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| Otogi Guide                                                  version 2.2 |
| Last updated    : 5th September 2003                                 	   |
| Created by      : Valentino                                              |
| Email 	  : Maesir@yahoo.com	                                   |
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CONTENTS---------------------------------------------------------------------

- Introduction - Update
- Basics
- Stage Walkthrough
- Weapons List
- Items List
- Mercy Orb Locations
- Thanks

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Introduction
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   This is the follow up to my translation FAQ. It's the same thing but with
   names corrected for the english version. Some information updated and
   lots of lists at the end. This is for all the fellows at GameFAQS who
   keep emailing me. The deserve better than just a translation FAQ so here
   it is. However this doens't have a lot more info than before, that is for
   you guys to either post in my threads in GameFAQS and send me in email.
   I am currently concentrating on playing and FAQing Winning Elven 7, that
   doens't leave me much time for Otogi. So I leave the advancement of this
   faq in your hands. If you know where the weapons and items are gained,
   secrets and Mercy Orb locations. Mail them and every so often i'll pool
   the data together and update this faq again. Remember to head the emails
   OTOGI else i'll jsut trash them. I get way to much spam in this account
   to be able diffenciate anymore.

Update 5th September

- jack veneno1, KaotikAnjel have both been kind enough to let me use thier
  posted material in the faq - that includes, what I believe is, all the
  Mercy Orb locations, Item locations, Magic conditions and weapon
  requirements. A huge thanks to them. I haven't tested any of the stuff and
  i'm missing a few descriptions for items. If anyone wants to fill me in -
  be my guest.
- Latter half of the 5th of September and i've now increased the weapons list
  fully fitted with descriptions for the ones I couldn't get couresy of Dracil.

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Basics
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a) Controls------------------------------------------------------------------
I always use set up B; and thatís the one Iíll be referring to through out
this walkthorugh. I use it because itís the most like Dynasty Warriors and
thatís what the fighting in this game seems based on.

A 	: Jump (Press to double jump) Hold on the way down to float.
B	: Magic (Hold to increase the power of the spell)
X 	: Primary attack (Normal Attack)
Y 	: Secondary attack (More powerful)
L  	: Boost
R  	: Target
L Stick : Reposition Camera (Not Available when in Target mode)
R Stick : Display enemy hit point bar.

(For the benefit of Vuong, who saw fit to email this treasure trove of info)
The Left stick moves your character.
The Right stick moves your camera.

The camera generally sticks behind you, and if you move it with the Right
Stick, it slowly resets. To quickly reset the camera press in the Left
Stick. Locking on will center the camera on Raiko and keep the target
always in sight.

b) Combos--------------------------------------------------------------------
Very Dyansty Warriors style here, these go beween the X and Y buttons.
Basic weapon (sword) moves. Other weapons do different moves but the button
combos are the same.

X 	: Slash
X,X 	: Slash, Stab
X,X,X 	: Slash, Stab, Spin
X,X,X,X : Slash, Stab, Spin into Leaping attack
Y 	: Spin
X,Y 	: Slash, Spin
X,X,Y 	: Slash, Stab, Thrust
X,X,X,Y : Slash, Stab, Double Spin

X,B 	: Slash, Magic
X,X,B 	: Slash, Stab, Magic
X,X,X,B : Slash, Stab, Spin, Magic (This magic attack fires powered up)

X + L 	: Launching Assault

In the air Y: Downward slash (A very powerful attack with most of the sword
type weapons. The staff type weapons execute a spinning move which is less
effective)

Also much like Devil May Cry (on the PS2) itís possible to hit the enemies
projectile attacks back at them, just slash out when the blast comes near
you to bat it back at them!

c) Magic--------------------------------------------------------------------

Dragon 	: Fires three dragons, that will either shoot out forward or if an
	  enemy is targeted, fly towards them. If charged up releases a
	  single powered up dragon.
Phoenix : Shoots out a fiery phoenix. Sets enemies on fire and does
	  additional damage while on fire. Charged up attack fires a very
	  powerful and large phoenix.
Chimera	: Surrounds player in several bolts of lightning. Powered up attack
	  causes a powerful storm bolt to be realeased from the main
	  character.
Butterfly: Releases small butterflies that shoot out over an area in front.
	  Powering this up incrases the power and number of butterflies.

To power up magic there seems to be varying curcumstances, wether or not it
relies on tasks completed, levels gained its uncertain. The maximum seems
to be level 3 but correct me if Iím wrong.

d) Display-------------------------------------------------------------------

Orbs represent energy. Circular bar represents spirtual energy which also
acts as magic. The spiritual energy is always depleting and you need to kill
enemies and collect their souls to recharge it. While the spiritual meter
has strength left in it you will always be recharging your health orbs if
they get damaged, when the spiritual meter runs out you will be continually
losing health until your death or upon the collection of more spiritual
energy. If an orb is shattered it will not regenerate and the only way to
replace it is to pick up the symbols that look like flowers that appear
when you either kill enemies or smash them into objects. Note also that
boosting while costing no energy, will need the spiritial meter to have some
strength left in it.

f) Cleared Stages------------------------------------------------------------

Going back to redo stages is very useful. Not only is it great fun, but you
also make money and occasionaly a little experience. A great place to try
out new weapons on easy enemies and to build up cash to buy new weapons and
magic. Breaking surrounding objects that release souls (they look like
crosses) helps towards level completion. It is also possible to increase your
health orbs, this is done by collecting Mercy Orbs. A list of locations is
further on.

g) Repair--------------------------------------------------------------------
Repairing can be very important. Your tough weapons can become a bit crappy
after a while so remember to repair them to make them powerful again.


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Stage Walkthrough
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      The walkthrough takes a farily basic approach, you get the stage no.
      the enemies ,then the objectives for the stage which comes with
      a free run-down of tips for the things I consider tricky or elusive.
      After that is a section for what I like to call 'Alternative
      Strategies', these are other ways of completing a level that other
      people have sent me. Credit is given directly after the info.


Stage One  : Bamboo Thicket
Enemies    : Talon Raven Yasha, Floating Symbol
Objectives : Kill all eight of the Birdmen
Additional : Kill the floating symbol to pick up your first Mercy Orb.

Stage Two  : Forbidden Mansion
Enemies    : Talon Raven Yasha, Staff Raven Yasha, Flame Raven Yasha
Objectives : Kill the two Giant Flame Raven Yahsa. Taking the back route to
	     the house makes it easier to kill them without getting into a
             kerfuffle with the rest of the flock.
Additional : Killing the Boss here gets you Dragon Magic Level 1

Stage Three: Mountain Gates
Enemies    : Corpse Weed, Skeletal Mage, Armoured Skulls
Objectives : Smash the mirrors that spawn the armoured skulls. Two are in
	     small shrines and the third is in an alley behind some debris.
	     If you canít find them look around the areas where the armoured
	     skulls attack.
Additional : Perform a 20 hit combo to get the Rune Scimitars

Stage Four : Ancient Capital
Enemies    : Skeletal Mage, Corpse Weed, Guardian Lionette, Armoured skull,
	     High Priest Jyosei, Floating Symbol
Objectives : The High Priest Jyosei (The statue looking person) in the middle
             of the stage will keep lauching fireballs (and spounting none
	     shall pass) at you so try and get to him as quick as possible
	     rather than getting bogged down in fighting the smaller guys. 	
	     Once there, boost at him from a double jump and concentrate on
	     him rather that the Skeletal Mages flying around. Even though
	     he repels you, you are doing damage. Three or four hits should
	     see him dead. Oh by the way, perhaps I should clarify this,
             target is the statue on top of the pillar, the man sitting.
Additional : Chimera Level 1 magic on top of the hosue at the start - Mercy
             Orb behind the Guardian Lionettes.

Stage Five : Palace of Gold
Enemies    : Skeletal Mage, Armoured skull, Guardian Lionette, Fury Lionette,
	     Crimson King
Objectives : Destory the soul containers to fill the first of the essences.
             The Crimson King will run off after a cut scene between you two.
             Smash the mirriors to stop the skulls spawning and be careful
	     about destroying all the walkways before getting all the high
	     placed pots. You can reach them later but its very hard trying
             to jump and hit them while skeletal mages hound you.
Additional : A hidden room to the left after you enter houses the Mystical
             beads - get the Dragon Staff if you beat it under 3:00 minutes.

Stage Six  : A Clouded Moon
Enemies    : Soul Caller, Malice Serpent, Shadow Serpent
Objectives : Make your way from the bridges to the arch way. (if the bridges
	     are destroyed then boost from the highest point you can find to
 	     the archway) Killing the boss woman type thing should be easy
             enough, just avoid her when she transforms into the mist form
	     and when the moon is clouded over (i.e. when it becomes dark)
Addtional  : beat the stage in less than a minute to get Needle of Fury.


Stage Seven: Restless Sea
Enemies    : Malice Serpent, Shadow Serpent, Kesan, Great Kesan
Objectives : Main thing in this level is keep the ship afloat. The Kesans will
 	     weigh it down so knock them off. A heavy weapon is often better
   	     and the Y attack is the best option to throw them off. The ship
 	     will  crash through some wreckage and then you confront the
	     Great Kesan. Keep knocking off the kesans and attacking him
  	     as he tries to disbalance your ship. Kill him and the stage is
	     over. I don't know what the significance is of the ghost ship
	     and what hitting the bell does.

	   : Alternative Strategy -------------------------------------------
             "Don't just knock the blobs off, they will come back and make
              the end of the level harder to beat since there will be a LOT
              left to weight down the boat. Best thing to do is kill each and
              every one of them that lands on the boat. Use the strong slash,
              just don't knock them off.  I never hit the bell on the ghost
              ship, so I guess its uneccesary to complete the level."
             -mrbogus-
Additionla : kill 30 enemies to get the Dragon Point weapon

Stage Eight: Tower of Water
Enemies    : Malice Serpent, Shadow Serpent
Objetives  : Crush all the pillars under the buildings with your Y attack.
 	     The serpents are infinite so donít get too carried
	     away with killing them and be careful of their projectile attack
             ,as it can get annoying when they all do it.

           : Alternative Strategy -------------------------------------------
	     "First: Attack the pillars in the middle that are higher up, at
              this point there arent many serpents so they wont bother
              you that much, if you do this at last this will becoming
	      EXTREMELY irritating because you fall off every 10 seconds or
              so. After you've demolished the middle pillars destroy the rest
              in a circular motion, that way you will be constantly moving and
              you will get hit less."
              -Vincent Ursem-


Stage Nine : Floating Tomb
Enemies    : Kudara
Objectives : Hurt the dragon. The only way to do this seems to be to run around
             and avoid the lightling and then when he charges you leap up
             and attack his mouth. Beware his tail it does severe damage;
             there is energy in the blocks the dragon destroys. Also be
             careful of his increased attack rate as his energy depletes.
             The first time you play this youíll probably be unable to beat
             him, but he runs away after his energy is lowered anyway, all
             you have to do is give him a few whacks and then survive. Once
             youíre a little more powered up come back and kick his arse to
             get a bonus accessory.
Addtional  : Kill the boss to get Sutra of Aggression

Stage Ten  : The Green Cave
Enemies    : Stone Diety, Flame Raven Yasha, Archer Raven Yasha, Staff Raven
             Yasha, Floating Symbol
Objectives : Destroy the star obeject in the room of crystals. This one is
	     pretty straight forward. Just beware of the Stone Dieties,
             thereís a lot more in there than it first appears. Iím not sure
             if you have to destory the crystals before you destroy the star,
             because I always do. But if doing it head on doesnít work,
             destroy the crystals then the star. The star is like the statue
	     in level four, it will repel you as you attack, but never fear
	     you are hurting it.
Additional : Another of the Mercy Orb floating symbols is up on the bridge.
             Butterfly staff in the begining of the stage go through tunnel to
             the left.

Stage Eleven: Spirit Wood
Enemies    : Stone Diety, Wood Diety
Objectives : Head through the forest, through the tunnels and destroy the
	     massive central structure, then defeat the leigons of wood
	     dieties that fly at you. If you want to do this with ease I
	     recommend the chimera magic, it will obliterate the wood dieties
	     in one hit and youíll need to, to kill them all. Near the middle
	     of the stage also there is an alternate path that leads to a few
             symbol skulls and a secret weapon, Jaws of the Mountain! You can
             also use the chimera magic to destory the first objective quickly,
             just charge it up in the air and unleash a storm on it.
Additional : At the top of a mountain pass a narrow bridge you get the Jaws of
             the mountain, get a 400+ combo and get the Wooden Training Sword

Stage Twelve : Untamed Winds
Enemies    : Raven king, Talon Raven Yasha, Flame Raven Yasha,
	     Archer Raven Yasha, Staff Raven Yasha
Objectives : Make your way through the stage (careful not to get blown off)
	     and get to the four bridges area shown in the cut scene. (Youíll
             have to climb through a log at one point, just look at the map
	     if you lose yourself in the confusion of the storm). The boss is
             really easy to beat, so long as you have the Phoenix magic armed.
             Charge it up and fire at him from a distance and then run away
	     and repeat. Another tactic you can use is to hit his projectile
             attack back at him. When he dies heíll give you the sword that
             was in his chest. A great big heaving Siegfried style sword.
	     Also known as the sword of Binding.
Additional : Beat the boss to get Sword of Binding

Stage Thirteen : Valley of Flames
Enemies    : Vengence Ogre, Blast Viper Head, Will o' the Wisp.
Objectives : Although it looks like your objective is to get to/smash that
 	     thing in the intro cut scene, it is in fact to kill all the
	     Ogre's. The only way to fight them is to slice their backs.
	     Leaping around using the downward slash is really useful when
	     there are two of them. Also crush the statues to the side of
             the furnace that keeps erupting with fire to claim the flame
             staff. Ití s powerful and sets your foes alight!

           : Alternative Strategy -------------------------------------------
             "Another way to beat the behemoths is to knock a fire pillar
              onto them. That will burn them to death and you won't have to
              risk getting behind them. You'll know the behemoth is burning
              if you see flames on their body, so don't just think that
              hitting a fire pillar will do it. You have to see them on fire
              to know they're gonna burn to death."
             -mrbogus-
Additonal  : Flame staff, break the chimney to put out flames then go in.

Stage Fourteen : Scarlet Path
Enemies    : Vengeance Orgre, Blast Viper Head, Will o' the Wisp, Water Spawn
Objectives : Reach the end of the map before your magic depletes! Your magic
             is going down fast so you had better run, blue fires around the
             stage act as checkpoints and refill your magic a bit. Be careful
             after the two Ogre's, theres a long stretch of Lava that may
             need a bit of boosting to overcome. Alternativly, crush the
	     rocks on the small islands to gain a foothold on the lava path.
             Also donít be afraid to crush any obstacles in your path, so
             long as you do it quickly. The Holy Arches are meant to be a way
	     to defeat the unseen demons, how? I don't know.


Stage Fifteen : Sea of Fire
Enemies    : Water Spirit, Water Spawn
Objectives : Kill the Water Spirit. I advise arming a projectile magic
	     like dragon and slowly plugging away at him. Whenever you get
             close, he runs away. Look in the surrounding corridors for
	     a mercy orb.

           : Alternative Strategy--------------------------------------------
             "A powered-up level 1 phoenix magic will kill the Water Spirit
              in one hit. Lock on to him and charge up while he sits there
              when the level starts, or do the X, X, X, B combo for an
              instant powered magic shot."
             -mrbogus-
Additional : Another mercy orb, Phoenix magic level 2 in Urn between the
             pillars at the back, beat the stage before 2:30 to get the	Holy
             Staff.

Stage Sixteen : A Chilled Moon
Enemies    : Crimson King
Objectives : Beat the Crimson King. This is a large area for two fighters, so
             use it to your advantage, run around, jump and attack him.

           : Alternative Strategy--------------------------------------------
             "Magic can also do the nemesis in.  The energy/dragon magic is
              very effective on him, just be wary of your magic meter if you
              decide to take him out from long distance."
             -mrbogus-
Addtional  : Beat the boss under a minute to get prayer beads, providence
             mirror under platform behind the arches.

Stage Seventeen : Eternal Night
Enemies    : Axe Blackwing, Death Mage, Sentry Lionette
Objectives : Kill the Axe Blackwing. This stage may look familiar, it is infact
             stage four in reverse. Head forward, leap up the left side of
             the pit and make your way to the starting of stage four. There
	     you'll find the Axe Blackwing.
Additional : Phoenix level 2 on top of a cliff behind the door and bridge, and to
             the opposite a lone lamp on top of a rock you get the Jeweled
             Goblet.

Stage Eighteen : Darkfire Cave
Enemies    : Flame Blackwing, Death Viper Head, Blaze Ogre.
Objectives : Kill everything to dispell the darkness on the furnace and head
	     into it. This is where the game gets a little tricky. The Dark
             Flame Baclkwings are right b'strds. Try and avoid their dark
 	     attack as it will put a curse on you which sucks your life very
             quickly. Jumping like loony and casting Chimera or Dragon
             spells worked for me. This is a stage you may wish to take
             slowly. It may also advisable to wear a accessory that can
	     protect you from the curses.
Additonal  : Ogre horn & Phoenix staff, Dropped by enemies, not sure which
             ones though. Ogres Horn is held by the Blaze Oger near the
             beginning of the stage.

Stage Nineteen : Golem's Ravine
Enemies    : Axe Blackwing, Death Stone, Omni Stone.
Objectives : Get to and kill the Omni Stone. Avoid the dark fissures and fight
             only if you have to, youíll need magic to kill the Omni Stone and
             I advise level two Dragon magic which you should have by now. Be
             careful to avoid his beam attack, just leap over it and cast a
             powered up spell in the mean time.
Additional : Skilarks, Beat the stage under 1:45 minutes to get it

Stage Twenty : Inner Sanctum
Enemies    : Axe Blackwing, Spear Blackwing, Mist Lionette (or Cowardly Lion).
Objectives : Kill that cowardly son of a bitch! The Mist Lionette will keep on
	     running after you hurt it a bit, so give chase, confront it
             and kick its ass. Repeat to fade. The room where the
	     Nememis originally broke out from now holds a couple of
	     Spear Blackwings and a groovy secret weapon.

	   : Alternative Strategy--------------------------------------------
	     'There is a health orb hidden on stage twenty. The way to get is
             to enter the stage head to your  right at the end of the crate
             filled hallway there is a bunch of axe blackwings. Kill some of
             the birds and then head to the upper left corner. use the Y
             attack in that corner to destroy the wall,you may have to move
             around a bit to find the exact spot but it is there. kill the
             symbol in that room to get the Mercy orb.'
	     - Darkheaven777 -

             'You should add that on stage 20 only the binding sword works
              against the cowardy lion'	
             - Raphael Martines -
Additional : Golden dragon in the Crimson Kings Previous home, Chimera magic
             level 3 if beat under 1:00 minute. Mercy Orb in hidden room in
             behind the pot-blocked hallway.

Stage Twenty One : Red Sea
Enemies : Spear Blackwing, Death Serpent, Death Skull.
Objectives : Walk with the pruifying spirit infront of you at the start and get
	     to the arch way. If you run off without it you start to lose
             magic quickly Ė which results in death. Level two energy will
 	     instantly kill all of the lesser baddies here so use it to ease
             up your journey a little. Refrain from using Y attacks as that
             will shatter the bridge.
	   : Alternative Strategy---------------------------------------------
             'Equip a weapon with a really high magic stat.  Full-speed dash to
              the end of the level and kill everything in sight.  Then wait for
              the fox to catch up.  If you have enough health and magic, this
              is doable.  I made it with 2 health orbs left out of 6.'
              - Michael Aarsvold -
Additional : Get the Punisher blade, go to the opposite arch that the spirit
             goes to, to find it.

Stage Twenty Two : :Lair of Fire
Enemies : Flame Blackwing, Death Viper Head.
Objectives : Kill Everything. One of the Death Viper Heads holds a staff
             weapon. I advise energy magic, with it you can kill everything in
             the stage. Watch out for the low gravity effect.
Additional : Mercy orb, on the right corner behind the pillars at the back.
             Thunder weapon, found under a bridge between the central island
             and statue.

Stage Twenty Three : Canyon of Death
Enemies    : Thunder Blackwing
Objectives : Although this is the pillar stage again, the objective isnít to
             knock down the pillars. It is to kill all the Axe Birdmen, there
             is only about eight of them any who. I think they can call down
	     lightning bolts so kill the ones outside quickly then get under
             the cover of the tower.
Additional : Black Swallow, in the begining of level turn arround and find
             the lone enemy kill him and get the swords. Beat the stage with
             a time of 1:39 or better to get Butterfly Magic level 3.

Stage Twenty Four : Forest of Wind
Enemies    : Wind Slasher
Objectives : Kill the three Wind Slashers. You canít use your magic here and
             itís always depleting. The wolves are invisible and keep
             charging at you, hit them to make them visible and lockable and
             then wack them. After they have been untouched for a short
             period of time they become invisible again and start charging
             you again. Use the fire staff here as it will set them alight,
             and they will burn even when invisible.

           : Alternative Strategy--------------------------------------------
             "The Wind Slashers are damaged severly by energy/dragon magic. You
              only can't use your magic if they hit you and your character
              gets surrounded by the dark smoke. Once the smoke clears, you
              can fire magic again.  Don't bother powering up magic either.
              Just go nuts and fire it until they're all dead."
             -mrbogus-
Additonal : Use mrbogus' tech to do the stage quickly and earn level 3 dragon
            magic. Staff of Duality, look for the small passageway inside the
            treestump. on the other side the staff rests above the entrance,
            on top of the stump.

Stage Twenty Five : Spirit Tower
Enemies    : Yamata No Orochi (The Hydra)
Objectives : Unleash the Hydra by smashing the orbs on the wall and then
             escape the Hydra by running awayÖquickly. The soul energy
             will sap you of your magic while your trying to crush the orbs,
             use a wide range weapon like the twin swords or the staff and
             hit the purple energy to kill it. You need at least a bit of
             magic left to survive the run from the Hydra. Jump the obstacles
             and its various attacks. Warning, when the cut scene shows you
             running you are not finished, theres a bit more to go yet. It is
	     possible to kill the hydra and you get a nifty sword too.
Additional : Orchid Malevolence recieved after killing the Hydra.

Stage Twenty Six : Valley of Prayer
Enemies    : Floating Symbol, Stone Glyph
Objectives : Collect 5 red orbs to power up the archways. 2 of them are held
	     by the Stone Glyphs and two of them are lying around high up on
             the rock face ledges and the final one is inside a barrel among
	     the loads of barrels in the valley area. Be careful of the
             symbol spin attack, try and kill them as quick as possible. Be
             careful they are infinite.
Additional : Kill 60 enemies to get the Sword Of Voracity

Stage Twenty Seven : Sealed Palace
Enemies    : Nayuta (The Chained Demon)
Objectives : Hit the six nails to crucify the demon. They need several hits,
             once their done they turn red. His main attack is to flash fry
             the entire area to destory the chains infront of him. When you
             see the lightning, drop whatever your doing and flee beyond the
             chains, unless you want a taste of instant death. His flash
             attack only effects up to the area of the chains he wants to
             fry, so use that to not stray too far from him. Once nailed the
             mission is done.
Additional :

Stage Twenty Eight : Ethreal Palace
Enemies    : Stone Glyph, Tainted Wind Slasher, Tainted Soul Caller,
	     Tainted Raven King, Mega Blackwing.
Objectives : Complete the four tasks to seal the central chamber. Okay, this
             has got to be the hardest mission in the game. As if fighting
             four bosses in one level wasn't enough getting to the Wind
             Slasher is annoying. You can do the tasks in any order.
              1) Kill the boss woman type thing from stage six as quickly as
                possible. I mean it, run over to her and cave her skull in
                with combos and magic (or magic combos) else she starts
                firing ice balls at you and she doesnít stop. Ideally this
                should probably be your first stop as it can be really
                annoying if you kill everyone else and then she kills you
                because you took too long.
             2) In the area with the glass (which is found by either leaping
		backward from the start or the lower door under you in the
		main chamber), smash the floating symbols into the glass
		with a Y attack to get to the three claw wolves. There are
		about six panes of glass, the best tactic I found was to
		stand infront of the glass, jump over the symbols when they
		fly at you to do their spinning attack and then smash them
		from behind into the glass. The wolves each drop a health
		symbol, so you should be okay here.
             3) Then go kill the King Birdman, who is opposite the wolves
		room, hit his projectile attacks back at him and avoid his
		spinning attack, leaping down on his head with a Y attack is
		quite effective, but then you have to run back up the stairs.
	     4) The Dark Claymore Birdman should be easy, stay away from him
		and fry him with magic. Else try swift attacks and running
		to stop him getting any kind of a counter attack executed.
	     When all is done go into the center room and kill any floating
	     symbols there to complete the stage.

           : Alternative Strategy--------------------------------------------
             "Again, I say keep the dragon magic.  As it is very
              necessary to kill the claw wolves quickly.  The only other
              advice I have is for the harder 2nd round through the game that
              opens up after you beat the game once. This level becomes
              incredibly hard. Beat the claw wolves first to get them out of
              the way and tackle the other bosses."
             -mrbogus-
Additional :

Stage Twenty Nine : In The Heavens
Enemies    : Michizane
Objectives : Kill Michizane chap three times. Use the energy magic to take
	     care of him as quickly as possible (I advise using the X,X,X,B
             combo, the powered up magic will take care of him quickly) his
             ice balls and energy dragon attack will start to decay your
             health and his phantom copies will do the ice balls attack in
             unison. When the ground turns into symbols find a place where
             you know solid ground will be, like where you can still see a
             tree, and fight from there. If you use the X,X,X,B combo he
             really wonít get the chance to do much, good thing too really
             becasue once youíre hit once youíre screwed.
Additional :

Congrats youíve done it. Select yes to save the clear data and the option 2nd
play should have appeared; go at it again. According to mrbogus the game on
2nd play is pretty much at the same difficulty except for level 28! Enjoy!

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Weapons List
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Weapon Short Descriptions
I've grouped the weapons not by their actual type but by the various attacks
Raikoh uses. So there are three groups Swords, Heavy Swords, Staffs and Twin
Swords. Most other weapons fall somewhere into these categories.i.e. Spears are
wielded the same as a staff and clubs are used like the heavy swords.

SWORDS-----------------------------------------------------------------------

Soul Shrine	: Sword - Raikoh's clans mystic sword
		
Soul Seal	: Sword - The more Raikoh is injured the greater the ATK

Locust Wing	: Sword - Speeds Life Recovery and lightens Weight

Training Sword	: Sword -

Punisher Blade  : Sword - Slaughtered 1000 creatures.

Heretic's Blade	: Sword - Excels at killing demons, prone to curses

Sword of Binding: Sword - Reduces enemy defence on contact

Thunder 	: Sword - Holds the power of a thunder demon. Fragile
                  and unwieldy, but can be very powerful.

Moonlight Sword : Sword - A holy blade made of moonlight. Can shoot forth
                  blades of light if swung with force.


Needle of Fury  : Sword - Unleashes Hidden Strength. Hit acupuncture points
                  to raise ATK. Sword Lowers DEF, prevents use of Magic.
Sword of Voracity : Sword - Reduces MP everytime its swung, but
                    replenishes when enemies are slain.


Orchind Malevolence : Sword - Consumes the life of the wielder. But also a
                      lethal blade wreathed in purple flames.

HEAVY SWORDS-----------------------------------------------------------------


Golden Dragon 	: Heavy Sword - High ATK

Indigo Fang 	: Heavy Sword - Very heavy, very powerful

Helmet Splitter	: Heavy Sword - Durable and gives high defence


STAFF TYPE-------------------------------------------------------------------

Demon Crusher	: Staff - High ATK and Durability, but low magic ability

Holy Staff	: Staff - Higher Jumps and Quick life recovery


Flame Staff	: Staff - Sets enemy alight

Fanblade	: Staff - On contact, gusts the enemy away

Double Dragons	: Staff - Wide range

Three Winds	: Staff - Gets stronger with each ATK, unitl damage is taken

Ogre' Horn	: Staff - Displays rare power, but is easily broken


Dragon Staff	: Staff - Strengthens Dragon Magic, not for striking


Chimera Staff	: Staff - Strengthens Chimera Magic, not for striking

Phoenix Staff	: Staff - Strengthens Phoenix Magic, not for striking

Butterfly Staff : Staff - Strengthens Butterfly Mafic, not for striking

Dragon Point 	: Staff - Made of Dragon Bone. Increases Magic Power.

Staff of Duality : Staff -

TWIN BLADES ------------------------------------------------------------------

Twin Rays	: Twin Swords - Raises resistance to status changes

Black Swallow   : Twin Swords - Forged from the iron a meteroite.

Twin Flashes	: Twin Swords - Speed recovery from status changes

Rune Scimitars	: Twin Swords - Common weapons of ancient times

Skylarks 	: Twin Swords - When thrown, they can cut down enemies in
                  a wide range.

Jaws of the Mountain : Twin Swords - Use defensive magics for protection


Sword Locations----------------------------------------------------------------
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Golden Dragon 	: Found in the Crimson Kings vacated room, stage 20

Sword of Binding: Found in level 12 - Defeat the Raven King!

Holy Staff	: Beat stage 15 with a time of 2:45 or better

Flame Staff	: Found in level 13, in the Furnace, Crush the Statues

Ogre' Horn	: Defeat the Blaze Orge near the beginning of stage 18

Dragon Staff	: Beat level 5 under 3.00

Phoenix Staff	: Dropped by foe in stage 18

Butterfly Staff : Found in stage 10, go through tunnel to the left from the
                  start

Twin Rays	: Purchase in shop after beating stage 22

Jaws of the Mountain : Found in level 11 - Guarded by the Stone Dieties on
                       a narrow path high up

Rune Scimitars	: Stage 3, perform a 20 hit combo

Training Sword	: Perform a 400 hit combo in stage 11

Punisher Blade  : In Stage 21 go to the opposite arch that the spirit goes to,
                  to find it.

Black Swallow   : Behind you at the start of stage 23, kill the lone death
	          serpent.

Sword of Voracity : Kill 60 enemies in stage 26

Thunder 	: Found in stage 22, uner the bridge between the centre island
                  and large statue

Dragon Point 	: Kill 30 enemies in stage 7

Staff of Duality : Stage 24, Look for the small passageway inside the treestump.
                   On the other side above the entrance rests the staff.

Skylarks 	: Beat stage 14 in under 2 minutes

Orchind Malevolence : Kill the Hydra in stage 27

Moonlight Sword : Get 100% souls in all but the final stage..



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Item List
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White Serpent Amulet : Water Ki Item, Protects from Fire
Prayer Beads 	: Reduces cost of Magic Spells. Sage 16 boss under a minute
Summoning Statue : Attracts more EXP
Belt of Good Omen : A jewelled belt that raises DEF
Proividence Mirror : Rescues the wearer from trouble. Stage 16, behind arches
Bell of Cleasings : Protects against Status Changes, slows LF recovery.
Sutra of Aggression : Raises ATK according to level. Kill the Boss of stage 9
Mystical Beads :Found in hidden room in stage 5
Jewelled Goblet : Stage 17, opposite a lone lamp atop a rock.

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Mercy Orb Locations
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Mercy Orbs are always found after killing a stage's lonesome Floating Symbol.
Stage 1 : Left of the starting.
Stage 4 : Behind the second set of Guardian Lionettes.
Stage 10: In the Middle of the Bridge across the water, be careful not to
          break the bridge.
Stage 15: In the caves ringing around the lava pit, you should find it.
Stage 20: In the upper left corner of the room after the corridor blocked
          with pots. You'll have to break the wall to reach it.



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Magic Locations
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Dragon lvl 2	: Purchase from shop
Dragon lvl 3	: Beat stage 24 in under 2 minutes

Phoenix lvl 2	: stage 17 near gate at top of the cliff at the beginning
Phoenix lvl 3	: Beat stage 22 with a time of 1:39 or better

Chimera lvl 2	: Purchase after stage 17
Chimera lvl 3	: Beat stage 20 with a time of 1:39 or better

Butterfly lvl 2	: Found in brazier near the row of columns set into the
                  cliffside in stage 15
Butterfly lvl 3	: Beat stage 23 with a time of 1:39 or better

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Thanks
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Thanks to those wonderful fellaís at FROM SOFTWARE, Vuong for his discovery
of the Camera stick and for helpling me clarify the level 4 strategy and
mrbogus for the X,X,X,B combo's strength and the wealth of Alternative
Strategies.Also thanks to Darkheaven777, Raphael Martines, Michael Aarsvold and
everyone else who wrote to me.

Huge thanks to KaotikAnjel, jack veneno1 and Dracil....and SEGA for bringing
this game to us.

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