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                                   Warriors Orochi
                                       Lu Meng
                                     Version 1.0
    By: Black Murasame63 (c)2008
    E-mail address: Suikofreak@gmail.com
    Table of Contents
    I.   What's new...................................(LM001)
    II.  Copyright....................................(LM002)
    III. Contact......................................(LM003)
    IV.  Introduction.................................(LM004)
    V.   General Overview.............................(LM005)
            A. Unlocking Lu Meng......................(GN00A)
            B. Skills.................................(GN00B)
            C. Personal Item..........................(GN00C)
    VI.  Character Evaluation.........................(LM006)
    VII. Moveset......................................(LM007)
            A. Move Analysis..........................(MA00A)
            A. Weapon Recomendation...................(WR00A)
    IX.  Credits......................................(LM009)
    I. What's New (LM001)
    Intial release
    Version History 
    January 13, 2008
    1.0 Initial release
    II. Copyright (LM002)
    This FAQ may not be reproduced in anyway except personal and private use. It
    will not be in any website or distibuted publicity without any permisson. To
    put this simple don't take it without my permission. If you do, I will find
    out and send a pack of bloodhounds after you.
    (c)2008 Black Murasame63  
    III. Contact Info (LM003)
    If you have anything to add something, found errors or simply want to talk to
    me, go here:
    E-mail address: Suikofreak@gmail.com.
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    Be sure when the adminstrator of the respective site upload my FAQ. You must
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    my permission before putting up this FAQ or anyone's FAQ in your website. 
    Also, any E-Mail that does not contain any constructive criticism whatsoever
    or just simply trolling, I will not bother reading it, and it will be deleted.
    IV. Introduction (LM004)
    I know what you are thinking, "Why use Lu Meng?" This question alone has mind-
    boggled many Dynasty Warriors fans for years. For many, people would use Guan
    Yu, Zhao Yun or even the omnipotent Lu Bu as their spear user. Those three are 
    a powerhouse with their effective strikes and their monsterous crowd control.
    Beyond the commonly used spear characters, there's Lu Meng in the mix. The
    intital responses are usually, "Lu Meng's moveset is lacking compared to the
    other crowd control users out there." The initial impressions can go as far as
    being a Zhang Liao clone. In all seriousness, Lu Meng's moveset is similar
    to Zhang Liao's moveset, but definitely NOT a clone. Although he is not as
    powerful or technical as the other spear users, he is one of the most decent
    crowd killers out there. Personally, I liked using Lu Meng although I didn't
    like his moves at first. But, his playing style eventually grew on me. His
    crowd controlling moves are the key essentials to get through the toughest
    stages. So, this faq will tell an in-depth analysis of this character.
    V. General Overview (LM005)
    Lu Meng is known as the "White Tiger" due to his reputation in the war between
    the three kingdoms. His role in Warriors Orochi is to support Sun Ce to find
    his family. 
    A. Unlocking Lu Meng (GN00A)
    Anyways, obtaining Lu Meng is very easy. All you have to do is to play the Wu
    side in story mode. From there, beat chapter 3 called: "The Battle of Odani
    Castle." Once you clear that stage, you now can play as Lu Meng. Like
    Nobunaga said, "It's just that simple."
    B. Skills (GN00B)
    When playing as Lu Meng, he has 3 abilities to obtain. Once you satify the
    condtions, the skill will add up for one more notch. It's benefical to all
    the characters. He has 3 abilities to get.
    1) Boost: Increases the strength of charged attacks
    Just kill 3 officers.
    2) Awakening: Enhances the attack power of moves that uses musou
    It's similar to the previous objective. Kill 3 officers while your health is
    30% or higher
    3. Acclaim: Gain more EXP than usual
    A little more difficult than the previous 2. Kill 3 officers with your health
    well above the 50% range but do not use any musou at all.
    C.Personal Item (GN00C)
    Way of the Warrior: Raises the Parameter of Lu Meng
    Getting his personal item is also easy to get. You can find his personal item
    in Wu stage 7-X on story mode. This gaiden chapter is called "The Battle of
    Ji Province." 
    The objective is within 4 minutes, you must defeat 100 soldiers along with
    Tadakatsu within the time frame. There you can grab the personal item near the
    starting point of the stage. At the start of the stage, just get the ones that
    are in the huge crowd. As you move forward to the stage, knock off the soldiers
    as much as you can. Disregard the ones that comes in a small group. You get 100
    soldiers very easy where Honda is. Also, if you don't have enough soldier kills,
    there are also a large cluster of foot soldiers where Sakon is. Once you do
    have over 100 kills, you can take on Tadakatsu. When you fight him, he has a
    defense buff. The fastest way is to switch your character that can knock off
    a substantial amount of health and let Lu Meng get the final blow or beat the
    crap out of Tadakatsu with Lu Meng's c3, c4, c6 with flash and slay ability. If
    you managed to defeat Tadakatsu before the 41:00 timeframe, there will be a
    report that there is a PI near the starting point.
    VI. Character Evaluation (LM006)
    In terms of overall usefulness, Lu Meng is definitely on the solid side. For
    starters, he makes a great crowd controller. Although his R1 spread shot attack
    takes up musou, the projectiles can pierce through numerous foot soldiers as 
    well as getting significant damages from the general officers. With the 
    infinite musou for 10 seconds, you can literally take down a huge cluster of 
    enemies within seconds. Other than the R1 specials, his overall moveset is
    build to alieviate the overwhelming crowds. For example, majority of his
    attacks swings at a 180 to 270 degree angle. His C2 attack can get a handful
    of the enemies and can toss them in the air. Also, his C6 attack can seriously
    reduce the amount of enemies in a crowd. Not only his C6 can damage enemies at
    a wide range, it knocks them back giving you some breathing room. Speaking of
    breathing room, Lu Meng is a speed type character. He is granted the ability
    to airdash for a quick escape. You can do the C6 attack and make a airdash
    to avoid the crowd.
    Although his attacks can really wipe out the crowd, his skill against 
    individual generals is mediocre. His square string combo is only effective if
    the general is stunned or you are attacking from behind. Also his C5 attack
    isn't great against generals. Most of the time, the C5 attack is more likely
    to miss against a general. His only decent general attack is his c4 attack.
    For the most part, he can stagger the blocking opponent with the unblockable
    swing at the end of the C4. Just hope that there are not a lot of enemies
    behind Lu Meng or multiple riflemen/Archers. As a general killer, Lu Meng
    alone cannot go up against the tougher generals; especially with anyone with
    hyper armor and/or defense enhancements. You are better off switching someone
    who is capable of killing generals.
    The only way to compensate his weakness, Lu Meng really needs to equip flash
    and slay against generals. With flash, your square strings and the charged
    attacks are more useful. Also, with slay, Lu Meng can do some damage against
    generals. Overall, Lu Meng is definitely worth trying. Lu Meng is great as a
    secondary character. Lu Meng has a great crowd killing attacks both his combo
    strings and his R1 special. As a speed type along his crowd control skill, he
    can get knock off some the soldiers while escaping. But, as for the general
    killing, leave it to the characters who are capable of doing serious damage
    towards generals.
    VII. Moveset (LM007)
    S: Square Button
    T: Triangle Button
    O: Circle Button
    X: "X" Button
    Regular Attacks
    S:           |A 180 degree horizontal right slash 
    SS:          |Another 180 degree horizontal left slash
    SSS:         |A jab from the hilt end of the spear
    SSSS:        |A 270 Degree slash from the right
    SSSSS:       |A horizontal downward slash
    SSSSSS:      |Another jab from the hilt of the spear
    SSSSSSS:     |Another Horzontal slash
    SSSSSSSS:    |Another 180 degree horizontal left slash
    SSSSSSSSS:   |A 180 degree wide slash (Unblockable)
    Jump + S:    |A wide 270 degree slash
    Jump + T:    |Lunges up and does a downward stab
    Dash + S:    |A tackle from the body of the spear
    Charge Attacks:
    C1-T:        |A detonating fire bomb
    C2-ST:       |A charge upward slash
    C3-STTT:     |A series of diagonal vertical slashes with a unblockable blow at
                 |the end
    C4-SSST:     |A wide slash follow-up from the jab
    C5-SSSST:    |A downward stab to the ground
    C6-SSSSST:   |A unblockable 270 degree slash with a knockdown effect
    R1                          |Does a spread shot going at a forward direction
    Jump + X:                   |Does an airdash
    Any directional button + R1 |Block from all angles
    O:          |Does multiple slashes and ends with a stab
    Critical    |Does the same thing except it ends with an surrounding blast
    Mounting Attacks:
    A series of squares: |Multiple slashes from side to side
    End with a triangle: |Does an unblockable slash
    Press Circle:        |Does multiple slashes while the horse can attack while
    Press Triangle:      |The Horse jumps and stomps
    A. Move Analysis: (MA00A)
    The Square string: It's your typical 9 hit combo. It does a decent amount of
                       damage. Use it when you are air juggling an opponent or
                       stunned opponent. It's a very modest move. Since Lu Meng
                       has a special guard, he can do so during a combo.
    C1- T: It's the same one used in Dynasty Warriors 5. A detonating
           fireball ignites causing damage to a small cluster of enemies.
           It's not too bad. Using this can damage weak enemies. The
           problem is that the blast isn't wide enough to cause havoc
           to the surrounding enemy. 
    C2-ST: When Lu Meng does C2, it gives him an opening for numerous air juggle.
           For example, you can pop the enemy up in the air and you can follow it
           up with the square juggles or the C3 attack. It does a decent damage,
           but be aware for its slow start-up. Don't do it when there are a huge
           crowd in back of you.
    C3-SSTTT: In this combo, it does a 7 hit combo at the end. At the end of the
              combo, Lu Meng finishes off with a unblockable slash. It is great
              against blocking opponents. It does a moderate damage, it works when
              you are hitting the opponent in the air.
    C4-SSST: After pressing triangle after pressing square the third time, Lu Meng
             will do an unblockable slash at the end. For the most part, C4 will
             stagger the blocking opponent leaving you a guaranteed hit for the
             enemy. Be warned, this move have somewhat a slow start up at the end
             of the attack. Use this if you are not bunched up in the crowd or you
             are against a single general.
    C5-SSSST: Basically, after the fourth slash on the square combo, Lu Meng
              finishes up with a downward stab to the ground causing a small wave
              of energy surrounding him. First off, there's not a lot of range.
              Wherever Lu Meng's position is on the 4th hit, that's where the
              stab will end up. You have to be real close to the enemies in order
              to pop them up to the air. Please use range to widen the parameters
              a bit.
    C6-SSSSST: C6 is probably the most useful out of all of his charged attack.
               After the 5th hit, press triangle to unleash Lu Meng's powerful
               wide slash. The reason why this move is effective is because, it
               can wipe out the crowd with its very wide range. Not only that, the
               slash can knock back the enemies. Also, it's an unblockable attack.
               Regardless, how much the general block your attack, they can get
               knocked back while taking damage. With that you have the time to
               escape the large crowd. The only drawback is that the 5th hit has
               a slow start-up. He jumps up in the air and does the slash. A huge
               crowd surrounding him or flourishing projectiles can stop this
    R1 Special: One of Lu Meng's special is that he has a special guard that can
    "Block"     block from all angles. This ability is useful especially if you
                have a whole raid of arrows or bullets flying at you. You can
                even do your special guard during the middle of your combo. If
                you successfully block the attack, you can follow up with the
                R1 spread shot attack. But be careful, you must have a precise
                timing in order to execute it correctly; or else you might get
                hit from behind. But, the special guard has its drawback. Once
                you managed to block, you stagger a bit, giving a opening to your
                foes. Only use this special guard against singular projectiles or
                anticipating that your foe will do an attack.
    R1 Attack:    His R1 attack is probably the most useful feature of all of his 
    "Spread Shot" moveset. For instance, this is easily spammable. His spread shot
                  can obliterate the entire crowd depending where is he facing. It
                  pierces through enemies like a knife cutting through butter. If
                  he manages to get the item that grants infinite musou for 10
                  seconds, he can wipe off an entire army and kill off several
                  minor generals within the entire 10 second frame. The problem
                  with this move is that this move alone uses musou. If you are
                  too dependant on the move and you're caught in the middle of
                  a crowd, you may not enough to use your emergency musou attack.
                  Just try to be aware of your musou gauge as well as your situation
                  during the stage.
    VII. Weapon (LM008)
    Weapon name  | Weapon Base
    Glaive             9
    Great Glaive      19
    Tiger Hook        39
    White Tiger       79
    Unlike the previous Dynasty Warriors, getting the fourth weapon is no longer
    doing certain actions and find it. Instead, you can find the fourth weapon
    by playing any stages 3 stars or higher in hard mode or play any stage on
    Chaos mode. It's all luck when trying to get the fourth weapon. So, playing
    the 3-5 star on chaos is recommended. But, if you are the patient type and
    need to find managable stage, go play Chapter 3-X on the Wu story.
    A. Weapon Recomendations (WR00A)
    There are many abilities out there. However, there are some abilities that
    are more useful for that particular character. For instance, Lu Meng is built
    to be a crowd controller. 
    This ability is a must for Lu Meng. He can rack up huge damage against enemies
    especially generals. He has a good chance taking out a good chunk of health
    with that ability. This ability alone should compensate his weakness towards
    general killing.
    Flash is also a good ability Lu Meng Should have. There are a lot of enemies
    especially the higher difficulties, tend to block a lot. With this ability
    you can destroy the opponent's guard and finish them off with your combo. This
    ability should counterbalance against the major generals due to his weakness
    towards individual generals.
    Since his R1 Spread Shot takes up musou and I assume you are going to use this
    frequently, it is ideal to add this for your repetoire. Absorb basically takes
    the enemy's musou and use it to recover your own musou. So, if you are the type
    that spams on the R1 special, use this as one of your ability.
    Obviously, Lu Meng has enough range to take on a huge cluster of soldiers. It
    doesn't hurt to give Lu Meng some extended reach to optimize his effectiveness.
    Agility is an abilty that speeds up the attack of the weapon swing. This is
    good for Lu Meng because some of his move such as C2 and his C5 have a slow
    start-up. Increase this ability to reduce the lag time for the chraged attack.
    Well, Might as an ability also works. He can rack up some extra damage against
    foot soldiers with that ability. It seriously doesn't hurt to rack up extra
    damage against your foes.
    Bolt gives Lu Meng the ability to stun the enemy after your series of hits.
    This allows you to damage your enemies even further or enough to make your
    Brave as an ability gives greater damage against generals. Brave should rein-
    -force his ability a bit since some of his moveset lack the effectiveness
    towards generals. So, if you want to make more use against generals, this
    ability is a way to go.
    Air as an ability, it gives Lu Meng extra hits towards airborne enemies. He
    has some moves such as his C2 or to some extent C5 to start them up in the
    air. You can replace brave for air if you plan to emphasize more on the air
    There are several other abilities out there. I don't recommend using ice
    because this ability often conflicts with the other elements and it doesn't
    come by as often. Also rage doesn't work into the mix as well. Although this
    ability can increase your strengh, you are sacrificing some of your health.
    It's not recommended especially at the higher difficulties. You could put two
    elements such as Flame and bolt together for extra chip damage. But for the
    most part, you're just wasting a slot. There's probably a few of the abilities
    that I haven't mention. Try to experiment some of the other abilites. Maybe
    some abilites might go well with your playstyle.
    IX. Credits: (LM009)
    I would like to thank the following people.
    Koei/W-Force: For making Warriors Orochi
    Gamefaqs: For accepting this FAQ.
    Last but not least, I thank YOU for taking the time to read this faq.
    I look forward to hear more about the this FAQ. So if you feel like there's
    something is missing, please feel free to contact me. If it's well thought
    out, I'll add it and credit you for the next revision. So once again, thank
    you for taking the time to read this.

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