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    NINJA GAIDEN II
    THE MONGOLOID FREAKSHOW - Full XBOX 360 WALKTHROUGH
    Authored by VampireHorde
    
    
    
    
    
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    ++NINJA GAIDEN 2 ASCII ARTWORK BY ME (it's supposed to be Roman numeral 
    "2" but it looks more like giant diarrhea turds)
    
    
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    What's the deal, party peoples? After having to endure TWO separate 
    catastrophic remakes of the original Xbox classic, Team Ninja has 
    answered all our prayers with a full blown sequel to Ninja Gaiden. 
    
    It is here (and ONLY here) where you will find hardcore tips and 
    tactics, all 30 Crystal Skull locations, weapon combos, and enemy and 
    boss strategies. If that is too much for you to handle, then you don't 
    belong here. Only the HARDCORE! If you want flimsy hack-and-slash 
    strategies, then go somewhere else because I ain't with that kind of 
    1st-grade mentality!
    
    This will be an interactive FAQ in which I will provide links to videos 
    with strategies for various boss and enemy battles. If you are having 
    trouble with a certain enemy or boss, search the FAQ for URL links (if 
    I made a video for it).
    
    
    ENOUGH TALK, LET'S ROCK!
    
    
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                  +++   ONLY A LAD - THE GAMEPLAY ASPECTS   +++
                   ________   __  __________  __   _____  __
                  / ___/ _ | /  |/  / __/ _ \/ /  / _ \ \/ /
                 / (_ / __ |/ /|_/ / _// ___/ /__/ __ |\  / 
                 \___/_/ |_/_/  /_/___/_/  /____/_/ |_|/_/  
                                                           
    
    X BUTTON: REGULAR ATTACK
    Y BUTTON: HARD ATTACK/HOLD FOR UT/OBLITERATION TECHNIQUE
    A BUTTON: JUMP/ACTION BUTTON/HOLD TO DIVE UNDERWATER
    B BUTTON: SECONDARY WEAPON/PROJECTILE/HOLD TO CHARGE PROJECTILE
    
    START BUTTON:  MENU SCREEN
    SELECT BUTTON: OPTIONS MENU
    
    LB BUTTON: BLOCK BUTTON 
    LT BUTTON: ACTION BUTTON
    RB BUTTON: RE-CENTER CAMERA
    RT BUTTON: MAP BUTTON
     
    D-PAD LEFT:  CHOOSE WEAPON
    D-PAD RIGHT: CHOOSE WEAPON
    D-PAD UP:    CHOOSE NINPO/SECONDARY WEAPON/HEALING ITEM
    D-PAD DOWN:  CHOOSE NINPO/SECONDARY WEAPON/HEALING ITEM
    
    
    WIND RUN:   X + A
    NINPO:      B + Y 
    COUNTERATTACK: PRESS X OR Y WHILE BLOCKING
    REVERSE WIND: MOVE ANALOG STICK IN ANY DIRECTION WHILE BLOCKING
    
    
    --THE CHIBURI MOVE
    After Ryu kills all the baddies in a certain area, he will perform the 
    Chiburi move where he swats away the blood from his weapon. When he 
    does this, his health will also regenerate. If no enemies are present 
    after a battle, but Ryu still doesn't perform the move, it means that 
    there is still an enemy presence that you need to seek out.
    
    
    --HEALTH RESTORE
    When Ryu loses health in battle, his health bar will have a red meter 
    that will increase. When the battle ends and he performs the Chiburi, 
    his health will quickly restore itself up to the point of the red 
    meter. To fully restore health, you must approach a SAVE STATUE to 
    refill (only once per statue).
    
    
    --THE OBLITERATION TECHNIQUE
    In the previous Ninja Gaiden games, the fastest way to kill your enemy 
    was to use an Ultimate Technique. While NGII still utilizes the UT, 
    they've introduced a new feature known as the Obliteration Technique 
    (or simply called OT). Ryu MUST kill every single enemy that he 
    encounters or else they will pursue him regardless of how many limbs 
    they still have intact. To avoid all this nonsense, approach an enemy 
    that has been sliced apart and press the Y BUTTON near them to finish 
    them off in a heinously bloody fashion.
    
    
    --CHARGED PROJECTILES
    Throughout the game, Ryu will acquire FIVE projectile weapons to use at 
    his disposal. THREE of those weapons (Fiend's Bane Bow, Windmill 
    Shuriken, Incendiary Shurikens) can be charged for greater impact when 
    thrown at an enemy. Press and hold the B BUTTON with the weapon and Ryu 
    will charge up and fling the powered-up weapon instantly slicing off a 
    limb or even killing the enemy.
    
    
    --THE WATER RUN
    When approaching water, Ryu can run on it by tapping the A BUTTON as 
    soon as his feet touch the ground. If he falls into the water, simply 
    tap the A BUTTON to get back up.
    
    
    --INFINITE OXYGEN
    Ryu can now breathe underwater indefinitely without the aid of a 
    breathing tank. Whenever Ryu dives underwater simply swim to the next 
    area without worrying about losing oxygen!
    
    
    --MANUAL SAVE
    The game allows you to make automatic or manual saves. In order to 
    makes manual saves (in case you have a favorite chapter or boss), you 
    MUST choose it in the OPTIONS MENU. Once that option is chosen, you can 
    then manually choose a slot to save by accessing the Save Statue TWICE. 
    Access the statue to replenish health and then access it again to bring 
    up the Manual Save menu. Trust me, it took awhile to figure that out.
    
    
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              +++   RED HOT CHEETOS - RYU'S ARMORY RELOADED   +++
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    Wanna know all the combos to each weapon? Wanna know which ones are the 
    best to use for certain situations? Then you came to the right place. 
    
    
    --BUTTONS LEGEND:
    
    DIRECTIONAL --> =   PUSH ANALOG STICK FORWARD FROM RYU'S PERSPECTIVE
    ROTATE 360 =        ROTATE LEFT ANALOG STICK IN A CLOCKWISE DIRECTION
    
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                 ===   DRAGON SWORD/TRUE DRAGON SWORD   ===
         _ \  _ \   \   __|  _ \   \ |    __|\ \      / _ \  _ \ _ \ 
         |  |   /  _ \ (_ | (   | .  |  \__ \ \ \ \  / (   |   / |  |
        ___/ _|_\_/  _\___|\___/ _|\_|  ____/  \_/\_/ \___/ _|_\___/ 
                                                                    
    
    This is the THIRD time that the True Dragon Sword makes it appearance 
    in a Ninja Gaiden game. What else do you need to know other than that?
    
    
    --LEVEL 1 COMBOS
    
    PIERCING DRAGON'S FANG XXXXX
    TIGER ROAR             XXY
    SEAL OF TEN            XX --> XX
    THREE LIGHTS           XX --> XY
    BLADE OF EMPTY AIR     XYX
    SCARLET DRAGON         X, PRESS AND HOLD Y
    WINDMILL SLASH         --> X
    VIOLENT WIND           --> XX --> X
    PIERCING WIND          --> XX --> Y
    CRIMSON TEMPEST        YY
    HAZE STRAIGHT SLASH    PRESS AND HOLD Y
    AZURE DRAGON           --> Y
    SCARLET DRAGON         --> PRESS AND HOLD Y
    
    
    --LEVEL 2 COMBOS
    
    DRAGON TEAR            XXX --> X
    FANG OF THE WOLF       XXYY
    IKARUGA                XXY --> Y
    WRATH OF IZANAGI       XX --> XYY
    BLADE OF SUSANO'O      XYXXXX
    IZUNA DROP             XYXXXY
    VIOLENT GALE           --> XX --> XX
    DRAGON OF HEAVEN       --> XX --> YY --> Y
    DRAGON OF EARTH        --> XX --> YY --> PRES AND HOLD Y
    UNDEFEATABLE DEMON     YYY
    FLYING CRANE           ROTATE 360, Y
    
    
    --LEVEL 3 COMBOS
    
    FORTUITOUS PHOENIX     XXYYYY
    GLEAMING BLADE         ROTATE 360, PRESS AND HOLD Y
    
    
    --LEVEL 4 COMBOS
    
    STEEL SPLITTER                XXXY
    CLOUD DRAGON FLYING SWALLOW   X, PRESS AND HOLD Y, YYY
    
    
    --ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE
    
    OBLIVION CROSS CUT           PRESS AND HOLD Y + ESSENCE
    BLADE OF THE DRAGON'S SCALES PRESS AND HOLD Y + MAX ESSENCE
    ROARING GLEAM                ROTATE 360, PRESS AND HOLD Y + ESSENCE
    TRUE DRAGON GLEAM (LVL 4)    ROTATE 360, PRESS AND HOLD Y + MAX ESSENCE
    
    
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                               ===   LUNAR   ===
                           |    |  |  \ |   \   _ \
                           |    |  | .  |  _ \    /
                          ____|\__/ _|\_|_/  _\_|_\
                                                  
    
    The Lunar now has a different look and much faster Ultimate Technique 
    compared to its earlier iteration. When upgraded to MAX level, each end 
    of the staff has chained maces attached for lots of bloody 
    dismemberment. While the combos are still the same (and less difficult 
    to pull off) from the first game, mastering this weapon is still a 
    challenge because of its limited power against every enemy. Not every 
    combo is a killer, so take precaution when using the Lunar!
    
    
    --LEVEL 1 COMBOS
    
    DRAGON'S FANG SPIN   XXXX
    GLEAMING SHADOW      XXY
    INFINITY THRUST      X --> XX
    BOLTED GATE          --> XX
    FIERCE LION          Y
    REMNANT BLOSSOMS     PRESS AND HOLD Y
    WANING MOON          --> Y
    
    
    --LEVEL 2 COMBOS
    
    DRAGON TALON SPIN    XXXY
    YIN-YANG THRUST      X --> XXX
    ABSOLUTE DARKNESS    X --> XYX
    IZUNA DROP           X --> XYXY
    SUN AND MOON         X --> XYY
    CHARGING LION        --> XXX
    FIRST WIND           --> YYX
    MOONLIT SHADOW       --> YYY
    WANING EVIL          ROTATE 360, PRESS AND HOLD Y
    
    
    --LEVEL 3 COMBOS
    
    AMITABHA THRUST      X --> XXXX
    MOLTEN ROCK          XYXXX
    STRANGE SOUL         XYYYY
    BLADED SPIDER        YYY --> YYYYY
    DESTRUCTION SPIN     ROTATE 360, Y
    
    
    --ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE
    
    EIGHT DESTRUCTIONS   PRESS AND HOLD Y + ESSENCE
    DANCE OF FLAME       PRESS AND HOLD Y + MAX ESSENCE
    HAZY SHADOW          ROTATE 360, PRESS AND HOLD Y + ESSENCE
    HEAVENLY SHADOW      ROTATE 360, PRESS AND HOLD Y + MAX ESSENCE
    HEAVENLY IZUNA       ROTATE 360, PRESS AND HOLD Y + MAX ESSENCE + Y
    
    
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                          ===   ECLIPSE SCYTHE   ===
        __|  __| |   _ _| _ \  __| __|    __|  __|\ \  /__ __| |  | __|
        _|  (    |     |  __/\__ \ _|   \__ \ (    \  /    |   __ | _| 
       ___|\___|____|___|_|  ____/___|  ____/\___|  _|    _|  _| _|___|
                                                                      
    
    The Scythe is the answer to the (very sorely missed) Dabilahro from the 
    first game. You can pull off a combo from mid-distance and still hit an 
    enemy from afar. It also has a killer mid-air combo that can make short 
    work of bigger enemies. To properly wield this weapon, learn how to 
    utilize the On-Land Charge for a UT and learn how to counter! With a 
    heavy weapon like this, you can't just mash away hoping to get by. Use 
    this weapon against larger enemies like the mechs and the werewolves 
    for massive damage.
    
    
    --LEVEL 1 COMBOS
    
    PIERCING MOON        XXXXX
    SHADOW BANISHER      XXXX, X (HOLD BUTTON)
    MIST SLASH           XXXXXY
    CORPSE SWEEP         XXY
    DEMON'S JAW          XYY
    ROUND HAZE           --> XXX
    FLYING HEADS         YY
    SERPENT'S CURSE      PRESS AND HOLD Y
    SOUL IMPALE          --> Y
    HUNTED CHIMERA       --> YY
    
    
    --LEVEL 2 COMBOS
    
    DEATH'S GATE         XXX --> XXX
    DEMON PROCESSION     XXXXYYY
    DEATH'S CHARIOT      XXXY
    REVERSED WATERFALL   --> XYYYYY
    CRIES OF ARES        YYY
    GRAVEYARD SPIN       ROTATE 360, Y
    
    
    --LEVEL 3 COMBOS
    
    DEATH'S PILLAR       XXX --> XXY
    RIVER STYX DROP      XXX --> XX, Y (HOLD BUTTON)
    REVERSED TSUNAMI     --> XXXXX
    
    
    --ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE
    
    UNDERWORLD ERUPTION   PRESS AND HOLD Y + ESSENCE
    EMPIRE DESTROYER      PRESS AND HOLD Y + MAX ESSENCE
    MASSACRE SWEEP        ROTATE 360, PRESS AND HOLD Y + ESSENCE
    EXTERMINATION SWEEP   ROTATE 360, PRESS AND HOLD Y + MAX ESSENCE
    
    
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                          ===   FALCON TALONS   ===
         __| \   |     __|  _ \   \ |  __ __| \   |     _ \   \ |  __|
         _| _ \  |    (    (   | .  |     |  _ \  |    (   | .  |\__ \
        _|_/  _\____|\___|\___/ _|\_|    _|_/  _\____|\___/ _|\_|____/
                                                                     
    
    The Claws are another bad-ass addition to the series because of its 
    lethal up-close attacks. When first wielding this weapon, it will be 
    difficult to get used to its short range. To properly wield this 
    weapon, you need to also know how to utilize the counterattack. Its 
    counter attack is a multiple hit counter that can lead the way to an 
    Obliteration followed by some UT's to the face.
    
    
    --LEVEL 1 COMBOS
    
    LION'S ROAR                      XXXXX
    PANTHER TAIL KICK                XXX --> XXX
    TIGER'S CRUSHING JAW             XX --> X
    FLYING TIGER'S CLAW              XYX
    WHITE TIGER FLURRY               --> XXX
    WHITE TIGER GOUGE                --> XXXY
    BARED LION'S FANG                --> XXX, Y (HOLD BUTTON)
    BEAR STRIKE                      YY
    FURIOUS TIGER CLAW               YY --> Y
    KING OF BEASTS                   PRESS AND HOLD Y
    THUNDEROUS EARTH                 --> Y
    
    
    --LEVEL 2 COMBOS
    
    HEAVENY WOLF                     XXXYYYY
    RAVENOUS THROW                   XXX, PRESS AND HOLD Y (HOLD BUTTON)
    RUNNING FLAME                    XXYY
    VERMILION BIRD STRIKE            XX --> YYY
    PIERCING WOLF'S FANG             XYYY
    THUNDEROUS LION'S ROAR           --> XXXXXX
    CHARGING BOAR                    YYY
    FURIOUS TIGER KICK               YY --> YY
    CRY OF THE PHOENIX               --> YY
    
    
    --LEVEL 3 COMBOS
    
    CRUSHING VERMILION BIRD STRIKE   XX --> XXXXXX
    IZUNA DROP                       XX --> XXXXXY
    WINGS OF THE PHANTOM ROC         XX --> XXYY
    WINGS OF THE VERMILION BIRD      XX --> XYYYY
    
    
    --ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE
    
    CLAW OF A HUNDRED BEASTS         PRESS AND HOLD Y + ESSENCE
    FURY OF THE DIVINE BEASTS        PRESS AND HOLD Y + MAX ESSENCE
    
    
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                              ===   TONFA   ===
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    The Tonfas are a great alternate to the Falcon Talons because of their 
    faster speed and medium range. Its Ultimate Technique can target 
    multiple enemies at once (even more so than the Lunar) and its 
    Obliterations are quite painful to listen to.
    
    
    --LEVEL 1 COMBOS
    
    GREAT EDGE                      XXXXX
    IVORY FLOWER                    XXXYX
    BLOOMING IRIS                   XX --> XX
    CYPRESS COLUMN                  XX --> XY
    CRADLED MOON                    XY
    CRIMSON EDGE                    X, PRESS AND HOLD Y, Y
    DEMONS' STAVES                  --> X
    DEMON DEVOURER                  --> XYY
    IRON WHEEL                      YY
    VERMILION FAN                   PRESS AND HOLD Y
    FLEETING BLOSSOMS               --> YY
    
    
    --LEVEL 2 COMBOS
    
    FALLING PETALS FLOWING WATER   XXXYXXXX
    IZUNA DROP                     XXXYXXXY
    FLUTTERING PEACOCK             XX --> Y
    FLOWER GARLAND DROP            XX --> XY
    DEMONS' DIAMONDS               --> XX
    STORM OF THE FOUR WINDS        YYY
    OVERLAPPING STORMS             ROTATE 360, Y
    
    
    --LEVEL 3 COMBOS
    
    ONE THOUSAND BLOSSOMS          XXYYY
    DEMON TEARS KICK               --> XXXXX
    
    
    --ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE
    
    SPRING WIND                    PRESS AND HOLD Y + ESSENCE
    UNCONTROLLABLE BLOOM           PRESS AND HOLD Y + MAX ESSENCE
    
    
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                           ===   KUSARI-GAMA   ===
            |  / |  |  __|   \   _ \_ _|      __|   \    \  |   \  
            . <  |  |\__ \  _ \    /  |____| (_ |  _ \  |\/ |  _ \ 
           _|\_\\__/ ____/_/  _\_|_\___|    \___|_/  _\_|  _|_/  _\
                                                                   
    
    The Kusari-gama is a short to wide-ranged weapon that is a bit unruly 
    to use because of its mixed ranges. Even with that little nitpick, this 
    is a great weapon to use against smaller enemies like the ninjas and 
    against smaller fiends like the Fish and the Gaja.
    
    
    --LEVEL 1 COMBOS
    
    FACE STRIKE            XXXXX
    SKULL SHATTERER        XXYY
    HUNTING HEAVENS        XY
    ONE HUNDRED FEET       --> XX
    SPIRAL ATTACK          YY
    STORM OF SIX FLOWERS   PRESS AND HOLD Y
    SWEEPING CLOUDS        --> Y
    FLOWING SPIN           ROTATE 360, Y
    
    
    --LEVEL 2 COMBOS
    
    GREAT SWEEP          XXXXY
    EAR SLICER           XXXYYY
    SERPENT SWING        XXXYY --> Y
    MIDNIGHT BLADE       XXX --> X
    SHRIKE DROP          XXX --> X (HOLD BUTTON)
    FLYING VINE          XX --> Y
    DEMON CUTTER         XX --> Y (HOLD BUTTON)
    FALLING SNOW         XYYYX
    TEMPLE BELL DROP     XYYYY
    ONE HUNDRED FLAMES   XYYXX
    FLYING VINE          X, PRESS AND HOLD Y
    FUJI DROP            --> XXXXX
    THUNDEROUS SPARROW   --> XXXXY
    REVERSE GREAT SPIN   YYYYY
    DANCING MAPLE        --> YYYX
    GIANT BELL DROP      --> YYYY
    RAGING WIND          ROTATE 360, YY
    
    
    --LEVEL 3 COMBOS
    
    RAGING STAR          XXXYYYYY
    IMMENSE STRATEGY     YYYYYY
    FURIOUS WHIRLWIND    ROTATE 360, YYY
    MIDNIGHT BLADE       ROTATE 360, YYX
    
    
    --ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE
    
    POUNDING GATE           PRESS AND HOLD Y + ESSENCE
    DANCE OF NINE DRAGONS   PRESS AND HOLD Y + MAX ESSENCE
    
    
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                         ===   VIGOORIAN FLAILS   ===
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                         _|  |     _ \   |  |   \__ \
                        _|  ____|_/  _\___|____|____/
                                                    
    
    The Flails make a triumphant return from the first game. If ever there 
    is a weapon in Ryu's arsenal that is perfect for button mashing, the 
    Flails would be the best weapon to use. BUTTON MASH AWAY!
    
    
    --LEVEL 1 COMBOS
    
    DRAGON AND PHOENIX      XXXXXX
    FIRE PIT                XXY
    LOOMING FOG             XYX
    GRASPING THE MOON       XYY
    FLOWING WAVES           --> XX
    HORN OF THE CHIMERA     --> XXY
    FLAME WHEEL             YY
    ERUPTING FLAME          --> Y
    NINE HEAVENS            ROTATE 360, Y
    
    
    --LEVEL 2 COMBOS
    
    DRAGON SLAUGHTER        XXX --> XXXXXX
    OPENED PATH             XXXXXY
    WANDERING DESTRUCTION   XXXXY
    PALE LIGHT              XXXY
    FOE DESTROYER           XXYY
    FURIOUS STRIKE          XYXXXX
    IZUNA DROP              XYXXXY
    INSANE RAVEN            XYYY
    INSANE DEVIL            --> XXXXX
    INTERRUPTED RIVER       --> XXXY
    SHINING HEAVENS         YYY
    
    
    --LEVEL 3 COMBOS
    
    FURIOUS STRIKE          XXX --> XXXXXYXXX
    IZUNA DROP              XXX --> XXXXXYXXY
    PIERCING MOUNTAIN       XXX --> XXXXXYYYYYY
    RISING SERPENT          --> YY
    
    
    --ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE***
    
    GOLDEN DRAGON          PRESS AND HOLD Y + ESSENCE
    DANCING PHOENIX        PRESS AND HOLD Y + MAX ESSENCE
    
    **UT NOTE: TAP THE Y BUTTON REPEATEDLY FOR ADDITIONAL STRIKES
    
    
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                     ===   DRAGON CLAW & TIGER FANG   ===
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           |  | |  | _ \  |      . <   _ \  |  _ \  .  |  _ \ \__ \
          ___/ \__/_/  _\____|  _|\_\_/  _\_|_/  _\_|\_|_/  _\____/
                                                                  
    
    These dual-Katana babies made their debut appearance in Ninja Gaiden 
    Sigma for PS3. While they weren't as bad-ass to use in Sigma, they are 
    as every bit powerful and deadlier in NG2. Combos are every bit as fast 
    and each combo take off 1.5% more health than the Dragon Sword. 
    
    
    --LEVEL 1 COMBOS
    
    FALLING FLOWERS                XXXXX
    MAHAYANA BLADE                 XXXYY
    DOUBLE LIGHTNING STRIKE        XX --> XX
    FALLING DRAGON                 XXX --> X
    DOUBLE ZHONG KUI SLASH         XYX
    FIRE DRAGON SPINNING DESCENT   XYY
    PURGATORY SLASH                X, PRESS AND HOLD Y
    TWIN CONTINUOUS SLASH          --> XX
    FLYING DRAGON                  --> XY
    SWOOPING DRAGON FANG           YYYY
    ROLLING HAZE SLASH             PRESS AND HOLD Y
    RISING EARTH BLADE             --> Y
    PURGATORY SLASH                --> PRESS AND HOLD Y
    
    
    --LEVEL 2 COMBOS
    
    BLADE OF NIRVANA              XXXXY
    BLADE OF DHARMA'S WAY         XYY
    LIGHTNING PIERCE              XX --> XXX
    KING SLAYER                   XX --> Y
    MIGHTY ZHONG KUI              XYXXXX
    ZHONG KUI IZUNA               XYXXXY
    ZHONG KUI HEAVENLY SPARROW    XYXXX, Y (BUTTON DELAY)
    FALLING ZHONG KUI             XYXXY
    WIND AND CLOUDS               X, PRESS AND HOLD Y, Y
    TWIN CROSS CUT                --> XXX
    DESCENDING DRAGON             --> XYY
    RISE TO HEAVEN                ROTATE 360, Y
    
    
    --LEVEL 3 COMBOS
    
    PENETRATING LIGHTNING         XX --> XXX
    BLADED WIND                   XX --> XY
    EMPEROR SLAYER                XX --> YY
    SPINNING ZHONG KUI            XYXXXXY
    ZHONG KUI WHIRLWIND           XYXXYY
    SPINNING FIRE DRAGON          XYYY
    DIVINE BLADE                  X, PRESS AND HOLD Y, YY
    GREAT CHASM                   YY, --> Y
    
    
    --LEVEL 4 COMBOS (BLADE OF THE ARCHFIEND ONLY)
    
    UNDERWORLD DROP               XX --> YYYY
    BLADE OF THE MIND             XX --> YYYYY
    
    
    --ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE
    
    PATH OF THE DEMON DRAGONS     PRESS AND HOLD Y + ESSENCE
    EIGHT HEAVENLY DRAGONS        PRESS AND HOLD Y + MAX ESSENCE
    
    
    ++DUAL KATANA NOTE:
    After Ryu defeats Genshin in Chapter 14, he acquires the Blade of the 
    Archfiend. When he equips this weapon, he combines it with the True 
    Dragon Sword, which replaces the Dragon Claw & Tiger Fang.
    
    
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    --SECONDARY WEAPONS/PROJECTILES
    
    SHURIKEN
    WINDMILL SHURIKEN
    INCENDIARY SHURIKEN
    GATLING GUN
    FIEND'S BANE BOW
    
    
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    The old man with the ridiculously high-priced items makes a triumphant 
    return. Yes, his prices are still high and YES, he is still a goddamned 
    money grubbing whore!
    
    
    ++CRYSTAL SKULLS NOTE:
    There are NO special prizes to obtain from Muramasa for collecting 
    these babies. The Crystal Skulls that are found throughout the game 
    don't serve ANY real special purpose except for a couple of Achievement 
    Points and a special unlockable.
    
    
    --HEALTH ITEMS & ENHANCEMENTS
    
    HERBS OF SPIRITUAL LIFE    $3000
    GRAINS OF SPIRITUAL LIFE   $5000
    DEVIL WAY MUSHROOM         $4000
    
    LIFE OF THE GODS           $700
    LIVES OF THE THOUSAND GODS $2000
    TALISMAN OF REBIRTH        $30,000
    JEWEL OF THE DEMON SEAL    $700
    
    INCENDIARY SHURIKENS       $100
    ARROWS                     $50
    
    
    --WEAPON UPGRADES
    All of the weapons that Ryu obtains throughout the game have TWO 
    upgrade slots each. The first upgrade will cost you $10,000 Yellow 
    Essence and the second upgrade will go for $30,000.
    
    Ryu can immediately upgrade each weapon to MAX status IF he has the 
    credit-scratch-paper, know what I mean? If you play your cards right 
    and deal massive damage to your enemies, it is absolutely possible to 
    have a maxed out Dragon Sword by Chapter 3.
    
    
    ++TALISMAN OF REBIRTH NOTE:
    The Talisman Of Rebirth is NOT an automatic item! In order to actually 
    use the Talisman, it has to be equipped from the Pause Menu. If the 
    Talisman is not equipped, Ryu will NOT be resurrected if he perishes.
    
    
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                      +++   KARMA STILL UP YOUR ASS   +++
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    The Karma score counter is back and this time the rules are different. 
    For NG2, the game measures your amount of Karma by the types of things 
    you do per battle. Everything from the # of combos, # of UT's, # of 
    Obliterations, and # of kills all add up to your score.
    
    In the first Ninja Gaiden, all of the battles had a specific time 
    limit. Some time limits were either too short or too long and the 
    points you gained were dependent on whether or not you could complete a 
    battle before the timer expired. The Karma timer didn't affect the 
    battle itself, but the points to be gained were omitted in lieu of 
    going past the time limit.
    
    
    In Ninja Gaiden 2, there is NO Karma timer to go up against, so Ryu can 
    inflict as much damage to his enemies without having to worry if he 
    still has time left. The points add up like this:
    
    --COMBOS = 100 POINTS PER HIT
    --ESSENCE TECHNIQUE = 2000 POINTS
    --ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE = 5000 POINTS
    --OBLITERATIONS = 3000 POINTS
    --KILLING SPREE = 3000 POINTS
    --INSTANT KILLS = 3000 POINTS
    --ENEMIES KILLED = 1000 POINTS PER ENEMY
    
    
    The more damage you can inflict UT's and OT's on your enemies, the 
    higher your Karma score will be after each encounter. By simply 
    defeating your enemies in a stylish manner, you get rewarded 
    handsomely. Hey, if you play your cards right, you could literally spam 
    your way to a high score! 
    
    
    On average, a first-time NG2 player can probably reach up to 10-15 
    million karma on a first playthrough while an NG veteran can reach 
    anywhere up to 20-30 million easily. See where YOU rank!
    
    
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                +++   SMOKE DRINK PIMP - KNOWING YOUR ENEMY   +++
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    Looks like we got a lot of enemies to kill! Read the strategies below 
    for all the tips and tactics for killing these enemies the RIGHT way.
    
    
    --BLACK SPIDER NINJA - SWORD
    --BLACK SPIDER NINJA - ARCHER
    --BLACK SPIDER NINJA - CLAWS
    --RED SPIDER NINJA - INCENDIARY SHURIKENS
    --WHITE SPIDER NINJA
    --PHANTOM WARLOCK
    These guys are relentless compared to the first Ninja Gaiden game. They 
    attack you from all directions and are more lethal once they've had a 
    limb chopped off. To kill them off in an expert style, use the 
    following techniques:
    
    ++STRATEGY #1: UT IN THE FACE
    Use constant Reverse Winds to stay evasive and then utilize an On-Land 
    Charge. Usually, the OLC will decapitate the weaker ninja which can 
    then leave Yellow Essence. Once the Essence is floating around, utilize 
    MORE On-Land Charges for lots of sick Ultimate Techniques. Repeat until 
    everybody is shish-kabob lunch.
    
    ++STRATEGY #2: OT UP THE ASS
    If Obliterations is something you want more than the Ultimate 
    Technique, then use this combo: X, Y, B, Y (On-Land Charge).
    With this move, Ryu will slash the enemy into the air, toss Shurikens 
    in mid-air, and then land on the ground for an OLC, which usually hacks 
    off a limb. From there, Obliterate them for your sick, twisted 
    pleasure.
    
    
    --MILITARY SOLDIER - GUNS
    --MILITARY SOLDIER - ROCKET LAUNCHER
    --MILITARY SOLDIER - BALLISTIC MISSILES
    These guys are not as frenzied as the ninjas but they do still swarm 
    around you. Usually, the soldiers are accompanied by another soldier 
    that is launching rockets or missiles at you from a distance. Eliminate 
    the soldiers in the same way as the ninjas by taking down the weaker 
    threat and then dealing with the main soldiers last.
    
    
    --INCENDIARY DOGS
    These pooches carry Incendiary Shurikens in their mouths and they are 
    NOT afraid to shove it up your ass. The fastest way to kill a large 
    amount of these mongrels is to use quick On-Land Charges. One or two 
    OLC's will kill them instantly and leave Yellow Essence. Absorb the 
    Essence for more UT's to kill them off. Once you have a Level 2 Dragon 
    Sword, use the Divine Swallow attack.
    
    
    --PINK VAN GELF
    --GREEN VAN GELF
    These large, skinny monsters are a bit of a challenge to defeat because 
    of their enormous...size. To properly kill these guys with only a few 
    combos, Ryu MUST have a Level 3 weapon in his possession. If Ryu has a 
    Level 2 weapon or lower, he'll need to perform extra combos even after 
    he does an Ultimate Technique, so BE AWARE! Stay evasive and defensive 
    from there UFC-style pounces and you should be able to not lose too 
    much health in each encounter.
    
    The main strategy to killing these guys is to let them attack Ryu with 
    their melee punching combos. From there, Ryu can counter their punches 
    (which usually slices off an arm) and then leaves them open for 
    Obliteration. After Obliterating one of them, use the leftover Yellow 
    Essence for some UT's to the cranium. As crazy as it sounds, you have a 
    better chance at slaying these freaks from up close than from afar.
    
    
    --MUTANT BATS
    These monster bats are SUPER dangerous because they swarm around you 
    and quickly reduce your health to ZERO in a few seconds. To kill them, 
    activate the Wind Blades Ninpo or take your chances with some combos.
    
    
    --WEREWOLVES
    The werewolves have a similar fighting style to the Van Gelf enemies 
    (only they don't use fireballs for projectiles, they use dead bodies). 
    Most of their attacks involve pouncing on you with hard melee attacks. 
    Simply counter them to slice off a limb or use OLC's on them to weaken 
    and kill them.
    
    
    --SILVER GAJA
    --RED GAJA
    The gorgon-type snakes are more lethal on water than they are on land. 
    When battling them on water, you'll need to use lots of hard attacks 
    while running on the water. It's not easy to do, but it's the only way 
    to do it. When battling them on land, they have some painful slicing 
    attacks which can easily be blocked and evaded. The most powerful 
    attack to use on them is the Izuna Drop because it is an instant kill. 
    Anytime you encounter these things, just Izuna Drop them all!
    
    
    --LAND MINES
    Land mines aren't really an "enemy" per se, but these things can really 
    make things difficult. These appear in Chapter 8 only and the only way 
    to avoid them is to follow the footprints that are shown on the snow.
    
    
    --EXPLODING JELLY FISH
    These things explode if you get near them when traversing through 
    water. Destroy them using the Gatling Gun while underwater.
    
    
    --GIANT RED FISH
    These large fish thingies only appear in Chapter 9 and 14. To kill them 
    off, Ryu needs to use the Gatling Gun while in the water to hurt them.
    
    
    --GHOST FISH!!! AAHHH!!!
    Ghost Fish only appear in Chapter 5 (and part of Chapter 6 & 12). Use 
    the Kusari-gama or Vigoorian Flails to eliminate a whole bunch of them 
    when they attack or use the Gatling Gun when underwater.
    
    
    --WATER SENTRY
    These robot sentries only appear in Chapter 9 and are SUPER easy to 
    destroy. Use the Water Run to approach them and then smack a combo on 
    them using the Scythe (level 3) to instantly kill them.
    
    
    --CHAINSAW ZOMBIE
    While these guys aren't TOO big of a threat, they can make short work 
    of Ryu if he's not quick or evasive enough when battling them. Evade 
    their chainsaw or cannonballs and then use an OLC UT to slice off a 
    limb. From there, Obliterate the zombie and then repeat the strategy by 
    using the OLC with the leftover Essence.
    
    
    --FOUR-LEGGED SMALL MECH
    --GIANT MECH FIEND
    These half-robot enemies are a MAJOR pain in the ass. They love to 
    shoot lots and lots of bullets and the large mechs love to use knife 
    attacks. The best weapon of choice against these 'bots is the Eclipse 
    Scythe. A couple of hard mid-air Scythe combos weaken them quickly and 
    can leave them open for Obliteration. If they overwhelm you too much, 
    shove the Wind Blades Ninpo in their faces to finish them off.
    
    
    --ACID WORMS
    These annoying freaks only appear in Chapter 10 and are quite difficult 
    to kill. Since they emerge from the acid lava, it's best to NOT fight 
    them from up close. Equip the Incendiary Shurikens and toss them at 
    level 2 charge to decrease their health.
    
    
    --SKULL SPIDERS
    --LARGE DUNG BEETLES
    These bugs are bit tougher to kill than they look. To kill off a whole 
    bunch of them, use any weapon (preferably the Scythe or Kusari-gama) 
    and slice a few of them and then use the leftover Essence to shove some 
    UT's in their faces.
    
    
    --BLACK WIDOWS
    These robot spider-women only appear in Chapters 13 & 14 and are easy 
    to kill with some hard combos, but it'll take some fast evasion to 
    avoid their sharp attacks. Use hard combos to weaken them (they explode 
    when weakened but they still keep moving). From there, you can use an 
    Obliteration on them. Another good strategy is to jump in between a 
    whole gang of them and then activate a Wind Blades Ninpo to weaken them 
    all. And then you can start Obliterating them without using combos.
    
    
    --SWEDISH MEATBALL PUDDING PIE
    This giant red Pokemon dragon only appears in Chapter 12. They breathe 
    fire, chomp on you, and they roll around. Simply use the On-Land Charge 
    UT to weaken them and then use hard combos. STUPID ENEMY!
    
    
    --CENTAURS
    These horse dudes are very similar to the Samurai Horsemen that 
    appeared in the first Ninja Gaiden game. They are most lethal when you 
    approach them head on, so instead of running around trying to attack 
    them, STAY IMMOBILE! Stand near a wall and let them come to you. Block 
    their attack and then strike them as they turn around. EASY!
    
    
    
    +++ZOMBIE ENEMY NOTE:
    In Chapters 12-13, Ryu will encounter zombified versions of the enemies 
    encountered in the game. The Black Spider Ninjas, Incendiary dogs, 
    Rasetsu, and the Van Gelf will appear in zombified form, but are no 
    different to defeat than before.
    
    
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          +++   PRIVATE PARTY IN YOUR PANTS - THE TEST OF VALOR   +++
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    When Ryu reaches the Castle Gates of the Hayabusa Village in Chapter 2, 
    he will be overwhelmed by a non-stop horde of ninjas. Once he 
    eliminates a whole gaggle of them, an item called the ROD OF TRIALS 
    will be unlocked.
    
    This item will enable Ryu to participate in Fiend Challenges called the 
    Test Of Valor. From Chapter 3 up to Chapter 11, there will be glowing 
    portals in each level that Ryu can access which teleports him to a 
    battle arena with over 100+ enemies.
    
    The main point of the Test Of Valor is to defeat all the enemies to win 
    a prize. Usually the prize that is won is a health enhancement item 
    like a LIVES OF THE THOUSAND GODS or TALISMAN OF REBIRTH. If you are up 
    for the tough challenge, then do it before the end of the chapter. My 
    tip for the Tests Of Valor? 
    
    
                        SEEK AND DESTROY EVERYTHING!!!
    
    
    --CHAPTER 3: ONE OF WHITE
    --CHAPTER 4: TWO OF BLACK
    --CHAPTER 5: THREE OF GREEN
    --CHAPTER 6: FOUR OF BLUE
    --CHAPTER 7: FIVE OF YELLOW
    --CHAPTER 8: SIX OF WHITE
    --CHAPTER 9: SEVEN OF RED
    --CHAPTER 10: EIGHT OF WHITE
    --CHAPTER 11: NINE OF VIOLET
    
    After completing the test, Ryu's health and Ninpo will be fully 
    replenished when he teleports back. SWEET!
    
    
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          +++   ZAPPING THE INTESTINES - ADVANCED TIPS & TACTICS   +++
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    --BUTTON MASHING IS FOR NOOBS
    It takes a LITTLE BIT of skill to complete Ninja Gaiden 2. Even after 
    you complete the game, there are still MANY things you can learn. But 
    if you think for ONE second that you can just press any of the buttons 
    like a 10-year old noob and hope you'll beat the game...YOU ARE PLAYING 
    THE WRONG GAME.
    
    
    --ALWAYS BLOCK!!!!!!!!!!!
    Why doesn't anyone ever do this? The main tactic in surviving battles 
    is to BLOCK while being evasive. Defense is the best offense and you 
    NEED to learn it! Trust me, it is very possible to complete every 
    chapter without ever losing as much health than you need to. BLOCK, 
    GODDAMMIT, BLOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    
    
    --U.T. NOT O.T.
    As stylish as Obliterations look, they don't always come in handy in a 
    tight spot against numerous enemies. Stick with using Ultimate 
    Techniques for all the battles and only use Obliterations when it is 
    safe to do so. If you spend all your time only trying to do OT's, be 
    prepared for a world of hurt, my friend.
    
    
    --USE ESSENCE WISELY
    Do not just absorb the different-colored Essence because it looks 
    pretty! The main purpose of Essence is to use it for Ultimate 
    Techniques. Use the floating Essence during battle for Ultimate 
    Techniques for an upper advantage in combat. Only absorb it if you need 
    the health or money or Ninpo, otherwise, use it for combat!
    
    
    --BE DEFENSIVE BUT EVASIVE
    NEVER enter a new area without being defensive! When enemies are 
    rushing at you, keep dashing until the moment is right to strike. If 
    you enter a room thinking you can just hack-and-slash your way to the 
    next battle, then expect a giant cattle prod up your stupid ass.
    
    
    --UTILIZE THE ON-LAND CHARGE (also known as OLC)
    All Ninja Gaiden experts have been using this move since the first Xbox 
    game and there is no reason you should ignore it! When Ryu charges for 
    an Ultimate Technique, he leaves himself vulnerable for a few seconds 
    (which is not a good thing). To speed up the UT charge, jump and then 
    press the Y BUTTON just as Ryu's feet touch the ground and he will 
    automatically charge for a UT (if there is Essence floating around). 
    Use this instead of manually charging to get through battles quicker.
    
    
    --LEARN THE COUNTERATTACK
    Sometimes Blocking an attack just doesn't cut it. If you stay immobile 
    while blocking, an enemy can approach you and then grab you for a quick 
    attack. Avoid all this by dashing when Blocking. Also, when an enemy 
    attacks you while you are Blocking, press the attack button to initiate 
    a counter attack. The timing takes some practice but it is your second 
    best line of offense and can clear your way for a UT or OT.
    
    
    --ELIMINATE THE WEAKER THREAT FIRST!
    As you battle enemies, you'll be focused on the enemy in front of you. 
    But what you need to notice is that there tends to be another enemy 
    that is NOT fighting you and is flinging projectiles or Fireballs at 
    you from a far distance (to distract you). That is the WEAKER enemy and 
    you should eliminate him FIRST so that you don't get distracted. 
    Remember, STRATEGY FIRST and brawns second!
    
    
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    The walkthrough below is for Path of the Warrior (not the pansy Acolyte 
    difficulty). Are you ready for the onslaught of pain that the game will 
    hand you? GOOD! Let's get this bloodbath party bangin', dude bro! 
    
    
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    ++AREA: MURAMASA'S SHOP
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND SONIA
    
    Welcome to Sky Tokyo City! Get ready because as soon as the cutscene 
    ends, it's BATTLE TIME! A gang of Ninjas will appear, so get into a 
    defensive stance! Kill off the nearest enemies and then use the Essence 
    they leave for Ultimate Techniques on the rest of the baddies. Do NOT 
    attempt to try and use Obliteration Techniques just yet!
    
    Once all the baddies are dead, enter the shop to trigger a cutscene 
    with the money-grubbing whore. Once that's all done and refined, make a 
    180-degree turn and go around the corner to find the Save Statue.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: OUTER SANCTUM
    
    Now make your way past Muramasa's Shop (on the other side) to encounter 
    some more baddie ninjas. Use the walls to your advantage and stay 
    evasive! Eliminate all the honkies and then continue towards the large 
    doorway on the other end. Open the nearby chest and then kick down the 
    door to the next area.
    
    
    ++AREA: INNER SANCTUM HALLWAY
    
    Some more honked-up ninjas will appear in the hallway, so start using 
    the walls for downward strikes. Stick with using UT's to kill all the 
    baddies faster. Once that's done, open the nearby chest and continue 
    down to the adjacent hallway.
    
    Do NOT wall-run across the open floorway yet! Allow the ninjas to jump 
    towards you while you prepare for some bloodshed. Eliminate them all 
    with some style by using a pre-charged On-Land Charge to show those 
    floozies how it's done, expert style! Now use a wall-run across the 
    floorway and go around the corner.
    
    
    ++AREA: SANCTUM SHRINE
    
    --OBJECTIVE: MASTER THE ART OF THE INFERNO
    
    Eliminate some more ninjas in this small room. After that's done, open 
    the chest to find the Art Of The Inferno Scroll. 
    
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #1
    Before jumping down to the area below, look across the ledge to see a 
    Crystal Skull sitting by itself on an adjacent roof. Jump over to it 
    and then grab it! Now jump down to the bottom.
    
    
    ++AREA: LOWER SANCTUM
    
    Fire up the Inferno Ninpo and unleash it to gain some Achievement 
    Points. Smack up the rest of the baddies and then enter the next area 
    to find some chests. Open them up and then go up the stairs the next 
    area. Guess who shows up? MORE NINJAS! A new enemy is introduced here:
    
    
    --NEW ENEMY: PHANTOM WARLOCK
    This guy is a variation of the Warlock from the first game. He can 
    create a fire pit underneath Ryu that explodes if he doesn't move away 
    quick enough and can fling fireballs. When up close, he disappears and 
    then reappears and attempts to smack you with his gay weapon.
    
    
    --ITEM: LIVES OF THE THOUSAND GODS
    
    When you enter the area, immediately approach the Warlock and eliminate 
    him first! If you ignore him, he'll keep blasting and distracting you, 
    so get him! Once he's dead, eliminate the rest of the baddies and open 
    the nearby chest for your first health enhancement.
    
    
    ++AREA: ENGINE ROOM
    
    As soon as you kick down the door, get into a defensive stance as the 
    enemies start running towards you. Eliminate them all and then use a 
    wall-run to the next catwalk. Go up the stairs and use a pre-charged 
    OLC on the enemies rushing towards you. One UT should kill them all. 
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: MASTER THE OBLITERATION TECHNIQUE
    
    Approach the dead body to retrieve the OBLITERATION TECHNIQUE Scroll. 
    From there, move forward to encounter a gang of ninjas missing some 
    arms. Approach them and quickly use the Obliteration on them to clear 
    the area. Once that's done, go around the corner to find a SAVE STATUE.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    From here, grab the FLYING BIRD TECHNIQUE Scroll from the dead body and 
    use the technique to reach the top of the chasm to the next area.
    
    
    ++AREA: CHERRY BLOSSOM GARDEN
    
    As soon as Ryu jumps out of the chasm, a set on ninjas will be waiting 
    for you. Eliminate the Warlocks first and then use their leftover 
    Essence for lots of sick UT's to the face.
    
    
    --ITEM: LIFE OF THE GODS
    
    When the area is clear, DO NOT cross the bridge yet! Jump down to the 
    river and make a right turn to the waterfall area where more ninjas 
    show up. Eliminate the ninjas to clear the area and then go to the 
    balcony ledge just near the edge of the waterfall to find a chest with 
    a LOTG! Now go back to towards the mini-bridge
    
    Continue past the mini-bridge for more baddies. Eliminate them with 
    ease and then continue past the garden to a stairway going down. Before 
    you go around the corner to the next area, jump down to the water below 
    and go to the end of the moat to find a little boat with a chest. Grab 
    the goodies and continue the objective.
    
    
    
    ++AREA: CHERRY BLOSSOM STAIRWAY
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #2
    The archers are an annoyance but there IS a way to kill them. Try to 
    block all of the fire arrows as much as you can while killing the 
    enemies in front of you first. From there, move next to the cherry 
    blossom tree and do a Bird Flip to reach a small roof ledge.
    
    From there, run up to the archers and take them down. See that Crystal 
    Skull there? GRAB IT! Now jump down to the bottom.
    
    
    --ITEM: LIFE OF THE GODS
    
    Once that's done, make your way down the catwalks and jump down to the 
    lower catwalks. Go all the way to the end of the catwalk to find a 
    chest with a Life OTG! YEAH! 
    
    
    As soon as you grab the item, enemies will run up behind you to ambush 
    you, so start the slicing action! Eliminate them with stylish UT's and 
    then go back and climb the ladder back to the top catwalk. Eliminate 
    some more ninjas that approach you and then jump and swing past the 
    gaps to the other side. Go to the end to find a SAVE STATUE.
    
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: ROOFTOP BALCONY
    
    --OBJECTIVE: MASTER THE FLYING SWALLOW TECHNIQUE
    --OBJECTIVE: OBTAIN THE LUNAR WEAPON
    
    Now take the ladder to the top and make a right turn to find a chest 
    with a goodie. Now go the other way and approach the dead body to find 
    the FLYING SWALLOW TECHNIQUE Scroll. Work your way to the rooftop 
    balcony to encounter a large gaggle of stinkwads. Remember to eliminate 
    the weaker threat first! Focus on killing the Warlocks first and then 
    focus on the other flimsy ninjas until everyone is dead and gone. All 
    it takes is some Ultimate Techniques to get the job done.
    
    After all the stinkwads are gone, enter the newly opened doorway. 
    Approach the gold statue to find a familiar weapon: the LUNAR. Equip 
    the Lunar and test out its mettle with a few combos. You'll notice that 
    the weapon has a long range (that's what she said) and knack for quick 
    combos. 
    
    
    After all that giddy fun, grab the other goodies from the chest and use 
    the SAVE STATUE to Save your game.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: CHERRY BLOSSOM BRIDGE
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE SCROLL
    
    Make your way downstairs and approach the dead body to find a new item: 
    the ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE Scroll. Follow the directions indicated to 
    perform the UT. Now approach the bridge and start flaunting your uber-
    hot Lunar skills.
    
    Even though the Lunar has long range attacks, sometimes it isn't easy 
    to get as much combos as needed. Block an enemy's attack and then 
    quickly use a counterattack to push them back. From there, begin 
    another combo to finish off the enemy. Try not to button mash with this 
    weapon or you'll only get creamed in the face (that's what she said).
    
    When the area is cleared, approach the dead body on the other side of 
    the bridge to find NOTEBOOK: OBLITERATION TECHNIQUE. From there, enter 
    the house to find another dead body with the TECHNIQUE OF ULTIMATE 
    GUIDANCE. 
    
    
    ++AREA: INNER GUEST HOUSE
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE SECRET ROOM
    --OBJECTIVE: MASTER THE TECHNIQUE OF ULTIMATE GUIDANCE
    
    Enter the next house and then make a right turn to see a scroll on the 
    wall. Slice it down to find a secret room with a chest and some pots. 
    Grab the goodies and then exit outside to encounter some more ninjas.
    
    Exit the house and start using On-Land Charges on the ninjas that 
    appear. Clear the area with ease and then go back into the house. See 
    that chest? Open it up to release some Yellow Essence but DO NOT absorb 
    it!
    
    Instead, move towards the paper wall and two more ninjas will jump out 
    from behind. Use a UT on both of them to clear the room and then exit 
    from the house at the other end to find two MORE ninjas.
    
    Eliminate them both to trigger the opening of Muramasa's Statue. 
    Approach the statue and use the BLACKSMITH option to level up either 
    the Dragon Sword or the Lunar to Level 2. Stock up on any health items 
    and then continue the mission by jumping down the nearby well.
    
    
    ++AREA: WELL OF BATS
    
    Jump down the well and eliminate the big bats with Shurikens. Now exit 
    the well by kicking own the door to a series of metal catwalks
    
    
    ++AREA: UPPER METAL CATWALKS
    
    --OBJECTIVE: MASTER THE SHADOWLESS FOOTSTEPS TECHNIQUE
    
    Traverse the catwalks and approach the dead body to find the NOTEBOOK: 
    SHADOWLESS FOOTSTEPS item. From there, two more baddies will approach 
    you, so kill them off!
    
    Jump down to the lower catwalk to find a chest with a goodie inside. 
    Now go back up and use a Wall Run on the large wall to the next 
    catwalk. There's another chest all the way at the other end, so grab 
    that item if you want to.
    
    From here, it looks like you're stuck! Nope, approach the catwalk that 
    looks flimsy and you'll see the bars are broken. Use that open gap to 
    jump all the way down to the next area.
    
    
    ++AREA: SKY CITY WALKWAY
    
    After you land on the walkway, traverse all the way down until some 
    baddies show up. Keep your defense up and remember to keep the 
    Obliterations to a minimum (or else you'll get smacked around). Kill 
    all the flunkies in this lengthy battle to clear the walkway and then 
    go all the way to the end to trigger a cutscene.
    
    
    ++AREA: SKY CITY OFFICE BUILDING
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE CRACKED CARD KEY
    
    On the next couple of floors, Ryu will be overwhelmed with loads and 
    loads of ninja baddies. Kill off the first wave of baddies that appear 
    to activate the nearby SAVE STATUE.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Enter the next room and some more ninjas will show up. Again, stay 
    defensive and shove lots of UT's in their faces. After that's done, 
    approach the set of stairs and make your way DOWN to find a lone chest 
    with a goodie.
    
    Now make your way up the stairs to the next floor and eliminate the 
    next set of baddies that appear. Once the area is cleared, continue all 
    the way to the top of the stairs to find a lone chest with the CRACKED 
    CARD KEY. Use it on the white door on the previous floor (near the 
    elevator doors) to enter a small maintenance room.
    
    
    
    ++AREA: MAINTENANCE ROOM
    
    Approach the dead body to find the NOTEBOOK: FLYING BIRD item. From 
    there, climb the ladder to the top and enter the shaft to the elevator 
    roof. Use a Flying Bird Flip to the very top.
    
    
    ++AREA: BAMBOO ROOM
    
    As soon as you land here, charge up for a UT and start unleashing some 
    hellfire on the ninja turd burglars. When the room is cleared, go to 
    the other side of the room to find a chest and Muramasa's Statue. Open 
    the chest for a goodie and then stock up on items if you need to.
    
    If you haven't upgraded your weapons to Level 2 yet, now would be the 
    best time to do it. It'll make the upcoming boss battle much easier. 
    Now go to the other side of the Bamboo Room to find a SAVE STATUE. I 
    suggest that you ignore the statue for now and go up the stairs.
    
    One more wave of baddies will show up, so start the slicing and dicing! 
    Finish them off in style and then go back down and use the SAVE STATUE.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    When you're ready, go upstairs and open the double doors for your first 
    boss battle!
    
    
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                       +++   BOSS BATTLE: RASETSU   +++
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    ++NOTE: For those of you that played Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword on the 
    Nintendo DS (aside from those asshole NGDS cheaters), this boss is the 
    REAL full version of the tarantula boss from NGDS.
    
    
    Rasetsu is one aggressive semi-boss (but still a pansy compared to 
    Murai from the first game), so you need to be quick on your feet. He 
    uses a couple of moves in his arsenal:
    
    --WIND BLADES
    --SPIDER POUNCE
    --SPIDER GRAB
    
    Defeating this boss is as easy as Swedish Meatball Pudding Pie. For the 
    battle, simply keep a far distance from Rasetsu and charge up for a UT. 
    You should have enough time to unleash a bunch of Ultimate Techniques 
    in his fat face without too much trouble. Simply repeat the tactic 
    above and then use an Obliteration Technique on him when he's down for 
    the count to end the battle. 
    
    AVOID trying to use up-close combos on him because he can just grab you 
    in mid-combo and then smack you around. Stick with the Ultimate 
    Technique strategy and the battle will be over in less than 30 seconds. 
    No Ninpo used, no health wasted. Simple, right? If you die more than 
    three times in this battle even after using the tactic above, then I 
    don't know what to tell you except QUIT. Once the battle is over, the 
    mission is complete.
    
    
    Copy and paste the URL below to see how to defeat Rasetsu in under 25 
    seconds using only one attack:
    
    http://www.gametrailers.com/player/usermovies/225912.html
    
    
    MISSION COMPLETE!
    
    
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                +++   CHAPTER 2: THE CASTLE OF THE DRAGON   +++
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    Welcome back to Hayabusa Village. In the time since the previous game, 
    a couple of new areas are now accessible that were never seen before. 
    Well, actually, these new areas were previously introduced in Ninja 
    Gaiden Dragon Sword, but since nobody except me has played it, you 
    wouldn't know, would you?
    
    
    ++AREA: HAYABUSA GRAVEYARD
    
    --OBJECTIVE: GO TO THE CASTLE GATE ENTRANCE
    
    Make your way down the path to encounter some ninjas. Eliminate the 
    next couple of ninjas that appear with some easy combos and work your 
    way down to the Central Bridge area to encounter a new enemy.
    
    
    ++AREA: CENTRAL BRIDGE ENTRANCE
    
    --NEW ENEMY: INCENDIARY DOGS
    These pooches carry Incendiary Shurikens in their mouths and aren't 
    afraid to shove it up your ass. Stay defensive and evasive and use On-
    Land Charge attacks to slice them down. Keep doing this to kill them 
    off and unleash Yellow Essence for UT's.
    
    
    Kill the lone pooch that appears to clear this area. Before you leave 
    this area, there is a familiar place that you need to visit. Enter the 
    doorway near the graveyard stairs to the Central Bridge (where Ryu 
    fought Masakado in the first game).
    
    
    --ITEM: LIFE OF THE GODS
    
    A bunch of baddies will appear, so eliminate and obliterate them all 
    with some flashy moves to clear the bridge. Approach the lone chest to 
    find a Life OTG. Now exit Central Bridge and continue the objective.
    
    
    From Central Bridge, go around the range to encounter a much larger 
    pack of pooches. Remember, use lots of On-Land Charges on them to 
    quickly kill them off. When the area is cleared, take the small path to 
    the river and start running to the LEFT side.
    
    Two archers will be flinging arrows at you, so run in zigzag patterns 
    until you reach them. Eliminate them all with some style!
    
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #3
    After eliminating the archers, jump back down to the water. Swim around 
    the area until you see a white glowing Crystal Skull under the water. 
    Dive down deep (that's what she said) and grab the skull!
    
    
    ++AREA: HEADMASTER'S HOUSE
    
    Continue the objective and head up the stairs. Approach the dead body 
    to find the COUNTER ATTACK TECHNIQUE Scroll. Now use the Save Statue 
    and SAVE your game.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE FALCON TALONS
    
    Go up the house patio and you'll encounter some ninjas and some 
    annoying archers. Ignore the ninjas by dashing carefully towards the 
    archers and then eliminate them one-by-one.
    
    
    ++AREA: CASTLE GATE ENTRANCE
    
    When the patio is clear, make a right turn and enter the house. Open 
    the chests seen in here and some more ninjas will pop out of nowhere. 
    Be prepared for this lengthy battle because the room is super small and 
    maneuvering around it will be difficult. Remember to use lots of OLC's 
    and UT's to kill them all. Once the room is finally cleared, you'll see 
    some goodies in the corner. Grab the items to obtain the FALCON TALONS.
    
    
    --NEW WEAPON: FALCON TALONS
    These babies are bad-ass to use but also a bit difficult to master. 
    Since these weapons involve up-close melee combos, Ryu needs to 
    properly utilize its short range or else he'll get smacked around. 
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: OBTAIN THE ROD OF TRIALS
    
    Exit the house and approach the stairs to encounter a large gaggle of 
    ninjas. One thing you'll notice is that they will constantly keep 
    spawning one after another. Slice and dice every single ninja with the 
    Falcon Talon's until the Stone Monument in the corner finally lights 
    up. When the monument lights up, the area is cleared.
    
    Approach the monument and grab the ROD OF TRIALS item. This item will 
    allow Ryu to participate in the Tests Of Valor challenges. If you need 
    to SAVE your game, do it at the Save Statue in front of the house. When 
    you're ready, go up the Castle Gate stairway.
    
    
    ++AREA: CASTLE GATE STAIRWAY
    
    --OBJECTIVE: ENTER THE CASTLE
    
    The next section involves Ryu climbing up a hill filled with lots of 
    ninjas. Simply fight your way to the top by eliminating the archers 
    perched on the watchtowers and then using the Essence for UT's on the 
    ninjas on the ground.
    
    Make it all the way to the top of the hill to encounter a lone pooch. 
    Screw that pooch and kill it with an On-Land Charge to clear the whole 
    area. Use the Save Statue and SAVE your game.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    There is a Muramasa Statue above the small stairs, so stock up on stuff 
    if you need to and continue the mission. Next to the Save Statue is an 
    underground cavern walkway. Enter inside and traverse the cavern (watch 
    out for ninjas) all the way to the end. Use the Bird Flip to exit the 
    cavern and to a new area.
    
    
    ++AREA: CASTLE ENTRANCE WALKWAY
    
    Head up the walkway and start killing some ninjas with some awesome 
    techniques. Head up the walkway towards the next level and some more 
    ninjas will jump down. Kick some ass and then continue up the stairs to 
    the upper level.
    
    Keep working your way to the top level and you will reach what looks 
    like a dead end. See those wooden planks? Run up the planks to jump 
    onto the Castle roof.
    
    
    ++AREA: CASTLE ROOFTOP - LOWER LEVEL
    
    A gang of Warlocks and ninjas will show up to play. How about some 
    blackjack to the face? Eliminate the gang and then jump down the 
    destroyed roof crevice to FINALLY enter the Castle.
    
    
    ++AREA: CASTLE INTERIOR
    
    When you land inside, some more ninjas and archers will ambush you. 
    Take out the archers first and then crap out that ninja to clear the 
    area and activate the Save Statue.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    At the end of the hall near the stairs is a new weapon to use: the 
    FIEND'S BANE BOW. Equip the bow and shoot an arrow at the shining 
    gemstone to open the gate and reveal some new stairs. Make your way up 
    the stairs and drop down to encounter Rasetsu.
    
    
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    This battle with Rasetsu is a bit different than before. He will employ 
    the use of ninjas to help him as he tries to kill you. The strategy for 
    killing Rasetsu is still the same but you'll need some tactics against 
    the ninjas.
    
    First of all, DO NOT try to battle Rasetsu from up close! Stay 
    defensive and keep your distance from him. Instead, use Izuna Drops and 
    counters on the ninjas that are swarming around you to unleash Yellow 
    Essence. With the Essence, use an On-Land Charge on Rasetsu to reduce 
    his health. It will take a couple of tries to get this simple strategy 
    down, but it works and you won't lose too much health if done properly.
    
    
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    ++AREA: GOLDEN DRAGON ROOM
    
    --OBJECTIVE: SOLVE THE GOLDEN DRAGON PUZZLE
    
    Kick down the door to the next area. Make aright turn and go to the end 
    for a chest with goodies. Now go the other way to find some stairs and 
    some ninja baddies.
    
    Finish them off and then ascend the stairway. Cut open the paper walls 
    to find some more ninjas. Eliminate them with Obliterations to clear 
    the area and to activate the nearby Save Statue.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Now go up the stairs and approach the dead body to find the TECHNIQUE 
    OF UNRIVALED SOARING Scroll. Cut open the paper walls to a large 
    balcony with two pedestals (one on the left and one on the right). Each 
    pedestal is missing a colored jewel and Ryu must find the jewels to 
    solve the Golden Dragon Puzzle.
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE ULTRAMARINE & VERMILION JEWELS
    
    Here's what to do: Use a Wall Run to the left of the balcony and land 
    on the adjacent balcony. A shmegeggy of ninjas will jump in to ambush 
    you, so start the Obliteration party! Remember to stay defensive! Once 
    the balcony is cleared, approach the pedestal near the wall and grab 
    the ULTRAMARINE JEWEL.
    
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #4
    Enter the adjacent hall to find a Crystal Skull sitting in a little 
    supply room shelf. Grab it and then enter the next room to encounter 
    some more ninja flunkies.
    
    
    Eliminate the ninjas with hard combos to clear the room. Now approach 
    the pedestal on the wall to retrieve the VERMILION JEWEL. With both 
    jewels on hand, you can now solve the Golden Dragon Puzzle! To go back 
    to the balcony that had the missing jewels, either use the Wall Run 
    from the adjacent balcony or simply jump back down to the ground and 
    climb up using the stairway.
    
    Place both of the jewels in the respective pedestals to activate a 
    glowing activation gem. Shoot an arrow at it to lower a large elevator 
    and to open a secret path. Enter the path through the dragon's mouth to 
    emerge back outside.
    
    
    ++AREA: CASTLE ROOFTOP - UPPER
    
    As soon as you jump out, a gang of Warlocks will ambush you. These guys 
    should so easy to kill by now, so DO IT. Clear them all and then ascend 
    the rooftop to the upper roofs to find an open gap. 
    
    
    ++AREA: CASTLE PENTHOUSE
    
    Archers and ninjas will appear so get to it! Kill them off with some 
    mixed combos and clear the area!
    
    
    --ITEM: LIVES OF THE THOUSAND GODS
    --ITEM: LIFE OF THE GODS
    
    Open the lone chest to find a Lives OTTG and immediately equip it 
    because the next battle's gonna be a doozy! Go up the stairs and 
    approach the dead body to find a Life OTG. DO NOT enter the next 
    doorway just yet!
    
    Go back downstairs and drop down the mini-trapdoor near the chest to 
    find the Save Statue.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    When you're ready, climb up the stairs and open the doorway for a 
    (somewhat) tough boss battle. 
    
    
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    Genshin is a bit intimidating on first glance, but to an expert Ninja 
    Gaiden player, he's a complete BITCH. Even with that said, Genshin 
    employs a few powerful attacks in his arsenal:
    
    --SHADOW RUSH
    --FLYING SHADOW SWALLOW
    --SHADOW COUNTER
    
    If you fought against Chapter 2 Doku in Ninja Gaiden Sigma, then 
    Genshin pretty much should remind you of him pound-for-pound. Genshin 
    is NOT so tough as he looks but his attacks are quite painful, so put 
    up some DEFENSE! Remember to ALWAYS BLOCK! Never let your guard down 
    for this entire battle and stay defensive AT ALL TIMES!
    
    The moment to strike against Genshin is when he does his Shadow Rush or 
    when he misses the Flying Swallow attack. Simply evade and block both 
    attacks and then quickly counter with an X, Y, Y combo. Yes, it's that 
    simple because after he misses the attacks, he leaves himself 
    vulnerable for a second, which is all the time you need. Repeat that 
    tactic and you should be able to reduce his health significantly.
    
    Stay evasive throughout the encounter so that he doesn't catch you off-
    guard and ALWAYS block his attacks, especially his Flying Swallow move. 
    Use the strategy mentioned above as a more effective way to defeat 
    Genshin instead of trying to use flashy moves. Defeat Genshin to 
    complete the mission.
    
    
    Copy and paste this URL to see how to defeat Genshin properly:
    
    http://www.gametrailers.com/player/usermovies/226659.html
    
    
    MISSION COMPLETE!
    
    
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    Welcome to New York City. SNIFF* SNIFF* What the hell is that awful 
    garbage truck stench? Oh wait, that's just Times Square. NEVERMIND!
    
    
    ++AREA: TIMES SQUARE SOUTH
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE ART OF THE WIND BLADES SCROLL
    
    As soon as the chapter begins, Ryu can either find the second Ninpo 
    scroll or fight off a new enemy. That choice is up to you. If you want 
    to fight some enemies first, move forward to the middle of the area to 
    encounter a new baddie:
    
    
    --NEW ENEMY: VAN GELF
    These guys are aggressive like MMA or UFC fighters. They like to use 
    punching combos and take-downs to kick your ass. They also have a dual 
    fireball and fire breath just in case. Killing these guys require some 
    nifty counterattack skills. Move up close to them and let them do their 
    melee punching combos. Counter their punches and it should chop off a 
    limb. If not, it'll stun them and leave them open for an attack.
    
    
    Avoid staying at a far distance from these guys and stick to using up-
    close combat to kill them all off. Remember to be defensive or else 
    these baddies will smack you up! Once the entire area is clear, Ryu can 
    explore the little corners of the area to find a couple of chests.
    
    Once you're done exploring, go to the street corner where you started 
    the chapter to find an open door. Approach the nearby dead body to 
    retrieve the ART OF THE WIND BLADES Scroll.
    
    
    ++AREA: MAINTENANCE HALLWAY
    
    --OBJECTIVE: GO TO THE ROOF
    
    A couple of Archers and ninjas will show up to ambush you, so try out 
    the Wind Blades Ninpo if you want. Eliminate the pack and approach the 
    stairway going up to encounter some more baddies.
    
    There will be a bevy of archers and Warlocks to distract you in the 
    upper level, so try and eliminate those guys first and then deal with 
    the rest of the baddies after. When the room is clean, there's a secret 
    item you might want to check out...
    
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #5
    Go back to the stairway and take it to the top to find a Crystal Skull 
    sitting behind an enclosed gate. Grab it and then continue back down to 
    the area where you encountered the ninjas. Approach the Save Statue to 
    SAVE your game.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Now use a Bird Flip at the nearby shaft to emerge on the rooftop where 
    you'll encounter some mini-dragons. 
    
    
    --NEW ENEMY: MINI-DRAGONS
    These enemies are pretty weak but annoying because they lob fireballs 
    at you from a high distance. Equip the Fiend's Bane Bow and shoot them 
    twice to kill them.
    
    
    ++AREA: ROOFTOP
    
    --OBJECTIVE: CLEAR THE ROOFTOP OF THREATS
    
    This next area will be a bit of a crapshoot since you'll be dealing 
    with archers from far distances. First, if you need arrows, approach 
    the dead body on the right side of the wall. Kill off the mini-dragons 
    and then the ninja archers will appear on the opposite rooftop. Re-
    equip some more arrows and used charged arrow shots to kill off the 
    archers on the other roof.
    
    When the rooftops are cleared, Ryu can either take the zipline to the 
    other rooftop or explore the area below. If you explore the area below, 
    prepare for a pooch ambush! The Incendiary Dogs will pop out of 
    nowhere, so be aware! The only thing you'll find the area below is a 
    chest with Essence, so take that at your own risk!
    
    
    Go back to the roof and use the zipline to the other side. Jump down 
    and more ninjas will pop up. Again, DEFENSE! Kick them off the roof to 
    clear the area and to activate the Save Statue nearby.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: GO TO TIMES SQUARE NORTH
    --OBJECTIVE: ENTER THE SUBTERRANEAN SEWERS
    
    Jump down the building to Times Square North and some more ninjas will 
    appear. Eliminate them all with UT's to the face and that should get 
    the job done. From there, go north to the next area and a gaggle of Van 
    Gelf's will rush after you.
    
    Blow off these blowhards with some blowpop combos, it's not that hard! 
    When the area is cleared, continue north to trigger a cutscene with the 
    Green Van Gelf bitch. This guy is not any different than the pink 
    version, so eliminate him with the same combos as the other Van Gelf's. 
    Clear the area of the threat and then jump down to the stinky New York 
    sewers below to find a Save Statue.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    As you traverse the sewers, some more VG's and mutant bats will pop up 
    for an ambush. Again, stick with counter combos and use the Wind Blades 
    IF you are getting too overwhelmed. Once the area is clear, it's time 
    to explore the dank sewers.
    
    
    --ITEM: JEWEL OF THE DEMON SEAL
    
    Make a right turn at the sewer intersection and approach the dead body 
    near the ladder to obtain your first JEWEL OF THE DEMON SEAL. This item 
    allows Ryu to upgrade one of the Ninpo scrolls.
    
    Climb the ladder to the top and then use a Wall Run on the nearby metal 
    gate to the other ledge. From there, follow the walls and turn left to 
    find an open metal gate. Enter the gate and take the ladder down.
    
    
    ++AREA: LOWER SEWERS 1
    
    WHOA! Van Gelf's will pop out of the tunnel to ambush you, so bust out 
    your fancy moves and eliminate the lot of them. From there, jump and 
    swing to the next area while killing some more Van Gelf's.
    
    
    ***NOTE:
    If you happen to fall to the bottom while running, simply run towards 
    the stairway (watch out for mutant bats) and then run and jump back to 
    the top.
    
    
    When you reach the end of the path, jump down to the circular area to 
    find a dead body with arrows. Grab some arrows and then CAREFULLY enter 
    the next area.
    
    
    ++AREA: LOWER SEWERS 2
    
    As you enter this area, one of the Van Gelf's will jump out to pounce 
    you, so be cautious and eliminate the rest of the bunch that appear 
    with some hot killer attacks.
    
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #6
    Make a left turn from where you encountered the Van Gelf's to find a 
    dead body with the TECHNIQUE OF SHADOWLESS FOOTSTEPS Scroll. From 
    there, use a double Wall Run to the back of the cave to find another 
    Crystal Skull. SWEET!
    
    
    After obtaining that item, go to the opposite direction from where you 
    encountered those Van Gelf's to another set of walls. Eliminate the 
    remaining Van Gelf's that appear and then run and swing to the other 
    side of the area.
    
    As you approach the next area, some more ninjas will pop up. Eliminate 
    them with some hot moves to clear the area. From there, use a Wall Run 
    to reach the higher ledge with the Muramasa Statue. Stock up on items 
    and then kick down the nearby door to a new area.
    
    
    ++AREA: LOWER SEWERS 3
    
    --OBJECTIVE: DESTROY THE VENTILATION SYSTEM
    
    As you enter this area, prepare for some ninjas and Van Gelf's to show 
    up. Across from where you opened to door is a dead body with Incendiary 
    Shurikens. Make your way up to it and grab some Incendiary Shurikens 
    and start tossing them at the archers and Van Gelfs.
    
    When the area is cleared, toss some Incendiary Shurikens at the 
    ventilation fans to stop them from spinning. The area to the east of 
    where you entered contains some more ninjas and some chests. Grab those 
    if you need to, otherwise destroy the fans on the west side of the door 
    you entered and make your way down.
    
    Eliminate some more ninjas to clear the lower sewers of enemies. 
    Destroy the last ventilation fan and then jump and swing to the area 
    below. As you splash into the water, DO NOT emerge out! Mutant bats are 
    swarming above and there's nothing for you above water! Stay underwater 
    and look for the open pipeline and swim towards it to the next area.
    
    
    
    ++AREA: OUTER SUBWAY
    
    --OBJECTIVE: ENTER THE SUBWAY TRACKS
    
    Emerge from the water to encounter some mutant bats and a duo of 
    ninjas. Snuff them out and then grab some arrows from the nearby dead 
    body. Approach the statue to SAVE your game.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Use a Bird Flip on the vertical subway car to the top. Some archers 
    will be flinging arrows at you from an opposite ledge, so toss 
    Incendiary Shurikens at them or charged arrows to kill them off.
    
    From there, use a Wall Run to reach the opposite ledge, open the chest 
    for goodies, and then use another Wall Run to the next cavern. Watch 
    out for some Van Gelfs as they come running and eliminate them all.
    
    In the next area, jump down and kill some more Van Gelf's. When that's 
    fine and dandy, continue up the path and up the rocky steps. Use a 
    double Wall Run to get near Muramasa's Statue and start killing some 
    ninjas! Clear out the archers and ninjas to activate TEST OF VALOR #1. 
    Stock up at Muramasa's Statue and then approach the Save Statue at the 
    other side and SAVE your game.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    --TEST OF VALOR #1 - ONE OF WHITE
    The first Test Of Valor is across from the Save Statue. Use the Wall 
    Run to reach it and then activate the portal. You'll be facing off 
    against a bunch of ninjas and Warlocks for this battle, so use lots of 
    Izuna Drops for instant kills and lots and lots of On-Land Charge UT's 
    to thin the herd. Complete the test and the prize will be a LIVES OF 
    THE THOUSAND GODS. Easy, right?
    
    
    If you decide to do the Test Of Valor, be sure to be stocked and ready! 
    If not, then continue the objective and jump down to the lower subway. 
    Be sure you're ready because once you jump down, you can't go back!
    
    
    ++AREA: LOWER SUBWAY NORTH
    
    Lots of ninjas = lots of blood. Snuff out all the ninjas near the 
    subway car to clear them out. From there, use a Wall Run on the subway 
    car to enter inside one of the cars. Emerge on the other side and some 
    Van Gelfs will pop out for an ambush.
    
    Activate some Ninpo and then Obliterate all the baddies. Use the 
    leftover Essence for some UT's to the face. Clear the area to trigger 
    the less-than-spectacular boss battle.
    
    
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    This giant fugly floating boss is as easy to predict than anything 
    else. In case you didn't already notice, its entire body is encased in 
    metal making it practically invulnerable EXCEPT...for the boss's face. 
    I guess that means Ryu's gonna be making a lot of shots to the boss's 
    face (that's what she said). Keep in mind of the boss's attacks:
    
    --MOUTH GRAB
    --MINI ME
    --ELECTRIC FIREBALL
    --MEGA ME
    --ELECTRIC SHOCK
    
    It takes quick aiming skills with the Fiend's Bane Bow and lots of 
    evasive techniques to avoid from being killed. The boss's attacks are 
    pretty painful and it's best to NOT touch the boss at any time during 
    the fight. To properly damage this bunghole of a boss, KEEP YOUR 
    DISTANCE. Equip the Fiend's Bane Bow and manually aim for his face with 
    a Level 2 charged shot. Yes, I said LEVEL 2 CHARGED SHOT. Each 
    successful shot should take away about 10% of health (which is a lot).
    
    From there, stay evasive and move away from the boss as he wiggles 
    around the arena. Reposition yourself and then aim again with another 
    Level 2 charged shot to the face. Each quick and successful charged 
    shot will quickly reduce his health faster than you think.
    
    When it starts flinging fireballs or his little Mini-Me thingies, use 
    lots of evasive roll jumps as much as you can to stay safe. These 
    attacks will eventually damage you no matter how hard you try to evade, 
    so be prepared from some damage. When the boss's health is reduced to 
    20%, he will keel over in pain, so quickly rush over and finish him off 
    with an Obliteration to complete the battle. With quick aiming skills, 
    you can defeat the boss in less than a minute.
    
    
    MISSION COMPLETE!
    
    
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    ++AREA: LOWER SUBWAY WEST
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIGHT YOUR WAY OUT OF THE SUBWAY
    
    Traverse the subway tracks to encounter some more ninjas and Warlocks. 
    Eliminate the bunch and then jump down to the lower tracks at the end. 
    
    Fight off more ninjas and then continue down the train tracks towards 
    the station terminal to encounter some Van Gelf enemies. Eliminate 
    those annoying floozies with some combos to clear the area.
    
    
    ++AREA: STATION TERMINAL
    
    Take the stairs to the top of the subway terminal to find the Save 
    Statue and SAVE your game.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    As you reach the top terminal, ninjas and Warlocks will appear for a 
    party. Eliminate them all in the face with some hard combos to clear 
    the area. There are a couple of chests behind the metal fences that you 
    can access by going thru the iron bar doors. Grab all that stuff and 
    enter the terminal office for some more goodies.
    
    Exit the terminal and grab some arrows from the dead body. Fling a 
    charged arrow at the explosive barrels above the stairs to open up the 
    path. Once that's done, some ninjas will come running down after you, 
    so flatten their faces with a combo to the cranium and then exit out of 
    the subway to street level.
    
    
    ++AREA: LOWER HUDSON RIVER
    
    Some Incendiary dogs will come running as soon as you emerge onto the 
    street, so be ready with the Wind Blades and unleash it in their faces. 
    When that's done, go around the corner to encounter a gang of Warlocks. 
    Take them out with your skills to clear this part of the area.
    
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #7
    There is a well-hidden Crystal Skull in this area. Just near where you 
    encountered the Warlocks is an alleyway behind the nearby building. As 
    you make your way there, a gang of ninjas show up. Eliminate them all 
    to clear the area and then look above the alley to see a Crystal Skull 
    perched atop a metal ledge. To reach it, use a Wall Run on the nearby 
    wall of the left side and then jump towards the ledge. Grab that Skull!
    
    
    After all that, go to the Save Statue and SAVE your game!
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Notice that there is a Muramasa Statue across the Save Statue but is 
    behind a metal fence. You cannot reach it for now, so climb the ladder 
    to the top to reach a new area.
    
    
    ++AREA: BROOKLYN BRIDGE EXIT RAMP
    
    --ITEM: JEWEL OF THE DEMON SEAL
    
    Climb the ladder to the top and cross the road to find a dead body with 
    a JEWEL OF THE DEMON SEAL. Grab the item and use it on one of the Ninpo 
    Scrolls. Cross to the other side of the bridge to find another dead 
    body with Incendiary Shurikens. As you continue up the road, you will 
    encounter some mini-dragons and Van Gelfs.
    
    Toss some Incendiary Shurikens at the Van Gelfs to dismember them and 
    then use an Obliteration in their face to kill them off. If you still 
    have some arrows, fling them at the mini-dragons to clear this part of 
    the bridge. From there, make your way further up the bridge. There is a 
    chest at the dead end, so open that up for some goodies.
    
    
    --ITEM: CRYSTAL SKULL #8
    Next to the bridge, you will see a Crystal Skull sitting on a ledge 
    next to a ladder. Jump over to it and grab it!
    
    
    From here, you can either continue up the ladder or climb the ladder to 
    the bottom. If you take the ladder DOWN to the street level, you can 
    finally access Muramasa's Statue to stock up. But be aware that AFTER 
    you access the statue, a gang of Van Gelf enemies will pop out for an 
    ambush near the ladder, so be ready!
    
    If you decide to NOT go to the street level, take the ladder going up 
    to the higher bridge level.
    
    
    ++AREA: BROOKLYN BRIDGE
    
    Another gang of Van Gelf enemies will appear here for an ambush. 
    Prepare the Wind Blades Ninpo and then unleash it in their faces. From 
    there, Obliterate the lot of them and use UT's from the leftover 
    Essence. Trust me, it's almost as easy as it sounds.
    
    Once the area is clear, approach the dead body at the other end for 
    some arrows and then climb the ladder to the top to find the SAVE 
    STATUE. I suggest NOT saving just yet because a couple of mini-dragons 
    will appear in this area, so bust out the Bow and shoot them all down. 
    SAVE your game AFTER the area is finally cleared.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Approach the other end of the walkway to encounter a new boss.
    
    
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    The big blind Ogre might have no eyes but his attacks can reach you no 
    matter where you are. These are his attacks:
    
    --GROUND POUND
    --SUPER GROUND POUND
    --GROUND SWEEP
    --CONCRETE BREATH
    --TAXICAB RAGE
    
    It is best to use a Level 3 weapon for this battle, so if you have the 
    money for it, UPGRADE! For the battle, use lots of quick and hard 
    combos with your weapon and stay aggressive! 
    
    The main tactic to defeating this boss is quick combos on his large 
    feet. AVOID using any charged projectiles because it only leaves Ryu 
    vulnerable to attack from any distance. Instead, stay close to the Ogre 
    and use LOTS of Reverse Wind evasion to evade his ground pounds. 
    Continue to constantly slash away at his feet to reduce his health to 
    10%. From there, he'll fall over in pain, which means only ONE thing:
    
                                OBLITERATION!!!
    
    
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    ++AREA: ELLIS ISLAND - BASE
    
    After the cutscene, some more Van Gelf baddies and mini-dragons will 
    come after you, so bust out some hot moves to kill them off. Clear the 
    base of Ellis Island and then enter the doorway under the statue.
    
    
    ++AREA: ELLIS ISLAND - MUSEUM & GIFT SHOP
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE DRAGON CLAW & TIGER FANG
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE SILVER XBOX
    
    As you enter the small hall, some ninjas will appear. Evade them and 
    move into the Museum for a wider battle arena. Eliminate the ninjas 
    with Izuna Drops and use the leftover Essence for UT's on the Warlocks 
    to clear the Museum of enemies.
    
    There are a couple of goodies in the Museum. Destroy the glass displays 
    to find some Incendiary Shurikens and a set of dual Katanas sitting by 
    its lonesome self. Grab the dual Katanas and test them out. Next to the 
    exit of the room is a scroll sitting behind a glass. Next to the scroll 
    is some sort of wooden blinds that can be slashed down to reveal a 
    Silver Xbox! The Xbox can replenish health (but not Ninpo) at anytime. 
    Now access the Save Statue and SAVE your game.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    --TEST OF VALOR #2 - TWO OF BLACK
    If you're pumped and ready, enter the nearby portal for Test Of Valor 
    #2. Lots and lots of the pink-colored Van Gelf's will show up, so be 
    ready with a level 3 weapon and some nifty Ultimate Technique moves. 
    Kill off 2-3 of the baddies and then use nonstop UT's in their faces 
    for lots of hi-larity. Only use Obliterations sparingly and be sure to 
    have at least 2 Herbs Of Spiritual Life. Completing the test garners 
    you a TALISMAN OF REBIRTH. AAWWWW, LAME!
    
    
    ++AREA: STATUE OF LIBERTY - TORCH OF LIBERTY ROOM
    
    Want some more ninjas in your face? Well, they're gonna get in it, so 
    start slashing with some hard combos. Approach the Warlocks first and 
    eliminate them and then use UT's to clear the rest of them out.
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND AN ALTERNATE ROUTE
    
    The doorway in this room is shut, so climb the stairs and use Wall Runs 
    to reach the window on the other side. There is a dead body with a 
    goodie here, so grab that before approaching the window.
    
    As soon as you reach the window, a Van Gelf jumps in, so start some 
    sick combos to kill it and then jump out and use UT's on the other 
    baddies that appear with the leftover Essence. Clear the area and then 
    take the stairs going up.
    
    
    ++AREA: STATUE OF LIBERTY - BASE STAIRWAY
    
    Fight your way up two flights of stairs and balconies filled with Van 
    Gelfs and those goddamned mini-dragons. Inflict lots of sexy combos on 
    the baddies and fling any arrows on the mini-dragons.
    
    When you reach the main base of the statue, a last set of Van Gelf's 
    will show up some quickly eliminate them all to clear the area. There's 
    nothing else outside, so enter the doorway to the next area.
    
    
    ++AREA: STATUE OF LIBERTY - INNER STAIRWAY & ELEVATOR
    
    --OBJECTIVE: GO TO THE TOP OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY
    
    Some archers and ninjas are waiting in here, so start shoving combos 
    and Obliterations in their stupid faces to clear the bottom area. Go up 
    the stairway to find the Save Statue.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #9
    Across from the Save Statue is a trio of large metal beams in the 
    middle of the room, do you see it? There is a Crystal Skull sitting on 
    the farthest beam, so use a Wall Run near the bottom of the stairs to 
    land on one of the beams. Jump to the skull and GRAB IT!
    
    
    To get to the next floor, enter the elevator shaft in the middle of the 
    room and use a Bird Flip to the top. Some more ninjas will be waiting, 
    so clear them out with your skills and then go up the stairs.
    
    
    --ITEM: LIFE OF THE GODS
    
    There is an open balcony that leads to a chest with a Life OTG. Mini-
    dragons will spawn in this area, so quickly grab the item and then go 
    back inside to avoid getting hit by their fireballs.
    
    
    Continue going up the stairs to find Muramasa's Statue. Stock up on 
    stuff and then stake the spiral stairs up to a dead end. UH-OH! YOU ARE 
    STUCK!!! TOO BAD!!!
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE ALTERNATE ROUTE TO THE TOP
    
    Okay, you're not really stuck, it just happens to be a well-hidden 
    path. As you reach the dead end, you'll notice an open gap and a 
    spackle of blood on the wall. Jump down that gap to the bottom. From 
    there use a Bird Flip from the area where you landed to reach the top 
    of the spiral stairs. HAH! AND YOU WERE STUCK FOR HOW LONG???
    
    
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    Oh my, the incredibly femme Alexei. While Alexei isn't exactly a 
    replica of Alma from the first NG game, he does look like it. All of 
    Alexei's attacks are super duper fast and are mostly unblockable. These 
    are the attacks he uses:
    
    --THE PUSSY WHIP
    --WHIRLWIND SPIN
    --THE TUBE-SOCK TANGO
    --ELECTRIC BALLS
    --THE SKINTIGHT SIRLOIN
    
    Alexei's face grab attack is virtually the cheapest move in his arsenal 
    because you CANNOT tell when he'll use it and you CANNOT block it (but 
    you can evade it with fast evasion). When he spins in a whirlwind, use 
    constant Reverse Winds to get through the attack unscathed (yes, it 
    really DOES work). His projectiles are virtually unblockable, too.
    
    So how do you defeat this cheap boss? Simple, use cheap tactics! You 
    need to be SUPER quick with your combos in order to damage him. The 
    faster you can inflict damage, the less Alexei can waste all your time 
    doing his stupid attacks. 
    
    By this point in the game, Ryu should have a Level 3 weapon (preferably 
    the Dragon Sword). The main tactic here is use the Divine Swallow 
    attack on Alexei to get up close. When close to him, block and evade 
    his melee combos and then counter with a hard combo.
    
    Quickly evade his melee counters after the combo and stay close to 
    prevent Alexei from flying to a far distance. You need to do this 
    quickly so that he doesn't get the chance to use his unblockable 
    attacks! Continue to be aggressive on him and he'll fall. Literally! 
    With sharp skills, this battle is over in less than minute.
    
    
    Copy and paste this URL to see how to defeat Alexei using the tactics I 
    mentioned above:
    
    http://www.dailymotion.com/VampireHorde/video/x5t5cm_ng2-ch4-alexei-
    battle_videogames
    
    
    MISSION COMPLETE!
    
    
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    ++AREA: WATER CANAL
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE KUSARI-GAMA
    
    When the mission begins, a gaggle of ninjas and Warlocks will appear, 
    so shove some Obliterations and UT's in their faces to clear them out. 
    Further down is a Muramasa Statue sitting in the corner, so stock up if 
    you need to and continue up the bridge.
    
    As you go up the stairs, make a left turn to a stairway going down to 
    find a dead body with a new item: KUSARI-GAMA. This item is bit 
    unwieldy and difficult to use, so don't equip it just yet.
    
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #10
    Across from the dead body is a small set of stairs going down to the 
    canal where you'll see lots of gondolas. The Crystal Skull is on the 
    gondola all the way on the other side of the canal. Use the Water Run 
    to approach that boat and then grab that skull!
    
    
    As you run back to dry land, a new enemy will appear rushing from the 
    water to greet you:
    
    --NEW ENEMY: SILVER GAJA
    These gorgon-type snakes are more lethal on water, so avoid trying to 
    fight them on the water! These baddies have sharp combos and a nasty 
    tail attack. Seek some dry surfaces and then fight them off by using 
    the Izuna Drop for an instant kill. No problems!
    
    
    When you're ready to go back, take the route back to the small bridge 
    to encounter ANOTHER new enemy:
    
    --NEW ENEMY: LYCANTHROPE WEREWOLF
    These canine pests have a similar fighting style to the Van Gelfs. They 
    like to use pouncing attacks and like to jump on top. Also, when you 
    leave dead bodies behind, they like to pick them up and toss them at 
    you. It's a lame excuse for a projectile, but what're you gonna do?
    
    
    Use hard combos on the Werewolves to kill some of them and then use as 
    much UT's to their faces to kill them off.
    
    
    ++AREA: MARKETPLACE
    
    As you work your way past the marketplace, some more wolves show up. 
    Clear them out with some Wind Blades Ninpo and Obliterations up their 
    stinky asses. From there, approach the Save Statue in the alley.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: OUTDOOR RESTAURANT
    
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #11
    As soon as you kick down the door, some werewolves will be waiting for 
    you, so bust out the hard combos and use UT's on them to open the way 
    for Obliteration. When the restaurant is cleared, the Crystal Skull is 
    located on a table next to the door you kicked down. GRAB IT!
    
    
    ++AREA: OUTER ALLEYWAY
    
    As you leave the restaurant, some more wolves will jump out of the 
    blue. Eliminate them with your sexy-hot skills to clear them out. Take 
    the alleyway to the right and go around the corner to find a chest with 
    a goodie inside. Now exit the area and continue down the main path.
    
    
    ++AREA: PANTHEON PATH
    
    Another gang of wolves will emerge from the opposite bridge. Obliterate 
    their asses to clear this area of their dank stink. 
    
    
    --ITEM: SPIRIT OF THE DEVILS
    
    Take the small bridge from where the wolves emerged from to find a dead 
    body with a special item: SPIRIT OF THE DEVILS. Equip it now for more 
    Ninpo attacks!
    
    When that's done, continue up the path towards the giant water fountain 
    to encounter some more Gaja enemies. Simply use Izuna Drops on them to 
    clear them out. EASY.
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE ALTERNATE ROUTE
    
    There are no other paths near the fountain, so it looks like you'll 
    need to jump in the water! Dive inside the water and look for the open 
    gap. The chest next to that gap contains a new sub-weapon: GATLING GUN. 
    Now swim to the other side of the canal.
    
    
    ++AREA: WATER CANAL 2
    
    Emerge out of the water but DO NOT run on it just yet! There is a new 
    enemy in the water that will definitely hurt you if you touch it:
    
    --NEW ENEMY: EXPLODING JELLY FISH
    If you make contact with these things, they explode in your face! Avoid 
    all that nonsense by equipping the Gatling Gun and shooting them all 
    down to clear them out.
    
    
    When the jelly fish are gone, run to the next area to encounter some 
    more Gaja. Unfortunately, fighting these baddies while running on the 
    water is NOT a fun thing to do. As soon as you see the Gaja, look for 
    the nearby gondola and quickly get on it! Wait for the Gaja to get near 
    and then shove an Izuna Drop in their face for an instant kill.
    
    Keep getting back on the boat and using Izuna Drops on the Gaja until 
    they all disappear. It is a much faster way to killing them rather than 
    fighting on the water. From there, you'll notice that Ryu's health does 
    not regenerate quite yet.
    
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #12
    Near the gondola is a water alley with gaggle of jelly fish guarding 
    it. Use the Gatling Gun to blow them up and Ryu's health will finally 
    regenerate. Enter the water alley that the jelly fish were guarding and 
    you will find a Crystal Skull hiding under the water. GRAB IT!
    
    
    There are no more enemies in this area, so use the Water Run and run 
    around the canal to the other side of Pantheon Path. The Save Statue is 
    inside a building with an open gap, so jump in and SAVE your game.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: THE BRIDGE GATE
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE BRIDGE GATE KEY
    
    Go up the stairs and kick the door open to find some Van Gelfs waiting 
    for you. Eliminate them with some Obliterations up the ass to clear 
    them out. From here, you don't have a Key Item to open the Bridge Gate, 
    so go to the opposite side of where you exited to find a half-opened 
    door. Kick it down and then open the chest in the room to find the 
    BRIDGE GATE KEY.
    
    Exit the room and then approach Muramasa's Statue and stock up on 
    stuff. Now approach the Bridge Gate and use the key to open it. Kick 
    down the gate and some wolves will come running out of the castle.
    
    Shove a Wind Blades Ninpo in their face and then Obliterate them all. 
    Enter the arena and turn left to find a dead body with arrows. Work 
    your way down the path to encounter more wolves. Eliminate them all to 
    clear this entire area of enemies. Go to the end of the path to find a 
    chest with a goodie. Exit outside to see a dead end.
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: OPEN THE DRAWBRIDGE
    --ITEM: LIFE OF THE GODS
    
    Equip the Fiend's Bane Bow and shoot the two glowing spheres under the 
    bridge across from you. This opens the drawbridge and reveals two sets 
    of ziplines. Take the zipline to the left and cross it to the other 
    side and jump down. Open the chest to find a Life OTG.
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND AN ALTERNATE WAY TO KILL THE GAJA
    
    There's nothing else to do here, so jump down to the water and run 
    towards the other side with the large water wheels. As you run towards 
    the water wheel, you will be ambushed by Gaja. DO NOT FIGHT THEM IN THE 
    WATER! If you fight them in the water, prepare for lots of pain! Avoid 
    all that by following these directions:
    
    Run towards the large water wheels at the other side of the canal. 
    Dodge the Gaja as much as you can and run under the middle of the 
    wheels and turn left to find a small dry wooden ledge that you can 
    climb onto. Kill all the Gaja with Izuna Drops from here for faster 
    results! See? And you didn't have to waste all that time in the water!
    
    
    ***NOTE: If you killed all of the Gaja in the water, a gang of 
    Exploding Jelly Fish will spawn near the water wheel, so watch out for 
    those! There are NO jelly fish in the water when you fight the Gaja 
    near the water wheels. TAKE NOTE.
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: SOLVE THE WATER WHEEL PUZZLE
    
    It's not so much of a puzzle. There are metal bars on the large water 
    wheel that you can jump and swing on. Jump towards the metal bar and 
    then start swinging. Swing and jump off the bar when the wheel reaches 
    the upper platform. From there, jump on top of the other water wheel to 
    emerge in a new area.
    
    
    ++AREA: CLOCK TOWER GEARS
    
    --ITEM: LIVES OF THE THOUSAND GODS
    
    You will see a large rotating wheel above that has metal bars. Jump 
    towards the metal bars and let it rotate to the other side. Jump down 
    to the platform to find a chest with a Lives OTTG! Equip it and then 
    jump down and exit.
    
    
    ++AREA: WATERFALL GARDEN
    
    Approach the stairway and a gang of wolves will emerge from the garden. 
    Use lots of hard combos and lots of Obliterations in their faces to 
    kill them off. When that's done, approach the Save Statue.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: TURN OFF THE WATERFALL
    
    As you enter the garden, a whole shmgeggy of Gaja enemies will appear. 
    This should be so easy for you by now! Remember, use lots of Izuna 
    Drops to kill a bunch of them and then use On-Land Charge UT's and 
    shove it in their faces to kill them all. EASY! After the battle, the 
    waterfall turns off and reveals a new path.
    
    
    ++AREA: WINE CELLAR
    
    As you enter the Wine Cellar, a gang of Gaja and Van Gelfs will pop out 
    for an ambush. Stick a Wind Blades Ninpo in their face to kill them off 
    and open them for Obliterations. When the first area is cleared, you 
    will find a room with a Muramasa Statue to the left and a room with a 
    chest with a goodie on the right.
    
    Continue down the hall to encounter some more Gaja and Van Gelfs. 
    Eliminate them and keep going down the hall for MORE of these guys. 
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE COPPER KEY
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE ART OF THE FLAME PHOENIX SCROLL
    
    In the hallway is a metal gate that is locked. Go up the nearby stairs 
    and fight off some Gaja and Van Gelfs that appear. Go all the way to 
    the end of the upper hall to find a chest with the COPPER KEY. Use the 
    Copper Key on the metal gate to find a dead body that has the ART OF 
    THE FLAME PHOENIX Scroll.
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: ESCAPE THE WINE CELLAR
    
    Go back to the previous hall and turn right to encounter some more Gaja 
    and Van Gelf enemies. Kill them all with hard combos to completely 
    clear the area of enemies. Continue up the stairs to a dead end cellar.
    
    There is a large well covered by a wooden platform in the room. Open 
    the nearby chest for a goodie and then use a downward strike on top of 
    the wooden circle to break it open.
    
    
    ++AREA: CASTLE SEWERS
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE UNDERWATER CAVERN
    
    When you land in the sewers, be prepared for an ambush from Van Gelfs 
    and Gaja near the Save Statue. Stay defensive and evasive and use hard 
    combos and the Wind Blades Ninpo to clear out the Van Gelfs. When the 
    area is cleared, NOW you can use the Save Statue.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    --TEST OF VALOR #3 - THREE OF BLUE
    If you are up for another Test Of Valor, there is one just to the right 
    of the Save Statue that's glowing and waiting for you. For this test, a 
    whole gaggle of wolves and mini-dragons will appear.
    
    My suggestion for this Test is to NOT pursue it! Do this Test on a 
    second playthrough when Ryu has the Eclipse Scythe in his inventory. 
    When you do this test with the Scythe, a few combos will kill the 
    wolves. Use UT's on the other wolves to leave them open for 
    Obliteration. Keep shoving UT's and Obliterations up the wolves' asses 
    until all of them are dead and gone. From there, kill all the mini-
    dragons by shooting arrows at them. There's a dead body nearby that 
    will replenish arrows if you need it. Complete the test to receive a 
    JEWEL OF THE DEMON SEAL.
    
    
    If you don't want to pursue or the Test Of Valor (or if you finished 
    it), go to the other side of the sewers to a dead end. Dive into the 
    water and you will see a large cavern to swim through. Swim all the way 
    to the other side to emerge in a new area.
    
    
    ++AREA: UNDERWATER CAVERN
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE SKULL KEY
    
    As you emerge from the water, you will notice one big thing: the cavern 
    is infested with GHOST FISH! AAHHH!!!! Don't worry, as long as you use 
    the Gatling Gun, then you'll be fine.
    
    There are a couple of chests under the water in various corners of the 
    cavern that you can seek out. If you want to seek out the chests, be 
    prepared to face off against some fish. There are also some chests on 
    the stairway if you want those, too.
    
    To trigger the boss battle, seek out the chest on the LEFT side of the 
    cavern perched on a broken pillar. Climb out of the water and open the 
    chest to retrieve the SKULL KEY to trigger the next boss battle.
    
    
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                  +++   BOSS BATTLE: FIREHOSE OF VOMIT   +++
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    +++NOTE: A variation of this boss appeared in Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword 
    (but it looked more like a blue version of Smaugan).
    
    
    The water dragon is a big joke! I'm not even gonna list all of his 
    attacks because this boss is SO simple to defeat. The main strategy 
    here is to use Level 2 charged shots with the Fiend's Bane Bow.
    
    Stay on the little piece of dry land you are standing on for the whole 
    battle and watch the dragon. The only attack you need to watch out for 
    is his Water Breath attack. Wait for him to initiate the attack and 
    then evade at the last second. That's it!
    
    Keep using Level 2 charged shots with the bow and manually aim for his 
    head for the entire battle. Don't worry about getting chomped or 
    grabbed because the boss doesn't have an attack like that. Just finish 
    him off already, will you?
    
    
    MISSION COMPLETE!
    
    
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    ++AREA: UNDERWATER CAVERN - UPPER PILLARS
    
    --OBJECTIVE: ESCAPE FROM THE CAVERNS
    
    
    --ITEM: CRYSTAL SKULL #13
    There is a Crystal Skull just near where Ryu starts the mission. Kill 
    of the Fish with some Kusari-gama combos and then rotate the camera to 
    see the Skull under the wreckage. To retrieve, you'll have to go around 
    the pillars and then jump down to get it. GRAB IT.
    
    
    Approach Muramasa's Statue and stock up on stuff. From there, jump to 
    the next pillar to encounter some more Fish. Slice them up and then 
    continue jumping from pillar to pillar until you FINALLY reach some dry 
    land. Kill off the Gaja that appear and continue jumping across the 
    pillars to the other end. Approach the Save Statue to SAVE your game.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Work your way up the cavern to encounter lots of Gaja enemies. 
    Remember, Izuna Drop to the face and UT in the ass! Continue up the 
    path until you reach a large door. Use the SKULL KEY to open it up.
    
    
    ++AREA: BONEYARD
    
    A new enemy will emerge from the pile of bones:
    
    --NEW ENEMY: SKULL SPIDERS
    These things are easy to kill but are deadly when bunched together. Use 
    hard combos with Kusari-gama and shove lots of UT's to them for large 
    number of combos.
    
    
    Once all the Skull Spiders are gone, the boss battle will begin within 
    a minute after.
    
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    Fighting this boss is basically the same thing as fighting the big 
    blind Ogre from Chapter 4. The only difference is that the space to 
    battle him in is much, MUCH smaller. It likes to use these attacks:
    
    --BONER SMASH
    --BONER KICK
    --BONER SMACK
    
    The majority of the boss's attacks involve him grabbing Ryu and either 
    chomping and smashing him or smacking him in the head. Its grab attacks 
    are unavoidable, so avoid running around the arena. Also, even though 
    it has a glowing orb in its chest, it is NOT the boss's weak point, so 
    avoid trying to fling charged arrows at it. 
    
    For the battle, run underneath its legs and start slashing away like 
    crazy. Evade its movements and keep slashing away until it falls down 
    in pain. From there, inflict as much combos until he gets up. REPEAT. I 
    can't say that this tactic is bulletproof but it does work better than 
    running around the arena.
    
    
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    After the battle, use a Bird Flip from the newly revealed path. Work 
    your way up the caverns while battling lots of Gaja and Skull Spiders. 
    Be careful as you jump from cavern to cavern!
    
    When you reach the very end of the cavern, jump towards the wall and 
    then use the Bird Flip to reach the top. It's a tricky maneuver and you 
    might get it wrong and fall back down to the bottom! AAAHHH!!! Bird 
    Flip to the top to emerge out of the caverns.
    
    
    ++AREA: WATCHTOWER
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #14
    Next to the hole that you just emerged from is a guillotine. Attack the 
    guillotine to reveal a hidden Crystal Skull in the area where the 
    victim's head would fall. EEEWWW!!!
    
    
    There is a Save Statue nearby but DO NOT use it just yet! Go up the 
    stairs to the watchtower. Climb up the watchtower to find a chest with 
    a goodie. Climb down and then access Muramasa's Statue to stock up. As 
    you go back down the stairs, a cutscene will occur.
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: GO TO THE LYCANTHROPE CASTLE
    
    After the cutscene, a pair of wolves will emerge at the bottom of the 
    stairs. Hard combos to the face! Clear them out and then access the 
    Save Statue to SAVE your game.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Work your way down the stairway while eliminating more wolves. Open the 
    door at the bottom of the stairway to encounter some more wolves. Shove 
    hard combos in their faces and then use UT's on them to open them up 
    for Obliteration. Work your way up the stairway while eliminating some 
    Gajas until you reach the castle entrance. Grab arrows from the dead 
    body before you reach the top!
    
    
    ++AREA: CASTLE ENTRANCE
    
    More Gaja enemies and mini-dragons will spawn. Eliminate the Gajas with 
    Izuna Drops and then fling arrows at those mini-dragons. Continue up 
    the castle doorway to see more Gajas. Kill them off to clear the area.
    
    The large doorway is closed! There is a chest on the left side of the 
    doorway with a goodie inside. Grab it and then go the right side of the 
    doorway to encounter more wolves. Snuff them all to activate the Save 
    Statue nearby.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: CASTLE ROOFTOP
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND AN ALTERNATE ENTRANCE
    
    There is a Test Of Valor in one of the gazebos near the castle 
    entrance. You don't have to do it yet, so leave it. Climb up the nearby 
    ladder and go to the top. Grab some arrows from the dead body and go to 
    the corner. Use a Bird Flip to the top and start flinging arrows at the 
    mini-dragons. If you run out of arrows, jump down to refill and then 
    flip back up to the top and take care of the rest.
    
    From there, continue up the roof while snuffing out some more wolves 
    that get in the way. Go all the way to the end to see a large cathedral 
    window and some metal bars with flags on them. Jump onto the bars and 
    swing towards the cathedral window to land inside the cathedral. 
    
    
    ++AREA: CATHEDRAL
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE BRONZE KEY
    
    A bevy of Gajas will jump out to ambush you. Izuna Drop them all to 
    hell to clear the area. When that's done, approach the chest at the 
    front to find the BRONZE KEY.
    
    Exit the cathedral and use the BRONZE KEY on the doorway that has smoke 
    coming out of it. Kick down the door and jump down to the bottom.
    
    
    ++AREA: CASTLE KITCHEN
    
    --ITEM: LIFE OF THE GODS
    
    Three wolves will appear, so snuff them out to clear the area. Enter 
    the next room to find a couple of wooden barrels that you can break. 
    Destroy the barrels in the corner to reveal a chest with a Life OTG! 
    Now exit the kitchen to emerge outside. Make a right turn from the door 
    to find a Save Statue.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: ROYAL ENTRANCE ROOM
    
    Wolves will appear here. Snuff them out to clear the area. There is a 
    chest upstairs if you want to open it up, otherwise, there is nothing 
    else to do in this room. Enter the doorway just across from where you 
    exited the kitchen to enter a new area.
    
    
    ++AREA: ROYAL DINING ROOM
    
    Oh, look who showed to dinner, MORE WOLVES! LOVELY! Show them how to 
    stick that dinner fork up their ass by shoving some UT's in their 
    faces! Exit through the other door to...
    
    
    ++AREA: ROYAL GUEST ROOM
    
    Look who the guests are, WOLVES! You know what to do here, so DO IT. 
    Clear this room and enter the next one to...
    
    
    ++AREA: ROYAL ROOM OF KNIGHTS
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE CAST IRON KEY
    
    Some Gaja will show up, so Izuna Drop them, blah blah blah. Eliminate 
    all the Gaja to reveal a Key Item: the CAST IRON KEY. Now exit back out 
    to the Royal Entrance Room and go upstairs. Make a right turn and use 
    the CAST IRON KEY on the door. Open it up and go upstairs to find a 
    Save Statue. 
    
    DO NOT SAVE YET! There are two Red Spider Ninjas waiting, so eliminate 
    them with Izuna Drops to clear the stairway. NOW you can save!
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: ROYAL LIBRARY
    
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #15
    As you enter the Library, Red Spider Ninjas will ambush you, Use lots 
    of evasion and use the Izuna Drop to get them all. When the room is 
    cleared, go to the upper left side of the library and attack the 
    bookshelf to reveal a Crystal Skull hiding there. GRAB IT!
    
    To exit the Library, approach the fireplace and jump towards it and use 
    a Bird Flip to the top.
    
    
    ++AREA: EMPTY ROOM
    
    A bunch of Gaja will show up, so use Izuna Drops and Obliterations to 
    their faces. Open the door to the next room to encounter Red Spider 
    Ninjas. Again, use lots of evasion and Izuna Drops! From there, 
    approach the fireplace and use a Bird Flip to the roof.
    
    
    ++AREA: ROOFTOP
    
    --OBJECTIVE: ENTER THE THRONE ROOM
    
    There is a Save Statue located up here. DO NOT use it yet! There are 
    some metal bars across the Save Statue. Jump and swing across it to the 
    other side. If you jump down, you will fight off a trio of wolves, so 
    be cautious!
    
    Go around the corner to find a Muramasa's Statue. Jump down to the 
    balcony below and then climb the ladder up to access the statue. There 
    are also two chests next to the statue. One contains Ghost Fish and the 
    other has goodies. TAKE YOUR PICK! Stock up at Muramasa's Statue and 
    then GO BACK to the Save Statue to SAVE your game.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Now approach the stairway and access the door to find out that it is 
    locked. As you go back down, more wolves will show up. Defeat all those 
    wolves to reveal the GOLDEN KEY. Use the key on the doors to trigger a 
    cutscene with Volf.
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE SECRET PATH
    
    After the cutscene, a gaggle of wolves will swarm you. Activate some 
    Wind Blade Ninpo and then Obliterate them all. From there, approach 
    Volf's chair and press the button to reveal a secret path. Jump down to 
    the bottom of the hole.
    
    
    ++AREA: UNDERGROUND TOMB
    
    --OBJECTIVE: GO TO THE COLOSSEUM
    
    A bunch of Gajas will appear, so Izuna Drop them all to clear the 
    tombs. Go down the watery path to find a Save Statue but DO NOT use it 
    yet! Exit the tombs to emerge back to the Castle entrance. From there, 
    work your way down to the Colosseum and kill all the Gaja in the way.
    
    When you reach the drawbridge, mini-dragons will spawn. Fling lots of 
    arrows at them to clear this entire level of enemies. From here, go 
    BACK to the Save Statue in the tombs and SAVE your game.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    --TEST OF VALOR #4 - FOUR OF GREEN
    Now would be a good time to complete the fourth Test Of Valor. This 
    test is SO easy that I shouldn't even spoil it. But what the hell! This 
    test consists of those large mutant bats (the one that strip away lots 
    of health) and Gajas. Simply use the Izuna Drop on a couple of the 
    Gajas and then shove nonstop UT's in their faces to kill them all.
    
    After the Gajas are gone, kill all the mutant bats one-by-one when they 
    approach you. Completing this easy test garners you a LIVES OF THE 
    THOUSAND GODS. SWEET!!
    
    
    When you're pumped and primed, go back to the Colosseum and enter the 
    doorway to trigger a boss battle.
    
    
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                         +++   BOSS BATTLE: VOLF   +++
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    Just like the battle with Alexei, you'll need to be aggressive with 
    Volf if you want to finish him off. And as far as I know, Volf is the 
    only other non-human boss in the Ninja Gaiden series that actually uses 
    a weapon at his disposal. These are his attacks:
    
    --WOLF RUSH
    --WOLF SMACK
    --WOLF POUNCE
    
    The fastest way to defeat Volf is to stun him. When you perform a hard 
    mid-air combo or a Divine Swallow attack, he gets knocked back for a 
    second and leaves him open for more damage. By using simple Reverse 
    Wind evasion (not jumps), you can get through his devastating attacks 
    with little to no damage at all.
    
    Be defensive and keep close to Volf so that he attacks you with melee 
    combos. Block and evade those combos and then smack him with a hard 
    combo of your own. THAT'S IT. It's much easier than it sounds! Defeat 
    Volf to obtain a new weapon: the ECLIPSE SCYTHE!
    
    
    Copy and paste this URL to see how to defeat Volf in 35 seconds:
    http://www.gametrailers.com/player/usermovies/230817.html
    
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    After Volf is dead, a large gang of werewolves will ambush you in the 
    arena. Start off by using various Scythe combos against the wolves. You 
    will notice that the Scythe's combos are much more powerful than any 
    other weapon. Slice them all down and use lots of Obliterations. Keep 
    slicing all the wolves up until a cutscene occurs.
    
    
    Copy and paste this URL to see how to survive the werewolf ambush:
    http://www.gametrailers.com/player/usermovies/230684.html
    
    
    
    MISSION COMPLETE!
    
    
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    ++AREA: OUTER LANDING STRIP
    
    --OBJECTIVE: DESTROY THE TURRETS TO OPEN THE DOORWAY
    
    When the mission begins, take cover behind the metal gate and bust out 
    the Fiend's Bane Bow. Fling level 2 charged arrows at the turrets on 
    the left, right, and north of the airship. Be quick because the 
    constant bullet fire of the turrets will destroy the metal gate you are 
    standing behind. 
    
    
    ++AREA: ROOM D1-1
    
    After all six of the turrets are blown up, approach the large doorway 
    to trigger a cutscene. After the cutscene, the large metal doorway 
    opens up and a new enemy will emerge:
    
    --NEW ENEMY: FOUR-LEGGED MECH
    These robot-spider thingies are quite tough and like to fire lots of 
    bullets at you. Your best weapon against them is the Eclipse Scythe. 
    Jump towards them and use hard combos to weaken and kill them. BE 
    CAREFUL because when they die, they explode and damage you, so jump 
    away when they start to fizzle!
    
    
    Destroy the small mechs and then enter the double doorway inside.
    
    
    ++AREA: ROOM D1-2
    
    A handful of soldiers will appear here. Use lots of evasion because 
    they fire their guns at you! Use mid-air combos with the Scythe to 
    eliminate them all. Once that's done, search the area for a couple of 
    chests and then approach the Save Statue on the left side.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: ROOM D1-4 & D1-5
    
    Enter the nearby door to encounter some more soldiers. Eliminate them 
    all to clear the room and then open the two chests for more goodies and 
    then exit out.
    
    
    ++AREA: ROOM D1-7
    
    --ITEM: LIFE OF THE GODS
    
    More soldiers will come running in the hall. Use lots of sexy Scythe 
    combos on them to clear the room. Go to the opposite side of the room 
    to find a chest at the dead end. Open it up for another Life OTG!
    
    From there, exit through the metal doorway to the next area.
    
    
    ++AREA: ROOM D1-8
    
    As soon as the doors open, a foursome of small mechs will come after 
    you. Simply use quick evasion and lots of sexy mid-air Scythe combos to 
    clear them out. Trust me, IT'S NOT THAT DIFFICULT! From there, activate 
    the elevator using the green control panel to go to the lower levels.
    
    
    ++AREA: ROOM D2-9
    
    --OBJECTIVE: ENTER THE DAEDALUS COCKPIT (I just said "cockpit"!)
    
    When you descend to the bottom, a gang of soldiers and a new enemy 
    emerges to ambush you:
    
    --NEW ENEMY: LARGE MECH
    These half-mech, half-fiend enemies are quite agile and have lots of 
    hard melee attacks. They also like to shoot lots of bullets. If they 
    are decapitated, they will still function like normal until Obliterated 
    or fully killed! The best weapon to use against them is the Scythe. A 
    level 1 UT decapitates them and leaves them open for immediate 
    Obliteration.
    
    
    Take care of the soldiers and then try and shove a UT into the large 
    mech's face to open him up for Obliteration. Clear the room and then 
    open the large doorway to...
    
    
    ++AREA: DAEDALUS COCKPIT (HAH! I SAID IT AGAIN!!)
    
    --OBJECTIVE: ACTIVATE THE AUTO-PILOT
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #16
    As soon as you open the door to the cockpit, slice the three soldiers 
    inside to clear the room. There happens to be a Crystal Skull sitting 
    near the controls. GRAB IT!
    
    
    From there, destroy all the control panels with hard combos to activate 
    the auto-pilot controls. Oh, and don't forget about the Save Point!
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Go back to Room D2-9 to encounter two more large mechs. Again, use lots 
    of mid-air Scythe combos and stay evasive! Decapitate them to leave 
    them open for Obliteration. Once that's done, enter the next room.
    
    
    ++AREA: ROOM D2-8 WARHEAD ROOM
    
    --ITEM: LIFE OF THE GODS
    
    Some more soldiers will pop up for an ambush. Take care of them and 
    clear this area! At the back of the room is a lone chest with a Life 
    OTG. Grab it and then exit the room.
    
    
    ++AREA: D2-8 OUTER HALLWAY
    
    --OBJECTIVE: DEACTIVATE THE RED SENSORS
    
    Eliminate the gang of soldiers and then exit using the black metal 
    doors to a skywalk. Kill another bunch of soldiers and then head to the 
    other side.
    
    
    ++AREA: ROOM D2-12
    
    There are some soldiers in this control room, so clear them out! From 
    there, open the chest to refill on arrows. Destroy all the control 
    panels completely! From there, bust out the Fiend's Bane Bow and shoot 
    arrows at the glowing yellow tubes on the large reactor. There are 
    seven tubes to destroy so start shooting!
    
    Once that's done, go back to the skywalk to encounter some rocket 
    launcher soldiers. Carefully use the Reverse Wind towards them and then 
    clear them out with your Scythe skills. The red sensors in the hall are 
    deactivated, so enter the next room.
    
    
    ++AREA: ROOM D2-3
    
    The first door on the left contains a Muramasa Statue and a Save Statue 
    but DO NOT access it yet! A large gang of soldiers and rocket boys will 
    come running after on both sides of this room.
    
    Carefully approach the rocket soldiers first and take them out. From 
    there, use lots of UT's on the other soldiers and rocket boys. 
    Eliminate all the soldiers to clear the area of enemies.
    
    NOW you can go to the room with the Save Statue. Stock up at Muramasa's 
    if you need to and SAVE your game.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: TAKE THE EMPLOYEE ELEVATOR TO THE TOP
    
    Exit the room and go around the corner to the dead end. Enter the only 
    open doorway to Room D2-7 (the barracks bedrooms). There is a dead body 
    on one of the beds that has the YOGENTA'S NOTEBOOK. Grab it if you want 
    and then access the elevator and take it to the top.
    
    
    ++AREA: MAIN CONTROL ROOM
    
    --OBJECTIVE: DESTROY THE MAIN CONTROL PANELS
    
    When the elevator stops, exit and eliminate the soldiers in the control 
    room. From there, destroy all the control panels in the room. By the 
    way, you won't notice it or hear it because you'll be busy kicking ass, 
    but the voice on the loudspeakers will say:
    
    "Explosives detected! One of the hostiles has an RPG. I'm going to try 
    and get a closer look. Let's see...it's a woman! A blonde woman! Alert 
    to all tac teams: SHE'S HOT!!!"
    
    Anyway, when the panels are fizzled, take the nearby ladder to the top.
    
    
    ++AREA: SATELITTE GPS ROOM
    
    --ITEM: LIVES OF THE THOUSAND GODS
    
    There are no enemies up here and two chests. One has a goodie and the 
    other has a Lives OTTG! AWESOME! Enter the next room for a surprise...
    
    
    ++AREA: OUTER CONTROL PANEL ROOM
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE SECRET EXIT
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE ART OF THE PIERCING VOID SCROLL
    
    There's a small gang of rocket boys and soldiers here. Approach the 
    rocket soldiers with caution and take them out. Use the leftover 
    Essence for UT's on the other soldiers to clear them out. From there, 
    access the green panel to activate the secret exit. DO NOT CLIMB DOWN 
    TO THE BOTTOM JUST YET!
    
    There's a Save Statue and two chambers in this room. Access the Save 
    Statue and SAVE your game!
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    When you open the chamber doors, one will contain a chest with ART OF 
    THE PIERCING VOID Ninpo Scroll! SWEET! The other door will contain the 
    fifth Test Of Valor.
    
    
    --TEST OF VALOR #5 - FIVE OF YELLOW
    This will be a tough test to complete if you don't have the proper 
    skills or the upgraded weapons. The enemies that show up for this Test 
    are soldiers, rocket soldiers, and those large mechs. If possible, 
    attempt this challenge with a level 2 Scythe or higher.
    
    Use lots of mid-air combos on the soldiers and stay evasive! Use the 
    leftover Essence and shove a Scythe UT into the mech's face to 
    decapitate him. Once he's been decapitated, QUICKLY OBLITERATE IT! If 
    you don't Obliterate, it'll keep attacking you! As long as you stay 
    evasive and use hard combos with the Scythe, you should be able to 
    complete this Test with little problems. When all that's left is rocket 
    soldiers, carefully approach each one and toss an Incendiary Shuriken 
    at them to leave them open for Obliteration. Completing this test 
    garners you a JEWEL OF THE DEMON SEAL...and some Ghost Fish! AAAHHHH!!!
    
    
    Copy and paste this URL to see how to complete this test using lots of 
    hot and sexy Obliterations (especially on the mechs):
    
    http://www.dailymotion.com/VampireHorde/video/x5tcem_test-of-valor-5-
    five-of-yellow_videogames
    
    
    ++AREA: ROOM D1-3
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE TONFA WEAPON
    --OBJECTIVE: EXIT TO ROOM D1-1
    
    If you finished the Test Of Valor (or not), go down the secret exit. In 
    the room below are some chests and some dead bodies that contain 
    Incendiary Shurikens and the TONFA weapon. Grab the weapon!  
    
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #17
    Exit the room to Room D1-2 (where you started the game) to face off 
    against some rocket boys and soldiers. When you eliminate these fools, 
    search the wreckage near Room D1-3 to find a Crystal Skull. GRAB IT!
    
    
    Exit back outside to where you began the mission to encounter a duo of 
    large mechs. Take them down with your hot Scythe combos to clear the 
    area. From there, stock up at Muramasa's Statue if you need to and then 
    access the green panel to take the elevator down.
    
    
    ++AREA: ROOM D2-1
    
    --OBJECTIVE:
    
    Just as the elevator descends to the bottom, a small gang of small 
    mechs will appear. Again, mid-air Scythe combos are your friend! USE 
    IT! Clear them out and then open the door to...
    
    
    ++AREA: LOWER LEFT WING
    
    As soon as you open the door, a bunch of turrets will start shooting at 
    you for a few seconds. Bust out the bow and shoot charged arrows at 
    them to destroy them. From there, climb the ladder down to the wing and 
    traverse to the other side. Climb the adjacent ladder and enter the 
    next room to find a Save Statue.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: ROOM D2-11
    
    --OBJECTIVE: BLOW UP THE REACTOR
    
    As you enter the next room, a bunch of rocket boys and soldiers will 
    occupy the narrow hall. Approach the rocket guys first and take them 
    out. Use UT's on the other soldiers to take them down and then enter 
    the next room. 
    
    
    ++AREA: ROOM D2-12
    
    This is the exact same room where you destroyed the yellow tubes. 
    Quickly eliminate the soldiers in here and then exit using the skywalk 
    to trigger a cutscene.
    
    
    ++AREA: ROOM D2-6 STEAM PIPE ROOM
    
    When you enter the next room, rockets will come flying in your face, so 
    eliminate all the rocket boys and soldiers! Exit the room to trigger 
    another cutscene. After the cutscene, take skywalk to the next room.
    
    
    ++AREA: ROOM D2-14 & ROOM D2-13
    
    This room is very similar to Room D2-12 (with the reactor). Clear out 
    all the soldiers in D2-14 and D2-13. From there, enter the next room to 
    find Muramasa's Statue. Stock up on stuff and then open the next 
    doorway to...
    
    
    ++AREA: LOWER RIGHT WING
    
    Destroy the turrets with charged arrows and then jump down and traverse 
    the wobbly wing to the other side. Climb the ladder to the Save Statue.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Be prepared because you will have to complete TWO separate boss 
    battles, so be sure to be stocked and ready! If you're primed and 
    pumped, enter the doorway to encounter Genshin.
    
    
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    Genshin is still the same bitch from Chapter 2, so this battle 
    shouldn't be too difficult for you. The only thing different here is 
    that Genshin will employ the use of Red Spider Ninjas (the Incendiary 
    Shuriken ones).
    
    When the battle begins, stay away from Genshin and focus on eliminating 
    the ninjas around you one-by-one. Use lots of On-Land Charge attacks to 
    kill one or two of them and then use the leftover Essence for UT's for 
    the rest of them. It'll take some fast evasion to get them all, but 
    after you kill all ten ninjas, the battle will just be between Genshin 
    and Ryu (no distractions). From there, fight off Genshin one-on-one the 
    same you did from Chapter 2 for an easy win.
    
    
    After the Genshin battle, Ryu will face off against the Armadillo on a 
    large snowy plain, so be ready!
    
    
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    The giant Armadillo has three attacks:
    
    --FLAME BREATH
    --CHOMP CHOMP BLOW
    --BOWLING BALL STRIKE
    
    To avoid having the Armadillo roll around, run up to the boss and 
    attack him from up close. Stand next to his face (not in front of it) 
    and start smacking combos for faster results. As it starts walking 
    around the arena, keep attacking its face or feet with non-stop combos 
    while following him. It's really that simple as it sounds, folks.
    
    When his health is reduced to 10%, he'll fall over in pain, so that 
    only means one thing: OBLITERATION!!! Oh yeah, and be sure to press and 
    hold the BLOCK BUTTON after you finish it off or you'll get a nasty 
    surprise that I'm sure you won't like!
    
    
    MISSION COMPLETE!
    
    
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    ++AREA: RED SQUARE - ALLEYWAY
    
    --OBJECTIVE: CLEAR RED SQUARE CAPITAL OF THREATS
    
    When the mission begins, approach the Muramasa Statue and stock up on 
    Incendiary Shurikens. TRUST ME, they will definitely come in handy in 
    the next section!
    
    From there, continue forward to see numerous sandbag posts. As you 
    approach it, a couple of soldiers wielding ballistic missiles will come 
    running and shooting at you. Use lots of Reverse Wind evasion to get 
    close to them and then attack them with some combos.
    
    After you kill the first two, more of these ballistic missile soldiers 
    will continue to spawn on different ends of the alley. Continue to 
    approach them carefully and eliminate them with combos until you see 
    that the alley is completely cleared. DO NOT leave any ballistic 
    soldiers alive! If you do, the next section of the level will be a 
    giant headache for you, so KILL!
    
    
    ++AREA: RED SQUARE CAPITAL
    
    When all the ballistic soldiers are cleared, enter Red Square to face 
    off against a large gang of giant mechs. Around 6-7 of them will 
    approach you and attack you from all angles (including a couple of 
    ballistic soldiers shooting at you from the other end of the arena).
    
    You're best bet at killing all the mechs is to have the Scythe and some 
    Wind Blades Ninpo ready at the helm. Use mid-air combos on the all the 
    mechs while being evasive. Keep attacking them to weaken them and then 
    shove a Wind Blades Ninpo to blow them up (or leave them open for 
    Obliteration).
    
    With the leftover Essence, use On-Land Charge UT's on the remaining 
    mechs. One UT on the mech will decapitate it, so IMMEDIATELY Obliterate 
    it! When all of the mechs are gone, all you'll have left is ballistic 
    soldiers. Simply toss Incendiary Shurikens at them to explode off a 
    limb and then approach and Obliterate them.
    
    Continue eliminating the spawning soldiers until the gateway inside the 
    building opens up. There is a Save Statue inside the hall, so refill 
    your health and SAVE your game.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: RED SQUARE SHOPPING CENTER
    
    --OBJECTIVE: CLEAR THE SHOPPING CENTER OF THREATS
    
    If you need to go back to Muramasa's Statue, do it! If not, continue 
    down the hall back outside to encounter some Incendiary pooches. 
    Eliminate them with OLC's to clear them out.
    
    From there, enter the next doorway to an indoor shopping center. As 
    soon as you enter, a gaggle of soldiers and ballistic missile soldiers 
    will spawn. The ballistics soldiers will be perched on the higher 
    walkway and there are TWO ways to reach them:
    
    --#1: THE BIRD FLIP CHASM
    To Ryu's immediate left (where he enters the shopping center) is a thin 
    chasm that he can use the Bird Flip. Bird Flip to the top and then take 
    out the ballistics soldiers from there.
    
    --#2: THE STAIRS
    In the middle of the shopping center is a large empty fountain. To the 
    left of the fountain is an open shop with a stairway that leads to the 
    upper walkway (there's also a Muramasa's Statue in the shop).
    
    
    There are TWO pairs of ballistics soldiers that appear, so stay on the 
    upper walkways and get them all and then deal with the soldiers at the 
    bottom. EASY, right? Restock at Muramasa's if you need to and then exit 
    out of the shopping center.
    
    
    ++AREA: OUTER CHAPEL ALLEY
    
    --OBJECTIVE: DESTROY THE TURRETS GUARDING THE CHAPEL
    
    As you enter the next area, you will be shown a cutscene of a deadly 
    new threat: LANDMINES. Landmines are VERY deadly against Ryu and the 
    only way to get through the hidden landmines in the snow is to look at 
    the footprints. See them?
    
    The footprints on the snow are the way through the hidden landmines. 
    SLOWLY walk through the footprints (if you run, you can still get 
    exploded) to the other side. A gang of ballistics soldiers will appear 
    at the other end of the alley. Take cover on the nearby sandbag post 
    and stock up on arrows on the nearby chest.
    
    Fling charged arrows to the soldiers at the other end of the alley and 
    pick them off one-by-one until no more missiles are flying. From there, 
    SLOWLY pass through the hidden landmines by using the footprints on the 
    snow until you reach the other end.
    
    
     --CRYSTAL SKULL #18
    When you reach the end of the alley, you will see TWO large turrets 
    near the locked gate. Use charged arrows to destroy them both and to 
    clear the whole area of threats. Oh yes, and there is a Crystal Skull 
    just near the end of the alley. Do you see it? Take precaution when 
    getting it because landmines surround it!
    
    
    After taking the skull, approach the large metal gate by SLOWLY 
    traversing through the snow using the footsteps! Open the gate to find 
    the Save Statue! WHEW-WEE!
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    
    ++AREA: RED SQUARE CHAPEL
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE SECRET PASSAGE
    
    When you enter the chapel, prepare for an ambush by a large gang of Red 
    Spider Ninjas! Evasion is going to be difficult, but try to be 
    defensive as much as possible and then get in some hard combos or an 
    Izuna Drop to unleash some Essence for UT's.
    
    Get as many UT's on the RS Ninjas and Obliterate who you can. It won't 
    be easy but with quick skills, you can kill them all with style. When 
    the ninjas are dead, the entire area is cleared of enemies!
    
    From there, enter the only doorway in the chapel (it's a thin black 
    door) to find some stairs. Jump and wall run to the top of the stairs 
    to enter a new area.
    
    
    ++AREA: THE BELLTOWER
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE BELL KEY
    
    See that metal bar? Jump to it and then shimmy the bars to the right 
    side and swing and jump off. The black door is locked, so look for the 
    open window and go through it to the other side to find a dead body 
    with the BELL KEY item. Go and use it on the black door.
    
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #19
    After you open the black door, go down the stairway and there will be a 
    Crystal Skull sitting near one of the candles on the wall. GRAB IT!
    
    
    Continue down the stairs and exit to find the pulpit in the middle. 
    Approach it and open the door to find the secret passage. Jump down to 
    the area below.
    
    
    ++AREA: OUTER SUBWAY
    
    There's only some bats in here, so kill them off with Shuriken and take 
    the path all the way to the other end to a new area.
    
    
    ++AREA: RED SQUARE SUBWAY
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE DIGNITARY'S ID CARD
    
    As you emerge in this fancy area, be prepared for a Red Spider Ninja 
    ambush! Shove some Wind Blades into their faces to clear a few of them 
    and then use UT's on the rest of them to clear the area of enemies.
    
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #20
    From there, enter the subway car and search the cabins for goodies. The 
    next cabin contains a Crystal Skull sitting near the bar. GRAB IT!
    
    
    Enter the cabin bedroom to find a dead body with the DIGNITARY'S ID 
    CARD. Now exit the train and make your way to the other end of the 
    subway. Go up the stairs and use the ID CARD on the red doors to find 
    the Save Statue.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Be prepared because when you exit the room, you'll face off against a 
    familiar face!
    
    
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    The battle with the blind Ogre isn't any different than before EXCEPT 
    for the two giant mechs that are distracting you. When the battle 
    begins, try to inflict as much damage to the mechs as possible using 
    the Scythe. Jump towards them and use the Blood Rain attack to inflict 
    some hard damage on them. After a couple of these attacks, you should 
    be able to Obliterate them easily. Try to stay evasive from the stupid 
    Ogre and keep your focus on damaging the two annoying mechs.
    
    If you still can't destroy the mechs, activate the Wind Blades Ninpo 
    after some damage has been dealt to finally clear them out. From there, 
    go ahead battle the big blind Ogre the same exact way as Chapter 4.
    
    
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    ++AREA: UNDERGROUND PRISON
    
    If you want to go back to the Save Statue, do it now! If not, enter the 
    gap in the building and jump down to the area below.
    
    A gang of Red Spider Ninjas will appear down here, so shove an Izuna 
    Drop in their asses to clear them out! When that's done, go to the cell 
    with the dead body and stock up on Incendiary Shurikens.
    
    Go all the way to the very end of the prison cell block and kick down 
    the last cell door with the light shining through the wall. Throw an 
    Incendiary Shuriken to explode the wall to a new area.
    
    
    ++AREA: UNDERGROUND WATERWAY
    
    This area is opposite of the subway. When you jump down to the 
    waterway, get onto the dry surface! Gajas will show up here and you 
    definitely don't want to fight them on the water!
    
    Use hardcore Izuna Drops on all the Gaja using the dry surface to clear 
    them out. See how easy that was? In the middle of the waterway are a 
    bunch of Ghost Fish!!! AAAHHH!!! Approach and slice them down to clear 
    the area of threats. Exit the area using the stairway and traverse the 
    cavern to the top. Use the Bird Flip to reach the upper area.
    
    
    ++AREA: THE CLOCK TOWER BUILDING
    
    There is a Save Statue, Muramasa's Statue, and a Test Of Valor outside 
    the building. DO NOT SAVE YET! Jump down and then take the stairway 
    next to the Save Statue to the top. Exit to the balcony to encounter 
    some more Red Spider Ninjas. Cut them down hard and then enter to find 
    Muramasa's Statue. DO NOT STOCK UP YET!
    
    From here, jump down to encounter one more gang of Red Spider Ninjas. 
    Eliminate them all to clear the bottom area of enemies! Okay, NOW you 
    can SAVE your game and stock up at Muramasa's Statue.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    --TEST OF VALOR #6 - SIX OF WHITE
    Now would be a good time to try out the next Test Of Valor. This test 
    will contain only two enemies: four-legged mechs and ballistics 
    soldiers. You will need to have one finger constantly on the evasion 
    button because missiles and bullets will be flying everywhere!
    
    Defeating the small mechs is easy because it only takes 2-3 mid-air 
    combos with the Scythe to kill it. From there, use constant On-Land 
    Charge UT's with the Scythe to instantly kill off the rest. Be sure to 
    dodge away when the mechs explode! 
    
    After clearing out all of the stupid small mechs, you'll have those 
    ballistics soldiers to deal with, so bust out all your Incendiary 
    Shuriken and fling them one-by-one. One Incendiary Shuriken explodes 
    off one of their limbs, which leaves them open for Obliteration! 
    Complete this test to receive a JEWEL OF THE DEMON SEAL...and some 
    Ghost Fish!!! AAHHH!!!
    
    
    If you finished the test (or not), climb the ladder near Muramasa's 
    Statue to the upper area.
    
    
    ++AREA: CLOCK TOWER GEARS
    
    --OBJECTIVE: GO TO THE CLOCK TOWER BASE
    
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #21
    Making your way to the top of the clock tower is a pretty simple 
    affair. As you jump from gear to gear, you will be ambushed by Red 
    Spider Ninjas. Slice them down as you jump from the next gear upwards. 
    On the fifth gear (after swinging on the bar three times), there will 
    be a Crystal Skull sitting by itself. GRAB IT!
    
    
    Continue to jump and swing to the very top of the tower (while 
    eliminating those ninja doofuses) until you finally get to the Save 
    Statue at the top.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    If you need to fill up at Muramasa's Statue, now's the time to do it! 
    If not, then it's boss battle time!
    
    
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    Battling Zed is very similar to fighting Alexei (and in some ways, 
    Ishtaros from the first game). While Zed doesn't use cheap attacks like 
    Alexei, he does still inflict quick and powerful attacks. These are his 
    attacks:
    
    --FLAMING POUNCE
    --FLAME FIREBALL
    
    
    Just like previous battles with the Greater Fiends, you need to be 
    quick and aggressive with your combos in order to damage Zed. The main 
    strategy is to get in close to Zed, block and evade his melee combos, 
    and then counter with some hard combos of your own. Continue the 
    barrage of evasion and hard combos from up close and his health will 
    reduce very quickly before you know it. The more you can bait Zed into 
    attacking you up front and up close, the better chance you have at 
    damaging him faster!
    
    AVOID circling around the arena and AVOID staying at far distances! 
    Remember, you want him to attack YOU from the ground. Use aggressive 
    force and pound those combos into his flaming ass to win the battle.
    
    
    
    MISSION COMPLETE!
    
    
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    ++AREA: JUNGLE ENTRANCE
    
    Move down the path to encounter a gang of soldiers. Eliminate them with 
    your hot combos to clear them out. From there, continue towards the 
    river to see a small hut with a ballistics soldier.
    
    
    ++AREA: PERUVIAN RIVERBANK
    
    --OBJECTIVE: INFILTRATE THE RIVER STRONGHOLD
    
    Use a charged arrow to kill the ballistics soldier. You'll notice that 
    there is a large gaggle of exploding jelly fish in the water. Carefully 
    jump into the water and take them all out with the Gatling Gun.
    
    There is a Muramasa Statue near the small hut but you cannot access it 
    until the jelly fish are fully exterminated. It might take awhile 
    because the jelly fish keep spawning, but keep shooting them down until 
    Muramasa's Statue lights up and then you can restock.
    
    Jump into the water and slowly swim (DO NOT WATER RUN) though the jelly 
    fish-infested river. Whenever you see jelly fish pop out, shoot them 
    down. Continue swimming through the river to the end (while shooting 
    jelly fish) until you see another small hut with a Save Statue AND a 
    rocket soldier waiting for you. NOW you can use the Water Run and 
    approach and slice him down. 
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: RIVER STRONGHOLD
    
    --OBJECTIVE: CLEAR THE AREA OF THREATS TO OPEN THE GATE
    
    Get ready for a lengthy battle because there will be lots of ballistics 
    soldiers that will spawn in three different areas of the stronghold. 
    Run on the water and approach each soldier and cut him down.
    
    AVOID opening any chests for now and simply approach each ballistics 
    soldier by following the rocket fire from where it is being shot. After 
    eliminating about 10-11 of these soldiers, a new enemy emerges:
    
    --NEW ENEMY: WATER SENTRY
    These things are a total joke. If you have a level 3 Scythe, all it 
    takes is ONE hard combo (while running on the water) to destroy it. 
    
    
    Kill off all of the water sentries with Scythe combos to clear the area 
    of threats and to trigger a short cutscene.
    
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #22
    Now that the area is cleared, you can explore all the huts for lots of 
    goodies. The watchtower all the way on the right side of the river 
    contains a Crystal Skull tied to the ropes. GRAB IT!
    
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE JADE MASK AND OPEN THE SECRET GATEWAY
    
    The JADE MASK item is located behind the watchtower near where the gate 
    opened in the cutscene. Open the door and kick open the chest to find 
    the JADE MASK. When you leave, more water sentries will pop up, so kill 
    them off with the Scythe!
    
    When that's done, use the JADE MASK on the emblem on the wall to open 
    the secret pathway in the water. Dive down and swim to the next area.
    
    
    ++AREA: PERUVIAN RIVERBANK - NORTH
    
    Emerge out of the water and move forward to see another dirty river. 
    Above the water is a set of branches to swing on, so jump and swing on 
    the branches to the next area.
    
    As you land on the upper dry surface, some more soldiers will jump out, 
    so take care of them! Continue forward up to the dead end with a 
    zipline above the trees. See it?
    
    Jump to the zipline and slowly traverse to the other side. Some rocket 
    soldiers will emerge on the other side, so quickly move back to the dry 
    surface and fling arrows or Incendiary Shurikens to clear them out. Now 
    take the zipline but WAIT...
    
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #23
    Just near the other side of the zipline is a set of branches. Do you 
    see it? Jump and swing towards those branches and jump to a small piece 
    of dry surface that has a hidden Muramasa's Statue AND a Crystal Skull 
    sitting in the vines. GRAB IT and then stock up.
    
    
    From there, jump down to the water and go back to the zipline from the 
    beginning. Take the zipline to the other side and jump down. As you 
    make your way up the short path, some more soldiers pop out. Slice them 
    down to activate the Save Statue but DO NOT SAVE YET!
    
    There is a hidden area near the Save Statue (not the area with the 
    doorway) that contains a chest with a goodie. Grab the item and TWO 
    more soldiers will emerge. Kill, KILL! NOW you can SAVE!
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Be stocked up and ready because once you enter the next area, you won't 
    be able to use the Save Statue. Enter the next area to encounter a new 
    annoying enemy:
    
    --NEW ENEMY: LARGE DUNG BEETLES
    These spiny pests are quite aggressive and very grabby. They like to 
    jump around and molest you. All it takes is some strong combos to kill 
    a few of them and then a UT to kill off a whole bunch more.
    
    
    Eliminate all the beetles that appear until all is clear. From there, 
    approach the large boulder where the bugs came from and charge a UT to 
    destroy the boulder and then jump down to the area below.
    
    
    ++AREA: LIMESTONE CAVERN
    
    In this massive cavern, you will encounter lots of Skull Spiders. If 
    you want to kill them all, that's up to you, but it's not really 
    necessary. As you traverse deeper into the cavern, you will notice lots 
    of small caves on the left and right sides.
    
    Each cave has stones that you can slice open for Essence of all kinds. 
    Keep navigating forward to trigger the boss battle with the Worm.
    
    
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    The giant worm boss is quite easy to defeat, but it may take a couple 
    of tries to get the timing right in order to get by unscathed. It uses 
    the following attacks:
    
    --WORM GRAB
    --WORM RUSH
    --THE NATCH SNATCH
    --WORM SPACKLE
    
    As a safety precaution, make sure Ryu is standing next to an open cave 
    hole BEFORE attempting to attack the boss. The main way to defeat the 
    worm is to stand in the middle of the cavern and unleash level 2 
    Ultimate Techniques in its face, preferably with the Eclipse Scythe UT. 
    Move into the cavern and charge up the UT when the coast is clear. 
    
    When you hear the sound of the boss getting closer (it sounds like a 
    speeding train), unleash the UT BEFORE it gets close. If timed 
    correctly, the UT will stop and stun the boss for a quick second. Once 
    the UT hits its face, IMMEDIATELY evade into the nearby cave hole to 
    avoid getting hit by its tongue or its disgusting spackle. After a few 
    seconds, it'll rush out of the area and the whole process starts over 
    (be sure to get out of the way before it does this).
    
    DO NOT attempt to use ANY combos on the boss! If you attempt a combo, 
    it'll both grab and slam you through the cavern or it'll rush you. 
    Simply slam an Ultimate Technique in the worm face, EVADE its 
    retaliation, REPEAT. SUCK IT, BITCH, SUCK IT.
    
    
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    After the battle, jump down the chasm to find a Save Statue.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: POND SCUM
    
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #24
    When you enter this area, a whole bunch of worms will pop up from the 
    water. Fighting them can be tiresome and a waste of health items, so 
    AVOID battling them. On the other side of where the worms pop up is a 
    Crystal Skull sitting on the ground. GRAB IT!
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE VIGOORIAN FLAILS
    
    Ignore those stupid worms and continue up the forest path. There is a 
    dead body in the grass that contains a new weapon: VIGOORIAN FLAILS. 
    Equip it if you want and continue towards the next area.
    
    
    ++AREA: TEMPLE OF WORSHIP
    
    A new enemy appears in the large body of water:
    
    --NEW ENEMY: LARGE RED FISH
    These overgrown 'roided out fish can only be killed by using the 
    Gatling Gun on the water. 
    
    
    If you want to kill the red fish, then jump to the water and find a 
    safe corner near the fallen pillar and start shooting them with the 
    Gatling Gun. Clear them out and then approach the Save Statue near the 
    temple doors.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Stock up at Muramasa's Statue if you need to! There is a Test Of Valor 
    next to the Save Statue. It's quite easy, so I suggest pursuing it.
    
    
    --TEST OF VALOR #7 - SEVEN OF RED
    This test is SO super easy that I will not even tell you what to 
    expect! Just equip a level 3 Scythe and then UT all of the enemies to 
    death. With quick UT and evasion skills, this test is over in less than 
    2 minutes. EASY! Completing the test garners you a TALISMAN OF 
    REBIRTH...and some GHOST FISH!!! AAAHHH!!!
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: CLEAR THE TEMPLE OF THREATS
    
    Approach the large door and examine it. A new enemy will emerge from 
    the ground:
    
    --NEW ENEMY: CHAINSAW ZOMBIE
    These guys are slow but they can still catch you off-guard. Equip the 
    Scythe and kill off one of the zombies with some mid-air combos. From 
    there, use a UT on the other zombies to decapitate them and leave them 
    open for Obliteration.
    
    
    Eliminate all the zombies near the large door and then go to the river 
    and MORE of those red fish will spawn. Run to the corner of the water 
    near the fallen pillar (you'll know it when you see it) and stay there! 
    From that corner, the fish can't approach you, so bust out the Gatling 
    Gun and shoot them all down.
    
    With your nifty shooting skills, it is possible to get a 100-hit combo 
    simply by shooting them all nonstop. When all the zombies and fish are 
    cleared out, approach the temple door to finally open it up. Turn left 
    to find a chest with a goodie.
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: APPROACH THE MOUTAIN PEAK
    
    Jump into the small body of water and dive down. Swim to the other side 
    of the temple entrance to a new area.
    
    
    ++AREA: DEAD MAN'S RIVER
    
    Emerge out of the water and hop onto dry land. Make your way towards 
    the mountain to trigger a short cutscene. After the cutscene, lots of 
    chainsaw zombies will jump out.
    
    Use hard combos with the Scythe to kill one of them and then use the 
    leftover Essence to UT the others and leave them open for Obliteration. 
    Quickly Obliterate each zombie down the path up towards the mountain 
    peak entrance until all zombies are toast. 
    
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #25
    Before approaching the mountain peak to fight the boss, go back to the 
    river with the floating ninja bodies. There is a dead body under the 
    water that contains a Crystal Skull, so you see it? GRAB IT!
    
    
    If you need to restock at Muramasa's, then do it now! Use the Save 
    Statue at the previous area to save your game, if necessary. And don't 
    forget to complete the Test Of Valor! When you're pumped and primed, go 
    to the mountain peak to trigger one of the most frustrating, lamest, 
    and absurdly cheapest boss battles in Ninja Gaiden history...
    
    
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    In retrospect, battling both of these bosses is actually a cinch. 
    Really, it is! The only thing that makes this battle more difficult 
    than it should be is the stupid goddamned mini-dragon lackeys that 
    appear. These are the attacks the flying bosses like to use:
    
    --PAZ ZUU LASER BEAM
    --ARMAGEDDON BALL
    --TRIPLE FIREBALL
    
    All of these attacks are easy to evade, so use quick evasion. The main 
    strategy to defeating both dragons is to shoot level 2 charged arrows 
    at it with the Fiend's Bane Bow. As easy as that sounds, there's still 
    a problem. The problem? After shooting a couple of well-aimed arrows at 
    it, mini-dragon lackeys will spawn and distract you. This is what 
    usually makes the battle longer than it really needs to be.
    
    When the battle starts, immediately start flinging arrows at the 
    bosses. Keep shooting until they start firing those fireballs. Evade 
    the fireball and QUICKLY start shooting more charged arrows. If you are 
    quick enough, you can kill one of the bosses just as the mini-lackeys 
    begin to spawn. 
    
    DO NOT circle around the arena! Just stay where you are for the whole 
    battle! Circling around the arena only makes it worse because the 
    lackeys will flyby and smack you and fireballs will start flying from 
    everywhere. When the first boss is dead, keep flinging charged arrows 
    at the second boss as fast as you can. Even as the lackeys begin 
    shooting fireballs, you should be able to continue shooting arrows 
    (while taking minimal fire damage) and damaging the boss.
    
    
    
    MISSION COMPLETE!
    
    
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    ++AREA: MOUNTAIN ENTRANCE
    
    --OBJECTIVE: GO TO THE TEMPLE OF SACRIFICE
    
    Approach Muramasa's Statue and stock up on lots of items. When that's 
    done, go up the hill to encounter some Red Gaja. These guys are no 
    different than the silver Gaja, so just shove an Izuna Drop on all them 
    for easy kills.
    
    
    ++AREA: BLOOD-SOAKED PATH
    
    As you work your way up the bloody path, some more Gaja and green Van 
    Gelfs will show up to give you some trouble. With a level 3 Scythe in 
    hand, use mid-air combos on the Van Gelfs to slice them down and then 
    Obliterate them! Use the leftover Essence for lots of UT's to everyone 
    else. It's not as difficult as it seems! 
    
    Once you reach the large circular area near the Save Statue, more Van 
    Gelfs and Gaja will pop out for trouble. You should already know what 
    to do here, so DO IT. Clear them out to activate the Save Statue.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: VALLEY OF FORGOTTEN SOULS
    
    --OBJECTIVE: CLEAR THE AREA OF THREATS
    
    Enter the next area and get ready for a killer battle because multiple 
    Rasetsu's (around 5-6 of them) will start showing up at the beginning 
    of the level. Killing one of them was easy but TWO at the same time? 
    SONOFABITCH!!
    
    My best advice to NOT getting killed in this battle is to stick with 
    using OLC UT attacks on them. When the chapter begins, make your way to 
    the middle of the area, you will see two Rasetsu's running up the path. 
    Start charging for a level 2 UT and then time it so that it hits the 
    first one when he gets nearby. All it takes is TWO level 2 UT's to kill 
    each of these freaks, but it won't be an easy task.
    
    After you kill the first Rasetsu, you have to fight another one while 
    ANOTHER one comes running down the path. Continue to stay evasive while 
    charging for level 1 UT's and shoving it in their faces. The timing for 
    this move is CRITICAL and can be the only thing that will save you from 
    this difficult encounter. SAVE all of your Ninpo attacks for the last 
    batch of Rasetsu's to weaken them and kill them off. WHEW!!!
    
    
    Work your way down the path and search the two dead bodies for goodies. 
    Approach the Save Statue at the other end and SAVE your game.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: ACID RIVER 1
    
    --OBJECTIVE: CLEAR THE AREA OF THREATS
    
    As you approach the green acid river, a duo of acid worms and dung 
    beetles will show up to make your day even longer. Ryu can run on the 
    acid but it slowly saps away health.
    
    There is a dead body with Incendiary Shurikens, so run up to it and 
    stock up. Fling charged Incendiary Shurikens at the worms while dodging 
    their spackle balls until they are toast. After the first two are dead, 
    two more will show up, so keep flinging Incendiary Shurikens until the 
    room is cleared.
    
    Once that's done, approach the large black pillar and examine it to 
    bring it down. Use the Bird Flip to reach the upper cavern.
    
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #26
    After flipping to the top, you will see two walls. Use a double Wall 
    Run to reach the other end. Turn around and look above the walls you 
    just ran on to see a Crystal Skull perched above. Use another wall run 
    to reach that skull. GRAB IT!
    
    
    ++AREA: ACID RIVER 2
    
    As you approach the next river, a bunch of (incredibly glitchy) worms 
    will spawn on the river. For some reason, the worms will keep popping 
    out in a continuous glitch loop, so charge up for UT's and then just 
    unleash it until all the worms are dead. 
    
    Once that's done, approach the black pillar on the other end and 
    examine it to reveal the exit. Go to the end of the river and jump down 
    the chasm to find the Save Statue.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: MIDDLE OF THE MOUNTAIN
    
    As you leave the Save Statue, a large gang of mini-dragons will spawn 
    nearby. If you have arrows, equip it! Jump down to the bottom and go 
    all the way down to the bottom of the stairs.
    
    DO NOT FLING ARROWS ON THE STAIRS! Go to the bottom level and start 
    flinging from the ground. If you run out of arrows, move towards the 
    next area with the large step-button. Some Gaja will show up, so slice 
    all of them down. From there, approach the dead body on the next area 
    to stock up on arrows. Kill off the rest of the mini-dragons to clear 
    the area.
    
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #27
    At the bottom of the stairs is a Crystal Skull sitting in the open. 
    GRAB IT! There is also a chest on the opposite side that contains a 
    LIFE OF THE GODS. Grab that one, too.
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE JEWEL OF THE DEMON SEAL
    
    Wanna know what that large step-button is for? Use a downward strike on 
    it to de-press it and bring down a boney cage. Gajas will spawn, so 
    kill them off to clear them out. Inside the boney cage is a dead body 
    that has the JEWEL OF THE DEMON SEAL.
    
    Now continue down the path to encounter some zombies. Slice them down 
    with some Scythe combos and then UT and Obliterate them all. Further 
    down the path, some mini-dragons will spawn.
    
    Shoot the mini-dragons down and then approach Muramasa's Statue and 
    stock up on lots of items.
    
    
    ++AREA: BRIDGE OF THE FIENDS
    
    Work your way down the bridge to encounter some pink Van Gelfs. Cut 
    them down with easy combos and continue up the bridge. Near the Save 
    Statue are a gang of zombies.
    
    Eliminate and Obliterate them all to clear the area and to activate the 
    Save Statue and Test Of Valor.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    --TEST OF VALOR #8 - EIGHT OF WHITE
    This test isn't all so bad than it sounds. The battle consists of two 
    enemies: Red Gaja and...GHOST FISH!!! AAHHH!!! Equip the Flails and 
    start swinging nonstop until all of the Fish are completely gone. From 
    there, use UT's on the rest of the Gaja to complete the test. 
    Completing this test garners you NOTHING! Okay, maybe it gives you some 
    goodies, but what the hell will that do for you? A WASTE OF A TEST!
    
    
    ++AREA: OUTER TEMPLE ENTRANCE
    
    There is another step-button near the Save Statue. If you activate it, 
    a boney cage with Gaja will appear and the prize you get is NOTHING. 
    Ignore that step-button and continue towards the collapsed pillar and 
    slide down to the bottom.
    
    Go around the corner to encounter some zombies. Eliminate them all with 
    hot Scythe combos and Obliterate them all. From there, grab some arrows 
    from the dead body and shoot down the mini-dragons that appear.
    
    Further down the path, some Gaja will pop out for some fun. Shove 
    Izunas in their faces and continue up to the temple entrance to trigger 
    a cutscene.
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: OBTAIN THE BONE RELIEF
    
    To open the temple doorway, you'll need a Key Item. Approach the large 
    step-button and activate it to trigger a boss battle...
    
    
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    There's no special strategy or tactics for this battle. Simply fling 
    charged arrows at the dragon until it dies. STUPID SICK DUMB BATTLE!
    
    
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    Grab the BONE RELIEF from the chest and use it on the glowing wall to 
    open up the large temple doorway.
    
    
    ++AREA: THE TEMPLE OF SACRIFICE STAIRWAY
    
    --OBJECTIVE: DEFEAT ALL THE BLACK SPIDER NINJAS
    
    OH...MY...GAWD. Get ready for the most intense, the most brutal, the 
    most vicious, and the most SLOWEST battle ever! As you ascend the 
    stairs, over 40-50 ninjas will crowd the stairway. Sounds like an easy 
    battle, right? Well, not if the game slows down to a screeching crawl! 
    As more and more ninjas crowd the screen, the game literally slows down 
    and Ryu's movements become difficult to maneuver.
    
    With the slow movements happening onscreen, kill off as much ninjas as 
    you can and then use LOTS of OLC UT's on them all. For a wider range of 
    attack, use the Eclipse Scythe or the Kusari-gama to kill off a bunch 
    of the ninjas in succession. But if brutality is what you're looking 
    for, equip the Tonfas (level 3, if possible) and use its UT for lots of 
    honked-up combos. With careful OLC's, it is possible to obtain multiple 
    200-hit combos in this battle!
    
    When the bottom stairway is cleared, continue up the stairs to 
    encounter another large gang of ninjas. Take them all down to clear the 
    stairway of threats. WHEW-WEE!!! Enter the temple and jump down to find 
    a Muramasa's Statue and a Save Statue. DO NOT SAVE YET!
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: CLEAR THE TEMPLE OF THREATS
    
    Kick down the large door to encounter pink and green Van Gelfs. Shove 
    some Wind Blades Ninpo in their faces and Obliterate them all! Continue 
    down the path to the bottom room to find two chests with goodies. Open 
    them up and THEN you can SAVE your game.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Stock up at Muramasa's with lots of health items and then when you're 
    ready, approach the door at the bottom of the room to trigger a very 
    disturbingly sensual cutscene......okay, say it with me: VAH-JAI-NAH!
    
    
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    The battle with Elizebet is all a matter of fast evasion and hard 
    combos. These are the moves in her arsenal of attacks:
    
    --BUTTERFLY WHIP
    --BLOOD SWIRL
    --BUTTERFLY RUSH
    
    Her melee combos involve using her long fingernails and her tail. 
    Again, just like with the previous battles with Volf, Alexei, and 
    Zedonius, the fastest way to damage Elizebet is to use aggressive force 
    from up close.
    
    You need to bait her into fighting on the ground so that she can fight 
    you one-on-one. Block and evade her attacks and then quickly counter 
    with a hard combo of your own. If done correctly, the combo should stun 
    her and leave her open to another combo. When she uses the Blood Swirl 
    attack, simply use Reverse Wind evasion (do not use jumps) to get 
    through unscathed.
    
    If she zooms to the other end of the room, quickly follow her and try 
    to use a Divine Swallow to get her down on the ground. The more that 
    you can bait her into fighting Ryu up close, the better chance you have 
    at defeating her quickly.
    
    
    MISSION COMPLETE!
    
    
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    ++AREA: CASTLE OF THE DRAGON
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND KUREHA'S ROOM KEY
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE JIZO STATUE HEAD
    
    This is a pretty simple objective but, unfortunately, you will have to 
    traverse the mountainside while being ambushed by tons and tons and 
    tons and tons and tons of Spider ninjas. Did I mention there's a bunch 
    of ninjas?
    
    By this point of the game, you should be able to handle all these 
    ninjas with some kind of ease, so my advice is to just go crazy as you 
    work your way down the hill. Really, there's nothing for me to tell you 
    other than that. 
    
    As you FINALLY make it to the village circle (and all the enemies are 
    gone), there is a locked door across from the house where you found the 
    Falcon's Talons. Ryu needs the key to open that door which is located 
    at the Hayabusa Graveyard. Make your way there! Use the Save Statue 
    outside from the headmaster's house to SAVE.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: CENTRAL BRIDGE
    
    Work your way past the Central Bridge (and killing ninjas) and towards 
    the open range. Some dogs will appear, so smack them up to clear this 
    entire area of enemies (for now).
    
    
    ++AREA: HAYABUSA GRAVEYARD
    
    As you go up the stairs, there is a JIZO STATUE HEAD sitting in the 
    middle of the stairs. Pick it up and continue to the graveyard. 
    Approach Kureha's grave to find the KUREHA'S ROOM KEY item.
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: OPEN THE RELIC ROOM
    
    --ITEM: SPIRIT OF THE DEVILS
    --NEW WEAPON: WINDMILL SHURIKEN
    
    From there, go back to the village circle and use the key at the locked 
    door to enter the RELIC ROOM. Inside the Relic Room are three items: 
    the Windmill Shuriken, a SPIRIT OF THE DEVILS item, and some Essence. 
    Equip the items and go BACK to the open range next to Central Bridge.
    
    When you approach the open range, a surprise ambush of ninjas and a 
    couple of Rasetsu's will appear. Take advantage of your Ninpo and use 
    the Wind Blades on all of them to clear the area. Once that's done, now 
    comes the fun part!
    
    Go to the storage room building and open the door to find a Muramasa's 
    Statue. Stock up if you need to and then climb the ladder to the top 
    and jump out of the window to the village entrance.
    
    
    ++AREA: HAYABUSA VILLAGE ENTRANCE
    
    --OBJECTIVE: GO BACK TO THE NINJA FORTRESS
    
    As you jump down, some more ninjas will appear here. Eliminate them all 
    to clear the area. There are some chests in this area, so open them and 
    grab the goodies.
    
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #28
    Enter the alley near the village entrance and you will see a dead body 
    that has a health item. Near the dead body is a small little enclosure 
    with a Crystal Skull hidden within the corner. Enter that corner and 
    rotate the camera to see the skull. GRAB IT!
    
    
    Remember that Jizo Statue Head you found earlier? Now is the time to 
    use it. Just near the entrance of the village is a trio of statues (one 
    with a missing head). Put the head back on the headless statue to 
    reveal a secret chest with less-than-stellar goodies. Now exit the 
    village and use the Save Statue.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Continue past the bridge and eliminate all the ninjas and Warlocks that 
    appear. At the end of the path is a little patch of water. Jump into 
    the water and dive in. Swim to the other side and then climb out to a 
    grassy field.
    
    
    --CRYSTAL SKULL #29
    Just as you emerge out of the water, you will see a little shack on the 
    grass. Kill the ninjas that appear first and then slice open the shack 
    to find the Crystal Skull sitting inside. GRAB IT!
    
    
    ++AREA: OUTER NINJA FORTRESS
    
    Work your way through the grassy field while eliminating ninjas that 
    are in the way. It's a LONG battle with ninjas, so keep going until you 
    FINALLY reach the Ninja Fortress.
    
    
    ++AREA: NINJA FORTRESS
    
    --OBJECTIVE: EXIT THE FORTRESS AND FIND THE ZIPLINE
    
    Welcome back to the Ninja Fortress! This is the place where Ryu fought 
    Murai in the first game, so it kinda brings back memories...of 
    frustration! As you enter the fortress, be prepared to face off against 
    lots of ninjas in every room you enter. As you approach the Save 
    Statue, more ninjas jump out. Eliminate them all to activate the statue 
    and the Test Of Valor.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    --TEST OF VALOR #9 - NINE OF VIOLET
    This is the last Test Of Valor of the game and it's pretty lame and 
    cheap at the same time. The enemies in this test consist of Incendiary 
    Dogs and Red Spider Ninjas. Basically, your enemies all wield 
    Incendiary Shurikens! Try to slice down as many of the pooches as 
    possible and then shove UT's on everyone using On-Land Charges. 
    
    If the battle starts becoming cheap (when Ryu starts exploding in every 
    direction), unleash all of your Wind Blades Ninpo to clear out the 
    remaining dogs and ninjas. Eliminate the ninjas with Izuna Drops! 
    Completing this test garners you a LIVES OF THE THOUSAND GODS.
    
    
    Work your way out of the fortress and you will find a zipline that 
    leads across the mountain. DO NOT TAKE THE ZIPLINE YET!
    
    
    ++AREA: VALLEY OF SHADOWS
    
    Across the fortress entrance is an underground cave entrance. Do you 
    see it? Jump down and follow the path going down to the bottom of the 
    mountain. Eliminate all the enemies that appear to clear the area.
    
    
    --ITEM: CRYSTAL SKULL #30
    As you make it to the bottom of the Valley Of Shadows, you will see an 
    open doorway. Enter through to find the last Crystal Skull of the game! 
    
    
    Okay, NOW you can take the zipline to the other side. Go back to the 
    fortress entrance and cross the zipline to the other side.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: GRASSY FIELDS
    
    This next part of the level is quite lengthy (but pretty 
    straightforward) and Ryu will be bombarded with lots of ninja enemies 
    at every corner. LOTS. As in a whole bunch. As in many and plentiful. 
    You will need to put your UT skills to the test as Ryu will need it in 
    order to survive the onslaught of non-stop enemies. Did I mention that 
    there were a lot of ninjas?
    
    Halfway through the field, there will be a couple of hard-to-see 
    enemies that are on the ground? Why? It's because they are limbless and 
    are ready to grab and explode your ass. Be ready with the Obliteration!
    
    Continue to work your way up the grassy fields and killing ninjas until 
    a cutscene FINALLY, FINALLY, FINALLY occurs with Muramasa. AAAHHH!!! 
    GODDAMN IT ALL TO HELL! After the Yoda-esque cutscene with Muramasa, 
    Ryu can FINALLY approach the Save Statue to SAVE.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: MOUNT FUJI - BOTTOM OF THE MOUNTAIN
    
    --OBJECTIVE: GO TO THE PEAK OF MOUNT FUJI
    
    The next part of the level is just as straightforward as the last. Work 
    your way up the mountain and eliminate ninja after ninja after ninja. 
    As you reach the top, you will find a Muramasa Statue.
    
    Stock up on the good stuff and continue the objective. To the right 
    side of Muramasa's Statue is a path that leads to a dead body. Approach 
    and grab the goodie. Now would be a good time to go BACK to the Save 
    Statue and SAVE because once you slide down to the next area, there's 
    NO going back! DO IT NOW!!!! If you're ready, slide down the hill to 
    the next area.
    
    
    ++AREA: MOUNT FUJI - BARREN WASTELAND
    
    As you enter the barren wasteland, ninjas and some dogs will appear. 
    Use the Wind Blades on the dogs and make some minced meat of the 
    baddies to clear the barren wasteland. There are a couple of dead 
    bodies and chests in the area if you need some goodies. When that's 
    done, exit the area.
    
    
    ++AREA: MOUNT FUJI - NINJA GRAVEYARD
    
    When you enter the mass graveyard site, some more ninjas will appear. 
    Use lots of UT's to the face and finish them all off with style. 
    Really, by this point, it's just a total crapshoot.
    
    
    --ITEM: LIFE OF THE GODS
    
    When the area is cleared of threats, there are a couple of dead bodies 
    with goodies. One of the dead bodies will contain the last Life OTG, so 
    grab it and equip it!
    
    
    Unfortunately, there is NO Save Statue before going up to face off 
    against Genshin. If you didn't make a much needed SAVE before sliding 
    down the mountain, then good luck to you! If you're ready and pumped, 
    take the entrance passage to the peak of Mount Fuji to trigger the boss 
    battle with Genshin.
    
    
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                +++   BOSS BATTLE: GENSHIN - PART THREE   +++ 
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    Genshin is still the same boss with same moves and the same attacks. 
    The only exception is that he now has a killer Obliteration move that 
    can almost kill you instantly if you don't defend properly.
    
    Remember, use lots of defense, be evasive, and only use short combos 
    after he misses an attack or when you evade a move. With smart tactics 
    and quick strategy, you can defeat Genshin in less than a minute with 
    ANY weapon. Defeat Genshin to complete the mission.
    
    
    Copy and paste this URL to see how to defeat Genshin with the Scythe:
    
    http://www.dailymotion.com/VampireHorde/video/x5tb9d_ng2-ch11-
    genshin_videogames
    
    
    
    MISSION COMPLETE!
    
    
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    ++AREA: BASE OF MOUNT FUJI
    
    --OBJECTIVE: APPROACH THE HEART OF THE MOUNTAIN
    
    Approach the Muramasa Statue nearby and stock up on lots of Health 
    items. You'll definitely need it for the next boss battle. When you're 
    primed and pumped, go up the path to encounter a small number of green 
    Van Gelf enemies.
    
    Defeating the Van Gelf enemies is a breeze but be aware that there are 
    fireballs being thrown off-screen which you need to evade. Once you've 
    eliminated the enemies, continue up the hill to find the Save Statue.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    If you still need to stock up at Muramasa's, DO IT NOW! If not, enter 
    the large lava arena to face off against a familiar boss.
    
    
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                 +++   BOSS BATTLE: TEXAS ARMADILLOS X2   +++
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    The strategy for fighting the Armadillos is the same...with the 
    exception that there are TWO of them walking around the arena! As 
    intimidating as that sounds, it's really not all that tough.
    
    Just move in on one Armadillo and begin smacking its face with some 
    fabulous Scythe or True Dragon Sword combos to its face to quickly 
    reduce its health. The TDS is very effective in that each attack can 
    strip away nearly 10% for each slash. COOL.
    
    When the Armadillos begin to roll around like a bunch of whiny babies, 
    don't forget use lots of Reverse Wind (don't use jumps) to evade the 
    rolling balls. THAT'S IT. It might take a couple of tries to get this 
    one down because the action onscreen is super hectic and you can easily 
    lose track of what you are doing. 
    
    Defeat both of these overgrown blowhards to continue the mission and 
    remember to press and hold the BLOCK BUTTON or else!!!!!!
    
    
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    When the double Armadillo battle is done, go back to the Save Statue 
    and SAVE your game so that you don't have to do this annoying battle 
    again. On the other side of the lava arena is a hard-to-see pathway.
    
    Take the pathway down to encounter some more Van Gelf enemies. 
    Eliminate them with some easy True Dragon Sword combos to clear the 
    area. But before you continue down the path, open the nearby chest for 
    a goodie. Now continue down the path and slide down to the lower area.
    
    
    ++AREA: MOUNT FUJI - LOWER BASE
    
    Continue past the pathway and you will encounter some mutated 
    Incendiary Dogs. These bitches are much more aggressive and killing 
    them takes a little bit of effort. Use the Wind Blades Ninpo on them 
    and then use the Essence on the other Van Gelf enemies that show up. 
    Eliminate the Van Gelf enemies to clear the area near the Save Statue.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    As you go up the hill, a couple of Van Gelf and a brand new enemy show 
    up to make your day even worse.
    
    
    --NEW ENEMY: SWEDISH MEATBALL PUDDING PIE
    These red mini-dragons first appeared in Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword (as 
    a boss) and are just as every bit annoying to kill. All it takes is a 
    few hard combos to kill them but since they can break your combo, it 
    won't be easy. If worse comes to worse, activate some Ninpo to clear 
    them out.
    
    
    Eliminate the annoying mini-dragons and the Van Gelfs to clear the area 
    of enemies. From here, go back to the Save Statue and SAVE your game. 
    If you have little to no Health items, then you are shit outta luck 
    because the next area will be a boss battle. If you're primed and 
    ready, go up the hill and jump down to the lava arena below.
    
    
    
    ++ARENA: FIRE WATER ARENA
    
    The lava on the arena is very liquidy, which means Ryu can run on it. 
    As you jump down to the arena, you'll notice a couple of enemies: GHOST 
    FISH!!! Equip the Flails or the Kusari-gama and take them all out.
    
    When the area is clear of fish, there are a couple of dead bodies to 
    grab some goodies from. DO NOT grab the arrows from the dead body in 
    the center of the arena just yet! Instead, grab the other goodies from 
    the other bodies and THEN grab the arrows. This triggers the battle 
    with another familiar boss.
    
    
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                 +++   BOSS BATTLE: ZEDONIUS - PART TWO   +++
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    Zedonius still uses the same attacks and same combos from the previous 
    battle with him. So I guess that doesn't make this battle any less 
    difficult, right? The only thing you need to watch out for is that 
    Zed's attacks can throw Ryu into the lava water. If that happens, Ryu 
    loses a large chunk of health as he tries to swim back to the top.
    
    You don't really need to fight off the Gaja as long as you can keep Zed 
    on the ground and fighting him up close.
    
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    After the battle with Zed is done, DO NOT CROSS THE LAVA WATER YET! 
    While the exit path is just across from Ryu, running towards it will 
    equal DEATH! That's right, there are some VERY well-hidden and hard-to-
    see Exploding Jelly Fish blocking the path and if you try to run 
    towards the exit, expect to die and do the Zed battle ALL OVER AGAIN.
    
    Since there is a dead body with arrows nearby, grab some arrows and 
    start flinging them blindly into the lava water. After killing about 
    10-12 of the suckers, run towards the exit BUT BE CAUTIOUS! There will 
    still be a couple of exploders, so run in a zigzag pattern. WHEW!
    
    Now that we've got that over with, approach the Save Statue to 
    replenish all health. There is a chest with Red Essence, so open it up 
    and take the goodies.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Exit the cavern to find Muramasa's Statue. Stock up on items and then 
    go back and save your game just in case.
    
    
    ++AREA: FOREST OF SHADOWS
    
    As you enter this foggy area, you will encounter a brand new enemy:
    
    --NEW ENEMY: BLACK WIDOWS
    These robotic spider ladies have some annoying laser attacks and some 
    nasty slicing combos. All it takes is a couple of hard combos to the 
    face to kill them off. Utilize the OLC and then smack a hard combo to 
    weaken them. From there, use the leftover Essence for a UT. 
    Unfortunately, a UT doesn't kill them so keep slashing until they 
    explode into a million pieces.
    
    
    Eliminate all the spider-women that appear to clear the mid-forest 
    area. There's a trick you can do here: as you approach the other side 
    of the forest, more Black Widow girls will show up. If you do NOT want 
    to fight them, then dash on back to the other side of the forest and go 
    to the Save Statue to SAVE your game.
    
    When you go back to fight off the spider-women, they magically 
    disappear! HAH! From there, continue out of the forest and go down the 
    empty pathway to ANOTHER boss battle.
    
    
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                   +++   BOSS BATTLE: VOLF - PART TWO   +++
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    A new enemy is introduced in this battle:
    
    --NEW ENEMY: CENTAUR
    These enemies are very similar to the Samurai Horsemen from the first 
    game. Most of their attacks involve running around and attacking you 
    while you have to catch up to them. The main tactic to killing them is 
    to let them approach YOU. When you block their spear attack, you can 
    counter with a hard combo as they turn around.
    
    
    Fortunately, you can ignore all the Centaurs during this battle and 
    simply focus on Volf. Evade all his Scythe attacks and stay close to 
    him. When he misses his attacks, quickly dash in and use some hard 
    combos to reduce his health and then quickly evade. THAT'S IT.
    
    If the Centaurs are blocking the view, activate the Wind Blades to 
    clear them out and continue focusing on up-close combat on Volf. Keep 
    using hard combos while evading and he should fall very quickly. Defeat 
    Volf to complete the mission.
    
    
    MISSION COMPLETE!
    
    
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    Grab the HEART OF BESTIAL STORM from Volf's dead body and exit the 
    arena. Approach Muramasa's Statue and stock up on lots of health items 
    because the next couple of battles will be a doozy!
    
    
    ++AREA: ANTECHAMBER #1
    
    Enter the doorway to encounter some spider-women. BLAH, BLAH, BLAH.
    
    
    ++AREA: ANTECHAMBER #2
    
    More spider-women will jump down for an ambush. Use the Wind Blades 
    tactic to weaken them and then use Obliterations for some bloody 
    hilariousness. Open the next doorway when the coast is clear to the 
    next antechamber.
    
    
    ++AREA: ANTECHAMBER #3
    
    WHOA-OH! Chainsaw Zombies will appear in the next antechamber, so start 
    charging of UT's and slice them down. Obliterate them all to clear the 
    area. From there, open the NEXT doorway to encounter some...
    
    
    ++AREA: ANTECHAMBER #4
    
    VAN GELFS! You should already know how to handle these freaks, so DO IT 
    already! When you've cleared out this antechamber, enter the next 
    doorway and get ready for ANOTHER ambush.
    
    
    ++AREA: THE HEART CHAMBER
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE SAVE STATUE
    
    As you enter this area, a whole group of Centaurs will emerge. Instead 
    of chasing them around trying to damage them, stick to the walls and 
    let them come to you. Block their spear attacks and then counter with a 
    hard combo on their horse asses.
    
    A few hard combos will kill them and then you can use the leftover 
    Essence for an On-Land Charge UT. Eliminate them using smart tactics to 
    clear the room. From there, make a right turn and enter the doorway.
    
    As you enter the small room, a couple of Skull Spiders will emerge. 
    Eliminate them all with UT's and the Save Statue in the room will light 
    up. Approach it and SAVE your game!
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Notice that there are THREE chests in the room. Two of them contain 
    goodies and the other contains a less-than-welcome surprise: GHOST 
    FISH!!!! AAAHHH!!!! Open the chests for the goodies and then open the 
    chest with the Ghost Fish and kill them with the Flails. After all that 
    hilarity, exit the room and enter the doorway on the opposite side of 
    the Heart Chamber.
    
    
    ++AREA: WEB CHAMBER #1
    
    As you enter this area, you will see a whole lot of webbed pouches. 
    Each web either contains a bunch of zombie ninjas or a zombie Rasetsu. 
    Attack each pouch one-by-one and then eliminate the ninjas that appear 
    by using a lot of Izuna Drops for instant kills.
    
    Avoid trying to be flashy and just quickly kill them all with the Izuna 
    Drop and then move to the next pouch. When fighting Rasetsu, use the 
    On-Land Charge as much as possible within the small space to defeat 
    him. Defeat the two Rasetsu's and then clear out the ninjas to clear 
    the first room. 
    
    From here, go BACK to the Save Statue and SAVE your game! You don't 
    want to do this all over again! When you're ready, go back to the Web 
    Chamber and slide down the chamber to the next area.
    
    
    ++AREA: WEB CHAMBER #2
    
    There will be some more web pouches which mean more zombie ninjas and 
    Rasetsu. Clear out all the ninjas and then kill the remaining Rasetsu 
    to clear the entire area. Now go to the end of the chamber to find a 
    Save Statue and a dead body with arrows.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: LIGHTNING SPIRAL
    
    From here, enter the next massive chamber. A couple of mini-dragons 
    will spawn, so start flinging some arrows at them to kill them all. 
    There is a duo of chests and a dead body on the rocky spiral. Grab the 
    goodies from the chests and dead body and then kill off the remaining 
    mini-dragons to completely clear this level of enemies!
    
    Before you decide to jump down the spiral, go back to the Save Statue 
    one more time and SAVE your game! When you're pumped and primed, go 
    back to the spiral and jump down to face off against Alexei.
    
    
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    Alexei is still the same boss as before. His attacks are STILL cheap 
    and STILL unblockable. The only way to defeat him properly is to do it 
    quickly! Use the Divine Swallow to get up close to him and then let him 
    attack with his melee combos.
    
    Block and evade his combos and then QUICKLY counter with a hard combo 
    of your own. With the True Dragon Sword, one hard combo can shave off 
    about 15% of his health, which is a LOT.
    
    When he uses the whirlwind, simply use the Reverse Wind to get through 
    and then attack him just as he recovers from the attack. It's cheap and 
    it works! Defeat this big fembot to complete the mission.
    
    
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    Take the HEART OF AZURE LIGHTNING item from the floor. There's nothing 
    to do in the arena, so exit out and use the doorway on the other side 
    to enter a new area.
    
    
    ++AREA: FIEND CHAMBER
    
    A handful of spider-women will appear here for an ambush so be ready 
    with some Wind Blades Ninpo. Jump in the middle of the pack and unleash 
    a Wind Blades Ninpo to weaken them. From there, carefully approach each 
    one while evading the others and Obliterate them all. EASY.
    
    Exit using the other doorway to find a Muramasa's Statue. You should 
    still have enough credit-scratch-paper to buy some health items, so 
    stock up! When you're ready and primed for action, exit to the next 
    doorway to a new area.
    
    
    ++AREA: RIVER OF BLOOD - FIRST AREA
    
    When you enter this area, a large gang of Centaurs will appear for an 
    ambush. As tempting as it looks to chase them around, AVOID all that 
    nonsense and stay near the doorway (on either side). Wait for the 
    Centaurs to approach you and block their attack. When they turn around, 
    smack them in the back with a hard combo to stun them.
    
    When they get stunned, they stop for a second. Continue to slash away 
    as they get stunned and they will fall after 2-3 combos. From there, 
    use the leftover Essence for On-Land Charge UT's to their faces. With 
    quick reflexes, this battle shouldn't take more than a minute to 
    complete. Eliminate the Centaurs to clear the area and then take the 
    opposite doorway to find a much needed Save Statue.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    If you need to go back to Muramasa's Statue for a quick refill, do it 
    now! When you're ready, open the next doorway past the Save Statue.
    
    
    ++AREA: RIVER OF BLOOD - SECOND AREA
    
    While this river looks empty, it won't be after you get in the water. 
    Use the Water Run to cross the river and some big red fish will appear. 
    If you're daring, you can try to cross the river while trying to dodge 
    all the big fish OR you can get into the water and start shooting at 
    them with the Gatling Gun.
    
    There are about 10-12 of these big fish bastards and killing them all 
    would be a better option than trying to escape them. Eliminate all the 
    fish to completely clear this part of the level of enemies.
    
    Approach the stairway on the other side and go to the left and right 
    side of the large doorway to find some goodies. After you grab the 
    goodies, it would be a wise idea to go back to the Muramasa Statue one 
    more time to stock up and then use the Save Statue so that you don't 
    have to fight those fish again, just in case.
    
    
    When you're ready and pumped, enter the large doorway to encounter 
    Genshin for the final time.
    
    
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                +++   BOSS BATTLE: GENSHIN - PART FOUR   +++ 
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    The battle with Genshin isn't so different from the last three 
    encounters, but he is a bit more agile than before. In his demon form, 
    Genshin can easily evade your attacks and can also counter you in mid-
    combo. Most of his newer attacks are flame-based but are easy to evade.
    
    As usual, evade his hard combos and BLOCK his attacks! Stay evasive and 
    then attack him with a hard combo. Evade after the combo and continue 
    again. The battle will be cheap but it won't last too long if you know 
    how to get him on his knees.
    
    Once you defeat Genshin, Ryu will receive a brand new weapon: the BLADE 
    OF THE ARCHFIEND. He will then combine it with the True Dragon Sword 
    for a new version of the dual Katanas (which, unfortunately, replaces 
    the other dual Katanas). Don't get too cozy because there is another 
    boss battle that will take place immediately after this!
    
    
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    The battle with Elizebet is still the same battle from before. The only 
    thing is that she has a little more endurance, so you'll need to bust 
    out more combos on her to defeat her. Stay close to her and bait her 
    into fighting you one-on-one. Block and evade her annoying combos and 
    then counter with some Blade of the Archfiend combos to finish her off.
    
    
    ++ELIZEBET GLITCH NOTE:
    There is a glitch that might happen when fighting Elizebet! Be aware 
    that if Elizebet starts her Blood Swirl attack and catches Ryu with it, 
    the game comes to a screeching halt! What happens is that Ryu ends up 
    getting caught by the attack and then Elizebet disappears off-screen, 
    leaving Ryu stuck. If that happens, then you're pretty much screwed. 
    You'll need to reload the level and then fight Genshin again.
    
    
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    ++AREA: BLOOD CHAPEL
    
    After the battle with Elizebet, take the HEART OF CRIMSON BLOOD item 
    from the floor. Use the portal to the next area.
    
    
    ++AREA: GATEWAY OF JUDGEMENT
    
    Open the chest behind Ryu for a goodie and then stock up at the 
    Muramasa Statue. Now approach the Save Statue and SAVE your game.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    There's no turning back once you go through the door, so take some time 
    to reflect on your past efforts. When you're super pumped to go, enter 
    the large black doorway. Your time of judgment is at hand! 
    
    As you enter the pathway, you'll encounter some Van Gelf floozies. 
    Eliminate them all with your new weapon for faster results and then 
    approach the door at the end to trigger a tough boss battle.
    
    
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                      +++   BOSS BATTLE: DAGRA DAI   +++ 
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    Unlike Genshin or the other four flimsy Greater Fiends, Dagra Dai is 
    pretty tough for a second-to-last boss. While he doesn't have cheap 
    moves like Alexei, his attacks are almost unblockable and difficult to 
    evade. These are his attacks:
    
    --DOKU STAB
    --TENTACLE GRAB
    --TENTACLE WHIP
    --ELECTRIC BLAST
    
    Either equip the Scythe or the Blade of the Archfiend and use it 
    against the Van Gelf enemies that he summons to kill them. 
    
    
    TO BE CONTINUED...
    
    
    
    ++AREA: ARCHFIEND SPIRAL
    
    When the battle with Dagra Dai is done, run across the water and open 
    the chest for some goodies. Now take the spiral to the top for the 
    final boss battle.
    
    
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                 +++   BOSS BATTLE: ARCHFIEND - PART ONE   +++
    
    The battle with the Archfiend's first form is a three-part affair. 
    These are the attacks it uses:
    
    --FIST SLAM
    --DOUBLE FIST SLAM
    --PILE OF SICK
    --GHOST PUKE
    --ARCHFIEND BEAM
    
    
    The only way to damage this boss is to use the Fiend's Bane Bow. Use a 
    level 2 charged shot to its head to knock it back. When it gets knocked 
    back, it releases a pile of its own sick on you, so QUICKLY dodge 2-3 
    times and then QUICKLY charge up another level 2 shot at it to reduce 
    its health. You need to be super duper quick with your Bow shots, so 
    that each shot knocks it back in succession and you won't need to worry 
    about its other attacks.
    
    When its health is reduced to 60%, the boss stops attacking and climbs 
    higher up the spire. Work your way up the spire by using the Bird Flip 
    to the next floor. On the second encounter, the boss uses a ground 
    sweep attack, so be prepared to evade! Use the same strategy on the 
    second encounter to reduce its health to 40%. From there, the boss will 
    climb up again.
    
    Jump and flip to the third encounter and JUST KICK HIS ASS ALREADY.
    
                                                                 
                 +++   BOSS BATTLE: ARCHFIEND - PART TWO   +++
    
    
    FOOLPROOF STRATEGY COMING SOON!
    
    
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    YEE-HAW!!!! Mon Congrats, you just completed one of the toughest games 
    to ever grace your Xbox 360 console (aside from Katamari Damacy). Now 
    replay the game with all of your upgraded weapons or try the next 
    highest difficulty! I DARE YOU to try Path of Master Ninja!
    
    
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            +++   THE SNOGGY SNORKEL - THE SECRETS & UNLOCKABLES   +++
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    --NEW GAME PLUS
    When you complete the game, you can start another playthrough with all 
    of your weapons, Ninpo, and money intact. To do this, you MUST use a 
    COMPLETED save from the end of Chapter 14. You cannot use a NEW GAME 
    PLUS from a New Game.
    
    
    --PATH OF THE MENTOR 
    --PATH OF THE MASTER NINJA
    Complete Way Of The Warrior difficulty to unlock Mentor. Complete 
    Mentor difficulty to unlock Master Ninja.
    
    
    --THE TYPE 20 COSTUME
    --THE RED BLOOD COSTUME
    If you complete Way Of The Warrior, Ryu will unlock TWO new costumes to 
    use anytime he wants. 
    
    
    --NINJA GAIDEN 2 GAMERPICS
    Find all 30 Crystal Skulls to unlock some cool Gamerpics.
    
    
    --EXTRA OPTIONS
    Complete the game to unlock TWO new options in the OPTIONS Menu: SOUND 
    TEST and CLASSIC FILTER.
    
    
    ++ACHIEVEMENT POINTS NOTE:
    If you've completed the Way Of The Warrior difficulty first instead of 
    Way Of The Acolyte, you will be rewarded another 100 points for it. 
    That's 200 points total for not being a pansy!
    
    
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    There are THIRTY of the Crystal Skulls to collect throughout the game 
    up to Chapter 11. If you do not have 30 skulls by Chapter 12, then 
    you'll need t go back and do some exploring. For the complete info on 
    the skull whereabouts, refer to the walkthrough above.
    
    Some skulls are literally right in front of you and some are hidden in 
    the most obscure places. This list will help you find them all! Let's 
    get this par-tee started, DUDE BRO!
    
    
    #1 - CHAPTER 1
    Adjacent rooftop from where you find the ART OF THE INFERNO scroll.
    
    #2 - CHAPTER 1
    It's on the balcony where you encountered the archers for the first 
    time. Stand in front of the cherry blossom tree and use a Bird Flip to 
    reach a small ledge. Approach the balcony with the archers to find the 
    skull sitting next to them.
    
    #3 - CHAPTER 2
    Bottom of the river where you used the Water Run.
    
    #4 - CHAPTER 2
    Sitting on a shelf in between the rooms where you find the ULTRAMARINE 
    and VERMILION JEWELS.
    
    #5 - CHAPTER 3
    On the top of the stairs in the area where you find the ART OF THE WIND 
    BLADES scroll.
    
    #6 - CHAPTER 3
    Across the dead body with the TECHNIQUE OF SHADOWLESS FOOTSTEPS scroll. 
    Use a double Wall Run to reach it.
    
    #7 - CHAPTER 4
    It is located on a metal ledge in a back alley after exiting the 
    subway. Use a Wall Run from the left side of the wall to reach the 
    metal ledge.
    
    #8 - CHAPTER 4
    It's on the ledge just near the ladder going towards the upper bridge. 
    You can't miss this one!
    
    #9 - CHAPTER 4
    It's located on the first floor of the Statue of Liberty stairway (with 
    the broken elevator). It is on a metal beam just across the Save 
    Statue. Use a Wall Run to reach the metal beams.
    
    #10 - CHAPTER 5
    It's located on a gondola across the river from where you found the 
    Kusari-gama. Take the stairs going to the river and run across the 
    water to the gondola at the other end.
    
    #11 - CHAPTER 5
    It's sitting on the table at the restaurant area after the first Save 
    Statue. You can't miss it!
    
    #12 - CHAPTER 5
    After encountering the exploding jelly fish, there is a gondola sitting 
    nearby a water alley. The water alley is guarded by more jelly fish. 
    Eliminate all the jelly fish and then swim past the alley to find the 
    skull under the water.
    
    #13 - CHAPTER 6
    The skull is under some wreckage right across from Muramasa's Statue at 
    the beginning of the chapter. Rotate the camera to see it. Go around 
    the wreckage and jump down to get it.
    
    #14 - CHAPTER 6
    After exiting the caverns to the castle, there is a guillotine across 
    from the Save Statue. Attack the guillotine to reveal the skull.
    
    #15 - CHAPTER 6
    This skull is found inside the castle library. Attack the shelf on the 
    upper left to reveal the skull.
    
    #16 - CHAPTER 7
    This one is next to the control panel of the Daedalus cockpit. You 
    can't miss it!
    
    #17 - CHAPTER 7
    This skull is located outside of the room where you found the Tonfas. 
    It's under some fallen wreckage.
    
    #18 - CHAPTER 8
    The skull is in the corner of the alley where you encounter the hard-
    to-see landmines. 
    
    #19 - CHAPTER 8
    After finding the Bell Key and opening the door, the skull is sitting 
    next to some candles as you go down the stairway.
    
    #20 - CHAPTER 8
    This one is sitting across the bar inside the train.
    
    #21 - CHAPTER 8
    This one is on one of the large clock gears just before the Zedonius 
    battle. You can't miss it!
    
    #22 - CHAPTER 9
    This one is found in the river stronghold where you encounter many 
    ballistics soldiers. It's tied to a piece of rope on the watchtower to 
    the right side of the stronghold.
    
    #23 - CHAPTER 9
    This skull is found near the Save Statue before fighting the worm. Use 
    the zipline and swing to the hard-to-see branches to find the skull 
    next to a hidden Muramasa's Statue.
    
    #24 - CHAPTER 9
    After the worm boss battle, you'll emerge to a body of water with acid 
    worms that pop out. On the other side of the water is a Crystal Skull 
    sitting in the corner.
    
    #25 - CHAPTER 9
    After the cutscene with the floating dead ninja bodies, dive into the 
    river and look for the dead body holding the skull.
    
    #26 - CHAPTER 10
    After defeating the first batch of acid worms, there will be a pair 
    walls to use the Wall Run to get to the next acid river. The skull is 
    on top of the walls. Use a Wall Run to reach it.
    
    #27 - CHAPTER 10
    As you approach the stairway, you will encounter a large gang of mini-
    dragons. Go all the way down the stairs and go around the corner of the 
    stairs to see the skull sitting in the ground.
    
    #28 - CHAPTER 11
    This skull is in the alleyway at the Hayabusa Village entrance. Enter 
    the alley to find a dead body and there will be a enclosure next to it. 
    Enter the enclosure and rotate the camera to see the well-hidden skull.
    
    #29 - CHAPTER 11
    After emerging out of the water to the grassy field, there is a little 
    wooden shack. Use a UT to blast it open and reveal the skull.
    
    #30 - CHAPTER 11
    The skull is in a small enclosure in the Valley Shadows at the bottom 
    of the Ninja Fortress. This is the same area where Ryu found his first 
    Ninpo scroll in the first Ninja Gaiden game.
    
    
    ALRIGHT, THAT'S IT! You just found all 30 Crystal Skulls, now enjoy 
    that special unlockable!
    
    
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    +++   SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION   +++
    
    
    Hey, there's a couple of websites that I'd like you to visit. Some have 
    Ninja Gaiden-related stuff...and some don't. But give them a click and 
    I guarantee you might like what you see.
    
    
    For all of the latest Ninja Gaiden news and updates regarding Team 
    Ninja, TECMO, and everything else NG-related:
    
    http://www.ninjafortress.com
    
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    http://www.jessica-alba.com
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    And you can also find me at the Bellazon.com boards making supermodel 
    picture megaposts for ladies that I guarantee look better than anyone 
    you'll ever meet in your lifetime.
    
    
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                 +++   LESS NUT, MORE MOUTH - BIG THANKS   +++
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    Big thanks to the following people:
    
    --The Victoria's Secret Angels - One word: BREATHLESS
    --Ralph Garman & Psycho Mike & Rodney On The Roq
    --The Men's Organization For Elevated Masturbatory Practices
    --All the original elite Ninja Gaiden veterans since 2004
    
    
    And lastly, congratulations to David Cook on winning American Idol '08!
    
    
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