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    Ninja Gaiden II
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    FAQ/Walkthrough for the Xbox 360
    
    Copyright 2008 Jennifer N. Rigsby
    
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    Table of Contents
    
    I have added a quick search feature; to use it, hold ctrl+F and type in the 
    characters listed in parenthesis next to the section you wish to view. For 
    example, if you want to look at chapter one, hold down ctrl+F and type C1SKT 
    in the search box.
    
    1. Update History (S1UH)
    2. Items and Essence (ES1I)
    3. Ninpo and the Ki Gauge (ES2N)
    4. Melee and Projectile Weapons (ES3W)
    5. Chapter 1: Sky City Tokyo (C1SCT)
    6. Chapter 2: The Castle of the Dragon (C2TCD)
    7. Chapter 3: Thunderclap of Catastrophe (C3TOC)
    8. Chapter 4: A Captive Goddess (C4ACG)
    9. Chapter 5: The Aqua Capital (C5TAC)
    10. Chapter 6: The Lycanthropes' Castle (C6TLC)
    11. Chapter 7: The Flying Fortress Daedalus (C7FFD)
    12. Chapter 8: Submit, or Die! (C8SOD)
    13. Chapter 9: Heart of Darkness (C9HOD)
    14. Chapter 10: The Temple of Sacrifice (C0TOS)
    15. Chapter 11: A Tempered Gravestone (C1ATG)
    16. Chapter 12: Quickening Devestation (C12QD)
    17. Chapter 13: The Underworld Abyss (C3TUA)
    18. Chapter 14: Poisoned Blood (C14PB)
    19. Unlockables (ES4U)
    20: Frequently Asked Questions (ES5F)
    
    
    
    Updates: (S1UH)
    
    June 13th - Fixed the broken unlockable section quick search code, added the 
    frequently asked questions section, updated allowed sites list, added two 
    missed chests in chapters 4 and 5, slightly revised some boss strategies 
    (working on more in depth boss strategies now)
    June 7th - Added table of contents, the Items and Essence section, Ninpo and 
    the Ki gauge section, Melee and Projectile Weapons section, finished 
    walkthrough, added alternate way to kill the Water Dragon, added two Crystal 
    Skulls I missed before in chapters 2 and 6. started unlockables section.
    June 5th - Submitted FAQ up to Chapter 8
    
    Note: The enemy sections of this guide are intended for the Path of the 
    Acolyte difficulty setting. A major difference between difficulty settings is 
    that you will face different enemies at different times. I plan to update this 
    guide regularly and will note the differences and update boss strategies 
    accordingly.
    
    Items and Essence (ES1I)
    
    Yellow Essence - This is the most common of the three Essences. It is used 
    like money at the shop. 
    
    Blue Essence - This will restore your health, as well as the red part of the 
    health gauge that doesn't refill after a battle.
    
    Red Essence - This is the rarest Essence to find. It will restore your Ki 
    gauge, allowing you to cast more Ninpo.
    
    Herb of Spiritual Life - This item restores a small amount of health and is 
    commonly found in chests. 
    
    Grains of Spiritual Life - Restores a moderate amount of health.
    
    Lives of the Thousand Gods - Use this item to permanently increase your health 
    bar. Using it will actually completely refill your health, so I recommend 
    holding on to these and using them during particularly challenging boss 
    fights. Can only be bought at the shop if you missed one during the previous 
    chapter.
    
    Life of the Gods - Basically, 9 of these equals Lives of the Thousand Gods. 
    Once you have found and used 9 of these items, your maximum health will 
    permanently increase. Can only be bought at the shop if you missed one during 
    the previous chapter.
    
    Talisman of Rebirth - This item will resurrect you with full health and Ki. 
    You must physically use it before you die if you wish to be resurrected. These 
    are rare to find.
    
    Devil Way Mushroom - Restores one section of your Ki gauge. 
    
    Jewel of the Demon Seal - Use this item to upgrade one of your Ninpos. Can 
    only be bought at the shop if you missed one during a previous chapter.
    
    Spirit of the Demon - Use this to permanently increase your Ki gauge by one 
    section.
    
    Crystal Skulls - These items don't do anything. Just collect them for 
    achievements.
    
    Rod of Trials - Make sure you pick this up in Chapter 2. You won't be able to 
    do the Tests of Valor without it, and this is your only chance to get it. A 
    legendary implement that grants access to the Tests of Valor.
    
    Ninpo and the Ki Gauge (ES2N)
    
    The Ki Gauge - Your Ki gauge will be full at the start of every chapter. Once 
    depleted, Red Essence or certain items will fill it back up. Each Ninpo costs 
    one section of your Ki. In addition, Ryu cannot be damaged while casting a 
    Ninpo.
    
    The Art of the Inferno - A Ninpo that converts the caster's Ki into crimson 
    flames.
    
    The Art of the Wind Blades - A Ninpo that converts the caster's Ki into 
    slashing blades of wind.
    
    The Art of the Piercing Void - A Ninpo that allows the caster to control and 
    project gravity.
    
    The Art of the Flame Phoenix - A Ninpo that converts the caster's Ki into 
    protective phoenix spirits.
    
    
    Melee and Projectile Weapons (ES3W)
    
    Melee Weapons:
    Dragon Sword - Ryu's starting weapon. The symbol of the Dragon Ninja, passed 
    down for generations.
    
    Lunar Staff - Found in Chapter 1. A staff said to harbor the mysterious powers 
    of the moon.
    
    Falcon's Talons - Found in Chapter 2. A unique evolution of a Ninja's 
    traditional hand-mounted claws.
    
    Dragon's Claw and Tiger's Fang - Found in Chapter 4. Large Japanese swords, 
    they are wielded as a pair.
    
    Kusari-gama - Found in Chapter 5. A ninja weapon made from a sickle with chain 
    and weight attached.
    
    Eclipse Scythe - Ryu gets this automatically at the end of Chapter 6. A giant 
    scythe handed down in the Lycanthrope tribe of Fiends.
    
    Tonfa - Found in Chapter 7. A powerful martial-arts weapon originating from 
    Okinawa.
    
    Vigoorian Flail - Found in Chapter 9. A vicious flail made during the Middle 
    Ages in the Vigoor Empire.
    
    Projectile Weapons:
    Shuriken - Ryu starts with this. A standard Ninja throwing weapon.
    
    Fiend's Bane Bow - Found in Chapter 2. A powerful bow, decorated with twin 
    dragon head carvings.
    
    Incendiary Shuriken - First found in Chapter 3. A throwing knife-shaped 
    Shuriken with a small explosive attached.
    
    Gatling Spear Gun - Found in Chapter 5. A Gatling-type spear gun, only usable 
    underwater.
    
    Windmill Shuriken - Found in Chapter 11. A large boomerang-type Shuriken, long 
    used in the Hayabusa Clan.
    
    
    
    
    **A note concerning chests: Chests will not always contain the same item, and 
    in some cases, a chest listed may not even be there. This changes because of 
    the difficulty setting you are playing on. In addition, if a chest contains an 
    item you are already maxed on, the chest will likely contain Essence.**
    
    
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    Chapter 1: Sky City Tokyo (C1SCT) 2 Skulls
    
    Special agent Sonia appears at the door of the tiny shop run by master 
    swordsmith Muramasa amidst the skyscrapers of Tokyo. She inquires after the 
    Ninja Ryu Hayabusa, his whereabouts a mystery. She brings news of a terrible 
    danger facing the world, bearing a message that must reach Hayabusa at any 
    cost. As night falls, the evil Black Spider Ninja Clan emerges from the 
    shadows to infest the streets of the unsuspecting city.
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    After the opening scene, you will need to take out the attacking enemies 
    immediately. You start with the Dragon Sword equipped. Take this opportunity 
    to learn the basic controls, which are displayed at the bottom of the screen. 
    
    You will see a hole in a wall directly in front of where you started. Press 
    the Right Bumper to open it for another scene. Afterwards, the camera controls 
    will be displayed below. Return to the shop and open the chest in front of the 
    counter which contains an Herb of Spiritual Life (Acolyte Only). You can break 
    the barrels outside of the shop for additional Yellow Essence. 
    
    Continue down the path until you get a short tutorial on the Earth Dragon 
    Statues. You can save and heal at these when no enemies are in the area. After 
    saving, four enemies will come from the other side of the walkway and attack. 
    Take care of them however you see fit. Continue past the shop until you come 
    to the now opened red gate. Enter through the gate and walk down the stairs 
    and across the platform until you see a door with a chest on the left side. 
    This chest contains the Reverse Wind Technique. This is basically a quick 
    dash. Hold the Left Trigger then push the left stick in the direction you wish 
    to dash to perform it.
    
    Now kick open the door and take out the four Spider Clan Ninjas that attempt 
    to ambush you. Continue down the hallway. The chest at the end contains Blue 
    Essence which restores your health. Go down the other hallway in this V shaped 
    area. Four more ninjas will run across the wall, just to be stopped by a gory 
    death. Take the ladder down into the small room below. There is a chest here 
    which contains The Technique of Shadowless Footsteps. Press A to jump at a 
    wall and hold the direction you wish to wall run with the Left Stick. 
    
    Climb back up the ladder and use your new technique to get across the gap 
    (though you may have noticed you didn't need it to get across this gap.) Four 
    more ninjas will attack you at the other side. Open the chest at the end of 
    the hallway for The Furious Wind Technique. Press the Left Trigger and push 
    the Left Stick in the direction you wish to go to dash away while blocking an 
    enemy attack. 
    
    Continue into the large room and open the chest on the left, which contains 
    your first Ninpo, The Art of the Inferno. Continue to the outside area. You 
    should see a glowing object on a roof across from you. Jump across the gap 
    towards that roof instead of taking the ladder down. This is Crystal Skull #1. 
    Jump down below after picking it up. Several enemies will attack you here. 
    Test out your new Ninpo and/or Technique on them. Go inside from this area and 
    open the chest. This chest has Red Essence, used to refill your Ki gauge. 
    
    Go up the stairs and kill the four ninjas. The chest to the left has a Lives 
    of the Thousand Gods item. Use this to permanently increase your health. 
    Continue across the balcony area. At the top of the next set of stairs is 
    another chest with an Herb of Spiritual Life inside. Open the door on your 
    right. Two ninjas will attack you inside. You can climb down the ladder to the 
    area below, but there isn't anything down there. Instead, wall run across the 
    gap. Several enemies will attack you as you head up the stairs. After dealing 
    with the enemies, wall run across the next gap. You may also jump at the 
    horizontal pole in the center of the gap to swing yourself across, but you're 
    Ryu Hayabusa, not Lara Croft. Again, there is nothing in the area below.
    
    Examine the body in front of you for The Obliteration Technique. Press Y near 
    an injured enemy to finish them off. Three enemies attack you as you continue 
    down the walkway. Try out your Obliteration Technique on them, which usually 
    ends in a severed head. Continue down the walkway. Soon you'll come to another 
    dead body. Examine him to get The Flying Bird Technique. This technique allows 
    you to continuously jump between two walls to reach higher ground with the A 
    button. There is also a heal/save statue near the body. Continue to find... 
    the perfect place to learn how to use The Flying Bird Technique. Several 
    enemies will greet you at the top, including a few more powerful clawed ninjas.
    
    Jump into the water and go left. Eventually you will come to a small boat with 
    a chest inside of it. Open it to get a Devil Way Mushroom (Herb of Spiritual 
    Life on W), which will restore a small amount of your Ki. Stay in the water, 
    but this time go to the far right. You'll be attacked by a few enemies on the 
    way. Follow the water until it ends as a waterfall. To the left of this area 
    is a wooden platform with a chest. Inside is a Life of the Gods item. Use nine 
    of these to permanently increase your health. Go back to where you originally 
    came from, up the stairs. Cross the bridge here. There are enemies on the 
    other side, including two clawed ninjas. Follow the path down the stairs. Two 
    ninjas will attack you here. Hurry down the stairs to avoid the ninja shooting 
    fire arrows at you from above. If you have enough Ki, however, you can use The 
    Art of the Inferno near him to get rid of him. Run and jump off the tree 
    before the bridge the archer is standing on to reach the bridge. You can kill 
    him and take Crystal Skull #2.
    
    Continue along the path and take care of the approaching ninja. After you've 
    dealt with them, go down the ladder on the right to find a chest with Blue 
    Essence inside. Continue down this lower path. Three regular ninjas and a 
    clawed ninja will appear behind you. Kill them and continue until you see 
    another chest at the end of the walkway. This chest contains another Life of 
    the Gods. Go back the way you came and up the ladder. Continue forward and 
    jump at the horizontal pole to swing across the gap. After doing so, you'll 
    see three enemies running at you from ahead. Continue forward and use the two 
    poles to swing across the gap. Ahead of you is a statue to heal and save at. 
    Climb the ladder on the right. At the top, turn right to find a chest which 
    contains a Devil Way Mushroom. Turn around and continue across the walkway. 
    Examine the dead body for The Flying Swallow Technique. To use this technique, 
    jump forward and press Y to damage any enemies in front of you. This technique 
    requires you to have the Dragon Sword equipped.
    
    Continue along the walkway until you come to a large balcony area. There are a 
    ton of enemies here. If you're low on health, I recommend using your Inferno 
    Ninpo here. Otherwise try out The Flying Swallow Technique. When all the 
    enemies are dead, a large door in the center of the area opens. There is a 
    save/heal statue on the right and a chest on the left. The chest contains Red 
    Essence. Approach the statue in the center and take the Lunar Staff. Leave 
    this room and head right and down the stairs. At the bottom of the stairs is 
    another body. Examine him to find The Ultimate Technique. To use this, hold Y 
    for a bit to charge, and then release. As the on screen help suggests, your 
    enemies will indeed suffer. Cross the bridge ahead. Try out your Ultimate 
    Technique on one of the several ninja on the bridge. Be careful, as you are 
    vulnerable while charging the technique.
    
    Look to your left at the end of the bridge. There is another body here. 
    Examine him to find Notebook: Obliteration Technique. This is about a ninja 
    who couldn't bring himself to use the Obliteration Technique.
    
    Continue through the small garden area and into the building. At the door lies 
    another dead ninja. Examine him to receive The Technique of Ultimate Guidance. 
    This will help you chain together more Ultimate Attacks by making your enemies 
    drop more Essence. Hold Y to use nearby Essence to charge your Ultimate 
    Technique faster. On the right side of this room is a small rectangle shape in 
    the wall. Attack this and enter through the small hole in the wall. Inside is 
    a chest and some pots to break. Inside the chest is Grains of Spiritual Life. 
    It will restore a moderate amount of health. 
    
    Leave through the other door of the building. Outside there are a few ninjas 
    to deal with. Try out your new technique here, if needed. After you take care 
    of the enemies, a gate will open, allowing you to enter into the building. 
    Inside is a chest with Yellow Essence. Attack the wall to the left of the 
    chest to break it down and head right. Once outside, two enemies attack you. 
    You can access the shop after the enemies are dead. Examine the statue in the 
    middle of the garden area to go to the shop. You may buy items and upgrade 
    your weapons here.
    
    When you're finished shopping, jump down the hole on the right side of the 
    shop statue. At the bottom several bats will attack you, but they shouldn't be 
    a problem. Exit through the door, and jump on the smaller platform slightly 
    above the one you're on now. There's another dead ninja here, carrying 
    Notebook: Shadowless Footsteps. This one is about a ninja who can't seem to 
    grasp the Shadowless Footsteps Technique. Continue along the platforms. 
    Eventually two ninjas will sadly attempt to stop you. You should see a higher 
    platform with a moving wall next to it. Before going up there, continue down 
    to the lower area and open the chest which contains an Herb of Spiritual Life. 
    Go back to the area with the moving wall. When the wall is close, wall run 
    across it to reach the higher platform. Continue along this platform. At the 
    end you'll come face to face with another chest which contains Blue Essence.
    
    Head back along the platform until you come to a broken section. Walk off of 
    the platform here. You will see a dead ninja on the ground at the bottom. 
    Examine him to find Notebook: Furious Wind. This ninja wishes to master the 
    Furious Wind Technique. There is nothing to the left, so head right. Several 
    ninja will attack you, including a couple of clawed ninjas. Eventually you 
    will get a cut scene.
    
    Kill the three clawed ninja in this room, then use the heal/save statue if you 
    wish. Open the doors and go down the hallway. Several ninja will be here. Try 
    to use the Obliteration Technique to quickly get rid of them. Continue down 
    the hallway. Take the stairs down first to find a chest at the bottom. It has 
    a Devil Way Mushroom inside. Take the stairs up this time. There are about ten 
    ninja to deal with at the top, including a few clawed ninjas. Go up the stairs 
    again. There is a chest at the top. It contains a Cracked Card Key. Go back 
    down the stairs to the previous floor then go down the hallway to the right. 
    Use the card key on the door to the left then open it. Inside is a dead ninja 
    with Notebook: Flying Bird.
    
    Climb the ladder in this room and continue forward. When you get to a dead 
    end, use the Flying Bird Technique to wall jump to a room at the top. Kill the 
    enemies up here. To the left is a chest and a shop statue. The chest contains 
    Grains of Spiritual Life. When you're done, go down the right side of the 
    balcony area. You should see a save/heal statue next to a set of stairs. Head 
    up the stairs, where several clawed ninja await you. Open the doors for a cut 
    scene.
    
    Boss: Shadow Ninja Ratsetsu   
    
    He will hurt you badly if you aren't careful. Use the Art of Inferno if you 
    can, and use your Ultimate Technique when you get the chance, as this will 
    damage him severely. Regular X combos with the Lunar Staff will quickly 
    deteriorate his health.
    
    
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    Chapter 2: The Castle of the Dragon (C2COD) 2 Skulls
    
    The shadow of the Black Spider Clan reaches Hayabusa Village. They hunt for 
    the Demon Statue, the key to resurrecting the Archfiend. Only Joe Hayabusa, 
    his body still mending from his last battle, stands between them. Genshin, 
    leader of the Black Spider Clan, faces his longtime rival in a fateful duel. 
    As the Castle of the Dragon burns, the otherworldly Elizebet smiles coldly. 
    The seal binding the Demon Statue is broken.
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    Go forward after the scene until you come to a dead ninja. Examine him to find 
    Notebook: Flying Swallow. Three ninja will attack you upon entering the 
    graveyard. After you've turned them into a bloody mess, you may examine the 
    light colored gravestone of Ryu's childhood friend. Continue through the 
    graveyard. Two ninja will approach you at the stairs. At the bottom of the 
    stairs, there will be several more ninja to fight off. Use the shop statue at 
    the bottom of the stairs if you wish. Open the door on the left of the statue. 
    On the bridge, several ninja will attack you. After they're dead, open the 
    chest on the other side of the bridge. It contains a Life of the Gods. You 
    can't go through this door yet, so head back towards the shop. Go down the 
    path to the right of the shop statue and around the corner to find another 
    dead ninja. Examine him to find Notebook: Reverse Wind.
    
    Head around the next corner to kill a few clawed ninja and a ninja shooting 
    fire arrows. The arrow shooting ninja will usually stop shooting arrows and 
    attack you with his sword when you get close. Continue forward to find another 
    dead ninja with an Herb of Spiritual Life. Go down the short set of stairs and 
    enter the water. You can run across the water by pressing A repeatedly. Hold A 
    to dive under the water. Dive under the water and pick up Crystal Skull 
    #3. There is a ninja shooting fire arrows at you, so try to avoid them for 
    now. Continue forward, dodging the arrows, until you get to the platform he's 
    standing on to kill him. Go up the stairs here and follow the path upwards.
    
    There is a heal/save statue in the next area, as well as a dead ninja. Examine 
    the ninja to learn The Counter Attack Technique. To do this, press X or Y 
    while blocking.
    
    Go up the stairs and around the walkway. Two clawed ninja will run at you and 
    you will see ninjas shooting fire arrows from behind them. Go back around the 
    corner so you can kill the clawed ninja without being shot by the arrows. Once 
    they're taken care of, head towards the archers. If you jump around while 
    running towards them, you can easily avoid the arrows. They'll pull out their 
    swords when you get close to them. Kill them however you wish and continue on.
    
    You should now be in an outside area. Kill the enemies here, then enter the 
    building on your right. There are two chests in here, but you'll have to fight 
    off several ninja before opening them. The chest on the right contains Grains 
    of Spiritual Life and the chest in the back of the room has Blue Essence 
    inside. If you turn around from the chest in the back, you'll see a little 
    closet area with a red floor and a red curtain on the wall. Take the Falcon's 
    Talons weapon from here. Leave the building and descend the short set of 
    stairs to the ground. Examine the dead ninja here to find Notebook: Ultimate 
    Guidance.
    
    (Note: Be sure to pick up the Rod of Trials mentioned in the section below. 
    You can NOT get this item again. It is required to do the Tests of Valor.)
    
    After stepping on the ground, several ninja will appear. This includes ninja 
    shooting fire arrows and clawed ninja. After you get rid of the initial wave, 
    one ninja at a time will come down the stairs. Keep killing them until you get 
    a short scene informing you that a candle has been lit. At this point, the 
    ninja will stop coming. Jump over the short fence in front of the candle and 
    take the Rod of Trials from the alter. Head up the stairs that the ninjas were 
    coming down earlier. There are two ninjas on the stairs now. Try to avoid the 
    fire arrows being shot at you as you continue up the path. Perform a Flying 
    Bird Technique when you are in-between the two watch towers. There is a chest 
    at the top of one of them. It contains Blue Essence. Jump off the tower, and 
    head up the path with the fires alongside it.
    
    Kill the enemies along this path. You'll come to another set of watch towers. 
    Perform the Flying Bird to get to the top of them so you can finally get rid 
    of the archers. There is one archer on each tower. Continue up the stairs. At 
    the top, four clawed ninja await their deaths. There is a heal/save statue and 
    a shop up the stairs in the area at the top. Enter the small cave to the left 
    of the save statue. Two clawed ninja attempt to sneak up on you from behind 
    midway through the cave. At the end, perform the Flying Bird to get to an area 
    above the cave, where a few more enemies await, including a fire archer. Head 
    up the stairs here. Turn left at the top to see another dead ninja. Examine 
    him to find Notebook: Counter Attack.
    
    Go up the wooden walkway. At the first turn, a couple ninjas will land in 
    front of you. Kill them and the fire archers near them. Kill the three clawed 
    ninja that appear at the end of the walkway. There is Blue Essence in the 
    chest to the left of the doorway. Go up the stairs and run through the next 
    area to avoid being hit by arrows. Turn left immediately before heading up the 
    curved set of stairs. There is a dead end area here which contains a chest. 
    Inside is a bunch of Red Essence. Head up the stairs. At the top, you'll be 
    attacked by fire archers, clawed ninjas, and a new enemy adorned in purple. 
    After taking care of them, examine the dead ninja in front of the large door 
    which is on fire. He has Notebook: Ultimate Technique.
    
    Walk up the boards against the wall and jump to the rooftop. Once on the roof, 
    two clawed ninjas and a floating purple ninja will attack you. Jump down the 
    fiery hole into a building. You will immediately be attacked by three fire 
    archer ninjas. Take care of them and use the heal/save statue on the left if 
    necessary. Take the Fiend's Bane Bow from the dragon head on the wall, to the 
    left of the stairs. Ascend the stairs to see a short scene. 
    
    Equip your new bow and shoot an arrow in the very center of the glowing switch 
    on the other side of the gate. There are more arrows to your right if you end 
    up needing them. Press B to shoot an arrow or hold it down to charge. You can 
    use the left stick to aim your shot and hold the Right Trigger down to zoom 
    in. The gate will open and stairs will form in the next room when you are 
    successful. Go up the stairs and jump to the bottom of the room and get ready 
    for a boss fight. 
    
    Boss: Shadow Ninja Ratsetsu - Second Time
    
    This time around, Ratsetsu will be joined by clawed ninja. Use the Flying 
    Swallow to take them out quickly. Try to avoid being grabbed by him if 
    possible. Use the Art of Inferno to deal heavy damage to him. Again, use the X 
    combos with the Lunar Staff to take out half of his health in seconds. 
    
    Once he's dead, open the gate in the room. Go right down the narrow hallway. 
    At the end is a chest filled with Red Essence. Now head down the left hallway. 
    Two clawed ninjas will descend the stairs. After killing them, go behind the 
    stairs to find a dead ninja with Grains of Spiritual Life. Head up the stairs 
    and through the hall at the top. As you get near the back wall, ninjas will 
    break through it. Take care of them, as well as the fire archer behind them. 
    There are more arrows in this room and a heal/save statue. An enemy will fall 
    from above as you approach the save statue. Go up the stairs in this room. At 
    the top is a dead ninja holding The Technique of Unrivaled Soaring. This 
    allows you to jump from one wall to another while wall running by pressing A.
    
    Attack the wall on the right to break it down and walk onto the balcony. There 
    are a total of three fire archers on the balconies next to yours. Charge your 
    bow up and shoot arrows at them to kill them. Use your new technique to run 
    across the two walls to get to the balcony on the left. Kill the enemies in 
    this room and pick up the Vermilion Jewel from the alter area. Break the wall 
    across from the alter to get to a storage area. Examine the dead ninja here 
    for a Devil Way Mushroom. There is a trap door behind the body. If you stand 
    on it for a second you will fall in front of the save statue in the room 
    below. Ignore the trap door and continue to the next room. Crystal 
    Skull #4 is on a shelf. Continue forward, killing the enemies on the other 
    side 
    of the breakable wall in front of you. Head towards the blue orb on the altar. 
    This is the Ultramarine Jewel. Pick this up. With both jewels in hand, wall 
    run back towards the center balcony you originally came from and place the 
    jewels in the two pedestals. Shoot an arrow at the giant orb next to the 
    dragon statue. This will lower a platform. Use it to enter the dragon's mouth.
    
    Inside the dragon, turn left to find a chest containing Yellow Essence. To the 
    right is a heal/save statue and a large hole in the wall. Exit through the 
    hole in the wall. There are three purple ninjas on the roof. Take care of 
    them, then head left on the roof, then upwards to another hole in the wall. 
    Enter this room. Go to the right after entering this room. Two clawed ninjas 
    will attack. You'll come to a small hole in the floor with a ladder. Climb 
    down this ladder. One side has a heal/save statue and the other a shop. Climb 
    back up the ladder when you're done and continue across the balcony. You 
    should run into a chest containing a Lives of the Thousand Gods item. Two 
    ninjas will come down the stairs. Kill them, the head up the stairs yourself. 
    A few more ninjas await you at the top. To the left is a narrow hallway 
    alongside the stairs with a dead ninja at the end. Examine him to get a Life 
    of the Gods item. Go down the other side of the hallway and open the door for 
    a cut scene.
    
    Boss Fight: Genshin
    
    Genshin wields claws and uses them to unleash fast, powerful attacks on Ryu. 
    His combos will kill you quickly if you're not careful. Try to stay on the 
    offense to prevent him from attacking. Unfortunately, your Inferno Ninpo won't 
    damage him and charging an Ultimate Technique may prove to be deadly. Remember 
    that scrolling through your items will pause the game, so don't be afraid to 
    use your healing items. Just dash to avoid his attacks and stay on the offense 
    and eventually you'll defeat him. I preffered using the Falcon's Talons on him.
    
    
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    Chapter 3: Thunderclap of Catastrophe (C3TOC) 2 Skulls
    
    The graceful Alexei, one of the Four Greater Fiends, appears in the skies over 
    New York, raining lightning upon the streets of the proud city. Ryu Hayabusa 
    arrives in Manhattan in search of Elizebet, who escaped from Hayabusa Village 
    with the Demon Statue. The Fiends have already begun transforming New York 
    into a Fiend Realm. Ryu's battle begins as the thunder and laughter of the 
    Greater Fiend echo throughout the city.
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    Go to the left after the scene to find a metal chest. It contains an Herb of 
    Spiritual Life. Kill the bats that are flying around you in just a few 
    attacks. There is also a shop on the right side in front of the Fortune 
    Theatre. As you head forward down the street, several dogs will attack you. 
    Some are unarmed, but others carry knives in their mouths and others have 
    armor on their backs. Use your Flying Swallow Technique to easily kill them. 
    Turn right at the intersection; there is a chest behind the taxi containing 
    Red Essence. Turn around and go straight (left at the intersection from 
    starting position.) Enter the doorway at the end near the burning taxi. 
    Examine the body near the entrance to obtain a new Ninpo: The Art of the Wind 
    Blades. When you get to the first turn in this building, a few ninjas will 
    appear, including a fire archer behind them. Turn right when you get to the 
    stairs to open a chest at the dead end containing Blue Essence. Return to the 
    stairs an ascend them. After going up a flight or two, fire archers will start 
    shooting arrows at you. Get off the stairs and take care of them. Behind them 
    are a few clawed ninjas and two purple ninjas. If you notice the purple ninjas 
    casting a spell, attack them immediately. It will cause a geyser like thing to 
    appear under Ryu and damage him. Return to the stairs and go to the top to 
    find Crystal Skull #5.
    
    Go back to where you just fought the ninjas and continue down the path. There 
    is a heal/save statue at the end. To the left of this are two opposing walls. 
    Use your Flying Bird Technique to reach the top. There will be a few purple 
    ninjas to kill here. After killing them, giant bat like creatures will attack 
    you from the skies. They'll shoot fireballs at you constantly. You can use 
    your Shurikens to kill them, but they take much longer to kill the bats than 
    the bow does. If one of them gets close to you, you can easily kill it with 
    your sword, but they'll stay away from you for the most part and attack from 
    afar. The dead ninja, directly across from the walls you used to reach this 
    area, has more arrows on him (literally) if you need them.
    
    Climb down the first ladder on the edge of the building. Wall run to the ledge 
    next to you to open a chest containing Red Essence. Climb back up the ladder 
    and jump down where you see a second one this time. The ladder is broken so 
    you can't climb it. Rid the world of a few more ninjas at the bottom, then 
    open the chest to the left containing a bunch of Blue Essence. Go back towards 
    the broken ladder and wall jump to reach the top. Climb up the first ladder 
    you used to get back on the roof. Jump up under the thick black rope that 
    leads to another building. Use this to get to the adjacent building.
    
    Upon landing on the other side, a few ninja will appear and attack, including 
    a couple fire archers. Kill them and continue on. There is a save/heal statue 
    in a corner of the lower section. There isn't anything on the higher area, so 
    turn left when you get to the statue. Open the chest straight ahead for an 
    Herb of Spiritual Life before jumping off the roof through the broken railing.
    
    Ninjas will come at you from all directions once you drop down, but there 
    aren't many of them. Behind and to the left of the New York City Police 
    Department is a chest with Blue Essence inside. From the front of the police 
    station, go right down a blocked off street. You'll see a dead ninja here. 
    Examine him to find The Four Greater Fiends, Part 1. Now continue past the 
    police station, where several dogs will attack you. 
    
    Eventually you'll come to a large area, where you'll see a cut scene. This new 
    bat humanoid enemy is actually easy as long as you don't let them grab you. 
    And remember that just because they're huge doesn't mean you can't use the 
    Obliteration Technique on them once they're missing a limb. You'll have to 
    kill three of them here. Once they're dead, jump down the massive hole in the 
    road.
    
    There is a save/heal statue straight ahead. Two more bat humanoids and a few 
    large actual bats will attack you as you continue forward. Turn right and take 
    the Jewel of the Demon Seal from the dead ninja. You can use this item to 
    permanently increase the level of one of your Ninpo spells. Climb the ladder 
    next to him and wall jump to get to the chest across from you, which contains 
    Red Essence. Continue along this ledge until you come to a ladder on the left 
    and climb down. Open the chest for Blue Essence, then climb down the next 
    ladder. A few medium sized bats will attack you at the bottom. Continue 
    through the tunnel and jump down into the water. Swim to the ledge and into 
    the room and take Notebook: Unrivaled Soaring from the dead ninja. Climb up 
    the stairs. They are broken you must wall run to the next section of stairs. 
    At the top of the stairs is a chest containing Yellow Essence. Go through the 
    tunnel and drop down. You're where you were before jumping into the water. 
    
    Run across the wall here and jump off when you are near the horizontal pole. 
    Swing on the pole and jump to the wall then run across the wall to land on the 
    other side of the gap. Bats will attack you here. If you fell into the water, 
    remember that you can still attack them while in the water. More bats will 
    attack as you approach the next ledge. Don't bother jumping into the water 
    here. It will just bring you back to the room with the broken stairs. A simple 
    wall run will get you across this gap. Continue down the hallway, then jump 
    down into the large circular room. Two bat humanoids will attack you inside. 
    To the left is a dead ninja with arrows. Head through the tunnels. Several 
    medium sized bats and one bat humanoid will attack you at the intersection. Go 
    left after killing them to find a dead ninja. Examine him to find The 
    Technique of the Invisible Path. This technique will let you jump off a wall 
    while running on it and onto an opposing wall. It's similar to the Flying 
    Bird. Use this technique now to run along the walls in front of you. There are 
    three walls to run across, leading to Crystal Skull #6. Jump into the water 
    from here. Behind the pillar is a chest under the water with a Life of the 
    Gods. Leave this area by swimming to the ledge of the stairs, then use your 
    Flying Bird Technique to ascend the walls.
    
    Head straight down the path until you come to a save/heal statue. Use the 
    Flying Bird to jump up the walls next to it. Bats will attack you at the top. 
    There is nothing of note in the area below, so wall run to the next section of 
    ledge. Jump up to grab the pole above you. When you are across from the chest, 
    swing on the pole to jump to the ledge with the chest. It has Yellow Essence. 
    Jump back onto the pole from here and keep going across it until you're above 
    the next ledge. Drop down here. Wall run across the two walls to get to the 
    next ledge.
    
    A few ninja will attack you here, kill them, and then take care of the archer 
    on 
    the broken stairs. On the broken stairs, wall run across the two walls to get 
    to a ledge at the top of the room. There is a shop statue on this ledge. Open 
    the door and take out the ninja in this room... and don't do anything 'clever' 
    like jumping into the giant fan blades. Climb the ladder to get to the ledge 
    on the opposite side where the fire archer was. Pick up the Incendiary 
    Shuriken from the dead ninja here. Use your new Shurikens to ruin the giant 
    fans by throwing them at the blue part of the fans in the center.
    
    Go through the fan on the right (in relation to where you entered the room.) 
    Kill any ninjas in the area, then climb up the ladder on the right and wall 
    run across to the archers to kill them. Throw an incendiary shuriken at the 
    fan, the jump across to the chest behind it (on an upper ledge) containing 
    Yellow Essence. There's nothing left in this area, so go through the other fan 
    and down the hill, killing the ninjas along the way. Climb the ladder on the 
    left, then go left at the top. Jump to the ledge opposite of you, and throw an 
    Incendiary Shuriken at the fan. Wall run towards the horizontal pole and jump 
    to it. Swing on this to get into the gap on the left side of the fan.
    
    Emerge from the water and kill the bats hovering above you. Dive back down 
    into the water and enter the large underwater tunnel. Come back to the surface 
    on the other side of the tunnel, and kill the hovering bats. Two clawed ninjas 
    will attack you when you get on the land. There is a save/health statue here 
    and a dead ninja with arrows. Wall jump up the colorful shaft next to the dead 
    ninja.
    
    At the top, kill the two archers above you with your bow and arrows. Wall run 
    on the right side across two walls to a chest with Red Essence inside. From 
    this ledge, wall run on the left side onto the ledge across from you. Two 
    clawed ninjas will attack you. After dealing with them, continue down the 
    tunnel. Three more ninjas will attack you further down the tunnel.
    
    Drop down when you reach the end of the tunnel. Several bat humanoids will 
    attack you here. Just try to move around a lot to avoid their long ranged 
    attacks. Continue through this cave area and jump up the steps at the end. 
    Shoot the archers across from you with charged arrows before examining the 
    dead ninja next to you. He has Notebook: Invisible Path. Wall jump across the 
    walls to get to the area where the archers were standing. Use the shop on the 
    other side if needed. Head along this path, and kill the ninjas that attack on 
    the way. Continue across the narrow bridge towards the save/heal statue. Look 
    on your left to see a large, blue, glowing thing on the ground. Run across the 
    wall to get to this. Press the Right Bumper while standing on this and choose 
    to begin the Test of Valor.
    
    Test of Valor
    
    You are in a closed off area with tons of enemies around you. To pass the 
    test, you must kill all of them. Luckily, the enemies will still drop Blue 
    Essence, as you'll be fighting about a hundred enemies. You can use your 
    healing items if you need them, as well. You'll be fighting all the types of 
    ninja you've come across so far. Once you've killed them all, a chest will 
    appear, containing Lives of a Thousand Gods. Step back on the portal when 
    you're done to return to the level.
    
    Run back across the wall towards the save/heal statue and enter the large 
    opening next to it. Jump down to the tracks below and kill the clawed and 
    archer ninjas. Head towards the colorful, broken down train. Wall run across 
    the train next to it to get inside.
    
    Proceed through the train and exit through the open door on the right. After 
    jumping down, you'll be attacked by several bat humanoids. Continue down the 
    tracks until you see a short scene.
    
    Boss Fight: Train Demon
    
    Do not approach this boss when it is upright unless you wish to badly injure 
    yourself. Attack it when it's upside down from below it. It will shoot out 
    mini versions of itself. Try to avoid them as they'll blow up on contact with 
    you. You can avoid damage completely by casting a Ninpo and aim it at the 
    Train Demon's face to do some extra damage. Charge and shoot arrows at its 
    face while it's upright for maximum damage. Occasionally he will shoot out a 
    giant blue face. AVOID THIS AT ALL COSTS. It will probably kill you instantly. 
    After about half of its health is gone, it will occasionally charge at you, 
    ramming you against the wall. When he's down to about an eight of his health, 
    he will fall to the ground. Use this opportunity to run up on him and finish 
    him off with an Obliteration Technique by standing near its head.
    
    
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    Chapter 4: A Captive Goddess (C4ACG) 3 Skulls
    
    Alexei has transformed the Statue of Liberty into his own twisted base of 
    operations. It is the source of the supernatural forces that twine through the 
    city streets. As if laughing at the concept of "liberty," peals of thunder 
    roar. harbingers of the threat facing civilization. The Statue must be 
    reclaimed or humanity will suffer. After making his way to Liberty Island, 
    Ryu's steely gaze now falls upon the Greater Fiend Alexei.
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    Kill the approaching bats after the scene. There is a shop on the right in 
    case you need to restock on healing items. Continue down the tracks, fighting 
    more bats along the way, then eventually three ninjas. Jump down the hole 
    behind them and kill the ninjas at the bottom. Continue along the tracks, 
    killing several ninja along the way. Go past the rubble on the left side of 
    the tracks. When the rubble ends, go left to find a chest containing Red 
    Essence. Eventually, you'll come to a station area. A few bat humanoids will 
    attack you here. After dealing with them, jump up to the platform on the left 
    and climb the stairs marked 'Exit.' There is a heal/save on the stairway. 
    
    Kill the ninjas at the top of the stairs, making the purple ninjas a priority. 
    Push your way through the turnstile on the left to find a chest containing an 
    Herb of Spiritual Life. Kick open the door on the far side of the room to find 
    a chest containing another Herb of Spiritual Life. Push through the turnstile 
    next to the stairs and examine the dead ninja for arrows. Pass up the stairs 
    for now, and continue to the end of the hallway to find a chest with Yellow 
    Essence inside. A few ninjas will attack you on the way back to the stair 
    area. Go up the stairs and throw an Incendiary Shuriken at the gate while 
    you're standing right in front of it. You'll be attacked be two ninjas on your 
    way up the stairs that follow to the outside.
    
    Several dogs will attack you on the surface. Kill them using the Flying 
    Swallow Technique or any aerial attacks to avoid unessacary damage. Go right 
    along the water. Two purple ninjas will appear. Go along the right side of the 
    Coin Laundry building. A couple ninjas will attack you on the way through the 
    alley. Directly behind the building, in a dead end is a dead ninja with an 
    Herb of Spiritual Life. Continue around the building and look above at the 
    corner to see Crystal Skull #7 above. Run along the white brick wall, then 
    the wall the ledge with the skull is located on to get to it. Go right at the 
    end of the alley where you will see a heal/save statue and a ladder next to 
    it. Ignore this for now and instead head down the path behind you. You will be 
    attacked by three clawed ninjas on the way. At the dead end you will see three 
    barrels. There is actually a chest containing Red Essence behind them. Stand 
    near the barrels to open it. Head back towards the ladder and climb it.
    
    There is a dead ninja with a Jewel of the Demon seal on this broken road. Go 
    through the broken section of railing at the end and examine the dead ninja 
    here for Incendiary Shurikens. Several bat humanoids and three giant bats will 
    attack you as you continue forward. Throw an Incendiary Shuriken at the bats 
    to kill them. Follow the curved broken road to the end to find a chest with 
    Grains of Spiritual Life inside. Jump across the gap from the broken section 
    of wall to get the Crystal Skull #8 on the other side. You can drop down here 
    if you wish. There is a shop and a chest containing a Life of the Gods. You'll 
    be attacked by a couple bat humanoids on the way back to where you dropped 
    down from. Wall jump here to get to the top. 
    
    Walk down the bridge and kill the bat humanoids that attack you on the way. At 
    the end, you'll find a dead ninja with arrows and a ladder going up. Go up the 
    ladder. There is a heal/save statue at the top. Head left at the statue. Throw 
    Incendiary Shurikens at the giant bats that appear. Open the chest at the end 
    for Grains of Spiritual Life. Head back towards the statue and continue past 
    it until a few more giant bats attack you. Continue forward after dealing with 
    them, to the dead end. You will see a cut scene upon approaching it.
    
    Boss Fight: Goliath Fiend
    
    Stay close to this boss or he will start throwing rocks at you. He attacks 
    pretty slow, giving you time to use your Ultimate Technique. Just do this over 
    and over again, while avoiding his attacks to quickly defeat him. If this 
    doesn't work for you, simply get under his legs with the Lunar Staff, using 
    its Y combos. When he's down to a little bit of health, he'll kneel down. 
    Position yourself in front of his head and press Y to perform an OT.
    
    After the scene, kill the bat humanoids and the giant bats. Go through the 
    doorway. There is a dead ninja with arrows here. Kill the ninjas in the 
    hallway and in the large room after it. Break the glass in front of the 
    heal/save statue to use it. You can take the Dragon's Claw and Tiger's Fang 
    through the broken glass in the exhibit to the left of a large statue you can 
    examine. To the left of the weapon, you can restock your Incendiary Shurikens. 
    Break open the glass in front of the display across from the blue portal to 
    find The Vigoor Mythology. Break open the glass to the right of the Vigoor 
    Mythology book. You should see the orignal Xbox Prototype. Examine this for 
    infinite health refills. (Thanks to Broklynite for informing me about this.) 
    Step on the blue portal to begin the second Test of Valor.
    
    Test of Valor Two
    
    This time it's all bat humanoids. They rarely seem to drop blue orbs, so try 
    to conserve your health. The Obliteration Technique will be your best friend 
    here. Use your Wind Ninpo if you're low on health and surrounded. When 
    everything is dead, a chest will appear with a Talisman of Rebirth inside. 
    Step back on the blue portal when you're done.
    
    Head into the hallway to leave this area. It's across from the blue portal. A 
    few ninjas will attack you here, and a few more when you reach the bigger 
    room. Go up the stairs and perform a wall run to the right to land on a 
    section of the balcony with a dead ninja lying on it. He has a Devil Way 
    Mushroom. Wall run back to the stair area, this time going around the balcony 
    the other way. Perform a wall run to get to the large window across from the 
    stairs. A single bat humanoid will break the window and attack you. Jump down 
    to the area below and kill the bat humanoids there.
    
    There is a chest near the stairs on the right side with an Herb of Spiritual 
    Life inside. You can't go up these stairs, so head for the stairs on the left 
    and go up. Kill the bat humanoids and use Incendiary Shurikens at the giant 
    bats. Go up the stairs when it's clear. There are bat humanoids and a giant 
    bat here as well. Go up the next set of stairs. Go around the left side of the 
    building, where giant bats and bat humanoids will attack you. Go in the open 
    door on this side of the building. A few ninjas will attack you.
    
    There is a chest in the alcove across from the door you entered through. It 
    has a Lives of the Thousand Gods. Use the heal/save statue at the top of the 
    stairs if you need it. From the save statue, wall run along the two walls and 
    try to land on the first beam. Walk along this beam to the right, then drop 
    down on a beam below with Crystal Skull #9 on it. Now go to the center of room 
    and perform the Flying Bird in the shaft. Clawed ninja will attack you at the 
    top. Jump onto the beams as you climb up the stairs. There is a chest on the 
    furthest beam containing an Herb of Spiritual Life. Continue up the stairs to 
    an enemy free room. Before going up the stairs, go to the small balcony 
    outside. Kill the several giant bats outside, then open the chest containing a 
    Life of the Gods item. 
    
    Go up the stairs. There is a shop on this floor if you need it. There is a 
    dead 
    ninja at the bottom of the spiral staircase with a Devil Way Mushroom. Head up 
    the spiral stairs when you're done. When you can't go any further up the 
    stairs, turn left to see a broken section in the railing. Perform the Flying 
    Bird on the section of wall across from this to get to the top, where you will 
    be attacked by ninjas. There is a dead ninja with The Four Greater Fiends, 
    Part 2 behind the stairs. Go up the spiral stairs. Eventually you'll get a cut 
    scene.
    
    Boss Fight: Alexei, Master of Lightning
    
    Alexei will grab you every chance he gets, and if you're far from him, he will 
    shoot lightning at you. Don't bother shooting arrows. The Fire Ninpo will 
    damage him, as well as normal attacks. Every once in awhile he will create a 
    tornado around himself and come at you. Try to avoid this by dashing. Spam Y 
    with the Dragon's Claw and Tiger's Fang to rapidly decrease his health.
    
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    Chapter 5: The Aqua Capital (C5TAC) 3 Skulls
    
    Elizebet's whereabouts remain unknown, but her twisted plans continue to 
    unfold as she unleashes the fearsome power of the Demon Statue. Wherever she 
    goes, its power awakens one of the Four Greater Fiends from his long slumber. 
    The roar of Greater Fiend Volf, Ruler of Storms, echoes throughout a beautiful 
    city of canals, transforming a Gothic castle into an evil fortress.
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    After the scenes, move forward by land. Several ninja will appear, including 
    purple ninjas. Continue forward. There is a shop down the wooden ramp. After 
    you're done shopping, head up the stairs to encounter your first werewolves. 
    They are fairly strong and will grab you. Their normal attacks can push you 
    back pretty far. I like using a level 3 Wind Ninpo on them to cut off their 
    arms... and, well, because it just looks awesome. Use the Obliteration 
    Technique on them when they're missing a limb. The werewolves may through the 
    body parts of dead werewolves at you as well.
    
    Ignore the bridge/stairs for now and run along the short, brick wall and down 
    a short flight of stairs. Examine the dead ninja at the bottom for the Kusari-
    gama weapon. Go down the stairs and cross the water to the wooden walkway 
    across from you. Walk to the right along this and around the corner. At the 
    end of the walkway is a chest with Red Essence. Run across the water from here 
    to the gondola across from your position. Giant sea-horse looking enemies will 
    attack you in the water. Their blades are very damaging and their combos are 
    fast. They will follow you to the land, allowing you to fight them easier. 
    When you make it to the gondola, pick up Crystal Skull #10 from the seat. 
    Head back towards the big bridge you passed before.
    
    Cross the bride. When you get to a market area, more werewolves will attack. 
    Take them out and continue. You can break the crates and barrels here for some 
    Yellow Essence. There is a save/heal statue and a door at the end of the short 
    tunnel. Enter through the door.
    
    Werewolves will attack you upon exiting through the door. After killing them, 
    grab Crystal Skull #11 from the table to the right of the door you came from. 
    Cross the small bridge and kill the werewolves on the other side. You can use 
    a Level 3 Wind Ninpo on them, followed by the Obliteration Technique to make 
    quick work of them. Turn right, then right again to find an area to perform 
    the Flying Bird in-between brick walls. Two ninjas will attack you up here. 
    Pick up the Talisman of Rebirth from the dead ninja. Jump down and head 
    straight, down a few steps to see a chest on the left containing an Herb of 
    Spiritual Life. Cross back over the small bridge and head straight to a wide, 
    brick road. Cross the next bridge before heading up the brick road. There is a 
    dead ninja in the dead end area here with a Spirit of the Devils. This item 
    will permanently increase your Ki.
    
    Head up the wide, brick road into the pillared area. Three seahorse enemies 
    will attack you here. Approach the fountain and jump in the water. A chest at 
    the bottom contains the Gatling Spear Gun to use underwater. Enter the 
    underwater tunnel next to the chest. Continue through the water and kill the 
    octopus looking enemies with your new spear gun. They will explode if you 
    touch them. Continue on and three centipede enemies will attack. To the right 
    you will see a bunch of octopus enemies. They will respawn. You can farm as 
    much Yellow Essence here as you want. Swim under them, as close to the ground 
    as you can get, to pass them and find Crystal Skull #12 under the water. 
    Return past the octopuses and continue through the water. Eventually you will 
    come to a gondola on the right, in front of an open door. Climb onto the 
    gondola to get inside.
    
    Inside you will see a save/heal statue. Head up the stairs and go through the 
    door. Kill the bat humanoids here. There is a shop on the right. There is 
    another door you can go through near the shop. Enter it and open the chest 
    inside. This contains the Bridge Gate Key. Press the Right Bumper near the 
    lamp on the desk to find Hinomaru's Notebook.
    
    Head left out of the door and open the large gate. Kill the werewolves that 
    attack on the bridge and continue on. The dead ninja on the left inside the 
    building has arrows. As you walk through this hallway, two werewolves will 
    attack you. Grab the chest at the end of the hallway, containing Red Essence, 
    then exit through the right. Use your arrows to shoot the two glowing switches 
    across the water to lower a bridge. Jump onto the crates next to you and grab 
    the horizontal pole on the left side of the bridge. Go across the pole and 
    drop down when you get to the platform. Open the chest to get Life of the Gods.
    
    Jump down into the water from here. Several centipedes will attack you. Make 
    sure to keep an eye on your health. Head towards the waterwheels. The 
    octopuses in this area will respawn. Swim under them and go to the left to 
    reach a wooden platform. Jump and grab one of the poles on the water wheel. 
    Hang on this until you see a wooden platform higher up. Swing and jump onto 
    the platform. Wall run onto the turning wheel to get inside the building. 
    
    Jump onto the slowly turning, circular pole and stay on this until you are 
    above the platform with the chest. Drop down and open it for Lives of the 
    Thousand Gods. Drop to the ground and exit through the door.
    
    Three werewolves will attack you on the steps. Continue through the door way 
    with the save/heal statue next to it. Several centipedes will attack upon your 
    entrance, but luckily they aren't so formidable on land. Use your Wind Ninpo 
    and Obliteration Technique on them. You will see a short 
    cut scene after killing them all. Enter through the new doorway. 
    
    Centipedes and bat humanoids will attack you inside. There is a shop in the 
    wine cellar on the left and a chest containing Grains of Spiritual Life in the 
    cellar on the right. Head down the center stairs. A couple centipedes and bat 
    humanoids will attack you on the way. Keep going right at the bottom of the 
    stairs and kill the attacking centipede and bat humanoid. The gate is locked 
    at the moment, so turn the corner and head up the stairs, killing the bat 
    humanoids and centipedes along the way. Open the chest in the wine cellar for 
    the Copper Key. Use the key to open the locked gate, then take The Art of the 
    Flame Phoenix Ninpo from the dead ninja. Leave the room and turn right down 
    the center hallway, killing the bat humanoids and centipedes on the way. Open 
    the chest at the top of the stair to get an Herb of Spiritual Life. Jump at 
    one of the walls on the side, then press Y while in midair, above the cracked 
    well to break it open and fall through.
    
    Save at the heal/save statue before starting the third Test of Valor. When 
    you're ready, step on the blue portal in the center of the large room.
    
    Test of Valor Three
    
    You're up against giant bats and werewolves. The best strategy I found was to 
    basically run in a big circle, and cast the Level 3 Wind Ninpo to cut off the 
    werewolves arms and occasionally kill bats. After casting the Ninpo, run 
    around and cut off the werewolves arms. The bats are totally annoying in this 
    part, but it's best to take care of the werewolves first. Use your bow and 
    arrows to shoot down the bats. A dead ninja is in this area. You can replenish 
    your arrows there. Upon winning, a chest will appear. It has a Jewel of the 
    Demon Seal inside.
    
    Now that the Test of Valor is taken care of, continue forward, passing the 
    save point. Several centipedes will attack as you continue through the tunnel. 
    If you get low on health and used all your healing items during the Test of 
    Valor, use your Wind Ninpo to make things easier on you. The Lunar Staff works 
    great here.
    
    The big circular room you come to may seem like a dead end at first, but 
    there's actually a small hole underwater in the very center. Open the chest 
    near the hole before swimming through; it contains an Herb of Spiritual Life. 
    Swim through and prepare to be confused and you reach the surface.
    
    These ghost fish will actually attack you at certain points. If you're having 
    trouble in this area, you can swim around until the fish attack you. They'll 
    attack when you're near chests, as if guarding them, so use that to find the 
    chests if you need to. Swim through the water, slashing at the fish. There is 
    a chest with an Herb of Spiritual Life to the right of where you entered on 
    top of a large, circular pillar under the water. Emerge from the water here 
    and get on the above ground steps. Run along these until you get to stairs 
    that go slightly higher than the ones you're on. The fish will attack you as 
    you approach. There is a chest at the top of these stairs with Yellow Essence 
    inside. Go left off of the stairs, hugging the rock wall. When you run into a 
    bunch of pillars, go under water. The fish will attack you here. After you 
    kill them, open the chest underwater, near the wall for Life of the Gods. 
    Enter the circle of pillars to the left of the Life of the Gods chest. The 
    fish will attack you here. Open the chest at the center of the pillars for a 
    Devil Way Mushroom. There is another chest near the center of the room on a 
    fallen pillar (In the huge rectangle of pillars.) It has the Skull Key inside 
    of it. You will get a cut scene after opening it, so save this for last. 
    
    Boss Fight: Water Dragon
    
    The Water Dragon has several attacks. He will shoot crystal like things at you 
    and if you're in the water, he likes to grab you. There will be ghost fish in 
    the water. Use them for health if you need to. I got in the water right away 
    and started slashing wildly at his neck/stomach with the Lunar Staff. You can 
    also get on his back 
    and attack him. Slash at his face whenever you get the chance to deal massive 
    damage. I was able to kill him only getting hit once this way. At some point 
    during the fight, he'll stretch his neck all the way up. While in front of his 
    neck, press Y to perform an Obliteration Technique for extra Karma. The Lunar 
    Staff is best here, again.
    
     I have received several emails about an alternate way to kill the 
    dragon: charging and shooting arrows at it from the piece of land. The only 
    way he can attack you is with his when he does his blow attack, which won't 
    really effect your health as much. Be sure to have at least 25 arrows 
    available. Thanks to Qpawnlady for the tip. In my experience, however, the 
    arrows took awhile to kill him and the blow attack starting to take a toll on 
    my health. In any case, try to take out at least a third of his health this 
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    Chapter 6: The Lycanthropes' Castle (C6TLC) 3 Skulls
    
    The canals running through this city lead to a giant castle, a once-beautiful 
    architectural legacy now transformed into the lair of the Greater Fiend Volf. 
    Volf's iron fist reigns over an army of werewolves. He is a Berserker, as 
    bloodthirsty as a beast, and his never-ending hunger for battle has led him to 
    prepare a fitting arena for a duel to the death with the world's most powerful 
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    A cut scene will show two pillars close together with a slab of rock in-
    between them. Find these pillars and perform a Flying Bird. At the top go up 
    the slanted roof on the left, then down on the other side. Turn around here to 
    see a small ledge leading to Crystal Skull #13. Cross back over the ledge and 
    continue left over the slanted roof. Look to the left to see a small hole with 
    a chest containing Essence inside. Jump out of the hole and continue along the 
    slanted roof and then jump off it to area with the Shop statue and a few ghost 
    fish.
    
    Jump across the series of pillars, being careful not to let the fish knock you 
    down into the water. Turn left when you reach the small rooftop and jump 
    across the pillars to the narrow path along the rock wall, leading to a chest 
    with an Herb of Spiritual Life on the left side. A couple ghost fish will 
    attack you as you approach it. Head the other way along the narrow ledge and 
    wall run to cross the gap.
    
    Centipedes will attack you on this wider ledge. Once they're dead, open the 
    chest in a corner on the left containing Red Essence. Jump off the protruding 
    slab of rock to a pillar, and then to a circular ledge. Fish will attack you 
    here, just try not to fall off. Continue along the circular ledge until you 
    see another series of pillars. Jump across the first two, then on a pillar on 
    the left side to a ledge with a chest containing a Devil Way Mushroom. Jump 
    back across to the 'main' set of pillars, then onto the walkway.
    
    Enter the doorway at the end of the walkway. You should see a save/heal 
    statue. Head into the cave where two centipedes will attack you. Two more 
    groups of centipedes will attack as you continue through the cave. Look to the 
    right near where the second group of centipedes attacked to see a dead ninja 
    carrying a Jewel of the Demon Seal. Open the door at the end of the cave and 
    enter.
    
    This wasn't what I was expecting.. but okay.. If you stay on the ground here 
    for awhile, a bunch of scorpion skeletons will attack you. Keep running around 
    this room for awhile and eventually you'll see a cut scene. 
    
    Boss Fight: Giant Skeleton
    
    This guy will kill you in just a few hits. Your wind and fire Ninpos will 
    damage him, but only a little. You can land a few attacks when you're under 
    him, but if you stay there too long he'll start kicking you. Sometimes he'll 
    grab you and bash you into the wall or hold you and drop a skull on your head, 
    but this isn't as damaging as his kicks. If you're far away, he will kick 
    bones at you. This is very damaging so try to avoid getting too far away. You 
    can avoid most of his attacks simply by running and jumping around.. and even 
    running along the wall. After damaging him a bit, he'll sit on the ground for 
    a second. Attack him now at this time. When he gets up, continue to run and 
    slash at his legs until you damage him enough and he sits down again. If 
    you're still having trouble, try using your Ultimate Technique when you get a 
    chance and just release it if you see he's about to attack. 
    
    After the scene, jump between the two walls across from the door. Go along the 
    narrow path and wall run to get across the gap. Centipedes will attack you 
    when the path widens. There is also a chest here with Red Essence inside. 
    Continue up the winding ledge and wall run to cross another gap. A few 
    centipedes will attack on the other side.
    
    Enter the doorway into a cave area where a few scorpion skeletons will attack 
    you. Soon you'll come to a wide area where centipedes will attack. There is a 
    chest on the left containing an Herb of Spiritual Life. Continue through the 
    cave and kill the scorpion skeletons you run into. When you come to the large 
    gap, jump towards the ledge and press Y while you jump to perform the Flying 
    Swallow to cross the gap. Scorpion skeletons will greet you on the other side. 
    Wall run to get across the next gap and kill the scorpion skeletons here, as 
    well. Continue through the cave, fighting off more scorpion skeletons. When 
    you come to the brick walls, wall jump to the wall directly across from you to 
    reach the top.
    
    Outside, slice the rope of the guillotine to drop the blade, revealing Crystal 
    Skull #14 where the head would be. Use the save/heal statue and go up 
    the stairs. There is a shop up here and a ladder to take you to the balcony of 
    the tower. The chest on the balcony contains Grains of Spiritual Life. You 
    will see a cut scene as you walk back down the stairs.
    
    After the scene, two werewolves will attack you. Enter the door near the save 
    statue and fight off the two werewolves that attack on the narrow stairs. Open 
    the door at the bottom of the stairs and kill the werewolves inside. Head up 
    the stairs and kill the centipedes on the way. There is a dead ninja with 
    arrows between two cannons. Kill a second group of centipedes and continue up 
    the stairs.
    
    When you get to a large, level area, centipedes and giant bats will attack. Go 
    all the way to the right, across the water to find a portal which will take 
    you to the Test of Valor Four. (You can go back to the previous save statue 
    and shop if you need to.)
    
    Test of Valor Four
    
    This test is excessively easy compared to the last one. It's just medium sized 
    bats and centipedes. There aren't many centipedes and the bats hardly do 
    anything, so it should feel more like a regular encounter. To make it even 
    easier, use the Level 3 Wind Ninpo then the Obliteration Technique on the 
    centipedes. You're rewarded with Lives of the Thousand Gods. Step back on the 
    portal to return to the castle.
    
    Go up the stairs and follow run along the balcony to the left to find a chest 
    containing Red Essence. Turn around and go along the other side of the 
    balcony. You'll be attacked by centipedes and then werewolves along the way. 
    Use the save/heal statue if you need to, then climb the ladder. Examine the 
    dead ninja behind the cannon for arrows if you need them, then perform a 
    Flying Bird between the walls to the left of the dead ninja.
    
    Shoot arrows at the bats at the top until they stop spawning. Go up the stairs 
    and continue forward, killing the four werewolves that attack. Continue 
    forward until you get a short cut scene. Swing across the poles you saw in the 
    cut scene. Swing straight into the large, stained glass window of the church 
    from the last pole. Several centipedes will attack you inside. Open the chest 
    to get the Bronze Key. Leave through the door and examine the dead ninja in 
    the courtyard for Inukoma's Notebook. Use the key to enter the steaming door. 
    Jump down the hole and kill the two werewolves in the kitchen.
    
    Continue into the storage area. There is a chest behind three barrels. There 
    is a Life of the Gods item inside. Enter the door and use the heal/save statue 
    on the right if you need to. Otherwise, go through the door on the left.
    
    A bunch of werewolves will attack you upon enter the castle's entrance hall. 
    Enter the door on the same side of the room as the one you entered through, 
    into a dining room full of werewolves. After killing them, enter through the 
    door. (Note: There are several doors but only one you can open.) Kill the 
    werewolves in the hall, then go through the door at the end. Take out the 
    centipedes in the next room, then examine the blue, glowing object on the 
    ground to get the Cast Iron Key. Exit through the door to find yourself back 
    in the entrance hall. Go up the center stairs then the left stairs. At the end 
    of the balcony is a chest with an Herb of Spiritual Life inside. Turn around 
    and go up the right staircase this time. Use the key on the door and enter.
    
    Head up the stairs and use the save/heal statue on the way. Further up the 
    stairs, you'll face a new kind of ninja, who throw Incendiary Shurikens. Go 
    through the door when they're dead. Kill the incendiary ninjas in the library. 
    Attack the bookcases, making the books fall off. This will reveal Crystal 
    Skull #15. There is a dead ninja on the floor with The Four Greater Fiends, 
    Part 3. Wall jump up the chimney and kill the centipedes at the top. Enter the 
    door and kill the incendiary shuriken ninja inside. Wall jump up a second fire 
    place after the ninjas are dead.
    
    Outside, use the save/heal statue if you need to, then swing across the 
    horizontal flag poles. If you're going for maximum enemy kills, drop down 
    below the flag poles to kill two werewolves. Ignore the stairs for now and 
    continue along the balcony and swing across the balcony with the flag poles to 
    the other side. There is a shop and two chests here. The chests contain an 
    Herb of Spiritual Life and Grains of Spiritual Life. Return to the staircase 
    you passed earlier and enter the door at the top. 
    
    Upon examination the door will be locked. Werewolves will approach behind you. 
    Kill them all and you will see a shining blue light on the ground. Pick it up 
    to get the Golden Key. Use it on the locked door. After the cut scene, use 
    your level 3 Wind Ninpo on the werewolves and follow up with the Obliteration 
    Technique to make quick work of them. Examine the throne when they're dead to 
    reveal a trap door. Jump down the trap door.
    
    Kill the four centipedes that attack, then open the chest on the left for an 
    Herb of Spiritual Life. Continue through the sewer area. There will be a save 
    statue on the right. Open the door at the end of the tunnel. Head down the 
    stairs to the right, killing the centipedes along the way. There is a dead 
    ninja with arrows on the draw bridge. Kill the giant bats here to reopen the 
    door on the other side. Walk through the hall and enter the door at the end 
    for a cut scene.
    
    Boss Fight: Volf, Ruler of Storms
    
    Volf carries a large scythe that he will use to quickly deteriorate your 
    health if you don't block effectively. As long as you block or dodge his 
    attacks and continue to land combos on him, he should fall fairly quick. 
    
    You'll obtain the Eclipse Scythe after the scene. Ryu will be automatically be 
    equipped with this, so if you're going for a single weapon achievement change 
    your weapon now. Kill the angry werewolves until you get a cut scene.
    
    
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    Chapter 7: The Flying Fortress Daedalus (C7FFD) 2 Skulls
    
    The fanged fortress of the wolf-beast toppled, Ryu and Sonia leave his twisted 
    arena behind, taking to the skies in search of Elizebet. Ever northward, she 
    is carried on wings of darkness, borne through the skies by the flying 
    fortress Daedalus. She must be stopped, but the army of Genshin, sworn enemy 
    of the Hayabusa clan, stands between Ryu and his quarry.
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    You'll be shot by turrets upon starting this level. Charge and arrow and shoot 
    it at each turret to blow them up. After destroying all six of them, open the 
    chest on the right containing arrows. Mobile turrets will attack you know. Ryu 
    can deflect most of the bullets by blocking. Move away from the mobile turrets 
    after destroying them because they will explode. Continue forward after 
    destroying the mobile turrets. There is a shop on the left side of the room. 
    Open the doors and a security system will lock them behind you and dispatch 
    technical ninjas to try to get rid of you. Luckily, they are told not to use 
    explosives. They do, however, carry guns. Go around the right side to find a 
    chest with Red Essence in a dead end. More tactical ninjas are on the left 
    side of the large 'square,' as well as a save statue and a door to exit the 
    area from.
    
    Kill the tactical ninjas inside, then continue forward. A chest on the left 
    contains an Herb of Spiritual Life and the chest on the right has a bit of red 
    essence. Exit through the door next to the chest. Kill the technical ninjas in 
    the hallway and continue forward. Run all the way around the walkway to a dead 
    end to find a chest with Life of the Gods inside. Enter the doors you passed 
    on the way to the chest. Kill the two mobile turrets inside, then press the 
    switch. The platform you're on will lower.
    
    You'll face a large mech at the bottom. He'll take a lot of hits to kill, so 
    use the Ultimate Technique on him. He will make a giant explosion upon death, 
    so keep away from him at that time. Enter the door and kill the tactical 
    ninjas inside. Pick up Crystal Skull #16 from the floor, to the left of the 
    command station. Use the save/heal statue if you need it. Attack the command 
    station to destroy it.
    
    Back track to the previous room. Kill the tactical ninjas and another mech and 
    continue through the door. Kill the tactical ninjas and then open the chest 
    located next to the railing for Life of the Gods. Exit through the door and 
    into a hallway. Kill the two tactical ninjas. If you walk into the lasers they 
    will shock and damage Ryu, as well as set off an alarm, bringing more tactical 
    ninjas into the room. Go through the door on the right.
    
    Kill the ninjas on this bridge area and continue forward, through the next 
    door. Kill the three tactical ninjas inside. There are two chests on the left. 
    They have arrows and Red Essence inside. Destroy all the command consoles and 
    shoot arrows at the glass cylinders in the room. Return over the bridge and 
    kill the ninja carrying a rocket launcher on the other side. Enter the door 
    previously blocked by lasers.
    
    Kill the tactical ninjas and rocket ninjas inside, obviously making the rocket 
    ninjas the first priority. There is a shop and a save/heal statue inside the 
    door on the left. Continue down the hallway to kill more rocket and tactical 
    ninjas, then enter the door on the left. There is a dead ninja on one of the 
    beds with Yogenta's Notebook. Exit onto the elevator and kill the tactical 
    ninja at the top. You can attack the command center on the right for some 
    Yellow Essence. Climb up the ladder when you're done.
    
    The two chests in this room contain Lives of the Thousand Gods and an Herb of 
    Spiritual Life. Go through the door and kill the tactical ninjas and two 
    rocket ninjas inside. The door on the right contains a chest with The Art of 
    the Piercing Void inside and the other has a blue portal to take you to Test 
    of Valor #5.
    
    Test of Valor Five
    
    You'll be fighting tactical ninjas, rocket ninjas, and mechs. The mechs are 
    the main problem, so focus on them first. I used the Level 3 Wind Ninpo on 
    almost every mech, then used the Obliteration Technique. Don't do this if 
    you're low on health, though, as you rarely will be able to get away from the 
    explosions when the mech is destroyed. Don't be surprised if you go through 
    every item in your inventory. It may be a good idea to equip a Talisman of 
    Rebirth if you don't mind sparing it. The ninjas will be a lot easier to kill 
    when the mechs stop coming, and it will seem like a piece of cake to finish 
    them off without the annoying mechs. You'll be rewarded with two chests this 
    time. The chest on the left has a Jewel of the Demon Seal. The chest on the 
    right has a little surprise inside - ghost fish. Don't even open it if you're 
    low on health; if they kill you you'll have to complete this trial again. I'm 
    sure the developers got a kick out of adding that. Return to the blue portal 
    when you're finished
    
    Hit the switch to open a door in the floor. Jump down. There are two chests 
    and two dead ninjas on the ground. The chests contain arrows and Grains of 
    Spiritual life. The dead ninja on the right has the Tonfa weapon and the one 
    on the left has Incendiary Shurikens. Enter the door and kill the rocket and 
    tactical ninjas inside. Crystal Skull #17 is to the right of the door 
    you entered from in front of some rubble. Exit through the door at the end of 
    the hallway and kill the three mobile turrets outside. Stock up on items at 
    the shop if you need to. Hit the switch and ride the platform down.
    
    Kill the three mobile turrets at the bottom. Enter the door, pull out your 
    bow, and shoot fully charged arrows at the four turrets on the ceiling. Jump 
    down and climb up the ladder and enter the door on the other side. There is a 
    save point and another door inside. Save and go through the next door. Examine 
    the dead ninja on the right for a Devil Way Mushroom. Kill the rocket and 
    tactical ninja down the hallway and continue through the door and kill the 
    ninja in the next room. Cross over the bridge for a cut scene.
    
    Go through the door. The chest on the left contains an Herb of Spiritual Life. 
    Kill the ninjas in this room exit through the door for another cut scene.
    
    Cross the bridge after the scene and kill the ninjas in the next room. Enter a 
    long hallway through the door and kill the rocket and tactical ninjas inside. 
    There is a chest to the left of the next door with a little bit of Blue 
    Essence inside. Go through the door to find a shop and another door. Enter 
    through the next door. Use your bow to destroy three turrets on the ceiling. 
    Jump down and climb the ladder across from you to find a heal/save statue and 
    a door. Enter the door for a scene.
    
    Boss Fight: Genshin, the Second Time
    
    Genshin is joined by Incendiary Shuriken ninjas this time, but your strategy 
    will be the same as the first time you fought him. Just be aggressive, but 
    dodge his combos when he starts them. You will still take damage if you block 
    instead of dodge. Aeriel attacks do not work well on him.
    
    Boss Fight: Fiery Armadillo
    
    His attacks are easy to avoid. He'll shoot a bunch of fire balls out, breathe 
    fire, and roll up into a ball and jump and roll around. They can be avoided by 
    just running out of the way. Throw Incendiary Shurikens or charged arrows at 
    his face for maximum damage. When he gets low on health he will completely 
    light on fire and constantly shoot fireballs out. Throw another Incendiary 
    Shuriken at him and he will fall to the ground. Finish him off, then hold down 
    the Left Trigger to block. He will teleport next to you, explode, then kill 
    you if you don't.
    
    
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    Chapter 8: Submit, or Die! (C8SOD) 4 Skulls
    
    Several hundred kilometers north of the snowy crash-site of the Daedalus, 
    Greater Fiend Zedonius has awakened to threaten a once-great military state. 
    The malevolent Ruler of Flame issues an ultimatum handed down from the 
    Infernal Priest Dagra Dai to the people of the world: Accept the yoke of the 
    almighty Archfiend, or die. And so Earth's baptism by fire begins. The taunts 
    of the Greater Fiend of Flame fill Ryu's mind.
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    Moving forward, there is a shop and a chest to the left with arrows inside. 
    Two enemies will run behind a blockade ahead. They carry rocket launcher that 
    shoot multiple rockets at once. There is a possibility that they will end up 
    killing themselves on accident (this happens if you can get close to them and 
    jump around a little bit.), but if they don't, shoot a fully charged arrow at 
    their heads from behind the cover of the other blockade. Two more rocket 
    launchers will run behind the blockade after you kill the first two.
    
    Around the corner, there are a total of four rocket launchers. Head back to 
    the corner you just turned, and shoot your arrows at them from there; they 
    will not shoot rockets at you from this location. Continue forward. When you 
    come to the burning helicopter, three mechs will come after you. If you have 
    The Art of the Piercing Void upgraded to at least level two, a well place shot 
    will tear a mech in half. If you see them hovering in the air, move out of the 
    way to avoid being crushed. You can also try using the Ultimate Technique to 
    rid yourself of them, if you get the chance. There are two more rocket 
    launchers ahead. There aren't really any good places you can use for cover, 
    either. Just try to shoot an arrow at their heads while the rockets are in the 
    air, before they hit you. (Note: There seems to be a glitch of sorts at this 
    part. If you walk back to the chest with arrows near the start of the level, 
    the rocket launchers may be gone when you come back. You can try this if 
    you're having a lot of trouble.) Move forward after they have been dealt with.
    
    Around the corner, open the chest with Red Essence. Four more rocket launchers 
    are behind a blockade ahead. If you stand behind the light post (located 
    behind the broken tank) the rocket launchers will not fire at you, and you are 
    given a great view of their heads. Go up the stairs and through the tunnel, 
    using the save/heal statue on the way. Dogs will approach you outside. They 
    somehow have the ability to throw Incendiary Shurikens at you. Take them out 
    and open the chest to the left of the tunnel. It has an Herb of Spiritual Life 
    inside. Enter the building when you're done.
    
    There are tactical ninjas and rocket launchers inside. After taking out the 
    tactical ninjas, perform a wall jump on either side of the door you entered 
    from to get to the level above, where the rocket launchers are located. You 
    can either shoot arrows at them or run up on them and kill them, running on 
    the wall on the way to avoid getting hit. Ninpos can work well too, as you 
    can't be hurt during them. Either way, two more rocket launchers appear on 
    another 'bridge' after you kill the first two. I found nothing of note inside 
    the building, except for a shop in the room on the first floor. Exit the 
    building through the doorway opposite of the one you entered from.
    
    Did you notice those small circular objects on the ground in the short cut 
    scene? Those are mines, don't step on them. Walk through the middle of the 
    rows of mines. Do not walk into the snow after the initial set of mines right 
    away. There are actually mines under the snow? See the set of footprints? 
    Lightly push your analog sick and walk along the footprints to avoid the mines.
    
    Once across the mines, you will immediately be greeted with a rocket to the 
    face. There is a chest here containing arrows if you need them. Several rocket 
    ninjas will be shooting rockets at you from the windows of a building ahead. 
    They will respawn for awhile, so you'll end up having to kill around 20 of 
    them or so. I wouldn't recommend continuing until you kill them all. All I can 
    say is to be patient and shoot arrows at their heads. Standing near the left 
    wall will help block the rockets being shot at you from the left windows.
    
    Continue forward and keep an eye out for mines on the land. Follow the 
    footprints to cross patches of snow (or jump over the snow completely using 
    the Flying Swallow Technique.) There is a dead ninja with a Devil Way Mushroom 
    and Crystal Skull #18 is at the end of this road, to the left. There are mines 
    surrounding the Crystal Skull and I do not believe there is a way to get 
    around them, so prepare to take some damage. Shoot an arrow at the turrets 
    around the corner before taking these items. Follow the footprints through the 
    snow ahead. Jump on top of the platform the turret on the right was on. There 
    is a dead ninja here with a Devil Way Mushroom.
    
    Enter the large gate and use the save/heal statue as you probably need it. 
    Enter the door and kill the Incendiary Shuriken Ninjas. Use the Level 3 Wind 
    Ninpo for an easy win. Enter the door on the right and head up the stairs. 
    They are broken, so wall run to the next section of stairs. Continue to wall 
    run across the gaps in the broken stairs and enter the doorway at the top.
    
    Jump and grab the circular pole and move to the left. Swing off when you pass 
    the large column and examine the dead ninja for a Life of the Gods item. Jump 
    back on the pole, going left, and swing off at the next opening. Go up the 
    stairs and across the short balcony. Go down the stairs on the left and 
    examine the dead ninja for the Bell Key. Return across the balcony and use the 
    key to open the door. Make sure to walk down the stairs instead of just 
    jumping. Crystal Skull #19 is located in one of the alcoves, next to a candle. 
    Exit through the doorway. Open the golden doors in the next room and jump down 
    the hole.
    
    Make your way forward, killing the bats along the way. Eventually you will 
    enter a large train station. There is a chest containing Red Essence at the 
    end. When you approach the train some Incendiary Shuriken ninjas will attack. 
    Kill them then enter the train from the door nearest to the back of the train. 
    The first room in the train contains Crystal Skull #20. Enter the door on the 
    left side of this room for a short scene. Examine the body on the bed for the 
    Dignitary's ID Card. Leave this room and enter the other room on the train to 
    find a chest containing Grains of Spiritual Life. Exit the train and head up 
    the stairs. Enter the door at the top.
    
    Use the save/heal statue, and enter the door at the top of the center stairs.
    
    Boss Fight: Goliath Fiend, Second Time
    
    Your Fire Ninpo will do massive damage to him. You can also charge an Ultimate 
    Technique to take a good chunk of his health. Otherwise, slash at his legs and 
    dodge his attacks. At some point during the fight, two mechs and a couple 
    rocket ninjas will join him. You can use a level 3 Wind Ninpo followed by the 
    Obliteration Technique to take the mechs out fast, however you will likely be 
    damaged when they blow up. When the boss is almost dead you can press Y for a 
    cool finishing move.
    
    After the scene, head through the hole in the wall, then fall through the hole 
    in the floor. You can take the large book on the ground. It is The Rule of the 
    King of Darkness. Continue down the hallway, killing the three Incendiary 
    Shuriken Ninjas. There is a dead ninja inside the last cell on the right with 
    Incendiary Shurikens. Head down the stairs. There is a dead ninja in the third 
    cell with Life of the Gods. Continue to the end of the hall and open the last 
    gate at the dead end. Charge and throw an Incendiary Shuriken at the crack in 
    the wall then jump down to the room below. 
    
    Kill the centipedes then look for the chest on the floor, across from where 
    you entered. It has Red Essence inside. Head to the stairs, killing the ghost 
    fish along the way. Wall jump at the end of the tunnel to reach a cell above. 
    Throw and charged Incendiary Shuriken or a charged arrow at the crack to break 
    it open and enter through.
    
    There is a chest on the left with an Herb of Spiritual Life inside. There is a 
    heal/save statue down the stairs, next to another set of stairs. Open the 
    large door in the center to find a blue portal with a chest next to it with 
    arrows. Step on the portal to begin the Test of Valor.
    
    Test of Valor 6
    
    This test is against mobile turrets and rocket launchers. The mobile turrets 
    are slow, so take on the rocket launchers first. I advise using the Flying 
    Swallow on them. When all the rocket launchers are gone, start taking out the 
    mobile turrets. There are a lot of them and they will slowly wear your health 
    down. Run and jump around in a large circle and perform Flying Swallows on 
    them over and over again. Two chests will appear after winning. Ghost fish are 
    in the one on the left and a Jewel of the Demon Seal in the right chest. Step 
    back on the blue portal when you're done.
    
     Go up the set of stairs next to the save statue and kill the Incendiary 
    Shuriken ninjas on the balcony. Move forward to find a shop and a ladder. You 
    should be in a large room with several moving gears. Jump up the first three 
    gears. Incendiary Shuriken ninjas will attack you at this point. From the flat 
    gear you're on, jump to the vertical turning gear next to it. This gear is 
    moving so immediately jump to the horizontal pole above to avoid being crushed 
    between the two gears below. Swing across the series of poles to land on a 
    horizontal gear. Jump to the horizontal gear next to it, then onto the 
    vertical gear. Incendiary Shuriken ninjas will attack here. Jump back to the 
    horizontal gear and kill the ninjas that don't get crushed in the two gears. 
    Jump across the two vertical gears and then onto the horizontal gear. There 
    should be a large, spinning wheel with horizontal poles in front of you. Jump 
    and grab one of the poles and swing off onto the horizontal gear on the other 
    side. (There is a platform under the wheel, so don't worry if you miss.) 
    Crystal Skull #21 is on this gear. Jump onto the ramp from here.
    
    Examine the dead ninja for Izo's Notebook. Look next to the dead ninja to find 
    Koshimaru's Notebook (1). Jump on the vertical gear on the other side of the 
    platform, then onto the horizontal one next to it. Grab there circular pole 
    from here. Swing off onto the vertical gear ahead and immediately jump to the 
    horizontal gear on it's right. Open the chest here for Grains of Spiritual 
    Life. Jump up the series of horizontal gears and eventually across two 
    vertical gears and onto a platform with a save/heal statue. Head up the ramp 
    and into the center of the large platform for a scene.
    
    Boss Fight: Zedonius, Ruler of Flame
    
    Try to stay close to him to avoid getting pummeled by flame. You can kill him 
    pretty quickly simply by landing combos and dodging his attacks. He'll grab 
    you a lot, but this move isn't as damaging as his regular attacks. He also 
    likes to hover in the air and throw fireballs, just dodge when he does this. 
    If all else fails, spam the Flying Swallow (he will dodge this a lot, but you 
    should still be able to get a few good hits on him this way) or Ultimate 
    Techniques. 
    
    
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    Chapter 9: Heart of Darkness (C9HOD) 4 Skulls
    
    Elizebet's trail leads to an ominous realm in South America. This unholy land 
    conceals the final component to resurrecting the Archfiend. Ryu Hayabusa 
    penetrates its dark mangroves that teem with the heavily-armed forces of the 
    Black Spider Ninja Clan on a path to the lair of the Archfiend. Ryu journeys 
    through a jungle far from civilization, a mysterious place where the secrets 
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    Move through the trees until reaching a large swamp area, killing the 
    attacking tactical and rocket ninjas on the way. Shoot an arrow at the rocket 
    ninja from across the swamp. Take a look at the water before jumping in; you 
    will see octopuses under the water. You can use your Gatling Spear Gun to kill 
    them. They will respwan for awhile, however. There is a shop next to the 
    building but nothing else, so continue through the water. There will be more 
    octopuses ahead. You can either kill them or just avoid them.
    
    Eventually you'll come to another shack with two rocket ninjas. Inside the 
    building is a save/heal statue and a dead ninja with arrows. From the back of 
    the porch, approach the water and prepare to be annoyed. Several rocket 
    launchers will appear and they respawn for awhile. You have to kill all of 
    them. You probably will only be able to shoot an arrow at one or two of them, 
    so you'll have to run around on the water and throw incendiary bolts and/or 
    attempt to run up on them. Either way, keep moving to avoid the hundreds of 
    rockets. If you run low on health you can move away from them, to the area you 
    started in and the game will consider you to be far enough away to refill your 
    health bar, even though the rockets can still reach you. Just when you think 
    it's finally over and all the rocket launchers are dead, hovering mechs will 
    attack you on the water. Did I mention that also fire rockets? They aren't as 
    hard as the rocket launchers. You can cast Ninpo from the water to help take 
    care of the hovering mechs. They explode when they die, so stay away. You will 
    see a short cut scene when everything is dead.
    
    Now to expolore the area... There is a chest containing an Herb of Spiritual 
    Life and Crystal Skull #22 on the walkway with the search light post across 
    from your entrance area. Follow the assortment of shacks from here. The next 
    one has three chests with arrows, Blue Essence, and a Devil Way Mushroom. 
    There is another chest up the stairs from here with a Life of the Gods inside. 
    Go to the right after coming back down the stairs and jump up to the floor of 
    another shack with a chest filled with Red Essence. Perform a wall run here to 
    reach the next shack. There is a dead ninja and a chest; each have an Herb of 
    Spiritual Life. Move through this shack and jump down to the second 
    searchlight post. Kick open the gate behind it to find a chest the Jade Mask 
    inside.
    
    Head back towards the water and what do you know... there are more hovering 
    mechs. Take them out with ninpo or regular attacks. Enter the area next to the 
    second search light and place the Jade Mask on the god circle on the wall. 
    Enter the now open gate and swim a short distance to land. There is a chest to 
    the left containing Blue Essence. Tread through the water, if you like, but 
    there are only a few octopuses and a large tree at the end. Instead, swing 
    across the tree branches in front of you to cross over the water and reach a 
    path ahead.
    
    Kill the tactical ninjas along the path. When you reach the end, shoot charged 
    arrows at the two rocket ninjas across the water. Jump up and grab the rope 
    above you. Pay close attention to the surrounding area as you move across the 
    rope; there is a short series of branches you can swing to from the rope, to 
    reach Crystal Skull #23 and a shop. Continue along the rop when you're 
    finished.
    
    Head up the path and kill the tactical ninjas that attack. There is a small 
    sidepath to the left, just before the save/heal statue. Follow it to find a 
    chest containing Red Essence. Go down the path next to the save/heal statue. A 
    bunch of spiked bugs will attack you here. Spam the Flying Swallow on them. 
    Perform an Ultimate Technique on the large, cracked boulder to break it. Fall 
    down the hole after you've busted your way through.
    
    Run through the cave, killing the bats and spiked bugs as you go. Eventually 
    there will be a small side room on the right. I am not going to mention these 
    side rooms as there is one almost every two feet, and I didn't find anything 
    of real intrest in any of them. Much further down the cave you will hear a 
    rumbling sound and see a boss health bar pop up on your screen. Enter a nearby 
    side room when you hear the rumbling to avoid getting rolled over right away.
    
    Boss Fight: Cave Worm
    
    This is probably the easiest boss in the game. Stand in the tunnel after the 
    worm passes and charge an Ultimate Technique. Release it when the worm gets 
    close to you. You can tell which way he is coming from by how loud his 'sound' 
    is. Watch down the side with the loud sound for the worm. Slash him as much as 
    you can after releasing the technique and use the Flying Swallow to get close 
    to him if you are too far. Rinse and repeat this until he's dead. To make it 
    even easier, most of the side rooms have eggs inside. You can break these and 
    kill the spiked bugs for Essence. 
    
    Follow through the rest of the tunnel and jump down the hole. If you are 
    walking for a long time you are going the wrong way. Use the save/heal statue 
    at the bottom. Enter the water before you. Crystal Skull #24 is on the 
    outskirts of the swamp. Several worms will attack you from the water, often 
    emerging under you. Flying Swallow works wonders on them. Proceed up the path. 
    You'll find a dead ninja on the way. Take the Vigoorian Flail from him. 
    Continue down the path until you reach a large lake.
    
    There are large, red, fish like enemies in the lake. Jump in the water and 
    kill them with the spear gun. There is a chest at the bottom of the lake on 
    the small pillar ruin. You'll find Grains of Spiritual Life inside. Get on the 
    land next to the building with the large skull. There is a dead ninja with a 
    Devil Way Mushroom and a chest containing a Jewel of the Demon Seal. Climb 
    onto the ruined bridge. There is a shop, save/heal statue, and a blue portal 
    here. Step on the portal when you're ready to begin the Test of Valor.
    
    Test of Valor 7
    
    Yes, they are serious: just skeleton scorpions and spiked bugs. You should be 
    able to clear them out within a minute or two, without using any items or 
    Ninpo. Two chests will appear: a Talisman of Rebirth on the left and, what do 
    you know, ghost fish on the right. Step back on the portal when you're 
    finished.
    
    Examine the decorative wall next to the shop. Kill the chainsaw weilding 
    fiends in the area. Use Obliteration on them when they're missing a limb. 
    They're fairly easy enemies. After dealing with them, kill the red fish that 
    reappear in the previous lake. Open the wall once everything is dead.
    
    Proceed left out the door to find a chest with Yellow Essence. Jump into the 
    water and swim through the long tunnel. Climb onto the land and follow the 
    path along the stream until you get a cut scene. Jump into the lake to find 
    Crystal Skull #25 on the left wall, next to a dead ninja. Kill the chainsaw 
    aliens that attack and continue forward. Kill the two chainsaw aliens along 
    the stone path. There is a dead ninja with arrows in the stone circle ahead. 
    Step in the center of the circle for a scene.
    
    Boss Fight: Gold Dragons X2
    
    The dragons will shoot lasers and fireballs. Both are easily avoidable by 
    simply running away from them, but very damaging if they do hit you. You can 
    fire arrows at them, though you probably won't be able to charge them while 
    both dragons are still around. If you have a level 3 Fire Ninpo, use it when 
    the two dragons are near you to deal massive damage to both dragons. When only 
    one dragon is left, fire charged arrows until it dies as well.
    
    
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    Chapter 10: The Temple of Sacrifice (C0TOS) 2 Skulls
    
    A great waterfall parts before Elizebet as if in fear of the Demon Statue held 
    high above her head in a rain of blood. Behind it lies the gaping entrance to 
    a massive cavern. The stench of blood reeks from its sculpted interior Upon 
    this altar, Infernal Priest Dagra Dai will breathe life into the Demon Statue 
    once again. Ryu Hayabusa closes in on his quarry.
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    Use the shop on the left if you need to, then head up the path. Two blood 
    centipedes will attack a little further up. They are like the regular 
    centipedes, only noticeably stronger. Continue up the path, killing three more 
    blood centipedes. Wall run across the gap and continue up the path, killing 
    several blood centipedes on the way. Look to your right to find a chest 
    containing an Herb of Spiritual Life, then take the path going downwards near 
    it. There is another chest at the bottom, to the right, with a Devil Way 
    Mushroom inside. Go to the left of this area to find another chest with a Life 
    of the Gods inside. Head back to the upper area and wall run across two walls 
    to reach the other side.
    
    Blood centipedes and bat humanoids will attack you here. There is also a dead 
    towards the right with Denji's Notebook. Use the heal/save statue further up 
    the path and proceed forward. There are two bipedal tarantulas that will 
    attack on the narrow, cliff path. They are strong, take a lot of hits, and 
    will often block the Flying Swallow. Use the Flying Swallow anyway. It will 
    kill them eventually and keep you from taking too much damage. Examine the 
    dead ninja further up for a Devil Way Mushroom, then a second dead ninja 
    further up with Grains of Spiritual Life. 
    
    Enter the large, slime filled room after the save point. A worm and several 
    bugs will appear. Kill the worm first with the Flying Swallow and then take 
    care of the spiked bugs. The dead ninja on the rock to the right has 
    Incendiary Shurikens. Examine the pillar ahead to lower it, then perform a 
    wall jump. Wall run across the two opposing walls to a ledge on the other 
    side. Turn around from here and wall run across the left wall to reach a 
    platform with Crystal Skull #26 on it. Jump to the floor from here and kill 
    the spiked bugs at the bottom. Open the chest for Blue Essence. Wall jump back 
    up to where you entered the area, then run across the two opposing walls 
    again. This time, head forward down the path. 
    
    Kill the worms with the Flying Swallow ahead and continue on. Examine the 
    pillar to open the way ahead. Jump down the hole and the end and use the 
    save/heal statue. There are several giant bats ahead. Shoot charged arrows at 
    them while they're shooting fireballs. If you stand far back in the cave most 
    of the fireballs will miss. Look towards your left on the way down the stairs. 
    You should see Crystal Skull #27; grab it when you reach the bottom, then open 
    the chest on the right of the stairs for an Herb of Spiritual Life. Kill the 
    blood centipedes in the next area. There is a large, circular switch on the 
    ground. Jump into the air and press Y while in mid air to press the switch in. 
    A skeleton cage will lower along with several blood centipedes inside. Kill 
    them then examine the dead ninja for a Jewel of the Demon Seal.
    
    Follow the path to find a dead ninja with arrows, then continue on. Jump down 
    to the area below and kill the chainsaw aliens at the bottom. Continue forward 
    when they're dead. Kill the giant bats that attack on the cliff area and 
    continue until you reach a shop. Kill the bat humanoids and cross the bridge. 
    Kill the chainsaw aliens on the other side. Use the save/heal statue and step 
    on the blue portal when you're ready to begin a Test of Valor.
    
    Test of Valor 8
    
    This one is ghost fish and blood centipedes. It's actually pretty easy. Don't 
    be surprised if you don't even need any items. The fish will end up dying 
    pretty quickly. You can use the wind Ninpo around groups of blood centipedes, 
    followed by the obliteration technique to take them out fast. Three chests 
    will appear. The one on the left had ghost fishes, the right has Blue Essence 
    and the chest in the back has Yellow Essence. Step back on the portal. 
    
    Jump and press Y in midair on the large switch on the ground ahead. This will 
    lower a second cage along with two blood centipedes and a dead ninja with 
    Grains of Spiritual Life. Continue forward, jumping down to the ground below. 
    Follow the path to find a chest containing an Herb of Spiritual Life, and 
    continue on. There is a dead ninja with arrows right before the giant bats 
    attack ahead. Take them out with arrows and move forward.
    
    Kill the blood centipedes and open the chest to the right of the walkway with 
    pillars. An Herb of Spiritual Life is inside. You will see a cut scene a 
    little further ahead. Go to your left to see a dead ninja and another large, 
    circular switch. The dead ninja has an Herb of Spiritual Life. A Gold Dragon 
    will be released from the cage after hitting the switch.
    
    Boss Fight: Gold Dragon
    
    It's by itself, so just shoot charged arrows or use your Fire Ninpo until it 
    dies.
    
    Open the chest that appeared in the center area for the Bone Relief. Place the 
    Bone Relief in the glowing, green square in front of the door, and the door 
    will open. Enter the door. At least 100 ninjas will come rushing down the 
    stairs at you. This part is notorious for serious slow down. The ninjas should 
    be no problem after what you have been facing, especially considering the Wind 
    Ninpo will take several of them out at once. 
    
    There is a chest to the right of the doorway at the top of the stairs. You'll 
    find Red Essence inside. Enter the doorway, examine the white wall to lower 
    it, then drop down. Use the shop if you need to and the heal/save statue. Open 
    the door to be attacked by bat humanoids and a super bat humanoid. Just chop 
    off their arms and OT away. Head down the long ramp. There is a chest to the 
    left and right at the end, containing Red and Blue Essence. The Prayer of the 
    Necromantale is located on the right side of the stairs. Head up the stairs 
    and examine the door for a cut scene. 
    
    Boss Fight: Elizebet, Ruler of Blood
    
    She likes to spam a move similar to your Flying Swallow, so spam that back at 
    her and combine it with Y combos for a cheap, but easy win.
    
    
    
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    Chapter 11: A Tempered Gravestone (C1ATG) 3 Skulls
    
    Ryu returns to Hayabusa Village, resting in the shadow of sacred Mount Fuji. 
    It is his final stop before heading to unholy ground, to the source of the 
    supernatural forces threatening the world. Dragon Sword in hand, Ryu's body 
    courses with unfathomable power. Atop the mountain from which this evil pours 
    forth, Genshin awaits, intent on claiming the life of the last of the Dragon 
    Lineage. The inevitable confrontation between Ryu and Genshin approaches.
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    You now have the True Dragon Sword. This replaces the original Dragon Sword. 
    Head down the stairs and follow the path, killing regular ninjas, archers, and 
    Incendiary Shuriken ninjas along the way. Eventually you'll come to a shop. 
    Head down the stairs and use the save/heal point after killing the ninjas in 
    the area. At the end of the cave to the left of the save statue is a dead 
    ninja with arrows. Continue down the path to the right of the save statue, 
    killing several ninjas along the way.
    
    Several ninjas will attack in the courtyard area. A few Incendiary Shuriken 
    ninjas will attack in the building on the left. Head down the walkway to the 
    right of this and kill the archers at the end. There is a save/heal statue in 
    the next area as well as a dead ninja with arrows. Head down the stairs and 
    open the door. Kill the Incendiary Shuriken ninjas, then cross the bridge. 
    Open the door and kill several dogs and a few fire archers. Head up the stairs 
    and pick up the Jizo Statue Head on them. 
    
    Examine the light colored gravestone shown in the short cut scene to find 
    Kureha's Room Key. Back track to the large courtyard. You know, the one with 
    that door you could never get into, with the two poles with snakes wrapped 
    around them? Use the key on that door. There are three chests inside: the one 
    on the left has a Spirit of the Devils, the one on the right has Yellow 
    Essence, and the center chest has the Windmill Shuriken. 
    
    Cross back over the bridge. Two bipedal tarantulas will attack along with 
    Incendiary Shuriken ninjas. Kick open the door on the left once they're dead. 
    Use the shop if you need to and open the chest on the right for Red Essence. 
    Climb the ladder and examine the dead ninja for the History of the Castle of 
    the Dragon. Jump out the window when you're done.
    
    Kill the ninja at the bottom, then open a chest to the left for Red Essence. 
    Head to the right from where you jumped out the widow. At the end of the row 
    of houses, turn right. There is a dead ninja here with an Herb of Spiritual 
    Life. Behind the house is Crystal Skull #28 behind a wheel. Return to the main 
    road and place the Jizo Statue Head on the statue missing its head, to the 
    left of the doorway. A chest will appear at the house up the hill, behind you. 
    Open it to receive Blue Essence. 
    
    Enter the doorway and kill the Incendiary Shuriken ninjas, then use the 
    heal/save statue. Cross the bridge, killing the attacking mage and Incendiary 
    Shuriken ninjas along the way. Jump into the water further up the path and 
    swim through the tunnel. Climb onto the land and kill the attacking ninjas. 
    Break open the doors of the small, wooden structure on the right and take 
    Crystal Skull #29 inside. 
    
    Continue up the path and take out the Incendiary Shuriken and archer ninjas 
    ahead. Follow the path, killing several more ninjas along the way. Climb into 
    the cave tunnel and use the save/heal statue at its entrance. Enter the cave 
    to find a chest on the right containing an Herb of Spiritual Life and a portal 
    to the final Test of Valor in the back.
    
    Test of Valor 9
    
    This last test consists of dogs and Incendiary Shuriken ninjas. If you ever 
    end up being unable to move because of the constant explosions and attacking 
    dogs, use a Ninpo to kill most of the enemies surrounding you (assuming you've 
    been leveling your Ninpos up.) Use the Flying Swallow a lot to avoid 
    Incendiary Shurikens from hitting you, and you should be fine. Three chests 
    appear: ghost fish in the left and right chests, and Lives of the Thousand 
    Gods in the center chest. I advise holding onto the Lives of the Thousand Gods 
    for later bosses or trouble areas.
    
    Leave the cave and jump up the ledges next to the previous save statue. Follow 
    the wooden walkway inside a building. A dead ninja holds Hachijuro's Notebook. 
    Jump down into the hole. Kill the ninjas at the bottom and head through the 
    hallway, killing two Incendiary Shuriken ninjas. Examine the dead ninja at the 
    end of the hallway for a Devil Way Mushroom. Kill the ninjas in the next two 
    rooms. There is a dead ninja in the second room holding on to Grains of 
    Spiritual Life. Follow through the hallway and down the stairs. There is a 
    dead ninja with arrows at the bottom. Kill the attacking ninjas here.
    
    Jump down the hole on left and kill the ninjas at the bottom. Examine the dead 
    ninja for Life of the Gods. Jump down the ledges to find a small cave area on 
    the left. Pick up Crystal Skull #30 inside. Climb your way back to the top and 
    grab the rope to reach a cliff on the other side. 
    
    Use the save/heal statue and follow the path. Kill the ninjas that attack and 
    later the fire archers. Keep killing the ninjas in the next area until you see 
    a scene. You'll acquire Murasama's Omusubi after the scene, which will fully 
    restore your health. Use the heal/save statue and head up the path. Kill the 
    ninjas along the way until you reach a shop.
    
    To the right is a dead end. There is a dead ninja there with Grains of 
    Spiritual Life. Take the left path. Several dogs will attack in the next area. 
    Follow the path when the dogs stop coming. There is a dead ninja in the center 
    of the path with Koshimaru's Notebook (2). Follow the path, killing ninjas on 
    the way. Several ninjas and Incendiary Shuriken ninjas will attack in the 
    large area ahead. Going right from where you entered the area, there is a 
    chest containing an Herb of Spiritual Life and a dead ninja with a Life of the 
    Gods. There are two more dead ninjas in this area, each carrying a Devil Way 
    Mushroom. One is in the center and the other is to the left of the path ahead. 
    Proceed up the path until you see a cut scene.
    
    Boss Fight: Genshin, Third Encounter
    
    Genshin is the same as always. Keep up your attack while dodging his attacks. 
    Really, I don't know why he still thinks he's a match for Ryu.
    
    
    
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    Chapter 12: Quickening Devastation (C12QD)
    
    Deep within Mount Fuji lies a hellish, tainted world, where the demented 
    Infernal Priest Dagra Dai invokes dark ceremonies and incantations to 
    resurrect the Archfiend. Every heartbeat of the fetal overlord rumbles like an 
    omen of death for the human race. Ryu enters the Underworld, where no human 
    has ever set foot before. He does not yet realize that he is in the land of 
    the dead, home to those who have shuffled off this mortal coil.
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    There is a shop at the very beginning of the level. Head up the path and kill 
    the bat humanoids and super bat humanoids on the way. Run past the lava area 
    to avoid getting hit by fireballs. There is a dead ninja by the path ahead 
    with a Devil Way Mushroom. Head up the path and use the save/heal statue on 
    the way. Walk to the center of the next large area for a cut scene.
    
    Boss Fight: Fiery Armadillo X2
    
    Remember that Incendiary Shurikens to the face equals massive damage. 
    Attacking their faces while they're shooting out fire balls will damage them 
    even more, so try it if you get the chance. It can be hard to keep track of 
    things during this fight with the constant fireballs and screen shaking. Try 
    to focus on killing just one of them first, to make killing the second one 
    easier. Pay attention to their health bars as these two will blow up when they 
    die, just like the first one you fought. Move away from the dead one and hold 
    the block button to avoid dying in the explosion. 
    
    If you are low on healing items you can still return to the shop at the 
    beginning of the level as there isn't another shop for awhile. Follow the path 
    forward; it is to the right from where you entered. Soon you will see another 
    cut scene. After the scene, look to the left to find a chest with an Herb of 
    Spiritual Life inside. Kill the bat humanoids further up. Look to the left at 
    the stream of lava. There is a chest with Grains of Spiritual Life inside. 
    Jump to it to land on the small rocks surrounding it to avoid taking damage 
    from the lava. There is also a dead ninja up the lava stream and to the right 
    with a Devil Way Mushroom. Continue down the path, sliding down the rock ahead.
    
    Wolves will attack in this lower area. Flying Swallow them to death. Cross the 
    bridge and kill the super bat humanoids on the other side. There is a chest on 
    the right side of this area containing Red Essence. Use the save/heal statue 
    ahead and continue on. More super bat humanoids and some red dragons will 
    attack you past the save statue. As you might have guessed, they spew flames 
    and fire balls at you. As with most things it's easiest to kill them with the 
    Flying Swallow. Follow the path then jump down to the lava area below.
    
    Use the Flying Swallow to help you to the rocks on the right. There is a dead 
    ninja here with a Devil Way Mushroom. Flame fish will attack you here - they 
    are just like the ghost fish. Kill them then jump to the center rock area for 
    a cut scene.
    
    Boss Fight: Zedonius, Second Encounter
    
    Zedonius isn't your main opponent here, it's the lava. You will quickly take 
    damage if you fall in. He will hover in the air and shoot fireballs. Keep 
    dodging them to get him to come down. Just attack him while he's on the rock, 
    away from the edge so you don't get 'pushed' in the lava. You can use the 
    Flying Swallow to help create an opening for combos.
    
    Examine the purple object on the ground for the Heart of Malevolent Flame. 
    Jump to the rock area on the left to find a dead ninja with Grains of 
    Spiritual Life. Return to the rock area you fought Zedonius on. Do not proceed 
    to the cave door yet. There are octopuses in front of it and if you die you 
    must fight Zedonius again. Shoot arrows in that direction until they are gone. 
    It will take a long time for them to stop respawning, so if you're impatient 
    you can cross between respawns. There is a dead ninja with arrows on this rock 
    area for when you need to restock.
    
    Use the save/heal statue in the cave and move forward to find a chest on the 
    left containing an Herb of Spiritual Life. Use the shop in the foggy area if 
    needed and continue ahead. Several spider robots will attack further up. They 
    shoot lightning and can damage you a lot very quickly. They also explode upon 
    death, so keep your distance when they're dying. Continue through the woods, 
    killing the remaining spider robots. Near the exit there is a chest in front 
    of a tree on the left. An Herb of Spiritual Life can be found inside. Exit the 
    woods from here. Enter the large area of sand ahead for a cut scene.
    
    Boss Fight: Volf, Second Encounter
    
    Volf is joined by centaur enemies. The best way I found to finish this fight 
    was to use the Flying Swallow on anything that I could combined with the Fire 
    Ninpo near Volf (and preferably with centaurs nearby.) You should be able to 
    kill him like this easily and without taking a whole lot of damage.
    
    
    
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    Chapter 13: The Underworld Abyss (C3TUA)
    
    It is said that those who walk the frozen abyss of the Underworld are doomed, 
    forbidden to ever again see the light of the living. In pursuit of the 
    Archfiend, Ryu encounters a beautiful prisoner -- or is it merely a phantasm 
    created by the Fiends? Evil claws reach for Sonia; she has followed Ryu here. 
    To return to the world of the living, Ryu must break through the barrier 
    between illusion and reality.
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    Examine the purple object for the Heart of Bestial Storm and move forward. 
    There is a shop on the left, before the stairs. Ascend the stairs for a scene. 
    Kill the spider robots in the next two rooms and move forward for a cut scene.
    
    Enter the door and kill the chainsaw aliens in the first room and super bat 
    humanoids and gold dragons in the next. There is a dead ninja in this room 
    with an Herb of Spiritual Life. Centaurs will attack in the next room. I 
    recommend using the level 3 Fire Ninpo on them. Move down the path on the 
    right and open the door. Kill the scorpion skeletons inside. The chest in 
    front of door has Red Essence inside. Use the save/heal statue further in the 
    cave. The chest on its left has Grains of Spiritual Life inside while the 
    chest on the right has some ghost fish inside. Return to the previous room.
    
    Fight off the mages and assassin ninja. Use the wind or fire Ninpo if you have 
    trouble. Head down the left path now. The large sacks contain bipedal 
    tarantulas. Attack them if you wish to fight it. The smaller sacks have 
    assortments of ninjas inside. You have to attack most of the sacks to continue 
    forward. There is a dead ninja up the left path with a Devil Way Mushroom. Go 
    to the right path to move forward. There is another dead ninja at the next 
    right with an Herb of Spiritual Life. Fall through the hole you come to.
    
    Kill the ninjas and the bipedal tarantula in this area and move forward, 
    falling down into the next hole. Kill the ninjas and two bipedal tarantulas in 
    the sacks until you come to a path to the left and  a save point ahead. Use 
    the save point and examine the dead ninja here for arrows, then take the left 
    path. Use your arrows on the giant bats in this room. There is a chest to the 
    left with Red Essence inside and another chest further up, along the wall, 
    with an Herb of Spiritual Life inside. Further along the ring is a dead ninja 
    with an Herb of Spiritual Life. Jump down the large hole in the center of the 
    ring.
    
    Boss Fight: Alexei, Second Time
    
    I thought he was actually easier this time. Just perform Y combos on him. When 
    he's taken a lot of damage he'll go into a berserk mode. He'll do a lot of 
    spinning during this time. Just finish him off quickly.
    
    
    
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    Chapter 14: Poisoned Blood (C14PB)
    
    To save Sonia, Ryu fought his way through a sea of blood filled with vengeful 
    spirits, reanimated by the evil of the Underworld. Now he confronts the Queen 
    of the Greater Fiends in a final battle to the death. Dagra Dai's evil 
    incantations are complete; the resurrection of the Archfiend is at hand. The 
    Dragon Ninja walks the blade separating life and death.
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    You can kill Sonia at the beginning of this level with an arrow if you wish, 
    however it will be game over if you do. Examine the purple item for the Heart 
    of Azure Lightning. Head down the path, through the door. Examine the dead 
    ninja for a Devil Way Mushroom. Kill the attacking robot spiders and continue 
    down the path. The fire Ninpo works great here. Enter the next door to find a 
    shop.
    
    Kill the centaurs in the next area. Again, a level three fire Ninpo works 
    wonders on them. There are also two dead ninjas along this path. One has 
    arrows and the other a Devil Way Mushroom. Enter the door to find a save/heal 
    statue. There are red fish in the blood pool. They won't appear until you swim 
    a little bit into the water. Swim down as far as you can go, near a wall. They 
    don't attack as often when you are low. Use your Gatling Spear gun on them and 
    slash them if they get close. To the left of the door is a chest with Red 
    Essence and to the right is a dead ninja with an Herb of Spiritual Life. Enter 
    the door and proceed through the room for a cut scene.
    
    Boss Fight: Genshin, Fourth Time
    
    Again, he's pretty much the same as he's been the last 10 times, except with a 
    lot of jumping and dashing this time. Try to counter his combos with Y 
    attacks, if you can't dodge his attack. Your Dragon's Claw and Tiger's Fang 
    will be upgraded to the Blade of the Archfiend after the fight.
    
    Boss Fight: Elizebet, Second Time
    
    You will be auto-equipped with the Blade of the Archfiend, so if you're going 
    for a weapon achievement, be sure to change it before dealing any damage. 
    Aside from a few new moves, she's the same. If you see her casting a spell, 
    creating spider web like strings of blood, attack her to stop it. You can use 
    your Fire Ninpo to deal an okay amount of damage on her. Rely on regular 
    attacks to kill her. You can use the Flying Swallow, but it will miss a lot as 
    she moves around quickly and uses a similar move often.
    
    Pick up the purple object to get the Heart of Crimson Blood. Enter the portal 
    ahead. There is a chest containing an Herb of Spiritual Life here, as well as 
    a shop and save/heal statue. Use this opportunity to stock up on healing 
    items. Move forward, through the door when you're finished. Kill the bat 
    humanoids and super bat humanoids as you make your way through the tunnel. 
    Enter the door at the end for a scene.
    
    Boss Fight: The Infernal Priest, Dagra Dai
    
    He will spawn bat humanoids right off the bat, but you can pretty much ignore 
    them, as you have a much more damaging enemy to focus on. If he's shooting out 
    purple lightning, keep moving around to avoid it. He can also teleport around. 
    Attack him when he lands on the ground. Spam Y combos on him. The fire Ninpo 
    will do a little damage to him at level three.
    
    Swim across the water to the land to find a chest with Red Essence. Head up 
    the vines until you see a cut scene.
    
    Boss Fight: Archfiend
    
    The dead ninja with arrows in the area should tell you what to do here. Charge 
    and shoot an arrow at his head. If it hits, the orb in his stomach will glow. 
    Shoot a charged arrow at the orb to do decent damage to him. He will spit out 
    blood, which damages you a lot, after doing this. You can use the gravity 
    Ninpo on the orb when it is glowing to avoid the damage from the blood. Just 
    don't let him smack you or hit you with lasers. He will occasionally move 
    upwards. Wall jump your way up to him when he does this, and continue shooting 
    arrows.
    
    Congratulations, you beat the game... err... wait..
    
    Boss Fight: Archfiend, Second Form
    
    This boss can be hard to figure out at first. When he is clinging to the 
    ledge, he will pound on the ground and shoot a laser beam. He is the most 
    dangerous in this position and I wouldn't recommend attacking him here, 
    especially if you don't have many healing items. He will grab you quickly here 
    if you're near him. You can't do anything to him while he's flying. Just focus 
    on avoiding the fireballs and lightning. You must be in the air to avoid 
    taking damage from the lightning. When he lands on the ground, attempting to 
    charge you, he will usually walk into the wall for several seconds. Attack his 
    ankles now; the only damage you can take at this time is from his tail and 
    being under is feet as he's stepping, both cause minimal damage. When he 
    starts to get low on health, perform the Flying Swallow or Y combos on his 
    claws, while clinging. He will grab you after a few attacks, though, so 
    whatever you decide to do, be quick about it.
    
    
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    Unlockables (ES4U)
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    Game Options:
    
    Classic Film Filter - Beat the game once on any difficulty. You can turn this 
    on or off from the Main Menu Options under Screen.
    
    Music Test - Beat the game once on any difficulty. You can use this from the 
    Main Menu Options under Audio.
    
    New Game Plus - Beat the game on any difficulty setting. Load your finished 
    game and you will have the option of starting New Game Plus. You keep 
    everything except key items.
    
    Difficulty Settings:
    
    Path of the Mentor - Beat the game on Warrior difficulty.
    
    Path of the Master Ninja - Beat the game on Mentor difficulty.
    
    Costume Variations:
    
    Dark Blood - Beat the game on Acolyte difficulty.
    
    
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    Frequently Asked Questions
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    Q. I didn't get the same item in a chest/Test of Valor. You made a mistake.
    A. Different items will be in chests depending on a few things. If you are a 
    maxed out on a certain item it is likely that you will just get Essence. 
    Different difficulties give different items as well.
    
    Q. What is the best weapon to use? 
    A. The Dragon Sword is more than enough for normal enemies, especially ninjas. 
    The Lunar Staff, however is great on larger enemies, such as the purple bat 
    humanoids. 
    
    Q. Should I use my Lives of the Thousand Gods items?
    A. Save these (as well as your 9th Life of the Gods item) for tough boss 
    fights. They will fully heal you and can be a life saver in the final chapter.
    
    Q. You can buy Life of the Gods, etc. at the shop. You didn't put that in your 
    guide.
    A. You can only buy these items at the shop if you missed them during a 
    previous level. None of these items will be at the shop if you follow this 
    guide.
    
    Q. I can't beat [insert boss name here] and your FAQ isn't helping.
    A. I'm currently working on revising the boss strategies to be more Mentor and 
    up friendly. For now you can: experiment with weapons, use the invincibility 
    frame you get while casting Ninpo or using the spirit run (press X and A at 
    the same time) to your advantage, and try attacking different places, the 
    enemies head in particular. It may take you 20 continues, but eventually 
    you'll get it, so keep trying.