Dynasty Warriors 3 Character Guide Huang Gai: The Pounder Version: 0.1 This Faq is best viewed in Courier New Font FAQ (Copyright 2002) Written by TheKamikazeWarrior email@example.com This Character faq was written through the hard work of TheKamikazeWarrior (A.K.A. "Me") and may NOT be altered, changed, tampered with, or screwed up unless I agree, and you can't distribute this without my name on this faq. This faq can be freely distributed but may NOT, do you hear me, NOT sold under any circumstance! May hell freeze over or a giant meteor strike the earth, you may NOT sell this guide. I hope I got my point through. If you do not heed my warning, you will be cursed FOREVER! Oh, yes. You will also be sued. Faq Updates: Version 0.1: The earliest version of this Faq, this has the basics and everything you would normally need in a Character Faq. ===================================================== What's inside: 1) Who the heck is Huang Gai? 2) Why the heck should I use him? 3) Moves 4) Weapons 5) Review of Huang Gai 6) Unlocking Huang Gai 7) Musou Mode Strategy 8) Using Huang Gai 9) Tips and Tricks on using Huang Gai 10) Q&A 11) Credits ===================================================== 1) Who the heck is Huang Gai? An officer with Wu since the days of Sun Jian. A master of the iron staff. At the Battle of Chi Bi, together with Zhou Yu, he hatched the "Last Resort" plan. After being "attacked" by Zhou Yu, Huang Gai surrendered to Cao Cao, where he then set fire to the Wei fleet, leading to a great victory for Wu. This info was shamelessly copied from the Dynasty Warriors 3 Game Database ===================================================== 2) Why the heck should I use him? The word "smashing" comes to mind. If you like pounding enemy officers into the ground, you'll love Huang Gai! He's all about POUNDING! He also has a great mix of power and speed (unlike others coughXuZhucough). ===================================================== 3) Moves Regular Attacks: Huang Gai whacks his bonk rod from side to side, with a few single-smashes just for good measure. S: A standard right-to-left swing of his rod. Will hit everyone in front of him. SS: He swings his rod back to his right. SSS: He does a two-handed forward pound with his rod. Ends at about chest-level. SSSS: He does the same thing as in SSS. SSSSS: He does the same thing again (geez, I REALLY wouldn't want to be on the end of that thing), except this time his rod goes almost the way to the ground. SSSSSS: He takes his rod and swings it from his bottom-left all the way over to his right. Has knockback power. Charge Attacks: Most of these involve Huang Gai smacking enemies with his rod HARD. Most of them also don't have good crowd control, except SSSSST. T: A great swing of his club. Knocks everyone in front of you away, and is pretty fast. ST: A big uppercut punch with his left arm. Knocks enemies quite high, and you can perform up to a 10 combo by repeatedly doing ST. SST: A quick upward kick. Can stun people. May hit three or four people in a crowd, don't do it unless you're up against a small group. SSST: A powerful forward swing that is not unlike is SSSSS. This attack knocks enemies back very far, but his poor coverage. Don't expect to take out an entire group with a go of this attack. SSSST: He knocks enemies up with his rod. Standard High Juggle. SSSSTT: He knocks them up and jumps into the air following with three repeated strikes of his rod, the third knocking the unfortunate enemy to the ground. SSSSST: BAM! A huge stomp knocks everyone around you down, doing big damage! Most of Huang Gai's attacks have bad crowd control, but this one is GODLY! This is your staple move! Use it a lot! Dash Attack: He does a shoulder charge at the enemy, knocking them away. Mounted Attack: He swings his rod from side to side. Regular mounted attack. It should be noted that Huang Gai's mounted triangle attack has him smashing his rod toward one side repeatedly. Jump Attack: He brings his rod down on any loser standing under him. OUCH! Musou Attack: He swings his big rod from side to side, ending with a big swing. This attack juggles. True Musou Attack: This is the same move as the Musou Attack, except with fire and a few repeated rod pounds at the end. Classic Huang Gai style. ===================================================== 4) Weapons Iron Rod: Attack +16 4 Hits (Variable stats) Description: A solid multi-jointed silver stick, attached to a leather handle. Steel Rod: Attack +31 5 Hits (Variable Stats) Description: This weapon is a just like his first weapon, except that it has a gold stick, instead of silver, and that the end of the handle is a little more elaborate than before. Shadow Rod Attack +44 6 Hits (Variable Stats) Description: YES! Now this is what I'm talking about! A solid black club-thing, except for a little red at the top of the handle. The end of the rod (it SERIOUSLY looks like a club) is a sort of 4-sided crown thing, with a little point sticking out of the top (I wound NOT want to get smacked with one of those). Its handle is pure black (personally, the weapon looks like a 14th century torture device). Black Shadow Attack +44 6 Hits HP Max +82 Defense +57 Mounted Attack +52 Reach +23 Musou Charge +27 Description: This weapon looks EXACTLY the same as the Shadow Rod, except it has the word +UNIQUE in yellow in the bottom right corner of the weapon picture. The first, second, and third weapons are found randomly in Weapon boxes. The later the stage and the higher the difficulty, the better the weapon and Variable stats. Fourth weapons, however, must be gotten on hard and in a exact manner. Method for getting the Black Shadow: Stage: The Battle at Chi Bi Side: Sun Quan's Forces Game Difficulty: Hard Requirements: Defeat Zhang Liao. The weapon will appear near Zhuge Liang's Place of Prayer. Go grab it and kill Cao Cao. Strategy: This weapon is a pain to get. Since YOU are Huang Gai, you have to start the fire attack, which means sitting on Xiahou Dun's position for a loooooong time until the fire kicks in. On hard, most of your generals will be dead by then. I suggest you go and clear out most of the people on the left side of the map (Zhang Liao included), then go and start the fire attack. Once it starts, go grab the weapon and finish off Cao Cao. The two player trick, described, below, is extremely helpful. Huang Gai, the first player, sits and waits for the second player to kill off Xiahou Dun, who's sitting where the fire attack position is. Then leave Huang Gai there while the second player goes and kills Xiahou Yuan and Cao Pi. You MUST kill them, because they will charge Huang Gai's position. Then, once the fire attack has started and Zhang Liao has been killed, send Huang Gai to fetch the weapon while second player mops up Cao Cao's forces. The Two Player Trick: This trick involves the fact that the difficulty of the levels depends on the first player. All you need is a weak character whose fourth weapon you really, really, really, want (you also need two controllers). Then use a maxed out (or just a powerful) player as your second player. Stick your weakling somewhere safe while your strong character does all the work and gets the weapon. Easy? Yup. ===================================================== 5) Review of Huang Gai Huang Gai's attacks have bad crowd control (with the exception of SSSSST). His fourth weapon Mounted Attack +52 is useless. His musou is very average and the +27 Musou Charge is pretty deadweight. He also gets interrupted a lot when attacking. Huang Gai is a very direct attacker. His attacks (especially his SSS, SSSS, and SSSSS) tend to be aimed at one person, rather than a group. That's where his SSSSST comes in. The usefulness of this attack will be described later on. His fourth weapon bonuses (besides Mounted Attack and Musou Charge) his fourth weapon bonuses are all very useful. He has great power and okay speed in attacking. His SSSSTT is an eight-hit combo if every hit connects. This is very useful against generals. Huang Gai's strongest suit is one-on-one. All in all, Huang Gai's an intermediate character that's very fun to use when mastered. Suggestion for Items: Red Hare Saddle/Hex Mark Saddle Tortoise Amulet Peacock Urn Wind Scroll/Tiger Amulet The Way of the Musou/Shell Armor ===================================================== 6) Unlocking Huang Gai Note: This section should have come a lot earlier in the faq, but don't blame me. I just need to get my priorities straight. He's one of the nine starting characters. He's on the Wu (red) team. If you can't find him, you have SERIOUS problems. ===================================================== Musou Mode Strategy For those dull people out there (no offense, dull people) who don't know how to get to Huang Gai's Musou Mode, I've written a walkthrough on how to get to his Musou Mode. Select Musou Mode. Select New Game. Tap L1 twice. Scroll left until you find a fierce-looking, semi-bald guy with a freaky-looking rod/club. Tap X. His Musou Mode will start. How to do the levels with be written below. If this doesn't help you get to his Musou Mode, prepare to settle in for a LOOOOOONG stay at your local friendly Mental Institution. Stage 1: The Yellow Turban Rebellion Kamikaze's word of advice: Zhang Jiao is quite...disturbing...isn't he? This is a pretty easy stage. You start with your leader, Sun Jian, and his forces guarding the west gate of the castle. Cao Cao and his forces are guarding the south, while Liu Bei and his brothers are guarding the east. The Yellow Turbans are attacking from all sides. Each of the Zhang brothers (Zhang Bao, Zhang Liang, and Zhang Jiao) have an evil surprise they use to try to tip the battle in their favor (it's magic, those filthy cheaters). Zhang Bao, in the east, will drop boulders around the east gate. They will stop once he's dead. In addition, when Han (that's your side) troops (most likely Liu Bei's) move up the slope, Zhang Bao rolls huge boulders down that will stop once an allied general reaches the top of the slope. In the south, Cao Cao is contending with Sun Zhong and Zhang Jiao (GASP!). In the west is Zhang Liang and his HUGE force. If you let him live too long, he will freeze the river north of the castle, letting the Turbans gathered north of the river charge into the castle. This also lets you walk on it. Killing Zhang Liang will cause him to freeze the river too, so it's not preventable. Just go kill him. Also, when you approach him, Zhang Jiao (if he's still alive in the south) will teleport near Sun Jian's force. If, however, he is killed before then, he will appear in the castle, near He Jin, your leader. You may have to go save him if this happens. Once Zhang Jiao is killed twice, he will appear on the north shore (geez, he just doesn't seem to die!) at reinforcements (big ones) will appear for the Yellow Turbans. You can also make this happen by going across the frozen river onto the north shore, if you don't want to kill him a second time. Anyways, you can then mop up the remaining forces and then kill Zhang Jiao, or just march across the frozen river and kill him. Either way, killing him on the north shore will kill him for good. Stage 2: The Battle at Hu Lao Gate Kamikaze's word of advice: I...I...It...It's LU BU! This battle is also quite easy. It's Yuan Shao, the leader of the allies, against Dong Zhuo, who commands Lu Bu, Diao Chan, a bunch of no- name generals, and a very large belly (Dong Zhuo sounds like a sick toad, doesn't he?). Your side has an advantage, since Sun Jian, Cao Cao, and Liu Bei and all their respective troops are fighting with you. Huang Gai starts on the west side, with Sun Jian, as they try to get past the Fan Shui Gate. Cao Cao starts in the north, moving south toward the top of Fan Shui (whose top is connected to a passageway going north). Liu Bei starts in the Northeast, where he moves south and eventually west, toward Hu Lao Gate. The fool Yuan Shu has put himself in the southwest, surrounded by enemy forces, and because of a certain figure, he'll be gone is minutes. And, of course, no battle at Hu Lao is complete without LU BU! He's on the enemy side, and unless Huang Gai is powered up a good deal, or you have a LOT of skill, he'll wipe the table with your face on levels normal and hard. If you let him be, he'll wreck havoc with Yuan Shu's forces. Then he'll move north and contend with Liu Bei, who in turn will surround him with Liu Bei, Zhang Fei, and Guan Yu all at once, eventually causing Lu Bu to retreat. Of course, if this never happens (if one or more of the three sworn brothers die) you'll need to go and kill Lu Bu, cause he'll cut his way to Yuan Shao one general at a time. Anyways, once you kill the few generals guarding Fan Shui, the gate will open and you can cross to the other side. Cut (or pound) your way through to Hu Lao. On the way, in a canyon, an enemy general will call an ambush and fifteen archers will appear on the ledges on the sides of the canyon. You can't reach them with your rod, so snipe em with your bow. If you need arrows, there's a twenty-pack in a box nearby. Anyways, once you get to Hu Lao, an Assault Captain and his team will appear, give them a clear path and they'll open the gate, let them die, and you'll be delayed. Li Ru's unit appears either way, but if the Assault team survived, you don't have to fight Li Ru. Diao Chan pops through the gate when it's down. She's horribly weak (horribly) and should die in a few hits. Behind the gate is Dong Zhuo, his troops, and three gate captains. Kill those gate captains, or you're gonna get swarmed with troops! Once you're ready, go kill Dong Zhuo. That toad is nowhere as strong as Lu Bu. Kill him! And get him to fix is voice! Stage 3: Surprise Attack on Liu Biao Kamikaze's word of advice: This isn't really a sneak attack, is it, since the enemy already has traps and everything set. You start on one of the boats. Go forth and eliminate the gate captain on your side of the map and clear out the archers on shore. The castle is in the back and there are two paths to it. The eastern mountain path and the western forest path. The eastern mountain path has Lu Gong and his force to contend with. The western path has Huang Zu, and Zhang Hu, with their respective troops. You can go either way. It makes no real difference, since hey both go to the castle. On top of that, once Sun Jian makes his way far enough north (he goes up the eastern path), he'll get squished with boulders (owww...Sun Jian is now officially flatter than a pancake) and you'll get the classic Star Wars sequence (you know, FATHER! NOOOOOOOOOOO!) from Sun Ce. From now on, Sun Ce becomes your leader (until he gets killed with arrows a few battles later). You can prevent Sun Jian's death by killing Kuai Liang, one of Liu Biao's officers, but since he's all the way in the fort, the only way you can kill him in time is to rush over their with a horse and disregard all the enemies. Eventually, once you're done having your killing fun, go and decapitate Liu Biao, the slimeball. Stage 4: The Battle at Chi Bi Kamikaze's word of advice: FIRE! FIRE! EVERYONE LIKES FIRE! This battle is a lot different from the Chi Bi that anyone and everyone else play. Why? You are Huang Gai. You are 100% responsible for the fire attack (well, maybe Zhou Yu and Zhuge Liang thought of it, but because of Zhou Yu's incredibly high and annoying voice and Zhuge's freaky pajama-robes, those two are disqualified). You have to go to Xiahou Dun's position, kill him, and then sit there for, like ten minutes until the fire attack starts. This can make the battle either considerably easier or quite harder. If you couldn't get the fire attack started when you played as someone else, you'll be better off starting the fire attack yourself. But, if you're like me, and the fire attack always gets set off, having to do it yourself makes this level quite hard, since while you're sitting there waiting for the fire attack, the Wei forces are taking out your generals like last week's stinky garbage (bad example, sorry. You feel really worn-out after a caffeine burst). Anyways, if you're playing on easy or normal, you may be able to kill Cao Pi and the Xiahou Brothers and then rush over there and initiate the fire attack. Then you can clear out the rest of the opposition and go smack Cao Cao around for having the misfortune of having the nurse accidentally print his first name on his birth certificate twice. Or, if you're on hard, or are just really confident of your skill, you can just go kill everyone on the left side of the map (Cao Pi, the two Xiahous, and Zhang Liao). Also kill a lot of troops, so that your army's morale is boosted high enough so that when you go absent for ten minutes or so, your army has enough morale to survive. Then go and smack Cao Cao for the reasons listed above. Wheeeeeeeeeee!!! Stage 5: The Battle at Yi Ling Kamikaze's word of advice: No need to guard Sun Quan's base. When I say no need, I mean NO NEED! Sun Quan is conveniently using something I call Super-Delta-Alpha-Omega-Gamma-Archer System. This is basically about a gazillion archers surrounding Sun Quan, guarding him. No need to protect Sun Quan! You are lucky you are playing this stage on the Wu side. Quite lucky. This means two things. One, the super-powered generals Gan Ning (or Zhou Yu), Lu Meng, Lu Xun, and the Gate Captain from Hell (the one guarding SSX, she herself was quite weak compared to the Gate Captain) are all on your side. If you ever play Yi Ling on the Shu side on hard, these four people are absolute nightmares (I should know, I had them for weeks after trying to get Liu Bei's fourth weapon). Two, the fire attack is one YOUR side, so have fun helping Zhu Ran burn the Shu Camp to the ground! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! We are EVIL! EVIL I TELL YOU! EVI...ahem. Sorry about that. It seems my caffeine has returned. Anyways, it is harder to pull off the fire attack (it seems that we are a bunch of pyros, not that there's anything wrong with that) than it was when you played on the Shu side. On the Shu side, Zhu Ran made it to the end of the canyon without any help from his fellow Wu generals. In this battle, Zhang Bao is sitting in the middle of the canyon, waiting for Zhu Ran to appear. In addition, if a certain time passes and the fire attack has still not happened, Zhu Ran will give up hope and the fire attack will fail. You should try to help Zhu Ran by killing Zhang Bao ASAP. However, triggering the fire attack is not as important as stopping it when you were on the Shu side. This will knock down morale, and now you should help your generals sweep the area clean of Shu. Since you're so close, go and kill Huang Zhong, who is a joke compared to certain generals of Wu. Go east, taking out Zhao Yun and Wei Yan (if they're still alive). Ma Chao (or Guan Yu) should have been killed ages ago, but if he's still here, by all means kill him. None of the Shu generals are worth anything when matched up with certain Wu ones, so you'll have no trouble sweeping the area of Shu. When you're ready, go and find Liu Bei, who's sitting in the southwest corner, picnicking with Zhuge Liang, who should have arrived by now. Liu Bei will discover that his entire army has been destroyed, and probably get very angry. He will vent his anger toward Ma An Gate, which is where SSX is. Because she has so many troops, you can have some fun since she won't die easily. You can attack from the side! The nine by nine square just east of the Shu camp is called the STONE WARRIOR FORMATION! Sounds quite dramatic, doesn't it? It's basically a nine x nine square and you have to get from one side to the other. Some exits are blocked off and you don't have your map in here. Did I mention there's enemy troops inside? Yes, an enemy ambush party will appear when you (or any Wu soldier) wanders into the Stone Warrior Formation. Each square has a troop of soldiers (a sergeant and four privates) and a squad of crossbowmen. In addition, two squares have officers in them! Can you catch 'em all? If you get lost, just refer to your start map. Oh yes. Zhuge Liang didn't design his Formation too well, and it has a weakness. You can get to the other end by hugging the left wall. You only have to go through seven spaces and you make it to the end. And that's not all! You get two character exclusive quotes when your character enters and exits the maze. However you do it, you should end up just east of what's left of Liu Bei's army. Go south, past Liu Bei, and kill his loyal and stupid prime minister, Zhuge Liang. Then prepare to go pound Liu Bei, who is quite strong compared to his generals. But then again, considering how weak they were, Liu Bei shouldn't be much of a problem. Say goodbye to Shu! Stage 6: The Battle at You Ting Kamikaze's word of advice: A double agent eh? That's nice. I mean that's NICE! If you've ever played Jie Ting on the Shu side, you'll see what I mean, that idiot Ma Su... Hohoho! Double Agent! Double Agent! And that's exactly what you've got. Zhou Fang has pretended to defect to the Wei side. This is a trap they plan to spring on the idiot, Cao Xiu. There are three forts. The east, west, and middle forts. Zhang Pu is guarding the west, Zhang He the east, and Cao Xiu, Zhen Ji, and Xu Huang are guarding the center fort. Xiao Qiao is assaulting the west, Da Qiao the east, and SSX the center. Go forth and eliminate Xu Huang and Zhen Ji. DO NOT ATTACK CAO XIU! Instead, go to the west fort and smash Zhang Pu's head in. You can go east from here and whack Zhang He. Once both the forts have fallen, your double agent, Zhou Fang, will return to the Wu side and completely surround Cao Xiu. If both forts do not fall within ten minutes or Cao Xiu is killed before they both fall, Zhou Fang will remain on the Wei side. Either way, kill Cao Xiu and go assault Sima Yi's base now. He has a ridiculous amount of troops guarding him, so prepare for a good fight to Sima Yi. You may have to go through Xu Zhu as well. Either way, smack the crap outta Sima Yi when you find him, and show Wei what Huang Gai is made of! Well...maybe not... Stage 7: The Siege of He Fei Castle Kamikaze's word of advice: Hmmm...the Wei reinforcements are a lot bigger this time... Kill Wei! Kill Wei! Hehehe! Er...please disregard the last few sentences. This level seems to be messing with my brain. Anyways...Wu starts with eight units (you (Huang Gai) are not one of them, you are an officer of Sun Quan. Besides Sun Quan, all eight units have decent amounts of troops. Sun Quan has a lot. On the Wei side, besides Sima Yi and Xu Zhu, their forces (numbering six units) all have decent amounts of troops too. Xu Zhu has quite a large amount of troops (more than Sun Quan, this is probably due to the fact that most of the troops on shore are Xu Zhu's) and Sima Yi has an ABSOLUTLEY RIDICUOUS AMOUNT OF TROOPS! Boy, does he really need that much of a guard? I mean...he's got...like three times as many troops as Sun Quan! All officer morale starts at four stars (every single officer on both sides. No generals have any officers with them (except Sun Quan, with you). You start with Zhen Ji (AHHH! The double Zhen Ji's! This time, you're on the no-name's side, not the chick's side. Dang.) and Lu Xun, facing the front gate. SSX is behind you, as backup. Gan Ning and Zhuge Jin are on the west side, while Lu Meng and Sun Shao are on the east side. Sun Quan is sitting nice and safe on his boat (until later...). Besides the two units on the east side, everyone (besides Sun Quan) will move for the west gate (even though the east gate is open too...Lu Meng and Sun Shao are the only ones smart enough to realize this). The main gate is also open, but the moment a Wu soldier walks through, a Wei ambush party will appear (hey, Sima Yi's a skilled guy) in the gate courtyard and the gates to the main courtyard will be closed. Even though the east gate is open, your foolish troops go west! Sima Yi has anticipated this flaw in the Wu generals' brainwaves (hey, I needed some excuse) and turned the west castle corridor into an amusement (if taking damage is your idea of amusement) park. Going through there is a two-part thing. First of all, there's a good deal of enemy troops along the corridor. First up, is...THE HALL OF ARROWS! In here, the arrows shoot from the walls. They will not harm Wei troops, but will hurt you and the Wu people. Rush through and once you get to the other side, you can take care of the enemy troops chasing you. Continue on to the...WIND CORRIDOR! In here, giant pillars of wind rush up and hurt any enemy soldier foolish enough to walk into them. SO DO NOT RUN INTO THE PILLARS OF WIND! If you are brave, carefully walk between the wind pillars and grab the Weapon Box inside. Keep going until you get to the courtyard. Of course, there is a MUCH easier way to get into the courtyard. Go by the east gate instead. On a suspended bridge, is none other than...XU ZHU! Ahhhhhh! He's gonna eat us! Actually...no. You get a real cool sequence when you meet Xu Zhu. Kill him anyways. A real fun thing to do is to repeatedly knock Xu Zhu off the bridge with your SSST and watch him climb all the way back up. Rinse and repeat. When you're done having your fun, kill him and keep going north. Go around the closed gate and go all the way around to the courtyard. DO NOT GO NORTH! YOU WILL ENTER ANOTHER BRIDGE AREA AND GET PEGGED WITH ABOUT FOURTY ARROWS! There are a TON of Wei archers in that corner! However you do it, you should end up in the main courtyard. If you went by the east gate, you're probably the only Wu general here. Without your help, the Wu forces are still fighting along the West corridor. Lu Meng and Sun Shao stop at the closed East Gate and never think to go around it. Even with a great strategist like Lu Xun, Wu is still just a big group of idiots... In the courtyard is Xu Huang and Zhang He, who are ready to fight to the death! Seriously. These two are quite vicious on the higher difficulties. Also, do NOT go across the bridge in the center of the courtyard. I know you're thinking, "But why? I thought the archers were on the Wu side!" They are when you cross the bridge on the Wei side, but on the Wu side, the archers will be from Wei. Not good, especially if you're the only Wu officer in the courtyard. Either way, eliminate Xu Huang and Zhang He. Around this time, HUGE Wei reinforcements under Cao Rui and Man Chong will arrive. HUGE. They are now more troops outside the castle than inside. (If you've killed Zhang He and Xu Huang) Since most of the Wu army is still in the castle, this leaves Sun Quan VERY vulnerable, since the reinforcements appear right next to Sun Quan. Go back and help him. If the Wu army has gotten to the courtyard, the main gates should be open. But, if not, you'll have to go back the way you came. Go and eliminate these buggers. Now go to the Wei HQ. It is only accessible from the sides, so pick a side and go for it. Zhen Ji is guarding the left side and Zhang Liao is on the right. Eliminate one, and if you're evil and bloodthirsty (like me), you can go kill the other too. When you're done killing one (or two) of the generals find the stairs to the inner castle walls. Kill all evil Wei soldiers and fight your way to Sima Yi (or Cao Cao). Pound the crap outta of them and make Wei fear the name HUANG GAI! ===================================================== 8) Using Huang Gai If you don't admit Huang Gai is a direct attacker, you have serious issues. Huang Gai has powerful attacks but they tend to be aimed toward one person rather than groups. Use his SSSSST a lot. It clears crowds great. You can use SSSSTT on generals and small groups. Because of the three-hit follow-up, this attack can do lots of damage to single people. Huang Gai's weakness is the fact that his SSS, SSSS, and SSSSS are aimed toward one person, rather than a group. This gives enemies a chance to interrupt Huang Gai when he tries to do his SSSSST. When you see a crowd a while away, start smacking so you press T (of the SSSSST combo) right in the middle of the crowd, smacking the crowd to the ground. Of course, there is still a chance of being interrupted, but the chance is much lower. His Musou is best used against big groups. His swings are very wide and will hit a lot of people. Use it a lot. Huang Gai is quite the average character until he gets his third or fourth weapon. Then he becomes quite amazing. ===================================================== 9) Tips and Tricks on using Huang Gai The Punt: Huang Gai's SST can be used to have some fun in Vs. mode or against single enemies. It's not a good fighting tactic, but is fun to use. Use SST to stun the enemy. Then use it again while they're still stunned. Huang Gai will punt them a good distance with his kick. This works with all characters, but Huang Gai hits them a good distance and it actually looks believe able with his kick. Most spear wielders have a downward slash as their SST, so it's not quite right that the enemy flies back. The Infinite Combo: This is used when you want to do a lot of damage to a single enemy, or to combo an enemy enough to increase their power-up. The power-ups work like this: If the enemy drops a +1 Sword or Shield, do a eight combo or more on them to force them to drop a +2. It can not be increased past that. Note: The combo must KILL the enemy, or they will just drop their default power-up. If the enemy drops a +2 Sword or Shield, do a sixteen combo or more on them to force them to drop a +4. It can not be increased past that. Note: The combo must KILL the enemy, or they will just drop their default power-up. If the enemy drops a +4 Sword or Shield, do a twenty-four combo or more on them to force them to drop a +8. It can not be increased past that. Note: The combo must KILL the enemy, or they will just drop their default power-up. If the enemy drops a +8 Sword or Shield, doing combo of any number on them will not increase or decrease their power-up. It's as high as it can go. To perform the combo: Simply perform the SSSST combo over and over. Do not press T a second time. You can keep comboing them even after they die. Their bodies disappear and the death or retreat sequence happens (if they have one) when they touch the ground. If you keep whacking them into the air, they can't disappear since they are always airborne. Once the enemy is dead and you have the combo number you want, just press T the second time to smack them outta the sky with a stylish three-hit combo. Some people can also perform this infinite combo with their ST, mainly those who have a jumping uppercut with a sword as their ST (ex. Sun Jian). It's a lot harder, but yields the same results if effective. Huang Gai can get up to a ten combo doing his ST (that's the highest I've ever gone), so he's better off using SSSST. ===================================================== 10) Q&A 1q. Huang Gai has attitude problems! 1a. Where are you getting this info? 2q. My Huang Gai doesn't hurt anyone! 2a. If you get yourself a Tiger Amulet over +20 or a weapon over +80 (Total attack) with Gameshark, the bar will reset to zero. 3q. Huang Gai is bald! 3a. So? You may be too! 4q. That was mean! 4a. Calling Huang Gai bald was mean too! 5q. I don't like you! 5a. Frankly, I don't care. 6q. Stop insulting me already! 6a. Leave me alone and you won't get insulted! 7q. Huang Gai is bald and so are you! 7a. Dammit, LEAVE ME ALONE! 8q. I don't like this faq! 8a. That's your problem. Make a better one. 9q. I just did! 9a. Where is it? Post it! 10q. Why? 10a. To prove you wrote one. 11q. What if I don't want to? 11a. Too bad, loser! 12q. I'm not a loser! :( 12a. Yes you are! :) 13q. No I'm not! 13a. Yes you are! 14q. NO I'M NOT! 14a. YES YOU ARE! 15q. I'm LEAVING! 15a. THEN LEAVE ALREADY! ===================================================== 11) Credits Koei & Omega Force- For making this great game. One Winged-Dragon- For inspiring me into making this faq with his great 17+ faqs. Gassnake5342- For also inspiring me into making this Faq with his excellent Gan Ning and Taishi Ci faqs. You-For reading this guide. Me, A.K.A TheKamikazeWarrior- For writing this guide. Bob- I have no idea why he is here.