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    Table of Contents
    I. Update History
    II. Legal Notice/Disclaimer
    III. About Zuo Ci
         A. In History
         B. In Warriors Orochi
    IV. Unlocking Zuo Ci
    V. Using Zuo Ci
         A. Zuo Ci's Moveset
              1. Regular Attacks
              2. Charge Attacks
              3. Mounted Attacks
              4. Special & Musou Attacks
         B. Maximizing Zuo Ci's Effectiveness
    VI. Zuo Ci's Collectibles
         A. Weapons
              1. Cursed Deck
              2. Mystic Deck
              3. Crane Deck
              4. Trump Deck
         B. Abilities
              1. Acclaim
              2. Potence
              3. Focus
              4. Technique
         C. Personal Item
              1. Overview
              2. My Method
              3. Pointers
    VII. Questions & Answers
    VIII. Special Thanks
    IX. Contacting Me
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    I. Update History
    v1.00 - Completed all sections. There probably won't be any further updates
    unless someone sends me corrections.
    v1.01 - Made some formatting changes.
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    Got that? Good. Now, let's move on to the fun stuff...
    III. About Zuo Ci
    A. In History
    Zuo Ci's style name is Yuanfang. Kongming's Archives provides the following
    information about him:
    "Zuo Ci, styled Yuanfang, was a Taoist who held the Taoist name Master Black
    Horn. He studied the occult arts at Emei Mountain, where he one day found a
    special book of three volumes. From this book he learned a number of mystic
    In the tenth month of the twenty-first year of Rebuilt Tranquility (AD 216)
    (1), during the winter, construction of the King of Wei’s new palace was
    completed, and furnishing began. Men were sent all over realm in search of
    exotic flowers and fruit to plant in the royal garden. One of Cao Cao’s
    messengers went south to meet with Sun Quan and, when received, presented a
    letter requesting authorization to gather oranges in Wenzhou. His request was
    granted, and the messenger proceeded Wenzhou. Wishing to show his respect for
    the King of Wei, Sun Quan also had forty loads of fine fruits picked from trees
    in his own city, and had them delivered to Cao Cao.
    On the way, the porters grew tired, and stopped to rest at the foot of a tree
    on a hill. There they were approached by an elderly man, blind of one eye and
    crippled in one leg, who wore a white rattan headdress and an informal gray
    Taoist robe. He saluted the bearers and stayed to talk.
    “Your burden is heavy, O Porters. Might this old Taoist lend you a shoulder?
    What do you say?”
    Naturally they were pleased enough, and the amiable wayfarer bore each load
    another five li further. When they resumed their burdens, they noticed that
    fruits seemed much lighter than before, and became quite suspicious.
    Just before he was planning to leave, the mysterious priest addressed the
    officer in charge of the shipment, “I am an old friend from the same village as
    the Prince of Wei. My name is Zuo Ci, styled Yuanfang, and my Taoist name is
    Master Black Horn. I am an old acquaintance of the King of Wei, having come
    from his native village. When you get to the end of your journey, you must say
    that I have been inquiring after him.” After shaking down his sleeves, the
    priest was gone.
    In due course the orange bearers reached the new Palace and presented the fruit
    to Cao Cao. But when he cut it open he found that the fruit was empty, with no
    pulp beneath the rind (2). Astonished at this finding, Cao Cao questioned the
    officer, who recounted his meeting with Zuo Ci, leaving Cao Cao in disbelief.
    Just then the warden of the gate sent word that a certain Taoist monk named Zuo
    Ci was at the gate, and wished to see the king.
    “Send him in,” said Cao Cao.
    “He is the man we met along the way!” confirmed the officer upon seeing Zuo Ci
    enter the hall.
    Cao Cao looked upon the guest, becoming angry, and demanded, “What manner of
    sorcery have you been exercising on my beautiful fruit?”
    “How ridiculous!” retorted Zuo Ci before taking an orange himself and cutting
    it open, showing the succulent flesh inside to his host.
    Cao Cao cut open another orange himself, but found it to be empty just as the
    previous fruit had been, causing him to grow even more perplexed. He bade his
    visitor be seated. Zuo Ci took his seat and requested wine and food, which Cao
    Cao had provided to him. The Daoist ate ravenously, consuming a whole sheep,
    and drank in proportion. Yet he showed no sign of intoxication, nor did he
    become full.
    “By what magic are you here?” said Cao Cao, still stunned.
    “I am but a poor Taoist,” came the reply. “I went into Jialing in Shu, and on
    Emei Mountain (3), studied the way for thirty long years. One day I heard my
    name called from out the rocky wall of my cell. I looked, but could see
    nothing. The next day it happened again, and this continued for many more.
    Then, suddenly, a peal of thunder split the stone wall, and inside I saw a
    sacred book in three volumes called Concealing Method, Text of Heaven—the first
    volume named ‘Concealing Heaven’, the second ‘Concealing Earth’, and the third
    ‘Concealing Man’. From the first I learned how to ascend the clouds astride the
    wind, to sail up into the great void itself; from the second to pass through
    mountains and rock; and from the third to move freely through the realm,
    changing my form, or how to take the head of an enemy with a flying dagger or
    sword. You, O Prince, have reached the pinnacle of glory. Why not withdraw now
    and, like me, become a disciple of the Tao? We can travel to Emei Mountain
    together, and I can bequeath my books to you.”
    “I have often times considered such a course, having reached the pinnacle of my
    success, but what can I do?” replied Cao Cao. “There would be no one to
    maintain the government. (4)”
    Zuo Ci smiled. “What of Liu Bei of the Riverlands is a scion of the imperial
    house; could he not replace you? If you do not, this poor priest may have to
    send one of his flying swords after your head one day!”
    “You are one of Liu Bei’s agents!” cried Cao Cao, enraged. “Seize him!”
    His servants did so, but Zuo Ci only launged, continuing to do so as they
    dragged him down to the dungeons where he was beat cruelly. Even though they
    struck him with all their might, he rested comfortably as if asleep and
    completely oblivious to the attacks.
    When he learned of this, it only enraged Cao Cao that much more. He ordered
    that a cangue affixed tightly to Zuo Ci’s neck and wrists, and had him
    imprisoned under close guard. Later, the guards witnessed the collar and chains
    simply falling from their prisoner’s neck and wrists while he lay fast asleep,
    not harmed in the least.
    Zuo Ci was kept in prison for a week without food or water, but when the guards
    came to check up on him they found him sitting upright on the ground, his
    cheeks holding a healthy rosy glow.
    This was reported to Cao Cao, who had the prisoner brought in.
    “I can go for decades without food or drink!” the prisoner proclaimed, “Yet I
    can consume a thousand sheep in a single day!”
    Cao Cao, baffled, could think of nothing more to do.
    That day there was a great banquet at the new Palace, and guests arrived in
    droves. While the banquet was in progress, wine cups passing freely, Zuo Ci
    appeared before them without warning. He wore wooden clogs on his feet. All
    heads turned in his direction and not a few were afraid; others wondered.
    Standing before the great assembly, Zuo Ci said, “O Great Prince, today you
    have gathered here a glorious company of guests, and many delicacies at your
    table table! You have rare and beautiful objects from all parts of the world!
    Is there anything lacking? No matter what it might be, name it, and I will
    bring it to you.”
    “Then I want a dragon’s liver to make stew,” replied Cao Cao suspiciously. “Can
    you manage that?”
    “Where’s the difficulty?” replied Zuo Ci.
    With a brush and ink Zuo Ci immediately sketched a dragon on one of the banquet
    hall walls. Then he flicked his sleeve over it, and the dragon’s belly opened.
    From therein Zuo Ci withdrew the liver, streaming with fresh blood.
    “You had the liver hidden in your sleeve!” cried Cao Cao contemptuously.
    “Then there shall be another test,” replied Zuo Ci calmly. “It is far into
    winter and every plant outside is dead. Name a fine and rare flower, any
    flower, and I will gladly provide it to you.”
    “I want a peony,” said Cao Cao plainly.
    “Easy,” came the reply.
    At this request they brought out a flowerpot, which was placed in full view of
    the guests. Zuo Ci then poured some water into it, and in moments a peony
    sprang up with two full blooms. All the guests were astonished, and asked the
    guest to be seated, providing him with wine and foot. The cook sent out for
    minced fish.
    “For mincing only fine perch from the River Song will do,” said Zuo Ci.
    “How can we fish five hundred miles away?” asked Cao Cao skeptically.
    “It is not difficult,” responded Zuo Ci. “I need only a fishing pole.”
    After being given a fishing pole, Zuo Ci dropped a line into the pond below the
    hall. First he fished out one, but in short order the count was up to two-dozen
    large healthy perch. He placed them in the palace hall.
    “Those fish were in my pond all along,” replied Cao Cao.
    “O Prince,” retorted Zuo Ci with a smile, “do you hope to deceive me? All perch
    have two gills, except for River Song perch, which have two pairs. This is
    their unique feature.” The officials verified Zuo Ci’s claim (5).
    The guests crowded to get a glimpse of the captured perch, and sure enough,
    each fish had four gills.
    “You’ll need purple sprout ginger to poach these fish,” explained Zuo Ci.
    “Can you produce that as well?” asked Cao Cao.
    “Easy enough,” answered Zuo Ci. He had a gold basin brought out and covered it
    with his sleeve after filling it with water. In but a few moments the basin was
    filled with ginger. He then presented it to Cao Cao, who took it into his
    To his surprise, Cao Cao found a book inside titled The New Writings of Mengde,
    and upon inspection found every word he glimpsed inside to be perfectly
    accurate (6). He was perplexed.
    Zuo Ci then took a jade cup from the table and filled it with choice wine,
    offering it to Cao Cao. “Drink this wine, and you will live a thousand years!”
    he claimed.
    “You drink first,” replied the ever-suspicious Cao Cao.
    Zuo Ci removed a Jade hairpin from his cap and divided the contents of the cup
    with a single stroke, drinking half then offering the remaining contents to Cao
    Cao, who scoffed at him. Zuo Ci then threw the cup into the air, where it
    transformed into a white turtledove and flew away. The guests watched in awe,
    and Zuo Ci vanished from sight. Moments later the gate warden reported that the
    sage had left the palace.
    “This kind of black sorcerer should be put to death, or he will prove to be a
    blight,” reasoned Cao Cao. He turned to Xu Chu. “Take three hundred armored
    soliders and make him our prisoner!”
    Xu Chu took the men and raced to the city gate. There he found Zuo Ci in wooden
    sandals sauntering along ahead, though no matter how hard they tried they could
    not seem to overtake him.
    The chase continued into some nearby hills where Xu Chu found a young shepherd
    driving a flock of sheep. When he looked, he saw Zuo Ci walking among them. He
    shot an arrow at the Taoist, but Zuo Ci simply vanished. Xu Chu then ordered
    that the entire flock be slaughtered before returning to the palace, and his
    soldiers complied.
    The young shepherd watched in horror as his sheep were executed to the last
    one, then fell to his in tears.
    “Do not worry,” came a voice behind him, “place the heads against the bodies of
    your sheep, and they shall return to life!”
    When the boy turned he saw that it was actually a disembodies sheep’s head that
    was speaking to him. He was filled with terror, and turned to run.
    “Do not run!” a voice called from behind him again, “I will return your sheep
    to life!” The boy chanced a glance behind him, and saw that all of his sheep
    were indeed alive again, the unusual sage now visible. Before he could question
    him though, Zuo Ci shook his sleeves and was carried away with the wind in a
    matter of moments.
    The shepherded boy then went home and told his mater of the marvels he had
    seen. Fearing Cao Cao, and the circumstances, the master quickly reported to
    Cao Cao and explained everything he had been told. Cao Cao had sketches of the
    Taoist prepared, and sent them all around the city, demanding his arrest.
    Within three days three or four hundred people had been arrested and were
    waiting outside the palace, each blind in one eye, lame in a leg, and wearing a
    rattan headdress with a loose gray flowing robe and wooden cogs—each answering
    to the description of the missing Taoist.
    Cao Cao had the mass of captured prisoners sprinkled with sheep and pig blood
    to exorcise the black sorcery (7), then marched them to the training field
    south of the city. With five hundred soldiers, he then surrounded them and had
    them executed to a man. As each head was removed, a trail of blue vapor rose
    from the severed limbs gathering in the sky to form the real Zuo Ci, who hailed
    Cao Cao from a crane in the sky, which he rode like a horse.
    He sat on his back, clapping his hands, and laughed. “The rats of earth follow
    the golden tiger,” he changed gleefully, “the villain is shortly doomed! (8)”
    Cao Cao, enraged, ordered his commanders to shoot, but then a great wind blew
    up, bringing stones to flight and stinging eyes with sand, preventing anyone
    from shooting. Then, amidst the confusion, the disembodies corpses stood up,
    each with their head in their hands, and raced toward Cao Cao as if to strike
    him down. The officials and officers covered their eyes and collapsed in
    disbelief, too frightened to help one another.
        The power of a bold man will overturn a state,
        The art of a necromancer also produces wonders.
    The sight of the corpses coming to life once again, heads in hand, and charging
    toward him, combined with the other events of the day and the storm, was simply
    too much for Cao Cao, and he collapsed unconscious. At that moment the wind
    stopped, the corpses vanished, and Cao Cao had to be rushed to the palace.
    Cao Cao fell very ill, and nobody could find a cure for him. He would later
    meet Guan Lu the diviner, and would eventually recover from the trials visited
    upon him. He never saw Zuo Ci again.
    A poet celebrated the episode of Zuo Ci’s powerful arts:
        He studied his magical books,
        He was learned in mystical lore,
        And with magical fleetness of footHe could travel the wide world over.
        The magical arts that he knew,
        He employed in an earnest essayTo reform the bad heart of Cao Cao.
        But in vain; Cao Cao held on his way.
    1: History places the origin of these events in the winter of AD 210.
    2: Moss Roberts: Mao suggests that this was a reminder of the empty box that
    Cao Cao had sent to Xun Wenruo [Yu] as a suggestion that he take his own life.
    3: Emei Mountain was well known as a place which occult arts were studied.
    4: Moss Roberts: Zuo Ci is referring to the dun jia, “evading stems” or “stems
    (and branches) to avoid.” A discussion of the subject and a translation of Zuo
    Ci’s biography may be found in Kenneth J. Dewoskin, Doctors, Diviners, and
    Magicians of Ancient China (New York: Columbia University Press, 1983).
    Zuo Ci says, “Your Highness has reached the highest ministerial office” to
    suggest that Cao Cao retire. Cao Cao’s original statement, “As prime minister,
    I have gone as high as an imperial servant can go,” was made to explain why he
    could not retire. The statement was made in Jian’an 15 (AD 210). See Pei
    Songzhi’s excerpt from the Wei Wu gushi, SGZ, pp. 32–33. On that occasion Cao
    Cao also argued that his protection of the Han emperor Xian prevented others
    from unlawfully declaring themselves emperor or king.
    Mao: “At the Bronze Bird Tower Cao Cao once told his officials that he would
    have relinquished his powers but for fear of harm. By following Zuo Ci he could
    have had his wish.”
    5: Moss Roberts: Mao: “Su Dongpo [in his “Second Red Cliffs Rhapsody”] mentions
    catching one. Can the sight of the fish remind Cao Cao of the events at Red
    6: Earlier (in Chapter 60 of Romance of the Three Kingdoms) this title,
    supposedly an original title by Cao Cao, was presented to Zhang Song, a Shu
    official, as proof of Cao Cao’s knowledge. Zhang Song denounced the work as
    plagiarism and recited the contents, saying it was well known even among
    children in Shu. Cao Cao denied the claim, but later had the book burned. This
    is why it would be a surprise to see it reappearing in Zuo Ci’s golden basin.
    7: The sheep and pigs’ blood is seen as a way of dispelling evil magic. It is
    also used, in Romance of the Three Kingdoms, to cancel the Yellow Turban Zhang
    Bao’s illusionary magic.
    8: Moss Roberts: The TS (p. 661) has “jade rat” rather [than] “earth rat”.
    Presumably, the “golden tiger” is a tower by that name that Cao Cao had built
    in the seventh month of Jian’an 18 (AD 213). Mao sees this as an omen of Cao
    Cao’s death in the first month of the zi (rat) year (see chap. 78)."
    B. In Warriors Orochi
    Zuo Ci plays a bit part in the game, appearing at the beginning of the Shu
    storyline to free Zhao Yun from his prison and inform him that Liu Bei still
    lives. He disappears as Zhao Yun and his comrades make their escape, promising
    that he will be around when he is needed.
    IV. Unlocking Zuo Ci
    Zuo Ci will become available for use once you have cleared Chapter 8 of all
    four Story Modes.
    V. Using Zuo Ci
    A. Zuo Ci's Moveset
    These are the attacks that will be available to Zuo Ci once his full combo has
    been unlocked. Some attacks will vary if his full combo has not yet been un-
    1. Regular Attacks
    S           | A left-to-right strike.
    SS          | A straight thrusting attack.
    SSS         | A left-to-right upward strike.
    SSSS        | A right-to-left downward strike.
    SSSSS       | A spinning strike.
    SSSSSS      | A left-to-right strike.
    SSSSSSS     | A straight thrusting attack.
    SSSSSSSS    | A left-to-right upward strike. Launches the enemy into the air.
    SSSSSSSSS   | Zuo Ci fires purple laser beams in every direction, stunning all
                | enemies in range.
    X + S       | A spinning attack.
    Dash attack | Zuo Ci fires a dark energy orb straight ahead, launching all
                | enemies in his path into the air.
    2. Charge Attacks
    C1 / T      | Zuo Ci waves his hand and produces an icy orb that slowly drifts
                | forward. It explodes after three seconds, damaging all enemies in
                | its blast radius. Has an innate Ice effect.
    C2 / ST     | Zuo Ci hurls his cards upwards in a circular pattern, launching
                | the enemy into the air.
    C3 / SST    | Zuo Ci's cards form a circular pattern in front of him and strike
                | everything between them twice. They then fly forward in a ring
                | pattern, stunning all enemies in their path before returning to
                | his hand.
    C3 / SSTT   | Zuo Ci's cards form a circular pattern in front of him and strike
                | everything between them four times. They then fly forward in a
                | ring pattern, stunning all enemies in their path before returning
                | to his hand.
    C3 / SSTTT  | Zuo Ci's cards form a circular pattern in front of him and strike
                | everything between them six times. They then fly forward in a
                | ring pattern, stunning all enemies in their path before returning
                | to his hand.
    C4 / SSST   | Zuo Ci fires purple laser beams in every direction, stunning all
                | enemies in range.
    C5 / SSSST  | Zuo Ci fires a dark energy orb straight ahead, launching all
                | enemies in his path into the air.
    C6 / SSSSST | Zuo Ci steps forward and produces an explosion that launches the
                | enemy into the air. Pressing T a second time will make him take a
                | second step forward and produce an explosion that blows away all
                | enemies in front of him. Has an innate Flame effect.
    X + T       | Zuo Ci hurls energy beams in three directions as he drifts down-
                | ward at an angle.
    4. Mounted Attacks
    SSSS(SS) | A series of alternating right and left strikes.
    T        | Zuo Ci's horse leaps into the air, knocking away all enemies around
             | it when it lands.
    S(SSSS)T | Zuo Ci's cards spin around his horse, striking all nearby enemies.
    Musou    | Zuo Ci's cards spin around his horse as it charges forward at high
             | speed.
    5. Special & Musou Attacks
    R1          | Zuo Ci fires a spread of five dark energy orbs. Knocks enemies
                | down and temporarily reduces their defense.
    R1 + analog | Zuo Ci concentrates, tripling his attack speed for 30 seconds.
                | Pressing S immediately afterwards will cause him to dash forward
                | and do an unblockable palm strike.
    Musou       | Zuo Ci slowly walks forward as his cards spin around his body,
                | juggling all nearby enemies. Ends with a lightning blast that
                | knocks away all nearby enemies.
    True musou  | Same as regular musou, but Zuo Ci hurls five fireballs and five
                | ice balls before the lightning blast.
    B. Maximizing Zuo Ci's Effectiveness
    Zuo Ci's charge attacks are his greatest weakness. Most of them take some time
    to execute, which can leave him vulnerable to attack and spell disaster on
    higher difficulty settings. He doesn't have any moves that knock back enemies
    in a wide radius, and he has difficulty hitting enemies who are too close to
    him with his C3, so proper positioning is important when using it.
    Zuo Ci's strengths, however, make him a force to be reckoned with. As a Speed
    type, he runs like an Olympic athlete and can use his midair dash to blow
    across the battlefield like the wind. Neither of his specials requires musou,
    so use both of them liberally to speed up his attacks and increase his damage
    output. His palm strike is fast and tremendously powerful, which makes it a
    great way to interrupt an enemy general who's preparing to use a special. His
    regular combo provides good damage and coverage, especially at higher levels,
    and makes a very effective staple move when his attack speed is increased. C1
    is good for setting traps; use it when you're being charged by a horde of foes
    or right after knocking down an enemy general. C3 does respectable damage and
    can rack up some impressive combos, but you'll need to stand a few steps away
    from your targets if you want them to feel the full force of the attack. It's
    much more useful when your special is in effect. C4 works very well against
    crowds and should be used religiously until all of the attacks of your regular
    combo are available. C5 is good for plowing through a line of enemies or set-
    ting up aerial combos, but should be avoided if you're surrounded. C6, which
    sets foes on fire, is most useful against smaller groups of enemies. For best
    results, use SSSSSTT against peons and SSSSST followed by a charge rush against
    generals. Use a speed-boosted musou against stunned or frozen enemies to quick-
    ly tear them apart.
    I recommend adding the following special effects to Zuo Ci's weapon:
    Absorb - Allows you to use your musou attack more often. Woo-hoo!
    Agility - Reduces the delay when performing your charge attacks. Helps make up
    for Zuo Ci's greatest weakness.
    Air - Increases damage to airborne enemies. Very useful if you're fond of your
    charge rush.
    Brave - Doing more damage to generals is good for anyone.
    Flash - When you have so many charge attacks with innate effects, making them
    unblockable is the best way to improve them.
    Ice - Freezing your enemies before using your musou will greatly increase your
    damage output.
    Might - Doing more damage to everyone is good for anyone.
    Slay - Invaluable against juggernauts like Lu Bu and Orochi. Once you see what
    it can do, you'll understand.
    VI. Zuo Ci's Collectibles
    A. Weapons
    1. Cursed Deck
    Base Attack: 12
    Attack bonus, effects, and number of slots will vary.
    2. Mystic Deck
    Base Attack: 24
    Attack bonus, effects, and number of slots will vary.
    3. Crane Deck
    Base Attack: 49
    Attack bonus, effects, and number of slots will vary.
    4. Trump Deck
    Base Attack: 98
    Attack bonus, effects, and number of slots will vary.
    B. Abilities
    1. Acclaim
    Requirements: Defeat 60 enemies.
    2. Potence
    Requirements: Defeat 3 officers within 12 minutes of the start of the battle.
    3. Focus
    Requirements: Defeat 4 officers, while maintaining 50% Life Gauge status.
    4. Technique
    Requirements: Defeat 6 officers, while maintaining 65% Life Gauge status,
    without performing any attack using the Musou Gauge.
    Tips: Abuse your charge rush, specials, and palm strike, and switch characters
    if you start taking heavy damage.
    C. Personal Item
    1. Overview
    Item: The Treasury of Tao
    Scenario: Wei Chapter 8 - Battle of Koshi Castle
    Requirements: Defeat 300 enemies, including Lu Bu.
    Location: By the base in the large garrison to the northwest.
    2. My Method
    From my starting position, I headed south and west to slay some peons and
    Coachwhip, then north to intercept Keiji Maeda when he charged out of the
    fortress. I made a short jaunt east to help my allies fend off Sidewinder and
    Hognose, then backtracked to the west to defeat Mitsunaga Irobe and capture the
    right central fortress. I charged into the southwestern garrison and took out
    Copperhead, then headed back north to recapture the fortress from Urutu and
    Yellowbelly. After capturing the left central fortress, I made my way to the
    northwest corner to dispatch Da Ji and capture the fortress she was guarding,
    stopping only to cut down Patchnose along the way. I then cut my way through
    Diamondback and the northern garrison to reach Masamune Date. I struck him down
    to capture the northeast fortress and entered Koshi Castle through the northern
    entrance once it opened. I looped around to the door to the inner ward to find
    Lu Bu, who didn't last long against my furious assault. The item report ap-
    peared once I defeated him, so I left the castle to secure it and returned to
    banish Orochi. With a Lv. 47 Zuo Ci, a Lv. 65 Guan Ping, and a Lv. 1 Da Ji (for
    the weapons), I was able to obtain the item and finish the battle in 18:21.
    3. Pointers
    This honestly isn't a very hard item to obtain. Wei's version of Koshi Castle
    is arguably the easiest of the four, and there are plenty of troops and no time
    restrictions for meeting the requirements. I got 300 KOs before I fought Da Ji,
    and finished the battle with well over 500. You can bring along a higher-level
    teammate if you think you'll need help softening up Lu Bu or Orochi, but you
    should have little or no trouble getting the item if you have a good weapon for
    Zuo Ci and have spent some time leveling him up.
    Like all Personal Items, The Treasury of Tao can be obtained in Story Mode or
    Free Mode on any difficulty setting.
    VII. Questions & Answers
    Q: Why a Zuo Ci FAQ?
    A: It hadn't been done yet, and I think he's a fun character to use.
    Q: Zuo Ci's a crazy old man with funky hair.
    A: That's not a question, even if it is partially true. As powerful as he is,
    I don't think he's too concerned about his hairstyle.
    Q: Do you really believe that Zuo Ci existed and could use all the kinds of
    magic described in his biography?
    A: I don't doubt that he or someone like him existed, but I think that his
    exploits during his encounter with Cao Cao had only a loose basis in histori-
    cal fact at best. The author of Romance of the Three Kingdoms exaggerated or
    fabricated stories for dramatic effect, and I believe that the story of Cao Cao
    and Zuo Ci is one such case.
    Q: So you're saying Romance of the Three Kingdoms is a work of pure fiction?
    A: No, but I am saying you shouldn't believe everything you read.
    Q: Why can't I get a 4th weapon for Zuo Ci?
    A: Because you're a pansy.
    Q: Seriously, what do I need to do to get one?
    A: Play any battle on Chaos mode, or any battle with a difficulty rating of
    three stars or more on Hard mode. They'll randomly appear in weapon boxes.
    Q: I fulfilled the requirements to obtain The Treasury of Tao, but I didn't get
    it! What gives?
    A: Make sure that Zuo Ci personally defeats Lu Bu and gets 300 KOs.
    Q: Your FAQ sucks! I've crapped out better FAQs than this!
    A: As soon as you find a way to upload excrement, you should post your wondrous
    creation for all to see.
    Q: I posted my FAQ, and everyone I know thinks it's better than yours! Your FAQ
    really DOES suck!
    A: Congratulations! I am in awe of your superior FAQ-writing skills! Now go
    Q: This is the best FAQ I've ever read! You're a genius and a god among men,
    and I want to know more about you so that I can immortalize you!
    A: Yeah, I get that a lot. My contact info's listed below.
    Q: <insert some question that has nothing to do with Zuo Ci or the FAQ here>
    A: See the second sentence of my previous answer.
    VIII. Special Thanks
    I would like to thank...
    ...KOEI and Omega Force, for creating Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warriors, and
    Warriors Orochi.
    ...Kongming's Archives (http://www.kongming.net) and its contributors, for
    being a wealth of information on the Three Kingdoms period.
    ...KWMrHonda, for his informative and well-written Personal Items FAQ.
    ...my friends, for helping me unlock many of the game's secrets.
    ...CJayC of GameFAQs, for posting this FAQ.
    ...Leo Chan of Neoseeker, for posting this FAQ.
    ...Dennis of Super Cheats, for posting this FAQ.
    ...the folks at IGN, for posting this FAQ.
    ...you, for reading this FAQ.
    IX. Contacting Me
    If you want to get in touch with me, send an e-mail to mythrilwyrm@gmail.com.
    Be sure to put the word "FAQ" in the subject line of your e-mail, or I'm likely
    to mistake it for spam and delete it. I check my e-mail every day, so you
    should receive a reply quickly in most cases. I accept praise, corrections, and
    constructive criticism, and will give you credit for any information you share
    with me that I decide to add to the FAQ. Rude, crass, or incomprehensible
    e-mails will be ignored or shamelessly ridiculed as my mood dictates, so keep
    your e-mails clear and polite if you want me to respond in kind.
    I also use AIM occasionally. If you want my Screen Name, ask for it via e-mail.
    Happy gaming!

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