Virtua Fighter 5 (Kage-Maru)
By: Alex "Joker" Hall
Started on: April 30, 2007
Completed on: September 9, 2007
E-Mail: Sanctuary_Remix@yahoo.com


-  Well I'll put it simply....I've been working on getting a Virtua Fighter 5
   walkthrough up as a means of my "coming out of retirement" kinda deal.  Well
   I'm still hard at work with it, but I figured as much that I should at least
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   this in the first place once I got the full walkthrough up, but I figured
   what the hell....lets do it now.  So with that being said I'm here to give
   you all this guide on Kage-Maru.

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*Kage-Maru*
  = Backstory and Stats
  = Move Set
  = Costumes and Clothes Sets
  = Personal Opinion
(User Created Tactics)
(Credits)



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-  Backstory  -

-  Kage-Maru had entered the fourth tournament to save the soul of his mother,
   Tsukikage, who had been transformed into Dural by J6.  He made it to the
   final round, but the finals were interrupted by the sudden intrusion of
   Dural.  Kage-Maru tried to reach whatever was left of Tsukikage, but realized
   that it was too late.  He destroyed Tsukikage and Dural with his own hands.
   Afterwards, however, he realized that the destroyed Dural he held in his arms
   was not Tsukikage, but one of the production model Durals.  After further
   investigation, Kage-Maru found that J6 continued the Dural Project with a new
   model with Vanessa's abilities.  Kage-Maru decides to enter the fifth
   tournament - to stop J6, and to save Tsukikage.

-  Stats  -

   Nationality - Japanese
   Birthday - 06/06/1970
   Hobby - Mah-Jong
   Height - 178 cm (5'10)
   Weight - 66 kg (145 lbs)
   Measurements - 101/89/90
   Blood Type - B
   Occupation - Ninja
   Fighting Style - Hagakure-ryu Ju-Jutsu
   Voice Actor - N/A
   First Game - Virtua Fighter


-  Move Set -

-  Now it's time to learn how to use Kage properly.  Remember, you can always
   go into Dojo and use Command Training to perfect using these moves properly.

   * Legend *
   P = Punch
   K = Kick
   G = Guard
   => = Forward
   <= = Back
   \ = Forward/Down
   / = Backward/Down
   ^ = Up
   | = Down
   Hold = Hold certain direction and/or button for at least one sec before
          proceeding
   HCF = Half Circle Forward starting from Back
   HCB = Half Circle Back starting from Forward
   UF = Up/Forward
   UB = Up/Back


   * Normal Moves *

   Danken - P
   Resshou - P,P
   Sandangeki - P,P,P
   Sanden Urageri - P,P,P,K
   Sandan Fujinkyaku - P,P,P,<=(or UB) K
   Resshou Rasengeki - P,P,<=,P
   Resshou Rasengeki~Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji - P,P,<=,P (hold P)
   Resshou Rasengeki~Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin - P,P,<=,P,P+K+G
   Sandan Rasen Urageri - P,P,<=,P,K
   Rekkukyaku - P,P,K
   Rekku Renkyaku - P,P,K,K
   Hagasane - P,K
   Hagasane~Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin - P,K,P+K+G
   Hiji'uchi - =>,P
   Hiji'uchi~Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji - =>,P (hold P)
   Hiji'uchi~Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin - =>,P,P+K+G
   Rasen - <=,P
   Rasen~Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji - <=,P (hold P)
   Rasen~Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin - <=,P,P+K+G
   Rasen Urageri - <=,P,K
   Rakujin Gaeri - <=,<=,P
   Jizuridan - |,P
   Hagakure-ryu In Yougeki - Hold |,\,P
   Fusenjin - \,P
   Shippuzan - \,\,P
   Sokudan - /,P
   Sokudangasane - /,P,K
   Sokudangasane~Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin - /,P,K,P+K+G
   Zenten - HCF,P
   Kouten - HCB,P
   Zenten 2 - From Zenten or Kouten: HCF,P
   Kouten 2 - From Zenten: HCB,P
   Shinsodan - From Zenten 2 or Kouten 2: HCF,P
   Kaiten Jizurikyaku - From Zenten or Kouten: K
   Kaiten Kageyaiba - From Zenten or Kouten: =>,|,\,P+K
   Kaiten Ryugakuha - From Zenten or Kouten: K+G (can be charged)
   Kaiten Ryugakuha~Cancel - From Zenten or Kouten: K+G, then G while charging
   Kaiten Rairyu Hishoukyaku - From Zenten or Kouten: HCF,P+K+G
   Tsukikaeshigeri - K
   Surigeri - |,K
   Fushin Hizageri - Hold |,=>,K
   Doukudaki - =>,K
   Ryu'eikyaku - =>,=>,K
   Ryu-eikyaku~Cancel - =>,=>,K,G
   Kodachinuki (deflect) - <=,K
   Kodachinuki~Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji - <=,K (hold K)
   Kodachinuki~Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin - <=,K,P+K+G
   In Senpugeri - From Kodachinuki~Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin: UF,K
   Ryubigeri - <=,K,K
   Tenshin Agokudaki - <=,K,K,K
   Ura Tsumujigeri - <=,<=,K
   Kuruwageri - <=,=>,K
   Kuruwageri~Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji - <=,=>,K (hold K)
   Nakageri - \,K
   Rasen Fujin - \,K,P
   Rasen Fujin~Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin - \,K,P,P+K+G
   Rasen Kouryujin - \,K,P,P
   Jibashiri - /,K
   Senpugeri - UB,K
   Tobimaegeri - ^(or UF) K
   Bosatsushou (stagger) - P+K
   Hagakure-ryu In Raijingeki - <=,=>,P+K
   Hagakure-ryu In Raijingeki~Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin - <=,=>,P+K,P+K+G
   Rakusenjin Gaeshi - =>,P+K,P
   Kasumi Yaiba - =>,=>,P+K
   Kage Yaiba - =>,|,\,P+K
   Hishou Nichirinzan - =>,|,\,P+K then P during guard or hit
   Hishou Rendan - =>,|,\,P+K then K during guard or hit
   Hagakure-ryu In Suzaku Hishoukyaku - =>,|,\,P+K,P,K,then K during hit
   Naraku Otoshi - =>,|,\,P+K,K
   Senpujin - |,P+K
   Senpujin~Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin - |,P+K,P+K+G
   Fujin Urasuisha - |,P+K,K
   Fujin Urasuisha~Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji - |,P+K,K (hold K)
   Rakuyou Senpudan - ^,P+K
   Souhajin - \,P+K
   Rasengeri - K+G
   Fusen Renkyaku - =>,K+G
   Hagaryu - =>,=>,K+G
   Gen'you - <=,K+G
   Gen'you Otoshi - <=,K+G then <=,P+G during guard or hit
   Ryubisen - <=,<=,K+G
   Tsumujigeri - |,K+G
   Ryugakuha - |,\,=>,K+G (can be charged)
   Ryugakuha~Cancel - |,\,=>,K+G, then G while charging
   Urasuisha - \,K+G
   Urasuisha~Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji - \,K+G (hold K+G)
   Suishageri - UB,K+G
   Engetsugeri - UF,K+G
   Rairyu Hishoukyaku - =>,=>,P+K+G
   Sokuten - <=,<=,P+K+G
   Sokuten~Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji - <=,<=,P+K+G (hold P+K+G)
   Sokuten~Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin - <=,<=,P+K+G,P+K+G
   Jisuberibashiri - Hold =>,K (while running)
   Hagakure Senjin - P+K (during Defensive Move)
   Ryusuizan - P (during Offensive Move)
   Ryusui Urageri - K (during Offensive Move)

   * From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae *

   Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae - P+K+G
   Juji Danken - From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae: P
   Jumonji Hagasane - From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae: P,K
   Jumonji Hagasane~Normal Stance - From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae: P,K
                                                                       (hold K)
   Hagakure-ryu In Kama'itachi - From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae: P,K,K+G
   Hagakure-ryu You Kusabi'uchi - From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae: =>,P
   Suigetsugeri - From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae: K
   Hagakure-ryu In Dounuki - From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae: =>,K
   Hagakure-ryu In Dounuki~Normal Stance - From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae:
                                           =>,K (hold K)
   Suimengeri - From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae: |,K
   Hagakure-ryu In Suigetsuhou (deflect) - From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae:
                                           P+K
   Hagakure-ryu In Suigetsuhou~Normal Stance - From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji
                                               Kamae: P+K (hold P+K)
   Hagakure-ryu You Hi'en - From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae: K+G
   Hagakure-ryu You Hi'en~Normal Stance - From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae:
                                          K+G (hold K+G)
   Fushin Randangeki - From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae: P+G
   Fushin Randangeki~Normal Stance - From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae:
                                                          P+G (hold P+G if fail)
   Hagakure-ryu You Jumonjibashiri - From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae: =>,=>
   Hagakure-ryu In Kabutowari - From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonjibashiri: K
   Hagakure-ryu In Kagenui - From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonjibashiri: \,K+G
   Hagakure-ryu In Ryubigaeshi - From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonjibashiri: \,K+G,
                                                             then P+G during hit
   Ryu'eiten - From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae: |(or ^)
   Hagakure-ryu In Chinryu - From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae: (vs high/mid
                                                                   punch)
   Hagakure-ryu In Myou'oujin - From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae:
                                                        (P+K+G vs mid/side kick)
   Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin - From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae: <=,P+K+G
   Juji Uraha - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae: P
   Ura Tachigeri - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae: K
   Ura Tachigeri~Normal Stance - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji
                                 Kamae: K (hold K)
   Ura Shutou Rin - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae: |,P
   Ura Shutou Rin~Normal Stance - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu You 
                                  Jumonji Kamae: |,P (hold P)
   Ura Minamogeri - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae: |,K
   Ura Minamogeri~Normal Stance - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu You
                                  Jumonji Kamae: |,K (hold K)
   Ura'ate - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae: P+K
   Ura'ate~Normal Stance - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji
                           Kamae: P+K (hold P+K)
   Zan'eiten - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae: |(or ^)
   Yamigasumi - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae: P+G
   Hagakure-ryu You Raimeizan - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji
                                Kamae: P+G,P
   Amatsukitsune - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji Kamae: P+K+G
   Amatsukitsune~Normal Stance - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji
                                 Kamae: P+K+G (hold P+K+G)

   * From Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin *
   
   Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin - <=,P+K+G
   Hagakure-ryu In Fujin - From Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin: P
   Hagakure-ryu In Shinsokujin - From Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin: P,P
   Hagakure-ryu In Shinsoku Renjin - From Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin: P,P,P
   Hagakure-ryu In Kumobarai - From Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin: P,K
   Hagakure-ryu In Shouryuzan - From Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin: \,P
   Hagakure-ryu In Kusanagigiri - From Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin: =>,P
   Hagakure-ryu In Shippukyaku - From Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin: K
   Hagakure-ryu In Ryubibarai - From Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin: |,K
   Hagakure-ryu In Ryubi Renkyaku - From Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin: |,K,K
   Hagakure-ryu In Ryujin - From Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin: P+K
   Fushin Randangeki - From Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin: P+G
   Hagakure-ryu In Ura Fujin - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin:
                               P
   Ura Shutou - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin: |,P
   Gyakugeri - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin: K
   Hangetsugeri - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin: |,K
   Hairyusou - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin: ^,K
   Ura Senpugeri - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin: UB,K
   Tachi Shutou - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin: P+K
   Tachi Shutou~Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu
                                            In Shippujin: P+K,P+K+G
   Shin'youshu - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin: P+K,K
   Yamigasumi - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin: P+G
   Hagakure-ryu You Raimeizan - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu In
                                Shippujin: P+G,P
   Amatsukitsune - (opponent behind) From Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin: P+K+G

   * Throws *
   
   Taitou - P+G
   Jungyaku Jizai - =>,P+G
   Kagegasumi - <=,=>,P+G
   Tomoenage - <=,P+G
   Ko'enraku - =>,<=,P+G
   Izuna Otoshi - =>,<=,P+G,^,P+G
   Fugasumi - <=,|,P+G
   Katanagasumi - \,P+G
   Fushin Randangeki - UF,P+G
   Hakakure-ryu In Shiranui - (wall behind) <=,|,P+G
   Kirigasumi - (on opponent's left or right) P+G
   Jungyaku Jizai - (on opponent's left or right) =>,P+G
   Ha'uragasumi - (opponent facing away) P+G
   Jungyaku Jizai - (opponent facing away) =>,P+G

   * Reversals *

   Kotegaeshi - <=,P+K (vs high punch)
   Kotegaeshi - /,P+K (vs mid punch)

   * Down Attacks *
   
   Kakato Otoshi - (opponent down) \,K
   Hi'endan - (opponent down, close range) ^,P
   Asuka - (opponent down, mid range) ^,P
   Hishougeki - (opponent down, long range) ^,P

   * Back Attacks *

   Uraha - (opponent behind) P
   Ura Shutou - (opponent behind) |,P
   Gyakugeri - (opponent behind) K
   Hangetsugeri - (opponent behind) |,K
   Hairyusou - (opponent behind) ^,K
   In Senpugeri - UF,K (during turning attack)
   Ura Senpugeri - (opponent behind) UB,K
   Tachi Shutou - (opponent behind) P+K
   Tachi Shutou~Hagakure-ryu In Shippujin - (opponent behind) P+K,P+K+G
   Shin'youshu - (opponent behind) P+K,K
   Yamigasumi - (opponent behind) P+G
   Hagakure-ryu You Raimeizan - (opponent behind) P+G,P
   Amatsukitsune - (opponent behind) P+K+G
   Amatsukitsune~Hagakure-ryu You Jumonji - (opponent behind) P+K+G (hold P+K+G)
      
   * Jump Attacks *
 
   Shutou - (while rising) P
   Tobi Seiken - (in midair) P
   Tsukikakatogeri - (while rising or in midair) K
   Jitsumuji - (before landing) K

   * Wall Moves *

   Kaimon Kousui - (wall in front) <=,P+K
   Boukeshu - (wall in front) <=,P+K+G


-  Costumes and Clothes Set  -

-  All Costume Items that can be bought and the costume types that they can be
   used with:

   *Head*
   Brown Topknot = 1000G   Use: ABCD
   Samurai Helm = 5000G   Use: ABCD
   Brown Ninja Hood = 1000G   Use: A
   Black Ninja Hood = 1000G   Use: A
   White Ninja Hood = 1000G   Use: A
   Brown Helmet = 1000G   Use: B
   Gray Helmet = 1000G   Use: B
   Shaggy Black Hair = 9000G   Use: ABCD
   Green Shinobi Hood = 1000G   Use: C
   Purple Shinobi Hood = 1000G   Use: C
   Red Ninja Hood = 1000G   Use: A
   Green Camo Hood = 2000G   Use: C
   Silver Ninja Helm = 2000G   Use: D
   Black Topknot = 9000G   Use: ABCD
   Silver Ponytail = 5000G   Use: ABCD
   Long Silver Hair = 10000G   Use: ABCD
   Red Battle Hood = 1000G   Use: D
   Yellow Battle Hood = 1000G   Use: D
   Yellow Ninja Hood = 1000G   Use: A
   Blue Helmet = 2000G   Use: B
   Orange Camo Hood = 2000G   Use: C
   Blue Ninja Helm = 2000G   Use: D
   Purple Ninja Hood = 4000G   Use: A
   Green Helmet = 4000G   Use: B
   White Shinobi Hood = 4000G   Use: C
   Gray Battle Hood = 4000G   Use: D
   Orange Ninja Hood = 4000G   Use: A
   Red Helmet = 4000G   Use: B
   Violet Camo Hood = 4000G   Use: C
      
   *Face*
   Green Shinobi Mask = 1000G   Use: C
   Purple Shinobi Mask = 1000G   Use: C
   Navy Shinobi Mask = 1000G   Use: C
   Ryusui Battle Mask = 2000G   Use: ACD
   Red Battle Mask = 1000G    Use: ACD
   Mauve Shinobi Mask = 1000G   Use: C
   Black Shinobi Mask = 1000G   Use: C
   Blue Battle Mask = 2000G   Use: ACD
   Yellow Ninja Mask = 5000G   Use: ABCD
   Teal Ninja Mask = 2000G   Use: ABCD
   White Shinobi Mask = 4000G   Use: C
   Red Contacts = 10000G   Use: ABCD
   Gray Battle Mask = 2000G   Use: ACD
   Purple Battle Mask = 2000G   Use: ACD
   Violet Shinobi Mask = 2000G   Use: C
   Spectacles = 1000G   Use: ABCD
   
   *Upper Body*
   Black Ninja Sword = 1000G   Use: ABCD
   Huge Throwing Star = 5000G   Use: ABCD
   Brown Ninja Suit = 6000G   Use: A
   Brown Scarf = 1000G   Use: A
   Black Ninja Suit = 6000G   Use: A
   Black Scarf = 1000G   Use: A
   White Ninja Suit = 6000G   Use: A
   White Scarf = 1000G    Use: A
   Brown Armor = 8000G    Use: B
   Gray Armor = 8000G   Use: B
   Green Shinobi Armor = 12000G   Use: C
   Purple Shinobi Armor = 12000G   Use: C
   Red Ninja Suit = 9000G   Use: A
   Red Scarf = 1000G   Use: A
   Orange Undershirt = 3000G   Use: B
   Green Camo Armor = 18000G   Use: C
   Purple Battle Suit = 19000G   Use: D
   Ryusui Battle Collar = 2000G   Use: D
   Red Battle Suit = 13000G   Use: D
   Red Battle Mail = 4000G   Use: D
   Yellow Battle Suit = 13000G   Use: D
   Yellow Battle Mail = 4000G   Use: D
   Yellow Ninja Suit = 9000G   Use: A
   Blue Armor = 11000G   Use: B
   Blue Undershirt = 3000G   Use: B
   Orange Camo Armor = 18000G   Use: C
   Blue Battle Suit = 19000G   Use: D
   Purple Ninja Suit = 12000G   Use: A
   Green Armor = 12000G   Use: B
   White Shinobi Armor = 6000G   Use: C
   White Shinobi Mail = 3000G   Use: C
   Gray Battle Collar = 2000G   Use: D
   Gray Battle Suit = 6000G   Use: D
   Orange Ninja Suit = 12000G   Use: A
   Red Armor = 12000G   Use: B
   Red Armor Scarf = 2000G   Use: B
   Orange Scarf = 2000G   Use: A
   Violet Camo Armor = 12000G   Use: C
   Grape Battle Suit = 12000G   Use: D
   Violet Battle Collar = 2000G   Use: D

   *Arms*
   Brown Gauntlets = 6000G   Use: ABCD
   Black Arm Guards = 1000G   Use: ABCD
   Navy Arm Guards = 2000G   Use: ABCD
   Gold Armlet = 1000G    Use: D
   Amber Battle Bracers = 2000G   Use: ABCD
   Black Hand Tape = 2000G   Use: ABCD
   Red Battle Bracers = 1000G   Use: ABCD
   Gold Gauntlets = 10000G   Use: ABCD
   Purple Armlet = 1000G   Use: D
   Green Armlet = 1000G   Use: D
   Red Arm Guards = 1000G   Use: ABCD
   Gray Armlet = 1000G   Use: D
   Violet Arm Guards = 2000G   Use: ABCD
   
   *Lower Body*
   Black Short Sword = 9000G   Use: AB
   Green Light Plate = 10000G   Use: ABCD
   Coin Roll = 4000G   Use: ABCD
   Brown Ninja Pants = 4000G   Use: A
   Black Ninja Pants = 4000G   Use: A
   White Ninja Pants = 4000G   Use: A
   Brown Armor Pants = 5000G   Use: B
   White Belt = 1000G   Use: A
   Red Armor Belt = 1000G   Use: B
   Gray Armor Belt = 1000G   Use: B
   Gray Armor Pants = 5000G   Use: B
   Gray Armor Sandals = 1000G   Use: ABCD
   Green Shinobi Pants = 8000G   Use: C
   Purple Shinobi Pants = 8000G   Use: C
   Black Belt = 1000G   Use: A
   Red Ninja Pants = 6000G   Use: A
   Purple Armor Sandals = 1000G   Use: ABCD
   Green Camo Pants = 12000G   Use: C
   Navy Battle Belt = 2000G   Use: D
   Purple Battle Pants = 13000G   Use: D
   Ninja Battle Greaves = 4000G   Use: ABCD
   Red Battle Belt = 1000G   Use: D
   Red Battle Pants = 8000G   Use: D
   Black Leg Tape = 1000G   Use: ABCD
   Yellow Battle Belt = 1000G   Use: D
   Yellow Battle Pants = 8000G   Use: D
   Amber Battle Greaves = 1000G   Use: ABCD
   Brown Belt = 1000G   Use: A
   Yellow Ninja Pants = 6000G   Use: A
   Blue Armor Belt = 2000G   Use: B
   Blue Armor Pants = 5000G   Use: B
   Green Tabi Boots = 1000G   Use: ABCD
   Orange Camo Pants = 12000G   Use: C
   Blue Battle Belt = 2000G   Use: D
   Blue Battle Pants = 13000G   Use: D
   Purple Ninja Pants = 8000G   Use: A
   Green Armor Pants = 8000G   Use: B
   White Shinobi Pants = 4000G   Use: C
   Gray Battle Belt = 2000G   Use: D
   Gray Battle Pants = 4000G   Use: D
   Orange Ninja Pants = 8000G   Use: A
   Orange Armor Belt = 2000G   Use: B
   Red Armor Pants = 8000G   Use: B
   Violet Camo Pants = 8000G   Use: C
   Violet Ninja Greaves = 1000G   Use: ABCD
   Grape Battle Belt = 2000G   Use: D
   Grape Battle Pants = 8000G   Use: D
   
   
-  Personal Opinion -

-  Ok....here's basically my take on Kage-Maru:

   Kage-Maru is kinda funny in terms of character difficulty and such.  Normally
   a ninja character is one of the most frustrating, confusing, and extremely
   difficult characters in the roster to learn and master their moves with.  But
   that's not necessarily the case with Kage-Maru.  I don't know if it's because
   he's one of the characters that has ended up in the finals often enough in
   previous games, or if he's the one that's suppose to be the main character of
   the game despite the fact they keep giving Akira that appearance.  Whatever
   the case may be, Kage-Maru is a character that anyone no matter what their
   skill level is, can pick up Kage and find a comfort zone with him.  Beginner
   players will love the fact that he has some simple and extremely reliable
   combos and strike moves that will give you a sense of satisfaction and means
   of getting use to the game.  Expert players will love Kage's advance
   repetoire of moves that, just like any other ninja character, range from
   tricky to deadly.  It's hard to find a reason not to like him.  As a
   beginner, I'd recommend that you use Kage-Maru to try and learn the game
   with.  Kage is a character that offers you the opportunity to learn and
   easily progress into expert techniques without too much stress and worry.
   Kage's move set allows a beginner to move up at a nice and even pace,
   learning advanced to expert move sets with just a little difficulty.  The
   only problem with Kage would be that if you are a beginner and get over
   confident with him thinking that you would be able to immdieately take on his
   expert moves without learning the basics.  It is very easy to think you're
   greater than everyone else with Kage's moves, plus the fact that he's a ninja
   as well probably has something to do with it too.  Just remember to hold back
   your overconfidence and make sure to learn the basics properly and progress
   at a normal pace.  Just alittle but of time in the dojo is all that is needed
   with Kage as well.  Kage offers up a nice balance of speed and damage.  Kage
   isn't exactly a defensive kinda character.  He has the means of being a
   counter character, just not to the extent of Goh.  Kage can counter with
   strikes and combos which does make him dangerous if you have put in the time
   to learn his counters properly.  Kage can have an answer for anyone and
   anything that you throw at him, just so long as you're not trying to rely on
   him being a tank that can easily take damage like it's nothing.  An expert
   Kage player can become a huge annoyance to anyone.  If you push pressure on
   your opponent with Kage and take a few breathers to either let them offer up
   a chance for a counter or to allow the opponent to give up an opening to push
   more pressure onto them and finish them off.  One big thing that Kage has
   going for him is arsenal of launchers.  Kage is by far one of the easiest
   characters that can throw people over walls no matter the height.  As said
   before....Kage has an answer for everything.  You can become a true nightmare
   with punishing combos and strikes, or you can become the cheesiest guy
   around.....either way, Kage can offer up a ton of victories in your books if
   you use him to your advantage.


(User Character Tactics)

   Ahhhh....the final chapter of this glorious guide of mine....to think I
   finally made it this far.  This part though isn't written entirely by me...
   This part is written by all of you!  That's right....no matter what I say or
   do to tell you things about characters or explaining their ins and outs,
   everyone has their own style and their own way doing things with each
   character.  In that respect I give to all of you this section.  E-mail in
   your tips, tricks, and fighting techs that you find to be useful for the
   given character in the given situation you're in.  The only way this
   section can get bigger, is by all of you, so flood my e-mail box ok!  I know
   it's at the top, but for convienence my e-mail is:

   sanctuary_remix@yahoo.com

   I will give full credit to you that send in your tips and tricks, so be a pal
   and help out those around you by contributing to this guide!

   * Kage-Maru *





(Credits)

-  First and foremost I give credit to Sega for coming out with one kick ass
   fighter.  I've never been so jaw dropped before by a fighting game with all
   that it shows off.  I'm still going strong with it, so I think I'm now
   turning into a Virtua Fighter fan!  Way to go Sega, by making an addictive
   game like this!

-  Secondly I'd like to give creds to all of those out there that asked for me
   to come back and make more walkthroughs.  You have no clue how much I missed
   doing these, and just because I'm in the Marines, doesn't mean I have to 
   retire from walkthrough writing!  Thank you for all the support and e-mails
   that all of you have sent telling me how good my past walkthroughs were and
   that you all wanted to see more.  Without the support, I think the drive and
   the love for walkthrough writing would of left me a long time ago.

-  If there's anything that you wish to add or correct in my walkthrough, then
   by all means, shoot me an e-mail at sanctuary_remix@yahoo.com.  I'll take
   your comments and concerns seriously and get back to you as fast as I can.
   You will be given the proper credit as well for contributing to my guide.

   Thanks again, and I'll sees yas all later!

   Alex "Joker" Hall
   Sanctuary Remix