Dynasty Warriors 3 Character Guide
Guide by Juntacazon
Juntacazon@hotmail.com
Version 1.01
This guide was made on 7/19/02

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Table of Contents1. Introduction
2. Who is Cao Cao?
3. Why should I use him?
4. Moves
5. Weapons
6. Strategies
7. Stage Strategy
8. Questions and answers
9. Versions

1. Introduction

This is my first FAQ/Guide I have written (other than a review, but that 
isnít a Guide) so I think it will be okay.  This FAQ is written for Cao Cao, 
a character in Dynasty Warriors 3.  He is a very good fighter IMO and he can 
become very deadly with his last weapon.  This not a complete guide, it is 
mainly focused on Cao Cao.  If you want complete the complete guide, check 
out Z-Forceís, BNiiís, or XLord Ma ChaoXís guides all on gamefaqs.

2. Who is Cao Cao?

Cao Cao was the ruler of Wei.  He was labeled ďhero of a troubled land.Ē  
During the Yellow Turban Rebellion, he showed his power across China by 
slaying many of them with the force he had.  He attempted to kill Dong Zhuo 
once, but failed.  He defeated Yuan Shao at Guan Du when Cao Cao was 
considerably outnumbered.  Cao Cao wrote many books on the Art of War.  He 
was very skilled in the ways of warfare.  He succeeded over Ma Chao at Tong 
Gate and formed what would be the giant Wei Empire.
Born:155 AD
Died:220 AD

3. Why should I use him?

Cao Cao is a very balanced character, that can compare to Lu Bu  once he has 
his fourth weapon.  He wipes through crowds with his sword.  He also has 
nice range IMO.

4. Moves

S: Swings sword left.
SS: Swings right.
SSS: Attack with upper left slash.
SSSS: Another slash to the right.
SSSSS: A slash to the left that goes down a bit.
SSSSSS: A 180 degree slash to the right, looks like him in character select.
T: Charges up and spins once, doing a 360 degree attack.  Breaks guard.
ST: First launcher, knocks enemy into the air.
SST: Attacks with  sword going down.  Stuns enemies.
SSST:A 180 degree slash to the right.  Pretty much same as SSSSSS.
SSSST: Second launcher.  Knocks enemy high into the air.  Press T again for 
a follow-up attack.
SSSSST: Attacks with a slash from lower left.  Keep pressing T so that he 
can keep on slashing.  One of my favorite attacks and with fourth weapon, it 
adds death element.
Jump Attack: Swings his left arm left, right arm right, and hits anything in 
front of him.  Good for knocking off officers off their horses.
Mounted Attack: Swing left and right.  Nothing special.
Mounted Musou: Swings left and right fast.  Nothing special.
Dash Attack: Slides forward and hits with the hilt of his sword.
Musou: Yells out loud, starts spinning, once every spin his sword goes up 
then down.  Ends in a big slash to the left.
True Musou: Same as regular musou just with fire and different ending.

5. Weapons

Broad Sword

Base Attack +17
Max 4 hits
(Extra stats depending on weapon)

Long Sword

Base Attack +32
Max 5 hits
(Extra stats depending on weapon)

Sword of Heaven

Base Attack +45
Max 6 hits
(Extra stats depending on weapon)

Wrath of Heaven

Base Attack +45
Max 6 hits
Death Element to SSSSST
Attack +24
Bow Attack +52
Mounted Attack +48
Reach +24

Weapons can be found in any stage.  The later the stage, the better the 
weapon.  Also the harder the difficulty, the better the weapon.  For fourth 
weapons, you must do something with each person on the right level to get 
it.  Remember, if you have to kill someone, YOU MUST kill the person by your 
own hand.  The second player is also allowed to.  AND EVERY FOURTH WEAPON 
CAN ONLY BE AVAILBLE ON HARD!

How to get Wrath of Heaven
Stage: Yellow Turban
Directions: Kill Zhang Bao and Zhang Liang without losing any gates or 
getting any gates.  The supply team will appear north of Zhang Liangís 
starting position.  Get the weapon and finish the stage.
Strategies for getting Cao Caoís fourth:
Make sure you have the Red Hare Saddle or Hex Mark equiped before this 
battle.  You will have to rush through the level, and by the time youíre 
done with his fourth, He Jin is in trouble.  Ride over to Zhang Bao first.  
Remember, DO NOT KILL THE GATE CAPTAINS!  If you do, then the supply team 
wonít appear.  Once youíre done with Zhang Bao, head over to Zhang Liang 
with Red Hare/Hex Mark.  Kill him and the supply team should appear.  Make 
sure you do not kill the Gate Captain behind him.  I think Koei added the 
ďNo losing or getting gates thingĒ to make it harder for you not to kill the 
Gate Captains.  Once Zhang Liang is gone, head over to the supply team to 
intercept them.  You can now eitherÖ..

1)Head to Zhang Jiao and kill him to end the level

2)Help He Jin, THEN, kill Zhang Jiao

6.Strategies

Cao Cao isnít totally destructive when you first get him. He is a average 
sword fighter until you get his third weapon.  Then you should use his 
SSSSST often.  Once you get his fourth, then he becomes a mass murderer.  
The best way to use his SSSSST on crowds is to swing your sword away from 
the crowd with the first three Sís.  Use the other two to turn around and 
face the crowd.  Now keep pressing T and watch Cao Cao kill everything in 
his path.

Against bosses Cao Cao is good also.  With his fourth weapon, he will take 
down his opponent with his SSSSST.  If you donít have the fourth do the same 
thing with his third weapon.  If you donít have third weapon, use his 
second.  Try the juggling attack (SSSST without follow-up attack, when enemy 
is in the air use SSSST again, repeat) and eventually the officer should 
die.  If the crowds are annoying you, use his SSST to wipe them out.

If you donít have his second weapon, third, or fourth then you must have the 
first weapon, a broad sword! Cao Cao isnít too amazing with his first.  
Still kill groups with SSST if they are annoying you, or if you just want 
to.  The best thing to do on bosses is to use his SST to make him/her 
stunned.  Then use SSST to knock them back.  Guard until you see an opening 
and repeat.  If you want to kill faster, use SSSS, guard until opening, 
repeat.

To get Cao Cao: Beat Musou mode with two generals (from Wei).

7. Stage Strategies

1.Yellow Turban Rebellion
Han vs Yellow Turbans

This stage shouldnít be too tough.  First kill Zhang Bao, west of your 
starting position.  You have to dodge boulders to get to him, but they are 
quite easy to dodge.  Once you get to the top of the mountain, you can see a 
cool cutscene of your character breaking a boulder.  Once Zhang Bao is gone, 
go kill Zhang Jiao, who usually should be at the bottom of the mountain.  
Head towards Zhang Liang, kill him, and by then Zhang Jiao should be at the 
top of the map.  If he isnít, go kill him wherever he is.  Once you get rid 
of Zhang Jiao, you won the stage.

2. The Battle at Hu Lao Gate
Yuan Shao vs Dong Zhuo

This stage is a little tougher that the Yellow Turban Rebellion, but not by 
much.  Follow the path ahead of  you while to get on the top of the Fan Shui 
gate.  Soon you will see a cutscene.  Itís a Big guy.  With a Halberd.  With 
two things sticking out of its helment.  Its riding a horse thatís red.  And 
its killing Yuan Shuís army. IÖ.IÖItísÖ.LU BU!  Once you get to the other 
side of the Fan Shui gate, kill anything that gets in your way.  You can go 
kill Lu Bu if you are feeling up to it, or you can run past him.  If you are 
sure you canít kill him, run.  Listen to Yuan Shao and get to Hu Lao gate.  
On the way, you will be ambushed by enemy archers.  Donít bother killing 
them and run through.  Cao Cao will tell the units to destroy Hu Lao gate, 
and a Assault captain should appear.  Protect him, and kill all the units 
nearby.  Once youíve done that, the gate should open and you will be attack 
by Li Ru and Diao Chan.  She is nothing compared to any general, and she 
should die by several hits.  Once youíve killed scary Diao Chan, proceed to 
Dong Zhuo.  He shouldnít be too hard, and once heís dead, youíve finished 
the stage.

3. The battle at Wan Castle
Cao Cao vs Zhang Xiu

In the beginning, Dian Wei will protect a gate so that you can escape.  
Since youíre Cao Cao, the game wonít let you win by retreating, so you have 
to kill Zhang Xiu.  Start by heading toward Jia Xu, while killing everything 
in your way.  Once you kill him, go take out the two remaining generals.  
You really donít need too much strategy in this level.  If you want, go 
ahead and kill Zhang Xiu right in the beginning.

4. The battle at Guan Du
Cao Cao vs Yuan Shao

Right now, youíre in a fortess, with a lot of people in it, and some people 
outside of it, while Yuan Shao outnumbers you quite a bit.  He wants you to 
play a guessing game of which of the four forts are the supply depot.  
Basically, go into the correct fort by killing the officer outside of it.  
Choose the right one and you get awarded by a big morale boost.  It changes 
from time to time, so it wonít be the same every time.
Start off by getting out of your castle and trying to find the correct 
supply depot.  Start by attacking the fort in the lower right corner and 
work your way up.  At sometime, Liu Bei will meet Guan Yu and Liu Bei will 
leave the battlefield :)  If you have a good Cao Cao, go right up to Yuan 
Shao and kill him.  He isnít so tough, he is like a faster Dong Zhuo.  Beat 
him and you win.

5. The battle of Chang Ban
Cao Cao vs Liu Bei

This is one of my favorite levels, because you get to kill peasants, and 
they die in like one hit!  Kill Zhuge and Zhang Fei south of you, then go 
down, and keep on following Liu Bei.  The peasants are easy to kill so they 
shouldnít be much of a threat.  Get a horse if you need one.  Soon Liu Qiís 
boats should come, and thatís when Liu Bei trys to retreat.  Donít let him, 
or youíll lose.  Just kill Liu Bei ASAP and you win.  If you want to clear 
everyone out, take the pass on the top, kill everyone there, head beack 
toward Zhuge and Zhang Fei, kill them, and kill everyone following Liu Bei 
and everyone ahead of him.  Itís a lot easier with Red Hare saddle or Hex 
Mark.  Liu Bei will retreat if you beat him in combat, but this means you 
win.  If he gets to his boats and retreats, thatís bad.

6. The battle at Chi Bi
Cao Cao vs Sun (Jian, Quan, Ce)

Cao Cao will tell the units to attack the place of prayers in the southwest. 
  Listen to Cao Cao, he is smart.  You might want Red Hare to easily get 
Zhugeís place.  To kick him out, kill the officer nearby, its usually Lu 
Xun.  If you didnít stop Zhuge, switch to another plan.  Kill Huang Gai or 
Zhou Yu and the fire attack should be stopped.  If their plan is sucessful, 
be prepared for a big morale drop.  Either way, after that part is over with 
go east and clear out the area.  There isnít a lot of strategy other than 
stopping the plan.  Once everything else is cleared out, head toward the Sun 
leader (Jian, Ce, Quan) and make him run.  Another victory for Wei.

7. The battle at Tong Gate
Cao Cao vs Ma Chao

This one is basically a skirmish bewteen all of Ma Chaoís forces and part of 
Cao Caoís force.  Take down Pang De and Ma Dai in the front.  Iíll warn you, 
they are tough for officers, they are stronger than all the other generals 
with the exception of Ma Chao.  Later in the battle, Han Sui will start 
talking to Cao Cao and will make his morale drop.  A little later, Han Sui 
will join your army.  Take out the other generals, they were nothing 
compaired to Pang De and Ma Dai.  Attack Ma Chao from two sides and beat 
him.  Congratulations.

8. The Battle at He Fei
Wei vs Wu

This battlefield is made up of 5 parts northeast, northwest, southeast, 
southwest, and the middle.  The Northeast and the Southwest areas do not 
have that much to do with the battle, only to do some fighting.The Northwest 
is the Wei base, the Southeast is Wuís base, and the center is the main 
battleground.  Soon, Zhang Liao will meet Taishi Ci and lure him into a 
trap.  Taishi Ci will die, and Zhang Liao will attack the Wu base.  You can 
go and help him, clear out the Northeast and the Southwest, clear out the 
center, or go to your base and be prepaired for a attack by Gan Ning.  Gan 
ning will be superpowered like Lu Bu.  If you kill him, he will drop the 
power scroll, which makes you never lose deadlocks.  If you help Zhang Liao, 
and make the Wu leader retreat, you will win.  Careful, sometimes the 
computer is cheap and will run into your base, making you lose.  This battle 
is more difficult than most past ones.

9. The battle at Mt.Ding Jun
Wei vs Shu

This time, youíre up against Liu Bei, Huang Zhong, and a general on the side 
route (usually Zhang Fei).
You can choose which way you want to go.  The side route is easier I think 
but going up the mountain is better for your troops if you kill Huang Zhong, 
because he has two morale boost-up movies in this battle.
Liu Bei will be guarded by a lot of bowmen and crossbow men.  The best thing 
to do is to kill the archers before you fight Liu Bei, or they will hurt you 
badly.  Defeat Liu Bei and youíve won for now.

10.The Siege of He Fei castle
Wei vs Wu   (LAST BATTLE WITH WU)

This stage is tough.  Very tough.  Unbelivelby tough if you are not playing 
easy and you are playing normal or hard with a Cao Cao not close to maxed 
out.  One warning you might have heard before: DO NOT GO THROUGH THE CENTER 
POND, TRUST ME!  You got that? Iíll guess you do.  You are completely 
surronded, unbelively outnumbered, your morale is unbelievely low, 
reinforcements are two weak generals with like 50 people.  Oh yeah, they get 
a lot more reinforcements than you, and they get it like 2 minutes into the 
battle!  Basicly, youíre dead.  The first thing you should do is take out 
Zhen Ji (The Wu one) and once heís dead, head for Lu Xun.  Careful Lu Xun 
might hurt you bad.  If so, look around for guard captains to kill, they 
drop healing items.  After youíre done with Lu Xun, take out Lu Meng/Taishi 
Ci.  Heal, and go after SSX (SunShangXiang).  By now, the emeny 
reinforcement generals have come into the castle.  Kill them both and work 
your way to Gan Ning.  Heal before and after you fight him.  Once youíve 
done this without losing many generals, having more morale, and having more 
troops, you pretty much wonÖÖ. For now.

11.The battle at Wu Zhang Plains
Wei vs Shu    (LAST BATTLE)

This battle is hard, but I think that He Fei castle is harder.  The harder 
part in this one is that the enemy troops are very strong.  But you have 
pretty good morale, almost same amount of troops, and your side has 
catapults.  I would take the area south of the main Wei base, and proceed 
west.  You can clear out the area west of Zhuge if you want to, but it isnít 
necessary.  When you try to get into Liu Bei/Zhugeís main camp, you will be 
ambushed.  And do NOT attack while the catapults are firing, they will hurt 
you too.  Get in there and cause havoc.  If you need health, run out, and 
look for a meat bun, then come back in.  Good Luck!

8. Questions and Answers

Q:I canít get Cao Caoís fourth weapon, help me!
A:Look for the way to get Cao Caoís fourth. It is what you need to do.  If 
it is still not working, you might have used some kind of game shark thing.

Q:How come there are 11 stages for Cao Caoís Musou mode?
A:Itís ten but if you beat the game with Cao Cao, then the stageís will 
change for some Wei charaters.

Q:I hate your FAQ, it sucks so much
A:First, thatís not a question, second, if you donít like it, too bad!

Q:Where can I get second and third weapons?
A:Try to find them in later stages, or harder difficulties.

9.Versions

1.0 First Version.  Nothing special

1.01.Second Version.  Added more info on how to get his fourth.

If you have any questions or comments, e-mail me at Juntacazon@hotmail.com