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-----------------Ascension of the Metatron-----------------------

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1...Introduction...(1TI)
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Use control+F to navigate.

1. Introduction..........................(1TI)
2. Controls..............................(2CT)
3. Gameplay..............................(3GP)
4. Main Guide............................(4GD)
   Chapter 01............................(11Z)
   Chapter 02............................(22Z)
   Chapter 03............................(33Z)
   Chapter 04............................(44Z)
   Chapter 05............................(55Z)
   Chapter 06............................(66Z)
   Chapter 07............................(77Z)
   Chapter 08............................(88Z)
   Chapter 09............................(99Z)
   Chapter 10............................(00Z)
   Chapter 11............................(XIZ)
5. Closing/Contact.......................(5CC)

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Introduction
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Hello, and welcome to my guide for El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron. The
purpose of this guide is to provide a  general guidelines guide for how to play
the game along with some tips to get through the game's main campaign. The 
guideis organized in to five sections: you're in the introduction, the controls
section lists the game?s controls, and The Gameplay section provides tips for
generalcombat and how stuff works, and the Campaign guide details the main path
through the game. The introduction and the closing section have contact
information as well as some other information about the guide. This guide does
not currently contain information on the locations of optional content though I
do plan to include them in a future update. If you have any questions, you can
contact me at wcrobars@hotmail.com

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2. Controls...(2CT)
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Standard controls- can be customized and changed.

L.Stick..........Move
L Bumper.........Purify/Steal Weapon
R Bumper.........Guard 
Y/Triangle.......Attack
X/Square.........Attack
A/X..............Jump
B/Circle.........Jump
Start............Pause
Back/Select......Game Menu

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3. Gameplay...(3GP)
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El Shaddai is an action game, similar to Devil May Cry or God of War. The thing
that makes El Shaddai different from other action games is that all the combat
makes use of only one button: there are no light or heavy attacks, just proper
button timing. Each of the game's three weapons has its own rhythm and move
set, and each is wildly different. As a rule, the fast you press the attack
button the faster the attacks will be. They will also be weaker and easier for
enemies to block. Varying your attack speed can allow you to break the guards
of enemies and dodge behind them to strike. 

Purification
----------
Purification is a key part of combat in El Shaddai. As you fight enemies, their
evil taint will wear off on your weapons. Over time your pristine white
implements of death will turn black and red with corruption, greatly reducing
the damage you deal to enemies. When this happens, you need to purify your
weapon. Pressing the left bumper will purge the weapon of its evil taint and
restore it to prime condition, but it will also force you to sit still and
leaves you vulnerable to enemy attacks. Learning the timing for when to purify
is an important part of learning how to fight in El Shaddai. 

Acquiring Weapons
----------
There are three ways to acquire weapons in El Shaddai. The first, and most
common, is to steal them from enemies. After an enemy has been beaten enough,
they will be rendered unconscious and a light will appear around them. Approach
them and press the purify button to steal their weapon and gain it for
yourself. Whatever weapon you're currently using will be abandoned, so make
sure it's something you actually want. You can also pick up weapons from orbs,
of which there are two kinds. Colored weapon orbs appear during boss fights,
and shattering them will give you a weapon of the appropriate color. Normal
orbs are found randomly throughout the game. Press purify near them to pick the
current weapon- they rotate between all three options.

Weapons
----------
The following section details the weapons, and general strategies for how you
should use each one. The color refers to the color of weapon orb, and the
strong/weak notations refer to how they stack up against other weapons. These
weaknesses aren't set in stone, but more so a general guide.

The Arch
---
Color: Blue
Strong Against: Veil 
Weak Against: Gale
The Arch is the first weapon you come across, and is the most user friendly.
The arch is a close range weapon with a good deal of speed and a good amount of
power behind it. The main strength of the arch is its ability to juggle enemies
and the fast movement speed of its attacks. It's easy to button mash with the
Arch, but it's best played as a very mobile weapon used to dodge around enemy
attacks and juggle them one at a time until they're dead. If you wait a moment
between arch strikes, you can leap over and dodge around enemies to attack them
from behind. When using the arch you should constantly be shifting between
different states: fast strikes, air juggles, dodging behind enemies and
slashing them, etc. The only real problem with the arch is that it needs to
focus on one enemy at a time- it doesn't have a wide enough arc to damage
multiple enemies at once unless  they're right next to each other, and the dash
move is fairly weak. You need to make sure to keep an eye out for other enemies
as long as you're using the arch, as intervention from another foe can really
mess up your combos. You'll want to be especially wary of enemies using the
Gale- they're faster than you and have a lot more range. 

The Gale
---
Color: Green
Strong Against: Arch
Weak Against: Veil
The Gale is a long range weapon, giving you the ability to attack enemies from
a safe distance. It's also a difficult weapon to master. The Gale is the
weakest of the three weapons, and the most dependent on the placing of enemies
on the battlefield. This is going to be your main concern when using it: the
weak attacks will not stagger most enemies, and the more powerful attacks need
distance in order to set up. While that might sound a bit intimidating, when
used well the Gale is probably the best weapon in the game. The ability of the
Gale is dependent on your skill of reading the battlefield and realizing what
needs to happen- it's a rapid fire weapon that can deal a lot of damage, but it
needs a lot of set up to work properly.

The Veil
---
Color: Yellow
Strong Against: Gale
Weak Against: Arch 
The Veil is the third and final weapon of the game. It's a slow and powerful
weapon compared to the other two, and doesn't need to hit very many times in
order to deal a lot of damage. It's also a remarkable defensive weapon: the
Veil can guard against almost every attack in the game, including boss attacks
that would break either of the other two weapons. But the Veil makes up for
that by being a very slow weapon- it has a long start up time for swings, and
the time between attacks can leave you open. Using the Veil is all about
opportunity. It might be instinct to jump in and start bashing heads, but the
true strength of the Veil lies in waiting for your enemies to move first and
then unleashing a string of attacks on them once they're helpless.

Hyper Mode
---
A universal ability granted to you during the climax of chapter 04, this lets
you enter a state in which you are invincible and deal more damage. At any time
during hyper mode you can press both guard and purify in order to unleash a
hyper attack. These attacks vary by each weapon, but are all extremely
powerful. However, using them will instantly end hyper mode. You should try and
get 15-20 seconds out of hyper mode before using one of these attacks to end
it. If you can, try to save hyper mode for fights against bosses and other
tough battles.

Collectible items
---------- 
There are several collectible items throughout the game. Below details them:

Red orbs: increases the level of hyper mode you have
Hearts: Increase health
Freemen: give you bits of story information
Ishtar Shards: unlock a secret if you collect them all

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4. Campaign Guide...(4GD)
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00. The Journey Begins
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This is the tutorial chapter. As such, there's really nothing to worry about.
Just follow Lucifel's directions and learn the controls of the game. 

01. At World's End...(11Z)
-------------------
This is the first grealh level, but it's still largely a tutorial on the 
game's mechanics. Break the locks on each hand, then fight the minor enemies
that spawn and try to get a handle on how the arch works. Experiment with 
taking brief pauses during your swing and then resume attacking to see the 
different combo possibilities. Once the platform you're on lands, head 
forward and deal with a couple groups of similarly weak enemies before 
heading on to the new area. 

After killing some more enemies, you'll be prompted to purify your weapon.
Purification is very important, and ti will keep your weapon in top shape.
Always make sure to carry a glowing blue weapon- anything else means decreased
damage and effectiveness. Head through this are to find Lucifel, who will act
as a save point throughout your journey. Beyond him is a forked path- take the
right path and jump down to the lower area and cross it, heading into a cave
under a waterfall. 

From here you'll be transported to a side scrolling section with some enemies.
You don't actually have to kill anything, but it's a great time to get some
combos down and work on using the arch a bit. Past this portion you'll run into
your first watcher fight. These battles are not truly mandatory- you don't
actually need to win them to continue, and it's going to be pretty challenging
the first few times. Azazel only has two attacks- a ball of insects that slowly
tracks you across the arena, and a charge attack. Dodge the charge attack, then
retaliate with a combo to damage him. 

Past him you'll find the first of the gfree menh, a group of people that will
deliver you notes throughout the game whenever you find them. Grab his note
then continue forward for a tutorial on stealing weapons from enemies. This is
an important factor in battle, and it grants you a purified weapon without
having the actually purify anything. You're also invincible during the
animation for the attack, another nice bonus. Anyway, grab the item then
continue forward into the next area. This area is just a long path with a few
weak enemies (which you don't even need to fight). Get to the end of the path
to complete the chapter.

02. The Tower...(22Z)
--------------------
This level is broken up into several floors. On the first floor, head forward
and take out the weak enemies. At the circular platform you'll run into a few
arch using foes. Defeat them and continue down the path. Activate the switch,
then kill the enemies that appear in front of the lower platforms. Jump up and
take the portal to the next floor. 

Take the right path and deal with the basic enemies, then circle around past
lucifel and hit the switch. This will lower the platforms on the left fork of
the path by the entrance. Move back and jump up to the next level, then take
out the enemies that spawn on the circular platform. Jump up to the elevator
and transport to the next area. 

Move forward and hit the switch to lower some platforms. Do the same on the
next level and hop up. Head left at the fork for a freeman, and then continue
forward. You'll have a battle with some basic enemies on the circular platform,
then have to hop up some more stairs for the third elevator. 

Hop up the platforms and head forward to find Lucifel. Take the left path to
find a freeman, then the right path to find a sort of miniboss: Goldsarge and
Silversarge. These enemies use long range attacks, and are out of your reach
for now. Ignore the containers flowing in the air and run through the area,
jumping to avoid their attacks. Take the elevator up again at the end of the
path.

After another Lucifel conversation, you'll have to to take on both Goldsarge
and Silversarge. They're mobile, but pretty weak. At long range they like to
stay safe and toss off just a couple projectiles at a time. Wait for them to
send one out, then close the distance and deliver a combo. They have a nasty
little rocket dash move that can take off a good chunk of your if it hits, so
jump up the air and float down if they start to fly around the arena. Halfway
through the fight you can steal a Gale from them, the second weapon in the
game. The Gale is weaker than the Arch, but allows you to strike at a much
greater range. Take out the Other Sarge, then head up the elevator. 

Head forward past Lucifel and use your Gale to take out the enemies on the
platform. Your first instinct might be to button mash, but that will soon prove
useless. Proper use of the Gale means that you can stand still- start trying to
mix between quick strikes using taps of the attack button and medium length
holds between hits. With a little work you can even mix the charge attack into
the mix, which does a ton of damage. Take the elevator after the fight to go up
a floor. 

Take the left path. Double jump across the gap, then use the Gale's dash
ability to reach the other side. Circle around to the opposite path and make
your way through the enemies and the rotating platforms. Hit a switch to
activate the stationary platform, then look off to the right. There's a
platform out to the side with a special area on it. Double jump from the
rotating platform, then use a dash to access it. Enter the portal to find a
2.5D platforming sequence. There are several of these throughout the game, and
completing them all gets you an awesome bonus at the end. Grab the crystal at
the start, then hop up the platforms to avoid the darkness seeping up from
below. Reach the top to exit the area back to the rotating platform section.
Make your way to the elevator and head up once more.

Press forward through a few more simple floors and you will eventually come to
an arena where you face Watcher Sariel. Sariel is focused more on long range
than the other watchers. He has three different ranged attacks: a slow moving
projectile, a beam that appears underneath you, and a beam he fires from his
hands. He also makes use of the typical watcher attacks- a charge and some
physical combos. This is a pretty hard fight to win, so don't be afraid to lose
here. After the fight is done- whether you win or not- head to the next chapter
through the eye.

03. The Mercy of Ezekiel...(33Z)
-------------------
Head forward to encounter a new enemy. These ghosts will paralyze you if they
touch you. It's annoying, but as long as there aren't any other enemies around
it's not that big of a deal. They're best taken out with a Gale, as approaching
them makes it easier for them to hit you. Battle through the two fights, then
head up the stairs. Up top there will be another fight, this time with some
enemies using arches. At about this time in the game, enemies are going to
start getting harder. You really need to get to work on learning your combos
with the various weapons, otherwise things could get ugly. 

Take care of the enemies, then jump across the platforms that rise from below.
Fight the Gale using foes, then hop over to Lucifel. Beyond him is a fight with
Watcher Azazel. The watchers don't change their attacks when you fight them
again, so try and learn how he moves more this time around. Continue past him
to the other side of the gap. Instead of going forward, jump up to the pathway
above the tunnel to find a freeman. Continue forward and head up the stairs at
the end of the path for the next area. You'll have to fight a few arch using
enemies along the way- all the more time to get used to your weapons. 

Next up is a 2D section, introducing weapon orbs. You'll need to hop along the
top of the pink waves/clouds to move across the level. Along the way you can
find a freeman in the middle of the path. On the other side you'll counter a
large enemy that wields the third and final holy weapon. This weapon is the
Veil, a combination Shield/gauntlet that is very powerful (and slow). The enemy
using it is soon to become common. These brutes will only ever use the veil,
but their size serves them well: they're big and hard to stagger. Your best bet
for taking them down is to get them caught in a series of Gale attacks, or to
use some clever counter blows and power strikes with the veil/arch. Once you
have a Veil in hand, bash through the large sphere nearby and keep going. 

Head down the path beyond that to try out your new gauntlets. The Veil is a
slow and defense oriented weapon. Unlike the Gale and the Arch, the Veil's
block can absorb just about any attack that can hit it short of boss moves.
It's charging ability is a guarded rush, which further works to increase
defense. Using the Veil takes less practice than the Gale, but if you use it
improperly it can leave you wide open. The best thing to do is to keep a heavy
defensive layer up and only attack when you have a clear opening. 

After killing the enemies, head forward into the 2D section. In here you have
to destroy some stalactites and jump across a few moving platforms- all fairly
typical challenges. Past this is another arena style fight against a few mixed
enemies where you can try out your Veil some more. Continue on out onto another
walkway style area. Advance forward a ways and you will eventually encounter
Watcher Seriel. After the fight with Seriel, jump another gap in the pathway
and then hop up on the roof of the tunnel like you did before. Up here you'll
find another passage into the darkness and the second bone of Ishtar.

Continue forward along the path, which you should now be pretty familiar with.
At the end you'll meet a small girl, Nanna. To safely get through the final
area, only jump on the same platforms that she does. Follow her up the path at
the end and into a cutscene. This will drop you out into a tunnel. Jump through
the center of the flaming walls to pass unharmed. At the end of the tunnel take
the exit to fight a boss. Well, two bosses...

Foola and Woola
These armored pigs really only have one attack: charging. Like with most video
game bosses that charge at you, you will need to get them to run into
something. In this instance it's each other. Stand in the middle of the arena
and wait for the two pigs to begin charging. Dodge out of the way at the last
second and they'll hit each other and get stunned, allowing you a few seconds
to hit them. The pigs are weak to the arch, which can be found in the blue
weapon orbs that are in this area. Break them open for a new weapon if you need
one. All you really need to do is repeat this over and over again- two don't
really change during the fight, making this a pretty easy battle. After you
win, it's on to chapter 04. 

04. Sariel's Deception...(44Z)
--------------------
This chapter is a bit different compared to the others. Almost the entire
chapter is made up of 2d platforming segments. After each segment you'll come
back to this main area again and have to fight a decently sized group of
enemies. Head onto the central platform, then into the little swirly thing for
the first platforming section. In the first section, things are pretty simple-
just some falling blocks and some of Sariel's Beloved (those enemies that
paralyze you and make platforming difficult. Keep advancing towards the right
and watch out for some of the random Nephilim that could trip you up. At the
end of the path you'll be eaten and then have an encounter with Watcher Sariel.
Any health you take away gets knocked off the boss fight at the end of the
level, so smash away. After he's dead you'll need to fight another group of
enemies in the main area, then have access to a second portal to a 2D section.

This portion is a little more complex, forcing you to jump between very small
platforms that dip down when you step on them. This section also presents one
of the game's only real puzzles: about halfway through there's a large rotating
structure. Strike one of the little nodes and the whole thing will rotate
clockwise by 90 degrees. You'll need to position the sphere so that you can hit
the switch next to the open gap when the gap is facing upwards. Work backwards
from there (there's about ten ways to do this) and you'll figure it out.)
Beyond that point you can find a freeman in a section where Nephilim are
pushing blocks around, and beyond that is the exit to the 2D portion across a
few more gaps. Once back in the main area you'll need to fight some enemies,
then take on Ezekiel before the next section of the game.

The final 2D section in this world offers little surprise, but the most
difficult platforming of the three areas. Grab a Gale when you start and use it
to take out the many phantoms that will spawn in this level. The only real
gimmick this time around is that you'll have to ride on balloons pulled by the
Nephilim a few times in order to clear some vertical spaces. When you hear
Gabriel mention that you should search the area, look around to the right for a
freeman. Continue up and the the left to find the exit. This time you have to
jump directly into its mouth. Once back at the central area, defeat the last
group of enemies. Before you gather any of the items, head back to the starting
point of the level (towards the camera) to find the third darkness portal. Once
you have the third bone of Ishtar, head up the stairs for a boss fight

Sariel
This time you're fighting Sariel for real- no illusions, and you need to
actually win. He uses the same attacks as before, only with some slightly
modified moves once his health gets lower (tossing out three bats instead of
two, fast physical moves), but it's pretty much the same battle as earlier.
He's weak the Veil, and the strong weapon can absolutely crush him. Grab one
from an item orb and guard against his attacks, then counter with a barrage of
strikes. Continue hitting him when he's down- his knockback attack upon
standing up doesn't do any damage, but he will take damage as long as he's on
the ground. This fight shouldn't take too long, but Sariel is only the first
phase. Damage him enough and you get 

Nether Sariel
Nether Sariel transforms into a giant bat. In this form he only has a few
attacks in his arsenal. He will summon up a cloud of bats from down below you,
up to five times in a row. This can be avoided if you just keep running away.
His second attack is a dive bomb where he sweeps across the arena, and his
third attack is swoop in close and deliver a series of devastatingly powerful
kicks. If you're using a veil- ans you should be, that's still his weakness-
you can block all but the bat attack. 

Your first point of business in this fight is get your ass kicked. Yep, you
need to lose. This triggers the introduction of Uriel. Uriel is sort of like
your hyper mode in this game- deal enough damage and purify enough weapons, and
Uriel will show up to help you. He will add on to the ends of your attacks with
firey punches and kicks that do a lot of extra damage. Activate hyper mode and
go to town on Sariel. Once around 20 seconds have passed, press both bumpers in
to perform a super move and deal a lot of extra damage. This super move is
unique to each weapon, and completely drains your hyper mode. The trick is to
use it when you only have a few seconds of hyper mode left, which is something
you'll need to work on the timing for in the next couple of levels.

Anyway, back Sariel. After you've knocked off a third of his health he'll start
using an electrical barrier along the edges of the field. This barrier damages
on contact, but other than that it's pretty mundane. Hound Sariel across the
battlefield with your veil, and unleash the fury of heaven upon him whenever
you get a charged saved up. He'll go down soon enough.

05. The Tragedy of Baraqel...(55Z)
--------------------
This chapter is based around the Fire Nephilim you see in the background. It's
the boss of the level, and it will make your life hell as long as its alive. It
will rain down meteors on you and destroy the path. Head forward for a gang of
three enemies and steal a Gale or an Arch for the upcoming platforming
challenge. Hop across the platforms as they get destroyed under and kill the
enemies as they spawn in your path. You'll eventually move to higher ground,
where you'll run into Lucifel. Head forward across the crumbling bridges, and
be careful about where you stop. Many of the platforms here fall away once you
put weight on them. 

A bit down the path you'll run into a fight with Watcher Ezekiel. This could be
hard depending on your weapon, but it's not like you have to win. Anyway, jump
the gap after her. Scale up to the third level of the structure, then take the
looping path around to the right side to find another portal into the darkness.
These are going to start getting pretty hard, so feel free to skip them for now
and come back later when you're more prepared. Either way, hop up to the top of
the structure and head forth into the next area.

Take care of the enemies that spawn on the circular platform, then take the
lift to a 2d area. This time around you'll have to contend with moving
platforms, spikes, and lots of falling platforms. An arch works wonders here,
and will save you a lot of trouble. At the top of the area you'll come out to
another circular platform with a Watcher Azazel fight. Watcher fights are now
rather easy thanks to hyper mode. One use of hyper is typically enough to take
off around 75% of a Watcher's health on normal mode, so it's a great time to
use it. 

After the fight with Azazel take the lift up again for another platforming
sequence. This is harder than the last, but uses all of the same elements.
There are a few extra items towards the end behind breakable walls, but they're
not worth going through the trouble of bringing along a veil through all the
jumping. You'll come out to a curved platform. Follow it around and take out
the enemies, then save at Lucifel if necessary. The elevator beyond him leads
to a boss fight with

Fire Nephilim
The Fire Nephilim is a massive boss, and most of his attacks are based around
that. His primary move is to slam his arms into the stage, which can easily be
avoided. He will also sweep his arms across the platform in a high-low pattern,
forcing you to dodge above/below them. He also has a few projectile moves: a
series of fireballs from his mouth that explode on contact with the ground, and
a laser attack from his eyes that does quite a bit of damage. For this fight
you're going to want the Gale. It lets you constantly attack the boss, even
when he's not on the stage. Your primary chances to attack are when he slams
his arms down and misses you, and when he takes enough damage and falls over
onto the stage. Hit his arms with a charged Gale combo to do the most damage,
and pepper his body with constant shots from the Gale. When his head bows down
onto the platform, hit it with your overdrive attack to deal the most damage
possible before he gets back up. This boss is big, but he's a bit of a push
over.

06. Azazel's Zeal...(66Z)
--------------------
This level is a lot different- you ride a motorcycle in future land. How's that
for a change of pace? The motorcycle controls similarly to Enoch in the main
game, with the corresponding buttons performing similar actions. The weapons in
this level are the same, but slightly modified for mobile combat- the Veil is a
one hit kill, the Arch needs to do a couple hits, and the Gale is long range.
Attcking really doesn't matter all that much during the main stage here, so
choose whatever feels right. (You can always change along the path.)

The main obstacle while riding the bike is to avoid hitting things and being
hit yourself. Killing enemies kind of takes a back seat, at least at first.
About halfway through the level you'll be accosted by a large transforming
mecha like beast. You'll need to fight him in three stages. The first two are
no different from the basic enemies, just a couple different attacks and a
little beefier. For the third form you'll need to attack enemies in the tunnel
so that they get knocked  into the boss and stun him, leaving enough time for
you to attack. Finally, after beating the three forms, the ride will end. The
level isn't over yet though: now you need to take out the boss on foot.

Battorile
The way the game sets this fight up makes it seem pretty difficult. Battorile
has three forms, and each form is weak to a specific weapon. The game tells you
to switch between each weapon, but that's a bit daft. Grab a Gale, and use it
throughout the entire fight. Using the spaced out combo attack by slowly
pressing the attack button absolutely shreds this boss to pieces. He has three
forms total: a slow walking tank like version that fires missiles, a wheeled
version that occasionally fires missiles but mostly just likes to try and punch
you, and a four wheeled version that spins around on the ground and launches
missiles. I'd like to be able to say that there's some secret strategy to
winning, but the same thing works for the whole boss: keep out of range and
tear him apart with the Gale

07. The Cry of Armaros
--------------------
You'll soon see the little girl from earlier hopping across some platforms.
Follow her for a fight with Azazel, then head up the ramp to the next area.
This area is a sidescrolling portion of sorts, and your first battle is against
a group of brawler type enemies and their cronies. Steal a Gale and they
shouldn't pose a threat. Past that group you'll find a Freemen, and past him a
short fight with Ezekiel. 

Head forward after that to find a 2D platforming sequence. This sequence is
simple, but introduces a new element- sliding down the waterfalls. Your goal is
the lower right corner of the map, a passage that will take you to a new 3D
area. If you can stay at the top of the level you'll find a lot of orbs, but
otherwise nothing notable. At the bottom of the area you'll come out to a sort
of wide lake (aren't we under the ocean?). You need to jump across the
platforms to get to the other side- Enoch might be God's chosen, but that
doesn't mean he can swim. On the opposite side you'll fight a large group of
enemies. Try to end up with a Gale at the end of the fight, it will make the
next area easier. Head through the nearby door and down the hall to run into
this chapter's boss fight:

Armaros:
Armaros has two phases. The first phase has you fighting his back up dancers.
These dancers will spawn endlessly, but they have no weapons and and pretty
weak. Just don't let them get close and overwhelm you. Armaros will by gyrating
around in the foreground the entire time trying to obscure your view. He's
invincible here, but he won't attack you in any way. 

After you've survived the dancing ensemble, Armaros will challenge you in a
traditional watcher style fight. He has two main forms of attack: short combo
where he punches you a few times before spinning, and a move where he spins
around and shoots explosive water globes. Both are easier to avoid, and you'll
get the chance to grab a new weapon shortly after the fight starts. The veil
can defend against his physical attacks and provides a good counter, so I'd go
with that. After you've dealt enough damage, there will be a cutscene leading
into the next chapter.

08. Belial's Temptation...(88Z)
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Now for something completely different. In this chapter you'll play as Armaros
who is trying to rescue Enoch who is trying to rescue Nanna. Combat has a
lesser focus here- it's more about the platforming. Armaros controls similarly
to Enoch, with a few different combos in place of Enoch's typical abilities. A
new enemy type makes its lack of face known after the chapter starts. These
bird-like enemies are most harmless, and exist mostly to screw up your
platforming in the middle of jumps. Take them out when it's convenient to, but
otherwise ignore them.

Head across the rocks and descend down the stone spiral. You'll need to do some
sliding and avoid some birds, but nothing too out of the ordinary. The next
area is more of a platforming gauntlet. It's very straightforward, but you need
to place your jumps carefully. The round objects in the stage will explode if
you stand next to them for too long, but none of the objects function in any
way that should be surprising. Towards the end of the area you'll have to hop
along some slanted platforms- always make sure you hit as high up on the next
one as you can. Past that is a series of destructible platforms sectiond off by
large spinning blades. Time your first jump correctly, then rush through the
rest of the jumps to time the whole thing right.

Eventually you will find Nanna. From there you have to move up a large tower of
blades. The timing is a little strict for some of the higher blades- it's best
to jump when they're about a quarter of a rotation away from you. At the top of
that you'll jump down to a large spiked sphere. There are a few small fights
here with the most basic of enemies that shouldn't be a problem for Armaros to
fight unarmed. After each fight you'll need to hit an orb and move across the
sphere tot he next one. After three fights, you'll hop off to another
platforming area. This one lets you choose your path, but all of them are about
the same in terms of difficulty- simple combat one way, simple platforming the
other way. At the end of the path jump down into the vortex for a boss fight.

Dark Enoch:
Dark Enoch has a lot of health, but is a bit of a pushover. He has four basic
attacks, and he'll change which ones he likes to use based off of how the horns
on his helmet are positioned. The first, and most common attack, is a series of
basic punches and kicks. This is easily avoidable, but Enoch will change it up
a bit throughout the fit and add more attacks. You best chance to attack is to
hit him after this attack. Enoch also makes use of two projectile attacks. In
the first he sends out a shockwave of purple energy, and in the second he
summons several spikes of darkness that blast out after a moment. The shockwave
is easy to avoid by loving to the side, but to avoid the dark spikes you'll
need to be in the air when they shoot out. Watch for Enoch to move his arm,
then jump. Land next to him after they shoot and attack him. His final attack
is a bull charge using his his horns. This is his most dangerous attack, and if
he hits you with it once he can do it repeatedly for a lot of damage. Jump and
hover in the air to avoid it. 

In addition to the above abilities, Enoch will also summon fireballs throughout
the fight. These are more of an annoyance than a threat, but they can send you
off balance while you're in the air. As for fighting Enoch, he's actually
pretty simple. Just think of him like another watcher fight, only in a more
defensive game. Use the same hit and run tactics on the Enoch as you would the
watcher. You don't have weapons, so it's going to take a while to chip away at
his health. He'll get a little more frantic with his movements as his health
gets lower, but you can always avoid his moves by jumping on the air.

After Dark Enoch is defeated, it's on the next chapter.

09. Enoch's Indecision...(99Z)
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This chapter is mostly just dialogue. In fact, there's nothing new at all- all
of the fights in the chapter are just retreads of previous fights in the game
with minor differences. There's three that might give you trouble- Watcher
Sariel, Watcher Amaros, and Dark Enoch. Both of the watchers fight exactly as
they did in the previous chapters, only you'll be fighing them unarmed. Same
strategy as before, just play slightly more on the defensive side of things.
Dark Enoch is the opposite- he's actually EASIER this time around, as you get
access to weapons. He's weak to Gale at first, but his weakness will change as
the fight goes on. Even so, just about any weapon will be enough to beat the
crap out of him

After that fight is done there's some more cut scenes, but the chapter is over 

10. The Grave of Arakiel
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Finally, back to a normal chapter. (Well, at least as normal as El Shaddai
gets...) Head up the stairacse made of cubes, then take care of the new enemies
at the top. Steal an arch along the way, then create a path by stepping on the
nearby square switch. Head across the path of 2.5D area and head right. Just
ignore the enemies here, you don't need to kill them. 

The next portion of the level is a puzzle. Each of the large blocks has a
glowing plate embedded into it. These plates move to the blocks nearest to them
(so stepping on the northern side of block would get you a platform that would
get you to the block north of the one you're on). You need to approach the back
platform from the right side- the other paths are dead ends. Take the platform
north, then north again, then east, then north, then east, then north, then
west twice. You should end up at the final platform. Take the springboard
platforms up to the next level. The timing for these can be a bit tricky- you
want to jump just before the platform is at its lowest point. Head up the the
gaps in the platforms, timing your jumps to make it through the rotating tiles.
At the very top you'll fight a group of enemies, then need to hit a switch to
raise a staircase.

Take the staircase up and watch the scene play out in the background. Get all
the way to the top, then strike the two stones on either side of the shrine for
an elevator to the next area. Continue up even more staircases to find Boola,
Ezekiel's third pig. Grab an Arch and get to fighting her the same way you
fought the two pigs early on. Get to crash into the wall and stun herself, then
go to town. 

After the fight you'll need to jump across some blocks. Use the switches to
align the blocks in a pattern you can jump across, then move ahead. On the
opposite you'll need to quickly jump up some weird falling blocks to access
another switch. Align the blocks correctly, then time your jumps between the
pendulums. In the next section you'll need to do the same thing, only alter the
path of the blocks in the middle of the jumping section. Past that you'll find
an area leading up to the next level. Up here you have an option: you can jump
across the swinging blocks using careful timing, or head to the left and take
out a few enemies so you can access a switch that raises some blocks and makes
the jumping much easier. 

Either way, once you get to the other side you'll have to deal with one last
jumping puzzle. Cross the gap on the moving chains of blocks, making sure to
always stay on the middle block. It seems imposing, but once you have the right
pace down it isn't bad. On the other side climb up the jump platforms, then
head forward to encounter the boss.

Ezekiel
You've fought Ezekiel plenty of times before in watcher battles, and she isn't
any different here. She has four main attacks: a long range lightening strike,
a close range cloud of lightening, a tracking jump attack, and a couple
variations of hand to hand combos. Ezekiel is weak to the Gale, and this fight
should be pretty fast given how used to fighting these guys you should be by
now. Once Ezekiel goes down, she'll transform into a second form: Nether
Ezekiel.

Nether Ezekiel is an octopus-like beast. There are two distinct phases that the
boss will alternate between throughout the fight. In the first she sits in the
middle of the arena and uses various elemental moves to attack and defend:
fireballs that strike from above, electricity columns that move around the
arena, and ice blocks to prevent her from getting hit. She can also strike you
with a sort of tail slap if you get too close to her. After damaging her enough
she will split her body in two, and her upper half will fly around the level .
During this phase she only has two attacks: slamming her upper body into the
ground on top of you, and swinging her tail at you. 

This battle is a war of attrition. This boss has a lot of health, but her
attacks really don't do too much damage and are pretty easy to avoid. Your best
chances to damage her are during the electricity attack and during the ice
barrier attack. You can attack during the fireball move and the split section
portion of the fight, but you'll need to be dodging just as much as attacking.
Keep hammering away at her and dodging out of the way when she winds up for one
of her physical attacks and you'll come out on top.

11. Semyaza'a Dream...(XIZ)
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Ah, the final chapter. Hop u the platforms and save as needed. There is not a
lot of content in this chapter, save for the boss fights...

Azazel
This the final showdown with Azazel. It would be more climactic if you haven't
been fighting this guy the entire game, but whatever. You should be pretty
familiar with this form by now, so use whatever you feel the most comfortable
with and let him have it. After you take him down, he'll move to his second
form. 

Nether Azazel
This giant insect only has two attacks, but that's all he needs. He will
teleport around the arena at will, appearing only for a brief second before
running away. If he appears close you he'll try and kick you (and will often
teleport circles around you whilst trying to land one). If he teleports further
away from you, he'll shoot some very fast fireballs in your direction. The
speed of his fireballs, teleport, and kick will all increase as the fight goes
on.

You're going to want a Gale for this battle. Don't bother trying to attack up
close. Azazel's Sparta kick does too much damage to contend with, and he moves
to fast to retaliate easily. The Gale can be used to dash away from his attacks
and to  float in the air and attack him while he casts his fireballs at you.
Towards the end of the fight you really need to get defensive, as he gets very
fast. Focus on charging up hyper mode and damaging him with that, and the rest
of the time focus on staying alive. 

After you take down Azazel there will be a cutscene leading in to...

Dark Armaros
The final battle of the game, Dark Armaros. Armaros has the ability to dive
through the surface of the arena you're in. When he's underneath, he'll try to
jump out and land on top of you, Avoid that, and he'll stand up and begin
firing some projectile attacks out of his arms. There's a red laser beam and a
series of exploding orbs, both of which are pretty easy to dodge. This is where
you can get the most damage in on him, but finding out HOW to damage him is a
bit of challenge. He is only weak to one weapon at a time, and the other two
will be useless. It's going to take some trail and error to find out which one
will damage him.

After he's taken some Damage, Armaros will go back underneath the stage. He'll
pop up out of your range and begin to charge a massive laser. This is your cue
to get defensive: wait for the beam to sweep across the level and jump over it.
It's not too hard to avoid, but it's basically a one hit kill if it connects.
After this Armaros will attempt to fire beams of energy from underneath you.
Just keep running and you should avoid them. After this phase he'll jump out of
the water again, and you'll need to repeat the process of finding his weakness
and damaging him again.

Repeat this once for each weapon type, and you've defeated Armaros.
Congratulations.

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