Dynasty Warriors 3 - Character Guide Xiahou Yuan : The Black Sheep of the Family ...okay, maybe not. FAQ Guide by OneWinged-Dragon email@example.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 consent, and may not be distributed without my name as author on. This FAQ may be distributed, but not sold. Failure to follow those simple rules will result in something horrible, preferably something bad. Guide best viewed in courier new font. __________________ Contents: 1) Who is Xiahou Yuan? 2) Why Should I Use Him? 3) Moves and Weapons 4) Overview 5) Stage Strategy 6) Questions and Answers __________________ 1) Who is Xiahou Yuan? Style name Miaocai. A Wei officer and brother to Xiahou Dun. He worked with Cao Cao from the beginning, bearing one wing of Cao Cao's newly formed army. Famous for his lightning quick attacks, he had a long list of accomplishments, including defeating Ma Chao. However, at the Battle of Mt. Ding Jun, he was drawn out by a Shu general, and killed by Huang Zhong 2) Why Should I Use Him? Xiahou Yuan is a character whose flaws aren't very devastating, and he boasts great Bow Attack for those who like archery. __________________ 3) Moves and Weapons Regular Attack: Xiahou Yuan's regular attack is typical hack and slash sword action, ending in a linear strike with his 3rd/4th weapon. T : Wide slash. ST : Spinning slash uppercut. Standard juggler. SST : A forward sliding sword strike. Stuns. SSST : Spinning sword slash that wipes out foes in front of Xiahou Yuan. Knockback effect. SSSST(T) : Sword uppercut. Standard juggler, press T for a followup attack. SSSSST(T) : Multiple sword slashes that end in a crowd-clearing attack. Mounted Attack: Like every other mounted attack in the game(save for those few good ones). Standard right-to-left swinging. Dash Attack : A charging knee attack. Stuns. Jump Attack : Xiahou Yuan swings his sword horizontally. Musou Attack : Spinning sword slashes that end in a crowd clearing slash that has knockback effect. True Musou : Fire element added, plus extra sword slashes added at the end. Weapons: Iron Sword Attack +16 4 Hits (Varying Stats) Steel Sword Attack +31 5 Hits (Varying Stats) Demon Sword Attack +45 6 Hits (Varying Stats) Demon Fang Attack +45 6 Hits + Fire Musou Max +84 HP Max +79 Bow Attack +58 Bow Defense +59 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 at Mt Ding Jun Requirements: Defeat Huang Zhong after charge event. Factoring in Xiahou Yuan's speed, the uphill struggle, and those darn archers, this can qualify as an annoying 4th to get. Wait till the cutscene where Huang Zhong charges down the hill occurs, then kill off the old fella. A Precious Item report should pop up near Huang Zhong's initial location. 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. __________________ 4) Overview Xiahou Yuan is somewhat slow, and he lacks decent 360 attacks that could've helped him. His 6th Charge is also pathetioally weak, and to make things worse, his 6th S gets him slaughtered on higher difficulties. To sum it up, Xiahou Yuan is basically a slobbered mix of Xiahou Dun and Cao Cao, except he doesn't get above average attack power, nor an awesome DEA. His dash attack is also one of the worst in the game; it takes mad skillz to master the aiming aspect. You best not step out that door! Everything bad said, Xiahou Yuan is a pretty average guy. However, his Musou is pretty useful. It handles crowds rather effectively, and the clearout hit isn't too shabby either. Xiahou Yuan's SST and SSST are also highly useful. SST can stun a lot of people, and SSST does an excellent frontal clearout job. Xiahou Yuan also has the 2nd best Bow Attack in the game, so with a full Musou bar and lotsa arrows, Xiahou Yuan can pepper incoming crowds rather easily with his Musou arrows. Xiahou Yuan's 6th S might be crappy, but as long as you stick to a 5S attack set, you should have a lower cooldown rate, and not be so vulnerable to attack. Xiahou Yuan's 6th charge, despite being horribly weak, has a rather nice knockback effect, so if your Musou bar isn't full by the 5th S, you can unload his 6th charge. Fighting generals is a different story for Xiahou Yuan. It should relatively be simple, because of Xiahou Yuan's Fire element on his SSSST. Juggle away, and you should end most duels rather quickly. Also, with Xiahou Yuan's mighty Bow Attack, you have to realize that generals, like a few on Yi Ling, He Fei Castle, and etc., are ASKING to be shot to death. Just find a spot outside an officer's "zone", and fire. You'd be surprised at how fast a job Fire Arrows and a decent Huang's Bow, along with Xiahou Yuan's 4th, do to officers. Recommended Equipment: Speed Scroll/Red Hare Saddle Peacock Urn Dragon Amulet/Way of Musou/Fire Arrows Elixir/Wind Scroll Tortoise Amulet __________________ 5) Stage Strategy 1. The Yellow Turban Rebellion Pretty simple. Take out all officers around your area first, then go after Zhang Liang or Zhang Bao. Once one of those two are gone, chase down the other. 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 Run down the path towards the top of Fan Shui Gate and plow through Fan Chou and Niou Fu. Head down the stairs and clear out Hua Xiong 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 horrendous 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 Guan Du Start out by attacking Yan Liang in the South. Kill him off, then attack Wen Chou in the North. With both gone, any threat to HQ is now gone. Now, start attacking each compound until you find the Wu Chao supply depot. At this point, run in and find Chun Yuqiong, whom you have the pleasure of destroying. With the supply depot on fire, mop up any remaining troops at the compounds, then head to Yuan Shao. If Liu Bei's still lounging around, take the chance to whack him once. Kill Yuan Tan and Zhang He, shut off the Gate Captains, then kill Yuan Shao. 5. The Battle at He Fei Start out by going towards the middle and killing Zhou Tai and Cheng Pu. Ignore Taishi Ci, Zhang Liao will take care of him. Go kill Lu Meng in the Southwest. Head Northeast and attack Lu Xun from the rear. If Gan Ning's forces pop up, rush over to HQ, clear out any crossbowmen, and kill Gan Ning as best as possible. Get rid of any other subofficers in the middle of the map, then charge for Sun Quan. If reinforcements for Wei pop up, Sun Quan will charge for HQ to end the stage quickly, so be sure you have a reliable horse to chase him down with. If you go into Lu Su's territory, be prepared for lotsa archers. 6. The Battle at Mt Ding Jun Ignore going uphill; rather, head West and attack Zhang Fei's forces. Once you've taken him out, zoom South and run past Liu Bei. Sneak around the back and attack Huang Zhong from the rear. Clear out the area, then wait around until Zhao Yun pops up; crush the reinforcements, then go and shut off Liu Bei's beloved Gate Captain. Slaughter any living crossbowmen, and send Liu Bei out of Hanzhong. 7. The Battle of Wu Zhang Plains Start out by helping out Sima Zhao and killing Zhang Fei. Kill off the Gate Captain if you have difficulty, or have just laid the smackdown, then assist Cao Hong and Xu Zhu against Ma Dai. KIll the Gate Captain if needed, then kill the officer. There's an Imperial Seal nearby if you need it. Head South and aid what's left of Xu Huang's and Zhen Ji's forces. Kill the Gate Captain, then beat up on Yan Yan's forces; fortunately, there's another Imperial Seal nearby at your disposal. Go East and try to save what's left of Zhang He's forces. Work your way through the sea of green and kill Guan Xing and Guan Ping. If the catapults are currently not firing, go into the Shu HQ and kill Jiang Wei. Run past Huang Quan and the ambush, then shut off the Gate Captains in the Southeast. Attack Zhang Yi and Zhang Bao from the rear ASAP to disable the crossbowmen, then whack up Wei Yan. Head back to the Shu HQ and work your way through Huang Quan and Huang Zhong. Clear out the troops guarding the path to Zhuge Liang, then attack him when he charges out. If you got some arrows, feel free to pelt Zhuge a few times. If you don't like the troops bothering you, kill the Gate Captain behind Zhuge Liang. __________________ 6) Questions and Answers Q: Xiahou Yuan's the fat ugly cousin no one likes. A: That's not a question. And that's mean. :( Q: I fufilled the requirements for Xiahou Yuan's 4th weapon, but no Precious Item? A: You sure you're playing on Hard? Did you trigger Huang Zhong's charge event? 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 Xiahou Yuan 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: >_< __________________ 7) Super Duper Secret Stuff There's a reason this wasn't on the contents. Every family has a rather crappy guy no one likes or wants. The Liu had Liu Chan. The Sun had Sun Quan(which they castrated to prevent production of offspring under his genetics... it also explains his high pitched voice), and the Cao/Xiahou have Xiahou Yuan. I mean, look at him! Years of neglect, and diverted attention on his brother Xiahou Dun and cousin Cao Cao have left him lonely and depressed! So please, when you consider neglecting a cousin, relative, or sibling, think of poor Xiahou Yuan.