three 
more wide slashes at the end.
  Weapons:
  
  Halberd
  Attack +15
  Max Hits 4

  Great Halberd
  Attack +30
  Max Hits 5

  Dragon Blade
  Attack +48
  Max Hits 6

  Dragon Breath (Unique)
  Attack +48
  Max Hits 6
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  HP Max +76
  Attack +25
  Mounted Attack +58
  Mounted Defense +58
  Reach +21 

Your first three weapons are obtained randomly in the stages, later the stage 
better the weapons. Harder difficulty makes for better weapons as well.

To get Zhang Liao's fourth weapon, go to He Fei on Hard difficulty. Kill Zhou 
Tai (He's right behind you when you start) and the special item appears just 
north of the broken bridge. Grab it, finish the level and it's yours.

  -Rating-

Zhang Liao is a very fine character with a few weak points. He isn't and 
unstoppable powerhouse, and he isn't exactly a 6-minute miler either, but his 
abilities lay just above average in those areas. He can't offer the sheer power 
of Dian Wei or Xu Zhu, but he can easily control crowds effectively. He can 
offer long combos for advanced players, while still remaining easy for novices.

Although his weapon has no element, his attacks more than make up for it. His 
SSST is very excellent at clearing a crowd in front of him. His ST is not very 
effective for much. His SSSSST is perhaps his best combo, as it's powerful and 
can get enemies out from a good radius around him.

If he duels a general, his SSST and SSSSST can often break a defense they put 
up. His SSSST is a good juggler, and if you jump up for an attack with another 
T, swing once more before landing so that enemies below you won't be able to hit 
you the moment you land.
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  -Stages-

The Battle at Hu Lao Gate 191 A.D. (Allies VS Dong Zhuo)

History:
After the Yellow Turban Campaign, Dong Zhuo lays claim to the Imperial Throne, 
pretending to do so in the best interests of the child Emperor. Cao Cao gathered 
the best leaders and warriors not serving Dong, and forms an alliance against 
Dong Zhuo. Yuan Shao is chosen to be their leader, and the brave warriors step 
forth to halt his plans, despite Lu Bu and the imperial army at his side. In the 
lands outside of Luo Yang, with the Hu Lao and Fan Shui gates as a backdrop, the 
battle to end the tyranny begins...

Strategy:
This one should be easy. Go straight and destroy the northern gate. Swing back 
slightly southwest, and destroy Fan Chao's force. Keep going, and you will 
eventually find yourself on top of the Fan Shui Gate. Grab the Musou Up, and 
head down the stairs. Destroy the forces blocking Sun Jian and secure the gate 
in the area near the center of the map.

Now, IF you fight Lu Bu, make sure you have plenty of other officers and men 
around him as well. Free up those forces, and destroy as many of Lu Bu's men as 
possible before fighting him. His morale will drop, and the fight against him 
will be easier. Defending won't do much good on him, as he'll overpower you. 
(Unless you have the Buckler) Before you charge him, fill your Musou. Then, see 
if you can get behind him while the forces you brought along occupy him. Bust 
out the Musou, (You can repeat the process a few times.) If you can keep 
catching him off guard, (shifting behind him, triangle attack his defense, etc.) 
He is quick to recover, so don't let up. (If you kill Lu Bu, a supply team 
appears with the Red Hare saddle, near Fan Chao's original position)

If you avoid Lu Bu, you'll have fewer forces to back you up at Hu Lao Gate. But 
either way, halfway through the curved canyon to the gate, large numbers of 
archers appear, break the nearby crate, and grab the arrows. Aim at the center 
archer in each set, and use triangle charge arrows. Destroy the First Bow and 
the others will attempt to run away, but are stuck in their spot, and don't pose 
much of a threat. 

Break through the ambush near the gate and protect to Assault Team Captain. The 
gate will fall. Deal with Diao Chan, then nab the Life Up atop Hu Lao Gate. If 
you can, take out the three gates behind Dong Zhuo, then take him on. He 
shouldn't be too difficult, but if he gets to be a problem, back off and look 
for health. He doesn't heal all that often, but he will eventually.
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The Battle at Chang Ban 208 A.D. (Liu Bei VS Cao Cao)

History:
Cao Cao's army strikes southward, and Liu Bei and his army are forced to 
retreat. Liu Bei Attempts to bring the peasants along with him, slowing his 
progress to Han Shui considerably. Cao Cao pursues, and at Chang Ban, the armies 
collide again, Liu Bei ready to stop at nothing to save his people...

Strategy:
There are several ways to go about this one. The first is to get ahead of Liu 
Bei, then let his retreat bring him to you. The first way to do that is to kill 
Zhang Fei and Zhuge Liang in the lower section of the starting area, (The area 
with many houses) then take the path up North where Xu Huang is. (Entrance next 
to the gates). Kill Zhao Yun, then continue until you reach the bridge. Head 
south and destroy the gate in southwest corner. 

Return to the area by the bridge, and go east a little. Wait there, and destroy 
anything that comes attempts to get by you. Liu Bei's navy arrives after a 
while, so go south and destroy those units if Liu Bei is far away enough for you 
to get back before he gets too close to the ships. Otherwise, hold Liu Bei where 
you are until help arrives, or you could kill him if your stats and skills are 
good enough. If you killed enough of his peasants, his morale will be low, and 
the duel with him easier.(If you have the right stats. You could just charge 
straight for him at the beginning)
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The Battle at Chi Bi 208 A.D. (Allies VS Cao Cao)

History:
Liu Bei is destroyed, and Shu becomes nothing more than lands conquered by Wei. 
Zhuge Liang, now without a leader, decides to help Zhou Yu and Wu in their fight 
against Cao Cao. The Wei fleet trains at lake Xuan Wu, while the two strategists 
form a plan to destroy it...

Strategy:
If you can prevent the fire assault, this level is simple. But the thing is, 
there are 3 ways to do that.

Reach Zhuge Liang before he summons the winds- This is the hardest way to stop 
the attack, as it's the farthest away, and there are more troops in your way. He 
is in the Southwest corner of the map, at the place of prayer.

Eliminate Zhou Yu- If you fail at getting to Zhuge Liang in time, Zhou Yu is 
still there, and if he is killed, Huang Gai will retreat, and cannot complete 
the attack. Zhou Yu can easily be located in the Unit Info part of the pause 
Menu. (Kill him after he says 'Zhuge Liang, He is a devil!', but before the fire 
attack, and the Fire Arrows appear as a Special Item, on the boat Huang Gai 
starts the fire attack on.)

Eliminate Huang Gai- Couldn't reach Zhuge Liang? Zhou Yu too powerful? Tell you 
what, you can't find him on the Unit Info screen, but Huang Gai's death also 
stops the fire attack. 

There. Think you can do one of those?

Now, stopping the fire attack doesn't end the battle, but everything is SO much 
easier if you do. Here's what you do after the Fire Attack's prevention, or 
success. You can, if you want to, eliminate Taishi Ci and Han Dang in the east. 
Approach from the North by way of the boats where Cao Cao's main force is, or 
south by the gate on the east edge of the map, coming up on their rear.

Whether you killed Taishi Ci or not, Sun (Quan, Jian, or even Ce sometimes.) Is 
still the final goal. So, again, eliminate their troops, lower their morale, and 
attack.
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The Mountain Bandit Campaign(Musou Mode Only)

History:
Peasants find Zhang Liao, and tell him of the bandits attacking a their village. 
Finding this act unforgivable, Zhang Liao rides for the village, to stop the 
rogues, and help the people of the peaceful place...

Strategy:
This battle is quite simple, and hearing a peasant say 'We must be triumphant!' 
is just funny.

Take out the gate in the north, eliminate the Lt. Commanders, then let Zhang Fei 
do what he wants for a while. Find all the items, weapons, Life Ups, and Musou 
Ups, then finish up with Zhang Fei.
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The Battle at Tong Gate 211 A.D. (Allies VS Cao Cao)

History:
Cao Cao, seeking to take Guan Zhong, is met by Ma Chao, Han Sui, Ma Dai, Pang 
De, and other members of a special alliance. The forces meet near the Wei River. 
Ma Chao, seeking revenge for the death of his father and brother, aims to kill 
Cao Cao. But Cao Cao is already forming a plan to break the alliance apart... 

Strategy: 
There's a long and a short way of doing this. Not soon after the start, Ma Chao 
comes out, and you could just take him out then, or eliminate all the other 
officers as well. If you do wish to eliminate all the other officers, know that 
eventually, Han Sui defects to your side. (If you wait for it, then kill all 
other officers besides Ma Chao, he will retreat in the gate. Enter the gate, and 
a supply unit will appear, with the Gold Harness. One gate Captain must be 
alive.)

Eliminate all officers and men in front of Tong Gate, and head north, to aid Xu 
Huang (If Cao Cao isn't in danger from Ma Chao's charge). After his troops are 
free, they will advance across the bridge, and behind Tong Gate. Finish the 
other officers and soldiers behind the gate, then finish Ma Chao's troops, and 
then take care of him.
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The Battle at He Fei 215 A.D. (Wei VS Wu)

History:
Wu attempts to invade Wei, and following Zhang Liao's advice, Cao Cao sends a 
detachment to met them at He Fei. The Wu commander plans to take He Fei in a 
sweep of overwhelming numbers, but can Wei's forthcoming reinforcements help the 
counter-strike on Wu prevail? Only time will tell...

Strategy:
This level is not as easy as some of the others, as Zhang Liao begins in the 
center of the stage, and is completely surrounded. You may need to raise your 
stats a bit before you can do it. Kill Zhou Tai, Ding Feng, and any one else 
near you. Clear out Taishi Ci and his men, then go south, and eliminate Lu Meng.
Go northeast, and take out Lu Xun. Gan Ning should appear soon, if he hasn't 
already. Take care of him ASAP. After all this, assault Sun Quan/Ce/Jian. 
Eliminate his forces until his morale is low, and attack.
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The Seige of He Fei Castle 234 A.D. (Wei VS Wu)

History:
Wu again threatens Wei and it's prosperity. Lu Xun leads a strategic attack on 
the land, and at He Fei Castle, Sima Yi organizes a defense to hold back the Wu 
army until help arrives. Win or lose, the end for the war is now...

Strategy:
This is a hard level for an under trained Zhang Liao. Get pumped up, Max isn't 
necessary, but he needs to be able at least dispatch a normal archer with one 
hit. First let me say this, DO NOT EVER STEP ON THE STONE WALKWAY IN THE CENTER! 
An overwhelming number of enemy archers appear. Head south from the start, and 
take out Lu Meng, then Lu Xun. Go east and take out Sun Shang Xiang and Gan 
Ning, swing back west and take out Zhen Ji. Two officers lay just outside the 
castle's southern gates, (They may have advanced inside if the gate fell.) Take 
them out, and handle any leftover gates. Decimate Sun Ce/Quan/Jian's forces, and 
show them the door. 
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    -Questions-
Couldn't ask me a question, huh?

Well, here goes.

Q: Why did you make this FAQs?
A: Free-time, and the need to do something slightly constructive.

Q: What items should I use with Zhang Liao?
A: In my opinion, the Peacock Urn, Tortiose Amulet, Tiger Amulet, Dragon Amulet, 
and Speed Scroll work best with almost any character.
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Dynasty Warriors 3 FAQs/Guide for Zhang Liao
By: Rustysolo
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